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  1. Capitate pyrocarbon prosthesis in radiocarpal osteoarthritis.

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    Goubier, Jean-Noël; Vogels, Jérome; Teboul, Frédéric

    2011-03-01

    Scapholunate dissociation or scaphoid pseudarthrosis may lead to osteoarthritis of the wrist. When osteoarthritis affects the midcarpal joint, proximal row carpectomy is no longer possible and only 4 corners fusion or capitolunate arthrodesis may be indicated. However, in some cases, osteoarthritis or bone necrosis may involve the lunatum, making partial arthrodeses impossible. Total arthrodesis may be proposed in such cases, but with a loss of range-of-motion. Total prosthesis may be considered but the results of this procedure are not always encouraging. Consequently, in these situations, we perform pyrocarbon prosthesis implant, replacing the head of the capitatum. This article describes the procedure and the results of a preliminary study.

  2. Fabrication of Isotropic Pyrocarbon at 1400℃ by Thermal Gradient Chemical Vapor Deposition Apparatus

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    GUO Lingjun; ZHANG Dongsheng; LI Kezhi; LI Hejun

    2009-01-01

    An experiment was designed to prepare isotropic pyrocarbon by thermal gradient chemical vapor deposition apparatus.The deposition was performed under ambient atmosphere at 1400℃,with natural gas volume flow of 3.5 m~3/h for 80 h.The results show that the thickness and the bulk density of the deposit are about 1.95 g/cm~3 and 10 mm,respectively.The microstructure of the deposit was examined by polarized light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy,which shows that the deposit is constituted of sphere isotropic pyrocarbon,pebble pyrocarbon and laminar pyrocarbon.

  3. Effect of nickel introduced by electroplating on pyrocarbon deposition of carbon-fiber preforms

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    Ren Yancai; Shi Xiaohong; Li Hejun; Li Kezhi; Zhang Xin

    2014-01-01

    In order to improve the deposition rate and microstructure of pyrocarbon, nickel was introduced by electroplating on carbon fibers and used as a catalyst during the deposition of pyro-carbon at 1000 ?C using methane as a precursor gas. The distribution of nickel catalyst and the microstructure of pyrocarbon were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Raman micro-spectrometry. Results show that nano-sized nickel particles could be well distributed on carbon fibers and the pyrocarbon deposited catalytically had a smaller d002 value and a higher graphitization degree compared with that without catalyst. In addition, the deposition rate of pyrocarbon in each hour was measured. The deposition rate of pyrocarbon in the first hour was more than 10 times when carbon cloth substrates were doped with nickel catalysts as compared to the pure carbon cloths. The pyrocarbon gained by rapid deposition may include two parts, which are generation directly on the nickel catalyst and formation with the carbon nanofibers as crystal nucleus.

  4. Effect of nickel introduced by electroplating on pyrocarbon deposition of carbon-fiber preforms

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    Ren Yancai

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available In order to improve the deposition rate and microstructure of pyrocarbon, nickel was introduced by electroplating on carbon fibers and used as a catalyst during the deposition of pyrocarbon at 1000 °C using methane as a precursor gas. The distribution of nickel catalyst and the microstructure of pyrocarbon were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS, X-ray diffraction (XRD, and Raman micro-spectrometry. Results show that nano-sized nickel particles could be well distributed on carbon fibers and the pyrocarbon deposited catalytically had a smaller d002 value and a higher graphitization degree compared with that without catalyst. In addition, the deposition rate of pyrocarbon in each hour was measured. The deposition rate of pyrocarbon in the first hour was more than 10 times when carbon cloth substrates were doped with nickel catalysts as compared to the pure carbon cloths. The pyrocarbon gained by rapid deposition may include two parts, which are generation directly on the nickel catalyst and formation with the carbon nanofibers as crystal nucleus.

  5. Preparation of carbon/siliconl pyrocarbon composite materials for anode of lithium-ion battery

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    2015-01-01

    In present study,silicon and pyrocarbon was coated on the low crystalline carbon fibers as core carbon using chemical vapor deposition technique,and effect of the thin film silicon /pyrocarbon coating on electrochemical properties was examined. Crystalline silicon was deposited on core carbon without the formation of SiC that was inert with lithium. Charge capacity (Li de-intercalation) of the pristine carbon fiber was successfully increased up to 630 mAh/g by coating with 11 mass% silicon an...

  6. The use of a pyrocarbon capitate resurfacing implant in chronic wrist disorders.

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    Marcuzzi, A; Ozben, H; Russomando, A

    2014-07-01

    The present study describes the technique and results of proximal row carpectomy with resection of the head of the capitate and replacement with a pyrocarbon capitate resurfacing implant. The major indication for surgical treatment was arthritic changes on the head of the capitate. Patients were assessed by range of motion, grip strength, pain and functional scoring, and radiographic studies. In most patients, wrist function was improved and pain relief was obtained. This surgical procedure may represent a good alternative to total and partial wrist arthrodesis.

  7. Pyrocarbon spacer as a trapezium replacement for arthritis of the trapeziometacarpal joint; a follow-up study of 60 cases.

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    Szalay, Gabor; Meyer, Christof; Scheufens, Tanja; Schnettler, Reinhard; Christ, Ralph; Schleicher, Iris

    2013-12-01

    Rhizarthrosis is the most common degenerative joint disease of the hand, affecting about 10% of the population. We report our results with trapezium replacement using a pyrocarbon spacer. Between January 2005 and April 2010, 70 patients underwent trapeziectomy with interposition of a pyrocarbon spacer. Sixty patients were examined at an average follow-up of 23.6 (5-64) months after the operation. Six (8.6%) of the 70 implanted pyrocarbon spacers dislocated. Based on the assessment scale devised by Buck-Gramcko, 19 patients achieved a very good outcome (31.6%), 31 patients (51.6%) had a good outcome, six results were satisfactory (10%) and four patients (6.6%) had a poor result. In this study, trapeziectomy and implantation of a pyrocarbon spacer achieved good or very good results in 83.2% of cases. The high cost of the implant and the observed rate of spacer dislocation should however be considered critically. While the short-term results of this method are encouraging, long-term outcomes will show whether this technique can keep up with the good results of suspension arthroplasty.

  8. Alkyl Pyrocarbonate Electrolyte Additives for Performance Enhancement of Li Ion Cells

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    Smart, M. C.; Ratnakumar, B. V.; Surampudi, S.

    2000-01-01

    Lithium ion rechargeable batteries are being developed for various aerospace applications under a NASA-DoD Interagency program. These applications require further improvements in several areas, specifically in the cycle life for LEO and GEO satellites and in the low temperature performance for the Mars Lander and Rover missions. Accordingly, we have been pursuing research studies to achieve improvement in the low temperature performance, long cycle life and active life of Li ion cells. The studies are mainly focused on electrolytes, to identify newer formulations of new electrolyte additives to enhance Li permeability (at low temperatures) and stability towards the electrode. The latter approach is particularly aimed at the formation suitable SEI (solid electrolyte interphase) on carbon electrodes. In this paper, we report the beneficial effect of using alkyl pyrocarbonates as electrolyte additives to improve the low temperature performance of Li ion cells.

  9. Early outcomes of arthroplasty of the first carpometacarpal joint using pyrocarbon spherical implants

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    Bengezi, Omar; Vo, Anthony

    2014-01-01

    The first carpometacarpal joint (CMC) is the most common hand joint to develop osteoarthritis. A survey found that many hand surgeons have revisited implant arthroplasty because it preserves critical structures. However, there is currently no implant with an ideal design and material composition. The present study was the first to use and evaluate early outcomes of pyrocarbon spherical implants for arthroplasty of the first CMC in patients with Eaton-Littler stage II and III osteoarthritis. A single surgeon performed 24 arthroplasties (23 patients [20 women, three men] with a mean age of 56 years [range 46 to 75 years]) of the first CMC (nine right hands and 15 left hands) using pyrocarbon spherical implants from May 2010 to April 2013. All patients failed conservative management. At a mean (± SD) of 18.5±11.16 months postoperatively (range 4.3 to 38.9 months), the mean Kapandji score was 8.8 of 10 (range 7 to 10), the average pre- and postoperative values on the visual pain scale were 8.96±0.64 of 10 (range 8 to 10) and 1.13±1.22 of 10 (range 0 to 4), respectively. All patients were either very satisfied (score = 5) or satisfied (score = 4) with the procedure, with a mean satisfaction score of 4.76±0.44 of 5.00 (range 4 to 5). The mean postoperative Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) score was 11.79±14.29 (range 0 to 49.17). The most recent radiographic evaluations confirmed that all implants were stable with no erosion of nearby cancellous bone. There were no implant subluxations, dislocations or revisions. Early outcomes show promising results and support continued use of this implant for arthroplasty. However, longer-term follow-up will be needed to confirm these results. PMID:25114617

  10. Thermal diffusivity measurement of the porous pyrocarbon layer of a high temperature reactor fuel particulate by photothermal microscopy; Mesure de la diffusivite thermique de la couche de pyrocarbone poreux d'une particule de combustible pour reacteur a haute temperature par microscopie photothermique

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    Le Meur, G.; Rochais, D.; Domingues, G. [CEA Centre d' Etudes du Ripault (SRCC/LMC), 37 - Tours (France); Basini, V. [CEA Cadarache (DEC/SPUA/LMPC), 13 - Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France). Dept. d' Etudes des Combustibles

    2006-07-01

    This work presents the results of a measurements campaign of the thermal diffusivity of the porous pyrocarbon layer (90 {mu}m thickness) of a HTR (high temperature reactor) fuel particulate. The photo-reflectance microscopy technique is used and allows to characterize the microscopic skeleton of the layer. The effective thermal diffusivity of the layer is estimated using a numerical homogenization technique which integrates the properties of gases confined inside the porosities. (J.S.)

  11. Microstructure of Silicon-alloyed Pyrocarbon for Mechanical Heart Valves%人工心瓣含硅热解炭涂层的微观结构

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    张建辉; 孙海博; 王根明; 郭鹏海

    2011-01-01

    为了研究人工心瓣含硅热解炭涂层的微观结构,利用准稳态流化床反应装置制备出了含硅热解炭涂层,利用X射线衍射(XRD)、X射线能谱仪(EDS)、扫描电镜(SEM)、透射电镜(TEM)和偏光显微镜(PLM)对涂层微观结构进行了表征.结果表明,该涂层材料只有乱层结构热解炭和β型碳化硅两种物相,主要由直径为300 nm ~1μm的球形颗粒状碳结构组成,球形颗粒之间由片层状碳结构紧密相连,偶尔会形成闭合孔洞(直径约为0.1 ~1μm).涂层中硅元素宏观均匀分布且含量适中(6.48 wt%),直径约6~8nm的β型碳化硅晶粒无规则取向分布且存在微观尺度的集聚现象.含硅热解炭涂层的这些结构特征决定了其均匀致密、宏观各向同性的特性.%In order to study microstructure of silicon-alloyed pyrocarbon for mechanical heart valves, the silicon-alloyed pyrocarbon coating was prepared by a quasi-steady-state fluidized bed reactor. Microstructure of the coating was investigated by X-ray diffraction ( XRD ) , X-ray energy dispersive spectrometer ( EDS ) , scanning electron microscopy ( SEM ) , transmission electron microscopy ( TEM) and polarized light microscopy ( PLM). The results showed that the coating consisted of two phases, turbostratic pyrocarbon and (3 silicon carbide (β-SiC) , and was mainly composed of spherical particles that were from 300 nm to 1 μm in diameter. These spherical particles, between which there were occasionally pores (about 0. 1 - 1 μm in diameter) , were welded by laminar carbons. The silicon element whose content was moderate (6. 48 wt% ) distributed macro-unifonnly in the coating. The β-SiC grains about 6-8 nm in grain size distributed with random orientation and had some micro-scale agglomeration. These structural features of the silicon-alloyed pyrocarbon coating determined its uniform, dense and macroscopically isotropic properties.

  12. Chemical modification of contractile 3-nm-diameter filaments in Vorticella spasmoneme by diethyl-pyrocarbonate and its reversible renaturation by hydroxylamine.

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    Fang, Jie; Zhang, Bei; Asai, Hiroshi

    2003-10-31

    A peritrich ciliate possesses a zooid and a long stalk consisting of a bundle of 3-nm-diameter filaments. Glycerinated stalks can contract in the presence of free Ca(2+) and re-extend in the absence of free Ca(2+). In the present study, we demonstrated that histidine residue(s) played a critical role in spasmoneme contraction by using glycerinated stalk of Vorticella. Concentration-dependent inhibition of spasmoneme contraction was observed in the presence of reversible histidine-modifying reagent named diethyl-pyrocarbonate (DEPC). In addition, the contractility degree of DEPC-modified spasmoneme could be partially restored by hydroxylamine treatment. The 244nm absorption of modified spasmoneme protein(s) increased with rising DEPC concentration and decreased following the addition of hydroxylamine treatment. Adding Ca(2+) before DEPC modification could prevent the spasmoneme contraction from inhibition of DEPC. Those results suggested that histidine residues were actively involved in spasmoneme contraction. Ca(2+)-binding ability of spasmin was not inhibited by DEPC modification, which suggested that the essential histidine residues were not on the calcium-binding site of spasmin.

  13. 模型孔中化学气相渗透过程的热解碳沉积模拟%Modeling of Chemical Vapor Infiltration for Pyrocarbon within Capillaries

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    汤哲鹏; 张中伟; 房金铭; 彭雨晴; 李爱军; 张丹

    2016-01-01

    Coupling homogeneous gas-phase reaction mechanism with lumped reaction mechanism, the pyrocarbon deposition process of the methane pyrolysis was simulated within the capillaries. The initial concentrations for the in-volved gas-phase species at the mouth of capillary are obtained firstly by computation of the plug flow using homoge-neous gas-phase reaction mechanism during methane pyrolysis. Chemical vapor infiltration of pyrocarbon from meth-ane in the capillary is simulated by deposition model, hydrogen inhibition model and lumped reaction mechanism. Predicted results for the mean deposition rate along the capillary depth are well validated by previously published ex-perimental results, in which, at temperatures of 1373 and 1398 K, methane pressures are ranging from 10 to 20 kPa, and residence times are of 0.08 and 0.2 s. Simulated results show that the gradient of the mean deposition rate profile increases with methane pressure and capillary depth, and the deposition rate for transition capillary is lower than the corresponding closed capillary.%研究耦合均气相反应机理和总括反应机理,以模拟甲烷在模型孔中的热解碳沉积过程.在平推流反应器模型中,利用均气相反应机理对甲烷裂解的气相组分的变化进行模拟,并将平推流反应器相应位置的气体组分浓度作为模型孔入口初始浓度.运用包含总括反应机理及氢气抑制模型的热解碳沉积模型,对甲烷在模型孔中的化学气相渗透过程进行模拟.在温度1373和1398 K,甲烷压强10~20 kPa,停留时间0.08和0.2 s下,沿模型孔深度方向的热解碳平均沉积速率的模拟结果与文献报道的实验结果有较好的吻合.模拟结果表明:热解碳平均沉积速率随甲烷压强和模型孔深度的增加而增大,且通孔的沉积速率要低于相应实验条件下一端闭孔的模型孔沉积速率.

  14. Acceptance Test Data for BWXT Coated Particle Batch 93164A Defective IPyC Fraction and Pyrocarbon Anisotropy

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    Helmreich, Grant W. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Hunn, John D. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Skitt, Darren J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Dyer, John A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2017-02-01

    Coated particle fuel batch J52O-16-93164 was produced by Babcock and Wilcox Technologies (BWXT) for possible selection as fuel for the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification (AGR) Program’s AGR-5/6/7 irradiation test in the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Advanced Test Reactor (ATR), or may be used as demonstration production-scale coated particle fuel for other experiments. The tristructural-isotropic (TRISO) coatings were deposited in a 150-mm-diameter production-scale fluidizedbed chemical vapor deposition (CVD) furnace onto 425-μm-nominal-diameter spherical kernels from BWXT lot J52L-16-69316. Each kernel contained a mixture of 15.5%-enriched uranium carbide and uranium oxide (UCO) and was coated with four consecutive CVD layers: a ~50% dense carbon buffer layer with 100-μm-nominal thickness, a dense inner pyrolytic carbon (IPyC) layer with 40-μm-nominal thickness, a silicon carbide (SiC) layer with 35-μm-nominal thickness, and a dense outer pyrolytic carbon (OPyC) layer with 40-μm-nominal thickness. The TRISO-coated particle batch was sieved to upgrade the particles by removing over-sized and under-sized material, and the upgraded batch was designated by appending the letter A to the end of the batch number (i.e., 93164A).

  15. Acceptance Test Data for the AGR-5/6/7 Irradiation Test Fuel Composite Defective IPyC Fraction and Pyrocarbon Anisotropy

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    Helmreich, Grant W. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Hunn, John D. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Skitt, Darren J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Dyer, John A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Schumacher, Austin T. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2017-05-01

    Coated particle composite J52R-16-98005 was produced by Babcock and Wilcox Technologies (BWXT) as fuel for the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification (AGR) Program’s AGR-5/6/7 irradiation test in the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). This composite was comprised of four coated particle fuel batches J52O-16-93165B (26%), 93168B (26%), 93169B (24%), and 93170B (24%), chosen based on the Quality Control (QC) data acquired for each individual candidate AGR-5/6/7 batch. Each batch was coated in a 150-mm-diameter production-scale fluidized-bed chemical vapor deposition (CVD) furnace. Tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coatings were deposited on 425-μm-nominal-diameter spherical kernels from BWXT Lot J52R-16-69317 containing a mixture of 15.5%-enriched uranium carbide and uranium oxide (UCO). The TRISO coatings consisted of four consecutive CVD layers: a ~50% dense carbon buffer layer with 100-μm-nominal thickness, a dense inner pyrolytic carbon (IPyC) layer with 40-μm-nominal thickness, a silicon carbide (SiC) layer with 35-μm-nominal thickness, and a dense outer pyrolytic carbon (OPyC) layer with 40-μm-nominal thickness. The TRISO-coated particle batches were sieved to upgrade the particles by removing over-sized and under-sized material, and the upgraded batches were designated by appending the letter A to the end of the batch number (e.g., 93165A). Secondary upgrading by sieving was performed on the A-designated batches to remove particles with missing or very-thin buffer layers that were identified during previous analysis of the individual batches for defective IPyC, as reported in the acceptance test data report for the AGR-5/6/7 production batches [Hunn et al. 2017]. The additionally-upgraded batches were designated by appending the letter B to the end of the batch number (e.g., 93165B).

