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  1. Ingredient selection for plastic composite supports for L-(+)-lactic acid biofilm fermentation by Lactobacillus casei subsp. rhamnosus.

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    Ho, K L; Pometto, A L; Hinz, P. N.; Dickson, J S; Demirci, A.

    1997-01-01

    Plastic composite supports containing 50% agricultural products (oat hulls, soybean hulls, yeast extract, soybean flour, dried bovine erythrocytes, bovine albumin, and/or mineral salts) and 50% (wt/wt) polypropylene were produced by high-temperature twin-screw extrusion. The research employed two half sets of a five-factorial fractional design (2(5 - 1)) to evaluate the effects of different agricultural components on the properties of the plastic composite supports and to select the best plas...

  2. In Situ Manufacturing of Plastics and Composites to Support H&R Exploration Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Makel Engineering and BAE Systems propose to develop processes to manufacture plastics and composites for radiation shielding based on In Situ Resources Utilization...

  3. Strain and plastic composite support (PCS) selection for vitamin K (Menaquinone-7) production in biofilm reactors.

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    Mahdinia, Ehsan; Demirci, Ali; Berenjian, Aydin

    2017-06-30

    Menaquinone-7 (MK-7), a subtype of vitamin K, has received a significant attention due to its effect on improving bone and cardiovascular health. Current fermentation strategies, which involve static fermentation without aeration or agitation, are associated with low productivity and scale-up issues and hardly justify the commercial production needs of this vitamin. Previous studies indicate that static fermentation is associated with pellicle and biofilm formations, which are critical for MK-7 secretion while posing significant operational issues. Therefore, the present study is undertaken to evaluate the possibility of using a biofilm reactor as a new strategy for MK-7 fermentation. Bacillus species, namely, Bacillus subtilis natto, Bacillus licheniformis, and Bacillus amyloliquifaciens as well as plastic composite, supports (PCS) were investigated in terms of MK-7 production and biofilm formation. Results show the possibility of using a biofilm reactor for MK-7 biosynthesis. Bacillus subtilis natto and soybean flour yeast extract PCS in glucose medium were found as the most potent combination for production of MK-7 as high as 35.5 mg/L, which includes both intracellular and extracellular MK-7.

  4. In Situ Manufacturing of Plastics and Composites to Support H&R Exploration

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    Carranza, Susana; Makel, Darby B.; Blizman, Brandon

    2006-01-01

    With the new direction of NASA to emphasize the exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond, quick development and demonstration of efficient systems for In Situ Resources Utilization (ISRU) is more critical and timely than ever before. Beyond the production of life support consumables or propellants, long term missions will require much greater levels of utilization of indigenous resources, including fabrication of habitats, radiation shielding, and replacement parts and tools. This paper reports the development of a reactor system for the synthesis of polyethylene from carbon dioxide and water. One technology commonly found in most NASA In Situ Resources Utilization scenarios is the use of the Sabatier reaction and water electrolysis to produce methane and oxygen. The system presented uses methane and oxygen to produce ethylene, and subsequently ethylene is polymerized to produce polyethylene. The process selected enables the synthesis of high-density polyethylene suitable for the fabrication of many products for space exploration, including sheets, films, channels, etc, which can be used to construct extraterrestrial habitats, tools, replacement parts, etc. Conventional fabrication processes, such as extrusion and injection molding, which are used in the fabrication of polyethylene parts, can be adapted for space operation, making polyethylene a versatile feedstock for future in-situ manufacturing plants. Studies show that polyethylene is a very good radiation shield material, making it very suitable for construction of habitats, as well as incorporation in space suits. For the fabrication of massive structures, polyethylene can be combined with indigenous soil to maximize the use of unprocessed resources, either enclosed in channels, bags, etc., or compounded in varying proportions. The focus of this paper is to present current progress in the development of manufacturing systems and processes for the production of plastics and composites utilizing indigenous

  5. Effects of plastic composite support and pH profiles on pullulan production in a biofilm reactor.

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    Cheng, Kuan-Chen; Demirci, Ali; Catchmark, Jeffrey M

    2010-04-01

    Pullulan is a linear homopolysaccharide which is composed of glucose units and often described as alpha-1, 6-linked maltotriose. The applications of pullulan range from usage as blood plasma substitutes to environmental pollution control agents. In this study, a biofilm reactor with plastic composite support (PCS) was evaluated for pullulan production using Aureobasidium pullulans. In test tube fermentations, PCS with soybean hulls, defatted soy bean flour, yeast extract, dried bovine red blood cells, and mineral salts was selected for biofilm reactor fermentation (due to its high nitrogen content, moderate nitrogen leaching rate, and high biomass attachment). Three pH profiles were later applied to evaluate their effects on pullulan production in a PCS biofilm reactor. The results demonstrated that when a constant pH at 5.0 was applied, the time course of pullulan production was advanced and the concentration of pullulan reached 32.9 g/L after 7-day cultivation, which is 1.8-fold higher than its respective suspension culture. The quality analysis demonstrated that the purity of produced pullulan was 95.8% and its viscosity was 2.4 centipoise. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy spectra also supported the supposition that the produced exopolysaccharide was mostly pullulan. Overall, this study demonstrated that a biofilm reactor can be successfully implemented to enhance pullulan production and maintain its high purity.

  6. Use of recycled plastics in wood plastic composites - a review.

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    Kazemi Najafi, Saeed

    2013-09-01

    The use of recycled and waste thermoplastics has been recently considered for producing wood plastic composites (WPCs). They have great potential for WPCs manufacturing according to results of some limited researches. This paper presents a detailed review about some essential properties of waste and recycled plastics, important for WPCs production, and of research published on the effect of recycled plastics on the physical and mechanical properties of WPCs.

  7. COMPOSITES FROM RECYCLED WOOD AND PLASTICS

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    The ultimate goal of this research was to develop technology to convert recycled wood fiber and plastics into durable products that are recyclable and otherwise environmentally friendly. Two processing technologies were used to prepare wood-plastic composites: air-laying and melt...

  8. Composites from wood and plastics

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    Craig Clemons

    2010-01-01

    Composites made from thermoplastics and fillers or reinforcements derived from wood or other natural fibers are a dynamic research area encompassing a wide variety of composite materials. For example, as the use of biopolymers grows, wood and other natural fiber sources are being investigated as renewable sources of fillers and reinforcements to modify performance....

  9. Plastic design of continuous composite slabs

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    Stark, J.W.B.; Brekelmans, J.W.P.M.

    1996-01-01

    Most current regulations for continuous composite slabs contain rules that limit the application of plastic analysis in the design process. In this paper, results of numerical studies for positive and negative bending and experimental results for negative bending are presented. From these

  10. Recycling disposable cups into paper plastic composites.

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    Mitchell, Jonathan; Vandeperre, Luc; Dvorak, Rob; Kosior, Ed; Tarverdi, Karnik; Cheeseman, Christopher

    2014-11-01

    The majority of disposable cups are made from paper plastic laminates (PPL) which consist of high quality cellulose fibre with a thin internal polyethylene coating. There are limited recycling options for PPLs and this has contributed to disposable cups becoming a high profile, problematic waste. In this work disposable cups have been shredded to form PPL flakes and these have been used to reinforce polypropylene to form novel paper plastic composites (PPCs). The PPL flakes and polypropylene were mixed, extruded, pelletised and injection moulded at low temperatures to prevent degradation of the cellulose fibres. The level of PPL flake addition and the use of a maleated polyolefin coupling agent to enhance interfacial adhesion have been investigated. Samples have been characterised using tensile testing, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and thermogravimetric analysis. Use of a coupling agent allows composites containing 40 wt.% of PPL flakes to increase tensile strength of PP by 50% to 30 MPa. The Young modulus also increases from 1 to 2.5 GPa and the work to fracture increases by a factor of 5. The work demonstrates that PPL disposable cups have potential to be beneficially reused as reinforcement in novel polypropylene composites.

  11. Filling behaviour of wood plastic composites

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    Duretek, I.; Lucyshyn, T.; Holzer, C.

    2017-01-01

    Wood plastic composites (WPC) are a young generation of composites with rapidly growing usage within the plastics industry. The advantages are the availability and low price of the wood particles, the possibility of partially substituting the polymer in the mixture and sustainable use of the earth’s resources. The current WPC products on the market are to a large extent limited to extruded products. Nowadays there is a great interest in the market for consumer products in more use of WPC as an alternative to pure thermoplastics in injection moulding processes. This work presents the results of numerical simulation and experimental visualisation of the mould filling process in injection moulding of WPC. The 3D injection moulding simulations were done with the commercial software package Autodesk® Moldflow® Insight 2016 (AMI). The mould filling experiments were conducted with a box-shaped test part. In contrast to unfilled polymers the WPC has reduced melt elasticity so that the fountain flow often does not develop. This results in irregular flow front shapes in the moulded part, especially at high filler content.

  12. Development of recycled plastic composites for structural applications from CEA plastics

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    Bhalla, Agrim

    Plastic waste from consumer electronic appliances (CEAs) such as computer and printer parts including Polystyrene (PS), Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), Polystyrene (PS) and PC/ABS were collected using handheld FTIR Spectrophotometer. The blends of these plastics with High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) are manufactured under special processing conditions in a single screw compounding injection molding machine. The blends are thermoplastics have high stiffness and strength, which may enhance the mechanical properties of HDPE like tensile modulus, ultimate tensile strength, tensile break and tensile yield. These composites have a potential to be used for the future application of recycled plastic lumber, thus replacing the traditional wood lumber.

  13. Flammability Properties of Composites of Wood Fiber and Recycled Plastic

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    2008-01-01

    Flammability properties of composites of wood fiber and recycled plastic were evaluated by the cone calorimeter and oxygen index chamber. Results were shown as follows: 1) Wood-PVC composite showed worse thermal stability on time to ignition (TTI) and mean heat release rate (MHRR), but better performance on heat release rate (HRR) and mean efficient heat of combustion (MEHC); wood-PP composite had better thermal stability properties, but was worse on other fire performance; 2) Compared with wood-PVC composi...

  14. Fracture morphology of carbon fiber reinforced plastic composite laminates

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    Vinod Srinivasa; Vinay Shivakumar; Vinay Nayaka; Sunil Jagadeeshaiaih; Murali Seethram; Raghavendra Shenoy; Abdelhakim Nafidi

    2010-01-01

    Carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) composites have been extensively used in fabrication of primary structures for aerospace, automobile and other engineering applications. With continuous and widespread use of these composites in several advanced technology, the frequency of failures is likely to increase. Therefore, to establish the reasons for failures, the fracture modes should be understood thoroughly and unambiguously. In this paper, CFRP composite have been tested in tension, compre...

  15. HYGROSCOPICITY OF WOOD PLASTIC COMPOSITES MADE WITH PADOU FLOUR AND POLYPROPYLENE PELLETS

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    Moise Emmanuel NZUDJOM SOUOP; Joseph Albert MUKAM FOTSING

    2012-01-01

    The manufacture of objects in wood-plastic composites which is a material already available in many developed countries seems almost unknown in Cameroon since the production factory of objects in wood-plastic composites does not exist up till here. Interested in the study of properties of wood-plastic composites throughconnection of simple plastic and wood, we have oriented our paper in the elaboration, realization and physical characterization of wood-plastic composites with Padou and polypr...

  16. Hydrocarbon composition products of the catalytic recycling plastics waste

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    Zhaksyntay Kairbekov

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The paper represents the IR spectroscopy results of the hydrocarbon composition of products, which is obtained from catalytic processing of plastic wastes. The optimal conditions for the hydrogenation with to producny liquid of products are identified.  These liquid products are enriched with aromatics, paraffinic- naphthenic and unsaturated hydrocarbons. The main characteristics of the distillates received by hydrogenation of plastics (as density, refractive index, iodine number, pour point, cloud point, filtering, sulfur content,  fractional and composition of the hydrocarbon group.

  17. Molecular bonding characteristics of Self-plasticized bamboo composites.

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    Xue, Qiu; Peng, Wanxi; Ohkoshi, Makoto

    2014-07-01

    Bamboo biomass fibers were gradually separated, prepared, and then self-plasticized for immune composites. The molecular bonding characteristics of the self-plasticized bamboo composites were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), and thermo gravimetric analysis (TG). The important results were as follows. (1) During self-plasticizing of bamboo biomass, the cross-linking between celluloses mainly depended on carboxylic acid anhydrides and carboxylic acid esters, that between cellulose and lignin depended on carboxylic acid esters and C=O groups of aliphatic hydrocarbons, and that of hemi cellulose had a ether bond and ester bond bridging effect between lignin and cellulose. The cross-linking effects of hemi cellulose, lignin, and cellulose could be stacked and coupled. (2) After self-plasticization, the crystallinity of the lingo cellulosic biomass, lignin cellulose, and cellulose were increased by 5.8%, 2.28%, and 11.67%, respectively. While the TG curves of all samples were basically similar in shape, the weight loss rate turning points of the self-plasticized samples were delayed compared with those of the bamboo biomass fibers. This result demonstrated that the molecular integration of the bamboo biomass was increased after self-plasticization, and confirmed that bond cross-linking between the hemi cellulose, lignin and cellulose of the bamboo biomass had occurred.

  18. Particulate Filled Composite Plastic Materials from Recycled Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastics

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    Aare ARUNIIT

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Glass fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP scrap consisted of acrylic plastic with glass fibre reinforcement in polyester resin matrix was used in our experiments. The multi-functional DS-series disintegrator mills were used for mechanical processing of GFRP scrap. Preceding from the results characterization of the milled powder particles size, shape and other properties the numerical algorithm for modelling of the density of the new filler material was developed. The main goal of the current study is to develop new particulate filled composite plastic material from recycled GFRP scrap. With recovered plastic powder material the higher filler content in polyester resin matrix can be achieved. The new composite is modelled on basis of the properties of new material. Such an approach requires tests of the new material. The considered target characteristics of the new material are the tensile strength, elongation at break and the cost. The multicriteria optimization problem has been formulated and solved by use of physical programming techniques and Pareto optimality concept. The designed new composites were manufactured in different mixing ratios of powder and binder agent. The strength and stiffness properties of new composite material were tested. http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.17.3.593

  19. Wood plastic composite using graphene nanoplatelets.

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    Sheshmani, Shabnam; Ashori, Alireza; Fashapoyeh, Marzieh Arab

    2013-07-01

    This article presents the preparation and characterization of wood flour/polypropylene (PP) composites filled with graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs). The effects of GNPs, as reinforcing agent, on the mechanical and physical properties were also investigated. In order to increase the interphase adhesion, maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (MAPP) was added as a coupling agent to all the composites studied. The morphology of the specimens was characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) technique. The results of strength measurements indicated that when 0.8 wt.% GNPs were added, tensile and flexural properties reached their maximum values. At high levels of GNPs loading (3-5 wt.%), increased population of GNPs leads to agglomeration and stress transfer gets blocked. The addition of GNPs filler moderately increased the impact strength of composites. Addition of GNPs decreased the average water uptake and thickness swelling by 35% and 30%, respectively, compared to the control sample (without GNPs). It was observed that the composites filled with GNPs decomposed at higher temperatures compared to the pure PP and control. In all cases, the degradation temperatures shifted to higher values after the addition of GNPs. The improvement of physical and mechanical properties of composites confirmed that GNPs have good reinforcement and the optimum effect of GNPs was achieved at 0.8 wt.%.

  20. Characterization and evaluation physical properties biodegradable plastic composite from seaweed (Eucheuma cottonii)

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    Deni, Glar Donia; Dhaningtyas, Shalihat Afifah; Fajar, Ibnu; Sudarno

    2015-12-01

    The characterization and evaluation of biodegradable plastic composed of a mixture PVA - carrageenan - chitosan was conducted in this study. Obtained data were then compared to commercial biodegradable plastic. Characteristic of plastic was mechanical tested such as tensile - strength and elongation. Plastic degradation was studied using composting method for 7 days and 14 days. The results showed that the increase carrageenan will decrease tensile-strength and elongation plastic composite. In addition, increase carrageenan would increase the degraded plastics composite.

  1. A Plastic Damage Mechanics Model for Engineered Cementitious Composites

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    Dick-Nielsen, Lars; Stang, Henrik; Poulsen, Peter Noe

    2007-01-01

    This paper discusses the establishment of a plasticity-based damage mechanics model for Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC). The present model differs from existing models by combining a matrix and fiber description in order to describe the behavior of the ECC material. The model provides in...

  2. 49 CFR 178.522 - Standards for composite packagings with inner plastic receptacles.

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    2010-10-01

    ... plastic receptacles. 178.522 Section 178.522 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to Transportation... Standards for composite packagings with inner plastic receptacles. (a) The following are the identification codes for composite packagings with inner plastic receptacles: (1) 6HA1 for a plastic receptacle...

  3. Use of shield support on faces advanced in plastic strata

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    Pera, F.; Szentai, G.

    1987-01-01

    A new type of rock loading model is presented for shield support on faces advancing in plastic strata. Loading of strata is not independent of the speed of advance. The problem is approached on theoretical bases and is also illustrated by measurements carried out in practice. The interpretation of the active and passive loads is given and the loads are taken into account in different manner.

  4. Fracture morphology of carbon fiber reinforced plastic composite laminates

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    Vinod Srinivasa

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP composites have been extensively used in fabrication of primary structures for aerospace, automobile and other engineering applications. With continuous and widespread use of these composites in several advanced technology, the frequency of failures is likely to increase. Therefore, to establish the reasons for failures, the fracture modes should be understood thoroughly and unambiguously. In this paper, CFRP composite have been tested in tension, compression and flexural loadings; and microscopic study with the aid of Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM has been performed on failed (fractured composite surfaces to identify the principle features of failure. Efforts have been made in correlating the fracture surface characteristics to the failure mode. The micro-mechanics analysis of failure serves as a useful guide in selecting constituent materials and designing composites from the failure behavior point of view. Also, the local failure initiation results obtained here has been reliably extended to global failure prediction.

  5. HYGROSCOPICITY OF WOOD PLASTIC COMPOSITES MADE WITH PADOU FLOUR AND POLYPROPYLENE PELLETS

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    Moise Emmanuel NZUDJOM SOUOP

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The manufacture of objects in wood-plastic composites which is a material already available in many developed countries seems almost unknown in Cameroon since the production factory of objects in wood-plastic composites does not exist up till here. Interested in the study of properties of wood-plastic composites throughconnection of simple plastic and wood, we have oriented our paper in the elaboration, realization and physical characterization of wood-plastic composites with Padou and polypropylene. An injection press available at NYANGONO PLASTIC factory (Yaounde-Cameroon was used to manufacture our wood- plastic composites.The following combinations were used: 1/3 Padou flour and 2/3 plastic; 1/4 Padou flour and 3/4 plastic; 1/5 Padou flour and 4/5 plastic. We found that the composite made of 1/5 Padou flour and 4/5 plastic reaches firstthe hygroscopic saturation point, flowed by the one containing 1/4 of wood and 3/4 of plastic and finally that containing 1/3 of wood and 2/3 of plastic. The moisture content of all the wood-plastic composite made was very low even in a soaked environment enabling us to conclude that these composites will be probably not attacked by fungus and insects.

  6. Enhancing anti-microbial properties of wood-plastic composites produced from timber and plastic wastes.

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    Wang, Lei; Chen, Season S; Tsang, Daniel C W; Poon, Chi Sun; Ok, Yong Sik

    2017-05-01

    Considering the resource waste and environmental burden for timber and plastic materials ending up at landfills, this study proposed upcycling wood and plastic waste into value-added wood-plastic composites (WPCs), complying with the standard requirements of flexural strength, thickness swelling, water absorption and thermal insulation. Biological deterioration is a major concern of WPCs. Bacterial survival, fungal attack and algal growth of bactericide-treated WPCs were holistically analysed. Melamine resin was adopted for impregnating anti-microbial agents on the surface. All the agents showed excellent bactericidal rate (Escherichia coli), yet poly-diallyl-dimethyl-ammonium chloride (PolyDADMAC) and silver had the lowest minimum inhibitory concentrations. In terms of weight loss and strength reduction due to fungal decay (Coriolus versicolor), PolyDADMAC, silver and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) imparted the highest resistance on the WPCs. Moreover, PolyDADMAC and copper provided the most protection against algal growth (Chlorella vulgaris), and the former presented durable inhibitory effect. This study presents a value-added solution to wood/plastic waste recycling.

  7. Wood-plastic composites as promising green-composites for automotive industries!

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    Ashori, Alireza

    2008-07-01

    Wood-plastic composite (WPC) is a very promising and sustainable green material to achieve durability without using toxic chemicals. The term WPCs refers to any composites that contain plant fiber and thermosets or thermoplastics. In comparison to other fibrous materials, plant fibers are in general suitable to reinforce plastics due to relative high strength and stiffness, low cost, low density, low CO2 emission, biodegradability and annually renewable. Plant fibers as fillers and reinforcements for polymers are currently the fastest-growing type of polymer additives. Since automakers are aiming to make every part either recyclable or biodegradable, there still seems to be some scope for green-composites based on biodegradable polymers and plant fibers. From a technical point of view, these bio-based composites will enhance mechanical strength and acoustic performance, reduce material weight and fuel consumption, lower production cost, improve passenger safety and shatterproof performance under extreme temperature changes, and improve biodegradability for the auto interior parts.

  8. Evaluation of bolted connections in wood-plastic composites

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    Arnandha, Yudhi; Satyarno, Iman; Awaludin, Ali; Irawati, Inggar Septia; Ihsan, Muhamad; Wijanarko, Felyx Biondy; William, Mahdinur, Fardhani, Arfiati

    2017-03-01

    Wood-plastic composite (WPC) is a relatively new material that consists of sawdust and plastic polymer using the extrusion process. Due to its attributes such as low water content, low maintenance, UV durability and being fungi and termite resistant. Nowadays, WPC has already been produced in Indonesia using sawdust from local wood such as Albizia (Paraserianthes falcataria) and Teak (Tectona grandis). Moreover preliminary studies about the physical and mechanical WPC board from Albizia sawdust and HDPE plastic have been carried out. Based on these studies, WPC has a high shear strength around 25-30 MPa higher than its original wood shear strength. This paper was a part of the research in evaluating WPC as potential sheathing in a shear wall system. Since still little is known about connection behavior in WPC using Indonesian local wood, this study evaluated the connection for both of these two types of wood-plastic composite. WPC board from Albizia sawdust will be projected as shear wall sheathing and WPC stud from Teak sawdust projected to be shear wall frame. For this study, the embedding strength for both WPC was determined according to ASTM D 5764 standard, using two types of bolts (stainless bolt and standard bolt) with several diameters as variation (6 mm, 8 mm, 10 and 12 mm). Hence, dowel-bearing test under fastened condition conducted accordance to ASTM D5652, hereby the yield strength then compared with the prediction yield strength from European Yield Model (EYM). According to both single and double shear connection, it can be concluded that yield strength from the EYM method tended to under-predict the 5% diameter offset yield than the actual yield strength from the test. The yield strength itself increase with the increase of bolt diameter. For single shear connection, the highest yield strength was 12 mm standard bolt around 9732 N, slightly higher than stainless bolt around 9393 N. Whereby for double shear connection, the highest yield strength was

  9. On the homogenization of metal matrix composites using strain gradient plasticity

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    Azizi, Reza; Niordson, Christian Frithiof; Legarth, Brian Nyvang

    2014-01-01

    The homogenized response of metal matrix composites (MMC) is studied using strain gradient plasticity. The material model employed is a rate independent formulation of energetic strain gradient plasticity at the micro scale and conventional rate independent plasticity at the macro scale. Free...

  10. MOISTURE SORPTION IN ARTIFICIALLY AGED WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITES

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    B. Kristoffer Segerholm,

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Moisture sorption in wood-plastic composites (WPCs affects their durability and dimensional stability. In certain outdoor exposures, the moisture properties of WPCs are altered due to e.g. cracks induced by swelling and shrinkage of the components, as well as UV degradation or biological attack. The aim of this work was to study the effect of different artificial ageing routes on the moisture sorption properties of WPCs. Extruded WPCs were prepared with either unmodified or acetylated wood and recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE. The WPC samples were artificially aged involving water soaking, artificial weathering, and white- or brown-rot decay in different combinations. After the ageing, the samples were conditioned in either 65% or 90% relative humidity (RH until equilibrium moisture content was reached. A dynamic moisture sorption analyzer was used to monitor the sorption rate of samples subjected to a climate change from 65% to 90% RH. Scanning electron microscopy was used to study the surface morphology of the aged composites. Results showed that the artificial weathering caused cracking of the HDPE matrix at the composite surface, as well as a wood-matrix debonding, resulting in an increased moisture sorption rate. The WPC samples subjected to white-rot decay showed the highest moisture sorption rate.

  11. Functional Plasticity in Somatosensory Cortex Supports Motor Learning by Observing.

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    McGregor, Heather R; Cashaback, Joshua G A; Gribble, Paul L

    2016-04-04

    An influential idea in neuroscience is that the sensory-motor system is activated when observing the actions of others [1, 2]. This idea has recently been extended to motor learning, in which observation results in sensory-motor plasticity and behavioral changes in both motor and somatosensory domains [3-9]. However, it is unclear how the brain maps visual information onto motor circuits for learning. Here we test the idea that the somatosensory system, and specifically primary somatosensory cortex (S1), plays a role in motor learning by observing. In experiment 1, we applied stimulation to the median nerve to occupy the somatosensory system with unrelated inputs while participants observed a tutor learning to reach in a force field. Stimulation disrupted motor learning by observing in a limb-specific manner. Stimulation delivered to the right arm (the same arm used by the tutor) disrupted learning, whereas left arm stimulation did not. This is consistent with the idea that a somatosensory representation of the observed effector must be available during observation for learning to occur. In experiment 2, we assessed S1 cortical processing before and after observation by measuring somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) associated with median nerve stimulation. SEP amplitudes increased only for participants who observed learning. Moreover, SEPs increased more for participants who exhibited greater motor learning following observation. Taken together, these findings support the idea that motor learning by observing relies on functional plasticity in S1. We propose that visual signals about the movements of others are mapped onto motor circuits for learning via the somatosensory system.

  12. Toughening of wood plastic composite based on X-PP

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    Meekum, U.; Khongrit, A.

    2016-03-01

    Wood plastic composite(WPC) based on crosslinked polypropylene(X-PP)/wood flour was explored. The peroxide/silane was used as crosslinking system. The sauna incubation under moisture saturated oven was applied to accelerate the competition of the siloxy/moisture networking reaction. There were three parts of the research work; design of experiment, toughening of WPC and the effect of peroxide, silane and PP copolymer on properties of the WPC, respectively. In this published work, the toughness improvement of the composite was focused. Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) and Ethylene propylene diene terpolymer(EPDM) were employed to improve impact strength via blending with x-PP matrix. Composites were compounded into pellets by co-rotational twin screw extruder and test specimens were prepared by injection molding. Sauna incubation at 105°C for 12 hrs in oven chamber was performed to accelerate the final silane condensation crosslink reaction. MFI, impact strength, flexural properties and heat deflection temperature measurement were conducted. Impact strength, HDT and flexural modulus were improved with increasing UHMWPE content, and the optimal values around 5-10 phr of UHMWPE were achieved. Addition of EPDM elastomer to the matrix blends, reduced flexural strength and modulus but increased impact strength. While incorporation of EPDM into the PP/UHMWPE blends was exhibited much higher impact strength than that of the PP/UHMWPE binary blends. Silane crosslinked through sauna treatment improved the impact strength. HDT were also much risen for the crosslinked composite comparing with the non-crosslinked one.

  13. Energetics and Compatibility of Plasticizers in Composite Solid Propellants

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    Rm. Muthiah; U. I. Somasundaran; T. L. Verghese; V. A. Thornas

    1989-01-01

    ...) ter polymer andhydroxyl terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) have been reported. The compatibility of all the plasticizers on HTPB binder was also studied at different concentration levels and temperatures using Brookfield viscometer and reported. The mechanism of plasticization is also reviewed.

  14. Engineering Biodegradable Flame Retardant Wood-Plastic Composites

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    Zhang, Linxi

    Wood-plastic composites (WPCs), which are produced by blending wood and polymer materials, have attracted increasing attentions in market and industry due to the low cost and excellent performance. In this research, we have successfully engineered WPC by melt blending Polylactic Acid (PLA) and Poly(butylene adipate-co-terphthalate) (PBAT) with recycled wood flour. The thermal property and flammability of the composite are significantly improved by introducing flame retardant agent resorcinol bis(biphenyl phosphate) (RDP). The mechanical and morphological properties are also investigated via multiple techniques. The results show that wood material has increased toughness and impact resistance of the PLA/PBAT polymer matrix. SEM images have confirmed that PLA and PBAT are immiscible, but the incompatibility is reduced by the addition of wood. RDP is initially dispersed in the blends evenly. It migrates to the surface of the sample after flame application, and serves as a barrier between the fire and underlying polymers and wood mixture. It is well proved in the research that RDP is an efficient flame retardant agent in the WPC system.

  15. 40 CFR Table 2 to Subpart Wwww of... - Compliance Dates for New and Existing Reinforced Plastic Composites Facilities

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    2010-07-01

    ... Reinforced Plastic Composites Facilities 2 Table 2 to Subpart WWWW of Part 63 Protection of Environment...: Reinforced Plastic Composites Production Pt. 63, Subpt. WWWW, Table 2 Table 2 to Subpart WWWW of Part 63—Compliance Dates for New and Existing Reinforced Plastic Composites Facilities As required in §§ 63.5800...

  16. Dynamics of a supercritical composite shaft mounted on viscoelastic supports

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    Montagnier, O.; Hochard, C.

    2014-01-01

    The damping in a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) laminate is greater than that which occurs in most metallic materials. In the supercritical regime, the damping can trigger unstable whirl oscillations, which can have catastrophic effects. The vibrations occurring in a supercritical composite drive shaft are investigated here in order to predict instabilities of this kind. A simply supported carbon/epoxy composite tube mounted on viscoelastic supports is studied, using an approximation of the Rayleigh-Timoshenko equation. The damping process is assumed to be hysteretic. The composite behavior is described in terms of modulus and loss factor, taking homogenized values. The critical speeds are obtained in several analytical forms in order to determine the effects of factors such as the rotatory inertia, the gyroscopic forces, the transverse shear and the supports stiffness. Assuming that the hysteretic damping can be expressed in terms of the equivalent viscous model, the threshold speed is obtained in the form of an analytical criterion. The influence of the various factors involved is quantified at the first critical speed of a subcritical composite shaft previously described in the literature. The influence of the coupling mechanisms on the unsymmetrical composite laminate and the end fittings is also investigated using a finite element model. None of these parameters were found to have a decisive influence in this case. Those having the greatest effects were the transverse shear and the supports stiffness. The effects of the composite stacking sequence, the shaft length and the supports stiffness on the threshold speed were then investigated. In particular, drive shafts consisting only of ±45° or ±30° plies can be said to be generally unstable in the supercritical regime due to their very high loss factors.

  17. Carbon Fiber Composite Monoliths as Catalyst Supports

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    Contescu, Cristian I [ORNL; Gallego, Nidia C [ORNL; Pickel, Joseph M [ORNL; Blom, Douglas Allen [ORNL; Burchell, Timothy D [ORNL

    2006-01-01

    Carbon fiber composite monoliths are rigid bodies that can be activated to a large surface area, have tunable porosity, and proven performance in gas separation and storage. They are ideal as catalyst supports in applications where a rigid support, with open structure and easy fluid access is desired. We developed a procedure for depositing a dispersed nanoparticulate phase of molybdenum carbide (Mo2C) on carbon composite monoliths in the concentration range of 3 to 15 wt% Mo. The composition and morphology of this phase was characterized using X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy, and a mechanism was suggested for its formation. Molybdenum carbide is known for its catalytic properties that resemble those of platinum group metals, but at a lower cost. The materials obtained are expected to demonstrate catalytic activity in a series of hydrocarbon reactions involving hydrogen transfer. This project demonstrates the potential of carbon fiber composite monoliths as catalyst supports.

  18. Carbon Fiber Composite Monoliths for Catalyst Supports

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    Contescu, Cristian I [ORNL; Gallego, Nidia C [ORNL; Pickel, Joseph M [ORNL; Blom, Douglas Allen [ORNL; Burchell, Timothy D [ORNL

    2006-01-01

    Carbon fiber composite monoliths are rigid bodies that can be activated to a large surface area, have tunable porosity, and proven performance in gas separation and storage. They are ideal as catalyst supports in applications where a rigid support, with open structure and easy fluid access is desired. We developed a procedure for depositing a dispersed nanoparticulate phase of molybdenum carbide (Mo2C) on carbon composite monoliths in the concentration range of 3 to 15 wt% Mo. The composition and morphology of this phase was characterized using X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy, and a mechanism was suggested for its formation. Molybdenum carbide is known for its catalytic properties that resemble those of platinum group metals, but at a lower cost. The materials obtained are expected to demonstrate catalytic activity in a series of hydrocarbon reactions involving hydrogen transfer. This project demonstrates the potential of carbon fiber composite monoliths as catalyst supports.

  19. Energetics and Compatibility of Plasticizers in Composite Solid Propellants

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    Rm. Muthiah

    1989-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper a comparative analysis on the energetics of ester type plasticizers such as dioctyl adipate (DOA, dioctyl phthalate (DOP,dibutyl sebacate (DBS, isodecyl pelargonate (IDP, trioctylphosphate (TOF, diethyl phthalate (DEP, tricresyl phosphate (TCPand dibutyl phthalate (DBP and hydrocarbon type plasticizers such as polybutene (PB, spindle oil, naphthenic oil, polymer extender oil(PEO and poly isobutylene (PIB and the impact of some of the plasticizers on the work ability, pot life and mechanical properties of propellants based on two selected polymeric binders namely polybutadiene-acrylic acid-acrylonitrile (PBAN ter polymer andhydroxyl terminated polybutadiene (HTPB have been reported. The compatibility of all the plasticizers on HTPB binder was also studied at different concentration levels and temperatures using Brookfield viscometer and reported. The mechanism of plasticization is also reviewed.

  20. Plastic flow in a composite : a comparison of nonlocal continuum and discrete dislocation predictions

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    Bassani, J.L.; Needleman, A.; Giessen, E. van der

    2001-01-01

    A two-dimensional model composite with elastic reinforcements in a crystalline matrix subject to macroscopic shear is considered using both discrete dislocation plasticity and a nonlocal continuum crystal plasticity theory. Only single slip is permitted in the matrix material. The discrete dislocati

  1. Plasticity dependent damage evolution in composites with strain-gradient effects

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    Legarth, Brian Nyvang

    2015-01-01

    A unit cell approach is adopted to numerically analyze the effect of reinforcement size on fracture evolution in metal matrix composites. The matrix material shows plastic size-effects and is modeled by an anisotropic version of the single parameter strain-gradient (higher-order) plasticity model...

  2. Strength of cellulosic fiber/starch acetate composites with variable fiber and plasticizer content

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    Joffe, Roberts; Madsen, Bo; Nättinen, Kalle

    2015-01-01

    In this experimental study, the performance of injection-molded short flax and hemp fibers in plasticized starch acetate were analyzed in terms of strength. Parameters involved in the analysis are a variable fiber and plasticizer content. The measured strength of the composites varies in the rang...

  3. Development of Wood-Plastic Composite at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Kenya

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    Madaraka F. Mwema

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Disposal of plastics and other solid wastes has been a major problem in Kenya. Most of these wastes can be recycled through various ways and methods to produce new products. Plastics can be combined with sawdust to develop composite materials for applications such as in building. In this project, a wood-plastic composite (WPC was developed from sawdust and plastic solid wastes. The composite bore the advantages of both wood and plastics which can be applied in various sectors including interior design work and in automotive among others, thereby curbing the problem of garbage accumulation in the environment. The project provides eco-friendly solutions by making best use of the available resources (wood and plastic resins thus, finding sustainable solutions to the problem of limited waste dumping sites and deforestation in the country. The composites were made from PP and HDPE thermoplastics and mahogany sawdust obtained from our wood workshop in Dedan Kimathi University. From the tests carried out and results obtained, it was found that, the composite has more advantages than the individual constituent materials. Water absorption test revealed that all the samples took up water though not as much pronounced as for plain sawdust. Additionally, the rate of water reduction was found to be excellent. They took less time to release the absorbed water to the environment meaning that they can be applied in humid or wet environ. The composite samples were easy to machine since they were easily shaped using a handsaw.

  4. MEASURING AND MODELING OF THE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF COMPOSITE BEARING PAD MADE OF PLASTIC MATRIX AND FINE BRONZE ELASTIC SPRINGS

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    2002-01-01

    The viscoelastic properties of the normal PTFE plastic and strengthened PTFE plastic for bearing pad are measured. The mechanical properties of the composite material for bearing pad, which is made of the aforementioned plastics as matrix reinforced by fine bronze elastic springs, are modeled and relaxation modulus of the material are presented. The difference between these two kinds of PTFE is studied. The results show that the complex modulus of PTFE plastics for bearing pad is higher than that of normal PTFE plastics.

  5. Effects of Bio-based Plasticizers on Mechanical and Thermal Properties of PVC/Wood Flour Composites

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    Zhenhua Xie

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Poly(vinyl chloride/wood flour (WPVC composites with dioctyl phthalate (DOP, dibutyl phthalate (DBP, cardanol acetate (CA, or epoxy fatty acid methyl ester (EFAME were prepared using twin-screw extrusion. The effects of plasticizers on the mechanical, dynamic mechanical, and melt rheological properties of composites and the thermal migration of plasticizers were characterized. The results demonstrated that WPVC/ DBP and WPVC/EFAME composites had better elongation at break; however, composites with bio-based plasticizers exhibited significantly higher impact strength. The morphology indicated that the compatibility between CA and WPVC was poor, while the surface of the composites showed good plasticity with the addition of DBP or EFAME. The PVC matrix with a plasticizer of higher molecular weight exhibited a higher glass transition temperature (Tg. The dynamic rheological test showed that WPVC/EFAME composites had the lowest storage modulus, loss modulus, and complex viscosity, but EFAME migrated more easily from composites than other plasticizers.

  6. Elastic-plastic deformation of fiber composites with a tetragonal structure

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    Makarova, E.IU.; Svistkova, L.A. (Permskii Politekhnicheskii Institut, Perm (USSR))

    1991-02-01

    Results of numerical solutions are presented for elastic-plastic problems concerning arbitrary loading of unidirectional composites in the transverse plane. The nucleation and evolution of microplastic zones in the matrix and the effect of this process on the macroscopic characteristics of the composite are discussed. Attention is also given to the effect of the fiber shape on the elastic-plastic deformation of the matrix and to deformation paths realized in simple microdeformation processes. The discussion is illustrated by results obtained for a composite consisting of a VT1-0 titanium alloy matrix reinforced by Ti-Mo fibers.

  7. All-natural bio-plastics using starch-betaglucan composites

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    Sagnelli, Domenico; Kirkensgaard, Jacob Judas Kain; Giosafatto, Concetta Valeria L.

    2017-01-01

    functionalities chemical modifications or blending with synthetic polymers, such as polycaprolactone are required (e.g. Mater-Bi). As an alternative, all-natural and compostable bio-plastics can be produced by blending starch with other polysaccharides. In this study, we used a maize starch (ST) and an oat β......Grain polysaccharides represent potential valuable raw materials for next-generation advanced and environmentally friendly plastics. Thermoplastic starch (TPS) is processed using conventional plastic technology, such as casting, extrusion, and molding. However, to adapt the starch to specific......-glucan (BG) composite system to produce bio-plastic prototype films. To optimize performing conditions, we investigated the full range of ST:BG ratios for the casting (100:0, 75:25, 50:50, 25:75 and 0:100 BG). The plasticizer used was glycerol. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR), using TEMPO (2...

  8. Plastic zone analysis and support optimization of shallow roadway with weakly cemented soft strata

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    Zhang Jihua; Wang Lianguo; Li Qinghai; Zhu Shuangshuang

    2015-01-01

    Based on a shallow roadway with weakly cemented soft strata in western China, this paper studies the range and degree of plastic zones in soft strata roadways with weak cementation. Geological radars were used to monitor the loose range and level of surrounding rocks. A mechanical model of weakly cemented roadway was established, including granular material based on the measured results. The model was then used to determine the plastic zone radium. The predicted results agree well with measured results which provide valuable theoretical references for the analysis of surrounding rock stability and support reinforcing design of weakly cemented roadways. Finally, a combined supporting scheme of whole sec-tion bolting and grouting was proposed based on the original supporting scheme. It is proved that this support plan can effectively control the deformation and plastic zone expansion of the roadway sur-rounding rock and thus ensure the long-term stable and safe mining.

  9. Coupling of plasticity and damage in glass fibre reinforced polymer composites

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    Osnes H.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available This study addresses the nonlinear stress-strain response in glass fibre reinforced polymer composite laminates. Loading and unloading of these laminates indicate that the nonlinear response is caused by both damage and plasticity. A user defined material model is implemented in the finite element code LS-DYNA. The damage evolution is based on the Puck failure criterion [1], and the plastic behaviour is based on the quadratic Hill yield criterion for anisotropic materials [2].

  10. Micromechanical modeling of damage in periodic composites using strain gradient plasticity

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    Azizi, Reza

    2012-01-01

    Damage evolution at the fiber matrix interface in Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs) is studied using strain gradient theory of plasticity. The study includes the rate independent formulation of energetic strain gradient plasticity for the matrix, purely elastic model for the fiber and cohesive zone...... model under simple shear and transverse uniaxial tension using plane strain and periodic boundary conditions. The result of the overall response curve, effective plastic strain, effective stress and higher order stress distributions are shown. The effect of the material length scale, maximum stress...

  11. Cold-atmospheric pressure plasma polymerization of acetylene on wood flour for improved wood plastics composites

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    Lekobou, William; Pedrow, Patrick; Englund, Karl; Laborie, Marie-Pierre

    2009-10-01

    Plastic composites have become a large class of construction material for exterior applications. One of the main disadvantages of wood plastic composites resides in the weak adhesion between the polar and hydrophilic surface of wood and the non-polar and hydrophobic polyolefin matrix, hindering the dispersion of the flour in the polymer matrix. To improve interfacial compatibility wood flour can be pretreated with environmentally friendly methods such as cold-atmospheric pressure plasma. The objective of this work is therefore to evaluate the potential of plasma polymerization of acetylene on wood flour to improve the compatibility with polyolefins. This presentation will describe the reactor design used to modify wood flour using acetylene plasma polymerization. The optimum conditions for plasma polymerization on wood particles will also be presented. Finally preliminary results on the wood flour surface properties and use in wood plastic composites will be discussed.

  12. Overview of Wood/Plastic Composites%木塑复合材料概述

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    李东方; 李黎; 李建章

    2013-01-01

      The development course of wood-plastic composite materials is reviewed, the production process and market prospect of wood/plastic composite materials are stated, the study on the raw materials of wood-plastic composite materials, relevant interfacial theory and interface improving methods are introduced, and currently existing problems are pointed out.%  回顾了木塑复合材料的发展历程,阐述了其生产工艺以及市场前景;介绍了木塑复合材料的原料研究、界面理论以及改善界面性能的方法,并指出目前存在的问题。

  13. Small scale plasticity and compressive properties of composites

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    Mikkelsen, Lars Pilgaard

    . In the present work, the influence of the mechanical properties of the matrix material on the compression strength is studied by changing the temperature during mechanical testing and thereby making it possible changing the matrix properties keeping all other properties in the experimental setup constant...... in the commercial finite element code Abaqus [3]. In addition, in a supplementary study, taken into account the length scale effect of the yielding behavior using a strain gradient dependent plasticity law [4] implemented as a user element [5], it is possible investigating the scale effect on the yielding behavior...

  14. Finite-size effects in a model for plasticity of amorphous composites

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    Tyukodi, Botond; Lemarchand, Claire; Hansen, Jesper Schmidt

    2016-01-01

    We discuss the plastic behavior of an amorphous matrix reinforced by hard particles. A mesoscopic depinning-like model accounting for Eshelby elastic interactions is implemented. Only the effect of a plastic disorder is considered. Numerical results show a complex size dependence of the effective...... flow stress of the amorphous composite. In particular, the departure from the mixing law shows opposite trends associated to the competing effects of the matrix and the reinforcing particles, respectively. The reinforcing mechanisms and their effects on localization are discussed. Plastic strain...... is shown to gradually concentrate on the weakest band of the system. This correlation of the plastic behavior with the material structure is used to design a simple analytical model. The latter nicely captures reinforcement size effects in (logN/N)1/2, where N is the linear size of the system, observed...

  15. Revealing homogeneous plastic deformation in dendrite-reinforced Ti-based metallic glass composites under tension

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    Wu, F. F.; Wei, J. S.; Chan, K. C.; Chen, S. H.; Zhao, R. D.; Zhang, G. A.; Wu, X. F.

    2017-01-01

    The tensile plastic deformation of dendrite-reinforced Ti-based metallic glass composites (MGCs) was investigated. It was found that there is a critical normalized strain-hardening rate (NSHR) that determines the plastic stability of MGCs: if the NSHR is larger than the critical value, the plastic deformation of the MGCs will be stable, i.e. the necking and strain localization can be effectively suppressed, resulting in homogeneous plastic elongation. In addition, dendrite-reinforce MGCs are verified as being intrinsically ductile, and can be used as good coatings for improving the surface properties of pure titanium or titanium alloys. These findings are helpful in designing, producing, and using MGCs with improved performance properties. PMID:28195216

  16. Characteristics of wood-fiber plastic composites made of recycled materials.

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    Ashori, Alireza; Nourbakhsh, Amir

    2009-04-01

    This study investigates the feasibility of using recycled high density polyethylene (rHDPE), polypropylene (rPP) and old newspaper (rONP) fiber to manufacture experimental composite panels. The panels were made through air-forming and hot press. The effects of the fiber and coupling agent concentration on tensile, flexural, internal bond properties and water absorption and thickness swelling of wood-fiber plastic composites were studied. The use of maleated polypropylene as coupling agent improved the compatibility between the fiber and both plastic matrices and mechanical properties of the resultant composites compared well with those of non-coupled ones. Based on the findings in this work, it appears that recycled materials can be used to manufacture value-added panels without having any significant adverse influence on board properties. It was also found that composites with rHDPE provided moderately superior properties, compared with rPP samples.

  17. Wood-plastic composites using thermomechanical pulp made from oxalic acid-pretreated red pine chips

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    J.E. Winandy; N.M. Stark; E. Horn

    2008-01-01

    The characteristics and properties of wood fiber is one of many factors of critical importance to the performance of wood-plastic composites. In commercial thermo-mechanical pulping (TMP) of wood chips to produce fibers, high temperatures (>100°C) are used to separate the fibers during TMP refining. These mechanical pressures and temperatures are usually modulated...

  18. Properties of wood-plastic composites (WPCs) reinforced with extracted and delignified wood flour

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    Yao Chen; Nicole M. Stark; Mandla A. Tshabalala; Jianmin Gao; Yongming Fan

    2014-01-01

    The water sorption and mechanical properties of wood-plastic composites (WPCs) made of extracted and delignified wood flour (WF) has been investigated. WF was prepared by extraction with the solvent systems toluene/ethanol (TE), acetone/water (AW), and hot water (HW), and its delignification was conducted by means of sodium chlorite/acetic acid (AA) solution. A 2 4...

  19. Decay resistance of wood-plastic composites reinforced with extracted or delignified wood flour

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    Rebecca E. Ibach; Yao Chen; Nicole M. Stark; Mandla A. Tshabalala; Yongming Fan; Jianmin Gao

    2014-01-01

    The moisture and decay resistance of wood-plastic composites (WPCs) reinforced with extracted or delignified wood flour (WF) was investigated. Three different extractions were preformed: toluene/ethanol (TE), acetone/water (AW), and hot water (HW). Delignification (DL) was performed using a sodium chlorite/acetic acid solution. All WPCs specimens were made with 50% by...

  20. Moisture Performance of wood-plastic composites reinforced with extracted and delignified wood flour

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    Yao Chen; Nicole M. Stark; Mandla A. Tshabalala; Jianmin Gao; Yongming Fan

    2014-01-01

    This study investigated the effect of using extracted and delignified wood flour on water sorption properties of wood–plastic composites. Wood flour (WF) extraction was performed with three solvent systems: toluene/ethanol (TE), acetone/water (AW), and hot water (HW); delignification was conducted using sodium chlorite/acetic acid solution. A 24 full-factorial...

  1. Properties of flat-pressed wood plastic composites containing fire retardants

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    Nadir Ayrilmis; Jan. T. Benthien; Heiko Thoemen; Robert H. White

    2011-01-01

    This study investigated physical, mechanical, and fire properties of the flat-pressed wood plastic composites (WPCs) incorporated with various fire retardants (FRs) [5 or 15% by weight (wt)] at 50 wt % of the wood flour (WF). The WPC panels were made from dry-blended WF, polypropylene (PP) with maleic anhydride grafted PP (2 wt %), and FR powder formulations using a...

  2. Wood plastic composites from modified wood. Part 3. Durability of WPCs with bioderived matrix

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    Westin, M.; Larsson-Brelid, P.; Segerholm, B.K.; Oever, van den M.J.A.

    2008-01-01

    The decay resistance of fully bio-derived wood plastic composites, WPCs, was tested in both laboratory and field tests. The laboratory tests were performed according to modified versions of AWPA E10 (soil-block test) and ENV 807 (tests in three un-sterile soils) and the field tests according to EN 2

  3. Mechanical and time-dependent behavior of wood-plastic composites subjected to tension and compression

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    Scott E. Hamel; John C. Hermanson; Steven M. Cramer

    2012-01-01

    The thermoplastics within wood—plastic composites (WPCs) are known to experience significant time-dependent deformation or creep. In some formulations, creep deformation can be twice as much as the initial quasi-static strain in as little as 4 days. While extensive work has been done on the creep behavior of pure polymers, little information is available on the...

  4. Evaluation of the inelastic heat fraction in the context of microstructure supported dynamic plasticity modelling

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    2008-01-01

    Evaluation of the inelastic heat fraction in the context of microstructure supported dynamic plasticity modelling correspondence: Corresponding author. (Longere, Patrice) (Longere, Patrice) (Dragon, A. Andre) Laboratoire de Genie Mecanique et Materiaux ? Universite de Bretagne Sud ? Rue de Saint-Maude - BP 92116--> , 56321 LORIENT Cedex--> - FRANCE (Longere, Patrice)...

  5. Interfacial diffusion in high-temperature deformation of composites: A discrete dislocation plasticity investigation

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    Shishvan, Siamak S.; Pollock, Tresa M.; McMeeking, Robert M.; Deshpande, Vikram S.

    2017-01-01

    We present a discrete dislocation plasticity (DDP) framework to analyse the high temperature deformation of multi-phase materials (composites) comprising a matrix and inclusions. Deformation of the phases is by climb-assisted glide of the dislocations while the particles can also deform due to stress-driven interfacial diffusion. The general framework is used to analyse the uniaxial tensile deformation of a composite comprising elastic particles with dislocation plasticity only present in the matrix phase. When dislocation motion is restricted to only glide within the matrix a strong size effect of the composite strength is predicted with the strength increasing with decreasing unit cell size due to dislocations forming pile-ups against the matrix/particle interface. Interfacial diffusion decreases the composite strength as it enhances the elongation of the elastic particles along the loading direction. When dislocation motion occurs by climb-assisted glide within the matrix the size effect of the strength is reduced as dislocations no longer arrange high energy pile-up structures but rather form lower energy dislocation cell networks. While interfacial diffusion again reduces the composite strength, in contrast to continuum plasticity predictions, the elongation of the particles is almost independent of the interfacial diffusion constant. Rather, in DDP the reduction in composite strength due to interfacial diffusion is a result of changes in the dislocation structures within the matrix and the associated enhanced dislocation climb rates in the matrix.

  6. Evolution of the health of concrete structures by electrically conductive GFRP (glass fiber reinforced plastic) composites

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    Shin, Soon-Gi

    2002-02-01

    The function and performance of self-diagnostic composites embedded in concrete blocks and piles were investigated by bending tests and electrical resistance measurement. Carbon powder (CP) and carbon fiber (CF) were introduced into glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) composites to provide electrical conductivity. The CPGFRP composite displays generally good performance in various bending tests of concrete block and piles compared to the CFGFRP composite. The electrical resistance of the CPGFRP composite increases remarkably at small strains in response to microcrack formation at about 200 μm strain, and can be used to detect smaller deformations before crack formation. The CPGFRP composite shows continuous change in resistance up to a large strain level just before the final fracture for concrete structures reinforced by steel bars. It is concluded that self-diagnostic composites can be used to predict damage and fracture in concrete blocks and piles.

  7. Saturation Transfer Difference NMR as an Analytical Tool for Detection and Differentiation of Plastic Explosives on the Basis of Minor Plasticizer Composition

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    SATURATION TRANSFER DIFFERENCE NMR AS AN ANALYTICAL TOOL FOR DETECTION AND DIFFERENTIATION OF PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES...3. DATES COVERED (From - To) Mar 2010 – Dec 2011 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Saturation Transfer Difference NMR as an Analytical Tool for Detection and... NMR methodology has been developed to support the unambiguous identification and discrimination of Semtex and C-4 plastic explosive mixtures in

  8. Characterization of wood plastic composites made from landfill-derived plastic and sawdust: volatile compounds and olfactometric analysis.

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    Félix, Juliana S; Domeño, Celia; Nerín, Cristina

    2013-03-01

    Application of wood plastic composites (WPCs) obtained from recycled materials initially intended for landfill is usually limited by their composition, mainly focused on release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which could affect quality or human safety. The study of the VOCs released by a material is a requirement for new composite materials. Characterization and quantification of VOCs of several WPC produced with low density polyethylene (LDPE) and polyethylene/ethylene vinyl acetate (PE/EVA) films and sawdust were carried out, in each stage of production, by solid phase microextraction in headspace mode (HS-SPME) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). An odor profile was also obtained by HS-SPME and GC-MS coupled with olfactometry analysis. More than 140 compounds were observed in the raw materials and WPC samples. Some quantified compounds were considered WPC markers such as furfural, 2-methoxyphenol, N-methylphthalimide and 2,4-di-tert-butylphenol. Hexanoic acid, acetic acid, 2-methoxyphenol, acetylfuran, diacetyl, and aldehydes were the most important odorants. None of the VOCs were found to affect human safety for use of the WPC.

  9. Theoretical Development of an Orthotropic Elasto-Plastic Generalized Composite Material Model

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    Goldberg, Robert K.; Carney, Kelly S.; DuBois, Paul; Hoffarth, Canio; Harrington, Joseph; Subramanian, Rajan; Blankenhorn, Gunther

    2014-01-01

    The need for accurate material models to simulate the deformation, damage and failure of polymer matrix composites is becoming critical as these materials are gaining increased usage in the aerospace and automotive industries. While there are several composite material models currently available within LS-DYNA (Registered), there are several features that have been identified that could improve the predictive capability of a composite model. To address these needs, a combined plasticity and damage model suitable for use with both solid and shell elements is being developed and is being implemented into LS-DYNA as MAT_213. A key feature of the improved material model is the use of tabulated stress-strain data in a variety of coordinate directions to fully define the stress-strain response of the material. To date, the model development efforts have focused on creating the plasticity portion of the model. The Tsai-Wu composite failure model has been generalized and extended to a strain-hardening based orthotropic material model with a non-associative flow rule. The coefficients of the yield function, and the stresses to be used in both the yield function and the flow rule, are computed based on the input stress-strain curves using the effective plastic strain as the tracking variable. The coefficients in the flow rule are computed based on the obtained stress-strain data. The developed material model is suitable for implementation within LS-DYNA for use in analyzing the nonlinear response of polymer composites.

  10. STRENGTH AND SORPTION PROPERTIES OF BAMBOO (Bambusa vulgaris WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITES

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    Babajide Charles FALEMARA

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The study investigated the strength and water sorption properties of plastic composites produced from the sawdust of bamboo and recycled Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE. Three levels of board density (500kg/m3 , 600kg/m3 and 700kg/m3 and three levels of plastic/fibre mixing ratio (1:1, 2:1 and 3:1 were adopted. The thickness swelling (TS, water absorption (WA, tensile strength, modulus of elasticity (MOE and modulus of rupture (MOR were investigated. The sorption properties were measured after 24hour water-soak test exposure. The mean values of the properties ranged from 4.15% to 1.40% for thickness swelling; 31.96% to 4.83% for water absorption; and 2.55Mpa to 6.98Mpa, 5564.11Mpa to 10771.65Mpa and 0.60Mpa to 4.29Mpa for tensile strength, modulus of elasticity and modulus of rupture respectively. The result revealed that as the plastic/fibre mixing ratio and board density increased the tensile strength, MOE and MOR increased, while TS and WA decreased. Strength properties of composites boards produced with the higher production variables had higher strength properties and decreased sorption assessment. Bamboo particles are suitable for the manufacturing of Wood Plastic Composites (WPC using LDPE

  11. Composite Fibers from Recycled Plastics Using Melt Centrifugal Spinning.

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    Zander, Nicole E; Gillan, Margaret; Sweetser, Daniel

    2017-09-06

    New methods are being developed to enable the production of value-added materials from high-volume, low-cost feedstocks arising from domestic recycling streams. In this work, recycled bottle-grade polyethylene terephthalate, polystyrene, and polypropylene were spun into fibers from the melt using a centrifugal spinning technique. Mono-component fibers and 50/50 blends of each polymer and a 33/33/33 blend of all three polymers were evaluated. Fiber morphology, chemistry, thermal, and mechanical properties were probed. Fiber diameters ranged from ca. 1 to over 12 µm, with polypropylene fibers having the smallest fiber diameters. Mono-component fibers were generally defect-free, while composite fibers containing polypropylene were beady. Fibers made from polyethylene terephthalate had the highest tensile strength, and the addition of polyethylene terephthalate to the other polymers improved the mechanical properties of the blends. Nano- and micro-fibers from both pure and mixed waste streams are expected to have applications in myriad areas such as ultra/micro-filtration, composites, and insulation.

  12. Influence of Cellulose on the Mechanical and Thermal Stability of ABS Plastic Composites

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    K. Crews

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Microcrystalline cellulose was explored as possible biodegradable fillers in the fabrication of ABS plastic composites. TGA indicates that upon inclusion of cellulose microcrystals the thermal stability of the ABS plastics was improved significantly when compared to the neat ABS plastic counterparts. Furthermore, inclusion of extracted cellulose from plant biomass showed a higher thermal stability with maximum decomposition temperatures around 131.95°C and 124.19°C for cellulose from cotton and Hibiscus sabdariffa, respectively, when compared to that of the purchased cellulose. In addition, TMA revealed that the average CTE value for the neat ABS and 1 : 1 ratio of cellulose to ABS fabricated in this study was significantly lower than the reported CTE (ca. 73.8 μm/m°C.

  13. Finite element implementation and numerical issues of strain gradient plasticity with application to metal matrix composites

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    Frederiksson, Per; Gudmundson, Peter; Mikkelsen, Lars Pilgaard

    2009-01-01

    A framework of finite element equations for strain gradient plasticity is presented. The theoretical framework requires plastic strain degrees of freedom in addition to displacements and a plane strain version is implemented into a commercial finite element code. A couple of different elements...... of quadrilateral type are examined and a few numerical issues are addressed related to these elements as well as to strain gradient plasticity theories in general. Numerical results are presented for an idealized cell model of a metal matrix composite under shear loading. It is shown that strengthening due...... to fiber size is captured but strengthening due to fiber shape is not. A few modelling aspects of this problem are discussed as well. An analytic solution is also presented which illustrates similarities to other theories....

  14. Forecasting waste compositions: A case study on plastic waste of electronic display housings.

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    Peeters, Jef R; Vanegas, Paul; Kellens, Karel; Wang, Feng; Huisman, Jaco; Dewulf, Wim; Duflou, Joost R

    2015-12-01

    Because of the rapid succession of technological developments, the architecture and material composition of many products used in daily life have drastically changed over the last decades. As a result, well-adjusted recycling technologies need to be developed and installed to cope with these evolutions. This is essential to guarantee continued access to materials and to reduce the ecological impact of our material consumption. However, limited information is currently available on the material composition of arising waste streams and even less on how these waste streams will evolve. Therefore, this paper presents a methodology to forecast trends in the material composition of waste streams. To demonstrate the applicability and value of the proposed methodology, it is applied to forecast the evolution of plastic housing waste from flat panel display (FPD) TVs, FPD monitors, cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs and CRT monitors. The results of the presented forecasts indicate that a wide variety of plastic types and additives, such as flame retardants, are found in housings of similar products. The presented case study demonstrates that the proposed methodology allows the identification of trends in the evolution of the material composition of waste streams. In addition, it is demonstrated that the recycling sector will need to adapt its processes to deal with the increasing complexity of plastics of end-of-life electronic displays while respecting relevant directives.

  15. A variational formulation for the incremental homogenization of elasto-plastic composites

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    Brassart, L.; Stainier, L.; Doghri, I.; Delannay, L.

    2011-12-01

    This work addresses the micro-macro modeling of composites having elasto-plastic constituents. A new model is proposed to compute the effective stress-strain relation along arbitrary loading paths. The proposed model is based on an incremental variational principle (Ortiz, M., Stainier, L., 1999. The variational formulation of viscoplastic constitutive updates. Comput. Methods Appl. Mech. Eng. 171, 419-444) according to which the local stress-strain relation derives from a single incremental potential at each time step. The effective incremental potential of the composite is then estimated based on a linear comparison composite (LCC) with an effective behavior computed using available schemes in linear elasticity. Algorithmic elegance of the time-integration of J 2 elasto-plasticity is exploited in order to define the LCC. In particular, the elastic predictor strain is used explicitly. The method yields a homogenized yield criterion and radial return equation for each phase, as well as a homogenized plastic flow rule. The predictive capabilities of the proposed method are assessed against reference full-field finite element results for several particle-reinforced composites.

  16. Pyrolysis of municipal plastic wastes: Influence of raw material composition.

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    López, A; de Marco, I; Caballero, B M; Laresgoiti, M F; Adrados, A

    2010-04-01

    The objective of this work is the study of pyrolysis as a feedstock recycling process, for valorizing the rejected streams that come from industrial plants, where packing and packaging wastes are classified and separated for their subsequent mechanical recycling. Four real samples collected from an industrial plant at four different times of the year, have been pyrolysed under nitrogen in a 3.5dm(3) autoclave at 500 degrees C for 30min. Pyrolysis liquids are a complex mixture of organic compounds containing valuable chemicals as styrene, ethyl-benzene, toluene, etc. Pyrolysis solids are composed of the inorganic material contained in the raw materials, as well as of some char formed in the pyrolysis process, and pyrolysis gases are mainly composed of hydrocarbons together with some CO and CO(2), and have very high gross calorific values (GCV). It has been proved by the authors that the composition of the raw material (paper, film, and metals contents) plays a significant role in the characteristics of pyrolysis products. High paper content yields water in the pyrolysis liquids, and CO and CO(2) in the gases, high PE film content gives rise to high viscosity liquids, and high metals content yields more aromatics in the liquid products, which may be attributed to the metals catalytic effect.

  17. A plastic-composite-plastic structure high performance flexible energy harvester based on PIN-PMN-PT single crystal/epoxy 2-2 composite

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    Zeng, Zhou; Gai, Linlin; Wang, Xian; Lin, Di; Wang, Sheng; Luo, Haosu; Wang, Dong

    2017-03-01

    We present a high performance flexible piezoelectric energy harvester constituted by a Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT) single crystal/epoxy 2-2 composite flake, a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate, and a PET cover, which is capable of harvesting energy from biomechanical movements. Electrical properties of the device under different epoxy volume fractions, load resistances, and strains are studied systematically. Both theoretical and experimental results show that the plastic-composite-plastic structure contributes to the flexibility of the device, and a high performance bulk PIN-PMN-PT single crystal (a thickness of 50 μm) results in its high electrical output. At a low excitation frequency of 4.2 Hz, the optimal flexible energy harvester (with ve = 21%) can generate a peak voltage of 12.9 V and a maximum power density of 0.28 mW/cm3 under a bending radius of 10.5 mm, and maintain its performance after 40 000 bending-unbending cycles. High flexibility and excellent electrical output at low operational frequency demonstrate the promise of the device in biomechanical motion energy harvesting for wireless and portable low-power electronics.

