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  1. Neutron Scattering Studies of Pre-Transitional Effects in Solid-Solid Phase Transformations

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    Shapiro, S. M.

    1999-06-30

    Neutron scattering studies have played a fundamental role in understanding solid-solid phase transformations, particularly in studying the lattice dynamical behavior associated with precursor effects. A review of the studies performed on solids exhibiting Martensitic transformations is given below. The mode softening and associated elastic diffuse scattering, previously observed in NiAl alloys, will be discussed as well as more recent work on Ni{sub 2}MnGa, a system exhibiting magnetic order as well as a Martensitic transformation. Also, new results on the precursor effects in ordered and disordered FePt alloys will be presented.

  2. Solid-solid phase transformation via internal stress-induced virtual melting: Additional confirmations

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    Levitas, Valery I.; Smilowitz, Laura B.; Henson, Bryan F.; Asay, Blaine W.

    2005-11-01

    Recently, we predicted a mechanism of solid-solid phase transformation (PT) via virtual melting at 121K below the melting temperature. We report additional experimental and theoretical results for PTs among three polymorphs of the energetic material HMX, α, β, and δ that support this mechanism. In particular: (a) the predicted velocity of interface propagation for β →δ PT and overall kinetics of δ →β PT are in agreement with experiment; (b) the energy of internal stresses is sufficient to reduce the melting temperature from 520to400K for δ →β PT; (c) the nanocracking that appears during solidification does not change the PT thermodynamics and kinetics for the first and the second β ↔δ PT cycles; (d) δ →β PT starts at a very small driving force; (e) δ →α and α →δ PTs do not occur above 400K and below 461K, respectively.

  3. Crystalline Dipeptide Nanobelts Based on Solid-Solid Phase Transformation Self-Assembly and Their Polarization Imaging of Cells.

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    Song, Jingwen; Xing, Ruirui; Jiao, Tifeng; Peng, Qiuming; Yuan, Chengqian; Möhwald, Helmuth; Yan, Xuehai

    2018-01-24

    Controlled phase transformation involving biomolecular organization to generate dynamic biomimetic self-assembly systems and functional materials is currently an appealing topic of research on molecular materials. Herein, we achieve by ultrasonic irradiation the direct solid-solid transition of bioinspired dipeptide organization from triclinic structured aggregates to  nanofibers and eventually to monoclinic nanobelts with strong polarized luminescence. It is suggested that the locally high temperature and pressure produced by cavitation effects cleaves the hydrophobic, π-π stacking or self-locked intramolecular interactions involved in one phase state and then rearranges the molecular packing to form another well-ordered aromatic dipeptide crystalline structure. Such a sonication-modulated solid-solid phase transition evolution is governed by distinct molecular interactions at different stages of structural organization. The resulting crystalline nanobelts are for the first time applied for polarization imaging of cells, which can be advantageous to directly inspect the uptake and fate of nanoscale delivery platforms without labeling of fluorescent dyes. This finding provides a new perspective to comprehend the dynamic evolution of biomolecular self-organization with energy supply by an external field and open up a facile and versatile approach of using anisotropic nanostructures for polarization imaging of cells and even live organisms in future.

  4. A comparison of observables for solid-solid phase transitions

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    Smilowitz, Laura B [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Henson, Bryan F [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Romero, Jerry J [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2009-01-01

    The study of solid-solid phase transformations is hindered by the difficulty of finding a volumetric probe to use as a progress variable. Solids are typically optically opaque and heterogeneous. Over the past several years, second harmonic generation (SHG) has been used as a kinetic probe for a solid-solid phase transition in which the initial and final phases have different symmetries. Bulk generation of SHG is allowed by symmetry only in noncentrosymmetric crystallographic space groups. For the organic energetic nitramine octahydro-1,3 ,5,7 -tetranitro-1,3 ,5,7 -tatrazocine (HMX), the beta phase is centro symmetric (space group P2{sub 1}/c) and the delta phase iS noncentrosymmetric (space group P6{sub 1}22) making SHG an extremely sensitive, essentially zero background probe of the phase change progress. We have used SHG as a tool to follow the progress of the transformation from beta to delta phase during the solid-solid transformation. However, kinetic models of the transformation derived using different observables from several other groups have differed, showing later onset for the phase change and faster progression to completion. In this work, we have intercompared several techniques to understand these differences. The three techniques discussed are second harmonic generation, Raman spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The progress of the beta to delta phase transition in HMX observed with each of these different probes will be discussed and advantages and disadvantages of each technique described. This paper compares several different observables for use in measuring the kinetics of solid-solid phase transitions. Relative advantages and disadvantages for each technique are described and a direct comparison of results is made for the beta to delta polymorphic phase transition of the energetic nitramine, octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tatrazocine.

  5. Kinetics of Solid-Solid Phase Transition in Iron (u)

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    Schwartz, Cynthia, L [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2011-01-27

    Previously, dynamic experiments on iron have observed a non-zero transition time and width in the solid-solid {alpha}-{var_epsilon} phase transition. Using Proton Radiography at the los Alamos Neutron Science Center, we have performed plate impact experiments on iron to further study the {alpha}-{var_epsilon} phase transition which occurs at 13GPa. A 40mm bore powder gun was coupled to a proton radiography beam line and imaging system and synchronized to the impact of the projectile on the target sample with the proton beam pattern. A typical experimental configuration for the iron study, as shown below in 3 color-enhanced radiographs, is a 40mm diameter aluminum sabot impacting a 40mm diameter of polycrystalline ARMCO iron. The iron is backed by a sapphire optical window for velocimetry measurements. The aluminum flyer on the left of the iron is barely visible for visual display purposes. Direct density jumps were measured which corresponded to calculations to within 1% using a Wondy multi-phase equation of state model. In addition, shock velocities were measured using an edge fitting technique and followed that edge movement from radiograph to radiograph, where rad iographs are separated in time by 500 ns. Preliminary measurements give a shock velocity (P1 wave) of 5.251 km/s. The projectile velocity was 0.725 km/s which translate to a peak stress of 17.5 GPa. Assuming the P1 wave is instantaneous, we are able to calibrate the chromatic, motion, object and camera blur by measuring the width of the P1 wave. This approximation works in this case since each of the two density jumps are small compared to the density of the object. Subtracting the measured width of the P1 wave in quadrature from the width of the P2 wave gives a preliminary measurement of the transition length of 265 {micro}m. Therefore, a preliminary measured phase transition relaxation time {tau} = transition length/u{sub s} = 265 {micro}m/5.251 km/s = 50 ns. Both Boettger1 & Jensen2 conclude that

  6. Size Dependence of a Temperature-Induced Solid-Solid Phase Transition in Copper(I) Sulfide

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    Rivest, Jessy B; Fong, Lam-Kiu; Jain, Prashant K; Toney, Michael F; Alivisatos, A Paul

    2011-07-24

    Determination of the phase diagrams for the nanocrystalline forms of materials is crucial for our understanding of nanostructures and the design of functional materials using nanoscale building blocks. The ability to study such transformations in nanomaterials with controlled shape offers further insight into transition mechanisms and the influence of particular facets. Here we present an investigation of the size-dependent, temperature-induced solid-solid phase transition in copper sulfide nanorods from low- to high-chalcocite. We find the transition temperature to be substantially reduced, with the high chalcocite phase appearing in the smallest nanocrystals at temperatures so low that they are typical of photovoltaic operation. Size dependence in phase trans- formations suggests the possibility of accessing morphologies that are not found in bulk solids at ambient conditions. These other- wise-inaccessible crystal phases could enable higher-performing materials in a range of applications, including sensing, switching, lighting, and photovoltaics.

  7. A method of solid-solid phase equilibrium calculation by molecular dynamics.

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    Karavaev, A V; Dremov, V V

    2016-12-14

    A method for evaluation of solid-solid phase equilibrium curves in molecular dynamics simulation for a given model of interatomic interaction is proposed. The method allows to calculate entropies of crystal phases and provides an accuracy comparable with that of the thermodynamic integration method by Frenkel and Ladd while it is much simpler in realization and less intense computationally. The accuracy of the proposed method was demonstrated in MD calculations of entropies for EAM potential for iron and for MEAM potential for beryllium. The bcc-hcp equilibrium curves for iron calculated for the EAM potential by the thermodynamic integration method and by the proposed one agree quite well.

  8. Isostructural solid-solid phase transition in monolayers of soft core-shell particles at fluid interfaces: structure and mechanics.

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    Rey, Marcel; Fernández-Rodríguez, Miguel Ángel; Steinacher, Mathias; Scheidegger, Laura; Geisel, Karen; Richtering, Walter; Squires, Todd M; Isa, Lucio

    2016-04-21

    We have studied the complete two-dimensional phase diagram of a core-shell microgel-laden fluid interface by synchronizing its compression with the deposition of the interfacial monolayer. Applying a new protocol, different positions on the substrate correspond to different values of the monolayer surface pressure and specific area. Analyzing the microstructure of the deposited monolayers, we discovered an isostructural solid-solid phase transition between two crystalline phases with the same hexagonal symmetry, but with two different lattice constants. The two phases corresponded to shell-shell and core-core inter-particle contacts, respectively; with increasing surface pressure the former mechanically failed enabling the particle cores to come into contact. In the phase-transition region, clusters of particles in core-core contacts nucleate, melting the surrounding shell-shell crystal, until the whole monolayer moves into the second phase. We furthermore measured the interfacial rheology of the monolayers as a function of the surface pressure using an interfacial microdisk rheometer. The interfaces always showed a strong elastic response, with a dip in the shear elastic modulus in correspondence with the melting of the shell-shell phase, followed by a steep increase upon the formation of a percolating network of the core-core contacts. These results demonstrate that the core-shell nature of the particles leads to a rich mechanical and structural behavior that can be externally tuned by compressing the interface, indicating new routes for applications, e.g. in surface patterning or emulsion stabilization.

  9. The synthesis and properties of the phases obtained by solid-solid reactions

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    Blonska-Tabero A.; Bosacka M.; Dabrowska G.; Filipek E.; Piz M.; Rychlowska-Himmel I.; Tabero P.; Tomaszewicz E.

    2008-01-01

    The presented work encompasses the subject of the studies and the results obtained over the last years by the research workers of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry. They include mainly the studies on the reactivity of metal oxides, searching for new phases in binary and ternary systems of metal oxides as well as describing phase relations establishing in such systems. They also encompass works on the extensive characteristics of physico-chemical properties of the newly obtained compounds.

  10. The synthesis and properties of the phases obtained by solid-solid reactions

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    Blonska-Tabero A.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The presented work encompasses the subject of the studies and the results obtained over the last years by the research workers of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry. They include mainly the studies on the reactivity of metal oxides, searching for new phases in binary and ternary systems of metal oxides as well as describing phase relations establishing in such systems. They also encompass works on the extensive characteristics of physico-chemical properties of the newly obtained compounds.

  11. Phase Transformation in Cast Superaustenitic Stainless Steels

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    Lee Phillips, Nathaniel Steven [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2006-01-01

    Superaustenitic stainless steels constitute a group of Fe-based alloys that are compositionally balanced to have a purely austenitic matrix and exhibit favorable pitting and crevice corrosion resistant properties and mechanical strength. However, intermetallic precipitates such as sigma and Laves can form during casting or exposure to high-temperature processing, which degrade the corrosion and mechanical properties of the material. The goal of this study was to accurately characterize the solid-solid phase transformations seen in cast superaustenitic stainless steels. Heat treatments were performed to understand the time and temperature ranges for intermetallic phase formations in alloys CN3MN and CK3MCuN. Microstructures were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and energy and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy (EDS, WDS). The equilibrium microstructures, composed primarily of sigma and Laves within purely austenitic matrices, showed slow transformation kinetics. Factors that determine the extent of transformation, including diffusion, nucleation, and growth, are discussed.

  12. Mechanisms of diffusional phase transformations in metals and alloys

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    Aaronson, Hubert I; Lee, Jong K

    2010-01-01

    Developed by the late metallurgy professor and master experimentalist Hubert I. Aaronson, this collection of lecture notes details the fundamental principles of phase transformations in metals and alloys upon which steel and other metals industries are based. Mechanisms of Diffusional Phase Transformations in Metals and Alloys is devoted to solid-solid phase transformations in which elementary atomic processes are diffusional jumps, and these processes occur in a series of so-called nucleation and growth through interface migration. Instead of relying strictly on a pedagogical approach, it doc

  13. Phase transformation and diffusion

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    Kale, G B; Dey, G K

    2008-01-01

    Given that the basic purpose of all research in materials science and technology is to tailor the properties of materials to suit specific applications, phase transformations are the natural key to the fine-tuning of the structural, mechanical and corrosion properties. A basic understanding of the kinetics and mechanisms of phase transformation is therefore of vital importance. Apart from a few cases involving crystallographic martensitic transformations, all phase transformations are mediated by diffusion. Thus, proper control and understanding of the process of diffusion during nucleation, g

  14. Solid phase transformations II

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    Čermák, J

    2009-01-01

    This topical volume includes ten invited papers that cover selected areas of the field of solid phase transformations. The first two contributions represent a burgeoning branch; that of the computer simulation of physical phenomena. The following three articles deal with the thermodynamics of phase transformations as a basic theory for describing the phenomenology of phase changes in matter. The next paper describes the interconnections between structural stability and the electronic structure of phases. Two further articles are devoted to displacive transformations; a field where there are ma

  15. Technique in analyzing experimental double shock data to infer a solid-solid phase transition within cerium

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    Cherne, Frank; Jensen, Brian

    2017-06-01

    In the past decade many experiments have been performed looking at various aspects of the dynamic response of cerium metal. Recent experiments looking at off-principle hugoniot have been made and here we present an approach for interpreting the results of these double shock experiments. Double shock experiments are difficult to analyze with the potential of being nearly intractable due to the construction of the experiments. Using a simple one dimensional hydrodynamic code, calculations are performed to match the first and second shock states and the times of arrival. Upon matching velocity time history at the sample window interface, a Us was determined from the calculation. A two state linear Us -up model with a transitional density switch was developed to best model the experimental data set. The best parameter set shows an inflection point around 12-13 GPa which is near where the α - ɛ phase transition has been observed in static compression experiments at a temperature.

  16. On a New Kinetic Modelling Approach of the Irreversible Quasi-Surface Metallurgical Phase Transformations

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    Grégory Antoni

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Irreversible quasi-surface metallurgical phase transformations are the specific response of some metallic materials—such as metals and alloys—subjected to high thermomechanical loads applied very near their surface during the manufacturing processes or after being put into operation. These solid/solid phase transformations can be observed, for example, on the tread of many rails in railroad networks frequented by freight trains. The severe thermal and mechanical loads imposed on the surface of the rails and in the immediate vicinity of the surface by the wheel/rail contact often result in highly localized irreversible metallurgical transformations. A new kinetic model based on a previous study is presented here, which accounts more realistically for the nucleation and growth of these irreversible solid/solid phase transformations resulting from high thermomechanical loads. This metallurgical behavioral model was developed in the framework of continuum thermodynamics with gradients of temperature and internal variables.

  17. Solid phase transformations

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    Čermák, J

    2008-01-01

    This special-topic book, devoted to ""Solid Phase Transformations"" , covers a broad range of phenomena which are of importance in a number of technological processes. Most commercial alloys undergo thermal treatment after casting, with the aim of imparting desired compositions and/or optimal morphologies to the component phases. In spite of the fact that the topic has lain at the center of physical metallurgy for a long time, there are numerous aspects which are wide open to potential investigative breakthroughs. Materials with new structures also stimulate research in the field, as well as n

  18. A New Class of Solid-Solid Phase Transformations Involving a Composition-Dependent Displacive Component (Preprint)

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    2011-07-01

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  19. Solid-Solid Vacuum Regolith Heat-Exchanger for Oxygen Production Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This SBIR Phase-1 project will demonstrate the feasibility of using a novel coaxial counterflow solid-solid heat exchanger to recover heat energy from spent regolith...

  20. An experimental study on the application of polyalcohol solid-solid phase change materials in solar drying with cross-corrugated solar air collectors

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    Gao, W. F.; Lin, W. X.; Liu, T.; Li, M.

    2017-11-01

    In this paper, two identical solar driers with the same cross-corrugated solar air collectors and drying chamber were developed, one with phase-change materials (PCMs) and the other without PCMs. These two solar drying systems were tested in typical sunny and cloudy days in Kunming and their thermal performances were analyzed. The experimental results show that the temperature changing is smoother in the collector with the PCMs, which is beneficial for the drying as the useful drying time was prolonged. The same trend was also found in the chamber with the PCMs. The PCMs in solar drying system was found to play a role in temperature regulating. There were several cycles of heat charging-discharging in a cloudy testing day while the temperatures on collectors and in chambers with the polyalcohol PCMs is higher than each phase-change temperature. Nevertheless, there was only one cycle of heat charging-discharging in a sunny testing day. The collector with PCMs has higher daily useful heat gain than the collector without PCMs.

  1. Phase transformations in metallic glasses

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    Jiang, Jianzhong

    2003-01-01

    Recent development of grain-size effect on phase transformations induced by pressure is reported. A thermodynamic theory is presented and three components: the ratio of volume collapses, the surface energy differences, and the internal energy differences, governing the change of transition pressu...

  2. Symmetry breaking in amorphous solids undergoing martensitic phase transformation - a relation to Landau's theory

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    Fischlschweiger, Michael; Oberaigner, Eduard

    2011-03-01

    Martensitic phase transformation can be classified as displacive solid -solid phase transformations, where the symmetry of the high temperature phase (austenite) breaks when phase transformation occurs. The martensitic phase (low temperature phase) and its variants are products of symmetry breaking in solids. Based on a quasiparticle statistical mechanics approach the canonical free energy of a representative solid volume element consisting of several quasiparticles (representative mole number) can be derived. The symmetry breaking order parameter of the system is the total strain which is an ensemble mean value in the statistical mechanics concept. In the current theory the order parameter is a macroscopic strain in a sense that the representative volume element stands for the macroscopic level, whereas the lattice parameter changes are considered in the hamiltonian definition of each quasiparticle. Computational results of the developed theory correspond to experimentally observed phenomena in materials undergoing martensitic phase transformation. The present study is focusing the region nearby the phase transformation and shows how the developed theory for describing symmetry breaking and order parameter changes correspond to Landau's phenomenological theory of phase transitions.

  3. The influence of peak shock stress on the high pressure phase transformation in zirconium

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    Brown D.W.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available At high pressures zirconium is known to undergo a phase transformation from the hexagonal close packed (HCP alpha phase to the simple hexagonal omega phase. Under conditions of shock loading, the high-pressure omega phase is retained upon release. However, the hysteresis in this transformation is not well represented by equilibrium phase diagrams and currently models that accurately represent such a solid-solid phase transformation coupled with the multi-phase plasticity likely under shock conditions do not exist. For this reason, the influence of peak shock stress on the retention of omega phase in Zr is explored in this study. In-situ VISAR measurements along with post-mortem metallographic and neutron diffraction characterization of soft recovered specimens have been utilized to quantify the volume fraction of retained omega phase, morphology of the shocked alpha and omega phases, and qualitatively understand the kinetics of this transformation. This understanding of the role of peak shock stress will be utilized to address physics to be encoded in our present macro-scale models.

  4. Vapor phase transformer drying – Part II

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    Steeves, Gregory R.

    2016-01-01

    Vapor phase drying is the most effective method for drying transformer insulation in a manufacturing setting. The process does not lend itself well to transformer drying in the field for a variety of reasons, including the difficulty of removing residual kerosene which can cause a potential change in transformer oil flash point. Several techniques are available for transformer insulation drying in both the field and in manufacturing. Vapor phase drying as part of transformer manufacturing is ...

  5. Vapor phase transformer drying – Part I

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    Steeves, Gregory R.

    2016-01-01

    Vapor phase drying is the most effective method for drying transformer insulation in a manufacturing setting. The process does not lend itself well to transformer drying in the field for a variety of reasons, including the difficulty of removing residual kerosene which can cause a potential change in transformer oil flash point. Several techniques are available for transformer insulation drying in both the field and in manufacturing. Vapor phase drying as part of transformer manufacturing is ...

  6. Impurity effects on solid-solid transitions in atomic clusters.

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    Husic, B E; Schebarchov, D; Wales, D J

    2016-11-03

    We use the harmonic superposition approach to examine how a single atom substitution affects low-temperature anomalies in the vibrational heat capacity (CV) of model nanoclusters. Each anomaly is linked to competing solidlike "phases", where crossover of the corresponding free energies defines a solid-solid transition temperature (Ts). For selected Lennard-Jones clusters we show that Ts and the corresponding CV peak can be tuned over a wide range by varying the relative atomic size and binding strength of the impurity, but excessive atom-size mismatch can destroy a transition and may produce another. In some tunable cases we find up to two additional CV peaks emerging below Ts, signalling one- or two-step delocalisation of the impurity within the ground-state geometry. Results for Ni74X and Au54X clusters (X = Au, Ag, Al, Cu, Ni, Pd, Pt, Pb), modelled by the many-body Gupta potential, further corroborate the possibility of tuning, engineering, and suppressing finite-system analogues of a solid-solid transition in nanoalloys.

  7. Phase space and phase space transformations

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    Alefeld, B.

    1985-03-01

    For neutron scattering instrumentation Liouville's theorem plays a similar role as the second law of thermodynamics at least in the sense that from time to time 'ingenious' devices are discussed seriously, which are meant to increase the phase space density, these devices are analogous to a perpetuum mobile of the second kind.

  8. Phase transformations upon doping in WO3

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    Wang, Wennie; Janotti, Anderson; Van de Walle, Chris G.

    2017-06-01

    High levels of doping in WO3 have been experimentally observed to lead to structural transformation towards higher symmetry phases. We explore the structural phase diagram with charge doping through first-principles methods based on hybrid density functional theory, as a function of doping the room-temperature monoclinic phase transitions to the orthorhombic, tetragonal, and finally cubic phase. Based on a decomposition of energies into electronic and strain contributions, we attribute the transformation to a gain in energy resulting from a lowering of the conduction band on an absolute energy scale.

  9. Path Dependency of High Pressure Phase Transformations

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    Cerreta, Ellen

    2017-06-01

    At high pressures titanium and zirconium are known to undergo a phase transformation from the hexagonal close packed (HCP), alpha-phase to the simple-hexagonal, omega-phase. Under conditions of shock loading, the high-pressure omega-phase can be retained upon release. It has been shown that temperature, peak shock stress, and texture can influence the transformation. Moreover, under these same loading conditions, plastic processes of slip and twinning are also affected by similar differences in the loading path. To understand this path dependency, in-situ velocimetry measurements along with post-mortem metallographic and neutron diffraction characterization of soft recovered specimens have been utilized to qualitatively understand the kinetics of transformation, quantify volume fraction of retained omega-phase and characterize the shocked alpha and omega-phases. Together the work described here can be utilized to map the non-equilibrium phase diagram for these metals and lend insight into the partitioning of plastic processes between phases during high pressure transformation. In collaboration with: Frank Addesssio, Curt Bronkhorst, Donald Brown, David Jones, Turab Lookman, Benjamin Morrow, Carl Trujillo, Los Alamos National Lab.; Juan Pablo Escobedo-Diaz, University of New South Wales; Paulo Rigg, Washington State University.

  10. Charge transfer kinetics at the solid-solid interface in porous electrodes

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    Bai, Peng; Bazant, Martin Z.

    2014-04-01

    Interfacial charge transfer is widely assumed to obey the Butler-Volmer kinetics. For certain liquid-solid interfaces, the Marcus-Hush-Chidsey theory is more accurate and predictive, but it has not been applied to porous electrodes. Here we report a simple method to extract the charge transfer rates in carbon-coated LiFePO4 porous electrodes from chronoamperometry experiments, obtaining curved Tafel plots that contradict the Butler-Volmer equation but fit the Marcus-Hush-Chidsey prediction over a range of temperatures. The fitted reorganization energy matches the Born solvation energy for electron transfer from carbon to the iron redox site. The kinetics are thus limited by electron transfer at the solid-solid (carbon-LixFePO4) interface rather than by ion transfer at the liquid-solid interface, as previously assumed. The proposed experimental method generalizes Chidsey’s method for phase-transforming particles and porous electrodes, and the results show the need to incorporate Marcus kinetics in modelling batteries and other electrochemical systems.

  11. Charge transfer kinetics at the solid-solid interface in porous electrodes.

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    Bai, Peng; Bazant, Martin Z

    2014-04-03

    Interfacial charge transfer is widely assumed to obey the Butler-Volmer kinetics. For certain liquid-solid interfaces, the Marcus-Hush-Chidsey theory is more accurate and predictive, but it has not been applied to porous electrodes. Here we report a simple method to extract the charge transfer rates in carbon-coated LiFePO4 porous electrodes from chronoamperometry experiments, obtaining curved Tafel plots that contradict the Butler-Volmer equation but fit the Marcus-Hush-Chidsey prediction over a range of temperatures. The fitted reorganization energy matches the Born solvation energy for electron transfer from carbon to the iron redox site. The kinetics are thus limited by electron transfer at the solid-solid (carbon-Li(x)FePO4) interface rather than by ion transfer at the liquid-solid interface, as previously assumed. The proposed experimental method generalizes Chidsey's method for phase-transforming particles and porous electrodes, and the results show the need to incorporate Marcus kinetics in modelling batteries and other electrochemical systems.

  12. Phase Transformation Dynamics in Porous Battery Electrodes

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    Ferguson, Todd R

    2014-01-01

    Porous electrodes composed of multiphase active materials are widely used in Li-ion batteries, but their dynamics are poorly understood. Two-phase models are largely empirical, and no models exist for three or more phases. Using a modified porous electrode theory based on non-equilibrium thermodynamics, we show that experimental phase behavior can be accurately predicted from free energy models, without artificially placing phase boundaries or fitting the open circuit voltage. First, we simulate lithium intercalation in porous iron phosphate, a popular two-phase cathode, and show that the zero-current voltage gap, sloping voltage plateau and under-estimated exchange currents all result from size-dependent nucleation and mosaic instability. Next, we simulate porous graphite, the standard anode with three stable phases, and reproduce experimentally observed fronts of color-changing phase transformations. These results provide a framework for physics-based design and control for electrochemical systems with comp...

  13. Hydrothermal phase transformation of hematite to magnetite.

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    Lu, Jie-Feng; Tsai, Cho-Jen

    2014-01-01

    Different phases of iron oxide were obtained by hydrothermal treatment of ferric solution at 200°C with the addition of either KOH, ethylenediamine (EDA), or KOH and EDA into the reaction system. As usually observed, the α-Fe2O3 hexagonal plates and hexagonal bipyramids were obtained for reaction with KOH and EDA, respectively. When both KOH and EDA were added into the reaction system, we observed an interesting phase transformation from α-Fe2O3 to Fe3O4 at low-temperature hydrothermal conditions. The phase transformation involves the formation of α-Fe2O3 hexagonal plates, the dissolution of the α-Fe2O3 hexagonal plates, the reduction of Fe(3+) to Fe(2+), and the nucleation and growth of new Fe3O4 polyhedral particles.

  14. Phase transformation in AFM silicon tips

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    Kopycinska-Müller, M.; Barth, M.; Küttner, M.; Köhler, B.

    2017-09-01

    We confirmed the occurrence of phase transformations in an atomic force microscopy silicon tip during loading and unloading experiments performed on a polycrystalline Ti sample. The influence of the phase transformations on the effective mechanical and electrical properties of the tip was observed with the help of load-unload curves measured simultaneously for the tip-sample contact stiffness k * and the effective electrical resistance of the system R eff. We used the atomic force acoustic microscopy (AFAM) method to determine the values of k *. To measure the changes in R eff, we combined a high voltage source/measure unit with the existing AFAM system. The data obtained showed that the phase transformation from Si-I to Si-II is preceded by other structural changes such as formation of distorted diamond structures and formation of Si-III. This conclusion was reached after observing a small hysteretic behavior in the load-unload stiffness curve accompanied by only very small changes in the resistance of the tip-sample system occurring on the unloading. The coinciding of a sudden increase in the values of the contact stiffness with a decrease in the resistance of the system indicated that the formation of metallic Si-II occurred in the subsequent measurements. The interpretation of our results found confirmation in the results of molecular dynamics and atomistic simulations performed for silicon under nanoindentation experiments.

  15. Phase Transformations in Cast Duplex Stainless Steels

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    Kim, Yoon-Jun [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2004-01-01

    Duplex stainless steels (DSS) constitute both ferrite and austenite as a matrix. Such a microstructure confers a high corrosion resistance with favorable mechanical properties. However, intermetallic phases such as σ and χ can also form during casting or high-temperature processing and can degrade the properties of the DSS. This research was initiated to develop time-temperature-transformation (TTT) and continuous-cooling-transformation (CCT) diagrams of two types of cast duplex stainless steels, CD3MN (Fe-22Cr-5Ni-Mo-N) and CD3MWCuN (Fe-25Cr-7Ni-Mo-W-Cu-N), in order to understand the time and temperature ranges for intermetallic phase formation. The alloys were heat treated isothermally or under controlled cooling conditions and then characterized using conventional metallographic methods that included tint etching, and also using electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy (WDS). The kinetics of intermetallic-phase (σ + χ) formation were analyzed using the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (MA) equation in the case of isothermal transformations and a modified form of this equation in the case of continuous cooling transformations. The rate of intermetallic-phase formation was found to be much faster in CD3MWCuN than CD3MN due mainly to differences in the major alloying contents such as Cr, Ni and Mo. To examine in more detail the effects of these elements of the phase stabilities; a series of eight steel castings was designed with the Cr, Ni and Mo contents systematically varied with respect to the nominal composition of CD3MN. The effects of varying the contents of alloying additions on the formation of intermetallic phases were also studied computationally using the commercial thermodynamic software package, Thermo-Calc. In general, σ was stabilized with increasing Cr addition and χ by increasing Mo addition. However, a delicate balance among Ni and other minor elements such as N and Si also exists. Phase equilibria in DSS can be affected by

  16. Shock-induced phase transformation in tantalum.

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    Hsiung, Luke L

    2010-09-29

    A TEM study of pure tantalum and tantalum-tungsten alloys explosively shocked at a peak pressure of 30 GPa is presented. While no omega phase was found in shock-recovered pure Ta and Ta-5W which mainly contain a cellular dislocation structure, a shock-induced omega phase was found in Ta-10W which contains evenly distributed dislocations with a density higher than 1 × 10(12) cm( - 2). The shock-induced [Formula: see text] (hexagonal) transition occurs when the dynamic recovery of dislocations becomes largely suppressed in Ta-10W shocked under dynamic-pressure conditions. A dislocation-based mechanism is proposed for the shock-induced phase transformation.

  17. Phase transformations in Mo-doped FINEMETs

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    Silveyra, Josefina M., E-mail: jsilveyra@fi.uba.a [Lab. de Solidos Amorfos, INTECIN, FIUBA-CONICET, Paseo Colon 850, (C1063ACV) Buenos Aires (Argentina); Illekova, Emilia; Svec, Peter; Janickovic, Dusan [Institute of Physics SAS, Dubravska cesta 9, 845 11 Bratislava (Slovakia); Rosales-Rivera, Andres [Laboratorio de Magnetismo y Materiales Avanzados, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Manizales (Colombia); Cremaschi, Victoria J. [Lab. de Solidos Amorfos, INTECIN, FIUBA-CONICET, Paseo Colon 850, (C1063ACV) Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2010-06-15

    In this paper, the phase transformations occurring during the crystallization process of FINEMETs in which Nb has been gradually replaced by Mo have been studied by a variety of techniques including DSC, DTA, TGA, XRD and TEM. The thermal stability of the alloy was deteriorated as a consequence of Mo's smaller atomic size. The gradual replacement of Nb by Mo reduced the onset temperature of Fe-Si and of the borides. The Curie temperature of the amorphous phase slightly decreased from 594 K for x=0 to 587 K for x=3. The borides compounds Fe{sub 2}B and Fe{sub 23}B{sub 6} as well as the (Nb,Mo){sub 5}Si{sub 3} phase were found to precipitate in the second and third crystallization.

  18. Relativistic transformation of phase-space distributions

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    R. A. Treumann

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the transformation of the distribution function in the relativistic case, a problem of interest in plasma when particles with high (relativistic velocities come into play as for instance in radiation belt physics, in the electron-cyclotron maser radiation theory, in the vicinity of high-Mach number shocks where particles are accelerated to high speeds, and generally in solar and astrophysical plasmas. We show that the phase-space volume element is a Lorentz constant and construct the general particle distribution function from first principles. Application to thermal equilibrium lets us derive a modified version of the isotropic relativistic thermal distribution, the modified Jüttner distribution corrected for the Lorentz-invariant phase-space volume element. Finally, we discuss the relativistic modification of a number of plasma parameters.

  19. Pressure Induced Phase Transformations in Ceramics

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    Reimanis, Ivar [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States); Cioabanu, Cristian [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States)

    2017-10-15

    The study of materials with unusual properties offers new insight into structure-property relations as well as promise for the design of novel composites. In this spirit, the PIs seek to (1) understand fundamental mechanical phenomena in ceramics that exhibit pressure-induced phase transitions, negative coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE), and negative compressibility, and (2) explore the effect of these phenomena on the mechanical behavior of composites designed with such ceramics. The broad and long-term goal is to learn how to utilize these unusual behaviors to obtain desired mechanical responses. While the results are expected to be widely applicable to many ceramics, most of the present focus is on silicates, as they exhibit remarkable diversity in structure and properties. Eucryptite, a lithium aluminum silicate (LiAlSiO4), is specifically targeted because it exhibits a pressure-induced phase transition at a sufficiently low pressure to be accessible during conventional materials processing. Thus, composites with eucryptite may be designed to exhibit a novel type of transformation toughening. The PIs have performed a combination of activities that encompass synthesis and processing to control structures, atomistic modeling to predict and understand structures, and characterization to study mechanical behavior. Several materials behavior discoveries were made. It was discovered that small amounts of Zn (as small as 0.1 percent by mol) reverse the sign of the coefficient of thermal expansion of beta-eucryptite from negative to slightly positive. The presence of Zn also significantly mitigates microcracking that occurs during thermal cycling of eucryptite. It is hypothesized that Zn disrupts the Li ordering in beta-eucryptite, thereby altering the thermal expansion behavior. A nanoindentation technique developed to characterize incipient plasticity was applied to examine the initial stages of the pressure induced phase transformation from beta to

  20. Phase transformations in xerogels of mullite composition

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    Hyatt, Mark J.; Bansal, Narottam P.

    1990-01-01

    Monophasic and diphasic xerogels have been prepared as precursors for mullite (3Al203-2Si02). Monophasic xerogel was synthesized from tetraethyl orthosilicate and aluminum nitrate nanohydrate and the diphasic xerogel from colloidal suspension of silica and boehmite. The chemical and structural evolutions, as a function of thermal treatment, in these two types of sol-gel derived mullite precursor powders have been characterized by DTA, TGA, X-ray diffraction, SEM and infrared spectroscopy. Monophasic xerogel transforms to an Al-Si spinel from an amorphous structure at approximately 980 C. The spinel then changes into mullite on further heating. Diphasic xerogel forms mullite at approximately 1360 C. The components of the diphasic powder react independently up to the point of mullite formation. The transformation in the monophasic powder occurs rapidly and yields strongly crystalline mullite with no other phases present. The diphasic powder, however, transforms rather slowly and contains remnants of the starting materials (alpha-Al203, cristobalite) even after heating at high temperatures for long times (1600 C, 6 hr). The diphasic powder could be sintered to high density but not the monophasic powder in spite of its molecular level homogeneity.

  1. Solid-solid and gas-solid interactions induced during high-energy milling to produce PbTe nanopowders

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    Rojas-Chavez, H., E-mail: rojas_hugo@ittlahuac2.edu.mx [Instituto Tecnologico de Tlahuac - II (Mexico); Reyes-Carmona, F. [Facultad de Quimica - UNAM (Mexico); Garibay-Febles, V. [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Laboratorio de Microscopia Electronica de Ultra Alta Resolucion (Mexico); Jaramillo-Vigueras, D. [Centro de Investigacion e Innovacion Tecnologica - IPN (Mexico)

    2013-05-15

    Transformations from precursors to nanoparticles by high-energy milling are promoted by two major driving forces, namely physical and/or chemical. While the former has been difficult to trace since stress, strain and recovery may occur almost simultaneously during milling, the latter has been sequentially followed as an evolution from precursors to intermediate phases and thereof to high purity nanocrystals. The specific objective of this work is to discern how solid-solid and partially solid-gas reactions manifest themselves correspondingly as a short-range diffusion through an interface or how vapor species, as a subliming phenomenon, grows as a different phase on an active local surface. These series of changes were traced by sub-cooling the as-milled powders extracted during a milling cycle. Through this experimental technique, samples were electron microscopically analyzed and where it was required, selected area electron diffraction images were obtained. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy results, unambiguously, confirm that nanocrystals in the last stage show a cubic morphology which average size distributions are around 17 nm.

  2. An optical Fourier transform coprocessor with direct phase determination.

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    Macfaden, Alexander J; Gordon, George S D; Wilkinson, Timothy D

    2017-10-20

    The Fourier transform is a ubiquitous mathematical operation which arises naturally in optics. We propose and demonstrate a practical method to optically evaluate a complex-to-complex discrete Fourier transform. By implementing the Fourier transform optically we can overcome the limiting O(nlogn) complexity of fast Fourier transform algorithms. Efficiently extracting the phase from the well-known optical Fourier transform is challenging. By appropriately decomposing the input and exploiting symmetries of the Fourier transform we are able to determine the phase directly from straightforward intensity measurements, creating an optical Fourier transform with O(n) apparent complexity. Performing larger optical Fourier transforms requires higher resolution spatial light modulators, but the execution time remains unchanged. This method could unlock the potential of the optical Fourier transform to permit 2D complex-to-complex discrete Fourier transforms with a performance that is currently untenable, with applications across information processing and computational physics.

  3. Crystal Level Continuum Modeling of Phase Transformations: The (alpha) <--> (epsilon) Transformation in Iron

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    Barton, N R; Benson, D J; Becker, R; Bykov, Y; Caplan, M

    2004-10-18

    We present a crystal level model for thermo-mechanical deformation with phase transformation capabilities. The model is formulated to allow for large pressures (on the order of the elastic moduli) and makes use of a multiplicative decomposition of the deformation gradient. Elastic and thermal lattice distortions are combined into a single lattice stretch to allow the model to be used in conjunction with general equation of state relationships. Phase transformations change the mass fractions of the material constituents. The driving force for phase transformations includes terms arising from mechanical work, from the temperature dependent chemical free energy change on transformation, and from interaction energy among the constituents. Deformation results from both these phase transformations and elasto-viscoplastic deformation of the constituents themselves. Simulation results are given for the {alpha} to {epsilon} phase transformation in iron. Results include simulations of shock induced transformation in single crystals and of compression of polycrystals. Results are compared to available experimental data.

  4. Effect of isochronal annealing on phase transformation studies of ...

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    Abstract. The effect of isochronal annealing on the phase transformation in iron oxide nanoparticles is reported in this work. Iron oxide ... The phase transformation is complete at annealing temperature of 442◦C as confirmed by differential ..... Han S, Yu T, Park J, Koo B, Joo J, Hyeon T, Hong S and Im J. 2004 J. Phys. Chem.

  5. METHODOLOGICAL NOTES: Metastable phases, phase transformations, and phase diagrams in physics and chemistry

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    Brazhkin, Vadim V.

    2006-07-01

    Concepts of a 'phase' and a 'phase transition' are discussed for stable and metastable states of matter. While condensed matter physics primarily considers equilibrium states and treats metastable phases as exceptions, organic chemistry overwhelmingly deals with metastable states. It is emphasized that many simple light-element compounds — including most hydrocarbons; nitrogen oxides, hydrides, and carbides; carbon monoxide CO; alcohols and glycerin — are also metastable at normal pressure in the sense that they do not correspond to a minimum Gibbs free energy for a given chemical composition. At moderate temperatures and pressures, the phase transformations for these metastable phases are reversible with the fulfilment of all laws of equilibrium thermodynamics over the entire range of experimentally accessible times. At sufficiently high pressures (> 1-10 GPa), most of the metastable molecular phases irreversibly transform to lower-energy polymer phases, stable or metastable. These transitions do not correspond to the equality of the Gibbs free energy for the involved phases before and after the transition and so they are not first-order in the 'classical' sense. At normal pressure, the resulting polymer phases can exist at temperatures above the melting point of the original metastable molecular phase, as the examples of polyethylene and polymerized CO dramatically illustrate. As pressure is increased further to 20-50 GPa, the PV contribution to Gibbs free energy gives rise to stable high-density atomic phases. Many of the intermediate-energy polymer phases can likely be synthesized by methods of 'classical' chemistry at normal pressure.

  6. Phase and structural transformations in magnetorheological suspensions

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    Iskakova, L. Yu.; Romanchuk, A. P.; Zubarev, A. Yu.

    2006-07-01

    Particle condensation in magnetorheological suspensions (MRS) under external magnetic field is studied theoretically. It is shown that the bulk condensation of particles into dense phases is preceded by the formation of fairly long chain aggregates. Phase transition occurs as a condensation of such chains due to their magnetic interaction. In thin layers of MRS, placed into the normal magnetic field, scenario of the phase transition differs essentially from that in infinite volumes of these systems. Equilibrium state of the system after the phase transition corresponds to the formation of ensemble of discrete domains of the dense phase rather than to separation into two massive phases as it takes place in infinite media.

  7. Vapor-Induced Phase Transformations in Docetaxel

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    Tatini, Lakshmi Kumar; Krishna Reddy, K. V. S. R.; Someswara Rao, N.

    2012-01-01

    Vapor-induced transformations of docetaxel anhydrous (form DA) under ambient conditions have been studied using methanol, ethanol, and water as the solvent media. The online vapor-induced transformations were monitored by powder X-ray diffractometry. New solid forms (solvates/hydrates/anhydrous) of docetaxel anhydrous were obtained in stoichiometric ratios which were characterized completely using powder X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimeter, thermogravimetric analysis, and spe...

  8. Phase transformation studies in U–Nb–Zr alloy

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    Lopes, Denise Adorno [Laboratório de Materiais Nucleares, Centro Tecnológico da Marinha em São Paulo, 18560-000 Iperó, SP (Brazil); Departamento de Engenharia Metalúrgica e de Materiais, Escola Politécnica – USP, 05508-030 São Paulo (Brazil); Restivo, Thomaz Augusto Guisard, E-mail: guisard@dglnet.com.br [Departamento de Engenharia Metalúrgica e de Materiais, Escola Politécnica – USP, 05508-030 São Paulo (Brazil); Universidade de Sorocaba UNISO, Rod. Raposo Tavares km 92.5, 18023-000 Sorocaba, SP (Brazil); Padilha, Angelo Fernando [Departamento de Engenharia Metalúrgica e de Materiais, Escola Politécnica – USP, 05508-030 São Paulo (Brazil)

    2013-12-15

    Highlights: • We employ drop calorimetry under up-quenching mode to detect alloy transformation kinetics for the first time. • Two processing windows for rolling U–Zr–Nb alloy into γ-phase are found at 200 and 400 °C. • Volume changes are measured for the main transformations. • We infer fast transformations from the alloy heating enthalpy curve. - Abstract: Phase transformation diagrams provide fundamental informations for designing thermomechanical processes being a must regarding uranium alloys nuclear fuels. The work shows the evaluation of a kinetic transformation diagram for U–7.5Nb–2.5Zr (wt.%) based on both calorimetry experiments and dilatometry allied to X-ray diffraction analysis. Calorimetry measurements in scanning and drop modes can detect enthalpies of heating and transformation onset points from ambient up to select isotherms while the dilatometer is used to scan for sample volume changes related to phase transformations. The resulted kinetic diagram shows the gamma phase is stable for this alloy, guiding the rolling deformation process to temperature ranges where this phase remains for longer periods. Comparing to the literature results, the low temperature transformation (300–400 °C) is shifted to longer times accordingly to the disclosed TTT kinetic diagram. Therefore, two forming process windows can be proposed at 200 °C and 400 °C neighborhood where gamma-phase remains for enough time to accomplish total reduction.

  9. Vapor-induced phase transformations in docetaxel.

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    Tatini, Lakshmi Kumar; Krishna Reddy, K V S R; Someswara Rao, N

    2012-06-01

    Vapor-induced transformations of docetaxel anhydrous (form D(A)) under ambient conditions have been studied using methanol, ethanol, and water as the solvent media. The online vapor-induced transformations were monitored by powder X-ray diffractometry. New solid forms (solvates/hydrates/anhydrous) of docetaxel anhydrous were obtained in stoichiometric ratios which were characterized completely using powder X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimeter, thermogravimetric analysis, and spectroscopic ((13)C solid-state nuclear magnetic spectroscopy, solution (1)H NMR, and Fourier transform infrared) techniques. The new forms namely methanol solvate (D(M)), ethanol solvate (D(E)), monohydrate (D(MH)), trihydrate (D(TH)), and anhydrous (D(AN-I) and D(AN-II)) were identified through structural analysis.

  10. Effects of phase transformation of steam-water relative permeabilities

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    Verma, A.K.

    1986-03-01

    A combined theoretical and experimental study of steam-water relative permeabilities (RPs) was carried out. First, an experimental study of two-phase concurrent flow of steam and water was conducted and a set of RP curves was obtained. These curves were compared with semi-empirical and experimental results obtained by other investigators for two-phase, two-component flow (oil/gas; gas/water; gas/oil). It was found that while the wetting phase RPs were in good agreement, RPs for the steam phase were considerably higher than the non-wetting phase RPs in two-component systems. This enhancement of steam RP is attributed to phase transformation effects at the pore level in flow channels. The effects of phase transformation were studied theoretically. This study indicates that there are two separate mechanisms by which phase transformation affects RP curves: (1) Phase transformation is converging-diverging flow channels can cause an enhancement of steam phase RP. In a channel dominated by steam a fraction of the flowing steam condenses upstream from the constriction, depositing its latent heat of condensation. This heat is conducted through the solid grains around the pore throat, and evaporation takes place downstream from it. Therefore, for a given bulk flow quality; a smaller fraction of steam actually flows through the throat segments. This pore-level effect manifests itself as relative permeability enhancement on a macroscopic level; and (2) phase transformation along the interface of a stagnant phase and the phase flowing around it controls the irreducible phase saturation. Therefore, the irreducible phase saturation in steam-water flow will depend, among other factors, on the boundary conditions of the flow.

  11. Design of electromagnetic refractor and phase transformer using coordinate transformation theory.

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    Lin, Lan; Wang, Wei; Cui, Jianhua; Du, Chunlei; Luo, Xiangang

    2008-05-12

    We designed an electromagnetic refractor and a phase transformer using form-invariant coordinate transformation of Maxwell's equations. The propagation direction of electromagnetic energy in these devices can be modulated as desired. Unlike the conventional dielectric refractor, electromagnetic fields at our refraction boundary do not conform to the Snell's law in isotropic materials and the impedance at this boundary is matched which makes the reflection extremely low; and the transformation of the wave front from cylindrical to plane can be realized in the phase transformer with a slab structure. Two dimensional finite-element simulations were performed to confirm the theoretical results.

  12. Study of effect of chromium on titanium dioxide phase transformation ...

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    Electronic Supplementary Material. Study of effect of chromium on titanium dioxide phase transformation by A Bellifa (pp 669–677). Figure S1. Structural schemes of anatase to rutile transition. Figure S2. Analysis ATG-ATD for different samples.

  13. OPTIMAL DESIGN OF SINGLE PHASE TRANSFORMER USING BACTERIAL FORAGING ALGORITHM

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    S.SUBRAMANIAN,; Padma, S.

    2011-01-01

    The aim of the transformer design is to obtain the dimensions of all the parts of the transformer based on the given specification, using available materials economically in order to achieve lower cost,reduced size and better operating performance. In this paper, the task of finding optimal design of single phase transformer has been formulated as nonlinear programming problem, so as to meet thespecification with the minimum cost and improve the efficiency. Four independent variables and two ...

  14. A Novel Three Phase to Seven Phase Conversion Technique Using Transformer Winding Connections

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    M. Tabrez

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a novel multiphase transformer connection scheme which converts three phase balanced AC input to seven phase balanced AC output. Generalized theory to convert a three phase utility supply into any number of phases is presented. Based on the proposed generalized principle, a three phase to seven phase power converting transformer design is presented with connection scheme, analysis and simulation and experimental results of the proposed three phase to seven phase conversion transformer. The proposed transformer in this paper is analyzed and compared with the connection scheme for seven phase available in the literature. The connection scheme is found to have higher power density, lower core area and lower core requirement as compared to the available connection scheme of the same rating. Impedance mismatching between different phases of the transformer is observed in the three phase to seven phase transformer available in the literature. As this mismatching introduces error in study of per phase equivalent circuit diagrams as well as imbalance in voltage and currents. The present design also addresses the impedance mismatching issue and reduces mismatching in the proposed transformer design. A prototype of the proposed system is developed and waveforms are presented. The proposed design is verified using simulation and validated using experimental approach.

  15. Estimating Transformation Length in Linear- to Minimum-Phase Transformation Using Cepstrums

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    Bysted, Tommy Kristensen

    1997-01-01

    response of the minimum-phase FIR-filter. The transformation length estimation is made using the absolute value of the dominating zero in the linear-phase FIR-filter and the maximum allowed amplitude and phase deviation of the disturbing function. Two examples are given. The first one verifies...

  16. Kinetics of solid state phase transformations: Measurement and ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 122; Issue 1. Kinetics of solid state phase transformations: Measurement and modelling of some basic issues. S Raju E ... are enumerated. A simple and general modelling methodology for understanding the kinetics of non-isothermal transformations is outlined.

  17. Atomic Structure and Phase Transformations in Pu Alloys

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    Schwartz, A J; Cynn, H; Blobaum, K M; Wall, M A; Moore, K T; Evans, W J; Farber, D L; Jeffries, J R; Massalski, T B

    2008-04-28

    Plutonium and plutonium-based alloys containing Al or Ga exhibit numerous phases with crystal structures ranging from simple monoclinic to face-centered cubic. Only recently, however, has there been increased convergence in the actinides community on the details of the equilibrium form of the phase diagrams. Practically speaking, while the phase diagrams that represent the stability of the fcc {delta}-phase field at room temperature are generally applicable, it is also recognized that Pu and its alloys are never truly in thermodynamic equilibrium because of self-irradiation effects, primarily from the alpha decay of Pu isotopes. This article covers past and current research on several properties of Pu and Pu-(Al or Ga) alloys and their connections to the crystal structure and the microstructure. We review the consequences of radioactive decay, the recent advances in understanding the electronic structure, the current research on phase transformations and their relations to phase diagrams and phase stability, the nature of the isothermal martensitic {delta} {yields} {alpha}{prime} transformation, and the pressure-induced transformations in the {delta}-phase alloys. New data are also presented on the structures and phase transformations observed in these materials following the application of pressure, including the formation of transition phases.

  18. SIMULATION OF CHARACTERISTICS OF DUAL-CORE PHASE SHIFTING TRANSFORMER

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    Kalinin L.P.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The role and importance of phase shifting transformers are increased as a result of the further development of integrated power systems. This gives the rise to new technical solutions which entails the necessity of comparison of new developments with existing. The article consider the technical characteristics of dual-core phase shifting transformer which later will be used as a basis for comparison with other competing options and assess of their technical efficiency.

  19. HMX Polymorphs: Gamma to Beta Phase Transformation

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    Soni, Pramod; Sarkar, C.; Tewari, R.; Sharma, T. D.

    2011-07-01

    The process of conversion of a gamma (γ) polymorph of octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocine (HMX) to a beta (β) polymorph is a challenging one. In order to obtain beta HMX from gamma HMX, a novel and economical method, using hot water, has been developed. The characterization of beta HMX using thermo-gravimetric and differential thermal analysis, high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and impact sensitivity has been carried out toward its use for various military applications including advanced propellant formulation.

  20. alumina phase transformation from thermal decomposition

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    . It was found to be stable at higher ... thermal stability of the gamma alumina phase gives it good advantage to be used for high temperature applications, such as support for catalyst ..... owing to the low intensity counts as well as broad peaks.

  1. Phase Transformation of Hydrothermally Synthesized Nanoparticle ...

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    Mild hydrothermal hydrolysis of TiCl4 produces nanorods of the rutile phase of titanium dioxide in high yield, while in the presence of organic acids (citric, acetic, D-tartaric and benzoic acids) anatase is the only product. The effect of these organic acids on the products of the hydrolysis reaction as well as the reaction kinetics ...

  2. Study of 18-Pulse Rectifier Utilizing Hexagon Connected 3-Phase to 9-Phase Transformer

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    Ahmad Saudi Samosir

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available The 18-pulse converter, using Y or -connected differential autotransformer, is very interesting since it allows natural high power factor correction. The lowest input current harmonic components are the 17th and 19th. The Transformer is designed to feed three six-pulse bridge rectifiers displaced in phase by 200. This paper present a high power factor three-phase rectifier bases on 3-phase to 9-phase transformer and 18-pulse rectifier. The 9-phase polygon-connected transformer followed by 18-pulse diode rectifiers ensures the fundamental concept of natural power factor correction. Simulation results to verify the proposed concept are shown in this paper.

  3. Complexion-mediated martensitic phase transformation in Titanium

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    Zhang, J.; Tasan, C. C.; Lai, M. J.; Dippel, A.-C.; Raabe, D.

    2017-02-01

    The most efficient way to tune microstructures and mechanical properties of metallic alloys lies in designing and using athermal phase transformations. Examples are shape memory alloys and high strength steels, which together stand for 1,500 million tons annual production. In these materials, martensite formation and mechanical twinning are tuned via composition adjustment for realizing complex microstructures and beneficial mechanical properties. Here we report a new phase transformation that has the potential to widen the application window of Ti alloys, the most important structural material in aerospace design, by nanostructuring them via complexion-mediated transformation. This is a reversible martensitic transformation mechanism that leads to a final nanolaminate structure of α'' (orthorhombic) martensite bounded with planar complexions of athermal ω (a-ω, hexagonal). Both phases are crystallographically related to the parent β (BCC) matrix. As expected from a planar complexion, the a-ω is stable only at the hetero-interface.

  4. Study of effect of chromium on titanium dioxide phase transformation

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    undergoes anatase–rutile phase transformation in the temperature range from 600 to 800 °C and this phase transition has been widely studied from the point of view of both scientific interest and technological applications. (Hu et al 2003a, b; Pillai et al 2007; Riays et al 2007;. Aldabergenova et al 2008; Gambhire et al 2008; ...

  5. Phase transformation in conformational polymorphs of nimesulide.

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    Sanphui, Palash; Sarma, Bipul; Nangia, Ashwini

    2011-06-01

    Nimesulide is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and a COX-2 inhibitor. The native crystal structure of nimesulide (or Form I) has been characterized in the literature by X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) lines, whereas full three-dimensional coordinates are known for a second polymorph (Form II). A detailed structural characterization and phase stability of nimesulide polymorphs were carried out. Rod-like crystals of Form I (space group Pca2(1); number of symmetry-independent molecules, Z' = 2) were crystallized from EtOH concomitantly with Form II (C2/c, Z' = 1). These conformational polymorphs have different torsion angles at the phenoxy and sulfonamide groups. The crystal structures are stabilized by N-H · · · O hydrogen bonds and C-H · · · O, C-H · · · π interactions. Phase transition from the metastable Form (II) to the stable modification (I) was studied using differential scanning calorimetry, hot-stage microscopy, solid-state grinding, solvent-drop grinding, and slurry crystallization. The phase transition was monitored by infrared, Raman, and ss-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; and XRPD and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The stable polymorph I was obtained in excess during solution crystallization, grinding, and slurry methods. Intrinsic dissolution and equilibrium solubility experiments showed that the metastable Form II dissolves much faster than the stable Form I. Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  6. Role of Reversible Phase Transformation for Strong Piezoelectric Performance at the Morphotropic Phase Boundary

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    Liu, Hui; Chen, Jun; Huang, Houbing; Fan, Longlong; Ren, Yang; Pan, Zhao; Deng, Jinxia; Chen, Long-Qing; Xing, Xianran

    2018-01-01

    A functional material with coexisting energetically equivalent phases often exhibits extraordinary properties such as piezoelectricity, ferromagnetism, and ferroelasticity, which is simultaneously accompanied by field-driven reversible phase transformation. The study on the interplay between such phase transformation and the performance is of great importance. Here, we have experimentally revealed the important role of field-driven reversible phase transformation in achieving enhanced electromechanical properties using in situ high-energy synchrotron x-ray diffraction combined with 2D geometry scattering technology, which can establish a comprehensive picture of piezoelectric-related microstructural evolution. High-throughput experiments on various Pb /Bi -based perovskite piezoelectric systems suggest that reversible phase transformation can be triggered by an electric field at the morphotropic phase boundary and the piezoelectric performance is highly related to the tendency of electric-field-driven phase transformation. A strong tendency of phase transformation driven by an electric field generates peak piezoelectric response. Further, phase-field modeling reveals that the polarization alignment and the piezoelectric response can be much enhanced by the electric-field-driven phase transformation. The proposed mechanism will be helpful to design and optimize the new piezoelectrics, ferromagnetics, or other related functional materials.

  7. Z-transform Zeros in Mixed Phase Deconvolution of Speech

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    Pedersen, Christian Fischer

    2013-01-01

    sequences or individual opening and closing sequences. To counter the computational burden associated with z-transform factorization, an adaptive ZZT estimation method is proposed for time-varying z-transforms. The method bounds estimation drifting as accuracy is the cost of lowered time complexity......The present thesis addresses mixed phase deconvolution of speech by z-transform zeros. This includes investigations into stability, accuracy, and time complexity of a numerical bijection between time domain and the domain of z-transform zeros. Z-transform factorization is by no means esoteric......, but employing zeros of the z-transform (ZZT) as a signal representation, analysis, and processing domain per se, is only scarcely researched. A notable property of this domain is the translation of time domain convolution into union of sets; thus, the ZZT domain is appropriate for convolving and deconvolving...

  8. Analysis and simulation of phase transformation kinetics of zeolite A from amorphous phases

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    Marui, Y; Uchida, H; Takiyama, H

    2003-01-01

    Experiments on transformation rates of zeolite A from amorphous phases at different feed rates to alter the particle size of the amorphous phases were carried out to analyze the kinetics of the transformation, and were analyzed by performing simulation of the transformation. A clear dependence of the induction time for nucleation of zeolite A crystals on the surface area of the amorphous phase was recognized, indicating that the nucleation of zeolite A was heterogeneous and the nucleation rate was almost proportional to the size of the amorphous particles. From the simulation, the mechanism of the transformation was found to be heterogeneous nucleation of zeolite A crystals on the surface of amorphous particles followed by solution mediated phase transformation, and the transformation kinetics were well reproduced at different feed rates. (author)

  9. Domain Wall Evolution in Phase Transforming Oxides

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    2015-01-14

    Domain wall motion and electric?field?induced strains in NBT ?xBT solid solutions from in situ neutron diffraction,” T.-M. Usher,* J. S. Forrester, E...Morphotropic Phase Boundary of NBT ?BT,” L. M. Denis,* J. Glaum, M. Hoffman, J. Forrester, and J. L. Jones, Electronic Materials and Applications 2013...titanate (PZT) and lead-free compositions Na0.5K0.5NbO3 (NKN) and Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 ( NBT ). This past year, we reported results on piezoelectric compositions

  10. Considerations Concerning Matrix Diagram Transformations Associated with Mathematical Model Study of a Three-phase Transformer

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    Mihaela Poienar

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The clock hour figure mathematical model of a threephase transformer can be expressed, in the most plain form, through a 3X3 square matrix, called code matrix. The lines position reflect the modification in the high voltage windings terminal and the columns position reflect the modification in the low voltage winding terminal. The main changes on the transformer winding terminal are: the circular permutation of connection between windings; terminal supply reversal; reverse direction for the phase winding wrapping; reversal the beginning with the end for a phase winding; the connection conversion from N in Z between phase winding or inverse. The analytical form of these changes actually affect the configuration of the mathematical model expressed through a transformations diagram proposed and analyzed in two ways: bipolar version and unipolar version (fanwise. In the end of the paper are presented about the practical exploitation of the transformations diagram.

  11. Effect of phase transformations on microstructures in deep mantle materials

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    Merkel, Sébastien; Langrand, Christopher; Rosa, Angelika; Hilairet, Nadège

    2017-04-01

    Phase transformations induce microstructural changes in deep Earth materials, including changes in grain size and orientation distribution. The effect of phase transformations on mineral microstructures is usually studied using electron microscopy on quench products from high P/T experiments. The method allows for a precise evaluation of the microscopic mechanisms involved. It is limited, however, to samples that can be quenched to ambient conditions and allows for investigations at a single P/T point for each experiment. In recent years, we extended the use of multigrain crystallography to samples inside diamond anvil cells under mantle P/T conditions. The method allows for monitoring the orientations of hundreds of grains and grain size variations during various physical processes, such as plastic deformation and successions of phase transformations (Rosa et al 2015, Langrand et al 2017). Here, we will show results concerning hydrous Mg2SiO4 during the series of α-β-γ phase transformations up to 40 GPa and 850 °C. Such results are important to understand the descending behaviour of subducted slabs, observations of seismic anisotropy, and polarity changes for seismic waves reflected of deep Earth interfaces. The data is used to asses the effect of the transformation on grain orientation and grain sizes. In particular, we do not observe orientation relationships between the parent α-phase and the daughter β-phase phase, suggesting an incoherent growth. We also observe significant grain size reductions and only little grain growth within the newly formed phases (Rosa et al 2016). These new results are important for understanding the mechanical behavior of subducting slabs, seismic anisotropy in the Earth's mantle, and phase transformation mechanisms in olivine. Now that it is validated, the method can also be applied to other phases that can not be studied using electron microscopy, such as perovskite and post-perovskite. Langrand, Hilairet, Nisr, Roskosz, Rib

  12. Phase Transformation in Tantalum under Extreme Laser Deformation

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    Lu, C.-H.; Hahn, E. N.; Remington, B. A.; Maddox, B. R.; Bringa, E. M.; Meyers, M. A.

    2015-01-01

    The structural and mechanical response of metals is intimately connected to phase transformations. For instance, the product of a phase transformation (martensite) is responsible for the extraordinary range of strength and toughness of steel, making it a versatile and important structural material. Although abundant in metals and alloys, the discovery of new phase transformations is not currently a common event and often requires a mix of experimentation, predictive computations, and luck. High-energy pulsed lasers enable the exploration of extreme pressures and temperatures, where such discoveries may lie. The formation of a hexagonal (omega) phase was observed in recovered monocrystalline body-centered cubic tantalum of four crystallographic orientations subjected to an extreme regime of pressure, temperature, and strain-rate. This was accomplished using high-energy pulsed lasers. The omega phase and twinning were identified by transmission electron microscopy at 70 GPa (determined by a corresponding VISAR experiment). It is proposed that the shear stresses generated by the uniaxial strain state of shock compression play an essential role in the transformation. Molecular dynamics simulations show the transformation of small nodules from body-centered cubic to a hexagonal close-packed structure under the same stress state (pressure and shear). PMID:26478106

  13. Phase Transformation in Tantalum under Extreme Laser Deformation.

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    Lu, C-H; Hahn, E N; Remington, B A; Maddox, B R; Bringa, E M; Meyers, M A

    2015-10-19

    The structural and mechanical response of metals is intimately connected to phase transformations. For instance, the product of a phase transformation (martensite) is responsible for the extraordinary range of strength and toughness of steel, making it a versatile and important structural material. Although abundant in metals and alloys, the discovery of new phase transformations is not currently a common event and often requires a mix of experimentation, predictive computations, and luck. High-energy pulsed lasers enable the exploration of extreme pressures and temperatures, where such discoveries may lie. The formation of a hexagonal (omega) phase was observed in recovered monocrystalline body-centered cubic tantalum of four crystallographic orientations subjected to an extreme regime of pressure, temperature, and strain-rate. This was accomplished using high-energy pulsed lasers. The omega phase and twinning were identified by transmission electron microscopy at 70 GPa (determined by a corresponding VISAR experiment). It is proposed that the shear stresses generated by the uniaxial strain state of shock compression play an essential role in the transformation. Molecular dynamics simulations show the transformation of small nodules from body-centered cubic to a hexagonal close-packed structure under the same stress state (pressure and shear).

  14. Analysis of phase transformation in high strength low alloyed steels

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    A. Di Schino

    2017-01-01

    The effect of low-alloy additions on phase transformation of high strength low alloyed steels is reported. Various as-quenched materials with microstructures consisting of low carbon (granular) bainitic, mixed bainitic/martensitic and fully martensitic microstructures were reproduced in laboratory. Results show that for a given cooling rate, an increase of austenite grain size (AGS) and of Mo and Cr contents decreases the transformation temperatures and promotes martensite formation.

  15. Transmission Network Expansion Planning Considering Phase-Shifter Transformers

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    Miasaki, Celso T.; Franco, Edgar M. C.; Romero, Ruben A.

