Sample records for solidified melt finally

  1. Rapidly solidified titanium alloys by melt overflow

    Gaspar, Thomas A.; Bruce, Thomas J., Jr.; Hackman, Lloyd E.; Brasmer, Susan E.; Dantzig, Jonathan A.; Baeslack, William A., III


    A pilot plant scale furnace was designed and constructed for casting titanium alloy strips. The furnace combines plasma arc skull melting techniques with melt overflow rapid solidification technology. A mathematical model of the melting and casting process was developed. The furnace cast strip of a suitable length and width for use with honeycomb structures. Titanium alloys Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-14Al-21 Nb were successfully cast into strips. The strips were evaluated by optical metallography, microhardness measurements, chemical analysis, and cold rolling.

  2. Prediction of as-cast grain size of inoculated aluminum alloys melt solidified under non-isothermal conditions

    Du, Qiang; Li, Yanjun


    In this paper, a multi-scale as-cast grain size prediction model is proposed to predict as-cast grain size of inoculated aluminum alloys melt solidified under non-isothermal condition, i.e., the existence of temperature gradient. Given melt composition, inoculation and heat extraction boundary conditions, the model is able to predict maximum nucleation undercooling, cooling curve, primary phase solidification path and final as-cast grain size of binary alloys. The proposed model has been applied to two Al-Mg alloys, and comparison with laboratory and industrial solidification experimental results have been carried out. The preliminary conclusion is that the proposed model is a promising suitable microscopic model used within the multi-scale casting simulation modelling framework.

  3. The effect of melt overheating on the melt structure transition and solidified structures of Sn-Bi40 alloy

    CHEN HongSheng; ZU FangQiu; OHEN Jie; ZOU Li; DING GuoHua; HUANG ZhongYue


    Evolution of the electrical resistivity of Sn-4Owt%Bi melt with time under different overheating temperatures during isothermal experiments has been studied, and the relationship between different melt state, solidification behavior and solidified structure has also been investigated. The results show that the melt structure transition revealed by the abnormal change of resistivity would take place within a certain holding time just when the holding temperature is above a certain critical, and that the higher the temperature above the critical, the shorter the "incubation period" of the melt structure transition, and the faster the transition speed. The results of solidification experiments suggest that the melt structure transition caused by different holding time at the same temperature can lead to a higher so- lidification undercooling degree, finer grain size and change of microscopic pattern. Further exploration indicates that the solidification undercooling degree can come to a head when the melt is held at the specific temperature for a given time. The functionary mechanism of the phenomena above is also discussed briefly.

  4. The effect of melt overheating on the melt structure transition and solidified structures of Sn-Bi40 alloy


    Evolution of the electrical resistivity of Sn-40wt%Bi melt with time under different overheating temperatures during isothermal experiments has been studied, and the relationship between different melt state, solidification behavior and solidified structure has also been investigated. The results show that the melt structure transition revealed by the abnormal change of resistivity would take place within a certain holding time just when the holding temperature is above a certain critical, and that the higher the temperature above the critical, the shorter the "incubation period" of the melt structure transition, and the faster the transition speed. The results of solidification experiments suggest that the melt structure transition caused by different holding time at the same temperature can lead to a higher so-lidification undercooling degree, finer grain size and change of microscopic pattern. Further exploration indicates that the solidification undercooling degree can come to a head when the melt is held at the specific temperature for a given time. The functionary mechanism of the phenomena above is also discussed briefly.

  5. Vibration-Induced Property Change in the Melting and Solidifying Process of Metallic Nanoparticles

    Zheng, Yonggang; Ding, Liquan; Ye, Hongfei; Chen, Zhen


    Tuning material properties in the 3-D printing process of metallic parts is a challenging task of current interests. Much research has been conducted to understand the effects of controlling parameters such as the particle geometry (size and shape), heating, and cooling ways on the outcome of the printing process. However, nothing has been done to explore the system vibration effect. This letter reports our findings on the vibration-induced property change in the melting and solidifying process of silver nanoparticles with the use of molecular dynamics simulation. We find that the increase of system vibration magnitude would increase the number fraction of disordered atoms, which in turn changes the nanostructure of solidified products. For a given system vibration magnitude, the number fraction of disordered atoms reaches the maximum around the system natural frequency so that the stiffness of solidified products becomes the minimum. Since this trend is not affected by the system size, the above findings reveal a feasible path toward the real-time tuning of material properties for advancing additive manufacturing.

  6. Microstructure Control of Columnar-Grained Silicon Substrate Solidified from Silicon Melts Using Gas Pressure

    Jun-Kyu Lee


    Full Text Available A silicon substrate with the dimensions of 100 × 140 × 0.3 mm was grown directly from liquid silicon with gas pressure. The silicon melt in the sealed melting part was injected into the growth part at applied pressure of 780–850 Torr. The solidified silicon substrate was then transferred by the pull of the cooled dummy bar. A desirable structure with a liquid-solid interface perpendicular to the pulling direction was formed when the mold temperature in the solidification zone of the growth part was much higher than that of the dummy bar, as this technique should be able to overcome thermal loss through the molds and the limited heat flux derived from the very narrow contact area between the silicon melt and the dummy bar. In addition, because the metallic impurities and expansion of volume during solidification are preferably moved to a liquid phase, a high-quality silicon substrate, without defects such as cracks and impurities in the substrate, could be manufactured in the interface structure. The present study reports the experimental findings on a new and direct growth system for obtaining silicon substrates characterized by high quality and productivity, as a candidate for alternate routes for the fabrication of silicon substrates.

  7. Holographic And Microscopic Study Of Morphology And Velocity Distribution Of Solidifying Particles In Rapidly Stirred Melts

    Smeulders, R. J.; Mischgofsky, F. H.; Frankena, H. J...


    A technique is described to observe shape development and particle displacements of fast moving solidifying particles during stir casting. The optical set-up consists of a Ruby la-ser (generating pulse pairs), a frequency doubled Nd3+:YAG laser (generating single pulses at a 10 Hz repetition rate), a model device of an actual metal stir casting apparatus filled with a transparent organic alloy and three different recording systems. Double exposure holograms and microphotographs are used to analyse the three- and two-dimensional particle displacements, respectively. Simultaneously recorded videotapes, microphotographs and holograms provide the opportunity to study the shape development at a repetition rate of 10 Hz over periods of 103 seconds in an imaging volume of 3 x 2 x 2 mm3. We found that a NPA-water alloy nucleates initially as equiaxed dendritic particles. After a period of stirring, the dendrite tips become more rounded. Finally the particles obtain the shape of a bunch of grapes. This final state is in good agreement with the morphology of stir casted metal alloys. Further we found that the flow behaviour at the start of the experiment can be decisive for the solidification process. We observed Taylor vortices and measured particle displacements, that occur in the direction of rotation and also along the axis of rotation (although there was no flow pressure excerted in that direction) and in the radial direction, too.

  8. Macrosegregation During Re-melting and Holding of Directionally Solidified Al-7 wt.% Si Alloy in Microgravity

    Lauer, M.; Ghods, M.; Angart, S. G.; Grugel, R. N.; Tewari, S. N.; Poirier, D. R.


    As-cast aluminum-7 wt.% ailicon alloy sample rods were re-melted and directionally solidified on Earth which resulted in uniform dendritically aligned arrays. These arrays were then partially back-melted through an imposed, and constant, temperature gradient in the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station. The mushy zones that developed in the seed crystals were held for different periods prior to initiating directional solidification. Upon return, examination of the initial mushy-zone regions exhibited significant macrosegregation in terms of a solute-depleted zone that increased as a function of the holding time. The silicon (solute) content in these regions was measured on prepared longitudinal sections by electron microprobe analysis as well as by determining the fraction eutectic on several transverse sections. The silicon content was found to increase up the temperature gradient resulting in significant silicon concentration immediately ahead of the mushy-zone tips. The measured macrosegregation agrees well with calculations from a mathematical model developed to simulate the re-melting and holding process. The results, due to processing in a microgravity environment where buoyancy and thermosolutal convection are minimized, serve as benchmark solidification data.