  18. Effects of Mixing Temperature and Wood Powder Size on Mechanical Properties of Wood Plastic Recycled Composite

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    Miki, Tsunehisa; Sugimoto, Hiroyuki; Kojiro, Keisuke; Kanayama, Kozo; Yamamoto, Ken

    In this study, wood (cedar) powder ranging from 53 µm to 1 mm sizes, recycled polypropylene (PP) / polyethylene (PE) and acid-modified PP as a compatibilization agent were used to produce a wood-plastic recycled composite (WPRC). For discussing the effects of the wood powder sizes on the mechanical properties of the WPRC, a mixing process of the wood powder and the plastics in a constant wood content of 50% weight was firstly performed by a mixing machine controlled temperature and rotation of mixing blade. And then, to obtain WPRC panels the wood and plastics mixtures were compressed in a mould under a constant pressure and a temperature for a certain holding time. WPRC specimens for mechanical tests were cut from the WPRC panels, and a tensile strength and a size-stability were acquired. The results show that the successful mixing process runs above 180°C, where the mixing torque required compounding keeps constant or slightly increases. The tensile strength of the WPRC increases when the smaller size of wood powder is used for wood/plastic compound under successful mixing conditions. It is shown from thickness change rate of specimens that mixing temperature of wood/plastic compound affects a size stability of the WPRC.

  19. Inelastic Deformation of Metal Matrix Composites. Part 1; Plasticity and Damage Mechanisms

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    Majumdar, B. S.; Newaz, G. M.

    1992-01-01

    The deformation mechanisms of a Ti 15-3/SCS6 (SiC fiber) metal matrix composite (MMC) were investigated using a combination of mechanical measurements and microstructural analysis. The objectives were to evaluate the contributions of plasticity and damage to the overall inelastic response, and to confirm the mechanisms by rigorous microstructural evaluations. The results of room temperature experiments performed on 0 degree and 90 degree systems primarily are reported in this report. Results of experiments performed on other laminate systems and at high temperatures will be provided in a forthcoming report. Inelastic deformation of the 0 degree MMC (fibers parallel to load direction) was dominated by the plasticity of the matrix. In contrast, inelastic deformations of the 90 degree composite (fibers perpendicular to loading direction) occurred by both damage and plasticity. The predictions of a continuum elastic plastic model were compared with experimental data. The model was adequate for predicting the 0 degree response; however, it was inadequate for predicting the 90 degree response largely because it neglected damage. The importance of validating constitutive models using a combination of mechanical measurements and microstructural analysis is pointed out. The deformation mechanisms, and the likely sequence of events associated with the inelastic deformation of MMCs, are indicated in this paper.

  20. Impact of coupling agent on properties of wood-plastic composite

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    XU Min; LI Shuai

    2007-01-01

    The impact ortwo couphng agents,maleic anhydride (coupling agent 1) and isocyanate (coupling agent 2) on the properties of wood-plastic composites (WPC) was studied.Wood-plastic composites were made with coupling agents 1 and 2 and properties were tested under the condition that the ratio of wood fiber to thermoplastic polymer was 7:3,target density was 0.7 g/cm3,press temperature was 175℃,press time was 8 min,and adding amount of coupling agent 2%.Results show that coupling agent 2 was superior to coupling agent 1 and had great effect on the physical and mechanical properties of WPC.When using the same coupling agent,the impact on their properties varied with different thermoplastic polymers.

  1. WATER RESISTANCE OF WOOD - PLASTIC COMPOSITES MADE FROM WASTE MATERIALS RESULTED IN THE FURNITURE MANUFACTURING PROCESS

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    Camelia COŞEREANU

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to present innovative wood-plastic composites made from waste materials such as ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and wood shavings resulted in the furniture manufacturing process. From previous investigations (with regard to physical integrity and compactness of the panels, only mixtures ranging from a ratio of 100% ABS: 0% shavings to 80% ABS: 20% shavings were selected for water resistance testing. Swelling in thickness and water absorption for 2h and 24h were determined for the proposed wood-plastic composites. The results have shown that only a participation of up to 10% of wood shavings in the tested panels conducted to a good performance

  2. Characterization of wood plastic composites made from landfill-derived plastic and sawdust: Volatile compounds and olfactometric analysis

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    Félix, Juliana S., E-mail: jfelix@unizar.es [Department of Analytical Chemistry, I3A, EINA, University of Zaragoza (UNIZAR), Zaragoza 50018 (Spain); Domeño, Celia, E-mail: cdomeno@unizar.es [Department of Analytical Chemistry, I3A, EINA, University of Zaragoza (UNIZAR), Zaragoza 50018 (Spain); Nerín, Cristina, E-mail: cnerin@unizar.es [Department of Analytical Chemistry, I3A, EINA, University of Zaragoza (UNIZAR), Zaragoza 50018 (Spain)

    2013-03-15

    Graphical abstract: This work details the characterization of VOCs of WPC, produced from residual materials which would have landfills as current destination, and evaluates their odor profile. Highlights: ► More than 140 volatile compounds were identified in raw materials and WPC products. ► Markers were related to the thermal degradation, sawdust or coupling agents. ► WPC prototype showed a characteristic odor profile of burnt, sweet and wax-like. ► Aldehydes, carboxylic acids, ketones and phenols were odor descriptors of WPC. - Abstract: Application of wood plastic composites (WPCs) obtained from recycled materials initially intended for landfill is usually limited by their composition, mainly focused on release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which could affect quality or human safety. The study of the VOCs released by a material is a requirement for new composite materials. Characterization and quantification of VOCs of several WPC produced with low density polyethylene (LDPE) and polyethylene/ethylene vinyl acetate (PE/EVA) films and sawdust were carried out, in each stage of production, by solid phase microextraction in headspace mode (HS-SPME) and gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS). An odor profile was also obtained by HS-SPME and GC–MS coupled with olfactometry analysis. More than 140 compounds were observed in the raw materials and WPC samples. Some quantified compounds were considered WPC markers such as furfural, 2-methoxyphenol, N-methylphthalimide and 2,4-di-tert-butylphenol. Hexanoic acid, acetic acid, 2-methoxyphenol, acetylfuran, diacetyl, and aldehydes were the most important odorants. None of the VOCs were found to affect human safety for use of the WPC.

  3. WATER RESISTANCE OF WOOD - PLASTIC COMPOSITES MADE FROM WASTE MATERIALS RESULTED IN THE FURNITURE MANUFACTURING PROCESS

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    Camelia COŞEREANU; Dumitru LICA; Ioan CURTU; Mariana-Domnica STANCIU

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to present innovative wood-plastic composites made from waste materials such as ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) and wood shavings resulted in the furniture manufacturing process. From previous investigations (with regard to physical integrity and compactness of the panels), only mixtures ranging from a ratio of 100% ABS: 0% shavings to 80% ABS: 20% shavings were selected for water resistance testing. Swelling in thickness and water absorption for...

  4. Chemical constituent influence on ionizing radiation treatment of a wood-plastic composite

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    Palm, Andrew; Smith, Jennifer; Driscoll, Mark; Smith, Leonard; Scott Larsen, L.

    2016-07-01

    A dose range of 0-200 kGy was used to irradiate polyethylene-based wood plastic composite (WPC) specimens. An evaluation of mechanical properties in bending resulted in an increase in ultimate strength, but little effect to stiffness. The bending test results were compared to previous testing in order to examine reproducibility. Hardness tests were also conducted, revealing an increase at a dose range of 0-250 kGy.

  5. Measurement of the Specific Heat of Plastic Waste/Fly Ash Composite Material Using Differential Scanning Calorimetry

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    Fujino, J.; Honda, T.

    2009-06-01

    Plastic waste/fly ash composite, which is made mostly from plastic waste and fly ash, is one of the materials developed for the purpose of recycling. Currently, the composite is used for cable troughs shielding underground lines. However, there exists little information concerning the thermophysical properties of the composite. Thermophysical properties and the structure of the composite must be determined to estimate the heat transfer in the composite and create the different proportions of the composite material. This article deals with measurements of the specific heat of the plastic waste/fly ash composite and its components using a differential scanning calorimeter. The composite sample, which ranged from 10 mg to 19 mg in mass, was cut from a cable trough. The standard reference material is synthetic sapphire disks of 19.6 mg and 29.6 mg in mass. The specific heat of the plastic waste/fly ash composite increases from 1.25 kJ · kg-1 · K-1 to 1.59 kJ · kg-1 · K-1 at temperatures from 305 K to 360 K. The uncertainty for the specific heat data of the composite is estimated to be about 4 %. In addition, the specific heat value depends heavily on the content of the plastic waste.

  6. ELASTO-PLASTIC DEFORMATION OF COMPOSITE POWDERS WITH LAYERED CARBON AND CARBIDE-FORMING ELEMENT COATING

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    V. Kovalevsky

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Coating structure formation under magnetron spraying of titanium and carbon cathodes and combined cathodes, namely cobalt (EP 131 – nickel, tungsten – carbon have been investigated under conditions of carbide separate synthesis within the temperature range of 650–1200 °C. Usage of cobalt and nickel particles as matrix material leads to their rapid thermal expansion under heating during sintering process in the dilatometer. Subsequent plastic deformation of sintered samples provides obtaining a composite powder material that is a composite with framing structure of cobalt, titanium and tungsten carbides in the coatings.

  7. PLASTIC LIMIT ANALYSIS OF DUCTILE COMPOSITE STRUCTURES FROM MICRO-TO MACRO-MECHANICAL ANALYSIS

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    Hongtao Zhang; Yinghua Liu; Bingye Xu

    2009-01-01

    The load-bearing capacity of ductile composite structures comprised of periodic composites is studied by a combined micro/macromechanical approach. Firstly, on the microscopic level, a representative volume element (RVE) is selected to reflect the microstructures of the composite materials and the constituents are assumed to be elastic perfectly-plastic. Based on the homogenization theory and the static limit theorem, an optimization formulation to directly calculate the macroscopic strength domain of the RVE is obtained. The finite element modeling of the static limit analysis is formulated as a nonlinear mathematical programming and solved by the sequential quadratic programming method, where the temperature parameter method is used to construct the self-stress field. Secondly, Hill's yield criterion is adopted to connect the micromechanical and macromechanical analyses. And the limit loads of composite structures are worked out on the macroscopic scale. Finally, some examples and comparisons are shown.

  8. Composite Behavior of Lath Martensite Steels Induced by Plastic Strain, a New Paradigm for the Elastic-Plastic Response of Martensitic Steels

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    Ungár, Tamás; Harjo, Stefanus; Kawasaki, Takuro; Tomota, Yo; Ribárik, Gábor; Shi, Zengmin

    2017-01-01

    Based on high-resolution neutron diffraction experiments, we will show that in lath martensite steels, the initially homogeneous dislocation structure, i.e., homogeneous on the length scale of grain size, is disrupted by plastic deformation, which, in turn, produces a composite on the length scale of martensite lath packets. The diffraction patterns of plastically strained martensitic steel reveal characteristically asymmetric peak profiles in the same way as has been observed in materials with heterogeneous dislocation structures. The quasi homogeneous lath structure, formed by quenching, is disrupted by plastic deformation producing a composite structure. Lath packets oriented favorably or unfavorably for dislocation glide become soft or hard. Two lath packet types develop by work softening or work hardening in which the dislocation densities become smaller or larger compared to the initial average dislocation density. The decomposition into soft and hard lath packets is accompanied by load redistribution and the formation of long-range internal stresses between the two lath packet types. The composite behavior of plastically deformed lath martensite opens a new way to understand the elastic-plastic response in this class of materials.

  9. Impact Wear Properties of Metal-Plastic Multilayer Composites Filled with Glass Fiber Treated with Rare Earth Element Surface Modifier

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    程先华; 薛玉君

    2001-01-01

    The friction and wear properties of metal-plastic multilayer composites filled with glass fiber, which is treated with rare earth element surface modifier, under impact load and dry friction conditions were investigated. Experimental results show that the metal-plastic multilayer composite filled with glass fiber exhibits excellent friction and impact wear properties when using rare earth elements as surface modifier for the surface treatment of glass fiber.

  10. Influence of static and cyclic climate condition on bending properties of wood plastic composites (WPC

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    Full Text Available Wood and natural fiber reinforced plastic composites are established for several fields like decking, transportation and automotive applications. In the last decade, extensive researches were conducted to improve the mechanical properties, such as incorporating additives like maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (MAH-PP. The major challenge is to keep the properties in face of the environmental influence the parts are exposed to. Therefore it’s necessary to find the hardest impact factor concerning the mechanical properties. Water absorption (static and cyclic of the composites was examined at two different temperatures (23, 50°C. A correlation between duration, kind of conditioning, temperature and modification was established. The results indicate that the coupling agent MAH-PP improved significantly the water resistance of the wood plastic composites under climatic conditions and higher temperature accelerated the rate of water absorption of the composites. The decrease of mechanical properties related to cyclic conditions is partially reversible and therefore the cyclic exposition shows less effects compared to static conditions.

  11. Sensorimotor plasticity after music-supported therapy in chronic stroke patients revealed by transcranial magnetic stimulation.

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    Julià L Amengual

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Several recently developed therapies targeting motor disabilities in stroke sufferers have shown to be more effective than standard neurorehabilitation approaches. In this context, several basic studies demonstrated that music training produces rapid neuroplastic changes in motor-related brain areas. Music-supported therapy has been recently developed as a new motor rehabilitation intervention. METHODS AND RESULTS: In order to explore the plasticity effects of music-supported therapy, this therapeutic intervention was applied to twenty chronic stroke patients. Before and after the music-supported therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation was applied for the assessment of excitability changes in the motor cortex and a 3D movement analyzer was used for the assessment of motor performance parameters such as velocity, acceleration and smoothness in a set of diadochokinetic movement tasks. Our results suggest that the music-supported therapy produces changes in cortical plasticity leading the improvement of the subjects' motor performance. CONCLUSION: Our findings represent the first evidence of the neurophysiological changes induced by this therapy in chronic stroke patients, and their link with the amelioration of motor performance. Further studies are needed to confirm our observations.

  12. OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOOD PLASTIC COMPOSITE PRODUCTS IN THE U.S. HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION SECTOR

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    Chris Knowles

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this research is to examine the market potential for wood plastic composite (WPC products in the highway construction sector in place of non-renewable materials (e.g. virgin plastic and steel and preservative-based products (treated wood. State-level transportation officials indicate that the majority of highway construction purchases are conducted by highway construction contractors. Results from a mail survey of highway contractors in eight western U.S. states indicate that a substantial volume of highway construction material may be suitable for substitution with WPCs. Overall, respondents were not familiar with WPC as a material, but compared it favorably with other materials commonly used in the sector. When making purchase decisions, respondents were most concerned with products meeting regulatory specifications, cost, availability, and trust in quality. Attributes related to sustainability, location of manufacture, and content of recycled material were viewed as less important.

  13. Spectroscopic study of terahertz reflection and transmission properties of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic composites

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    Zhang, Jin; Shi, Changcheng; Ma, Yuting; Han, Xiaohui; Li, Wei; Chang, Tianying; Wei, Dongshan; Du, Chunlei; Cui, Hong-Liang

    2015-05-01

    Carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) composites are widely used in aerospace and concrete structure reinforcement due to their high strength and light weight. Terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy is an attractive tool for defect inspection in CFRP composites. In order to improve THz nondestructive testing of CFRP composites, we have carried out systematic investigations of THz reflection and transmission properties of CFRP. Unidirectional CFRP composites with different thicknesses are measured with polarization directions 0 deg to 90 deg with respect to the fiber direction, in both reflection and transmission modes. As shown in the experiments, CFRP composites are electrically conducting and therefore exhibit a high THz reflectivity. In addition, CFRP composites have polarization-dependent reflectivity and transmissivity for THz radiation. The reflected THz power in the case of parallel polarization is nearly 1.8 times higher than for perpendicular polarization. At the same time, in the transmission of THz wave, a CFRP acts as a Fabry-Pérot cavity resulting from multiple internal reflections from the CFRP-air interfaces. Moreover, from the measured data, we extract the refractive index and absorption coefficient of CFRP composites in the THz frequency range.

  14. Microstructure and properties of ceramics and composites joined by plastic deformation.

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    Goretta, K. C.; Singh, D.; Chen, N.; Gutierrez-Mora, F.; Lorenzo-Martin, M. de la, Cinta; Dominguez-Rodriguez, A.; Routbort, J. L.; Energy Systems; Univ. of Seville

    2008-12-01

    A review is presented of the design of suitable materials systems for joining by high-temperature plastic deformation, details of the joining techniques, microstructures and properties of the resulting composite bodies, and prospects and limitation for this type of joining technology. Joining parameters and resulting forms are discussed for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/mullite particulate composites, Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-stabilized ZrO{sub 2} particulate/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particulate and whisker-reinforced composites, hydroxyapatite bioceramics, La{sub 0.85}Sr{sub 0.15}MnO{sub 3} electronic ceramics, MgF{sub 2} optical ceramics, and Ni{sub 3}Al intermetallics. Results are contrasted with those obtained by other methods of joining brittle, high-temperature materials, with special focus on durability and mechanical properties.

  15. Microstructure and properties of ceramics and composites joined by plastic deformation

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    Goretta, K.C. [Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439-4838 (United States)], E-mail: ken.goretta@aoard.af.mil; Singh, D.; Chen Nan [Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439-4838 (United States); Gutierrez-Mora, F.; Cinta Lorenzo-Martin, M. de la [Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439-4838 (United States); University of Seville, Seville 41080 (Spain); Dominguez-Rodriguez, A. [University of Seville, Seville 41080 (Spain); Routbort, J.L. [Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439-4838 (United States)

    2008-12-20

    A review is presented of the design of suitable materials systems for joining by high-temperature plastic deformation, details of the joining techniques, microstructures and properties of the resulting composite bodies, and prospects and limitation for this type of joining technology. Joining parameters and resulting forms are discussed for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/mullite particulate composites, Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-stabilized ZrO{sub 2} particulate/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particulate and whisker-reinforced composites, hydroxyapatite bioceramics, La{sub 0.85}Sr{sub 0.15}MnO{sub 3} electronic ceramics, MgF{sub 2} optical ceramics, and Ni{sub 3}Al intermetallics. Results are contrasted with those obtained by other methods of joining brittle, high-temperature materials, with special focus on durability and mechanical properties.

  16. PREPARATION AND PROPERTIES OF WHEAT GLUTEN/RICE PROTEIN COMPOSITES PLASTICIZED WITH GLYCEROL

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    Yan-yan Yang; Kai-zhou Zhang; Yi-hu Song; Qiang Zheng

    2011-01-01

    Environment friendly thermosetting composites were prepared by blending wheat gluten (WG) and rice protein (RP) at different weight ratios with glycerol as plasticizer followed by compression molding the mixture at 120C to crosslink the proteins. Reducing agent of sodium bisulfate and sodium sulfite and crosslinking agent formaldehyde were used to adjust the properties of the composites. Morphology, moisture absorption and tensile properties were evaluated. The results showed that formaldehyde could increase tensile strength of the composites without significant influence on Young's modulus and elongation at break. On the other hand, reducing agents could improve tensile strength and extensibility simultaneously, which was much marked at WG/RP ratios from 7/3 to 3/7.

  17. Effect of Durability Treatment on Moisture Sorption Properties of Wood-Plastic Composites

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    Huiyuan Li

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available In this study, water absorption and desorption behaviors of wood-plastic composites (WPCs treated with ultraviolet agents and zinc borate were investigated. Water diffusion characteristics in the composites were analyzed using a one-dimensional diffusion model. The mechanism of water sorption for all composites deviated from Fick’s law of diffusion. Much larger diffusion coefficient values are observed from the desorption process when compared to the absorption process. Measured final equilibrium moisture content and calculated diffusion coefficients varied with sample formulation in a non-consistent manner; this indicated that the durability treatment used in the current study did not negatively affect the water sorption behavior of WPCs. The results of this study help to clarify the effect of durability treatment on the dynamic moisture sorption process of WPCs.

  18. Local melting to design strong and plastically deformable bulk metallic glass composites

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    Qin, Yue-Sheng; Han, Xiao-Liang; Song, Kai-Kai; Tian, Yu-Hao; Peng, Chuan-Xiao; Wang, Li; Sun, Bao-An; Wang, Gang; Kaban, Ivan; Eckert, Jürgen

    2017-02-01

    Recently, CuZr-based bulk metallic glass (BMG) composites reinforced by the TRIP (transformation-induced plasticity) effect have been explored in attempt to accomplish an optimal of trade-off between strength and ductility. However, the design of such BMG composites with advanced mechanical properties still remains a big challenge for materials engineering. In this work, we proposed a technique of instantaneously and locally arc-melting BMG plate to artificially induce the precipitation of B2 crystals in the glassy matrix and then to tune mechanical properties. Through adjusting local melting process parameters (i.e. input powers, local melting positions, and distances between the electrode and amorphous plate), the size, volume fraction, and distribution of B2 crystals were well tailored and the corresponding formation mechanism was clearly clarified. The resultant BMG composites exhibit large compressive plasticity and high strength together with obvious work-hardening ability. This compelling approach could be of great significance for the steady development of metastable CuZr-based alloys with excellent mechanical properties.

  19. WOOD - PLASTIC COMPOSITES FROM WASTE MATERIALS RESULTED IN THE FURNITURE MANUFACTURING PROCESS

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    Camelia COŞEREANU

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the application of waste materials resulted in the furniture manufacturing process as components for wood-plastic composites. The composites are produced from industrial byproducts, such as shavings and ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, without coupling agent. The two components are derived from industrial processes of furniture manufacturing: the first one consists of wood residues resulted from planing machine as planer shavings, and the second one from ABS edge banding operation. A wide array of mixtures varying from 100% ABS to 50% ABS: 50% shavings were used to produce eight variants of boards. Density was determined for each board and the method for the determination of ABS particle size distribution by oscillating screen method using sieve apertures up to 4mm was also applied, in order to establish the particle fractions and the distribution of their sizes. Based on ABS properties, several technologies of manufacturing wood-plastic composites from the waste materials were tested and one of them was selected. The results of the first stage analysis, when the physical integrity and the compactness of the panels’ structures were tested, have shown that a maximum proportion of 30% of wood shavings is accepted in the mixture. On the other hand, the low density of the boards and their porous structure recommend further investigations for thermal and sound insulation applications

  20. Microbiology, biochemistry, and volatile composition of Tulum cheese ripened in goat's skin or plastic bags.

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    Hayaloglu, A A; Cakmakci, S; Brechany, E Y; Deegan, K C; McSweeney, P L H

    2007-03-01

    Tulum cheeses were manufactured from raw ewe's milk and ripened in goat's skin bags (tulums) or plastic containers to understand the effect of ripening container on the chemical composition, biochemistry, microbiology, and volatile composition of Tulum cheeses during 150 d of ripening. Chemical compositions of the cheeses ripened in tulums were significantly different and the moisture contents decreased rapidly in those cheeses because of the porous structure of the tulum. Higher microbial counts were detected in the cheeses ripened in plastic than in cheeses ripened in tulums. Differences in nitrogenous compounds and total free AA of the cheeses were not significant. Total concentrations of free AA in cheeses increased with age and Glu, Ala, Val, Leu, and Phe were the most abundant AA in the cheeses. Urea-PAGE of pH 4.6-insoluble fractions of the cheeses during ripening showed similar degradation patterns in all cheeses. Peptide profiles by reversed-phase HPLC of pH 4.6- and ethanol-soluble or ethanol-insoluble fractions of the cheeses revealed only minor differences in the concentrations of some peptides among the cheeses; however, age-related changes in peptide concentrations were significantly different among the cheeses. Cheeses were analyzed at 90 d of ripening for volatile compounds by solid-phase microextraction gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. One hundred volatile components were identified, including 11 acids, 16 esters, 12 methyl ketones, 7 aldehydes, 22 alcohols, 7 sulfur compounds, 6 terpenes, and 19 miscellaneous compounds. The main components were short-chain fatty acids, 2-butanone, diacetyl, and primary alcohols. Quantitative differences in several volatile compounds were evident among the cheeses. Cheeses ripened in tulums or plastic had similar aroma patterns, but the concentrations of some components were different.

  1. Effects of wood fiber surface chemistry on strength of wood–plastic composites

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    Migneault, Sébastien, E-mail: sebastien.migneault@uqat.ca [University of Quebec in Abitibi-Temiscamingue (UQAT), 445 boulevard de l’Université, Rouyn-Noranda, Québec J9X 5E4 (Canada); Koubaa, Ahmed, E-mail: ahmed.koubaa@uqat.ca [UQAT (Canada); Perré, Patrick, E-mail: patrick.perre@ecp.fr [École centrale de Paris, Grande Voie des Vignes, F-92 295 Chatenay-Malabry Cedex (France); Riedl, Bernard, E-mail: Bernard.Riedl@sbf.ulaval.ca [Université Laval, 2425 rue de la Terrasse, Québec City, Québec G1V 0A6 (Canada)

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses showed variations of surface chemical characteristics according to fiber origin. • Surface chemical characteristics of fibers could partly explain the differences in mechanical properties of the wood–plastic composites. • Fibers with carbohydrate rich surface led to stronger wood–plastic composites because the coupling between the matrix and fibers using coupling agent is achieved with polar sites mostly available on carbohydrates. • Conversely, lignin or extractives rich surface do not have oxidized functions for the esterification reaction with coupling agent and thus led to wood–plastic composites with lower mechanical properties. • Other factors such as mechanical interlocking and fiber morphology interfere with the effects of fiber surface chemistry. - Abstract: Because wood–plastic composites (WPC) strength relies on fiber-matrix interaction at fiber surface, it is likely that fiber surface chemistry plays an important role in WPC strength development. The objective of the present study is to investigate the relationships between fiber surface chemical characteristics and WPC mechanical properties. Different fibers were selected and characterized for surface chemical characteristics using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). WPC samples were manufactured at 40% fiber content and with six different fibers. High density polyethylene was used as matrix and maleated polyethylene (MAPE) was used as compatibility agent. WPC samples were tested for mechanical properties and fiber-matrix interface was observed with scanning electron microscope. It was found WPC strength decreases as the amount of unoxidized carbon (assigned to lignin and extractives) measured with XPS on fiber surface increases. In the opposite case, WPC strength increases with increasing level of oxidized carbon (assigned to carbohydrates) on fiber surface. The same

  2. Design aid for shear strengthening of reinforced concrete T-joints using carbon fiber reinforced plastic composites

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    Gergely, Ioan

    The research presented in the present work focuses on the shear strengthening of beam column joints using carbon fiber composites, a material considered in seismic retrofit in recent years more than any other new material. These composites, or fiber reinforced polymers, offer huge advantages over structural steel reinforced concrete or timber. A few of these advantages are the superior resistance to corrosion, high stiffness to weight and strength to weight ratios, and the ability to control the material's behavior by selecting the orientation of the fibers. The design and field application research on reinforced concrete cap beam-column joints includes analytical investigations using pushover analysis; design of carbon fiber layout, experimental tests and field applications. Several beam column joints have been tested recently with design variables as the type of composite system, fiber orientation and the width of carbon fiber sheets. The surface preparation has been found to be critical for the bond between concrete and composite material, which is the most important factor in joint shear strengthening. The final goal of this thesis is to develop design aids for retrofitting reinforced concrete beam column joints. Two bridge bents were tested on the Interstate-15 corridor. One bent was tested in the as-is condition. Carbon fiber reinforced plastic composite sheets were used to externally reinforce the second bridge bent. By applying the composite, the displacement ductility has been doubled, and the bent overall lateral load capacity has been increased as well. The finite element model (using DRAIN-2DX) was calibrated to model the actual stiffness of the supports. The results were similar to the experimental findings.

  3. Circular Functions Based Comprehensive Analysis of Plastic Creep Deformations in the Fiber Reinforced Composites

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    Monfared, Vahid

    2016-06-01

    Analytically based model is presented for behavioral analysis of the plastic deformations in the reinforced materials using the circular (trigonometric) functions. The analytical method is proposed to predict creep behavior of the fibrous composites based on basic and constitutive equations under a tensile axial stress. New insight of the work is to predict some important behaviors of the creeping matrix. In the present model, the prediction of the behaviors is simpler than the available methods. Principal creep strain rate behaviors are very noteworthy for designing the fibrous composites in the creeping composites. Analysis of the mentioned parameter behavior in the reinforced materials is necessary to analyze failure, fracture, and fatigue studies in the creep of the short fiber composites. Shuttles, spaceships, turbine blades and discs, and nozzle guide vanes are commonly subjected to the creep effects. Also, predicting the creep behavior is significant to design the optoelectronic and photonic advanced composites with optical fibers. As a result, the uniform behavior with constant gradient is seen in the principal creep strain rate behavior, and also creep rupture may happen at the fiber end. Finally, good agreements are found through comparing the obtained analytical and FEM results.

  4. Circular Functions Based Comprehensive Analysis of Plastic Creep Deformations in the Fiber Reinforced Composites

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    Monfared, Vahid

    2016-12-01

    Analytically based model is presented for behavioral analysis of the plastic deformations in the reinforced materials using the circular (trigonometric) functions. The analytical method is proposed to predict creep behavior of the fibrous composites based on basic and constitutive equations under a tensile axial stress. New insight of the work is to predict some important behaviors of the creeping matrix. In the present model, the prediction of the behaviors is simpler than the available methods. Principal creep strain rate behaviors are very noteworthy for designing the fibrous composites in the creeping composites. Analysis of the mentioned parameter behavior in the reinforced materials is necessary to analyze failure, fracture, and fatigue studies in the creep of the short fiber composites. Shuttles, spaceships, turbine blades and discs, and nozzle guide vanes are commonly subjected to the creep effects. Also, predicting the creep behavior is significant to design the optoelectronic and photonic advanced composites with optical fibers. As a result, the uniform behavior with constant gradient is seen in the principal creep strain rate behavior, and also creep rupture may happen at the fiber end. Finally, good agreements are found through comparing the obtained analytical and FEM results.

  5. The importance of material structure in the laser cutting of glass fiber reinforced plastic composites

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    Caprino, G. (Univ. di Napoli (Italy). Dipt. di Ingegneria dei Materiali e della Produzione); Tagliaferri, V. (Univ. di Salerno (Italy). Istituto di Ingegneria Meccanica); Covelli, L. (IMU-Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Milano (Italy))

    1995-01-01

    A previously proposed micromechanical formula, aiming to predict the vaporization energy Q[sub v] of composite materials as a function of fiber and matrix properties and fiber volume ratio, was assessed. The experimental data, obtained on glass fiber reinforced plastic panels with different fiber contents cut by a medium power CO[sub 2] cw laser, were treated according to a procedure previously suggested, in order to evaluate Q[sub v]. An excellent agreement was found between experimental and theoretical Q[sub v] values. Theory was then used to predict the response to laser cutting of a composite material with a fiber content varying along the thickness. The theoretical predictions indicated that, in this case, the interpretation of the experimental results may be misleading, bringing to errors in the evaluation of the material thermal properties, or in the prediction of the kerf depth. Some experimental data were obtained, confirming the theoretical findings.

  6. Chemical characterization of smoke from the production process of wood-plastic composites

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    Wang Shi-fa; Zhang Ai-jun

    2007-01-01

    The chemical composition of unpleasant smell, emitted from the production process of wood-plastic composites using Manchurian ash sawdust (Fraxinus mandschurica Rupr.) and polypropylene powder as the raw material, was investigated. Wood sawdust and polypropylene powder were subjected to heat treatment to 290℃ during 8 min (the conditions were similar to those employed on an industrial scale). The emitted compounds were collected and analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The analytical results showed that the unpleasant smell was emitted from the pyrogenation of wood sawdust rather than from the polypropylene powder. Nine types of compounds (hydrocarbons, ethers, phenols, aldehydes, ketones, alcohols, acids and their derivatives, furan and its derivatives, and nitrogen-containing compounds) were collected in the gas phase during heating.Among those 126 components detected by GC-MS, 112 compounds were identified.

  7. Weathering Characteristics of Wood Plastic Composites Reinforced with Extracted or Delignified Wood Flour

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    Yao Chen

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available This study investigated weathering performance of an HDPE wood plastic composite reinforced with extracted or delignified wood flour (WF. The wood flour was pre-extracted with three different solvents, toluene/ethanol (TE, acetone/water (AW, and hot water (HW, or sodium chlorite/acetic acid. The spectral properties of the composites before and after artificial weathering under accelerated conditions were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, the surface color parameters were analyzed using colorimetry, and the mechanical properties were determined by a flexural test. Weathering of WPC resulted in a surface lightening and a decrease in wood index (wood/HDPE and flexural strength. WPCs that were reinforced with delignified wood flour showed higher ΔL* and ΔE* values, together with lower MOE and MOR retention ratios upon weathering when compared to those with non-extracted control and extracted WF.

  8. Study of Wood Plastic Composites elastic behaviour using full field measurements

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    Ben Mbarek, T.; Robert, L.; Hugot, F.; Orteu, J. J.; Sammouda, H.; Graciaa, A.; Charrier, B.

    2010-06-01

    In this study, the mechanical properties and microstructure of HDPE/wood fibre composites are investigated. The four-point bending and tensile behaviour of Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) with or without additive are studied by using full-field strain measurements by 3-D Digital Image Correlation (3-D DIC). A non-linear behaviour is shown. The modulus of elasticity (MOE) is calculated as the tangent at zero strain of a Maxwell-Bingham model fitted onto experimental data. Four-point bending tests are analyzed thanks to the spatial standard deviation of the longitudinal strain field to determine the degree of heterogeneity. Cyclic tensile tests have been performed in order to analyze the damage of the material. Moreover, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) is used to characterize the morphology of the wood fibre/HDPE matrix interface for specimens with maleic anhydride modified polyethylene additive (MAPE).

  9. Study of Wood Plastic Composites elastic behaviour using full field measurements

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    Graciaa A.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the mechanical properties and microstructure of HDPE/wood fibre composites are investigated. The four-point bending and tensile behaviour of Wood Plastic Composite (WPC with or without additive are studied by using full-field strain measurements by 3-D Digital Image Correlation (3-D DIC. A non-linear behaviour is shown. The modulus of elasticity (MOE is calculated as the tangent at zero strain of a Maxwell-Bingham model fitted onto experimental data. Four-point bending tests are analyzed thanks to the spatial standard deviation of the longitudinal strain field to determine the degree of heterogeneity. Cyclic tensile tests have been performed in order to analyze the damage of the material. Moreover, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM is used to characterize the morphology of the wood fibre/HDPE matrix interface for specimens with maleic anhydride modified polyethylene additive (MAPE.

  10. Brain composition in Heliconius butterflies, posteclosion growth and experience-dependent neuropil plasticity.

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    Montgomery, Stephen H; Merrill, Richard M; Ott, Swidbert R

    2016-06-15

    Behavioral and sensory adaptations are often reflected in the differential expansion of brain components. These volumetric differences represent changes in cell number, size, and/or connectivity, which may denote changes in the functional and evolutionary relationships between different brain regions, and between brain composition and behavioral ecology. Here we describe the brain composition of two species of Heliconius butterflies, a long-standing study system for investigating ecological adaptation and speciation. We confirm a previous report of a striking volumetric expansion of the mushroom body, and explore patterns of differential posteclosion and experience-dependent plasticity between different brain regions. This analysis uncovers age- and experience-dependent posteclosion mushroom body growth comparable to that in foraging Hymenoptera, but also identifies plasticity in several other neuropils. An interspecific analysis indicates that Heliconius display a remarkably large investment in mushroom bodies for a lepidopteran, and indeed rank highly compared to other insects. Our analyses lay the foundation for future comparative and experimental analyses that will establish Heliconius as a valuable case study in evolutionary neurobiology.

  11. Alginate/PEO-PPO-PEO composite hydrogels with thermally-active plasticity.

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    White, Joseph C; Saffer, Erika M; Bhatia, Surita R

    2013-12-09

    Stimuli-responsive hydrogels with high strength and toughness have received significant interest in recent years. Here, we report thermally active composite hydrogels comprising alginate and one of two poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) triblock copolymers. Temperature-sensitive structural and mechanical changes are probed using calorimetry, neutron scattering, shear rheology, unconfined compression, and fracture. Below the lower gelation temperature, LGT, the mechanical properties are dominated by alginate. As the LGT is reached, the contribution of PEO-PPO-PEO to the mechanical properties is activated, resulting in order-of-magnitude increases in elastic modulus. Under compression, we show the evolution of plasticity for the composite hydrogels as the LGT is approached and surpassed, resulting in dramatic increases in fracture stress compared to neat alginate hydrogels. Plasticity was observed above the LGT and may be attributed to restructuring from the sliding of packed micelles and strain-hardening due to stress concentration on alginate cross-links and junction zones, ultimately leading to fracture.

  12. Some exploitation properties of wood plastic composites (WPC), based on high density polyethylene and timber industry waste

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    janis kajaks

    2015-01-01

    Abstract: In this study, the influence of wood fiber content (40, 50 and 60 wt.%) and coupling agent concentration (3 and 5 wt.%) on the mechanical properties of wood-plastic composites (WPCs) was investigated. Two types of plastic (high-density-polyethylene (HDPE) and recycled high-density-polyethylene (rHDPE)) were used as polymer matrices for preparing WPC. As reinforcement, prior grinded (fiber length < 0.5 mm) coniferous wood shavings were utilized. Overall trend showed, that by addin...

  13. Thin and flexible solid-state organic ionic plastic crystal-polymer nanofibre composite electrolytes for device applications.

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    Howlett, Patrick C; Ponzio, Florian; Fang, Jian; Lin, Tong; Jin, Liyu; Iranipour, Nahid; Efthimiadis, Jim

    2013-09-07

    All solid-state organic ionic plastic crystal-polymer nanofibre composite electrolytes are described for the first time. The new composite materials exhibit enhanced conductivity, excellent thermal, mechanical and electrochemical stability and allow the production of optically transparent, free-standing, flexible, thin film electrolytes (10's μms thick) for application in electrochemical devices. Stable cycling of a lithium cell incorporating the new composite electrolyte is demonstrated, including cycling at lower temperatures than previously possible with the pure material.

  14. Microbes on a Bottle: Substrate, Season and Geography Influence Community Composition of Microbes Colonizing Marine Plastic Debris.

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    Oberbeckmann, Sonja; Osborn, A Mark; Duhaime, Melissa B

    2016-01-01

    Plastic debris pervades in our oceans and freshwater systems and the potential ecosystem-level impacts of this anthropogenic litter require urgent evaluation. Microbes readily colonize aquatic plastic debris and members of these biofilm communities are speculated to include pathogenic, toxic, invasive or plastic degrading-species. The influence of plastic-colonizing microorganisms on the fate of plastic debris is largely unknown, as is the role of plastic in selecting for unique microbial communities. This work aimed to characterize microbial biofilm communities colonizing single-use poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) drinking bottles, determine their plastic-specificity in contrast with seawater and glass-colonizing communities, and identify seasonal and geographical influences on the communities. A substrate recruitment experiment was established in which PET bottles were deployed for 5-6 weeks at three stations in the North Sea in three different seasons. The structure and composition of the PET-colonizing bacterial/archaeal and eukaryotic communities varied with season and station. Abundant PET-colonizing taxa belonged to the phylum Bacteroidetes (e.g. Flavobacteriaceae, Cryomorphaceae, Saprospiraceae-all known to degrade complex carbon substrates) and diatoms (e.g. Coscinodiscophytina, Bacillariophytina). The PET-colonizing microbial communities differed significantly from free-living communities, but from particle-associated (>3 μm) communities or those inhabiting glass substrates. These data suggest that microbial community assembly on plastics is driven by conventional marine biofilm processes, with the plastic surface serving as raft for attachment, rather than selecting for recruitment of plastic-specific microbial colonizers. A small proportion of taxa, notably, members of the Cryomorphaceae and Alcanivoraceae, were significantly discriminant of PET but not glass surfaces, conjuring the possibility that these groups may directly interact with the PET

  15. Cutting Forces and Chip Morphology during Wood Plastic Composites Orthogonal Cutting

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    Xiaolei Guo

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The effect of chip thickness, rake angle, and edge radius on cutting forces and chip morphology in wood plastic composites (WPCs orthogonal cutting was investigated. Three types of WPCs, Wood flour/polyethylene composite (WFPEC, wood flour/polypropylene composite (WFPPC, and wood flour/polyvinyl chloride composite (WFPVCC, that were tested exhibited different behavior with respect to the machinability aspects. The cutting forces of WFPVCC were the highest, followed by WFPPC and WFPEC. The most significant factor on the parallel cutting force of these three types of WPCs was the chip thickness, which explained more than 90%, contribution of total variation, while rake angle, edge radius, and the interactions between these factors had small contributions. The most significant factor on the normal cutting force of WPCs was also the chip thickness, which accounted for more than 60% of the total variation. The chips produced included long continuous chips, short continuous chips, flake chips, and granule chips when cutting these three types of WPCs.

  16. Quantitative Analysis of Biomass in Three Types of Wood-Plastic Composites by FTIR Spectroscopy

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    Wanli Lao

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Biomass content greatly affects the properties of wood-plastic composites (WPCs. Determination of the biomass in WPCs is important for the development of WPCs. In this study, transmission Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy was used for biomass quantification in the following WPCs: Moso bamboo/polypropylene (PP composites, Chinese fir/PP composites, and poplar/PP composites. The bands in the region of 1060 to 1030 cm-1 were considered characteristic of biomass. The peak at 1377 cm-1 was typical of PP. The peak intensities ratios (PIRs of biomass to PP were determined, and the biomass contents were plotted against the PIRs. The achieved coefficients of determination (R2 of the calibration fits exceeded 0.96. The results of validation showed that the range of the relative prediction deviations for biomass within WPC species was lower than ± 5.0%. Additionally, all three WPC species were combined into one data set, and a mixed model was constructed that had a slight decrease in the quality of the correlation (R2 = 0.93. The range of the relative prediction deviations for biomass between WPC species did not exceed ± 9.0%.

  17. The test study of the shear strength of the interface between the steel and fiber reinforced plastic in composite guide

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    Zeng, X.; Guo, J. [Jiaozuo Institute of Technology, Jiaozuo (China)

    2001-02-01

    A new kind of composite guide has been put forward in the light of existing situation that the shaft furniture is corroded seriously. The guide is composed of a steel core which is protected from corrosion by a layer of glass fibre reinforced plastic. The sheer strength of the interface between the steel and the glass fibre reinforced plastic was tested. The test results indicates that the shear strength of the interface withstands the working conditions of the mining shaft, therefore, the performance of the composite materials will not be restricted due to poor shear strength of the interface. 4 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  18. Composite polymer electrolyte membranes supported by non-woven fabrics for lithium-ion polymer batteries

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    TANG Dingguo; LIU Jianhong; QI Lu; CHEN Hui; CI Yunxiang

    2005-01-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropyle- ne) (PVDF-HFP) is one of the most popular polymers for polymer electrolyte membranes because of its excellent operating characteristics and superior electrochemical properties. The electrochemical performances of polymer electrolyte membrane can be enhanced by evenly dispersing nano-meter SiO2 particles in the polymer. In this paper, non-woven fabrics were immersed in the mixed solution of PVDF-HFP/ SiO2/butanone/butanol/plasticizer, and then dried in a vacuum oven to remove the solvents and the plasticizer and to make porous composite polymer electrolyte membranes. The prepared composite membranes supported by non-woven fabrics boast good mechanical strength and excellent electrochemical properties: the electrochemical stability window is 4.8 V vs. Li+/Li, and the ionic conductivity is 3.35×10-4 S/cm (around 60% of that of a common PE membrane) at room temperature. The lithium-ion polymer battery assembled by the composite membrane exhibits high rate capability and excellent cycling performance.

  19. Transverse isotropic modeling of the ballistic response of glass reinforced plastic composites

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    Taylor, P.A. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1997-12-31

    The use of glass reinforced plastic (GRP) composites is gaining significant attention in the DoD community for use in armor applications. These materials typically possess a laminate structure consisting of up to 100 plies, each of which is constructed of a glass woven roving fabric that reinforces a plastic matrix material. Current DoD attention is focused on a high strength, S-2 glass cross-weave (0/90) fabric reinforcing a polyester matrix material that forms each ply of laminate structure consisting anywhere from 20 to 70 plies. The resulting structure displays a material anisotropy that is, to a reasonable approximation, transversely isotropic. When subjected to impact and penetration from a metal fragment projectile, the GRP displays damage and failure in an anisotropic manner due to various mechanisms such as matrix cracking, fiber fracture and pull-out, and fiber-matrix debonding. In this presentation, the author will describe the modeling effort to simulate the ballistic response of the GRP material described above using the transversely isotropic (TI) constitutive model which has been implemented in the shock physics code, CTH. The results of this effort suggest that the model is able to describe the delamination behavior of the material but has some difficulty capturing the in-plane (i.e., transverse) response of the laminate due to its cross-weave fabric reinforcement pattern which causes a departure from transverse isotropy.

  20. Effects of forming processing conditions on the flexural properties of bagasse and bamboo plastic composites

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    Shinichi Shibata

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The effects of processing conditions such as pressure, temperature, and holding time on the flexural properties of bagasse and bamboo biodegradable composites were investigated. Each sample of bagasse or bamboo was mixed with a corn-starch-based biodegradable resin and fabricated by a hot press forming method. The cross-sectional structure of the bagasse fiber was found to be porous and compressible, while that of bamboo was found to be more solid. The relationship between flexural strength, flexural modulus, and pressure in bagasse fiber was apparently different from that of bamboo due to the differences in the cross-sectional structure. In bagasse, the flexural strength and flexural modulus increased with the increase in pressure, whereas in bamboo those properties decreased. In bagasse, an increase in pressure made the fibers into a more compressed structure, increasing their flexural properties. In rigid bamboo, an increase in pressure caused the resin to extrude between fibers, and this resulted in lower flexural properties. At temperatures above 170 oC, the resin depolymerized thermally and the degree of polymerization decreased. Thus, the flexural modulus and strength decreased gradually with increase in holding temperature in both bagasse and bamboo composites. Furthermore, a maximum fiber volume fraction existed for both bagasse and bamboo plastic composites in the approximate range of 75% to 80%.

  1. A composite-appropriate integration method of thick functional components in fibre-reinforced plastics

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    Filippatos, A.; Höhne, R.; Kliem, M.; Gude, M.

    2016-03-01

    The use of integrated structural health monitoring systems for critical composite parts, such as wind turbine blades, fuselage and wing parts, is an promising approach to guarantee a safe and efficient operational lifetime of such components. Therefore, the integration of thick functional components like sensors, actuators and electronic components is often necessary. An optimal integration of such components should be ensured without material imperfections in the composite structure, i.e. voids and resin rich areas, and failure of the functional components. In this paper, first investigations were undertaken for a basic understanding of the mechanical performance of a fibre reinforced plastic component with integrated functional elements. The influence of different materials and treatment methods for the encapsulation of electronic components was experimentally investigated under static and dynamic loading tests. By means of a parametric finite element model, the effects of an encapsulation and various parameters such as the shape and orientation of the electronic components were examined. Several encapsulation variants were investigated in order to minimise the chance of failure initiations. Based both on experimental and numerical results, a preferred composite integration concept was selected for an electronic board and some first recommendations for an optimal integration were derived.

  2. Plasticity of Streptomyces coelicolor membrane composition under different growth conditions and during development

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    Mario eSandoval-Calderón

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Streptomyces coelicolor is a model actinomycete that is well known for the diversity of its secondary metabolism and its complex life cycle. As a soil inhabitant, it is exposed to heterogeneous and frequently changing environmental circumstances. In the present work, we studied the effect of diverse growth conditions and phosphate depletion on its lipid profile and the relationship between membrane lipid composition and development in S. coelicolor. The lipid profile from cultures grown on solid media, which is closer to the natural habitat of this microorganism, does not resemble the previously reported lipid composition from liquid grown cultures of S. coelicolor. Wide variations were also observed across different media, growth phases, and developmental stages indicating active membrane remodeling. Ornithine lipids (OL are phosphorus-free polar lipids that were accumulated mainly during sporulation stages, but were also major components of the membrane under phosphorus limitation. In contrast, phosphatidylethanolamine, which had been reported as one of the major polar lipids in the genus Streptomyces, is almost absent under these conditions. We identified one of the genes responsible for the synthesis of OL (SCO0921 and found that its inactivation causes the absence of OL, precocious morphological development and actinorhodin production. Our observations indicate a remarkable plasticity of the membrane composition in this bacterial species, reveal a higher metabolic complexity than expected, and suggest a relationship between cytoplasmic membrane components and the differentiation programs in S. coelicolor.

  3. Inferring compositional style in the neo-plastic paintings of Piet Mondrian by machine learning

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    Andrzejewski, David; Stork, David G.; Zhu, Xiaojin; Spronk, Ron

    2010-02-01

    We trained generative models and decision tree classifiers with positive and negative examples of the neo-plastic works of Piet Mondrian to infer his compositional principles, to generate "faux" works, and to explore the possibility of computer-based aids in authentication and attribution studies. Unlike previous computer work on this and other artists, we used "earlier state" works-intermediate versions of works created by Mondrian revealed through x-radiography and infra-red reflectography-when training our classifiers. Such intermediate state works provide a great deal of information to a classifier as they differ only slightly from the final works. We used methods from machine learning such as leave-one-out cross validation. Our decision tree classifier had accuracy of roughly 70% in recognizing the genuine works of Mondrian versus computer-generated replicas with similar statistical properties. Our trained classifier reveals implicit compositional principles underlying Mondrian's works, for instance the relative visual "weights" of the four colors (red, yellow, blue and black) he used in his rectangles. We used our trained generative model to generate "faux" Mondrians, which informally possess some of the compositional attributes of genuine works by this artist.

  4. Verification and Validation of a Three-Dimensional Orthotropic Plasticity Constitutive Model Using a Unidirectional Composite

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    Canio Hoffarth

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available A three-dimensional constitutive model has been developed for modeling orthotropic composites subject to impact loads. It has three distinct components—a deformation model involving elastic and plastic deformations; a damage model; and a failure model. The model is driven by tabular data that is generated either using laboratory tests or via virtual testing. A unidirectional composite—T800/F3900, commonly used in the aerospace industry, is used in the verification and validation tests. While the failure model is under development, these tests indicate that the implementation of the deformation and damage models in a commercial finite element program, LS-DYNA, is efficient, robust and accurate.

  5. Dual energy CT inspection of a carbon fibre reinforced plastic composite combined with metal components

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    Daniel Vavrik

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available This work is focused on the inspection of carbon fibre reinforced plastic composites (CFRP combined with metal components. It is well known that the high absorption of metallic parts degrades the quality of radiographic measurements (contrast and causes typical metal artefacts in X-ray computed tomography (CT reconstruction. It will be shown that these problems can be successfully solved utilizing the dual energy CT method (DECT, which is typically used for the material decomposition of complex objects. In other words, DECT can help differentiate object components with a similar overall attenuation or visualise low attenuation components that are next to high attenuation ones. The application of DECT to analyse honeycomb sandwich panels and CFRP parts joined with metal fasteners will be presented in the article.

  6. Properties of plasticized composite films prepared from nanofibrillated cellulose and birch wood xylan

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    Hansen, Natanya Majbritt Louie; Blomfeldt, Thomas O. J.; Hedenqvist, Mikael S.

    2012-01-01

    Xylans, an important sub-class of hemicelluloses, represent a largely untapped resource for new renewable materials derived from biomass. As with other carbohydrates, nanocellulose reinforcement of xylans is interesting as a route to new bio-materials. With this in mind, birch wood xylan was comb......Xylans, an important sub-class of hemicelluloses, represent a largely untapped resource for new renewable materials derived from biomass. As with other carbohydrates, nanocellulose reinforcement of xylans is interesting as a route to new bio-materials. With this in mind, birch wood xylan...... was combined with nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) and films were cast with and without glycerol, sorbitol or methoxypolyethylene glycol (MPEG) as plasticizers. Microscopy revealed some NFC agglomeration in the composite films as well as a layered nanocellulose structure. Equilibrium moisture content...

  7. Analysis of a ceramic filled bio-plastic composite sandwich structure

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    Habib Ullah, M. [Institute of Space Science (ANGKASA), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi Selangor 43600 (Malaysia); Department of Electrical, Electronic and System Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi 43600 (Malaysia); Islam, M. T. [Institute of Space Science (ANGKASA), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi Selangor 43600 (Malaysia)

    2013-11-25

    Design and analysis of a ceramic-filled bio-plastic composite sandwich structure is presented. This proposed high-dielectric structure is used as a substrate for patch antennas. A meandered-strip line-fed fractal-shape patch antenna is designed and fabricated on a copper-laminated sandwich-structured substrate. Measurement results of this antenna show 44% and 20% of bandwidths with maximum gains of 3.45 dBi and 5.87 dBi for the lower and upper bands, respectively. The half-power beam widths of 104° and 78° have been observed from the measured radiation pattern at the two resonance frequencies 0.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz.

  8. Wood plastic composites based on microfibrillar blends of high density polyethylene/poly(ethylene terephthalate).

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    Lei, Yong; Wu, Qinglin

    2010-05-01

    High-melting-temperature poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) was successfully introduced into wood plastic composites through a two-step reactive extrusion technology. Wood flour was added into pre-prepared PET/high density polyethylene (HDPE) microfibrillar blends (MFBs) in the second extrusion at the temperature for processing HDPE. Addition of 25% in situ formed PET microfibers obviously increased the mechanical properties of HDPE, and more significant enhancement by the in situ formed recycled PET microfibers was observed for the recycled HDPE. Adding 2% E-GMA improved the compatibility between matrix and microfibers in MFBs, resulting further enhanced mechanical properties. The subsequent addition of 40% wood flour did not influence the size and morphology of PET microfibers, and improved the comprehensive mechanical properties of MFBs. The wood flour increased the crystallinity level of HDPE in the compatibilized MFB in which PET phase did not crystallize. The storage modulus of MFB was greatly improved by wood flour.

  9. Influence of Ionizing Radiation on the Mechanical Properties of a Wood-Plastic Composite

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    Palm, Andrew; Smith, Jennifer; Driscoll, Mark; Smith, Leonard; Larsen, L. Scott

    The focus of this study was to examine the potential benefits of irradiating polyethylene (PE)-based wood-plastic composites (WPCs) in order to enhance the mechanical properties of the WPC. The PE-based WPCs were irradiated, post extrusion, at dose levels of 0, 50, 100, 150, 200, and 250 kGy with an electron beam (EB). The irradiated WPCs were then evaluated using a third point bending test (ASTM D4761) along with scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It was found that ultimate strength and modulus of elasticity (MOE) increased with increasing dose level. Examination of the fracture surfaces of polyethylene revealed a distinct difference in failure between irradiated and non-irradiated surfaces.

  10. Thermal expansion behavior of co-extruded wood-plastic composites with glass-fiber reinforced shells

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    Runzhou Huang

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Coextruded wood-plastic composites (WPCs with glass-fiber (GF filled shells were manufactured, and their thermal expansion behavior was studied. A three-dimensional finite element model (FEM considering differential properties of both shell and core layers was developed to predict the linear coefficient of thermal expansion (LCTE of the material. It was shown that the LCTE values varied with composite structure and composition (i.e., core-shell thicknesses and materials. The use of GF-filled shells helped lower overall composite LCTE values. The imbalance of shell and core LCTE, and their moduli led to complex stress fields within a given composite system. The FEM predicted a trend of LCTE change with varying composite structures, which was in good agreement with the experimental data. This study provides for the first time a finite element modeling technique to optimize raw material composition and composite structure for optimizing thermal expansion behavior of co-extruded WPCs.

  11. Support Assembly for Composite Laminate Materials During Roll Press Processing

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    Catella, Luke A.

    2011-01-01

    A composite laminate material is supported during the roll press processing thereof by an assembly having: first and second perforated films disposed adjacent to first and second opposing surfaces of a mixture of uncured resin and fibers defining the composite laminate material, a gas permeable encasement surrounding the mixture and the first and second films, a gas impervious envelope sealed about the gas permeable encasement, and first and second rigid plates clamped about the gas impervious envelope.

  12. A new macroscopically anisotropic pressure dependent yield function for metal matrix composite based on strain gradient plasticity for the microstructure

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    Azizi, Reza; Legarth, Brian Nyvang; Niordson, Christian Frithiof

    2013-01-01

    Metal matrix composites with long aligned elastic fibers are studied using an energetic rate independent strain gradient plasticity theory with an isotropic pressure independent yield function at the microscale. The material response is homogenized to obtain a conventional macroscopic model...... that exhibits anisotropic yield properties with a pressure dependence. At the microscale free energy includes both elastic strains and plastic strain gradients, and the theory demands higher order boundary conditions in terms of plastic strain or work conjugate higher order tractions. The mechanical response...... of the composite is inclined compared to a standard pressure independent yield surfaces. The evolution of the macroscopic yield surface is investigated by quantifying both anisotropic hardening (expansion) and kinematic hardening (translation), where the coefficients of anisotropy and the Bauschinger stress...

  13. Variation of mechanical properties of the metallic sheath in composite Ag/BSCCO tapes during plastic conformation

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    Hassan, Mohamed K.; Navarro, Rafael

    2002-08-01

    The evolution of the mechanical properties of Ag/BSCCO monocore composites, during powder in tube conformation by wire drawing and free ends tape rolling is analysed. Results on composite wires and tapes with different thickness of the cladding sheaths and on a reference empty tube are reported. The properties of the metallic sheaths and of the compact powder cores are characterised. A correlation of the variations induced in the sheaths by the overall plastic work per unit volume is outlined.

  14. Solid polymer electrolyte composite membrane comprising laser micromachined porous support

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    Liu, Han [Waltham, MA; LaConti, Anthony B [Lynnfield, MA; Mittelsteadt, Cortney K [Natick, MA; McCallum, Thomas J [Ashland, MA

    2011-01-11

    A solid polymer electrolyte composite membrane and method of manufacturing the same. According to one embodiment, the composite membrane comprises a rigid, non-electrically-conducting support, the support preferably being a sheet of polyimide having a thickness of about 7.5 to 15 microns. The support has a plurality of cylindrical pores extending perpendicularly between opposing top and bottom surfaces of the support. The pores, which preferably have a diameter of about 5 microns, are made by laser micromachining and preferably are arranged in a defined pattern, for example, with fewer pores located in areas of high membrane stress and more pores located in areas of low membrane stress. The pores are filled with a first solid polymer electrolyte, such as a perfluorosulfonic acid (PFSA) polymer. A second solid polymer electrolyte, which may be the same as or different than the first solid polymer electrolyte, may be deposited over the top and/or bottom of the first solid polymer electrolyte.

  15. Effect of Durability Treatment on Ultraviolet Resistance, Strength, and Surface Wettability of Wood Plastic Composite

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    Huiyuan Li

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available A comparative analysis of photostabilizing effects of hindered amine light stabilizers (HALSs, an ultraviolet absorber (UVA, and zinc borate (ZnB on wood plastic composites (WPCs was made in this study to show the influence of the accelerated weathering on the surface degradation and loss of mechanical properties of treated WPCs. The results showed that the UVA was the most effective in preventing composite from being bleached, especially when the aging time was longer than 1000 hours. With the addition of the ultraviolet stabilizers, the contact angles increased, indicating increased water wettability. The contact angle of UVA-containing samples was greater than that of the control and the other samples treated with HALSs and ZnB. Flexural properties of all materials decreased after being weathered under xenon-arc light. Materials treated with UVA had higher retention rates in flexural strength and modulus. The results show that, among the agents used, UVA was the most effective additive in preventing WPCs from ultraviolet degradation.

  16. Understanding Plasticity and Fracture in Aluminum Alloys and their Composites by 3D X-ray Synchrotron Tomography and Microdiffraction

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    Hruby, Peter

    Aluminum alloys and their composites are attractive materials for applications requiring high strength-to-weight ratios and reasonable cost. Many of these applications, such as those in the aerospace industry, undergo fatigue loading. An understanding of the microstructural damage that occurs in these materials is critical in assessing their fatigue resistance. Two distinct experimental studies were performed to further the understanding of fatigue damage mechanisms in aluminum alloys and their composites, specifically fracture and plasticity. Fatigue resistance of metal matrix composites (MMCs) depends on many aspects of composite microstructure. Fatigue crack growth behavior is particularly dependent on the reinforcement characteristics and matrix microstructure. The goal of this work was to obtain a fundamental understanding of fatigue crack growth behavior in SiC particle-reinforced 2080 Al alloy composites. In situ X-ray synchrotron tomography was performed on two samples at low (R=0.1) and at high (R=0.6) R-ratios. The resulting reconstructed images were used to obtain three-dimensional (3D) rendering of the particles and fatigue crack. Behaviors of the particles and crack, as well as their interaction, were analyzed and quantified. Four-dimensional (4D) visual representations were constructed to aid in the overall understanding of damage evolution. During fatigue crack growth in ductile materials, a plastic zone is created in the region surrounding the crack tip. Knowledge of the plastic zone is important for the understanding of fatigue crack formation as well as subsequent growth behavior. The goal of this work was to quantify the 3D size and shape of the plastic zone in 7075 Al alloys. X-ray synchrotron tomography and Laue microdiffraction were used to non-destructively characterize the volume surrounding a fatigue crack tip. The precise 3D crack profile was segmented from the reconstructed tomography data. Depth-resolved Laue patterns were obtained using

  17. Scalable air cathode microbial fuel cells using glass fiber separators, plastic mesh supporters, and graphite fiber brush anodes

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    Zhang, Xiaoyuan

    2011-01-01

    The combined use of brush anodes and glass fiber (GF1) separators, and plastic mesh supporters were used here for the first time to create a scalable microbial fuel cell architecture. Separators prevented short circuiting of closely-spaced electrodes, and cathode supporters were used to avoid water gaps between the separator and cathode that can reduce power production. The maximum power density with a separator and supporter and a single cathode was 75±1W/m3. Removing the separator decreased power by 8%. Adding a second cathode increased power to 154±1W/m3. Current was increased by connecting two MFCs connected in parallel. These results show that brush anodes, combined with a glass fiber separator and a plastic mesh supporter, produce a useful MFC architecture that is inherently scalable due to good insulation between the electrodes and a compact architecture. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

  18. Composite support column assembly for offshore drilling and production platforms

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    Pierce, R.H.

    1989-04-18

    This patent describes a support column assembly for an offshore drilling and/or production comprising: means for anchoring the column assembly on the seabed; an elongated cylindrical support column including at least one generally cylindrical column member having a cylindrical wall formed of a composite of elongated filaments of at least one of carbon and boron bonded in a resin matrix, the support column including a plurality of the column members coupled end to end by coupling means at opposite ends of the column members, the coupling means including a plurality of radially project pins for coupling the composite wall to a coupling member interposed between the column members, respectively; and means for connecting the column to a platform for transmitting platform loads between the platform and the anchor means.

  19. An All-Organic Composite System for Resistive Change Memory via the Self-Assembly of Plastic-Crystalline Molecules.

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    Cha, An-Na; Lee, Sang-A; Bae, Sukang; Lee, Sang Hyun; Lee, Dong Su; Wang, Gunuk; Kim, Tae-Wook

    2017-01-25

    An all-organic composite system was introduced as an active component for organic resistive memory applications. The active layer was prepared by mixing a highly polar plastic-crystalline organic molecule (succinonitrile, SN) into an insulating polymer (poly(methyl methacrylate), PMMA). As increasing concentrations of SN from 0 to 3.0 wt % were added to solutions of different concentrations of PMMA, we observed distinguishable microscopic surface structures on blended films of SN and PMMA at certain concentrations after the spin-casting process. The structures were organic dormant volcanos composed of micron-scale PMMA craters and disk type SN lava. Atomic force microscopy (AFM), cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX) analysis showed that these structures were located in the middle of the film. Self-assembly of the plastic-crystalline molecules resulted in the phase separation of the SN:PMMA mixture during solvent evaporation. The organic craters remained at the surface after the spin-casting process, indicative of the formation of an all-organic composite film. Because one organic crater contains one SN disk, our system has a coplanar monolayer disk composite system, indicative of the simplest composite type of organic memory system. Current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of the composite films with organic craters revealed that our all-organic composite system showed unipolar type resistive switching behavior. From logarithmic I-V characteristics, we found that the current flow was governed by space charge limited current (SCLC). From these results, we believe that a plastic-crystalline molecule-polymer composite system is one of the most reliable ways to develop organic composite systems as potential candidates for the active components of organic resistive memory applications.

