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  1. Thin Film Deposition Techniques (PVD)

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    Steinbeiss, E.

    The most interesting materials for spin electronic devices are thin films of magnetic transition metals and magnetic perovskites, mainly the doped La-manganites [1] as well as several oxides and metals for passivating and contacting the magnetic films. The most suitable methods for the preparation of such films are the physical vapor deposition methods (PVD). Therefore this report will be restricted to these deposition methods.

  2. Pvd Growth Method:. Physics and Technology

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    Moshfegh, A. Z.

    2004-06-01

    In this review, the foundation of thin film technology namely fabrication, characterization and application is described. Classification of physical vapor deposition (PVD) is presented based on evaporation and sputtering methods. The physics and technology of three main branches of PVD deposition techniques including sputtering, pulse laser deposition (PLD) and molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) along with their characteristic differences are compared. The application of bias sputtering in producing thin films with modified properties is presented. A correlation between deposition variables and parameters of nucleation and growth is discussed. The initial stages of PVD growth modes such as layer by-layer, island, and mixed layer-island growth mechanisms are reviewed. At the end, the applications of PVD in microelectronics with several recent examples especially in the metallization process are presented.

  3. Latest Developments in PVD Coatings for Tooling

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    Gabriela Strnad

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the recent developments in the field of PVD coating for manufacturing tools. A review of monoblock, multilayer, nanocomposite, DLC and oxinitride coatings is discussed, with the emphasis on coatings which enables the manufacturers to implement high productivity processes such as high speed cutting and dry speed machining.

  4. Crystal structure of PvdO from Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Yuan, Zenglin; Gao, Fei; Bai, Guohui; Xia, Hengchuan; Gu, Lichuan; Xu, Sujuan

    2017-02-26

    Pyoverdine I (PVDI) is a water-soluble fluorescein siderophore with strong iron chelating ability from the gram-negative pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1. Compared to common siderophores, PVDI is a relatively large compound whose synthesis requires a group of enzymes with different catalytic activities. In addition to four nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPS) which are responsible for the production of the peptide backbone of PVDI, several additional enzymes are associated with the modification of the side chains. PvdO is one of these enzymes and participates in PVDI precursor maturation in the periplasm. We determined the crystal structure of PvdO at 1.24 Å resolution. The PvdO structure shares a common fold with some FGly-generating enzymes (FGE) and is stabilized by Ca(2+). However, the catalytic residues in FGE are not observed in PvdO, indicating PvdO adopts a unique catalytic mechanism.

  5. Structure and corrosion properties of PVD Cr-N coatings

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    Liu, C; Ziegele, H; Leyland, A; Matthews, A

    2002-01-01

    PVD Cr-N coatings produced by physical vapor deposition (PVD) are increasingly used for mechanical and tribological applications in various industrial sectors. These coatings are particularly attractive for their excellent corrosion resistance, which further enhances the lifetime and service quality of coated components. PVD Cr-N coated steels in an aqueous solution are usually corroded by galvanic attack via through-coating 'permeable' defects (e.g., pores). Therefore, the corrosion performance of Cr-N coated steel is determined by a number of variables of the coating properties and corrosive environment. These variables include: (i) surface continuity and uniformity; (ii) through-coating porosity; (iii) film density and chemical stability; (iv) growth stresses; (v) interfacial and intermediate layers; (vi) coating thickness; (vii) coating composition; and (viii) substrate properties. In this article, PVD Cr-N coatings were prepared, by electron-beam PVD and sputter deposition, with different compositions, t...

  6. Structure And Properties Of PVD Coatings Deposited On Cermets

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    Żukowska L.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The main aim of the research is the investigation of the structure and properties of single-layer and gradient coatings of the type (Ti,AlN and Ti(C,N deposited by physical vapour deposition technology (PVD on the cermets substrate.

  7. Stress in and texture of PVD deposited metal nitride films

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    Machunze, R.

    2010-01-01

    Thin metal nitride films deposited by Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) are used amongst many other applications as wear protective coatings in tool industry or as diffusion barriers in integrated circuit technology. Typically these films exhibit a residual in-plane stress when deposited onto rigid su

  8. Ionic Conductivity of Membranes Based on PVdF-HFP

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    Garcia-Bernabé, A.; Gil-Agustí, M.; González-Gutiérrez, J. P.; Quijano-López, A.

    2010-06-01

    Membranes based on PVdF-HFP have been prepared by solution-casting methode. Lithium perchlorate (LiClO4) and lithium trifluoromethane sulfonate (LiCF3SO3) were used as lithium salts, and ethylene carbonate and a mixture of ethylene and propylene carbonate (1:1 wt. %) as plasticizers. The ionic conductivity was determined by means of impedance spectroscopy. The Nyquist plot was fitted with a general equivalent circuit. The ionic conductivity increases to plastificizer content. The membrane consisting of 50 w% PVdF-HFP, 35 w% PC+EC and 15 w% LiCF3SO3 has the highest conductivity with a value of 6.892×10-3 S/cm at room temperature.

  9. Triboanalysis in Industry for PVD-coated Stamping Dies

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    E. Zdravecká

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The application of hard wear-resistant coatings is expanding into various sectors of industry to protect tools and other components from failure caused by wear and corrosion. However, in forming industry it is still rather an exception than a rule to find coated forming dies. This study has objectives to investigate wear behaviour of P/M Vanadis 6 ledeburitic steel with PVD-TiN and TiCN coatings. The tests were carried out in the laboratory and industrial process conditions. The obtained results under operating conditions show that the application of PVD coatings appears as a very effective method for increasing the lifetime and wear resistance of cold stamping dies.

  10. Antimicrobial titanium/silver PVD coatings on titanium

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    Thull Roger; Glückermann Susanne K; Ewald Andrea; Gbureck Uwe

    2006-01-01

    Abstract Background Biofilm formation and deep infection of endoprostheses is a recurrent complication in implant surgery. Post-operative infections may be overcome by adjusting antimicrobial properties of the implant surface prior to implantation. In this work we described the development of an antimicrobial titanium/silver hard coating via the physical vapor deposition (PVD) process. Methods Coatings with a thickness of approximately 2 μm were deposited on titanium surfaces by simultaneous ...

  11. Ionized PVD with an Inductively Coupled Plasma Source

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    Hayden, D. B.; Juliano, D. R.; Ruzic, D. N.

    1997-10-01

    Ionized physical vapor deposition (iPVD) is used to enhance the directionality of metal deposition. This is a potential solution to depositing into higher aspect-ratio trenches and vias for metal interconnects. A dc magnetron (Donated by Materials Research Corporation) is coupled with an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) coil to increase the ionization of the sputtered metal atoms. This allows metal ions to be accelerated across the plasma sheath to a biased substrate and deposited normally. One coil design has a wider diameter than the substrate to reduce shadowing and flaking effects. Argon and neon working gases and aluminum and copper targets are investigated at varying pressures and power levels. Deposition rates and metal flux ionization fractions are measured with a quartz crystal microbalance and a multi-grid analyzer.

  12. Microporous PVdF gel for lithium-ion batteries

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    Boudin, F.; Andrieu, X.; Jehoulet, C.; Olsen, I. I.

    A novel ionic conductor for lithium-ion batteries was developed. This electrolyte is based on a porous polymer matrix filled and swollen by a liquid. The polymer matrix obtained by phase inversion was characterized in terms of porosity and average pore size. The microporous PVdF gel formed by impregnation of this polymer matrix with liquid electrolyte exhibited a high equivalent conductivity and a good temperature stability. Complete lithium-ion batteries using this polymer-based electrolyte were manufactured with a new process. Preliminary cycling results show a good rate capability and a capacity evolution similar to that of regular lithium-ion cells. The interest of this technology, as many other lithium-polymer ones, also lies in the possibility of designing and manufacturing new battery shapes at lower cost.

  13. 超硬纳微米 PVD 涂层技术在模具领域的发展%Development of Superhard Nano Micron PVD Coating Technology in the Field of Mold

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    张而耕; 朱州; 张体波

    2014-01-01

    介绍了 PVD 涂层技术的分类,综述了 PVD 涂层技术在冲压/成型、挤压、拉拔、塑料、铝合金等模具应用领域的研究进展。展望了随着 PVD 涂层技术的快速发展,其在模具领域的应用将会更加广泛。%This paper introduced the classification of PVD coating technology, reviewed the progress of research on application of PVD coating technology in the field of stamping/ molding, extrusion, drawing, plastic, and aluminum alloy mold and prospected the future of rapid development of PVD coating technology which will be more widely applied in the field of molding.

  14. Raman microscopic studies of PVD deposited hard ceramic coatings

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    Constable, C P

    2000-01-01

    GPa were deposited onto SS and HSS substrates. Subsequent Raman measurements found a correlation coefficient of 0.996 between Raman band position and stress (determined via XRD methods). In addition, there was also a similar correlation coefficient observed between hardness and Raman shift (cm sup - sup 1). The application of mechanical stresses on a TiAICrN coating via a stress rig was investigated and tensile and compressive shifts were observed. stresses caused by the scratching process. These shifts were found to be the largest at the edges of scratches. The Raman mapping of 'droplets', a defect inherent to PVD deposition processes, found that higher compressive stresses and large amounts of disorder occurred for coating growth onto droplets. Strategies designed to evaluate the ability of Raman microscopy to monitor the extent of real wear on cutting tools were evaluated. The removal of a coating layer and subsequent detection of a base layer proved successful. This was then expanded to real wear situatio...

  15. Antibacterial PVD coatings doped with silver by ion implantation

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    Osés, J.; Palacio, J. F.; Kulkarni, S.; Medrano, A.; García, J. A.; Rodríguez, R.

    2014-08-01

    The antibacterial effect of certain metal ions, like silver, has been exploited since antiquity. Obviously, the ways to employ the biocide activity of this element have evolved throughout time and it is currently used in a wide range of clinical applications. The work presented here reports the results of an investigation focused on combining the protective properties of PVD coatings with the biocide property of silver, applied by ion implantation. For this purpose, chromium nitride layers were doped with silver implanted at two different doses (5 × 1016 and 1 × 1017 ion/cm2) at 100 keV of energy and perpendicular incidence. Full characterization of the coatings was performed to determine its topographical and mechanical properties. The concentration profile of Ag was analyzed by GD-OES. The thickness of the layers, nano-hardness, roughness, wear resistance and coefficient of friction were measured. Finally, the anti-bacterial efficacy of the coatings was determined following the JIS Z-2801:2010 Standard. The results provide clear insights into the efficacy of silver for antibacterial purposes, as well as on its influence in the mechanical and tribological behaviour of the coatings matrix.

  16. Parameter tuning of PVD process based on artificial intelligence technique

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    Norlina, M. S.; Diyana, M. S. Nor; Mazidah, P.; Rusop, M.

    2016-07-01

    In this study, an artificial intelligence technique is proposed to be implemented in the parameter tuning of a PVD process. Due to its previous adaptation in similar optimization problems, genetic algorithm (GA) is selected to optimize the parameter tuning of the RF magnetron sputtering process. The most optimized parameter combination obtained from GA's optimization result is expected to produce the desirable zinc oxide (ZnO) thin film from the sputtering process. The parameters involved in this study were RF power, deposition time and substrate temperature. The algorithm was tested to optimize the 25 datasets of parameter combinations. The results from the computational experiment were then compared with the actual result from the laboratory experiment. Based on the comparison, GA had shown that the algorithm was reliable to optimize the parameter combination before the parameter tuning could be done to the RF magnetron sputtering machine. In order to verify the result of GA, the algorithm was also been compared to other well known optimization algorithms, which were, particle swarm optimization (PSO) and gravitational search algorithm (GSA). The results had shown that GA was reliable in solving this RF magnetron sputtering process parameter tuning problem. GA had shown better accuracy in the optimization based on the fitness evaluation.

  17. Effect of Elevated Temperature on Tribological Properties of PVD Layers

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    Mária HAGAROVÁ

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The present study investigated tribological properties of multilayer TiAlN and nanocomposite (nc-Ti1-xAlxN/a-Si3N4 coatings. Tested coatings were deposited by two PVD methods on the high speed steel Böhler S 600 Isorapid substrate. The coatings demonstrated good adhesion to the substrate and high hardness (2090 - 2510 HV0.5. Tribological properties of the coated specimens were evaluated by the Ball-on-Disc test and by metallographical analysis of the tribological track after testing at room temperature and at 450°C. The specimens with multilayer TiAlN coatings showed slightly better tribological properties, as regards the course of friction coefficient. Although the values of friction coefficient of multilayer coatings were comparable to the values determined for nanocomposite, the course of friction coefficient and analysis of tribo-tracks showed that the failure of the multilayer TiAlN coating was less pronounced compared to the nanocomposite coating.

  18. Antimicrobial titanium/silver PVD coatings on titanium

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    Thull Roger

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Biofilm formation and deep infection of endoprostheses is a recurrent complication in implant surgery. Post-operative infections may be overcome by adjusting antimicrobial properties of the implant surface prior to implantation. In this work we described the development of an antimicrobial titanium/silver hard coating via the physical vapor deposition (PVD process. Methods Coatings with a thickness of approximately 2 μm were deposited on titanium surfaces by simultaneous vaporisation of both metals in an inert argon atmosphere with a silver content of approximately 0.7 – 9% as indicated by energy dispersive X-ray analysis. On these surfaces microorganisms and eukaryotic culture cells were grown. Results The coatings released sufficient silver ions (0.5–2.3 ppb when immersed in PBS and showed significant antimicrobial potency against Staphylococcus epidermis and Klebsiella pneumoniae strains. At the same time, no cytotoxic effects of the coatings on osteoblast and epithelial cells were found. Conclusion Due to similar mechanical performance when compared to pure titanium, the TiAg coatings should be suitable to provide antimicrobial activity on load-bearing implant surfaces.

  19. FEM application for modelling of PVD coatings properties

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    A. Śliwa

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The general topic of this paper is problem of determining the internal stresses of composite tool materials with the use of finite element method (FEM. The chemical composition of the investigated materials’ core is corresponding to the M2 high-speed steel and was reinforced with the WC and TiC type hard carbide phases with the growing portions of these phases in the outward direction from the core to the surface. Such composed material was sintered, heat treated and deposited appropriately with (Ti,AlN or Ti(C,N coatings.Design/methodology/approach: Modelling of stresses was performed with the help of finite element method in ANSYS environment, and the experimental values of stresses were determined basing on the X-ray diffraction patterns. The computer simulation results were compared with the experimental results.Findings: Computer aided numerical analysis gives the possibility to select the optimal parameters for coatings covering in PVD process determining the stresses in coatings, employing the finite element method using the ANSYS software.Research limitations/implications: It was confirmed that using of finite element method in stresses modelling occurring in advanced composite materials can be a way for reducing the investigation costs. In order to reach this purpose, it was used in the paper a simplified model of composite materials with division on zones with established physical and mechanical properties. Results reached in this way are satisfying and in slight degree differ from results reached by experimental method.Originality/value: Nowadays the computer simulation is very popular and it is based on the finite element method, which allows to better understand the interdependence between parameters of process and choosing optimal solution. The possibility of application faster and faster calculation machines and coming into being many software make possible the creation of more precise models and more adequate ones to

  20. Adaptive PVD Steganography Using Horizontal, Vertical, and Diagonal Edges in Six-Pixel Blocks

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    Anita Pradhan

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The traditional pixel value differencing (PVD steganographical schemes are easily detected by pixel difference histogram (PDH analysis. This problem could be addressed by adding two tricks: (i utilizing horizontal, vertical, and diagonal edges and (ii using adaptive quantization ranges. This paper presents an adaptive PVD technique using 6-pixel blocks. There are two variants. The proposed adaptive PVD for 2×3-pixel blocks is known as variant 1, and the proposed adaptive PVD for 3×2-pixel blocks is known as variant 2. For every block in variant 1, the four corner pixels are used to hide data bits using the middle column pixels for detecting the horizontal and diagonal edges. Similarly, for every block in variant 2, the four corner pixels are used to hide data bits using the middle row pixels for detecting the vertical and diagonal edges. The quantization ranges are adaptive and are calculated using the correlation of the two middle column/row pixels with the four corner pixels. The technique performs better as compared to the existing adaptive PVD techniques by possessing higher hiding capacity and lesser distortion. Furthermore, it has been proven that the PDH steganalysis and RS steganalysis cannot detect this proposed technique.

  1. Interfacial fatigue stress in PVD TiN coated tool steels under rolling contact fatigue conditions

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    Carvalho, N. J. M.; Huis in ’t Veld, A.J.; Hosson, J.Th. De

    1998-01-01

    Titanium–nitrogen (TiN) films were Physical Vapour Deposited (PVD) on tool steel substrates with different hardness and surface roughness, in a Bai 640R unit using a triode ion plating (e-gun) with a high plasma density. The coated substrates were submitted to a rolling contact fatigue test technique (modified pin-on-ring test) to obtain some clarifications of the mechanism of interfacial failure. Tests were run using PVD-coated rings finished by polishing or grinding to produce different sur...

  2. Interfacial fatigue stress in PVD TiN coated tool steels under rolling contact fatigue conditions

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    Carvalho, N.J.M.; Huis in ’t Veld, A.J.; Hosson, J.Th. De

    1998-01-01

    Titanium–nitrogen (TiN) films were Physical Vapour Deposited (PVD) on tool steel substrates with different hardness and surface roughness, in a Bai 640R unit using a triode ion plating (e-gun) with a high plasma density. The coated substrates were submitted to a rolling contact fatigue test technique (modified pin-on-ring test) to obtain some clarifications of the mechanism of interfacial failure. Tests were run using PVD-coated rings finished by polishing or grinding to produce different sur...

  3. Experimental investigation of the ultra-precision turning capability of PVD ZnSe

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    Li, Wei-hao; Yang, Kun; Wang, Peng; Zhang, Gao-feng; Liu, Dan-dan

    2016-10-01

    ZnSe is widely used in infrared optical systems because of the good optical characteristics in 0.5 22μm and the good processability. Physical Vapor Deposition(PVD) of ZnSe is good at no pollution in production process, lower price, etc. Infrared optical parts should be made by single point diamond turning or single point diamond fly-cutting after the experimental investigation of the ultra-precision turning capability of PVD ZnSe. The orthogonal experiment of ultra-precision turning PVD ZnSe was done at first, then the smooth turning surface and the rough turning surface were observed by metallographic microscope and 3D profilometer, and the mechanism of the defects on the turning surface was discussed. The result shows: the quality of ultra-precision turning surface of PVD ZnSe was restricted by the grain size and the distribution of the grain which could easily cause the variegated macula at the grain size, rising the spindle speed, reducing the feed rate and reducing the cut depth could make the quality of ultra-precision turning surface better and reduce the roughness Ra value lower, the roughness Ra value of the smooth turning surface was reached 3 4nm which is enough to the infrared optical image systems currently by using the optimization of parameters.

  4. Interfacial fatigue stress in PVD TiN coated tool steels under rolling contact fatigue conditions

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    Carvalho, N.J.M.; Huis in 't Veld, A.J.; Hosson, J.T. de

    1998-01-01

    Titanium-nitrogen (TiN) films were Physical Vapour Deposited (PVD) on tool steel substrates with different hardness and surface roughness, in a Bai 640R unit using a triode ion plating (e-gun) with a high plasma density. The coated substrates were submitted to a rolling contact fatigue test

  5. Electrospun PVdF-PVC nanofibrous polymer electrolytes for polymer lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhong Zheng [Key Laboratory of Environmentally Friendly Chemistry and Applications of Minister of Education, College of Chemistry, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan 411105 (China); Cao Qi, E-mail: wjcaoqi@163.com [Key Laboratory of Environmentally Friendly Chemistry and Applications of Minister of Education, College of Chemistry, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan 411105 (China); Jing Bo; Wang Xianyou; Li Xiaoyun; Deng Huayang [Key Laboratory of Environmentally Friendly Chemistry and Applications of Minister of Education, College of Chemistry, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan 411105 (China)

    2012-01-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The nanofibrous polymer electrolytes based on PVdF-PVC (8:2, w/w) prepared by electrospinning have an ionic conductivity of 2.25 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -3} S cm{sup -1} at 25 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The nanofibrous polymer electrolytes presented a good electrochemical stability up to 5.1 V (vs. Li/Li{sup +}). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The nanofibrous polymer electrolytes showed a very good charge/discharge and cycling performance. - Abstract: Nanofibrous membranes based on Poly (vinyl difluoride) (PVdF)-Poly (vinyl chloride) (PVC) (8:2, w/w) were prepared by electrospinning and then they were soaked in a liquid electrolyte to form polymer electrolytes (PEs). The morphology, thermal stability, function groups and crystallinity of the electrospun membranes were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), thermal analysis (TG), Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), respectively. It was found that both electrolyte uptake and ionic conductivity of the composite PEs increased with the addition of PVC. The composite PVdF-PVC PEs had a high ionic conductivity up to 2.25 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -3} S cm{sup -1} at 25 Degree-Sign C. These results showed that nanofibrous PEs based on PVdF-PVC were of great potential application in polymer lithium-ion batteries.

  6. Interfacial fatigue stress in PVD TiN coated tool steels under rolling contact fatigue conditions

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    Carvalho, N.J.M.; Huis in ’t Veld, A.J.; Hosson, J.Th. De

    1998-01-01

    Titanium–nitrogen (TiN) films were Physical Vapour Deposited (PVD) on tool steel substrates with different hardness and surface roughness, in a Bai 640R unit using a triode ion plating (e-gun) with a high plasma density. The coated substrates were submitted to a rolling contact fatigue test techniqu

  7. Interfacial fatigue stress in PVD TiN coated tool steels under rolling contact fatigue conditions

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    Carvalho, N.J.M.; Huis in 't Veld, A.J.; Hosson, J.T. de

    1998-01-01

    Titanium-nitrogen (TiN) films were Physical Vapour Deposited (PVD) on tool steel substrates with different hardness and surface roughness, in a Bai 640R unit using a triode ion plating (e-gun) with a high plasma density. The coated substrates were submitted to a rolling contact fatigue test techniqu

  8. Crack resistance of pvd coatings : Influence of surface treatment prior to deposition

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    Zoestbergen, E; De Hosson, JTM

    2002-01-01

    The crack resistance of three different PVD coatings, TiN, Ti(C,N), and a multilayer system of alternating TiN and TiAlN, have been investigated. The three coating systems were deposited onto substrates with a different surface roughness to study the influence of this pretreatment on the crack resis

  9. Performance of a dual-process PVD/PS tungsten coating structure under deuterium ion irradiation

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    Kim, Hyunmyung; Lee, Ho Jung; Kim, Sung Hwan [Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Song, Jae-Min [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jang, Changheui, E-mail: chjang@kaist.ac.kr [Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-11-01

    Highlights: • D{sup +} irradiation performance of a dual-process PVD/PS W coating was evaluated. • Low-energy plasmas exposure of 100 eV D{sup +} with 1.17 × 10{sup 21} D/s{sup −1} m{sup 2} flux was applied. • After D ion irradiation, flakes were observed on the surface of the simple PS coating. • While, sub-μm size protrusions were observed for dual-process PVD/PS W coating. • Height of D spike in depth profile was lower for dual-process PVD/PS W coating. - Abstract: A dual-process coating structure was developed on a graphite substrate to improve the performance of the coating structure under anticipated operating condition of fusion devices. A thin multilayer W/Mo coating (6 μm) was deposited by physical vapor deposition (PVD) method with a variation of Mo interlayer thickness on plasma spray (PS) W coating (160 μm) of a graphite substrate panel. The dual-process PVD/PS W coatings then were exposed to 3.08 × 10{sup 24} D m{sup −2} of 100 eV D ions with a flux of 1.71 × 10{sup 21} D m{sup −2} s{sup −1} in an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) chamber. After irradiation, surface morphology and D depth profiles of the dual-process coating were analyzed and compared to those of the simple PS W coating. Both changes in surface morphology and D retention were strongly dependent on the microstructure of surface coating. Meanwhile, the existence of Mo interlayer seemed to have no significant effect on the retention of deuterium.

  10. PVdF-HFP/metal oxide nanocomposites: The matrices for high-conducting, low-leakage porous polymer electrolytes

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    Wu, Chun-Guey; Lu, Ming-I.; Tsai, Chung-Chih [Department of Chemistry, National Central University, Chung-Li, Taiwan 32054 (ROC); Chuang, Huey-Jan [Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, Materials and Electro-Optics Research Division, Lung-Tan, Taiwan 325 (ROC)

    2006-09-13

    Highly conducting porous polymer electrolytes comprised of poly(vinylidene-fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), metal oxide (TiO{sub 2}, MgO, ZnO)/or mesoporous zeolite (MCM-41, SBA-15), ethylene carbonate (EC), propylene carbonate (PC), and LiClO{sub 4} were fabricated with a simple direct evaporation method. It was found that when metal oxide or mesoporous zeolite was mixed with PVdF-HFP, the impedance spectroscopy showed that the room temperature conductivity increased from 1.2x10{sup -3}Scm{sup -1} (for pure PVdF-HFP) to 2.1x10{sup -3}Scm{sup -1}. SEM micrographs showed that the pore size of the composite membrane was similar to that of pure PVdF-HFP membrane but the porosity decreased, nevertheless the solution uptake increased. The increasing in solution uptake is not related directly to the surface area or dielectric constant of the oxides. It may be due to the affinity of the metal oxide toward the electrolyte solution. Furthermore, the solution leakage of PVdF-HFP/MgO and PVdF-HFP/SBA-15 composite electrolytes also decreased compared to pure PVdF-HFP electrolyte. These polymer composite electrolytes were stable up to 5.5V (versus Li/Li{sup +}) and the lithium ion cells assembled with these polymer electrolyte show a good performance at a discharge rate below C/2. (author)

  11. PVdF-HFP/metal oxide nanocomposites: The matrices for high-conducting, low-leakage porous polymer electrolytes

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    Wu, Chun-Guey; Lu, Ming-I.; Tsai, Chung-Chih; Chuang, Huey-Jan

    Highly conducting porous polymer electrolytes comprised of poly(vinylidene-fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), metal oxide (TiO 2, MgO, ZnO)/or mesoporous zeolite (MCM-41, SBA-15), ethylene carbonate (EC), propylene carbonate (PC), and LiClO 4 were fabricated with a simple direct evaporation method. It was found that when metal oxide or mesoporous zeolite was mixed with PVdF-HFP, the impedance spectroscopy showed that the room temperature conductivity increased from 1.2 × 10 -3 S cm -1 (for pure PVdF-HFP) to 2.1 × 10 -3 S cm -1. SEM micrographs showed that the pore size of the composite membrane was similar to that of pure PVdF-HFP membrane but the porosity decreased, nevertheless the solution uptake increased. The increasing in solution uptake is not related directly to the surface area or dielectric constant of the oxides. It may be due to the affinity of the metal oxide toward the electrolyte solution. Furthermore, the solution leakage of PVdF-HFP/MgO and PVdF-HFP/SBA-15 composite electrolytes also decreased compared to pure PVdF-HFP electrolyte. These polymer composite electrolytes were stable up to 5.5 V (versus Li/Li +) and the lithium ion cells assembled with these polymer electrolyte show a good performance at a discharge rate below C/2.

  12. Microstructural, mechanical and oxidation features of NiCoCrAlY coating produced by plasma activated EB-PVD

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    He, Jian; Guo, Hongbo, E-mail: guo.hongbo@buaa.edu.cn; Peng, Hui; Gong, Shengkai

    2013-06-01

    NiCoCrAlY coatings produced by electron beam-physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) have been extensively used as the oxidation resistance coatings or suitable bond coats in thermal barrier coating (TBC) system. However, the inherent imperfections caused by EB-PVD process degrade the oxidation resistance of the coatings. In the present work, NiCoCrAlY coatings were creatively produced by plasma activated electron beam-physical vapor deposition (PA EB-PVD). The novel coatings showed a terraced substructure on the surface of each grain due to the increased energy of metal ions and enhanced mobility of adatoms. Also a strong (1 1 1) crystallographic texture of γ/γ′ grains was observed. The toughness of the coatings got remarkably improved compared with the coatings deposited by conventional EB-PVD and the oxidation behavior at 1373 K showed that the novel coatings had excellent oxidation resistance. The possible mechanism was finally discussed.

  13. Effect of nanoclay on properties of porous PVdF membranes

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    Hae-Young HWANG; Deuk-Ju KIM; Hyung-Jun KIM; Young-Taik HONG; Sang-Yong NAM

    2011-01-01

    The main requirements for battery separators are high porosity which can serve pathways of lithium ion and space for gel electrolytes to impregnate in a membrane and mechanical strength to allow easy handling for battery assembly. Generally, it appears the trade-off relationship between the porosity and mechanical strength of the membrane. PVdF composite membranes containing nano-size clays were used to improve the mechanical strength of the membrane without affecting the membrane porosity. The composite membranes were prepared by phase inversion method controlling the membrane preparation conditions such as retention time. The resultant membranes show increased mechanical properties with similar membrane porosity around 80 % compared to the pristine PVdF membrane. Incorporation of nonoclay can be considered as an effective method to improve the mechanical strength in porous membrane supports, especially in a separator.

  14. Influence of surface modification on isothermal oxidation behavior of EB-PVD NiAl coating

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    LI He-fei; TAO Shu-feng; JIANG Kuo; A. HESNAWI; GONG Sheng-kai

    2006-01-01

    The isothermal oxidation behaviors of the as-deposited NiAl coating on the nickel-based superalloy by electron beam physical vapour deposition(EB-PVD) and the NiAl coating after surface modifications of grinding and polishing were investigated. The as-deposited coating shows the least mass gain, the initially formed θ-Al2O3 scale spalls after only 1 h, and the succeeding scale formed is coarse and discontinuous and thus can not be used as protective coatings. Among the two surface-modified coatings, the ground coating results in the highest oxide growth rate, which is consistent with the SEM results where the scale spalls heavily and many voids appear between the scale and the NiAl coating. The scale spallation and void formation mechanisms during isothermal oxidation test of EB-PVD NiAl coating were also discussed.

  15. Depth-resolved X-ray residual stress analysis in PVD (Ti, Cr) N hard coatings

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    Genzel, C

    2003-01-01

    Physical vapour deposition (PVD) of thin hard coatings on TiN basis is usually performed at rather low temperatures (T sub D < 500 C) far from thermal equilibrium, which leads to high intrinsic residual stresses in the growing film. In contrast to the extrinsic thermal residual stresses which can easily be estimated from the difference of the coefficients of thermal expansion between the substrate and the coating, a theoretical prediction of the intrinsic residual stresses is difficult, because their amount as well as their distribution within the film depend in a very complex way on the deposition kinetics. By the example of strongly fibre-textured PVD (Ti, Cr)N coatings which have been prepared under defined variation of the deposition parameters in order to adjust the residual stress distribution within the coatings, the paper compares different X-ray diffraction techniques with respect to their applicability for detecting residual stresses which are non-uniform over the coating thickness. (orig.)

  16. The Photovoltaic Performances of PVdF-HFP Electrospun Membranes Employed Quasi-Solid-State Dye Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Gnana kumar, G; Balanay, Mannix P; Nirmala, R; Kim, Dong Hee; Raj kumar, T; Senthilkumar, N; Kim, Ae Rhan; Yoo, Dong Jin

    2016-01-01

    The PVdF-HFP nanofiber membranes with different molecular weight were prepared by electrospinning technique and were investigated as solid state electrolyte membranes in quasi solid state dye sensitized solar cells (QS-DSSC). The homogeneously distributed and fully interconnected nanofibers were obtained for all of the prepared PVdF-HFP electrospun membranes and the average fiber diameters of fabricated membranes were dependent upon the molecular weight of polymer. The thermal stability of electrospun PVdF-HFP membrane was decreased with a decrement of molecular weight, specifying the high heat transfer area of small diameter nanofibers. The QS-DSSC fabricated with the lower molecular weight PVdF-HFP electrospun nanofiber membrane exhibited the power conversion efficiency of 1 = 5.38%, which is superior over the high molecular weight membranes and is comparable with the liquid electrolyte. Furthermore, the electrospun PVdF-HFP membrane exhibited long-term durability over the liquid electrolyte, owing to the higher adsorption and retention efficiencies of liquid electrolyte in its highly porous and interconnected nanofibers. Thus the proposed electrospun PVdF-HFP membrane effectively tackled the volatilization and leakage of liquid electrolyte and provided good photoconversion efficiency associated with an excellent stability, which constructs the prepared electrospun membranes as credible solid state candidates for the application of QS-DSSCs.

  17. Electrospun PVdF-based fibrous polymer electrolytes for lithium ion polymer batteries

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    Jeong Rae Kim [Hanyang University, Seoul (France). Applied Chemical Engineering Division; Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul (Korea). Polymer Hybrid Research Center; Sung Won Choi [Yonsei University, Seoul (Korea). Department of Chemistry; Seong Mu Jo; Wha Seop Lee [Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul (Korea). Polymer Hybrid Research Center; Byung Chul Kim [Hanyang University, Seoul (France). Applied Chemical Engineering Division

    2004-11-15

    This paper discusses the preparation of microporous fibrous membranes from PVdF solutions with different polymer contents, using the electrospinning technique. Electrospun PVdF-based fibrous membranes with average fiber diameters (AFD's) of 0.45-1.38 {mu}m have an apparent porosity and a mean pore size (MPS) of 80-89% and 1.1-4.3 {mu}m, respectively. They exhibited a high uptake of the electrolyte solution (320-350%) and a high ionic conductivity of above 1 x 10{sup -3} s/cm at room temperature. Their ionic conductivity increased with the decrease in the AFD of the fibrous membrane due to its high electrolyte uptake. The interaction between the electrolyte molecules and the PVdF with a high crystalline content may have had a minor effect on the lithium ion transfer in the fibrous polymer electrolyte, unlike in a nanoporous gel polymer electrolyte. The fibrous polymer electrolyte that contained a 1 M LiPF{sub 6}-EC/DMC/DEC (1/1/1 by weight) solution showed a high electrochemical stability of above 5.0 V, which increased with the decrease in the AFD. The interfacial resistance (R{sub i}) between the polymer electrolyte and the lithium electrode slightly increased with the storage time, compared with the higher increase in the interfacial resistance of other gel polymer electrolytes. The prototype cell (MCMB/PVdF-based fibrous electrolyte/LiCoO{sub 2}) showed a very stable charge-discharge behavior with a slight capacity loss under constant current and voltage conditions at the C/2-rate of 20 and 60 {sup o}C. (author)

  18. Electrospun PVdF-based fibrous polymer electrolytes for lithium ion polymer batteries

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    Kim, Jeong Rae [Applied Chemical Engineering Division, Hanyang University, 17, Haengdang-dong, Seongdong-Ku, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Polymer Hybrid Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, 39-1, Hawolgok-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 136-791 (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Sung Won [Department of Chemistry, Yonsei University, 134, Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of); Polymer Hybrid Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, 39-1, Hawolgok-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 136-791 (Korea, Republic of); Jo, Seong Mu [Polymer Hybrid Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, 39-1, Hawolgok-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 136-791 (Korea, Republic of)]. E-mail: smjo@kist.re.kr; Lee, Wha Seop [Polymer Hybrid Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, 39-1, Hawolgok-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 136-791 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Byung Chul [Applied Chemical Engineering Division, Hanyang University, 17, Haengdang-dong, Seongdong-Ku, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2004-11-15

    This paper discusses the preparation of microporous fibrous membranes from PVdF solutions with different polymer contents, using the electrospinning technique. Electrospun PVdF-based fibrous membranes with average fiber diameters (AFD's) of 0.45-1.38 {mu}m have an apparent porosity and a mean pore size (MPS) of 80-89% and 1.1-4.3 {mu}m, respectively. They exhibited a high uptake of the electrolyte solution (320-350%) and a high ionic conductivity of above 1 x 10{sup -3} s/cm at room temperature. Their ionic conductivity increased with the decrease in the AFD of the fibrous membrane due to its high electrolyte uptake. The interaction between the electrolyte molecules and the PVdF with a high crystalline content may have had a minor effect on the lithium ion transfer in the fibrous polymer electrolyte, unlike in a nanoporous gel polymer electrolyte. The fibrous polymer electrolyte that contained a 1 M LiPF{sub 6}-EC/DMC/DEC (1/1/1 by weight) solution showed a high electrochemical stability of above 5.0 V, which increased with the decrease in the AFD The interfacial resistance (R{sub i}) between the polymer electrolyte and the lithium electrode slightly increased with the storage time, compared with the higher increase in the interfacial resistance of other gel polymer electrolytes. The prototype cell (MCMB/PVdF-based fibrous electrolyte/LiCoO{sub 2}) showed a very stable charge-discharge behavior with a slight capacity loss under constant current and voltage conditions at the C/2-rate of 20 and 60 deg. C.

  19. Controlling Dielectric and Magnetic Properties of PVdF/Magnetite Nanocomposite Fibre Webs

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    A. P. Venugopal

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The ability of filtration and separation media containing fibres to remove impurities from oil, water, and blood can be enhanced using magnetic fields. The ability to regulate the dielectric and magnetic behaviour of fibrous webs in terms of superparamagnetic or ferromagnetic properties by adjusting material composition is fundamental to meeting end-use requirements. Electrospun fibres were produced from PVdF (polyvinylidene fluoride and nanomagnetite (Fe3O4 nanoparticles from solutions of PVdF in dimethylacetamide containing Fe3O4 nanoparticle contents ranging from 3 to 10 wt%. Fibre dimensions, morphology, and nanoparticle agglomeration were characterised by environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM and field emission gun transmission electron microscopy (FEGTEM. Dielectric behaviour of the fibre webs was influenced by web porosity and the Fe3O4 nanoparticle content. Impedance analysis of the webs indicated an increase in dielectric constant of ∼80% by the addition of 10 wt% Fe3O4 nanoparticles compared to 100 wt% PVdF. The dielectric constants of the webs were compared with those obtained from the theoretical mixing models of Maxwell and Lichtenecker. Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM magnetisation measurements indicated a blocking temperature above 300 K suggesting ferrimagnetic rather than superparamagnetic behaviour as a result of Fe3O4 nanoparticle agglomeration within fibres.

  20. Plasma Spray-Physical Vapor Deposition (PS-PVD) of Ceramics for Protective Coatings

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    Harder, Bryan J.; Zhu, Dongming

    2011-01-01

    In order to generate advanced multilayer thermal and environmental protection systems, a new deposition process is needed to bridge the gap between conventional plasma spray, which produces relatively thick coatings on the order of 125-250 microns, and conventional vapor phase processes such as electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) which are limited by relatively slow deposition rates, high investment costs, and coating material vapor pressure requirements. The use of Plasma Spray - Physical Vapor Deposition (PS-PVD) processing fills this gap and allows thin (coatings of less than 100 microns to be generated with the flexibility to tailor microstructures by changing processing conditions. Coatings of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) were applied to NiCrAlY bond coated superalloy substrates using the PS-PVD coater at NASA Glenn Research Center. A design-of-experiments was used to examine the effects of process variables (Ar/He plasma gas ratio, the total plasma gas flow, and the torch current) on chamber pressure and torch power. Coating thickness, phase and microstructure were evaluated for each set of deposition conditions. Low chamber pressures and high power were shown to increase coating thickness and create columnar-like structures. Likewise, high chamber pressures and low power had lower growth rates, but resulted in flatter, more homogeneous layers

  1. Hybrid diffusive/PVD treatments to improve the tribological resistance of Ti-6Al-4V.

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    Marin, E; Offoiach, R; Lanzutti, A; Regis, M; Fusi, S; Fedrizzi, L

    2014-01-01

    Titanium alloys are nowadays used for a wide range of biomedical applications thanks to their combination of high mechanical resistance, high corrosion resistance and biocompatibility. Nevertheless, the applicability of titanium alloys is sometimes limited due to their low microhardness and tribological resistance. Thus the titanium alloys cannot be successfully applied to prosthetic joint couplings. A wide range of surface treatments, in particular PVD coatings such as CrN and TiN, have been used in order to improve the tribological behaviour of titanium alloys. However, the low microhardness of the titanium substrate often results in coating failure due to cracks and delamination. For this reason, hybrid technologies based on diffusive treatments and subsequent PVD coatings may improve the overall coating resistance. In this work, conventional PVD coatings of CrN or TiCN, deposited on Titanium Grade 5, were characterized and then combined with a standard thermal diffusive nitriding treatment in order to improve the tribological resistance of the titanium alloys and avoid coating delamination. The different treatments were studied by means of scanning electron microscopy both on the sample surface and in cross-section. In-depth composition profiles were obtained using glow discharge optical emission spectrometry (GDOES) and localized energy dispersive X-ray diffraction on linear scan-lines. The microhardness and adhesion properties of the different treatments were evaluated using Vickers microhardness tests at different load conditions. The indentations were observed by means of SEM in order to evaluate delaminated areas and the crack's shape and density. The tribological behaviour of the different treatments was tested in dry conditions and in solution, in alternate pin-on-flat configuration, with a frequency of 0.5 Hz. After testing, the surface was investigated by means of stylus profilometry and SEM both on the surface and in cross-section. The standalone PVD

  2. Residual Stress Distribution in PVD-Coated Carbide Cutting Tools-Origin of Cohesive Damage

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    B. Breidenstein

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available PVD-coatings for cutting tools mean a substantial progress for tool lifetime and cutting conditions. Such tools, however, hold the risk of cost intensive sudden process breaks as a result of cohesive damage. This damage mechanism does not consist of a coating adhesion problem, but it can be traced back to the residual stress distribution in coating and substrate. This paper shows how residual stresses develop during the process chain for the manufacturing of PVDcoated carbide cutting tools. By means of different methods for residual stress determination it is shown that the distribution of residual stresses within the tool finally is responsible for the risk of cohesive tool damage.

  3. Surface Modification of PVD-TiN Films Using MEVVAIon Implantation

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    YANG Jian-hua; GONG Yun-guo; CHENG Ming-fei; ZHANG Tong-he

    2004-01-01

    Ti ion implantation was implanted into PVD-TiN films using a metal vapor vacuum arc (MEVVA) ion source implanted zone was measured and compared to the performance of unimplanted zone by a pin-on-disc apparatus and an optical interference microscope. The structure of the implanted zone and unimplanted zone was observed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and high voltage electron microscopy (HVEM). The wear mechanisms of the TiN film after ion implantation were discussed according to the results of XPS and HVEM.

  4. Study on the Ion Association in PVdF-based Gel Polymer Electrolyte

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    2006-01-01

    Gel polymer electrolytes based on the poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVdF) and the electrolyte of LiClO4 in propylene carbonate (PC) were prepared by the solution casting technique. The ionic conductivity of the gel electrolytes was concentration of lithium salt. Because of the strong coulombiq attractions, the dissolved salt ions might aggregate into ion pairs and multiple ion aggregates. The analysis of DSC and X-ray diffraction revealed that the ions association occurred at higher concentration of lithium salt.

  5. Thermal shutdown behavior of PVdF-HFP based polymer electrolytes comprising heat sensitive cross-linkable oligomers

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    Cheng, C. L.; Wan, C. C.; Wang, Y. Y.; Wu, M. S.

    PVdF-HFP (polyvinylidenefluoride-hexafluoropropylene) polymer electrolytes comprising cross-linkable PEGDMA (polyethylene glycol dimethacrylate) oligomers with thermal shutdown characteristic have been developed. In contrast to the melting mechanism of polyolefin, this new polymer electrolyte possesses a thermal shutdown characteristic by a rapid cross-linking reaction of PEGDMA. The cross-linked PEGDMA network inside the PVdF-HFP matrix can provide the mechanical strength for the electrolytes, while the un-cross-linked PEGDMA oligomers serve as plasticizers for PVdF-HFP to improve the mobility of lithium ions at normal operation temperatures. In addition, the un-cross-linked PEGDMA oligomers can initiate cross-linking upon a sudden rise of temperature and thus provide thermal shutdown protection at elevated temperatures.

  6. The Influence of Technological PVD Process Parameters on the Topography, Crystal and Molecular Structure of Nanocomposite Films Containing Palladium Nanograins

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    Rymarczyk Joanna

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The paper describes the preparation and characteristics of films composed of Pd nanograins placed in carbonaceous matrix. Films were obtained in PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition process from two sources containing: the first one - fullerene powder and the second one - palladium acetate. The topographical, morphological and structural changes due to different parameters of PVD process were studied with the use of Atomic Force Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy, whereas the structure was studied with the application of the Transmission Electron Microscopy and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy methods. It was shown that topographical changes are connected with the decomposition ratio of Pd acetate as well as the form of carbonaceous matrix formed due to this decomposition. Palladium nanograins found in all films exhibit the fcc structure type and their diameter changes from 2 nm to 40 nm depending on the PVD process parameters.

  7. The Role of SiO2 Gas in the Operation of Anti-Corrosion Coating Produced by PVD

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    Meysam Zarchi

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This study examined theSiO2 gas present in the coatings used in corrosion industry.These layers have been created by physical vapor deposition (PVD, with an appropriate performance. Sublimation of SiO2is used to protect PVD aluminum flakes from water corrosionand to generate highly porous SiO2 flakes with holes in the nanometer range. SiOx/Al/SiOx sandwiches were made as well as Ag loaded porous SiO2 as antimicrobial filler.

  8. Mechanical properties of EB-PVD ZrO{sub 2} thermal barrier coatings; Mechanische Eigenschaften von EB-PVD ZrO{sub 2} Waermedaemmschichten

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    Held, Carolin

    2014-08-29

    In this work, the elastic properties of thermal barrier coatings which were produced by electron-beam enhanced physical vapour deposition were investigated, as well as the dependency of the properties on the sample microstructure, the thermal treatment and the test method. For this purpose, not only commercial coatings were characterized, but also special sample material was used which consists of a 1 mm thick layer of EB-PVD TBC. This material was isothermally heat treated for different times at 950 C, 1100 C and 1200 C and then tested in a specially developed miniaturized bend test and by dynamic mechanical analysis. The sample material was tested by nanoindentation in order to measure the Young's modulus on a local scale, and the porosity of the samples was determined by microstructure analysis and porosimetry. The decrease of porosity could be connected with sintering and subsequent stiffening of the material. The test results are dependent on the tested volume. A small test volume leads to larger measured Young's moduli, while a large test volume yields lower values. The test volume also has an influence on the increase of stiffness during thermal exposure. With a small tested volume, a quicker increase of the Young's modulus was registered, which could be associated to the sintering of local structures.

  9. Rechargeable lithium battery employing a new ambient temperature hybrid polymer electrolyte based on PVK+PVdF-HFP (copolymer)

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    Michael, M. S.; Prabaharan, S. R. S.

    We describe here for the first time, our recent success in developing an ambient temperature Li + conducting solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) using the concept of polymer alloying upon blending two thermoplastic polymers such as poly(vinylidene) fluoride-hexafluoropropylene (PVdF-HFP-copolymer) and poly( N-vinylcarbazole), PVK and achieved the room temperature electrolytic conductivity ( σi) of 0.7×10 -3 S/cm for a typical composition of PVdF-HFP copolymer/PVK blend mixed with EC/LiBF 4 molar composition. The ionic transference number of 0.49 was deduced from combined ac-impedance and dc polarization method. High-resolution optical microscopic examination revealed the disappearance of characteristic highly porous surface structure of PVdF-HFP matrix upon blending with PVK leading to the formation of resultant PVdF-HFP/PVK blend polymer alloy. The electrochemical stability of the polymer electrolyte membrane thus obtained was found to be stable up to ˜4.7 V versus Li/Li +. The new hybrid alloy polymer electrolyte membrane was found to exhibit good interfacial properties against lithium metal and thus, it was found to aid the room temperature operation as electrolytic membrane cum separator in all-solid state rechargeable lithium polymer test cell, LiCo 0.8Ni 0.2O 2/SPE/Li.

  10. Stress analysis and microstructure of PVD monolayer TiN and multilayer TiN/(Ti,Al)N coatings

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    Carvalho, NJM; Zoestbergen, E; Kooi, BJ; De Hosson, JTM

    2003-01-01

    Two PVD titanium nitride based coatings; monolayer TiN and multilayer resulting from the stacking of TiN and (Ti,Al)N layers were evaluated with respect to their stress state and microstructure. The TiN was deposited by triode evaporation ion plating, whereas the TiN/(Ti,AI)N was deposited using a

  11. Stress analysis and microstructure of PVD monolayer TiN and multilayer TiN/(Ti,Al)N coatings

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    Carvalho, NJM; Zoestbergen, E; Kooi, BJ; De Hosson, JTM

    2003-01-01

    Two PVD titanium nitride based coatings; monolayer TiN and multilayer resulting from the stacking of TiN and (Ti,Al)N layers were evaluated with respect to their stress state and microstructure. The TiN was deposited by triode evaporation ion plating, whereas the TiN/(Ti,AI)N was deposited using a r

  12. Structure, transport properties and interfacial stability of PVdF/HFP electrolytes containing modified inorganic filler

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    Stolarska, M.; Niedzicki, L.; Borkowska, R.; Zalewska, A.; Wieczorek, W. [Department of Chemistry, Warsaw University of Technology, ul. Noakowskiego 3, 00-664 Warsaw (Poland)

    2007-12-31

    Gel polymer electrolyte membranes composed of poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) and surface modified aluminum or titanium oxide were prepared according to the so-called Bellcore process. Modifications were done by impregnating ceramic powder with 1-8% sulphuric acid aqueous solutions. Filler grain size varied from 10 to 12 {mu}m. The membranes were conditioned in liquid electrode - 1 mol/l LiClO{sub 4} in PC. The ionic conductivity of polymer membrane increased by more than one order of magnitude upon the addition of filler into polymer host. For electrolyte membrane containing modified aluminum or titanium oxide, the interfacial resistance is stable in time as opposed to unmodified gel electrolytes. An increase in lithium transference number is observed upon the addition of filler. Lithium transference number also increases with the fraction of acidic surface groups. (author)

  13. Surface Modification of PVD-TiN Films Using MEVVAIon Implantation

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    YANGJian-hua; GONGYun-guo; CHENGMing-fei; ZHANGTong-he

    2004-01-01

    Ti ion implantation was implanted into PVD-TiN films using a metal vapor vacuum arc (MEVVA) ion source with a low implantation dose and at a time-averaged ion beam current density of 251.tA.cm2. The wear characteristics of the implanted zone was measured and compared to the performance of unimplanted zone by a pin-on-disc apparatus and an optical interference microscope. The structure of the implanted zone and unimplanted zone was observed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and high voltage electron microscopy (HVEM). The wear mechanisms of the TiN film after ion implantation were discussed according to the results of XPS and HVEM.

  14. Non-classical crystallization of thin films and nanostructures in CVD and PVD processes

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    Hwang, Nong Moon

    2016-01-01

    This book provides a comprehensive introduction to a recently-developed approach to the growth mechanism of thin films and nanostructures via chemical vapour deposition (CVD). Starting from the underlying principles of the low pressure synthesis of diamond films, it is shown that diamond growth occurs not by individual atoms but by charged nanoparticles. This newly-discovered growth mechanism turns out to be general to many CVD and some physical vapor deposition (PVD) processes. This non-classical crystallization is a new paradigm of crystal growth, with active research taking place on growth in solution, especially in biomineralization processes. Established understanding of the growth of thin films and nanostructures is based around processes involving individual atoms or molecules. According to the author’s research over the last two decades, however, the generation of charged gas phase nuclei is shown to be the rule rather than the exception in the CVD process, and charged gas phase nuclei are actively ...

  15. Oxidation and Hot Corrosion of Gradient Thermal Barrier Coatings Prepared by EB-PVD

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    2002-01-01

    The performances of gradient thermal barrier coatings (GTBCs) produced by EB-PVD were evaluated by isothermaloxidation and cyclic hot corrosion (HTHC) tests. Compared with conventional two-layered TBCs, the GTBCs exhibitebetter resistance to not only oxidation but also hot-corrosion. A dense Al2O3 layer in the GTBCs effectively prohibitesinward diffusion of O and S and outward diffusion of Al and Cr during the tests. On the other hand, an "inlaid"interface, resulting from oxidation of the Al along the columnar grains of the bond coat, enhances the adherence ofAl2O3 layer. Failure of the GTBC finally occurred by cracking at the interface between the bond coat and Al2O3layer, due to the combined effect of sulfidation of the bond coat and thermal cycling.

  16. Oxidation and thermal fatigue of EB-PVD thermal barrier coatings on tube superalloy substrate

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    GAO Yu; ZHANG Chun-xia; ZHOU Chun-gen; GONG Sheng-kai; XU Hui-bin

    2006-01-01

    Two-layer structure thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) (NiCoCrAlY (bond coat)+(6%-8%, mass fraction) Y2O3-stabilized ZrO2(YSZ top coat)) were deposited by electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) on tube superalloy substrates. The samples were investigated by isothermal oxidation and thermal shock tests. It is found that the mass gains of the substrate with and without TBCs are 0.165 and 7.34 mg/cm2, respectively. So the TBCs system is a suitable protection for the substrate. In thermal shock tests the vertical cracks initiate at the top coat and grow into the bond coat, causing the oxidation of the bond coat along the cracks. Failure of the TBCs system occurs by the spallation of the YSZ from the bond coat, and some micro-cracks are found at the location where the fragment of the YSZ top coat spalled from.

  17. Crack prediction in EB-PVD thermal barrier coatings based on the simulation of residual stresses

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    Chen, J. W.; Zhao, Y.; Liu, S.; Zhang, Z. Z.; Ma, J.

    2016-07-01

    Thermal barrier coatings systems (TBCs) are widely used in the field of aerospace. The durability and insulating ability of TBCs are highly dependent on the residual stresses of top coatings, thus the investigation of the residual stresses is helpful to understand the failure mechanisms of TBCs. The simulation of residual stresses evolution in electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) TBCs is described in this work. The interface morphology of TBCs subjected to cyclic heating and cooling is observed using scanning electron microscope (SEM). An interface model of TBCs is established based on thermal elastic-plastic finite method. Residual stress distributions in TBCs are obtained to reflect the influence of interfacial roughness. Both experimental and simulation results show that it is feasible to predict the crack location by stress analysis, which is crucial to failure prediction.

  18. Failure mechanism of EB-PVD thermal barrier coatings on NiAl substrate

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    2007-01-01

    Yttria stabilized zirconia(YSZ) was deposited on the line cut β-NiAl substrate by electron-beam physical vapour deposition(EB-PVD), and the cyclic oxidation behaviors of thermal barrier coatings on β-NiAl substrate were investigated in 1 h thermal cycles at 1 200 ℃ in air. The results show that the samples fail after 80-100 cycles. Sub-interface cavitations in the substrate develop due to depletion of Al in forming thermally grown oxides(TGOs). The collapse and closing up of cavities result in the ragged YSZ/TGO/substrate interface. Since the specific crack trajectories are quite sensitive to local geometry, cracks along the YSZ/TGO/substrate interfaces ultimately lead to YSZ spallation.

  19. Failure of EB-PVD Thermal Barrier Coatings Subjected to Thermo-Mechanical Loading

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    CHEN Chen; ZHANG Chun-xia; GUO Hong-bo; GONG Sheng-kai; ZHANG Yue

    2006-01-01

    Thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) were developed to protect metallic blades and vanes working in turbo-engines. The two-layered structure TBCs, consisting of NiCoCrAlY bond coat and yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ), were deposited on a cylinder of superalloy substrate by the electron beam-physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD). The failure mechanism of the TBCs was investigated with a thermo-mechanical fatigue testing system under the service condition similar to that for turbine blades. Non-destructive evaluation of the coated specimens was conducted through the impedance spectroscopy. It is found that the crack initiation mainly takes place on the top coat at the edge of the heated zones.

  20. Double Pulse LIBS of Titanium-Based PVD-Coatings with Submicron Resolution

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The possibility for double pulse LIBS in the process of a direct layer-by-layer analysis of the titanium-based PVD-coatings on polished flat blank samples of steel and silicon and also of the TiAlN/TiN-coating on a milling cutter is considered. A method is proposed to control thickness of the radiation evaporated layer by defocusing the laser beam with respect to the surface, making it possible to attain the depth resolution of 0.1 μm. The Ti and Ti-Zr-coatings produced using the ion-assisted condensation method and subjected to streams of the nitrogen plasma in a magnetic-plasma compressor are studied.

  1. Study of high cycle fatigue of PVD surface-modified austempered ductile iron

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    Feng, H.P.; Lee, S.C.; Hsu, C.H.; Ho, J.M. [Tatung Inst. of Technol., Taipei (Taiwan, Province of China). Dept. of Mater. Eng.

    1999-05-25

    Austempered ductile iron (ADI) is made from ductile iron by an austempering treatment, and its main microstructure is ausferrite that is composed of acicular ferrite and high carbon austenite. The purpose of this experiment is to investigate the influence of different coating layers and the size of casting (mass effect) on the high-cycle fatigue properties of ADI. Specimens in two casting sizes of the same chemical composition were subjected to a high-toughness austempering treatment, then coated with TiN or TiCN hard films by a physical vapor deposition (PVD) process. The results showed that the fatigue limit of the small casting size ADI is 292 MPa for ADI coated with TiN and 306 MPa for ADI coated with TiCN, which are 16% and 22%, respectively, higher than that of the ADI without coating (251 MPa). For the large casting size ADI, the fatigue limits are 200, 214 and 217 MPa for ADI without coating, ADI coated with TiN and ADI coated with TiCN, respectively. ADI coated with TiN and with TiCN are 7% and 9% better than the uncoated. Thus, it is concluded that TiN and TiCN coatings by PVD can improve the high-cycle fatigue strength of ADI. This is due to the high surface hardness and possibly the ADI surface compressive residual stress as well. For the small casting size ADI, TiCN-coated specimens have a bit higher fatigue strengths and this might be attributed to the higher hardness of TiCN than TiN films. As to the effect of mass, it is found that the small casting size has better fatigue properties and benefits more from the coating films. This could have stemmed from the higher nodule count and its associated benefits in thinner castings. (orig.) 24 refs.

  2. Injection moulding of optical functional micro structures using laser structured, PVD-coated mould inserts

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    Hopmann, Ch.; Weber, M.; Schöngart, M.; Schäfer, C., E-mail: weber@ikv-aachen.de [Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University (Germany); Bobzin, K.; Bagcivan, N.; Brögelmann, T.; Theiß, S.; Münstermann, T. [Surface Engineering Institute (IOT), RWTH Aachen University, Aachen (Germany); Steger, M. [Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT), Aachen (Germany)

    2015-05-22

    Micro structured optical plastics components are intensively used i. e. in consumer electronics, for optical sensors in metrology, innovative LED-lighting or laser technology. Injection moulding has proven to be successful for the large-scale production of those parts. However, the production of those parts still causes difficulties due to challenges in the moulding and demoulding of plastics parts created with laser structured mould inserts. A complete moulding of the structures often leads to increased demoulding forces, which then cause a breaking of the structures and a clogging of the mould. An innovative approach is to combine PVD-coated (physical vapour deposition), laser structured inserts and a variothermal moulding process to create functional mic8iüro structures in a one-step process. Therefore, a PVD-coating is applied after the laser structuring process in order to improve the wear resistance and the anti-adhesive properties against the plastics melt. In a series of moulding trials with polycarbonate (PC) and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) using different coated moulds, the mould temperature during injection was varied in the range of the glass transition and the melt temperature of the polymers. Subsequently, the surface topography of the moulded parts is evaluated by digital 3D laser-scanning microscopy. The influence of the moulding parameters and the coating of the mould insert on the moulding accuracy and the demoulding behaviour are being analysed. It is shown that micro structures created by ultra-short pulse laser ablation can be successfully replicated in a variothermal moulding process. Due to the mould coating, significant improvements could be achieved in producing micro structured optical plastics components.

  3. Prediction of the properties of PVD/CVD coatings with the use of FEM analysis

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    Śliwa, Agata; Mikuła, Jarosław; Gołombek, Klaudiusz; Tański, Tomasz; Kwaśny, Waldemar; Bonek, Mirosław; Brytan, Zbigniew

    2016-12-01

    The aim of this paper is to present the results of the prediction of the properties of PVD/CVD coatings with the use of finite element method (FEM) analysis. The possibility of employing the FEM in the evaluation of stress distribution in multilayer Ti/Ti(C,N)/CrN, Ti/Ti(C,N)/(Ti,Al)N, Ti/(Ti,Si)N/(Ti,Si)N, and Ti/DLC/DLC coatings by taking into account their deposition conditions on magnesium alloys has been discussed in the paper. The difference in internal stresses in the zone between the coating and the substrate is caused by, first of all, the difference between the mechanical and thermal properties of the substrate and the coating, and also by the structural changes that occur in these materials during the fabrication process, especially during the cooling process following PVD and CVD treatment. The experimental values of stresses were determined based on X-ray diffraction patterns that correspond to the modelled values, which in turn can be used to confirm the correctness of the accepted mathematical model for testing the problem. An FEM model was established for the purpose of building a computer simulation of the internal stresses in the coatings. The accuracy of the FEM model was verified by comparing the results of the computer simulation of the stresses with experimental results. A computer simulation of the stresses was carried out in the ANSYS environment using the FEM method. Structure observations, chemical composition measurements, and mechanical property characterisations of the investigated materials has been carried out to give a background for the discussion of the results that were recorded during the modelling process.

  4. Injection moulding of optical functional micro structures using laser structured, PVD-coated mould inserts

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    Hopmann, Ch.; Weber, M.; Schöngart, M.; Schäfer, C.; Bobzin, K.; Bagcivan, N.; Brögelmann, T.; Theiß, S.; Münstermann, T.; Steger, M.

    2015-05-01

    Micro structured optical plastics components are intensively used i. e. in consumer electronics, for optical sensors in metrology, innovative LED-lighting or laser technology. Injection moulding has proven to be successful for the large-scale production of those parts. However, the production of those parts still causes difficulties due to challenges in the moulding and demoulding of plastics parts created with laser structured mould inserts. A complete moulding of the structures often leads to increased demoulding forces, which then cause a breaking of the structures and a clogging of the mould. An innovative approach is to combine PVD-coated (physical vapour deposition), laser structured inserts and a variothermal moulding process to create functional mic8iüro structures in a one-step process. Therefore, a PVD-coating is applied after the laser structuring process in order to improve the wear resistance and the anti-adhesive properties against the plastics melt. In a series of moulding trials with polycarbonate (PC) and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) using different coated moulds, the mould temperature during injection was varied in the range of the glass transition and the melt temperature of the polymers. Subsequently, the surface topography of the moulded parts is evaluated by digital 3D laser-scanning microscopy. The influence of the moulding parameters and the coating of the mould insert on the moulding accuracy and the demoulding behaviour are being analysed. It is shown that micro structures created by ultra-short pulse laser ablation can be successfully replicated in a variothermal moulding process. Due to the mould coating, significant improvements could be achieved in producing micro structured optical plastics components.

  5. 锂离子电池用PVdF/PMMA电纺膜的制备及电化学性能%Preparation and Electrochemical Properties of Electrospun PVdF/PMMA Membranes for Lithium Ion Batteries

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    曹琪; 李晓云; 钟正; 王先友; 陈权启; 蒋生辉

    2011-01-01

    In this paper,fibrous membranes of PVdF/PMMA were fabricated via electrospinning method.The morphology,structure and thermal behaviors of the electrospun membranes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM),fourier transform infra-red (FT-IR) spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry ( DSC ),respectively.Polymer electrolytes were prepared by immersing membranes into 1 mol/L LiClO4/EC + PC ( 1∶ 1,V/V).Electrochemical properties of ionic conductivity,electrochemical stability,interfacial resistance and cell performance of the electrolyte were investigated.The results suggested that the addition of PMMA increased the ionic conductivity and electrochemical stability of the polymer electrolyte.The PVdF/PMMA polymer electrolyte exhibited a high ionic conductivity of 3.5 mS/cm at room temperature and electrochemically stable up to 5.1 V.Also,the addition of PMMA into PVdF decreased the interfacial resistance with lithium electrode.In addition,Li/PE/LiFePO4 cell with PE based on electrospun PVdF/PMMA membrane exhibited excellent cycling performance.These results revealed that this new method may be very promising for preparing microporous PVdF/PMMA polymer electrolytes.%通过电纺法制备PVdF/PMMA纤维膜.电纺膜的形貌,结构和热行为分别用扫描电镜(SEM),红外(FT-IR),差热扫描量热法(DSC)表征.将电纺膜浸入1mol/L LiClO4/EC+ PC(1∶1,V/V)溶液中,从而得到聚合物电解质.对聚合物电解质的电化学性能如离子电导率,电化学稳定性,界面阻抗和电池性能也进行了研究.结果表明,PMMA的加入增加了聚合物电解质的离子电导率,提高了聚合物电解质的电化学稳定性.PVdF/PMMA聚合物电解质的室温离子电导率高达3.5 mS/cm,电化学稳定性达5.1 V.PMMA的加入降低了界面阻抗.另外,由PVdF/PMMA聚合物电解质组装的Li/PE/LiFePO4电池具有良好的循环性能.试验表明,电纺法可能很有希望应用于制备微孔PVdF/PMMA聚合物电解质.

  6. PVD Silicon Carbide as a Thin Film Packaging Technology for Antennas on LCP Substrates for Harsh Environments

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    Scardelletti, Maximilian C.; Stanton, John W.; Ponchak, George E.; Jordan, Jennifer L.; Zorman, Christian A.

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes an effort to develop a thin film packaging technology for microfabricated planar antennas on polymeric substrates based on silicon carbide (SiC) films deposited by physical vapor deposition (PVD). The antennas are coplanar waveguide fed dual frequency folded slot antennas fabricated on liquid crystal polymer (LCP) substrates. The PVD SiC thin films were deposited directly onto the antennas by RF sputtering at room temperature at a chamber pressure of 30 mTorr and a power level of 300 W. The SiC film thickness is 450 nm. The return loss and radiation patterns were measured before and after the SiC-coated antennas were submerged into perchloric acid for 1 hour. No degradation in RF performance or physical integrity of the antenna was observed.

  7. Advanced neutron and X-ray techniques for insights into the microstructure of EB-PVD thermal barrier coatings

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    Kulkarni, Anand [State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794 (United States); Goland, Allen [State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794 (United States); Herman, Herbert [State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794 (United States)]. E-mail: hherman@ms.cc.sunysb.edu; Allen, Andrew J. [National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States); Dobbins, Tabbetha [National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States); DeCarlo, Francesco [Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Ilavsky, Jan [Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Long, Gabrielle G. [Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Fang, Stacy [Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corporation, Orangeburg, NY 10962 (United States); Lawton, Paul [Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corporation, Orangeburg, NY 10962 (United States)

    2006-06-25

    The ongoing quest to increase gas turbine efficiency and performance (increased thrust) provides a driving force for materials development. While improved engine design and usage of novel materials provide solutions for increased engine operating temperatures, and hence fuel efficiency, reliability issues remain. Thermal barrier coatings (TBCs), deposited onto turbine components using the electron-beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) process, exhibit unique pore architectures capable of bridging the technological gap between insulation/life extension and prime reliance. This article explores the potential of advanced X-ray and neutron techniques for comprehension of an EB-PVD TBC coating microstructure. While conventional microscopy reveals a hierarchy of voids, complementary advanced techniques allow quantification of these voids in terms of component porosities, anisotropy, size and gradient through the coating thickness. In addition, the derived microstructural parameters obtained both further knowledge of the nature and architecture of the porosity, and help establish its influence on the resultant thermal and mechanical properties.