  9. Hydrogen storage alloys rapidly solidified by the melt-spinning method and their characteristics as metal hydride electrodes. [LaNiAl; LaNiCoAl

    Mishima, R. (Mitsubishi Kasei Corp., Research Center, Yokohama (Japan)); Miyamura, H. (Government Industrial Research Inst., Osaka (Japan)); Sakai, T. (Government Industrial Research Inst., Osaka (Japan)); Kuriyama, N. (Government Industrial Research Inst., Osaka (Japan)); Ishikawa, H. (Government Industrial Research Inst., Osaka (Japan)); Uehara, I. (Government Industrial Research Inst., Osaka (Japan))


    Rapidly solidified LaNi[sub 5]-based hydrogen storage alloys were prepared by a melt-spinning method. The prepared melt-spun alloy ribbon had very fine crystal grain of below 10 [mu]m. The hydrogen absorption behavior and electrode properties of the alloys were greatly improved. Heat treatment at 400 C which did not cause enlargement of the grain further improved these properties. (orig.)

  10. Rapidly solidified surface melts of Ni-B-Si-Cr brazing alloy

    Tucker, T. R.; Ayers, J. D.


    Sintered powder layers of a Ni-based brazing alloy were consolidated by scanned electron beam radiation to produce a continuous fused coating. The surface of this coating was then remelted by laser and electron beams under differing conditions, resulting in a variety of resolidification structures. Alloy BNi2 was chosen for these studies because it exhibits substantial hardening on grain refinement and because it can be prepared in the glassy state relatively easily. Surface microhardness for BNi2 reaches a maximum of about 1200 DPH at a cooling rate approaching 105 K/s. For higher quench rates, hardness decreases and ductility increases. As the cooling rate approaches 107 k/s, overlapping beam scans produce an extended amorphous surface. A solidification rate higher than that needed to produce an amorphous structure in a single melt pass is necessary to avoid surface cracking or crystallization when overlapping melt passes are employed.

  11. The influence of melt convection on dendritic spacing of downward unsteady-state directionally solidified Sn-Pb alloys

    José Eduardo Spinelli


    Full Text Available Microstructures are the strategic link between materials processing and materials behavior. A dendritic structure is the most frequently observed pattern of solidified alloys. The microstructural scales of dendrites, such as primary and secondary arm spacings, control the segregation profiles and the formation of secondary phases within interdendritic regions, determine the properties of cast structures. In this work, the influence of thermosolutal convection on dendrite arm spacings is experimentally examined in the downward vertical unsteady-state directional solidification of Sn-Pb hypoeutectic alloys. The experimental observations are compared not only with the main predictive theoretical models for dendritic spacings but also with experimental results obtained for Sn-Pb alloys solidified vertically upwards. Primary dendritic arm spacings have been affected by the direction of growth, decreasing in conditions of downward vertical solidification when compared with those grown vertically upwards. Further, the unsteady-state lambda1 predictive models did not generate the experimental observations.

  12. Tysnes Island - An unusual clast composed of solidified, immiscible, Fe-FeS and silicate melts. [in meteorite

    Wilkening, L. L.


    An inclusion found in the Tysnes Island gas-rich H4 chondrite is described. The clast consists of two distinct portions, separated by a smooth boundary; the portions are a tear-drop shaped Fe-FeS eutecticlike intergrowth (0.5 cm greatest dimension) and a silicate consisting primarily of olivine in glass. Nickel enrichment is found in the metal at the metal-sulfide boundaries and in nodules within the metal. It is thought that the portions separated from one another as immiscible liquids and that the modal composition of each portion agrees with the compositions predicted for a total melt of an H-group chondrite. The inclusion is discussed in terms of the process of metal-silicate fractionation suggested by Fodor and Keil (1976).

  13. Directionally solidified mullite fibers

    Sayir, A. [Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH (United States); Farmer, S.C. [National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Cleveland, OH (United States). Lewis Research Center


    Directionally solidified fibers with nominal mullite compositions of 3Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} {center_dot} 2SiO{sub 2} were grown by the laser heated float zone (LHFZ) method at NASA Lewis. High resolution digital images from an optical microscope evidence the formation of a liquid-liquid miscibility gap during crystal growth. Experimental evidence shows that the formation of mullite in aluminosilicate melts is in fact preceded by liquid immiscibility. The average fiber tensile strength is 1.15 GPa at room temperature. The mullite fibers retained 80% of their room temperature tensile strength at 1,450 C. SEM analysis revealed that the fibers were strongly faceted and that the facets act as critical flaws. Examined in TEM, these mullite single crystals are free of dislocations, low angle boundaries and voids. Single crystal mullite showed a high degree of oxygen vacancy ordering. Regardless of the starting composition, the degree of order observed in polycrystalline fibers was lower than that observed in the mullite single crystals.

  14. New developments in rapidly solidified magnesium alloys

    Das, S.K. [Allied-Signal, Inc., Morristown, NJ (United States); Chang, C.F. [Allied-Signal, Inc., Morristown, NJ (United States); Raybould, D. [Allied-Signal, Inc., Morristown, NJ (United States); King, J.F. [Magnesium Elektron Ltd., Manchester (United Kingdom); Thistlethwaite, S. [Magnesium Elektron Ltd., Manchester (United Kingdom)


    In the present paper, we will examine the new developments in the rapidly solidified Mg-Al-Zn-Nd (EA55RS) alloy. We shall first briefly review the process scale-up currently employed for producing rapidly solidified magnesium alloys in large quantities, and then discuss the effect of billet size and processing parameters on the mechanical properties of various mill product forms such as extrusions and sheets. The superplastic behavior of EA55RS extrusions and rolled sheets are also discussed. Finally, some results on magnesium metal-matrix composites using rapidly solidified EA55RS matrix powders and SiC particulates are presented. (orig.)

  15. Energetics of melts from thermal diffusion studies. Final report

    Lesher, C.E.


    Most processes in geology are a consequence at some level of the flow of energy or mass. Heat conduction and chemical diffusion are examples of two of these sorts of flows which are driven by temperature and chemical potential imbalances, respectively. In the general case these flows may be coupled so that, for instance, a temperature gradient may result in a flow of mass as well as heat. This effect in liquids was demonstrated by Soret (1879) and bears his name. In gases or solids the phenomenon is given the general name thermal diffusion. It was the purpose of this research program to examine the Soret effect in molten silicates under laboratory conditions. Results of these experiments are used to evaluate the form and quantitative values of many thermodynamic and kinetic properties of silicate melts over a range of temperature, pressure, and bulk composition. The author published a comprehensive review and synthesis with a microscopic theoretical explanation for the effect at low pressure in silicate liquids of geological interest. He conducted experimental investigations of molecular diffusion in the absence of a thermal gradient through experiments involving dissolution of solid silicates in molten silicate and interdiffusion of species between miscible silicate liquids. Collectively these results enable the author to construct a more comprehensive model of molecular diffusion in magmatic liquids. He has applied this model to problems of magma mixing and crustal assimilation.

  16. Rapidly solidified ferromagnetic shape memory alloys

    Craciunescu, C. M.; Ercuta, A.; Mitelea, I.; Valeanu, M.; Teodorescu, V. S.; Lupu, N.; Chiriac, H.


    Ferromagnetic shape memory alloys have been manufactured by various techniques involving rapid solidification. Bulk alloys have been obtained by extracting the melted alloy in especially designed copper molds; glass coated wires have been obtained by drawing the melt from glass recipients followed by water cooling and ribbons have been fabricated by melt-spinning. Microstructural observations show particular solidification aspects of fractured areas, while ferromagnetic behavior has been detected in glass coated wires obtained by rapid solidification. The martensitic microstructure was observed on Co-Ni-Ga rapid solidified bulk alloys and Fe-Pd ribbons. The memory effect was detected using a Vibran system that allows the detection of the phase transition for the ribbons and by visual observation for other specimens. The conclusions of the observations are related to the comparison between the ferromagnetic behaviors of shape memory alloys solidified using different techniques.

  17. Testing techniques for mechanical characterization of rapidly solidified materials

    Koch, C. C.


    Mechanical property testing techniques are reviewed for rapidly solidified materials. Mechanical testing of rapidly solidified materials is complicated by the fact that in most cases at least one dimension of the material is very small (less than 100 microns). For some geometries, i.e., powder or thin surface layers, microhardness is the only feasible mechanical test. The ribbon geometry which is obtained by the melt-spinning method, however, has been used for a variety of mechanical property measurements including elastic properties, tensile properties, fracture toughness, creep, and fatigue. These techniques are described with emphasis placed on the precautions required by the restricted geometry of rapidly solidified specimens.