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a novel mathematical model for the transmission network expansion planning problem. Main idea is to consider phase-shifter (PS) transformers as a new element of the transmission system expansion together with other traditional components such as transmission lines and conventional transformers. In this way, PS are added in order to redistribute active power flows in the system and, consequently, to diminish the total investment costs due to new transmission lines. Proposed...

  16. Phase transformations in intermetallic phases in zirconium alloys

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    Filippov, V. P., E-mail: vpfilippov@mephi.ru [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) (Russian Federation); Kirichenko, V. G. [Kharkiv National Karazin University (Ukraine); Salomasov, V. A. [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) (Russian Federation); Khasanov, A. M. [University of North Carolina – Asheville, Chemistry Department (United States)

    2017-11-15

    Phase change was analyzed in intermetallic compounds of zirconium alloys (Zr – 1.03 at.% Fe; Zr – 0.51 at.% Fe; Zr – 0.51 at.% Fe – M(M = Nb, Sn). Mössbauer spectroscopy on {sup 57}Fe nuclei in backscattering geometry with the registration of the internal conversion electrons and XRD were used. Four types of iron bearing intermetallic compounds with Nb were detected. A relationship was found between the growth process of intermetallic inclusions and segregation of these phases. The growth kinetics of inclusions possibly is not controlled by bulk diffusion, and a lower value of the iron atom’s activation energy of migration can be attributed to the existence of enhanced diffusion paths and interface boundaries.

  17. Phase transformations in intermetallic phases in zirconium alloys

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    Filippov, V. P.; Kirichenko, V. G.; Salomasov, V. A.; Khasanov, A. M.

    2017-11-01

    Phase change was analyzed in intermetallic compounds of zirconium alloys (Zr - 1.03 at.% Fe; Zr - 0.51 at.% Fe; Zr - 0.51 at.% Fe - M(M = Nb, Sn). Mössbauer spectroscopy on 57Fe nuclei in backscattering geometry with the registration of the internal conversion electrons and XRD were used. Four types of iron bearing intermetallic compounds with Nb were detected. A relationship was found between the growth process of intermetallic inclusions and segregation of these phases. The growth kinetics of inclusions possibly is not controlled by bulk diffusion, and a lower value of the iron atom's activation energy of migration can be attributed to the existence of enhanced diffusion paths and interface boundaries.

  18. Digital phase contrast with the fractional Fourier transform.

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    Brunel, Marc; Coëtmellec, Sebastien; Lebrun, Denis; Ameur, Kamel Aït

    2009-01-20

    A new method of digital phase contrast based on fractional-order Fourier reconstruction is proposed. We show that the diffraction patterns produced by pure phase objects exhibit linear chirp functions that can be advantageously processed using the fractional Fourier transform. The optimal fractional orders lead to the longitudinal location of the phase object, while the analysis of the reconstructed pattern leads to its diameter and to the value of the phase shift. Simulations and experimental results are given. The configuration tested in this paper is a very general Gaussian illumination.

  19. Metallurgical Properties and Phase Transformations of Barium-Strontium Modifier

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    Platonov, M. A.; Sulimova, I. S.; Rozhikhina, I. D.; Dmitrienko, V. I.; Horoshun, G. V.

    2016-04-01

    Metallurgical properties and phase transformations of barium-strontium modifier were tested in laboratory conditions resembling steel processing in furnace and ladle. When heating barium-strontium modifier start of melting, kinetics of decomposition, phase and structure transformation were studied. The concentrate under consideration has been revealed to be a complex mineral compound containing barytocalcite, calcite, calciostrontianite, dolomite and siderite. The reaction kinetics of decomposing mineral components of barium-strontium modifier to oxides does not considerably affect slag formation in conditions of out-of-furnace steel processing.

  20. Phase transformations during sintering of mechanically alloyed TiPt

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    Nxumalo, S

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available of Mining and Metallurgy Advanced Metals Initiative Light Metals Conference 2010 S Nxumalo, H K Chikwanda and C Machio Page 306 PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS DURING SINTERING OF MECHANICALLY ALLOYED TIPT S Nxumalo, H K Chikwanda and C Machio.... It undergoes a transformation from high temperature β-TiPt to low temperature α- TiPt as shown in the phase diagram when slow cooling conditions are used7. However, when non equilibrium conditions of cooling are used such quenching (fast cooling) β...

  1. Quantitative phase-field model for phase transformations in multi-component alloys

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    Choudhury, Abhik Narayan

    2013-08-01

    Phase-field modeling has spread to a variety of applications involving phase transformations. While the method has wide applicability, derivation of quantitative predictions requires deeper understanding of the coupling between the system and model parameters. The present work highlights a novel phase-field model based on a grand-potential formalism allowing for an elegant and efficient solution to the problems in phase transformations. In particular, applications involving single and multi-phase, multi-component solidification have been investigated and a thorough study into the quantitative modeling of these problems have been examined.

  2. AC system stabilization via phase shift transformer with thyristor commutation

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    Oliveira, Jose Carlos de; Guimaraes, Geraldo Caixeta; Moraes, Adelio Jose [Uberlandia Univ., MG (Brazil); Abreu, Jose Policarpo G. de [Escola Federal de Engenharia de Itajuba, MG (Brazil); Oliveira, Edimar Jose de [Juiz de Fora Univ., MG (Brazil)

    1994-12-31

    This article aims to present initially the constructive and operative forms of a phase-shift autotransformer which provides both magnitude and phase angle change through thyristor commutation, including a technic to reduce the number of thyristors. Following, it is proposed a control system to make such equipment an efficient AC system stabilizing tool. It is presented some simulation results to show the operation of this transformer in an electrical system. (author) 3 refs., 11 figs., 3 tabs.

  3. Phase-transformation-induced lubrication of earthquake sliding

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    Green, Harry W.

    2017-08-01

    Frictional failure is not possible at depth in Earth, hence earthquakes deeper than 30-50 km cannot initiate by overcoming dry friction. Moreover, the frequency distribution of earthquakes with depth is bimodal, suggesting another change of mechanism at about 350 km. Here I suggest that the change at 30-50 km is from overcoming dry friction to reduction of effective stress by dehydration embrittlement and that the change at 350 km is due to desiccation of slabs and initiation by phase-transformation-induced faulting. High-speed friction experiments at low pressure indicate that exceeding dry friction provokes shear heating that leads to endothermic reactions and pronounced weakening. Higher-pressure studies show nanocrystalline gouge accompanying dehydration and the highest pressure experiments initiate by exothermic polymorphic phase transformation. Here I discuss the characteristic nanostructures of experiments on high-speed friction and high-pressure faulting and show that all simulated earthquake systems yield very weak transformation-induced lubrication, most commonly nanometric gouge or melt. I also show that phase-transformation-induced faulting of olivine to spinel can propagate into material previously transformed to spinel, apparently by triggering melting analogous to high-speed friction studies at low pressure. These experiments taken as a whole suggest that earthquakes at all depths slide at low frictional resistance by a self-healing pulse mechanism with rapid strength recovery. This article is part of the themed issue 'Faulting, friction and weakening: from slow to fast motion'.

  4. Thermally driven phase transformation on shape memory alloys

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    Mielke, A. [Weierstrass-Institut fuer Angewandte Analysis und Stochastik (WIAS) im Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (Germany)]|[Humboldt-Universitaet, Berlin (Germany). Inst. fuer Mathematik; Petrov, A. [Weierstrass-Institut fuer Angewandte Analysis und Stochastik (WIAS) im Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    This paper analyzes a model for phase transformation in shape-memory alloys induced by temperature changes and by mechanical loading. We assume that the temperature is prescribed and formulate the problem within the framework of the energetic theory of rate-independent processes. Existence and uniqueness results are proved. (orig.)

  5. Effect of isochronal annealing on phase transformation studies of ...

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    The effect of isochronal annealing on the phase transformation in iron oxide nanoparticles is reported in this work. Iron oxide nanoparticles were successfully synthesized using an ash supported technique followed by annealing for 2 h at various temperatures between 300 and 700° C. It was observed using X-ray diffraction ...

  6. Unsteady detonations driven by first-order phase transformations

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    Rabie, R.L.; Fickett, W.

    1978-01-01

    Reactive waves supported by the energy released during a phase transformation are examined as elementary detonations. It is found that a class of eigenvalue detonations exist containing the well known Chapman-Jouguet solution as a particular case. In general the set of eigenvalue detonations are unsteady in any single inertial reference frame.

  7. Grain Boundary Phase Transformations in Nanostructured Conducting Oxides

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    Straumal, B. B.; Myatiev, A. A.; Straumal, P. B.; Mazilkin, A. A.

    Nanostructured conducting oxides are very promising for various applications like varistors (doped zinc oxide), electrolytes for the solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) (ceria, zirconia, yttria), semipermeable membranes, and sensors (perovskite-type oxides). Grain boundary (GB) phases crucially determine the properties of nanograined oxides. GB phase transformations (wetting, prewetting, pseudopartial wetting) proceed in the conducting oxides. Novel GB lines appear in the conventional bulk phase diagrams. They can be used for the tailoring of properties of nanograined conducting oxides, particularly by using the novel synthesis method of liquid ceramics.

  8. Isomorphic phase transformation in shocked cerium using molecular dynamics

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    Dupont, Virginie [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Germann, Timothy C [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Chen, Shao - Ping [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2010-08-12

    Cerium (Ce) undergoes a significant ({approx}16%) volume collapse associated with an isomorphic fcc-fcc phase transformation when subject to compressive loading. We present here a new Embedded Atom Method (EAM) potential for Cerium that models two minima for the two fcc phases. We show results from its use in Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations of Ce samples subjected to shocks with pressures ranging from 0.5 to 25 GPa. A split wave structure is observed, with an elastic precursor followed by a plastic wave. The plastic wave causes the expected fcc-fcc phase transformation. Comparisons to experiments and MD simulations on Cesium (Cs) indicate that three waves could be observed. The construction of the EAM potential may be the source of the difference.

  9. Isomorphic phase transformation in shocked Cerium using molecular dynamics

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    Germann T.C.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Cerium (Ce undergoes a significant (∼16% volume collapse associated with an isomorphic fcc-fcc phase transformation when subject to compressive loading. We present here a new Embedded Atom Method (EAM potential for Cerium that models two minima for the two fcc phases. We show results from its use in Molecular Dynamics (MD simulations of Ce samples subjected to shocks with pressures ranging from 0.5 to 25 GPa. A split wave structure is observed, with an elastic precursor followed by a plastic wave. The plastic wave causes the expected fcc-fcc phase transformation. Comparisons to experiments and MD simulations on Cesium (Cs indicate that three waves could be observed. The construction of the EAM potential may be the source of the difference.

  10. Phase error in Fourier transform spectrometers employing polarization interferometers

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    Wang, Yifan; Kudenov, Michael W.; Craven-Jones, Julia

    2014-05-01

    Phase error is common in reflective interferometers, such as the Michelson. This yields highly asymmetric interferograms that complicate the post-processing of single-sided interference data. Common methods of compensating for phase errors include the Mertz, Forman, and Cannes phase correction techniques. However, birefringent interferometers often have highly symmetric interferograms; thus, compensating for phase errors may represent an unnecessary and/or detrimental step in post processing. In this paper, an analysis of the phase error generated by the Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging Polarimeter (IHIP) is conducted. First, a model of the IHIP is presented that quantifies the phase error in the system. The error associated with calculating spectra from single-sided interferograms, using Mertz phase correction and simple single­sided to double-sided mirroring, is then investigated and compared to "true" double-sided Cannes phase corrected spectra. These error calculations are set within the context of measurements taken from a Michelson interferometer-based Fourier transform spectrometer. Results demonstrate that the phase error of the IHIP is comparatively small and that Mertz phase correction may not be necessary to minimize error in the spectral calculation.

  11. Investigation of Asymmetrical Modes of Three-Phase Three Leg Combined Transformer-Phase-Shifter

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    Bosneaga V.A.

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available On the base of previously proposed model of three-phase three leg transformer windings connection scheme for combined transformer-phase shifter was made, for which calculations and analysis of specific characteristics of different steady state asymmetric modes were performed. At this the electromagnetic coupling of the windings, located on different legs of transformer core was taken into account. As the base 10 kV transformer was used, and different short circuits, combined with phase failures at feeding source were investigated. For the considered regimes vectorial diagrams for windings currents, voltages and relative values of magnetic fluxes in the legs and zero sequence magnetic flux, flows out of magnetic circuit, were constructed, giving clear idea about their particular features.

  12. Phase-transformation-induced lubrication of earthquake sliding.

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    Green, Harry W

    2017-09-28

    Frictional failure is not possible at depth in Earth, hence earthquakes deeper than 30-50 km cannot initiate by overcoming dry friction. Moreover, the frequency distribution of earthquakes with depth is bimodal, suggesting another change of mechanism at about 350 km. Here I suggest that the change at 30-50 km is from overcoming dry friction to reduction of effective stress by dehydration embrittlement and that the change at 350 km is due to desiccation of slabs and initiation by phase-transformation-induced faulting. High-speed friction experiments at low pressure indicate that exceeding dry friction provokes shear heating that leads to endothermic reactions and pronounced weakening. Higher-pressure studies show nanocrystalline gouge accompanying dehydration and the highest pressure experiments initiate by exothermic polymorphic phase transformation. Here I discuss the characteristic nanostructures of experiments on high-speed friction and high-pressure faulting and show that all simulated earthquake systems yield very weak transformation-induced lubrication, most commonly nanometric gouge or melt. I also show that phase-transformation-induced faulting of olivine to spinel can propagate into material previously transformed to spinel, apparently by triggering melting analogous to high-speed friction studies at low pressure. These experiments taken as a whole suggest that earthquakes at all depths slide at low frictional resistance by a self-healing pulse mechanism with rapid strength recovery.This article is part of the themed issue 'Faulting, friction and weakening: from slow to fast motion'. © 2017 The Author(s).

  13. Possible triggers for phase transformation in zirconia hip balls.

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    Brown, Sharon S; Green, Douglas D; Pezzotti, Giuseppe; Donaldson, Thomas K; Clarke, Ian C

    2008-05-01

    The clinical history of yttria-stabilized, zirconia (Zr) ceramic has been controversial. In the patient, combinations of hydrothermal and mechanical shocks may trigger detrimental changes in Zr balls that have inferior metastability. Transformations from tetragonal to monoclinic phase may be influenced by impingement, dislocation, and disassociation in certain patients. Hydrothermal stability was measured in Zr balls from four vendors by autoclave and mechanical models that included "cup-impingement," "abrasive" wear, and "3rd-body" wear. Standard simulator tests for polyethylene (PE) wear studies combined pristine and previously transformed Zr and were also used to test lubricant effects (Zr/Zr-serum, Zr/Zr-water, Zr/PE-water). For in-vivo comparisons we studied retrieved Zr balls at 1-15 years follow-up by laser interferometry, SEM, EDS, XRD, and Raman spectroscopy. We found that severe mechanical shock triggered local surface destruction but little transformation. In contrast, hydrothermal processes revealed 5-13% monoclinic by 7 h, increasing at a rate of 0.56%/h for 22-mm balls and 0.81%/h for 26-mm balls. The all-ceramic Zr/Zr bearings were very sensitive to lubrication mode, showing early catastrophic failure when run in water but surviving 20 million cycles when run with serum lubrication. Wear with Zr/PE combination did not trigger phase changes in water or serum but decreased the monoclinic content measured on previously transformed surfaces. Most retrieved Zr balls showed high transformation (30-85% monoclinic) but some showed no transformation. The ball areas with major monoclinic changes corresponded to PE contact, suggesting that tribological conditions under the cup were the trigger. This indicated that we understand little of the hydrothermal conditions operating under Zr/PE hip joints in-vivo. Copyright 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  14. Lectures notes on phase transformations in nuclear matter

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    López, Jorge A

    2000-01-01

    The atomic nucleus, despite of being one of the smallest objects found in nature, appears to be large enough to experience phase transitions. The book deals with the liquid and gaseous phases of nuclear matter, as well as with the experimental routes to achieve transformation between them.Theoretical models are introduced from the ground up and with increasing complexity to describe nuclear matter from a statistical and thermodynamical point of view. Modern critical phenomena, heavy ion collisions and computational techniques are presented while establishing a linkage to experimental data.The

  15. A multi-scale strength model with phase transformation

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    Barton, N.; Arsenlis, A.; Rhee, M.; Marian, J.; Bernier, J.; Tang, M.; Yang, L.

    2011-06-01

    We present a multi-scale strength model that includes phase transformation. In each phase, strength depends on pressure, strain rate, temperature, and evolving dislocation density descriptors. A donor cell type of approach is used for the transfer of dislocation density between phases. While the shear modulus can be modeled as smooth through the BCC to rhombohedral transformation in vanadium, the multi-phase strength model predicts abrupt changes in the material strength due to changes in dislocation kinetics. In the rhombohedral phase, the dislocation density is decomposed into populations associated with short and long Burgers vectors. Strength model construction employs an information passing paradigm to span from the atomistic level to the continuum level. Simulation methods in the overall hierarchy include density functional theory, molecular statics, molecular dynamics, dislocation dynamics, and continuum based approaches. We demonstrate the behavior of the model through simulations of Rayleigh Taylor instability growth experiments of the type used to assess material strength at high pressure and strain rate. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344 (LLNL-ABS-464695).

  16. Application of phase coherent transform to cloud clutter suppression

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    Ng, L.C. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)

    1994-11-15

    This paper describes a tracking algorithm using frame-to-frame correlation with frequency domain clutter suppression. Clutter suppression was mechanized via a `Phase Coherent Transform` (PCT) approach. This approach was applied to explore the feasibility of tracking a post-boost rocket from a low earth orbit satellite with real cloud background data. Simulation results show that the PCT/correlation tracking algorithm can perform satisfactorily at signal-to-clutter ratio (SCR) as low as 5 or 7 dB.

  17. Special phase transformation and crystal growth pathways observed in nanoparticles†

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    Finnegan Michael P

    2003-11-01

    Full Text Available Phase transformation and crystal growth in nanoparticles may happen via mechanisms distinct from those in bulk materials. We combine experimental studies of as-synthesized and hydrothermally coarsened titania (TiO2 and zinc sulfide (ZnS with thermodynamic analysis, kinetic modeling and molecular dynamics (MD simulations. The samples were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, synchrotron X-ray absorption and scattering, and UV-vis spectroscopy. At low temperatures, phase transformation in titania nanoparticles occurs predominantly via interface nucleation at particle–particle contacts. Coarsening and crystal growth of titania nanoparticles can be described using the Smoluchowski equation. Oriented attachment-based crystal growth was common in both hydrothermal solutions and under dry conditions. MD simulations predict large structural perturbations within very fine particles, and are consistent with experimental results showing that ligand binding and change in aggregation state can cause phase transformation without particle coarsening. Such phenomena affect surface reactivity, thus may have important roles in geochemical cycling.

  18. Phase retrieval using iterative Fourier transform and convex optimization algorithm

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    Zhang, Fen; Cheng, Hong; Zhang, Quanbing; Wei, Sui

    2015-05-01

    Phase is an inherent characteristic of any wave field. Statistics show that greater than 25% of the information is encoded in the amplitude term and 75% of the information is in the phase term. The technique of phase retrieval means acquire phase by computation using magnitude measurements and provides data information for holography display, 3D field reconstruction, X-ray crystallography, diffraction imaging, astronomical imaging and many other applications. Mathematically, solving phase retrieval problem is an inverse problem taking the physical and computation constraints. Some recent algorithms use the principle of compressive sensing, such as PhaseLift, PhaseCut and compressive phase retrieval etc. they formulate phase retrieval problems as one of finding the rank-one solution to a system of linear matrix equations and make the overall algorithm a convex program over n × n matrices. However, by "lifting" a vector problem to a matrix one, these methods lead to a much higher computational cost as a result. Furthermore, they only use intensity measurements but few physical constraints. In the paper, a new algorithm is proposed that combines above convex optimization methods with a well known iterative Fourier transform algorithm (IFTA). The IFTA iterates between the object domain and spectral domain to reinforce the physical information and reaches convergence quickly which has been proved in many applications such as compute-generated-hologram (CGH). Herein the output phase of the IFTA is treated as the initial guess of convex optimization methods, and then the reconstructed phase is numerically computed by using modified TFOCS. Simulation results show that the combined algorithm increases the likelihood of successful recovery as well as improves the precision of solution.

  19. Thermally induced phase transformation in multi-phase iron oxide nanoparticles on vacuum annealing

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    Anupama, A. V.; Keune, W.; Sahoo, B.

    2017-10-01

    The evolution of magnetic phases in multi-phase iron oxide nanoparticles, synthesized via the transferred arc plasma induced gas phase condensation method, was investigated by X-ray diffraction, vibrating sample magnetometry and 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy. The particles are proposed to be consisting of three different iron oxide phases: α-Fe2O3, γ-Fe2O3 and Fe3O4. These nanoparticles were exposed to high temperature (∼935 K) under vacuum (10-3 mbar He pressure), and the thermally induced phase transformations were investigated. The Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction data corroborates the least-squares fitting of the transmission Mössbauer spectra in confirming the presence of Fe3O4, γ-Fe2O3 and α-Fe2O3 phases before the thermal treatment, while only Fe3O4 and α-Fe2O3 phases exist after thermal treatment. On thermal annealing in vacuum, conversion from γ-Fe2O3 to Fe3O4 and α-Fe2O3 was observed. Interestingly, we have observed a phase transformation occurring in the temperature range ∼498 K-538 K, which is strikingly lower than the phase transformation temperature of γ-Fe2O3 to α-Fe2O3 (573-623 K) in air. Combining the results of Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction patterns and Mössbauer spectroscopy, we have attributed this phase transformation to the phase conversion of a metastable ;defected and strained; d-Fe3O4 phase, present in the as-prepared sample, to the α-Fe2O3 phase. Stabilization of the phases by controlling the phase transformations during the use of different iron-oxide nanoparticles is the key factor to select them for a particular application. Our investigation provides insight into the effect of temperature and chemical nature of the environment, which are the primary factors governing the phase stability, suitability and longevity of the iron oxide nanomaterials prepared by the gas-phase condensation method for various applications.

  20. Three-Phase Phase-Shifting Transformer with Regulation in Neutral Point

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    Kalinin L.P.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The paper aimed to research mode characteristics of phase shift installation based on one three-phase transformer having three windings. Usually, such installations are two cores: exciting transformer and regulation transformer. In paper the installation functional scheme description, as well main relations which determine currents and voltages character in scheme elements during regulation process are given. It is shown, that installation is able to provide phase shift angle regulation up to . The installation scheme is designed to place the control module in the neutral connection point of regulation windings. Such solution allowing essential reduction of installation rated capacity compare to traditional one and excluding necessity of special isolation of shell. Proposed solution ensure in such mode compact construction and commodity for transportation, mounting and service.

  1. Experimental demonstration of conformal phased array antenna via transformation optics.

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    Lei, Juan; Yang, Juxing; Chen, Xi; Zhang, Zhiya; Fu, Guang; Hao, Yang

    2018-02-28

    Transformation Optics has been proven a versatile technique for designing novel electromagnetic devices and it has much wider applicability in many subject areas related to general wave equations. Among them, quasi-conformal transformation optics (QCTO) can be applied to minimize anisotropy of transformed media and has opened up the possibility to the design of broadband antennas with arbitrary geometries. In this work, a wide-angle scanning conformal phased array based on all-dielectric QCTO lens is designed and experimentally demonstrated. Excited by the same current distribution as such in a conventional planar array, the conformal system in presence of QCTO lens can preserve the same radiation characteristics of a planar array with wide-angle beam-scanning and low side lobe level (SLL). Laplace's equation subject to Dirichlet-Neumann boundary conditions is adopted to construct the mapping between the virtual and physical spaces. The isotropic lens with graded refractive index is realized by all-dielectric holey structure after an effective parameter approximation. The measurements of the fabricated system agree well with the simulated results, which demonstrate its excellent wide-angle beam scanning performance. Such demonstration paves the way to a robust but efficient array synthesis, as well as multi-beam and beam forming realization of conformal arrays via transformation optics.

  2. Transmission Network Expansion Planning Considering Phase-Shifter Transformers

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    Celso T. Miasaki

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a novel mathematical model for the transmission network expansion planning problem. Main idea is to consider phase-shifter (PS transformers as a new element of the transmission system expansion together with other traditional components such as transmission lines and conventional transformers. In this way, PS are added in order to redistribute active power flows in the system and, consequently, to diminish the total investment costs due to new transmission lines. Proposed mathematical model presents the structure of a mixed-integer nonlinear programming (MINLP problem and is based on the standard DC model. In this paper, there is also applied a specialized genetic algorithm aimed at optimizing the allocation of candidate components in the network. Results obtained from computational simulations carried out with IEEE-24 bus system show an outstanding performance of the proposed methodology and model, indicating the technical viability of using these nonconventional devices during the planning process.

  3. Phase transformation strengthening of high-temperature superalloys

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    Smith, T. M.; Esser, B. D.; Antolin, N.; Carlsson, A.; Williams, R. E. A.; Wessman, A.; Hanlon, T.; Fraser, H. L.; Windl, W.; McComb, D. W.; Mills, M. J.

    2016-11-01

    Decades of research has been focused on improving the high-temperature properties of nickel-based superalloys, an essential class of materials used in the hot section of jet turbine engines, allowing increased engine efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions. Here we introduce a new `phase-transformation strengthening' mechanism that resists high-temperature creep deformation in nickel-based superalloys, where specific alloying elements inhibit the deleterious deformation mode of nanotwinning at temperatures above 700 °C. Ultra-high-resolution structure and composition analysis via scanning transmission electron microscopy, combined with density functional theory calculations, reveals that a superalloy with higher concentrations of the elements titanium, tantalum and niobium encourage a shear-induced solid-state transformation from the γ' to η phase along stacking faults in γ' precipitates, which would normally be the precursors of deformation twins. This nanoscale η phase creates a low-energy structure that inhibits thickening of stacking faults into twins, leading to significant improvement in creep properties.

  4. Program for three-phase power transformer design

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    Olivian Chiver

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a program developed for designing three-phase power transformers used in power systems. The program was developed in Visual Basic because this programming language allows us to realize a friendly and suggestive interface with minimum effort. The second reason, which is the most important, is to use Visual Basic, because this language is recognized by the used finite elements analysis (FEA software, MagNet produced by Infolytica. This software package is designed for calculation of the magnetic field of electromagnetic devices and machines. The 3D components of the numerical model are carried out using CATIA program, automatically, based on the calculated main geometric data.

  5. Light activated phase transformation of metastable tetragonal nanocrystalline zirconia

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    Nielsen, Mette Skovgaard; Almdal, Kristoffer; van Lelieveld, A

    2012-01-01

    that water, HCl, HF, and NH3, all initiate phase transformation of tetragonal zirconia at room temperature, whereas NBu4Cl and NBu4OH do not. 2-(4-Methoxystyryl)-4,6-bis(trichloromethyl)-1,3,5-triazine) was the most efficient (monoclinic volume fraction reached 0.57) out of the four tested PAGs....... For dispersion in a dimethacrylate matrix together with zirconia crystals, a monoclinic volume fraction of 0.19 was observed after 2 min of exposure to light, increasing to 0.6 after 30 min....

  6. Phase Transformations and Phase Equilibria in the Fe-N System at Temperatures below 573 K

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    Malinov, S.; Böttger, A.J.; Mittemeijer, E.J.

    2001-01-01

    The phase transformations of homogeneous Fe-N alloys of nitrogen contents from 10 to 26 at. pct were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction analysis upon aging in the temperature range from 373 to 473 K. It was found that precipitation of alpha double prime-Fe16N2 below 443 K does not only oc...

  7. Phase Transformation Volume Change Control of Strain and Instability Mechanisms

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    Green, H. W.

    2011-12-01

    Phase transformations that are accompanied by significant change in volume self-organize the transformation process under stress to enhance strain and/or decrease stress. When the kinetics of the reaction are reasonably rapid, this occurs by nucleation and growth of phase(s) on grain boundaries of appropriate orientation to facilitate strain. When the kinetics of reaction are sluggish (ratio of nucleation rate to growth rate >> 1) and the reaction is polymorphic and exothermic, under specific conditions this process can lead to shearing instability in which the volume change of reaction drives runaway nucleation at stress concentrations leading to macroscopic faulting. Under these conditions, the detailed processes and microstructures produced depend on the sign of volume change but the failure is very similar whether volume change is positive or negative. The microstructures confirm that the mesoscale physics of this process (self-organization of primary features and nucleation/propagation of a fault) is the same as for brittle shear fracture, despite the large difference in the fundamental microscopic physics (formation of nanocrystalline microlenses instead of tensile cracks, and fault propagation by grain-boundary sliding rather than frictional sliding). When volume change is negative and the kinetics of reaction are less sluggish (ratio of nucleation rate to growth rate of order 1), nucleation of the new (denser) phase occurs preferentially on grain boundaries normal to maximum compression and new crystals nucleated on any orientation of grain boundary grow parallel to maximum compression. The result is stylolite-like volume loss normal to maximum compression. Observations of polyphase metamorphic rocks suggest that similar creep can occur during prograde metamorphism by nucleation of more-dense phases and less-dense phases on different populations of phase-boundary orientations such that the overall pattern achieves a macroscopic strain by volume transfer

  8. Local phase transformations in alloys during charged-particle irradiation

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    Lam, N.Q.; Okamoto, P.R.

    1985-08-01

    Among the various mechanisms and processes by which energetic irradiation can alter the phase stability of alloys, radiation-induced segregation is one of the most important phenomena. Radiation-induced segregation in alloys occurrs as a consequence of preferential coupling between persistent fluxes of excess defects and solute atoms, leading to local enrichment or depletion of alloying elements. Thus, this phenomenon tends to drive alloy systems away from thermodynamic equilibrum, on a local scale. During charged-particle irradiations, the spatial nonuniformity in the defect production gives rise to a combination of persistent defect fluxes, near the irradiated surface and in the peak-damage region. This defect-flux combination can modify the alloy composition in a complex fashion, i.e. it can destabilize pre-existing phases, causing spatially- and temporally-dependent precipitation of new metastable phases. The effects of radiation-induced segregation on local phase transformations in Ni-based alloys during proton bombardment and high-voltage electron-microscope irradiation at elevated temperatures are discussed. (orig.).

  9. Optical image encryption in Fresnel domain using spiral phase transform

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    Kumar, Ravi; Bhaduri, Basanta

    2017-09-01

    In this study, we propose a new nonlinear optical image encryption technique using spiral phase transform (SPT). First, the primary image is phase encoded and multiplied with a random amplitude mask (RAM), and using power function, the product is then powered to m. This powered output is Fresnel propagated with distance z 1 and then modulated with a random phase mask (RPM). The modulated image is further Fresnel propagated with distance z 2. Similarly, a security image is also modulated with another RAM and then Fresnel propagated with distance z 3. Next, the two modulated images after Fresnel propagations, are interfered and further Fresnel propagated with distance z 4 to get a complex image. Finally, this complex image is SPT with particular spiral phase function (SPF), to get the final encrypted image for transmission. In the proposed technique, the security keys are Fresnel propagation distances, the security image, RPM, RAMs, power order, m, and order of SPF, q. Numerical simulation results confirm the validity and effectiveness of the proposed technique. The proposed technique is robust against noise and brutal force attacks.

  10. In situ observation of phase transformation in iron carbide nanocrystals.

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    Cuong, Le Thanh; Dung, Nguyen Duc; Tuan, Ta Quoc; Khoi, Nguyen Thi; Huy, Pham Thanh; Ha, Ngo Ngoc

    2018-01-01

    This paper reports on the in situ observation of phase transformation in an iron carbide nanocrystal encapsulated in a graphitic shell by means of high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). A Fe7C3 nanocrystal in orthorhombic (o-Fe7C3) structure with carbon graphitic cover is captured at the initial time of the experiment. Under the projection of a high-energy electron beam (200kV), the graphitic carbon layer evaporates gradually and structural changes in orthorhombic (o-Fe7C3) crystal manifests simultaneously. Specifically, changes in crystal direction happens first and then the crystal structure switching between orthorhombic and hexagonal (h-Fe7C3) follows. Details analysis and conclusive evidences of the phase structure and transformation are presented and discussed. The appearance of o-Fe7C3 structure is captured for about 92min over 100min of observation, indicating the preference of o-Fe7C3 form over h-Fe7C3 form. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Influence of Cu as a catalyst on the properties of silicon nanowires synthesized by the vapour-solid-solid mechanism

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    Arbiol, Jordi [TEM-MAT, Serveis Cientificotecnics, Universitat de Barcelona, E-08080 Barcelona, CAT (Spain); Kalache, Billel [Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et Couches Minces, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Cabarrocas, Pere Roca i [Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et Couches Minces, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Morante, Joan Ramon [EME/CeRMAE/IN 2UB, Departament d' Electronica, Universitat de Barcelona, C/ MartIi Franques 1, E-08080 Barcelona, CAT (Spain); Morral, Anna Fontcuberta i [Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et Couches Minces, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS, 91128 Palaiseau (France)

    2007-08-01

    Unlike typical Au used as a catalyst for the synthesis of silicon nanowires via the vapour-liquid-solid mechanism, Cu has been found to induce a synthesis process governed by the vapour-solid-solid mechanism. Moreover, the temperature window for obtaining high-quality wires with Cu has been found to be relatively smaller than that shown by the Au: from 600 to 650 deg. C. However, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis reveals significant new properties of the nanowires obtained. They have the peculiarity of successively switching the silicon structure from diamond to the wurtzite phase along the growth direction. This change of the crystalline structure implies that it has an important impact on the transport properties and characteristics of electronic devices. The results will be important for the future integration and application of silicon, where electrical and thermal transport properties play a significant role.

  12. Methanol synthesis in a countercurrent gas-solid-solid trickle flow reactor. An experimental study

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    Kuczynski, M.; Oyevaar, M.H.; Pieters, R.T.; Westerterp, K.R.

    1987-01-01

    The synthesis of methanol from CO and H2 was executed in a gas-solid-solid trickle flow reactor. The reactor consisted of three tubular reactor sections with cooling sections in between. The catalyst was Cu on alumina, the adsorbent was a silica-alumina powder and the experimental range 498–523 K,

  13. Low-temperature phase transformation of CZTS thin films

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    Zhao, Wei; Du, Lin-Yuan; Liu, Lin-Lin; Sun, Ya-Li; Liu, Zhi-Wei; Teng, Xiao-Yun; Xie, Juan; Liu, Kuang; Yu, Wei; Fu, Guang-Sheng; Gao, Chao

    2017-04-01

    The low temperature phase transformation in the Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) films was investigated by laser annealing and low temperature thermal annealing. The Raman measurements show that a-high-power laser annealing could cause a red shift of the Raman scattering peaks of the kesterite (KS) structure and promotes the formation of the partially disordered kesterite (PD-KS) structure in the CZTS films, and the low-temperature thermal annealing only shifts the Raman scattering peak of KS phase by several wavenumber to low frequency and the broads Raman peaks in the low frequency region. Moreover, the above two processes were reversible. The Raman analyses of the CZTS samples prepared under different process show that the PD-KS structure tends to be found at low temperatures and low sulfur vapor pressures. Our results reveal that the control of the phase structure in CZTS films is feasible by adjusting the preparation process of the films. Project supported by the Natural Science Foundation for Youth Fund of Hebei Province, China (Grant No. A2016201087), the Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant No. 20131301120003), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11504078 and 61504054).

  14. Iron phase transformations resulting from the respiration of Shewanella putrefaciens on a mixed mineral phase

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    Boyanov, M. I.; O'Loughlin, E. J.; Kemner, K. M.

    2009-11-01

    The initial Fe(III) minerals and the secondary mineralization products of Shewanella putrefaciens CN32 grown in the presence of dissolved phosphate and a commercial Fe(III) oxide, nominally nanoparticulate lepidocrocite, were determined using XRD and XAFS. The starting material was transformed by the bacteria from a reddish brown, rust colour mineral to a dark green phase over 90 days. Acid extraction of the bioreduced solids with 0.75 M HCl recovered 83% of the total iron as Fe(II), leaving a solid, acid-resistant phase. The latter was identified as nanoparticulate hematite by EXAFS. Subsequently, the starting Fe(III) phase was determined to be a mixture of 60% lepidocrocite, 26% ferrihydrite, and 14% hematite, using linear combination EXAFS analysis. For the acid-extractable phase, XANES and EXAFS indicated a predominantly Fe(II) valence state and a spectrum consistent with a mixture of brucite-type minerals(e.g., green rust or ferrous hydroxide) and siderite. The observed transformations suggest that in this mixed-mineral system, lepidocrocite and ferrihydrite are readily reducible to green rust and siderite, whereas hematite is less amenable to bacterial reduction. This study also demonstrates the utility of XAFS spectroscopy in the quantitative characterization of dissimilatory metal transformations, particularly in complex systems such as nanoparticulate minerals in hydrated mineral-bacteria assemblages.

  15. ENERGETICS OF SOLID/SOLID AND LIQUID/SOLID INTERFACES

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    DR. PAUL WYNBLATT

    2004-10-13

    The main thrust of this research was to develop better understanding of the interfacial energetics of crystalline particles of one phase confined (or embedded) in matrices of another phase. Much of the work that motivated this research had been performed on Pb particles embedded in Al. Furthermore, significant contributions to that body of knowledge had emerged from collaborative work between Dr. U. Dahmen of the National Center for Electron Microscopy at LBNL and Prof. E. Johnson of the Neils Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen. Thus, the work performed under this Grant benefited from significant input into the design of the research from Dr. Dahmen and Prof. Johnson, who were officially listed as collaborators on the grant. Beyond interest in interfacial energies, there were several intriguing observations on Pb particles embedded in Al for which understanding was lacking. These included observations of large melting point elevation, or superheating, of embedded Pb particles. The melting temperature of these particles was found to increase with decreasing particle size, and to rise several tens of degrees above the bulk melting temperature for nano-scale particles. Since nucleation phenomena play an important role in melting and freezing, it was clear that the difficulties of interpreting superheating during melting could not readily be addressed without knowledge of the interfacial energies that enter into the formalism used to predict nucleation effects. The approaches taken in the studies included computer simulations, experimental studies and analytical modeling. Although about half of the work focused on Pb particles embedded in Al, other systems and issues were also addressed.

  16. Thermal analysis of high temperature phase transformations of steel

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    K. Gryc

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The series of thermal analysis measurements of high temperature phase transformations of real grain oriented electrical steel grade under conditions of two analytical devices (Netzsch STA 449 F3 Jupiter; Setaram SETSYS 18TM were carried out. Two thermo analytical methods were used (DTA and Direct thermal analysis. The different weight of samples was used (200 mg, 23 g. The stability/reproducibility of results obtained by used methodologies was verified. The liquidus and solidus temperatures for close to equilibrium conditions and during cooling (20 °C/min; 80 °C/min were determined. It has been shown that the higher cooling rate lead to lower temperatures for start and end of solidification process of studied steel grade.

  17. Zig-zag twins and helical phase transformations.

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    Ganor, Yaniv; Dumitrică, Traian; Feng, Fan; James, Richard D

    2016-04-28

    We demonstrate the large bending deformation induced by an array of permanent magnets (applied field ∼0.02 T) designed to minimize poles in the bent state of the crystal. Planar cantilevers of NiMnGa (5M modulated martensite) ferromagnetic shape memory alloy deform into an arched shape according to theory, with a zig-zag microstructure that complies with the kinematic and magnetic compatibility between adjacent twin variants. A general theory of bent and twisted states is given, applicable to both twinning and austenite/martensite transformations. Some of these configurations achieve order-of-magnitude amplification of rotation and axial strain. We investigate also atomistic analogues of these bent and twisted configurations with perfect interfaces between phases. These mechanisms of large deformation, induced by small magnetic fields or temperature changes, have potential application to the development of new actuation technologies for micro-robotic systems. © 2016 The Author(s).

  18. Phase Transformation of Metastable Austenite in Steel during Nano indentation

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    Ahn, Taehong [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Sung Bo; Han, Heung Nam [Seoul National Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Kyungtae [Hanbat National Univ., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-05-15

    These can produce geometrical softening accompanied by a sudden displacement excursion during load-controlled nanoindentation, which referred to in the literature as a pop-in. In this study, phase transformation of metastable austenite to stress-induced ε martensite which causes pop-ins during nanoindentation of steel will be reported and discussed. This study investigated the relationship between pop-in behavior of austenite in the early stage of nanoindentation and formation of ε martensite based on microstructural analyses. The load-displacement curve obtained from nanoindentation revealed stepwise pop-ins in the early stage of plastic deformation. From analyses of high resolution TEM images, a cluster of banded structure under the indent turned out a juxtaposition of (111) planes of γ austenite and (0001) planes of ε martensite. The calculation of displacement along indentation axis for (111) slip system by formation of ε martensite showed that geometrical softening can also occur by ε martensite formation when considering that the stress-induced ε martensite transformation is the predominant deformation mode in the early stage of plastic deformation and its monopartial nature as well. These microstructural investigations strongly suggest that the pop-in behavior in the early stage of plastic deformation of austenite is closely related to the formation of ε martensite.

  19. Nanocrystalline Fe-Pt alloys. Phase transformations, structure and magnetism

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    Lyubina, J.V.

    2006-12-21

    This work has been devoted to the study of phase transformations involving chemical ordering and magnetic properties evolution in bulk Fe-Pt alloys composed of nanometersized grains. Nanocrystalline Fe{sub 100-x}Pt{sub x} (x=40-60) alloys have been prepared by mechanical ball milling of elemental Fe and Pt powders at liquid nitrogen temperature. The as-milled Fe-Pt alloys consist of {proportional_to} 100 {mu}m sized particles constituted by randomly oriented grains having an average size in the range of 10-40 nm. Depending on the milling time, three major microstructure types have been obtained: samples with a multilayer-type structure of Fe and Pt with a thickness of 20-300 nm and a very thin (several nanometers) A1 layer at their interfaces (2 h milled), an intermediate structure, consisting of finer lamellae of Fe and Pt (below approximately 100 nm) with the A1 layer thickness reaching several tens of nanometers (4 h milled) and alloys containing a homogeneous A1 phase (7 h milled). Subsequent heat treatment at elevated temperatures is required for the formation of the L1{sub 0} FePt phase. The ordering develops via so-called combined solid state reactions. It is accompanied by grain growth and thermally assisted removal of defects introduced by milling and proceeds rapidly at moderate temperatures by nucleation and growth of the ordered phases with a high degree of the long-range order. In a two-particle interaction model elaborated in the present work, the existence of hysteresis in recoil loops has been shown to arise from insufficient coupling between the low- and the high-anisotropy particles. The model reveals the main features of magnetisation reversal processes observed experimentally in exchange-coupled systems. Neutron diffraction has been used for the investigation of the magnetic structure of ordered and partially ordered nanocrystalline Fe-Pt alloys. (orig.)

  20. Interphase boundary structure and transformation mechanism in diffusional phase transformations; Kakusan hentai ni okeru iso kaimen kozo to hentai kiko

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    Furuhara, T.; Maki, T. [Kyoto University, Kyoto (Japan)

    1997-05-20

    This paper discusses a lattice changing mechanism in diffusional phase transformations (atom diffusion rate determination) based on observations through a high-resolution electron microscope. If a parent phase and a generated phase have different crystal structures, change in lamination occurs as a result of a step generated on a terrace with good consistency moving in the horizontal direction. In addition, it has been thought that removal of atoms occurs due to random diffusion jump in a riser or a kink which has a locally inconsistent structure, and no surface undulations will occur. On the other hand, growth interfaces are consistent in martensite transformation, and atomic correspondence is univocal in the parent phase and the generated phase. Also in diffusion transformation accompanying distribution of displacement type elements, the surface undulations will appear as in the case of the martensite transformation. This fact suggests that, also in the diffusional transformation, not only the terrace interface, but also the riser or kink interface having been thought inconsistent conventionally are all consistent or semi-consistent as in the martensite transformation. It also suggests that lattice correspondence exists between the parent phase and the generated phase. 30 refs., 16 figs., 1 tab.

  1. Magnetism and structural phase transformation in Fe / Fe oxide nanopowders

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    Crisan, O; Crisan, A D [National Institute for Materials Physics PO Box MG-7 077125 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Skorvanek, I; Kovac, J, E-mail: ocrisan@yahoo.co [Institute of Experimental Physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, 04001 Kosice (Slovakia)

    2009-01-01

    Fe /Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} (magnetite) powders obtained by ball milling at room temperature, undergo an incomplete redox reaction with formation of FeO. This reaction is favoured due to the high energy developed during the milling and alloying. Concurrent effects of the milling, such as grain refinement down to the nanometric scale lead at the end of the milling processes to a mixed multiphased nanopowder, with a homogeneous dispersion of Fe and Fe oxide grains. Such ferromagnetic - antiferromagnetic systems are extensively studied due to their exchange bias properties, extremely useful in technological applications. We study the phase transformation that leads to a multiphased metal / oxide microstructure with an energydispersive in-situ X-ray diffraction experiment using the synchrotron radiation. This study allows direct collection of X-ray spectra after few minutes exposure, at selected temperatures, ranging between 20 deg. C and 1000 deg. C. Magnetic behavior has been studied for as-milled and annealed samples and the obtained magnetic parameters are correlated to the microstructure and phase composition at each stage of annealing. A significant exchange bias effect, related to FeO content, is observed for as-milled sample, the effect being less pronounced upon annealing the nanogranular powder.

  2. Comparative Study of Phase Transformation in Single-Crystal Germanium during Single and Cyclic Nanoindentation

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    Koji Kosai

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Single-crystal germanium is a semiconductor material which shows complicated phase transformation under high pressure. In this study, new insight into the phase transformation of diamond-cubic germanium (dc-Ge was attempted by controlled cyclic nanoindentation combined with Raman spectroscopic analysis. Phase transformation from dc-Ge to rhombohedral phase (r8-Ge was experimentally confirmed for both single and cyclic nanoindentation under high loading/unloading rates. However, compared to single indentation, double cyclic indentation with a low holding load between the cycles caused more frequent phase transformation events. Double cyclic indentation caused more stress in Ge than single indentation and increased the possibility of phase transformation. With increase in the holding load, the number of phase transformation events decreased and finally became less than that under single indentation. This phenomenon was possibly caused by defect nucleation and shear accumulation during the holding process, which were promoted by a high holding load. The defect nucleation suppressed the phase transformation from dc-Ge to r8-Ge, and shear accumulation led to another phase transformation pathway, respectively. A high holding load promoted these two phenomena, and thus decreased the possibility of phase transformation from dc-Ge to r8-Ge.

  3. Phase transformations of (Ca, Ti)-partially stabilized zirconia

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    Hon Yungshon; Shen Pouyan (Inst. of Materials Science and Engineering, Nation Sun Yat-Sen Univ., Kaohsiung (Taiwan))

    1991-01-20

    The results of phase transformation and microstructural investigation of the ZrO{sub 2}-rich corner of the CaO-TiO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2} system are reported. Samples of Ca-PSZ powder (where PSZ is partially stabilized zirconia) containing 10.8 mol.% CaO, had added to them 0-14 mol.% TiO{sub 2} (designated specimens 0T to 14T). The samples were sintered at 1600deg C for 6 h and studied by X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy. Saturation of TiO{sub 2} in the cubic (c) zirconia was reached at a total TiO{sub 2} addition of about 4 mol.% at 1600deg C, whereas the solubility limit in tetragonal (t) zirconia was not reached in the composition range studied. The t-zirconia precipitates remained tweed in the cubic matrix for specimens 2T and 4T, but became lenticular with the (101) habit plane for specimens having a larger TiO{sub 2} content (e.g. 8T). The amount of t-zirconia increased with increasing TiO{sub 2} content at 1600deg C. The addition of TiO{sub 2} also enhanced the eutectoid decomposition of Ca-PSZ to form the PHI{sub 1}-phase (CaZr{sub 4}O{sub 9}). Calzirtite (Ca{sub 2}Zr{sub 5}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 16}) was precipitated from the shell of the zirconia grains in specimen 8T. (orig.).

  4. Optimisation of Transmission Systems by use of Phase Shifting Transformers

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    Verboomen, J.

    2008-10-13

    In this thesis, transmission grids with PSTs (Phase Shifting Transformers) are investigated. In particular, the following goals are put forward: (a) The analysis and quantification of the impact of a PST on a meshed grid. This includes the development of models for the device; (b) The development of methods to obtain optimal coordination of several PSTs in a meshed grid. An objective function should be formulated, and an optimisation method must be adopted to solve the problem; and (c) The investigation of different strategies to use a PST. Chapter 2 gives a short overview of active power flow controlling devices. In chapter 3, a first step towards optimal PST coordination is taken. In chapter 4, metaheuristic optimisation methods are discussed. Chapter 5 introduces DC load flow approximations, leading to analytically closed equations that describe the relation between PST settings and active power flows. In chapter 6, some applications of the methods that are developed in earlier chapters are presented. Chapter 7 contains the conclusions of this thesis, as well as recommendations for future work.

  5. Structure and phase transformation in the giant-magnetostriction Laves-phase SmFe2

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    Liu, Xiaonan; Lin, Kun; Gao, Qilong; Zhu, He; Li, Qiang; Cao, Yili; Chen, Jun; Ren, Yang; Huang, Rongjin; Lapidus, Saul H.; Xing, Xianran

    2018-01-15

    As one class of the most important intermetallic compounds, the binary Laves-phase is well-known for their abundant magnetic properties. Samarium-iron alloy system, SmFe2, is a prototypical Laves compound that shows strong negative magnetostriction but relatively weak magnetocrystalline anisotropy. SmFe2 has been identified as a cubic Fd3̅m structure at room temperature, however, the cubic symmetry does not match the spontaneous magnetization along the [111]cubic direction. Here we studied the crystal structure of SmFe2 by high-resolution synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and X-ray total scattering methods. SmFe2 is found to adopt a centrosymmetric trigonal R3̅m structure at room temperature, which transforms to an orthorhombic Imma structure at 200 K. This transition is in agreement with the changes of easy magnetization direction from [111]cubic to [110]cubic direction, and is further evidenced by the inflexion of thermal expansion behavior, the sharp decline of the magnetic susceptibility in the FC-ZFC curve, and the anomaly in the specific heat capacity measurement. The revised structure and phase transformation of SmFe2 could be useful to understand the magnetostriction and related physical properties of other RM2-type pseudo-cubic Laves-phase intermetallic compounds.

  6. Phase transformations of a talc ore under heated chlorine atmosphere

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    Orosco, P., E-mail: porosco@unsl.edu.ar [Instituto de Investigaciones en Tecnología Química (INTEQUI-CONICET), Chacabuco y Pedernera, 5700 San Luis (Argentina); Ruiz, M. del C. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Tecnología Química (INTEQUI-CONICET), Chacabuco y Pedernera, 5700 San Luis (Argentina); Facultad de Química, Bioquímica y Farmacia, Universidad Nacional de San Luis, Chacabuco y Pedernera, 5700 San Luis (Argentina); González, J. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Tecnología Química (INTEQUI-CONICET), Chacabuco y Pedernera, 5700 San Luis (Argentina); Instituto de Ciencias Básicas, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza (Argentina)

    2013-02-20

    Highlights: ► We studied the effect of Cl{sub 2} on minerals present in a talc of ultramafic origin. ► Isothermal and non-isothermal assays were performed in N{sub 2} and Cl{sub 2}–N{sub 2} atmospheres. ► The reagents and the products were analyzed by DTA, XRD, SEM, and EPMA. ► The chlorination produced protoenstatite at 800 °C. ► Calcination of a talc ore in Cl{sub 2} produces more enstatite than thermal treatment in N{sub 2}. - Abstract: The effect of Cl{sub 2} on the phase transformations of the minerals present in a talc (Mg{sub 3}Si{sub 4}O{sub 10}(OH){sub 2}) unpurified with clinochlore (Mg{sub 5}Al{sub 2}Si{sub 3}O{sub 10}(OH){sub 8}), magnesite (MgCO{sub 3}), dolomite (MgCa(CO{sub 3}){sub 2}), hematite (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and pyrite (FeS{sub 2}) was studied with the purpose of deferricating the mineral and obtaining protoenstatite (MgSiO{sub 3}), which is the basic component of steatite ceramics. Isothermal and non-isothermal assays in N{sub 2} and Cl{sub 2}–N{sub 2} atmospheres were performed using a thermogravimetric device at temperatures between 600 and 980 °C. The reagents and the products were analyzed by differential thermal analysis (DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA). Results obtained showed that the following phenomena were produced in Cl{sub 2}: (a) The transformation of vitreous silica (SiO{sub 2}), from the chlorination reaction of talc, into enstatite (MgSiO{sub 3}) started at about 700 °C, being dolomite the mineral that favored this reaction. At 800 °C, more enstatite was formed as a result of the reaction between vitreous silica not transformed, MgCl{sub 2} and O{sub 2} derived from the chlorination of dolomite and magnesite; then, polymorphic transformation of enstatite into protoenstatite was produced. (b) At about 950 °C, CaCl{sub 2} produced as a result of dolomite chlorination led to the destruction of the protoenstatite

  7. THREE-PHASE TRANSFORMER PARAMETERS CALCULATION CONSIDERING THE CORE SATURATION FOR THE MATLAB-SIMULINK TRANSFORMER MODEL

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    I. V. Novash

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This article describes the parameters calculation for the three-phase two-winding power transformer model taken from the SimPowerSystems library, which is the part of the MatLab- Simulink environment. Presented methodology is based on the power transformer nameplate data usage. Particular attention is paid to the power transformer magnetization curve para- meters  calculation.  The  methodology  of  the  three-phase  two-winding  power  transformer model parameters calculation considering the magnetization curve nonlinearity isn’t presented in Russian-and English-language sources. Power transformers demo models described in the SimPowerSystems user’s guide have already calculated parameters, but without reference to the sources of their determination. A power transformer is a nonlinear element of the power system, that’s why for its performance analysis in different modes of operation is necessary to have the magnetization curve parameters.The process analysis during no-load energizing of the power transformer is of special interest. This regime is accompanied by the inrush current on the supply side of the power transformer, which is several times larger than the transformer rated current. Sharp rising of the magnetizing current is explained by the magnetic core saturation. Therefore, magnetiza- tion characteristic accounting during transformer no-load energizing modeling is a mandatory requirement. Article authors attempt to put all calculating formulas in a more convenient form and validate the power transformer nonlinear magnetization characteristics parameters calcu- lation. Inrush current oscillograms obtained during the simulation experiment confirmed the adequacy of the calculated model parameters.

  8. Lithium extraction from orthorhombic lithium manganese oxide and the phase-transformation to spinel

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    Gummow, RJ

    1993-12-01

    Full Text Available of a lithiated spinel phase showed greater electrochemical activity than pure LiMnO2. On delithiation, LiMnO2 transforms irreversibly to a spinel-type structure. A mechanism for the orthorhombic LixMnO2-spinel phase transformation is proposed....

  9. Assessing the failure of continuum formula for solid-solid drag force using discrete element method in large size ratios

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    Jalali, Payman; Hyppänen, Timo

    2017-06-01

    In loose or moderately-dense particle mixtures, the contact forces between particles due to successive collisions create average volumetric solid-solid drag force between different granular phases (of different particle sizes). The derivation of the mathematical formula for this drag force is based on the homogeneity of mixture within the calculational control volume. This assumption especially fails when the size ratio of particles grows to a large value of 10 or greater. The size-driven inhomogeneity is responsible to the deviation of intergranular force from the continuum formula. In this paper, we have implemented discrete element method (DEM) simulations to obtain the volumetric mean force exchanged between the granular phases with the size ratios greater than 10. First, the force is calculated directly from DEM averaged over a proper time window. Second, the continuum formula is applied to calculate the drag forces using the DEM quantities. We have shown the two volumetric forces are in good agreement as long as the homogeneity condition is maintained. However, the relative motion of larger particles in a cloud of finer particles imposes the inhomogeneous distribution of finer particles around the larger ones. We have presented correction factors to the volumetric force from continuum formula.

  10. Design and Implementation of GSM Based Transformer Phase ...

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    In electric power distribution, transformers used in the process of distributing electric power to the final consumers which include industries and residents stand chances to fail due to overloading. Most often, fuses are the major components that fail in other to protect the transformer from severe damage. In situation like this it ...

  11. Phase transformation kinetics and microstructure of NiTi shape ...

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    The effect of hydrostatic pressure on the behaviour of reverse and forward transformation temperatures andphysical properties of NiTi shape memory alloy has been investigated. The transformation temperatures and physical properties of the alloy change with applied pressure. It has been clearly seen from differential ...

  12. Insight into the Effects of Reinforcement Shape on Achieving Continuous Martensite Transformation in Phase Transforming Matrix Composites

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    Zhang, Xudong; Ren, Junqiang; Wang, Xiaofei; Zong, Hongxiang; Cui, Lishan; Ding, Xiangdong

    2017-12-01

    A continuous martensite transformation is indispensable for achieving large linear superelasticity and low modulus in phase transforming metal-based composites. However, determining how to accurately condition the residual martensite in a shape memory alloy matrix though the reinforcement shape to achieve continuous martensite transformation has been a challenge. Here, we take the finite element method to perform a comparative study of the effects of nanoinclusion shape on the interaction and martensite phase transformation in this new composite. Two typical samples are compared: one reinforced by metallic nanowires and the other by nanoparticles. We find that the residual martensite within the shape memory alloy matrix after a pretreatment can be tailored by the reinforcement shape. In particular, our results show that the shape memory alloy matrix can retain enough residual martensite phases to achieve continuous martensite transformation in the subsequent loading when the aspect ratio of nanoreinforcement is larger than 20. In contrast, the composites reinforced with spherical or low aspect ratio reinforcement show a typical nonlinear superelasticity as a result of a low stress transfer-induced discontinuous martensite transformation within the shape memory alloy matrix.

  13. All-optical WDM Regeneration of DPSK Signals using Optical Fourier Transformation and Phase Sensitive Amplification

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    Guan, Pengyu; Røge, Kasper Meldgaard; Kjøller, Niels-Kristian

    2015-01-01

    We propose a novel all-optical WDM regeneration scheme for DPSK signals based on optical Fourier transformation and phase sensitive amplification. Phase regeneration of a WDM signal consisting of 4x10-Gbit/s phase noise degraded DPSK channels is demonstrated for the first time.......We propose a novel all-optical WDM regeneration scheme for DPSK signals based on optical Fourier transformation and phase sensitive amplification. Phase regeneration of a WDM signal consisting of 4x10-Gbit/s phase noise degraded DPSK channels is demonstrated for the first time....

  14. 16 channel WDM regeneration in a single phase-sensitive amplifier through optical Fourier transformation

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    Guan, Pengyu; Da Ros, Francesco; Lillieholm, Mads

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate simultaneous phase regeneration of 16-WDM DPSK channels using optical Fourier transformation and a single phase-sensitive amplifier. The BERs of 16-WDM×10-Gbit/s phase noise degraded DPSK signals are improved by 0.4-1.3 orders of magnitude......We demonstrate simultaneous phase regeneration of 16-WDM DPSK channels using optical Fourier transformation and a single phase-sensitive amplifier. The BERs of 16-WDM×10-Gbit/s phase noise degraded DPSK signals are improved by 0.4-1.3 orders of magnitude...

  15. Phase retrieval by using the transport-of-intensity equation with Hilbert transform.

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    Li, Wei-Shuo; Chen, Chun-Wei; Lin, Kuo-Feng; Chen, Hou-Ren; Tsai, Chih-Ya; Chen, Chyong-Hua; Hsieh, Wen-Feng

    2016-04-01

    Phase recovery by solving the transport-of-intensity equation (TIE) is a non-iterative and non-interferometric phase retrieval technique. From solving the TIE with conventional, one partial derivative and Hilbert transform methods for both the periodic and aperiodic samples, we demonstrate that the Hilbert transform method can provide the smoother phase images with edge enhancement and fine structures. Furthermore, compared with the images measured by optical and atomic force microscopy, the Hilbert transform method has the ability to quantitatively map out the phase images for both the periodic and aperiodic structures.

  16. Solid-solid contacts due to surface roughness and their effects on suspension behaviour.

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    Davis, Robert H; Zhao, Yu; Galvin, Kevin P; Wilson, Helen J

    2003-05-15

    Solid-solid contacts due to microscopic surface roughness in viscous fluids were examined by observing the translational and rotational behaviours of a suspended sphere falling past a lighter sphere or down an inclined surface. In both cases, a roll-slip behaviour was observed, with the gravitational forces balanced by not only hydrodynamic forces but also normal and tangential solid-solid contact forces. Moreover, the nominal separation between the surfaces due to microscopic surface roughness elements is not constant but instead varies due to multiple roughness scales. By inverting the system, so that the heavy sphere fell away from the lighter sphere or the plane, it was found that the average nominal separation increases with increasing angle of inclination of the plane or the surface of the lighter sphere from horizontal; the larger asperities lift the sphere up from the opposing surface and then gravity at large angles of inclination is too weak to pull the sphere back down to the opposing surface before another large asperity is encountered. The existence of microscopic surface roughness and solid-solid contacts is shown to modify the rheological properties of suspensions. For example, the presence of compressive, but not tensile, contact forces removes the reversibility of sphere-sphere interactions and breaks the symmetry of the particle trajectories. As a result, suspensions of rough spheres exhibit normal stress differences that are absent for smooth spheres. For the conditions studied, surface roughness reduces the effective viscosity of a suspension by limiting the lubrication resistance during near-contact motion, and it also modifies the suspension microstructure and hydrodynamic diffusivity.

  17. Mapping the tetragonal to monoclinic phase transformation in zirconia core dental crowns.

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    Allahkarami, Masoud; Hanan, Jay C

    2011-12-01

    Chipping failures observed clinically in bilayer systems of porcelain and zirconia restorations should be coupled with a monoclinic to tetragonal phase transformation in the zirconia layer due to the high compressive stress. Phase transformations were mapped using 2D micro X-ray diffraction of 1083 frames at 100μm×100μm spacing automatically positioned along the core layer of a sectioned fractured crown. Yttria-zirconia tetragonal phase transformations to monoclinic zirconia and monoclinic yttria were observed, mostly at the impacted area. A simple map of (101) tetragonal d-spacing strain reveals stress relaxation during phase transformation was detected at inner section of lingual side, because the initial state of compressive residual stress assists this phase transformation at the inter section of lingual side of the core while initial tensile stress at the outer sides under the veneer relaxes under compression and initially prevents phase transformation. This study implements an experimental method to map the phase transformation, after applying local compressive load until fracture. Such fractures resemble clinically observed chipping failure. Copyright © 2011 Academy of Dental Materials. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Study of effect of chromium on titanium dioxide phase transformation

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    MTi samples with different atomic chromium percentages were synthesized by sol–gel method and calcined at 400 °C under air. The effects of Cr and temperature on titanium dioxide phase transition were studied. In situ measurement showed the presence of anatase phase for all samples at temperature < 500 °C. Without ...

  19. Phase transformation kinetics and microstructure of NiTi shape ...

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    2017-07-28

    Jul 28, 2017 ... engineering applications due to the high damping capac- ity [9–13], coupling with good strength, ductility and very good corrosion resistance. The aim of this study is to investi- gate the effect of hydrostatic pressure on the thermodynamic properties and physical properties transformation in NiTi. SMA. 2.

  20. Phase transformations in the Zn-Al eutectoid alloy after quenching from the high temperature triclinic beta phase

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    Sandoval-Jimenez, A., E-mail: asandovalj@correo.unam.mx [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Dpto. de Aceleradores, Carretera Mexico-Toluca S/N, La Marquesa, Ocoyoacac, Mexico, C.P. 52750, ESIME, Unidad Culhuacan, Dpto. Ing. Mecanica, IPN (Mexico); Negrete, J. [Instituto de Metalurgia, Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, SLP 78210 (Mexico); Torres-Villasenor, G. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apdo. Postal 70-360, Mexico D.F. 04510 (Mexico)

    2010-11-15

    Ribbons of the Zn-Al eutectoid alloy obtained by melt-spinning, were heat treated at 350 deg. C during 30 min in a free atmosphere furnace, and then quenched in liquid nitrogen. The temperature correspond to {beta} phase zone, which has a triclinic crystalline structure [1, 2]. Some evidence, obtained by X-ray diffraction, show that the structures present in the just quenched material are both close-packed hexagonal ({eta}-phase) and rhombohedral (R-phase). X-ray diffractograms taken in the same ribbons after annealed 500 h at room temperature, show that the R phase its transform to {alpha} and {eta} phases.

