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  1. Construction of a Fish‐like Robot Based on High Performance Graphene/PVDF Bimorph Actuation Materials

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    Xiao, Peishuang; Yi, Ningbo; Zhang, Tengfei; Chang, Huicong; Yang, Yang; Zhou, Ying

    2016-01-01

    Smart actuators have many potential applications in various areas, so the development of novel actuation materials, with facile fabricating methods and excellent performances, are still urgent needs. In this work, a novel electromechanical bimorph actuator constituted by a graphene layer and a PVDF layer, is fabricated through a simple yet versatile solution approach. The bimorph actuator can deflect toward the graphene side under electrical stimulus, due to the differences in coefficient of thermal expansion between the two layers and the converse piezoelectric effect and electrostrictive property of the PVDF layer. Under low voltage stimulus, the actuator (length: 20 mm, width: 3 mm) can generate large actuation motion with a maximum deflection of about 14.0 mm within 0.262 s and produce high actuation stress (more than 312.7 MPa/g). The bimorph actuator also can display reversible swing behavior with long cycle life under high frequencies. on this basis, a fish‐like robot that can swim at the speed of 5.02 mm/s is designed and demonstrated. The designed graphene‐PVDF bimorph actuator exhibits the overall novel performance compared with many other electromechanical avtuators, and may contribute to the practical actuation applications of graphene‐based materials at a macro scale.

  2. Construction of a Fish-like Robot Based on High Performance Graphene/PVDF Bimorph Actuation Materials.

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    Xiao, Peishuang; Yi, Ningbo; Zhang, Tengfei; Huang, Yi; Chang, Huicong; Yang, Yang; Zhou, Ying; Chen, Yongsheng

    2016-06-01

    Smart actuators have many potential applications in various areas, so the development of novel actuation materials, with facile fabricating methods and excellent performances, are still urgent needs. In this work, a novel electromechanical bimorph actuator constituted by a graphene layer and a PVDF layer, is fabricated through a simple yet versatile solution approach. The bimorph actuator can deflect toward the graphene side under electrical stimulus, due to the differences in coefficient of thermal expansion between the two layers and the converse piezoelectric effect and electrostrictive property of the PVDF layer. Under low voltage stimulus, the actuator (length: 20 mm, width: 3 mm) can generate large actuation motion with a maximum deflection of about 14.0 mm within 0.262 s and produce high actuation stress (more than 312.7 MPa/g). The bimorph actuator also can display reversible swing behavior with long cycle life under high frequencies. on this basis, a fish-like robot that can swim at the speed of 5.02 mm/s is designed and demonstrated. The designed graphene-PVDF bimorph actuator exhibits the overall novel performance compared with many other electromechanical avtuators, and may contribute to the practical actuation applications of graphene-based materials at a macro scale.

  3. Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with (PVDF-HFP-KI-EC-PC Electrolyte and Different Dye Materials

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    M. M. Noor

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A plasticized polymer electrolyte system composed of PVDF-HFP, potassium iodide (KI, and equal weight of ethylene carbonate (EC and propylene carbonate (PC has been used in a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC. The electrolyte with the composition 40 wt. % PVDF-HFP-10 wt. % KI-50 wt. % (EC + PC exhibits the highest room temperature ionic conductivity of 1.10 × 10−3 S cm−1. A small amount of iodine crystal of about 10 wt. % of KI was added to the electrolyte in the liquid state to provide the redox couple for DSSC operation. The polymer electrolyte films were prepared by the solvent casting method. The DSSCs were fabricated with the electrolyte film sandwiched between a TiO2/dye photoelectrode and a Pt-counter electrode and characterized under 100 mW cm−2 white light. The DSSC performance with different dyes such as Ruthenizer 535 (N3, anthocyanin, chlorophyll, and a mixture of anthocyanin and chlorophyll (v/v=1 has been compared. The DSSC with Ruthenizer 535 (N3 dye exhibits the best performance with a short-circuit current density of 8.16 mA cm−2, open-circuit voltage of 0.76 V, fill factor of 0.35, and photoconversion efficiency of 2.2%.

  4. Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with (PVDF-HFP)-KI-EC-PC Electrolyte and Different Dye Materials

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    M. M. Noor; M. H. Buraidah; S. N. F. Yusuf; Careem, M. A.; Majid, S. R.; A. K. Arof

    2011-01-01

    A plasticized polymer electrolyte system composed of PVDF-HFP, potassium iodide (KI), and equal weight of ethylene carbonate (EC) and propylene carbonate (PC) has been used in a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The electrolyte with the composition 40 wt. % PVDF-HFP-10 wt. % KI-50 wt. % (EC + PC) exhibits the highest room temperature ionic conductivity of 1.10 × 10−3 S cm−1. A small amount of iodine crystal of about 10 wt. % of KI was added to the electrolyte in the liquid state to provide th...

  5. APPLICATION OF PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL FILM PVDF (Polyvinylidene Flouride AS LIQUID VISCOSITY SENSOR

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    Hananto F. S, Santoso D.R., Julius

    2012-03-01

    Research was done by taking 10 samples of oil and 3 different size ofPVDF film and a strain gage,that are: 1 cm x 3 cm (PVDF1; 1 cm x 2 cm (PVDF2; 1 cm x 1 cm (PVDF3. Results showed that the resolution of  PVDF1,  PVDF2 and PVDF3 are  4.6  mv/cPois;  3.1  mv/cPois and 1.5  mv/cPois respectively, while the strain gage produce a resolution of 1.2  mv/cPois. The average resolution of PVDF is 1.53 mv.cPois-1.cm-2, which means that every 1 cm2   PVDF film area and the increase of 1 cPois of viscosity of the material will produce 1.53 millivolts.

  6. Enhanced Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Performance of Flexible PVDF-TrFE Bilayer Films with Graphene Oxide.

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    Bhavanasi, Venkateswarlu; Kumar, Vipin; Parida, Kaushik; Wang, Jiangxin; Lee, Pooi See

    2016-01-13

    Ferroelectric materials have attracted interest in recent years due to their application in energy harvesting owing to its piezoelectric nature. Ferroelectric polymers are flexible and can sustain larger strains compared to inorganic counterparts, making them attractive for harvesting energy from mechanical vibrations. Herein, we report, for the first time, the enhanced piezoelectric energy harvesting performance of the bilayer films of poled poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) [PVDF-TrFE] and graphene oxide (GO). The bilayer film exhibits superior energy harvesting performance with a voltage output of 4 V and power output of 4.41 μWcm(-2) compared to poled PVDF-TrFE films alone (voltage output of 1.9 V and power output of 1.77 μWcm(-2)). The enhanced voltage and power output in the presence of GO film is due to the combined effect of electrostatic contribution from graphene oxide, residual tensile stress, enhanced Young's modulus of the bilayer films, and the presence of space charge at the interface of the PVDF-TrFE and GO films, arising from the uncompensated polarization of PVDF-TrFE. Higher Young's modulus and dielectric constant of GO led to the efficient transfer of mechanical and electrical energy.

  7. The double effects of silver nanoparticles on the PVDF membrane: Surface hydrophilicity and antifouling performance

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    Li, Jian-Hua; Shao, Xi-Sheng; Zhou, Qing; Li, Mi-Zi; Zhang, Qi-Qing

    2013-01-01

    In this study, silver nanoparticles were used to endow poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membrane with excellent surface hydrophilicity and outstanding antifouling performance. Silver nanoparticles were successfully immobilized onto PVDF membrane surface under the presence of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA). The double effects of silver nanoparticles on PVDF membrane, i.e., surface hydrophilicity and anti-fouling performance, were systematically investigated. Judging from result of water static contact measurement, silver nanoparticles had provided a significant improvement in PVDF membrane surface hydrophilicity. And the possible explanation on the improvement of PVDF membrane surface hydrophilicity with silver nanoparticles was firstly proposed in this study. Membrane permeation and anti-bacterial tests were carried out to characterize the antifouling performance of PVDF membrane. Flux recovery ratio (FRR) increased about 40% after the presence of silver nanoparticles on the PVDF membrane surface, elucidating the anti-organic fouling performance of PVDF membrane was elevated by silver nanoparticles. Simultaneously, anti-bacterial test confirmed that PVDF membrane showed superior anti-biofouling activity because of silver nanoparticles. The above-mentioned results clarified that silver nanoparticles can endow PVDF membrane with both excellent surface hydrophilicity and outstanding antifouling performance in this study.

  8. Characterization, performance and optimization of PVDF as a piezoelectric film for advanced space mirror concepts.

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    Jones, Gary D.; Assink, Roger Alan; Dargaville, Tim Richard; Chaplya, Pavel Mikhail; Clough, Roger Lee; Elliott, Julie M.; Martin, Jeffrey W.; Mowery, Daniel Michael; Celina, Mathew Christopher

    2005-11-01

    Piezoelectric polymers based on polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) are of interest for large aperture space-based telescopes as adaptive or smart materials. Dimensional adjustments of adaptive polymer films depend on controlled charge deposition. Predicting their long-term performance requires a detailed understanding of the piezoelectric material features, expected to suffer due to space environmental degradation. Hence, the degradation and performance of PVDF and its copolymers under various stress environments expected in low Earth orbit has been reviewed and investigated. Various experiments were conducted to expose these polymers to elevated temperature, vacuum UV, {gamma}-radiation and atomic oxygen. The resulting degradative processes were evaluated. The overall materials performance is governed by a combination of chemical and physical degradation processes. Molecular changes are primarily induced via radiative damage, and physical damage from temperature and atomic oxygen exposure is evident as depoling, loss of orientation and surface erosion. The effects of combined vacuum UV radiation and atomic oxygen resulted in expected surface erosion and pitting rates that determine the lifetime of thin films. Interestingly, the piezo responsiveness in the underlying bulk material remained largely unchanged. This study has delivered a comprehensive framework for material properties and degradation sensitivities with variations in individual polymer performances clearly apparent. The results provide guidance for material selection, qualification, optimization strategies, feedback for manufacturing and processing, or alternative materials. Further material qualification should be conducted via experiments under actual space conditions.

  9. Flexible EMI shielding materials derived by melt blending PVDF and ionic liquid modified MWNTs

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    Sharma, Maya; Sharma, Sukanya; Abraham, Jiji; Thomas, Sabu; Madras, Giridhar; Bose, Suryasarathi

    2014-09-01

    Nano composites of PVDF with ionic liquid [EMIM][TF2N] (IL) modified MWNTs were prepared by melt blending to design materials for EMI shielding applications. MWNTs and IL were mixed in two different ratios (1:1 and 1:5) to facilitate better dispersion of MWNTs in PVDF. It was observed that non-covalent interactions between IL and PVDF resulted in a better dispersion of CNTs and was consistent with increasing concentration of IL. Interestingly, IL modified MWNTs induced the formation of γ-phase crystals in PVDF, which was further confirmed by XRD, FTIR and DSC. Melt rheological measurements and DSC analysis revealed the plasticization effect of IL in PVDF composites further manifesting in a decrease in the storage modulus and the glass transition temperature. This phenomenal effect presumably led to better dispersion of IL modified MWNTs in PVDF further resulting in a significant improvement in electrical conductivity and structural properties. More interestingly, the elongational properties in the composites improved with IL modified MWNTs in striking contrast to MWNT filled PVDF composites. The ac conductivity of the composites reached about 10-3 S cm-1 with the addition of 2 wt% IL modified MWNTs (1:1). This further led to a high electro-magnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness of about 20 dB at 2 wt% IL modified MWNTs. Such materials can further be explored for flexible, lightweight EMI shielding materials for a wide range of operating frequency.

  10. Fabrication of Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) Nanofibers Containing Nickel Nanoparticles as Future Energy Server Materials.

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    Sheikh, Faheem A; Cantu, Travis; Macossay, Javier; Kim, Hern

    2011-04-01

    In the present study, we introduce Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) nanofibers containing nickel (Ni) nanoparticles (NPs) as a result of an electrospinning. Typically, a colloidal solution consisting of PVDF/Ni NPs was prepared to produce nanofibers embedded with solid NPs by electrospinning process. The resultant nanostructures were studied by SEM analyses, which confirmed well oriented nanofibers and good dispersion of Ni NPs over them. The XRD results demonstrated well crystalline feature of PVDF and Ni in the obtained nanostructures. Physiochemical aspects of prepared nano-structures were characterized for TEM which confirmed nanofibers were well-oriented and had good dispersion of Ni NPs. Furthermore, the prepared nano-structures were studied for hydrogen production applications. Due to high surface to volume ratio of nanofibers form than the thin film ones, there was tremendous increase in the rate of hydrogen production. Overall, results satisfactorily confirmed the use of these materials in hydrogen production.

  11. Graphene Oxide Quantum Dots Covalently Functionalized PVDF Membrane with Significantly-Enhanced Bactericidal and Antibiofouling Performances

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    Zeng, Zhiping; Yu, Dingshan; He, Ziming; Liu, Jing; Xiao, Fang-Xing; Zhang, Yan; Wang, Rong; Bhattacharyya, Dibakar; Tan, Timothy Thatt Yang

    2016-02-01

    Covalent bonding of graphene oxide quantum dots (GOQDs) onto amino modified polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane has generated a new type of nano-carbon functionalized membrane with significantly enhanced antibacterial and antibiofouling properties. A continuous filtration test using E. coli containing feedwater shows that the relative flux drop over GOQDs modified PVDF is 23%, which is significantly lower than those over pristine PVDF (86%) and GO-sheet modified PVDF (62%) after 10 h of filtration. The presence of GOQD coating layer effectively inactivates E. coli and S. aureus cells, and prevents the biofilm formation on the membrane surface, producing excellent antimicrobial activity and potentially antibiofouling capability, more superior than those of previously reported two-dimensional GO sheets and one-dimensional CNTs modified membranes. The distinctive antimicrobial and antibiofouling performances could be attributed to the unique structure and uniform dispersion of GOQDs, enabling the exposure of a larger fraction of active edges and facilitating the formation of oxidation stress. Furthermore, GOQDs modified membrane possesses satisfying long-term stability and durability due to the strong covalent interaction between PVDF and GOQDs. This study opens up a new synthetic avenue in the fabrication of efficient surface-functionalized polymer membranes for potential waste water treatment and biomolecules separation.

  12. Self-poled transparent and flexible UV light-emitting cerium complex-PVDF composite: a high-performance nanogenerator.

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    Garain, Samiran; Sinha, Tridib Kumar; Adhikary, Prakriti; Henkel, Karsten; Sen, Shrabanee; Ram, Shanker; Sinha, Chittaranjan; Schmeißer, Dieter; Mandal, Dipankar

    2015-01-21

    Cerium(III)-N,N-dimethylformamide-bisulfate [Ce(DMF)(HSO4)3] complex is doped into poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) to induce a higher yield (99%) of the electroactive phases (β- and γ-phases) of PVDF. A remarkable enhancement of the output voltage (∼32 V) of a nanogenerator (NG) based on a nonelectrically poled cerium(III) complex containing PVDF composite film is achieved by simple repeated human finger imparting, whereas neat PVDF does not show this kind of behavior. This high electrical output resembles the generation of self-poled electroactive β-phase in PVDF due to the electrostatic interactions between the fluoride of PVDF and the surface-active positive charge cloud of the cerium complex via H-bonding and/or bipolar interaction among the opposite poles of cerium complex and PVDF, respectively. The capacitor charging capability of the flexible NG promises its applicability as piezoelectric-based energy harvester. The cerium(III) complex doped PVDF composite film exhibit an intense photoluminescence in the UV region, which might be due to a participation of electron cloud from negative pole of bipolarized PVDF. This fact may open a new area for prospective development of high-performance energy-saving flexible solid-state UV light emitters.

  13. Application of PVDF composite for lithium-ion battery separator

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    Sabrina, Q.; Majid, N.; Prihandoko, B.

    2016-11-01

    In this study a composite observed in PVDF composite as lithium ion battery separator. Observation of performance cell battery with cyclic voltametry and charge discharge capacity. Surface morphology PVDF separator and commercial separator observed with Scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Cyclic Voltamerty test (CV) and Charge Discharge (CD) showed a capacity value on the coin cell. Coin cell is composed of material LiFePO4 cathode, anode material of lithium metal and varies as graphite, liquid electrolyte varied use LiBOB and LiPF6. While the PVDF as compared to the commercial separator. Coin cell commercial separator has a better high capacity value when compared with Coin cell with the PVDF separator. Life cycle coin cell with the commercial separator material is still longer than coin cell separator with PVDF Copolymer. Development of PVDF as separator remains to be done in order to improve the performance of the battery exceeds the usage of commercial material.

  14. Preparation of Sulfobetaine-Grafted PVDF Hollow Fiber Membranes with a Stably Anti-Protein-Fouling Performance

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    Qian Li

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Based on a two-step polymerization method, two sulfobetaine-based zwitterionic monomers, including 3-(methacryloylamino propyl-dimethyl-(3-sulfopropyl ammonium hydroxide (MPDSAH and 2-(methacryloyloxyethyl ethyl-dimethyl-(3-sulfopropyl ammonium (MEDSA, were successfully grafted from poly(vinylidene fluoride (PVDF hollow fiber membrane surfaces in the presence of N,N′-methylene bisacrylamide (MBAA as a cross-linking agent. The mechanical properties of the PVDF membrane were improved by the zwitterionic surface layers. The surface hydrophilicity of PVDF membranes was significantly enhanced and the polyMPDSAH-g-PVDF membrane showed a higher hydrophilicity due to the higher grafting amount. Compared to the polyMEDSA-g-PVDF membrane, the polyMPDSAH-g-PVDF membrane showed excellent significantly better anti-protein-fouling performance with a flux recovery ratio (RFR higher than 90% during the cyclic filtration of a bovine serum albumin (BSA solution. The polyMPDSAH-g-PVDF membrane showed an obvious electrolyte-responsive behavior and its protein-fouling-resistance performance was improved further during the filtration of the protein solution with 100 mmol/L of NaCl. After cleaned with a membrane cleaning solution for 16 days, the grafted MPDSAH layer on the PVDF membrane could be maintain without any chang; however, the polyMEDSA-g-PVDF membrane lost the grafted MEDSA layer after this treatment. Therefore, the amide group of sulfobetaine, which contributed significantly to the higher hydrophilicity and stability, was shown to be imperative in modifying the PVDF membrane for a stable anti-protein-fouling performance via the two-step polymerization method.

  15. Improved PVDF membrane performance by doping extracellular polymeric substances of activated sludge.

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    Guan, Yan-Fang; Huang, Bao-Cheng; Qian, Chen; Wang, Long-Fei; Yu, Han-Qing

    2017-04-15

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane has been widely applied in water and wastewater treatment because of its high mechanical strength, thermal stability and chemical resistance. However, the hydrophobic nature of PVDF membrane makes it readily fouled, substantially reducing water flux and overall membrane rejection ability. In this work, an in-situ blending modifier, i.e., extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) from activated sludge, was used to enhance the anti-fouling ability of PVDF membrane. Results indicate that the pure water flux of the membrane and its anti-fouling performance were substantially improved by blending 8% EPS into the membrane. By introducing EPS, the membrane hydrophilicity was increased and the cross section morphology was changed when it interacted with polyvinl pyrrolidone, resulting in the formation of large cavities below the finger-like pores. In addition, the fraction of pores with a size of 100-500 nm increased, which was also beneficial to improving membrane performance. Surface thermodynamic calculations indicate the EPS-functionalized membrane had a higher cohesion free energy, implying its good pollutant rejection and anti-fouling ability. This work provides a simple, efficient and cost-effective method to improve membrane performance and also extends the applications of EPS.

  16. Research progress on the membrane material PVDF-HFP for Li-ion battery%PVDF-HFP锂离子电池膜的研究进展

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    张拴芬; 辛冠琼; 张学俊

    2012-01-01

    PVDF-HFP材料具有耐化学腐蚀、耐热性好、机械性能优等特点,有望成为锂离子电池隔膜材料.总结了PVDF-HFP的形态结构优势和PVDF-HFP膜的改性研究,并展望了PVDF-HFP膜未来改性研究的趋势.

  17. Comparative Performance of PLZT and PVDF Pyroelectric Sensors Used to the Thermal Characterization of Liquid Samples

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    Gemima Lara Hernandez

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Among the photothermal methods, the photopyroelectric (PPE technique is a suitable method to determine thermal properties of different kinds of samples ranging from solids to liquids and gases. Polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF is one of the most frequently used pyroelectric sensors in PPE technique but has the disadvantage that it can be easily deformed by the sample weight. This deformation could add a piezoelectric effect to the thermal parameters assessment; also PVDF has a narrow temperature operation range when compared with ceramic pyroelectric sensors. In order to minimize possible piezoelectric effects due to sensor deformation, a ceramic of lanthanum modified lead zirconate (PLZT was used as pyroelectric sensor in the PPE technique. Then, thermal diffusivity of some liquid samples was measured, by using the PPE configuration that denominated the thermal wave resonator cavity (TWRC, with a PLZT ceramic as pyroelectric detector. The performance obtained with the proposed ceramic in the TWRC configuration was compared with that obtained with PVDF by using the same configuration.

  18. Curved PVDF airborne transducer.

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    Wang, H; Toda, M

    1999-01-01

    In the application of airborne ultrasonic ranging measurement, a partially cylindrical (curved) PVDF transducer can effectively couple ultrasound into the air and generate strong sound pressure. Because of its geometrical features, the ultrasound beam angles of a curved PVDF transducer can be unsymmetrical (i.e., broad horizontally and narrow vertically). This feature is desired in some applications. In this work, a curved PVDF air transducer is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. Two resonances were observed in this transducer. They are length extensional mode and flexural bending mode. Surface vibration profiles of these two modes were measured by a laser vibrometer. It was found from the experiment that the surface vibration was not uniform along the curvature direction for both vibration modes. Theoretical calculations based on a model developed in this work confirmed the experimental results. Two displacement peaks were found in the piezoelectric active direction of PVDF film for the length extensional mode; three peaks were found for the flexural bending mode. The observed peak positions were in good agreement with the calculation results. Transient surface displacement measurements revealed that vibration peaks were in phase for the length extensional mode and out of phase for the flexural bending mode. Therefore, the length extensional mode can generate a stronger ultrasound wave than the flexural bending mode. The resonance frequencies and vibration amplitudes of the two modes strongly depend on the structure parameters as well as the material properties. For the transducer design, the theoretical model developed in this work can be used to optimize the ultrasound performance.

  19. Preparation of Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF Hollow Fiber Hemodialysis Membranes

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    Qinglei Zhang

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF hollow fiber hemodialysis membranes were prepared by non-solvent induced phase separation (NIPS. The influences of PVDF membrane thickness and polyethylene glycol (PEG content on membrane morphologies, pore size, mechanical and permeable performance were investigated. It was found that membrane thickness and PEG content affected both the structure and performance of hollow fiber membranes. The tensile strength and rejection of bovine serum albumin (BSA increased with increasing membrane thickness, while the Ultrafiltration flux (UF flux of pure water was the opposite. The tensile strength, porosity and rejection of BSA increased with increasing PEG content within a certain range. Compared with commercial F60S membrane, the PVDF hollow fiber membrane showed higher mechanical and permeable performance. It was proven that PVDF material had better hydrophilicity and lower BSA adsorption, which was more suitable for hemodialysis. All the results indicate that PVDF hollow fiber membrane is promising as a hemodialysis membrane.

  20. Self-powered flexible Fe-doped RGO/PVDF nanocomposite: an excellent material for a piezoelectric energy harvester.

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    Karan, Sumanta Kumar; Mandal, Dipankar; Khatua, Bhanu Bhusan

    2015-06-28

    In this work, we report the superior piezoelectric energy harvester ability of a non-electrically poled Fe-doped reduced graphene oxide (Fe-RGO)/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) nanocomposite film prepared through a simple solution casting technique that favors the nucleation and stabilization of ≈99% relative proportion of polar γ-phase. The piezoelectric energy harvester was made with non-electrically poled Fe-RGO/PVDF nanocomposite film that gives an open circuit output voltage and short circuit current up to 5.1 V and 0.254 μA by repetitive human finger imparting. The improvement of the output performance is influenced by the generation of the electroactive polar γ-phase in the PVDF, due to the electrostatic interactions among the -CH2-/-CF2- dipoles of PVDF and the delocalized π-electrons and remaining oxygen functionalities of Fe-doped RGO via ion-dipole and/or hydrogen bonding interactions. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) confirmed the nucleation of the polar γ-phase of PVDF by electrostatic interactions and Raman spectroscopy also supported the molecular interactions between the dipoles of PVDF and the Fe-doped RGO nanosheets. In addition, the nanocomposite shows a higher electrical energy density of ≈0.84 J cm(-3) at an electric field of 537 kV cm(-1), which indicates that it is appropriate for energy storage capabilities. Moreover, the surface of the prepared nanocomposite film is electrically conducting and shows an electrical conductivity of ≈3.30 × 10(-3) S cm(-1) at 2 wt% loading of Fe-RGO.

  1. PREPARATION AND PERFORMANCE OF PVDF MEMBRANES FABRICATED BY PVDF-SOLVENT-NON-SOLVENT-ADDTIVE SYSTEMS%聚偏氟乙烯-溶剂-非溶剂-添加剂体系膜制备及其性能

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    钱睿; 魏永明; 陈董根; 许振良; 陈光

    2013-01-01

    以聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)为膜材料,测定了不同温度下PVDF/DMAc、PVDF/DMF和PVDF/NMP溶液的混合参数,得出非溶剂沉淀能力大小为:甘油>DEG>PEG200>PEG400,并与Hansen溶解度的理论计算值进行了比较.此外,讨论了不同PEG400在混合溶剂中的比例以及不同添加剂对膜性能的影响;PEG400的加入,使膜的纯水通量、机械性能均有所提高,截留率保持不变;VAH、Tween80、PEG20000和成核剂使膜的纯水通量提高到100 L/(m2·h)以上,LiCl的加入对通量影响不大.%Usingpoly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) as membrane material,the mixability parameters of PVDF/DMAc, PVDF/DMF and PVDF/NMP solutions were determined at different temperatures.The non-solvents precipitation ability was found in the following order: Glycerol>DEG>PEG200> PEG400.The results are compared with calculated values of Hansen solubility parameters.In addition, the effects of different contents of PEG400 and additives on flux, rejection and mechanical strength of the membranes are discussed.With the increasing of PEG400, the flux and mechanical strength are improved and the rejection is stable.VAH, Tw80, PEG20000 and nucleating agent can improve the flux over 100 L/(m2·h), but LiCl almost has no effect on flux.

  2. Signal-Characteristic analysis with respect to backing material of PVDF-based high-frequency ultrasound for photoacoustic microscopy

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    Lee, Jun Su; Chang, Jin Ho [Dept. of Electronic Engineering, Sogang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-04-15

    Photoacoustic microscopy is capable of providing high-resolution molecular images, and its spatial resolution is typically determined by ultrasonic transducers used to receive the photoacoustic signals. Therefore, ultrasonic transducers for photoacoustic microscopy (PAM) should have a high operating frequency, broad bandwidth, and high signal-reception efficiency. Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) is a suitable material. To take full advantage of this material, the selection of the backing material is crucial, as it influences the center frequency and bandwidth of the transducer. Therefore, we experimentally determined the most suitable backing material among EPO-TEK 301, E-Solder 3022, and RTV. For this, three PVDF high-frequency single-element transducers were fabricated with each backing material. The center frequency and -6 dB bandwidth of each transducer were ascertained by a pulse-echo test. The spatial resolution of each transducer was examined using wire-target images. The experimental results indicated that EPO-TEK 301 is the most suitable backing material for a PAM transducer. This material provides the highest signal magnitude and a reasonable bandwidth because a large portion of the energy propagates toward the front medium, and the PVDF resonates in the half-wave mode.

  3. Quantitative verification of thin-film polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) transducer array performance up to 60 °C

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    Hakoda, Christopher; Ren, Baiyang; Lissenden, Cliff J.; Rose, Joseph L.

    2017-02-01

    Thin-film PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) transducers are appealing as low cost, light weight, durable, and flexible sensors for structural health monitoring applications in aircraft structures. However, due to the relatively low Curie temperature of PVDF, there is a concern that it's performance will drop below acceptable levels during elevated-temperature operating conditions. To verify acceptable performance in these environmental operating conditions, temperature history data were collected between 23-60 °C. The effect of temperature on the thin-film PVDF was investigated and a temperature-independent damage feature was assessed. The temperature dependence of the signal's peak amplitude was investigated in both the time domain and the spectral domain to get two damage features. It was found that the measurement of the incident guided wave by the thin-film PVDF transducer had a temperature dependence that varied with frequency. A third damage feature, the mode ratio, was also calculated in the spectral domain with the goal of defining a damage feature that is temperature independent. A comparison of how well these damage features performed when used to identify a notch in an aluminum plate was made using receiver operating characteristic curves and their respective area under the curve values. This result demonstrated that a temperature-independent damage feature can be calculated, to some degree, by using a mode ratio between two modes of similar temperature dependence.

  4. Effects of Additives and Coagulant Temperature on Fabrication of High Performance PVDF/Pluronic F127 Blend Hollow Fiber Membranes via Nonsolvent Induced Phase Separation

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    Chun Heng Loh; Rong Wang

    2012-01-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) has become one of the most popular materials for membrane preparation via nonsolvent induced phase separation (NIPS) process. In this study, an amphiphilic block copolymer, Pluronic F127, has been used as both a pore-former and a surface-modifier in the fabrication of PVDF hollow fibermembranes to enhance the membrane permeability and hydrophilicity. The effects of 2nd additive and coagulant temperature on the formation of PVDF/Pluronic F 127 membranes have also been investigated. The as-spun hollow fibers were characterized in terms of cross-sectional morphology, pure water permeation (PWP), relative molecular mass cut-off (MWCO), membrane chemistry, and hydrolphilicity. It was obsered that the addition of Pluronic F 127 significantly increased the PWP of as-spun fibers, while the membrane contact angle was reduced. However, the size of macrovoids in the membranes was undesirably large. The addition of a 2nd additive, including lithium chloride (LiC1) and water, or an increase in coagulant temperature was found to effectively suppress the macrovoid for- mation in the Pluronic-containing membranes. In addition, the use of LiC1 as a 2nd additive also further enhanced the PWP and hydrophilicity of the membranes, while the surface pore size became smaller. PVDF hollow fiber with a PWP as high as 2330 L·m-2·h-1·MPa-1, a MWCO of 53000 and'a contact angle of 71 o was successfully fabricated with 3% (by mass) of Pluronic F127 and 3% (by mass) of LiC1 at a coagulant temperature of 25 ℃, which shows better performance as compared with most of PVDF hollow fiber membranes made by NIPS method.

  5. Exploring the synergetic effects of graphene oxide (GO) and polyvinylpyrrodione (PVP) on poly(vinylylidenefluoride) (PVDF) ultrafiltration membrane performance

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    Chang, Xiaojing [State Key Laboratory of Urban Water Resource and Environment (SKLUWRE), School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology 150001 (China); Research Institute of Aerospace Special Materials and Technology, Beijing 100074 (China); Wang, Zhenxing; Quan, Shuai; Xu, Yanchao; Jiang, Zaixing [State Key Laboratory of Urban Water Resource and Environment (SKLUWRE), School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology 150001 (China); Shao, Lu, E-mail: odysseynus@hotmail.com [State Key Laboratory of Urban Water Resource and Environment (SKLUWRE), School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology 150001 (China)

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The synergetic effects of GO and PVP on membrane performance were investigated. • The surface hydrophilicity of membrane was enhanced by the synergistic effects. • The anti-fouling performance was obviously improved in PVDF/GO/PVP membrane. • The optimized performance can be obtained at the stipulated GO and PVP contents. - Abstract: Membrane surface and cross-sectional morphology created during membrane formation is one of the most essential factors determining membrane separation performance. However, the complicated interactions between added nanoparticles and additives influencing membrane morphology and performance during building membrane architectures had been generally neglected. In this study, asymmetric PVDF composite ultrafiltration (UF) membranes containing graphene oxides (GO) were prepared by using N-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP) as solvent and polyvinylpyrrodione (PVP) as the pore forming reagent. In the first time, the effects of mutual interactions between GO and PVP on membranes surface compositions, morphology and performance were investigated in detail. The variation in chemical properties of different membranes and hydrogen bonds in the membrane containing GO and PVP were confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR). Atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and contact angle (CA) were utilized to clarify the synergetic effects of GO and PVP on morphologies and surface hydrophilicity of membranes. Besides, water flux, bovine serum albumin (BSA) rejection and attenuate coefficient were also determined to investigate filtration performance of various membranes. Compared with pure PVDF membrane, the comprehensive performance of PVDF/GO/PVP membrane has been obviously improved. The surface hydrophilicity and anti-fouling performance were enhanced by the synergistic effects of incorporated GO and

  6. Electrospinning of PVDF nanofibrous membranes with controllable crystalline phases

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    Lei, Tingping; Zhu, Ping; Cai, Xiaomei; Yang, Le; Yang, Fan

    2015-07-01

    Effectively controlling crystalline phases of electrospun polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) nanofibers is crucial to produce membranes with special properties for specific applications. Here, the heating treatment during or after electrospinning has been investigated to determine an effective way to control crystalline phase of PVDF nanofibers. By simultaneously controlling the collector temperature and the flow rate during the fiber deposition, a comparatively lower temperature (≤70 °C) is required for obtaining α-, β-, or γ-phase-dominant nanofibrous membranes, whereas a much higher temperature (≥150 °C) is necessary for post-heating of already-deposited fibers. On the other hand, through finely tuning the heating during or after electrospinning, crosslinked nanofibrous membranes can be also obtained, which undoubtedly enhance mechanical performance of the membranes. Therefore, it is hopeful to fabricate high-performance electrospun PVDF nanofibrous membranes with synchronous control of crystalline phases and morphologies, which will further broaden the applications of PVDF materials.

  7. 纳米无机小分子物质对PVC/PVDF/PMMA共混膜性能的影响%Effects of inorganic material on the property of PVC/PVDF/PMMA blend membrane

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    刘师卓; 叶文婷; 王君翔; 洪倩倩; 王军

    2012-01-01

    讨论了纳米无机小分子物质TiO2、SiO2、Al2O3对PVC/PVDF/PMMA共混溶液的剪切黏度及其共混膜形态结构、水通量及机械性能等性能的影响,结果表明,无机小分子TiO2、SiO2、Al2O3的加入均能使PVC/PVDF/PMMA共混溶液的剪切粘度增加,但TiO2增加的程度最大,SiO2、Al2 O3增加的程度相当;纳米TiO2、SiO2、Al2O3对使PVC/PVDF/PMMA共混膜的水通量和韧性有较大程度的提高,且加入量为2%时,提高程度最大;SiO2、Al2O3对共混膜的结构有一定程度的影响,并使共混膜的拉伸强度略有降低,TiO2的加入对膜的结构没有太大的影响,但能使共混膜的拉伸强度略有提高.%Effects of nano particle inorganic material TiO2, SiO2, Al2O3 on the viscosity of PVC/PVDF/ PMMA blended solution and jts property of membranes were investigated. Results indicated that nano particle inorganic material TiO2 ,SiO2, A12O3 all could raise the viscosity of PVC/PVDF/PMMA blended solution, but the extent increased by T1O2 was the most and that by SiO2 and Al2 O3 were almost the same. On the other hand , nano particle inorganic material TiO2, SiO2, A12O3 all could improve the flux and flexibility of PVC/PVDF/PMMA blended membranes and the improvement got to the greatest extent when their content was 2%, however, the extents of improvement for nano particle inorganic material TiO2 ,SiO2, A12O3 were different due to their effects on the microstructure of cross-section of PVC/PVDF/ PMMA blended membranes. On the other hand, effects of TiO2 on the flexibility of PVC/PVDF/PMMA blended membranes were little but on the tensile strength were great but SiO2, A12O3 made the tensile strength of PVC/PVDF/PMMA blended membranes decreased to some extent.

  8. Performance characteristics of guanine incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO polymer blend electrolytes with binary iodide salts for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Senthil, R. A.; Theerthagiri, J.; Madhavan, J.; Arof, A. K.

    2016-08-01

    In this work, we have investigated the influence of guanine as an organic dopant in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) based on poly(vinylidinefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP)/polyethylene oxide (PEO) polymer blend electrolyte along with binary iodide salts (potassium iodide (KI) and tetrabutylammonium iodide (TBAI)) and iodine (I2). The PVDF-HFP/KI + TBAI/I2, PVDF-HFP/PEO/KI + TBAI/I2 and guanine incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO/KI + TBAI/I2 electrolytes were prepared by solution casting technique using DMF as solvent. The PVDF-HFP/KI + TBAI/I2 electrolyte showed an ionic conductivity value of 9.99 × 10-5 Scm-1, whereas, it was found to be increased to 4.53 × 10-5 Scm-1 when PEO was blended with PVDF-HFP/KI + TBAI/I2 electrolyte. However, a maximum ionic conductivity value of 3.67 × 10-4 Scm-1 was obtained for guanine incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO/KI + TBAI/I2 blend electrolyte. The photovoltaic properties of all these polymer electrolytes in DSSCs were characterized. As a consequence, the power conversion efficiency of the guanine incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO/KI + TBAI/I2 electrolyte based DSSC was significantly improved to 4.98% compared with PVDF-HFP/PEO/KI + TBAI/I2 electrolyte based DSSC (2.46%). These results revealed that the guanine can be an effective organic dopant to enhance the performance of DSSCs.

  9. Electric Field Simulation and Effect of Different Solvent Ratios on the Performance of Single Electrospun PVDF/PEI Composite Film

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    Jin-gang Jiang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available On the basis of the finite element calculation theory of electric field, the electric field distribution in a representative electrospinning device is computed. The electric field structure of a needle-plate type electrospinning device was simulated by means of ANSYS software. And the vector distribution of the nozzle on the spinneret pipe was got. For the purpose of the analysis on the influence of different solvent ratios on the performance of a single electrospun PVDF/PEI composite film, polyvinylidene fluoride and polyetherimide with a mass ratio of 8/2 were dissolved in a mixed solvent. The mixed solvent is composed of N,N-dimethylformamide and tetrahydrofuran, added in different proportions. Through the electrostatic spinning technology, PVDF/PEI composite fiber membranes were prepared. Using scanning electron microscopy (SEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, and mechanical properties testing, the effects of tetrahydrofuran on the composite microstructure, crystallinity, and mechanical properties of the PVDF/PEI composite fiber membranes are discussed.

  10. Exploring the synergetic effects of graphene oxide (GO) and polyvinylpyrrodione (PVP) on poly(vinylylidenefluoride) (PVDF) ultrafiltration membrane performance

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    Chang, Xiaojing; Wang, Zhenxing; Quan, Shuai; Xu, Yanchao; Jiang, Zaixing; Shao, Lu

    2014-10-01

    Membrane surface and cross-sectional morphology created during membrane formation is one of the most essential factors determining membrane separation performance. However, the complicated interactions between added nanoparticles and additives influencing membrane morphology and performance during building membrane architectures had been generally neglected. In this study, asymmetric PVDF composite ultrafiltration (UF) membranes containing graphene oxides (GO) were prepared by using N-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP) as solvent and polyvinylpyrrodione (PVP) as the pore forming reagent. In the first time, the effects of mutual interactions between GO and PVP on membranes surface compositions, morphology and performance were investigated in detail. The variation in chemical properties of different membranes and hydrogen bonds in the membrane containing GO and PVP were confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR). Atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and contact angle (CA) were utilized to clarify the synergetic effects of GO and PVP on morphologies and surface hydrophilicity of membranes. Besides, water flux, bovine serum albumin (BSA) rejection and attenuate coefficient were also determined to investigate filtration performance of various membranes. Compared with pure PVDF membrane, the comprehensive performance of PVDF/GO/PVP membrane has been obviously improved. The surface hydrophilicity and anti-fouling performance were enhanced by the synergistic effects of incorporated GO and PVP. When the PVP content was 0.25 wt.% and the GO content was 0.5 wt.%, the optimized performance can be obtained due to the formation of hydrogen bonds between GO and PVP.

  11. Iron porphyrin-modified PVDF membrane as a biomimetic material and its effectiveness on nitric oxide binding

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    Can, Faruk; Demirci, Osman Cahit; Dumoulin, Fabienne; Erhan, Elif; Arslan, Leyla Colakerol; Ergenekon, Pınar

    2017-10-01

    Nitric oxide (NO) is a reactive gas well-known as an air pollutant causing severe environmental problems. NO is also an important signaling molecule having a strong affinity towards heme proteins in the body. Taking this specialty as a model, a biomimetic membrane was developed by modification of the membrane surface with iron-porphyrin which depicts very similar structure to heme proteins. In this study, PVDF membrane was coated with synthesized (4-carboxyphenyl)-10,15,20-triphenyl-porphyrin iron(III) chloride (FeCTPP) to promote NO fixation on the surface. The coated membrane was characterized in terms of ATR-IR spectra, contact angle measurement, chemical composition, and morphological structure. Contact angle of original PVDF first decreased sharply after plasma treatment and surface polymerization steps but after incorporation of FeCTPP, the surface acquired its hydrophobicity again. NO binding capability of modified membrane surface was evaluated on the basis of X-ray Photoelectron. Upon exposure to NO gas, a chemical shift of Fe+3 and appearance of new N peak was observed due to the electron transfer from NO ligand to Fe ion with the attachment of nitrosyl group to FeCTPP. This modification brings the functionality to the membrane for being used in biological systems such as membrane bioreactor material in biological NO removal technology.

  12. Silver nanowire dopant enhancing piezoelectricity of electrospun PVDF nanofiber web

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    Li, Baozhang; Zheng, Jianming; Xu, Chunye

    2013-08-01

    A highly sensitive flexible piezoelectric material is developed by using a composite nanofibers web of polymer and metal. The nanofibers webs are made by electrospinning a mixed solution of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and silver nanowires (AgNWs) in the co-solvent of dimethyl formamide and acetone. SEM images show that the obtained webs are composed of AgNWs doped PVDF fibers with diameters ranging from 200nm to 500nm. Our FTIR and XRD results indicate that doping AgNWs into PVDF fiber can enhance the contents of beta phase of the PVDF. UV-Vis spectrum shows a slightly red shift at 324 nm and 341 nm after the AgNWs doping into PVDF, proving the presence of interaction between AgNWs and the PVDF polymer chain. The piezoelectric constant d33 of the nanofibers webs tested with a homemade system, reveals a good agreement with FTIR and XRD characteristic, and the highest one is up to 29.8 pC/N for the nanofibers webs containing 1.5% AgNWs, which is close to that of poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE), 77/23). This study may provide a way to develop high-performance flexible sensors.

  13. Characterization and anti-fouling performance of nano-Al₂O₃/PVDF membrane for Songhua river raw water filtration.

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    Yu, S L; Shi, W X; Lu, Y; Yang, J X

    2011-01-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) flat ultrafiltration membranes modified by nano-sized alumina (Al₂O₃) particles were prepared by phase inversion process and their properties and anti-fouling performances were examined. The influence of three types of natural organic matters on the modified membrane fouling was also studied. Raw water was taken from two different locations, i.e., Harbin and Zhaoyuan, of Songhua River. Dissolved organic compounds in the raw water were fractionated using XAD resins into three fractions, i.e., hydrophobic fraction, transphilic fraction, and hydrophilic fraction (HPI). The three adsorbed compounds were further eluted and dissolved into distilled water respectively to prepare the feed for the fouling tests. All solutions were adjusted to a concentration of 10.6 mg C/L, which equals to the total organic carbon (TOC) of the raw water. Results show that the addition of nano-Al₂O₃ particulars did not affect the inherent traits of the PVDF membranes, however, its surface hydrophilic properties were improved significantly with the addition of nanoparticles and anti-fouling performance was enhanced as well. The HPIs in the Songhua River were the main foulant, causing more fouling to membrane than hydrophobic and transphilic matters.

  14. High β phase content in PVDF/CoFe2O4 nanocomposites induced by DC magnetic fields

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    Jiang, Shenglin; Wan, Hongyan; Liu, Huan; Zeng, Yike; Liu, Jianguo; Wu, Yunyi; Zhang, Guangzu

    2016-09-01

    Flexible ferroelectrics being exploited as energy harvesting and conversion materials are highly desirable for wearable and skin-mountable electronic devices. As one of the most typical ferroelectric polymers, poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) has been widely used in modern electronic systems and devices, whose ferroelectric performance relies heavily on its β phase content. In this work, to achieve high-β-phase-content PVDF, we first introduced CoFe2O4 nanoparticles into PVDF. With the incorporation of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles used as an effective polymer nucleation agent, the percentage of the β phase in the PVDF has been significantly enhanced, e.g., 84% in the nanocomposite with 5 wt. % CoFe2O4 versus only 73% in the pure PVDF. In order to further increase the β phase content in PVDF, we subsequently proposed an easily realized strategy. By applying DC magnetic fields during the solution-casting process of the PVDF/CoFe2O4 nanocomposites, a further improved β phase content as high as 95% can be achieved. The further improvement of the β phase content is attributable to the tensile stress at the CoFe2O4/PVDF interfaces created by the coupling of magnetic field and CoFe2O4 by means of the magnetostriction effect. The high β-phase content makes the PVDF/CoFe2O4 nanocomposites a promising candidate for flexible and wearable electronic device applications.

  15. Influence of organic additive to PVDF-HFP mixed iodide electrolytes on the photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Senthil, R. A.; Theerthagiri, J.; Madhavan, J.; Ganesan, S.; Arof, A. K.

    2017-02-01

    The influence of 5-amino-1,3,4-thiadiazole-2-thiol (ATDT) on the ionic conductivity of poly(vinylidinefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) polymer electrolytes with mixed iodide salts (potassium iodide (KI) and tetrabutylammonium iodide (TBAI)) and iodine (I2) were studied for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The pure and different weight percentage (wt%) ratios (2%, 3%, 4%, 5% and 6%) of ATDT modified PVDF-HFP/KI+TBAI/I2 electrolyte films were prepared by solution casting technique using DMF as a solvent. The polymer electrolyte films were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometer (XRD), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The pure PVDF-HFP/TBAI+KI/I2 electrolyte exhibited the ionic conductivity value of 9.99×10-6 S cm-1 at room temperature, which was found to be improved to a maximum value of 2.82×10-4 S cm-1 at 4 wt% of ATDT modified polymer electrolyte. The photovoltaic characterization studies showed higher power conversion efficiency of 4.64% for DSSC assembled with the optimized wt% of ATDT modified polymer electrolyte than the pure PVDF-HFP/KI+TBAI/I2 electrolyte (1.88%) at an illumination intensity of 60 mW/cm2. Hence, the studies concluded that the ATDT modified polymer electrolyte can be a suitable material for DSSC applications.

  16. Effects of plasticizer DBP on performance of polymer membrane PVDF-HFP%增塑剂DBP对PVDF-HFP聚合物膜性能的影响

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    马亚旗; 赵力; 王守军

    2007-01-01

    采用Bellcore制膜法制备了锂离子电池用PVDF-HFP共聚物型多孔聚合物隔膜;研究了增塑剂DBP对该聚合物膜的离子电导率、电化学稳定窗口的影响.研究表明,随增塑剂含量增大,离子电导率不断提高,在增塑剂与溶剂体积比大于等于20%时,离子电导率可达10-3S·cm-1;在增塑剂与溶剂体积比为10%~30%时,该聚合物膜的电化学稳定窗口在4.3 V以上,均能满足锂离子电池的要求,并且随增塑剂含量的增大,电化学稳定窗口先增大后减小,在比值为20%时达到最大,为5.3 V左右.

  17. Surface energy characteristics of zeolite embedded PVDF nanofiber films with electrospinning process

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    Kang, Dong Hee; Kang, Hyun Wook

    2016-11-01

    Electrospinning is a nano-scale fiber production method with various polymer materials. This technique allows simple fiber diameters control by changing the physical conditions such as applied voltage and polymer solution viscosity during the fabrication process. The electrospun polymer fibers form a thin porous film with high surface area to volume ratio. Due to these unique characteristics, it is widely used for many application fields such as photocatalyst, electric sensor, and antibacterial scaffold for tissue engineering. Filtration is one of the main applications of electrospun polymer fibers for specific application of filtering out dust particles and dehumidification. Most polymers which are commonly used in electrospinning are hard to perform the filtering and dehumidification simultaneously because of their low hygroscopic property. To overcome this obstacle, the desiccant polymers are developed such as polyacrylic acid and polysulfobetaine methacrylate. However, the desiccant polymers are generally expensive and need special solvent for electrospinning. An alternating way to solve these problems is mixing desiccant material like zeolite in polymer solution during an electrospinning process. In this study, the free surface energy characteristics of electrospun polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) film with various zeolite concentrations are investigated to control the hygroscopic property of general polymers. Fundamental physical property of wettability with PVDF shows hydrophobicity. The electrospun PVDF film with small weight ratio with higher than 0.1% of zeolite powder shows diminished contact angles that certifying the wettability of PVDF can be controlled using desiccant material in electrospinning process. To quantify the surface energy of electrospun PVDF films, sessile water droplets are introduced on the electrospun PVDF film surface and the contact angles are measured. The contact angles of PVDF film are 140° for without zeolite and 80° for with 5

  18. Dyeing Performance of Natural Catechu Pigment Purified by PVDF Membrane%膜分离后的儿茶色素染发性能研究

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    汪茹; 侯秀良; 高海燕; 薛文娟; 王海军

    2011-01-01

    This paper reported that PVDF membrane separation method showed satisfactory efficiency on the purification of natural Catechu pigment. Taking purified natural Catechu as main raw material, this study inspected the impacts of dyeing temperature,time,pH value,and mordant concentration on dyeing to white yak hair. The results showed that this natural pigment for white yak hair dyeing performed a direct effect. Temperature was the most important factor. Zinc ion could dye hair maroon, while hair color turned to be black under iron ion and copper iron. Temperature and concentration of mordant were important factors.%本文采用聚偏氟乙烯膜提纯天然儿茶色素,结果表明膜分离法具有较好的分离效果.考察了染色温度,时间,pH值及媒染剂浓度等对白色牦牛毛染色效果的影响.结果表明,天然儿茶色素对白色牦牛毛具有直接染色效果,可染成棕色系列.锌离子可使毛发颜色偏向栗子色,铁离子和铜离子可使毛发颜色偏向黑色.其中温度与媒染剂浓度是影响颜色的重要因素.

  19. Effect of non-solvent additives on the morphology, pore structure, and direct contact membrane distillation performance of PVDF-CTFE hydrophobic membranes.

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    Zheng, Libing; Wu, Zhenjun; Zhang, Yong; Wei, Yuansong; Wang, Jun

    2016-07-01

    Four common types of additives for polymer membrane preparation including organic macromolecule and micromolecule additives, inorganic salts and acids, and the strong non-solvent H2O were used to prepare poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-chlorotrifluoroethylene) (PVDF-CTFE) hydrophobic flat-sheet membranes. Membrane properties including morphology, porosity, hydrophobicity, pore size and pore distribution were investigated, and the permeability was evaluated via direct contact membrane distillation (DCMD) of 3.5g/L NaCl solution in a DCMD configuration. Both inorganic and organic micromolecule additives were found to slightly influence membrane hydrophobicity. Polyethylene glycol (PEG), organic acids, LiCl, MgCl2, and LiCl/H2O mixtures were proved to be effective additives to PVDF-CTFE membranes due to their pore-controlling effects and the capacity to improve the properties and performance of the resultant membranes. The occurrence of a pre-gelation process showed that when organic and inorganic micromolecules were added to PVDF-CTFE solution, the resultant membranes presented a high interconnectivity structure. The membrane prepared with dibutyl phthalate (DBP) showed a nonporous surface and symmetrical cross-section. When H2O and LiCl/H2O mixtures were also used as additives, they were beneficial for solid-liquid demixing, especially when LiCl/H2O mixed additives were used. The membrane prepared with 5% LiCl+2% H2O achieved a flux of 24.53kg/(m(2)·hr) with 99.98% salt rejection. This study is expected to offer a reference not only for PVDF-CTFE membrane preparation but also for other polymer membranes.

  20. Multiscale modeling of PVDF matrix carbon fiber composites

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    Greminger, Michael; Haghiashtiani, Ghazaleh

    2017-06-01

    Self-sensing carbon fiber reinforced composites have the potential to enable structural health monitoring that is inherent to the composite material rather than requiring external or embedded sensors. It has been demonstrated that a self-sensing carbon fiber reinforced polymer composite can be created by using the piezoelectric polymer polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) as the matrix material and using a Kevlar layer to separate two carbon fiber layers. In this configuration, the electrically conductive carbon fiber layers act as electrodes and the Kevlar layer acts as a dielectric to prevent the electrical shorting of the carbon fiber layers. This composite material has been characterized experimentally for its effective d 33 and d 31 piezoelectric coefficients. However, for design purposes, it is desirable to obtain a predictive model of the effective piezoelectric coefficients for the final smart composite material. Also, the inverse problem can be solved to determine the degree of polarization obtained in the PVDF material during polarization by comparing the effective d 33 and d 31 values obtained in experiment to those predicted by the finite element model. In this study, a multiscale micromechanics and coupled piezoelectric-mechanical finite element modeling approach is introduced to predict the mechanical and piezoelectric performance of a plain weave carbon fiber reinforced PVDF composite. The modeling results show good agreement with the experimental results for the mechanical and electrical properties of the composite. In addition, the degree of polarization of the PVDF component of the composite is predicted using this multiscale modeling approach and shows that there is opportunity to drastically improve the smart composite’s performance by improving the polarization procedure.

  1. Preparation, characterization and performance of a novel PVDF/PMMA/TPU blend hollow fiber membrane for wastewater treatment.

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    Ma, C Y; Huang, J P; Xi, D L

    2012-01-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)/polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)/thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) blend hollow fiber membranes were successfully prepared by the wet-spinning method with the loading of PMMA and TPU in a range of polymer concentrations varying from 0 to 20 wt% and at a total polymer concentration of 16 wt%. The influence of the addition of PMMA and TPU on the morphologies and the properties of such prepared membranes was investigated through FTIR-ATR, SEM, viscosity measurements, UF experiments and mechanical strength tests. Based on the experimental results, the compatibility of the PVDF, PMMA and TPU blend was best under the conditions of the PVDF-rich phase. The elongation at break of the membrane increased to a maximum of 146% with increase in the TPU concentration to 20 wt% in dope solution. The addition of PMMA increased the water permeation flux from 120 to 195 L/(m(2) h) initially. The flux then decreased when PMMA concentration was increased to over 10 wt%. The membranes obtained at optimized blending ratio were applied to the dyeing process wastewater filtration. During continuous filtration for 8 h, the flux was stabilized at about 20 L/(m(2) h) at 0.1 MPa. The reduction in COD(Cr), turbidity and color were about 63, 84 and 63% respectively.

  2. Superhydrophobic PVDF and PVDF-HFP nanofibrous mats with antibacterial and anti-biofouling properties

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    Spasova, M.; Manolova, N.; Markova, N.; Rashkov, I.

    2016-02-01

    Superhydrophobic nanofibrous materials of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) were prepared by one-pot electrospinning technique. The mats were decorated with ZnO nanoparticles with silanized surface and a model drug - 5-chloro-8-hydroxyquinolinol (5Cl8HQ). The obtained hybrid nanofibrous materials were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), contact angle measurements, mechanical and microbiological tests. The results showed that the incorporation of ZnO nanoparticles into PVDF and PVDF-HFP nanofibers increased the hydrophobicity (contact angle 152°), improved the thermal stability and imparted to the nanofibrous materials anti-adhesive and antimicrobial properties. The mats containing the model drug possessed antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. The results suggested that the obtained hybrid mats could find potential biomedical applications requiring antibacterial and anti-biofouling properties.

  3. 静电纺丝法制备PAN/PVDF-HFP超级电容器隔膜及其力学性能分析%Electrospinning preparation of PAN/PVDF-HFP composite nanofiber membrane and its mechanical performance as separators in supercapacitors

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    刘延波; 李辉; 杨文秀; 宋学礼

    2015-01-01

    PAN/PVDF-HFP composite nanofiber membranes are prepared by electrospinning. The PAN/PVDF-HFP com-posite nanofiber membranes with 3 layer structure are treated by hot pressing and their mechanical properties are analyzed and evaluated. finally a button-type supercapacitor is assembled and its electrochemical performance is determined. The results show that the best ratio of DMF/acetone in electro-spun PAN spinning solution is 7∶3;the optimum hot composite temperature and time for PAN/PVDF-HFP are 120 ℃ and 60 s, respectively, the fracture strength of the composite membrane is 13.5 MPa. PAN/PVDF-HFP composite membrane as separator in supercapacitor, its ESR is 0.57Ωwhich is less than 0.64Ωof commercial film Celgard2400,CV curve remains better rectangle features at 5 mV/s scan rate, GCD curve shows capacitances of 79.55 F/g at 0.05 A/g current density which is higher than 62.78 F/g of commercial film Celgard2400.%静电纺丝技术制备PAN/PVDF-HFP复合纳米纤维膜,对PAN/PVDF-HFP/PAN三层结构复合膜进行热压处理,对其力学性能进行分析评价,最后组装纽扣型超级电容器,并对其电化学性能进行分析测试.结果表明:静电纺PAN纺丝溶液中DMF/丙酮溶剂体系的最佳配比为7∶3;PAN/PVDF-HFP热压复合最佳温度和时间为120℃和60 s,此时复合膜的断裂强度为13.5 MPa;PAN/PVDF-HFP复合膜作为超级电容器隔膜,其等效串联电阻(ESR)为0.57Ω,小于商品膜Celgard2400的0.64Ω;,CV曲线在5 mV/s扫速下仍保持较好的矩形特征,GCD曲线在0.05 A/g电流密度下比容量为79.55 F/g,高于商品膜Celgard2400的62.78 F/g.

  4. Impedance characteristics of nanoparticle-LiCoO2+PVDF

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    Panjaitan, Elman; Kartini, Evvy; Honggowiranto, Wagiyo

    2016-02-01

    The impendance of np-LiCoO2+xPVDF, as a cathode material candidate for lithium-ion battery (LIB), has been characterized using impedance spectroscopy for x = 0, 5, 10, 15 and 20 volume percentage (%v/v) and for frequencies in the 42 Hz to 5 MHz range. Both real and imaginary components of the impedance were found to be frequency dependent, and both tend to increase for increasing PVDF (polyvinyilidene fluoride) concentration, except that for 10% PVDF both real and imaginary components of impedance are smaller than for 5%. The mechanism for relaxation time for each addition of PVDF was analyzed using Cole-Cole plots. The analysis showed that the relaxation times of the nanostructured LiCoO2 with PVDF additive is relatively constant. Further, PVDF addition increases the bulk resistance and decreases the bulk capacitance of the nanostructured LiCoO2.

  5. Impact of Acid Cleaning on the Performance of PVDF UF Membranes in Seawater Reverse Osmosis Pretreatment

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    Alsogair, Safiya

    2016-05-05

    Low-pressure membrane systems such as Microfiltration (MF) and Ultrafiltration (UF) have been presented as viable option to pre-treatment systems in potable water applications. UF membranes are sporadically backwashed with ultra-filtered water to remove deposited matter from the membrane and restore it. Several factors that may cause permeability and selectivity decrease are involved and numerous procedures are applicable to achieve this objective. Membrane cleaning is the most important step required to maintain the characteristics of the membrane. This research was made with the purpose of investigating the effects of acid cleaning during chemically enhanced backwashing (CEB) on the performance of ultrafiltration (UF) membranes in seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) pretreatment. To accomplish this, the questions made were: Does the acid addition (before or after the alkali CEB) influence the overall CEB cleaning effectiveness on Dow UF membrane? Does the CEB order of alkali (NaOCl) and acid (H2SO4) affect the overall CEB cleaning effectiveness? If yes, which order is better/worse? What is the optimal acid CEB frequency that will ensure the most reliable performance of the UF?. To answer this queries, a series of sequences were carried out with different types of chemical treatments: Only NaOCl, daily NaOCl plus weekly acid, daily NaOCl plus daily acid, and weekly acid plus daily NaOCl. To investigate the consequence of acid by studying the effect of operational data like the trans-pressure membrane, resistance or permeability and support that by the analytical experiments (organic, inorganic and microbial characterization). Microorganisms were removed almost completely at hydraulic cleaning and showed no difference with addition of acid. As a conclusion of the operational data the organic and inorganic chatacterization resulted in the elimination of the first sequence due to the acummulation of fouling over time, which produces that the cleaning increases downtime

  6. Performance evaluation of printed LiCoO{sub 2} cathodes with PVDF-HFP gel electrolyte for lithium ion microbatteries

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    Park, Moon-Soo [School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749 (Korea); Samsung Electro-Mechanics Maetan-3-dong, YeongTong-gu, Suwon City, Gyeonggi Province 442-743 (Korea); Hyun, Sang-Hoon [School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749 (Korea); Nam, Sang-Cheol [Nuricell Inc., 4F, GS Caltex New Energy Development Center, 453-2, Seongnae-dong, Gangdong-gu, Seoul 134-030 (Korea); Cho, Sung Back [Advanced Technology Research Center, Agency for Defense Development, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea)

    2008-07-01

    In order to improve the discharge capacity in lithium ion microbatteries, a thick-film cathode was fabricated by a screen printing using LiCoO{sub 2} pastes. The printed cathode showed a different discharge curves when the cell was tested using various (liquid, gel and solid-state) electrolytes. When a cell test was performed with organic liquid electrolyte, the maximum discharge capacity was 200 {mu}Ah cm{sup -2}, which corresponded to approximately 133 mAh g{sup -1} when the loading weight of LiCoO{sub 2} was calculated. An all-solid-state microbattery could be assembled using sputtered LiPON electrolyte, an evaporated Li anode, and printed LiCoO{sub 2} cathode films without delamination or electrical problems. However, the highest discharge capacity showed a very small value (7 {mu}Ah cm{sup -2}). This problem could be improved using a poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoro propylene) (PVDF-HFP) gel electrolyte, which enhanced the contact area and adhesion force between cathode and electrolyte. The discharge value of this cell was measured as approximately 164 {mu}Ah cm{sup -2} ({approx}110 mAh g{sup -1}). As the PVDF-HFP electrolyte had a relatively soft contact property with higher ionic conductance, the cell performance was improved. In addition, the cell can be fabricated in a leakage-free process, which can resolve many safety problems. According to these results, there is a significant possibility that a film prepared using the aforementioned paste with screen printing and PVDF-HFP gel electrolyte is feasible for a microbattery. (author)

  7. Strain properties analysis and wireless collection system of PVDF for structural local health monitoring of civil engineering structures

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    Yu, Yan; Wang, Yang; Dong, Weijie; Jin, Yajing; Ou, Jinping

    2009-07-01

    For large civil engineering structures and base establishments, for example, bridges, super-high buildings, long-span space structures, offshore platforms and pipe systems of water & gas supply, their lives are up to a few decades or centuries. Damaged by environmental loads, fatigue effects, corrosion effects and material aging, these structures experience inevitably such side effects as damage accumulation, resistance reduction and even accidents. The traditional civil structure is a kind of passive one, whose performance and status are unpredictable to a great extent, but the informatics' introduction breaks a new path to obtain the status of the structure, thus it is an important research direction to evaluate and improve reliability of civil structures by the use of monitoring and health diagnosis technique, and this also assures the security of service for civil engineering structures. Smart material structure, originated from the aerospace sector, has been a research hotspot in civil engineering, medicine, shipping, and so on. For structural health monitoring of civil engineering, the research about high-performance sensing unit of smart material structure is very important, and this will possibly push further the development and application of monitoring and health diagnosis techniques. At present, piezoelectric materials are one of the most widely used sensing materials among the research of smart material structures. As one of the piezoelectric materials, PVDF(Polyvinylidene Fluoride)film is widely considered for the advantages of low cost, good mechanical ability, high sensibility, the ability of being easily placed and resistance of corrosion. However, only a few studies exit about building a mature monitoring system using PVDF. In this paper, for the sake of using PVDF for sensing unit for structural local monitoring of civil engineering, the strain sensing properties of PVDF are studied in detail. Firstly, the operating mechanism of PVDF is analyzed

  8. Superhydrophobic PVDF and PVDF-HFP nanofibrous mats with antibacterial and anti-biofouling properties

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    Spasova, M.; Manolova, N. [Laboratory of Bioactive Polymers, Institute of Polymers, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev St, bl. 103A, BG-1113 Sofia (Bulgaria); Markova, N. [Institute of Microbiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev St, bl. 26, BG-1113 Sofia (Bulgaria); Rashkov, I., E-mail: rashkov@polymer.bas.bg [Laboratory of Bioactive Polymers, Institute of Polymers, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev St, bl. 103A, BG-1113 Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2016-02-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • New PVDF and PVDF-HFP nanofibers decorated with ZnO nanoparticles and a model drug. • The nanofibrous materials were fabricated by one-pot electrospinning. • The obtained materials are superhybrophobic and possess antibacterial properties. - Abstract: Superhydrophobic nanofibrous materials of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) were prepared by one-pot electrospinning technique. The mats were decorated with ZnO nanoparticles with silanized surface and a model drug – 5-chloro-8-hydroxyquinolinol (5Cl8HQ). The obtained hybrid nanofibrous materials were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), contact angle measurements, mechanical and microbiological tests. The results showed that the incorporation of ZnO nanoparticles into PVDF and PVDF-HFP nanofibers increased the hydrophobicity (contact angle 152°), improved the thermal stability and imparted to the nanofibrous materials anti-adhesive and antimicrobial properties. The mats containing the model drug possessed antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. The results suggested that the obtained hybrid mats could find potential biomedical applications requiring antibacterial and anti-biofouling properties.

  9. The immobilization of lipase on PVDF-co-HFP membrane

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    Kayhan, Naciye; Eyüpoǧlu, Volkan; Adem, Şevki

    2016-04-01

    Lipase is an enzyme having a lot of different industrial applications such as biodiesel production, biopolymer synthesis, enantiopure pharmaceutical productions, agrochemicals, etc. Its immobilized form on different substances is more conventional and useful than its free form. Supporting material was prepared using PVDF-co-HFP in laboratory conditions and attached 1,4-diaminobutane (DA) and epichlorohydrin (EPI) ligands to the membrane to immobilize lipase enzyme. The immobilization conditions such as enzyme amount, pH, the concentration of salt, thermal stability and activity were stabilized for our experimental setup. Then, biochemical characterizations were performed on immobilized lipase PVDF-co-HFP regarding optimal pH activity, temperature and thermal stability. Also, the desorption ratios of immobilized enzyme in two different pathway were investigated to confirm immobilization stability for 24 hours.

  10. Nanocomposites for Improved Physical Durability of Porous PVDF Membranes

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    Chi Yan Lai

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Current commercial polymer membranes have shown high performance and durability in water treatment, converting poor quality waters to higher quality suitable for drinking, agriculture and recycling. However, to extend the treatment into more challenging water sources containing abrasive particles, micro and ultrafiltration membranes with enhanced physical durability are highly desirable. This review summarises the current limits of the existing polymeric membranes to treat harsh water sources, followed by the development of nanocomposite poly(vinylidene fluoride (PVDF membranes for improved physical durability. Various types of nanofillers including nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes (CNT and nanoclays were evaluated for their effect on flux, fouling resistance, mechanical strength and abrasion resistance on PVDF membranes. The mechanisms of abrasive wear and how the more durable materials provide resistance was also explored.

  11. Nano-Scale Characterization of a Piezoelectric Polymer (Polyvinylidene Difluoride, PVDF

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    Rodrigo Cooper

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available The polymer polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF has unique piezoelectric properties favorable for Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS and Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems (NEMS applications. In the present research, we conducted nanometer-length scale characterization of this material using several high-resolution techniques. Specifically, we used an atomic force microscope (AFM to study the nanoand microstructures of the PVDF under stress and to measure their nanoscale conductivity and piezoelectricity. We found that the surface morphology, electronic structure, and microstructure are profoundly affected under electrical potential. Such a behavior is important for the properties and performance of MEMS and NEMS.

  12. Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropene) (PVDF-HFP) membranes for ethyl acetate removal from water.

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    Tian, Xiuzhi; Jiang, Xue

    2008-05-01

    In this study, poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropene) (PVDF-HFP) with low crystallinity was applied as the membrane material for pervaporative separating ethyl acetate (EtAc) from its aqueous solutions. The drying conditions during membrane fabrication by means of casting the PVDF-HFP solution dominated the obtained membrane morphologies when the polar solvents such as dimethylacetamide (DMAc) and acetone were used. It was demonstrated that both the DMAc-cast and acetone-cast PVDF-HFP membranes vacuum-dried at 60 degrees C were dense but had different crystalline structures. Predominantly alpha and gamma crystalline phases were found in the acetone-cast and DMAc-cast PVDF-HFP membranes, respectively. And the different pervaporative separating performances of the two solvent-cast PVDF-HFP membranes were well explained in terms of different solution-diffusion properties which were induced from the permeants/polymer interactions on the base of the polarity differences between permeants and the two solvent-cast PVDF-HFP membranes.

  13. Molecular Dynamics Study of the Separation Behavior at the Interface between PVDF Binder and Copper Current Collector

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    Seungjun Lee

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In Li-ion batteries, the mechanical strengths at the interfaces of binder/particle and binder/current collector play an important role in maintaining the mechanical integrity of the composite electrode. In this work, the separation behaviors between polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF binders and copper current collectors are studied in the opening and sliding modes using molecular dynamics (MD simulations. The simulation shows that the separation occurs inside the PVDF rather than at the interface due to the strong adhesion between PVDF and copper. This fracture behavior is different from the behavior of the PVDF/graphite basal plane that shows a clear separation at the interface. The results suggest that the adhesion strength of the PVDF/copper is stronger than that of the PVDF/graphite basal plane. The methodology used in MD simulation can directly evaluate the adhesion strength at the interfaces of various materials between binders, substrates, and particles at the atomic scales. The proposed method can therefore provide a guideline for the design of the electrode in order to enhance the mechanical integrity for better battery performance.

  14. Piezoelectric PU/PVDF electrospun scaffolds for wound healing applications.

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    Guo, Hong-Feng; Li, Zhen-Sheng; Dong, Shi-Wu; Chen, Wei-Jun; Deng, Ling; Wang, Yu-Fei; Ying, Da-Jun

    2012-08-01

    Previous studies have shown that piezoelectric materials may be used to prepare bioactive electrically charged surfaces. In the current study, polyurethane/polyvinylidene fluoride (PU/PVDF) scaffolds were prepared by electrospinning. The mechanical property and piezoelectric property of the scaffolds were evaluated. The crystalline phase of PVDF in the scaffolds was characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). In vitro cell culture was performed to investigate cytocompatibility of the scaffolds. Wound-healing assay, cell-adhesion assay, quantitative RT-PCR and Western blot analyses were performed to investigate piezoelectric effect of the scaffolds on fibroblast activities. Further, the scaffolds were subcutaneously implanted in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats to investigate their biocompatibility and the piezoelectric effect on fibrosis in vivo. The results indicated that the electrospinning process had changed PVDF crystalline phase from the nonpiezoelectric α phase to the piezoelectric β phase. The fibroblasts cultured on the scaffolds showed normal morphology and proliferation. The fibroblasts cultured on the piezoelectric-excited scaffolds showed enhanced migration, adhesion and secretion. The scaffolds that were subcutaneously implanted in SD rats showed higher fibrosis level due to the piezoelectrical stimulation, which was caused by random animal movements followed by mechanical deformation of the scaffolds. The scaffolds are potential candidates for wound healing applications.