  18. Structure and Property of Micro-arc Oxidation Coating Modified by Laser Melting and Solidifying on Aluminum Alloy%激光重熔改性铝合金微弧氧化膜层的组织与性能

    喻杰; 韦东波; 王岩; 吕鹏翔; 狄士春


    为了改善微弧氧化(MAO)膜层多孔疏松的组织和性能,对其进行了激光重熔处理,并制备了两种实验膜层:(1)选择双向电流脉冲和Na2SiO3-KOH体系的工作液,在6082铝合金基体上制备平均厚度为18 μm的MAO膜层;(2)采用Nd∶YAG激光器对上述MAO膜层进行激光重熔(LSM)处理,获得MAO+LSM膜层.利用扫描电子显微镜(SEM)、X射线衍射仪、超显微硬度计和电化学分析仪分别检测上述两种膜层的微观形貌、相组成、表面硬度和耐蚀性能.结果表明:激光重熔后的膜层由内往外分为致密层、中间层和重熔层,组织致密、气孔率低的重熔层取代了MAO疏松层,MAO+LSM膜层中α-Al2O3相的比例得到提高,硬度和耐蚀性能也进一步得到改善,且保持了MAO膜层与基体的结合方式.%In order to improve performance and microstructure of micro-arc oxidation (MAO) coating,especially loose and porous characteristic,a laser melting and solidifying process (LSM) was introduced.Two kinds of samples were prepared:(1) MAO coatings,18 μm average thickness,were produced on 6082 aluminum alloy by bipolar current pulse in Na2SiO3-KOH solution.(2) a melting process using a Nd∶YAG laser was employed to modify above-mentioned MAO coatings to obtain MAO+LSM coating.Microstructure of two kinds of coatings (MAO coating and MAO+LSM coating) were examined by scanning electron microscopy.X-ray diffraction was used to determine the phase composition of the coatings.Coating hardness was tested by ultra-micro hardness tester,and corrosion performance was investigated by polarization test instrument.The results show that the MAO+LSM coating is composed of dense layer,intermediate layer and melting layer from inside to surface.The loose layer of MAO film is replaced by a dense and low porosity melting layer after LSM treatment.The occupancy of α-Al2O3 phase in MAO+LSM is improved compared with MAO coating.Hardness and anticorrosion performance of MAO

  19. Cation distributions on rapidly solidified cobalt ferrite

    De Guire, Mark R.; Kalonji, Gretchen; O'Handley, Robert C.


    The cation distributions in two rapidly solidified cobalt ferrites have been determined using Moessbauer spectroscopy at 4.2 K in an 8-T magnetic field. The samples were obtained by gas atomization of a Co0-Fe2O3-P2O5 melt. The degree of cation disorder in both cases was greater than is obtainable by cooling unmelted cobalt ferrite. The more rapidly cooled sample exhibited a smaller departure from the equilibrium cation distribution than did the more slowly cooled sample. This result is explained on the basis of two competing effects of rapid solidification: high cooling rate of the solid, and large undercooling.

  20. Cation distributions on rapidly solidified cobalt ferrite

    De Guire, Mark R.; Kalonji, Gretchen; O'Handley, Robert C.


    The cation distributions in two rapidly solidified cobalt ferrites have been determined using Moessbauer spectroscopy at 4.2 K in an 8-T magnetic field. The samples were obtained by gas atomization of a Co0-Fe2O3-P2O5 melt. The degree of cation disorder in both cases was greater than is obtainable by cooling unmelted cobalt ferrite. The more rapidly cooled sample exhibited a smaller departure from the equilibrium cation distribution than did the more slowly cooled sample. This result is explained on the basis of two competing effects of rapid solidification: high cooling rate of the solid, and large undercooling.

  1. Characterization of solidifiers used for oil spill remediation.

    Sundaravadivelu, Devi; Suidan, Makram T; Venosa, Albert D; Rosales, Pablo I


    The physical characteristics and chemical composition of oil spill solidifiers were studied, and correlation of these properties with product effectiveness enabled determination of characteristics that are desirable in a good solidifier. The analyses revealed that the commercial products were primarily comprised of organic polymers and a few trace elements. A natural sorbent, which was composed entirely of plant based matter, was also evaluated, and it had the highest oil removal capacity, but it did not produce a solid mat-like final product. Generally, solidifiers with a carbonate group, pore size greater than 5 μm, and bulk densities lower than 0.3 g cm(-3) were found to have better efficiency and produced a cohesive rubbery final product that facilitated removal compared to sorbents. The importance of bulk density and pore size in the performance of the solidifier suggest that the primary mechanism of action was likely physical sorption.

  2. Directionally Solidified Multifunctional Ceramics


    34Microestructura y comportamiento plastico de perovsquitas conductoras protonicas de alata temperatura". Boletin d la Sociedad Espanola de Ceramica y...De Lopez and A. Sayir, "Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of High Temperature Protonic Conductors Fabricated by Melt Growth," Boletin de la...For High Temperature Environments," NASA TM-2004-213211, Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, August 2004. 36. Cover page of Boletin de la Sociedad

  3. Final report for the 'Melt-Vessel Interactions' Project. European Union R and TD Program 4th Framework. MVI project final research report

    Sehgal, B.R.; Dinh, T.N.; Nourgaliev, R.R.; Bui, V.A.; Green, J.; Kolb, G.; Karbojian, A.; Theerthan, S.A.; Gubaidulline, A. [Royal Inst. of Tech., Stockholm (Sweden). Div. of Nuclear Power Safety; Helle, M.; Kymaelaeinen, O.; Tuomisto, H. [IVO Power Engineering Ltd., Vantaa (Finland); Bonnet, J.M.; Rouge, S.; Narcoux, M.; Liegeois, A. [CEA - Grenoble (France); Turland, B.D.; Dobson, G.P. [AEA Technology plc, Dorchester (United Kingdom); Siccama, A. [ECN Nuclear Research, Petten (Netherlands); Ikonen, K. [VTT Energy, Helsinki (Finland); Parozzi, F. [ENEL - SRI/PAM/GRA, Segrate, MI (Italy); Kolev, N. [Siemens AG, Erlangen (Germany); Caira, M. [Univ. of Roma (Italy)


    The Melt Vessel Interaction (MVI) project is concerned with the consequences of the interactions that a core melt, generated during a postulated severe accident in a light water reactor, may have with the pressure vessel. In particular, the issues concerned with the failure of the vessel bottom head are the focus of the research. The specific objectives of the project are to obtain data and develop validated models, which could be applied to prototypic plants, and accident conditions, for resolution of issues related to the melt vessel interactions. The project work has been performed by nine partners having varied responsibility. The work included a large number of experiments, with simulant materials, whose observations and results are employed, respectively, to understand the physical mechanisms and to develop validated models. Applications to the prototypic geometry and conditions have also been performed. This report is volume 1 of the Final Report for the Project, in which a summary of the progress achieved in the experimental program is provided. We have, however, included some aspects of the modeling activities. Volume 2 of the Final report describes the progress achieved in the modeling program. The progress achieved in the experimental and modeling parts of the Project has led to the resolution of some of the issues of melt vessel interaction. Considerable progress was also achieved towards resolution of the remaining issues.

  4. Microstructural Investigations of Rapidly Solidified Al-Co-Y Alloys

    B. Avar; Gogebakan, M.; Tarakci, M.; Y. Gencer; S. Kerli


    The alloys with different compositions in the Al-rich corner of the Al-Co-Y ternary system were prepared by conventional casting and further processed by melt-spinning technique. The microstructure and the thermal behavior of the alloys were analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and differential thermal analysis (DTA). It was found that only rapidly solidified Al85Co7Y8 alloy exhibited the best glass forming ...

  5. Wetting and dispersion in ceramic/polymer melt injection molding systems. Final report

    Sacks, M.D. [Florida Univ., Gainesville, FL (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Williams, J.W. [Florida Univ., Gainesville, FL (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering]|[3M Co., St. Paul, MN (United States)


    This program had two major areas of emphasis: (1) factors influencing state of particulate dispersion and rheological properties of ceramic powder/polymer melt mixtures, and (2) effect of interfacial bonding strength on mechanical and rheological properties of ceramic particle/polymer composites. Alumina and silica in various polyethylenes were used.

  6. COTELS project (4) : structural investigation of solidified debris in MCCI

    Zhdanov, V.; Vasilyev, Y.; Kolodeshnikov, A.; Cherepnin, Y. [National Nuclear Center, Kurchatov (Kazakhstan). Inst. of Atomic Energy; Sakaki, Isao; Nagasaka, Hideo [Nuclear Power Engineering Corp., Tokyo (Japan). Systems Safety Dept.