  1. Phase transformations in a manganese-alloyed austenitic stainless steel

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    Jargelius-Pettersson, R.F.A. (Swedish Inst. for Metals Research, Stockholm (Sweden))

    1994-05-01

    The increasing demands placed on the corrosion resistance of stainless steels has led to the successive development of more highly alloyed materials. In this context nitrogen has shown considerable value as an alloying element but its use is restricted by a solubility limit of approximately 0.2 wt% in conventional austenitic stainless steel grades. Manganese increases the nitrogen solubility appreciably and for this reason there has also been an increased interest in its use as an alloying addition but numerous questions remain to be answered about the effect of both nitrogen and manganese on structural stability. Although much work has been published on the precipitation of secondary phases in CrNi(Mo) stainless steels, there is a relative paucity of information available on manganese-alloyed steels. Brandis et al. investigated precipitation in a 25Cr 17Ni 3Mo 6Mn 0.2Nb steel and found no manganese-enriched phases to occur. Sigma phase was the predominant intermetallic precipitate at low nitrogen contents while higher nitrogen contents retarded the onset of sigma phase precipitation but caused the appearance of chi phase. Boothby et al. investigated a 12Cr 11-35Ni (3Mo) steel in which the nickel was partially replaced by 20 or 30% manganese and found the precipitation of the intermetallic sigma, chi and Laves phases to be promoted by manganese, although again no manganese-enriched phases were observed. Fritscher demonstrated however the existence in the Fe-Cr-Ni system of a brittle ternary Y phase containing 30--60% manganese which was destabilized by nitrogen. The present work represents part of a study designed to gain greater understanding of the precipitation and sensitization behavior of highly alloyed austenitic stainless steels and concentrates on the influence of nitrogen additions up to 0.5wt% on precipitation of secondary phases in a 20Cr 18Ni 4.5Mo 10Mn steel.

  2. Multiple-image encryption based on phase mask multiplexing in fractional Fourier transform domain.

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    Liansheng, Sui; Meiting, Xin; Ailing, Tian

    2013-06-01

    A multiple-image encryption scheme is proposed based on the phase retrieval process and phase mask multiplexing in the fractional Fourier transform domain. First, each original gray-scale image is encoded into a phase only function by using the proposed phase retrieval process. Second, all the obtained phase functions are modulated into an interim, which is encrypted into the final ciphertext by using the fractional Fourier transform. From a plaintext image, a group of phase masks is generated in the encryption process. The corresponding decrypted image can be recovered from the ciphertext only with the correct phase mask group in the decryption process. Simulation results show that the proposed phase retrieval process has high convergence speed, and the encryption algorithm can avoid cross-talk; in addition, its encrypted capacity is considerably enhanced.

  3. Structural and Phase Transformations in Water-Vapour-Plasma-Treated Hydrophilic TiO 2 Films

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    L. Pranevicius; M. Urbonavicius; S. Tuckute; K. Gedvilas; T. Rajackas; L. L. Pranevicius; D. Milcius

    2012-01-01

      We have investigated structural and phase transformations in water-vapor-plasma-treated 200-300 nm thick Ti films, maintained at room temperature, by injecting water vapor into radio frequency (RF...

  4. The self-healing of defects induced by the hydriding phase transformation in palladium nanoparticles

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    Ulvestad, A.; Yau, A.

    2017-11-09

    Nanosizing can dramatically alter material properties by enhancing surface thermodynamic contributions, shortening diffusion lengths, and increasing the number of catalytically active sites per unit volume. These mechanisms have been used to explain the improved properties of catalysts, battery materials, plasmonic materials, etc. Here we show that Pd nanoparticles also have the ability to self-heal defects in their crystal structures. Using Bragg coherent diffractive imaging, we image dislocations nucleated deep in a Pd nanoparticle during the forward hydriding phase transformation that heal during the reverse transformation, despite the region surrounding the dislocations remaining in the hydrogen-poor phase. We show that defective Pd nanoparticles exhibit sloped isotherms, indicating that defects act as additional barriers to the phase transformation. Our results resolve the formation and healing of structural defects during phase transformations at the single nanoparticle level and offer an additional perspective as to how and why nanoparticles differ from their bulk counterparts.

  5. The Pegg-Barnett phase operator and the discrete Fourier transform

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    Perez-Leija, Armando; Andrade-Morales, Luis A.; Soto-Eguibar, Francisco; Szameit, Alexander; Moya-Cessa, Héctor M.

    2016-04-01

    In quantum mechanics the position and momentum operators are related to each other via the Fourier transform. In the same way, here we show that the so-called Pegg-Barnett phase operator can be obtained by the application of the discrete Fourier transform to the number operators defined in a finite-dimensional Hilbert space. Furthermore, we show that the structure of the London-Susskind-Glogower phase operator, whose natural logarithm gives rise to the Pegg-Barnett phase operator, is contained in the Hamiltonian of circular waveguide arrays. Our results may find applications in the development of new finite-dimensional photonic systems with interesting phase-dependent properties.

  6. Spin-reorientational phase transformations in W-type hexaferrites

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    Mamluj, Yu.A.; Gorbach, V.N.

    1983-06-01

    A theoretical investigation of the effect of an external magnetic field on the spin-reorientational phase transitions in hexagonal ferromagnetics was carried out taking into account the sixth-order terms in the expression for anisotropy energy. Orientational phase (H, T)-diagrams which correspond to H Hsub(x) and H-Hsub(z) are plotted. The obtained results are checked experimentally on the textured patterns of hexaferrite of the Nisub(2-y)Cosub(y)W system. Various types of anisotropy: axis, plane and cone of easy magnetization are realized in this system depending on temperature and composition. The first and second order phase transitions observed are in good agreement with the obtained orientational phase diagrams.

  7. Thermodynamics and phase transformations the selected works of Mats Hillert

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    Lilensten, Jean

    2006-01-01

    This book is a compendium of Mat Hillert's publications. Mat Hillert is a world specialist in metal alloy at the origin of a universal computing code used to calculate the diagrams of phase. This work is in English.

  8. Phase Transformations in a Uranium-Zirconium Alloy containing 2 weight per cent Zirconium

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    Lagerberg, G.

    1961-04-15

    The phase transformations in a uranium-zirconium alloy containing 2 weight percent zirconium have been examined metallographically after heat treatments involving isothermal transformation of y and cooling from the -y-range at different rates. Transformations on heating and cooling have also been studied in uranium-zirconium alloys with 0.5, 2 and 5 weight per cent zirconium by means of differential thermal analysis. The results are compatible with the phase diagram given by Howlett and Knapton. On quenching from the {gamma}-range the {gamma} phase transforms martensitically to supersaturated a the M{sub S} temperature being about 490 C. During isothermal transformation of {gamma} in the temperature range 735 to 700 C {beta}-phase is precipitated as Widmanstaetten plates and the equilibrium structure consists of {beta} and {gamma}{sub 1}. Below 700 C {gamma} transforms completely to Widmanstaetten plates which consist of {beta} above 660 C and of a at lower temperatures. Secondary phases, {gamma}{sub 2} above 610 C and {delta} below this temperature, are precipitated from the initially supersaturated Widmanstaetten plates during the isothermal treatments. At and slightly below 700 C the cooperative growth of |3 and {gamma}{sub 2} is observed. The results of isothermal transformation are summarized in a TTTdiagram.

  9. In-situ Monitoring of Dynamic Phenomena during Solidification and Phase Transformation Processing

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    Clarke, Amy J. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Cooley, Jason C. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Morris, Christopher [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Merrill, Frank E. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Hollander, Brian J [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Mariam, Fesseha G [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Patterson, Brian M. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Imhoff, Seth D. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Lee, Wah Keat [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Fezzaa, Kamel [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Deriy, Alex [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Tucker, Tim J. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Clarke, Kester D. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Field, Robert D. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Thoma, Dan J. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Teter, David F. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Beard, Timothy V. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Hudson, Richard W. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Freibert, Franz J. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Korzekwa, Deniece R. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Farrow, Adam M. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Cross, Carl E. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Mihaila, Bogdan [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Lookman, Turab [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Hunter, Abigail [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Choudhury, Samrat [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Karma, Alain [Northeastern Univ., Boston, MA (United States); Ott, Jr., Thomas J. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Barker, Martha R. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); O' Neill, Finian [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Hill, Joshua [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Emigh, Megan G. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2012-07-30

    The purpose of this project is to: (1) Directly observe phase transformations and microstructure evolution using proton (and synchrotron x-ray) radiography and tomography; (2) Constrain phase-field models for microstructure evolution; (3) Experimentally control microstructure evolution during processing to enable co-design; and (4) Advance toward the MaRIE vision. Understand microstructure evolution and chemical segregation during solidification {yields} solid-state transformations in Pu-Ga.

  10. Origins of asymmetric stress-strain response in phase transformations

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    Sehitoglu, H.; Gall, K. [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States)

    1997-12-31

    It has been determined that the transformation stress-strain behavior of CuZnAl and NiTi shape memory alloys is dependent on the applied stress state. The uniaxial compressive stress necessary to macroscopically trigger the transformation is approximately 34% (CuZnAl) and 26% (NiTi) larger than the required uniaxial tensile stress. For three dimensional stress states, the response of either alloy system is dependent on the directions of the dominant principal stresses along with the hydrostatic stress component of the stress state. The stress state effects are dominated by the favored growth and nucleation of more martensite plates in tension versus compression. The effect of different hydrostatic pressure levels between stress states on martensite plates volume change is considered small.

  11. Atomic transformation pathways from THz radiation generated by shock-induced phase transformations

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    Reed, Evan; Armstrong, Michael; Kim, Ki-Yong; Glownia, James; Howard, Mike; Piner, Edwin; Roberts, John

    2010-03-01

    We have recently made the first experimental observation of THz frequency radiation emitted from elastically strained piezoelectric GaN and utilized this new phenomenon as an ultrafast diagnostic. Using molecular dynamics simulations coupled to Maxwell's equations, we find that similarly detectable THz frequency radiation can be emitted when a wurtzite structure crystal transforms to a rocksalt structure under shock compression on picosecond timescales. We show that information about the atomic-scale transformation pathway is contained in the sign of the emitted THz electric field and information about the kinetics is contained in the time-dependence. This new phenomenon provides an avenue to experimental measurement of microscopic transformation pathways in crystals on the shortest timescales.

  12. In-situ High Temperature Phase Transformations in Ceramics

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    2009-07-28

    achieved, since the propagating crack needs to do work to overcome the nucleation barrier and cause transformation, and onset of the other synergistic...the thermal expansion tensor components. The direct approach is recommended, however, for reasons of the propagation of errors.97 The experimental...in Enstatite," Annual Conference on Composites, Advanced Ceramics, Materials, and Structures - A, 20th, Cocoa Beach, FL, Proceedings; USA; 7-11 Jan

  13. Mesh-based phase contrast Fourier transform imaging

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    Tahir, Sajjad; Bashir, Sajid; MacDonald, C. A.; Petruccelli, Jonathan C.

    2017-04-01

    Traditional x-ray radiography is limited by low attenuation contrast in materials of low electron density. Phase contrast imaging offers the potential to improve the contrast between such materials, but due to the requirements on the spatial coherence of the x-ray beam, practical implementation of such systems with tabletop (i.e. non-synchrotron) sources has been limited. One phase imaging technique employs multiple fine-pitched gratings. However, the strict manufacturing tolerances and precise alignment requirements have limited the widespread adoption of grating-based techniques. In this work, we have investigated a recently developed technique that utilizes a single grid of much coarser pitch. Our system consisted of a low power 100 μm spot Mo source, a CCD with 22 μm pixel pitch, and either a focused mammography linear grid or a stainless steel woven mesh. Phase is extracted from a single image by windowing and comparing data localized about harmonics of the mesh in the Fourier domain. The effects on the diffraction phase contrast and scattering amplitude images of varying grid types and periods, and of varying the width of the window function used to separate the harmonics were investigated. Using the wire mesh, derivatives of the phase along two orthogonal directions were obtained and combined to form improved phase contrast images.

  14. Amphiphilic phase-transforming catalysts for transesterification of triglycerides

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    Nawaratna, Gayan Ivantha

    Heterogeneous catalytic reactions that involve immiscible liquid-phase reactants are challenging to conduct due to limitations associated with mass transport. Nevertheless, there are numerous reactions such as esterification, transesterification, etherification, and hydrolysis where two immiscible liquid reactants (such as polar and non-polar liquids) need to be brought into contact with a catalyst. With the intention of alleviating mass transport issues associated with such systems but affording the ability to separate the catalyst once the reaction is complete, the overall goal of this study is geared toward developing a catalyst that has emulsification properties as well as the ability to phase-transfer (from liquid-phase to solid-phase) while the reaction is ongoing and evaluating the effectiveness of such a catalytic process in a practical reaction. To elucidate this concept, the transesterification reaction was selected. Metal-alkoxides that possess acidic and basic properties (to catalyze the reaction), amphiphilic properties (to stabilize the alcohol/oil emulsion) and that can undergo condensation polymerization when heated (to separate as a solid subsequent to the completion of the reaction) were used to test the concept. Studies included elucidating the effect of metal sites and alkoxide sites and their concentration effects on transesterification reaction, effect of various metal alkoxide groups on the phase stability of the reactant system, and kinetic effects of the reaction system. The studies revealed that several transition-metal alkoxides, especially, titanium and yttrium based, responded positively to this reaction system. These alkoxides were able to be added to the reaction medium in liquid phase and were able to stabilize the alcohol/oil system. The alkoxides were selective to the transesterification reaction giving a range of ester yields (depending on the catalyst used). It was also observed that transition-metal alkoxides were able to be

  15. Design of diffractive optical elements for the fractional Fourier transform domain: phase-space approach.

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    Testorf, Markus

    2006-01-01

    Phase-space optics is used to relate the problem of designing diffractive optical elements for any first-order optical system to the corresponding design problem in the Fraunhofer diffraction regime. This, in particular, provides a novel approach for the fractional Fourier transform domain. For fractional Fourier transforms of arbitrary order, the diffractive element is determined as the optimum design computed for a generic Fourier transform system, scaled and modulated with a parabolic lens function. The phase-space description also identifies critical system parameters that limit the performance and applicability of this method. Numerical simulations of paraxial wave propagation are used to validate the method.

  16. Understanding metastable phase transformation during crystallization of RDX, HMX and CL-20: experimental and DFT studies.

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    Ghosh, Mrinal; Banerjee, Shaibal; Shafeeuulla Khan, Md Abdul; Sikder, Nirmala; Sikder, Arun Kanti

    2016-09-14

    Multiphase growth during crystallization severely affects deliverable output of explosive materials. Appearance and incomplete transformation of metastable phases are a major source of polymorphic impurities. This article presents a methodical and molecular level understanding of the metastable phase transformation mechanism during crystallization of cyclic nitramine explosives, viz. RDX, HMX and CL-20. Instantaneous reverse precipitation yielded metastable γ-HMX and β-CL-20 which undergo solution mediated transformation to the respective thermodynamic forms, β-HMX and ε-CL-20, following 'Ostwald's rule of stages'. However, no metastable phase, anticipated as β-RDX, was evidenced during precipitation of RDX, which rather directly yielded the thermodynamically stable α-phase. The γ→β-HMX and β→ε-CL-20 transformations took 20 and 60 minutes respectively, whereas formation of α-RDX was instantaneous. Density functional calculations were employed to identify the possible transition state conformations and to obtain activation barriers for transformations at wB97XD/6-311++G(d,p)(IEFPCM)//B3LYP/6-311G(d,p) level of theory. The computed activation barriers and lattice energies responsible for transformation of RDX, HMX and CL-20 metastable phases to thermodynamic ones conspicuously supported the experimentally observed order of phase stability. This precise result facilitated an understanding of the occurrence of a relatively more sensitive and less dense β-CL-20 phase in TNT based melt-cast explosive compositions, a persistent and critical problem unanswered in the literature. The crystalline material recovered from such compositions revealed a mixture of β- and ε-CL-20. However, similar compositions of RDX and HMX never showed any metastable phase. The relatively long stability with the highest activation barrier is believed to restrict complete β→ε-CL-20 transformation during processing. Therefore a method is suggested to overcome this issue.

  17. Pressure-induced phase transformations in L-alanine crystals

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    Olsen, J. Staun; Gerward, Leif; Freire, P.T.C.

    2008-01-01

    Raman scattering and synchrotron X-ray diffraction have been used to investigate the high-pressure behavior of L-alanine. This study has confirmed a structural phase transition observed by Raman scattering at 2.3 GPa and identified it as a change from orthorhombic to tetragonal structure. Another...

  18. Micromechanics of transformation fields in ageing linear viscoelastic composites: effects of phase dissolution or precipitation

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    Honorio, Tulio

    2017-11-01

    Transformation fields, in an affine formulation characterizing mechanical behavior, describe a variety of physical phenomena regardless their origin. Different composites, notably geomaterials, present a viscoelastic behavior, which is, in some cases of industrial interest, ageing, i.e. it evolves independently with respect to time and loading time. Here, a general formulation of the micromechanics of prestressed or prestrained composites in Ageing Linear Viscoelasticity (ALV) is presented. Emphasis is put on the estimation of effective transformation fields in ALV. The result generalizes Ageing Linear Thermo- and Poro-Viscoelasticity and it can be used in approaches coping with a phase transformation. Additionally, the results are extended to the case of locally transforming materials due to non-coupled dissolution and/or precipitation of a given (elastic or viscoelastic) phase. The estimations of locally transforming composites can be made with respect to different morphologies. As an application, estimations of the coefficient of thermal expansion of a hydrating alite paste are presented.

  19. In situ measurement of solvent-mediated phase transformations during dissolution testing

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    Aaltonen, Jaakko; Heinänen, Paula; Peltonen, Leena

    2006-01-01

    ) and measurement of the solid-state form of the dissolving solid (in situ with Raman spectroscopy). The solid phase transformations were also investigated off-line with scanning electron microscopy. TP anhydrate underwent a transformation to TP monohydrate, and NF anhydrate (form beta) to NF monohydrate (form II......In this study, solvent-mediated phase transformations of theophylline (TP) and nitrofurantoin (NF) were measured in a channel flow intrinsic dissolution test system. The test set-up comprised simultaneous measurement of drug concentration in the dissolution medium (with UV-Vis spectrophotometry...... that of NF. The presence of a water absorbing excipient, microcrystalline cellulose, was found to delay the onset of the transformation of TP anhydrate. Combining the measurement of drug concentration in the dissolution medium with the solid phase measurement offers a deeper understanding of the solvent...

  20. Contact Dependence and Velocity Crossover in Friction between Microscopic Solid/Solid Contacts.

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    McGraw, Joshua D; Niguès, Antoine; Chennevière, Alexis; Siria, Alessandro

    2017-10-11

    Friction at the nanoscale differs markedly from that between surfaces of macroscopic extent. Characteristically, the velocity dependence of friction between apparent solid/solid contacts can strongly deviate from the classically assumed velocity independence. Here, we show that a nondestructive friction between solid tips with radius on the scale of hundreds of nanometers and solid hydrophobic self-assembled monolayers has a strong velocity dependence. Specifically, using laterally oscillating quartz tuning forks, we observe a linear scaling in the velocity at the lowest accessed velocities, typically hundreds of micrometers per second, crossing over into a logarithmic velocity dependence. This crossover is consistent with a general multicontact friction model that includes thermally activated breaking of the contacts at subnanometric elongation. We find as well a strong dependence of the friction on the dimensions of the frictional probe.

  1. Vapor-solid-solid grown Ge nanowires at integrated circuit compatible temperature by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Zhu, Zhongyunshen; Song, Yuxin; Zhang, Zhenpu; Sun, Hao; Han, Yi; Li, Yaoyao; Zhang, Liyao; Xue, Zhongying; Di, Zengfeng; Wang, Shumin

    2017-09-01

    We demonstrate Au-assisted vapor-solid-solid (VSS) growth of Ge nanowires (NWs) by molecular beam epitaxy at the substrate temperature of ˜180 °C, which is compatible with the temperature window for Si-based integrated circuit. Low temperature grown Ge NWs hold a smaller size, similar uniformity, and better fit with Au tips in diameter, in contrast to Ge NWs grown at around or above the eutectic temperature of Au-Ge alloy in the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth. Six ⟨110⟩ growth orientations were observed on Ge (110) by the VSS growth at ˜180 °C, differing from only one vertical growth direction of Ge NWs by the VLS growth at a high temperature. The evolution of NWs dimension and morphology from the VLS growth to the VSS growth is qualitatively explained by analyzing the mechanism of the two growth modes.

  2. On the formation of ultra-fine grained Fe-base alloys via phase transformations

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    Chezan, AR; Craus, CB; Chechenin, NG; Vystavel, T; Niesen, L; De Hosson, JTM; Boerma, DO

    2004-01-01

    This paper concentrates on the formation of ultra-fine grained Fe-base alloys via phase transformations. In particular the manipulation of the microstructure of Fe-Ni-Ti and Fe-Ni-Cr alloys via phase cycling in the Fe-N system was investigated. Transitions between bcc (alpha-Fe), fee (gamma'-Fe4N)

  3. In-situ studies on phase transformations under electron irradiation in ...

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    High voltage electron microscopy (HVEM), using electron energies adequate for causing displacements of atoms from lattice sites, is a very effective technique for studying mechanisms of solid state phase transformations and for charting the path of phase evolution in real time. This has been demonstrated in studies on ...

  4. Non-isothermal kinetics of phase transformations in magnetron sputtered alumina films with metastable structure

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    Zuzjaková, Š., E-mail: sazuz@kfy.zcu.cz; Zeman, P.; Kos, Š.

    2013-11-20

    Highlights: • Non-isothermal kinetics of phase transformations in alumina films was investigated. • The structure of alumina films affects kinetics of the transformation processes. • Kinetic triplets of all transformation processes were determined. • The KAS, FWO, FR and IKP methods for determination of E{sub a} and A were used. • The Málek method for determination of the kinetic model was used. - Abstract: The paper reports on non-isothermal kinetics of transformation processes in magnetron sputtered alumina thin films with an amorphous and γ-phase structure leading ultimately to the formation of the thermodynamically stable α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase. Phase transformation sequences in the alumina films were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) at four different heating rates (10, 20, 30, 40 °C/min). Three isoconversional methods (Kissinger–Akahira–Sunose (KAS), Flynn–Wall–Ozawa (FWO) and Friedman (FR) method) as well as the invariant kinetic parameters (IKP) method were used to determine the activation energies for transformation processes. Moreover, the pre-exponential factors were determined using the IKP method. The kinetic models of the transformation processes were determined using the Málek method. It was found that the as-deposited structure of alumina films affects kinetics of the transformation processes. The film with the amorphous as-deposited structure heated at 40 °C/min transforms to the crystalline γ phase at a temperature of ∼930 °C (E{sub a,IKP} = 463 ± 10 kJ/mol) and subsequently to the crystalline α phase at a temperature of ∼1200 °C (E{sub a,IKP} = 589 ± 10 kJ/mol). The film with the crystalline γ-phase structure heated at 40 °C/min is thermally stable up to ∼1100 °C and transforms to the crystalline α phase (E{sub a,IKP} = 511 ± 16 kJ/mol) at a temperature of ∼1195 °C. The empirical two-parameter Šesták–Berggren kinetic model was found to be the most adequate one to describe

  5. Optical image transformation and encryption by phase-retrieval-based double random-phase encoding and compressive ghost imaging

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    Yuan, Sheng; Yang, Yangrui; Liu, Xuemei; Zhou, Xin; Wei, Zhenzhuo

    2018-01-01

    An optical image transformation and encryption scheme is proposed based on double random-phase encoding (DRPE) and compressive ghost imaging (CGI) techniques. In this scheme, a secret image is first transformed into a binary image with the phase-retrieval-based DRPE technique, and then encoded by a series of random amplitude patterns according to the ghost imaging (GI) principle. Compressive sensing, corrosion and expansion operations are implemented to retrieve the secret image in the decryption process. This encryption scheme takes the advantage of complementary capabilities offered by the phase-retrieval-based DRPE and GI-based encryption techniques. That is the phase-retrieval-based DRPE is used to overcome the blurring defect of the decrypted image in the GI-based encryption, and the CGI not only reduces the data amount of the ciphertext, but also enhances the security of DRPE. Computer simulation results are presented to verify the performance of the proposed encryption scheme.

  6. Ion transport and phase transformation in thin film intercalation electrodes

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    Wunde, Fabian; Nowak, Susann; Muerter, Juliane; Hadjixenophontos, Efi; Berkemeier, Frank; Schmitz, Guido [Stuttgart Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Materialwissenschaft

    2017-11-15

    Thin film battery electrodes of the olivine structure LiFePO{sub 4} and the spinel phase LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} are deposited through ion-beam sputtering. The intercalation kinetics is studied by cyclo-voltammetry using variation of the cycling rate over 4 to 5 orders of magnitude. The well-defined layer geometry allows a detailed quantitative analysis. It is shown that LiFePO{sub 4} clearly undergoes phase separation during intercalation, although the material is nano-confined and very high charging rates are applied. We present a modified Randles-Sevcik evaluation adapted to phase-separating systems. Both the charging current and the overpotential depend on the film thickness in a systematic way. The analysis yields evidence that the grain boundaries are important short circuit paths for fast transport. They increase the electrochemical active area with increasing layer thickness. Evidence is obtained that the grain boundaries in LiFePO{sub 4} have the character of an ion-conductor of vanishing electronic conductivity.

  7. A simplification of the fractional Hartley transform applied to image security system in phase

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    Jimenez, Carlos J.; Vilardy, Juan M.; Perez, Ronal

    2017-01-01

    In this work we develop a new encryption system for encoded image in phase using the fractional Hartley transform (FrHT), truncation operations and random phase masks (RPMs). We introduce a simplification of the FrHT with the purpose of computing this transform in an efficient and fast way. The security of the encryption system is increased by using nonlinear operations, such as the phase encoding and the truncation operations. The image to encrypt (original image) is encoded in phase and the truncation operations applied in the encryption-decryption system are the amplitude and phase truncations. The encrypted image is protected by six keys, which are the two fractional orders of the FrHTs, the two RPMs and the two pseudorandom code images generated by the amplitude and phase truncation operations. All these keys have to be correct for a proper recovery of the original image in the decryption system. We present digital results that confirm our approach.

  8. Numerical model of phase transformation of steel C80U during hardening

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    T. Domański

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The article concerns numerical modelling of the phase transformations in solid state hardening of tool steel C80U. The transformations were assumed: initial structure – austenite, austenite – perlite, bainite and austenite – martensite. Model for evaluation of fractions of phases and their kinetics based on continuous heating diagram (CHT and continuous cooling diagram (CCT. The dilatometric tests on the simulator of thermal cycles were performed. The results of dilatometric tests were compared with the results of the test numerical simulations. In this way the derived models for evaluating phase content and kinetics of transformations in heating and cooling processes were verified. The results of numerical simulations confirm correctness of the algorithm that were worked out. In the numerical example the simulated estimation of the phase fraction in the hardened axisimmetrical element was performed.

  9. Voltage Management in Unbalanced Low Voltage Networks Using a Decoupled Phase-Tap-Changer Transformer

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    Coppo, Massimiliano; Turri, Roberto; Marinelli, Mattia

    2014-01-01

    The paper studies a medium voltage-low voltage transformer with a decoupled on load tap changer capability on each phase. The overall objective is the evaluation of the potential benefits on a low voltage network of such possibility. A realistic Danish low voltage network is used for the analysis....... The load profiles are characterized by using single phase measurement data on voltages, currents and active powers with a 10 minutes resolution. Different scenarios are considered: no tap action, three-phase coordinated tap action, single phase discrete step and single phase continuous tap action...

  10. Fourier transform phase difference method optimization for supersonic gas flow characterization

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    Rodríguez Lorenzo, Francisco; Vázquez Dorrío, Benito; Blanco García, Jesús

    2017-08-01

    In this work we propose a complete characterization method for supersonic gas flow. The optical phase of fringe patterns acquired in a simple Mach Zehnder interferometer is extracted with a differential phase evaluation method based on Fourier Transform (without translation to the frequency origin); reducing the computation steps and decreasing the errors due to the unwrapping process. Optical phase, gradient and Laplacian maps obtained allow detailed analysis of the pressure distribution, and shock wave patterns. We optimize phase evaluation process by studying and comparing effects of four different bandpass filters on phase maps by using quality maps as estimator.

  11. Phases of crown-gall transformation susceptible to hydroxyurea

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    Aldona Rennert

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available With the use of bacterial strains, both sensitive and resistant to hydroxyurea the action of this inhibitor on tumour formation on the leaves of Kalanchoe daigremontiana infected with Agrobacterium tumefaciens was tested for five days after inoculation. The results are in agreement with the opinion that the anti-tumour effect of hydroxyurea applied in the induction phase (between 18 and 60 h after inoculation is the result of its direct action on plant cells, whereas inhibition of tumour formation by the inhibitor in the inoculation period depends on its action on the pathogenic bacteria.

  12. Understanding Strain-Induced Phase Transformations in BiFeO3Thin Films.

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    Dixit, Hemant; Beekman, Christianne; Schlepütz, Christian M; Siemons, Wolter; Yang, Yongsoo; Senabulya, Nancy; Clarke, Roy; Chi, Miaofang; Christen, Hans M; Cooper, Valentino R

    2015-08-01

    Experiments demonstrate that under large epitaxial strain a coexisting striped phase emerges in BiFeO 3 thin films, which comprises a tetragonal-like ( T ') and an intermediate S ' polymorph. It exhibits a relatively large piezoelectric response when switching between the coexisting phase and a uniform T ' phase. This strain-induced phase transformation is investigated through a synergistic combination of first-principles theory and experiments. The results show that the S ' phase is energetically very close to the T ' phase, but is structurally similar to the bulk rhombohedral ( R ) phase. By fully characterizing the intermediate S ' polymorph, it is demonstrated that the flat energy landscape resulting in the absence of an energy barrier between the T ' and S ' phases fosters the above-mentioned reversible phase transformation. This ability to readily transform between the S ' and T ' polymorphs, which have very different octahedral rotation patterns and c / a ratios, is crucial to the enhanced piezoelectricity in strained BiFeO 3 films. Additionally, a blueshift in the band gap when moving from R to S ' to T ' is observed. These results emphasize the importance of strain engineering for tuning electromechanical responses or, creating unique energy harvesting photonic structures, in oxide thin film architectures.

  13. Transformation of indigenous iron-bearing phases during coal gasification

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    Jacobs, I. S.; Federighi, C.; McKee, D. W.; Patchen, H. J.

    1982-11-01

    The reactivity of coal toward CO2 and steam is enhanced by indigenous mineral impurities or by added catalysts. The prominence of iron compounds among the natural impurities in coal and the known catalytic effect of metallic iron for carbon gasification suggests that such ``iron-specific'' techniques as Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetization may provide unique insight into these effects. The early stages of coal gasification have been examined using the cited reactant gases on an Illinois no. 6 coal char at 900-950 °C, with no added catalysts. The iron-bearing minerals in the coal transformed in different ways depending on the gaseous environment. The dominant impurity pyrite FeS2 in the raw coal converted during the preliminary inert-gas pyrolysis at 700 °C to a pyrrhotite Fe1-xS. During CO2 gasification a major portion of the pyrrhotite was converted into magnetite Fe3O4. By contrast, during steam gasification, the iron remained in less oxidized states with important fractions found as wüstite, Fe1-xO, ferrous glass/silicates, and metallic iron. These differences may influence the catalytic activity of the iron in the two gaseous environments.

  14. Structural, vibrational and thermal characterization of phase transformation in L-histidinium bromide monohydrate single crystals

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    Moura, G.M. [Universidade Federal do Maranhão, CCSST, Imperatriz, MA, 65900-410 (Brazil); Universidade Federal do Sul e Sudeste do Pará, ICEN, Marabá, PA 68505-080 (Brazil); Carvalho, J.O. [Universidade Federal do Maranhão, CCSST, Imperatriz, MA, 65900-410 (Brazil); Instituto Federal do Tocantins, Araguaína, TO, 77.826-170 (Brazil); Silva, M.C.D.; Façanha Filho, P.F. [Universidade Federal do Maranhão, CCSST, Imperatriz, MA, 65900-410 (Brazil); Santos, A.O. dos, E-mail: adenilson1@gmail.com [Universidade Federal do Maranhão, CCSST, Imperatriz, MA, 65900-410 (Brazil)

    2015-09-01

    L-Histidinium bromide monohydrate (LHBr) single crystal is a nonlinear optical material. In this work the high temperature phase transformation and the thermal stability of single crystals of LHBr was investigated by X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, differential thermal analysis, differential scanning calorimetry and Raman spectroscopy. The results showed the LHBr phase transformation of orthorhombic (P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2{sub 1}) to monoclinic system (P 1 2 1) at 120 °C, with the lattice parameters a = 12.162(1) Å, b = 16.821(2) Å, c = 19.477(2) Å and β = 108.56(2)°. These techniques are complementary and confirm the structural phase transformation due to loss water of crystallization. - Highlights: • -histidinium bromide single crystal was grown by slow evaporation technique. • X-ray diffraction characterize the high-temperature phase transformation. • The structural phase transformation occur due to loss of water of crystallization. • The LHBr thermal expansion coefficients exhibit an anisotropic behavior.

  15. Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Phase Transformations in Hydrogen Storage Materials

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    Ceder, Gerbrand; Marzari, Nicola

    2011-08-31

    The aim of this project is to develop and apply computational materials science tools to determine and predict critical properties of hydrogen storage materials. By better understanding the absorption/desorption mechanisms and characterizing their physical properties it is possible to explore and evaluate new directions for hydrogen storage materials. Particular emphasis is on the determination of the structure and thermodynamics of hydrogen storage materials, the investigation of microscopic mechanisms of hydrogen uptake and release in various materials and the role of catalysts in this process. As a team we have decided to focus on a single material, NaAlH{sub 4}, in order to fully be able to study the many aspects of hydrogen storage. We have focused on phase stability, mass transport and size-dependent reaction mechanisms in this material.

  16. OBTENTION OF SOLID PHASES ADSORPTIFS BY SYNTHESIS AND TRANSFORMATION

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    R NASRI

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The industrial production of metals and metalloids had known a huge development in the last decades. Under the augmentation of world demand on refined products of consumption, things that has been traduced by some sub products, spatially refined iron in high furnaces. The byproducts named scoria, its source is El Hadjar plant, which constitutes an environmental and ecological problem. The work presented is a part of a huge project witch concerns the valorization of natural and artificial sub products, the agro-alimental, local herbs, for medical and cosmeticology uses. The research axe, specialized in preparing adsorbent solid phases is situated in our global project of research in which we are aiming to find a better use for the sub product of the High Furnace, (H.F   in order to giveitother values. The memory of this publication spreads on a bibliographic study; followed by experimental works from witch we obtained good results.

  17. Step-flow growth of a nanowire in the vapor-liquid-solid and vapor-solid-solid processes

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    Golovin, A. A.; Davis, S. H.; Voorhees, P. W.

    2008-10-01

    Consider the growth of a nanowire by a step-flow mechanism in the course of vapor-liquid-solid and vapor-solid-solid processes. The growth is initiated by the nucleation of a circular step at the nanowire-catalyst interface near the edge of the nanowire (the triple junction) and proceeds by the propagation toward the center by the Burton-Cabrera-Frank mechanism. Two cases are considered: (i) bulk transport, where the interfacial diffusion of adatoms and the step motion are coupled to the diffusion flux of atoms from the bulk of the catalyst particle, and (ii) surface transport, where atoms from the vapor phase are adsorbed at the surface of the catalyst particle and diffuse along the surface toward the triple line, whence they diffuse to the nanowire-catalyst interface. The attachment kinetics of adatoms at the step, the adsorption kinetics of atoms from the bulk phase, the exchange kinetics at the triple contact line, and the capillarity of the step are taken into account. In case (i) the problem is reduced to an integral equation for the diffusion flux of atoms from the bulk phase to the nanowire-catalyst interface. This equation is solved numerically, and the flux, interfacial concentration of adatoms, and the bulk concentration near the interface are determined. The step velocity is calculated as a function of the step radius and the kinetic parameters. As a result, the growth rate of a nanowire is computed as a function of its radius. In case (ii) analytical solutions for the surface and interfacial concentrations are obtained. In the absence of step capillarity, an analytical formula for the dependence of the nanowire growth rate on the nanowire radius is derived. It is shown in both cases (i) and (ii) that the nanowire growth rate decreases with increasing nanowire radius due to the decrease in the magnitude of the concentration gradients. However, in case (ii), in the limit of negligible desorption of adatoms into the gas phase, the nanowire growth rate is

  18. Influence Cr on Crystallization and the Phase Transformations of the Bronze BA1044

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    B. P. Pisarek

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available The investigations were introduced in the paper, method of thermal and derivative analysis (TDA, the process of crystallization and phase transformation in the solid state of the aluminium bronze CuA110Fe4Ni4 (BA1044 and with the addition 0.3% Cr. Two intermetallic phase were identified in the microstructure of the bronze BA1044: κFel - rich in Fe and Cu and κFe2 - rich in Fe, and in the microstructure of the bronze BA1044+0.3 % Cr only one phase κFel - rich in Fe, Cu and Cr. The presence of chrome in the bronze BA1044 reduce size the primary crystals of the phase β, reduces the dynamics of the processes of thermal phase transformation in the solid state and lengthens the time their of duration.

  19. Effect of microscale shear stresses on the martensitic phase transformation of nanocrystalline tetragonal zirconia powders

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    Skovgaard, Mette; Ahniyaz, Anwar; Sørensen, Bent F.

    2010-01-01

    For the first time, the effect of microscale shear stress induced by both mechanical compression and ball-milling on the phase stability of nanocrystalline tetragonal zirconia (t-ZrO2) powders was studied in water free, inert atmosphere. It was found that nanocrystalline t-ZrO2 powders are extrem......For the first time, the effect of microscale shear stress induced by both mechanical compression and ball-milling on the phase stability of nanocrystalline tetragonal zirconia (t-ZrO2) powders was studied in water free, inert atmosphere. It was found that nanocrystalline t-ZrO2 powders...... are extremely sensitive to both macroscopic uniaxial compressive strain and ball-milling induced shear stress and easily transform martensitically into the monoclinic phase. A linear relationship between applied compressive stress and the degree of tetragonal to monoclinic (t → m) phase transformation...... was observed. Ball-milling induced microscale stress has a similar effect on the t → m phase transformation. Furthermore, it was found that even very mild milling condition, such as 120 rpm, 1 h (0.5 mm balls) was enough to induce phase transformation. Surfactant assisted ball-milling was found to be very...

  20. Amelogenin Affects Brushite Crystal Morphology and Promotes Its Phase Transformation to Monetite

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    Ren, Dongni; Ruan, Qichao; Tao, Jinhui; Lo, Jonathan; Nutt, Steven; Moradian-Oldak, Janet

    2016-09-07

    Amelogenin protein is involved in organized apatite crystallization during enamel formation. Brushite (CaHPO4·2H2O), which is one of the precursors for hydroxyapatite in in vitro mineralization, has been used for fabrication of biomaterials for hard tissue repair. In order to explore its potential application in biomimetic material synthesis, we studied the influence of amelogenin on brushite morphology and phase transformation to monetite. Our results show that amelogenin can adsorb onto surface of brushite, leading to the formation of layered structures on the (010) face. Amelogenin promoted the phase transformation of brushite into monetite (CaHPO4) in the dry state, presumably by interacting with crystalline water layers in brushite unit cell. Changes to the crystal morphology by amelogenin continued even after the phase transformation to monetite forming an organized nanotextured structure of nano-sticks resembling the bundle structure in enamel.

  1. Investigation of stress induced phase transformation in TRIP-steel/Mg-PSZ composites using EBSD

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    Berek, Harry; Aneziris, Christos Georgios; Hasterok, Manuel [Technical University Mining Academy Freiberg, Institute for Ceramics, Glass and Construction Materials, Freiberg (Germany); Biermann, Horst; Wolf, Steffen; Krueger, Lutz [Technical University Mining Academy Freiberg, Institute for Materials Technology, Freiberg (Germany)

    2011-11-15

    Failure tolerant metal matrix composites (MMCs) can be created by combining ceramics with ductile metals. In the frame of the present work open cell foam structures were produced. They contain 95 vol% TRIP-steel (transformation induced plasticity) and 5 vol% zirconia. The goal was to show the effect of transformation toughening within the zirconia particles embedded in the steel matrix during compressive deformation. Deformation induced phase transformation could be shown by using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) in combination with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  2. Calcium carbonate phase transformations during the carbonation reaction of calcium heavy alkylbenzene sulfonate overbased nanodetergents preparation.

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    Chen, Zhaocong; Xiao, Shan; Chen, Feng; Chen, Dongzhong; Fang, Jianglin; Zhao, Min

    2011-07-01

    The preparation and application of overbased nanodetergents with excess alkaline calcium carbonate is a good example of nanotechnology in practice. The phase transformation of calcium carbonate is of extensive concern since CaCO(3) serves both as an important industrial filling material and as the most abundant biomineral in nature. Industrially valuable overbased nanodetergents have been prepared based on calcium salts of heavy alkylbenzene sulfonate by a one-step process under ambient pressure, the carbonation reaction has been monitored by the instantaneous temperature changes and total base number (TBN). A number of analytical techniques such as TGA, DLS, SLS, TEM, FTIR, and XRD have been utilized to explore the carbonation reaction process and phase transformation mechanism of calcium carbonate. An enhanced understanding on the phase transformation of calcium carbonate involved in calcium sulfonate nanodetergents has been achieved and it has been unambiguously demonstrated that amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) transforms into the vaterite polymorph rather than calcite, which would be of crucial importance for the preparation and quality control of lubricant additives and greases. Our results also show that a certain amount of residual Ca(OH)(2) prevents the phase transformation from ACC to crystalline polymorphs. Moreover, a vaterite nanodetergent has been prepared for the first time with low viscosity, high base number, and uniform particle size, nevertheless a notable improvement on its thermal stability is required for potential applications. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Stability of a laser cavity with non-parabolic phase transformation elements

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    Litvin, IA

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available aberration in high–power transversally pumped laser rods,” Opt. Commun. 259(1), 223–235 (2006). 14. A. G. Fox and T. Li, “Resonant Modes in a Maser Interferometer,” Bell Syst. Tech. J. 40, 453–488 (1961). 15. O. Svelto, Principles of Lasers, 3rd edition.... Consequently the intra-cavity implementation of any non-conventional phase transformation elements or taking into account the thermal lensing which in general has a non-parabolic phase transformation [13], leads to a solution of the complicated Fox...

  4. Phase-based motion magnification video for monitoring of vital signals using the Hermite transform

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    Brieva, Jorge; Moya-Albor, Ernesto

    2017-11-01

    In this paper we present a new Eulerian phase-based motion magnification technique using the Hermite Transform (HT) decomposition that is inspired in the Human Vision System (HVS). We test our method in one sequence of the breathing of a newborn baby and on a video sequence that shows the heartbeat on the wrist. We detect and magnify the heart pulse applying our technique. Our motion magnification approach is compared to the Laplacian phase based approach by means of quantitative metrics (based on the RMS error and the Fourier transform) to measure the quality of both reconstruction and magnification. In addition a noise robustness analysis is performed for the two methods.

  5. Metastable crystal growth of acetaminophen using solution-mediated phase transformation

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    Mori, Yoichiro; Maruyama, Mihoko; Takahashi, Yoshinori; Yoshikawa, Hiroshi Y.; Okada, Shino; Adachi, Hiroaki; Sugiyama, Shigeru; Takano, Kazufumi; Murakami, Satoshi; Matsumura, Hiroyoshi; Inoue, Tsuyoshi; Yoshimura, Masashi; Mori, Yusuke

    2017-01-01

    We report a new method of obtaining the metastable phase form II crystals of acetaminophen. Solution-mediated phase transformation (SMPT) from trihydrate into form II is utilized to obtain form II crystals. SMPT is triggered by seeding form II crystals into a saturated solution including trihydrate crystals, which are less stable than form II crystals. Form II seed crystals gradually grew at the expense of the dissolving trihydrate crystals, and finally, all the trihydrate crystals in solution were transformed into form II crystals in about 4 h. Thus, we conclude that SMPT is effective for the production of form II crystals.

  6. Phase Transformation of Adefovir Dipivoxil/Succinic Acid Cocrystals Regulated by Polymeric Additives

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    Sungyup Jung

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The polymorphic phase transformation in the cocrystallization of adefovir dipivoxil (AD and succinic acid (SUC was investigated. Inspired by biological and biomimetic crystallization, polymeric additives were utilized to control the phase transformation. With addition of poly(acrylic acid, the metastable phase newly identified through the analysis of X-ray diffraction was clearly isolated from the previously reported stable form. Without additives, mixed phases were obtained even at the early stage of cocrystallization. Also, infrared spectroscopy analysis verified the alteration of the hydrogen bonding that was mainly responsible for the cocrystal formation between AD and SUC. The hydrogen bonding in the metastable phase was relatively stronger than that in the stable form, which indicated the locally strong AD/SUC coupling in the initial stage of cocrystallization followed by the overall stabilization during the phase transformation. The stronger hydrogen bonding could be responsible for the faster nucleation of the initially observed metastable phase. The present study demonstrated that the polymeric additives could function as effective regulators for the polymorph-selective cocrystallization.

  7. Characteristics of the Phase-shifting Transformer Realized According to the "Polygon" Connection

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    Kalinin L.P.

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available The object of the study is a two-transformer phase-shifting device with a span of adjustment of the angle of phase shift . In order to determine the energy characteristics of the investigated device, it has been put the scope to study the regime's parameters, performing adjustment of the angle of phase shift. This was made possible due to the use of the thyristor key for 10 positions and the low of it’s switching. The model was developed for a series of computational experiments for the cases of: idle, short circuit and loaded regime. A comparative analysis of the technical characteristics of the studied device, with the phase-reversing transformers investigated earlier has been carried out. The novelty of the work consists in the development of a scheme of a two-transformer phase regulating device. The additional winding of the magnetizing transformer was connected on an opposite side to the winding of the phase-shifting transformer. It has been achieved a reduction in the value of the magnetic induction in the core, as well as an increase of the stability in the process of adjusting the angle of phase shift. The analysis of the obtained characteristics of the device made it possible, by comparison with the available variants of existing circuits, to conclude that the developed one was of increased technical efficiency. The proposed technical solution decreased the installed capacity of the equipment, which in turn lead to a reduction of the weight and size indices and, as a consequence, of its cost.

  8. Mutual transformation between crystalline phases in silicon after treatment in a planetary mill: HRTEM studies.

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    Kulnitskiy, Boris; Annenkov, Mikhail; Perezhogin, Igor; Popov, Mikhail; Ovsyannikov, Danila; Blank, Vladimir

    2016-10-01

    High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) studies of silicon after treatment in a planetary mill have been performed. It is shown that along with the initial phase of silicon, Si-I, the sample also contains some high-pressure phases: Si-III (Kasper phase) and Si-IV (lonsdaleite). We studied the orientation relationship between the particles of different phases, finding that there are, in general, two mechanisms of formation of Si-IV: (1) through the stacking faults formation; (2) through the transformation first to the Kasper phase (Si-III), and then from the Kasper phase to Si-IV. Estimations of temperature and pressure conditions in the planetary ball mill made previously are in accordance with the conditions of formation of the above-mentioned phases.

  9. Phase unwrapping in digital holography based on non-subsampled contourlet transform

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    Zhang, Xiaolei; Zhang, Xiangchao; Xu, Min; Zhang, Hao; Jiang, Xiangqian

    2018-01-01

    In the digital holographic measurement of complex surfaces, phase unwrapping is a critical step for accurate reconstruction. The phases of the complex amplitudes calculated from interferometric holograms are disturbed by speckle noise, thus reliable unwrapping results are difficult to be obtained. Most of existing unwrapping algorithms implement denoising operations first to obtain noise-free phases and then conduct phase unwrapping pixel by pixel. This approach is sensitive to spikes and prone to unreliable results in practice. In this paper, a robust unwrapping algorithm based on the non-subsampled contourlet transform (NSCT) is developed. The multiscale and directional decomposition of NSCT enhances the boundary between adjacent phase levels and henceforth the influence of local noise can be eliminated in the transform domain. The wrapped phase map is segmented into several regions corresponding to different phase levels. Finally, an unwrapped phase map is obtained by elevating the phases of a whole segment instead of individual pixels to avoid unwrapping errors caused by local spikes. This algorithm is suitable for dealing with complex and noisy wavefronts. Its universality and superiority in the digital holographic interferometry have been demonstrated by both numerical analysis and practical experiments.

  10. Statistical physics concepts for the explanation of effects observed in martensitic phase transformations

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    Oberaigner, Eduard Roman; Leindl, Mario

    2012-09-01

    Structural solid-to-solid transformations play a key role for the behaviour of several materials, e.g., shape memory alloys, steels, polymers and ceramics. A novel theoretical approach modelling martensitic phase transformation is demonstrated in the present study. The generally formulated model is based on the block-spin approach and on renormalization in statistical mechanics and is applied to a representative volume element (resp. representative mole element) which is assumed to be in a local thermodynamic equilibrium. The neighbouring representative volume elements are in a generally different thermodynamic equilibrium. This leads to fluxes between those elements. Using fundamental physical properties of a shape memory alloy (SMA) single crystal as input data the model predicts the order parameter ‘total strain’, the martensitic phase fraction and the stress-assisted transformation accompanied by pseudo-elasticity without the requirement of evolution equations for internal variables and assumptions on the mathematical structure of the classical free energy. In order to demonstrate the novel approach the first computations are carried out for a simple one-dimensional case, which can be generalized to the two- and three-dimensional case. Results for total strain and martensitic phase fraction are in good qualitative agreement with well known experimental data according to their macroscopic strain rearrangement when phase transformation occurs. Further a material softening effect during phase transformation in SMAs is predicted by the statistical physics approach. Formulas are presented for the relevant quantities such as volume fraction, total strain, transformation strain, rates of the volume fractions and of the strains.

  11. Voltage Management in Unbalanced Low Voltage Networks Using a Decoupled Phase-Tap-Changer Transformer

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    Coppo, Massimiliano; Turri, Roberto; Marinelli, Mattia; Han, Xue

    2014-01-01

    The paper studies a medium voltage-low voltage transformer with a decoupled on load tap changer capability on each phase. The overall objective is the evaluation of the potential benefits on a low voltage network of such possibility. A realistic Danish low voltage network is used for the analysis. The load profiles are characterized by using single phase measurement data on voltages, currents and active powers with a 10 minutes resolution. Different scenarios are considered: no tap action, th...

  12. Analytical electron microscope study of the omega phase transformation in a zirconium-niobium alloy

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    Zaluzec, N. J.

    1979-01-01

    The study of the as-quenched omega phase morphology shows that the domain size of Zr-15% Nb is on the order of 30 A. No alignment of omega domains along <222>..beta.. directions was observed and samples having undergone thermal cycling in thin foil form, did not develop a long-period structure of alternating ..beta.. and ..omega.. phases below the omega transformation temperature. (FS)

  13. Application of calorimetry in evaluation of phase transformations in the selected hypoeutectic silumins

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    J. Szymszal

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available The investigations of phase transformations described in this study were carried out on hypoeutectic alloys from the Al-Si during heating and cooling. The determination and analysis of characteristic temperature values from the solidification range was made by the DSC method in calorimetric investigations carried out on a high-temperature multi HTC Setaram scanning calorimeter. Applying the lever rule, the phase composition of the examined slumins was calculated and compared with the results of DSC calorimetry.

  14. Automatic Extraction of Ferromagnetic Particle from Non-homogeneous Solid-Solid Mixture

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    Farhad Ismail

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Separation of magnetic particles in sand processing is very important for many industrial purposes. This paper presents an automation process to separate the magnetic particles from a non-homogeneous solid-solid mixture (sea sand. Here a magnetic force is created by changing the electric field and thus the particles are separated from the mixture of sand automatically. Here such a simple and cost effective design is prsented which can automatically take the the mixture as input and give the refined and separated product as output continuously. ABSTRAK : Pengasingan zarah-zarah bermagnet dalam pemprosesan pasir penting untuk pelbagai tujuan industri. Kertas ini membentangkan proses pengautomatikan untuk mengasingkan butir-butir bermagnet dari pepejal tak homogen - campuran pepejal (pasir pantai. Di sini, daya magnet dihasilkan dengan menukarkan medan elektrik dan seterusnya butir-butir ini terasing daripada campuran pasir dengan sendirinya. Kaedah yang mudah dan rekaan keberkesanan kos ini secara langsung mengambil campuran tersebut sebagai input dan memberikan hasil bertapis dan terpisah sebagai output dengan berterusan.

  15. Effect of toughened epoxy resin on partial discharge at solid-solid interface

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    Li, Manping; Wu, Kai; Zhang, Zhao; Cheng, Yonghong

    2017-02-01

    A series of solid-solid interfaces, consisting of ceramic-epoxy resin interface samples with a tip-plate electrode, were investigated by performing partial discharge tests and real-time electrical tree observations. A toughening agent was added to the epoxy resin at different ratios for comparison. The impact strength, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dielectric properties of the cured compositions and ceramic were tested. The electric field strength at the tip was calculated based on Maxwell’s theory. The test results show that the addition of a toughener can improve the impact strength of epoxy resin but it decreases the partial discharge inception voltage (PDIV) of the interface sample. At the same time, toughening leads to complex branches of the electrical tree. The simulation result suggests that this reduction of the PDIV cannot be explained by a change of permittivity due to the addition of a toughening agent. The microstructural change caused by toughening was considered to be the key factor for lower PDIV and complex electrical tree branches. Supported by China Academy of Engineering Physics (Project 2014B05005).

  16. Step-flow kinetics model for the vapor-solid-solid Si nanowires growth.

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    Cui, H; Lü, Y Y; Yang, G W; Chen, Y M; Wang, C X

    2015-05-13

    Vapor-solid-solid (VSS) process has recently received continued attention as an alternative to grow Si nanowire. In comparison with common vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth with liquid catalyst, VSS growth can prevent the catalyst species from incorporating into nanowires with deep-level impurity, and achieve the compositionally abrupt interfaces by restraining the so-called "reservoir effect". However, despite the huge advances in experimental observations with in situ electron microscopy, VSS growth still remains much less understood in theory. Here, we developed a general mass-transport-limited kinetic model to describe the VSS growth process of Si nanowires by considering three surface diffusion processes and a slow interface diffusion process, where the former determines the atoms supplies way, while the latter dominates the growth of nanowires. The present model is not only well consistent with the available experimental data of Si nanowire, but also gives a clear physical image for the successive side-to-side ledge flow VSS growth.

  17. Real-time atomistic observation of structural phase transformations in individual hafnia nanorods.

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    Hudak, Bethany M; Depner, Sean W; Waetzig, Gregory R; Talapatra, Anjana; Arroyave, Raymundo; Banerjee, Sarbajit; Guiton, Beth S

    2017-05-12

    High-temperature phases of hafnium dioxide have exceptionally high dielectric constants and large bandgaps, but quenching them to room temperature remains a challenge. Scaling the bulk form to nanocrystals, while successful in stabilizing the tetragonal phase of isomorphous ZrO2, has produced nanorods with a twinned version of the room temperature monoclinic phase in HfO2. Here we use in situ heating in a scanning transmission electron microscope to observe the transformation of an HfO2 nanorod from monoclinic to tetragonal, with a transformation temperature suppressed by over 1000°C from bulk. When the nanorod is annealed, we observe with atomic-scale resolution the transformation from twinned-monoclinic to tetragonal, starting at a twin boundary and propagating via coherent transformation dislocation; the nanorod is reduced to hafnium on cooling. Unlike the bulk displacive transition, nanoscale size-confinement enables us to manipulate the transformation mechanism, and we observe discrete nucleation events and sigmoidal nucleation and growth kinetics.

  18. Real-time atomistic observation of structural phase transformations in individual hafnia nanorods

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    Hudak, Bethany M.; Depner, Sean W.; Waetzig, Gregory R.; Talapatra, Anjana; Arroyave, Raymundo; Banerjee, Sarbajit; Guiton, Beth S.

    2017-05-01

    High-temperature phases of hafnium dioxide have exceptionally high dielectric constants and large bandgaps, but quenching them to room temperature remains a challenge. Scaling the bulk form to nanocrystals, while successful in stabilizing the tetragonal phase of isomorphous ZrO2, has produced nanorods with a twinned version of the room temperature monoclinic phase in HfO2. Here we use in situ heating in a scanning transmission electron microscope to observe the transformation of an HfO2 nanorod from monoclinic to tetragonal, with a transformation temperature suppressed by over 1000°C from bulk. When the nanorod is annealed, we observe with atomic-scale resolution the transformation from twinned-monoclinic to tetragonal, starting at a twin boundary and propagating via coherent transformation dislocation; the nanorod is reduced to hafnium on cooling. Unlike the bulk displacive transition, nanoscale size-confinement enables us to manipulate the transformation mechanism, and we observe discrete nucleation events and sigmoidal nucleation and growth kinetics.

  19. Thermodynamic and kinetics models of hydrogen absorption bound to phase transformations; Modelisation thermodynamique et cinetiques d'absorption d'hydrogene associees aux transformations de phase

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    Gondor, G.; Lexcellent, Ch. [Institut FEMTO-ST, Lab. de Mecanique Appliquee R. Chaleat (LMARC), 25 - Besancon (France)

    2007-07-01

    In order to design hydrogen gaseous pressure tanks, the absorption (desorption) of hydrogen has to be described and modelled. The equilibrium state can be described by the 'H{sub 2} gas pressure - H{sub 2} composition in the intermetallic compounds - isotherms' (PCI) curves. Several models of PCI curves already exist. At the beginning of the absorption, the hydrogen atoms and the intermetallic compounds form a solid solution ({alpha} phase). When the hydrogen concentration increases, a phase transformation appears changing the {alpha} solid solution into an hydride ({beta} phase) (solid solution + H{sub 2} {r_reversible} hydride). When all the solid solution has been transformed into hydride, the absorbed hydrogen atoms are in {beta} phase. A new thermodynamic model has been developed in order to take into account this transition phase. The equilibrium state is then given by a relation between the H{sub 2} gas pressure and the H{sub 2} concentration in the intermetallic compound for a fixed external temperature. Two kinetics models have been developed too; at first has been considered that the kinetics depend only of the entire concentration in the intermetallic compound and of the difference between the applied pressure and the equilibrium pressure. Then, has been considered that the hydrogen concentration changes in the metallic matrix. In this last case, for each hydrogenation process, the absorption velocity is calculated to determine the slowest local process which regulates the local evolution of the hydrogen concentration. These two models are based on the preceding thermodynamic model of the PCI curves. (O.M.)

  20. Textural evolution and phase transformation in titania membranes: Part 2. Supported membranes

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    Kumar, K.N.P.; Kumar, Krishnankutty-Nair P.; Keizer, Klaas; Burggraaf, Anthonie; Burggraaf, Anthonie J.; Okubo, Tatsuya; Nagamoto, Hidetoshi

    1993-01-01

    Nanostructural evolution and phase transformation in supported and unsupported titania membranes have been studied using Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Densification of unsupported membranes started at ca. 450 °C and reached more

  1. In-Situ Analysis of Phase Transformations in a Supermartensitic Stainless Steel : A magnetic approach

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    Bojack, A.

    2018-01-01

    This thesis studies in-situ the phase transformations during heat treatment of two advanced steels: a supermartensitic stainless steels (SMSS), on which the main focus of this work is, and Fe-C-Mn-Si steels. A magnetic technique, based on the analysis of saturation magnetization, is utilized as the

  2. Surface modification-induced phase transformation of hexagonal close-packed gold square sheets

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    Fan, Zhanxi

    2015-03-13

    Conventionally, the phase transformation of inorganic nanocrystals is realized under extreme conditions (for example, high temperature or high pressure). Here we report the complete phase transformation of Au square sheets (AuSSs) from hexagonal close-packed (hcp) to face-centered cubic (fcc) structures at ambient conditions via surface ligand exchange, resulting in the formation of (100)f-oriented fcc AuSSs. Importantly, the phase transformation can also be realized through the coating of a thin metal film (for example, Ag) on hcp AuSSs. Depending on the surfactants used during the metal coating process, two transformation pathways are observed, leading to the formation of (100)f-oriented fcc Au@Ag core-shell square sheets and (110)h/(101)f-oriented hcp/fcc mixed Au@Ag nanosheets. Furthermore, monochromated electron energy loss spectroscopy reveals the strong surface plasmon resonance absorption of fcc AuSS and Au@Ag square sheet in the infrared region. Our findings may offer a new route for the crystal-phase and shape-controlled synthesis of inorganic nanocrystals. © 2015 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

  3. Liquid phase sintered SiC. Processing and transformation controlled microstructure tailoring

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    V.A. Izhevskyi

    2000-10-01

    Full Text Available Microstructure development and phase formation processes during sintering of silicon carbide based materials with AlN-Y2O3, AlN-Yb2O3, and AlN-La2O3 sintering additives were investigated. Densification of the materials occurred by liquid-phase sintering mechanism. Proportion of alpha- and beta-SiC powders in the initial mixtures was a variable parameter, while the molar ratio of AlN/RE2O3, and the total amount of additives (10 vol. % were kept constant. Shrinkage behavior during sintering in interrelation with the starting composition of the material and the sintering atmosphere was investigated by high temperature dilatometry. Kinetics of b-SiC to a-SiC phase transformation during post-sintering heat treatment at temperatures 1900-1950 °C was studied, the degree of phase transformation being determined by quantitative x-ray analysis using internal standard technique. Evolution of microstructure resulting from beta-SiC to alpha-SiC transformation was followed up by scanning electron microscopy on polished and chemically etched samples. Transformation-controlled grain growth mechanism similar to the one observed for silicon nitride based ceramics was established. Possibility of in-situ platelet reinforced dense SiC-based ceramics fabrication with improved mechanical properties by means of sintering was shown.

  4. Studies of Phase Transformation in Molecular Crystals Using the Positron Annihilation Technique

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    Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Lightbody, David; Sherwood, John N.

    1980-01-01

    An examination has been made of the brittle/plastic phase transformation in the molecular crystals cyclohexane, DL-camphene and succinonitrile using the positron annihilation technique. In each material, the transition is characterized by a distinct increase in ortho-positronium lifetime. The inf...

  5. Visualizing solvent mediated phase transformation behavior of carbamazepine polymorphs by principal component analysis

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    Tian, Fang; Rades, Thomas; Sandler, Niklas

    2008-01-01

    structures that often underlie large data sets are explored. Different CBZ polymorphs were dispersed separately in aqueous solution, and then recovered and measured by FT-Raman spectroscopy. PCA was employed for visualizing the dynamics of the phase transformation from each CBZ polymorph to the dihydrate (DH......). As a comparison to PCA visualization, the transformation process of each CBZ polymorph was quantified using PLS modeling. The results demonstrated that PCA has advantages in presenting the original data in terms of the differences and similarities, and also directly identify the statistical patterns in the data...... even when the data set is large. These advantages provided greater insight into the measured Raman spectra as well as the phase transformation process of CBZ polymorphs to the DH in aqueous environment....

  6. Optimum phase shift in the self-oscillating loop for piezoelectric transformer-based power converters

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    Ekhtiari, Marzieh; Zsurzsan, Tiberiu-Gabriel; Andersen, Michael A. E.

    2017-01-01

    A new method is implemented in designing of self-oscillating loop for driving piezoelectric transformers. The implemented method is based on combining both analog and digital control systems. Digitally controlled time delay through the self-oscillating loop results in very precise frequency control...... and ensures optimum operation of the piezoelectric transformer in terms of gain and efficiency. Time delay is implemented digitally for the first time through a 16 bit digital-to-analog converter in the self-oscillating loop. The new design of the delay circuit provides 45 ps time resolution, enabling fine......-grained control of phase in the self-oscillating loop. This allows the control loop to dynamically follow frequency changes of the transformer in each resonant cycle. Ultimately, by selecting the optimum phase shift, maximum efficiency under the load and temperature condition is achievable....

  7. Kinetic study of phase transformation of n-octane using hydrothermal diamond anvil cell

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    Liu, Chuanjiang; Zheng, Haifei; Wang, Duojun

    2016-02-01

    A kinetic study of phase transformation of n-octane has been performed using a hydrothermal diamond anvil cell. The results show that pressure has a negative effect on the solid-liquid reaction rate. The increase of pressure can accelerate the liquid-solid transformation rate. Upon the liquid-solid transformation, the light transmittance showed a decreased trend with time in the early stage, which was caused by the formation of a large quantity of crystal nuclei. In the later stage, the light transmittance almost remained the same, thus indicating a growth stage of crystal nuclei. The activation volume yields a value of 2.16×10-5 and -1.35×10-5 m3/mol for the solid-liquid and liquid-solid transformations. Based on the obtained activation energy, the solid-liquid transformation is dominated by the interfacial reaction and diffusion, and the liquid-solid transformation is controlled by diffusion. This technique is an effective and powerful tool for the transformation kinetics study of n-octane.

  8. Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Nanoindentation-induced Mechanical Deformation and Phase Transformation in Monocrystalline Silicon

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    Jian Sheng-Rui

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available AbstractThis work presents the molecular dynamics approach toward mechanical deformation and phase transformation mechanisms of monocrystalline Si(100 subjected to nanoindentation. We demonstrate phase distributions during loading and unloading stages of both spherical and Berkovich nanoindentations. By searching the presence of the fifth neighboring atom within a non-bonding length, Si-III and Si-XII have been successfully distinguished from Si-I. Crystallinity of this mixed-phase was further identified by radial distribution functions.

  9. Fractional Fourier transform-based optical encryption with treble random phase-encoding

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    Xin, Yi; Tao, Ran; Wang, Yue

    2008-03-01

    We propose a new architecture of optical encryption technique using the fractional Fourier transform with three statistically independent random phase masks. Compared with the existing double-phase encoding method in the fractional Fourier-domain, the proposed extra phase mask in the last fractional Fourier domain makes the architecture symmetrical, and additive processing to the encrypted image can be turned into complex stationary white noise after decryption, and enlarge the key space without any degradation of its robustness to blind decryption. This property can be utilized to improve the quality of the recover image. Simulation results have verified the validity.