  20. Effect of Recycled Plastics on Cotton Stalk/Plastic Composite Properties%废弃塑料对棉秆/塑料复合板材性能的影响

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    蔺焘; 郭文静; 常亮; 高黎; 王正

    2011-01-01

    Recycled plastic with different particle size and impurity content were compounded with cotton stalk particles, after which the mixture was used to make cotton stalk/plastic composites through hot pressing. The effects of size and impurity of the recycled plastic on the composite properties were evaluated. The results show that; 1) the physical and mechanical properties of composites made with smaller plastic sizes perform better than those made with larger plastic sizes; 2) cleaning the recycled plastic with water is more effective for improving the composite properties than increasing the waste plastic content.%采用不同塑料纯度和形态的废弃聚乙烯塑料与棉秆刨花复合,制备棉秆/塑料复合板材,研究废弃塑料的形态和塑料纯度对复合板材性能的影响.结果表明:1)采用重均粒径较小的废弃塑料与棉秆复合时,板材的性能较优;2)相对于增加复合板材中废弃塑料的比例,对废弃塑料进行彻底的清洗,是提高复合板材性能的有效手段.

  1. Effects of wood fiber surface chemistry on strength of wood-plastic composites

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    Migneault, Sébastien; Koubaa, Ahmed; Perré, Patrick; Riedl, Bernard

    2015-07-01

    Because wood-plastic composites (WPC) strength relies on fiber-matrix interaction at fiber surface, it is likely that fiber surface chemistry plays an important role in WPC strength development. The objective of the present study is to investigate the relationships between fiber surface chemical characteristics and WPC mechanical properties. Different fibers were selected and characterized for surface chemical characteristics using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). WPC samples were manufactured at 40% fiber content and with six different fibers. High density polyethylene was used as matrix and maleated polyethylene (MAPE) was used as compatibility agent. WPC samples were tested for mechanical properties and fiber-matrix interface was observed with scanning electron microscope. It was found WPC strength decreases as the amount of unoxidized carbon (assigned to lignin and extractives) measured with XPS on fiber surface increases. In the opposite case, WPC strength increases with increasing level of oxidized carbon (assigned to carbohydrates) on fiber surface. The same conclusions were found with FTIR where WPC strength decreases as lignin peaks intensity increases. Esterification reaction of fibers with MAPE occurs on polar sites of carbohydrates, such as hydroxyls (Osbnd H). Thus, fibers with carbohydrates-rich surface, such as cellulose pulp, produced stronger WPC samples. Other factors such as mechanical interlocking and fiber morphology interfered with the effects of fiber surface chemistry.

  2. Pyrolysis of municipal plastic wastes II: Influence of raw material composition under catalytic conditions.

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    López, A; de Marco, I; Caballero, B M; Laresgoiti, M F; Adrados, A; Torres, A

    2011-01-01

    In this work, the results obtained in catalytic pyrolysis of three plastic waste streams which are the rejects of an industrial packing wastes sorting plant are presented. The samples have been pyrolysed in a 3.5 dm(3) reactor under semi-batch conditions at 440 °C for 30 min in nitrogen atmosphere. Commercial ZSM-5 zeolite has been used as catalyst in liquid phase contact. In every case, high HHV gases and liquids which can be useful as fuels or source of chemicals are obtained. A solid fraction composed of the inorganic material contained in the raw materials and some char formed in the pyrolysis process is also obtained. The zeolite has shown to be very effective to produce liquids with great aromatics content and C3-C4 fraction rich gases, even though the raw material was mainly composed of polyolefins. The characteristics of the pyrolysis products as well as the effect of the catalyst vary depending on the composition of the raw material. When paper rich samples are pyrolysed, ZSM-5 zeolite increases water production and reduces CO and CO(2) generation. If stepwise pyrolysis is applied to such sample, the aqueous liquid phase can be separated from the organic liquid fraction in a first low temperature step.

  3. Atmospheric pressure cold plasma treatment of cellulose based fillers for wood plastic composites

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    Lekobou, William; Englund, Karl; Pedrow, Patrick; Scudiero, Louis

    2011-10-01

    The main challenge of wood plastic composites (WPC) resides in the low interfacial adhesion due to incompatibility between the cellulose based filler that has a polar surface and most common matrixes, polyolefins which are non-polar. Plasma treatment is a promising technique for surface modification and its implementation into the processing of WPC would provide this industry with a versatile and nearly environmentally benign manufacturing tool. Our investigation aims at designing a cold atmospheric pressure plasma reactor for coating fillers with a hydrophobic material prior to compounding with the matrix. Deposition was achieved with our reactor that includes an array of high voltage needles, a grounded metal mesh, Ar as carrier gas and C2H2 as the precursor molecule. Parameters studied have included gas feed rates and applied voltage; FTIR, ESCA, AFM and SEM imaging were used for film diagnostics. We will also report on deposition rate and its dependence on radial and axial position as well as the effects of plasma-polymerized acetylene on the surface free energy of cellulose based substrates.

  4. EFFECTS OF ETHYLENE VINYL ACETATE CONTENT ON PHYSICAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITES

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    Dongfang Li,

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available To investigate the effects of different ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA contents on the performance of wood plastic composites (WPCs made from poplar wood flour (PWF and high density polyethylene (HDPE, physical properties tests, mechanical properties tests, and scanning electron microscope (SEM tests were employed. The thermal stability and functional groups of PWF treated by EVA were evaluated by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, differential thermal analysis (DTA, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, respectively. The results showed that the hardness, water uptake, and thickness swelling of the WPCs was reduced with increasing content of EVA. The MOR and tensile strength of the WPC treated by 15% EVA content were enhanced by 17.48% and 9.97%, respectively, compared with those of the WPC without EVA. TGA results showed that the thermal stability of PWF treated by EVA was improved. FTIR analysis indicated that PWF was reacted and coated with EVA. SEM results showed that gaps and voids hardly existed in the sections of the WPCs treated by EVA. This research suggests that the flexibility and mechanical properties of WPCs could be improved by adding EVA. The best condition of EVA content could be 15%.

  5. EFFECT OF FIRE RETARDANTS ON SURFACE ROUGHNESS AND WETTABILITY OF WOOD PLASTIC COMPOSITE PANELS

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    Nadir Ayrilmis

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Surface roughness and wettability of flat-pressed wood plastic composites (WPCs incorporated with various fire retardants (FRs (5, 10, or 15% by weight (wt at 50 wt-% content of the wood flour (WF were investigated. The most common FRs, zinc borate (ZB, magnesium hydroxide (MH, and ammonium polyphosphate (APP, were used in the experiments. The WPC panels were made from dry-blended wood flour (WF, fire retardant (FR powder, and polypropylene (PP powder with maleic anhydride-grafted PP (2 wt-% formulations using a conventional flat-pressing process under laboratory conditions. The contact angle measurements were obtained by using a goniometer connected with a digital camera and computer system. Three roughness measurements, average roughness (Ra, mean peak-to-valley height (Rz, and maximum roughness (Ry, were taken from the WPC panel surface using a fine stylus tracing technique. It was found that the surface smoothness of the WPC panels decreased with increasing content of the FR powder while the wettability increased. The control WPC panel without the FR had the smoothest surface, followed by the WPC panels containing the MH, ZB, and APP, respectively.

  6. Application of time-temperature-stress superposition on creep of wood-plastic composites

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    Chang, Feng-Cheng; Lam, Frank; Kadla, John F.

    2013-08-01

    Time-temperature-stress superposition principle (TTSSP) was widely applied in studies of viscoelastic properties of materials. It involves shifting curves at various conditions to construct master curves. To extend the application of this principle, a temperature-stress hybrid shift factor and a modified Williams-Landel-Ferry (WLF) equation that incorporated variables of stress and temperature for the shift factor fitting were studied. A wood-plastic composite (WPC) was selected as the test subject to conduct a series of short-term creep tests. The results indicate that the WPC were rheologically simple materials and merely a horizontal shift was needed for the time-temperature superposition, whereas vertical shifting would be needed for time-stress superposition. The shift factor was independent of the stress for horizontal shifts in time-temperature superposition. In addition, the temperature- and stress-shift factors used to construct master curves were well fitted with the WLF equation. Furthermore, the parameters of the modified WLF equation were also successfully calibrated. The application of this method and equation can be extended to curve shifting that involves the effects of both temperature and stress simultaneously.

  7. Reciprocal transplants support a plasticity-first scenario during colonisation of a large hyposaline basin by a marine macro alga.

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    Johansson, Daniel; Pereyra, Ricardo T; Rafajlović, Marina; Johannesson, Kerstin

    2017-04-05

    Baltic Sea at salinities where reproduction remains functional. Since establishment, the Baltic Sea populations have evolved adaptations to extreme hyposaline waters and have in addition evolved asexual recruitment that, however, tends to impede local adaptation. Overall, our results support the "plasticity-first" model for the initial colonisation of the Baltic Sea by Fucus vesiculosus.

  8. Timber vs. composite/plastic pile fender systems in Pearl Harbor maintenance cost comparison

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    Alling, Joseph

    1996-01-01

    CIVINS The Navy has traditionally used treated timber materials for fender systems for piers and wharves in Pearl Harbor. In recent years, the costs associated with the use of timber have escalated and the Navy has begun to use plastic piles at installations around the world to replace timber fender systems. Plastic fender systems are more expensive, but have greater energy absorption capabilities and are more resilient to environmental decay. To determine whether plastic piles are a cost ...

  9. Seabirds indicate changes in the composition of plastic litter in the Atlantic and south-western Indian Oceans.

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    Ryan, Peter G

    2008-08-01

    I compare plastic ingested by five species of seabirds sampled in the 1980s and again in 1999-2006. The numbers of ingested plastic particles have not changed significantly, but the proportion of virgin pellets has decreased 44-79% in all five species: great shearwater Puffinus gravis, white-chinned petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis, broad-billed prion Pachyptila vittata, white-faced storm petrel Pelagodroma marina and white-bellied storm petrel Fregetta grallaria. The populations sampled range widely in the South Atlantic and western Indian Oceans. The most marked reduction occurred in great shearwaters, where the average number of pellets per bird decreased from 10.5 to 1.6. This species migrates between the South and North Atlantic each year. Similar decreases in virgin pellets have been recorded in short-tailed shearwaters Puffinus tenuirostris in the Pacific Ocean and northern fulmars Fulmarus glacialis in the North Sea. More data are needed on the relationship between plastic loads in seabirds and the density of plastic at sea in their foraging areas, but the consistent decrease in pellets in birds suggests there has been a global change in the composition of small plastic debris at sea over the last two decades.

  10. Corundum Based Composite Block Containing Plastic Phase YB/T 4129-2005

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    Yu Lingyan; Chai Junlan

    2009-01-01

    @@ 1 Scope This standard specifies the definition, classifica-tion, technical requirements, test methods, inspection rules, packing, marking, transportation and quality certificate of corundum block containing plastic phase.

  11. An analysis of the composition and metal contamination of plastics from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)

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    Stenvall, Erik, E-mail: erik.stenvall@chalmers.se [Department of Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, 41296 Göteborg (Sweden); Tostar, Sandra [Department of Industrial Materials Recycling, Chalmers University of Technology, 41296 Göteborg (Sweden); Boldizar, Antal [Department of Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, 41296 Göteborg (Sweden); Foreman, Mark R.StJ. [Department of Industrial Materials Recycling, Chalmers University of Technology, 41296 Göteborg (Sweden); Möller, Kenneth [Chemistry and Materials Technology, SP, 50115 Borås (Sweden)

    2013-04-15

    The compositions of three WEEE plastic batches of different origin were investigated using infrared spectroscopy, and the metal content was determined with inductively coupled plasma. The composition analysis of the plastics was based mainly on 14 samples collected from a real waste stream, and showed that the major constituents were high impact polystyrene (42 wt%), acrylonitrile–butadiene–styrene copolymer (38 wt%) and polypropylene (10 wt%). Their respective standard deviations were 21.4%, 16.5% and 60.7%, indicating a considerable variation even within a single batch. The level of metal particle contamination was found to be low in all samples, whereas wood contamination and rubber contamination were found to be about 1 wt% each in most samples. In the metal content analysis, iron was detected at levels up to 700 ppm in the recyclable waste plastics fraction, which is of concern due to its potential to catalyse redox reactions during melt processing and thus accelerate the degradation of plastics during recycling. Toxic metals were found only at very low concentrations, with the exception of lead and cadmium which could be detected at 200 ppm and 70 ppm levels, respectively, but these values are below the current threshold limits of 1000 ppm and 100 ppm set by the Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive.

  12. An analysis of the composition and metal contamination of plastics from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

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    Stenvall, Erik; Tostar, Sandra; Boldizar, Antal; Foreman, Mark R StJ; Möller, Kenneth

    2013-04-01

    The compositions of three WEEE plastic batches of different origin were investigated using infrared spectroscopy, and the metal content was determined with inductively coupled plasma. The composition analysis of the plastics was based mainly on 14 samples collected from a real waste stream, and showed that the major constituents were high impact polystyrene (42 wt%), acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer (38 wt%) and polypropylene (10 wt%). Their respective standard deviations were 21.4%, 16.5% and 60.7%, indicating a considerable variation even within a single batch. The level of metal particle contamination was found to be low in all samples, whereas wood contamination and rubber contamination were found to be about 1 wt% each in most samples. In the metal content analysis, iron was detected at levels up to 700 ppm in the recyclable waste plastics fraction, which is of concern due to its potential to catalyse redox reactions during melt processing and thus accelerate the degradation of plastics during recycling. Toxic metals were found only at very low concentrations, with the exception of lead and cadmium which could be detected at 200 ppm and 70 ppm levels, respectively, but these values are below the current threshold limits of 1000 ppm and 100 ppm set by the Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Effect of Rare Earths-Treated Glass Fiber on Impact Wear-Resistance of Metal-Plastic Multilayer Composites

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    程先华; 薛玉君; 谢超英

    2002-01-01

    The friction and wear properties under impact load and dry friction conditions of metal-plastic multilayer composites filled with glass fiber, treated with rare earth elements, were investigated. The worn surfaces were observed and analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It shows that applying rare earth elements surface modifier to treat the glass fiber surface can enhance the interfacial adhesion between the glass fiber and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), as well as promote the interface properties of the composites. This helps to form a uniformly distributed and high adhesive transfer film on the counterface and abate the friction between the composite and the counterface. As a result, the wear of composite is greatly reduced. The composite exhibits excellent friction properties and impact wear-resistance.

  14. Effect of nonlinearity of restrainer and supports on the elasto-plastic seismic response of continuous girder bridge

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    Wang Changfeng

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available During an earthquake, the nonlinearity of the bridge structure mainly occurs at the supports, bridge piers and restrainers. When entering nonlinear stage, members of the bridge structure affect the elasto-plastic seismic response of the whole structure to a certain extent; for multi-span continuous bridges, longitudinal restrainers can be installed on the movable piers to optimise the distribution of seismic force and enable the movable piers to bear a certain amount of seismic effect. In order to evaluate the effect of nonlinearity of restrainer and supports on the elasto-plastic seismic response of continuous girder bridge, analytical models of continuous girder bridge structure considering the nonlinearity of movable supports, restrainers and bridge piers were built and the nonlinear time history analysis was conducted to evaluate the effect of nonlinearity of restraining devices and supports on the elasto-plastic seismic response of continuous girder bridge. Relevant structural measures and recommendation were made to reduce the seismic response of the fixed piers of the continuous girder bridge.

  15. Immune response to Bifidobacterium bifidum strains support Treg/Th17 plasticity.

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    Patricia López

    Full Text Available In this work we analyzed the immune activation properties of different Bifidobacterium strains in order to establish their ability as inductors of specific effector (Th or regulatory (Treg responses. First, we determined the cytokine pattern induced by 21 Bifidobacterium strains in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs. Results showed that four Bifidobacterium bifidum strains showed the highest production of IL-17 as well as a poor secretion of IFNγ and TNFα, suggesting a Th17 profile whereas other Bifidobacterium strains exhibited a Th1-suggestive profile. Given the key role of Th17 subsets in mucosal defence, strains suggestive of Th17 responses and the putative Th1 Bifidobacterium breve BM12/11 were selected to stimulate dendritic cells (DC to further determine their capability to induce the differentiation of naïve CD4(+ lymphocytes toward different Th or Treg cells. All selected strains were able to induce phenotypic DC maturation, but showed differences in cytokine stimulation, DC treated with the putative Th17 strains displaying high IL-1β/IL-12 and low IL-12/IL-10 index, whereas BM12/11-DC exhibited the highest IL-12/IL-10 ratio. Differentiation of naïve lymphocytes confirmed Th1 polarization by BM12/11. Unexpectedly, any B. bifidum strain showed significant capability for Th17 generation, and they were able to generate functional Treg, thus suggesting differences between in vivo and vitro responses. In fact, activation of memory lymphocytes present in PBMCS with these bacteria, point out the presence in vivo of specific Th17 cells, supporting the plasticity of Treg/Th17 populations and the key role of commensal bacteria in mucosal tolerance and T cell reprogramming when needed.

  16. Research Progress of Modifying Wood Plastic Composites%木塑复合材料改性研究进展

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    张晓萌; 马玲玲; 李晶; 解琼玉; 徐殿斗; 杨国胜

    2013-01-01

    The polymer-based and wood-based wood plastic composites were introduced,the emphases were focus on the fabrication process,common chemicals,performance,use in market and existing problems. The development trend of wood plastic composites was expected.%介绍了木材改性中的聚合物基木塑复合材料和木基木塑复合材料,主要关注了聚合物基木塑材料和木基木塑材料的制作工艺、常用化学制剂、性能优势、市场用途及存在问题,并对其发展前景进行了展望。

  17. Analysis of linear elasticity and non-linearity due to plasticity and material damage in woven and biaxial braided composites

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    Goyal, Deepak

    Textile composites have a wide variety of applications in the aerospace, sports, automobile, marine and medical industries. Due to the availability of a variety of textile architectures and numerous parameters associated with each, optimal design through extensive experimental testing is not practical. Predictive tools are needed to perform virtual experiments of various options. The focus of this research is to develop a better understanding of linear elastic response, plasticity and material damage induced nonlinear behavior and mechanics of load flow in textile composites. Textile composites exhibit multiple scales of complexity. The various textile behaviors are analyzed using a two-scale finite element modeling. A framework to allow use of a wide variety of damage initiation and growth models is proposed. Plasticity induced non-linear behavior of 2x2 braided composites is investigated using a modeling approach based on Hill's yield function for orthotropic materials. The mechanics of load flow in textile composites is demonstrated using special non-standard postprocessing techniques that not only highlight the important details, but also transform the extensive amount of output data into comprehensible modes of behavior. The investigations show that the damage models differ from each other in terms of amount of degradation as well as the properties to be degraded under a particular failure mode. When compared with experimental data, predictions of some models match well for glass/epoxy composite whereas other's match well for carbon/epoxy composites. However, all the models predicted very similar response when damage factors were made similar, which shows that the magnitude of damage factors are very important. Full 3D as well as equivalent tape laminate predictions lie within the range of the experimental data for a wide variety of braided composites with different material systems, which validated the plasticity analysis. Conclusions about the effect of

  18. The effects of fiber length and fiber loading on the mechanical properties of wood-plastic (polypropylene) composites

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    2014-01-01

    This study examined the effects of wood pulp fiber length (short, medium, and long), and fiber loading (27%, 37%, 47%, and 0% [non-reinforced PP]) with 3% maleic anhydride-grafted polypropylene on the mechanical properties of wood-plastic composites (WPCs). Polypropylene and fibers were compounded into pellets using a counter-rotating twin-screw extruder and test specimens were prepared by injection molding. The results show that increases in fiber length and fiber loading significantly incre...

  19. Solid polymer electrolyte composite membrane comprising plasma etched porous support

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    Liu, Han; LaConti, Anthony B.

    2010-10-05

    A solid polymer electrolyte composite membrane and method of manufacturing the same. According to one embodiment, the composite membrane comprises a rigid, non-electrically-conducting support, the support preferably being a sheet of polyimide having a thickness of about 7.5 to 15 microns. The support has a plurality of cylindrical pores extending perpendicularly between opposing top and bottom surfaces of the support. The pores, which preferably have a diameter of about 0.1 to 5 microns, are made by plasma etching and preferably are arranged in a defined pattern, for example, with fewer pores located in areas of high membrane stress and more pores located in areas of low membrane stress. The pores are filled with a first solid polymer electrolyte, such as a perfluorosulfonic acid (PFSA) polymer. A second solid polymer electrolyte, which may be the same as or different than the first solid polymer electrolyte, may be deposited over the top and/or bottom of the first solid polymer electrolyte.

  20. 40 CFR 63.5795 - How do I know if my reinforced plastic composites production facility is a new affected source or...

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    ... 40 Protection of Environment 12 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 true How do I know if my reinforced plastic...) NATIONAL EMISSION STANDARDS FOR HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANTS FOR SOURCE CATEGORIES National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Reinforced Plastic Composites Production What This Subpart Covers §...

  1. Profile extrusion of wood plastic cellular composites and formulation evaluation using compression molding

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    Islam, Mohammad Rubyet

    Wood Plastic Composites (WPCs) have experienced a healthy growth during the last decade. However, improvement in properties is necessary to increase their utility for structural applications. The toughness of WPCs can be improved by creating a fine cellular structure while reducing the density. Extrusion processing is one of the most economical methods for profile formation. For our study, rectangular profiles were extruded using a twin-screw extrusion system with different grades of HDPE and with varying wood fibre and lubricant contents together with maleated polyethylene (MAPE) coupling agent to investigate their effects on WPC processing and mechanical properties. Work has been done to redesign the extrusion system setup to achieve smoother and stronger profiles. A guiding shaper, submerged in the water, has been designed to guide the material directly through water immediately after exiting the die; instead of passing it through a water cooled vacuum calibrator and then through water. In this way a skin was formed quickly that facilitated the production of smoother profiles. Later on chemical blowing agent (CBA) was used to generate cellular structure in the profile by the same extrusion system. CBA contents die temperatures, drawdown ratios (DDR) and wood fibre contents (WF) were varied for optimization of mechanical properties and morphology. Cell morphology and fibre alignment was characterized by a scanning electron microscope (SEM). A new compression molding system was developed to help in quick evaluation of different material formulations. This system forces the materials to flow in one direction to achieve higher net alignment of fibres during sample preparation, which is the case during profile extrusion. Operation parameters were optimized and improvements in WPC properties were observed compared to samples prepared by conventional hot press and profile extrusion.

  2. Effect of Rare Earths—Treated Glass Fiber on Impact Wear—Resistance of Metal—Plastic Multilayer Composites

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    程先华; 谢超英

    2002-01-01

    The friction and wear properties under impact load and dry friction conditions of metal-plastic multilayer composites fillde with glass fiber,treated with rare earth elements,were investigated,The worn surfaces were observed and analyzed by scanning electron microscopy(SEM).It shows that applying rare earth elements surface modifier to treat the glass fiber surface can enhance the interfacial adhesion between the glass fiber and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE),as well as promote the interface properties of the composites,This helps to form a uniflrmly distributed and high adhesive trandfer film on the counterface and abate the friction between the composite and the counterface,As a result,the wear of compostite is greatly reduced.The composite exhibits execllent friciton properties and impact wear-resistance.

  3. Context-aware Workflow Model for Supporting Composite Workflows

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    Jong-sun CHOI; Jae-young CHOI; Yong-yun CHO

    2010-01-01

    -In recent years,several researchers have applied workflow technologies for service automation on ubiquitous computing environments.However,most context-aware oprkflows do not offer a method to compose several workflows in order to get more large-scale or complicated workflow.They only provide a simple workflow model,not a composite workflow model.In this paper,the autorhs propose a context-aware worrkflow model to support composite workflows by expanding the patterns of the existing context-aware workflows,which support the basic workflow patterns.The suggested worklow modei offers composite workflow patterns for a context-aware workflow,which consists of various flow patterns,such as simple,split,parallel flows,and subflow.With the suggested model,the model can easily reuse few of existing workflows to make a new workflow.As a result,it can save the development efforts and time of cantext-aware workflows and increase the workflow reusability.Therefore,the suggested model is expected to make it easy to develop applications related to context-aware workflow services on ubiquitous computing environments.

  4. Behavioural plasticity in support of a benefit for aggregation pheromone use in Drosophila melanogaster

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    Wertheim, B; Dicke, Marcel; Vet, LEM

    2002-01-01

    We explored behavioural plasticity in the use of aggregation pheromone in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster Meigen (Diptera: Drosophilidae). Based on previous field observations, we formulated two hypotheses on a benefit of using aggregation pheromone for aggregated oviposition. One hypothesis c

  5. Valorisation of waste plastic bags in cement-mortar composites as ...

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    Jan 7, 2015 ... problems in Benin due both to the non-biodegradability of such by-products .... waste plastic bags inclusion process into the construction of buildings, .... (mass MD)and heated to fuse in an appropriate metallic container.

  6. Some exploitation properties of wood plastic composites (WPC, based on high density polyethylene and timber industry waste

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    janis kajaks

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: In this study, the influence of wood fiber content (40, 50 and 60 wt.% and coupling agent concentration (3 and 5 wt.% on the mechanical properties of wood-plastic composites (WPCs was investigated. Two types of plastic (high-density-polyethylene (HDPE and recycled high-density-polyethylene (rHDPE were used as polymer matrices for preparing WPC. As reinforcement, prior grinded (fiber length < 0.5 mm coniferous wood shavings were utilized. Overall trend showed, that by adding a wood fiber, flexural properties and microhardness of the composites significantly were enhanced. However, impact strength, water resistance, and fluidity of polymer melts decreased with increase in fiber content. The virgin HDPE-based composites as well as recycled HDPE-based composites, reinforced with fibers from coniferous wood, showed good mechanical properties. Based on the findings in this work, it appears that WPCs based on virgin HDPE, as well as on recycled HDPE, can be used to manufacture value-added panels. Optimal content of wood fibres were 50-60 wt.%.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.21.3.7283

  7. The effect of bulk-resin CNT-enrichment on damage and plasticity in shear-loaded laminated composites

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    Ventura, Isaac Aguilar

    2013-07-01

    One way to improve multi functionality of epoxy-based laminated composites is to dope the resin with carbon nanotubes. Many investigators have focused on the elastic and fracture behavior of such nano-modified polymers under tensile loading. Yet, in real structural applications, laminated composites can exhibit plasticity and progressive damage initiated mainly by shear loading. We investigated the damage and plasticity induced by the addition of carbon nanotubes to the matrix of a glass fiber/epoxy composite system. We characterized both the modified epoxy resin and the associated modified laminates using classical mesoscale analysis. We used dynamic mechanical analysis, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and classical mechanical testing to characterize samples with different concentrations of nanofillers. Since the samples were prepared using the solvent evaporation technique, we also studied the influence of this process. We found that in addition to the global increase in elastic regime properties, the addition of carbon nanotubes also accelerates the damage process in both the bulk resin and its associated glass-fiber composite. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

  8. Composition dependence of the synergistic effect of nucleating agent and plasticizer in poly(lactic acid: A Mixture Design study

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    M. K. Fehri

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Blends consisting of commercial poly(lactic acid (PLA, poly(lactic acid oligomer (OLA8 as plasticizer and a sulfonic salt of a phthalic ester and poly(D-lactic acid as nucleating agents were prepared by melt extrusion, following a Mixture Design approach, in order to systematically study mechanical and thermal properties as a function of composition. The full investigation was carried out by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA and tensile tests. The crystallization half-time was also studied at 105 °C as a function of the blends composition. A range of compositions in which the plasticizer and the nucleation agent minimized the crystallization half-time in a synergistic way was clearly identified thanks to the application of the Mixture Design approach. The results allowed also the identification of a composition range to maximize the crystallinity developed during the rapid cooling below glass transition temperature in injection moulding, thus allowing an easier processing of PLA based materials. Moreover the mechanical properties were discussed by correlating them to the chemical structural features and thermal behaviour of blends.

  9. 木塑复合材料的关键原材料概况%Overview of Key Raw Materials of Wood/Plastic Composites

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    高华; 黄海兵; 吕蕾; 高鹏

    2015-01-01

    介绍了木塑复合材料关键原料植物纤维、塑料和相容剂的概况及特性,在此基础上阐述了国内外近年来各类木塑复合材料的发展现状。%The brief information and features of the key raw materials of wood/plastic composites,i.e. plant fiber,plastics and compatibilizer,are introduced,based on which,the development status of various kinds of wood/plastic composites at home and abroad is summarized.

  10. Enhanced plasticity of Zr-based bulk metallic glass composite by in situ formed β-Zr dendritics

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    SUN Guoyuan; CHEN Guang; CHEN Guoliang

    2007-01-01

    A Zr56.2Ti13.8Nb5.0Cu6.9Ni5.6Be12.5 bulk metallic glasscomposite with enhanced plasticity by in situ formed bcc β-Zr solid solution was prepared by water quenching.The ductile βphase with a volume fraction of about 30% possesses a developed dendritic morphology.The composite exhibits a pure plastic strain of 10.2% combined with a large elastic strain limit of 2% and a high ultimate strength of 1778 Mpa upon room-temperature compression.Microscopic observa- tion shows numbers of wave-like shear bands distributed on the surface of the compressive samples.

  11. Modeling the time-dependent flexural response of wood-plastic composite materials

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    Hamel, Scott E.

    Wood-plastic composites (WPCs) are moisture sensitive bimodal anisotropic nonlinear viscoelastic materials, with time and temperature having the greatest effect on mechanical behavior. As WPC producers seek to manufacture structural bending members, such as beams and joists, it is important that the material's time and temperature-dependent mechanical behavior be understood and characterized. The complicated time-dependent behavior means that WPC bending deflections cannot be adequately predicted for even practical design purposes using simple linear-elastic models. Instead, mechanics-based models that incorporate the observed time-dependent and nonlinear responses are necessary. This dissertation presents an experimental and modeling program used to test and characterize the axial and shear behaviors of seven different WPC products (primarily polyethylene and polypropylene) subjected to both quasi-static and creep loading at multiple temperatures. These data were used to develop a mechanics based model that can predict bending deflections of complex sections at any time or temperature. Additionally, a practical design method and standardized test procedures were created for use in typical long-term bending situations. A mechanical model for WPCs must combine time-dependent material characterization with a tool that can simulate mode dependence, temperature dependence, changing neutral axis location, and nonlinear axial stress distributions that vary over the length of a member and evolve with time. Finite-element (FE) modeling was chosen as the most practical way to satisfy these requirements. The model developed in this study uses an FE model with a custom-designed material model. Bending deflection predictions from the model were compared to experimental testing and the model showed some success despite the difficulties created by the material variability. The practical method created for designing WPC structural bending members utilizes four material constants

  12. The influence of porosity on ultrasound attenuation in carbon fiber reinforced plastic composites using the laser-ultrasound spectroscopy

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    Karabutov, A. A.; Podymova, N. B.; Belyaev, I. O.

    2013-11-01

    Wideband acoustic spectroscopy with a laser ultrasound source for quantitative analysis of the effect of porosity on the attenuation coefficient of longitudinal acoustic waves in carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) composite materials was experimentally implemented. The samples under study had different bulk-porosity levels (up to 10%), which were determined using X-ray computer tomography. A resonance ultrasound attenuation peak associated with the one-dimensional periodicity of the layered composite structure was observed for all samples. The absolute value of the resonance-peak maximum and its width depend on the local concentration of microscopic isolated pores and extended delaminations in the sample structure. The obtained empirical relationships between these parameters of the frequency dependence of the ultrasound attenuation coefficient and the type of inhomogeneities and their volume concentration can be used for rapid evaluation of the structural quality of CFRP composites.

  13. Innovative use of wood-plastic-composites (WPC) as a core material in the sandwich injection molding process

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    Moritzer, Elmar; Martin, Yannick

    2016-03-01

    The demand for materials based on renewable raw materials has risen steadily in recent years. With society's increasing interest for climate protection and sustainability, natural-based materials such as wood-plastic-composites (WPC) have gained market share thanks to their positive reputation. Due to advantages over unreinforced plastics such as cost reduction and weight savings it is possible to use WPC in a wide area of application. Additionally, an increase in mechanical properties such as rigidity and strength is achieved by the fibers compared to unreinforced polymers. The combination of plastic and wood combines the positive properties of both components in an innovative material. Despite the many positive properties of wood-plastic-composite, there are also negative characteristics that prevent the use of WPC in many product areas, such as automotive interiors. In particular, increased water intake, which may result in swelling of near-surface particles, increased odor emissions, poor surface textures and distortion of the components are unacceptable for many applications. The sandwich injection molding process can improve this situation by eliminating the negative properties of WPC by enclosing it with a pure polymer. In this case, a layered structure of skin and core material is produced, wherein the core component is completely enclosed by the skin component. The suitability of WPC as the core component in the sandwich injection molding has not yet been investigated. In this study the possibilities and limitations of the use of WPC are presented. The consideration of different fiber types, fiber contents, skin materials and its effect on the filling behavior are the focus of the presented analysis.

  14. Plastic Bridge

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    履之

    1994-01-01

    Already ubiquitous in homes and cars, plastic is now appearing inbridges. An academic-industrial consortium based at the University ofCalifornia in San Diego is launching a three-year research program aimed atdeveloping the world’s first plastic highway bridge, a 450-foot span madeentirely from glass-,carbon,and polymer-fiber-reinforced composite mate-rials, the stuff of military aircraft. It will cross Interstate 5 to connect thetwo sides of the school’s campus.

  15. AN EXACT ELASTO-PLASTIC SOLUTION OF METAL-MATRIX COMPOSITE CANTILEVER BEAM LOADED BY A SINGLE FORCE AT ITS FREE END

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    Onur SAYMAN

    2001-03-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, an elastic-plastic stress analysis is carried out in a metal matrix composite cantilever beam loaded by a single force at its free end. A composite consisting of stainless-steel reinforced aluminium was produced for this work. The orientation angle of the fibers is chosen as 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°. The material is assumed to be perfectly plastic in the elasto-plastic solution. An analytical solution is performed for satisfying both the governing differential equation in the plane stress case and boundary conditions for small plastic deformations. The solution is carried out under the assumption of the Bernoulli-Navier hypotheses. The composite material is assumed as hardening linearly. The Tsai-Hill theory is used as a yield criterion.

  16. 木塑复合材料老化性能的影响因素%Factors Influencing the Aging Performance of Wood-Plastic Composites

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    潘惠; 倪梦云; 简伟程; 徐长妍

    2013-01-01

      结合国内外木塑复合材料老化性能的研究进展,概述了塑料、木粉、添加剂和成型工艺四个因素对木塑复合材料老化性能的影响,可为木塑复合材料的生产和利用提供依据。%Based on the research progress in the aging performance of wood-plastic composites at home and abroad, the effect of plastic, wood power, additives and molding process on the aging performance of wood-plastic composites is stated, which provides basis for the production and utilization of wood-plastic composites.

  17. Inelastic deformation of metal matrix composites: Plasticity and damage mechanisms, part 2

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    Majumdar, B. S.; Newaz, G. M.

    1992-01-01

    The inelastic deformation mechanisms for the SiC (SCS-6)/Ti-15-3 system were studied at 538 C (1000 F) using a combination of mechanical measurements and detailed microstructural examinations. The objectives were to evaluate the contributions of plasticity and damage to the overall MMC response, and to compare the room temperature and elevated temperature deformation behaviors. Four different laminates were studied: (0)8, (90)8,(+ or -45)2s, and (0/90)2s, with the primary emphasis on the unidirectional (0)8, and (90)8 systems. The elevated temperature responses were similar to those at room temperature, involving a two-stage elastic-plastic type of response for the (0)8 system, and a characteristic three-stage deformation response for the (90)8 and (+ or -45)2s systems. The primary effects of elevated temperatures included: (1) reduction in the 'yield' and failure strengths; (2) plasticity through diffused slip rather than concentrated planar slip (which occurred at room temperature); and (3) time-dependent deformation. The inelastic deformation mechanism for the (0)8 MMC was dominated by plasticity at both temperatures. For the (90)8 and (+ or -45)2s MMCs, a combination of damage and plasticity contributed to the deformation at both temperatures.

  18. Composition of plastics from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) by direct sampling.

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    Martinho, Graça; Pires, Ana; Saraiva, Luanha; Ribeiro, Rita

    2012-06-01

    This paper describes a direct analysis study carried out in a recycling unit for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in Portugal to characterize the plastic constituents of WEEE. Approximately 3400 items, including cooling appliances, small WEEE, printers, copying equipment, central processing units, cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors and CRT televisions were characterized, with the analysis finding around 6000 kg of plastics with several polymer types. The most common polymers are polystyrene, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, polycarbonate blends, high-impact polystyrene and polypropylene. Additives to darken color are common contaminants in these plastics when used in CRT televisions and small WEEE. These additives can make plastic identification difficult, along with missing polymer identification and flame retardant identification marks. These drawbacks contribute to the inefficiency of manual dismantling of WEEE, which is the typical recycling process in Portugal. The information found here can be used to set a baseline for the plastics recycling industry and provide information for ecodesign in electrical and electronic equipment production.

  19. Influence of the localized initial plastic deformation on the effective thermomechanical response of metal-matrix composites

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    Roatta, A.; Turner, P.A.; Bertinetti, M.A.; Bolmaro, R.E.

    1999-11-01

    A generalized Eshelby model, allowing interaction among reinforcing particles under a Mori-Tanaka-like scheme, is presented. Different inclusion aspect ratios are studied in the elastic and incipient elastoplastic regime for a model SiC-Al composite. The solution of the field equations is obtained via an explicit algorithm that yields the interaction field in terms of the stress and strain variables. The particles and fibers are taken as purely elastic, and the matrix is regarded as elastic-perfectly plastic. Coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE) are calculated both under the assumption of purely elastic response and at the onset of plastic localized deformation. The simulated stress-strain curves show the influence of interaction stresses on macroscopic yield stress for different inclusion aspect ratios, with no consideration of matrix hardening. The model allows a good simulation of the thermomechanical behavior of composite materials and contributes to the understanding of the elastoplastic transition in stress-strain curves. It can also simply explain some of the most distinctive features of the mechanical behavior of composites. The model presents the possibility of controlling many input variables and geometries and simultaneously considering three-dimensional deformation of interacting inclusion-reinforced materials with low computational effort. Comparisons to experimental CTE and residual stresses are provided.

  20. Environmental and health hazard ranking and assessment of plastic polymers based on chemical composition.

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    Lithner, Delilah; Larsson, Ake; Dave, Göran

    2011-08-15

    Plastics constitute a large material group with a global annual production that has doubled in 15 years (245 million tonnes in 2008). Plastics are present everywhere in society and the environment, especially the marine environment, where large amounts of plastic waste accumulate. The knowledge of human and environmental hazards and risks from chemicals associated with the diversity of plastic products is very limited. Most chemicals used for producing plastic polymers are derived from non-renewable crude oil, and several are hazardous. These may be released during the production, use and disposal of the plastic product. In this study the environmental and health hazards of chemicals used in 55 thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers were identified and compiled. A hazard ranking model was developed for the hazard classes and categories in the EU classification and labelling (CLP) regulation which is based on the UN Globally Harmonized System. The polymers were ranked based on monomer hazard classifications, and initial assessments were made. The polymers that ranked as most hazardous are made of monomers classified as mutagenic and/or carcinogenic (category 1A or 1B). These belong to the polymer families of polyurethanes, polyacrylonitriles, polyvinyl chloride, epoxy resins, and styrenic copolymers. All have a large global annual production (1-37 million tonnes). A considerable number of polymers (31 out of 55) are made of monomers that belong to the two worst of the ranking model's five hazard levels, i.e. levels IV-V. The polymers that are made of level IV monomers and have a large global annual production (1-5 million tonnes) are phenol formaldehyde resins, unsaturated polyesters, polycarbonate, polymethyl methacrylate, and urea-formaldehyde resins. This study has identified hazardous substances used in polymer production for which the risks should be evaluated for decisions on the need for risk reduction measures, substitution, or even phase out.

  1. Non-local plasticity effects on the tensile properties of a metal matrix composite

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    Niordson, Christian Frithiof; Tvergaard, Viggo

    2001-01-01

    For a metal reinforced by aligned short fibres the effect of a material length scale characterising the inelastic deformations of the metal is studied. The elastic-plastic constitutive relations used here to represent the nonlocal effects are formulated so that the instantaneous hardening moduli...... depend on the gradient of the effective plastic strain. Numerical cell-model analyses are used to obtain a parametric understanding of the influence of different combinations of the main material parameters. The analyses show a strong dependence on the fibre diameter for given values of all other...

  2. Towards long lasting zirconia-based composites for dental implants: Transformation induced plasticity and its consequence on ceramic reliability.

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    Reveron, Helen; Fornabaio, Marta; Palmero, Paola; Fürderer, Tobias; Adolfsson, Erik; Lughi, Vanni; Bonifacio, Alois; Sergo, Valter; Montanaro, Laura; Chevalier, Jérôme

    2017-01-15

    Zirconia-based composites were developed through an innovative processing route able to tune compositional and microstructural features very precisely. Fully-dense ceria-stabilized zirconia ceramics (84vol% Ce-TZP) containing equiaxed alumina (8vol%Al2O3) and elongated strontium hexa-aluminate (8vol% SrAl12O19) second phases were obtained by conventional sintering. This work deals with the effect of the zirconia stabilization degree (CeO2 in the range 10.0-11.5mol%) on the transformability and mechanical properties of Ce-TZP-Al2O3-SrAl12O19 materials. Vickers hardness, biaxial flexural strength and Single-edge V-notched beam tests revealed a strong influence of ceria content on the mechanical properties. Composites with 11.0mol% CeO2 or above exhibited the classical behaviour of brittle ceramics, with no apparent plasticity and very low strain to failure. On the contrary, composites with 10.5mol% CeO2 or less showed large transformation-induced plasticity and almost no dispersion in strength data. Materials with 10.5mol% of ceria showed the highest values in terms of biaxial bending strength (up to 1.1GPa) and fracture toughness (>10MPa√m). In these ceramics, as zirconia transformation precedes failure, the Weibull modulus was exceptionally high and reached a value of 60, which is in the range typically reported for metals. The results achieved demonstrate the high potential of using these new strong, tough and stable zirconia-based composites in structural biomedical applications.

  3. Non-local plasticity effects on the tensile properties of a metal matrix composite

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    Niordson, Christian Frithiof; Tvergaard, Viggo

    2001-01-01

    For a metal reinforced by aligned short fibres the effect of a material length scale characterising the inelastic deformations of the metal is studied. The elastic-plastic constitutive relations used here to represent the nonlocal effects are formulated so that the instantaneous hardening moduli...

  4. The Compositional Variation of Microindentation Induced Densified and Plastic Deformation Volumes in Simple Silicate Glasses

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    Hermansen, Christian; Matsuoka, Jun; Yoshida, Satoshi

    2012-01-01

    The densification and plastic deformation occurring in glass subjected to microindentation are established as two independent deformation mechanisms, and thought to be intimately linked to the concept of hardness and crack nucleation (quantified by the load at which radial cracks nucleate at half...

  5. Environmental and health hazard ranking and assessment of plastic polymers based on chemical composition

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    Lithner, Delilah, E-mail: delilah.lithner@gmail.com; Larsson, Ake; Dave, Goeran

    2011-08-15

    Plastics constitute a large material group with a global annual production that has doubled in 15 years (245 million tonnes in 2008). Plastics are present everywhere in society and the environment, especially the marine environment, where large amounts of plastic waste accumulate. The knowledge of human and environmental hazards and risks from chemicals associated with the diversity of plastic products is very limited. Most chemicals used for producing plastic polymers are derived from non-renewable crude oil, and several are hazardous. These may be released during the production, use and disposal of the plastic product. In this study the environmental and health hazards of chemicals used in 55 thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers were identified and compiled. A hazard ranking model was developed for the hazard classes and categories in the EU classification and labelling (CLP) regulation which is based on the UN Globally Harmonized System. The polymers were ranked based on monomer hazard classifications, and initial assessments were made. The polymers that ranked as most hazardous are made of monomers classified as mutagenic and/or carcinogenic (category 1A or 1B). These belong to the polymer families of polyurethanes, polyacrylonitriles, polyvinyl chloride, epoxy resins, and styrenic copolymers. All have a large global annual production (1-37 million tonnes). A considerable number of polymers (31 out of 55) are made of monomers that belong to the two worst of the ranking model's five hazard levels, i.e. levels IV-V. The polymers that are made of level IV monomers and have a large global annual production (1-5 million tonnes) are phenol formaldehyde resins, unsaturated polyesters, polycarbonate, polymethyl methacrylate, and urea-formaldehyde resins. This study has identified hazardous substances used in polymer production for which the risks should be evaluated for decisions on the need for risk reduction measures, substitution, or even phase out

  6. Understanding External Plasticization of Melt Extruded PHBV-Wheat Straw Fibers Biodegradable Composites for Food Packaging

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    Martino, Lucrezia; Berthet, Marie-Alix; Gontard, Nathalie

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this work is to get further knowledge on the external plasticization mechanisms of melt extruded polyhydroxyl-3-butyrate-co-3-valerate (PHBV) when combined with wheat straw fibers (WSF). Different types of biodegradable substances, all authorized for food contact according to the European regulation, i.e., acetyltributyl citrate (ATBC), glycerol triacetate (GTA) and (PEG) at different molecular weights, were tested at different percentages (5, 10 and 20 wt %). Thermal and mec...

  7. Hybrid selective surface hydrophilization and froth flotation separation of hazardous chlorinated plastics from E-waste with novel nanoscale metallic calcium composite.

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    Mallampati, Srinivasa Reddy; Heo, Je Haeng; Park, Min Hee

    2016-04-05

    Treatment by a nanometallic Ca/CaO composite has been found to selectively hydrophilize the surface of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), enhancing its wettability and thereby promoting its separation from E-waste plastics by means of froth flotation. The treatment considerably decreased the water contact angle of PVC, by about 18°. The SEM images of the PVC plastic after treatment displayed significant changes in their surface morphology compared to other plastics. The SEM-EDS results reveal that a markedly decrease of [Cl] concentration simultaneously with dramatic increase of [O] on the surface of the PCV samples. XPS results further confirmed an increase of hydrophilic functional groups on the PVC surface. Froth flotation at 100rpm mixing speed was found to be optimal, separating 100% of the PVC into a settled fraction of 96.4% purity even when the plastics fed into the reactor were of nonuniform size and shape. The total recovery of PVC-free plastics in E-waste reached nearly 100% in the floated fraction, significantly improved from the 20.5wt% of light plastics that can be recovered by means of conventional wet gravity separation. The hybrid method of nanometallic Ca/CaO treatment and froth flotation is effective in the separation of hazardous chlorinated plastics from E-waste plastics. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Fluctuations in population composition dampen the impact of phenotypic plasticity on trait dynamics in superb fairy-wrens.

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    van de Pol, Martijn; Osmond, Helen L; Cockburn, Andrew

    2012-03-01

    1. In structured populations, phenotypic change can result from changes throughout an individual's lifetime (phenotypic plasticity, age-related changes), selection and changes in population composition (environment- or density-driven fluctuations in age-structure). 2. The contribution of population dynamics to phenotypic change has often been ignored. However, for understanding trait dynamics, it is important to identify both the individual- and population-level mechanisms responsible for trait change, because they potentially reinforce or counteract each other. 3. We use 22 years of field data to investigate the dynamics of a sexually selected phenological trait, the timing of nuptial moult in superb fairy-wrens Malurus cyaneus. 4. We show that trait expression is both climate- and age-dependent, but that phenotypic plasticity in response to climate variability also varies with age. Old males can acquire nuptial plumage very early after high rainfall, but 1- to 2-year-olds cannot. However, males of all ages that defer moult to later in the year acquire nuptial plumage earlier when conditions are warmer. 5. The underlying mechanism appears to be that old males may risk moulting in the most challenging period of the year: in autumn, when drought restricts food abundance and during the cold winter. By contrast, young males always moult during the spring transition to benign - warmer and generally wetter - conditions. Temperature changes dominate this transition that heralds the breeding season, thereby causing both young and late-moulting older birds to be temperature sensitive. 6. Climate and age also affect trait dynamics via a population dynamical pathway. The same high rainfall that triggers early moulting in old males concurrently increases offspring recruitment and thereby reduces the average age of males in the population. Consequently, effects of rainfall on trait dynamics through phenotypic plasticity of old males are dampened by synchronous rejuvenation of

  9. Preparation and properties of thermoplastic poly(caprolactone) composites containing high amount of esterified starch without plasticizer.

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    Sun, Yujie; Hu, Qiongen; Qian, Jiangtao; Li, Ting; Ma, Piming; Shi, Dongjian; Dong, Weifu; Chen, Mingqing

    2016-03-30

    Based on stearyl chloride and native starch, esterified starch were prepared and the chemical structure was characterized by (1)H NMR and FTIR. It was found that stearyl chloride was an efficient agent to fabricate esterified starch with high degree of substitution (DS). During the melt blending of esterified starch (80 wt%) and poly(caprolactone) (PCL, 20 wt%), it was shown the torque of PCL/esterified starch was much lower than that of PCL/native starch without any plasticizer, and further decreased with increasing DS. Compared with PCL/native starch, the tensile properties of PCL/esterified starch composites were significantly enhanced. The tensile strength and elongation at break were increased from 2.7 MPa to 56% for PCL/native starch composites to 9.1 MPa and 626% for PCL/esterified starch ones with DS of 1.50, respectively. SEM observation revealed the esterified starch particles in matrix became smaller and more uniform. In addition, the water resistance and hydrophobic character of PCL/esterified starch composites were improved. PCL composites containing 80 wt% esterified starch with favorable mechanical properties would have great potential applications in broad areas.

  10. Mechanical and degradation properties of biodegradable Mg strengthened poly-lactic acid composite through plastic injection molding.

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    Butt, Muhammad Shoaib; Bai, Jing; Wan, Xiaofeng; Chu, Chenglin; Xue, Feng; Ding, Hongyan; Zhou, Guanghong

    2017-01-01

    Full biodegradable magnesium alloy (AZ31) strengthened poly-lactic acid (PLA) composite rods for potential application for bone fracture fixation were prepared by plastic injection process in this work. Their surface/interfacial morphologies, mechanical properties and vitro degradation were studied. In comparison with untreated Mg rod, porous MgO ceramic coating on Mg surface formed by Anodizing (AO) and micro-arc-oxidation (MAO)treatment can significantly improve the interfacial binding between outer PLA cladding and inner Mg rod due to the micro-anchoring action, leading to better mechanical properties and degradation performance of the composite rods.With prolonging immersion time in simulated body fluid (SBF) solution until 8weeks, the MgO porous coating were corroded gradually, along with the disappearance of original pores and the formation of a relatively smooth surface. This resulted in a rapidly reduction in mechanical properties for corresponding composite rods owing to the weakening of interfacial binding capacity. The present results indicated that this new PLA-clad Mg composite rods show good potential biomedical applications for implants and instruments of orthopedic inner fixation. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Final Report: Development of Renewable Microbial Polyesters for Cost Effective and Energy- Efficient Wood-Plastic Composites

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    Thompson, David N.; Emerick, Robert W.; England, Alfred B.; Flanders, James P.; Loge, Frank J.; Wiedeman, Katherine A.; Wolcott, Michael P.

    2010-03-31

    In this project, we proposed to produce wood fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites (WFRTCs) using microbial thermoplastic polyesters in place of petroleum-derived plastic. WFRTCs are a rapidly growing product area, averaging a 38% growth rate since 1997. Their production is dependent on substantial quantities of petroleum based thermoplastics, increasing their overall energy costs by over 230% when compared to traditional Engineered Wood Products (EWP). Utilizing bio-based thermoplastics for these materials can reduce our dependence on foreign petroleum. We have demonstrated that biopolymers (polyhydroxyalkanoates, PHA) can be successfully produced from wood pulping waste streams and that viable wood fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite products can be produced from these materials. The results show that microbial polyester (PHB in this study) can be extruded together with wastewater-derived cell mass and wood flour into deck products having performance properties comparable to existing commercial HDPE/WF composite products. This study has thus proven the underlying concept that the microbial polyesters produced from waste effluents can be used to make cost-effective and energy-efficient wood-plastic composites. The cost of purified microbial polyesters is about 5-20 times that of HDPE depending on the cost of crude oil, due to high purification (40%), carbon substrate (40%) and sterilized fermentation (20%) costs for the PHB. Hence, the ability to produce competitive and functional composites with unpurified PHA-biomass mixtures from waste carbon sources in unsterile systems—without cell debris removal—is a significant step forward in producing competitive value-added structural composites from forest products residuals using a biorefinery approach. As demonstrated in the energy and waste analysis for the project, significant energy savings and waste reductions can also be realized using this approach. We recommend that the next step for development of

  12. Distribution and abundance of small plastic debris on beaches in the SE Pacific (Chile): a study supported by a citizen science project.

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    Hidalgo-Ruz, Valeria; Thiel, Martin

    2013-01-01

    The accumulation of large and small plastic debris is a problem throughout the world's oceans and coastlines. Abundances and types of small plastic debris have only been reported for some isolated beaches in the SE Pacific, but these data are insufficient to evaluate the situation in this region. The citizen science project "National Sampling of Small Plastic Debris" was supported by schoolchildren from all over Chile who documented the distribution and abundance of small plastic debris on Chilean beaches. Thirty-nine schools and nearly 1000 students from continental Chile and Easter Island participated in the activity. To validate the data obtained by the students, all samples were recounted in the laboratory. The results of the present study showed that the students were able to follow the instructions and generate reliable data. The average abundance obtained was 27 small plastic pieces per m(2) for the continental coast of Chile, but the samples from Easter Island had extraordinarily higher abundances (>800 items per m(2)). The abundance of small plastic debris on the continental coast could be associated with coastal urban centers and their economic activities. The high abundance found on Easter Island can be explained mainly by the transport of plastic debris via the surface currents in the South Pacific Subtropical Gyre, resulting in the accumulation of small plastic debris on the beaches of the island. This first report of the widespread distribution and abundance of small plastic debris on Chilean beaches underscores the need to extend plastic debris research to ecological aspects of the problem and to improve waste management. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Changes in the composition of ichthyoplankton assemblage and plastic debris in mangrove creeks relative to moon phases.

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    Lima, A R A; Barletta, M; Costa, M F; Ramos, J A A; Dantas, D V; Melo, P A M C; Justino, A K S; Ferreira, G V B

    2016-07-01

    Lunar influence on the distribution of fish larvae, zooplankton and plastic debris in mangrove creeks of the Goiana Estuary, Brazil, was studied over a lunar cycle. Cetengraulis edentulus, Anchovia clupeoides and Rhinosardinia bahiensis were the most abundant fish larvae (56·6%), independent of the moon phase. The full moon had a positive influence on the abundance of Gobionellus oceanicus, Cynoscion acoupa and Atherinella brasiliensis, and the new moon on Ulaema lefroyi. The full and new moons also influenced the number of zoeae and megalopae of Ucides cordatus, protozoeae and larvae of caridean shrimps, and the number of hard and soft plastic debris, both 5 mm. Micro and macroplastics were present in samples from all 12 creeks studied, at densities similar to the third most abundant taxon, R. bahiensis. Cetengraulis edentulus and R. bahiensis showed a strong positive correlation with the last quarter moon, when there was less zooplankton available in the creeks and higher abundance of microplastic threads. Anchovia clupeoides, Diapterus rhombeus, U. lefroyi and hard microplastics were positively associated with different moon phases, when calanoid copepods, Caridean larvae and zoeae of U. cordatus were highly available in the creeks. Cynoscion acoupa, G. oceanicus and A. brasiliensis were strongly associated with the full moon, when protozoeae of caridean shrimps and megalopae of U. cordatus were also highly available, as were hard and soft macroplastics, paint chips (moon phases influenced the distribution of fish larvae species, zooplankton and plastic debris by changing their compositions and abundances in the mangrove creeks of the Goiana Estuary when under the influence of different tidal current regimes.

  14. Reciprocal transplants support a plasticity-first scenario during colonisation of a large hyposaline basin by a marine macro alga

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    Johansson, Daniel; Pereyra, Ricardo T.; Rafajlovi?, Marina; Johannesson, Kerstin

    2017-01-01

    Background Establishing populations in ecologically marginal habitats may require substantial phenotypic changes that come about through phenotypic plasticity, local adaptation, or both. West-Eberhard?s ?plasticity-first? model suggests that plasticity allows for rapid colonisation of a new environment, followed by directional selection that develops local adaptation. Two predictions from this model are that (i) individuals of the original population have high enough plasticity to survive and...

  15. INFLUENCE OF IMPACT MODIFIER AND COUPLING AGENT ON IMPACT STRENGTH OF WOOD FLOUR / RECYCLED PLASTIC COMPOSITES

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    Saman GHAHRI

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In this research, the improvement of impact strength of wood flour/recycled polypropylene (PP composites was investigated. The PP (virgin and recycled polypropylene and wood flour (WF were compounded at 50% by weight wood flour loading in a counter-rotating twin-screw extruder in the presence MAPP and two types of impact modifiers (ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA and ethylene/propylene/diene terpolymer (EPDM, to produce wood flour-PP composites specimen. The results showed that the composites containing recycled PP exhibited significantly lower impact strength values than those of containing virgin PP. The addition of MAPP, EVA and EPDM in the specimens increased their impact strength. In the presence of MAPP, higher increase in impact strength of the recycled PP/WF composites was observed due to impact modifiers. Both impact modifiers increased the impact strength of the PP/WF composites but the addition of EVA gave the greatest improvements in impact strength. Although the addition of impact modifiers and MAPP increased the impact strength of composites containing recycled PP, such values were still significantly lower than those of containing virgin PP (not modified with MAPP or impact modifier. The use of impact modifiers decreased the flexural properties of the recycled PP/WF composites

  16. The functional TiO2-biodegradable plastic composite material produced by HVOF spraying process.

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    Bang, Hee-Seon; Bang, Han-Sur; Lee, Yoon-Ki

    2007-11-01

    Photocatalytic TiO2 coatings on bio-degradable plastic(polybutylene succinate: PBS) were prepared by HVOF spraying using three kinds of agglomerated powders (P200: 200 nm, P30: 30 nm, P7: 7 nm). The microstructures of the coatings were characterized with SEM and XRD analysis, and the photocatalytic efficiency of the coatings was evaluated by photo degradation of gaseous acetaldehyde. For both the HVOF sprayed P200 and P30 coatings, high anatase ratio of 100% was achieved, regardless of the fuel gas pressure. On the other hand, for the HVOF sprayed P7 coating, the anatase ratio decreased from 100% to 49.1% with increasing fuel gas pressure. This decrease may be attributed to the much higher susceptibility to heat of the 7 nm agglomerated powders than the 30 nm and 200 nm agglomerated powders. In terms of the photocatalytic efficiency, HVOF sprayed P200 and P30 coatings seemed to outperform the P7 coatings because of their higher anatase ratios. However, the HVOF sprayed P7 coatings did not show photocatalytic activity possibly because of the extremely small reaction surface area to the photo-catalytic activity and low anatase ratio. Therefore, the present study found that functional PBS plastic with photocatalytic performance could be produced by spraying of ceramics such as TiO2.

  17. Neutron/gamma pulse shape discrimination in plastic scintillators: Preparation and characterization of various compositions

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    Blanc, Pauline [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Capteurs et Architectures Électroniques, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Laboratoire de Photophysique et Photochimie Supramoléculaires et Macromoléculaires (CNRS UMR 8531), École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, 61 Avenue du Président Wilson, F-94235 Cachan cedex (France); Hamel, Matthieu, E-mail: matthieu.hamel@cea.fr [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Capteurs et Architectures Électroniques, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Dehé-Pittance, Chrystèle; Rocha, Licinio [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Capteurs et Architectures Électroniques, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Pansu, Robert B. [Laboratoire de Photophysique et Photochimie Supramoléculaires et Macromoléculaires (CNRS UMR 8531), École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, 61 Avenue du Président Wilson, F-94235 Cachan cedex (France); Normand, Stéphane [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Capteurs et Architectures Électroniques, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    2014-06-01

    This work deals with the preparation and evaluation of plastic scintillators for neutron/gamma pulse shape discrimination (PSD). We succeeded in developing a plastic scintillator with good neutron/gamma discrimination properties in the range of what is already being commercialized. Several combinations of primary and secondary fluorophores were implemented in chemically modified polymers. These scintillators were fully characterized by fluorescence spectroscopy and under neutron irradiation. The materials proved to be stable for up to 5 years without any degradation of PSD properties. They were then classified in terms of their PSD capabilities and light yield. Our best candidate, 28.6 wt% of primary fluorophore with a small amount of secondary fluorophore, shows promising PSD results and is particularly suited to industrial development, because its preparation does not involve the use of expensive or exotic compounds. Furthermore, even at the highest prepared concentration, high stability over time was observed. As a proof of concept, one sample with dimensions 109 mm ∅×114 mm height (≈1 L) was prepared.

  18. Substitution potentials of recycled HDPE and wood particles from post-consumer packaging waste in Wood-Plastic Composites.

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    Sommerhuber, Philipp F; Welling, Johannes; Krause, Andreas

    2015-12-01

    The market share of Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC) is small but expected to grow sharply in Europe. This raises some concerns about suitable wood particles needed in the wood-based panels industry in Europe. Concerns are stimulated by the competition between the promotion of wooden products through the European Bioeconomy Strategy and wood as an energy carrier through the Renewable Energy Directive. Cascade use of resources and valorisation of waste are potential strategies to overcome resource scarcity. Under experimental design conditions, WPC made from post-consumer recycled wood and plastic (HDPE) were compared to WPC made from virgin resources. Wood content in the polymer matrix was raised in two steps from 0% to 30% and 60%. Mechanical and physical properties and colour differences were characterized. The feasibility of using cascaded resources for WPC is discussed. Results indicate the technical and economic feasibility of using recycled HDPE from packaging waste for WPC. Based on technical properties, 30% recycled wood content for WPC is feasible, but economic and political barriers of efficient cascading of biomass need to be overcome.

  19. Research Progress for Creep Properties of Wood-plastic Composites%木塑复合材料蠕变性能的研究进展

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    尹权福; 邸明伟

    2011-01-01

    The creep characteristic of materials and the reason for poor creep properties of wood-plastic composites were introduced briefly in this paper. And the progresses in development of creep properties for wood-plastic composites were reviewed from two aspects such as the influencing factors of the creep properties for wood-plastic composites including temperature, stress, loading, humidity and the research in creep resistance for wood-plastic composites. The emphases and direction of research on the creep properties of woodplastic composites for the future was also prospected.%简要介绍了材料的蠕变特性以及木塑复合材料蠕变性能较差的原因,并从影响木塑复合材料蠕变性能的温度、应力及加载方式、湿度等因素以及抗蠕变性研究两方面对木塑复合材料蠕变性能的研究进展进行了综述,展望了今后木塑复合材料蠕变性能研究的重点及方向.

  20. Experimental Study of the Impact Damage of Composition B and Plastic Bonded Explosive

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    陈鹏万; 黄风雷; 丁雁生

    2003-01-01

    A long-pulse low-velocity gas gun with a gas buffer is used to induce impact damage in cast Composition B and hot pressed PBXN-5. To obtain different damage states, a range of projectile velocities are used by controlling the launching pressure of gas gun. The stress history during impact loading is recorded. Various methods are used to characterize the damage state of impacted explosive samples. The microstructure is examined by use of scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and polarized light microscopy (PLM). The densities and ultrasonic attenuation are also measured. The results show that both Composition B and PBXN-5 exhibit some damage characteristics of brittle materials. However, due to the difference in compositions, PBXN-5 exhibits better resistance to impact loading than Composition B.

  1. Flat-pressed wood plastic composites from sawdust and recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET): physical and mechanical properties.