  15. 不同溶剂配比对单轴共纺PVDF/PEI纤维薄膜性能影响的研究%Effect of different solvent ratio on the performance of single electrospining PVDF/PEI composite film

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    刘京强; 崔巍巍; 刘立柱; 陆以杉; 张娜; 唐冬雁

    2016-01-01

    聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)/聚醚酰亚胺(PEI)为8/2(质量比)的混合聚合物溶解在N,N-二甲基甲酰胺(DMF)、四氢呋喃(THF)不同比例的混合溶剂中.利用静电纺丝技术制备PVDF/PEI复合纤维薄膜.通过扫描电镜(SEM)、X射线衍射(XRD)、差示扫描量热法(DSC)和拉伸实验考察THF含量对其微观结构、结晶度和力学性能的影响.结果显示:在电场力作用下,PVDF晶型由α晶型向β晶型和δ晶型转化,且随着THF含量的增加,PVDF/PEI复合纤维薄膜结晶度、拉伸强度、断裂伸长率呈现出先增大后减小.当DMF/THF质量比为7/3时,复合薄膜结晶度、断裂伸长率最大分别为31.27%、23.5327%.

  16. Proton exchange membranes based on PVDF/SEBS blends

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    Mokrini, A.; Huneault, M.A. [Industrial Materials Institute, National Research Council of Canada, 75 de Mortagne Blvd., Boucherville, Que. (Canada J4B 6Y4)

    2006-03-09

    Proton-conductive polymer membranes are used as an electrolyte in the so-called proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Current commercially available membranes are perfluorosulfonic acid polymers, a class of high-cost ionomers. This paper examines the potential of polymer blends, namely those of styrene-(ethylene-butylene)-styrene block copolymer (SEBS) and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), in the proton exchange membrane application. SEBS/PVDF blends were prepared by twin-screw extrusion and the membranes were formed by calendering. SEBS is a phase-segregated material where the polystyrene blocks can be selectively functionalized offering high ionic conductivity, while PVDF insures good dimensional stability and chemical resistance to the films. Proton conductivity of the films was obtained by solid-state grafting of sulfonic acid moieties. The obtained membranes were characterized in terms of conductivity, ionic exchange capacity and water uptake. In addition, the membranes were characterized in terms of morphology, microstructure and thermo-mechanical properties to establish the blends morphology-property relationships. Modification of interfacial properties between SEBS and PVDF was found to be a key to optimize the blends performance. Addition of a methyl methacrylate-butyl acrylate-methyl methacrylate block copolymer (MMA-BA-MMA) was found to compatibilize the blend by reducing the segregation scale and improving the blend homogeneity. Mechanical resistance of the membranes was also improved through the addition of this compatibilizer. As little as 2wt.% compatibilizer was sufficient for complete interfacial coverage and lead to improved mechanical properties. Compatibilized blend membranes also showed higher conductivities, 1.9x10{sup -2} to 5.5x10{sup -3}Scm{sup -1}, and improved water management. (author)

  17. Proton exchange membranes based on PVDF/SEBS blends

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    Mokrini, A.; Huneault, M. A.

    Proton-conductive polymer membranes are used as an electrolyte in the so-called proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Current commercially available membranes are perfluorosulfonic acid polymers, a class of high-cost ionomers. This paper examines the potential of polymer blends, namely those of styrene-(ethylene-butylene)-styrene block copolymer (SEBS) and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), in the proton exchange membrane application. SEBS/PVDF blends were prepared by twin-screw extrusion and the membranes were formed by calendering. SEBS is a phase-segregated material where the polystyrene blocks can be selectively functionalized offering high ionic conductivity, while PVDF insures good dimensional stability and chemical resistance to the films. Proton conductivity of the films was obtained by solid-state grafting of sulfonic acid moieties. The obtained membranes were characterized in terms of conductivity, ionic exchange capacity and water uptake. In addition, the membranes were characterized in terms of morphology, microstructure and thermo-mechanical properties to establish the blends morphology-property relationships. Modification of interfacial properties between SEBS and PVDF was found to be a key to optimize the blends performance. Addition of a methyl methacrylate-butyl acrylate-methyl methacrylate block copolymer (MMA-BA-MMA) was found to compatibilize the blend by reducing the segregation scale and improving the blend homogeneity. Mechanical resistance of the membranes was also improved through the addition of this compatibilizer. As little as 2 wt.% compatibilizer was sufficient for complete interfacial coverage and lead to improved mechanical properties. Compatibilized blend membranes also showed higher conductivities, 1.9 × 10 -2 to 5.5 × 10 -3 S cm -1, and improved water management.

  18. Enhanced PVDF film for multi energy harvesting

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    Karunarathna, Ranmunige Nadeeka

    PVDF is a very important piezoelectric polymer material which has a promising range of applications in a variety of fields such as acoustic sensors and transducers, electrical switches, medical instrumentation, artificial sensitive skin in robotics, automotive detection on roads, nondestructive testing, structural health monitoring and as a biocampatible material. In this research cantilever based multi energy harvester was developed to maximize the power output of PVDF sensor. Nano mixture containing ferrofluid (FF) and ZnO nano particles were used to enhance the piezoelectric output of the sensor. The samples were tested under different energy conditions to observe the behavior of nano coated PVDF film under multi energy conditions. Composition of the ZnO and FF nano particles were changed by weight, in order to achieve the optimal composition of the nano mixture. Light energy, vibration energy, combined effect of light and vibration energy, and magnetic effect were used to explore the behavior of the sensor. The sensor with 60% ZnO and 40% FF achieved a maximum power output of 10.7 microwatts when it is under the combined effect of light and vibration energy. Which is nearly 16 times more power output than PVDF sensor. When the magnetic effect is considered the sensor with 100% FF showed the highest power output of 11.2 microwatts which is nearly 17 times more power output than pure PVDF. The effective piezoelctric volume of the sensor was 0.017 cm3. In order to explore the effect of magnetic flux, cone patterns were created on the sensor by means of a external magnetic field. Stability of the cones generated on the sensor played a major role in generated power output.

  19. PVDF/PMMA/PEG/TiO2型聚合物隔膜的制备∗%PVDF/PMMA/PEG/TiO2 polymer diaphragm preparation

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    高虹; 韩剑

    2016-01-01

    Lithium ion battery gel polymer electrolyte is a kind of special state between solid and liquid,gel pol-ymer electrolyte has both solid electrolyte and good mechanical properties,but also has similar conductivity of liquid electrolyte ion,which plays an important role to improve the comprehensive performance of the battery. In order to improve the electrical conductivity and reduce the crystallinity of PVDF based polymer membranes, the main research of this topic is the contents for modified the PVDF polymer material,the concrete content is that blend PVDF and PMMA polymer,inorganic nano materials TiO2 and PEG,with the modified of the wet process(dry-wet process)to make it.Through testing the porosity and fluid absorption rate,the combination of scanning electron microscopy SEM and electrochemical workstation to test the sample characterization,finally the best one is:polymer of solvent percentage is 8%,PMMA accounted for 30% of the polymer mass,PEG content is 30%,nano TiO2 addition amount of 5%,the solvent content is 3%,the reaction temperature is 45 ℃.Ionic conductivity of PVDF/PMMA/PEG/TiO2 polymer of up to 5.2 mS/cm,the imbibition rate reached 345%,tensile strength is 1 183 kg/cm2 ,the electrochemical stability window was 4.68 V,higher than 4.5 V, the electrolyte system compatibility and conductivity is significantly improved.To meet the normal needs of lithium ion batteries.%为提高锂离子电池聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)基聚合物隔膜的导电性和降低 PVDF 基聚合物隔膜的结晶度,引入聚甲基丙烯酸甲酯(PMMA)与聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)进行共混,掺杂有机添加剂 PEG 和无机纳米材料 TiO2,采用相转化方法制备 PVDF/PMMA/PEG/TiO2型聚合物隔膜.通过对制备的 PVDF/PMMA/PEG/TiO2型多孔膜吸液率、离子电导率、微观形貌和电化学性能等的分析研究,确定制膜的最佳工艺条件为聚合物浓度为8%, PMMA占聚合物质量百分比为30%,PEG含量为30%,纳米TiO2含量为5%,C2 H5 OH

  20. PVDF/PMMA/TiO2型聚合物隔膜的制备∗%PVDF/PMMA/TiO2 polymer diaphragm preparation

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    高虹; 韩剑; 王守兵

    2016-01-01

    Lithium ion battery gel polymer electrolyte is a kind of special state between solid and liquid,gel pol-ymer electrolyte has both solid electrolyte and good mechanical properties,but also has similar conductivity of liquid electrolyte ion,which plays an important role to improve the comprehensive performance of the battery. In order to improve the electrical conductivity and reduce the crystallinity of PVDF based polymer membranes, the main research of this topic is the contents for modified the PVDF polymer material,the concrete content is that blend PVDF and PMMA polymer,inorganic nano materials TiO2 ,with the modified of the wet process (dry-wet process)to make it.Through testing the porosity and fluid absorption rate,the combination of scan-ning electron microscopy SEM and electrochemical workstation to test the sample characterization,finally the best one is:polymer of solvent percentage is 5%,m(PVDF)∶m(PMMA)=72∶28,nano TiO2 addition a-mount of 5%,the solvent content is 3%,the reaction temperature is 5 5 ℃.Ionic conductivity of PVDF/PM-MA/TiO2 polymer of up to 2.64 mS/cm,The imbibition rate reached 109.76%,The electrochemical stability window was 4.86 V,higher than 4.5 V,the electrolyte system compatibility and conductivity is significantly im-proved.To meet the normal needs of lithium ion batteries.%为提高锂离子电池聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)基聚合物隔膜的导电性和降低 PVDF 基聚合物隔膜的结晶度,引入聚甲基丙烯酸甲酯(PMMA)与聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)进行共混,掺杂无机纳米材料TiO2,采用相转化方法制备PVDF/PMMA/TiO2型聚合物隔膜.通过对制备的PVDF/PMMA/TiO2型多孔膜吸液率、微观形貌和电化学性能的分析研究,确定制膜的最佳工艺条件为聚合物浓度为5%,PVDF∶PMMA为72∶28,纳米TiO2添加量为5%,非溶剂添加量为3%,水浴温度为55℃.该方案下制备的多孔膜结晶度较纯 PVDF薄膜结晶度降低,吸液率达到109.76%,离子电导率为2.64 mS

  1. Improved piezoelectricity of PVDF-HFP/carbon black composite films

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    Wu, Liangke; Yuan, Weifeng; Hu, Ning; Wang, Zhongchang; Chen, Chunlin; Qiu, Jianhui; Ying, Ji; Li, Yuan

    2014-04-01

    We report a substantial improvement of piezoelectricity for poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) copolymer films by introducing carbon black (CB) into the PVDF-HFP to form PVDF-HFP/CB composite films. The optimized output voltage of the composite film at an optimal CB content of 0.5 wt% is found to be 204% of the pristine PVDF-HFP film. Its harvested electrical power density is 464% and 561% of the pristine PVDF-HFP film by using ac and dc circuits, respectively. Through Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis, differential scanning calorimetry analysis, and polarized optical microscopy observations, we clarify the enhancement mechanism of piezoelectricity for the PVDF-HFP/CB composite films. We find that the added CB acts as nucleating agent during the initial formation of crystals, but imposes an insignificant effect on the α-β phase transformation during stretching. We also demonstrate that the addition of optimal CB reduces crystal size yet increases the number of crystals in the composite films. This is beneficial for the formation of elongated, oriented and fibrillar crystalline morphology during stretching and consequently results in a highly efficient poling process. The addition of overdosed CB leads to the formation of undersized crystals, lowered crystallinity, and hence reduced piezoelectric performance of the PVDF-HFP/CB composite films.

  2. The Effects of Various Conductive Additive and Polymeric Binder Contents on the Performance of a Lithium-ion Composite

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    Stevenson, Cynthia; Liu, G.; Zheng, H.; Kim, S.; Deng, Y.; Minor, A.M.; Song, X.; Battaglia, V.S.

    2008-08-07

    Fundamental electrochemical methods, cell performance tests, and physical characterization tests such as electron microscopy were used to study the effects of levels of the inert materials (acetylene black (AB), a nano-conductive additive, and polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF), a polymer binder) on the power performance of lithium-ion composite cathodes. The electronic conductivity of the AB/PVDF composites at different compositions was measured with a four-point probe direct current method. The electronic conductivity was found to increase rapidly and plateau at a AB:PVDF ratio 0.2:1 (by weight), with 0.8:1 being the highest conductivity composition. AB:PVDF compositions along the plateau of 0.2:1, 0.4:1, 0.6:1 and 0.8:1 were investigated. Electrodes of each of those compositions were fabricated with different fractions of AB/PVDF to active material. It was found that at the 0.8:1 AB:PVDF, the rate performance improved with increases in the AB/PVDF loading, whereas at the 0.2:1 AB:PVDF, the rate performance improved with decreases in the AB/PVDF loading. The impedance of electrodes made with 0.6:1 AB:PVDF was low and relatively invariant.

  3. A flexible piezoelectric force sensor based on PVDF fabrics

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    Wang, Y. R.; Zheng, J. M.; Ren, G. Y.; Zhang, P. H.; Xu, C.

    2011-04-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) film has been widely investigated as a sensor and transducer material due to its high piezo-, pyro- and ferroelectric properties. To activate these properties, PVDF films require a mechanical treatment, stretching or poling. In this paper, we report on a force sensor based on PVDF fabrics with excellent flexibility and breathability, to be used as a specific human-related sensor. PVDF nanofibrous fabrics were prepared by using an electrospinning unit and characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), FTIR spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction. Preliminary force sensors have been fabricated and demonstrated excellent sensitivity and response to external mechanical forces. This implies that promising applications can be made for sensing garment pressure, blood pressure, heartbeat rate, respiration rate and accidental impact on the human body.

  4. Effect of PMMA Addition on Characterization and Electrochemical Performance of PVDF-HFP%PMMA添加量对PVDF-HFP聚合物电解质结构及性能的影响

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    宋大余; 徐晨

    2016-01-01

    采用溶剂挥发法,以丙酮和DMF做混合溶剂制备PVDF-HFP/PMMA聚合物电解质,通过X射线衍射、热失重分析、交流阻抗、恒流充放电循环及倍率充放电等测试手段,考察了PMMA的添加量对聚合物电解质性能的影响.研究发现当PMMA的添加量为50%时,聚合物电解质表现出最佳性能,室温离子电导率从0.26 mS/cm提升到1.35 mS/cm,以LiCoO2作正极材料,锂片作负极材料组装的聚合物锂离子电池初始容量从80.1 mAh/g提升到143.6 mAh/g,在0.2C倍率条件下,50个循环后容量保持率还能达到80%,表现出优异的锂离子电池性能.

  5. 添加CeO2的PVDF-HFP隔膜的性能研究%Research on the modified performance of PVDF-HFP/CeO2 membrane

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    李琪; 乔庆东; 刁羽; 杨占旭

    2015-01-01

    通过添加不同质量分数的二氧化铈(CeO2)纳米粒子,利用相转化法制备锂离子电池隔膜PVDF-HFP/CeO2,所制得的膜通过红外光谱、交流阻抗、线性伏安扫描、首次充放电等方法对其进行性能测试.实验表明,添加CeO2的P VDF-H FP改性膜不但有效地提高了膜的吸液率、孔隙率、离子电导率,而且也同时也降低了聚合物链的结晶度.当CeO2添加量为8%时,有较好的性能,最大吸液率和孔隙率分别是178%和85%.室温下离子电导率为2.41×10-3 S/cm,电化学稳定窗口为4.67V,库仑效率达99.09%,满足锂离子电池隔膜的要求.

  6. Impedance characteristics of nanoparticle-LiCoO{sub 2}+PVDF

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    Panjaitan, Elman, E-mail: elmanp@batan.go.id; Kartini, Evvy, E-mail: kartini@batan.go.id; Honggowiranto, Wagiyo [Center for Science and Technology for Advanced Materials, National Nuclear Energy Agency Kawasan Puspiptek Serpong, Tangerang Selatan15314 (Indonesia)

    2016-02-08

    The impendance of np-LiCoO{sub 2}+xPVDF, as a cathode material candidate for lithium-ion battery (LIB), has been characterized using impedance spectroscopy for x = 0, 5, 10, 15 and 20 volume percentage (%v/v) and for frequencies in the 42 Hz to 5 MHz range. Both real and imaginary components of the impedance were found to be frequency dependent, and both tend to increase for increasing PVDF (polyvinyilidene fluoride) concentration, except that for 10% PVDF both real and imaginary components of impedance are smaller than for 5%. The mechanism for relaxation time for each addition of PVDF was analyzed using Cole-Cole plots. The analysis showed that the relaxation times of the nanostructured LiCoO{sub 2} with PVDF additive is relatively constant. Further, PVDF addition increases the bulk resistance and decreases the bulk capacitance of the nanostructured LiCoO{sub 2}.

  7. Electrospun PVDF graphene oxide composite fibre mats with tunable physical properties.

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    Issa, A. A. [احمد عبد السلام عيسى; Al-Maadeed, M.A.A.S.; Mrlik, M.; Luyt,A.S.

    2016-01-01

    This article is aimed at a basic physical characterization of electrospun PVDF/graphene oxide (GO) composite non-woven fibre mats. The morphological characterization of the prepared fabrics was performed via SEM investigations. Introduction of the GO during the electrospinning process caused significant changes in the crystalline structure of PVDF, and a transformation from α- to β-crystalline phases was achieved. Addition of the GO particles into PVDF did not only improve the thermal stabili...

  8. 不同分子筛对PVDF-HFP基凝胶态聚合物电解质性能影响%Effect of molecular sieves on the performances of PVDF-HFP-based gel polymer electrolytes

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    缪畅; 肖围

    2013-01-01

    通过倒相法制备三种不同分子筛(SAPO-11、MCM-41和ZSM-5)掺杂的PVDF-HFP基复合聚合物电解质膜,将它们分别浸泡于1.0 mol/L LiPF6-EC/DMC/EMC(体积比1∶1∶1)的电解液中活化30 min,得到分子筛改性复合聚合物电解质,并采用SEM、FT-IR、TG-DSC和电化学等手段对其形貌和电化学性能进行表征.SEM结果表明分子筛改性膜表面均匀、孔径适当且内部含有丰富的相互连通的微孔;FT-IR分析结果证明分子筛和聚合物分子间存在某种作用力;TG-DSC结果表明分子筛改性膜的热分解温度有明显的提高,在350℃内能保持很好的热稳定性;EIS和LSV结果表明分子筛改性膜的电导率和电化学稳定窗口得到明显的改进,其中ZSM-5改性膜的电导率和电化学稳定窗口分别高达3.65 mS· cm-1和5.2V.

  9. Effects of the addition of nano-sized SiO2 on the structure and performance of PVDF/SiO2ultrafiltration membrane%纳米SiO2的加入对PVDF/SiO2超滤膜结构和性能的影响

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    张晶; 李雪茹; 樊文玲; 李磊

    2012-01-01

    将普通纳米SiO2、疏水纳米SiO2、亲水纳米SiO2分别加入到聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)铸膜液中,通过相转化法制得PVDF/SiO2杂化超滤膜,重点探讨了SiO2加入量及上述三种类型纳米SiO2对PVDF杂化超滤膜水通量、截留率和抗污染性能的影响.结果表明:膜的孔隙率、平均孔径、水通量、截留率和抗污染性随SiO2含量增加而先增大后减少;SiO2含量为2%时,膜水通量由大至小为:普通纳米SiO2杂化膜、疏水纳米SiO2杂化膜、亲水纳米SiO2杂化膜,抗污染性由大至小为:亲水纳米SiO2杂化膜、普通纳米SiO2杂化膜、疏水纳米SiO2杂化膜.%The unmodified, hydrophilic and hydrophobic nano-sized SiOz were added into the PVDF casting solution respectively, and the PVDF/SiO2 hybrid membranes were prepared by phase inversion method. The effects of SiC>2 concentration and the above-mentioned three types of SiO2 on the PVDF membrane performances such as pure water flux, rejection ratio, anti-fouling capability were examined. The experimental results indicated that membrane porosity, mean membrane pore size, pure water flux, rejection ration, anti-fouling capability increased with rising SiO2 concentration firstly and then decreased. Besides, when the SiO2 concentration was 2%, in terms of pure water flux, unmodified nano-sized SiO2 hybrid membrane was the best, followed by hydrophobic nano-sized SiO2 hybrid membrane and hydrophilic nano-sized SiO2 hybrid membrane. Inversely, in terms of anti-fouling capability, hydrophilic nano-sized SiO2 hybrid membrane was the optimal, followed by unmodified nano-sized SiO2 hybrid membrane and hydrophobic nano-sized SiO2 hybrid membrane.

  10. Study of properties of Pvdf aged and non aged in petroleum; Estudo das propriedades de PVDF envelhecido e nao envelhecido em petroleo

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    Oliveira, G.L.; Costa, M.F. [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao de Engenharia (COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Programa de Engenharia Metalurgica e de Materiais], e-mail: geovaniolo@metalmat.ufrj.br

    2010-07-01

    The use polymer materials in complex structure such as flexible risers to offshore application is increasingly on the rise. One the materials used in these structures is poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF). Attentive to the challenges found in the environments in which these structures are employed, PVDF copolymer samples were prepared by compression molding. After, materials were aged in petroleum at 80 deg C to assess effect of fluid in polymer. Characterization of samples was carried out by infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and tensile stress according to ASTM D 638. Instrumented indentation testing applying Vickers indenter was used to assess the effect of petroleum in PVDF. (author)

  11. A facile TiO2/PVDF composite membrane synthesis and their application in water purification

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    Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Yiming; Fan, Rong; Lewis, Rosmala

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we have demonstrated a facile wet chemical method to synthesise TiO2/PVDF composite membranes as alternative water purification method to traditional polymer-based membrane. For the first time, hydrothermally grown TiO2 nanofibers under alkali conditions were successfully inserted into PVDF membranes matrix. The structure, permeability and anti-fouling performance of as-prepared PVDF/TiO2 composite membranes were studied systematically. The TiO2/PVDF composite membranes prepared in this work promise great potential uses in water purification applications as microfiltration membranes due to its excellent physical/chemical resistance, anti-fouling and mechanical properties.

  12. Evaluation of ethanol aged PVDF: diffusion, crystallinity and dynamic mechanical thermal properties; Avaliacao do PVDF envelhecido em etanol combustivel: difusao, cristalinidade e propriedades termicas dinamico-mecanicas

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    Silva, Agmar J.J.; Costa, Marysilvia F., E-mail: agmar@metalmat.ufrj.br [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia (COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    This work discuss firstly the effect of the ethanol fuel absorption by PVDF at 60°C through mass variation tests. A Fickian character was observed for the ethanol absorption kinetics of the aged PVDF at 60°C. In the second step, the dynamic mechanical thermal properties (E’, E’, E” and tan δ) of the PVDF were evaluated through dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA). The chemical structure of the materials was analyzed by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), and significant changes in the degree of crystallinity were verified after the aging. However, DMTA results showed a reduction in the storage modulus (E') of the aged PVDF, which was associated to diffusion of ethanol and swelling of the PVDF, which generated a prevailing plasticizing effect and led to reduction of its structural stiffness. (author)

  13. Engineering a Highly Hydrophilic PVDF Membrane via Binding TiO₂Nanoparticles and a PVA Layer onto a Membrane Surface.

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    Qin, Aiwen; Li, Xiang; Zhao, Xinzhen; Liu, Dapeng; He, Chunju

    2015-04-29

    A highly hydrophilic PVDF membrane was fabricated through chemically binding TiO2 nanoparticles and a poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) layer onto a membrane surface simultaneously. The chemical composition of the modified membrane surface was determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and the binding performance of TiO2 nanoparticles and the PVA layer was investigated by a rinsing test. The results indicated that the TiO2 nanoparticles were uniformly and strongly tailored onto the membrane surface, while the PVA layer was firmly attached onto the surface of TiO2 nanoparticles and the membrane by adsorption-cross-linking. The possible mechanisms during the modification process and filtration performance, i.e., water permeability and bovine serum albumin (BSA) rejection, were investigated as well. Furthermore, antifouling property was discussed through multicycles of BSA solution filtration tests, where the flux recovery ratio was significantly increased from 20.0% for pristine PVDF membrane to 80.5% for PVDF/TiO2/PVA-modified membrane. This remarkable promotion is mainly ascribed to the improvement of surface hydrophilicity, where the water contact angle of the membrane surface was decreased from 84° for pristine membrane to 24° for PVDF/TiO2/PVA membrane. This study presents a novel and varied strategy for immobilization of nanoparticles and PVA layer on substrate surface, which could be easily adapted for a variety of materials for surface modification.

  14. Preparation of Superhydrophilic and Underwater Superoleophobic PVDF-g-PAA Porous Membranes and Their Oil-water Separation Performance%超亲水-水下超疏油PVDF-g-PAA多孔膜的制备及油水分离性能

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    高虹; 段月琴; 袁志好

    2016-01-01

    Traditional polymer membranes used for treating emulsified oil/water mixtures always suffer from low flux, membrane damage and separation efficiency decline, which limit its further application. Here we fabricated a superhydrophilic and underwater superoleophobic poly ( vinylidene fluoride )-grafed-poly ( acrylic acid) [ PVDF-g-PAA] membrane by salt-induced phase inversion method, the saturated sodium chloride solu-tion was used as coagulation bath. In order to improve membrane performance polyvinylprrolidone( PVP) was added as porogen to improve internal structure of the membrane. The result showed that when the content of PVP was 5% the PVDF-g-PAA membrane could be used to separate both simple oil/water mixture and oil in water emulsion, the separation efficiency of oil in water emulsion still reaches 91% after several times and the flux maintained at 444 L/( m2 · h) or more. Also the membrane exhibits an excellent antifouling property and is easily recycled for long-term use. The outstanding performance of the membrane and the efficient, energy and cost-effective preparation process highlight its potential for practical applications.%采用相反转方法制备了丙烯酸( AA)接枝的超亲水-水下超疏油聚偏氟乙烯膜( PVDF-g-PAA),通过加入一定量的聚乙烯吡咯烷酮获得可用于油水分离的多孔聚偏氟乙烯膜。多孔聚偏氟乙烯膜具有较好的抗油污染性能及较高的力学强度,可以快速高效地分离油水混合体系和乳化油水体系,分离性质稳定,多次使用后对油水混合物的分离效率在98%以上,对油水乳化液的分离效率在91%以上,可广泛应用于油水混合体系和乳化油水体系的油水分离。

  15. Ultrafiltration performance of PVDF, PES, and cellulose membranes for the treatment of coconut water (Cocos nucifera L.

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Ultrafiltration (UF inhibits the enzymatic activity which is responsible for color changes of coconut water without the need for heat treatment. In the present study, UF performance in terms of the permeate flux and enzymatic retention of the coconut water was evaluated at laboratory unit (LU and pilot unit (PU. The membranes studied were polyethersulfone 150 kDa (UP150, polyvinylidene fluoride 150 kDa (UV150 and cellulose 30 kDa (UC030. The UP150 membrane showed the best permeate flux. The UC030 membrane showed the lowest flux, but it resulted in 100% enzymatic retention, while the other membranes showed enzymatic retentions between 71 and 85%. The application of the UC030 in the pilot unit (PU resulted in a flux value higher than that obtained in the LU due to the tangential velocity effect. The UC030 membrane has proved adequate for industrial applications.

  16. Preparation and characterization of the PVDF-based composite membrane for direct methanol fuel cells

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    Qian Liu, Laizhou Song, Zhihui Zhang, Xiaowei Liu

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The polyvinylidene fluoride-sulfonated polystyrene composite membrane with proton exchange performance, denoted as PVDF-SPS, was prepared using a thermally induced polymerization technique. The thermal stability of the PVDF-SPS composite membrane was investigated using thermogravimetric (TG analysis. The complex formation of the composite membrane was ascertained by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR. The surface compositions of the PVDF-SPS membrane were analyzed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS. The morphology of the composite membrane was characterized by environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM. The proton conductivity of the PVDF-SPS membrane was measured using impedance spectroscopy in the hydrated condition. The PVDF-SPS membrane has a stronger hydrophilic character than the pristine PVDF membrane and the polyvinylidene fluoride-polystyrene composite membrane (PVDF-PS, which is caused by the incorporation of sulfonic acid groups. The proton conductivity and the methanol permeability of the PVDF-SPS membrane measured at 298 K are 29.3 mS.cm-1 and 8.6×10-8 cm2.s-1, respectively. Although PVDF-SPS composite membrane possesses the lower oxidative stability than Nafion-117 membrane, the composite membrane displays lower methanol permeability than the Nafion-117 membrane, and the selectivity (the ratio of proton conductivity and methanol permeability of the composite membrane is almost 20 times than that of Nafion-117.

  17. Nanoclay embedded mixed matrix PVDF nanocomposite membrane: Preparation, characterization and biofouling resistance

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    Rajabi, Hamid [Membrane Research Centre, Department of Chemical Engineering, Razi University, Tagh Bostan, 67149 Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Civil Engineering, Razi University, 67149 Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ghaemi, Negin, E-mail: negin_ghaemi@kut.ac.ir [Department of Chemical Engineering, Kermanshah University of Technology, 67178 Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Madaeni, Sayed S. [Membrane Research Centre, Department of Chemical Engineering, Razi University, Tagh Bostan, 67149 Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Daraei, Parisa [Department of Chemical Engineering, Kermanshah University of Technology, 67178 Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Khadivi, Mohammad Ali [Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Egerland Strasse 3, D-91058 Erlangen (Germany); Falsafi, Monir [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Razi University, 67149 Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • Nanocomposite membranes were prepared by addition of OMMT to PVDF membrane. • Addition of nanoclay considerably increased the hydrophilicity of PVDF membrane. • Nanocomposite membranes had higher water flux and antifouling properties. • Fouling of membranes blended with nanoclay (<4 wt.%) reduced. - Abstract: In this paper, nanocomposite PVDF/nanoclay membranes were prepared with addition of different concentrations of organically modified montmorillonite (OMMT) into the polymeric casting solution using combination of solution dispersion and phase inversion methods. Membranes were characterized by use of X-ray diffraction (XRD), water contact angle, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), and their performances were evaluated in terms of pure water flux and fouling parameters. The surface hydrophilicity of all nanocomposites markedly improved compared to nascent PVDF. In addition, XRD patterns revealed the formation of intercalated layers of mineral clays in PVDF matrix. SEM and AFM images showed that addition of OMMT resulted in nanocomposite membranes with thinner skin layer and higher porosity rather than PVDF membranes. Pure water flux of PVDF/OMMT membranes increased significantly (particularly for fabricated membranes by 4 and 6 wt.% OMMT) compared to that of PVDF membrane. Moreover, nanocomposite membranes showed the elevated antifouling properties, and flux recovery of nascent PVDF membranes increased from 51 to 72% with addition of 2 wt.% OMMT nanoparticles. These nanocomposite membranes also offered a remarkable reusability and durability against biofouling.

  18. Preparation and characterization of the PVDF-based composite membrane for direct methanol fuel cells

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    Liu Qian; Song Laizhou; Zhang Zhihui; Liu Xiaowei [Department of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China)

    2010-07-01

    The polyvinylidene fluoride-sulfonated polystyrene composite membrane with proton exchange performance, denoted as PVDF-SPS, was prepared using a thermally induced polymerization technique. The thermal stability of the PVDF-SPS composite membrane was investigated using thermogravimetric (TG) analysis. The complex formation of the composite membrane was ascertained by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The surface compositions of the PVDF-SPS membrane were analyzed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The morphology of the composite membrane was characterized by environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM). The proton conductivity of the PVDF-SPS membrane was measured using impedance spectroscopy in the hydrated condition. The PVDF-SPS membrane has a stronger hydrophilic character than the pristine PVDF membrane and the polyvinylidene fluoride-polystyrene composite membrane (PVDF-PS), which is caused by the incorporation of sulfonic acid groups. The proton conductivity and the methanol permeability of the PVDF-SPS membrane measured at 298 K are 29.3 mS.cm-1 and 8.6x10-8 cm2.s-1, respectively. Although PVDF-SPS composite membrane possesses the lower oxidative stability than Nafion-117 membrane, the composite membrane displays lower methanol permeability than the Nafion-117 membrane, and the selectivity (the ratio of proton conductivity and methanol permeability) of the composite membrane is almost 20 times than that of Nafion-117.

  19. PVDF薄膜型滑觉传感器设计和性能测试研究%Design and performance test of PVDF filmGtype slide sensor

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    许玉云; 许德章

    2016-01-01

    选用PVDF(压电薄膜)柔性材料作为传感器敏感元件,基于PVDF压电原理构建了敏感单元阵列,并从敏感单元阵列输出信号中解算出接触面法向和接触面内两个切向力信号。根据不同滑移状态摩擦系数μ的变化特征,借助接触面法向和接触面内两个切向力信号计算摩擦系数μ,进而判定手指与目标间滑移状态。为了充分验证方案的可行性,制作了滑觉传感器样品及实验装置,实验结果表明,传感器可靠地检测出手指与目标间的滑觉状态。%Flexible material PVDF (piezoelectric film)is selected as a sensor sensitive element,sensitive element array is constructed based on PVDF piezoelectric principle.The contact surface normal face and two tangential forces are calculated from the output signal of the sensitive cell array.Then,the friction coefficient is calculated to determine the slip state between the finger and the target according to the characteristics of friction coefficient in different slip state.The slip sensor sample and the experimental device are made to fully verify the feasibility of the program,and the experimental results show that the sensor reliably detects the slip state between the finger and the target.

  20. Characterization of PVDF/HAP composites for medical applications

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    Francisco José Correa Braga

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Biomaterials (composites and blends play a major role in the health of modern society. This paper reports on the preparation and characterization of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF and hydroxyapatite (HAP composites, analyzing the incorporation of HAP in PVDF and investigating their mechanical properties and cytotoxicity (biocompatibility for use in bone restoration and filling. The material was prepared in film form by the casting method. PVDF pellets were dissolved in dimethylacetamide (DMA, a HAP/DMA emulsion was prepared. The materials were mixed in proportions of 100/00, 90/10, 80/20, 70/30, 60/40, 50/50, 40/60, 30/70 in weight and left to dry in an oven, resulting in homogeneous, flexible films which were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS, X ray diffractometry (XRD, contact angle measurement, and by mechanical and cytotoxicity tests.

  1. Aligned PVDF-TrFE nanofibers with high-density PVDF nanofibers and PVDF core–shell structures for endovascular pressure sensing.

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    Sharma, Tushar; Naik, Sahil; Langevine, Jewel; Gill, Brijesh; Zhang, John X J

    2015-01-01

    Nanostructures of polyvinyledenedifluoride-tetrafluoroethylene (PVDF-TrFE), a semicrystalline polymer with high piezoelectricity, results in significant enhancement of crystallinity and better device performance as sensors, actuators, and energy harvesters. Using electrospinning of PVDF to manufacture nanofibers, we demonstrate a new method to pattern high-density, highly aligned nanofibers. To further boost the charge transfer from such a bundle of nanofibers, we fabricated novel core-shell structures. Finally, we developed pressure sensors utilizing these fiber structures for endovascular applications. The sensors were tested in vitro under simulated physiological conditions. We observed significant improvements using core-shell electrospun fibers (4.5 times gain in signal intensity, 4000 μV/mmHg sensitivity) over PVDF nanofibers (280 μV/mmHg). The preliminary results showed that core-shell fiber-based devices exhibit nearly 40-fold higher sensitivity, compared to the thin-film structures demonstrated earlier.

  2. Enhancement of β-phase in PVDF by electrospinning

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    Lim, Jun Young; Kim, Sehyun; Seo, Yongsok

    2015-05-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), a polymorphic material, has useful electro active properties such as piezo-, pyro-, and ferroelectric properties. The piezoelectric crystallization polymorph is the β-phase which has an all-trans (TTTT) conformation, i.e., all of its dipoles aligned in the same direction normal to the chain axis. Elongational deformation was applied to poly(vinylidene fluoride)(PVDF) / multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) nanocomposites. Its effect on the conversion of the α-phase crystals into the β-phase crystals and on the piezoelectric propertes was investigated. Elongational deformation of PVDF molecules made it easier for the CF2 groups to arrange themselves in the same conformation by reducing the steric hindrance. However, macro-deformation was dominant in the drawn films, though the interfacial interaction between the functional groups on the MWCNTs and the CF2 dipole of PVDF chains helped the conversion of α-phase. Uniform distribution of MWCNT in the electrospun films helps efficient charge accumulation at the interface between the MWCNTs and the matrix PVDF molecules. Deploarization effect occurred in the pressed film due to the excessive charge accumulation was not observed, resulting in the high conversion of α-phase into β-phase as well as the enhancement of remanent polarization and the mechanical displacement. Added MWCNT helps the film to be extended without rupturing.

  3. Ferroelectric phase diagram of PVDF:PMMA

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    Li, M.; Stingelin, N.; Michels, J.J.; Spijkman, M.-J.; Asadi, K.; Feldman, K.; Blom, P.W.M.; Leeuw, D.M. de

    2012-01-01

    We have investigated the ferroelectric phase diagram of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). The binary nonequilibrium temperature composition diagram was determined and melting of α- and β-phase PVDF was identified. Ferroelectric β-PVDF:PMMA blend films were made b

  4. Ferroelectric Phase Diagram of PVDF : PMMA

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    Li, Mengyuan; Stingelin, Natalie; Michels, Jasper J.; Spijkman, Mark-Jan; Asadi, Kamal; Feldman, Kirill; Blom, Paul W. M.; de Leeuw, Dago M.

    2012-01-01

    We have investigated the ferroelectric phase diagram of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). The binary nonequilibrium temperature composition diagram was determined and melting of alpha- and beta-phase PVDF was identified. Ferroelectric beta-PVDF:PMMA blend films w

  5. Raman spectral analysis of high efficiency PVDF: nanocomposite films doped with MWCNT

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    Guggilla, Padmaja; Kassu, Aschalew; Powell, Rachel

    2016-09-01

    Nanocomposite films are of great interest in the development of infrared detectors and other technology. Polyvinylidenefluoride (PVDF) with excellent pyroelectric and piezoelectric properties such as fast, dynamic response has great potential for use in touch/tactile sensors, infrared detectors and thermal vidicon/imaging devices. PVDF:LiNbO3, PVDF:LiTaO3, and PVDF:BaTiO3 nanocomposites are fabricated with optimal characteristics using the solution casting technique. All these nanocomposite films are doped with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) with various weight percentages. The objective of this research was to characterize the low-frequency dielectric constant, dielectric loss and the pyroelectric properties of these composite films and thus the materials figures of merit for their use in space applications. Nanocomposites are also characterized using Raman Spectroscopy to get the finger print of these materials and their existence in the composite film. Dielectric constant and dielectric loss results are presented as a function of temperature and frequency, and pyroelectric coefficient as a function of temperature. Raman Spectrum of the nanocomposite materials is presented using 785nm laser. Obtained Raman spectrum matches with the literature available. Authors also observed that both microscopic structure and environmental conditions contributed to observed properties. Dielectric loss resulted from electromagnetic energy loss as manifested through phase differences between low-frequency input signal to the films and time varying polarization. In addition, both the dielectric constant and dielectric loss were observed to be highest for MWCNT doped nanocomposite materials compared to pure PVDF and pure PVDF:LiNbO3, PVDF:LiTaO3, and PVDF:BaTiO3. Among all the MWCNT doped nanocomposite materials PVDF:LiTaO3 showed the highest Pyroelectric coefficient which would make the best material to be used in space applications compared to the other materials at test.

  6. Conductive PVDF-HFP/CNT composites for strain sensing

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    Hu, Bin; Liu, Yaolu; Hu, Ning; Wu, Liangke; Ning, Huiming; Zhang, Jianyu; Fu, Shaoyun; Tang, Shang; Xu, Chaohe; Liu, Feng; Alamusi; Yuan, Weifeng

    2016-02-01

    A strain sensor based on the composites of poly (vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) filled by multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNT) was prepared using a proposed fabrication process. Three kinds of MWNT loadings, i.e., 1.0wt.%, 2.0wt.% and 3.0wt.% were employed. Due to good dispersion state of MWNT in PVDF-HFP matrix, which was characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), this sensor was found to be of high sensitivity and stable performance. The sensor’s piezoresistivity varied in a weak nonlinear pattern, which was probably caused by the tunneling effect among neighboring MWNTs. The gauge factor of the sensor of 1.0wt.% MWNT loading was identified to be the highest, i.e., 33. This sensor gauge factor decreased gradually with the increase of addition amount of MWNT, which was 5 for the sensor of 3.0wt.% MWNT loading. This gauge factor was still higher than that of conventional metal-foil strain sensors. The electrical conductivity of PVDF-HFP/MWNT composites was also studied. It was found that with the increase of the addition amount of MWNT, the electrical conductivity of the PVDF-HFP/MWNT composites varied in a perfect percolation pattern with a very low percolation threshold, i.e., 0.77 vol.%, further indicating the very good dispersion of MWNT in the PVDF-HFP matrix.

  7. Highly Hydrophilic Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) Ultrafiltration Membranes via Postfabrication Grafting of Surface-Tailored Silica Nanoparticles

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    Liang, Shuai

    2013-07-24

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) has drawn much attention as a predominant ultrafiltration (UF) membrane material due to its outstanding mechanical and physicochemical properties. However, current applications suffer from the low fouling resistance of the PVDF membrane due to the intrinsic hydrophobic property of the membrane. The present study demonstrates a novel approach for the fabrication of a highly hydrophilic PVDF UF membrane via postfabrication tethering of superhydrophilic silica nanoparticles (NPs) to the membrane surface. The pristine PVDF membrane was grafted with poly(methacrylic acid) (PMAA) by plasma induced graft copolymerization, providing sufficient carboxyl groups as anchor sites for the binding of silica NPs, which were surface-tailored with amine-terminated cationic ligands. The NP binding was achieved through a remarkably simple and effective dip-coating technique in the presence or absence of the N-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-N′-ethylcarbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC)/N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) cross-linking process. The properties of the membrane prepared from the modification without EDC/NHS cross-linking were comparable to those for the membrane prepared with the EDC/NHS cross-linking. Both modifications almost doubled the surface energy of the functionalized membranes, which significantly improved the wettability of the membrane and converted the membrane surface from hydrophobic to highly hydrophilic. The irreversibly bound layer of superhydrophilic silica NPs endowed the membranes with strong antifouling performance as demonstrated by three sequential fouling filtration runs using bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a model organic foulant. The results suggest promising applications of the postfabrication surface modification technique in various membrane separation areas. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  8. Study on the thermoelectric properties of PVDF/MWCNT and PVDF/GNP composite foam

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    Sun, Yu-Chen; Terakita, Daryl; Tseng, Alex C.; Naguib, Hani E.

    2015-08-01

    Thermoelectric effect is defined as the revisable translation between thermal and electrical energy. In this paper, we investigate the properties of p-type poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) based polymer composite foams that can be used in next generation energy harvesting applications. The composites were created using the continuous melt blending method. Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and graphene nano-platelets (GNPs) were used as secondary phases to strengthen the electrical conductivity of the composites. Foam structures were later generated using the super-critical carbon dioxide saturation method. We study the material properties between solid and foam samples; the results indicate a dramatic increase in overall thermoelectric properties for GNP foamed samples. We also report at least an order decrease in thermal conductivity, which is in favor of the thermoelectric effect. An unexpected drop in electrical conductivity was observed after the foaming process and can be explained by the large volumetric expansion of the foam. Finally, we report the Seebeck coefficient for both types of composite foams: 11 μV/K for 5 wt% MWCNT/PVDF foam and 58 μV/K for 15 wt% GNP/PVDF foam.

  9. Development of a high sensitive MEMS hydrophone using PVDF

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    Varadan, Vijay K.; Zhu, Bei; K. A, Jose

    2002-05-01

    The design and experimental evaluation of a PVDF-based MEMS hydrophone is presented in this paper. The basic structure of the hydrophone was fabricated on a silicon wafer using standard NMOS process technology. A MOSFET with extended gate electrode was designed as the interface circuit to the sensing material, which is a piezoelectric polymer, polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF). Acoustic impedance possessed by this piezoelectric material provides a reasonable match to water, which makes it very attractive for underwater applications. The electrical signal generated by the PVDF film was directly coupled to the gate of the MOSFET. To minimize the parasitic capacitance underneath the PVDF film and hence improve the device sensitivity, a thick photoresist was first employed as the dielectric layer under the extended gate electrode. For underwater operation, a waterproof Rho-C rubber encapsulated the hydrophone. A silicon nitride layer passivated the active device, which is a good barrier material to most mobile ions and solvents. The device after passivation also shows a lower noise level. The theoretical model developed to predict the sensitivity of the hydrophone shows a reasonable agreement between the theory and the experiment.

  10. Enhanced piezoresponse of electrospun PVDF mats with a touch of nickel chloride hexahydrate salt

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    Dhakras, Dipti; Borkar, Vivek; Ogale, Satishchandra; Jog, Jyoti

    2012-01-01

    PVDF nanofibers are prepared using electrospinning. The effect of addition of a hydrated salt, nickel chloride hexahydrate (NiCl2.6H2O), on the phase formation is examined. Addition of the hydrated salt (NC) is found to enhance the polar β phase by about 30%. The peak to peak piezo-voltage generated for PVDF NC is almost 0.762 V, a factor of 3 higher than that for PVDF. The fiber mats exhibit a significantly enhanced dynamic strain sensor response. The voltage generated per unit micro-strain developed during the free vibration test for PVDF was 0.119 mV whereas it was 0.548 mV for PVDF NC, exhibiting a non-linearly enhanced performance vis a vis the increase in the β phase component.PVDF nanofibers are prepared using electrospinning. The effect of addition of a hydrated salt, nickel chloride hexahydrate (NiCl2.6H2O), on the phase formation is examined. Addition of the hydrated salt (NC) is found to enhance the polar β phase by about 30%. The peak to peak piezo-voltage generated for PVDF NC is almost 0.762 V, a factor of 3 higher than that for PVDF. The fiber mats exhibit a significantly enhanced dynamic strain sensor response. The voltage generated per unit micro-strain developed during the free vibration test for PVDF was 0.119 mV whereas it was 0.548 mV for PVDF NC, exhibiting a non-linearly enhanced performance vis a vis the increase in the β phase component. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c2nr11841f

  11. Design Environments for Material Performance

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    Tamke, Martin; Burry, Mark; Ayres, Phil

    2011-01-01

    The research project that induced the Dermoid installation investigates the making of digital tools by which architects and engineers can work intelligently with material performance. Working with wood as a material, we were especially interested in how the bend and flex of wood can become...... an active parameter in the digital design process....

  12. High Performance Bulk Thermoelectric Materials

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    Ren, Zhifeng [Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA (United States)

    2013-03-31

    Over 13 plus years, we have carried out research on electron pairing symmetry of superconductors, growth and their field emission property studies on carbon nanotubes and semiconducting nanowires, high performance thermoelectric materials and other interesting materials. As a result of the research, we have published 104 papers, have educated six undergraduate students, twenty graduate students, nine postdocs, nine visitors, and one technician.

  13. PVDF/PMMA/PEG polymer diaphragm preparation%PVDF/PMMA/PEG 型聚合物隔膜的制备

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    高虹; 陈爱雨; 王守兵

    2015-01-01

    Lithium ion battery gel polymer electrolyte used instead of traditional liquid electrolyte has many ad-vantages,the gel is a kind of special state between solid and liquid,gel polymer electrolyte has both solid elec-trolyte and good mechanical properties,but also has similar conductivity of liquid electrolyte ion,which plays an important role to improve the comprehensive performance of the battery.The main research of this topic is the contents for modified the PVDF polymer material,the concrete content is that blend PVDF and PMMA pol-ymer,then add the plasticizing PEG-400,with the modified of the wet process(dry-wet process)to make it. Through testing the porosity and fluid absorption rate,the combination of scanning electron microscopy SEM and electrochemical workstation to test the sample characterization,finally the best one is:polymer of solvent percentage is 8%,PVDF∶PMMA = 7∶3,plasticizer content is 30%,the solvent content is 3%,the reaction temperature is 45 ℃.Ionic conductivity of PVDF/PMMA/PEG polymer of up to 2.848mS/cm,the electrolyte system compatibility and conductivity is significantly improved.%为提高锂离子电池聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)基聚合物隔膜对电解液体系的亲和性和导电性,引入聚甲基丙烯酸甲酯(PMMA)与聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)进行共混,并添加有机增塑剂聚乙二醇 PEG-400对 PVDF基聚合物隔膜进行改性研究.采用先干法后湿法的相转化方法制备 PVDF/PMMA/PEG 型聚合物隔膜.通过对制备的聚合物隔膜的孔隙率、吸液率、微观形貌和电化学性能的分析研究,确定制膜的最佳工艺条件为聚合物占溶剂质量百分比为8%,PVDF∶PMMA=7∶3,增塑剂含量为30%,非溶剂含量为3%,反应温度为45℃,在此最佳工艺条件下制备的 PVDF/PM-MA/PEG 隔膜的离子电导率可达2.848 mS/cm,对电解液体系的亲和性和导电性得到显著提高.

  14. Improving Dielectric Properties of PVDF Composites by Employing Surface Modified Strong Polarized BaTiO₃ Particles Derived by Molten Salt Method.

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    Fu, Jing; Hou, Yudong; Zheng, Mupeng; Wei, Qiaoyi; Zhu, Mankang; Yan, Hui

    2015-11-11

    BaTiO3/polyvinylidene fluoride (BT/PVDF) is the extensive reported composite material for application in modern electric devices. However, there still exists some obstacles prohibiting the further improvement of dielectric performance, such as poor interfacial compatibility and low dielectric constant. Therefore, in depth study of the size dependent polarization and surface modification of BT particle is of technological importance in developing high performance BT/PVDF composites. Here, a facile molten-salt synthetic method has been applied to prepare different grain sized BT particles through tailoring the calcination temperature. The size dependent spontaneous polarizationof BT particle was thoroughly investigated by theoretical calculation based on powder X-ray diffraction Rietveld refinement data. The results revealed that 600 nm sized BT particles possess the strong polarization, ascribing to the ferroelectric size effect. Furthermore, the surface of optimal BT particles has been modified by water-soluble polyvinylprrolidone (PVP) agent, and the coated particles exhibited fine core-shell structure and homogeneous dispersion in the PVDF matrix. The dielectric constant of the resulted composites increased significantly, especially, the prepared composite with 40 vol % BT loading exhibited the largest dielectric constant (65, 25 °C, 1 kHz) compared with the literature values of BT/PVDF at the same concentration of filler. Moreover, the energy storage density of the composites with tailored structure was largely enhanced at the low electric field, showing promising application as dielectric material in energy storage device. Our work suggested that introduction of strong polarized ferroelectric particles with optimal size and construction of core-shell structured coated fillers by PVP in the PVDF matrix are efficacious in improving dielectric performance of composites. The demonstrated approach can also be applied to the design and preparation of other polymers

  15. Optimization Of PVDF-TrFE Processing Conditions For The Fabrication Of Organic MEMS Resonators.

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    Ducrot, Pierre-Henri; Dufour, Isabelle; Ayela, Cédric

    2016-01-21

    This paper reports a systematic optimization of processing conditions of PVDF-TrFE piezoelectric thin films, used as integrated transducers in organic MEMS resonators. Indeed, despite data on electromechanical properties of PVDF found in the literature, optimized processing conditions that lead to these properties remain only partially described. In this work, a rigorous optimization of parameters enabling state-of-the-art piezoelectric properties of PVDF-TrFE thin films has been performed via the evaluation of the actuation performance of MEMS resonators. Conditions such as annealing duration, poling field and poling duration have been optimized and repeatability of the process has been demonstrated.

  16. Integrated 3D printing and corona poling process of PVDF piezoelectric films for pressure sensor application

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    Kim, Hoejin; Torres, Fernando; Wu, Yanyu; Villagran, Dino; Lin, Yirong; Tseng, Tzu-Liang(Bill

    2017-08-01

    This paper presents a novel process to fabricate piezoelectric films from polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) polymer using integrated fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printing and corona poling technique. Corona poling is one of many effective poling processes that has received attention to activate PVDF as a piezoelectric responsive material. The corona poling process occurs when a PVDF polymer is exposed to a high electric field created and controlled through an electrically charged needle and a grid electrode under heating environment. FDM 3D printing has seen extensive progress in fabricating thermoplastic materials and structures, including PVDF. However, post processing techniques such as poling is needed to align the dipoles in order to gain piezoelectric properties. To further simplify the piezoelectric sensors and structures fabrication process, this paper proposes an integrated 3D printing process with corona poling to fabricate piezoelectric PVDF sensors without post poling process. This proposed process, named ‘Integrated 3D Printing and Corona poling process’ (IPC), uses the 3D printer’s nozzle and heating bed as anode and cathode, respectively, to create poling electric fields in a controlled heating environment. The nozzle travels along the programmed path with fixed distance between nozzle tip and sample’s top surface. Simultaneously, the electric field between the nozzle and bottom heating pad promotes the alignment of dipole moment of PVDF molecular chains. The crystalline phase transformation and output current generated by printed samples under different electric fields in this process were characterized by a Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and through fatigue load frame. It is demonstrated that piezoelectric PVDF films with enhanced β-phase percentage can be fabricated using the IPC process. In addition, mechanical properties of printed PVDF was investigated by tensile testing. It is expected to expand the use of additive

  17. Enhanced performance of dye-sensitized solar cells based on organic dopant incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO polymer blend electrolyte with g-C3N4/TiO2 photoanode

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    Senthil, R. A.; Theerthagiri, J.; Madhavan, J.; Murugan, K.; Arunachalam, Prabhakarn; Arof, A. K.

    2016-10-01

    This work describes the effect of 2-aminopyrimidine (2-APY) on poly(vinylidinefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP)/polyethylene oxide (PEO) blend polymer electrolyte along with binary iodide salts (tetrabutylammonium iodide (TBAI) and potassium iodide (KI)) and iodine (I2) were studied for enhancing the efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) consisting of g-C3N4/TiO2 composite as photoanode. The g-C3N4 was synthesized from low cost urea by thermal condensation method. It was used as a precursor to synthesize the various weight percentage ratios (5%, 10% and 15%) of g-C3N4/TiO2 composites by wet-impregnation method. The pure and 2-APY incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO polymer blend electrolytes were arranged by wet chemical process (casting method) using DMF as a solvent. The synthesized g-C3N4/TiO2 composites and polymer blend electrolytes were studied and analyzed by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The ionic conductivity values of the pure and 2-APY incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO blend electrolytes were estimated to be 4.53×10-5 and 1.87×10-4 Scm-1 respectively. The UV-vis absorption spectroscopy was carried out for the pure and different wt% of g-C3N4/TiO2 composites coated FTO films after N3 dye-sensitization. The 10 wt% g-C3N4/TiO2 composite film showed a maximum absorption compared to the others. The DSSC assembled with 10 wt% g-C3N4/TiO2 as photoanode using the pure polymer blend electrolyte exhibited a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.17% , which was superior than that of DSSC based pure TiO2 (2.46%). However, the PCE was increased to 4.73% for the DSSC assembled using 10 wt% g-C3N4/TiO2 as photoanode with 2-APY incorporated polymer blend electrolyte. Hence, the present study is a successful attempt to provide a new pathway to enhance the performance of DSSCs.

  18. Electroactivity of PVDF electrospun fiber mats and ZNO-PVDF composites

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    Öğüt, Erdem; Ogut, Erdem

    2007-01-01

    Poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), an electroactive polymer, has great distinctions for its mechanical properties compared to highly brittle electroceramics. Its piezoelectricity however is not immediately utilizable after being cast in film form, and the cast PVDF film requires additional processes, such as mechanical stretching and poling. In this thesis, alternative to cast PVDF film, electroactive characteristics of PVDF fibrous mats produced by electrospinning are investigated to seek wh...

  19. Flexible PVDF ferroelectric capacitive temperature sensor

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    Khan, Naveed

    2015-08-02

    In this paper, a capacitive temperature sensor based on polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) capacitor is explored. The PVDF capacitor is characterized below its Curie temperature. The capacitance of the PVDF capacitor changes vs temperature with a sensitivity of 16pF/°C. The linearity measurement of the capacitance-temperature relation shows less than 0.7°C error from a best fit straight line. An LC oscillator based temperature sensor is demonstrated based on this capacitor.

  20. Nanoconfinement: an effective way to enhance PVDF piezoelectric properties.

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    Cauda, Valentina; Stassi, Stefano; Bejtka, Katarzyna; Canavese, Giancarlo

    2013-07-10

    The dimensional confinement and oriented crystallization are both key factors in determining the piezoelectric properties of a polymeric nanostructured material. Here we prepare arrays of one-dimensional polymeric nanowires showing piezoelectric features by template-wetting two distinct polymers into anodic porous alumina (APA) membranes. In particular, poly(vinylidene fluoride), PVDF, and its copolymer poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene), PVTF, are obtained in commercially available APA, showing a final diameter of about 200 nm and several micrometers in length, reflecting the templating matrix features. We show that the crystallization of both polymers into a ferroelectric phase is directed by the nanotemplate confinement. Interestingly, the PVDF nanowires mainly crystallize into the β-phase in the nanoporous matrix, whereas the reference thin film of PVDF crystallizes in the α nonpolar phase. In the case of the PVTF nanowires, needle-like crystals oriented perpendicularly to the APA channel walls are observed, giving insight on the molecular orientation of the polymer within the nanowire structure. A remarkable piezoelectric behavior of both 1-D polymeric nanowires is observed, upon recording ferroelectric polarization, hysteresis, and displacement loops. In particular, an outstanding piezoelectric effect is observed for the PVDF nanowires with respect to the polymeric thin film, considering that no poling was carried out. Current versus voltage (I-V) characteristics showed a consistent switching behavior of the ferroelectric polar domains, thus revealing the importance of the confined and oriented crystallization of the polymer in monodimensional nanoarchitectures.

  1. EFFECT OF TiO2 SOL ON PVDF ULTRAFILTRATION MEMBRANE STRUCTURE AND PERFORMANCE%TiO2纳米粒子对PVDF超滤膜的结构与性能影响研究

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    闫勇; 赵长伟; 曾楚怡; 王涛; 栾兆坤

    2011-01-01

    采用溶胶-凝胶法制备了不同纳米TiO2溶胶含量的TiO2/PVDF超滤膜,探讨TiO2溶胶及其含量对膜性能及结构的影响,并利用X射线衍射、扫描电子显微镜、红外光谱和接触角测量仪表征了复合膜的结构.结果表明,经纳米TiO2溶胶改性后,TiO2/PVDF复合膜的孔隙率、接触角和结构等都发生了显著的变化,在TiO2溶胶添加质量分数为4%时条件下,膜的孔隙率为74.5%,水通量为430.6L·m-2·h-1,截留率为82.5%.%Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)/TiO2 hybrid ultrafiltration(UF) membranes with different nano TiO2 sol content were prepared by sol-gel method, the effects of TiO2 sol and its content on the membrane performance and structure were discussed, and the structure of the composite membranes were investigated by XRD, SEM, FT-IR, contact angle goniometer. The results showed that porosity, contact angle and membrane structure of TiO2/PVDF membrane all improve after adding nano TiO2 sol, Under the condition of the addition of TiO2 was 4%, porosity was 74.5%,the flux was 430.6 L·m-2·h-1 and retention rate was 82.5%.

  2. 接枝PVDF膜吸收器中CO2吸收特性和传质规律的研究%CO2 Absorption Characteristics and Mass Transfer Performance in Grafted PVDF Hollow Fiber Membrane Contactor

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    何婷琳; 陈仁菊; 肖凯军

    2012-01-01

    本文以CO2为吸收气体,NaOH为吸收液,研究了N-异丙基丙烯酰胺(PNIPAM)接枝的PVDF中空纤维膜吸收器吸收二氧化碳的吸收特性以及传质规律,并建立膜吸收器中二氧化碳的传质模型.研究结果表明:PNIPAM接枝PVDF中空纤维膜吸收器的CO2吸收率随吸收液浓度和吸收液的流量的升高而升高,随气体流量升高而降低;在实验操作条件下,较佳吸收二氧化碳的工艺参数为:吸收液浓度为0.4 mol/L,吸收液流量为16 L/h,气体流量为250 L/h,气液两相流动方式采用逆流方式.此时,二氧化碳的吸收率接近100%;而对二氧化碳气体吸收过程中传质的研究得出,总传质系数KG=17.5~26.3×10-5mol·m-2·s-1·KPa-1,传质通量NCO2=3.8~7.6×10-6 mol·m-2·s-1;采用PNIPAM接枝PVDF中空纤维膜吸收器,NaOH水溶液吸收CO2 具有良好的吸收效率.%In this paper, CO2 absorption characteristics and mass transfer performance in N-isopropyl acrylamide (PNIPAM) grafted PVDF hollow fiber membrane contactor using NaOH solution as absorbing liquid to absorb carbon dioxide were studied, and then mass transfer model of CO2 absorption was established. The absorption rates of carbon dioxide in PVDF hollow fiber membrane contactor was improved by the increase in the concentration and flow rate of absorbing liquid, while decreased with gas flow. The optimal processing parameters for absorbing CO2 via grafted PVDF hollow fiber membrane contactor were: 0.4 mol/L of absorbing liquid concentration, 16 L/h of flow rate of absorbing liquid, and 250 L/h of gas flow rate at a counter flow of gas against absorbing liquid. Under the above operating conditions, the absorption rate of carbon dioxide was nearly 100% and total mass transfer coefficient is KG=17.5~26.3×10-5 mol·m-2s-1·KPa-1. The mass transfer flux was about NcO2=3.8~7.6×10-6 mol·m-2·s-1. The characteristics of absorption of CO2 for grafted PVDF membrane contactor were of good efficiency of

  3. Study on anti-fouling properties and application of PVDF/PMMA and PVDF/TPU blend membranes%PVDF/PMMA与PVDF/TPU共混膜抗污染性能研究及应用

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    黄健平; 邵玉敏; 刘纳; 刘莉莉; 奚旦立

    2012-01-01

    SEM morphologies for novel five-bore PVDF blend modified membranes were observed.The critical fluxes of PVDF/PMMA and PVDF/TPU blend membranes were measured by the flux-step method.The filtration experiments at sub-critical flux and super-critical flux were performed.Then tubular membrane module A(PVDF/PMMA) and B(PVDF/TPU) were used to treat surface water.The results indicated that the PVDF blend modified membranes possessed excellent microstructure and the microstructure of membrane module B was better.The critical fluxes of two membrane modules were 12 L/(m2·h) and 10 L/(m2·h),respectively.The anti-fouling properties of membrane module B were better than those of membrane module A.The operating characteristic under sub-critical flux was more stable than that of super-critical flux.Two membrane modules were used to treat surface water under sub-critical flux and the effects of those with coagulation as pretreatment were studied.The results showed that the wastewater treatment performance of coagulation-ultrafiltration combination process was better than that of ultrafiltration alone process,and the wastewater treatment performance of membrane module B was better than that of membrane module A.%观察新型五孔PVDF共混改性纤维膜SEM形貌特征,采用逐级通量法测定PVDF/PMMA和PVDF/TPU共混改性膜的临界通量,研究在次临界和超临界通量下A(PVDF/PMMA)与B(PVDF/TPU)2种管式膜组件的过滤和抗污染性能,并在次临界通量下处理地表水。结果表明,PVDF共混改性膜具有优良的微观结构,且膜B性能较好;膜A、B的临界通量分别为12 L/(m2.h)和10 L/(m2.h);膜组件B比膜组件A抗污染性能好。次临界通量下膜组件的运行比超临界通量下的稳定。与采用单独超滤处理某市地表水相比,2种膜组件采用混凝+超滤工艺的运行处理效果更好,且膜组件B比膜组件A处理效果佳。

  4. Material parameters for thermoelectric performance

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    M N Tripathi; C M Bhandari

    2005-09-01

    The thermoelectric performance of a thermoelement is ideally defined in terms of the so-called figure-of-merit = 2 / , where , and refer respectively to the Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity of the thermoelement material. However, there are other parameters which are fairly good indicators of a material's thermoelectric `worth'. A simple yet useful performance indicator is possible with only two parameters-energy gap and lattice thermal conductivity. This indicator can outline all potentially useful thermoelectric materials. Thermal conductivity in place of lattice thermal conductivity can provide some additional information about the temperature range of operation. Yet another performance indicator may be based on the slope of vs. ln plots. plotted against ln shows a linear relationship in a simplified model, but shows a variation with temperature and carrier concentration. Assuming that such a relationship is true for a narrow range of temperature and carrier concentration, one can calculate the slope of vs. ln plots against temperature and carrier concentrations. A comparison between the variation of and slope suggests that such plots may be useful to identify potential thermoelectric materials.

  5. Non-reproducible Electrical Properties Of Semiconductor PVDF-HFP (Hexafluoropropylenevinylidenefluoride) Copolymer

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    Likoglu, Gulbeden; Guney, H. Yuksel; Abaci, Ufuk

    2007-04-01

    The I-V characteristic of carbon black-filled PVDF-HFP copolymer has been investigated as functions of electrical field, temperature and time. In addition, the conductivity has been measured by applying fixed voltage at different temperature. Electrical properties of the carbon-black-filled PVDf-HFP have been compared with the electrical properties of pure PVDF and PVDF-HFP samples. The variation of conductivity with respect to electrical field and temperature has been obtained experimentally. Although the conductivity has been especially increasing with using temperature as semiconductor, it tends to decrease after a certain electrical field. Because of the dipolar structure, the I-V characteristic of the material has shown non-reproducible and hysteresis behavior. It has observed that the variation of conductivity as a function of temperature under fixed electrical field followed different exponential ways which depends on time after a certain temperature value.

  6. Characterization of Sulfonated Perfluorocyclobutane /Poly(Vinylidene Difluoride)-co-Hexafluoropropylene (PFCB/PVDF-HFP) Blends for Use as Proton Exchange Membranes

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    Katherine A. Finlay

    2013-01-01

    The research herein focuses on the characterization of a PFCB/PVDF-HFP (70:30 wt:wt) blend fuel cell membrane including the constitutive and morphological properties, how these properties predict the stresses incurred under fuel cell operating conditions, and how these properties change over time under fuel cell operating conditions. Characterization was performed to mimic temperature and moisture conditions found in operating fuel cells to understand how these materials will behave in servic...

  7. Design optimization of PVDF-based piezoelectric energy harvesters.

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    Song, Jundong; Zhao, Guanxing; Li, Bo; Wang, Jin

    2017-09-01

    Energy harvesting is a promising technology that powers the electronic devices via scavenging the ambient energy. Piezoelectric energy harvesters have attracted considerable interest for their high conversion efficiency and easy fabrication in minimized sensors and transducers. To improve the output capability of energy harvesters, properties of piezoelectric materials is an influential factor, but the potential of the material is less likely to be fully exploited without an optimized configuration. In this paper, an optimization strategy for PVDF-based cantilever-type energy harvesters is proposed to achieve the highest output power density with the given frequency and acceleration of the vibration source. It is shown that the maximum power output density only depends on the maximum allowable stress of the beam and the working frequency of the device, and these two factors can be obtained by adjusting the geometry of piezoelectric layers. The strategy is validated by coupled finite-element-circuit simulation and a practical device. The fabricated device within a volume of 13.1 mm(3) shows an output power of 112.8 μW which is comparable to that of the best-performing piezoceramic-based energy harvesters within the similar volume reported so far.

  8. An Investigation on Dynamic Signals of MFC and PVDF Sensors: Experimental Work

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    Jung Woo Sohn

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present paper, identification of dynamic sensing characteristics of macrofiber composite (MFC and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF is carried out via experimental investigation. As a first step, basic characteristics and operating principles of MFC and PVDF are briefly reviewed. Then, a clamped aluminum beam structure is prepared and experimental setup for vibration signal test is established with shaker system. Both MFC and PVDF are attached on the top and bottom surface of the beam structure, respectively, and connected to data acquisition system. In order to verify the operating bandwidth, frequency responses of the smart beam structure are obtained from 0 Hz to 5 kHz under sine sweep excitation. For the identification of dynamic sensing characteristics, experiments for linearity, durability, and robustness are conducted. It is observed that both MFC and PVDF have excellent sensing performance in measuring dynamic response and monitoring structural vibration.

  9. An Investigation of Proton Conductivity of Vinyltriazole-Grafted PVDF Proton Exchange Membranes Prepared via Photoinduced Grafting

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    Sinan Sezgin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs are considered to be a promising technology for clean and efficient power generation in the twenty-first century. In this study, high performance of poly(vinylidene fluoride (PVDF and proton conductivity of poly(1-vinyl-1,2,4-triazole (PVTri were combined in a graft copolymer, PVDF-g-PVTri, by the polymerization of 1-vinyl-1,2,4-triazole on a PVDF based matrix under UV light in one step. The polymers were doped with triflic acid (TA at different stoichiometric ratios with respect to triazole units and the anhydrous polymer electrolyte membranes were prepared. All samples were characterized by FTIR and 1H-NMR spectroscopies. Their thermal properties were examined by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. TGA demonstrated that the PVDF-g-PVTri and PVDF-g-PVTri-(TAx membranes were thermally stable up to 390°C and 330°C, respectively. NMR and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS results demonstrated that PVDF-g-PVTri was successfully synthesized with a degree of grafting of 21%. PVDF-g-PVTri-(TA3 showed a maximum proton conductivity of 6×10-3 Scm−1 at 150°C and anhydrous conditions. CV study illustrated that electrochemical stability domain for PVDF-g-PVTri-(TA3 extended over 4.0 V.

  10. Study of pyroelectric activity of PZT/PVDF-HFP composite

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    Luiz Francisco Malmonge

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Flexible, free-standing piezo and pyroelectric composite with 0 to 3 connectivity was made up from Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT powder and poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene (PVDF-HFP copolymer. The pyroelectric and the piezoelectric longitudinal (d33 coefficients were measured. A 50/50 vol.% PZT/PVDF-HFP composite resulted in piezo and pyroelectric coefficients of d33 = 25.0 pC/N and p = 4.5 × 10-4 C/m²K at 70 °C, respectively. Analysis of the complex permittivity in a wide range of frequency was carried out indicating lower permittivity of the composite in comparison with a permittivity of the PZT ceramic. The low value of the permittivity gives a high pyroelectric figure of merit indicating that this material can be used to build a temperature sensor in spite of the lower pyroelectric coefficient compared with PZT.

  11. Preliminary Study on the Removal of Steroidal Estrogens Using TiO2-Doped PVDF Ultrafiltration Membranes

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    Mingquan Wang

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Steroidal estrogens are a representative type of endocrine-disrupting chemical contaminant that has been detected in surface water. In this paper, modified polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF membranes were prepared by adding different amounts of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP and nano-TiO2 particles. PVDF-PVP membrane adsorption, UV photolysis and PVDF-PVP-TiO2 membrane photocatalysis performance were investigated by considering the rejection of estrone (E1 and 17β-estradiol (E2 in the cross-flow filtration experiments. The mechanism of photocatalytic degradation on TiO2-doped PVDF membranes was also evaluated. The results from the study indicated that adding PVP and nano-TiO2 appropriately in PVDF membranes could be an effective method for better E1and E2 rejection due to adsorption and photocatalytic degradation.