  16. Acceptance Test Data for Candidate AGR-5/6/7 TRISO Particle Batches BWXT Coater Batches 93165 93172 Defective IPyC Fraction and Pyrocarbon Anisotropy

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    Helmreich, Grant W. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Hunn, John D. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Skitt, Darren J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Dyer, John A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Schumacher, Austin T. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2017-03-01

    Coated particle fuel batches J52O-16-93165, 93166, 93168, 93169, 93170, and 93172 were produced by Babcock and Wilcox Technologies (BWXT) for possible selection as fuel for the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification (AGR) Program’s AGR-5/6/7 irradiation test in the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). Some of these batches may alternately be used as demonstration coated particle fuel for other experiments. Each batch was coated in a 150-mm-diameter production-scale fluidized-bed chemical vapor deposition (CVD) furnace. Tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coatings were deposited on 425-μm-nominal-diameter spherical kernels from BWXT lot J52R-16-69317 containing a mixture of 15.5%-enriched uranium carbide and uranium oxide (UCO). The TRISO coatings consisted of four consecutive CVD layers: a ~50% dense carbon buffer layer with 100-μm-nominal thickness, a dense inner pyrolytic carbon (IPyC) layer with 40-μm-nominal thickness, a silicon carbide (SiC) layer with 35-μm-nominal thickness, and a dense outer pyrolytic carbon (OPyC) layer with 40-μmnominal thickness. The TRISO-coated particle batches were sieved to upgrade the particles by removing over-sized and under-sized material, and the upgraded batches were designated by appending the letter A to the end of the batch number (e.g., 93165A).

  17. "熱分解炭素をコーティングした難黒鉛化性炭素繊維のリチウムイオン電池負極特性"

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    2014-01-01

    "Pyrolytic carbon (pyrocarbon) was coated on the low crystalline non-graphitizing carbon fiber for the anode material of lithium-ion battery at 950°C from C3H8(30%)-H2 gas system using pressure-pulsed chemical vapor infiltration. Carbon fiber was coated with the dense pyrocarbon film having the laminar texture and the low surface area of 1.9m^2g^-1. lt was revealed from XRD and Raman spectroscopy that the crystallinity of pyrocarbon is higher than that of the core carbon. Irreversible capacit...

  18. The influence of the atomic structure of basal planes on interplanar distance in pyrolytic carbon materials

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    Borgardt, N. I.; Prihodko, A. S.; Seibt, M.

    2016-12-01

    The atomic structure of carbon materials is studied using the example of pyrocarbon and boronrich pyrocarbon by means of the method of reconstruction of the wave function in transmission electron microscopy. It is shown that the digital processing of the phase distributions of these functions allows us to find the average distance between the basal planes. Using the method of molecular dynamics for the formation of the test structures and obtaining for them the calculated phase distributions, the effect of depletion of the basal planes of the carbon atoms on the interplanar distance in the pyrocarbon materials is quantified.

  19. The effects of addition of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} on the microstructure and mechanical properties of carbon/carbon composites

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    Lu, Jinhua, E-mail: lujinhua@nwpu.edu.cn; Yang, Binke; Li, Hejun; Fu, Qiangang; Zhang, Weiben

    2014-07-29

    For the purpose of comparison, C/C composites were prepared with and without lanthanum oxide (La{sub 2}O{sub 3}) by thermal gradient chemical vapour infiltration (TCVI). Natural gas was used as the carbon source, and N{sub 2} was selected as the diluent gas and protected gas in the experiments. The effects of percentage composition of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} on the microstructure and mechanical properties were investigated. The microstructure was investigated via polarized light microscope (PLM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The mechanical properties were studied via three-point flexural testing. The results indicate that the addition of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} has a considerable effect on pyrocarbon texture, with the matrix of the pure C/C composite being composed of ISO and smooth laminar (SL) pyrocarbon, whereas the matrix of composites with La{sub 2}O{sub 3} was mainly dominated by SL pyrocarbon. The differences are the refinement of pyrocarbon texture and increase of the extinction angle with the increasing content of La{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Moreover, it was observed that the ultimate flexural strength of C/C composites with La{sub 2}O{sub 3} was significantly improved, from which it can be deduced that La{sub 2}O{sub 3} improves the interface roughness and interface bonding strength between carbon fibres and the pyrocarbon matrix by interfacial chemical reaction.

  20. The Infiltration Process and Texture Transition of 2D C/C Composites

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    Hejun Li; Guozhong Xu; Kezhi Li; Chuang Wang; Wei Li; Miaoling Li

    2009-01-01

    2D needle-punched fiber felt was infiltrated by a kind of rapid isothermal chemical vapor infiltration technique. The infiltration process and texture transition of the infiltrated C/C composites were investigated. The porosity and the variations of the cumulative pore volume were determined by mercury porosimetry. The texture of matrix carbon was studied under a polarized light microscope. The results show that the relative mass gain of the sample increases directly as the infiltration time at the initial stage until 20 h, and subsequently the increasing rate of the relative mass gain decreases gradually with the prolonging of infiltration time. Three layers of pyrocarbon were formed around fibers. Low-textured pyrocarbon was obtained at the initial stage. With the densification going on, high-textured pyrocarbon was formed on the surface of low-textured pyrocarbon. Then, low-textured pyrocarbon was produced again during the final stage of densification. The texture transition is ascribed to the variation of the ratio of cumulative inner surface area to volume of pores and the gas partial pressure in pores.

  1. Fractal characterization of pore microstructure evolution in carbon/carbon composites

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    LI MiaoLing; QI LeHua; LI HeJun; XU GuoZhong

    2009-01-01

    A fractal characterization approach was proposed to research pore microstructure evolution in carbon/carbon (C/C) composites during the chemical vapor infiltration process. The data obtained from mercury porosimetry determinations were analyzed using the sponge fractal model and the thermodynamics relation fractal model, respectively. The fractal dimensions of C/C composites at different densification stages were evaluated. The pore microstructure evolution with densification time was studied by fractal dimension analysis. The results showed that ClC composites belong to porous fractal structure. The fractal dimensions increase on the whole with decreasing porosity as the densification proceeds. The fractal dimensions are influenced by the texture of pyrocarbon and decrease with increasing anisotropy from isotropic pyrocarbon to high textural one. Both the complicacy of pore structure and the textural morphology of pyrocarbon can be represented simultaneously by the fractal dimension. The pore evolution of C/C composites in the densification process can be monitored using fractal dimension.

  2. Boron-bearing species in ceramic matrix composites for long-term aerospace applications

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    Naslain, R.; Guette, A.; Rebillat, F.; Pailler, R.; Langlais, F.; Bourrat, X.

    2004-02-01

    Boron-bearing refractory species are introduced in non-oxide ceramic matrix fibrous composites (such as SiC/SiC composites) to improve their oxidation resistance under load at high temperatures with a view to applications in the aerospace field. B-doped pyrocarbon and hex-BN have been successfully used as interphase (instead of pure pyrocarbon) either as homogeneous or multilayered fiber coatings, to arrest and deflect matrix cracks formed under load (mechanical fuse function) and to give toughness to the materials. A self-healing multilayered matrix is designed and used in a model composite, which combines B-doped pyrocarbon mechanical fuse layers and B- and Si-bearing compound (namely B 4C and SiC) layers forming B 2O 3-based fluid healing phases when exposed to an oxidizing atmosphere. All the materials are deposited by chemical vapor infiltration. Lifetimes under tensile loading of several hundreds hours at high temperatures are reported.

  3. Microstructure of C/C Composites with Different Matrix Carbon

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    LIU Hao

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The microstructure of carbon/carbon(C/C composites with different matrix carbon was studied by polarized light microscopy (PLM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM and XRD techniques respectively. PLM results indicate that the different matrix carbon exhibits different optical reactivity, and the average optical reactivity is gradually enhanced from normal pitch carbon, smooth laminar of pyrocarbon, rough laminar of pyrocarbon to mesophase pitch carbon; SEM results show that the normal pitch carbon is mainly of grapy structure, the pyrocarbon exhibits like-crinkle lamellar structure, while the mesophase pitch carbon exhibits lamellar banded structure with different shapes. Under HRTEM, the lattice fringes of the mesophase pitch carbon are arranged regularly, is a long range ordered crystal structure, and the preferred orientation is high. The degree of the graphite and the interlayer spacing of the material B (mesophase pitch-based C/C composites are better than that of the material D (pyrocarbon-based C/C composites.

  4. Pyrolysis of phenols from lignite semicoking tar

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    Platonov, V.V.; Ryltsova, S.V.; Proskuryakov, V.A.; Rozental, D.A.; Polovetskaya, O.S.; Martynov, V.Y.; Chilachava, K.B.

    2000-07-01

    Pyrolysis of phenols from lignite semicoking tar at 750-900 {degree}C and contact time of 0.5-6.0 s was studied. The yields of pyrocarbon, pyrolysis gas, and liquid products and the group and component composition of the liquid products and pyrolysis gas were determined. The main groups of compounds in liquid products were analysed.

  5. Chronic transscaphoid, transcapitate perilunate fracture dislocation of the wrist: Fenton's syndrome.

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    Marcuzzi, A; Ozben, H; Russomando, A; Petit, A

    2013-04-01

    The authors report about chronic Fenton's syndrome. This rare injury of the wrist is characterized by scapho-capitate fracture accompanied by 180° rotation of the head of capitate and associated perilunate dislocation. Two patients suffering from chronic Fenton's syndrome were treated with pyrocarbon capitate resurfacing prosthesis. Patients were evaluated according to the wrist range of motion, Mayo modified wrist and DASH scores. In conclusion, prosthetic surgery may achieve satisfactory results for this rare and diagnostically challenging syndrome.

  6. Pyrolysis of hydrocarbons from lignite semicoking tar

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    Platonov, V.V.; Ryl' tsova, S.V.; Proskuryakov, V.A.; Rozental, D.A.; Polovetskaya, O.S.

    2000-07-01

    Pyrolysis of hydrocarbons from lignite semicoking tar in the range 750-900{degree}C at a contact time within 0.5-6.0 s was studied. The yields of pyrocarbons, pyrolysis gas, and liquid products and the group and component compositions of the liquid and gaseous products were determined. The optimal pyrolysis parameters from the viewpoint of obtaining the maximal yield of particular 'secondary' hydrocarbons were recommended.

  7. Pyrolysis of asphaltenes from lignite semicoking tar

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    Platonov, V.V.; Ryl' tsova, S.V.; Rozental, D.A.; Proskuryakov, V.A.; Polovetskaya, O.S.

    2000-07-01

    Pyrolysis of asphaltenes from lignite semicoking tar in the range 750-900{degree}C at a contact time within 0.5-6.0 s was studied. The yields of pyrocarbons, pyrolysis gas, and liquid products and the group composition of the liquid products were determined. The total analysis of the major groups of compounds present in the liquid products was performed, and the optimal conditions of pyrolysis, from the viewpoint of preparation of particular compounds, were recommended.

  8. Advanced Characterization Techniques for SiC and PyC Coatings on High-Temperature Reactor Fuel Particles

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    Helary, D.; Dugne, O.; Bourrat, Xavier

    2008-01-01

    International audience; Enhancing the safety of high-temperature reactors (HTRs) is based on the quality of the fuel particles, requiring good knowledge of the microstructure of the four-layer particles designed to retain the fission products during irradiation and under accidental conditions. This paper focuses on the intensive research work performed to characterize the micro- and nanostructure of each unirradiated layer (silicon carbide and pyrocarbon coatings). The analytic expertise deve...

  9. Fractal characterization of pore microstructure evolution in carbon/carbon composites

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    2009-01-01

    A fractal characterization approach was proposed to research pore microstructure evolution in car- bon/carbon (C/C) composites during the chemical vapor infiltration process. The data obtained from mercury porosimetry determinations were analyzed using the sponge fractal model and the thermo- dynamics relation fractal model, respectively. The fractal dimensions of C/C composites at different densification stages were evaluated. The pore microstructure evolution with densification time was studied by fractal dimension analysis. The results showed that C/C composites belong to porous frac- tal structure. The fractal dimensions increase on the whole with decreasing porosity as the densifica- tion proceeds. The fractal dimensions are influenced by the texture of pyrocarbon and decrease with increasing anisotropy from isotropic pyrocarbon to high textural one. Both the complicacy of pore structure and the textural morphology of pyrocarbon can be represented simultaneously by the fractal dimension. The pore evolution of C/C composites in the densification process can be monitored using fractal dimension.

  10. Quantitative characterization of the carbon/carbon composites components based on video of polarized light microscope.

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    Li, Yixian; Qi, Lehua; Song, Yongshan; Chao, Xujiang

    2017-02-13

    The components of carbon/carbon (C/C) composites have significant influence on the thermal and mechanical properties, so a quantitative characterization of component is necessary to study the microstructure of C/C composites, and further to improve the macroscopic properties of C/C composites. Considering the extinction crosses of the pyrocarbon matrix have significant moving features, the polarized light microscope (PLM) video is used to characterize C/C composites quantitatively because it contains sufficiently dynamic and structure information. Then the optical flow method is introduced to compute the optical flow field between the adjacent frames, and segment the components of C/C composites from PLM image by image processing. Meanwhile the matrix with different textures is re-segmented by the length difference of motion vectors, and then the component fraction of each component and extinction angle of pyrocarbon matrix are calculated directly. Finally, the C/C composites are successfully characterized from three aspects of carbon fiber, pyrocarbon, and pores by a series of image processing operators based on PLM video, and the errors of component fractions are less than 15%.

  11. Microstructural investigations in Cf-SiC composites in as-sintered state and after creep experiments

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    Vicens; Boitier; Chermant

    1999-11-01

    The high interest in ceramic matrix composites during the last decade has led to a considerable number of studies devoted to their thermomechanical properties and damage processes. Despite their sensitivity to oxygen partial pressure, carbon fibres appear to possess higher stability and better mechanical properties if they are treated under protective atmospheres than other ceramic fibres (especially classical silicon carbide fibres). The aim of this investigation is to characterize at the nanoscale the main microstructural parameters of Cf-SiC composites provided by the SEP (Division of SNECMA, Bordeaux, France). This material was fabricated from a 2.5D preform made of high strength polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-based carbon fibres densified according to the chemical vapour infiltration process. A pyrocarbon (PyC) interphase was deposited on the fibre prior to the beta-SiC matrix infiltration. A careful high resolution electron microscopy (HREM) microstructural investigation focused on the fibre microstructure as well as on the different interfaces in the material: pyrocarbon/fibre and matrix/pyrocarbon interfaces. All these observations have been realized in longitudinal and transverse sections of the specimen. These observations are found in good agreement with Guigon's model for high strength ex-PAN carbon fibres. The PyC interphase texture was strongly anisotropic at the fibre/interphase and interphase/matrix interfaces over a mean thickness of 8-15 nm. Tensile creep tests were performed under partial pressure of argon between 1273 and 1673 K for stress levels ranging from 110 to 220 MPa. Scanning electron microscopy and high resolution electron microscopy were used to study the microstructural modifications inside the fibres and at the different interfaces. A discussion of the possible creep mechanisms based on the microstructural investigation and the creep results is presented.

  12. 基体炭种类对C/C复合材料电导率的影响分析%Effect of different matrix on C/C composites conductivity

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    曾光登; 刘建军; 邹武

    2012-01-01

    Pyrocarbon-matrix, resin-matrix, pitch-matrix C/C composite and pyrocarbon/pitch dual-matrix , resin/ pitch dual-matrix C/C composites were prepared respectively with needle-punched carbon felt as reinforcement. The relation was researched and compared between content of different precursor matrix antl conductivity, The. results showed that C/C composites with different precursor matrix exhibit a great difference on conductive properties, the conductivities of resin-matrix C/C composite and pitch-matrix C/C composite are three times bigger than that of pyrocarbon C/C composites. Pyrocarbon and pitch dual-matrix C/C composite conductivity accords with the simple parallel connection principle. Pitch and resin dual-matrix C/C composite conductivity is the linear function of the resin carbon mass percent.%使用炭毡为增强体分别制备了热解炭基、树脂炭基、沥青炭基和热解炭/树脂炭双基体、树脂炭/沥青炭双基体C/C复合材料,比较研究了复合材料的电导率与不同先驱体含量的关系.结果表明,不同前驱体C/C复合材料电导率有较大的差异,热解炭基C/C复合材料的电导率是沥青炭基C/C复合材料和树脂炭基C/C复合材料电导率近3倍,热解炭和沥青炭双基体C/C复合材料的电导率符合简单并联混合法则,树脂炭和沥青炭双基体C/C复合材料的电导率随树脂炭质量分数的增加而减小.

  13. Data Compilation for AGR-1 Variant 3 Compact Lot LEU01-49T-Z

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    Hunn, John D [ORNL; Montgomery, Fred C [ORNL; Pappano, Peter J [ORNL

    2006-08-01

    This document is a compilation of characterization data for the AGR-1 vriant 3 fuel compact lot LEU01-49T-Z. The compacts were produced by ORNL for the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification (AGR) program for the first AGR irradiation test train (AGR-1). This compact lot was fabricated using particle composite LEU01-49T, which was a composite of three batches of TRISO-coated 350 {micro}m diameter 19.7% low enrichment uranium oxide/uranium carbide kernels (LEUCO). The AGR-1 TRISO-coated particles consist of a spherical kernel coated with an {approx} 50% dense carbon buffer layer (100 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by a dense inner pyrocarbon layer (40 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by a SiC layer (35 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by another dense outer pyrocarbon layer (40 {micro}m nominal thickness). The kernels were obtained from BWXT and identified as composite G73D-20-69302. The BWXT kernel lot G73D-20-69302 was riffled into sublots for characterization and coating by ORNL and identified as LEU01-?? (where ?? is a series of integers beginning with 01). A data compilation for the AGR-1 variant 3 coated particle composite LEU01-49t CAN BE FOUND IN ornl/tm-2006/022.

  14. An Estimation of Gas Pressure in a TRISO of 350 MWth Block-Type HTR

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    Kim, Young Min; Jo, C. K.; Cho, M. S. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    An estimation of gas pressure in a TRISO with a UCO kernel has been performed under the normal operation conditions of a HTR. The following conclusions are drawn through the analysis. - The major gas species is xenon below 1000 .deg. C, and cesium starts to significantly build up between 1000 and 1100 .deg. C. - The lower the PF is, the earlier cesium gas begins to form and the higher the total gas pressure is. - The total gas pressure in a TRISO is about 28 MPa at temperature of 1300 .deg. C, PF of 25%, and EFPD of 1500. - The low PF is desirable on fuel economy. The analyses of stress and failure of TRISOs will be used to determine whether the pressures are tolerable or not. The HTR will be operated for an extended fuel burnup of more than 150 GWd/MTU. Its fuel should survives the long irradiation. The block-type HTR fuel is a cylindrical graphite compact in which a large number of tri-isotropic coated fuel particles (TRISOs) are embedded. A TRISO consists of a kernel at its central region and four coating layers surrounding the kernel: buffer, IPyC (inner pyrocarbon), SiC (silicon carbide), and OPyC (outer pyrocarbon), from the inside. In a usual UO{sub 2} TRISO, a very high gas pressure builds up due to the extended operation of a HTR. Nuclear fissions in a kernel produces free oxygen.