  10. Note: An improved calibration system with phase correction for electronic transformers with digital output.

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    Cheng, Han-miao; Li, Hong-bin

    2015-08-01

    The existing electronic transformer calibration systems employing data acquisition cards cannot satisfy some practical applications, because the calibration systems have phase measurement errors when they work in the mode of receiving external synchronization signals. This paper proposes an improved calibration system scheme with phase correction to improve the phase measurement accuracy. We employ NI PCI-4474 to design a calibration system, and the system has the potential to receive external synchronization signals and reach extremely high accuracy classes. Accuracy verification has been carried out in the China Electric Power Research Institute, and results demonstrate that the system surpasses the accuracy class 0.05. Furthermore, this system has been used to test the harmonics measurement accuracy of all-fiber optical current transformers. In the same process, we have used an existing calibration system, and a comparison of the test results is presented. The system after improvement is suitable for the intended applications.

  11. Numerical modelling of tools steel hardening. A thermal phenomena and phase transformations

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    T. Domański

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper the model hardening of tool steel takes into considerations of thermal phenomena and phase transformations in the solid state are presented. In the modelling of thermal phenomena the heat equations transfer has been solved by Finite Elements Method. The graph of continuous heating (CHT and continuous cooling (CCT considered steel are used in the model of phase transformations. Phase altered fractions during the continuous heating austenite and continuous cooling pearlite or bainite are marked in the model by formula Johnson-Mehl and Avrami. For rate of heating >100 K/s the modified equation Koistinen and Marburger is used. Modified equation Koistinen and Marburger identify the forming fraction of martensite.

  12. Wavelet filtered shifted phase-encoded joint transform correlation for face recognition

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    Moniruzzaman, Md.; Alam, Mohammad S.

    2017-05-01

    A new wavelet-filtered-based Shifted- phase-encoded Joint Transform Correlation (WPJTC) technique has been proposed for efficient face recognition. The proposed technique uses discrete wavelet decomposition for preprocessing and can effectively accommodate various 3D facial distortions, effects of noise, and illumination variations. After analyzing different forms of wavelet basis functions, an optimal method has been proposed by considering the discrimination capability and processing speed as performance trade-offs. The proposed technique yields better correlation discrimination compared to alternate pattern recognition techniques such as phase-shifted phase-encoded fringe-adjusted joint transform correlator. The performance of the proposed WPJTC has been tested using the Yale facial database and extended Yale facial database under different environments such as illumination variation, noise, and 3D changes in facial expressions. Test results show that the proposed WPJTC yields better performance compared to alternate JTC based face recognition techniques.

  13. Effect of Niobium on Phase Transformations, Mechanical Properties and Corrosion of Supermartensitic Stainless Steel

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    de Oliveira, Mariana Perez; Calderón-Hernández, José Wilmar; Magnabosco, Rodrigo; Hincapie-Ladino, Duberney; Alonso-Falleiros, Neusa

    2017-04-01

    The influence of niobium addition in a supermartensitic stainless steel with 13Cr-5Ni-2Mo has been studied. The steel with Nb tempered at 600 °C for 2 h showed improved mechanical resistance properties and lower degree of sensitization, without compromising elongation and pitting corrosion resistance, when compared to the reference steel. In order to understand the Nb effect in such steel, mainly regarding phase transformation, different tempering time intervals have been studied. The better performance of the SM2MoNb is attributed to the hindering effect that Nb has in the kinetics of the phase transformations during tempering, delaying the precipitation start and coarsening stages of the present phases.

  14. Improving the efficiency of molecular replacement by utilizing a new iterative transform phasing algorithm

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    He, Hongxing; Fang, Hengrui [Department of Physics and Texas Center for Superconductivity, University of Houston, Houston, Texas 77204 (United States); Miller, Mitchell D. [Department of BioSciences, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005 (United States); Phillips, George N. Jr [Department of BioSciences, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005 (United States); Department of Chemistry, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005 (United States); Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (United States); Su, Wu-Pei, E-mail: wpsu@uh.edu [Department of Physics and Texas Center for Superconductivity, University of Houston, Houston, Texas 77204 (United States)

    2016-07-15

    An iterative transform algorithm is proposed to improve the conventional molecular-replacement method for solving the phase problem in X-ray crystallography. Several examples of successful trial calculations carried out with real diffraction data are presented. An iterative transform method proposed previously for direct phasing of high-solvent-content protein crystals is employed for enhancing the molecular-replacement (MR) algorithm in protein crystallography. Target structures that are resistant to conventional MR due to insufficient similarity between the template and target structures might be tractable with this modified phasing method. Trial calculations involving three different structures are described to test and illustrate the methodology. The relationship of the approach to PHENIX Phaser-MR and MR-Rosetta is discussed.

  15. THERMODYNAMICS AND KINETICS OF PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS IN PLUTONIUM ALLOYS - PART I

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    Turchi, P A; Kaufman, L; Liu, Z; Zhou, S

    2004-08-18

    In this report we investigate order, stability, and phase transformations for a series of actinide-based alloys. The statics and kinetics of precipitation and ordering in this class of alloys are modeled with a scheme that couples fundamental information on the alloy energetics obtained from experimental and assessed thermo-chemical data to the CALPHAD approach commonly used in industry for designing alloys with engineering specificity with the help of the Thermo-Calc software application. The CALPHAD approach is applied to the study of the equilibrium thermodynamic properties of Pu-based alloys, Pu-X, where X=Al, Fe, Ga. The assessment of the equilibrium phase diagrams in the whole range of alloy composition has been performed with the PARROT module of the Thermo-Calc application software. Predictions are made on the low temperature and Pu-rich side of the phase diagrams of Pu-Ga and Pu-Al for which controversy has been noted in the past. The validity of the assessed thermo-chemical database will be discussed by comparing predicted heats of transformation for pure Pu with measured values from differential scanning calorimetry analysis. An overall picture for the stability properties of Pu-Ga and Pu-Al that reconciles the results of past studies carried out on these alloys is proposed. Results on phase stability in the ternary Fe-Ga-Pu and Al-Fe-Pu alloys are discussed. The information collected in this study is then used to model metastability, long-term stability and aging for this class of alloys by coupling Thermo-Calc with DICTRA, a series of modules that allow the analysis of DIffusion Controlled TRAnsformations. Kinetics information is then summarized in so-called TTT (temperature-time-transformations) diagrams for the most relevant phases of actinide alloys. Specifically, results are presented on kinetics of phase transformations associated with the eutectoid-phase decomposition reaction occurring at low temperature, and with the martensitic transformation

  16. Towards the ab initio based theory of phase transformations in iron and steel

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    Razumov, I. K.; Gornostyrev, Yu. N.; Katsnelson, M. I.

    2017-04-01

    Despite of the appearance of numerous new materials, the iron based alloys and steels continue to play an essential role in modern technology. The properties of a steel are determined by its structural state (ferrite, cementite, pearlite, bainite, martensite, and their combination) that is formed under thermal treatment as a result of the shear lattice reconstruction γ (fcc) → α (bcc) and carbon diffusion redistribution. We present a review on a recent progress in the development of a quantitative theory of the phase transformations and microstructure formation in steel that is based on an ab initio parameterization of the Ginzburg-Landau free energy functional. The results of computer modeling describe the regular change of transformation scenario under cooling from ferritic (nucleation and diffusion-controlled growth of the α phase) to martensitic (the shear lattice instability γ → α). It has been shown that the increase in short-range magnetic order with decreasing the temperature plays a key role in the change of transformation scenarios. Phase-field modeling in the framework of a discussed approach demonstrates the typical transformation patterns.

  17. Phase transformation and subsurface damage in 3Y-TZP after sandblasting.

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    Chintapalli, Ravi Kiran; Marro, Fernando Garcia; Jimenez-Pique, Emilio; Anglada, Marc

    2013-05-01

    The goal of this work is to investigate t-m phase transformation, and subsurface damage in 3Y-TZP after sandblasting. Commercial grade 3Y-TZP powder was conventionally sintered and fully dense specimens were obtained. Specimens were sandblasted using different particle sizes (110 and 250μm) and pressures (2 and 4bar) for 10s. Phase transformation was measured on the surface and in the cross-section using X-ray diffraction and micro Raman spectroscopy, respectively. Subsurface damage was investigated on cross-sections using SEM and in shallow cross-sections machined by focused ion beam. Sandblasting induced monoclinic volume fraction is in the range of 12-15% on the surface. In the cross-section, a non-homogeneous phase transformation gradient is found up to the depth of 12±1μm. The subsurface damage observed was plastic deformation in grains with the presence of martensite plates, and this effect is found to be larger in specimens sandblasted with large particles. The extent of subsurface tetragonal-monoclinic transformation and damage induced by sandblasting are reported for different sandblasting conditions. This knowledge is critical in order to understand the effect of sandblasting on mechanical properties of zirconia used to fabricate dental crowns and frameworks. Copyright © 2013 Academy of Dental Materials. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Phase transformation in thiamine hydrochloride tablets: Influence on tablet microstructure, physical properties, and performance.

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    Chakravarty, Paroma; Suryanarayanan, Raj; Govindarajan, Ramprakash

    2012-04-01

    The objective of this article was to monitor phase transformation in thiamine hydrochloride, from a nonstoichiometric hydrate (NSH) to a hemihydrate (HH), in stored tablets, prepared both by direct compression and wet granulation, and to relate the storage-induced phase transformation with changes in tablet microstructure, physical properties, and performance. Raman spectroscopy revealed complete NSH → HH transformation in tablets, within 30 h of storage at 40°C/75% relative humidity. When the tablets were prepared by wet granulation of NSH alone, there was a marked increase in both tablet volume and hardness on storage. However, when microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) was included in granulation, the resulting stored tablets also exhibited a pronounced increase in disintegration time. In contrast, tablets prepared by dry processing via compression of a NSH-MCC physical mixture did not exhibit any changes in properties, despite the in situ solid form conversion. Scanning electron microscopy revealed growth of needle-like HH crystals in all stored tablets and mercury porosimetry revealed considerable changes in the pore size distribution during storage. Longer storage led to crystal growth (Ostwald ripening), causing further gradual but less dramatic changes in properties. The phase transformation and the complex interparticulate associations in the tablet influenced the changes in tablet microstructure, compact physical properties, and product behavior. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Parametric study on vapor-solid-solid growth mechanism of multiwalled carbon nanotubes

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    Shukrullah, S., E-mail: zshukrullah@gmail.com [Center of Innovative Nanostructures and Nanodevices, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, 32610, Bandar Seri Iskandar, Perak (Malaysia); Mohamed, N.M. [Center of Innovative Nanostructures and Nanodevices, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, 32610, Bandar Seri Iskandar, Perak (Malaysia); Shaharun, M.S. [Department of Fundamental and Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, 32610, Bandar Seri Iskandar, Perak (Malaysia); Naz, M.Y. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, 32610, Bandar Seri Iskandar, Perak (Malaysia)

    2016-06-15

    This study aimed at investigating the effect of the fluidized bed chemical vapor deposition (FBCVD) process parameters on growth mechanism, morphology and purity of the multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). Nanotubes were produced in a vertical FBCVD reactor by catalytic decomposition of ethylene over Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} supported nano-iron catalyst buds at different flow rates. FESEM, TEM, Raman spectroscopy and TGA thermograms were used to elaborate the growth parameters of the as grown MWCNTs. As the growth process was driven by the process temperatures well below the iron-carbon eutectic temperature (1147 °C), the appearance of graphite platelets from the crystallographic faces of the catalyst particles suggested a solid form of the catalyst during CNT nucleation. A vapor-solid-solid (VSS) growth mechanism was predicted for nucleation of MWCNTs with very low activation energy. The nanotubes grown at optimized temperature and ethylene flow rate posed high graphitic symmetry, purity, narrow diameter distribution and shorter inter-layer spacing. In Raman and TGA analyses, small I{sub D}/I{sub G} ratio and residual mass revealed negligible ratios of structural defects and amorphous carbon in the product. However, several structural defects and impurity elements were spotted in the nanotubes grown under unoptimized process parameters. - Graphical abstract: Arrhenius plot of relatively pure MWCNTs grown over Al2O3 supported nano-iron buds. - Highlights: • Vapor–solid–solid growth mechanism of MWCNTs was studied in a vertical FBCVD reactor. • MWCNTs were grown over Al2O3 supported nano-iron buds at very low activation energy. • FBCVD reactor was operated at temperatures well below the iron-carbon eutectic point. • Ideally graphitized structures were obtained at a process temperature of 800 °C. • Tube diameter revealed a narrow distribution of 20–25 nm at the optimum temperature.

  20. TRANSFORMATION

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    LACKS,S.A.

    2003-10-09

    Transformation, which alters the genetic makeup of an individual, is a concept that intrigues the human imagination. In Streptococcus pneumoniae such transformation was first demonstrated. Perhaps our fascination with genetics derived from our ancestors observing their own progeny, with its retention and assortment of parental traits, but such interest must have been accelerated after the dawn of agriculture. It was in pea plants that Gregor Mendel in the late 1800s examined inherited traits and found them to be determined by physical elements, or genes, passed from parents to progeny. In our day, the material basis of these genetic determinants was revealed to be DNA by the lowly bacteria, in particular, the pneumococcus. For this species, transformation by free DNA is a sexual process that enables cells to sport new combinations of genes and traits. Genetic transformation of the type found in S. pneumoniae occurs naturally in many species of bacteria (70), but, initially only a few other transformable species were found, namely, Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitides, Neisseria gonorrheae, and Bacillus subtilis (96). Natural transformation, which requires a set of genes evolved for the purpose, contrasts with artificial transformation, which is accomplished by shocking cells either electrically, as in electroporation, or by ionic and temperature shifts. Although such artificial treatments can introduce very small amounts of DNA into virtually any type of cell, the amounts introduced by natural transformation are a million-fold greater, and S. pneumoniae can take up as much as 10% of its cellular DNA content (40).

  1. The Temperature Measurement in a Three-Phase Power Transformer under Different Conditions

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    K. Karakoulidis

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Infrared thermography is a powerful non contact method with the ability to fast inspection of abnormal situations in many electrical systems and equipments. With the aim of a high resolution thermal camera a laboratory power transformer was checked under different scenarios. These scenarios include thermal measurements for 58%, 87% and 116% of rated load conditions, problems in primary or secondary phases and an asymmetric charge. The thermograpic system illustrate fast and reliable the changes in the windings of the power transformer.

  2. Pressure-induced structural transformations of the Zintl phase sodium silicide

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    Cabrera, Raúl Quesada; Salamat, Ashkan; Barkalov, Oleg I.; Leynaud, Olivier; Hutchins, Peter; Daisenberger, Dominik; Machon, Denis; Sella, Andrea; Lewis, Dewi W.; McMillan, Paul F.

    2009-09-01

    The high-pressure behaviour of NaSi has been studied using Raman spectroscopy and angle-dispersive synchrotron X-ray diffraction to observe the onset of structural phase transformations and potential oligomerisation into anionic Si nanoclusters with extended dimensionality. Our studies reveal a first structural transformation occurring at 8-10 GPa, followed by irreversible amorphisation above 15 GPa, suggesting the formation of Si-Si bonds with oxidation of the Si - species and reduction of Na + to metallic sodium. We have combined our experimental studies with DFT calculations to assist in the analysis of the structural behaviour of NaSi at high pressure.

  3. 4D porosity evolution during solid-solid replacement reaction in mineral system (KBr, KCl)

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    Beaudoin, Nicolas; Hamilton, Andrea; Koehn, Daniel; Shipton, Zoe

    2017-04-01

    An extensive understanding of the controlling mechanisms of phase transformation is key in geosciences to better predicting the evolution of the physical parameters of rocks (porosity, permeability, and rheology) from centimetre-scale (e.g. fingering in siltstones) to kilometer-scale (e.g. Dolostone geobodies), in both the diagenetic and metamorphic domains. This contribution reports the 4D monitoring of a KBr crystal at different time steps during an experimental, fluid-mediated replacement reaction with KCl. Volumes are reconstructed based on density contrast using non-destructive X-ray Computed Tomography (XCT) at a resolution of 3 microns. A sample of KBr was immersed in a static bath of saturated KCl at room temperature and pressure. 5 scans were performed during the reaction at 5, 10, 20, 35 and 55 minutes, until 50% of the original crystal was replaced. As a control experiment, two samples reacted continuously for 15 and 55 minutes, respectively. Each 3D dataset was reconstructed to visualize and quantify the different mineral phases, the porosity distribution and connectivity, along with the reaction front morphology. In the case of successive baths, results show that the front morphology evolves from rough with small fingers to flat and thick during the reaction, suggesting a switch between advection and diffusion controlled reactant distribution through time. This switch is also reflected in the mass evolution and the rate of propagation of the replaced zone, being rapid in the first 20 minutes before reaching steady state. The porosity develops perpendicular to the crystal wall, suggesting a self-organization process governed by advection, before connecting laterally. While the reaction changes from advection controlled to diffusion controlled, the direction of the connected pores becomes parallel to the crystal walls. This phenomenon is not observed when the crystal is reacting discontinuously for 55 minutes. In the latter case, self

  4. Correlation between Thermal Treatment and Phase Transformation in Nanocrystalline Stabilized Zirconia

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    Tajudeen Oladele AHMED

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Stabilized zirconia produced via wet chemistry has chemically higher uniformity and purity. However, the grain size, particle shape, agglomerate size and specific surface area can be modified within certain degree by controlling the precipitation and sintering conditions. Generally, any physical or chemical difference between phases or effect occurring on the appearance or disappearance of a phase can be determined via thermal analysis and X-ray Diffractometry coupled with electron microscopy. In the last few decades, these materials have received tremendous attention globally in the field of defect solid-state devices. However, the challenge in this field of research has been to study thermal behaviour of these electrolytes during phase transformations and develop improved electrolytes with low activation temperature in the range of 600°C-800°C. In this paper, we report the wet chemistry of bismuth oxide stabilized zirconia having high experimental yield and low transformation temperature. Thus, the phase transformation from amorphous Zirconia to monoclinic is reported to begin above 600oC to an optimum temperature of 700oC. After calcination at 800oC for 4h, the powder have narrow particle size distribution in the range of 63-101µm. The average crystallite sizes of the synthesized powders range from 8-33nm.

  5. Influence of Dynamic Compression on Phase Transformation of Martensitic NiTi Shape Memory Alloys

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    Qiu, Ying; Young, Marcus L.; Nie, Xu

    2015-10-01

    Shape memory alloys (SMAs) exhibit high damping capacity in both austenitic and martensitic phases, due to either a stress-induced martensite phase transformation or a stress-induced martensite variant reorientation, making them ideal candidates for vibration suppression devices to protect structural components from damage due to external forces. In this study, both quasi-static and dynamic compression was conducted on a martensitic NiTi SMA using a mechanical loading frame and on a Kolsky compression bar, respectively, to examine the relationship between microstructure and phase transformation characteristics of martensitic NiTi SMAs. Both endothermic and exothermic peaks disappear completely after experiencing deformation at a strain rate of 103 s-1 and to a strain of about 10 pct. The phase transformation peaks reappear after the deformed specimens were annealed at 873 K (600 °C) for 30 minutes. As compared to samples from quasi-static loading, where a large amount of twinning is observed with a small amount of grain distortion and fracture, samples from dynamic loading show much less twinning with a larger amount of grain distortion and fracture.

  6. Modularized Three-Phase Semiconductor Transformer with Bidirectional Power Flow for Medium Voltage Application

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    Do-Hyun Kim

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a prototype of modularized three-phase semiconductor transformer that was developed in the lab for feasibility study. The developed prototype is composed of three units of single-phase semiconductor transformer coupled in Y-connection. Each single-phase unit has multiple units of high-voltage high-frequency resonant AC–DC converter, a low-voltage hybrid-switching DC–DC converter, and a low-voltage hybrid-switching DC–AC inverter. Also, each single-phase unit has two digital signal processor (DSP boards to control converter operation and to acquire monitoring data. The monitoring system was developed based on LabView by using controller area network (CAN communication between the DSP board and the personal computer (PC. Through diverse experimental analyses it was verified that the prototype operates with proper performance under normal and sag conditions. The developed prototype confirms the possibility of fabricating a commercial high-voltage high-power semiconductor transformer by increasing the number of series-connected converter modules in high-voltage side and improving the system efficiency with a new switching device such as an SiC device.

  7. Cryptosystem for Securing Image Encryption Using Structured Phase Masks in Fresnel Wavelet Transform Domain

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    Singh, Hukum

    2016-12-01

    A cryptosystem for securing image encryption is considered by using double random phase encoding in Fresnel wavelet transform (FWT) domain. Random phase masks (RPMs) and structured phase masks (SPMs) based on devil's vortex toroidal lens (DVTL) are used in spatial as well as in Fourier planes. The images to be encrypted are first Fresnel transformed and then single-level discrete wavelet transform (DWT) is apply to decompose LL,HL, LH and HH matrices. The resulting matrices from the DWT are multiplied by additional RPMs and the resultants are subjected to inverse DWT for the encrypted images. The scheme is more secure because of many parameters used in the construction of SPM. The original images are recovered by using the correct parameters of FWT and SPM. Phase mask SPM based on DVTL increases security that enlarges the key space for encryption and decryption. The proposed encryption scheme is a lens-less optical system and its digital implementation has been performed using MATLAB 7.6.0 (R2008a). The computed value of mean-squared-error between the retrieved and the input images shows the efficacy of scheme. The sensitivity to encryption parameters, robustness against occlusion, entropy and multiplicative Gaussian noise attacks have been analysed.

  8. Solid-gaseous phase transformation of elemental contaminants during the gasification of biomass.

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    Jiang, Ying; Ameh, Abiba; Lei, Mei; Duan, Lunbo; Longhurst, Philip

    2016-09-01

    Disposal of plant biomass removed from heavy metal contaminated land via gasification achieves significant volume reduction and can recover energy. However, these biomass often contain high concentrations of heavy metals leading to hot-corrosion of gasification facilities and toxic gaseous emissions. Therefore, it is of significant interest to gain a further understanding of the solid-gas phase transition of metal(loid)s during gasification. Detailed elemental analyses (C, H, O, N and key metal/metalloid elements) were performed on five plant species collected from a contaminated site. Using multi-phase equilibria modelling software (MTDATA), the analytical data allows modelling of the solid/gas transformation of metal(loid)s during gasification. Thermodynamic modelling based on chemical equilibrium calculations was carried out in this study to predict the fate of metal(loid) elements during typical gasification conditions and to show how these are influenced by metal(loid) composition in the biomass and operational conditions. As, Cd, Zn and Pb tend to transform to their gaseous forms at relatively low temperatures (gasification temperature range of 1000-1200°C. Whereas Cr, Al, Fe and Mg remain in solid phase at higher temperatures (>1200°C). Simulation of pressurised gasification conditions shows that higher pressures increase the temperature at which solid-to-gaseous phase transformations takes place. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Magnetic properties and phase transformations of iron sulfides synthesized under the hydrothermal method

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    Li, S. H.; Chen, Y. H.

    2016-12-01

    The iron sulfide nano-minerals possess advantages of high abundance, low cost, and low toxicity. These advantages make them be competitive in the magnetic, electronic, and photoelectric applications. Mackinawite can be used in soil or water remediations. Greigite is very important for paleomagnetic and geochemical environment studies and the anode materials for lithium ion batteries. Besides, greigite is also utilized for hyperthermia and biomedicine. Pyrrhotite can be applied as geothermometry. Due to the above-mentioned reasons, iron sulfide minerals have specific significances and they must be further investigated, like their phase transformations, magnetic properties, and etc. In this study, the iron sulfide minerals were synthesized by using a hydrothermal method. The ex-situ and in-situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to examine the crystal structure and phase transformation of iron sulfide minerals. The Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) were carried out to investigate their morphology and magnetic properties, respectively. The results suggested that the phase transformation sequence was followed the order: mackinawite → greigite → (smythite) → pyrrhotite. Two pure mineral phases of greigite and pyrrhotite were obtained under the hydrothermal conditions. The morphology of the pure greigite is granular aggregates with a particle size of approximately 30 nm and pyrrhotite presented a hexagonal sheet stacking with a particle size of thousands nanometers. The greigite had a ferri-magnetic behavior and pyrrhotite was weak ferro-magnetic. Both of them had a pseudo-single magnetic domain (PSD) based on the Day's plot from SQUID data. The complete phase-transformation pathways and high magnetization of iron sulfide minerals are observed in this study and these kind of iron sulfide minerals are worthy to further study.

  10. Pressure, temperature, and electric field dependence of phase transformations in niobium modified 95/5 lead zirconate titanate

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    Dong, Wen D.; Carlos Valadez, J.; Gallagher, John A.; Jo, Hwan R.; Lynch, Christopher S., E-mail: cslynch@seas.ucla.edu [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The University of California, Los Angeles, 420 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); Sahul, Raffi; Hackenberger, Wes [TRS Technologies, 2820 East College Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania 16801 (United States)

    2015-06-28

    Ceramic niobium modified 95/5 lead zirconate-lead titanate (PZT) undergoes a pressure induced ferroelectric to antiferroelectric phase transformation accompanied by an elimination of polarization and a volume reduction. Electric field and temperature drive the reverse transformation from the antiferroelectric to ferroelectric phase. The phase transformation was monitored under pressure, temperature, and electric field loading. Pressures and temperatures were varied in discrete steps from 0 MPa to 500 MPa and 25 °C to 125 °C, respectively. Cyclic bipolar electric fields were applied with peak amplitudes of up to 6 MV m{sup −1} at each pressure and temperature combination. The resulting electric displacement–electric field hysteresis loops were open “D” shaped at low pressure, characteristic of soft ferroelectric PZT. Just below the phase transformation pressure, the hysteresis loops took on an “S” shape, which split into a double hysteresis loop just above the phase transformation pressure. Far above the phase transformation pressure, when the applied electric field is insufficient to drive an antiferroelectric to ferroelectric phase transformation, the hysteresis loops collapse to linear dielectric behavior. Phase stability maps were generated from the experimental data at each of the temperature steps and used to form a three dimensional pressure–temperature–electric field phase diagram.

  11. TRANSFORMER

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    Baker, W.R.

    1959-08-25

    Transformers of a type adapted for use with extreme high power vacuum tubes where current requirements may be of the order of 2,000 to 200,000 amperes are described. The transformer casing has the form of a re-entrant section being extended through an opening in one end of the cylinder to form a coaxial terminal arrangement. A toroidal multi-turn primary winding is disposed within the casing in coaxial relationship therein. In a second embodiment, means are provided for forming the casing as a multi-turn secondary. The transformer is characterized by minimized resistance heating, minimized external magnetic flux, and an economical construction.

  12. Linear Circuit Model of the Three-phase Insulated Core Transformer Power Supply

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    Cao, Lei; Yang, Jun

    2016-02-01

    Analysis of the terminal characteristics of the three-phase multi-winding insulated core transformer (ICT) requires a precise physical model. A linear equivalent electrical circuit model is proposed and constructed to facilitate the ICT design based on the principle of duality. It is composed by leakage inductances between adjacent windings, leakage inductances introduced mainly by the discrete insulation gaps, as well as ideal transformers. The value of each leakage inductance depends on the geometrical dimensions of the core, gaps or windings and the property of magnetic materials. Both short circuit simulations and self and mutual inductance matrix of transformer windings are employed to determine precisely each inductance. To validate the equivalent circuit, the magnetic flux leakage in a three-stage three-dimensional (3D) ICT is quantitatively analyzed.

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    Peters, Terri

    2011-01-01

    Artiklen diskuterer ordet "transformation" med udgangspunkt i dels hvorledes ordet bruges i arkitektfaglig terminologi og dels med fokus på ordets potentielle indhold og egnethed i samme teminologi....

  14. Coupled phase transformation, chemical decomposition, and deformation in plastic-bonded explosive: Models

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    Levitas, Valery I.; Henson, Bryan F.; Smilowitz, Laura B.; Zerkle, David K.; Asay, Blaine W.

    2007-12-01

    A continuum thermomechanochemical model of the behavior of a plastic-bonded explosive (PBX) 9501 formulation consisting of the energetic crystal octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocine (HMX) embedded in a polymeric binder is developed. Our main focus is on the study of the β ↔δ phase transformations (PTs) in crystalline HMX under a complex pressure-temperature path. To reproduce the pressure-temperature path, in particular during heating of PBX inside of a rigid cylinder, the β ↔δ PTs in HMX are coupled to chemical decomposition of the HMX and binder leading to gas formation, gas leaking from the cylinder, elastic, thermal, and transformational straining as well as straining due to mass loss. A fully physically based thermodynamic and kinetic model of the β ↔δ PT in HMX crystal is developed. It is based on a suggested nucleation mechanism via melt mediated nanocluster transformation and the recently revealed growth mechanism via internal stress-induced virtual melting. During the nucleation, nanosize clusters of the β phase dissolve in a molten binder and transform diffusionally into δ phase clusters. During the interface propagation, internal stresses induced by transformation strain cause the melting of the stressed δ phase much below (120 K) the melting temperature and its immediate resolidification into the unstressed δ phase. These mechanisms explain numerous puzzles of HMX polymorphism and result in overall transformation kinetics that is in good agreement with experiments. Simple phenomenological equations for kinetics of chemical decomposition of the HMX and the binder are in good correspondence with experiments as well. A continuum deformation model is developed in two steps. The geometrically linear (small strain) theory is used to prove that the internal stresses and macroscopic shear stresses are negligible. Then a large strain theory is developed under hydrostatic loading. The developed continuum thermomechanochemical model is

  15. In Situ observation of phase transformations in the Fe-Zn system

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    Maria Ismenia Sodero Toledo Faria

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the MAXIM technique was used in an attempt to clarify the phase transformation sequence that occurs during in situ annealing of galvanized samples. A diffractometer equipped with a novel imaging system comprising a Micro-Channel Plate in front of a CCD camera was used. The galvanized samples were produced under typical industrial conditions, with effective aluminum content at 0.147wt.%. In situ experiments were performed and the phase evolution was recorded in real time. It can be concluded that, coupled to in situ thermal treatment, MAXIM is an efficient method to observe the evolution of the phases present in galvannealed samples. This technique has enough sensitivity to detect the evolution of the involved phases with good spatial resolution.

  16. Symmetry Transformation in Extended Phase Space: the Harmonic Oscillator in the Husimi Representation

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    Sadolah Nasiri

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available In a previous work the concept of quantum potential is generalized into extended phase space (EPS for a particle in linear and harmonic potentials. It was shown there that in contrast to the Schrödinger quantum mechanics by an appropriate extended canonical transformation one can obtain the Wigner representation of phase space quantum mechanics in which the quantum potential is removed from dynamical equation. In other words, one still has the form invariance of the ordinary Hamilton-Jacobi equation in this representation. The situation, mathematically, is similar to the disappearance of the centrifugal potential in going from the spherical to the Cartesian coordinates. Here we show that the Husimi representation is another possible representation where the quantum potential for the harmonic potential disappears and the modified Hamilton-Jacobi equation reduces to the familiar classical form. This happens when the parameter in the Husimi transformation assumes a specific value corresponding to Q-function.

  17. submitter Damage evolution in a stainless steel bar undergoing phase transformation under torsion at cryogenic temperatures

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    Ortwein, R; Skoczen, B

    2016-01-01

    Phase transformation driven by plastic strains is commonly observed in austenitic stainless steels. In the present paper, this phenomenon is addressed in connection with damage evolution. A three-dimensional constitutive model has been derived, and scalar variables for damage and the volume fraction of the transformed phase were used. The model was solved using Abaqus UMAT user defined procedure, as well as by means of simplified one-dimensional approach for a twisted circular bar. Large experimental campaign of tests was performed, including martensite content measurements within the cross-section and on the surface of the bar during monotonic and cyclic loading. Based on the residual angle of twist, damage variable was calculated. The global response of torque versus the angle of twist was measured as well. Comparison between the experimental results and the results obtained from the simplified one-dimensional approach and from the full three-dimensional approach are presented. It turns out that one-dimensi...

  18. Microstructures formation and phase transformations around the interface of welds between dissimilar steels

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    Mas Fanny

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The goal of this study is to understand the complex microstructures which form at the interface between a low-alloy steel and a stainless steel during welding and subsequent heat-treatment at 610 ∘C. A dual approach with both experimental measurements and thermodynamic and kinetic modeling has been chosen for both solidification and solid-state phase transformations. A very good agreement has been obtained for the carbon profile across the interface and the nature of phases which form.

  19. Parameter estimation of optical fringes with quadratic phase using the fractional Fourier transform

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    Lu, Ming-Feng; Zhang, Feng; Tao, Ran; Ni, Guo-Qiang; Bai, Ting-Zhu; Yang, Wen-Ming

    2015-11-01

    Optical fringes with a quadratic phase are often encountered in optical metrology. Parameter estimation of such fringes plays an important role in interferometric measurements. A novel method is proposed for accurate and direct parameter estimation using the fractional Fourier transform (FRFT), even in the presence of noise and obstacles. We take Newton's rings fringe patterns and electronic speckle pattern interferometry (ESPI) interferograms as classic examples of optical fringes that have a quadratic phase and present simulation and experimental results demonstrating the performance of the proposed method.

  20. Application of calorimetry in evaluation of phase transformations in the selected hypoeutectic silumins

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    J. Piątkowski

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The investigations of phase transformations described in this study were carried out on hypoeutectic alloys from the Al-Si system (AlSi3, AlSi6 and AlSi9 during heating and cooling. The determination and analysis of characteristic temperature values from the solidification range was made by the DSC method in calorimetric investigations carried out on a high-temperature multi HTC scanning calorimeter. Applying the lever rule, the phase composition of the examined silumins was calculated and compared with the results of DSC calorimetry, obtaining a good correlation of the results.

  1. Phase transformation and liquid density redistribution during solidification of Ni-based superalloy Inconel 718

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    Wang Ling

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The influences of chemical segregation and phase transformation on liquid density variation during solidification of Ni-based supperalloy Inconel 718 were investigated using SEM and EDS. It was found that significant segregation in liquid prompts high Nb phase to precipitate directly from liquid, which results in the redistribution of alloy elements and liquid density in their vicinity. The term “inter-precipitate liquid density” is therefore proposed and this concept should be applied to determine the solidification behavior of superalloy Inconel 718.

  2. Phase transformation during aging and resulting mechanical properties of two Ti-Nb-Ta-Zr alloys

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    Li, S.J.; Yang, R.; Niinomi, M.; Hao, Y.L.; Cui, Y.Y.; Guo, Z.X.

    2005-06-15

    Phase transformations and mechanical properties of both Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr and Ti-39Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr (wt-%) alloys were investigated. The microstructure of the 29Nb alloy is sensitive to solution and aging treatment. Ice water quenching from the solution treatment temperature resulted in ({beta}+{alpha}'') microstructure but air or furnace cooling led to a mixture of ({beta}+{omega}). The formation of the orthorhombic {alpha}'' martensite thus suppresses {omega} formation in the ice water quenched 29Nb alloy. Cooling rate from the solution treatment temperature also has a significant effect on the formation of {alpha} and {omega} phases during subsequent isothermal aging below the {omega} start temperature: slow cooling enhances {omega} but depresses {alpha} formation. This cooling rate dependence of aged microstructure was attributed to {alpha}'' martensite acting as precursor of the {alpha} phase, thus providing a low energy path to the precipitation of {alpha} at the expense of {omega}. Phase transformation in the 39Nb alloy is more sluggish than that in the 29Nb alloy, owing to the presence of the higher content of {beta} stabiliser Nb. For the 29Nb alloy, Young's modulus and mechanical properties are sensitive to the fraction of phases, and change significantly during aging, in contrast with the 39Nb alloy. (author)

  3. Controllable Phase Transformation in Extracting Valuable Metals from Chinese Low-Grade Nickel Sulphide Ore

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    Cui, Fuhui; Mu, Wenning; Wang, Shuai; Xu, Qian; Zhai, Yuchun; Luo, Shaohua

    2017-10-01

    In this work, a two-stage sulphuric acid roasting and water leaching system was chosen to extract valuable metals from Chinese low-grade nickel sulphide ore. By optimizing the two-stage roasting process, first roasting temperature at 295°C with particle size of 80-91 μm with an acid-ore ratio of 1.1:1 for 2 h, and second roasting temperature at 620°C for 2 h, it was found that more than 98% of the nickel and 99% of the copper but less than 14.38% of Fe were leached into the water. Attempts were made via x-ray diffraction analysis, scanning electron microscopy, chemical phase analysis, and differential thermal and thermogravimetric analysis to reveal the phase transformations for Ni, Cu, and Mg, which could be expressed as mineral phases → sulphates hydrate → sulphates and for iron as mineral phases → hydrated ferrous sulphate → ferric sulphates and ferric oxide → oxide. The results of this work suggest that a controllable phase transformation by using a two-stage sulphuric acid roasting process is a feasible method for efficiently extracting valuable metals from Chinese nickel sulphide ore.

  4. Mechanically Induced Graphite-Nanodiamonds-Phase Transformations During High-Energy Ball Milling

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    El-Eskandarany, M. Sherif

    2017-05-01

    Due to their unusual mechanical, chemical, physical, optical, and biological properties, nearly spherical-like nanodiamonds have received much attention as desirable advanced nanomaterials for use in a wide spectrum of applications. Although, nanodiamonds can be successfully synthesized by several approaches, applications of high temperature and/or high pressure may restrict the real applications of such strategic nanomaterials. Distinct from the current preparation approaches used for nanodiamonds preparation, here we show a new process for preparing ultrafine nanodiamonds (3-5 nm) embedded in a homogeneous amorphous-carbon matrix. Our process started from high-energy ball milling of commercial graphite powders at ambient temperature under normal atmospheric helium gas pressure. The results have demonstrated graphite-single wall carbon nanotubes-amorphous-carbon-nanodiamonds phase transformations carried out through three subsequent stages of ball milling. Based on XRD and RAMAN analyses, the percentage of nanodiamond phase + C60 (crystalline phase) produced by ball milling was approximately 81%, while the amorphous phase amount was 19%. The pressure generated on the powder together the with temperature increase upon the ball-powder-ball collision is responsible for the phase transformations occurring in graphite powders.

  5. Phase Transformation and Creep of Mg-Al-Ca Based Die-Cast Alloys

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    Suzuki, Akane; Saddock, Nicholas D.; Jones, J. Wayne; Pollock, Tresa M.

    The microstructure and microstructural stability of die-cast AC53 (Mg-5Al-3Ca) and AXJ530 (Mg-5Al-3Ca-0.15Sr) have been investigated in detail by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Both alloys have an as-cast microstructure of α-Mg with (Mg, Al)2Ca (dihexagonal C36) eutectic at grain boundaries. During aging at 573 K, the C36 phase transforms to Al2Ca (cubic Cl5) phase. These two phases have a crystallographic orientation relationship of (0001)C36//{111}C15 and [2110]C36//[011]C15, and the transformation from C36 to C15 occurs by a shear-assisted process. Despite this change in the phase constitution, the network structure of the intermetallic compound(s) surrounding α-Mg grains is fairly stable, morphologically, even after prolonged exposure at elevated temperature. In the α-Mg matrix phase, precipitation of Al2Ca was observed after aging for 360 ks at 573 K. The precipitates are disc-shaped with a habit plane of {111}C15//(0001)α. AXJ530 shows higher creep resistance than AC53. The dislocation substructure that evolved during creep deformation was investigated in both alloys, and the basal and non-basal slip of a-dislocation and other slip modes of a+c- dislocations were observed. The relationship between creep properties and microstructure is discussed.

  6. Analysis of three-phase power transformer laminated magnetic core designs

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    M.I. Levin

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Analysis and research into properties and parameters of different-type laminated magnetic cores of three-phase power transformers are conducted. Most of new laminated magnetic core designs are found to have significant shortcomings resulted from design and technological features of their manufacturing. These shortcomings cause increase in ohmic loss in the magnetic core, which eliminates advantages of the new core configurations and makes them uncompetitive as compared with the classical laminated magnetic core design.

  7. Relationships between phase transformations, microstructure and properties in Ti and Pb-free alloys

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    Servant, Colette [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (C.N.R.S.), Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie de l' Etat Solide, ICMMO, Universite de Paris-Sud, 91405 Orsay (France)

    2010-10-15

    The mechanical or use properties of alloys are determined by their chemical composition and microstructure history. The microstructure changes during phase transformations occurring during solidification, thermomechanical processing and subsequent heat treatments. The best mechanical properties for the chosen application need optimized parameters of the microstructure. Tailored microstructures: can a dream come true. (Copyright copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  8. Excipient selection can significantly affect solid-state phase transformation in formulation during wet granulation

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    Airaksinen, Sari; Karjalainen, Milja; Kivikero, Niina; Westermarck, Sari; Shevchenko, Anna; Rantanen, Jukka; Yliruusi, Jouko

    2005-01-01

    Phase transformations in formulations can lead to instability in physicochemical, biopharmaceutical, and processing properties of products. The influences of formulation design on the optimal dosage forms should be specified. The aim here was to investigate whether excipients with different water sorption behavior affect hydrate formation of nitrofurantoin in wet masses. Nitrofurantoin anhydrate was used as a hydrate-forming model drug, and 4 excipients with different water-absorbing potentia...

  9. Precipitation and Phase Transformations in 2101 Lean Duplex Stainless Steel During Isothermal Aging

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    Maetz, Jean-Yves; Cazottes, Sophie; Verdu, Catherine; Kleber, Xavier

    2016-01-01

    The effect of isothermal aging at 963 K (690 °C) on the microstructure of a 2101 lean duplex stainless steel, with the composition Fe-21.5Cr-5Mn-1.6Ni-0.22N-0.3Mo, was investigated using a multi-technique and multi-scale approach. The kinetics of phase transformation and precipitation was followed from a few minutes to thousands of hours using thermoelectric power measurements; based on these results, certain aging states were selected for electron microscopy characterization. Scanning electron microscopy, electron back-scattered diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy were used to quantitatively describe the microstructural evolution through crystallographic analysis, chemical analysis, and volume fraction measurements from the macroscopic scale down to the nanometric scale. During aging, the precipitation of M23C6 carbides, Cr2N nitrides, and σ phase as well as the transformation of ferrite into austenite and austenite into martensite was observed. These complex microstructural changes are controlled by Cr volume diffusion. The precipitation and phase transformation mechanisms are described.

  10. Residual stress delaying phase transformation in Y-TZP bio-restorations

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    Allahkarami, Masoud; Hanan, Jay C.

    2012-01-01

    Engineering favorable residual stress for the complex geometry of bi-layer porcelain-zirconia crowns potentially prevents crack initiation and improves the mechanical performance and lifetime of the dental restoration. In addition to external load, the stress field depends on initial residual stress before loading. Residual stress is the result of factors such as the thermal expansion mismatch of layers and compliance anisotropy of zirconia grains in the process of sintering and cooling. Stress induced phase transformation in zirconia extensively relaxes the residual stress and changes the stress state. The objective of this study is to investigate the coupling between tetragonal to monoclinic phase transformations and residual stress. Residual stress, on the surface of the sectioned single load to failure crown, at 23 points starting from the pure tetragonal and ending at a fully monoclinic region were measured using the micro X-ray diffraction sin2 ψ method. An important observation is the significant range in measured residual stress from a compressive stress of -400 MPa up to tensile stress of 400 MPa and up to 100% tetragonal to monoclinic phase transformation.

  11. Temperature-dependent mechanical deformation of silicon at the nanoscale: Phase transformation versus defect propagation

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    Kiran, M. S. R. N., E-mail: kiran.mangalampalli@anu.edu.au; Tran, T. T.; Smillie, L. A.; Subianto, D.; Williams, J. S.; Bradby, J. E. [Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, Australian Capital Territory, Canberra 2601 (Australia); Haberl, B. [Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, Australian Capital Territory, Canberra 2601 (Australia); Chemical and Engineering Materials Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States)

    2015-05-28

    This study uses high-temperature nanoindentation coupled with in situ electrical measurements to investigate the temperature dependence (25–200 °C) of the phase transformation behavior of diamond cubic (dc) silicon at the nanoscale. Along with in situ indentation and electrical data, ex situ characterizations, such as Raman and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy, have been used to reveal the indentation-induced deformation mechanisms. We find that phase transformation and defect propagation within the crystal lattice are not mutually exclusive deformation processes at elevated temperature. Both can occur at temperatures up to 150 °C but to different extents, depending on the temperature and loading conditions. For nanoindentation, we observe that phase transformation is dominant below 100 °C but that deformation by twinning along (111) planes dominates at 150 °C and 200 °C. This work, therefore, provides clear insight into the temperature dependent deformation mechanisms in dc-Si at the nanoscale and helps to clarify previous inconsistencies in the literature.

  12. Determination of phase derivatives from a single fringe pattern using Teager Hilbert Huang transform

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    Deepan, B.; Quan, C.; Tay, C. J.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a novel sequential algorithm for the estimation of phase derivatives from a single fringe pattern using electronic speckle pattern interferometry (ESPI) is proposed. The algorithm is based on empirical mode decomposition (EMD), vortex operator (VO) and Teager-Kaiser energy operator (TKEO). The empirical mode decomposition normalizes the fringe pattern; while vortex operator provides a 2D complex image and the phase derivatives are obtained using a novel image demodulation method called discrete higher order image demodulation algorithm (DHODA). Unlike phase shifting and Fourier transform methods, the proposed method does not require complex experimental setup or more than one fringe pattern for each deformation state. The proposed method is also able to provide phase derivatives in both the x and ydirections from a single fringe pattern, which is difficult to achieve using shearography. Since the algorithm provides unwrapped phase derivatives directly, it does not require separate phase unwrapping process. Hence it is suitable for dynamic strain and curvature measurement. The proposed algorithm is validated by both simulation and experiment. The results are found to be accurate and the method requires less computation time than existing phase demodulation techniques.

  13. Transformation behavior of the γU(Zr,Nb) phase under continuous cooling conditions

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    Komar Varela, C.L., E-mail: cavarela@cnea.gov.ar [Instituto Sabato, UNSAM-CNEA, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Avenida General Paz 1499, B1650KNA San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Gerencia de Ciclo del Combustible Nuclear, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Avenida General Paz 1499, B1650KNA San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Gribaudo, L.M. [Gerencia de Materiales, GAEN, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Avenida General Paz 1499, B1650KNA San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); González, R.O.; Aricó, S.F. [Instituto Sabato, UNSAM-CNEA, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Avenida General Paz 1499, B1650KNA San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Gerencia de Materiales, GAEN, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Avenida General Paz 1499, B1650KNA San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2014-10-15

    The selected alloy for designing a high-density monolithic-type nuclear fuel with U–Zr–Nb alloy as meat and Zry-4 as cladding, has to remain in the γU(Zr,Nb) phase during the whole fabrication process. Therefore, it is necessary to define a range of concentrations in which the γU(Zr,Nb) phase does not decompose under the process conditions. In this work, several U alloys with concentrations between 28.2–66.9 at.% Zr and 0–13.3 at.% Nb were fabricated to study the possible transformations of the γU(Zr,Nb) phase under different continuous cooling conditions. The results of the electrical resistivity vs temperature experiments are presented. For a cooling rate of 4 °C/min a linear regression was determined by fitting the starting decomposition temperature as a function of Nb concentration. Under these conditions, a concentration of 45.3 at.% Nb would be enough to avoid any transformation of the γU(Zr,Nb) phase. In experiments that involve higher cooling conditions, it has been determined that this concentration can be halved.

  14. Transformation behavior of the γU(Zr,Nb) phase under continuous cooling conditions

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    Komar Varela, C. L.; Gribaudo, L. M.; González, R. O.; Aricó, S. F.

    2014-10-01

    The selected alloy for designing a high-density monolithic-type nuclear fuel with U-Zr-Nb alloy as meat and Zry-4 as cladding, has to remain in the γU(Zr,Nb) phase during the whole fabrication process. Therefore, it is necessary to define a range of concentrations in which the γU(Zr,Nb) phase does not decompose under the process conditions. In this work, several U alloys with concentrations between 28.2-66.9 at.% Zr and 0-13.3 at.% Nb were fabricated to study the possible transformations of the γU(Zr,Nb) phase under different continuous cooling conditions. The results of the electrical resistivity vs temperature experiments are presented. For a cooling rate of 4 °C/min a linear regression was determined by fitting the starting decomposition temperature as a function of Nb concentration. Under these conditions, a concentration of 45.3 at.% Nb would be enough to avoid any transformation of the γU(Zr,Nb) phase. In experiments that involve higher cooling conditions, it has been determined that this concentration can be halved.

  15. In-situ characterization of highly reversible phase transformation by synchrotron X-ray Laue microdiffraction

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    Chen, Xian [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay (Hong Kong); Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); Tamura, Nobumichi; MacDowell, Alastair [Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); James, Richard D. [Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 (United States)

    2016-05-23

    The alloy Cu{sub 25}Au{sub 30}Zn{sub 45} undergoes a huge first-order phase transformation (6% strain) and shows a high reversibility under thermal cycling and an unusual martensitc microstructure in sharp contrast to its nearby compositions. This alloy was discovered by systematically tuning the composition so that its lattice parameters satisfy the cofactor conditions (i.e., the kinematic conditions of compatibility between phases). It was conjectured that satisfaction of these conditions is responsible for the enhanced reversibility as well as the observed unusual fluid-like microstructure during transformation, but so far, there has been no direct evidence confirming that these observed microstructures are those predicted by the cofactor conditions. To verify this hypothesis, we use synchrotron X-ray Laue microdiffraction to measure the orientations and structural parameters of variants and phases near the austenite/martensite interface. The areas consisting of both austenite and multi-variants of martensite are scanned by microLaue diffraction. The cofactor conditions have been examined from the kinematic relation of lattice vectors across the interface. The continuity condition of the interface is precisely verified from the correspondent lattice vectors between two phases.

  16. Nanoalloying and phase transformations during thermal treatment of physical mixtures of Pd and Cu nanoparticles

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    Vineetha Mukundan

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Nanoscale alloying and phase transformations in physical mixtures of Pd and Cu ultrafine nanoparticles are investigated in real time with in situ synchrotron-based x-ray diffraction complemented by ex situ high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The combination of metal–support interaction and reactive/non-reactive environment was found to determine the thermal evolution and ultimate structure of this binary system. At 300 °C, the nanoparticles supported on silica and carbon black intermix to form a chemically ordered CsCl-type (B2 alloy phase. The B2 phase transforms into a disordered fcc alloy at higher temperature (> 450 °C. The alloy nanoparticles supported on silica and carbon black are homogeneous in volume, but evidence was found of Pd surface enrichment. In sharp contrast, when supported on alumina, the two metals segregated at 300 °C to produce almost pure fcc Cu and Pd phases. Upon further annealing of the mixture on alumina above 600 °C, the two metals interdiffused, forming two distinct disordered alloys of compositions 30% and 90% Pd. The annealing atmosphere also plays a major role in the structural evolution of these bimetallic nanoparticles. The nanoparticles annealed in forming gas are larger than the nanoparticles annealing in helium due to reduction of the surface oxides that promotes coalescence and sintering.

  17. Phase transformation behavior in a multipurpose dental casting gold alloy during continuous heating.

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    Kim, H I; Seol, H J; Hisatsune, K; Htain-Winn; Sakrana, A A; Takuma, Y; Kawasaki, K

    2000-01-01

    Phase transformation in a multipurpose dental casting gold alloy during continuous heating was studied by electrical resistivity measurements, hardness tests, X-ray diffraction and scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The behavior can be explained by the following reaction sequences in the nodule: alpha1(fcc) + alpha2(L1(2)) --> alpha1(fcc) + alpha2(L1(2)) + beta(L1(0)), where fcc is face centred cubic. A discontinuous precipitation with very fine nodules contributed to the hardening and the growth produced the softening. This multipurpose gold alloy is characterized by the introduction of a PtZn ordered phase with L1(0) structure instead of a CuAu I phase. Copyright 2000 Kluwer Academic Publishers

  18. ISAR Imaging of Maneuvering Targets Based on the Modified Discrete Polynomial-Phase Transform

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    Yong Wang

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR imaging of a maneuvering target is a challenging task in the field of radar signal processing. The azimuth echo can be characterized as a multi-component polynomial phase signal (PPS after the translational compensation, and the high quality ISAR images can be obtained by the parameters estimation of it combined with the Range-Instantaneous-Doppler (RID technique. In this paper, a novel parameters estimation algorithm of the multi-component PPS with order three (cubic phase signal-CPS based on the modified discrete polynomial-phase transform (MDPT is proposed, and the corresponding new ISAR imaging algorithm is presented consequently. This algorithm is efficient and accurate to generate a focused ISAR image, and the results of real data demonstrate the effectiveness of it.

  19. Phase transformation and conductivity in nanocrystal PbS under pressure

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    Jiang, Jianzhong; Gerward, Leif; Secco, R.

    2000-01-01

    The grain-size effect on the phase transition induced by pressure in PbS was studied by in situ high-pressure electrical resistance and synchrotron radiation x-ray powder diffraction measurements. The mean transition pressure of the B1-to-B16 phase transformation was found to be 6.3±1.3 GPa in 8......±1 nm PbS while it is 3.1±0.7 GPa for 10 µm PbS. The resistivity of the B16 PbS phase decreases exponentially with pressure in both samples at ambient temperature. They follow R[proportional]exp(–CP), where C = –0.64 GPa–1 for 10 µm PbS and C = –0.34 GPa–1 for 8±1 nm PbS. These results are discussed...

  20. Small interfering ribonucleic acid induces liquid-to-ripple phase transformation in a phospholipid membrane

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    Choubey, Amit; Nomura, Ken-ichi; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Nakano, Aiichiro; Vashishta, Priya [Collaboratory for Advanced Computing and Simulations, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Computer Science, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089-0242 (United States)

    2014-09-15

    Small interfering ribonucleic acid (siRNA) molecules play a pivotal role in silencing gene expression via the RNA interference mechanism. A key limitation to the widespread implementation of siRNA therapeutics is the difficulty of delivering siRNA-based drugs to cells. Here, we examine changes in the structure and dynamics of a dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine bilayer in the presence of a siRNA molecule and mechanical barriers to siRNA transfection in the bilayer. Our all-atom molecular dynamics simulation shows that siRNA induces a liquid crystalline-to-ripple phase transformation in the bilayer. The ripple phase consists of a major region of non-interdigitated and a minor region of interdigitated lipid molecules with an intervening kink. In the ripple phase, hydrocarbon chains of lipid molecules have large compressive stresses, which present a considerable barrier to siRNA transfection.

  1. Phase equilibrium modeling for high temperature metallization on GaAs solar cells

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    Chung, M. A.; Davison, J. E.; Smith, S. R.

    1991-01-01

    Recent trends in performance specifications and functional requirements have brought about the need for high temperature metallization technology to be developed for survivable DOD space systems and to enhance solar cell reliability. The temperature constitution phase diagrams of selected binary and ternary systems were reviewed to determine the temperature and type of phase transformation present in the alloy systems. Of paramount interest are the liquid-solid and solid-solid transformations. Data are being utilized to aid in the selection of electrical contact materials to gallium arsenide solar cells. Published data on the phase diagrams for binary systems is readily available. However, information for ternary systems is limited. A computer model is being developed which will enable the phase equilibrium predictions for ternary systems where experimental data is lacking.

  2. Study of the Isothermal Oxidation Process and Phase Transformations in B2-(Ni,Pt)Al/RENE-N5 System

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    Luis Alberto Cáceres-Díaz; Juan Manuel Alvarado-Orozco; Haidee Ruiz-Luna; John Edison García-Herrera; Alma Gabriela Mora-García; Gerardo Trápaga-Martínez; Raymundo Arroyave; Juan Muñoz-Saldaña

    2016-01-01

    Changes in composition, crystal structure and phase transformations of B2-(Ni,Pt)Al coatings upon isothermal oxidation experiments (natural and scale free oxidation) at 1100 °C, as a function of time beyond their martensitic transformation, are reported. Specifically, the analysis of lattice parameter and composition are performed to identify changes in the B2-(Ni,Pt)Al phase upon the chemically-driven L10-(Ni,Pt)Al and L12-(Ni,Pt)3Al transformations. The B2-(Ni,Pt)Al phase was found to disor...

  3. Experimental Testing and Model Validation of a Decoupled-Phase On-Load Tap Changer Transformer in an Active Network

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    Zecchino, Antonio; Hu, Junjie; Coppo, Massimiliano

    2016-01-01

    this problem, distribution transformers with on-load tapping capability are under development. This paper presents model and experimental validation of a 35 kVA three-phase power distribution transformer with independent on-load tap changer control capability on each phase. With the purpose of investigating...... to reproduce the main feature of an unbalanced grid. The experimental activities are recreated in by carrying out dynamics simulation studies, aiming at validating the implemented models of both the transformer as well as the other grid components. Phase-neutral voltages’ deviations are limited, proving...

  4. Solid–gaseous phase transformation of elemental contaminants during the gasification of biomass

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    Jiang, Ying; Ameh, Abiba [Centre for Bioenergy & Resource Management, School of Energy, Environment & Agrifood, Cranfield University, Cranfield MK43 0AL (United Kingdom); Lei, Mei [Centre for Environmental Remediation, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101 (China); Duan, Lunbo [Key Laboratory of Energy Thermal Conversion and Control, Ministry of Education, School of Energy and Environment, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096 (China); Longhurst, Philip, E-mail: P.J.Longhurst@cranfield.ac.uk [Centre for Bioenergy & Resource Management, School of Energy, Environment & Agrifood, Cranfield University, Cranfield MK43 0AL (United Kingdom)

    2016-09-01

    Disposal of plant biomass removed from heavy metal contaminated land via gasification achieves significant volume reduction and can recover energy. However, these biomass often contain high concentrations of heavy metals leading to hot-corrosion of gasification facilities and toxic gaseous emissions. Therefore, it is of significant interest to gain a further understanding of the solid–gas phase transition of metal(loid)s during gasification. Detailed elemental analyses (C, H, O, N and key metal/metalloid elements) were performed on five plant species collected from a contaminated site. Using multi-phase equilibria modelling software (MTDATA), the analytical data allows modelling of the solid/gas transformation of metal(loid)s during gasification. Thermodynamic modelling based on chemical equilibrium calculations was carried out in this study to predict the fate of metal(loid) elements during typical gasification conditions and to show how these are influenced by metal(loid) composition in the biomass and operational conditions. As, Cd, Zn and Pb tend to transform to their gaseous forms at relatively low temperatures (< 1000 °C). Ni, Cu, Mn and Co converts to gaseous forms within the typical gasification temperature range of 1000–1200 °C. Whereas Cr, Al, Fe and Mg remain in solid phase at higher temperatures (> 1200 °C). Simulation of pressurised gasification conditions shows that higher pressures increase the temperature at which solid-to-gaseous phase transformations takes place. - Highlights: • Disposal of plants removed from metal contaminated land raises environmental concerns • Plant samples collected from a contaminated site are shown to contain heavy metals. • Gasification is suitable for plant disposal and its emission is modelled by MTDATA. • As, Cd, Zn and Pb are found in gaseous emissions at a low process temperature. • High pressure gasification can reduce heavy metal elements in process emission.

  5. Structural transformation of Sb-based high-speed phase-change material.

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    Matsunaga, Toshiyuki; Kojima, Rie; Yamada, Noboru; Kubota, Yoshiki; Kifune, Kouichi

    2012-12-01

    The crystal structure of a phase-change recording material (the compound Ag(3.4)In(3.7)Sb(76.4)Te(16.5)) enclosed in a vacuum capillary tube was investigated at various temperatures in a heating process using a large Debye-Scherrer camera installed in BL02B2 at SPring-8. The amorphous phase of this material turns into a crystalline phase at around 416 K; this crystalline phase has an A7-type structure with atoms of Ag, In, Sb or Te randomly occupying the 6c site in the space group. This structure was maintained up to around 545 K as a single phase, although thermal expansion of the crystal lattice was observed. However, above this temperature, phase separation into AgInTe(2) and Sb-Te transpired. The first fragment, AgInTe(2), reliably maintained its crystal structure up to the melting temperature. On the other hand, the atomic configuration of the Sb-Te gradually varied with increasing temperature. This gradual structural transformation can be described as a continuous growth of the modulation period γ.

  6. Synthesis of iron oxide nanorods via chemical scavenging and phase transformations of intermediates at ambient conditions

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    Deshmukh, Ruchi; Mehra, Anurag; Thaokar, Rochish, E-mail: rochish@che.iitb.ac.in [Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Department of Chemical Engineering (India)

    2017-01-15

    Chemically induced shape transformations of isotropic seeds, comprised of iron oxyhydroxides and iron oxide borate into nanorods, is reported. Transient growth studies show that the nanorods are formed via phase transformation and aggregation of various metastable species. Addition of tetra-methyl-ammonium hydroxide (TMAH) to the in situ synthesized seeds ensures a typical reaction pathway that favors formation of magnetite (Fe {sub 3}O{sub 4}) via the steps of chemical etching, phase transformation of intermediates, and crystal consolidation. Whereas, with addition of sodium hydroxide (NaOH), either magnetite (Fe {sub 3}O{sub 4}) or a mixture of (γ-Fe {sub 2}O{sub 3} + α-FeOOH) is obtained. The shape with both the additives is always that of nanorods. When the seeds treated with TMAH were aged in an ultrasonication bath, rods with almost twice the length and diameter (length = 2800 nm, diameter = 345 nm) are obtained as compared to the sample aged without ultrasonication (length = 1535 nm, diameter = 172 nm). The morphology of nanostructures depending upon other experimental conditions such as, aging the sample at 60 {sup ∘}C, seeds synthesized under ultrasonication/ stirring or externally added are also examined and discussed in detail. All the samples show high coercivity and strong ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature and should be promising candidates as ferro-fluids for various applications.

  7. Affine cryptosystem of double-random-phase encryption based on the fractional Fourier transform.

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    Xin, Zhou; Sheng, Yuan; Sheng-wei, Wang; Jian, Xie

    2006-11-20

    An affine mapping mathematical expression of the double-random-phase encryption technique has been deduced utilizing the matrix form of discrete fractional Fourier transforms. This expression clearly describes the encryption laws of the double-random-phase encoding techniques based on both the fractional Fourier transform and the ordinary Fourier transform. The encryption process may be regarded as a substantial optical realization of the affine cryptosystem. It has been illustrated that the encryption process converts the original image into a white Gaussian noise with a zero-mean value. Also, the decryption process converts the data deviations of the encrypted image into white Gaussian noises, regardless of the type of data deviations. These noises superimpose on the decrypted image and degrade the signal-to-noise ratio. Numerical simulations have been implemented for the different types of noises introduced into the encrypted image, such as the white noise with uniform distribution probability, the white noise with Gaussian distribution probability, colored noise, and the partial occlusion of the encrypted image.

  8. In-situ Phase Transformation and Deformation of Iron at High Pressure andTemperature

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    Miyagi, Lowell; Kunz, Martin; Knight, Jason; Nasiatka, James; Voltolini, Marco; Wenk, Hans-Rudolf

    2008-07-01

    With a membrane based mechanism to allow for pressure change of a sample in aradial diffraction diamond anvil cell (rDAC) and simultaneous infra-red laser heating, itis now possible to investigate texture changes during deformation and phasetransformations over a wide range of temperature-pressure conditions. The device isused to study bcc (alpha), fcc (gamma) and hcp (epislon) iron. In bcc iron, room temperature compression generates a texture characterized by (100) and (111) poles parallel to the compression direction. During the deformation induced phase transformation to hcp iron, a subset of orientations are favored to transform to the hcp structure first and generate a texture of (01-10) at high angles to the compression direction. Upon further deformation, the remaining grains transform, resulting in a texture that obeys the Burgers relationship of (110)bcc // (0001)hcp. This is in contrast to high temperature results that indicate that texture is developed through dominant pyramidal {2-1-12}<2-1-13> and basal (0001)-{2-1-10} slip based on polycrystal plasticity modeling. We also observe that the high temperature fcc phase develops a 110 texture typical for fcc metals deformed in compression.

  9. Band structure computation of polygonal solid-solid phononic crystal with features using frequency domain spectral superelement method

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    Mukherjee, Sushovan; Gopalakrishnan, S.

    2017-04-01

    Phononic crystals are synthetic materials with a periodic structure having spatial variations of elasto-inertial properties of constituent materials, aimed at developing devices and bulk material with engineered acoustic/ elastic properties. Multi-material structures with sides of a space filling polygonal tessellation, can constitute solid-solid phononic crystal. Coupled with inclusions and features, phononic crystals show rich and varied band structure phenomenon. We use frequency domain spectral superelement method and Bloch theory to efficiently calculate the band structures of such phononic crystals. We particularly investigate hexagonal honeycombs to assess the impacts of joint elasticity, inertia and circular and elliptical holes on band gap behavior.