  12. Models for 31-mode PVDF energy harvester for wearable applications.

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    Zhao, Jingjing; You, Zheng

    2014-01-01

    Currently, wearable electronics are increasingly widely used, leading to an increasing need of portable power supply. As a clean and renewable power source, piezoelectric energy harvester can transfer mechanical energy into electric energy directly, and the energy harvester based on polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) operating in 31-mode is appropriate to harvest energy from human motion. This paper established a series of theoretical models to predict the performance of 31-mode PVDF energy harvester. Among them, the energy storage one can predict the collected energy accurately during the operation of the harvester. Based on theoretical study and experiments investigation, two approaches to improve the energy harvesting performance have been found. Furthermore, experiment results demonstrate the high accuracies of the models, which are better than 95%.

  13. Investigation of PAA/PVDF-NZVI hybrids for metronidazole removal: synthesis, characterization, and reactivity characteristics.

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    Yang, Jiacheng; Wang, Xiangyu; Zhu, Minping; Liu, Huiling; Ma, Jun

    2014-01-15

    For the first time, the removal process of metronidazole (MNZ) from aqueous solutions over nano zerovalent iron (NZVI) encapsulated within poly(acrylic acid) (PAA)/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membranes was reported. The resultant composite (PPN) demonstrated high reactivity, excellent stability and reusability over the reaction course. Such excellent performance might be attributed to the presence of the charged carboxyl groups in PVDF membrane support, which could enhance NZVI dispersion and improve its longevity. Results showed that a lower initial concentration and higher reaction temperature facilitated the removal of MNZ by PPN, and that the acidic and neutral conditions generally exhibited more favorable effect on MNZ removal than the alkaline ones. Kinetics of the MNZ removal by PPN was found to follow a two-parameter pseudo-first-order decay model well, and the activation energy of the MNZ degradation by PPN was determined to be 30.49kJ/mol. The presence of chloride ions slightly enhanced the reactivity of PPN with MNZ, whereas sulfate ions inhibited its reactivity. In addition, MNZ degradation pathways by PPN were proposed based on the identified intermediates. This study suggests that PPN composite possessing excellent performance may be a promising functional material to pretreat antibiotic wastewaters.

  14. Nanomanufacturing and analysis of novel continuous ferroelectric PVDF and P(VDF-TrFE) nanofibers

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    Ren, Xi

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and PVDF copolymers are well known for their ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties. Currently, they are mainly used in applications in the form of films. Thin PVDF films have been shown to possess unique ferroelectric properties in the nanoscale range. However, their two-dimensional nature limits their applicability in active engineering materials and structures. One-dimensional PVDF nanofibers can be expected to combine ferroelectric behavior with enhanced mechanical properties and ultrahigh flexibility providing critical advantages for applications. In this work, novel continuous PVDF nanofibers were nanomanufactured and systematically studied for the first time. Nanofibers from PVDF and P(VDF-TrFE) copolymer with several molecular weights and co-polymer compositions were manufactured by electrospinning. The method consists of spinning polymer solutions in high electric fields. Effects of process parameters on nanofiber diameters and morphology were studied. Resulting nanofibers were characterized by FE-SEM, TEM, XRD, FTIR, DSC and TGA. Effects of annealing on copolymer nanofibers were analyzed. Nanofiber-reinforced composites were manufactured and their polarization behavior studied using a specially designed experimental device. A number of pioneering observations and discoveries were made as a result of this analysis. For example, analysis of crystalline structure of PVDF nanofibers showed that the initial a phase of the PVDF raw material was converted to beta phase during electrospinning. This result is very encouraging as the beta phase is primarily responsible for the piezo- and ferroelectric behavior of PVDF polymers. It was also shown for the first time that nanofabricated P(VDF-TrFE) nanofibers exhibited distinct Curie points and different structures than their raw materials. Annealing was shown to be an effective way to modify properties of P(VDF-TrFE) co-polymer nanofibers. Overall, the results demonstrated for the

  15. Synthesis of PVDF ultrafiltration membranes supported on polyester fabrics for separation of organic matter from water

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    Mhlanga, Sabelo D.; Tshabalala, Tumelo G.; Nxumalo, Edward N.; Mamba, Bhekie B.

    2014-08-01

    Polyvinylidene flouride (PVDF) membranes supported on non-woven fabrics (NWF) of polyester are reported. The PVDF membranes were fabricated using the phase inversion method followed by modification of the active top layer of the PVDF thin film by adding polyvinylpyrolidone (PVP) into the cast solution. A PVDF resin was used with N- methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) as a solvent. Sessile drop contact angle measurements and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to study the physical properties of the membranes. Membrane rejection of humic acid was studied using a cross-flow membrane testing unit. The contact angle results revealed that the hydrophilicity of PVDF membranes increased as the PVP concentration was increased from 3 to 10 wt%. SEM analysis of the membranes revealed that the membrane pore sizes increased when PVP was added. AFM analysis also showed that membrane roughness changed when PVP was added. Total organic carbon (TOC) analysis of water samples spiked with humic acid was performed to test the rejection capacity of the membranes. Rejections of up to 97% were achieved for PVDF membranes supported on polyester NWF1, which had smaller thickness and higher permeability compared to polyester NWF2. The NWFs provided the high strength required for the membranes despite the modifications done on the PDVF surface and microstructure.

  16. Preparation Method of Crack-free PVDF Microfiltration Membrane with Enhanced Antifouling Characteristics.

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    Woo, Sahng Hyuck; Lee, Ju Sung; Lee, Hyun Ho; Park, Jinwon; Min, Byoung Ryul

    2015-08-05

    This study proposes a method to prepare a crack-free poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) microfiltration (MF) membrane with enhanced antifouling property. In the study, blending 4% poly(vinylidene fluoride)-graft-poly(sulfopropyl methacrylate) (PVDF-g-PSPMA) and 1.5% potassium perchlorate (KClO4) led to crack prevention during membrane preparation via nonsolvent induced phase separation (NIPS) when compared with blending with 4% PVDF-g-PSPMA only (without KClO4). The resulting crack-free membrane (A3) had both smooth surface structure and hydrophilicity in comparison with pristine PVDF membrane (A1). In addition, blending with PVDF-g-PSPMA and KClO4 also allowed the A3 membrane to exhibit uniform pore size distribution (PSD) and smooth surface structure, compared with PVDF membrane commercially available from company "M" in Germany. The aforementioned properties led to antifouling characteristics in the crack-free membrane (A3). According to flux performances, flux recovery and cumulative permeate volume (between 120 and 240 min) of crack-free membrane (A3) were 11.41 and 17.41% superior to those of commercial membrane, respectively.

  17. A study on PVDF-HFP gel polymer electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries

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    Liu, W.; Zhang, X. K.; Wu, F.; Xiang, Y.

    2017-06-01

    In this paper, poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) gel polymer electrolyte was fabricated via solvent casting method in order to improve the performance of the lithium-ion batteries. By comparing the physical and electrochemical properties of PVDF-HFP gel polymer electrolyte with three different proportions, the optimization of the PVDF-HFP gel polymer electrolyte was obtained: 10wt% PVDF-HFP - 80wt% tetrahydrofuran (THF) / acetone - 10wt% 1mol L-1 lithium perchlorate (LiClO4) in elthylene carbonate (EC) and diethyl carbonate (DEC). The optimized PVDF-HFP gel polymer electrolyte displayed a high conductivity of 1.06×10-3 S cm-1 at room temperature, a high lithium transference number of 0.36 and a good thermal stability within 100°C. Moreover, the discharge specific capacity was 135.1 mAh g-1, and the charge / discharge efficiency was 99.1% at 0.1C rate. Therefore, the fabricated PVDF-HFP gel polymer electrolyte was an effective gel polymer electrolyte to be applied on lithium-ion batteries.

  18. PVDF 换热器在工业余热回收中的应用分析%Application of PVDF Heat Exchanger in Industrial Recovery of Waste Heat

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    赵国春; 孙金栋; 李丹丹; 魏晨晨

    2015-01-01

    The research progress of heat exchanger of plastics is introduced briefly, and the heat transfer performance of PTFE heat exchanger and PVDF heat exchanger are analyzed. PVDF has the better machine-finishing performance than PTFE. Application of PVDF heat exchanger in industrial recovery of waste heat is expounded emphatically, with conclusion that it has more excellent performance compared with metal heat exchanger. Influencing factors of the total heat transfer coefficient of PVDF heat exchanger are presented. The wall resistance is the main influencing factor, which can use small diameter and thin-walled tubes in order to reduce the effect of thermal resistance of pipe wall.%简要介绍了塑料换热器的研究进展,对 PTFE 换热器和 PVDF 换热器性能进行了分析,PVDF比 PTFE 具有更好的机械加工性能。着重分析了 PVDF 换热器在工业余热回收方面的应用,相比金属换热器具有更加优异的性能。分析了 PVDF 换热器总传热系数影响因素,管壁热阻是主要影响因素,可以采用小管径薄壁管减少管壁热阻的影响。

  19. Preparation and properties of gel membrane containing porous PVDF-HFP matrix and cross-linked PEG for lithium ion conduction

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    Mei ZHANG; Aiqing ZHANG; Zhenyu CUI; Baoku ZHU; Gaigc HAN; Youyi XU

    2008-01-01

    Lithium ion conducting membranes are the key materials for lithium batteries. The lithium ion conducting gel polymer electrolyte membrane (Li-GPEM) based on porous poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) matrix and cross-linked PEG network is pre-pared by a typical phase inversion process. By immersing the porous PVDF-HFP membrane in liquid electrolyte con-taining poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) and an initiator to absorb the liquid electrolyte at 25℃, and then thermally cross-linking at 60℃, the Li-GPEM is fabricated successfully. The measurements on its weight loss, mech-anical and electrochemical properties reveal that the obtained Li-GPEM has better overall performance than the liquid and blend gel systems used as conductive media in lithium batteries. The ionic conductivity of the fabricated Li-GPEM can reach as high as 2.25 × 10-3S/cm at 25℃.

  20. Nanotribology of polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) in the presence of electric field.

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    Lee, Hyungoo; Bhushan, Bharat

    2011-08-15

    Polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) is one of the most widely used piezoelectric materials in micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS) due to its excellent properties. Its applications range from biological to electric devices, such as an artificial hip joint, a microgripper, and a force sensor. It is critical to understand friction, adhesion, and wear mechanisms of this material. In this study, effect of piezoelectricity and lubricant with electric field on tribological properties was investigated, using poled and unpoled PVDF. To understand the tribological properties at nano- and macroscales, scale effect was also studied using an AFM and a tribometer. Relevant mechanisms are discussed.

  1. A study on building an experimental system of PVDF sensor for structural local monitoring on a bridge model

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    Yu, Yan; Wang, Yang; An, Yonghui; Ou, Jinping

    2010-04-01

    Smart material structure originated from aerospace area has been a research hotspot in the application of civil engineering, shipping, and so on. For structural health monitoring of civil engineering, the research about highperformance sensing unit of smart material structure is very important, and this will possibly push further the development of health monitoring and diagnosis technique. As one of the piezoelectric materials belonging to smart materials, PVDF (Polyvinylidene Fluoride) film is widely concerned for its property advantages of low cost, good mechanical ability, high sensibility, resistance of corrosion. In this paper, for the validation of using PVDF for sensing unit for structural local monitoring of civil engineering, an experimental system of PVDF sensor for structural local monitoring on a bridge model is built. Based on the operating mechanism of PVDF, its measure circuit and characteristics(quasi-static and dynamic strain responding) are introduced. A bridge model is designed, and experiments have also been done for structural local health monitoring using PVDF. The experimental results show that, PVDF can finish impact response monitoring and damage detection of a bridge model, and the developed experimental system with simple and easy implement can be used for practical monitoring engineering.

  2. The Electrical Performance of Polyamide 66/Poly(vinylidene fluoride with Vinyl Acetate-Maleic Anhydride Copolymer

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The electric performance of the PA66/PVDF blends filled with various amount of copolymer synthesized from vinyl acetate-maleic anhydride (VAMA was investigated. PA66/VAMA/PVDF blends show high dielectric constants, low dielectric loss, and excellent breakdown strength, which were important indexes in the actual application of dielectric material. The VAMA copolymer improves the dielectric and piezoelectric performance of the PA66/PVDF blends. Meanwhile, the addition of VAMA obviously decreases the dielectric loss and breakdown strength of the blends. PA66/PVDF blends filled with 3 wt% VAMA exhibited the best electric ability. The stable dielectric constants of the all-polymeric blends can be tuned by adjusting the content of the VAMA. The created all-polymeric blends represent a novel dielectric material that is technologically simple and easy to process forward application for flexible electronics.

  3. PVDF multifilament yarns grafted with polystyrene induced by γ-irradition: Influence of the grafting parameters on the mechanical properties

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    Marmey, P.; Porté, M. C.; Baquey, Ch.

    2003-08-01

    The development of alternative prosthetic materials for cardiovascular applications has found growing interest due to the failure to date to be able to implement functional patent small diameter vascular grafts (∅polystyrene onto the PVDF surface by γ irradiation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of grafting parameters on the mechanical properties: (i) γ-ray irradiation time and (ii) grafting time of styrene monomers, which polymerize and form polystyrene bound to the PVDF surface.

  4. Novel nano materials for high performance logic and memory devices

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    Das, Saptarshi

    mobility with the layer thickness. The non-monotonic trend suggests that in order to harvest the maximum potential of MoS2 for high performance device applications, a layer thickness in the range of 6-12 nm would be ideal. Finally using scandium contacts on 10nm thick exfoliated MoS2 flakes that are covered by a 15nm ALD grown Al2O3 film, record high mobility of 700cm2/Vs is achieved at room-temperature which is extremely encouraging for the design of high performance logic devices. The destructive nature of the readout process in Ferroelectric Random Access Memories (FeRAMs) is one of the major limiting factors for their wide scale commercialization. Utilizing Ferroelectric Field-Effect Transistor RAM (FeTRAM) instead solves the destructive read out problem, but at the expense of introducing crystalline ferroelectrics that are hard to integrate into CMOS. In order to address these challenges a novel, fully functional, CMOS compatible, One-Transistor-One-Transistor (1T1T) memory cell architecture using an organic ferroelectric -- PVDF-TrFE -- as the memory storage unit (gate oxide) and a silicon nanowire as the memory read out unit (channel material) is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. While evaluating the scaling potential of the above mentioned organic FeTRAM, it is found that the switching time and switching voltage of this organic copolymer PVDF-TrFE exhibits an unexpected scaling behavior as a function of the lateral device dimensions. The phenomenological theory, that explains this abnormal scaling trend, involves in-plane interchain and intrachain interaction of the copolymer - resulting in a power-law dependence of the switching field on the device area (ESW alpha ACH0.1) that is ultimately responsible for the decrease in the switching time and switching voltage. These findings are encouraging since they indicate that scaling the switching voltage and switching time without aggressively scaling the copolymer thickness occurs naturally while scaling the

  5. High performance soft magnetic materials

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    2017-01-01

    This book provides comprehensive coverage of the current state-of-the-art in soft magnetic materials and related applications, with particular focus on amorphous and nanocrystalline magnetic wires and ribbons and sensor applications. Expert chapters cover preparation, processing, tuning of magnetic properties, modeling, and applications. Cost-effective soft magnetic materials are required in a range of industrial sectors, such as magnetic sensors and actuators, microelectronics, cell phones, security, automobiles, medicine, health monitoring, aerospace, informatics, and electrical engineering. This book presents both fundamentals and applications to enable academic and industry researchers to pursue further developments of these key materials. This highly interdisciplinary volume represents essential reading for researchers in materials science, magnetism, electrodynamics, and modeling who are interested in working with soft magnets. Covers magnetic microwires, sensor applications, amorphous and nanocrystalli...

  6. 抗污染PVA/PVDF电纺纳米纤维复合超滤膜的制备及过滤性能%Preparation and Filtration Performance of Antifouling PVA/PVDF Composite Ultrafiltration Membrane Based on Electrospinning Technology

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    武凌辉; 汪滨; 王娇娜; 李从举

    2016-01-01

    以聚对苯二甲酸二醇酯( PET)无纺布为基底,聚偏氟乙烯( PVDF)纳米纤维为支撑层,聚乙烯醇(PVA)纳米纤维膜为分离层,采用静电纺丝法制备超滤膜,并用水/丙酮混合溶液对复合纳米纤维膜表面进行溶液处理,再加入戊二醛交联改性得到致密分离层。采用扫描电子显微镜( SEM)和红外光谱( FTIR)表征了复合超滤膜的表面,用水接触角( WCA)表征复合超滤膜的亲水性。在0�02 MPa恒压下死端过滤油/水乳液,测试复合超滤膜的过滤性能。结果表明,最优条件下制备的复合超滤膜死端过滤油/水乳液的通量为(42�50±4�78) L/(m2·h),截留率达到(95�72±0�33)%;循环使用5次后,依然具有较好的过滤性能,常压下死端过滤复合超滤膜的纯水通量为(3469±28) L/(m2·h)。%A composite ultrafiltration membrane containning polyethylene terephthalate ( PET ) non⁃woven fabric substrate and poly(vinylidene fluoride)(PVDF) nanofibers as support layer, polyvinyl alcohol(PVA) nanofiber membrane for barrier layer was prepared using electrospinning method. A mixture of acetone and water solution was used for crosslinking treatment to form the dense barrier layer. The ultrafiltration membranes were characterized by Fourier transform infrared(FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron micrograph(SEM) and water contact angle(WCA). Filtration performance of the resulting PVA/PVDF composite ultrafiltration membranes was evaluated by the oil/water emulsions separation system. The results showed that the optimal composite ultrafiltration membrane possessed general flux[(42�50±4�78) L/(m2·h)] and high rejection rate[(95�72±0�33)%] at very low feeding pressure(0�02 MPa), after 5 times recycled, it still has good filter performance. The pure water flux using the dead⁃end filtrationof composite ultrafiltration membrane at atmospheric pressure was

  7. Electric poling-assisted additive manufacturing process for PVDF polymer-based piezoelectric device applications

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    Lee, ChaBum; Tarbutton, Joshua A.

    2014-09-01

    This paper presents a new additive manufacturing (AM) process to directly and continuously print piezoelectric devices from polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) polymeric filament rods under a strong electric field. This process, called ‘electric poling-assisted additive manufacturing or EPAM, combines AM and electric poling processes and is able to fabricate free-form shape piezoelectric devices continuously. In this process, the PVDF polymer dipoles remain well-aligned and uniform over a large area in a single design, production and fabrication step. During EPAM process, molten PVDF polymer is simultaneously mechanically stresses in-situ by the leading nozzle and electrically poled by applying high electric field under high temperature. The EPAM system was constructed to directly print piezoelectric structures from PVDF polymeric filament while applying high electric field between nozzle tip and printing bed in AM machine. Piezoelectric devices were successfully fabricated using the EPAM process. The crystalline phase transitions that occurred from the process were identified by using the Fourier transform infrared spectroscope. The results indicate that devices printed under a strong electric field become piezoelectric during the EPAM process and that stronger electric fields result in greater piezoelectricity as marked by the electrical response and the formation of sharper peaks at the polar β crystalline wavenumber of the PVDF polymer. Performing this process in the absence of an electric field does not result in dipole alignment of PVDF polymer. The EPAM process is expected to lead to the widespread use of AM to fabricate a variety of piezoelectric PVDF polymer-based devices for sensing, actuation and energy harvesting applications with simple, low cost, single processing and fabrication step.

  8. Design and development of PVDF-based MEMS hydrophone and accelerometer

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    Zhu, Bei

    It is always desirable to fabricate low-cost, highly sensitive and miniaturized sensors for various applications. In this thesis, the design and processing of PVDF-based MEMS hydrophones and accelerometers have been investigated. The basic structure of the hydrophone was fabricated on a silicon wafer using standard NMOS process technology. A MOSFET with extended gate electrode was designed as the interface circuit to a sensing material, which is a piezoelectric polymer, polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF). Acoustic impedance possessed by this piezoelectric material provides a reasonable match to that of water, which makes it very attractive for underwater applications. The electrical signal generated by the PVDF film was directly coupled to the gate of the MOSFET. In order to minimize the parasitic capacitance underneath the PVDF film and hence improve the device sensitivity, a thick photoresist, SU-8, was first employed as the dielectric layer under the extended gate electrode. For underwater operation, the hydrophone was encapsulated by a waterproof Rho-C rubber. However, it was found that the rubber induced the degradation of the MOSFET. To improve the reliability of the hydrophone, the active device was passivated by a silicon nitride layer, which is a good barrier material to most mobile ions and solvents. The device after passivation also shows a lower noise level. A theoretical model was developed to predict the sensitivity of the hydrophone. A reasonable agreement between the theoretical and experimental results was obtained. MEMS accelerometers based on the PVDF-MOSFET structure by attaching a seismic mass on top of the PVDF film were also fabricated. The accelerometer was calibrated using a comparison method and an average sensitivity of 0.28 mV/g was achieved. A dynamic model of the accelerometer was derived and the calculated results are in good agreement with the measured results.

  9. Application of a PVDF-based stress gauge in determining dynamic stress-strain curves of concrete under impact testing

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    Meng, Yi; Yi, Weijian

    2011-06-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) piezoelectric material has been successfully applied in many engineering fields and scientific research. However, it has rarely been used for direct measurement of concrete stresses under impact loading. In this paper, a new PVDF-based stress gauge was developed to measure concrete stresses under impact loading. Calibrated on a split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) with a simple measurement circuit of resistance strain gauges, the PVDF gauge was then used to establish dynamic stress-strain curves of concrete cylinders from a series of axial impact testing on a drop-hammer test facility. Test results show that the stress curves measured by the PVDF-based stress gauges are more stable and cleaner than that of the stress curves calculated with the impact force measured from a load cell.

  10. Bio-Inspired PVDF-Based, Mouse Whisker Mimicking, Tactile Sensor

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    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The design and fabrication of a Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF based, mouse (or rodent whisker mimicking, tactile sensor is presented. Unlike previous designs reported in the literature, this sensor mimics the mouse whisker not only mechanically, but it also makes macro movements just like a real mouse whisker in a natural environment. We have developed a mathematical model and performed finite element analysis using COMSOL, in order to optimise the whisker to have the same natural frequency as that of a biological whisker. Similarly, we have developed a control system that enables the whisker mimicking sensor to vibrate at variable frequencies and conducted practical experiments to validate the response of the sensor. The natural frequency of the whisker can be designed anywhere between 35 and 110 Hz, the same as a biological whisker, by choosing different materials and physical dimensions. The control system of this sensor enables the whisker to vibrate between 5 and 236 Hz.

  11. Evolution of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hierarchical morphology during slow gelation process and its superhydrophobicity.

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    Li, Xianfeng; Zhou, Chong; Du, Runhong; Li, Nana; Han, Xutong; Zhang, Yufeng; An, Shulin; Xiao, Changfa

    2013-06-26

    In the paper, we proposed an evolution process of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) macromolecular aggregation in a mixed solvent through the simple and slow gelation process at room temperature. The mixed solvent is prepared with a room-temperature solvent and a high-temperature solvent. The evolution process can be terminated by quenching and exchanging with nonsolvent in a nonsolvent coagulation bath properly, and then the vivid petal-like nanostructure and microspherulite is formed simultaneously. This hierarchical morphology endows PVDF with superhydrophobic and self-cleaning properties, which is useful to PVDF coating and membrane materials. The evolution processes are investigated through the measurements of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD). In addition, the rheological properties of solution, dry gel and wet gel, are explored.

  12. Mechanical Degradation of Graphite/PVDF Composite Electrodes: A Model-Experimental Study

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    Takahashi, K; Higa, K; Mair, S; Chintapalli, M; Balsara, N; Srinivasan, V

    2015-12-11

    Mechanical failure modes of a graphite/polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) composite electrode for lithium-ion batteries were investigated by combining realistic stress-stain tests and mathematical model predictions. Samples of PVDF mixed with conductive additive were prepared in a similar way to graphite electrodes and tested while submerged in electrolyte solution. Young's modulus and tensile strength values of wet samples were found to be approximately one-fifth and one-half of those measured for dry samples. Simulations of graphite particles surrounded by binder layers given the measured material property values suggest that the particles are unlikely to experience mechanical damage during cycling, but that the fate of the surrounding composite of PVDF and conductive additive depends completely upon the conditions under which its mechanical properties were obtained. Simulations using realistic property values produced results that were consistent with earlier experimental observations.

  13. Simple casting based fabrication of PEDOT:PSS-PVDF-ionic liquid soft actuators

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    Simaite, Aiva; Tondu, Bertrand; Mathieu, Fabrice; Souéres, Philippe; Bergaud, Christian

    2015-04-01

    Despite a growing interest in conducting polymer based actuators, a robust fabrication technique is still needed. We suggest a fabrication method that allows fast production of conducting polymer actuators from commercially available polyvinylidene flouride membranes (PVDF) and a PEDOT/PSS solution. In order to improve adhesion of those materials, Ar plasma induced grafting is used to create hydrophilic surfaces of up to 40 μm. Hydrophilic PVDF-graft-polyethylene glycol allows diffusion of PEDOT/PSS in the pores of the membranes, while hydrophobic middle layers prevent short circuits. In this way, soft actuators can be fabricated by consequent drop casting and drying of conducting polymer.

  14. Hybrid energy harvester based on nanopillar solar cells and PVDF nanogenerator.

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    Lee, Dae-Yeong; Kim, Hyunjin; Li, Hua-Min; Jang, A-Rang; Lim, Yeong-Dae; Cha, Seung Nam; Park, Young Jun; Kang, Dae Joon; Yoo, Won Jong

    2013-05-03

    A tandem device which integrates a PVDF nanogenerator and silicon (Si) nanopillar solar cell is fabricated. The Si nanopillar solar cell was fabricated using a mask-free plasma etching technique and annealing process. The PVDF nanogenerator was stacked on top of the Si nanopillar solar cell using a spinning method. The optical properties and the device performance of nanowire solar cells have been characterized, and the dependence of device performance versus annealing time or method has been investigated. Furthermore, the PVDF nanogenerator was operated with a 100 dB sound wave and a 0.8 V peak to peak output voltage was generated. This tandem device can successfully harvest energy from both sound vibration and solar light, demonstrating its strong potential as a future ubiquitous energy harvester.

  15. Hydrophobic asymmetric ultrafiltration PVDF membranes: an alternative separator for VFB with excellent stability.

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    Wei, Wenping; Zhang, Huamin; Li, Xianfeng; Zhang, Hongzhang; Li, Yun; Vankelecom, Ivo

    2013-02-14

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) ultrafiltration membranes were investigated for the first time in vanadium redox flow battery (VFB) applications. Surprisingly, PVDF ultrafiltration membranes with hydrophobic pore walls and relatively large pore sizes of several tens of nanometers proved able to separate vanadium ions and protons efficiently, thus being suitable as a VFB separator. The ion selectivity of this new type of VFB membrane could be tuned readily by controlling the membrane morphology via changes in the composition of the membrane casting solution, and the casting thickness. The results showed that the PVDF membranes offered good performances and excellent stability in VFB applications, where it could, performance-wise, truly substitute Nafion in VFB applications, but at a much lower cost.

  16. SPEEK/PVDF/PES Composite as Alternative Proton Exchange Membrane for Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries

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    Fu, Zhimin; Liu, Jinying; Liu, Qifeng

    2016-01-01

    A membrane consisting of a blend of sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) (SPEEK), poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), and poly(ether sulfone) (PES) has been fabricated and used as an ion exchange membrane for application in vanadium redox flow batteries (VRBs). The vanadium ion permeability of the SPEEK/PVDF/PES membrane was one order of magnitude lower than that of Nafion 117 membrane. The low-cost composite membrane exhibited better performance than Nafion 117 membrane at the same operating condition. A VRB single cell with SPEEK/PVDF/PES membrane showed significantly lower capacity loss, higher coulombic efficiency (>95%), and higher energy efficiency (>82%) compared with Nafion 117 membrane. In the self-discharge test, the duration of the cell with the SPEEK/PVDF/PES membrane was nearly two times longer than that with Nafion 117 membrane. Considering these good properties and its low cost, SPEEK/PVDF/PES membrane is expected to have excellent commercial prospects as an ion exchange membrane for VRB systems.

  17. Facile synthesis of nano cauliflower and nano broccoli like hierarchical superhydrophobic composite coating using PVDF/carbon soot particles via gelation technique.

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    Sahoo, Bichitra Nanda; Balasubramanian, Kandasubramanian

    2014-12-15

    We have elucidated a cost effective fabrication technique to produce superhydrophobic polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF/DMF/candle soot particle and PVDF/DMF/camphor soot particle composite) porous materials. The water repellent dry composite was formed by the interaction of non-solvent (methanol) into PVDF/carbon soot particles suspension in N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF). It is seen that longer quenching time effectively changes the surface morphology of dry composites. The nano broccoli like hierarchical microstructure with micro or nano scaled roughen surface was obtained for PVDF/DMF/camphor soot particle, which reveals water contact angle of 172° with roll off angle of 2°. However, composite coating of PVDF/DMF/candle soot particle shows nano cauliflower like hierarchical, which illustrates water contact angle of 169° with roll off angle of 3°. To elucidate the enhancement of water repellent property of PVDF composites, we further divulge the evolution mechanism of nano cauliflower and nano broccoli structure. In order to evaluate the water contact angle of PVDF composites, surface diffusion of water inside the pores is investigated. Furthermore, the addition of small amount of carbon soot particles in composite not only provides the crystallization of PVDF, but also leads to dramatical amendment of surface morphology which increases the surface texture and roughness for superhydrophobicity.

  18. Preparation and characterization of a novel PVDF ultrafiltration membrane by blending with TiO{sub 2}-HNTs nanocomposites

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    Zeng, Guangyong [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610500 (China); Oil & Gas Field Applied Chemistry Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610500 (China); He, Yi, E-mail: heyi@swpu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610500 (China); Oil & Gas Field Applied Chemistry Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610500 (China); State Key Laboratory of Oil & Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610500 (China); Yu, Zongxue; Zhan, Yingqing; Ma, Lan [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610500 (China); Oil & Gas Field Applied Chemistry Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610500 (China); Zhang, Lei, E-mail: zgc166929@sohu.com [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610500 (China); Oil & Gas Field Applied Chemistry Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610500 (China)

    2016-05-15

    Highlights: • A novel TiO{sub 2}-HNTs/PVDF ultrafiltration membrane was prepared. • TiO{sub 2} dispersed well in membrane matrix by loading on the surface of HNTs. • The hydrophilicity of membrane was improved with the addition of TiO{sub 2}-HNTs. • TiO{sub 2}-HNTs/PVDF membranes showed good antifouling performance. - Abstract: Novel polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) ultrafiltration membranes were prepared by blending with different contents of titanium dioxide-halloysite nanotubes (TiO{sub 2}-HNTs) composites into the PVDF matrix. The effects of TiO{sub 2}-HNTs content on the membrane performances, such as hydrophilicity, rejection ratio and antifouling properties were investigated in detail. X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermo-gravimetric analyzer (TGA) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analyses showed that TiO{sub 2} was loaded on the surface of HNTs successfully and homogeneously by sol-gel method. The morphologies and microstructure of the membranes were characterized by SEM and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The contact angle (CA) tests indicated that the hydrophilicity of membranes was significantly increased with the addition of TiO{sub 2}-HNTs. The pure water flux of 3%TiO{sub 2}-HNTs/PVDF was increased by 264.8% and 35.6%, respectively, compared with pure PVDF membrane and 3%TiO{sub 2}/PVDF membrane, although the rejection of bovine serum albumin (BSA) was slightly decreased. More importantly, TiO{sub 2}-HNTs/PVDF membrane exhibited an excellent anti-fouling performance, which was attributed to the hydrophobic contaminants being resisted by hydrophilic nanoparticles. It can be expected that this work may provide some references to solve the dispersion of nanoparticle in the membrane and improve the anti-fouling performance of membrane in the field of wastewater treatment.

  19. High-Performance Polymeric Materials.

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    1987-12-07

    interactions, Chain packing, Polybenzobisoxazoles Electrical conductivity Polybenzobisthiazoles Ceramic particles Chain flexibility Elastomer reinforcement...structures for the polybenzobisoxazole (PBO) and polybenzobisthiazole (PBT) chains originally synthesized and much studied because of their utility as...high-performance fibers and films. For cts-PBO, trans-PBO. and trans-PBT chains in their coplanar conformations, the band gaps in the axial direction

  20. Single-Step Fabrication Using a Phase Inversion Method of Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) Activated Carbon Air Cathodes for Microbial Fuel Cells

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    Yang, Wulin

    2014-10-14

    Air cathodes used in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) need to have high catalytic activity for oxygen reduction, but they must also be easy to manufacture, inexpensive, and watertight. A simple one-step, phase inversion process was used here to construct an inexpensive MFC cathode using a poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) binder and an activated carbon catalyst. The phase inversion process enabled cathode preparation at room temperatures, without the need for additional heat treatment, and it produced for the first time a cathode that did not require a separate diffusion layer to prevent water leakage. MFCs using this new type of cathode produced a maximum power density of 1470 ± 50 mW m–2 with acetate as a substrate, and 230 ± 10 mW m–2 with domestic wastewater. These power densities were similar to those obtained using cathodes made using more expensive materials or more complex procedures, such as cathodes with a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) binder and a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) diffusion layer, or a Pt catalyst. Even though the PVDF cathodes did not have a diffusion layer, they withstood up to 1.22 ± 0.04 m of water head (∼12 kPa) without leakage, compared to 0.18 ± 0.02 m for cathodes made using PTFE binder and PDMS diffusion layer. The cost of PVDF and activated carbon ($3 m–2) was less than that of the stainless steel mesh current collector ($12 m–2). PVDF-based AC cathodes therefore are inexpensive, have excellent performance in terms of power and water leakage, and they can be easily manufactured using a single phase inversion process at room temperature.

  1. Electrochemical performances and preparation of nano-SiO2/LiC1O4/PVDF-HFP composite gel polymer electrolyte%纳米SiO2/LiClO4/PVDF-HFP复合凝胶聚合物电解质的制备及其电化学性能

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    韩坤明; 鲁道荣

    2008-01-01

    为了解决液态电解质锂离子电池存在的安全性问题,以偏氟乙烯和六氟丙烯的共聚物(PVDF-HFP)为基体,通过加入高氯酸锂(LiC1O4)、增塑剂(碳酸丙烯酯和碳酸二甲酯)、纳米二氧化硅等,制备出了具有高电导率的复合凝胶聚合物电解质.用X射线衍射仪测试聚合物电解质的结构,用交流阻抗法测定其电导率,用线性伏安扫描法研究了该聚合物电解质体系的电化学稳定性,并以其为电解质制备成锂离子电池进行充放电测试.结果表明,在20℃时复合凝胶聚合物电解质的电导率最高可达7.56×10-3S/cm,该电解质在4.6 V以下电化学窗口稳定,以其为电解质的锂离子电池具有良好的电化学性能,说明纳米SiO2/LiC1O4/PVDF-HFP复合凝胶聚合物电解质能满足锂离子电池的应用.

  2. Preparation and characterization of a novel PVDF ultrafiltration membrane by blending with TiO2-HNTs nanocomposites

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    Zeng, Guangyong; He, Yi; Yu, Zongxue; Zhan, Yingqing; Ma, Lan; Zhang, Lei

    2016-05-01

    Novel polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) ultrafiltration membranes were prepared by blending with different contents of titanium dioxide-halloysite nanotubes (TiO2-HNTs) composites into the PVDF matrix. The effects of TiO2-HNTs content on the membrane performances, such as hydrophilicity, rejection ratio and antifouling properties were investigated in detail. X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermo-gravimetric analyzer (TGA) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analyses showed that TiO2 was loaded on the surface of HNTs successfully and homogeneously by sol-gel method. The morphologies and microstructure of the membranes were characterized by SEM and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The contact angle (CA) tests indicated that the hydrophilicity of membranes was significantly increased with the addition of TiO2-HNTs. The pure water flux of 3%TiO2-HNTs/PVDF was increased by 264.8% and 35.6%, respectively, compared with pure PVDF membrane and 3%TiO2/PVDF membrane, although the rejection of bovine serum albumin (BSA) was slightly decreased. More importantly, TiO2-HNTs/PVDF membrane exhibited an excellent anti-fouling performance, which was attributed to the hydrophobic contaminants being resisted by hydrophilic nanoparticles. It can be expected that this work may provide some references to solve the dispersion of nanoparticle in the membrane and improve the anti-fouling performance of membrane in the field of wastewater treatment.

  3. A facile TiO{sub 2}/PVDF composite membrane synthesis and their application in water purification

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    Zhang, Wei, E-mail: wei.zhang@unisa.edu.au; Zhang, Yiming; Fan, Rong; Lewis, Rosmala [University of South Australia, Centre for Water Management and Reuse (Australia)

    2016-01-15

    In this work, we have demonstrated a facile wet chemical method to synthesise TiO{sub 2}/PVDF composite membranes as alternative water purification method to traditional polymer-based membrane. For the first time, hydrothermally grown TiO{sub 2} nanofibers under alkali conditions were successfully inserted into PVDF membranes matrix. The structure, permeability and anti-fouling performance of as-prepared PVDF/TiO{sub 2} composite membranes were studied systematically. The TiO{sub 2}/PVDF composite membranes prepared in this work promise great potential uses in water purification applications as microfiltration membranes due to its excellent physical/chemical resistance, anti-fouling and mechanical properties.

  4. HIGH-PERFORMANCE COATING MATERIALS

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    2007-01-01

    Corrosion, erosion, oxidation, and fouling by scale deposits impose critical issues in selecting the metal components used at geothermal power plants operating at brine temperatures up to 300 C. Replacing these components is very costly and time consuming. Currently, components made of titanium alloy and stainless steel commonly are employed for dealing with these problems. However, another major consideration in using these metals is not only that they are considerably more expensive than carbon steel, but also the susceptibility of corrosion-preventing passive oxide layers that develop on their outermost surface sites to reactions with brine-induced scales, such as silicate, silica, and calcite. Such reactions lead to the formation of strong interfacial bonds between the scales and oxide layers, causing the accumulation of multiple layers of scales, and the impairment of the plant component's function and efficacy; furthermore, a substantial amount of time is entailed in removing them. This cleaning operation essential for reusing the components is one of the factors causing the increase in the plant's maintenance costs. If inexpensive carbon steel components could be coated and lined with cost-effective high-hydrothermal temperature stable, anti-corrosion, -oxidation, and -fouling materials, this would improve the power plant's economic factors by engendering a considerable reduction in capital investment, and a decrease in the costs of operations and maintenance through optimized maintenance schedules.

  5. Peptide immobilization onto radiation grafted PVDF-g-poly(acrylic acid) films

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    Clochard, M.-C.; Betz, N.; Goncalves, M.; Bittencourt, C.; Pireaux, J.-J.; Gionnet, K.; Déléris, G.; Moël, A. Le

    2005-07-01

    Introducing hydrophilic functions on poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) films surface allows the covalent immobilization of peptides. Therefore radiation grafting of acrylic acid (AA) in pre-irradiated PVDF films was achieved to allow surface functionalization with linear and cyclic peptides. Peptides were bound via spacer molecules using EDC as a coupling agent. The reactions were followed by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy in attenuated total reflection (ATR) mode. The amount of immobilized peptides was determined by UV spectroscopy. As well, an uncommon method for PVDF characterization and reactions quantification was used: high-resolution-magic angle spinning nuclear mass spectroscopy (HR-MAS NMR). Spacer saturation of the film surface corresponded to 25 mol% yield meaning that one spacer on 4 carboxylic acids was covalently bound. XPS experiments were also performed to deepen analysis of the surface composition. Peptide density is governed by steric hindrance. ELISA tests showed that the peptides' activity is maintained.

  6. Fundamental properties of semiconductor materials, and material performance in detectors

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    Casper, K. J.

    1973-01-01

    Procedures for determining fundamental properties of semiconductor materials, their performance as radiation detectors, and their service life as such detectors are given. Relationships were established between the minority carrier lifetime in the bulk of the material and the charge collection efficiency of the detector.

  7. Energy harvesting from pavements via PVDF: hybrid piezo-pyroelectric effects

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    Tao, Junliang; Hu, Jie; Wu, Guangxi

    2016-04-01

    In the U.S., there are over 4 million miles (6 million km) of roadways and more than 250 million registered vehicles. The energy lost in the pavement system due to traffic-induced vibration and deformation is enormous. If effectively harvested, such energy can serve as an alternative sustainable energy source that can be easily integrated to the transportation system. The potential of PVDF, which is a piezoelectric polymer material, is investigated as a potential energy harvester integrated in pavement systems. The uniqueness of this study lies in that the electrical response of PVDF under coupled mechanical and thermal stimulations are studied. It is well known that most piezoelectric materials are also pyroelectric materials, which convert temperature change into electricity. However, the potential of PVDF as a hybrid piezo-pyroelectric energy harvester has been seldom studied. Through series of well controlled experiments, it is found that there exists interesting coupling phenomenon between piezoelectric and pyroelectric effects of PVDF: the voltage generated by simultaneous mechanical and thermal stimulations is the sum of voltages generated by separate stimulations. In addition, an estimation of power generation through piezoelectric and pyroelectric effect is conducted. Finally, the overall effects of temperature on hybrid piezo-pyroelectric energy harvesting are discussed.

  8. Study on UV-Vis Light Shielding Performance of PVDF Based Dopamine Coated Titanium Dioxide Composite Films%PVDF/多巴胺改性二氧化钛复合膜光阻隔性研究

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    李同兵; 刘向东; 高秀梅; 纪凡策; 熊征荣; 杨宇明

    2016-01-01

    制备了表面包覆聚多巴胺层的二氧化钛(TiO2@PDA)复合粒子,并采用溶液刮涂法制备了聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)/TiO2和PVDF/TiO2@PDA复合膜。利用傅立叶变换红外光谱仪、X射线光电子能谱仪、透射电子显微镜表征了复合粒子的结构,利用紫外–可见光分光光度计、对比率仪表征了复合膜的紫外–可见光阻隔性。结果表明, PVDF/TiO2复合膜对紫外光具有优异的阻隔性,但对可见光的阻隔性(即不透明度)随TiO2含量增加而先增加后不变,PVDF/TiO2@PDA复合膜的不透明度则随TiO2@PDA含量的增加而单调增大。当薄膜厚度为20μm,TiO2体积分数为10%时,PVDF/TiO2复合膜对比率(CR)值为92.8%,小于完全不透明临界值98%,而PVDF/TiO2@PDA (多巴胺处理20 min)复合膜CR值为98.39%。一定TiO2浓度下,随着多巴胺处理TiO2时间的增大,复合膜达到完全不透明所需的薄膜厚度逐渐减小。%Poly(dopamine) coated titanium dioxide (TiO2@PDA) hybrid particles and PVDF/TiO2,PVDF/TiO2@PDA composite films were prepared by casting method. The structure,morphology,and properties of TiO2@PDA hybrid particles and composite films were investigated by FTIR,XPS,TEM,UV/VIS spectrophotometer and covering power meter. The results showed that the UV screen property of both kinds of composite film was excellent. As to the visible light blocking properties,for the PVDF/TiO2 composite films,the opacity increased first and kept unchanged as the TiO2 concentration increased,however, the opacity of PVDF/TiO2@PDA composite films increased monotonically as the fraction of TiO2@PDA increased. The contrast ratio(CR) of the PVDF/TiO2 film with 20μm thickness and 10vol% TiO2 was 92.8%,lower than the critical CR 98% for a complete opacity,however,the CR of PVDF/TiO2@PDA composite films was 98.39% as the reaction time between TiO2 and dopamine was 20 min. At a fixed TiO2 concentration,as the thickness of PDA

  9. Vanadium based materials as electrode materials for high performance supercapacitors

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    Yan, Yan; Li, Bing; Guo, Wei; Pang, Huan; Xue, Huaiguo

    2016-10-01

    As a kind of supercapacitors, pseudocapacitors have attracted wide attention in recent years. The capacitance of the electrochemical capacitors based on pseudocapacitance arises mainly from redox reactions between electrolytes and active materials. These materials usually have several oxidation states for oxidation and reduction. Many research teams have focused on the development of an alternative material for electrochemical capacitors. Many transition metal oxides have been shown to be suitable as electrode materials of electrochemical capacitors. Among them, vanadium based materials are being developed for this purpose. Vanadium based materials are known as one of the best active materials for high power/energy density electrochemical capacitors due to its outstanding specific capacitance and long cycle life, high conductivity and good electrochemical reversibility. There are different kinds of synthetic methods such as sol-gel hydrothermal/solvothermal method, template method, electrospinning method, atomic layer deposition, and electrodeposition method that have been successfully applied to prepare vanadium based electrode materials. In our review, we give an overall summary and evaluation of the recent progress in the research of vanadium based materials for electrochemical capacitors that include synthesis methods, the electrochemical performances of the electrode materials and the devices.

  10. PVDF Multielement Lamb Wave Sensor for Structural Health Monitoring.

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    Ren, Baiyang; Lissenden, Cliff J

    2016-01-01

    The characteristics of Lamb waves, which are multimodal and dispersive, provide both challenges and opportunities for structural health monitoring (SHM). Methods for nondestructive testing with Lamb waves are well established. For example, mode content can be determined by moving a sensor to different positions and then transforming the spatial-temporal data into the wavenumber-frequency domain. This mode content information is very useful because at every frequency each mode has a unique wavestructure, which is largely responsible for its sensitivity to material damage. Furthermore, mode conversion occurs when the waves interact with damage, making mode content an excellent damage detection feature. However, in SHM, the transducers are typically at fixed locations and are immovable. Here, an affixed polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) multielement sensor is shown to provide these same capabilities. The PVDF sensor is bonded directly to the waveguide surface, conforms to curved surfaces, has low mass, low profile, low cost, and minimal influence on passing Lamb waves. While the mode receivability is dictated by the sensor being located on the surface of the waveguide, both symmetric and antisymmetric modes can be detected and group velocities measured.

  11. New elastoplastic materials with performance properties

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    2009-01-01

    The fabrication of high performance materials using EPDM rubber and polyethylene mixtures with a low cost, nonpolluting and minimum investment technology is studied. These new materials can be used for obtaining a lot of goods for the economy, sport and private life..

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    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available The fabrication of high performance materials using EPDM rubber and polyethylene mixtures with a low cost, nonpolluting and minimum investment technology is studied. These new materials can be used for obtaining a lot of goods for the economy, sport and private life.

  13. g-C3N4/PVDF复合膜的制备及热解性能研究%Preparation and pyrolysis performance of g-C3N4/PVDF composite membrane

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    王慧雅; 杭祖圣; 卢向明; 应三九

    2013-01-01

    A g-C3N4/PVDF organic-inorganic hybrid membrane used in photodegradation of organic pollutants is prepared by rapid gel method with DMF as solvent. The microstructures of the hydrid membrane are characterized by XRD,FTIR and TG. The results show that the β phase crystallization of PVDF is not influenced by g-C3N4. Moreover,the thermal decomposition kinetics of the membrane is studied by the iterative procedure method. The results show that the thermal decomposition process is changed by g-C3 N4 , and is divided into two stages. The corresponding thermal decomposition dynamic functions of two stages are obtained respectively.%以DMF为溶剂,通过急骤凝胶法制备了一种用于光催化降解有机污染物的有机-无机复合膜g-C3N4/PVDF,并利用XRD、FTIR、TG等手段对该复合膜的微观结构进行了分析.分析结果表明,复合膜中的PVDF以β相结晶存在,g-C3N4不影响PVDF结晶的结构.此外,还利用迭代法研究了复合膜的热分解动力学,研究发现,g-C3N4的加入改变了PVDF的热分解过程,使热分解分为明显的2个阶段,并推导出了2个阶段的热分解动力学方程.

  14. Coaxially electrospun PVDF-Teflon AF and Teflon AF-PVDF core-sheath nanofiber mats with superhydrophobic properties.

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    Muthiah, Palanikkumaran; Hsu, Shu-Hau; Sigmund, Wolfgang

    2010-08-03

    This work reports the coaxial electrospinning of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF)-Teflon amorphous fluoropolymer (AF) and Teflon AF-PVDF core-sheath nanofiber mats yielding superhydrophobic properties. The coaxial electrospinning configuration allows for the electrospinning of Teflon AF, a nonelectrospinnable polymer, with the help of an electrospinnable PVDF polymer. PVDF-Teflon AF and Teflon AF-PVDF core-sheath fibers have been found to a have mean fiber diameter ranging from 400 nm to less than 100 nm. TEM micrographs exhibit a typical core-sheath fiber structure for these fibers, where the sheath fiber coats the core fiber almost thoroughly. Water contact angle measurements by sessile drop method on these core-sheath nanofiber mats exhibited superhydrophobic characteristics with contact angles close to or higher than 150 degrees. Surprisingly, PVDF-Teflon AF and Teflon AF-PVDF nanofiber mat surface properties were dominated by the fiber dimensions and less influenced by the type of sheath polymer. This suggests that highly fluorinated polymer Teflon AF does not advance the hydrophobicity beyond what surface physics and slightly fluorinated polymer PVDF can achieve. It is concluded that PVDF-Teflon AF and Teflon AF-PVDF core-sheath electrospun nanofiber mats may be used in lithium (Li)-air batteries.

  15. Materials performance in advanced combustion systems

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    Natesan, K.

    1992-12-01

    A number of advanced technologies are being developed to convert coal into clean fuels for use as feedstock in chemical plants and for power generation. From the standpoint of component materials, the environments created by coal conversion and combustion in these technologies and their interactions with materials are of interest. The trend in the new or advanced systems is to improve thermal efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of the process effluents. This paper discusses several systems that are under development and identifies requirements for materials application in those systems. Available data on the performance of materials in several of the environments are used to examine the performance envelopes for materials for several of the systems and to identify needs for additional work in different areas.

  16. Research on polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hollow-fiber hemodialyzer.

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    Zhang, Qinglei; Lu, Xiaolong; Zhao, Lihua; Liu, Juanjuan; Wu, Chunfeng

    2016-06-01

    In this study, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hollow-fiber hemodialysis membranes were prepared by non-solvent-induced phase separation. The PVDF hollow-fiber hemodialyzers were prepared by centrifugal casting. The results showed that the PVDF membrane had better mechanical and separation properties when the membrane wall thickness was 40 μm and the N,N-dimethylacetamide in the core was 70 Vol%. Compared with commercial polysulfone hemodialysis membrane (Fresenius F60S membrane), the PVDF membrane had better mechanical property and ultrafiltration (UF) flux of pure water. The PVDF dialyzer's removal efficiency for middle molecules was proven to be much higher than that of the F60S dialyzer. The UF coefficient of a high-flux PVDF dialyzer is 62.6 ml/h/mm Hg, whereas F60S is 42.5 ml/h/mm Hg, which can promote clearance for middle molecules.

  17. Energy Harvesting Using PVDF Piezoelectric Nanofabric

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    Shafii, Chakameh Shafii

    Energy harvesting using piezoelectric nanomaterial provides an opportunity for advancement towards self-powered electronics. The fabrication complexities and limited power output of these nano/micro generators have hindered these advancements thus far. This thesis presents a fabrication technique with electrospinning using a grounded cylinder as the collector. This method addresses the difficulties with the production and scalability of the nanogenerators. The non-aligned nanofibers are woven into a textile form onto the cylindrical drum that can be easily removed. The electrical poling and mechanical stretching induced by the electric field and the drum rotation increase the concentration of the piezoelectric beta phase in the PVDF nanofabric. The nanofabric is placed between two layers of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) that have interdigitated electrodes painted on them with silver paint. Applying continuous load onto the flexible PVDF nanofabric at 35Hz produces a peak voltage of 320 mV and maximum power of 2200 pW/(cm2) .

  18. Composite nanofiber membrane based on electrospun PVDF/PVDF-HFP and evaluation for waterproof & breathable properties%电纺PVDF/PVDF-HFP复合纳米纤维膜及其防水透湿性能评价

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    刘延波; 马营; 孙健; 宋学礼; 陈国贵

    2014-01-01

    通过静电纺丝技术制备PVDF/PVDF-HFP复合纳米纤维膜,然后对其进行热压处理,采用FE-SEM对其形貌进行表征,并对其力学性能和防水透湿性能进行评价。结果表明:PVDF和PVDF-HFP溶液的最佳纺丝质量分数分别为9%和12%;热压处理后PVDF/PVDF-HFP复合纳米纤维膜具有优异的防水透湿性能,当复合纳米纤维膜中PVDF与PVDF-HFP的质量比为2∶1时,其耐静水压达到7220 mmH2O,透湿量达到7300 g/(m2·24 h)。%Poly(vinylidene fluoride)/Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) composite nanofiber membrane was prepared by electrospinning, followed by thermal calendaring process. The morphology of the membrane was characterized by FE-SEM, and the mechanical property and waterproof-breathable property were evaluated. The results indicate that the best solution concentration of PVDF and PVDF-HFP are 9% and 12% respectively. PVDF/PVDF-HFP composite nanofiber membrane possesses excellent waterproof-breathable property after thermal calendaring. When the mass ratio of PVDF and PVDF-HFP is 2∶1 in the composite nanofiber membrane, the hydrohead of membrane achieves to 7 220 mmH2O and water vapor transmission rate amounts to 7 600 g/(cm2· 24 h).

  19. Surface Properties and Permeability of Poly(Vinylidene Fluoride)-Clays (PVDF/Clays) Composite Membranes

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    Pramono, E.; Ahdiat, M.; Simamora, A.; Pratiwi, W.; Radiman, C. L.; Wahyuningrum, D.

    2017-07-01

    Surface properties are important factors that determine the performance of ultrafiltration membranes. This study aimed to investigate the effects of clay addition on the surface properties and membrane permeability of PVDF (poly-vinylidene fluoride) membranes. Three types of clay with different particle size were used in this study, namely montmorillonite-MMT, bentonite-BNT and cloisite 15A-CLS. The PVDF-clay composite membranes were prepared by phase inversion method using PEG as additive. The hydrophobicity of membrane surface was characterized by contact angle. The membrane permeability was determined by dead- end ultrafiltration with a trans-membrane pressure of 2 bars. In contact angle measurement, water contact angle of composite membranes is higher than PVDF membrane. The addition of clays decreased water flux but increased of Dextran rejection. The PVDF-BNT composite membranes reach highest Dextran rejection value of about 93%. The type and particle size of clay affected the hydrophobicity of membrane surface and determined the resulting membrane structure as well as the membrane performance.

  20. Preparation of the Protic Ionic Liquid/PVDF-HFP Composite Membranes and its Performance for DMFC%DMFC用质子型离子液体复合隔膜的制备及性能表征

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    苗睿瑛; 李建玲; 方勇; 王新东

    2009-01-01

    由酸碱中和法制得质子型离子液体α-甲基吡啶三氟乙酸盐,再经相转化将质子型离子液体与PVDF-HFP复合成(PlL)/PVDF-HFP膜.交流阻抗测试表明,复合膜电导率随温度增加而递增,室温电导率:8×10-3S/cm,30℃电导率:1×10-2S/cm,80℃电导率:3×10-2S/cm.用计时电流法研究复合前后膜韵甲醇渗透性能,结果显示,该离子液体复合前、后膜的阻醇性能无明显变化,但复合膜阻醇性能略优.

  1. Fabrication of protein-resistant blend based on PVDF-HFP and amphiphilic brush copolymer made from PMMA and PEGMA

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    Hwangbo, Kyung-Hee; Kim, Yu-Jeong; Cho, Kuk Young

    2012-12-01

    Polymeric blends provide a facile route to obtaining materials with various synergistic properties arising from the individual components. Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP), a hydrophobic polymer, is finding new applications in polymer electrolytes, membranes, and heat-resistant structural materials owing to its high thermal stability, mechanical strength, and weatherability. In this report, blends of PVDF-HFP and polymer brush were prepared with enhanced water uptake and protein resistance, which are important requirements for membranes used in food and biological applications. Polymer brush is composed of poly(methyl methacrylate) main chains, which are miscible with PVDF-HFP, and hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) brush chains. Incorporation of PEG chains through the polymer brush structure not only enhanced water uptake and protein adsorption resistance but also produced a well-distributed morphology of the blending components through the matrix as evidenced by observation of the morphology after selective extraction of polymer brush from the matrix.

  2. Building Investigation: Material or Structural Performance

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    Yusof M.Z.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Structures such as roof trusses will not suddenly collapse without ample warning such as significant deflection, tilting etc. if the designer manages to avoid the cause of structural failure at the material level and the structural level. This paper outlines some principles and procedures of PDCA circle and QC tools which can show some clues of structural problems in terms of material or structural performance

  3. Freestanding manganese dioxide nanosheet network grown on nickel/polyvinylidene fluoride coaxial fiber membrane as anode materials for high performance lithium ion batteries

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    Zhang, Yan; Luo, Zhongping; Xiao, Qizhen; Sun, Tianlei; Lei, Gangtie; Li, Zhaohui; Li, Xiaojing

    2015-11-01

    A novel manganese dioxide (MnO2) nanosheet network grown on nickel/polyvinylidene fluoride (Ni/PVDF) coaxial fiber membrane is successfully fabricated by a three-step route: the polyvinylidene fluoride fiber membrane is prepared by electrospinning method, and then the Ni(shell)/PVDF(core) coaxial fiber membrane with core-shell structure can be obtained by the electroless deposition, and finally the manganese dioxide nanosheet network grown on Ni/PVDF coaxial fiber membrane can be achieved by using a simple hydrothermal treatment. This as-prepared binder-free and flexible composite membrane is directly used as anode for lithium ion batteries. The excellent electrochemical performance of the composite membrane can be attributed to the unique combinative effects of nanosized MnO2 network and conductive Ni/PVDF fiber matrix as well as the porous structure of composite fiber membrane.

  4. PVDF- g-PSSA and Al 2O 3 composite proton exchange membranes

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    Shen, Yi; Qiu, Xinping; Shen, Juan; Xi, Jingyu; Zhu, Wentao

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) grafted polystyrene sulfonated acid (PVDF- g-PSSA) membranes doped with different amount of Al 2O 3 (PVDF/Al 2O 3- g-PSSA) were prepared based on the solution-grafting technique. The microstructure of the membranes was characterized by IR-spectra and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The thermal stability was measured by thermal gravity analysis (TGA). The degree of grafting, water-uptake, proton conductivity and methanol permeability were measured. The results show that the PVDF- g-PSSA membrane doped with 10% Al 2O 3 has a lower methanol permeability of 6.6 × 10 -8 cm 2 s -1, which is almost one-fortieth of that of Nafion-117, and this membrane has moderate proton conductivity of 4.5 × 10 -2 S cm -1. Tests on cells show that a DMFC with the PVDF/10%Al 2O 3- g-PSSA has a better performance than Nafion-117. Although Al 2O 3 has some influence on the stability of the membrane, it can still be used in direct methanol fuel cells in the moderate temperature.

  5. Optimized permeation and antifouling of PVDF hybrid ultrafiltration membranes: synergistic effect of dispersion and migration for fluorinated graphene oxide

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    Li, Mingming; Shi, Jie; Chen, Cheng; Li, Nan; Xu, Zhiwei; Li, Jing; Lv, Hanming; Qian, Xiaoming; Jiao, Xiaoning

    2017-03-01

    Nanoparticles may have suffered from low modification efficiency in hybrid membranes due to embedding and aggregating in polymer matrix. In order to analyze the modification mechanisms of nanoparticle migration and dispersion on the properties of hybrid membranes, we designed different F/ O ratios ( R F/ O ) of fluorinated graphene oxide (FGO, diameter = 1.5 17.5 μm) by carbon tetrafluoride (CF4) plasma treatment GO for 3, 5, 10, 15, and 20 min and successfully prepared novel PVDF hybrid membranes containing FGO via the phase inversion method. After a prolonged plasma treatment, the R F/ O of FGO was enhanced sharply, indicating an increasing compatibility of FGO with the matrix, especially FGO-20 (GO treated for 20 min). FGO contents in the top layer, sublayer, and the whole of membranes were probed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, energy-dispersive spectrometer, and indirect computation, respectively. In the top layer of membranes, FGO contents declined from 13.14 wt% (PVDF/GO) to 4.00 wt% (PVDF/FGO-10) and 1.96 wt% (PVDF/FGO-20) due to the reduced migration ability of FGO. It is worth mentioning that PVDF/FGO-10 membranes exhibited an excellent water flux and flux recovery rate (up to 406.90 L m-2 h-1 and 88.9%), which were improved by 67.3% and 14.6% and 52.5% and 24.0% compared with those of PVDF/GO and PVDF/FGO-20 membranes, respectively, although the dispersion and migration ability of FGO-10 was maintained at a moderate level. It indicated that the migration and dispersion of FGO in membranes could result in dynamic equilibrium, which played a key role in making the best use of nanomaterials to optimize membrane performance.

  6. Zirconia doped barium titanate induced electroactive β polymorph in PVDF-HFP: high energy density and dielectric properties

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    Sharma, Maya; Ranganatha, S.; Kalyani, Ajay Kumar; Ranjan, Rajeev; Madras, Giridhar; Bose, Suryasarathi

    2014-12-01

    Zirconium-doped barium titanate (BZT-08, Ba(Ti0.92 Zr0.08)O3) particles were synthesized and PVDF-HFP-based composites were prepared by melt mixing to design materials with tunable dielectric and ferroelectric properties. Composites of PVDF-HFP and barium titanate (BT) particles were also prepared to realize the exceptional properties associated with the BZT-08-like stabilization of two ferroelectric phases, i.e. tetragonal and orthorhombic at room temperature. To facilitate the uniform dispersion and interfacial adhesion with the matrix, the particles were modified with (3-aminopropyl) triethoxysilane. The dependence of the dielectric and ferroelectric properties of the as-prepared composites were systematically investigated in this study with respect to a wide range of frequencies. The composites with BZT-08 exhibited the significantly high dielectric permittivity of ca. 26 (at 100 Hz) and a high energy density (2.7 J cm-3 measured on 100 μm thick film) at room temperature with respect to the control PVDF-HFP and PVDF-HFP/BT composites. Interestingly, the BZT-08 particles facilitated the electroactive β polymorph in the PVDF-HFP and enhanced polarization in the composites, leading to improved ferroelectric properties in the composites.

  7. Electrospun PVDF nanofiber web as polymer electrolyte or separator

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    Sung-Seen Choi [Sejong University, Seoul (Korea). College of Natural Sciences, Department of Applied Chemistry; Young Soo Lee; Chang Whan Joo; Seung Goo Lee [Chungnam National University, Daejeon (Korea). Department of Textile Engineering; Jong Kyoo Park; Kyoo-Seung Han [Chungnam National University, Daejeon (Korea). Department of Fine Chemicals Engineering and Chemistry

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    Electrospinning is an useful technique to produce nanofiber webs. Since electrospun nanofiber webs have a nanoporous structure, they have a potential application for a polymer electrolyte or a separator. Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) is used as one of polymer electrolyte binders. We studied application of electrospun PVDF nanofiber webs as an electrolyte binder or a separator for a battery. Diameters of the electrospun PVDF nanofibers were 100-800 nm. The electrospun PVDF nanofiber web was thermally treated at 150-160 {sup o}C to improve the physical property and dimensional stability. The tensile strength and elongation at break as well as the tensile modulus were notably improved by the thermal treatment. Level of crystallinity of the electrospun PVDF nanofiber was increased by the thermal treatment. The ion conductivity of the polymer electrolyte formed from the electrospun PVDF nanofiber web and 1 M LiN(CF{sub 3}SO{sub 2}){sub 2} electrolyte solution was 1.6-2.0 x 10{sup -3} S/cm. The electrospun PVDF nanofiber mat was treated with ethylene plasma to use as a separator. The ethylene plasma-treated mat showed a role of shutter by melting the polyethylene (PE) layer grafted on the PVDF nanofibers. (author)

  8. Flexible carbon nanofiber/polyvinylidene fluoride composite membranes as interlayers in high-performance Lithiumsbnd Sulfur batteries

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    Wang, Zhenhua; Zhang, Jing; Yang, Yuxiang; Yue, Xinyang; Hao, Xiaoming; Sun, Wang; Rooney, David; Sun, Kening

    2016-10-01

    Traditionally polyvinylidene fluoride membranes have been used in applications such as membrane distillation, wastewater treatment, desalination and separator fabrication. Within this work we demonstrate that a novel carbon nanofiber/polyvinylidene fluoride (CNF/PVDF) composite membrane can be used as an interlayer for Lithiumsbnd Sulfur (Lisbnd S) batteries yielding both high capacity and long cycling life. This PVDF membrane is shown to effectively separate dissolved lithium polysulfide with the high electronic conductivity CNF not only reducing the internal resistance in the sulfur cathode but also helping immobilize the polysulfide through its abundant nanospaces. The resulting Lisbnd S battery assembled with the CNF/PVDF composite membrane effectively solves the polysulfide permeation problem and exhibits excellent electrochemical performance. It is further shown that the CNF/PVDF electrode has an excellent cycling stability and retains a capacity of 768.6 mAh g-1 with a coulombic efficiency above 99% over 200 cycles at 0.5C, which is more than twice that of a cell without CNF/PVDF (374 mAh g-1). In addition, the low-cost raw materials and the simple preparation process of CNF/PVDF composite membrane is also amenable for industrial production.

  9. PREFACE: Processing, Microstructure and Performance of Materials

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    Chiu, Yu Lung; Chen, John J. J.; Hodgson, Michael A.; Thambyah, Ashvin

    2009-07-01

    A workshop on Processing, Microstructure and Performance of Materials was held at the University of Auckland, School of Engineering, on 8-9 April 2009. Organised by the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Auckland, this meeting consisted of international participants and aimed at addressing the state-of-the-art research activities in processing, microstructure characterization and performance integrity investigation of materials. This two-day conference brought together scientists and engineers from New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, France, and the United Kingdom. Undoubtedly, this diverse group of participants brought a very international flair to the proceedings which also featured original research papers on areas such as Materials processing; Microstructure characterisation and microanalysis; Mechanical response at different length scales, Biomaterials and Material Structural integrity. There were a total of 10 invited speakers, 16 paper presentations, and 14 poster presentations. Consequently, the presentations were carefully considered by the scientific committee and participants were invited to submit full papers for this volume. All the invited paper submissions for this volume have been peer reviewed by experts in the various fields represented in this conference, this in accordance to the expected standards of the journal's Peer review policy for IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering. The works in this publication consists of new and original research as well as several expert reviews of current state-of-the art technologies and scientific developments. Knowing some of the real constraints on hard-copy publishing of high quality, high resolution images, the editors are grateful to IOP Publishing for this opportunity to have the papers from this conference published on the online open-access platform. Listed in this volume are papers on a range of topics on materials research, including Ferguson's high strain

  10. Size effects on the magnetoelectric response on PVDF/Vitrovac 4040 laminate composites

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    Silva, M.P. [Centro/Departamento de Física, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Martins, P., E-mail: pmartins@fisica.uminho.pt [Centro/Departamento de Física, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); INL-International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, 4715-330 Braga (Portugal); Lasheras, A.; Gutiérrez, J.; Barandiarán, J.M. [BCMaterials and Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, Department of Electricity and Electronics, Faculty of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 644, E-48080 Bilbao (Spain); Lanceros-Mendez, S., E-mail: lanceros@fisica.uminho.pt [Centro/Departamento de Física, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); INL-International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, 4715-330 Braga (Portugal)

    2015-03-01

    Tri-layered and bi-layered magnetoelectric (ME) flexible composite structures of varying geometries and sizes consisting on magnetostrictive Vitrovac and piezoelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) layers were fabricated by direct bonding. From the ME measurements it was determined that tri-layered composites structures (magnetostrictive–piezoelectric–magnetostrictive type), show a higher ME response (75 V cm{sup −1} Oe{sup −1}) than the bi-layer structure (66 V cm{sup −1} Oe{sup −1}). The ME voltage coefficient decreased with increasing longitudinal size aspect ratio between PVDF and Vitrovac layers (from 1.1 to 4.3), being observed a maximum ME voltage coefficient of 66 V cm{sup −1} Oe{sup −1}. It was also observed that the composite with the lowest transversal aspect ratio between PVDF and Vitrovac layers resulted in better ME performance than the structures with higher transversal size aspect ratios. It was further determined an intimate relation between the Area{sub PVDF}/Area{sub Vitrovac} ratio and the ME response of the composites. When such ratio values approach 1, the ME response is the largest. In addition the ME output value and magnetic field response were controlled by changing the number of Vitrovac layers, which allows the development of magnetic sensors and energy harvesting devices. - Highlights: • Vitrovac/PVDF laminates have been fabricated. • Size and aspect ratio effects on the ME response have been investigated. • Bi-layered and three-layered composites have been investigated • High ME response of 75 V cm{sup −1} Oe{sup −1} has been obtained. • The tailored ME response is suitable for sensor applications.

  11. Optical properties of PVDF/Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite; Propriedades opticas do composito PVDF/Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Anastacio, Fernanda C.; Pires, Ana M.; Cardoso, Celso X., E-mail: xavier@fct.unesp.br [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho - UNESP - Dept. de Fisica, Quimica e Biologia, Presidente Prudente, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    The contribution of new materials involving composites has reached the most varied fields of science, both from the scientific and technological point of view. This is due to man's needs in many applications. Thus, this work shows the preparation of composites in a film shape, containing chromium oxide on substrates of Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF). The chromium oxide (Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}) was selected due to its important optical properties, and the PVDF was chosen because it is a low cost polymer and it is easy to prepare in the film form. The method used to obtain the samples was the so called 'casting' one. In order to analyze the incorporation of chromium oxide (Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}) in PVDF film, the following characterization techniques were carried out: the crystal structure of the films was checked by X-ray diffraction, mass changes and decomposition by thermogravimetry, and electronic excited state by luminescence spectroscopy. (author)

  12. Preparation and Characterization of Polymeric PVDF/PDDA Ultrathin Films

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    Yun Ye; Yadong Jiang; Yong Wang; Zhiming Wu; Guangzhong Xie

    2006-01-01

    A new method for the production of nanoscaled polymeric multilayer films of ferroelectric PVDF is presented. The ultrathin multilayer films of poly diallyldimethylammonium chloride (PDDA) and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) have been prepared on fuzed quartz substrate by the layer-by-layer self-assembly (LbL-SA) method. The PDDA/PVDF multilayer films with the thickness of 30 nm to 150 nm have been characterized by quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and infrared spectra (IR).The QCM reveals that the alternant ultrathin films of PVDF and PDDA are well order assembled. The electric property of the ultrathin PDDA/PVDF multilayer films at room temperature is investigated. Experimental results show that property of ultrathin films differed from that of the thick films.