  8. Effects of interface morphology and TGO thickness on residual stress of EB-PVD thermal barrier coatings

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    Chen, Jianwei; Zhao, Yang; Ma, Jian

    2015-04-01

    The residual stress of electron beam-physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) thermal barrier coatings (TBC) is complex and difficult to be obtained. In this paper, the interface morphology of TBCs subjected to cyclic heating and cooling was observed by SEM. Based on the thermal elastic-plastic finite method, corresponding interface model of TBCs was established. The residual stress of EB-PVD TBCs with different interface morphologies and TGO thicknesses was calculated using the FE method without regard to the presence of cracks and defects. The result shows that the distribution of residual stress is significantly affected by the interface morphology, and the growth of TGO also has influence on the residual stress of TC and TGO.

  9. Tribología de nuevas capas autolubricantes producidas mediante PVD

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    Oñate, J. I.

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available MoS2 coatings, deposited by PVD show a low friction under vacuum conditions, but degrade easily under atmospheric conditions. This work describes the development of a new type of MoSx, coating, modified with WC. These coatings presented a very low and stable friction coefficient lower than 0.04 when tested under vacuum at 0.75 GPa in a ball on disc tribometer. Durability was higher than 1 million wear cycles, showing a wear rate of 1.3 10-16 m3/Nm. When tested under atmospheric conditions and up to 70 % RH, friction increased to 0.15 and durability reached a lower value of up to 3 x 105 cycles. Surface analyses in these coatings showed S/Mo ratios higher than 1.2 and with oxygen levels lower than 2 %, demonstrating the lubricant character of the coating.

    Las capas de MoS2 depositadas mediante PVD tienen baja fricción en vacío pero se degradan con facilidad al aire, especialmente en presencia de humedad. Este trabajo describe el desarrollo de nuevas capas de MoSx modificadas con WC. En ensayos de "bola sobre disco" a 0,75 GPa, las capas presentaron una fricción muy baja y estable (< 0,04 en vacío. Se obtuvo una durabilidad superior a 1 millón de ciclos, mostrando un desgaste de 1,3 x 10-16 m3/Nm, mejorado respecto a otras capas de MoSx. El coeficiente de fricción aumentó a 0,15 y la durabilidad disminuyó hasta 1 a 3 x 105 ciclos en aire hasta 70 % HR. El análisis superficial mostró ratios de S/Mo superiores a 1,2, con menos del 2 % de oxígeno, demostrando carácter lubricante.

  10. Development of a PVD-based manufacturing process of monolithic LEU irradiation targets for {sup 99}Mo production

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    Hollmer, Tobias

    2015-08-03

    {sup 99}Mo is the most important radioisotope in nuclear medicine. It is produced by fission of uranium in irradiation targets. The usage of cylindrical monolithic targets can ensure a safe supply of {sup 99}Mo and at the same reduce the amount of highly radioactive waste generated during production. To manufacture these targets, a novel PVD-based technique was developed. Both the feasibility and the high efficiency of this process were demonstrated in a prototype apparatus.

  11. Blending effect of poly (ethyl methacrylate) on lithium bis(perfluoroethanesulfonyl) imide-ferroceramic PVdF-HFP composite

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    Vickraman, P.; Jayaraman, R.; Purushothaman, K.

    2013-06-01

    PEMA as a supportive host matrix is physically blended in five different proportions with PVdF-HFP based system containing LiBETI as a electrolyte, EC / DMC mixture in 1:1 v/v ratio as a plasticizer and BaTiO3 as a filler for improving ionic conductivity is attempted. The A.C impedance, DSC, and FTIR studies are carried out. The ionic conductivity measurements on these Polymer Blend Nano Composites(PBNC) showed that blending improved ionic conductivity, and enhancement in magnitude is observed for 22.5% PEMA blended PVdF-HFP (7.5 wt%) system with 7.5% BaTiO3. The DSC showed PEMA interaction with PVDF causing reorientation of VDF crystals and resulting conformational changes showed variations in melting endotherms, are observed. FTIR studies identified PEMA interaction with plasticizer and PVdF-HFP through the change in the C-F stretching and C=O Carbonyl bond.

  12. Optimization of hybrid polymer electrolytes with the effect of lithium salt concentration in PEO/PVdF-HFP blends

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    Pradeepa, P.; Edwin raj, S.; Sowmya, G.; Kalaiselvimary, J.; Ramesh Prabhu, M., E-mail: mkram83@gmail.com

    2016-03-15

    Highlights: • Polymer blends based on PVdF-HFP/PEO were prepared for Li-ion battery applications. • Structural and electrochemical studies were carried out on prepared electrolytes. • The electrolytes can be used as electrolyte in the possible device fabrications. - Abstract: Poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) 6.25 wt%/poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) [P(VdF-HFP)] 18.75 wt% blend based electrolyte films containing different concentrations (2–10) wt% of lithium salt were prepared. The miscibility studies have been performed by using X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The role of interaction between polymer hosts on conductivity is discussed using the results of a.c. impedance studies. A room temperature conductivity of 2.3912 × 10{sup −4} S cm{sup −1} has been obtained for PEO (6.25)–PVdF-HFP (18.75)–LiClO{sub 4} (8)–PC (67) polymer complex. The temperature dependence of the conductivity of polymer electrolyte seems to obey VTF relation. Electrochemical stability (3.3 V) was observed in the prepared polymer electrolyte. Reduction process and oxidation process of the prepared electrolyte system have also been evaluated by means of cyclic voltammetry. Thermogravimetric analysis results indicate thermal stability of PEO/PVdF-HFP lithium salt complexes. Roughness parameter of the sample having maximum ionic conductivity was studied by AFM. The morphology of the polymer complex is investigated by using SEM.

  13. The effect of thermal aging on the thermal conductivity of plasma sprayed and EB-PVD thermal barrier coatings

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    Dinwiddie, R.B.; Beecher, S.C.; Porter, W.D. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Nagaraj, B.A. [General Electric Co., Cincinnati, OH (United States). Aircraft Engine Group

    1996-05-01

    Thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) applied to the hot gas components of turbine engines lead to enhanced fuel efficiency and component reliability. Understanding the mechanisms which control the thermal transport behavior of the TBCs is of primary importance. Electron beam-physical vapor deposition (EV-PVD) and air plasma spraying (APS) are the two most commonly used coating techniques. These techniques produce coatings with unique microstructures which control their performance and stability. The density of the APS coatings was controlled by varying the spray parameters. The low density APS yttria-partially stabilized zirconia (yttria-PSZ) coatings yielded a thermal conductivity that is lower than both the high density APS coatings and the EB-PVD coatings. The thermal aging of both fully and partially stabilized zirconia are compared. The thermal conductivity of the coatings permanently increases upon exposure to high temperatures. These increases are attributed to microstructural changes within the coatings. This increase in thermal conductivity can be modeled using a relationship which depends on both the temperature and time of exposure. Although the EB-PVD coatings are less susceptible to thermal aging effects, results suggest that they typically have a higher thermal conductivity than APS coatings before thermal aging. The increases in thermal conductivity due to thermal aging for plasma sprayed partially stabilized zirconia have been found to be less than for plasma sprayed fully stabilized zirconia coatings.

  14. Evaluation of Osseous Integration of PVD-Silver-Coated Hip Prostheses in a Canine Model

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    Gregor Hauschild

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Infection associated with biomaterials used for orthopedic prostheses remains a serious complication in orthopedics, especially tumor surgery. Silver-coating of orthopedic (megaprostheses proved its efficiency in reducing infections but has been limited to surface areas exposed to soft tissues due to concerns of silver inhibiting osseous integration of cementless stems. To close this gap in the bactericidal capacity of silver-coated orthopedic prostheses extension of the silver-coating on surface areas intended for osseous integration seems to be inevitable. Our study reports about a PVD- (physical-vapor-deposition- silver-coated cementless stem in a canine model for the first time and showed osseous integration of a silver-coated titanium surface in vivo. Radiological, histological, and biomechanical analysis revealed a stable osseous integration of four of nine stems implanted. Silver trace elemental concentrations in serum did not exceed 1.82 parts per billion (ppb and can be considered as nontoxic. Changes in liver and kidney functions associated with the silver-coating could be excluded by blood chemistry analysis. This was in accordance with very limited metal displacement from coated surfaces observed by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS 12 months after implantation. In conclusion our results represent a step towards complete bactericidal silver-coating of orthopedic prostheses.

  15. Ionic liquid-polymer gel electrolytes based on morpholinium salt and PVdF(HFP) copolymer

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    Kim, Ki-Sub; Park, Seung-Yeob; Choi, Sukjeong; Lee, Huen [Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 373-1 Guseong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-04-21

    New ionic liquid-polymer gel electrolytes (IPGEs) are prepared from N-ethyl-N-methylmorpholinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (Mor{sub 1,2}TFSI) and poly(vinylidene fluoride)-hexafluoropropylene copolymer (PVdF(HFP)). To investigate the effect of propylene carbonate (PC) on the ionic conductivity of the IPGEs, the preparation methods are roughly divided into two groups according to the presence or absence of PC. The ionic conductivity for each IPGE is measured with increasing temperature and changing weight ratio of Mor{sub 1,2}TFSI. The results show that the ionic conductivity increases as the temperature and weight ratio of the Mor{sub 1,2}TFSI increase, and that the added PC improves the ionic conductivity of the IPGEs. In addition, thermogravimetric analysis and the data from infrared spectroscopy demonstrate the thermal stability of each IPGE and the presence of PC in the polymer network. Although the IPGEs that contain PC display high conductivity ({approx}1.1x10{sup -2}Scm{sup -1}) at 60{sup o}C, they are thermally unstable. (author)

  16. N-Butyl-N-methylmorpholinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide-PVdF(HFP) gel electrolytes

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    Kim, Ki-Sub; Park, Seung-Yeob; Yeon, Sun-Hwa; Lee, Huen [Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 373-1 Guseong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea)

    2005-09-30

    Ionic liquid-polymer gels were prepared by incorporating N-butyl-N-methylmorpholinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (Mor{sub 1,4}TFSI) and poly(vinylidene fluoride)-hexafluoropropylene copolymer (PVdF(HFP)) using three different methods in order to observe the variation of ionic conductivities according to the presence of propylene carbonate (PC) and various weight ratios between Mor{sub 1,4}TFSI and gel polymer electrolyte (GPE). Ionic conductivities for each gel polymer electrolyte were measured with increasing temperature. Ionic conductivities of the GPEs increased with increasing temperature and weight ratio of Mor{sub 1,4}TFSI. In addition, the addition of PC into GPE led to the improvement of ionic conductivities. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) showed the suggested gel polymer electrolytes composed of only ionic liquid and polymer were stable up to approximately 400 C. TGA and infrared spectroscopy data indicated that residual PC remains after evaporating PC in a vacuum oven, which did not affect the ionic conductivities. The GPEs containing PC displayed high conductivity (ca. 10{sup -2} S cm{sup -1}) at 60 C. (author)

  17. Active soft solder deposition by magnetron-sputter-ion-plating (MSIP)-PVD-process

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    Lugscheider, E.; Bobzin, K.; Erdle, A

    2004-01-30

    In different technical areas micro electro mechanical systems (M.E.M.S.), e.g. micro pumps, micro sensors, actuators and micro dosage systems are in use today. The components of these M.E.M.S. consist of various materials, which have to be joined. To join materials like ceramics, plastics or metals to a hybrid M.E.M.S., established joining technologies have to be adjusted. For the assembling and mounting of temperature sensible micro components, a low temperature joining process, e.g. transient liquid phase (TLP) bonding or an active soft soldering process can be performed. In this article the deposition of a low melting active soft solder by magnetron-sputter (MS)-PVD deposition with an active substrate cooling will be presented. The substrate temperatures were set and controlled by an additional cooling unit, which was integrated into the sputtering facility. In the performed experiments a substrate temperature range from -40 to +20 deg. C was investigated. The effects of these different substrate temperatures to the microstructure and the soldering suitability of the solder system were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), nanoindentation and soldering tests. The chemical composition of the deposited solder systems was examined by glow discharge optical spectroscopy (GDOS)-analysis. As a suitable substrate temperature range for deposition -10 to -20 deg. C was detected. Solder systems deposited in this temperature range showed good solder abilities.

  18. Tweedracht maakt macht. De PvdA, de doorbraak en de ontluikende polarisatiestrategie (1946-1966

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    B. Mellink

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Divide and Rule: The Dutch Labour Party (PvdA, the Breakthrough and the Emerging Polarisation Strategy (1946-1966In 1966, after a lengthy debate in the Dutch parliament, the Cals cabinet came to a sudden end. As a motion proposed by Norbert Schmelzer, the parliamentary leader of the prime minister’s own Catholic party precipitated the cabinet’s fall, ‘Schmelzer’s Night’ received an iconic status in Dutch political history. Many historians have interpreted Schmelzer’s Night as the birth of a Social Democratic ‘polarisation strategy’: differences between Left and Right were exaggerated in order to divide the confessional parties along ideological lines. Established analyses ascribe the development of this polarisation strategy to the ascendancy of a younger generation in Dutch politics. This article argues instead that the polarisation strategy of the late 1960s was not so much caused by a new generation, but rather emerged as a consequence of postwar Social Democrats’ efforts to abolish pillarisation (verzuiling in Dutch society.

  19. Performance of PVD-Coated Carbide Tools When Turning Inconel 718 in Dry Machining

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    Gusri Akhyar Ibrahim

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Inconel 718 has found its niche in many industries, owing to its unique properties such as high oxidation resistance and corrosion resistance even at very high temperatures. Coated carbide tool with hard layer of PVD TiAlN is used to turn Inconel 718. Taguchi method with the orthogonal array L9 is applied in this experiment with the parameter cutting speed of 60–80 m/min, feed rate of 0.2–0.3 mm/rev, and depth of cut of 0.3–0.5 mm. The results show that depth of cut is a significant influence to the tool life. Cutting speed of 60 m/min, feed rate of 0.2 mm/rev, and depth of cut of 0.3 mm are the optimum parameters. The flank wear, crater wear, notch wear, and nose wear are the wear mechanisms on the carbide tool. Through the SEM, abrasion, attrition, and adhesion are the wear mechanisms which can be seen on the cutting tool.

  20. Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulation of EB-PVD Film: Effects of Substrate Temperature

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    SHAN Ying-chun; HE Xiao-dong; LI Ming-wei; LI Yao; XU Jiu-jun

    2006-01-01

    The 2D kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulation was used to study the effects of different substrate temperatures on the microstructure of Ni-Cr films in the process of deposition by the electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD). In the KMC model, substrate was assumed to be a "surface" of tight-packed rows, and the simulation includes two phenomena: adatom-surface collision and adatom diffusion. While the interaction between atoms was described by the embedded atom method, the jumping energy was calculated by the molecular static (MS) calculation. The initial location of the adatom was defined by the Momentum Scheme. The results reveal that there exists a critical substrate temperature which means that the lowest packing density and the highest surface roughness structure will be achieved when the temperature is lower than the smaller critical value, while the roughness of both surfaces and the void contents keep decreasing with the substrate temperature increasing until it reaches the higher critical value. The results also indicate that the critical substrate temperature rises as the deposition rate increases.

  1. Surface Roughness Prediction Model in Machining of Carbon Steel by PVD Coated Cutting Tools

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    Yusuf Sahin

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The surface roughness model in the turning of AISI 1040 carbon steel was developed in terms of cutting speed, feed rate and depth of cut using response surface methodology. Machining tests were carried out using PVD-coated tools under different cutting conditions. The surface roughness equations of cutting tools when machining the carbon steels were achieved by using the experimental data. The results are presented in terms of mean values and confidence levels. The established equation shows that the feed rate was found to be a main influencing factor on the surface roughness. It increased with increasing the feed rate, but decreased with increasing the cutting speed and the depth of cut, respectively. The variance analysis for the second-order model shows that the interaction terms and the square terms were statically insignificant. However, it could be seen that the first-order effect of feed rate was significant while cutting speed and depth of cut was insignificant. The predicted surface roughness of the samples was found to lie close to that of the experimentally observed ones with 95% confident intervals.

  2. Thermal Cycling Behavior of Quasi-Columnar YSZ Coatings Deposited by PS-PVD

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    Yang, Jiasheng; Zhao, Huayu; Zhong, Xinghua; Shao, Fang; Liu, Chenguang; Zhuang, Yin; Ni, Jinxing; Tao, Shunyan

    2017-01-01

    Columnar-structured thermal barrier coatings, owing to their high strain tolerance, are expected for their potential possibilities to substantially extend turbine lives and improve engine efficiencies. In this paper, plasma spray-physical vapor deposition (PS-PVD) process was used to deposit yttria partially stabilized zirconia (YSZ) coatings with quasi-columnar structures. Thermal cyclic tests on burner rigs and thermal shock tests by heating and water-quenching method were involved to evaluate the thermal cycling and thermal shock behaviors of such kind of structured thermal barrier coatings (TBCs). Evolution of the microstructures, phase composition, residual stresses and failure behaviors of quasi-columnar YSZ coatings before and after the thermal tests was investigated. The quasi-columnar coating obtained had an average life of around 623 cycles when the spallation area reached about 10% of the total coating surface during burner rig tests with the coating surface temperature of 1250 °C. Failure of the coating is mainly due to the break and pull-out of center columnar segments.

  3. Effects of Shot Peening Process on Thermal Cycling Lifetime of TBCs Prepared by EB-PVD

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    ZHOU Zhao-hui; GONG Sheng-kai; LI He-fei; XU Hui-bin; ZHANG Chun-gang; WANG Lu

    2007-01-01

    Conventional two-layered thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) are prepared by electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD)with ZrO2-8 wt% Y2O3 (8YSZ) as top coat and CoCrAlY as bond coat on disk-shaped Ni based super-alloy. In this paper, three kinds of shot peening process with different lengths of operating time were adopted for bond coating. As a result, changes took place in its surface roughness and the surface micro-hardness. A thermal cycling test at 1 273 K×55 min and another at room temperature for 5 min were performed to study the effects of shot peening process on the thermal cycling lifetime of TBCs. It is found that a moderate shot peening process will be able to prolong the life time. The oxidation dynamic of the as-processed TBCs basically accords with the parabolic rule, and the oxidation test also attests to the spallation between YSZ and thermal growth oxide (TGO) responsible mainly for the failure of TBCs.

  4. Multilayer stacks obtained by ion assisted EB PVD aimed at thermal barrier coating

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    Roos, E.; Maile, K.; Lyutovich, A. [Stuttgart Univ. (DE). Materialpruefungsanstalt (MPA)

    2010-07-01

    Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC) using Electron Beam Physical Vapour Deposition (EB PVD) is widely implemented, especially for aero-engine turbine blades. Generally, multilayer stacks are used for these aims. For the additional improvement of intermediate layers with graded transitions to the initial Ni-based alloy, the use of accelerated ions in the EBPVD-process is advantageous. The effect of the substrate bias potential, ion current density and deposition temperature on the structure and properties of Ti and Zr intermediate layers are investigated. The morphology of the films is studied using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). It is found that the surface morphology becomes smoother with rising bias potential and decreasing ion current density. Measurements of Vicker's micro-hardness performed on these coatings have shown its increase with higher values of the bias and its reduction with the growing temperature. This effect is caused by the observed decrease in grain size and higher porosity of the films. A multilayer coating system Ni (based substrate)-Si-Si{sub x}Al{sub y}-Al with graded transitions between the layers is obtained using ion assisted EBPVD. Architecture of a multilayer stack for TBC with graded transitions is proposed. (orig.)

  5. Investigation of hard gradient PVD (Ti,Al,SiN coating

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    L.A. Dobrzański

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Investigation of gradient coating of (Ti,Al,SiN deposited on the Al2O3+SiC(woxide ceramics substrate by cathodic arc evaporation CAE-PVD method.Design/methodology/approach: Structure of substrate and coating was investigated with use of scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometry (XPS examination was carried out for proving the gradient character of the (Ti,Al,SiN coating. The investigation includes also microhardness and roughness tests of the deposited coating and used substrate; The Ra surface roughness parameter measurements were made on confocal microscope.Findings: Gradient structure and main properties of the investigated materials were introduced. It has been stated, that properties of the oxide tool ceramic with gradient (Ti,Al,SiN coating increase in comparison with uncoated material.Practical implications: Depositing the wear resistant gradient coating onto the Al2O3+SiC(woxide tool ceramic results in a significant increase of the surface layer microhardness, contributing most probably in this way in machining to the decrease of the wear intensity of cutting tools’ flanks made from the Al2O3+SiC(woxide tool ceramic.Originality/value: Functionally gradient coating form is a new class of structures in which the microstructure and properties vary gradually from the surface to the interior of the material.

  6. Tweedracht maakt macht. De PvdA, de doorbraak en de ontluikende polarisatiestrategie (1946-1966

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    B. Mellink

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Divide and Rule: The Dutch Labour Party (PvdA, the Breakthrough and the Emerging Polarisation Strategy (1946-1966In 1966, after a lengthy debate in the Dutch parliament, the Cals cabinet came to a sudden end. As a motion proposed by Norbert Schmelzer, the parliamentary leader of the prime minister’s own Catholic party precipitated the cabinet’s fall, ‘Schmelzer’s Night’ received an iconic status in Dutch political history. Many historians have interpreted Schmelzer’s Night as the birth of a Social Democratic ‘polarisation strategy’: differences between Left and Right were exaggerated in order to divide the confessional parties along ideological lines. Established analyses ascribe the development of this polarisation strategy to the ascendancy of a younger generation in Dutch politics. This article argues instead that the polarisation strategy of the late 1960s was not so much caused by a new generation, but rather emerged as a consequence of postwar Social Democrats’ efforts to abolish pillarisation (verzuiling in Dutch society.

  7. Plasma thermal performance of a dual-process PVD/PS tungsten coating on carbon-based panels for nuclear fusion application

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    Kim, Hyunmyung; Lee, Ho Jung; Kim, Sung Hwan; Jang, Changheui, E-mail: chjang@kaist.ac.kr

    2016-11-01

    Highlights: • Plasma thermal performance of a dual-process PVD/PS W coating was evaluated. • Steady-state heat fluxes of 1–3 MW/m{sup 2} were applied to the W coated specimens. • Less micro-pores and grain growth were observed for the dual-process coating. • Loss of coating thickness was observed for the simple PS W coating. • Dual-process PVD/PS W coating was resistant to erosion due to the surface PVD layer. - Abstract: Various tungsten (W) coating techniques have been used for the application of plasma facing material in nuclear fusion devices, which resulted in limited success. In this study, a dual-process W coating structure was developed on a graphite substrate to improve the thermal performance of the coating structure. The dual-process coating structure consisted of a thin (∼7 μm) multilayer W/Mo physical vapor deposition (PVD) coating layer deposited on top of the relatively thick (∼160 μm) plasma spray (PS) W coating on a graphite substrate panel. Then the coated sample was exposed to plasma heat flux of 1–3 MW/m{sup 2} for 300 s. With addition of a thin surface PVD coating layer, the microstructure change in underlying PS W coating was substantially reduced compared to the simple PS W coating structure. The thickness of overall coating structure was maintained for the dual-process PVD/PS coated samples after the thermal loading tests, while a significant reduction in thickness due to surface erosion was observed for the simple PS W coated samples. The improvement in surface erosion resistance in the dual-process coating structure was discussed in view of the characteristics of PVD and PS coating layers.

  8. Anisotropic TGO rumpling in EB-PVD thermal barrier coatings under in-phase thermomechanical loading

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    Balint, D.S., E-mail: d.balint@imperial.ac.uk [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Kim, S.-S.; Liu Yufu; Kitazawa, R.; Kagawa, Y. [Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8409 (Japan); Evans, A.G. [College of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 (United States)

    2011-04-15

    An electron beam physical vapor deposited (EB-PVD) Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-ZrO{sub 2} thermal barrier system has been tested under in-phase thermomechanical fatigue (TMF) conditions with thermal gradient in the through-thickness direction. Undulations in the thermally grown oxide (TGO) were observed to have clear anisotropic behavior with respect to the directions parallel and perpendicular to the loading axis. It was found that undulation wavelengths were nearly the same in both directions but the amplitude in the perpendicular direction was much larger than in the parallel direction. A recent model of TGO rumpling was adapted and used to analyze and explain the origins of the observed rumpling behavior under TMF conditions. Methods for deducing variation in the coefficient of thermal expansion with temperature and in the creep properties of the substrate from the experimental strain data are also presented in the course of the derivations. Model results show that tensile stress applied in the loading direction can overcome the compression occurring from lateral expansion during oxide formation, causing undulations to flatten; undulations perpendicular to the loading axis are unaffected. However, ratcheting in the strain cycle experienced by the substrate, which occurs naturally by substrate creep, is necessary for anisotropic rumpling under cyclic stress conditions. Model predictions for constant applied stress are also presented, demonstrating a reversal in the direction of undulation alignment under compression. A threshold stress is identified, in both tension and compression, sufficient to produce appreciable anisotropic rumpling. The model predictions provide a clear mechanism for the anisotropy and further evidence that the lateral expansion strain in the oxide is the driving force for oxide rumpling.

  9. CrCuAgN PVD nanocomposite coatings: Effects of annealing on coating morphology and nanostructure

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    Liu, Xingguang; Iamvasant, Chanon; Liu, Chang; Matthews, Allan; Leyland, Adrian

    2017-01-01

    CrCuAgN PVD nanocomposite coatings were produced using pulsed DC unbalanced magnetron sputtering. This investigation focuses on the effects of post-coat annealing on the surface morphology, phase composition and nanostructure of such coatings. In coatings with nitrogen contents up to 16 at.%, chromium exists as metallic Cr with N in supersaturated solid solution, even after 300 °C and 500 °C post-coat annealing. Annealing at 300 °C did not obviously change the phase composition of both nitrogen-free and nitrogen-containing coatings; however, 500 °C annealing resulted in significant transformation of the nitrogen-containing coatings. The formation of Ag aggregates relates to the (Cu + Ag)/Cr atomic ratio (threshold around 0.2), whereas the formation of Cu aggregates relates to the (Cu + Ag + N)/Cr atomic ratio (threshold around 0.5). The primary annealing-induced changes were reduced solubility of Cu, Ag and N in Cr, and the composition altering from a mixed ultra-fine nanocrystalline and partly amorphous phase constitution to a coarser, but still largely nanocrystalline structure. It was also found that, with sufficient Cu content (>12 at.%), annealing at a moderately high temperature (e.g. 500 °C) leads to transportation of both Cu and Ag (even at relatively low concentrations of Ag, ≤3 at.%) from inside the coating to the coating surface, which resulted in significant reductions in friction coefficient, by over 50% compared to that of the substrate (from 0.31 to 0.14 with a hemispherical diamond indenter, and from 0.83 to 0.40 with an alumina ball counterface, respectively). Results indicate that the addition of both Cu and Ag (in appropriate concentrations) to nitrogen-containing chromium is a viable strategy for the development of 'self-replenishing' silver-containing thin film architectures for temperature-dependent solid lubrication requirements or antimicrobial coating applications.

  10. Comparative Study of the PVD Coatings on the Plasma Nitrided Steel

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    Andrei SURZHENKOV

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available In the current study, the cracking, impact and sliding wear resistance of the PVD single layer TiN (I generation, multilayer (Ti,AlN-ML (II generation, gradient (Al,TiN-G and multilayer nanocomposite FiVIc® (both – III generation coatings on the nitrided low alloy steel 42CrMo4 are analysed. The cyclic indentation test (normal load 50 N, 10 000 cycles was carried out to determine the cracking resistance of the coatings. Impact wear test was performed at the normal load 16 N, strokes’ frequency 25 Hz, 104 – 107 strokes. Sliding wear test was applied, using the block-on-plate scheme, Ø 10 mm Al2O3 ball as the counterbody, at the normal load of 10 N, the frequency 5 Hz, the amplitude 10 mm and the test duration 10 min. Best resistance to cracks’ formation is demonstrated by the gradient (Al,TiN-G coating, showing medium radial cracks’ formation, whereas delamination of the coating can be observed in other cases. 1.6 – 1.7 times higher impact wear resistance is shown by the TiN coating in comparison with the other coatings. The FiVIc® coating demonstrates lightly better resistance to sliding wear in comparison with the TiN and (Ti,AlN-ML coatings due to a lower coefficient of friction. The worst sliding wear resistance is observed in the case of the (Al,TiN-G coating due to a high affinity of the coating’s and counterbody’s materials.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.18.1.1339

  11. Effect of Annealing Temperature on the Water Contact Angle of PVD Hard Coatings

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    Yu-Sen Yang

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Various PVD (physical vapor deposition hard coatings including nitrides and metal-doped diamond-like carbons (Me-DLC were applied in plastic injection and die-casting molds to improve wear resistance and reduce sticking. In this study, nitrides hcp-AlN (hexagonal close-packed AlN, Cr2N, (CrAl2N and Me-DLC (Si-DLC and Cr-DLC coatings were prepared using a closed field unbalanced magnetron reactive sputtering system. The coatings were annealed in air for 2 h at various temperatures, after which the anti-sticking properties were assessed using water contact angle (WCA measurements. The as-deposited hcp-AlN, Cr2N and (CrAl2N coatings exhibit hydrophobic behavior and exhibit respective WCAs of 119°, 106° and 101°. The as-deposited Si-DLC and Cr-DLC coatings exhibit hydrophilic behavior and exhibit respective WCAs of 74° and 88°. The annealed Cr2N and (CrAl2N coatings exhibit hydrophobic behavior with higher WCAs, while the annealed hcp-AlN, Si-DLC and Cr-DLC coatings are hydrophilic. The increased WCA of the annealed Cr2N and (CrAl2N coatings is related to their crystal structure and increased roughness. The decreased WCA of the annealed hcp-AlN, Si-DLC and Cr-DLC coatings is related to their crystal structures and has little correlation with roughness.

  12. Thermal barrier coatings of new rare-earth composite oxide by EB-PVD

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    Xu, Z.H., E-mail: zhxubiam@sina.com; Zhou, X.; Wang, K.; Dai, J.W.; He, L.M.

    2014-02-25

    Highlights: • 3Y-LZ7C3 coating has a cyclic lifetime longer than that of LZ7C3 coating. • Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} helps to moderate the excessive vapor pressure condition during deposition. • 3Y-LZ7C3 coating is a mixture of pyrochlore and fluorite structures. • 3Y-LZ7C3 coating has a low sintering ability as compared with LZ7C3 coating. -- Abstract: Thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) of La{sub 2}(Zr{sub 0.7}Ce{sub 0.3}){sub 2}O{sub 7} (LZ7C3) with the addition of 3 wt.% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (3Y-LZ7C3) were deposited by electron beam-physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD). The phase structures, surface and cross-sectional morphologies, thermal cycling behaviors of these coatings were studied in detail. The thermal cycling test at 1373 K in an air furnace indicates that the 3Y-LZ7C3 coating has a lifetime of 1134 cycles which is about 18% longer than that of LZ7C3 coating. The improvement of chemical homogeneity of the coating, the superior growth behavior of columns and the favorable mechanical properties are all very helpful to the prolongation of thermal cycling life of 3Y-LZ7C3 coating. The failure of 3Y-LZ7C3 coating is probably a result of the reduction–oxidation of cerium oxide (Ce{sub 2}O{sub 3} and CeO{sub 2}), the solid solution reactions between La{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (or ZrO{sub 2}), the visible cracks initiation, propagation and extension, the abnormal oxidation of bond coat and the thermal expansion mismatch between ceramic coating and bond coat.

  13. Vanadium Alloyed PVD CrAlN Coatings for Friction Reduction in Metal Forming Applications

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    K. Bobzin

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Hard coatings deposited on forming tools are used to improve the forming process and to increase tool life. The decrease of tool wear and reduction of friction are the main motivations for the development of self-lubricating coatings for forming applications at elevated temperatures. In the present study (Cr,Al,VN (Physical Vapour Deposition coatings with 5, 11 and 20 at % vanadium were deposited via a combination of HPPMS (High Power Pulse Magnetron Sputtering technology and direct current (DC Magnetron Sputter Ion Plating (MSIP PVD. The hardness and Young’s Modulus of the coatings were investigated by nanoidentation. Furthermore, high temperature Pin-on-Disk (PoD tribometer measurements against Ck15 (AISI 1015 were realized at different temperatures and compared with a (Cr,AlN reference hard coating. The samples were analyzed by means of SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy and XRD (X-Ray Diffraction measurements after Pin-on-Disk (PoD tests. Moreover TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy analyses were carried out after 4 h annealing at 800 °C in ambient air to investigate the diffusion of vanadium to the coating surface. The tribological results at 800 °C show no improvement of the friction coefficient for the pure (Cr,AlN coating and for the layer with 5 at % V. A time-dependent decrease of the friction coefficient was achieved for the coatings with 11 at % V (µ=0.4 and 20 at % V (µ=0.4 at 800 °C.

  14. Resistencia a la corrosión y desgaste de recubrinnientos deTiN obtenidos por PVD

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    Conde, A.

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Surface hardening techniques for metallic alloys are widely used to achieve layers of very high hardness and corrosion and wear resistance. In the present paper TiN coatings are obtained by PVD on a tool steel. The films are characterized by SEM, X-ray diffraction and XPS. Corrosion behaviour in NaCl solution showed the importance of the presence of defects on the PVD coating due to the different electrochemical behaviour of the steel base. Pin-on-disk measurements at approximately 40% RH against a corundum (Al2O3 ball showed a significant decrease in the wear rate compared with the results for the standard tool steel.

    Los tratamientos de endurecimiento superficial de aleaciones metálicas se utilizan para lograr capas de muy elevada dureza, resistencia a la corrosión y desgaste. En este trabajo, se estudia el comportamiento de recubrimientos de TiN obtenidos mediante PVD sobre aceros de herramientas. Las capas obtenidas se caracterizan mediante microscopía electrónica de barrido, difracción de rayos X y XPS. Se analiza el comportamiento frente a la corrosión de las capas protectoras, así como la influencia del substrato en su comportamiento en soluciones de NaCl. Finalmente, se realizan ensayos de desgaste por deslizamiento en seco mediante la técnica de pin-on-disk, comprobándose la mayor resistencia de estas capas.

  15. Development of Production PVD-AIN Buffer Layer System and Processes to Reduce Epitaxy Costs and Increase LED Efficiency

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    Cerio, Frank

    2013-09-14

    was analyzed and improvements implemented to the Veeco PVD-AlN prototype system to establish a specification and baseline PVD-AlN films on sapphire and in parallel the evaluation of PVD AlN on silicon substrates began. In Phase II of the project a Beta tool based on a scaled-up process module capable of depositing uniform films on batches of 4”or 6” diameter substrates in a production worthy operation was developed and qualified. In Phase III, the means to increase the throughput of the PVD-AlN system was evaluated and focused primarily on minimizing the impact of the substrate heating and cooling times that dominated the overall cycle time.

  16. Low friction MoS2TiW Coatings Manufactured on X38CrMoV5-1 Steel Using PVD Method

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    GOLABCZAK, Marcin; Jacquet, Philippe; Nouveau, Corinne; FLITI, Romain

    2013-01-01

    In this article the friction coefficients and the wear resistances of MoS2TiW protective coatings manufactured on X38CrMoV5-1 steel samples by using PVD technology are studied. The investi- gations based on tribometer tests which were carried out in different temperature conditions. The process of deposition of PVD coatings was realized by using multisource, hybrid factory- scale equipment of type URM 079. This equipment allows for deposition of coatings by the phys- ical method...

  17. Structural, thermal and ion transport studies of different particle size nanocomposite fillers incorporated PVdF-HFP hybrid membranes

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    Kumar, G. Gnana [Specialized Graduate School of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Pil [Specialized Graduate School of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ae Rhan [Specialized Graduate School of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Nahm, Kee Suk [Specialized Graduate School of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail: nahmks@chonbuk.ac.kr; Elizabeth, R. Nimma [Department of Physics, Lady Doak College, Madurai 625002 (India)

    2009-05-15

    Organic-inorganic hybrid membranes based on poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexa fluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP)/sulfosuccinic acid were fabricated with different nanometer sizes of silica particles. Morphological images reveal the embedded ceramic filler over the membrane. Structural characterizations were made by FT-IR and XPS, ensure the inclusion of sulfosuccinic acid and silica into the PVdF-HFP polymer matrix. Sulfonic acid groups promote the IEC values and greater swelling behavior. Silica content in the hybrid membranes had a great effect on crystalline character as well as thermal properties of the membranes. Decrease in the filler size creates an effective route of polymer-filler interface and promotes the protonic conductivity of the membranes. The high conductivities in the range of 10{sup -2} to 10{sup -3} S cm{sup -1} were achieved through synergistic interactions between the organic and inorganic moieties of the hybrid membranes. Due to these splendid features, the prepared hybrid membranes can be a trademark in the field of fuel cells.

  18. Preparation of porous, chemically cross-linked, PVdF-based gel polymer electrolytes for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Cheng, C. L.; Wan, C. C.; Wang, Y. Y.

    This study reports the development of a new system of porous, chemically cross-linked, gel polymer electrolytes based on poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) copolymer as a polymer matrix, polyethylene glycol (PEG) as a plasticizer, and polyethylene glycol dimethacrylate (PEGDMA) as a chemical cross-linking oligomer. The electrolytes are prepared by a combination of controlled evaporation and thermal polymerization of PEGDMA. PVdF-HFP/PEG/PEGDMA gel polymer electrolytes with a composition of 5/3/2 exhibit both high ambient ionic conductivity, viz., >1 mS cm -1, and a high tensile modulus of 52 MPa, because of their porous and network structures. All the blends of electrolytes are electrochemically stable up to 5 V versus Li/Li + in the presence of 1 M LiPF 6/ethylene carbonate-diethyl carbonate (EC-DEC). With these polymer electrolytes, rechargeable lithium batteries composed of carbon anode and LiCoO 2 cathode have acceptable cycleability and a good rate capability.

  19. Studies on electrical conductivity and dielectric behaviour of PVdF–HFP–PMMA–NaI polymer blend electrolyte

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    S K Tripathi; Ashish Gupta; Manju Kumari

    2012-11-01

    Polymer blend electrolytes composed of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoro-propylene), poly(methyl methacrylate) and 1.0 M NaI as salt have been synthesized using solution caste technique by varying the PVdF(HFP)–PMMA blend concentration ratio systematically. A.c. impedance studies were performed to evaluate the ionic conductivity of the polymer electrolyte films. The highest ionic conductivity at room temperature for [PVdF(HFP)–PMMA(4:1)](20 wt%) – [NaI(1.0M)](80 wt%) system is found to be 1.67 × 10-2 S cm-1. XRD studies reveal complete complexation of the salt in the polymeric blend systems. The temperature dependence conductivity has been performed in the range of 303–373 K and it is observed that it obeys the Arrhenius behaviour. It has been observed that the dielectric constant, r and dielectric loss, i, increases with temperature in the lower frequency region and is almost negligible in the higher frequency region. This behaviour can be explained on the basis of electrode polarization effects. Plot of real part, r and imaginary part, i vs frequency indicates that the systems are predominantly ionic conductors. The phenomenon suggests a plurality of relaxation mechanism.

  20. Evolution of self-organization in nano-structured PVD coatings under extreme tribological conditions

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    Fox-Rabinovich, G., E-mail: gfox@mcmaster.ca [Department of Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4L7 (Canada); Kovalev, A. [Surface Phenomena Researches Group, CNIICHERMET, 9/23, 2-nd Baumanskaya Street, Moscow 105005 (Russian Federation); Aguirre, M.H. [Laboratory of Advanced Microscopy, Institute of Nanoscience of Aragón, University of Zaragoza, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain); Yamamoto, K. [Materials Research Laboratory, Kobe Steel Ltd, 1-5-5 Takatsuda-dai, Nishi-ku, Kobe 651-2271, Hyogo (Japan); Veldhuis, S. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4L7 (Canada); Gershman, I. [All-Russian Railway Research Institute, 10 Third Mytishchinskaya Street, Moscow 29851 (Russian Federation); Rashkovskiy, A. [Surface Phenomena Researches Group, CNIICHERMET, 9/23, 2-nd Baumanskaya Street, Moscow 105005 (Russian Federation); Endrino, J.L. [Albengoa Research, Energia Solar 1, Palmas Altas, Seville 41014 (Spain); Beake, B. [Micro Materials Limited, Willow House, Yale Business Village, Ellice Way, Wrexham LL13 7YL (United Kingdom); Dosbaeva, G. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4L7 (Canada); Wainstein, D. [Surface Phenomena Researches Group, CNIICHERMET, 9/23, 2-nd Baumanskaya Street, Moscow 105005 (Russian Federation); Yuan, Junifeng; Bunting, J.W. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4L7 (Canada)

    2014-04-01

    Highlights: • The evolution of self-organization under extreme frictional conditions has been studied. • Comprehensive characterization of the tribo-films was made using various surface analytical techniques. • During the running-in stage, mullite tribo-ceramics predominate on the surface of the nano-multilayer coating, establishing a functional hierarchy within the layer of tribo-films. • It is possible to control tribo-film evolution during self-organization by means of an increase in structural complexity and the non-equilibrium state of the surface engineered layer. - Abstract: The evolution of the self-organization process where dissipative structures are formed under the extreme frictional conditions associated with high performance dry machining of hardened steels has been studied in detail. The emphasis was on the progressive studies of surface transformations within multilayer and monolayer TiAlCrSiYN-based PVD coatings during the running-in stage of wear when self-organization process occurs. The coating layer was characterized by high resolution electron energy-loss spectroscopy (HREELS). It is shown that the nano-multilayer coating possesses higher non-equilibrium structure in comparison to the monolayer. Comprehensive studies of the tribo-films (dissipative structures) formed on the friction surface were made using a number of advanced surface characterization techniques such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES). The data obtained for the tribo-films was combined with the detailed TEM studies of the structural and phase transformations within the underlying coating layer. This data was related to the micro-mechanical characteristics of the coating layer and its wear resistance. It was demonstrated that the evolution of the self-organization process is strongly controlled by the characteristics of the tribo-films formed at different stages of the wear process. Within running-in stage (after

  1. Laveren tussen ontspanning en solidariteit: de PvdA en de FNV ten tijde van de Poolse crisis (1980-1982)

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    Miedema, C.

    2013-01-01

    The Polish independent trade union Solidarność appeared in a time of rising tension between East and West. This created a dilemma for Western left-wing movements: maintain solidarity with the Polish workers or continue the détente policy of the 1970s? The Dutch social democratic party PvdA and the l

  2. Porous PVdF-HFP/P123 electrolyte membrane containing flexible quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells produced by the compression method

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    Kim, Jae Hong; Jung, Hee Suk; Park, Chung Hee; Kang, Tae Jin

    2014-01-01

    Flexible quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with porous poly(vinylidenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP)/polyethylene oxide-co-polypropylene oxide-co-polyethylene oxide (P123) electrolyte membranes were fabricated and their photocurrent-voltage (I-V) characteristics are studied. Flexible TiO2 photoelectrodes were prepared using the compression method and porous PVdF-HFP/P123 membranes, by the nonsolvent-induced phase inversion technique. To activate the electrolyte membrane, the membrane was immersed in liquid-state electrolyte. Increased compression pressure improved the interconnection between TiO2 nanoparticles, enhancing the photovoltaic performances of the flexible liquid-state DSSCs to a maximum of 3.92% efficiency. Meanwhile, the overall pore structure of the PVdF-HFP/P123 membranes was controlled by varying the blend ratio of P123 to PVdF-HFP. Membranes higher in P123 content gave larger pores and pore volume, increasing the electrolyte uptake of the porous membrane, and thus the ionic conductivity of the electrolyte membrane as well. The photovoltaic characteristics of the flexible quasi-solid-state DSSCs containing a porous PVdF-HFP/P123 electrolyte membrane showed a maximum at 50 wt% P123 content, which gave a short-circuit current density (Jsc) value of 7.28 mA/cm2, an open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.67 V, a fill factor (FF) of 0.61 and an energy conversion efficiency (η) of 2.98%. Furthermore, the device designed in this study showed good durability compared to those based on liquid-state electrolyte.

  3. Nanofiller incorporated poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) composite electrolytes for lithium batteries

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    Manuel Stephan, A.; Nahm, Kee Suk [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Chonbuk National University, Chonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Prem Kumar, T.; Kulandainathan, M. Anbu [Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi 630006 (India); Ravi, G.; Wilson, J. [Department of Physics, Alagappa University, Karaikudi 630003 (India)

    2006-09-22

    Composite polymer electrolyte (CPE) membranes, comprising poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), aluminum oxyhydroxide (AlO[OH]{sub n}) of two different sizes 7{mu}m/14nm and LiN(C{sub 2}F{sub 5}SO{sub 2}){sub 2} as the lithium salt were prepared using a solution casting technique. The prepared membranes were subjected to XRD, impedance spectroscopy, compatibility and transport number studies. Also Li Cr{sub 0.01}Mn{sub 1.99}O{sub 4}/CPE/Li cells were assembled and their charge-discharge profiles made at 70{sup o}C. The incorporation of nanofiller greatly enhanced the ionic conductivity and the compatibility of the composite polymer electrolyte. The film which possesses a nanosized filler offered better electrochemical properties than a film with micron sized fillers. The results are discussed based on Lewis acid-base theory. (author)

  4. Low pressure hand made PVD system for high crystalline metal thin film preparation in micro-nanometer scale

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    Rosikhin, Ahmad, E-mail: a.rosikhin86@yahoo.co.id; Hidayat, Aulia Fikri; Marimpul, Rinaldo; Syuhada, Ibnu; Winata, Toto, E-mail: toto@fi.itb.ac.id [Department of physics, physics of electronic materials research division Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institut Teknologi Bandung Jl. Ganesha 10, Bandung 40132, Jawa Barat – Indonesia (Indonesia)

    2016-02-08

    High crystalline metal thin film preparation in application both for catalyst substrate or electrode in any electronic devices always to be considered in material functional material research and development. As a substrate catalyst, this metal take a role as guidance for material growth in order to resulted in proper surface structure although at the end it will be removed via etching process. Meanwhile as electrodes, it will dragging charges to be collected inside. This brief discussion will elaborate general fundamental principle of physical vapor deposition (PVD) system for metal thin film preparation in micro-nanometer scale. The influence of thermodynamic parameters and metal characteristic such as melting point and particle size will be elucidated. Physical description of deposition process in the chamber can be simplified by schematic evaporation phenomena which is supported by experimental measurement such as SEM and XRD.

  5. Cutting performance and wear mechanisms of PVD coated carbide tools during dry drilling of newly produced ADI

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    Meena, Anil; El Mansori, Mohamed

    2016-10-01

    The austempered ductile iron (ADI) material is widely used for automotive and structural applications. However, it is considered a difficult to machine material due to its strain hardening behavior and low thermal conductivity characteristics; thus delivering higher mechanical and thermal loads at the tool-chip interface, which significantly affects the tool wear and surface quality. The paper thus overviews the cutting performance and wear behavior of different cutting tools during dry drilling of newly produced ADI material. Cutting performance was evaluated in terms of specific cutting energy, workpiece surface integrity and tool wear behavior. Tool wear behavior shows crater wear mode and workpiece adhesion. The surface alteration at the machined subsurface was confirmed from the hardness variation. Multilayer (Ti,Al,Cr)N coated tool shows improved cutting performance and wear behavior due to its enhanced tribological adaptability as compared to another PVD coating leading to the reduction in specific cutting energy by 25%.

  6. Tribological Behaviour of PVD Coatings Lubricated with a FAP− Anion-Based Ionic Liquid Used as an Additive

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    José-Luis Viesca

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper studies 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium tris(pentafluoroethyl trifluorophosphate ionic liquid ([BMP][FAP] as a 1 wt% additive to a polyalphaolefin (PAO 6 in the lubrication of CrN and TiN PVD coatings. Friction and wear behaviour were determined by using a ball-on-plate reciprocating tribometer at two loads (20 and 40 N and a reciprocating frequency of 10 Hz. The tribological behaviour of this mixture has also been compared to a traditional oil additive, like zinc dialkyldithiophosphate (ZDDP. As an additive, ionic liquid exhibited an important friction and wear reduction compared to the base oil. However, tests conducted with ZDDP show slightly better results. XPS was used to analyse wear surfaces. The interactions of each additive with the surface contributed to improving the tribological behaviour of the lubricants.

  7. An investigation of PVdF/PVC-based blend electrolytes with EC/PC as plasticizers in lithium battery applications

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    Rajendran, S.; Sivakumar, P.

    2008-03-01

    Solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) composed of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVdF)-poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) complexed with lithium perchlorate (LiClO 4) as salt and ethylene carbonate (EC)/propylene carbonate (PC) as plasticizers were prepared using solvent-casting technique, with different weight ratios of EC and PC. The amorphicity and complexation behavior of the polymer electrolytes were confirmed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and FTIR studies. TG/DTA and scanning electron microscope (SEM) studies explained the thermal stability and surface morphology of electrolytes, respectively. The prepared thin films were subjected to AC impedance measurements as a function of temperature ranging from 302 to 373 K. The temperature-dependence conductivity of polymer films seems to obey VTF relation.

  8. Nanofiller incorporated poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) composite electrolytes for lithium batteries

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    Manuel Stephan, A.; Nahm, Kee Suk; Prem Kumar, T.; Kulandainathan, M. Anbu; Ravi, G.; Wilson, J.

    Composite polymer electrolyte (CPE) membranes, comprising poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), aluminum oxyhydroxide (AlO[OH] n) of two different sizes 7 μm/14 nm and LiN(C 2F 5SO 2) 2 as the lithium salt were prepared using a solution casting technique. The prepared membranes were subjected to XRD, impedance spectroscopy, compatibility and transport number studies. Also Li Cr 0.01Mn 1.99O 4/CPE/Li cells were assembled and their charge-discharge profiles made at 70 °C. The incorporation of nanofiller greatly enhanced the ionic conductivity and the compatibility of the composite polymer electrolyte. The film which possesses a nanosized filler offered better electrochemical properties than a film with micron sized fillers. The results are discussed based on Lewis acid-base theory.

  9. Heat treatment of CVD and PVD coated steels. Influence on coating build-up, dimensional changes, residual stress distribution and technological properties. Final report; Waermebehandlung CVD- und PVD-beschichteter Staehle. Einfluss auf Schichtaufbau, Massaenderungen, Eigenspannungsverteilung und technologische Eigenschaften. Abschlussbericht

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    Kessler, O.

    1993-12-31

    Coating in accordance with the CVD process offers a number of advantages as compared to other processes. CVD facilities are of a relatively simple construction, as coating is possible almost at ambient pressure. The disadvantage of the CVD process is the high coating temperature involved. Previously, this fact has led to a low volume of air-hardening steels being coated. Due to high coating temperatures, coated steel substrates require subsequent heat treatment, in order to obtain an operational material condition. Steels with different hardenabilities (Ck 45, 42 CrMo 4, 100 Cr 6, X 155 CrVmo 12.1) and different coatings (HT-CVD TiN, MT-CVD TiCN, PVD TiN) were retreated with heat under inert gas and vacuum. The following coating and substrate properties were investigated before and after retreatment with heat: chemical and phase composition, structure, hardness, residual stresses, and adhesion of the coating. It was possible to obtain the desired structures and hardnesses in the substrates. The coatings remained macroscopically unchanged during vacuum heat treatment, while the coating color changed during inert gas heat treatment. (orig./MM) [Deutsch] Die Beschichtung nach dem CVD-Verfahren weist gegenueber anderen Verfahren eine Reihe von Vorteilen auf. CVD-Anlagen sind relativ einfach aufgebaut, da nahezu bei Umgebungsdruck beschichtet werden kann. Der Nachteil des CVD-Verfahrens ist die hohe Beschichtungstemperatur. Diese Tatsache hat bisher dazu gefuehrt, dass nicht lufthaertende Staehle nur in geringem Umfang beschichtet wurden. Aufgrund der hohen Beschichtungstemperaturen beduerfen beschichtete Stahlsubstrate einer nachtraeglichen Waermebehandlung zur Erzielung eines einsatzgerechten Werkstoffzustands. Staehle mit unterschiedlichen Haertbarkeiten (Ck 45, 42 CrMo 4, 100 Cr 6, X 155 CrVMo 12.1) und verschiedenen Schichten (HT-CVD TiN, MT-CVDTiCN, PVD TiN) wurden unter Schutzgas und Vakuum nachwaermebehandelt. Folgende Schicht- und Substrateigenschaften wurden

  10. Effect of aging on the ionic conductivity of polyvinylidenefluoride-hexafluoropropylene (PVdF-HFP) membrane impregnated with different lithium salts

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    Aravindan, Vanchiappan; Vickraman, Palanisamy

    2012-05-01

    The aging towards the ionic conductivity have been studied using of different lithium salts namely, lithium bis(oxalate)borate (LiBOB), lithium difluoro(oxalato)borate (LiDFOB), lithium fluoroalkylphosphate (LiFAP) and LiPF6 in polyvinylidenefluoride-hexafluoropropylene (PVdF-HFP) matrix. The crystallization behavior of LiBOB and LiDFOB has been noticed for the first time during storage of such membranes within the texture of PVdF-HFP matrix. At the same time, such behavior has not been observed in the case of LiFAP and LiPF6 based membranes. The growth of such crystallites would certainly hinder the mobility mechanism of Li+ ions and it has been confirmed by ionic conductivity measurements. The formation of such crystals has been validated through scanning electron microscopic studies.

  11. High performance a-IGZO thin-film transistors with mf-PVD SiO2 as an etch-stop-layer

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    Nag, M.; Steudel, S.; Bhoolokam, A.; Chasin, A.; Rockele, M.; Myny, K.; Maas, J.; Fritz, T.; Trube, J.; Groeseneken, G.; Heremans, P.

    2014-01-01

    In this work, we report on high-performance bottom-gate top-contact (BGTC) amorphous-Indium-Gallium-Zinc-Oxide (a-IGZO) thin-film transistor (TFT) with SiO2 as an etch-stop-layer (ESL) deposited by medium frequency physical vapor deposition (mf-PVD). The TFTs show field-effect mobility (μFE) of 16.0

  12. The investigations of (Ti,Al)N and (Al,Ti)N coatings obtained by PVD process onto sintered cutting tools

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    L.A. Dobrzański; M. Staszuk; M. Pawlyta; J. Konieczny

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: The main aim of this research was an investigation of both the coatings structure and mechanical properties deposited by the cathode arc evaporation physical vapor deposition (CAE-PVD) on sintered carbides and sialon tool ceramics substrates.Design/methodology/approach: The (Ti,Al)N and (Al,Ti)N coatings were investigated. Microstructure was characterized using the scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Phases composition analysis was carried out by the XRD and GIXRD method. ...

  13. Lithium ion conducting PVdF-HFP composite gel electrolytes based on N-methoxyethyl- N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)-imide ionic liquid

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    Ferrari, S.; Quartarone, E.; Mustarelli, P.; Magistris, A.; Fagnoni, M.; Protti, S.; Gerbaldi, C.; Spinella, A.

    Blends of PVdF-HFP and ionic liquids (ILs) are interesting for application as electrolytes in plastic Li batteries. They combine the advantages of the gel polymer electrolytes (GPEs) swollen by conventional organic liquid electrolytes with the nonflammability, and high thermal and electrochemical stability of ILs. In this work we prepared and characterized PVdF-HFP composite membranes swollen with a solution of LiTFSI in ether-functionalized pyrrolidinium-imide ionic liquid (PYRA 12O1TFSI). The membranes were filled in with two different types of silica: (i) mesoporous SiO 2 (SBA-15) and (ii) a commercial nano-size one (HiSil™ T700). The ionic conductivity and the electrochemical properties of the gel electrolytes were studied in terms of the nature of the filler. The thermal and the transport properties of the composite membranes are similar. In particular, room temperature ionic conductivities higher than 0.25 mS cm -1 are easily obtained at defined filler contents. However, the mesoporous filler guarantees higher lithium transference numbers, a more stable electrochemical interface and better cycling performances. Contrary to the HiSil™-based membrane, the Li/LiFePO 4 cells with PVdF-HFP/PYRA 12O1TFSI-LiTFSI films containing 10 wt% of SBA-15 show good charge/discharge capacity, columbic efficiency close to unity, and low capacity losses at medium C-rates during 180 cycles.

  14. Composite Layers “MgAl Intermetalic Layer / PVD Coating” Obtained On The AZ91D Magnesium Alloy By Different Hybrid Surface Treatment Methods

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    Smolik J.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium alloys have very interesting physical properties which make them ‘materials of the future’ for tools and machine components in many industry areas. However, very low corrosion and tribological resistance of magnesium alloys hampers the implementation of this material in the industry. One of the methods to improve the properties of magnesium alloys is the application of the solutions of surface engineering like hybrid technologies. In this paper, the authors compare the tribological and corrosion properties of two types of “MgAlitermetalic / PVD coating” composite layers obtained by two different hybrid surface treatment technologies. In the first configuration, the “MgAlitermetalic / PVD coating” composite layer was obtained by multisource hybrid surface treatment technology combining magnetron sputtering (MS, arc evaporation (AE and vacuum heating methods. The second type of a composite layer was prepared using a hybrid technology combined with a diffusion treatment process in Al-powder and the electron beam evaporation (EB method. The authors conclude, that even though the application of „MgAlitermetalic / PVD coating” composite layers can be an effective solution to increase the abrasive wear resistance of magnesium alloys, it is not a good solution to increase its corrosion resistance.

  15. Thermal stability, complexing behavior, and ionic transport of polymeric gel membranes based on polymer PVdF-HFP and ionic liquid, [BMIM][BF4].

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    Shalu; Chaurasia, S K; Singh, R K; Chandra, S

    2013-01-24

    PVdF-HFP + IL(1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate; [BMIM][BF(4)]) polymeric gel membranes containing different amounts of ionic liquid have been synthesized and characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and complex impedance spectroscopic techniques. Incorporation of IL in PVdF-HFP polymer changes different physicochemical properties such as melting temperature (T(m)), thermal stability, structural morphology, amorphicity, and ionic transport. It is shown by FTIR, TGA (also first derivative of TGA, "DTGA") that IL partly complexes with the polymer PVdF-HFP and partly remains dispersed in the matrix. The ionic conductivity of polymeric gel membranes has been found to increase with increasing concentration of IL and attains a maximum value of 1.6 × 10(-2) S·cm(-1) for polymer gel membrane containing 90 wt % IL at room temperature. Interestingly, the values of conductivity of membranes with 80 and 90 wt % of IL were higher than that of pure IL (100 wt %). The polymer chain breathing model has been suggested to explain it. The variation of ionic conductivity with temperature of these gel polymeric membranes follows Arrhenius type thermally activated behavior.

  16. Surface modification of the X40CrMoV5-1 steel by laser alloying and PVD coatings deposition

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    K. Lukaszkowicz

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The paper presents the influence of alloying with NbC powder by the use of a high-power diode laser and TiAlN, AlSiCrN and TiCN gradient coatings deposition by PVD process on microstructure and hardness of the X40CrMoV5-1 steel surface layer.Design/methodology/approach: Microstructure was characterised using optical metallography, scanning and transmission electron microscopy.Findings: In the effect of laser alloying with powders of carbide NbC occurs size reduction of microstructure as well as dispersion hardening through fused in but partially dissolved carbides and consolidation through enrichment of surface layer in alloying additions coming from dissolving carbides. The structure of the PVD coatings consisted of fine crystallites while their average size fitted within the range of 15-50 nm, depending on the coating type. The coatings demonstrated columnar structure.Research limitations/implications: It is necessary to continue the research to determine alloying parameters for demanded properties of hot work tool steels surface layers. Further investigations should be concentrated on the determination of the thermal fatigue resistance of the layers.Practical implications: Good properties of the PVD coatings and the laser treatment make these layers suitable for various technical and industrial applications.Originality/value: Laser alloying by using different carbide powders and HPDL laser is a new way to improve the structure and mechanical properties of the hot work tool steels.

  17. The Study of Selected Properties of Ti EB PVD Coating Deposited Onto Inner Tube Surface at Low Temperature

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    Kottfer D.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available This study investigates the selected properties of the thin Ti coating applied by activated evaporation EB PVD technique. This technique was used for the deposition of Ti thin coating onto inner surface of OKhN3 MFA steel tubes. Deposition process was carried out at temperature 200°C. Conventional type of coatings - monolayer Ti - was analyzed by standard techniques for surface status and quality assessment - coating thickness, chemical composition by EDX analysis, adhesion, hardness, roughness, and growth direction of columns at room temperature. Ti monolayer achieved roughness Ra equal from 0.42 μm to 0.47 μm. The resulting hardness was from 2 GPa to 8.5 GPa depending on the sample location inside the vacuum chamber. Placing of the coated surface also affected the direction of grain growth of Ti coating columns. The angles α of grain growth were found to be from 40° to 60°. Angle α increased two to three times more than the incidence angle β (from 12° to 28° of evaporated Ti particles. Values of the adhesion measured along the Ti growth direction were mostly higher (up to 10% or the same as those measured perpendicular to it.

  18. Evolution of photo-stimulated luminescence of EB-PVD/(Ni, Pt)Al thermal barrier coatings

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    Wen Mei [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 (United States); Jordan, Eric H. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 (United States)]. E-mail: jordan@engr.uconn.edu; Gell, Maurice [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 (United States)

    2005-05-25

    Experiments are described which were designed to assess the suitability of photo-stimulated luminescence piezo-spectroscopy (PLPS) measurements as a basis for non-destructive inspection (NDI) and determination of life remaining of thermal barrier coatings (TBCs). Thermal cyclic tests were conducted on 7 wt.% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} stabilized ZrO{sub 2} (YSZ) electron beam physical vapor deposited (EB-PVD)/(Ni, Pt)Al/CMSX-4 TBCs at two temperatures 1151 and 1121 deg. C. The evolution of PLPS spectral characteristics (peak frequency shift, peak width and area ratio of peaks) was studied as a function of thermal cycles. It was observed that the average thermally grown oxide (TGO) stress and its standard deviation, and the area ratio of peaks show systematic change with thermal cycling, indicating that these characteristics can be used for NDI and determination of life remaining. The average TGO stress increases initially and then decreases monotonically with thermal cycling. The rate of change in the stress can be related to specimen life: the shallower the slope, the higher the life. The peak area ratio also decreases monotonically with cycling. The average TGO stress changes in a systematic manner versus remaining life fraction independent of temperature. Remaining life predictions were made based on average stress versus life fraction, which resulted in life assessments within {+-}13% of actual values excluding one specimen with abnormal behavior.

  19. Macro-microscopic morphology and phase analysis of TiAl-based alloys sheet fabricated by EB-PVD method

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    2007-01-01

    TiAl-based alloys sheet with thickness of 0.3-0.4 mm as well as dimension of 150 mm×100 mm was fabricated successfully by using electron beam-physical vapor deposition(EB-PVD) method. The microscopic morphology and phase composition of specimens in various states were analyzed by atomic force microscope(AFM), scanning electron microscope(SEM)and X-ray diffractometer(XRD), respectively. The results indicate that the as-deposited TiAl-based alloys sheet has good surface quality and is composed of γ, α2 and τ phase. There is natural delamination inside the sheet, of which the microstructure is columnar crystal, and the component shows a gradient change along the normal direction of substrate. After the vacuum hot pressing treatment and subsequent homogenization treatment, the columnar crystal transforms into the coarse fully lamellar microstructure, the delamination phenomenon and τ phase disappear, α2 phase decreases obviously, and the composition tends to uniforrnization.

  20. A novel monolithic LEU foil target based on a PVD manufacturing process for (99)Mo production via fission.

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    Hollmer, Tobias; Petry, Winfried

    2016-12-01

    (99)Mo is the most widely used radioactive isotope in nuclear medicine. Its main production route is the fission of uranium. A major challenge for a reliable supply is the conversion from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU). A promising candidate to realize this conversion is the cylindrical LEU irradiation target. The target consists of a uranium foil encapsulated between two coaxial aluminum cladding cylinders. This target allows a separate processing of the irradiated uranium foil and the cladding when recovering the (99)Mo. Thereby, both the costs and the volume of highly radioactive liquid waste are significantly reduced compared to conventional targets. The presented manufacturing process is based on the direct coating of the uranium on the inside of the outer cladding cylinder. This process was realized by a cylindrical magnetron enhanced physical vapor deposition (PVD) technique. The method features a highly automated process, a good quality of the resulting uranium foils and a high material utilization. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Characteristics of CrAlSiN + DLC coating deposited by lateral rotating cathode arc PVD and PACVD process

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    Lukaszkowicz, Krzysztof; Sondor, Jozef; Balin, Katarzyna; Kubacki, Jerzy

    2014-09-01

    Coating system composed of CrAlSiN film covered by diamond-like carbon (DLC)-based lubricant, deposited on hot work tool steel substrate was the subject of the research. The CrAlSiN and DLC layers were deposited by PVD lateral rotating ARC-cathodes (LARC) and PACVD technology on the X40CrMoV5-1 respectively. HRTEM investigation shows an amorphous character of DLC layer. It was found that the tested CrAlSiN layer has a nanostructural character with fine crystallites while their average size is less than 10 nm. Based on the XRD pattern of the CrAlSiN, the occurrence of fcc phase was only observed in the coating, the texture direction is perpendicular to the sample surface. Combined SEM, AES and ToF-SIMS studies confirmed assumed chemical composition and layered structure of the coating. The chemical distribution of the elements inside the layers and at the interfaces was analyzed by SEM and AES methods. It was shown that additional CrN layer is present between substrate and CrAlSiN coating. The atomic concentration of the particular elements of DLC and CrAlSiN layer was calculated from the XPS measurements. In sliding dry friction conditions the friction coefficient for the investigated elements is set in the range between 0.05 and 0.07. The investigated coating reveals high wear resistance. The coating demonstrated a dense cross-sectional morphology as well as good adhesion to the substrate.

  2. Hierarchical adaptive nanostructured PVD coatings for extreme tribological applications: the quest for nonequilibrium states and emergent behavior

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    German S Fox-Rabinovich, Kenji Yamamoto, Ben D Beake, Iosif S Gershman, Anatoly I Kovalev, Stephen C Veldhuis, Myram H Aguirre, Goulnara Dosbaeva and Jose L Endrino

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Adaptive wear-resistant coatings produced by physical vapor deposition (PVD are a relatively new generation of coatings which are attracting attention in the development of nanostructured materials for extreme tribological applications. An excellent example of such extreme operating conditions is high performance machining of hard-to-cut materials. The adaptive characteristics of such coatings develop fully during interaction with the severe environment. Modern adaptive coatings could be regarded as hierarchical surface-engineered nanostructural materials. They exhibit dynamic hierarchy on two major structural scales: (a nanoscale surface layers of protective tribofilms generated during friction and (b an underlying nano/microscaled layer. The tribofilms are responsible for some critical nanoscale effects that strongly impact the wear resistance of adaptive coatings. A new direction in nanomaterial research is discussed: compositional and microstructural optimization of the dynamically regenerating nanoscaled tribofilms on the surface of the adaptive coatings during friction. In this review we demonstrate the correlation between the microstructure, physical, chemical and micromechanical properties of hard coatings in their dynamic interaction (adaptation with environment and the involvement of complex natural processes associated with self-organization during friction. Major physical, chemical and mechanical characteristics of the adaptive coating, which play a significant role in its operating properties, such as enhanced mass transfer, and the ability of the layer to provide dissipation and accumulation of frictional energy during operation are presented as well. Strategies for adaptive nanostructural coating design that enhance beneficial natural processes are outlined. The coatings exhibit emergent behavior during operation when their improved features work as a whole. In this way, as higher-ordered systems, they achieve multifunctionality

  3. Analysis of the environmental and nature impacts of 'Building Bridges'. Coalition VVD-PvdA, October 29, 2012. A quick scan; Analyse van de milieu- en natuureffecten van 'Bruggen slaan'. Regeerakkoord VVD-PvdA d.d. 29 oktober 2012. Een quick-scan

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    Dietz, F. (ed.)