    Cross section of concrete trap along with solidified debris tested in COTELS test B/C, in which the interaction among core melt, water and concrete was simulated, were structurally investigated. In 6 tests out of 10 tests, particulate debris bed was formed above continuous ingot debris. The size distribution of the particulate debris was well correlated by Rosin-Rammler equation. Large amount of smallest diameter particles was obtained due to the entrainment of molten corium, decomposed concrete and oxidation of metallic components in corium associated with molten core concrete interaction (MCCI) generated gas. The upper region of the solidified debris included more concrete compositions. The concrete erosion depth, concrete degradation condition and the structure of solidified debris were evaluated to clarify the basic difference between COTELS and former tests results. Concrete erosion depth was less than that observed in MACE, WETCOR, SWISS tests. The major differences of COTELS results compared with the former test results were: 1) absence of strong adhesion of crust to melt trap side wall: 2) water penetration into debris through both eroded side wall and channels inside ingot debris: 3) absence of large void inside ingot debris: and 4) formation of pebble bed below ingot debris. All of these promoted the suppression of MCCI. (orig.)

  7. 激光区熔定向凝固Gd5Ge4合金的相选择与组织特征%Phase Selection and Microstructure Characteristics of Directionally Solidified GdsGe4 Alloy by Laser Zone Re-melting

    张铁邦; 胡锐; 钟宏; 葛光男; 李金山


    The Gd5Ge4 alloy with the peritectic reaction during solidification was prepared by the arc-melt method under protection of argon atmosphere. The as-cast alloys were cut and directionally solidified with the help of laser rapid solidification technique. Microstructure characteristics and phase selection of Gd5Ge4 during the rapid directional solidification by laser zone re-melting were investigated. The microstructure originating from steady-state growth was evaluated with the help of optical microscope (OM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The alloy after laser zone directional solidification possesses obvious preferred orientation and the amorphization occurs under this condition. The cellular spacing could be expressed as a function of the laser scanning velocity during the rapid solidification. An acceptable combination is found between the experimental results and the classical J-H numerical solidification model for a rapid cellular/dendritic growth.%对具有包晶反应的Gd5Ge4金属间化合物进行激光区熔快速定向凝固实验,研究了Gd基磁致冷材料激光快速定向凝固过程中的相选择机制和显微组织特征.结果表明,激光区熔快速定向凝固后的Gd5Ge4合金具有明显的择优取向,合金在激光快凝条件下同时发生非晶化现象.GdsGe4合金定向凝固组织的片层间距随激光扫描速率的增加而减小,合金的凝固组织特征和激光扫描速率的关系符合J-H模型.

  8. Energy-Saving Melting and Revert Reduction Technology (E-SMARRT): Final Summary Report

    White, Thornton C [SCRA Appiled R& D


    Energy-Saving Melting and Revert Reduction Technology (E-SMARRT) is a balanced portfolio of R&D tasks that address energy-saving opportunities in the metalcasting industry. E-SMARRT was created to: • Improve important capabilities of castings • Reduce carbon footprint of the foundry industry • Develop new job opportunities in manufacturing • Significantly reduce metalcasting process energy consumption and includes R&D in the areas of: • Improvements in Melting Efficiency • Innovative Casting Processes for Yield Improvement/Revert Reduction • Instrumentation and Control Improvement • Material properties for Casting or Tooling Design Improvement The energy savings and process improvements developed under E-SMARRT have been made possible through the unique collaborative structure of the E-SMARRT partnership. The E-SMARRT team consisted of DOE’s Office of Industrial Technology, the three leading metalcasting technical associations in the U.S: the American Foundry Society; the North American Die Casting Association; and the Steel Founders’ Society of America; and SCRA Applied R&D, doing business as the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), a recognized leader in distributed technology management. This team provided collaborative leadership to a complex industry composed of approximately 2,000 companies, 80% of which employ less than 100 people, and only 4% of which employ more than 250 people. Without collaboration, these new processes and technologies that enable energy efficiencies and environment-friendly improvements would have been slow to develop and had trouble obtaining a broad application. The E-SMARRT R&D tasks featured low-threshold energy efficiency improvements that are attractive to the domestic industry because they do not require major capital investment. The results of this portfolio of projects are significantly reducing metalcasting process energy consumption while improving the important capabilities of metalcastings. Through June

  9. Final report for SERDP WP-2209 Replacement melt-castable formulations for Composition B

    Leonard, Philip [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Francois, Elizabeth Green [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    During this project we investigated a number of energetic materials both old and new and determined that most of them were unsuitable due to safety or sensitivity reasons. Unsuccessful coformulants include TNAZ and BNFF for volatility reasons, and DAAF due to thermal compatibility issues. The powerful explosive HMX became a focus of the work in later stages as it conferred excellent power while being commonly available in well-regulated particle size lots and is chemically compatible in the melt with many coformulants. Ultimately three preferred formulations emerged from this work: a formulation tested on large scale by ARDEC involving PrNQ and HMX; a formulation tested at ARDEC and LANL using a nitrate salt eutectic and HMX; a formulation tested at LANL using LLM-201 and HMX.

  10. Rapid Melt and Resolidification of Surface Layers Using Intense, Pulsed Ion Beams Final Report

    Renk, Timothy J.


    The emerging technology of pulsed intense ion beams has been shown to lead to improvements in surface characteristics such as hardness and wear resistance, as well as mechanical smoothing. We report hereon the use of this technology to systematically study improvements to three types of metal alloys - aluminum, iron, and titanium. Ion beam tieatment produces a rapid melt and resolidification (RMR) of the surface layer. In the case of a predeposited thin-fihn layer, the beam mixes this layer into the substrate, Ieading to improvements that can exceed those produced by treatment of the alloy alone, In either case, RMR results in both crystal refinement and metastable state formation in the treated surface layer not accessible by conventional alloy production. Although more characterization is needed, we have begun the process of relating these microstructural changes to the surface improvements we discuss in this report.

  11. When a water drop freezes before it solidifies

    Kavehpour, Pirouz; Davis, Stephen; Tavakoli, Faryar


    When a drop of liquid is placed on a substrate which temperature is below the melting point of the liquid, one would expect the drop to solidify instantaneously. However, many liquids, such as water, must be subcooled to solidify below its melting temperature due to homogeneous nucleation's high activation energy. Most of the drop solidification research, particularly for water, phase change is assumed to occur at equilibrium freezing temperature; however, this is not the case. We found that after a certain degree of supercooling, a kinetic based nucleation begins and latent heat of fusion is suddenly liberated, causing an increase in liquid temperature. At the end of this stage, approximately 20% of the drop is crystallized. This phenomenon is known among metallurgists as recalescence. This is followed by a slow solidification process at the melting point. As a water droplet spreads on a cold substrate, its contact line stops just prior to freezing inception from the liquid-solid interface. In this study, we assert that recalescence prior to solidification may be the cause of water's sudden immobility, which results in a fixed contact angle and droplet diameter. In our experiments, the nucleation front initiates from the trijunction point and propagates to the drop volume.

  12. Leachability of heavy metals from solidified sludge

    ZHANG HuYuan; WANG Bao; DONG XingLing; FENG Lei; FAN ZhiMing


    Solidified sludge undergoes progressive depletion of the alkalinity materials under natural weathering condition and releases out of heavy metals. The leaching of heavy metals from solidified sewage sludge was studied by acid neutralization capacity (ANC) test and flow-through leaching test. The results of ANC test showed that heavy metals release at high concentration when the pH of extract lowers than 6. The disintegration of solidified sludge and the transformation of heavy metals are the main reasons for the resolubilisation of contaminants. Flow-through leaching test indicated that leaching of heavy metals from solidified sludge occurs in a slow way. A mathematical model has been developed to predict the stabilization time of heavy metals in solidified sludge. The research results showed that decreasing hydraulic conductivity is more important than cement addition for controlling the release of heavy metals from solidified sludge.

  13. Mathematical Modeling of the Melting Rate of Metallic Particles in the Electric Arc Furnace

    González, O. J. P; Ramírez-Argáez, Marco A; Conejo, A. N


    A computational fluid dynamics model coupled to a lagrangian model of melting/solidifying particles has been developed to describe the melting kinetics of metallic particles in an industrial Electric Arc Furnace (EAF...

  14. The dynamics of a suspension of solidifying, buoyant ice crystals

    Rees Jones, David; Wells, Andrew


    In a wide range of geophysical and industrial situations, the solidification of a liquid melt occurs through the growth of solid crystals suspended in the melt. For example, so-called frazil ice crystals form by freezing of the polar oceans, and crystals also form in the interior of solidifying magma chambers. The growth of these crystals is dynamically coupled to the fluid flow: advection enhances the transport and removal of latent heat that controls crystal growth, whilst the particles provide hydrodynamic feedbacks on the flow. The crystal density is typically different to the liquid density, which induces relative motion, and crystals may also induce density gradients within the liquid itself through the temperature field. We develop scaling arguments for the relative importance of crystal growth, agglomeration, nucleation and transport as a function of particle size and properties of the fluid flow. We introduce a new framework for the direct numerical simulation of the coupling of solidifying, buoyant particles to the fluid flow using a Lattice Boltzmann Method and present results for idealized test cases motivated by our scaling analysis.