  10. Ultra-directional source of longitudinal acoustic waves based on a two-dimensional solid/solid phononic crystal

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    Morvan, B.; Tinel, A.; Sainidou, R.; Rembert, P. [Laboratoire Ondes et Milieux Complexes, UMR CNRS 6294, Université du Havre, 75 rue Bellot, 76058 Le Havre (France); Vasseur, J. O.; Hladky-Hennion, A.-C. [Institut d' Electronique, de Micro-électronique et de Nanotechnologie, UMR CNRS 8520, Cité Scientifique, 59652 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex (France); Swinteck, N.; Deymier, P. A. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721 (United States)

    2014-12-07

    Phononic crystals (PC) can be used to control the dispersion properties of acoustic waves, which are essential to direct their propagation. We use a PC-based two-dimensional solid/solid composite to demonstrate experimentally and theoretically the spatial filtering of a monochromatic non-directional wave source and its emission in a surrounding water medium as an ultra-directional beam with narrow angular distribution. The phenomenon relies on square-shaped equifrequency contours (EFC) enabling self-collimation of acoustic waves within the phononic crystal. Additionally, the angular width of collimated beams is controlled via the EFC size-shrinking when increasing frequency.

  11. Cost Optimal Design of a Single-Phase Dry Power Transformer

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    Raju Basak

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The Dry type transformers are preferred to their oil-immersed counterparts for various reasons, particularly because their operation is hazardless. The application of dry transformers was limited to small ratings in the earlier days. But now these are being used for considerably higher ratings.  Therefore, their cost-optimal design has gained importance. This paper deals with the design procedure for achieving cost optimal design of a dry type single-phase power transformer of small rating, subject to usual design constraints on efficiency and voltage regulation. The selling cost for the transformer has been taken as the objective function. Only two key variables have been chosen, the turns/volt and the height: width ratio of window, which affects the cost function to high degrees. Other variables have been chosen on the basis of designers’ experience. Copper has been used as conductor material and CRGOS as core material to achieve higher efficiency, lower running cost and compact design. The electrical and magnetic loadings have been kept at their maximum values without violating the design constraints. The optimal solution has been obtained by the method of exhaustive search using nested loops.

  12. Influence of water concentrations on the phase transformation of a model surfactant/co-surfactant/water system

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    Lunkad, Raju; Srivastava, Arpita; Debnath, Ananya

    2017-02-01

    The influence of water concentrations on phase transformations of a surfactant/co-surfactant/water system is investigated by using all atom molecular dynamics simulations. At higher water concentrations, where surfactant (behenyl trimethyl ammonium chloride, BTMAC) to co-surfactant (stearyl alcohol, SA) ratio is fixed, BTMAC and SA self-assemble into spherical micelles, which transform into strongly interdigitated one dimensional rippled lamellar phases upon decreasing water concentrations. Fragmentation or fusions of spherical micelles of different sizes are evident from the radial distribution functions at different temperatures. However, at lower water concentrations rippled lamellar phase transforms into an LβI phase upon heating. Our simulations reveal that the concentrations of water can influence available space around the head groups which couple with critical thickness to accommodate the packing fraction required for respective phases. This directs towards obtaining a controlling factor to design desired phases important for industrial and medical applications in the future.

  13. Constitutive Model Of Graded Micro-Structure Obtained Via Strain Induced Phase Transformation

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    Ortwein, Rafał

    The literature review has been divided into three main sub-chapters. The first one is concentrated on the general information about stainless steels and their applications. It is important to perform a general overview and get an idea where the results of the present thesis could be applied. Description of all the brands of stainless steels, their microstructures and properties are important, as similar characteristics can be found in the newly created functionally graded structures. The second sub-chapter is an overview of the most important constitutive models and the experimental results for materials that undergo plastic strain induced phase transformation. Finally, the last one is devoted to functionally graded microstructures obtained via strain induced martensitic transformation – the subject of particular importance for the present thesis. As a general note, the literature review is organized mainly in a chronological order. In some cases similar publications or publications of the same Authors were...

  14. Transformation of Selenium-Containing Phases in Copper Anode Slimes During Leaching

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    Li, Xue Jiao; Yang, Hong Ying; Jin, Zhe Nan; Chen, Guo Bao; Tong, Lin Lin

    2017-10-01

    The transformation of selenium-containing phases in copper anode slimes during the leaching process was investigated based on the Eh-pH diagram, leaching efficiencies of metals, and characterization of the residues produced during leaching. The leaching efficiency of selenium increases slowly to 17.7% in the first 50 min and then more rapidly to 98.3% in the next 110 min. The Eh-pH diagram indicates that elemental selenium is an intermediate product of the oxidation of selenide to selenite. The x-ray powder diffraction data and scanning electron microscopy-energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy data demonstrate that selenium leaching can be divided into three stages. Ag-Cu selenide first transforms into silver selenide and then converts to elemental selenium. Finally, elemental selenium is dissolved as selenite. The intermediate product, elemental selenium, is the main reason for the slow initial leaching rate of selenium.

  15. Phase transformations and the spectral reflectance of solid sulfur - Can metastable sulfur allotropes exist on Io?

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    Moses, Julianne I.; Nash, Douglas B.

    1991-01-01

    Laboratory investigations have been conducted on the effects of variations in sulfur sample histories on their solid-state transformation rate and the corresponding spectral variation of freshly frozen sulfur. The temporal variations in question may be due to differences in the amount and type of metastable allotropes present in the sulfur after solidification, as well as to the physics of the phase-transformation process itself. The results obtained are pertinent to the physical behavior and spectral variation of such freshly solidified sulfur as may exist on the Jupiter moon Io; this would initially solidify into a glassy solid or monoclinic crystalline lattice, then approach ambient dayside temperatures. Laboratory results imply that the monoclinic or polymeric allotropes can in these circumstances be maintained, and will take years to convert to the stable orthorhombic crystalline form.

  16. TEM Study of the Growth Mechanism, Phase Transformation, and Core/shell Structure of Semiconductor Nanowires

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    Wong, Tai Lun

    In this thesis, the fabrication and characterization of one-dimensional nanostructures have been studied systematically to understand the growth mechanism and structure transformation of one-dimensional nanostructures. The growth behavior of the ultrathin ZnSe nanowires with diameter less than 60 nm was found to be different from classical vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) process. The growth rate increases when the diameter of nanowires decreases, in contrast to the classical VLS process in which the growth rate increases with the diameter. The nucleation, initial growth, growth rates, defects, interface structures and growth direction of the nanowires were investigated by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). We found the structure and growth direction of ultra-thin nanowires are highly sensitive to growth temperatures and diameters of nanowires. At a low growth temperature (380°C), the growth direction for most nanowires is along . Planar defects were found throughout the nanowires. At a high growth temperature (530°C), uniform nanowires with diameters around 10nm were grown along and directions, and the nanowires with diameters larger than 20nm were mainly grown along direction. The possible growth mechanism of ultrathin nanowires was proposed by combining the solid catalytic growth with the interface diffusion theory, in order to explain how the growth temperature and the size of the catalysts influent the morphology, growth direction and growth rate of ultrathin nanowires. Structural and phase transformation of a nickel coated Si nanowire to NiSi2/SiC core-shell nanowire heterostructures has been investigated by the in-situ Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). The phase transformation is a single-site nucleation process and therefore a single crystalline NiSi2 core resulted in the core-shell nanowire heterostructures. The transformation of the Si nanowire to NiSi2/SiC core-shell nanowire heterostructures was extremely fast and completed

  17. Cluster Variation Method as a Theoretical Tool for the Study of Phase Transformation

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    Mohri, Tetsuo

    2017-06-01

    Cluster variation method (CVM) has been widely employed to calculate alloy phase diagrams. The atomistic feature of the CVM is consistent with first-principles electronic structure calculations, and the combination of CVM with electronic structure calculation enables one to formulate free energy from the first-principles. CVM free energy conveys affluent information of a given system, and the second-order derivative traces the stability locus against configurational fluctuation. The kinetic extension of the CVM is the path probability method (PPM) which is utilized to calculate transformation and relaxation kinetics associated with the temperature change. Hence, the CVM and PPM are coherent methods to perform a synthetic study from initial non-equilibrium to final equilibrium states. By utilizing CVM free energy as a homogeneous free energy density term, one can calculate the time evolution of ordered domains within the phase field method. Finally, continuous displacement cluster variation method (CDCVM) is discussed as the recent development of CVM. CDCVM is capable of introducing the local lattice displacement into the free energy. Moreover, it is shown that CDCVM can be extended to study collective atomic displacements leading to displacive phase transformation.

  18. Experimental and Numerical Simulations of Phase Transformations Occurring During Continuous Annealing of DP Steel Strips

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    Wrożyna, Andrzej; Pernach, Monika; Kuziak, Roman; Pietrzyk, Maciej

    2016-04-01

    Due to their exceptional strength properties combined with good workability the Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS) are commonly used in automotive industry. Manufacturing of these steels is a complex process which requires precise control of technological parameters during thermo-mechanical treatment. Design of these processes can be significantly improved by the numerical models of phase transformations. Evaluation of predictive capabilities of models, as far as their applicability in simulation of thermal cycles thermal cycles for AHSS is considered, was the objective of the paper. Two models were considered. The former was upgrade of the JMAK equation while the latter was an upgrade of the Leblond model. The models can be applied to any AHSS though the examples quoted in the paper refer to the Dual Phase (DP) steel. Three series of experimental simulations were performed. The first included various thermal cycles going beyond limitations of the continuous annealing lines. The objective was to validate models behavior in more complex cooling conditions. The second set of tests included experimental simulations of the thermal cycle characteristic for the continuous annealing lines. Capability of the models to describe properly phase transformations in this process was evaluated. The third set included data from the industrial continuous annealing line. Validation and verification of models confirmed their good predictive capabilities. Since it does not require application of the additivity rule, the upgrade of the Leblond model was selected as the better one for simulation of industrial processes in AHSS production.

  19. Improved modeling of new three-phase high voltage transformer with magnetic shunts

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    Chraygane M.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This original paper deals with a new approach for the study of behavior in nonlinear regime of a new three-phase high voltage power supply for magnetrons, used for the microwave generators in industrial applications. The design of this system is composed of a new three-phase leakage flux transformer supplying by phase a cell, composed of a capacitor and a diode, which multiplies the voltage and stabilizes the current. Each cell. in turn, supplies a single magnetron. An equivalent model of this transformer is developed taking into account the saturation phenomenon and the stabilization process of each magnetron. Each inductance of the model is characterized by a non linear relation between flux and current. This model was tested by EMTP software near the nominal state. The theoretical results were compared to experimental measurements with a good agreement. Relative to the current device, the new systemprovides gains of size, volume, cost of implementation and maintenance which make it more economical.

  20. Copper-zirconium tungstate composites exhibiting low and negative thermal expansion influenced by reinforcement phase transformations

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    Balch, Dorian K.; Dunand, David C.

    2004-03-01

    A fully-dense Cu-75 vol pct ZrW2O8 metal matrix composite was fabricated by hot isostatic pressing of Cu-coated ZrW2O8 particles. A small amount of the high-pressure γ-ZrW2O8 phase was created during the cooldown and depressurization following densification; near complete transformation to γ-ZrW2O8 was achieved by subsequent cold isostatic pressing. The thermal expansion behavior of the composite between 25°C and 325°C was altered by the cold isostatic pressing treatment, and also depended on the length of time that had passed between thermal cycles. The measured thermal expansion coefficients within specific temperature ranges varied from -6·10-6 K-1 to far above the thermal expansion coefficient of the copper matrix. The complex temperature-dependent expansion/contraction behavior could be justified by considering the evolution of phase transformations taking place in the ZrW2O8 phase, which were observed by in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements.

  1. Phase transformations in a Cu−Cr alloy induced by high pressure torsion

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    Korneva, Anna, E-mail: a.korniewa@imim.pl [Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, Reymonta St. 25, 30-059 Cracow (Poland); Straumal, Boris [Institute of Solid State Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ac. Ossipzn Str. 2, Chernogolovka 142432 (Russian Federation); Institut für Nanotechnologie, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Laboratory of Hybrid Nanomaterials, National University of Science and Technology «MISIS», Leninskii prosp. 4, 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation); Kilmametov, Askar [Institut für Nanotechnologie, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Chulist, Robert [Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, Reymonta St. 25, 30-059 Cracow (Poland); Straumal, Piotr [Laboratory of Hybrid Nanomaterials, National University of Science and Technology «MISIS», Leninskii prosp. 4, 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation); Zięba, Paweł [Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, Reymonta St. 25, 30-059 Cracow (Poland)

    2016-04-15

    Phase transformations induced by high pressure torsion (HPT) at room temperature in two samples of the Cu-0.86 at.% Cr alloy, pre-annealed at 550 °C and 1000 °C, were studied in order to obtain two different initial states for the HPT procedure. Observation of microstructure of the samples before HPT revealed that the sample annealed at 550 °C contained two types of Cr precipitates in the Cu matrix: large particles (size about 500 nm) and small ones (size about 70 nm). The sample annealed at 1000 °C showed only a little fraction of Cr precipitates (size about 2 μm). The subsequent HPT process resulted in the partial dissolution of Cr precipitates in the first sample and dissolution of Cr precipitates with simultaneous decomposition of the supersaturated solid solution in another. However, the resulting microstructure of the samples after HPT was very similar from the standpoint of grain size, phase composition, texture analysis and hardness measurements. - Highlights: • Cu−Cr alloy with two different initial states was deformed by HPT. • Phase transformations in the deformed materials were studied. • SEM, TEM and X-ray diffraction techniques were used for microstructure analysis. • HPT leads to formation the same microstructure independent of the initial state.

  2. Dynamical patterns of phase transformations from self-trapping of quantum excitons

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    Yi, Tianyou [South University of Science and Technology of China, Shenzhen, Guangdong 518055 (China); Kirova, Natasha, E-mail: kirova@lps.u-psud.fr [CNRS, LPS, UMR 8626, Univeristé Paris-sud, Orsay 91405 (France); International Institute of Physics, UFRN, 59078-400 Natal, RN (Brazil); Brazovskii, Serguei [CNRS, LPTMS, UMR 8502, Univeristé Paris-sud, Orsay 91405 (France); International Institute of Physics, UFRN, 59078-400 Natal, RN (Brazil)

    2015-03-01

    Phase transitions induced by short optical pulses is a new mainstream in studies of cooperative electronic states. Its special realization in systems with neutral-ionic transformations stands out in a way that the optical pumping goes to excitons rather than to electronic bands. We present a semi-phenomenological modeling of spacio-temporal effects applicable to any system where the optical excitons are coupled to a symmetry breaking order parameter. In our scenario, after a short initial pulse of photons, a quasi-condensate of excitons appears as a macroscopic quantum state which then evolves interacting with other degrees of freedom prone to instability. This coupling leads to self-trapping of excitons; that locally enhances their density which can surpass a critical value to trigger the phase transformation, even if the mean density is below the required threshold. The system is stratified in domains which evolve through dynamical phase transitions and may persist even after the initiating excitons have recombined. We recover dynamic interplays of fields such as the excitons' wave function, electronic charge transfer and polarization, lattice dimerization.

  3. Phase Transformation and Magnetic Property of Ni-Mn-Ga Powders Prepared by Dry Ball Milling

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    Tian, B.; Chen, F.; Tong, Y. X.; Li, L.; Zheng, Y. F.

    2012-12-01

    This study investigated the phase transformations and magnetic properties of Ni-Mn-Ga alloy powders prepared by dry ball milling in argon atmosphere. The Fe and Cr elements were found to be introduced in the alloy after ball milling, which should result from the severe collision and friction among the particles, balls, and vial. The x-ray diffraction result indicated that the Fe and Cr elements should have alloyed with the Ni-Mn-Ga matrix. The martensitic transformation temperature and Curie temperature of the 800 °C annealed powders decreased by ~33 °C and increased by ~28 °C, respectively, as compared to that of the bulk alloy. The comprehensive effect of the changing of valence electron concentration of the alloy due to the introduction of Fe and Cr and the grain refinement of the alloy caused by ball milling should be responsible for the reduction of martensitic transformation temperature. The saturation magnetization of the 800 °C annealed powders became larger (~5 emu/g) than that of the bulk alloy. The enhancement of magnetic properties, such as the increase of Curie temperature and enhancement of saturation magnetization of the annealed Ni-Mn-Ga powders, should be attributed to the increase of magnetic exchange caused by introduction of Fe in the alloy. The contaminations of Fe and Cr elements emerging from the dry ball milling process changed the phase transformation and magnetic properties of the Ni-Mn-Ga alloy. Therefore, the dry ball milling process is difficult to control the contamination from the milling medium and not suitable to prepare Ni-Mn-Ga powders. On the contrary, the wet ball milling method under liquid medium should be a better method to prevent the contamination and fabricate pure Ni-Mn-Ga ferromagnetic shape memory alloy powders.

  4. Structural phase transformations of as-synthesized Cu-nanoferrites by annealing process

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    Amer, M.A., E-mail: moazamer@hotmail.com [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Tanta University, 31527 Tanta (Egypt); Meaz, T. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Tanta University, 31527 Tanta (Egypt); Hashhash, A.; Attalah, S. [Reactor Physics Department, NRC, Atomic Energy Authority, 13759 Cairo (Egypt); Fakhry, F. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Tanta University, 31527 Tanta (Egypt)

    2015-11-15

    Samples of the as-synthesized CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoferrites by co-precipitation route were annealed at different temperatures T. X-ray diffraction, infrared and Mössbauer spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometry were used for characterizing the samples. The sample structure phase was transformed from cubic-to-tetragonal-to-cubic as T increases. This transformation was attributed to the tetragonal distortion of Jahn–Teller effect of Cu{sup 2+} ions (d{sup 9}). The crystallite size R, lattice parameters, density, porosity P, strain and stiffness constant showed dependence on annealing temperature T. Seven absorption bands were observed in the IR spectra. The two characteristic bands of spinel ferrites, ν{sub 1} and ν{sub 2}, force constants and Debye temperature showed a decrease against T. The absorption bands ν{sub 1} and ν{sub 2} proved dependence on bond length; d{sub AO} and d{sub BO}, and saturation magnetization Ms, respectively. Hyperfine magnetic fields, line widths, area ratio of B- to A-sites, isomer shifts and quadrupole shifts (splitting) were deduced and discussed as functions of T, where the cation distribution were estimated. XRD patterns, Infrared spectra and RT temperature hysteresis loops proved the transformation process. Saturation magnetization showed dependence on T, P and R. - Highlights: • Amounts of as-synthesized Cu-nanoferrites were annealed at various temperatures T. • Structural phase was transformed from cubic-to-tetragonal-to-cubic with T by JTE. • IR band positions showed dependence on bond lengths and saturation magnetization Ms. • The deduced parameters showed dependence on T and affected by JTE. • Ms proved dependence on porosity and crystallite size.

  5. Extended Park's transformation for 2×3-phase synchronous machine and converter phasor model with representation of AC harmonics

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    Knudsen, Hans

    1995-01-01

    A model of the 2×3-phase synchronous machine is presented using a new transformation based on the eigenvectors of the stator inductance matrix. The transformation fully decouples the stator inductance matrix, and this leads to an equivalent diagram of the machine with no mutual couplings...

  6. Investigation of phase evolution and control over phase transformation temperature and thermal hysteresis using stoichiometry and co-doping in VO2 thin films

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    Jaffari, G. Hassnain; Mahmood, Wardah

    2017-11-01

    Structural phase transition temperature and its associated hysteresis in VO2 have been controlled by high valent dopant induced local structural modification which acts as phase nucleation site during phase transformation. Monoclinic phase intensity loops plotted against temperature has been observed to exhibit thermal hysteresis. It is shown that the size, shape and central position of hysteresis loop depend on stoichiometry and doping concentration. Highest reduction in phase transformation temperature and thermal hysteresis width has been observed in case of W+6-Mo+6 co-doping and W+6 doping, respectively. Hence energy barrier associated with the structural phase transition has been successfully manipulated to vary Tc and hysteresis width. These findings have implications for designing the phase switching devices and smart window applications.

  7. Single Phase Transformer-less Buck-Boost Inverter with Zero Leakage Current for PV Systems

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    Mostaan, Ali; Abdelhakim, Ahmed; N. Soltani, Mohsen

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, a novel single-stage single-phase transformer-less buck-boost inverter is proposed, in which a reduced number of passive components is used. The proposed inverter combines the conventional buck, boost, and buck-boost converters in one converter in order to obtain a sinusoidal output...... voltage. In the proposed inverter, the input DC source and the load or grid have the same ground. Therefore, the leakage current problem in photovoltaic (PV) systems is eliminated. Furthermore, the proposed inverter supports the bi-directional power flow capability and it can inject reactive power...

  8. First principles calculations of the ground state properties and structural phase transformation in YN

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    Mancera, L; Takeuchi, N

    2003-01-01

    We have studied the structural and electronic properties of YN in rock salt (sodium chloride), caesium chloride, zinc blende and wurtzite structures using first-principles total energy calculations. Rock salt is the calculated ground state structure with a = 4.93 A, B sub 0 = 157 GPa. The experimental lattice constant is a = 4.877 A. There is an additional local minimum in the wurtzite structure with total energy 0.28 eV/unit cell higher. At high pressure (approx 138 GPa), our calculations predict a phase transformation from a NaCl to a CsCl structure.

  9. Shock-induced optical emission and high-pressure phase transformation of sapphire

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    Zhang, Ning-Chao; Liu, Fu-Sheng; Wang, Wen-Peng; Sun, Yan-Yun; Liu, Qi-Jun; Peng, Xiao-Juan; Chen, Jun-Xiang

    2013-11-01

    Emission from sapphire window material was measured by spontaneous spectroscopic and multi-wavelength pyrometer techniques. The spectral distribution as a function of wavelength fit well to the grey-body spectrum. We analyzed the emissions and discovered that they arise from shear banding, which is a typical thermal radiation. It was found that the color temperature of shocked sapphire changes linearly and regularly with stress increases from 40 GPa to 59 GPa but becomes monotonic for stresses from 87 GPa to 120 GPa. The change in behavior indicates that a shock-induced phase transformation occurs between 59 GPa and 87 GPa.

  10. Shock-induced optical emission and high-pressure phase transformation of sapphire

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    Zhang, Ning-Chao [Laboratory of High Temperature and High Pressure Physics, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); Liu, Fu-Sheng, E-mail: fusheng_l@sohu.com [Laboratory of High Temperature and High Pressure Physics, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); Wang, Wen-Peng; Sun, Yan-Yun; Liu, Qi-Jun [Laboratory of High Temperature and High Pressure Physics, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); Peng, Xiao-Juan; Chen, Jun-Xiang [National Key Laboratory of Shock Wave and Detonation Physics, Institute of Fluid Physics, CAEP, Mianyang 621900 (China)

    2013-11-15

    Emission from sapphire window material was measured by spontaneous spectroscopic and multi-wavelength pyrometer techniques. The spectral distribution as a function of wavelength fit well to the grey-body spectrum. We analyzed the emissions and discovered that they arise from shear banding, which is a typical thermal radiation. It was found that the color temperature of shocked sapphire changes linearly and regularly with stress increases from 40 GPa to 59 GPa but becomes monotonic for stresses from 87 GPa to 120 GPa. The change in behavior indicates that a shock-induced phase transformation occurs between 59 GPa and 87 GPa.

  11. On the kinetics of phase transformation of small particles in Kolmogorov's model

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    N.V. Alekseechkin

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The classical Kolmogorov-Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (KJMA theory is generalized to the case of a finite-size system. The problem of calculating the new-phase volume fraction in a spherical domain is solved within the framework of geometrical-probabilistic approach. The solutions are obtained for both homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleations. It is shown that the finiteness property results in a qualitative distinction of the volume-fraction time dependence from that in infinite space: the Avrami exponent in the process of homogeneous nucleation decreases with time from 4 to 1, i.e. a slowing down of the transformation pro

  12. Low Temperature Phase Transformations in Copper-Quenched Ti-44.5Al-8Nb-2.5V Alloy

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    Shouzhen Cao

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available In this study, an easily controlled transformation similar to the β + α → β + α + γ and the analysis of metastable phases in a β solidifying Ti-44.5Al-8Nb-2.5V alloy were investigated. Therefore, a liquid alloy copper-quenching followed by annealing at an application temperature (850 °C has been carried out. Following quenching, a microstructure composed of several supersaturated phases—the basket-weave β0 (βbv phase, the plate-like α2 (αp phase and the stripe-like γ (γs phase—was obtained. In the annealing processes, phase transformations in the prior βbv and αp phases domain corresponded nicely to the β + α → β + α + γ transformation during solidification. Also, in the annealed γs phase, the kinetics of the phase transformations involving the metastable L12 phase was firstly detected by transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The L12 phase had a lattice structure similar to the γ phase, whereas the composition of the phase was similar to the α2 phase. The formation of the γ pre-twin phase with an anti-phase boundary (APB was detected in the γs phase of the matrix. The orientation relationships between the γs and precipitated: γ (γp phase are <101]γs//<114]γp, (10 1 ¯ γs//( 1 ¯ 10γp and (0 1 ¯ 0γs//(22 1 ¯ γp.

  13. Magnetic Field-Induced Phase Transformation in Magnetic Shape Memory Alloys with High Actuation Stress and Work Output

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    2010-05-03

    H.E., Gama , S., and Brown, D.E., “High-Energy Synchrotron X- Ray Diffraction for In-Situ Study of Structural Phase Transformations,” Symposium on...J, Maier HJ, Karaman I, Karaca HE, and Chumlyakov YI, “On the Role of Cooling Rate and Crystallographic Orientation on the Shape Memory Properties of...Mechanisms for Advanced Properties in Phase Transforming Materials, Materials Science & Technology 2009 Conference, October 25-29, 2009, Pittsburgh, PA

  14. Tensile Residual Stress Mitigation Using Low Temperature Phase Transformation Filler Wire in Welded Armor Plates

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    Feng, Zhili [ORNL; Bunn, Jeffrey R [ORNL; Tzelepis, Demetrios A [ORNL; Payzant, E Andrew [ORNL; Yu, Xinghua [ORNL

    2016-01-01

    Hydrogen induced cracking (HIC) has been a persistent issue in welding of high-strength steels. Mitigating residual stresses is one of the most efficient ways to control HIC. The current study develops a proactive in-process weld residual stress mitigation technique, which manipulates the thermal expansion and contraction sequence in the weldments during welding process. When the steel weld is cooled after welding, martensitic transformation will occur at a temperature below 400 C. Volume expansion in the weld due to the martensitic transformation will reduce tensile stresses in the weld and heat affected zone and in some cases produce compressive residual stresses in the weld. Based on this concept, a customized filler wire which undergoes a martensitic phase transformation during cooling was developed. The new filler wire shows significant improvement in terms of reducing the tendency of HIC in high strength steels. Bulk residual stress mapping using neutron diffraction revealed reduced tensile and compressive residual stresses in the welds made by the new filler wire.

  15. Residence time effects on phase transformation of nanosilver in reduced soils.

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    Rick VandeVoort, Allison; Tappero, Ryan; Arai, Yuji

    2014-01-01

    Residence time effects on phase transformation of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) (15-50 nm, with and without polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) coating) were investigated in reducing soils using experimental geochemistry and synchrotron-based x-ray techniques. After 30 days of anaerobic incubation, a substantial fraction of PVP-coated AgNPs (15 nm) were transformed into Ag₂S and or humic acid (HA) complexed Ag(I), whereas only the HA fraction was dominant in uncoated AgNPs (50 nm). Several investigations recently reported that sulfidation of AgNPs to Ag₂S was the predominant mechanism controlling the fate of AgNP in soil-water environments. However, this investigation showed each AgNP underwent particle-specific chemical transformations to different end compounds after 30 days. Considering the small contribution of Ag(I) dissolution from all AgNPs (less than 5%), we concluded that changes in solid-state chemical speciation of sorbed AgNPs was promoted by particle-specific interactions of NPs in soil chemical constituents, suggesting a critical role of soil absorbents in predicting the fate of AgNPs in terrestrial environments.

  16. Phase transformation of PZST-86/14-5-2Nb ceramic under quasi-static loading conditions.

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    Broome, Scott Thomas; Scofield, Timothy W.; Montgomery, Stephen Tedford; Bauer, Stephen J.; Hofer, John H.

    2010-02-01

    Specimens of poled and unpoled PZST ceramic were tested under hydrostatic loading conditions at temperatures of -55, 25, and 75 C. The objective of this experimental study was to obtain the electro-mechanical properties of the ceramic and the criteria of FE (Ferroelectric) to AFE (Antiferroelectric) phase transformations of the PZST ceramic to aid grain-scale modeling efforts in developing and testing realistic response models for use in simulation codes. As seen in previous studies, the poled ceramic from PZST undergoes anisotropic deformation during the transition from a FE to an AFE phase at -55 C. Warmer temperature tests exhibit anisotropic deformation in both the FE and AFE phase. The phase transformation is permanent at -55 C for all ceramics tests, whereas the transformation can be completely reversed at 25 and 75 C. The change in the phase transformation pressures at different temperatures were practically identical for both unpoled and poled PZST specimens. Bulk modulus for both poled and unpoled material was lowest in the FE phase, intermediate in the transition phase, and highest in the AFE phase. Additionally, bulk modulus varies with temperature in that PZST is stiffer as temperature decreases. Results from one poled-biased test for PZST and four poled-biased tests from PNZT 95/5-2Nb are presented. A bias of 1kV did not show noticeable differences in phase transformation pressure for the PZST material. However, with PNZT 95/5-2Nb phase transformation pressure increased with increasing voltage bias up to 4.5kV.

  17. Coherent THz electromagnetic radiation emission as a diagnostic of ultrafast phase transformations in shocked CdSe

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    Reed, Evan; Armstrong, Michael; Kim, Kiyong; Glownia, James; Howard, William; Piner, Edwin; Roberts, John

    2009-06-01

    We review our experimental observations of THz radiation from shocked piezoelectric materials. Using molecular dynamics simulations coupled to Maxwell's equations, we show that the ultrafast transformation of wurtzite CdSe to high pressure phases under shock compression is accompanied by detectable electromagnetic radiation emission. The radiation is in the 100 GHz frequency range, corresponding to the timescale of the onset of the phase transformation. The sign of the electric field contains information about the atomic transformation pathway. This work was performed in part under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  18. Modeling the coupling between martensitic phase transformation and plasticity in shape memory alloys

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    Manchiraju, Sivom

    The thermo-mechanical response of NiTi shape memory alloys (SMAs) is predominantly dictated by two inelastic deformation processes---martensitic phase transformation and plastic deformation. This thesis presents a new microstructural finite element (MFE) model that couples these processes and anisotropic elasticity. The coupling occurs via the stress redistribution induced by each mechanism. The approach includes three key improvements to the literature. First, transformation and plasticity are modeled at a crystallographic level and can occur simultaneously. Second, a rigorous large-strain finite element formulation is used, thereby capturing texture development (crystal rotation). Third, the formulation adopts recent first principle calculations of monoclinic martensite stiffness. The model is calibrated to experimental data for polycrystalline NiTi (49.9 at% Ni). Inputs include anisotropic elastic properties, texture, and DSC data as well as a subset of pseudoelastic and load-biased thermal cycling data. This calibration process provides updated material values---namely, larger self-hardening between similar martensite plates. It is then assessed against additional pseudoelastic and load-biased thermal cycling experimental data and neutron diffraction measurements of martensite texture evolution. Several experimental trends are captured---in particular, the transformation strain during thermal cycling monotonically increases with increasing bias stress, reaching a peak and then decreasing due to intervention of plasticity---a trend which existing MFE models are unable to capture. Plasticity is also shown to enhance stress-induced martensite formation during loading and generate retained martensite upon unloading. The simulations even enable a quantitative connection between deformation processing and two-way shape memory effect. Some experimental trends are not captured---in particular, the ratcheting of macrostrain with repeated thermal cycling. This may

  19. In situ investigation of ordering phase transformations in FePt magnetic nanoparticles

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    Wittig, James E., E-mail: j.wittig@vanderbilt.edu [Interdisciplinary Materials Science, Vanderbilt University, PMB 351683, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37232 (United States); Bentley, James, E-mail: bentleyj48@gmail.com [Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PO Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6376 (United States); Allard, Lawrence F., E-mail: allardlfjr@ornl.gov [Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PO Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6376 (United States)

    2017-05-15

    In situ high-resolution electron microscopy was used to reveal information at the atomic level for the disordered-to-ordered phase transformation of equiatomic FePt nanoparticles that can exhibit outstanding magnetic properties after transforming from disordered face-centered-cubic into the tetragonal L1{sub 0} ordered structure. High-angle annular dark-field imaging in the scanning transmission electron microscope provided sufficient contrast between the Fe and Pt atoms to readily monitor the ordering of the atoms during in situ heating experiments. However, during continuous high-magnification imaging the electron beam influenced the kinetics of the transformation so annealing had to be performed with the electron beam blanked. At 500 °C where the reaction rate was relatively slow, observation of the transformation mechanisms using this sequential imaging protocol revealed that ordering proceeded from (002) surface facets but was incomplete and multiple-domain particles were formed that contained anti-phase domain boundaries and anti-site defects. At 600 and 700 °C, the limitations of sequential imaging were revealed as a consequence of increased transformation kinetics. Annealing for only 5 min at 700 °C produced complete single-domain L1{sub 0} order; such single-domain particles were more spherical in shape with (002) facets. The in situ experiments also provided information concerning nanoparticle sintering, coalescence, and consolidation. Although there was resistance to complete sintering due to the crystallography of L1{sub 0} order, the driving force from the large surface-area-to-volume ratio resulted in considerable nanoparticle coalescence, which would render such FePt nanoparticles unsuitable for use as magnetic recording media. Comparison of the in situ data acquired using the protocol described above with parallel ex situ annealing experiments showed that identical behavior resulted in all cases. - Highlights: • HAADF STEM imaging reveals the

  20. Constitutive modeling of shock response of phase-transforming and porous materials with strength

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    Resnyansky, A. D.

    2010-10-01

    The paper analyzes constitutive behavior of phase-transforming materials and metal powders loaded by shock waves. A two-phase material model developed earlier is extended to the case of materials with strength. Available experimental free surface velocities of iron samples under the α-ɛ phase transition and shock velocity data for porous aluminum and copper are analyzed numerically with the present model. The phase transition hysteresis is demonstrated by numerical analysis of experimental free surface velocities. Possible role of the martensitic mechanism in the hysteresis is emphasized. The calculated anomalous Hugoniots as well as pressure equilibrium (PE) and pressure-temperature equilibrium (PTE) Hugoniots are compared with available experiments for aluminum and copper powders. It is argued that a large nonequilibrium interphase heat transfer zone for aluminum powders results in a scatter of experimental Hugoniot points between the PE and PTE Hugoniots in low pressure region. In turn, in high pressure region, the effect of strength on porous Hugoniot may increase with porosity due to an extra dissipation, which improves description of experiments for an extremely porous aluminum.

  1. Phase transformation during long-term low temperature exposure of 1424 Al-Li-Mg alloy

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    Khokhlatova, L.B.; Alekseev, A.A.; Kolobnev, N.I.; Lukina, E.A. [All-Russian Inst. of Aviation Materials, Moscow (Russian Federation); Ber, L.B.; Ukolova, O.G. [All-Russian Inst. of Light Alloys, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2002-07-01

    The chemical composition and strengthening heat treatment, involving air quenching and three step aging, ensure a thermal stability of 1424 alloy sheets as for the fracture toughness and fatigue crack propagation rate characteristics after exposure for up to 3000 hrs at 85 C. But these characteristics decrease after exposure for up to 4000 hrs. The study of phase transformation under heating in the temperature range of 85-95 C, during 300-4000 hrs shows the increase in both the size and volume fraction of {delta}'-phase (Al{sub 3}Li), and additional precipitation of its fine particles, and an appearance of special regions which have fine cellular structure. Fine cellular regions essentially differ from the S{sub 1} (Al{sub 2}MgLi)-phase. Decrease in fracture toughness characteristics after heating for up to 4000 hrs correlates with additional precipitation of fine {delta}'- phase particles and intensification of special cellular structures formation along the grain boundaries. (orig.)

  2. Carbon deposition and phase transformations in red mud on exposure to methane

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    Sushil, S. [Centre for Energy and Environment, TERI University, Darbari Seth Block, Habitat Place, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003 (India); Alabdulrahman, A.M. [King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Petroleum and Petrochemical Research Institute (PAPRI), PO Box 6086, Riyadh 11442 (Saudi Arabia); Balakrishnan, M. [Centre for Energy and Environment, TERI University, Darbari Seth Block, Habitat Place, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003 (India); Batra, V.S., E-mail: vidyasb@teri.res.in [Centre for Energy and Environment, TERI University, Darbari Seth Block, Habitat Place, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003 (India); Blackley, R.A. [School of Chemistry, University of St. Andrews, North Haugh, St. Andrews KY16 9ST (United Kingdom); Clapp, J.; Hargreaves, J.S.J.; Monaghan, A.; Pulford, I.D. [WestCHEM, Department of Chemistry, Joseph Black Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ (United Kingdom); Rico, J.L. [Laboratorio de Catalisis, Facultad de Ingenieria Quimica, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Edificio E, CU, Morelia, Mich. C.P. 58060 (Mexico); Zhou, W. [School of Chemistry, University of St. Andrews, North Haugh, St. Andrews KY16 9ST (United Kingdom)

    2010-08-15

    A characterization study detailing the phase transformations and microstructural nature of the carbon deposited during methane decomposition over red mud has been undertaken. In situ XRD was carried out to study the phase transformation sequences of red mud during the reaction. Scanning electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, BET surface area determination and CHN analysis were carried out to investigate the properties of the post-reaction samples. Exposure to methane with increasing temperature caused a stepwise reduction of iron oxides in red mud and promoted methane cracking leading to carbon deposition. The presence of carbon nanostructures was confirmed by HRTEM observations. The carbon formed was graphitic in nature and the spent red mud, rich in Fe and Fe{sub 3}C formed as a result of the reduction of the iron oxide, was magnetic in nature. The surface area of the material was enhanced upon reaction. In addition, reactivity comparisons between goethite and red mud were carried out to study the formation of carbon oxides during reaction.

  3. Nanometric Scale Investigation of Phase Transformations in Advanced Steels for Automotive Application

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    Drillet, Josée; Valle, Nathalie; Iung, Thierry

    2012-12-01

    The current trend toward producing lighter vehicles in the automotive industry is driven by the need to conform to the new exhaust emission control regulations. This objective presents a challenge to steel manufacturers. The difficulty lies in designing new alloys with an optimum strength/formability/cost balance for the various components. Here, the key to success lies in controlling the steel microstructure and especially the phase transformations at the smallest possible scale. Among the different alloying elements, light elements such as carbon and boron are of prime importance due to their major effects on the kinetics of phase transformations. Characterization tools combining high spatial and analytical resolution such as secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and field emission gun-transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used. In this article, the examples presented are as follows. (1) Boron segregation and precipitation effects to control hardenability in martensitic steels. (2) Local carbon distribution in advanced high-strength steels, with a specific emphasis on martensite tempering. Links have been established between the boron and carbon distribution and the formability.

  4. A High-Rate, Single-Crystal Model including Phase Transformations, Plastic Slip, and Twinning

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    Addessio, Francis L. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Theoretical Division; Bronkhorst, Curt Allan [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Theoretical Division; Bolme, Cynthia Anne [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Explosive Science and Shock Physics Division; Brown, Donald William [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Materials Science and Technology Division; Cerreta, Ellen Kathleen [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Materials Science and Technology Division; Lebensohn, Ricardo A. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Materials Science and Technology Division; Lookman, Turab [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Theoretical Division; Luscher, Darby Jon [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Theoretical Division; Mayeur, Jason Rhea [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Theoretical Division; Morrow, Benjamin M. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Materials Science and Technology Division; Rigg, Paulo A. [Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States). Dept. of Physics. Inst. for Shock Physics

    2016-08-09

    An anisotropic, rate-­dependent, single-­crystal approach for modeling materials under the conditions of high strain rates and pressures is provided. The model includes the effects of large deformations, nonlinear elasticity, phase transformations, and plastic slip and twinning. It is envisioned that the model may be used to examine these coupled effects on the local deformation of materials that are subjected to ballistic impact or explosive loading. The model is formulated using a multiplicative decomposition of the deformation gradient. A plate impact experiment on a multi-­crystal sample of titanium was conducted. The particle velocities at the back surface of three crystal orientations relative to the direction of impact were measured. Molecular dynamics simulations were conducted to investigate the details of the high-­rate deformation and pursue issues related to the phase transformation for titanium. Simulations using the single crystal model were conducted and compared to the high-­rate experimental data for the impact loaded single crystals. The model was found to capture the features of the experiments.

  5. Phase variation of Opa proteins of Neisseria meningitidis and the effects of bacterial transformation.

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    Sadarangani, Manish; Hoe, Claire J; Makepeace, Katherine; van der Ley, Peter; Pollard, Andrew J

    2016-03-01

    Opa proteins are major proteins involved in meningococcal colonization of the nasopharynx and immune interactions. Opa proteins undergo phase variation (PV) due to the presence of the 5'-CTCTT-3' coding repeat (CR) sequence. The dynamics of PV of meningococcal Opa proteins is unknown. Opa PV, including the effect of transformation on PV, was assessed using a panel of Opa-deficient strains of Neisseria meningitidis. Analysis of Opa expression from UK disease-causing isolates was undertaken. Different opa genes demonstrated variable rates of PV, between 6.4 × 10(-4) and 6.9 × 10(-3) per cell per generation. opa genes with a longer CR tract had a higher rate of PV (r(2) = 0.77, p = 0.1212). Bacterial transformation resulted in a 180-fold increase in PV rate. The majority of opa genes in UK disease isolates (315/463, 68.0%) were in the 'on' phase, suggesting the importance of Opa proteins during invasive disease. These data provide valuable information for the first time regarding meningococcal Opa PV. The presence of Opa PV in meningococcal populations and high expression of Opa among invasive strains likely indicates the importance of this protein in bacterial colonization in the human nasopharynx. These findings have potential implications for development of vaccines derived from meningococcal outer membranes.

  6. Methotrexate intercalated calcium carbonate nanostructures: Synthesis, phase transformation and bioassay study.

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    Dai, Chao-Fan; Wang, Wei-Yuan; Wang, Lin; Zhou, Lei; Li, Shu-Ping; Li, Xiao-Dong

    2016-12-01

    The formation and stabilization of amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) is an active area of research owing to the presence of stable ACC in various biogenic minerals. In this paper, the synthesis of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) under the participation of methotrexate (MTX) via a facile gas diffusion route was reported. The results indicated that the addition of MTX can result in the phase transformation of CaCO3, and then two kinds of hybrids, i.e., MTX-vaterite and stable MTX-ACC came into being. Interestingly, the functional agent MTX served as both the target anticancer drug loaded and effective complexation agents to modify and control the morphology of final samples. The examination of MTX-ACC biodegradation process revealed that the collapse of MTX-ACC nanoparticles was due to the synergistic effect of drug release and the phase transformation. Finally, our study also proved that MTX-ACC exhibited the most excellent suppressing function on the viability of cancer cells, especially after long-time duration. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  7. Modeling the viscoplastic micromechanical response of two-phase materials using fast Fourier transforms

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    Lebensohn, Ricardo A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Lee, Sukbin [CMU; Rollett, Anthony D [CMU

    2009-01-01

    A viscoplastic approach using the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) method for obtaining local mechanical response is utilized to study microstructure-property relationships in composite materials. Specifically, three-dimensional, two-phase digital materials containing isotropically coarsened particles surrounded by a matrix phase, generated through a Kinetic Monte Carlo Potts model for Ostwald ripening, are used as instantiations in order to calculate the stress and strain rate fields under uniaxial tension. The effects of the morphology of the matrix phase, the volume fraction and the contiguity of particles, and the polycrystallinity of matrix phase, on the stress and strain rate fields under uniaxial tension are examined. It is found that the first moments of the stress and strain rate fields have a different dependence on the particle volume fraction and the particle contiguity from their second moments. The average stresses and average strain rates of both phases and of the overall composite have rather simple relationships with the particle volume fraction whereas their standard deviations vary strongly, especially when the particle volume fraction is high, and the contiguity of particles has a noticeable effect on the mechanical response. It is also found that the shape of stress distribution in the BCC hard particle phase evolves as the volume fraction of particles in the composite varies, such that it agrees with the stress field in the BCC polycrystal as the volume of particles approaches unity. Finally, it is observed that the stress and strain rate fields in the microstructures with a polycrystalline matrix are less sensitive to changes in volume fraction and contiguity of particles.

  8. Zirconia phase transformation in retrieved, wear simulated, and artificially aged ceramic femoral heads.

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    Parkes, Maria; Sayer, Kathryn; Goldhofer, Markus; Cann, Philippa; Walter, William L; Jeffers, Jonathan

    2017-12-01

    Zirconia in Zirconia toughened alumina ceramic hip replacements exists in an unstable state and can transform in response to stress giving the material improved fracture toughness. Phase transformation also occurs under hydrothermal conditions such as exist in vivo. To predict the hydrothermal aging that will occur in vivo accelerated aging procedures have been used, but validation of these models requires the study of retrieved hip joints. Here 26 retrievals are analysed to determine the degree of phase transformation in vivo. These were compared with virgin heads, heads that had undergone the accelerated aging process and heads wear tested to 5 million cycles in a hip simulator. Monoclinic content and surface roughness were measured using Raman spectroscopy and white light interferometry respectively. The monoclinic content for retrieved heads was 28.5% ± 7.8, greater than twice that in virgin, aged, or wear tested heads and did not have a significant correlation with time, contrary to the predictions of the hydrothermal aging model. The surface roughness for retrieved heads in the unworn area was not significantly different to that in virgin, aged, or unworn areas of wear tested heads. However in worn areas of the retrieved heads, the surface roughness was higher than observed in wear simulator testing. These results indicate that current testing methodologies do not fully capture the operational conditions of the material and the real performance of future new materials may not be adequately predicted by current pre-clinical testing methods. © 2017 The Authors. Journal of Orthopaedic Research Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Orthopaedic Research Society 35:2781-2789, 2017. © 2017 The Authors. Journal of Orthopaedic Research Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Orthopaedic Research Society.

  9. Effect of ball to powder ratio on the ZrO{sub 2} phase transformations during milling

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    Zakeri, M.; Razavi, M., E-mail: m-razavi@merc.ac.ir; Rahimipour, M.R.; Jamal Abbasi, B.

    2014-07-01

    Effect of milling time and ball to powder weight ratio (BPR) were investigated on the phase transformation of monoclinic zirconia during high energy ball milling. Degree of phase transformation was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and quantitative phase analysis (Rietveld refinement). Morphology and microstructure were monitored by scanning and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. Higher milling time and BPR led to the more transformation, smaller mean grain size and larger strain. There was approximately 80% tetragonal zirconia in the 80 h milled powder with the BPR 25:1. A nanostructure powder with the mean grain size less than 10 nm was obtained in both BPRs that were in consistence with TEM images. Stress and strain inducing in the lattice of m-ZrO{sub 2} was proposed as the main mechanism of its transformation.

  10. An experimental method for investigating phase transformations in the heat affected zone of welds using synchrotron radiation

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    Elmer, J.W.; Wong, J.; Froba, M.; Waide, P.A.; Larson, E.M.

    1995-05-26

    Although welding is an established technology used in many industrial settings, it is least understand terms of the phases that actually exist, the variation of their spatial disposition with time, and the rate of transformation from one phase to another at various thermal coordinates in the vicinity of the weld. With the availability of high flux and, more recently, high brightness synchrotron x-radiation sources, a number of diffraction and spectroscopic methods have been developed for structural characterization with improved spatial and temporal resolutions to enable in-situ measurements of phases under extreme temperature, pressure and other processing conditions not readily accessible with conventional sources. This paper describes the application of spatially resolved x-ray diffraction (SRXRD) for in-situ investigations of phase transformations in the heat affected zone (HAZ) of fusion welds. Results are presented for gas tungsten (GTA) welds in commercially pure titanium that show the existence of the high temperature bcc {beta}-phase in a 3.3 {plus_minus} 0.3 mm wide HA band adjacent to the liquid weld pool. Phase concentration profiles derived from the SRXRD data further show the co-existence of both the low temperature hcp ({alpha}-phase and the {beta}-phase in the partially, transformed region of the HA. These results represent the first direct observations of solid state phase transformations and mapping of phase boundaries in fusion welds. SRXRD experiments of this type are needed as experimental input for modeling of kinetics of phase transformations and microstructural evolution under the highly non-isothermal conditions produced during welding.

  11. Unprecedented transformation of [I(-)·I3(-)] to [I4(2-)] polyiodides in the solid state: structures, phase transitions and characterization of dipyrazolium iodide triiodide.

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    Węcławik, M; Szklarz, P; Medycki, W; Janicki, R; Piecha-Bisiorek, A; Zieliński, P; Jakubas, R

    2015-11-14

    Dipyrazolium iodide triiodide, [C3N2H5(+)]2[I(-)·I3(-)], has been synthesized and studied by means of X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, dielectric measurements, and UV-Vis spectroscopy. Two reversible, solid-solid phase transitions (Imma (I) ↔ (II) ↔Pbam (III)) at 254 K and 182/188 K respectively have been revealed. The anionic network experiences spectacular changes associated with a huge rebuilding of the inorganic network from [I(-)·I3(-)] to [I4(2-)]. The low frequency dielectric relaxation process occurs in phase II with the activation energy of ca. 34 kJ mol(-1). The molecular motion of the pyrazolium cations in [C3N2H5(+)]2[I(-)·I3(-)] has been studied by means of proton magnetic resonance studies ((1)H NMR). The ferroelastic properties of all phases have been confirmed by polarizing microscopy observations. The molecular mechanism of the phase transitions in the compound is proposed.

  12. Modified Two-core Phase-shifting Transformer Based on the Classical «Delta Connection» Scheme

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    Golub I.V.

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, in joined power systems increases the role and significance of phase-shifting devices, which are used in the quality of FACTS-controllers (Flexible Alternative Current Transmission System, allowing solving various problems of modes management in a complex-closed inhomogeneous network. A modified version of the two-transformer circuit phase-adjusting device, built based on the classical single-transformer scheme «Delta Connection» has been studied in the paper. The proposed device’s topology differs from the classical of single-transformer one so that the control coil is supplied by a lower voltage than phase level, which in turn makes it possible to use it in high rated voltage networks. A mathematical model of the device, which describes the change of parameters of operation mode of phase-shifting transformer under the adjusting of the phase-shifting angle, has been provided. The achieved results can be used for comparative analysis when determining the technical and economic efficiency in the deal of further development of phase rotating devices of transformer type.

  13. High-pressure Raman investigations of phase transformations in pentaerythritol (C(CH sub 2 OH) sub 4)

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    Bhattacharya, T

    2002-01-01

    Our high-pressure Raman scattering experiments on pentaerythritol (C(CH sub 2 OH) sub 4) show that this compound undergoes at least three phase transformations up to 25 GPa. Splitting of various modes at approx 6.3, approx 8.2 and 10 GPa suggests that these phase transformations result in lowering of crystalline symmetry. A very small discontinuous change in slope of most of the Raman-active modes is observed at 0.3 GPa. However, no other signature of a phase transition was observed at this pressure. The observed correlation of the pressures for the onset of the two phase transformations with the limiting values of the distances between various non-bonded atoms in the parent phase suggests that the molecular rearrangements across the phase transformations are not very drastic. In addition, our earlier Fourier transform infrared and present Raman investigations indicate that high-pressure compression leads to increase in strength of the hydrogen bond present in this compound.

  14. Non-Resonant Magnetoelectric Energy Harvesting Utilizing Phase Transformation in Relaxor Ferroelectric Single Crystals

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    Peter Finkel

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Recent advances in phase transition transduction enabled the design of a non-resonant broadband mechanical energy harvester that is capable of delivering an energy density per cycle up to two orders of magnitude larger than resonant cantilever piezoelectric type generators. This was achieved in a [011] oriented and poled domain engineered relaxor ferroelectric single crystal, mechanically biased to a state just below the ferroelectric rhombohedral (FR-ferroelectric orthorhombic (FO phase transformation. Therefore, a small variation in an input parameter, e.g., electrical, mechanical, or thermal will generate a large output due to the significant polarization change associated with the transition. This idea was extended in the present work to design a non-resonant, multi-domain magnetoelectric composite hybrid harvester comprised of highly magnetostrictive alloy, [Fe81.4Ga18.6 (Galfenol or TbxDy1-xFe2 (Terfenol-D], and lead indium niobate–lead magnesium niobate–lead titanate (PIN-PMN-PT domain engineered relaxor ferroelectric single crystal. A small magnetic field applied to the coupled device causes the magnetostrictive element to expand, and the resulting stress forces the phase change in the relaxor ferroelectric single crystal. We have demonstrated high energy conversion in this magnetoelectric device by triggering the FR-FO transition in the single crystal by a small ac magnetic field in a broad frequency range that is important for multi-domain hybrid energy harvesting devices.

  15. Phase transformation of nanostructured titanium dioxide thin films grown by sol-gel method

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    Soenmezoglu, Savas [Karamanoglu Mehmetbey University, Faculty of Kamil Ozdag Science, Department of Physics, Karaman (Turkey); Cankaya, Gueven [Yildirim Beyazit University, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Materials Engineering, Ankara (Turkey); Serin, Necmi [Ankara University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Physics Engineering, Ankara (Turkey)

    2012-04-15

    Nanostructured TiO{sub 2} thin films were deposited on quartz glass at room temperature by sol-gel dip coating method. The effects of annealing temperature between 200 C to 1100 C were investigated on the structural, morphological, and optical properties of these films. The X-ray diffraction results showed that nanostructured TiO{sub 2} thin film annealed at between 200 C to 600 C was amorphous transformed into the anatase phase at 700 {sup circle} C, and further into rutile phase at 1000 C. The crystallite size of TiO{sub 2} thin films was increased with increasing annealing temperature. From atomic force microscopy images it was confirmed that the microstructure of annealed thin films changed from column to nubbly. Besides, surface roughness of the thin films increases from 1.82 to 5.20 nm, and at the same time, average grain size as well grows up from about 39 to 313 nm with increase of the annealing temperature. The transmittance of the thin films annealed at 1000 and 1100 C was reduced significantly in the wavelength range of about 300-700 nm due to the change of crystallite phase. Refractive index and optical high dielectric constant of the n-TiO{sub 2} thin films were increased with increasing annealing temperature, and the film thickness and the optical band gap of nanostructured TiO{sub 2} thin films were decreased. (orig.)

  16. Kinetics of germanium nanowire growth by the vapor-solid-solid mechanism with a Ni-based catalyst

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    Shruti V. Thombare

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The kinetics of vapor-solid-solid (VSS Ge nanowire growth using a Ni-based catalyst were investigated to probe the rate-limiting step for this complex nanoscale crystal growth process. The effects of key parameters such as temperature and precursor partial pressure on the nanowire growth rate were studied in order to gain detailed insights into the growth kinetics. Two different regimes were observed for VSS growth of Ge nanowires as function of temperature. At higher temperatures (345 °C–375 °C, kinetics data suggest that mass transport of germane precursor to the catalyst surface is rate limiting. At lower temperatures (<345 °C, either surface reaction of the GeH4 precursor on the catalyst or incorporation of Ge into the nanowire across the wire/catalyst interface is rate limiting.

  17. Prediction and Optimization of Phase Transformation Region After Spot Continual Induction Hardening Process Using Response Surface Method

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    Qin, Xunpeng; Gao, Kai; Zhu, Zhenhua; Chen, Xuliang; Wang, Zhou

    2017-09-01

    The spot continual induction hardening (SCIH) process, which is a modified induction hardening, can be assembled to a five-axis cooperating computer numerical control machine tool to strengthen more than one small area or relatively large area on complicated component surface. In this study, a response surface method was presented to optimize phase transformation region after the SCIH process. The effects of five process parameters including feed velocity, input power, gap, curvature and flow rate on temperature, microstructure, microhardness and phase transformation geometry were investigated. Central composition design, a second-order response surface design, was employed to systematically estimate the empirical models of temperature and phase transformation geometry. The analysis results indicated that feed velocity has a dominant effect on the uniformity of microstructure and microhardness, domain size, oxidized track width, phase transformation width and height in the SCIH process while curvature has the largest effect on center temperature in the design space. The optimum operating conditions with 0.817, 0.845 and 0.773 of desirability values are expected to be able to minimize ratio (tempering region) and maximize phase transformation width for concave, flat and convex surface workpieces, respectively. The verification result indicated that the process parameters obtained by the model were reliable.

  18. Structural and Phase Transformations in Water-Vapour-Plasma-Treated Hydrophilic TiO2 Films

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    L. Pranevicius

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We have investigated structural and phase transformations in water-vapor-plasma-treated 200–300 nm thick Ti films, maintained at room temperature, by injecting water vapor into radio frequency (RF plasma at different processing powers. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM combined with optical microscopy and surface nanotopography analysis were used to view tracks of adsorbed water layers and to detect bulges or blisters appeared on the surface of treated samples. Rough surfaces with different size of holes (5–20 μm through the entire film thickness have been observed. X-ray diffraction results show that the oxidation rate of Ti film drastically increases in the presence of an adsorbed water on the hydrophilic layer. It is assumed that the defining factor which controls oxidation kinetics is the hydroxyl radicals formation.

  19. Analytical Modeling Of The Steinmetz Coefficient For Single-Phase Transformer Eddy Current Loss Prediction

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    T. Aly Saandy

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract This article presents to an analytical calculation methodology of the Steinmetz coefficient applied to the prediction of Eddy current loss in a single-phase transformer. Based on the electrical circuit theory the active power consumed by the core is expressed analytically in function of the electrical parameters as resistivity and the geometrical dimensions of the core. The proposed modeling approach is established with the duality parallel series. The required coefficient is identified from the empirical Steinmetz data based on the experimented active power expression. To verify the relevance of the model validations both by simulations with two in two different frequencies and measurements were carried out. The obtained results are in good agreement with the theoretical approach and the practical results.

  20. A SIMPLIFIED MODEL OF THREE-PHASE BANK OF CURRENT TRANSFORMERS IN THE DYNAMIC SIMULATION SYSTEM

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    I. V. Novash

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available  The article presents and substantiates a simplified mathematical simulation model realization technique for a three-phase bank of current transformers (CT based on their nameplate data. The secondary windings and load of the current transformers form a Y-connected circuit with neutral conductor. Consistent with the presented technique the simplified mathematical simulation realizes in the dynamic-modeling environment of MatLab–Simulink–SimPowerSystems. This simulation allows obtaining the secondary current curve shape entering only the nameplate data of the CT being simulated. Thus, the simulation under consideration enables the assessment of technical feasibility of the CT from viewpoint of correct functioning of the relay protective devices during transient processes in the electric energy systems.Employing the model, the authors conduct computational experiments simulating the CT typical operating modes: short-circuit current passage with presence/absence of the direct component and short-circuit current passage with presence of the direct component and residual magnetic induction of the CT. The paper examines the modes of automatic re-closing failure at different stages of the breaker closure with oscillograms drawn illustrating each characteristic case.The authors compare two methods for the CT iron magnetization-curve assigning: manual approximation and the Ollendorf-formula approximation. Relying on this comparison they conclude on feasability of application of the magnetization-curve approximating function for the CT operating analysis during transient processes in the electric energy systems. An elaborated user-friendly graphic interface provides a means of visual assigning the CT nominal parameters, the residual magnetic induction, and the method of the transformer iron magnetization curve approximation. The results of conducted computational experiments prove feasibility of the CT-bank simulation model.

  1. Phase transformation and exchange bias effects in mechanically alloyed Fe/magnetite powders

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    Crisan, O., E-mail: ocrisan@yahoo.com [National Institute for Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG-7, 077125 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Crisan, A.D. [National Institute for Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG-7, 077125 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania)

    2011-06-09

    Highlights: > Phase evolution in Fe/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanopowder monitored by synchrotron X-ray diffraction. > Fe/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanopowder undergo an incomplete redox reaction with formation of FeO. > FeO decomposes gradually into initial constituents at T up to 500 deg. C. > At higher T the redox reaction is reversible, at 900 deg. C only FeO is observed. > For the first time a strong exchange bias effect, related to FeO content, is observed. - Abstract: Nanostructured powders processed by ball milling of a mixture of Fe and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} at room temperature are shown to undergo an incomplete redox reaction with formation of FeO during the milling process. This reaction is favored by the high energy introduced during the mechano-alloying process. Concurrent effects of milling such as grain refinement down to the nanometre scale lead at the end of the milling processes to a mixed multiphase powder of nanograins, with Fe and Fe oxide grains inter-dispersed. We show that in the as-milled Fe/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} powder, during milling process, wuestite (FeO) is formed as a consequence of the redox reaction. Moreover, with increasing temperature, the system undergoes an inverse phase transformation towards the initial Fe and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} phases until about 450 deg. C. Above this temperature the reduction reaction Fe + Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} = 4FeO is reinitiated, resulting in sharp decrease of Fe and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} content from about 550 deg. C and almost complete disappearance of these phases at about 900 deg. C. This transformation was investigated via an energy-dispersive in situ X-ray diffraction experiment using the synchrotron radiation. This study allows direct collection of X-ray patterns after few minutes exposure, at selected temperatures, ranging between 20 deg. C and 1000 deg. C. The structural and magnetic characterizations of the nanograin powders, as-milled and annealed at several temperatures, are studied using XRD, SEM and magnetic measurements

  2. A flow-through hydrothermal cell for in situ neutron diffraction studies of phase transformations

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    O' Neill, Brian [School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, South Australia 5005 (Australia); Tenailleau, Christophe [Department of Mineralogy, South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000 (Australia); Nogthai, Yung [School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, South Australia 5005 (Australia); Studer, Andrew [Bragg Institute, ANSTO, PMB 1 Menai, New South Wales 2234 (Australia); Brugger, Joel [Department of Mineralogy, South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000 (Australia): Department of Geology and Geophysics, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5005 (Australia); Pring, Allan [Department of Mineralogy, South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000 (Australia): Department of Geology and Geophysics, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5005 (Australia)]. E-mail: pring.allan@saugov.sa.gov.au

    2006-11-15

    A flow-through hydrothermal cell for the in situ neutron diffraction study of crystallisation and phase transitions has been developed. It can be used for kinetic studies on materials that exhibit structural transformations under hydrothermal conditions. It is specifically designed for use on the medium-resolution powder diffractometer (MRPD) at ANSTO, Lucas Heights, Sydney. But it is planned to adapt the design for the Polaris beamline at ISIS and the new high-intensity powder diffractometer (Wombat) at the new Australian reactor Opal. The cell will operate in a flow-through mode over the temperature range from 25-300 deg. C and up to pressures of 100 bar. The first results of a successful transformation of pentlandite (Fe,Ni){sub 9}S{sub 8} to violarite (Fe,Ni){sub 3}S{sub 4} under mild conditions (pH{approx}4) at 120 deg. C and 3 bar using in situ neutron diffraction measurements are presented.

  3. Analytical electron microscope study of the omega phase transformation in a zirconium--niobium alloy

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    Zaluzec, N.J.

    1979-06-01

    An in-situ study of the as-quenched omega phase transformation in Zr--15% Nb was conducted between the temperatures of 77 and 300/sup 0/K using analytical electron microscopy. The domain size of the omega regions observed in this investigation was on the order of 30 A, consistent with previous observations in this system. No alignment of omega domains along <222> directions of the bcc lattice was observed and in-situ thermal cycling experiments failed to produce a long period structure of alternating ..beta.. and ..omega.. phase regions as predicted by one theory of this transformation. Several techniques of microstructural analysis were developed, refined, and standardized. Grouped under the general classification of Analytical Electron Microscopy (AEM) they provide the experimentalist with a unique tool for the microcharacterization of solids, allowing semiquantitative to quantitative analysis of the morphology, crystallography, elemental composition, and electronic structure of regions as small as 20 A in diameter. These techniques have complications, and it was necessary to study the AEM system used in this work so that instrumental artifacts which invalidate the information produced in the microscope environment might be eliminated. Once these factors had been corrected, it was possible to obtain a wealth of information about the microvolume of material under investigation. The microanalytical techniques employed during this research include: energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) using both conventional and scanning transmission electron microscopy (CTEM, STEM), transmission scanning electron diffraction (TSED), the stationary diffraction pattern technique, and electron energy loss spectroscopy (ELS) using a dedicated scanning transmission electron microscope (DSTEM).