    2012-11-15

    The coalition between the political parties VVD (liberals) and PvdA (socialists) connects the transition to a sustainable economy and green growth to strengthening the competitive capacity of the Dutch economy. The role of the Dutch government in the coalition aims at creating a framework and to provide facilities to realize the transition. In this memo the results of an analysis of the impacts of the coalition are given for the themes Energy and Climate, Nature, Transport and Traffic, and Green Growth [Dutch] Het Regeerakkoord VVD-PvdA koppelt de transitie naar een duurzame economie en groene groei aan het versterken van het concurrentievermogen van de Nederlandse economie. De rol van de rijksoverheid wordt in het regeerakkoord met name ingevuld als kaderstellend en faciliterend. De PBL-notitie analyseert de effecten van het regeringsakkoord voor de thema's Energie en Klimaat, Natuur, Verkeer en Vervoer, en Groene groei.

  4. Lithium ion conducting PVdF-HFP composite gel electrolytes based on N-methoxyethyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)-imide ionic liquid

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    Ferrari, S.; Quartarone, E.; Mustarelli, P.; Magistris, A. [Dept. of Physical Chemistry, University of Pavia, Via Taramelli 16, 27100 Pavia (Italy); Fagnoni, M.; Protti, S. [Dept. of Organic Chemistry, University of Pavia, Via Taramelli 12, 27100 Pavia (Italy); Gerbaldi, C. [Dept. of Material Science and Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, C.so Duca degli Abruzzi, 24, 10129 Torino (Italy); Spinella, A. [Centro Grandi Apparecchiature - UniNetLab, University of Palermo, Via F. Marini 14, 90128 Palermo (Italy)

    2010-01-15

    Blends of PVdF-HFP and ionic liquids (ILs) are interesting for application as electrolytes in plastic Li batteries. They combine the advantages of the gel polymer electrolytes (GPEs) swollen by conventional organic liquid electrolytes with the nonflammability, and high thermal and electrochemical stability of ILs. In this work we prepared and characterized PVdF-HFP composite membranes swollen with a solution of LiTFSI in ether-functionalized pyrrolidinium-imide ionic liquid (PYRA{sub 12O1}TFSI). The membranes were filled in with two different types of silica: (i) mesoporous SiO{sub 2} (SBA-15) and (ii) a commercial nano-size one (HiSil trademark T700). The ionic conductivity and the electrochemical properties of the gel electrolytes were studied in terms of the nature of the filler. The thermal and the transport properties of the composite membranes are similar. In particular, room temperature ionic conductivities higher than 0.25 mS cm{sup -1} are easily obtained at defined filler contents. However, the mesoporous filler guarantees higher lithium transference numbers, a more stable electrochemical interface and better cycling performances. Contrary to the HiSil trademark -based membrane, the Li/LiFePO{sub 4} cells with PVdF-HFP/PYRA{sub 12O1}TFSI-LiTFSI films containing 10 wt% of SBA-15 show good charge/discharge capacity, columbic efficiency close to unity, and low capacity losses at medium C-rates during 180 cycles. (author)

  5. Comportamiento mecánico de ADI tratada superficialmente mediante la aplicación de recubrimientos PVD de baja temperatura

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    Colombo, Diego Alejandro; Echeverría, María D.; Massone, Juan Miguel

    2015-01-01

    En este trabajo se aplican recubrimientos PVD de TiN y CrN sobre ADI y se analiza la influencia del material del recubrimiento sobre las propiedades mecánicas del producto ADI recubierto. Se analiza también, el efecto del proceso de deposición sobre la microestructura de los sustratos. Los recubrimientos se aplican en un reactor industrial mediante la técnica de plateado iónico con arco catódico, utilizando parámetros de proceso específicamente seleccionados para este material. Se determinan ...

  6. Comparison of the PVD gradient coatings deposited onto X40CrMoV5-1 and HS6-5-2 tool steel substrate

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    K. Lukaszkowicz; L.A. Dobrzański; M. Staszuk; M. Pancielejko

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: The main aim of this research was investigation and comparison of selected properties of gradient coatings TiCN and AlSiCrN. In this paper both coatings were deposited by cathode arc evaporation physical vapour deposition (CAE-PVD) method onto high speed steel HS6-5-2 and hot work tool steel X40CrMoV5-1.Design/methodology/approach: Observations of surface and structures of the deposited coatings were carried out on cross sections in the scanning electron microscope. The phase composi...

  7. Investigation on effect of weight ratios of PEG to BaTiO3 on PVdF-HFP nano composites for Li-ion batteries

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    Vickraman, P.; Ravindran, D.

    2013-06-01

    In the present study Polyethylene Glycol 2000(PEG2000)-Barium Titanate(BaTiO3) in five different weight ratios were physically blended to the plasticized PVdF-HFP/LIBETI matrix to study the ionic conductivity thermal, morphology and XRD properties was attempted. The ionic Conductivity observation show that 15:5wt% PEG:BaTiO3 only improved magnitude of conductivity 1.256×10-5 S/cm (Sample-V2) than 20:0(V1), 10:10(V3), 5:15(V4), 0:20(V5). The XRD profile show the suppression of β-phase of PVdF and presence of BaTiO3, irrespective of increase/decrease in the mass gradient of PEG, and not supportive of the conductivity beyond V2 was noted. The TGA on PEG:BaTiO3 20:0(V1), 0:20(V5) and, 15:5(V2) it was observed that V1 underwent three stages of weight losses and V5 with single stage (over the sample V2) suggest that membrane not having more weight losses due to higher aggregation of filler was observed.

  8. Characteristics of PVdF-HFP/TiO{sub 2} composite membrane electrolytes prepared by phase inversion and conventional casting methods

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    Kim, Kwang Man; Ryu, Kwang Sun; Chang, Soon Ho [Ionics Devices Team, Basic Research Lab., Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), 161 Gajong, Yusong, Daejon 305-700 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Nam-Gyu [Materials Science and Technology Division, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), 39-1 Hwaolgok, Seongbuk, Seoul 136-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-08-15

    Porous poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP)-based polymer membranes filled with various contents of titania (TiO{sub 2}) nanocrystalline particles are prepared by phase inversion technique and, along with conventional casting method for comparison. N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) as a solvent is used to dissolve the polymer and to make the slurry with TiO{sub 2}. Cast film is obtained by spreading the slurry and evaporating NMP in a dry oven, while phase inversion membrane by promptly immersing the spread slurry into flowing water as a non-solvent. Physical and electrochemical characterizations, such as morphology, thermal and crystalline behavior, and other transport properties of lithium ionic species, are carried out for the polymer films/membranes and the polymer electrolytes with absorbing an electrolyte solution. Phase inversion polymer electrolytes are proved to show superior behaviors in electrochemical properties, such as ionic conductivity, electrochemical and interfacial stability, than cast film electrolytes. This is greatly owed to highly porous structure of phase inversion membranes. Even including the feature of interfacial resistance with lithium electrode, phase inversion polymer electrolytes of PVdF-HFP/(5-20wt.% TiO{sub 2}) can be optimized as the adequate ones in applying to the electrolyte medium of lithium rechargeable batteries. (author)

  9. Study of the interfacial stability of PVdF/HFP gel electrolytes with sub-micro- and nano-sized surface-modified silicas

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    Zalewska, A., E-mail: aldona@ch.pw.edu.p [Warsaw University of Technology, Department of Chemistry, Noakowskiego 3, 00-664 Warszawa (Poland); Walkowiak, M. [Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals Branch in Poznan Central Laboratory of Batteries and Cells, Forteczna 12, 61-362 Poznan (Poland); Niedzicki, L. [Warsaw University of Technology, Department of Chemistry, Noakowskiego 3, 00-664 Warszawa (Poland); Jesionowski, T. [Poznan University of Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology and Engineering, Pl. Marii Sklodowskiej-Curie 2, 60-965 Poznan (Poland); Langwald, N. [Warsaw University of Technology, Department of Chemistry, Noakowskiego 3, 00-664 Warszawa (Poland)

    2010-01-25

    The aim of the presented work was to perform a preliminary study of the physicochemical and interfacial properties of hybrid organic-inorganic gel electrolytes for Li-ion batteries based on the PVdF/HFP polymeric matrix and surface-modified silicas. Two types of silica fillers of different grain sizes (>500 nm and approx100 nm) were used as additives. The silica particles were modified by two different functional groups, i.e. methacryloxy and vinyl ones. The gel electrolytes based on PVdF/HFP copolymer were prepared according to the so-called Bellcore two-step process. The motivation of the present work was to study more deeply those systems in terms of morphology by means of scanning electron microscopy techniques. Fillers modified with identical functional groups but differing fundamentally in the manufacturing processes were compared in terms of the impact on morphology and electrochemical performance of the resulting membranes. Interfacial properties were examined by means of impedance spectroscopy technique using Swagelok-type cells with two lithium electrodes.

  10. Improving the Wear Resistance of Moulds for the Injection of Glass Fibre–Reinforced Plastics Using PVD Coatings: A Comparative Study

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    Francisco Silva

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available It is well known that injection of glass fibre–reinforced plastics (GFRP causes abrasive wear in moulds’ cavities and runners. Physical vapour deposition (PVD coatings are intensively used to improve the wear resistance of different tools, also being one of the most promising ways to increase the moulds’ lifespan, mainly when used with plastics strongly reinforced with glass fibres. This work compares four different thin, hard coatings obtained using the PVD magnetron sputtering process: TiAlN, TiAlSiN, CrN/TiAlCrSiN and CrN/CrCN/DLC. The first two are monolayer coatings while the last ones are nanostructured and consist of multilayer systems. In order to carry out the corresponding tribological characterization, two different approaches were selected: A laboratorial method, using micro-abrasion wear tests based on a ball-cratering configuration, and an industrial mode, analysing the wear resistance of the coated samples when inserted in a plastic injection mould. As expected, the wear phenomena are not equivalent and the results between micro-abrasion and industrial tests are not similar due to the different means used to promote the abrasion. The best wear resistance performance in the laboratorial wear tests was attained by the TiAlN monolayer coating while the best performance in the industrial wear tests was obtained by the CrN/TiAlCrSiN nanostructured multilayer coating.

  11. 用于TFT-LCD生产线的新一代PECVD和PVD系统%New PECVD & PVD System Generation used for TFT LCD Production Line

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    Julia Li; Haiyan Sun; Klaus Neubeck; Alexander Marxer; Christine Algate

    2004-01-01

    The biggest a-Si deposited substrate was introduced by Unaxis Displays at Yokohama FPD exhibition held on November, 28-31, 2003. This substrate enables up to eight 40" televisions to be produced on one substrate, thus indicating the new era of large size TFTLCD television is coming.This present paper outlines the innovative solution of PECVD and PVD systems (Generation 6 and 7) used for TFT-LCD production line: -Concept-System configuration-Substrate handling (external and internal)-Process reactors / chamber Finally, the future trend of PECVD & PVD system used for TFT LCD production is discussed.%在2003年11月28~31日于日本YoKohama举办的FPD展览会上展示了最大尺寸的aSi淀积基板,这种基板可满足在一块基板上生产40英寸电视的要求.从而表明大尺寸TFT-LCD 电视的新纪元正在来临.从原理、系统结构、基板传输(外部和内部)、工艺概述了用于TFT-LCD生产线的第6代和第7代PECVD和PVD系统的腔室等方面新技术方案.讨论了用于TFTLCD生产的PECVD和PVD系统的未来趋势.

  12. Lithium ion conducting PVA:PVdF polymer electrolytes doped with nano SiO2 and TiO2 filler

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    Hema, M.; Tamilselvi, P.

    2016-09-01

    The effect of nano SiO2 and TiO2 fillers on the thermal, mechanical and electrochemical properties of PVA:PVdF:LiCF3SO3 have been investigated by three optimized systems of SPE (80PVA:20PVdF:15LiCF3SO3), CPE-I (SPE:8SiO2) and CPE-II (SPE:4TiO2). From the TGA curve least weight loss has been observed for CPE-II indicating high thermal stability compared to other systems. Stress-strain curve of the prepared samples confirm the enhancement of tensile strength in CPE-II compared to CPE-I and SPE. Conductivity studies show that addition of TiO2 filler slightly enhances ionic conductivity 3.7×10-3 S cm-1 compared to filler free system at 303 K. Dielectric plots have been analyzed and CPE-II possesses higher dielectric constant compared to CPE-I and filler free system. Temperature dependence of modulus plots has been studied for highest conductivity possessing sample. Wider electrochemical stability has been obtained for nano-composite polymer electrolytes. The results conclude that the prepared CPE-II shows the best performance and it will be well suited for lithium ion batteries.

  13. GEP-based method to formulate adhesion strength and hardness of Nb PVD coated on Ti-6Al-7Nb aimed at developing mixed oxide nanotubular arrays.

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    Rafieerad, A R; Bushroa, A R; Nasiri-Tabrizi, B; Fallahpour, A; Vadivelu, J; Musa, S N; Kaboli, S H A

    2016-08-01

    PVD process as a thin film coating method is highly applicable for both metallic and ceramic materials, which is faced with the necessity of choosing the correct parameters to achieve optimal results. In the present study, a GEP-based model for the first time was proposed as a safe and accurate method to predict the adhesion strength and hardness of the Nb PVD coated aimed at growing the mixed oxide nanotubular arrays on Ti67. Here, the training and testing analysis were executed for both adhesion strength and hardness. The optimum parameter combination for the scratch adhesion strength and micro hardness was determined by the maximum mean S/N ratio, which was 350W, 20 sccm, and a DC bias of 90V. Results showed that the values calculated in the training and testing in GEP model were very close to the actual experiments designed by Taguchi. The as-sputtered Nb coating with highest adhesion strength and microhardness was electrochemically anodized at 20V for 4h. From the FESEM images and EDS results of the annealed sample, a thick layer of bone-like apatite was formed on the sample surface after soaking in SBF for 10 days, which can be connected to the development of a highly ordered nanotube arrays. This novel approach provides an outline for the future design of nanostructured coatings for a wide range of applications.

  14. Study on the effects of modified SiO2 nanoparticles on the morphologies and properties of PVdF-HFP membranes for Li-ion batteries%改性纳米SiO2对PVdF—HFP膜形态和性能影响的研究

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    孟菊雯; 张明祖; 倪沛红; 徐玲妍; 何金林; 李晓菲

    2012-01-01

    Microporous separators for Li-ion batteries were made by adding SiO2 modified with different silane- coupling agents (KH550, KH560 and KH570) to the solution of PVdF-HFP. The modified SiO2 nanoparticles were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA). The SEM, stretching, shrinking and AC impedance test results of membranes showed that the properties of PVdF-HFP composite membranes were improved significantly by the addition of modified SiO2 nanoparticles. The electrochemical tests showed that the discharge capacity and cycle stability of the PVdF-HFP composite membranes containing modified SiO2 nanoparticles were better than that containing the unmodified SiO2 nanoparticles. Especially for the PVdF-HFP composite membranes containing SiO2 nanoparticles treated with KH-570, the tensile strength was up to 8.63 MPa, the ionic conductivity was as high as 1.53× 10^-3 S/cm, and the discharge capacity remained above 142mAh/g within 100 charge-discharge cyeles.%利用不同硅烷偶联剂改性纳米SiO2,并将改性物分别加入聚(偏氟乙烯-六氟丙烯)共聚物(PVdF—HFP)溶液中,制备成锂离子电池隔膜。FT—IR和TGA测试表明,偶联剂已成功接枝到纳米SiO2表面;SEM、拉伸、热收缩和交流阻抗测试结果显示,电池隔膜中纳米SiO2的分散性、膜的机械强度、热收缩及电导率都有明显的改善;电化学测试结果表明,含改性纳米SiO2的PVdF—HFP电池隔膜的放电比容量和循环稳定性均比含未改性纳米SiO2的电池隔膜有所提高,尤其是含7~(甲基丙烯酰氧)丙基三甲氧基硅烷(KH570)改性SiO2的PVdF-HFP电池隔膜,各项性能均有较大的提高,其拉伸强度可达8.63MPa,离子电导率高达1.53×10^-3S/cm,放电比容量在充放电循环100次以内一直保持在142mAh/g以上。

  15. Surface characteristics of hydroxyapatite-coated layer prepared on nanotubular Ti–35Ta–xHf alloys by EB-PVD

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    Jeong, Yong-Hoon [Department of Dental Materials and Research Center of Nano-Interface Activation for Biomaterials, School of Dentistry, Chosun University, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Laboratory, Division of Orthodontics, College of Dentistry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (United States); Moon, Byung-Hak [Department of Dental Materials and Research Center of Nano-Interface Activation for Biomaterials, School of Dentistry, Chosun University, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Choe, Han-Cheol, E-mail: hcchoe@chosun.ac.kr [Department of Dental Materials and Research Center of Nano-Interface Activation for Biomaterials, School of Dentistry, Chosun University, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Brantley, William A. [Division of Restorative, Prosthetic and Primary Care Dentistry, College of Dentistry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (United States)

    2013-12-31

    In this study, we investigated the surface characteristics of hydroxyapatite (HA)-coated layers prepared by electron-beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) on nanotubular Ti–35Ta–xHf alloys (x = 3, 7, and 15 wt.%). Ti–35Ta–xHf alloys were first prepared by arc melting. Formation of a nanotube structure on these alloys was achieved by an electrochemical method in 1 M H{sub 3}PO{sub 4} + 0.8 wt.% NaF electrolytes. The HA coatings were then deposited on the nanotubular surface by an EB-PVD method. The surface characteristics were analyzed by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The electrochemical behavior was examined using a potentiodynamic polarization test in 0.9% NaCl solution. The Ti–35Ta–xHf alloys had an equiaxed grain structure with α″ + β phases, and the α″ phase disappeared with increases in Hf content. The Ti–35Ta–15Hf alloy showed higher β-phase peak intensity in the XRD patterns than that for the lower Hf-content alloys. A highly ordered nanotubular oxide layer was formed on the Ti–35Ta–15Hf alloy, and the tube length depended on Hf content. The HA coating surface formed at traces of the nanotubular titanium oxide layer and completely covered the tips of the nanotubes with a cluster shape. From the potentiodynamic polarization tests, the incorporation of Hf element and formation of the nanotubular structure were the main factors for achieving lower current density. In particular, the surface of the HA coating on the nanotubular structure exhibited higher corrosion resistance than that of the nanotubular titanium oxide structure without an HA coating. - Highlights: • Hydroxyapatite (HA) was coated on nanotubular Ti–35Ta–xHf alloys, using EB-PVD. • Increasing the Hf content reduced the relative proportion of α″ martensite to β-Ti in the microstructures. • The detailed nanotubular structure formed by anodization depended on alloy composition

  16. Charge-discharge studies on a lithium cell composed of PVdF-HFP polymer membranes prepared by phase inversion technique with a nanocomposite cathode

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    Manuel Stephan, A.; Teeters, Dale

    A novel polymer membrane of poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) co-polymer was prepared by the phase inversion technique with two different non-solvents, 1-butanol or hexane. The prepared films were analyzed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and nitrogen absorption/desorption techniques. The change in the morphology and pore diameter of the films prepared with different non-solvents correlates with the structure of the non-solvents used. This electrolyte membrane was coupled with a nanocomposite LiAl 0.01Co 0.99O 2 cathode which was prepared by a solid-state reaction method and subsequently by ball-milling. Lithium cells consisting of LiAl 0.01Co 0.99O 2/polymer electrolyte/Li were assembled and their charge-discharge studies were investigated.

  17. Preparation and characterization on nano-hybrid composite solid polymer electrolyte of PVdF-HFP /MG49-ZrO2 for battery application

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    Lee T., K.; Ahmad, A.; Hasyareeda, N.

    2014-09-01

    Initial study on nano composite polymer electrolyte of PVdF-HFP/MG49-ZrO2 has been done. The zirconium was synthesis via in-situ sol-gel method in a dissolved polymer blends. The effects of different concentrations of zirconium and pH values have been investigated on nano composite polymer (NCP). Analysis impedance show that only at 6 wt. % of zirconium for all pH values show a semi-circle arc which have lowest value of bulk resistance. No ionic conductivity value is obtain due to the absent of ion charge carriers. Analysis of XRD revealed that crystallinity phase of the nano composite polymer was affect by different pH values. However, no significant changes have been observed in IR bands. This could well indicate that different pH medium did not affect the chemical bonding in the structure.

  18. Preparation and characterization on nano-hybrid composite solid polymer electrolyte of PVdF-HFP /MG49-ZrO{sub 2} for battery application

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    Lee, T. K.; Ahmad, A. [Polymer Research Center, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600, Bangi, Selangor D. E. Malaysia and School of Chemical Sciences and Food Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology (Malaysia); Hasyareeda, N. [School of Chemical Sciences and Food Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology (Malaysia)

    2014-09-03

    Initial study on nano composite polymer electrolyte of PVdF-HFP/MG49-ZrO{sub 2} has been done. The zirconium was synthesis via in-situ sol-gel method in a dissolved polymer blends. The effects of different concentrations of zirconium and pH values have been investigated on nano composite polymer (NCP). Analysis impedance show that only at 6 wt. % of zirconium for all pH values show a semi-circle arc which have lowest value of bulk resistance. No ionic conductivity value is obtain due to the absent of ion charge carriers. Analysis of XRD revealed that crystallinity phase of the nano composite polymer was affect by different pH values. However, no significant changes have been observed in IR bands. This could well indicate that different pH medium did not affect the chemical bonding in the structure.

  19. Thermal conductivity and thermal stability of zirconia and hafnia based thermal barrier coatings by EB-PVD for high temperature applications

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    Singh, J.; Wolfe, D.E.; Miller, R.; Eldridge, J.; Zhu Dong-Ming [Applied Research Lab., Penn State Univ., Univ. Park, PA and NASA-GRC, Cleveland, OH (United States)

    2004-07-01

    Zirconia and hafnia based thermal barrier coating materials were produced by industrial prototype electron beam-physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD). Columnar microstructure of the thermal barrier coatings were modified with controlled microporosity and diffuse sub-interfaces resulting in lower thermal conductivity (20-30% depending up on microporosity volume fraction), higher thermal reflectance (15-20%) and more strain tolerance as compared with standard thermal barrier coatings (TBC). The novel processed coating systems were examined by various techniques including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction, and thermal conductivity by laser technique, hemispherical reflectance and thermal cyclic tests. The test results showed the tailored-microstructural TBC offered superior performance over the conventional thermal barrier coatings (ZrO{sub 2} -8 wt.% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}). (orig.)

  20. Improvement in ductility of high strength polycrystalline Ni-rich Ni{sub 3}Al alloy produced by EB-PVD

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    Sun, J.Y.; Pei, Y.L.; Li, S.S.; Zhang, H.; Gong, S.K., E-mail: gongsk@buaa.edu.cn

    2014-11-25

    Highlights: • High strength and high ductility of polycrystalline Ni-rich Ni{sub 3}Al alloy sheets were produced. • The elongation could be enhanced from ∼0.5% to ∼14.6% by microstructural control. • The fracture strength (∼820 MPa) was enhanced by the precipitation strengthening. • This work provides a general processing for repairing the worn single crystal blades. - Abstract: A 300 μm Ni-rich Ni{sub 3}Al sheet was produced by electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) and followed by different heat treatments to obtain fine γ′/γ two-phase structures with large elongation. Tensile testing was performed at room-temperature, and the corresponding mechanisms were investigated in detail. Results indicated that the as-deposited Ni{sub 3}Al alloy exhibited non-equilibrium directional columnar crystal, and transited to equiaxed crystal with uniformly distributed tough γ phase after heat treatment. Meanwhile, the fracture mechanism transited from brittleness to a mixture of ductility and brittleness modes. With an appropriate heat treatment, high strength (ultimate tensile strength obtained 828 MPa) and high ductility (elongation obtained 14.6%) Ni{sub 3}Al alloy has been achieved, which was due to the mesh network microstructure. A series of transmission electron microscope (TEM) characterizations confirmed that the increasing flow stress of Ni{sub 3}Al alloy was attributed to the cubical secondary γ′ phase precipitates (25–50 nm) within the γ phase. This work provides a potential strategy for repairing the worn tip of single crystal engine blades using Ni-rich Ni{sub 3}Al alloy by EB-PVD.

  1. 在双镶嵌铜互联中O.13微米器件生成用的基于PVD和ALD阻挡层的先进技术%Advanced Engineering of PVD and ALD based Barriers for Submicron Device Generations in Dual Damascene Copper Interconnects

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    2003-01-01

    @@ 1. Introduction The requirement of minimal bottom coverageand thick sidewall coverage for PVD-based films forlow via resistance and improved stress migration isnot easy to achieve with traditional depositionmethods. Modern I-PVD techniques give high bot-tom coverage, due to the ionized component of thedeposition flux. Sidewall coverage tends to be low,which is mainly due to off-normal deposition fluxand a less than unity sticking coefficient.

  2. Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PE-CVD) yields better Hydrolytical Stability of Biocompatible SiOx Thin Films on Implant Alumina Ceramics compared to Rapid Thermal Evaporation Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD).

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    Böke, Frederik; Giner, Ignacio; Keller, Adrian; Grundmeier, Guido; Fischer, Horst

    2016-07-20

    Densely sintered aluminum oxide (α-Al2O3) is chemically and biologically inert. To improve the interaction with biomolecules and cells, its surface has to be modified prior to use in biomedical applications. In this study, we compared two deposition techniques for adhesion promoting SiOx films to facilitate the coupling of stable organosilane monolayers on monolithic α-alumina; physical vapor deposition (PVD) by thermal evaporation and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PE-CVD). We also investigated the influence of etching on the formation of silanol surface groups using hydrogen peroxide and sulfuric acid solutions. The film characteristics, that is, surface morphology and surface chemistry, as well as the film stability and its adhesion properties under accelerated aging conditions were characterized by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), and tensile strength tests. Differences in surface functionalization were investigated via two model organosilanes as well as the cell-cytotoxicity and viability on murine fibroblasts and human mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSC). We found that both SiOx interfaces did not affect the cell viability of both cell types. No significant differences between both films with regard to their interfacial tensile strength were detected, although failure mode analyses revealed a higher interfacial stability of the PE-CVD films compared to the PVD films. Twenty-eight day exposure to simulated body fluid (SBF) at 37 °C revealed a partial delamination of the thermally deposited PVD films whereas the PE-CVD films stayed largely intact. SiOx layers deposited by both PVD and PE-CVD may thus serve as viable adhesion-promoters for subsequent organosilane coupling agent binding to α-alumina. However, PE-CVD appears to be favorable for long-term direct film exposure to aqueous

  3. LiFAP-based PVdF-HFP microporous membranes by phase-inversion technique with Li/LiFePO{sub 4} cell

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    Aravindan, V.; Vickraman, P. [Gandhigram Rural University, Department of Physics, Gandhigram (India); Sivashanmugam, A.; Thirunakaran, R.; Gopukumar, S. [Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Electrochemical Energy Systems Division, Karaikudi (India)

    2009-12-15

    Polyvinylidenefluoride-hexafluoropropylene-based (PVdF-HFP-based) gel and composite microporous membranes (GPMs and CPMs) were prepared by phase-inversion technique in the presence 10 wt% of AlO(OH){sub n} nanoparticles. The prepared membranes were gelled with 0.5-M LiPF{sub 3}(CF{sub 2}CF{sub 3}){sub 3} (lithium fluoroalkylphosphate, LiFAP) in EC:DEC (1:1 v/v) and subjected to various characterizations; the AC impedance study shows that CPMs exhibit higher conductivity than GPMs. Mechanical stability measurements on these systems reveal that CPMs exhibit Young's modulus higher than that of bare and GPMs and addition of nanoparticles drastically improves the elongation break was also noted. Transition of the host from {alpha} to {beta} phase after the loading of nanosized filler was confirmed by XRD and Raman studies. Physico-chemical properties, like liquid uptake, porosity, surface area, and activation energy, of the membranes were calculated and results are summarized. Cycling performance of Li/CPM/LiFePO{sub 4} coin cell was fabricated and evaluated at C/10 rate and delivered a discharge capacity of 157 and 148 mAh g {sup -1} respectively for first and tenth cycles. (orig.)

  4. LiFAP-based PVdF-HFP microporous membranes by phase-inversion technique with Li/LiFePO4 cell

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    Aravindan, V.; Vickraman, P.; Sivashanmugam, A.; Thirunakaran, R.; Gopukumar, S.

    2009-12-01

    Polyvinylidenefluoride-hexafluoropropylene-based (PVdF-HFP-based) gel and composite microporous membranes (GPMs and CPMs) were prepared by phase-inversion technique in the presence 10 wt% of AlO(OH) n nanoparticles. The prepared membranes were gelled with 0.5-M LiPF3(CF2CF3)3 (lithium fluoroalkylphosphate, LiFAP) in EC:DEC (1:1 v/v) and subjected to various characterizations; the AC impedance study shows that CPMs exhibit higher conductivity than GPMs. Mechanical stability measurements on these systems reveal that CPMs exhibit Young’s modulus higher than that of bare and GPMs and addition of nanoparticles drastically improves the elongation break was also noted. Transition of the host from α to β phase after the loading of nanosized filler was confirmed by XRD and Raman studies. Physico-chemical properties, like liquid uptake, porosity, surface area, and activation energy, of the membranes were calculated and results are summarized. Cycling performance of Li/CPM/LiFePO4 coin cell was fabricated and evaluated at C/10 rate and delivered a discharge capacity of 157 and 148 mAh g-1 respectively for first and tenth cycles.

  5. High-performance quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell based on an electrospun PVdF-HFP membrane electrolyte.

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    Priya, A R Sathiya; Subramania, A; Jung, Young-Sam; Kim, Kang-Jin

    2008-09-02

    An electrospun membrane was prepared from a 16 wt % solution of poly(vinylidenefluoride- co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) in a mixture of acetone/ N, N-dimethylacetamide (7:3 wt %) at an applied voltage of 12 kV. It was then activated by immersing it in 0.6 M 1-hexyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium iodide, 0.1 M LiI, 0.05 M I 2, and 0.5 M 4- tert-butylpyridine in ethylene carbonate/propylene carbonate (1:1 wt %) to obtain the corresponding membrane electrolyte with an ionic conductivity of 10 (-5) S cm (-1) at 25 degrees C. On the basis of this electrospun membrane electrolyte, quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells were fabricated, which showed an open-circuit voltage ( V oc) of 0.76 V, a fill factor of 0.62, and a short-circuit current density ( J sc) of 15.57 mA cm (-2) at an incident light intensity of 100 mW cm (-2). This yields a light-to-electricity conversion efficiency of 7.3%. Moreover, this cell possessed better long-term stability than that fabricated with conventional liquid electrolyte.

  6. Design of interpenetrated networks of mesostructured hybrid silica and nonconductive poly(vinylidene fluoride)-cohexafluoropropylene (PVdF-HFP) polymer for proton exchange membrane fuel cell applications.

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    Pereira, Franck; Chan, Alida; Vallé, Karine; Palmas, Pascal; Bigarré, Janick; Belleville, Philippe; Sanchez, Clément

    2011-05-02

    Organic-inorganic hybrid membranes of poly(vinylidene fluoride)-cohexafluoropropylene (PVdF-HFP) and mesostructured silica containing sulfonic acid groups were synthesized by using the sol-gel process. These hybrid membranes were prepared by in situ co-condensation of tetraethoxysilane and an organically modified silane (ormosil) by a self-assembly route using organic surfactants as templates for tuning the architecture of the hybrid organosilica component. In this paper, we describe the elaboration and characterization of hybrid membranes all the way from the precursor solution to the evaluation of the fuel cell performances. These hybrid materials were extensively characterized by using NMR and IR spectroscopy, electron microscopy, or impedance spectroscopy so as to determinate their physicochemical and electrochemical properties. Even though the ion-exchange capacity (IEC) was quite weak, the first fuel cell tests performed with these hybrid membranes show promising results relative to optimized Nafion 112 thanks to great water management of the silica inside the hydrophobic polymer.

  7. Highly conductive and electrochemically stable plasticized blend polymer electrolytes based on PVdF-HFP and triblock copolymer PPG-PEG-PPG diamine for Li-ion batteries

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    Saikia, Diganta; Wu, Hao-Yiang; Pan, Yu-Chi; Lin, Chi-Pin; Huang, Kai-Pin; Chen, Kan-Nan; Fey, George T. K.; Kao, Hsien-Ming

    2011-03-01

    A new plasticized poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene (PVdF-HFP)/PPG-PEG-PPG diamine/organosilane blend-based polymer electrolyte system has been synthesized and characterized. The structural and electrochemical properties of the electrolytes thus obtained were systematically investigated by a variety of techniques including differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), tensile test, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), 13C and 29Si solid-state NMR, AC impedance, linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) and charge-discharge measurements. The FTIR and NMR results provided the information about the interaction among the constituents in the blend polymer membrane. The present blend polymer electrolyte exhibits several advantageous electrochemical properties such as ionic conductivity up to 1.3 × 10-2 S cm-1 at room temperature, high value of Li+ transference number (t+ = 0.82), electrochemical stability up to 6.4 V vs. Li/Li+ with the platinum electrode, and stable charge-discharge cycles for lithium-ion batteries.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of electrospun PVdF-HFP/silane-functionalized ZrO2 hybrid nanofiber electrolyte with enhanced optical and electrochemical properties

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    Puguan, John Marc C.; Chung, Wook-Jin; Kim, Hern

    2016-12-01

    A facile method to produce a hybrid of organic-inorganic nanofiber electrolyte via electrospinning is hereby presented. The incorporation of functionalized zirconium oxide (ZrO2) nanoparticles into poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) and complexed with lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate (LiCF3SO3) provided an enhanced optical transmissivity and ionic conductivity. The dependence of the nanofiber's morphology, optical and electrochemical properties on the various ZrO2 loading was studied. Results show that while nanofiller content was increased, the diameter of the nanofibers was reduced. The improved bulk ionic conductivity of the nanofiber electrolyte was at 1.96 × 10-5 S cm-1. Owing to the enhanced dispersibility of the 3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate (MPS) functionalized ZrO2, the optical transmissivity of the nanofiber electrolyte was improved significantly. This new nanofiber composite electrolyte membrane with further development has the potential to be next generation electrolyte for energy efficient windows like electrochromic devices.

  9. Dimensional stability and electrochemical behaviour of ZrO2 incorporated electrospun PVdF-HFP based nanocomposite polymer membrane electrolyte for Li-ion capacitors

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    Solarajan, Arun Kumar; Murugadoss, Vignesh; Angaiah, Subramania

    2017-01-01

    Different weight percentages of ZrO2 (0, 3, 5, 7 and 10 wt%) incorporated electrospun PVDF-HFP nanocomposite polymer membranes (esCPMs) were prepared by electrospinning technique. They were activated by soaking in 1 M LiPF6 containing 1:1 volume ratio of EC : DMC (ethylene carbonate:dimethyl carbonate) to get electrospun nanocomposite polymer membrane electrolytes (esCPMEs). The influence of ZrO2 on the physical, mechanical and electrochemical properties of esCPM was studied in detail. Finally, coin type Li-ion capacitor cell was assembled using LiCo0.2Mn1.8O4 as the cathode, Activated carbon as the anode and the esCPME containing 7 wt% of ZrO2 as the separator, which delivered a discharge capacitance of 182.5 Fg−1 at the current density of 1Ag−1 and retained 92% of its initial discharge capacitance even after 2,000 cycles. It revealed that the electrospun PVdF-HFP/ZrO2 based nanocomposite membrane electrolyte could be used as a good candidate for high performance Li-ion capacitors.

  10. Application of response surface methodology on investigating flank wear in machining hardened steel using PVD TiN coated mixed ceramic insert

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    Ashok Kumar Sahoo

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the development of flank wear model in turning hardened EN 24 steel with PVD TiN coated mixed ceramic insert under dry environment. The paper also investigates the effect of process parameter on flank wear (VBc. The experiments have been conducted using three level full factorial design techniques. The machinability model has been developed in terms of cutting speed (v, feed (f and machining time (t as input variable using response surface methodology. The adequacy of model has been checked using correlation coefficients. As the determination coefficient, R2 (98% is higher for the model developed; the better is the response model fits the actual data. In addition, residuals of the normal probability plot lie reasonably close to a straight line showing that the terms mentioned in the model are statistically significant. The predicted flank wear has been found to lie close to the experimental value. This indicates that the developed model can be effectively used to predict the flank wear in the hard turning. Abrasion and diffusion has been found to be the dominant wear mechanism in machining hardened steel from SEM micrographs at highest parametric range. Machining time has been found to be the most significant parameter on flank wear followed by cutting speed and feed as observed from main effect plot and ANOVA study.

  11. On the application of response surface methodology for predicting and optimizing surface roughness and cutting forces in hard turning by PVD coated insert

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    Hessainia Zahia

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper focuses on the exploitation of the response surface methodology (RSM to determine optimum cutting conditions leading to minimum surface roughness and cutting force components. The technique of RSM helps to create an efficient statistical model for studying the evolution of surface roughness and cutting forces according to cutting parameters: cutting speed, feed rate and depth of cut. For this purpose, turning tests of hardened steel alloy (AISI 4140 (56 HRC were carried out using PVD – coated ceramic insert under different cutting conditions. The equations of surface roughness and cutting forces were achieved by using the experimental data and the technique of the analysis of variance (ANOVA. The obtained results are presented in terms of mean values and confidence levels. It is shown that feed rate and depth of cut are the most influential factors on surface roughness and cutting forces, respectively. In addition, it is underlined that the surface roughness is mainly related to the cutting speed, whereas depth of cut has the greatest effect on the evolution of cutting forces. The optimal machining parameters obtained in this study represent reductions about 6.88%, 3.65%, 19.05% in cutting force components (Fa, Fr, Ft, respectively. The latters are compared with the results of initial cutting parameters for machining AISI 4140 steel in the hard turning process.

  12. Optimization of Wet or Dry Micro-blasting on PVD Films by Various Al2O3 Grain Sizes for Improving the Coated Tools' Cutting Performance

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    K. -D. Bouzakis

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Micro-blasting on PVD coated tools is an effective technology for improving their cutting performance. Through micro-blasting, compressive stresses are induced into the film, thus increasing the coating hardness, but its brittleness too. Simultaneously, abrasion phenomena are activated, which may lead to roughness augmentation, film thickness decrease and substrate revelation. In this way, for a successful process conduct, it is pivotal to adapt, among others, the applied micro-blasting pressure to the employed medium, air or water. The paper deals with the optimization of wet or dry micro-blasting pressure by various Al2O3 grain sizes for improving the coated tool’s wear resistance. The wear behaviour of coated and variously dry or wet micro-blasted tools was investigated in milling. Considering the grains’ penetration kinematics into the coated tool surface and the film deformation mechanisms during dry or wet microblasting by fine or coarse sharp–edged Al2O3 grains, optimum process pressures can be determined.

  13. Électrolytes-gels pour piles au lithium système PVdF-HFP/SiO2/VL-LiTFSI

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    Caillon-Caravanier, M.; Claude-Montigny, B.; Lemordant, D.; Bosser, G.

    2002-04-01

    Les électrolytes-gels étudiés sont constitués du copolymère poly (fluorure de vinylidène-hexafluoropropylène) (PVdF-HFP) contenant où non de la silice et ayant absorbé un électrolyte liquide obtenu par dissolution du (trifluorométhyl sulfone) imidure de lithium (LiTFSI) dans la gamma-valérolactone (VL) ou dans le mélange VL:EC (90:10 en moles) (EC:carbonate d'éthylène). L'influence du pourcentage en sel de lithium dans l'électrolyte liquide, de la proportion de silice dans le copolymère sec et de la température sur la capacité d'absorption est étudiée. L'évolution de la conductivité en fonction de la composition de l'électrolyte-gel et de la température ainsi que l'étude de la solvatation de l'ion Li^+ par spectroscopie RAMAN ont permis de proposer un modèle de conductivité ionique pour ces matériaux. Après avoir déterminé le domaine d'électroactivité des gels, l'évolution des spectres d'impédance à l'interface Li / gel est interprétée par le modèle “couche polymère solide" (SPL).

  14. Formation of semi-IPN membrane composed of crosslinked SPS-[PVdF-co-HFP/Nafion] for application in DMFC: A fine tuning between crosslinker and initiator

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    Kumar, Piyush; Kundu, Patit Paban, E-mail: ppk923@yahoo.com

    2015-08-15

    The semi-interpenetrating (semi-IPN) membrane composed of crosslinked sulfonated polystyrene (SPS) within the host blend of PVdF-co-HFP (Polyvinylidenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) and Nafion has already been tested as a promising polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) in terms of improved water uptake, proton conductivity and electrical efficiency for application in the direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC). These desired results have generated further curiosity about a fine tuning between the contents of divinyl benzene (DVB) as a crosslinker and azobisisobutyronitrile (AIBN) as an initiator for the optimization of PEM characteristics. It has been observed that an increase in AIBN content leads to an acceptable degree of water uptake, swelling ratio and proton conductivity in PEM, while higher DVB content causes declined methanol crossover, leading to higher membrane selectivity. These two opposing effects are optimized in terms of proton conductivity, tensile strength and membrane selectivity for the membrane consisting of 0.4 wt% of AIBN and 1.2 wt% of DVB. Moreover, the maximum power density obtained for the membrane having optimum selectivity is 56 mW cm{sup −2}, when analyzed at 90 °C. These results indicate that one can achieve a high power density in comparison to Nafion by fine tuning the contents of initiator and cross-linker during the synthesis of the semi-IPN membrane. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • PEM composed of 0.4/1.2 wt% of AIBN/DVB produced best result. • Lower methanol crossover (1.02 × 10{sup −6} cm{sup 2} s{sup −1}) compare to Nafion-117. • Higher membrane selectivity i.e 3.05 × 10{sup 4} Ss cm{sup −3} was obtained. • A maximum power density of 56 mW cm{sup −2} was obtained at 90 °C.

  15. PVD 微合金化涂层AlTiSiXN在C70 S6材料连杆攻丝中的应用%Applications of PVD Coating AlTiSiXN on Threading Connecting-Rods Based on C70S6 Steel

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    邬本祥; 彭新海; 徐启明; 徐和平

    2016-01-01

    TiN and AlTiSiXN hard thin films are coated on HSSCo M8 taps with Domino L PVD coating system to test the performances of the taps on site.The results show that better performance and higher tool life are obtained with MAC (micro-alloyed coating)coating AlTiSiXN for the tapping of threads on connecting rods made of C70S6.%采用多米诺PVD涂层技术在钴高速钢丝锥M8上进行PVD涂层。选择TiN、AlTiSiXN涂层并对涂层丝锥进行性能测试。结果表明,连杆材料C70S6的攻丝加工宜选择耐磨性更好的微合金化涂层AlTiSiXN,可获得较好的切削性能和寿命。

  16. Synthesis of vanadium pentoxide (V{sub 2}O{sub 5}) nanobelts with high coverage using plasma assisted PVD approach

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    Sharma, Rabindar K., E-mail: rkrksharma6@gmail.com; Kumar, Prabhat; Reddy, G.B.

    2015-07-25

    Highlights: • This report shows the growth of α-V{sub 2}O{sub 5} on Si [1 0 0] substrate using a facile PVD route. • The presence of O{sub 2}-plasma at 500 °C is most essential for the growth of NBs with excellent coverage. • The properties of V{sub 2}O{sub 5} films are systematically studied as function of growth temperature. • The three step growth mechanism of V{sub 2}O{sub 5} NBs is discussed in this paper briefly. - Abstract: Cost-saving, easy-handling, and eco-affable plasma assisted sublimation process (PASP) is proposed to synthesize vanadium pentoxide (V{sub 2}O{sub 5}) nanobelts (NBs) with excellent coverage on Si [1 0 0] wafer using oxygen plasma without using surfactants/catalysts. Pure orthorhombic V{sub 2}O{sub 5} NBs having average length of few hundred of microns with quite uniform width nearly of 100 nm are formed at 500 °C. No film is deposited on Si in presence of oxygen gas without exciting plasma at 500 °C. HRTEM analysis with SAED pattern confirm that all V{sub 2}O{sub 5} NBs are single crystalline in nature with the fringe width of 0.33 nm corresponding to [0 1 0] crystal plane. The XPS analysis shows the compositional purity and sub-stoichiometric nature of V{sub 2}O{sub 5} NBs. The sub-stoichiometric nature of NBs is manifested through an appearance of low intensity peak corresponding to low oxidation state of V (i.e. V{sup 4+}) at the binding energy of 514.8 eV. The micro-Raman and FTIR analysis of NBs are carried out to study the different vibrational modes exhibited by V and O atoms coordinated in distinct fashions. The nanobelts exhibit room temperature PL emission in UV–visible realm with a broad hump in the range of 450–750 nm, which confirms the presence of oxygen defects in NBs and strongly supports the XPS results as well. The possible growth mechanism of α-V{sub 2}O{sub 5} NBs is proposed in this paper briefly.

  17. Corrosion Resistance Behavior of Single-Layer Cathodic Arc PVD Nitride-Base Coatings in 1M HCl and 3.5 pct NaCl Solutions

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    Adesina, Akeem Yusuf; Gasem, Zuhair M.; Madhan Kumar, Arumugam

    2017-04-01

    The electrochemical behavior of single-layer TiN, CrN, CrAlN, and TiAlN coatings on 304 stainless steel substrate, deposited using state-of-the-art and industrial size cathodic arc PVD machine, were evaluated in 1M HCl and 3.5 pct NaCl solutions. The corrosion behavior of the blank and coated substrates was analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), linear polarization resistance, and potentiodynamic polarization. Bond-coat layers of pure-Ti, pure-Cr, alloyed-CrAl, and alloyed-TiAl for TiN, CrN, CrAlN, and TiAlN coatings were, respectively, first deposited for improved coating adhesion before the actual coating. The average coating thickness was about 1.80 µm. Results showed that the corrosion potentials ( E corr) of the coated substrates were shifted to more noble values which indicated improvement of the coated substrate resistance to corrosion susceptibility. The corrosion current densities were lower for all coated substrates as compared to the blank substrate. Similarly, EIS parameters showed that these coatings possessed improved resistance to defects and pores in similar solution compared to the same nitride coatings developed by magnetron sputtering. The charge transfer resistance ( R ct) can be ranked in the following order: TiAlN > CrN > TiN > CrAlN in both media except in NaCl solution where R ct of TiN is lowest. While the pore resistance ( R po) followed the order: CrAlN > CrN > TiAlN > TiN in HCl solution and TiAlN > CrN > CrAlN > TiN in NaCl solution. It is found that TiAlN coating has the highest protective efficiencies of 79 and 99 pct in 1M HCl and 3.5 pct NaCl, respectively. SEM analysis of the corroded substrates in both media was also presented.

  18. Corrosion Resistance Behavior of Single-Layer Cathodic Arc PVD Nitride-Base Coatings in 1M HCl and 3.5 pct NaCl Solutions

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    Adesina, Akeem Yusuf; Gasem, Zuhair M.; Madhan Kumar, Arumugam

    2017-01-01

    The electrochemical behavior of single-layer TiN, CrN, CrAlN, and TiAlN coatings on 304 stainless steel substrate, deposited using state-of-the-art and industrial size cathodic arc PVD machine, were evaluated in 1M HCl and 3.5 pct NaCl solutions. The corrosion behavior of the blank and coated substrates was analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), linear polarization resistance, and potentiodynamic polarization. Bond-coat layers of pure-Ti, pure-Cr, alloyed-CrAl, and alloyed-TiAl for TiN, CrN, CrAlN, and TiAlN coatings were, respectively, first deposited for improved coating adhesion before the actual coating. The average coating thickness was about 1.80 µm. Results showed that the corrosion potentials (E corr) of the coated substrates were shifted to more noble values which indicated improvement of the coated substrate resistance to corrosion susceptibility. The corrosion current densities were lower for all coated substrates as compared to the blank substrate. Similarly, EIS parameters showed that these coatings possessed improved resistance to defects and pores in similar solution compared to the same nitride coatings developed by magnetron sputtering. The charge transfer resistance (R ct) can be ranked in the following order: TiAlN > CrN > TiN > CrAlN in both media except in NaCl solution where R ct of TiN is lowest. While the pore resistance (R po) followed the order: CrAlN > CrN > TiAlN > TiN in HCl solution and TiAlN > CrN > CrAlN > TiN in NaCl solution. It is found that TiAlN coating has the highest protective efficiencies of 79 and 99 pct in 1M HCl and 3.5 pct NaCl, respectively. SEM analysis of the corroded substrates in both media was also presented.

  19. Research Progress and Application of Superhard Nano-Micron PVD Coating Technology in the Cutting Manufacturing Area%超硬纳微米PVD涂层技术在刀具领域的应用及研究进展

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    张而耕; 朱州; 张体波

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT:The paper introduced the principle, characteristics, and advantages and disadvantages of three methods of vacuum evaporation, sputtering and ion plating in physical vapor deposition ( PVD) technology, and introduced the PVD coating technology that is widely used in cutting tools by four categories of binary, multiple coatings, multilayer coatings and nano multilayer composite coating. Based on a large amount of literature, combined with the author's experience in the research and application of PVD tech-nology for many years, the paper reviewed the research progress of superhard nano-micron PVD coating technology in the field of application of cutting tool from the most important perspective of improving the cutting tool life, and further discussed the multiple coating, multilayer coating and nanometer coating in details. Cutting tool surface with application of physical vapor deposition coa-ting technology enabled the tool to obtain excellent overall performance, which significantly improved the life of cutting tools, re-duced production costs, and increased the machining efficiency substantially. Finally, the paper forecasted the wide application of physical vapor deposition coating technology in composite superhard cutting ( including milling of mold steel, hardened steel whose hardness over HRC55 ) , cutting hard processing materials ( including high-temperature alloys, titanium alloy, stainless steel, etc. ) , machining and processing composite materials of graphite and carbon fiber, etc. and high-speedily machining non-ferrous metals ( including aluminum, copper alloys, nickel, etc. ) in the future.%介绍了物理气相沉积( PVD)技术的原理、特点和真空蒸镀、溅射镀和离子镀之间的优缺点,从二元涂层、多元涂层、多层涂层和纳米多层复合涂层等4种类别上介绍了PVD涂层技术在切削刀具上的广泛应用。在查阅和整理大量文献资料的基础上,也结合笔者多年从事PVD技术的

  20. DEFORMACIÓN ELÁSTICA RESIDUAL EN LÁMINAS DE ACERO AISI 304 RECUBIERTAS CON UNA PELÍCULA DE NITRURO DE TITANIO DEPOSITADA POR PVD-MAGNETRON SPUTTERING

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    H. A. COLORADO

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó una caracterización mediante difracción de rayos x (DRX en láminas de acero inoxidable AISI 304 recubierto con una capa de nitruro de titanio de 3 um de espesor, obtenida mediante deposición física de vapor (PVD-MAGNETRON SPUTTERING a una temperatura de 200 °C. se tomaron imágenes de microscopía electrónica de barrido (MEB, microscopía óptica (MO y microscopía de fuerza atómica (MFA para caracterizar el sustrato, la capa y la zona cercana a la intercara. adicionalmente se determinó la deformación elástica residual asociada con el ensanchamiento de los picos de DRX.

  1. DEFORMACIÓN ELÁSTICA RESIDUAL EN LÁMINAS DE ACERO AISI 304 RECUBIERTAS CON UNA PELÍCULA DE NITRURO DE TITANIO DEPOSITADA POR PVD-MAGNETRON SPUTTERING

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    COLORADO, H. A.; SALVA, H. R.; GHILARDUCCI, A. A.

    2009-01-01

    se realizó una caracterización mediante difracción de rayos x (DRX) en láminas de acero inoxidable AISI 304 recubierto con una capa de nitruro de titanio de 3 mm de espesor, obtenida mediante deposición física de vapor (PVD-magnetron sputtering) a una temperatura de 200 ˚C. se tomaron imágenes de microscopía electrónica de barrido (MEB), microscopía óptica (MO) y microscopía de fuerza atómica (MFA) para caracterizar el sustrato, la capa y la zona cercana a la intercara. adicionalmente se dete...

  2. Deformación elástica residual en láminas de acero aisi 304 recubiertas con una película de nitruro de titanio depositada por pvd-magnetron sputtering

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    H. A. COLORADO; Salva, H. R.; GHILARDUCCI, A. A.

    2010-01-01

    Se realizó una caracterización mediante difracción de rayos x (DRX) en láminas de acero inoxidable AISI 304 recubierto con una capa de nitruro de titanio de 3 um de espesor, obtenida mediante deposición física de vapor (PVD-MAGNETRON SPUTTERING) a una temperatura de 200 °C. se tomaron imágenes de microscopía electrónica de barrido (MEB), microscopía óptica (MO) y microscopía de fuerza atómica (MFA) para caracterizar el sustrato, la capa y la zona cercana a la intercara. adicionalmente se dete...

  3. Comparative study of Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2}/(PVD)In{sub 2}S{sub 3} and Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2}/(CBD)CdS heterojunction based solar cells by admittance spectroscopy, current-voltage and spectral response measurements

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    Darga, A. [Laboratoire de Genie Electrique de Paris, CNRS UMR8507, SUPELEC, UPMC Univ Paris 06, Univ Paris-Sud, 11 rue Joliot-Curie, Plateau de Moulon, F-91192 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France)], E-mail: arouna.darga@lgep.supelec.fr; Mencaraglia, D.; Djebbour, Z.; Dubois, A. Migan; Chouffot, R.; Serhan, J. [Laboratoire de Genie Electrique de Paris, CNRS UMR8507, SUPELEC, UPMC Univ Paris 06, Univ Paris-Sud, 11 rue Joliot-Curie, Plateau de Moulon, F-91192 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Couzinie-Devy, F.; Barreau, N.; Kessler, J. [Institut des Materiaux Jean Rouxel (IMN)-UMR 6502, Universite de Nantes, CNRS, 2 rue de la Houssiniere, BP 32229, 44322 Nantes cedex 3 (France)

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    Co-evaporated Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGSe) based solar cells with Physical Vapour Deposited (PVD) Indium Sulphide (In{sub 2}S{sub 3}) as buffer layer have been studied by admittance spectroscopy and current-voltage characteristics measurements. The results have been compared to those obtained with a reference CBD-CdS/CIGSe device. In darkness, the PVD-In{sub 2}S{sub 3} buffer layer devices exhibit higher densities of trapping defects and low values of shunt resistance. However, under illumination we have observed an important improvement of the In{sub 2}S{sub 3}/CIGSe electronic transport properties. This behavior seems to be linked to the presence of a metastable defect with activation energy of 0.3 eV.

  4. Propiedades mecánicas de la aleación Mg-14Ti-1Al-0,9Mn(% masa sintetizada mediante deposición física desde fase vapor (PVD

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    Garcés, G.

    2001-04-01

    Full Text Available The mechanical properties of the alloy Mg-14 %Ti-l % Al-0.9 % Mn obtained by PVD techniques have been evaluated up to 300 °C. The alloy presents a columnar grain microstructure , typical of the zone 2 of the structure zone model of MD, where surface diffusion takes place. The alloy tested in compression at room temperature presented a high yield stress, 360 MPa. This resistance to the plastic deformation is principally due to a solid solution hardening and small grain size. The yield stress decrease with the compression temperature. However, the alloy showed low fracture resistance, especially at room temperature. The presence of pores at the grain boundaries, results in the crack formation, running fast along the grain boundary.

    Las propiedades mecánicas de la aleación Mg-14 %Ti-l % Al-0,9 % Mn obtenida mediante técnicas de PVD se han evaluado hasta una temperatura de 300 °C. La aleación presenta una microestructura monofásica con granos columnares típica de la zona 2 del modelo de zonas de Movchan-Demchishin. La microestructura es típica de la zona 2 del modelo de zonas de MD, donde el átomo sólo puede difundir superficialmente. La aleación ensayada en compresión a temperatura ambiente presenta un elevado valor del límite elástico, 360 MPa. Esta resistencia a la deformación plástica se debe básicamente a un fenómeno de endurecimiento por solución sólida y al pequeño tamaño de grano. El límite elástico disminuye a medida que aumenta la temperatura del ensayo. Por el contrario, la aleación presenta una baja resistencia a la fractura, especialmente a temperatura ambiente. La presencia de poros en frontera de grano facilita la nucleación de grietas, propagándose rápidamente a lo largo de la frontera de grano.

  5. Study on Oxidation Property of TiAl/NiCoCrAl Microlaminated Sheet Prepared by EB-PVD%EB-PVD制备TiAl/NiCoCrAl微层板复合材料氧化性能研究

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    陈贵清; 张如炳; 章德铭; 邹豪

    2012-01-01

    TiAl/NiCoCrAl microlaminated sheet prepared by EB-PVD have been oxygenized in air at 850 °C, and its oxidation property has been studied. The phase composition and microstructure have been analyzed by XRD and SEM. The results show TiAl/NiCoCrAl microlaminated sheet has good oxidation resistance and the oxidation kinetics curves follow the parabolic law. The oxidation mechanisms of TiAl/NiCoCrAl microlaminated sheet at high temperature is that Al on the surface will generate the AI2O3 monolayer oxide film with porous structure firstly, subsequently some Ti element in the inner TiAl layers will cross over the NiCoCrAl layers and reach the surface to generate the (TiO2 + AI2O3) oxide layer, and finally Ni and Cr in the NiCoCrAl layers can generate compact outer oxide film composed of Cr2O3 and NiCr2O4 phase, which is the essential reason why the oxidation resistance of the sheet increases obviously.%采用电子束物理气相沉积(EB-PVD)技术制备了TiAl/NiCoCrAl微层板复合材料,并对其在850℃空气条件下的抗氧化性能进行了研究,利用XRD和SEM对试样进行相组成和微观结构进行分析.结果表明:TiAl/NiCoCrAl微层板具有较好的抗氧化性能,其恒温氧化动力学曲线均近似符合抛物线规律.而TiAl/NiCoCrAl微层板的高温氧化机制为:表层的Al首先氧化生成多孔结构的Al2O3单层膜;随后内部TiAl层中的Ti元素穿越NiCoCrAl层到达表面生成(TiO2+Al2O3)的氧化层;最后NiCoCrAl层中的Ni和Cr会形成以Cr2O3和NiCr2O4相为主的致密的外层氧化膜,这是其抗氧化性能显著提高的根本原因.

  6. Corrosion resistance appraisal of TiN, TiCN and TiAlN coatings deposited by CAE-PVD method on WC-Co cutting tools exposed to artificial sea water

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    Matei, A. A.; Pencea, I.; Branzei, M.; Trancă, D. E.; Ţepeş, G.; Sfăt, C. E.; Ciovica (Coman), E.; Gherghilescu, A. I.; Stanciu, G. A.

    2015-12-01

    A new advanced sintered composite cutting tool has been developed based on tungsten carbide matrix ligated with cobalt (WC-Co) additivated with tantalum carbide (TaC), titanium carbide (TiC) and niobium carbide (NbC) as grain growth inhibitors. Titanium nitride (TiN), titanium carbonitride (TiCN) and titanium aluminium nitride (TiAlN) coatings were deposited on these tools by CAE-PVD technique to find out the best solution to improve the corrosion resistance of this tool in marine environment. The electrochemical behaviours of the specimens in 3.5% NaCl water solution were estimated by potentiodynamic polarization measurements i.e. the open circuit potential (Eoc), corrosion potential (Ecorr) and corrosion current density (icorr). Wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), optical microscopy (OM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) investigations have been carried on tested and untested specimens to substantiate the corrosion resistance of the tested specimens. Based on the open circuit potential (Eoc) and corrosion potential (Ecorr) results, the tested specimens were ranked as TiN, TiAlN, TiCN and WC-Co while on corrosion current density (icorr) and protective efficiency (P) values they have been ranked as TiN, TiAlN, WC-Co and TiCN. The WAXD, MO and AFM results unambiguously show that the corrosion resistance depends on the nature and morphology of the coating.

  7. Microstructure and Property of NiCrAl Alloy Sheet by EB- PVD%EB-PVD工艺制备NiCrAl合金薄板的组织与力学性能

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    庞勇; 曾岗

    2005-01-01

    采用电子束物理气相沉积(EB-PVD)工艺制备了NiCrAl高温合金薄板.采用XRD对薄板进行了相分析,结果表明,这种高温合金薄板是由γ'和γ两相组成.从薄板的横截面显微组织分析表明,高温合金中γ'以颗粒状形式弥散分布在γ基体上;从薄板的纵截面可以看出,组织为柱状晶和粒状晶交替组织.薄板的常温抗拉强度为446.89MPa.较低的抗拉强度是由于其组织不均匀并且含有柱状晶组织,柱状晶的组织各向异性,拉伸方向不是最佳受力方向.

  8. Ionic, XRD, dielectric and cyclic voltammetry studies on PVdF-co-HFP / MMT clay intercalated LiN(C2F5SO2)2 based composite electrolyte for Li-ion batteries

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    Vickraman, P.; Purushothaman, K.; SankaraSubramanian, N.

    2014-04-01

    The composition dependence of plasticizer, (EC/DMC)(70-x(wt%)) and LiBETIx(wt%) salt for fixed contents on PVdF-co-HFP(25wt%)/surface modified(SM)-octadecylamine MMT(ODA-MMT) nanoclay(5wt%) host matrix by varying its compositions x=1.5, 3.0, 4.5, 6.0 wt% prepared via solution casting technique has been investigated by A.C. Impedance, Dielectric, XRD, and cyclic voltammetry(CV) studies. The enhanced conductivity 2.1×10-5 S/cm at 300C is observed for (EC/DMC)(70-6)wt%/LiBETI(x=6)wt%. The XRD at 2θ=20.9° confirms β-phase formation, and CV studies on membranes show cyclability and reversibility. The dielectric studies show increase in dielectric constant and dielectric loss with decrease in frequency is attributed to high contribution of charge accumulation at the electrode-electrolyte interface.

  9. Thermal cycling behavior of YSZ and La{sub 2}(Zr{sub 0.7}Ce{sub 0.3}){sub 2}O{sub 7} as double-ceramic-layer systems EB-PVD TBCs

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    Xu Zhenhua, E-mail: zhxuciac@yahoo.com [Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials, Department 5, P.O. Box 81-5, Beijing 100095 (China); He Limin; Mu Rende; Lu Feng; He Shimei [Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials, Department 5, P.O. Box 81-5, Beijing 100095 (China); Cao Xueqiang [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China)

    2012-06-05

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer DCL coating has a longer lifetime than that of single layer coating of LZ7C3 or YSZ. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The unique growth modes of columns within DCL coating. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The presence of cerium in both Ce{sup 3+} and Ce{sup 4+} oxidation states within the coating surface. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The spallation of DCL coating induced by transverse cracks may be the first emergence of delamination followed by spalling layer by layer. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The outward diffusion of Cr element (bond coat) into LZ7C3 layer. - Abstract: Double-ceramic-layer (DCL) thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) of La{sub 2}(Zr{sub 0.7}Ce{sub 0.3}){sub 2}O{sub 7} (LZ7C3) and yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) were deposited by electron beam-physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD). The thermal cycling test at 1573 K in burner-rig with a coal gas flame indicates the thermal cycling life of DCL coating is not only much longer than that of LZ7C3 coating, but also approximately 27% longer than that of YSZ coating. The superior sintering-resistance of LZ7C3 coating and the unique growth modes of columns within DCL coating are all very helpful to the prolongation of thermal cycling life of DCL coating. The failure of DCL coating is mainly a result of the reduction-oxidation of cerium oxide, the re-crystallization of some LZ7C3 fine grains, the cracks initiation, propagation and extension, the abnormal oxidation of bond coat, the degradation of t Prime -phase in YSZ coating and the outward diffusion of Cr alloying element into LZ7C3 coating. Since no single material that has been studied so far satisfies all the requirements for high temperature applications, DCL coating is an important development direction of TBCs.

  10. PVD涂层刀具高速铣削CoCrMo合金的性能研究%Performance of PVD-coated Tool in High Speed Milling of CoCrMo Alloy

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    张而耕; 王琴雪; 张锁怀

    2017-01-01

    目的 为了提高涂层硬质合金刀具的切削性能,研究了物理气相沉积PVD法制备的涂层硬质合金铣刀在高速干式环境下的铣削性能.方法 采用阴极电弧技术制备了TiN、TiAlN以及TiAlSiN涂层硬质合金铣刀刀头,通过一同沉积涂层的硬质合金圆片,间接测量得出涂层的显微硬度、厚度和平均摩擦系数,并以CoCrMo合金为切削对象,进行了PVD涂层与无涂层刀具高速铣削下的对比试验.结果 TiAlSiN显微硬度最高达3800HV,摩擦系数达0.3,TiAlN涂层平均膜厚为2μm,间接测得TiN、TiAlN以及TiAlSiN涂层的结合力依次为60、58、42 N.在三者的切削性能中,TiAlSiN涂层的切削性能比TiAlN和TiN涂层的好,同等切削参数时,TiN刀具的高速铣削时间最短,TiAlSiN涂层的平均磨损值为0.1895,TiN的平均磨损值为0.3047.结论 涂层中添加A1、Si,极大地提高了刀具的使用性能,改善了刀具切削过程中的耐磨性、红硬性,极大地延长了刀具的使用寿命.TiAlSiN涂层的硬度高,耐磨损性好,切削性能好,适合高速铣削加工.%The work aims to improve cutting performance of coated carbide-tipped alloy cutters by studying milling performance of physical vapor deposition (PVD) coated carbide-tipped alloy cutters in at high speed and dry environment.TiN,TiAlN and TiAlSiN coated carbide-tipped alloy cutter heads were prepared on surfaces of carbide substrates by cathode arc plasma method.Microhardness,thickness and average friction coefficient were determined by indirect measurement of the cemented carbide disks deposited together with the coating system.A comparative test was performed to CoCrMo alloy at high-speed milling between PVD coatings and uncoated tools.The mechanical properties of the coating obtained were as follows,TiAlSiN micro hardness was up to 3800HV,friction coefficient 0.3,average thickness of TiAlN coating 2 μm,and adhesive force of TiN,TiAlN and TiAlSiN coatings indirectly measured

  11. New PVD Technologies for New Ordnance Coatings

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    2012-04-01

    bcc Ta coatings on A723 steel. The sample was subjected to pulse laser heating ( PLH ) test at 2.5 msec, 1.0 J/mm2, 20 cycles, simulating ~1400ºC...electroplated HC Cr deposited on A723 steel under the same PLH conditions. While HC Cr is full of cracks causing erosion of the substrate steel, the MPP Ta...untempered martensite resulting from temperatures into austenite region. 20 Fig. 6g Pulsed Laser Heating ( PLH ) adhesion test of MPP deposited Ta

  12. Oleophobic optical coating deposited by magnetron PVD

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    Bernt, D.; Ponomarenko, V.; Pisarev, A.

    2016-09-01

    Thin oxinitride films of Zn-Sn-O-N and Si-Al-O-N were deposited on glass by reactive magnetron sputtering at various nitrogen-to-oxygen ratios. Nitrogen added to oxygen led to decrease of the surface roughness and increase of oleophobic properties studied by the oil-drop test. The best oleophobity was obtained for Zn-Sn-O-N oxinitride at Zn:Sn=1:1 and N:O=1:2. Improved oleophobic properties were also demonstrated if the oxinitride film was deposited on top of the multilayer coating as the final step in the industrial cycle of production of energy efficient glass.