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    Rahman, Khandkar-Siddikur; Islam, Md Nazrul; Rahman, Md Mushfiqur; Hannan, Md Obaidullah; Dungani, Rudi; Khalil, Hps Abdul

    2013-01-01

    This study deals with the fabrication of composite matrix from saw dust (SD) and recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) at different ratio (w/w) by flat-pressed method. The wood plastic composites (WPCs) were made with a thickness of 6 mm after mixing the saw dust and PET in a rotary type blender followed by flat press process. Physical i.e., density, moisture content (MC), water absorption (WA) and thickness swelling (TS), and mechanical properties i.e., Modulus of Elasticity (MOE) and Modulus of Rupture (MOR) were assessed as a function of mixing ratios according to the ASTM D-1037 standard. WA and TS were measured after 24 hours of immersion in water at 25, 50 and 75°C temperature. It was found that density decreased 18.3% when SD content increased from 40% to 70% into the matix. WA and TS increased when the PET content decreased in the matrix and the testing water temperature increased. MOE and MOR were reached to maximum for the fabricated composites (2008.34 and 27.08 N/mm(2), respectively) when the SD content were only 40%. The results indicated that the fabrication of WPCs from sawdust and PET would technically feasible; however, the use of additives like coupling agents could further enhance the properties of WPCs.

  2. INFLUENCE OF IMPACT MODIFIER AND COUPLING AGENT ON IMPACT STRENGTH OF WOOD FLOUR / RECYCLED PLASTIC COMPOSITES

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    Saman GHAHRI; Saeed KAZEMI NAJAFI; Mohebby, Behbood

    2014-01-01

    In this research, the improvement of impact strength of wood flour/recycled polypropylene (PP) composites was investigated. The PP (virgin and recycled polypropylene) and wood flour (WF) were compounded at 50% by weight wood flour loading in a counter-rotating twin-screw extruder in the presence MAPP and two types of impact modifiers (ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) and ethylene/propylene/diene terpolymer (EPDM)), to produce wood flour-PP composites specimen. The results showed t...

  3. Smart Natural Fiber Reinforced Plastic (NFRP) Composites Based On Recycled Polypropylene in The Presence Kaolin

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    Suharty, N. S.; Ismail, H.; Diharjo, K.; Handayani, D. S.; Lestari, W. A.

    2017-07-01

    Composites contain double filler material which act as reinforcement and flame retardants of recycled polypropylene (rPP)/kaolin(Kao)/palm oil empty bunch fiber (PEBF) have been succesfully prepared. The composites were synthesized through reactively solution method, using coupling agent PP-g-AA and compatibilizer DVB. The effect of double filler [Kao/PEBF] were investigated flexural strength (FS), inflammability, and morphology. Mechanical testing result in accordance to ASTM D790, the FS of rPP/DVB/PP-g-AA/Kao+ZB/PEBF composite was 48% higher than that of rPP matrix. Moreover, flexural modulus (FM) was significantly improved by 56% as compared to that of rPP matrix. The scanning electron images (SEM) shown good dispersion of [Ka/PEBF] and good filler-matrix interaction. The inflammability testing result which is tested using ASTM D635, showed that the flame resistance of rPP/DVB/PP-g-AA/Kao+ZB/PEBF composite was improve by increasing of time to ignition (TTI) about 857% and burning rate (BR) decreasing to 66% compared to the raw material rPP matrix. In the same time, the addition of 20% (w/w) PEBF as a second filler to form rPP/DVB/PP-g-AA/Kao+ZB/PEBF composites (F5) is able to increase: the FS by 17.5%, the FM by 19%, the TTI by 7.6% and the BR by 3.7% compared to the composite without PEBF (F2).

  4. Characterization and Effects of Fiber Pull-Outs in Hole Quality of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics Composite

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    Sina Alizadeh Ashrafi

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Hole quality plays a crucial role in the production of close-tolerance holes utilized in aircraft assembly. Through drilling experiments of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic composites (CFRP, this study investigates the impact of varying drilling feed and speed conditions on fiber pull-out geometries and resulting hole quality parameters. For this study, hole quality parameters include hole size variance, hole roundness, and surface roughness. Fiber pull-out geometries are quantified by using scanning electron microscope (SEM images of the mechanically-sectioned CFRP-machined holes, to measure pull-out length and depth. Fiber pull-out geometries and the hole quality parameter results are dependent on the drilling feed and spindle speed condition, which determines the forces and undeformed chip thickness during the process. Fiber pull-out geometries influence surface roughness parameters from a surface profilometer, while their effect on other hole quality parameters obtained from a coordinate measuring machine is minimal.

  5. An Experimental Study on the Thermal Performance of Phase-Change Material and Wood-Plastic Composites for Building Roofs

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    Min Hee Chung

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available We assessed the usefulness of phase-change material (PCM-based thermal plates fabricated from wood-plastic composites (WPCs in mitigating the urban heat island effect. The thermal performance of plates containing PCMs with two different melting temperatures and with two different albedo levels was evaluated. The results showed that the PCM with a melting temperature of 44 °C maintained lower surface and inner temperatures than the PCM with a melting temperature of 25 °C. Moreover, a higher surface albedo resulted in a lower surface temperature. However, the thermal performance of PCMs with different melting temperatures but the same surface albedo did not differ. Using PCM-based materials in roof finishing materials can reduce surface temperatures and improve thermal comfort.

  6. The Effect of Ultrafine Magnesium Hydroxide on the Tensile Properties and Flame Retardancy of Wood Plastic Composites

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    Zhiping Wu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of ultrafine magnesium hydroxide (UMH and ordinary magnesium hydroxide (OMH on the tensile properties and flame retardancy of wood plastic composites (WPC were investigated by tensile test, oxygen index tester, cone calorimeter test, and thermogravimetric analysis. The results showed that ultrafine magnesium hydroxide possesses strengthening and toughening effect of WPC. Scanning electron micrograph (SEM of fracture section of samples provided the positive evidence that the tensile properties of UMH/WPC are superior to that of WPC and OMH/WPC. The limited oxygen index (LOI and cone calorimeter test illustrated that ultrafine magnesium hydroxide has stronger flame retardancy and smoke suppression effect of WPC compared to that of ordinary magnesium hydroxide. The results of thermogravimetric analysis implied that ultrafine magnesium hydroxide can improve the char structure which plays an important role in reducing the degradation speed of the inner matrix during combustion process and increases the char residue at high temperature.

  7. In Situ Manufacturing of Plastics and Composites to Support H&R Exploration Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Our proposed Phase I program will develop a reactor system for the synthesis of polyethylene from carbon dioxide and water. The proposed work will result in hardware...

  8. Automated web service composition supporting conditional branch structures

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    Wang, Pengwei; Ding, Zhijun; Jiang, Changjun; Zhou, Mengchu

    2014-01-01

    The creation of value-added services by automatic composition of existing ones is gaining a significant momentum as the potential silver bullet in service-oriented architecture. However, service composition faces two aspects of difficulties. First, users' needs present such characteristics as diversity, uncertainty and personalisation; second, the existing services run in a real-world environment that is highly complex and dynamically changing. These difficulties may cause the emergence of nondeterministic choices in the process of service composition, which has gone beyond what the existing automated service composition techniques can handle. According to most of the existing methods, the process model of composite service includes sequence constructs only. This article presents a method to introduce conditional branch structures into the process model of composite service when needed, in order to satisfy users' diverse and personalised needs and adapt to the dynamic changes of real-world environment. UML activity diagrams are used to represent dependencies in composite service. Two types of user preferences are considered in this article, which have been ignored by the previous work and a simple programming language style expression is adopted to describe them. Two different algorithms are presented to deal with different situations. A real-life case is provided to illustrate the proposed concepts and methods.

  9. Characterization of large area flexible plastic solar cells based on conjugated polymer/fullerene composites

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    Gebeyehu, Desta; Padinger, F.; Brabec, C.J.; Fromherz, T.; Hummelen, J.C.; Sariciftci, N.S.

    1999-01-01

    The development of solar cells based on composites of organic conjugated semi-conducting polymers with fullerene derivatives can provide a new method in the exploitation of solar energy. Organic solar cells must fulfill the criteria of stability, efficiency and reduction of production costs to find

  10. Hot water extracted wood fiber for production of wood plastic composites (WPCs)

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    Manuel Raul Pelaez-Samaniego; Vikram Yadama; Eini Lowell; Thomas E. Amidon; Timothy L. Chaffee

    2013-01-01

    Undebarked ponderosa pine chips were treated by hot water extraction to modify the chemical composition. In the treated pine (TP) , the mass was reduced by approximately 20%, and the extract was composed mainly of degradation products of hemicelluloses. Wood flour produced from TP and unextracted chips (untreated pine, UP) was blended with high-density polyethylene (...

  11. Some Exploitation Properties of Wood Plastic Hybrid Composites Based on Polypropylene and Plywood Production Waste

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    Kajaks, Janis; Kalnins, Karlis; Uzulis, Sandris; Matvejs, Juris

    2015-12-01

    During the last 20-30 years many researchers have paid attention to the studies of properties of thewood polymer composites (WPC). A lot of works are closely related to investigations of exploitation properties of wood fibres or wood flour containing polyolefine composites [1, 2]. The most useful from wide selection of polyolefines are polypropylenes, but timber industry waste materials comprising lignocellulose fibres are often used as reinforcement of WPC [3-12]. Plywood industry is not an exception - part of waste materials (by-products) are used for heat energy, i.e. burned. In this work we have approbated reinforcing of polypropylene (PP) with one of the plywood industry by-products, such as birch plywood sawdust (PSWD),which containswood fibre fractions with different length [13]. The main fraction (50%) includes fibres with length l = 0.5 - 1 mm. Our previous study [13] has confirmed that PSWD is a promising filler for PP reinforcing. Addition of PSWD up to 40-50 wt.% has increased WPC tensile and flexural modulus, but decreased deformation ability of PP matrix, impact strength, water resistance and fluidity of composite melts. It was shown [13] that modification of the composites with interfacial modifier - coupling agent maleated polypropylene (MAPP content up to 5-7 wt.%) considerably improved all the abovementioned properties. SEM investigations also confirmed positive action of coupling agent on strengthening of adhesion interaction between components wood and PP matrix. Another way how to make better properties of the WPC is to form hybridcomposites [1, 14-24]. Very popular WPC modifiers are nanoparticle additions like organonanoclays, which increase WPC physical-mechanical properties - microhardness, water resistance and diminish barrier properties and combustibility [1, 2, 14-17, 19, 20]. The goal of this study was to investigate organonanoclays influence on plywood production industry by-product birch plywood sawdust (PSWD) containing

  12. On the Effect of Unit-Cell Parameters in Predicting the Elastic Response of Wood-Plastic Composites

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a study on the effect of unit-cell geometrical parameters in predicting elastic properties of a typical wood plastic composite (WPC. The ultimate goal was obtaining the optimal values of representative volume element (RVE parameters to accurately predict the mechanical behavior of the WPC. For each unit cell, defined by a given combination of the above geometrical parameters, finite element simulation in ABAQUS was carried out, and the corresponding stress-strain curve was obtained. A uniaxial test according to ASTM D638-02a type V was performed on the composite specimen. Modulus of elasticity was determined using hyperbolic tangent function, and the results were compared to the sets of finite element analyses. Main effects of RVE parameters and their interactions were demonstrated and discussed, specially regarding the inclusion of two adjacent wood particles within one unit cell of the material. Regression analysis was performed to mathematically model the RVE parameter effects and their interactions over the modulus of elasticity response. The model was finally employed in an optimization analysis to arrive at an optimal set of RVE parameters that minimizes the difference between the predicted and experimental moduli of elasticity.

  13. The Strengthening Effect of Phase Boundaries in a Severely Plastically Deformed Ti-Al Composite Wire

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available An accumulative swaging and bundling technique is used to prepare composite wires made of Ti and an Al alloy. These wires show reasonable higher yield stresses than expected from the pure material flow curves. The additional strengthening in the composite is analyzed using nanoindentation measurements, tensile testings and investigations of the microstructure. In addition, these properties are analyzed in relation to the fracture surface of the mechanically tested wires. Additional strengthening due to the presence of phase boundaries could be verified. Indications for residual stresses are found that cause a global hardness gradient from the center to the wire rim. Finally, the yield stress of the wires are calculated based on local hardness measurements.

  14. Effects of forming processing conditions on the flexural properties of bagasse and bamboo plastic composites

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    2012-01-01

    The effects of processing conditions such as pressure, temperature, and holding time on the flexural properties of bagasse and bamboo biodegradable composites were investigated. Each sample of bagasse or bamboo was mixed with a corn-starch-based biodegradable resin and fabricated by a hot press forming method. The cross-sectional structure of the bagasse fiber was found to be porous and compressible, while that of bamboo was found to be more solid. The relationship between flexural strength, ...

  15. Wood plastic composites from agro-waste materials: Analysis of mechanical properties.

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    Nourbakhsh, Amir; Ashori, Alireza

    2010-04-01

    This article presents the application of agro-waste materials (i.e., corn stalk, reed stalk, and oilseed stalk) in order to evaluate and compare their suitability as reinforcement for thermoplastics as an alternative to wood fibers. The effects of fiber loading and CaCO(3) content on the mechanical properties were also studied. Overall trend shows that with addition of agro-waste materials, tensile and flexural properties of the composites are significantly enhanced. Oilseed fibers showed superior mechanical properties due to their high aspect ratio and chemical characteristics. The order of increment in the mechanical properties of the composites is oilseed stalk >corn stalk>reed stalk at all fiber loadings. The tensile and flexural properties of the composite significantly decreased with increasing CaCO(3) content, due to the reduction of interface bond between the fiber and matrix. It can be concluded from this study that the used agro-waste materials are attractive reinforcements from the standpoint of their mechanical properties.

  16. 木塑复合材料热解特性%Pyrolysis characteristics of wood-plastic composites

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    孙剑平; 张志军; 王清文; 隋淑娟; 林晓娜

    2015-01-01

    通过热重分析(TGA)和裂解/气质联用(Py-GC/MS)对杨木/高密度聚乙烯(HDPE)木塑复合材料(WPC)进行热解,考察了木粉和聚烯烃塑料热解过程中的相互作用。结果表明:生物质和塑料热解过程中存在明显的协同作用,杨木在较低的温度下即开始发生热解,其提供的自由基参与了聚烯烃热解反应,产生了更多的轻质烃类产物。而聚烯烃分解产生的碳氢化合物向生物质分解产生的自由基提供氢,促进挥发性物质生成,部分抑制了活性自由基进一步聚合结焦,得到了更多的挥发性产物和减少了固体残炭。%Thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA)and pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS ) were employed to investigate the pyrolytic behavior and primary pyrolysis product distribution of the pyrolysis of wood-plastic composites (WPC).The mutual effects of poplar wood and high-density polyethylene were detailed discussed during pyrolysis.The results showed that a significant synergistic effect between plastic and biomass was present in the pyrolysis process of WPC.The Py-GC/MS indicated that due to the lower temperature of biomass component decomposition compared with polyolefins,free radicals are formed from biomass pyrolysis and participate in reactions of plastic decomposition, initiating the scission of the synthetic polymer chain and yielding more light paraffins.The TGA indicated that the experimental char yield of WPC was lower than theoretical ones at final pyrolysis temperature.The reason could be that polyolenic polymers provide hydrogen during thermal process with wood biomass and recondensation or recombination of thermal cracking products of biomass is reduced,resulting in the less amount of char production and enhancement of volatile products formation.

  17. Effect of Nanoclay on the Flexural Creep Behavior of Wood/Plastic Composites

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    Kord, B.; Sheykholeslami, A.; Najafi, A.

    2016-01-01

    The effect of nanoclay on the short-term flexural creep behavior of polypropylene/wood flour composites was investigated. The results obtained showed that the flexural strength and modulus increased with contentt of nanoclay up to 3 phc and then decreased. The fractional deflection and relative creep decreased with increasing content of nanoclay. X-ray diffraction patterns and transmission electron microscopy revealed that the nanocomposites formed were intercalated. Morphological findings testified that the samples containing 3 phc of nanoclay had the highest degree of intercalation and dispersion.

  18. Revealing extraordinary tensile plasticity in layered Ti-Al metal composite

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    Huang, M.; Fan, G. H.; Geng, L.; Cao, G. J.; Du, Y.; Wu, H.; Zhang, T. T.; Kang, H. J.; Wang, T. M.; Du, G. H.; Xie, H. L.

    2016-12-01

    Layered Ti-Al metal composite (LMC) fabricated by hot-pressing and hot-rolling process displays higher ductility than that of both components. In this paper, a combination of digital image correlation (DIC) and X-ray tomography revealed that strain delocalization and constrained crack distribution are the origin of extraordinary tensile ductility. Strain delocalization was derived from the transfer of strain partitioning between Ti and Al layer, which relieved effectively the strain localization of LMC. Furthermore, the extensive cracks of LMC were restricted in the interface due to constraint effect. Layered architecture constrained the distribution of cracks and significantly relieved the strain localization. Meanwhile, the transfer of strain partitioning and constrained crack distribution were believed to inhibit the strain localization of Ti and change the deformation mechanisms of Ti. Our finding enriches current understanding about simultaneously improving the strength and ductility by structural design.

  19. Novel Composite Membrane for Space Life Supporting System Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Space life-supporting systems require effective removal of metabolic CO2 from the cabin atmosphere with minimal loss of O2. Conventional techniques, using either...

  20. Experimental Support for a Categorical Compositional Distributional Model of Meaning

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    Grefenstette, Edward

    2011-01-01

    Modelling compositional meaning for sentences using empirical distributional methods has been a challenge for computational linguists. We implement the abstract categorical model of Coecke et al. (arXiv:1003.4394v1 [cs.CL]) using data from the BNC and evaluate it. The implementation is based on unsupervised learning of matrices for relational words and applying them to the vectors of their arguments. The evaluation is based on the word disambiguation task developed by Mitchell and Lapata (2008) for intransitive sentences, and on a similar new experiment designed for transitive sentences. Our model matches the results of its competitors in the first experiment, and betters them in the second. The general improvement in results with increase in syntactic complexity showcases the compositional power of our model.

  1. Study of atmospheric pressure weakly ionized plasma as surface compatibilization technique for improved plastic composites loaded with cellulose based fillers

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    Lekobou, William Pimakouon

    Atmospheric pressure plasmas have gained considerable interest from researchers recently for their unique prospective of engineering surfaces with plasma without the need of vacuum systems. They offer the advantage of low energy consumption, minimal capital cost and their simplicity as compared to conventional low pressure plasmas make them easy to upscale from laboratory to industry size. The present dissertation summarizes results of our attempt at applying atmospheric pressure weakly ionized plasma (APWIP) to the engineering of plastic composites filled with cellulose based substrates. An APWIP reactor was designed and built based on a multipoint-to-grounded ring and screen configurations. The carrier gas was argon and acetylene serves as the precursor molecule. The APWIP reactors showed capability of depositing plasma polymerized coating rich in carbon on substrates positioned within the electrode gap as well as downstream of the plasma discharge into the afterglow region. Our findings show that films grow by forming islands which for prolonged deposition time grow into thin films showing nodules, aggregates of nodules and microspheres. They also show chemical structure similar to films deposited from hydrocarbons with other conventional plasma techniques. The plasma polymerized deposits were used on substrates to modify their surface properties. Results show the surface of wood veneer and wood flour can be finely tuned from hydrophilic to hydrophobic. It was achieved by altering the topography of the surfaces along with their chemical composition. The wettability of wood veneer was investigated with contact angle measurements on capacitive drops and the capillary effect was utilized to assess surface properties of wood flour exposed to the discharges.

  2. Impacts of the manufacturing process using fiberglass reinforced plastic composite on the environment and occupational health: the automotive industry case

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    Cíntia Madureira Orth

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The production of fiberglass reinforced plastic composite parts may cause serious damages to the health of workers and/or the environment, especially due to the generation of process trimmings, noise level and gas emission.  In view of that, this essay aims at assessing the main impacts of the Molding and Finish processes of an automotive plant on the environment and occupational health. It was observed that the open molding method adopted by the studied plant is the main cause of the generation of residues and that the waste of raw materials as trimmings may reach up to 30%. The final destination of those trimmings, which represent 45% of all the residues generated by the factory, is the industrial landfill. It was also observed that, due to the use of open molds, the levels of styrene and fiber dust were above the tolerance limits, presenting risks to the health of the workers.  Therefore, the studied company should consider the possibility of adopting less aggressive technologies, such as that used in closed molds. The reduction of the negative impacts of the productive processes in their source should be part of the company’s policy. Furthermore, the prevention must be continuous and improved every day.

  3. Effect of cellulose reinforcement on the properties of organic acid modified starch microparticles/plasticized starch bio-composite films.

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    Teacă, Carmen-Alice; Bodîrlău, Ruxanda; Spiridon, Iuliana

    2013-03-01

    The present paper describes the preparation and characterization of polysaccharides-based bio-composite films obtained by the incorporation of 10, 20 and 30 wt% birch cellulose (BC) within a glycerol plasticized matrix constituted by the corn starch (S) and chemical modified starch microparticles (MS). The obtained materials (coded as MS/S, respectively MS/S/BC) were further characterized. FTIR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction were used to evidence structural and crystallinity changes in starch based films. Morphological, thermal, mechanical, and water resistance properties were also investigated. Addition of cellulose alongside modified starch microparticles determined a slightly improvement of the starch-based films water resistance. Some reduction of water uptake for any given time was observed mainly for samples containing 30% BC. Some compatibility occurred between MS and BC fillers, as evidenced by mechanical properties. Tensile strength increased from 5.9 to 15.1 MPa when BC content varied from 0 to 30%, while elongation at break decreased significantly.

  4. Rheological Characterisation of the Flow Behaviour of Wood Plastic Composites in Consideration of Different Volume Fractions of Wood

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    Laufer, N.; Hansmann, H.; Koch, M.

    2017-01-01

    In this study, the rheological properties of wood plastic composites (WPC) with different polymeric matrices (LDPE, low-density polyethylene and PP, polypropylene) and with different types of wood filler (hardwood flour and softwood flour) have been investigated by means of high pressure capillary rheometry. The volume fraction of wood was varied between 0 and 60 %. The shear thinning behaviour of the WPC melts can be well described by the Ostwald - de Waele power law relationship. The flow consistency index K of the power law shows a good correlation with the volume fraction of wood. Interparticular interaction effects of wood particles can be mathematically taken into account by implementation of an interaction exponent (defined as the ratio between flow exponent of WPC and flow exponent of polymeric matrix). The interaction exponent shows a good correlation with the flow consistency index. On the basis of these relationships the concept of shear-stress-equivalent inner shear rate has been modified. Thus, the flow behaviour of the investigated wood filled polymer melts could be well described mathematically by the modified concept of shear-stress-equivalent inner shear rate. On this basis, the shear thinning behaviour of WPC can now be estimated with good accuracy, taking into account the volume fraction of wood.

  5. In-situ compositional and structural analysis of plastic solar cells

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    Duren, J.K.J. van; Hummelen, J.C.; Janssen, R.A.J. [Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, NL-5600 MB Eindhoven (Netherlands); Loos, J. [Eindhoven Polymer Laboratories and Dutch Polymer Institute, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, NL-5600 MB Eindhoven (Netherlands); Morrissey, F. [FEI company, P.O. Box 80066, NL-5600 KA Eindhoven (Netherlands); Leewis, C.M.; Kivits, K.P.H.; IJzendoorn, L.J. van [Centre for Plasmaphysics and Radiation Technology, Department of Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, NL-5600 MB Eindhoven (Netherlands); Rispens, M.T. [Stratingh Institute and Materials Science Centre, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, NL-9747 AG Groningen (Netherlands)

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    Bulk-heterojunction photovoltaic cells consisting of a photoactive layer of poly[2-methoxy-5-(3',7'-dimethyloctyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MDMO-PPV) and a C{sub 60} derivative, (1-(3-methoxycarbonyl)propyl-1-phenyl-[6,6]-methanofullerene), (PCBM), sandwiched between an indium tin oxide (ITO) anode covered with poly(ethylene dioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS), and an aluminum cathode have been analyzed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and cryogenic Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) to assess the structural and elemental composition of these devices. TEM of cross sections of fully processed photovoltaic cells, prepared using a focused ion beam, provide a clear view of the individual layers and their interfaces. RBS shows that during preparation diffusion of indium into the PEDOT:PSS occurs while the diffusion of aluminum into the polymer layers is negligible. An iodinated C{sub 60} derivative (I-PCBM) was used to determine the concentration profile of this derivative in the vertical direction of a 100 nm active layer. (Abstract Copyright [2002], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  6. SemanticSCo: A platform to support the semantic composition of services for gene expression analysis.

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    Guardia, Gabriela D A; Ferreira Pires, Luís; da Silva, Eduardo G; de Farias, Cléver R G

    2017-02-01

    Gene expression studies often require the combined use of a number of analysis tools. However, manual integration of analysis tools can be cumbersome and error prone. To support a higher level of automation in the integration process, efforts have been made in the biomedical domain towards the development of semantic web services and supporting composition environments. Yet, most environments consider only the execution of simple service behaviours and requires users to focus on technical details of the composition process. We propose a novel approach to the semantic composition of gene expression analysis services that addresses the shortcomings of the existing solutions. Our approach includes an architecture designed to support the service composition process for gene expression analysis, and a flexible strategy for the (semi) automatic composition of semantic web services. Finally, we implement a supporting platform called SemanticSCo to realize the proposed composition approach and demonstrate its functionality by successfully reproducing a microarray study documented in the literature. The SemanticSCo platform provides support for the composition of RESTful web services semantically annotated using SAWSDL. Our platform also supports the definition of constraints/conditions regarding the order in which service operations should be invoked, thus enabling the definition of complex service behaviours. Our proposed solution for semantic web service composition takes into account the requirements of different stakeholders and addresses all phases of the service composition process. It also provides support for the definition of analysis workflows at a high-level of abstraction, thus enabling users to focus on biological research issues rather than on the technical details of the composition process. The SemanticSCo source code is available at https://github.com/usplssb/SemanticSCo. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. CRAG (Composite Research Advisory Group) Test Methods for the Measurement of the Engineering Properties of Fibre Reinforced Plastics

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    1988-02-01

    coefficients in fibre reinforced plastic laminates. RAE Technical Report 81105, August 1981. UNLIMITED fig 900.1 00 Z a r40 N 6)l I...through- thickness moisture distribution and diffusion coefficients in fibre reinforced plastic laminates. RAE Technical Report 81105, August 1981. 4 C...procedures to be used to determine the fibre volume fraction (Vf) and the resin volume fraction (Vr) of cured fibre reinforced plastic laminates. It is not

  8. Application of Cross Linking Modified PE in Wood-Plastic Composite Materials%PE交联改性在木塑复合材料中的应用

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    刘淑红; 肖凯成

    2011-01-01

    Wood fiour/HDPE composite (WPC) with 70 % wood flour content as filler,waste HDPE as plastic matrix was prepared by compression method, the application of cross linking modified PE and compatibility technology in wood-plastic composite materials were comparative studied. The results showed that cross linking modified PE could significantly improve the strength of PE plastic matrix. The strength of wood-plastic composite material with the MAPE content of 1% , DCP content of 1.5 % were little less than that with MAPE content of 3 %. SEM analysis indicated that MAPE could improve the interface compatibility between wood flour and plastic, while cross linking modified PE had no help on improving the interface compatibility.%以木粉为填料,废旧 HDPE 为塑料基体,用压制成型法制备了木粉质量含量高达70%的木粉/HDPE复合材料,对比研究PE交联改性技术和MAPE增容技术在木塑复合材料中的应用.结果表明:PE的交联改性可明显提高PE塑料基体的强度,从而可以进一步提高整个复合材料的强度.当MAPE质量含量为l%,DCP质量含量为1.5%时,木塑复合材料的强度可与MAPE质量含量为3%的木塑复合材料相媲美.SEM分析表明:MAPE可以改善木粉与塑料的界面相容性,PE的交联改性对木塑复合材料界面的相容性的改善无贡献.

  9. Plastic Surgery

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    ... Surgery? A Week of Healthy Breakfasts Shyness Plastic Surgery KidsHealth > For Teens > Plastic Surgery Print A A ... forehead lightened with a laser? What Is Plastic Surgery? Just because the name includes the word "plastic" ...

  10. Developing Prospect Analysis of Composite Plastics Construct Framework%浅析复合塑料建筑模板发展前景

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    2012-01-01

    In this paper, the writer analyzes the disadvantage of traditional framework in producing and applying process, summarizes characteristics of building templates market, gives a introduction to the characteristics of composite plastic framework, compares its advantage with wood, steel and bamboo plywood framework, and summarizes the developing prospect of composite plastic framework.%通过对建筑模极市场发展的综述,分析了传统建筑模板在生产和使用过程中存在的弊病,介绍复合塑料模板的特点,比较了相对木模板、钢模板、竹胶模板的优势,总结出复合塑料模板的发展前景.

  11. Constructing Novel Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Composites through a Biomimetic Approach: Connecting Glass Fiber with Nanosized Boron Nitride by Polydopamine Coating

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    XueMei Wen; ZaoZao Xiao; Tao Jiang; Jian Li; Wei Zhang; Lei Zhang; Huaiqi Shao

    2013-01-01

    A biomimetic method was developed to construct novel fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) composites. By mimicking mussel adhesive proteins, a monolayer of polydopamine was coated on glass fiber (GF) surface. The polydopamine-treated GF (D-GF) adsorbed boron nitride (BN) nanoparticles, while obtaining micronano multiscale hybrid fillers BN-D-GF. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results showed that the strong interfacial interaction brought by the polydopamine benefits the loading amount as well ...

  12. Plastic membrane, carbon paste and multiwalled carbon nanotube composite coated copper wire sensors for determination of oxeladin citrate using batch and flow injection techniques

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    Zayed,Sayed I. M.; Yousry M Issa

    2013-01-01

    The fabrication and performance characteristics of three novel potentiometric sensors for the determination of oxeladin citrate are described. The proposed sensors include a PVC plastic membrane sensor, a carbon paste sensor and a multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) composite coated copper wire sensor. The sensors are based on the oxeladin-phosphotungstate ion associate as electroactive material and dibutyl phthalate as solvent mediator. The developed sensors exhibited near nernstian slopes o...

  13. The Preparation of Woody Wood-Plastic Composites and Its Research Progresses%木塑复合材料的制备及其研究进展

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    李跃文; 陈兴华

    2008-01-01

    介绍了木质填料的种类、用量、尺寸和塑料的种类对木塑复合材料(Wood-Plastic Composites,WPC)性能的影响,综述了WPC的界面改性、增韧改性、加工改性和成型技术及其研究进展.

  14. On Application Prospects of Wood and Bioifber Plastic Composites%浅谈新型环保材料生态木的应用前景

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    沈冠龙

    2013-01-01

    通过工程实例,介绍新型环保生态木和传统建筑材料的差异,以此说明新型环保生态木的优点,以供参考。%Through project cases, this paper shows advantages of wood and biofiber plastic composites(WPC), a kind of new-type environmental material, by comparing with traditional building materials.

  15. 超分散剂对塑木复合材料性能的影响%Effect of Hyper-dispersant on Properties of Plastic Wood Composites

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    申欣; 王守荣; 邓德武

    2012-01-01

    Hyper-dispersant (RDH) was synthesized with rosin, diethylenetriamine and 12-hydroxy stearic acid. The effects of RDH on mechanical properties and thermal property of wood-plastic(HDPE) composites added with RDH as modifier were studied. The effects of RDH on mechanical properties, thermal properties of the wood plastic composites were discussed. And the impact fracture surface of wood-plastic composites was observed with scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results show that: with the addition of RDH, the impact strength and flexural strength of the wood-plastic composites increase by 35.2% and 21.5% respectively; and the thermal stability and the storage modulus increase, but the loss factor decreases.%以松香,二乙撑三胺和12-羟基硬脂酸为原料,合成了松香超分散剂(RDH).用RDH对高密度聚乙烯塑木复合材料进行改性,研究了RDH对塑木复合材料力学性能,热性能等的影响,并用扫描电镜(SEM)观察复合材料的冲击断面形貌.结果表明:经RDH改性后,塑木复合材料的冲击强度和弯曲强度分别提高了35.2%和21.5%.RDH的加入改善了复合材料的热稳定性,储能模量提高,损耗因子降低.

  16. The current situation of wood plastic composites%塑木复合材料发展现状

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    何阳; 郑德; 黄锐

    2012-01-01

    The current situation of wood plastic composties are introduced, the development of wood plastic composties are analyzed in the future.%介绍了塑木复合材料的发展现状,并对其未来的发展作了分析。

  17. 木塑复合材料在室内设计中的应用%The Application of Wood-Plastic Composite in Interior Design

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    刘源; 谷岩; 李莹

    2015-01-01

    新型材料在室内的应用逐渐被人们关注。对新型材料应用的探索与研究,有利于室内家居行业的可持续发展,更有助于缓解能源短缺的问题。木塑复合材料作为一种仿木材料,除了具有木材的特征外,还有很多优良性能。文章试从木塑复合材料的形态、色彩、肌理等方面为切入点,探究木塑复合材料在室内设计中的应用。%The application of new materials in interior design gradually draws public attention, therefore, the exploration and study on new materials is good for the sustainable development of the housing industry and is conducive to relieving energy shortage. As a kind of wood-imitation material, wood-plastic composite not only possesses the wood features but also owns many other good qualities. This paper aims to study the application of the wood-plastic composite in interior design based on the form, color, texture and others of the wood-plastic composite.

  18. Support Services for Ceramic Fiber-Ceramic Matrix Composites

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    Structural and functional materials used in solid- and liquid-fueled energy systems are subject to gas- and condensed-phase corrosion and erosion by entrained particles. For a given material, its temperature and the composition of the corrodents determine the corrosion rates, while gas flow conditions and particle aerodynamic diameters determine erosion rates. Because there are several mechanisms by which corrodents deposit on a surface, the corrodent composition depends not only on the composition of the fuel, but also on the temperature of the material and the size range of the particles being deposited. In general, it is difficult to simulate under controlled laboratory conditions all of the possible corrosion and erosion mechanisms to which a material may be exposed in an energy system. Therefore, with funding from the Advanced Research Materials Program, the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is coordinating with NCC Engineering and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to provide researchers with no-cost opportunities to expose materials in pilot-scale systems to conditions of corrosion and erosion similar to those occurring in commercial power systems. The EERC has two pilot-scale solid-fuel systems available for exposure of materials coupons. The slagging furnace system (SFS) was built under the DOE Combustion 2000 Program as a testing facility for advanced heat exchanger subsystems. It is a 2.5-MMBtu/hr (2.6 x 10{sup 6} kJ/hr) solid-fuel combustion system with exit temperatures of 2700 to 2900 F to ensure that the ash in the main combustor is molten and flowing. Sample coupons may be exposed in the system either within the slagging zone or near the convective air heater at 1800 F (980 C). In addition, a pilot-scale entrained-bed gasifier system known as the transport reactor development unit (TRDU) is available. Also operating at approximately 2.5 MMBtu/hr (2.6 x 10{sup 6} kJ/hr), it is a pressurized unit

  19. Detailed compositional characterization of plastic waste pyrolysis oil by comprehensive two-dimensional gas-chromatography coupled to multiple detectors.

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    Toraman, Hilal E; Dijkmans, Thomas; Djokic, Marko R; Van Geem, Kevin M; Marin, Guy B

    2014-09-12

    The detailed compositional characterization of plastic waste pyrolysis oil was performed with comprehensive two-dimensional GC (GC×GC) coupled to four different detectors: a flame ionization detector (FID), a sulfur chemiluminescence detector (SCD), a nitrogen chemiluminescence detector (NCD) and a time of flight mass spectrometer (TOF-MS). The performances of different column combinations were assessed in normal i.e. apolar/mid-polar and reversed configurations for the GC×GC-NCD and GC×GC-SCD analyses. The information obtained from the four detectors and the use of internal standards, i.e. 3-chlorothiophene for the FID and the SCD and 2-chloropyridine for the NCD analysis, enabled the identification and quantification of the pyrolysis oil in terms of both group type and carbon number: hydrocarbon groups (n-paraffins, iso-paraffins, olefins and naphthenes, monoaromatics, naphthenoaromatics, diaromatics, naphthenodiaromatics, triaromatics, naphthenotriaromatics and tetra-aromatics), nitrogen (nitriles, pyridines, quinolines, indole, caprolactam, etc.), sulfur (thiols/sulfides, thiophenes/disulfides, benzothiophenes, dibenzothiophenes, etc.) and oxygen containing compounds (ketones, phenols, aldehydes, ethers, etc.). Quantification of trace impurities is illustrated for indole and caprolactam. The analyzed pyrolysis oil included a significant amount of nitrogen containing compounds (6.4wt%) and to a lesser extent sulfur containing compounds (0.6wt%). These nitrogen and sulfur containing compounds described approximately 80% of the total peak volume for respectively the NCD and SCD analysis. TOF-MS indicated the presence of the oxygen containing compounds. However only a part of the oxygen containing compounds (2.5wt%) was identified because of their low concentrations and possible overlap with the complex hydrocarbon matrix as no selective detector or preparative separation for oxygen compounds was used.

  20. Fibre-reinforced plastic composites - Determination of the in-plane shear stress/shear strain response, including the in-plane shear modulus and strength, by the plus or minus 45 degree tension test method

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    1997-01-01

    Fibre-reinforced plastic composites - Determination of the in-plane shear stress/shear strain response, including the in-plane shear modulus and strength, by the plus or minus 45 degree tension test method

  1. The Effect of PP/HDPE Mixing on Properties of Bamboo/Wood-Plastic Composite%聚丙烯/高密度聚乙烯混炼对竹木塑复合材料性能的影响

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    葛正浩; 元庆凯; 田普建; 白天; 李昱辉

    2011-01-01

    Bamboo/wood-plastic composite was prepared by the mixing of PP and HDPE, the mechanical properties and microstructure of composite was studied. The deferent effect between bamboo and wood also be compared. The results showed that bamboo-plastic composite had better tensile strength than wood-plastic composite. The impact strength and bending strength of bamboo-PP composite could be improved by adding HDPE. Bamboo had better compatibility with plastic than wood. For wood-plastic composite,the main failure mode was debonding between wood flour and plastic.%用聚丙烯(PP)、高密度聚乙烯(HDPE)共混制备竹木塑复合材料,研究其对复合材料力学性能和微观结构的影响,同时对比竹粉与木粉对材料性能的影响.结果表明:竹塑复合材料的拉伸强度较高;加入一定量的高密度聚乙烯可以提高聚丙烯/竹粉复合材料的冲击和弯曲强度;竹粉与塑料的相容性比木粉好,木塑复合材料的主要破坏形式是木粉与塑料的脱粘.

  2. Laser cutting plastic materials

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    Van Cleave, R.A.

    1980-08-01

    A 1000-watt CO/sub 2/ laser has been demonstrated as a reliable production machine tool for cutting of plastics, high strength reinforced composites, and other nonmetals. More than 40 different plastics have been laser cut, and the results are tabulated. Applications for laser cutting described include fiberglass-reinforced laminates, Kevlar/epoxy composites, fiberglass-reinforced phenolics, nylon/epoxy laminates, ceramics, and disposable tooling made from acrylic.

  3. An applied investigation of corn-based distillers dried grains with solubles in the production of natural fiber-plastic composites

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    Castillo, Hugo Eudosio

    The main objective of this research was to examine uses for distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a coproduct of ethanol production plant, in the fiber-reinforced plastic composites industry. Initially the effort intended to take advantage of the DDGS components, using chemical reactions, to produce coupling agents to improve the physical properties of the composite. Four different chemicals plus water were used to convert proteins into soluble amino acids. The results were not as expected, and appeared to show an early pyrolysis of DDGS components. This may be due to regeneration of proteins when pH of solutions is neutralized. Procedures were then investigated to utilize DDGS for different markets. Considering that oils and proteins of DDGS can thermally decompose, it seemed important to separate the major components and work with DDGS fiber alone. A procedure to extract oil from DDGS using ethanol and then to hydrolyze proteins with ethanol diluted with water, acid and sodium sulfite, was developed. The resulting DDGS fiber or residual material, with a low content of oil and proteins, was used as filler in a propylene matrix with a lubricant and coupling agent to make natural fiber plastic composites (NFPC). Composites containing wood flour (WPC) were prepared simultaneously with those of DDGS fiber to compare tensile properties and fracture surfaces of the specimens by scanning electron microscope (SEM). This study demonstrates that DDGS fiber can replace wood fiber as a filler in NFPC.

  4. A preliminary study on the preparation of wood-plastic composites from urban wastes generated in Merida, Mexico with potential applications as building materials.

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    Cruz-Estrada, Ricardo H; Martínez-Tapia, Gustavo E; Canché-Escamilla, Gonzalo; González-Chí, Pedro I; Martín-Barrera, Cesar; Duarte-Aranda, Santiago; Guillén-Mallette, Javier; Cupul-Manzano, Carlos V; Martínez-Domínguez, Osvaldo; García-Gómez, Carmen

    2010-09-01

    A preliminary study on the use of wood and plastic wastes generated in Merida, Mexico to assess their potential for the development of building materials is reported. Composites based on recycled, high-density polyethylene (R-HDPE) loaded with wood particles were prepared. The R-HDPE was collected from Merida's Separation Plant, where it was sorted from other residues, either organic or inorganic. Composites based on virgin, high-density polyethylene (V-HDPE) were also prepared to assess the effect of the R-HDPE on the composite's mechanical properties. The wood came from the trims of different varieties of the city's trees that are periodically pruned as part of the cleaning and urbanising programmes implemented by the City Council. A batch of this material was selected at random to incorporate into both the R-HDPE and V-HDPE. Different wood particle sizes were experimented with to obtain extruded composites with contents of 50% and 60% by weight of wood that were characterized under tension and impact. Flat wood-plastic extrudates with reasonable good appearance were also produced at the laboratory level as a first step to find an adequate route to scale-up the process to a pilot level to evaluate the feasibility of producing alternative building materials.

  5. Global change and the evolution of phenotypic plasticity in plants.

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    Matesanz, Silvia; Gianoli, Ernesto; Valladares, Fernando

    2010-09-01

    Global change drivers create new environmental scenarios and selective pressures, affecting plant species in various interacting ways. Plants respond with changes in phenology, physiology, and reproduction, with consequences for biotic interactions and community composition. We review information on phenotypic plasticity, a primary means by which plants cope with global change scenarios, recommending promising approaches for investigating the evolution of plasticity and describing constraints to its evolution. We discuss the important but largely ignored role of phenotypic plasticity in range shifts and review the extensive literature on invasive species as models of evolutionary change in novel environments. Plasticity can play a role both in the short-term response of plant populations to global change as well as in their long-term fate through the maintenance of genetic variation. In new environmental conditions, plasticity of certain functional traits may be beneficial (i.e., the plastic response is accompanied by a fitness advantage) and thus selected for. Plasticity can also be relevant in the establishment and persistence of plants in novel environments that are crucial for populations at the colonizing edge in range shifts induced by climate change. Experimental studies show taxonomically widespread plastic responses to global change drivers in many functional traits, though there is a lack of empirical support for many theoretical models on the evolution of phenotypic plasticity. Future studies should assess the adaptive value and evolutionary potential of plasticity under complex, realistic global change scenarios. Promising tools include resurrection protocols and artificial selection experiments. © 2010 New York Academy of Sciences.

  6. Research progress on application of composite plastic building templates%复合塑料建筑模板的应用研究进展

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    王娟芬

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes the history and application of building templates, among which the wood plywood, composite steel and bamboo glue framework feature high energy and material consumption as well as pollution, while the composite plastic building templates not only meets the requirements of green construc-tion, but also saves the resources consumption, it represents the future of building formwork industry in China. It points out the broad space for development of composite plastic building templates by analyzing the properties and advantages of the material. In a word, the development prospect of composite plastic building template is promising, it will be the main direction of the future template industry.%综述了建筑模板的发展历程和使用概况。木质胶合模板、组合钢模板以及竹胶模板存在高能耗、高物耗、高污染等不同程度的弊端,而复合塑料建筑模板不仅符合绿色施工的要求,也是节约资源的一项重要措施,更是我国建筑模板行业未来的发展趋势。通过分析复合塑料建筑模板的特点及优势,指出了我国复合塑料建筑模板的巨大发展空间。因此,复合塑料建筑模板的应用前景广阔,将成为模板行业今后发展的主要方向。

  7. Preparation of Cotton Stalk/PE Wood-Plastics Composite%棉花秸秆/聚乙烯木塑材料的制备

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    代少俊

    2011-01-01

    Based on cotton stalk,wood wood-plastics composite were prepared by using common compatibilizer and rare earth containing compatibilizer. Structures of compatibilizers were analyzed by FTIR thermal analysis, effects of compatibilizers on cotton stalk and PE wood-plastics composite were compared. The results showed that addition of cotton stalk in composite by using rare earth containing compatibilizer was 200 portions. Tensile strength, impact strength ,bending strength of wood-plastics composite were higher than pure PE. SEM photographs showed that the compatibilizer could improve compatibility between cotton stalk and PE.%以棉花秸秆为植物纤维来源,采用普通相容剂和含稀土相容剂制备木塑材料,使用红外和热分析对相容剂的结构进行分析,比较两种相容剂对棉花秸秆/聚乙烯木塑材料性能的影响.结果表明:采用含稀土的相容剂制备木塑材料中棉花秸秆粉的添加量可达到200份,而且木塑材料的拉伸强度、冲击强度、弯曲强度均高于纯树脂.扫描电镜照片显示:稀土相容剂可以改善棉花秸秆和PE的相容性.

  8. The Reliability Influence of Wood Powder Contenton on Wood-plastic Composite Material%木粉含量对木塑复合材料可靠性的影响

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    冯莉; 颜军

    2012-01-01

    Wood -plastic composite material reliability have direct relation with its wood and plastic ratio. This paper gets load data from different wood and plastic ratio composite material through the test, use a second order distance method analyzes the different wood and plastic ratio composite material reliability.%木塑复合材料的可靠性与木塑比有直接关系。本文通过试验获得了不同木塑比条件下木塑复合材料的力学性能数据,并运用一次二阶距法分析不同木塑比下复合材料的可靠性。

  9. IMAGING WOOD PLASTIC COMPOSITES (WPCs: X-RAY COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY, A FEW OTHER PROMISING TECHNIQUES, AND WHY WE SHOULD PAY ATTENTION

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    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Wood plastic composites are complex, anisotropic, and heterogeneous materials. A key to increasing the share of the WPC materials in the market is developing stronger, highly engineered WPCs characterized by greater structural performance and increased durability. These are achieved by enhanced manufacturing processes, more efficient profile designs, and new formulations providing better interaction between the wood particles and the plastic matrix. Significant progress in this area is hard to imagine without better understanding of the composite performance and internal bond durability on the micro-mechanical level, and reliable modeling based on that understanding. The objective of this paper is to present a brief review of promising material characterization techniques based on advanced imaging technologies and inverse problem methodology, which seem particularly suitable for complex heterogeneous composites. Full-field imaging techniques and specifically X-ray computed tomography (CT combined with numerical modeling tools have a potential to advance the fundamental knowledge on the effect of manufacturing parameters on the micromechanics of such materials and their response to loads and environmental exposure.

  10. Utilization possibilities of hydrocarbon fractions obtained by waste plastic pyrolysis: energetic utilization and applications in polymer composites

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    Miskolczi, Norbert; Borsodi, Nikolett; Angyal, Andras [University of Pannonia, MOL Department of Hydrocarbon and Coal Processing (Hungary)], email: mnorbert@almos.uni-pannon.hu, email: borsodinikolett@almos.uni-pannon.hu, email: angyala@almos.uni-pannon.hu

    2011-07-01

    With the energy crisis and the rising concerns about the environment, energy-saving measures are urgently needed. Each year about 300M tons of plastic wastes are produced world-wide and governments are now focusing on recycling and reusing these products to save significant amounts of energy. The aim of this paper was to analyze the products which can be obtained from waste plastic and determine their possible uses. Pyrolysis of commercial waste plastics was done in a reactor at 500-600 degree celsius and the products were then analyzed using several methods. Results showed that the pyrolysis produces gases, naphtha, middle distillates and heavy oils. The properties of these products were also determined and it was found that they have the potential to be used in fuel-like and additive producing applications. This study highlighted that pyrolysis of waste polymers can yield useful products.

  11. 钢骨架聚乙烯塑料复合管内金属体规范接地的必要性%Necessity of Specified metal body grounding for steel skeleton PE plastic composite pipe

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    项立榕

    2016-01-01

    本文针对新型管材钢骨架聚乙烯塑料复合管金属的属性以及管道应用中存在缺失接地措施的现象,结合多部国家电气相关规范的要求,提出钢骨架聚乙烯塑料复合管内金属体规范接地的必要性。同时,利用复合管钢骨架的自然条件,给出相应的接地解决办法,对避免和减少在爆炸和火灾危险环境应用可能造成的巨大损失,及管道行业的安全可持续发展意义重大,为开辟和扩大钢骨架聚乙烯塑料复合管的应用范围提供了重要技术支撑,是具有极大应用潜力及经济效益的一项措施。%According to material properties of new type steel skeleton polyethylene plastic composite pipe,and the existing phenomenon of missing grounding measures on pipeline application,combined with requirements in some related national electrical specifications,the ne-cessity of metal body specified grounding in steel skeleton polyethylene plastic composite tube was proposed. At the same time,by the natu-ral conditions of composite tube steel skeleton,corresponding grounding solution approaches were put forward. It can avoid and reduce huge loss which might caused in explosion or fire dangerous environment,and has much help for save and sustainable development of pipeline in-dustry. It provides important technical support to explore and expand the application of steel skeleton polyethylene plastic composite pipe, and is a measure of great potential and economic benefits.

  12. SU-C-213-05: Evaluation of a Composite Copper-Plastic Material for a 3D Printed Radiation Therapy Bolus

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    Vitzthum, L; Ehler, E; Sterling, D; Reynolds, T; Higgins, P; Dusenbery, K [University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (United States)

    2015-06-15

    Purpose: To evaluate a novel 3D printed bolus fabricated from a copper-plastic composite as a thin flexible, custom fitting device that can replicate doses achieved with conventional bolus techniques. Methods: Two models of bolus were created on a 3D printer using a composite copper-PLA/PHA. Firstly, boluses were constructed at thicknesses of 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8 mm. Relative dose measurements were performed under the bolus with an Attix Chamber as well as with radiochromic film. Results were compared to superficial Attix Chamber measurements in a water equivalent material to determine the dosimetric water equivalence of the copper-PLA/PHA plastic. Secondly, CT images of a RANDO phantom were used to create a custom fitting bolus across the anterolateral scalp. Surface dose with the bolus placed on the RANDO phantom was measured with radiochromic film at tangential angles with 6, 10, 10 flattening filter free (FFF) and 18 MV photon beams. Results: Mean surface doses for 6, 10, 10FFF and 18 MV were measured as a percent of Dmax for the flat bolus devices of each thickness. The 0.4 mm thickness bolus was determined to be near equivalent to 2.5 mm depth in water for all four energies. Surface doses ranged from 59–63% without bolus and 85–90% with the custom 0.4 mm copper-plastic bolus relative to the prescribed dose for an oblique tangential beam arrangement on the RANDO phantom. Conclusion: Sub-millimeter thickness, 3D printed composite copper-PLA/PHA bolus can provide a build-up effect equivalent to conventional bolus. At this thickness, the 3D printed bolus allows a level of flexure that may provide more patient comfort than current 3D printing materials used in bolus fabrication while still retaining the CT based custom patient shape. Funding provided by an intra-department grant of the University of Minnesota Department of Radiation Oncology.

  13. 废塑料基复合材料粉体法综合回收技术%Comprehensive Recovery Technology of Waste Plastic Matrix Composites

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    张丽

    2014-01-01

    The relevant technologies for recycling waste plastic matrix composites at home and abroad were introduced. According to the characteristics of waste plastic matrix composites, mechanical crushing, dissociation (large breaking, breaking, crushing dissociation), high-voltage electrostatic separation methods were used for recycling composite materials. The purity of recovered metal (such as aluminum) was more than 99%,metal (aluminum) recovery was more than 99%,too.The purity of recycled plastic was more than 96%. These data were close to or above the level of similar foreign technology. The recycling process did not use any chemicals and water, did not discharge any pollutants.%介绍了国内外对废塑料基复合材料回收技术的相关现状,根据废塑料基复合材料的特点采用机械粉碎、解离(大型破碎、中碎、粉碎解离)、高压静电分选的方法回收废塑料复合材料,回收金属(铝等)的纯度达99%以上;金属(铝等)回收率达99%以上;回收塑料的纯度达96%以上,接近甚至超过国外同类技术的水平。在回收过程中不使用任何化工原料,不使用水,不排放任何污染物。

  14. The Application of Plastics Stabilizaters in Unsatured Polyster Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic (GFRP) Composites%塑料稳定剂在玻璃纤维增强不饱和聚酯树脂中的应用

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    王玉民; 宁培森; 丁著明

    2011-01-01

    Recent advances in the application of plastics stabilizaters including ultraviolet absorbent, hindered amine light stabilizers (HALS) and antioxidant in unsatured polyster glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) composites were reviewed. The results of some research papers showed the effect is not good when using single stabilizer,the combined use of main and auxilary antioxidant has the better effect on anti-ageing of GFRP.%综述了塑料稳定剂(包括紫外线吸收剂、受阻胺光稳定剂和抗氧剂等)在不饱和聚酯玻璃纤维增强塑料(GFRP)上的应用研究情况。一些研究结果表明:只使用单一的稳定剂效果不佳,必须配合使用稳定剂,才能取得较好的防老化效果。

  15. 木塑复合材料用增容剂研究进展%Advance in Research of Compatibilizer for Wood-Plastic Composite

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    刘昊; 许宏武; 刘宛宜; 沈力; 张美秀; 王野

    2015-01-01

    The advance in research of compatibilizer for wood-plastic composite was illustrated,which included the applications of copolymer compatibilizer,coupling compatibilizer and compound compatibilizer. The research prospect of the compatibilizer was expected.%介绍木塑复合材料用增容剂的研究进展,包括共聚型增容剂、偶联剂型增容剂、复合型增容剂的应用情况,并对木塑复合材料增容剂的研究前景进行了展望.

  16. European Wood-plastic Composite Capacities Continue to Grow%欧洲木塑复合材料生产能力持续增长

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    周冠武

    2008-01-01

    @@ 芬欧汇川集团计划2008年底启用一新建工厂 芬欧汇川集团(UPM-Kymmene Corporation)是世界领先的木材和纸业跨国公司,总部设在芬兰赫尔辛基,在赫尔辛基证券交易所上市,正计划2008年底启用一家位于德国卡尔斯鲁厄(Karlsruhe)的木塑复合材料(wood-plastics composites,简称WPC)工厂.

  17. A Composite Modelling Approach to Decision Support by the Use of the CBA-DK Model

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    Barfod, Michael Bruhn; Salling, Kim Bang; Leleur, Steen

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a decision support system for assessment of transport infrastructure projects. The composite modelling approach, COSIMA, combines a cost-benefit analysis by use of the CBA-DK model with multi-criteria analysis applying the AHP and SMARTER techniques. The modelling uncertainties...

  18. Impact Responses of Composite Cushioning System considering Critical Component with Simply Supported Beam Type

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available In some microelectronic products, one or several components can be idealized as simply supported beam type and viewed as vulnerable elements or critical component due to the fact that they are destroyed easily under impact loadings. The composite cushioning structure made of expanded polyethylene (EPE, and expanded polystyrene (EPS was utilized to protect the vulnerable elements against impact loadings during transportation. The vibration equations of composite cushioning system were deducted and virtual mass method was applied to predict impact behavior of critical component. Numerical results indicate that virtual mass method is appropriate for computing impact response of composite cushioning system with vulnerable element of simply supported beam type, which is affirmed by the fact that the impact responses of structure element in terms of velocity- and displacement-time curves are almost unchanged when virtual mass is smaller than a certain value. The results in this paper make it possible for installation of packaging optimization design.

  19. Plasticity theory

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    Lubliner, Jacob

    2008-01-01

    The aim of Plasticity Theory is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary state of knowledge in basic plasticity theory and to its applications. It treats several areas not commonly found between the covers of a single book: the physics of plasticity, constitutive theory, dynamic plasticity, large-deformation plasticity, and numerical methods, in addition to a representative survey of problems treated by classical methods, such as elastic-plastic problems, plane plastic flow, and limit analysis; the problem discussed come from areas of interest to mechanical, structural, and

  20. Standardized Environmental Enrichment Supports Enhanced Brain Plasticity in Healthy Rats and Prevents Cognitive Impairment in Epileptic Rats

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    Kouchi, Hayet Y.; Bodennec, Jacques; Morales, Anne; Georges, Béatrice; Bonnet, Chantal; Bouvard, Sandrine; Sloviter, Robert S.; Bezin, Laurent

    2013-01-01

    Environmental enrichment of laboratory animals influences brain plasticity, stimulates neurogenesis, increases neurotrophic factor expression, and protects against the effects of brain insult. However, these positive effects are not constantly observed, probably because standardized procedures of environmental enrichment are lacking. Therefore, we engineered an enriched cage (the Marlau™ cage), which offers: (1) minimally stressful social interactions; (2) increased voluntary exercise; (3) multiple entertaining activities; (4) cognitive stimulation (maze exploration), and (5) novelty (maze configuration changed three times a week). The maze, which separates food pellet and water bottle compartments, guarantees cognitive stimulation for all animals. Compared to rats raised in groups in conventional cages, rats housed in Marlau™ cages exhibited increased cortical thickness, hippocampal neurogenesis and hippocampal levels of transcripts encoding various genes involved in tissue plasticity and remodeling. In addition, rats housed in Marlau™ cages exhibited better performances in learning and memory, decreased anxiety-associated behaviors, and better recovery of basal plasma corticosterone level after acute restraint stress. Marlau™ cages also insure inter-experiment reproducibility in spatial learning and brain gene expression assays. Finally, housing rats in Marlau™ cages after severe status epilepticus at weaning prevents the cognitive impairment observed in rats subjected to the same insult and then housed in conventional cages. By providing a standardized enriched environment for rodents during housing, the Marlau™ cage should facilitate the uniformity of environmental enrichment across laboratories. PMID:23342033

  1. Standardized environmental enrichment supports enhanced brain plasticity in healthy rats and prevents cognitive impairment in epileptic rats.

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    Raafat P Fares

    Full Text Available Environmental enrichment of laboratory animals influences brain plasticity, stimulates neurogenesis, increases neurotrophic factor expression, and protects against the effects of brain insult. However, these positive effects are not constantly observed, probably because standardized procedures of environmental enrichment are lacking. Therefore, we engineered an enriched cage (the Marlau™ cage, which offers: (1 minimally stressful social interactions; (2 increased voluntary exercise; (3 multiple entertaining activities; (4 cognitive stimulation (maze exploration, and (5 novelty (maze configuration changed three times a week. The maze, which separates food pellet and water bottle compartments, guarantees cognitive stimulation for all animals. Compared to rats raised in groups in conventional cages, rats housed in Marlau™ cages exhibited increased cortical thickness, hippocampal neurogenesis and hippocampal levels of transcripts encoding various genes involved in tissue plasticity and remodeling. In addition, rats housed in Marlau™ cages exhibited better performances in learning and memory, decreased anxiety-associated behaviors, and better recovery of basal plasma corticosterone level after acute restraint stress. Marlau™ cages also insure inter-experiment reproducibility in spatial learning and brain gene expression assays. Finally, housing rats in Marlau™ cages after severe status epilepticus at weaning prevents the cognitive impairment observed in rats subjected to the same insult and then housed in conventional cages. By providing a standardized enriched environment for rodents during housing, the Marlau™ cage should facilitate the uniformity of environmental enrichment across laboratories.

  2. Development and industry prospect of Straw-Plastic Composites%秸塑复合材料研究及其产业前景

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    张文涛; 陈集双

    2016-01-01

    The history and industrial development of Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC) were analyzed, pointing out the present demands of"straw instead of wood"and"straw instead of plastic". Straw, as a kind of abundant renewable biomass resources, has the potential to be developed as a new environmentally friendly material. The concept of Straw- Plastic Composite (SPC) was creatively proposed in this paper. The characteristics of straw biomass fibers were dissected and the bio-based minerals in the straw may be one of the important factors, led to SPC is superior to WPC. Moreover, the conditions for the development of SPC were elaborated, which pointed out SPC is a typical model for the full-price and high-value industrialization of straw biomass. The feasible solution that pioneered the development of SPC has been put forward under the existing conditions in the country.%通过分析木塑复合材料的发展历程和产业现状,指出了当前"以秸代木"和"以秸代塑"的新需求.秸秆作为一种丰富的可再生生物质资源,具备开发为新型环保材料的潜力.本文创造性地提出了秸塑复合材料(Straw-Plastic Composites,SPC)的概念,剖析了秸秆生物质纤维的特性,秸秆中富含的生物基矿物质可能是秸塑作为新材料形成优于木塑材料的重要因素,同时阐述了秸塑产业发展的条件,指出了SPC是秸秆生物质全价工业化、高值化利用的典范,并提出现有条件下,在我国率先开发SPC的可行方案.

  3. Dynamic composition of medical support services in the ICU: Platform and algorithm design details.

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    Hristoskova, Anna; Moeyersoon, Dieter; Van Hoecke, Sofie; Verstichel, Stijn; Decruyenaere, Johan; De Turck, Filip

    2010-12-01

    The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is an extremely data-intensive environment where each patient needs to be monitored 24/7. Bedside monitors continuously register vital patient values (such as serum creatinine, systolic blood pressure) which are recorded frequently in the hospital database (e.g. every 2 min in the ICU of the Ghent University Hospital), laboratories generate hundreds of results of blood and urine samples, and nurses measure blood pressure and temperature up to 4 times an hour. The processing of such large amount of data requires an automated system to support the physicians' daily work. The Intensive Care Service Platform (ICSP) offers the needed support through the development of medical support services for processing and monitoring patients' data. With an increased deployment of these medical support services, reusing existing services as building blocks to create new services offers flexibility to the developer and accelerates the design process. This paper presents a new addition to the ICSP, the Dynamic Composer for Web services. Based on a semantic description of the medical support services, this Composer enables a service to be executed by creating a composition of medical services that provide the needed calculations. The composition is achieved using various algorithms satisfying certain quality of service (QoS) constraints and requirements. In addition to the automatic composition the paper also proposes a recovery mechanism in case of unavailable services. When executing the composition of medical services, unavailable services are dynamically replaced by equivalent services or a new composition achieving the same result. The presented platform and QoS algorithms are put through extensive performance and scalability tests for typical ICU scenarios, in which basic medical services are composed to a complex patient monitoring service.

  4. On Corrosion Resistance Capability of Wood-plastic Composites%木塑复合材料耐腐性能研究

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    余旺旺

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, using high density polyethylene and wood fiber as the main raw materials, produces 4 types of wood-plastic composites with different contents of wood flour through hot molding process. The effect of wood fiber content on the corrosion resistance of wood-plastic composites was studied by testing mass loss rate, the bending strength and surface morphology before and after corrosion. The results of the research indicates that WPC would be corrupted in the condition of Gloeophyllum trabeum; the higher content of wood fiber, the more severely corrupted of WPC; Gloeophyllum trabeum could easily corrupt the wood fiber from WPC, but not plastic.%以高密度聚乙烯和木粉为主要原料,采用热压成型的方法制备了4种不同木粉含量的木塑复合材料。通过测量复合材料腐蚀前后的质量变化、弯曲强度、表面形貌,研究了木粉含量对木塑复合材料抗菌性能的影响。结果表明:木塑复合材料在密粘褶菌中会发生腐蚀;木粉含量越高,木塑复合材料越容易被腐蚀;腐蚀的主要是木纤维,而塑料不易被腐蚀。

  5. Composite decision support by combining cost-benefit and multi-criteria decision

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    Barfod, Michael Bruhn; Salling, Kim Bang; Leleur, Steen

    2011-01-01

    This paper concerns composite decision support based on combining cost-benefit analysis (CBA) with multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) for the assessment of economic as well as strategic impacts within transport projects. Specifically a composite model for assessment (COSIMA) is presented...... as a decision support system (DSS). This COSIMA DSS ensures that the assessment is conducted in a systematic, transparent and explicit way. The modelling principles presented are illuminated with a case study concerning a complex decision problem. The outcome demonstrates the approach as a valuable DSS......, and it is concluded that appraisals of large transport projects can be effectively supported using a combination of CBA and MCDA. Finally, perspectives of the future modelling work are given....

  6. Co-recycling of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene waste plastic and nonmetal particles from waste printed circuit boards to manufacture reproduction composites.