  15. Crystal clear transparent lipstick formulation based on solidified oils.

    De Clermont-Gallerande, H; Chavardes, V; Zastrow, L


    We have developed a lipstick, the stick of which looks totally transparent. The base, coloured or not, may contain high concentration of actives or fragrances. The present study examines the process of determination of oils and solidifying agents. The selecting criterion include visible spectroscopic measurements to quantify transparency of the formulated product. We have also validated the stick hardness through drop point and breakage measurements. After several investigations, we selected a mixture of oils and solidifying agents. The oil network obtained has been characterized through optical microscopy, transmission electronic microscopy, X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry. We can show that the final product we obtained is amorphous and its solidity can be explained by chemical bonds formation.

  16. Microstructural characterization of rapidly solidified Al-Li-Co powders

    Samuel, Fawzy H.


    A study of the combined effect of alloying elements and melt superheat has been carried out on the as-solidified structure of rapidly solidified Al-Li-Co powders. Three alloys, viz., Al-3 pct Li, Al-3 pct Li-0.4 pct Co, and Al-3 pct Li-0.8 pct Co were chosen, and the liquid melt in each alloy atomized from the temperatures 1173 and 1073 K, using the centrifugal atomization technique. The microstructural characterization was done using light, scanning, and transmission electron microscopy. Four types of microstructures, viz., dendritic, cellular, equiaxed-type, and featureless structures, were observed by light microscopy. The cooling rate, as determined from the same, lay in the range 104 to 106 Ks-1, but was seen to go beyond 107 Ks-1 when estimated from TEM micrographs. On the micro-level, the Al-Li powders were found to exhibit dendritic structures with differing morphologies, whereas low-angle cell walls with perturbed interfaces were the main structural features observed in the Al-Li-Co alloys. Increasing both cobalt content and powder particle diameter favored transition from dendritic into cellular structure. The featureless zone was comprised mainly of elongated columnar grains (0.2 μm width and 1.5 μm length). A mechanism describing the cellular structure formation has been proposed. Aging of the melt-quenched powders at 473 K for times up to 100 hours results in the dissolution of the cellular structure. A mechanism for the same has been postulated. The difference in the superheats chosen in the present work is found not sufficient to cause drastic microstructural changes.




    This report describes the development and testing of new glass formulations for high aluminum waste streams that achieve high waste loadings while maintaining high processing rates. The testing was based on the compositions of Hanford High Level Waste (HLW) with limiting concentrations of aluminum specified by the Office of River Protection (ORP). The testing identified glass formulations that optimize waste loading and waste processing rate while meeting all processing and product quality requirements. The work included preparation and characterization of crucible melts and small scale melt rate screening tests. The results were used to select compositions for subsequent testing in a DuraMelter 100 (DM100) system. These tests were used to determine processing rates for the selected formulations as well as to examine the effects of increased glass processing temperature, and the form of aluminum in the waste simulant. Finally, one of the formulations was selected for large-scale confirmatory testing on the HLW Pilot Melter (DM1200), which is a one third scale prototype of the Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) HLW melter and off-gas treatment system. This work builds on previous work performed at the Vitreous State Laboratory (VSL) for Department of Energy (DOE) to increase waste loading and processing rates for high-iron HLW waste streams as well as previous tests conducted for ORP on the same high-aluminum waste composition used in the present work and other Hanford HLW compositions. The scope of this study was outlined in a Test Plan that was prepared in response to an ORP-supplied statement of work. It is currently estimated that the number of HLW canisters to be produced in the WTP is about 13,500 (equivalent to 40,500 MT glass). This estimate is based upon the inventory of the tank wastes, the anticipated performance of the sludge treatment processes, and current understanding of the capability of the borosilicate glass waste form

  18. Ubiquitous Low-FeO Relict Grains in Type II Chondrules and Limited Overgrowths on Phenocrysts Following the Final Melting Event

    Wasson, John T.; Rubin, Alan E.


    Type II porphyritic chondrules commonly contain several large (>40 microns) olivine phenocrysts; furnace-based cooling rates based on the assumption that these phenocrysts grew in a single-stage melting-cooling event yield chondrule cooling-rate estimates of 0.01-1 K/s. Because other evidence indicates much higher cooling rates, we examined type 11 chondrules in the CO3.0 chondrites that have experienced only minimal parent-body alteration. We discovered three kinds of evidence indicating that only minor (4-10 microns) olivine growth occurred after the final melting event: (1) Nearly all (>90%) type II chondrules in CO3.0 chondrites contain low-FeO relict grains; overgrowths on these relicts are narrow, in the range of 2-12 microns. (2) Most type II chondrules contain some FeO-rich olivine grains with decurved surfaces and acute angles between faces indicating that the grains are fragments from an earlier generation of chondrules; the limited overgrowth thicknesses following the last melting event are too thin to disguise the shard-like nature of these grains. (3) Most type II chondrules contain many small (40 microns) high-FeO phenocrysts are relicts from earlier generations of chondrules, and that cooling rates after the last melting event were much more rapid than indicated by models based on a single melting event. These observations are thus inconsistent with the "classic" igneous model of formation of type II porphyritic chondrules by near-total melting of a precursor mix followed by olivine nucleation on a very limited number of nuclei (say, <10) and by growth to produce the large phenocrysts during a period of monotonic (and roughly linear) cooling. Our observations that recycled chondrule materials constitute a large component of the phenocrysts of type II chondrules also imply that this kind of chondrule formed relatively late during the chondrule-forming period.

  19. Low Melt Height Solidification of Superalloys

    Montakhab, Mehdi; Bacak, Mert; Balikci, Ercan


    Effect of a reduced melt height in the directional solidification of a superalloy has been investigated by two methods: vertical Bridgman (VB) and vertical Bridgman with a submerged baffle (VBSB). The latter is a relatively new technique and provides a reduced melt height ahead of the solidifying interface. A low melt height leads to a larger primary dendrite arm spacing but a lower mushy length, melt-back transition length, and porosity. The VBSB technique yields up to 38 pct reduction in the porosity. This may improve a component's mechanical strength especially in a creep-fatigue type dynamic loading.

  20. Improvement of melt crystallization's efficiency for industrial applications. Final report 01-08-1990 - 31-03-1994

    Arkenbout, G.J.; Goede, R. de; Nienoord, M.; Verdoes, D.; Berg, E.P.G. van den; Geertman, R.; Bennema, P.; Neumann, M.; Ulrich, J.; Wellinghoff, G.; Kind, M.


    A research project was carried out by the University of Nijmegen, the University of Bremen, BASF and TNO to improve melt crystallization's efficienry in industrial applications. Both process options of growing crystal layers on the cooled wall of a heat exchanger and of growing crystals in suspensio

  1. Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Rapidly Solidified Mg-Al-Zn-MM Alloys


    Mg-Al-Zn-MM (misch metal) alloy powders were manufactured by inert gas atomization and the characteristics of alloy powders were investigated. In spite of the low fluidity and easy oxidation of the magnesium melt, the spherical powder was made successfully with the improved three piece nozzle systems of gas atomization unit.It was found that most of the solidified powders with particles size of less than 50 μm in diameter were single crystal and the solidification structure of rapidly solidified powders showed a typical dendritic morphology because of supercooling prior to nucleation. The spacing of secondary denrite arms was deceasing as the size of powders was decreasing. The rapidly solidified powders were consolidated by vacuum hot extrusion and the effects of misch metal addition to AZ91 on mechanical properties of extruded bars were also examined. During extrusion of the rapidly solidified powders, their dendritic structure was broken into fragments and remained as grains of about 3μm in size. The Mg-Al-Ce intermetallic compounds formed in the interdendritic regions of powders were finely broken, too. The tensile strength and ductility obtained in as-extruded Mg-9 wt pct Al-1 wt pct Zn-3 wt pct MM alloy were σT.S. =383 MPa and ε=10.6%, respectively. All of these improvements on mechanical properties were resulted from the refined microstructure and second-phase dispersions.

  2. Rapidly solidified aluminium for optical applications

    Gubbels, G.P.H.; Venrooy, B.W.H. van; Bosch, A.J.; Senden, R.