  13. PVD法制备6.5%Si高硅钢过程合金磁性能演化机理研究%Study on the evolution of magnetic properties in preparing Fe-6 .5%Si alloy by means of PVD method

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    马天国; 李辉; 田广科; 毕晓昉

    2016-01-01

    PVD法制备 Fe-6.5%Si(质量分数,下同)高硅钢过程基片预处理工艺以及 Si 渗入对合金的软磁性能均有显著影响。采用磁损耗分离的方法剖析铁硅合金磁性变化的内在机理。采用四探针方法测试合金的电阻率;采用基于热分析仪(DSC)配置永磁场技术测量热重(TG)曲线确定合金的居里温度;采用振动样品磁强计(VSM)测定了材料的饱和质量磁矩;采用直流测试装置和硅钢测试仪测试合金的直流交流软磁性能。PVD法制备6.5%Si高硅钢最大磁导率达到16400,相比于初始态3%低硅钢基片,铁损值降低40%~50%。%In the processes of preparing Fe-6 .5%Si alloy by means of PVD method,both pre-treatment tech-niques to the starting substrate and Si-enrichment have distinct effect on the soft magnetic properties.The total loss is subdivided into hysteresis,classical and excess components to clarify the changing mechanism of the soft magnetic properties under different conditions.Resistivity of the samples is measured by four-probe method. Curie temperature is characterized by thermo-gravity curve of differential scanning calorimeter (DSC)with ap-pendix of permanent magnet.Magnetic properties were evaluated by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), automatic DC B-H curve tracer and alternating current (AC)iron loss analyzer.Maximum permeability of PVD-prepared Fe-6.5% Si alloy reaches to 16 400,and its iron losses are declined about 40-50% comparing with the starting substrate.

  14. Software Design Document PVD CSCI (3). Volume 2, Appendices

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    1991-06-01

    save- laser -info in lase.c, (null) check-lasing-duration in lase.c, (null) C-68 BBN Systems and Technologies Plan View Display CSCl FUNCTION: fstat(fd... huesO calledBy: init_catc in catc.c, (null) FUNCTION: createtiangle() called.By: init_catc in catc.c, (null) zoom-icon in icon.c, (null) FUNCTION...drawjlaserolaserpacket) calledBy: lase in lase.c, (null) FUNCTION: savejaserjinfo(laserx, laser -y, muzzle-x, muzzle-y) calledBy: draw- laser in lase.c, (null

  15. Thin film zinc oxide deposited by CVD and PVD

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    Hamelmann, Frank U.

    2016-10-01

    Zinc oxide is known as a mineral since 1810, but it came to scientific interest after its optoelectronic properties found to be tuneable by p-type doping. Since the late 1980’s the number of publications increased exponentially. All thin film deposition technologies, including sol-gel and spray pyrolysis, are able to produce ZnO films. However, for outstanding properties and specific doping, only chemical vapor deposition and physical vapor deposition have shown so far satisfying results in terms of high conductivity and high transparency. In this paper the different possibilities for doping will be discussed, some important applications of doped ZnO thin films will be presented. The deposition technologies used for industrial applications are shown in this paper. Especially sputtering of aluminium doped Zinc Oxide (ZnO:Al or AZO) and LPCVD of boron doped Zinc Oxide (ZnO:B or BZO) are used for the commercial production of transparent conductive oxide films on glass used for thin film photovoltaic cells. For this special application the typical process development for large area deposition is presented, with the important trade-off between optical properties (transparency and ability for light scattering) and electrical properties (conductivity). Also, the long term stability of doped ZnO films is important for applications, humidity in the ambient is often the reason for degradation of the films. The differences between the mentioned materials are presented.

  16. Multicomponent Thin Films Deposited by PVD ARC and LARC Technology

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    Dagmar JAKUBÉCZYOVÁ

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The paper is focused on a comparison of advanced layers deposited by two coating technologies – cathodic arc deposition (ARC and lateral rotating cathodes (LARC. For characterization standard analyses were selected: the determination of the layer wear resistance by Calotest method, specification of the depth concentration profiles of constituting elements from the coating surface down to the substrate, and measurement of the nanohardness at dynamic loading. The thickness of the CrTiN layer reached 1380 nm – 1740 nm and that of the multi/nanolayers AlXN3 was 2630 nm – 3160 nm. The coating nanohardness on the surface attained 39 GPa for AlXN3 (X = Cr, 33 GPa for CrTiN and 12.5 GPa for the substrate. Only at coating prepared by LARC-Technology it is possible to create the multilayers of nanometric dimensions. AlXN3 coating was formed by 48 layers with dimensions of 58 nm – 70 nm. These nanolayers lead to the increase of system toughness as they prevent the crack propagation. Their application on the tools and components promises to increase their durability under service conditions.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.20.1.3716

  17. PVD materials for electrochromic all-solid-state devices

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    Ottermann, Clemens R.; Segner, Johannes G.; Bange, Klaus

    1992-11-01

    The electrochromic properties of all solid state devices (ASSDs) are strongly defined by thin film materials used as well as the method of deposition. Various thin film materials deposited by evaporation and sputtering are described serving as electrode, reflector, electrolyte, storage medium, or electrochromic film in ASSD. The impact of process parameters upon the device functionality is shown. In addition, the long-term stability of ASSDs for the different thin film systems is reported.

  18. Surface properties of diamond-like carbon films prepared by CVD and PVD methods

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    Liu Dong-Ping; Liu Yan-Hong; Chen Bao-Xiang

    2006-01-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films have been deposited using three different techniques: (a) electron cyclotron resonance-plasma source ion implantation, (b) low-pressure dielectric barrier discharge, (c) filtered-pulsed cathodic arc discharge. The surface and mechanical properties of these films are compared using atomic force microscopebased tests. The experimental results show that hydrogenated DLC films are covered with soft surface layers enriched with hydrogen and sp3 hybridized carbon while the soft surface layers of tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) films have graphite-like structure. The formation of soft surface layers can be associated with the surface diffusion and growth induced by the low-energy deposition process. For typical CVD methods, the atomic hydrogen in the plasmas can contribute to the formation of hydrogen and sp3 hybridized carbon enriched surface layers. The high-energy ion implantation causes the rearrangement of atoms beneath the surface layer and leads to an increase in film density. The ta-C films can be deposited using the medium energy carbon ions in the highly-ionized plasma.

  19. Mathematical analysis of the Photovoltage Decay (PVD) method for minority carrier lifetime measurements

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    Vonroos, O. H.

    1982-01-01

    When the diffusion length of minority carriers becomes comparable with or larger than the thickness of a p-n junction solar cell, the characteristic decay of the photon-generated voltage results from a mixture of contributions with different time constants. The minority carrier recombination lifetime tau and the time constant l(2)/D, where l is essentially the thickness of the cell and D the minority carrier diffusion length, determine the signal as a function of time. It is shown that for ordinary solar cells (n(+)-p junctions), particularly when the diffusion length L of the minority carriers is larger than the cell thickness l, the excess carrier density decays according to exp (-t/tau-pi(2)Dt/4l(2)), tau being the lifetime. Therefore, tau can be readily determined by the photovoltage decay method once D and L are known.

  20. Super-Hydrophobic Surface Prepared by Lanthanide Oxide Ceramic Deposition Through PS-PVD Process

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    Li, Jie; Li, Cheng-Xin; Chen, Qing-Yu; Gao, Jiu-Tao; Wang, Jun; Yang, Guan-Jun; Li, Chang-Jiu

    2017-02-01

    Super-hydrophobic surface has received widespread attention in recent years. Both the surface morphology and chemical composition have significant impact on hydrophobic performance. A novel super-hydrophobic surface based on plasma spray-vapor deposition was introduced in the present paper. Samaria-doped ceria, which has been proved as an intrinsic hydrophobic material, was used as feedstock material. Additionally, in order to investigate the influence of surface free energy on the hydrophobicity, chemical modification by low surface free energy materials including stearic acid and 1,1,2,2-tetrahydroperfluorodecyltrimethoxysilane (FAS) was used on coating surface. Scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were employed to characterize the coating surface. The results show that the obtained surface has a hierarchical structure composed by island-like structures agglomerated with angular-like sub-micrometer-sized particles. Moreover, with the surface free energy decreases, the hydrophobic property of the surface improves gradually. The water contact angle of the as-sprayed coating surface increases from 110° to 148° after modification by stearic acid and up to 154° by FAS. Furthermore, the resultant surface with super-hydrophobicity exhibits an excellent stability.

  1. Time-Resolved Langmuir Probe Measurements in an Ionized PVD System

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    Juliano, D. R.; Hayden, D. B.; Ruzic, D. N.

    1997-10-01

    The experimental apparatus consists of a commercial-scale magnetron (Donated by Materials Research Corporation) with an RF coil between the target and substrate holder. This coil creates a secondary inductive plasma that ionizes a significant portion of the sputter flux en route from target to substrate. Ionization of the metal atoms that make up the sputter flux is highly sensitive to the high energy tail of the electron energy distribution, which in turn is highly dependent on the background gas mixture. Since there is some capacitive coupling from the coil this high energy population could change through the RF cycle. Time-averaged Langmuir probe measurements would not reveal either the extent of this high energy population or its time dependence. Further, if the probe voltage were held constant for such time-resolved measurements, they would yield incorrect results. At probe voltages above the plasma potential minimum the sheath is disrupted so that at points in the phase for which the probe voltage is below plasma potential the data is invalid. Therefore in order to take valid measurements at all phase points, it is necessary for the probe voltage to follow the RF variation in plasma potential. Using such a system, we have made time-resolved Langmuir probe measurements. Current-voltage traces as a function of phase then reveal plasma parameters as a function of time over the RF cycle for various background gases and operating parameters.

  2. Investigation of ZnS thin layers by thermal evaporation method (PVD

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    MR Khanlary

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Thin layers of ZnS in two different temperature conditions of 25 or 2000C and also with different thicknesses from 100nm to 600nm were prepared by physical vapor deposition. Absorption and also transmission spectra of the films were obtained to determine absorption coefficient, extinction constant and optical band gap of the films. It was found that by decreasing the substrate temperature or decreasing the film's thickness, optical band gap of ZnS films were increased or decreased, respectively. These phenomena can be attributed to the quantum size effect.

  3. Investigation of ZnS thin layers by thermal evaporation method (PVD)

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    2011-01-01

    Thin layers of ZnS in two different temperature conditions of 25 or 2000C and also with different thicknesses from 100nm to 600nm were prepared by physical vapor deposition. Absorption and also transmission spectra of the films were obtained to determine absorption coefficient, extinction constant and optical band gap of the films. It was found that by decreasing the substrate temperature or decreasing the film's thickness, optical band gap of ZnS films were increased or decreased, respective...

  4. Tribological Properties of PVD Carbon-Copper Composite Films Reinforced by Titanium

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    Lungevics J.

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Carbon-copper composite coatings reinforced with titanium were deposited using high power magnetron sputtering technique. Tribological and metrological tests were performed using Taylor Hobson Talysurf Intra 50 measuring equipment and CSM Instruments ball-on-disk type tribometer. Friction coefficient and wear rate were determined at 2N, 4N, 6N loads. It was revealed that friction coefficient decreased at a higher Ti concentration, which was particularly expressed at bigger applied loads. However, wear volume values tended to increase in the beginning, till Ti concentration reached about 11 %, but then decreased, thus providing better nanocoating wear resistance.

  5. Tribological Testing of Some Potential PVD and CVD Coatings for Steel Wire Drawing Dies

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    Nilsson, Maria; Olsson, Mikael

    2010-01-01

    Cemented carbide is today the most frequently used drawing die material in steel wire drawing applications. This is mainly due to the possibility to obtain a broad combination of hardness and toughness thus meeting the requirements concerning strength, crack resistance and wear resistance set by the wire drawing process. However, the increasing cost of cemented carbide in combination with the possibility to increase the wear resistance of steel through the deposition of wear resistant CVD and...

  6. EB-PVD thermal barrier coatings for aeroengines and gas turbines

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    Peters, M.; Leyens, C.; Schulz, U.; Kaysser, W.A. [DLR, Koeln (Germany). Inst. of Materials Research

    2001-04-01

    High pressure turbine blades and vanes of aeroengines are among the most highly loaded parts in engineering components. For these demanding applications only high temperature Ni-base superalloys can be considered. These alloys have matured over the years from wrought to cast, then to directionally solidified alloys, whereas in the latest generation of turbines for the most demanding applications, like the rotating turbine components, single crystal material is employed. (orig.)

  7. Micro-scale Abrasion and Medium Load Multiple Scratch Tests of PVD Coatings.

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    S.Poulat; H.Sun; D.GTeer

    2004-01-01

    Micro-scale abrasion testing is widely used to determine the abrasion resistance of thin film coatings; it is a simple technique that can easily be used as part of a quality control procedure, but it has got the disadvantage of not allowing an easy study of the wear mechanisms involved: it is difficult to estimate the load applied on each abrasive particles in the contact between the loaded ball and the specimen. The possibility of using progressive loading scratch testing, a method widely used to assess the adhesion of thin film coatings, to model the abrasive wear of coatings has been studied in the past; the use of multiple scratch tests to study the wear mechanisms corresponding to a single abrasion scratch event has also been studied in the case of bulk materials (ceramics and hard metals). Two coatings, deposited by Closed Field Unbalanced Magnetron Sputter Ion Plating (CFUBMSIP) on ASP23 powder metallurgy steel substrate are chosen to be representative of the use of protective coatings in industry: titanium nitride, which is widely used to prevent tool wear, and TCL Graphit-iCTM, which is widely used as a wear resistant solid lubricant coating. The two coatings are first characterised by using a standard quality control procedure: their thickness is determined by the cap grinding method, their adhesion by progressive loading scratch. Then micro-scale abrasion tests performed with a slurry at a concentration which promotes grooving wear, and medium load multiple scratch tests performed with diamond indenters are completed; the results of these tests are analysed and compared to determine if there is any correlation between the two sets of results; the multiple scratch tests wear tracks are also observed to determine the wear mechanisms involved.

  8. Glow discharge in low pressure plasma PVD: mathematical model and numerical simulations

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    Speranza, A; Meacci, L; Fanfani, S; Borsi, I; Monti, A; 10.1007/s11012-010-9330-z

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we analyze the problem of glow discharge in low pressure plasma in industrial plant, for chambers of different shapes and various working parameters, like pressure and electric potential. The model described is based upon a static approximation of the AC configuration with two electrodes and a drift diffusion approximation for the current density of positive ions and electrons. A detailed discussion of the boundary conditions imposed is given, as well as the full description of the mathematical model. Numerical simulations were performed for a simple 1D model and two different 2D models, corresponding to two different settings of the industrial plant. The simpler case consists of a radially symmetric chamber, with one central electrode (cathode), based upon a DC generator. In this case, the steel chamber acts as the anode. The second model concerns a two dimensional horizontal cut of the most common plant configuration, with two electrodes connected to an AC generator. The case is treated in a "...

  9. Magnesium substituted hydroxyapatite formation on (Ti,Mg)N coatings produced by cathodic arc PVD technique

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    Onder, Sakip [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, 34469, Maslak, Istanbul (Turkey); Molecular Biology-Genetics and Biotechnology Program (MOBGAM), Istanbul Technical University, 34469, Maslak, Istanbul (Turkey); Kok, Fatma Nese [Molecular Biology-Genetics and Biotechnology Program (MOBGAM), Istanbul Technical University, 34469, Maslak, Istanbul (Turkey); Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Istanbul Technical University, 34469, Maslak, Istanbul (Turkey); Kazmanli, Kursat, E-mail: kursat@itu.edu.tr [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, 34469, Maslak, Istanbul (Turkey); Urgen, Mustafa [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, 34469, Maslak, Istanbul (Turkey)

    2013-10-15

    In this study, formation of magnesium substituted hydroxyapatite (Ca{sub 10−x}Mg{sub x}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2}) on (Ti,Mg)N and TiN coating surfaces were investigated. The (Ti{sub 1−x},Mg{sub x})N (x = 0.064) coatings were deposited on titanium substrates by using cathodic arc physical vapor deposition technique. TiN coated grade 2 titanium substrates were used as reference to understand the role of magnesium on hydroxyapatite (HA) formation. The HA formation experiments was carried out in simulated body fluids (SBF) with three different concentrations (1X SBF, 5X SBF and 5X SBF without magnesium ions) at 37 °C. The coatings and hydroxyapatite films formed were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and FTIR Spectroscopy techniques. The energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analyses and XRD investigations of the coatings indicated that magnesium was incorporated in the TiN structure rather than forming a separate phase. The comparison between the TiN and (Ti, Mg)N coatings showed that the presence of magnesium in TiN structure facilitated magnesium substituted HA formation on the surface. The (Ti,Mg)N coatings can potentially be used to accelerate the HA formation in vivo conditions without any prior hydroxyapatite coating procedure. - Highlights: • Mg incorporated in (Ti,Mg)N coating structure and did not form a separate phase • Mg dissolution in SBF solution facilitated Mg-substituted hydroxyapatite formation • (Ti,Mg)N acted as Mg-source for Mg-substituted hydroxyapatite formation in SBF.

  10. Thermal cycling behavior of EB-PVD TBCs on CVD platinum modified aluminide coatings

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    Xu, Zhenhua, E-mail: zhxubiam@aliyun.com; Wang, Zhankao; Huang, Guanghong; Mu, Rende; He, Limin

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • The removed ridges at the grain boundaries with grit blasting. • The ridge, oxidation and cracking are features of damage initiation in TBCs. • Spalled location either at TGO/bond coat interface or inside of TGO layer. • The lower strain energy release rate within TGO layer can prolong of TBCs life. - Abstract: Thermal barrier coating systems (TBCs) including of chemical vapor deposited (Ni, Pt)Al bond coat with grit blasting process and electron beam physical vapor deposited Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-stabilized-ZrO{sub 2} (YSZ) ceramic coating were investigated. The phase structures, surface and cross-sectional morphologies, cyclic oxidation behaviors and residual stresses of the TBCs were studied in detail. It was found that the fracture path traverses through the ceramic coating to TGO interface, as well as at the TGO to bond coat interface is obviously detected. The change in fracture plane occurs at grain boundaries. The ridge top spallation leads to separate of sufficient size to result in unstable fracture driven by the strain energy stored in the TGO. The bond coat can undergo a volume increase upon oxidation, so that a cavity, enlarged strictly by oxidation would be full to overflowing with TGO layer. The spalled location of the TBCs probably occurs either at the interface of TGO layer and bond coat or inside of TGO layer. The lower strain energy release rate within TGO layer during thermal cycling is beneficial to prolong of TBCs life. The lower is the compressive stress within TGO layer, the longer is the lifetime of TBCs.

  11. Preparation of PVdF-based electrospun membranes and their application as separators

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    Yanhuai Ding et al

    2008-01-01

    A one-step method preparing of poly(vinylidene fluoride)-based electrospun membranes (PEMs) containing TiO2 has been developed. The effect of TiO2 on the morphology, degree of crystallization and electrochemical behavior of PEMs was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and electrochemical measurements. The PEMs containing TiO2 show improved ionic conductivity and cycling performance compared with pure PEMs.

  12. Characterization of nano-composite PVD coatings for wear-resistant applications

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    Galvan, D.; Pei, Y.T.; de Hosson, J.T.M.; DeHosson, JTM; Brebbia, CA; Nishida, SI

    2005-01-01

    Various methodologies for the characterization of nano-composite coatings are discussed, which consist TiC nano-particles distributed in an amorphous hydrocarbon (a-C:H) matrix. Complications that arise from the influence of coating roughness and underlying substrate on the properties are evaluated

  13. FEM ANALYSIS OF THERMAL STRESSES IN GRADIENT THERMAL BARRIER COATINGS PRODUCED BY EB-PVD

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    H.B. Guo; H.B. Xu; S.K. Gong

    2001-01-01

    Gradient thermal barrier coatings (GTBCs) produced by co-deposition of mixtures ofAl-Al2 O3-YSZ onto metallic bond coat exhibited longer lifetimes than the two-layeredTBCs. The finite element method (FEM) numerical models were used to investigatestress and strain states in the GTBCs and traditional two-layered TBCs as they cooledto 750℃ from a stress-free state at 850℃.

  14. Evaluation of Antibacterial Activity of Titanium Surface Modified by PVD/PACVD Process.

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    Ji, Min-Kyung; Lee, Min-Joo; Park, Sang-Won; Lee, Kwangmin; Yun, Kwi-Dug; Kim, Hyun-Seung; Oh, Gye-Jeong; Kim, Ji-Hyun; Lim, Hyun-Pil

    2016-02-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the response of Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) via crystal violet staining assay on titanium surface modified by physical vapor deposition/plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition process. Specimens were divided into the following three groups: polished titanium (control group), titanium modified by DC magnetron sputtering (group TiN-Ti), and titanium modified by plasma nitriding (group N-Ti). Surface characteristics of specimens were observed by using nanosurface 3D optical profiler and field emission scanning electron microscope. Group TiN-Ti showed TiN layer of 1.2 microm in thickness. Group N-Ti was identified as plasma nitriding with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Roughness average (Ra) of all specimens had values 0.05). Within the process condition of this study, modified titanium surfaces by DC magnetron sputtering and plasma nitriding did not influence the adhesion of S. mutans.

  15. 3D Simulation of Neutral Gas Dynamics for PVD DC-MSIP and HPPMS Processes

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    Bobzin, Kirsten; Mussenbrock, Thomas; Bagcivan, Nazlim; Brugnara, Ricardo Henrique; Schäfer, Marcel; Trieschmann, Jan

    2013-01-01

    Magnetron sputtering processes used for physical vapor deposition often require gas pressures well below 1 Pa. Under these conditions the gas flow in the reactor is usually determined by a Knudsen number of about one, i.e. a transition regime between the hydrodynamic and the rarefied gas regime. In the first, the gas flow is well described by the Navier-Stokes equations, while in the second a kinetic approach via the Boltzmann equation is necessary. In this paper the neutral and reactive gas flow of argon and molecular nitrogen gas inside an industrial scale plasma reactor is simulated using a fluid model, as well as a fully kinetic model. The results are compared and it is found that the gas flow appears to be significantly different, although the neutral particles exhibit a Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution in energy space for both approaches. It is shown that the results are in qualitative agreement and the main expected characteristics of the gas flow are covered by both models. However, only the kinetic mod...

  16. EFFECT OF OPERATING CONDITIONS ON THIN LAYERS OF TITANIUM POSED ON STEEL 100C6 SUBSTRATES WITH PVD METHOD

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    R. Gheriani

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available We proposed to prepare hard coatings based on titanium carbides by deposition of thin layers of pure Ti by sputtering method on steel substrates 100C6 of 1 %mass carbon. The samples were annealed under vacuum in the temperature range of 400 ° C to 1000 ° C, in order to activate the reaction between the two parts of the system which results the formation of carbides of Ti due to the diffusion of carbon from the substrate towards deposited  layers. We therefore note an improvement in mechanical properties such as hardness. To demonstrate the effect of deposition parameters, we have prepared two series, the first one with a high pressure of argon and remarkable energy of extracted atoms, and in the case of the second one the pressure and kinetic energy are relatively less important. The samples of series 2 show features more important: a compact structure and good mechanical properties. The reaction between thin films and substrates is studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The measurements of microhardness were performed with the Vickers method.

  17. Electrochemical investigation of surface area effects on PVD Al-Ni as electrocatalyst for alkaline water electrolysis

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    Kjartansdóttir, Cecilía Kristín; Caspersen, Michael; Egelund, Sune Daaskov;

    2014-01-01

    be manipulated by altering the time interval of the diffusion. In that way the actual electrochemical surface area and, thus, the electrocatalytic activity of the coatings towards HER and OER can be influenced. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) investigations, display...

  18. Effect of PbI2 deposition rate on two-step PVD/CVD all-vacuum prepared perovskite

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    Ioakeimidis, Apostolos; Christodoulou, Christos; Lux-Steiner, Martha; Fostiropoulos, Konstantinos

    2016-12-01

    In this work we fabricate all-vacuum processed methyl ammonium lead halide perovskite by a sequence of physical vapour deposition of PbI2 and chemical vapour deposition (CVD) of CH3NH3I under a static atmosphere. We demonstrate that for higher deposition rate the (001) planes of PbI2 film show a higher degree of alignment parallel to the sample's surface. From X-ray diffraction data of the resulted perovskite film we derive that the intercalation rate of CH3NH3I is fostered for PbI2 films with higher degree of (001) planes alignment. The stoichiometry of the produced perovskite film is also studied by Hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. Complete all-vacuum perovskite solar cells were fabricated on glass/ITO substrates coated by an ultra-thin (5 nm) Zn-phthalocyanine film as hole selective layer. A dependence of residual PbI2 on the solar cells performance is displayed, while photovoltaic devices with efficiency up to η=11.6% were achieved.

  19. The Effect of Annealing on the Structural and Optical Properties of Titanium Dioxide Films Deposited by Electron Beam Assisted PVD

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    Yaser M. Abdulraheem

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Titanium dioxide thin films were deposited on crystalline silicon substrates by electron beam physical vapor deposition. The deposition was performed under vacuum ranging from 10−5 to 10−6 Torr without process gases, resulting in homogeneous TiO2-x layers with a thickness of around 100 nm. Samples were then annealed at high temperatures ranging from 500°C to 800°C for 4 hours under nitrogen, and their structural and optical properties along with their chemical structure were characterized before and after annealing. The chemical and structural characterization revealed a substoichiometric TiO2-x film with oxygen vacancies, voids, and an interface oxide layer. It was found from X-ray diffraction that the deposited films were amorphous and crystallization to anatase phase occurred for annealed samples and was more pronounced for annealing temperatures above 700°C. The refractive index obtained through spectroscopic ellipsometry ranged between 2.09 and 2.37 in the wavelength range, 900 nm to 400 nm for the as-deposited sample, and jumped to the range between 2.23 and 2.65 for samples annealed at 800°C. The minimum surface reflectance changed from around 0.6% for the as-deposited samples to 2.5% for the samples annealed at 800°C.

  20. Combined Monte Carlo and Fluid Sputter Transport Model in an Ionized PVD System with Experimental Plasma Characterization

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    Ruzic, David N.; Juliano, Daniel R.; Hayden, Douglas B.; Allain, Monica M. C.

    1998-10-01

    A code has been developed to model the transport of sputtered material in a modified industrial-scale magnetron. The device has a target diameter of 355 mm and was designed for 200 mm substrates. The chamber has been retrofitted with an auxilliary RF inductive plasma source located between the target and substrate. The source consists of a water-cooled copper coil immersed in the plasma, but with a diameter large enough to prevent shadowing of the substrate. The RF plasma, target sputter flux distribution, background gas conditions, and geometry are all inputs to the code. The plasma is characterized via a combination of a Langmuir probe apparatus and the results of a simple analytic model of the ICP system. The source of sputtered atoms from the target is found through measurements of the depth of the sputter track in an eroded target and the distribution of the sputter flux is calculated via VFTRIM. A Monte Carlo routine tracks high energy atoms emerging from the target as they move through the chamber and undergo collisions with the electrons and background gas. The sputtered atoms are tracked by this routine whatever their electronic state (neutral, excited, or ion). If the energy of a sputtered atom decreases to near-thermal levels, then it exits the Monte Carlo routine as is tracked with a simple diffusion model. In this way, all sputtered atoms are followed until they hit and stick to a surface, and the velocity distribution of the sputtered atom population (including electronic state information) at each surface is calculated, especially the substrate. Through the use of this simulation the coil parameters and geometry can be tailored to maximize deposition rate and sputter flux uniformity.

  1. Failure characteristics and mechanisms of EB-PVD TBCs with Pt-modified NiAl bond coats

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    Zhou, Le; Mukherjee, Sriparna; Huang, Ke; Park, Young Whan; Sohn, Yongho, E-mail: Yongho.Sohn@ucf.edu

    2015-06-18

    Microstructural evolution and failure characteristics/mechanisms were investigated for thermal barrier coatings that consist of electron beam physical vapor deposited ZrO{sub 2}−8 wt% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (YSZ) topcoat, Pt-modified nickel aluminide, (Ni,Pt)Al bond coat, and CMSX-4 superalloy substrate with furnace cycling at 1100 °C with 1-h dwell. Photo stimulated luminescence spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy equipped with X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy were employed to examine the residual stress of the thermally grown oxide (TGO) and microstructural changes. For comparison, (Ni,Pt)Al bond coat on CMSX-4 without the YSZ topcoat was also characterized. The TGO grew faster for the YSZ-coated (Ni,Pt)Al bond coat than the (Ni,Pt)Al coating without the YSZ topcoat. Correspondingly, the β-to-γ′/martensite formation in the (Ni,Pt)Al bond coat occurred faster on the YSZ-coated (Ni,Pt)Al bond coat. However the rumpling occurred much faster and with larger amplitude on the (Ni,Pt)Al coating without the YSZ topcoat. Still, the rumpling at the TGO/bond coat interface caused crack initiation as early as 10 thermal cycles, decohesion at the YSZ/TGO interface, and eventual spallation failure primarily through the TGO/bond coat interface. The magnitude of compressive residual stress in the TGO showed an initial increase up to 3−4 GPa followed by a gradual decrease. The rate of stress relaxation was much quicker for the TGO scale without the YSZ topcoat with distinctive relief corresponding to the cracking at the top of geometrical ridges associated with the (Ni,Pt)Al bond coat. The maximum elastic energy for the TGO scale was estimated at 90 J/m{sup 2} at 50% of its lifetime (N{sub f}=545 cycles). The YSZ presence/adhesion to the TGO scale is emphasized to minimize the undulation of the TGO/bond coat interface, i.e., decohesion at the YSZ/TGO scale accelerates the rumpling and crack-coalescence at the TGO/bond coat interface where the spallation fracture occurs.

  2. Surface geometry and strain energy effects in the failure of a (Ni, Pt)Al/EB-PVD thermal barrier coating

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    Vaidyanathan, Krishnakumar; Jordan, Eric H.; Gell, Maurice

    2004-03-08

    Thermal cycling tests were conducted on a commercial yttria-stabilized zirconia electron beam-physical vapor deposited thermal barrier coating (TBC) on a platinum aluminide ({beta}-(Ni, Pt)Al) bond coat. Surprisingly, the longest life sample lasted 10 times longer than the shortest life sample. Two distinct mechanisms have been found responsible for the observed damage initiation and progression at the thermally grown oxide (TGO)/bond coat interface. The first mechanism leads to localized debonding at the TGO/bond coat interface due to increasing out-of-plane tensile stresses at ridges that form along bond coat grain boundaries. The second mechanism is driven by cyclic plasticity of the bond coat that leads to cavity formation at the TGO/bond coat interface. The primary finding of this work is that the first mechanism, involving tensile stress at ridge tops, is life limiting. Based on this mechanism, it is demonstrated that the variation in bond coat ridge aspect ratio can explain the unusual 10x variation in observed sample life. It is proposed that ridge top spallation leads to debonds of sufficient size to result in unstable fracture driven by the strain energy stored in the TGO. The criticality of the flaw created by local debonding is supported by experimental determination of the strain energy available in the TGO through measurement of TGO stress and thickness combined with published fracture mechanics solutions of the relevant flaw geometry.

  3. Mechanical and Tribological Properties of PVD-Coated Cemented Carbide as Evaluated by a New Multipass Scratch-Testing Method

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    M. Fallqvist

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A new test method based on multipass scratch testing has been developed for evaluating the mechanical and tribological properties of thin, hard coatings. The proposed test method uses a pin-on-disc tribometer and during testing a Rockwell C diamond stylus is used as the “pin” and loaded against the rotating coated sample. The influence of normal load on the number of cycles to coating damage is investigated and the resulting coating damage mechanisms are evaluated by posttest scanning electron microscopy. The present study presents the test method by evaluating the performance of Ti0.86Si0.14N, Ti0.34Al0.66N, and (Al0.7Cr0.32O3 coatings deposited by cathodic arc evaporation on cemented carbide inserts. The results show that the test method is quick, simple, and reproducible and can preferably be used to obtain relevant data concerning the fatigue, wear, chipping, and spalling characteristics of different coating-substrate composites. The test method can be used as a virtually nondestructive test and, for example, be used to evaluate the fatigue and wear resistance as well as the cohesive and adhesive interfacial strength of coated cemented carbide inserts prior to cutting tests.

  4. PVD grown high-k SrTiO{sub 3} for capacitor applications: reliability and leakage current behavior

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    Kupke, Steve; Schroeder, Uwe; Knebel, Steve; Mikolajick, Thomas [NaMLab gGmbH, Noethnitzer Strasse 64, D-01187 Dresden (Germany); Schmelzer, Sebastian; Boettger, Ulrich [Institut fuer Werkstoffe der Elektrotechnik 2, RWTH, Aachen University, Sommerfeldstrasse 24, D-52074 Aachen (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    Low rate rf-sputtering was used to grow a 12 nm SrRuO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3}/ SrRuO{sub 3} thin film capacitor with high dielectric constant and low leakage current behavior. Leakage current analysis and time dependent dielectric breakdown (TDDB) measurements as a function of temperature were performed. Poole-Frenkel emission and trap assisted tunneling were found to explain the leakage current behavior at different electric field ranges. Shallow trap levels between 0.75-0.85 eV below the conduction band were found whereas at higher temperatures conduction is governed by deeper traps at 1.2 eV. Constant voltage stress (CVS) measurements indicate that electron trapping is predominant and stress induced leakage current occurs before hard breakdown. Based on the Weibull model a projected lifetime of several years was obtained at product conditions. The high lifetime in combination with a high effective permittivity of approximately 200 making it a promising candidate for future DRAM applications.

  5. A Comparison of Afghanistan, Yuma, Az, and Manufactured Sands Melted on EB-PVD Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    2014-09-18

    16  Figure 4: Relative abundance of carbonate, mafic and ultra mafic, quartz, ferrous ...To further increase combustion temperatures without exceeding the material property limitations of the Ni-based single crystal alloy , elaborate...and ultra mafic, quartz, ferrous iron, and ferric iron minerals present in Kabul Basin, Afghanistan from ASTER imaging [13]. 18 Figure 5

  6. Classification of posterior vitreous detachment

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Akihiro Kakehashi,1 Mikiko Takezawa,1 Jun Akiba21Department of Ophthalmology, Jichi Medical University, Saitama Medical Center, Saitama, 2Kanjodori Eye Clinic, Asahikawa, JapanAbstract: Diagnosing a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD is important for predicting the prognosis and determining the indication for vitreoretinal surgery in many vitreoretinal diseases. This article presents both classifications of a PVD by slit-lamp biomicroscopy and of a shallow PVD by optical coherence tomography (OCT. By biomicroscopy, the vitreous condition is determined based on the presence or absence of a PVD. The PVD then is classified as either a complete posterior vitreous detachment (C-PVD or a partial posterior vitreous detachment (P-PVD. A C-PVD is further divided into a C-PVD with collapse and a C-PVD without collapse, while a P-PVD is divided into a P-PVD with shrinkage of the posterior hyaloid membrane (P-PVD with shrinkage and a P-PVD without shrinkage of the posterior hyaloid membrane (P-PVD without shrinkage. A P-PVD without shrinkage has a subtype characterized by vitreous gel attachment through the premacular hole in a posterior hyaloid membrane to the macula (P-PVD without shrinkage [M]. By OCT, a shallow PVD is classified as the absence of a shallow PVD or as a shallow PVD. A shallow PVD is then subclassified as a shallow PVD without shrinkage of the posterior vitreous cortex, a shallow PVD with shrinkage of the posterior vitreous cortex, and a peripheral shallow PVD. A shallow PVD without shrinkage of the posterior vitreous cortex has two subtypes: an age-related shallow PVD and a perifoveal PVD associated with a macular hole.Keywords: classification, optical coherence tomography, PVD, slit-lamp biomicroscopy

  7. Classification of posterior vitreous detachment.

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    Kakehashi, Akihiro; Takezawa, Mikiko; Akiba, Jun

    2014-01-01

    Diagnosing a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is important for predicting the prognosis and determining the indication for vitreoretinal surgery in many vitreoretinal diseases. This article presents both classifications of a PVD by slit-lamp biomicroscopy and of a shallow PVD by optical coherence tomography (OCT). By biomicroscopy, the vitreous condition is determined based on the presence or absence of a PVD. The PVD then is classified as either a complete posterior vitreous detachment (C-PVD) or a partial posterior vitreous detachment (P-PVD). A C-PVD is further divided into a C-PVD with collapse and a C-PVD without collapse, while a P-PVD is divided into a P-PVD with shrinkage of the posterior hyaloid membrane (P-PVD with shrinkage) and a P-PVD without shrinkage of the posterior hyaloid membrane (P-PVD without shrinkage). A P-PVD without shrinkage has a subtype characterized by vitreous gel attachment through the premacular hole in a posterior hyaloid membrane to the macula (P-PVD without shrinkage [M]). By OCT, a shallow PVD is classified as the absence of a shallow PVD or as a shallow PVD. A shallow PVD is then subclassified as a shallow PVD without shrinkage of the posterior vitreous cortex, a shallow PVD with shrinkage of the posterior vitreous cortex, and a peripheral shallow PVD. A shallow PVD without shrinkage of the posterior vitreous cortex has two subtypes: an age-related shallow PVD and a perifoveal PVD associated with a macular hole.

  8. The quorum-quenching N-acyl homoserine lactone acylase PvdQ is an Ntn-hydrolase with an unusual substrate-binding pocket

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    Bokhove, Marcel; Jimenez, Pol Nadal; Quax, Wim J.; Dijkstra, Bauke W.

    2010-01-01

    In many Gram-negative pathogens, their virulent behavior is regulated by quorum sensing, in which diffusible signals such as N-acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs) act as chemical messaging compounds. Enzymatic degradation of these diffusible signals by, e. g., lactonases or amidohydrolases abolishes AHL

  9. Influence of Ytterbia Content on 'Residual Stress and Microstructure of Y2O3-ZrO2 Thin Films Prepared by EB-PVD

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    XIAO Qi-Ling; SHAO Shu-Ying; HE Hong-Bo; SHAO Jian-Da; FAN Zheng-Xiu

    2008-01-01

    Y2O3 stabilized ZrO2 (YSZ) thin films with different Y2O3 molar contents (0, 3, 7, and 12mol%) are deposited on BK7 substrates by electron-beam evaporation technique. The effects of different Y2O3 contents on residual stresses and structures of YSZ thin films are studied. Residual stresses are investigated by means of two different techniques: the curvature measurement and x-ray diffraction method. It is found that the evolution of residual stresses of YSZ thin films by the two different methods is consistent. Residual stresses of films transform from compressive stress into tensile stress and the tensile stress increases monotonically with the increase of Y2O3content. At the same time, the structures of these films change from the mixture of amorphous and monoclinic phases into high temperature cubic phase. The variations of residual stress correspond to the evolution of structures induced by adding of Y2O3 content.

  10. Recrystallization of PVD CdTe Thin Films Induced by CdCl2 Treatment -- A Comparison Between Vapor and Solution Processes: Preprint

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    Mountinho, H. R.; Dhere, R. G.; Romero, M. J.; Jiang, C. S.; To, B.; Al-Jassim, M. M.

    2008-05-01

    This paper describes the large concentration of 60..deg.. <111> twin boundaries that was observed in every CdTe film analyzed in this work, even after recrystallization and grain growth, confirming the low energy of these interfaces.

  11. Process-Structure-Property Relationships of Micron Thick Gadolinium Oxide Films Deposited by Reactive Electron Beam-Physical Vapor Deposition (EB-PVD)

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    2014-12-01

    counters, scintillation detectors, photomultiplier tubes, and semiconductor diode detectors.1 Helium-3 (3He) has been the benchmark for new neutron...Substrate Semiconductor , Polymer, Oxide Active Detection Region Active Detection Region Figure 2.3. Schematic representations of (a) scintillator ... semiconductor -based detection method.’ 9 Figure 2.2. (a) Neutron capture cross section of gadolinium-157, boron-10, lithium-6, and helium-3 as a function

  12. Tribological investigations of TiC+a-C:H Coatings Manufactured on X38CrMoV5-1 Steel Using PVD Technology

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    GOLABCZAK, Marcin; Jacquet, Philippe; Nouveau, Corinne; FLITI, Romain

    2013-01-01

    International audience; X38CrMoV5-1 steel is a typical tool steel commonly used in forging and plastic moulding industry for production of ejectors, slides, dies, etc. In plastics moulding a lot of these parts sustain relative movement. Because of this, some seizing or micro-welding may appear, especially when lubrication is not used. For many years, the different types of protective coatings were developed to avoid such problems. Most of the obtained solutions relate to the manufacturing of ...

  13. Tribological and mechanical properties of Ti/TiAlN/TiAlCN nanoscale multilayer PVD coatings deposited on AISI H11 hot work tool steel

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    AL-Bukhaiti, M. A.; Al-hatab, K. A.; Tillmann, W.; Hoffmann, F.; Sprute, T.

    2014-11-01

    A new [Ti/TiAlN/TiAlCN]5 multilayer coatings were deposited onto polished substrate AISI H11 (DIN 1.2343) steel by an industrial magnetron sputtering device. The tribological performance of the coated system was investigated by a ball-on-disk tribometer against 100Cr6 steel and Al2O3 balls. The friction coefficients and specific wear rates were measured at various normal loads (2, 5, 8, and 10 N) and sliding velocities (0.2, 0.4, and 0.8 m/s) in ambient air and dry conditions. The phase structure, composition, wear tracks morphologies, hardness, and film/substrate adhesion of the coatings were characterized by light-microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), 3D-surface analyzer, nanoindentation, and scratch tests. Results showed that the deposited coatings showed low wear rates in the scale of 10-15 m3/N m, low friction coefficients against 100Cr6 and Al2O3 balls in the range of 0.25-0.37, and good hardness in the range of 17-20 GPa. Results also revealed that the friction coefficients and disc wear rates decrease and increase, respectively with the increase in normal load and sliding velocity for both coating/Al2O3 and coating/100Cr6 sliding system. Compared with the uncoated-H11 substrate, the deposited coating exhibited superior tribological and mechanical properties. The dominant wear mechanism was abrasive wear for coating/Al2O3 pair, while for coating/100Cr6 pair, a combination of mild adhesive wear, severe adhesive wear, and abrasive wear (extensive plowing) were the dominant wear mechanisms at different applied normal loads.

  14. Nano indentations studies of WC/C and TiN/(Ti,Al)N multilayer PVD coatings combined with cross-sectional electron microscopy observations

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    Carvalho, NJM; De Hosson, JTM; Meng, WJ; Kumar, A; Doll, GL; Cheng, YT; Veprek, S; Chung, YW

    2001-01-01

    Multilayers of tungsten carbide/carbon (WC/C) with an amorphous structure and multilayers of titanium nitride/titanium-aluminum nitride (TiN/(Ti,Al)N) with a polycrystalline structure, prepared by physical vapor deposition, have been subjected to nanoindentation testing. The investigation has been a

  15. Fabrication and properties of poly(vinylidenefluoride)/PbS/Au heterogeneous nanostructures.

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    Lee, Kwang-Pill; Gopalan, Anantha Iyengar; Park, Jong Wook; Ragupathy, Dhanusuraman; Manesh, Kalayil Manian

    2009-01-01

    We report on the fabrication of polyvinylidenefluoride (PVdF) PVdF/PbS and PVdF/PbS/Au heterogeneous nanostructures by the processes, electrospinning and chemical treatment. Initially electrospinning a solution consisting of PVdF and lead acetate was used to form PVdF nanofibers loaded with Pb ions. Exposure of Pb ions loaded PVdF fibers to H2S resulted in PVdF/PbS nanostructures. The deposition of gold nanoparticles onto PVdF/PbS nanostructures results in PVdF/PbS/Au heterogeneous structure. The existence of PbS particles with an average diameter of 11 nm is evident from field emission transmission electron microscopy (FETEM) image of PVdF/PbS. The results from X-ray diffraction of PVdF/PbS also predict the size of PbS particles as in accordance with FETEM. A blue shift in the optical transition of PbS is noticed in the UV-visible spectrum of PVdF/PbS as a result of quantum confinement effect. The band gap of PbS is influenced by the presence of Au nanoparticles over the PbS particles. An equal atomic weight % of Au and PbS is found in the PVdF/PbS/Au nanostructure as inferred from energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of PVdF/PbS and PVdF/PbS/Au are compared. Emission peaks are noticed at 400 nm and 480 nm for PVdF/PbS and PVdF/PbS/Au nanostructures respectively for an excitation wavelength of 254 nm. The presence of Au nanoclusters in PVdF/PbS/Au diminishes the intensity of photo emission of PbS.

  16. Peripheral vascular disease is associated with reduced glycosuria in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients

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    Olivarius, Niels de Fine; Holstein-Rathlou, N H; Siersma, V

    2004-01-01

    was 65.2 years. Urinary glucose concentration (UGC) was determined quantitatively in a freshly voided morning urine specimen. RESULTS: The over-all prevalence of peripheral vascular disease (PVD) was 16.5%. Bivariately, high values of UGC were associated with low prevalence of PVD (p... as compared to patients without PVD. PVD may be indicative of generalized atherosclerotic lesions in the major vessels, including the renal arteries. This could lead to a lowering of GFR and thereby of the amount of glucose filtered. Assuming no, or only a minor direct effect of PVD on tubular function......, this would lead to an increased renal threshold for glucose in patients with PVD....

  17. EB-PVD热障涂层热循环性能评价方法研究%Evaluation Method of Thermal Cycling Property of EB-PVD Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    陈立强; 宫声凯; 徐惠彬

    2013-01-01

    制备8批次EB-PVD双层结构热障涂层试样,采用循环加热快速冷却实验装置模拟热障涂层服役环境,开展了热障涂层试样在不同热循环保温时间条件下的热循环性能评价实验,采用指数下降的数学模型对热循环实验数据进行拟合分析,获得了表征热障涂层试样静态氧化性能和热疲劳性能的物理量.结果表明,在本实验工艺条件下制备的不同批次热障涂层试样的静态氧化性能和热疲劳性能具有不同的匹配关系,热障涂层试样静态氧化性能总体估计值为(677±194)h,热疲劳性能总体估计值为(6789±1818)次.%Thermal cycling testing to the 8 batches of thermal barrier coating samples for different holding time was carried out by means of cycling heating and cooling apparatus to simulate TBCs service environment. Using a mathematical model of exponential decline to fit thermal cycle experimental data, characterization parameters of static oxidation performance and thermal fatigue performance of thermal barrier coated samples were obtained. The result indicates that static state oxidation performance and thermal fatigue performance of TBCs samples prepared under present experimental technology conditions have different match relation. The estimated value for static state oxidation performance is 677±194 h, and the estimated value for thermal fatigue performance is 6789±1818 times.

  18. Caracterización microestructural y mecánica de barreras térmicas por APS y EB-PVD degradadas por fatiga térmica y mecánica

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    Armengol, Suzanne

    2006-01-01

    Las superaleaciones de inconel con recubrimientos de barrera térmica generalmente se utilizan en el área aeroespacial para álabes de turbina de aviones. Durante servicio, la aleación se expone a temperaturas muy altas lo que puede implicar una degradación en sus propiedades. Por ello, se impusieron los sistemas TBC que constan en un conjunto de tres capas, el sustrato, la capa de unión “bond coat” y los recubrimientos de barrera térmica generalmente compuestos de circona estabi...

  19. Effects of Residual Stress on Quality of (Ti, Al) N Coatings Deposited by PVD Method%PVD法制备(Ti,Al)N涂层中残余应力对其质量的影响

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    吴化; 陈涛; 宋力

    2013-01-01

    The (Ti,Al)N coatings were deposited at different bias voltage by ion plating assisted with hollow cathode facility produced in China. X-ray diffraction method was used to study the composition and residual stress of the (Ti,Al)N coatings. There were macro-particles on surface of (Ti,Al)N coatings analyzed by SEM. The adhesion and hardness of (Ti,Al)N coatings were tested by universal nano/micro material tester. The research results show that the residual compressive stress existed in the (Ti,Al)N coatings. Following the augment of bias voltage, the residual stress value decreased first and then increased. The macro-particles on coatings became weaken notably, the adhesion and hardness of (Ti,Al)N coatings increased, the quality and mechanical properties of the coatings were improved when the value of bias voltage enhanced.%在国产离子镀和空心阴极离子镀复合镀膜机上,通过改变脉冲偏压值制备了(Ti,Al)N涂层.用X射线衍射仪对涂层的相组成进行了检测分析,并通过测得的衍射谱线计算了(Ti,Al)N涂层中的残余应力值;扫描电镜观察涂层表面微观形貌显示涂层表面存在“大颗粒”现象;用材料表面微纳米力学测试系统检测了涂层与基体间的结合力和涂层的硬度值.对涂层中残余应力与质量和性能之间关系的研究分析表明:(Ti,Al)N涂层中存在着残余压应力,且随脉冲偏压值的增加其值有先减小后增大的趋势;涂层中“大颗粒”现象随脉冲偏压值的提高能够显著得到减轻,涂层与基体间结合力得到提高,涂层的硬度值增大,涂层质量和力学性能均得到改善.

  20. Body image in women with primary and secondary provoked vestibulodynia: a controlled study.

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    Maillé, Delphine L; Bergeron, Sophie; Lambert, Bernard

    2015-02-01

    Provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) is a women's genito-pelvic pain condition associated with psychosexual impairments, including depression. Body image (BI) has been found to be different in women with primary (PVD1) and secondary (PVD2) PVD. No controlled study has compared BI in women with PVD1 and PVD2 and investigated its associations with sexual satisfaction, sexual function, and pain. The aims of this study were to (i) compare BI in women with PVD1, PVD2, and asymptomatic controls and (ii) to examine associations between BI and sexual satisfaction, sexual function, and pain during intercourse in women with PVD. Fifty-seven women (20 with PVD1, 19 with PVD2, and 18 controls) completed measures of BI, sexual satisfaction, sexual function, pain during intercourse, and depression. The main outcome measures were (i) Global Measure of Sexual Satisfaction Scale, (ii) Female Sexual Function Index, and (iii) pain numerical rating scale. Controlling for depression, women with PVD1 reported more body exposure anxiety during sexual activities than women with PVD2 and controls F(2,51)=4.23, P=0.02. For women with PVD, more negative BI during sexual activities was associated with lower sexual satisfaction (β=-0.45, P=0.02) and function (β=-0.39, P=0.04) and higher pain during intercourse (β=0.59, P=0.004). More positive body esteem was associated with higher sexual function (β=0.34, P=0.05). Findings suggest that women with PVD1 present more body exposure anxiety during sexual activities than women with PVD2 and asymptomatic women. Body esteem and general attitudes toward women's genitalia were not significantly different between groups. Higher body exposure anxiety during sexual activities was associated with poorer sexual outcomes in women with PVD. Further studies assessing interventions targeting BI during sexual activities in this population are needed, as improving BI during sexual interactions may enhance sexual outcomes in women with PVD. © 2014 International

  1. Classification of posterior vitreous detachment

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    Kakehashi A; Takezawa M; Akiba J

    2013-01-01

    Akihiro Kakehashi,1 Mikiko Takezawa,1 Jun Akiba21Department of Ophthalmology, Jichi Medical University, Saitama Medical Center, Saitama, 2Kanjodori Eye Clinic, Asahikawa, JapanAbstract: Diagnosing a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is important for predicting the prognosis and determining the indication for vitreoretinal surgery in many vitreoretinal diseases. This article presents both classifications of a PVD by slit-lamp biomicroscopy and of a shallow PVD by optical coherence tomography...

  2. Clinical features and coronary backgrounds of coexistent peripheral vascular disease in Japanese coronary artery disease patients.

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    Seino, Y; Takita, T; Tanaka, K; Takano, T; Hayakawa, H; Okumura, H

    1991-11-01

    By use of noninvasive tests (Doppler segmental pressure study, supraorbital Doppler flow analysis, and segmental plethysmography), coexistent carotid (CTD) or lower extremity peripheral vascular disease (PVD) were diagnosed and correlated with subjective symptoms, coronary risk factors (CRFs), coronary arteriograms (CAGs), cardiac hemodynamics, and infarct size in 121 consecutive patients with documented coronary artery disease (CAD). PVD was found in 16.5%, CTD in 33.1%, and both PVD and CTD in 9.9% of the patients studied; 20% of PVD patients and 47.5% of CTD patients were asymptomatic with respect to coexistent PVD or CTD. There were no significant differences between the presence or absence of PVD or CTD as regards number of CRFs, Killip classification, cardiac hemodynamics, or number of stenotic coronary arteries. However, serum creatine kinase (CK) and CKMB release curves in the PVD group showed significantly higher peak CK and peak CKMB values than those in the PVD(-) group (4096 +/- 5408/282 +/- 263 vs 1706 +/- 1715/179 +/- 186, p less than 0.05) because of the higher prevalence (100%) of multivessel disease on CAG. Investigation of the relationship of CRFs to coexistent PVD revealed that the smoking ratio in men (86.7%) and the hypertension ratio in women (80%) were extremely high in PVD patients, and statistically significant differences between PVD(+) patients and PVD(-) groups were found with respect to the obesity ratio (p less than 0.05) in men and the hypercholesterolemia ratio (p less than 0.05) and obesity ratio (60%, p less than 0.05) in women.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  3. Electrospun carbon nanotubes-gold nanoparticles embedded nanowebs: prosperous multi-functional nanomaterials

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    Kim, Tae-Gyung; Ragupathy, Dhanusuraman; Iyengar Gopalan, Anantha; Lee, Kwang-Pill

    2010-04-01

    Electrospinning was employed to prepare new multi-functional nanowebs. Cyclodextrin based inclusion complex (CD-IC) was used to disperse multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) within electrospun polyvinylidene fluoride nanofibrous membranes (PVdF-NFM). Subsequently, MWNT(CD-IC)/PVdF-NFM was loaded with gold (Au) particles. The morphology, structure and thermal properties of Au/MWNT(CD-IC)/PVdF-NFM were investigated by transmission electron microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry. The new Au/MWNT(CD-IC)/PVdF-NFM is electroactive and shows excellent electrocatalytic activity towards oxidation of ascorbic acid.

  4. Electrospun carbon nanotubes-gold nanoparticles embedded nanowebs: prosperous multi-functional nanomaterials

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    Kim, Tae-Gyung; Gopalan, Anantha Iyengar; Lee, Kwang-Pill [Department of Nano-Science and Technology, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Ragupathy, Dhanusuraman, E-mail: kplee@knu.ac.kr [Department of Chemistry Graduate School, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, 702-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-04-02

    Electrospinning was employed to prepare new multi-functional nanowebs. Cyclodextrin based inclusion complex (CD-IC) was used to disperse multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) within electrospun polyvinylidene fluoride nanofibrous membranes (PVdF-NFM). Subsequently, MWNT(CD-IC)/PVdF-NFM was loaded with gold (Au) particles. The morphology, structure and thermal properties of Au/MWNT(CD-IC)/PVdF-NFM were investigated by transmission electron microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry. The new Au/MWNT(CD-IC)/PVdF-NFM is electroactive and shows excellent electrocatalytic activity towards oxidation of ascorbic acid.

  5. Study of two different thin film coating methods in transmission laser micro-joining of thin Ti-film coated glass and polyimide for biomedical applications.

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    Sultana, T; Georgiev, G L; Baird, R J; Auner, G W; Newaz, G; Patwa, R; Herfurth, H J

    2009-07-01

    Biomedical devices and implants require precision joining for hermetic sealing which can be achieved with low power lasers. The effect of two different thin metal film coating methods was studied in transmission laser micro-joints of titanium-coated glass and polyimide. The coating methods were cathodic arc physical vapor deposition (CA-PVD) and electron beam evaporation (EB-PVD). Titanium-coated glass joined to polyimide film can have neural electrode application. The improvement of the joint quality will be essential for robust performance of the device. Low power fiber laser (wave length = 1100 nm) was used for transmission laser micro-joining of thin titanium (Ti) film (approximately 200 nm) coated Pyrex borosilicate 7740 glass wafer (0.5 mm thick) and polyimide (Imidex) film (0.2 mm thick). Ti film acts as the coupling agent in the joining process. The Ti film deposition rate in the CA-PVD was 5-10 A/s and in the EB-PVD 1.5 A/s. The laser joint strength was measured by a lap shear test, the Ti film surfaces were analyzed by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and the lap shear tested joints were analyzed by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The film properties and the failure modes of the joints were correlated to joint strength. The CA-PVD produced around 4 times stronger laser joints than EB-PVD. The adhesion of the Ti film on glass by CA-PVD is better than that of the EB-PVD method. This is likely to be due to a higher film deposition rate and consequently higher adhesion or sticking coefficient for the CA-PVD particles arriving on the substrate compared to that of the EB-PVD film. EB-PVD shows poor laser bonding properties due to the development of thermal hotspots which occurs from film decohesion.

  6. The management of combined coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease

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    A. Cassar (Andrew); D. Poldermans (Don); C.S. Rihal (Charanjit); B.J. Gersh (Bernard)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractCoronary artery disease (CAD) and peripheral vascular disease (PVD) remain highly prevalent in the population due to population ageing, smoking, diabetes, unhealthy lifestyles, and the epidemic of obesity, and frequently coexist. The management of combined CAD and PVD is a common challen

  7. Effect of pyoverdine supply on cadmium and nickel complexation and phytoavailability in hydroponics.

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    Ferret, C; Cornu, J Y; Elhabiri, M; Sterckeman, T; Braud, A; Jezequel, K; Lollier, M; Lebeau, T; Schalk, I J; Geoffroy, V A

    2015-02-01

    Siderophores are chelators with a high selectivity for Fe(III) and a good affinity for divalent metals, including Cd(II) and Ni(II). Inoculation with siderophore-producing bacteria (SPB) has thus been proposed as an alternative to chelator supply in phytoremediation. Accurate assessments of the potential of this association require a dissection of the interaction of siderophores with metals at the soil-root interface. This study focuses on pyoverdine (Pvd), the main siderophore produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. We first assessed the ability of Pvd to coordinate Ni(II). The stability constant of Pvd-Ni(II) (log K (L'Ni) = 10.9) was found to be higher than that of Pvd-Cd(II) (log K (L'Cd) = 8.2). We then investigated the effect of a direct supply of Pvd on the mobilization, speciation, and phytoavailability of Cd and Ni in hydroponics. When supplied at a concentration of 50 μM, Pvd selectively promoted Ni mobilization from smectite. It decreased plant Ni and Cd contents and the free ionic fractions of these two metals, consistent with the free ion activity model. Pvd had a more pronounced effect for Ni than for Cd, as predicted from its coordination properties. Inoculation with P. aeruginosa had a similar effect on Ni phytoavailability to the direct supply of Pvd.

  8. In Situ Gelation of Poly(vinylidene fluoride) Nanospheres for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: The Analysis on the Efficiency Enhancement upon Gelation.

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    Ha, Su-Jin; Lee, Sang Goo; Ha, Jong-Wook; Moon, Jun Hyuk

    2016-08-09

    The in situ gelation that utilizes the dissolution of polymers inside the cell is allowed high concentration polymer gel without concerns regarding high viscous electrolyte incorporation into the cell as in the conventional approach. We demonstrate the in situ gelation of polymer composite electrolytes using poly(vinylidene fluoride) nanospheres (PVdF NSs). The PVdF NSs were synthesized by high pressure emulsion polymerization using gaseous vinylidene fluoride monomers. Compared to the liquid electrolyte (LE) DSCs without PVdF gelation, the PVdF polymer gel electrolyte (PGE) DSCs displayed higher η than the LE DSCs; specifically, the 10 wt % PVdF PGE DSCs display 8.1% of the η, while the LE DSCs only display 6.5%. We characterized the effect of PVdF PGE on the photovoltaic parameters in detail. We also compared the long-term stability of DSCs containing LE and PVdF PGE. The DSCs with PVdF PGE exhibited high stability compared to the LE DSCs, similar to a conventional PGE system. We believe that this facile in situ gelation approach could be utilized for not only the practical application of polymer gel electrolytes DSCs but also for various energy-storage devices.

  9. Automation of P-3 Simulations to Improve Operator Workload

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    2012-09-01

    CODE 17. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF REPORT Unclassified 18. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF THIS PAGE Unclassified 19. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION ...NPS Naval Postgraduate School NWDC Naval Warfare Development Command PVD Plan View Display RF Radio Frequency RTI Run-Time...Displays There are two primary displays used by the JSAF operator to interact with entities and the simulation environment, the Plan View Display ( PVD

  10. Fluorescence Properties of Fe2+- and Co2+-doped Hosts of CdMnTe Compositions as Potential Mid-Infrared Laser Materials

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    2011-09-01

    laser 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT UU 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 22 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE...are melt growth, physical vapor transport ( PVD ), and chemical vapor 3 transport (CVD). The melt growth technique is the preferred method of growing...parametric oscillator PVD physical vapor deposition RT room temperature Ti titanium TM transitional metal YAG yttrium aluminum garnet YLF

  11. Near Field Imaging for the Characterization of Diffusion Length and Waveguiding in Zinc Oxide Nanowires

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    SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF REPORT Unclassified 18. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF THIS PAGE Unclassified 19. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF ABSTRACT...deposition ( PVD ) on silicon substrate. Sample mounted on sample holder by light adhesive. Copper tape and wire electrically grounds sample to NSOM stage...Field Scanning Optical Microscope PMT Photomultiplier Tube PVD Physical Vapor Deposition SEM Scanning Electron Microscope SPM Scanning

  12. Closely packed x-poly(ethylene glycol diacrylate) coated polyetherimide/poly(vinylidene fluoride) fiber separators for lithium ion batteries with enhanced thermostability and improved electrolyte wettability

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    Zhai, Yunyun; Xiao, Ke; Yu, Jianyong; Ding, Bin

    2016-09-01

    The x-polyethylene glycol diacrylate (x-PEGDA) coated polyetherimide/polyvinylidene fluoride (PEI/PVdF) membranes are obtained by the facile combination of dip-coating and free radical polymerization of PEGDA on the electrospun PEI/PVdF fiber membranes. Successful cross-linking of PEGDA increases the average fibers diameter from 553 to 817 nm and reduces the packing density, which not only increases the tensile strength of x-PEGDA coated PEI/PVdF membranes, but also decreases the average pore diameter. Besides, the x-PEGDA coated PEI/PVdF membranes are endowed with good wettability, high electrolyte uptake, high ionic conductivity and improved electrochemical stability window because of the good affinity of PEI and PEGDA with liquid electrolyte. Benefiting from the synergetic effect of PEI and PVdF, the x-PEGDA coated PEI/PVdF membranes exhibit excellent thermal stability and nonflammability, which are beneficial for enhancing the safety of lithium ion batteries. More importantly, the x-PEGDA coated PEI/PVdF membranes based Li/LiFePO4 cell exhibits comparable cycling stability with capacity retention of 95.9% after 70 cycles and better rate capability compared with the Celgard membrane based cell. The results clearly demonstrate that the x-PEGDA coated PEI/PVdF membranes are the promising separator candidate with improved wettability and safety for next-generation lithium ion batteries.

  13. Long-Term Results of an Individualized, Multifaceted, and Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Approach to Provoked Vestibulodynia

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    Spoelstra, Symen K.; Dijkstra, Jeroen R.; van Driel, Mels F.; Schultz, Willibrord C. M. Weijmar

    2011-01-01

    Introduction. Although it is highly recommended to use a multifaceted approach to treat provoked vestibulodynia (PVD), the large majority of treatment studies on PVD used a one-dimensional approach. Aim. To evaluate the long-term treatment outcome of a multifaceted approach to vulvar pain, sexual fu

  14. Image steganography using layered pixel-value differencing

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    Kim, Jaeyoung; Park, Hanhoon

    2017-02-01

    This paper proposes a layered approach to improve the embedding capacity of the existing pixel-value differencing (PVD) methods for image steganography. Specifically, one of the PVD methods is applied to embed a secret information into a cover image and the resulting image, called stego-image, is used to embed additional secret information by the same or another PVD method. This results in a double-layered stego-image. Then, another PVD method can be applied to the double-layered stego-image, resulting in a triple-layered stego-image. Likewise, multi-layered stego-images can be obtained. To successfully recover the secret information hidden in each layer, the embedding process is carefully designed. In the experiment, the proposed layered PVD method proved to be effective.

  15. Prevalence of peripheral vascular disease and its association with carotid intima-media thickness and arterial stiffness in type 2 diabetes: the Chennai urban rural epidemiology study (CURES 111).

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    Pradeepa, Rajendra; Chella, Sundarapandi; Surendar, Jayagopi; Indulekha, Karunakaran; Anjana, Ranjit Mohan; Mohan, Viswanathan

    2014-05-01

    We investigated the prevalence of peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and its association with preclinical atherosclerotic markers [intima-media thickness (IMT)] and arterial stiffness among 1755 urban south Indian type 2 diabetic subjects recruited from the Chennai Urban Rural Epidemiology Study (CURES). Doppler studies were performed, and PVD was defined as ankle-brachial index (ABI) of ≤0.9. IMT of the common carotid artery was determined using high-resolution B-mode ultrasonography, and augmentation index (AGI) was measured using the Sphygmocor apparatus. The overall prevalence of PVD was 8.3% (age-standardized 6.5%). The prevalence of PVD was higher among known diabetic subjects (n = 1401) compared to newly detected diabetic subjects (n = 354) (8.6% vs 6.8%, p = 0.250). The mean IMT and AGI in subjects with PVD were significantly higher compared to subjects without PVD (IMT: 0.99 ± 0.26 mm vs 0.83 ± 0.19 mm; AGI: 28.1 ± 9.6% vs 25.7 ± 9.8%, respectively). IMT was independently associated with PVD even after adjusting for age [odds ratio (OR) = 2.9 (1.2-6.7), p = 0.016 for second tertile and OR = 3.9 (1.7-9.3), p = 0.002 for third tertile compared to first tertile]. AGI was also associated with PVD in the unadjusted model [OR = 1.8 (1.1-3.1), p = 0.027 for second tertile compared to first tertile]. However, when adjusted for age, the significance was lost. In conclusion, among urban south Indian type 2 diabetic subjects, the prevalence of PVD is 8.3% and IMT is more strongly associated with PVD than AGI.

  16. Clinical Trials in Peripheral Vascular Disease: Pipeline and Trial Designs: An Evaluation of the ClinicalTrials.gov Database

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    Subherwal, Sumeet; Patel, Manesh R.; Chiswell, Karen; Tidemann-Miller, Beth A.; Jones, W. Schuyler; Conte, Michael S.; White, Christopher J.; Bhatt, Deepak L.; Laird, John R.; Hiatt, William R.; Tasneem, Asba; Califf, Robert M.

    2014-01-01

    Background Tremendous advances have occurred in therapies for peripheral vascular disease (PVD); however, until recently it has not been possible to examine the entire clinical trial portfolio of studies for treatment of PVD (both arterial and venous disease). Methods and Results We examined interventional trials registered in ClinicalTrials.gov from October 2007 through September 2010 (n=40,970) and identified 676 (1.7%) PVD trials (n=493 arterial only, n=170 venous only, n=13 both arterial and venous). Most arterial studies investigated lower extremity peripheral artery disease and acute stroke (35% and 24%, respectively), while most venous studies examined deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolus prevention (42%) or venous ulceration (25%). A placebo-controlled trial design was used in 27% of the PVD trials, and 4% of the PVD trials excluded patients aged >65 years. Enrollment in at least 1 US site decreased from 51% in 2007 to 41% of trials in 2010. Compared with non-cardiology disciplines, PVD trials were more likely to be double-blinded, investigate use of devices and procedures, and have industry sponsorship and assumed funding source, and less likely to investigate drug and behavioral therapies. Geographic access to PVD clinical trials within the United States is limited to primarily large metropolitan areas. Conclusions PVD studies represent a small group of trials registered in ClinicalTrials.gov, despite the high prevalence of vascular disease in the general population. This low number, compounded by the decreasing number of PVD trials in the United States, is concerning and may limit the ability to inform current clinical practice of patients with PVD. PMID:25239436

  17. Maintaining Affection Despite Pain: Daily Associations Between Physical Affection and Sexual and Relationship Well-Being in Women with Genito-Pelvic Pain.