  15. Microstructure and properties of SiC gradiently coated Cf/C composites prepared by a RCLD method

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    Jun-hua Chen; Cuang-li Chen; Hao-ran Geng; Yan Wang

    2009-01-01

    The SiC gradiently coated carbon fiber/carbon (Cf/C) composites were prepared by a two-step rapid chemical liquid depo-sition (RCLD) method. The microstructure and properties of the composites were investigated using X-ray diffraction, scanning elec-tron microscopy together with energy dispersive X-ray analysis, bending tests, and oxidation tests. The experimental results show that the surface layer of the composites is composed of SiC, pyrocarbon, and carbon fibers. Their inner area consists of pyrocarbon and carbon fibers. The SiC content gradiently decreases with increasing distance from the outer surface to the center of the compos-ites. Furthermore, the thickness of the SiC layer increases with increasing tetraethylorthosilicate content and deposition time. SiC coatings have no significant influence on the bending strength of the composites. However, the oxidation resistance of the compos-ites increases with increasing thickness of the SiC layer.

  16. Design, preparation and microwave absorbing properties of resin matrix composites reinforced by SiC fibers with different electrical properties

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    Liu, Haitao, E-mail: xzddlht@163.com [Science and Technology on Advanced Ceramic Fibers and Composites Laboratory, College of Aerospace Science and Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073 (China); Science and Technology on Scramjet Laboratory, College of Aerospace Science and Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073 (China); Cheng, Haifeng; Tian, Hao [Science and Technology on Advanced Ceramic Fibers and Composites Laboratory, College of Aerospace Science and Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073 (China)

    2014-01-15

    Highlights: • SSMASs have better microwave absorbing properties in smaller thickness. • SSMASs can be realized by SiC fibers with different electrical resistivity. • Resistivity of SiC fibers can be regulated by adjusting surface characteristics. • The bandwidth of SSMASs at reflectivity below −10 dB can reach 11.6 GHz. -- Abstract: One kind of sandwich structure microwave absorbing structures (SSMASs) derived from Salisbury absorbers is reported. The impedance characteristics of SSMASs are analyzed, and the mechanisms of broadening microwave absorbing bandwidth are interpreted by Smith chart. In order to realize SSMASs, high electrical resistivity SiC fibers with Si–C–O surface layers and low electrical resistivity SiC fibers with pyrocarbon surface layers are employed and analyzed by SEM, XPS, AES and HRTEM. The conductive model of SiC fibers with pyrocarbon layers is built and electrical resistivity simulation is done. The SSMASs are fabricated by employing plain woven SiC fiber fabrics with high and low electrical resistivity as reinforcements of dielectric layers and lossy layer, respectively. The microwave absorbing properties of SSMASs are measured and compared with simulated results. The results show that the experimental and simulated results are in good agreement, the SSMASs have better wideband microwave absorbing properties, and the microwave absorbing bandwidth at reflectivity below −10 dB can reach 11.6 GHz.

  17. Improved Lumped Models for Transient Combined Convective and Radiative Cooling of Multilayer Spherical Media

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    Chen An

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we studied the transient combined convection and radiation of multilayer spherical media with volumetric heat generation, extending the previous work on the particular case of a spherical body subjected to radiative cooling. The proposed lumped models were obtained through two-point Hermite approximations for the average temperature and heat flux in each layer. For the average temperature, the plain trapezoidal rule (H0,0 approximation was employed in all layers, except for the innermost layer, where the second-order two-side corrected trapezoidal rule (H2,1 approximation was utilized. For the heat flux, the plain trapezoidal rule (H0,0 approximation was employed for all the layers. The transient heat conduction in a TRISO-coated fuel particle being composed of five layers (namely, fuel kernel, buffer of porous carbon, inner pyrocarbon, silicon carbide, and outer pyrocarbon was analyzed using the proposed lumped models, the results of which were verified by comparison with the finite difference solution of the original distributed parameter model. Parametric studies were conducted to examine the effects of the dimensionless heat generation rate, the radiation-conduction parameter, and the Biot number on the temporal variations of the average temperatures.

  18. Study on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Carbon/Carbon Composite Obtained by Chemical Vapor Infiltration%化学气相渗透法制备炭/炭复合材料的显微结构和力学性能研究

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    黄群; 陈腾飞; 刘磊; 马艺林; 何平鸽

    2014-01-01

    以天然气为碳源,氢气为载气,采用等温化学气相渗透工艺对预制体初始密度为0.5 g/cm3(纤维体积分数为28%)的针刺整体毡进行致密化,在70 h内制备出表观密度为1.76 g/cm3的炭/炭复合材料。采用压汞法对复合材料的开孔孔径分布进行了分析,用偏光显微镜和扫描电镜观察了基体的微观组织,分析了三点抗弯试样的断口形貌。结果表明,复合材料中的开孔以小于40μm的微孔为主,基体热解炭几乎全部由粗糙层热解炭组成,仅在化学气相渗透的初始阶段在炭纤维的表面形成了很薄的一层各向同性热解炭,复合材料的抗弯强度达到210 MPa。%With natural gas as carbon source and hydrogen as carrier, carbon/carbon composite ( with an apparent density of 1.76 g/cm3 ) was prepared within 70 hours by densifying the preform of needle-punched integrated carbon felt with an initial density of 0.5 g/cm3( volume fraction of 28%) by chemical vapor infiltration. The size distribution of open pores of the C/C composite sample was measured by mercury intrusion method. The microstructure of the composite was investigated by polarized light microscope ( PLM) and scanning electron microscope. And the mechanical properties were tested by three point bending method. Results show that the size of most of open pores was less than 40 μm, and the matrix of pyrocarbon mostly consisted of rough laminar pyrocarbon, except for one layer of isotropic pyrocarbon around the carbon fiber, which was formed at the beginning of infiltration process. The flexural strength of the C/C composite was about 210 MPa.

  19. High-dose neutron irradiation of Hi-Nicalon Type S silicon carbide composites. Part 2: Mechanical and physical properties

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    Katoh, Yutai, E-mail: katohy@ornl.gov [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Nozawa, Takashi [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Rokkasho, Aomori-ken (Japan); Shih, Chunghao [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Ozawa, Kazumi [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Rokkasho, Aomori-ken (Japan); Koyanagi, Takaaki; Porter, Wally; Snead, Lance L. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-07-15

    Nuclear-grade silicon carbide (SiC) composite material was examined for mechanical and thermophysical properties following high-dose neutron irradiation in the High Flux Isotope Reactor at a temperature range of 573–1073 K. The material was chemical vapor-infiltrated SiC-matrix composite with a two-dimensional satin weave Hi-Nicalon Type S SiC fiber reinforcement and a multilayered pyrocarbon/SiC interphase. Moderate (1073 K) to very severe (573 K) degradation in mechanical properties was found after irradiation to >70 dpa, whereas no evidence was found for progressive evolution in swelling and thermal conductivity. The swelling was found to recover upon annealing beyond the irradiation temperature, indicating the irradiation temperature, but only to a limited extent. The observed strength degradation is attributed primarily to fiber damage for all irradiation temperatures, particularly a combination of severe fiber degradation and likely interphase damage at relatively low irradiation temperatures.

  20. Continuous SiC fiber, CVI SiC matrix composites for nuclear applications: Properties and irradiation effects

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    Katoh, Yutai, E-mail: katohy@ornl.gov [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Ozawa, Kazumi; Shih, Chunghao; Nozawa, Takashi [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Shinavski, Robert J. [Hyper-Therm High Temperature Composites, Inc., Huntington Beach, CA (United States); Hasegawa, Akira [Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi-ken (Japan); Snead, Lance L. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2014-05-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) continuous fiber-reinforced, SiC-matrix composites (SiC/SiC composites) are industrially available materials that are promising for applications in nuclear environments. The SiC/SiC composites consisting of near-stoichiometric SiC fibers, stoichiometric and fully crystalline SiC matrices, and the pyrocarbon (PyC) or multilayered PyC/SiC interphase between the fiber and the matrix are considered particularly resistant to very high radiation environments. This paper provides a summary compilation of the properties of these composites, specifically those with the chemically vapor-infiltrated (CVI) SiC matrices, including newly obtained results. The properties discussed are both in unirradiated condition and after neutron irradiation to intermediate fluence levels (most data are for <∼10 displacement per atom) at 300–1300 °C.

  1. Detection of platypus-type L/D-peptide isomerase activity in aqueous extracts of papaya fruit.

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    Arakawa, Kensuke; Koh, Jennifer M S; Crossett, Ben; Torres, Allan M; Kuchel, Philip W

    2012-09-01

    Peptide isomerase catalyses the post-translational isomerisation of the L: - to the D: -form of an amino acid residue around the N/C-termini of substrate peptides. To date, some peptide isomerases have been found in a limited number of animal secretions and cells. We show here that papaya extracts have weak peptide isomerase activity. The activity was detected in each 30-100 kDa fraction of the flesh and the seed extracts of unripe and ripe papaya fruit. The definitive activity was confirmed in the ripe papaya extracts, but even then it was much less active than that of the other peptide isomerases previously reported. The activity was markedly inhibited by methanol, and partly so by amastatin and diethyl pyrocarbonate. This is the first report of peptide isomerase activity in a plant and suggests that perhaps every living organism may have some peptide isomerase activity.

  2. Single- and Multilayered Inter-phases in SiC/SiC Composites Exposed to Severe Environmental Conditions: An Overview

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    Naslain, R.R.; Pailler, R.J.F.; Lamon, J.L. [Univ Bordeaux, LCTS, F-33600 Pessac (France)

    2010-07-01

    Pyrocarbon (PyC), the common interphase for SiC/SiC, is not stable under severe environmental conditions. It could be replaced by boron nitride more resistant to oxidation but poorly compatible with nuclear applications. Other materials, such as ternary carbides seem promising but their use in SiC/SiC has not been demonstrated. The most efficient way to improve the behavior of PyC interphase in severe environments is to replace part of PyC by a material displaying a better compatibility, such as SiC itself. Issues related to the design and behavior of layered inter-phases are reviewed with a view to demonstrate their interest in high-temperature nuclear reactors. (authors)

  3. Oxidation Kinetics and Strength Degradation of Carbon Fibers in a Cracked Ceramic Matrix Composite

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    Halbig, Michael C.

    2003-01-01

    Experimental results and oxidation modeling will be presented to discuss carbon fiber susceptibility to oxidation, the oxidation kinetics regimes and composite strength degradation and failure due to oxidation. Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) was used to study the oxidation rates of carbon fiber and of a pyro-carbon interphase. The analysis was used to separately obtain activation energies for the carbon constituents within a C/SiC composite. TGA was also conducted on C/SiC composite material to study carbon oxidation and crack closure as a function of temperature. In order to more closely match applications conditions C/SiC tensile coupons were also tested under stressed oxidation conditions. The stressed oxidation tests show that C/SiC is much more susceptible to oxidation when the material is under an applied load where the cracks are open and allow for oxygen ingress. The results help correlate carbon oxidation with composite strength reduction and failure.

  4. The measurement of silver diffusivity in zirconium carbide to study the release behavior of 110mAg in the ZrC TRISO-coated nuclear fuel particle

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    Yang, Young-Ki; Allen, Todd R.

    2016-03-01

    The tri-structural isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel has been developed and used for high temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs). It provides a unique robustness of the first barrier for the fission products. The TRISO fuel particle has typically consisted of a UO2 or UCO kernel, surrounded by successive layers of porous carbon, dense inner pyrocarbon, silicon carbide, and dense outer pyrocarbon. During operation, however, the SiC layer has been known to release radioactive silver 110mAg which makes maintenance more difficult and thus costly. Zirconium carbide has been considered as a promising alternative to the SiC fission product barrier. ZrC exhibits high temperature stability and possibly possesses superior Pd resistance, while the retention properties especially for silver have not been adequately studied. To help elucidate the diffusive behavior of silver in the ZrC coating of the TRISO-coated particle, a new diffusion experimental technique, called the encapsulating source method, has been developed by constructing a constant source diffusion couple between ZrC and Ag gas originated from Zr-Ag solid solution. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (WDS), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and optical methods were used to analyze the diffusion couple annealed at 1500 °C. The resultant diffusion coefficient of Ag in single-crystalline ZrC0.84 at 1500 °C was experimentally determined to be about 2.8 (±1.2) × 10-17 m2/s.

  5. Improvements in the fabrication of HTR fuel elements

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    Braehler, Georg, E-mail: georg.braehler@nukemtechnologies.de [NUKEM Technologies GmbH, Industriestrasse 13, 63755 Alzenau (Germany); Hartung, Markus [NUKEM Technologies GmbH, Industriestrasse 13, 63755 Alzenau (Germany); Fachinger, Johannes; Grosse, Karl-Heinz [FNAG Furnaces Nuclear Applications Grenoble S.A.S., Wilhelm-Rohn Strasse 35, 63450 Hanau (Germany); Seemann, Richard [ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH, Wilhelm-Rohn Strasse 35, 63450 Hanau (Germany)

    2012-10-15

    The application of High Temperature Reactor (HTR) Technology in the course of the continuously increasing world wide demand on energy is taken more and more under serious consideration in the power supply strategy of various countries. Especially for the emerging nations the HTR Technology has become of special interest because of its inherent safety feature and due to the alternative possibilities of applications, e.g. in the production of liquid hydrocarbons or the alternative application in H{sub 2} generation. The HTR fuel in its various forms (spheres or prismatic fuel blocks) is based on small fuel kernels of about 500 {mu}m in diameter. Each of these uranium oxide or carbide kernels are coated with several layers of pyrocarbon (PyC) as well as an additional silicon carbide (SiC) layer. While the inner pyrocarbon layer is porous and capable to absorb gaseous fission products, the dense outer PyC layer forms the barrier against fission product release. The SiC layer improves the mechanical strengths of this barrier and considerably increases the retention capacity for solid fission products that tent to diffuse at these temperatures. Especially the high quality German LEU TRISO spherical fuel based on the NUKEM design, has demonstrated the best fission product release rate, particular at high temperatures. The {approx}10% enriched uranium triple-coated particles are embedded in a moulded graphite sphere. A fuel sphere consists of approximately 9 g of uranium (some 15,000 particles) and has a diameter of 60 mm. As the unique safety features, especially the inherent safety of the HTR is based on the fuel design, this paper shall reflect the complexity but also developments and economical aspects of the fabrication processes for HTR fuel elements.

  6. Fabrication and Microstructures of Stitched C/C Composites%缝合结构C/C复合材料的制备及组织

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    李新涛; 赵高文; 许正辉; 杨文彬; 杨晓光

    2011-01-01

    以缝合结构织物为预制体,采用化学气相沉积工艺制备了C/C复合材料.通过OM、PLM对其组织进行了分析.采用SEM观察了热处理前后试样的断口形貌.结果表明:该复合材料组织为粗糙层热解碳,主要沉积在纤维束内的小孔隙内;热解碳与纤维之间界面结合紧密,沉积态C/C复合材料表现为脆性断裂方式,断口较平整,主要为纤维束的断裂;热处理后纤维/基体界面结合变弱,有单根纤维的拔出,材料呈假塑性断裂方式.%By using stitched fabric as the preform, carbon/carbon composites were prepared by chemical vapor infiltration. The microstructures of the stitched carbon/carbon composites were analyzed by optical microscope ( OM)and polarized light microscope ( PLM) . The fracture surfaces were observed by scanning electron microscope ( SEM)before and after high temperature heat treatment ( HTT) . The results show that the as-deposited carbon/carbon composites consisted of rough laminar ( RL) pyrocarbon which mainly deposited in the small porosities between the fiber bundles. As-deposited composites fail in the brittle fracture with a flat fracture surface and fractuied fiber bundles because of the strong bond of pyrocarbon and fiber. After HTT, the bond between fiber and matrix becomes weak , composites shows the single fiber pulling-out and a pseudo-plastic mode.

  7. The measurement of silver diffusivity in zirconium carbide to study the release behavior of {sup 110m}Ag in the ZrC TRISO-coated nuclear fuel particle

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    Yang, Young-Ki, E-mail: deltag@naver.com; Allen, Todd R., E-mail: allen@engr.wisc.edu

    2016-03-15

    The tri-structural isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel has been developed and used for high temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs). It provides a unique robustness of the first barrier for the fission products. The TRISO fuel particle has typically consisted of a UO{sub 2} or UCO kernel, surrounded by successive layers of porous carbon, dense inner pyrocarbon, silicon carbide, and dense outer pyrocarbon. During operation, however, the SiC layer has been known to release radioactive silver {sup 110m}Ag which makes maintenance more difficult and thus costly. Zirconium carbide has been considered as a promising alternative to the SiC fission product barrier. ZrC exhibits high temperature stability and possibly possesses superior Pd resistance, while the retention properties especially for silver have not been adequately studied. To help elucidate the diffusive behavior of silver in the ZrC coating of the TRISO-coated particle, a new diffusion experimental technique, called the encapsulating source method, has been developed by constructing a constant source diffusion couple between ZrC and Ag gas originated from Zr–Ag solid solution. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (WDS), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and optical methods were used to analyze the diffusion couple annealed at 1500 °C. The resultant diffusion coefficient of Ag in single-crystalline ZrC{sub 0.84} at 1500 °C was experimentally determined to be about 2.8 (±1.2) × 10{sup −17} m{sup 2}/s. - Highlights: • Developed new diffusion experimental method in lieu of problematic existing method. • Measured concentration profiles of Ag in ZrC after diffusion annealing. • Firstly determined diffusion coefficient of Ag in ZrC at 1500 °C.

  8. Data Compilation for AGR-1 Baseline Compact Lot LEU01-46T-Z

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    Hunn, John D [ORNL; Montgomery, Fred C [ORNL; Pappano, Peter J [ORNL

    2006-08-01

    This document is a compilation of characterization data for the AGR-1 baseline compact lot LEU01-46T-Z. The compacts were produced by ORNL for the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification (AGR) program for the first AGR irradiation test train (AGR-1). This compact lot was fabricated using particle composite LEU01-46T, which was a composite of four batches of TRISO-coated 350 {micro}m diameter 19.7% low enrichment uranium oxide/uranium carbide kernels (LEUCO). The AGR-1 TRISO-coated particles consist of a spherical kernel coated with an {approx} 50% dense carbon buffer layer (100 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by a dense inner pyrocarbon layer (40 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by a SiC layer (35 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by another dense outer pyrocarbon layer (40 {micro}m nominal thickness). The kernels were obtained from BWXT and identified as composite G73D-20-69302. The BWXT kernel lot G73D-20-69302 was riffled into sublots for characterization and coating by ORNL and identified as LEU01-?? (where ?? is a series of integers beginning with 01). A data compilation for the AGR-1 baseline coated particle composite LEU01-46T can be found in ORNL/TM-2006/019. The AGR-1 Fuel product Specification and Characterization Guidance (INL EDF-4380) provides the requirements necessary for acceptance of the fuel manufactured for the AGR-1 irradiation test. Section 6.2 of EDF-4380 provides the property requirements for the heat treated compacts. The Statistical Sampling Plan for AGR Fuel materials (INL EDF-4542) provides additional guidance regarding statistical methods for product acceptance and recommended sample sizes. The procedures for characterizing and qualifying the compacts are outlined in ORNL product inspection plan AGR-CHAR-PIP-05. the inspection report forms generated by this product inspection plan document the product acceptance for the property requirements listed in section 6.2 of EDF-4380.