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    Sun, Zhixing; Shen, Zhigang; Zhang, Xiaojing; Ma, Shulin

    2015-01-01

    This study investigated the feasibility of using acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) waste plastic and nonmetal particles from waste printed circuit boards (WPCB) to manufacture reproduction composites (RC), with the aim of co-recycling these two waste resources. The composites were prepared in a twin-crew extruder and investigated by means of mechanical testing, in situ flexural observation, thermogravimatric analysis, and dimensional stability evaluation. The results showed that the presence of nonmetal particles significantly improved the mechanical properties and the physical performance of the RC. A loading of 30 wt% nonmetal particles could achieve a flexural strength of 72.6 MPa, a flexural modulus of 3.57 GPa, and an impact strength of 15.5 kJ/m2. Moreover, it was found that the application of maleic anhydride-grafted ABS as compatilizer could effectively promote the interfacial adhesion between the ABS plastic and the nonmetal particles. This research provides a novel method to reuse waste ABS and WPCB nonmetals for manufacturing high value-added product, which represents a promising way for waste recycling and resolving the environmental problem.

  7. 木塑复合材料托盘的研究%Study on Development Prospect of the Wood-Plastic-Composite Pallet

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    赵磊; 肖生苓

    2011-01-01

    在对目前国内外托盘材料和产品研究技术综述的基础上,比较木塑复合材料托盘与实木托盘、塑料托盘及钢制托盘的使用性能及特点,论述木塑复合材料托盘的研制工艺和技术难点并指出,以废弃塑料作为基体材料,以木质剩余物纤维作为增强材料,利用挤出方法制作的新型复合材料托盘将成为托盘家族的主力军.%The paper compares the performance and characteristics of the wood-plastic- composite pallet with that of the solid wood, plastic and steel pallets, introduces the processes and technological difficulties in the development of such pallet and points out that this innovated composite material pallet will be the future's most popular type.

  8. Research on torsional friction behavior and fluid load support of PVA/HA composite hydrogel.

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    Chen, Kai; Zhang, Dekun; Yang, Xuehui; Cui, Xiaotong; Zhang, Xin; Wang, Qingliang

    2016-09-01

    Hydrogels have been extensively studied for use as synthetic articular cartilage. This study aimed to investigate (1) the torsional friction contact state and the transformation mechanism of PVA/HA composite hydrogel against CoCrMo femoral head and (2) effects of load and torsional angle on torsional friction behavior. The finite element method was used to study fluid load support of PVA/HA composite hydrogel. Results show fluid loss increases gradually of PVA/HA composite hydrogel with torsional friction time, leading to fluid load support decreases. The contact state changes from full slip state to stick-slip mixed state. As the load increases, friction coefficient and adhesion zone increase gradually. As the torsional angle increases, friction coefficient and slip trend of the contact interface increase, resulting in the increase of the slip zone and the reduction of the adhesion zone. Fluid loss increases of PVA/HA composite hydrogel as the load and the torsional angle increase, which causes the decrease of fluid load support and the increase of friction coefficient.

  9. Preparation and Characterization of Bioplastic-Based Green Renewable Composites from Tapioca with Acetyl Tributyl Citrate as a Plasticizer

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    Chi-Hui Tsou

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Granular tapioca was thermally blended with poly(lactic acid (PLA. All blends were prepared using a plasti-corder and characterized for tensile properties, thermal properties and morphology. Scanning electron micrographs showed that phase separation occurred, leading to poor tensile properties. Therefore, methylenediphenyl diisocyanate (MDI was used as an interfacial compatibilizer to improve the mechanical properties of PLA/tapioca blends. The addition of MDI could improve the tensile strength of the blend with 60 wt% tapioca, from 19.8 to 42.6 MPa. In addition, because PLA lacked toughness, acetyl tributyl citrate (ATBC was added as a plasticizer to improve the ductility of PLA. A significant decrease in the melting point and glass-transition temperature was observed on the basis of differential scanning calorimetry, which indicated that the PLA structure was not dense after ATBC was added. As such, the brittleness was improved, and the elongation at break was extended to several hundred percent. Therefore, mixing ATBC with PLA/tapioca/MDI blends did exhibit the effect of plasticization and biodegradation. The results also revealed that excessive plasticizer would cause the migration of ATBC and decrease the tensile properties.

  10. 玻璃纤维增强连续塑料复合管道的应用性能%Performances of fiberglass reinforced composite plastic pipeline

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    夏平原; 李诗春; 陈斌

    2013-01-01

    Characterized by light weight,superior corrosion resistance,high pressure-beating capacities,longer extension,flexibility,easiness in fabrication,energy conservation and higher safety factors,fiberglass reinforced composite plastic pipeline of high-performance flexible composite pipe with multi-layer structures will gradually replace steel pipe for development and transportation of hydrocarbons due to their overall low costs.Through a model,the mechanical property of fiberglass reinforced composite plastic pipe is analyzed.In addition,six types of fiberglass reinforced composite plastic pipes have been produced and explosion tested in accordance with different design requirements.Research results show that actual bursting pressures are basically the same with designed theoretical pressure with pressure extent of 5.5 to 25 MPa.These products can fulfill requirements presented by actual production process.%玻璃纤维增强连续塑料复合管是一种多层结构高性能柔性复合管,具有质量轻、抗腐蚀能力强、承压能力强、制作长度长、可弯曲、施工简易、维护方便、节能环保、使用安全系数高的优点,因此整体使用成本较低,有望逐步取代钢制管道,用于石油天然气的开采和输送.建模分析了玻璃纤维增强连续塑料复合管的力学性能,根据不同要求设计了6种玻璃纤维增强连续塑料复合管道,并实施爆破试验,结果表明:实际爆破压力与理论设计压力基本相同,压力范围为5.5~25 MPa,可以满足实际生产需求.

  11. Pore curvature and support composition effects on the electronic properties of supported Pt catalysts: an infrared spectroscopy study with CO as probe molecule

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    Lepage, M.; Visser, T.; van der Eerden, A.M.J.; Soulimani, F.; Weckhuysen, B.M.

    2008-01-01

    Supported 1 wt% Pt-based catalyst materials have been used as model systems to study pore curvature and support composition effects on the electronic properties of supported Pt nanoparticles. For this purpose, Pt nanoparticles have been loaded onto microporous (ITQ-1), mesoporous (Si- MCM-41, Si-MCM

  12. Nanostructured polypyrrole/carbon composite as Pt catalyst support for fuel cell applications

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    Zhao, Hongbin; Li, Lei; Yang, Jun; Zhang, Yongming

    A novel catalyst support was synthesized by in situ chemical oxidative polymerization of pyrrole on Vulcan XC-72 carbon in naphthalene sulfonic acid (NSA) solution containing ammonium persulfate as oxidant at room temperature. Pt nanoparticles with 3-4 nm size were deposited on the prepared polypyrrole-carbon composites by chemical reduction method. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy measurements showed that Pt particles were homogeneously dispersed in polypyrrole-carbon composites. The Pt nanoparticles-dispersed catalyst composites were used as anodes of fuel cells for hydrogen and methanol oxidation. Cyclic voltammetry measurements of hydrogen and methanol oxidation showed that Pt nanoparticles deposited on polypyrrole-carbon with NSA as dopant exhibit better catalytic activity than those on plain carbon. This result might be due to the higher electrochemically available surface areas, electronic conductivity and easier charge-transfer at polymer/carbon particle interfaces allowing a high dispersion and utilization of deposited Pt nanoparticles.

  13. Nanostructured polypyrrole/carbon composite as Pt catalyst support for fuel cell applications

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    Zhao, Hongbin; Li, Lei; Yang, Jun; Zhang, Yongming [School of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China)

    2008-10-01

    A novel catalyst support was synthesized by in situ chemical oxidative polymerization of pyrrole on Vulcan XC-72 carbon in naphthalene sulfonic acid (NSA) solution containing ammonium persulfate as oxidant at room temperature. Pt nanoparticles with 3-4 nm size were deposited on the prepared polypyrrole-carbon composites by chemical reduction method. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy measurements showed that Pt particles were homogeneously dispersed in polypyrrole-carbon composites. The Pt nanoparticles-dispersed catalyst composites were used as anodes of fuel cells for hydrogen and methanol oxidation. Cyclic voltammetry measurements of hydrogen and methanol oxidation showed that Pt nanoparticles deposited on polypyrrole-carbon with NSA as dopant exhibit better catalytic activity than those on plain carbon. This result might be due to the higher electrochemically available surface areas, electronic conductivity and easier charge-transfer at polymer/carbon particle interfaces allowing a high dispersion and utilization of deposited Pt nanoparticles. (author)

  14. Alumina supported carbon composite material with exceptionally high defluoridation property from eggshell waste.

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    Lunge, Sneha; Thakre, Dilip; Kamble, Sanjay; Labhsetwar, Nitin; Rayalu, Sadhana

    2012-10-30

    A new alumina supported carbon composite material called "Eggshell Composite" (EC) was synthesized from eggshell waste as calcium source for selective fluoride adsorption from water. The effect of various synthesis parameters like eggshell (ES): Eggshell membrane (ESM) ratio, aluminium loading, mixing time and calcinations temperature to optimize the synthesis conditions for selective fluoride removal has been studied. It was observed that the synthesis parameters have significant influence on development of EC and in turn on fluoride removal capacity. EC synthesized was characterized for elemental composition, morphology, functionality and textural properties. Results showed that EC obtained from eggshell modified with alumina precursor is more selective and efficient for fluoride removal. Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm were used to obtain ultimate fluoride removal capacity. The calcium and alumina species in EC shows synergistic effect in fluoride adsorption process. Fluoride sorption studies were carried out in synthetic, groundwater and wastewater. EC proved to be a potential, indigenous and economic adsorbent for fluoride removal.

  15. 废旧塑料在复合材料领域中回用技术的研究进展%Research Advances in the Recycling Technologies of Waste Plastics in Composites Field

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    张效林; 王汝敏; 王志彤; 冯冰; 付钰

    2011-01-01

    介绍了国内外废旧塑料现状以及废旧塑料在复合材料领域利用新进展,综述了废旧塑料在植物纤维/废旧塑料复合材料、废纸/废塑料复合材料、木塑复合发泡材料、可生物降解塑料复合材料及其他复合材料领域的再利用技术新进展,并分析了废旧塑料在复合材料领域回收再利用技术的发展趋势,提出应进一步探讨不同种类废旧塑料对复合材料力学性能及植物纤维/废旧塑料界面相容性的影响.%The present research status and category of printing and packaging waste plastic are introduced,and research advances in the recycling technology of different kind of waste plastic in composite material field such as plant fibre/recycled thermoplastic composites, wastepaper/thermoplastic polymer composites, wood-plastic foaming composites, eco-friendly biodegradable composites and other composites are discussed. Development trend of the recycling technology of waste plastic in composite material field is pointed out. And further more, research area such as the effect of different waste plastics on the composites interface compatibility is proposed.

  16. Compositional diversity of rehabilitated tropical lands supports multiple ecosystem services and buffers uncertainties.

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    Knoke, Thomas; Paul, Carola; Hildebrandt, Patrick; Calvas, Baltazar; Castro, Luz Maria; Härtl, Fabian; Döllerer, Martin; Hamer, Ute; Windhorst, David; Wiersma, Yolanda F; Curatola Fernández, Giulia F; Obermeier, Wolfgang A; Adams, Julia; Breuer, Lutz; Mosandl, Reinhard; Beck, Erwin; Weber, Michael; Stimm, Bernd; Haber, Wolfgang; Fürst, Christine; Bendix, Jörg

    2016-06-13

    High landscape diversity is assumed to increase the number and level of ecosystem services. However, the interactions between ecosystem service provision, disturbance and landscape composition are poorly understood. Here we present a novel approach to include uncertainty in the optimization of land allocation for improving the provision of multiple ecosystem services. We refer to the rehabilitation of abandoned agricultural lands in Ecuador including two types of both afforestation and pasture rehabilitation, together with a succession option. Our results show that high compositional landscape diversity supports multiple ecosystem services (multifunction effect). This implicitly provides a buffer against uncertainty. Our work shows that active integration of uncertainty is only important when optimizing single or highly correlated ecosystem services and that the multifunction effect on landscape diversity is stronger than the uncertainty effect. This is an important insight to support a land-use planning based on ecosystem services.

  17. Compositional diversity of rehabilitated tropical lands supports multiple ecosystem services and buffers uncertainties

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    Knoke, Thomas; Paul, Carola; Hildebrandt, Patrick; Calvas, Baltazar; Castro, Luz Maria; Härtl, Fabian; Döllerer, Martin; Hamer, Ute; Windhorst, David; Wiersma, Yolanda F.; Curatola Fernández, Giulia F.; Obermeier, Wolfgang A.; Adams, Julia; Breuer, Lutz; Mosandl, Reinhard; Beck, Erwin; Weber, Michael; Stimm, Bernd; Haber, Wolfgang; Fürst, Christine; Bendix, Jörg

    2016-01-01

    High landscape diversity is assumed to increase the number and level of ecosystem services. However, the interactions between ecosystem service provision, disturbance and landscape composition are poorly understood. Here we present a novel approach to include uncertainty in the optimization of land allocation for improving the provision of multiple ecosystem services. We refer to the rehabilitation of abandoned agricultural lands in Ecuador including two types of both afforestation and pasture rehabilitation, together with a succession option. Our results show that high compositional landscape diversity supports multiple ecosystem services (multifunction effect). This implicitly provides a buffer against uncertainty. Our work shows that active integration of uncertainty is only important when optimizing single or highly correlated ecosystem services and that the multifunction effect on landscape diversity is stronger than the uncertainty effect. This is an important insight to support a land-use planning based on ecosystem services. PMID:27292766

  18. Plastic Jellyfish.

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    Moseley, Christine

    2000-01-01

    Presents an environmental science activity designed to enhance students' awareness of the hazards of plastic waste for wildlife in aquatic environments. Discusses how students can take steps to reduce the effects of plastic waste. (WRM)

  19. Preparation and characterization of fly ash cenospheres supported CuO-BiVO4 heterojunction composite

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    Zhang, Jin; Cui, Hao; Wang, Bing; Li, Chuang; Zhai, Jianping; Li, Qin

    2014-05-01

    Novel fly ash cenospheres supported CuO-BiVO4 heterojunction composites (CuO-BiVO4/FACs) were prepared by modified metalorganic decomposition and impregnation methods. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS), and UV-vis diffused reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) techniques. The XPS and SEM analyses indicated that Cu was present as CuO dispersed on the surface of BiVO4. The DRS spectra revealed that the composites had improved optical adsorption in the visible light region, and the composites exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity for methylene blue (MB) degradation under visible light irradiation. It was found that the 5 wt% CuO-loaded composite showed the highest photocatalytic activity for MB dye wastewater treatment. FACs, a by-product generated in coal-firing power plants, were used as a low cost support which favored phase separation after the reaction owing to their low density.

  20. Hydrophilic nanofibers as new supports for thin film composite membranes for engineered osmosis.

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    Bui, Nhu-Ngoc; McCutcheon, Jeffrey R

    2013-02-05

    Engineered osmosis (e.g., forward osmosis, pressure-retarded osmosis, direct osmosis) has emerged as a new platform for applications to water production, sustainable energy, and resource recovery. The lack of an adequately designed membrane has been the major challenge that hinders engineered osmosis (EO) development. In this study, nanotechnology has been integrated with membrane science to build a next generation membrane for engineered osmosis. Specifically, hydrophilic nanofiber, fabricated from different blends of polyacrylonitrile and cellulose acetate via electrospinning, was found to be an effective support for EO thin film composite membranes due to its intrinsically wetted open pore structure with superior interconnectivity. The resulting composite membrane exhibits excellent permselectivity while also showing a reduced resistance to mass transfer that commonly impacts EO processes due to its thin, highly porous nanofiber support layer. Our best membrane exhibited a two to three times enhanced water flux and 90% reduction in salt passage when compared to a standard commercial FO membrane. Furthermore, our membrane exhibited one of the lowest structural parameters reported in the open literature. These results indicate that hydrophilic nanofiber supported thin film composite membranes have the potential to be a next generation membrane for engineered osmosis.

  1. Influence of Impact Modifier and Coupling Agent on Impact Strength of Wood Flour/Recycled Plastic Composites

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    Saman GHAHRI

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In this research, the improvement of impact strength of wood flour/recycled polypropylene (PP composites was investigated. The PP (virgin and recycled polypropylene and wood flour (WF were compounded at 50% by weight wood flour loading in a counter-rotating twin-screw extruder in the presence MAPP and two types of impact modifiers (ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA and ethylene/propylene/diene terpolymer (EPDM, to produce wood flour-PP composites specimen. The results showed that the composites containing recycled PP exhibited significantly lower impact strength values than those of containing virgin PP. The addition of MAPP, EVA and EPDM in the specimens increased their impact strength. In the presence of MAPP, higher increase in impact strength of the recycled PP/WF composites was observed due to impact modifiers. Both impact modifiers increased the impact strength of the PP/WF composites but the addition of EVA gave the greatest improvements in impact strength. Although the addition of impact modifiers and MAPP increased the impact strength of composites containing recycled PP, such values were still significantly lower than those of containing virgin PP (not modified with MAPP or impact modifier. The use of impact modifiers decreased the flexural properties of the recycled PP/WF composites.

  2. 木塑复合材料的光降解与光稳定%Light Degradation and Light Stabilization of Wood-plastic Composites

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    罗海

    2011-01-01

    The development situation of the wood-plastic composites(WPC) was introduced. The light degradation mechanism of WPC was discussed. In order to ensure the light stability of WPC, the nature and properties of both the wood and plastics must be considered. The possible way for stabilization of WPC were also discussed, and the future development of WPC in China and the world were forecast.%介绍了国内外木塑复合材料的发展现状,分析了木塑复合材料的光降解机理,指出木塑复合材料的光稳定必须综合考虑木材和塑料两方面的因素,对目前木塑复合材料光稳定的可行途径进行了讨论,并展望了国内外木塑复合材料的发展趋势.

  3. Hippocampal Neurogenesis and Dendritic Plasticity Support Running-Improved Spatial Learning and Depression-Like Behaviour in Stressed Rats

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    Tong, Jian-Bin; Wong, Richard; Ching, Yick-Pang; Qiu, Guang; Tang, Siu-Wa; Lee, Tatia M. C.; So, Kwok-Fai

    2011-01-01

    Exercise promotes hippocampal neurogenesis and dendritic plasticity while stress shows the opposite effects, suggesting a possible mechanism for exercise to counteract stress. Changes in hippocampal neurogenesis and dendritic modification occur simultaneously in rats with stress or exercise; however, it is unclear whether neurogenesis or dendritic remodeling has a greater impact on mediating the effect of exercise on stress since they have been separately examined. Here we examined hippocampal cell proliferation in runners treated with different doses (low: 30 mg/kg; moderate: 40 mg/kg; high: 50 mg/kg) of corticosterone (CORT) for 14 days. Water maze task and forced swim tests were applied to assess hippocampal-dependent learning and depression-like behaviour respectively the day after the treatment. Repeated CORT treatment resulted in a graded increase in depression-like behaviour and impaired spatial learning that is associated with decreased hippocampal cell proliferation and BDNF levels. Running reversed these effects in rats treated with low or moderate, but not high doses of CORT. Using 40 mg/kg CORT-treated rats, we further studied the role of neurogenesis and dendritic remodeling in mediating the effects of exercise on stress. Co-labelling with BrdU (thymidine analog) /doublecortin (immature neuronal marker) showed that running increased neuronal differentiation in vehicle- and CORT-treated rats. Running also increased dendritic length and spine density in CA3 pyramidal neurons in 40 mg/kg CORT-treated rats. Ablation of neurogenesis with Ara-c infusion diminished the effect of running on restoring spatial learning and decreasing depression-like behaviour in 40 mg/kg CORT-treated animals in spite of dendritic and spine enhancement. but not normal runners with enhanced dendritic length. The results indicate that both restored hippocampal neurogenesis and dendritic remodelling within the hippocampus are essential for running to counteract stress. PMID:21935393

  4. Hippocampal neurogenesis and dendritic plasticity support running-improved spatial learning and depression-like behaviour in stressed rats.

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    Full Text Available Exercise promotes hippocampal neurogenesis and dendritic plasticity while stress shows the opposite effects, suggesting a possible mechanism for exercise to counteract stress. Changes in hippocampal neurogenesis and dendritic modification occur simultaneously in rats with stress or exercise; however, it is unclear whether neurogenesis or dendritic remodeling has a greater impact on mediating the effect of exercise on stress since they have been separately examined. Here we examined hippocampal cell proliferation in runners treated with different doses (low: 30 mg/kg; moderate: 40 mg/kg; high: 50 mg/kg of corticosterone (CORT for 14 days. Water maze task and forced swim tests were applied to assess hippocampal-dependent learning and depression-like behaviour respectively the day after the treatment. Repeated CORT treatment resulted in a graded increase in depression-like behaviour and impaired spatial learning that is associated with decreased hippocampal cell proliferation and BDNF levels. Running reversed these effects in rats treated with low or moderate, but not high doses of CORT. Using 40 mg/kg CORT-treated rats, we further studied the role of neurogenesis and dendritic remodeling in mediating the effects of exercise on stress. Co-labelling with BrdU (thymidine analog /doublecortin (immature neuronal marker showed that running increased neuronal differentiation in vehicle- and CORT-treated rats. Running also increased dendritic length and spine density in CA3 pyramidal neurons in 40 mg/kg CORT-treated rats. Ablation of neurogenesis with Ara-c infusion diminished the effect of running on restoring spatial learning and decreasing depression-like behaviour in 40 mg/kg CORT-treated animals in spite of dendritic and spine enhancement. but not normal runners with enhanced dendritic length. The results indicate that both restored hippocampal neurogenesis and dendritic remodelling within the hippocampus are essential for running to counteract

  5. Machinability of drilling T700/LT-03A carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) composite laminates using candle stick drill and multi-facet drill

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    Wang, Cheng-Dong; Qiu, Kun-Xian; Chen, Ming; Cai, Xiao-Jiang

    2015-03-01

    Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) composite laminates are widely used in aerospace and aircraft structural components due to their superior properties. However, they are regarded as difficult-to-cut materials because of bad surface quality and low productivity. Drilling is the most common hole making process for CFRP composite laminates and drilling induced delamination damage usually occurs severely at the exit side of drilling holes, which strongly deteriorate holes quality. In this work, the candle stick drill and multi-facet drill are employed to evaluate the machinability of drilling T700/LT-03A CFRP composite laminates in terms of thrust force, delamination, holes diameter and holes surface roughness. S/N ratio is used to characterize the thrust force while an ellipse-shaped delamination model is established to quantitatively analyze the delamination. The best combination of drilling parameters are determined by full consideration of S/N ratios of thrust force and the delamination. The results indicate that candle stick drill will induce the unexpected ellipse-shaped delamination even at its best drilling parameters of spindle speed of 10,000 rpm and feed rate of 0.004 mm/tooth. However, the multi-facet drill cutting at the relative lower feed rate of 0.004 mm/tooth and lower spindle speed of 6000 rpm can effectively prevent the delamination. Comprehensively, holes quality obtained by multi-facet drill is much more superior to those obtained by candle stick drill.

  6. Effects of Rice Hull Particle Size and Content on the Mechanical Properties and Visual Appearance of Wood Plastic Composites Prepared from Poly(vinyl chloride)

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    Nawadon Petchwattana; Sirijutaratana Covavisaruch

    2013-01-01

    This research aims to develop Wood Plastic Composites (WPCs) from rice hull and poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC).The influences of the rice hull particle size and content on the mechanical properties and the visual appearance of the WPC decking board were investigated.The experimental results revealed that the impact strength tended to decrease with increasing rice hull content.The composites with larger particle sizes exhibited higher impact strength.Under tensile and flexure load,higher rice hull content induced greater modulus and ultimate strength when the rice hull was applied at less than 60 phr.Beyond this concentration,the modulus and the strength dropped due to the formation of rice hull agglomerates.The smaller particles of the milled rice hull,the greater tendency there was for them to act as a pigment to form a darker shade close that of the rice hull on the composite decking board.The larger particle sizes were 106 μm and beyond simply embedded in the white PVC matrix.

  7. The Effect of Fire Retardants on the Flammability, Mechanical Properties, and Wettability of Co-Extruded PP-Based Wood-Plastic Composites

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    Irina Turku

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, fire retardants (FRs such as aluminum trihydroxide (ATH, zinc borate (ZB, melamine, graphite, and titanium oxide (TiO2 were loaded into the shell layer of a co-extruded polypropylene (PP-based wood-plastic composite (WPC. The incorporated retardants reduced the peak of the heat release rate by 8 to 22%, depending on the type of FR. Other studied parameters, such as ignition time and mass loss rate, were improved after the FR loading. The total heat release decreased slightly (except for the graphite-WPC. The effective heat of combustion was independent of the presence of the FR or, in the case of graphite, slightly increased. Carbon monoxide production increased (ZB, graphite or was not changed significantly (ATH, melamine, and TiO2. It was also observed that the tensile strength improved after the FR loading; however, the tensile modulus decreased, except for the graphite-WPC. The impact strength improved or was independent of the FR loading, as in the case of the sample with ATH. The wettability of the composites decreased with filler loading, except for ZB, which showed the highest water absorption value among the studied composites.

  8. Low Activation Joining of SiC/SiC Composites for Fusion Applications: Modeling Miniature Torsion Tests with Elastic and Elastic-Plastic Models

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    Henager, Charles H.; Nguyen, Ba Nghiep; Kurtz, Richard J.; Roosendaal, Timothy J.; Borlaug, Brennan A.; Ferraris, Monica; Ventrella, Andrea; Katoh, Yutai

    2015-03-01

    The use of SiC and SiC-composites in fission or fusion environments requires joining methods for assembling systems. The international fusion community designed miniature torsion specimens for joint testing and irradiation in test reactors with limited irradiation volumes. These torsion specimens fail out-of-plane when joints are strong and when elastic moduli are within a certain range compared to SiC, which causes difficulties in determining shear strengths for joints or for comparing unirradiated and irradiated joints. A finite element damage model was developed that indicates fracture is likely to occur within the joined pieces to cause out-of-plane failures for miniature torsion specimens when a certain modulus and strength ratio between the joint material and the joined material exists. The model was extended to treat elastic-plastic joints such as SiC/epoxy and steel/epoxy joints tested as validation of the specimen design.

  9. Electrochemical determination of bisphenol A in plastic bottled drinking water and canned beverages using a molecularly imprinted chitosan-graphene composite film modified electrode.

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    Deng, Peihong; Xu, Zhifeng; Kuang, Yunfei

    2014-08-15

    Herein, a novel electrochemical sensor based on an acetylene black paste electrode modified with molecularly imprinted chitosan-graphene composite film for sensitive and selective detection of bisphenol A (BPA) has been developed. Several important parameters controlling the performance of the sensor were investigated and optimised. The imprinted sensor offers a fast response and sensitive BPA quantification. Under the optimal conditions, a linear range from 8.0 nM to 1.0 μM and 1.0 to 20 μM for the detection of BPA was observed with the detection limit of 6.0 nM (S/N=3). Meanwhile, the fabricated sensor showed excellent specific recognition to template molecule among the structural similarities and coexistence substances. Furthermore, this imprinted electrochemical sensor was successfully employed to detect BPA in plastic bottled drinking water and canned beverages.

  10. Carbon monoxide tolerant platinum electrocatalysts on niobium doped titania and carbon nanotube composite supports

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    Rigdon, William A.; Huang, Xinyu

    2014-12-01

    In the anode of electrochemical cells operating at low temperature, the hydrogen oxidation reaction is susceptible to poisoning from carbon monoxide (CO) which strongly adsorbs on platinum (Pt) catalysts and increases activation overpotential. Adsorbed CO is removed by oxidative processes such as electrochemical stripping, though cleaning can also cause corrosion. One approach to improve the tolerance of Pt is through alloying with less-noble metals, but the durability of alloyed electrocatalysts is a critical concern. Without sacrificing stability, tolerance can be improved by careful design of the support composition using metal oxides. The bifunctional mechanism is promoted at junctions of the catalyst and metal oxides used in the support. Stable metal oxides can also form strong interactions with catalysts, as is the case for platinum on titania (TiOx). In this study, niobium (Nb) serves as an electron donor dopant in titania. The transition metal oxides are joined to functionalized multi-wall carbon nanotube (CNT) supports in order to synthesize composite supports. Pt is then deposited to form electrocatalysts which are characterized before fabrication into anodes for tests as an electrochemical hydrogen pump. Comparisons are made between the control from Pt-CNT to Pt-TiOx-CNT and Pt-Ti0.9Nb0.1Ox-CNT in order to demonstrate advantages.

  11. Study on the Application of Plastic Wood Composite Materials in Outdoor Furniture%木塑复合材料家具在户外家具中的应用研究

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    杨巍巍; 李大纲

    2012-01-01

    Concept of plastic wood and plastic wood furniture was summarized,categories of outdoor furniture in a narrow and broad sense were introduced respectively. Furniture of plastic wood composite materials is characterized by "leisure,natural and concise",dynamic loading is the major connection mode,and traditional mechanical connection is applied. Common damages of plastic wood composite materials and countermeas-ures were concluded,and corresponding resolutions were proposed in view of the existing problems of outdoor plastic wood composite furniture.%概述了木塑及木塑家具的概念,从广义和狭义角度介绍了户外家具的类别,认为木塑复合材料家具的风格主要集中在休闲、自然、简约,而其连接方式主要是动态载荷,采用的是传统的机械连接方式.总结了木塑复合材料常见的破坏情况及相应的处理方法.最后针对木塑复合材料户外家具存在的问题,提出了相应的解决策略.

  12. Engineering study on roadway support in high-stress composite soft rock

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    贾明魁; 程东泉

    2003-01-01

    The present study is focused on the roadway support in high-stress composite soft rock. This paper expounds the two main features of roadway in soft rock, i.e., great deformation of surrounding rock and remarkable rheological deformation. Furthermore, on the basis of analyzing physico-chemical component of surrounding rock and the situation of the damaged roadway, the method of adopting strong bolting and shotcreting mesh for the primary support, bolting and grouting for the secondary support is put forward in light of the on-the-spot investigation of stress tension, mechanical parameter and engineering geology. The application reveals the method facilitates the continuation of west main roadway and the restoration of shaft station and chambers. Consequently, better techno-economic results have been achieved.

  13. Relating performance of thin-film composite forward osmosis membranes to support layer formation and structure

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    Tiraferri, Alberto

    2011-02-01

    Osmotically driven membrane processes have the potential to treat impaired water sources, desalinate sea/brackish waters, and sustainably produce energy. The development of a membrane tailored for these processes is essential to advance the technology to the point that it is commercially viable. Here, a systematic investigation of the influence of thin-film composite membrane support layer structure on forward osmosis performance is conducted. The membranes consist of a selective polyamide active layer formed by interfacial polymerization on top of a polysulfone support layer fabricated by phase separation. By systematically varying the conditions used during the casting of the polysulfone layer, an array of support layers with differing structures was produced. The role that solvent quality, dope polymer concentration, fabric layer wetting, and casting blade gate height play in the support layer structure formation was investigated. Using a 1M NaCl draw solution and a deionized water feed, water fluxes ranging from 4 to 25Lm-2h-1 with consistently high salt rejection (>95.5%) were produced. The relationship between membrane structure and performance was analyzed. This study confirms the hypothesis that the optimal forward osmosis membrane consists of a mixed-structure support layer, where a thin sponge-like layer sits on top of highly porous macrovoids. Both the active layer transport properties and the support layer structural characteristics need to be optimized in order to fabricate a high performance forward osmosis membrane. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

  14. A novel microbond bundle pullout technique to evaluate the interfacial properties of fibre-reinforced plastic composites

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    PADMANABHAN KRISHNAN

    2017-08-01

    The interfacial properties of the fibre composite systems decide the overall usability of a composite in simpleand complex shapes, as they are the deciding factors in determination of the mechanical properties, structural propertiesand above all a complete understanding of the reliability of composite systems. In the present investigation, the interfacialproperties of carbon fibre/epoxy composites viz., matrix shrinkage pressure, interfacial frictional stress, interfacial shear stress and coefficient of friction were evaluated through a novel microbond bundle pullout test. This test is different from the single fibre pull out, fibre fragmentation or the fibre push in test. Based on some of the physical principles involving the single fibre microbond pullout test, like the contact angle of the microbond matrix drop with the fibre surface, the surface tension/energy of the two surfaces before and after adhesion and the interfacial fibre/matrix chemistry, this is simple to perform and statistically averaged mesomechanical test is also easy to evaluate and is shown to be a test method thatenables a conservative prediction of the laminate level or macromechanical shear properties of fibre composite systems.This test demonstrates the validity of the mesomechanical tests that are more relevant to the macromechanical tests thanthe micromechanical tests. Fractography carried out to corroborate the observed mechanical properties with the fracturefeatures is also reported. The general advantages of the mesomechanical interfacial tests over those based on micromechanical assumptions is also discussed along with some common limitations.

  15. Quantitative Analysis of Supported Membrane Composition using the NanoSIMS

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    Kraft, M; Foster, S; Marxer, C G; Weber, P; Hutcheon, I; Boxer, S

    2005-08-28

    We have improved methods reported earlier [1] for sample preparation, imaging and quantifying components in supported lipid bilayers using high-resolution secondary ion mass spectrometry performed with the NanoSIMS 50. By selectively incorporating a unique stable isotope into each component of interest, a component-specific image is generated from the location and intensity of the unique secondary ion signals exclusively produced by each molecule. Homogeneous supported lipid bilayers that systematically varied in their isotopic enrichment levels were freeze-dried and analyzed with the NanoSIMS 50. The molecule-specific secondary ion signal intensities had an excellent linear correlation to the isotopically labeled lipid content. Statistically indistinguishable calibration curves were obtained using different sample sets analyzed months apart. Fluid bilayers can be patterned using lithographic methods and the composition of each corralled region varied systematically by simple microfluidic methods. The resulting composition variations can be imaged and quantified. This approach opens the possibility of imaging and quantifying the composition of microdomains within membranes, including protein components, without using bulky labels and with very high lateral resolution and sensitivity.

  16. Quantitative analysis of supported membrane composition using the NanoSIMS

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    Kraft, M L; Fishel, S F; Marxer, C G; Weber, P K; Hutcheon, I D; Boxer, S G

    2009-06-02

    We have improved methods reported earlier [1] for sample preparation, imaging and quantifying components in supported lipid bilayers using high-resolution secondary ion mass spectrometry performed with the NanoSIMS 50. By selectively incorporating a unique stable isotope into each component of interest, a component-specific image is generated from the location and intensity of the unique secondary ion signals exclusively produced by each molecule. Homogeneous supported lipid bilayers that systematically varied in their isotopic enrichment levels were freeze-dried and analyzed with the NanoSIMS 50. The molecule-specific secondary ion signal intensities had an excellent linear correlation to the isotopically labeled lipid content. Statistically indistinguishable calibration curves were obtained using different sample sets analyzed months apart. Fluid bilayers can be patterned using lithographic methods and the composition of each corralled region varied systematically by simple microfluidic methods. The resulting composition variations can be imaged and quantified. This approach opens the possibility of imaging and quantifying the composition of microdomains within membranes, including protein components, without using bulky labels and with very high lateral resolution and sensitivity.

  17. 温湿处理环境对木塑复合材弯曲性能的影响%Effect of temperature and soaking environment on the bending resistance of wood-plastic composites

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    王伟; 董丽君; 贺磊; 孙慧宇; 徐波

    2015-01-01

    The effect of different environment conditions on the property of wood-plastic composites was considered before utilization. In this paper the bending property changes of wood-plastic composite under high/low temperature and soaking environment were discussed, the results will give some references to the production and application of wood-plastic products.%木塑复合材在使用时应考虑不同的环境条件对材料性能的影响,本文研究了不同密度的聚丙烯基木塑复合材经高/低温和浸水处理后材料的弯曲性能的变化情况,为木塑产品的生产和应用提供依据。

  18. Wood Polymer Composites Technology Supporting the Recovery and Protection of Tropical Forests: The Amazonian Phoenix Project

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    Antonio D. Nobre

    2009-12-01

    machinery, to facilitate technology assimilation by rural communities in the Amazon. The second one aims at developing composite materials with advanced production technology, like profile and sheet extrusion and injection molding. The source of the fibers would be both the short cycle agrosilviculture with softwood species, on already deforested lands, and the hardwood residues from operating sawmills. Preliminary results show that softwood fibers act as potentially important reinforcement for synthetic plastics.

  19. Investigation of the Structure, Optical and Electrical Properties of Lithium Perchlorate Doped Polyaniline Composite: Aloe Vera Used as a Bio-Plasticizer

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    Yesappa, L.; Niranjana, M.; Ashokkumar, S. P.; Vijeth, H.; Sharanappa, Chapi; Raghu, S.; Devendrappa, H.

    2017-08-01

    Bio-plasticizer based polyaniline (PANI)/lithium perchlorate (LiClO4) composites were synthesized by the facile in situ method. The composites were characterized using the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) to identify the chemical interactions. A band appeared at 1502 cm-1 due to the presence of the -H2CO- group and CH2 scissor mode vibration for the PAL15% composite. This considerable change in the morphology of LiClO4 homogeneous dispersion in a PANI matrix was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The UV-Visible absorption (UV-Vis) showed 300-400 nm attributed to the π-π* transition and exhibited a red shift from 535 nm to 617 nm in the visible region, indicating a decrease in band gap. The variations in dielectric constant with the addition of lithium perchlorate (LiClO4) at different temperatures and in the frequency range of 20 Hz-1 MHz were assessed through impedance analysis. The temperature dependent electrical conductivity increased with increasing temperature as well as dopant concentration. High conductivity of 1.41 × 10-3 S/cm corresponding to activation energy of 0.02 eV and 2.95 eV optical band gap for 15 wt.% of LiClO4 concentration was observed. The cyclic voltammetry measurement revealed a typical rectangular shape of the integral area, suggesting that the composite has strong electrochemical strength and is a possible candidate for electrochemical super capacitor and solar cell applications.

  20. Study on Mechanical Properties of PVC Wood-plastic Composite%PVC基木塑复合材料力学性能的研究

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    沈凡成; 贾润礼; 魏伟

    2011-01-01

    利用胺类改性剂M处理木粉,研究了改性剂M和力学性能改性剂丙烯腈-苯乙烯共聚物(AS)的用量对聚氯乙烯(PVC)基复合材料力学性能的影响.结果表明:随着改性剂M用量的增加,复合材料的拉伸强度、无缺口冲击强度、弯曲强度以及弯曲模量都呈先上升后下降的趋势,且当M用量略大于2%时达到最大值;随着AS用量的增加,复合材料的拉伸强度、弯曲强度及弯曲模量都呈逐渐上升的趋势,无缺口冲击强度呈逐渐下降的趋势,到8%时越于平缓.%The wood flour was treated by amine reagent (modifier M).The effects of content of modifier M and mechanical properties modifier (AS) on the mechanical properties of PVC wood-plastic composites were studied.The results show that with the increase of modifier M content, the tensile strength, non-notched impact strength, flexural strength and flexural modulus of the composites increase at first and then decrease; when the modifier M content is slightly more than 2%, the mechanical properties of the composites are up to the maximum values; with the increase of AS content, the tensile strength, flexural strength and flexural modulus of the composites increase gradually, while the non-notched impact strength decreases gradually, and there is no obvious change when AS content is 8%.

  1. Synthesis of supported bimetallic nanoparticles with controlled size and composition distributions for active site elucidation

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    Hakim, Sikander H.; Sener, Canan; Alba Rubio, Ana C.; Gostanian, Thomas M.; O' neill, Brandon J; Ribeiro, Fabio H.; Miller, Jeffrey T.; Dumesic, James A

    2015-08-01

    Elucidation of active sites in supported bimetallic catalysts is complicated by the high level of dispersity in the nanoparticle size and composition that is inherent in conventional methods of catalyst preparation. We present a synthesis strategy that leads to highly dispersed, bimetallic nanoparticles with uniform particle size and composition by means of controlled surface reactions. We demonstrate the synthesis of three systems, RhMo, PtMo, and RhRe, consisting of a highly reducible metal with an oxophilic promoter. These catalysts are characterized by FTIR, CO chemisorption, STEM/EDS, TPR, and XAS analysis. The catalytic properties of these bimetallic nanoparticles were probed for the selective CO hydrogenolysis of (hydroxymethyl)tetrahydropyran to produce 1,6 hexanediol. Based on the characterization results and reactivity trends, the active sites in the hydrogenolysis reaction are identified to be small ensembles of the more noble metal (Rh, Pt) adjacent to highly reduced moieties of the more oxophilic metal (Mo, Re).

  2. Study of dynamic pressure roadway supporting scheme under condition of thick composite roof

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    Wei-Jun WANG; Li-Qiang LUO; Wei-Jian YU; Hai WU; Yan-Si QU

    2013-01-01

    This paper analyzed the strata behaviors of solid-coal roadway,gob-side entry driving and deformation law of surrounding rock in depth under high stress and thick composite roof based on the dynamic pressure roadway as engineering background in Fengcheng mining area,Jiangxi province.The results,both field measurement andnumerical simulation show that gob-side entry driving results the deformation of coal roadway main wall,however,entity-coal roadway driving results deformation of main roof and floor.The maintenance state of gob-side entry driving is better than entity-coal roadway,this situation is relevant to thick composite roof layered and easy collapse characteristics.At the same time,this paper put forward and proved proper dynamic pressure roadway supporting scheme under the surrounding rock condition and stress environment.

  3. Examination of decision support systems for composite CBA & MCDA assessments of transport infrastructure projects

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    Barfod, Michael Bruhn; Jensen, Anders Vestergaard; Leleur, Steen

    This paper examines decision support systems (DSS) for composite appraisals of transport infrastructure projects comprising both cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and multi-criteria analysis (MCA). Two DSS are in this context examined and compared using a case study dealing with alternatives for a new...... high-speed railway line between the two cities, Norrköping and Bäckeby, in Sweden. Both systems are based on additive value functions and makes use of pair wise comparisons. The first system examined, which is widely used and based on acknowledged methods, comprises the REMBRANDT technique using pair...... of the examination and comparison of the two systems is to determine which is the most appropriate for conducting composite appraisals of transport infrastructure projects. The first system provides a conventional widely used and theoretical well founded framework. The COSIMA framework is founded on a somewhat...

  4. Transition, Training, and Assessment of Multispectral Composite Imagery in Support of the NWS Aviation Forecast Mission

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    Fuell, Kevin; Jedlovec, Gary; Leroy, Anita; Schultz, Lori

    2015-01-01

    The NASA/Short-term Prediction, Research, and Transition (SPoRT) Program works closely with NOAA/NWS weather forecasters to transition unique satellite data and capabilities into operations in order to assist with nowcasting and short-term forecasting issues. Several multispectral composite imagery (i.e. RGB) products were introduced to users in the early 2000s to support hydrometeorology and aviation challenges as well as incident support. These activities lead to SPoRT collaboration with the GOES-R Proving Ground efforts where instruments such as MODIS (Aqua, Terra) and S-NPP/VIIRS imagers began to be used as near-realtime proxies to future capabilities of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI). One of the composite imagery products introduced to users was the Night-time Microphysics RGB, originally developed by EUMETSAT. SPoRT worked to transition this imagery to NWS users, provide region-specific training, and assess the impact of the imagery to aviation forecast needs. This presentation discusses the method used to interact with users to address specific aviation forecast challenges, including training activities undertaken to prepare for a product assessment. Users who assessed the multispectral imagery ranged from southern U.S. inland and coastal NWS weather forecast offices (WFOs), to those in the Rocky Mountain Front Range region and West Coast, as well as highlatitude forecasters of Alaska. These user-based assessments were documented and shared with the satellite community to support product developers and the broad users of new generation satellite data.

  5. Dynamic Shear Modulus Prediction of Wood Plastic Composite Materials Based on Gray Neural Network%基于灰色神经网络木塑复合材料动态剪切模量预测

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    秦楠; 马莉英; 王琳

    2015-01-01

    Based on the characteristics of wood-plastic composite materials processing technology, this paper designed the wood-plastic composite materials processing experiment under different process conditions, and obtained the mechanical properties under different conditions. Based on gray neural network forecasting model, this paper established the prediction model of wood-plastic composite materials dynamic shear modulus. The results show that this model can predict the wood-plastic composite materials dynamic shear modulus well, and the prediction maximum error is 0.69%, which achieves practical engineering requirements.%基于木塑复合材料加工工艺的特点,设计了不用工艺条件下的木塑复合材料工艺实验,并得到了不同条件下的力学性能。本文在灰色神经网络组合预测模型的基础上,建立了木塑复合材料动态剪切模量的预测模型。结果表明:该模型能够较好地预测出木塑复合材料动态剪切模量,预测最大误差为0.69%,能够达到工程实际要求。

  6. Strength Analysis and Process Simulation of Subway Contact Rail Support Bracket of Composite Materials

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    Fedulov, Boris N.; Safonov, Alexander A.; Sergeichev, Ivan V.; Ushakov, Andrey E.; Klenin, Yuri G.; Makarenko, Irina V.

    2016-10-01

    An application of composites for construction of subway brackets is a very effective approach to extend their lifetime. However, this approach involves the necessity to prevent process-induced distortions of the bracket due to thermal deformation and chemical shrinkage. At present study, a process simulation has been carried out to support the design of the production tooling. The simulation was based on the application of viscoelastic model for the resin. Simulation results were verified by comparison with results of manufacturing experiments. To optimize the bracket structure the strength analysis was carried out as well.

  7. Examination of decision support systems for composite CBA & MCDA assessments of transport infrastructure projects

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    Barfod, Michael Bruhn; Jensen, Anders Vestergaard; Leleur, Steen

    2011-01-01

    This paper examines decision support systems (DSS) for composite appraisals of transport infrastructure projects comprising both cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA). Two DSS, REMBRANDT and COSIMA, are in this context examined and compared using a case study...... dealing with alternatives for a new high-speed railway line in Sweden. The REMBRANDT system is based on multiplicative value functions and makes use of pair wise comparisons on both attribute and criteria level. The COSIMA system is based on additive value functions and makes use of the REMBRANDT......, a recommendation for the use of DSS within transport infrastructure appraisals is set out....

  8. Examination of Decision Support Systems for Composite CBA and MCDA Assessments of Transport Infrastructure Projects

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    Barfod, Michael Bruhn; Jensen, Anders Vestergaard; Leleur, Steen

    2011-01-01

    This paper examines decision support systems (DSS) for composite appraisals of transport infrastructure projects comprising both cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA). Two DSS, REMBRANDT and COSIMA, are in this context examined and compared using a case study...... dealing with alternatives for a new high-speed railway line in Sweden. The REMBRANDT system is based on multiplicative value functions and makes use of pair wise comparisons on both attribute and criteria level. The COSIMA system is based on additive value functions and makes use of the REMBRANDT......, a recommendation for the use of DSS within transport infrastructure appraisals is set out....

  9. Energy-related application of composite material. Carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP); Enerugi kanren yoto to CFRP

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    Higuchi, T. [Toray Industries, Tokyo (Japan)

    2000-01-15

    Carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) with advantages such as high strength, high relative elastic modulus, high chemical stability, and excellent thermal/electric properties, is widely used in aviation/space, sports, and industries. This paper takes up CNG tank, flywheel, and windmill blade, as examples of energy-related application development. For the purpose of weight reduction of CNG car, big three car manufacturers of the U.S. and Honda adopted CNG tank. Flywheel with CFRP rotor can store 3.8 times energy compared with that of steel. Windmill blade used in windmill power generation is mostly made of 3 blades and presently GFRP is used, but CFRP will become a main stream when the windmill is scaled up. In the future, it is necessary to reduce the cost of carbon fiber and its treatment process, as well as to solve the targets such as standardization of design, recognition by users, and verification in environmental use, and to develop further applications. (NEDO)

  10. {sup 7}Li NMR spectroscopy and ion conduction mechanism of composite gel polymer electrolyte: A comparative study with variation of salt and plasticizer with filler

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    Saikia, D. [Department of Chemistry, Center for Nanotechnology and R and D Center for Membrane Technology, Chung Yuan Christian University, Chung Li 32023, Taiwan (China); Chen-Yang, Y.W. [Department of Chemistry, Center for Nanotechnology and R and D Center for Membrane Technology, Chung Yuan Christian University, Chung Li 32023, Taiwan (China)], E-mail: yuiwhei@cycu.edu.tw; Chen, Y.T.; Li, Y.K.; Lin, S.I. [Department of Chemistry, Center for Nanotechnology and R and D Center for Membrane Technology, Chung Yuan Christian University, Chung Li 32023, Taiwan (China)

    2009-01-30

    Microporous composite gel polymer electrolyte (CGPE) has been prepared by incorporating the home-made silica aerogel (SAG) particles into the poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) copolymer/LiClO{sub 4} matrix. The ionic transport behavior of the electrolyte is studied with various experimental techniques such as AC impedance, X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared (IR) spectra, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA), etc. The results reveal that the SAG particles are well dispersed in the electrolytes and incorporate with the other components of the CGPEs. The solid-state {sup 7}Li NMR study has confirmed the interactions of lithium ion with SAG, polymer and plasticizers, causing to form the microporous structure and reduce the glass transition temperature and crystallinity, resulting in an increase in ionic conductivity of the CGPE. The best ionic conductivity (1.04 x 10{sup -2} S/cm at room temperature) is obtained from the composite polymer electrolyte containing 4 wt% of SAG, which is approximately four times higher than the ionic conductivity of the electrolyte without the filler.

  11. Ballistic parameters of .177 (4.5 mm) caliber plastic-sleeved composite projectiles compared to conventional lead pellets.

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    Frank, Matthias; Schönekeß, Holger; Jäger, Frank; Herbst, Jörg; Ekkernkamp, Axel; Nguyen, Thanh Tien; Bockholdt, Britta

    2013-11-01

    The capability of conventional air gun lead pellets (diabolo pellets) to cause severe injuries or fatalities even at low kinetic energy levels is well documented in medical literature. Modern composite hunting pellets, usually a metal core (made of steel, lead, zinc, or a zinc and aluminum alloy) encased in a plastic sleeve, are of special forensic and traumatological interest. These projectiles are advertised by the manufacturers to discharge at higher velocities than conventional air gun pellets, thus generating very high tissue-penetrating capabilities. Lack of experimental data on these uncommon air gun projectiles induced this work. Ballistic parameters of 12 different caliber .177 (4.5 mm) composite pellets, discharged from two spring-piston air guns (Weihrauch HW 35, Webley CUB) and three pneumatic air guns (Walther LGR, Walther LG400, Walther LP300), were investigated using a ballistic speed measurement system and compared to a conventional diabolo pellet (RWS Meisterkugel) as reference projectile. Although overall results were inconsistent, for some projectile-weapon combinations (particularly spring-piston air guns), a significant change of the kinetic energy (-53 up to +48 %) to the reference projectile was observed. The data provided in this work may serve as a basis for forensic investigation as well as traumatological diagnosis and treatment of injuries caused by these uncommon projectiles.

  12. Constructing Novel Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP Composites through a Biomimetic Approach: Connecting Glass Fiber with Nanosized Boron Nitride by Polydopamine Coating

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    XueMei Wen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A biomimetic method was developed to construct novel fiber reinforced plastic (FRP composites. By mimicking mussel adhesive proteins, a monolayer of polydopamine was coated on glass fiber (GF surface. The polydopamine-treated GF (D-GF adsorbed boron nitride (BN nanoparticles, while obtaining micronano multiscale hybrid fillers BN-D-GF. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM results showed that the strong interfacial interaction brought by the polydopamine benefits the loading amount as well as dispersion of the nano-BN on GF’s surface. The BN-D-GF was incorporated into epoxy resin to construct “FRP nanocomposites.” The morphology, dynamic mechanical and thermal characteristics of the FRP nanocomposites were analyzed. SEM morphology revealed that BN-D-GF heterogeneous dispersed in epoxy matrix. There was good adhesion between the polymer matrix and the BN-D-GF filler. The dynamic modulus and mechanical loss were studied using dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA. Compared with neat epoxy and untreated GF reinforced composites, BN-D-GF/epoxy and D-GF/epoxy systems showed improved mechanical properties. The thermal conductivity, Shore D hardness, and insulation properties were also enhanced.

  13. The Comparison of Water Absorption Analysis between Counterrotating and Corotating Twin-Screw Extruders with Different Antioxidants Content in Wood Plastic Composites

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    Mohd Hafizuddin Ab Ghani

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Water absorption is a major concern for natural fibers as reinforcement in wood plastic composites (WPCs. This paper presents a study on the comparison analysis of water absorption between two types of twin-screw extruders, namely, counterrotating and corotating with presence of variable antioxidants content. Composites of mixed fibres between rice husk and saw dust with recycled high-density polyethylene (rHDPE were prepared with two different extruder machines, namely, counterrotating and corotating twin screw, respectively. The contents of matrix (30 wt% and fibres (62 wt% were mixed with additives (8 wt% and compounded using compounder before extruded using both of the machines. Samples were immersed in distilled water according to ASTM D 570-98. From the study, results indicated a significant difference among samples extruded by counterrotating and corotating twin-screw extruders. The counterrotating twin-screw extruder gives the smallest value of water absorption compared to corotating twin-screw extruder. This indicates that the types of screw play an important role in water uptake by improving the adhesion between natural fillers and the polymer matrix.

  14. Study on Rheology Behavior of Wood-Plastic Composites%木塑复合材料转矩流变性研究

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    徐冬梅; 张琳; 刘太闯; 袁晓龙; 曾长春

    2013-01-01

    Rheology behaviors of PVC,PP and PE-HD based wood-plastic composites were investigated by torque rheometer. The results show that wood powder content is the primary factor affecting rheology behavior. With the increase of wood powder content,the maximum torsional and equilibrium torque are improved,while fluidity is decreased. Processing fluidity of composite can be improved by adding coupling agent,compatibilizer and lubricant.%用转矩流变仪分别研究了聚氯乙烯、聚丙烯、高密度聚乙烯基木塑复合材料的转矩流变行为。结果表明,木粉用量是影响复合材料流变性的主要因素,随着木粉用量的增加,木塑复合材料的最大扭矩和平衡扭矩都提高,导致体系的流动性变差;采用偶联剂处理木粉和加入增容剂有助于改善体系的流动性;加入润滑剂也有利于熔体的流动。

  15. The effects of eccentricities on the fracture of off-axis fiber composites. [carbon fiber reinforced plastics

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    Chamis, C. C.; Sinclair, J. H.

    1978-01-01

    Finite element analyses were performed to investigate theoretically the effects of in-plane and out-of-plane eccentricities, bending or twisting, and thickness nonuniformity on the axial stress and strain variations across the width of off-axis specimens. The results are compared with measured data and are also used to assess the effects of these eccentricities on the fracture stress of off-axis fiber composites. Guidelines for detecting and minimizing the presence of eccentricities are described.

  16. The apparent plasticizing effect of polyethylene glycol (PEG) on the crystallinity of spray dried lactose/PEG composites.

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    Mosén, Kristina; Bäckström, Kjell; Thalberg, Kyrre; Schaefer, Torben; Axelsson, Anders; Kristensen, Henning G

    2006-10-01

    Aqueous solutions of lactose and polyethylene glycol (PEG) were spray dried in a Büchi Model 191 spray dryer with the aim to investigate the effect of PEG on the crystallinity of the composite. A PEG concentration of 10.7% by weight of solids was studied for PEG 200, 600, 1500, 4000 and 8000. For PEG 200 and 4000 additional concentrations from 1.5-19.3% to 1.5-32.4%, respectively, were investigated. The spray dried composites were analysed with X-ray powder diffraction and modulating differential scanning calorimetry. The crystallinity of lactose in the composites varied from 0% to 60%, dependent on the molecular weight and concentration of PEG. Apparently, lactose crystallinity is promoted by low molecular weight and high concentration of the PEG. PEG did not affect the lactose glass transition temperature. It is suggested that lactose and PEG are solidified separately during spray drying and that partial crystallization of lactose is associated with effects of PEG on the rate of drying.

  17. 秸秆生物质的工业化利用与秸塑新材料%Industrial utilization of straw biomass and the straw plastic composition

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    陈集双; 刘亦良

    2015-01-01

    秸秆是自然界储量最丰富的生物质之一,应该作为农业副产物而不是废弃物对待。秸秆的工业化利用对减少CO2排放具有实际意义。但是,在工业化利用过程中也必须兼顾秸秆本身的生态价值和物理化学特点,做到不以废生废。将之作为大宗工业原料,进行秸秆高值化全价利用,是目前条件下秸秆资源化和工业利用的优解。秸塑新材料是存储秸秆生物质的有效方法,而改性是实现生物质塑化和质量标准控制的关键环节。%Straw is one of the richest biomass in the natural world.It should be regarded as an agricultural by-prod-ucts but not waste.Industrial utilization of straw biomass could contribute for the reduction of CO2 release practical-ly,but its natural ecological value,physical and chemical characterization should be considered during its utilization under industrial level.Production of more contamination should be avoided during such practice.Full prize,high value usage for large quality industrial materials is a kind of scientific way of straw biomass utilization under the present condition.Straw plastic composition (SPC)can effectively store straw biomass,and modification treatment is the key of both plasticizing straw biomass and standard quality control.

  18. 微发泡木塑复合材料耐腐性能的研究%Research on Decay Resistance of Micro-foamed Wood Plastic Composites

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    朱远; 姜志宏

    2012-01-01

    Experiments were conducted on nature decay resistance of wood plastic composites (WPCs) with S different wood and plastic ratios. The results showed that nature decay resistance of WPCs was strong, the mass loss rate of specimens decayed increased with wood flour content, but always less than 3,5%. Analysis of variance demonstrated that wood flour content had great effect on mass loss rate of WPCs. Exponential function y = a x exp(x/b)+c could well fit the mean mass loss rate of 5 kinds of WPCs with determination coefficient of 0.92358. Analysis of SEM and DSC showed that wood-rotting fimgi mainly decayed the wood component of the specimens.%研究了5种不同木塑比的木塑复合材料的天然耐腐性能.结果表明:①木塑复合材料的天然耐腐性能为强耐腐等级,受菌侵染后质量损失率随着木粉含量的提高而增大,但均小于3.5%,方差分析表明,木粉含量对试件质量损失率的影响高度显著,指数函数y=a×exp(x/b)+c对5种木塑材料的平均质量损失率拟合结果较好,决定系数R2为0.923 58;②通过SEM和DSC分析,木塑材料受菌侵染后,主要是木质材料受到了破坏.

  19. Thermal Properties of Wood Plastic Composites with High Content of Wood Powder%高填充木塑复合材料热性能的研究*

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    郭勇; 李大纲; 陈玉霞; 李晶晶; 邵旭

    2013-01-01

      Wood plastic composites(WPC) were prepared by mini extrusion equipment with PE-HD as plastic matrix and wood flour as filler. The effects of highly filled wood flour mass fraction on the thermal properties of WPC were studied. The results show that the dimension thermal stability of WPC is improved with increasing the wood flour mass fraction. The glass transition temperatures(Tg) of WPC increase and the glass transition step height of WPS decrease with increasing the wood flour mass fraction. The dimension thermal stability of WPC under Tg is good and tend to a constant when the wood flour mass fractions are 60%~70%, which is benefit to maintaining the mechanical properties of WPC.%  以高密度聚乙烯(PE-HD)为基体,以木粉作为填充料,用微型挤出成型设备制备PE-HD基木塑复合材料(WPC),研究高填充木粉质量分数变化对WPC热性能的影响。结果表明,随着木粉含量的增加,WPC的尺寸热稳定性得到改善,玻璃化转变温度(Tg)相应提高,玻璃化转变台阶高度减小;当木粉质量分数为60%~70%、温度低于Tg时,WPC的尺寸热稳定性较好,并趋于恒定,有利于其保持力学性能。

  20. Inverse opal hydrogel-collagen composite scaffolds as a supportive microenvironment for immune cell migration.

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    Stachowiak, Agnieszka N; Irvine, Darrell J

    2008-06-01

    Immunotherapies harness the inherent potential of the body to destroy foreign or infected cells, and are currently being investigated as treatments for cancer. One way to boost native immune responses might be to engineer ectopic lymphoid tissue, providing a supportive microenvironment for immune cell priming, and/or bringing together immune cells at a desired location (e.g., solid tumor sites). Here we describe the development and in vitro testing of composite macroporous poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogel scaffolds infused with collagen as a tissue engineering platform for immunotherapy. The PEG hydrogel with ordered, interconnected pores provided mechanical stability and the potential to depot supporting cytokines/chemokines, while an infused collagen matrix supported intra-scaffold migration of loaded T cells and dendritic cells. Rapid, nearly unconstrained T cell migration through scaffolds was achieved by using inverse opal supporting structures with 80 microm macropores. In addition, we demonstrated that the lymphoid tissue chemokine CCL21 could be bound to the inverse opal gel walls of these scaffolds, to provide motility-inducing cues for T cells within these structures. This hybrid scaffold approach combines the strengths of the synthetic and biopolymer hydrogels used in a highly synergistic fashion, allowing each material to compensate for limiting properties of its partner. Copyright 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  1. Plasticity in the sensorimotor cortex induced by Music-supported therapy in stroke patients: A TMS study

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    Jennifer eGrau-Sánchez

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Playing a musical instrument demands the engagement of different neural systems. Recent studies about the musician’s brain and musical training highlight that this activity requires the close interaction between motor and somatosensory systems. Moreover, neuroplastic changes have been reported in motor-related areas after short and long-term musical training. Because of its capacity to promote neuroplastic changes, music has been used in the context of stroke neurorehabilitation. The majority of patients suffering from a stroke have motor impairments, preventing them to live independently. Thus, there is an increasing demand for effective restorative interventions for neurological deficits. Music-supported Therapy (MST has been recently developed to restore motor deficits. We report data of a selected sample of stroke patients who have been enrolled in a MST program (1 month intense music learning. Prior to and after the therapy, patients were evaluated with different behavioral motor tests. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS was applied to evaluate changes in the sensorimotor representations underlying the motor gains observed. Several parameters of excitability of the motor cortex were assessed as well as the cortical somatotopic representation of a muscle in the affected hand. Our results revealed that participants obtained significant motor improvements in the paretic hand and those changes were accompanied by changes in the excitability of the motor cortex. Thus, MST leads to neuroplastic changes in the motor cortex of stroke patients which may explain its efficacy.

  2. Plasticity in the sensorimotor cortex induced by Music-supported therapy in stroke patients: a TMS study.

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    Grau-Sánchez, Jennifer; Amengual, Julià L; Rojo, Nuria; Veciana de Las Heras, Misericordia; Montero, Jordi; Rubio, Francisco; Altenmüller, Eckart; Münte, Thomas F; Rodríguez-Fornells, Antoni

    2013-01-01

    Playing a musical instrument demands the engagement of different neural systems. Recent studies about the musician's brain and musical training highlight that this activity requires the close interaction between motor and somatosensory systems. Moreover, neuroplastic changes have been reported in motor-related areas after short and long-term musical training. Because of its capacity to promote neuroplastic changes, music has been used in the context of stroke neurorehabilitation. The majority of patients suffering from a stroke have motor impairments, preventing them to live independently. Thus, there is an increasing demand for effective restorative interventions for neurological deficits. Music-supported Therapy (MST) has been recently developed to restore motor deficits. We report data of a selected sample of stroke patients who have been enrolled in a MST program (1 month intense music learning). Prior to and after the therapy, patients were evaluated with different behavioral motor tests. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) was applied to evaluate changes in the sensorimotor representations underlying the motor gains observed. Several parameters of excitability of the motor cortex were assessed as well as the cortical somatotopic representation of a muscle in the affected hand. Our results revealed that participants obtained significant motor improvements in the paretic hand and those changes were accompanied by changes in the excitability of the motor cortex. Thus, MST leads to neuroplastic changes in the motor cortex of stroke patients which may explain its efficacy.