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    Vannier, Sarah A; Rosen, Natalie O; Mackinnon, Sean P; Bergeron, Sophie

    2017-10-01

    Provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) is a recurrent, genito-pelvic pain condition that affects 8-12 % of women and has negative implications for sexual and relationship functioning. Many women with PVD report avoiding physical affection because they are concerned that affectionate behavior will lead to painful sexual activity. In community samples, physical affection is associated with improved sexual and relational well-being; however, no research has assessed the influence of physical affection on well-being in women with PVD. The current study examined day-to-day, within-person associations between affectionate behavior (hugging/kissing, cuddling) and sexual satisfaction, relationship satisfaction, sexual functioning, and pain intensity in women with PVD. Seventy women diagnosed with PVD completed an 8-week daily survey. Data were analyzed using multilevel modeling. All outcomes were assessed on days involving sexual activity (n = 401 days). Physical affection was assessed on days with and without sexual activity. Hugging/kissing was positively associated with sexual satisfaction, relationship satisfaction, and sexual functioning within any given day and when predicting the next day. Hugging/kissing was unrelated to pain intensity. Cuddling was not associated with any outcomes. Results persisted for affection that occurred on days with and without sexual activity. Findings suggest physical affection is beneficial for the sexual and relationship well-being of women with PVD. These results may inform interventions that encourage women coping with PVD to engage in more daily physical affection with their partners.

  18. Improving durability of hot forging tools by applying hybrid layers

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with problems relating to the durability of the dies used for the hot forging of spur gears. The results of industrial tests carried out on dies with a hybrid layer (a nitrided layer (PN + physical vapor deposition (PVD coating applied to improve their durability are presented. Two types of hybrid layers, differing in their PVD coating, were evaluated with regard to their durability improvement effectiveness. The tests have shown that by applying hybrid layers of the nitrided layer/PVD coating type one can effectively increase the durability of hot forging tools.

  19. Posterior vitreous cortex contributes to macular hole in highly myopic eyes with retinal detachment

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    LIU Hai-yun; ZOU Hai-dong; LIU Kun; SONG Zheng-yu; XU Xun; SUN Xiao-dong

    2011-01-01

    Background It was well known that tangential vitreoretinal traction and epiretinal membrane play important roles during the formation of macular hole (MH) associated with retinal detachment (RD) in highly myopic eyes. But it was not clear about the correlations between anteroposterior traction, posterior vitreous cortex (PVC) and MH-RD. The vitreous status in highly myopic eyes were analyzed to explore the effect of PVC in the role of MH-RD formation.Methods Sixteen consecutive highly myopic eyes with RD due to MH were retrospectively analyzed from January 2009 to April 2009. The preoperative examinations for detecting posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) and vitreoretinal traction included B-mode ultrasonography and optical coherence tomography (OCT). The residual PVC and PVD were confirmed intraoperatively during triamcinolone acetonide (TA) assisted vitrectomy.Results Under ultrasonography, the preoperative PVD patterns were stratified as: complete PVD in three (19%) eyes,partial PVD in eight (50%) eyes, and no PVD in five (31%) eyes. OCT confirmed vitreoretinal traction and no complete PVD in 10 (63%) eyes, including anteroposterior traction in four eyes and tangential traction in six eyes. During TA-assisted vitrectomy, it was confirmed that no complete PVD existed in 16 eyes, including six eyes (38%) finally diagnosed of partial PVD, and five (31%) eyes with vitreoschisis. Anteroposterior vitreoretinal traction around MH is always in conjunction with partial PVD (67%), and high proportion (80%) of vitreoschisis is associated with tangential vitreoretinal traction. Comparing with the precision of TA staining of PVD diagnosis, the coincidence rate of ultrasonography was 69% (P=-0.02), and that of OCT was 63% (P <0.01).Conclusions The residual PVC due to partial PVD or vitreoschisis may cause the anteroposterior or tangential traction of macular area, which contributes to the formation of MH and subsequent RD in highly myopic eyes. And it is necessary to

  20. Gelation Behavior of Poly (Vinylidene Fluoride )-based Gel Polymer Electrolyte

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    WANG Biao-bing; GU Li-xia

    2006-01-01

    Poly ( vinylidene fluoride ) ( PVdF )-based gel polymer electrolytes with various compositions were prepared by solution casting technique. The kinetics of gelation was analyzed via the correlation between the apparent gelation rate and concentration of PVdF at a given temperature.Combination the results of the kinetics of gelation and the DSC study, it revealed that the phase separation was the major behavior and the fibrils were the major junction joints of the three-dimensional network even in the ease the concentration of PVdF was higher than 25 wt%. The porous surface observed by ESEM also reflected that the phase separation took place during the gelation.

  1. Effect of initial growth on the quality of GaN on patterned sapphire substrate with ex situ physical vapor deposition AlN seed layer

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    Wang, Hongbo; Daigo, Yoshiaki; Seino, Takuya; Ishibashi, Sotaro; Sugiyama, Masakazu

    2016-10-01

    GaN epitaxy was explored on a cone-patterned sapphire substrate with an ex situ AlN seed layer prepared by physical vapor deposition (PVD). The effect of initial growth on the quality of the GaN epilayer was investigated using both ex situ PVD-AlN seed layers with various thicknesses and various deposition parameters such as temperature and reactor pressure in metal-organic vapor-phase epitaxy (MOVPE). It was found that the quality of GaN is insensitive to both the thickness of the ex situ PVD-AlN seed layer and the MOVPE growth conditions. A high-quality GaN film was realized, as indicated by room-temperature CL mapping (dark spot density of 1.6 × 108 cm-2), on a patterned sapphire substrate with a wide growth condition window by simply employing an ex situ PVD-AlN seed layer.

  2. Improved performance of GaN based light emitting diodes with ex-situ sputtered AlN nucleation layers

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    Shuo-Wei Chen

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available The crystal quality, electrical and optical properties of GaN based light emitting diodes (LEDs with ex-situ sputtered physical vapor deposition (PVD aluminum nitride (AlN nucleation layers were investigated. It was found that the crystal quality in terms of defect density and x-ray diffraction linewidth was greatly improved in comparison to LEDs with in-situ low temperature GaN nucleation layer. The light output power was 3.7% increased and the reverse bias voltage of leakage current was twice on LEDs with ex-situ PVD AlN nucleation layers. However, larger compressive strain was discovered in LEDs with ex-situ PVD AlN nucleation layers. The study shows the potential and constrain in applying ex-situ PVD AlN nucleation layers to fabricate high quality GaN crystals in various optoelectronics.

  3. Electrospun poly(vinylidene fluoride)/poly(aminophenylboronic acid) composite nanofibrous membrane as a novel glucose sensor.

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    Manesh, K M; Santhosh, P; Gopalan, A; Lee, Kwang-Pill

    2007-01-15

    Electrospinning was used to prepare the nanofibrous membrane (NFM) of the composite comprising poly(vinylidene fluoride) and poly(aminophenylboronic acid) (PVdF/PAPBA-NFM). The PVdF/PAPBA-NFM displayed an excellent linear response to the detection of glucose for the concentration range of 1 to 15mM with a response time of less than 6s. Further experiments on amperometric sensing of glucose were performed in the presence of interferents such as uric acid, ascorbic acid, acetaminophen, fructose, mannose, etc. using PVdF/PAPBA-NFM. The interferents did not give significant overlapping current signal during the determination of glucose. Also, PVdF/PAPBA-NFM possesses better reproducibility toward glucose detection and storage stability.

  4. Shifting from Activitymania To Inquiry.

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    Nelson, Tamara Holmlund; Moscovici, Hedy

    1998-01-01

    Discusses various problems with Activitymania (prepackaged activities for science instruction) in the context of teaching scientific inquiry. Suggests that teachers clearly define conceptual goals and their relationships to students' lives and interests before selecting classroom activities. (PVD)

  5. AHA! A Cool Salt Water/Density Activity--The Joy of Designing a Simple Experiment.

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    Carlson, Gaylen R.

    1998-01-01

    Describes two science activities concerning water density and shares an idea for combining these activities into a third, completely new activity. Demonstrates the joy of rekindling the spirit of scientific thinking in a typical classroom. (PVD)

  6. Differential diagnosis of sexual pain in women (La diagnosi differenziale del dolore sessuale nella donna

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    Giancarlo Carli, MD

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Dyspareunia, a pain that occurs in response to an attempted vaginalentry or to a sexual intercourse, is a clinical entity that recognizes multifactorial etiology. It may be due to organic diseases or to functional disorders suchas Hypoactive Syndrome Desire Disease (HSDD, vaginismus and provoked vulvodynia (PVD. A full history is fundamental for the diagnosis of functional syndromes. For PVD diagnosis, the gynaecologist must also have experience of syndromes of chronic widespread pain of unknownetiology such as fibromyalgia since these syndromes are frequently associated. In PVD local and diffuse hyperalgesia is associated with mechanismsof central sensitization. In PVD there is evidence suggesting local mechanisms of neuropathic nature, although local symptoms consist only in light erythema and oedema.

  7. Lemon Cells Revisited--The Lemon-Powered Calculator.

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    Swartling, Daniel J.; Morgan, Charlotte

    1998-01-01

    Describes a demonstration of the principles of a voltaic cell using lemon cells to power a calculator and other items. A lemon fortified with a penny and a galvanized nail produces a potential of one volt. (PVD)

  8. A Constructed Wetland: From Monitoring To Action.

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    Kowal, Dan

    1998-01-01

    Presents a water-quality monitoring project in a Denver school that has evolved into an experiment using a constructed wetland system to treat the acid-mine drainage from an abandoned gold mine. (PVD)

  9. Determining Iron Content in Foods by Spectrophotometry.

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    Adams, Paul E.

    1995-01-01

    Describes a laboratory experiment for secondary school chemistry students utilizing the classic reaction between the iron(III) ion and the thiocyanate ion. The experiment also works very well in other chemistry courses as an experience in spectrophotometric analysis. (PVD)

  10. Literacy As a Stepping Stone to Environmental Citizenship.

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    Basile, Carole; White, Cameron

    2000-01-01

    Proposes four areas of emphasis for environmental education as a context for literacy: (1) basic science concepts; (2) respect for living things; (3) problem solving; and (4) environmental citizenship. (PVD)

  11. Shifting from Activitymania To Inquiry.

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    Nelson, Tamara Holmlund; Moscovici, Hedy

    1998-01-01

    Discusses various problems with Activitymania (prepackaged activities for science instruction) in the context of teaching scientific inquiry. Suggests that teachers clearly define conceptual goals and their relationships to students' lives and interests before selecting classroom activities. (PVD)

  12. Environmental Issue Area and Game Theory.

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    Kuismin, Heikki O.

    1998-01-01

    Explores questions regarding cooperation versus competition, long- or short-term planning, and issues of economics and policy formation through a discussion of game theory. Contains 25 references. (Author/PVD)

  13. Analysis of Heavy Metals in Blister Pack and Medical Gloves Samples

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    Incineration is a common method to treat medical wastes. Whereas pathogens and environmentally problematic organic compounds are destroyed, toxic heavy metals cannot be ruined. In this study heavy metal concentrations of two types of medical wastes were analyzed. Four different blister pack layers (polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyvinyl chloride/polyvinylidiene chloride with pigment (PVC/PVdCp), polyvinyl chloride/polyvinylidiene chloride transparent (PVC/PVdCt) and polyethylene (PE)) and bliste...

  14. Evaluation of JSAF EM Propagation Prediction Methods for Navy Continuous Training Environment/Fleet Synthetic Training, Results and Recommendations: Part 3 - An Overview of JSAF’s Environmental Capabilities and Data

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    2012-12-01

    provided. 15. SUBJECT TERMS Electromagnetic propagation, electronic warfare, radar range, war gaming, synthetic training 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF...interface, known as the Plan View Display or PVD (Figure 1), provides tools for an operator to create, monitor and run a training scenario. The user may...information technology magazine at http://www.doncio.navy.mil/chips/ArticleDetails.aspx?ID=22971. 2 Figure 1. The Plan View Display ( PVD ) in JSAF

  15. Benchtop Energetics: Research Progress, Concept Evaluation, and Apparatus Development

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    SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON Mario E. Fajardo a. REPORT...PentaErithritol TetraNitrate PETN Physical Vapor Deposition PVD Residual Gas Analyzer RGA Sandia National Laboratory SNL...traces of Al flyer impact luminescence 10 µm physical vapor deposited ( PVD ) Al film on glass; 7.3 mm anvil standoff. [WL2098] Figure 30 shows the

  16. Fabrication of Carbon Nanotube Networks on Three-Dimensional Building Blocks and Their Applications

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    2012-10-27

    highly crystalline SWCNT 3D networks minimizing the plasma etching effects. 15. SUBJECT TERMS 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF...Detail experimental procedures are described elsewhere. Pt or Cu was coated by 20 nm on CNTs-networked substrates using physical vapor deposition ( PVD ...wafer by PVD (99.99%, Sigma-Aldrich) was chosen for commercial untreated gold electrode as a reference. 3D gold electrodes were characterized by

  17. Development of a High-Throughput Method for the Optical Screening of Phase Transformations Related to Amorphous Materials for Harsh Environment Applications

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    CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON a. REPORT b. ABSTRACT c. THIS PAGE...an amorphous region for some compositions when grown by PVD methods on unheated substrates. While it is a quite complex system in terms of phases...Gradients The simplest method of making combinatorial materials libraries by physical vapor deposition ( PVD ) is by using the natural thickness

  18. Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition as a Method for the Deposition of Peptide Nanotubes

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    2013-09-17

    peptide nanotubes, plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition, nano assembly 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT SAR 18...Using physical vapor deposition ( PVD ) well-ordered assemblies of peptide nanotubes (PNTs) composed of dipeptide subunits are obtained on various...for the deposition of thin films (Figure 1b). A. B. Figure 1. (a) Illustration of physical vapor deposition ( PVD ) process of diphenylalanine

  19. CMAS Degradation of Environmental Barrier Coatings: Mechanisms and Mitigation

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    CLASSIFICATION OF: a. REPORT b. ABSTRACT c. THIS PAGE 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 19a NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON Carlos...using electron beam physi- cal vapor deposition (EB- PVD ) and current assisted den- sification (CAD) facilities at UCSB. The research also in- volved...higher calculated ERR; as a result it was impractical to produce trilayer Gd-based architectures. The outer zirconate layers were deposited by EB- PVD

  20. Crossbar Nanocomputer Development

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    CMOS, memristor 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT UU 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 56 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON JOSEPH... PVD ) as the electroplating seed, adhesion layer, and diffusion barrier, respectively. To form the Cu bottom electrode (BE), 1 µm of electroplated Cu...layer using optical lithography and a reactive ion etch process. Cu/Ta/TaN was deposited by physical vapor deposition ( PVD ) into the vias, to act as a

  1. Improved power conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells using side chain liquid crystal polymer embedded in polymer electrolytes

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    Cho, Woosum [Department of Chemistry Education, and Department of Frontier Materials Chemistry, and Institute for Plastic Information and Energy Materials, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jae Wook, E-mail: jlee@donga.ac.kr [Department of Chemistry, Dong-A University, Busan 604-714 (Korea, Republic of); Gal, Yeong-Soon [Polymer Chemistry Lab, College of General Education, Kyungil University, Hayang 712-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Mi-Ra, E-mail: mrkim2@pusan.ac.kr [Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Jin, Sung Ho, E-mail: shjin@pusan.ac.kr [Department of Chemistry Education, and Department of Frontier Materials Chemistry, and Institute for Plastic Information and Energy Materials, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of)

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    Side chain liquid crystal polymer (SCLCP) embedded in poly(vinylidenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-co-HFP)-based polymer electrolytes (PVdF-co-HFP:side chain liquid crystal polymer (SCLCP)) was prepared for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) application. The polymer electrolytes contained tetrabutylammonium iodide (TBAI), iodine (I{sub 2}), and 8 wt% PVdF-co-HFP in acetonitrile. DSSCs comprised of PVdF-co-HFP:SCLCP-based polymer electrolytes displayed enhanced redox couple reduction and reduced charge recombination in comparison to those of the conventional PVdF-co-HFP-based polymer electrolyte. The significantly increased short-circuit current density (J{sub sc}, 10.75 mA cm{sup −2}) of the DSSCs with PVdF-co-HFP:SCLCP-based polymer electrolytes afforded a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5.32% and a fill factor (FF) of 0.64 under standard light intensity of 100 mW cm{sup −2} irradiation of AM 1.5 sunlight. - Highlights: • We developed the liquid crystal polymer embedded on polymer electrolyte for DSSCs. • We fabricated the highly efficient DSSCs using polymer electrolyte. • The best PCE achieved for P1 is 5.32% using polymer electrolyte.

  2. Improved Steganographic Method Preserving Pixel-Value Differencing Histogram with Modulus Function

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    Heung-Kyu Lee

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available We herein advance a secure steganographic algorithm that uses a turnover policy and a novel adjusting process. Although the method of Wang et al. uses Pixel-Value Differencing (PVD and their modulus function provides high capacity and good image quality, the embedding process causes a number of artifacts, such as abnormal increases and fluctuations in the PVD histogram, which may reveal the existence of the hidden message. In order to enhance the security of the algorithm, a turnover policy is used that prevents abnormal increases in the histogram values and a novel adjusting process is devised to remove the fluctuations at the border of the subrange in the PVD histogram. The proposed method therefore eliminates all the weaknesses of the PVD steganographic methods thus far proposed and guarantees secure communication. In the experiments described herein, the proposed algorithm is compared with other PVD steganographic algorithms by using well-known steganalysis techniques, such as RS-analysis, steganalysis for LSB matching, and histogram-based attacks. The results support our contention that the proposed method enhances security by keeping the PVD histogram similar to the cover, while also providing high embedding capacity and good imperceptibility to the naked eye.

  3. Improved Steganographic Method Preserving Pixel-Value Differencing Histogram with Modulus Function

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    Lee Hae-Yeoun

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We herein advance a secure steganographic algorithm that uses a turnover policy and a novel adjusting process. Although the method of Wang et al. uses Pixel-Value Differencing (PVD and their modulus function provides high capacity and good image quality, the embedding process causes a number of artifacts, such as abnormal increases and fluctuations in the PVD histogram, which may reveal the existence of the hidden message. In order to enhance the security of the algorithm, a turnover policy is used that prevents abnormal increases in the histogram values and a novel adjusting process is devised to remove the fluctuations at the border of the subrange in the PVD histogram. The proposed method therefore eliminates all the weaknesses of the PVD steganographic methods thus far proposed and guarantees secure communication. In the experiments described herein, the proposed algorithm is compared with other PVD steganographic algorithms by using well-known steganalysis techniques, such as RS-analysis, steganalysis for LSB matching, and histogram-based attacks. The results support our contention that the proposed method enhances security by keeping the PVD histogram similar to the cover, while also providing high embedding capacity and good imperceptibility to the naked eye.

  4. Improvement of the wear behaviour of highly-loaded components and tools by multi-combined surface treatment

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    Gundis Grumbt

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduces a novel multi-combined surface treatment consisting of the individual treatments of plasma nitriding (PN, physical vapour deposition (PVD and electron beam hardening (EBH. Using graded surface layers produced by such a combined surface treatment, it is possible to withstand the complex load conditions incurred by components and tools. It is shown, that the treatment sequences PN+EBH+PVD and EBH+PN+PVD are suitable for improving material properties. These multi-combined surface treatments lead to a significant improvement in load-supporting capacity. Critical load values of cohesive failure measured by scratch tests are tripled when compared to the individual treatment of PVD, and increased by at least 20% in comparison to the duplex treatments of EBH+PVD or PN+PVD. The metallurgical compatibility of the single treatments is essential for the success of combined treatments. Material-specific limitations are defined, which exclude failure due to crack initiation, the occurrence of retained austenite, and tempering effects. Based on the model wear-test assembly block-on-cylinder, it was proved, that the specific wear rate of multi-combined treated specimens is reduced about 20-50% while wear of counterpart components is decreased as well. The triplex surface heat treatment introduced opens up new prospects for highly-loaded components and tools.

  5. Development of a neural network screening aid for diagnosing lower limb peripheral vascular disease from photoelectric plethysmography pulse waveforms.

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    Allen, J; Murray, A

    1993-02-01

    An artificial neural network (ANN) was trained to classify photoelectric plethysmographic (PPG) pulse waveforms for the diagnosis of lower limb peripheral vascular disease (PVD). PPG pulses from the lower limbs, and pre- and post-exercise Doppler ultrasound ankle to brachial systolic blood pressure ratio measurements were obtained from patients referred to a vascular investigation laboratory. A single PPG pulse from the big toe of each leg was processed and normalized, and used as input data to the ANN. The ANN outputs represented the diagnostic classifications (normal, significant PVD and major PVD) and the ANN was trained with the ankle to brachial pressure indices (ABPI). The ANN structure consisted of an input layer (50 neuron units from the PPG pulse input), a single hidden layer (15 neurons) and an output layer (3 neurons for the PVD diagnoses). The back-propagation learning algorithm was used to train the ANN for 500 epochs with a PPG training set of pulses from 100 legs. Test data for network assessment comprised pulses from a further 50 legs (20 normal and 30 PVD, of which 15 were categorized as having major disease). A network sensitivity of 93% and specificity of 85% was achieved with respect to the Doppler ABPI standard, giving a diagnostic accuracy of 90%. The results of this study indicate that a neural network can be trained to distinguish between PPG pulses from normal and diseased lower limb arteries. The simplicity of PPG measurement and neural network classification holds promise for the screening of lower limb arterial PVD.

  6. Hepatic Hemodynamic Changes of Biliary Cirrhotic Dogs after Portacaval Shunts%胆汁性肝硬化犬门腔分流术后肝血液动力学变化

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    杨卫平; 蔡伟耀; 邓侠兴; 陈皓; 周光文; 李宏为

    2000-01-01

    Objective To study the suitable portosystemic shunt diameter. Methods Ten biliary cirrhotic hypertensive dogs underwent portocaval H - graft shunt. We measured the free portal pressure(FPP), porto-caval pressure gradient(PCPG), portal vein flow(PVF) and hepatic artery flow (HAF) with different shunt diameters. Results FPP, PCPG and PVF had a good linear negative correlation to the ratio of SD to PVD(SD/PVD) respectively. HAF had a good linear positive correlation to SD/PVD. Conclusion When limited portasystemic shunt is performed, SD/PVD must be not more than 70%.%目的 探讨门体分流时合适分流口直径。方法 胆汁性肝硬化门脉高压的10条犬施行门-腔H型分流,并在不同分流口直径下分别测定游离门静脉压(FPP)、门腔压力梯度(PCPG)、门脉流量(PVF)和肝动脉流量(HAF)。 结果 分流口直径(SD)和门静脉直径(PVD)之比(SD/PVD)与FPP、PCPG、PVF呈负相关,与HAF呈正相关,且直线关系良好。结论 SD/PVD需小于70%时才能达到限制性分流的目的。

  7. Study of the Early Posterior Vitreous Detachment with Optical Coherence Tomography in the Middle-Aged and Elderly Population%中老年人群中早期玻璃体后脱离的光学相干断层成像研究

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    刘欣欣; 卢爱东; 梁仲琪

    2014-01-01

    目的:应用光学相干断层成像(OCT)检查描述中老年人群中早期玻璃体后脱离(PVD)的发生情况进行研究。方法:选择我院2012年8月至2013年4月体检完成OCT检查1005例(2010眼),年龄43~90岁,平均年龄(57.23±10.81)岁,中位年龄为55岁。对1005例OCT检查者所获得OCT图像进行3部分项目分析,分别为:①性别与PVD。②年龄与PVD。③左右眼与PVD。结果:①1005例共发生PVD167例(16.62%),其中5眼可见玻璃体后界膜与黄斑部视网膜紧密粘连牵拉,神经上皮层隆起。②男性组发生PVD者65例(13.08%),女性组发生PVD者102例(20.08%),女性PVD发生率高于男性(P=0.003)。③各年龄组的PVD发生率呈增高的趋势,年龄>63岁组PVD发生率明显高于年龄≤49岁组(P=0.013)。④1005例左眼发生PVD者124例(12.34%),右眼发生PVD者121例(12.04%),差异无统计学意义(P=0.838)。结论:早期PVD的发生与性别相关。早期PVD的发生有随年龄增高的趋势。%[ABSTRACT]Objective:Application of optical coherence tomography(OCT) examination of the elderly population in the description of early posterior vitreous detachment(PVD) were performed to study the occurrence. Methods: In our hospital from 2012 August to 2013 April examination to complete the OCT examination in 1005 cases (2010 eyes), aged 43~90 years, mean age (57.23±10.81) years of age, the median age was 55 years old. The OCT examination of 1005 cases acquired OCT images of 3 part project analysis, respectively:①Gender and PVD. ②Age and PVD. ③The left and the right eye and PVD. Results: ①Occurred in 1005 cases of PVD167 patients (16.62%), including 5 eyes visible posterior hyaloid membrane and macular retinal tight adhesion traction, neuroepithelial layer eminence.② In 65 cases of male group developed PVD (13.08%), 102 cases of female group developed PVD (20.08%), female incidence rate of PVD

  8. Effects of intrauterine infusion of Escherichia coli lipopolysaccharide on uterine health, resolution of purulent vaginal discharge, and reproductive performance of lactating dairy cows.

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    Moraes, João G N; Silva, Paula R B; Mendonça, Luís G D; Scanavez, Alexandre A; Silva, Joseane C C; Chebel, Ricardo C

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    The objectives of the current experiment were to evaluate the effects of intrauterine infusion of Escherichia coli lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in cows diagnosed with purulent vaginal discharge (PVD) on intrauterine cell population, resolution of PVD, uterine health, and reproductive performance. Jersey cows (n = 3,084) were examined using the Metricheck device to diagnose PVD at 35 ± 6 d postpartum. Purulent vaginal discharge was defined as the presence of purulent (≥50% pus) discharge detectable in the vagina. Of the 310 cows positive for PVD, 267 cows were enrolled in the current experiment. To ensure proper timing of treatment and collection of samples, only 9 PVD-positive cows were treated per day. Selected cows were balanced at 35 ± 6 d postpartum for lactation number, body condition score, and milk yield and were randomly assigned to receive an intrauterine infusion of 20 mL of phosphate-buffered saline (PBS; control, n = 87), 20 mL of PBS with 150 µg LPS (LPS150, n = 91), or 20 mL of PBS with 300 µg of LPS (LPS300, n = 89). Uterine cytology was performed immediately before treatment and 1, 2, and 7 d after treatment to evaluate the effect of LPS treatment on intrauterine cell population. Cows were examined with the Metricheck device at 7 and 28 d after treatment to evaluate the effects of treatment on resolution of PVD. Reproductive status was recorded up to 200 d postpartum. Cows diagnosed with PVD had greater incidence of twinning, dystocia, retained placenta, and metritis after calving than cows without PVD. Count of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNL) in uterine cytology 1, 2, and 7 d after intrauterine infusion was not statistically different among treatments. From d 0 to 1, however, PMNL count in uterine cytology of PBS cows increased by 5%, whereas the PMNL count in uterine cytology of LPS150 and LPS300 cows increased by 54 and 48%, respectively. Treatment did not affect the likelihood of cows being diagnosed with PVD 7 and 28 d after intrauterine

  9. The proprotein convertase KPC-1/furin controls branching and self-avoidance of sensory dendrites in Caenorhabditis elegans.

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    Salzberg, Yehuda; Ramirez-Suarez, Nelson J; Bülow, Hannes E

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    Animals sample their environment through sensory neurons with often elaborately branched endings named dendritic arbors. In a genetic screen for genes involved in the development of the highly arborized somatosensory PVD neuron in C. elegans, we have identified mutations in kpc-1, which encodes the homolog of the proprotein convertase furin. We show that kpc-1/furin is necessary to promote the formation of higher order dendritic branches in PVD and to ensure self-avoidance of sister branches, but is likely not required during maintenance of dendritic arbors. A reporter for kpc-1/furin is expressed in neurons (including PVD) and kpc-1/furin can function cell-autonomously in PVD neurons to control patterning of dendritic arbors. Moreover, we show that kpc-1/furin also regulates the development of other neurons in all major neuronal classes in C. elegans, including aspects of branching and extension of neurites as well as cell positioning. Our data suggest that these developmental functions require proteolytic activity of KPC-1/furin. Recently, the skin-derived MNR-1/menorin and the neural cell adhesion molecule SAX-7/L1CAM have been shown to act as a tripartite complex with the leucine rich transmembrane receptor DMA-1 on PVD mechanosensory to orchestrate the patterning of dendritic branches. Genetic analyses show that kpc-1/furin functions in a pathway with MNR-1/menorin, SAX-7/L1CAM and DMA-1 to control dendritic branch formation and extension of PVD neurons. We propose that KPC-1/furin acts in concert with the 'menorin' pathway to control branching and growth of somatosensory dendrites in PVD.

  10. Development of dye-sensitized solar cells composed of liquid crystal embedded, electrospun poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) nanofibers as polymer gel electrolytes.

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    Ahn, Sung Kwang; Ban, Taewon; Sakthivel, P; Lee, Jae Wook; Gal, Yeong-Soon; Lee, Jin-Kook; Kim, Mi-Ra; Jin, Sung-Ho

    2012-04-01

    In order to overcome the problems associated with the use of liquid electrolytes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), a new system composed of liquid crystal embedded, polymer electrolytes has been developed. For this purpose, three types of DSSCs have been fabricated. The cells contain electrospun poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (e-PVdF-co-HFP) polymer gel electrolyte, with and without doping with the liquid crystal E7 and with a liquid electrolyte. The morphologies of the newly prepared DSSCs were explored using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Analysis of the FE-SEM images indicate that the DSSC composed of E7 embedded on e-PVdF-co-HFP polymer gel electrolyte has a greatly regular morphology with an average diameter. The ionic conductivity of E7 embedded on e-PVdF-co-HFP polymer gel electrolyte was found to be 2.9 × 10(-3) S/cm at room temperature, a value that is 37% higher than that of e-PVdF-co-HFP polymer gel electrolyte. The DCCS containing the E7 embedded, e-PVdF-co-HFP polymer gel electrolyte was observed to possess a much higher power conversion efficiency (PCE = 6.82%) than that of an e-PVdF-co-HFP nanofiber (6.35%). In addition, DSSCs parameters of the E7 embedded, e-PVdF-co-HFP polymer gel electrolyte (V(oc) = 0.72 V, J(sc) = 14.62 mA/cm(2), FF = 64.8%, and PCE = 6.82% at 1 sun intensity) are comparable to those of a liquid electrolyte (V(oc) = 0.75 V, J(sc) = 14.71 mA/cm(2), FF = 64.9%, and PCE = 7.17%, both at a 1 sun intensity).

  11. Reduced Insulin/Insulin-Like Growth Factor Receptor Signaling Mitigates Defective Dendrite Morphogenesis in Mutants of the ER Stress Sensor IRE-1

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    Salzberg, Yehuda; Cohen-Berkman, Moran; Biederer, Thomas; Bülow, Hannes E.

    2017-01-01

    Neurons receive excitatory or sensory inputs through their dendrites, which often branch extensively to form unique neuron-specific structures. How neurons regulate the formation of their particular arbor is only partially understood. In genetic screens using the multidendritic arbor of PVD somatosensory neurons in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, we identified a mutation in the ER stress sensor IRE-1/Ire1 (inositol requiring enzyme 1) as crucial for proper PVD dendrite arborization in vivo. We further found that regulation of dendrite growth in cultured rat hippocampal neurons depends on Ire1 function, showing an evolutionarily conserved role for IRE-1/Ire1 in dendrite patterning. PVD neurons of nematodes lacking ire-1 display reduced arbor complexity, whereas mutations in genes encoding other ER stress sensors displayed normal PVD dendrites, specifying IRE-1 as a selective ER stress sensor that is essential for PVD dendrite morphogenesis. Although structure function analyses indicated that IRE-1’s nuclease activity is necessary for its role in dendrite morphogenesis, mutations in xbp-1, the best-known target of non-canonical splicing by IRE-1/Ire1, do not exhibit PVD phenotypes. We further determined that secretion and distal localization to dendrites of the DMA-1/leucine rich transmembrane receptor (DMA-1/LRR-TM) is defective in ire-1 but not xbp-1 mutants, suggesting a block in the secretory pathway. Interestingly, reducing Insulin/IGF1 signaling can bypass the secretory block and restore normal targeting of DMA-1, and consequently normal PVD arborization even in the complete absence of functional IRE-1. This bypass of ire-1 requires the DAF-16/FOXO transcription factor. In sum, our work identifies a conserved role for ire-1 in neuronal branching, which is independent of xbp-1, and suggests that arborization defects associated with neuronal pathologies may be overcome by reducing Insulin/IGF signaling and improving ER homeostasis and function. PMID

  12. The proprotein convertase KPC-1/furin controls branching and self-avoidance of sensory dendrites in Caenorhabditis elegans.

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    Yehuda Salzberg

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Animals sample their environment through sensory neurons with often elaborately branched endings named dendritic arbors. In a genetic screen for genes involved in the development of the highly arborized somatosensory PVD neuron in C. elegans, we have identified mutations in kpc-1, which encodes the homolog of the proprotein convertase furin. We show that kpc-1/furin is necessary to promote the formation of higher order dendritic branches in PVD and to ensure self-avoidance of sister branches, but is likely not required during maintenance of dendritic arbors. A reporter for kpc-1/furin is expressed in neurons (including PVD and kpc-1/furin can function cell-autonomously in PVD neurons to control patterning of dendritic arbors. Moreover, we show that kpc-1/furin also regulates the development of other neurons in all major neuronal classes in C. elegans, including aspects of branching and extension of neurites as well as cell positioning. Our data suggest that these developmental functions require proteolytic activity of KPC-1/furin. Recently, the skin-derived MNR-1/menorin and the neural cell adhesion molecule SAX-7/L1CAM have been shown to act as a tripartite complex with the leucine rich transmembrane receptor DMA-1 on PVD mechanosensory to orchestrate the patterning of dendritic branches. Genetic analyses show that kpc-1/furin functions in a pathway with MNR-1/menorin, SAX-7/L1CAM and DMA-1 to control dendritic branch formation and extension of PVD neurons. We propose that KPC-1/furin acts in concert with the 'menorin' pathway to control branching and growth of somatosensory dendrites in PVD.

  13. The Proprotein Convertase KPC-1/Furin Controls Branching and Self-avoidance of Sensory Dendrites in Caenorhabditis elegans

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    Bülow, Hannes E.

    2014-01-01

    Animals sample their environment through sensory neurons with often elaborately branched endings named dendritic arbors. In a genetic screen for genes involved in the development of the highly arborized somatosensory PVD neuron in C. elegans, we have identified mutations in kpc-1, which encodes the homolog of the proprotein convertase furin. We show that kpc-1/furin is necessary to promote the formation of higher order dendritic branches in PVD and to ensure self-avoidance of sister branches, but is likely not required during maintenance of dendritic arbors. A reporter for kpc-1/furin is expressed in neurons (including PVD) and kpc-1/furin can function cell-autonomously in PVD neurons to control patterning of dendritic arbors. Moreover, we show that kpc-1/furin also regulates the development of other neurons in all major neuronal classes in C. elegans, including aspects of branching and extension of neurites as well as cell positioning. Our data suggest that these developmental functions require proteolytic activity of KPC-1/furin. Recently, the skin-derived MNR-1/menorin and the neural cell adhesion molecule SAX-7/L1CAM have been shown to act as a tripartite complex with the leucine rich transmembrane receptor DMA-1 on PVD mechanosensory to orchestrate the patterning of dendritic branches. Genetic analyses show that kpc-1/furin functions in a pathway with MNR-1/menorin, SAX-7/L1CAM and DMA-1 to control dendritic branch formation and extension of PVD neurons. We propose that KPC-1/furin acts in concert with the ‘menorin’ pathway to control branching and growth of somatosensory dendrites in PVD. PMID:25232734

  14. Iron Stress and Pyoverdin Production by a Fluorescent Pseudomonad in the Rhizosphere of White Lupine (Lupinus albus L.) and Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)

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    Marschner, P.; Crowley, D. E.

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    Induction of high-affinity iron transport during root colonization by Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf-5 (pvd-inaZ) was examined in lupine and barley growing in microcosms. P. fluorescens Pf-5 (pvd-inaZ) contains a plasmid carrying pvd-inaZ; thus, in this strain, ice nucleation activity is regulated by pyoverdin production. Lupine or barley plants were grown for 18 or 8 days, respectively, in soil amended with 2% calcium carbonate and inoculated with P. fluorescens Pf-5 (pvd-inaZ) at a density of 4 x 10(sup8) CFU g (dry weight) of soil(sup-1). A filter paper blotting technique was used to sample cells from the rhizosphere in different root zones, and then the cells were resuspended for enumeration and measurement of ice nucleation activity. The population density of P. fluorescens Pf-5 (pvd-inaZ) in the rhizosphere decreased by one order of magnitude in both lupine and barley over time. The ice nucleation activity ranged from -3.4 to -3.0 log ice nuclei CFU(sup-1) for lupine and -3.0 to -2.8 log ice nuclei CFU(sup-1) for barley, was similar in all root zones, and did not change over time. An in vitro experiment was conducted to determine the relationship between ice nucleation activity and pyoverdin production in P. fluorescens Pf-5 (pvd-inaZ). An ice nucleation activity of approximately -3.0 log ice nuclei CFU(sup-1) was measured in the in vitro experiment at 25 to 50 (mu)M FeCl(inf3). By using the regression between ice nucleation activity and pyoverdin production determined in vitro and assuming a P. fluorescens Pf-5 (pvd-inaZ) population density of 10(sup8) CFU g of root(sup-1), the maximum possible pyoverdin accumulation by P. fluorescens Pf-5 (pvd-inaZ) in the rhizosphere was estimated to be 0.5 and 0.8 nmol g of root(sup-1) for lupine and barley, respectively. The low ice nucleation activity measured in the rhizosphere suggests that nutritional competition for iron in the rhizosphere may not be a major factor influencing root colonization by P. fluorescens Pf-5

  15. Genetic and functional analysis of the bovine uterine microbiota. Part II: Purulent vaginal discharge versus healthy cows.

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    Bicalho, M L S; Lima, S; Higgins, C H; Machado, V S; Lima, F S; Bicalho, R C

    2017-05-01

    The aim of this study was to characterize, using metagenomic shotgun DNA sequencing, the intrauterine microbial population and its predicted functional diversity within healthy cows and cows presenting purulent vaginal discharge (PVD). Twenty Holstein dairy cows from a single farm were enrolled in the study at 25 to 35 d postpartum. Purulent vaginal discharge was diagnosed by retrieving and scoring vaginal discharge using the Metricheck device (Simcro, Hamilton, New Zealand). Intrauterine samples for metagenomic analysis were collected by the cytobrush technique from 8 cows diagnosed with PVD and 12 healthy cows. Pair-end sequencing was performed using the Illumina MiSeq platform (Illumina Inc., San Diego, CA). Metagenomic sequences were analyzed using the MG-RAST server (metagenomic rapid annotations using subsystems technology; http://metagenomics.anl.gov/), and the STAMP software (http://kiwi.cs.dal.ca/Software/STAMP) was used to study statistically significant differential abundance of taxonomic and functional features between the 2 metagenomes. Additionally, the total number of bacterial 16S rDNA copies was estimated by real-time PCR. Taxonomic analysis revealed that Bacteroidetes was the most abundant phylum in the uterine microbiota from cows with PVD, and Fusobacteria was almost completely absent in the healthy uterine microbiota. Moreover, species belonging to the genus Trueperella were present only in the uterine microbiota of PVD cows. The increased abundance of Fusobacteria and the unique presence of Trueperella in the PVD cows highlight the important role of these bacteria in the pathogenesis of PVD. Genes encoding cytolethal distending toxin were exclusive to the microbiota of PVD cows. Similarly, genes associated with lipid A modification were present only in samples from PVD cows; such modification is associated with greater resistance to cationic antimicrobial peptides. Conversely, genes encoding bacteriocins and ribosomally antibacterial peptide

  16. Structural properties of In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} precursor layers deposited by spray pyrolysis and physical vapor deposition for CuInSe{sub 2} thin-film solar cell applications

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    Reyes-Figueroa, P. [Department of Electrical Engineering (SEES), Cinvestav-Zacatenco, 2508 Av. IPN, 07360 Mexico City (Mexico); IMN, UMR 6502, Université de Nantes, 2 rue de la Houssinière, 44322 Nantes Cedex 3 (France); Painchaud, T.; Lepetit, T.; Harel, S.; Arzel, L. [IMN, UMR 6502, Université de Nantes, 2 rue de la Houssinière, 44322 Nantes Cedex 3 (France); Yi, Junsin, E-mail: yi@skku.ac.kr [School of Information and Communication Engineering, 2066 Seobu-ro, Jangan-gu, 440-746 Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Barreau, N. [IMN, UMR 6502, Université de Nantes, 2 rue de la Houssinière, 44322 Nantes Cedex 3 (France); Velumani, S., E-mail: velu@cinvestav.mx [Department of Electrical Engineering (SEES), Cinvestav-Zacatenco, 2508 Av. IPN, 07360 Mexico City (Mexico); School of Information and Communication Engineering, 2066 Seobu-ro, Jangan-gu, 440-746 Suwon (Korea, Republic of)

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    The structural properties of In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} precursor thin films grown by chemical spray pyrolysis (CSP) and physical vapor deposition (PVD) methods were compared. This is to investigate the feasibility to substitute PVD process of CuInSe{sub 2} (CISe) films by CSP films as precursor layer, thus decreasing the production cost by increasing material-utilization efficiency. Both films of 1 μm thickness were deposited at the same substrate temperature of 380 °C. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectra confirm the formation of γ-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} crystalline phase for both films. The PVD and CSP films exhibited (110) and (006) preferred orientations, respectively. The PVD films showed a smaller full width at half maximum value (0.09°) compared with CSP layers (0.1°). Films with the same crystalline phase but with different orientations are normally used in the preparation of high quality CISe films by 3-stage process. Scanning electron microscope cross-section images showed an important difference in grain size with well-defined larger grains of size 1–2 μm in the PVD films as compared to CSP layers (600 nm). Another important characteristic that differentiates the two precursor films is the oxygen contamination. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy showed the presence of oxygen in CSP films. The oxygen atoms could be bonded to indium by replacing Se vacancies, which are formed during CSP deposition. Taking account of the obtained results, such CSP films can be used as precursor layer in a PVD process in order to produce CISe absorber films. - Highlights: • To find the intricacies involved in spray pyrolysis (CSP) and physical vapor (PVD) deposition. • Comparison of CSP and PVD film formations — especially in structural properties. • Feasibility to substitute CSP (cheaper) films for PVD in the manufacturing process. • Decreasing the global production cost of Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} devices in the 3-stage process.

  17. Deciphering Protein Dynamics of the Siderophore Pyoverdine Pathway in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Guillon, Laurent; Altenburger, Stephan; Graumann, Peter L.; Schalk, Isabelle J.

    2013-01-01

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa produces the siderophore, pyoverdine (PVD), to obtain iron. Siderophore pathways involve complex mechanisms, and the machineries responsible for biosynthesis, secretion and uptake of the ferri-siderophore span both membranes of Gram-negative bacteria. Most proteins involved in the PVD pathway have been identified and characterized but the way the system functions as a whole remains unknown. By generating strains expressing fluorescent fusion proteins, we show that most of the proteins are homogeneously distributed throughout the bacterial cell. We also studied the dynamics of these proteins using fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP). This led to the first diffusion coefficients ever determined in P. aeruginosa. Cytoplasmic and periplamic diffusion appeared to be slower than in Escherichia coli but membrane proteins seemed to behave similarly in the two species. The diffusion of cytoplasmic and periplasmic tagged proteins involved in the PVD pathway was dependent on the interaction network to which they belong. Importantly, the TonB protein, motor of the PVD-Fe uptake process, was mostly immobile but its mobility increased substantially in the presence of PVD-Fe. PMID:24205369

  18. Preparation of polyvinylidene fluoride nanofiber membrane and its antibacterial characteristics with nanosilver or graphene oxide.

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    Hong, Byungpyo; Jung, Hyemin; Byun, Hongsik

    2013-09-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVdF) (Kynar 761) nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning at an external voltage of 6-10 kV, a traveling distance of 7-15 cm and flow rate of 0.4-1 ml/hr. Although the diameter of the fiber was not significantly changed, the electrospinning conditions affected the overall distribution of diameter. This is probably due to the interactions, both attraction and repulsion, of positive charges on polymer solutions and the electrically grounded collector. Especially, the effect of voltage on the distribution of diameter was investigated in this study. The final PVdF nanofiber membrane showed narrow pore-size distribution and high water flux compared with the commercial MF membrane. PVdF nanofiber membranes incorporated nanosilver or graphene oxide were also prepared as nanosilver and graphene have an antibacterial activity. It was found that more than 200 ppm of silver nanoparticles in the PVdF nanofiber had 99.9% of growth inhibition of Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumonia. It was also found that 0.2 wt% of graphene oxide in the PVdF electrospinning solution had 99.6% of disinfection property to E-Coli.

  19. Poly(vinylidene fluoride)/SiO2 composite membranes prepared by electrospinning and their excellent properties for nonwoven separators for lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhang, Feng; Ma, Xilan; Cao, Chuanbao; Li, Jili; Zhu, Youqi

    2014-04-01

    PVdF/SiO2 composite nonwoven membranes exhibiting high safety (thermal stability), high ionic conductivity and excellent electrochemical performances are firstly prepared by electrospinning poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVdF) homopolymer and silicon dioxide (SiO2) sol synchronously for the separators of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and hot oven tests show that the PVdF/SiO2 composite nonwoven membranes are thermally stable at a high temperature of 400 °C while the commercial Celgard 2400 PP membrane exhibits great shrinkage at 130 °C, indicating a superior thermal stability of PVdF/SiO2 composite nonwoven membranes than that of Celgard membrane. Moreover, the composite membrane exhibits fairly high ionic conductivity (7.47 × 10-3 S cm-1) that significantly improves the performance of LIBs. The PVdF/SiO2 composite membranes are also evaluated to have higher level of porosity (75-85%) and electrolyte uptake (571-646 wt%), lower interfacial resistance compared to the Celgard separator. The lithium-ion cell (using LiFePO4 cathode) assembled with the composite membrane exhibits more stable cycle performance, higher discharge capacity (159 mAh g-1) and excellent capacity retention which proves that they are promising candidates for separators of high performance rechargeable LIBs.

  20. Recommendations for Self-Report Outcome Measures in Vulvodynia Clinical Trials.

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    Pukall, Caroline F; Bergeron, Sophie; Brown, Candace; Bachmann, Gloria; Wesselmann, Ursula

    2017-08-01

    Vulvodynia (idiopathic chronic vulvar pain) is a prevalent condition associated with significant and negative impacts in many areas of function. Despite the increased research interest in vulvodynia in recent years, recommendations for outcome measures for use in clinical trials are missing. The purpose of this paper, therefore, was to provide recommendations for outcome measures for vulvodynia clinical trials so that consistent measures are used across trials to facilitate between-study comparisons and the conduct of large multicenter trials, and to improve measurement of the multiple dimensions of vulvodynia. Given that provoked vestibulodynia (PVD)-characterized by provoked pain localized to the vaginal opening-is the most common subtype of vulvodynia and the current main focus of clinical trials, this paper focused on recommended outcome measures in PVD clinical trials. The framework used to guide the selection of outcome measures was based on the one proposed by the Initiative on Methods, Measurement, and Pain Assessment in Clinical Trials (IMMPACT). The IMMPACT framework provided a well-suited guideline for outcome measure recommendations in PVD clinical trials. However, given the provoked presentation of PVD and the significant impact it has on sexuality, modifications to some of the IMMPACT recommendations were made and specific additional measures were suggested. Measures that are specific to vulvovaginal pain are ideal for adoption in PVD clinical trials, and many such measures currently exist that allow the relevant IMMPACT domains to be captured.

  1. The microstructure and properties of unbalanced magnetron sputtered CrN sub x coatings

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    Hurkmans, A P A

    2002-01-01

    The most widely used surface treatment to protect engineering components is the deposition of hard chromium by electroplating. The coatings are known to be quite thick (up to 20 mu m), reasonably hard (approx HV1000), but contain micro-cracks. This wet deposition process is well understood, but it has technical limitations and is under high political pressure because of the environmental pollution by hexavalent chromium. The physical vapour deposition (PVD) technique is an alternative method to produce high quality coatings. PVD is an almost pollution free technique, because the process occurs under vacuum. CrN by PVD is one of the most promising PVD coatings as a candidate to replace eventually electroplated hard chromium. The growth characteristics of CrN coatings are less understood than those of TiN, the well-known PVD coating material. This thesis anticipates to fill this technological gap. Along a wide range of experiments based on the deposition of CrN sub x coatings, XRD, SEM, SNMS and tribological an...

  2. Highly efficient gel-state dye-sensitized solar cells prepared using propionitrile and poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene)

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    Venkatesan, Shanmuganathan; Hidayati, Noor; Liu, I.-Ping; Lee, Yuh-Lang

    2016-12-01

    Propionitrile (PPN) solvent based iodide/triiodide liquid-electrolyte is utilized to prepare highly efficient poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) polymer gel electrolytes (PGEs) of dye-sensitized solar cells, aiming at improving the energy conversion efficiency as well as the stability of gel-state DSSCs. The concentrations effect of the PVdF-HFP on the properties of PGEs and the performance of the corresponding cells are studied. The results show that the in-situ gelation is performed for the PVdF-HFP concentration range of 8-18% at room temperature. However, increasing the concentration of polymer in the PGEs triggers a decrease in the diffusivity and conductivity of the PGEs, but an increase in the phase transition temperature of the PGEs. A high phase transition temperature is obtained for the PGEs with 18 wt% PVdF-HFP, which increase the long-term stability of the gel-state DSSC. By using the 18 wt% PVdF-HFP in the presence of 5 wt% TiO2 nanofillers (NFs), gel-state cells with an efficiency of 8.38% can be obtained, which is higher than that achieved by liquid-state cells (7.55%). After 1000 h test at room temperature (RT) and 50 °C, the cell can retain 96% and 82%, respectively, of its initial efficiency.

  3. Application of self-report and performance-based outcome measures to determine functional differences between four categories of prosthetic feet

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    Robert S. Gailey, PhD, PT

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available We examined the application of outcome measures to determine changes in function caused by standardized functional prosthetic gait training and the use of four different prosthetic feet in people with unilateral transtibial limb loss. Two self-report measures (Prosthetic Evaluation Questionnaire-Mobility Scale [PEQ-13] and Locomotor Capabilities Index [LCI], and three performance-based measures (Amputee Mobility Predictor with a prosthesis [AMPPRO], 6-minute walk test [6MWT] and step activity monitor [SAM] were used. Ten people with unilateral transtibial limb loss, five with peripheral vascular disease (PVD and five without PVD, completed testing. Subjects were tested at baseline and after receiving training with their existing prosthesis and with the study socket and four prosthetic feet, i.e., SACH (solid ankle cushion heel, SAFE (stationary attachment flexible endoskeletal, Talux, and Proprio feet, over 8 to 10 weeks. Training was administered between testing sessions. No differences were detected by the PEQ-13, LCI, 6MWT, or SAM following training and after fitting with test feet. The AMPPRO demonstrated differences following training with the existing prosthesis in the PVD group and between selected feet from baseline testing (p PVD and the non-PVD groups (p

  4. Deciphering protein dynamics of the siderophore pyoverdine pathway in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Laurent Guillon

    Full Text Available Pseudomonas aeruginosa produces the siderophore, pyoverdine (PVD, to obtain iron. Siderophore pathways involve complex mechanisms, and the machineries responsible for biosynthesis, secretion and uptake of the ferri-siderophore span both membranes of Gram-negative bacteria. Most proteins involved in the PVD pathway have been identified and characterized but the way the system functions as a whole remains unknown. By generating strains expressing fluorescent fusion proteins, we show that most of the proteins are homogeneously distributed throughout the bacterial cell. We also studied the dynamics of these proteins using fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP. This led to the first diffusion coefficients ever determined in P. aeruginosa. Cytoplasmic and periplamic diffusion appeared to be slower than in Escherichia coli but membrane proteins seemed to behave similarly in the two species. The diffusion of cytoplasmic and periplasmic tagged proteins involved in the PVD pathway was dependent on the interaction network to which they belong. Importantly, the TonB protein, motor of the PVD-Fe uptake process, was mostly immobile but its mobility increased substantially in the presence of PVD-Fe.

  5. [Perioperative myocardial ischemia in patients with peripheral arterial occlusive diseases].

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    Rapp, H J; Buselmeier, P; Gasteiger, P; Hoberg, E; Striebel, J P

    1990-04-01

    Patients with peripheral vascular disease (PVD) often have coronary artery disease (CAD) which means an increased risk during anesthesia. The prevalence of CAD is nearly 50% among such patients. Owing to claudication, diagnostic stress tests can rarely be performed in PVD patients. In order to evaluate the frequency of transient perioperative myocardial ischemia, Holter monitoring was performed in 30 consecutive PVD patients with ASA II-III and AVK scale (Fontaine) II-IV who were undergoing femoropopliteal bypass surgery. Patients who had left bundle branch block and left ventricular hypertrophy or were taking digitalis medication were excluded from Holter monitoring. The ST-segment analysis of the frequency modulated recordings (n = 19) revealed episodes of myocardial ischemia in 26% of the patients. Most (75%) of the episodes occurred preoperatively, and 25%, during or after the anesthesia or during preparation for it. Risk factors for CAD were more often found in patients with ST segment alterations than in patients without ST segment deviations, even though the preoperative antianginal medication administered was comparable in the two subgroups. It is concluded that in a considerable subset of PVD patients silent myocardial ischemia occurs, which can be related to the different perioperative intervals by means of ST segment analyses of Holter recordings. The ST segment may allow a better insight into the cardiac state of PVD patients. Further studies are necessary in larger populations to test our suspicion.

  6. Nematic-like stable glasses without equilibrium liquid crystal phases.

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    Gómez, Jaritza; Gujral, Ankit; Huang, Chengbin; Bishop, Camille; Yu, Lian; Ediger, M D

    2017-02-07

    We report the thermal and structural properties of glasses of posaconazole, a rod-like molecule, prepared using physical vapor deposition (PVD). PVD glasses of posaconazole can show substantial molecular orientation depending upon the choice of substrate temperature, Tsubstrate, during deposition. Ellipsometry and IR measurements indicate that glasses prepared at Tsubstrate very near the glass transition temperature (Tg) are highly ordered. For these posaconazole glasses, the orientation order parameter is similar to that observed in macroscopically aligned nematic liquid crystals, indicating that the molecules are mostly parallel to one another and perpendicular to the interface. To our knowledge, these are the most anisotropic glasses ever prepared by PVD from a molecule that does not form equilibrium liquid crystal phases. These results are consistent with a previously proposed mechanism in which molecular orientation in PVD glasses is inherited from the orientation present at the free surface of the equilibrium liquid. This mechanism suggests that molecular orientation at the surface of the equilibrium liquid of posaconazole is nematic-like. Posaconazole glasses can show very high kinetic stability; the isothermal transformation of a 400 nm glass into the supercooled liquid occurs via a propagating front that originates at the free surface and requires ∼10(5) times the structural relaxation time of the liquid (τα). We also studied the kinetic stability of PVD glasses of itraconazole, which is a structurally similar molecule with equilibrium liquid crystal phases. While itraconazole glasses can be even more anisotropic than posaconazole glasses, they exhibit lower kinetic stability.

  7. Surface Treatment of Cr12MoV Steel towards Long-Life Cold-Work Dies

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    SHI Wen; WANG Jun-Li; WANG Zhen; WAN Zi; XU Luo-Ping

    2004-01-01

    With the rapid development of the automobile industry in China, there is an ever-increasing demand for long-life cold working dies used for punching automobile components. However, the full potential of such advanced surface engineering technologies as PVD coatings and duplex surface treatments in cold work dies has not been realized. In the present study, Crl2MoV steel has been surface engineered by single PVD Ti/TiN coating and duplex treatment combining low temperature plasma nitriding (LTPN) with PVD Ti/TiN coatings. The properties of Ti/TiN coatings in terms of surface morphology, microhardness, load bearing capacity, bonding strength and wear resistance were evaluated by microhardness,scratch and wear tests. The experimental results show that PVD Ti/TiN coatings can significantly enhance the surface load bearing capacity (especially for duplex treatments) and wear resistance of Cr12MoV steel by more than one order of magnitude. This can be mainly attributed to the hard and well-adherent PVD Ti/TiN surface coatings and strong mechanical support of the LTPN sublayer. While two-body abrasive wear prevails for uncoated Crl2MoV, the micropolishing action of the counterface dominates in surface engineered material.

  8. Surface Treatment of Cr12MoV Steel towards Long-Life Cold-Work Dies

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    SHIWen; WANGJun-Li; WANGZhen; WANZi; XULuo-Ping

    2004-01-01

    With the rapid development of the automobile industry in China, there is an ever-increasing demand for long-life cold working dies used for punching automobile components. However, the full potential of such advanced surface engineering technologies as PVD coatings and duplex surface treatments in cold work dies has not been realized. In the present study, Cr12MoV steel has been surface engineered by single PVD Ti/TiN coating and duplex treatment combining low temperature plasma nitriding (LTPN) with PVD Ti/TiN coatings. The properties of Ti/TiN coatings in terms of surface morphology, microhardness, load bearing capacity, bonding strength and wear resistance were evaluated by mierohardness,scratch and wear tests, The experimental results show that PVD Ti/TiN coatings can significantly enhance the surface load bearing capacity (especially for duplex treatments) and wear resistance of Cr12MoV steel by more than one order of magnitude. This can be mainly attributed to the hard and well-adherent PVD Ti/TiN surface coatings and strong mechanical support of the LTPN sublayer. While two-body abrasive wear prevails for uncoated Cr12MoV. the micropolishing action of the counterface dominates in surface engineered material.

  9. Effects of an Integrated Separator/Electrode Assembly on Enhanced Thermal Stability and Rate Capability of Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Gong, Seokhyeon; Jeon, Hyunkyu; Lee, Hoogil; Ryou, Myung-Hyun; Lee, Yong Min

    2017-05-31

    To improve the rate capability and safety of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), we developed an integrated separator/electrode by gluing polyethylene (PE) separators and electrodes using a polymeric adhesive (poly(vinylidene fluoride), PVdF). To fabricate thin and uniform polymer coating layers on the substrate, we applied the polymer solution using a spray-coating technique. PVdF was chosen because of its superior mechanical properties and stable electrochemical properties within the voltage range of commercial LIBs. The integrated separator/electrode showed superior thermal stability compared to that of the control PE separators. Although PVdF coating layers partially blocked the porous structures of the PE separators, resulting in reduced ionic conductivity (control PE = 0.666 mS cm(-1), PVdF-coated PE = 0.617 mS cm(-1)), improved interfacial properties between the separators and the electrodes were obtained due to the intimate contact, and the rate capabilities of the LIBs based on integrated separators/electrodes showed 176.6% improvement at the 7 C rate (LIBs based on PVdF-coated and control PE maintained 48.4 and 27.4% of the initial discharge capacity, respectively).

  10. RAB-10 Regulates Dendritic Branching by Balancing Dendritic Transport.

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    Caitlin A Taylor

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The construction of a large dendritic arbor requires robust growth and the precise delivery of membrane and protein cargoes to specific subcellular regions of the developing dendrite. How the microtubule-based vesicular trafficking and sorting systems are regulated to distribute these dendritic development factors throughout the dendrite is not well understood. Here we identify the small GTPase RAB-10 and the exocyst complex as critical regulators of dendrite morphogenesis and patterning in the C. elegans sensory neuron PVD. In rab-10 mutants, PVD dendritic branches are reduced in the posterior region of the cell but are excessive in the distal anterior region of the cell. We also demonstrate that the dendritic branch distribution within PVD depends on the balance between the molecular motors kinesin-1/UNC-116 and dynein, and we propose that RAB-10 regulates dendrite morphology by balancing the activity of these motors to appropriately distribute branching factors, including the transmembrane receptor DMA-1.

  11. Room temperature lithium metal batteries based on a new Gel Polymer Electrolyte membrane

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    Sannier, L.; Bouchet, R.; Grugeon, S.; Naudin, E.; Vidal, E.; Tarascon, J.-M.

    A new effective Gel Polymer Electrolyte membrane based on two polymers, the polyethylene oxide (PEO), a poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) copolymer and a plasticizer, the dibutylphtalate (DBP), was realized. This separator membrane was made by adjunction, through lamination, of an industrially made DBP/PVdF-HFP film and a homemade DBP/PEO thin film. Once the plasticizer was removed and the separator gelled by the electrolyte, the PEO enables the formation of a good interface with the lithium while the PVdF-HFP film brings the mechanical strength to the membrane. The electrochemical behavior of lithium batteries based on this bi-layer separator was investigated versus temperature, cycling potential and cycling rate. Owing to the promising results obtained with laboratory cells, a 1 Ah prototype was successfully assembled, and its cycling and rate performances were reported.

  12. Effect of TiO{sub 2} Inclusion in the Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene)-Based Polymer Electrolyte of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

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    Kim, Kwang Man; Kang, Man Gu; Ryu, Kwang Sun; Chang, Soon Ho [Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Park, Nam Gyu [Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-02-15

    The lack of long-term stability, however, could occur by the leakage or evaporation of liquid electrolyte components. Many efforts were paid to replace the liquid electrolyte by various types of quasi-solid-state polymer electrolyte. The approach of using polymer electrolytes has been attracted with high interest but usually resulted in lower conversion efficiency than conventional Graetzel cell with liquid electrolyte. Among many polymer electrolytes, the poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) as polymer matrix material in DSSC has been known to be quite useful because of its photoelectrochemical stability under potential application. The previous result of PVdF-HFP polymer electrolyte presented somewhat low conversion efficiency of about 2-3%. We have considered that the low efficiency might be due to the inhibition of ion migration by the viscosity originated from polymer chain obstacles. Thus, we tried to modify the PVdF-HFP polymer electrolyte system to improve ion migration.

  13. LiFePO 4 water-soluble binder electrode for Li-ion batteries

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    Guerfi, A.; Kaneko, M.; Petitclerc, M.; Mori, M.; Zaghib, K.

    A new water-soluble elastomer from ZEON Corp. was evaluated as binder with LiFePO 4 cathode material in Li-ion batteries. The mechanical characteristic of this cathode was compared to that with PVdF-based cathode binder. The elastomer-based cathode shows high flexibility with good adhesion. The electrochemical performance was also evaluated and compared to PVdF-based cathodes at 25 and at 60 °C. A lower irreversible capacity loss was obtained with the elastomer-based cathode, however, aging at 60 °C shows a comparable cycle life to that observed with PVdF-based cathodes. The LiFePO 4-WSB at high rate shows a good performance with 120 mAh g -1 at 10 C rate at 60 °C.

  14. LiFePO{sub 4} water-soluble binder electrode for Li-ion batteries

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    Guerfi, A.; Petitclerc, M.; Zaghib, K. [Institut de Recherche d' Hydro-Quebec, 1800 Lionel-Boulet, Varennes, Que. J3X 1S1 (Canada); Kaneko, M.; Mori, M. [ZEON Corporation, R and D Center, 1-2-1 Yako, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 210-9507 (Japan)

    2007-01-01

    A new water-soluble elastomer from ZEON Corp. was evaluated as binder with LiFePO{sub 4} cathode material in Li-ion batteries. The mechanical characteristic of this cathode was compared to that with PVdF-based cathode binder. The elastomer-based cathode shows high flexibility with good adhesion. The electrochemical performance was also evaluated and compared to PVdF-based cathodes at 25 and at 60{sup o}C. A lower irreversible capacity loss was obtained with the elastomer-based cathode, however, aging at 60{sup o}C shows a comparable cycle life to that observed with PVdF-based cathodes. The LiFePO{sub 4}-WSB at high rate shows a good performance with 120mAhg{sup -1} at 10C rate at 60{sup o}C. (author)

  15. Steganography Using Adaptive Pixel Value Differencing(APVD) of Gray Images Through Exclusion of Overflow/Underflow

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    Mandal, J K

    2012-01-01

    In a gray scale image the pixel value ranges from 0 to 255. But when we use pixel-value differencing (pvd) method as image steganographic scheme, the pixel values in the stego-image may exceed gray scale range. An adaptive steganography based on modified pixel-value differencing through management of pixel values within the range of gray scale has been proposed in this paper. PVD method is used and check whether the pixel value exceeds the range on embedding. Positions where the pixel exceeds boundary has been marked and a delicate handle is used to keep the value within the range. From the experimental it is seen that the results obtained in proposed method provides with identical payload and visual fidelity of stego-image compared to the pvd method.

  16. [Pathology of the vitreomacular interface].

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    Pop, Monica; Gheorghe, Alina

    2014-01-01

    Vitreous role in the pathophysiology of retinal diseases has increased importantly over the recent years. This was possible using Optical Coherence Tomography which reviewed the way the vitreoretinal interface should be looked at and defined and classified new pathologies such as Vitreoretinal Traction Syndrome. Vitreous is not an empty space but an important anatomical structure with role in ocular physiology. With age biochemical changes occur so that vitreous starts to liquefy. Once the vitreous is liquefied (sinchisis) it collapses and passes in the retrohialoid space (sineresis). In complete PVD besides sinchisis there is a weakness of the adherence between the posterior cortex and ILM with total detachment of posterior cortex. Abnormal adhesions are associated with incomplete PVD. The definition and understanting of vitreoretinal pathology is an active and continuous process, PVD being the trigger of a lot of retinal pathologies: epiretinal membrane, macular hole, tractional macular oedema, VMTS, myopic traction maculopathy, exacerbations of exudative ARMD.

  17. Preparation and characterization of a novel composite microporous polymer electrolyte for Li-ion batteries

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    CHEN Zuofeng; JIANG Yanxia; ZHUANG Quanchao; DONG Quanfeng; WANG Ye; SUN Shigang

    2005-01-01

    A novel composite microporous polymer electrolyte composed of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluorop- ropylene) (PVdF-HFP) and mesoporous SBA-15 was prepared. The composite solid polymer electrolyte (CSPE) exhibits ionic conductivity as high as 0.30 mS·cm-1 with a composition of SBA-15:PVdF-HFP=3:8 at room temperature. Infrared transmission spectroscopic results suggested that the mechanism of micropore formation is similar to that of the phase inversion. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results demonstrated that the addition of SBA-15 inhibits the crystallization of PVdF-HFP, while the SBA-15 preserves well its ordered mesoporous structure during the course of preparation. The Li/CSPE/MCF of half-cell was assembled, and it showed a good electrochemical and cyclability performance during charge-discharge cycles.