  4. Evaluation of various polishing systems and the phase transformation of monolithic zirconia.

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    Huh, Yoon-Hyuk; Park, Chan-Jin; Cho, Lee-Ra

    2016-09-01

    Although a well-polished monolithic zirconia surface is essential, insufficient comparative studies on the constituents and efficacy of polishing systems have been conducted. The purpose of this in vitro study was to analyze the abrasive constituents and compare the polishing effectiveness of 6 zirconia polishing systems, including their potential influence on the phase transformation of monolithic zirconia. The compositions of 6 zirconia polishing systems were analyzed using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Sintered and high-speed ground monolithic zirconia specimens were used as control groups (n=14 specimens per group). Test groups (n=168) were pretreated identically to the control group and arbitrarily divided into 12 groups to examine 6 polishing systems for 2 polishing periods (60 or 120 seconds). The surfaces were characterized by a surface profiler and various analytic techniques, including x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The data were analyzed using 2-way ANOVA and multiple comparisons and the Bonferroni method (α=.05). The abrasives were primarily composed of C, O, and Si. Diamond was identified as the main abrasive and SiC as the supplementary abrasive in the polishing systems. No significant differences were observed for the 60- or 120-second polishing times (P>.05). Four products had significantly lower surface roughness values than the other 2 (Pzirconia specimens. The monolithic zirconia polishing systems contained diamond and SiC abrasives. All zirconia polishing systems showed clinically acceptable results, and 4 systems exhibited lower surface roughness. Phase transformation did not occur during polishing procedure. Copyright © 2016 Editorial Council for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Phase identification for space charge measurement under periodic stress of an arbitrary waveform based on the Hilbert transform

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    Wu, Jiandong; Huang, Ruodong; Wan, Jiadong; Chen, Yading; Yin, Yi; Chen, George

    2016-04-01

    Data processing (i.e. phase identification) using the instantaneous phase φ‧(t) defined by the Hilbert transform is discussed to confirm the detecting phase of the space charge observed by the pulsed electroacoustic method under the periodic wave V a (t). The discrete voltage V a (i) of the periodic wave at the detecting phase φ(i) is used for phase identification, and φ(i) is equally distributed to obtain N p divisions for the phase within one period. The accuracy of the discrete instantaneous phase φ‧(i) is significantly determined by the number of samples N for the discrete voltage V a (i). The instantaneous phase is consistent with the real phase of pure sine and cosine waves, and this phase linearly varies with time. However, the instantaneous phase non-linearly varies with time under the periodic stress of arbitrary waveforms. This limitation can be resolved using the base wave component, i.e. sine or cosine wave of V a (t), which is acquired by the Fourier transform. Finally, the space charge behaviour in low-density polyethylene under square and sine waves with offset is detected to verify the accuracy and effectiveness of the proposed method.

  6. Length scale effects and multiscale modeling of thermally induced phase transformation kinetics in NiTi SMA

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    Frantziskonis, George N.; Gur, Sourav

    2017-06-01

    Thermally induced phase transformation in NiTi shape memory alloys (SMAs) shows strong size and shape, collectively termed length scale effects, at the nano to micrometer scales, and that has important implications for the design and use of devices and structures at such scales. This paper, based on a recently developed multiscale model that utilizes molecular dynamics (MDs) simulations at small scales and MD-verified phase field (PhF) simulations at larger scales, reports results on specific length scale effects, i.e. length scale effects in martensite phase fraction (MPF) evolution, transformation temperatures (martensite and austenite start and finish) and in the thermally cyclic transformation between austenitic and martensitic phase. The multiscale study identifies saturation points for length scale effects and studies, for the first time, the length scale effect on the kinetics (i.e. developed internal strains) in the B19‧ phase during phase transformation. The major part of the work addresses small scale single crystals in specific orientations. However, the multiscale method is used in a unique and novel way to indirectly study length scale and grain size effects on evolution kinetics in polycrystalline NiTi, and to compare the simulation results to experiments. The interplay of the grain size and the length scale effect on the thermally induced MPF evolution is also shown in this present study. Finally, the multiscale coupling results are employed to improve phenomenological material models for NiTi SMA.

  7. The transformation of amorphous calcium carbonate, ACC, to crystalline phases as function of time and temperature.

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    Gies, Hermann; Happel, Marian; Niedermayr, Andrea; Immenhauser, Adrian

    2017-04-01

    We present results from a structural study of the transformation of freeze dried amorphous calcium carbonate, ACC, in crystalline material using pair distribution function analysis, PDF analysis, of X-ray powder diffraction data, XPD data. PDF analysis allows for the analysis of local order of structural subunit in the range between molecular unit (1. and 2. coordination sphere) and long range periodicity as in crystalline materials. ACC was precipitated from aqueous solutions at 298 K and 278 K using different amounts of Mg cations as stabilizer. The samples were immediately separated from the solution and freeze dried. For the transformation study, the samples were heated and analysed using XPD until they were crystallized. The radial distribution obtained from the XPD data were compared to simulated radial distributions of the calcium carbonate polymorphs and their hydrated phases. An ACC precipitated from a solution with Ca:Mg:CO3 = 1:5:4 at 298 K (ration in mmol, pH = 8.2) and freeze dried right after isolation from the solution revealed a close resemblance with ikaite in its local order. Another ACC with Ca:Mg:CO3 = 1:10:1.4 (T = 298, pH = 8.7) showed distinctly different local order resembling monohydrocalcite. Both ACC, however, still had considerable amounts of water dominating the Ca-coordination sphere. During the transformation to calcite, the structural changes in the sample concerned the hydrate water coordinating Ca which was removed and replaced by the carbonate oxygens. The study shows that ACC obtained from different starting solutions show specific local order. Freeze drying leads to solid ACC powder which still contain considerable amounts of hydrate water. Structural subunits are distinct in ACC and different from the crystalline phase. The study supplements recent reports presented by Konrad et al., Purgstaller et al., and Tobler et al.. F. Konrad et al., Cryst. Growth Des. 16, 6310-6317(2016) B. Purgstaller et al., Geochimica et Cosmochimica

  8. A numerical model for the description of the lamellar and massive phase transformations in TiAl alloys

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    A. Rostamian; Jacot, A.

    2008-01-01

    A phenomenological modelling approach has been developed to describe the massive transformation and the formation of lamellar microstructures during cooling in binary gamma titanium aluminides. The modelling approach is based on a combination of nucleation and growth laws which take into account the specific mechanisms of each phase transformation. Nucleation of massive and lamellar gamma is described with classical nucleation theory, accounting for the fact that nuclei are formed predominant...

  9. Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor-Compatible, High-Mobility, ⟨111⟩-Oriented GaSb Nanowires Enabled by Vapor-Solid-Solid Chemical Vapor Deposition.

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    Yang, Zai-Xing; Liu, Lizhe; Yip, SenPo; Li, Dapan; Shen, Lifan; Zhou, Ziyao; Han, Ning; Hung, Tak Fu; Pun, Edwin Yue-Bun; Wu, Xinglong; Song, Aimin; Ho, Johnny C

    2017-04-25

    Using CMOS-compatible Pd catalysts, we demonstrated the formation of high-mobility ⟨111⟩-oriented GaSb nanowires (NWs) via vapor-solid-solid (VSS) growth by surfactant-assisted chemical vapor deposition through a complementary experimental and theoretical approach. In contrast to NWs formed by the conventional vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism, cylindrical-shaped Pd5Ga4 catalytic seeds were present in our Pd-catalyzed VSS-NWs. As solid catalysts, stoichiometric Pd5Ga4 was found to have the lowest crystal surface energy and thus giving rise to a minimal surface diffusion as well as an optimal in-plane interface orientation at the seed/NW interface for efficient epitaxial NW nucleation. These VSS characteristics led to the growth of slender NWs with diameters down to 26.9 ± 3.5 nm. Over 95% high crystalline quality NWs were grown in ⟨111⟩ orientation for a wide diameter range of between 10 and 70 nm. Back-gated field-effect transistors (FETs) fabricated using the Pd-catalyzed GaSb NWs exhibit a superior peak hole mobility of ∼330 cm2 V-1 s-1, close to the mobility limit for a NW channel diameter of ∼30 nm with a free carrier concentration of ∼1018 cm-3. This suggests that the NWs have excellent homogeneity in phase purity, growth orientation, surface morphology and electrical characteristics. Contact printing process was also used to fabricate large-scale assembly of Pd-catalyzed GaSb NW parallel arrays, confirming the potential constructions and applications of these high-performance electronic devices.

  10. Online analytical investigations on solvent-, temperature- and water vapour-induced phase transformations of citric acid

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    Helmdach, L.; Ulrich, J. [Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg, Zentrum fuer Ingenieurwissenschaft, Verfahrenstechnik/TVT, Halle (Saale) (Germany); Feth, M.P. [Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH, Chemical and Process Development Frankfurt Chemistry, Frankfurt (Germany)

    2012-09-15

    It was demonstrated exemplarily for the crystallization of citric acid that the usage of an ultrasound device as well as Raman spectroscopy enables the inline measurement and the control of phase transitions. The influence of different solvent compositions (water and ethanol-water) on the crystallization of citric acid was investigated. By increasing the ethanol content the transformation point was shifted towards higher temperatures. In addition, a strong impact on the nucleation point as well as on the crystal habit was detected in ethanol-water mixtures. The results lead to the assumption that a citric acid solvate exists, which is, however, highly unstable upon isolation from mother liquor and converts fast into the known anhydrate or monohydrate forms of citric acid. The presence of such a solvate, however, could not be proven during this study. Furthermore, factors such as temperature and humidity which might influence the phase transition of the solid product were analyzed by Hotstage-Raman Spectroscopy and Water Vapor Sorption Gravimetry-Dispersive Raman Spectroscopy. Both, temperature as well as humidity show a strong influence on the behaviour of CAM. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  11. A sapphire fibre thermal probe based on fast Fourier transform and phase-lock loop

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    Wang, Yu-Tian; Wang, Dong-Sheng; Ge, Wen-Qian; Cui, Li-Chao

    2006-05-01

    A sapphire fibre thermal probe with Cr3+ ion-doped end is developed by using the laser heated pedestal growth method. The fluorescence thermal probe offers advantages of compact structure, high performance and ability to withstand high temperature in a detection range from room temperature to 450°C. Based on the fast Fourier transform (FFT), the fluorescence lifetime is obtained from the tangent function of phase angle of the non-zeroth terms in the FFT result. This method has advantages such as quick calculation, high accuracy and immunity to the background noise. This FFT method is compared with other traditional fitting methods, indicating that the standard deviation of the FFT method is about half of that of the Prony method and about 1/6 of that of the log-fit method. And the FFT method is immune to the background noise involved in a signal. So, the FFT method is an excellent way of processing signals. In addition, a phase-lock amplifier can effectively suppress the noise.

  12. Low-temperature phase transformation studies in the stearic acid: C form

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    de Sousa, F. F.; Freire, P. T. C.; de Menezes, A. S.; Pinheiro, G. S.; Cardoso, L. P.; Alcantara, P.; Moreira, S. G. C.; Melo, F. E. A.; Mendes Filho, J.; Saraiva, G. D.

    2015-09-01

    This paper reports the temperature-dependent measurements in the C form of stearic acid. Raman scattering, X-ray diffraction, and differential scanning calorimetry measurements were performed at low temperatures. The polarized Raman spectra were measured for temperatures ranging from 8 to 300 K over the spectral range of 30-3000 cm-1. The spectral changes observed in both the lattice vibrational modes and the internal vibrational modes regions of the Raman spectrum, allowed to identify a phase transition undergone by the stearic acid crystal occurring between 210 and 170 K and a change in the structure continues to be observed down to 8 K. The anharmonicity of some vibrational modes and the possible space groups presented by the crystal at low temperatures were also discussed. Low-temperature X-ray diffraction measurements were performed from 290 to 80 K and the results showed slight changes in the lattice parameters at ∼200 K. Furthermore, the evidence of the phase transformation was provided by the differential scanning calorimetry measurements, which identified an enthalpic anomaly at about 160 K.

  13. Phase transformations in a human tooth tissue at the initial stage of caries.

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    Pavel Seredin

    Full Text Available The aim of the paper is to study phase transformations in solid tissues of the human teeth during the development of fissure caries by Raman and fluorescence microspectroscopy. The study of the areas with fissure caries confirmed the assumption of the formation of a weak interaction between phosphate apatite enamel and organic acids (products of microorganisms. The experimental results obtained with by Raman microspectroscopy showed the formation of dicalcium phosphate dihydrate - CaHPO4-2H2O in the area of mural demineralization of carious fissure. A comparative analysis of structural and spectroscopic data for the intact and carious enamel shows that emergence of a more soluble phase - carbonate-substituted hydroxyapatite - is typical for the initial stage of caries. It is shown that microareas of dental hard tissues in the carious fissure due to an emerging misorientation of apatite crystals have a higher fluorescence yield than the area of the intact enamel. These areas can be easily detected even prior to a deep demineralization (white spot stage for the case of irreversibly changed organomineral complex and intensive removal of the mineral component.

  14. Phase Transformations in a Human Tooth Tissue at the Initial Stage of Caries

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    Prutskij, Tatiana; Ippolitov, Yury

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the paper is to study phase transformations in solid tissues of the human teeth during the development of fissure caries by Raman and fluorescence microspectroscopy. The study of the areas with fissure caries confirmed the assumption of the formation of a weak interaction between phosphate apatite enamel and organic acids (products of microorganisms). The experimental results obtained with by Raman microspectroscopy showed the formation of dicalcium phosphate dihydrate - CaHPO4-2H2O in the area of mural demineralization of carious fissure. A comparative analysis of structural and spectroscopic data for the intact and carious enamel shows that emergence of a more soluble phase - carbonate-substituted hydroxyapatite - is typical for the initial stage of caries. It is shown that microareas of dental hard tissues in the carious fissure due to an emerging misorientation of apatite crystals have a higher fluorescence yield than the area of the intact enamel. These areas can be easily detected even prior to a deep demineralization (white spot stage) for the case of irreversibly changed organomineral complex and intensive removal of the mineral component. PMID:25901743

  15. Transformation of carbide phases during tempering a low-alloyed Cr-Mo-V-steel

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    Janovec, J.; Vyrostkova, A.; Stefan, B.; Gueth, A.

    1989-03-01

    The influence of a tempering treatment (550 to 750/sup 0/C/1 to 100 h) on the precipitation of carbides was studied in a low-alloyed Cr-Mo-V-steel using analytical electron microscopy (STEM/EDXS) and electron diffraction techniques (ED). The morphology, crystallography and chemistry of each of the various types of carbides examined, has been established. Four types of carbide phases were detected in the microstructure: M/sub 3/C, M/sub 7/C/sub 3/, M/sub 23/C/sub 6/ and MC. With increasing Larsen-Miller-parameter chromium is enriched in M/sub 3/C particles. This process is limited by the chemical composition of the M/sub 7/C/sub 3/ carbide formed by 'in-situ' transformation M/sub 3/C->M/sub 7/C/sub 3/. The composition of the M/sub 7/C/sub 3/ carbide is almost constant for different tempering conditions. The V/Mo ratio in the MC particles depends on the Larsen-Miller-parameter. From the observations a diagram of the existence of carbide phases was derived for the experimental steel. (orig.).

  16. Pressure-induced structural phase transformation in cobalt(II) dicyanamide.

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    Yakovenko, Andrey A; Chapman, Karena W; Halder, Gregory J

    2015-06-01

    In situ synchrotron powder diffraction has been used to probe the pressure-dependent structural properties of the magnetic molecular framework material Co(dca)2 [dca = dicyanamide or N(CN)2(-)]. An orthorhombic (Pmnn) to monoclinic (P2₁/n) transformation to a high-pressure phase, namely γ-Co(dca)2, occurs at 1.1 GPa. Structural determination of γ-Co(dca)2 shows that the rutile-like topology of the pristine material is retained at high pressures, with the lower symmetry allowing a progression of volume-reducing structural distortions. γ-Co(dca)2 was stable at the maximum pressure measured of 4.2 GPa. Both phases were soft, with bulk moduli (B0) for α-Co(dca)2 and γ-Co(dca)2 of 13.15 (18) and 9.0 (6) GPa, respectively. Modest uniaxial negative linear compressibility (K) of the order of -4 TPa(-1) was observed over the entire measured pressure range.

  17. The WS transform for the Kuramoto model with distributed amplitudes, phase lag and time delay

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    Lohe, M. A.

    2017-12-01

    We apply the Watanabe–Strogatz (WS) transform to a generalized Kuramoto model with distributed parameters describing the amplitude of oscillation, phase lag, and time delay at each node of the system. The model has global coupling and identical frequencies, but allows for repulsive interactions at arbitrary nodes leading to conformist-contrarian phenomena together with variable amplitude and time-delay effects. We show how to determine the initial values of the WS system for any initial conditions for the Kuramoto system, and investigate the asymptotic behaviour of the WS variables. For the case of zero time delay the possible asymptotic configurations are determined by the sign of a single parameter μ which measures whether or not the attractive nodes dominate the repulsive nodes. If μ>0 the system completely synchronizes from general initial conditions, whereas if μ<0 one of two types of phase-locked synchronization occurs, depending on the initial values, while for μ=0 periodic solutions can occur. For the case of arbitrary non-uniform time delays we derive a stability condition for completely synchronized solutions.

  18. Conception of new phase dislocation-based nucleation at reconstructive martensitic transformations

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    Letuchev, V.V. [Ural State Wood Technol. Acad., Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Vereshchagin, V.P. [Ural State Wood Technol. Acad., Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Alexina, I.V. [Ural State Wood Technol. Acad., Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Kashchenko, M.P. [Ural State Wood Technol. Acad., Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)

    1995-12-01

    The role of dislocations and the dynamical mechanism controlling the structural reconstruction in the process of nucleation and wave growth of new phase unit crystals at martensitic transformations in metallic systems are discussed. It has been established that near some rectilinear dislocations with lines and Burgers`s vectors typical for the original phase, there are areas where an elastically deformed state is characterized by package of particularities unambiguously corresponding to the well definite morphological attribute set (habit, orientation relationship, macroshear) of the martensite crystal. The distinctiveness of these areas for martensite nucleation is caused by character of strains reducing the magnitude of interphase energetic barrier. The elastic model of the dislocation-based nucleation center of martensitic crystal, allowing to select the dislocations being the most probable for nucleation and to make a martensitic crystal with the morphological attribute specific collection corresponding to each a dislocation, has been proposed. Such dislocations for certain Fe-, Cu- and TiNi-based alloys are indicated. New results for titanium nickel are presented in more detail. (orig.).

  19. Evidence of polymorphous amorphous-to-quasicrystalline phase transformation in Zr66.7Pd33.3 metallic glass

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    Jiang, Jianzhong; Saksl, K.; Saida, J.

    2002-01-01

    The amorphous-to-quasicrystalline phase transformation and the pressure effect on the transformation in a Zr66.7Pd33.3 metallic glass have been investigated by in situ x-ray diffraction measurements using synchrotron radiation. It is found that the transformation is a polymorphous reaction...... and external pressure enhances the onset temperature for the formation of quasicrystals with a rate of 22 K/GPa while the temperature interval for the stability of quasicrystals remains almost unchanged in the pressure range of 0-4 GPa. The enhancement of the onset temperature for the formation...

  20. Phase transformation and percolation effect in PbO2- {1}/{12}Ag2O-x C system

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    Li, D.; Zhang, Z. D.; Geng, D. Y.; Li, W. F.; Song, X. P.; Qiao, G. W.; Wang, Y. Z.

    2003-03-01

    The structure and electronic transport properties have been investigated for composite PbO2-{1}/{12}Ag2O-xC (0≤x≤2) materials prepared by mechanical milling in an O2 atmosphere. The solid-state reactions result in the occurrence of abundant phase transformations, when the graphite content increases. With the phase transformations occurring, the percolation effect is observed for the electronic transport of PbO2-{1}/{12}Ag2O-xC system, while its conductivity undergoes an insulator-metal transition. The percolation threshold is determined by DC conductivity measurement and analysis of X-ray diffraction patterns.

  1. Swift heavy ion irradiation induced phase transformation in undoped and niobium doped titanium dioxide composite thin films

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    Gautam, Subodh K., E-mail: subodhkgtm@gmail.com [Inter University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110 067 (India); Chettah, Abdelhak [LGMM Laboratory, Université 20 Août 1955-Skikda, BP 26, 21000 Skikda (Algeria); Singh, R.G. [Department of Physics, Bhagini Nivedita College, Delhi University, Delhi 110043 (India); Ojha, Sunil; Singh, Fouran [Inter University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110 067 (India)

    2016-07-15

    Study reports the effect of swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation induced phase transformation in undoped and Niobium doped anatase TiO{sub 2} composite thin films. Investigations were carried out at different densities of electronic excitations (EEs) using 120 MeV Ag and 130 MeV Ni ions irradiations. Films were initially annealed at 900 °C and results revealed that undoped films were highly stable in anatase phase, while the Nb doped films showed the composite nature with the weak presence of Niobium penta-oxide (Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}) phase. The effect at low density of EEs in undoped film show partial anatase to rutile phase transformation; however doped film shows only further growth of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} phase beside the anatase to rutile phase transformation. At higher density of EEs induced by Ag ions, registered continuous ion track of ∼3 nm in lattice which leads to nano-crystallization followed by decomposition/amorphization of rutile TiO{sub 2} and Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} phases in undoped and doped films, respectively. However, Ni ions are only induced discontinuous sequence of ion tracks with creation of damage and disorder and do not show amorphization in the lattice. The in-elastic thermal spike calculations were carried out for anatase TiO{sub 2} phase to understand the effect of EEs on anatase to rutile phase transformation followed by amorphization in NTO films in terms of continuous and discontinuous track formation by SHI irradiation.

  2. Electric-field control of tri-state phase transformation with a selective dual-ion switch.

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    Lu, Nianpeng; Zhang, Pengfei; Zhang, Qinghua; Qiao, Ruimin; He, Qing; Li, Hao-Bo; Wang, Yujia; Guo, Jingwen; Zhang, Ding; Duan, Zheng; Li, Zhuolu; Wang, Meng; Yang, Shuzhen; Yan, Mingzhe; Arenholz, Elke; Zhou, Shuyun; Yang, Wanli; Gu, Lin; Nan, Ce-Wen; Wu, Jian; Tokura, Yoshinori; Yu, Pu

    2017-06-01

    Materials can be transformed from one crystalline phase to another by using an electric field to control ion transfer, in a process that can be harnessed in applications such as batteries, smart windows and fuel cells. Increasing the number of transferrable ion species and of accessible crystalline phases could in principle greatly enrich material functionality. However, studies have so far focused mainly on the evolution and control of single ionic species (for example, oxygen, hydrogen or lithium ions). Here we describe the reversible and non-volatile electric-field control of dual-ion (oxygen and hydrogen) phase transformations, with associated electrochromic and magnetoelectric effects. We show that controlling the insertion and extraction of oxygen and hydrogen ions independently of each other can direct reversible phase transformations among three different material phases: the perovskite SrCoO3-δ (ref. 12), the brownmillerite SrCoO2.5 (ref. 13), and a hitherto-unexplored phase, HSrCoO2.5. By analysing the distinct optical absorption properties of these phases, we demonstrate selective manipulation of spectral transparency in the visible-light and infrared regions, revealing a dual-band electrochromic effect that could see application in smart windows. Moreover, the starkly different magnetic and electric properties of the three phases-HSrCoO2.5 is a weakly ferromagnetic insulator, SrCoO3-δ is a ferromagnetic metal, and SrCoO2.5 is an antiferromagnetic insulator-enable an unusual form of magnetoelectric coupling, allowing electric-field control of three different magnetic ground states. These findings open up opportunities for the electric-field control of multistate phase transformations with rich functionalities.

  3. INVESTIGATION OF ASYMETRIC MODES OF THREE-PHASE THREE LEGS PHASE SHIFTING TRANSFORMER WITH CONNECTION IN DELTA AND TWO ADDITIONAL WINDINGS

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    Bosneaga V.A.

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The model of power three-phase three legs phase-shifting transformer with connection in delta and two additional windings is realized. Calculations and research of steady state asymmetric modes particularities of given transformer with such windings connection were fulfilled, taking into account the electromagnetic coupling of the windings, located on different legs. Calculations and analysis were made using as an example the distribution transformer with 10 kV high voltages, including the most characteristic steady state asymmetric modes that occur during different short circuits and asymmetric no load modes, associated with the occurrence of zero sequence magnetic flux. For the considered modes vector diagrams for currents and voltages, as well as for the relative values of magnetic fluxes in legs were constructed, which in ensemble give clear idea about their particularities.

  4. Structural phase transformations and shape memory effect in ZrCu along with Ni and Hf additions

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    Kosorukova Tetiana

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Ni replacement of Cu in ZrCu high temperature shape memory alloy results in the increase of the temperatures of the martensitic transformation (MT [1]. Once the Ni content reaches 20 at.%, the temperatures of MT are becoming higher than the temperature of crystallization of the amorphous alloy with the same composition [2] and crystallization from the amorphous state in this case takes place through formation of B19` phase without any visible signs of the nanoscale phase separation. In this regard, little is known about the influence of Hf additions onto phase transformations in ZrCu. The present work is dedicated to the study of structure and phase formation upon alloying of ZrCu by Ni and Hf by means of structural and thermal analysis. Their influence onto shape memory behavior will be discussed.

  5. Phase transformations in thermally cycled Cu/ZrW2O8 composites investigated by synchrotron x-ray diffraction

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    Yilmaz, S.

    2002-01-01

    A Cu/ZrW2O8 metal matrix composite was thermally cycled between 298 and 591 K while being subjected to x-ray diffraction in transmission using high-intensity synchrotron radiation. The reversible allotropic phase transformations of ZrW2O8 between its two low-pressure phases and its high-pressure phase were observed within the composite bulk as a function of temperature. This observation gives experimental proof of the existence of the reversible pressure-induced phase transformation, which had been inferred indirectly from dilatometry in a previous investigation and assigned to the large thermal mismatch stresses in the composite. The volume fraction of each ZrW2O8 compound was determined from the measured diffracted intensity, and the thermal expansion behaviour of the composite was then calculated. Good agreement was found with the experimental dilatometric curve reported in a recent investigation.

  6. Phase transformation and structures of pure and carbon containing titania thin films annealed in air and in hydrogen

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    Lee, Wei-Chie; Wang, Hsiang-Li; Wong, Ming-Show, E-mail: mswong@mail.ndhu.edu.tw

    2013-01-01

    Pure titania (TiO{sub 2}) and carbon containing titania(C-TiO{sub 2}) thin films were prepared by reactive sputtering in argon–oxygen plasma at 100 °C. The as-deposited thin films were amorphous and subsequently annealed at various temperatures of 280–800 °C in air and H{sub 2} atmosphere. The effects of annealing on the films were systematically studied in terms of phase transformation, activation energy, crystallinity, oxygen vacancies and their photocatalytic properties. The as-deposited TiO{sub 2} transforms to anatase at a much lower temperature than the C-TiO{sub 2}. At the same temperature, the H{sub 2}-annealed films achieve better crystallinity than the air-annealed films. The activation energies of phase transformation from amorphous to anatase are 180 and 168 kJ/mol for the air- and the H{sub 2}-annealed pure TiO{sub 2} films, respectively. The result also shows that the C-TiO{sub 2} requires higher temperature or more energy for phase transformation than the pure TiO{sub 2}. - Highlights: ► Oxygen vacancies created in TiO{sub 2} annealed in H{sub 2} accelerate phase transformation. ► Carbon atoms in C-TiO{sub 2} act as a diffusion barrier and retard phase transformation. ► Activation energies from amorphous TiO{sub 2} and C-TiO{sub 2} to anatase are obtained.

  7. Monoclinic phase transformation and mechanical durability of zirconia ceramic after fatigue and autoclave aging.

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    Mota, Yasmine A; Cotes, Caroline; Carvalho, Rodrigo F; Machado, João P B; Leite, Fabíola P P; Souza, Rodrigo O A; Özcan, Mutlu

    2017-10-01

    This study evaluated the influence of two aging procedures on the biaxial flexural strength of yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia ceramics. Disc-shaped zirconia specimens and (ZE: E.max ZirCAD, Ivoclar; ZT: Zirkon Translucent, Zirkonzahn) (N = 80) (∅:12 mm; thickness:1.2 mm, ISO 6872) were prepared and randomly divided into four groups (n = 10 per group) according to the aging procedures: C: Control, no aging; M: mechanical cycling (2 × 10(6) cycles/3.8 Hz/200 N); AUT: Aging in autoclave at 134°C, 2 bar for 24 h; AUT + M: Autoclave aging followed by mechanical cycling. After aging, the transformed monoclinic zirconia (%) were evaluated using X-ray diffraction and surface roughness was measured using atomic force microscopy. The average grain size was measured by scanning electron microscopy and the specimens were submitted to biaxial flexural strength testing (1 mm/min, 1000 kgf in water). Data (MPa) were statistically analyzed using 2-way analysis of variance and Tukey's test (α = 0.05). Aging procedures significantly affected (p = 0.000) the flexural strength data but the effect of zirconia type was not significant (p = 0.657). AUTZT (936.4 ± 120.9(b) ) and AUT + MZE (867.2 ± 49.3(b) ) groups presented significantly higher values (p autoclave aging alone or with mechanical aging increased the flexure strength but also induced higher transformation from tetragonal to monoclinic phase in both zirconia materials tested. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 105B: 1972-1977, 2017. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  8. Microstructure, crystallography of phase transformations and multiple precipitations in PH 15-7Mo stainless steel

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    Liu, Hongwei [The Australia Centre Microscopy and Microanalysis, The University of Sydney, NSW, 2006 (Australia); Liu, Jiangwen, E-mail: mejwliu@scut.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, 510640 (China); Luo, Chengping [School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, 510640 (China); Liu, Zhijian [Guangdong Research Institute of Iron and Steel, Guangzhou, 510640 (China)

    2016-07-05

    The microstructure and crystallographic features of a semi-austenitic precipitation hardening steel PH 15-7Mo during solution treatment, roddrawing and aging were investigated by means of optical microscope, X-ray diffraction analyzer and transmission electron microscope. It was found that the microstructure of the steel was consist of dominant austenite, small amount of martensite and 10–15 vol.% δ-ferrite after solution treatment at 1050 °C followed by cooling in water at room temperature. The austenite transformed into lath martensite during tensile roddrawing about 60% deforming companied with some coherent fine β-NiAl particles precipitated within martensite. With higher aging temperature and longer holding time, tiny carbide M{sub 23}C{sub 6} particles precipitated from martensite, which kept the cubic–cubic orientation relationship (OR) with austenite and G-T OR with martensite which is different with all the reported orientations. The OR between tiny carbide M{sub 23}C{sub 6} particles G-T OR with martensite was discussed in terms of crystallography of phase transformations. - Highlights: • Microstructure changes of austenitic steel PH15-7Mo were due to alloying elements, service condition and carbide M{sub 23}C{sub 6}. • Lath-shape martensitic laths keep pseudo {112} twinning relationship. • β-NiAl particles hold a typical cubic-to-cubic orientation relationship with martensite. • M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbide kept a cubic–cubic orientation relationship (OR) with austenite and an unusual G-T OR with martensite. • Multiple orientation relationship between M{sub 23}C{sub 6} and austenite is correlative with their structural similarity.

  9. Electric-field control of tri-state phase transformation with a selective dual-ion switch

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    Lu, Nianpeng; Zhang, Pengfei; Zhang, Qinghua; Qiao, Ruimin; He, Qing; Li, Hao-Bo; Wang, Yujia; Guo, Jingwen; Zhang, Ding; Duan, Zheng; Li, Zhuolu; Wang, Meng; Yang, Shuzhen; Yan, Mingzhe; Arenholz, Elke; Zhou, Shuyun; Yang, Wanli; Gu, Lin; Nan, Ce-Wen; Wu, Jian; Tokura, Yoshinori; Yu, Pu

    2017-06-01

    Materials can be transformed from one crystalline phase to another by using an electric field to control ion transfer, in a process that can be harnessed in applications such as batteries, smart windows and fuel cells. Increasing the number of transferrable ion species and of accessible crystalline phases could in principle greatly enrich material functionality. However, studies have so far focused mainly on the evolution and control of single ionic species (for example, oxygen, hydrogen or lithium ions). Here we describe the reversible and non-volatile electric-field control of dual-ion (oxygen and hydrogen) phase transformations, with associated electrochromic and magnetoelectric effects. We show that controlling the insertion and extraction of oxygen and hydrogen ions independently of each other can direct reversible phase transformations among three different material phases: the perovskite SrCoO3-δ (ref. 12), the brownmillerite SrCoO2.5 (ref. 13), and a hitherto-unexplored phase, HSrCoO2.5. By analysing the distinct optical absorption properties of these phases, we demonstrate selective manipulation of spectral transparency in the visible-light and infrared regions, revealing a dual-band electrochromic effect that could see application in smart windows. Moreover, the starkly different magnetic and electric properties of the three phases—HSrCoO2.5 is a weakly ferromagnetic insulator, SrCoO3-δ is a ferromagnetic metal, and SrCoO2.5 is an antiferromagnetic insulator—enable an unusual form of magnetoelectric coupling, allowing electric-field control of three different magnetic ground states. These findings open up opportunities for the electric-field control of multistate phase transformations with rich functionalities.

  10. Phase Transformation and Shape Memory Effect of Ti-Pd-Pt-Zr High-Temperature Shape Memory Alloys

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    Yamabe-Mitarai, Yoko; Takebe, Wataru; Shimojo, Masayuki

    2017-11-01

    To understand the potential of high-temperature shape memory alloys, we have investigated the phase transformation and shape memory effect of Ti-(50 - x)Pt-xPd-5Zr alloys (x = 0, 5, and 15 at.%), which present the B2 structure in the austenite phase and B19 structure in the martensite phase. Their phase transformation temperatures are very high; A f and M f of Ti-50Pt are 1066 and 1012 °C, respectively. By adding Zr and Pd, the phase transition temperatures decrease, ranging between 804 and 994 °C for A f and 590 and 865 °C for M f. Even at the high phase transformation temperature, a maximum recovery ratio of 70% was obtained for one cycle in a thermal cyclic test. A work output of 1.2 J/cm3 was also obtained. The recovery ratio obtained by the thermal cyclic test was less than 70% because the recovery strain was < 1% and a large irrecoverable strain was obtained. The shape recovery was explained by the austenite strength. The training effect was also investigated.

  11. Phase Transformation and Shape Memory Effect of Ti-Pd-Pt-Zr High-Temperature Shape Memory Alloys

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    Yamabe-Mitarai, Yoko; Takebe, Wataru; Shimojo, Masayuki

    2017-12-01

    To understand the potential of high-temperature shape memory alloys, we have investigated the phase transformation and shape memory effect of Ti-(50 - x)Pt- xPd-5Zr alloys ( x = 0, 5, and 15 at.%), which present the B2 structure in the austenite phase and B19 structure in the martensite phase. Their phase transformation temperatures are very high; A f and M f of Ti-50Pt are 1066 and 1012 °C, respectively. By adding Zr and Pd, the phase transition temperatures decrease, ranging between 804 and 994 °C for A f and 590 and 865 °C for M f. Even at the high phase transformation temperature, a maximum recovery ratio of 70% was obtained for one cycle in a thermal cyclic test. A work output of 1.2 J/cm3 was also obtained. The recovery ratio obtained by the thermal cyclic test was less than 70% because the recovery strain was < 1% and a large irrecoverable strain was obtained. The shape recovery was explained by the austenite strength. The training effect was also investigated.

  12. INVESTIGATION OF MAGNETIC MODE FOR 3-PHASE TRANSFORMER WITH SYMMETRICAL MAGNETIC CONDUCTOR OF FRAME DESIGN

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    A. A. Mazurenko

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic mode for 3-phase transformer with symmetrical magnetic conductor of frame design has been investigated on schematic model. The scheme consists of three non-linear coils having star-connection without zero wire. Weberampere characteristics correspond to similar parameters of separate frames of a magnetic conductor. It has been accepted that a magnetic flow of every frame is closed on itself without passing into other frame of the magnetic conductor. Electromagnetic state of equivalent diagram has been described by a system of differential equations which were solved with the help of MathCad program. Investigations have resulted in calculation of functions for magnetic frame induction and magnetizing current and their harmonic compositions; dependence of actual amplitude for magnetic field induction on amplitude of the main harmonic induction has been determined in the paper. While executing experiments it has been revealed the following: induction amplitude of the main harmonic in the magnetic field within frames of the magnetic conductor is higher in comparison with the design induction value by 15.5 %; due to non-linearity of weber-ampere characteristics in frames and properties of 3-phase system harmonic components, which are multiple of three, are initiated in the functions of magnetic induction for separate frames; high-order harmonics of function for magnetic frame induction being imposed on the main harmonic decrease an actual amplitude of magnetic field induction practically up to the design induction value within the operational range of the actual amplitude and in this context coefficients of high-order harmonics change insignificantly; harmonic components, which are multiple of three, are absent in magnetizing currents. 

  13. Phase Formation and Transformations in Transmutation Fuel Materials for the LIFE Engine Part I - Path Forward

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    Turchi, P E; Kaufman, L; Fluss, M J

    2008-11-10

    The current specifications of the LLNL fusion-fission hybrid proposal, namely LIFE, impose severe constraints on materials, and in particular on the nuclear fissile or fertile nuclear fuel and its immediate environment. This constitutes the focus of the present report with special emphasis on phase formation and phase transformations of the transmutation fuel and their consequences on particle and pebble thermal, chemical and mechanical integrities. We first review the work that has been done in recent years to improve materials properties under the Gen-IV project, and with in particular applications to HTGR and MSR, and also under GNEP and AFCI in the USA. Our goal is to assess the nuclear fuel options that currently exist together with their issues. Among the options, it is worth mentioning TRISO, IMF, and molten salts. The later option will not be discussed in details since an entire report is dedicated to it. Then, in a second part, with the specific LIFE specifications in mind, the various fuel options with their most critical issues are revisited with a path forward for each of them in terms of research, both experimental and theoretical. Since LIFE is applicable to very high burn-up of various fuels, distinctions will be made depending on the mission, i.e., energy production or incineration. Finally a few conclusions are drawn in terms of the specific needs for integrated materials modeling and the in depth knowledge on time-evolution thermochemistry that controls and drastically affects the performance of the nuclear materials and their immediate environment. Although LIFE demands materials that very likely have not yet been fully optimized, the challenge are not insurmountable and a well concerted experimental-modeling effort should lead to dramatic advances that should well serve other fission programs such as Gen-IV, GNEP, AFCI as well as the international fusion program, ITER.

  14. Engineering phase transformation of cobalt selenide in carbon cages and the phases’ bifunctional electrocatalytic activity for water splitting

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    Gao, Jiaojiao; Liu, Li; Qiu, Hua-Jun; Wang, Yu

    2017-08-01

    Using Co-based metal-organic frameworks as the precursor, we synthesized cobalt selenide (CoSe2) nanoparticles imbedded in carbon cages. By simply controlling the annealing conditions, phase transformation of CoSe2 from the orthorhombic phase to the cubic phase has been realized. Benefitting from the metallic character, the cubic phase CoSe2 shows greatly enhanced electrocatalytic activity for both the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). The as-prepared cubic phase CoSe2 electrode possesses onset overpotentials of 43 and 200 mV, and Tafel slopes of 51 and 83 mV dec-1 for HER and OER, respectively, which are remarkably superior to that of the orthorhombic phase CoSe2 catalyst and comparable to those of commercial noble-metal catalysts. In addition, the cubic phase CoSe2 electrode also demonstrates excellent stability after long-term operations. Our work not only provides a high performance catalyst for water splitting, but also introduces a new route to the design of a highly efficient catalyst by phase transformation.

  15. Simultaneous UV Imaging and Raman Spectroscopy for the Measurement of Solvent-Mediated Phase Transformations During Dissolution Testing

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    Ostergaard, Jesper; Wu, Jian; Naelapää, Kaisa

    2014-01-01

    The current work reports the simultaneous use of UV imaging and Raman spectroscopy for detailed characterization of drug dissolution behavior including solid-state phase transformations during dissolution. The dissolution of drug substances from compacts of sodium naproxen in 0.1 HCl as well...

  16. Reliability-Oriented Design and Analysis of Input Capacitors in Single-Phase Transformer-less Photovoltaic Inverters

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    Wang, Huai; Yang, Yongheng; Blaabjerg, Frede

    2013-01-01

    . A reliability-oriented design guideline is proposed in this paper for the input capacitors in single-phase transformer-less PV inverters. The guideline ensures that the service time requirement is to be accomplished under different power levels and ambient temperature profiles. The theoretical analysis has been...

  17. Design and control of a three-phase four-leg inverter for solid-state transformer applications

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    Shri, A.; Popovic, J.; Ferreira, J.A.; Gerber, M.B.

    2013-01-01

    This paper proposes the use of a three-phase four-leg (3P4L) converter in combination with an LCL filter for the inverter stage of a solid state transformer (SST). This configuration gives full control over the line-to-line, as well as the line-to-neutral voltage and currents, while providing

  18. Study of the Isothermal Oxidation Process and Phase Transformations in B2-(Ni,PtAl/RENE-N5 System

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    Luis Alberto Cáceres-Díaz

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Changes in composition, crystal structure and phase transformations of B2-(Ni,PtAl coatings upon isothermal oxidation experiments (natural and scale free oxidation at 1100 °C, as a function of time beyond their martensitic transformation, are reported. Specifically, the analysis of lattice parameter and composition are performed to identify changes in the B2-(Ni,PtAl phase upon the chemically-driven L10-(Ni,PtAl and L12-(Ni,Pt3Al transformations. The B2-(Ni,PtAl phase was found to disorder and transform the martensite during the heat treatments for both oxidation experiments at approximately 36.3 and 40.9 at. % of Al, 47.7 and 42.9 at. % of Ni, 6.2 and 8.5 at. % of Pt, 4.2 and 2.9 at. % of Cr and 4.4 and 3.8 at. % of Co. The lattice constant and the long-range order parameter of the B2-(Ni,PtAl phase decreased linearly as a function of the elemental content irrespective of the nature of the oxidation experiments.

  19. Atomic resolution investigations of phase transformation from TaN to CrTaN in a steel matrix

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    Danielsen, Hilmar Kjartansson; Hald, John

    2012-01-01

    atoms diffuse from the steel matrix into TaN precipitates and physically transform them into CrTaN. The crystal structure of the precipitates changes from that of a typical MN NaCl type crystal structure to a Z-phase crystal structure with alternating double layers of Cr and TaN. Since there is a large...

  20. Non-isothermal kinetics model to predict accurate phase transformation and hardness of 22MnB5 boron steel

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    Bok, H.-H.; Kim, S.N.; Suh, D.W. [Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology, POSTECH, San 31, Hyoja-dong, Nam-gu, Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do (Korea, Republic of); Barlat, F., E-mail: f.barlat@postech.ac.kr [Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology, POSTECH, San 31, Hyoja-dong, Nam-gu, Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do (Korea, Republic of); Lee, M.-G., E-mail: myounglee@korea.ac.kr [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea University, Anam-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-02-25

    A non-isothermal phase transformation kinetics model obtained by modifying the well-known JMAK approach is proposed for application to a low carbon boron steel (22MnB5) sheet. In the modified kinetics model, the parameters are functions of both temperature and cooling rate, and can be identified by a numerical optimization method. Moreover, in this approach the transformation start and finish temperatures are variable instead of the constants that depend on chemical composition. These variable reference temperatures are determined from the measured CCT diagram using dilatation experiments. The kinetics model developed in this work captures the complex transformation behavior of the boron steel sheet sample accurately. In particular, the predicted hardness and phase fractions in the specimens subjected to a wide range of cooling rates were validated by experiments.

  1. Investigations of Temperatures of Phase Transformations of Low-Alloyed Reinforcing Steel within the Heat Treatment Temperature Range

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    Kargul T.

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the results of DSC analysis of steel B500SP produced in the process of continuous casting, which is intended for the production reinforcement rods with high ductility. Studies were carried out in the temperature range below 1000°C in a protective atmosphere of helium during samples heating program. The main objective of the study was to determine the temperature range of austenite structure formation during heating. As a result of performed experiments: Ac1s, Ac1f – temperatures of the beginning and finish of the eutectoid transformation, Ac2 – Curie temperature of the ferrite magnetic transformation and the temperature Ac3 of transformation of proeutectoid ferrite into austenite were elaborated. Experimental determination of phase transformations temperatures of steel B500SP has great importance for production technology of reinforcement rods, because good mechanical properties of rods are formed by the special thermal treatment in Tempcore process.

  2. Phase transformation behavior and mechanical properties of thermomechanically treated K3XF nickel-titanium instruments.

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    Shen, Ya; Zhou, Hui-Min; Wang, Zhejun; Campbell, Les; Zheng, Yu-feng; Haapasalo, Markus

    2013-07-01

    The bending and torsional properties of thermomechanically treated K3XF (SybronEndo, Orange, CA) nickel-titanium instruments in relation to their phase transformation behavior were evaluated. NiTi instruments K3 (SybronEndo) and K3XF, both in sizes 25/.04 and 40/.04, were examined by differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction. The metal composition was determined by scanning electron microscopy with X-ray energy-dispersive spectrometric analyses. The bending property of K3 and K3XF instruments was measured in a cantilever-bending test with a maximum deflection of 4.00 mm. A torsional test of the instruments was evaluated according to the American National Standards Institute/American Dental Association Specification No. 28. K3 and K3XF instruments had approximately the same chemical composition with a nickel content of 48-49 atomic %. The differential scanning calorimetry analyses showed that each segment of the K3XF instruments (24.89°C ± 1.98°C) had a higher austenite finish temperature than the K3 instruments (17.63°C ± 1.76°C) (P treatment history of K3XF instruments. Copyright © 2013 American Association of Endodontists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Ultralong silver trimolybdate nanowires: synthesis, phase transformation, stability, and their photocatalytic, optical, and electrical properties.

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    Feng, Mei; Zhang, Meng; Song, Ji-Ming; Li, Xiao-Guang; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2011-08-23

    Ultralong orthorhombic silver trimolybdate nanowires (NWs) can be synthesized by a simple hydrothermal process without using any structure directing agent. Their phase transformation and stability to thermal and modeling sunlight from a Xe lamp have been systematically studied. Well-dispersed Ag nanoparticles can in situ form on the backbone of the nanowires by photoirradiation, and their photocatalytic and optical properties have been investigated. The investigations on photocatalytic, photoluminescent, and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) of the as-synthesized nanowires indicate that these nanowires loaded with Ag nanoparticles by photoirradiation can be a new kind of photocatalytic and luminescent material and potentially can be used as an efficient SERS substrate. The electrical conductivity of an individual nanowire exhibits almost nonlinear and symmetric current/voltage (I/V) characteristics for bias voltages in the range of -5 to 5 V. Ohmic mechanism, Schottky, and the Poole-Frenkel emission play an important part, respectively, in low, medium, and high electrical fields. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  4. Phase reverted transformation-induced nanograined microalloyed steel: Low temperature superplasticity and fracture

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    Misra, R.D.K., E-mail: dmisra2@utep.edu [Laboratory for Excellence in Advanced Steel Research, Materials Science and Engineering Program, Department of Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso, 500 W. University Avenue, El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); Hu, J. [The State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Yashwanth, I.V.S.; Challa, V.S.A. [Laboratory for Excellence in Advanced Steel Research, Materials Science and Engineering Program, Department of Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso, 500 W. University Avenue, El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); Du, L.-X.; Sun, G.-S.; Xie, Hui [The State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China)

    2016-06-21

    The novel concept of phase reverted transformation involving severe cold deformation of martensite at room temperature followed by controlled annealing was adopted to obtain nanograined (NG) microalloyed steel. The NG microstructure was characterized NG (<100 nm) and few ultra-fine (100–300 nm) ferrite grains, together with ~50–80 nm cementite and ~10–20 nm V(C,N) precipitates. The microalloyed steel exhibited superplastic behavior at a low temperature of 500 °C (<0.5T{sub m}) with total elongation exceeding 100%. The fracture surface of the superplastic alloy was characterized by elongated cavities that nucleated and grew parallel to the applied tensile stress. The growth of cavities in the plastically deformed region involved interlinkage of cavities and significant plastic deformation occurred around the cavity, which is envisaged to be the cavitation growth mechanism. Electron microscopy of the deformed region close to the tip of the fracture surface indicated grain boundary migration during plastic deformation, an attribute of grain boundary sliding associated with superplasticity, a significant finding in microalloyed steels.

  5. [Study on the Temperature Dependent Phase Transformation of Raman Spectra for Cyclobutanol].

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    Zhang, Huan-jun; Cheng, Xue-rui; Ren, Yu-fen; Zhu, Xiang; Yuan, Chao-sheng

    2016-02-01

    Cyclobutanol (C₄H₈O) is one of the four-membered ring type molecules, which usually adopts a non-planar equilibrium conformation, and the substituent group OH can adopt two positions relative to the puckered ring, the axial or the equatorial, giving rise to an additional degree of freedom and various molecular conformations. Additionally, temperature is one important thermodynamic parameter that greatly influents the structure and induces the possibility of conformational change or crystal change. As a consequence, there may be a number of phase transitions and molecular conformations for cyclobutanol under different temperature. In this paper, Raman and infrared spectroscopic technique were applied to investigate the vibration modes of cyclobutanol. The results indicate that the main component of the liquid cyclobutanol is equatorial-trans (Eq-t) conformer with a few Eq-g conformers at ambient condition. Then differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and low temperature Raman spectroscopic were applied to study the phase transition of cyclobutanol during the cooling and heating process. It is observed that the Raman spectra and the intensities of these bands are not significantly changed during the cooling process. The results indicate that there is sill no presence of solidification especially cooling to 140K, which indicates that the cyclobutanol still remains the liquid state and supercooled state is observed during the cooling process. And this supercooled liquid is one metastable state, not in thermodynamic equilibrium. Further cooling to 138 K, the super-cooling liquid cyclobutanol will transform into the glassy state, accompanied with a small change of entropy. During the heating process, as the temperature is raised to 180 K, the Raman peaks became sharper and some new characteristic peaks appeared abruptly and a discontinuous change was observed in bandwidths versus temperature. And these new signatures can be maintained upon to 220 K, and then will

  6. Devil’s Vortex Phase Structure as Frequency Plane Mask for Image Encryption Using the Fractional Mellin Transform

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    Sunanda Vashisth

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A frequency plane phase mask based on Devil’s vortex structure has been used for image encryption using the fractional Mellin transform. The phase key for decryption is obtained by an iterative phase retrieval algorithm. The proposed scheme has been validated for grayscale secret target images, by numerical simulation. The efficacy of the scheme has been evaluated by computing mean-squared-error between the secret target image and the decrypted image. Sensitivity analysis of the decryption process to variations in various encryption parameters has been carried out. The proposed encryption scheme has been seen to exhibit reasonable robustness against occlusion attack.

  7. Diffusely scattered and transmitted elastic waves by random rough solid-solid interfaces using an elastodynamic Kirchhoff approximation

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    Shi, Fan; Lowe, Mike; Craster, Richard

    2017-06-01

    Elastic waves scattered by random rough interfaces separating two distinct media play an important role in modeling phonon scattering and impact upon thermal transport models, and are also integral to ultrasonic inspection. We introduce theoretical formulas for the diffuse field of elastic waves scattered by, and transmitted across, random rough solid-solid interfaces using the elastodynamic Kirchhoff approximation. The new formulas are validated by comparison with numerical Monte Carlo simulations, for a wide range of roughness (rms σ ≤λ /3 , correlation length λ0≥ wavelength λ ), demonstrating a significant improvement over the widely used small-perturbation approach, which is valid only for surfaces with small rms values. Physical analysis using the theoretical formulas derived here demonstrates that increasing the rms value leads to a considerable change of the scattering patterns for each mode. The roughness has different effects on the reflection and the transmission, with a strong dependence on the material properties. In the special case of a perfect match of the wave speed of the two solid media, the transmission is the same as the case for a flat interface. We pay particular attention to scattering in the specular direction, often used as an observable quantity, in terms of the roughness parameters, showing a peak at an intermediate value of rms; this rms value coincides with that predicted by the Rayleigh parameter.

  8. Simultaneous nonlinear encryption of grayscale and color images based on phase-truncated fractional Fourier transform and optical superposition principle.

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    Wang, Xiaogang; Zhao, Daomu

    2013-09-01

    A nonlinear color and grayscale images cryptosystem based on phase-truncated fractional Fourier transform and optical superposition principle is proposed. In order to realize simultaneous encryption of color and grayscale images, each grayscale image is first converted into two phase masks by using an optical coherent superposition, one of which is treated as a part of input information that will be fractional Fourier transformed while the other in the form of a chaotic random phase mask (CRPM) is used as a decryption key. For the purpose of optical performance, all the processes are performed through three channels, i.e., red, green, and blue. Different from most asymmetric encryption methods, the decryption process is designed to be linear for the sake of effective decryption. The encryption level of a double random phase encryption based on phase-truncated Fourier transform is enhanced by extending it into fractional Fourier domain and the load of the keys management and transmission is lightened by using CRPMs. The security of the proposed cryptosystem is discussed and computer simulation results are presented to verify the validity of the proposed method.

  9. APPROACH TO DETERMINATION OF NO LOAD CURRENT OF THREE-PHASE POWER TRANSFORMERS WITH PLANE RODS MAGNETIC SYSTEMS

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    T. E. Divchuk

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. Development a new effective approach for determining the open-circuited transformer parameters by implementing a combination of a schematic and spatial mathematical model of nonstationary electromagnetic fields in three-phase transformers, taking into account the constructive structure of the active part, the nonlinearity of the magnetic properties of electrical steels providing high accuracy and computational efficiency. Methods. The researches were carried out using the methods of the electromagnetic field theory, the theory of electrical circuits, the theory of power transformers, mathematical physics, the finite element method, regression analysis methods. Results. Theoretical researches of electromagnetic processes based on numerical realization of a three-dimensional mathematical model of a power three-phase transformer in open-circuited operation are carried out. An approach is proposed for improving the field simulation efficiency of the open-circuited operation, which consists in reducing the dimension of the computational domain and the transition to 2D models. It allow reducing the computing resources cost more than 2.8 times, time resources more than 250 times at a weighted average discrepancy of not more than 3.6%. The regularities of the distribution of flux density and the energy of the magnetic field for the active part of the transformer in open-circuited operation are determined. Their quantitative ratio value for the rods of different phases, which determining the ratio of the currents and resistances of the forward and reverse sequences of the transformer are calculated. A new approach to determine the open-circuited parameters of three-phase transformers with flat rod magnetic systems, based on the methods of circuit and 3D modeling, harmonic analysis and symmetrical components is realized. It characterized by high efficiency of numerical realization and accuracy for transient processes in switching moment of the

  10. Discussion and a new attack of the optical asymmetric cryptosystem based on phase-truncated Fourier transform.

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    Wang, Xiaogang; Chen, Yixiang; Dai, Chaoqing; Zhao, Daomu

    2014-01-10

    A discussion and a cryptanalysis of the optical phase-truncated Fourier-transform-based cryptosystem are presented in this paper. The concept of an optical asymmetric cryptosystem, which was introduced into the optical image encryption scheme based on phase-truncated Fourier transforms in 2010, is suggested to be retained in optical encryption. A new method of attack is also proposed to simultaneously obtain the main information of the original image, the two decryption keys from its cyphertext, and the public keys based on the modified amplitude-phase retrieval algorithm. The numerical results illustrate that the computing efficiency of the algorithm is improved and the number of iterations is much less than that by the specific attack, which has two iteration loops.

  11. Linking simulations and experiments for the multiscale tracking of thermally induced martensitic phase transformation in NiTi SMA

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    Gur, Sourav; Frantziskonis, George N.

    2016-10-01

    Martensitic phase transformation in NiTi shape memory alloys (SMA) occurs over a hierarchy of spatial scales, as evidenced from observed multiscale patterns of the martensitic phase fraction, which depend on the material microstructure and on the size of the SMA specimen. This paper presents a methodology for the multiscale tracking of the thermally induced martensitic phase transformation process in NiTi SMA. Fine scale stochastic phase field simulations are coupled to macroscale experimental measurements through the compound wavelet matrix method (CWM). A novel process for obtaining CWM fine scale wavelet coefficients is used that enhances the effectiveness of the method in transferring uncertainties from fine to coarse scales, and also ensures the preservation of spatial correlations in the phase fraction pattern. Size effects, well-documented in the literature, play an important role in designing the multiscale tracking methodology. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are employed to verify the phase field simulations in terms of different statistical measures and to demonstrate size effects at the nanometer scale. The effects of thermally induced martensite phase fraction uncertainties on the constitutive response of NiTi SMA is demonstrated.

  12. Phase transformations on the surface of YAG composite ceramics under the action of directed laser treatment

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    Vlasova, M., E-mail: vlasovamarina@inbox.ru; Márquez Aguilar, P.A.; Escobar Martinez, A.; Kakazey, M.; Guardian Tapia, R.; Trujillo Estrada, A.

    2016-07-30

    Highlights: • During directed laser treatment of the surface of the composite ceramics consisting of predominantly Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, the oriented crystallization of YAG and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} takes place. • As a result of high-temperature heating, in the surface layer of tracks, the partial dissociation of Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}, Y{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}, and Al{sub 2}Y{sub 4}O{sub 9} and enrichment in YAlO{sub 3} occur. • The content of YAlO{sub 3}, the size of YAG crystallites, and their crystallographic texturing depend on the irradiation mode. • After laser treatment, the ceramic material transforms into a three-layer macrostructure consisting of the basic ceramic material, near-surface textured layer, and surface layer. - Abstract: The laser treatment of composite ceramics based on Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} with Y{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}, Al{sub 2}Y{sub 4}O{sub 9}, and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} additives is accompanied by the melting of the surface layer and formation of tracks. In the volume of tracks, the partial dissociation of Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}, Y{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}, and Al{sub 2}Y{sub 4}O{sub 9}, and the formation of new phases such as YAlO{sub 3} of orthorhombic and hexagonal modifications along with the appearance of additional content of Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} are observed. The content of all these phases depends on the irradiation mode and the phase composition of the ceramics. With increase in the corundum content in ceramic specimens, in the tracks, the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} content increases, and the Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} content decreases. In the volume of tracks, Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} crystallites are textured. The size of YAG crystallites and their crystallographic texturing depend on the irradiation mode and Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase ratio. On the surface of tracks, a layer enriched in YAlO{sub 3} forms. Thus, as a result of laser

  13. Mechanism of the α-to-β phase transformation in the LaNi5-H2 system

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    Gray, E. MacA.; Blach, T. P.; Pitt, M. P.; Cookson, D. J. [Griffith U; (ASRP)

    2014-09-24

    High-energy synchrotron in situ X-ray powder diffraction has been used to elucidate the mechanism of the hydriding phase transformation in a LaNi5 model hydrogen storage intermetallic in real time. The transformation proceeds at 10 ºC via the transient growth of an interfacial phase, the {gamma} phase, with lattice parameters intermediate between those of the α (dilute solid solution) and β (concentrated hydride) phases. The γ phase forms to partially accommodate the 24% change in unit cell volume between the α and β phases during hydriding and dehydriding. The α, γ and β phases coexist at the nanoscopic level.

  14. Kinetics of the fcc → hcp Phase Transformation in Cu-Ge Solid Solutions Upon Isothermal Aging

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    Polatidis, E.; Zotov, N.; Bischoff, E.; Mittemeijer, E. J.

    2017-11-01

    The kinetics of the ζ-phase formation from a supersaturated α-Cu(Ge) solid solution ( i.e., transformation from the fcc crystal structure to the hcp crystal structure) containing 10.8 at. pct Ge [at isothermal temperatures of 573 K, 613 K, and 653 K (300 °C, 340 °C, and 380 °C)] were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) for phase fraction determination. Both in situ and ex situ annealing experiments were performed. The transformation kinetics were modeled on the basis of a versatile modular model. The transformation kinetics complied with a site-saturation nucleation mode and strongly anisotropic interface-controlled growth mode in association with a corresponding impingement mode: diffusion of Ge (towards the stacking faults, SFs) does not control the transformation rate. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigations showed that segregation of Ge at the stacking faults (SFs) takes place (relatively fast) prior to the structural transformation (fcc → hcp).

  15. Phase discrepancy analysis and compensation for fast Fourier transform based solution of the transport of intensity equation.

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    Zuo, Chao; Chen, Qian; Huang, Lei; Asundi, Anand

    2014-07-14

    The transport of intensity equation (TIE) has long been recognized as a quantitative method for phase retrieval and phase contrast imaging. However, it is shown that the most widely accepted fast Fourier transform (FFT) based solutions do not provide an exact solution to the TIE in general. The root of the problem lies in the so-called "Teague's assumption" that the transverse flux is considered to be a conservative field, which cannot be satisfied for a general object. In this work, we present the theoretical analysis of the phase discrepancy owing to the Teague's assumption, and derive the necessary and sufficient conditions for the FFT-based solution to coincide with the exact phase. An iterative algorithm is then proposed aiming to compensate such phase discrepancy in a simple yet effective manner.

  16. Phase retrieval with the transport-of-intensity equation in an arbitrarily shaped aperture by iterative discrete cosine transforms.

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    Huang, Lei; Zuo, Chao; Idir, Mourad; Qu, Weijuan; Asundi, Anand

    2015-05-01

    A transport-of-intensity equation (TIE)-based phase retrieval method is proposed with putting an arbitrarily shaped aperture into the optical wavefield. In this arbitrarily shaped aperture, the TIE can be solved under nonuniform illuminations and even nonhomogeneous boundary conditions by iterative discrete cosine transforms with a phase compensation mechanism. Simulation with arbitrary phase, arbitrary aperture shape, and nonuniform intensity distribution verifies the effective compensation and high accuracy of the proposed method. Experiment is also carried out to check the feasibility of the proposed method in real measurement. Comparing to the existing methods, the proposed method is applicable for any types of phase distribution under nonuniform illumination and nonhomogeneous boundary conditions within an arbitrarily shaped aperture, which enables the technique of TIE with hard aperture to become a more flexible phase retrieval tool in practical measurements.

  17. Operational characteristics in the three-phase transformer-type SFCL with neutral line based on sequential reclosing process

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    Cho, Y. S.; Choi, H. S.; Jung, B. I.

    2011-11-01

    In a transformer-type superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) with a neutral line, which is connected between the superconducting elements and secondary windings, we verified that the SFCL has excellent characteristics that induce the perfect simultaneous quench of the superconducting elements in the previous study. The application of the SFCL to the power networks requires its coordination with the reclosing operation duty, which protects a circuit. In this study, the fault current limiting and recovery characteristics of superconducting elements in the three-phase transformer-type SFCL with the neutral line were analyzed. The limiting rate of the fault current in the transformer-type SFCL could increased by an iron core, which allows quenching of the superconducting elements in a sound phase as well as in a faulted phase. In addition, the simultaneous quench led to uniform burdens on superconducting elements, all of which recovered their superconducting state within an opening cycle of a circuit breaker. Thus, the transformer-type SFCL with the neutral line could reliably conduct the fault current limiting and recovery operations of superconducting elements according to the reclosing operation duty and fault types.

  18. Effects of Hydrogen Charging on the Phase Transformation of Martensitic NiTi Shape Memory Alloy Wires

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    Snir, Yoav; Carl, Matthew; Ley, Nathan A.; Young, Marcus L.

    2017-12-01

    Ti-rich martensitic NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) wires of 0.5 mm diameter were tested under hydrogen-charging conditions to reveal the effects on phase transformation. Hydrogen charging was performed by immersion testing for several durations. The SMA wires were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy, and synchrotron radiation X-ray diffraction (SR-XRD) for the the as-received, polished, and hydrogen-charged conditions. The DSC revealed the phase-transformation behavior of the NiTi SMA wires. Single and triple heating/cooling cycles in the DSC show the relationship between hydrogen and temperature on the material. Five distinct peaks (peaks I-V) are observed during heating/cooling in the DSC. Peak I corresponds to the martensite-to-austenite (M → A) transformation. Peaks II, III, and IV are related to hydrogen charging. Peak II appears at about 210-230 °C, while peaks III and IV appear at about 350 and 440 °C, respectively. These higher temperature peaks, peaks II-IV, were observed for the first time for a martensitic NiTi SMA due to the large temperature range covered using the DSC. Only one peak (peak V) appears during cooling and corresponds to the austenite-to-martensite transformation peak. Ex situ and in situ SR-XRD revealed the phases and the crystallographic relationship to peaks I-V in the DSC.

  19. Structure in the 3D Galaxy Distribution. III. Fourier Transforming the Universe: Phase and Power Spectra

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    Scargle, Jeffrey D.; Way, M. J.; Gazis, P. G.

    2017-01-01

    We demonstrate the effectiveness of a relatively straightforward analysis of the complex 3D Fourier transform of galaxy coordinates derived from redshift surveys. Numerical demonstrations of this approach are carried out on a volume-limited sample of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey redshift survey. The direct unbinned transform yields a complex 3D data cube quite similar to that from the Fast Fourier Transform of finely binned galaxy positions. In both cases, deconvolution of the sampling window function yields estimates of the true transform. Simple power spectrum estimates from these transforms are roughly consistent with those using more elaborate methods. The complex Fourier transform characterizes spatial distributional properties beyond the power spectrum in a manner different from (and we argue is more easily interpreted than) the conventional multipoint hierarchy. We identify some threads of modern large-scale inference methodology that will presumably yield detections in new wider and deeper surveys.

  20. Blast phase transformation of chronic myelogenous leukemia presenting with central nervous system manifestation.

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    Chikkannaiah, Panduranga; Chandranaik, Deepak Devlanaik; Erappa, Nagaraj; Reddy, Bharat; Venkataramappa, Srinivasamurthy

    2016-01-01

    Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is the most common of all leukemia constituting 15-20% of all leukemia. The clinical course of the diseases runs in two to three phases, initial chronic phase followed by accelerated phase or blast phase. Blast phase most commonly presents clinically as fever, splenomegaly, and bone pain. Here, we present a case of CML in blast phase presenting with central nervous system manifestation in a 55-year-old patient with a brief review of the literature.