  3. Effect of Modified Red Pottery Clay on the Moisture Absorption Behavior and Weatherability of Polyethylene-Based Wood-Plastic Composites

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    Qingde Li

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Red pottery clay (RPC was modified using a silane coupling agent, and the modified RPC (mRPC was then used to enhance the performance of high-density polyethylene-based wood-plastic composites. The effect of the mRPC content on the performances of the composites was investigated through Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, differential mechanical analysis (DMA and ultraviolet (UV-accelerated aging tests. After adding the mRPC, a moisture adsorption hysteresis was observed. The DMA results indicated that the mRPC effectively enhanced the rigidity and elasticity of the composites. The mRPC affected the thermal gravimetric, leading to a reduction of the thermal degradation rate and a right-shift of the thermal degradation peak; the initial thermal degradation temperature was increased. After 3000 h of UV-accelerated aging, the flexural strength and impact strength both declined. For aging time between 0 and 1000 h, the increase in amplitude of ΔL* (luminescence and ΔE* (color reached a maximum; the surface fading did not became obvious. ΔL* and ΔE* increased more significantly between 1000 and 2000 h. These characterization results indicate that the chromophores of the mRPC became briefly active. However, when the aging times were higher than 2000 h, the photo-degradation reaction was effectively prevented by adding the mRPC. The best overall enhancement was observed for an mRPC mass percentage of 5%, with a storage modulus of 3264 MPa and an increase in loss modulus by 16.8%, the best anti-aging performance and the lowest degree of color fading.

  4. Ultrathin magnesia films as support for molecules and metal clusters: Tuning reactivity by thickness and composition

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    Vaida, Mihai E.; Bernhardt, Thorsten M. [Institute of Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, University of Ulm (Germany); Barth, Clemens [CINAM-CNRS, Marseille (France); Esch, Friedrich; Heiz, Ueli [Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Munich, Garching (Germany); Landman, Uzi [School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia (United States)

    2010-05-15

    Ultrathin metal oxide films have attracted considerable interest in recent years as versatile substrate for the design of nanocatalytic model systems. In particular, it has been proposed theoretically and confirmed experimentally that the electronic structure of adsorbates can be influenced by the layer thickness and the stoichiometry, i.e., the type and number of defects, of the oxide film. This has important consequences on the chemical reactivity of the oxide surface itself and of oxide supported metal clusters. It also opens new possibilities to influence and to control chemical reactions occurring at the surface of these systems. The present feature focuses on very recent experiments that illustrate the effects of a proper adjustment of layer thickness and composition of ultrathin MgO(100) films on chemical transformations. On the magnesia surface itself, the photodissociation dynamics of methyl iodide molecules is investigated via femtosecond-laser pump-probe mass spectrometry. Furthermore, the catalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide at mass-selected Au{sub 20} clusters deposited on magnesia is explored through temperature programmed reaction measurements. In the latter case, detailed first principles calculations are able to correlate the experimentally observed reactivity with structural dimensionality changes that are induced by the changing thickness and composition of the magnesia support. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  5. Research on Mechanical Properties, Microstructure and Rheological Properties of Wood-plastic Composites%木塑复合材料的力学性能、微观结构与流变性能的研究

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    朱明源; 易红玲; 林珩; 郑柏存

    2013-01-01

    Wood-plastic composites were prepared with HDPE and wood flour as raw material. The effects of wood content and compatibilizer content on mechanical properties, rheological properties and microstructure of wood-plastic composites were investigated. The results indicated that rigidity, melt viscosity and shear sensitivity of the composites were increased with increasing wood content, but toughness of the composites was decreased. The compatibilizer enhanced interface microstructure, mechanical properties and processing flowability of wood-plastic composites.%以高密度聚乙烯(HDPE)和木粉为原料制备了木塑复合材料.研究了木粉、相容剂含量对木塑复合材料力学性能、流变性能及微观结构的影响.结果表明:木粉含量的增加,可提高复合材料的刚性、熔体黏度以及剪切敏感性,但韧性有所降低;而添加适量的相容剂改善了复合材料的界面微观结构,从而改善了木塑复合材料的力学性能,而且还在一定程度上改善了复合材料的加工流动性.

  6. Study of Extruding Processing and Regulating Temperature Property of Phase Change Wood Plastic Composites%自调温相变木塑复合材料挤出工艺与性能研究

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    张建群; 李勇; 王书平

    2015-01-01

    Abatract:The phase change material is added into wood plastic composites, the surface temperature change of the composites along with the time during heating and cooling and the extrusion processing were studied. The results can be summarized as follows:the introdution of the phase change material makes the change of the surface temperature slower and the wood plastic composites possess the ability of storing energy.%将相变材料引入木塑复合材料中,研究了复合材料的挤出工艺以及加热和冷却过程中复合材料表面温度随时间的变化关系,分析得出相变材料的加入减缓了温度的变化速度,使得木塑复合材料具有储能的作用。

  7. 竹粉用量对呋喃树脂基木塑复合材料性能的影响%Effect of Content of Bamboo Powder on Properties of Furan Resin-based Wood-plastic Composites

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    郝建淦; 贾润礼; 闫赫

    2012-01-01

    采用呋喃树脂和竹粉作原料,用传统的热压成型方法来制备呋喃树脂基木塑复合材料.研究了竹粉用量对木塑复合材料性能的影响.结果表明:当竹粉用量为40%时,材料各方面的性能达到最佳.%The furan resin-based wood-plastic composites were prepared through hot pressing method with furan resin and bamboo powder as raw material.The effects of bamboo powder content on performances of wood-plastic composites were researched.The results show that: when the bamboo powder content is 40%,the comprehensive performances of composites are the best.

  8. Manifestation of the shape-memory effect in polyetherurethane cellular plastics, fabric composites, and sandwich structures under microgravity

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    Babaevskii, P. G.; Kozlov, N. A.; Agapov, I. G.; Reznichenko, G. M.; Churilo, N. V.; Churilo, I. V.

    2016-09-01

    The results of experiments that were performed to test the feasibility of creating sandwich structures (consisting of thin-layer sheaths of polymer composites and a cellular polymer core) with the shapememory effect as models of the transformable components of space structures have been given. The data obtained indicate that samples of sandwich structures under microgravity conditions on board the International Space Station have recovered their shape to almost the same degree as under terrestrial conditions, which makes it possible to recommend them for creating components of transformable space structures on their basis.

  9. 木塑复合材料在家具领域的扩展应用研究%Study on Extended Application of Wood/Plastic Composite Materials in the Furniture Field

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    贾淑芳

    2014-01-01

    Wood/plastic composite material is a new material formed through different combination with plastic, with wood or various lignocellulosic as matrix. Through summary of the characteristics and performance of wood/plastic composite material , the problems with its application and extension in the furniture field are pointed out, with improvement measures put forward and the application prospects of wood/plastic composite in the furniture field presented.%木塑复合材料是以木材或各种木质纤维素为基体,与塑料以不同途径复合形成的一种新型材料。通过对木塑复合材料特点、性能的总结,指出其在家具领域应用及推广中存在的问题,并提出改进措施,同时展望了木塑复合材料在家具领域的应用前景。

  10. Plastics Technology.

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    Barker, Tommy G.

    This curriculum guide is designed to assist junior high schools industrial arts teachers in planning new courses and revising existing courses in plastics technology. Addressed in the individual units of the guide are the following topics: introduction to production technology; history and development of plastics; safety; youth leadership,…

  11. Degradation of Oxo-Biodegradable Plastic by Pleurotus ostreatus

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    José Maria Rodrigues da Luz; Sirlaine Albino Paes; Mateus Dias Nunes; Marliane de Cássia Soares da Silva; Maria Catarina Megumi Kasuya

    2013-01-01

    Growing concerns regarding the impact of the accumulation of plastic waste over several decades on the environmental have led to the development of biodegradable plastic. These plastics can be degraded by microorganisms and absorbed by the environment and are therefore gaining public support as a possible alternative to petroleum-derived plastics. Among the developed biodegradable plastics, oxo-biodegradable polymers have been used to produce plastic bags. Exposure of this waste plastic to ul...

  12. Degradation of Oxo-Biodegradable Plastic by Pleurotus ostreatus

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    José Maria Rodrigues da Luz; Sirlaine Albino Paes; Mateus Dias Nunes; Marliane de Cássia Soares da Silva; Maria Catarina Megumi Kasuya

    2013-01-01

    Growing concerns regarding the impact of the accumulation of plastic waste over several decades on the environmental have led to the development of biodegradable plastic. These plastics can be degraded by microorganisms and absorbed by the environment and are therefore gaining public support as a possible alternative to petroleum-derived plastics. Among the developed biodegradable plastics, oxo-biodegradable polymers have been used to produce plastic bags. Exposure of this waste plastic to ul...

  13. Cryogenic optical measurements of 12-segment-bonded carbon-fiber-reinforced silicon carbide composite mirror with support mechanism

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    Kaneda, Hidehiro; Nakagawa, Takao; Onaka, Takashi; Enya, Keigo; Makiuti, Sin'itirou; Takaki, Junji; Haruna, Masaki; Kume, Masami; Ozaki, Tsuyoshi

    2008-03-01

    A 720 mm diameter 12-segment-bonded carbon-fiber-reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC) composite mirror has been fabricated and tested at cryogenic temperatures. Interferometric measurements show significant cryogenic deformation of the C/SiC composite mirror, which is well reproduced by a model analysis with measured properties of the bonded segments. It is concluded that the deformation is due mostly to variation in coefficients of thermal expansion among segments. In parallel, a 4-degree-of-freedom ball-bearing support mechanism has been developed for cryogenic applications. The C/SiC composite mirror was mounted on an aluminum base plate with the support mechanism and tested again. Cryogenic deformation of the mirror attributed to thermal contraction of the aluminum base plate via the support mechanism is highly reduced by the support, confirming that the newly developed support mechanism is promising for its future application to large-aperture cooled space telescopes.

  14. Plastic Surgeons Often Miss Patients' Mental Disorders

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    ... More Health News on: Mental Disorders Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Recent Health News Related MedlinePlus Health Topics Mental Disorders Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery About MedlinePlus Site Map FAQs Customer Support Get ...

  15. 75 FR 34170 - Plastic Omnium Automotive Exteriors, LLC, Anderson, SC; Plastic Omnium Automotive Exteriors, LLC...

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    ... Employment and Training Administration Plastic Omnium Automotive Exteriors, LLC, Anderson, SC; Plastic Omnium... Assistance on March 18, 2010, applicable to workers of Plastic Omnium Automotive Exteriors, LLC, Anderson... have occurred involving workers in support of the Anderson, South Carolina location of Plastic...

  16. Effect of wood acetylation with vinyl acetate and acetic anhydride on the properties of wood-plastic composites

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    Nilgül Özmen

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Chemical modifications of Scots pine (Pinus slyvestris wood flour were performed with vinyl acetate (VA and acetic anhydride (AA in the presence of potassium carbonate as a catalyst. Scots pine wood flour samples were successfully acetylated with VA (19 wt% gain and AA (24 wt% gain. The effect of chemical modification of the Scots pine wood flour with AA and VA on the mechanical properties of wood high-density polyethylene composites (WPC were determined. It was observed that acetylation of wood flour allowed a significant increase in both the mechanical properties and the thermal stability of the WPCs. It was concluded that acetylation of lignocellulosic fibers improves thermal stability, dispersion in the polymer matrix, and compatibility with the polymer matrix.

  17. Nondestructive Evaluation of Fiber Reinforced Composites. A State-of-the-Art Survey. Volume 1. NDE of Graphite Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Composites. Part 1. Radiography and Ultrasonics

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    than simple fracture, thus helping Opposed cracks grow out from the hole. On the other to improve toughness. hand, in composites, cracks usually run ...show cracks run - ning back along the fibers and an extensive damage zone around the gross crack which has little in common with damage in metals. This... HIIT ’, U’ONX SPICIIMINS 1’ 1-116.4 mm (0.25 in.) I)IA .rlR HOlE: (I-rom Ref. 29, Reproduced from NTIACpuhlication. I’roccling% of 12rh Ni)I Synpo.sium

  18. Nitrogen-doped carbon-TiO2 composite as support of Pd electrocatalyst for formic acid oxidation

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    Qin, Yuan-Hang; Li, Yunfeng; Lam, Thomas; Xing, Yangchuan

    2015-06-01

    We report Pd nanoparticles supported on a composite consisting of oxide TiO2 and nitrogen-doped carbon for formic acid oxidation (FAO). The nitrogen-doped carbon-TiO2 (NCx-TiO2) composite support was prepared by a simple polymerization-pyrolysis process using commercial TiO2 nanoparticles (P25). Surface analysis showed that elements of Ti, C, O, and N were present on the composite surface, on which nitrogen existed in both pyridinic and quaternary forms. Pd nanoparticles with a mean size of ca. 4 nm were uniformly deposited on the composite via a polyol process. Electrochemical characterizations showed that the NCx-TiO2-supported Pd particles (Pd/NCx-TiO2) exhibited an electrocatalytic activity towards FAO that almost doubled that of the carbon black-supported Pd particles (Pd/C) with much enhanced electrocatalytic stability. The better performance of the composite supported Pd was attributed to a possible electronic structure modification in the metallic Pd particles and bifunctional effect produced by the NCx-TiO2 composite.

  19. The advent of the restorative plastic surgeon.

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    Carty, Matthew J; Pribaz, Julian J; Talbot, Simon G; Caterson, Edward J; Pomahac, Bohdan

    2014-01-01

    Plastic surgery is presently typified by the existence of discrete clinical identities, namely that of the cosmetic plastic surgeon and the reconstructive plastic surgeon. The emergence of vascularized composite allotransplantation has been accompanied by the development of a third distinct clinical identity, that of the restorative plastic surgeon. The authors describe the core competencies that characterize this new identity, and discuss the implications of the advent of this new professional paradigm.

  20. Resistencia al Impacto y a la Tracción de Materiales Compuestos Plástico-Madera Impact and Tensile Strength of Wood-Plastic Composites

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    M. E Solís

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Se describe el efecto de harina de madera de dos especies, Pinus radiata D. Don (pino y Nothofagus alpina (raulí, sobre las propiedades mecánicas de materiales compuestos plástico-madera, cuando se incorpora en porcentajes de 10 y 20% en la matriz polimérica. Los materiales termoplásticos utilizados fueron polietileno de alta densidad (HDPE y polipropileno (PP, ambos de origen comercial. Las mezclas se realizaron en un equipo extrusor de laboratorio de tornillo simple y se fabricaron probetas de ensayo para medir la resistencia al impacto Izod y la resistencia a la tracción, con el incremento de madera. El efecto de la incorporación de 10% de madera de raulí aumenta la resistencia a la tracción de los materiales compuestos a base de HDPE y de PP. En este mismo porcentaje, la madera de pino produce también un incremento de la resistencia a la tracción un poco menor. Materiales compuestos con mayor contenido de madera (20% presentan valores menores de resistencia a la tracción. La resistencia al impacto de los materiales compuestos con 10 y 20% de madera de las dos especies disminuye en un alto porcentaje con respecto del polímero puro.This article describes the effect of addition of wood flour from two different species, Pinus radiata D.Don (pino and Nothofagus alpina (raulí on the mechanical properties of wood-plastic composites, using 10 and 20% wood content in the polymer matrix. The thermoplastic materials employed included high density polyethylene (HDPE and polypropylene (PP, both of commercial origin. The mixtures were prepared using a laboratory single-screw extruder, and samples were prepared to determine Izod impact strength and tensile strength as a function of wood content. The tensile strength of HDPE and PP composites increased with 10% raulí wood content. This resistance was somewhat less in samples having the same pine content. Composites with greater wood content (20% present lower tensile strength values. The

  1. Municipal solid waste composition determination supporting the integrated solid waste management system in the island of Crete.

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    Gidarakos, E; Havas, G; Ntzamilis, P

    2006-01-01

    A one-year survey was conducted in the greater region of Crete (located at the lower region of the Aegean Sea) for the purpose of identifying waste composition (including chemical and physical characterization), as well as any seasonal variation. The investigation was carried out repeatedly at seven landfills and one transfer station in Crete, in four phases. Each sampling phase corresponded to a season (autumn, winter, spring, summer). ASTM D5231-92(2003) standard method and RCRA Waste Sampling Draft Technical Guidance were used. Hand sorting was used for classifying the collected wastes into the following categories: plastics, paper, metals, aluminium, leather-wood-textiles-rubbers, organic wastes, non-combustibles and miscellaneous. Further analysis included proximate and ultimate analysis of combustible materials. Metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury were also investigated. The results show that there has been a significant decrease of organic wastes during the last decade due to the increase of packaging materials, as a result of a change in consumption patterns. Three main waste categories were determined: organic wastes, paper and plastics, which combined represent 76% of the total waste in Crete. Furthermore, a high fraction of glass and a seasonal variation of aluminium indicate a strong correlation of waste composition with certain human activities, such as tourism. There is also a variation between the municipal solid waste (MSW) composition in the region of Crete (2003-2004) and MSW composition suggested in the National Solid Waste Planning (2000) [National Solid Waste Planning, 2000. Completion and particularization of Common Ministerial Act 113944//1944/1997: National Solid Waste Planning, June 2000]. The results of this survey are to be utilized by the regional solid waste authorities in order to establish an integrated waste treatment site, capable of fulfilling the regional waste management demands.

  2. Sci—Sat AM: Stereo — 07: Suitability of a plastic scintillator dosimeter for composite clinical fields delivered using the Cyberknife robotic radiosurgery system

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    Vandervoort, E.; Szanto, J. [The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre (Canada); Christiansen, E. [The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre (Canada); Department of Physics, McGill University (Canada)

    2014-08-15

    Plastic scintillation dosimeters (PSDs) have favourable characteristics for small and composite field dosimetry in radiosurgery, however, imperfect corrections for the Cerenkov radiation contamination could limit their accuracy for complex deliveries. In this work, we characterize the dose and dose-rate linearity, directional dependence, and compare output factors with other stereotactic detectors for a new commercially available PSD (Exradin W1). We provide some preliminary comparisons of planned and measured dose for composite fields delivered clinically by a Cyberknife radiosurgery system. The W1 detector shows good linearity with dose (<0.5%) and dose rate (<0.8%) relative to the signal obtained using an ion chamber under the same conditions. A maximum difference of 2% was observed depending on the detector's angular orientation. Output factors for all detectors agree within a range of ±3.2% and ±1.5% for the 5 and 7.5 mm collimators, respectively, provided Monte-Carlo corrections for detector effects are applied to diode and ion chambers (without corrections the range is ±5.5% and ±3.1% for these two collimators). For clinical beam deliveries using 5 and 7.5 mm collimators, four of the six patients showed better agreement with planned dose for the PSD detector compared to a micro ion chamber. Two of the six patients investigated, however, showed 5% differences between PSD and planned dose, film measurements and the ratio of PSD and micro ion chamber signal suggest that further investigation is warranted for these plans. The W1 detector is a promising tool for stereotactic plan verification under the challenging dosimetric conditions of stereotactic radiosurgery.

  3. Degradation of simazine from aqueous solutions by diatomite-supported nanosized zero-valent iron composite materials

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    Sun, Zhiming [School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing 100083 (China); Chemistry Discipline, Faculty of Science and Technology, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, GPO Box 2434, Brisbane, Queensland 4001 (Australia); Zheng, Shuilin [School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing 100083 (China); Ayoko, Godwin A.; Frost, Ray L. [Chemistry Discipline, Faculty of Science and Technology, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, GPO Box 2434, Brisbane, Queensland 4001 (Australia); Xi, Yunfei, E-mail: y.xi@qut.edu.au [Chemistry Discipline, Faculty of Science and Technology, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, GPO Box 2434, Brisbane, Queensland 4001 (Australia)

    2013-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Nanosized zero-valent iron (nZVI) particles were deposited onto acid-leached diatomite through centrifugation or rotary evaporation. The synthesis schematic diagram and morphology of the prepared nZVI/diatomite composites are shown in the illustration. The removal efficiency for herbicide simazine by nZVI/diatomite composites was compared with that of the pristine nZVI and the commercial iron powder. -- Highlights: • Diatomite-supported nanosized zero-valent iron composite was synthesised. • The obtained composites were characterised by XRD, SEM–EDS, TEM and XPS. • The removal efficiency for simazine in water were studied. • The prepared composite showed potential prospects in environmental remediation. -- Abstract: A novel composite material based on deposition of nanosized zero-valent iron (nZVI) particles on acid-leached diatomite was synthesised for the removal of a chlorinated contaminant in water. The nZVI/diatomite composites were characterised by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, elemental analysis, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Compared with the pure nZVI particles, better dispersion of nZVI particles on the surface or inside the pores of diatom shells was observed. The herbicide simazine was selected as the model chlorinated contaminant and the removal efficiency by nZVI/diatomite composite was compared with that of the pristine nZVI and commercial iron powder. It was found that the diatomite supported nZVI composite material prepared by centrifugation exhibits relatively better efficient activity in decomposition of simazine than commercial Fe, lab synthesised nZVI and composite material prepared via rotary evaporation, and the optimum experimental conditions were obtained based on a series of batch experiments. This study on immobilising nZVI particles onto diatomite opens a new avenue for the practical application of nZVI and the diatomite-supported nanosized zero

  4. Effect of Plasticizers on Physical and Mechanical Properties of Potato Starch- based Composite Films%增塑剂对马铃薯淀粉基复合膜物理机械性能的影响

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    贾超; 王利强; 卢立新; 赵艺程

    2012-01-01

    Potato starch based composite films were prepared by casting using potato starch, pullulan, gelatin as film forming material, calcium chloride as cross-linking agent, and glycerol, sorbitol, and polyethylene glycol as plasticizer. The effects of three kinds of plasticizers on physical and mechanical properties of composite films were studied. The results showed that tensile strength and Young's modulus of the composite films decrease significantly with plasticizer contents; elongation increases significantly with glycerol and sorbitol contents; effect of polyethylene glycol on elongation is not obvious; water vapor permeability and water solubility of composite films increase with plasticizer contents; polyethylene glycol can reduce the light transmission rate of the composite films significantly.%以马铃薯淀粉、普鲁兰多糖、明胶为成膜物质,氯化钙为交联剂,甘油、山梨醇、聚乙二醇为增塑剂,采用流延法制备了马铃薯淀粉基复合膜,研究了3种增塑剂对复合膜物理机械性能的影响。结果表明:复合膜的抗拉强度和弹性模量均随增塑剂含量的增加而显著减小,断裂伸长率随甘油和山梨醇含量的增加而显著增加,聚乙二醇对其影响不显著;复合膜的水蒸气透过率和水溶性均随增塑剂含量的增加而增加;聚乙二醇能够显著降低复合膜的透光率。

  5. Study on Water Resistance of Polypropylene/Sisal Fiber Wood-plastic Composites%聚丙烯/剑麻纤维木塑复合材料的耐水性能研究

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    刘婷; 陆绍荣; 黄安民

    2012-01-01

    The PP/SF wood-plastic composites compounding. The effect of water immersion were prepared through masticating and melt of SF on the mechanical properties, thermal properties and micro-structure of the wood-plastic composites was studied. When the SF content was 50%, water immersion time was 8 d, the impact and flexural strengths of the wood-plastic composites decreased sharply, by 33. 74% and 51. 42%, from 9. 88 kJ/m2 and 21. 02 MPa, respectively. The thermal stability of the composites, crystallization rate and degree of crystallinity of PP were also decreased. All these changes were attributed to the water molecules diffused into the wood-plastic composites.%采用熔融共混、热压成型工艺制备聚丙烯(PP)/剑麻纤维(SF)木塑复合材料装饰板,研究了木塑复合材料浸水后力学性能、热性能和微观结构的变化趋势及原因。结果表明,当SF含量为50%(质量分数,下同)、浸水时间为8d时,木塑复合材料的冲击强度和弯曲强度下降幅度最大,分别达9.88kJ/m2和21.02MPa,与未浸水相比,分别下降了33.74%和51.42%;同时,木塑复合材料的热稳定性、PP相的结晶速率及结晶度也有所降低。

  6. 木粉预处理对PP木塑复合料性能影响%Influence of Wood Flour Pretreatment on Properties of PP Wood Plastic Composite Materials

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    郝智; 尹宏; 伍玉娇; 熊玉竹

    2012-01-01

    Polypropylene (PP) wood plastic composite materials (WPC) was prepared by melt blending . The influence of wood flour content and pretreatment on the mechanical properties and water absorption properties of wood plastic composites was studied. The results show that with the increase of the wood flour content, the flexural strength and flexural modulus of wood plastic composite materials increase obviously. The tensile strength decreases and the impact strength remains. The effect of wood flour by chemical pretreatment on the mechanical properties of the composites is better than by physical pretreatment. With the increase of the wood flour content, the water absorbing rate of wood plastic composite remains below 0.22%, far lower than that of the pure wood.%采用熔融共混法制备了聚丙烯(PP)木塑复合材料(WPC),研究了木粉含量及预处理方式对WPC力学性能、吸水性能的影响.结果表明:随着木粉含量的增大,WPC的弯曲强度和弯曲模量明显上升,拉伸强度有所降低,而冲击强度基本保持不变.木粉经过化学预处理对WPC力学性能的改善比物理预处理要好.从吸水率来看,随着木粉含量的增大,WPC吸水率保持在0.22%以下,远低于纯木材.

  7. Low Activation Joining of SiC/SiC Composites for Fusion Applications: Modeling Miniature Torsion Tests with Elastic and Elastic-Plastic Models

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

    2015-06-30

    The international fusion community designed miniature torsion specimens for joint testing and irradiation in test reactors with limited irradiation volumes since SiC and SiC-composites used in fission or fusion environments require joining methods for assembling systems. Torsion specimens fail out-of-plane when joints are strong and when elastic moduli are comparable to SiC, which causes difficulties in determining shear strengths for many joints or for comparing unirradiated and irradiated joints. A finite element damage model was developed to treat elastic joints such as SiC/Ti3SiC2+SiC and elastic-plastic joints such as SiC/epoxy and steel/epoxy. The model uses constitutive shear data and is validated using epoxy joint data. The elastic model indicates fracture is likely to occur within the joined pieces to cause out-of-plane failures for miniature torsion specimens when a certain modulus and strength ratio between the joint material and the joined material exists. Lower modulus epoxy joints always fail in plane and provide good model validation.

  8. Enhancement of the Mechanical Properties of Basalt Fiber-Wood-Plastic Composites via Maleic Anhydride Grafted High-Density Polyethylene (MAPE Addition

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    Yun Lu

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available This study investigated the mechanisms, using microscopy and strength testing approaches, by which the addition of maleic anhydride grafted high-density polyethylene (MAPE enhances the mechanical properties of basalt fiber-wood-plastic composites (BF-WPCs. The maximum values of the specific tensile and flexural strengths are achieved at a MAPE content of 5%–8%. The elongation increases rapidly at first and then continues slowly. The nearly complete integration of the wood fiber with the high-density polyethylene upon MAPE addition to WPC is examined, and two models of interfacial behavior are proposed. We examined the physical significance of both interfacial models and their ability to accurately describe the effects of MAPE addition. The mechanism of formation of the Model I interface and the integrated matrix is outlined based on the chemical reactions that may occur between the various components as a result of hydrogen bond formation or based on the principle of compatibility, resulting from similar polarity. The Model I fracture occurred on the outer surface of the interfacial layer, visually demonstrating the compatibilization effect of MAPE addition.

  9. An experimental study on infrared drying kinetics of an aqueous adhesive supported by polymer composite

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    Allanic, Nadine; Le Bideau, Pascal; Glouannec, Patrick; Deterre, Rémi

    2016-04-01

    The infrared drying of an aqueous polymer emulsion spread on a thin composite flat film is experimentally studied. The composite film is composed of polyamide fibers supported by a poly(vinyl fluoride) film. The aqueous polymer is an Ethylene Vinyl Acetate emulsion playing the role of adhesive. It is spread over the film with a low thickness, about one hundred micrometers. The aim of this work is to understand the effects of the presence of fibers on the drying of this thin-layer product. With this in mind, a specific laboratory set up composed of a near infrared heater is used in order to get the drying kinetics. First, incident heat fluxes received at the product surface and transmittances of materials (semi-transparent medium) are measured with an ad-hoc heat flux sensor. Then, many experiments are performed with and without fibers. For linking the final moisture content to the fibers thermal and hydric behavior, a microscopic analysis of the dried samples is investigated. This analysis is performed for two thicknesses of polymer corresponding to two covering rates of fibers.

  10. Experimental Results in Support of Simulating Progressive Crush in Carbon-Fiber Textile Composites

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    DeTeresa, S J; Allison, L M; Cunningham, B J; Freeman, DC; Saculla, M D; Sanchez, R J; Winchester, S W

    2001-04-02

    This report summarizes the findings of an experimental program conducted to support the modeling of the crush behavior of triaxial braid carbon fiber composites. The matrix material as well as braided panels and tubes were characterized in order to determine material properties, to assess failure modes, and to provide a test bed for new analytical and numerical tools developed specifically for braided composites. The matrix material selected by the ACC was an epoxy vinyl ester (Ashland Hetron 922). Tensile tests were used to compare two formulations-one used by the ACC and one recommended by the resin supplier. The latter was a faster reacting system and gelled in one-third the time of the ACC formulation. Both formulations had an average elongation at failure that was only half of the resin supplier's reported value. Only one specimen of each type came close to the reported elongation value and it was shown that failure invariably initiated at both surface and internal defects. Overall, the tensile properties of the two formulations were nearly identical, but those of the ACC system were more consistent. The properties of the ACC matrix formulation were measured in tension, shear, and compression and the average properties obtained in these tests are summarized.

  11. An experimental study on infrared drying kinetics of an aqueous adhesive supported by polymer composite

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    Allanic, Nadine; Le Bideau, Pascal; Glouannec, Patrick; Deterre, Rémi

    2017-01-01

    The infrared drying of an aqueous polymer emulsion spread on a thin composite flat film is experimentally studied. The composite film is composed of polyamide fibers supported by a poly(vinyl fluoride) film. The aqueous polymer is an Ethylene Vinyl Acetate emulsion playing the role of adhesive. It is spread over the film with a low thickness, about one hundred micrometers. The aim of this work is to understand the effects of the presence of fibers on the drying of this thin-layer product. With this in mind, a specific laboratory set up composed of a near infrared heater is used in order to get the drying kinetics. First, incident heat fluxes received at the product surface and transmittances of materials (semi-transparent medium) are measured with an ad-hoc heat flux sensor. Then, many experiments are performed with and without fibers. For linking the final moisture content to the fibers thermal and hydric behavior, a microscopic analysis of the dried samples is investigated. This analysis is performed for two thicknesses of polymer corresponding to two covering rates of fibers.

  12. Plastic bronchitis

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    Singhi, Anil Kumar; Vinoth, Bharathi; Kuruvilla, Sarah; Sivakumar, Kothandam

    2015-01-01

    Plastic bronchitis, a rare but serious clinical condition, commonly seen after Fontan surgeries in children, may be a manifestation of suboptimal adaptation to the cavopulmonary circulation with unfavorable hemodynamics...

  13. Plastic Fishes

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    Trettnak, Wolfgang

    2015-01-01

    In terms of weight, the plastic pollution in the world’s oceans is estimated to be around 300,000 tonnes. This plastic comes from both land-based and ocean-based sources. A lecture at CERN by chemist Wolfgang Trettnak addressed this issue and highlighted the role of art in raising people’s awareness. The slideshow below gives you a taste of the artworks by Wolfgang Trettnak and Margarita Cimadevila.

  14. Thermal stability and microstructure of catalytic alumina composite support with lanthanum species

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    Ozawa, Masakuni; Nishio, Yoshitoyo

    2016-09-01

    Lanthanum (La) modified γ-alumina composite was examined for application toward thermostable catalytic support at elevated temperature. La added alumina was prepared through an aqueous process using lanthanum (III) nitrate and then characterized by surface area measurement, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), differential thermal analysis (DTA), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and surface desorption of CO2. It was found that the properties depended on the La content and heat treatment temperatures. The characterization of the surface, structural and chemical properties of La-Al2O3 showed the existence of a strong interaction between the La species and alumina via formation of new phase and modified surface in Al2O3 samples. LaAlO3 nanoparticle formed among alumina particles by the solid phase reaction of Al2O3 and La2O3. The increase of the surface basicity of La modified alumina was demonstrated using CO2 temperature programmed desorption experiments. The controlled surface interaction between La oxide and alumina provide the unique surface and structural properties of the resulting mixed oxides as catalysts and catalytic supports.

  15. Experimental and Theoretical Modal Analysis of Full-Sized Wood Composite Panels Supported on Four Nodes

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    Guan, Cheng; Zhang, Houjiang; Wang, Xiping; Miao, Hu; Zhou, Lujing; Liu, Fenglu

    2017-01-01

    Key elastic properties of full-sized wood composite panels (WCPs) must be accurately determined not only for safety, but also serviceability demands. In this study, the modal parameters of full-sized WCPs supported on four nodes were analyzed for determining the modulus of elasticity (E) in both major and minor axes, as well as the in-plane shear modulus of panels by using a vibration testing method. The experimental modal analysis was conducted on three full-sized medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and three full-sized particleboard (PB) panels of three different thicknesses (12, 15, and 18 mm). The natural frequencies and mode shapes of the first nine modes of vibration were determined. Results from experimental modal testing were compared with the results of a theoretical modal analysis. A sensitivity analysis was performed to identify the sensitive modes for calculating E (major axis: Ex and minor axis: Ey) and the in-plane shear modulus (Gxy) of the panels. Mode shapes of the MDF and PB panels obtained from modal testing are in a good agreement with those from theoretical modal analyses. A strong linear relationship exists between the measured natural frequencies and the calculated frequencies. The frequencies of modes (2, 0), (0, 2), and (2, 1) under the four-node support condition were determined as the characteristic frequencies for calculation of Ex, Ey, and Gxy of full-sized WCPs. The results of this study indicate that the four-node support can be used in free vibration test to determine the elastic properties of full-sized WCPs. PMID:28773043

  16. GREEN PLASTIC: A NEW PLASTIC FOR PACKAGING

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    Mr. Pankaj Kumar*, Sonia

    2016-01-01

    This paper gives a brief idea about a new type of plastic called as bio-plastic or green plastic. Plastic is used as a packaging material for various products, but this plastic is made up of non renewable raw materials. There are various disadvantages of using conventional plastic like littering, CO2 production, non-degradable in nature etc. To overcome these problems a new type of plastic is discovered called bio-plastic or green plastic. Bio-plastic is made from renewable resources and also...

  17. Carbon nanotubes-Nafion composites as Pt-Ru catalyst support for methanol electro-oxidation in acid media

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    Shengzhou Chen; Fei Ye; Weiming Lin

    2009-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes-Nafion (CNTs-Nafion) composites were prepared by impregnated CNTs with Nafion in ethanol solution and characterized by FT-IR. Pt-Ru catalysts supported on CNTs-Nafion composites were synthesized by microwave-assisted polyol process. The physical and electrochemical properties of the catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), CO stripping voltammetry, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry (CA). The results showed that the Nafion incorporation in CNTs-Nafion composites did not significantly alter the oxygen-containing groups on the CNTs surface. The Pt-Ru catalyst supported on CNTs-Nafion composites with 2 wt% Nafion showed good dispersion and the best CO oxidation and methanol electro-oxidation activities.

  18. Astrocyte-Synapse Structural Plasticity

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    Yann Bernardinelli

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The function and efficacy of synaptic transmission are determined not only by the composition and activity of pre- and postsynaptic components but also by the environment in which a synapse is embedded. Glial cells constitute an important part of this environment and participate in several aspects of synaptic functions. Among the glial cell family, the roles played by astrocytes at the synaptic level are particularly important, ranging from the trophic support to the fine-tuning of transmission. Astrocytic structures are frequently observed in close association with glutamatergic synapses, providing a morphological entity for bidirectional interactions with synapses. Experimental evidence indicates that astrocytes sense neuronal activity by elevating their intracellular calcium in response to neurotransmitters and may communicate with neurons. The precise role of astrocytes in regulating synaptic properties, function, and plasticity remains however a subject of intense debate and many aspects of their interactions with neurons remain to be investigated. A particularly intriguing aspect is their ability to rapidly restructure their processes and modify their coverage of the synaptic elements. The present review summarizes some of these findings with a particular focus on the mechanisms driving this form of structural plasticity and its possible impact on synaptic structure and function.

  19. Scenarios study on post-consumer plastic packaging waste recycling

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    Thoden van Velzen, E.U.; Bos-Brouwers, H.E.J.; Groot, J.J.; Bing Xiaoyun, Xiaoyun; Jansen, M.; Luijsterburg, B.

    2013-01-01

    We all use plastics on a daily basis. Plastics come in many shapes, sizes and compositions and are used in a wide variety of products. Almost all of the currently used plastic packaging are made from fossil resources, which are finite. The production of plastic packages causes environmental impacts,

  20. Scenarios study on post-consumer plastic packaging waste recycling

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    Thoden van Velzen, E.U.; Bos-Brouwers, H.E.J.; Groot, J.J.; Bing Xiaoyun, Xiaoyun; Jansen, M.; Luijsterburg, B.

    2013-01-01

    We all use plastics on a daily basis. Plastics come in many shapes, sizes and compositions and are used in a wide variety of products. Almost all of the currently used plastic packaging are made from fossil resources, which are finite. The production of plastic packages causes environmental impacts,

  1. Self-Supporting Nanoclay as Internal Scaffold Material for Direct Printing of Soft Hydrogel Composite Structures in Air.

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    Jin, Yifei; Liu, Chengcheng; Chai, Wenxuan; Compaan, Ashley; Huang, Yong

    2017-05-24

    Three dimensional (3D) bioprinting technology enables the freeform fabrication of complex constructs from various hydrogels and is receiving increasing attention in tissue engineering. The objective of this study is to develop a novel self-supporting direct hydrogel printing approach to extrude complex 3D hydrogel composite structures in air without the help of a support bath. Laponite, a member of the smectite mineral family, is investigated to serve as an internal scaffold material for the direct printing of hydrogel composite structures in air. In the proposed printing approach, due to its yield-stress property, Laponite nanoclay can be easily extruded through a nozzle as a liquid and self-supported after extrusion as a solid. Its unique crystal structure with positive and negative charges enables it to be mixed with many chemically and physically cross-linked hydrogels, which makes it an ideal internal scaffold material for the fabrication of various hydrogel structures. By mixing Laponite nanoclay with various hydrogel precursors, the hydrogel composites retain their self-supporting capacity and can be printed into 3D structures directly in air and retain their shapes before cross-linking. Then, the whole structures are solidified in situ by applying suitable cross-linking stimuli. The addition of Laponite nanoclay can effectively improve the mechanical and biological properties of hydrogel composites. Specifically, the addition of Laponite nanoclay results in a significant increase in the Young's modulus of each hydrogel-Laponite composite: 1.9-fold increase for the poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA)-Laponite composite, 7.4-fold increase for the alginate-Laponite composite, and 3.3-fold increase for the gelatin-Laponite composite.

  2. 回收塑料/稻壳粉木塑复合材料的制备及性能研究%Study on the Preparation and Properties of Recycled Plastic/Rice Husk Powder Composites

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    王春红; 任子龙; 刘胜凯; 徐贵海; 王瑞

    2015-01-01

    Recycled plastic/recycled plastic rice husk powder composites were made by extrusion and injection molding process with rice husk powder and nonmedical recycled plastic. The influence of size,content of rice husk powder and surface treatment on the mechanical properties of the composite were investigated. The morphology of the composite was observed by SEM. The results show that the mechanical properties of the recycled plastic/rice husk powder composites first increase and then decrease with increase of the size of rice husk powder,and increase with increase of the content of rice husk powder. Mechanical properties of the composites are best when the content of the rice husk powder with 425 μm is 50%. Compared with recycled plastic,tensile strength,tensile modulus,flexural strength and flexural modulus of the composites reinforced by glass fibre increased by 82.01%, 414.66%,152.62%,436.99%.%以稻壳粉和非医疗废弃物作为原料,采用挤出–注塑工艺制备回收塑料/稻壳粉木塑复合材料,研究了稻壳粉的粒径、含量以及玻璃纤维对复合材料力学性能的影响,用扫描电子显微镜对复合材料的断面进行了观察。结果表明,回收塑料/稻壳粉木塑复合材料的力学性能随稻壳粉粒径的增加先上升后下降,随稻壳粉含量的增加而提高。当稻壳粉质量分数为50%,粒径为425μm时,回收塑料/稻壳粉木塑复合材料综合力学性能最好。当用偶联剂处理稻壳粉和玻璃纤维后,相对于纯回收塑料,复合材料的拉伸强度提高了82.01%,拉伸弹性模量提高了414.66%,弯曲强度提高了152.62%,弯曲弹性模量提高了436.99%。

  3. 废旧无菌复合包装材料铝塑分离技术研究进展%Research Progress of Separation Technology of Aluminum-plastic in Aseptic Composite Packaging

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    张素风; 梅星贤; 张璐璐

    2012-01-01

    The amount of waste aluminum-plastic composite packaging, which contains a large number of high quality fibers and aluminumplastic materials increases year by year. In the present paper, separation technologies of aluminum-plastic composites in the world were reviewed. The principle and processes of various separation approaches, such as separation with solvent, electrical separation and Argon electrolysis were analyzed and compared. Finally the existing problem of efficient separation and recycling as well as future research directions of aluminum-plastic composite were discussed.%文章综述了国内外铝塑分离技术的研究进展,分析和比较了溶剂法、高压静电分离、氩气电解等技术的基本原理和工艺过程等特点;指出铝塑高效分离再利用存在的问题及铝塑分离技术的未来研究方向.

  4. The Effect of the Coupling Agent on Bamboo/Wood-Plastic Composite Properties%偶联剂对HDPE基竹塑复合材料力学性能的影响

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    陈伟博; 葛正浩; 元庆凯; 袁泥娟; 田普建

    2012-01-01

    In order to research the coupling agent varieties and contents influence on the bamboo/plastic composite, the bamboo/plastic composite was made of silane, titanate and MAPE. Results showed that the bamboo/plastic composite which made of silane, titanate and MAPE had higher tensile strength, impact strength and flexural strength. The impact strength of materials would be the highest when MAPE accounts for about 9 % content of the bamboo powder.%采用硅烷、钛酸酯和马来酸酐接枝聚乙烯制备竹塑复合材料,研究偶联剂的种类和含量对竹塑复合材料性能的影响.结果表明:采用硅烷和马来酸酐接枝聚乙烯两种偶联剂制备的复合材料,具有较高的拉伸强度、冲击强度和弯曲强度.马来酸酐接枝聚乙烯的加入量达到竹粉质量含量的9%左右时,材料的冲击强度最高.

  5. 抗菌剂与抗菌木塑复合材料的研究进展%Research Progress on Antibacterial Agent and Antibacterial Wood-Plastic Composites

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    张佳瑶; 徐肖娅; 李晓林; 刘玉涛; 姚雪霞

    2015-01-01

    从无机、有机、高分子和复合抗菌剂4个方面概述了抗菌剂的种类、抗菌机理和研究现状.综述了各种抗菌剂在木塑复合材料中的应用现状,并对抗菌剂在木塑复合材料的应用发展进行了展望,指出研究和应用高效新型复合抗菌剂可以明显改善木塑复合材料的防腐抗菌性能,是提高木塑复合材料综合性能的重要途径之一.%Inorganic, organic, polymer and compounding antibacterial agents were outlined through introduction of the type, mechanism, research status and prospects of the agents. The application status of the antimicrobial agents in wood-plastic composite was reviewed, and the development trend of antibacterial agent used in wood-plastic composites was prospected. The research and application of compounding agent can improve antibacterial property, and is an important approach of enhancing the comprehensive property of wood-plastic composites.

  6. A Finite Difference Solution of a Simply Supported Beam of Orthotropic Composite Materials Using Displacement Potential Formulation

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    S. K. Deb Nath

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Here an efficient displacement potential formulation based finite difference technique is used to solve the elastic field of a simply supported beam of orthotropic composite materials. A simply supported beam made of orthotropic composite material under uniformly distributed loading is considered and its elastic behaviors under such loading conditions are analyzed considering plane stress condition. The solutions of the problem satisfy the force equilibrium conditions as well as boundary conditions. For understanding the elastic behavior of a simply supported beam, the displacement and stress components of some important sections of the beam are shown graphically. Effects of different orthotropic composite materials on the solutions are also analyzed. Besides, at a particular section of the beam, the comparative analysis of the elastic field is carried out by using the FDM and FEM methods.

  7. In situ chemical fabrication of polyaniline/multi-walled carbon nanotubes composites as supports of Pt for methanol electrooxidation

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    GAL; Jean-Yves

    2010-01-01

    In this study,platinum(Pt)-polyaniline(PANI)/MWNTs catalysts were synthesized by two sequential reactions.First,coreshell structural PANI/MWNTs composites were fabricated by in-situ chemical oxidation polymerization,in which MWNTs act as the core and PANI as the shell.Then,Pt particles were deposited on the PANI/MWNTs composites by a chemical reduction method.The morphology and constitution of the products were characterized by FT IR,scanning electron microscopy,transmission electron microscopy and XRD.It was observed that the Pt particles were smaller in size and more uniformly distributed on these composite supports than those on the reference,pure MWNT supports.XRD results showed higher Pt(111) content in the catalyst deposited on PANI/MWNTs supports than that on MWNTs.The cyclic voltammeter(CV) tests demonstrated that the electrode modified by Pt-PANI/MWNTs ternary composite catalyst showed a higher catalytic stability than Pt-MWNT binary catalyst did,due to the synergic interaction between Pt and the composite support.

  8. Thermal Conductivity of Thermally-Isolating Polymeric and Composite Structural Support Materials Between 0.3 and 4 K

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    Runyan, M C

    2008-01-01

    We present measurements of the low-temperature thermal conductivity of a number of polymeric and composite materials from 0.3 to 4 K. The materials measured are Vespel SP-1, Vespel SP-22, unfilled PEEK, 30% carbon fiber-filled PEEK, 30% glass-filled PEEK, carbon fiber Graphlite composite rod, Torlon 4301, G-10/FR-4 fiberglass, pultruded fiberglass composite, Macor ceramic, and graphite rod. These materials have moderate to high elastic moduli making them useful for thermally-isolating structural supports.

  9. Phenotypic Plasticity and Species Coexistence.

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    Turcotte, Martin M; Levine, Jonathan M

    2016-10-01

    Ecologists are increasingly interested in predicting how intraspecific variation and changing trait values impact species interactions and community composition. For many traits, much of this variation is caused by phenotypic plasticity, and thus the impact of plasticity on species coexistence deserves robust quantification. Partly due to a lack of sound theoretical expectations, empirical studies make contradictory claims regarding plasticity effects on coexistence. Our critical review of this literature, framed in modern coexistence theory, reveals that plasticity affects species interactions in ways that could impact stabilizing niche differences and competitive asymmetries. However, almost no study integrates these measures to quantify the net effect of plasticity on species coexistence. To address this challenge, we outline novel empirical approaches grounded in modern theory.

  10. Nutrient composition and respiration characteristics of silkworms in the Bioregenerative Life Support System

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    Tong, Ling; Yu, Xiaohui; Liu, Hong

    As the appropriate space animal candidate, silkworm(Bombyx Mori L.) can supply animal food for taikonauts and consume inedible parts of plants in Bioregenerative Life Support Sys-tem(BLSS). Due to the features of BLSS, the silkworm breeding method in the system differ-ent from the conventional one is feeding the silkworm in the first three developing stages with mulberry leaves and with lettuce leaves in the latter two developing stages. Therefore, it is nec-essary to investigate the biochemical components and respiration characteristics of silkworms raised with this method to supply data bases for the inclusion of silkworms in the system to conduct system experiments. The nutrient compositions of silkworm powder (SP) which are the grinded and freeze-dried silkworm on the 3rd day in the fifth developing stage containing protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids were determined with international standard analyzing methods in this study. The results showed that SP was rich in protein and amino acids. There were twelve kinds of essential vitamins, nine kinds of minerals and twelve kinds of fatty acids in SP. In contrast, SP had much better nutrient components than snail, fish, chicken, beef and pork as animal food for crew members. Moreover, 359 kCal can be generated per 100g of SP (dry weight). The respirations of silkworm during its whole growing process under two main physiological statuses which were eating and non-eating leaves were studied. According to the results measured by the animal respiration measuring system, there were much difference among the respirations of silkworms under the two main physiological statuses. The amounts of O2 inhaled and CO2 exhaled by the silkworms when they were eating leaves were more than those under the non-eating status. Even under the same status, the respiration characteristics of silkworms in five different developing stages were also different from one an-other. The respiratory quotients of silkworms under two

  11. 农业废弃物纤维/废旧塑料制备复合板材的研制%Development of agricultural waste fiber/waste plastic composite sheet

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    闫晗

    2011-01-01

    Agricultural waste fiber/waste plastic composite sheet was prepared by use of pretreatment of wood flour, rice bran and straw with recycle plastic (mainly HDPE). The affects of different processing methods on mechanical properties of composite sheet were investigated. The results showed that mechanical peeling treatment of agricultural waste can improve the mechanical properties of composite sheet; wood flour improves the tensile properties of the composite sheet,and the contribution effect of straw on the impact strength of composite sheet is obvious.%利用木粉、稻糠、秸秆等农业废弃物天然纤维与废旧塑料(主体为HDPE)制备复合板材,研究了不同机械处理方法对复合板材力学性能的影响.结果表明,机械剥离处理的农业废弃物能有效提高复合板材的力学性能;木粉对复合板材拉伸性能的提高作用明显,而秸秆对复合板材的冲击强度贡献明显.

  12. Enhancing Structural Stability and Pervaporation Performance of Composite Membranes by Coating Gelatin onto Hydrophilically Modified Support Layer

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    吴洪; 芦霞; 李宪实; 李奕帆; 赵翠红; 姜忠义

    2014-01-01

    The interfacial compatibility of composite membrane is an important factor to its structural stability and separation performance. In this study, poly (ether sulfone) (PES) support layer was first hydrophilically modified with poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) via surface segregation during the phase inversion process. Gelatin (GE) was then cast on the PVA-modified PES support layer as the active layer followed by crosslinking to fabricate composite membranes for ethanol dehydration. The enrichment of PVA on the surface of support layer improved interfacial compatibility of the as-prepared GE/PVA-PES composite membrane. The water contact angle measurement and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data confirmed the surface segregation of PVA with a surface coverage density of~80%. T-peel test showed that the maximal force to separate the support layer and the active layer was enhanced by 3 times compared with the GE/PES membrane. The effects of PVA content in the support layer, crosslinking of GE active layer and operating parameters on the pervaporative dehydration performance were in-vestigated. The operational stability of the composite membrane was tested by immersing the membrane in ethanol aqueous solution for a period of time. Stable pervaporation performance for dehydration of 90%ethanol solution was obtained for GE/PVA-PES membrane with a separation factor of~60 and a permeation flux of~1910 g·m-2·h-1 without peeling over 28 days immersion.

  13. Plastic condoms.

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    1968-01-01

    Only simple equipment, simple technology and low initial capital investment are needed in their manufacture. The condoms can be made by people who were previously unskilled or only semi-skilled workers. Plastic condoms differ from those made of latex rubber in that the nature of the plastic film allows unlimited shelf-life. Also, the plastic has a higher degree of lubricity than latex rubber; if there is a demand for extra lubrication in a particular market, this can be provided. Because the plastic is inert, these condoms need not be packaged in hermetically sealed containers. All these attributes make it possible to put these condoms on the distributors' shelves in developing countries competitively with rubber condoms. The shape of the plastic condom is based on that of the lamb caecum, which has long been used as luxury-type condom. The plastic condom is made from plastic film (ethylene ethyl acrilate) of 0.001 inch (0.0254 mm.) thickness. In addition, a rubber ring is provided and sealed into the base of the condom for retention during coitus. The advantage of the plastic condom design and the equipment on which it is made is that production can be carried out either in labour-intensive economy or with varying degrees of mechanization and automation. The uniform, finished condom if made using previously untrained workers. Training of workers can be done in a matter of hours on the two machines which are needed to produce and test the condoms. The plastic film is provided on a double wound roll, and condom blanks are prepared by means of a heat-sealing die on the stamping machine. The rubber rings are united to the condom blanks on an assembly machine, which consists of a mandrel and heat-sealing equipment to seal the rubber ring to the base of the condom. Built into the assembly machine is a simple air-testing apparatus that can detect the smallest pinhole flaw in a condom. The manufacturing process is completed by unravelling the condom from the assembly

  14. LA-ICP/MS Analysis of Plastics as a Method to Support Polymer Assay in the Assessment of Materials for Low Background Detectors

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    Grate, Jay W.; Bliss, Mary; Farmer, Orville T.; Thomas, Linda MP; Liezers, Martin

    2016-03-12

    Ultra low-background radiation measurements are essential to several large-scale physics investigations, such as those involving neutrinoless double-beta decay, dark matter detection (such as SuperCDMS), and solar neutrino detection. There is a need for electrically and thermally insulating dielectric materials with extremely low-background radioactivity for detector construction. This need is best met with plastics. Most currently available structural plastics have milliBecquerel-per-kilogram total intrinsic radioactivity. Modern low-level detection systems require a large variety of plastics with low microBecquerel-per-kilogram levels. However, the assay of polymer materials for extremely low levels of radioactive elements, uranium and thorium in particular, presents new challenges. It is only recently that any certified reference materials (CRMs) for toxic metals such as lead or cadmium in plastics have become available. However, there are no CRMs for uranium or thorium in thermoplastics. This paper discusses our assessment of the use of laser ablation (LA) for sampling and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) for analysis of polyethylene (PE) samples, with an emphasis on uranium determination. Using a CRM for lead in PE, we examine LA and ICP-MS parameters that determine whether the total atom efficiencies for uranium and lead are similar, and explore methods to use the lead content in a plastic as part of the process of estimating or determining the uranium content by LA-ICP-MS.

  15. Plastic Bronchitis.

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    Rubin, Bruce K

    2016-09-01

    Plastic bronchitis is an uncommon and probably underrecognized disorder, diagnosed by the expectoration or bronchoscopic removal of firm, cohesive, branching casts. It should not be confused with purulent mucous plugging of the airway as seen in patients with cystic fibrosis or bronchiectasis. Few medications have been shown to be effective and some are now recognized as potentially harmful. Current research directions in plastic bronchitis research include understanding the genetics of lymphatic development and maldevelopment, determining how abnormal lymphatic malformations contribute to cast formation, and developing new treatments. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Research on Properties of Rigid Polyurethane Foam Plastics Modiifed by Composite Flame Retardant%复合阻燃剂阻燃硬质聚氨酯泡沫塑料的性能研究

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    张忠厚; 王银涛; 杨光; 冯丽; 闫春绵

    2014-01-01

    Rigid polyurethane(PUR-R) foam plastics modified by composite flame retardant were prepared. Effects of composite flame retardant dimethyl methylphosphonate(DMMP),trichloropropylphosphate(TCPP),expandable graphite(EG) and aluminum hydroxide(ATH) on the properties of PUR-R foam plastics modified by composite flame retardant were studied. The optimum proportion of the composite flame retardant was determined with orthogonal experiment. The limited oxygen index(LOI), the smoke density rating and the compressive strength were obtained by LOI instrument,smoke density determinator and material testing machine. The results show that when the mass ratio of DMMP,TCPP,EG,ATH are 2∶2∶3∶3,12 phr composite flame retardant is added to 25 phr polyether polyols,the LOI,the smoke density rating and the compressive strength of PUR-R foam plastics modified by composite flame retardant are 26.3%,77.63 and 0.18 MPa respectively,PUR-R foam plastics modified by composite flame retardant have better comprehensive properties .%制备了复合阻燃剂阻燃硬质聚氨酯(PUR-R)泡沫塑料,研究了复合阻燃剂甲基膦酸二甲酯(DMMP)、三(2-氯异丙基)磷酸酯(TCPP)、可膨胀型石墨(EG)和氢氧化铝(ATH)对PUR-R泡沫塑料阻燃性能的影响,采用正交试验确定了复合阻燃剂的最佳配比。用极限氧指数(LOI)测定仪、烟密度测定仪和万能试验机测定了阻燃PUR-R泡沫塑料的LOI、烟密度等级和压缩强度,结果表明,当DMMP,TCPP,EG,ATH的质量比为2∶2∶3∶3时,在25份聚醚多元醇中添加12份复合阻燃剂,制备的阻燃PUR-R泡沫塑料的LOI达26.3%,烟密度等级为77.63,压缩强度为0.18 MPa,阻燃PUR-R泡沫塑料具有良好的综合性能。

  17. Dynamic stability of simply supported composite cylindrical shells under partial axial loading

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    Dey, Tanish; Ramachandra, L. S.

    2015-09-01

    The parametric vibration of a simply supported composite circular cylindrical shell under periodic partial edge loadings is discussed in this article. Donnell's nonlinear shallow shell theory considering first order shear deformation theory is used to model the shell. The applied partial edge loading is represented in terms of a Fourier series and stress distributions within the cylindrical shell are determined by prebuckling analysis. The governing equations of the dynamic instability of shells are derived in terms of displacements (u-v-w) and rotations (φx, φθ). Employing the Galerkin and Bolotin methods the dynamic instability regions are computed. Using the expression for the stress function derived in this paper, the pre-buckling stresses in the cylindrical shell due to partial loading can be calculated explicitly. Numerical results are presented to show the influence of radius-to-thickness ratio, different partial edge loading distributions and shear deformation on the dynamic instability regions. The linear and nonlinear responses in the stable and unstable regions are presented to bring out the characteristic features of the dynamic instability regions, such as the existence of beats, its dependence on forcing frequency and effect of nonlinearity on the response. The effect of dynamic load amplitude on the nonlinear response is also studied. It is found that for higher values of dynamic loading, the shell exhibits chaotic behavior.

  18. [Preparation and applications of a supported liquid-liquid extraction column with a composite diatomite material].

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    Bao, Jianmin; Ma, Zhishuang; Sun, Ying; Wang, Yongzun; Li, Youxin

    2012-08-01

    A rapid and special supported liquid-liquid extraction (SLE) column was developed with a composite diatomite material. The SLE column was evaluated by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with acidic, neutral and alkaline compounds dissolved in water. Furthermore, some real complex samples were also analyzed by HPLC with the SLE method. The recoveries of benzoic acid (acidic), p-nitroaniline (alkaline) and 4-hydroxy-benzoic methyl ester (neutral) treated by the SLE column were 90.6%, 98.1% and 97.7%. However, the recoveries of the three compounds treated by traditional liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) method were 71.9%, 81.9% and 83.9%. The results showed that the SLE technique had higher recoveries than the traditional LLE method. The spiked recoveries of the complex samples, such as benzoic acid in Sprite and dexamethasone acetate, chlorphenamine maleate, indomethacin in bovine serum, were between 80% and 110% and the relative standard deviations (RSDs) were less than 15%. For biological specimen, the results could be accepted. Meantime, many disadvantages associated with traditional LLE method, such as emulsion formation, didn't occur using SLE column. The SLE column technique is a good sample preparation method with many advantages, such as rapid, simple, robust, easily automated, high recovery and high-throughput, which would be widely used in the future.

  19. Nondestructive Methods and Special Test Instrumentation Supporting NASA Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel Assessments

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    Saulsberry, Regor; Greene, Nathanael; Cameron, Ken; Madaras, Eric; Grimes-Ledesma, Lorie; Thesken, John; Phoenix, Leigh; Murthy, Pappu; Revilock, Duane

    2007-01-01

    Many aging composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs), being used by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are currently under evaluation to better quantify their reliability and clarify their likelihood of failure due to stress rupture and age-dependent issues. As a result, some test and analysis programs have been successfully accomplished and other related programs are still in progress at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) and other NASA centers, with assistance from the commercial sector. To support this effort, a group of Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) experts was assembled to provide NDE competence for pretest evaluation of test articles and for application of NDE technology to real-time testing. Techniques were required to provide assurance that the test article had adequate structural integrity and manufacturing consistency to be considered acceptable for testing and these techniques were successfully applied. Destructive testing is also being accomplished to better understand the physical and chemical property changes associated with progression toward "stress rupture" (SR) failure, and it is being associated with NDE response, so it can potentially be used to help with life prediction. Destructive work also includes the evaluation of residual stresses during dissection of the overwrap, laboratory evaluation of specimens extracted from the overwrap to evaluate physical property changes, and quantitative microscopy to inform the theoretical micromechanics.

  20. [Nutritional support groups at a hospital setting. Size, composition, relationships and actions].

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    Santana Porbén, S; Barreto Penié, J

    2007-01-01

    The hospital Nutricional Support Group (NSG) represents the ultimate step in the evolution of the forms of provision of nutritional and feeding care to hospitalized patients. The NSG outdoes other preceeding forms for its harmony and cohesion among its members, the multi-, inter- and transdisciplinarity, the dedication to the activity on a full time basis, and the capability to self-finance by means of the savings derived from the implementation of a nutritional policy consistent with the Good Practices of Feeding and Nutrition. It is to be expected that the inception and operation of a NSG in a hospital environment allows the realization of the benefits embedded into the Metabolic, Nutritional and Feeding Intervention Programs. Guidelines and recommendations for the definition of the size and composition of an hospital NSG are presented in this article, along with the responsabilities, functions and tasks to be assumed by its members, and a timetable for its implementation, always from the experiencies of the authors after conducting a NSG in a tertiary-care hospital in Havana (Cuba).

  1. Investigation on C-TiO2 nanotubes composite as Pt catalyst support for methanol electrooxidation

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    Sui, Xu-Lei; Wang, Zhen-Bo; Yang, Min; Huo, Li; Gu, Da-Ming; Yin, Ge-Ping

    2014-06-01

    In this paper, Pt nanoparticles have been successfully deposited on the mixture of carbon black and one-dimensional self-ordered TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) array by a microwave-assisted polyol process to synthesize Pt/C-TNTs catalyst. TiO2 nanoparticles (TNPs) are used instead of TNTs to prepare catalyst as a reference. The obtained samples are characterized by physical characterization and electrochemical measurements. The results show that Pt nanoparticles are uniformly deposited on the three-phase interfaces between carbon and TNTs. The Pt/C-TNTs possesses substantially enhanced activity and stability in electrochemical performance. Such remarkable properties are due to the excellent composite carrier of C-TNTs: (1) TNTs has strong corrosion resistance in acidic and oxidative environment and a metal support interaction between Pt and TNTs; (2) Compared to TNPs, TNTs is more suitable for electro-catalytic field on account of its better electronic conductivity; (3) Compared to TNPs, TNTs can improve the anti-poisoning ability of catalyst for methanol oxidation. (4) Amorphous carbon can improve the dispersion of platinum particles; (5) The distribution of carbon improves the poor conductivity of TNTs. These studies indicate that Pt/C-TNTs compound is a promising catalyst for methanol electrooxidation.

  2. Biochar supported nanoscale zerovalent iron composite used as persulfate activator for removing trichloroethylene.

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    Yan, Jingchun; Han, Lu; Gao, Weiguo; Xue, Song; Chen, Mengfang

    2015-01-01

    Biochar (BC) supported nanoscale zerovalent iron (nZVI) composite was synthesized and used as an activator for persulfate to enhance the trichloroethylene (TCE) removal in aqueous solutions. The degradation efficiency of TCE (0.15mmolL(-1)) was 99.4% in the presence of nZVI/BC (4.5mmolL(-1), nZVI to BC mass ratio was 1:5) and persulfate (4.5mmolL(-1)) within 5min, which was significantly higher than that (56.6%) in nZVI-persulfate system under the same conditions. Owing to large specific surface area and oxygen-containing functional groups of BC, nZVI/BC enhanced the SO4(-) generation and accelerated TCE degradation. On the basis of the characterization and analysis data, possible activation mechanisms of the Fe(2+)/Fe(3+) (Fe(II)/Fe(III)) redox action and the electron-transfer mediator of the BC oxygen functional groups promoting the generation of SO4(-) in nZVI/BC-persulfate system were clarified.