  13. Soft Magnetic Materials for Improved Energy Performance

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    2012-02-01

    A main focus of sustainable energy research has been development of renewable energy technologies (e.g. from wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, etc.) to decrease our dependence on non-renewable energy resources (e.g. fossil fuels). By focusing on renewable energy sources now, we hope to provide enough energy resources for future generations. In parallel with this focus, it is essential to develop technologies that improve the efficiency of energy production, distribution, and consumption, to get the most from these renewable resources. Soft magnetic materials play a central role in power generation, conditioning, and conversion technologies and therefore promoting improvements in the efficiency of these materials is essential for our future energy needs. The losses generated by the magnetic core materials by hysteretic, acoustic, and/or eddy currents have a great impact on efficiency. A survey of soft magnetic materials for energy applications will be discussed with a focus on improvement in performance using novel soft magnetic materials designed for these power applications. A group of premiere soft magnetic materials -- nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloys -- will be highlighted for their potential in addressing energy efficiency. These materials are made up of nanocrystalline magnetic transition metal-rich grains embedded within an intergranular amorphous matrix, obtained by partial devitrification of melt-spun amorphous ribbons. The nanoscale grain size results in a desirable combination of large saturation induction, low coercivity, and moderate resistivity unobtainable in conventional soft magnetic alloys. The random distribution of these fine grains causes a reduction in the net magnetocrystalline anisotropy, contributing to the excellent magnetic properties. Recently developed (Fe,Co,Ni)88Zr7B4Cu1 alloys will be discussed with a focus on the microstructure/magnetic property relationship and their effects on the energy efficiency of these materials for AC

  14. Développement de PVDF micro et nanostructures pour des études de culture cellulaire

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    2012-01-01

    Tissue engineering aims at repairing damaged tissues and recovering the lost or degraded biological functions with artificial scaffolds. In order to meet the requirement for more complex functionality such as peripheral nerve reconstruction, new types of scaffold materials are needed. In this work, we developed several micro- and nanofabrication techniques to pattern polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), a highly non-reactive, piezoelectric, thermoplastic fluoropolymer, which can serve as new const...

  15. Study on characteristics of PVDF/nano-clay composite polymer electrolyte using PVP as pore-forming agent

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    2016-02-08

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) based polymer electrolytes have a high dielectric constant, which can assist in greater ionization of lithium salts. The main advantages of PVDF are its durability in long battery operation and its ability to be a good ion conductor. However, the limitation of this polymer is its crystalline molecular structure. Dispersing nano-particles in the polymer matrix may improve the characteristics of the PVDF polymer. This paper aims to investigate the impact of nano-clay addition on the characteristics of PVDF polymer to be used as a polymer electrolyte membrane. In addition, the effect of poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP) is also investigated. The membrane was prepared by phase separation method whereas the polymer electrolyte membranes was prepared by immersing into 1 M lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF{sub 6}) in ethylene carbonate/dimethyl carbonate (EC/DMC) electrolytes for 1 h. The membranes were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), porosity and electrolyte uptake and performance in battery cell. The results showed that both nano-clay and PVP have significant impacts on the improvement of PVDF membranes to be used as polymer electrolyte.

  16. A nano-frost array technique to prepare nanoporous PVDF membranes

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    Lee, Min Kyung; Lee, Jonghwi

    2014-07-01

    Frost, the solid deposition of water vapor from humid air, forms on the surface of a solid substrate when its temperature drops below the freezing point of water. In this study, we demonstrate how this natural phenomenon can be applied to develop novel nanoporous materials. The solvent annealing of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) infiltrated into nanopores induced template-directed dewetting thus preparing nanoembossing films. Then, water nanodroplets formed on the cold polymer nanopatterned surfaces following the embossing patterns, similar to dew formation on the ground. Subsequently, the nanodroplets were frozen and then removed by freeze-drying. This nano-frost array technique produced nanoporous PVDF membranes with an average thickness of 250 (+/-48) nm. It was revealed that the nanopatterned surface formed by solvent annealing played an important role in achieving a nano-frost array with an adjustable size. Additionally, the freezing process led to significant changes of the PVDF crystallinity and polymorphism. Our results prove that the nano-frost array technique can be broadly used to design ordered nanoporous structures and provide new prospects in nanomaterial fields.Frost, the solid deposition of water vapor from humid air, forms on the surface of a solid substrate when its temperature drops below the freezing point of water. In this study, we demonstrate how this natural phenomenon can be applied to develop novel nanoporous materials. The solvent annealing of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) infiltrated into nanopores induced template-directed dewetting thus preparing nanoembossing films. Then, water nanodroplets formed on the cold polymer nanopatterned surfaces following the embossing patterns, similar to dew formation on the ground. Subsequently, the nanodroplets were frozen and then removed by freeze-drying. This nano-frost array technique produced nanoporous PVDF membranes with an average thickness of 250 (+/-48) nm. It was revealed that the

  17. Zirconium/PVA modified flat-sheet PVDF membrane as a cost-effective adsorptive and filtration material: A case study on decontamination of organic arsenic in aqueous solutions.

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    Zhao, Dandan; Yu, Yang; Wang, Chenghong; Chen, J Paul

    2016-09-01

    Organic arsenic in waters has been a global concern in drinking water due to its higher toxicity to humans. In this study, a novel zirconium/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) modified polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane was applied to remove organic arsenic from water. The impregnation of zirconium ions within the modified membrane was attributed to the coordination reactions among the zirconium ions, ether and hydroxyl groups. The synthesized membrane worked better at the acidic conditions and achieved the optimal uptake for both monomethylarsonic (MMA) and dimethylarsinic (DMA) at pH 2.0. The adsorption isotherm study demonstrated that the adsorption of both organic arsenic species was controlled by the mono-layer adsorption process; the maximum adsorption capacities for MMA and DMA were 73.04 and 37.53mg/g at pH 2, and 29.78 and 19.03mg/g at pH 7.0, respectively. The presence of humic acid had a negligible impact on the uptake of organic arsenic, whereas varying impacts on the arsenic adsorption were observed due to the presence of coexisting anions such as fluoride, phosphate, carbonate and silicate. A single piece of membrane with a surface area of only 12.56cm(2) could treat 7.5-L MMA and 4.1-L DMA solution with an influent concentration of about 100μg/L to meet the WHO and USEPA standard of 10μg/L. Based on the XPS analyses, the ion exchange reaction between chloride ions on the membrane surface and organic arsenic species was responsible for the removal of both MMA and DMA. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. PVDF-g-PNIPAAm温敏抗污染膜的制备及性能研究%Research on preparation and performance of temperature-sensitive antifouling poly ( vinylidene fluoride ) -graft-poly (N-isopropylacrylamide)

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    白静娜; 冯霞; 陈莉; 申向; 赵义平; 刘美均; 郭艳芬

    2012-01-01

    摘要:通过自由基共聚将聚(N-异丙基丙烯酰胺)(PNIPAAm)接枝到了碱处理聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)粉末上,合成接枝共聚物PVDF-g-PNIPAAm。以此为原材料通过相转化法制备温敏抗污染分离膜。通过调控反应时间,达到不同的PNIPAAm接枝率,研究了不同接枝率对膜结构及性能的影响。结果表明,随着反应时间的延长,PNIPAAm的接枝率逐渐增加。成膜过程中发挥致孔作用明显致使膜表面的微孔数目逐渐增加。此外,PNIPAArn的接枝率越高膜的亲水性越强,且温敏性能提高。由于室温下PNIPAAm的亲水性,膜表面易形成水化层,从而提高改性膜的抗蛋白质污染性能。%Alkali-treated poly(vinylidene flouride) copolymer (PVDF-g-PNIPAAm) was synthesized (PVDF) grafted poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) via radical copolymerization and the different grafting ratio of PNIPAAm was obtained by regulating reaction time. The copolymer membranes were prepared by phase inversion method. The results indicated that the grafting ratio of PNIPAAm was enhanced with the increase of reaction time resulting in the formation of microporous structures on the membrane surface due to the pore-forming ability of the amphiphilic structure. In addition, the hydrophilicity and temperature-sensitivity were also im- proved with the increase of grafting ratio. At the room temperature, the copolymer membrane exhibited excellent protein-resistant property due to the hydrophilicty of PNIPAAm.

  19. Development of PVDF Membrane Nanocomposites via Various Functionalization Approaches for Environmental Applications

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    Douglas M. Davenport

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Membranes are finding wide applications in various fields spanning biological, water, and energy areas. Synthesis of membranes to provide tunable flux, metal sorption, and catalysis has been done through pore functionalization of microfiltration (MF type membranes with responsive behavior. This methodology provides an opportunity to improve synthetic membrane performance via polymer fabrication and surface modification. By optimizing the polymer coagulation conditions in phase inversion fabrication, spongy polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF membranes with high porosity and large internal pore volume were created in lab and full scale. This robust membrane shows a promising mechanical strength as well as high capacity for loading of adsorptive and catalytic materials. By applying surface modification techniques, synthetic membranes with different functionality (carboxyl, amine, and nanoparticle-based were obtained. These functionalities provide an opportunity to fine-tune the membrane surface properties such as charge and reactivity. The incorporation of stimuli-responsive acrylic polymers (polyacrylic acid or sodium polyacrylate in membrane pores also results in tunable pore size and ion-exchange capacity. This provides the added benefits of adjustable membrane permeability and metal capture efficiency. The equilibrium and dynamic binding capacity of these functionalized spongy membranes were studied via calcium ion-exchange. Iron/palladium catalytic nanoparticles were immobilized in the polymer matrix in order to perform the challenging degradation of the environmental pollutant trichloroethylene (TCE.

  20. Human exhaled air energy harvesting with specific reference to PVDF film

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    Manisha Rajesh Mhetre

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Spirometer is a medical equipment used to measure lung capacity of a human being. It leads to diagnosis of several diseases. The researchers worked on harvesting energy from human exhalation while carrying out measurements using spirometer. A prototype has been developed using piezoelectric material i.e. PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride film as sensor. This paper presents the methodology and experimentation carried out for exhaled air energy harvesting using PVDF film. Experimental results obtained are encouraging. Measurements are also carried out on various subjects having different height, weight, age and gender. Data analysis shows variation in the energy harvested with different physical parameters and gender. Experimentation shows that voltage generated due to exhaled air is promising for harvesting.

  1. Hydrophilic modification of PVDF microfiltration membranes by adsorption of facial amphiphile cholic acid.

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    Hu, Meng-Xin; Li, Ji-Nian; Zhang, Shi-Lin; Li, Liang; Xu, Zhi-Kang

    2014-11-01

    Amphiphilic molecules have been widely used in surface modification of polymeric materials. Bile acids are natural biological compounds and possess special facial amphiphilic structure with a unusual distribution of hydrophobic and hydrophilic regions. Based on the facial amphiphilicity, cholic acid (CA), one of the bile acids, was utilized for the hydrophilic modification of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) microfiltration membranes via the hydrophobic interactions between the hydrophobic face of CA and the membrane surfaces. Ethanol, methanol, and water were respectively used as solvent during CA adsorption procedure. Their polarity affects the CA adsorption amount, as similar to CA concentration and adsorption time. There are no changes on the membrane surface morphology after CA adsorption. The hydrophilicity of PVDF membranes is greatly enhanced and the water drops permeates into the CA modified membranes quickly after modification. All these factors benefit to the permeation flux of membrane for water. When CA concentration is higher than 0.088 M, the water permeation flux is doubled as compared with the nascent PVDF membrane and shows a good stability during filtration procedure. These results reveal the promising potential of facial amphiphilic bile acids for the surface modification of polymeric materials.

  2. MATERIALS PERFORMANCE TARGETED THRUST FY 2004 PROJECTS

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    2005-09-13

    The Yucca Mountain site was recommended by the President to be a geological repository for commercial spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. The multi-barrier approach was adopted for assessing and predicting system behavior, including both natural barriers and engineered barriers. A major component of the long-term strategy for safe disposal of nuclear waste is first to completely isolate the radionuclides in waste packages for long times and then to greatly retard the egress and transport of radionuclides from penetrated packages. The goal of the Materials Performance Targeted Thrust program is to further enhance the understanding of the role of engineered barriers in waste isolation. In addition, the Thrust will explore technical enhancements and seek to offer improvements in materials costs and reliability.

  3. Composite Gel Polymer Electrolyte Based on Poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) with Modified Aluminum-Doped Lithium Lanthanum Titanate (A-LLTO) for High-Performance Lithium Rechargeable Batteries.

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    Le, Hang T T; Ngo, Duc Tung; Kalubarme, Ramchandra S; Cao, Guozhong; Park, Choong-Nyeon; Park, Chan-Jin

    2016-08-17

    A composite gel polymer electrolyte (CGPE) based on poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) polymer that includes Al-doped Li0.33La0.56TiO3 (A-LLTO) particles covered with a modified SiO2 (m-SiO2) layer was fabricated through a simple solution-casting method followed by activation in a liquid electrolyte. The obtained CGPE possessed high ionic conductivity, a large electrochemical stability window, and interfacial stability-all superior to that of the pure gel polymer electrolyte (GPE). In addition, under a highly polarized condition, the CGPE effectively suppressed the growth of Li dendrites due to the improved hardness of the GPE by the addition of inorganic A-LLTO/m-SiO2 particles. Accordingly, the Li-ion polymer and Li-O2 cells employing the CGPE exhibited remarkably improved cyclability compared to cells without CGPE. In particular, the CGPE as a protection layer for the Li metal electrode in a Li-O2 cell was effective in blocking the contamination of the Li electrode by oxygen gas or impurities diffused from the cathode side while suppressing the Li dendrites.

  4. Integrated Performance Testing Workshop - Supplemental Materials (Scripts and Procedures)

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    Baum, Gregory A.

    2014-02-01

    A variety of performance tests are described relating to: Material Transfers; Emergency Evacuation; Alarm Response Assessment; and an Enhanced Limited Scope Performance Test (ELSPT). Procedures are given for: nuclear material physical inventory and discrepancy; material transfers; and emergency evacuation.

  5. Performance of scintillation materials at cryogenic temperatures

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    Mikhailik, V B

    2010-01-01

    An increasing number of applications of scintillators at low temperatures, particularly in cryogenic experiments searching for rare events, has motivated the investigation of scintillation properties of materials over a wide temperature range. This paper provides an overview of the latest results on the study of luminescence, absorption and scintillation properties of materials selected for rare event searches so far. These include CaWO4, ZnWO4, CdWO4, MgWO4, CaMoO4, CdMoO4, Bi4Ge3O12, CaF2, MgF2, ZnSe and AL2O3-Ti. We discuss the progress achieved in research and development of these scintillators, both in material preparation and in the understanding of scintillation mechanisms, as well as the underlying physics. To understand the origin of the performance limitation of self-activated scintillators we employed a semi-empirical model of conversion of high energy radiation into light and made appropriate provision for effects of temperature and energy transfer. We conclude that the low-temperature value of th...

  6. Inorganic nanotubes reinforced polyvinylidene fluoride composites as low-cost electromagnetic interference shielding materials

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    Sankaranarayanan Venkataraman

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Novel polymer nanocomposites comprising of MnO2 nanotubes (MNTs, functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (f-MWCNTs, and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF were synthesized. Homogeneous distribution of f-MWCNTs and MNTs in PVDF matrix were confirmed by field emission scanning electron microscopy. Electrical conductivity measurements were performed on these polymer composites using four probe technique. The addition of 2 wt.% of MNTs (2 wt.%, f-MWCNTs to PVDF matrix results in an increase in the electrical conductivity from 10-16S/m to 4.5 × 10-5S/m (3.2 × 10-1S/m. Electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness (EMI SE was measured with vector network analyzer using waveguide sample holder in X-band frequency range. EMI SE of approximately 20 dB has been obtained with the addition of 5 wt.% MNTs-1 wt.% f-MWCNTs to PVDF in comparison with EMI SE of approximately 18 dB for 7 wt.% of f-MWCNTs indicating the potential use of the present MNT/f-MWCNT/PVDF composite as low-cost EMI shielding materials in X-band region.

  7. Supercritical gel drying: a powerful tool for tailoring symmetric porous PVDF-HFP membranes.

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    Cardea, S; Gugliuzza, A; Sessa, M; Aceto, M C; Drioli, E; Reverchon, E

    2009-01-01

    In this work, poly(vinylidene fluoride) copolymer with hexafluoropropylene (PVDF-HFP) membrane-like aerogels have been generated for the first time. PVDF-HFP gels have been prepared from polymer-acetone solutions by adding various amounts of ethanol. A series of supercritical drying experiments have been performed at different pressures (from 100 to 200 bar) and temperatures (from 35 to 45 degrees C) and at various polymer concentrations (from 5 to 12 wt %). The effects of the process conditions on the membrane morphology have been evaluated, and structure-property relationships have been found. In all cases, the membranes exhibit interconnected structures with nanosized pores and high porosity, leading to reduced resistance to the gas mass transfer and high hydrophobic character of the surfaces. These membrane-like aerogels promise to form a new class of highly hydrophobic porous interfaces, potentially suitable to be used in membrane operations based, for example, on the contactor technology.

  8. Crystal structures of electrospun PVDF membranes and its separator application for rechargeable lithium metal cells

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    Gao Kun [Department of Applied Chemistry, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)]. E-mail: gaokun@hit.edu.cn; Hu Xinguo [Department of Applied Chemistry, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Dai Chongsong [Department of Applied Chemistry, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Yi Tingfeng [Department of Applied Chemistry, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)

    2006-07-15

    An electrospinning method was used to prepare electrospun PVDF-based membranes (EPMs) for battery separators applications. The morphology of the EPMs was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The relations between applied voltage and average fiber diameter (AFD) under certain electrospinning conditions were discussed. The thermal properties and crystal structure of the EPMs also were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD). Due to soften PVDF fibers in high temperature, the thermal treated EPMs can form an interconnected web structure, which greatly improves physical properties. Compared with Celgard{sup TM} 2400 (PP separator), the cell with EPM shows better cycling ability of CV and charge-discharge performance with little capacity loss after 50 cycles at C/2 rate.

  9. Enhancement effects of two kinds of carbon black on piezoelectricity of PVDF-HFP composite films

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    Hu, Bin; Hu, Ning; Wu, Liangke; Cui, Hao; Ying, Ji

    2015-12-01

    Two kinds of carbon black (CB) (i.e., CB#300 and CB#3350) were added into poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP), respectively, to improve its piezoelectricity. The results revealed that when 0.5 wt.% CB was added, the best performance of the PVDF-HFP/CB composite films was obtained. The calibrated open circuit voltage and the density of harvested power of 0.5 wt.% CB#3350 contained composite films were 204%, and 464% (AC) and 561% (DC) of those of neat PVDF-HFP films. Similarly, for 0.5 wt.% CB#300 contained films, they were 211%, and 475% (AC) and 624% (DC), respectively. The enhancement mechanisms of piezoelectricity were clarified by the observation of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). We found that the added CBs act as nucleate agents to promote the formation of elongated, oriented and fibrillar β-phase crystals during the fabrication process, which increase the piezoelectricity. Overdosed CBs lead to a lower crystallinity degree, resulting in the lower piezoelectricity. Compared with CB#3350, CB#300 performs slightly better, which may be ascribed to its higher specific surface area.

  10. Omniphobic Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) Membrane for Desalination of Shale Gas Produced Water by Membrane Distillation.

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    Boo, Chanhee; Lee, Jongho; Elimelech, Menachem

    2016-11-15

    Microporous membranes fabricated from hydrophobic polymers such as polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) have been widely used for membrane distillation (MD). However, hydrophobic MD membranes are prone to wetting by low surface tension substances, thereby limiting their use in treating challenging industrial wastewaters, such as shale gas produced water. In this study, we present a facile and scalable approach for the fabrication of omniphobic polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes that repel both water and oil. Positive surface charge was imparted to an alkaline-treated PVDF membrane by aminosilane functionalization, which enabled irreversible binding of negatively charged silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) to the membrane through electrostatic attraction. The membrane with grafted SiNPs was then coated with fluoroalkylsilane (perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane) to lower the membrane surface energy. Results from contact angle measurements with mineral oil and surfactant solution demonstrated that overlaying SiNPs with ultralow surface energy significantly enhanced the wetting resistance of the membrane against low surface tension liquids. We also evaluated desalination performance of the modified membrane in direct contact membrane distillation with a synthetic wastewater containing surfactant (sodium dodecyl sulfate) and mineral oil, as well as with shale gas produced water. The omniphobic membrane exhibited a stable MD performance, demonstrating its potential application for desalination of challenging industrial wastewaters containing diverse low surface tension contaminants.

  11. Materials Performance in USC Steam Portland

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    2011-04-26

    Goals of the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Power Systems Initiatives include power generation from coal at 60% efficiency, which requires steam conditions of up to 760 C and 340 atm, co-called advanced ultrasupercritical (A-USC) steam conditions. A limitation to achieving the goal is a lack of cost-effective metallic materials that can perform at these temperatures and pressures. Some of the more important performance limitations are high-temperature creep strength, fire-side corrosion resistance, and steam-side oxidation resistance. Nickel-base superalloys are expected to be the materials best suited for steam boiler and turbine applications above about 675 C. Specific alloys of interest include Haynes 230 and 282, Inconel 617, 625 and 740, and Nimonic 263. Further validation of a previously developed chromia evaporation model is shown by examining the reactive evaporation effects resulting from exposure of Haynes 230 and Haynes 282 to moist air environments as a function of flow rate and water content. These two alloys differ in Ti and Mn contents, which may form outer layers of TiO{sub 2} or Cr-Mn spinels. This would in theory decrease the evaporation of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} from the scale by decreasing the activity of chromia at the scale surface, and be somewhat self-correcting as chromia evaporation concentrates the Ti and Mn phases. The apparent approximate chromia activity was found for each condition and alloy that showed chromia evaporation kinetics. As expected, it was found that increasing the gas flow rate led to increased chromia evaporation and decreased chromia activity. However, increasing the water content in moist air increased the evaporation, but results were mixed with its effect on chromia activity.

  12. PMN-PT/PVDF Nanocomposite for High Output Nanogenerator Applications

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    Chuan Li

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available The 0.7Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3O3-0.3PbTiO3(0.7PMN-0.3PT nanorods were obtained via hydrothermal method with high yield (over 78%. Then, new piezoelectric nanocomposites based on (1−xPb(Mg1/3Nb2/3O3-xPbTiO3 (PMN-PT nanorods were fabricated by dispersing the 0.7PMN-0.3PT nanorods into piezoelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride (PVDF polymer. The mechanical behaviors of the nanocomposites were investigated. The voltage and current generation of PMN-PT/PVDF nanocomposites were also measured. The results showed that the tensile strength, yield strength, and Young’s modulus of nanocomposites were enhanced as compared to that of the pure PVDF. The largest Young’s modulus of 1.71 GPa was found in the samples with 20 wt % nanorod content. The maximum output voltage of 10.3 V and output current of 46 nA were obtained in the samples with 20 wt % nanorod content, which was able to provide a 13-fold larger output voltage and a 4.5-fold larger output current than that of pure PVDF piezoelectric polymer. The current density of PMN-PT/PVDF nanocomposites is 20 nA/cm2. The PMN-PT/PVDF nanocomposites exhibited great potential for flexible self-powered sensing applications.

  13. PMN-PT/PVDF Nanocomposite for High Output Nanogenerator Applications.

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    Li, Chuan; Luo, Wenbo; Liu, Xingzhao; Xu, Dong; He, Kai

    2016-04-11

    The 0.7Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O₃-0.3PbTiO₃(0.7PMN-0.3PT) nanorods were obtained via hydrothermal method with high yield (over 78%). Then, new piezoelectric nanocomposites based on (1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O₃-xPbTiO₃ (PMN-PT) nanorods were fabricated by dispersing the 0.7PMN-0.3PT nanorods into piezoelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) polymer. The mechanical behaviors of the nanocomposites were investigated. The voltage and current generation of PMN-PT/PVDF nanocomposites were also measured. The results showed that the tensile strength, yield strength, and Young's modulus of nanocomposites were enhanced as compared to that of the pure PVDF. The largest Young's modulus of 1.71 GPa was found in the samples with 20 wt % nanorod content. The maximum output voltage of 10.3 V and output current of 46 nA were obtained in the samples with 20 wt % nanorod content, which was able to provide a 13-fold larger output voltage and a 4.5-fold larger output current than that of pure PVDF piezoelectric polymer. The current density of PMN-PT/PVDF nanocomposites is 20 nA/cm². The PMN-PT/PVDF nanocomposites exhibited great potential for flexible self-powered sensing applications.

  14. Chinese RE Performance Materials on the Fast Developing Way

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    2006-01-01

    @@ Rare earth elements are endowed with excellent magnetic, optical and electrical features for their special electronic shell. Series of unsubstitutive advanced materials with prominent performances have been developed, such as magnetic materials, hydrogen storage materials, luminescent materials and catalytic materials, etc. These performance materials are widely used in the fields of metallurgy, oil industry, chemical industry, light industry, agriculture,electronics industry, environmental protection, national defense and some hi-tech advanced materials.

  15. Methodological development and characterization of welded joints in Poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF); Desenvolvimento metodologico e caracterizacao de juntas soldadas de PVDF

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    Cedrola, S.M.L.; Costa, M.F. da; Pasqualino, I.P., E-mail: samanta@metalmat.ufrj.b [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil)

    2010-07-01

    Pipelines are of great concern in the transport sector of oil and gas industries, mainly due to the natural internal aging process caused by contact with the different transported fluids. Installation of polymeric pipes called liners is a good option for rehabilitation of long segments of deteriorated pipelines. Among the potential materials for such application is Poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF). Meanwhile the installation process cannot be carried out in one single step and the polymeric pipe must be cut in sections that are welded during the installation process. In this research welding methodology was studied aiming to optimize welding conditions and the mechanical properties of the joined materials. The first step was processing the PVDF via compression molding on different conditions. Then, the sample was cut and butt-welded. Welding parameters such as, time control, temperature and contact pressure were studied. Afterwards, the stress-strain properties of the welded material was evaluated and physical characterization was carried by x-ray diffraction (DRX). (author)

  16. First-principles simulations of PVDF copolymers with high dielectric energy density: PVDF-HFP and PVDF-BTFE

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    Dong, Rui; Ranjan, V.; Buongiorno Nardelli, Marco; Bernholc, J.

    2016-07-01

    Phase diagrams of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and its copolymers with hexafluoropropylene (HFP) and bromotrifluoroethylene (BTFE) are investigated via first-principles simulations and compared to previously studied P(VDF-chlorotrifluoroethylene) (CTFE) data. We find that a nonpolar to polar phase transition induced by an electric field also occurs in HFP and BTFE copolymers and the results for P(VDF-HFP) show good agreement with existing experiments. For P(VDF-BTFE) we show that its nonpolar phase remains the ground state for a substantially larger range of concentrations than for P(VDF-CTFE) and P(VDF-HFP), and predict that a high BTFE concentration copolymer will achieve a significantly higher energy density at low field than P(VDF-CTFE) 9%. The transition pathways connecting the polar and nonpolar phases are also calculated and the energy barriers for the transitions turn out to be similar for the three copolymers, even at different co-monomer concentrations. The similarity of barriers indicates that a mixture of these and related copolymers can be used to optimize the properties of the dielectric, such as energy density, processability, and cost.

  17. PVDF/SiO2复合纤维膜的制备及电化学性能%Preparation and Electrochemical Properties of PVDF/SiO2 Composite Fibrous Membranes

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    彭淑静; 梁银峥

    2015-01-01

    PVDF/SiO2 composite fibrous membranes with 2%, 5%, and 8% of SiO2 were prepared by elec-trospinning method respectively, and their mechanical properties and electrochemical properties were tested as well as the performance of assembled battery. The results show that the addition of SiO2 has great in-fluence on the fiber diameter and morphology of electrospinning PVDF composite membranes. With the increase of SiO2 content, the fiber diameter and its distribution of the PVDF/SiO2 composite membrane become thinner and wider, and the surface uniformity of fiber reduces; its mechanical properties, electro-lyte uptake, and ionic conductivity increase at first and then decrease. The battery, assembled using PVDF/SiO2 composite membrane with 5% of SiO2, shows good charge and discharge performance, and its first discharge capacity is 158 mAh/g. The capacity retention ratio could reach 91% after 50 charge-discharge cycles.%采用静电纺丝法制备了SiO2含量分别为2%、5%和8%的PVDF/SiO2复合纤维膜,对复合纤维膜的物理性能、电化学性能以及组装电池性能等进行了测试分析。结果表明:纳米SiO2含量对静电纺PVDF基膜的纤维直径和形貌影响很大,随着SiO2含量的增加,静电纺PVDF/SiO2复合纤维膜的纤维直径变细且分布变宽,纤维表面的均匀性降低;其力学性能、电解液吸液率以及离子电导率均先增加后降低。以含量为5%的SiO2静电纺PVDF/SiO2复合纤维膜为隔膜组装的电池首周充放电容量最高,约为158 mAh/g;经过50周充放电循环后,电池的容量保持率最高为91%。

  18. Effect of organic mulch materials on maize performance and weed ...

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    Effect of organic mulch materials on maize performance and weed growth in the derived ... AFRICAN JOURNALS ONLINE (AJOL) · Journals · Advanced Search ... of organic mulch materials (Plant and Animal) on the performance of maize and ...

  19. Modelling coupled to behaviour and damage; rupture criteria in the field of the PVDF transition; Modelisation couplee comportement endommagement et criteres de rupture dans le domaine de la transition du PVDF

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    Lafarge, M.

    2004-12-15

    Pipeline structures are used for the transport of crude oil in offshore fields. Flexible pipelines are made of an inner metallic layer, which accommodates flexural and tensile strains and of a PVDF layer, which guarantees watertightness. The aim of the study is to determine which conditions can lead to a risk of brittle fracture of the polymer material. The PVDF of interest was extruded without plasticizer and therefore it differs considerably from the standard industrial grade. The lack of plasticizer leads to a difficult extrusion, which creates significant porosity (10%). Several specimens with various geometries were tested in order to analyse the detrimental effect of a defect regarding damage evolution and fracture mechanisms. During the deformation process, the material is characterized by whitening due to void growth and material elongation. Ductile fracture of PVDF is promoted by high temperatures, low strain rates, low stress triaxiality ratios and flexural loading, whereas brittle fracture is favoured by low temperatures (T{<=}Tg = -42 C), high strain rates, high stress triaxiality ratios and tensile loading. The Gurson-Tvergaard-Needleman model, usually used for metallic materials, was employed to model behaviour and damage of PVDF material at various temperatures. Damage is essentially due to void growth and is described by using q1 and q2 parameters. The constitutive model has been successfully applied to account for all aspects of the mechanical behaviour of the material. Crazing is the failure mode and final fracture is assumed to occur when either, the maximum principal plastic strain at low stress triaxiality or the porosity at high stress triaxiality reaches respectively a critical value. Furthermore, the ductile to brittle transition criterion is found to be the maximum principal stress. This latter allows to explain both fracture mechanisms modes in flexural and tensile loading. (author)

  20. Direct-write PVDF nonwoven fiber fabric energy harvesters via the hollow cylindrical near-field electrospinning process

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    Liu, Z. H.; Pan, C. T.; Lin, L. W.; Huang, J. C.; Ou, Z. Y.

    2014-02-01

    One-dimensional piezoelectric nanomaterials have attracted great attention in recent years for their possible applications in mechanical energy scavenging devices. However, it is difficult to control the structural diameter, length, and density of these fibers fabricated by micro/nano-technologies. This work presents a hollow cylindrical near-field electrospinning (HCNFES) process to address production and performance issues encountered previously in either far-field electrospinning (FFES) or near-field electrospinning (NFES) processes. Oriented polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) fibers in the form of nonwoven fabric have been directly written on a glass tube for aligned piezoelectricity. Under a high in situ electrical poling field and strong mechanical stretching (the tangential speed on the glass tube collector is about 1989.3 mm s-1), the HCNFES process is able to uniformly deposit large arrays of PVDF fibers with good concentrations of piezoelectric β-phase. The nonwoven fiber fabric (NFF) is transferred onto a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate and fixed at both ends using copper foil electrodes as a flexible textile-fiber-based PVDF energy harvester. Repeated stretching and releasing of PVDF NFF with a strain of 0.05% at 7 Hz produces a maximum peak voltage and current at 76 mV and 39 nA, respectively.

  1. Giant Electric-Field-Induced Strain in PVDF-Based Battery Separator Membranes Probed by Electrochemical Strain Microscopy.

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    Romanyuk, Konstantin; Costa, Carlos M; Luchkin, Sergey Yu; Kholkin, Andrei L; Lanceros-Méndez, Senentxu

    2016-05-31

    Efficiency of lithium-ion batteries largely relies on the performance of battery separator membrane as it controls the mobility and concentration of Li-ions between the anode and cathode electrodes. Recent advances in electrochemical strain microscopy (ESM) prompted the study of Li diffusion and transport at the nanoscale via electromechanical strain developed under an application of inhomogeneous electric field applied via the sharp ESM tip. In this work, we observed unexpectedly high electromechanical strain developed in polymer membranes based on porous poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-chlorotrifluoroethylene) (PVDF-CTFE) and, using it, could study a dynamics of electroosmotic flow of electrolyte inside the pores. We show that, independently of the separator membrane, electric field-induced deformation observed by ESM on wetted membrane surfaces can reach up to 10 nm under a moderate bias of 1 V (i.e., more than an order of magnitude higher than that in best piezoceramics). Such a high strain is explained by the electroosmotic flow in a porous media composed of PVDF. It is shown that the strain-based ESM method can be used to extract valuable information such as average pore size, porosity, elasticity of membrane in electrolyte solvent, and membrane-electrolyte affinity expressed in terms of zeta potential. Besides, such systems can, in principle, serve as actuators even in the absence of apparent piezoelectricity in amorphous PVDF.

  2. Ceramic cutting tools materials, development and performance

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    Whitney, E Dow

    1994-01-01

    Interest in ceramics as a high speed cutting tool material is based primarily on favorable material properties. As a class of materials, ceramics possess high melting points, excellent hardness and good wear resistance. Unlike most metals, hardness levels in ceramics generally remain high at elevated temperatures which means that cutting tip integrity is relatively unaffected at high cutting speeds. Ceramics are also chemically inert against most workmetals.

  3. CITA Working for and with material performance

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    Ramsgaard Thomsen, Mette

    2011-01-01

    The understanding of materials as active, whether compressed, under tension or flexed while handled, is at the root of all craft traditions. The ability to work a material, to saw and chisel wood, to weld and hammer steel or to weave and knit yarn relies on a profound understanding of its...

  4. Development of highly porous flat sheet polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes for membrane distillation

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    Alsaery, Salim A.

    2017-05-01

    With the increase of population every year, fresh water scarcity has rapidly increased and it is reaching a risky level, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. Desalination of seawater is an essential process for fresh water generation. One of the methods for desalination is membrane distillation (MD). MD process separates an aqueous liquid feed across a porous hydrophobic membrane to produce pure water via evaporation. Polyvinlidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes reinforced with a polyester fabric were fabricated as potential candidates for MD. Non-solvent induced phase separation coupled with steam treatment was used to prepare the PVDF membranes. A portion of the prepared membrane was coated with Teflon (AF2400) to increase its hydrophobicity. In the first study, the fabricated membranes were characterized using scanning electron microscopy and other techniques, and they were evaluated using direct contact MD (DCMD). The fabricated membranes showed a porous sponge-like structure with some macrovoids. The macrovoid formation and the spongy structure in the membrane cross-sections contributed significantly to a high permeate flux as they provide a large space for vapor water transport. The modified PVDF membranes with steaming and coating exhibited a permeate flux of around 40 L/h m2 (i.e. 27-30% increase to the control PVDF membrane) at temperatures of 60 °C (feed) and 20 °C (permeate). This increase in the permeate flux for the modified membranes was mainly attributed to its larger pore size on the bottom surface. In the second study, the control PVDF membrane was tested in two different module designs (i.e. semi-circular pipe and rectangular duct module designs). The semi-circular module design (turbulent regime) exhibited a higher permeate flux, 3-fold higher than that of the rectangular duct module design (laminar regime) at feed temperature of 60 °C. Furthermore, a heat energy balance was performed for each module design to determine the temperature

  5. Effect of IX dosing on polypropylene and PVDF membrane fouling control

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    Myat, Darli Theint

    2013-07-01

    The performance of ion exchange (IX) resin for organics removal from wastewater was assessed using advanced characterisation techniques for varying doses of IX. Organic characterisation using liquid chromatography with a photodiode array (PDA) and fluorescence spectroscopy (Method A), and UV254, organic carbon and organic nitrogen detectors (Method B), was undertaken on wastewater before and after magnetic IX treatment. Results showed partial removal of the biopolymer fraction at high IX doses. With increasing concentration of IX, evidence for nitrogen-containing compounds such as proteins and amino acids disappeared from the LC-OND chromatogram, complementary to the fluorescence response. A greater fluorescence response of tryptophan-like proteins (278nm/343nm) for low IX concentrations was consistent with aggregation of tryptophan-like compounds into larger aggregates, either by self-aggregation or with polysaccharides. Recycling of IX resin through multiple adsorption steps without regeneration maintained the high level of humics removal but there was no continued removal of biopolymer. Subsequent membrane filtration of the IX treated waters resulted in complex fouling trends. Filtration tests with either polypropylene (PP) or polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes showed higher rates of initial fouling following treatment with high IX doses (10mL/L) compared to filtration of untreated water, while treatment with lower IX doses resulted in decreased fouling rates relative to the untreated water. However, at longer filtration times the rate of fouling of IX treated waters was lower than untreated water and the relative fouling rates corresponded to the amount of biopolymer material in the feed. It was proposed that the mode of fouling changed from pore constriction during the initial filtration period to filter cake build up at longer filtration times. The organic composition strongly influenced the rate of fouling during the initial filtration period due to

  6. Morphology and conduction properties of graphite-filled immiscible PVDF/PPgMA blends

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    Han, Zhidong; Saracco, Guido; FINA, Alberto; Gross, U; Mainil, M.

    2012-01-01

    Graphite was dispersed in immiscible polyvinylidene "uoride/maleated polypropylene (PVDF/PPgMA) blends to improve electrical and thermal conductive properties by building a double-percolation structure. The morphology of PVDF/PPgMA blends was !rst investigated for several compositions by selective solvent extraction, scanning electron microscopy, and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis. Blends of PVDF and PPgMA were prepared in different relative fractions, and a PVDF/PPgMA ratio of 7/3 showe...

  7. Improvement of performance of ultra-high performance concrete based composite material added with nano materials

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    Pang Jinchang

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC, a kind of composite material characterized by ultra high strength, high toughness and high durability. It has a wide application prospect in engineering practice. But there are some defects in concrete. How to improve strength and toughness of UHPC remains to be the target of researchers. To obtain UHPC with better performance, this study introduced nano-SiO2 and nano-CaCO3 into UHPC. Moreover, hydration heat analysis, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD, mercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP and nanoindentation tests were used to explore hydration process and microstructure. Double-doped nanomaterials can further enhance various mechanical performances of materials. Nano-SiO2 can promote early progress of cement hydration due to its high reaction activity and C-S-H gel generates when it reacts with cement hydration product Ca(OH2. Nano-CaCO3 mainly plays the role of crystal nucleus effect and filling effect. Under the combined action of the two, the composite structure is denser, which provides a way to improve the performance of UHPC in practical engineering.

  8. Nanomechanical analysis of high performance materials

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    2014-01-01

    This book is intended for researchers who are interested in investigating the nanomechanical properties of materials using advanced instrumentation techniques. The chapters of the book are written in an easy-to-follow format, just like solved examples. The book comprehensively covers a broad range of materials such as polymers, ceramics, hybrids, biomaterials, metal oxides, nanoparticles, minerals, carbon nanotubes and welded joints. Each chapter describes the application of techniques on the selected material and also mentions the methodology adopted for the extraction of information from the raw data. This is a unique book in which both equipment manufacturers and equipment users have contributed chapters. Novices will learn the techniques directly from the inventors and senior researchers will gain in-depth information on the new technologies that are suitable for advanced analysis. On the one hand, fundamental concepts that are needed to understand the nanomechanical behavior of materials is included in t...

  9. Electrical behaviour of PMN-PT-PVDF nanocomposite

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    Sen, Shrabanee; Mishra, S K [MST Division, National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur 834007 (India)], E-mail: shrabaneesen@yahoo.co.in

    2008-08-21

    Nanocomposites of polyvinyldene fluoride (PVDF) and a solid solution of lead magnesium niobate and lead titanate (0.65PMN-0.35PT) with varying composition ratios were prepared by the hot-press technique. The phase structure and morphology were studied by thermal analysis (DTA), x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The PVDF sample showed an exothermic peak due to the crystallization of the PVDF phase, but with the addition of PMN-PT powders an extra peak appeared due to the crystallization of the pyrochlore phase present in the PMN-PT powder. The crystallite size of the prepared samples was found to be between 40 and 60 nm. The value of the relative permittivity increased with the increase in the ceramic concentration. The presence of a single semicircle confirmed the presence of the bulk effect only. The bulk conductivity indicated an Arrhenius type thermally activated process. The ac conductivity spectrum obeyed the Jonscher power law.

  10. Study of pyroelectric activity of PZT/PVDF-HFP composite

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    Luiz Francisco Malmonge; José Antonio Malmonge; Walter Katsumi Sakamoto

    2003-01-01

    Flexible, free-standing piezo and pyroelectric composite with 0 to 3 connectivity was made up from Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) powder and poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) copolymer. The pyroelectric and the piezoelectric longitudinal (d33) coefficients were measured. A 50/50 vol.% PZT/PVDF-HFP composite resulted in piezo and pyroelectric coefficients of d33 = 25.0 pC/N and p = 4.5 × 10-4 C/m²K at 70 °C, respectively. Analysis of the complex permittivity in a wide ran...

  11. Nanoclay-Directed Structure and Morphology in PVDF Electrospun Membranes

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    Kyunghwan Yoon

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The incorporation of organically modified Lucentite nanoclay dramatically modifies the structure and morphology of the PVDF electrospun fibers. In a molecular level, the nanoclay preferentially stabilizes the all-trans conformation of the polymer chain, promoting an α to β transformation of the crystalline phase. The piezoelectric properties of the β-phase carry great promise for energy harvest applications. At a larger scale, the nanoclay facilitates the formation of highly uniform, bead-free fibers. Such an effect can be attributed to the enhanced conductivity and viscoelasticity of the PVDF-clay suspension. The homogenous distribution of the directionally aligned nanoclays imparts advanced mechanical properties to the nanofibers.

  12. Hierarchical machining materials and their performance

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    Sidorenko, Daria; Loginov, Pavel; Levashov, Evgeny

    2016-01-01

    as nanoparticles in the binder, or polycrystalline, aggregate-like reinforcements, also at several scale levels). Such materials can ensure better productivity, efficiency, and lower costs of drilling, cutting, grinding, and other technological processes. This article reviews the main groups of hierarchical...

  13. CT Performance Evaluation Using Multi Material Assemblies

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    Stolfi, Alessandro; De Chiffre, Leonardo

    2015-01-01

    This paper concerns an investigation of the accuracy of Computed Tomography measurements using multi-material assemblies. In this study, assemblies involving similar densities for elementary parts were considered. The investigation includes dimensional and geometrical measurements of two 10 mm high...

  14. Electrochemical study on PVDF-HFP/silylated AI{sub 2}O{sub 3}-coated PE separators using the electron beam irradiation for lithium secondary battery

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    Sohn, Joon Yong; Shin, Jun Hwa; Nho, Young Chang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Jeongeup (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-12-15

    PVDF-HFP (binder)/silylated alumina (inorganic particle)-coated PE (polyethylene)separators were with various compositions of binder and inorganic particle were prepared by a dip-coating process with humidity control (R.H. 25% and 50%) using electron beam irradiation. The morphology of the coated PVDF-HFP/AI{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer with various compositions of PVDF-HFP and AI{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and humidity condition was found to be an important factor in determining ionic conductivity of the prepared separators. The PVDF-HFP/AI{sub 2}O{sub 3} (5/5)-coated PE separator prepared at R.H. 50% followed by electron beam irradiation at 200 kGy was applied for lithium-ion polymer battery and cell test results showed improved high-rate discharge performance and better cyclic stability compared to the cells with the bare PE and the PVDF-HFP-coated PE separators.

  15. Repurposing Existing Material for Performance Support.

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    Harvey, Francis A.; Nelson, Adam

    1995-01-01

    Presents an overview of performance support systems (PSS), describes their role in promoting productivity in agile organizations, and discusses issues related to developing effective performance support using existing orientation, training, or procedural manuals. Topics include strategic principles of agility, and adding value when incorporating…

  16. Solvent and irradiation doses effects on the ion exchange capacity of sulfonated styrene grafted PVDF

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    Ferreira, Henrique P.; Parra, Duclerc F.; Lugao, Ademar B. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    Polymers exhibiting ion exchange capacity are studied for many years due to their application in several fields, such as membranes for proton exchange fuel cells, filtration membranes, heavy ions recovery and artificial muscles and sensors. Radiation induced grafting followed by sulfonation is a well-known way to obtain ion exchange polymers. Fluorinated polymers are frequently used as polymeric matrix for grafting due to their excellent physicochemical properties. Radiation induced grafting of styrene into poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) by simultaneous method in 1:1 styrene/toluene or styrene/N,N-dimethylformamide solutions was studied. Irradiations were performed under nitrogen atmosphere, room temperature and at doses of 5, 10 and 20 kGy with dose rate of 5 kGy.h{sup -1} from a {sup 60}Co gamma source. After washing, grafted materials were sulfonated in 10% chlorosulfonic acid/1,2-dichloroethane solutions for 4 h at room temperature. Characterization shows that increasing irradiation dose corresponds to increases in the grafting yield (GY %) gravimetrically calculated and these different solvents shows different grafting behaviors. Toluene allows no more than 3 % of grafting while DMF allows up to 55 % of grafting in the same condition. Grafting in toluene solution occurs on the surface and in DMF solution it occurs in the bulk, as confirmed by SEM. Both irradiation doses and solvent used have direct effects in the ion exchange capacities (calculated after titrations). FT-IR spectra exhibit new peaks after grafting and after sulfonation, attributed to grafted monomer and sulfonic groups attached to the styrene. DSC shows differences in thermal behavior of the polymer before and after each step. (author)

  17. Oxidation performance of graphite material in reactors

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    Xiaowei LUO; Xinli YU; Suyuan YU

    2008-01-01

    Graphite is used as a structural material and moderator for high temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGR). When a reactor is in operation, graphite oxida-tion influences the safety and operation of the reactor because of the impurities in the coolant and/or the acci-dent conditions, such as water ingress and air ingress. In this paper, the graphite oxidation process is introduced, factors influencing graphite oxidation are analyzed and discussed, and some new directions for further study are pointed out.

  18. Influence of the dose rate in the PVDF degradation processes

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    Batista, Adriana S.M.; Pereira, Claubia, E-mail: adriananuclear@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: claubia@nuclear.ufmg.br [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Gual, Maritza R., E-mail: maritzargual@gmail.com [Instituto Superior de Tecnologias y Ciencias Aplicadas (InsTEC), Departamento de Ingenieria Nuclear, La Habana (Cuba); Faria, Luiz O., E-mail: farialo@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    Modification in polymeric structure of plastic material can be brought either by conventional chemical means or by exposure to ionization radiation from gamma radioactive sources or highly accelerated electrons. The prominent drawbacks of chemical cross-linking typically involve the generation by products such as peroxide degradation. Radiation cross-linking technologies include: application in cable and wire, application in rubber tyres, radiation vulcanization of rubber latex, polymer recycling, hydrogels etc. The degradation of PVDF polymer exposed to gamma irradiation in oxygen atmosphere in high dose rate has been studied and compared to obtained under smaller dose rates. The samples were irradiated with a Co-60 source at constant dose rate (12 kGy/h and 2,592 kGy/h), with doses ranging from 100 kGy to 3,000 kGy. Different dose rate determine the prevalence of the processes being evaluated in this work by thermal measurements and infrared spectroscopy. It is shown that the degradation processes involve chain scissions and crosslink formation. The formation of oxidation products was shown at the surface of the irradiated film. The FTIR data revealed absorption bands at 1730 and 1853 cm{sup -1} which were attributed to the stretch of C=O bonds, at 1715 and 1754 cm{sup -1} which were attributed to the C=C stretching and at 3518, 3585 and 3673 cm{sup -1} which were associated with NH stretch of NH{sub 2} and OH. Thermogravimetric studies reveal that the irradiation induced the increasing residues and decrease of the temperature of the decomposition start. (author)

  19. Structural changes in PVDF fibers due to electrospinning and its effect on biological function.

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    Damaraju, Sita M; Wu, Siliang; Jaffe, Michael; Arinzeh, Treena Livingston

    2013-08-01

    Polyvinylidine fluoride (PVDF) is being investigated as a potential scaffold for bone tissue engineering because of its proven biocompatibility and piezoelectric property, wherein it can generate electrical activity when mechanically deformed. In this study, PVDF scaffolds were prepared by electrospinning using different voltages (12-30 kV), evaluated for the presence of the piezoelectric β-crystal phase and its effect on biological function. Electrospun PVDF was compared with unprocessed/raw PVDF, films and melt-spun fibers for the presence of the piezoelectric β-phase using differential scanning calorimetry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction. The osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) was evaluated on scaffolds electrospun at 12 and 25 kV (PVDF-12 kV and PVDF-25 kV, respectively) and compared to tissue culture polystyrene (TCP). Electrospinning PVDF resulted in the formation of the piezoelectric β-phase with the highest β-phase fraction of 72% for electrospun PVDF at 25 kV. MSCs cultured on both the scaffolds were well attached as indicated by a spread morphology. Cells on PVDF-25 kV scaffolds had the greatest alkaline phosphatase activity and early mineralization by day 10 as compared to TCP and PVDF-12 kV. The results demonstrate the potential for the use of PVDF scaffolds for bone tissue engineering applications.

  20. Fatigue Performance of Bridge Deck Pavement Materials

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    WU Shaopeng; ZHANG Guang; HAN Jun; LIU Gang; ZHOU Jie

    2009-01-01

    Three beam samplesof bridge deck pavementwere prepared, with gradationtypes of AC-13, and AC-16 and combined AC-13+AC-16. Four-point bending test was adopted to investigate the fatigue performance of these beam samples. The experimental results indicate that the initial bending stiffness is related to the type of beam sample and testing temperature. Fatigue life of these samples decreases as the increase of the controlled strain level. The AC-13 beam sample exhibits better fatigue resistance and bigger limiting bending strain at the given strain level and temperature. Com-pared with single beam sample, the fatigue performance of combining beam sample is relatively poor.

  1. Project materials [Commercial High Performance Buildings Project

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    2001-01-01

    The Consortium for High Performance Buildings (ChiPB) is an outgrowth of DOE'S Commercial Whole Buildings Roadmapping initiatives. It is a team-driven public/private partnership that seeks to enable and demonstrate the benefit of buildings that are designed, built and operated to be energy efficient, environmentally sustainable, superior quality, and cost effective.

  2. Structural and Electrical Properties of PZT/PVDF Piezoelectric Nanocomposites Prepared by Cold-Press and Hot-Press Routes

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    ZHANG De-Qing; WANG Da-Wei; YUAN Jie; ZHAO Quan-Liang; WANG Zhi-Ying; CAO Mao-Sheng

    2008-01-01

    @@ The 0-3 PZT/PVDF piezoelectric composites are prepared separately by hot-press and cold-press processes. The effects of the PZT content and the shaping-process on the composites are studied. The experimental results indicate that composites with 70% PZT nanopowders prepared by the hot-press method exhibit excellent piezo-electric and dielectric properties. The maxima of daa and e of the composites prepared by hot-press method are about 30% and 65% higher than those prepared by the cold-press method, respectively. This is mainly attributed to the favourable coupling of the two materials in the process of the hot press and the formation of the β-type PVDF, which possesses better electric properties.

  3. PVDF-based acoustic sensors prototype for the study of the thermoacoustic model

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    Drinck, Fabian; Laihem, Karim; Schumann, Manuel; Wiebusch, Christopher [RWTH Aachen University, Physikzentrum, Aachen (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    To measure the ultra-hight energy neutrino flux, studies on a larger IceCube neutrino observatory at the south pole have been intensively investigated in the last years. These studies have introduced a hybrid detection concept including radio and acoustic detection in addition to existing optical detection. The South Pole Acoustic Test Setup (SPATS) was built and deployed to evaluate the acoustic properties of the South Pole ice for the purpose of assessing the feasibility of an acoustic neutrino detection array. The Aachen Acoustic Laboratory (AAL) is supporting these efforts and providing infrastructures for the calibration of PZT-based acoustic sensors used in SPATS, study of a laser-based thermoacoustic model under laboratory conditions and investigating new piezoelectric materials for use in a next generation of acoustic sensors. In this talk we present the R and D status and first results of an acoustic sensor prototype based on PVDF material (Polyvinylidene Fluoride). With a flat frequency response and sensitivity the PVDF response to a thermoacoustic signal has shown the expected bipolar signal free of any superimposed resonances. The analysis of such a clean bipolar signal allow a deeper insight into understanding the thermoacoustic model and leading to a further development of optimized acoustic sensors for deployment at the South Pole.

  4. Graphene Ink Laminate Structures on Poly(vinylidene difluoride) (PVDF) for Pyroelectric Thermal Energy Harvesting and Waste Heat Recovery.

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    Zabek, Daniel; Seunarine, Kris; Spacie, Chris; Bowen, Chris

    2017-03-15

    Thermal energy can be effectively converted into electricity using pyroelectrics, which act as small scale power generator and energy harvesters providing nanowatts to milliwatts of electrical power. In this paper, a novel pyroelectric harvester based on free-standing poly(vinylidene difluoride) (PVDF) was manufactured that exploits the high thermal radiation absorbance of a screen printed graphene ink electrode structure to facilitate the conversion of the available thermal radiation energy into electrical energy. The use of interconnected graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) as an electrode enable high thermal radiation absorbance and high electrical conductivity along with the ease of deposition using a screen print technique. For the asymmetric structure, the pyroelectric open-circuit voltage and closed-circuit current were measured, and the harvested electrical energy was stored in an external capacitor. For the graphene ink/PVDF/aluminum system the closed circuit pyroelectric current improves by 7.5 times, the open circuit voltage by 3.4 times, and the harvested energy by 25 times compared to a standard aluminum/PVDF/aluminum system electrode design, with a peak energy density of 1.13 μJ/cm(3). For the pyroelectric device employed in this work, a complete manufacturing process and device characterization of these structures are reported along with the thermal conductivity of the graphene ink. The material combination presented here provides a new approach for delivering smart materials and structures, wireless technologies, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

  5. Rapid Discovery of Tribological Materials with Improved Performance Using Materials Informatics

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    2014-03-10

    Discovery of Tribological Materials with Improved Performance Using Materials Informatics Technical Contact: Susan B. Sinnott University of Florida...relative scarcity of work examining these materials for tribological performance, there is a correspondingly urgent need for the rapid determination...partitioning. Error bars represent the ’standard deviation relative to each branch of the dendrogram (27). III C Tribological Database · In order to

  6. Magnetic Performance of a Nanocomposite Permanent Material

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    LIU Min; HAN Guang-Bing; GAO Ru-Wei

    2011-01-01

    @@ We build a sandwiched structure model in which the intergranular phase(IP) is homogeneously distributed between soft and hard magnetic grains, and gives a continuously anisotropic expression of the coupling part under the assumption that the IP weakens the intergrain exchange-coupling interaction.Based on the idea that the hardening mechanism is of the pinning type, we calculate the effect of the IP's thickness d and its anisotropy constant K1(0) on the intrinsic coercivity of a nanocomposite permanent material.The calculated results indicate that the domain wall goes twice through irreversible domain wall displacement during the process of moving from soft to hard magnetic grains, and the intrinsic coercivity increases with increasing d, but decreases with increasing K1(0).When d and K1(0) take 2nm and 0.7Kh, respectively, with Kh being the anisotropy constant in the inner part of the hard magnetic grain, the calculated intrinsic coercivity is in good agreement with the experimental data.

  7. In-situcross-linked PVDF membranes with enhanced mechanical durability for vacuum membrane distillation

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    Zuo, Jian

    2016-05-12

    A novel and effective one-step method has been demonstrated to fabricate cross-linked polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes with better mechanical properties and flux for seawater desalination via vacuum membrane distillation (VMD). This method involves the addition of two functional nonsolvent additives; namely, water and ethylenediamine (EDA), into the polymer casting solution. The former acts as a pore forming agent, while the latter performs as a cross-linking inducer. The incorporation of water tends to increase membrane flux via increasing porosity and pore size but sacrifices membrane mechanical properties. Conversely, the presence of EDA enhances membrane mechanical properties through in-situ cross-linking reaction. Therefore, by synergistically combining the effects of both functional additives, the resultant PVDF membranes have shown good MD performance and mechanical properties simultaneously. The parameters that affect the cross-link reaction and membrane mechanical properties such as reaction duration and EDA concentration have been systematically studied. The membranes cast from an optimal reaction condition comprising 0.8 wt % EDA and 3-hour reaction not only shows a 40% enhancement in membrane Young\\'s Modulus compared to the one without EDA but also achieves a good VMD flux of 43.6 L/m2-h at 60°C. This study may open up a totally new approach to design next-generation high performance MD membranes. © 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineers AIChE J, 62: 4013–4022, 2016

  8. Preparation of hydrophilic PVDF/PPTA blend membranes by in situ polycondensation and its application in the treatment of landfill leachate

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    Li, Hongbin, E-mail: qinyu1105@126.com [School of Textiles Engineering, Henan Institute of Engineering, Zhengzhou, 450007 (China); Shi, Wenying [School of Textiles Engineering, Henan Institute of Engineering, Zhengzhou, 450007 (China); Zhang, Yufeng [State Key Laboratory of Hollow Fiber Membrane Materials and Processes, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Zhou, Rong; Zhang, Haixia [School of Textiles Engineering, Henan Institute of Engineering, Zhengzhou, 450007 (China)

    2015-08-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • High modulus PPTA molecules were introduced into PVDF membrane matrix through in situ polycondensation. • Membrane surface hydrophilicity and mechanical strength were improved. • An enhanced antifouling property was obtained when blend membrane was applied in the MBR in the treatment of landfill leachate. • Blend membrane also showed a relatively high removal rate of chemical oxygen demand (COD) and chrom. - Abstract: High modulus poly(p-phenylene terephtalamide) (PPTA) reinforced composites are of great scientific interests. But the thermodynamic difference makes the polymer pairs incompatible and endows the composites with inferior physical-chemical properties. In this study, hydrophilic poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF)/poly(p-phenylene terephtalamide) (PPTA) blend membrane with improved hydrophilicity and mechanical strength was prepared through in situ polycondensation of p-phenylene diamine (PPD) and terephthaloyl chloride (TPC) in PVDF solution and subsequent immersion precipitation phase inversion process. The effects of PPTA concentration in polymer dopes on membrane formation process, structure, morphology and performance were systematically investigated. The results showed that thermodynamically, PPTA acted as a demixing enhancer which accelerated the phase inversion process. Dynamically, liquid-liquid phase separation was still in control of membrane formation process especially in the later period, whereas the addition of PPTA mainly promoted the early emergence of the liquid-liquid demixing. The surface hydrophilicity, ant-fouling properties and mechanical strength were significantly improved when PPTA content was 17 wt%. When PPTA content increased to 26 wt%, membrane bursting pressure increased to nearly 0.6 MPa which was 1.5 times higher than that of PVDF membrane. The resultant PVDF/PPTA blend membrane exhibited an improved antifouling property than that of PVDF membrane when applied in the MBR in the

  9. PVDF array sensor for Lamb wave reception: Aircraft structural health monitoring

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    Ren, Baiyang; Lissenden, Cliff J.

    2016-02-01

    Fracture critical structures need structural health monitoring (SHM) to improve safety and reliability as well as reduce downtime and maintenance costs. Lamb waves provide promising techniques for on-line SHM systems because of their large volumetric coverage and good sensitivity to defects. Extensive research has focused on using features derived from time signals obtained at sparse locations distributed across the structure. Commonly used features are wave amplitude, energy, and time of arrival. However, the modal content of received Lamb waves contains valuable information about the existence and characteristics of defects, but cannot be determined from these signal features. Wave scattering at a defect often results in mode conversions in both transmitted and reflected waves. Features like change in time of arrival or amplitude reduction can be interpreted as being a result of mode conversion. This work is focused on the design of a 1D array sensor such that received wave signals at equally spaced locations are available for modal analysis in the wavenumber-frequency domain. PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) is selected as the active material of the sensor because of its low interference with wave fields in structures. The PVDF array sensor is fabricated to have 16 independent channels and its capability to detect and characterize different types of defects is demonstrated experimentally.

  10. Theory and measurements for 0-3 BaTiO3/PVDF composites

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    Supasarote Muensit

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available This work extended the range of material properties by fabricating the BaTiO3 /PVDF composite. In order to obtain the 0-3 composite without the interconnectivity of the ceramic powders, a low volume fractionof 0.3 of barium titanate (BaTiO3 was filled in a matrix of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF and the mixture was homogeneously stirred. The composite was shaped into a sheet form by a tape casting method. Themicrostructure of the composite was observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM which revealed that the connectivity of the composite was mainly 0-3. Subsequently, theoretical models and equations wereapplied to the composite for comparisons with measurements. The density and heat capacity of the composites were experimentally obtained to be 3.21103 kg/m3 and 3021.7 J/kg oC, respectively. The compositewas corona poled before the test of dielectric response. Its 1 kHz-dielectric constant and dielectric loss at room temperature were 11.5 and 0.21, respectively. The good dielectric combined with the flexibility of thematerial implies that the composite is attractive for electronic applications where a light, environmentally friendly, ease to fabricate and low-cost device is required.

  11. Laser additive manufacturing of high-performance materials

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    Gu, Dongdong

    2015-01-01

    This book entitled “Laser Additive Manufacturing of High-Performance Materials” covers the specific aspects of laser additive manufacturing of high-performance new materials components based on an unconventional materials incremental manufacturing philosophy, in terms of materials design and preparation, process control and optimization, and theories of physical and chemical metallurgy. This book describes the capabilities and characteristics of the development of new metallic materials components by laser additive manufacturing process, including nanostructured materials, in situ composite materials, particle reinforced metal matrix composites, etc. The topics presented in this book, similar as laser additive manufacturing technology itself, show a significant interdisciplinary feature, integrating laser technology, materials science, metallurgical engineering, and mechanical engineering. This is a book for researchers, students, practicing engineers, and manufacturing industry professionals interested i...

  12. Fabrication and evaluation of thin layer PVDF composites using MWCNT reinforcement: Mechanical, electrical and enhanced electromagnetic interference shielding properties

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    B. V. Bhaskara Rao

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Radar X-band electromagnetic interference shielding (EMS is one of the prime requirements for any air vehicle coating; with limitations on the balance between strength and thickness of the EMS material. Nanocomposite of multiwalled-carbon-nanotubes (MWCNT has been homogeneously integrated (0 – 9 wt% with polymer, poly (vinylidene fluoride, PVDF to yield 300 micron film. The PVDF + 9 wt% MWCNT sample of density 1.41 g/cm3 show specific shielding effectiveness (SSE of 17.7 dB/(g/cm3 (99.6% EMS, with maintained hardness and improved conductivity. With multilayer stacking (900 microns of these films of density 1.37 g/cm3, the sample showed increase in SSE to 23.3 dB/(g/cm3 (99.93% EMS. Uniform dispersion of MWCNTs in the PVDF matrix gives rise to increased conductivity in the sample beyond 5 wt% MWCNT reinforcement. The results are correlated to the hardness, reflection loss, absorption loss, percolation threshold, permittivity and the conductivity data. An extremely thin film with maximum EMS property is hence proposed.

  13. Materials integration issues for high performance fusion power systems.

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    Smith, D. L.

    1998-01-14

    One of the primary requirements for the development of fusion as an energy source is the qualification of materials for the frost wall/blanket system that will provide high performance and exhibit favorable safety and environmental features. Both economic competitiveness and the environmental attractiveness of fusion will be strongly influenced by the materials constraints. A key aspect is the development of a compatible combination of materials for the various functions of structure, tritium breeding, coolant, neutron multiplication and other special requirements for a specific system. This paper presents an overview of key materials integration issues for high performance fusion power systems. Issues such as: chemical compatibility of structure and coolant, hydrogen/tritium interactions with the plasma facing/structure/breeder materials, thermomechanical constraints associated with coolant/structure, thermal-hydraulic requirements, and safety/environmental considerations from a systems viewpoint are presented. The major materials interactions for leading blanket concepts are discussed.

  14. New membranes obtained by grafted irradiated PVDF foils

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    Mazzei, R. [Unidad de Actividades Tecnologicas y Agropecuarias, Laboratorio de Polimeros, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Universidad Tecnologica Nacional Facultad Regional, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Garcia Bermudez, G. [Gerencia de Investigacion y Aplicaciones, Laboratorio Tandar, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Escuela de Ciencia y Tecnologia, Universidad Nacional de General San Martin, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Camporotondi, D.E., E-mail: camporotondi@cae.cnea.gov.ar [Unidad de Actividades Tecnologicas y Agropecuarias, Laboratorio de Polimeros, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Arbeitman, C. [Gerencia de Investigacion y Aplicaciones, Laboratorio Tandar, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas, Buenos Aires (Argentina); and others

    2012-09-15

    The present work describes a new method to produce membranes of poly(Acrylic-acid-Xmonomer) using the grafting procedure. PVDF foils irradiated with Ar{sup +} beam with energies between 30 and 150 keV were employed as substratum. Different combinations of monomers in water solutions were used: acrylic acid (AAc); acrylic acid-glycidyl methacrylate (AAc-GMA); acrylic acid-styrene (AAc-S), acrylic acid-N-isopropyl acrylamide (AAc-NIPAAm) and acrylic acid-N-isopropyl acrylamide-glycidyl methacrylate (AAc-NIPAAm-GMA). A large percentage of grafting results for specific values of: ion fluence and energy, AAc and sulfuric acid concentration, and different substrata PVDF polymorphous (alpha or beta). At a particular time of the grafting process, the poly(AAc-Xmonomer) membranes detach from the substratum and continue their grafting in the solution. This method is useful to produce increased replicated membranes of the irradiated original surface.

  15. Piezoelectric and dielectric properties of nanoporous polyvinylidence fluoride (PVDF) films

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    Zhao, Ping; Wang, Shifa; Kadlec, Alec

    2016-04-01

    A nanoporous polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) thin film was developed for applications in energy harvesting, medical surgeries, and industrial robotics. This sponge-like nanoporous PVDF structure dramatically enhanced the piezoelectric effect because it yielded considerably large deformation under a small force. A casting-etching method was adopted to make films, which is effective to control the porosity, flexibility, and thickness of the film. The films with various Zinc Oxide (ZnO) mass fractions ranging from 10 to 50% were fabricated to investigate the porosity effect. The piezoelectric coefficient d33 as well as dielectric constant and loss of the films were characterized. The results were analyzed and the optimal design of the film with the right amount of ZnO nanoparticles was determined.

  16. Inorganic nanostructured materials for high performance electrochemical supercapacitors.

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    Liu, Sheng; Sun, Shouheng; You, Xiao-Zeng

    2014-02-21

    Electrochemical supercapacitors (ES) are a well-known energy storage system that has high power density, long life-cycle and fast charge-discharge kinetics. Nanostructured materials are a new generation of electrode materials with large surface area and short transport/diffusion path for ions and electrons to achieve high specific capacitance in ES. This mini review highlights recent developments of inorganic nanostructure materials, including carbon nanomaterials, metal oxide nanoparticles, and metal oxide nanowires/nanotubes, for high performance ES applications.

  17. Direct alcohol fuel cells materials, performance, durability and applications

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    Corti, Horacio R; Antolini, Ermete

    2014-01-01

    After an introductory overview of this emerging form of clean, portable energy, experts from industry and academia discuss the challenges in materials development, performance, and commercialization standing between DAFCs and widespread public use.

  18. Study on CO2/ N2 separation: the effect of rubbery polymer coating on PVDF membrane

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    Zuwairi, M. Z.; Rahman, S. A.

    2017-06-01

    The emission of harmful gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) via gas processing plant and daily human activities gave negative impacts to the environment and global inhabitant. Flat sheet asymmetric membranes were produced from homogenous solution of Poly(vinylideneflouride) (PVDF) via phase inversion method using N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) as the solvent. While the poly ether b-amide (PEBAX) was dissolve by using of (70 ethanol and 30 water) as a solvent and and lithium chloride as a additives. The morphology and cross section of the produced membranes were observed by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Then, the membranes were tested for chemical analysis to define the presence of PEBAX in the membrane by using Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The permeation performances of the membranes were evaluated in terms of permeability and selectivity of the membranes by using gas permeation test. Increasing the PEBAX content significantly increased the selectivity of the PVDF membrane to separate the CO2/N2 gases but decreased the amount of the gases that passed through the membrane.

  19. PREPARATION AND ELECTROCHEMICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF POLYMER ELECTROLYTE MEMBRANES BASED ON SAN/PVDF-HFP BLENDS

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    Ding-guo Tang; Lu Qi; Yun-xiang Ci

    2006-01-01

    A copolymer of poly(acrylonitrile-co-styrene) (SAN) was synthesized via an emulsion polymerization method.Novel polymer electrolyte membranes cast from the blends of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP), SAN and fumed silica (SiO2) are microporous and can be used in polymer lithium-ion batteries. The membrane shows excellent characteristics such as high ionic conductivity and good mechanical strength when the mass ratio between SAN and PVDF-HFP and SiO2 is 3.5/31.5/5. The ionic conductivity of the membrane soaked in a liquid electrolyte of 1 mol/L LiPF6/EC/DMC/DEC is 4.9 × 10-3 Scm-1 at 25℃. The membrane is electrochemical stable up to 5.5 V versus Li+/Li in the liquid electrolyte. The influences of SiO2 content on the porosity and mechanical strength of the membranes were studied.Polymer lithium-ion batteries based on the membranes were assembled and their performances were also studied.

  20. Laparoscopic Repair of Morgagni Hernia Using Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) Mesh.

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    Godazandeh, Gholamali; Mortazian, Meysam

    2012-10-01

    We report the cases of two patients diagnosed with Morgagni hernia who presented with nonspecific abdominal symptoms. Both underwent laparoscopic surgery that used a dual-sided mesh, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF; Dynamesh IPOM®). The procedures were successful and both patients were discharged with no complications. There was no recurrence in 18 months of follow up.Herein is the report of these cases and a literature review.

  1. Enhanced Microwave Absorption Properties of Flexible Polymer Composite Based on Hexagonal NiCo2O4 Microplates and PVDF

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    Luo, Hui; Wang, Xian; Song, Kai; Yang, Jing; Gong, Rongzhou

    2016-08-01

    Hexagonal NiCo2O4 microplates were synthesized via a facile one-pot hydrothermal method and followed by a subsequent annealing process. The complex permittivity and permeability of a NiCo2O4 and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) composite were investigated over 2-18 GHz. The experiment indicated that the good microwave absorption performance of NiCo2O4@PVDF depends on dielectric loss and quarter-wavelength cancellation. Our results show that the absorption frequency bandwidth of reflection loss (RL) less than -20 dB for the NiCo2O4@PVDF composite can be measured over the frequency range of 3-15.5 GHz with an absorbing thickness that varies in the range of 1.25-5 mm. Furthermore, an optimal RL of -44.8 dB was observed at 10.7 GHz with a thickness of 1.75 mm. The loss mechanism is also discussed.