  9. Data Compilation for AGR-1 Variant 2 Compact Lot LEU01-48T-Z

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    Hunn, John D [ORNL; Montgomery, Fred C [ORNL; Pappano, Peter J [ORNL

    2006-08-01

    This document is a compilation of characterization data for the AGR-1 variant 2 compact lot LEU01-48T-Z. The compacts were produced by ORNL for the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification (AGR) program for the first AGR irradiation test train (AGR-1). This compact lot was fabricated using particle composite LEU01-48T, which was a composite of three batches of TRISO-coated 350 {micro}m diameter 19.7% low enrichment uranium oxide/uranium carbide kernels (LEUCO). The AGR-1 TRISO-coated particles consist of a spherical kernel coated with an {approx} 50% dense carbon buffer layer (100 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by a dense inner pyrocarbon layer (40 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by a SiC layer (35 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by another dense outer pyrocarbon layer (40 {micro}m nominal thickness). The kernels were obtained from BWXT and identified as composite G73D-20-69302. The BWXT kernel lot G73D-20-69302 was riffled into sublots for characterization and coating by ORNL and identified as LEU01-?? (where ?? is a series of integers beginning with 01). A data compilation for the AGR-1 variant 2 coated particle composite LEU01-48T can be found in ORNL/TM-2006/021. The AGR-1 Fuel Product Specification and Characterization Guidance (INL EDF-4380) provides the requirements necessary for acceptance of the fuel manufactured for the AGR-1 irradiation test. Section 6.2 of EDF-4380 provides the property requirements for the heat treated compacts. The Statistical Sampling Plan for AGR Fuel materials (INL EDF-4542) provides additional guidance regarding statistical methods for product acceptance and recommended sample sizes. The procedures for characterizing and qualifying the compacts are outlined in ORNL product inspection plan AGR-CHAR-PIP-05. The inspection report forms generated by this product inspection plan document the product acceptance for the property requirements listed in section 6.2 of EDF-4380.

  10. 原位生长纳米炭纤维增强C/C复合材料的弯曲破坏过程%Flexural destructive process of unidirectional carbon/carbon composites reinforced with in situ grown carbon nanofibers

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    卢雪峰; 肖鹏; 徐先锋; 陈洁

    2014-01-01

    Unidirectional carbon/carbon (C/C) composites modified with in situ grown carbon nanofibers (CNFs) were prepared by catalysis chemical vapor deposition. The effect of in situ grown CNFs on the flexural properties of the C/C composites was investigated by detailed analyses of destructive process. The results show that there is a sharp increase in the flexural load-displacement curve in the axial direction of the CNF-C/C composites, followed by a serrated yielding phenomenon similar to the plastic materials. The failure mode of the C/C composites modified with in situ grown CNFs is changed from the pull-out of single fiber to the breaking of fiber bundles. The existence of interfacial layer composed by middle-textured pyrocarbon, CNFs and high-textured pyrocarbon can block the crack propagation and change the propagation direction of the main crack, which leads to the higher flexural strength and modulus of C/C composites.%采用催化化学气相沉积法制备原位生长纳米炭纤维(CNFs)改性单向C/C复合材料。通过分析弯曲破坏过程,研究原位生长CNFs对C/C复合材料弯曲性能的影响。结果表明,CNFs的存在明显改变了载荷-位移曲线的线形,在开始的弹性变形阶段出现一个台阶,随后出现类似塑性材料的锯齿状屈服特性曲线。CNF-C/C复合材料的破坏模式由单根纤维的拔出转变为纤维束的断裂。由中织构热解炭(PyC)、CNFs和高织构PyC形成的复杂界面阻碍了裂纹的扩展,改变了裂纹的扩展方向从而导致C/C复合材料具有较高的弯曲强度和模量。

  11. Mechanism of horseradish peroxidase-catalyzed heme oxidation and polymerization (beta-hematin formation).

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    Trivedi, Vishal; Chand, Prem; Maulik, Prakas R; Bandyopadhyay, Uday

    2005-05-25

    Horseradish peroxidase (HRP) catalyzes the polymerization of free heme (beta-hematin formation) through its oxidation. Heme when added to HRP compound II (FeIV=O) causes spectral shift from 417 nm (Compound II) to 402 nm (native, FeIII) indicating that heme may be oxidized via one-electron transfer. Direct evidence for one-electron oxidation of heme by HRP intermediates is provided by the appearance of an E.s.r signal of a 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline N-oxide (spin trap)-heme radical adduct (a1H=14.75 G, a2H=4.0 G) in E.s.r studies. Heme-polymerization by HRP is inhibited by spin trap indicating that one-electron oxidation product of heme ultimately leads to the formation of heme-polymer. HRP, when incubated with diethyl pyrocarbonate (DEPC), a histidine specific reagent, shows concentration dependent loss of heme-polymerization indicating the role of histidine residues in the process. We suggest that HRP catalyzes the formation of heme-polymer through one-electron oxidation of free heme.

  12. A "bulged" double helix in a RNA-protein contact site

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    Peattie, D A; Douthwaite, S; Garrett, R A

    1981-01-01

    The binding of ribosomal protein L18 affects specific nucleotides in Escherichia coli 5S RNA as detected by dimethyl sulfate alkylation and RNase A digestion of the 5S-L18 complex. Most of the affected nucleotides are clustered and localize a site of RNA-protein interaction in and around...... the defined central helix [Fox, G. E. & Woese, C. (1975) Nature (London) 256, 505-507] of 5S RNA. Chemical carbethoxylation of the native 5S RNA with diethyl pyrocarbonate shows that a striking feature of this region is an unstacked adenosine residue at position 66. We propose that this residue exists...... as a singly bulged nucleotide extending the Fox and Woese central helix by two base pairs in the E. coli sequence (to positions 16-23/60-68) as well as in each of 61 (prokaryotic and eukaryotic) aligned 5S RNA sequences. In each case, the single bulged nucleotide is at the relative position of adenosine-66...

  13. Aminopeptidase activity from germinated jojoba cotyledons.

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    Johnson, R; Storey, R

    1985-11-01

    One major and two minor aminopeptidase activities from germinated jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) cotyledon extracts were separated by ammonium sulfate precipitation and chromatofocusing. None of the activities were inhibited by 1,10 phenanthroline.The major aminopeptidase, purified 260-fold, showed a pH optimum of 6.9 with leucine-p-nitroanilide as substrate, a molecular weight estimated at 14,200 by electrophoretic analysis, and an isoelectric point of 4.5 according to the chromatofocusing pattern. Activity was inhibited by p-chloromercuribenzoate, slightly stimulated by 1,10 phenanthroline and 2-mercaptoethanol, and not influenced by Mg(2+) or diethyl pyrocarbonate. Inhibition by p-chloromercuribenzoate was prevented by the presence of cysteine in the assay. Leucine-p-nitroanilide and leucine-beta-naphthylamide were the most rapidly hydrolyzed of 11 carboxy-terminal end blocked synthetic substrates tested. No activity on endopeptidase or carboxypeptidase specific substrates was detected. The major aminopeptidase showed activity on a saline soluble, jojoba seed protein preparation and we suggest a possible physiological role for the enzyme in the concerted degradation of globulin reserve proteins during cotyledon senescence.

  14. Stage IV Kienböck's disease: Proximal row carpectomy and application of RCPI implant.

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    Marcuzzi, A; Colantonio, F; Petrella, G; Ozben, H; Russomando, A

    2017-04-01

    Kienböck disease is an aseptic osteonecrosis of the lunate, which gradually leads to total carpal collapse. Lichtman's classification relates radiographic evidence of wrist damage to four different stages and supports surgical decision-making. This study pertains to six patients (2 males and 4 females) affected by stage IV Kienböck's disease who underwent proximal row carpectomy and received an RCPI implant. The clinical outcomes consisted of wrist range of motion (ROM), pain on a VAS scale (0-10), the DASH score and the patient's level of satisfaction. The mean follow-up was 27.6 months (16-36). Pain relief and improvements in wrist flexion - extension ROM, radial - ulnar deviation and strength were achieved in every patient. There were no cases of implant failure or dislocation. Considering the good results obtained, we believe that proximal row carpectomy associated with the use of a pyrocarbon RCPI implant is a valid surgical technique for the treatment of stage IV Kienböck's disease. It is a good alternative to carpal fusion, which leads to wrist immobility, and to total wrist joint replacement, which has a high incidence of dislocation and fracture.

  15. The reduction rates of DEPC-modified mutant Thermus thermophilus Rieske proteins differ when there is a negative charge proximal to the cluster.

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    Karagas, Nicholas E; Jones, Christie N; Osborn, Deborah J; Dzierlenga, Anika L; Oyala, Paul; Konkle, Mary E; Whitney, Emily M; David Britt, R; Hunsicker-Wang, Laura M

    2014-10-01

    Rieske and Rieske-type proteins are electron transport proteins involved in key biological processes such as respiration, photosynthesis, and detoxification. They have a [2Fe-2S] cluster ligated by two cysteines and two histidines. A series of mutations, L135E, L135R, L135A, and Y158F, of the Rieske protein from Thermus thermophilus has been produced which probe the effects of the neighboring residues, in the second sphere, on the dynamics of cluster reduction and the reactivity of the ligating histidines. These properties were probed using titrations and modifications with diethyl pyrocarbonate (DEPC) at various pH values monitored using UV-Visible and circular dichroism spectrophotometry. These results, along with results from EPR studies, provide information on ligating histidine modification and rate of reduction of each of the mutant proteins. L135R, L135A, and Y158F react with DEPC similarly to wild type, resulting in modified protein with a reduced [2Fe-2S] cluster in 15 h under the same conditions. Thus, the negative charge slows down the rate of reduction and provides an explanation as to why negatively charged residues are rarely, if ever, found in the equivalent position of other Rieske and Rieske-type proteins.

  16. Inactivation of Bakers' yeast glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase by aluminum

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    Cho, Sungwoo; Joshi, J.G. (Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville (USA))

    1989-04-18

    Preincubation of yeast glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) with Al(III) produced an inactive enzyme containing 1 mol of Al(III)/mol of enzyme subunit. None of the enzyme-bound Al(III) was dissociated by dialysis against 10 mM Tris-HCl, pH 7.0, containing 0.2 mM EDTA at 4{degree}C for 24 h. Citrate, NADP{sup +}, EDTA, or NaF protected the enzyme against the Al(III) inactivation. The Al(III)-inactivated enzyme, however, was completely reactivated only by citrate and NaF. The dissociation constant for the enzyme-aluminum complex was calculated to be 4 {times} 10{sup {minus}6} M with NaF, a known reversible chelator for aluminum. Modification of histidine and lysine residues of the enzyme with diethyl pyrocarbonate and acetylsalicylic acid, respectively, inactivated the enzyme. However, the modified enzyme still bound 1 mol of Al(III)/mol of enzyme subunit. Circular dichroism studies showed that the binding of Al(III) to the enzyme induced a decrease in {alpha}-helix and {beta}-sheet and an increase in random coil. Therefore, it is suggested that inactivation of G6PD by Al(III) is due to the conformational change induced by Al(III) binding.

  17. Preparation, microstructure and oxidation resistance of SiCN ceramic matrix composites with glass-like carbon interface

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    Yi Xia

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Glass-like carbon (GC interface was successfully introduced into carbon fiber-reinforced SiCN ceramic matrix composite (C/GC/SiCN by polymer infiltration and pyrolysis using phenolic resin as precursor. In order to highlight the Oxidation resistance of GC interface, the Oxidation behavior of GC, carbon fiber (Cf containing approximately 0.3 μm GC coating and C/GC/SiCN was investigated by means of weight changes and residual strength ratio before and after oxidizing, and the results were also compared with that of Cf containing Pyrocarbon (PyC coating and C/PyC/SiCN composite. Scanning electron microscopy displays homogeneous, adherent GC coating on Cf. Weight loss rate of Cf containing GC coating is lower than that of Cf containing PyC coating. The residual stress ratio of C/GC/SiCN was higher than that of C/PyC/SiCN. The results indicate that GC interface can improve anti-oxidation of Cf-reinforced composite than PyC interface.

  18. Methods for optimizing DNA extraction before quantifying oral bacterial numbers by real-time PCR.

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    Nadkarni, Mangala A; Martin, F Elizabeth; Hunter, Neil; Jacques, Nicholas A

    2009-07-01

    Methods for the optimal extraction of genomic DNA for real-time PCR enumeration of oral bacteria using the muramidase, mutanolysin, were developed using a simple in vitro oral flora model comprised of the facultative anaerobic gram-positive bacteria, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Streptococcus mutans, the gram-positive anaerobe, Parvimonas micra, and the gram-negative anaerobes, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Prevotella melaninogenica and Fusobacterium nucleatum. Traditional, as well as more elaborate, methods of quantifying bacterial numbers, including colony counting and estimation of DNA content using 4',6-diamino-2-phenylindole were compared in order to validate the real-time PCR approach. Evidence was obtained that P. gingivalis nuclease activity adversely affected the extraction of double-stranded DNA from this bacterium either alone or when it formed part of a consortium with the other bacteria. This nuclease activity could be overcome by treatment of the bacteria with either 20 mM diethyl pyrocarbonate or 70% ethanol at 4 degrees C overnight. A final purification of the DNA to remove any potential PCR inhibitors was added to the protocol in order to accurately quantify the amount of DNA by real-time PCR and hence the number of bacteria in a sample.

  19. Possible catalytic activity of DNA in the reaction between the antitumor drug cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II) and the intercalator N-methyl-2,7-diazapyrenium

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    Gaucheron, F.; Malinge, J.M.; Leng, M. (Centre de Biophysique Moleculaire, Orleans (France)); Blacker, A.J.; Lehn, J.M. (Univ. Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg (France))

    1991-05-01

    The platinum(II) complex cis-(Pt(NH{sub 3}){sub 2}(N7-N-methyl-2-diazapyrenium)Cl){sup 2+} formed in the reaction between cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II) and N-methyl-2,7-diazapyrenium reacts with N7 of guanine residues in DNA. The resulting adduct is kinetically inert within single-stranded DNA. Within double-stranded DNA, it is kinetically inert in 1 M NaClO{sub 4} and becomes labile as the salt concentration is decreased. Two products, cis-(Pt(NH{sub 3}){sub 2}(N7-N-methyl-2-diazapyrenium)H{sub 2}O){sup 3+} and N-methyl-2,7-diazapyrenium, are released. The conformation of the platinated DNA is different in low- and high-salt conditions as shown by the chemical probe diethyl pyrocarbonate. These results are discussed in relation with a possible catalytic role played by the double-stranded DNA.

  20. Mapping the surface-exposed regions of papaya mosaic virus nanoparticles.

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    Rioux, Gervais; Majeau, Nathalie; Leclerc, Denis

    2012-06-01

    In general, the structure of the papaya mosaic virus (PapMV) and other members of the potexviruses is poorly understood. Production of PapMV coat proteins in a bacterial expression system and their self-assembly in vitro into nanoparticles is a very useful tool to study the structure of this virus. Using recombinant PapMV nanoparticles that are similar in shape and appearance to the plant virus, we evaluated surface-exposed regions by two different methods, immunoblot assay and chemical modification with 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)carbodiimide or diethyl-pyrocarbonate followed by mass spectrometry. Three regions were targeted by the two techniques. The N- and C-termini were shown to be surfaced exposed as expected. However, the region 125-136 was revealed for the first time as the major surface-exposed region of the nanoparticles. The presence of linear peptides at the surface was finally confirmed using antibodies directed to those peptides. It is likely that region 125-136 plays a key role in the lifecycle of PapMV and other members of the potexvirus group.

  1. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Two Kinds of Dual-matrix C/C Composites

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    LIU Hao

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available The microstructure and mechanical properties of two kinds of dual-matrix C/C composites were studied by polarized light microscopy (PLM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and mechanical properties tests techniques respectively. PLM results indicate that the matrix carbon exhibits the smooth laminar structure of the pyrocarbon, the isotropic, mosaics and flow domains of the pitch carbon. The TEM results show the normal pitch carbon is the grape structure; the mesophase pitch carbon is the lamellar banded structure. Materials with multi-interface structure can improve the flexural strength and fracture toughness, the load-displacement curve shows the load drop is decreased for step type, the composites show a pseudo-plastic fracture characteristics. The flexural strengths of the material A and material B are 206.68MPa and 243.66MPa, the fracture toughness are 8.06MPa·m1/2 and 9.66MPa·m1/2, respectively. The flexural strength and fracture toughness of material B are both superior than that of material A.

  2. One Octarepeate Expansion to the Human Prion Protein Alters Both the Zn2plus and Cu2plus Coordination Environments within the Octarepeate Domain

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    J Shearer; K Rosenkoetter; P Callan; C Pham

    2011-12-31

    The influence of a single octarepeat expansion on the Cu{sup II} and Zn{sup II} coordination environments within the octarepeat domain of the human prion protein is examined. Using X-ray absorption spectroscopy and diethyl pyrocarbonate labeling studies, we find that at low copper concentrations the 'normal' octarepeat domain (four PHGGGWGQ repeats) coordinates Zn{sup II} in an (N/O){sub 6} coordination environment with two histidine residues and Cu{sup II} in a redox-inactive (N/O){sub 4} coordination environment using one imidazole residue. Expansion of the octarepeat region by one repeat (five PHGGGWGQ repeats) yields a three-histidine (N/O){sub 6} coordination environment for Zn{sup II} and a two-histidine (N/O){sub 4} coordination environment for Cu{sup II} at low copper concentrations. This Cu{sup II}[(N/O){sub 2}-histidine{sub 2}] coordination motif is redox-active and capable of generating H{sub 2}O{sub 2} under reducing aerobic conditions.

  3. Ultraviolet absorbance at 260 and 280 nm in RNA measurement is dependent on measurement solution.

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    Okamoto, T; Okabe, S

    2000-06-01

    RNA measurement is conducted by measuring ultraviolet absorbance at 260 nm and 280 nm. Calculation of the RNA concentration is based on the absorbance at 260 nm. Furthermore, RNA purity is judged as the 260 nm/280 nm ratio and a low ratio indicates contamination by protein. Diethyl-pyrocarbonate (DEPC)-treated water is used to dissolve RNA and 2-amino-2-hydroxymethyl-1,3-propandiol (Tris) is frequently added to the RNA dissolving solution in order to stabilize the RNA. In the present study, RNA was isolated from mouse liver, and then the influence of DEPC-treated water and Tris-buffer on RNA measurement was studied. The 260 nm/280 ratio of RNA determined after diluting it with distilled water was 1.82+/-0.01 (n=5). DEPC-treated water did not affect the absorbance at 260 nm, but elevated that at 280 nm. Thus, the 260 nm/280 nm ratio was as low as 1.52+/-0.01 (n=5). Tris-HCl (1 M, pH 7.0 or 10.0) lowered the absorbance at 260 nm and even more at 280 nm. Thus, the 260 nm/280 nm ratio was elevated to more than 2.17 (n=5). The present results clearly showed the influence of the measurement solution on RNA measurement.