  3. Prediction of endoplasmic reticulum resident proteins using fragmented amino acid composition and support vector machine

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    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Background The endoplasmic reticulum plays an important role in many cellular processes, which includes protein synthesis, folding and post-translational processing of newly synthesized proteins. It is also the site for quality control of misfolded proteins and entry point of extracellular proteins to the secretory pathway. Hence at any given point of time, endoplasmic reticulum contains two different cohorts of proteins, (i proteins involved in endoplasmic reticulum-specific function, which reside in the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum, called as endoplasmic reticulum resident proteins and (ii proteins which are in process of moving to the extracellular space. Thus, endoplasmic reticulum resident proteins must somehow be distinguished from newly synthesized secretory proteins, which pass through the endoplasmic reticulum on their way out of the cell. Approximately only 50% of the proteins used in this study as training data had endoplasmic reticulum retention signal, which shows that these signals are not essentially present in all endoplasmic reticulum resident proteins. This also strongly indicates the role of additional factors in retention of endoplasmic reticulum-specific proteins inside the endoplasmic reticulum. Methods This is a support vector machine based method, where we had used different forms of protein features as inputs for support vector machine to develop the prediction models. During training leave-one-out approach of cross-validation was used. Maximum performance was obtained with a combination of amino acid compositions of different part of proteins. Results In this study, we have reported a novel support vector machine based method for predicting endoplasmic reticulum resident proteins, named as ERPred. During training we achieved a maximum accuracy of 81.42% with leave-one-out approach of cross-validation. When evaluated on independent dataset, ERPred did prediction with sensitivity of 72.31% and specificity of 83

  4. Mixed plastics recycling technology

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    Hegberg, Bruce

    1995-01-01

    Presents an overview of mixed plastics recycling technology. In addition, it characterizes mixed plastics wastes and describes collection methods, costs, and markets for reprocessed plastics products.

  5. Degradation of simazine from aqueous solutions by diatomite-supported nanosized zero-valent iron composite materials.

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    Sun, Zhiming; Zheng, Shuilin; Ayoko, Godwin A; Frost, Ray L; Xi, Yunfei

    2013-12-15

    A novel composite material based on deposition of nanosized zero-valent iron (nZVI) particles on acid-leached diatomite was synthesised for the removal of a chlorinated contaminant in water. The nZVI/diatomite composites were characterised by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, elemental analysis, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Compared with the pure nZVI particles, better dispersion of nZVI particles on the surface or inside the pores of diatom shells was observed. The herbicide simazine was selected as the model chlorinated contaminant and the removal efficiency by nZVI/diatomite composite was compared with that of the pristine nZVI and commercial iron powder. It was found that the diatomite supported nZVI composite material prepared by centrifugation exhibits relatively better efficient activity in decomposition of simazine than commercial Fe, lab synthesised nZVI and composite material prepared via rotary evaporation, and the optimum experimental conditions were obtained based on a series of batch experiments. This study on immobilising nZVI particles onto diatomite opens a new avenue for the practical application of nZVI and the diatomite-supported nanosized zero-valent iron composite materials have potential applications in environmental remediation. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Preparation and characterization of fly ash cenospheres supported CuO–BiVO{sub 4} heterojunction composite

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    Zhang, Jin [State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, and School of the Environment, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023 (China); School of Biochemical and Environmental Engineering, Nanjing Xiaozhuang University, Nanjing 211171 (China); Cui, Hao; Wang, Bing; Li, Chuang; Zhai, Jianping [State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, and School of the Environment, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023 (China); Li, Qin, E-mail: qli@nju.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, and School of the Environment, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023 (China)

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Novel CuO–BiVO{sub 4}/FACs heterojunction composites have been synthesized. • CuO–BiVO{sub 4} are loaded on the surface of lightweight hollow microspheres. • The CuO–BiVO{sub 4}/FACs exhibit enhanced absorption in the visible light region. • The CuO–BiVO{sub 4}/FACs show efficient photocatalytic activities. • The composites are floatable and can be recovered easily. - Abstract: Novel fly ash cenospheres supported CuO–BiVO{sub 4} heterojunction composites (CuO–BiVO{sub 4}/FACs) were prepared by modified metalorganic decomposition and impregnation methods. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS), and UV–vis diffused reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) techniques. The XPS and SEM analyses indicated that Cu was present as CuO dispersed on the surface of BiVO{sub 4}. The DRS spectra revealed that the composites had improved optical adsorption in the visible light region, and the composites exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity for methylene blue (MB) degradation under visible light irradiation. It was found that the 5 wt% CuO-loaded composite showed the highest photocatalytic activity for MB dye wastewater treatment. FACs, a by-product generated in coal-firing power plants, were used as a low cost support which favored phase separation after the reaction owing to their low density.

  7. Plastic fish

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    Antonella Del Rosso

    2015-01-01

    In terms of weight, the plastic pollution in the world’s oceans is estimated to be around 300,000 tonnes. This plastic comes from both land-based and ocean-based sources. A lecture at CERN by chemist Wolfgang Trettnak addressed this issue and highlighted the role of art in raising people’s awareness.   Artwork by Wolfgang Trettnak. Packaging materials, consumer goods (shoes, kids’ toys, etc.), leftovers from fishing and aquaculture activities… our oceans and beaches are full of plastic litter. Most of the debris from beaches is plastic bottles. “PET bottles have high durability and stability,” explains Wolfgang Trettnak, a chemist by education and artist from Austria, who gave a lecture on this topic organised by the Staff Association at CERN on 26 May. “PET degrades very slowly and the estimated lifetime of a bottle is 450 years.” In addition to the beach litter accumulated from human use, rivers bring several ki...

  8. Plastic zonnecellen

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    Roggen, Marjolein

    1998-01-01

    De zonnecel van de toekomst is in de maak. Onderzoekers van uiteenlopend pluimage werken eendrachtig aan een plastic zonnecel. De basis is technisch gelegd met een optimale, door invallend licht veroorzaakte, vorming van ladingdragers binnen een composiet van polymeren en buckyballs. Nu is het zaak

  9. Response to temperature and light and thermal property of reversibly thermochromic bamboo/plastic composite%可逆热致变色竹塑复合材料的温度与光响应及热学性能

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    吴秋宁; 宋剑斌; 余方兵; 陈丽红; 杨文斌※

    2013-01-01

    composites and ordinary bamboo/plastic composites were nearly equal. The reflectance of test specimen was different. Titanium dioxide added to the reversibly thermochromic BPC enhanced the surface reflectance of composite materials, the color was one of the important factors which would influence the reflectance of composite materials. The research results in this paper will provide data support for the practical application of the reversibly thermochromic BPC.

  10. Cyclophosphazene based conductive polymer-carbon nanotube composite as novel supporting material for methanol fuel cell applications.

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    Prasanna, Dakshinamoorthy; Selvaraj, Vaithilingam

    2016-06-15

    This present study reports the development of novel catalyst support of amine terminated cyclophosphazene/cyclophosphazene/hexafluoroisopropylidenedianiline-carbon nanotube (ATCP/CP/HFPA-CNT) composite. The ATCP/CP/HFPA-CNT composite has been used as a catalyst support for platinum (Pt) and platinum-gold (Pt-Au) nanoparticles towards electrooxidation of methanol in alkaline medium. The obtained anode materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope and energy dispersive X-ray analysis. Electrocatalytic performances of Pt/ATCP/CP/HFPA-CNT and Pt-Au/ATCP/CP/HFPA-CNT catalysts were investigated by cyclic voltammetry, CO stripping and chronoamperometric techniques. The electrooxidation of methanol and CO stripping results conclude that the metal nanocatalyst embedded with ATCP/CP/HFPA-CNT composite shows significantly higher anodic oxidation current, more CO tolerance and lower onset potential when compared to that of the Pt/CNT and Pt/C (Vulcan carbon) catalysts.

  11. On Corrosion Resistance Capability of Wood-plastic Composites%基于TMS320DM355的无线视频监控设计与实现

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    赖有水

    2012-01-01

    针对无线多点高清视频监控的需要,提出了一种基于TITMS320DM355DSP芯片的无线高清摄像头的设计与实现,重点介绍了它的组网设计架构和软硬件实现流程图。该摄像头采用无线方式传输视频数据,监控摄像头移动灵活易于部署,而且功耗较小。%In this paper, using high density polyethylene and wood fiber as the main raw materials, produces 4 types of wood-plastic composites with different contents of wood flour through hot molding process. The effect of wood fiber content on the corrosion resistance of wood-plastic composites was studied by testing mass loss rate, the bending strength and surface morphology before and after corrosion. The results of the research indicates that WPC would be corrupted in the condition of Gloeophyllum trabeum; the higher content of wood fiber, the more severely corrupted of WPC; Gloeophyllum trabeum could easily corrupt the wood fiber from WPC, but not plastic.

  12. Constructing magnetic polyaniline/metal hybrid nanostructures using polyaniline/Fe 3O 4 composite hollow spheres as supports

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    Kong, Lirong; Lu, Xiaofeng; Jin, E.; Jiang, Shan; Bian, Xiujie; Zhang, Wanjin; Wang, Ce

    2009-08-01

    Polyaniline (PANI)/Fe 3O 4 composite hollow spheres have been successfully synthesized in one step using sulfonated polystyrene (PS) spheres as templates. The magnetic PANI hollow spheres were used as supports for noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) such as Au and Pd. The morphology, composition and magnetic properties of the resulting products were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma (ICP) atomic spectra and vibrating sample magnetometer. The catalytic activity of magnetic PANI/Au composite shells on the oxidation of dopamine was investigated by cyclic voltammetry. The obtained results provide our product with a practical application for the detection of dopamine. On the other hand, the catalytic activity of magnetic PANI/Pd composite shells on the reduction of 4-nitroaniline was investigated by spectroscopic methods and compared with Pd/C catalyst which was already widely used in industrial production.

  13. Mechanical Properties of Supports and Half‐Cells for Solid Oxide Electrolysis Influenced by Alumina‐Zirconia Composites

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    Charlas, Benoit; Ni, De Wei; Frandsen, Henrik Lund;

    2016-01-01

    In order to improve the durability and robustness of solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC) and stacks, it is necessary to improve the strength of its components. In cathode supported SOEC, the main structural component is the Ni(O)- YSZ support. But the strength of the half-cell or cell is also...... determined by the strength of other weaker components and by the residual stress state induced by the thermal expansion mismatch. In this study, the mechanical properties of Ni(O)-3YSZ supports with a reference composition and with substitution of 3YSZ by 20A3YSZ (3YSZ with 20 wt.% Al2O3) have been tested...

  14. ZSM-5 nanowires assembly supported on medium surface area foam beta-SiC composite with nanoscopic surface properties.

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    Vanhaecke, Estelle; Ivanova, Svetlana; Louis, Benoît; Pham, Charlotte; Pham-Huu, Cuong

    2009-06-01

    The present study reports the synthesis of supported zeolite with nanoscopic size on the SiC-based composite combining nanoscopic properties, i.e., SiC nanofibers, and macroscopic shaping, i.e., SiC foam with centimeters size. The SiC nanofibers have been obtained by the transformation of the carbon nanofibers by carburization in the presence of SiO vapour and then the zeolite was deposited on the SiC foam support. The different nature of the support results in different morphologies on zeolite crystal.

  15. Design, Fabrication, and Testing of a Composite Rack Prototype in Support of the Deep Space Habitat Program

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    Smith, Russ; Hagen, Richard

    2015-01-01

    In support of the Deep Space Habitat project a number of composite rack prototypes were developed, designed, fabricated and tested to various extents ( with the International Standard Payload Rack configuration, or crew quarters, as a baseline). This paper focuses specifically on a composite rack prototype with a direct tie in to Space Station hardware. The outlined prototype is an all composite construction, excluding metallic fasteners, washers, and their associated inserts. The rack utilizes braided carbon composite tubing for the frame with the sidewalls, backwall and flooring sections utilizing aircraft grade composite honeycomb sandwich panels. Novel additively manufactured thermoplastic joints and tube inserts were also developed in support of this effort. Joint and tube insert screening tests were conducted at a preliminary level. The screening tests allowed for modification, and enhancement, of the fabrication and design approaches, which will be outlined. The initial joint tests did not include mechanical fasteners. Adhesives were utilized at the joint to composite tube interfaces, along with mechanical fasteners during final fabrication (thus creating a stronger joint than the adhesive only variant). In general the prototype was focused on a potential in-space assembly approach, or kit-of-parts construction concept, which would not necessarily require the inclusion of an adhesive in the joint regions. However, given the tie in to legacy Station hardware (and potential flight loads with imbedded hardware mass loadings), the rack was built as stiff and strong as possible. Preliminary torque down tests were also conducted to determine the feasibility of mounting the composite honeycomb panels to the composite tubing sections via the additively manufactured tube inserts. Additional fastener torque down tests were also conducted with inserts (helicoils) imbedded within the joints. Lessons learned are also included and discussed.

  16. A Trusted Composition Evaluation Model to Support Web Services Coordination in Multi Domains

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    Li Qilong

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available With the widespread development of web services application in multi-domains, more and more researchers have focused on the quality of web services composition. However, the research on the evaluation method for web services composition is still little nowadays. Therefore, a QoS-driven Trusted Composition Evaluation Model (TCEM is proposed in this study, it can judge the business stream effectively and comprehensively by choosing an appropriate and trusted evaluation method for the generated services composition chains. Furthermore, on the basis of Case-Based Reasoning (CBR and the retrieval mechanism oriented to web services coordination, the TCEM-based execution engine and algorithm is implemented to evaluate the quality of service composition. The proposed algorithm has the satisfied result compared with the traditional method, and it shows more efficient and trustworthy where web services composition is widely used in multi domains.

  17. EVAC对PE基木塑微发泡复合材料性能影响的研究%INFLUENCE OF EVAC ON PROPERTIES OF PE BASED WOOD PLASTIC MICRO-FOAMED COMPOSITE

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    蔡建臣; 薛平; 祁宗; 丁筠; 金晓明

    2011-01-01

    PE based wood plastic micro-foamed composite was prepared with EVAC as modifier by a conical twin screw extruder. The effect of different EVAC content on the mechanical properties were studied, combined wtth SEM observation of cross-section morphology of composite materials. The results showed that the tensile strength, bending strength and impact strength of the PE based wood plastic micro-foamed composite increased with the increase of EVAC content. EVAC can improve the interfacial compatibilization between the wood flour and polymer, the optimum dosage of EVAC was 12.5% of wood flour content. In addition, this paper discussed the role of EVAC in the micro-foamed process of PE based wood plastic composite.%使用乙烯-乙酸乙烯酯塑料(EVAC)作为改性剂,通过锥形双螺杆成型机制备了聚乙烯(PE)基木塑微发泡复合材料.研究了EVAC用量对复合材料力学性能的影响,并且运用扫描电子显微镜观察了复合材料断面的微观形貌.结果表明,PE基木塑微发泡复合材料的拉伸强度、弯曲强度、冲击强度均随FVAC用量的增加而增大,EVAC可以提高PE/木粉界面之间的相容性,其最佳用量为木粉含量的12.5%.探讨了EVAC在PE基木塑微发泡复合材料微发泡过程中所起的作用.

  18. Plastic Surgery Statistics

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    ... PSN PSEN GRAFT Contact Us News Plastic Surgery Statistics Plastic surgery procedural statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Statistics by Year Print 2016 Plastic Surgery Statistics 2015 ...

  19. ACES Model Composition and Development Toolkit to Support NGATS Concepts Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Building on recent advances in formal agent specification, protocol composition, model composers, and visualization capabilities provided by development environments...

  20. Application of Plastic-wood Composite Technology in Domestic Waste Resource%塑木再生技术在生活垃圾资源化中的应用

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    韦彩嫩; 牛红义

    2011-01-01

    探讨塑木再生技术在生活垃圾中废塑料、纸类、木质类成分资源化应用的可行性,分析其应用中的关键技术,并对广州市应用塑木再生技术回收处理生活垃圾中废塑料、纸类及木质类成分提出建议与对策.%Application feasibility and its key technologies for using plastic --wood composite technology to recycle waste plastic, paper and wood in domestic waste were analyzed. Suggestions and countermeasures of the application of the technology in Guangzhou were put forward.

  1. Trends in China’s Wood Plastic Composite Market%我国木塑复合材料产品市场发展动向

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    李靖

    2014-01-01

    木塑复合材料的出现可追溯到20世纪早期,用木粉和酚醛树脂复合而成。20世纪中叶以来,木塑复合材料行业进行了大量工作,技术快速发展,许多工厂开始生产木塑复合材料。2010年全球木塑复合材料的总产量达到150万t,目前总产量超过200万t,业已形成中国、北美和欧洲三足鼎立的局面。我国的木塑复合材料产业充满朝气,在激烈的市场竞争中虽然能发挥其特有的优势,但是也受到其劣势的束缚。因此,针对我国木塑复合材料产业发展过程中的优势及劣势,本文从市场发展的角度,提出了发展建议以及未来市场发展动向。%Emergence of wood plastic composite (WPC) materials, initial y produced with wood powders and phenolic resin, can be traced back to the early 20th Century. Since the middle of the 20th Century, the WPC industry has evolved rapidly and many plants started to produce WPC. The global total output of WPC materials reached 1.5 mil ion ton in 2010, the total output to date is more than 2 mil ion ton. There are currently three major players in this industry global y, i.e.:North America, Europe, and China. Chinese wood in dustryisyoung and ful of energy.Although China can leverage its unique advantages in the fierce market competition,itcomeswith certain limits. Therefore, this article put forward reasonable suggestions and predicted future trends of China’s WPC market based on Chinese WPC market’s unique characteristics.

  2. PVC/PE基木塑复合材料性能研究%Study on the Property of PVC/PE Wood-plastics Composites

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    王宝云; 陈伟; 杨柳; 宋艳江

    2011-01-01

    Using CPE ( chlorinated polyethylene), MAPE ( polyethylene-g-maleic anhydride), and ACR (polyacrylate) as the modifiers, PVC( polyvinyl chloride)/PE(polyethylene) blends and its wood-plastic composites(WPC) were prepared by an open mixing mill, and the sample laminates were prepared by a hot press molding machine. The effect of modifiers and wood-flour on the mechanical property, processing characteristics and dynamic thermal mechanical properties of the PVC/PE and its WPC materials were investigated. The result showed: CPE can improve the mechanical properties of PVC/PE blends dramatically, but the processing properties and storage modulus were decreased. In the same way, MAPE can improve the mechanical properties of PVC/PE WPCS obviously. ACR can improve the processing properties and storage modulus of PVC/PE blends and its' WPCS. On the contrary, wood-flour made the processing properties of WPC decreased evidently, but the storage modulus was improved and loss factor was decreased.%以氯化聚乙烯(CPE)、马来酸酐接枝聚乙烯(MAPE)、聚丙烯酸酯(ACR)为改性剂,采用二辊开炼机制备PVC/PE共混体系及其木塑复合材料(WPC),并采用热压成型的方法制备材料试样.考察了改性剂和木粉对PVC/PE及其WPC力学性能、加工性能及动态热机械性能的影响.结果显示:CPE能够显著提高PVC/PE共混体系的机械性能,使材料加工性能下降,储能模量降低;MAPE则能使PVC木塑复合材料力学性能大幅提高;ACR则能够提高材料的加工性能,使材料储能模量增大;木粉的加入使复合材料加工性能大幅下降,材料储能模量提高,损耗因子下降.

  3. Design of an online charging system to support IMS-based inter-domain composite services

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    Le, M. van; Huitema, G.B.; Rumph, F.J.; Nieuwenhuis, L.J.M.; Beijnum, B.J.F. van

    2009-01-01

    For service providers online charging of composite services is necessary in order to manage financial risks of service delivery in multi-domain environments. At service level, inter-domain composite services consist of one or more service components, e.g. access service, IMS communication service or

  4. Design of an online charging system to support IMS-based inter-domain composite services

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    Le, V.M.; Huitema, G.B.; Rumph, F.J.; Nieuwenhuis, Lambertus Johannes Maria; van Beijnum, Bernhard J.F.; Pfeifer, T.; Bellavista, P.

    2009-01-01

    For service providers online charging of composite services is necessary in order to manage financial risks of service delivery in multi-domain environments. At service level, inter-domain composite services consist of one or more service components, e.g. access service, IMS communication service or

  5. Plastic bronchitis

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    Anil Kumar Singhi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Plastic bronchitis, a rare but serious clinical condition, commonly seen after Fontan surgeries in children, may be a manifestation of suboptimal adaptation to the cavopulmonary circulation with unfavorable hemodynamics. They are ominous with poor prognosis. Sometimes, infection or airway reactivity may provoke cast bronchitis as a two-step insult on a vulnerable vascular bed. In such instances, aggressive management leads to longer survival. This report of cast bronchitis discusses its current understanding.

  6. 超临界CO2对铝塑复合材料废弃物的剥离效果%Separation of Aluminum-Plastics Composite Material Waste Through Supercritical CO2

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    巩波; 雷华

    2013-01-01

    Aluminum-plastics composite material has a multilay er structure composed of aluminum foil and plastics,of which the recycling should be based on the separation of aluminum foil and plastics.In order to avoid the shortcoming of the existing methods which easily led to secondary pollution,a new technology called “popcorn” separation method to separate aluminum foil and plastics was proposed,which takes advantage of the characteristics of supercritical CO2 that rapidly penetrate in plastics layer,swell the plastics but without any effect on aluminum foil,and cause rapid expansion of the volume of the plastics after fast discharging.Through the research of the effects of a variety of operating factors on separation degree,the optimum separation conditions were obtained with a pressure of 25MPa,a temperature of 60 ℃,a balance time of 3 h and a rapid discharging process that the pressure drops more than 50 % in 30 seconds.This method is an efficient and environmentally friendly separation technology.%铝塑复合材料是铝箔和塑料组成的多层结构材料,其回收利用必须剥离开铝箔和塑料.针对现有方法易带来二次污染的缺点,文中利用超临界CO2流体在塑料层渗透速度快、能溶胀聚合物而对铝箔不产生作用以及快速卸压引发聚合物的体积快速膨胀特点,提出了“爆米花”式剥离铝塑复合材料废弃物的新技术.通过研究对分离度产生影响的各种操作因素,获得了最优化的剥离工艺条件:压力25MPa,温度60℃,平衡时间3h,快速卸压满足在30s内压力下降50%以上.该方法是一种高效环保的分离技术.

  7. Quantitative trait loci mapping of phenotypic plasticity and genotype-environment interactions in plant and insect performance.

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    Tétard-Jones, C; Kertesz, M A; Preziosi, R F

    2011-05-12

    Community genetic studies generally ignore the plasticity of the functional traits through which the effect is passed from individuals to the associated community. However, the ability of organisms to be phenotypically plastic allows them to rapidly adapt to changing environments and plasticity is commonly observed across all taxa. Owing to the fitness benefits of phenotypic plasticity, evolutionary biologists are interested in its genetic basis, which could explain how phenotypic plasticity is involved in the evolution of species interactions. Two current ideas exist: (i) phenotypic plasticity is caused by environmentally sensitive loci associated with a phenotype; (ii) phenotypic plasticity is caused by regulatory genes that simply influence the plasticity of a phenotype. Here, we designed a quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping experiment to locate QTL on the barley genome associated with barley performance when the environment varies in the presence of aphids, and the composition of the rhizosphere. We simultaneously mapped aphid performance across variable rhizosphere environments. We mapped main effects, QTL × environment interaction (QTL×E), and phenotypic plasticity (measured as the difference in mean trait values) for barley and aphid performance onto the barley genome using an interval mapping procedure. We found that QTL associated with phenotypic plasticity were co-located with main effect QTL and QTL×E. We also located phenotypic plasticity QTL that were located separately from main effect QTL. These results support both of the current ideas of how phenotypic plasticity is genetically based and provide an initial insight into the functional genetic basis of how phenotypically plastic traits may still be important sources of community genetic effects.

  8. Evaluation of residual stresses in composite materials by using neutron diffraction; study of elasto-plasticity; Etude des composites a matrice metallique par la technique de la diffraction de neutrons: analyse du comportement elastoplastique et evaluation des contraintes residuelles

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    Levy-Tubiana, R

    1999-11-05

    This work deals with the study of Metal Matrix Composites (MMC) using neutrons diffraction method and the analysis of the elastoplastic behavior in such materials. First, we evaluated macro-stresses in aluminium MMC reinforced with 17%vol. of SiC particles. One of the analyzed sample has been 4 point bending deformed, measurements have been performed after relaxation. The difference between the coefficients of thermal expansion constrains the matrix to be in tensile state and the particles in compressive state in the sample which has not be deformed. In the sample deformed, the MMC response is predicted by the science of Resistance Materials applied to a bent bar. We assume that macro-stresses are the sum of stresses with different origins (elastic, plastic, thermal mismatch): elastic mismatch is evaluated by Eshelby model and we determined micro-stresses in the unbent bar: they are equivalent and constant along width direction. For the bent bar, we observe relaxation of thermal stresses in the surface region. Theses results are confirmed by measurements of tensile/compressive sample using neutrons diffraction method. We also observed the influence of mechanical and thermal treatment on such MMC: the shear stress (established by the auto-coherent model) depends only on the way of cooling. Finally, a study was performed on titanium MMC for SNECMA on rotor beings used in the gas turbine engine industry. Evolution of stresses between felloe and boring is confirmed by a finite elements modeling and they are the first experimental results in this application. (author)

  9. 两种形态棉秆与回收塑料制备复合板材的工艺%Composite Processing Technology from Cotton Stalk Fiber and Particles Combined with Two Types of Recycled Plastics

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    蔺焘; 郭文静; 高黎; 常亮; 王正

    2011-01-01

    采用两种形态的棉秆与两种塑料复合,制备棉秆/塑料复合板材,分析棉秆形态、塑料种类及工艺因子对复合板材性能的影响.结果表明:刨花态棉秆复合板材的性能优于搓丝态棉秆,热压温度、聚丙烯比例和板材密度对复合板材的性能有显著影响.优化条件下制成的棉秆搓丝/聚丙烯复合板材性能,超过室外结构用刨花板性能指标要求.%The authors processed cotton stalks into fiber and particles, and combined them with recycled plastics, polypropylene(PP)and polyethylene (PE), to prepare cotton stalk fiber/plastic composites by hot pressing. The composite panel properties were tested to evaluate the effects caused by the cotton stalk shapes and panel processing factors. The results showed that; 1) The composites made from the cotton stalk particles had better properties than those made from cotton stalk fibers; 2) Density, hot-pressing temperature and the cotton stalk/plastic ratio had a great effect on the cotton-stalk-fiber/polypropylene panel properties. Under optimized conditions, the cotton-stalk-fiber /polypropylene panel properties exceeded the specifications of national standard GB/T 4897. 6-2003,GB/T 4897. 7-2003 for structural particleboards.

  10. 木塑复合板材的超声波直角焊接性能试验%Right Angle Ultrasonic Welding Performances of Wood-Plastic Composite

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    周一龙; 赵辉; 祝虹媛

    2012-01-01

    应用超声波焊接技术对木塑复合板材进行了直角焊接试验.木塑复合板材成分为60%的木粉(WF)、36%的聚丙烯(PP)和4%的马来酸酐接枝聚丙烯(MAPP).根据试验数据对不同焊接时间下的直角焊接强度进行了对比,并用扫描电镜观察了焊缝,分析了其连接状况.结果表明:木塑复合板材可以应用超声波焊接技术进行直角连接,并且具有足够强度;在不同的发振时问下,焊件的强度有所不同;当采用合适的发振时间时,焊件的连接性能达到最佳.%Ultrasonic welding technology was applied to right angle welding of wood-plastic composites. The wood-plastic composites were made up of 60% wood-flour ( WF) , 36% polypropylene ( PP) and 4% maleic anhydride grafted PP ( MAPP). Different tensile strengths were tested under different welding time according to the experimental data. Welded joint was observed by scanning electronic microscopy and the connection status was analyzed. Results demonstrate that ultrasonic welding technology can be applied to the right angle welding of wood-plastic composites, exhibiting enough tensile strength. Different tensile strengths were obtained under different vibration time of ultrasonic welding. When the time was proper, the optimal joint performance of welding could be achieved.

  11. 复合塑料模板在建筑中的应用现状及展望%Application status and prospect of composite plastic construction formwork in the construction

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    翟雁; 郭晓波

    2015-01-01

    综述了我国建筑模板的发展历程和使用概况.木质胶合模板、组合钢模板以及竹胶模板存在高能耗、高物耗、高污染等不同程度的弊端,复合塑料建筑模板不仅符合绿色施工的要求,也是节约资源的一项重要措施,更是我国建筑模板行业未来的发展趋势.通过分析复合塑料建筑模板的特点及优势,指出了复合塑料建筑模板在我国的发展空间巨大,发展复合塑料建筑模板具有重要意义.因此,复合塑料建筑模板的发展前景广阔,将成为模板行业今后发展的主要方向.%The development course and application of construction formwork in China was summarized. The wood veneer,combination steel template and bamboo plywood framework had the disadvantages of high energy consumption,high material consumption and high pollution. The composite plastic construction formwork not only met the requirements of green construction but saved the resources as well. It was the future development trend of construction formwork industry in China. The composite plastic construction formwork in China had great development space and significance through analyzing its characteris and advantages. Therefore,the composite plastic construction formwork has broad development prospect which will become the main direction of the formwork industry.

  12. ACES Model Composition and Development Toolkit to Support NGATS Concepts Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The key innovation proposed in this effort is the development of a model composition toolkit that will enable NASA Airspace Concept Evaluation System (ACES) users to...

  13. Monitoring and analysis of nonlinear dynamic damage of transport roadway supported by composite hard rock materials in Linglong Gold Mine

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    2003-01-01

    The study concentrates mainly on the development of failure process in composite rock mass. By use of acoustic emission(AE), convergence inspection, pressure monitoring, level measurement techniques and the modem signal analysis technology, as wellas scan electron microscopy (SEM) experiment, various aspects of nonlinear dynamic damage of composite rock mass surroundingthe transport roadway in Linglong gold mine are discussed. According to the monitoring results, the stability of the rock mass can besynthetically evaluated, and the intrinsic relation between the damage and the characteristic parameters of acoustic emission can bedetermined. The location of the damage of rock mass can also be detected based on the acoustic emission couple monitoring signals.Finally, the key factors which influence the stability of the transport roadway supported by composite hard rock materials are foundout.

  14. Composition

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    2014-01-01

    Memory Pieces are open compositions to be realised solo by an improvising musicians. See more about my composition practise in the entry "Composition - General Introduction". Caution: streaming the sound files will in some cases only provide a few minutes' sample. Please DOWNLOAD them to hear them...

  15. Composition

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    Bergstrøm-Nielsen, Carl

    2010-01-01

    New Year is an open composition to be realised by improvising musicians. It is included in "From the Danish Seasons" (see under this title). See more about my composition practise in the entry "Composition - General Introduction". This work is licensed under a Creative Commons "by-nc" License. You...

  16. Composition

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    Bergstrøm-Nielsen, Carl

    2011-01-01

    Strategies are open compositions to be realised by improvising musicians. See more about my composition practise in the entry "Composition - General Introduction". Caution: streaming the sound files will in some cases only provide a few minutes' sample. Please DOWNLOAD them to hear them in full...

  17. The role of hydrothermally prepared supported photocatalytic composite in organic micro-pollutants removal from the water.

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    Shivaraju, H P; Byrappa, K

    2012-07-01

    This work deals with the non-biodegradable micro-pollutants degradation by supported photocatalyst based heterogeneous photocatalytic reaction. TiO2 based supported photocatalyst was prepared by the hydrothermal technique to improve the photocatalytic performance along with easy recovery of suspended photocatalyst from aqueous medium after photoreaction. TO2 deposited calcium alumino-silicate beads (CASB) supports were prepared under mild hydrothermal conditions (Temparature-200 degrees C, Duration-24 h). In the present study, industrial dyes such as Amaranth and Brilliant Yellow were used as model micro-pollutants in aqueous solution. A real time pesticide industrial effluent was tested for its photocatalytic removal of organic pollutants using TO2 deposited CASB supported photocatalytic composite as an effective photocatalyst. Photocatalytic degradation of micro-pollutants present in aqueous medium was carried out in a batch photoreactor, at atmospheric pressure and temperature (28 degrees C). The influence of different light sources, irradiation time, catalyst load and catalytic performance is discussed. The photocatalytic degradation of micro-pollutants in aqueous medium was evaluated by determination of COD and %T. Easy separation and recovery of suspended photocatalysts from aqueous solution is the major advantage of hydrothermally prepared supported photocatalytic composite.

  18. Development of Polysulfone Hollow Fiber Porous Supports for High Flux Composite Membranes: Air Plasma and Piranha Etching

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    Ilya Borisov; Anna Ovcharova; Danila Bakhtin; Stepan Bazhenov; Alexey Volkov; Rustem Ibragimov; Rustem Gallyamov; Galina Bondarenko; Rais Mozhchil; Alexandr Bildyukevich; Vladimir Volkov

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    For the development of high efficiency porous supports for composite membrane preparation, polysulfone (PSf) hollow fiber membranes (outer diameter 1.57 mm, inner diameter 1.12 mm) were modified by air plasma using the low temperature plasma treatment pilot plant which is easily scalable to industrial level and the Piranha etch (H2O2 + H2SO4). Chemical and plasma modification affected only surface layers and did not cause PSf chemical structure change. The modifications led to surface roughne...

  19. The Study of Stability of Compression-Loaded Multispan Composite Panel Upon Failure of Elements Binding it to Panel Supports

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    Zamula, G. N.; Ierusalimsky, K. M.; Fomin, V. P.; Grishin, V. I.; Kalmykova, G. S.

    1999-01-01

    The present document is a final technical report carried out within co-operation between United States'NASA Langley RC and Russia's Goskomoboronprom in aeronautics, and continues similar programs, accomplished in 1996, 1997, and 1998, respectively). The report provides results of "The study of stability of compression-loaded multispan composite panels upon failure of elements binding it to panel supports"; these comply with requirements established at TsAGI on 24 March 1998 and at NASA on 15 September 1998.

  20. Effect of Plastic Pre-straining on Residual Stress and Composition Profiles in Low-Temperature Surface-Hardened Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    Bottoli, Federico; Christiansen, Thomas Lundin; Winther, Grethe

    2016-01-01

    or nitrocarburized. The residual stress profiles resulting from the thermochemical low-temperature surface treatment were measured. The results indicate high-residual compressive stresses of several GPa’s in the nitrided region, while lower-compressive stresses are produced in the carburized case. Plastic...

  1. 综采面支承压力及塑性区变化规律数值模拟研究%Numerical simulation on the variation of support pressure and plastic deformation zone in fully mechanized mining face

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    乔军伟

    2011-01-01

    以白坪矿二,煤层为具体原始条件,利用三维数值模拟软件FLAC^3D,分析了随采高不同,综采工作面前方支承压力及煤壁塑性区分布特征和变化规律。%Using three-dimensional numerical simulation software FLAC^3D, the paper analyzed the variation of support pressure and plastic deformation zone in the different mining height in fully mechanized mining face.

  2. Effect of Main Components on the Linear Thermal Expansion Coefficient of Wood-Plastic Composite%木塑复合材料配方组成对其线性热膨胀系数的影响

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    蔡培鑫; 吕群; 梁梦杰; 来国桥

    2011-01-01

    Wood plastic composites(WPC) were prepared by extrusion with PP, HDPE,POE,EPDM or their blends as a plastic substrate and wood flour as a filler. The effects of the thermal expansion characteristics of the components, the plastic substrate composition and wood flour content in the formulas on the linear thermal expansion coefficient of WPC were studied. The results showed that the order of linear thermal expansion coefficients of main raw materials in WPC was that wood flour < PP < PE < toughening agent and the linear thermal expansion coefficient of WPC increased with increasing the plastic content because that the linear thermal expansion coefficient of the plastic was much greater than wood flour. The linear thermal expansion coefficient of WPC decreased with increasing PP/PE ratio in the formula and increased with increasing the amount of toughening agents EPDM or POE.%以PP、HDPE、POE、EPDM或其共混物作为塑料基体,以木粉作为填充料,用挤出成型法制备了PP/PE基和PP基木塑复合材料(WPC),研究了配方中各组分的热膨胀特性、配方中塑料基体组成变化、以及配方中木粉含量变化等因素对所制得的WPC线性热膨胀系数的影响.结果表明:制备WPC的主要原料线性热膨胀系数的大小顺序为:木粉<聚丙烯<聚乙烯<增韧剂,其中各塑料成分的线性热膨胀系数均远大于木粉,随着WPC中塑料含量增加,WPC的线性热膨胀系数增加;随着配方中PP/PE比值增加,WPC的线性热膨胀系数减小;随着配方中增韧剂EPDM或POE用量增加,WPC的线性热膨胀系数增大.

  3. Mechanism of high dielectric performance of polymer composites induced by BaTiO3-supporting Ag hybrid fillers

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    Fang, Fang; Yang, Wenhu; Yu, Shuhui; Luo, Suibin; Sun, Rong

    2014-03-01

    BaTiO3-supporting Ag hybrid particles (BT-Ag) with varied fraction of Ag were synthesized by reducing silver nitrate in the glycol solution containing BaTiO3 (BT) suspensions. The Ag nano particles with a size of about 20 nm were discretely grown on the surface of the BT. The dielectric performance of the composites containing the BT-Ag as fillers in the matrix of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) was investigated. The relative permittivity (ɛr) of the BT-Ag/PVDF composites increased prominently with the increase of BT-Ag loading amount, and the typical conductive path of the conductor/polymer system was not observed even with a high loading of BT-Ag. The ɛr at 100 Hz for the three BT-(0.31, 0.49, 0.61)Ag/PVDF composites at room temperature were 283, 350, and 783, respectively. The ɛr of the composites was enhanced by more than 3 times compared with that of the composite containing untreated BT nanoparticles at frequencies over 1 kHz and the loss tangent (tan δ) was less than 0.1 which should be attributed to the low conductivity of the composites. Theoretical calculations based on the effective medium percolation theory model and series-parallel model suggested that the enhanced permittivity of BT-Ag/PVDF composites should arise from the ultrahigh permittivity of BT-Ag fillers, which was over 104 and associated with the content of Ag deposited on the surface of BT.

  4. The Relationship Between Immigrant School Composition, Classmate Support and Involvement in Physical Fighting and Bullying among Adolescent Immigrants and Non-immigrants in 11 Countries

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    Walsh, Sophie D; De Clercq, Bart; Molcho, Michal;

    2015-01-01

    school composition and fighting was stronger for non-immigrants than in environments with high classmate support. In environments of low classmate support, the negative relationship between immigrant school composition and fighting and bullying victimization was stronger for immigrant adolescents than...... in environments with high classmate support. In general, the contribution of immigrant school composition was modest in comparison to the contribution of classmate support. The findings emphasize that it is not just the number of immigrants in a class per se, but rather the environment in the classroom which...

  5. THE RESISTANCE OF WOOD PLASTIC COMPOSITE TO THE DRY-WOOD TERMITE Cryptotermes cynocephalus Light. AND THE SUBTERRANEAN TERMITE Coptotermes curvignathus Holmgren INFESTATION

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    2004-11-01

    Full Text Available Wood  plastic  composites   (WPC were made  by impregnating  monomer   and  vinyl acetate monomer  with addition  of  terbutyl peroxide  catalyst. This laboratory  scale experiment  aimed at looking into  the durability of  WPC polymerized  at varying mixture  ratios between  styrene and vinyl acetate monomers,  compared  to the natural   durability of  the corresponding   wood  treated with impralit CKB.  In this  regard,  wood  samples were dried until 10 % moisture  content,   and then  they were put in the tank under  20 mm Hg vacuum was being released.   Styrene  monomer with vinyl acetate  addition was flown to the tank, and the wood  samples were immersed  in the monomer   for  24 hours.   Furthermore,   the wood  samples  were taken  out,  and  wrapped  with aluminum  foil, and then were   put in the oven for 24 hours at 60° C. The  wraps were opened, and the samples were  conditioned.   The  samples were tested  to dry wood  termite  (Cryptotermes cynocephalus Light.,  and the Subterranean  termite (Coptotermes curvignathus Holmgren..  Investigated factors were (i wood species consisting of sengon, pine, and rubber wood, and (ii ratio of styrene to vinyl acetate. i.e.  90/10;  80/20;  70/30;  and 60/40.   For comparison,  each wood samples  treated with  Impralit  CKB  3% and untreated   (unpolymerized    wood  samples  (a control  were  also prepared.  The  results showed  that polymer  loadings  in the  sengon, pine and rubber  wood were 118 %, 72 % and  44%  respectively. Increasing  of  vinyl acetate  to styrene  tended  to decrease polymer loading,  the addition  of  10% gave 96% polymer  loading,  20% gave 108%,  30% gave 71 %, and 30% gave 38 % respectively.  It appeared that treatment  of styrene with low vinyl acetate additions  (60:40 had resulted  in consecutively  95.67%  and 97.75 % mortality  of  the dry

  6. Matrix Metalloprotease 3 Activity Supports Hippocampal EPSP-to-Spike Plasticity Following Patterned Neuronal Activity via the Regulation of NMDAR Function and Calcium Flux.

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    Brzdąk, Patrycja; Włodarczyk, Jakub; Mozrzymas, Jerzy W; Wójtowicz, Tomasz

    2017-01-01

    Matrix metalloproteases (MMPs) comprise a family of endopeptidases that are involved in remodeling the extracellular matrix and play a critical role in learning and memory. At least 24 different MMP subtypes have been identified in the human brain, but less is known about the subtype-specific actions of MMP on neuronal plasticity. The long-term potentiation (LTP) of excitatory synaptic transmission and scaling of dendritic and somatic neuronal excitability are considered substrates of memory storage. We previously found that MMP-3 and MMP-2/9 may be differentially involved in shaping the induction and expression of excitatory postsynaptic potential (EPSP)-to-spike (E-S) potentiation in hippocampal brain slices. MMP-3 and MMP-2/9 proteolysis was previously shown to affect the integrity or mobility of synaptic N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) in vitro. However, the functional outcome of such MMP-NMDAR interactions remains largely unknown. The present study investigated the role of these MMP subtypes in E-S plasticity and NMDAR function in mouse hippocampal acute brain slices. The temporal requirement for MMP-3/NMDAR activity in E-S potentiation within the CA1 field largely overlapped, and MMP-3 but not MMP-2/9 activity was crucial for the gain-of-function of NMDARs following LTP induction. Functional changes in E-S plasticity following MMP-3 inhibition largely correlated with the expression of cFos protein, a marker of activity-related gene transcription. Recombinant MMP-3 promoted a gain in NMDAR-mediated field potentials and somatodendritic Ca(2+) waves. These results suggest that long-term hippocampal E-S potentiation requires transient MMP-3 activity that promotes NMDAR-mediated postsynaptic Ca(2+) entry that is vital for the activation of downstream signaling cascades and gene transcription.

  7. Society of the plastic industry process emission initiatives

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    Mcdermott, Joseph

    1994-01-01

    At first view, plastics process emissions research may not seem to have much bearing on outgassing considerations relative to advanced composite materials; however, several parallel issues and cross currents are of mutual interest. The following topics are discussed: relevance of plastics industry research to aerospace composites; impact of clean air act amendment requirements; scope of the Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. activities in thermoplastic process emissions and reinforced plastics/composites process emissions; and utility of SPI research for advanced polymer composites audiences.

  8. Water resistance of rare earth fluorescent bamboo plastic composites modified with hydrogen silicone oil%含氢硅油改性稀土荧光竹塑复合材料的耐水性

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    郑峰; 王艳姗; 丁大彬; 张欣向; 杨文斌

    2015-01-01

    To improve the water resistance of rare earth fluorescent bamboo plastic composites and broaden the scope of application, the surface of bamboo powder and strontium aluminate phosphor were modified by hydrogen-containing silicone oil. Rare earth fluorescent bamboo plastic composites modified with hydrogen-containing silicone oil were manufactured by melt blending and injection molding process. In the composites, the contents of bamboo powder and strontium aluminate phosphor were both 13.89%. The effects of hydrogen-containing silicone oil on the contact angle, water absorption, thickness swelling, emission spectrum, bending strength, bending modulus, tensile strength and impact strength of rare earth fluorescent bamboo plastic composites were investigated by using contact angle meter, fluorescence spectrophotometer, electronic universal testing machine, pendulum impact tester and so on. The tensile fracture microstructure of rare earth fluorescent bamboo plastic composites was observed by field emission scanning electron microscopy. The results from water contact angle test showed that the water contact angles of composites unmodified and modified by hydrogen-containing silicone oil were 83° and 100°, respectively, which indicated that the unmodified composite was hydrophilic and the modified composite was hydrophobic. Analysis showed that the water absorption and thickness swelling of composites increased with the increasing of soak time and then leveled off. The water absorption and thickness swelling of modified composites were smaller than those of unmodified composites. Emission spectra showed that the relative luminous intensity peak of modified composites was 67.84% higher than that of unmodified composites before being soaked in water. The relative luminous intensity of them decreased with the increasing of soak time. After being soaked in water for 11 d, the relative luminous intensity of unmodified and modified composites was decreased by 46.40% and 28

  9. 双层共挤木塑复合地板的性能表征%Properties Characterization of Co-Extrusion Wood-Plastic Composite Floor with Double Layers

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    黄东辉

    2013-01-01

    Taking waste plastic,wood powder and addition agent such as antioxidant etc.as raw materials,wood-plastic composite floor with surface layer and core layer was prepared by co-extrusion technology,modification was mainly done for surface layer materials and properties of core layer materials such as weathering resistance etc wasn't considered.Physical,mechanical,low temperature resistance and weathering resistance properties of the floor were tested.The results show that tensile strength of the floor is 23.98 MPa,bending strength and bending elastic modulus are 38.53 MPa and 3 200 MPa,bending failure load is 4 300 N and higher than that of wood-plastic composite floor with single layer (3 300 N),it only declines by 1.3% after cycles of freeze-thaw test.The floor with double layers don't destroy under the drop-weight impact at low temperature,it's water absorption is 0.17%,dimensional change rate after heating is 0.12% and oxidation induction time is 77.5 min which is higher than that of wood-plastic composite floors with single layer (15.4 min),meanwhile,it achieve the requirements of wood-plastic composite floor properties test standards in Japan.The floor with double layers solves the problems that color,weathering resistance,dimension change rate,bending strength performance are fluctuation or bad because of waste recycling batch being unstable,it enlarge the application range of waste plastic and has high performance/price ratio.%以废旧塑料、木粉及抗氧剂等助剂为原料,利用共挤出的方法,制备了带有表层和芯层的木塑复合地板,主要对表层材料进行改性而不考虑芯层材料的耐候等性能,测试了该木塑复合地板的物理力学、抗低温和耐候性能.结果表明,双层共挤制备的木塑复合地板的拉伸强度为23.98 MPa,弯曲强度和弯曲弹性模量分别为38.53 MPa和3 200 MPa,弯曲破坏载荷为4300 N,高于单层挤出的木塑复合地板(3 300 N),且其经循环冻

  10. Mechanical Properties of Different Fillers and Different Plastic-Based Wood Plastic Composite%不同填料及不同塑料基木塑复合材料的力学性能

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    朱栋君; 何春霞

    2011-01-01

    以稻秸秆粉、稻壳粉、衫木粉、竹粉,PP、PE-HD、PE-LD膜为原材料,采用模压成型工艺制备不同填料及不同塑料基体的木塑复合材料,并对复合材料力学性能进行分析.结果表明:无油墨PP基复合材料的综合力学性能较好,而含油墨PE-LD基复合材料的冲击韧性较好.稻秸秆粉作为填料增强无油墨PP复合材料效果最佳,制得稻秸秆粉/PP综合力学性能较好,而稻壳粉/PP复合材料冲击韧性较好.%Rice straw powder、 rice husk powder、 wood powder、 bamboo powder, PP、 PE-HD、 PE-LD were mainly materials,molding technics had been taken to make several different composite, its mechanical properties was analyzed.The results showed that using PP film which contained no ink to make composite could be better on the mechanical properties, besides,using PE-LD film which contained ink to make composites could be better on the impact toughness.As a kind of filling material,rice straw powder was much better than other materials to make composites.Rice straw powder/PP composite'mechanical properties was best,besides,rice husk powder/PP composites' impact toughness was best.

  11. Analysis on the Aging Properties of Wood-plastic Composite Packaging Materials%木塑复合缓冲包装材料老化性能分析

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    谭伟平; 肖生苓

    2012-01-01

    阐述和分析木塑复合缓冲包装材料的主要配方组分(木粉、PVC树脂、偶联剂、增塑剂等)在不同的自然因素的影响下,对其结构、力学性能等的影响,进而为在实验时采用不同组分制作实验材料提供简单参考。其次,简单讲述了人工气候老化试验机的相关类型,以及每一种装置的各自使用事项及优缺点,为在实验时选用何种老化设备提供有力的参考。最后,又列举了人工模拟设备在实验中应注意的相关问题,以避免实验中出现的人为误差而造成实验结果与实际的偏离。%The paper describes and analyzes the impacts of the main formula components(wood powder,PVC resin,coupling agent,plasticizer,etc.) of wood and plastic composite cushion packaging material on its structure and mechanical properties under different conditions.The types and characteristics of the aging test equipment for wood and plastic composites were elaborated which will provide reference for the selection of aging test equlpment.Some related problems while simulating the equipment were put forward to avoid human errors in the experiment.

  12. Effects of PE-g-MAH on Properties of Paper/Plastic/Aluminum Composite%马来酸酐接枝聚乙烯对纸/塑/铝复合材料性能的影响

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    曹贤武; 朱景; 骆君

    2013-01-01

    Paper/plastic/aluminum composite was prepared by melt blending.The effects of the content of PE-g-MAH on properties of Paper/plastic/aluminum composite were investigated.The analysis of infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscope indicate that the compatibility between wood fiber (paper) and matrix resin improves by adding PE-g-MAH.The tensile strength,bending strength and water absorption of composites increase first and then decrease with the increasing of PE-g-MAH.When the content of PE-g-MAH is 5 phr,the impact strength of composite is up to 11.87 MPa,increases by 154.7%.%采用熔融共混法制备了纸/塑/铝复合材料,研究了马来酸酐接枝聚乙烯(PE-g-MAH)的添加量对纸/塑/铝复合材料性能的影响.红外光谱和电镜的分析表明:加入PE-g-MAH可以促进木质纤维(纸)与塑料基体相容.随着PE-g-MAH添加量的增加,复合材料的拉伸强度、弯曲强度和吸水率先增加后减小.当PE-g-MAH用量为5份时,复合材料的冲击强度为11.87 MPa,比添加前提高了154.7%.

  13. 松香超分散剂含量对塑木复合材料性能影响%Effect of Rosin Hyper-Dispersant on Properties of Wood/Plastic Composites

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    申欣; 王守荣; 邓德武; 王亮

    2012-01-01

    A novel of rosin hyper-dlspersant (RDH) was synthesized with abietic, diethylenetriamine and 12-hydroxy stearic acid. The effects of different amount of RDH on mechanical properties, crystallization and compatibility of wood/plastic composites were discussed. The results indicate that the impact strength, flexural strength and flexural modulus of wood/plastic composites increase first, then decrease with increasing of the content of RDH. And it can be also seen that the adhesion between wood flour and HDPE resin is best when RDH mass ratio is 1.0%.%以松香、二乙撑三胺和12-羟基硬脂酸为原料合成了松香超分散剂(RDH),研究不同RDH含量对塑木复合材料的力学性能、结晶性能及相容性的影响.结果表明,随着RDH加入量的增加,塑木复合材料的冲击强度、弯曲强度和弯曲模量都呈先增后减的变化趋势;当RDH质量分数为1.0%时,塑木复合材料的相容性较好.

  14. Pore structure modified diatomite-supported PEG composites for thermal energy storage

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    Qian, Tingting; Li, Jinhong; Deng, Yong

    2016-09-01

    A series of novel composite phase change materials (PCMs) were tailored by blending PEG and five kinds of diatomite via a vacuum impregnation method. To enlarge its pore size and specific surface area, different modification approaches including calcination, acid treatment, alkali leaching and nano-silica decoration on the microstructure of diatomite were outlined. Among them, 8 min of 5 wt% NaOH dissolution at 70 °C has been proven to be the most effective and facile. While PEG melted during phase transformation, the maximum load of PEG could reach 70 wt.%, which was 46% higher than that of the raw diatomite. The apparent activation energy of PEG in the composite was 1031.85 kJ·mol-1, which was twice higher than that of the pristine PEG. Moreover, using the nano-silica decorated diatomite as carrier, the maximum PEG load was 66 wt%. The composite PCM was stable in terms of thermal and chemical manners even after 200 cycles of melting and freezing. All results indicated that the obtained composite PCMs were promising candidate materials for building applications due to its large latent heat, suitable phase change temperature, excellent chemical compatibility, improved supercooling extent, high thermal stability and long-term reliability.

  15. Pore structure modified diatomite-supported PEG composites for thermal energy storage

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    Qian, Tingting; Li, Jinhong; Deng, Yong

    2016-01-01

    A series of novel composite phase change materials (PCMs) were tailored by blending PEG and five kinds of diatomite via a vacuum impregnation method. To enlarge its pore size and specific surface area, different modification approaches including calcination, acid treatment, alkali leaching and nano-silica decoration on the microstructure of diatomite were outlined. Among them, 8 min of 5 wt% NaOH dissolution at 70 °C has been proven to be the most effective and facile. While PEG melted during phase transformation, the maximum load of PEG could reach 70 wt.%, which was 46% higher than that of the raw diatomite. The apparent activation energy of PEG in the composite was 1031.85 kJ·mol−1, which was twice higher than that of the pristine PEG. Moreover, using the nano-silica decorated diatomite as carrier, the maximum PEG load was 66 wt%. The composite PCM was stable in terms of thermal and chemical manners even after 200 cycles of melting and freezing. All results indicated that the obtained composite PCMs were promising candidate materials for building applications due to its large latent heat, suitable phase change temperature, excellent chemical compatibility, improved supercooling extent, high thermal stability and long-term reliability. PMID:27580677

  16. Tooth enamel maturation reequilibrates oxygen isotope compositions and supports simple sampling methods

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    Trayler, Robin B.; Kohn, Matthew J.

    2017-02-01

    Oxygen isotope and major element zoning patterns of several disparate ungulate teeth were collected to evaluate the timing and geometry of enamel formation, records of isotope zoning, and tooth enamel sampling strategies. Isotopic zoning in mammalian tooth enamel encodes a sub-annual time series of isotopic variation of an animal's body water composition, with a damping factor that depends on the specifics of how enamel mineralizes. Enamel formation comprises two stages: precipitation of appositional enamel with a high CO3:PO4 ratio, followed by precipitation of maturational enamel with a lower CO3:PO4. If appositional and maturational enamel both contribute to isotope compositions (but with different CO3:PO4), and if isotope compositions vary seasonally, paired δ18O values from CO3 and PO4 profiles should show a spatial separation. CO3 isotope patterns should be shifted earlier seasonally than PO4 isotope patterns. Such paired profiles for new and published data show no resolvable shifts, i.e. CO3 and PO4 δ18O profiles show coincident maxima and minima. This coincidence suggests that enamel maturation reequilibrates appositional isotope compositions. If enamel maturation establishes enamel isotope compositions, the geometry of maturation, not apposition, should be considered when devising sampling protocols. X-ray maps of Ca zoning show that the majority of enamel (inner and middle layers) mineralizes heavily at a high angle to the external tooth surface and the enamel-dentine junction over length scales of 2-4 mm, while the outer enamel surface mineralizes more slowly. These data suggest that isotopic sampling strategies should parallel maturational geometry and focus on interior enamel to improve data fidelity. The magnitude of isotopic damping is also smaller than implied in previous studies, so tooth enamel zoning more closely reflects original body water isotopic variations than previously assumed.

  17. Development of non-woven and plastic composite medical sterilization packaging bags%一种无纺布与塑料复合型医用灭菌包装袋的研制

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    赵筠; 易江陵; 马旭东; 周廷云

    2012-01-01

    目的 试研制一种新型的无纺布与塑料复合型灭菌包装袋,为医疗器材灭菌包装提供新材料和新方法.方法 以透明耐高温医用复合塑料膜和SMS无纺布为原料,采用热溶压合和黏合的方法,试研制无纺布与塑料复合型的管状包装袋和独立包装袋,并且对所试研制包装袋,实施具有挑战性的灭菌包装质量试验和储存质量试验,两组试验样本各60包次.结果 试研制的无纺布与塑料复合型包装袋,在60包次灭菌包装质量试验中,未发生包装袋破损和暴边现象,也未发现灭菌湿包;而在60包次储存质量试验中包装袋器材灭菌后,储存6个月后抽检结果全部为阴性无菌生长.结论 我们研制的无纺布与塑料复合型灭菌包装袋质量较可靠,灭菌兼容性较强,性价比也较高,具有推广应用价值.%OBJECTIVE To develop a kind of non-woven and plastic composite medical sterilization packaging bags so as to provide new materials and new approaches for sterilized packaging of the medical devices. METHODS The transparent high-temperature composite plastic film and non-woven SMS were selected as the material , by the means of hot melt lamination and bonding, non-woven and plastic composite tubular packaging bags and individually wrapped bags were developed, the sterilization and packaging quality and the storage quality were tested for the newly developed bags, all the tested samples were divided into two groups with 60 packages in each. RESULTS Of 60 newly developed non-woven and plastic composite medical sterilization packaging bags for the quality test, there were no bags of breakage or burst side or humidified sterilized bags; and there were no bacterial growth that occurred after the storage for 6 months. CONCLUSION The quality of non-woven and plastic composite medical sterilization packaging bags we developed is feasible with stronger sterilization compatibility and higher cost-effect,which is worthy of

  18. Nanostructured Multilayer Composite Films of Manganese Dioxide/Nickel/Copper Sulfide Deposited on Polyethylene Terephthalate Supporting Substrate

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    Awangku Nabil Syafiq Bin Awangku Metosen

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanostructured multilayer manganese dioxide/nickel/copper sulfide (MnO2/Ni/CuS composite films were successfully deposited onto supporting polyethylene terephthalate (PET substrate through the sequential deposition of CuS, Ni, and MnO2 thin films by chemical bath deposition, electrodeposition, and horizontal submersion deposition techniques, respectively. Deposition of each thin-film layer was optimized by varying deposition parameters and conditions associated with specific deposition technique. Both CuS and Ni thin films were optimized for their electrical conductivity whereas MnO2 thin film was optimized for its microstructure and charge capacity. The electrochemical properties of nanostructured multilayer MnO2/Ni/CuS composite films were evaluated by cyclic voltammetry as electrode materials of an electrochemical capacitor prototype in a dual-planar device configuration. Cyclic voltammogram in mild Na2SO4 aqueous electrolyte exhibited a featureless and almost rectangular shape which was indicative of the ideal capacitive behavior and high cycling reversibility of the electrochemical capacitor prototype. Nanostructured multilayer MnO2/Ni/CuS composite films on supporting polyethylene terephthalate (PET substrate could potentially be utilized as electrode materials for the fabrication of high performance electrochemical capacitors.

  19. Intensive nutritional support improves the nutritional status and body composition in severely malnourished children with cerebral palsy

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    Andrea A. García-Contreras

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To demonstrate that a nutritional support intervention, via naso-enteral tube-feeding or gastrostomy, has a significant impact on the nutritional status and body composition in severely malnourished children with cerebral palsy spastic quadriplegia Methods: Thirteen patients with moderate/severe malnutrition and cerebral palsy spastic quadriplegia who were fed via naso-enteral tube-feeding or gastrostomy were included in a cohort study. Anthropometric measurements and estimated body composition by bioelectric impedance analysis were obtained. ANOVA and Wilcoxon tests were used. Results: During the four weeks of nutritional recovery, an average weight increase of 2700 g was achieved. There were significant increases in anthropometric indicators, including BMI and weight/length (p < 0.01. The increase in arm fat area was significantly higher than the increase in arm muscle area (104.5 vs 17.5%. Conclusion: Intensive nutritional support for four weeks had a significant effect on the nutritional status and body composition of severe and moderately malnourished children with cerebral palsy spastic quadriplegia.

  20. Overcoming maladaptive plasticity through plastic compensation

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    Matthew R.J. MORRIS, Sean M. ROGERS

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Most species evolve within fluctuating environments, and have developed adaptations to meet the challenges posed by environmental heterogeneity. One such adaptation is phenotypic plasticity, or the ability of a single genotype to produce multiple environmentally-induced phenotypes. Yet, not all plasticity is adaptive. Despite the renewed interest in adaptive phenotypic plasticity and its consequences for evolution, much less is known about maladaptive plasticity. However, maladaptive plasticity is likely an important driver of phenotypic similarity among populations living in different environments. This paper traces four strategies for overcoming maladaptive plasticity that result in phenotypic similarity, two of which involve genetic changes (standing genetic variation, genetic compensation and two of which do not (standing epigenetic variation, plastic compensation. Plastic compensation is defined as adaptive plasticity overcoming maladaptive plasticity. In particular, plastic compensation may increase the likelihood of genetic compensation by facilitating population persistence. We provide key terms to disentangle these aspects of phenotypic plasticity and introduce examples to reinforce the potential importance of plastic compensation for understanding evolutionary change [Current Zoology 59 (4: 526–536, 2013].

  1. Overcoming maladaptive plasticity through plastic compensation

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    Matthew R.J.MORRIS; Sean M.ROGERS

    2013-01-01

    Most species evolve within fluctuating environments,and have developed adaptations to meet the challenges posed by environmental heterogeneity.One such adaptation is phenotypic plasticity,or the ability of a single genotype to produce multiple environmentally-induced phenotypes.Yet,not all plasticity is adaptive.Despite the renewed interest in adaptive phenotypic plasticity and its consequences for evolution,much less is known about maladaptive plasticity.However,maladaptive plasticity is likely an important driver of phenotypic similarity among populations living in different environments.This paper traces four strategies for overcoming maladaptive plasticity that result in phenotypic similarity,two of which involve genetic changes (standing genetic variation,genetic compensation) and two of which do not (standing epigenetic variation,plastic compensation).Plastic compensation is defined as adaptive plasticity overcoming maladaptive plasticity.In particular,plastic compensation may increase the likelihood of genetic compensation by facilitating population persistence.We provide key terms to disentangle these aspects of phenotypic plasticity and introduce examples to reinforce the potential importance of plastic compensation for understanding evolutionary change.

  2. Ti-Si composite oxide-supported cobalt catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation

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    Jakrapan Janlamool; Piyasan Praserthdam; Bunjerd Jongsomjit

    2011-01-01

    In the present work,different silica-based supported cobalt (Co) catalysts were synthesized and used for CO2 hydrogenation for methanation.Different supports,such as SSP,MCM-41,TiSSP and TiMCM were used to prepare Co catalysts with 20 wt% Co loading.The supports and catalysts were characterized by means of N2 physisorption,XRD,SEM/EDX,XPS,TPR and CO chemisorption.It is found that after calcination of catalysts,Ti is present in the form of anatase.The introduction of Ti plays important roles in the properties of Co catalysts by.(i) facilitating the reduction of Co oxides species which are strongly interacted with support,(ii) preventing the formation of silicate compounds,and (iii) inhibiting the RWGS reaction.Based on CO2 hydrogenation,the CoTiMCM catalyst exhibites the highest activity and stability.

  3. A new composite decision support framework for strategic and sustainable transport appraisals

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    Barfod, Michael Bruhn; Salling, Kim Bang

    2015-01-01

    . The proposed framework is based on the use of cost-benefit analysis featuring feasibility risk assessment in combination with multi-criteria decision analysis and is supported by the concept of decision conferencing. The framework is applied for a transport related case study dealing with the complex decision......This paper concerns the development of a new decision support framework for the appraisal of transport infrastructure projects. In such appraisals there will often be a need for including both conventional transport impacts as well as criteria of a more strategic and/or sustainable character....... The outcome of the case study demonstrates the decision making framework as a valuable decision support system (DSS), and it is concluded that appraisals of transport projects can be effectively supported by the use of the DSS. Finally, perspectives of the future modelling work are given....

  4. Estudo do uso de plastificantes de fontes renovável em composições de PVC Study of the use of plasticizer from renewable sources in PVC compositions

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    Emerson Madaleno

    2009-01-01

    compositions of flexible PVC - based on two vegetable plasticizers from renewable sources (modified vegetable oil - OVM and epoxidized modified vegetable oil - OVME, in addition to two conventional petrochemical plasticizers, called di(2-ethylhexyl phthalate-(DEHP and di(2-ethylhexyl adipate-(DEHA. No significant differences were observed in the mechanical behavior of the compositions evaluated. The plasticizers affected the hardness and chemical resistance to n-heptane for the compositions. The epoxi group and the high molar mass from vegetable plasticizers showed better compatibility with the PVC resin. The analyses by SEM showed a probable exudation of OVM from the PVC matrix.