  18. Assessment of risk of peripheral vascular disease and vascular care capacity in Ghana

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    Gyedu, Adam; Stewart, Barclay T; Nakua, Emmanuel; Quansah, Robert; Donkor, Peter; Mock, Charles; Hardy, Mark A; Yangni-Angate, Koffi Herve

    2015-01-01

    Introduction This study aimed to describe national peripheral vascular disease (PVD) risk and health burden and vascular care capacity in Ghana. The gap between PVD burden and vascular care capacity in a low- and middle-income country (LMIC) is defined and capacity improvement priorities identified. Methods Data to estimate PVD risk factor burden were obtained from: i) World Health Organization’s Study on Global Ageing and Health (SAGE), Ghana; and ii) Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation Global Burden of Disease database (IHME GBD). In addition, a novel nationwide assessment of vascular care capacity was performed, with 20 vascular care items assessed at 40 hospitals in Ghana. Factors contributing to specific item deficiency were also described. Results From the SAGE database, there were 4,305 respondents aged at least 50 years with data to estimate PVD risk. Out of these 57% were at moderate to high PVD risk with ≥3 risk factors, thus giving 1,654,557 persons when extrapolated nationally. Using IHME GBD data, the estimated disability-adjusted life years incurred from PVD increased 5-fold from 1990 to 2010 (1.3 to 3.2 per 100,000 persons, respectively). Vascular care capacity assessment demonstrated marked deficiencies in items for diagnosis, perioperative and vascular surgical care. Deficiencies were most often due to absence of equipment, lack of training and technology breakage. Conclusion Risk factor reduction and management as well as optimization of current resources are paramount to avoid the large burden of peripheral vascular disease falling on healthcare systems in low- and middle-income countries that are not well equipped to handle vascular surgical care, and for which rapid development of such capacity would be difficult and expensive. PMID:26560502

  19. Evaluation of hyperspectral imaging technology in patients with peripheral vascular disease.

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    Chiang, Nathaniel; Jain, Jitendra K; Sleigh, Jamie; Vasudevan, Thodur

    2017-05-22

    Hyperspectral imaging technology is a novel method of using transcutaneous measurement of oxyhemoglobin (HT-Oxy) and deoxyhemoglobin (HT-Deoxy) concentrations to create a two-dimensional, color-coded "oxygen map." The aims of this study were to compare the use of a hyperspectral imaging device with the transcutaneous oxygen measurement (TCOM), ankle-brachial index (ABI), and severity of peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and to assess their correlations. This prospective study recruited 294 participants divided into three distinct groups composed of healthy volunteers and patients with PVD. Patients underwent measurements of lower limbs at a standardized point over the head of the first metatarsal on the plantar aspect using the hyperspectral imaging device, generating four outputs including HT-Oxy, HT-Deoxy, oxygen saturation (HT-Sat), and skin temperature, and the TCOM system, generating transcutaneous partial pressure of oxygen (TcpO2) and carbon dioxide (TcpCO2). Demographic data, severity of PVD, ABI, and other pertinent information were obtained from both the participants and medical records. Interoperator reliability ranged from 86% to 94% across the four hyperspectral imaging device outputs, whereas intraoperator reliability ranged from 92% to 94%. The HT-Oxy, HT-Sat, TcpCO2, and ABI of the diseased limb correlated significantly with the severity of PVD. HT-Sat significantly correlated with TcpO2 (R = 0.19), TcpCO2 (R = -0.26), ABI (R = 0.42), and skin temperature (R = 0.56). HT-Deoxy also correlated with TcpCO2 (R = 0.27). This study demonstrates the reliability of hyperspectral imaging in comparison to TCOM, ABI, skin temperature, and severity of PVD in a series of patients. Its correlation to other established modalities and low interoperator and intraoperator variability could enable this modality to be a useful screening tool in PVD. Copyright © 2017 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Galvanostatic methods for stripping of crn coatings; Estudio para la recuperacion de herramientas recubiertas con nitrogeno de cromo mediante ensayos galvanostaticos

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    Cristobal, A. B.; Conde, A.; Rodriguez, R.; Fuentes, G. G.; Montala, F.; Carreras, L.; Damborenea, J. de

    2006-07-01

    The improvements of the corrosion, wear and tribological behaviour by searching for new materials has entailed a greater expansion of PVD technology. Introduction of PVD systems in the industry is a real fact because this technique has been able to develop coatings whose response for many applications goes beyond used them until now. However the evolution of this technology requires minimize the economic costs in order to be a competitive process. A way to achieve this objective consists on recover the tool when the life time of the coating has finished or when deposition process has failed. (Author)

  1. Guidance on the use of passive-vapor-diffusion samplers to detect volatile organic compounds in ground-water-discharge areas, and example applications in New England

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    Church, Peter E.; Vroblesky, Don A.; Lyford, Forest P.

    2002-01-01

    Polyethylene-membrane passive-vapor-diffusion samplers, or PVD samplers, have been shown to be an effective and economical reconnaissance tool for detecting and identifying volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in bottom sediments of surface-water bodies in areas of ground-water discharge. The PVD samplers consist of an empty glass vial enclosed in two layers of polyethylene membrane tubing. When samplers are placed in contaminated sediments, the air in the vial equilibrates with VOCs in pore water. Analysis of the vapor indicates the presence or absence of VOCs and the likely magnitude of concentrations in pore water.

  2. Microstructural and Tribological Characterization of Duplex Coatings with Additional Ion Bombardment

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    B.(S)kori(c); D.Kaka(s); M.Rakita

    2004-01-01

    A duplex surface treatment involves the sequential application of two surface technologies to produce a surface composition with combined properties. A typical duplex process involves plasma nitriding and the PVD coating treatment of steels. In the paper are presented characteristics of hard coatings, type TiN, produced by classic technology PVD (physical vapour deposition) and IBAD (ion beam assisted deposition). Subsequent ion implantation was provided with N5+ions. The dependence of friction coefficient was investigated by means of tribometer (pin-on-ring). The sliding pair was TiN thin coating on steel pin combined with steel ring without coating. The ring was produced from hardenable steel.

  3. Sidestream dark field images of the microcirculation

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    Petersen, Sandra M; Greisen, Gorm; Hyttel-Sorensen, Simon;

    2014-01-01

    by the same blinded observer using validated software. Vessels were detected, generating the parameter Total Vessel Density (TVD), and flow was determined by (i) classifying each vessel separately, generating the parameters Perfused Vessel Density (PVD) and Proportion of Perfused Vessels (PPV), and by (ii...... than for PVD (ICC = 0.89, p ....64) for capillaries and 1.01 (0.85 - 1.16) for all vessels. CONCLUSIONS: Intra-observer reliability for full evaluation of Sidestream Dark Field images was good for vessel detection and for flow classification but significantly poorer for the faster "Boerma" method. Furthermore, the Boerma method is likely...

  4. Application of Prefabricated Vertical Drain in Soil Improvement

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    Tedjakusuma B.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Although the use of Prefabricated Vertical Drain (PVD in soil improvement is not new, this paper is interesting since it gives the full spectrum from preliminary design stage; trial embankment and pilot test to final soil improvement. The final installation of the PVD was based on the soil investigation report and the results of instrumentation monitoring. Finally, using back analysis, vertical and horizontal coefficients of consolidation and compression index can be determined, which can be applied to predict a more accurate prediction of settlement.

  5. Tribology of nitriding layer, TiN coatings and their complex on AISI D2 steel

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    WANG Ke-sheng; ZHANG De-yuan; DONG Ding-fu

    2004-01-01

    The sliding wear and impact wear resistances of D2 steel with nitriding layer, PVD titanium nitride coating and their duplex treatment were investigated. The experimental results suggest that the duplex treatment has the best sliding and impact wear resistances under experimental conditions. And the wear resistance of PVD titanium nitride is better than that of nitriding. The impact wear resistance and wear mechanism of all three surface layers remain unchanged under impact load of 0.2 J or 1 J. All samples end with the same symptom of flaking.

  6. Análisis de la sintomatología y los factores de riesgo asociados al uso de las pantallas de visualización de datos en usuarios adultos no presbitas

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    La literatura científica presenta una cierta confusión sobre la prevalencia de los síntomas asociados al uso de las pantallas de visualización de datos (PVD), debido a varios factores tales como: las diferentes poblaciones estudiadas, edades, sexo y los métodos utilizados para su determinación. Se ha realizado un estudio para determinar la prevalencia de síntomas asociados al uso de las PVD (eliminando estos factores de confusión) y su relación con los factores de riesgo. Método. Participa...

  7. Mechanisms of spallation of electron beam physical vapor deposited thermal barrier coatings with and without platinum aluminide bond coat ridges

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    Vaidyanathan, K.; Gell, M. [Connecticut Univ., Storrs, CT (United States). Dept. of Metallurgy; Jordan, E. [Dept. Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut, CT-06269, Storrs (United States)

    2000-11-01

    Grain boundary ridges, that form on the surface of platinum aluminide [(Ni,Pt)Al] bond coats prior to the deposition of the yttria stabilized zirconia ceramic layer by the electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) process, were shown to be the sites for spallation damage initiation in (Ni,Pt)Al/EB-PVD thermal barrier coatings. When these ridges are removed prior to deposition of the ceramic layer, a 3 x life improvement is achieved. This study compares the spallation mechanisms in specimens with and without bond coat ridges, in order to explain the improvement in spallation life. (orig.)

  8. Microstructural and Tribological Characterization of Duplex Coatings with Additional Ion Bombardment

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    B.Skorie; D.Kakas; M.akita

    2004-01-01

    A duplex surface treatment involves the sequential application of two surface technologies to produce a surface composition with combined properties. A typical duplex process involves plasma nitriding and the PVD coating treatment of steels. In the paper are presented characteristics of hard coatings, type TiN, produced by classic technology PVD (physical vapour deposition) and IBAD (ion beam assisted deposition). Subsequent ion implantation was provided with N5+ ions. The dependence of friction coefficient was investigated by means of tribometer (pin-on-ring). The sliding pair was TiN thin coating on steel pin combined with steel ring without coating. The ring was produced from hardenable steel.

  9. Development of durable and efficient electrodes for large-scale alkaline water electrolysis

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    Kjartansdóttir, Cecilia Kristin; Nielsen, Lars Pleth; Møller, Per

    2013-01-01

    A new type of electrodes for alkaline water electrolysis is produced by physical vapour depositing (PVD) of aluminium onto a nickel substrate. The PVD Al/Ni is heat-treated to facilitate alloy formation followed by a selective aluminium alkaline leaching. The obtained porous Ni surface is uniform...... and characterized by a unique interlayer adhesion, which is critical for industrial application. IR-compensated polarisation curves prepared in a half-cell setup with 1 M KOH electrolyte at room temperature reveals that at least 400 mV less potential is needed to decompose water into hydrogen and oxygen...

  10. Analysis on Residual Stress in Electron Beam-Physical Vapor Deposited Thermal Barrier Coating using Hard Synchrotron X-Rays

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    鈴木, 賢治; 松本, 一秀; 久保, 貴博; 町屋, 修太郎; 田中, 啓介; 秋庭, 義明; SUZUKI, Kenji; MATSUMOTO, Kazuhide; Kubo, Takahiro; Machiya, Syutaro; Tanaka, Keisuke; Akiniwa, Yoshiaki

    2005-01-01

    The distribution of the residual stress in the thermal barrier coating, which was made by an electron beam-physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) method, was determined using X-ray stress measurements. As the bond coating, NiCoCrAlY was low-pressure plasma sprayed on the substrate of austenitic stainless steel. The 8 mass% Y_2O_3-ZrO_2 was coated on the bond coating using the EB-PVD method as the top coating. The top coating had the preferred orientation with the axis direction perpendicular to ...

  11. EB-PVDによる遮熱コーティングの残留応力のX線評価

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    鈴木, 賢治; 和田, 国彦; 松原, 秀彰; 菖蒲, 敬久; 川村, 昌志; 田中, 啓介; SUZUKI, Kenji; Wada, Kunihiko; Matsubara, Hideaki; Shobu, Takahisa; Kawamura. Masashi; Tanaka, Keisuke

    2007-01-01

    The Ni-based superalloy IN738LC was used as the substrate material, and CoNiCrAIY powder was pressureless plasma-sprayed on the substrate as the bond coating. Zirconia was coated as the top coating by the electron beam-physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) method. In the EB-PVD process, the specimens were kept at 1223K and rotated with 5rpm, 10rpm and 20rpm. According to the microscopic observation and the result of the pole figures, the top coalings had a columnar structure, which was made by t...

  12. A hybrid CFD-DSMC model designed to simulate rapidly rarefying flow fields and its application to physical vapor deposition

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    Gott, Kevin

    This research endeavors to better understand the physical vapor deposition (PVD) vapor transport process by determining the most appropriate fluidic model to design PVD coating manufacturing. An initial analysis was completed based on the calculation of Knudsen number from titanium vapor properties. The results show a dense Navier-Stokes solver best describes flow near the evaporative source, but the material properties suggest expansion into the chamber may result in a strong drop in density and a rarefied flow close to the substrate. A hybrid CFD-DSMC solver is constructed in OpenFOAM for rapidly rarefying flow fields such as PVD vapor transport. The models are patched together combined using a new patching methodology designed to take advantage of the one-way motion of vapor from the CFD region to the DSMC region. Particles do not return to the dense CFD region, therefore the temperature and velocity can be solved independently in each domain. This novel technique allows a hybrid method to be applied to rapidly rarefying PVD flow fields in a stable manner. Parameter studies are performed on a CFD, Navier-Stokes continuum based compressible solver, a Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) rarefied particle solver, a collisionless free molecular solver and the hybrid CFD-DSMC solver. The radial momentum at the inlet and radial diffusion characteristics in the flow field are shown to be the most important to achieve an accurate deposition profile. The hybrid model also shows sensitivity to the shape of the CFD region and rarefied regions shows sensitivity to the Knudsen number. The models are also compared to each other and appropriate experimental data to determine which model is most likely to accurately describe PVD coating deposition processes. The Navier-Stokes solvers are expected to yield backflow across the majority of realistic inlet conditions, making their physics unrealistic for PVD flow fields. A DSMC with improved collision model may yield an accurate

  13. Polyarteritis nodosa presenting as peripheral vascular disease and acute limb ischemia

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    A Shukla

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Acute limb ischemia and peripheral vascular disease (PVD are unusual presentations of polyarteritis nodosa (PAN. Here, we present a case with PVD of both lower limbs leading to foot claudication. Digital subtraction angiography showed narrowing, irregularity, and occlusion of both lower limb arteries with no involvement of the abdomen visceral arteries. Based on significant weight loss, diastolic blood pressure >90 mmHg, myalgia, testicular pain, and angiographic abnormalities in medium-sized arteries, he was diagnosed as having PAN. He was treated with corticosteroid and bolus intravenous cyclophosphamide following which he had prompt and near-complete recovery of the symptoms without any tissue loss.

  14. Investigation on the formation of tungsten carbide in tungsten-containing diamond like carbon coatings

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    Strondl, C.; Carvalho, N.M.; Hosson, J.Th.M. De; Kolk, G.J. van der

    2003-01-01

    A series of tungsten-containing diamond-like carbon (Me-DLC) coatings have been produced by unbalanced magnetron sputtering using a Hauzer HTC-1000 production PVD system. Sputtering from WC targets has been used to form W-C:H coatings. The metal to carbon ratio has been varied to study changes in th

  15. Poly(vinylidene fluoride)-based, co-polymer separator electrolyte membranes for lithium-ion battery systems

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    Costa, C. M.; Gomez Ribelles, J. L.; Lanceros-Méndez, S.; Appetecchi, G. B.; Scrosati, B.

    2014-01-01

    In the present paper we report and discuss the physicochemical properties of novel electrolyte membranes, based on poly(vinylidenefluoride-co-trifluoroethylene), PVdF-TrFE, and poly(vinylidenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene), PVdF-HFP, co-polymer hosts and the PVdF-TrFE/poly(ethylene oxide (PEO) blend as separators for lithium battery systems. The results have shown that the examined separator membranes, particularly those based on the PVdF co-polymers, are able to uptake large liquid amounts leading to high ionic conductivity values. Tests performed on Li/LiFePO4 and Li/Sn-C cells have revealed very good cycling performance even at high current rates and 100% of DOD, approaching the results achieved in liquid electrolytes. A capacity fading lower than 0.002% per cycle was observed. Particularly, the Li/LiFePO4 cathode cells have exhibited excellent rate capability, being still able to deliver at 2C above 89% of the capacity discharged at 0.1C. These results, in conjunction with the about 100% coulombic efficiency, suggest very good electrolyte/electrode compatibility, which results from the high purity and stability of the electrolyte and electrode materials and the cell manufacturing.

  16. AcEST: DK960641 [AcEST

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    Full Text Available e-17 sp|O01367|HOW_DROME Protein held out wings OS=Drosophila melanog... 32 3.6 s...+I+R+++PVD Y Sbjct: 90 NLMSNVSGGGLGGWNGLPPERIGGPHGMAMEWQGAPASPSSYPVKRILRLDLPVDTY 146 >sp|O01367|HOW_DROME Protein held out wings

  17. Coatings for transport industry

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    Krzysztof LUKASZKOWICZ

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The investigations concerned structural analysis, as well as mechanical properties and wear resistant of MeN/DLC double-layer coating deposited by hybrid PVD/PACVD method. In sliding dry friction conditions, after the break-in time, the friction coefficient for the investigated elements is set in the range between 0.03-0.06.

  18. Enhancing the oxidation resistance of graphite by applying an SiC coat with crack healing at an elevated temperature

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    Park, Jae-Won; Kim, Eung-Seon; Kim, Jae-Un; Kim, Yootaek; Windes, William E.

    2016-08-01

    The potential of reducing the oxidation of the supporting graphite components during normal and/or accident conditions in the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) design has been studied. In this work efforts have been made to slow the oxidation process of the graphite with a thin SiC coating (∼ 10 μm). Upon heating at ≥ 1173 K in air, the spallations and cracks were formed in the dense columnar structured SiC coating layer grown on the graphite with a functionally gradient electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD. In accordance with the formations of these defects, the sample was vigorously oxidized, leaving only the SiC coating layer. Then, efforts were made to heal the surface defects using additional EB-PVD with ion beam bombardment and chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The EB-PVD did not effectively heal the cracks. But, the CVD was more appropriate for crack healing, likely due to its excellent crack line filling capability with a high density and high aspect ratio. It took ∼ 34 min for the 20% weight loss of the CVD crack healed sample in the oxidation test with annealing at 1173 K, while it took ∼ 8 min for the EB-PVD coated sample, which means it took ∼4 times longer at 1173 K for the same weight reduction in this experimental set-up.

  19. Estructuración del trabajo: condiciones de trabajo

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    Pedroso Beneite, Clara

    2013-01-01

    Origen de las condiciones de trabajo y ergonomía, contenido de las condiciones de trabajo y sus métodos de evaluación. Especial análisis del método EWA en referencia a una oficina de usuario de PVD.

  20. A novel high-performance gel polymer electrolyte membrane basing on electrospinning technique for lithium rechargeable batteries

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    Wu, Na; Cao, Qi; Wang, Xianyou; Li, Xiaoyun; Deng, Huayang

    2011-10-01

    Nonwoven films of composites of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) with different proportion of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVdF) (80, 50 and 20%, w/w) are prepared by electrospinning 9 wt% polymer solution at room temperature. Then the gel polymer electrolytes (GPEs) are prepared by soaking the electrospun TPU-PVdF blending membranes in 1 M LiClO4/ethylene carbonate (EC)/propylene carbonate (PC) for 1 h. The gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) shows a maximum ionic conductivity of 3.2 × 10-3 S cm-1 at room temperature and electrochemical stability up to 5.0 V versus Li+/Li for the 50:50 blend ratio of TPU:PVdF system. At the first cycle, it shows a first charge-discharge capacity of 168.9 mAh g-1 when the gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) is evaluated in a Li/PE/lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) cell at 0.1 C-rate at 25 °C. TPU-PVdF (50:50, w/w) based gel polymer electrolyte is observed much more suitable than the composite films with other ratios for high-performance lithium rechargeable batteries.

  1. Does the Speed of Light Slow Down Over Time?

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    Ebert, Ronald

    1997-01-01

    The speed of light is a fundamental characteristic of the universe. So many processes are related to and dependent upon it that, if creationist claims were true, the universe would be far different from the way it is now. The speed of light has never been shown to vary based on the direction from which it was measured. (PVD)

  2. An RGB colour image steganography scheme using overlapping block-based pixel-value differencing.

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    Prasad, Shiv; Pal, Arup Kumar

    2017-04-01

    This paper presents a steganographic scheme based on the RGB colour cover image. The secret message bits are embedded into each colour pixel sequentially by the pixel-value differencing (PVD) technique. PVD basically works on two consecutive non-overlapping components; as a result, the straightforward conventional PVD technique is not applicable to embed the secret message bits into a colour pixel, since a colour pixel consists of three colour components, i.e. red, green and blue. Hence, in the proposed scheme, initially the three colour components are represented into two overlapping blocks like the combination of red and green colour components, while another one is the combination of green and blue colour components, respectively. Later, the PVD technique is employed on each block independently to embed the secret data. The two overlapping blocks are readjusted to attain the modified three colour components. The notion of overlapping blocks has improved the embedding capacity of the cover image. The scheme has been tested on a set of colour images and satisfactory results have been achieved in terms of embedding capacity and upholding the acceptable visual quality of the stego-image.

  3. Studies of recrystallization of CdTe thin films after CdCl{sub 2} treatment

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    Moutinho, H.R.; Al-Jassim, M.M.; Abulfotuh, F.A.; Levi, D.H.; Dippo, P.C.; Dhere, R.G.; Kazmerski, L.L. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)

    1997-12-31

    CdTe thin films deposited by physical vapor deposition (PVD) and close-spaced sublimation (CSS) have been treated with CdCl{sub 2} at 350 and 400 C. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis showed that the films started recrystallizing during the 350 C CdCl{sub 2} treatment. These results were confirmed by the presence of two lattice parameters, detected in X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The PVD films treated at 400 C were completely recrystallized and grain growth was observed. The formation of Cd(S{sub 1{minus}x}Te{sub x}) alloy in these films was evidenced by the appearance of extra peaks close to the CdTe peaks in the diffraction patterns. No major changes were observed in the structural properties of CSS CdTe films treated at the same conditions. It was concluded that the effect of the CdCl{sub 2} treatment in the CdTe films is to promote recrystallization and grain growth, but only if enough lattice-strain energy is available (as is the case for PVD films). Time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) analysis showed, for PVD and CSS films, an increase in minority-carrier lifetime with the treatment, mainly at 400 C, probably due to elimination of deep levels within the band gap.

  4. BORON NITRIDE CAPACITORS FOR ADVANCED POWER ELECTRONIC DEVICES

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    N. Badi; D. Starikov; C. Boney; A. Bensaoula; D. Johnstone

    2010-11-01

    This project fabricates long-life boron nitride/boron oxynitride thin film -based capacitors for advanced SiC power electronics with a broad operating temperature range using a physical vapor deposition (PVD) technique. The use of vapor deposition provides for precise control and quality material formation.

  5. La microestructura de metalizados en cerámica plana vidriada

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    2009-01-01

    En este artículo se estudia la microestructura y las propiedades ópticas y mecánicas de baldosas con efecto metalizado desarrollado tanto por deposición PVD de titanio en pasta roja y pasta blanca, y en baldosa de gres porcelánico con esmalte metalizado.

  6. Intravitreal gas injection for the treatment of diabetic macular edema

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    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Dominic McHugh, Bhaskar Gupta, Manzar Saeed King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, England, UK Purpose: This study investigates the efficacy of an intravitreal gas injection in inducing a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD in patients with clinically significant diabetic macular edema refractory to laser therapy. Methods: A local ethics committee-approved technique of an intravitreal injection of pure perfluoropropane gas (C3F8 was performed for all participants. After a period of prone positioning, the patients underwent regular and detailed clinical review. Main outcome measures: The induction of a PVD, change in macular thickness, change in visual acuity. Results: A PVD was induced in all five eyes with subsequent signs of reduction in macular thickness and resolution of exudates. Mean visual improvement was 11 ETDRS (Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study letters (range 4–21. Apart from a transient vitreous hemorrhage in one eye, there were no significant treatment-related complications. Conclusion: The induction of a PVD by pneumatic retinopexy appears to have a significant influence on diabetic macular edema in eyes which have not successfully responded to macular laser therapy. A randomized clinical trial is justified on the basis of the initial promising data. Keywords: optical coherence tomography, OCT, posterior vitreous detachment, perfluoropropane

  7. The Triple Jump: Assessing Problem Solving in Psychiatry.

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    O'Gorman, Ethna C.; Trimble, Peter; Smyth, Joe

    1998-01-01

    Describes an attempt to assess a final-year course in psychiatry using the Triple Jump. In this course, students on placement in psychiatric units perfect psychiatry skills that were acquired during the previous year by direct contact with patients. The Triple Jump is used to assess problem-solving skills in management strategy on cases. (PVD)

  8. Attachment, Sexual Assertiveness, and Sexual Outcomes in Women with Provoked Vestibulodynia and Their Partners: A Mediation Model.

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    Leclerc, Bianca; Bergeron, Sophie; Brassard, Audrey; Bélanger, Claude; Steben, Marc; Lambert, Bernard

    2015-08-01

    Provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) is a prevalent women's sexual pain disorder, which is associated with sexual function difficulties. Attachment theory has been used to understand adult sexual outcomes, providing a useful framework for examining sexual adaptation in couples confronted with PVD. Research to date indicates that anxious and avoidant attachment dimensions correlate with worse sexual outcomes in community and clinical samples. The present study examined the association between attachment, pain, sexual function, and sexual satisfaction in a sample of 101 couples in which the women presented with PVD. The actor-partner interdependence model was used in order to investigate both actor and partner effects. This study also examined the role of sexual assertiveness as a mediator of these associations via structural equation modeling. Women completed measures of pain intensity and both members of the couple completed measures of romantic attachment, sexual assertiveness, sexual function, and satisfaction. Results indicated that attachment dimensions did not predict pain intensity. Both anxious and avoidant attachment were associated with lower sexual satisfaction. Only attachment avoidance predicted lower sexual function in women. Partner effects indicated that higher sexual assertiveness in women predicted higher sexual satisfaction in men. Finally, women's sexual assertiveness was found to be a significant mediator of the relationship between their attachment dimensions, sexual function, and satisfaction. Findings highlight the importance of examining how anxious and avoidant attachment may lead to difficulties in sexual assertiveness and to less satisfying sexual interactions in couples where women suffer from PVD.

  9. Characterization of a Stabilized Form of Microplasmin for the Induction of Posterior Vitreous Detachment

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    A.M. Gad Elkareem; B. Willekens; M. Vanhove; B. Noppen; J.M. Stassen; M.D. de Smet

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: To investigate the stability and safety of a diluted acidified form of microplasmin and its ability to induce a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) following intravitreal injection in postmortem porcine eyes. Methods: Microplasmin diluted in normal saline (NS) and balanced salt solution (BS

  10. Impact of NiB Coating on the Efficiency, Scuffing, and Wear of Gear Contacts

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    2013-05-01

    CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT UU 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 92 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON Kelsen LaBerge a. REPORT...physical vapor deposition ( PVD ) techniques with some significant cost penalty. There is no study on chemically deposited coatings. This study aims to

  11. [Age-related macular degeneration: paradigm shift from recent findings].

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    Yanagi, Yasuo

    2015-03-01

    This review describes recent advances in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), based mainly on our own research findings. First, we investigated the effect of choroidal abnormality and found that choroidal hyperpermeability was observed more often in eyes with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) than in eyes with typical AMD; however, even in eyes with typical AMD, substantial proportion of eyes showed hyperpermeability. Exudative AMD eyes with choroidal hyperpermeability showed thickened choroid more widely than previously demonstrated, and there were more frequent abnormalities with fundus autofluorescence examination. Thus, rather than classifying exudative AMD into PCV and typical AMD, AMD classification by choroidal hyperpermeability may be useful in illustrating the difference of certain clinical characteristics. Second, we investigated the importance of vitreomacular adhesion in the treatment outcome of exudative AMD. The currently prevailing hypothesis is that premacular VEGF concentration is lower in eyes with posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) than in eyes without PVD, thus leading to good treatment outcomes; however, in the current study, we showed that not only VEGF but also anti-angiogenic factor, interferon-inducible protein 10 (IP-10), is affected according to PVD. These results suggest that the effect of PVD on the intraocular environment is more complicated than previously thought, and may have diverse functions. Last, we explained the mechanism of AMD progression based mainly on our basic research. Our research showed that age-related decline of autophagic activity may, at least partly, contribute to the precursor lesion of AMD.

  12. Effect of Nickel Content on the Crystallization Behavior in Nanocrystalline (CO1-XNIX)88ZR7B4CU1 Soft Magnetic Alloys

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    2012-01-01

    these samples decreased accordingly. 15. SUBJECT TERMS 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT Same as Report (SAR) 18. NUMBER...FeMCuNbSiB alloys (M: Co, Ni).” Scripta Materialia [24] O. Knotelc, F. Jungblut & A. Barimani, “On the Stability of Hetastable and Amorphous Pvd

  13. Ultracompact Electro-Absorption Modulators Based on Novel Materials (I): Epsilon-Near-Zero Material and Electro-Absorption Modulation Based on Indium-Tin-Oxide

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    2013-08-21

    Indium-Tin-Oxide” 14. ABSTRACT 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: Indium-tin-oxide (ITO) is widely used as transparent electrode in solar cells and...deposition ( PVD ) process using a (In2O3)0.9(SnO2)0.1 weight percentage target at room temperature and 7.3mTorr pressure within the chamber. During

  14. Computational Models in the Materials World - We are Nearly There...

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    2013-04-10

    CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT Same as Report (SAR) 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 21 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON a. REPORT unclassified b...Technology DS blades, Cast &Wrought disks, 1st Gen Thermal Spray TBC coatings 1st Gen SC blades, 1st Gen PM disk, 1st Gen EB- PVD TBC 2nd Gen SC

  15. Superlattice Multinanolayered Thin Films of SiO2/SiO2 + Ge for Thermoelectric Device Applications

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    2013-04-05

    REPORT Superlattice multinanolayered thin films of SiO2/SiO2 + Ge for thermoelectric device applications 14. ABSTRACT 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF...used as a physical vapor deposition ( PVD ) system since we have used only two electron guns to evaporate the crucibles without any gas assistance. The

  16. Neutrophil lymphocyte ratio in peripheral vascular disease: a review.

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    Bhat, Tariq M; Afari, Maxwell E; Garcia, Lawrence A

    2016-07-01

    Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) carries a significant morbidity and mortality. The role of inflammatory markers in cardiovascular medicine has been extensively studied. Neutrophil Lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is a novel biomarker which has been proposed as a marker of cardiovascular disease. We review the association of NLR with PVD. NLR has been shown to be an independent predictor of early and midterm amputation in patients with acute limb ischemia after embolectomy. A recent risk stratification model including NLR has emerged as a predictor of mortality and/or major amputation in critical limb ischemia. NLR appears to be an independent predictor of severity of PVD based on TransAtlantic Inter-Society Consensus classification, which classifies PVD based on the nature of the lesion and its anatomic distribution. A review of a large cohort of patients who had major vascular surgery, an NLR > 5 was found to be an independent predictor of mortality. In patients with intermediate carotid artery disease, NLR of 2.6 was found to be an independent variable for symptomatic carotid artery disease. It is a good predictor of early death in acute pulmonary embolism. NLR is inexpensive and readily available and appears to have a major role in peripheral vascular disease.

  17. Making an Ice Core.

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    Kopaska-Merkel, David C.

    1995-01-01

    Explains an activity in which students construct a simulated ice core. Materials required include only a freezer, food coloring, a bottle, and water. This hands-on exercise demonstrates how a glacier is formed, how ice cores are studied, and the nature of precision and accuracy in measurement. Suitable for grades three through eight. (Author/PVD)

  18. Applying Chromatography.

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    Klein, Jessie W.; Patev, Paul

    1998-01-01

    Presents three experiments to introduce students to different kinds of chromatography: (1) paper chromatography; (2) gel filtration chromatography; and (3) reverse-phase liquid chromatography. Written in the form of a laboratory manual, explanations of each of the techniques, materials needed, procedures, and a glossary are included. (PVD)

  19. 机械加工、工具与机床

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    2006-01-01

    0605885 粘合碳化物切割工具上多层PVD涂层沉积特性和加工性能=Deposition characterization and machining per- formance of multilayer PVD coatings on cemented carbide cutting tools[刊,英]/C.Ducros,V.Benevent//Electron- ics Letters.-2003,163.-681-687

  20. Enzyme-mediated quenching of the Pseudomonas quinolone signal (PQS promotes biofilm formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa by increasing iron availability

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    Beatrix Tettmann

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The 2-alkyl-3-hydroxy-4(1H-quinolone 2,4-dioxygenase HodC was previously described to cleave the Pseudomonas quinolone signal, PQS, which is exclusively used in the complex quorum sensing (QS system of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an opportunistic pathogen employing QS to regulate virulence and biofilm development. Degradation of PQS by exogenous addition of HodC to planktonic cells of P. aeruginosa attenuated production of virulence factors, and reduced virulence in planta. However, proteolytic cleavage reduced the efficacy of HodC. Here, we identified the secreted protease LasB of P. aeruginosa to be responsible for HodC degradation. In static biofilms of the P. aeruginosa PA14 lasB::Tn mutant, the catalytic activity of HodC led to an increase in viable biomass in newly formed but also in established biofilms, and reduced the expression of genes involved in iron metabolism and siderophore production, such as pvdS, pvdL, pvdA and pvdQ. This is likely due to an increase in the levels of bioavailable iron by degradation of PQS, which is able to sequester iron from the surrounding environment. Thus, HodC, despite its ability to quench the production of virulence factors, is contraindicated for combating P. aeruginosa biofilms.

  1. Direct electroplating of plastic for advanced electrical applications

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    Islam, Aminul; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Tang, Peter Torben

    2017-01-01

    for direct electroplating of plastic eliminating the need for slow and expensive processes like electroless metal deposition, PVD coating, painting with conductive inks etc. The results obtained from the test demonstrate the potential of direct electroplating of plastic to enhance the electrical conductivity...... and the use of electroplated plastics for advanced applications like Moulded Interconnect Devices (MIDs)....

  2. Bar Diagnostics in Edge-On Spiral Galaxies; 1, The Periodic Orbits Approach

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    Bureau, M

    1999-01-01

    We develop diagnostics to detect the presence and orientation of a bar in an edge-on disk, using its kinematical signature in the position-velocity diagram (PVD) of a spiral galaxy observed edge-on. Using a well-studied barred spiral galaxy mass model, we briefly review the orbital properties of two-dimensional non-axisymmetric disks and identify the main families of periodic orbits. We use those families as building blocks to model real galaxies and calculate the PVDs obtained for various realistic combinations of periodic orbit families and for a number of viewing angles with respect to the bar. We show that the global structure of the PVD is a reliable bar diagnostic in edge-on disks. Specifically, the presence of a gap between the signatures of the families of periodic orbits in the PVD follows directly from the non-homogeneous distribution of the orbits in a barred galaxy. Similarly, material in the two so-called forbidden quadrants of the PVD results from the elongated shape of the orbits. We show how t...

  3. The Winter Olympics--On Ice.

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    Hoover, Barbara G.

    1998-01-01

    Describes several science activities designed around the upcoming Winter Olympics ice skating events which demonstrate the scientific principles behind the sport. Students learn that increasing the pressure on ice will lead to the ice melting, the principle involved in the spinning swing, and the technology of skates and skating outfits. (PVD)

  4. Nutrition in the prevention of Coronary Heart Disease and the management of lipoprotein disorders

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    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is comprised of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and peripheral vascular disease (PVD). CVD is caused by progressive narrowing and blockage of arteries supplying the heart, brain, and other tissues and organs. CVD is the leading cause of death and disability in our ...

  5. Anti corrosion layer for stainless steel in molten carbonate fuel cell - comprises phase vapour deposition of titanium nitride, aluminium nitride or chromium nitride layer then oxidising layer in molten carbonate electrolyte

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    2000-01-01

    Forming an anticorrosion protective layer on a stainless steel surface used in a molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC) - comprises the phase vapour deposition (PVD) of a layer comprising at least one of titanium nitride, aluminium nitride or chromium nitride and then forming a protective layer in situ...

  6. Pain Symptoms in Fibromyalgia Patients with and without Provoked Vulvodynia

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    Anna Ghizzani

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. The aim of the study was to compare the pain symptoms of fibromyalgia patients exhibiting (FMS+PVD and not exhibiting (FMS comorbidity with provoked vulvodynia. Study Design. The case control study was performed in 39 patients who had been diagnosed with FMS and accepted to undergo gynaecological examination and in 36 healthy women (C. All patients completed standardized questionnaires for pain intensity, pain area, and psychological functioning. The gynaecological examination included vulvar pain pressure reactivity (Q-tip, pelvic tone assessment (Kegel manoeuver, and a semistructured interview collecting detailed information about pelvic symptoms and sexual function. Results. FMS+PVD patients displayed a higher number of associated symptoms than FMS patients. The vulvar excitability was significantly higher in FMS+PVD than in FMS and in both groups than in Controls. Half of FMS+PVD patients were positive to Kegel manoeuver and displayed higher scores in widespread pain intensity, STAI-Y2, and CESD levels than Kegel negative patients. Conclusions. The study reveals that increased vulvar pain excitability may occur in FMS patients independently of the presence of coital pain. Results suggest that coital pain develops in patients with higher FMS symptoms severity due to the cooperative effects of peripheral and central sensitization mechanisms.

  7. Corrosion Resistant Steels for Structural Applications in Aircraft

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    2007-11-02

    Nitriding Trials ........................................................................................203 LIST OF TABLES Table 1 Property...25% min. transverse KIC 50 ksi√in min. Fatigue Similar to 300M Cleanliness AMS 2300, ASTM E45 SCC Superior to 300M Corrosion Resistance Better...those that have a high deformation resistance associated with very hard and thermal resistant multi-layer PVD titanium aluminum nitride coatings

  8. Incidental renal artery stenosis is an independent predictor of mortality in patients with peripheral vascular disease

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    Mui, KW; Sleeswijk, M; van den Hout, H; van Baal, J; Navis, G; Woittiez, AJ

    In patients with peripheral vascular disease (PVD), mortality is high and renal artery stenosis (RAS) is a frequent incidental finding. RAS carries a high risk for mortality, but whether incidentally discovered RAS is a risk factor for mortality is unknown. The prognostic impact of incidental RAS

  9. Fazit

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    Murrenhoff, Hubertus

    Die im Rahmen des Sonderforschungsbereiches 442 (SFB 442) erarbeiteten Ergebnisse zeigen die Leistungsfähigkeit tribologischer Systeme bei Verwendung nativer Ester in Kombination mit PVD-Werkstoffverbundschichten. Gegenstand der Untersuchungen waren die tribologischen Systeme einer Werkzeugmaschine, wie z. B. Zahnräder, Wälz- und Spindellager, Kolben einer hydraulischen Pumpe sowie Werkzeuge mit geometrisch bestimmter Schneide und Tiefziehwerkzeuge.

  10. Precursor-Less Coating of Nanoparticles in the Gas Phase

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    Pfeiffer, T.V.; Kedia, P.; Messing, M.E.; Valvo, M.; Schmidt-Ott, A.

    2015-01-01

    This article introduces a continuous, gas-phase method for depositing thin metallic coatings onto (nano)particles using a type of physical vapor deposition (PVD) at ambient pressure and temperature. An aerosol of core particles is mixed with a metal vapor cloud formed by spark ablation by passing th

  11. The effects of exercise training in patients with peripheral vascular ...

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    To prove that exercise training is effective, walking tests are necessary. ... shown to be a beneficial treatment for patients with PVD. Therefore studies have ... weeks) was of sufficient duration to improve functional ca- pacity in ... cise to maximal claudication pain in order to elicit the best training ..... of the intervention period.

  12. Teaching the Rock Cycle with Ease.

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    Bereki, Debra

    2000-01-01

    Describes a hands-on lesson for teaching high school students the concept of the rock cycle using sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. Students use a rock cycle diagram to identify pairs of rocks. From the rock cycle, students explain on paper how their first rock became the second rock and vice versa. (PVD)

  13. Packages of vitreous collagen (type II) in the human retina : an indication of postnatal collagen turnover?

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    Ponsioen, TL; van der Worp, RJ; van Luyn, MJA; Hooymans, JMM; Los, LI

    2005-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the vitreoretinal border in the (pre-)equatorial area in nonpathologic human donor eyes, because the majority of retinal defects induced by posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) are located there. Nine eyes (24-80 years) were fixed and embedded in Technovit 81

  14. Gold Rush!

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    Brahier, Daniel J.

    1997-01-01

    Describes a mathematical investigation of gold--how it is weighed, stored, used, and valued. For grades 3-4, children estimate the value of treasure chests filled with gold coins and explore the size and weight of gold bars. Children in grades 5-6 explore how gold is mined and used, and how the value of gold changes over time. (PVD)

  15. Graphite-silicon-polyacrylate negative electrodes in ionic liquid electrolyte for safer rechargeable Li-ion batteries

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    Yabuuchi, Naoaki; Shimomura, Keiji; Shimbe, Yukako; Ozeki, Tomoaki; Komaba, Shinichi [Department of Applied Chemistry, Tokyo University of Science, 1-3 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-8601 (Japan); Son, Jin-Young; Oji, Hiroshi [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute/SPring-8, 1-1-1 Kouto, Sayo, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan); Katayama, Yasushi; Miura, Takashi [Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku, Kanagawa 223-8522 (Japan)

    2011-10-15

    Graphite/silicon composite electrodes are prepared with PANa polymer as a binder. Morphological characters and electrode performance are compared with those of PVdF. The PANa layer behaves like SEI at the interface with ionic liquid, resulting in the highly reversible electrode performance. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  16. Nanocomposite C-Pd thin films – a new material with specific spectral properties

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    M. Suchańska

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the results of optical investigations for thin films of carbon-palladium (C-Pd nanocomposites are presented. This films were prepared using two steps method (PVD/ CVD. The optical and Raman spectroscopy has been used to characterize the material. The multinanolayer model was used to explain the specific spectral properties.

  17. Materials Coating Techniques

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    1980-03-01

    chemical reactions 2: !et gas ph>a;ce. These reactions may occur on, at, or ncr the substrate surface. on ti- other hand, phytical vapor deposition (PVD...z nonia is the most usua source of n togen. Nitrogen itself has beeA asid ut it reacts very much more slowly than ammonia. At temperatures greater

  18. Photovoltaic device and method

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    Cleereman, Robert; Lesniak, Michael J.; Keenihan, James R.; Langmaid, Joe A.; Gaston, Ryan; Eurich, Gerald K.; Boven, Michelle L.

    2015-11-24

    The present invention is premised upon an improved photovoltaic device ("PVD") and method of use, more particularly to an improved photovoltaic device with an integral locator and electrical terminal mechanism for transferring current to or from the improved photovoltaic device and the use as a system.

  19. Pelvic floor muscle function in women with provoked vestibulodynia and asymptomatic controls.

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    Næss, Ingrid; Bø, Kari

    2015-10-01

    The purpose of the present study was to assess vaginal resting pressure (VRP), pelvic floor muscle (PFM) strength and endurance, and surface EMG activity in women with and without provoked vestibulodynia (PVD). This was an assessor-masked comparison study including 70 women. Exclusion criteria were any previous pregnancy and presence of candida. Sensitivity of the vulvar vestibule was rated at three sites with Q-tip pressure measurement and a numerical rating scale for pain. VRP and PFM strength and endurance were measured with a high precision pressure transducer connected to a vaginal balloon. Pelvic floor muscle activity was measured with surface EMG. The independent samples t test was used to analyze differences between groups. The p value was set to VRP: 20.6 cmH2O (SD 7.1) versus controls: 17.3 cmH2O (SD 4.4), p = 0.02. The PVD group had significantly lower muscle activity during a 10-s holding period; PVD: 465.2 μV (SD 218.4), controls: 591.1 μV (SD 277.7), p = 0.04. Young, nulliparous women with PVD had significantly higher VRP, but this finding was not confirmed by vaginal surface EMG.

  20. Microstructural Effects and Properties of Non-line-of-Sight Coating Processing via Plasma Spray-Physical Vapor Deposition

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    Harder, Bryan J.; Zhu, Dongming; Schmitt, Michael P.; Wolfe, Douglas E.

    2017-08-01

    Plasma spray-physical vapor deposition (PS-PVD) is a unique processing method that bridges the gap between conventional thermal spray and vapor phase methods, and enables highly tailorable coatings composed of a variety of materials in thin, dense layers or columnar microstructures with modification of the processing conditions. The strengths of this processing technique are material and microstructural flexibility, deposition speed, and potential for non-line-of-sight (NLOS) capability by vaporization of the feedstock material. The NLOS capability of PS-PVD is investigated here using yttria-stabilized zirconia and gadolinium zirconate, which are materials of interest for turbine engine applications. PS-PVD coatings were applied to static cylindrical substrates approximately 6-19 mm in diameter to study the coating morphology as a function of angle. In addition, coatings were deposited on flat substrates under various impingement configurations. Impingement angle had significant effects on the deposition mode, and microscopy of coatings indicated that there was a shift in the deposition mode at approximately 90° from incidence on the cylindrical samples, which may indicate the onset of more turbulent flow and PVD-like growth. Coatings deposited at non-perpendicular angles exhibited a higher density and nearly a 2× improvement in erosion performance when compared to coatings deposited with the torch normal to the surface.

  1. Development of a dry, stable and inhalable acyl-homoserine-lactone-acylase powder formulation for the treatment of pulmonary Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections

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    Wahjudi, Mariana; Murugappan, Senthil; van Merkerk, Ronald; Eissens, Anko C.; Visser, Marinella R.; Hinrichs, Wouter L. J.; Quax, Wim J.

    2013-01-01

    In the lungs of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, Pseudomonas aeruginosa commonly causes chronic infections. It has been shown that the P. aeruginosa quorum sensing (QS) system controls the expression of virulence factors during invasion and infection to host cells. PvdQ is an acyl-homoserine lactone

  2. Impact of antiseptics on radical metabolism, antioxidant status and genotoxic stress in blood cells: povidone-iodine versus octenidine dihydrochloride.

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    Wagner, Karl-Heinz; Jürss, Alice; Zarembach, Beate; Elmadfa, Ibrahim

    2004-08-01

    No sufficient data are available of the of antiseptics' influence on human blood cells. Effects of two antiseptics, povidone-iodine (PVD-I) versus octenidine dihydrochloride (OD), were tested on antioxidant status, radical formation, antioxidant defence enzymes and genotoxic stress in blood cells, in vitro. Human blood was taken by venipuncture, enriched with PVD-I or OD (0.0001-20% final concentration) and incubated at 37 degrees C between 30 and 120 min. alpha-Tocopherol was assessed in erythrocytes and granulocytes. Superoxide-dismutase (SOD) and glutathione (GSH) were determined in erythrocytes, the total anti-oxidative capacity (TAC) and malondialdehyde (MDA) in their ghosts. In granulocytes status of hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)), superoxide anions and MDA was observed. Genotoxic stress was determined by counting sister chromatide exchanges (SCE) in lymphocytes after enrichment within 0.05-0.4% of antiseptics. Based on all biomarker tested, concentrations up to 0.05% incubated for 30 min did not affect cell metabolism. 1% and 10% PVD-I reduced the activity of SOD (-40%), GSH (-62%) and the content of alpha-tocopherol more than OD (p<0.05). No significant differences between the antiseptics were observed for TAC and MDA. H(2)O(2) and superoxide anions were significantly reduced after the 10% addition for both substances independent on the exposure. Without having changes in lipid oxidation, the reduction of antioxidative defence mechanisms must be due to the oxidation caused by the antiseptics, mainly PVD-I. An increased SCE rate was neither observed with PVD-I nor with OD within an enrichment with 0.05-0.4%. Higher concentrations (1% and more) could not be tested on SCE formation because they caused cell bursts. The results presented indicate that concentrations up to 0.05% incubated for 30 min are safe for exposing blood cells of healthy subjects.

  3. Improved performance of lithium ion battery separator enabled by co-electrospinnig polyimide/poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) and the incorporation of TiO2-(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)

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    Chen, Weiya; Liu, Yanbo; Ma, Ying; Yang, Wenxiu

    2015-01-01

    Functionalized TiO2 (f-TiO2) was synthesized by the atom transfer radical polymerization process and then three types of composite nanofiber membranes including PI/PVdF-HFP (PI/PH, with no nanoparticles contained in PI), TiO2@PI/PVdF-HFP (T@PI/PH, with TiO2 mixed in PI) and f-TiO2@PI/PVdF-HFP (f-T@PI/PH, with f-TiO2 blended in PI) were prepared by bicomponent co-electrospinning technique which could separately maintain the original properties of both PVdF-HFP and PI nanofibers. UV-vis characterization manifested that the modified nanoparticles can provide significant improvements in reducing the particle agglomeration. Morphology, porosity, electrolyte uptake and liquid electrolyte contact angle of all the electrospun separators were investigated, and results showed that the composite separator with 2% f-TiO2 nanoparticle had smaller fiber diameter, higher porosity, larger electrolyte uptake, smaller contact angle and more excellent thermal dimensional stability. More importantly, the tensile strength of all the composite membranes increased by more than three times after thermal calendering process, which resulted from the several bonded points caused by the fusion of PVdF-HFP component with low melting temperature. Additionally, electrochemical properties of PI/PH, 2% T@PI/PH and 2% f-T@PI/PH composite separators and cycling performances of corresponding batteries were evaluated and 2% f-T@PI/PH composite separator showed better properties than the other two.

  4. Effect of Suspension Plasma-Sprayed YSZ Columnar Microstructure and Bond Coat Surface Preparation on Thermal Barrier Coating Properties

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    Bernard, Benjamin; Quet, Aurélie; Bianchi, Luc; Schick, Vincent; Joulia, Aurélien; Malié, André; Rémy, Benjamin

    2017-08-01

    Suspension plasma spraying (SPS) is identified as promising for the enhancement of thermal barrier coating (TBC) systems used in gas turbines. Particularly, the emerging columnar microstructure enabled by the SPS process is likely to bring about an interesting TBC lifetime. At the same time, the SPS process opens the way to a decrease in thermal conductivity, one of the main issues for the next generation of gas turbines, compared to the state-of-the-art deposition technique, so-called electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD). In this paper, yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) coatings presenting columnar structures, performed using both SPS and EB-PVD processes, were studied. Depending on the columnar microstructure readily adaptable in the SPS process, low thermal conductivities can be obtained. At 1100 °C, a decrease from 1.3 W m-1 K-1 for EB-PVD YSZ coatings to about 0.7 W m-1 K-1 for SPS coatings was shown. The higher content of porosity in the case of SPS coatings increases the thermal resistance through the thickness and decreases thermal conductivity. The lifetime of SPS YSZ coatings was studied by isothermal cyclic tests, showing equivalent or even higher performances compared to EB-PVD ones. Tests were performed using classical bond coats used for EB-PVD TBC coatings. Thermal cyclic fatigue performance of the best SPS coating reached 1000 cycles to failure on AM1 substrates with a β-(Ni,Pt)Al bond coat. Tests were also performed on AM1 substrates with a Pt-diffused γ-Ni/γ'-Ni3Al bond coat for which more than 2000 cycles to failure were observed for columnar SPS YSZ coatings. The high thermal compliance offered by both the columnar structure and the porosity allowed the reaching of a high lifetime, promising for a TBC application.

  5. Spectrum of cardiovascular diseases inAsian-American racial/ethnic subgroups.

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    Holland, Ariel T; Wong, Eric C; Lauderdale, Diane S; Palaniappan, Latha P

    2011-08-01

    To compare the prevalence of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and peripheral vascular disease (PVD) across Asian-American subgroups (Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese) and non-Hispanic white (NHW) subjects in a mixed-payer, outpatient health care organization in California. Electronic health records from 2007 to 2010 were examined for 94,423 Asian and NHW patients. Age-adjusted prevalence rates of CHD, stroke, and PVD, defined by physician International Classification of Diseases, Version 9, codes, were directly standardized to the NHW population. Age-adjusted odds ratios were calculated by the use of logistic regression for each Asian subgroup, by sex, compared with NHWs. The range of age-adjusted prevalence rates were: CHD (1.7%-5.2%), stroke (0.3%-1.8%), and PVD (0.9%-3.4%). The adjusted odds ratios of CHD were significantly higher for Filipino women (1.66; 95% confidence interval; 1.13-2.43) and men (1.47, 1.05-2.06) and Asian Indian men (1.77, 1.43-2.21), and significantly lower for Chinese women (0.72, 0.55-0.94) and men (0.78, 0.65-0.93), compared with NHWs. The odds of stroke were significantly greater for Filipino women (2.02, 1.22-3.34). The odds of PVD were generally lower for all Asian subgroups. There is considerable heterogeneity across Asian subgroups for prevalent CHD, stroke, and PVD. Future research should disaggregate Asian subgroups and cardiovascular outcomes to inform targeted prevention and treatment efforts. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. 等离子体激活电子束物理气相沉积NiCoCrAlY涂层的制备及微观组织结构研究%Microstructures of NiCoCrAlY Coatings Grown by Plasma Activated Electron Beam Physical Vapor Deposition

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    常健; 郑蕾; 彭徽; 郭洪波; 宫声凯

    2012-01-01

    针对传统电子束物理气相沉积(EB-PVD)制备的柱状晶结构MCrAlY涂层存在线性缺陷的问题,本文建立了等离子体激活EB-PVD(PA EB-PVD)设备,并采用PA EB-PVD技术制备出了具有等轴晶结构的新型NiCoCrAlY涂层.结果表明,增大电弧放电电压和基板偏压均可以提高沉积粒子的能量.随着沉积粒子能量增强,涂层逐渐由柱状晶结构转变为致密等轴晶结构,晶粒尺寸增大;另一方面,涂层成份离析效应增强,主要体现在Al含量降低和Cr含量升高.%a novel technique - the plasma activated electron beam-physical vapor deposition (PAEB-PVD) - was developed by modifying the conventional electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) to significantly reduce the columnar and linear defects of the NiCoCrAlY coatings, grown by EB-PVD. The high quality NiCoCrAlY coatings were deposited by the newly-developed technique. The impacts of the deposition conditions on microstructures and mechanical properties of the coating were evaluated, The results show that the energy of the impinging adatom strongly affects its microstructures . The energy of the adatom can be increased by increasing the arc discharge voltage and substrate bias. As the adatom energy increased, the columnar grains of the coating changed into the more compact equiaxial ones, accompanied with grain growth. Meanwhile, strong segregation was observed, resulting in an increased of Al content, a decreased Gr content, and an increase of plasticity.

  7. Pyoverdine synthesis by the Mn(II-oxidizing bacterium Pseudomonas putida GB-1

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    Dorothy Lundquist Parker

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available When iron-starved, the Mn(II-oxidizing bacteria Pseudomonas putida strains GB-1 and MnB1 produce pyoverdines (PVDGB-1 and PVDMnB1, siderophores that both influence iron uptake and inhibit manganese(II oxidation by these strains. To explore the properties and genetics of a PVD that can affect manganese oxidation, LC-MS/MS and various siderotyping techniques were used to identify the peptides of PVDGB-1 and PVDMnB1 as being (for both PVDs: chromophore-Asp-Lys-OHAsp-Ser-Gly-aThr-Lys-cOHOrn, resembling a structure previously reported for P. putida CFML 90-51, which does not oxidize Mn. All three strains also produced an azotobactin and a sulfonated PVD, each with the peptide sequence above, but with unknown regulatory or metabolic effects. Bioinformatic analysis of the sequenced genome of P. putida GB-1 suggested that a particular non-ribosomal peptide synthetase, coded by the operon PputGB1_4083-4086, could produce the peptide backbone of PVDGB-1. To verify this prediction, plasmid integration disruption of PputGB1_4083 was performed and the resulting mutant failed to produce detectable PVD. In silico analysis of the modules in PputGB1_4083-4086 predicted a peptide sequence of Asp-Lys-Asp-Ser-Ala-Thr-Lsy-Orn, which closely matches the peptide determined by MS/MS. To extend these studies to other organisms, various Mn(II-oxidizing and non-oxidizing isolates of P. putida, P. fluorescens, P. marincola, P. fluorescens-syringae group, P. mendocina-resinovorans group and P. stutzerii group were screened for PVD synthesis. The PVD producers (12 out of 16 tested strains were siderotyped and placed into four sets of differing PVD structures, some corresponding to previously characterized PVDs and some to novel PVDs. These results combined with previous studies suggested that the presence of OHAsp or the flexibility of the pyoverdine polypeptide may enable efficient binding of Mn(III.

  8. Preparation and analysis of new proton conducting membranes for fuel cells

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    Lund, Peter Brilner

    2007-01-01

    A range of potential new fuel cell membranes were prepared by inserting zirconium phosphate (ZrP) into divinylbenzene (DVB) crosslinked, sulfonated, polystyrene grafted poly(ethylene-alt-tetrafluoroethylene) and poly(vinyl difluoride) membranes using an ion exchange procedure. In short, the prefo......A range of potential new fuel cell membranes were prepared by inserting zirconium phosphate (ZrP) into divinylbenzene (DVB) crosslinked, sulfonated, polystyrene grafted poly(ethylene-alt-tetrafluoroethylene) and poly(vinyl difluoride) membranes using an ion exchange procedure. In short....... Additional zirconium phosphate treatment resulted in composite ETFE samples containing up to 15 wt.% ZrP and composite PVdF samples containing up to 27 wt.%. TG analyses of the ETFE-g-PSSA and PVdF-g-PSSA composite membranes indicated no significant changes of the thermal stability in comparison...

  9. Effects of Lewis-acid polymer on the electrochemical properties of alkylphosphate-based non-flammable gel electrolyte

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    Lalia, Boor Singh; Yoshimoto, Nobuko; Egashira, Minato; Morita, Masayuki [Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Yamaguchi University, 2-16-1 Tokiwadai, Ube 755-8611 (Japan)

    2009-10-20

    Non-flammable polymer gel electrolytes (NPGE) consisting of 1.0 mol dm{sup -3} (=M) LiBF{sub 4}/EC + DEC + TEP (55:25:20 volume ratio) + PVdF-HFP (EC: ethylene carbonate, DEC: diethyl carbonate, TEP: triethylphosphate, PVdF-HFP: poly(vinyledenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene)) have been developed for rechargeable lithium batteries. The effects of addition of Lewis-acid polymer (LAP) with different mole ratio in NPGE have been studied. The addition of LAP improved physico-chemical properties of NPGE, viz ionic conductivity and lithium ion transport number, as well as mechanical and thermal properties. The ionic conductivity of the gel electrolyte containing LAP reached that of the base solution electrolyte (1.0 M LiBF{sub 4}/EC + DEC + TEP (55:25:20)) along with better mechanical properties. Interfacial resistance at Li-metal electrode/NPGE was also improved by introducing LAP in the gel. (author)

  10. Effects of Lewis-acid polymer on the electrochemical properties of alkylphosphate-based non-flammable gel electrolyte

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    Lalia, Boor Singh; Yoshimoto, Nobuko; Egashira, Minato; Morita, Masayuki

    Non-flammable polymer gel electrolytes (NPGE) consisting of 1.0 mol dm -3 (=M) LiBF 4/EC + DEC + TEP (55:25:20 volume ratio) + PVdF-HFP (EC: ethylene carbonate, DEC: diethyl carbonate, TEP: triethylphosphate, PVdF-HFP: poly(vinyledenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene)) have been developed for rechargeable lithium batteries. The effects of addition of Lewis-acid polymer (LAP) with different mole ratio in NPGE have been studied. The addition of LAP improved physico-chemical properties of NPGE, viz ionic conductivity and lithium ion transport number, as well as mechanical and thermal properties. The ionic conductivity of the gel electrolyte containing LAP reached that of the base solution electrolyte (1.0 M LiBF 4/EC + DEC + TEP (55:25:20)) along with better mechanical properties. Interfacial resistance at Li-metal electrode/NPGE was also improved by introducing LAP in the gel.

  11. Nonflammable gel electrolyte containing alkyl phosphate for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Yoshimoto, Nobuko; Niida, Yoshihiro; Egashira, Minato; Morita, Masayuki

    A nonflammable polymeric gel electrolyte has been developed for rechargeable lithium battery systems. The gel film consists of poly(vinylidenefluoride- co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) swollen with lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF 6) solution in ternary solvent containing trimethyl phosphate (TMP). High ionic conductivity of 6.2 mS cm -1 at 20 °C was obtained for the gel electrolyte consisting of 0.8 M LiPF 6/EC + DEC + TMP (55:25:20) with PVdF-HFP, which is comparable to that of the liquid electrolyte containing the same electrolytic salt. Addition of a small amount of vinylene carbonate (VC) in the gel electrolyte improved the rechargeability of a graphite electrode. The rechargeable capacity of the graphite in the gel containing VC was ca. 300 mAh g -1, which is almost the same as that in a conventional liquid electrolyte system.

  12. Polymer electrolytes based on room temperature ionic liquid: 2,3-dimethyl-1-octylimidazolium triflate.

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    Singh, Boor; Sekhon, S S

    2005-09-01

    Room temperature ionic liquid (DMOImTf) based upon 2,3-dimethyl-1-octylimidazolium cation and trifluoromethanesulfonate or triflate (CF(3)SO(3))(-) anion has been synthesized and shows conductivity of 5.68 mS/cm and viscosity of 26.4 cP at 25 degrees C. Ion conducting polymer electrolytes based on polymers (poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and polyvinylidenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene (PVdF-HFP)) and ionic liquid (DMOImTf) were prepared in film form by the casting technique. The conductivity of polymer electrolytes containing 0.5 M LiCF(3)SO(3) in PEO:DMOImTf taken in equal weight ratio increases with the addition of propylene carbonate (PC) while its mechanical stability improved by dispersing nanosize fumed silica. However, polymer electrolytes containing PVdF-HFP and ionic liquid show a high value of conductivity (10(-4)-10(-3) S/cm) alongwith better mechanical stability.

  13. Structure and electrochemical properties of composite polymer electrolyte based on poly vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene/titania-poly(methyl methacrylate) for lithium-ion batteries

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    Cao, Jiang; Wang, Li; Fang, Mou; He, Xiangming; Li, Jianjun; Gao, Jian; Deng, Lingfeng; Wang, Jianlong; Chen, Hong

    2014-01-01

    Titania-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) organic-inorganic hybrid material is synthesized via in situ polymerization. The hybrid material is employed to prepare poly vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene (PVdF-HFP) composite polymer electrolyte. The effect of the hybrid material is investigated by SEM, TG-DSC, AC impedance and charge/discharge cycling tests. The results demonstrate that the inorganic-organic hybrid material as additive increases the porosity, pore size and electrolyte uptake of the PVdF-HFP composite polymer electrolyte membrane, so that the ionic conductivity of the composite polymer electrolyte membrane is improved. The performance enhancement of the composite polymer electrolyte is confirmed by an electrochemical test using LiCoO2/Li cells in the voltage range of 2.75-4.4 V. This study shows that titania-PMMA hybrid material is a promising additive for PVDF-HFP composite polymer electrolyte for Li-ion batteries.

  14. 燃气轮机应用的热障涂层%The Application of Thermal Barrier C oatings for Gas Turbine Components

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    徐文文; 赵迎炬

    2001-01-01

    A concise account is given of the recent progress in the use of thermal barrier coating technology for gas turbine flow path components. The newly developed EB - PVD (electronic beam - physical vapor deposition) method represents a major bre a kthrough in thermal barrier coating technology. The present paper briefly explai ns the EB PVD method and its related equipment%简要叙述了燃气轮机热燃气通流部件上热障涂层镀敷工艺的 进展情况。最新开发的EB-PVD方法是TBC技术的重大突破,简介了EB-PVD方法及其设备。

  15. [The vitreoretinal interface and its role in the pathogenesis of vitreomaculopathies].

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    Sebag, J

    2015-01-01

    The vitreoretinal interface consists of the inner limiting membrane of the retina, the posterior vitreous cortex, and an intervening extracellular matrix. Hyalocytes are mononuclear phagocytes embedded in the posterior vitreous cortex, in a single layer of sparse density. At the macula, anomalous posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) results in either full-thickness vitreous cortex adhesion with vitreomacular traction syndrome, or partial-thickness adhesion due to vitreoschisis, a split in the posterior vitreous cortex. Anomalous PVD with vitreoschisis splitting behind the level of the monolayer of hyalocytes leaves a relatively thin hypocellular membrane attached to the macula. Vitreoschisis anterior to the level of the hyalocytes leaves a thicker cellular membrane. Persistent vitreopapillary adhesion promotes outward (from the fovea) tangential traction and is therefore associated with macular holes. Inward (centripetal) tangential traction results in macular pucker, almost always in the absence of persistent vitreopapillary adhesion. The English full-text version of this article is available at SpringerLink (under supplemental).

  16. Cryogenic thermal storage system for discontinuous industrial vacuum processes

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    Scaringella M.

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Phase Change Materials are proposed for refrigerating systems in discontinuous industrial vacuum processes where temperatures as low as −140 ÷ −100°C are necessary within time-frames representing 10÷20% of total operating time. An application is proposed for cooling systems used in a Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD apparatus. A prototype has been manufactured which couples a cryopump with a reservoir filled with MethylCycloPentane (MCP-C6H12 and a distribution line where nitrogen in the gaseous state is flowing. Preliminary tests show that temperatures of about −120°C are actually achieved within time windows compatible with PVD applications.

  17. Retinal Changes Induced by Epiretinal Tangential Forces

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    Mario R. Romano

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Two kinds of forces are active in vitreoretinal traction diseases: tangential and anterior-posterior forces. However, tangential forces are less characterized and classified in literature compared to the anterior-posterior ones. Tangential epiretinal forces are mainly due to anomalous posterior vitreous detachment (PVD, vitreoschisis, vitreopapillary adhesion (VPA, and epiretinal membranes (ERMs. Anomalous PVD plays a key role in the formation of the tangential vectorial forces on the retinal surface as consequence of gel liquefaction (synchysis without sufficient and fast vitreous dehiscence at the vitreoretinal interface. The anomalous and persistent adherence of the posterior hyaloid to the retina can lead to vitreomacular/vitreopapillary adhesion or to a formation of avascular fibrocellular tissue (ERM resulting from the proliferation and transdifferentiation of hyalocytes resident in the cortical vitreous remnants after vitreoschisis. The right interpretation of the forces involved in the epiretinal tangential tractions helps in a better definition of diagnosis, progression, prognosis, and surgical outcomes of vitreomacular interfaces.

  18. The role of film composition and nanostructuration on the polyphenol sensor performance

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    Cibely Silva Martin

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The recent advances in the supramolecular control in nanostructured films have improved the performance of organic-based devices. However, the effect of different supramolecular arrangement on the sensor or biosensor performance is poorly studied yet. In this paper, we show the role of the composition and nanostructuration of the films on the impedance and voltammetric-based sensor performance to catechol detection. The films here studied were composed by a perylene derivative (PTCD-NH2 and a metallic phthalocyanine (FePc, using Langmuir-Blodgett (LB and physical vapor deposition (PVD techniques. The deposition technique and intrinsic properties of compounds showed influence on electrical and electrocatalytic responses. The PVD PTCD-NH2 shows the best sensor performance to the detection of catechol. Quantification of catechol contents in mate tea samples was also evaluated, and the results showed good agreement compared with Folin-Ciocalteu standard method for polyphenol detection.

  19. Electrospun nanocomposite fibrous polymer electrolyte for secondary lithium battery applications

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    Padmaraj, O.; Rao, B. Nageswara; Jena, Paramananda; Venkateswarlu, M.; Satyanarayana, N.

    2014-04-01

    Hybrid nanocomposite [poly(vinylidene fluoride -co- hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-co-HFP)/magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4)] fibrous polymer membranes were prepared by electrospinning method. The prepared pure and nanocomposite fibrous polymer electrolyte membranes were soaked into the liquid electrolyte 1M LiPF6 in EC: DEC (1:1,v/v). XRD and SEM are used to study the structural and morphological studies of nanocomposite electrospun fibrous polymer membranes. The nanocomposite fibrous polymer electrolyte membrane with 5 wt.% of MgAl2O4 exhibits high ionic conductivity of 2.80 × 10-3 S/cm at room temperature. The charge-discharge capacity of Li/LiCoO2 coin cells composed of the newly prepared nanocomposite [(16 wt.%) PVdF-co-HFP+(5 wt.%) MgAl2O4] fibrous polymer electrolyte membrane was also studied and compared with commercial Celgard separator.