  2. Buckling analysis and smart control of SLGS using elastically coupled PVDF nanoplate based on the nonlocal Mindlin plate theory

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    Ghorbanpour Arani, A., E-mail: aghorban@kashanu.ac.ir [Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kashan, Kashan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Kashan, Kashan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kolahchi, R.; Vossough, H. [Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kashan, Kashan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2012-11-15

    This study presents an analytical approach for buckling analysis and smart control of a single layer graphene sheet (SLGS) using a coupled polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) nanoplate. The SLGS and PVDF nanoplate are considered to be coupled by an enclosing elastic medium which is simulated by the Pasternak foundation. The PVDF nanoplate is subjected to an applied voltage in the thickness direction which operates in control of critical load of the SLGS. In order to satisfy the Maxwell equation, electric potential distribution is assumed as a combination of a half-cosine and linear variation. The exact analysis is performed for the case when all four ends are simply supported and free electrical boundary condition. Adopting the nonlocal Mindlin plate theory, the governing equations are derived based on the energy method and Hamilton's principle. A detailed parametric study is conducted to elucidate the influences of the small scale coefficient, stiffness of the internal elastic medium, graphene length, mode number and external electric voltage on the buckling smart control of the SLGS. The results depict that the imposed external voltage is an effective controlling parameter for buckling of the SLGS. This study might be useful for the design and smart control of nano-devices.

  3. The Fabrication and Characterization of Piezoelectric PZT/PVDF Electrospun Nanofiber Composites

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    Ji Sun Yun; Chun Kil Park; Young Hun Jeong; Jeong Ho Cho; Jong-Hoo Paik; Sun Hong Yoon; Kyung-Ran Hwang

    2016-01-01

    Piezoelectric nanofiber composites of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) polymer and PZT (Pb(Zr0.53Ti0.47)O3) ceramics were fabricated by electrospinning. The micro‐ structure of the PZT/PVDF electrospun nanofiber compo‐ sites was characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The tensile properties (stress- strain curves) and electrical properties (P-E hysteresis loops) of the PZT/PVDF electrospun nanofiber composites w...

  4. Investigation of the physico-mechanical properties of electrospun PVDF/cellulose nanofibers.

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    Issa, A. A. [احمد عبد السلام عيسى; Al-Maadeed, M.; Luyt,A.S.; Mrlik, M.; Hassan, M. K.

    2016-01-01

    The electro-activity and mechanical properties of PVDF depends mainly on the b-phase content and degree of crystallinity. In this study, cellulose fibers were used to improve these characteristics. This could be achieved because the hydroxyl groups on cellulose would force the fluorine atoms in PVDF to be in the trans-conformation, and the cellulose particles could act as nucleation centers. Electrospinning was used to prepare the PVDF/cellulose (nano)fibrous films, and this improved the tota...

  5. The effect of solid content on silylated-{gamma}-AI{sub 2}O{sub 3}/PVDF-HFP-coated PE separators for lithium secondary battery

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    Im, Jong Su; Sohn, Joon Yong; Shin, Jun Hwa; Nho, Young Chang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Jeongeup (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jeong Soo [Chungnam National University, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-09-15

    Several PVDF-HFP/silylated {gamma}-AI{sub 2}O{sub 3}-coated PE (polyethylene) separators with various solidities (various compositions of PVDF-HFP/silylated {gamma}-AI{sub 2}O{sub 3}) were prepared by a dip-coating of PE separators in PVDF-HFP/silylated {gamma}-AI{sub 2}O{sub 3}/acetone mixtures. FT-IR spectroscopy was used to confirm the chemical reactions between silane coupling agent and {gamma}-AI{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The SEM images of the coated separators showed that various morphologies could be produced by changing the composition of total contents of binder and solid contents. The effects of composition in inorganic material (silane coupling agent-treated {gamma}-AI{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and binder (PVDF-HFP) on the physio-chemical properties of the prepared separators such as liquid electrolyte uptake, and ion conductivity were investigated and reported in this paper.

  6. Development of Ni-Ferrite-Based PVDF Nanomultiferroics

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    Behera, C.; Choudhary, R. N. P.; Das, Piyush R.

    2017-10-01

    Thin-film polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)-spinel ferrite nanocomposites with 0-3 connectivity and varying composition, i.e., (1 - x)PVDF- xNiFe2O4 ( x = 0.05, 0.1, 0.15), have been fabricated by a solution-casting route. The basic crystal data and microstructure of the composite samples were obtained by x-ray powder diffraction analysis and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. Preliminary structural analysis showed the presence of polymeric electroactive β-phase of PVDF (matrix) and spinel ferrite (filler) phase in the composites. The composites were found to be flexible with high relative dielectric constant ( ɛ r) and low loss tangent (tan δ). Detailed studies of their electrical characteristics using complex impedance spectroscopy showed the contributions of bulk (grains) and grain boundaries in the resistive and capacitive properties of the composites. Study of the frequency-dependent electrical conductivity at different temperatures showed that Jonscher's power law could be used to interpret the transport properties of the composites. Important experimental data and results obtained from magnetic as well ferroelectric hysteresis loops and the first-order magnetoelectric coefficient suggest the suitability of some of these composites for fabrication of multifunctional devices. The low electrical conductivity, high dielectric constant, and low loss tangent suggest that such composites could be used in capacitor devices.

  7. Characteristics of PVDF Membranes Irradiated by Electron Beam

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    Babak Jaleh

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF membranes were exposed vertically to a high energy electron beam (EB in air, at room temperature. The chemical changes were examined by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR. The surface morphologies were studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM and showed some changes in the pore size. Thermogravimetric (TGA analysis represented an increase in the thermal stability of PVDF due to irradiation. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR showed the presence of free radicals in the irradiated PVDF. The effect of EB irradiation on the electrical properties of the membranes was analyzed in order to determine the dielectric constant, and an increase in the dielectric constant was found on increasing the dose. The surface hydrophilicity of the modified membrane was characterized by water contact angle measurement. The contact angle decreased compared to the original angle, indicating an improvement of surface hydrophilicity. Filtration results also showed that the pure water flux (PWF of the modified membrane was lower than that of the unirradiated membrane.

  8. Surface modification on PMMA : PVDF polyblend: hardening under chemical environment

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    R Bajpai; V Mishra; Pragyesh Agrawal; S C Datt

    2002-02-01

    The influence of chemical environment on polymers include the surface alteration as well as other deep modifications in surface layers. The surface hardening, as an effect of organic liquids on poly(methyl methacrylate): poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PMMA: PVDF), which is one of the few known miscible blends, has been detected using microhardness testing. Organic liquids like acetone, toluene, xylene and benzene were introduced on the surface of blend specimens for different durations. Vickers microhardness (v) was measured for treated and untreated specimens. The study reveals both hardening and plasticization of specimens at different exposure times. The degree of surface hardening is maximum under acetone treatment. All the specimens exhibit surface hardening at an exposure time of 1 h with all the four liquids. This feature is prominent with longer exposures for specimens with increasing content of PVDF. However, the degree of hardening decreases with the time of exposure in the respective environments. In general, acetone and toluene impart surface hardening, whereas, xylene and benzene soften the specimen. PMMA: PVDF (83 : 17) blend exhibits surface hardening under all the four treatments when compared with the respective untreated specimens.

  9. NaCl leached sustainable porous flexible Fe3O4 decorated RGO-polyaniline/PVDF composite for durable application against electromagnetic pollution

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    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available To avoid the interference of electromagnetic radiation from other devices, an electronic device needs to be fabricated with flexible and light weight electromagnetic interference (EMI shielding materials with high efficiency. According, highly flexible porous poly(vinylidene fluoride (PVDF/PFR (Fe3O4 decorated polyaniline/RGO composite composite was prepared through solution blending of PVDF with pre-synthesized PFR conductive composite that involves in-situ oxidative polymerization of aniline in the presence of reduced graphene oxide (RGO using FeCl3 as oxidant. The porous morphology of the composite was created by leaching out of mixed NaCl from the composite. Polyaniline and RGO were mutually decorated by chemically in-situ synthesized ferrosoferric oxide (Fe3O4 using the Fe source of FeCl3. A homogeneous dispersion of PFR in insulated PVDF matrix resulted in a highly electrical conductive composite (PVDF-PFR material through formation of three dimensional continuous conductive networks of polyaniline-RGO in the matrix phase. The composite shows an outstanding EMI shielding effectiveness (EMI SE property due to the porous structure and the presence of conductive network and ferromagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The PVDF-PFR composite (0.5 mm thickness depicts a great permittivity and permeability value and achieve high EMI SE value (≈–28.18 dB and conductivity value of ≈1.10·10–1 S·cm–1 at very low loading (5 wt% of RGO.

  10. State of the research works on PVDF piezoelectric polymer stress gauges

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    Bauer, F.; Graman, R. A.; Lee, L. M.; Samara, G.

    The research work presented here shows the progress realized in the studies of the ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of Polyvinylidene Flouride (PVDF). An attempt has been made to understand the fundamental phenomena of the mechanism responsible for the functioning of the shock loaded ferroelectric PVDF. Fundamental questions have not yet found a sufficient response. The main parameter which must be taken into account in the standardization process, is the polarization which is fixed at a value of 9.15 + or - 0.15 microC/sq cm. There are different PVDF, but it seems clear that there is only one piezoelectric PVDF which can be used for shock gauge transducers.

  11. Aniosotropically organized LDH on PVDF: a geometrically templated electrospun substrate for advanced anion conducting membranes.

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    Sailaja, G S; Zhang, Peilin; Anilkumar, Gopinathan M; Yamaguchi, Takeo

    2015-04-01

    A bioinspired geometric templating of an electrospun PVDF substrate with hexagonal platelets of Mg-Al layered double hydroxide (LDH), an intrinsic anion conductor, is presented. The distinctive morphology restructures the internal pore geometry and modulates the dynamic wetting profile of PVDF, transforming it into a highly functional substrate for SAFC anion conducting membranes. The membrane fabricated with PVDF-LDH substrate exhibited exceptionally high durability (>140 °C), high anionic conductivity, ion exchange capacity (IEC), restricted swelling, and improved tensile strength, overcoming critical challenges associated with PVDF electrospun substrates and validating its immense potential as a high-temperature-stable and durable substrate for advanced fuel cell membrane applications.

  12. LLTO纳米粒子改性的PVDF-PEO基复合微孔聚合物膜%Composite PVDF-PEO based microporous polymer membrane reinforced by LLTO nanoparticle

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    雷英; 郭勇; 林琳; 欧俊科; 张永志; 肖丹

    2011-01-01

    Composite microporous polymer membrane based on poly ( vinylidene fluoride ) ( PVDF ) , poly ( ethylene oxide ) ( PEO ) , and La0.5 Li0.5 TiO3 ( LLTO) nanoparticle ( denoted as PVDF - PEO/LLTO) was prepared by a simple phase inversion technique. LLTO nanoparticle can improve the electrochemical properties with forming new channels on its surface. When the content of LLTO is 8% ,the porosity of the composite microporous membranes is up to 62. 38% ,liquid electrolyte( 1 mol L-1 LiPF6/EC/DMC solution)weight uptake is 240. 28% ,ionic conductivity is up to 2. 15 x 10~3 S/cm,and the electrochemical window is 4. 5V. The high room temperature ionic conductivity combined with good electrochemical stability implies that PVDF - PEO/LLTO based composite microporous polymer membrane can be used as candidate separator material for practical applications in lithium ion batteries.%采用简单的相转化法制备了掺杂La0.5Li0.5TiO3(LLTO)的以聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)和聚氧乙烯(PEO)为基体的PVDF-PEO/LLTO复合微孔聚合物膜.添加入LLTO快离子导体后,由于在LLTO的表面形成了新的锂离子传输通道,使得复合微孔聚合物膜的电化学性能提高.当LLTO的掺杂量为8%时,该复合微孔膜的孔隙率和吸液性能分别可达到62.38%和240.28%,吸液后室温锂离子电导率可达2.15×10-3Scm-1,电化学稳定窗口可达4.5V.可见,这种具有较高的锂离子电导率和电化学稳定性较好的复合微孔膜可为锂离子电池的隔膜材料提供新的选择.

  13. Evaluation of Eco-Efficiency and Performance of Retrofit Materials

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    Gopinath, Smitha; Rama Chandra Murthy, A.; Iyer, Nagesh R.; Kokila, S.

    2015-12-01

    In this work three materials namely Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP), ferrocement and Textile Reinforced Concrete (TRC) have been evaluated towards their performance efficiency and eco-effectiveness for sustainable retrofitting applications. Investigations have been carried out for flexural strengthening of RC beams with FRP, ferrocement and TRC. It is observed that in the case of FRP, it is not possible to tailor the material according to design requirements and most of the time strengthened structure becomes over stiff. Eco-effectiveness of these retrofitting materials has been evaluated by computing the embodied energy. It is observed that the amount of CO2 emitted by TRC is less compared to other retrofit materials. Further, the performance point of retrofitted RC frames has been evaluated and damage index has been calculated to find out the effective retrofit material. It is concluded that, if RC frame is retrofitted with FRP and TRC, it undergoes less damage compared to ferrocement.

  14. Designing high-performance layered thermoelectric materials through orbital engineering

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    Zhang, Jiawei; Song, Lirong; Madsen, Georg K. H.; Fischer, Karl F. F.; Zhang, Wenqing; Shi, Xun; Iversen, Bo B.

    2016-03-01

    Thermoelectric technology, which possesses potential application in recycling industrial waste heat as energy, calls for novel high-performance materials. The systematic exploration of novel thermoelectric materials with excellent electronic transport properties is severely hindered by limited insight into the underlying bonding orbitals of atomic structures. Here we propose a simple yet successful strategy to discover and design high-performance layered thermoelectric materials through minimizing the crystal field splitting energy of orbitals to realize high orbital degeneracy. The approach naturally leads to design maps for optimizing the thermoelectric power factor through forming solid solutions and biaxial strain. Using this approach, we predict a series of potential thermoelectric candidates from layered CaAl2Si2-type Zintl compounds. Several of them contain nontoxic, low-cost and earth-abundant elements. Moreover, the approach can be extended to several other non-cubic materials, thereby substantially accelerating the screening and design of new thermoelectric materials.

  15. Designing high-performance layered thermoelectric materials through orbital engineering.

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    Zhang, Jiawei; Song, Lirong; Madsen, Georg K H; Fischer, Karl F F; Zhang, Wenqing; Shi, Xun; Iversen, Bo B

    2016-01-01

    Thermoelectric technology, which possesses potential application in recycling industrial waste heat as energy, calls for novel high-performance materials. The systematic exploration of novel thermoelectric materials with excellent electronic transport properties is severely hindered by limited insight into the underlying bonding orbitals of atomic structures. Here we propose a simple yet successful strategy to discover and design high-performance layered thermoelectric materials through minimizing the crystal field splitting energy of orbitals to realize high orbital degeneracy. The approach naturally leads to design maps for optimizing the thermoelectric power factor through forming solid solutions and biaxial strain. Using this approach, we predict a series of potential thermoelectric candidates from layered CaAl2Si2-type Zintl compounds. Several of them contain nontoxic, low-cost and earth-abundant elements. Moreover, the approach can be extended to several other non-cubic materials, thereby substantially accelerating the screening and design of new thermoelectric materials.

  16. Electrostatic atomization: Effect of electrode materials on electrostatic atomizer performance

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    Sankaran, Abhilash; Staszel, Christopher; Kashir, Babak; Perri, Anthony; Mashayek, Farzad; Yarin, Alexander

    2016-11-01

    Electrostatic atomization was studied experimentally with a pointed electrode in a converging nozzle. Experiments were carried out on poorly conductive canola oil where it was observed that electrode material may affect charge transfer. This points at the possible faradaic reactions that can occur at the surfaces of the electrodes. The supply voltage is applied to the sharp electrode and the grounded nozzle body constitutes the counter-electrode. The charge transfer is controlled by the electrochemical reactions on both the electrodes. The electrical performance study of the atomizer issuing a charged oil jet was conducted using three different nozzle body materials - brass, copper and stainless steel. Also, two sharp electrode materials - brass and stainless steel - were tested. The experimental results revealed that both the nozzle body material, as well as the sharp electrode material affected the spray and leak currents. Moreover, the effect of the sharp electrode material is quite significant. This research is supported by NSF Grant 1505276.

  17. Study onPVDF/SiO2/PA Hollow Fiber Composite Nanofiltration Membrane%PVDF/SiO2/PA中空纤维纳滤复合膜研究

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    孙文挺; 梁义; 胡晓宇; 陈英波; 王中阳

    2015-01-01

    以十六烷基四甲基溴化铵(CTAB)为模板,去离子水为共溶剂,正硅酸乙酯(TEOS)为硅源,酸性条件下,在熔融纺丝法聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)中空纤维膜表面合成介孔二氧化硅(SiO2)功能层,以均苯三甲酰氯(TMC)为油相单体、哌嗪(PIP)为水相单体,通过界面聚合在介孔SiO2功能层表面形成聚酰胺(PA)功能层,制备了PVDF/SiO2/PA中空纤维纳滤复合膜.采用 SEM、XRD、FTIR 等方法对复合膜进行了表征,探讨了水相 PIP 浓度对复合膜性能的影响.0.5,MPa下以2,g/L MgSO4溶液为测试液,所得中空纤维纳滤复合膜的截留率达到95.0%,,水通量可达21.8,L·m-2·h-1.%Using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as template,deionized water as cosolvent and tetraethoxysil-cane (TEOS) as the source of inorganic silica in acid media with HCl,the mesoporous silica (SiO2) was prepared on the melt-spinning polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hollow fiber microfiltration membrane as the first separation layer. The poly-amide (PA) was formed by interfacial polymerization (IP) reaction between trimesoyl chloride (TMC) and piperazine (PIP) molecules on the hollow fiber membrane as the second separation layer. Through these two steps,hollow fiber nanofiltration composite membrane of PVDF/SiO2/PA was prepared. Influences of PIP concentration on the nanofiltration composite mem-brane's performance were investigated by means of SEM,XRD,FTIR and etc. The PVDF/SiO2/PA hollow fiber nanofiltra-tion composite membrane with flux of 21.8 L·m-2·h-1 and a rejection to MgSO4of 95.0% was obtained by measuring in aqueous solution containing 2 g/L of MgSO4 at 0.5MPa.

  18. Structural parameter effect of porous material on sound absorption performance of double-resonance material

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    Fan, C.; Tian, Y.; Wang, Z. Q.; Nie, J. K.; Wang, G. K.; Liu, X. S.

    2017-06-01

    In view of the noise feature and service environment of urban power substations, this paper explores the idea of compound impedance, fills some porous sound-absorption material in the first resonance cavity of the double-resonance sound-absorption material, and designs a new-type of composite acoustic board. We conduct some acoustic characterizations according to the standard test of impedance tube, and research on the influence of assembly order, the thickness and area density of the filling material, and back cavity on material sound-absorption performance. The results show that the new-type of acoustic board consisting of aluminum fibrous material as inner structure, micro-porous board as outer structure, and polyester-filled space between them, has good sound-absorption performance for low frequency and full frequency noise. When the thickness, area density of filling material and thickness of back cavity increase, the sound absorption coefficient curve peak will move toward low frequency.

  19. The interface between metallurgy and mechanics in material performance

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    M. Newby; James, M. N.

    2010-01-01

    This paper considers an important topic, and one that is often poorly understood or misinterpreted, but which is a determining factor in many aspects of the service performance of metals (and other materials). Engineering components and structures must, of necessity, provide a bridge between the macroscopic, homogeneous and generally continuum aspects of applied load and displacement, and the microscopic, heterogeneous and often non-continuum reality of material structure and behaviour. Thi...

  20. Mechanics of advanced materials analysis of properties and performance

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    Matveenko, Valery

    2015-01-01

    The last decades have seen a large extension of types of materials employed in various applications. In many cases these materials demonstrate mechanical properties and performance that vary significantly from those of their traditional counterparts. Such uniqueness is sought – or even specially manufactured – to meet increased requirements on modern components and structures related to their specific use. As a result, mechanical behaviors of these materials under different loading and environmental conditions are outside the boundaries of traditional mechanics of materials, presupposing development of new characterization techniques, theoretical descriptions and numerical tools. The book presents interesting examples of recent developments in this area. Among the studied materials are bulk metallic glasses, metamaterials, special composites, piezoelectric smart structures, nonwovens, etc.

  1. Research on the sound absorption performance of metal rubber material

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    XIA Yuhong; JIANG Hongyuan; WU Guoqi; E.A. Izzheurov

    2009-01-01

    The sound absorption performance of Metal Rubber material was studied theoreti-cally and experimentally. The acoustic impedance rate and the sound absorption coefficient were derived based on the acoustic parameters of metal rubber material. The relation of structure constant, compressibility modulus and structural parameters was investigated experimentally. The results showed that the specimen of metal rubber with the same mean porosity diame-ter had the same structure constant. For the same structural parameters, the compressibility modulus of metal rubber material was approximately constant in certain frequency range. The calculated acoustic parameters are in good agreement with the experimental results, demon-strating the effectiveness of theoretical models.

  2. Hybrid nanostructured materials for high-performance electrochemical capacitors

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    Yu, Guihua

    2013-03-01

    The exciting development of advanced nanostructured materials has driven the rapid growth of research in the field of electrochemical energy storage (EES) systems which are critical to a variety of applications ranging from portable consumer electronics, hybrid electric vehicles, to large industrial scale power and energy management. Owing to their capability to deliver high power performance and extremely long cycle life, electrochemical capacitors (ECs), one of the key EES systems, have attracted increasing attention in the recent years since they can complement or even replace batteries in the energy storage field, especially when high power delivery or uptake is needed. This review article describes the most recent progress in the development of nanostructured electrode materials for EC technology, with a particular focus on hybrid nanostructured materials that combine carbon based materials with pseudocapacitive metal oxides or conducting polymers for achieving high-performance ECs. This review starts with an overview of EES technologies and the comparison between various EES systems, followed by a brief description of energy storage mechanisms for different types of EC materials. This review emphasizes the exciting development of both hybrid nanomaterials and novel support structures for effective electrochemical utilization and high mass loading of active electrode materials, both of which have brought the energy density of ECs closer to that of batteries while still maintaining their characteristic high power density. Last, future research directions and the remaining challenges toward the rational design and synthesis of hybrid nanostructured electrode materials for next-generation ECs are discussed. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

  3. Effects on electrochemical performances for host material caused by structure change of modifying material.

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    Zhang, Yantao; Zhou, Enlou; Song, Dawei; Shi, Xixi; Wang, Xiaoqing; Guo, Jian; Zhang, Lianqi

    2014-09-01

    High ionic conductive lithium niobium oxides were selected as the modifying material to investigate the effects on the electrochemical performances for host material LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2 caused by the structure change of the modifying material at various calcination temperatures and modifying amounts. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies revealed that the structure of the modifying material was single LiNbO3 phase after being calcined at 500 °C and changed to LiNbO3-Li3NbO4 mixture phases at 600 and 700 °C, and further changed to single Li3NbO4 phase at 800 °C. Electrochemical tests displayed that both LiNbO3 and Li3NbO4 phases of modifying material could contribute to the improvement of the cycle performances for the host material, but the improvement degree of Li3NbO4 phase was more evident. The cycle performances and high rate performances of the modified host material (calcined at 700 °C) electrodes were improved with the right modifying amount.

  4. Improved surface property of PVDF membrane with amphiphilic zwitterionic copolymer as membrane additive

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    Li, Jian-Hua; Li, Mi-Zi; Miao, Jing; Wang, Jia-Bin; Shao, Xi-Sheng; Zhang, Qi-Qing

    2012-06-01

    An attempt to improve hydrophilicity and anti-fouling properties of PVDF membranes, a novel amphiphilic zwitterionic copolymer poly(vinylidene fluoride)-graft-poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) (PVDF-g-PSBMA) was firstly synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and used as amphiphilic copolymer additive in the preparation of PVDF membranes. The PVDF-g-PSBMA/PVDF blend membranes were prepared by immersion precipitation process. Fourier transform infrared attenuated reflection spectroscopy (FTIR-ATR) and X-ray photoelectronic spectroscopy (XPS) measurements confirmed that PSBMA brushes from amphiphilic additives were preferentially segregated to membrane-coagulant interface during membrane formation. The morphology of membranes was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Water contact angle measurements showed that the surface hydrophilicity of PVDF membranes was improved significantly with the increasing of amphiphilic copolymer PVDF-g-PSBMA in cast solution. Protein static adsorption experiment and dynamic fouling resistance experiment revealed that the surface enrichment of PSBMA brush endowed PVDF blend membrane great improvement of surface anti-fouling ability.

  5. Improved surface property of PVDF membrane with amphiphilic zwitterionic copolymer as membrane additive

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    Li Jianhua, E-mail: jhli_2005@163.com [Institute of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Technology and College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350001 (China); Li Mizi; Miao Jing; Wang Jiabin; Shao Xisheng [Institute of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Technology and College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350001 (China); Zhang Qiqing, E-mail: zhangqiq@126.com [Institute of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Technology and College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350001 (China) and Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Medical Science, Peking Union Medical College, Tianjin 300192 (China)

    2012-06-15

    An attempt to improve hydrophilicity and anti-fouling properties of PVDF membranes, a novel amphiphilic zwitterionic copolymer poly(vinylidene fluoride)-graft-poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) (PVDF-g-PSBMA) was firstly synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and used as amphiphilic copolymer additive in the preparation of PVDF membranes. The PVDF-g-PSBMA/PVDF blend membranes were prepared by immersion precipitation process. Fourier transform infrared attenuated reflection spectroscopy (FTIR-ATR) and X-ray photoelectronic spectroscopy (XPS) measurements confirmed that PSBMA brushes from amphiphilic additives were preferentially segregated to membrane-coagulant interface during membrane formation. The morphology of membranes was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Water contact angle measurements showed that the surface hydrophilicity of PVDF membranes was improved significantly with the increasing of amphiphilic copolymer PVDF-g-PSBMA in cast solution. Protein static adsorption experiment and dynamic fouling resistance experiment revealed that the surface enrichment of PSBMA brush endowed PVDF blend membrane great improvement of surface anti-fouling ability.

  6. Structure and properties of PVDF membrane with PES-C addition via thermally induced phase separation process

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    Wu, Lishun; Sun, Junfen

    2014-12-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane and PVDF membrane with phenolphthalein polyethersulfone (PES-C) addition were prepared via thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) method by using diphenyl carbonate (DPC) and dimethyl acetamide (DMAc) as mixed diluents. The effects of coagulation temperature and pre-evaporation time on structure and properties of membranes were studied. The changes of sewage flux in MBR and the attenuation coefficient of sewage flux were investigated. The resistance distributions of PVDF and PVDF/PES-C membranes were compared by resistance analysis. Membrane composition and structure were characterized by ATR-FTIR, TGA, SEM and AFM. The foulant on membranes was analyzed by FTIR. The contact angle of PVDF/PES-C membrane was lower than that of PVDF membrane. A thinner skin layer and a porous cellular support layer formed in PVDF/PES-C membrane and resulted in a higher porosity and pure water flux. The pure water flux and porosity of PVDF/PES-C membrane increased with rising coagulation temperature and decreased with extending pre-evaporation time. The flux attenuation coefficient, the cake layer resistance and internal fouling resistance of PVDF/PES-C membrane in MBR were smaller than those of PVDF membrane in MBR. The FTIR spectrum of foulant on membrane indicated that the foulant on PVDF/PES-C membrane was mostly composed of protein and polysaccharide, while the foulant on pure PVDF membrane included biopolymer clusters besides protein and polysaccharide.

  7. Preparation of PVDF and PTFE membranes for fuel cell use; Preparacao de membranas de PVDF e PTFE enxertadas e sulfonadas para uso em celula a combustivel

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    Geraldes, Adriana N.; Zen, Heloisa A.; Ferreira, Henrique P.; Parra, Duclerc F.; Lugao, Ademar B.; Linardi, Marcelo [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)], e-mail: angeral@ipen.br

    2007-07-01

    Grafting of styrene onto polyvinylidenefluoride (PVDF), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) was studied using styrene/toluene solutions. First, PTFE and PVDF films were prepared and the process was conducted by radiation induced graft polymerization of styrene, by a Co{sup 60} source. Films of PTFE and PVDF were immersed in styrene/toluene at 1:1 (v/v) concentration and then submitted to gamma radiation at 20 kGy doses. After irradiation, the samples were evaluated at the period of 21 days at room temperature in order to observe the grafting degree. Chemical changes in the PVDF and PTFE films after styrene grafting were monitored and the results were evaluated by FTIR, DSC, TGA and degree of grafting (DOG). The ion exchange capacity (IEC) after sulfonation of 1, 2 and 24 hours were also determined. (author)

  8. Thermal Performance of Microencapsulated Phase Change Material Survey

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    2008-03-01

    ER D C TR -0 8 -4 Basic Research/Military Construction Thermal Performance of Microencapsulated Phase Change Material Slurry Jorge L...distribution is unlimited. Basic Research/Military Construction ERDC TR-08-4 March 2008 Thermal Performance of Microencapsulated Phase Change... microencapsulated PCM (MPCM) slurries is enhanced significantly, even when using low volume fractions. MPCM slurries have potential to decrease costs and improve

  9. Thermal Performance of Microencapsulated Phase Change Material Slurry

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    2008-03-01

    ER D C TR -0 8 -4 Basic Research/Military Construction Thermal Performance of Microencapsulated Phase Change Material Slurry Jorge L...distribution is unlimited. Basic Research/Military Construction ERDC TR-08-4 March 2008 Thermal Performance of Microencapsulated Phase Change... microencapsulated PCM (MPCM) slurries is enhanced significantly, even when using low volume fractions. MPCM slurries have potential to decrease costs and improve

  10. PREPARATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF PVDF-HFP MICROPOROUS MEMBRANE BY TEMPLATE METHOD

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    Jian-hua Cao; Bao-ku Zhu; You-yi Xu

    2006-01-01

    Porous poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) membranes were successfully prepared using dibutyl phthalate (DBP), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP-K30), polyethylene glycol 200 (PEG200) as templates. SEM was used to examine the morphology of the PVDF-HFP porous membranes. It was found that these membranes have an asymmetric structure and the blends of PVDF-HFP/DBP formed nanoporous membranes, whereas the blends of PVDF-HFP/PVP-K30 formed "sponge-like" and microporous membranes. Moreover, the average pore size and porosity was about 0.3 μm and 48.7%, respectively. The crystallinity, thermal stability and mechanical strength of membranes were characterized by XRD, DSC, TGA and stress-strain tests. The results showed that the membranes are α crystals with excellent thermal stability. It was an effective way to regulate pore size and morphology of the PVDF-HFP membranes.

  11. Acoustic Performance of Resilient Materials Using Acrylic Polymer Emulsion Resin

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available There have been frequent cases of civil complaints and disputes in relation to floor impact noises over the years. To solve these issues, a substantial amount of sound resilient material is installed between the concrete slab and the foamed concrete during construction. A new place-type resilient material is made from cement, silica powder, sodium sulfate, expanded-polystyrene, anhydrite, fly ash, and acrylic polymer emulsion resin. Its physical characteristics such as density, compressive strength, dynamic stiffness, and remanent strain are analyzed to assess the acoustic performance of the material. The experimental results showed the density and the dynamic stiffness of the proposed resilient material is increased with proportional to the use of cement and silica powder due to the high contents of the raw materials. The remanent strain, related to the serviceability of a structure, is found to be inversely proportional to the density and strength. The amount of reduction in the heavyweight impact noise is significant in a material with high density, high strength, and low remanent strain. Finally, specimen no. R4, having the reduction level of 3 dB for impact ball and 1 dB for bang machine in the single number quantity level, respectively, is the best product to obtain overall acoustic performance.

  12. Preparation and properties of PVP/PVDF-HFP microporous polymer electrolyte%PVP/PVDF-HFP微孔聚合物电解质的制备及性能

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    杨波; 李新海; 郭华军; 王志兴; 黄思林; 李勇勇

    2012-01-01

    以聚偏氟乙烯-六氟丙烯(PVDF-HFP)和聚乙烯基吡咯烷酮(PVP)为基质材料,采用倒相法,在不同的PVP∶PVDF-HFP配比下合成PVP/PVDF-HFP微孔聚合物电解质膜,将制备的微孔膜浸入电解液中活化得到了一系列锂离子电解质膜,并通过扫描电镜、力学、红外光谱进行能分析.研究结果表明:所制备的微孔聚合物电解质膜在PVP∶PVDF-HFP配比(质量比)为0.2∶1时综合性能最好,其吸液率为210%,抗拉强度为2.86N/mm2,电导率为1.82×10-3S/cm,电化学稳定窗口为5.7V.%PVP/PVDF-HFP micropores membranes based on PVDF-HFP and PVP were prepared by the phase transfer method with different mass ratios of PVP to PVDF-HFP. The membranes were characterized by means of SEM, FTIR, AC impedance and linear scan voltammetry methods. The results show that the optimium mass ratio of PVP to PVDF-HFP is 0.2:1. The liquid absorption rate of the polymer electrolyte is 210%. It shows a good tensile strength of 2.86 N/mm2. The ionic conductivity is 1.82 × 10-3 S/cm, and the electrochemical stable window is S.7 V.

  13. The interface between metallurgy and mechanics in material performance

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    M. Newby

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper considers an important topic, and one that is often poorly understood or misinterpreted, but which is a determining factor in many aspects of the service performance of metals (and other materials. Engineering components and structures must, of necessity, provide a bridge between the macroscopic, homogeneous and generally continuum aspects of applied load and displacement, and the microscopic, heterogeneous and often non-continuum reality of material structure and behaviour. This bridge can take the form of a genuine interface between material and environment, e.g. at a surface, or can be a virtual one where the differing philosophies of design have to be merged. The interface has particular importance in circumstances where environmental influences have a key role in determining performance characteristics (e.g. creep, environmentally-assisted cracking, or corrosion, where performance is dominated by fatigue or fracture, where welding is used to join components, or where tribology plays a role. The paper focuses on the problems associated with cracking and uses case study examples drawn from engineering practice to illustrate the role of metallurgical factors in mechanical performance of materials.

  14. Materials Challenges for High Performance Magnetocaloric Refrigeration Devices

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    Smith, Anders; Bahl, Christian; Bjørk, Rasmus

    2012-01-01

    Magnetocaloric materials with a Curie temperature near room temperature have attracted signifi cant interest for some time due to their possible application for high-effi ciency refrigeration devices. This review focuses on a number of key issues of relevance for the characterization, performance...

  15. Modeling and Optimization of NLDH/PVDF Ultrafiltration Nanocomposite Membrane Using Artificial Neural Network-Genetic Algorithm Hybrid.

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    Arefi-Oskoui, Samira; Khataee, Alireza; Vatanpour, Vahid

    2017-07-10

    In this research, MgAl-CO3(2-) nanolayered double hydroxide (NLDH) was synthesized through a facile coprecipitation method, followed by a hydrothermal treatment. The prepared NLDHs were used as a hydrophilic nanofiller for improving the performance of the PVDF-based ultrafiltration membranes. The main objective of this research was to obtain the optimized formula of NLDH/PVDF nanocomposite membrane presenting the best performance using computational techniques as a cost-effective method. For this aim, an artificial neural network (ANN) model was developed for modeling and expressing the relationship between the performance of the nanocomposite membrane (pure water flux, protein flux and flux recovery ratio) and the affecting parameters including the NLDH, PVP 29000 and polymer concentrations. The effects of the mentioned parameters and the interaction between the parameters were investigated using the contour plot predicted with the developed model. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and water contact angle techniques were applied to characterize the nanocomposite membranes and to interpret the predictions of the ANN model. The developed ANN model was introduced to genetic algorithm (GA) as a bioinspired optimizer to determine the optimum values of input parameters leading to high pure water flux, protein flux, and flux recovery ratio. The optimum values for NLDH, PVP 29000 and the PVDF concentration were determined to be 0.54, 1, and 18 wt %, respectively. The performance of the nanocomposite membrane prepared using the optimum values proposed by GA was investigated experimentally, in which the results were in good agreement with the values predicted by ANN model with error lower than 6%. This good agreement confirmed that the nanocomposite membranes prformance could be successfully modeled and optimized by ANN-GA system.

  16. Performance of Cement Containing Laterite as Supplementary Cementing Material

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    Abbas Bukhari, Z. S.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The utilization of different industrial waste, by-products or other materials such as ground granulated blast furnace slag, silica fume, fly ash, limestone, and kiln dust, etc. as supplemen- tary cementing materials has received considerable attention in recent years. A study has been conducted to look into the performance of laterite as Supplementary Cementing Materials (SCM. The study focuses on compressive strength performance of blended cement containing different percentage of laterite. The cement is replaced accordingly with percentage of 2 %, 5 %, 7 % and 10 % by weight. In addition, the effect of use of three chemically different laterites have been studied on physical performance of cement as in setting time, Le-Chatlier expansion, loss on ignition, insoluble residue, free lime and specifically compressive strength of cement cubes tested at the age of 3, 7, and 28 days. The results show that the strength of cement blended with laterite as SCM is enhanced. Key words: Portland cement, supplementary cementing materials (SCM, laterite, compressive strength KUI – 6/2013 Received January 4, 2012 Accepted February 11, 2013

  17. The Influence of Polymer Binders on the Performance of Cathodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Barsykov, V; V. Khomenko

    2001-01-01

    A systematic electrochemical investigation is performed to study the effect of polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) based polymer binders on the performance of different cathodes for lithium-ion batteries in ionic liquid (IL) based electrolytes. Electrochemical tests indicate that the nature of PVDF effects significantly on cathode stability in IL based electrolytes. The copolymer such as hexafluoropropylene (HFP) plays a significant role in the interfacial resistance. Application of PVDF-HFP bi...

  18. High Performance Organic Photovoltaics via Novel Materials Combinations

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    Laird, Dr Darin; McGuiness, Dr Christine; Storch, Mark

    2011-01-20

    OPV cell efficiencies have increased significantly over the last decade and verified champion efficiencies are currently at 8.3% for both single and multi-junction device types. These increases in efficiency have been driven through the development and optimization of the donor and acceptor materials in bulk heterojunction active layers. Plextronics and Solarmer Energy Inc. are two of the world leading developers of these donor and acceptor materials. Solarmer Energy has reported NREL certified 6.77% efficiencies using optimized low band gap donor materials in combination with PC61BM and PC71BM acceptors and recently reported a champion NREL certified efficiency of 8.1%. Plextronics has reported Newport certified efficiencies of 6.7% using PC71BM acceptors with low band gap materials. In addition, Plextronics has also demonstrated that OPV efficiency of P3HT based materials can be improved by 50% by improving the Voc using alternative acceptors (indene substituted C60 and C70) to PC61BM and PC71BM. However, performance of these alternative acceptors in combination with low band gap materials has not been investigated and the potential for efficiency improvement is evident. In this collaboration, four low band gap donor materials from Solarmer Energy Inc were combined with Plextronics’ indene-class acceptors Plextronics’ indene substituted C60 and C70 acceptors to demonstrate OPV performance greater than 7%. Two main indene class C60 acceptors (codenamed Mono-indene[C60] Mono-indene[C60] , Bis-indene[C60] ) were screened with the Solarmer polymers. These four polymers were screened and optimized with the indene class acceptors at both Plextronics and Solarmer. A combination was identified which produced 6.7% (internal measurement) with a Solarmer polymer and a Plextronics fullerene acceptor. This was accomplished primarily by improving the Voc as well as improving the current (Jsc) and FF.

  19. PERVAPORATION OF ETHANOL/WATER MIXTURES WITH HIGH FLUX BY ZEOLITE-FILLED PDMS/PVDF COMPOSITE MEMBRANES

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    Xia Zhan; Ji-ding Li; Jian Chen; Jun-qi Huang

    2009-01-01

    Thin-film zeolite-filled silicone/PVDF composite membranes were fabricated by incorporating zeolite particles into PDMS (poly(dimethylsiloxane)) membranes. The morphology of zeolite particles and zeolite filled silicone composite membranes were characterized by SEM. The zeolite-filled PDMS/PVDF composite membranes were applied for the pervaporation of ethanol/water mixtures and showed higher flux compared with that reported in literatures. The effect of zeolite loading and Si/Al ratio of zeolite particles on pervaporation performance of ethanol/water mixtures was investigated. With the increase of zeolite loading from 10% to 30%, the total flux increased significantly from 265.0 g/(m~2h) to 820.7 g/(m~2h) with 5 wt% ethanol feed concentration at 50℃, and the separation factor increased from 11.3 to 13.7. The effects of operation temperature and ethanol feed concentration on pervaporation performance were also studied. As the temperature increased from 40℃ to 80℃, the separation factor varied from 12.1 to 13.7 which maintained the maximum value at 50℃, and the total flux increased exponentially from 435.5 g/(m~2h) to 2993.8 g/(m~2h) with 30% zeolite loading. Besides, the zeolite filled PDMS/PVDF composite membrane with 30% zeolite loading was ethanol perm-selective over a wide range of ethanol feed concentration (5 wt%-90 wt%), and especially showed excellent pervaporation performance in the low concentration range.

  20. Designing high-Performance layered thermoelectric materials through orbital engineering

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    Zhang, Jiawei; Song, Lirong; Madsen, Georg K. H.

    2016-01-01

    Thermoelectric technology, which possesses potential application in recycling industrial waste heat as energy, calls for novel high-performance materials. The systematic exploration of novel thermoelectric materials with excellent electronic transport properties is severely hindered by limited...... naturally leads to design maps for optimizing the thermoelectric power factor through forming solid solutions and biaxial strain. Using this approach, we predict a series of potential thermoelectric candidates from layered CaAl2Si2-type Zintl compounds. Several of them contain nontoxic, low-cost and earth...

  1. Molecular materials for high performance OPV devices (Conference Presentation)

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    Jones, David J.

    2016-09-01

    We recently reported the high performing molecular donor for OPV devices based on a benzodithiophene core, a terthiophene bridge and a rhodamine acceptor (BTR) [1]. In this work we optimized side-chain placement of a known chromophore by ensuring the thiophene hexyl side-chains are regioregular, which should allow the chromophore to lie flat. The unexpected outcome was a nematic liquid crystalline material with significantly improved performance (now 9.6% PCE), excellent charge transport properties, reduced geminate recombination rates and excellent performance with active layers up to 400nm. Three phase changes were indicated by DSC analysis with a melt to a crystalline domain at 175 oC, transition to a nematic liquid crystalline domain at 186 oC and an isotropic melt at 196 oC. In our desire to better understand the structure property relationships of this class of p-type organic semiconductor we have synthesized a series of analogues where the length of the chromophore has been altered through modification of the oligothiophene bridge to generate, the monothiophene (BMR), the bisthiophene (BBR), the known terthiophene (BTR), the quaterthiophene (BQR) and the pentathiophene (BPR). BMR, BBR and BPR have clean melting points while BQR, like BTR shows a complicated series of phase transitions. Device efficiencies after solvent vapour annealing are BMR (3.5%), BBR (6.0%), BTR (9.3%), BQR (9.4%), and BPR (8.7%) unoptimised. OPV devices with BTR in the active layer are not stable under thermal annealing, however the bridge extended BQR and BPR form thermally stable devices. We are currently optimising these devices, but initial results indicate PCEs >9% for thermally annealed devices containing BQR, while BPR devices have not yet been optimised and have PCEs > 8%. In order to develop the device performance we have included BQR in ternary devices with the commercially available PTB7-Th and we report device efficiencies of over 10.5%. We are currently optimising device

  2. Functionalized Materials From Elastomers to High Performance Thermoplastics

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    Salazar, Laura Ann [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2003-01-01

    Synthesis and incorporation of functionalized materials continues to generate significant research interest in academia and in industry. If chosen correctly, a functional group when incorporated into a polymer can deliver enhanced properties, such as adhesion, water solubility, thermal stability, etc. The utility of these new materials has been demonstrated in drug-delivery systems, coatings, membranes and compatibilizers. Two approaches exist to functionalize a material. The desired moiety can be added to the monomer either before or after polymerization. The polymers used range from low glass transition temperature elastomers to high glass transition temperature, high performance materials. One industrial example of the first approach is the synthesis of Teflon(reg. sign). Poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE or Teflon(reg. sign)) is synthesized from tetrafluoroethylene, a functionalized monomer. The resulting material has significant property differences from the parent, poly(ethylene). Due to the fluorine in the polymer, PTFE has excellent solvent and heat resistance, a low surface energy and a low coefficient of friction. This allows the material to be used in high temperature applications where the surface needs to be nonabrasive and nonstick. This material has a wide spread use in the cooking industry because it allows for ease of cooking and cleaning as a nonstick coating on cookware. One of the best examples of the second approach, functionalization after polymerization, is the vulcanization process used to make tires. Natural rubber (from the Hevea brasiliensis) has a very low glass transition temperature, is very tacky and would not be useful to make tires without synthetic alteration. Goodyear's invention was the vulcanization of polyisoprene by crosslinking the material with sulfur to create a rubber that was tough enough to withstand the elements of weather and road conditions. Due to the development of polymerization techniques to make cis

  3. Functionalized Materials From Elastomers to High Performance Thermoplastics

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    Laura Ann Salazar

    2003-05-31

    Synthesis and incorporation of functionalized materials continues to generate significant research interest in academia and in industry. If chosen correctly, a functional group when incorporated into a polymer can deliver enhanced properties, such as adhesion, water solubility, thermal stability, etc. The utility of these new materials has been demonstrated in drug-delivery systems, coatings, membranes and compatibilizers. Two approaches exist to functionalize a material. The desired moiety can be added to the monomer either before or after polymerization. The polymers used range from low glass transition temperature elastomers to high glass transition temperature, high performance materials. One industrial example of the first approach is the synthesis of Teflon(reg. sign). Poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE or Teflon(reg. sign)) is synthesized from tetrafluoroethylene, a functionalized monomer. The resulting material has significant property differences from the parent, poly(ethylene). Due to the fluorine in the polymer, PTFE has excellent solvent and heat resistance, a low surface energy and a low coefficient of friction. This allows the material to be used in high temperature applications where the surface needs to be nonabrasive and nonstick. This material has a wide spread use in the cooking industry because it allows for ease of cooking and cleaning as a nonstick coating on cookware. One of the best examples of the second approach, functionalization after polymerization, is the vulcanization process used to make tires. Natural rubber (from the Hevea brasiliensis) has a very low glass transition temperature, is very tacky and would not be useful to make tires without synthetic alteration. Goodyear's invention was the vulcanization of polyisoprene by crosslinking the material with sulfur to create a rubber that was tough enough to withstand the elements of weather and road conditions. Due to the development of polymerization techniques to make cis

  4. Effect of Acetylene Black Content in Li4Ti5O12 Xerogel Solid-State Anode Materials on Half-Cell Li-ion Batteries Performance

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    Abdurrahman, N. M.; Priyono, B.; Syahrial, A. Z.; Subhan, A.

    2017-07-01

    The effect of Acetylene Black (AB) additive contents in lithium titanate/Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) anode on Li-ion Batteries performance is studied in this work. The LTO active material for Li-ion batteries anode was successfully synthesized using sol-gel method to form TiO2 xerogel continued by mixing process with LiOH in ball-mill and then sintered to obtain spinel LTO. The LTO powder is characterized by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy-Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET). The spinel LTO and TiO2 rutile were detected by XRD diffractogram. The LTO powder is in the form of agglomerates structure. This powder then was mixed with PVDF binder (10%wt) and AB additives with various amount from 10%wt (LTO2 Ac-1), 12%wt (LTO2 Ac-2), and 15%wt (LTO2 Ac-3) of total weight solid content to form electrode sheet. Half-cell coin battery was made with lithium metal foil as a counter electrode. Cyclic voltammetry (CV), Electrochemical-impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and charge discharge (CD) test used to examine the battery performance. The highest resistance value is obtained in LTO2 Ac-3 sample with 15%wt of AB. It might be caused by the formation of side reaction product on electrode surface at initial cycle due to high reactivity of LTO2 Ac-3 electrode. The highest initial capacity at CV test and CD test was obtained in LTO2 Ac-1 (10%wt AB) sample, due to the best proportion of active material content in the compound. While, in the charge-discharge test at high current rate, the best sample rate-capability performance belongs to LTO2 Ac-3 sample (15%wt AB), which still have 24.12 mAh/g of discharge capacity at 10 C with 71.34% capacity loss.

  5. Investigation of the Hygrothermal Performance of Alternative Insulation Materials

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    Rode, Carsten; Kristiansen, Finn Harken; Rasmussen, Niels T.

    1999-01-01

    . The materials investigated are: cellulose insulation, sheep's wool, flax, and perlite. These materials, except for the last one, are very hygroscopic. The following two separate investigations are described.1. Investigation of the thermal conductivity at different humidity conditions.The thermal conductivity......The paper gives an account of hygrothermal investigations carried out on some insulation products which are "alternative" to the ones that are traditionally used in Danish constructions. The alternative products are claimed to be friendly both to the environment and to the labour force...... is determined for the different materials with a guarded hot plate apparatus in which different vapour pressure conditions can be maintained over the specimens. The apparatus and some results are presented.2. Computational analysis of the hygrothermal performance of constructions with alternative insulation...

  6. Ag induced electromagnetic interference shielding of Ag-graphite/PVDF flexible nanocomposites thinfilms

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    Kumaran, R.; Alagar, M. [Polymer Composite Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai 600 025 (India); Dinesh Kumar, S.; Subramanian, V. [Microwave Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Dinakaran, K., E-mail: kdinakaran.tvu@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Thiruvalluvar University, Serkkadu, Vellore 632115 (India)

    2015-09-14

    We report Ag nanoparticle induced Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) shielding in a flexible composite films of Ag nanoparticles incorporated graphite/poly-vinylidene difluoride (PVDF). PVDF nanocomposite thin-films were synthesized by intercalating Ag in Graphite (GIC) followed by dispersing GIC in PVDF. The X-ray diffraction analysis and the high-resolution transmission electron microscope clearly dictate the microstructure of silver nanoparticles in graphite intercalated composite of PVDF matrix. The conductivity values of nanocomposites are increased upto 2.5 times when compared to neat PVDF having a value of 2.70 S/cm at 1 MHz. The presence of Ag broadly enhanced the dielectric constant and lowers the dielectric loss of PVDF matrix proportional to Ag content. The EMI shielding effectiveness of the composites is 29.1 dB at 12.4 GHz for the sample having 5 wt. % Ag and 10 wt. % graphite in PVDF.

  7. Performance-oriented packagings for hazardous materials: Resource guide

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    1993-09-01

    This document provides recommendations to US Department of Energy (DOE) shippers regarding packaging that meet performance-oriented packaging requirements implemented by US Department of Transportation (DOT) in rulemaking HM-181 (December 21, 1990) and subsequent actions. The packaging described in this document are certified by their vendor to comply with requirements for Packing Group I, II, or III hazardous materials packaging. The intent of this document is to share information between DOE and contractors and at all DOE facilities.

  8. Analysis of possibility of applying the PVDF foil in industrial vibration sensors

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    Wróbel, A.

    2015-11-01

    There are many machines using the piezoelectric effects. Systems with smart materials are often used because they have high potential applications for example transducers can be applied to receive required characteristic of projected system. Every engineer and designer know how important it is properly mathematical model and method of the analysis. Also it is important to consider all parameters of analyzed system for example glue layer between elements. Geometrical and material parameters has a significant impact on the characteristics of the all system's components because the omission of the influence of one of them results in inaccuracy in the analysis of the system. In article the modeling and testing of vibrating systems with piezoelectric ceramic materials transducers used as actuators and vibration dampers. The method of analysis of the vibrating sensor systems will be presented, mathematical model, and characteristics, to determine the influence of the system's properties on these characteristics. Main scientific point of the project is to analyze and demonstrate possibility of applying new construction with the PVDF foil or any other belonging to a group of smart materials in industrial sensors. Currently, the vibration level sensors are used by practically all manufacturers of piezoelectric ceramic plates to generate and detect the vibration of the fork.

  9. Toward Uniformly Dispersed Battery Electrode Composite Materials: Characteristics and Performance.

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    Kwon, Yo Han; Huie, Matthew M; Choi, Dalsu; Chang, Mincheol; Marschilok, Amy C; Takeuchi, Kenneth J; Takeuchi, Esther S; Reichmanis, Elsa

    2016-02-10

    Battery electrodes are complex mesoscale systems comprised of electroactive components, conductive additives, and binders. In this report, methods for processing electrodes with dispersion of the components are described. To investigate the degree of material dispersion, a spin-coating technique was adopted to provide a thin, uniform layer that enabled observation of the morphology. Distinct differences in the distribution profile of the electrode components arising from individual materials physical affinities were readily identified. Hansen solubility parameter (HSP) analysis revealed pertinent surface interactions associated with materials dispersivity. Further studies demonstrated that HSPs can provide an effective strategy to identify surface modification approaches for improved dispersions of battery electrode materials. Specifically, introduction of surfactantlike functionality such as oleic acid (OA) capping and P3HT-conjugated polymer wrapping on the surface of nanomaterials significantly enhanced material dispersity over the composite electrode. The approach to the surface treatment on the basis of HSP study can facilitate design of composite electrodes with uniformly dispersed morphology and may contribute to enhancing their electrical and electrochemical behaviors. The conductivity of the composites and their electrochemical performance was also characterized. The study illustrates the importance of considering electronic conductivity, electron transfer, and ion transport in the design of environments incorporating active nanomaterials.

  10. Self-sensing of CNF and Ni nanowire/PVDF and cellulose composites using electro-micromechanical test

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    Park, Joung-Man; Kim, Pyung-Gee; Jang, Jung-Hoon; Kim, Sung-Ju; Yoon, Dong-Jin; Hansen, George; DeVries, K. Lawrence

    2007-09-01

    Self-sensing and actuation were investigated for carbon nanofiber (CNF) and Ni nanowire/polymer composites. Electro-micromechanical techniques can be used for evaluating self-sensing and interfacial properties indirectly under loading/subsequent unloading. Apparent modulus and contact resistivity for CNF/epoxy composites were evaluated as functions of different aspect ratio. CNF/epoxy composites with smaller aspect ratio shown to be higher apparent modulus due to high volume content in case of short aspect ratio. Surface energy via dynamic contact angle measurement was evaluated to obtain interfacial adhesion between nano-materials embedded matrix and carbon fiber sensor. Interfacial properties of CNF/epoxy with different aspect ratios were also obtained indirectly. CNF-PVDF, Ni nanowire-CNF-silicone and Ni nanowire-cellulose actuator were made successfully. Electrochemical actuator of CNF-PVDF was responded in electrolyte solution. Magnetic actuators of Ni nanowire-CNF-silicone and Ni nanowire-cellulose composites were monitored under electro-magnetic field with different frequency, wave function and voltage. Ni nanowire-CNF-silicone actuator with lightness and Ni nanowire-cellulose actuator with rapid frequency response having meaningful merits can be applied for various new smart structural materials.

  11. The Fabrication and Characterization of Piezoelectric PZT/PVDF Electrospun Nanofiber Composites

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    Ji Sun Yun

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Piezoelectric nanofiber composites of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF polymer and PZT (Pb(Zr0.53Ti0.47O3 ceramics were fabricated by electrospinning. The micro‐ structure of the PZT/PVDF electrospun nanofiber compo‐ sites was characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The tensile properties (stress- strain curves and electrical properties (P-E hysteresis loops of the PZT/PVDF electrospun nanofiber composites were investigated as a function of PZT content from 0 wt% to 30 wt%. The results demonstrated that a PZT content of 20 wt % had enhanced tensile and piezoelectric characteristics.

  12. The preparation of γ-crystalline non-electrically poled photoluminescant ZnO-PVDF nanocomposite film for wearable nanogenerators

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    Jana, Santanu; Garain, Samiran; Ghosh, Sujoy Kumar; Sen, Shrabanee; Mandal, Dipankar

    2016-11-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) films are filled with various mass fractions (wt%) of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) to fabricate the high performance of a wearable polymer composite nanogenerator (PCNG). The ZnO-NPs can induced a fully γ-crystalline phase in PVDF, where traditional electrical poling is not necessary for the generation of piezoelectric properties. The PCNG delivers up to 28 V of open circuit voltage and 450 nA of short circuit current by simple repeated human finger imparting (under a pressure amplitude of 8.43 kPa) that generates sufficient power to turn on at least 48 commercial blue light emitting diodes (LEDs) instantly. Furthermore, it also successfully charged the capacitors, signifying practical applicability as a piezoelectric based nanogenerator for self-powering devices. The applicability of PCNG by wearable means is clarified when it gives rise to a sensible response, say up to 400 mV of output voltage synchronized with the PCNG embedded human finger in a bending and releasing gesture. UV-visible absorption spectral analysis revealed the possibility of estimating a change in the optical band gap value (E g), refractive index (n) and optical activation energy (E a) in different concentrations of ZnO-NP incorporated PVDF nanocomposite films, and it possesses a useful methodology where ZnO-NPs can be used as an optical probe. Near blue light emission is observed from photoluminescence spectra, which are clearly shown from a Commission Internationale de L’Eclairage (CIE) diagram. The piezoelectric charge coefficient of the nanocomposite film is estimated to be -6.4 pC/N, where even electrical poling treatment is not employed. In addition, dielectric properties have been studied to understand the role of molecular kinetic and interfacial polarization occurring in nanocomposite films at different applied frequencies.

  13. A high performance scientific cloud computing environment for materials simulations

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    Jorissen, Kevin; Rehr, John J

    2011-01-01

    We describe the development of a scientific cloud computing (SCC) platform that offers high performance computation capability. The platform consists of a scientific virtual machine prototype containing a UNIX operating system and several materials science codes, together with essential interface tools (an SCC toolset) that offers functionality comparable to local compute clusters. In particular, our SCC toolset provides automatic creation of virtual clusters for parallel computing, including tools for execution and monitoring performance, as well as efficient I/O utilities that enable seamless connections to and from the cloud. Our SCC platform is optimized for the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). We present benchmarks for prototypical scientific applications and demonstrate performance comparable to local compute clusters. To facilitate code execution and provide user-friendly access, we have also integrated cloud computing capability in a JAVA-based GUI. Our SCC platform may be an alternative to traditi...

  14. Dissolution performance of plutonium nitride based fuel materials

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    Aneheim, E.; Hedberg, M. [Nuclear Chemistry, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Kemivaegen 4, Gothenburg, SE41296 (Sweden)

    2016-07-01

    Nitride fuels have been regarded as one viable fuel option for Generation IV reactors due to their positive features compared to oxides. To be able to close the fuel cycle and follow the Generation IV concept, nitrides must, however, demonstrate their ability to be reprocessed. This means that the dissolution performance of actinide based nitrides has to be thoroughly investigated and assessed. As the zirconium stabilized nitrides show even better potential as fuel material than does the pure actinide containing nitrides, investigations on the dissolution behavior of both PuN and (Pu,Zr)N has been undertaken. If possible it is desirable to perform the fuel dissolutions using nitric acid. This, as most reprocessing strategies using solvent-solvent extraction are based on a nitride containing aqueous matrix. (Pu,Zr)N/C microspheres were produced using internal gelation. The spheres dissolution performance was investigated using nitric acid with and without additions of HF and Ag(II). In addition PuN fuel pellets were produced from powder and their dissolution performance were also assessed in a nitric acid based setting. It appears that both PuN and (Pu,Zr)N/C fuel material can be completely dissolved in nitric acid of high concentration with the use of catalytic amounts of HF. The amount of HF added strongly affects dissolution kinetics of (Pu, Zr)N and the presence of HF affects the 2 solutes differently, possibly due to inhomogeneity o the initial material. Large additions of Ag(II) can also be used to facilitate the dissolution of (Pu,Zr)N in nitric acid. PuN can be dissolved by pure nitric acid of high concentration at room temperature while (Pu, Zr)N is unaffected under similar conditions. At elevated temperature (reflux), (Pu,Zr)N can, however, also be dissolved by concentrated pure nitric acid.

  15. Amination of energetic anions: high-performing energetic materials.

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    Klapötke, Thomas M; Piercey, Davin G; Stierstorfer, Jörg

    2012-08-21

    The new energetic materials 2-amino-5-nitrotetrazole (ANT, 1), 1-amino-3,4-dinitro-1,2,4-triazole (ADNT, 2), and both 1,1'-diamino-5,5'-bistetrazole and 1,2'-diamino-5,5'-bistetrazole (11DABT, 3 and 12DABT, 4) have been prepared by the amination of the parent anion with O-tosylhydroxylamine. The 5-H-tetrazolate anion has also been aminated using hydroxylamine O-sulfonic acid to both 1-aminotetrazole and 2-aminotetrazole (1AT, 5 and 2AT, 6). The prepared materials have been characterized chemically (XRD (1-4, 6·AtNO(2), 8), multinuclear NMR, IR, Raman) and as explosives (mechanical and electrostatic sensitivity) and their explosive performances calculated using the EXPLO5 computer code. The prepared N-amino energetic materials, which can also be used as new ligands for high energy-capacity transition metal complexes, exhibit high explosive performances (in the range of hexogen and octogen) and a range of sensitivities from low to extremely high.

  16. The effect of different binders on electrochemical properties of LiNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 cathode material in lithium ion batteries

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    Xu, Jiantie; Chou, Shu-Lei; Gu, Qin-fen; Liu, Hua-Kun; Dou, Shi-Xue

    2013-03-01

    LiNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 (NMC) as a cathode material for lithium ion batteries has been synthesized by the sol-gel method. The X-ray diffraction Rietveld refinement results indicated that single-phase NMC with hexagonal layered structure was obtained. Scanning electron microscope images revealed well crystallized NMC with uniform particle size in the range of 100-200 nm. The performance of the NMC electrodes with sodium carboxylmethyl cellulose (CMC), poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), and alginate from brown algae as binders was compared. Constant current charge-discharge test results demonstrated that the NMC electrode using CMC as binder had the highest rate capability, followed by those using alginate and PVDF binders, respectively. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy test results showed that the electrode using CMC as the binder had lower charge transfer resistance and lower apparent activation energy than the electrodes using alginate and PVDF as the binders. The apparent activation energies of NMC electrodes using CMC, alginate, and PVDF as binders were calculated to be 27.4 kJ mol-1, 33.7 kJ mol-1, and 36 kJ mol-1, respectively.

  17. Mechanisms Responsible for Microwave Properties in High Performance Dielectric Materials

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    Zhang, Shengke

    Microwave properties of low-loss commercial dielectric materials are optimized by adding transition-metal dopants or alloying agents (i.e. Ni, Co, Mn) to tune the temperature coefficient of resonant frequency (tau f) to zero. This occurs as a result of the temperature dependence of dielectric constant offsetting the thermal expansion. At cryogenic temperatures, the microwave loss in these dielectric materials is dominated by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) loss, which results from the spin-excitations of d-shell electron spins in exchange-coupled clusters. We show that the origin of the observed magnetically-induced shifts in the dielectric resonator frequency originates from the same mechanism, as described by the Kramers-Kronig relations. The temperature coefficient of resonator frequency, tauf, is related to three material parameters according to the equation, tau f = - (½ tauepsilon + ½ taumu + alphaL), where tauepsilon, taumu , and alphaL are the temperature coefficient of dielectric constant, magnetic permeability, and lattice constant, respectively. Each of these parameters for dielectric materials of interest are measured experimentally. These results, in combination with density functional simulations, developed a much improved understanding of the fundamental mechanisms responsible for tau f. The same experimental methods have been used to characterize in-situ the physical nature and concentration of performance-degrading point defects in the dielectrics of superconducting planar microwave resonators.

  18. Synthesis of p-Hydroxybenzaldehyde by Liquid-phase Catalytic Oxidation of p-Cresol over PVDF Modified Cobalt Pyrophosphate

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    ZHANG Yi-bo; WANG De-qiang; MIAO Zhen-zhen; PAN Xi-qiang; ZHANG Zhen-dong; YANG Xiang-guang

    2013-01-01

    The influence of the wettability of a catalyst on the performance of the liquid phase oxidation of p-cresol was investigated.It was found that the surface hydrophobicity of a catalyst,which can be changed by modification with various loadings of polyvinylidene fluoride(PVDF),has a promotion effect on the catalytic performance.At the same time,the reaction parameters such as oxygen pressure,molar ratio of NaOH to p-cresol,reaction temperature and time on the catalytic performance in the liquid-phase oxidation of p-cresol were optimized.As a result,10%(mass fraction) PVDF modified cobalt pyrophosphate gave the highest conversion of 94.2% of p-cresol with a selectivity of 94.4% for p-hydroxybenzaldehyde at 348 K and a molar ratio of 4:1 of NaOH/p-cresol and an oxygen pressure of 1.0 MPa for 3 h.

  19. Corrosion resistance of high-performance materials titanium, tantalum, zirconium

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    2012-01-01

    Corrosion resistance is the property of a material to resist corrosion attack in a particular aggressive environment. Although titanium, tantalum and zirconium are not noble metals, they are the best choice whenever high corrosion resistance is required. The exceptionally good corrosion resistance of these high–performance metals and their alloys results from the formation of a very stable, dense, highly adherent, and self–healing protective oxide film on the metal surface. This naturally occurring oxide layer prevents chemical attack of the underlying metal surface. This behavior also means, however, that high corrosion resistance can be expected only under neutral or oxidizing conditions. Under reducing conditions, a lower resistance must be reckoned with. Only very few inorganic and organic substances are able to attack titanium, tantalum or zirconium at ambient temperature. As the extraordinary corrosion resistance is coupled with an excellent formability and weldability these materials are very valua...

  20. A Review of Performance of Insulating Material in Buildings

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    Tazyeen Ahmad

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Today India is a fast developing economy; its GDP is increasing so the per capita income is also increasing. To meet the comfort requirements, especially in scorching summer and chilling winter in one form or other, we need modern amenities like air-conditioners and room heaters. Both need energy (electricity as a fuel to perform their function, so at individual level or at national view point, energy saving has to be done. The phrase will not be wrong: “Let the energy be saved, though the heaven falls”. In this paper, a review of insulation materials along with their properties has been presented. The information given is relevant and useful for architects and engineers. This paper also has glimpses of past and future of insulating materials.

  1. Investigation of the Hygrothermal Performance of Alternative Insulation Materials

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    Rode, Carsten; Kristiansen, Finn Harken; Rasmussen, Niels T.

    1999-01-01

    products.The hygrothermal performance of constructions with alternative insulation products is analysed with a computational model for combined heat and moisture transfer. The analysis concerns both traditional wall and roof constructions with the alternative insulation products, and some alternative......The paper gives an account of hygrothermal investigations carried out on some insulation products which are "alternative" to the ones that are traditionally used in Danish constructions. The alternative products are claimed to be friendly both to the environment and to the labour force....... The materials investigated are: cellulose insulation, sheep's wool, flax, and perlite. These materials, except for the last one, are very hygroscopic. The following two separate investigations are described.1. Investigation of the thermal conductivity at different humidity conditions.The thermal conductivity...

  2. 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.

  3. Impact of aging and material structure on CANDU plant performance

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    Nadeau, E.; Ballyk, J.; Ghalavand, N. [Candu Energy Inc., Mississauga, Ontario (Canada)

    2011-07-01

    In-service behaviour of pressure tubes is a key factor in the assessment of safety margins during plant operation. Pressure tube deformation (diametral expansion) affects fuel bundle dry out characteristics resulting in reduced margin to trip for some events. Pressure tube aging mechanisms also erode design margins on fuel channels or interfacing reactor components. The degradation mechanisms of interest are primarily deformation, loss of fracture resistance and hydrogen ingress. CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium, a registered trademark of the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited used under exclusive licence by Candu Energy Inc.) owners and operators need to maximize plant capacity factor and meet or exceed the reactor design life targets while maintaining safety margins. The degradation of pressure tube material and geometry are characterized through a program of inspection, material surveillance and assessment and need to be managed to optimize plant performance. Candu is improving pressure tubes installed in new build and life extension projects. Improvements include changes designed to reduce or mitigate the impact of pressure tube elongation and diametral expansion rates, improvement of pressure tube fracture properties, and reduction of the implications of hydrogen ingress. In addition, Candu provides an extensive array of engineering services designed to assess the condition of pressure tubes and address the impact of pressure tube degradation on safety margins and plant performance. These services include periodic and in-service inspection and material surveillance of pressure tubes and deterministic and probabilistic assessment of pressure tube fitness for service to applicable standards. Activities designed to mitigate the impact of pressure tube deformation on safety margins include steam generator cleaning, which improves trip margins, and trip design assessment to optimize reactor trip set points restoring safety and operating margins. This paper provides an

  4. Electrospun and functionalized PVDF/PAN nanocatalyst-loaded composite for dechlorination and photodegradation of pesticides in contaminated water.

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    Nthumbi, Richard M; Ngila, Jane C

    2016-10-01

    dechlorination of dieldrin, diuron, and fipronil follows first-order kinetics while that of chlorpyrifos followed pseudo-first order. Mineralization performance of 34 to 45 % were recorded when Fe-Pd was used, however upon electrospinning, doping, and grafting (Ag/PAN/PVDF-g-PAA-TiO2/Fe-Pd composite); it significantly increased to 99.9999 %. This composite reveals great potential for dechlorination and mineralization of pesticides in contaminated water.

  5. 汉麻粉体对PVDF膜的改性研究%Modification of PVDF membranes by hemp powder

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    钟智丽; 张江范; 吴艳玲

    2014-01-01

    采用汉麻粉体与 PVDF 共混的方法对 PVDF 膜进行改性,测试共混膜的微观结构和热学性能、力学性能以及与碳纤维布之间的层间剥离强度等性能,并研究汉麻粉体含量对于共混膜性能的影响.实验结果表明:随着汉麻粉体质量分数的增加,共混膜表面光洁度降低,断面结构越发不规整,密度及厚度增大,共混膜变得易碎,而力学性能大幅下降;随着汉麻粉体质量分数的增加,共混膜与碳纤维布/木质复合材料之间的层间剥离强度先增大后减小,当汉麻粉体质量分数为6%时,层间剥离强度达到最大值0.36 N/mm.%Hemp powder and PVDF blended approach were used to modify PVDF membrane, then the blend interlayer film microstructure and thermal properties, mechanical properties as well as peel strength between CFRP and other properties were tested, and the influence of hemp flour content on the blend membrane performance was studied. Experimental results show that with the increase of the mass fraction of hemp powder, blend membrane surface finish lower, more irregular cross -section structure, density and thickness increase, the blend film becomes brittle, while mechanical properties dropped significantly; with the increase of the mass fraction of hemp powder, the inter-layer blend membranes with CFRP / wood composites, interlaminar strength firstly increases and then decreases, when the mass fraction of hemp powder is 6%, the maximum interlaminar strength value is 0.36 N/mm.