  4. Effects of oxidation on copper-binding properties of Aβ1-16 peptide: a pulse radiolysis study.

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    Ramteke, S N; Ginotra, Y P; Walke, G R; Joshi, B N; Kumbhar, A S; Rapole, S; Kulkarni, P P

    2013-12-01

    The reaction of hydroxyl radicals ((•)OH) with Aβ1-16 peptide was carried out using pulse radiolysis to understand the effect of oxidation of peptide on its copper-binding properties. This reaction produced oxidized, dimeric and trimeric Aβ1-16 peptide species. The formation of these products was established with the help of fluorescence spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. The mass spectral data indicate that the major site of oxidation is at His6, while the site for dimerization is at Tyr10. Diethyl pyrocarbonate-treated Aβ1-16 peptide did not produce any trimeric species upon oxidation with (•)OH. The quantitative chemical modification studies indicated that one of the three histidine residues is covalently modified during pulse radiolysis. The copper-binding studies of the oxidized peptide revealed that it has similar copper-binding properties as the unoxidized peptide. Further, the cytotoxicity studies point out that both oxidized and unoxidized Aβ1-16 peptide are equally efficient in producing free radicals in presence of copper and ascorbate that resulted in comparable cell death.

  5. Molecular characterization of flavanone 3 beta-hydroxylases. Consensus sequence, comparison with related enzymes and the role of conserved histidine residues.

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    Britsch, L; Dedio, J; Saedler, H; Forkmann, G

    1993-10-15

    A heterologous cDNA probe from Petunia hybrida was used to isolate flavanone-3 beta-hydroxylase-encoding cDNA clones from carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus), china aster (Callistephus chinensis) and stock (Matthiola incana). The deduced protein sequences together with the known sequences of the enzyme from P. hybrida, barley (Hordeum vulgare) and snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus) enabled the determination of a consensus sequence which revealed an overall 84% similarity (53% identity) of flavanone 3 beta-hydroxylases from the different sources. Alignment with the sequences of other known enzymes of the same class and to related non-heme iron-(II) enzymes demonstrated the strict genetic conservation of 14 amino acids, in particular, of three histidines and an aspartic acid. The conservation of the histidine motifs provides strong support for the possible conservation of structurally similar iron-binding sites in these enzymes. The putative role of histidines as chelators of ferrous ions in the active site of flavanone 3 beta-hydroxylases was corroborated by diethyl-pyrocarbonate modification of the partially purified recombinant Petunia enzyme.

  6. Low-EC-Content Electrolytes for Low-Temperature Li-Ion Cells

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    Smart, Marshall; Bugga, Ratnakumar; Surampudi, Subbarao

    2003-01-01

    Electrolytes comprising LiPF6 dissolved at a concentration of 1.0 M in three different mixtures of alkyl carbonates have been found well suited for use in rechargeable lithium-ion electrochemical cells at low temperatures. These and other electrolytes have been investigated in continuing research directed toward extending the lower limit of practical operating temperatures of Li-ion cells down to -60 C. This research at earlier stages was reported in numerous previous NASA Tech Briefs articles, the three most recent being "Ethyl Methyl Carbonate as a Cosolvent for Lithium-Ion Cells" (NPO-20605), Vol. 25, Low-EC-Content Electrolytes for Low-Temperature Li-Ion Cells No. 6 (June 2001), page 53; "Alkyl Pyrocarbonate Electrolyte Additives for Li-Ion Cells" (NPO-20775), Vol. 26, No. 5 (May 2002), page 37; and "Fluorinated Alkyl Carbonates as Cosolvents in Li-Ion Cells (NPO-21076), Vol. 26, No. 5 (May 2002), page 38. The present solvent mixtures, in terms of volume proportions of their ingredients, are 1 ethylene carbonate (EC) + 1 diethyl carbonate (DEC) + 1 dimethyl carbonate (DMC) + 3 ethyl methyl carbonate (EMC); 3EC + 3DMC + 14EMC; and 1EC + 1DEC + 1DMC + 4EMC. Relative to similar mixtures reported previously, the present mixtures, which contain smaller proportions of EC, have been found to afford better performance in experimental Li-ion cells at temperatures < -20 C.

  7. Improvement in retention of solid fission products in HTGR fuel particles by ceramic kernel additives

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    Foerthmann, R.; Groos, E.; Gruebmeier, H.

    1975-08-15

    Increased requirements concerning the retention of long-lived solid fission products in fuel elements for use in advanced High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactors led to the development of coated particles with improved fission product retention which represent an alternative to silicon carbide-coated fuel particles. Two irradiation experiments have shown that the release of strontium, barium, and caesium from pyrocarbon-coated particles can be reduced by orders of magnitude if the oxide kernel contains alumina-silica additives. It was detected by electron microprobe analysis that the improved retention of the mentioned fission products in the fuel kernel is caused by formation of the stable aluminosilicates SrAl2Si2O8, BaAl2Si2O8and CsAlSi2O6 in the additional alumina-silica phase of the kernel.

  8. Effect of chemical vapor infiltration treatment on the wave-absorbing performance of carbon fiber/cement composites

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    2008-01-01

    Short carbon fibers were treated at high temperatures around 1100℃ through chemical vapor infiltration technology.A thinner layer ofpyrocarbon was deposited on the fiber surface.The dispersion of carbon fibers in a cement matrix and the mechanical properties of carbon fiber/cement composites were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and other tests.The reflectivity of electromagnetic waves by the composites was measured in the frequency range of 8.0-18 GHz for different carbon fiber contents of 0.2wt%,0.4wt%,0.6wt% ,and 1.0wt%.The results show that the reflectivity tends to increase with the increase of fiber content above 0.4wt%.The minimum reflectivity is -19.3 dB and the composites exhibit wave-absorbing performances.After pyrocarbon is deposited on the fiber,all the reflectivity data are far greater.They are all above -10 dB and display mainly wave-reflecting performances.

  9. Development of carbon electrodes for electrochemistry, solid-state electronics and multimodal atomic force microscopy imaging

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    Morton, Kirstin Claire

    Carbon is one of the most remarkable elements due to its wide abundance on Earth and its many allotropes, which include diamond and graphite. Many carbon allotropes are conductive and in recent decades scientists have discovered and synthesized many new forms of carbon, including graphene and carbon nanotubes. The work in this thesis specifically focuses on the fabrication and characterization of pyrolyzed parylene C (PPC), a conductive pyrocarbon, as an electrode material for diodes, as a conductive coating for atomic force microscopy (AFM) probes and as an ultramicroelectrode (UME) for the electrochemical interrogation of cellular systems in vitro. Herein, planar and three-dimensional (3D) PPC electrodes were microscopically, spectroscopically and electrochemically characterized. First, planar PPC films and PPC-coated nanopipettes were utilized to detect a model redox species, Ru(NH3) 6Cl3. Then, free-standing PPC thin films were chemically doped, with hydrazine and concentrated nitric acid, to yield p- and n-type carbon films. Doped PPC thin films were positioned in conjunction with doped silicon to create Schottky and p-n junction diodes for use in an alternating current half-wave rectifier circuit. Pyrolyzed parylene C has found particular merit as a 3D electrode coating of AFM probes. Current sensing-atomic force microscopy imaging in air of nanoscale metallic features was undertaken to demonstrate the electronic imaging applicability of PPC AFM probes. Upon further insulation with parylene C and modification with a focused ion beam, a PPC UME was microfabricated near the AFM probe apex and utilized for electrochemical imaging. Subsequently, scanning electrochemical microscopy-atomic force microscopy imaging was undertaken to electrochemically quantify and image the spatial location of dopamine exocytotic release, elicited mechanically via the AFM probe itself, from differentiated pheochromocytoma 12 cells in vitro.

  10. Safety Testing of AGR-2 UCO Compacts 5-2-2, 2-2-2, and 5-4-1

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    Hunn, John D [ORNL; Morris, Robert Noel [ORNL; Baldwin, Charles A [ORNL; Montgomery, Fred C [ORNL

    2016-10-01

    Post-irradiation examination (PIE) is being performed on tristructural-isotropic (TRISO) coated-particle fuel compacts from the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program second irradiation experiment (AGR-2) [Collin 2014]. This effort builds upon the understanding acquired throughout the AGR-1 PIE campaign [Demkowicz et al. 2015a] and is establishing a database for the different AGR-2 fuel designs. The AGR-2 irradiation experiment included TRISO fuel particles coated at BWX Technologies (BWXT) with a 150-mm-diameter engineering-scale coater. Two coating batches were tested in the AGR-2 irradiation experiment. Batch 93085 had 508-μm-diameter uranium dioxide (UO2) kernels. Batch 93073 had 427-μm-diameter UCO kernels, which is a kernel design where some of the uranium oxide is converted to uranium carbide during fabrication to provide a getter for oxygen liberated during fission and limit CO production. Fabrication and property data for the AGR-2 coating batches have been compiled [Barnes and Marshall 2009] and compared to AGR-1 [Phillips, Barnes, and Hunn 2010]. The AGR-2 TRISO coatings were most like the AGR-1 Variant 3 TRISO deposited in the 50-mm-diameter ORNL lab-scale coater [Hunn and Lowden 2006]. In both cases argon-dilution of the hydrogen and methyltrichlorosilane coating gas mixture employed to deposit the SiC was used to produce a finer-grain, more equiaxed SiC microstructure [Lowden 2006; Gerczak et al. 2016]. In addition to the fact that AGR-1 fuel had smaller, 350-μm-diameter UCO kernels, notable differences in the TRISO particle properties included the pyrocarbon anisotropy, which was slightly higher in the particles coated in the engineeringscale coater, and the exposed kernel defect fraction, which was higher for AGR-2 fuel due to the detected presence of particles with impact damage introduced during TRISO particle handling [Hunn 2010].

  11. Role of basic amino acids in the interaction of bindin with sulfated fucans.

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    DeAngelis, P L; Glabe, C G

    1988-10-18

    Bindin, the acrosomal sperm adhesion protein of the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, binds specifically and with high affinity (Kd = 10(-8) M) to egg sulfated fucans in the high ionic strength milieu of seawater (0.55 M salt). Previous studies indicated that the negatively charged sulfate groups of the polysaccharide are critical for binding which suggested a binding mechanism involving basic residues of bindin. We found that the binding of fucan to bindin or polyarginine is stable at the ionic strength of seawater, whereas the binding of fucan to polylysine or polyhistidine is inhibited by 50% or more at this ionic strength. Group-specific modification of either arginine, lysine, or histidine residues of bindin results in a substantial inactivation of fucan binding activity. Preincubation of bindin with fucan can almost completely protect bindin from inactivation by arginine-specific reagents, butanedione and phenylglyoxal, but only moderately slowed the inactivation by the histidine reagent diethyl pyrocarbonate. In contrast, prior fucan binding could not prevent loss of activity by the reaction of citraconic anhydride with lysine residues. Other sulfated polysaccharides which do not interact strongly with bindin did not protect binding from phenylglyoxal-mediated inactivation when 800-3000-fold more polysaccharide than fucan was used during the preincubation before modification. We found that the larger and more hydrophobic arginine-modifying reagents, camphorquinone-10-sulfonic acid and cyclohexanedione, fail to inactivate fucan binding, suggesting that essential arginine residues may reside in an environment with restricted accessibility to these reagents. Parallel kinetic studies monitoring [14C]phenylglyoxal incorporation and fucan binding inactivation indicate that several of the four total arginine residues may be critical for fucan binding.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  12. Properties Of A Midgut Trypanolysin From The Tsetse Fly Glossina Morsitans Morsitans

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    Mahamat H.Abakar

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The properties of a bloodmeal-induced trypanolysin from the midgut of the tsetse G. m. morsitans was studied in vitro. The semi-purified trypanolysin from twice-fed tsetse had the highest trypanolysin activity against bloodstream trypanosomes followed by those once-fed and the unfed flies. Serum found to display trypanolysin activity. The trypanolysin had no trypsin activity nor even affected by the enzyme. In addition trypanolysin was not affected by protease inhibitors such as soy bean trypsin inhibitor STI N-a-p-Tosyl-L-lysine chromethyl ketone TLCK phenylmethyl sulphonyl fluoride PMSF diisopropyl fluoro-phosphate DFP and tosylamide-2-phenylethyl chloromethyl ketone TPCK. However the activity was completely inhibited by diethyl pyrocarbonate DEPC and partially by aprotinin. The induction of trypanolysin activity by bloodmeal increased gradually reaching a peak at 72-120 h after the bloodmeal and then decreased rapidly with only 25 of the peak activity remaining after 192 h. The trypanolysin was inactivated during storage at 27amp8451 and 4amp8451 after 15 and 32 days respectively. Similarly heating the midguts trypanolysin to 60 - 80amp8451 led to loss of activity. On the other hand 50amp8451 was found to be the optimum temperature for trypanolysin activity. The activity was also unstable by freeze-thaw at 80amp8451 -70amp8451 -20amp8451 and 0amp8451 after 33 41 55 and 63 days respectively. Trypanolysin caused lyses of bloodstream-form T. b. brucei while the procyclic trypanosomes were unaffected. The highest trypanolysin activity in different tsetse species was found with Glossina longipennis followed by Glossina pallidipes Glossina morsitans centralis Glossina fuscipes fuscipes and G. m. morsitans. When the midgut homogenate was separated by anion-exchange chromatography the trypanolysin activity was recovered in the bound fraction. These results suggest that the midgut trypanolysin plays an important role in the establishment of

  13. Wrist osteoarthritis.

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    Laulan, J; Marteau, E; Bacle, G

    2015-02-01

    Painful wrist osteoarthritis can result in major functional impairment. Most cases are related to posttraumatic sequel, metabolic arthropathies, or inflammatory joint disease, although wrist osteoarthritis occurs as an idiopathic condition in a small minority of cases. Surgery is indicated only when conservative treatment fails. The main objective is to ensure pain relief while restoring strength. Motion-preserving procedures are usually preferred, although residual wrist mobility is not crucial to good function. The vast array of available surgical techniques includes excisional arthroplasty, limited and total fusion, total wrist denervation, partial and total arthroplasty, and rib-cartilage graft implantation. Surgical decisions rest on the cause and extent of the degenerative wrist lesions, degree of residual mobility, and patient's wishes and functional demand. Proximal row carpectomy and four-corner fusion with scaphoid bone excision are the most widely used surgical procedures for stage II wrist osteoarthritis secondary to scapho-lunate advanced collapse (SLAC) or scaphoid non-union advanced collapse (SNAC) wrist. Proximal row carpectomy is not indicated in patients with stage III disease. Total wrist denervation is a satisfactory treatment option in patients of any age who have good range of motion and low functional demands; furthermore, the low morbidity associated with this procedure makes it a good option for elderly patients regardless of their range of motion. Total wrist fusion can be used not only as a revision procedure, but also as the primary surgical treatment in heavy manual labourers with wrist stiffness or generalised wrist-joint involvement. The role for pyrocarbon implants, rib-cartilage graft implantation, and total wrist arthroplasty remains to be determined, given the short follow-ups in available studies.

  14. Personal technique for wrist dorsal approach.

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    Marcuzzi, A; Leigheb, M; Russomando, A; Landi, A

    2014-09-24

    In hand disorders surgical procedures are more and more widely used and often it's necessary to approach the wrist by the dorsal way. Beneath anatomy of this region is well known, there is still room enough to develop new surgical exposure techniques mostly related to physiology and biomechanics. Our goals are to present an innovative surgical dorsal exposure of the wrist, to show its use for different problems solving, and to evaluate its mini-invasive and functional outcome. Our inedited surgical technique is presented. Since November 1999 to February 2008, this technique has been used by the same surgeon in 60 cases for different pathologies and procedures: 14 SNAC-SLAC wrists III-IV treated by proximal row resection and Resurface-Capitate Pyrocarbon Implant (RCPI), 2 Fenton syndromes by bone graft and RCPI, 6 SNACSLAC II by proximal row resection +/- radial styloidectomy, 2 SLAC III by scaphoidectomy and capito-lunate arthrodesis, 12 scapho-lunate recent dissociations by ligamentoplasty (double approach), 4 scapho-lunate inveterate dissociations by Cuenod Saffar-Romano modified technique and 4 by synthetic ligaments, 1 fracture of the scaphoid proximal pole by synthesis-revascularization-S.L.ligament reconstruction, 15 Kienbock's diseases revascularized by II m.c. artery +/- radial osteotomy. Patients have been evaluated at follow up through the DASH disability questionnaire, the Mayo score for the force, ROM, pain, satisfaction grade. Results are good and encouraging for these applications. In conclusion this new technique with its limited exposure permits an early mobilization with a lower risk of stiffness and can be considered mini-invasive.

  15. Scaphotrapeziotrapezoidal Joint Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review of Surgical Treatment.

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    Deans, Victoria M; Naqui, Zafar; Muir, Lindsay T S W

    2017-03-01

    The management of scaphotrapeziotrapezoidal (STT) joint osteoarthritis (OA) remains controversial. This systematic review aims to review the evidence for surgical interventions specific to STT OA. Medline and Embase libraries were searched using a pre-defined search strategy in October 2014. All study designs and languages were included and evaluated by two reviewers (VMD and LM) against the inclusion/exclusion criteria. The study eligibility criteria included papers discussing surgical treatment of STT OA, and the review was conducted using the PRISMA guidelines. 295 unique results were identified from the search strategy after duplicates were filtered. 21 articles met the eligibility criteria. Trapezial excision and partial trapezoidal excision is an effective treatment with low morbidity and complications, although can lead to weakness of the thumb. Distal scaphoid excision remains an effective pain relief treatment with improved grip and pinch strengths post-operatively. The procedure is technically less demanding than arthrodesis, does not carry the risks of non-union and complication rate of STT joint arthrodesis, and has a shorter immobilisation requirement. It produces reliable results, but is contraindicated if there is either scapholunocapitate pathology or midcarpal instability. STT joint fusion has a place, typically producing 75% range of movement of the non-operated wrist. However it has a higher associated complication rate, and simultaneous radial styloidectomy is recommended to reduce ongoing pain from impingement. Implant arthroplasty using a graphite-coated pyrocarbon implant has been used more recently. The patients gained significant pain relief, although there have been reports of implant dislocation secondary to surgical errors. A reduction in post-operative wrist extension and radial deviation has been noted. From this systematic review, we have composed a treatment algorithm for the surgical management of STT joint OA.