  1. Critical Role of Transforming Growth Factor Beta in Different Phases of Wound Healing

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    Pakyari, Mohammadreza; Farrokhi, Ali; Maharlooei, Mohsen Khosravi; Ghahary, Aziz

    2013-01-01

    Significance This review highlights the critical role of transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β)1–3 within different phases of wound healing, in particular, late-stage wound healing. It is also very important to identify the TGF-β1–controlling factors involved in slowing down the healing process upon wound epithelialization. Recent Advances TGF-β1, as a growth factor, is a known proponent of dermal fibrosis. Several strategies to modulate or regulate TGF's actions have been thoroughly investigated in an effort to create successful therapies. This study reviews current discourse regarding the many roles of TGF-β1 in wound healing by modulating infiltrated immune cells and the extracellular matrix. Critical Issues It is well established that TGF-β1 functions as a wound-healing promoting factor, and thereby if in excess it may lead to overhealing outcomes, such as hypertrophic scarring and keloid. Thus, the regulation of TGF-β1 in the later stages of the healing process remains as critical issue of which to better understand. Future Directions One hypothesis is that cell communication is the key to regulate later stages of wound healing. To elucidate the role of keratinocyte/fibroblast cross talk in controlling the later stages of wound healing we need to: (1) identify those keratinocyte-released factors which would function as wound-healing stop signals, (2) evaluate the functionality of these factors in controlling the outcome of the healing process, and (3) formulate topical vehicles for these antifibrogenic factors to improve or even prevent the development of hypertrophic scarring and keloids as a result of deep trauma, burn injuries, and any type of surgical incision. PMID:24527344

  2. Phase transformation cycle β→ α′ + α + α"→ β in Ti6Al4V alloy

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available /ß when slowly cooled from the ß phase field. The sequential transformation of ß into a', a-phase, a2, and a" was revealed as peaks on the coefficient thermal expansion (CTE) curves, however, reversed transformations: a" ß, and a ß, were revealed...

  3. INVESTIGATION OF ASYMMETRICAL MODES OF THREE-PHASE THREE–LEG TRANSFORMER WITH WINDINGS CONNECTION IN ZIGZAG

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    Bosneaga V.A

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The optimal configuration of phases placement of double circuit compact controlled self-compensated high-voltage power lines (KUSVL with the voltage of 330-500 kV at the condition of achieving of the maximum admissible value of the electric field tension on the surface of split phase at a given design was determined. The parameters of these lines at the extreme values of the angular shift (θ between the circuits’ systems voltages were calculated. It was shown, that the surge impedance of KUSVL without special phase-shifting transformers (e.g. θ = 0˚ is minimal, and is equal (for each phase for the option of 330 kV and wires 3AS-300/39 - 196 ohms, and for voltage of 500 kV and phase conductors 6AS-240/39 –162 ohms. The magnitude of transmission capacity of considered line (for both circuits at rated voltage is maximal and equal to 1118 MW (for 330 kV line and 3080 MW (for 500 kV line. At changing of line to the mode of angle θ = 180˚ (with special phase-shifting transformer surge impedance is maximal and the transmission capacity minimal. Ratio of the maximal value of transmission capacity to the minimal (regulation range reaches values of up to 1.5.

  4. Metastable phases in the aluminum-germanium alloy system: Synthesis by mechanical alloying and pressure induced transformations

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    Yvon, Pascal [Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1994-01-01

    Al and Ge form a simple equilibrium eutectic with limited mutual solubility and no intermetallic intermediate phases. We used a regular solution approach to model effects of pressure on Al-Ge. Effects of pressure are to extend solubility of Ge in Al, to displace the eutectic composition towards the Ge rich side, and to slightly decrease the eutectic temperature. We designed thermobaric treatments to induce crystal-to-glass transformations in fine grain mixtures of Al and Ge. We used Merrill-Bassett diamond anvil cells to perform experiments at high pressures. We built an x-ray apparatus to determine the structure of alloys at pressure and from cryogenic temperatures to 400C. Two-phase Al-Ge samples with fine microstructures were prepared by splat-quenching and mechanical alloying. We observed a crystal-to-glass transformation at about 80 kbar. The amorphous phase formed was metastable at ambient temperature after pressure release. This was confirmed by TEM. The amorphous phase obtained by pressurization was found to have a liquid-like structure and was metallic. In the TEM samples we also observed the presence of a second amorphous phase formed upon release of the pressure. This second phase had a tetrahedrally-bonded continuous random network structure, similar to that of semi-conducting amorphous germanium.

  5. Comparison of the quench and fault current limiting characteristics of the flux-coupling type SFCL with single and three-phase transformer

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    Jung, Byung Ik; Cho, Yong Sun; Park, Hyoung Min; Chung, Dong Chul; Choi, Hyo Sang

    2013-01-01

    The South Korean power grid has a network structure for the flexible operation of the system. The continuously increasing power demand necessitated the increase of power facilities, which decreased the impedance in the power system. As a result, the size of the fault current in the event of a system fault increased. As this increased fault current size is threatening the breaking capacity of the circuit breaker, the main protective device, a solution to this problem is needed. The superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) has been designed to address this problem. SFCL supports the stable operation of the circuit breaker through its excellent fault-current-limiting operation [1-5]. In this paper, the quench and fault current limiting characteristics of the flux-coupling-type SFCL with one three-phase transformer were compared with those of the same SFCL type but with three single-phase transformers. In the case of the three-phase transformers, both the superconducting elements of the fault and sound phases were quenched, whereas in the case of the single-phase transformer, only that of the fault phase was quenched. For the fault current limiting rate, both cases showed similar rates for the single line-to-ground fault, but for the three-wire earth fault, the fault current limiting rate of the single-phase transformer was over 90% whereas that of the three-phase transformer was about 60%. It appears that when the three-phase transformer was used, the limiting rate decreased because the fluxes by the fault current of each phase were linked in one core. When the power loads of the superconducting elements were compared by fault type, the initial (half-cycle) load was great when the single-phase transformer was applied, whereas for the three-phase transformer, its power load was slightly lower at the initial stage but became greater after the half fault cycle.

  6. Kinetics of phase transformation and optical property of pink coral zirconia powders

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    Chu, Hsueh-Liang; Wang, Cheng-Li [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, 1 Ta-Hsueh Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Hwang, Weng-Sing [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, 1 Ta-Hsueh Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Institute of Nanotechnology and Microsystems Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, 1 Ta-Hsueh Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Lee, Kuen-Chan, E-mail: kclee@kmu.edu.tw [Department of Fragrance and Cosmetic Science, Kaohsiung Medical University, 100 Shih-Chuan 1st Road, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan (China); Zhou, Xuedong [State Key Laboratory of Silicate Materials for Architectures, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China); Wang, Moo-Chin, E-mail: mcwang@kmu.edu.tw [Department of Fragrance and Cosmetic Science, Kaohsiung Medical University, 100 Shih-Chuan 1st Road, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan (China)

    2014-07-15

    Highlights: • The single phase of tetragonal ZrO{sub 2} formed when calcined at 1223 K for 1 h. • The tetragonal ZrO{sub 2} fully converted to ZrSiO{sub 4} when calcined at 1323–1473 K for 1 h. • The activation energy of t-ZrO{sub 2} formed is 399.9 kJ/mol when 5 mol% Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} added. • The activation energy of the Fe/ZrSiO{sub 4} formed is 257.7 kJ/mol when 5 mol% Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} added. • The growth morphology parameter and crystallization index are about 2.0 and 1.0. - Abstract: The kinetics of phase transformation and optical property of pink coral zircon powders have been studied. The ZrO{sub 2}–SiO{sub 2}–Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} precursor powders were synthesized using Zr(NO{sub 3}){sub 4}⋅4H{sub 2}O, Si(C{sub 2}H{sub 5}O){sub 4} and Fe(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}⋅9H{sub 2}O as initial materials via the hot–wet routes. The kinetics of phase transformation of the ZrO{sub 2}–SiO{sub 2}–Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} precursor powders was characterized by thermo-gravimetric (TG)/differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nano-beam electron diffraction (NBED), and spectrophotometry. The crystallization temperatures of tetragonal zirconia (t-ZrO{sub 2}) and zircon (ZrSiO{sub 4}) of ZrO{sub 2}–SiO{sub 2} precursor powders with 1 mol% Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} were estimated to be approximately 1204 K and 1496 K, respectively, based on a DSC analysis conducted at a heating rate of 20 K/min. The activation energies of t-ZrO{sub 2} formulation are 428.2, 403.2, and 399.9 kJ/mol, respectively, for ZrO{sub 2}–SiO{sub 2} precursor powders containing 1, 3, and 5 mol% Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, respectively, whereas the activation energies of the Fe/ZrSiO{sub 4} formulation are 271.9, 261.9, and 257.7 kJ/mol, respectively. The parameter of growth morphology (n) and index of crystallization (m) were approximated as 2.0 and 1.0, respectively, meaning that two-dimensional growth with plate-like morphology was the

  7. Coherent and incoherent phase transformation from olivine to ringwoodite and the time scale for shock events on asteroids

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    Miyahara, M.; Ohtani, E.; Kimura, M.; El Goresy, A.; Ozawa, S.; Nagase, T.; Nishijima, M.; Hiraga, K.

    2009-12-01

    Phase transformation mechanism from olivine to its high-pressure polymorph, ringwoodite has been studied in the past with high-pressure apparatus and TEM in order to explore the phase transformation mechanisms and their affect on the dynamics of the Earth’s interior transition zone. These studies propose that the phase transformation takes place in solid-state as follows; (1) incoherent grain-boundary nucleation and growth and (2) coherent intra-crystalline ({111}Rgt//(100)Ol) growth. The phase transformation from olivine to ringwoodite was also observed in shock-melt veins of ordinary chondrites. Such investigation is a very important clue to evaluate a time scale for shock events on asteroids. Previous TEM investigations indicate that only incoherent growth mechanism was active during the transformation in the shocked chondrite. However, our FIB-TEM studies brought the first evidence for coherent intra-crystalline growth from the shock-melt veins of Yamato 791384 L6 chondrite. Most original olivines (Fa24-26) entrained in the shock-melt veins are completely transformed to polycrystalline ringwoodite. In comparison, olivines adjacent to the shock-melt veins revealed heterogeneous olivine to ringwoodite transformation textures. We observed in these olivines three distinct textures: (1) polycrystalline, (2) oriented several sets of lamellae, and (3) a single oriented set of lamellae. The polycrystalline parts are near the shock-melt veins (ringwoodite lamellae are more dominant with increasing distance from the veins. The oriented several sets of lamellae occur along or parallel to fractures. The single oriented set of lamellae (width ringwoodite (grain-size ringwoodite, suggesting that incoherent mechanism takes place along fractures. The single oriented set of lamellae consist of ringwoodite platelets unambiguously depicting coherent crystallographic orientation: (100)Ol//{111}Rgt, indicating a coherent intergrowth. We estimated a time scale for the shock events

  8. Optical parameters induced by phase transformation in RF magnetron sputtered TiO2 nanostructured thin films

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    Prabitha B. Nair

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Pure TiO2 thin films were deposited onto quartz substrates using a ceramic TiO2 target at an elevated substrate temperature of 573 K by RF magnetron sputtering, and an analysis of structural, optical and photoluminescence characteristics of the films upon phase transformation is reported in this paper. Structural investigations using X-ray diffraction revealed that the as-deposited film was amorphous in nature. Thermal annealing for 2 h at 873 K in air resulted in the formation of anatase phase, and a phase transformation to rutile was observed at 1073 K. An increase in grain size and an improvement in crystallinity were also observed on annealing. Rod- like rutile crystallites were observed in the SEM images of the film annealed at 1273 K. As-deposited films and films annealed up to 1073 K were highly transparent in the visible region with a transparency >80%. Optical band gap of the films decreased upon thermal annealing which is attributed to phase transformation from amorphous to anatase and then to rutile. Optical parameters such as refractive index, optical conductivity and optical dielectric constant increased with increase in annealing temperature. Since rutile is the optically active phase, the superior refractive index of the film annealed at 1073 K along with its high transparency in visible region suggests the application of this film in antireflective coatings. Photoluminescence emission of maximum intensity was observed for the film annealed at 873 K, which exhibits anatase phase. Intense blue emission observed in this film makes it suitable for use in optoelectronic display devices.

  9. Templating quantum dot to phase-transformed electrospun TiO₂ nanofibers for enhanced photo-excited electron injection.

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    Aykut, Yakup; Saquing, Carl D; Pourdeyhimi, Behnam; Parsons, Gregory N; Khan, Saad A

    2012-08-01

    We report on the microstructural crystal phase transformation of electrospun TiO(2) nanofibers generated via sol-gel electrospinning technique, and the incorporation of as-synthesized CdSe quantum dots (QDs) to different phases of TiO(2) nanofibers (NFs) via bifunctional surface modification. The effect of different phases of TiO(2) on photo-excited electron injection from CdSe QDs to TiO(2) NFs, as measured by photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL) is also discussed. Nanofiber diameter and crystal structures are dramatically affected by different calcination temperatures due to removal of polymer carrier, conversion of ceramic precursor into ceramic nanofibers, and formation of different TiO(2) phases in the fibers. At a low calcination temperature of 400 (o)C only anatase TiO(2) nanofiber are obtained; with increasing calcination temperature (up to 500 (o)C) these anatase crystals became larger. Crystal transformation from the anatase to the rutile phase is observed above 500(o)C, with most of the crystals transforming into the rutile phase at 800(o)C. Bi-functional surface modification of calcined TiO(2) nanofibers with 3-mercaptopropionic acid (3-MPA) is used to incorporate as-synthesized CdSe QD nanoparticles on to TiO(2) nanofibers. Evidence of formation of CdSe/TiO(2) composite nanofibers is obtained from elemental analysis using Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and TEM microscopy that reveal templated quantum dots on TiO(2) nanofibers. Photoluminescence emission intensities increase considerably with the addition of QDs to all TiO(2) nanofiber samples, with fibers containing small amount of rutile crystals with anatase crystals showing the most enhanced effect.

  10. Morphological evolution of precipitates during transformation of amorphous calcium phosphate into octacalcium phosphate in relation to role of intermediate phase

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    Sugiura, Yuki; Onuma, Kazuo; Kimura, Yuki; Miura, Hitoshi; Tsukamoto, Katsuo

    2011-10-01

    Nucleation of amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) and its phase transformation with a decrease in solution pH were investigated at a constant temperature of 32 °C. A solution containing a mixture of CaCl 2 and KH 2PO 4 was prepared (initial pH=7.7), and a drop was sampled at a constant interval to observe the morphological evolution of the precipitates that formed in the solution. A gel-like solution structure formed immediately after mixing and contained a small amount of sea-urchin-like ACP spherulites (3-20 μm in size). These spherulites consisted of 1.5-10-μm-long flexible needles that formed simultaneously with numerous ACP spherical particles. They first transformed into β-tri calcium phosphate-like material (called "pseudo β-TCP") and then into single crystals of octacalcium phosphate (OCP) without dissolution. The flexible needles in the spherulites changed into blade springs, then into flexible plates, and finally into rigid plates during the transformation. The OCP structure appeared in the pseudo β-TCP plates and gradually substituted for the β-TCP structure over time. The macroscopic spherulite morphology of the initial ACP remained unchanged during the phase transformation, suggesting that OCP is a pseudomorph of ACP. This feature was observed only when the ACP spherulites formed in the initial solution. Fiber-like aggregates consisting of β-TCP single crystals nucleated around the ACP spherical particles and grew over time. They survived until the final stage of the reaction, and OCP polycrystals formed in the mixture of β-TCP and ACP spheres. The OCP polycrystals gradually substituted for the ACP spheres without phase transformation of β-TCP into OCP.

  11. Detecting phase singularities and rotor center trajectories based on the Hilbert transform of intraatrial electrograms in an atrial voxel model

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    Unger Laura Anna

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This work aimed at the detection of rotor centers within the atrial cavity during atrial fibrillation on the basis of phase singularities. A voxel based method was established which employs the Hilbert transform and the phase of unipolar electrograms. The method provides a 3D overview of phase singularities at the endocardial surface and within the blood volume. Mapping those phase singularities from the inside of the atria at the endocardium yielded rotor center trajectories. We discuss the results for an unstable and a more stable rotor. The side length of the areas covered by the trajectories varied from 1.5 mm to 10 mm. These results are important for cardiologists who target rotors with RF ablation in order to cure atrial fibrillation.

  12. Interface kinetics in phase-field models: isothermal transformations in binary alloys and step dynamics in molecular-beam epitaxy.

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    Boussinot, G; Brener, Efim A

    2013-08-01

    We present a unified description of interface kinetic effects in phase-field models for isothermal transformations in binary alloys and steps dynamics in molecular-beam-epitaxy. The phase-field equations of motion incorporate a kinetic cross-coupling between the phase field and the concentration field. This cross-coupling generalizes the phenomenology of kinetic effects and was omitted until recently in classical phase-field models. We derive general expressions (independent of the details of the phase-field model) for the kinetic coefficients within the corresponding macroscopic approach using a physically motivated reduction procedure. The latter is equivalent to the so-called thin-interface limit but is technically simpler. It involves the calculation of the effective dissipation that can be ascribed to the interface in the phase-field model. We discuss in detail the possibility of a nonpositive definite matrix of kinetic coefficients, i.e., a negative effective interface dissipation, although being in the range of stability of the underlying phase-field model. Numerically we study the step-bunching instability in molecular-beam-epitaxy due to the Ehrlich-Schwoebel effect, present in our model due to the cross-coupling. Using the reduction procedure we compare the results of the phase-field simulations with the analytical predictions of the macroscopic approach.

  13. Three-phase current transformer rectifier sets. High-voltage power supplies for difficult conditions in electrostatic precipitators

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    Stackelberg, Josef von [Rico-Werk Eiserlo und Emmrich GmbH, Toenisvorst (Germany)

    2013-04-01

    The precipitation rate of electrostatic precipitators (ESP) highly depends on the consistency of waste gas. Among other things, electrical conductivity plays an important role as well as the ability of particles to be electrically charged or ionised. Within certain limits, common ESPs are able to clean waste gas satisfactorily. If the dust attributes exceed these limits, more sophisticated technical solutions are required in the ESP to meet the demands for the gas cleaning equipment. In these cases, a three phase transformer rectifier system offers an alternative to the conventional single phase system, as it delivers a smooth direct current voltage over a wide voltage range. (orig.)

  14. Control of the γ-alumina to α-alumina phase transformation for an optimized alumina densification

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    Lamouri, S.; Hamidouche, M.; Bouaouadja, N.; Belhouchet, H.; Garnier, V.; Fantozzi, G.; Trelkat, J.F.

    2017-07-01

    In this work, we studied the aptitude to sintering green bodies using γ-Al2O3 transition alumina as raw powder. We focused on the influence of the heating rate on densification and microstructural evolution. Phase transformations from transition alumina γ→δ→θ→α-Al2O3 were studied by in situ X-rays diffraction from the ambient to 1200°C. XRD patterns revealed coexistence of various phase transformations during the heating cycle. DTA and dilatometry results showed that low heating rate leads to a significant reduction of the temperature of the α-Al2O3 alumina formation. Around 1190, 1217 and 1240°C were found when using 5, 10 and 20°C/min of heating rate, respectively. The activation energy for θ-Al2O3→α-Al2O3 transformation calculated by Kissinger and JMA equations using dilatometry method were 464.29 and 488.79kJ/mol, respectively and by DTA method were 450.72 and 475.49kJ/mol, respectively. In addition, the sintering of the green bodies with low heating rate promotes the rearrangement of the grains during θ-Al2O3→α-Al2O3 transformation, enhancing the relative density to 95% and preventing the development of a vermicular structure. (Author)

  15. Control of the γ-alumina to α-alumina phase transformation for an optimized alumina densification

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    Samir Lamouri

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we studied the aptitude to sintering green bodies using γ-Al2O3 transition alumina as raw powder. We focused on the influence of the heating rate on densification and microstructural evolution. Phase transformations from transition alumina γ → δ → θ → α-Al2O3 were studied by in situ X-rays diffraction from the ambient to 1200 °C. XRD patterns revealed coexistence of various phase transformations during the heating cycle. DTA and dilatometry results showed that low heating rate leads to a significant reduction of the temperature of the α-Al2O3 alumina formation. Around 1190, 1217 and 1240 °C were found when using 5, 10 and 20 °C/min of heating rate, respectively. The activation energy for θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 transformation calculated by Kissinger and JMA equations using dilatometry method were 464.29 and 488.79 kJ/mol, respectively and by DTA method were 450.72 and 475.49 kJ/mol, respectively. In addition, the sintering of the green bodies with low heating rate promotes the rearrangement of the grains during θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 transformation, enhancing the relative density to 95% and preventing the development of a vermicular structure.

  16. Deformation and Phase Transformation Processes in Polycrystalline NiTi and NiTiHf High Temperature Shape Memory Alloys

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    Benafan, Othmane

    2012-01-01

    The deformation and transformation mechanisms of polycrystalline Ni49.9Ti50.1 and Ni50.3Ti29.7Hf20 (in at.%) shape memory alloys were investigated by combined experimental and modeling efforts aided by an in situ neutron diffraction technique at stress and temperature. The thermomechanical response of the low temperature martensite, the high temperature austenite phases, and changes between these two states during thermomechanical cycling were probed and reported. In the cubic austenite phase, stress-induced martensite, deformation twinning and slip processes were observed which helped in constructing a deformation map that contained the limits over which each of the identified mechanisms was dominant. Deformation of the monoclinic martensitic phase was also investigated where the microstructural changes (texture, lattice strains, and phase fractions) during room-temperature deformation and subsequent thermal cycling were compared to the bulk macroscopic response. When cycling between these two phases, the evolution of inelastic strains, along with the shape setting procedures were examined and used for the optimization of the transformation properties as a function of deformation levels and temperatures. Finally, this work was extended to the development of multiaxial capabilities at elevated temperatures for the in situ neutron diffraction measurements of shape memory alloys on the VULCAN Diffractometer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  17. A case study of real-time monitoring of solid-state phase transformations in acoustically levitated particles using near infrared and Raman spectroscopy

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    Rehder, Sönke; Wu, Jian-Xiong; Laackmann, Julian

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this study was to monitor the amorphous-to-crystalline solid-state phase transformation kinetics of the model drug ibuprofen with spectroscopic methods during acoustic levitation. Chemical and physical information was obtained by real-time near infrared (NIRS) and Raman...... allowed direct determination of the recrystallisation kinetics of amorphous drugs and thus is a promising technique for monitoring solid-state phase transformations of adhesive small-sized samples during the early phase of drug development....

  18. Observation of a New High-Pressure Solid Phase in Dynamically Compressed Aluminum

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    Polsin, D. N.

    2017-10-01

    Aluminum is ideal for testing theoretical first-principles calculations because of the relative simplicity of its atomic structure. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations predict that Al transforms from an ambient-pressure, face-centered-cubic (fcc) crystal to the hexagonal close-packed (hcp) and body-centered-cubic (bcc) structures as it is compressed. Laser-driven experiments performed at the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics and the National Ignition Facility (NIF) ramp compressed Al samples to pressures up to 540 GPa without melting. Nanosecond in-situ x-ray diffraction was used to directly measure the crystal structure at pressures where the solid-solid phase transformations of Al are predicted to occur. Laser velocimetry provided the pressure in the Al. Our results show clear evidence of the fcc-hcp and hpc-bcc transformations at 216 +/- 9 GPa and 321 +/- 12 GPa, respectively. This is the first experimental in-situ observation of the bcc phase in compressed Al and a confirmation of the fcc-hcp transition previously observed under static compression at 217 GPa. The observations indicate these solid-solid phase transitions occur on the order of tens of nanoseconds time scales. In the fcc-hcp transition we find the original texture of the sample is preserved; however, the hcp-bcc transition diminishes that texture producing a structure that is more polycrystalline. The importance of this dynamic is discussed. The NIF results are the first demonstration of x-ray diffraction measurements at two different pressures in a single laser shot. This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration under Award Number DE-NA0001944.

  19. Non-equilibrium phase transitions in the two-temperature Ising model with Kawasaki dynamics. Phase diagram from position space renormalization group transformation

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    Renklioglu, B.; Yalabik, M. C.

    2012-12-01

    Phase transitions of the two-finite temperature Ising model on a square lattice are investigated by using a position space renormalization group (PSRG) transformation. Different finite temperatures, T x and T y , and also different time-scale constants, α x and α y for spin exchanges in the x and y directions define the dynamics of the non-equilibrium system. The critical surface of the system is determined by RG flows as a function of these exchange parameters. The Onsager critical point (when the two temperatures are equal) and the critical temperature for the limit when the other temperature is infinite, previously studied by the Monte Carlo method, are obtained. In addition, two steady-state fixed points which correspond to the non-equilibrium phase transition are presented. These fixed points yield the different universality class properties of the non-equilibrium phase transitions.

  20. Phase Energy Determined from Stress and Electric-Field-Induced Phase Transformations in [011]C Cut 0.24PIN-PMN-PT Single Crystals

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    Dorinamaria Carka

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The effect of composition and temperature on the large field behavior of [011]C cut and poled (d32-mode rhombohedral relaxor ferroelectric 0.24PIN-(1−xPMN-xPT single crystals was characterized under electromechanical loading and the relative phase energy determined. The electric field and stress induced polarization and strain response and field dependent material properties are reported for two concentrations of lead titanate (PT, with one PT concentration closer to the morphotropic phase boundary, at low and high temperature. A thermodynamic analysis to determine the relative energy levels of the rhombohedral and orthorhombic phases is based on the path integration of the measured data to determine external work done to drive the phase transition. The effect of heat generated by irreversible strain and electric displacement increments (hysteresis in the phase transformation was removed from the work done during the loading cycle and the relative Helmholtz free energy density levels of the phases was determined.

  1. Fundamental Studies of Phase Transformations and Mechanical Properties in the Heat Affected Zone of 10 wt% Nickel Steel

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    Barrick, Erin J.

    United States naval applications require the use of steels with high strength and resistance to fracture at low temperatures to provide good ballistic properties. In recent years, 10 wt% Ni steel has been developed with strength and toughness values exceeding those of steels currently used, and is now being considered as a candidate material to replace existing high-strength, low alloy steels. This steel has excellent toughness from the mechanically induced transformation of interlath austenite films to martensite. These austenite films are formed via a carefully developed quenching, lamellarizing, and tempering heat treatment. However, before 10 wt% Ni steel can be implemented for full-scale applications, the effects of the rapid heating and cooling rates associated with welding thermal cycles on phase transformations and mechanical properties must be understood. In this research, a fundamental understanding of phase transformations and mechanical properties in the heat-affected zone of fusion welds in 10 wt% Ni steel was developed through heating and cooling rate dilatometry experiments, gas tungsten arc welding, and simulation of gas metal arc welding. First, an investigation into the effects of heating and cooling rate on the phase transformations in 10 wt% Ni steel was performed. The Ac1 and Ac3 temperatures during heating were determined as a function of heating rate, and sluggish transformation during fast heating rates manifested itself as a high Ac3 temperature of 1050°C as opposed to a temperature of 850°C at slow heating rates. A continuous cooling transformation diagram produced for 10 wt% Ni steel reveals that martensite will form over a very wide range of cooling rates, which reflects a very high hardenability of this alloy. This is significant because the range of cooling rates for which the diagram was constructed over easily covers the range associated with fusion welding, so there would not be the need for precise control over the weld

  2. Phase transformations during high-speed heat treatment of the system "carbide (M23C6)/(α-Fe) matrix"

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    Ivanov, Yurii; Klopotov, Anatolii; Petrikova, Elizaveta; Vlasov, Yurii; Kondratyuk, Alexey

    2017-11-01

    A brief thermodynamic analysis of phase transformations taking place during heat treatment of the system Fe-Cr-C, which is the basis of high-chromium steel, is performed. It is shown that formation of both, solid solutions based on α-iron (BCC crystalline lattice) and γ-iron (FCC crystalline lattice) and an entire spectrum of carbide phases of the complex element composition (M23C6, M7C3, M3C and M3C2, where the symbol M stands for atoms of metallic elements Fe and Cr) is possible in this material under equilibrium conditions. The irradiation of steel with an intense pulsed electron beam is carried out. It is shown that electron-beam treatment of steel in the melting mode and the subsequent high-speed crystallization is accompanied by transformation of the surface layer structure, consisting of (1) the dissolution of particles of the initial carbide phase; (2) formation of dendritic crystallization cells of submicron (80…200 nm) sizes; (3) the repeated isolation of nanosized (10-15 nm) particles of the carbide phase.

  3. Nonlinear QR code based optical image encryption using spiral phase transform, equal modulus decomposition and singular value decomposition

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    Kumar, Ravi; Bhaduri, Basanta; Nishchal, Naveen K.

    2018-01-01

    In this study, we propose a quick response (QR) code based nonlinear optical image encryption technique using spiral phase transform (SPT), equal modulus decomposition (EMD) and singular value decomposition (SVD). First, the primary image is converted into a QR code and then multiplied with a spiral phase mask (SPM). Next, the product is spiral phase transformed with particular spiral phase function, and further, the EMD is performed on the output of SPT, which results into two complex images, Z 1 and Z 2. Among these, Z 1 is further Fresnel propagated with distance d, and Z 2 is reserved as a decryption key. Afterwards, SVD is performed on Fresnel propagated output to get three decomposed matrices i.e. one diagonal matrix and two unitary matrices. The two unitary matrices are modulated with two different SPMs and then, the inverse SVD is performed using the diagonal matrix and modulated unitary matrices to get the final encrypted image. Numerical simulation results confirm the validity and effectiveness of the proposed technique. The proposed technique is robust against noise attack, specific attack, and brutal force attack. Simulation results are presented in support of the proposed idea.

  4. SYNTHESIS OF NANOPARTICLE SEMICONDUCTOR CdS IN PHASE TRANSFORMED MICROEMULSION OF WATER/ SDS/ ETANOL/ n-HEXANE SYSTEM

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    Fitria Rahmawati

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this research is to study wheather the emulsion system of water/SDS (Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate/ethanol/n-hexane can be transformed from S1 (hydrocarbon in water type to S2 (water in hydrocarbon. CdS can be synthesized in the transformed product of microemulsion medium. The emulsion type transformation from S1 to S2 was conducted by adding n-hexane increment of 5 mL as hydrocarbon phase and stirring at 300 rpm for 2 minutes. The inversion point was defined from the measurement of emulsion conductivity and was supported by data of the droplet view under optical microscope. CdS was synthesized from reaction of Cd(NO32.4H2O with Na2S in phase transformed microemulsion medium. CdS cluster size was obtained from its UV-Vis spectrum and was characterized using X-ray diffraction to analyse the crystallinity and crystal system, then the influence of the variation of SDS amount to the CdS cluster size and its UV-Vis spectrum was observed.The result of this research shows that the system of n-hexane/SDS/water emulsion can be transformed from S1 to S2 type. The SDS amount in the microemulsion has influence the CdS cluster size. The larger amount of SDS added, the smaller of CdS cluster size was obtained. XRD data indicated that CdS cluster has been obtained with 40.613 % of purity. Keywords: emulsion system, nanoparticle semiconductor, CdS, sodium dodecyl sulphate

  5. Comparison of non-convex cost functionals for the consideration of phase differences in phaseless near-field far-field transformations of measured antenna fields

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    Knapp, Josef; Paulus, Alexander; Lopez, Carlos; Eibert, Thomas F.

    2017-09-01

    This work introduces two methods which extend the non-convex minimization problem arising in phaseless (NF) far-field (FF) transformations. With the new extensions, knowledge about phase differences between measurement points can be incorporated into the minimization problem. The additional information helps to avoid stationary points of the minimization cost functional which would otherwise compromise the result of the near-field far-field transformation. The methods are incorporated into the Fast Irregular Antenna Field Transformation Algorithm (FIAFTA), analyzed and compared. Their effectiveness is shown by transforming synthetic near-field data sets with partial knowledge of phase differences to the far-field.

  6. X-ray diffraction study of low-temperature phase transformations in nickel-titanium orthodontic wires.

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    Iijima, M; Brantley, W A; Guo, W H; Clark, W A T; Yuasa, T; Mizoguchi, I

    2008-11-01

    Employ conventional X-ray diffraction (XRD) to analyze three clinically important nickel-titanium orthodontic wire alloys over a range of temperatures between 25 and -110 degrees C, for comparison with previous results from temperature-modulated differential scanning calorimetry (TMDSC) studies. The archwires selected were 35 degrees C Copper Ni-Ti (Ormco), Neo Sentalloy (GAC International), and Nitinol SE (3M Unitek). Neo Sentalloy, which exhibits superelastic behavior, is marketed as having shape memory in the oral environment, and Nitinol SE and 35 degrees C Copper Ni-Ti also exhibit superelastic behavior. All archwires had dimensions of 0.016in.x0.022in. (0.41 mm x 0.56 mm). Straight segments cut with a water-cooled diamond saw were placed side-by-side to yield a 1 cm x 1cm test sample of each wire product for XRD analysis (Rint-Ultima(+), Rigaku) over a 2theta range from 30 degrees to 130 degrees and at successive temperatures of 25, -110, -60, -20, 0 and 25 degrees C. The phases revealed by XRD at the different analysis temperatures were in good agreement with those found in previous TMDSC studies of transformations in these alloys, in particular verifying the presence of R-phase at 25 degrees C. Precise comparisons are not possible because of the approximate nature of the transformation temperatures determined by TMDSC and the preferred crystallographic orientation present in the wires. New XRD peaks appear to result from low-temperature transformation in martensite, which a recent transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study has shown to arise from twinning. While XRD is a useful technique to study phases in nickel-titanium orthodontic wires and their transformations as a function of temperature, optimum insight is obtained when XRD analyses are combined with complementary TMDSC and TEM study of the wires.

  7. Morphology and phase transformations of tin oxide nanostructures synthesized by the hydrothermal method in the presence of dicarboxylic acids

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    Zima, Tatyana, E-mail: zima@solid.nsc.ru [Institute of Solid State Chemistry and Mechanochemistry SB RAS, 18 Kutateladze, Novosibirsk 630128 (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State Technical University, 20 K. Marx Prospect, Novosibirsk 630092 (Russian Federation); Bataev, Ivan [Novosibirsk State Technical University, 20 K. Marx Prospect, Novosibirsk 630092 (Russian Federation)

    2016-11-15

    A new approach to the synthesis of non-stoichiometric tin oxide structures with different morphologies and the phase compositions has been evaluated. The nanostructures were synthesized by hydrothermal treatment of the mixtures of dicarboxylic acids ― aminoterephthalic or oxalic ― with nanocrystalline SnO{sub 2} powder, which was obtained via the sol-gel technology. The products were characterized by Raman and IR spectroscopy, SEM, HRTEM, and XRD analysis. It was shown that the controlled addition of a dicarboxylic acid leads not only to a change in the morphology of the nanostructures, but also to SnO{sub 2}–SnO{sub 2}/Sn{sub 3}O{sub 4}–Sn{sub 3}O{sub 4}–SnO phase transformations. A single-phase Sn{sub 3}O{sub 4} in the form of the well-separated hexagonal nanoplates and mixed SnO{sub 2}/Sn{sub 3}O{sub 4} phases in the form of hierarchical flower-like structures were obtained in the presence of organic additives. The effects of concentration, redox activity of the acids and heat treatment on the basic characteristics of the synthesized tin oxide nanostructures and phase transformations in the synthesized materials are discussed. - Graphical abstract: The controlled addition of aminoterephthalic or oxalic acid leads not only to a change in the morphology of the nanostructures, but also to SnO{sub 2}–SnO{sub 2}/Sn{sub 3}O{sub 4}–Sn{sub 3}O{sub 4}–SnO phase transformations. - Highlights: • A new approach to the synthesis of non-stoichiometric tin oxide structures is studied. • Tin oxide structures are synthesized via hydrothermal method with dicarboxylic acids. • Morphology and phase composition are changed with redox activity and dosage of acid. • The redox activity of acid has an effect on ratio of SnO and SnO{sub 2} in crystal structure. • A pure phase Sn{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoplates and SnO{sub 2}/Sn{sub 3}O{sub 4} hierarchical structures are formed.

  8. Phase-shift detection in a Fourier-transform method for temperature sensing using a tapered fiber microknot resonator.

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    Larocque, Hugo; Lu, Ping; Bao, Xiaoyi

    2016-04-01

    Phase-shift detection in a fast-Fourier-transform (FFT)-based spectrum analysis technique for temperature sensing using a tapered fiber microknot resonator is proposed and demonstrated. Multiple transmission peaks in the FFT spectrum of the device were identified as optical modes having completed different amounts of round trips within the ring structure. Temperature variation induced phase shifts for each set of peaks were characterized, and experimental results show that different peaks have distinct temperature sensitivities reaching values up to -0.542  rad/°C, which is about 10 times greater than that of a regular adiabatic taper Mach-Zehnder interferometer when using similar phase-tracking schemes.

  9. Structural and phase transformations during copper and iron mechanical alloying in liquid medium studied by Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Eryomina, Marina Anatol'evna; Lomayeva, Svetlana Fedorovna; Ul'yanov, Alexandr Leonidovich; Yelsukov, Evgeny Petrovich

    2016-03-01

    Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction have been used to study the kinetics of structural and phase transformations in Cu + 2 at% 57Fe during mechanical activation in liquid media (heptane, distilled water) and subsequent heat treatment (600 and 700 °C). The initial stages of mechanical alloying are associated with the transition of components to the nanostructural state. Iron atom groups form near the grain boundaries, and isolated iron atoms penetrate from the boundaries into the grains. Oxidation of groups of iron atoms that form highly dispersed phases of ternary oxide and magnetite occur in the initial stages of mechanical alloying of Cu + 2 at% 57Fe in water. The formation of the solid solution in the form of isolated iron atoms in the lattice of copper proceeds, regardless of the milling media used. Samples prepared in heptane contain carbon and oxygen, and upon heat treatment, carbide and oxide phases are formed.

  10. Effect of Co on Discontinuous Precipitation Transformation with TCP Phase in Ni-based Alloy Containing Re

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    Shi, Qianying; An, Ning; Huo, Jiajie; Zheng, Yunrong; Feng, Qiang

    2017-05-01

    The effect of Co on discontinuous precipitation (DP) transformation involving the formation of topologically close-packed (TCP) phase was investigated in three Ni-Cr-Re model alloys containing different levels of Co. One typical TCP phase, σ, was generated within DP cellular colonies along the migrating grain boundaries in experimental alloys during aging treatment. As a result of the increased solubility of Re in the γ matrix and enlarged interlamellar spacing of σ precipitates inside of growing DP colonies, Co addition suppressed the formation of σ phase and associated DP colonies. This study suggests that Co could potentially serve as a microstructural stabilizer in Re-containing Ni-base superalloys, which provides an alternative method for the composition optimization of superalloys.

  11. Phase Transformation in Monolayer Molybdenum Disulphide (MoS2) with and without Defects under Tension Predicted by Atomistic Simulations

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    Dillon, Keith

    In addition to its use as a solid lubricant, molybdenum disulphide (MoS 2) has gained recent attention as a possible substitute for silicon as it is increasingly difficult to keep shrinking down electronic devices made of silicon, the conventional electronic material. When thinned down to atomic thickness, monolayer MoS2 possesses very unique and promising electronic and electrical properties. Unlike electronic and electrical properties, knowledge of the mechanical properties and role of structural defects on these properties of monolayer MoS2 is unexplored. For this thesis, the two main objectives are (1) to gain insight about the failure mechanism of monolayer MoS2 by modeling nanoindentation performed on suspended free standing membrane with comparison to experiment and (2) to explore the influence of structural defects on the mechanical properties of monolayer MoS2 by modelling monolayer MoS2 membranes with defects and simulating the same nanoindentation process as in part (1). It is shown that the force required for fracture of the MoS2 monolayer increases with increasing indenter diameter. This relationship and the magnitudes of the breaking forces computed in this work are consistent with experiments presented in the literature. A phase transformation, caused by an abrupt drop in the S-S intralayer Z dimension, is observed prior to failure during both defect-free and defect-containing membrane simulations. This phase transformation is also observed in uniaxial tension simulations. Analysis suggests that structural defects alter the failure mechanisms of monolayer MoS2 and thus reduce its mechanical performance. For point defects, the phase transformation initiates from accumulated vacancies away from the center of the membrane and accelerates the new phase propagation process. For grain boundary structures, it was found that their fracture strength is independent of the grain boundary energy.

  12. Electromechanical stress in transformers caused by three-phase short-circuits; Estresse eletromecanico em transformadores causado por curtos-circuitos trifasicos

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    Rosentino, A.J.J. Pereira; Delaiba, A.C.; Saraiva, E.; Oliveira, J.C. de; Lynce, M. [Universidade Federal de Uberlandia (UFU), MG (Brazil). Fac. de Engenharia Eletrica], Emails: arnaldoufu@gmail.com, delaiba@ufu.br, elise.saraiva@yahoo.com.br, jcoliveira@ufu.br, lynce@ufu.br; Bronzeado, H. de S. [Companhia Hidro Eletrica do Sao Francisco (CHESF), Recife, PE (Brazil)], Emails: herivelto.bronzeado@gmail.com, hebron@chesf.gov.br

    2009-07-01

    One of the reasons for internal failures of transformers is the weakness of the isolation of its conductors/coils due to vibrations caused by electromechanics forces produced by the high short-circuit currents. In this context, this paper presents a methodology to estimate the electromechanical stress in transformers caused by three-phase short circuits. Details of the characteristics of radial and axial forces that can occur in concentric windings of transformers, focusing mainly on the axial are presented. It is presented the preliminary description of techniques for diagnosis and monitoring of transformers in the face of mechanical stress caused by short circuit. This study considers the transformers core involved.

  13. Stress-induced phase transformation and pseudo-elastic/pseudo-plastic recovery in intermetallic Ni-Al nanowires.

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    Sutrakar, Vijay Kumar; Mahapatra, D Roy

    2009-07-22

    Extensive molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been performed in a B2-NiAl nanowire using an embedded atom method (EAM) potential. We show a stress induced [Formula: see text]-centered-tetragonal (BCT) phase transformation and a novel temperature and cross-section dependent pseudo-elastic/pseudo-plastic recovery from such an unstable BCT phase with a recoverable strain of approximately 30% as compared to 5-8% in polycrystalline materials. Such a temperature and cross-section dependent pseudo-elastic/pseudo-plastic strain recovery can be useful in various interesting applications of shape memory and strain sensing in nanoscale devices. Effects of size, temperature, and strain rate on the structural and mechanical properties have also been analyzed in detail. For a given size of the nanowire the yield stress of both the B2 and the BCT phases is found to decrease with increasing temperature, whereas for a given temperature and strain rate the yield stress of both the B2 and the BCT phase is found to increase with increase in the cross-sectional dimensions of the nanowire. A constant elastic modulus of approximately 80 GPa of the B2 phase is observed in the temperature range of 200-500 K for nanowires of cross-sectional dimensions in the range of 17.22-28.712 A, whereas the elastic modulus of the BCT phase shows a decreasing trend with an increase in the temperature.

  14. Thermal Behavior of an HSLA Steel and the Impact in Phase Transformation: Submerged Arc Welding (SAW) Process Approach to Pipelines

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    Costa, P. S.; Reyes-Valdés, F. A.; Saldaña-Garcés, R.; Delgado, E. R.; Salinas-Rodríguez, A.

    Heat input during welding metal fusion generates different transformations, such as grain growth, hydrogen cracking, and the formation of brittle structures, generally associated with the heat-affected zone (HAZ). For this reason, it is very important to know the behavior of this area before welding. This paper presents a study of the thermal behavior and its effect on phase transformations in the HAZ, depending on cooling rates (0.1-200 °C/s) to obtain continuous cooling transformation (CCT) curves for an high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel. In order to determine the formed phases, optical microscopy and Vickers microhardness measurement were used. The experimental CCT curve was obtained from an HSLA steel, and the results showed that, with the used cooling conditions, the steel did not provide formation of brittle structures. Therefore, it is unlikely that welds made by submerged arc welding (SAW) may lead to hydrogen embrittlement in the HAZ, which is one of the biggest problems of cracking in gas conduction pipelines. In addition, with these results, it will be possible to control the microstructure to optimize the pipe fabrication with SAW process in industrial plants.

  15. Numerical implementation of wavelet and fuzzy transform IFOC for three-phase induction motor

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    Padamanaban, Sanjeevi Kumar; Daya, J.L. Febin; Blaabjerg, Frede

    2016-01-01

    This article elaborates the numerical implementation of a novel, indirect field-oriented control (IFOC) for induction motor drive by wave-let discrete transform/fuzzy logic interface system unique combination. The feedback (speed) error signal is a mixed component of multiple low and high...... frequencies. Further, these signals are decomposed by the discrete wave-let transform (WT), then fuzzy logic (FL) generates the scaled gains for the proportional-integral (P-I) controller parameters. This unique combination improves the high precision speed control of induction motor during both transient...

  16. Coherent Thz Electromagnetic Radiation Emission as a Shock Wave Diagnostic and Probe of Ultrafast Phase Transformations

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    Reed, Evan J.; Armstrong, Michael R.; Kim, Ki-Yong; Glownia, James H.; Howard, William M.; Piner, Edwin L.; Roberts, John C.

    2009-12-01

    We present the first experimental observations of terahertz frequency radiation emitted when a terahertz frequency acoustic wave propagates past an interface between materials of differing piezoelectric coefficients. We show that this fundamentally new phenomenon can be used to probe structural properties of thin films. Then, we present molecular dynamics simulations showing that detectable THz frequency radiation can be emitted when a wurtzite structure crystal transforms to a rocksalt structure under shock compression on picosecond timescales. We show that information about the kinetics of the transformation is contained in the time-dependence of the THz field.

  17. Study of thermomechanical treatment on mechanical-induced phase transformation of NiTi and TiNiCu wires.

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    Seyyed Aghamiri, S M; Nili Ahmadabadi, M; Shahmir, H; Naghdi, F; Raygan, Sh

    2013-05-01

    The nickel-titanium shape memory alloys have been used in orthodontic application due to their unique properties like superelasticity and biocompatibility. The phase transformation behavior of these alloys can be changed by alloying elements and thermomechanical processing conditions. In this study, two types of NiTi and TiNiCu wires of 0.4mm diameter were produced via thermomechanical treatments with final step of 20% cold drawing followed by annealing at different temperatures of 300 and 400 °C for varying times of 10, 30 and 60 min. The processed wires were characterized by oral cavity configuration three point bending (OCTPB) test at 37 °C to specify the mechanical transformation features. Also, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was used to analyze the thermal transformation temperatures of selected wires. The results showed the thermomechanical treatment at 300 °C for 30 min was the suitable process in terms of superelasticity and transformation temperatures for orthodontic application. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Thermodynamic modelling and kinetics of hydrogen absorption associated with phase transformations; Modelisation thermodynamique et cinetiques d'absorption de l'hydrogene associees aux transformations de phase

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    Gondor, G.; Lexcellent, Ch. [LMARC FEMTO-ST, 25 - Besancon (France)

    2007-07-01

    The intermetallic are used for hydrogen pressure containers in order to avoid leaks in the case of an hybrid container. The hydrogen atoms are absorbed by the intermetallic which act as a hydrogen sponge. This hydrogen absorption must be modelled for the container design. The Pressure-composition isotherms describe the equilibrium. Out of this equilibrium the kinetics are controlled by different processes, without taking into account the phase transformations. The author presents a new model of the p-c isotherms with the hydrogen absorption kinetics. (A.L.B.)

  19. Numerical modeling of coupled heat transfer and phase transformation for solidification of the gray cast iron

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    Jabbari, Masoud; Hosseinzadeh, Azin

    2013-01-01

    In the present study the numerical model in 2D is used to study the solidification bahavior of the gray cast iron. The conventional heat transfer is coupled with the proposed micro-model to predict the amount of different phases, i.e. total austenite (c) phase, graphite (G) and cementite (C...

  20. Pressure-induced phase transformations in the Ba8Si46 clathrate

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    Yang, Lirong; Ma, Y.M.; Iitaka, T.

    2006-01-01

    The nature of isostructural transformations of a type-I Ba8Si46 clathrate has been studied by in situ high-pressure angle-dispersive x-ray powder diffraction using liquid He as pressure transmitting medium. The good quality of the diffraction data permitted refinement of structural and thermal...

  1. Multiple Path-Dependent Routes for Phase-Transition Kinetics in Thermoresponsive and Field-Responsive Ultrasoft Colloids

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    Priti S. Mohanty

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The nature of solid-solid phase transformations has been a long-standing question spanning the fields of metallurgy and condensed-matter physics, with applications from metallic alloys and ceramics to modern shape-memory materials. In spite of the importance of solid-to-solid transformations in many areas of materials science and condensed-matter physics and the numerous experimental and theoretical studies, a deep understanding of the microstructural changes and the underlying kinetic mechanisms is still missing. In this work, we establish a versatile model system composed of micron-scale ionic microgel colloids, where we not only probe the single-particle kinetics in real space and real time but also tune the phase transition in a multiple-parameter space. In the presence of an imposed electric field, a face-centered cubic (FCC crystal transforms diffusively into a body-centered tetragonal (BCT crystal via nucleation and growth. In the reverse direction, however, the BCT phase transforms cooperatively into a long-lived metastable body-centered orthorhombic phase, which only relaxes back to the equilibrium FCC when annealed at higher temperatures. The kinetics is thus either diffusive or martensitic depending on the path, and we believe that these two path-dependent transitions provide the first real-space, particle-level insights of diffusive and martensitic transformations, respectively, in a single system.

  2. Using the Hysteresis Loop to Study a Single-Phase Transformer Working in AC-Switching Regime

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    STRIMBU, C.

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available A model to generate the hysteresis loop starting from the fundamental magnetization curve is proposed in this paper. This was imposed by the necessity to improve the results returned by authors' previous studies about the periodical acswitching mode of single-phase transformers. The hysteresis loop generation and tracing procedures are presented in the paper, the last one dealing with a transformer working in acswitching mode, RL and RC loaded (with current or voltage rectifiers in secondary winding. Comparisons between experimentally and theoretically determined primary current waveforms are included in the paper, to prove the correctness of the proposed hysteresis loop model. MathCAD 6.0 was used as mathematical support.

  3. Analysis of Transformer-Isolated Diode Rectifier Circuits in Three-Phase Rectangular-Waveform Distribution System

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    Kito, Minoru; Watanabe, Jumpei; Takeshita, Takaharu; Nishida, Yasuyuki

    This paper presents an analysis of the steady and transient characteristics of capacitor-input-type diode rectifier circuits connected to a delta-star transformer in a three-phase rectangular-waveform distribution system. Equations are derived for the input current, output voltage, and total input power factor of the rectifier circuits. The total input power factor can be improved from 0.91 to 0.98 by using the delta-star transformer. Further, design methods are developed for both the input reactor and output capacitor of the rectifier circuits. A small input reactor is desirable for obtaining a large total input power factor and a constant output voltage. The output capacitor can be designed to obtain the required output voltage variation in steady and transient states. The effectiveness of the proposed analysis is experimentally verified by using a 2.4kW prototype.

  4. Phase transformation of cordierite ceramics in solidification of the melt. Gyoko katei niokeru cordierite ceramics no so hentai

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    Takebe, H. (Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan)); Morinaga, K., (Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). Graduate School of Engineering Sciences)

    1990-05-20

    Cordierite ceramics which has such properties as low thermal expansion and low permittivity, etc. is generally made by the sintering process and the vitrification. In this study, an examination was made on the conditions to obtain cordierite ceramics during the process of the solidification and crystallization of the melt of the cordierite composition (2MgO, 2Al {sub 2} O {sub 3}, 5SiO {sub 2} ) and the phase transformation of cordierite in the solidification process was discussed. The main conclusions are as follows: the cordierite phase was not crystallized even when the melt of cordierite composition was put under the continuous cooling process; the above phase was crystallized when the melt was cooled quickly down to a specified temperature without crystallization and then was crystallized in the isothermal condition. In other words, at 1673k, mullite was crystallized first, then at 1623k, LOW-cordierite was identified. Furthermore, at 1253k, {mu} -cordierite was crystallized first, then at 1223k, the transformation from the {mu} -cordierite to the {alpha} -cordierite was identified. 17 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  5. Effect of different reducing agents on phase formation and transformation behaviour of Ni-Ti shape memory alloy

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    Zaki, H. H. Mohd; Bahrudin, N. A.; Abdullah, J.; Sarifuddin, N.

    2018-01-01

    In this study, NiTi synthesized via solid-state sintering from Ni-TiH2 powders in reducing environments using (i) CaH2 (ii) MgH2 and (iii) CaH2 and MgH2 as in situ reducing agent were investigated. The phase formation was characterized by means of scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy-dispersive spectroscope (EDS) and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), while transformation behavior was analyzed using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurement. Among these three reducing agents, synthesis in reducing environment using CaH2 as in situ reducing agent resulted in the formation of single phase NiTi with enthalpy change of 25-26 J/g, which is similar to melt-cast NiTi alloys. Specimens sintered in reducing environments using MgH2 and MgH2+CaH2 as in situ reducing agents have lower enthalpy change, ∼16-21 J/g compared to CaH2. This work established the fact that, synthesis in different reducing environment appears to have profound effects on the phase formation and transformation behavior of NiTi.

  6. Phase Transformations of Cobalt Oxides in CoxOy-ZnO Multipod Nanostructures via Combustion from Thermopower Waves.

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    Lee, Kang Yeol; Hwang, Hayoung; Choi, Wonjoon

    2015-09-01

    The study of combustion at the interfaces of materials and chemical fuels has led to developments in diverse fields such as materials chemistry and energy conversion. Recently, it has been suggested that thermopower waves can utilize chemical-thermal-electrical-energy conversion in hybrid structures comprising nanomaterials and combustible fuels to produce enhanced combustion waves with concomitant voltage generation. In this study, this is the first time that the direct phase transformation of Co-doped ZnO via instant combustion waves and its applications to thermopower waves is presented. It is demonstrated that the chemical combustion waves at the surfaces of Co3O4-ZnO multipod nanostructures (deep brown in color) enable direct phase transformations to newly formed CoO-ZnO(1-x) nanoparticles (olive green in color). The oxygen molecules are released from Co3O4-ZnO to CoO-ZnO(1-x) under high-temperature conditions in the reaction front regime in combustion, whereas the CoO-ZnO multipod nanoparticles do not undergo any transformations and thus do not experience any color change. This oxygen-release mechanism is applicable to thermopower waves, enhances the self-propagating combustion velocity, and forms lattice defects that interrupt the charge-carrier movements inside the nanostructures. The chemical transformation and corresponding energy transport observed in this study can contribute to diverse potential applications, including direct-combustion synthesis and energy conversion. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. Neutron diffraction studies of structural phase transformations for water-ice in confined geometry

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    Dore, John C.; J. Beau W. WEBBER; Hartl, Monika; Behrens, Peter; Hansen, Thomas

    2002-01-01

    Neutron diffraction measurements have been made for D2O water in\\ud the confined geometry of various mesoporous silicas over a wide temperature range. The data have been taken for cooling and heating runs incorporating the nucleation and melting of the crystalline phases and the super-cooled liquid phase. The crystalline forms and the temperatures at which they change are shown to be strongly dependent on the pore size and type of silica used as the confining medium and relate to the phase re...

  8. High Temperature Dynamic Response of a Ti-6Al-4V Alloy: A Modified Constitutive Model for Gradual Phase Transformation

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    Gangireddy, S.; Mates, S. P.

    2017-12-01

    Dynamic deformation behavior of a commercial Ti-6Al-4V alloy is measured between room temperature and beyond the β-transus temperature with high thermal resolution using a rapid-heating Kolsky bar technique. The high thermal resolution allows for a thorough investigation of the dynamic thermal softening behavior of this alloy including effects related to the transformation from the initial hcp α/bcc β dual phase structure to a full β structure for improved modeling of high temperature dynamic manufacturing processes such as high-speed machining. Data are obtained at an average strain rate of 1800 s-1 from room temperature to 1177 °C, with total heating times limited to 3.5 s for all tests. Short heating times prevent thermal distortion of the Kolsky bar loading waves and can allow an investigation of non-equilibrium mechanical behavior, although no such behavior was identified in this study. Between 800 °C and 1000 °C, a progressive change in the thermal softening rate was observed that corresponded well with the equilibrium phase diagram for this alloy. The dynamic thermal softening behavior in the transformation region is incorporated via a new modification of the Johnson-Cook (J-C) viscoplastic constitutive equation. Rate sensitivity is determined at room temperature by combining Kolsky bar data with quasi-static measurements at strain rates from 7.5 × 10-5 s-1 to 0.16 s-1 and the data are fit using multi-parameter optimization to arrive at a full modified J-C model for Ti-6Al-4V to nearly 1200 °C. In its generic form, the modification factor we propose, G( T), is applicable to any material system undergoing gradual phase transformation over a range of temperatures.

  9. The Control of Fluxes of Electric Power in Networks by Means of Phase-switching Booster Transformers

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    Govorov F.P.

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available roblems of increasing the efficiency of the operation of electrical networks based on the utilization of booster transformers (BT with electronic control, applied on the base of active elements in smart electric grids of power systems and giving the function of automatic correction of the parameters of the network, assuring the conditions of optimal common operation are studied in the paper. The mathematic model of the processes in the electric networks with booster transformer has been developed; the opportunity of control by means of the phase-switching BT for power fluxes in the networks has been established. It has been shown that for the groups of switching the windings 1-5 of BT occurs additional consumption of power from the supply network, but for the groups 7-11 its recuperation to the load network. Respectively, switching the windings of BT to the group 1-5 assures the shift of load current to the direction of lag, but in the case of switching to the group 7-11 – towards the outrunning. Wherein, for the groups of switching 10-11 and 1-2 one can observe the increasing of the voltage at the output of BT, but for the groups 7-8 and 4-5 it is decreasing. Based on the analysis of the results of research the diagram and constructive models of the transformer have been proposed. The quasi-stationary and transient regimes were investigated and the conditions of reliable operation at these the regimes have been determined. The ways for increasing the efficient common operation for the transformer and network in the case of switching the thyristors into the circuit of the primary winding of the transformer have been proposed.

  10. Modelling and Analysis of Phase Transformations and Stresses in Laser Welding Process / Modelowanie I Analiza Przemian Fazowych I Naprężeń W Procesie Spawania Laserowego

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    Piekarska W.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The work concerns the numerical modelling of structural composition and stress state in steel elements welded by a laser beam. The temperature field in butt welded joint is obtained from the solution of heat transfer equation with convective term. The heat source model is developed. Latent heat of solid-liquid and liquid-gas transformations as well as latent heats of phase transformations in solid state are taken into account in the algorithm of thermal phenomena. The kinetics of phase transformations in the solid state and volume fractions of formed structures are determined using classical formulas as well as Continuous-Heating-Transformation (CHT diagram and Continuous-Cooling-Transformation (CCT diagram during welding. Models of phase transformations take into account the influence of thermal cycle parameters on the kinetics of phase transformations during welding. Temporary and residual stress is obtained on the basis of the solution of mechanical equilibrium equations in a rate form. Plastic strain is determined using non-isothermal plastic flow with isotropic reinforcement, obeying Huber-Misses plasticity condition. In addition to thermal and plastic strains, the model takes into account structural strain and transformation plasticity. Changing with temperature and structural composition thermophysical parameters are included into constitutive relations. Results of the prediction of structural composition and stress state in laser butt weld joint are presented.

  11. Correlation of Bulk Dielectric and Piezoelectric Properties to the Local Scale Phase Transformations, Domain Morphology, and Crystal Structure Modified

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    Priya, Shashank [Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States); Viehland, Dwight [Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States)

    2014-12-14

    Three year program entitled “Correlation of bulk dielectric and piezoelectric properties to the local scale phase transformations, domain morphology, and crystal structure in modified lead-free grain-textured ceramics and single crystals” was supported by the Department of Energy. This was a joint research program between D. Viehland and S. Priya at Virginia Tech. Single crystal and textured ceramics have been synthesized and characterized. Our goals have been (i) to conduct investigations of lead-free piezoelectric systems to establish the local structural and domain morphologies that result in enhanced properties, and (ii) to synthesize polycrystalline and grain oriented ceramics for understanding the role of composition, microstructure, and anisotropy

  12. Experimental study of the phase transformation plasticity of 16MND5 low carbon steel under multiaxial loading

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    CORET, Michel; Calloch, Sylvain; Combescure, Alain

    2002-01-01

    International audience; This paper is concerned with the experimental behaviour of a 16MND5 steel (french vessel steel) under complex loading. A particular attention is paid to plasticity induced by phase transformation. We present an experimental set-up to apply thermo-mechanical loads under tension-torsion. This apparatus enables us to reach temperature of 1200 °C at a maximum heating rate of 60 °C/s and a high cooling rate of −30 °C/s. A series of tests is performed in order to show the ru...

  13. Initial phase I safety of retrovirally transduced human chondrocytes expressing transforming growth factor-beta-1 in degenerative arthritis patients

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    Ha, Chul-Won; Noh, Moon Jong; Choi, Kyoung Baek; Lee, Kwan Hee

    2012-01-01

    Background aims. TissueGene-C (TG-C) represents a cell-mediated gene therapy for localized delivery of allogeneic chondrocytes expressing transforming growth factor (TGF)-?1 directly to the damaged knee joint. Untransduced human chondrocytes (hChonJ cells) have also been incorporated into the TG-C product at a 3:1 ratio with TGF-?1-expressing chondrocytes (hChonJb#7) in order to help fill in the defect and as target cells for the actions of the expressed TGF-?1. Methods. A phase I dose-escala...

  14. Evaluation of Contact Heat Transfer Coefficient and Phase Transformation during Hot Stamping of a Hat-Type Part

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    Kim, Heung-Kyu; Lee, Seong Hyeon; Choi, Hyunjoo

    2015-01-01

    Using an inverse analysis technique, the heat transfer coefficient on the die-workpiece contact surface of a hot stamping process was evaluated as a power law function of contact pressure. This evaluation was to determine whether the heat transfer coefficient on the contact surface could be used for finite element analysis of the entire hot stamping process. By comparing results of the finite element analysis and experimental measurements of the phase transformation, an evaluation was performed to determine whether the obtained heat transfer coefficient function could provide reasonable finite element prediction for workpiece properties affected by the hot stamping process. PMID:28788046

  15. Comparison of solvent extraction and solid-phase extraction for the determination of polychlorinated biphenyls in transformer oil.

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    Mahindrakar, A N; Chandra, S; Shinde, L P

    2014-01-01

    Solid-phase extraction (SPE) of nine polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from transformer oil samples was evaluated using octadecyl (CI8)-bonded porous silica. The efficiency of SPE of these PCBs was compared with those obtained by solvent extraction with DMSO and hexane. Average recoveries exceeding 95% for these PCBs were obtained via the SPE method using small cartridges containing 100mg of 40 pm CI8-bonded porous silica. The average recovery by solvent extraction with DMSO and hexane exceeded 83%. It was concluded that the recoveries and precision for the solvent extraction of PCBs were poorer than those for the SPE. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. In situ X-ray diffraction of catalysts. Phase transformations of Cu/Cr-oxides with different initial structure under redox conditions

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    Krieger, T.A.; Plyasova, L.M.; Yurieva, T.M. [Boreskov Inst. of Catalysis, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2000-07-01

    The installation design and a chamber-reactor were proposed for laboratory-scale in situ X-ray diffraction studies of solid phase transformations. Dynamics of phase transformations was studied for low-temperature copper chromite under the action of the reaction medium. Common and distinctive features of the behavior of low- and high-temperature copper chromites under redox conditions at the temperature below 300 C were revealed. (orig.)

  17. Leakage current analysis of single-phase transformer-less grid-connected PV inverters

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    Ma, Lin; Kerekes, Tamas; Teodorescu, Remus

    2015-01-01

    Transformer-less string PV inverter is getting more and more widely utilized due to its higher efficiency, smaller volume and weight. However, without the galvanic isolation, the leakage current limitation and operation safety became the key issues of transformer-less inverters. This paper...... simplifies the leakage current generation circuit model and presents a leakage current estimation method both in real time and frequency domain. It shows that the leakage current is related to the circuit stray parameters, output filter and common mode voltage. Furthermore, with the proposed analysis method......, the leakage current generation of H-bridge with different modulation methods and HERIC inverter are discussed individually. At last, the presented method has been verified via simulation....

  18. Numerical implementation of wavelet and fuzzy transform IFOC for three-phase induction motor

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    Sanjeevikumar Padmanaban

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available This article elaborates the numerical implementation of a novel, indirect field-oriented control (IFOC for induction motor drive by wave-let discrete transform/fuzzy logic interface system unique combination. The feedback (speed error signal is a mixed component of multiple low and high frequencies. Further, these signals are decomposed by the discrete wave-let transform (WT, then fuzzy logic (FL generates the scaled gains for the proportional-integral (P-I controller parameters. This unique combination improves the high precision speed control of induction motor during both transient as well as steady-state conditions. Numerical simulation model is implemented with proposed control scheme using Matlab/Simulink software and obtained results confirm the expectation.