  6. Preparation and characterization of a PVDF-HFP/PEGDMA-coated PE separator for lithium-ion polymer battery by electron beam irradiation

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    Sohn, Joon-Yong; Im, Jong Su; Gwon, Sung-Jin; Choi, Jae-Hak; Shin, Junhwa [Advanced Radiation Technology Institute, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Jeongeup-si, Jeollabuk-do 580-185 (Korea, Republic of); Nho, Young-Chang [Advanced Radiation Technology Institute, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Jeongeup-si, Jeollabuk-do 580-185 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail: ycnho@kaeri.re.kr

    2009-07-15

    In this study, polyethylene separators were modified by dip coating of polyethylene (PE) separators in poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene)/poly(ethylene glycol) dimethacrylate (PVDF-HFP/PEGDMA) mixtures at different humidity levels (0-50%), followed by electron beam irradiation. Micro-porous structures of the coating layer were generated by performing dip-coating process at high humidity levels (i.e. phase inversion process) and were found to be affected by the PEGDMA content and humidity level. The thermal shrinkage of the prepared separators significantly decreased with increasing EB absorption dose due to the formation of crosslinked networks of the PVDF-HFP/PEGDMA-coated PE separators. It was also observed that the separators prepared under high humidity condition showed a higher liquid electrolyte uptake and the ionic conductivity than the original PE separators.

  7. Preparation and characterization of a PVDF-HFP/PEGDMA-coated PE separator for lithium-ion polymer battery by electron beam irradiation

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    Sohn, Joon-Yong; Im, Jong Su; Gwon, Sung-Jin; Choi, Jae-Hak; Shin, Junhwa; Nho, Young-Chang

    2009-07-01

    In this study, polyethylene separators were modified by dip coating of polyethylene (PE) separators in poly(vinylidene fluoride- co-hexafluoropropylene)/poly(ethylene glycol) dimethacrylate (PVDF-HFP/PEGDMA) mixtures at different humidity levels (0-50%), followed by electron beam irradiation. Micro-porous structures of the coating layer were generated by performing dip-coating process at high humidity levels (i.e. phase inversion process) and were found to be affected by the PEGDMA content and humidity level. The thermal shrinkage of the prepared separators significantly decreased with increasing EB absorption dose due to the formation of crosslinked networks of the PVDF-HFP/PEGDMA-coated PE separators. It was also observed that the separators prepared under high humidity condition showed a higher liquid electrolyte uptake and the ionic conductivity than the original PE separators.

  8. Micro-crack detection in high-performance cementitious materials

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    Lura, Pietro; Guang, Ye; Tanaka, Kyoji

    2005-01-01

    of high-performance cement pastes in silicone moulds that exert minimal external restraint. Cast-in steel rods with varying diameter internally restrain the autogenous shrinkage and lead to crack formation. Dimensions of the steel rods are chosen so that the size of this restraining inclusion resembles...... aggregate size. Gallium intrusion of the cracks and subsequent examination by electron probe micro analysis, EPMA, are used to identify the cracks. The gallium intrusion technique allows controllable impregnation of cracks in the cement paste. A distinct contrast between gallium and the surrounding material...

  9. Photopolymerized materials and patterning for improved performance of neural prosthetics

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    Tuft, Bradley William

    Neural prosthetics are used to replace or substantially augment remaining motor and sensory functions of neural pathways that were lost or damaged due to physical trauma, disease, or genetics. However, due to poor spatial signal resolution, neural prostheses fail to recapitulate the intimate, precise interactions inherent to neural networks. Designing materials and interfaces that direct de novo nerve growth to spatially specific stimulating elements is, therefore, a promising method to enhance signal specificity and performance of prostheses such as the successful cochlear implant (CI) and the developing retinal implant. In this work, the spatial and temporal reaction control inherent to photopolymerization was used to develop methods to generate micro and nanopatterned materials that direct neurite growth from prosthesis relevant neurons. In particular, neurite growth and directionality has been investigated in response to physical, mechanical, and chemical cues on photopolymerized surfaces. Spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) serve as the primary neuronal model as they are the principal target for CI stimulation. The objective of the research is to rationally design materials that spatially direct neurite growth and to translate fundamental understanding of nerve cell-material interactions into methods of nerve regeneration that improve neural prosthetic performance. A rapid, single-step photopolymerization method was developed to fabricate micro and nanopatterned physical cues on methacrylate surfaces by selectively blocking light with photomasks. Feature height is readily tuned by modulating parameters of the photopolymerizaiton including initiator concentration and species, light intensity, separation distance from the photomask, and radiation exposure time. Alignment of neural elements increases significantly with increasing feature amplitude and constant periodicity, as well as with decreasing periodicity and constant amplitude. SGN neurite alignment strongly

  10. Study of $\\beta$-phase development in spin-coated PVDF thick films

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    BHOOPESH MAHALE; DHANANJAY BODAS; S A GANGAL

    2017-06-01

    A study was conducted to ascertain the effect of variation in spin speed and baking temperature on $\\beta$-phase content in the spin-coated poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) thick films ($\\sim$4−25 $\\mu$m). Development of $\\beta$-phase is dependent on film stretching and crystallization temperature. Therefore, to study the development of $\\beta$-phase in films, stretching is achieved by spinning and crystallization temperature is adjusted by means of baking. PVDF films are characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, and scanning electronmicroscopy. It is observed that crystallization temperature lower than 60$^{\\circ}$C and increase in spin speed increases the $\\beta$-phasecontent in PVDF films. Crystallization temperature above 60$^{\\circ}$C reduces $\\beta$-phase content and increases α-phase content. It was also observed that viscosity of the PVDF solution affects the β-phase development in films at a particular spin speed.

  11. Enhanced power output of an electrospun PVDF/MWCNTs-based nanogenerator by tuning its conductivity

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    Yu, Hao; Huang, Tao; Lu, Mingxia; Mao, Mengye; Zhang, Qinghong; Wang, Hongzhi

    2013-10-01

    PVDF nanofibre-based piezoelectric nanogenerators are directly prepared via electrospinning without any post-poling treatment. The effect of the addition of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) on the fibre diameter, mechanical properties, β-phase composition, surface and volume conductivities, output voltage and output power are investigated. Increased surface conductivity of the poly-vinylidene fluoride (PVDF) nanofibre mats, which plays an important role in the enhancement of output power, is first found by the addition of an appropriate amount of MWCNTs. The maximum generated piezo-voltage exhibited by PVDF nanofibre mats in the presence of 5 wt% MWCNTs is as high as 6 V, while the average capacitor charging power is 81.8 nW, increases of 200% and 44.8%, respectively, compared with bare PVDF nanofibre mats.

  12. A super hydrophilic modification of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) nanofibers: By in situ hydrothermal approach

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    Sheikh, Faheem A.; Zargar, Mohammad Afzal; Tamboli, Ashif H.; Kim, Hern

    2016-11-01

    Nanofibers fabricated from Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) possesses potential applications in the field of filtrations, because of their excellent resistance towards harsh chemicals. However, the hydrophobicity restricts its further application. In this work, we focus on optimal parameters for post-electrospun tethering of Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) as superhydrophilic domain onto each individual PVDF nanofibers by exploiting the in situ hydrothermal approach. The results indicated an increase in nanofiber diameters due to coating of PVA and improved surface wettability of PVDF nanofibers. The tensile tests of nanofibers indicated that mechanical properties of PVDF nanofibers could be sharply tuned from rigid to ductile. Furthermore, the studies strongly suggest that in situ hydrothermal treatment of post-electrospun nanofibers can improve the water contact angle and these nanofibers can be used in varied applications (e.g., in water purification systems).

  13. PVDF based ion exchange membrane prepared by radiation grafting of ethyl styrenesulfonate and sequent hydrolysis

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    Wang, Yicheng; Peng, Jing; Li, Jiuqiang; Zhai, Maolin

    2017-01-01

    A new synthesis route for poly(vinylidene fluoride)-g-polystyrene sulfonic acid ion exchange membrane (PVDF-g-PSSA IEM) has been developed via preradiation-induced grafting of ethyl styrenesulfonate and sequent hydrolysis. A high grafting yield (GY) 120% for PETSS grafted onto PVDF could be obtained at a reaction time of 3 h and dose of 50 kGy. The structure of PVDF-g-PSSA IEM was testified by FTIR, XPS, TGA and SEM analysis. At the GY above 80%, the ion exchange capacity, water uptake and proton conductivity of the resultant PVDF-g-PSSA IEM exceeds Nafion 117 membrane. This work provides an environmental method for the preparation of the IEM used in fuel cell or water treatment.

  14. Effect of fabrication technique on the crystalline phase and electrical properties of PVDF films

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    Mahato P. K.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The effect of different fabrication techniques on the formation of electroactive β-phase polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF has been investigated. Films with varying concentration of PVDF and solvent - dimethyl formamide (DMF were synthesized by tape casting and solvent casting techniques. The piezoelectric β-phase as well as non polar β-phase were observed for both the tape cast and solvent cast films from X-ray diffraction (XRD micrographs and Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FT-IR spectra. A maximum percentage (80 % of β-phase was obtained from FT-IR analysis for a solvent cast PVDF film. The surface morphology of the PVDF films was analyzed by FESEM imaging. The dielectric properties as a function of temperature and frequency and the ferroelectric hysteresis loop as a function of voltage were measured. An enhancement in the value of the dielectric constant and polarization was obtained in solvent cast films.

  15. Measurements of nonlinear optical properties of PVDF/ZnO using Z-scan technique

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    Shanshool, Haider Mohammed, E-mail: haidshan62@gmail.com [Ministry of Science and Technology, Baghdad (Iraq); Yahaya, Muhammad [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Selangor (Malaysia); Yunus, Wan Mahmood Mat [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang (Malaysia); Abdullah, Ibtisam Yahya [Department of Physics, College of Science, University of Mosul, Mosul (Iraq)

    2015-10-15

    The nonlinear optical properties of ZnO nanoparticles dispersed in poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) polymer are investigated. PVDF/ZnO nanocomposites were prepared by mixing different concentrations of ZnO nanoparticles, as the filler, with PVDF, as the polymer matrix, using casting method. Acetone was used as a solvent for the polymer. FTIR spectra of the samples were analyzed thus confirming the formation of α and β phases. The absorbance spectra of the samples were obtained, thereby showing high absorption in the UV region. The linear absorption coefficient was calculated. The single-beam Z-scan technique was used to measure the nonlinear refractive index and the nonlinear absorption coefficient of the PVDF/ZnO nanocomposite samples. We observed that the nonlinear refractive index is in the order of 10{sup -13} cm{sup 2}/W with the negative sign, whereas the nonlinear absorption coefficient is in the order of 10{sup -8} cm/W. (author)

  16. Structural phase study in un-patterned and patterned PVDF semi-crystalline films

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    Pramod, K., E-mail: rameshg.phy@pondiuni.edu.in; Gangineni, Ramesh Babu, E-mail: rameshg.phy@pondiuni.edu.in [Department of Physics, Pondicherry University, R. V. Nagar, Kalapet, Puducherry - 605014 (India)

    2014-04-24

    This work explores the structural phase studies of organic polymer- polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) thin films in semi-crystallized phase and nano-patterned PVDF thin films. The nanopatterns are transferred with the CD layer as a master using soft lithography technique. The semi-crystalline PVDF films were prepared by a still and hot (SH) method, using a homemade spin coater that has the proficiency of substrate heating by a halogen lamp. Using this set up, smooth PVDF thin films in semi-crystalline α-phase were prepared using 2-Butanone as solvent. XRD, AFM and confocal Raman microscope have been utilized to study the structural phase, crystallinity and quality of the films.

  17. Simultaneous enhancement in mechanical strength, electrical conductivity, and electromagnetic shielding properties in PVDF-ABS blends containing PMMA wrapped multiwall carbon nanotubes.

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    Kar, Goutam Prasanna; Biswas, Sourav; Bose, Suryasarathi

    2015-06-14

    A unique approach was adopted to drive the multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) to the interface of immiscible PVDF-ABS blends by wrapping the nanotubes with a mutually miscible homopolymer (PMMA). A tailor made interface with an improved stress transfer was achieved in the blends with PMMA wrapped MWNTs. This manifested in an impressive 108% increment in the tensile strength and 48% increment in the Young's modulus with 3 wt% PMMA wrapped MWNTs in striking contrast to the neat blends. As the PMMA wrapped MWNTs localized at the interface of PVDF-ABS blends, the electrical conductivity could be tuned with respect to only MWNTs, which were selectively localized in the PVDF phase, driven by thermodynamics. The electromagnetic shielding properties were assessed using a vector network analyser in a broad range of frequency, X-band (8-12 GHz) and Ku-band (12-18 GHz). Interestingly, enhanced EM shielding was achieved by this unique approach. The blends with only MWNTs shielded the EM waves mostly by reflection however, the blends with PMMA wrapped MWNTs (3 wt%) shielded mostly by absorption (62%). This study opens new avenues in designing materials, which show simultaneous improvement in mechanical, electrical conductivity and EM shielding properties.

  18. Development of biodegradable materials; balancing degradability and performance

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    Mayer, J.M.; Allen, A.L.; Dell, P.A.; McCassie, J.E.; Shupe, A.E.; Stenhouse, P.J. Stenhouse, Welch, E.A.; Kaplan, D.L. [Army Natick Research Development, MA (United States)

    1993-12-31

    The development of biodegradable materials suitable for packaging must take into consideration various performance criteria such as mechanical and barrier properties, as well as rate of biodegradability in given environments. Individual or blended biopolymer films were obtained commercially or blown into film in the laboratory and tested for tensile strength, ultimate elongation and oxygen barrier. These films were then subjected to accelerated marine biodegradation tests as well as simulated marine respirometry. Starch/ethylene vinyl alcohol films exhibited good mechanical and excellent oxygen barrier properties, but were very slow to biodegrade in the simulated and excellent oxygen barrier properties, but were very slow to biodegrade in the simulated marine environment. Polyhydroxyalkanoates had good mechanical properties, average oxygen barrier and good biodegradability. Data indicate that performance and biodegradability of packaging can be tailored to needs by combining individual biopolymers in different proportions in blends and laminates.

  19. Enhancing the performance of BICPV systems using phase change materials

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    Sharma, Shivangi; Sellami, Nazmi; Tahir, Asif; Reddy, K. S.; Mallick, Tapas K.

    2015-09-01

    Building Integrated Concentrated Photovoltaic (BICPV) systems have three main benefits for integration into built environments, namely, (i) generating electricity at the point of use (ii) allowing light efficacy within the building envelope and (iii) providing thermal management. In this work, to maintain solar cell operating temperature and improve its performance, a phase change material (PCM) container has been designed, developed and integrated with the BICPV system. Using highly collimated continuous light source, an indoor experiment was performed. The absolute electrical power conversion efficiency for the module without PCM cooling resulted in 7.82% while using PCM increased it to 9.07%, thus showing a relative increase by 15.9% as compared to a non- PCM system. A maximum temperature reduction of 5.2°C was also observed when the BICPV module was integrated with PCM containment as compared to the BICPV system without any PCM containment.

  20. Design and fabrication of a metal core PVDF fiber for an air flow sensor

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    Bian, Yixiang; Liu, Rongrong; Huang, Xiaomei; Hong, Jin; Huang, Huiyu; Hui, Shen

    2015-10-01

    To track prey or avoid predators, many arthropods can detect variations in airflow and pressure gradients using an array of very thin and sensitive filiform hairs. In this study, metal core piezoelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) fibers were prepared to mimic such hair sensors. The flexibility of the fibers was very good, which was helpful for overcoming the typical brittleness of piezoelectric ceramic fibers. At the same time, the diameter of the fibers was very small (down to 50 μm in diameter). In order to mimic the insects’ hairs to the maximum extent, which was expected to greatly improve the sensitivity of such PVDF fiber-based sensors, a feasible process to prepare and extract electrodes on the surface of the fibers had to be developed. Compared with stainless steel filament-core fibers, the molybdenum filament-core PVDF fibers were easy to stretch. The molybdenum filament was then covered by a cylindrical PVDF layer with a diameter of 400 μm. One half of the longitudinal surface of the fibers was spray-coated with a conductive silver adhesive. The metal core was then used as one electrode, and the conductive silver adhesive was used as the other electrode. After polarization, a single metal-core PVDF fiber could be used as an airflow sensor. The surface structure and the sections of the PVDF fiber were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. The results of the mechanical stretching tests showed that the metal core greatly enhanced the mechanical properties of the PVDF fibers. X-ray diffraction revealed that the greater the stretching ratio, the higher the α-to-β-phase conversion rate during the preparation of the PVDF fibers. A single metal-core PVDF fiber was used as a bionic airflow sensor, and a mechanical model of this sensor was derived. The airflow sensing capability of the PVDF fiber was experimentally confirmed in a miniature wind tunnel. The results showed that a cantilevered metal-core PVDF fiber is capable of detecting the range

  1. Evaluation of reduced graphene oxide/ZnO effect on properties of PVDF nanocomposite films

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    Jaleh, B., E-mail: jaleh@basu.ac.ir; Jabbari, A.

    2014-11-30

    Highlights: • Synthesis of reduced graphene oxide (RGO)/ZnO with three weight ratios (1:1, 2:1, 4:1). • Fabrication and characterization of PVDF/RGO-ZnO nanocomposite films. • The amount of 83% β-phase can be achieved by only addition of 1 wt% RGO-ZnO. • Enhancement of thermal stability in PVDF/RGO-ZnO (4:1) 1 wt% compare with pure PVDF. - Abstract: In this work, we report the preparation and characterization of PVDF/reduced graphene oxide (RGO)-ZnO nanocomposite films via synthesis of reduced graphene oxide-ZnO nanocomposite by solution casting method. Different weight ratios of RGO-ZnO nanocomposites were produced and compounded with PVDF by solution mixing. The compounding was followed by solution casting and drying to form nanocomposite films. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques (XRD), revealed an obvious α to β-phase transformation compared to pure PVDF which a maximum content of 83% for β-phase was calculated by using FTIR techniques. The morphology of the nanocomposites was investigated using scanning electron microscope (SEM). SEM micrographs showed a decrease in size of spherulitic crystal structure of PVDF/RGO-ZnO nanocomposites compared with pure PVDF which has an obvious relation with β-phase enhancement. The thermal behaviors of PVDF/RGO-ZnO nanocomposite films have been investigated by employing thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Since the interface between PVDF and the nanoparticles has an important role in the nucleation of the polymer phase, thermogravimetric analysis was used in order to identify and quantify the interface region and to correlate it with the β-phase content. It is found that an intimate relation exists between the size of the interface region and the piezoelectric β-phase formation that depends on the RGO-ZnO content. The interface value and the β-phase content increase with increasing RGO-ZnO. The PVDF nanocomposites showed higher thermal stability than the pure polymer.

  2. Electron Transport Materials: Synthesis, Properties and Device Performance

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    Cosimbescu, Lelia; Wang, Liang; Helm, Monte L.; Polikarpov, Evgueni; Swensen, James S.; Padmaperuma, Asanga B.

    2012-06-01

    We report the design, synthesis and characterization, thermal and photophysical properties of two silane based electron transport materials, dibenzo[b,d]thiophen-2-yltriphenylsilane (Si{phi}87) and (dibenzo[b,d]thiophen-2-yl)diphenylsilane (Si{phi}88) and their performance in blue organic light emitting devices (OLEDs). The utility of these materials in blue OLEDs with iridium (III) bis[(4,6-difluorophenyl)-pyridinato-N,C']picolinate (Firpic) as the phosphorescent emitter was demonstrated. Using the silane Si{phi}87 as the electron transport material (ETm) an EQE of 18.2% was obtained, with a power efficiency of 24.3 lm/W (5.8V at 1mA/cm{sup 2}), in a heterostructure. When Si{phi}88 is used, the EQE is 18.5% with a power efficiency of 26.0 lm/W (5.5V at 1mA/cm{sup 2}).

  3. Processing and performance of self-healing materials

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    Tan, P. S.; Zhang, M. Q.; Bhattacharyya, D.

    2009-08-01

    Two self-healing methods were implemented into composite materials with self-healing capabilities, using hollow glass fibres (HGF) and microencapsulated epoxy resin with mercaptan as the hardener. For the HGF approach, two perpendicular layers of HGF were put into an E-glass/epoxy composite, and were filled with coloured epoxy resin and hardener. The HGF samples had a novel ball indentation test method done on them. The samples were analysed using micro-CT scanning, confocal microscopy and penetrant dye. Micro-CT and confocal microscopy produced limited success, but their viability was established. Penetrant dye images showed resin obstructing flow of dye through damage regions, suggesting infiltration of resin into cracks. Three-point bend tests showed that overall performance could be affected by the flaws arising from embedding HGF in the material. For the microcapsule approach, samples were prepared for novel double-torsion tests used to generate large cracks. The samples were compared with pure resin samples by analysing them using photoelastic imaging and scanning electron microscope (SEM) on crack surfaces. Photoelastic imaging established the consolidation of cracks while SEM showed a wide spread of microcapsules with their distribution being affected by gravity. Further double-torsion testing showed that healing recovered approximately 24% of material strength.

  4. Processing and performance of self-healing materials

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    Tan, P S; Bhattacharyya, D [Centre for Advanced Composite Materials, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019 (New Zealand); Zhang, M Q, E-mail: d.bhattacharyya@auckland.ac.nz [Materials Science Institute, Zhongshan University, Guangzhou 510275 (China)

    2009-08-15

    Two self-healing methods were implemented into composite materials with self-healing capabilities, using hollow glass fibres (HGF) and microencapsulated epoxy resin with mercaptan as the hardener. For the HGF approach, two perpendicular layers of HGF were put into an E-glass/epoxy composite, and were filled with coloured epoxy resin and hardener. The HGF samples had a novel ball indentation test method done on them. The samples were analysed using micro-CT scanning, confocal microscopy and penetrant dye. Micro-CT and confocal microscopy produced limited success, but their viability was established. Penetrant dye images showed resin obstructing flow of dye through damage regions, suggesting infiltration of resin into cracks. Three-point bend tests showed that overall performance could be affected by the flaws arising from embedding HGF in the material. For the microcapsule approach, samples were prepared for novel double-torsion tests used to generate large cracks. The samples were compared with pure resin samples by analysing them using photoelastic imaging and scanning electron microscope (SEM) on crack surfaces. Photoelastic imaging established the consolidation of cracks while SEM showed a wide spread of microcapsules with their distribution being affected by gravity. Further double-torsion testing showed that healing recovered approximately 24% of material strength.

  5. Evaluation of reduced graphene oxide/ZnO effect on properties of PVDF nanocomposite films

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    Jaleh, B.; Jabbari, A.

    2014-11-01

    In this work, we report the preparation and characterization of PVDF/reduced graphene oxide (RGO)-ZnO nanocomposite films via synthesis of reduced graphene oxide-ZnO nanocomposite by solution casting method. Different weight ratios of RGO-ZnO nanocomposites were produced and compounded with PVDF by solution mixing. The compounding was followed by solution casting and drying to form nanocomposite films. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques (XRD), revealed an obvious α to β-phase transformation compared to pure PVDF which a maximum content of 83% for β-phase was calculated by using FTIR techniques. The morphology of the nanocomposites was investigated using scanning electron microscope (SEM). SEM micrographs showed a decrease in size of spherulitic crystal structure of PVDF/RGO-ZnO nanocomposites compared with pure PVDF which has an obvious relation with β-phase enhancement. The thermal behaviors of PVDF/RGO-ZnO nanocomposite films have been investigated by employing thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Since the interface between PVDF and the nanoparticles has an important role in the nucleation of the polymer phase, thermogravimetric analysis was used in order to identify and quantify the interface region and to correlate it with the β-phase content. It is found that an intimate relation exists between the size of the interface region and the piezoelectric β-phase formation that depends on the RGO-ZnO content. The interface value and the β-phase content increase with increasing RGO-ZnO. The PVDF nanocomposites showed higher thermal stability than the pure polymer.

  6. Flexible Pressure Sensor Based on PVDF Nanocomposites Containing Reduced Graphene Oxide-Titania Hybrid Nanolayers

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    Aisha Al-Saygh

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel flexible nanocomposite pressure sensor with a tensile strength of about 47 MPa is fabricated in this work. Nanolayers of titanium dioxide (titania nanolayers, TNL synthesized by hydrothermal method are used to reinforce the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF by simple solution mixing. A hybrid composite is prepared by incorporating the TNL (2.5 wt % with reduced graphene oxide (rGO (2.5 wt % synthesized by improved graphene oxide synthesis to form a PVDF/rGO-TNL composite. A comparison between PVDF, PVDF/rGO (5 wt %, PVDF/TNL (5 wt % and PVDF/rGO-TNL (total additives 5 wt % samples are analyzed for their sensing, thermal and dielectric characteristics. The new shape of additives (with sharp morphology, good interaction and well distributed hybrid additives in the matrix increased the sensitivity by 333.46% at 5 kPa, 200.7% at 10.7 kPa and 246.7% at 17.6 kPa compared to the individual PVDF composite of TNL, confirming its possible application in fabricating low cost and light weight pressure sensing devices and electronic devices with reduced quantity of metal oxides. Increase in the β crystallinity percentage and removal of α phase for PVDF was detected for the hybrid composite and linked to the improvement in the mechanical properties. Tensile strength for the hybrid composite (46.91 MPa was 115% higher than that of the neat polymer matrix. Improvement in the wettability and less roughness in the hybrid composites were observed, which can prevent fouling, a major disadvantage in many sensor applications.

  7. Surface Modification of Electrospun PVDF/PAN Nanofibrous Layers by Low Vacuum Plasma Treatment

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    Fatma Yalcinkaya; Baturalp Yalcinkaya; Adam Pazourek; Jana Mullerova; Martin Stuchlik; Jiri Maryska

    2016-01-01

    Nanofibres are very promising for water remediation due to their high porosity and small pore size. Mechanical properties of nanofibres restrict the application of pressure needed water treatments. Various PAN, PVDF, and PVDF/PAN nanofibre layers were produced, and mechanical properties were improved via a lamination process. Low vacuum plasma treatment was applied for the surface modification of nanofibres. Atmospheric air was used to improve hydrophilicity while sulphur hexafluoride gas was...

  8. Decoupling interrelated parameters for designing high performance thermoelectric materials.

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    Xiao, Chong; Li, Zhou; Li, Kun; Huang, Pengcheng; Xie, Yi

    2014-04-15

    The world's supply of fossil fuels is quickly being exhausted, and the impact of their overuse is contributing to both climate change and global political unrest. In order to help solve these escalating problems, scientists must find a way to either replace combustion engines or reduce their use. Thermoelectric materials have attracted widespread research interest because of their potential applications as clean and renewable energy sources. They are reliable, lightweight, robust, and environmentally friendly and can reversibly convert between heat and electricity. However, after decades of development, the energy conversion efficiency of thermoelectric devices has been hovering around 10%. This is far below the theoretical predictions, mainly due to the interdependence and coupling between electrical and thermal parameters, which are strongly interrelated through the electronic structure of the materials. Therefore, any strategy that balances or decouples these parameters, in addition to optimizing the materials' intrinsic electronic structure, should be critical to the development of thermoelectric technology. In this Account, we discuss our recently developed strategies to decouple thermoelectric parameters for the synergistic optimization of electrical and thermal transport. We first highlight the phase transition, which is accompanied by an abrupt change of electrical transport, such as with a metal-insulator and semiconductor-superionic conductor transition. This should be a universal and effective strategy to optimize the thermoelectric performance, which takes advantage of modulated electronic structure and critical scattering across phase transitions to decouple the power factor and thermal conductivity. We propose that solid-solution homojunction nanoplates with disordered lattices are promising thermoelectric materials to meet the "phonon glass electron crystal" approach. The formation of a solid solution, coupled with homojunctions, allows for

  9. Kinetic stability and propellant performance of green energetic materials.

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    Rahm, Martin; Brinck, Tore

    2010-06-11

    A thorough theoretical investigation of four promising green energetic materials is presented. The kinetic stability of the dinitramide, trinitrogen dioxide, pentazole, and oxopentazole anions has been evaluated in the gas phase and in solution by using high-level ab initio and DFT calculations. Theoretical UV spectra, solid-state heats of formation, density, as well as propellant performance for the corresponding ammonium salts are reported. All calculated properties for dinitramide are in excellent agreement with experimental data. The stability of the trinitrogen dioxide anion is deemed sufficient to enable synthesis at low temperature, with a barrier for decomposition of approximately 27.5 kcal mol(-1) in solution. Oxopentazolate is expected to be approximately 1200 times more stable than pentazolate in solution, with a barrier exceeding 30 kcal mol(-1), which should enable handling at room temperature. All compounds are predicted to provide high specific impulses when combined with aluminum fuel and a polymeric binder, and rival or surpass the performance of a corresponding ammonium perchlorate based propellant. The investigated substances are also excellent monopropellant candidates. Further study and attempted synthesis of these materials is merited.

  10. Performance Evaluation of Neutron Absorption Materials with Temperature Change

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    Jeong, Hae Sun; Jeong, Hyo Joon; Kim, Eun Han; Han, Moon Hee; Hwang, Won Tae [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    Some of these facilities are operated at higher than room temperature, thus the neutron absorption material can be directly affected by the surrounding environment where the temperature is not maintained in a constant condition. Meanwhile, a nucleus in an atom is continuously vibrated with the thermal energy, after which there arises a range of relative speeds between a neutron and the nucleus, even for a fixed neutron speed. At higher temperature, the random motion of the nucleus reproduces new resonance with a lower and broader peak, i.e., Doppler broadening of a resonance, and the capture cross section of neutron is revised. Therefore, the performance of neutron absorption materials may vary with a change of temperature. In this study, the absorption abilities of three kinds of neutron absorbers generally used in the reactor core were analyzed at a range of temperatures from 293.6K to 584K. As a result, the neutron absorption abilities for B{sup 4}C and Ag-In-Cd do not vary with the change of temperature, while that for Gd{sup 2}O{sup 3} absorbers was shown to be decreased approximately 3% with reference to that at 293.6K in the temperature range between the 293.6K and 584K. This phenomenon of the Gd{sup 2}O{sup 3} absorber seems to be caused by the Doppler broadening of the neutron absorption cross-section. Therefore, it is expected that the effect of material temperature on the neutron absorption performance is needed to be considered in the design of nuclear reactor and the analysis of radiation shielding.

  11. Design of efficient loadcell for measurement of mechanical impact by piezoelectric PVDF film sensor

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    Priyanka Guin

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Conversion efficiency of mechanical impact into electrical voltage remains ever increasing demand for piezoelectric PVDF film sensor. For a given film sensor, the output voltage produced due to mechanical impact is highly dependent on the direction of stretching (or compressing and active area of the film sensor. More is the active area of the film; higher will be the output voltage. It is shown that the active area is significantly increased due to the ridge-like shape given at the inner surfaces of the plates of sandwich type loadcell and as a result of which higher conversion efficiency is obtained. The effectiveness of the ridge-like shape is confirmed statistically by conducting two factorial design of experiment in which shape and material of the loadcell are considered as the two factors with 2×4 matrix. In case of loadcell made of glass plates, more than 100% increase in the output voltage is observed for ridge-like shape in comparison to its plain counterpart. Both the bandwidth and frequency range of the output signal is found to be independent and dependent of the loadcell materials for indirect and direct impact with the loadcell respectively. The merits and demerits of the fabricated loadcells are discussed.

  12. First-principles investigation of high energy density in PVDF copolymers

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    Ranjan, V.; Lu, Liping; Buongiorno Nardelli, M.; Bernholc, J.

    2008-03-01

    PVDF and its copolymers exhibit excellent electromechanical properties and in the case of PVDF-CTFE also a very high energy density [1]. We have investigated the phase diagram of these systems and can quantitatively explain the observed energy density of PVDF-CTFE as due to a para to ferroelectric phase transition in a disordered, multidomain structure [2]. Our results show that pure PVDF prefers the α phase at zero field. Electric field lowers the free energy of the β phase, resulting in a structural phase transition at a sufficiently high field. Copolymer admixture lowers the critical field and eventually leads to an energetic preference for the β phase even at zero field. For PVDF-CTFE with CTFE content below 17 %, the α phase is still preferred and the field-induced phase transformation reversibly stores large amounts of energy. For PVDF-TeFE, the total energy difference between the two phases is much smaller, resulting in substantially smaller energy density. [1] B. Chu et al., Science 313, 334 (2006). [2] V. Ranjan et al., PRL 99, 047801 (2007).

  13. An optimization of superhydrophobic polyvinylidene fluoride/zinc oxide materials using Taguchi method

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    Mohamed, Adel M.A., E-mail: madel@uqac.ca [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Petroleum and Mining Engineering, Suez Canal University, Box 43721, Suez (Egypt); Industrial Chair on Atmospheric Icing of Power Network Equipment (CIGELE) and Canada Research Chair on Atmospheric Icing Engineering of Power Networks (INGIVRE) at Université du Québec a Chicoutimi, Québec (Canada); Jafari, Reza; Farzaneh, Masoud [Industrial Chair on Atmospheric Icing of Power Network Equipment (CIGELE) and Canada Research Chair on Atmospheric Icing Engineering of Power Networks (INGIVRE) at Université du Québec a Chicoutimi, Québec (Canada)

    2014-01-01

    This article is focused on the preparation and characterization of PVDF/ZnO composite materials. The superhydrophobic surface was prepared through spray coating of a mixture of PVDF polymer and ZnO nanoparticles on aluminum substrate. Stearic acid was added to improve the dispersion of ZnO. Taguchi's design of experiment method using MINITAB15 was used to rank several factors that may affect the superhydrophobic properties in order to formulate the optimum conditions. The Taguchi orthogonal array L9 was applied with three level of consideration for each factor. ANOVA were carried out to identify the significant factors that affect the water contact angle. Confirmation tests were performed on the predicted optimum process parameters. The crystallinity and morphology of PVDF–ZnO membranes were determined by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results of Taguchi method indicate that the ZnO and stearic acid contents were the parameters making significant contribution toward improvement in hydrophobicity of PVDF materials. As the content of ZnO nanoparticles increased, the values of water contact angle increased, ranging from 122° to 159°, while the contact angle hysteresis and sliding angle decreased to 3.5° and 2.5°, respectively. The SEM results show that hierarchical micro-nanostructure of ZnO plays an important role in the formation of the superhydrophobic surface. FTIR results showed that, in the absence or present ZnO nanoparticles, the crystallization of the PVDF occurred predominantly in the β-phase.

  14. The impact of roofing material on building energy performance

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    Badiee, Ali

    The last decade has seen an increase in the efficient use of energy sources such as water, electricity, and natural gas as well as a variety of roofing materials, in the heating and cooling of both residential and commercial infrastructure. Oil costs, coal and natural gas prices remain high and unstable. All of these instabilities and increased costs have resulted in higher heating and cooling costs, and engineers are making an effort to keep them under control by using energy efficient building materials. The building envelope (that which separates the indoor and outdoor environments of a building) plays a significant role in the rate of building energy consumption. An appropriate architectural design of a building envelope can considerably lower the energy consumption during hot summers and cold winters, resulting in reduced HVAC loads. Several building components (walls, roofs, fenestration, foundations, thermal insulation, external shading devices, thermal mass, etc.) make up this essential part of a building. However, thermal insulation of a building's rooftop is the most essential part of a building envelope in that it reduces the incoming "heat flux" (defined as the amount of heat transferred per unit area per unit time from or to a surface) (Sadineni et al., 2011). Moreover, more than 60% of heat transfer occurs through the roof regardless of weather, since a roof is often the building surface that receives the largest amount of solar radiation per square annually (Suman, and Srivastava, 2009). Hence, an argument can be made that the emphasis on building energy efficiency has influenced roofing manufacturing more than any other building envelope component. This research project will address roofing energy performance as the source of nearly 60% of the building heat transfer (Suman, and Srivastava, 2009). We will also rank different roofing materials in terms of their energy performance. Other parts of the building envelope such as walls, foundation

  15. Study on methods and properties of PVDF/graphene composites by melt blending%PVDF/石墨烯复合材料熔融制备工艺及其性能研究∗

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    林海波; 沈剑辉; 向艳慧; 王益; 鲁华锋; 刘富; 薛立新

    2014-01-01

    The paper was aimed to study the effect of various melting process on the distribution of graphene and the resultant conductivity and thermal performances.Graphene was uniformly and mechanic ally dispersed in poly(vinylidene fluoride)(PVDF)by the synergetic action of stearic acid amide,sodium dodecyl sulfate and nano calcium carbonate through the high speed mixer.PVDF/graphene composites were prepared by the follow-ing melting methods:melt molding,molding by a double roll,mixing by a double roll,extruding,mixing by a mixer.The microstructures of the composites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and transmis-sion electron microscopy.The influences of different methods for melt blending on the conductivity,thermal performance and thermodynamic stability were investigated.The results indicate that graphene can be uniformly dispersed in PVDF to form a function network structure.The composites prepared by melt blending of direc-tional melting process have better conductivity and thermal performances than those prepared by non-directional melting process.With graphene be added,the thermodynamic stability and crystallization temperature of the composites will be improved.%主要研究熔融加工工艺对石墨烯在聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)中的分散及导电、导热性能的影响。首先通过高速混合机机械搅拌,使石墨烯微片、助剂与PVDF粉料均匀分散,然后分别经由熔融模压、双辊辊压、双辊混炼、双螺杆挤出和密炼等工艺制备得到PVDF/石墨烯复合材料。利用 SEM和 TEM研究复合材料的微观形貌,并研究不同熔融制备工艺及石墨烯含量对复合材料导电性能、导热性能及热力学性能的影响。结果表明,采用高速混合、合适的助剂体系和熔融工艺,可以得到石墨烯分散良好的复合材料;经定向分散熔融制备工艺所得的复合材料导电性能和导热性能均优于不定向分散熔融工艺所得的复合材料;石墨

  16. Strategies toward High Performance Organic Photovoltaic Cell: Material and Process

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    Kim, Bong Gi

    The power conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells has been rapidly improved during the last few years and currently reaches around 10 %. The performance is evenly governed by absorption, exciton diffusion, exciton dissociation, carrier transfer, and collection efficiencies. Establishing a better understanding of OPV device physics combined with the development of new materials for each executive step contributes to this dramatic improvement. This dissertation focuses mainly on material design and development to correlate the intrinsic properties of organic semiconductors and the OPV performance. The introductory Chapter 1 briefly reviews the motivation of OPV research, its working mechanism, and representative organic materials for OPV application. Chapter 2 discusses the modulation of conjugated polymer's (CP's) absorption behavior and an efficient semi-empirical approach to predict CP's energy levels from its constituent monomers' HOMO/LUMO values. A strong acceptor lowered both the HOMO and LUMO levels of the CP, but the LUMO dropped more rapidly which ultimately produced a narrowed band-gap in the electron donating/accepting alternating copolymer system. In addition, the energy level difference between the CP and the constituent monomers converged to a constant value, providing an energy level prediction tool. Chapter 3 illustrates the systematic investigation on the relationship between the molecular structure of an energy harvesting organic dye and the exciton dissociation efficiency. The study showed that the quantum yield decreased as the exciton binding energy increases, and dipole moment direction should be properly oriented in the dye framework in order to improve photo-current generation when used in a dye sensitized photovoltaic device. Chapter 4 demonstrates the ultrasonic-assisted self-assembly of CPs in solution, rapidly and efficiently. Ultrasonication combined with dipolar media accelerated CP's aggregation, and the effect of CP

  17. Flexible, Hybrid Piezoelectric Film (BaTi(1-x)Zr(x)O3)/PVDF Nanogenerator as a Self-Powered Fluid Velocity Sensor.

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    Alluri, Nagamalleswara Rao; Saravanakumar, Balasubramaniam; Kim, Sang-Jae

    2015-05-13

    We demonstrate a flexible piezoelectric nanogenerator (PNG) constructed using a hybrid (or composite) film composed of highly crystalline BaTi(1-x)Zr(x)O3 (x = 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, and 0.2) nanocubes (abbreviated as BTZO) synthesized using a molten-salt process embedded into a poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) matrix solution via ultrasonication. The potential of a BTZO/PVDF hybrid film is realized in fabricating eco-friendly devices, active sensors, and flexible nanogenerators to interpret its functionality. Our strategy is based on the incorporation of various Zr(4+) doping ratios into the Ti(4+) site of BaTiO3 nanocubes to enhance the performance of the PNG. The flexible nanogenerator (BTZO/PVDF) exhibits a high electrical output up to ∼11.9 V and ∼1.35 μA compared to the nanogenerator (BTO/PVDF) output of 7.99 V and 1.01 μA upon the application of cyclic pushing-releasing frequencies with a constant load (11 N). We also demonstrate another exciting application of the PNG as a self-powered sensor to measure different water velocities at an outlet pipe. The average maximum peak power of the PNG varies from 0.2 to 15.8 nW for water velocities ranging from 31.43 to 125.7 m/s during the water ON condition. This study shows the compositional dependence approach, fabrication of nanostructures for energy harvesting, and self-powered devices in the field of monitoring for remote area applications.

  18. Sulfonation Process and Desalination Effect of Polystyrene/PVDF Semi-Interpenetrating Polymer Network Cation Exchange Membrane

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    Yin-lin Lei

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available With the classical sulfonation method of polystyrene-based strongly acidic cation exchange resins, polystyrene/polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF alloy particles were sulfonated to obtain a cation exchange resin, which was then directly thermoformed to prepare a semi-interpenetrating polymer network (semi-IPN cation exchange membrane. The effects of the swelling agent, sulfonation time and temperature and the relative contents of polystyrene and divinylbenzene (DVB in the alloy particles on the feasibility of the membrane formation are discussed. The results indicate that a favorable sulfonation degree above 80% and a suitable ion exchange capacity of 1.5–2.4 mmol/g can be gained, with concentrated sulfuric acid as the sulfonation agent and 1,2-dichloroethane as the swelling agent. The running electrical resistance and desalination effect of the prepared cation exchange membrane were measured in a pilot-scale electrodialyser and not only obviously exceeded a commercial heterogeneous cation exchange membrane, but was also very close to a commercial homogenous membrane. In this way, the authors have combined the classical sulfonation method of polystyrene-based cation exchange resins with the traditional thermoforming manufacturing process of heterogeneous cation exchange membranes, to successfully develop a novel, low-price, but relatively high-performance polystyrene/PVDF cation exchange membrane with the semi-IPN structure.

  19. New MEA Materials for Improved DMFC Performance, Durability and Cost

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    Fletcher, James H. [University of North Florida; Campbell, Joseph L. [University of North Florida; Cox, Philip [University of North Florida; Harrington, William J. [University of North Florida

    2013-09-16

    Abstract Project Title: New MEA Materials for Improved DMFC Performance, Durability and Cost The University of North Florida (UNF)--with project partners the University of Florida, Northeastern University, and Johnson Matthey--has recently completed the Department of Energy (DOE) project entitled “New MEA Materials for Improved DMFC Performance, Durability and Cost”. The primary objective of the project was to advance portable fuel cell MEA technology towards the commercial targets as laid out in the DOE R&D roadmap by developing a passive water recovery MEA (membrane electrode assembly). Developers at the University of North Florida identified water management components as an insurmountable barrier to achieving the required system size and weight necessary to achieve the energy density requirements of small portable power applications. UNF developed an innovative “passive water recovery” MEA for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC) which provides a path to system simplification and optimization. The passive water recovery MEA incorporates a hydrophobic, porous, barrier layer within the cathode electrode, so that capillary pressure forces the water produced at the cathode through holes in the membrane and back to the anode. By directly transferring the water from the cathode to the anode, the balance of plant is very much simplified and the need for heavy, bulky water recovery components is eliminated. At the heart of the passive water recovery MEA is the UNF DM-1 membrane that utilizes a hydrocarbon structure to optimize performance in a DMFC system. The membrane has inherent performance advantages, such as a low methanol crossover (high overall efficiency), while maintaining a high proton conductivity (good electrochemical efficiency) when compared to perfluorinated sulfonic acid membranes such as Nafion. Critically, the membrane provides an extremely low electro-osmotic drag coefficient of approximately one water molecule per proton (versus the 2-3 for

  20. Packaging performance evaluation and performance oriented packaging standards for large packages for poison inhalation hazard materials

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    Griego, N.R.; Mills, G.S.; McClure, J.D. [and others

    1997-07-01

    The U.S. Department of Transportation Research & Special Programs Administration (DOT-RSPA) has sponsored a project at Sandia National Laboratories to evaluate the protection provided by current packagings used for truck and rail transport of materials that have been classified as Poison Inhalation Hazards (PIH) and to recommend performance standards for these PIH packagings. Hazardous materials span a wide range of toxicity and there are many parameters used to characterize toxicity; for any given hazardous material, data are not available for all of the possible toxicity parameters. Therefore, it was necessary to select a toxicity criterion to characterize all of the PIH compounds (a value of the criterion was derived from other parameters in many cases) and to calculate their dispersion in the event of a release resulting from a transportation accident. Methodologies which account for material toxicity and dispersal characteristics were developed as a major portion of this project and applied to 72 PIH materials. This report presents details of the PIH material toxicity comparisons, calculation of their dispersion, and their classification into five severity categories. 16 refs., 5 figs., 7 tabs.

  1. Extended liner performance for hydrodynamics and material properties experiments

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    Reinovsky, R E

    2001-01-01

    Summary form only given, as follows. Over the last few years a new application for high performance pulsed power, the production of high energy density environments for the study of material properties under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics in complex geometries has joined the traditional family of radiation source applications. The newly commissioned Atlas pulsed power system at Los Alamos has replaced its predecessor, Pegasus, and joined the Shiva Star system at AFRL, Albuquerque and a variety of flux compression systems, principally at the All Russian Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Physics (VNIIEF) as ultra high current drivers for the high precision, magnetically imploded, near-solid density liner that is used to create the needed environments. Three families of experiments: the production of ultra strong shocks (>10 Mbar), the production of strongly coupled plasmas by liner compression of an initially dense plasma of a few eV temperature, and the compression of a magnetized plasma for ...

  2. THERMAL PERFORMANCE OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PACKAGES IN TRANSPORT CONFIGURATION

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    Gupta, N.

    2010-03-04

    Drum type packages are routinely used to transport radioactive material (RAM) in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) complex. These packages are designed to meet the federal regulations described in 10 CFR Part 71. The packages are transported in specially designed vehicles like Safe Secure Transport (SST) for safety and security. In the transport vehicles, the packages are placed close to each other to maximize the number of units in the vehicle. Since the RAM contents in the packagings produce decay heat, it is important that they are spaced sufficiently apart to prevent overheating of the containment vessel (CV) seals and the impact limiter to ensure the structural integrity of the package. This paper presents a simple methodology to assess thermal performance of a typical 9975 packaging in a transport configuration.

  3. Materials Testing and Performance Optimization for the SAMURAI-TPC

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    Long, K. D.; Lynch, W. G.; Barney, J.; Chajecki, Z.; Estee, J.; Shane, R.; Tangwanchareon, S.; Tsang, M. B.; Yurkon, J.

    2012-10-01

    The SAMURAI time-projection chamber (TPC) will be used to make measurements of pion spectra from heavy ion collisions at RIBF in Japan. Such research provides an opportunity to study supra-saturation density neutron-rich matter in the laboratory, and is critical to understanding the structure of neutron stars. It will provide a complete, 3D picture of the ionization deposited in a gas volume, from which particle types and momenta can be determined. The gas-containment volume is composed of surfaces of aluminum and plastic, as well as halogen-free printed circuit board. During multiplication of the ionized electrons at the anode wire plane of the TPC, UV photons are produced. These cause unwanted discharges when they interact with oxidized aluminum surfaces, which have low work functions. This problem can be addressed by application of a suitable conductive paint or epoxy. Paints were investigated to insure they did not contain any materials capable of inhibiting the performance of the detector gas. These investigations were cross-checked by tests carried out using an existing BRAHMS-TPC. Details on these tests and the materials chosen will be shown. The design and optimization of the gating grid, used to limit data collection to triggered events, will also be discussed.

  4. Performance of paper mill sludges as landfill capping material

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    Moo-Young, H.K. Jr. [Lehigh Univ., Bethlehem, PA (United States); Zimmie, T.F. [Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (United States)

    1997-12-31

    The high cost of waste containment has sparked interest in low cost and effective strategies of containing wastes. Paper mill sludges have been effectively used as the impermeable barrier in landfill covers. Since paper mill sludges are viewed as a waste material, the sludge is given to the landfill owner at little or no cost. Thus, when a clay soil is not locally available to use as the impermeable barrier in a cover system, paper sludge barriers can save $20,000 to $50,000 per acre in construction costs. This study looks at the utilization and performance of blended and primary paper sludge as landfill capping material. To determine the effectiveness of paper sludge as an impermeable barrier layer, test pads were constructed to simulate a typical landfill cover with paper sludge and clay as the impermeable barrier and were monitored for infiltration rates for five years. Long-term hydraulic conductivity values estimated from the leachate generation rates of the test pads indicate that paper sludge provides an acceptable hydraulic barrier.

  5. WSe2 nanoribbons: new high-performance thermoelectric materials.

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    Chen, Kai-Xuan; Luo, Zhi-Yong; Mo, Dong-Chuan; Lyu, Shu-Shen

    2016-06-28

    In this work, for the first time, we systematically investigate the ballistic transport properties of WSe2 nanoribbons using first-principles methods. Armchair nanoribbons with narrow ribbon width are mostly semiconductive but the zigzag nanoribbons are metallic. Surprisingly, an enhancement in thermoelectric performance is discovered moving from monolayers to nanoribbons, especially armchair ones. The maximum room-temperature thermoelectric figure of merit of 2.2 for an armchair nanoribbon is discovered. This may be contributed to by the effects of the disordered edges, owing to the existence of dangling bonds at the ribbon edge. H-passivation has turned out to be an effective way to stabilize the edge atoms, which enhances the thermodynamic stability of the nanoribbons. In addition, after H-passivation, all of the armchair nanoribbons exhibit semiconductive properties with similar band gaps (∼1.3 eV). Our work provides instructional theoretical evidence for the application of armchair WSe2 nanoribbons as promising thermoelectric materials. The enhancement mechanism of the disordered edge effect can also encourage further exploration to achieve outstanding thermoelectric materials.

  6. OCRWM SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM MATERIALS PERFORMANCE TARGETED THRUST FACT SHEET

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    DOE

    2005-10-06

    In severe corrosive or abrasive environments, steel is rarely used since the range of properties available, in existing steels, are insufficient, resulting in the prevalent usage of either corrosion resistant materials like nickel based superalloys or abrasion resistant materials like tungsten carbide based hardmetals. Recently, a host of carbide based alloys including WC-Co-Cr, NiCr-Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}, WC-Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-Ni etc. have been developed in an attempt to bridge the gap between providing both wear and corrosion protection. In this presentation, data will be presented showing how a newly developed steel coating, SAM2X5, with an amorphous/nanocomposite structure can bridge the gap between conventional metallic alloys and ceramic hardmetal performance with excellent combinations of properties including corrosion resistance superior to nickel superalloys in a number of environments and wear resistance approaching that of tungsten carbide cobalt. The unique combination of damage tolerance developed should be especially applicable for the replacement of electrolytic hard chromium.

  7. Preparation of PVDF/TiO_2 Electrospun Membranes and its Application as Separators for Lithium-ion Batteries

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    2007-01-01

    1 Results Microporous PVDF-based membranes could be used as polymer matrix due to its good ionic conductivity and high electrochemical stability in the organic electrolyte[1,2].Fig.1 SEM image of PVDF/TiO2 membraneIt was reported that the ionic conductivity of microporous PVDF-based membranes could be improved by filling with Al2O3 nanoparticles[3].In this paper,electrospinning was employed to prepare microporous PVDF/TiO2 membranes and tetrabutyl titanate was used as original source of TiO2 to improve...

  8. Dielectric Behavior of BaTiO3/PVDF Nanocomposites In-situ Synthesized by the Sol-Gel Method

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    DONG Li-jie; XIONG Chuan-xi; CHEN Juan; NAN Ce-wen

    2004-01-01

    BaTiO3/ PVDF nanocomposites were prepared via in-situ growth of nanosized BaTiO3 particlesin PVDF matrix by using the solgel method. The present elements of BaTiO3/ PVDF nanocomposites were ana-lyzed by an electron probe X-ray microanalyser. Nanosized BaTiO3 grown in the composite films was characterizedby an X-ray diffractometer and a transmission electron microscope, and the dielectric properties of the compositefilms were measured. The distribution of BaTiO3 nanoparticles in-situ grown in the PVDF matrix was examined us-ing a scanning electron microscope.

  9. A new pozzolan for high performance cementitious materials

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    de Gutiérrez, R. M.

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents results on the physical and chemical properties of metakaolinite, MK which is prepared by dehydroxylation of high quality kaolinite. The properties of Portland cement mortars blended with MK additions up to 50% are investigated. These properties are compressive strength, pore size distribution, resistance to the penetration of water and chloride ions and corrosion performance of steels embedded in the mortar. The optimum replacement of ordinary Portland cement (OPC with MK to obtain high strength concrete is about 20%, but it is possible to use a higher percent in order to achieve the best durability properties and strength similar to the control mixture. There is a significant decrease in average pore size with an increase in MK replacement. Metakaolinite is able to bind chloride ions to produce Friedel's salt (SF, which can be considered as the main cause of the lower chloride penetration in portland cement mortars blended with MK addition. This chemical binding capacity was proved by XRD. In general, the test results indicate that the MK is a highly pozzolanic material and can be used as a supplementary cementing material in order to produce a high-performance concrete especially for use in aggressive environments. Such as, thawing salts and dew of the sea.

    Este artículo reporta los resultados de las propiedades físicas y químicas de un producto denominado metacaolín, MK; que fue preparado a partir del tratamiento térmico controlado de una caolinita de alta pureza. Se discuten las propiedades de morteros de cemento adicionados con MK en porcentajes hasta del 50%. Las propiedades investigadas corresponden a la resistencia a la compresión, la distribución del tamaño de poros, la resistencia a la penetración del agua y los iones cloruro y el comportamiento a la corrosión de barras de acero de refuerzo embebidas en este material. Se concluye que para alcanzar un hormigón de alta resistencia se requiere un

  10. Electrochemical performances of BSCF cathode materials for composite electrolyte LTSOFC

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    Sun, X.L.; Li, S.; Sun, J.C. [Dalian Maritime Univ., Dalian (China). Inst. of Materials and Technology; Zhu, B. [Royal Inst. of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden). Dept. of Chemical Engineering]|[Dalian Maritime Univ., Dalian (China). Inst. of Materials and Technology

    2006-07-01

    The high temperature of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) places high demands on the electrolytes and cathode materials used within them. A reduction in the operating temperatures of the SOFC may lead to improvements in sealing and corrosion problems and improve their long-term stability. However, performance of the SOFC may be negatively impacted due to an unavoidable increase in the oxygen reduction reaction in the cathode. This study investigated the use of BSCF on low temperature SOFCs. In an experiment, BSCF precursor powders were prepared using the sol-gel method. Cell assembly and tests were performed from the cell of a nickel and samaria-doped ceria carbonate/BSCF-Ag. The perovskite structure of the BSCF was characterized by X-ray diffraction. Results showed that the powder could be crystallized well after calcination. The morphology of the BSFC powder from a scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis was demonstrated. Some agglomerates were observed. A characterization of the fuel cell showed that the open circuit voltage was higher when the temperature decreased. Maximum power density was 452.6 mW/cm{sup 2} and 540.1 mW/cm{sup 2}. Short circuit currents of 1619 mA/cm{sup 2} and 1604 mA/cm{sup 2} were obtained at 450 degrees C and 500 degrees C respectively. The maximum power density of the fuel cell increased with increases in temperature. It was concluded that the power density of the fuel cell using the BSCF cathode was satisfactorily high for low temperature SOFCs. Further research is needed to improve the fuel cell performance when thinner electrolytes are used. 4 refs., 3 figs.

  11. Surface modification of poly(vinylidene fluoride) membrane with hydrophilic and anti-fouling performance via a two-step polymerization

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    Chen, Gui-E; Sun, Li; Huang, Hui-Hong; Liu, Yan-Jun [Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai (China); Xu, Zhen-Liang; Yang, Hu [East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai (China)

    2015-12-15

    The surface modification of poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membrane was performed via a two-step polymerization reactions. Poly (acrylic acid) (PAAc) was first grafted onto the membrane surface for the preparation of PVDF-g-PAAc membrane, and then poly (ethylene glycol) 200 (PEG 200) was immobilized on the membrane surface by the esterification reaction for the fabrication of PVDF-g-PEGA membrane. Attenuated total reflectance (ATR) FTIR, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and protein adsorption, water flux, water content and dynamic contact angle were conducted to characterize the structures and performance of the resultant PVDF membranes. The experimental results showed that the adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA) on the PVDF-g-PEGA membrane decreased about 80% when the grafting ratio reached to 15 wt%, compared with the pristine PVDF membrane. Moreover, the water contact angle of the membrane dropped to 60.5o, while the membrane pore sizes remained little changed.

  12. Surface modification of PVDF hollow fiber membrane and its application in membrane aerated biofilm reactor (MABR).

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    Hou, Feifei; Li, Baoan; Xing, Minghao; Wang, Qin; Hu, Liang; Wang, Shichang

    2013-07-01

    A novel composite hollow fiber membrane for membrane aerated biofilm rector (MABR) was prepared by coating L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) on the surface of PVDF membrane. MABR process study was conducted to test the performances of the original and modified membranes for 166 days. The results indicate that coated membrane showed 2 times higher gas flux, lower water contact angle (declined from 86.5° to 52°), and significantly improved surface roughness. The modified membrane displayed an excellent MABR performance. Its COD, NH4(+)-N and TN removal efficiencies were kept above 90%, 98.8% and 84.2% during the first 4-month experiment. By tracking experiment at 0.01 MPa, to achieve COD removal efficiency of 85.9%, half an hour is required with the modified membrane, instead of 6h using the original one. Besides, faster NH4(+)-N and TN removal at 0.01 MPa were also achieved with DOPA composite membrane. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Sensitivity and performance of azole-based energetic materials.

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    Yu, Zijun; Bernstein, Elliot R

    2013-10-24

    Imidazole, pyrazole, 1,2,3-triazole-, 1,2,4-triazole-, and tetrazole-based energetic materials are theoretically investigated by employing density functional theory (DFT). Heats of formation (ΔfH(0)'s) for the studied compounds (298 K) in the gas phase are determined at the B3P86/6-311G (d, p) theory level through isodesmic reactions. The bond dissociation energies (BDEs) corresponding to NO2, NH2, CH3, and Cl removal from carbon or nitrogen positions of the azole ring are also calculated at the B3P86/6-311G (d, p) theory level. The substituent effect of electron-withdrawing (NO2, Cl) and electron-donating (NH2, CH3) groups on the ΔfH(0)s and BDEs is discussed. Both electron-withdrawing groups and electron-donating groups (except the CH3 group) dramatically increase the ΔfH(0)s of these energetic materials when the substituent is at an N position on the azole ring. For substitution at a C atom on the azole ring, electron-withdrawing and electron-donating groups have different effects on the ΔfH(0)s for different azole compounds. A correlation is developed for this series of energetics between impact sensitivity h50% and the defined sensitivity index (SI): based on this empirical relationship and its extrapolation, the impact sensitivities of compounds for which experiments are not available are provided. The promising energetic compounds in each groups, which have potentially good energetic performance and low sensitivity, are 1-amino-2,4,5-trinitroimidazole, 1-amino-3,4,5-trinitropyrazole, 1,4-dinitro-1,2,3-triazole, 1,3-dinitro-1,2,4-triazole, and 1-nitrotetrazole.

  14. New MEA Materials for Improved DMFC Performance, Durability and Cost

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    Fletcher, James H. [University of North Florida; Campbell, Joseph L. [University of North Florida; Cox, Philip [University of North Florida; Harrington, William J. [University of North Florida

    2013-09-16

    Abstract Project Title: New MEA Materials for Improved DMFC Performance, Durability and Cost The University of North Florida (UNF)--with project partners the University of Florida, Northeastern University, and Johnson Matthey--has recently completed the Department of Energy (DOE) project entitled “New MEA Materials for Improved DMFC Performance, Durability and Cost”. The primary objective of the project was to advance portable fuel cell MEA technology towards the commercial targets as laid out in the DOE R&D roadmap by developing a passive water recovery MEA (membrane electrode assembly). Developers at the University of North Florida identified water management components as an insurmountable barrier to achieving the required system size and weight necessary to achieve the energy density requirements of small portable power applications. UNF developed an innovative “passive water recovery” MEA for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC) which provides a path to system simplification and optimization. The passive water recovery MEA incorporates a hydrophobic, porous, barrier layer within the cathode electrode, so that capillary pressure forces the water produced at the cathode through holes in the membrane and back to the anode. By directly transferring the water from the cathode to the anode, the balance of plant is very much simplified and the need for heavy, bulky water recovery components is eliminated. At the heart of the passive water recovery MEA is the UNF DM-1 membrane that utilizes a hydrocarbon structure to optimize performance in a DMFC system. The membrane has inherent performance advantages, such as a low methanol crossover (high overall efficiency), while maintaining a high proton conductivity (good electrochemical efficiency) when compared to perfluorinated sulfonic acid membranes such as Nafion. Critically, the membrane provides an extremely low electro-osmotic drag coefficient of approximately one water molecule per proton (versus the 2-3 for

  15. A high resolution PVDF (peizoelectric) film respiration sensor

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    Nakano, Katsuya; Fujita, Kento; Misaki, Shinya; Fujii, Hiroyuki; Johnston, Robert; Misaki, Yukinori

    2017-07-01

    Sensors used today for contact measurement of a subject's breathing work by measuring the inductance change in some film, piezoelectric or pyro-electric, used in the sensor. However, their use can increase stress and burden for patients because of the close proximity to the body that the sensors must be to operate. They must be applied directly to the patient's body by tape or adhesive paste. To address this problem and reduce subject stress and burden, it was decided to research development of a high resolution breathing sensor that could still function even while placed over the patient's clothes. This was achieved by developing a new PVDF piezoelectric film based sensor with an innovative configuration. Through the use of some simple amplification circuitry and processing the output signal, the high sensitivity breathing sensor developed was determined to be able to accurately measure a person's breathing. Also, due to the high sensitivity of the sensor, heart rate was also detectable revealing the possibility for simultaneous measurement of both breathing and heart rate.

  16. Materials integration for high-performance photovoltaics by wafer bonding

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    Zahler, James Michael

    The fundamental efficiency limit for state of the art triple-junction photovoltaic devices is being approached. By allowing integration of non-lattice-matched materials in monolithic structures, wafer bonding enables novel photovoltaic devices that have a greater number of subcells to improve the discretization of the solar spectrum, thus extending the efficiency limit of the devices. Additionally, wafer bonding enables the integration of non-lattice-matched materials with foreign substrates to confer desirable properties associated with the handle substrate on the solar cell structure, such as reduced mass, increased thermal conductivity, and improved mechanical toughness. This thesis outlines process development and characterization of wafer bonding integration technologies essential for transferring conventional triple-junction solar cell designs to potentially lower cost Ge/Si epitaxial templates. These epitaxial templates consist of a thin film of single-crystal Ge on a Si handle substrate. Additionally, a novel four-junction solar cell design consisting of non-lattice matched subcells of GaInP, GaAs, InGaAsP, and InGaAs based on InP/Si wafer-bonded epitaxial templates is proposed and InP/Si template fabrication and characterization is pursued. In this thesis the detailed-balance theory of the thermodynamic limiting performance of solar cell efficiency is applied to several device designs enabled by wafer bonding and layer exfoliation. The application of the detailed-balance theory to the novel four-junction cell described above shows that operating under 100 suns at 300 K a maximum efficiency of 54.9% is achievable with subcell bandgaps of 1.90, 1.42, 1.02, and 0.60 eV, a material combination achievable by integrating two wide-bandgap subcells lattice matched to GaAs and two narrow-bandgap subcells lattice matched to InP. Wafer bonding and layer transfer processes with sufficient quality to enable subsequent material characterization are demonstrated for both

  17. Comprehensive Creep and Thermophysical Performance of Refractory Materials

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    Ferber, M.K.; Wereszczak, A.; Hemrick, J.A.

    2006-06-29

    Furnace designers and refractory engineers recognize that optimized furnace superstructure design and refractory selection are needed as glass production furnaces are continually striving toward greater output and efficiencies. Harsher operating conditions test refractories to the limit, while changing production technology (such as the conversion to oxy-fuel from traditional air-fuel firing) can alter the way the materials perform [1-3]. Refractories for both oxy- and air-fuel fired furnace superstructures (see Fig. 1) are subjected to high temperatures that may cause them to creep excessively or subside during service if the refractory material is not creep resistant, or if it is subjected to high stress, or both. Furnace designers can ensure that superstructure structural integrity is maintained if the creep behavior of the refractory material is well understood and well represented by appropriate engineering creep models. Several issues limit the abilities of furnace designers to (1) choose the optimum refractory for their applications, (2) optimize the engineering design, or (3) predict the service mechanical integrity of their furnace superstructures. Published engineering creep data are essentially nonexistent for almost all commercially available refractories used for glass furnace superstructures. The limited data that do exist are supplied by the various refractory suppliers. Unfortunately, the suppliers generally have different ways of conducting their mechanical testing, and they interpret and report their data differently. This inconsistency makes it hard for furnace designers to draw fair comparisons between competing grades of candidate refractories. Furthermore, the refractory suppliers' data are often not available in a form that can be readily used for furnace design or for the prediction and design of long-term structural integrity of furnace superstructures. As a consequence, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Industrial Technology Program

  18. Study on properties of gel polymer electrolytes of PVDF-HFP%凝胶聚合物PVDF-HFP电解质膜的性能研究

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    芮含笑; 乔庆东; 李琪

    2012-01-01

    The lithium ion batteries are commercialized due to their shape versatility, flexibility, and lightness and can meet the demands of microelectronic industries. Poly (vinylidenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) is one of the most popular polymers for gel polymer electrolytes (GPE) because of its high ionic conductivity, good mechanical, thermal, interfacial, and electrochemical stabilities. In this paper, the progress and the composition of solid polymer electrolyte based on PVDF-HFP was reviewed briefly and the preparation technology of the polymer electrolyte was introduced. The influences on the properties of the polymer electrolyte were analyzed. The progress of modified the polymer electrolyte were discussed, including the modification of filler, plasticizer, polymer, . Copolymerization and blending technologies. The development of polymer electrolyte in the future was also suggested.%锂离子电池由于形状多样化、灵活性及轻便等优点而用于商业化生产,满足微型电子工业的需要,而偏氟乙烯和六氟丙烯的共聚物PVDF-HFP由于较高的电导率,较好的机械强度和热稳定性,优良的界面特性和电化学性能而被认为是最受欢迎的一种聚合物电解质.主要综述了PVDF-HFP固体电解质的组成、制备方法和进展,讨论了PVDF-HFP电解质的改性措施:填料改性、增塑剂改性、共聚共混改性及聚合物改性.对今后的发展方向作了简单展望.

  19. MOFabric: Electrospun Nanofiber Mats from PVDF/UiO-66-NH2 for Chemical Protection and Decontamination.

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    Lu, Annie Xi; McEntee, Monica; Browe, Matthew A; Hall, Morgan G; DeCoste, Jared B; Peterson, Gregory W

    2017-04-05

    Textiles capable of capture and detoxification of toxic chemicals, such as chemical-warfare agents (CWAs), are of high interest. Some metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) exhibit superior reactivity toward CWAs. However, it remains a challenge to integrate powder MOFs into engineered materials like textiles, while retaining functionalities like crystallinity, adsorptivity, and reactivity. Here, we present a simple method of electrospinning UiO-66-NH2, a zirconium MOF, with polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF). The electrospun composite, which we refer to as "MOFabric", exhibits comparable crystal patterns, surface area, chlorine uptake, and simulant hydrolysis to powder UiO-66-NH2. The MOFabric is also capable of breaking down GD (O-pinacolyl methylphosphonofluoridae) faster than powder UiO-66-NH2. Half-life of GD monitored by solid-state NMR for MOFabric is 131 min versus 315 min on powder UiO-66-NH2.

  20. Chitin nanowhisker (ChNW)-functionalized electrospun PVDF membrane for enhanced removal of Indigo carmine.

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    Gopi, Sreerag; Balakrishnan, Preetha; Pius, Anitha; Thomas, Sabu

    2017-06-01

    In this study, an active functional adsorbent membrane developed by combining both hydrophilic bio polymer filler such as chitin nanowhiskers (ChNW) which contains two functional groups and a hydrophobic polymer matrix such as polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) using electrospinning technique. Here ChNW were successfully extracted by excluding proteins and mineral and well characterized using FTIR, XRD, SEM and TEM. The optimized combination of PVDF/ChNW (15%:1%) membrane was fabricated and well characterized using SEM, water contact angle and FTIR spectroscopy. There was a remarkable difference in contact angle observed for PVDF/ChNW (22.72°) compared to neat PVDF (93.1°) membrane. Ultimately the membrane used for indigo carmine (IC) adsorption and an enhanced removal efficiency (88.9%) and adsorption capacity (72.6mgg(-1)) were observed compared to neat PVDF. In the future, the overall idea can make leads to various applications such as proteins, virus and hormones adsorption from the contaminated sources.

  1. Piezoelectric electrospun nanocomposite comprising Au NPs/PVDF for nerve tissue engineering.

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    Motamedi, Asma Sadat; Mirzadeh, Hamid; Hajiesmaeilbaigi, Fereshteh; Bagheri Khoulenjani, Shadab; Shokrgozar, Mohammad Ali

    2017-03-03

    In this study, gold nanoparticles/Polyvinylidenefluoride composite electrospun mat with enhanced piezoelectricity were fabricated and characterized. Gold colloidal nanoparticles (Au NPs) were prepared via laser ablation of metallic targets in liquid media. The active Q-switched Nd:YAG laser was used as an irradiation source. Then, PVDF (Polyvinylidenefluoride) was dissolved in Au NPs colloidal solution at 30% wt for the synthesis of Au NPs/PVDF composite nanofibers by electrospinning. The optical absorbance spectra of Au NPS and the polymeric solutions were obtained by the UV-Visible spectroscopy. Moreover, the morphology of Au NPS, nanostructures of fibers and diameter size distribution of nanofibers were analyzed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) and Transmitted Electron Microscopy (TEM) methods. The crystallinity and piezoelectricity of PVDF and Au NPs/PVDF composite nanofibers mats were measured by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) methods. Subsequently, in vitro cytocompatibility was evaluated by MTT assay and the attachment and morphology of PC-12 cells cultured on scaffolds were studied. It was found that laser ablated Au NPs can be used in electrospun nanofibers of PVDF with adequate structural properties and increase piezoelectricity of nanofibers which might be suitable for applying as nerve tissue engineering scaffolds. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  2. Improved antifouling properties of PVDF membranes modified with oppositely charged copolymer.

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    Shen, Xiang; Zhao, Yiping; Feng, Xia; Bi, Sixin; Ding, Wenbin; Chen, Li

    2013-01-01

    Biofouling resulting from the attachment of microorganisms communities to the membrane surface is the major obstacle for the widespread application of membrane technology. This work develops a feasible approach to prepare an anti-biofouling poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membrane. A copolymer that possessed oppositely charged groups was first synthesized via radical copolymerization with methyl methacrylate, 2-methacryloxy ethyltrimethyl ammonium chloride and 2-acrylamide-2-methyl propane sulphonic acid as monomers. The copolymer was blended with the PVDF powder to prepare the antifouling membrane via the immersed phase inversion method. The antifouling properties of the modified PVDF membrane were studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, water contact angle measurement, zeta-potential measurement, protein adsorption, microbial adhesion and filtration experiments. The modified PVDF membrane showed limited adsorption and adhesion of protein bovine serum albumin and microbes (Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae) with increasing copolymer concentration in the casting solution. The modified PVDF membrane exhibited excellent antibiofouling properties.