  5. DESIGN OF A NOVEL CONDUCTING COMPOSITE SUPPORTED BY PLATINUM NANOPARTICLES FOR HYDROGEN PRODUCTION FROM WATER

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    Didem BALUN KAYAN

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Because of the decrease in fossil fuel resources and the continuous increase in energy demands, clean energy requirements become extremely important for future energy generation systems. Hydrogen is well known as an efficient and environmentally friendly energy carrier. Highly catalytic active and low-cost electrocatalysts for hydrogen production are key issues for sustainable energy technologies. Here we report an aluminium electrode modified with polypyrrole (PPy-chitosan (Chi composite film decorated with Pt nanoparticles for hydrogen production from water. Hydrogen evolution reaction (HER is examined by cyclic voltammetry (CV, Tafel polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS in 0.5M H2SO4. The structural properties of the modified surfaces analyses were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The stability tests also performed for aluminium electrode coted with PPy-Chi/Pt composite film.

  6. Supporting structural components of fibrous composite materials in coach design; Tragende Strukturteile aus Faserverbundkunststoffen im Omnibusbau

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    Lee, R.; Bartha, E. [Gottlob Anwaerther GmbH und Co., Stuttgart (Germany)

    1997-11-01

    This article is dealing with the possibilities for coach designers in using Fibrous composite materials like FGRP ans CFK. There are examples shown for three dimensional curved prefabricated parts in Fibrous composite method of Building (Sandwhich) forsupporting components. On the examples of an `integral front` are the advantages shown of such a construction in few of weight, manufacturing costs, resistance and working life. Coach specific particularities are taken particulary in consideration. (orig.) [Deutsch] Die Verwendung faserverstaerkter Kunststoffe als Werkstoff fuer die Karosserieaussenhaut hat sich beim Omnibusbau insbesondere aus Gruenden der einfachen dreidimensionalen Formbarkeit grossflaechig durchgesetzt. Verglichen mit gepressten Stahlblech-Formteilen, wie bei Pkw-Karosserien ueblich, lassen sich die vergleichsweise geringen Stueckzahlen bei Omnibussen in Kunststoff-Formen wirtschaftlich fertigen. Am Beispiel des Cityliners, einem Fernreisebus von Neoplan, wird der Einsatz faserverstaerkter tragende Karosserieteile mit UP-Harz-Matrix dargestellt. (orig.)

  7. Recycling of Plastic

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    Christensen, Thomas Højlund; Fruergaard, Thilde

    2011-01-01

    Plastic is produced from fossil oil. Plastic is used for many different products. Some plastic products like, for example, wrapping foil, bags and disposable containers for food and beverage have very short lifetimes and thus constitute a major fraction of most waste. Other plastic products like......, good strength and long durability. Recycling of plastic waste from production is well-established, while recycling of postconsumer plastic waste still is in its infancy. This chapter describes briefly how plastic is produced and how waste plastic is recycled in the industry. Quality requirements...

  8. Composition

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    Bergstrøm-Nielsen, Carl

    2014-01-01

    Cue Rondo is an open composition to be realised by improvising musicians. See more about my composition practise in the entry "Composition - General Introduction". Caution: streaming the sound/video files will in some cases only provide a few minutes' sample, or the visuals will not appear at all....... Please DOWNLOAD them to see/hear them in full length! This work is licensed under a Creative Commons "by-nc" License. You may for non-commercial purposes use and distribute it, performance instructions as well as specially designated recordings, as long as the author is mentioned. Please see http...

  9. Application of Maleic Anhydride/1-Decene Copolymer in Polypropylene Wood Plastic Composite%马来酸酐/1-十烯共聚物在聚丙烯木塑复合材料中的应用

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    徐运祺; 雷影红; 徐睿杰

    2012-01-01

    Maleic anhydride(MAH)/1-decene copolymer was synthesized and characterized by FTIR, 'H-NMR and GPC. The application of this copolymer as compatibilizer in polypropylene(PP) wood plastic composite was discussed. The results show that MAH/1-decenc copolymer can improve the dispersion of wood flour and the compatibility between wood flour and PP, enhance the interracial adhesion of wood plastic composite; when the compatibilizer content is 5 phr, the tensile strength, flexural strength and impact strength of the composite increase by 59.3%, 44.6% and 82.6% respectively.%采用红外光谱、核磁共振氢谱和凝胶渗透色谱表征了自行合成的马来酸酐(MAH)/1-十烯共聚物,探讨了该共聚物作为相容剂在聚丙烯(PP)基木塑复合材料中的应用.结果表明:MAH/1-十烯共聚物可改善木粉在PP中的分散性和相容性,提高PP与木粉间的界面黏合力,进而改善复合材料的力学性能;当相容荆用量为5份时,复合材料的拉伸强度提高了59.3%,弯曲强度提高了44.6%,冲击强度提高了82.6%.

  10. Feasibility Study: Hollow Plastic Spheres to Increase Hydraulic Fluid Compressibility

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    1982-07-01

    MICROMECHANICS FAILURE CRITERIA FOR COMPOSITES ; AUTHOR: GREESCZUK, LONCIN, B. 5. POISSON’S RATIO FOR RIGID PLASTIC FOAMS; AUTHOR: RINDE...S.A. Thuysbaert A.Stevens N4 Schwartz SPRL Schulmon Plastics SA Polytexco PVBA Polyform SA Plastiques Manufactures Plastimetal PVBA S.A...Plastics Corp. Plastiques GM Ltd. Rochevert, Inc. Polysar Limited, Kayson Plastics Div. Canlew Chemicals, Ltd. 4th Fl., 8-1, Hong Chou S. Rd., Sec. 1

  11. Application of Support Vector Machines Regression in Prediction Shanghai Stock Composite Index

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    Wang Dong; Wu Wen-feng

    2003-01-01

    The SVMs for regression is used to forecast Shanghai stock composite index (SSCI). Implementing structural risk minimization principle, SVMs can overcome the over-fitting problem. The regression uses ε-insensitive loss function. The training of SVMs leads to a quadratic programming problem and it has a global unique solution. The experiment uses BP neural networks as benchmark for comparison. The results demonstrate that the prediction figure of SSCI can help to find timing for buy or sell, the forecasting variation of SVMs is smaller than that of BP, and the direction forecasting of SVMs is more accurate than that of BP.

  12. Composite Event Specification and Detection for Supporting Active Capability in an OODBMS: Semantics Architecture and Implementation.

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    1995-03-01

    For all outgoing edges i from ’n’ propagate parameters in node ’n’ to the nodei connected by edge i activate-operator-node( nodej ); Delete propagated...El E2 Figure 6: Detection of X in recent mode PROCEDURE activate-operator-node( nodej ) /* Recent Context */ CASE nodei is of type a primitive or...composite event has been signalled to nodej */ AND(E1, E2): if left event el is signalled if E2’s list is not empty Pass <e2, el> to the parent Replace el in

  13. Decision support with respect to facility location and fleet composition for FoodBank Cape Town

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    Lanz, EJ

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Facility Location Problems Vehicle Fleet Composition Current & Future Work What is Food Banking? Started by John van Hengel in late 1960s in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Good food going to waste due to defect packaging or near expiration date. Distributed... algorithm for the capacitated clustering problem, International Transactions in Operational Research, 6, pp. 665|678. Labbe M, Peeters D & Thisse JF, 1995, Location on networks, chapter 7, pp. 551|617, Ball MO, Magnanti TL, Monma CL & Nemhauser GL (Eds...

  14. Support for Dynamic Service Composition with Role-Based Interaction Model

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    2006-01-01

    This paper aims to present a role-based interaction model for dynamic service composition in Grid environments. Assigning roles to a service means to associate with it capabilities that describes all the operations the service intends to perform. When all of the services can be recognized by their roles, the appropriate services can be selected. Based on the interaction policy, a role-based interaction model not only facilitates access control, but also offers flexible interaction mechanism for adapting service-oriented applications. This interaction model adopts programmable reactive tuple space to facilitate context-dependent coordination.

  15. 不同表面处理麦秸秆对木塑复合材料性能的影响%Effects of different surface treatment for wheat straw on performances of wood-plastic composites

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    于旻; 何春霞; 刘军军; 侯人鸾; 薛娇

    2012-01-01

    In order to improve the interfacial bonding strength of wheat straw fibers and polypropylene (PP), the wheat straw fibers were treated by combined treatment. The surfaces of fibers were pretreated by 5 methods, such as NaOH, acetic acid, hot water, steam explosion and microwave, and then compounded by coupling agent treatment. The wheat straw/PP wood-plastic composites were prepared by blending with PP and wheat straw through melt blending and molding. The mechanical properties, water absorption and moisture absorption performance of the PP wood-plastic composites filled with different surface treated wheat straw fibers were investigated. The tensile sections of the composites were observed by the stereo microscope. The results showed that the mechanical properties, water absorption and moisture absorption performance of PP composites filled with combined treated fibers were excellent that the composites filled with coupling agent treated fibers. It was found that the composites with wheat straw treated by NaOH and acetic acid had good mechanical properties and anti-water absorption and anti-moisture absorption performance, followed by the composites with wheat straw fibers treated by hydrothermal and steam explosion. After combined treatment, the surface of wheat straw became rough, so that the interfacial adhesion of straw fibers and PP matrix was improved. The results of this paper had great practical significance on improving the properties of wheat straw/waste PP wood-plastic composite by straw fiber surface treatment.%为提高麦秸秆纤维与聚丙烯(polypropylene,PP)基体的界面结合力,采用复合处理法对麦秸秆纤维进行表面处理:先分别用NaOH、乙酸溶液浸泡、水热处理、蒸汽爆破和微波等方法对麦秸秆纤维进行预处理,再复合偶联剂法处理麦秸秆纤维;用熔融共混、模压成型方法制备麦秸秆/废弃PP木塑复合材料,探讨了麦秸秆不同表面处理方法制备PP木塑复合材料

  16. Effects of coupling agents on the properties of rare earth fluorescent bamboo plastic composites%偶联剂对稀土荧光竹塑复合材料性能的影响

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    郑峰; 王艳姗; 孙盈盈; 文月琴; 杨文斌

    2016-01-01

    为研究马来酸酐接枝聚乙烯(MAPE)、异丙基三(硬脂酰基)钛酸酯(YB-510)、γ-(2,3-环氧丙氧)丙基三甲氧基硅烷(KH-560)3种偶联剂对稀土荧光竹塑复合材料发光性能、力学性能和热稳定性的影响,利用荧光分光光度计、电子万能试验机、摆锤冲击仪和热重分析仪对复合材料的荧光性能、力学性能和热稳定性进行了表征,并利用场发射扫描电子显微镜(FESEM)对稀土荧光竹塑复合材料的拉伸断面的微观形貌进行观察.结果表明,3种偶联剂都能改善稀土荧光竹塑复合材料的分散性、流动性、发光性能、弯曲强度、弯曲模量、拉伸强度和冲击强度;场发射扫描电镜显示,铝酸锶荧光粉在有偶联剂添加的稀土荧光竹塑复合材料的基体中分散均匀、团聚减少、界面黏合作用改善;相比于钛酸酯(YB-510)和KH-560,MAPE对稀土荧光竹塑复合材料的发光性能、力学性能和分散性提高更明显;热失重(TG)曲线和一阶微分(DTG)曲线分析表明,KH-560提高稀土荧光竹塑复合材料的热稳定性,钛酸酯(YB-510)对稀土荧光竹塑复合材料的热稳定性产生不良影响,MAPE对稀土荧光竹塑复合材料的热稳定性的影响不明显.%In order to investigate the effects of three coupling agents (MAPE,YB-510,KH-560) on the luminescence property,the mechanical property and the thermal stability of the rare earth fluorescent bamboo plastic composites,the fluorescence spectrophotometer,the electronic universal testing machine,the pendulum impact tester and the thermogravimetric analyzer are employed,in addition,the tensile fracture microstructures of the rare earth fluorescent bamboo plastic composites are observed by the field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM).The results show that the three coupling agents can improve the dispersion,the fluidity,the luminescence property,the bending strength,the bending modulus,the tensile strength and the

  17. SemanticSCo: a platform to support the semantic composition of services for gene expression analysis

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    Guardia, Gabriela D.A.; Ferreira Pires, Luis; Goncalves da Silva, Eduardo; Guareis de farias, Cléver

    Gene expression studies often require the combined use of a number of analysis tools. However, manual integration of analysis tools can be cumbersome and error prone. To support a higher level of automation in the integration process, efforts have been made in the biomedical domain towards the

  18. A new composite decision support framework for strategic and sustainable transport appraisals

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    Barfod, Michael Bruhn; Salling, Kim Bang

    2015-01-01

    . The proposed framework is based on the use of cost-benefit analysis featuring feasibility risk assessment in combination with multi-criteria decision analysis and is supported by the concept of decision conferencing. The framework is applied for a transport related case study dealing with the complex decision...

  19. Natural clinoptilolite composite membranes on tubular stainless steel supports for water softening.

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    Adamaref, Solmaz; An, Weizhu; Jarligo, Maria Ophelia; Kuznicki, Tetyana; Kuznicki, Steven M

    2014-01-01

    Disk membranes generated from high-purity natural clinoptilolite mineral rock have shown promising water desalination and de-oiling performance. In order to scale up production of these types of membranes for industrial wastewater treatment applications, a coating strategy was devised. A composite mixture of natural clinoptilolite from St. Cloud (Winston, NM, USA) and aluminum phosphate was deposited on the inner surface of porous stainless steel tubes by the slip casting technique. The commercial porous stainless steel tubes were pre-coated with a TiO2 layer of about 10 μm. Phase composition and morphology of the coating materials were investigated using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Water softening performance of the fabricated membranes was evaluated using Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) municipal tap water as feed source. Preliminary experimental results show a high water flux of 7.7 kg/(m(2) h) and 75% reduction of hardness and conductivity in a once-through membrane process at 95 °C and feed pressure of 780 kPa. These results show that natural zeolite coated, stainless steel tubular membranes have high potential for large-scale purification of oil sands steam-assisted gravity drainage water at high temperature and pressure requirements.

  20. Antioxidant support in composite musculo-adipose-fasciocutaneous flap applications: an experimental study.

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    Bozkurt, Mehmet; Kapi, Emin; Kulahci, Yalcin; Gedik, Ercan; Ozekinci, Selver; Isik, Fatma Birgul; Celik, Yusuf; Selcuk, Caferi Tayyar; Kuvat, Samet Vasfi

    2014-02-01

    Free radicals are chemicals that play roles in the etio-pathogenesis of ischaemia-reperfusion injury. Various antioxidants have been used in an attempt to mitigate the damage induced by these chemicals. In the present study, the antioxidative effects of grape seed extract (proanthocyanidin), tomato extract (lycopene), and vitamin C (ascorbic acid) on a composite re-established-flow inferior epigastric artery based rectus abdominis muscle-skin flap model on which experimental ischaemia was induced were investigated. The rats have been administered antioxidants for 2 weeks prior to the surgery and for 2 more weeks thereafter. Macroscopic, histopathological, and biochemical analyses were carried out at the decision of the experiment. It was found that flap skin island necrosis was significantly reduced in the proanthocyanidin, lycopene, vitamin C groups (p < 0.001). Statistical analyses showed significant decreases in inflammation, oedema, congestion, and granulation tissue in the proanthocyanidin and lycopene groups compared to the vitamin C and control groups (p < 0.001). When the viability rates of fat and muscle tissues were examined, significant improvements were found in the proanthocyanidin and lycopene groups in comparison to the other groups (p < 0.001). Serum antioxidant capacity measurements revealed significant differences in the lycopene group compared to all other groups (p < 0.001). It is concluded that lycopene and proanthocyanidin are protective antioxidants in rat composite muscle-skin flap ischaemia-reperfusion models.

  1. Ultra-light and stable composite structure to support and cool the ATLAS pixel detector barrel electronics modules

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    Olcese, M; Castiglioni, G; Cereseto, R; Cuneo, S; Dameri, M; Gemme, C; Glitza, K W; Lenzen, G; Mora, F; Netchaeva, P; Ockenfels, W; Piano, E; Pizzorno, C; Puppo, R; Rebora, A; Rossi, L; Thadome, J; Vernocchi, F; Vigeolas, E; Vinci, A

    2004-01-01

    The design of an ultra light structure, the so-called "stave", to support and cool the sensitive elements of the Barrel Pixel detector, the innermost part of the ATLAS detector to be installed on the new Large Hadron Collider at CERN (Geneva), is presented. Very high- dimensional stability, minimization of the material and ability of operating 10 years in a high radiation environment are the key design requirements. The proposed solution consists of a combination of different carbon-based materials (impregnated carbon-carbon, ultra high modulus carbon fibre composites) coupled to a thin aluminum tube to form a very light support with an integrated cooling channel. Our design has proven to successfully fulfil the requirements. The extensive prototyping and testing program to fully qualify the design and release the production are discussed.

  2. Halloysite nanotube supported Ag nanoparticles heteroarchitectures as catalysts for polymerization of alkylsilanes to superhydrophobic silanol/siloxane composite microspheres.

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    Li, Cuiping; Li, Xueyuan; Duan, Xuelan; Li, Guangjie; Wang, Jiaqiang

    2014-12-15

    Halloysite nanotube supported Ag nanoparticles heteroarchitectures have been prepared through a very simple electroless plating method. Robust Ag nanocrystals can be reproducibly fabricated by soaking halloysite nanotubes in ethanolic solutions of AgNO3 and butylamine. By simply adjusting the molar ratio of AgNO3 and butylamine, Ag nanoparticles with tunable size and quantity on halloysite nanotube are achieved. It reveals that the Ag nanoparticles are well-dispersed on the surface of halloysite nanotubes. The halloysite nanotube supported Ag nanoparticles heteroarchitectures can serve as active catalysts for the polymerization of an alkylsilane C18H37SiH3 with water to form silanol/siloxane composite microspheres and exhibit interesting superhydrophobicity ascribed to the micro/nanobinary structure.

  3. Mercury compositional units inferred by MDIS. A comparison with the geology in support to the BepiColombo mission

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    Zambon, Francesca; Carli, Cristian; Galluzzi, Valentina; Capaccioni, Fabrizio; Filacchione, Gianrico; Giacomini, Lorenza; Massirioni, Matteo; Palumbo, Pasquale

    2016-04-01

    distributed distinct spectral units. Therefore, integrating the spectral variability to a well defined morpho-stratigraphic (photo-interpreted) map will permit to improve the geologic map itself, defining sub-units, and associating spectral properties to analogue deposits. We are working to produce quadrangles color mosaics and high resolution color mosaics of smaller areas to define color products (common planetary geologic map) and obtain an "advanced" geologic map. The mapping process permits integration of different geological surface information to better understand the planet crust formation and evolution. Merging data from different instruments provides additional information about lithological composition, contributing to the construction of a more complete geological map (e.g., Giacomini et al., 2012). These work has been done in support of the BepiColombo Mission, which has an innovative Spectrometer and Imagers Integrated Observatory SYStem (SIMBIO-SYS). SIMBIO-SYS is composed by three instruments, the visible-near-infrared imaging spectrometer (VIHI), the high-resolution imager (HRIC) and the stereo imaging system (STC) which will be albe to improve the knowledge of Mercury surface form the geological and compositional point of view. This research was supported by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) within the SIMBIOSYS project (ASI-INAF agreement no. I/022/10/0)

  4. 油田集输用塑料合金复合管管体爆裂分析%Failure Analysis of Anticorrosion Plastic Alloy Composite Pipe for Oil Gathering and Transportation

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    李循迹; 李厚补; 常泽亮; 戚东涛; 毛学强; 魏斌

    2014-01-01

    An anticorrosion plastic alloy composite pipe for oil gathering and transportation failed during service. Investigations were performed to identify the possible failure causes of the pipe. Composition and thermal analysis of inner plastic alloy and outer GRP resin were systematically studied by using FTIR, TG-DSC, VST, etc. Results reveal that additives in failed plastic alloy may have not been stirred enough before extrusion or the content of additives may exceed their normal range. The glass transition temperature of GRP resin was much lower than that stated in standard. Hence, the lower state of cure for resin as well as the higher resin content of GRP layer makes the outer GRP structural layer have a relatively lower mechanical property, giving rise to the final failure of the composite pipe after serving for a long time under the co-effect of the aging and corrosion.%集油管线用塑料合金复合管在使用过程中发生了管体爆裂失效事故。为了探讨复合管的失效原因,采用红外光谱分析、差热-热重分析、VST等分析手段,研究了复合管用内衬塑料层和外结构层玻璃钢树脂基体的结构成分、热性能等。结果表明:复合管内衬材料添加剂含量较多或分散不均,而复合管玻璃钢基体树脂的玻璃化转变温度远低于标准要求。较低的固化度和偏高的树脂含量导致玻璃钢结构层力学性能下降,在长期服役过程中的老化及介质腐蚀共同作用下,复合管最终爆裂失效。

  5. 电子束辐射制备木塑复合材料的研究%Study on Preparation of Wood-plastic Composite Based on Electron Beam Irradiation

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    胡涛; 李春光; 曾自强; 韩广文

    2016-01-01

    Wood-plastic composites have become an important approach to modify the low-grade and fast-growing wood to the high-grade wood with the excellent perform-ance .The wood-plastic composites were prepared by electron beam irradiation in this paper .The mechanical properties and water absorption of the modified wood were test-ed .The results show that the poplar and China fir can be modified to enhanced wood after impregnated with the modified liquid which contains methyl methacrylate as the main body and irradiated by the electron beam for the total irradiation dose of 50 kGy . The density and the compressive strength parallel to grain of the enhanced wood are improved by 70%-160% compared with the original .The flexural strength and bending elastic modulus increase by 14%-70% ,and water absorption in 24 h decreases from 67%-85% to 11%-25% .The above results indicate that the basic mechanical properties of wood-plastic composites prepared from fast-growing wood such as poplar are close to the level of high-quality mahogany .%木塑复合材料是将低档速生木材改性成为性能优良的中高档木材的重要途径.本研究初步探索了用电子束辐射制备木塑复合材料的工艺,并对改性后木材的力学性能及吸水性进行了测试.结果表明:采用甲基丙烯酸甲酯为主体的改性液浸渍后的杨木和杉木,在总剂量为50 kGy的电子束辐照工艺条件下,可制备出增强改性木材,其密度和顺纹抗压强度较原木材分别提高了70%~160%,抗弯强度和抗弯弹性模量提高了14%~70%,24 h吸水率从67%~85%下降到11%~25%.可见,以杨木等速生木为基材的木塑复合材料的基本力学性能已接近优质红木的水平.

  6. Synthesis of Thin Film Composite Metal-Organic Frameworks Membranes on Polymer Supports

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    Barankova, Eva

    2017-06-01

    Since the discovery of size-selective metal-organic frameworks (MOF) researchers have tried to manufacture them into gas separation membranes. ZIF-8 became the most studied MOF for membrane applications mainly because of its simple synthesis, good chemical and thermal stability, recent commercial availability and attractive pore size. The aim of this work is to develop convenient methods for growing ZIF thin layers on polymer supports to obtain defect-free ZIF membranes with good gas separation properties. We present new approaches for ZIF membranes preparation on polymers. We introduce zinc oxide nanoparticles in the support as a secondary metal source for ZIF-8 growth. Initially the ZnO particles were incorporated into the polymer matrix and later on the surface of the polymer by magnetron sputtering. In both cases, the ZnO facilitated to create more nucleation opportunities and improved the ZIF-8 growth compared to the synthesis without using ZnO. By employing the secondary seeded growth method, we were able to obtain thin (900 nm) ZIF-8 layer with good gas separation performance. Next, we propose a metal-chelating polymer as a suitable support for growing ZIF layers. Defect-free ZIF-8 films with a thickness of 600 nm could be obtained by a contra-diffusion method. ZIF-8 membranes were tested for permeation of hydrogen and hydrocarbons, and one of the highest selectivities reported so far for hydrogen/propane, and propylene/propane was obtained. Another promising method to facilitate the growth of MOFs on polymeric supports is the chemical functionalization of the support surface with functional groups, which can complex metal ions and which can covalently bond the MOF crystals. We functionalized the surface of a common porous polymeric membrane with amine groups, which took part in the reaction to form ZIF-8 nanocrystals. We observed an enhancement in adhesion between the ZIF layer and the support. The effect of parameters of the contra-diffusion experiment

  7. Plastic bronchitis: a management challenge.

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    Eberlein, Michael H; Drummond, Michael B; Haponik, Edward F

    2008-02-01

    Plastic bronchitis is an uncommon and underdiagnosed entity, characterized by recurrent expectoration of large, branching bronchial casts. We describe a 39-year-woman with no prior lung disease who had episodic wheezing, severe dyspnea with expectoration of large and thick secretions, branching in appearance, which she described as resembling squid. A comprehensive evaluation revealed no specific cause and a diagnosis of idiopathic plastic bronchitis was made. In plastic bronchitis the bronchial casts may vary in size from small segmental casts of a bronchus to casts filling the airways of an entire lung. Plastic bronchitis can therefore present as an acute life-threatening emergency if mechanical obstruction of major airways occurs. The casts are differentiated into type I, inflammatory casts, or type II, acellular casts. The type I inflammatory casts are often associated with bronchial disease and often have an acute presentation. The acellular type of cast production is often chronic or recurrent. Numerous systemic illnesses are associated with plastic bronchitis, but often, as in our patient, no underlying cause can be identified. The treatment of plastic bronchitis includes acute therapy to aid the removal and expectoration of casts, and specific short- or long-term treatments attempting to address the underlying hypersecretory process. The therapeutic options are supported only by anecdotal evidence based on case reports as the rarity and heterogeneity of plastic bronchitis confounds systematic investigations of its treatment. Improved understanding of the regulation of mucus production may allow for new treatment options in plastic bronchitis and other chronic lung diseases characterized by hypersecretion of mucus.

  8. Development of the vitrification compositional envelope to support complex-wide application of MAWS technology

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    Mazer, J.J. [ed.] [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Muller, I.S.; Gan, H.; Buechele, A.C.; Lai, S.T.; Pegg, I.L. [Catholic Univ. of America, Washington, DC (United States). Vitreous State Lab.]|[GTS Duratek, Inc., Columbia, MD (United States)

    1996-09-01

    This report presents the results from a study of the application of the Minimum Additive Waste Stabilization (MAWS) approach using vitrification as a treatment technology to a variety of waste streams across the DOE complex. This work has involved both experimental vitrification work using actual mixed wastes and surrogate waste streams from several DOE sites (Hanford, Idaho, and Oak Ridge) as well as the development of a computer-based, integrated glass property-composition database. The long-term objective is that this data base will assist glass formulation studies with single waste streams or combinations of waste streams subject to a variety of user-imposed constraints including waste stream usage priorities, process related constraints (e.g., melt viscosity, electrical conductivity, etc.), and waste form performance related constraints (e.g., TCLP and PCT leaching results). 79 refs., 143 figs., 65 tabs.

  9. A new composite assembly mechanism for supporting QoS in OBS networks

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    Guan, Ai-hong; Hu, Fang; Li, Wan-chong

    2014-01-01

    To provide the differential quality of service (QoS) for different classes of packets and reduce the packet loss probability (PLP), a novel priority-based composite assembly scheme for optical burst switching (OBS) networks is proposed. The low and high packet classes are aggregated into a single burst simultaneously, and the highest-priority packets are placed in the middle, while the low-priority packets are at the tail and head of the burst. The priority is lowered gradually from the middle to the ends. Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed assembly strategy not only guarantees the integrity of the high-priority bursts, but also significantly reduces the average end-to-end delay of the bursts and the PLP of network. So it can adapt to the flexible network with QoS requirement.

  10. Composition and size dependence of hydrogen interaction with carbon supported bulk-immiscible Pd-Rh nanoalloys.

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    Oumellal, Yassine; Provost, Karine; Ghimbeu, Camelia Matei; de Yuso, Alicia Martinez; Zlotea, Claudia

    2016-11-18

    In-depth clarification of hydrogen interaction with noble metal nanoparticles and nanoalloys is essential for further development and design of efficient catalysts and hydrogen storage nanomaterials. This issue becomes even more challenging for nanoalloys of bulk-immiscible metals. The hydrogen interaction with bulk-immiscible Pd-Rh nanoalloys (3-6 nm) supported on mesoporous carbon is studied by both laboratory and large scale facility techniques. X-ray diffraction (XRD) reveals a single phase fcc structure for all nanoparticles confirming the formation of nanoalloys in the whole composition range. In situ extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) experiments suggest segregated local structures into Pd-rich surface and Rh-rich core coexisting within the nanoparticles. Hydrogen sorption can be tuned by chemical composition: Pd-rich nanoparticles form a hydride phase, whereas Rh-rich phases do not absorb hydrogen under ambient temperature and pressure conditions. The thermodynamics of hydride formation can be tailored by the composition without affecting hydrogen capacity at full hydrogenation. Furthermore, for hydrogen absorbing nanoalloys, in situ EXAFS reveals a preferential occupation of hydrogen for the interstitial sites around Pd atoms. To our knowledge, this is the first study providing insights into the hydrogen interaction mechanism with Pd-Rh nanoalloys that can guide the design of catalysts for hydrogenation reactions and the development of nanomaterials for hydrogen storage.

  11. Applications of nano-composite materials for improving the performance of anode-supported electrolytes of SOFCs

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    Lee, Jong-Jin; Moon, Hwan; Park, Hae-Gu; Yoon, Dae Il; Hyun, Sang-Hoon [School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Yonsei Univ., Seoul 120-749 (Korea)

    2010-01-15

    In order to improve the performance of the anode-supported electrolyte of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), the anode electrode is modified by inserting an anode functional layer of nano-composite powders between a Ni-YSZ electrode and YSZ electrolyte. The NiO-YSZ nano-composite powders are fabricated by coating nano-sized Ni and YSZ particles on the YSZ core particle by the Pechini process. The reduction of the polarization resistance of a single cell that is applied to the anode functional layer is attributed to the increasing reaction of three-phase boundaries (TPBs) within the layer and the micro-structured uniformity in the electrode. Two methods were used, namely tape-casting/dip-coating and tape-casting/co-firing, for studying the performance. It can be concluded that the cell with an anode functional layer thickness (15-20 {mu}m) and a microstructure of NiO-YSZ nano-composite materials which was fabricated by the tape-casting/dip-coating method improved the output power (to 1.3 W cm{sup -2}) at 800 C using hydrogen as fuel and air as an oxidant. (author)

  12. Composition and size dependence of hydrogen interaction with carbon supported bulk-immiscible Pd-Rh nanoalloys

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    Oumellal, Yassine; Provost, Karine; Matei Ghimbeu, Camelia; Martinez de Yuso, Alicia; Zlotea, Claudia

    2016-11-01

    In-depth clarification of hydrogen interaction with noble metal nanoparticles and nanoalloys is essential for further development and design of efficient catalysts and hydrogen storage nanomaterials. This issue becomes even more challenging for nanoalloys of bulk-immiscible metals. The hydrogen interaction with bulk-immiscible Pd-Rh nanoalloys (3-6 nm) supported on mesoporous carbon is studied by both laboratory and large scale facility techniques. X-ray diffraction (XRD) reveals a single phase fcc structure for all nanoparticles confirming the formation of nanoalloys in the whole composition range. In situ extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) experiments suggest segregated local structures into Pd-rich surface and Rh-rich core coexisting within the nanoparticles. Hydrogen sorption can be tuned by chemical composition: Pd-rich nanoparticles form a hydride phase, whereas Rh-rich phases do not absorb hydrogen under ambient temperature and pressure conditions. The thermodynamics of hydride formation can be tailored by the composition without affecting hydrogen capacity at full hydrogenation. Furthermore, for hydrogen absorbing nanoalloys, in situ EXAFS reveals a preferential occupation of hydrogen for the interstitial sites around Pd atoms. To our knowledge, this is the first study providing insights into the hydrogen interaction mechanism with Pd-Rh nanoalloys that can guide the design of catalysts for hydrogenation reactions and the development of nanomaterials for hydrogen storage.

  13. Synthesis of Pt/PEI-MWCNT composite materials on polyethyleneimine-functionalized MWNTs as supports

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    Yi, Sung-Chul; Jung, Chi Young [Department of Chemical Engineering, Hanyang University, Haengdang-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Wha Jung, E-mail: whajungk@konkuk.ac.kr [Department of Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Konkuk University, 1-Hwayang-dong, Kwangjin-gu, Seoul 143-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Schematic diagram for (a) the preparation of Pt/MWCNT functionalized with PEI and (b) TEM of Pt/PEI-MWCNT. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We prepared Pt/PEI/MWCNT where MWCNT was first functionalized by PEI (polyethyleneimine) followed by Pt deposit onto it. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer PEI functionalization provided high density homogeneous functional groups on MWCNT's sidewall. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cationic PEI leads to homogeneous dispersion in solutions such as water and organic solvents. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pt/PEI/MWCNT catalyst exhibits excellent electrocatalytic activity compared to that of Pt/MWCNT catalyst obtained with polyvinylpyrrolidine (PVP). -- Abstract: Composite materials with highly dispersed platinum (Pt) nanoparticles on multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), functionalized with polyethyleneimine (PEI) by a noncovalent method were prepared. The PEI-functionalization provided high density homogeneous functional groups on the MWCNTs' sidewalls for binding Pt nanoparticles. Cationic PEI leads to homogeneous dispersion in solutions such as water and organic solvents. The effects of a reducing agent on the Pt nanoparticles that form on the surfaces of the MWCNT were studied by varying the molar ratio of NaOH to H{sub 2}PtCl{sub 6}. These composite materials were characterized with transmission electron micrograph (TEM), X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The Pt/PEI-MWCNT catalyst exhibits excellent electrocatalytic activity and compared with Pt/PVP-MWCNT catalysts obtained with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). Finally, the cyclic voltammogram of methanol electrooxidation for Pt/PEI-MWCNT shows better tolerance to CO and methanol oxidation to CO{sub 2} than of Pt/PVP-MWCNT.

  14. Study on Properties of Bamboo Fiber/Biodegradable Plastics Composites%竹原纤维/可生物降解塑料复合材料的性能研究

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    谢宝君; 涂治勇; 叶心亮; 潘志祥; 罗颖; 董先明

    2011-01-01

    The bamboo fiber/biodegradable plastics composites were fabricated by using hot press process. The mechanical properties, thermostability, microscopic structure and microbial degradation property of the composites were studied. The results indicated that the tensile strength and bending strength increased with bamboo fiber content. Compared to pure degradable plastics, as the bamboo fiber content was 16. 67% , the tensile strength and bending strength of the composites increased by 46. 9% and 93. 1% , respectively. But the elongation at break and the impact strength decreased with the increase of bamboo fiber content. The thermostability of the composites was higher than that of pure resin and bamboo fiber. The degradation rate of the composites by the soil microbial reached to 19. 4% in 20 days.%通过热压成型制备了竹原纤维增强可生物降解塑料复合材料,研究了材料的力学性能、热稳定性、断裂面的微观结构等,以及复合材料的微生物降解性能.研究结果表明,复合材料的拉伸强度和弯曲强度随竹原纤维含量增加而增加,当竹原纤维质量分数为16.67%时,复合材料的拉伸强度和弯曲强度较纯可降解塑料分别增加46.9%和93.1%,但断裂伸长率和冲击强度随着竹原纤维含量增加而降低.复合材料的热稳定性比纯可降解塑料和竹原纤维更好.在土壤微生物的作用下,复合材料在20 d时间的降解率可达19.4%.

  15. Development of Polysulfone Hollow Fiber Porous Supports for High Flux Composite Membranes: Air Plasma and Piranha Etching

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    Full Text Available For the development of high efficiency porous supports for composite membrane preparation, polysulfone (PSf hollow fiber membranes (outer diameter 1.57 mm, inner diameter 1.12 mm were modified by air plasma using the low temperature plasma treatment pilot plant which is easily scalable to industrial level and the Piranha etch (H2O2 + H2SO4. Chemical and plasma modification affected only surface layers and did not cause PSf chemical structure change. The modifications led to surface roughness decrease, which is of great importance for further thin film composite (TFC membranes fabrication by dense selective layer coating, and also reduced water and ethylene glycol contact angle values for modified hollow fibers surface. Furthermore, the membranes surface energy increased two-fold. The Piranha mixture chemical modification did not change the membranes average pore size and gas permeance values, while air plasma treatment increased pore size 1.5-fold and also 2 order enhanced membranes surface porosity. Since membranes surface porosity increased due to air plasma treatment the modified membranes were used as efficient supports for preparation of high permeance TFC membranes by using poly[1-(trimethylsilyl-1-propyne] as an example for selective layer fabrication.

  16. Oxytocin and Maternal Brain Plasticity

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    Kim, Sohye; Strathearn, Lane

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    Although dramatic postnatal changes in maternal behavior have long been noted, we are only now beginning to understand the neurobiological mechanisms that support this transition. The present paper synthesizes growing insights from both animal and human research to provide an overview of the plasticity of the mother's brain, with a particular…

  17. Investigation of Structure and Properties of Biodegradable Compositions of Polylactide with Ethyl Cellulose and Chitosan Plasticized by Poly(Ethylene Glycol

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    Full Text Available Compositions of polylactide (PLA with polysaccharides ethyl cellulose and chitosan are obtained at different initial ratios of components under conditions of shear deformation in a Brabender mixer. It has been shown that the addition of a given amount of low-molecular poly(ethylene glycol (PEG leads to an increase in the elongation of rigid polysaccharide–PLA compositions. The influence of molecular weight and amount of PEG on the thermal behavior of PLA is investigated by DSC method. The biodegradability of films prepared from the blends under investigation is estimated by weight loss after holding in soil and tests on the fungus resistance, and it is shown that the compositions have good biodegradability. The changes in the film morphology after holding in soil revealed by the SEM method additionally confirm that compositions are subjected to biodegradation.

  18. 不同配方木塑复合材料的力学性能比较与分析%Comparison and Analysis on the Mechanical Properties of Wood-plastic Composite with Different Formulations

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    简伟程; 潘惠; 徐长妍

    2012-01-01

    The mechanical properties of four wood-plastic composite materials, including elastic modu lus, bending strength, compression strength were tested, and the results were briefly analyzed. The results showed that the productions of four kinds of formulations had excellent mechanical properties which can meet the demand of outdoor use.%测试了四种配方木塑复合材料的力学性能,包括弹性模量、弯曲强度和抗压强度,并对其结果进行了简要的分析.实验结果表明,四种配方生产的材料力学性能都较为优异,都能符合户外装饰板材的要求.

  19. Entanglement entropy of composite Fermi liquid states on the lattice: In support of the Widom formula

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    Mishmash, Ryan V.; Motrunich, Olexei I.

    2016-08-01

    Quantum phases characterized by surfaces of gapless excitations are known to violate the otherwise ubiquitous boundary law of entanglement entropy in the form of a multiplicative log correction: S ˜Ld -1logL . Using variational Monte Carlo, we calculate the second Rényi entropy for a model wave function of the ν =1 /2 composite Fermi liquid (CFL) state defined on the two-dimensional triangular lattice. By carefully studying the scaling of the total Rényi entropy and, crucially, its contributions from the modulus and sign of the wave function on various finite-size geometries, we argue that the prefactor of the leading L logL term is equivalent to that in the analogous free fermion wave function. In contrast to the recent results of Shao et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 206402 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.206402], we thus conclude that the "Widom formula" holds even in this non-Fermi liquid CFL state. More generally, our results further elucidate—and place on a more quantitative footing—the relationship between nontrivial wave function sign structure and S ˜L logL entanglement scaling in such highly entangled gapless phases.

  20. "Pleiades Visions" for organ solo: A composition supported by documented research

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    Whitehouse, Matthew Robert

    Pleiades Visions is a three-movement work for organ solo inspired by indigenous music and mythology associated with the Pleiades (Seven Sisters) star cluster. Three cultural groups are represented in Pleiades Visions. The first movement, entitled "Uluru," draws from Australian Aboriginal music and mythology. The second movement, entitled "...life on other worlds," is based loosely on a Quechan (Yuman) Indian song. The concluding movement, entitled "Mauna Kea," is inspired by the opening lines of the Kumulipo, a creation chant of the Native Hawaiian culture. The source material for Pleiades Visions was identified through research incorporating techniques from the fields of cultural astronomy and ethnomusicology. This research represents a new line of inquiry for both fields. This document situates Pleiades Visions in the context of the organ literature, and suggests that Pleiades Visions might be the first organ work with a cultural astronomy inspiration. It also describes the research undergirding Pleiades Visions, demonstrates the manner in which that research informed the composition of the work, and addresses issues surrounding the use of indigenous source material in a culturally sensitive manner.

  1. Catalytically Active Bimetallic Nanoparticles Supported on Porous Carbon Capsules Derived From Metal-Organic Framework Composites.

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    Yang, Hui; Bradley, Siobhan J; Chan, Andrew; Waterhouse, Geoffrey I N; Nann, Thomas; Kruger, Paul E; Telfer, Shane G

    2016-09-14

    We report a new methodology for producing monometallic or bimetallic nanoparticles confined within hollow nitrogen-doped porous carbon capsules. The capsules are derived from metal-organic framework (MOF) crystals that are coated with a shell of a secondary material comprising either a metal-tannic acid coordination polymer or a resorcinol-formaldehyde polymer. Platinum nanoparticles are optionally sandwiched between the MOF core and the shell. Pyrolysis of the MOF-shell composites produces hollow capsules of porous nitrogen-doped carbon that bear either monometallic (Pt, Co, and Ni) or alloyed (PtCo and PtNi) metal nanoparticles. The Co and Ni components of the bimetallic nanoparticles are derived from the shell surrounding the MOF crystals. The hollow capsules prevent sintering and detachment of the nanoparticles, and their porous walls allow for efficient mass transport. Alloyed PtCo nanoparticles embedded in the capsule walls are highly active, selective, and recyclable catalysts for the hydrogenation of nitroarenes to anilines.

  2. Effect of Plastic Pre-straining on Residual Stress and Composition Profiles in Low-Temperature Surface-Hardened Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    Bottoli, Federico; Christiansen, Thomas L.; Winther, Grethe; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2016-08-01

    The present work deals with the evaluation of the residual stress profiles in expanded austenite by applying grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GI-XRD) combined with successive sublayer removal. Annealed and deformed ( ɛ eq=0.5) samples of stable stainless steel EN 1.4369 were nitrided or nitrocarburized. The residual stress profiles resulting from the thermochemical low-temperature surface treatment were measured. The results indicate high-residual compressive stresses of several GPa's in the nitrided region, while lower-compressive stresses are produced in the carburized case. Plastic deformation in the steel prior to thermochemical treatment has a hardly measurable influence on the nitrogen-rich zone, while it has a measurable effect on the stresses and depth of the carbon-rich zone.

  3. Recycling of Reinforced Plastics

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    Adams, R. D.; Collins, Andrew; Cooper, Duncan; Wingfield-Digby, Mark; Watts-Farmer, Archibald; Laurence, Anna; Patel, Kayur; Stevens, Mark; Watkins, Rhodri

    2014-02-01

    This work has shown is that it is possible to recycle continuous and short fibre reinforced thermosetting resins while keeping almost the whole of the original material, both fibres and matrix, within the recyclate. By splitting, crushing hot or cold, and hot forming, it is possible to create a recyclable material, which we designate a Remat, which can then be used to remanufacture other shapes, examples of plates and tubes being demonstrated. Not only can remanufacturing be done, but it has been shown that over 50 % of the original mechanical properties, such as the E modulus, tensile strength, and interlaminar shear strength, can be retained. Four different forms of composite were investigated, a random mat Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic (GFRP) bathroom component and boat hull, woven glass and carbon fibre cloth impregnated with an epoxy resin, and unidirectional carbon fibre pre-preg. One of the main factors found to affect composite recyclability was the type of resin matrix used in the composite. Thermoset resins tested were shown to have a temperature range around the Glass Transition Temperature (Tg) where they exhibit ductile behaviour, hence aiding reforming of the material. The high-grade carbon fibre prepreg was found to be less easy to recycle than the woven of random fibre laminates. One method of remanufacturing was by heating the Remat to above its glass transition temperature, bending it to shape, and then cooling it. However, unless precautions are taken, the geometric form may revert. This does not happen with the crushed material.

  4. Plastics for corrosion inhibition

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    Goldade, Victor A; Makarevich, Anna V; Kestelman, Vladimir N

    2005-01-01

    The development of polymer composites containing inhibitors of metal corrosion is an important endeavour in modern materials science and technology. Corrosion inhibitors can be located in a polymer matrix in the solid, liquid or gaseous phase. This book details the thermodynamic principles for selecting these components, their compatibility and their effectiveness. The various mechanisms of metal protection – barrier, inhibiting and electromechanical – are considered, as are the conflicting requirements placed on the structure of the combined material. Two main classes of inhibited materials (structural and films/coatings) are described in detail. Examples are given of structural plastics used in friction units subjected to mechano-chemical wear and of polymer films/coatings for protecting metal objects against corrosion.

  5. Effect of Lignocellulose Surface Characteristics on the Mechanical Properties of Wood-plastic Composites%木质纤维表面改性对木塑复合材料力学性能的影响

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    李雅丽; 付新; 高锦红; 刘娟

    2014-01-01

    Objective To improve the interfacial compatibility of lignocellulose with thermoplastic plastics, and increase the me-chanical properties of wood-plastic composites. Methods The contact angles of three probe liquids against unmodified and modified corn stover fibers were tested by capillary rise method, and the surface tension and its components of unmodified and modified corn stover fibers were calculated based on the method of Owens-wendt-Kaelble. Results The results showed that the surface tension of the unmodified corn stover fibers was 28. 88 mN/ m and its polar component was 22. 20 mN/ m, while the surface tension of the modified corn stover fibers was 35. 69 mN/ m and its polar component was 3. 51 mN/ m. Conclusion Modified corn stover fibers had better in-terfacial compatibility with thermoplastics, which was also confirmed by the better mechanical properties of wood-plastic composites.%目的:改善木质纤维与热塑性塑料的界面相容性,提高木塑复合材料的力学性能。方法采用毛细管上升法测定不同探测液在未改性玉米秸秆粉和硅烷偶联剂改性玉米秸秆粉表面的接触角,通过Owens 法计算玉米秸秆粉改性前后的表面张力及其分量。结果未改性玉米秸秆粉的表面张力为28.88 mN/ m,极性分量为22.20 mN/ m;而改性玉米秸秆粉的表面张力为35.69 mN/ m,极性分量为3.51 mN/m。结论在与热塑性塑料复合时,改性玉米秸秆粉有更好的界面相容性,其制备的木塑复合材料有更好的力学强度。

  6. Degradation of oxo-biodegradable plastic by Pleurotus ostreatus.

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    Full Text Available Growing concerns regarding the impact of the accumulation of plastic waste over several decades on the environmental have led to the development of biodegradable plastic. These plastics can be degraded by microorganisms and absorbed by the environment and are therefore gaining public support as a possible alternative to petroleum-derived plastics. Among the developed biodegradable plastics, oxo-biodegradable polymers have been used to produce plastic bags. Exposure of this waste plastic to ultraviolet light (UV or heat can lead to breakage of the polymer chains in the plastic, and the resulting compounds are easily degraded by microorganisms. However, few studies have characterized the microbial degradation of oxo-biodegradable plastics. In this study, we tested the capability of Pleurotus ostreatus to degrade oxo-biodegradable (D2W plastic without prior physical treatment, such as exposure to UV or thermal heating. After 45 d of incubation in substrate-containing plastic bags, the oxo-biodegradable plastic, which is commonly used in supermarkets, developed cracks and small holes in the plastic surface as a result of the formation of hydroxyl groups and carbon-oxygen bonds. These alterations may be due to laccase activity. Furthermore, we observed the degradation of the dye found in these bags as well as mushroom formation. Thus, P. ostreatus degrades oxo-biodegradable plastics and produces mushrooms using this plastic as substrate.

  7. Degradation of oxo-biodegradable plastic by Pleurotus ostreatus.

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    da Luz, José Maria Rodrigues; Paes, Sirlaine Albino; Nunes, Mateus Dias; da Silva, Marliane de Cássia Soares; Kasuya, Maria Catarina Megumi

    2013-01-01

    Growing concerns regarding the impact of the accumulation of plastic waste over several decades on the environmental have led to the development of biodegradable plastic. These plastics can be degraded by microorganisms and absorbed by the environment and are therefore gaining public support as a possible alternative to petroleum-derived plastics. Among the developed biodegradable plastics, oxo-biodegradable polymers have been used to produce plastic bags. Exposure of this waste plastic to ultraviolet light (UV) or heat can lead to breakage of the polymer chains in the plastic, and the resulting compounds are easily degraded by microorganisms. However, few studies have characterized the microbial degradation of oxo-biodegradable plastics. In this study, we tested the capability of Pleurotus ostreatus to degrade oxo-biodegradable (D2W) plastic without prior physical treatment, such as exposure to UV or thermal heating. After 45 d of incubation in substrate-containing plastic bags, the oxo-biodegradable plastic, which is commonly used in supermarkets, developed cracks and small holes in the plastic surface as a result of the formation of hydroxyl groups and carbon-oxygen bonds. These alterations may be due to laccase activity. Furthermore, we observed the degradation of the dye found in these bags as well as mushroom formation. Thus, P. ostreatus degrades oxo-biodegradable plastics and produces mushrooms using this plastic as substrate.

  8. Degradation of Oxo-Biodegradable Plastic by Pleurotus ostreatus

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    da Luz, José Maria Rodrigues; Paes, Sirlaine Albino; Nunes, Mateus Dias; da Silva, Marliane de Cássia Soares; Kasuya, Maria Catarina Megumi

    2013-01-01

    Growing concerns regarding the impact of the accumulation of plastic waste over several decades on the environmental have led to the development of biodegradable plastic. These plastics can be degraded by microorganisms and absorbed by the environment and are therefore gaining public support as a possible alternative to petroleum-derived plastics. Among the developed biodegradable plastics, oxo-biodegradable polymers have been used to produce plastic bags. Exposure of this waste plastic to ultraviolet light (UV) or heat can lead to breakage of the polymer chains in the plastic, and the resulting compounds are easily degraded by microorganisms. However, few studies have characterized the microbial degradation of oxo-biodegradable plastics. In this study, we tested the capability of Pleurotus ostreatus to degrade oxo-biodegradable (D2W) plastic without prior physical treatment, such as exposure to UV or thermal heating. After 45 d of incubation in substrate-containing plastic bags, the oxo-biodegradable plastic, which is commonly used in supermarkets, developed cracks and small holes in the plastic surface as a result of the formation of hydroxyl groups and carbon-oxygen bonds. These alterations may be due to laccase activity. Furthermore, we observed the degradation of the dye found in these bags as well as mushroom formation. Thus, P. ostreatus degrades oxo-biodegradable plastics and produces mushrooms using this plastic as substrate. PMID:23967057

  9. 木质纤维填料对PE-HD基木塑复合材料热性能的影响%Effect of Wood Fiber Fillers on Thermal Properties of PE-HD Wood Plastic Composite

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    赵丽梅; 何春霞; 朱方政; 丁建生; 卢圣楼

    2015-01-01

    The PE–HD wood plastic composite were prepared filled with wood flour,bamboo flour,rice husk flour and some assistants by compression molding process. The thermal expansion and decomposition properties of the composites were tested. The results show that the ascending order of the coefficient of linear thermal expansion of PE–HD composites filled with wood fiber fillers is the following:PE–HD/wood flour compositecompositecomposite. The coefficient of linear thermal expansion of PE–HD/wood flour composite decreases with the increase of wood content and mesh,with 65% and 150 μm wood fiber,the coefficient of linear thermal expansion of PE–HD/wood flour composite is the minimum. The thermal decomposition of PE–HD/wood filler composites are carried out in two steps,the first step is mainly the decomposition of wood fillers,and the second step is mainly the decomposition of PE–HD. The weightlessness starting temperature of PE–HD/wood flour composite is higher than that of PE–HD/bamboo flour composite and PE–HD/rice husk flour composite,and with higher wood content,the decomposition rate and weight loss of the first step of PE–HD/wood flour composites become more greater. The smaller the particle size,the lower the initial decomposition temperature.%分别以木粉、竹粉、稻壳粉三种木质纤维为填料,高密度聚乙烯(PE–HD)为基体,采用模压成型法制备木塑复合材料,对复合材料的热膨胀性能和热失重特性进行了研究。结果表明,三种木质纤维填充PE–HD复合材料的线性热膨胀系数顺序为:PE–HD/木粉复合材料

  10. Polychlorinated biphenyls and organochlorine pesticides in plastics ingested by seabirds.

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    Colabuono, Fernanda Imperatrice; Taniguchi, Satie; Montone, Rosalinda Carmela

    2010-04-01

    The occurrence of plastic objects in the digestive tract was assessed in eight species of Procellariiformes collected in southern Brazil and the occurrence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in the ingested plastics pellets and plastic fragments was evaluated. PCBs were detected in plastic pellets (491 ng g(-1)) and plastic fragments (243-418 ng g(-1)). Among the OCPs, p,p'-DDE had the highest concentrations, ranging from 68.0 to 99.0 ng g(-1). The occurrence of organic pollutants in post-consumer plastics supports the fact that plastics are an important source carrying persistent organic pollutants in the marine environment. Although transfer through the food chain may be the main source of exposure to POPs to seabirds, plastics could be an additional source for the organisms which ingest them, like Procellariiformes which are the seabirds most affected by plastic pollution.

  11. Biofilms produced by Burkholderia cenocepacia: influence of media and solid supports on composition of matrix exopolysaccharides.

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    Pellizzoni, Elena; Ravalico, Fabio; Scaini, Denis; Delneri, Ambra; Rizzo, Roberto; Cescutti, Paola

    2016-02-01

    Bacteria usually grow forming biofilms, which are communities of cells embedded in a self-produced dynamic polymeric matrix, characterized by a complex three-dimensional structure. The matrix holds cells together and above a surface, and eventually releases them, resulting in colonization of other surfaces. Although exopolysaccharides (EPOLs) are important components of the matrix, determination of their structure is usually performed on samples produced in non-biofilm conditions, or indirectly through genetic studies. Among the Burkholderia cepacia complex species, Burkholderia cenocepacia is an important pathogen in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients and is generally more aggressive than other species. In the present investigation, B. cenocepacia strain BTS2, a CF isolate, was grown in biofilm mode on glass slides and cellulose membranes, using five growth media, one of which mimics the nutritional content of CF sputum. The structure of the matrix EPOLs was determined by 1H-NMR spectroscopy, while visualization of the biofilms on glass slides was obtained by means of confocal laser microscopy, phase-contrast microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The results confirmed that the type of EPOLs biosynthesized depends both on the medium used and on the type of support, and showed that mucoid conditions do not always lead to significant biofilm production, while bacteria in a non-mucoid state can still form biofilm containing EPOLs.

  12. Composites

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    Taylor, John G.

    The Composites market is arguably the most challenging and profitable market for phenolic resins aside from electronics. The variety of products and processes encountered creates the challenges, and the demand for high performance in critical operations brings value. Phenolic composite materials are rendered into a wide range of components to supply a diverse and fragmented commercial base that includes customers in aerospace (Space Shuttle), aircraft (interiors and brakes), mass transit (interiors), defense (blast protection), marine, mine ducting, off-shore (ducts and grating) and infrastructure (architectural) to name a few. For example, phenolic resin is a critical adhesive in the manufacture of honeycomb sandwich panels. Various solvent and water based resins are described along with resin characteristics and the role of metal ions for enhanced thermal stability of the resin used to coat the honeycomb. Featured new developments include pultrusion of phenolic grating, success in RTM/VARTM fabricated parts, new ballistic developments for military vehicles and high char yield carbon-carbon composites along with many others. Additionally, global regional market resin volumes and sales are presented and compared with other thermosetting resin systems.

  13. Recycling of Plastic

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    Christensen, Thomas Højlund; Fruergaard, Thilde

    2011-01-01

    Plastic is produced from fossil oil. Plastic is used for many different products. Some plastic products like, for example, wrapping foil, bags and disposable containers for food and beverage have very short lifetimes and thus constitute a major fraction of most waste. Other plastic products like......, for example, gutters, window frames, car parts and transportation boxes have long lifetimes and thus appear as waste only many years after they have been introduced on the market. Plastic is constantly being used for new products because of its attractive material properties: relatively cheap, easy to form......, good strength and long durability. Recycling of plastic waste from production is well-established, while recycling of postconsumer plastic waste still is in its infancy. This chapter describes briefly how plastic is produced and how waste plastic is recycled in the industry. Quality requirements...

  14. The Prism Plastic Calorimeter (PPC)

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    This proposal supports two goals: \\\\ \\\\ First goal:~~Demonstrate that current, widely used plastic technologies allow to design Prism Plastic Calorimeter~(PPC) towers with a new ``liquid crystal'' type plastic called Vectra. It will be shown that this technique meets the requirements for a LHC calorimeter with warm liquids: safety, hermeticity, hadronic compensation, resolution and time response. \\\\ \\\\ Second goal:~~Describe how one can design a warm liquid calorimeter integrated into a LHC detector and to list the advantages of the PPC: low price, minimum of mechanical structures, minimum of dead space, easiness of mechanical assembly, accessibility to the electronics, possibility to recirculate the liquid. The absorber and the electronic being outside of the liquid and easily accessible, one has maximum flexibility to define them. \\\\ \\\\ The R&D program, we define here aims at showing the feasibility of these new ideas by building nine towers of twenty gaps and exposing them to electron and hadron beams.

  15. The Relationship Between Immigrant School Composition, Classmate Support and Involvement in Physical Fighting and Bullying among Adolescent Immigrants and Non-immigrants in 11 Countries.

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    Walsh, Sophie D; De Clercq, Bart; Molcho, Michal; Harel-Fisch, Yossi; Davison, Colleen M; Madsen, Katrine Rich; Stevens, Gonneke W J M

    2016-01-01

    Increasing numbers of migrant youth around the world mean growing numbers of heterogeneous school environments in many countries. Contradictory findings regarding the relationship between immigrant school composition (the percentage of immigrant versus non-immigrant students in a school) and adolescent peer violence necessitate further consideration. The current study examined the relationship between immigrant school composition and peer violence, considering classmate support as a potential moderator among 51,636 adolescents (50.1% female) from 11 countries. The findings showed that a higher percentage of immigrant adolescents in a school was related to higher levels of physical fighting and bullying perpetration for both immigrant and non-immigrant adolescents and lower levels of victimization for immigrants. In environments of low classmate support, the positive relationship between immigrant school composition and fighting was stronger for non-immigrants than in environments with high classmate support. In environments of low classmate support, the negative relationship between immigrant school composition and fighting and bullying victimization was stronger for immigrant adolescents than in environments with high classmate support. In general, the contribution of immigrant school composition was modest in comparison to the contribution of classmate support. The findings emphasize that it is not just the number of immigrants in a class per se, but rather the environment in the classroom which influences levels of peer violence. The results highlight a need for school intervention programs encouraging positive relations in schools with immigrant populations.

  16. In vivo study of the wear of a reinforced composite used to cover implant-supported frameworks.

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    David, Susana; Del Rio, Jaime; Celemín, Alicia; Serrano, Carlos

    2009-01-01

    The goal of this study was to research the wear shown by a material (Cristobal+) offered as an alternative to ceramics in the covering of an implant-supported fixed prosthesis. Twenty-six active cusps were used in this study; the control group consisted of 12 cusps adjacent to restorations composed of Cristobal+. Five images were obtained from each sample and analyzed using computer software that creates an arch along each cusp, so each image gives the value of the radius described by that arch. If a sample showed any sign of wear, the values for the successive radii would be increasingly larger since a flattened arch would produce a larger radius. An analysis of the paired Student t test was applied. After assessing the results, a statistically significant difference in wear was noted (P Cristobal+ reinforced composite was greater than that of the natural adjacent cusps.

  17. Scaling of light emission from detonating bare Composition B, 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene [C7H5(NO2)3], and PE4 plastic explosive charges

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    Mostert, FJ

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available -detonation reactions in the expanding products of the detonation. Various researchers have studied these emissions, and it has been established that there are features in such emission spectra that can be regarded as characteristic for a specific explosive composition...

  18. Importance of the support material in thin palladium composite membranes for steady hydrogen permeation at elevated temperatures.

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    Okazaki, Junya; Ikeda, Takuji; Pacheco Tanaka, David A; Llosa Tanco, Margot A; Wakui, Yoshito; Sato, Koich; Mizukami, Fujio; Suzuki, Toshishige M

    2009-10-14

    Hydrogen permeation performance of palladium membranes supported on porous alpha-alumina and yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) was studied at 300-850 degrees C. The hydrogen permeation flux across the palladium-alpha-alumina membrane decreased markedly during permeation tests conducted at >600 degrees C. The SEM and XPS studies of the post-test membrane revealed the presence of aluminium in the palladium layer. Such migration of aluminium was not observed by heating the palladium-alpha-alumina membrane under an argon atmosphere, indicating that hydrogen is responsible for this phenomenon. Hydrogen-induced strong metal-support interaction might be related to this considerable loss of the hydrogen flux. Reduction of alumina to Al(0) by active hydrogen at the membrane-support interface and subsequent migration of Al(0) into the palladium layer represents the most plausible mechanism for the aluminium diffusion. Actually, Al(0) that migrated into the palladium membrane layer generated less hydrogen-permeable palladium-aluminium alloy or inter-metallic compound phase. In contrast, no such strong interaction was found between the YSZ support and the palladium membrane. This composite membrane exhibited a steady permeation of hydrogen at 650 degrees C for 336 h. Having a remarkably high reduction potential, Y(III) is unlikely to be reduced to Y(0), although Zr(IV) has a comparable reduction potential to that of Al(III). A binary phase diagram shows a liquid alloy phase present for the Pd/Al couple at temperatures greater than 615 degrees C (eutectic point), while an inter-metallic compound or liquid alloy phase in the Pd-Zr binary system is not apparent at temperatures less than 750 degrees C. Consequently, inter-diffusion of zirconium with palladium did not occur during operations at 650 degrees C.

  19. Facile synthesis of self-supported Ni2P nanosheet@Ni sponge composite for high-rate battery

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    Shi, F.; Xie, D.; Zhong, Y.; Wang, D. H.; Xia, X. H.; Gu, C. D.; Wang, X. L.; Tu, J. P.

    2016-10-01

    To meet the requirements for high-rate battery with desirable performance, a self-supported Ni2P@Ni sponge electrode is synthesized via simple steps, in which the Ni sponge substrate is synthesized by a one-pot hydrothermal method and the Ni2P nanosheets grown on the novel substrate are converted from Ni(OH)2 via a phosphorization reaction. This hybrid composite combines the 3D porous structure of Ni sponge and high capacity of Ni2P nanosheets, which exhibits lightweight, flexible and highly-conductive properties, resulting in an excellent specific capacity of 430.3 mAh g-1 at a current density of 1 A g-1 and remaining as high as 77.0% capacity even at 40 A g-1. More importantly, the Ni2P@Ni sponge//C cell exhibits the maximum energy density of 182.1 W h kg-1 at a power density of 205 W kg-1 along with superior capacity retention of 85.2% after 3000 cycles. It is suggested that the Ni2P nanosheet@ Ni sponge composite is a promising electrode material for high-rate batteries.

  20. Low-temperature SCR of NO with NH3 over activated semi-coke composite-supported rare earth oxides

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    Wang, Jinping; Yan, Zheng; Liu, Lili; Zhang, Yingyi; Zhang, Zuotai; Wang, Xidong

    2014-08-01

    The catalysts with different rare earth oxides (La, Ce, Pr and Nd) loaded onto activated semi-coke (ASC) via hydrothermal method are prepared for the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH3 at low temperature (150-300 °C). It is evidenced that CeO2 loaded catalysts present the best performance, and the optimum loading amount of CeO2 is about 10 wt%. Composite catalysts by doping La, Pr and Nd into CeO2 are prepared to obtain further improved catalytic properties. The SCR mechanism is investigated through various characterizations, including XRD, Raman, XPS and FT-IR, the results of which indicate that the oxygen defect plays an important role in SCR process and the doped rare earth elements effectively serve as promoters to increase the concentration of oxygen vacancies. It is also found that the oxygen vacancies in high concentration are favored for the adsorption of O2 and further oxidation of NO, which facilitates a rapid progressing of the following reduction reactions. The SCR process of NO with NH3 at low temperature over the catalysts of ASC composite-supported rare earth oxides mainly follows the Langmuir-Hinshlwood mechanism.