  20. In situ ceramic fillers of electrospun thermoplastic polyurethane/poly(vinylidene fluoride) based gel polymer electrolytes for Li-ion batteries

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    Wu, Na; Cao, Qi; Wang, Xianyou; Li, Sheng; Li, Xiaoyun; Deng, Huayang

    Gel polymer electrolyte films based on thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVdF) with and without in situ ceramic fillers (SiO 2 and TiO 2) are prepared by electrospinning 9 wt% polymer solution at room temperature. The electrospun TPU-PVdF blending membrane with 3% in situ TiO 2 shows a highest ionic conductivity of 4.8 × 10 -3 S cm -1 with electrochemical stability up to 5.4 V versus Li +/Li at room temperature and has a high tensile strength (8.7 ± 0.3 MPa) and % elongation at break (110.3 ± 0.2). With the superior electrochemical and mechanical performance, it is very suitable for application in polymer lithium ion batteries.

  1. N-ethyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide-electrospun polyvinylidene fluoride composite electrolytes: characterization and lithium cell studies.

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    Zhou, Yundong; Wang, Xiaoen; Zhu, Haijin; Armand, Michel; Forsyth, Maria; Greene, George W; Pringle, Jennifer M; Howlett, Patrick C

    2017-01-18

    Using the organic ionic plastic crystal N-ethyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide ([C2mpyr][FSI]) with electrospun nanofibers, LiFSI doped [C2mpyr][FSI]-PVdF composites were developed as solid state, self-standing electrolyte membranes. Different lithium salt concentration were investigated, with 10 mol% LiFSI found to be optimal amongst those assessed. Composites with different weight ratios of plastic crystal and polymer were prepared and 10 wt% polymer gave the highest conductivity. In addition, the effects of PVdF incorporation on the morphological, thermal, and structural properties of the organic ionic plastic crystal were investigated. Ion mobilities were also studied using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance techniques. The electrolytes were then assembled into lithium symmetric cells and cycled galvanostatically at 0.13 mA cm(-2) at both ambient temperature and at 50 °C, for more than 500 cycles.

  2. Zirconium nitride hard coatings; Revestimentos protetores de nitreto de zirconio

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    Roman, Daiane; Amorim, Cintia Lugnani Gomes de; Soares, Gabriel Vieira; Figueroa, Carlos Alejandro; Baumvol, Israel Jacob Rabin; Basso, Rodrigo Leonardo de Oliveira [Universidade de Caxias do Sul (UCS), Caxias do Sul, RS (Brazil)

    2010-07-01

    Zirconium nitride (ZrN) nanometric films were deposited onto different substrates, in order to study the surface crystalline microstructure and also to investigate the electrochemical behavior to obtain a better composition that minimizes corrosion reactions. The coatings were produced by physical vapor deposition (PVD). The influence of the nitrogen partial pressure, deposition time and temperature over the surface properties was studied. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and corrosion experiments were performed to characterize the ZrN hard coatings. The ZrN films properties and microstructure changes according to the deposition parameters. The corrosion resistance increases with temperature used in the films deposition. Corrosion tests show that ZrN coating deposited by PVD onto titanium substrate can improve the corrosion resistance. (author)

  3. Duplication of a Single Neuron in C. elegans Reveals a Pathway for Dendrite Tiling by Mutual Repulsion

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    Zhiqi Candice Yip

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Simple cell-cell interactions can give rise to complex cellular patterns. For example, neurons of the same type can interact to create a complex patchwork of non-overlapping dendrite arbors, a pattern known as dendrite tiling. Dendrite tiling often involves mutual repulsion between neighboring neurons. While dendrite tiling is found across nervous systems, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has a relatively simple nervous system with few opportunities for tiling. Here, we show that genetic duplication of a single neuron, PVD, is sufficient to create dendrite tiling among the resulting ectopic neurons. We use laser ablation to show that this tiling is mediated by mutual repulsion between neighbors. Furthermore, we find that tiling requires a repulsion signal (UNC-6/Netrin and its receptors UNC-40/DCC and UNC-5 that normally patterns the PVD dendrite arbor. These results demonstrate that an apparently complex cellular pattern can emerge in a simple nervous system merely by increasing neuron number.

  4. A facile approach to derive binder protective film on high voltage spinel cathode materials against high temperature degradation

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    Chou, Wei-Yu; Jin, Yi-Chun; Duh, Jenq-Gong; Lu, Cheng-Zhang; Liao, Shih-Chieh

    2015-11-01

    The electrochemical performance of spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 cathode combined with different binders at elevated temperature is firstly investigated. The water soluble binder, such as sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and sodium alginate (SA), is compared with the polyvinylidene difluoride (PVdF) binder used in non-aqueous process. The aqueous process can meet the need of Li-ion battery industry due to environmental-friendly and cost effectiveness by replacing toxic organic solvent, such as N-methyl-pyrrolidone (NMP). In this study, a significantly improved high temperature cycling performance is successfully obtained as compared to the traditional PVdF binder. The aqueous binder can serve as a protective film which inhibits the serious Ni and Mn dissolution especially at elevated temperature. Our result demonstrates a facile approach to solve the problem of capacity fading for high voltage spinel cathodes.

  5. Characteristics and Preparation Technologies of Nb/Nb5Si3 Microlaminate

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    MU Rende

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Nb/Nb5Si3 superalloy has the most potential in the application of future high temperature structures. Realization of microstructure lamination for this material is a new material design and preparation method. Characteristics and prevailing preparation technologies of Nb/Nb5Si3 microlaminate, including hot pressing, plasma spaying, magnetic sputtering and electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD are reviewed. It is pointed out that EB-PVD is a promising technology for producing Nb/Nb5Si3 microlaminate from the engineering application point of view. Structure and function compound, nano-laminating and toughening are the developing directions in the future electron beam physical vapor deposited Nb/Nb5Si3 microlaminate field.

  6. Anti-friction Coating for Drilling of Green Austempered Ductile Iron (ADI) grade

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    Meena, A.; El Mansori, M.; Ghidossi, P.; Mkaddem, A.

    2011-05-01

    In this paper the anti-friction performance of two types of coating, post-coated coating and PVD-TiAlN coating were investigated when drilling green austempered ductile iron (ADI) grade. The green ADI grade is produced by a new processing technology known as continuous casting-heat treatment process. The effect of coatings on tool wear and surface finish of the holes when drilling using coolant were reported. Results showed that the tool with post-coated coating has higher anti-friction properties as compared to PVD-TiAlN coating in terms of tool wear and surface roughness. Results also showed that there is a formation of preventive aluminum oxide layer during machining for both types of coating.

  7. Composite polymer electrolyte based on PEO/Pvdf-HFP with MWCNT for lithium battery applications

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    Pradeepa, P.; Edwinraj, S.; Sowmya, G.; Kalaiselvimary, J.; Selvakumar, K.; Prabhu, M. Ramesh

    2016-05-01

    In the present study PEO and PVdF-HFP blend based composite polymer electrolytes (CPEs) has been prepared by using Multi Walled Carbon Nanotube (MWCNT), in order to examine the filler addition effect on the electrochemical properties. The complexed nanocomposite polymer electrolytes were obtained in the form of dimensionally stable and free standing films by using solution casting technique. The electrochemical properties of CPEs were measured by the AC impedance method. From the ionic conductivity results, the CPE containing MWCNT 2wt% showed the highest ionic conductivity with an excellent thermal stability at room temperature. The dielectric loss curve s for the sample 6.25wt% PEO: 18.75 wt% PVdF-HFP: 2wt% MWCNT reveal the low frequency β relaxation peak pronounced at high temperature, and it may caused by side group dipoles.

  8. Polymer electrolytes of poly (ethylene oxide) and polyvinylidene for application in TiO2/dye solar cells

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    Bruno Honda de Oliveira

    2011-01-01

    Resumo: As células fotoeletroquímica de TiO2/corante, que convertem energia solar em elétrica, são constituídas por fotoeletrodo de TiO2 modificado com um corante, contra-eletrodo de Pt e um eletrólito contendo o par redox I/ I3. Neste trabalho, investigaram-se eletrólitos constituídos por NaI/I2 dissolvido em uma matriz polimérica de poli(óxido de etileno), PEO, contendo 10% (em massa) dos polifluoretos polivinilideno (PVdF) e polivinilideno hexafluoro-propileno, PVdF-HFP. Inicialmente, aver...

  9. The Effect of Nano-Morphology Modification Using an Amphiphilic Polymer on the Proton Conductivity of Composite Membrane for a Polymer Membrane-Based Fuel Cell.

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    Roh, Sung-Hee; Rho, Seon-Gyun; Kim, Sang-Chai; Kim, Ju-Young; Jung, Ho-Young

    2016-02-01

    The effect of morphology modification using an amphiphilic polymer on the proton conductivity of composite membrane for a polymer membrane-based fuel cell was investigated. The proton conductivity of each composite membrane was analyzed by the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The morphological change was confirmed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). In the composite membrane, the proton conductive component was sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) (sPEEK), while the nonconductive component was poly(vinylidenedifluoride) and the amphiphilic polymer as a compatibilizer was urethane acrylate non-ionomer (UAN). UAN as a compatibilizer improved the interfacial stability between sPEEK and PVdF polymers, even though two polymers were apparently immiscible. The homogeneous distribution of sPEEK and PVdF domains in the composite membrane was obtained with the introduction of UAN due to the amphiphilicity. Therefore, it was found that the proton conductivity of the composite membrane increased with the incorporation of UAN as a compatibilizer.

  10. High Temperature Thermal Properties of Columnar Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Thermal Barrier Coating Performed by Suspension Plasma Spraying

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    Bernard, B.; Schick, V.; Remy, B.; Quet, A.; Bianchi, L.

    2016-09-01

    Performance enhancement of gas turbines is a main issue for the aircraft industry. Over many years, a large part of the effort has been focused on the development of more insulating Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBCs). In this study, Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) columnar structures are processed by Suspension Plasma Spraying (SPS). These structures have already demonstrated abilities to get improved thermal lifetime, similarly to standard YSZ TBCs performed by EB-PVD. Thermal diffusivity measurements coupled with differential scanning calorimetry analysis are performed from room temperature up to 1100 °C, first, on HastelloyX substrates and then, on bilayers including a SPS YSZ coating. Results show an effective thermal conductivity for YSZ performed by SPS lower than 1 W.m-1K-1 whereas EB- PVD YSZ coatings exhibit a value of 1.5 W.m-1K-1.

  11. Parallel Variable Distribution Algorithm for Constrained Optimization with Nonmonotone Technique

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    Congying Han

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A modified parallel variable distribution (PVD algorithm for solving large-scale constrained optimization problems is developed, which modifies quadratic subproblem QPl at each iteration instead of the QPl0 of the SQP-type PVD algorithm proposed by C. A. Sagastizábal and M. V. Solodov in 2002. The algorithm can circumvent the difficulties associated with the possible inconsistency of QPl0 subproblem of the original SQP method. Moreover, we introduce a nonmonotone technique instead of the penalty function to carry out the line search procedure with more flexibly. Under appropriate conditions, the global convergence of the method is established. In the final part, parallel numerical experiments are implemented on CUDA based on GPU (Graphics Processing unit.

  12. Favorable binding effect for improving the electrochemical performance of cobalt oxide anode for lithium ion batteries

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    Wang, Wan Lin; Nguyen, Van Hiep; Gu, Hal-Bon, E-mail: kuku-linlin@hotmail.com

    2014-01-01

    Electrochemical characteristics of CoO anode are highly dependent on the use of binders. Its electrochemical reversibility is drastically improved by using poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) as a binder in comparison with the commonly used poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVdF) binder. PAA can effectively buffer the volume expansion of the CoO electrode during the lithium insertion and extraction, resulting in improving electrochemical characteristics of the electrode. The cyclic stability of CoO electrode with PAA binder is remarkably improved. Impedance of CoO electrode with PAA binder is much smaller than that of PVdF binder. Moreover, the reversible capacity reaches 860 mA h g{sup −1} at a current density of 50 mA g{sup −1}.

  13. Regularly arranged indium islands on glass/molybdenum substrates upon femtosecond laser and physical vapor deposition processing

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    Ringleb, F.; Eylers, K.; Teubner, Th.; Boeck, T., E-mail: torsten.boeck@ikz-berlin.de [Leibniz-Institute for Crystal Growth, Max-Born-Straße 2, Berlin 12489 (Germany); Symietz, C.; Bonse, J.; Andree, S.; Krüger, J. [Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und-prüfung (BAM), Unter den Eichen 87, Berlin 12205 (Germany); Heidmann, B.; Schmid, M. [Department of Physics, Freie Universität Berlin, Arnimalle 14, Berlin 14195 (Germany); Nanooptical Concepts for PV, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, Berlin 14109 (Germany); Lux-Steiner, M. [Nanooptical Concepts for PV, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, Berlin 14109 (Germany); Heterogeneous Material Systems, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, Berlin 14109 (Germany)

    2016-03-14

    A bottom-up approach is presented for the production of arrays of indium islands on a molybdenum layer on glass, which can serve as micro-sized precursors for indium compounds such as copper-indium-gallium-diselenide used in photovoltaics. Femtosecond laser ablation of glass and a subsequent deposition of a molybdenum film or direct laser processing of the molybdenum film both allow the preferential nucleation and growth of indium islands at the predefined locations in a following indium-based physical vapor deposition (PVD) process. A proper choice of laser and deposition parameters ensures the controlled growth of indium islands exclusively at the laser ablated spots. Based on a statistical analysis, these results are compared to the non-structured molybdenum surface, leading to randomly grown indium islands after PVD.

  14. Electrical Characterization of Zn and ZnO Nanowires Grown on PEDOT:PSS Conductive Polymer Thin Films by Physical Vapor Deposition

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    Chamberlin, Matthew; Constantin, Costel

    2011-10-01

    Physical vapor deposition (PVD) techniques offer tremendous possibilities for easy fabrication of nanostructure arrays for use in thin film electronics. In this study we examine inorganic/organic heterojunctions produced by growing conductive Zn and semiconductive ZnO nanowire arrays on organic conductive PEDOT:PSS polymer thin films using simple and cost-effective PVD methods. Understanding the electrical properties of these hybrid films are of particular interest for applications in organic electronics. However, traditional systems for measuring conductivity and resistivity of thin films by the Van Der Pauw method prove problematic when dealing with soft polymeric surfaces. We present here electrical studies of ZnO- and Zn-nanowire/PEDOT:PSS heterojunctions using a modified 2-point probe method constructed from inexpensive and easily available materials.

  15. Fretting damage behavior and mechanism of tin coated zircaloy-4 tube

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    Tae-HyungKim; Ji-HyunSung; Seock-SamKim

    2001-01-01

    The fretting characteristics of TiN coated Zircaloy-4 tube were investigated experimen-tally. The fretting experiment was performed using TIN coated Zircaloy-4 tube as the fuel rod clad-ding material and uncoated Zircaloy-4 tube as one of grids. TIN coating is probably one of the mostfrequently and successfully used PVD coatings for the mitigation of fretting. In this study, TiN coat-ing by PVD was employed for improvement of Zircaloy-4 tube fretting characteristics. The frettingtester was designed and manufactured for this experiment. The number of cycles, slip amplitudeand normal load were selected as main factors of fretting. The results of this research showed thatthe wear volume of TiN coated Zircaloy-4 tube increased as number of cycles, normal load andslip amplitude increase but the quantity of volume was lower than the case of uncoated Zircaloy-4tube pairs.

  16. Photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells fabricated with polyvinylidene fluoride–polyacrylonitrile–silicondioxide hybrid composite membrane

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    Sethupathy, Malaisamy; Pandey, Priyanka; Manisankar, Paramasivam, E-mail: pms11@rediffmail.com

    2014-02-14

    Electrospun fibrous membranes of hybrid composites of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVdF), polyacrylonitrile (PAN) and silicon dioxide (SiO{sub 2}) (PVdF–PAN–SiO{sub 2}) are prepared with different proportions of SiO{sub 2} (3, 5 and 7% w/w). The field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) reveals that these membranes have three-dimensional, fully interconnected network structures, which are combined with micropores of fine SiO{sub 2} distribution. The surface roughness of the membranes increases with increasing the SiO{sub 2} content. It is found that 7 wt% SiO{sub 2}/PVdF–PAN electrolyte membrane has the highest ionic conductivity (6.96 × 10{sup −2} S cm{sup −1}) due to the large liquid electrolyte uptake (about 570%). As the concentration of SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles increase, the contact angle value also increases, ranging from 135.70° to 140.60° which indicates that the membrane has higher hydrophobicity. The dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are fabricated using the hybrid composite membrane with PVdF–PAN with 7 wt % SiO{sub 2}. Its photovoltaic performance exhibits an open circuit voltage (V{sub oc}) of 0.79 V and a short circuit current 11.6 mA cm{sup −2} at an incident light intensity of 100 mW cm{sup −2}, producing an efficiency of 5.61%. DSSC, using the hybrid composite electrospun membrane which shows more stable photovoltaic performance than other assembled DSSCs. - Highlights: • Electrospun poly (vinylidine–acrylonitrile) silicon dioxide membrane was prepared. • This membrane has good conductivity, porosity and electrolyte uptake. • It has higher hydrophobicity and interconnected network with plenty of cavities. • DSSCs fabricated with polymer electrolyte exhibited good photovoltaic efficiency.

  17. Mesoporous silica/ionic liquid quasi-solid-state electrolytes and their application in lithium metal batteries

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    Li, Xiaowei; Zhang, Zhengxi; Yin, Kun; Yang, Li; Tachibana, Kazuhiro; Hirano, Shin-ichi

    2015-03-01

    In this work, the ordered mesoporous silica, SBA-15, is chosen as the matrix for the first time to prepare quasi-solid-state electrolytes (QSSEs) with an ionic liquid, LiTFSI salt and PVdF-HFP. The as-obtained QSSEs are evaluated by electrochemical methods. Lithium metal batteries containing these QSSEs exhibit high discharge capacity and good cycle performance at room temperature, indicating successful battery operation.

  18. Enhancing Insights into Pulmonary Vascular Disease through a Precision Medicine Approach. A Joint NHLBI-Cardiovascular Medical Research and Education Fund Workshop Report.

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    Newman, John H; Rich, Stuart; Abman, Steven H; Alexander, John H; Barnard, John; Beck, Gerald J; Benza, Raymond L; Bull, Todd M; Chan, Stephen Y; Chun, Hyung J; Doogan, Declan; Dupuis, Jocelyn; Erzurum, Serpil C; Frantz, Robert P; Geraci, Mark; Gillies, Hunter; Gladwin, Mark; Gray, Michael P; Hemnes, Anna R; Herbst, Roy S; Hernandez, Adrian F; Hill, Nicholas S; Horn, Evelyn M; Hunter, Kendall; Jing, Zhi-Cheng; Johns, Roger; Kaul, Sanjay; Kawut, Steven M; Lahm, Tim; Leopold, Jane A; Lewis, Greg D; Mathai, Stephen C; McLaughlin, Vallerie V; Michelakis, Evangelos D; Nathan, Steven D; Nichols, William; Page, Grier; Rabinovitch, Marlene; Rich, Jonathan; Rischard, Franz; Rounds, Sharon; Shah, Sanjiv J; Tapson, Victor F; Lowy, Naomi; Stockbridge, Norman; Weinmann, Gail; Xiao, Lei

    2017-06-15

    The Division of Lung Diseases of the NHLBI and the Cardiovascular Medical Education and Research Fund held a workshop to discuss how to leverage the anticipated scientific output from the recently launched "Redefining Pulmonary Hypertension through Pulmonary Vascular Disease Phenomics" (PVDOMICS) program to develop newer approaches to pulmonary vascular disease. PVDOMICS is a collaborative, protocol-driven network to analyze all patient populations with pulmonary hypertension to define novel pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) phenotypes. Stakeholders, including basic, translational, and clinical investigators; clinicians; patient advocacy organizations; regulatory agencies; and pharmaceutical industry experts, joined to discuss the application of precision medicine to PVD clinical trials. Recommendations were generated for discussion of research priorities in line with NHLBI Strategic Vision Goals that include: (1) A national effort, involving all the stakeholders, should seek to coordinate biosamples and biodata from all funded programs to a web-based repository so that information can be shared and correlated with other research projects. Example programs sponsored by NHLBI include PVDOMICS, Pulmonary Hypertension Breakthrough Initiative, the National Biological Sample and Data Repository for PAH, and the National Precision Medicine Initiative. (2) A task force to develop a master clinical trials protocol for PVD to apply precision medicine principles to future clinical trials. Specific features include: (a) adoption of smaller clinical trials that incorporate biomarker-guided enrichment strategies, using adaptive and innovative statistical designs; and (b) development of newer endpoints that reflect well-defined and clinically meaningful changes. (3) Development of updated and systematic variables in imaging, hemodynamic, cellular, genomic, and metabolic tests that will help precisely identify individual and shared features of PVD and serve as the basis of novel

  19. COMPLEX SURFACE HARDENING OF STEEL ARTICLES

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    A. V. Kovalchuk

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The method of complex surface hardening of steel detailswas designed. The method is a compound of two processes of hardening: chemical heat treatment and physical vapor deposition (PVD of the coating. The result, achieved in this study is much higher, than in other work on this topic and is cumulative. The method designed can be used in mechanical engineering, medicine, energetics and is perspective for military and space technologies.

  20. HPPMS (Cr1-xAlx)N WSy Coatings for the Application in Dry Cold Forging of Steel: Sythesis and Raman Characterization

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    Bobzin, Kirsten

    2016-01-01

    Lubricants are applied to reduce friction between workpieces and forming tools in cold forging processes. There is a strong demand to avoid lubricants due to economic, ecological and legislative aspects. PVD coatings took over the tasks of lubricants in numerous applications in the recent years. They may enormously reduce tool and workpiece wear in cold forging or deliver special functions even in the absence of lubricants. However, the abdication of lubricants goes along with the requirement...

  1. Investigation of the influence of hybrid layers on the life time of hot forging dies

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    Legutko, S.; Meller, A.; Gajek, M.

    2013-01-01

    The paper deals with the issues related in the process of drop forging with special attention paid to the durability of forging tools. It presents the results of industrial investigation of the influence of hybrid layers on hot forging dies. The effectiveness of hybrid layers type nitrided layer/PVD coating applied for extending the life of forging tools whose working surfaces are exposed to such complex exploitation conditions as, among others, cyclically varying high thermal and mechanical ...

  2. Development of Low Density Titanium Alloys for Structural Applications

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    Froes, F. H.; Suryanarayana, C.; Powell, C.; Ward-Close, C. Malcolm; Wilkes, D. M. J.

    1996-01-01

    In this report the results of a program designed to reduce the density of titanium by adding magnesium are presented. Because these two elements are immiscible under conventional ingot metallurgy techniques, two specialized powder metallurgy methods namely, mechanical alloying (MA) and physical vapor deposition (PVD) were implemented. The mechanical alloying experiments were done both at the University of Idaho and at the Defense Research Agency in UK. Since titanium is reactive with interstitial elements, a secondary goal of this research was to correlate solubility extensions with interstitial contamination content, especially oxygen and nitrogen. MA was carried out in SPEX 8000 shaker mils and different milling containers were utilized to control the level of contamination. Results showed that solubilities of Mg in Ti were obtained up to 28 at.% (16.4 wt. %) Mg in Ti for Ti-39.6 at. % (25 wt. %) Mg alloys, which greatly exceed those obtained under equilibrium conditions. This reflects a density reduction of approximately 26 %. Contamination of oxygen and nitrogen seemed to increase the solubility of magnesium in titanium in some cases; however, we were not able to make a clear correlation between contamination levels with solubilities. Work at the DRA has emphasized optimization of present PVD equipment, specifically composition and temperature control. Preliminary PVD data has shown Ti-Mg deposits have successfully been made up to 2 mm thick and that solubility extensions were achieved. The potential for density reduction of titanium by alloying with magnesium has been demonstrated; however, this work has only scratched the surface of the development of such low density alloys. Much research is needed before such alloys could be implemented into industry. Further funding is required in order to optimize the MA/PVD processes including contamination control, determination of optimal alloy compositions, microstructure development, and mechanical property

  3. The Quest for Sustainability: Some reflections

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    Jan Pronk

    2011-01-01

    Jan Pronk is president of the Society for International Development International Governing Council. He is a professor of Theory and Practice of International Development at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. Between 1973 and 2002, he served three terms as Minister for Development Cooperation and one term as Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment in the States-General for the Labour Party (PvdA). From 2004 to 2006, he was the Special Representative ...

  4. In Situ Ramp Anneal X-ray Diffraction Study of Atomic Layer Deposited Ultrathin TaN and Ta 1-x Al x N y Films for Cu Diffusion Barrier Applications

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    Consiglio, S.; Dey, S.; Yu, K.; Tapily, K.; Clark, R. D.; Hasegawa, T.; Wajda, C. S.; Leusink, G. J.; Diebold, A. C.

    2016-01-01

    Ultrathin TaN and Ta1-xAlxNy films with x = 0.21 to 0.88 were deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) and evaluated for Cu diffusion barrier effectiveness compared to physical vapor deposition (PVD) grown TaN. Cu diffusion barrier effectiveness was investigated using in-situ ramp anneal synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) on Cu/1.8 nm barrier/Si stacks. A Kissinger-like analysis was used to assess the kinetics of Cu3Si formation and determine the effective activation energy (Ea) for Cu silicidation. Compared to the stack with a PVD TaN barrier, the stacks with the ALD films exhibited a higher crystallization temperature (Tc) for Cu silicidation. The Ea values of Cu3Si formation for stacks with the ALD films were close to the reported value for grain boundary diffusion of Cu whereas the Ea of Cu3Si formation for the stack with PVD TaN is closer to the reported value for lattice diffusion. For 3 nm films, grazing incidence in-plane XRD showed evidence of nanocrystallites in an amorphous matrix with broad peaks corresponding to high density cubic phase for the ALD grown films and lower density hexagonal phase for the PVD grown film further elucidating the difference in initial failure mechanisms due to differences in barrier crystallinity and associated phase.

  5. Modeling and Experiments with Carbon Nanotubes for Applications in High Performance Circuits

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    2017-04-06

    transceivers which use phase-locked loops ( PLLs ) as frequency synthesizers. Digital cellular communication devices operating in 1-2 GHz range widely employ...VCO in PLL is the key contributor to the phase noise which uses a metallic wire on-chip integrated inductor. The resistive losses lower the inductor...N-doped graphene PLL Phase Locked Loop PVD physical vapor deposition RF radio frequency SiO2 Silicon Dioxide SOI silicon on insulator SRC

  6. Coating of carbon fiber-reinforced polyetheretherketone implants with titanium to improve bone apposition.

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    Devine, Declan M; Hahn, Joachim; Richards, R Geoffery; Gruner, Heiko; Wieling, Ronald; Pearce, Simon G

    2013-05-01

    Carbon fiber-reinforced polyetheretherketone (CF/PEEK) is a thermoplastic composite biomaterial exhibiting properties suitable for load-bearing orthopedic implants. However, the hydrophobic surface of CF/PEEK implants induces the deposition of a peri-implant fibrous tissue capsule preventing bone apposition. However, if bone apposition was improved, the use of CF/PEEK in orthopedics could be increased as it has many advantages compared with metallic implants. In this study, CF/PEEK screws were coated with titanium (Ti) using two different techniques, namely vacuum plasma spraying (VPS) and physical vapor deposition (PVD) with uncoated screws as controls. These coatings were characterized and implanted in a loaded sheep tibia model. In the characterization of the screw surfaces using microscopy techniques, the uncoated screws were seen to have an irregular surface. The PVD coating appeared smooth and consistent, whereas the VPS coating appeared to be a rough coating with some inhomogeneities, which did not cover the entire surface area. Nevertheless, in the ex vivo analysis the VPS-coated screws had a screw removal torque which was statistically greater than uncoated and PVD-coated screws (p ≤ 0.002 for both comparisons). Additionally, the VPS-coated screws had a statistically higher bone contact area than the uncoated screws (p = 0.006), whereas no statistical difference was detected between VPS and PVD coating types (p = 0.11). Thereby illustrating that Ti coating of CF/PEEK screws significantly improve bone apposition and removal torque compared with uncoated CF/PEEK screws.

  7. Pelvic floor muscle function in women with provoked vestibulodynia and asymptomatic controls

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    Introduction and hypothesis: The purpose of the present study was to assess vaginal resting pressure (VRP), pelvic floor muscle (PFM) strength and endurance, and surface EMG activity in women with and without provoked vestibulodynia (PVD). Methods: This was an assessor-masked comparison study including 70 women. Exclusion criteria were any previous pregnancy and presence of candida. Sensitivity of the vulvar vestibule was rated at three sites with Q-tip pressure measurement and a...

  8. Cathodic Cage Plasma Nitriding of Ti6Al4V Alloy

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    Ossowski, Maciej (OPI); Borowski, Tomasz; Michal TARNOWSKI; Tadeusz WIERZCHON

    2016-01-01

    Glow discharge nitriding is being used increasingly more often for modifying the properties of titanium and its alloys with the aim to increase their frictional wear resistance, fatigue strength, and, in the case of medical applications, to eliminate the metallosis effect. Unlike PVD methods, ion nitriding ensures the formation of diffusive layers with very good adhesion to the substrate, but which still have some disadvanteges such as the “edge effect” or “hollow cathode effect” which hinder...

  9. TRIBOLOGICAL PROPERTIES AND WEAR MECHANISM OF HARD COATINGS

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    Ugues, Daniele; Maizza, Giovanni

    2013-01-01

    In the modern technology, tribologically suitable components and devices are important to increase the energy efficiency. It is possible when one can reduce the friction coefficient and wear of sliding components. The economic effectiveness can be achieved by better tribological system and therefore research in tribology is aimed at minimizing the energy losses resulting from friction and wear. In this view, hard coatings deposited by physical vapor deposition (PVD) are adequate solutions for...

  10. Thermal Conductivity Designed Hard Protective Thin Films

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    2014-05-01

    University of Leoben. After his PhD in 2001 on Materials Science Aspects of Nanocrystalline PVD Hard Coatings in collaboration with the West Bohemian...Vienna University of Technology) Materials Science and Technology Karlsplatz 13 Wien (Vienna) 1040, AUSTRIA EOARD Grant 13-2147 Report Date: May...University of Technology) Materials Science and Technology Karlsplatz 13 Wien (Vienna) 1040, AUSTRIA 8. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION REPORT NUMBER N/A 9

  11. Association between Low Serum Bicarbonate Concentrations and Cardiovascular Disease in Patients in the End-Stage of Renal Disease

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    Vaia D. Raikou

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: Metabolic acidosis, a common condition particularly in the end-stage of renal disease patients, results in malnutrition, inflammation and oxidative stress. In this study, we focused on the association between low serum bicarbonate and cardiovascular disease in patients on intermittent dialysis. Methods: We studied 52 on-line-pre-dilution hemodiafiltration (on-l HDF patients, 32 males and 20 females, with a mean age of 58.01 ± 15.4 years old. Metabolic acidosis was determined by serum bicarbonate concentrations less than 22 mmol/L. Residual renal function (RRF was defined by interdialytic urine volume. Kaplan–Meier curves and Cox regression models were performed to predict coronary artery disease (CAD, defined by ejection fraction <50%, or diastolic dysfunction congestive heart failure (CHF and peripheral vascular disease (PVD. Results: Kaplan–Meier analyses showed that a lower or higher than 22 mmol/L serum bicarbonate metabolic acidosis status was significantly associated with both PVD and diastolic dysfunction (log-rank = 5.07, p = 0.02 and log-rank = 5.84, p = 0.01, respectively. A similar prevalence of serum bicarbonate on CAD or CHF by low ejection fraction was not shown. The RRF was associated with PVD event and serum bicarbonate less than 22 mmol/L (log-rank = 5.49, p = 0.01 and log-rank = 3.9, p = 0.04, respectively. Cox regression analysis revealed that serum bicarbonate and RRF were significant risk factors for PVD after adjustment for confounders. Furthermore, RRF adjusted for covariates was shown to be a significant risk factor for diastolic dysfunction. Conclusion: Low serum bicarbonate was associated with peripheral vascular disease and diastolic dysfunction in intermittent dialysis. The residual renal function may impact patients’ outcomes through its relationship with metabolic acidosis status, particularly for peripheral vascular disease manifestation.

  12. Pulsed laser deposition: Prospects for commercial deposition of epitaxial films

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    Muenchausen, R.E.

    1999-03-01

    Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) is a physical vapor deposition (PVD) technique for the deposition of thin films. The vapor source is induced by the flash evaporation that occurs when a laser pulse of sufficient intensity (about 100 MW/cm{sup 2}) is absorbed by a target. In this paper the author briefly defines pulsed laser deposition, current applications, research directed at gaining a better understanding of the pulsed laser deposition process, and suggests some future directions to enable commercial applications.

  13. Microfabrication of Tungsten, Molybdenum and Tungsten Carbide Rods by Laser-Assisted CVD

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    Björklund, Kajsa

    2001-01-01

    Thin films of refractory metals and carbides have been studied extensively over many years because of their wide range of application. The two major techniques used are Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) and Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD). These can result in the deposition of two-dimensional blanket or patterned thin films. Laser-assisted Chemical Vapour Deposition (LCVD) can provide a maskless alternative for localised deposition in two and three dimensions. This thesis describes LCVD of mi...

  14. Photoacoustic a-scanning and monitoring of blood content in tissue

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    Kolkman, Roy G. M.; Pilatou, Magdalena C.; Hondebrink, Erwin; de Mul, Frits F. M.

    2000-05-01

    To localize and monitor the blood content in tissue we developed a very sensitive double-ring photo-acoustical detector. PvdF has been used as piezo-electric material. In this detector also a fiber for illumination of the sample is integrated. This detector has the advantage that it is very sensitive in the forward direction. A ratio of FWHM to depth of 1:70 can be obtained with this detector.

  15. Kendall Analysis of Cannon Pressure Vessels

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    2012-04-11

    To) 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE New PVD Technologies for New Ordnance Coatings 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER W911NF-11-D-0001 5b. GRANT NUMBER...yield pressure; autofrettage; fatigue life; cannon pressure vessels; residual stress; Bauschinger effect; 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17...documents, enter the title classification in parentheses. 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER. Enter all contract numbers as they appear in the report, e.g. F33615-86

  16. Is lung biopsy useful for surgical decision making in congenital heart disease?

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    Frescura, C; Thiene, G; Giulia Gagliardi, M; Mazzucco, A; Pellegrino, P A; Daliento, L; Biscaglia, S; Carminati, M; Gallucci, V

    1991-01-01

    Sixty patients with congenital heart disease (CHD), age range 3 months-45 years (median 2 years), underwent lung biopsy to exclude pulmonary vascular disease (PVD): 25 had an atrioventricular (AV) septal defect, 14 a ventricular septal defect (VSD), 7 a complete transposition of the great arteries (TGA) + VSD, 3 an atrial septal defect, and 2 a patent ductus arteriosus; 9 had other malformations. Scoring of histological section (0-4) according to a modified Heath-Edwards classification disclosed that 30 patients had severe "irreversible" PVD (greater than or equal to grade 3) (11 AV septal defect, 8 VSD, 6 TGA + VSD and 5 others); 8 patients were younger than 1 year. Pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) was calculated in 51 patients and exceeded 7 U/m2 in 1 of 2 patients with grade 0, in 9 of 18 with grade 1, in 1 of 4 with grade 2, in 11 of 18 with grade 3, and in 8 of 9 with grade 4. PVR was also calculated after 100% oxygen administration in 19 patients, 14 of whom had a resting PVR greater than or equal to 7 U/m2. PVR persisted greater than or equal to 7 U/m2 in 5 patients: 4 had PVD greater than or equal to grade 3 and died after surgery. PVR fell to under 7 U/m2 in 14 patients, 3 of whom had PVD greater than or equal to grade 3:1 patient with grade 4 was not operated upon and 2 with grade 3 were operated upon: all are alive. Follow-up in discharged living patients was 100%, with a mean of 50 months. Fifty-five patients underwent surgery with 10 early and 2 late deaths. Among the 12 subjects with a fatal outcome, 10 had irreversible lesions. The 5 non-operated patients all had irreversible lesions at biopsy, and are still alive.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  17. Glancing Angle Deposition System for Advanced Fabrication of Metamaterial and Transformation-Optics Devices

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    2012-06-15

    CLASSIFICATION OF: Transformation optics is opening the door to new devices and applications by manipulating the flow of light on the nano-scale combining...quote received from vendor ( PVD  Products)  ­ 01/16/2011: Utility form received for pre‐installation connections  ­ 05/13/2011: Trades (plumber

  18. Development of a 30 kW Inductively Coupled Plasma Torch Facility for Advanced Aerospace Material Investigations

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    SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF a. REPORT b. ABSTRACT c. THIS PAGE ABSTRACT uu uu uu 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 87 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE...2012 page 2 of 5 CLASSIFICATION CATEGORY 1. Unclassified 2. Industry 3. Restricted 4. Confidential    1. For...Laux T, Feigl M, Stöckle T, Auweter-Kurtz M. Estimation of the surface catalyticity of PVD -coatings by simultaneous heat flux and LIF measure- ments

  19. Challenges in the Development and Evolution of Secure Open Architecture Command and Control Systems (Briefing Charts)

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    15. SUBJECT TERMS 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT Same as Report (SAR) 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 25 19a. NAME OF...5erfloclllhu:st 5bln]’S pvd /S.blA [ltwt~soc-rt;i\\oco.lho::t s;;b¥.nJi. cd . , J ul~nu:~ [Uveti:~>e~\\ocalhos;t s.etlrNJC]J lSi ..cca-u; cMcl.rii’Frot co~t~-t

  20. Hardware-based Artificial Neural Networks for Size, Weight, and Power Constrained Platforms (Preprint)

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    and power (SWaP); radial basis function; zero instruction set computing (ZISC); pattern recognition 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF...perception and classification problems historically difficult for traditional, von Neumann-based computers. The neuromorphic community was...Manhattan method or the Lsup method. In the Manhattan method, , 1 ∑ = −= n i iiMan PVD (1) Figure 1: Neural Network Diagram. Each input node

  1. Polymer Electrolytes Based on Electrospun PEO-P(VdF-HFP) Blends for Lithium-Polymer Batteries

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    P.Raghvan; J.Manuel; G.Cheruvally; J.H.Ahn

    2007-01-01

    1 Results Electrospinning has attracted immense attention recently as a versatile and easy method to prepare polymer membranes that are made up of thin fibers of micron and sub-micron diameters.Such membranes are particularly suitable as host matrices for polymer electrolytes (PEs) since the interlaying of fibers generate large porosity with fully interconnected pore structure facilitating the easy transport of ions.Characterization of PEs based on electrospun membranes of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVd...

  2. Fabrication of Nanolaminates with Ultrathin Nanolayers Using Atomic Layer Deposition: Nucleation & Growth Issues

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    2009-02-01

    microscopy ( FE -SEM). • Construction of new experimental apparatus based on ALD reactor, glovebox and physical vapor deposition (PVD) chamber all...left the research group, Shih-Hui continued the barrier research and also made the FE -SEM measurements of film cracking resulting from compressive...Colorado, September 21, 2007. 25. "Atomic Layer Deposition: Fundamentals and Applications" (Invited Short Course), Sociedad Mexicana de Ciencia y

  3. Anemia, renal impairment and in-hospital mortality, in acute worsening chronic heart failure patients

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    Bojovski, Ivica; Vavlukis, Marija; Caparovska, Emilija; Pocesta, Bekim; Shehu, Enes; Taravari, Hajber; Kitanoski, Darko; Kotlar, Irina; Janusevski, Filip; Taneski, Filip; Jovanovska, Ivana; Kedev, Sasko

    2014-01-01

    Aim of the study: To analyze the impact of anemia and renal impairment on in-hospital mortality(IHD), in patients with acute worsening chronic heart failure. Methods: 232 randomly selected patients with symptoms of HF were retrospectively analyzed. Analyzed variables: gender, age, risk factors and co-morbidities: HTA, HLP, DM, COPD, CAD, PVD, CVD, anemia(defined as Hgb ≤10mg/dl), renal failure. Measured variables: systolic and diastolic BP, Hgb, sodium, BUN, creatinine, length of hospital sta...

  4. Draft Genome Sequence of Pseudomonas fluorescens Strain ET76, Isolated from Rice Rhizosphere in Northwestern Morocco.

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    Aarab, Saida; Arakrak, Abdelhay; Ollero, Francisco Javier; Megías, Manuel; Gomes, Douglas Fabiano; Ribeiro, Renan Augusto; Hungria, Mariangela

    2016-05-19

    Pseudomonas fluorescens ET76 was isolated from rice rhizosphere in northwestern Morocco. Its draft genome was estimated to be 6,681,652 bp with 5,789 coding sequences (CDSs). Genes encoding for type I to VI secretion systems, PvdQ, proteases, siderophores, hydrogen cyanide synthase, ACC-deaminase, among others, highlight its potential use in biological control of plant pathogens.

  5. Ätzen von Titannitrid mit Halogenverbindungen

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    Hellriegel, Ronald

    2009-01-01

    Mit zunehmender Miniaturisierung mikroelektronischer Bauelemente steigen die Anforderungen an reproduzierbare qualitätskonforme Schichten. Um die zur Herstellung notwendigen ALD/PVD/CVD-Schichtabscheideanlagen in einen zuverlässigen Zustand zu versetzen, ist eine regelmäßige Kammerreinigung notwendig. Während des Abscheideprozesses werden nicht nur das Substrat, sondern auch die umliegenden Kammerteile beschichtet. Diese Schichten wachsen mit jedem Beschichtungszyklus weiter an. Der Stres...

  6. Northwest Manufacturing Initiative

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    2013-08-31

    transfer using gas metal arc welding. Two other deposition technologies, electrospark deposition and electroslag surfacing were the focus of previous... Electrospark deposition results in a single layer of similar thickness, 4-6 microns, have been previously reported. ESD coatings generally result in...current PVD/PEMS 7 micron thick coating, electrospark deposition coatings as thin as 5 microns per layer, and 5000micron thick electroslag surfacing

  7. Investigation of physical vapor deposition techniques of conformal shell coating for core/shell structures by Monte Carlo simulations

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    Cansizoglu, H., E-mail: hxis@ualr.edu; Yurukcu, M.; Cansizoglu, M.F.; Karabacak, T.

    2015-05-29

    Vertically aligned core/shell nanowire (nanorod) arrays are favorable candidates in many nano-scale devices such as solar cells, detectors, and integrated circuits. The quality of the shell coating around nanowire arrays is as crucial as the quality of the nanowires in device applications. For this reason, we worked on different physical vapor deposition (PVD) techniques and conducted Monte Carlo simulations to estimate the best deposition technique for a conformal shell coating. Our results show that a small angle (≤ 45°) between incoming flux of particles and the substrate surface normal is necessary for PVD techniques with a directional incoming flux (e.g. thermal or e-beam evaporation) for a reasonable conformal coating. On the other hand, PVD techniques with an angular flux distribution (e.g. sputtering) can provide a fairly conformal shell coating around nanowire arrays without a need of small angle deposition. We also studied the shape effect of the arrays on the conformality of the coating and discovered that arrays of the tapered-top nanorods and the pyramids can be coated with a more conformal and thicker coating compared to the coating on the arrays of flat-top nanowires due to their larger openings in between structures. Our results indicate that conventional PVD techniques, which offer low cost and large scale thin film fabrication, can be utilized for highly conformal and uniform shell coating formation in core/shell nanowire device applications. - Highlights: • We examined the shell coating growth in core/shell nanostructures. • We investigated the effect of physical vapor deposition method on the conformality of the shell. • We used Monte Carlo simulations to simulate the shell growth on nanowire templates. • Angular atomic flux (i.e., sputtering at high pressure) leads to conformal and uniform coatings. • A small angle (< 45°) to the directional flux needs to be introduced for conformal coatings.

  8. Structure of TiBN coatings deposited onto cemented carbides and sialon tool ceramics

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    L.A. Dobrzański; M. Staszuk; J. Konieczny; W. Kwaśny; M. Pawlyta

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of this paper was investigated structure of sintered carbides WC-Co type and sialon tool ceramics with wear resistance ternary coatings TiBN type deposited by cathodes arc evaporation process (CAE-PVD).Design/methodology/approach: Observation of fracture and topography studied coatings were done by scanning electron microscope. Chemical composition was determine by energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) method. Thin foils of substrates and coatings by transmission electron micr...

  9. Characterization of Piezoelectric Ceramic-Polymer Composites for Ultrasonic Sensor Applications

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    Jung, Kyung Keun; Park, Sang Hyoun; Yoo, Kwang Soo; Ko, Hyun Phill; Yoon, Seok Jin

    The piezoelectric ceramic-polymer composites were prepared by Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 (PZT)-based ceramics with high piezoelectricity and electromechanical coupling factor and the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVdF) polymer with high acoustic impedance. The composites with 0-3 connectivity type were fabricated by hot pressing and tape casting methods. Their crystallinity, microstructure, dielectric, and piezoelectric properties were systematically evaluated.

  10. Advances on Propulsion Technology for High-Speed Aircraft. Volume 1

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    2007-03-01

    and non- intrusive optical approaches. Much of the information of interest 11 I I must be deduced from measurements which are sensitive to competing...physical vapour deposition (EB-PVD), vacuum plasma spraying (VPS) and solution plasma spraying (SPS) [38-41]. A segmented sub-scale model combustor with...advantage of the existing alumina pebble bed heater which allows to perform test with air non vitiated by water vapour up to Mach 6.5 conditions (1800

  11. Ti(C,N) and (Ti,Al)N hard wear resistant coatings

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    K. Gołombek; J. Mikuła; W. Kwaśny; L.W. Żukowska; L.A. Dobrzański

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: Investigation the influence of kind of PVD coatings structure (homogenous or gradient) on properties of deposited tool materials: cemented carbides and cermets.Design/methodology/approach: Analysis of the structure, analysis of the mechanical and functional properties: surface roughness, microhardness tests, scratch tests, cutting tests. The Ti(C,N) gradient coating was investigated by XPS method with multifunctional PHI 5700/660 spectrometer. The characteristic of surface region coa...

  12. The A [plus] B [double arrow] C of Chemical Thermodynamics.

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    Gerhartl, F. J.

    1994-01-01

    Basic chemical thermodynamics usually treats non-p,T reactions in a stepmotherly fashion. This paper covers the main aspects of the theoretical principles of reactions (p,T; V,T; p,H; and V,U) and offers results from the ABC computer program, which was designed to show the validity of the equilibrium theory to all types of reaction modes. (PVD)

  13. Update on Alternatives for Cadmium Coatings on Military Electrical Connectors

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    2010-03-01

    deposi- tion (PVD) process in which a part is placed in a vacuum chamber and glow discharge cleaned. Pure alu- minum is then melted in heated ceramic...alloys, beryllium , magne- sium, and aluminum alloys are gen- erally the most active metals in cor- rosive environments and, therefore, are the only...materials that can pro- vide sacrificial corrosion protection similar to cadmium in this applica- tion. However, beryllium is more hazardous than cadmium

  14. In vivo-induced genes in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Handfield, M; Lehoux, D E; Sanschagrin, F; Mahan, M J; Woods, D E; Levesque, R C

    2000-04-01

    In vivo expression technology was used for testing Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the rat lung model of chronic infection and in a mouse model of systemic infection. Three of the eight ivi proteins found showed sequence identity to known virulence factors involved in iron acquisition via an open reading frame (called pvdI) implicated in pyoverdine biosynthesis, membrane biogenesis (FtsY), and adhesion (Hag2).

  15. A novel composite microporous polymer electrolyte prepared with molecule sieves for Li-ion batteries

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    Jiang, Yan-Xia; Chen, Zuo-Feng; Zhuang, Quan-Chao; Xu, Jin-Mei; Dong, Quan-Feng; Huang, Ling; Sun, Shi-Gang

    Molecular sieves of NaY, MCM-41, and SBA-15 were used as fillers in a poly(vinylidene fluoride- co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) copolymer matrix to prepare microporous composite polymer electrolyte. The SBA-15-based composite polymer film was found to show rich pores that account for an ionic conductivity of 0.50 mS cm -1. However, the MCM-41 and NaY composite polymer films exhibited compact structure without any pores, and the addition of MCM-41 even resulted in aggregation of fillers in the polymer matrix. These differences were investigated and interpreted by their different compatibility with DMF solvent and PVdF-HFP matrix. Results of linear sweep voltammetry (LSV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) have revealed that the addition of SBA-15 has extended the electrochemical stability window of polymer electrolyte, enhanced the interfacial stability of polymer electrolyte with lithium electrode, and inhibited also the crystallization of PVdF-HFP matrix. Half-cell of Li/SBA-15-based polymer electrolyte/MCF was assembled and tested. The results have demonstrated that the coulombic efficiency of the first cycle was around 87.0% and the cell remains 94.0% of the initial capacity after 20 cycles, which showed the potential application of the composite polymer electrolyte in lithium ion batteries.

  16. Comparative study of different membranes as separators for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

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    Guan, Hong-yan; Lian, Fang; Ren, Yan; Wen, Yan; Pan, Xiao-rong; Sun, Jia-lin

    2013-06-01

    Membranes of polypropylene (PP), PP coated with nano-Al2O3, PP electrospun with polyvinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene (PVdF-HFP), and trilayer laminates of polypropylene-polyethylene-polypropylene (PP/PE/PP) were comparatively studied. Their physical properties were characterized by means of thermal shrinkage test, liquid electrolyte uptake, and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). Results show that, for the different membranes as PP, PP coated with nano-Al2O3, PP electrospun with PVdF-HFP, and PP/PE/PP, the thermal shrinkages are 14%, 6%, 12.6%, and 13.3%, while the liquid electrolyte uptakes are 110%, 150%, 217%, and 129%, respectively. In addition, the effects on the performance of lithium-ion batteries (LiFePO4 and LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2 as the cathode material) were investigated by AC impedance and galvanostatic charge/discharge test. It is found that PP coated with Al2O3 and PP electrospun with PVdF-HFP can effectively increase the wettability between the cathode material and liquid electrolyte, and therefore reduce the charge transfer resistance, which improves the capacity retention and battery performance.

  17. Evaluation of GPE performances in lithium metal battery technology by means of simple polarization tests

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    Sannier, L.; Bouchet, R.; Rosso, M.; Tarascon, J.-M.

    Gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) membranes based on two polymers, a copolymer of poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), and the poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), together with a plasticizer, the dibutylphtalate (DBP), were elaborated in two ways. Firstly, the polymers and the plasticizer were mixed together to obtain a single membrane. Secondly, a bi-layer separator membrane was made by adjunction, through lamination, of a DBP plasticized PVdF-HFP film and a homemade DBP-PEO thin film. We report here a protocol based on a simple galvanostatic polarization of Li/GPE/Li symmetric cells as a way to rapidly screen new viable membranes. Such a procedure enables to quickly discriminate separators by leading experiments that do no not exceed 1 week compared to hundreds of days needed with classical batteries. The validity of such an approach was confirmed by investigating the performances of the membranes in Li/GPE/Li 4Ti 5O 12 flat battery configuration. Besides, through this study we also highlighted the role of the macroscopic PEO-PVdF interface toward dendrite of bi-layered separator, while a single blended membrane does not seem to be suitable for a practical use. Post-mortem pictures and SEM investigation have confirmed this result.

  18. New high-throughput methods of investigating polymer electrolytes

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    Alcock, Hannah J.; White, Oliver C.; Jegelevicius, Grazvydas; Roberts, Matthew R.; Owen, John R.

    2011-03-01

    Polymer electrolyte films have been prepared by solution casting techniques from precursor solutions of a poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), lithium-bis(trifluoromethane) sulfonimide (LiTFSI), and propylene carbonate (PC). Arrays of graded composition were characterised by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) using high throughput techniques. Impedance analysis showed the resistance of the films as a function of LiTFSI, PC and polymer content. The ternary plot of conductivity shows an area that combines a solid-like mechanical stability with high conductivity, 1 × 10-5 S cm-1 at the composition 0.55/0.15/0.30 wt% PVdF-HFP/LiTFSI/PC, increasing with PC content. In regions with less than a 50 wt% fraction of PVdF-HFP the films were too soft to give meaningful results by this method. The DSC measurements on solvent free, salt-doped polymers show a reduced crystallinity, and high throughput XRD patterns show that non-polar crystalline phases are suppressed by the presence of LiTFSI and PC.

  19. A novel composite microporous polymer electrolyte prepared with molecule sieves for Li-ion batteries

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    Jiang, Yan-Xia; Chen, Zuo-Feng; Zhuang, Quan-Chao; Xu, Jin-Mei; Dong, Quan-Feng; Huang, Ling; Sun, Shi-Gang [State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces, Department of Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, 422, South Road of Siming, Xiamen 361005 (China)

    2006-10-06

    Molecular sieves of NaY, MCM-41, and SBA-15 were used as fillers in a poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) copolymer matrix to prepare microporous composite polymer electrolyte. The SBA-15-based composite polymer film was found to show rich pores that account for an ionic conductivity of 0.50mScm{sup -1}. However, the MCM-41 and NaY composite polymer films exhibited compact structure without any pores, and the addition of MCM-41 even resulted in aggregation of fillers in the polymer matrix. These differences were investigated and interpreted by their different compatibility with DMF solvent and PVdF-HFP matrix. Results of linear sweep voltammetry (LSV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) have revealed that the addition of SBA-15 has extended the electrochemical stability window of polymer electrolyte, enhanced the interfacial stability of polymer electrolyte with lithium electrode, and inhibited also the crystallization of PVdF-HFP matrix. Half-cell of Li/SBA-15-based polymer electrolyte/MCF was assembled and tested. The results have demonstrated that the coulombic efficiency of the first cycle was around 87.0% and the cell remains 94.0% of the initial capacity after 20 cycles, which showed the potential application of the composite polymer electrolyte in lithium ion batteries. (author)

  20. Evaluation of GPE performances in lithium metal battery technology by means of simple polarization tests

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    Sannier, L.; Tarascon, J-M. [Laboratoire de Reactivite et Chimie des Solides, UPJV 33, Rue Saint Leu 80039 AMIENS Cedex (France); Bouchet, R. [Laboratoire MADIREL, Universite de Provence, Centre Saint Jerome, 13397 Marseille Cedex 20 (France); Rosso, M. [Laboratoire de la Physique de la Matiere Condensee, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau Cedex (France)

    2006-07-14

    Gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) membranes based on two polymers, a copolymer of poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), and the poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), together with a plasticizer, the dibutylphtalate (DBP), were elaborated in two ways. Firstly, the polymers and the plasticizer were mixed together to obtain a single membrane. Secondly, a bi-layer separator membrane was made by adjunction, through lamination, of a DBP plasticized PVdF-HFP film and a homemade DBP-PEO thin film. We report here a protocol based on a simple galvanostatic polarization of Li/GPE/Li symmetric cells as a way to rapidly screen new viable membranes. Such a procedure enables to quickly discriminate separators by leading experiments that do no not exceed 1 week compared to hundreds of days needed with classical batteries. The validity of such an approach was confirmed by investigating the performances of the membranes in Li/GPE/Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} flat battery configuration. Besides, through this study we also highlighted the role of the macroscopic PEO-PVdF interface toward dendrite of bi-layered separator, while a single blended membrane does not seem to be suitable for a practical use. Post-mortem pictures and SEM investigation have confirmed this result. (author)

  1. Fabrication of a novel sandwich-like composite separator with enhanced physical and electrochemical performances for lithium-ion battery

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    Wu, Dazhao; He, Jinlin; Zhang, Mingzu; Ni, Peihong; Li, Xiaofei; Hu, Jiankang

    2015-09-01

    In this work, two kinds of composite separators are prepared and used for lithium-ion batteries, which are a PP nonwoven/PVdF-HFP/PMMA blending-type composite separator (CS) and a sandwich-like PP nonwoven/PVdF-HFP composite separator with the introduction of PMMA nanoparticles on the surface (nano-CS). The morphology, electrolyte uptake, ionic conductivity and electrochemical properties of the separators are studied by SEM analysis, impedance measurements, charge-discharge cycle and C-rate tests, respectively. The nano-CS and CS(0.2) exhibit similar properties in electrolyte uptake (212% and 202%, respectively) and porosity (77.9% and 75.3%, respectively). Nonetheless, nano-CS shows enhanced thermal stability and higher ionic conductivity compared with CS(0.2) and commercial PP nonwoven/PVdF-HFP separators. Meanwhile, the LiFePO4/Li half-cell assembled with nano-CS displays the best C-rate capacity and cyclability especially at the high discharge current rate, indicating that the nano-CS separator is a kind of promising candidate for the high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

  2. Preparation and characterization of lithium ion conducting polymer electrolytes based on a blend of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene and poly(methyl methacrylate

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Ion conducting polymer electrolytes composed of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene (PVdF-HFP, poly(methyl methacrylate (PMMA and lithium triflate (LiTf were prepared using the solution casting method. Structural change and complex formation in the blend electrolyte systems were confirmed from the X-ray diffraction (XRD, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM studies. Thermal properties of the samples were investigated by the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC technique. The ionic conductivity of these polymer electrolytes was studied by impedance spectroscopy at various temperatures ranging from 303–393 K. The results reveal that the ionic conductivity of the polymer blend electrolytes depends on the PVdF-HFP:PMMA composition as well as the temperature. Maximum room temperature conductivity of 7.4×10−5 S cm−1 was achieved with 22.5 wt.% PMMA. The blending of PVdF-HFP with PMMA improved the thermal stability and ionic conductivity of the polymer electrolyte. Estimated transference numbers suggest the charge transport is predominantly ionic.

  3. Tuning pore structure of the poly(vinylidene difluoride hexafluoropropylene) membrane for improvement in rate performance of Li-oxygen battery

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    Li, Yuan; Yin, Yong; Guo, Kun; Xue, Xinzhong; Zou, Zhiqing; Li, Xuemei; He, Tao; Yang, Hui

    2013-11-01

    In this work, the poly(vinylidene difluoride hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) membranes with tuned pore structure are prepared and used as a separator for the lithium-oxygen battery. Both oxygen and argon plasma treatments are used to tune the surface pore size and density of the membrane. The discharge capacity of the Li-O2 battery increases with the pore size and density of the membrane, nearly maximal capacity is achieved with a pore size of ca. 1.48 μm. More importantly, the Li-O2 battery using the PVdF-HFP membrane with tuned pore structure exhibits a significantly enhanced rate performance, probably due to a faster Li+ ion transport across the membrane. The highest discharge capacity of 466.1 mAh g-1 is achieved at a current density of 5 mA cm-2 for the Li-O2 battery with the PVdF-HFP thickness of 110 μm and pore size of 1.48 μm. Such a discharge capacity is about 10 times higher than that using commercial PP/PE/PP membrane. To our knowledge, it is the first report that the regulation of the pore structure of separator could significantly improve the rate performance of the Li-O2 battery, which probably provides a new way to solve the low rate characteristics for non-aqueous Li-O2 battery.

  4. Investigation on poly (vinylidene fluoride) based gel polymer electrolytes

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    S Rajendran; P Sivakumar; Ravi Shanker Babu

    2006-12-01

    An investigation is carried out on gel polymer electrolytes consisting of poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVdF) as a host polymer, lithium perchlorate (LiClO4), lithium triflate (LiCF3SO3) as salts and mixture of ethylene carbonate (EC) and propylene carbonate (PC) as plasticizers. Polymer thin films were prepared by solvent casting technique and the obtained films were subjected to different characterizations, to confirm their structure, complexation and thermal changes. X-ray diffraction revealed that the salts and plasticizers disrupted the crystalline nature of PVdF based polymer electrolytes and converted them into an amorphous phase. TG/DTA studies showed the thermal stability of the polymer electrolytes. The role of interaction between polymer hosts on conductivity is discussed using the results of a.c. impedance studies. Room temperature (28°C) conductivity of 2.786 × 10-3 Scm-1 was observed in PVdF (24)–EC/PC (68)–LiCF3SO3 (2)/LiClO4 (6) polymer system.

  5. An experimental study on tenecteplase-induced posterior vitreous detachment in rabbits%替奈替普酶诱导兔玻璃体后脱离的实验研究

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    孙朝晖; 姚一民; 熊朝晖; 冯艳霞; 孙瑞雪; 马景学; 叶存喜

    2010-01-01

    目的 研究玻璃体内替奈替普酶诱发玻璃体后脱离(posterior vitreous detachment,PVD)的效果及安全性.方法 30只灰兔分为A、B、C 3组,每组10只.TNK-TPA 100 mg/L,150 mg/L,250 mg/L,分别注入3组兔的左眼作为实验组,0.1 ml平衡盐溶液(BSS)分别注入右眼作为对照组.实验后分别观察1 h、1 d、3 d的情况.扫描电镜、眼底检查、超声用于PVD观察,透射电镜和视网膜电图用于药物安全性判断.结果 眼底和超声波检查发现实验A、B、C 3组PVD发生率分别为20%、40%、90%,总发生率为50%,对照组无PVD发生,差异有统计学意义(P0.05).结论 TNK-TPA能诱发人工PVD,250 mg/L在兔眼能安全和有效地诱发完全性PVD.

  6. Wear resistance of TiAlSiN thin coatings.

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    Silva, F J G; Martinho, R P; Alexandre, R J D; Baptista, A P M

    2012-12-01

    In the last decades TiAIN coatings deposited by PVD techniques have been extensively investigated but, nowadays, their potential development for tribological applications is relatively low. However, new coatings are emerging based on them, trying to improve wear behavior. TiAlSiN thin coatings are now investigated, analyzing if Si introduction increases the wear resistance of PVD films. Attending to the application, several wear test configurations has been recently used by some researchers. In this work, TiAISiN thin coatings were produced by PVD Unbalanced Magnetron Sputtering technique and they were conveniently characterized using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) provided with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Electron Probe Micro-Analyzer (EPMA), Micro Hardness (MH) and Scratch Test Analysis. Properties as morphology, thickness, roughness, chemical composition and structure, hardness and film adhesion to the substrate were investigated. Concerning to wear characterization, two very different ways were chosen: micro-abrasion with ball-on-flat configuration and industrial non-standardized tests based on samples inserted in a feed channel of a selected plastic injection mould working with 30% (wt.) glass fiber reinforced polypropylene. TiAISiN coatings with a small amount of about 5% (wt.) Si showed a similar wear behavior when compared with TiAIN reported performances, denoting that Si addition does not improve the wear performance of the TiAIN coatings in these wear test conditions.

  7. A clinical study on velocity patterns of pulmonary venous flow in canine heartworm disease.

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    Shibata, T; Wakao, Y; Takahashi, M

    2000-02-01

    In this study, we evaluated methods of determining the velocity patterns of pulmonary venous flow (PVF) in dogs and then investigated the relationship of the patterns to cardiac functions in heartworm disease (HD) by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). The results revealed that there was a good correlation between PVF patterns determined by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and TTE in animals lying on their left sides. The measurement of S and D wave velocities (PVS and PVD) by TTE was shown to allow clinical determination of the velocity patterns of PVF in dogs. The HD groups showed significant increases in PVS and PVD, and S and D wave time-velocity integrals (S-TVI and D-TVI) of the right cranial lobe PVF, when compared with the normal group, as determined by TTE (P<0.05). In contrast, the HD groups produced significant decreases in PVD and D-TVI of the right caudal lobe PVF compared with the normal group (P<0.05), and a significant increase in the ratio of S-TVI to (S-TVI + D-TVI) (P<0.05). It is, therefore, suggested that measurement of the velocity patterns of the right cranial and caudal lobe PVF could be one method of assessing the stages of obstructive lesions in the pulmonary artery.

  8. The ornibactin biosynthesis and transport genes of Burkholderia cenocepacia are regulated by an extracytoplasmic function sigma factor which is a part of the Fur regulon.

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    Agnoli, Kirsty; Lowe, Carolyn A; Farmer, Kate L; Husnain, Seyyed I; Thomas, Mark S

    2006-05-01

    Burkholderia cenocepacia mutants that fail to produce the siderophore ornibactin were obtained following mutagenesis with mini-Tn5Tp. These mutants were shown to be growth restricted under conditions of iron depletion. In eight of the mutants, the transposon had integrated into one of two genes, orbI and orbJ, encoding nonribosomal peptide synthetases. In the other mutant, the transposon had inserted into an open reading frame, orbS, located upstream from orbI. The polypeptide product of orbS exhibits a high degree of similarity to the Pseudomonas aeruginosa extracytoplasmic function (ECF) sigma factor PvdS but possesses an N-terminal extension of approximately 29 amino acids that is not present in PvdS. Three predicted OrbS-dependent promoters were identified within the ornibactin gene cluster, based on their similarity to PvdS-dependent promoters. The iron-regulated activity of these promoters was shown to require OrbS. Transcription of the orbS gene was found to be under the control of an iron-regulated sigma(70)-dependent promoter. This promoter, but not the OrbS-dependent promoters, was shown to be a target for repression by the global regulator Fur. Our results demonstrate that production of ornibactin by B. cenocepacia in response to iron starvation requires transcription of an operon that is dependent on the Fur-regulated ECF sigma factor gene orbS. A mechanism is also proposed for the biosynthesis of ornibactin.

  9. A beta strand lock exchange for signal transduction in TonB-dependent transducers on the basis of a common structural motif.

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    Brillet, Karl; Journet, Laure; Célia, Hervé; Paulus, Laetitia; Stahl, Aude; Pattus, Franc; Cobessi, David

    2007-11-01

    Transport of molecules larger than 600 Da across the outer membrane involves TonB-dependent receptors and TonB-ExbB-ExbD of the inner membrane. The transport is energy consuming, and involves direct interactions between a short N-terminal sequence of receptor, called the TonB box, and TonB. We solved the structure of the ferric pyoverdine (Pvd-Fe) outer membrane receptor FpvA from Pseudomonas aeruginosa in its apo form. Structure analyses show that residues of the TonB box are in a beta strand which interacts through a mixed four-stranded beta sheet with the periplasmic signaling domain involved in interactions with an inner membrane sigma regulator. In this conformation, the TonB box cannot form a four-stranded beta sheet with TonB. The FhuA-TonB or BtuB-TonB structures show that the TonB-FpvA interactions require a conformational change which involves a beta strand lock-exchange mechanism. This mechanism is compatible with movements of the periplasmic domain deduced from crystallographic analyses of FpvA, FpvA-Pvd, and FpvA-Pvd-Fe.