  3. CT/PVDF 超滤膜的制备与油水分离应用的研究%Production of CT/PVDF Ultrafiltration Membrane and Its Application to Oil-water Separation

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    区文仕; 张国庆; 袁晓娇; 苏攀

    2015-01-01

    以钙钛矿型粉末(CT powder)作为无机添加剂与聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)共混,采用相转换法合成了有机-无机共混超滤膜。利用平板错流超滤装置对超滤膜进行纯水通量、油水乳化液截留以及抗污染性能测试;通过扫描电子显微镜(SEM)观察了膜的表面形貌、断面结构和污染物分布情况;通过污水实验,测试CT/PVDF超滤膜的抗污染性能及自净性能。结果表明:当添加质量分数为1%CT powder时,可以较大地提高PVDF超滤膜的通量,减缓膜通量下降率,提高其抗污染性能和自净能力。且在油水分离实验中,渗透液水质,如浊度、油含量和化学需氧量等,均达国家排放标准。%The organic-inorganic blended ultrafiltration membrane is synthesized by the phase transforma-tion method, which mixed perovskite powder (CT powder) with polyvinylidene fluoride(PVDF).The pure water flux , oil rejection performance and antifouling property of ultrafiltration membrane were tested by the plate cross-flow ultrafiltration device .The surface morphology , cross-sectional morphology and the pollutants'distribution of membrane were detected by using scanning electron microscope ( SEM ) .The anti-fouling property and self-cleaning performance of CT/PVDF ultrafiltration membrane were tested by sewage experiments .The results show that adding 1%CT powder can greatly improve the flux of PVDF ultrafiltration membrane , slow down the rate of membrane flux decline and improve its anti-fouling prop-erty and self-purification .In the oil-water separation experiment , the quality of penetrating fluid , such as turbidity , oil content and chemical oxygen demand are up to national emission standards .

  4. Modification of PVDF surface-patterned membranes with Ag doped TiO2%载银TiO2改性PVDF图案膜

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    文晨; 郭威丽

    2014-01-01

    The PVDF/AgTNT flat membrane and patterned membrane were prepared by phase-inversion method with Ag doped TiO2 nanotubes added in the PVDF casting solution. The microstructure, hydrophilic, antifouling and anti-biofouling ability of this patterned membrane were studied by SEM, contact angle test, filtering experiment and anti-biofouling experiment. The results showed that the separation performance, hydrophilic, antifouling and anti-biofouling ability of the PVDF/AgTNT patterned membrane were improved due to the addition of AgTNT. The pure water flux increased by 70%. The contact angle had a largest decline of 67.7º. The patterned membrane′s Rir declined 37.8% for HA. The static adsorption experiment showed that the patterned membranes′ adsorption amount for HA decreased by 42.3%, and the absorption rate increased by 25.1%.%将载银TiO2纳米管(AgTNT)均匀分散在聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)铸膜液中,利用相转化法制备PVDF/AgTNT平板膜和负载图案的平板膜,通过扫描电子显微镜(SEM)、接触角测定、过滤实验和抑菌实验等研究其微结构、亲水性、抗污染性和抑菌性等性能.结果表明,负载图案的PVDF/AgTNT平板膜的分离性能、亲水性、抗污染性和抑菌性都得到了改善,纯水通量增幅达70%,接触角下降明显,最大降幅为67.7º;图案膜过滤HA的不可逆污染阻力下降了37.8%;静态吸附实验表明,图案膜对HA的吸附有显著的下降,吸附量降幅为42.3%,解吸率上升了25.1%.

  5. Approaches for Making High Performance Polymer Materials from Commodity Polymers

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    Xu Xi

    2004-01-01

    A brief surrey of ongoing research work done for improving and enhancing the properties of commodity polymers by the author and author's colleagues is given in this paper. A series of high performance polymers and polymer nanomaterials were successfully prepared through irradiation and stress-induced reactions of polymers and hydrogen bonding. The methods proposed are viable, easy in operation, clean and efficient.1. The effect of irradiation source (UV light, electron beam, γ -ray and microwave), irradiation dose, irradiation time and atmosphere etc. on molecular structure of polyolefine during irradiation was studied. The basic rules of dominating oxidation, degradation and cross-linking reactions were mastered. Under the controlled conditions, cross-linking reactions are prevented, some oxygen containing groups are introduced on the molecular chain of polyolefine to facilitate the interface compatibility of their blends. A series of high performance polymer materials: u-HDPE/PA6,u-HDPE/CaCO3, u-iPP/STC, γ-HDPE/STC, γ-LLDPE/ATH, e-HDPE, e-LLDPE and m-HDPEfilled system were prepared (u- ultraviolet light irradiated, γ- γ-ray irradiated, e- electron beam irradiated, m- microwave irradiated)2. The effect of ultrasonic irradiation, jet and pan-milling on structure and changes in properties of polymers were studied. Imposition of critical stress on polymer chain can cause the scission of bonds to form macroradicals. The macroradicals formed in this way may recombine or react with monomer or other radicals to form linear, branched or cross-linked polymers or copolymers. About 20 kinds of block/graft copolymers have been synthesized from polymer-polymer or polymer-monomer through ultrasonic irradiation.Through jet-milling, the molecular weight of PVC is decreased somewhat, the intensity of its crystalline absorption bonds becomes indistinct. The processability, the yield strength, strength at break and elongation at break of PVC get increased quite a lot after

  6. Tri-bore PVDF hollow fibers with a super-hydrophobic coating for membrane distillation

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    Lu, Kang-Jia

    2016-04-26

    Membranes with good mechanical strength, high vapor flux and outstanding anti-wetting properties are essential for membrane distillation (MD) applications. In this work, porous polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) tri-bore hollow fiber membranes with super-hydrophobicity are developed to achieve these desired properties. The tri-bore hollow fiber offers better mechanical strength than the conventional single-bore fiber. To improve its anti-wetting properties, Teflon® AF 2400 is coated on the membrane surface. The effects of coating on membrane morphology, performance and anti-wetting properties have been thoroughly investigated. With an optimal coating condition (0.025 wt% of Teflon® AF 2400, 30 s), a super-hydrophobic surface with a contact angle of 151o is achieved. The resultant membrane shows an increase of 109% in liquid entry pressure (LEP) with a slight sacrifice of 21% in flux. Long term direct contact MD tests have confirmed that the Teflon® AF 2400 coated membrane has enhanced stability with an average flux of 21 kg m-2 h-1 and rejection of 99.99% at 60 °° C for desalination application.

  7. Materials Design for Joinable, High Performance Aluminum Alloys

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    Glamm, Ryan James

    An aluminum alloy compatible with friction stir welding is designed for automotive and aerospace structural applications. Current weldable automotive aluminum alloys do not possess the necessary strength to meet safety standards and therefore are not able to replace steel in the automotive body. Significant weight savings could be achieved if steel components are replaced with aluminum. Current aerospace alloys are not weldable, requiring machining of large pieces that are then riveted together. If an aerospace alloy could be friction stir welded, smaller pieces could be welded, reducing material waste. Using a systems approach for materials design, property goals are set from performance objectives. From previous research and computational predictions, a structure is designed for a prototype alloy containing dynamic precipitates to readily dissolve and re-precipitate and high stability precipitates to resist dissolution and coarsening in the weld region. It is found that a Ag modified Al-3.9Mg-0.04Cu (at. %) alloy enhanced the rate and magnitude of hardening during ageing, both beneficial effects for dynamic precipitation. In the same alloy, ageing at 350°C results in hardening from Al 3(Sc,Zr) precipitates. Efforts to effectively precipitate both populations simultaneously are unsuccessful. The Al3(Sc,Zr) precipitation hardened prototype is friction stir processed and no weak zones are found in the weld hardness profile. An aerospace alloy design is proposed, utilizing the dual precipitate structure shown in the prototype. The automotive alloy is designed using a basic strength model with parameters determined from the initial prototype alloy analysis. After ageing to different conditions, the alloy is put through a simulated heat affected zone thermal cycle with a computer controlled induction heater. The aged samples lose hardness from the weld cycle but recover hardness from a post weld heat treatment. Atom probe tomography and transmission electron

  8. Characterisation and Modelling of Meshed Electrodes on Free Standing Polyvilylidene Difluoride (PVDF) Films for Enhanced Pyroelectric Energy Harvesting.

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    Zabek, Daniel; Taylor, John; Bowen, Chris

    2016-09-05

    Flexible pyroelectric energy generators provide unique features for harvesting temperature fluctuations which can be effectively enhanced using meshed electrodes that improve thermal conduction, convection and radiation into the pyroelectric. In this paper, thermal radiation energy is continuously harvested with pyroelectric free standing Polyvilylidene Difluoride (PVDF) films over a large number of heat heat cycles using a novel micro-sized symmetrical patterned meshed electrode. It is shown that, for the meshed electrode geometries considered in this work, the polarisation-field (P-E), current-field (I-E) characteristics and device capacitance are unaffected since the fringing fields were generally small; this is verified using numerical simulations and comparison with experimental measurements. The use of meshed electrodes has been shown to significantly improve both the open circuit voltage (16 V to 59 V) and closed-circuit current (9 nA to 32 nA). The pyroelectric alternating current (AC) is rectified for direct current (DC) storage and 30% reduction in capacitor charging time is achieved by using the optimum meshed electrodes. The use of meshed electrodes on ferroelectric materials provides an innovative route to improve their performance in applications such as wearable devices, novel flexible sensors and large scale pyroelectric energy harvesters.hese instructions give you guidelines for preparing papers for IEEE Transactions and Journals. Use this document as a template if you are using Microsoft Word 6.0 or later. Otherwise, use this document as an instruction set. The electronic file of your paper will be formatted further at IEEE. Paper titles should be written in uppercase and lowercase letters, not all uppercase. Avoid writing long formulas with subscripts in the title; short formulas that identify the elements are fine (e.g., "Nd-Fe-B"). Do not write "(Invited)" in the title. Full names of authors are preferred in the author field, but are not

  9. Correlation between structure, doping and performance of thermoelectric materials

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    2014-01-01

    Thermoelectric materials can convert thermal energy into electrical energy and vice-versa. They are widely used in energy harvesters, thermal sensors, and cooling systems. However, the low efficiency and high cost of the known material compositions limit their widespread utilization in electricity generation applications. Therefore, there is a strong interest in identifying new thermoelectric materials with high figure of merit. In response to this need, this dissertation works on the synthes...

  10. Thermo-mechanical properties of mixed-matrix membranes encompassing zeolitic imidazolate framework-90 and polyvinylidine difluoride: ZIF-90/PVDF nanocomposites

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    Flyagina, Irina S.; Mahdi, E. M.; Titov, Kirill; Tan, Jin-Chong

    2017-08-01

    Mixed-matrix membranes are contemporary nanocomposite materials with many potential applications, from liquid and gas separations to chemical sensors and biomedicine. We report fabrication of a metal-organic framework (MOF)-based nanocomposite, combining polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) polymer as the matrix and ZIF-90 nanocrystals of up to 30 wt. % filler content. The focus is to establish the processing—microstructure—mechanical property relationships. We reveal the importance for quantifying salient effects of the filler contents: (i) tensile strength degrades beyond 10 wt. % and (ii) mechanical toughness declines due to membrane embrittlement. These are vital mechanical aspects but widely overlooked in the emergent field of MOF membranes and composites.

  11. Chinese RE Performance Materials on the Fast Developing Way (Continued)

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    2006-01-01

    @@ (2) Other Magnetic Materials RE Giant Magnetostrictive Materials (GMM) Research of GMM in China started since 1980s but developed rapidly. The products can be produced in batches today. However, application of such materials in apparatus is laggard than developed countries. GMM materials are mainly applied in step motors, linear actuators, ultrasonic systems,sonar systems, valves, precise controls, active vibration damping etc. It is estimated that the near 10 years will be the fast developing period of global GMM market. Global production of GMM rnaterials during 1989 to 2005 is listed in Table 3.

  12. The application and development foreground of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)and its composite nanofibers by electrospinning%静电纺丝法制备聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)及其复合纳米纤维的应用与发展前景

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    朱丹华; 王文利; 李志平; 余坤明; 陈晶

    2016-01-01

    聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)机械强度高、耐辐射性好且具良好的化学稳定性,在诸多领域有着广泛的应用.当其尺度达到纳米级时,其纳米材料具有更多优异的性能.静电纺丝技术是一种制备纳米纤维的简单有效的方法,目前已成功制备出多种不同种类的纳米纤维,在制备功能性纳米纤维方面也取得了显著成果.本文综述了近几年电纺法制备的PVDF及其复合纳米纤维材料在医学、环境工程、电工电气及纺织领域的应用现状;指出静电纺PVDF及其复合纳米纤维面临的问题及发展前景.%Polyvinylidene fluoride has been widely used in many areas because of its high mechanical strength, radiation resistance and nice chemical stability.PVDF nanofibers will have more excellent performance when the scale of PVDF is nanometer.Electrospinning is a simple and effective method to weave nanofibers.At present, electrospinning has successfully weaved kinds of nanofibers and composite nanofibers.This paper summarized the application situation of PVDF and its composite nanofibers by electrospinning when they were used in medi-cine,environmental engineering,electrical and textile fields.Pointing out the problems of nanofibers during use and their development foreground were discussed.

  13. Coronary Stent Materials and Coatings: A Technology and Performance Update.

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    O'Brien, Barry; Zafar, Haroon; Ibrahim, Ahmad; Zafar, Junaid; Sharif, Faisal

    2016-02-01

    This paper reviews the current state of the art for coronary stent materials and surface coatings, with an emphasis on new technologies that followed on from first-generation bare metal and drug-eluting stents. These developments have been driven mainly by the need to improve long term outcomes, including late stent thrombosis. Biodegradable drug-eluting coatings aim to address the long term effects of residual durable polymer after drug elution; the SYNERGY, BioMatrix, and Nobori stents are all promising devices in this category, with minimal polymer through the use of abluminal coatings. Textured stent surfaces have been used to attached drug directly, without polymer; the Yukon Choice and BioFreedom stents have some promising data in this category, while a hydroxyapatite textured surface has had less success. The use of drug-filled reservoirs looked promising initially but the NEVO device has experienced both technical and commercial set-backs. However this approach may eventually make it to market if trials with the Drug-Filled Stent prove to be successful. Non-pharmacological coatings such as silicon carbide, carbon, and titanium-nitride-oxide are also proving to have potential to provide better performance than BMS, without some of the longer term issues associated with DES. In terms of biological coatings, the Genous stent which promotes attachment of endothelial progenitor cells has made good progress while gene-eluting stents still have some practical challenges to overcome. Perhaps the most advancement has been in the field of biodegradable stents. The BVS PLLA device is now seeing increasing clinical use in many complex indications while magnesium stents continue to make steady advancements.

  14. Alternating magnetic field heat behaviors of PVDF fibrous mats filled with iron oxide nanoparticles

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    Jinu Kim

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available To study the magnetic heat behaviors, iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs and the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF fibrous mats filled with IONPs were prepared by using coprecipitaion method and the electrospinning technique. The synthesized IONPs exhibited a magnetization of about 72 emu/g with average diameter of about 10 nm. The magnetizations of PVDF fibrous mats filled with IONPs showed 2.6 emu/g, 5.5 emu/g and 9.9 emu/g for 5 wt.%, 10 wt.% and 20 wt.% IONPs concentration, respectively. The heat of the magnetic fibrous mats were measured under various alternating magnetic fields (90, 128, and 167 Oe, frequencies (190, 250 and 355 kHz. The maximum saturated temperature showed up to 62 °C for 20 wt.% IONPs filled in PVDF fibrous mat under 167 Oe and 355 kHz.

  15. Alternating magnetic field heat behaviors of PVDF fibrous mats filled with iron oxide nanoparticles

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    Kim, Jinu; Choi, Jung-Su; Yang, Heejae; Ko, Frank K.; Kim, Ki Hyeon

    2016-05-01

    To study the magnetic heat behaviors, iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) and the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) fibrous mats filled with IONPs were prepared by using coprecipitaion method and the electrospinning technique. The synthesized IONPs exhibited a magnetization of about 72 emu/g with average diameter of about 10 nm. The magnetizations of PVDF fibrous mats filled with IONPs showed 2.6 emu/g, 5.5 emu/g and 9.9 emu/g for 5 wt.%, 10 wt.% and 20 wt.% IONPs concentration, respectively. The heat of the magnetic fibrous mats were measured under various alternating magnetic fields (90, 128, and 167 Oe), frequencies (190, 250 and 355 kHz). The maximum saturated temperature showed up to 62 °C for 20 wt.% IONPs filled in PVDF fibrous mat under 167 Oe and 355 kHz.

  16. PTC/NTC Behavior of PVDF Composites Filled with GF and CF

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    WANG Xin-lei; ZHANG Guo; LI Ji-xin; LI Zhuo-shi; LIU Zhan-fang; LIU Xiu-qi

    2008-01-01

    Conductive polyvinylidene fluoride(PVDF) matrix composites filled with graphited fiber(GF) or carbon fiber(CF) were prepared by the melt-mixing method.The breakage and length distribution of the fibers in the polymer matrix were studied by scanning electron microscope(SEM) and optical microscope(OM) observations,respectively.The differences in the positive temperature coefficient(PTC) effects of the composites were mainly attributed to inter-fiber contact ability.The elimination of the negative temperature coefficient(NTC) effect for CF/PVDF composite was because of an increase in the viscosity of the polymer matrix.With the same filler content,CF could be more effective,to eliminate the NTC effect when compared with GF.Addition of 2% CF(mass fraction) in the PVDF composite with 7% GF(mass fraction) could effectively eliminate the NTC phenomenon of the composite.

  17. Desenvolvimento de um acelerometro em PVDF e sua aplicação a sistemas vibratorios

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    Carlos Minor Tomiyoshi

    1994-01-01

    Resumo:O nível de voltagem gerado pelo acelerômetro em PVDF foi utilizado como parâmetro referencial para verificação da conformidade de sistemas mecânicos, de modo simples e direto. 0 método desenvolvido foi baseado em um novo tipo de acelerômetro, de concepção original, composto por duas películas piezelétricas em PVDF (Polyvinylidene Fluoride) e massa líquida (mercúrio) como elemento excitador. O acelerômetro em PVDF funcionou como um componente binário (on/off), para indicar se o nível de...

  18. Clarification of Orange Press Liquors by PVDF Hollow Fiber Membranes

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    Silvia Simone

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Press liquors are typical by-products of the citrus juice processing characterized by a high content of organic compounds and associated problems of environmental impact, which imply high treatment costs. However, these wastes contain a great number of health promoting substances, including fibers, carotenoids and phenolic compounds (mainly flavonoids, whose recovery against waste-destruction technologies is very attractive for new business opportunities. In this work, the clarification of orange press liquor by using microfiltration (MF membranes is studied as a preliminary step to obtain a permeate stream enriched in antioxidant compounds which can be further processed to produce extracts of nutraceutical and/or pharmaceutical interest. MF poly(vinylidene fluoride (PVDF hollow fibers were prepared by the dry/wet spinning technique. A series of fibers was produced from the same polymeric dope, in order to investigate the effect of selected spinning parameters, i.e., bore fluid composition and flowrate, on their properties. The morphology of the produced fibers was analyzed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM. Fibers were further characterized for their mechanical properties, porosity, bubble point, pore size distribution and pure water permeability (PWP. Some of the produced fibers exhibited high permeability (pure water permeability ~530 L/m2·h·bar, coupled to good mechanical resistance and pore size in the range of MF membranes. These fibers were selected and used for the clarification of press liquor from orange peel processing. In optimized operating conditions, the selected fibers produced steady-state fluxes of about 41 L/m2·h with rejections towards polyphenols and total antioxidant activity of 4.1% and 1.4%, respectively.

  19. Nanocellular polymer foams as promising high performance thermal insulation materials

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    Liu, S.; Duvigneau, J.; Vancso, G.J.

    2015-01-01

    Low density, nanocellular polymer nanocomposite foams are considered as a promising new class of materials with many promising applications, for example to passively enhance the energy efficiency of buildings. This paper discusses recent developments in this field of polymer materials science. Parti

  20. Influence of Binder Adhesion Ability on the Performance of Silicon/Carbon Composite as Li-Ion Battery Anode

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    Kierzek, Krzysztof

    2016-06-01

    A series of anodes for Li-ion battery was prepared by conventional homogenization of active material, percolator, and Na-CMC or several kinds of PVDF as a binder. Si/C composite was synthesized by embedding micro-sized silicon and synthetic battery-grade graphite in a pitch-derived carbon matrix and taken as active material. Adhesion strength of anodic film to a current collector was determined by peeling test. Thermal relaxation (120-180 °C) after calendering of PVDF-based anode slightly increases the adhesion of the film to the collector. The highest peeling strength was recorded for ultrahigh molecular weight PVDF (~0.05 N cm-1) but without advantage for cycling stability of the cell. An initial reversible capacity of 512 mAh g-1, with average capacity decay only of 0.5% per cycle, was achieved for CMC-based anode of moderate peeling strength (~0.035 N cm-1). Such good performance was attributed to a specific Si/C composite structure as well as profitable physicochemical properties of the binder.

  1. Predicting the Performance of Edge Seal Materials for PV (Presentation)

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    Kempe, M.; Panchagade, D.; Dameron, A.; Reese, M.

    2012-03-01

    Edge seal materials were evaluated using a 100-nm film of Ca deposited on glass and laminated to another glass substrate. As moisture penetrates the package it converts the Ca metal to transparent CaOH2 giving a clear indication of the depth to which moisture has entered. Using this method, we have exposed test samples to a variety of temperature and humidity conditions ranging from 45C and 10% RH up to 85C and 85% RH, to ultraviolet radiation and to mechanical stress. We are able to show that edge seal materials are capable of keeping moisture away from sensitive cell materials for the life of a module.

  2. Adhesion strength characterization of PVDF/HA coating on cp Ti surface modified by laser beam irradiation

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    Ribeiro, A.A., E-mail: aantunesr@yahoo.com.br [Department of Polymer Technology, School of Chemical Engineering, State University of Campinas, UNICAMP, P.O. Box 6066, Campinas, SP 13083-970 (Brazil); Vaz, L.G. [Department of Dental Materials and Prosthodontics, Araraquara Dental School, UNESP, P.O. Box 331, Araraquara, SP 14801-903 (Brazil); Guastaldi, A.C. [Department of Physical Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, UNESP, P.O. Box 331, Araraquara, SP 14801-970 (Brazil); Campos, J.S.C. [Department of Polymer Technology, School of Chemical Engineering, State University of Campinas, UNICAMP, P.O. Box 6066, Campinas, SP 13083-970 (Brazil)

    2012-10-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Titanium substrates are superficially treated by laser beam irradiation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Treated titanium substrates are coated with {alpha}-PVDF and {alpha}-PVDF/HA films. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Three-point bending test is used to assess the adhesion strength of coatings. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The coatings show good physical adhesion on treated titanium substrates. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Three-point bending test appears as an alternative for measuring adhesion strength. - Abstract: Up to the moment, there is no standardized test for measuring the adhesion strength of polymeric coatings on titanium substrate modified by laser beam irradiation. The present work aimed to assess the adhesion strength of polyvinylidene fluoride ({alpha}-PVDF)/hydroxyapatite (HA) composite coating on commercially pure titanium ({alpha}-cp Ti) substrate surface modified by laser beam irradiation, using the three-point bending test. The preparation of coating was carried out by mixing {alpha}-PVDF pellets dissolved in dimethylacetamide (DMA) with HA/DMA emulsion. The mixture was poured onto the {alpha}-cp Ti sample and left to dry in an oven. Commercially pure titanium plates were coated with {alpha}-PVDF/HA composite film, in proportions of 100/00 (PVDF) and 60/40 (PVDF/HA) in weight. The Ti-PVDF/HA samples were subjected to the three-point bending test and analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. According to the results, PVDF and PVDF/HA coatings showed a good adhesion strength on {alpha}-cp Ti surface, since no detachment was observed.

  3. Surface Modification of Electrospun PVDF/PAN Nanofibrous Layers by Low Vacuum Plasma Treatment

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    Fatma Yalcinkaya

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanofibres are very promising for water remediation due to their high porosity and small pore size. Mechanical properties of nanofibres restrict the application of pressure needed water treatments. Various PAN, PVDF, and PVDF/PAN nanofibre layers were produced, and mechanical properties were improved via a lamination process. Low vacuum plasma treatment was applied for the surface modification of nanofibres. Atmospheric air was used to improve hydrophilicity while sulphur hexafluoride gas was used to improve hydrophobicity of membranes. Hydrophilic membranes showed higher affinity to attach plasma particles compared to hydrophobic membranes.

  4. Effect of 1.25 MeV gamma irradiation in alpha-phased PVDF

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    Aarya, Suveda; Siddhartha [Department of Physics, Faculty of Natural Science, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 110025 (India); Srivastava, A.K. [Department of Applied Science, Ideal Institute of Technology, Govindpuram, Ghaziabad 201003, UP (India); Saha, A. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Kolkata Center, III/LB-8 Bidhannagar, Kolkata 700098 (India); Wahab, M.A., E-mail: mawahab.physics@gmail.co [Department of Physics, Faculty of Natural Science, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 110025 (India)

    2009-11-15

    The radiation induced changes taking place in alpha-phased poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) films exposed to gamma rays were investigated in correlation with the applied doses. Samples were irradiated in vacuum at room temperature by a 1.25 MeV Co{sup 60} source with the doses in the range of 0-300 kGy. Optical and chemical properties of the irradiated as well as un-irradiated PVDF films were studied using UV-visible and FTIR techniques. Gamma irradiation was found to induce changes vary depending on the radiation dose.

  5. Nanostructured materials: A novel approach to enhanced performance. Final report

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    Korth, G.E.; Froes, F.H.; Suryanarayana, C. [Lockheed Idaho Technologies Co., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)] [and others

    1996-05-01

    Nanostuctured materials are an emerging class of materials that can exhibit physical and mechanical characteristics often exceeding those exhibited by conventional course grained materials. A number of different techniques can be employed to produce these materials. In this program, the synthesis methods were (a) mechanical alloying , (b) physical vapor deposition, and (c) plasma processing. The physical vapor deposition and plasma processing were discontinued after initial testing with subsequent efforts focused on mechanical alloying. The major emphasis of the program was on the synthesis, consolidation, and characterization of nanostructured Al-Fe, Ti-Al, Ti-Al-Nb, and Fe-Al by alloying intermetallics with a view to increase their ductilities. The major findings of this project are reported.

  6. The Influence of Instructional Materials on Academic Performance of ...

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    ... State through simple random sampling and stratified random sampling techniques. ... significant level while the Pearson product moment correlation coefficient at ... use of instructional materials generally improved students' understanding of ...

  7. The social-material performance of cozy interiority

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    Linnet, Jeppe Trolle

    2012-01-01

    Based on ethnographic observations and interviews in cafés in Copenhagen, and online descriptions in which users review their experience of cafés, this paper focuses on how materiality and sociality inter-relate to constitute a relaxed, pleasant sense of atmosphere: That which in Denmark as known...... as “hygge”. Specific attention is given to material structures and social practices that create a sense of interiority....

  8. Study on Performance and Mechanism of Oil Absorption Materials

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    韩梅; 吴兵; 李发生; 何绪文; 谷庆宝

    2001-01-01

    Both the commonly used and the PHBV based oil absorption materials were studied and the absorption mechanism was analyzed. The results show that the oil pick-up ratios and the absorption rates of molded PHBV are almost the same as that of oil absorption polypropylene felt. In addition, the oil-keeping ability of molded PHBV is superior to the latter. So the PHBV is a valuable and bio-degradable oil absorption material.

  9. Performance study of galactic cosmic ray shield materials

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    Kim, Myung-Hee Y.; Wilson, John W.; Thibeault, Sheila A.; Nealy, John E.; Badavi, Francis F.; Kiefer, Richard L.

    1994-01-01

    The space program is faced with two difficult radiation protection issues for future long-term operations. First, retrofit of shield material or conservatism in shield design is prohibitively expensive and often impossible. Second, shielding from the cosmic heavy ions is faced with limited knowledge on the physical properties and biological responses of these radiations. The current status of space shielding technology and its impact on radiation health is discussed herein in terms of conventional protection practice and a test biological response model. The impact of biological response on the selection of optimum materials for cosmic ray shielding is presented in terms of the transmission characteristics of the shield material. Although the systematics of nuclear cross sections are able to demonstrate the relation of exposure risk to shield-material composition, the current uncertainty in-nuclear cross sections will not allow an accurate evaluation of risk reduction. This paper presents a theoretical study of risk-related factors and a pilot experiment to study the effectiveness of choice of shield materials to reduce the risk in space operations.

  10. High-performance green semiconductor devices: materials, designs, and fabrication

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    Jung, Yei Hwan; Zhang, Huilong; Gong, Shaoqin; Ma, Zhenqiang

    2017-06-01

    From large industrial computers to non-portable home appliances and finally to light-weight portable gadgets, the rapid evolution of electronics has facilitated our daily pursuits and increased our life comforts. However, these rapid advances have led to a significant decrease in the lifetime of consumer electronics. The serious environmental threat that comes from electronic waste not only involves materials like plastics and heavy metals, but also includes toxic materials like mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and lead, which can leak into the ground and contaminate the water we drink, the food we eat, and the animals that live around us. Furthermore, most electronics are comprised of non-renewable, non-biodegradable, and potentially toxic materials. Difficulties in recycling the increasing amount of electronic waste could eventually lead to permanent environmental pollution. As such, discarded electronics that can naturally degrade over time would reduce recycling challenges and minimize their threat to the environment. This review provides a snapshot of the current developments and challenges of green electronics at the semiconductor device level. It looks at the developments that have been made in an effort to help reduce the accumulation of electronic waste by utilizing unconventional, biodegradable materials as components. While many semiconductors are classified as non-biodegradable, a few biodegradable semiconducting materials exist and are used as electrical components. This review begins with a discussion of biodegradable materials for electronics, followed by designs and processes for the manufacturing of green electronics using different techniques and designs. In the later sections of the review, various examples of biodegradable electrical components, such as sensors, circuits, and batteries, that together can form a functional electronic device, are discussed and new applications using green electronics are reviewed.

  11. PVDF-HFP/silica-SH nanocomposite synthesis for PEMFC membranes through simultaneous one-step sol–gel reaction and reactive extrusion

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    Seck, S. [Université de Lyon, Université Lyon 1, UMR CNRS 5223 Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères, IMP@Lyon1, Bât PolyTech, 15 Boulevard Latarjet, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Université de Lyon, INSA, UMR CNRS 5223 Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères IMP@INSA, Batîment Jules Verne, 17 avenue Jean Capelle, 69621 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Magana, S. [Université de Lyon, Université Lyon 1, UMR CNRS 5223 Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères, IMP@Lyon1, Bât PolyTech, 15 Boulevard Latarjet, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Prébé, A.; Niepceron, F. [Université de Lyon, Université Lyon 1, UMR CNRS 5223 Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères, IMP@Lyon1, Bât PolyTech, 15 Boulevard Latarjet, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Université de Lyon, INSA, UMR CNRS 5223 Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères IMP@INSA, Batîment Jules Verne, 17 avenue Jean Capelle, 69621 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); and others

    2015-08-01

    In this study, synthesis of thiol-functionalized silica/PVDF-HFP [poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene)] nanocomposite materials was carried out by reactive extrusion through in situ sol–gel reactions of an alkoxysilane inorganic precursor solution composed of polydimethoxysiloxane (PDMOS) and mercaptopropyltriethoxysilane (MPTES). Successful introduction of the functional MPTES and structural PDMOS alkoxysilanes, and subsequent condensation reactions in the PVDF-HFP, were obtained through pre-hydrolysis reactions of the precursors. {sup 29}Si-Nuclear magnetic resonance was used to assess the hydrolysis level of the inorganic precursor solution and condensation state in the resulting PVDF-HFP/functionalized silica nanocomposites, while the morphology was observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The hydrolysis-condensation reactions resulting in the inorganic phase were optimized by setting an appropriate R{sub 0} molar ratio (H{sub 2}O/alkoxy function), R{sub 1} molar ratio (MPTES/PDMOS) and pH of the solution. Increasing the R{sub 0} ratio barely affected the hydrolysis kinetics. However, a higher R{sub 1} ratio led to a decrease in the inorganic precursors condensation state and consequently to an increase in the reaction time in the extruder to reach the subsequent condensation state. Hence the morphology of the obtained nanocomposites was finer for the highest R{sub 1} ratio and in agreement with the evolution of the solubility parameters. Promising ionic exchange capacity (IEC) and conductivity values were obtained for these innovative nanocomposite materials thanks to a controlled oxidation reaction of the thiol groups into sulfonic acid functions. This original approach demonstrated the possibility of incorporating in situ functionalized silica into a molten fluorinated polymer matrix in a unique reactive extrusion procedure. - Highlights: • Thiol-functionalized silica/PVDF-HFP nanocomposite synthesis by sol–gel and extrusion.

  12. Materials Chemistry and Performance of Silicone-Based Replicating Compounds.

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    Brumbach, Michael T.; Mirabal, Alex James; Kalan, Michael; Trujillo, Ana B; Hale, Kevin

    2014-11-01

    Replicating compounds are used to cast reproductions of surface features on a variety of materials. Replicas allow for quantitative measurements and recordkeeping on parts that may otherwise be difficult to measure or maintain. In this study, the chemistry and replicating capability of several replicating compounds was investigated. Additionally, the residue remaining on material surfaces upon removal of replicas was quantified. Cleaning practices were tested for several different replicating compounds. For all replicating compounds investigated, a thin silicone residue was left by the replica. For some compounds, additional inorganic species could be identified in the residue. Simple solvent cleaning could remove some residue.

  13. PVDF-HFP基聚合物电解质膜的制备及性能表征%Preparation and characterization of PVDF-HFP-based polymer electrolyte

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    刘伯文; 王新东; 李建玲; 郭敏

    2009-01-01

    采用相转化法制备了PVDF-HFP基多孔聚合物电解质,研究了PVDF-HFP的溶解温度、溶剂用量以及非溶剂用量等因素对聚合物电解质性能的影响,分别采用交流阻抗法和稳态电流法测定了聚合物电解质膜的离子电导率和离子迁移数,并通过扫描电镜观察了多孔聚合物膜的表面形貌,研究表明,制备PVDF-HFP多孔聚合物电解质膜的合适条件为:溶胶温度50~60℃、溶胶时间2 h、溶剂与PVDF的质量比为9~11、非溶剂与PVDF的质量比为0.5~0.25.该条件下制得的多孔聚合物电解质膜的孔隙率达到70%左右、离子迁移数在0.3左右、室温离子电导率达到1.6×10-3 S·cm-1.

  14. The Microstructure and Performance of a Cement Matrix Composite Material

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    2002-01-01

    Through the DSC,XRD,SEM and other experimental methods,the microstructure characteristics of reactive powder concrete(RPC) are discussed.The results show that RPC has a super high performance because of its lower ratio of water-binder,high pack density,optimum hydration products mixture and being strengthened by steel fiber.The high performance results from the special hydration microstructure of RPC,and its super performance can be well explained by the centrum particle hypothesis.

  15. The Measurement of Temperature Gradients in a Soft Tissue Phantom using PVDF arrays: A Simulation Case Using the Finite Element Method (FEM)

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    Acevedo, Pedro; Vázquez, Mónica; Durán, Joel; Petrearce, Rodolfo

    A simulation case is presented using the Finite Element Method (FEM) to simulate the performance of PVDF arrays to measure temperature gradients through the determination of phase shifts, i.e. time shifts of the waveform of the echo due to a change in the speed of propagation of ultrasound as a result of a change in temperature, they can be interpreted as phase shifts in the frequency domain. Making it possible to determine the change in temperature from the phase shifts; in a medium of propagation previously characterized.

  16. High-Performance Fiber Compound Material to be Industrialized

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    James H.Zhao

    2008-01-01

    @@ Chinese top planner-State Development and Reform Commission,has decided to organize and coordinate an implementation of a special project for htgh tech industrialization of fiber-feinforced compound materials in 2008 up to 2009.The decision has recently been issued in its national circular(doc.3177,Yr.2007)to call for local enterprises to apply for this special project support.

  17. High performance of low cost soft magnetic materials

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    Josefina M Silveyra; Emília Illeková; Marco Coïsson; Federica Celegato; Franco Vinai; Paola Tiberto; Javier A Moya; Victoria J Cremaschi

    2011-12-01

    The consistent interest in supporting research and development of magnetic materials during the last century is revealed in their steadily increasing market. In this work, the soft magnetic nanocrystalline FINEMET alloy was prepared with commercial purity raw materials and compared for the first time with the generally studied high purity one. The exhaustive characterization covers several diverse techniques: X-ray diffraction, Mössbauer spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, differential thermal analysis and magnetic properties. In addition, a brief economic analysis is presented. For the alloys annealed at 813 K, the value of the grain size was 16 nm with 19.5% of Si, the coercivity was 0.30 A m-1 while the saturation was 1.2 T. These results prove that structural, magnetic and thermal properties of this material are very close to the expensive high purity FINEMET alloy, while a cost reduction of almost 98% seems highly attractive for laboratories and industry. The analysis should be useful not only for the production of FINEMETs, but for other type of systems with similar constitutive elements as well, including soft and hard magnetic materials.

  18. Performance evaluation of PRIDE UNDA system with pyroprocessing feed material.

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    An, Su Jung; Seo, Hee; Lee, Chaehun; Ahn, Seong-Kyu; Park, Se-Hwan; Ku, Jeong-Hoe

    2017-04-01

    The PRIDE (PyRoprocessing Integrated inactive DEmonstration) is an engineering-scale pyroprocessing test-bed facility that utilizes depleted uranium (DU) instead of spent fuel as a process material. As part of the ongoing effort to enhance pyroprocessing safeguardability, UNDA (Unified Non-Destructive Assay), a system integrating three different non-destructive assay techniques, namely, neutron, gamma-ray, and mass measurement, for nuclear material accountancy (NMA) was developed. In the present study, UNDA's NMA capability was evaluated by measurement of the weight, (238)U mass, and U enrichment of oxide-reduction-process feed material (i.e., porous pellets). In the (238)U mass determination, the total neutron counts for porous pellets of six different weights were measured. The U enrichment of the porous pellets, meanwhile, was determined according to the gamma spectrums acquired using UNDA's NaI-based enrichment measurement system. The results demonstrated that the UNDA system, after appropriate corrections, could be used in PRIDE NMA applications with reasonable uncertainty. It is expected that in the near future, the UNDA system will be tested with next-step materials such as the products of the oxide-reduction and electro-refining processes. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Mixed Matrix PVDF Membranes With in Situ Synthesized PAMAM Dendrimer-Like Particles: A New Class of Sorbents for Cu(II) Recovery from Aqueous Solutions by Ultrafiltration.

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    Kotte, Madhusudhana Rao; Kuvarega, Alex T; Cho, Manki; Mamba, Bhekie B; Diallo, Mamadou S

    2015-08-18

    Advances in industrial ecology, desalination, and resource recovery have established that industrial wastewater, seawater, and brines are important and largely untapped sources of critical metals and elements. A Grand Challenge in metal recovery from industrial wastewater is to design and synthesize high capacity, recyclable and robust chelating ligands with tunable metal ion selectivity that can be efficiently processed into low-energy separation materials and modules. In our efforts to develop high capacity chelating membranes for metal recovery from impaired water, we report a one-pot method for the preparation of a new family of mixed matrix polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes with in situ synthesized poly(amidoamine) [PAMAM] particles. The key feature of our new membrane preparation method is the in situ synthesis of PAMAM dendrimer-like particles in the dope solutions prior to membrane casting using low-generation dendrimers (G0 and G1-NH2) with terminal primary amine groups as precursors and epichlorohydrin (ECH) as cross-linker. By using a combined thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) and nonsolvent induced phase separation (NIPS) casting process, we successfully prepared a new family of asymmetric PVDF ultrafiltration membranes with (i) neutral and hydrophilic surface layers of average pore diameters of 22-45 nm, (ii) high loadings (∼48 wt %) of dendrimer-like PAMAM particles with average diameters of ∼1.3-2.4 μm, and (iii) matrices with sponge-like microstructures characteristics of membranes with strong mechanical integrity. Preliminary experiments show that these new mixed matrix PVDF membranes can serve as high capacity sorbents for Cu(II) recovery from aqueous solutions by ultrafiltration.

  20. Electroactive and High Dielectric Folic Acid/PVDF Composite Film Rooted Simplistic Organic Photovoltaic Self-Charging Energy Storage Cell with Superior Energy Density and Storage Capability.

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    Roy, Swagata; Thakur, Pradip; Hoque, Nur Amin; Bagchi, Biswajoy; Sepay, Nayim; Khatun, Farha; Kool, Arpan; Das, Sukhen

    2017-07-19

    Herein we report a simplistic prototype approach to develop an organic photovoltaic self-charging energy storage cell (OPSESC) rooted with biopolymer folic acid (FA) modified high dielectric and electroactive β crystal enriched poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) composite (PFA) thin film. Comprehensive and exhaustive characterizations of the synthesized PFA composite films validate the proper formation of β-polymorphs in PVDF. Significant improvements of both β-phase crystallization (F(β) ≈ 71.4%) and dielectric constant (ε ≈ 218 at 20 Hz for PFA of 7.5 mass %) are the twosome realizations of our current study. Enhancement of β-phase nucleation in the composites can be thought as a contribution of the strong interaction of the FA particles with the PVDF chains. Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars (MWS) interfacial polarization approves the establishment of thermally stable high dielectric values measured over a wide temperature spectrum. The optimized high dielectric and electroactive films are further employed as an active energy storage material in designing our device named as OPSESC. Self-charging under visible light irradiation without an external biasing electrical field and simultaneous remarkable self-storage of photogenerated electrical energy are the two foremost aptitudes and the spotlight of our present investigation. Our as fabricated device delivers an impressively high energy density of 7.84 mWh/g and an excellent specific capacitance of 61 F/g which is superior relative to the other photon induced two electrode organic self-charging energy storage devices reported so far. Our device also proves the realistic utility with good recycling capability by facilitating commercially available light emitting diode.

  1. PVDF-HFP-based porous polymer electrolyte membranes for lithium-ion batteries

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    Miao, Ruiying; Liu, Bowen; Zhu, Zhongzheng

    2008-01-01

    As a potential electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries, a porous polymer electrolyte membrane based on poly(vinylidenefluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) was prepared by a phase inversion method. The casting solution, effects of the solvent and non-solvent and addition of micron scale TiO2 par...

  2. Enchansing the Ionic Purity of Hydrophilic Channels by Blending Fully Sulfonated Graft Copolymers with PVDF Homopolymer

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    Nielsen, Mads Møller; Ching-Ching Yang, Ami; Jankova Atanasova, Katja

    2013-01-01

    The influence of tuning the ionic content of membranes by blending, as opposed to varying the degree of sulfonation, is evaluated. Membranes of fully sulfonated poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-chlorotrifluoroethylene)-g-poly(styrene sulfonic acid) blended with PVDF were prepared and investigated...

  3. MICROPOROUS PVDF-HFP-BASED POLYMER MEMBRANES FORMED FROM SUPERCRITICAL CO2 INDUCED PHASE SEPARATION

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    2008-01-01

    Microporous poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene)(PVDF-HFP)membranes following supercritical CO2 induced phase separation process were prepared using four solvents.The solid electrolytes of PVDF-HFP were formed by microporous PVDF-HFP membranes filled and swollen by a liquid electrolyte.The effect of the solvents on the morphology and structure,electrolyte absorptions and lithium ionic conductivity of the activated membranes were investigated.It was approved that all the membrane had the similar"sponge-like"and asymmetric structure when different solvent was used.As the mutual affinity between solvent and supercritical CO2 decreased,the membrane porosity and the average pore diameter increased.The PVDF-HFP membrane with porosity at 88% and pore size at 10 μm were successfully prepared.The uptake of electrolyte solution and lithium ionic conductivity could reach 487 wt% and 3.09×10-3 S/cm respectively for obtained membrane.

  4. PVDF-HFP凝胶型固体聚合物电解质改性研究进展%The Progress of Study on Solid Polymer Electrolytes of PVDF-HFP

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    戈明亮

    2007-01-01

    固体聚合物电解质具有质轻、安全、易加工等优点,在锂离子电池中具有巨大的应用价值.主要综述了以PVDF-HFP共聚物为基的聚合物电解质的研究工作,介绍了PVDF-HFP固体电解质的制备方法,主要讨论了PVDF-HFP电解质的改性措施,对今后的发展方向作了简单展望.

  5. Synthesis, characterization and study of the adsorption process of PVDF/clay nanocomposites films; Sintese, caracterizacao e estudo do processo de adsorcao de filmes de nanocompositos de PVDF/argila

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    Santos, Mirian C., E-mail: mirian@iq.unesp.br [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP) Araraquara, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica; Faria, Luiz A.S.; Zadorosny, Lincoln; Malmonge, Luiz F. [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP), Ilha Solteira, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Engenharia

    2015-07-01

    Films were prepared by means of solutions containing poly (vinylidene fluoride) - PVDF dissolved in N, N-dimethylformamide (DMF) and montmorillonite clay (K10) by Solution Blow Spinning (SBS) method. Clay particles were introduced as an additive to PVDF films. The structural and morphological films properties were investigated through the techniques Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), High - resolution Continuum Source Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (HR - CS AAS) and X Ray Diffraction (XRD). The concentrations of the solutions K10 clay/PVDF were analyzed to determine the adsorption capacity (Nf) via isotherms with different molar concentrations of metal ions. (author)

  6. Evaluation of nanoparticles in the performance of energetic materials

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    José Atílio Fritz Fidel Rocco

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available The addition of nanosized metal particles in propulsion systems such as solid and liquid propellants, hybrid propellant and ramjet motors has recently became a major focus of research. Significant increases in the burning velocity and in the specific impulse are some of the advantages of using nano-scale energetic materials in many different types of propulsion systems. Aluminum has been largely employed as a metallic additive in energetic materials, also in a recently new propulsion system (aluminum/ice propulsion, “Alice”, and some studies show that the advantages of using nanosized aluminum instead of microsized aluminum are facilitating the ignition of the systems and allowing better incorporation of the components in the formulations and improving its homogeneity. Some of the combustion processes that require high pressures and even higher temperatures can occur in moderate conditions due to the increase of the surface area of the reactants, in this case, the metallic additive.

  7. Corrosion performance of materials for advanced combustion systems

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    Natesan, K.; Yanez-Herrero, M.; Fornasieri, C.

    1993-12-01

    Conceptual designs of advanced combustion systems that utilize coal as a feedstock require high-temperature furnaces and heat transfer surfaces capable of operating at more elevated temperatures than those prevalent in current coal-fired power plants. The combination of elevated temperatures and hostile combustion environments necessitates development/application of advanced ceramic materials in these designs. This report characterizes the chemistry of coal-fired combustion environments over the wide temperature range that is of interest in these systems and discusses preliminary experimental results on several materials (alumina, Hexoloy, SiC/SiC, SiC/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, ZIRCONIA, INCONEL 677 and 617) with potential for application in these systems.

  8. Performance of the Cement Matrix Composite Material With Rubber Powder

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    SONG Shao-min; LIU Juan-hong; ZHANG Xi-qing

    2004-01-01

    The effect of the deferent rubber content substituted for fine aggregate on the mortar performancewas studied. The effects of the rubber coated with the coating materials on the mortar compressive strength, bendingstrength and impact work were discussed. The optimum rubber powder content and the suitable coating materialwere found. Through the electrical probe test- BEI, SEI and calcium ion distribution, and the slight crack and theinterface between the rubber and cement matrix are analyzed. The results show that the rubber powder coated withthe surface treatment materials A, B and C bas the capability of absorbing a large amount of energy under thecompressive and flexural load and the slight cracks of R- C were controlled and restrained.

  9. Performance-Enhancing Materials for Future Generation Explosives and Propellants

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    2012-05-25

    or sulfamic acid catalysts in alcohol with heat. An intermediate imine adduct characterized by x-ray crystallography was obtained as shown in Scheme...new energetic material that may find use as a propellant ingredient for minimum-smoke applications . Propellant manufacturers have expressed an... Application No. 2008/0045722 Al, Publication Date February 2008. II Paratosh, D.R., Duddu, R.G., Damavarapu, R., Gelber, N., Yang, K., Surapaneni, R

  10. Tethering of hyperbranched polyols using PEI as a building block to synthesize antifouling PVDF membranes

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    Wang, Xushan; Wang, Zihong; Wang, Zhe; Cao, Yu; Meng, Jianqiang

    2017-10-01

    Antifouling PVDF membranes were prepared by grafting hyperbranched polyols on the membrane surface via a three-step modification method. The membrane was first prepared by alkaline treatment to introduce alkenyl groups, then chemically immobilizing hyperbranched poly(ethyleneimine) (HPEI) on membrane surface through Michael reaction followed by ring opening reaction of the glycidol with amine groups. Chemical compositions, surface morphology and physicochemical properties of the original and modified membranes were characterized via attenuated total refection-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), water contact angle (WCA) and zeta potential measurements. The antifouling property of the modified membrane was assessed by the static bovine serum albumin (BSA) and lysozyme (LZM) adsorption as well as cross-flow filtration of BSA aqueous solution. The results explicate that surface modification using hyperbranched polymers can alter membrane chemistry and morphology significantly. In contrast to the original PVDF membrane, the modified membrane shows superhydrophilic property and relatively high capability to resist nonspecific protein adsorption. Three HPEIs were used for modification and the obtained PVDFA-g-PG60,000 membrane has a static BSA protein adsorption of 45 μg/cm2 and shows the highest protein resistance. However, the PVDF-g-PG membrane is positively charged due to the unreacted amine groups. As a result, the PVDF-g-PG membranes also show high flux decline during the filtration of BSA aqueous solution due to the electrostatic interaction. In spite of that, the PVDF-g-PG membranes still maintain high flux recovery ratio and good washing properties.

  11. High performance lithium insertion negative electrode materials for electrochemical devices

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    Channu, V.S. Reddy, E-mail: chinares02@gmail.com [SMC Corporation, College Station, TX 77845 (United States); Rambabu, B. [Solid State Ionics and Surface Sciences Lab, Department of Physics, Southern University and A& M College, Baton Rouge, LA 70813 (United States); Kumari, Kusum [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Warangal (India); Kalluru, Rajmohan R. [The University of Southern Mississippi, College of Science and Technology, 730 E Beach Blvd, Long Beach, MS 39560 (United States); Holze, Rudolf [Institut für Chemie, AG Elektrochemie, Technische Universität Chemnitz, D-09107 Chemnitz (Germany)

    2016-11-30

    Highlights: • LiCrTiO{sub 4} nanostructures were synthesized for electrochemical applications by soft chemical synthesis followed by annealing. • The presence of Cr and Ti elements are confirmed from the EDS spectrum. • Oxalic acid assisted LiCrTiO{sub 4} electrode shows higher specific capacity (mAh/g). - Abstract: Spinel LiCrTiO{sub 4} oxides to be used as electrode materials for a lithium ion battery and an asymmetric supercapacitor were synthesized using a soft-chemical method with and without chelating agents followed by calcination at 700 °C for 10 h. Structural and morphological properties were studied with powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy. Particles of 50–10 nm in size are observed in the microscopic images. The presence of Cr and Ti is confirmed from the EDS spectrum. Electrochemical properties of LiCrTiO{sub 4} electrode were examined in a lithium ion battery. The electrode prepared with oxalic acid-assisted LiCrTiO{sub 4} shows higher specific capacity.This LiCrTiO{sub 4} is also used as anode material for an asymmetric hybrid supercapacitor. The cell exhibits a specific capacity of 65 mAh/g at 1 mA/cm{sup 2}. The specific capacity decreases with increasing current densities.

  12. High performance lithium insertion negative electrode materials for electrochemical devices

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    Channu, V. S. Reddy; Rambabu, B.; Kumari, Kusum; Kalluru, Rajmohan R.; Holze, Rudolf

    2016-11-01

    Spinel LiCrTiO4 oxides to be used as electrode materials for a lithium ion battery and an asymmetric supercapacitor were synthesized using a soft-chemical method with and without chelating agents followed by calcination at 700 °C for 10 h. Structural and morphological properties were studied with powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy. Particles of 50-10 nm in size are observed in the microscopic images. The presence of Cr and Ti is confirmed from the EDS spectrum. Electrochemical properties of LiCrTiO4 electrode were examined in a lithium ion battery. The electrode prepared with oxalic acid-assisted LiCrTiO4 shows higher specific capacity.This LiCrTiO4 is also used as anode material for an asymmetric hybrid supercapacitor. The cell exhibits a specific capacity of 65 mAh/g at 1 mA/cm2. The specific capacity decreases with increasing current densities.

  13. Electrochemical Properties of LLTO/Fluoropolymer-Shell Cellulose-Core Fibrous Membrane for Separator of High Performance Lithium-Ion Battery

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    Fenglin Huang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A superfine Li0.33La0.557TiO3 (LLTO, 69.4 nm was successfully synthesized by a facile solvent-thermal method to enhance the electrochemical properties of the lithium-ion battery separator. Co-axial nanofiber of cellulose and Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene (PVDF-HFP was prepared by a co-axial electrospinning technique, in which the shell material was PVDF-HFP and the core was cellulose. LLTO superfine nanoparticles were incorporated into the shell of the PVDF-HFP. The core–shell composite nanofibrous membrane showed good wettability (16.5°, contact angle, high porosity (69.77%, and super electrolyte compatibility (497%, electrolyte uptake. It had a higher ionic conductivity (13.897 mS·cm−1 than those of pure polymer fibrous membrane and commercial separator. In addition, the rate capability (155.56 mAh·g−1 was also superior to the compared separator. These excellent performances endowed LLTO composite nanofibrous membrane as a promising separator for high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

  14. Electrochemical Properties of LLTO/Fluoropolymer-Shell Cellulose-Core Fibrous Membrane for Separator of High Performance Lithium-Ion Battery.

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    Huang, Fenglin; Liu, Wenting; Li, Peiying; Ning, Jinxia; Wei, Qufu

    2016-01-26

    A superfine Li0.33La0.557TiO₃ (LLTO, 69.4 nm) was successfully synthesized by a facile solvent-thermal method to enhance the electrochemical properties of the lithium-ion battery separator. Co-axial nanofiber of cellulose and Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) was prepared by a co-axial electrospinning technique, in which the shell material was PVDF-HFP and the core was cellulose. LLTO superfine nanoparticles were incorporated into the shell of the PVDF-HFP. The core-shell composite nanofibrous membrane showed good wettability (16.5°, contact angle), high porosity (69.77%), and super electrolyte compatibility (497%, electrolyte uptake). It had a higher ionic conductivity (13.897 mS·cm(-1)) than those of pure polymer fibrous membrane and commercial separator. In addition, the rate capability (155.56 mAh·g(-1)) was also superior to the compared separator. These excellent performances endowed LLTO composite nanofibrous membrane as a promising separator for high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

  15. Electrochemical Properties of LLTO/Fluoropolymer-Shell Cellulose-Core Fibrous Membrane for Separator of High Performance Lithium-Ion Battery

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    Huang, Fenglin; Liu, Wenting; Li, Peiying; Ning, Jinxia; Wei, Qufu

    2016-01-01

    A superfine Li0.33La0.557TiO3 (LLTO, 69.4 nm) was successfully synthesized by a facile solvent-thermal method to enhance the electrochemical properties of the lithium-ion battery separator. Co-axial nanofiber of cellulose and Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) was prepared by a co-axial electrospinning technique, in which the shell material was PVDF-HFP and the core was cellulose. LLTO superfine nanoparticles were incorporated into the shell of the PVDF-HFP. The core–shell composite nanofibrous membrane showed good wettability (16.5°, contact angle), high porosity (69.77%), and super electrolyte compatibility (497%, electrolyte uptake). It had a higher ionic conductivity (13.897 mS·cm−1) than those of pure polymer fibrous membrane and commercial separator. In addition, the rate capability (155.56 mAh·g−1) was also superior to the compared separator. These excellent performances endowed LLTO composite nanofibrous membrane as a promising separator for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. PMID:28787873

  16. High performance, environmentally friendly and low cost anodes for lithium-ion battery based on TiO 2 anatase and water soluble binder carboxymethyl cellulose

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    Mancini, M.; Nobili, F.; Tossici, R.; Wohlfahrt-Mehrens, M.; Marassi, R.

    The challenge of producing lithium-ion batteries meeting performance requirements and low environmental impact is strictly related to the choice of materials as well as to the manufacturing processes. Most electrodes are currently prepared using poly(vinilydene fluoride) (PVDF) as binder. This fluorinated polymer is expensive and requires the use of a volatile and toxic organic solvent such as N-methyl-pyrrolidone (NMP) in the processing. Water soluble sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) can be a suitable substitute for PVDF as binder for both anodes and cathodes eliminating the necessity of NMP and thus decreasing the cost and the environmental impact of battery production. In this work, CMC has been successfully used to prepare efficient and stable anatase TiO 2 anodes by optimizing the electrode manufacturing process in terms of composition and compression. The stability and the high rate performances of the TiO 2/CMC are described and compared with those of TiO 2/PVDF electrodes. The compatibility of the TiO 2/CMC with a LiFePO 4 cathode in a full-cell is also reported.

  17. Microstructural Modeling of Brittle Materials for Enhanced Performance and Reliability.

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    Teague, Melissa Christine [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Teague, Melissa Christine [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Rodgers, Theron [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Rodgers, Theron [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Grutzik, Scott Joseph [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Grutzik, Scott Joseph [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Meserole, Stephen [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Meserole, Stephen [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2017-08-01

    Brittle failure is often influenced by difficult to measure and variable microstructure-scale stresses. Recent advances in photoluminescence spectroscopy (PLS), including improved confocal laser measurement and rapid spectroscopic data collection have established the potential to map stresses with microscale spatial resolution (%3C2 microns). Advanced PLS was successfully used to investigate both residual and externally applied stresses in polycrystalline alumina at the microstructure scale. The measured average stresses matched those estimated from beam theory to within one standard deviation, validating the technique. Modeling the residual stresses within the microstructure produced general agreement in comparison with the experimentally measured results. Microstructure scale modeling is primed to take advantage of advanced PLS to enable its refinement and validation, eventually enabling microstructure modeling to become a predictive tool for brittle materials.

  18. PVDF nanofibers with silver nanoparticles and silver/titanium dioxide for antimicrobial applications;Eletrofiacao de nanofibras de PVDF com nanoparticulas de prata e de prata/dioxido de titanio para aplicacoes antimicrobiais

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    Costa, Ligia M.M.; Olyveira, Gabriel M. de, E-mail: gmolyveira@yahoo.com.b, E-mail: ligialmmc@hotmail.co [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (PPGCEM/UFScar), SP (Brazil). Programa de Pos Graduacao em Ciencia e Engenharia de Materiais; Gregorio Filho, Rinaldo; Pessan, Luiz A., E-mail: pessan@ufscar.b, E-mail: gregorio@ufscar.b [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (UFScar), SP (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    PVDF nanofibers with and without nanoparticles were produced by the method of electro spinning using dimethylformamide (DMF). Silver nitrate nanoparticles (0,5 and 2 wt %) and silver/titanium dioxide nanoparticles obtained by the reduction method (2 wt %) were synthesized and added to the PVDF solution to prepared nanofibers. The processes of electrospinning and film preparation using PVDF with the nanoparticles were compared. Silver/titanium dioxide nanoparticles were characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with EDX and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to show silver/titanium dioxide nanoparticles. Nanofibers mats were characterized with SEM to study the effects of the addition of the nanoparticles on the morphology behavior and spectroscopy by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) to analyze the crystalline phase of PVDF films. (author)

  19. Thermal performance of sodium acetate trihydrate thickened with different materials as phase change energy storage material

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    Cabeza, L.F. [Universitat de Lleida (Spain); Svensson, G.; Hiebler, S.; Mehling, H. [ZAE Bayern, Garching (Germany)

    2003-09-01

    The use of phase change materials (PCMs) in energy storage has the advantage of high energy density and isothermal operation. Although the use of only non-segregating PCMs is a good commercial approach, some desirable PCM melting points do not seem attainable with non-segregating salt hydrates at a reasonable price. The addition of gellants and thickeners can avoid segregation of these materials. In this paper, sodium acetate trihydrate is successfully thickened with bentonite and starch. Cellulose gives an even better thickened PCM, but temperatures higher than 65 {sup o}C give phase separation. The mixtures would show a similar thermal behavior as the salt hydrate, with the same melting point and an enthalpy decrease between 20% and 35%, depending on the type and amount of thickening material used. (Author)

  20. Fire performance of composite materials for offshore use. Paper 2

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    Gibson, A.G.; Chandler, H.W.; Wilcox, J.A.D.; Wu, Y.-S. [Newcastle upon Tyne Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Mechanical, Materials, and Mfg. Engineering; Hume, J. [Warrington Fire Research Centre (London) Ltd. (United Kingdom)

    1994-12-31

    This paper discusses the results of a study of the fire performance of composites based on E-glass woven rovings and four different thermosetting resin systems: polyester, vinyl ester, epoxy and phenolic. It was found that, in terms of ignitability, heat release, smoke and toxicity, the phenolic resins were in a different performance class to the others. It was also found that, in thick sections, composite laminates showed a surprisingly slow rate of burn-through in furnace tests and lower than expected heat release. This phenomenon has led to applications in heat and fire protection. A model for laminate degradation in fire demonstrates that this effect is associated with the endothermic decomposition of the resin. The effect appears to occur with all classes of resin. (Author)

  1. Enhancement of Ultrahigh Performance Concrete Material Properties with Carbon Nanofiber

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    Libya Ahmed Sbia; Amirpasha Peyvandi; Parviz Soroushian; Jue Lu; Anagi M. Balachandra

    2014-01-01

    Ultrahigh performance concrete (UHPC) realized distinctly high mechanical, impermeability, and durability characteristics by reducing the size and content of capillary pore, refining the microstructure of cement hydrates, and effectively using fiber reinforcement. The dense and fine microstructure of UHPC favor its potential to effectively disperse and interact with nanomaterials, which could complement the reinforcing action of fibers in UHPC. An optimization experimental program was impleme...

  2. Experimental Study on Electrorheological Performance of a Composite Material

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    陈淑梅; 魏宸官

    2003-01-01

    By using SrTiO3/PANI as a dispersed phase and silicone oil as a dispersion medium, the rheological characteristic of the dispersion medium under an electric field and the ERF performances of the mixture of SrTiO3/PANI composite particles and silicone oil under different dispersed phase consistencies and different medium viscosities have been investigated. The measurements of the rheological characteristic, that is the shear stress of ERF, under shearing flow were performed with a Couette-type rheometer manufactured by HAAKE. It is proved that the rheological characteristic of the dispersion medium follows Newtonian fluid viscosity law and the ERF rheological characteristic of the mixture of the dispersion medium and dispersed phase obeys Bingham fluid model under electric field. The experimental result shows that the effects of different phase consistencies and different dispersion medium viscosities on ERF performances are great. The testing expressions of shear stress vs. electric field under different conditions have been obtained by polynomial fit, which is the theory foundation of application in engineering.

  3. Performance and Reliability of Interface Materials for Automotive Power Electronics (Presentation)

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    Narumanchi, S.; DeVoto, D.; Mihalic, M.; Paret, P.

    2013-07-01

    Thermal management and reliability are important because excessive temperature can degrade the performance, life, and reliability of power electronics and electric motors. Advanced thermal management technologies enable keeping temperature within limits; higher power densities; and lower cost materials, configurations and systems. Thermal interface materials, bonded interface materials and the reliability of bonded interfaces are discussed in this presentation.

  4. Folded structured graphene paper for high performance electrode materials

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    Liu, Fei; Song, Shuyan; Xue, Dongfeng; Zhang, Hongjie [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 5625 Renmin Street, Changchun 130022 (China)

    2012-02-21

    A novel method to fabricate graphene paper with folded structured graphene sheets is described. When used as an electrode for LIBs and supercapacitors, the as-prepared graphene paper can show much higher performances compared to conventional graphene paper fabricated by a flow-directed assembly method. The unique graphene paper obtained here is promising to act as a new kind of flexible electrode for wearable or rolling-up devices. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  5. Spinnability and Characteristics of Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF-based Bicomponent Fibers with a Carbon Nanotube (CNT Modified Polypropylene Core for Piezoelectric Applications

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    Benjamin Glauß

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available This research explains the melt spinning of bicomponent fibers, consisting of a conductive polypropylene (PP core and a piezoelectric sheath (polyvinylidene fluoride. Previously analyzed piezoelectric capabilities of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF are to be exploited in sensor filaments. The PP compound contains a 10 wt % carbon nanotubes (CNTs and 2 wt % sodium stearate (NaSt. The sodium stearate is added to lower the viscosity of the melt. The compound constitutes the fiber core that is conductive due to a percolation CNT network. The PVDF sheath’s piezoelectric effect is based on the formation of an all-trans conformation β phase, caused by draw-winding of the fibers. The core and sheath materials, as well as the bicomponent fibers, are characterized through different analytical methods. These include wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD to analyze crucial parameters for the development of a crystalline β phase. The distribution of CNTs in the polymer matrix, which affects the conductivity of the core, was investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM. Thermal characterization is carried out by conventional differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. Optical microscopy is used to determine the fibers’ diameter regularity (core and sheath. The materials’ viscosity is determined by rheometry. Eventually, an LCR tester is used to determine the core’s specific resistance.

  6. Real-Time Deflection Monitoring for Milling of a Thin-Walled Workpiece by Using PVDF Thin-Film Sensors with a Cantilevered Beam as a Case Study

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    Ming Luo

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Thin-walled workpieces, such as aero-engine blisks and casings, are usually made of hard-to-cut materials. The wall thickness is very small and it is easy to deflect during milling process under dynamic cutting forces, leading to inaccurate workpiece dimensions and poor surface integrity. To understand the workpiece deflection behavior in a machining process, a new real-time nonintrusive method for deflection monitoring is presented, and a detailed analysis of workpiece deflection for different machining stages of the whole machining process is discussed. The thin-film polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF sensor is attached to the non-machining surface of the workpiece to copy the deflection excited by the dynamic cutting force. The relationship between the input deflection and the output voltage of the monitoring system is calibrated by testing. Monitored workpiece deflection results show that the workpiece experiences obvious vibration during the cutter entering the workpiece stage, and vibration during the machining process can be easily tracked by monitoring the deflection of the workpiece. During the cutter exiting the workpiece stage, the workpiece experiences forced vibration firstly, and free vibration exists until the amplitude reduces to zero after the cutter exits the workpiece. Machining results confirmed the suitability of the deflection monitoring system for machining thin-walled workpieces with the application of PVDF sensors.

  7. Real-Time Deflection Monitoring for Milling of a Thin-Walled Workpiece by Using PVDF Thin-Film Sensors with a Cantilevered Beam as a Case Study.

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    Luo, Ming; Liu, Dongsheng; Luo, Huan

    2016-09-10

    Thin-walled workpieces, such as aero-engine blisks and casings, are usually made of hard-to-cut materials. The wall thickness is very small and it is easy to deflect during milling process under dynamic cutting forces, leading to inaccurate workpiece dimensions and poor surface integrity. To understand the workpiece deflection behavior in a machining process, a new real-time nonintrusive method for deflection monitoring is presented, and a detailed analysis of workpiece deflection for different machining stages of the whole machining process is discussed. The thin-film polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) sensor is attached to the non-machining surface of the workpiece to copy the deflection excited by the dynamic cutting force. The relationship between the input deflection and the output voltage of the monitoring system is calibrated by testing. Monitored workpiece deflection results show that the workpiece experiences obvious vibration during the cutter entering the workpiece stage, and vibration during the machining process can be easily tracked by monitoring the deflection of the workpiece. During the cutter exiting the workpiece stage, the workpiece experiences forced vibration firstly, and free vibration exists until the amplitude reduces to zero after the cutter exits the workpiece. Machining results confirmed the suitability of the deflection monitoring system for machining thin-walled workpieces with the application of PVDF sensors.

  8. Electrochemical performance of LiFePO4 cathode material for Li-ion battery

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    LI Shuzhong; LI Chao; FAN Yanliang; XU Jiaqiang; WANG Tao; YANG Shuting

    2006-01-01

    In the search for improved materials for rechargeable lithium batteries, LiFePO4 offers interesting possibilities because of its low raw materials cost, environmental friendliness and safety. The main drawback with using the material is its poor electronic conductivity and this limitation has to be overcome. Here Al-doped LiFePO4/C composite cathode materials were prepared by a polymer-network synthesis technique. Testing of X-ray diffraction, charge-discharge, and cyclic voltammetry were carried out for its performance. Results show that Al-doped LiFePO4/C composite cathode materials have a high initial capacity, good cycle stability and excellent low temperature performance. The electrical conductivity of LiFePO4 material can be obviously improved by doping Al. The better electrochemical performances of Al-doped LiFePO4/C composite cathode materials have a connection with its conductivity.

  9. Preparation and Electromechanical Properties of PVDF Matrix Piezoelectric Composites Containing Highly Oriented BaTiO3 Whiskers

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    Xuetao LUO; Lifu CHEN; Xiaojun CHEN; Qianjun HUANG

    2004-01-01

    The piezoelectric composites containing highly oriented BaTiO3 whiskers as active phase and PVDF as matrix have been prepared by micro-hole extrusion and orientation in carried fibers. The morphology of oriented BaTiO3 whiskers and microstructure of the composites were observed by SEM. As for its electromechanical properties, it is found that the dielectric constant, piezoelectric constant and remnant of polarization in the BaTiO3 whisker-PVDF composite are considerably higher than that in the BaTiO3 powders-PVDF composite, while the loss factors follow the opposite trend. For the BaTiO3 whisker-PVDF composite, the values of ε, d33 and Pr parallel to the whisker orientation (normal specimen) are much higher than that perpendicular to the whisker orientation (parallel specimen). The significant effects of the connective passages of active phase on electromechanical properties of the piezoelectric composites has also been investigated.

  10. A two-step annealing process for enhancing the ferroelectric properties of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) devices

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    Park, Jihoon

    2015-01-01

    We report a simple two-step annealing scheme for the fabrication of stable non-volatile memory devices employing poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) polymer thin-films. The proposed two-step annealing scheme comprises the crystallization of the ferroelectric gamma-phase during the first step and enhancement of the PVDF film dense morphology during the second step. Moreover, when we extended the processing time of the second step, we obtained good hysteresis curves down to 1 Hz, the first such report for ferroelectric PVDF films. The PVDF films also exhibit a coercive field of 113 MV m-1 and a ferroelectric polarization of 5.4 μC cm-2. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2015.