    This paper present the results of a diamond turning study of a rapidly solidified aluminium 6061 alloy grade, known as RSA6061. It is shown that this small grain material can be diamond turned to smaller roughness values than standard AA6061 aluminium grades. Also, the results are nearly as good as

  3. Transient refractory material dissolution by a volumetrically-heated melt

    Seiler, Jean Marie, E-mail: [CEA, DEN, DTN, 17 Rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Ratel, Gilles [CEA, DEN, DTN, 17 Rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Combeau, Hervé [Institut Jean Lamour, UMR 7198, Lorraine University, Ecole des Mines de Nancy, Parc de Saurupt, 54042 Nancy Cedex (France); Gaus-Liu, Xiaoyang; Kretzschmar, Frank; Miassoedov, Alexei [Karlsruhe Institut of Technology, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany)


    Highlights: • We describe a test investigating ceramic dissolution by a molten non-eutectic melt. • The evolution of the interface temperature between melt and refractory is measured. • A theoretical model describing dissolution kinetics is proposed. • When dissolution stops, interface temperature is the liquidus temperature of the melt. - Abstract: The present work addresses the question of corium–ceramic interaction in a core catcher during a core-melt accident in a nuclear power plant. It provides an original insight into transient aspects concerning dissolution of refractory material by a volumetrically heated pool. An experiment with simulant material (LIVECERAM) is presented. Test results clearly show that dissolution of solid refractory material can occur in a non-eutectic melt at a temperature which is lower than the melting temperature of the refractory material. During the dissolution transient, the interface temperature rises above the liquidus temperature, corresponding to the instantaneous average composition of the melt pool. With constant power dissipation in the melt and external cooling of the core-catcher, a final steady-state situation is reached. Dissolution stops when the heat flux (delivered by the melt to the refractory) can be removed by conduction through the residual thickness of the ceramic, with T{sub interface} = T{sub liquidus} (calculated for the average composition of the final liquid pool). The final steady state corresponds to a uniform pool composition and uniform interface temperature distribution. Convection in the pool is governed by natural thermal convection and the heat flux distribution is therefore similar to what would be obtained for a single component pool. An interpretation of the experiment with two model-based approaches (0D and 1D) is presented. The mass transfer kinetics between the interface and the bulk is controlled by a diffusion sublayer within the boundary layer. During the dissolution transient

  4. Electron Beam Melting and Refining of Metals: Computational Modeling and Optimization

    Katia Vutova; Veliko Donchev


    ..., instrument engineering, electronics, etc. A time-dependent 3D axis-symmetrical heat model for simulation of thermal transfer in metal ingots solidified in a water-cooled crucible at electron beam melting and refining (EBMR) is developed...

  5. Thermal gradient analysis of solidifying casting

    J. Suchoń


    Full Text Available For description of casting solidification and crystallization process the thermal derivative analysis (TDA is commonly used. Besides the process kinetics considered in TDA method to describe the solidification process, the thermal gradient analysis can be also used for this purpose [1, 2]. In conducted studies analysis of thermal gradient distribution inside the solidifying wedge casting was shown which enabled determination of heat flow intensity on casting section.

  6. Technology development for thin strip metal casting, Phase 2: Final technical report. [Melt spinning or planar flow casting

    Williams, R.S.


    The Phase II program has been conducted by a team of engineers from Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Armco, Inc., with the objective of providing a suitably sized experimental planar flow casting machine, and using it to perform casting trials to address the above technical uncertainties for cast thicknesses and speeds representative of industrial production, and with sufficient duration to diminish thermal transient effects. A nominally 7 ft. diameter water-cooled copper wheel planar flow casting system has been designed, fabricated and installed in a dedicated 15,000 sq. ft. foundry facility are Armco Inc., Middletown, Ohio. This system is capable of casting 3 in. wide strip and operating at surface speeds up to 25 ft/sec. Additionally, the facility also contains a 16 in. diameter water-cooled wheel with interchangeable casting substrates of different materials. This small wheel facility has been adapted to utilize the melt overflow process for casting of 3 in. wide strip. These casting facilities are supported by a 500 lb. induction melting furnace and necessary liquid steel handling equipment. Adequate techniques have been developed for transportation and filtering of liquid steel without undue temperature loss. Good control of the planar flow casting process was not achieved during this program, however given such control and the adoption of clean steel practices, the inference is that the process will be capable of producing strip which is readily cold-rollable in the as-cast condition. After cold rolling and annealing, such material should have useful mechanical properties. 8 refs., 112 figs., 10 tabs.

  7. Preparation of the initial solid liquid interface and melt in directional solidification

    Nguyen Thi, H.; Drevet, B.; Debierre, J. M.; Camel, D.; Dabo, Y.; Billia, B.


    The preparation of the initial conditions (solid-liquid interface morphology and solute segregation in the liquid phase) on which growth is started is a very critical step in directional-solidification experiments. Dedicated experiments on Al-1.5 wt% Ni consisting in directional melting followed by thermal stabilisation with different lengths, show that precise control is in practice not straightforward. Indeed, in the mushy zone created by melting the original solid sample, temperature gradient zone melting (TGZM) causes migration of solute-rich liquid droplets and channels. A model is proposed to describe this process and validate the physical interpretation of the experiments through numerical simulation. Knowing the status of the preparation, the intriguing observations in the partially melted region of the Al-1.5 wt% Ni alloys solidified in the Advanced Gradient Heating Facility of European Space Agency during the LMS and STS-95 space missions can now be explained. Finally, the influence of initial interface morphology and melt segregation on directional-solidification transient is discussed, based on a comparison of Al-Ni alloys with hypoeutectic Al-Li alloys previously grown on Earth and in space. It follows that for experiments achieved on original rods with equiaxed microstructure, the efficiency of the preparatory melting and stabilisation phases can be evaluated from the solute macrosegregation profile in the region in between the non-melted solid and directional solidification. The major conclusion is that when the melt is mixed by fluid flow, the initial conditions are near to their asymptotic state at the end of TGZM whereas, when solute diffusion is the mode of transport into the bulk liquid, the condition of homogeneous melt becomes limiting and too much time-consuming to be fulfilled, which in particular holds for the 3D-experiments carried out in the reduced-gravity environment of space.

  8. Microstructural Quantification of Rapidly Solidified Undercooled D2 Tool Steel

    Valloton, J.; Herlach, D. M.; Henein, H.; Sediako, D.


    Rapid solidification of D2 tool steel is investigated experimentally using electromagnetic levitation (EML) under terrestrial and reduced gravity conditions and impulse atomization (IA), a drop tube type of apparatus. IA produces powders 300 to 1400 μm in size. This allows the investigation of a large range of cooling rates ( 100 to 10,000 K/s) with a single experiment. On the other hand, EML allows direct measurements of the thermal history, including primary and eutectic nucleation undercoolings, for samples 6 to 7 mm in diameter. The final microstructures at room temperature consist of retained supersaturated austenite surrounded by eutectic of austenite and M7C3 carbides. Rapid solidification effectively suppresses the formation of ferrite in IA, while a small amount of ferrite is detected in EML samples. High primary phase undercoolings and high cooling rates tend to refine the microstructure, which results in a better dispersion of the eutectic carbides. Evaluation of the cell spacing in EML and IA samples shows that the scale of the final microstructure is mainly governed by coarsening. Electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) analysis of IA samples reveals that IA powders are polycrystalline, regardless of the solidification conditions. EBSD on EML samples reveals strong differences between the microstructure of droplets solidified on the ground and in microgravity conditions. While the former ones are polycrystalline with many different grains, the EML sample solidified in microgravity shows a strong texture with few much larger grains having twinning relationships. This indicates that fluid flow has a strong influence on grain refinement in this system.

  9. Final Report for "Solid State Voltammetry and Other Experiments in Molecular Melts" Semi-Solid Nanoparticles, and Biomolecule Polyether Hybrids"

    Royce W. Murray


    Since the technical progress report of the previous renewal proposal, my students and I have published or have in press 13 papers (5 in JACS). Another is under review; several others are in draft form. This Final Report is an updated version of the Performance Report submitted with the renewal proposal for this project.

  10. Model for calculation of microstructural development in rapidly directionally solidified immiscible alloys



    A model has been developed for the calculation of the microstructural evolution in a rapidly directionally solidified immiscible alloy. Numerical solutions have been performed for Al-Pb immiscible alloys. The results demonstrate that at a higher solidification velocity a constitutional supercooling region appears in front of the solid/liquid interface and the liquid-liquid decomposition takes place in this region. A higher solidification velocity leads to a higher nucleation rate and, therefore, a higher number density of the minority phase droplets. As a result, the average radius of droplets in the melt at the solid/liquid interface decreases with the solidification velocity.