  16. PARFUME Theory and Model basis Report

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    Darrell L. Knudson; Gregory K Miller; G.K. Miller; D.A. Petti; J.T. Maki; D.L. Knudson

    2009-09-01

    The success of gas reactors depends upon the safety and quality of the coated particle fuel. The fuel performance modeling code PARFUME simulates the mechanical, thermal and physico-chemical behavior of fuel particles during irradiation. This report documents the theory and material properties behind vari¬ous capabilities of the code, which include: 1) various options for calculating CO production and fission product gas release, 2) an analytical solution for stresses in the coating layers that accounts for irradiation-induced creep and swelling of the pyrocarbon layers, 3) a thermal model that calculates a time-dependent temperature profile through a pebble bed sphere or a prismatic block core, as well as through the layers of each analyzed particle, 4) simulation of multi-dimensional particle behavior associated with cracking in the IPyC layer, partial debonding of the IPyC from the SiC, particle asphericity, and kernel migration (or amoeba effect), 5) two independent methods for determining particle failure probabilities, 6) a model for calculating release-to-birth (R/B) ratios of gaseous fission products that accounts for particle failures and uranium contamination in the fuel matrix, and 7) the evaluation of an accident condition, where a particle experiences a sudden change in temperature following a period of normal irradiation. The accident condi¬tion entails diffusion of fission products through the particle coating layers and through the fuel matrix to the coolant boundary. This document represents the initial version of the PARFUME Theory and Model Basis Report. More detailed descriptions will be provided in future revisions.

  17. Effect of Interface Modified by Graphene on the Mechanical and Frictional Properties of Carbon/Graphene/Carbon Composites

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    Wei Yang

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we developed an interface modified by graphene to simultaneously improve the mechanical and frictional properties of carbon/graphene/carbon (C/G/C composite. Results indicated that the C/G/C composite exhibits remarkably improved interfacial bonding mode, static and dynamic mechanical performance, thermal conductivity, and frictional properties in comparison with those of the C/C composite. The weight contents of carbon fibers, graphene and pyrolytic carbon are 31.6, 0.3 and 68.1 wt %, respectively. The matrix of the C/G/C composite was mainly composed of rough laminar (RL pyrocarbon. The average hardness by nanoindentation of the C/G/C and C/C composite matrices were 0.473 and 0.751 GPa, respectively. The flexural strength (three point bending, interlaminar shear strength (ILSS, interfacial debonding strength (IDS, internal friction and storage modulus of the C/C composite were 106, 10.3, 7.6, 0.038 and 12.7 GPa, respectively. Those properties of the C/G/C composite increased by 76.4%, 44.6%, 168.4% and 22.8%, respectively, and their internal friction decreased by 42.1% in comparison with those of the C/C composite. Owing to the lower hardness of the matrix, improved fiber/matrix interface bonding strength, and self-lubricating properties of graphene, a complete friction film was easily formed on the friction surface of the modified composite. Compared with the C/C composite, the C/G/C composite exhibited stable friction coefficients and lower wear losses at simulating air-plane normal landing (NL and rejected take-off (RTO. The method appears to be a competitive approach to improve the mechanical and frictional properties of C/C composites simultaneously.

  18. Identification of oxidized methionine sites in erythrocyte membrane protein by liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization mass spectrometry peptide mapping.

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    Li, Chunyan; Takazaki, Shinya; Jin, Xiuri; Kang, Dongchon; Abe, Yoshito; Hamasaki, Naotaka

    2006-10-03

    In this study, we used peptide mapping combined with liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (LC/ESI MS) to examine the methionine oxidation of band 3 of erythrocyte membrane protein. Initially, we identified the methionine sites oxidized by chloramine T (N-chloro-p-toluenesulfoamide), a hydrophilic reagent. There were three oxidized methionines (Met 559, Met 741, and Met 909) in band 3, and these methionines were located in a hydrophilic region determined by previous topological studies of band 3. In addition, we found that C12E8, a polyoxyethylene detergent, leads to the oxidation of methionines in a transmembrane segment in band 3, and this oxidation occurs in a C12E8 preincubation time-dependent manner. In a previous study, it was found that peroxides accumulate in a polyoxyethylene detergent. Thus, our method enabled the direct and quantitative detection of protein damage due to detergent peroxides. Furthermore, we examined methionine oxidation in the presence of 4,4'-dinitrostilbene-2,2'-disulfonic acid (DNDS) or diethyl pyrocarbonate (DEPC), which induced either an outward or an inward conformation in band 3, respectively. Our results indicated that the location of Met 741 was associated with the band 3 conformation induced by band 3-mediated anion transport. In conclusion, we found that methionine oxidation can be applied to examine membrane protein structures as follows: (1) for topological studies of membrane proteins, (2) for assessing the quality of proteins in detergent solubilization studies, and (3) for the detection of conformational changes in membrane proteins.

  19. Characterization of an organic solvent-tolerant lipase from Idiomarina sp. W33 and its application for biodiesel production using Jatropha oil.

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    Li, Xin; Qian, Po; Wu, Si-Guo; Yu, Hui-Ying

    2014-01-01

    A halophilic strain W33 showing lipolytic activity was isolated from the saline soil of Yuncheng Salt Lake, China. Biochemical and physiological characterization along with 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis placed the isolate in the genus Idiomarina. The extracellular lipase was purified to homogeneity by 75% ammonium sulphate precipitation, DEAE-Sepharose anion exchange and Sephacryl S-200 gel filtration chromatography. The molecular mass of the purified lipase was estimated to be 67 kDa by SDS-PAGE. Substrate specificity test indicated that it preferred long-chain p-nitrophenyl esters. Optimal lipase activity was found to be at 60 °C, pH 7.0-9.0 and 10% NaCl, and it was highly active and stable over broad temperature (30-90 °C), pH (7.0-11.0) and NaCl concentration (0-25%) ranges, showing excellent thermostable, alkali-stable and halotolerant properties. Significant inhibition by diethyl pyrocarbonate and phenylarsine oxide was observed, implying histidine and cysteine residues were essential for enzyme catalysis. In addition, the lipase displayed high stability and activity in the presence of hydrophobic organic solvents with log P(ow) ≥ 2.13. The free and immobilized lipases produced by Idiomarina sp. W33 were applied for biodiesel production using Jatropha oil, and about 84 and 91% of yields were achieved, respectively. This study formed the basic trials conducted to test the feasibility of using lipases from halophile for biodiesel production.

  20. Data Compilation for AGR-3/4 Designed-to-Fail (DTF) Fuel Particle Batch LEU04-02DTF

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    Hunn, John D [ORNL; Miller, James Henry [ORNL

    2008-10-01

    This document is a compilation of coating and characterization data for the AGR-3/4 designed-to-fail (DTF) particles. The DTF coating is a high density, high anisotropy pyrocarbon coating of nominal 20 {micro}m thickness that is deposited directly on the kernel. The purpose of this coating is to fail early in the irradiation, resulting in a controlled release of fission products which can be analyzed to provide data on fission product transport. A small number of DTF particles will be included with standard TRISO driver fuel particles in the AGR-3 and AGR-4 compacts. The ORNL Coated Particle Fuel Development Laboratory 50-mm diameter fluidized bed coater was used to coat the DTF particles. The coatings were produced using procedures and process parameters that were developed in an earlier phase of the project as documented in 'Summary Report on the Development of Procedures for the Fabrication of AGR-3/4 Design-to-Fail Particles', ORNL/TM-2008/161. Two coating runs were conducted using the approved coating parameters. NUCO425-06DTF was a final process qualification batch using natural enrichment uranium carbide/uranium oxide (UCO) kernels. After the qualification run, LEU04-02DTF was produced using low enriched UCO kernels. Both runs were inspected and determined to meet the specifications for DTF particles in section 5 of the AGR-3 & 4 Fuel Product Specification (EDF-6638, Rev.1). Table 1 provides a summary of key properties of the DTF layer. For comparison purposes, an archive sample of DTF particles produced by General Atomics was characterized using identical methods. This data is also summarized in Table 1.

  1. Preparation and characterization of SiC/C/SiC composites by hybrid wet/vapour processing

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    Licciulli, A. [Centro Nazionale Ricerca e Sviluppo Materiali, Brindisi (Italy). PASTIS; De Riccardis, F. [Centro Nazionale Ricerca e Sviluppo Materiali, Brindisi (Italy). PASTIS; Quirini, A. [Centro Nazionale Ricerca e Sviluppo Materiali, Brindisi (Italy). PASTIS; Nannetti, C.A. [ENEA-INN-NUMA C.R. Casaccia, Roma (Italy); Filacchioni, G. [ENEA-INN-NUMA C.R. Casaccia, Roma (Italy); Pilloni, L. [ENEA-INN-NUMA C.R. Casaccia, Roma (Italy); Botti, S. [ENEA-INN-FIS C.R. Frascati, Roma (Italy); Ortona, A. [INTERNOVA, Milano (Italy); Cammarota, A. [INTERNOVA, Milano (Italy)

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    In this work the preparation of ceramic matrix composites with improved mechanical properties and reduced process time and cost has been investigated. A combination of liquid and vapour infiltration processes has been developed for producing SiC(fibers)/C/SiC composites. 2D-woven Nicalon fibers were coated with pyrolitic carbon and stacked to form flat panel preforms. Chemical vapour infiltration was achieved using methyltrichlorosilane (MTS) as SiC precursor in a hot wall reactor under isothermal (1050 C) and isobaric (20torr) conditions. The solution infiltration was achieved using polycarbosilane (PCS) as SiC precursor along with laser formed SiC nanopowders. Pyrolysis was performed in inert atmosphere up to 1100 C. Various combinations of the two routes were tested in order to optimise the composite properties. A short vapour infiltration run was used to form a uniform SiC deposit on the fibers that were subsequently filled by several cycles of liquid infiltration/pyrolysis. CVI was also effective to fill the submicron porosity resulting from PCS to SiC transformation. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is presented for the description of the morphology of the composites. Mercury porosimetry along with SEM, was used to evaluate the infiltration yield and the quality of the deposit in the various steps of the process. The mechanical behavior of the composites was investigated by flexural tests. Fibers push-in by microindentation measurements were performed to characterize the fiber/matrix interface and to investigate how it is affected by the pyrocarbon coating on the fibers. On the basis of the obtained results, a preparative process for SiC/SiC composites can be optimized by the proper use of both liquid and vapour infiltration. (orig.)

  2. Nanoscale multilayered and porous carbide interphases prepared by pressure-pulsed reactive chemical vapor deposition for ceramic matrix composites

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    Jacques, S., E-mail: jacques@lcts.u-bordeaux1.fr [LCTS, University of Bordeaux 1, CNRS, Herakles-Safran, CEA, 3 allee de la Boetie, F-33600 Pessac (France); Jouanny, I.; Ledain, O.; Maillé, L.; Weisbecker, P. [LCTS, University of Bordeaux 1, CNRS, Herakles-Safran, CEA, 3 allee de la Boetie, F-33600 Pessac (France)

    2013-06-15

    In Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) reinforced by continuous fibers, a good toughness is achieved by adding a thin film called “interphase” between the fiber and the brittle matrix, which acts as a mechanical fuse by deflecting the matrix cracks. Pyrocarbon (PyC), with or without carbide sub-layers, is typically the material of choice to fulfill this role. The aim of this work was to study PyC-free nanoscale multilayered carbide coatings as interphases for CMCs. Nanoscale multilayered (SiC–TiC){sub n} interphases were deposited by pressure-Pulsed Chemical Vapor Deposition (P-CVD) on single filament Hi-Nicalon fibers and embedded in a SiC matrix sheath. The thicknesses of the carbide interphase sub-layers could be made as low as a few nanometers as evidenced by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. By using the P-ReactiveCVD method (P-RCVD), in which the TiC growth involves consumption of SiC, it was not only possible to obtain multilayered (SiC–TiC){sub n} films but also TiC films with a porous multilayered microstructure as a result of the Kirkendall effect. The porosity in the TiC sequences was found to be enhanced when some PyC was added to SiC prior to total RCVD consumption. Because the porosity volume fraction was still not high enough, the role of mechanical fuse of the interphases could not be evidenced from the tensile curves, which remained fully linear even when chemical attack of the fiber surface was avoided.

  3. Measurement of quality of life among patient undergoing arthroplasty of the thumb to treat CMC arthritis

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    Marcio Aurélio Aita

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: To present the clinical and functional results, including measurement of quality of life, of patients undergoing trapeziometacarpal arthroplasty. METHOD: This was a prospective evaluation on 45 patients (53 thumbs with a diagnosis of idiopathic rhizarthrosis who underwent resection arthroplasty and interposition of an uncemented Ascension(r implant, made of pyrocarbon. The clinical and functional results were analyzed through radiography, range of motion (ROM in degrees (°, visual analog scale (VAS for pain and the disability of arm, shoulder and hand (DASH questionnaire for quality of life. In the group analyzed, 38 were women and seven were men, and their mean age was 63.17 years (range: 50-78. Eight patients were treated bilaterally. RESULTS: After 42.08 months of follow-up (range: 8-73, the subjective pain evaluation (VAS score was 1.37 (range: 1-4. The complete ROM of the thumb increased to 95.75% (range: 75-100% in relation to the contralateral side. The mean DASH questionnaire score was 9.98 (range: 1-18. The complication rate (negative events was 11.32%. Five patients presented dislocation of the thumb prosthesis. All of them were reoperated by means of dorsal capsuloplasty using a portion of the retinaculum of the extensors as a graft, and good clinical evolution was achieved in these cases. One patient presented fracturing of the metacarpal and was treated by means of osteosynthesis using Kirschner wires. CONCLUSION: This method is effective for treating rhizarthrosis, according to the measurements made on the clinical and functional results, even after taking the complication rate into consideration. Moreover, it provides an improvement of quality of life for these patients.

  4. Safety Testing of AGR-2 UCO Compacts 5-2-2, 2-2-2, and 5-4-1

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    Hunn, John D. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Fusion and Materials for Nuclear Systems Division; Morris, Robert Noel [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Fusion and Materials for Nuclear Systems Division; Baldwin, Charles A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Fusion and Materials for Nuclear Systems Division; Montgomery, Fred C. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Fusion and Materials for Nuclear Systems Division

    2016-08-01

    Post-irradiation examination (PIE) is being performed on tristructural-isotropic (TRISO) coated-particle fuel compacts from the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program second irradiation experiment (AGR-2). This effort builds upon the understanding acquired throughout the AGR-1 PIE campaign, and is establishing a database for the different AGR-2 fuel designs. The AGR-2 irradiation experiment included TRISO fuel particles coated at BWX Technologies (BWXT) with a 150-mm-diameter engineering-scale coater. Two coating batches were tested in the AGR-2 irradiation experiment. Batch 93085 had 508-μm-diameter uranium dioxide (UO2) kernels. Batch 93073 had 427-μm-diameter UCO kernels, which is a kernel design where some of the uranium oxide is converted to uranium carbide during fabrication to provide a getter for oxygen liberated during fission and limit CO production. Fabrication and property data for the AGR-2 coating batches have been compiled and compared to those for AGR-1. The AGR-2 TRISO coatings were most like the AGR-1 Variant 3 TRISO deposited in the 50-mm-diameter ORNL lab-scale coater. In both cases argon-dilution of the hydrogen and methyltrichlorosilane coating gas mixture employed to deposit the SiC was used to produce a finer-grain, more equiaxed SiC microstructure. In addition to the fact that AGR-1 fuel had smaller, 350-μm-diameter UCO kernels, notable differences in the TRISO particle properties included the pyrocarbon anisotropy, which was slightly higher in the particles coated in the engineering-scale coater, and the exposed kernel defect fraction, which was higher for AGR-2 fuel due to the detected presence of particles with impact damage introduced during TRISO particle handling.

  5. Inhibition of 3(17)beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase from Pseudomonas testosteroni by steroidal A ring fused pyrazoles.

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    Levy, M A; Holt, D A; Brandt, M; Metcalf, B W

    1987-04-21

    Several 2,3- and 3,4-steroidal fused pyrazoles have been investigated as potential inhibitors of NAD(P)H-dependent steroid oxidoreductases. These compounds are proven to be potent, specific inhibitors for 3(17) beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase from Pseudomonas testosteroni with Ki values of 6-100 nM. In contrast, the activities of 3 alpha,20 beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase from Streptomyces hydrogenans, steroid 5 alpha-reductase from rat prostate, and 3 alpha-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase from rat liver were unaffected by micromolar concentrations of these compounds. Product and dead-end inhibition studies indicate an ordered association to the beta-dehydrogenase with the cofactor binding prior to substrate or inhibitor. From the results of double inhibition experiments, it is proposed that inhibition occurs through formation of an enzyme-NAD+-inhibitor ternate. On the basis of pH profiles of Vm/Km, Vm, and 1/Ki and of absorbance difference spectra, a hypothetical mechanism of inhibition by the steroidal pyrazoles, drawn by analogy from the inhibition of liver alcohol dehydrogenase by alkylpyrazoles [Theorell, H., & Yonetani, T. (1963) Biochem. Z. 338, 537-553; Andersson, P., Kvassman, J. K., Lindström, A., Oldén, B., & Pettersson, G. (1981) Eur. J. Biochem. 113, 549-554], is reconsidered. The pH studies and enzyme modification experiments by diethyl pyrocarbonate suggest the involvement of histidine in binding of the inhibitor. A modified proposal for the structure of the enzyme-NAD+-steroidal pyrazole complex is proposed.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  6. Multi-scale modeling of the thermo-mechanical behavior of particle-based composites; Modelisation multi-echelles du comportement thermo-elastique de composites a renforts spheriques

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    Di Paola, F.

    2010-11-15

    The aim of this work was to perform numerical simulations of the thermal and mechanical behavior of a particle-based nuclear fuel. This is a refractory composite material made of UO{sub 2} spherical particles which are coated with two layers of pyrocarbon and embedded in a graphite matrix at a high volume fraction (45 %). The objective was to develop a multi-scale modeling of this composite material which can estimate its mean behavior as well as the heterogeneity of the local mechanical variables. The first part of this work was dedicated to the modeling of the microstructure in 3D. To do this, we developed tools to generate random distributions of spheres, meshes and to characterize the morphology of the microstructure towards the finite element code Cast3M. A hundred of numerical samples of the composite were created. The second part was devoted to the characterization of the thermo-elastic behavior by the finite element modeling of the samples. We studied the influence of different modeling parameters, one of them is the boundary conditions. We proposed a method to vanish the boundary conditions effects from the computed solution by analyzing it on an internal sub-volume of the sample obtained by erosion. Then, we determined the effective properties (elastic moduli, thermal conductivity and thermal expansion) and the stress distribution within the matrix. Finally, in the third part we proposed a multi-scale modeling to determine the mean values and the variance and covariance of the local mechanical variables for any macroscopic load. This statistical approach have been used to estimate the intra-phase distribution of these variables in the composite material. (author)

  7. Noncatalytic hydrogenation of naphthalene in nanosized membrane reactors with accumulated hydrogen and controlled adjustment of their reaction zone volumes

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    Soldatov, A. P.