  19. Shot peening induced phase transformations and residual stresses measurements on austempered cast irons by XRD

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    Zambon, A. (DIMEG, Univ. di Padova (Italy)); Tiziani, A. (DIMEG, Univ. di Padova (Italy)); Giordano, L. (DIMEG, Univ. di Padova (Italy)); Bonollo, F. (DIMEG, Univ. di Padova (Italy)); Molinari, A. (Dip. Ing. Mater., Univ. di Trento (Italy))

    1994-01-01

    The present work is aimed at evaluating the effect on the residual stress pattern of two concurrent phenomena induced on austempered cast irons by Shot Peening: stresses due to the deformation and stresses produced by the transformation of the mechanically unstable retained austenite. According to XRD determinations of the amounts of the retained austenite variations and of the corresponding stress values, the leading phenomenon in the residual stresses settlment seems to be deformation related. (orig.)

  20. Nano-phase titanium dioxide thin film deposited by repetitive plasma focus: Ion irradiation and annealing based phase transformation and agglomeration

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    Rawat, R.S. [Natural Sciences and Science Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, NIE BLK7, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616 (Singapore)], E-mail: rajdeep.rawat@nie.edu.sg; Aggarwal, V. [Natural Sciences and Science Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, NIE BLK7, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616 (Singapore); Hassan, M. [Department of Physics, GC University, 54000 Lahore (Pakistan); Lee, P.; Springham, S.V.; Tan, T.L.; Lee, S. [Natural Sciences and Science Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, NIE BLK7, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616 (Singapore)

    2008-12-30

    We report the successful deposition of nano-phase crystalline titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) thin films using a repetitive plasma focus device on silicon (Si) substrates at room temperature. The plasma focus device, fitted with solid titanium anode was operated with argon-oxygen admixture as the filling gas. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of as-deposited films confirm the deposition of crystalline TiO{sub 2} thin films having polymorphism nature; anatase and rutile, and their relative phase transition and crystallinity improvement by increasing the number of ion irradiation shots and/or annealing temperature. The crystallite sizes of the TiO{sub 2} particulates estimated from the typical diffraction peaks are found to be approximately 8 nm and 13 nm. The weight ratios of anatase and rutile in the TiO{sub 2} were estimated and it was revealed that anatase weight fraction was reduced by increasing the total ion irradiation and/or annealing temperature, owing to phase the transformation from anatase to rutile. Raman studies have also established the dominant presence of E{sub g} and A{sub 1g} Raman active modes of the rultile phase. Scanning electron micrographs (SEM) of the as-deposited films reveal uniformly distributed nano-phase morphology over the film surface. Agglomeration of smaller TiO{sub 2} nano-sized grains, to form bigger sized particulates, is seen to occur owing to the clustering of charged nucleates in the gas phase. The agglomeration is enhanced by increasing the number of ion irradiation shots and/or annealing temperature.

  1. Vapor-phase hydrothermal transformation of HTiOF3 intermediates into {001} faceted anatase single-crystalline nanosheets.

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    Liu, Porun; Wang, Yun; Zhang, Haimin; An, Taicheng; Yang, Huagui; Tang, Zhiyong; Cai, Weiping; Zhao, Huijun

    2012-12-07

    For the first time, a facile, one-pot hydrofluoric acid vapor-phase hydrothermal (HF-VPH) method is demonstrated to directly grow single-crystalline anatase TiO(2) nanosheets with 98.2% of exposed {001} faceted surfaces on the Ti substrate via a distinctive two-stage formation mechanism. The first stage produces a new intermediate crystal (orthorhombic HTiOF(3) ) that is transformed into anatase TiO(2) nanosheets during the second stage. The findings reveal that the HF-VPH reaction environment is unique and differs remarkably from that of liquid-phase hydrothermal processes. The uniqueness of the HF-VPH conditions can be readily used to effectively control the nanostructure growth. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Phase transformation in SiOx/SiO₂ multilayers for optoelectronics and microelectronics applications.

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    Roussel, M; Talbot, E; Pratibha Nalini, R; Gourbilleau, F; Pareige, P

    2013-09-01

    Due to the quantum confinement, silicon nanoclusters (Si-ncs) embedded in a dielectric matrix are of prime interest for new optoelectronics and microelectronics applications. In this context, SiO(x)/SiO₂ multilayers have been prepared by magnetron sputtering and subsequently annealed to induce phase separation and Si clusters growth. The aim of this paper is to study phase separation processes and formation of nanoclusters in SiO(x)/SiO₂ multilayers by atom probe tomography. Influences of the silicon supersaturation, annealing temperature and SiO(x) and SiO₂ layer thicknesses on the final microstructure have been investigated. It is shown that supersaturation directly determines phase separation regime between nucleation/classical growth and spinodal decomposition. Annealing temperature controls size of the particles and interface with the surrounding matrix. Layer thicknesses directly control Si-nc shapes from spherical to spinodal-like structures. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Computation material science of structural-phase transformation in casting aluminium alloys

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    Golod, V. M.; Dobosh, L. Yu

    2017-04-01

    Successive stages of computer simulation the formation of the casting microstructure under non-equilibrium conditions of crystallization of multicomponent aluminum alloys are presented. On the basis of computer thermodynamics and heat transfer during solidification of macroscale shaped castings are specified the boundary conditions of local heat exchange at mesoscale modeling of non-equilibrium formation the solid phase and of the component redistribution between phases during coalescence of secondary dendrite branches. Computer analysis of structural - phase transitions based on the principle of additive physico-chemical effect of the alloy components in the process of diffusional - capillary morphological evolution of the dendrite structure and the o of local dendrite heterogeneity which stochastic nature and extent are revealed under metallographic study and modeling by the Monte Carlo method. The integrated computational materials science tools at researches of alloys are focused and implemented on analysis the multiple-factor system of casting processes and prediction of casting microstructure.

  4. Phase diagrams of magnetic state transformations in multiferroic composites controlled by size, shape and interfacial coupling strain

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    Sheng, Qiang; Liu, X. L.; Chen, W. J.; Xiong, W. M.; Jiang, G. L.; Zheng, Yue

    2017-10-01

    This work aims to give a comprehensive view of magnetic state stability and transformations in PZT-film/FeGa-dot multiferroic composite systems due to the combining effects of size, shape and interfacial coupling strain. It is found that the stable magnetic state of the FeGa nanodots is not only a function of the size and shape of the nanodot but also strongly sensitive to the interfacial coupling strain modified by the polarization state of PZT film. In particular, due to the large magnetostriction of FeGa, the phase boundaries between different magnetic states (i.e., in-plane/out-of-plane polar states, and single-/multi-vortex states) of FeGa nanodots can be effectively tuned by the polarization-mediated strain. Fruitful strain-mediated transformation paths of magnetic states including those between states with different orderings (i.e., one is polar and the other is vortex), as well as those between states with the same ordering (i.e., both are polar or both are vortex) have been revealed in a comprehensive view. Our result sheds light on the potential of utilizing electric field to induce fruitful magnetic state transformation paths in multiferroic film-dot systems towards a development of novel magnetic random access memories.

  5. Phase diagrams of magnetic state transformations in multiferroic composites controlled by size, shape and interfacial coupling strain

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    Qiang Sheng

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available This work aims to give a comprehensive view of magnetic state stability and transformations in PZT-film/FeGa-dot multiferroic composite systems due to the combining effects of size, shape and interfacial coupling strain. It is found that the stable magnetic state of the FeGa nanodots is not only a function of the size and shape of the nanodot but also strongly sensitive to the interfacial coupling strain modified by the polarization state of PZT film. In particular, due to the large magnetostriction of FeGa, the phase boundaries between different magnetic states (i.e., in-plane/out-of-plane polar states, and single-/multi-vortex states of FeGa nanodots can be effectively tuned by the polarization-mediated strain. Fruitful strain-mediated transformation paths of magnetic states including those between states with different orderings (i.e., one is polar and the other is vortex, as well as those between states with the same ordering (i.e., both are polar or both are vortex have been revealed in a comprehensive view. Our result sheds light on the potential of utilizing electric field to induce fruitful magnetic state transformation paths in multiferroic film-dot systems towards a development of novel magnetic random access memories.

  6. Transformations to and from the gyroid phase in a diblock copolymer

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    Vigild, Martin Etchells; Almdal, Kristoffer; Mortensen, K

    1998-01-01

    the ordered phases and the order-order transitions exhibited by a poly(ethylene-alt-propylene)-poly-(dimethylsiloxane) diblock copolymer. An intermediate structure-very similar to the hexagonal perforated layer (HPL) phase reported in other diblock systems-proves to be metastable, and we study the kinetics......Simultaneous small-angle scattering and in situ dynamic mechanical measurements offer an excellent opportunity to relate the macroscopic dynamical mechanical response of block copolymers and their mesoscopic structural behavior. We use small-angle neutron scattering and rheology to examine...

  7. Enhanced upconversion fluorescence of Er3+:ZrO2 nanocrystals induced by phase transformation

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    L. Liu

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available In this letter, we demonstrate for the first time a growth of monoclinic phase ZrO2 nanocrytals based on a sol-gel method, compared to the ordinary sol-gel procedure, our method decreases the synthesized temperature from ∼1000 °C to ∼800 °C. In addition, it is found that Er3+ in monoclinic phase ZrO2 nanocrystals have greatly enhanced upconversion emissions under infrared LD excitation due to its lower environmental symmetry.

  8. Pressure in a tank due to water-ice phase transformation

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    Lexcellent, C.; Vigoureux, D.; Vigoureux, J.-M.

    2017-11-01

    Our aim is to show the surprising force of hydrogen bonds in ice. When a tank completely filled with water is cooled, ice formation can generate a pressure which can cause its breaking. This phenomenon is due to the fact that water has a higher density in its liquid phase than in its solid state. Such a breaking is all the more surprising in that hydrogen bonds between water molecules are known as being weak chemical bonds. We show here that in the case of a total phase change, even the best steels or alloys could not prevent its breakage.

  9. Phase transformation of iron in hydroxyapatite in the activation of n-octane

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    Padayachee, D.; Dasireddy, V. D. B. C.; Bharuth-Ram, K.; Singh, S.; Friedrich, H. B.

    2015-04-01

    The phase change of iron modified hydroxyapatite catalysts used in the activation of n-octane has been investigated using Mössbauer spectroscopy and powder X-ray diffraction. These catalysts were prepared using a wet impregnation and a co-precipitation technique. Both the catalysts showed the presence of an iron(III) phase. Differences were observed in the reduction behavior of the catalysts, suggesting that their reduction pathway is sensitive to the method of synthesis. This study focused on characterizing the differences in the phasic composition of the catalysts in an attempt to further understand their catalytic performance.

  10. Phase transformation of iron in hydroxyapatite in the activation of n-octane

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    Padayachee, D.; Dasireddy, V. D. B. C., E-mail: dasireddy@gmail.com; Bharuth-Ram, K.; Singh, S.; Friedrich, H. B. [University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Chemistry and Physics (South Africa)

    2015-04-15

    The phase change of iron modified hydroxyapatite catalysts used in the activation of n-octane has been investigated using Mössbauer spectroscopy and powder X-ray diffraction. These catalysts were prepared using a wet impregnation and a co-precipitation technique. Both the catalysts showed the presence of an iron(III) phase. Differences were observed in the reduction behavior of the catalysts, suggesting that their reduction pathway is sensitive to the method of synthesis. This study focused on characterizing the differences in the phasic composition of the catalysts in an attempt to further understand their catalytic performance.

  11. On phase transformation models for thermo-mechanically coupled response of Nitinol

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    Sengupta, Arkaprabha

    2011-03-31

    Fully coupled thermomechanical models for Nitinol at the grain level are developed in this work to capture the inter-dependence between deformation and temperature under non-isothermal conditions. The martensite transformation equations are solved using a novel algorithm which imposes all relevant constraints on the volume fractions. The numerical implementation of the resulting models within the finite element method is effected by the monolithic solution of the momentum and energy equations. Validation of the models is achieved by means of thin-tube experiments at different strain rates. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.

  12. Temperature induced phase transformations on the Li2MoO4 system studied by Raman spectroscopy

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    Saraiva, G. D.; Paraguassu, W.; Freire, P. T. C.; Ramiro de Castro, A. J.; de Sousa, F. F.; Mendes Filho, J.

    2017-07-01

    The present research reports results of lattice dynamics calculations and temperature-dependent Raman scattering study of the dilithium molybdate system, Li2MoO4, in the 25-600 °C temperature range. The effects of the temperature duly produced gradual changes, associated with the disorder and anharmonic effects followed by thermodynamic instability, leading the structure to a phase transformation. Calorimetric measurements up to 1000 °C corroborated that the crystal structure experienced gradual modifications, characterized by changes in the DSC base line. These stated thermal events as well as the changes in the profile of the Raman spectra, suggested that a phase transformation is connected with tilting and/or rotations of the MoO4 tetrahedron leading to a disorder in the MoO4 sites. The observation of one exothermic peak on the DSC curve at about 702 °C is related with the melting in the sample. The experimental results were discussed based on the mode assignments performed by using lattice dynamics calculations from where we predicted both wavenumbers and atomic displacements.

  13. Preparation of α-alumina nanoparticles with various shapes via hydrothermal phase transformation under supercritical water conditions

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    Hakuta, Y.; Nagai, N.; Suzuki, Y.-H.; Kodaira, T.; Bando, K. K.; Takashima, H.; Mizukami, F.

    2013-12-01

    Alumina (Al2O3) fine particles are widely used as industrial materials including fillers for metal or plastics, paints, polisher, cosmetics and electric substrates, due to its high hardness, chemical stability, and high thermal conductivity. The performance of those industrial products is closely related to the particle size or shape of the alumina particles used, and thus a new synthetic method to control size, shape, and crystal structure of the aluminum oxide is desired for the improvement of the performance. Hydrothermal phase transformation using various aluminum compounds such as oxide, hydroxide, and salt as a staring material, is known as one of the synthetic methods for producing alumina fine particles; however, the influence about the size and shape of the starting aluminum compounds has been little mentioned, although they strongly affect the size and shape of the final products. In this study, we investigated the influence of the shape, size and crystal structure of the starting aluminum compounds on those of the products, and newly succeeded in the production of rod-like α-Al2O3 nanoparticles from fibrous boehmite nanoparticles using hydrothermal phase transformation under supercritical water conditions.

  14. Direct observation of phase transformations in the simulated heat-affected zone of a 9Cr martensitic steel

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    Mayr, P. [Graz Univ. of Tech. (Austria). IWS; Palmer, T.A.; Elmer, J.W. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., Livermore (United States); Specht, E.D. [Oak Ridge National Lab., Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2008-04-15

    An experimental test melt of a boron alloyed 9Cr-3W-3Co-V,Nb steel for high temperature applications in the thermal power generation industry was produced by vacuum induction melting. This grade of steel typically displays a homogeneous tempered martensitic microstructure in the as-received, i.e. normalised and tempered, condition. However, after welding, this microstructure is significantly altered, resulting in a loss of its desired properties. The phase transformations during simulated thermal cycles typical of those experienced in the weld heat-affected zone were directly observed by in-situ X-ray diffraction experiments using synchrotron radiation. Heating rates of 10 K s{sup -1} and 100 K s{sup -1} up to a peak temperature of 1300 C are investigated here. The final microstructures observed after both simulated weld thermal cycles are primarily composed of martensite with approximately 4% retained delta ferrite and 4% retained austenite, by volume. With the temporal resolution of the in-situ X-ray diffraction technique, phase transformations from tempered martensite to austenite to delta ferrite during heating and to martensite during cooling were monitored. With this technique, the evolution of the final microstructure through both heating and cooling is monitored, providing additional context to the microstructural observations. (orig.)

  15. Non-destructive patterning of 10 nm magnetic island array by phase transformation with low-energy proton irradiation

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    Dutta, Tanmay; Pathak, Sachin; Asbahi, Mohamed; Celik, Kubra; Lee, Jong Min; Yang, Ping; Saifullah, M. S. M.; Oral, Ahmet; Bhatia, C. S.; Cha, Jongin; Hong, Jongill; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2017-10-01

    Nano-patterning on the order of sub-10 nm is integral to achieve high-density nano-scale devices for various data storage and data processing applications. However, the additional requirement of planarization and unwanted side-effects of physical or chemical etching have so far limited the patterning of sub-10 nm devices. In this work, we have demonstrated the creation of an array of ˜10 nm ferromagnetic islands through selective phase transformation of paramagnetic multilayers by low-energy proton irradiation. Paramagnetic Co3O4/Pd multilayers masked with patterned PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) were reduced to ferromagnetic Co/Pd by proton irradiation. A clear contrast of the nano-islands was observed using magnetic force microscopy, establishing the formation of ferromagnetic nano-islands with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. This process provides a way to circumvent the side-effects associated with both conventional nano-scale pattering and high-energy ion irradiation. Therefore, phase transformation by low energy proton irradiation can be used for patterning sub-10 nm nano-islands, not only for magnetic data storage but also for patterning various opto-electronic and spintronic devices.

  16. Non-isothermal crystallization kinetics and phase transformation of Bi2O3-SiO2 glass-ceramics

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    Guo H.W.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The Bi2O3-SiO2 (BS glass-ceramics were prepared by melt-quench technique, and the crystallization kinetics and phase transformation behavior were investigated in accordance with Kissinger and Johson-Mehl-Avrami equation, DSC, XRD and SEM. The results show that in the heat treatment process (or termed as re-crystallizing process Bi2SiO5 and Bi4Si3O12 crystals were found consequently. Respectively, the crystallization activation energies of the two crystals are Ep1=14.8kJ/mol and Ep2=34.1kJ/mol. And the average crystallization index of n1=1.73 and n2=1.38 suggested volume nucleation, one-dimensional growth and surface nucleation, one-dimensional growth from surface to the inside respectively. The meta-stable needle-like Bi2SiO5 crystals are easily to be transformed into stable prismatic Bi4Si3O12 crystals. By quenching the melt and hold in 850°C for 1h, the homogenous single Bi4Si3O12 crystals were found in the polycrystalline phase of the BS glassceramics system.

  17. Boundary-artifact-free phase retrieval with the transport of intensity equation: fast solution with use of discrete cosine transform.

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    Zuo, Chao; Chen, Qian; Asundi, Anand

    2014-04-21

    The transport of intensity equation (TIE) is a two-dimensional second order elliptic partial differential equation that must be solved under appropriate boundary conditions. However, the boundary conditions are difficult to obtain in practice. The fast Fourier transform (FFT) based TIE solutions are widely adopted for its speed and simplicity. However, it implies periodic boundary conditions, which lead to significant boundary artifacts when the imposed assumption is violated. In this work, TIE phase retrieval is considered as an inhomogeneous Neumann boundary value problem with the boundary values experimentally measurable around a hard-edged aperture, without any assumption or prior knowledge about the test object and the setup. The analytic integral solution via Green's function is given, as well as a fast numerical implementation for a rectangular region using the discrete cosine transform. This approach is applicable for the case of non-uniform intensity distribution with no extra effort to extract the boundary values from the intensity derivative signals. Its efficiency and robustness have been verified by several numerical simulations even when the objects are complex and the intensity measurements are noisy. This method promises to be an effective fast TIE solver for quantitative phase imaging applications.

  18. Influence of temperature and chemical composition on phase transformations of selected oxide melts

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    J. Dobrovská

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with structural changes of solid phase of selected oxide systems during their transition into liquid state. Analyses concerned poly-component systems forming basis of casting powders for CCM mould. Industrially used oxide system with prevailing contents of CaO–Al2O3–SiO2 components and with numerous accompanying admixtures was tested. Investigation was focused on temperatures, during which individual phases disappear and precipitate, as well as on influence of CaO content on phase composition at selected temperatures. The experiments were realised with use of original methodology consisting of shock cooling of the tested melt in liquid nitrogen. Thus obtained samples were further investigated by X-ray diffraction phase analyses at ambient temperatures. The obtained results provide additional data on physical-chemical properties of oxide systems, such as surface tension, viscosity, sintering intervals, etc., which can be used in technological practice for appropriate lubrication effect of casting powders in the mould.

  19. Microstructure and phase transformation on milled and unmilled Ti induced by water quenching

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Water quenching of unmilled Ti compact has yielded martensitic-type laths and fishbone-type twinned microstructures, with a', a'' and FCC phases induced. Upon quenching 30 h milled and (0+30) h mixed powders at 1200 °C, a', FCC, tetragonal and BCC...

  20. Pre-sintered Y-TZP sandblasting: effect on surface roughness, phase transformation, and Y-TZP/veneer bond strength

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    Carla Müller Ramos-Tonello

    Full Text Available Abstract Sandblasting is a common method to try to improve the Y-TZP/veneer bond strength of dental prostheses, however, it may put stress on zirconia surfaces and could accelerate the t→m phase transformation. Y-TZP sandblasting before sintering could be an alternative to improve surface roughness and bonding strength of veneering ceramic. Objectives. The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of Y-TZP pre-sintering sandblasting on surface roughness, phase transformation, and the Y-TZP/veneer shear bond strength. Material and Methods. The Y-TZP specimen surface underwent sandblasting with aluminum oxide (50 μm pre-sintering (Z-PRE and post-sintering (Z-POS. Z-CTR was not subjected to surface treatment. After ceramic veneer application, the specimens were subjected to shear bond testing. Surface roughness was analyzed by confocal microscopy. Y-TZP monoclinic and tetragonal phases were evaluated by micro-Raman spectroscopy. Shear bond strength and surface roughness data were analyzed by One-way ANOVA and Tukey tests (α=0.05. Differences in the wave numbers and the broadening bands of the Raman spectra were compared among groups. Results. Z-POS (9.73±5.36 MPa and Z-PRE (7.94±2.52 MPa showed the highest bond strength, significantly higher than that of Z-CTR (5.54±2.14 MPa. The Ra of Z-PRE (1.59±0.23 µm was much greater and significantly different from that of Z-CTR (0.29±0.05 µm and Z-POS (0.77±0.13 µm. All groups showed bands typical of the tetragonal (T and monoclinic (M phases. Y-TZP sandblasting before sintering resulted in rougher surfaces but did not increase the shear bond strength compared to post-sintering and increased surface defects. Conclusions. Surface treatment with Al3O2, regardless of the moment and application, improves the results of Y-TZP/veneer bonding and is not a specific cause of t→m transformation.

  1. Measurement of local strain-induced martensitic phase transformation by micro-hardness; Bisho kodo wo mochiita kyokusho hizumi yuki martensite hentai tokusei no sokutei

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    Shibutani, Y.; Taniyama, A.; Tomita, Y.; Adachi, T. [Kobe University, Kobe (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1997-08-15

    By the duplex effect produced by two kinds of phases of austenite and martensite, the transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) steel is improved in ductility and fracture toughness. The strain-induced martensitic phase transformation could be associated with the strain localization behavior. Accordingly, the measurement of the amount of local transformation is necessary in order to construct a more physical evolution model in the constitutive equation. In this study, a new measurement system using a micro-hardness tester is proposed to obtain a volume fraction map of the martensitic phase expanding in the neighbor of strain localization. Then the system is applied to investigate the inhomogenous transformation behavior around the notch root of SUS 304 stainless steel bar under uniaxial tension. 27 refs., 11 figs., 1 tab.

  2. Influence of ignition process on mineral phase transformation in municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) fly ash: Implications for estimating loss-on-ignition (LOI).

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    Mu, Yue; Saffarzadeh, Amirhomayoun; Shimaoka, Takayuki

    2017-01-01

    This research focused on the mineral phase transformation under varied ignition conditions with the objective of estimating loss-on-ignition (LOI) parameter in municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) fly ash residues. LOI is commonly used to measure the volatile species, unburned carbon and moisture in the solid materials. There are criteria for LOI measurement in some research fields, while there is no standard protocol for LOI measurement in MSWI fly ash. Using thermogravimetry technique, the ignition condition candidates were proposed at 440/700/900°C for 1 and 2h. Based on X-ray diffractometry results, obvious mineral phase transformation occurred as a function of ignition temperature variation rather than ignition time. Until 440°C, only some minor phases disappeared comparing with the original state. Significant mineral phase transformations of major phases (Ca- and Cl-based minerals) occurred between 440 and 700°C. The mineral phase transformation and the occurrence of newly-formed phases were determined not only by the ignition condition but also by the content of the co-existing components. Mineral phase components rarely changed when ignition temperature rose from 700 to 900°C. Consequently, in order to prevent critical damages to the original mineralogical composition of fly ash, the lowest ignition temperature (440°C) for 2h was suggested as an ideal measurement condition of LOI in MSWI fly ash. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Voltage Control for Unbalanced Low Voltage Grids Using a Decoupled-Phase On-Load Tap-Changer Transformer and Photovoltaic Inverters

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    Zecchino, Antonio; Marinelli, Mattia; Hu, Junjie

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents modeling and analysis of the potential benefits of joint actions of a MV/LV three-phase power distribution transformer with independent on-load tap-changer control on each phase and photovoltaic inverters provided with reactive power control capability, in terms of accommodating...

  4. Melting and crystallization of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate: effect of heating/cooling rates on phase transformation

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    Renate Maria Ramos Wellen

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available AbstractWe studied the crystallization and melting phenomena of poly (3- hydroxybutyrate (PHB, a biodegradable and biocompatible semi-crystalline thermoplastic, obtained from renewable resources. Its high crystallinity motivated several studies on crystallization and melting behavior, and also on ways to increase the amorphous polymer fraction. The effect of heating and cooling rates on the crystallization and melting of commercial PHB was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry. Several rates, ranging from 2.5 to 20 °C min–1, were used to study the phase changes during heating/cooling/reheating cycles. The results showed that PHB partially crystallizes from the melt during the cooling cycle and partially cold crystallizes on reheating, and that the relative amount of polymer crystallizing in each stage strongly depends on the cooling rate. The melt and cold crystallization temperatures, as well as the rates of phase change, depend strongly on the cooling and heating rates.

  5. Phase transformations of under-cooled austenite of new bainitic materials for scissors crossovers

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    J. Pacyna

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper contains CCT diagrams presenting a transformation kinetics of under-cooled austenite from two new bainitic cast steels which the scissors crossovers for heavy-duty railway tracks (min. 230kN/axle at the speed up to 200 km/h are made of. The cooling ranges of UIC60 type railway tracks plot on the CCT diagrams indicate that there is a 100% bainitic structure in the scissors crossovers made of these cast steels as well, but mainly it would be a favourable for cracking resistance lower bainite. The achievable hardness of scissors crossovers made of new materials make it possible to use high–temperature tempering resulting in obtaining of good crack resistance. However one should provide a good quality of castings made.

  6. The Matrix Completion Method for Phase Retrieval from Fractional Fourier Transform Magnitudes

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    Qi Luo

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Inspired by the implementation of the fractional Fourier transform (FRFT and its applications in optics, we address the problem of reconstructing a signal from its several FRFT magnitudes (or intensities. The matrix completion method is adopted here. Through numerical tests, the matrix completion method is proven effective in both noisy and noise-free situations. We also compare our method with the Gerchberg-Saxton (GS algorithm based on FRFT. Numerical tests show that the matrix completion method gains a certain advantage in recovering uniqueness and convergence over the GS algorithm in the noise-free case. Furthermore, in terms of noisy signals, the matrix completion method performs robustly and adding more measurements can generally increase accuracy of recovered signals.

  7. Structural phase transformation and hysteresis behavior of Cu-Zn ferrites

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    Maria, Kazi Hanium; Choudhury, Shamima; Hakim, Mohammad Abdul

    2013-06-01

    A series of Cu1- x Zn x Fe2O4 ferrite (with x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6) compositions were synthesized using the standard solid-state reaction technique. X-ray diffraction was used to study the structure of the above investigated samples. The theoretical and experimental lattice parameters ( a th and a exp) were calculated for each composition. A significant decrease in density and subsequent increase in porosity were observed with increasing Zn content. Curie temperature, T C, has been determined from the temperature dependence of permeability and found to decrease with increasing Zn content. The anomaly observed in the temperature dependence of permeability was attributed to the existence of two structural phases: cubic phase and tetragonal phase. Low-field hysteresis measurements have been performed using a B- H loop trace from which hysteresis parameters have been determined. Coercivity and hysteresis loss were estimated with different Zn contents.

  8. Basic study for a large AC current supply with a single phase air-core Bi2223 high temperature superconducting transformer

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    Nanato, N.; Kishi, N.; Tanaka, Y.; Kondo, M.

    2017-07-01

    The authors have been developing a compact power supply with a single-phase Bi2223 high temperature superconducting (HTS) transformer. The conventional transformer has an iron-core for enhancing magnetic coupling between its primary coil and secondary one. However, the iron-core has great majority of size and weight of the transformer and therefore it is desirable to be removed for a smaller and lighter transformer. In this paper, the authors propose an air-core HTS transformer for a more compact power supply than the conventional one. As experimental results, it is shown that appropriate design of the air-core transformer has a possibility to decrease the weight and volume of the large AC current supply.

  9. Pressure-induced cubic-to-orthorhombic phase transformation in the negative thermal expansion material HfW2O8

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    Jorgensen, J. D.; Hu, Z.; Short, S.; Sleight, A. W.; Evans, J. S. O.

    2001-03-01

    The effect of pressure on the crystal structure of HfW2O8 has been investigated by neutron powder diffraction. At a hydrostatic pressure of 0.62 GPa at room temperature the cubic material transforms, with a 5% reduction in volume, to the same orthorhombic phase that is seen in the isostructural compound ZrW2O8 above 0.21 GPa. The transformation is sluggish, requiring about 24 h to complete at constant pressure. Once formed, the orthorhombic phase is retained upon release of pressure. Upon heating to 360 K, the metastable orthorhombic phase transforms back to the cubic phase. The substantially higher pressure for the cubic-to-orthorhombic transition in HfW2O8, compared to ZrW2O8, may be important for the application of this material in composites with controlled thermal expansion because rather large local pressures can occur in such composites.

  10. 500 keV Ar2+ ion irradiation induced anatase to brookite phase transformation and ferromagnetism at room temperature in TiO2 thin films

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    Bharati, B.; Mishra, N. C.; Kanjilal, D.; Rath, Chandana

    2018-01-01

    In our earlier report, where we have demonstrated ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature (RT) in TiO2 thin films deposited through electron beam evaporation technique followed by annealing either in Ar or O2 atmosphere [Mohanty et al., Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 355 (2014) 240-245], here we have studied the evolution of structure and magnetic properties after irradiating the TiO2 thin films with 500 keV Ar2+ ions. The pristine film while exhibits anatase phase, the films become amorphous after irradiating at fluence in the range 1 × 1014 to 1 × 1016 ions/cm2. Increasing the fluence up to 5 × 1016 ions/cm2, amorphous to crystalline phase transformation occurs and the structure becomes brookite. Although anatase to rutile phase transformation is usually reported in literatures, anatase to brookite phase transformation is an unusual feature which we have reported here for the first time. Such anatase to brookite phase transformation is accompanied with grain growth without showing any change in film thickness evidenced from Rutherford's Back Scattering (RBS) measurement. From scanning probe micrographs (SPM), roughness is found to be more in amorphous films than in the crystalline ones. Anatase to brookite phase transformation could be realized by considering the importance of intermediate amorphous phase. Because due to amorphous phase, heat deposited by energetic ions are localized as dissipation of heat is less and as a result, the localized region crystallizes in brookite phase followed by grain growth as observed in highest fluence. Further, we have demonstrated ferromagnetic behavior at RT in irradiated films similar to pristine one, irrespective of their phase and crystallinity. Origin for room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) is attributed to the presence of oxygen vacancies which is confirmed by carrying out XPS measurement.

  11. High-Throughput Study of Diffusion and Phase Transformation Kinetics of Magnesium-Based Systems for Automotive Cast Magnesium Alloys

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    Luo, Alan A [The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States); Zhao, Ji-Cheng [The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States); Riggi, Adrienne [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Morgantown, WV (United States); Joost, William [US Dept. of Energy, Washington, DC (United States)

    2017-10-02

    The objective of the proposed study is to establish a scientific foundation on kinetic modeling of diffusion, phase precipitation, and casting/solidification, in order to accelerate the design and optimization of cast magnesium (Mg) alloys for weight reduction of U.S. automotive fleet. The team has performed the following tasks: 1) study diffusion kinetics of various Mg-containing binary systems using high-throughput diffusion multiples to establish reliable diffusivity and mobility databases for the Mg-aluminum (Al)-zinc (Zn)-tin (Sn)-calcium (Ca)-strontium (Sr)-manganese (Mn) systems; 2) study the precipitation kinetics (nucleation, growth and coarsening) using both innovative dual-anneal diffusion multiples and cast model alloys to provide large amounts of kinetic data (including interfacial energy) and microstructure atlases to enable implementation of the Kampmann-Wagner numerical model to simulate phase transformation kinetics of non-spherical/non-cuboidal precipitates in Mg alloys; 3) implement a micromodel to take into account back diffusion in the solid phase in order to predict microstructure and microsegregation in multicomponent Mg alloys during dendritic solidification especially under high pressure die-casting (HPDC) conditions; and, 4) widely disseminate the data, knowledge and information using the Materials Genome Initiative infrastructure (http://www.mgidata.org) as well as publications and digital data sharing to enable researchers to identify new pathways/routes to better cast Mg alloys.

  12. Automatic picking of the first arrival event using the unwrapped-phase of the Fourier transformed wavefield

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    Choi, Yun Seok

    2011-01-01

    First-arrival picking has long suffered from cycle skipping, especially when the first arrival is contaminated with noise or have experienced complex near surface phenomena. We propose a new algorithm for automatic picking of first arrivals using an approach based on unwrapping the phase. We unwrap the phase by taking the derivative of the Fourier-transformed wavefield with respect to the angular frequency and isolate its amplitude component. To do so, we first apply a damping function to the seismic trace, calculate the derivative of the wavefield with respect to the angular frequency, divide the derivative of wavefield by the wavefield itself, and finally take its imaginary part. We compare our derivative approach to the logarithmic one and show that the derivative approach does not suffer from the phase wrapping or cycle-skipping effects. Numerical examples show that our automatic picking algorithm gives convergent and reliable results for the noise-free synthetic data and noisy field data. © 2011 Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

  13. Compressive Sensing Cluster Expansion Studies of Lithium Intercalation and Phase Transformation in MoS2 for Energy Storage

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    Liu, Chi-Ping; Zhou, Fei; Ozolins, Vidvuds; University of California, Los Angeles Collaboration; Lawrence livermore national laboratory Collaboration

    2015-03-01

    Bulk molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is a good electrode material candidate for energy storage applications, such as lithium ion batteries and supercapacitors due to its high theoretical energy and power density. First-principles density-functional theory (DFT) calculations combined with cluster expansion are an effective method to study thermodynamic and kinetic properties of electrode materials. In order to construct accurate models for cluster expansion, it is important to effectively choose clusters with significant contributions. In this work, we employ a compressive sensing based technique to select relevant clusters in order to build an accurate Hamiltonian for cluster expansion, enabling the study of Li intercalation in MoS2. We find that the 2H MoS2 structure is only stable at low Li content while 1T MoS2 is the preferred phase at high Li content. The results show that the 2H MoS2 phase transforms into the disordered 1T phase and the disordered 1T structure remains after the first Li insertion/deinsertion cycle suggesting that disordered 1T MoS2 is stable even at dilute Li content. This work also highlights that cluster expansion treated with compressive sensing is an effective and powerful tool for model construction and can be applied to advanced battery and supercapacitor electrode materials.

  14. Improved optimization of the Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry phase correction function using a genetic algorithm.

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    Kilgour, David P A; Neal, Mark J; Soulby, Andrew J; O'Connor, Peter B

    2013-09-15

    Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance mass spectra exhibit improved resolving power, mass accuracy and signal-to-noise ratio when presented in absorption mode; a process which requires calculation of a phase correction function. Mass spectrometric images can contain many thousands of pixels; hence methods of decreasing the time required to solve for a phase correction function will result in significant improvements in this application. A genetic algorithm approach for optimizing the phase correction function has been developed and compared with a previously described convergent iteration technique. The genetic algorithm method has been shown to offer a five-fold improvement in processing speed compared with the previous iterative approach used in the Autophaser algorithm, while maintaining the levels of accuracy. This translates to an 11 hour improvement in processing for a 20 000 pixel mass spectrometric image. The genetic algorithm method described in this manuscript offers significant processing speed advantages over the previously described convergent iteration technique. This improvement is key to allowing the future routine use of absorption mode mass spectrometric images. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  15. Phase Error Caused by Speed Mismatch Analysis in the Line-Scan Defect Detection by Using Fourier Transform Technique

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    Eryi Hu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The phase error caused by the speed mismatch issue is researched in the line-scan images capturing 3D profile measurement. The experimental system is constructed by a line-scan CCD camera, an object moving device, a digital fringe pattern projector, and a personal computer. In the experiment procedure, the detected object is moving relative to the image capturing system by using a motorized translation stage in a stable velocity. The digital fringe pattern is projected onto the detected object, and then the deformed patterns are captured and recorded in the computer. The object surface profile can be calculated by the Fourier transform profilometry. However, the moving speed mismatch error will still exist in most of the engineering application occasion even after an image system calibration. When the moving speed of the detected object is faster than the expected value, the captured image will be compressed in the moving direction of the detected object. In order to overcome this kind of measurement error, an image recovering algorithm is proposed to reconstruct the original compressed image. Thus, the phase values can be extracted much more accurately by the reconstructed images. And then, the phase error distribution caused by the speed mismatch is analyzed by the simulation and experimental methods.

  16. Facile Synthesis and Special Phase Transformation of Hydrophilic Iron Oxides Nanoparticles

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    Chen, LiQiao; Long, Yunqian; Leng, Zhe; Hu, Jinfei; Yu, Xuan; Yu, Xiaoming

    2017-01-01

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs), γ-Fe2O3, with hydrophilic surfaces are fabricated in ethylene glycol solutions, without surfactant or additive, by solvothermal process from α-Fe2O3 nanoparticle as precursors. With the addition of a trace of hydrazine hydrate, the cubic phase Fe3O4 nanoparticles are obtained instead of γ-Fe2O3. The saturation magnetization value of γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles is up to 74.3 emu/g. This study provides a low cost, safe, and universal route to serve...

  17. Gas-Phase Anionic ?-Adduct (Trans)formations in Heteroaromatic Systems1

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    Zimnicka, Magdalena; Danikiewicz, Witold

    2015-01-01

    Anions of nitroderivatives of thiophene and furan were subjected to the reactions with selected C-H acids in the gas phase. Various structures and reaction pathways were proposed for the observed ionic products. In general, the reactions of heteroaromatic anions with C-H acids may be divided into three groups, depending on the proton affinity difference between C-H acid?s conjugate base and heteroaromatic anion (?PA). The proton transfer from C-H acid to heteroaromatic anion is a dominant pro...

  18. Raman study of phase transformation from diamond structure to wurtzite structure in the silicon nanowires

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    Shukla, A. K.; Dixit, Saurabh

    2016-07-01

    Hexagonal silicon has emerged as an exciting material due to its novel vibrational and electronic properties. Synthesis of the wurtzite silicon nanowires (w-SiNWs) is studied here using metal assisted chemical etching (MACE) technique. Stress induced in the SiNWs during wet chemical etching is attributed to formation of the w-SiNWs. Presence of the w-SiNWs is revealed by first-order and second-order Raman spectra. The effect of variation of deposition time of silver (catalyst) is explicitly studied for growth of w-SiNWs. The deposition time enhances the density of SiNWs in an island of vertically aligned SiNWs. Absorption coefficient studies of the w-SiNWs are also conducted using UV-vis spectroscopy as a function of deposition time. Increase in the absorption coefficient in SiNWs is noticed with increasing deposition time. The prominent quantum confinement along with stress and porosity is shown to be mainly responsible for the transformation from diamond structure to wurtzite structure in the silicon nanowires.

  19. Presence of retained crystalline seed necessary for bicrystal-liquid-bicrystal phase transformation

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    Vijay Reddy, K.; Meraj, Md.; Pal, Snehanshu

    2017-10-01

    Regaining of the original bicrystal structure during solidification after melting is found to be possible only if a fraction of crystalline seed is retained in the melt as per this molecular dynamics study. The effect of cooling rate on retaining the crystalline seed is also investigated. The bicrystal specimen is heated up to 1850 K with a constant heating rate of 3.5 K ps-1 and instantly cooled with different cooling rates i.e. 1 K ps-1, 5 K ps-1, 10 K ps-1, 15 K ps-1 and 20 K ps-1. It has been observed through total energy analysis that specimen cooled with 1 K ps-1 cooling rate dissipates the energy throughout the specimen causing randomization of atoms resulting into disappearance of the crystalline seed and formation of nanocrystalline structure. Whereas comparatively higher cooling rates does not allow complete dissipation of energy and retain the crystalline seed thus transform into bicrystal. It has been found through Voronoi polyhedra analysis that during slower cooling rate, icosahedral clusters are formed which play a vital role in formation of nanocrystalline structure.

  20. Microscopic Study of the Phase Transformation During the Oxygen-Enriched Direct Smelting of Jamesonite Concentrate

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    Chen, Min; Dai, Xi

    2017-11-01

    Samples of partially oxidized jamesonite particles and crude lead-antimony alloy from oxygen-enriched direct smelting of jamesonite concentrate have been characterized by electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), x-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). It was shown that the Fe diffused outward from the center of the jamesonite to the outermost layer forming an iron-riched sulfide coat, while the behaviors of Pb, Sb, and Cu were contrary to that of Fe. The formation of FexSbyS impeded the oxidation and volatilization of antimony compounds. As a result, more antimony was retained in the grain during the oxidation process and then transformed into the crude lead-antimony alloy. The microprobe analysis of the metallic core of the partially oxidized jamesonite grain revealed that the PbS was preferentially oxidized to give metals. Investigations on crude lead-antimony alloy indicated that impurities of iron and copper presented as FeSb2, FeSb, and Cu2Sb forms.

  1. Experimental study of discontinuous plastic flow, phase transformation and micro-damage evolution in ductile materials at cryogenic temperatures

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    Marcinek, Dawid Jarosław; Sgobba, S

    2009-01-01

    The present Thesis deals with three low temperature phenomena occurring in ductile materials subjected to mechanical loads: serrated yielding, plastic strain induced γ-α’ phase transformation and evolution of micro-damage: - the Thesis explains the physical mechanisms governing each phenomenon at the micro and macroscopic levels; - the document describes in detail the advanced laboratory equipment needed for cryogenic experiments; - the results of tests carried out with unique precision and focused on serrated yielding and evolution of micro-damage (the observations were made with different strain rates and with the use of different materials) are presented; - validation of suitable kinetic laws and identification of parameters for tested materials is carried out.

  2. Phase transformations in lithium aluminates irradiated with neutrons; Transformaciones de fase en aluminatos de litio irradiados con neutrones

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    Carrera, L.M.; Delfin L, A.; Urena N, F.; Basurto, R. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Bosch, P. [UAM-I, 09340 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2003-07-01

    The lithium aluminate like candidate to be used in the coverings producers of tritium in the fusion nuclear reactors, presents high resistance to the corrosion to the one to be stuck to structural materials as special steels. However, the crystallographic changes that take place in the cover that is continually subjected to irradiation with neutrons, can alter its resistance to the corrosion. In this work the changes of crystalline structure are shown that they present two types of nano structures of lithium aluminates, subjected to an average total dose 7.81 x 10{sup 8} Gy in the fixed irradiation system of capsules of the one TRIGA Mark lll nuclear reactor of the Nuclear Center of Mexico. The studied nano structures presented only phase transformations without formation of amorphous material. (Author)

  3. Classification of normal and epileptic seizure EEG signals using wavelet transform, phase-space reconstruction, and Euclidean distance.

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    Lee, Sang-Hong; Lim, Joon S; Kim, Jae-Kwon; Yang, Junggi; Lee, Youngho

    2014-08-01

    This paper proposes new combined methods to classify normal and epileptic seizure EEG signals using wavelet transform (WT), phase-space reconstruction (PSR), and Euclidean distance (ED) based on a neural network with weighted fuzzy membership functions (NEWFM). WT, PSR, ED, and statistical methods that include frequency distributions and variation, were implemented to extract 24 initial features to use as inputs. Of the 24 initial features, 4 minimum features with the highest accuracy were selected using a non-overlap area distribution measurement method supported by the NEWFM. These 4 minimum features were used as inputs for the NEWFM and this resulted in performance sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of 96.33%, 100%, and 98.17%, respectively. In addition, the area under Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curve was used to measure the performances of NEWFM both without and with feature selections. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Highly efficient GaN HEMTs transformer-less single-phase inverter for grid-tied fuel cell

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    Alatawi, Khaled; Almasoudi, Fahad; Matin, Mohammad

    2017-08-01

    Transformer-less inverters are the most efficient approach to utilize renewable energy sources for grid tied applications. In this paper, a grid-tied fuel cell transformer-less single-phase inverter equipped with GaN HEMTs is proposed. The new topology is derived from conventional H5 inverter. The benefits of using GaN HEMTs are to enable the system to switch at high frequency, which will reduce the size, volume and cost of the system. Moreover, inverter control is designed and proposed to supply real power to the grid and to work as DSTATCOM to mitigate any voltage sag and compensate reactive power in the system. A comparison of the performance of the proposed inverter with Si IGBT and GaN HEMTs was presented to analyze the benefits of using WBG devices. The switching strategy of the new topology creates a new current path which reduces the conduction losses significantly. The analysis of the proposed system was carried out using MATLAB/SIMULINK and PSIM and the results show that the proposed controller improves voltage stability, power quality, mitigates voltage sag and compensates reactive power. Accordingly, the results prove the effectiveness of the system for grid-tied applications.

  5. Influence of the equilibrium dislocation substructure on the structure component morphology in the heterogeneous phase transformations in polycrystalline metallic alloys

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    Ігор Федорович Ткаченко

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Theoretical analysis of the dislocation subgrain boundary (DSB influence on the microstructure formation at the equilibrium heterogeneous polymorphic phase transformations in polycrystalline alloys has been carried out. Based on the dislocation structure of the DSB and its tendency of reaching equilibrium, evolution of the internal state for the various types of DSB (twisting and tilting and corresponding elastic strain fields has been considered. Redistribution is shown to develop during the transformation of the crystal elastic energy from the twist to the tilt DSB formed, respectively, by screw and edge dislocations. Localization of the elastic energy on the tilt DSB in the equilibrium crystal state is shown due to the dislocation reactions development between screw dislocations within the corresponding mutually crossing arrays. Taking into account the crystalline lattice elastic distortions around solute atoms and interaction of the atoms with grain boundaries (GB, the analogous chemical element space distributions are shown to appear on DSB and GB. Forming of structure components of specific morphology resulting from the distributions is shown. The possibility to form homogeneous space distributions of atoms as well as dispersed structural constituents under optimal thermal treatment has been stated. Metallographic investigations were conducted using alloy steels of various chemical compositions. Main conclusions of the theoretical analysis have been confirmed by the experimental results

  6. Facile Synthesis and Special Phase Transformation of Hydrophilic Iron Oxides Nanoparticles

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    Liqiao Chen

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs, γ-Fe2O3, with hydrophilic surfaces are fabricated in ethylene glycol solutions, without surfactant or additive, by solvothermal process from α-Fe2O3 nanoparticle as precursors. With the addition of a trace of hydrazine hydrate, the cubic phase Fe3O4 nanoparticles are obtained instead of γ-Fe2O3. The saturation magnetization value of γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles is up to 74.3 emu/g. This study provides a low cost, safe, and universal route to serve as excellent biocompatibility magnetic core for future applications in biomedical, agriculture, and horticulture applications.

  7. Proton irradiation induced segregation and phase transformation in AISI 304 and AISI 304L stainless steels

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    Wen-Jen, Liu; Ji-Jung, Kai; Chuen-Horng, Tsai

    1994-09-01

    Three millimeter diameter TEM discs and miniature tensile specimens were irradiated at 420 and 550°C with 5 MeV H +, to doses ranging from 0.01 to 1 dpa. Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis indicated that significant radiation-induced solute segregation (RIS) occurred near the grain boundary areas in the irradiated 304 specimens. It was found that the ferrite phase formed in the irradiated 304L specimens, and M 23C 6 carbides precipitated along the γ-α interfaces. The CERT results for 304 and 304L specimens indicated that after 1 dpa irradiation the fracture surface was characterized by the distinct IGSCC morphology and SCC embrittlement, respectively, in the irradiated region.

  8. Phase transformations evaluation on a UNS S31803 duplex stainless steel based on nondestructive testing

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    Macedo Silva, Edgard de, E-mail: edgard@cefetpb.edu.br [Centro federal de Educacao Tecnologica da Paraiba (CEFET PB), Area da Industria, Avenida 1o de Maio, 720 - 58015-430 - Joao Pessoa/PB (Brazil); Costa de Albuquerque, Victor Hugo, E-mail: victor.albuquerque@fe.up.pt [Universidade Federal da Paraiba (UFPB), Departamento de Engenharia Mecanica (DEM), Cidade Universitaria, S/N - 58059-900 - Joao Pessoa/PB (Brazil); Pereira Leite, Josinaldo, E-mail: josinaldo@ct.ufpb.br [Universidade Federal da Paraiba (UFPB), Departamento de Engenharia Mecanica (DEM), Cidade Universitaria, S/N - 58059-900 - Joao Pessoa/PB (Brazil); Gomes Varela, Antonio Carlos, E-mail: varela@cefetpb.edu.br [Universidade Federal da Paraiba (UFPB), Departamento de Engenharia Mecanica (DEM), Cidade Universitaria, S/N - 58059-900 - Joao Pessoa/PB (Brazil); Pinho de Moura, Elineudo, E-mail: elineudo@pq.cnpq.br [Universidade Federal do Ceara (UFC), Departamento de Engenharia Metalurgica e de Materiais, Campus do Pici, Bloco 715, 60455-760 - Fortaleza/CE (Brazil); Tavares, Joao Manuel R.S., E-mail: tavares@fe.up.pt [Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP), Departamento de Engenharia Mecanica e Gestao Industrial (DEMEGI)/Instituto de Engenharia Mecanica e Gestao Industrial - INEGI, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n, 4200-465 Porto (Portugal)

    2009-08-15

    Duplex stainless steel presents special mechanical properties such as, for example, mechanical and corrosion strength, becoming competitive in relation to the other types of stainless steel. One of the great problems of duplex stainless steel microstructural changes study is related to embrittlement above 300 deg. C, with the precipitation of the {alpha}' phase occurring over the ferritic microstructure. Aiming to characterise embrittlement of duplex stainless steel, hardening kinetics, from 425 to 475 deg. C, was analysed through the speed of sound, Charpy impact energy, X-ray diffraction, hardness and microscopy parameters. The presence of two hardening stages, detected through the speed of sound, was observed, one being of brittle characteristic and the other ductile. Moreover, the speed of sound showed a direct correlation with the material's hardness. Thus, it is concluded that the speed of sound is a promising nondestructive parameter to follow-up embrittlement in duplex stainless steel.

  9. Phase transformations in liquids and the liquid–gas transition in fluids at supercritical pressures

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    Brazhkin, V. V.

    2017-12-01

    It is an experimental fact that in the neighborhood of melting curves, including those measured at above-critical pressures and temperatures, all fluids have some short- and intermediate-range order and their excitation spectra contain high-frequency transverse waves. At high pressure, both smooth and sharp first-order phase transitions involving changes in the liquid structure and properties can occur between various liquid states. However, at sufficiently high temperatures, any liquid loses its identity and turns into an unstructured dense gas in which only longitudinal waves can propagate. We discuss theoretical and experimental evidence for the existence of a boundary between a ‘solid-like’ melt and a dense gas at supercritical pressures.

  10. Kinetics of nanocrystalline phase transformations in spray pyrolysed ZnO particles

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    Mančić Lidija T.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The thermal behavior of ZnO powder obtained by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis of nitrate solution (c=0.8mol/dm3, D0=2.695µm, Tmax=6000C, FG=1.2dm3/min was investigated using non-isothermal differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, heating rates 5, 10, 15, 20O/min. The exothermic heat effects at the temperature range from 350 to 5000C were linked to particles structural data obtained by XRD, SEM and TEM analysis. Produced particles are characterized by uniform submicronic size (D=800nm, BET=4.94m2/g, high phase purity and granular or circular “open” surface due to the presence of primary crystallites (d= 20nm. Observed structural changes during heating of this powder were attributed to simultaneous processes of nucleation and growth of primary crystallites inside the produced particles.

  11. Quantification by aberration corrected (S)TEM of boundaries formed by symmetry breaking phase transformations

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    Schryvers, D., E-mail: nick.schryvers@uantwerpen.be [EMAT, University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium); Salje, E.K.H. [Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3EQ (United Kingdom); Nishida, M. [Department of Engineering Sciences for Electronics and Materials, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University, Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan); De Backer, A. [EMAT, University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium); Idrissi, H. [EMAT, University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium); Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering, Université Catholique de Louvain, Place Sainte Barbe, 2, B-1348, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium); Van Aert, S. [EMAT, University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium)

    2017-05-15

    The present contribution gives a review of recent quantification work of atom displacements, atom site occupations and level of crystallinity in various systems and based on aberration corrected HR(S)TEM images. Depending on the case studied, picometer range precisions for individual distances can be obtained, boundary widths at the unit cell level determined or statistical evolutions of fractions of the ordered areas calculated. In all of these cases, these quantitative measures imply new routes for the applications of the respective materials. - Highlights: • Quantification of picometer displacements at ferroelastic twin boundary in CaTiO{sub 3.} • Quantification of kinks in meandering ferroelectric domain wall in LiNbO{sub 3}. • Quantification of column occupation in anti-phase boundary in Co-Pt. • Quantification of atom displacements at twin boundary in Ni-Ti B19′ martensite.

  12. Melt-driven mechanochemical phase transformations in moderately exothermic powder mixtures.

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    Humphry-Baker, Samuel A; Garroni, Sebastiano; Delogu, Francesco; Schuh, Christopher A

    2016-12-01

    Usually, mechanochemical reactions between solid phases are either gradual (by deformation-induced mixing), or self-propagating (by exothermic chemical reaction). Here, by means of a systematic kinetic analysis of the Bi-Te system reacting to Bi2Te3, we establish a third possibility: if one or more of the powder reactants has a low melting point and low thermal effusivity, it is possible that local melting can occur from deformation-induced heating. The presence of hot liquid then triggers chemical mixing locally. The molten events are constrained to individual particles, making them distinct from self-propagating reactions, and occur much faster than conventional gradual reactions. We show that the mechanism is applicable to a broad variety of materials systems, many of which have important functional properties. This mechanistic picture offers a new perspective as compared to conventional, gradual mechanochemical synthesis, where thermal effects are generally ignored.

  13. Surface modification induced phase transformation and structure variation on the rapidly solidified recast layer of titanium

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    Tsai, Ming-Hung [Department of Mechanical Engineering and Graduate Institute of Mechanical and Precision Engineering, National Kaoshiung University of Applied Sciences, Kaoshiung 807, Taiwan (China); School of Dentistry, College of Oral Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taipei 110, Taiwan (China); Haung, Chiung-Fang [School of Dental Technology, College of Oral Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taipei 110, Taiwan (China); Division of Family and Operative Dentistry, Department of Dentistry, Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei 110, Taiwan (China); Research Center for Biomedical Devices and Prototyping Production, Taipei Medical University, Taipei 110, Taiwan (China); Shyu, Shih-Shiun [Department of Dentistry, Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital, Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, New Taipei City 231, Taiwan (China); Chou, Yen-Ru [Research Center for Biomedical Devices and Prototyping Production, Taipei Medical University, Taipei 110, Taiwan (China); Graduate Institute of Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering, College of Oral Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taipei 110, Taiwan (China); Research Center for Biomedical Implants and Microsurgery Devices, Taipei Medical University, Taipei 110, Taiwan (China); Lin, Ming-Hong [Department of Mechanical Engineering and Graduate Institute of Mechanical and Precision Engineering, National Kaoshiung University of Applied Sciences, Kaoshiung 807, Taiwan (China); Peng, Pei-Wen, E-mail: apon@tmu.edu.tw [School of Dental Technology, College of Oral Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taipei 110, Taiwan (China); and others

    2015-08-15

    In this study, neodymium-doped yttrium orthovanadate (Nd:YVO{sub 4}) as a laser source with different scanning speeds was used on biomedical Ti surface. The microstructural and biological properties of laser-modified samples were investigated by means of optical microscope, electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, surface roughness instrument, contact angle and cell cytotoxicity assay. After laser modification, the rough volcano-like recast layer with micro-/nanoporous structure and wave-like recast layer with nanoporous structure were generated on the surfaces of laser-modified samples, respectively. It was also found out that, an α → (α + rutile-TiO{sub 2}) phase transition occurred on the recast layers of laser-modified samples. The Ti surface becomes hydrophilic at a high speed laser scanning. Moreover, the cell cytotoxicity assay demonstrated that laser-modified samples did not influence the cell adhesion and proliferation behaviors of osteoblast (MG-63) cell. The laser with 50 mm/s scanning speed induced formation of rough volcano-like recast layer accompanied with micro-/nanoporous structure, which can promote cell adhesion and proliferation of MG-63 cell on Ti surface. The results indicated that the laser treatment was a potential technology to enhance the biocompatibility for titanium. - Highlights: • Laser induced the formation of recast layer with micro-/nanoporous structure on Ti. • An α → (α + rutile-TiO{sub 2}) phase transition was observed within the recast layer. • The Ti surface becomes hydrophilic at a high speed laser scanning. • Laser-modified samples exhibit good biocompatibility to osteoblast (MG-63) cell.

  14. Effect of Phase Transformation Conditions on the Microstructure and Tensile Properties of Ti-3Al-15Mo-3Nb-0.2Si Alloy

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    Xu, T. W.; Kou, H. C.; Li, J. S.; Zhang, F. S.; Feng, Y.

    2015-08-01

    The influence of phase transformation conditions (α/β solution treatment plus aging, β solution treatment plus aging, and β solution treatment plus duplex aging) on the microstructure and tensile properties of Ti-3Al-15Mo-3Nb-0.2Si alloy was studied. Microstructure observation indicates that the primary α phase, which formed during α/β solution treatment, can effectively limit the growth of the β grains. The alloy was heat treated in the α/β solution, which together with aging, formed smaller grains and finer precipitates in the sample and showed good tensile ductility with a 15% elongation. Aging temperatures from 450 to 600 °C were used to study the effects of aging treatment on the alloy's microstructure and tensile properties. Precipitation phases appeared in particular positions (αGB, αWGB, and αWM) during the aging process which depended on phase transformation conditions and caused variations in the alloy's tensile properties. The alloy treated by duplex aging after β solution had a higher ultimate tensile strength at 1370 MPa than that of other samples, resulting from the finer α precipitates transformed from the ω phases. The relationship of tensile properties and phase transformation was investigated by observing the material fracture, and small and dense dimples were seen in the tensile specimen treated by α/β solution plus aging treatment which led to excellent ductility. Deep dimples in the duplex aging specimen resulted in beneficial high strength.

  15. Induced Voltages Ratio-Based Algorithm for Fault Detection, and Faulted Phase and Winding Identification of a Three-Winding Power Transformer

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    Byung Eun Lee

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes an algorithm for fault detection, faulted phase and winding identification of a three-winding power transformer based on the induced voltages in the electrical power system. The ratio of the induced voltages of the primary-secondary, primary-tertiary and secondary-tertiary windings is the same as the corresponding turns ratio during normal operating conditions, magnetic inrush, and over-excitation. It differs from the turns ratio during an internal fault. For a single phase and a three-phase power transformer with wye-connected windings, the induced voltages of each pair of windings are estimated. For a three-phase power transformer with delta-connected windings, the induced voltage differences are estimated to use the line currents, because the delta winding currents are practically unavailable. Six detectors are suggested for fault detection. An additional three detectors and a rule for faulted phase and winding identification are presented as well. The proposed algorithm can not only detect an internal fault, but also identify the faulted phase and winding of a three-winding power transformer. The various test results with Electromagnetic Transients Program (EMTP-generated data show that the proposed algorithm successfully discriminates internal faults from normal operating conditions including magnetic inrush and over-excitation. This paper concludes by implementing the algorithm into a prototype relay based on a digital signal processor.

  16. Pressure-Induced Amorphization and Phase Transformations in LiAlSiO4 β-eucryptite

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    Zelinskas, M. V.; Zhang, J.

    2002-12-01

    -induced amorphization in β-eucryptite be likely caused by kinetically frustrated phase transformations to another crystalline state.

  17. Nonradiation Cellular Thermometry Based on Interfacial Thermally Induced Phase Transformation in Polymer Coating of Optical Microfiber.

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    Huang, Yunyun; Guo, Tuan; Tian, Zhuang; Yu, Bo; Ding, Mingfei; Li, Xiangping; Guan, Bai-Ou

    2017-03-15

    A nonradiation approach based on thermoresponsive polymer coated silica microfibers has been developed. A highly thermoresponsive and biocompatible poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (pNIPAM) was surface functionlized to conjugate to the tapered silica microfiber with waist diameter of 7.5 μm. The interfacial phase transtition of coating triggered by the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) causes a drastic molecular morphological change in the body temperature range of 35-42 °C. This surface morphological change strongly modulates optical path difference between the higher order and the fundamental mode propagating in the microfiber because of the evanescent-field interaction and, therefore, shifts the intermodal interference fringe. Owing to the nonradiation-based nature, the thermoresponsive polymer coated microfiber enables an improved thermal sensitivity of 18.74 nm/°C and, hence, a high-temperature resolution of millidegree. Furthermore, the micrometer-sized footprint enables its easy implantation in human organs for cellular thermometry and for the potential of in vivo applications.

  18. Chemical Transformations in Proto-Cytoplasmic Media. Phosphorus Coupling in the Silica Hydrogel Phase

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    Ian B. Gorrell

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available It has been proposed that prebiotic chemical studies on the emergence of primitive life would be most relevant when performed in a hydrogel, rather than an aqueous, environment. In this paper we describe the ambient temperature coupling of phosphorus oxyacids [Pi] mediated by Fe(II under aerobic conditions within a silica hydrogel (SHG environment. We have chosen to examine SHGs as they have considerable geological precedence as key phases in silicification en route to rock formation. Following a description of the preparation and characterization studies on our SHG formulations, coupling experiments between Pi species are described across multiple permutations of (i Pi compound; (ii gel formulation; (iii metal salt additive; and (iv pH-modifying agent. The results suggest that successful Pi coupling, indicated by observation of pyrophosphate [PPi(V] via 31P-NMR spectroscopy, takes place when the following components are present: (i a mixture of mixture of Pi(III and Pi(V or pure PPi(III-V; (ii Fe(II; (iii acetic or formic acid (not hydrochloric acid; (iv aerobic conditions or the presence of H2O2 as an oxidant; and (v the presence of a gel system. On the basis of these, and aqueous control reactions, we suggest mechanistic possibilities.

  19. Modelling the effect of acoustic waves on the thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformation in a solution: Including mass transportation.

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    Haqshenas, S R; Ford, I J; Saffari, N

    2018-01-14

    Effects of acoustic waves on a phase transformation in a metastable phase were investigated in our previous work [S. R. Haqshenas, I. J. Ford, and N. Saffari, "Modelling the effect of acoustic waves on nucleation," J. Chem. Phys. 145, 024315 (2016)]. We developed a non-equimolar dividing surface cluster model and employed it to determine the thermodynamics and kinetics of crystallisation induced by an acoustic field in a mass-conserved system. In the present work, we developed a master equation based on a hybrid Szilard-Fokker-Planck model, which accounts for mass transportation due to acoustic waves. This model can determine the kinetics of nucleation and the early stage of growth of clusters including the Ostwald ripening phenomenon. It was solved numerically to calculate the kinetics of an isothermal sonocrystallisation process in a system with mass transportation. The simulation results show that the effect of mass transportation for different excitations depends on the waveform as well as the imposed boundary conditions and tends to be noticeable in the case of shock waves. The derivations are generic and can be used with any acoustic source and waveform.

  20. Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy in the study of phase transitions in dipyrazolium iodide triiodide: Experimental and theoretical analysis

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    Węcławik, M.; Baran, J.; Durlak, P.; Marciniak, Ł.; Piecha-Bisiorek, A.; Jakubas, R.

    2017-05-01

    The paper presents the Infrared and Raman spectra of the powdered [C3N2H5+]2[I-• I3-] crystal at the temperature intervals of 11-270 K, covering two low-temperature phase transitions: discontinuous at 182/188 K (cooling/heating) and continuous at 254 K. The research shows that the vibrational states of the pyrazolium cations change significantly during discontinuous phase transition (III→II), while the continuous nature of successive structural transformation is more subtle and displays an insignificant change in the temperature coefficient of numerous vibrations during the II → I PT at 254 K. The spectacular changes at Raman spectra above 188 K confirm a huge rebuilding of inorganic network from [I-• I3-] to [I42 -]. Additionally, a complete geometry optimization was carried out in the solid state in order to obtain minimum structures and bonding properties. The theoretical results correspond well with the experimental data. Moreover, the infrared spectrum in harmonic approximation was calculated, and a comparative vibrational analysis was performed. CRYSTAL09 vibrational results appear to be in a good agreement with the experimental ones.