  11. Dissimilar material welding of rapidly solidified foil and stainless steel plate using underwater explosive welding technique

    Hokamoto, Kazuyuki [Shock Wave and Condensed Matter Research Center, Kumamoto University, 2-39-1 Kurokami, Kumamoto 860-8555 (Japan)], E-mail:; Nakata, Kazuhiro [Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Mori, Akihisa [Shock Wave and Condensed Matter Research Center, Kumamoto University, 2-39-1 Kurokami, Kumamoto 860-8555 (Japan); Tsuda, Shota [Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kumamoto University (Japan); Tsumura, Takuya [Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Inoue, Akihisa [Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)


    Rapidly solidified amorphous and metallic glass thin foils clad on a stainless steel base plate is attempted by employing underwater shock wave assembly. The conditions of the explosive welding are numerically analyzed and discussed based on the earlier welding limits. The thin foils successfully welded along the length of 50 mm show clear waves typically found in explosively welded interface. The interfacial microstructure characterized through optical and scanning electron microscopes shows evidence of excessive melting generated due to the trapping of metal jet in limited area.

  12. Fabrication of TiC-Reinforced Composites by Vacuum Arc Melting: TiC Mode of Reprecipitation in Different Molten Metals and Alloys

    Karantzalis, A. E.; Arni, Z.; Tsirka, K.; Evangelou, A.; Lekatou, A.; Dracopoulos, V.


    TiC crystals were developed and grown through a melt dissolution and reprecipitation mechanism, in different alloy matrices (pure Fe, 316L, Fe-22 at.%Al, Ni-25at.%Al, and pure Co) through the use of Vacuum Arc Melting (VAM) process. The TiC surfaces exhibit a characteristic faceted mode of growth which is explained in terms of classic nucleation and crystal growth theories and is related with the well-known Jackson factor of crystal growth. Different morphologies of the finally solidified TiC grains are observed (dendritic, radially grown, isolated blocky crystals, particle clusters), the establishment of which may be most likely related with solidification progress, cooling rate, and melt compositional considerations. An initial, rough and qualitative phase identification shows a variety of compounds, and the attempts to define specific phase crystallographic-orientational relationships led to rather random results.

  13. Detached Melt Nucleation during Diffusion Brazing of a Technical Ni-based Superalloy: A Phase-Field Study

    Böttger, B.; Apel, M.; Laux, B.; Piegert, S.


    Advanced solidification processes like welding, soldering, and brazing are often characterized by their specific solidification conditions. But they also may include different types of melting processes which themselves are strongly influenced by the initial microstructures and compositions of the applied materials and therefore are decisive for the final quality and mechanical properties of the joint. Such melting processes are often not well- understood because - compared to other fields of solidification science - relatively little research has been done on melting by now. Also, regarding microstructure simulation, melting has been strongly neglected in the past, although this process is substantially different from solidification due to the reversed diffusivities of the involved phases. In this paper we present phase-field simulations showing melting, solidification and precipitation of intermetallic phases during diffusion brazing of directionally solidified and heat-treated high-alloyed Ni- based gas turbine blade material using different boron containing braze alloys. Contrary to the common belief, melting of the base material is not always planar and can be further accompanied by detached nucleation and growth of a second liquid phase inside the base material leading to polycrystalline morphologies of the joint after solidification. These findings are consistent with results from brazed laboratory samples, which were characterized by EDX and optical microscopy, and can be explained in terms of specific alloy thermodynamics and inter-diffusion kinetics. Consequences of the gained new understanding for brazing of high- alloyed materials are discussed.

  14. Annual report Development and characterization of solidified forms for high-level wastes: 1978.

    Ross, W.A.; Mendel, J.E.


    Development and characterization of solidified high-level waste forms are directed at determining both process properties and long-term behaviors of various solidified high-level waste forms in aqueous, thermal, and radiation environments. Waste glass properties measured as a function of composition were melt viscosity, melt electrical conductivity, devitrification, and chemical durability. The alkali metals were found to have the greatest effect upon glass properties. Titanium caused a slight decrease in viscosity and a significant increase in chemical durability in acidic solutions (pH-4). Aluminum, nickel and iron were all found to increase the formation of nickel-ferrite spinel crystals in the glass. Four multibarrier advanced waste forms were produced on a one-liter scale with simulated waste and characterized. Glass marbles encapsulated in a vacuum-cast lead alloy provided improved inertness with a minimal increase in technological complexity. Supercalcine spheres exhibited excellent inertness when coated with pyrolytic carbon and alumina and put in a metal matrix, but the processing requirements are quite complex. Tests on simulated and actual high-level waste glasses continue to suggest that thermal devitrification has a relatively small effect upon mechanical and chemical durabilities. Tests on the effects radiation has upon waste forms also continue to show changes to be relatively insignificant. Effects caused by decay of actinides can be estimated to saturate at near 10/sup 19/ alpha-events/cm/sup 3/ in homogeneous solids. Actually, in solidified waste forms the effects are usually observed around certain crystals as radiation causes amorphization and swelling of th crystals.

  15. Effect of hafnium addition on solidifi cation structure of cast Ti-46Al alloys

    Su Yanqing


    Full Text Available To investigate the effect of hafnium addition on the solidifi cation structure, Ti-46Al alloys with nominal compositions of Ti-46Al-xHf (x = 0, 3, 5, 7 (at.% were arc-melted into small ingots in an argon atmosphere. The characteristics of the macrostructures and microstructures were studied using a linear intercept method, OM, SEM (BSE, XRD and TEM. The results showed that the ingots with Hf have near lamellar microstructure in columnar and dendrite morphology. The hafnium concentration has a strong effect on the columnar spacing refi nement. Increasing Hf from 0 to 7 (at.%, the columnar spacing can be reduced from ~ 1000 to ~ 400 μm. Constitute phases of the ingots are α2, a small amount of B2 and c. Most of the B2 phases, richer in Hf and leaner in Al and Ti, exist on the node of the dendrite core in block shape and a little across the lamellar colonies in stick shape. The c phases exist on the boundaries of lamellar colonies in small cellular shape. There also exists a segregation of Hf on the columnar and dendrite core. Particularly, both the α- and β-phase form from the melt as prior phases. The possible phase sequencing during solidifi cation and solid-state transformations with Hf is given in this paper.

  16. A novel solidified floating organic drop microextraction method for preconcentration and determination of copper ions by flow injection flame atomic absorption spectrometry.

    Sahin, Ciğdem Arpa; Tokgöz, Ilknur


    A rapid, simple and cost effective solidified floating organic drop microextraction (SFODME) and flow injection flame atomic absorption spectrometric determination (FI-FAAS) method for copper was developed. In this method, a free microdrop of 1-undecanol containing 1,5-diphenyl carbazide (DPC) as the complexing agent was transferred to the surface of an aqueous sample including Cu(II) ions, while being agitated by a stirring bar in the bulk of the solution. Under the proper stirring conditions, the suspended microdrop can remain at the top-center position of the aqueous sample. After the completion of the extraction, the sample vial was cooled by placing it in a refrigerator for 10min. The solidified microdrop was then transferred into a conical vial, where it melted immediately and diluted to 300microL with ethanol. Finally, copper ions in 200microL of diluted solution were determined by FI-FAAS. Several factors affecting the microextraction efficiency, such as type of extraction solvent, pH, complexing agent concentration, extraction time, stirring rate, sample volume and temperature were investigated and optimized. Under optimized conditions for 100mL of solution, the preconcentration factor was 333 and the enrichment factor was 324. The limit of detection (3s) was 0.4ngmL(-1), the limit of quantification (10s) was 1.1ngmL(-1) and the relative standard deviation (RSD) for 10 replicate measurements of 10ngmL(-1) copper was 0.9%. The proposed method was successfully applied to the determination of copper in different water samples.

  17. Purification of Niobium by Electron Beam Melting

    Sankar, M.; Mirji, K. V.; Prasad, V. V. Satya; Baligidad, R. G.; Gokhale, A. A.