    2017-05-01

    As part of ongoing studies aimed at designing the next generation of nanosized membrane reactors (NMRs) with accumulated hydrogen, the noncatalytic hydrogenation of naphthalene in pores of ceramic membranes (TRUMEM ultrafiltration membranes with D av = 50 and 90 nm) is performed for the first time, using hydrogen preadsorbed in a hybrid carbon nanostructure: mono- and multilayered oriented carbon nanotubes with graphene walls (OCNTGs) that form on inner pore surfaces. In this technique, the reaction proceeds in the temperature range of 330-390°C at contact times of 10-16 h. The feedstock is an 8% naphthalene solution in decane. The products are analyzed via chromatography on a quartz capillary column coated with polydimethylsiloxane (SE-30). It is established for the first time that in NMRs, the noncatalytic hydrogenation of naphthalene occurs at 370-390°C, forming 1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalene in amounts of up to 0.61%. The rate constants and activation energy (123.5 kJ/mol) of the noncatalytic hydrogenation reaction are determined for the first time. The possibility of designing an NMR with an adjustable reaction zone volume is explored. Changes in the pore structure of the membranes after their modification with pyrocarbon nanosized crystallites (PNCs) are therefore studied as well. It is shown that lengthening the process time reduces pore size: within 23 h after the deposition of PNCs, the average pore radius ( r av) falls from 25 to 3.1 nm. The proposed approach would allow us to design nanoreactors of molecular size and conduct hydrogenation reactions within certain guidelines to synthesize new chemical compounds.

  8. Proteins in load-bearing junctions: the histidine-rich metal-binding protein of mussel byssus.

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    Zhao, Hua; Waite, J Herbert

    2006-11-28

    Building complex load-bearing scaffolds depends on effective ways of joining functionally different biomacromolecules. The junction between collagen fibers and foamlike adhesive plaques in mussel byssus is robust despite the strikingly dissimilar connected structures. mcfp-4, the matrix protein from this junction, and its presecreted form from the foot tissue of Mytilus californianus were isolated and characterized. mcfp-4 has a mass of approximately 93 kDa as determined by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. Its composition is dominated by histidine (22 mol %), but levels of lysine, arginine, and aspartate are also significant. A small amount of 3,4-dihydroxyphenyl-l-alanine (2 mol %) can be detected by amino acid analysis and redox cycling assays. The cDNA-deduced sequence of mcfp-4 reveals multiple variants with highly repetitive internal structures, including approximately 36 tandemly repeated His-rich decapeptides (e.g., HVHTHRVLHK) in the N-terminal half and 16 somewhat more degenerate aspartate-rich undecapeptides (e.g., DDHVNDIAQTA) in the C-terminal half. Incubation of a synthetic peptide based on the His-rich decapeptide with Fe3+, Co2+, Ni2+, Zn2+, and Cu2+ indicates that only Cu is strongly bound. MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry of the peptide modified with diethyl pyrocarbonate before and after Cu binding suggests that histidine residues dominate Cu binding. In contrast, the aspartate-rich undecapeptides preferentially bind Ca2+. mcfp-4 is strategically positioned to function as a macromolecular bifunctional linker by using metal ions to couple its own His-rich domains to the His-rich termini of the preCOLs. Ca2+ may mediate coupling of the C-terminus to other calcium-binding plaque proteins.

  9. Extracellular production of beta-amylase by a halophilic isolate, Halobacillus sp. LY9.

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    Li, Xin; Yu, Hui-Ying

    2011-11-01

    A moderately halophilic strain LY9 with high amylolytic activity was isolated from soil sample obtained from Yuncheng, China. Biochemical and physiological characterization along with 16S rRNA sequence analysis placed the isolate in the genus Halobacillus. Amylase production started from the post-exponential phase of bacterial growth and reached a maximum level during the early-stationary phase. The isolate LY9 was found to secrete the amylase, the production of which depended on the salinity of the growth medium. Maximum amylase production was observed in the presence of 10% KCl or 10% NaCl. Maltose was the main product of soluble starch hydrolysis, indicating a β-amylase activity. The enzyme showed optimal activity at 60°C, pH 8.0, and 10-12.5% of NaCl. It was highly active over broad temperature (50-70°C), NaCl concentration (5.0-20.0%), and pH (4.0-12.0) ranges, indicating its thermoactive and alkali-stable nature. However, activity dropped off dramatically at low NaCl concentrations, showing the amylase was halophilic. Ca(2+) was found to stimulate the β-amylase activity, whereas ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), phenylarsine oxide (PAO), and diethyl pyrocarbonate (DEPC) strongly inhibited the enzyme, indicating it probably was a metalloenzyme with cysteine and histidine residues located in its active site. Moreover, the enzyme exhibited remarkable stability towards sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and Triton X-100. This is the first report of β-amylase production from moderate halophiles. The present study indicates that the extracellular β-amylase of Halobacillus sp. LY9 may have considerable potential for industrial application owing to its properties.

  10. Purification and characterization of the maize amyloplast stromal 112-kDa starch phosphorylase.

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    Mu, H H; Yu, Y; Wasserman, B P; Carman, G M

    2001-04-01

    A plastidic 112-kDa starch phosphorylase (SP) has been identified in the amyloplast stromal fraction of maize. This starch phosphorylase was purified 310-fold from maize endosperm and characterized with respect to its enzymological and kinetic properties. The purification procedure included ammonium sulfate fractionation, Sephacryl 300 HR chromatography, affinity starch adsorption, Q-Sepharose, and Mono Q chromatography. The procedure resulted in a nearly homogeneous enzyme preparation as determined by native and SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Anti-SP antibodies recognized the purified 112-kDa SP enzyme and N-terminal amino acid sequence analysis confirmed that the purified enzyme is the amyloplast stromal 112-kDa SP. Analysis of the purified enzyme by Superose 6 gel filtration chromatography indicated that the native enzyme consisted of two identical subunits. The pH optimum for the enzyme was 6.0 in the synthetic direction and 5.5 in the phosphorolytic direction. SP activity was inhibited by thioreactive agents, diethyl pyrocarbonate, phenylglyoxal, and ADP-glucose. The activation energies for the synthetic and phosphorolytic reactions were 11.1 and 16.9 kcal/mol, respectively, and the enzyme was thermally labile above 50 degrees C. Results of kinetic experiments indicated that the enzyme catalyzes its reaction via a sequential Bi Bi mechanism. The Km value for amylopectin was eight-fold lower than that of glycogen. A kinetic analysis indicated that the phosphorolytic reaction was favored over the synthetic reaction when malto-oligosaccharides (4 to 7 units) were used as substrates. The specificity constants (Vmax/Km) of the enzyme measured in either the synthetic or the phosphorolytic directions increased with increasing chain length.

  11. The contrasting structures of mismatched DNA sequences containing looped-out bases (bulges) and multiple mismatches (bubbles).

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    Bhattacharyya, A; Lilley, D M

    1989-09-12

    We have studied the structure and reactivities of two kinds of mismatched DNA sequences--unopposed bases, or bulges, and multiple mismatched pairs of bases. These were generated in a constant sequence environment, in relatively long DNA fragments, using a technique based on heteroduplex formation between sequences cloned into single-stranded M13 phage. The mismatched sequences were studied from two points of view, viz 1. The mobility of the fragments on gel electrophoresis in polyacrylamide was studied in order to examine possible bending of the DNA due to the presence of the mismatch defect. Such bending would constitute a global effect on the conformation of the molecule. 2. Sequences in and around the mismatches were studied using enzyme and chemical probes of DNA structure. This would reveal more local structural effects of the mismatched sequences. We observed that the structures of the bulges and the multiple mismatches appear to be fundamentally different. The bulged sequences exhibited a large gel retardation, consistent with a significant bending of the DNA at the bulge, and whose magnitude depends on the number of mismatched bases. The larger bulges were sensitive to cleavage by single-strand specific nucleases, and modified by diethyl pyrocarbonate (adenines) or osmium tetroxide (thymines) in a non-uniform way, suggesting that the bulges have a precise structure that leads to exposure of some, but not all, of the bases. In contrast the multiple mismatches ('bubbles') cause very much less bending of the DNA fragment in which they occur, and uniform patterns of chemical reactivity along the length of the mismatched sequences, suggesting a less well defined, and possibly flexible, structure. The precise structure of the bulges suggests that such features may be especially significant for recognition by proteins.

  12. Data Compilation for AGR-1 Variant 1 Compact Lot LEU01-47T-Z

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    Hunn, John D [ORNL; Montgomery, Fred C [ORNL; Pappano, Peter J [ORNL

    2006-08-01

    This document is a compilation of characterization data for the AGR-1 variant 1 compact lot LEU01-47T-Z. The compacts were produced by ORNL for the ADvanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification (AGR) program for the first AGR irradiation test train (AGR-1). This compact lot was fabricated using particle composite LEU01-47T, which was a composite of three batches of TRISO-coated 350 {micro}m diameter 19.7% low enrichment uranium oxide/uranium carbide kernels (LEUCO). The AGR-1 TRISO-coated particles consist of a spherical kernel coated with an {approx} 50% dense carbon buffer layer (100 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by a dense inner pyrocarbon layer (40 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by a SiC layer (35 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by another dense outer pyrcoarbon layer (40 {micro}m nominal thickness). The kernels were obtained from BWXT and identified as composite G73D-20-69302. The BWXT kernel lot G73D-20-69302 was riffled into sublots for characterization and coating by ORNL and identified at LEU01-?? (where ?? is a series of integers beginning with 01). A data compilation for the AGR-1 variant 1 coated particle composite LEU01-47T can be found in ORNL/TM-2006/020. The AGR-1 Fuel Product Specification and Characterization Guidance (INL EDF-4380) provides the requirements necessary for acceptance of the fuel manufactured for the AGR-1 irradiation test. Section 6.2 of EDF-4380 provides the property requirements for the heat treated compacts. The Statistical Sampling Plan for AGR Fuel Materials (INL EDF-4542) provides additional guidance regarding statistical methods for product acceptance and recommended sample sizes. The procedures for characterizing and qualifying the compacts are outlined in ORNL product inspection plan AGR-CHAR-PIP-05. The inspection report forms generated by this product inspection plan document the product acceptance for the property requirements listed in section 6.2 of EDF-4380.

  13. Thorium fuel performance assessment in HTRs

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    Allelein, H.-J. [Forschungszentrum Jülich, D-52425 Jülich (Germany); RWTH Aachen, D-52072 Aachen (Germany); Kania, M.J.; Nabielek, H. [Forschungszentrum Jülich, D-52425 Jülich (Germany); Verfondern, K., E-mail: k.verfondern@fz-juelich.de [Forschungszentrum Jülich, D-52425 Jülich (Germany)

    2014-05-01

    Thorium as a nuclear fuel is receiving renewed interest, because of its widespread availability and the good irradiation performance of Th and mixed (Th,U) oxide compounds as fuels in nuclear power systems. Early HTR development employed thorium together with high-enriched uranium. After 1980, most HTR fuel systems switched to low-enriched uranium. After completing fuel development for AVR and THTR with BISO coated particles, the German program expanded efforts on a new program utilizing thorium and high-enriched uranium TRISO coated particles for advanced HTR concepts for process heat applications (PNP) and direct-cycle electricity production (HHT). The combination of LTI inner and outer pyrocarbon layers surrounding a strong, stable SiC layer greatly improved manufacturing conditions and the subsequent contamination and defective particle fractions in production fuel elements. In addition, this combination provided improved mechanical strength and a higher degree of solid fission product retention, not known previously with HTI-BISO coatings. The improved performance of the HEU (Th,U)O{sub 2} TRISO fuel system was successfully demonstrated in three primary areas of development: manufacturing, irradiation testing under normal operating conditions, and accident simulation testing. In terms of demonstrating performance for advanced HTR applications, the experimental failure statistic from manufacture and irradiation testing are significantly below the coated particle requirements specified for PNP and HHT designs at the time. Covering a range to 1300 °C in normal operations and 1600 °C in accidents, with burnups up to 13% FIMA and fast fluences to 8 × 10{sup 25} m{sup −2} (E > 16 fJ), the results exceed the design limits on manufacturing and operational requirements for the German HTR Modul concept, which were: <6.5 × 10{sup −5} for manufacturing; <2 × 10{sup −4} for normal operating conditions; and <5 × 10{sup −4} for accident conditions. These

  14. [Arylsulfatase A--physico-chemical properties and the use of enzyme radioimmunoassay in medical diagnosis].

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    Laidler, P M

    1991-01-01

    Arylsulfatase A was isolated from urine and human liver. The enzyme was homogeneous with respect to charge and had high specific activity--64 U/mg and 34 U/mg for arylsulfatase A from urine and liver respectively. The enzyme from urine as well as the liver one contained two nonidentical subunits with molecular weights varying about 5 kDa. Treatment of the enzyme from urine, liver and from placenta with endo-beta-N-acetylglucosaminidase F did not remove all carbohydrate from any subunit even in denaturing conditions. Deglycosylation of the enzyme with this one and other glycosidases under various conditions resulted in a decrease in the apparent molecular weights of subunits only by 1-2 kDa. The difference between molecular weights of subunits did not change upon deglycosylation of arylsulfatase A. The results suggest that the presence of two nonidentical subunits is due to presence of different polypeptides rather than various glycosylation of a single polypeptide chain. Arylsulfatase A from urine was inactivated following reaction with diethyl pyrocarbonate at pH 5.5 or at pH 7.0. This confirmed the presence of histidine essential for its catalytic activity. It was also shown that the enzyme was inactivated with ferrate ion, structural analogue of orthophosphate and strong oxidizing agent. The conditions of inhibition of arylsulfatase A carried out with the use of ferrate as well as catalytic and immunochemical properties of the modified enzyme suggest that ferrate reacted with the active site of arylsulfatase A. The results allow to expect that a reactive histidine is present in enzyme's active site and that this aminoacid is modified with ferrate. A simple, sensitive and specific radioimmunoassay was developed for the determination of arylsulfatase A in human serum and urine. The method allows to measure less than nanogram amounts of the enzyme in human body fluids. The test was used to determine arylsulfatase A in serum specimens of 368 patients with

  15. The known two types of transglutaminases regulate immune and stress responses in white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei.

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    Chang, Chin-Chyuan; Chang, Hao-Che; Liu, Kuan-Fu; Cheng, Winton

    2016-06-01

    Transglutaminases (TGs) play critical roles in blood coagulation, immune responses, and other biochemical functions, which undergo post-translational remodeling such as acetylation, phosphorylation and fatty acylation. Two types of TG have been identified in white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, and further investigation on their potential function was conducted by gene silencing in the present study. Total haemocyte count (THC), differential haemocyte count (DHC), phenoloxidase activity, respiratory bursts (release of superoxide anion), superoxide dismutase activity, transglutaminase (TG) activity, haemolymph clotting time, and phagocytic activity and clearance efficiency to the pathogen Vibrio alginolyticus were measured when shrimps were individually injected with diethyl pyrocarbonate-water (DEPC-H2O) or TG dsRNAs. In addition, haemolymph glucose and lactate, and haemocytes crustin, lysozyme, crustacean hyperglycemic hormone (CHH), transglutaminaseI (TGI), transglutaminaseII (TGII) and clotting protein (CP) mRNA expression were determined in the dsRNA injected shrimp under hypothermal stress. Results showed that TG activity, phagocytic activity and clearance efficiency were significantly decreased, but THC, hyaline cells (HCs) and haemolymph clotting time were significantly increased in the shrimp which received LvTGI dsRNA and LvTGI + LvTGII dsRNA after 3 days. However, respiratory burst per haemocyte was significantly decreased in only LvTGI + LvTGII silenced shrimp. In hypothermal stress studies, elevation of haemolymph glucose and lactate was observed in all treated groups, and were advanced in LvTGI and LvTGI + LvTGII silenced shrimp following exposure to 22 °C. LvCHH mRNA expression was significantly up-regulated, but crustin and lysozyme mRNA expressions were significantly down-regulated in LvTGI and LvTGI + LvTGII silenced shrimp; moreover, LvTGII was significantly increased, but LvTGI was significantly decreased in LvTGI silenced shrimp

  16. Detection and analysis of particles with failed SiC in AGR-1 fuel compacts

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    Hunn, John D., E-mail: hunnjd@ornl.gov [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6093 (United States); Baldwin, Charles A.; Gerczak, Tyler J.; Montgomery, Fred C.; Morris, Robert N.; Silva, Chinthaka M. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6093 (United States); Demkowicz, Paul A.; Harp, Jason M.; Ploger, Scott A. [Idaho National Laboratory (INL), P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415-6188 (United States)

    2016-09-15

    Highlights: • Cesium release was used to detect SiC failure in HTGR fuel. • Tristructural-isotropic particles with SiC failure were isolated by gamma screening. • SiC failure was studied by X-ray tomography and SEM. • SiC degradation was observed after irradiation and subsequent safety testing. - Abstract: As the primary barrier to release of radioactive isotopes emitted from the fuel kernel, retention performance of the SiC layer in tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particles is critical to the overall safety of reactors that utilize this fuel design. Most isotopes are well-retained by intact SiC coatings, so pathways through this layer due to cracking, structural defects, or chemical attack can significantly contribute to radioisotope release. In the US TRISO fuel development effort, release of {sup 134}Cs and {sup 137}Cs are used to detect SiC failure during fuel compact irradiation and safety testing because the amount of cesium released by a compact containing one particle with failed SiC is typically ten or more times higher than that released by compacts without failed SiC. Compacts with particles that released cesium during irradiation testing or post-irradiation safety testing at 1600–1800 °C were identified, and individual particles with abnormally low cesium retention were sorted out with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Irradiated Microsphere Gamma Analyzer (IMGA). X-ray tomography was used for three-dimensional imaging of the internal coating structure to locate low-density pathways through the SiC layer and guide subsequent materialography by optical and scanning electron microscopy. All three cesium-releasing particles recovered from as-irradiated compacts showed a region where the inner pyrocarbon (IPyC) had cracked due to radiation-induced dimensional changes in the shrinking buffer and the exposed SiC had experienced concentrated attack by palladium; SiC failures observed in particles subjected to safety testing were

  17. Performance of AGR-1 high-temperature reactor fuel during post-irradiation heating tests

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    Morris, Robert N., E-mail: morrisrn@ornl.gov [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6093 (United States); Baldwin, Charles A. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6093 (United States); Demkowicz, Paul A. [Idaho National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415 (United States); Hunn, John D. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6093 (United States); Reber, Edward L. [Idaho National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415 (United States)

    2016-09-15

    85}Kr release was very low during the tests (particles with failed SiC, but intact outer pyrocarbon, retained most of their krypton). Krypton release from TRISO failures was only observed after ∼210 h at 1800 °C in one compact. Post-safety-test examination of fuel compacts and particles has focused on identifying specific particles from each compact with notable fission product release and detailed analysis of the coating layers to understand particle behavior.