  10. Multicore-shell nanofiber architecture of polyimide/polyvinylidene fluoride blend for thermal and long-term stability of lithium ion battery separator

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    Park, Sejoon; Son, Chung Woo; Lee, Sungho; Kim, Dong Young; Park, Cheolmin; Eom, Kwang Sup; Fuller, Thomas F.; Joh, Han-Ik; Jo, Seong Mu

    2016-11-01

    Li-ion battery, separator, multicoreshell structure, thermal stability, long-term stability. A nanofibrous membrane with multiple cores of polyimide (PI) in the shell of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVdF) was prepared using a facile one-pot electrospinning technique with a single nozzle. Unique multicore-shell (MCS) structure of the electrospun composite fibers was obtained, which resulted from electrospinning a phase-separated polymer composite solution. Multiple PI core fibrils with high molecular orientation were well-embedded across the cross-section and contributed remarkable thermal stabilities to the MCS membrane. Thus, no outbreaks were found in its dimension and ionic resistance up to 200 and 250 °C, respectively. Moreover, the MCS membrane (at ~200 °C), as a lithium ion battery (LIB) separator, showed superior thermal and electrochemical stabilities compared with a widely used commercial separator (~120 °C). The average capacity decay rate of LIB for 500 cycles was calculated to be approximately 0.030 mAh/g/cycle. This value demonstrated exceptional long-term stability compared with commercial LIBs and with two other types (single core-shell and co-electrospun separators incorporating with functionalized TiO2) of PI/PVdF composite separators. The proper architecture and synergy effects of multiple PI nanofibrils as a thermally stable polymer in the PVdF shell as electrolyte compatible polymers are responsible for the superior thermal performance and long-term stability of the LIB.

  11. Tuning the Ionic and Dielectric Properties of Electrospun Nanocomposite Fibers for Supercapacitor Applications

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    A. Jabbarnia

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available This study reports the fabrication and characterization of electrospun polyvinylidene fluoride (PVdFand polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP nanofiber separators embedded with carbon black nanoparticles. Different weight percentages (0, 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, and 4wt% of carbon black nanoparticles were dispersed in N, Ndimethylacetamide (DMAC and ethanol using sonication and high-speed agitations, and then PVdF and PVP polymers were added to the dispersions prior to the mixing and electrospinning processes. The morphological, dielectric constant, ionic conductivity, and surface hydrophobic properties of the PVdF/PVP nanofiber separators were analyzed using various techniques. SEM micrograms showed that the fiber diameter was around 100-200 nm. The ionic conductivity test clearly revealed a significant increase in conductivity valueof 4.28 x 10-4 S/cm for 4 wt. % carbon black loading. However, the contact angle values were decreased with increasing weight percent of carbon black particles. The dielectric constant was increased with the carbon black loading. As can be seen, overall physical properties of the nanocomposite separators were significantly enhanced as a function of carbon black inclusions, which may be useful for supercapacitor separators and other energy storage devices.

  12. The pair-wise velocity dispersion of galaxies effects of non radial motions

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    Popolo, A D

    2001-01-01

    I discuss the effect of non-radial motions on the small-scale pairwise peculiar velocity dispersions of galaxies (PVD) in a CDM model. I calculate the PVD for the SCDM model by means of the refined cosmic virial theorem (CVT) (Suto & Jing 1997) and taking account of non-radial motions by means of Del Popolo & Gambera (1998) model. I compare the results of the present model with the data from Davis & Peebles (1983), the IRAS value at 1 h{-1} Mpc of Fisher et al. (1993) and Marzke et al. (1995). I show that while the SCDM model disagrees with the observed values, as pointed out by several authors (Peebles 1976, 1980; Davis & Peebles 1983; Mo et. al 1993; Jing et al. 1998), taking account of non-radial motions produce smaller values for the PVD. At r <=1 h^{-1} Mpc the result is in agreement with Bartlett & Blanchard (1996) (hereafter BB96). At the light of this last paper, the result may be also read as a strong dependence of the CVT prediction on the model chosen to describe the mass dis...

  13. Small-Gauge Pars Plana Vitrectomy for the Management of Symptomatic Posterior Vitreous Detachment after Phacoemulsification and Multifocal Intraocular Lens Implantation: A Pilot Study from the Pan-American Collaborative Retina Study Group

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    Rodrigo M. Navarro

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To determine the efficacy of 23-gauge pars plana vitrectomy (PPV for symptomatic posterior vitreous detachment (PVD on visual acuity (VA and quality after multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs. Methods. In this prospective case series, patients who developed symptomatic PVD and were not satisfied with visual quality due to floaters and halos after multifocal IOL implantation underwent PPV. Examinations included LogMAR uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA, intraocular pressure, biomicroscopy, and indirect ophthalmoscopy at baseline and 1, 7, 30, and 180 days postoperatively. Ultrasonography and aberrometry were performed. The Visual Functioning Questionnaire 25 (VFQ-25 was administered preoperatively and at 30 days postoperatively. Both the postoperative UCVA and questionnaire results were compared to preoperative findings using the Wilcoxon test. Results. Sixteen eyes of 8 patients were included. VA significantly improved from 0.17 to 0.09 postoperatively (P=0.017. All patients reported improvement of halos, glare, and floaters. VFQ-25 scores significantly improved in general vision (P=0.023, near activities (P=0.043, distance activities (P=0.041, mental health (P=0.011, role difficulties (P=0.042, and driving (P=0.016. Conclusion. PPV may increase UCVA and quality of vision in patients with bilateral multifocal IOLs and symptomatic PVD. Larger studies are advised.

  14. An extracellular adhesion molecule complex patterns dendritic branching and morphogenesis.

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    Dong, Xintong; Liu, Oliver W; Howell, Audrey S; Shen, Kang

    2013-10-10

    Robust dendrite morphogenesis is a critical step in the development of reproducible neural circuits. However, little is known about the extracellular cues that pattern complex dendrite morphologies. In the model nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, the sensory neuron PVD establishes stereotypical, highly branched dendrite morphology. Here, we report the identification of a tripartite ligand-receptor complex of membrane adhesion molecules that is both necessary and sufficient to instruct spatially restricted growth and branching of PVD dendrites. The ligand complex SAX-7/L1CAM and MNR-1 function at defined locations in the surrounding hypodermal tissue, whereas DMA-1 acts as the cognate receptor on PVD. Mutations in this complex lead to dramatic defects in the formation, stabilization, and organization of the dendritic arbor. Ectopic expression of SAX-7 and MNR-1 generates a predictable, unnaturally patterned dendritic tree in a DMA-1-dependent manner. Both in vivo and in vitro experiments indicate that all three molecules are needed for interaction.

  15. Performance evaluation of reactive direct current unbalanced magnetron sputter deposited nanostructured TiN coated high-speed steel drill bits

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    Harish C Barshilia; K S Rajam

    2007-12-01

    The stainless steels, in general, are considered to be difficult-to-machine materials. In order to machine these materials the surface of the tool is generally coated with physical vapour deposition (PVD) hard coatings such as titanium nitride (TiN), titanium aluminum nitride (TiAlN), etc. The adhesion is of vital importance for the performance of tools coated with PVD coatings. Proper surface treatments (in situ and ex situ) are required to achieve highly adherent PVD coatings on tools. We have deposited nanostructured TiN coatings on high-speed steel (HSS) drill bits and mild steel substrates using an indigenously built semi-industrial fourcathode reactive direct current (d.c.) unbalanced magnetron sputtering system. Various treatments have been given to the substrates for improved adhesion of the TiN coatings. The process parameters have been optimized to achieve highly adherent thick good quality TiN coatings. These coatings have been characterized using X-ray diffraction, nanoindentation and atomic force microscopy techniques. The performance of the coated HSS drill bits is evaluated by drilling a 13 mm thick 304 stainless steel plate under wet conditions. The results show significant improvement in the performance of the TiN coated HSS drill bits.

  16. Lead titanate/cyclic carbonate dependence on ionic conductivity of ferro/acrylate blend polymer composites

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    Jayaraman, R. [Department of Physics, GTN Arts and Science College, Dindigul (India); Vickraman, P., E-mail: vrsvickraman@yahoo.com; Subramanian, N. M. V.; Justin, A. Simon [Department of Physics, Gandhigram Rural Institute- Deemed University, Gandhigram (India)

    2016-05-23

    Impedance, XRD, DSC and FTIR studies had been carried out for PVdF-co-HFP/LIBETI based system for three plasticizer (EC/DMC) – filler (PbTiO3) weight ratios. The enhanced conductivity 4.18 × 10{sup −5} Scm{sup −1} was noted for 57.5 wt% −7.5 wt% plasticizer – filler. while blending PEMA to PVdF-co-HFP respectively 7.5: 22.5 wt % (3/7), 15 wt%: 15 wt % (5/5) and 22.5wt %: 7.5 wt % (7/3), the improved conductivity was noted for 3/7 ratio 1.22 × 10{sup −5} S cm{sup −1} and its temperature dependence abide Arrhenius behavior. The intensity of peaks in XRD diffractogram registered dominance of lead titanate, from 2θ = 10° to 80° and absence of VdF crystallites (α+β phase) was noted. In DSC studies, the presence of the exotherm events, filler effect was distinctively seen exhibiting recrystallization of VdF crystallites. In blending PEMA, however, no trace of exotherms was found suggestive of PEMA better inhibiting recrystallization. FTIR study confirmed molecular interactions of various constituents in the vibrational band 500 – 1000 cm{sup −1} both in pristine PVdF-co-HFP and PEMA blended composites with reference to C-F stretching, C-H stretching and C=O carbonyl bands.

  17. Manifestation of Crystal Lattice Distortions in the IR Reflection Spectra of Abrasion-Treated ZnSe Ceramics

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    Sitnikova, V. E.; Dunaev, A. A.; Mamalimov, R. I.; Pakhomov, P. M.; Khizhnyak, S. D.; Chmel, A. E.

    2017-07-01

    The Fourier IR reflection spectra of ZnSe ceramics prepared by hot pressing (HP), physical vapor deposition (PVD), and PVD combined with hot isostatic pressing (HIP) are presented. The optical constants of polished and dry-ground specimens were used for comparison. The grinding treatment simulated the erosion of the outer surface of optical elements made of zinc selenide under the influence of solid dust particles and deposits. In the polished specimens residual stresses showed up in the IR reflection spectra of the ZnSePVD and ZnSeHIP ceramics, which had well-defined orientation of grains, but were not present in the spectra of the ZnSeHIP ceramics as a result of mutual compensation of the stresses in the randomly oriented grains of the material. The stresses, which appeared as a shift of the absorption bands calculated by the Kramers-Kronig method, increased significantly after abrasive treatment of the specimens. For all the treated ceramics the intensity of the absorption bands resulting from the anharmonicity of the vibrations in the distorted crystal lattice increased by several times. The last effect also depends on the production prehistory of the ceramics.

  18. Sexual Assertiveness Mediates the Associations Between Partner Facilitative Responses and Sexual Outcomes in Women With Provoked Vestibulodynia.

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    McNicoll, Gabrielle; Corsini-Munt, Serena; O Rosen, Natalie; McDuff, Pierre; Bergeron, Sophie

    2017-10-03

    Provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) is a recurrent idiopathic vulvo-vaginal pain associated with negative sexual and psychological consequences. Facilitative partner responses to pain are currently receiving empirical attention because they are positively associated with women's sexual outcomes. However, the mechanisms through which facilitative responses to pain are associated with these outcomes have not been examined. One potential mechanism is sexual assertiveness, which has been found to be associated with better sexual function and satisfaction in women with PVD. The present study examined whether women's sexual assertiveness mediated the association between women's perception of facilitative partner responses and women's sexual function and satisfaction. Women (N = 140) with PVD symptomatology completed self-reported questionnaires evaluating their perception of their partners' facilitative responses, and their own sexual assertiveness, sexual function, and sexual satisfaction. Dependent measures were sexual function measured by the Female Sexual Function Index and sexual satisfaction assessed by the Global Measure of Sexual Satisfaction Scale. Results indicated that women's higher sexual assertiveness mediated the association between their greater perceived facilitative partner responses and their improved sexual function and satisfaction. Findings suggest a potential mechanism through which partner responses may be associated with women's sexual outcomes.

  19. Anomalous posterior vitreous detachment: a unifying concept in vitreo-retinal disease.

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    Sebag, J

    2004-08-01

    Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is the consequence of changes in the macromolecular structure of gel vitreous that result in liquefaction, concurrent with alterations in the extracellular matrix at the vitro-retinal interface that allow the posterior vitreous cortex to detach from the internal limiting lamina of the retina. Gel liquefaction that exceeds the degree of vitro-retinal dehiscence results in anomalous PVD (APVD). APVD varies in its clinical manifestations depending upon where in the fundus vitreo-retinal adhesion is strongest. At the periphery, APVD results in retinal tears and detachments. In the macula, APVD causes vitreo-macular traction syndrome, results in vitreoeschisis with macular pucker or macular holes, or contributes to some cases of diabetic macular edema. At the optic disc and retina, APVD causes vitreo-papillary traction and promotes retinal and optic disc neovascularization. Unifying the spectrum of vitreo-retinal diseases into the conceptual frame-work of APVD underscores that to more effectively treat, and ultimately prevent, these disorders it is necessary to replicate the two components of an innocuous PVD, i.e., gel liquefaction and vitreo-retinal dehiscence. Pharmacologic vitreolysis is designed to mitigate against APVD by chemically breaking down vitreous macromolecules and weakening vitro-retinal adhesion to safely detach the posterior vitreous cortex. This would not only facilitate surgery, but if performed early in the natural history of disease, it should prevent progressive disease.

  20. Time course of the size of the dark area in macular holes by scanning laser ophthalmoscopy.

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    Akasaka, Y; Nishikawa, S; Tamai, M

    2000-02-01

    To investigate the time course of idiopathic macular hole development by scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO), we examined 28 eyes of 25 patients with macular holes. Cases included four eyes with stage 1-B disease (foveal detachment), 3 with stage 2 (break at the fovea), 13 with stage 3 (full-thickness macular hole), and 8 with stage 4 (hole with pseudo-operculum, posterior vitreous detachment), according to Gass's classification. The diameter of the dark area around the macular holes was recorded by SLO using a helium-neon laser. We compared the percent difference of dark area recorded between initial findings and these after three months. The size of the dark area increased after three months in eyes with stages 1, 2, and 3 disease. The size of the dark area in stage 4 disease decreased after 3 months. In the stage before posterior vitreous detachment (PVD), the dark areas increased. Once PVD occurred, these areas decreased. These findings suggested that the time course of the dark area may be related to the development of PVD.

  1. Evaporation of Droplets in Plasma Spray-Physical Vapor Deposition Based on Energy Compensation Between Self-Cooling and Plasma Heat Transfer

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    Liu, Mei-Jun; Zhang, Meng; Zhang, Qiang; Yang, Guan-Jun; Li, Cheng-Xin; Li, Chang-Jiu

    2017-08-01

    In the plasma spray-physical vapor deposition process (PS-PVD), there is no obvious heating to the feedstock powders due to the free molecular flow condition of the open plasma jet. However, this is in contrast to recent experiments in which the molten droplets are transformed into vapor atoms in the open plasma jet. In this work, to better understand the heating process of feedstock powders in the open plasma jet of PS-PVD, an evaporation model of molten ZrO2 is established by examining the heat and mass transfer process of molten ZrO2. The results reveal that the heat flux in PS-PVD open plasma jet (about 106 W/m2) is smaller than that in the plasma torch nozzle (about 108 W/m2). However, the flying distance of molten ZrO2 in the open plasma jet is much longer than that in the plasma torch nozzle, so the heating in the open plasma jet cannot be ignored. The results of the evaporation model show that the molten ZrO2 can be partly evaporated by self-cooling, whereas the molten ZrO2 with a diameter heat transfer.

  2. Max Phase Materials And Coatings For High Temperature Heat Transfer Applications

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    Martinez-Rodriguez, M. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Garcia-Diaz, B. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Olson, L. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Fuentes, R. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Sindelar, R. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

    2015-10-19

    Molten salts have been used as heat transfer fluids in a variety of applications within proposed Gen IV nuclear designs and in advanced power system such as Concentrating Solar Power (CSP). However, operating at elevated temperatures can cause corrosion in many materials. This work developed coating technologies for MAX phase materials on Haynes-230 and characterized the corrosion of the coatings in the presence of commercial MgCl2-KCl molten salt. Cold spraying of Ti2AlC and physical vapor deposition (PVD) of Ti2AlC or Zr2AlC were tested to determine the most effective form of coating MAX phases on structural substrates. Corrosion testing at 850°C for 100 hrs showed that 3.9 μm Ti2AlC by PVD was slightly protective while 117 μm Ti2AlC by cold spray and 3.6 μm Zr2AlC by PVD were completely protective. None of the tests showed decomposition of the coating (Ti or Zr) into the salt

  3. High throughput production of nanocomposite SiO x powders by plasma spray physical vapor deposition for negative electrode of lithium ion batteries

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    Keiichiro Homma

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Nanocomposite Si/SiO x powders were produced by plasma spray physical vapor deposition (PS-PVD at a material throughput of 480 g h−1. The powders are fundamentally an aggregate of primary ~20 nm particles, which are composed of a crystalline Si core and SiO x shell structure. This is made possible by complete evaporation of raw SiO powders and subsequent rapid condensation of high temperature SiO x vapors, followed by disproportionation reaction of nucleated SiO x nanoparticles. When CH4 was additionally introduced to the PS-PVD, the volume of the core Si increases while reducing potentially the SiO x shell thickness as a result of the enhanced SiO reduction, although an unfavorable SiC phase emerges when the C/Si molar ratio is greater than 1. As a result of the increased amount of Si active material and reduced source for irreversible capacity, half-cell batteries made of PS-PVD powders with C/Si = 0.25 have exhibited improved initial efficiency and maintenance of capacity as high as 1000 mAh g−1 after 100 cycles at the same time.

  4. Development and characterization of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} coated AlCrN ceramic cutting tool

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    Souza, J.V.C.; Nono, M.C.A.; Martins, G.V.; Machado, J.P.B., E-mail: vitor@las.inpe.br [Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil); Silva, O.M.M. [Instituto de Aeronautica e Espacao (CTA/IAE/AMR), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Centro Tecnico Aeroespacial; Pimenta, M. [Oerlikon Balzers R. Mealicos Ltda, Jundiai, SP (Brazil)

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    Nowadays, silicon nitride based cutting tools are used to machine cast iron from the automotive industry and nickel superalloys from the aero industries. Advances in manufacturing technologies (increased cutting speeds, dry machining, etc.) induced the fast commercial growth of physical vapor deposition (PVD) coatings for cutting tools, in order to increase their life time. In this work, a new composition of the Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} ceramic cutting tool was developed, characterized and subsequently coated, using a PVD process, with aluminum chromium nitride (AlCrN). The Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} substrate properties were analyzed by XRD, AFM, hardness and fracture toughness. The AlCrN coating was analyzed by AFM, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) and hardness. The results showed that this PVD coating could be formed homogeneously, without cracks and promoted a higher surface hardness to the insert and consequently it can produce a better wear resistance during its application on high speed machining. (author)

  5. Small-Gauge Pars Plana Vitrectomy for the Management of Symptomatic Posterior Vitreous Detachment after Phacoemulsification and Multifocal Intraocular Lens Implantation: A Pilot Study from the Pan-American Collaborative Retina Study Group

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    Navarro, Rodrigo M.; Machado, Leonardo M.; Maia, Ossires; Wu, Lihteh; Farah, Michel E.; Magalhaes, Octaviano; Arevalo, J. Fernando; Maia, Mauricio

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. To determine the efficacy of 23-gauge pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) for symptomatic posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) on visual acuity (VA) and quality after multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs). Methods. In this prospective case series, patients who developed symptomatic PVD and were not satisfied with visual quality due to floaters and halos after multifocal IOL implantation underwent PPV. Examinations included LogMAR uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), intraocular pressure, biomicroscopy, and indirect ophthalmoscopy at baseline and 1, 7, 30, and 180 days postoperatively. Ultrasonography and aberrometry were performed. The Visual Functioning Questionnaire 25 (VFQ-25) was administered preoperatively and at 30 days postoperatively. Both the postoperative UCVA and questionnaire results were compared to preoperative findings using the Wilcoxon test. Results. Sixteen eyes of 8 patients were included. VA significantly improved from 0.17 to 0.09 postoperatively (P = 0.017). All patients reported improvement of halos, glare, and floaters. VFQ-25 scores significantly improved in general vision (P = 0.023), near activities (P = 0.043), distance activities (P = 0.041), mental health (P = 0.011), role difficulties (P = 0.042), and driving (P = 0.016). Conclusion. PPV may increase UCVA and quality of vision in patients with bilateral multifocal IOLs and symptomatic PVD. Larger studies are advised. PMID:26504590

  6. Preparation and characterization of lithium ion conducting polymer electrolytes based on a blend of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) and poly(methyl methacrylate).

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    Gebreyesus, Merhawi Abreha; Purushotham, Y; Kumar, J Siva

    2016-07-01

    Ion conducting polymer electrolytes composed of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and lithium triflate (LiTf) were prepared using the solution casting method. Structural change and complex formation in the blend electrolyte systems were confirmed from the X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) studies. Thermal properties of the samples were investigated by the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique. The ionic conductivity of these polymer electrolytes was studied by impedance spectroscopy at various temperatures ranging from 303-393 K. The results reveal that the ionic conductivity of the polymer blend electrolytes depends on the PVdF-HFP:PMMA composition as well as the temperature. Maximum room temperature conductivity of [Formula: see text] S cm(-1) was achieved with 22.5 wt.% PMMA. The blending of PVdF-HFP with PMMA improved the thermal stability and ionic conductivity of the polymer electrolyte. Estimated transference numbers suggest the charge transport is predominantly ionic.

  7. Magnetic properties and spin polarization of Ru doped half metallic CrO{sub 2}

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    West, Kevin G.; Dao, Nam N. H.; Lu, Jiwei, E-mail: jl5tk@virginia.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904 (United States); Osofsky, Michael; Mazin, I. I. [Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375 (United States); Wolf, Stuart A. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904 (United States); Department of Physics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904 (United States)

    2015-07-06

    Chromium dioxide (CrO{sub 2}) is a half metal that is of interest for spintronic devices. It has not been synthesized through traditional physical vapor deposition (PVD) techniques because of its thermodynamic instability in low oxygen pressures. Epitaxial thin films of Ru doped tetragonal rutile CrO{sub 2} were synthesized by a PVD technique. The as-deposited Ru{sub x}Cr{sub 1−x}O{sub 2} was ferrimagnetic with the saturation magnetization moment showing a strong dependence on the Ru concentration. Curie temperature as high as 241 K has been obtained for ∼23 at. % Ru. The Ru substitution increased the electrical conductivity by increasing the minority spin concentration. The spin polarization was found to be as high as 70% for 9 at. % Ru and decreased to ∼60% with Ru concentrations up to ∼44 at. %, which is determined by the Fermi velocities of the majority and minority spins. First principle calculations were performed to understand the effect of Ru content on the properties of CrO{sub 2}. The PVD processes of Ru doped CrO{sub 2} could lead to the practical applications of the high spin polarization of CrO{sub 2} in spintronic devices.

  8. Structure and properties of selected cemented carbides and cermets covered with TiN/(Ti,Al,SiN/TiN coatings obtained by the cathodic arc evaporation process

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    Leszek A. Dobrzañski

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available This study presents the results of microstructural examinations, mechanical tests and service performance tests carried out on thin TiN/(Ti,Al,SiN/TiN wear resistance coatings obtained by the CAE process on cermet and cemented carbide substrates. Microstructural examinations of the applied coatings and the substrate were made with an OPTON DSM 940 SEM and a LEICA MEF4A light microscope. Adhesion of the coatings on cemented carbides and cermets was measured using the scratch test. The cutting properties of the materials were determined from service tests in which continuous machining of C45E steel was carried out. The hardness of the substrate and the microhardness of the coatings were determined with a DUH 202 SHIMADZU ultra microhardness tester with a load of 70 mN. Roughness tests were also carried out before applying the coatings and after the PVD process. Cutting tests confirmed the advantages of the TiN/(Ti,Al,SiN/TiN type coatings obtained using the PVD method in the CAE mode on cemented carbides and cermets, as a material that undergoes very low abrasive, thermal and adhesion wear. These coatings extend tool life compared to commercially available uncoated tools with single and multi-layer coatings deposited using PVD/CVD methods.

  9. Superior Thermal Barrier Coatings Using Solution Precursor Plasma Spray

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    Jordan, E. H.; Xie, L.; Gell, M.; Padture, N. P.; Cetegen, B.; Ozturk, A.; Ma, X.; Roth, J.; Xiao, T. D.; Bryant, P. E. C.

    2004-03-01

    A novel process, solution precursor plasma spray (SPPS), is presented for depositing thermal barrier coatings (TBCs), in which aqueous chemical precursors are injected into a standard direct current plasma spray system. The resulting coatings microstructure has three unique features: (1) ultra fine splats (1 µm), (2) nanometer and micron-sized interconnected porosity, and (3) closely spaced, through-thickness cracks. Coatings over 3 mm thick can be readily deposited using the SPPS process. Coating durability is excellent, with SPPS coatings showing, in furnace cycling tests, 2.5 times the spallation life of air plasma coatings (APS) and 1.5 times the life of electron beam physical vapor deposited (EB-PVD) coatings. The conductivity of SPPS coatings is lower than EB-PVD coatings and higher than the best APS coatings. Manufacturing cost is expected to be similar to APS coatings and much lower than EB-PVD coatings. The SPPS deposition process includes droplet break-up and material arriving at the deposition surface in various physical states ranging from aqueous solution, gel phase, to fully-molten ceramic. The relation between the arrival state of the material and the microstructure is described.

  10. Development of wear-resistant coatings for cobalt-base alloys

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    Cockeram, B.V.

    1999-03-01

    The costs and hazards resulting from nuclear plant radiation exposure with activated cobalt wear debris could potentially be reduced by covering the cobalt-base materials with a wear resistant coating. However, the hardnesses of many cobalt-base wear alloys are significantly lower than conventional PVD hard coatings, and mechanical support of the hard coating is a concern. Four approaches have been taken to minimize the hardness differences between the substrate and PVD hard coating: (1) use a thin Cr-nitride hard coating with layers that are graded with respect to hardness, (2) use a thicker, multilayered coating (Cr-nitride or Zr-nitride) with graded layers, (3) use nitriding to harden the alloy subsurface followed by application of a multilayered coating of Cr-nitride, and (4) use of nitriding alone. Since little work has been done on application of PVD hard coatings to cobalt-base alloys, some details on process development and characterization of the coatings is presented. Scratch testing was used to evaluate the adhesion of the different coatings. A bench-top rolling contact test was used to evaluate the wear resistance of the coatings. The test results are discussed, and the more desirable coating approaches are identified.

  11. Lung biopsy diagnosis of operative indication in secundum atrial septal defect with severe pulmonary vascular disease.

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    Yamaki, Shigeo; Kumate, Munetaka; Yonesaka, Susumu; Maeda, Katsuhide; Endo, Masato; Tabayashi, Koichi

    2004-10-01

    Surgical indication was determined by lung biopsy in 91 patients with secundum atrial septal defect (ASD) and severe pulmonary hypertension > 70 mm Hg of pulmonary arterial peak pressure and/or pulmonary vascular resistance of > 8 U/m(2). Pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) in ASD was classified into four types: (1) Musculoelastosis consisting of longitudinal muscle bundles and elastic fibers; surgery is indicated no matter how severely the peripheral small pulmonary arteries are occluded. Surgery was performed in all of the 20 patients, and the postoperative course was uneventful. (2) Plexogenic pulmonary arteriopathy: surgery is indicated for a PVD index < or = 2.3. Surgery was performed in 25 of the 32 patients. The remaining seven patients for whom surgery was not indicated are under follow-up observation. No deaths have occurred among the 32 patients. (3) Thromboembolism of small pulmonary arteries: Surgery is indicated for all such cases. Surgery was indicated in all of the five patients. (4) Mixed type of plexogenic pulmonary arteriopathy and musculoelastosis: Surgery is indicated if the collateral is not observed. Surgery was performed in 15 of the 25 patients. The remaining 10 patients for whom surgery was not indicated are under follow-up observation. Nine of these 91 patients associated with primary pulmonary hypertension were eliminated from this study. No deaths due to PVD occurred among the 82 patients who underwent lung biopsy diagnosis. Lung biopsy diagnosis is concluded to be very effective.

  12. Investigations on the Nature of Ceramic Deposits in Plasma Spray-Physical Vapor Deposition

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    He, W.; Mauer, G.; Gindrat, M.; Wäger, R.; Vaßen, R.

    2017-01-01

    In Plasma Spray-Physical Vapor Deposition (PS-PVD) process, major fractions of the feedstock powder can be evaporated so that coatings are deposited mainly from the vapor phase. In this work, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) results indicate that such evaporation occurs significantly in the plasma torch nozzle and even nucleation and condensation of zirconia is highly possible there. Experimental work has been performed to investigate the nature of the deposits in the PS-PVD process, in particular coatings from condensate vapor and nano-sized clusters produced at two spraying distances of 1000 mm and 400 mm. At long spraying distance, columns in the coatings have pyramidal tops and very sharp faceted microstructures. When the spraying distance is reduced to 400 mm, the tops of columns become relatively flat and a faceted structure is not recognizable. XRD patterns show obvious preferred orientations of (110) and (002) in the coatings sprayed at 400 mm but only limited texture in the coatings sprayed at 1000 mm. Meanwhile, a non-line of sight coating was also investigated, which gives an example for pure vapor deposition. Based on these analyses, a vapor and cluster depositions are suggested to further explain the formation mechanisms of high-quality columnar-structured PS-PVD thermal barrier coatings which have already shown excellent performance in cyclic lifetime test.

  13. The Dependence of the Pairwise Velocity Dispersion on Galaxy Properties

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    Li, C; Kauffmann, G; Börner, G; White, S D M; Cheng, F Z; Li, Cheng; Kauffmann, Guinevere; Boerner, Gerhard; White, Simon D.M.

    2006-01-01

    (abridged) We present measurements of the pairwise velocity dispersion (PVD) for different classes of galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. For a sample of about 200,000 galaxies, we study the dependence of the PVD on galaxy properties such as luminosity, stellar mass (M_*), colour (g-r), 4000A break strength (D4000), concentration index (C), and stellar surface mass density (\\mu_*). The luminosity dependence of the PVD is in good agreement with the results of Jing & B\\"orner (2004) for the 2dFGRS catalog. The value of \\sigma_{12} measured at k=1 h/Mpc decreases as a function of increasing galaxy luminosity for galaxies fainter than L*, before increasing again for the most luminous galaxies in our sample. This behaviour is not reproduced using standard halo occupation distribution (HOD) models. Each of the galaxy subsamples selected according to luminosity or stellar mass is divided into two further subsamples according to colour, D4000, C and \\mu_*. We find that galaxies with redder colours and highe...

  14. Multicore-shell nanofiber architecture of polyimide/polyvinylidene fluoride blend for thermal and long-term stability of lithium ion battery separator.

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    Park, Sejoon; Son, Chung Woo; Lee, Sungho; Kim, Dong Young; Park, Cheolmin; Eom, Kwang Sup; Fuller, Thomas F; Joh, Han-Ik; Jo, Seong Mu

    2016-11-11

    Li-ion battery, separator, multicoreshell structure, thermal stability, long-term stability. A nanofibrous membrane with multiple cores of polyimide (PI) in the shell of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVdF) was prepared using a facile one-pot electrospinning technique with a single nozzle. Unique multicore-shell (MCS) structure of the electrospun composite fibers was obtained, which resulted from electrospinning a phase-separated polymer composite solution. Multiple PI core fibrils with high molecular orientation were well-embedded across the cross-section and contributed remarkable thermal stabilities to the MCS membrane. Thus, no outbreaks were found in its dimension and ionic resistance up to 200 and 250 °C, respectively. Moreover, the MCS membrane (at ~200 °C), as a lithium ion battery (LIB) separator, showed superior thermal and electrochemical stabilities compared with a widely used commercial separator (~120 °C). The average capacity decay rate of LIB for 500 cycles was calculated to be approximately 0.030 mAh/g/cycle. This value demonstrated exceptional long-term stability compared with commercial LIBs and with two other types (single core-shell and co-electrospun separators incorporating with functionalized TiO2) of PI/PVdF composite separators. The proper architecture and synergy effects of multiple PI nanofibrils as a thermally stable polymer in the PVdF shell as electrolyte compatible polymers are responsible for the superior thermal performance and long-term stability of the LIB.

  15. Genetic association of IL-6, TNF-α and SDF-1 polymorphisms with serum cytokine levels in diabetic foot ulcer.

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    Dhamodharan, Umapathy; Viswanathan, Vijay; Krishnamoorthy, Ezhilarasi; Rajaram, Rama; Aravindhan, Vivekanandhan

    2015-07-01

    The IL-6 -174G/C (rs1800795), TNF-α -308G/A (rs1800629) and -238G/A (rs361525) and SDF-1 801G/A (rs1801157) are well characterized SNPs which have previously been linked to various diabetic complications. However, the involvement of these SNPs in DFU remains poorly studied. In the present study we looked at the association of these SNPs with DFU (disease phenotype) and correlated it with the serum levels of cytokines (intermediate phenotype) along with other clinical risk factors of DFU (adiponectin, leptin and hsCRP). Genotyping was carried out in Normal glucose tolerance ((NGT)/Control=106), T2DM without DFU (T2DM=139), T2DM with neuropathy (DFU-DN=191) and T2DM with PVD (DFU-PVD=79) subjects by PCR-RFLP and the serum cytokine levels were determined by ELISA. IL-6 -176 "C" allele conferred significant protection against T2DM but not against DFU. TNF-α -308 "A" allele (but not -238 SNP) conferred significant susceptibility towards both T2DM and DFU-DN. The SDF-1 "A" allele conferred significant protection against both DM and DFU-DN but not against DFU-PVD. Further, these alleles were shown to influence the serum cytokine/chemokine levels under diabetic conditions. Thus SNPs in cytokine/chemokine genes serve as valuable biomarkers for DFU.

  16. Lead titanate/cyclic carbonate dependence on ionic conductivity of ferro/acrylate blend polymer composites

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    Jayaraman, R.; Vickraman, P.; Subramanian, N. M. V.; Justin, A. Simon

    2016-05-01

    Impedance, XRD, DSC and FTIR studies had been carried out for PVdF-co-HFP/LIBETI based system for three plasticizer (EC/DMC) - filler (PbTiO3) weight ratios. The enhanced conductivity 4.18 × 10-5 Scm-1 was noted for 57.5 wt% -7.5 wt% plasticizer - filler. while blending PEMA to PVdF-co-HFP respectively 7.5: 22.5 wt % (3/7), 15 wt%: 15 wt % (5/5) and 22.5wt %: 7.5 wt % (7/3), the improved conductivity was noted for 3/7 ratio 1.22 × 10-5 S cm-1 and its temperature dependence abide Arrhenius behavior. The intensity of peaks in XRD diffractogram registered dominance of lead titanate, from 2θ = 10° to 80° and absence of VdF crystallites (α+β phase) was noted. In DSC studies, the presence of the exotherm events, filler effect was distinctively seen exhibiting recrystallization of VdF crystallites. In blending PEMA, however, no trace of exotherms was found suggestive of PEMA better inhibiting recrystallization. FTIR study confirmed molecular interactions of various constituents in the vibrational band 500 - 1000 cm-1 both in pristine PVdF-co-HFP and PEMA blended composites with reference to C-F stretching, C-H stretching and C=O carbonyl bands.

  17. Quasi-solid state electrolyte for semi-transparent bifacial dye-sensitized solar cell with over 10% power conversion efficiency

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    Hwang, Dae-Kue; Nam, Jung Eun; Jo, Hyo Jeong; Sung, Shi-Joon

    2017-09-01

    In traditional dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), the liquid electrolyte (LE) presents a problem for long-term stability. Herein, we demonstrate a bifacial DSSC by combining a new metal-free organic dye and a quasi-solid state electrolyte (QSSE) that contains poly(vinylidenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP)-based polymer gel. The incident light irradiates the front side of the DSSC, and the transmitted light is reused after reflection on the back side. Owing to the semi-transparent DSSC electrode, the reflected light can penetrate and be absorbed by the dye molecules in the DSSC, thereby enhancing the short-circuit current density and thus the overall power conversion efficiency (PCE). The PCE for the DSSC device with QSSE from bifacial irradiation is 10.37%, a value that is comparable to that obtained with LE-based DSSC (9.89%). The stability of the device is enhanced when the polymer gel containing PVdF-HFP is mixed with the LE, and the effectiveness of PVdF-HFP as a gelator is attributed to its interaction with the Li+ ions. Based on our preliminary results, this architecture can lead to more stable bifacial QSSE-based DSSCs without sacrificing the photovoltaic performance.

  18. Transplantation in end-stage pulmonary hypertension (Third International Right Heart Failure Summit, part 3).

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    Lala, Anuradha

    2014-12-01

    The Third International Right Heart Summit was organized for the purpose of bringing an interdisciplinary group of expert physician-scientists together to promote dialogue involving emerging concepts in the unique pathophysiology, clinical manifestation, and therapies of pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) and right heart failure (RHF). This review summarizes key ideas addressed in the section of the seminar entitled "Transplantation in End-Stage Pulmonary Hypertension." The first segment focused on paradigms of recovery for the failing right ventricle (RV) within the context of lung-alone versus dual-organ heart-lung transplantation. The subsequent 2-part section was devoted to emerging concepts in RV salvage therapy. A presentation of evolving cell-based therapy for the reparation of diseased tissue was followed by a contemporary perspective on the role of mechanical circulatory support in the setting of RV failure. The final talk highlighted cutting-edge research models utilizing stem cell biology to repair diseased tissue in end-stage lung disease-a conceptual framework within which new therapies for PVD have potential to evolve. Together, these provocative talks provided a novel outlook on how the treatment of PVD and RHF can be approached.

  19. High efficiency turbine blade coatings.

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    Youchison, Dennis L.; Gallis, Michail A.

    2014-06-01

    The development of advanced thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) of yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) that exhibit lower thermal conductivity through better control of electron beam - physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) processing is of prime interest to both the aerospace and power industries. This report summarizes the work performed under a two-year Lab-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project (38664) to produce lower thermal conductivity, graded-layer thermal barrier coatings for turbine blades in an effort to increase the efficiency of high temperature gas turbines. This project was sponsored by the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Investment Area. Therefore, particular importance was given to the processing of the large blades required for industrial gas turbines proposed for use in the Brayton cycle of nuclear plants powered by high temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs). During this modest (~1 full-time equivalent (FTE)) project, the processing technology was developed to create graded TBCs by coupling ion beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) with substrate pivoting in the alumina-YSZ system. The Electron Beam - 1200 kW (EB-1200) PVD system was used to deposit a variety of TBC coatings with micron layered microstructures and reduced thermal conductivity below 1.5 W/m.K. The use of IBAD produced fully stoichiometric coatings at a reduced substrate temperature of 600 oC and a reduced oxygen background pressure of 0.1 Pa. IBAD was also used to successfully demonstrate the transitioning of amorphous PVD-deposited alumina to the -phase alumina required as an oxygen diffusion barrier and for good adhesion to the substrate Ni2Al3 bondcoat. This process replaces the time consuming thermally grown oxide formation required before the YSZ deposition. In addition to the process technology, Direct Simulation Monte Carlo plume modeling and spectroscopic characterization of the PVD plumes were performed. The project consisted of five tasks. These included the production of layered

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

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

    2013-05-01

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

  1. High efficiency turbine blade coatings

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    Youchison, Dennis L. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Gallis, Michail A. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2014-06-01

    The development of advanced thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) of yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) that exhibit lower thermal conductivity through better control of electron beam - physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) processing is of prime interest to both the aerospace and power industries. This report summarizes the work performed under a two-year Lab-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project (38664) to produce lower thermal conductivity, graded-layer thermal barrier coatings for turbine blades in an effort to increase the efficiency of high temperature gas turbines. This project was sponsored by the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Investment Area. Therefore, particular importance was given to the processing of the large blades required for industrial gas turbines proposed for use in the Brayton cycle of nuclear plants powered by high temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs). During this modest (~1 full-time equivalent (FTE)) project, the processing technology was developed to create graded TBCs by coupling ion beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) with substrate pivoting in the alumina-YSZ system. The Electron Beam - 1200 kW (EB-1200) PVD system was used to deposit a variety of TBC coatings with micron layered microstructures and reduced thermal conductivity below 1.5 W/m.K. The use of IBAD produced fully stoichiometric coatings at a reduced substrate temperature of 600°C and a reduced oxygen background pressure of 0.1 Pa. IBAD was also used to successfully demonstrate the transitioning of amorphous PVD-deposited alumina to the -phase alumina required as an oxygen diffusion barrier and for good adhesion to the substrate Ni2Al3 bondcoat. This process replaces the time consuming thermally grown oxide formation required before the YSZ deposition. In addition to the process technology, Direct Simulation Monte Carlo plume modeling and spectroscopic characterization of the PVD plumes were performed. The project consisted of five tasks. These included the

  2. The microstructure and properties of unbalanced magnetron sputtered CrN{sub x} coatings

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    Hurkmans, Antonius Petrus Arnoldus

    2002-07-01

    The most widely used surface treatment to protect engineering components is the deposition of hard chromium by electroplating. The coatings are known to be quite thick (up to 20 {mu}m), reasonably hard ({approx}HV1000), but contain micro-cracks. This wet deposition process is well understood, but it has technical limitations and is under high political pressure because of the environmental pollution by hexavalent chromium. The physical vapour deposition (PVD) technique is an alternative method to produce high quality coatings. PVD is an almost pollution free technique, because the process occurs under vacuum. CrN by PVD is one of the most promising PVD coatings as a candidate to replace eventually electroplated hard chromium. The growth characteristics of CrN coatings are less understood than those of TiN, the well-known PVD coating material. This thesis anticipates to fill this technological gap. Along a wide range of experiments based on the deposition of CrN{sub x} coatings, XRD, SEM, SNMS and tribological analysis have been used to complete a thorough understanding of CrN{sub x} growth. The experiments show that there exist several different phases within the Cr-N system: bcc-Cr, hcp-Cr{sub 2}N, fcc-CrN, and mixed phases. This is not fundamentally new, but the work has resulted in two new modifications, which are highly interesting candidates for the industry, including electroplating replacements, namely high nitrogen containing metallic bcc-Cr (solid solution with up to 18 at.% nitrogen) in the hardness range up to HV1800 and a very hard fcc-CrN phase with hardness values between HV1500 and HV3000, similar to TiN. The solid solution bcc-Cr-N is very dense fine-grained, reasonably hard (almost twice as hard as electroplated hard chromium), very smooth, and with a Young's modulus very similar to that of (hardened) steel. The hard fcc-CrN phase (approximately three times harder than electroplated hard chromium) could only be obtained by the current

  3. 纤溶酶和透明质酸酶诱导猪玻璃体后脱离的比较研究%A comparative study on the induction of posterior vitreous detachment by plasmin and/or hyaluronidase intravitreal injection into pig eyes

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    张志红; 陶海; 吴海洋

    2007-01-01

    目的:研究纤溶酶和透明质酸酶诱导猪玻璃体后脱离(PVD)的有效性和安全性,比较两种酶单独应用和联合应用的效果.方法:小型猪15只随机分为A,B,C三组,每组5只,随机选取1只眼为实验眼,对侧眼为对照眼.三组实验眼玻璃体腔分别注射50U(0.1 mL)透明质酸酶、0.5U(0.1mL)纤溶酶和0.5U(0.05mL)纤溶酶加50U(0.05mL)透明质酸酶,对照眼均注射平衡盐溶液(BSS)0.1ml.注药后进行裂隙灯、直、间接检眼镜、眼B超、视网膜电图(ERG)等检查,7d后摘除眼球进行光镜、透射电镜、扫描电镜检查.结果:B超检查显示A组有1只实验眼、B组有两只实验眼于注药后1d观察到部分性PVD,C组有1只实验眼于注药后1h观察到部分性PVD.B超、光镜和扫描电镜检查显示注药后7d A组和B组实验眼均见部分性PVD,C组实验眼均见完全性PVD,对照眼未见PVD.实验及对照眼注药前、后ERG a波、b波波幅均无显著性差异,光镜及透射电镜检查未见视网膜损害.结论:0.5U纤溶酶和50U透明质酸酶单独及联合应用均可快速、安全、有效地诱导猪眼玻璃体后脱离,且联合用药较单独用药诱导PVD更快速、更有效.%· AIM: To investigate the efficacy and safety of intravitreal injection of plasmin, hyaluronidase, or the combination of the two in inducing posterior vitreous detachment (PVD).· METHODS: 15 mini-type pigs were assigned to three groups (Group A, B and C), 5 in each group. One eye of each pig was intravitreally injected with the studying agent,and the fellow eye was used as control. Group A received a vitreous injection of hyaluronidase 50U (0.1mL); group B received plasmin 0.5U (0.1mL); group C received plasmin 0.5U (0.05mL) combined with hyaluronidase 50U (0.05mL). The fellow eyes in each group were injected with 0.1mL balanced salt solution (BSS). All the pigs were examined with slit-lamp biomicroscope, direct and indirect ophthalmoscope, B-scan and electroretinograph

  4. Vulvodynia:A review of pathophysiological factors and treatment options%外阴痛:病理生理因素和临床治疗新观点方面的综述

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    Caroline F Pukall; Sophie Bergeron; Corrie Goldfinger

    2008-01-01

    慢性外阴疼痛,简称为外阴痛,在普通妇女人群中的发病率约为16%.本文简要概述了外阴痛的病因学以及治疗现状.到目前为止,对自发性广泛性外阴痛(unprovoked generalized vulvodynia,UGVD)的研究较少,本文重点讨论了外阴痛的一个亚类,即诱发的阴道前庭痛(provoked vestibulodynia,PVD),其症状为压迫阴道前庭周围可产生严重的烧灼样痛或剧烈疼痛.以往的研究表明外周(如阴道前庭组织异常、骨盆肌张力增高)和中枢(如神经中枢冲动增多)因素都参与了PVD的发生和维持过程.此外,由于患者对疼痛的心理性反应各异,也影响了疼痛症状的表现和时程.尽管PVD的发生包含多种因素,但到目前为止,对其治疗的研究都是单一的,回顾性和不可控的.本综述着眼于对PVD的外周(如局部用药、外阴大腺切除术等)和中枢(如应用抗抑郁药、镇痛治疗等)治疗,同时还讨论了针对于痛觉传递过程中不同水平(外周和中枢)的多向治疗方案.鉴于PVD机制的复杂性,今后对PVD的治疗推荐应用生物心理学疗法.%Vulvodynia,or chronic vulvar pain,affects 16% of women in the general population and has negative effects on numerous aspects of a woman's life.The purpose of this paper is to review the literature on the etiology and treatment of vulvodynia.Since relatively little research has been carried out on unprovoked generalized vulvodynia (UGVD),this review focuses on provoked vestibulodynia (PVD),a subtype of vulvodynia characterized by a severe,burning/sharp pain that occurs in response to pressure localized to the vestibule.Research examining the pathophysiology of PVD provides evidence that both peripheral(e.g.,vestibular tissue abnormalities,pelvic floor hypertonicity)and central e.g.,increased neural activation)factors are involved in the development and maintenance of PVD.Additionally,psychological reactions to the pain may vary and influence the expression and

  5. A novel strategy to construct high performance lithium-ion cells using one dimensional electrospun nanofibers, electrodes and separators

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    Aravindan, Vanchiappan; Sundaramurthy, Jayaraman; Kumar, Palaniswamy Suresh; Shubha, Nageswaran; Ling, Wong Chui; Ramakrishna, Seeram; Madhavi, Srinivasan

    2013-10-01

    We successfully demonstrated the performance of novel, one-dimensional electrospun nanofibers as cathode, anode and separator-cum-electrolyte in full-cell Li-ion configuration. The cathode, LiMn2O4 delivered excellent cycle life over 800 cycles at current density of 150 mA g-1 with capacity retention of ~93% in half-cell assembly (Li/LiMn2O4). Under the same current rate, the anode, anatase phase TiO2, rendered ~77% initial reversible capacity after 500 cycles in half-cell configuration (Li/TiO2). Gelled electrospun PVdF-HFP exhibits liquid-like conductivity of ~3.2 mS cm-1 at ambient temperature conditions (30 °C). For the first time, a full-cell is fabricated with enitrely electrospun one-dimensional materials by adjusting the mass loading of cathode with respect to anode in the presence of gelled PVdF-HFP membrane as a separator-cum-electrolyte. Full-cell LiMn2O4|gelled PVdF-HFP|TiO2 delivered good capacity characteristics and excellent cyclability with an operating potential of ~2.2 V at a current density of 150 mA g-1. Under harsh conditions (16 C rate), the full-cell showed a very stable capacity behavior with good calendar life. This clearly showed that electrospinning is an efficient technique for producing high performance electro-active materials to fabricate a high performance Li-ion assembly for commercialization without compromising the eco-friendliness and raw material cost.We successfully demonstrated the performance of novel, one-dimensional electrospun nanofibers as cathode, anode and separator-cum-electrolyte in full-cell Li-ion configuration. The cathode, LiMn2O4 delivered excellent cycle life over 800 cycles at current density of 150 mA g-1 with capacity retention of ~93% in half-cell assembly (Li/LiMn2O4). Under the same current rate, the anode, anatase phase TiO2, rendered ~77% initial reversible capacity after 500 cycles in half-cell configuration (Li/TiO2). Gelled electrospun PVdF-HFP exhibits liquid-like conductivity of ~3.2 mS cm-1 at

  6. Decontamination Systems Information and Reseach Program

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    Cook, Echol E

    1998-04-01

    The following paragraphs comprise the research efforts during the first quarter of 1998 (January 1 - March 31). These tasks have been granted a continuation from the 1997 work and will all end in June 1998. This report represents the last technical quarterly report deliverable for the WVU Cooperative Agreement - Decontamination Systems Information and Research Program. Final reports for all of the 1997 projects will be submitted afterwards as one document. During this period, groundwater extraction operations were completed on Task 1.6 - Pilot Scale Demonstration of TCE Flushing Through PVDs at the DOE/RMI Extrusion Plant. The data have been evaluated and graphs are presented. The plot of TCE Concentration versus Time shows that the up-gradient groundwater monitoring well produced consistent levels of TCE contamination. A similar trend was observed for the down-gradient wells via grab samples tested. Groundwater samples from the PVD test pad Zone of Influence showed consistent reductions in TCE concentrations with respect to time. In addition, a natural pulse frequency is evident which will have a significant impact on the efficiency of the contaminant removal under natural groundwater advection/diffusion processes. The relationships between the PVD Extraction Flow Rate versus Cumulative Time shows a clear trend in flow rate. Consistent values between 20 to 30 g.p.m. at the beginning of the extraction duration, to less than 10 g.p.m. by the end of the extraction cycle are observed. As evidenced by the aquifer's diminishing recharge levels, the PVD extraction is affecting the response of the aquifer's natural attenuation capability. Progress was also marked on the Injection and Circulation of Potable Water Through PVDs task. Data reduction from this sequence of testing is ongoing. Work planned for next quarter includes completing the Injection / Extraction of potable water task and beginning the Surfactant Injection and removal task.

  7. Effects of CdCl{sub 2} treatment on the recrystallization and electro-optical properties of CdTe thin films

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    Moutinho, H.R.; Al-Jassim, M.M.; Levi, D.H.; Dippo, P.C.; Kazmerski, L.L. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States)

    1998-05-01

    The effects of CdCl{sub 2} processing on the physical and electro-optical properties of CdTe were evaluated for thin films produced by physical vapor deposition and close-spaced sublimation (CSS). Two substrates (CdS and Indium{endash}tin{endash}oxide) were used with the physical vapor deposition (PVD) films specifically to isolate the effects of the Cd(S{sub x}Te{sub 1{minus}x}) alloy formed during the treatment of films deposited on CdS. The samples were analyzed by x-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and photoluminescence. The observed changes in microstructure were caused by recrystallization, which consisted of the nucleation and development of a new CdTe structure and subsequent grain growth. Nevertheless, for these processes to take place, it was necessary that enough lattice-strain energy was available in the films. For this reason, PVD films did recrystallize, while CSS films did not. For the first time, recrystallization was observed directly in AFM images of CdTe films and confirmed by XRD analysis, which indicated the existence of two lattice parameters in PVD samples treated at 350{degree}C. For samples treated at 400{degree}C, the CdCl{sub 2} treatment improved the minority-carrier lifetime of the films by more than one order of magnitude. This improvement was attributed to the elimination of deep defect levels within the band gap of the CdTe films as a result of the treatment. The sulfur diffusion into CdTe films deposited on CdS, during the CdCl{sub 2} treatment at 400{degree}C, strongly affected the defect structure.

  8. Black hole mass measurement using molecular gas kinematics: what ALMA can do

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    Yoon, Ilsang

    2017-04-01

    We study the limits of the spatial and velocity resolution of radio interferometry to infer the mass of supermassive black holes (SMBHs) in galactic centres using the kinematics of circum-nuclear molecular gas, by considering the shapes of the galaxy surface brightness profile, signal-to-noise ratios (S/Ns) of the position-velocity diagram (PVD) and systematic errors due to the spatial and velocity structure of the molecular gas. We argue that for fixed galaxy stellar mass and SMBH mass, the spatial and velocity scales that need to be resolved increase and decrease, respectively, with decreasing Sérsic index of the galaxy surface brightness profile. We validate our arguments using simulated PVDs for varying beam size and velocity channel width. Furthermore, we consider the systematic effects on the inference of the SMBH mass by simulating PVDs including the spatial and velocity structure of the molecular gas, which demonstrates that their impacts are not significant for a PVD with good S/N unless the spatial and velocity scale associated with the systematic effects are comparable to or larger than the angular resolution and velocity channel width of the PVD from pure circular motion. Also, we caution that a bias in a galaxy surface brightness profile owing to the poor resolution of a galaxy photometric image can largely bias the SMBH mass by an order of magnitude. This study shows the promise and the limits of ALMA observations for measuring SMBH mass using molecular gas kinematics and provides a useful technical justification for an ALMA proposal with the science goal of measuring SMBH mass.

  9. Macrovascular complication phenotypes in type 2 diabetic patients

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    Papa Giuseppe

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Macrovascular diseases (MVD in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM are often considered all together, without discriminating the areas involved. The aim of our study was to analyse MVD prevalence in a large population of T2DM patients by dividing the cases into subgroups according to MVD sites (NMVD, no MVD; NSCS, non-significant carotid stenosis; CBVD, cerebrovascular disease; CAD, coronary artery disease; PAD, peripheral artery disease; PVD, polyvascular disease and studying the anthropometric, clinical and laboratory parameters in each group. Methods A diabetic outpatient cohort (n = 1199 was retrospectively studied. Demographic, clinical and laboratory parameters were included in analyses. A thorough cardiovascular history as documented by previous medical records (including medical and hospital records and vascular laboratory studies (including standardised electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, provocative tests for cardiac ischaemia, ankle/brachial index, duplex ultrasonography of the carotid and lower limbs and, in selected cases, computed tomography angiography, carotid and peripheral arteriography and evaluation of transcutaneous oxygen pressure, was collected for all of the patients. Standardised procedures were used to assess microvascular complications as well as metabolic syndrome (Mets. Results The unadjusted MVD prevalence was 46.4% among the participants. The majority of patients with MVD were in the PVD group. In the multivariate analysis, age, male sex and diabetes duration were independent risk factors for PAD and PVD (P Conclusion Phenotypic heterogeneity is associated with different macrovascular complications in T2DM patients. These findings might have clinical implications for developing diagnostic and therapeutic strategies targeting type 2 diabetes.

  10. High Temperature Wear Resistance of HI3 Steel with Different Surface Treatments%不同表面处理工艺下H13钢的高温耐磨性能

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    刘英坤; 朱峰; 伍超群; 侯惠君

    2012-01-01

    首先对调质处理状态的H13钢进行了渗氮、物理气相沉积(PVD)镀膜、渗氮+PVD镀膜三种不同的表面处理,然后在UMT-3型摩擦磨损试验机上,对处理后的试样进行600℃的高温摩擦磨损试验,研究了不同工艺下H13钢的高温耐磨性能。结果表明:试样的磨损形式主要是粘着磨损+磨粒磨损,经表面处理后试样的表面硬度大幅度提高,摩擦系数大幅度降低;其中渗氮+PVD镀膜表面处理试样的高温耐磨性能最好。%First the hardened and tempered H13 steel was surface treated by three methods of nitridation, physical vapor deposition(PVD) coating, and Mtridation and PVD coating, and then the friction wear performance at high temperature of 600℃ of the specimens with different surface treatment states was studied on UMT-3 friction wear testing machine. The results indicate that the main wear forms of all speeimens were adhesion wear and abrasive particle wear. After the different surface treatments, the hardness of the H13 steel increased obviously, and the friction coefficient reduced obviously. Specimens surface treated by nitridation and PVD coating method showed the best high temperature wear resistance.

  11. CD-ROM optics for flying height measurement in hard disk drives

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    Tunstall, Glen; Jenkins, David F. L.; Clegg, Warwick W.; Li, Amei; Davey, Paul

    2001-12-01

    One of the most critical and effective parameters in increasing areal density is the flying height or spacing between the read-write head and the recording disk medium. As the flying height reduces to near contact, the head flies around 5 nm about the disk surface. To date, optical interferometry has been the major means for the characterization of this parameter. However, it is difficult to use it directly to measure the flying height on a sealed drive. To circumvent this limitation, a system based upon CD-ROM optics has been designed. The results from the system are correlated to measurements of suspension arm movement and disk flutter using poly-vinylidine-flouride (PVdF) strain sensors. A CD-ROM drive utilizes a laser with photodiodes to read data from the disk. The photo detector output responds linearly to changes in the lens-disk separation. In our system two CD-ROM heads are located within a rig that allows independent positioning in all three planes. The optics are configured to reflect off of a typical hard disk drive disk and the slider. To validate its performance a thin (110 micron) sheet of poly vinylidine flouride (PVdF) piezoelectric material is bonded to the suspension arm to measure the average induced strain. A further PVdF sensor was used to measure the edge displacement of the disk due to disk bending. The sensor used was in a cantilever configuration, with one end rigidly bonded to the drive chassis in a manner that pre-tensions the cantilever against the disk. Any movement of the disk would change the strain induced in the cantilever.

  12. A study of clinical assessment of frailty in patients on maintenance hemodialysis supported by cashless government scheme

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    Manjusha Yadla

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available This is a prospective cohort study to assess the prevalence of frailty in patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis (HD under the government-funded scheme at our center and to assess the relationship between frailty and falls, hospitalizations, and mortality. This was done at our center which is completely supported by the government, which provides HD to all the patients under poverty line. Epidemiological data, anthropometric measurements, comorbidities assessment, frailty assessment using Fried criteria, subsequent hospitalizations, falls, and mortality were recorded in our prevalent dialysis population at our center between October 2014 and October 2015. Two hundred and twenty-six patients were enrolled during this period. Twenty-one patients were excluded as they did not satisfy the inclusion criteria. Two hundred and five prospective patients were studied for the predictors of frailty. Frailty was present in 82% of the study population. Mean age of our study population was 44.95 ± 13.27 years. On univariate analysis, diabetes mellitus, hypertension (HTN, cerebrovascular accident (CVA, left ventricular dysfunction (LVD, peripheral vascular disease (PVD, smoking, hepatitis C, inadequate dialysis, intradialytic hypotension (IDH, interdialytic weight gain, low serum creatinine <4 mg/dL, and anemia (Hb <10 g/dL were found to be statistically significantly different between frail and nonfrail groups On multivariate regression analysis, only HTN, PVD, CVA, anemia, smoking, and IDH were found to be significant. Frailty is highly prevalent among dialysis population. Factors predicting frailty include HTN, smoking, LVD, PVD, CVA, smoking, anemia, and IDH. Frailty is a significant risk factor for falls and hospitalizations.

  13. A study of clinical assessment of frailty in patients on maintenance hemodialysis supported by cashless government scheme.

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    Yadla, Manjusha; John, Jyothi Priyadarshini; Mummadi, Mahesh

    2017-01-01

    This is a prospective cohort study to assess the prevalence of frailty in patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis (HD) under the government-funded scheme at our center and to assess the relationship between frailty and falls, hospitalizations, and mortality. This was done at our center which is completely supported by the government, which provides HD to all the patients under poverty line. Epidemiological data, anthropometric measurements, comorbidities assessment, frailty assessment using Fried criteria, subsequent hospitalizations, falls, and mortality were recorded in our prevalent dialysis population at our center between October 2014 and October 2015. Two hundred and twenty-six patients were enrolled during this period. Twenty-one patients were excluded as they did not satisfy the inclusion criteria. Two hundred and five prospective patients were studied for the predictors of frailty. Frailty was present in 82% of the study population. Mean age of our study population was 44.95 ± 13.27 years. On univariate analysis, diabetes mellitus, hypertension (HTN), cerebrovascular accident (CVA), left ventricular dysfunction (LVD), peripheral vascular disease (PVD), smoking, hepatitis C, inadequate dialysis, intradialytic hypotension (IDH), interdialytic weight gain, low serum creatinine <4 mg/dL, and anemia (Hb <10 g/dL) were found to be statistically significantly different between frail and nonfrail groups On multivariate regression analysis, only HTN, PVD, CVA, anemia, smoking, and IDH were found to be significant. Frailty is highly prevalent among dialysis population. Factors predicting frailty include HTN, smoking, LVD, PVD, CVA, smoking, anemia, and IDH. Frailty is a significant risk factor for falls and hospitalizations.

  14. Activation of ATP-sensitive potassium channels facilitates the function of human endothelial colony-forming cells via Ca(2+) /Akt/eNOS pathway.

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    Wu, Yan; He, Meng-Yu; Ye, Jian-Kui; Ma, Shu-Ying; Huang, Wen; Wei, Yong-Yue; Kong, Hui; Wang, Hong; Zeng, Xiao-Ning; Xie, Wei-Ping

    2017-03-01

    Accumulating data, including those from our laboratory, have shown that the opening of ATP-sensitive potassium channels (KATP ) plays a protective role in pulmonary vascular diseases (PVD). As maintainers of the endothelial framework, endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) are considered excellent candidates for vascular regeneration in cases of PVD. Although KATP openers (KCOs) have been demonstrated to have beneficial effects on endothelial cells, the impact of KATP on ECFC function remains unclear. Herein, this study investigated whether there is a distribution of KATP in ECFCs and what role KATP play in ECFC modulation. By human ECFCs isolated from adult peripheral blood, KATP were confirmed for the first time to express in ECFCs, comprised subunits of Kir (Kir6.1, Kir6.2) and SUR2b. KCOs such as the classical agent nicorandil (Nico) and the novel agent iptakalim (Ipt) notably improved the function of ECFCs, promoting cell proliferation, migration and angiogenesis, which were abolished by a non-selective KATP blocker glibenclamide (Gli). To determine the underlying mechanisms, we investigated the impacts of KCOs on CaMKII, Akt and endothelial nitric oxide synthase pathways. Enhanced levels were detected by western blotting, which were abrogated by Gli. This suggested an involvement of Ca(2+) signalling in the regulation of ECFCs by KATP . Our findings demonstrated for the first time that there is a distribution of KATP in ECFCs and KATP play a vital role in ECFC function. The present work highlighted a novel profile of KATP as a potential target for ECFC modulation, which may hold the key to the treatment of PVD. © 2016 The Authors. Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd and Foundation for Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

  15. Changes of Left Ventricular Geometry Shape and Left Ventricular Regional Function in Patients With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

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    Liang-yu WANG; Ming-xing XIE; Qing-bo LI; Ping CHEN; Zhi-xiong CAI; Zhi-dan ZHU

    2009-01-01

    Objectives To assess the left ventricle regional systolic and diastolic function, left ventricle geometry and left venti-tie sphericity indexes in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) by quantitative tissue velocity imaging (QTVI). Methods Thirty normal subjects and 52 DCM patients underwent QTVI and colour Doppler flow imaging study in or-der to measure the left ventricular regional function along left ventricle apical long-axis view and the left ventricle geom-etry. Peak tissue velocities of left venticle regional muscular tissue during systole (Vs), systolic acceleration (a), ear-ly diastole(Ve) and left atrium contraction(Va) along left venticle apical long axis view were measured. The indexes of left ventdcular regional systolic and diastolic function were mearsured at the same time. The left ventricle geometry shape was reflected from the systolic and diastolic sphericity index (Sis and Sid), the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and D wave/A wave (PVd/Pva) of pulmonary veins flowing spectrum reflected the global left ventricular systolic and diastolic function. The Vs, Ve, Va, a, PVd/Pva ratio, LVEF, Sis, Sid and their correlations between normal subjects and patients with DCM were compared and analyzed. Results Vs, Ve, Va, a, PVd/Pva, Sis and Sid in patients with DCM were lower than those in normal persons. There were significant relations between Sis and a (r=0.6142, P<0.05), Ve/Va and Sid (r=0.6271, P<0.05). Conclusions QTVI offer a newer method which has a higher sensitivity and accuracy in evaluating the left venticle regional systolic and diastolic function in DCM patients. There was significant relation between regional cardiac function and left venticle sphericity.

  16. Sustainable Redox Mediation for Lithium-Oxygen Batteries by a Composite Protective Layer on the Lithium-Metal Anode.

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    Lee, Dong Jin; Lee, Hongkyung; Kim, Yun-Jung; Park, Jung-Ki; Kim, Hee-Tak

    2016-02-03

    A synergic combination of a soluble -redox mediator and a protected Li metal -electrode to prevent the self-discharge of the redox mediator is realized by -exploiting a 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidinyl 1-oxyl (TEMPO) redox mediator and an Al2 O3 /PVdF-HFP composite -protective layer (CPL). Stabilization of Li metal by simple CPL coating is effective at -suppressing the chemical reduction of the oxidized TEMPO and opens up the possibility of sustainable redox mediation for robust cycling of Li-O2 batteries.

  17. Low-cost high-quality crystalline germanium based flexible devices

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    Nassar, Joanna M.

    2014-06-16

    High performance flexible electronics promise innovative future technology for various interactive applications for the pursuit of low-cost, light-weight, and multi-functional devices. Thus, here we show a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) compatible fabrication of flexible metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitors (MOSCAPs) with high-κ/metal gate stack, using a physical vapor deposition (PVD) cost-effective technique to obtain a high-quality Ge channel. We report outstanding bending radius ~1.25 mm and semi-transparency of 30%.

  18. 糖尿病下肢动脉病变彩色多普勒超声诊断及相关危险因素分析

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    程盼; 吴荣秀

    2010-01-01

    @@ 糖尿病下肢动脉血管病变(lower extremity arterial disease,LEAD)亦称外周血管病变(peripheral vascular disease,PVD)、外周动脉病变(peripheral arterial disease,PAD).糖尿病下肢动脉血管病变是糖尿病的主要并发症之一,导致糖尿病足部溃疡(diabetic foot ulceration),病变严重造成下肢截肢.

  19. Advanced magnetron sputtering techniques-principles and applications

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    D.G.Teer

    2004-01-01

    @@ The technique of ion plating was introduced by Mattox[1] in 1963. All PVD techniques used for the deposition of hard wear resistant coatings for tribological applications rely on the ion bombardment of the coating during deposition in order to obtain the required coating properties and are all variations of the original ion plating technique. To obtain a dense, hard, wear resistant coating the ion current density during deposition needs to be high, more than 1 mA/cm2 and the energy of the ions should be not more than about 50 eV.

  20. Effect of “CdCl2 Treatment” on Properties of CdTe-Based Solar Cells Prepared by Physical Vapor Deposition and Close-Spaced Sublimation Methods

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    Hajimammadov, Rashad; Fathi, Nasser; Bayramov, Ayaz; Khrypunov, Genady; Klochko, Nataliya; Li, Tatyana

    2011-05-01

    CdTe is regarded as one of the most promising materials for fabricating CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells with efficiencies up to 16.5%. In this paper we present a comparative analysis of CdTe-based solar cells fabricated by physical vapor deposition (PVD) and close-spaced sublimation (CSS) methods. The structural properties of CdTe base layers and the output parameters of CdS/CdTe solar cells are presented, and the influence of “CdCl2-treatment” on these properties are discussed. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses were used in the studies.