  11. Research on grafting modification of PVDF based polymer electrolyte%聚偏氟乙烯基聚合物电解质接枝改性研究进展∗

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    李兰; 程博闻; 康卫民; 闫静

    2014-01-01

    聚偏氟乙烯基聚合物是锂离子电池用聚合物电解质较理想的基质材料,但也存在结晶度高、亲液性差等问题。主要综述了采用γ射线、电子束、紫外等辐射,原子转移自由基聚合及溶液接枝聚合等方法接枝苯乙烯、甲基丙烯酸缩水甘油酯、新戊二醇二丙烯酸酯、聚甲基丙烯酸甲酯、三丙烯乙二醇醚醋酸酯、聚乙二醇甲基丙烯酸酯、2-丙烯酰胺基-2-甲基丙磺酸、聚乙二醇等对聚偏氟乙烯基聚合物电解质的改性研究进展。接枝改性后的聚偏氟乙烯聚合物电解质对电解液的亲和性、离子电导率、电化学稳定性和循环性能都有一定程度的提高。%PVDF based polymers are ideal matrix materials for lithium ion battery electrolyte,but high crystal-linity and poor affinity to liquid electrolyte restrict their further development.In this paper,the grafting modifi-cation of PVDF based polymer electrolytes with styrene,glycidyl methacrylate,dimethyltrimethylene glycol di-acrylate,polymethyl methacrylate,tripropyleneglycol diacrylate,polyethylene glycol methacrylate,2-acrylam-ide-2-methyl propane sulfonic acid and polyethylene glycol by radiation,atom transfer radical polymerization and solution graft polymerization are introduced.In a certain extent,the affinity to liquid electrolyte,ionic con-ductivity,electrochemical stability and cycle performance have been enhanced.

  12. The performance of material management in health care organizations.

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    Dacosta-Claro, Ivan

    2002-01-01

    This paper studies the hospital supply chain. The analysis of the operational and financial data of hospital administrative structures has permitted the discovery of the characteristics of work carried out by the employees and the different strategies used by the managers. Firstly, hospital supply chains must be classified into two groups influenced by medical factors (short-term and long-term hospitals). Secondly, two different management approaches can be observed when the supply chain operations are analysed. The first approach assigns a larger budget priority to inventory control, packages reception and internal distribution. Thus, the purchasing services have relatively fewer resources. In the second approach, contract negotiation and product ordering processes are enforced by the deployment of, relatively, more personnel. In both cases, the central store service performs merchandise reception and distribution according to the strategies determined by the purchasing service.

  13. Preliminary study on piezoresistive and piezoelectric properties of a double-layer soft material for tactile sensing

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    Dan He

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a double-layer simplified sensor unit based on the interesting electromechanical properties of MWNT mixed by polymer composite and PVDF films, which is envisaged to imitate the distributed tactile receptors of human hands so as to help the disabled to recover the basic tactile perception. This paper shows the fabrication and performance research of such a new piezoelectric-piezoresistive composite material which indicates a promising .application in prosthtic hand.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.21.2.6454

  14. On the alpha --> beta transition of carbon-coated highly oriented PVDF ultrathin film induced by melt recrystallization.

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    Wang, Jijun; Li, Huihui; Liu, Jichun; Duan, Yongxin; Jiang, Shidong; Yan, Shouke

    2003-02-12

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) is one of the polymers which exhibit pronounced polymorphic crystalline forms, depending on crystallization conditions. Four different crystalline modifications, i.e., alpha, beta, gamma, and delta, have been reported so far. Among them, even though the alpha-form is the most common one, the beta-phase is the one that has attracted the widest interest due to its extensive piezo- and pyroelectric applications. During the past few decades, a substantial amount of work has been done in attempts to characterize these crystal modifications and transformations among them. It was well documented that the alpha-form PVDF can be easily obtained through melt crystallization of the PVDF at atmospheric pressure. Its beta-counterpart can, however, only be directly obtained by growth from solution, molecular epitaxy on the surface of potassium bromide, melt crystallization at high pressures, or by applying with a strong electric field. Transformation from its alpha-phase to beta-phase has been achieved by mechanical deformation, while the retransformation could be conducted through melt recrystallization at atmospheric pressure. In the present work, the recrystallization behavior of carbon-coated melt-drawn oriented PVDF ultrathin films at atmospheric pressure was studied by means of transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction. The results indicate that through vacuum evaporating a thin carbon layer on the surface of highly oriented alpha-PVDF ultrathin film, not only has its high orientation been preserved after a complete melting and recrystallization process, but an alpha --> beta transition of PVDF has also been achieved through melt recrystallization at atmospheric pressure. This technique can be successfully used for preparing highly oriented beta-PVDF ultrathin films, especially patterned microstructures of PVDF with its highly oriented polar beta-phase and nonoriented nonpolar alpha-phase.

  15. Evaluation of the Performance of Grouting Materials for Saturated Riprap

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    Daehyeon Kim

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, four types of grout were developed to evaluate the effect of grouting of saturated riprap layers on ground water flow. The developed types of grout are divided into a quick-setting type and a general-type, and also into high and low viscosities. A number of grout tests were performed in a model acrylic chamber, 0.4 m in diameter and 2.0 m in length, for visual observation of injection. To reproduce the field flow condition of the saturated riprap layers (approach flow, the grout tests were carried out at 0 cm/s and 100 cm/s for the flow speed and 10 L/min for the grout injection speed after installing a flow injection opening on the lower part of the chamber. Based on the results of the grout tests, the injection of each grout in the saturated riprap layers was examined to find out the most effective grout.

  16. Enhancement of Ultrahigh Performance Concrete Material Properties with Carbon Nanofiber

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    Libya Ahmed Sbia

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Ultrahigh performance concrete (UHPC realized distinctly high mechanical, impermeability, and durability characteristics by reducing the size and content of capillary pore, refining the microstructure of cement hydrates, and effectively using fiber reinforcement. The dense and fine microstructure of UHPC favor its potential to effectively disperse and interact with nanomaterials, which could complement the reinforcing action of fibers in UHPC. An optimization experimental program was implemented in order to identify the optimum combination of steel fiber and relatively low-cost carbon nanofiber in UHPC. The optimum volume fractions of steel fiber and carbon nanofiber identified for balanced improvement of flexural strength, ductility, energy sorption capacity, impact, and abrasion resistance of UHPC were 1.1% and 0.04%, respectively. Desired complementary/synergistic actions of nanofibers and steel fibers in UHPC were detected, which were attributed to their reinforcing effects at different scales, and the potential benefits of nanofibers to interfacial bonding and pull-out behavior of fibers in UHPC. Modification techniques which enhanced the hydrophilicity and bonding potential of nanofibers to cement hydrates benefited their reinforcement efficiency in UHPC.

  17. Antibacterial activities of surface modified electrospun poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) fibrous membranes

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    Yao, Chen; Li, Xinsong; Neoh, K. G.; Shi, Zhilong; Kang, E. T.

    2009-01-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) membrane, with its excellent chemical and mechanical properties, has good potential for broad applications. However, due to its hydrophobic nature, microbial colonization is commonly encountered. In this work, electrospun PVDF-HFP fibrous membranes were surface modified by poly(4-vinyl- N-alkylpyridinium bromide) to achieve antibacterial activities. The membranes were first subjected to plasma pretreatment followed by UV-induced surface graft copolymerization of 4-vinylpyridine (4VP) and quaternization of the grafted pyridine groups with hexylbromide. The chemical composition of the surface modified PVDF-HFP electrospun membranes was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The morphology and mechanical properties of pristine and surface modified PVDF-HFP fibrous membranes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and tensile test, respectively. The antibacterial activities of the modified electrospun PVDF-HFP fibrous membranes were assessed against Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus ( S. aureus) and Gram-negative Escherichia coli ( E. coli). The results showed that the PVDF-HFP fibrous membranes modified with quaternized pyridinium groups are highly effective against both bacteria with killing efficiency as high as 99.9999%.

  18. Antibacterial activities of surface modified electrospun poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) fibrous membranes

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    Yao Chen [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southeast University, Sipailou 2, Nanjing 210018 (China); Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore, Kent, Ridge, 119260 Singapore (Singapore); Li Xinsong [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southeast University, Sipailou 2, Nanjing 210018 (China)], E-mail: lixs@seu.edu.cn; Neoh, K.G. [Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore, Kent, Ridge, 119260 Singapore (Singapore)], E-mail: chenkg@nus.edu.sg; Shi Zhilong; Kang, E.T. [Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore, Kent, Ridge, 119260 Singapore (Singapore)

    2009-01-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) membrane, with its excellent chemical and mechanical properties, has good potential for broad applications. However, due to its hydrophobic nature, microbial colonization is commonly encountered. In this work, electrospun PVDF-HFP fibrous membranes were surface modified by poly(4-vinyl-N-alkylpyridinium bromide) to achieve antibacterial activities. The membranes were first subjected to plasma pretreatment followed by UV-induced surface graft copolymerization of 4-vinylpyridine (4VP) and quaternization of the grafted pyridine groups with hexylbromide. The chemical composition of the surface modified PVDF-HFP electrospun membranes was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The morphology and mechanical properties of pristine and surface modified PVDF-HFP fibrous membranes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and tensile test, respectively. The antibacterial activities of the modified electrospun PVDF-HFP fibrous membranes were assessed against Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Gram-negative Escherichia coli (E. coli). The results showed that the PVDF-HFP fibrous membranes modified with quaternized pyridinium groups are highly effective against both bacteria with killing efficiency as high as 99.9999%.

  19. Numerical Simulation of Output Response of PVDF Sensor Attached on a Cantilever Beam Subjected to Impact Loading.

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    Dung, Cao Vu; Sasaki, Eiichi

    2016-04-27

    Polyvinylidene Flouride (PVDF) is a film-type polymer that has been used as sensors and actuators in various applications due to its mechanical toughness, flexibility, and low density. A PVDF sensor typically covers an area of the host structure over which mechanical stress/strain is averaged and converted to electrical energy. This study investigates the fundamental "stress-averaging" mechanism for dynamic strain sensing in the in-plane mode. A numerical simulation was conducted to simulate the "stress-averaging" mechanism of a PVDF sensor attached on a cantilever beam subjected to an impact loading, taking into account the contribution of piezoelectricity, the cantilever beam's modal properties, and electronic signal conditioning. Impact tests and FEM analysis were also carried out to verify the numerical simulation results. The results of impact tests indicate the excellent capability of the attached PVDF sensor in capturing the fundamental natural frequencies of the cantilever beam. There is a good agreement between the PVDF sensor's output voltage predicted by the numerical simulation and that obtained in the impact tests. Parametric studies were conducted to investigate the effects of sensor size and sensor position and it is shown that a larger sensor tends to generate higher output voltage than a smaller one at the same location. However, the effect of sensor location seems to be more significant for larger sensors due to the cancelling problem. Overall, PVDF sensors exhibit excellent sensing capability for in-plane dynamic strain induced by impact loading.

  20. Preparation and Characterization of Hydrophilically Modified PVDF Membranes by a Novel Nonsolvent Thermally Induced Phase Separation Method

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    Ningen Hu

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a nonsolvent thermally-induced phase separation (NTIPS method was first proposed to fabricate hydrophilically-modified poly(vinylidene fluoride (PVDF membranes to overcome the drawbacks of conventional thermally-induced phase separation (TIPS and nonsolvent-induced phase separation (NIPS methods. Hydrophilically-modified PVDF membranes were successfully prepared by blending in hydrophilic polymer polyvinyl alcohol (PVA at 140 °C. A series of PVDF/PVA blend membranes was prepared at different total polymer concentrations and blend ratios. The morphological analysis via SEM indicated that the formation mechanism of these hydrophilically-modified membranes was a combined NIPS and TIPS process. As the total polymer concentration increased, the tensile strength of the membranes increased; meanwhile, the membrane pore size, porosity and water flux decreased. With the PVDF/PVA blend ratio increased from 10:0 to 8:2, the membrane pore size and water flux increased. The dynamic water contact angle of these membranes showed that the hydrophilic properties of PVDF/PVA blend membranes were prominently improved. The higher hydrophilicity of the membranes resulted in reduced membrane resistance and, hence, higher permeability. The total resistance Rt of the modified PVDF membranes decreased significantly as the hydrophilicity increased. The irreversible fouling related to pore blocking and adsorption fouling onto the membrane surface was minimal, indicating good antifouling properties.

  1. Nickel cobalt oxide nanowire-reduced graphite oxide composite material and its application for high performance supercapacitor electrode material.

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    Wang, Xu; Yan, Chaoyi; Sumboja, Afriyanti; Lee, Pooi See

    2014-09-01

    In this paper, we report a facile synthesis method of mesoporous nickel cobalt oxide (NiCo2O4) nanowire-reduced graphite oxide (rGO) composite material by urea induced hydrolysis reaction, followed by sintering at 300 degrees C. P123 was used to stabilize the GO during synthesis, which resulted in a uniform coating of NiCo2O4 nanowire on rGO sheet. The growth mechanism of the composite material is discussed in detail. The NiCo2O4-rGO composite material showed an outstanding electrochemical performance of 873 F g(-1) at 0.5 A g(-1) and 512 F g(-1) at 40 A g(-1). This method provides a promising approach towards low cost and large scale production of supercapacitor electrode material.

  2. Effects of surface treatment with coupling agents of PVDF-HFP fibers on the improvement of the adhesion characteristics on PDMS

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    Kwon, O. M.; See, S. J.; Kim, S. S.; Hwang, H. Y.

    2014-12-01

    Surface treatment of polyvinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene (PVDF-HFP) fibers was conducted with coupling agents such as epoxy silane, amino silane, and titanate to improve the adhesion characteristics of PVDF-HFP fibers and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The adhesion strength was largest when 4 wt% amino silane was used for surface treatment, showing a 250% improvement compared to the untreated case. Surface roughening and shrinking of the PVDF-HFP fibers were observed after surface treatment, but no chemical bonding occurred between the PVDF-HFP fibers and the coupling agents. It was thus concluded that the improvement of the adhesion characteristics of the PVDF-HFP fibers and PDMS was caused by the physical bonding between them due to the surface treatment with coupling agents. In addition, for the surface roughening mechanism, amino silane infiltration into the PVDF-HFP fibers during the surface treatment, followed by extraction during the drying process, was suggested.

  3. Material screening metrics and optimal performance of an active magnetic regenerator

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    Niknia, I.; Trevizoli, P. V.; Christiaanse, T. V.; Govindappa, P.; Teyber, R.; Rowe, A.

    2017-02-01

    A variety of metrics to rank the magnetocaloric materials can be found in the literature, but a quantitative assessment showing their efficacy has not been reported. A numerical model of an active magnetic regenerator cycle is used to assess the predictive ability of a set of material metrics. The performance of eight cases of known magnetocaloric material (including first order MnFeP1-xAsx and second order materials Gd, GdDy, Tb), and 15 cases of hypothetical materials are considered. Using a fixed regenerator matrix geometry, magnetic field, and flow waveforms, the maximum exergetic cooling power of each material is identified. Several material screening metrics such as relative cooling power (RCP) are tested and a linear correlation is found between maximum RCP and the maximum exergetic cooling power. The sensitivity of performance to variations in the hot side and cold side temperatures from the conditions giving maximum exergetic power are determined.

  4. Structural impact on piezoelectricity in PVDF and P(VDF-TrFE) thin films

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    Strashilov, V.; Alexieva, G.; Vincent, B.; Nguyen, V. S.; Rouxel, D.

    2015-03-01

    PVDF and its mostly used copolymer P(VDF-TrFE) are known to possess piezoelectric properties which strongly vary with processing conditions. As the final target of processing ultimately is the structure of the polymer, establishing a more detailed link between structure and properties would ease both the understanding and the practical usage of films piezoelectric activity. In spite of a number of thorough studies exploiting the nature of piezoelectricity in PVDF, available data does not generally exhibit reliable level of consistency and, in some cases, elements of contradiction are observed. Making no claim to be exhaustive in this vast area, we present a survey and discuss on a number of results both available and obtained by ourselves in an effort to assist to better interpretation and further progress in the field.

  5. 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.

  6. A Four-Quadrant PVDF Transducer for Surface Acoustic Wave Detection

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    Zhi Chen

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF piezoelectric transducer was developed to detect laser-induced surface acoustic waves in a SiO2-thin film–Si-substrate structure. In order to solve the problems related to, firstly, the position of the probe, and secondly, the fact that signals at different points cannot be detected simultaneously during the detection process, a four-quadrant surface acoustic wave PVDF transducer was designed and constructed for the purpose of detecting surface acoustic waves excited by a pulse laser line source. The experimental results of the four-quadrant piezoelectric detection in comparison with the commercial nanoindentation technology were consistent, the relative error is 0.56%, and the system eliminates the piezoelectric surface wave detection direction deviation errors, improves the accuracy of the testing system by 1.30%, achieving the acquisition at the same time at different testing positions of the sample.

  7. Superhydrophobicity and regeneration of PVDF/SiO2 composite films

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    Liu, Tao; Li, Xianfeng; Wang, Daohui; Huang, Qinglin; Liu, Zhen; Li, Nana; Xiao, Changfa

    2017-02-01

    Superhydrophobicity of polymers is easily destroyed by careless touching due to the softness of microstructures. In this study, based on a well-constructed polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) surface, a novel superhydrophobic PVDF/SiO2 composite film was fabricated by adding hydrophobic SiO2 nanoparticle and solvent into a coagulation bath. The water contact angle of the composite film reached 162.3° and the sliding angle was as low as 1.5°. More importantly, the composite film could be regenerated only through immersing the composite film in the designed regeneration agent. The composition of the designed regeneration agent ensured that SiO2 nanoparticles were firmly adhered on the film surface even under the ultrasonic cleaning. Hence, the superhydrophobicity and self-cleaing property could be regenerated and maintained effectively, and moreover, these propeties could resist a proper pressure. In addition, after many rubbing-regenerating cycles, the regeneration method was still valid.

  8. Hydrophobic Hyflon® AD/PVDF membranes for butanol dehydration via pervaporation

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    Jalal, Taghreed

    2015-10-21

    Novel hydrophobic Hyflon® AD /PVDF membranes were developed and investigated for n-butanol dehydration via pervaporation. The coating protocols for thin defect-free Hyflon® AD selective layer on the PVDF support was optimized. Water and n-butanol transport was measured, analyzing the effect of operating conditions. The water flux through the newly developed membranes was higher than 150 g/m2.h with selectivity for water higher than 99 wt %. The focus was on the use of Hyflon® AD as the selective layer for n-butanol dehydration. The membrane application can be extended to other solvents, supporting an effective and simple method for dehydration with hydrophobic membranes.

  9. Study of nano imprinting using soft lithography on Krafty glue and PVDF polymer thin films

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    Sankar, M. S. Ravi, E-mail: rameshg.phy@pondiuni.edu; Gangineni, Ramesh Babu, E-mail: rameshg.phy@pondiuni.edu [Department of Physics, Pondicherry University, R. V. Nagar, Kalapet, Puducherry - 605014 (India)

    2014-04-24

    The present work reveals soft lithography strategy based on self assembly and replica molding for carrying out micro and nanofabrication. It provides a convenient, effective and very low cost method for the formation and manufacturing of micro and nano structures. Al-layer of compact disc (sony CD-R) used as a stamp with patterned relief structures to generate patterns and structures with pattern size of 100nm height, 1.7 μm wide. In literature, PDMS (Polydimethylsiloxane) solution is widely used to get negative copy of the Al-layer. In this work, we have used inexpensive white glue (Polyvinylacetate + water), 15gm (□5) and PVDF (Polyvinylidene difluoride) spin coated films and successfully transferred the nano patterns of Al layer on to white glue and PVDF films.

  10. A novel tri-layer flexible piezoelectric nanogenerator based on surface- modified graphene and PVDF-BaTiO3 nanocomposites

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    Yaqoob, Usman; Uddin, A. S. M. Iftekhar; Chung, Gwiy-Sang

    2017-05-01

    The fabrication and characterization of a novel tri-layer piezoelectric nanogenerator (PNG) based on poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), barium titanate (BTO), and surface-modified n- type graphene (n-Gr) have been investigated. The n-Gr, with its majority of negative charge carriers, plays a vital role in enhancing the energy-harvesting performance by aligning the dipoles in one direction. The tri-layer structure obtains by stacking two layers of PVDF-BTO nanocomposite films, one on each side of the n-Gr layer. The fabricated tri-layer PNG shows a maximum output voltage of 10 V (pk-pk) along with a current of 2.5 μA (pk-pk) at an applied force of 2 N. Furthermore, the PNG Exhibits 5.8 μW instantaneous power at 1 MΩ load resistance. Moreover, the fabricated device demonstrated good stability even after 1000 pressing-releasing cycles. This novel tri-layer PNG structure can opens a promising avenue for future piezoelectric generating technologies.

  11. Graphene-Silver-Induced Self-Polarized PVDF-Based Flexible Plasmonic Nanogenerator Toward the Realization for New Class of Self Powered Optical Sensor.

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    Sinha, Tridib Kumar; Ghosh, Sujoy Kumar; Maiti, Rishi; Jana, Santanu; Adhikari, Basudam; Mandal, Dipankar; Ray, Samit K

    2016-06-22

    Plasmonic characteristics of graphene-silver (GAg) nanocomposite coupled with piezoelectric property of Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) have been utilized to realize a new class of self-powered flexible plasmonic nanogenerator (PNG). A few layer graphene has been prepared in a facile and cost-effective method and GAg doped PVDF hybrid nanocomposite (PVGAg) is synthesized in a one-pot method. The PNG exhibits superior piezoelectric energy conversion efficiency (∼15%) under the dark condition. The plasmonic behavior of GAg nanocomposite makes the PNG highly responsive to the visible light illumination that leads to ∼50% change in piezo-voltage and ∼70% change in piezo-current, leading to enhanced energy conversion efficiency up to ∼46.6%. The piezoelectric throughput of PNG (e.g., capacitor charging performance) has been monitored during the detection of the different wavelengths of visible light illumination and showed maximum selectivity to the green light. The simultaneous mechanical energy harvesting and visible-light detection capabilities of the PNG are attractive for futuristic self-powered optoelectronic smart sensors and devices.

  12. NiB/PVDF-PVA纳米纤维催化剂的制备及其应用%Preparation and application of NiB/PVDF-PVA nanofiber catalyst

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    李芳; 郑权; 李其明; 付琛; 郭瑞东

    2015-01-01

    NiCl2/PVDF-PVA composite nanofibers were prepared via electrospinning technique, and then NiB/PVDF-PVA nanofiber catalyst can be prepared by in-situ reduction. This catalyst was applied in hydro-gen production from hydrolysis of NaBH4 . SEM characterization showed that the well-defined nanoscaled mi-crostructure can be obtained for NiB/PVDF-PVA composite nanofiber,which possesses uniform nanofiber diameter (50~200 nm) . TG analysis revealed that NiB/PVDF-PVA nanofiber catalyst can be stable up to approximately 390 ℃ which is suitable to be used in hydrolysis of NaBH4 . The measurement of water con-tact angle indicated that the wettability of PVDF-PVA nanofiber is better than that of pure PVDF nanofiber due to hydrophilic PVA doping. The results showed that the catalytic activity of NiB/PVDF-PVA composite catalyst can be remarkably improved through the doping of hydrophilic PVA compared with NiB/PVDF cat-alysts. Hence,NiB/PVDF-PVA nanofiber catalyst has an extensive application prospect.%通过静电纺丝技术首先制备了NiCl2/PVDF-PVA复合高分子纳米纤维,通过原位还原法得到了PVDF-PVA复合纳米纤维负载NiB的非晶态合金催化剂,并把该催化剂用于 NaBH4水解制氢反应。 SEM 表征表明, NiCl2/PVDF-PVA复合纳米纤维具有纤细微观纳米形貌,纤维直径均匀,介于50~200 nm。 TG分析表明, NiCl2/PVDF-PVA纳米纤维可以稳定到大约390℃,超过该温度纳米纤维开始发生热解,说明该纳米纤维催化剂载体具有适于硼氢化钠水解反应的热稳定性。接触角测试表明,PVA共纺显著提高了PVDF纳米纤维的亲水性,有利于NaBH4和水分子在催化剂表面上的接触反应。水解制氢实验表明,PVA共混静电纺丝法得到的NiB /PVDF-PVA较NiB/PVDF催化剂催化活性显著提高,该催化剂具有较好的应用前景。

  13. Conductive PVDF-HFP nanofibers with embedded TTF-TCNQ charge transfer complex.

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    Gal-Oz, Reshef; Patil, Nilesh; Khalfin, Rafail; Cohen, Yachin; Zussman, Eyal

    2013-07-10

    Tetrathiafulvalene-tetracyanoquinodimethane charge-transfer complex (TTF-TCNQ CTC) represents a promising organic conductive system. However, application of this donor-acceptor pair is highly limited, because of its ultrafast crystallization kinetics and very low solubility. In this work, conductive organic nanofibers were generated via a coelectrospinning process of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) with embedded TTF and TCNQ in the shell and core solutions, respectively. Upon supply of the polymer solutions, a core-shell droplet was formed at the exit of the spinneret. The electron donor TTF and the electron acceptor TCNQ migrated toward each other, within the compound droplet, to produce conductive CTC crystals. In the presence of a sufficiently strong electric field, jetting set in at the droplet tip, which yielded solidified PVDF-HFP nanofibers embedded with aligned CTC. Fiber diameters ranged between 100 and 500 nm. X-ray analysis showed strong equatorial reflections (110,200) of oriented copolymer PVDF-HFP crystals (β-phase) with copolymer chains oriented along the fiber axis, and of CTC (001), indicating that the CTC molecular planes were aligned parallel to the nanofiber axis. In addition, reflections of unreacted TCNQ (120,220) and TTF (110) crystals were observed. The electrospun nanofibers were collected to form a fiber mat, which was evaluated as a working electrode in a three-electrode cell system, exhibiting differential conductance of 5.23 μmho.

  14. 50 MeV lithium ion beam irradiation effects in poly vinylidene fluoride (PVDF) polymer

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    A K Srivastava; H S Virk

    2000-12-01

    Irradiation effects of 50 MeV 7Li+3 ion beam induced in bulk PVDF polymer have been studied with respect to their optical, chemical, structural and electrical behaviour by using UV-visible, FT-IR spectroscopy, XRD technique and electrical frequency response using LCR bridge. The ion fluences ranging from 1.27 × 1011 to 2.15 × 1013 ions cm–2 have been used to study dose effects of irradiation in PVDF. The recorded UV-visible spectra clearly shows five characteristic peaks at 315, 325, 360, 425 and 600 nm. Due to irradiation, the optical absorption initially decreases but then increases with higher fluences. In the FT-IR spectra, no appreciable change has been observed after irradiation, indicating that this polymer is chemically stable. There is exponential increase in admittance with log of frequency but the effect of irradiation is not quite appreciable. The value of tan and relaxation frequency are changed appreciably due to irradiation. The diffraction pattern of PVDF indicates that this polymer is in semi-crystalline form; a decrease in the crystallinity and crystallite size has been observed due to irradiation.

  15. Development of a PVDF low-cost shock-wave hydrophone

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    Travakkoli, J.; Birer, A.; Cathignol, D.

    1996-05-01

    During a few past years a series of shock-wave generators for lithotripsy and/or tissue destruction studies have been developed in our laboratory. Based on the experiences in shock wave measurements and the drawbacks in existing hydrophones, we have developed a very low-cost, wideband, reproducible shock-wave hydrophone. The key element of this device is the rapidly mounting, disposable PVDF membrane. This is a commercially available PVDF shock gauge which is poled by a patented cyclic poling technique. To obtain the widest possible bandwidth, we have adopted a special coplanar membrane design. The PVDF filmis sandwiched between the surfaces of a P.V.C. and a metallic plate of brass which the latter is in contact with the surrounding medium. On the other hand, the active lead is isolated from medium and it is in contact with an isolating liquid (degassed petroleum) held in a cylindrical chamber over the membrane. By the incorporation of this design, the hydrophone can be used for shock wave measurements even in conductive media like different physiological liquids, with a negligible change of sensitivity.

  16. SYNTHESIS OF AMPHIPHILIC COMB-SHAPED COPOLYMERS USED FOR SURFACE MODIFICATION OF PVDF MEMBRANES

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    Jian-hua Li; You-yi Xu; Jian-hua Wang; Chun-hui Du

    2009-01-01

    The synthesis of a novel amphiphilic comb-shaped copolymer consisting of a main chain of styrene-(N-(4-hydroxyphenyl) maleimide) (SHMI) copolymer and poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA) side groups was achieved by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The amphiphilic copolymers were characterized by ~1H-NMR, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). From thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), the decomposition temperature of SHMI-g-PEGMA is lower than that of SHMI, and the graft ratio of PEGMA in the SHMI is 18.6%. The experimental results of solubilities showed that SHMI, SHMI-Br and SHMI-g-PEGMA had excellent solubility in polar solvents, such as DMF, DMSO and NMP. SHMI-g-PEGMA had higher solubilities in H_2O and methanol, while lower solubility in CHCl_3 than SHMI and SHMI-Br. PVDF blend membranes were prepared via the standard immersion precipitation phase inversion process, using amphiphilic SHMI-g-PEGMA copolymer as additives. The morphology and hydrophilicity of the blend membrane surfaces were characterized by SEM and water contact angle. It is demonstrated that the blend membranes display enhanced hydrophilicity compared to unmodified PVDF membranes. Finally, the permeation and anti-fouling properties were investigated. The result shows that amphiphilic SHMI-g-PEGMA copolymer increases the permeatability and anti-fouling property of PVDF membranes greatly.

  17. A method to modify PVDF microfiltration membrane via ATRP with low-temperature plasma pretreatment

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    Han, Yu; Song, Shuijun; Lu, Yin; Zhu, Dongfa

    2016-08-01

    The hydrophilic modification of a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) microfiltration membrane via pretreatment with argon plasma and direct surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) was studied. Both modified and unmodified PVDF membranes were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), water contact angle, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and pore size distribution measurements. FTIR and XPS spectra confirmed that sulfobetaine methacrylate (SBMA) had been grafted onto the membrane surface. The initial contact angle decreased from 87.0° to 29.8° and a water drop penetrated into the modified membrane completely in 8 s. The pore size distribution of the modified membrane exhibited a smaller mean value than that of the original membrane. The antifouling properties of the modified PVDF membrane were evaluated by a filtration test using bovine serum albumin (BSA) solution. The results showed that the initial flux of the modified membrane increased from 2140.1 L/m2 h to 2812.7 L/m2 h and the equilibrium flux of BSA solution increased from 31 L/m2 h to 53 L/m2 h.

  18. Preparation and characterization of Protein A-immobilized PVDF and PES membranes

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    N. Akashi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF and polyether sulfone (PES membranes were activated using low-temperature plasma at atmospheric pressure, and their surface characteristics were investigated. In the plasma-treated PVDF, the XPS data showed that defluorination and oxidation reactions proceeded to 18 and 31%, respectively, at ±4.0 kVp-p for 180 s. Hydroperoxide groups were detected on both the plasma-treated membranes. By decomposing the S2p spectrum, it was proven that the sulfide and sulfo groups were newly formed on the plasma-treated PES. Based on these findings, we proposed an activation mechanism. The SEM images showed that the macrovoid formations were maintained after the plasma treatment. Polyacrylic acid (PAA was grafted on both of the plasma-treated membranes by thermal treatments. Protein A, originating from Staphylococcus aureus, was immobilized on the membrane grafted with PAA using the EDC/Sulfo-NHS system. Adsorption isotherms with a human immunoglobulin G (IgG antibody were fitted with the monolayer Langmuir model, and the maximum binding capacity (qm and equilibrium association constant (Ka were obtained. The ligand densities of the PVDF (pore size 0.45 and 5.0 µm and PES (pore size 0.45 µm membranes were 0.98, 1.42 and 2.06 mg•mL–1, respectively.

  19. Simple method of calculating the transient thermal performance of composite material and its applicable condition

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    2000-01-01

    Degree of mixing of composite material is defined and the condition of using the effective thermal diffusivity for calculating the transient thermal performance of composite material is studied. The analytical result shows that for a prescribed precision of temperature, there is a condition under which the transient temperature distribution in composite material can be calculated by using the effective thermal diffusivity. As illustration, for the composite material whose temperatures of both ends are constant, the condition is presented and the factors affecting the relative error of calculated temperature of composite materials by using effective thermal diffusivity are discussed.

  20. Direct Slicing Based on Material Performance and Process Parameters for Selective Laser Sintering

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    2006-01-01

    Direct slicing from CAD models to generate sectional contours of thepart to be sintered for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) may overcome inherent disadvantages of using a Stereo Lithography ( STL ) format. In this paper, a direct slicing procedure is proposed for Selective Laser Sintering based on material performance and process parameters. Slicing thickness depends on the 3 D geometric model,material performance and process parameters. The relationship among material performance, process parameters and the largest slicing thickness is established using analysis of a sintering temperature field. A dynamic linked library is developed to realize direct slicing from a CAD model.

  1. Evaluation of the long-term sound reduction performance of resilient materials in floating floor systems

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    Lee, Jung-Yoon; Kim, Jong-Mun; Kim, Jinyoung; Kim, Jeongho

    2016-03-01

    Building multi-dwelling units is one of the practical engineering solutions to housing shortage in urban areas with high population density. However, noise from upstairs is a major issue. The use of resilient materials in floating floor structures is recognized as an effective method to reduce such noise. In general, soft materials are considered as better resilient materials due to their superior performance in impact sound reduction. However, it is often overlooked that the sound reduction performance of soft resilient materials is susceptible to being degraded over time when subjected to a long-term load. In this study, the long-term performance of eight resilient materials is evaluated by monitoring their dynamic stiffness for 270 days under the two sustained load conditions: 250 N and 500 N. According to the experimental study, the dynamic stiffness increases consistently with loading time for all resilient materials. This leads to a decrease in the sound reduction performance. More rapid reduction in the dynamic stiffness and hence in the sound reduction performance is observed when a larger sustained load is applied. A greater decrease in the sound reduction performance is found in soft resilient materials.

  2. Ferroelectric polymer-based nanocomposites: Towards multiferroic materials

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    Andrew, Jennifer S.

    This dissertation describes new routes towards magnetic-ferroelectric materials, leading to new materials for multiferroic applications. Multiferroic materials exhibit both ferromagnetic and ferroelectric properties, which tend to be mutually exclusive in single-phase materials. Therefore, composite materials are the obvious approach to realizing a material with both a high electric permittivity and high magnetic permeability. In composite systems the magnetoelectric effect arises from a mechanical coupling between a magnetostrictive and a piezoelectric phase. In order to enhance this coupling the interfacial area between the two phases should be maximized. This can be accomplished with nanoparticles, which have a large surface to volume ratio. This work begins with the synthesis of ferrimagnetic (MFe2O 4, M=Ni, Ni0.5Zn0.5, Co) and ferroelectric (BaTiO 3) nanoparticles. Aqueous coprecipitation routes produced superparamagnetic ferrite nanoparticles with an average diameter of 8-10 nanometers. Nanometer sized particles of barium titanate were also produced, but they were cubic and therefore do not exhibit ferroelectric behavior. We then developed routes to form nanoparticle-nanoparticle composites by controlling their stability in solution and therefore their final assembly into magnetic-dielectric nanocomposites. We also developed novel magnetic-ferroelectric composites by filling a ferroelectric polymer with magnetic and dielectric nanoparticles. Polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) fibers as well as fibers with continuously dispersed ferrite (Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4) nanoparticles were prepared by electrospinning from dimethyl formamide (DMF) solutions. The effects of the electrospinning processing conditions and nanoparticle loading on the fiber morphology, crystallinity, and the crystalline structure of PVDF were examined. Magnetic and dielectric measurements were also performed. Electrospinning provides a simple technique to form PVDF in the ferroelectric beta

  3. 9975 SHIPPING PACKAGE PERFORMANCE OF ALTERNATE MATERIALS FOR LONG-TERM STORAGE APPLICATION

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    Skidmore, E.; Hoffman, E.; Daugherty, W.

    2010-02-24

    The Model 9975 shipping package specifies the materials of construction for its various components. With the loss of availability of material for two components (cane fiberboard overpack and Viton{reg_sign} GLT O-rings), alternate materials of construction were identified and approved for use for transport (softwood fiberboard and Viton{reg_sign} GLT-S O-rings). As these shipping packages are part of a long-term storage configuration at the Savannah River Site, additional testing is in progress to verify satisfactory long-term performance of the alternate materials under storage conditions. The test results to date can be compared to comparable results on the original materials of construction to draw preliminary conclusions on the performance of the replacement materials.

  4. 改性SiO2/PVDF-HFP/PP无纺布复合膜的制备及电化学性能%Preparation and Electrochemical Properties of SiO2/PVDF-HFP/PP Non-Woven Composite Membrane Used for Lithium-Ion Battery

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    徐玲妍; 张明祖; 孟菊雯; 何金林; 李晓菲; 倪沛红

    2013-01-01

    Composite membranes used for lithium-ion batteries, denoted as KH570@SiO2/PVDF-HFP/PP non-woven composite membrane, have been developed based on PP non-woven coated with poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) blended with KH570@SiO2, which were obtained by modifying SiO2 with γ-methacryloxypropyl trimethoxy silane (KH570). The physical properties of the composite separators were compared with those modified without SiO2 or with bare SiO2. The morphologies, mechanical and electrochemical properties of the composite separators were investigated using scanning electron microscopy, universal tensile machine, AC impedance analysis and charge-discharge test. The results show that the modified SiO2 can be well-dispersed in membranes with more uniform micropores, and the heat resistance and electrolyte uptake of composite separators are also remarkably improved. The lithium-ion cell assembled with the composite separators shows the high ionic conductivity and exceptional retention capacity. The highest ionic conductivity of KH570@SiO2 /PVDF-HFP/PP non-woven system reaches 1.5 × 10-3S/cm. The cell assembled with the composite separators exhibits the highest discharge specific capacity of 146.6 mAh/g and good cycling performance after 100 charge-discharge cycles at 0.2 C rate.%利用γ-(甲基丙烯酰氧)丙基三甲氧基硅烷(KH570)改性纳米SiO2(简称KH570@SiO2),与聚偏氟乙烯-六氟丙烯共聚物(PVDF-HFP)溶液混合,涂覆于聚丙烯(PP)无纺布上,制成KH570@SiO2/PVDF-HFP复合PP无纺布的锂离子电池隔膜.研究复合隔膜的物理性质,并分别与不合纳米SiO2的体系以及含未改性纳米SiO2的体系进行比较.通过扫描电子显微镜(SEM)、万能材料试验机、交流阻抗和充放电循环等测试,对复合隔膜的形态、力学性能和电化学性能等进行研究.结果表明,改性的纳米SiO2能够在复合隔膜中更好地分散,微孔更加均匀,而且复合隔膜的热性能和吸

  5. Performance-oriented Architecture and the Spatial and Material Organisation Complex. Rethinking the Definition, Role and Performative Capacity of the Spatial and Material Boundaries of the Built Environment

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available This article is based on the proposition that performance-oriented design is characterised by four domains of ‘active agency’: the human subject, the spatial and material organisation complex and the environment (Hensel, 2010. While these four domains are seen to be interdependent and interacting with one another, it is nevertheless necessary to examine each in its own right. However, the spatial and material organisation complex contains both the spatial and material domains, which are interdependent to such a degree that these need to be examined in relation to one another and also in relation to the specific environment they are set within and interacting with. To explore this combined domain within the context of performance-oriented design is the aim of this article, in particularly in relation to the question of the definition and performative capacity of spatial and material boundaries. The various sections are accompanied by research by design efforts undertaken in specified academic contexts, which are intended as examples of modes and areas of inquiry relative to the purpose of this article.

  6. On the selection of materials for cryogenic seals and the testing of their performance

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    Russell, John M.

    1989-01-01

    Three questions are addressed: what mission must a cryogenic seal perform; what are the contrasts between desirable and available seal materials; and how realistic must test conditions be. The question of how to quantify the response of a material subject to large strains and which is susceptible to memory effects leads to a discussion of theoretical issues. Accordingly, the report summarizes some ideas from the rational mechanics of materials. The report ends with a list of recommendations and a conclusion.

  7. Molecular modeling of the piezoelectric effect in the ferroelectric polymer poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF).

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    Bystrov, Vladimir S; Paramonova, Ekaterina V; Bdikin, Igor K; Bystrova, Anna V; Pullar, Robert C; Kholkin, Andrei L

    2013-09-01

    In this work, computational molecular modeling and exploration was applied to study the nature of the negative piezoelectric effect in the ferroelectric polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), and the results confirmed by actual nanoscale measurements. First principle calculations were employed, using various quantum-chemical methods (QM), including semi-empirical (PM3) and various density functional theory (DFT) approaches, and in addition combined with molecular mechanics (MM) methods in complex joint approaches (QM/MM). Both PVDF molecular chains and a unit cell of crystalline β-phase PVDF were modeled. This computational molecular exploration clearly shows that the nature of the so-called negative piezo-electric effect in the ferroelectric PVDF polymer has a self-consistent quantum nature, and is related to the redistribution of the electron molecular orbitals (wave functions), leading to the shifting of atomic nuclei and reorganization of all total charges to the new, energetically optimal positions, under an applied electrical field. Molecular modeling and first principles calculations show that the piezoelectric coefficient d 33 has a negative sign, and its average values lies in the range of d 33 ~ -16.6 to -19.2 pC/N (or pm/V) (for dielectric permittivity ε = 5) and in the range of d 33 ~ -33.5 to -38.5 pC/N (or pm/V) (for ε = 10), corresponding to known data, and allowing us to explain the reasons for the negative sign of the piezo-response. We found that when a field is applied perpendicular to the PVDF chain length, as polarization increases the chain also stretches, increasing its length and reducing its height. For computed value of ε ~ 5 we obtained a value of d31 ~ +15.5 pC/N with a positive sign. This computational study is corroborated by measured nanoscale data obtained by atomic force and piezo-response force microscopy (AFM/PFM). This study could be useful as a basis for further insights into other organic and molecular ferroelectrics.

  8. Distribution of relaxation times from dielectric spectroscopy using Monte Carlo simulated annealing: Application to α-PVDF

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    Bello, A.; Laredo, E.; Grimau, M.

    1999-11-01

    The existence of a distribution of relaxation times has been widely used to describe the relaxation function versus frequency in glass-forming liquids. Several empirical distributions have been proposed and the usual method is to fit the experimental data to a model that assumes one of these functions. Another alternative is to extract from the experimental data the discrete profile of the distribution function that best fits the experimental curve without any a priori assumption. To test this approach a Monte Carlo algorithm using the simulated annealing is used to best fit simulated dielectric loss data, ɛ''(ω), generated with Cole-Cole, Cole-Davidson, Havriliak-Negami, and Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts (KWW) functions. The relaxation times distribution, G(ln(τ)), is obtained as an histogram that follows very closely the analytical expression for the distributions that are known in these cases. Also, the temporal decay functions, φ(t), are evaluated and compared to a stretched exponential. The method is then applied to experimental data for α-polyvinylidene fluoride over a temperature range 233 Kflouride (PVDF) is found to be 87, which characterizes this polymer as a relatively structurally strong material.

  9. Performance analysis of nitride alternative plasmonic materials for localized surface plasmon applications

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    Guler, U.; Naik, G. V.; Boltasseva, Alexandra

    2012-01-01

    . Titanium nitride and zirconium nitride, which were recently suggested as alternative plasmonic materials in the visible and near-infrared ranges, are compared to the performance of gold. In contrast to the results from quasistatic methods, both nitride materials are very good alternatives to the usual...

  10. 46 CFR 160.028-3 - Materials, workmanship, construction, and performance requirements.

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    2010-10-01

    ... Red Flare Distress Signals § 160.028-3 Materials, workmanship, construction, and performance... material possessing excellent wearing qualities. (b) Workmanship. Signal pistols shall be of first class... pistol-projected parachute red flare distress signals of the type covered by Subpart 160.024. The...

  11. Establishment of Testing Device for Shielding Performance of X and Gamma Ray Radiation Protection Materials

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    SONG; Ming-zhe; WEI; Ke-xin; HOU; Jin-bing; WANG; Hong-yu; GAO; Fei; NI; Ning

    2015-01-01

    X and gamma ray radiation protective material shielding performance testing device was built based on the international standard IEC61331.1-2014.The device can be used to test attenuation ratio,attenuation equivalent and lead equivalent of radiation protective material in"narrow beam condition","broad beam condition"and"inverse

  12. Enhanced High- and Low-Temperature Performance of NOx Reduction Catalyst Materials

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    Gao, Feng; Muntean, George G.; Peden, Charles HF; Howden, Ken; Currier, Neal; Kamasamudram, Krishna; Kumar, Ashok; Li, Junhui; Luo, Jinyong; Stafford, Randy; Yezerets, Aleksey; Castagnola, Mario; Chen, Hai-Ying; Hess, Howard ..

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    In this annual CRADA program report, we will briefly highlight results from our recent studies of the stability of candidate K-based high temperature NSR materials, and comparative studies of low temperature performance of SSZ-13 and SAPO-34 CHA catalysts; in particular, recent results comparing Fe- and Cu-based CHA materials.

  13. Shell Material's Performance of the Microcapsule for Electrolytic Co-Deposition

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    Liu, Hui Cong; Xu, Xiu Qing; Li, Wei Ping; Guo, Yan Hong; Zhu, Li-Qun

    The shell material of microcapsules has an important effect on the electrolytic co-deposition behavior, the release of core material and the surface performance of composite coating. This paper discussed the tensile property and the stability of three shell materials including polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), gelatin and methyl cellulose (MC). It is found that these three shell materials have good mechanical strength and flexibility which are favorable to electrolytic co-deposition and stability of microcapsules in composite coating and that MC has well permeability and porosity which has a positive effect on the release of the core material in composite coating. Moreover, the study of the thermal properties and water vapor permeability of the three shell materials showed that their permeability improved with increase of temperature and humidity. In addition, the composite copper coating containing microcapsules with PVA, gelatin or MC as shell material was prepared respectively.

  14. Numerical simulation on heat transfer performance of vertical U-tube with different borehole fill materials

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    2006-01-01

    Heat exchange performance of vertical U-tube heat exchanger was studiedwith two different borehole fill materials and CFD software. Borehole surface temperature and water temperature distribution were simulated on the condition of continuous operation for 8 h in winter with inlet water temperature being 10 ℃. The results show that there is no obvious difference on heat exchanger performance between the two different borehole fill materials.

  15. Synthesis of PVDF/ZrO2 Hybrid Membranes and Its Adsorption Property Toward Bovine Hemoglobin%PVDF/ZrO2杂化膜的制备及吸附牛血红蛋白的性能

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    吴超超; 刘根; 徐君莉; 张霞

    2014-01-01

    PVDF/ZrO2 hybrid membranes was synthesized by blending the PVDF casting solution and ZrO2 nanoparticles whose surface was modified by 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction(XRD) and thermal analysis were used to character the membranes. The results showed that the functionalized ZrO2 nanoparticles were deposited on the surface and entrapped into the inner pores of PVDF. The pore size of PVDF was affected by ZrO2 additions, which were enlarged as the ZrO2 loading amounts increased. The adsorption experiments of BHb showed that an enhanced adsorption capacity was observed for PVDF/ZrO2 hybrid membranes. When the initial concentration of BHb was 150 μg/mL, the pH value was 7 and the contact time was 45 min, the maximum capacity of hybrid membrane was 0.181 mg/cm2 . Its adsorption kinetics was in accordance with the first order kinetics model, and the adsorption iso-thermal was fitted to the Langmuir equation.%将3-氨丙基三乙氧基硅烷( APTES)表面修饰的ZrO2纳米颗粒添加到聚偏氟乙烯( PVDF)铸膜液中制备了PVDF/ZrO2杂化膜,应用SEM, TG-DTA和XRD对其结构进行了表征.结果表明, ZrO2纳米颗粒沉积在PVDF膜孔内和膜表面;ZrO2的掺杂改变了PVDF膜孔径的大小,杂化膜的孔径随着ZrO2粒子负载量的增加而增大.对牛血红蛋白( BHb)的吸附实验结果表明, PVDF/ZrO2杂化膜对BHb的吸附量显著高于PVDF原膜,当BHb初始浓度为150μg/mL, pH=7,吸附时间为45 min时, PVDF/ZrO2杂化膜的平衡吸附量为0.181 mg/cm2.其吸附动力学符合一级动力学模型;吸附等温线符合Langmuir等温方程式.

  16. PVDF-HFP/TiO2多孔杂化电解质膜的研究%Study of PVDF-HFP/TiO2 porous hybrid electrolyte membrane

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    朱中正; 刘伯文; 王新东

    2008-01-01

    将溶胶-凝胶法与相转化法结合,以偏氟乙烯-六氟丙烯共聚物(PVDF-HFP)、钛酸四丁酯为主要原料,制备了PVDF-HFP/TiO2多孔杂化膜,经电解液活化后得到PVDF-HFP/TiO2多孔杂化电解质膜.采用扫描电子显微镜法(SEM)、透射电子显微镜法(TEM)、交流阻抗法等手段对多孔杂化电解质膜的结构和性能进行了测试分析.研究结果表明,与PVDF-HFP多孔电解质膜相比,PVDF-HFP/TiO2多孔杂化电解质膜在微孔结构、离子电导率等方面都有明显的改善;同时,随着TiO2含量的增加,也增大了多孔杂化膜的孔隙率和电导率.

  17. EFFICIENCY OF RAW MATERIAL INVENTORIES IN IMPROVING SUPPLY CHAIN PERFORMANCE of CV. FIVA FOOD

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    Artadi Nugraha

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The production and number of processed food industries have slightly increased; as a result, the companies must compete to maximize their profits by conducting their efficient production process. CV. Fiva Food is one of the companies in the field of processed foods, especially in processed meat that has implemented supply chain management. It is necessary for the company to take measurements of its performance and efficiency for the entire supply chain such as procurement of raw materials. The purposes of this study were to analyze the performance of the company's supply chain and determine the most efficient  method of procurement for its raw materials as well as and to provide recommendations for the company to improve its performance of entire supply chain. This study used SCOR in analyzing the performance of supply chain and EOQ and POQ method to be compared with the method that the company uses to determine which method of procurement for raw materials is the most efficient one. The result showed that based on the matrix, the company's performance is unfavorable when it was compared to the benchmark performance of inventory days of supply. In addition, this study showed that the POQ method produces the lowest total inventory cost with savings of Rp6.647.015 for raw materials of MDM whereas EOQ method produced the lowest total inventory cost with savings of Rp222.153,78 for raw materials of FQ85CL. Keywords: performance suppy chain, SCOR, fiva food, EOQ, POQ

  18. Molecular modeling for the design of novel performance chemicals and materials

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    Rai, Beena

    2012-01-01

    Molecular modeling (MM) tools offer significant benefits in the design of industrial chemical plants and material processing operations. While the role of MM in biological fields is well established, in most cases MM works as an accessory in novel products/materials development rather than a tool for direct innovation. As a result, MM engineers and practitioners are often seized with the question: ""How do I leverage these tools to develop novel materials or chemicals in my industry?"" Molecular Modeling for the Design of Novel Performance Chemicals and Materials answers this important questio

  19. Preparation and Properties of Blend Membrane Comprised of PVDF and SMA%PVDF/SMA共混膜的制备与性能

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    魏志峰; 陈熙; 陈莉

    2012-01-01

    Alternative copolymer of Man-alt-St(SMA)was synthesized by copolymerizing styrene(st) and maleic anhydride(MAH),and then a series of SMA/poly(vinylidene flouride)(PVDF)blend membranes with different proportions of SMA and PVDF were prepared by solution phase inversion method.Membrane composition,morphology,structure and properties of SMA/PVDF membranes were characterized by infrared spectrum(FT-IR),scanning electron microscopy(FESEM),contact angle meter and membrane flux tester.Experimental results indicate that the pore size,the porosity,water flux,surface hydrophilic property and the anti-fouling properties of the blend membrane increase with the increase of alternating copolymer content in casting solution.The bovine serum solution was filtrated by the blend membranes.And the results show that the rejection rate decreases with the increase of the SMA content and pH value of the solution.%通过马来酸酐和苯乙烯合成了苯乙烯/马来酸交替共聚物(SMA),并按不同质量比与聚偏氟乙烯(PVDF)共混,通过溶液相转化成膜法制备了PVDF/SMA共混膜。采用红外光谱、扫描电镜、膜通量测试等对不同铸膜液所形成膜的结构和性能进行了研究。结果表明,随着铸膜液中交替共聚物含量增大,所成膜及膜表面交替共聚物含量增大,膜孔尺寸增大,膜孔隙率升高,纯水通量增大,蛋白质截流能力下降,膜表面亲水性和耐蛋白污染能力增强。

  20. Highly sensitive and multifunctional tactile sensor using free-standing ZnO/PVDF thin film with graphene electrodes for pressure and temperature monitoring.

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    Lee, James S; Shin, Keun-Young; Cheong, Oug Jae; Kim, Jae Hyun; Jang, Jyongsik

    2015-01-20

    We demonstrate an 80-μm-thick film (which is around 15% of the thickness of the human epidermis), which is a highly sensitive hybrid functional gauge sensor, and was fabricated from poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and ZnO nanostructures with graphene electrodes. Using this film, we were able to simultaneously measure pressure and temperature in real time. The pressure was monitored from the change in the electrical resistance via the piezoresistance of the material, and the temperature was inferred based on the recovery time of the signal. Our thin film system enabled us to detect changes in pressure as small as 10 Pa which is pressure detection limit was 10(3)-fold lower than the minimum level required for artificial skin, and to detect temperatures in the range 20-120 °C.

  1. Copper Selenide Nanocrystals as a High Performance, Solution Processed Thermoelectric Material

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    Forster, Jason; Lynch, Jared; Coates, Nelson; Sahu, Ayaskanta; Liu, Jun; Cahill, David; Urban, Jeff

    Nano-structuring a thermoelectric material often results in enhanced performance due to a decrease in the materials' thermal conductivity. Traditional nano-structuring techniques involve ball milling a bulk material followed by spark plasma sintering, a very energy intensive process. In this talk, we will describe the development of a self-assembled, high-performing, nano-structured thin film based on copper selenide nanocrystals. Mild thermal annealing of these films results in concurrent increases in the Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity. We are able to achieve power factors at room temperature that are as high as the best spark plasma sintered materials. These solution-processed films have potential applications as conformal, flexible materials for thermoelectric power generation.

  2. Freeze-thaw performance of chemically stabilized natural and recycled highway materials

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    Tuncer B Edil; Bora Cetin

    2015-01-01

    This article provides an overview of several previous studies that investigated the stiffness and strength performance of chemically stabilized roadway materials under winter conditions (freeze-thaw cycling). The objective of this research was to understand the behavior of different materials stabilized with different type of binders when they were subjected to freeze-thaw cycling. Nine different materials including natural soils (organic soil, clay, silt, sand, and road surface gravel), reclaimed pavement material, and recycled asphalt pavement stabilized with nine different binders (five different fly ashes, lime, cement, lime kiln dust, cement kiln dust) were discussed. This article investigated how the volume, resilient modulus and unconfined compressive strength of soils/materials stabilized with different binders change in response to freeze-thaw cycling. Overall, the review results indicate that the stiffness and strength of all stabilized materials decrease somewhat with freeze-thaw cycling. However, the reduced strength and stiffness of stabilized materials after freeze-thaw cycling was still higher than that of unstabilized-unfrozen original soils and materials. In addition, materials stabilized with cement kiln dust provided the best performance against freeze-thaw cycling.

  3. Molecular modeling and molecular dynamics simulation of the polarization switching phenomena in the ferroelectric polymers PVDF at the nanoscale

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    Bystrov, V.S., E-mail: bystrov@ua.pt [Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering and CICECO, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Institute of Mathematical Problems of Biology RAS, 142290, Pushchino (Russian Federation)

    2014-01-01

    The molecular modeling and molecular dynamics of polarization switching for the ferroelectric films model of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) are investigated at the nanoscale. We consider a molecular model of PVDF film, consisting of two and four a chains [–CH2–CF2–]{sub n} limited by n=6 elementary units. The first-principle approach is applied to the switching and kinetics of these models. Two types of behavior were established for PVDF chains: simultaneous and sequential rotation in high and low electric fields. Kinetics of sequential polarization switching shows a homogeneous critical behavior in the low electric field with a critical point at Landau–Ginzburg–Devonshire (LGD) coercive field E=E{sub C}. This type of kinetics demonstrates a kink-like behavior for polarization solitary wave propagation. The simultaneous type of kinetics demonstrates the total domain-like polarization switching, corresponding to exponential behavior of switching time in high electric field as for bulk samples. Corresponding LGD intrinsic coercive field for a two-chain and four-chains model is E{sub C}∼2.0 GV/m with revealing size effect. Obtained results show common quantum nature of PVDF chains switching phenomena—the quantum interaction of the PVDF molecular orbitals under applied electric field at the nanoscale level. The results obtained are compared with experimental data.

  4. Effects of magnetic field treatment on dielectric properties of CCTO@Ni/PVDF composite with low concentration of ceramic fillers

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    Chi, Q. G., E-mail: qgchi@hotmail.com, E-mail: empty-cy@l63.com [Key Laboratory of Engineering Dielectrics and Its Application, Ministry of Education, Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin 150080 (China); State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049 (China); Gao, L. [Key Laboratory of Engineering Dielectrics and Its Application, Ministry of Education, Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin 150080 (China); College of Electrical Engineering, Suihua University, Suihua 152061 (China); Wang, X.; Chen, Y., E-mail: qgchi@hotmail.com, E-mail: empty-cy@l63.com; Dong, J. F.; Cui, Y.; Lei, Q. Q. [Key Laboratory of Engineering Dielectrics and Its Application, Ministry of Education, Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin 150080 (China)

    2015-11-15

    Using melt mixing, we produced a ceramic/polymer composite with a matrix of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and a filler of 5 vol.% Ni-deposited CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} core-shell ceramic particles (CCTO@Ni), and studied its prominent dielectric characteristics for the first. Its phase composition and morphology were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. After treating the composite films with various durations of a magnetic field treatment, we compared their dielectric properties. We found that the CCTO@Ni ceramic had a typical urchin-like core-shell structure, and that different durations of the magnetic field treatment produced different distributions of ceramic particles in the PVDF matrix. The dielectric permittivity of the untreated CCTO@Ni/PVDF composite was 20% higher than that of neat PVDF, and it had a low loss tangent. However, only the composite treated for 30 min in the magnetic field had an ultra-high dielectric permittivity of 1.41 × 10{sup 4} at 10 Hz, three orders of magnitude higher than the untreated composite, which declined dramatically with increasing frequency, accompanied by an insulating-conducting phase transition and an increase in loss tangent. Our results demonstrate that changes in the dielectric properties of PVDF composites with magnetic field treatment are closely related to the percolation effect and interfacial polarization.

  5. Effects of magnetic field treatment on dielectric properties of CCTO@Ni/PVDF composite with low concentration of ceramic fillers

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    Q. G. Chi

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Using melt mixing, we produced a ceramic/polymer composite with a matrix of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF and a filler of 5 vol.% Ni-deposited CaCu3Ti4O12 core-shell ceramic particles (CCTO@Ni, and studied its prominent dielectric characteristics for the first. Its phase composition and morphology were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. After treating the composite films with various durations of a magnetic field treatment, we compared their dielectric properties. We found that the CCTO@Ni ceramic had a typical urchin-like core-shell structure, and that different durations of the magnetic field treatment produced different distributions of ceramic particles in the PVDF matrix. The dielectric permittivity of the untreated CCTO@Ni/PVDF composite was 20% higher than that of neat PVDF, and it had a low loss tangent. However, only the composite treated for 30 min in the magnetic field had an ultra-high dielectric permittivity of 1.41 × 104 at 10 Hz, three orders of magnitude higher than the untreated composite, which declined dramatically with increasing frequency, accompanied by an insulating-conducting phase transition and an increase in loss tangent. Our results demonstrate that changes in the dielectric properties of PVDF composites with magnetic field treatment are closely related to the percolation effect and interfacial polarization.

  6. Developing an environmental performance standard for the materials in buildings for the Dutch Building Decree

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    Scholten, N.P.M.; Groot-Van Dam, A. de; Kortman, J.G.M.; Huppes, G.; Ven, B. van der; Schuurmans, A.; Anink, D.

    2001-01-01

    After consulting the building industry the Dutch government decided in February 1998 to implement sustainability requirements in the Dutch Building Decree by the year 2001. Part of these requirements will be the material-based environmental performance of a building, mepb.. An energy performance

  7. In Vitro Evaluation of Biocompatibility of Uncoated Thermally Reduced Graphene and Carbon Nanotube-Loaded PVDF Membranes with Adult Neural Stem Cell-Derived Neurons and Glia

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    Defteralı, Çağla; Verdejo, Raquel; Majeed, Shahid; Boschetti-de-Fierro, Adriana; Méndez-Gómez, Héctor R.; Díaz-Guerra, Eva; Fierro, Daniel; Buhr, Kristian; Abetz, Clarissa; Martínez-Murillo, Ricardo; Vuluga, Daniela; Alexandre, Michaël; Thomassin, Jean-Michel; Detrembleur, Christophe; Jérôme, Christine; Abetz, Volker; López-Manchado, Miguel Ángel; Vicario-Abejón, Carlos

    2016-01-01

    Graphene, graphene-based nanomaterials (GBNs), and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are being investigated as potential substrates for the growth of neural cells. However, in most in vitro studies, the cells were seeded on these materials coated with various proteins implying that the observed effects on the cells could not solely be attributed to the GBN and CNT properties. Here, we studied the biocompatibility of uncoated thermally reduced graphene (TRG) and poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membranes loaded with multi-walled CNTs (MWCNTs) using neural stem cells isolated from the adult mouse olfactory bulb (termed aOBSCs). When aOBSCs were induced to differentiate on coverslips treated with TRG or control materials (polyethyleneimine-PEI and polyornithine plus fibronectin-PLO/F) in a serum-free medium, neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes were generated in all conditions, indicating that TRG permits the multi-lineage differentiation of aOBSCs. However, the total number of cells was reduced on both PEI and TRG. In a serum-containing medium, aOBSC-derived neurons and oligodendrocytes grown on TRG were more numerous than in controls; the neurons developed synaptic boutons and oligodendrocytes were more branched. In contrast, neurons growing on PVDF membranes had reduced neurite branching, and on MWCNTs-loaded membranes oligodendrocytes were lower in numbers than in controls. Overall, these findings indicate that uncoated TRG may be biocompatible with the generation, differentiation, and maturation of aOBSC-derived neurons and glial cells, implying a potential use for TRG to study functional neuronal networks. PMID:27999773

  8. In vitro evaluation of biocompatibility of uncoated thermally reduced graphene and carbon nanotube-loaded PVDF membranes with adult neural stem cell-derived neurons and glia

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    Çagla Defterali

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Graphene, graphene-based nanomaterials (GBNs and carbon nanotubes (CNTs are being investigated as potential substrates for the growth of neural cells. However, in most in vitro studies the cells were seeded on these materials coated with various proteins implying that the observed effects on the cells could not solely be attributed to the GBN and CNT properties. Here we studied the biocompatibility of uncoated thermally reduced graphene (TRG and poly-vinylidene fluoride (PVDF membranes loaded with multi walled CNTs (MWCNTs using neural stem cells (NSCs isolated from the adult mouse olfactory bulb (termed aOBSCs. When aOBSCs were induced to differentiate on coverslips treated with TRG or control materials (polyethyleneimine-PEI and polyornithine plus fibronectin-PLO/F in a serum-free medium, neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes were generated in all conditions, indicating that TRG permits the multi-lineage differentiation of aOBSCs. However, the total number of cells was reduced on both PEI and TRG. In a serum-containing medium, aOBSC-derived neurons and oligodendrocytes grown on TRG were more numerous than in controls; the neurons developed synaptic boutons and oligodendrocytes were more branched. In contrast, neurons growing on PVDF membranes had reduced neurite branching and on MWCNTs-loaded membranes, oligodendrocytes were lower in numbers than in controls. Overall, these findings indicate that uncoated TRG may be biocompatible with the generation, differentiation, and maturation of aOBSC-derived neurons and glial cells, implying a potential use for TRG to study functional neuronal networks.

  9. Federal funding in materials research. [Performance comparison of 20 materials research labs. with 15 other university non-MRLs

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    Ling, J.G.; Hand, M.A.

    1980-09-12

    The performance of the 20 materials research laboratories (MRL's) at universities funded with institutional grants by the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration is evaluated in comparison with 15 other universities (non-MRL's) receiving individually funded projects for materials research. Performance is measured by peer review and citation frequency analysis of publications, subjective evaluation of research achievements and researcher reputaton by a panel of experts, review of equipment purchases and utilization, and analysis of administrative costs. The study concludes that there are no significant differences between the MRL's and non-MRL's with respect to innovation, interdisciplinarity, utilization of specialized equipment, concentration of funding, rate of turnover, duration of research areas, and level of effort per research paper. The MRL's have a greater number of major achievements and attract researchers with higher reputations. The MRL's tend to emphasize experimental work, and in about 70% of the materials research areas sponsored by the National Science Foundation there is no overlap between the two groups. Institutional grants involve much less total (Federal plus university) administrative cost per grant dollar than project grants.

  10. Hybrid Direct Carbon Fuel Cell Performance with Anode Current Collector Material

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    Deleebeeck, Lisa; Kammer Hansen, Kent

    2015-01-01

    The influence of the current collector on the performance of a hybrid direct carbon fuel cell (HDCFC), consisting of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with a molten carbonate-carbon slurry in contact with the anode, has been investigated using current-voltage curves. Four different anode current...... collectors were studied: Au, Ni, Ag, and Pt. It was shown that the performance of the direct carbon fuel cell (DCFC) is dependent on the current collector materials, Ni and Pt giving the best performance, due to their catalytic activity. Gold is suggested to be the best material as an inert current collector...

  11. Preparation and characterization of PVDF-glass fiber composite membrane reinforced by interfacial UV-grafting copolymerization.

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    Luo, Nan; Xu, Rongle; Yang, Min; Yuan, Xing; Zhong, Hui; Fan, Yaobo

    2015-12-01

    A novel inorganic-organic composite membrane, namely poly(vinylidene fluoride) PVDF-glass fiber (PGF) composite membrane, was prepared and reinforced by interfacial ultraviolet (UV)-grafting copolymerization to improve the interfacial bonding strength between the membrane layer and the glass fiber. The interfacial polymerization between inorganic-organic interfaces is a chemical cross-linking reaction that depends on the functionalized glass fiber with silane coupling (KH570) as the initiator and the polymer solution with acrylamide monomer (AM) as the grafting block. The Fourier transform infrared spectrometer-attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR) spectra and the energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) pictures of the interface between the glass fiber and polymer matrix confirmed that the AM was grafted to the surface of the glass fiber fabric and that the grafting polymer was successfully embedded in the membrane matrix. The formation mechanisms, permeation, and anti-fouling performance of the PGF composite membrane were measured with different amounts of AM in the doping solutions. The results showed that the grafting composite membrane improved the interfacial bonding strength and permeability, and the peeling strength was improved by 32.6% for PGF composite membranes with an AM concentration at 2wt.%.

  12. Effect of Different Structural Materials on Neutronic Performance of a Hybrid Reactor

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    Übeyli, Mustafa; Tel, Eyyüp

    2003-06-01

    Selection of structural material for a fusion-fission (hybrid) reactor is very important by taking into account of neutronic performance of the blanket. Refractory metals and alloys have much higher operating temperatures and neutron wall load (NWL) capabilities than low activation materials (ferritic/martensitic steels, vanadium alloys and SiC/SiC composites) and austenitic stainless steels. In this study, effect of primary candidate refractory alloys, namely, W-5Re, T111, TZM and Nb-1Zr on neutronic performance of the hybrid reactor was investigated. Neutron transport calculations were conducted with the help of SCALE 4.3 System by solving the Boltzmann transport equation with code XSDRNPM. Among the investigated structural materials, tantalum had the worst performance due to the fact that it has higher neutron absorption cross section than others. And W-5Re and TZM having similar results showed the best performance.

  13. Influence of Workpiece Material on Tool Wear Performance and Tribofilm Formation in Machining Hardened Steel

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    Junfeng Yuan

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In addition to the bulk properties of a workpiece material, characteristics of the tribofilms formed as a result of workpiece material mass transfer to the friction surface play a significant role in friction control. This is especially true in cutting of hardened materials, where it is very difficult to use liquid based lubricants. To better understand wear performance and the formation of beneficial tribofilms, this study presents an assessment of uncoated mixed alumina ceramic tools (Al2O3+TiC in the turning of two grades of steel, AISI T1 and AISI D2. Both workpiece materials were hardened to 59 HRC then machined under identical cutting conditions. Comprehensive characterization of the resulting wear patterns and the tribofilms formed at the tool/workpiece interface were made using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy. Metallographic studies on the workpiece material were performed before the machining process and the surface integrity of the machined part was investigated after machining. Tool life was 23% higher when turning D2 than T1. This improvement in cutting tool life and wear behaviour was attributed to a difference in: (1 tribofilm generation on the friction surface and (2 the amount and distribution of carbide phases in the workpiece materials. The results show that wear performance depends both on properties of the workpiece material and characteristics of the tribofilms formed on the friction surface.

  14. Investigation of Material Performance Degradation for High-Strength Aluminum Alloy Using Acoustic Emission Method

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    Yibo Ai

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Structural materials damages are always in the form of micro-defects or cracks. Traditional or conventional methods such as micro and macro examination, tensile, bend, impact and hardness tests can be used to detect the micro damage or defects. However, these tests are destructive in nature and not in real-time, thus a non-destructive and real-time monitoring and characterization of the material damage is needed. This study is focused on the application of a non-destructive and real-time acoustic emission (AE method to study material performance degradation of a high-strength aluminum alloy of high-speed train gearbox shell. By applying data relative analysis and interpretation of AE signals, the characteristic parameters of materials performance were achieved and the failure criteria of the characteristic parameters for the material tensile damage process were established. The results show that the AE method and signal analysis can be used to accomplish the non-destructive and real-time detection of the material performance degradation process of the high-strength aluminum alloy. This technique can be extended to other engineering materials.

  15. Doublet III limiter performance and implications for mechanical design and material selection for future limiters

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    Sabado, M.M.; Marcus, F.B.; Trester, P.W.; Wesley, J.C.

    1979-10-01

    The plasma limiter system for Doublet III is described. Initially, high-Z materials, Ta-10W for the primary limiter and Mo for the backup limiters, were selected as the most attractive metallic candidates from the standpoint of thermal and structural properties. For the purpose of evaluating the effect of material Z on plasma performance, the nonmagnetic, Ni-base alloy Inconel X-750 was selected for a medium-Z limiter material. Graphite, a low-Z material, will likely be the next limiter material for evaluation. Design and material selection criteria for the different Z ranges are presented. The performance of the high-Z limiters in Doublet III is reviewed for an operation period that included approximately 5000 plasma shots. Changes in surface appearance and metallurgical changes are characterized. Discussion is presented on how and to what extent the high-Z elements affected the performance of the plasma based on theory and measurements in Doublet III. The fabrication processes for the Inconel X-750 limiters are summarized, and, last, observations on early performance of the Inconel limiters are described. (MOW)

  16. PU/PVDF 防水透气共混膜的制备及性能研究%Preparation and characterization analysis of waterproof breathable PU/PVDF nanofibrous membranes

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    周颖; 姚理荣; 高强

    2014-01-01

    PU/PVDF nanofibrous membranes were successfully prepared by electrospinning .The effect of the concentration , the component solvent of DMF/acetone and mass ratio of solute on the morphology , the diameter of the spun fibers and the contact angle of fiber membrane were studied .The PU/PVDF