  18. Performance of AGR-1 High-Temperature Reactor Fuel During Post-Irradiation Heating Tests

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    Morris, Robert Noel [ORNL; Baldwin, Charles A [ORNL; Hunn, John D [ORNL; Demkowicz, Paul [Idaho National Laboratory (INL); Reber, Edward [Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

    2014-01-01

    The fission product retention of irradiated low-enriched uranium oxide/uranium carbide TRISO fuel compacts from the AGR-1 experiment has been evaluated at temperatures of 1600 1800 C during post-irradiation safety tests. Fourteen compacts (a total of ~58,000 particles) with a burnup ranging from 13.4 to 19.1% FIMA have been tested using dedicated furnace systems at Idaho National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The release of fission products 110mAg, 134Cs, 137Cs, 154Eu, 155Eu, 90Sr, and 85Kr was monitored while heating the fuel specimens in flowing helium. The behavior of silver, europium, and strontium appears to be dominated by inventory that was originally released through intact SiC coating layers during irradiation, but was retained in the compact at the end of irradiation and subsequently released during the safety tests. However, at a test temperature of 1800 C, the data suggest that release of these elements through intact coatings may become significant after ~100 h. Cesium was very well retained by intact SiC layers, with a fractional release <5 10-6 after 300 h at 1600 C or 100 h at 1800 C. However, it was rapidly released from individual particles if the SiC layer failed, and therefore the overall cesium release fraction was dominated by the SiC defect and failure fractions in the fuel compacts. No complete TRISO coating layer failures were observed after 300 h at 1600 or 1700 C, and 85Kr release was very low during the tests (particles with breached SiC, but intact outer pyrocarbon, retained most of their krypton). Krypton release from TRISO failures was only observed after ~210 h at 1800 C in one compact. Post-safety-test examination of fuel compacts and particles has focused on identifying specific particles from each compact with notable fission product release and detailed analysis of the coating layers to understand particle behavior.

  19. SPOUTED BED DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS FOR COATED NUCLEAR FUEL PARTICLES

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    Marshall, Douglas W.

    2017-07-01

    High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactors (HTGRs) are fueled with tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated nuclear fuel particles embedded in a carbon-graphite fuel body. TRISO coatings consist of four layers of pyrolytic carbon and silicon carbide that are deposited on uranium ceramic fuel kernels (350µm – 500µm diameters) in a concatenated series of batch depositions. Each layer has dedicated functions such that the finished fuel particle has its own integral containment to minimize and control the release of fission products into the fuel body and reactor core. The TRISO coatings are the primary containment structure in the HTGR reactor and must have very high uniformity and integrity. To ensure high quality TRISO coatings, the four layers are deposited by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) using high purity precursors and are applied in a concatenated succession of batch operations before the finished product is unloaded from the coating furnace. These depositions take place at temperatures ranging from 1230°C to 1550°C and use three different gas compositions, while the fuel particle diameters double, their density drops from 11.1 g/cm3 to 3.0 g/cm3, and the bed volume increases more than 8-fold. All this is accomplished without the aid of sight ports or internal instrumentation that could cause chemical contamination within the layers or mechanical damage to thin layers in the early stages of each layer deposition. The converging section of the furnace retort was specifically designed to prevent bed stagnation that would lead to unacceptably high defect fractions and facilitate bed circulation to avoid large variability in coating layer dimensions and properties. The gas injection nozzle was designed to protect precursor gases from becoming overheated prior to injection, to induce bed spouting and preclude bed stagnation in the bottom of the retort. Furthermore, the retort and injection nozzle designs minimize buildup of pyrocarbon and silicon carbide on the

  20. 4-Vinyl-1,3-Dioxolane-2-One as an Additive for Li-Ion Cells

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    Smart, Marshall; Bugga, Ratnakumar

    2006-01-01

    investigated previously include alkyl pyrocarbonates. Those additives help to improve low-temperature performances by giving rise to the formation of SEIs having desired properties. The formation of the SEIs is believed to be facilitated by products (e.g., CO2) of the decomposition of these additives. These decomposition products are believed to react to form Li2CO3-based films on the carbon electrodes. The present additive, 4-vinyl-1,3-dioxolane-2-one, also helps to improve lowtemperature performance by contributing to the formation of SEIs having desired properties, but probably in a different manner: It is believed that, as part of the decomposition process, the compound polymerizes on the surfaces of carbon electrodes.

  1. Amino acid residues involved in the catalytic mechanism of NAD-dependent glutamate dehydrogenase from Halobacterium salinarum.

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    Pérez-Pomares, F; Ferrer, J; Camacho, M; Pire, C; LLorca, F; Bonete, M J

    1999-02-01

    The pH dependence of kinetic parameters for a competitive inhibitor (glutarate) was determined in order to obtain information on the chemical mechanism for NAD-dependent glutamate dehydrogenase from Halobacterium salinarum. The maximum velocity is pH dependent, decreasing at low pHs giving a pK value of 7.19+/-0.13, while the V/K for l-glutamate at 30 degrees C decreases at low and high pHs, yielding pK values of 7.9+/-0.2 and 9.8+/-0.2, respectively. The glutarate pKis profile decreases at high pHs, yielding a pK of 9. 59+/-0.09 at 30 degrees C. The values of ionization heat calculated from the change in pK with temperature are: 1.19 x 10(4), 5.7 x 10(3), 7 x 10(3), 6.6 x 10(3) cal mol-1, for the residues involved. All these data suggest that the groups required for catalysis and/or binding are lysine, histidine and tyrosine. The enzyme shows a time-dependent loss in glutamate oxidation activity when incubated with diethyl pyrocarbonate (DEPC). Inactivation follows pseudo-first-order kinetics with a second-order rate constant of 53 M-1min-1. The pKa of the titratable group was pK1=6.6+/-0.6. Inactivation with ethyl acetimidate also shows pseudo-first-order kinetics as well as inactivation with TNM yielding second-order constants of 1.2 M-1min-1 and 2.8 M-1min-1, and pKas of 8.36 and 9.0, respectively. The proposed mechanism involves hydrogen binding of each of the two carboxylic groups to tyrosyl residues; histidine interacts with one of the N-hydrogens of the l-glutamate amino group. We also corroborate the presence of a conservative lysine that has a remarkable ability to coordinate a water molecule that would act as general base.

  2. High-quality thorium TRISO fuel performance in HTGRs

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    Verfondern, Karl [Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (Germany); Allelein, Hans-Josef [Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (Germany); Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany); Nabielek, Heinz; Kania, Michael J.

    2013-11-01

    Thorium as a nuclear fuel has received renewed interest, because of its widespread availability and the good irradiation performance of Th and mixed (Th,U) oxide compounds as fuels in nuclear power systems. Early HTGR development employed thorium together with high-enriched uranium (HEU). After 1980, HTGR fuel systems switched to low-enriched uranium (LEU). After completing fuel development for the AVR and the THTR with BISO coated particles, the German program expanded its efforts utilizing thorium and HEU TRISO coated particles in advanced HTGR concepts for process heat applications (PNP) and direct-cycle electricity production (HHT). The combination of a low-temperature isotropic (LTI) inner and outer pyrocarbon layers surrounding a strong, stable SiC layer greatly improved manufacturing conditions and the subsequent contamination and defective particle fractions in production fuel elements. In addition, this combination provided improved mechanical strength and a higher degree of solid fission product retention, not known previously with high-temperature isotropic (HTI) BISO coatings. The improved performance of the HEU (Th, U)O{sub 2} TRISO fuel system was successfully demonstrated in three primary areas of development: manufacturing, irradiation testing under normal operating conditions, and accident simulation testing. In terms of demonstrating performance for advanced HTGR applications, the experimental failure statistic from manufacture and irradiation testing are significantly below the coated particle requirements specified for PNP and HHT designs at the time. Covering a range to 1300 C in normal operations and 1600 C in accidents, with burnups to 13% FIMA and fast fluences to 8 x 10{sup 25} n/m{sup 2} (E> 16 fJ), the performance results exceed the design limits on manufacturing and operational requirements for the German HTR-Modul concept, which are 6.5 x 10{sup -5} for manufacturing, 2 x 10{sup -4} for normal operating conditions, and 5 x 10{sup -4

  3. Effect of hafnium carbide content on the ablative performance of carbon/carbon composites as rocket throats%碳化铪含量对C/C复合材料喉衬烧蚀性能的影响

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    李淑萍; 李克智; 杜红英; 张守阳; 沈学涛

    2012-01-01

    Hafnium carbide (HfC) modified carbon/carbon (HfC-C/C) composites were prepared by impregnating carbon felts with a saturated HfOCl2·8H2O ethanol solution and heat treating at 600 ℃ to form HfO2/C composites that were then densified with pyrocarbon by chemical vapor infiltration and graphitized at 2 100 ℃ to convert HfO2 into HfC. The HfC-C/C composites as rocket throats were ablated at 7 MPa and around 3 200 ℃ for 3 s by an experimental solid rocket motor. Results showed that the HfC-C/C composites with HfC contents more than 5.7 mass% had a stable period with a constant ablation rate and the duration of this period increased with HfC content. The overall ablation rate was decreased by 25. 2 and 49. 6% for the composites having 5. 7 and 8.7 mass% HfC respectively as compared with the composite with 2. 5 mass% HfC.%将炭毡浸渍于饱和的HfOCI2·8 H2O乙醇溶液中,经600℃热处理形成HfO2/C复合材料,然后采用热梯度化学气相沉积工艺在2100℃进行致密化和石墨化处理使HfO2转化为HfC而得到碳化铪(HfC)改性、整体炭毡增强的炭/炭(HfC-C/C)复合材料整体喉衬.利用小型固体火箭发动机试车台装置,在7MPa、3200℃烧蚀3s以测定HfC含量对喉衬烧蚀性能的影响.结果表明,HfC质量分数为5.7%的HfC-C/C喉衬线烧蚀率减小了25.2%;HfC质量分数为8.7%的HfC-C/C喉衬线烧蚀率减小了49.6%.同时,当HfC质量分数为5.7%时,HfC-C/C喉衬出现了以恒定线烧蚀率为特征的稳态烧蚀阶段,且该阶段的持续时间随HfC含量的增加而增加.

  4. Evaluation on Dispersion of CVI Treated Carbon Fibers in CFRC%CVI处理短碳纤维在CFRC中分散性的评价

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    王闯; 李克智; 李贺军; 焦更生; 付前刚

    2008-01-01

    Short carbon fibers were treated through Chemical Vapor Infiltration (CVI) process at high temperatures between 900 and 1300℃. Propylene was used as precursor and it was decomposed to produce pyrocarbon that was deposited on the surface of carbon fibers. A new dispersant hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) was employed to disperse CVI treated carbon fibers in the cement matrix. Its mass fraction lay in between 1.56 and 1.77% in aqueous solution. Four methods of the scanning electron microscopy, the fresh mixture, the electrical resistivity of hardened samples, and the simulation experiment were, respectively, applied to evaluate their dispersion degree. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages and it therefore catered for different conditions. Of the four evaluation methods, the simulation experiment one was the most convenient way to determine the first-step dispersion state prior to the preparation of carbon-fiber-reinforced cement-based composites and it was helpful for predicting the second-step dispersion state of carbon fibers in the cement matrix because it economized a large quantity of raw materials and time.%碳纤维增强水泥基复合材料(CFRC)是一种新发展起来的、很有潜力的功能材料.丙烯作前驱体,对短碳纤维在高温下(900~1300℃)进行100个小时左右的化学气相浸渍(CVI)表面处理,丙烯在高温下分解,生成热解碳,沉积在碳纤维表面.借助超声波预分散技术及新型分散剂羟乙基纤维素(hydroxyethyl cellulose,HEC)和超细颗粒硅灰的分散作用,实现了CVI处理碳纤维在水泥基体中的均匀分散.HEC水溶液的质量分数控制在1.56~1.77%之间为宜.分别运用扫描电镜法(SEM)、新拌料浆法(FM)、硬化试件电阻率测试法(ERM)及模拟试验法(SE)四种方法评价了CVI处理后短碳纤维的分散性.每种方法均有自身的优缺点和适应环境,四种方法中,模拟试验法(SE)是评价制备CFRC复合材料前期、碳纤维

  5. AGR-3/4 Irradiation Test Train Disassembly and Component Metrology First Look Report

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    Stempien, John Dennis [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Rice, Francine Joyce [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Harp, Jason Michael [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Winston, Philip Lon [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2016-03-01

    The AGR-3/4 experiment was designed to study fission product transport within graphitic matrix material and nuclear-grade graphite. To this end, this experiment consisted of 12 capsules, each fueled with 4 compacts containing UCO TRISO particles as driver fuel and 20 UCO designed-to-fail (DTF) fuel particles in each compact. The DTF fuel was fabricated with a thin pyrocarbon layer which was intended to fail during irradiation and provide a source of fission products. These fission products could then migrate through the compact and into the surrounding concentric rings of graphitic matrix material and/or nuclear graphite. Through post-irradiation examination (PIE) of the rings (including physical sampling and gamma scanning) fission product concentration profiles within the rings can be determined. These data can be used to elucidate fission product transport parameters (e.g. diffusion coefficients within the test materials) which will be used to inform and refine models of fission product transport. After irradiation in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) had been completed in April 2014, the AGR-3/4 experiment was shipped to the Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF) at the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) for inspection, disassembly, and metrology. The AGR-3/4 test train was received at MFC in two separate shipments between February and April 2015. Visual examinations of the test train exterior did not indicate dimensional distortion, and only two small discolored areas were observed at the bottom of Capsules 8 and 9. No corresponding discoloration was found on the inside of these capsules, however. Prior to disassembly, the two test train sections were subject to analysis via the Precision Gamma Scanner (PGS), which did not indicate that any gross fuel relocation had occurred. A series of specialized tools (including clamps, cutters, and drills) had been designed and fabricated in order to carry out test train disassembly and recovery of capsule components (graphite

  6. 天然气定向渗透制备C/C复合材料致密化研究%Directional infiltration densification of C/C composites using natural gas as carbon source

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    庞菲; 崔红; 李瑞珍; 李晋; 孙建涛; 解惠贞

    2012-01-01

    Carbon fiber integral felt and needled felt with non-woven cloth with an initial density of 0.20 g/cm3 and 0.5 g/cm3 respectively were densified by taking natural gas( NG) as main resource gas, and the penetration depth is about 60 mm. The density of needled felt with non-woven cloth reinforced Carbon/Carbon (C/C) composites could reach 1. 39 g/cm3 in 144 hours. After 504 h infiltration, integral felt reinforced C/C composites is densified to gain 1.50 g/cm3 density, while density of needled felt with non-woven cloth reinforced C/C composites is 1.71 g/cm3. The deposition rate using natural gas as precursor is about twice the rate of deposition using propylene. The density distribution of C/C composites was studied by industrial CT qualitatively. The results show that with the increase of infiltration time, the density gradient of C/C composites decreases, and the density gradient of needled felt with non-woven cloth reinforced C/C composites is almost uniform and lower than that of integral felt reinforced C/C composites. The microstructure of matrix carbon was investigated by polarized-light microscopy, indicating that pyrolytic carbon belongs to rough laminar. With the increase of heat treatment temperature, the pyrocarbon layer becomes straight and densified.%研究以天然气为主要碳源气体、渗透深度为60 mm、密度分别为0.20、0.56 g/cm3的整体毡和针刺无纬布预制体的致密化;144 h后,针刺无纬布试样的密度达到1.39 g/cm3;504 h后,整体毡试样密度为1.50 g/cm3,针刺无纬布试样密度为1.71 g/cm3,与丙烯沉积速率相比,至少高出1倍.利用工业CT对试样密度分布进行定性分析.结果表明,随着致密化周期的增加,整体毡试样和针刺无纬布试样的内外密度梯度减小;针刺无纬布的密度梯度比整体毡小,其最终密度接近均匀分布.偏光显微镜观察测试表明,两试样的热解炭结构均为粗糙层,随着高温石墨化(HTT)处理温度的升高,热

  7. AGR-3/4 Irradiation Test Train Disassembly and Component Metrology First Look Report

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    Stempien, John Dennis [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Rice, Francine Joyce [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Harp, Jason Michael [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Winston, Philip Lon [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2016-09-01

    The AGR-3/4 experiment was designed to study fission product transport within graphitic matrix material and nuclear-grade graphite. To this end, this experiment consisted of 12 capsules, each fueled with 4 compacts containing UCO TRISO particles as driver fuel and 20 UCO designed-to-fail (DTF) fuel particles in each compact. The DTF fuel was fabricated with a thin pyrocarbon layer which was intended to fail during irradiation and provide a source of fission products. These fission products could then migrate through the compact and into the surrounding concentric rings of graphitic matrix material and/or nuclear graphite. Through post-irradiation examination (PIE) of the rings (including physical sampling and gamma scanning) fission product concentration profiles within the rings can be determined. These data can be used to elucidate fission product transport parameters (e.g. diffusion coefficients within the test materials) which will be used to inform and refine models of fission product transport. After irradiation in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) had been completed in April 2014, the AGR-3/4 experiment was shipped to the Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF) at the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) for inspection, disassembly, and metrology. The AGR-3/4 test train was received at MFC in two separate shipments between February and April 2015. Visual examinations of the test train exterior did not indicate dimensional distortion, and only two small discolored areas were observed at the bottom of Capsules 8 and 9. No corresponding discoloration was found on the inside of these capsules, however. Prior to disassembly, the two test train sections were subject to analysis via the Precision Gamma Scanner (PGS), which did not indicate that any gross fuel relocation had occurred. A series of specialized tools (including clamps, cutters, and drills) had been designed and fabricated in order to carry out test train disassembly and recovery of capsule components (graphite

  8. Material Performance of Fully-Ceramic Micro-Encapsulated Fuel under Selected LWR Design Basis Scenarios: Final Report

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    B. Boer; R. S. Sen; M. A. Pope; A. M. Ougouag

    2011-09-01

    The extension to LWRs of the use of Deep-Burn coated particle fuel envisaged for HTRs has been investigated. TRISO coated fuel particles are used in Fully-Ceramic Microencapsulated (FCM) fuel within a SiC matrix rather than the graphite of HTRs. TRISO particles are well characterized for uranium-fueled HTRs. However, operating conditions of LWRs are different from those of HTRs (temperature, neutron energy spectrum, fast fluence levels, power density). Furthermore, the time scales of transient core behavior during accidents are usually much shorter and thus more severe in LWRs. The PASTA code was updated for analysis of stresses in coated particle FCM fuel. The code extensions enable the automatic use of neutronic data (burnup, fast fluence as a function of irradiation time) obtained using the DRAGON neutronics code. An input option for automatic evaluation of temperature rise during anticipated transients was also added. A new thermal model for FCM was incorporated into the code; so-were updated correlations (for pyrocarbon coating layers) suitable to estimating dimensional changes at the high fluence levels attained in LWR DB fuel. Analyses of the FCM fuel using the updated PASTA code under nominal and accident conditions show: (1) Stress levels in SiC-coatings are low for low fission gas release (FGR) fractions of several percent, as based on data of fission gas diffusion in UO{sub 2} kernels. However, the high burnup level of LWR-DB fuel implies that the FGR fraction is more likely to be in the range of 50-100%, similar to Inert Matrix Fuels (IMFs). For this range the predicted stresses and failure fractions of the SiC coating are high for the reference particle design (500 {micro}mm kernel diameter, 100 {micro}mm buffer, 35 {micro}mm IPyC, 35 {micro}mm SiC, 40 {micro}mm OPyC). A conservative case, assuming 100% FGR, 900K fuel temperature and 705 MWd/kg (77% FIMA) fuel burnup, results in a 8.0 x 10{sup -2} failure probability. For a &apos