    Pure niobium metal, produced by alumino-thermic reduction of niobium oxide, contains various impurities which need to be reduced to acceptable levels to obtain aerospace grade purity. In the present work, an attempt has been made to refine niobium metals by electron beam drip melting technique to achieve purity confirming to the ASTM standard. Input power to the electron gun and melt rate were varied to observe their combined effect on extend of refining and loss of niobium. Electron beam (EB) melting is shown to reduce alkali metals, trace elements and interstitial impurities well below the specified limits. The reduction in the impurities during EB melting is attributed to evaporation and degassing due to the combined effect of high vacuum and high melt surface temperature. The % removal of interstitial impurities is essentially a function of melt rate and input power. As the melt rate decreases or input power increases, the impurity levels in the solidified niobium ingot decrease. The EB refining process is also accompanied by considerable amount of niobium loss, which is attributed to evaporation of pure niobium and niobium sub-oxide. Like other impurities, Nb loss increases with decreasing melt rate or increase in input power.

  18. Gusev Rocks Solidified from Lava (3-D)


    In recent weeks, as NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has driven through the basin south of 'Husband Hill,' it has been traversing mainly sand and dune deposits. This week, though, Spirit has been maneuvering along the edge of an arc-shaped feature called 'Lorre Ridge' and has encountered some spectacular examples of basaltic rocks with striking textures. This panoramic camera (Pancam) image shows a group of boulders informally named 'FuYi.' These basaltic rocks were formed by volcanic processes and may be a primary constituent of Lorre Ridge and other interesting landforms in the basin. Spirit first encountered basalts at its landing site two years ago, on a vast plain covered with solidified lava that appeared to have flowed across Gusev Crater. Later, basaltic rocks became rare as Spirit climbed Husband Hill. The basaltic rocks that Spirit is now seeing are interesting because they exhibit many small holes or vesicles, similar to some kinds of volcanic rocks on Earth. Vesicular rocks form when gas bubbles are trapped in lava flows and the rock solidifies around the bubbles. When the gas escapes, it leaves holes in the rock. The quantity of gas bubbles in rocks on Husband Hill varies considerably; some rocks have none and some, such as several here at FuYi, are downright frothy. The change in textures and the location of the basalts may be signs that Spirit is driving along the edge of a lava flow. This lava may be the same as the basalt blanketing the plains of Spirit's landing site, or it may be different. The large size and frothy nature of the boulders around Lorre Ridge might indicate that eruptions once took place at the edge of the lava flow, where the lava interacted with the rocks of the basin floor. Scientists hope to learn more as Spirit continues to investigate these rocks. As Earth approaches the Chinese New Year (The Year of the Dog), the Athena science team decided to use nicknames representing Chinese culture and geography to identify rocks and

  19. Gusev Rocks Solidified from Lava (False Color)


    In recent weeks, as NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has driven through the basin south of 'Husband Hill,' it has been traversing mainly sand and dune deposits. This week, though, Spirit has been maneuvering along the edge of an arc-shaped feature called 'Lorre Ridge' and has encountered some spectacular examples of basaltic rocks with striking textures. This panoramic camera (Pancam) image shows a group of boulders informally named 'FuYi.' These basaltic rocks were formed by volcanic processes and may be a primary constituent of Lorre Ridge and other interesting landforms in the basin. Spirit first encountered basalts at its landing site two years ago, on a vast plain covered with solidified lava that appeared to have flowed across Gusev Crater. Later, basaltic rocks became rare as Spirit climbed Husband Hill. The basaltic rocks that Spirit is now seeing are interesting because they exhibit many small holes or vesicles, similar to some kinds of volcanic rocks on Earth. Vesicular rocks form when gas bubbles are trapped in lava flows and the rock solidifies around the bubbles. When the gas escapes, it leaves holes in the rock. The quantity of gas bubbles in rocks on Husband Hill varies considerably; some rocks have none and some, such as several here at FuYi, are downright frothy. The change in textures and the location of the basalts may be signs that Spirit is driving along the edge of a lava flow. This lava may be the same as the basalt blanketing the plains of Spirit's landing site, or it may be different. The large size and frothy nature of the boulders around Lorre Ridge might indicate that eruptions once took place at the edge of the lava flow, where the lava interacted with the rocks of the basin floor. Scientists hope to learn more as Spirit continues to investigate these rocks. As Earth approaches the Chinese New Year (The Year of the Dog), the Athena science team decided to use nicknames representing Chinese culture and geography to identify rocks and

  20. Diamond grooving of rapidly solidified optical aluminium

    Abou-El-Hossein, Khaled; Hsu, Wei-Yao; Ghobashy, Sameh; Cheng, Yuan-Chieh; Mkoko, Zwelinzima


    Traditional optical aluminium grades such as Al 6061 are intensively used for making optical components for applications ranging from mould insert fabrication to laser machine making. However, because of their irregular microstructure and relative inhomogeneity of material properties at micro scale, traditional optical aluminium may exhibit some difficulties when ultra-high precision diamond turned. Inhomogeneity and micro-variation in the material properties combined with uneven and coarse microstructure may cause unacceptable surface finish and accelerated tool wear, especially in grooving operation when the diamond tool edge is fully immersed in the material surface. Recently, new grades of optical aluminium that are featured by their ultra-fine microstructure and improved material properties have been developed to overcome the problem of high tool wear rates. The new aluminium grades have been developed using rapid solidification process which results in extremely small grain sizes combined with improved mechanical properties. The current study is concerned with investigating the performance of single-point diamond turning when grooving two grades of rapidly solidified aluminium (RSA) grades: RSA905 which is a high-alloyed aluminium grade and RSA443 which has a high silicon content. In this study, two series of experiments employed to create radial microgrooves on the two RSA grades. The surface roughness obtained on the groove surface is measured when different combinations of cutting parameters are used. Cutting speed is varied while feed rate and depth of cut were kept constant. The results show that groove surface roughness produced on RSA443 is higher than that obtained on RSA905. Also, the paper reports on the effect of cutting speed on surface roughness for each RSA grade.

  1. Gas atomization of cobalt ferrite-phosphate melts

    De Guire, Mark R.; O'Handley, R. C.; Kalonji, G.


    XRD, Moessbauer spectroscopy, and EDXS have been used to characterize a rapidly-solidified (Co,Fe)3O4 spinel generated in a cobalt-iron-phosphate glass matrix by gas atomization of melts. Of the two compositions tested, that containing 20 mol pct P2O5 exhibited randomly-oriented ferrite crystallization whose growth appears to have been diffusion-controlled. Unlike the ferrite, in which the iron has both tetrahedral and octahedral coordination, the iron in the glassy matrix was primarily of distorted-octahedral coordination. Calculations indicate that the cooling rates obtained with oxide melts vary strongly with droplet size, but less strongly with melt temperature.

  2. Gas atomization of cobalt ferrite-phosphate melts

    De Guire, Mark R.; O'Handley, R. C.; Kalonji, G.


    XRD, Moessbauer spectroscopy, and EDXS have been used to characterize a rapidly-solidified (Co,Fe)3O4 spinel generated in a cobalt-iron-phosphate glass matrix by gas atomization of melts. Of the two compositions tested, that containing 20 mol pct P2O5 exhibited randomly-oriented ferrite crystallization whose growth appears to have been diffusion-controlled. Unlike the ferrite, in which the iron has both tetrahedral and octahedral coordination, the iron in the glassy matrix was primarily of distorted-octahedral coordination. Calculations indicate that the cooling rates obtained with oxide melts vary strongly with droplet size, but less strongly with melt temperature.

  3. Directionally solidified microstructures and peritectic phase growth of Cu-75 %Sn peritectic alloy

    LI Shuang-ming; L(U) Hai-yan; ZHANG Rong; LIU Lin; FU Heng-zhi


    Directionally solidified microstructures of Cu-75 % Sn peritectic alloy were investigated at the growth rate ranging from 1 to 300 μm/s. With the growth rate increasing, directionally solidified plate-like microstructures in Cu-75%Sn peritectic alloy are refined by the increase of nucleation quantities of primary ε phases and cooling rate.Peritectic ηphase can grow by the peritectic transformation and direct solidification from the liquid. At the low growth rate varying from 5 to 10 μm/s, the width of ε phase increases due to the effect of the peritectic transformation; however, at higher growth rate, the deviation between the width of ε phase and the whole plate-like microstructure increases resulting from direct solidification of ηphase from the undercooled melt. The regressed data show that the relationship between the width of the whole plate-like microstructure (W) and the growth rate (v)satisfies as Wv0.27= 117 μm1.27 · s-0.27 and the primary dendritic arm spacing (λ) with the growth rate has a relation of λv0.208 =153.8 μm1.208 · s-0.208 as the growth rate increases from 3 to 300 μm/s.

  4. Microstructure Properties of Rapidly Solidified Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloys

    Emad M. Ahmed


    Full Text Available The Rietveld X-ray diffraction analysis was applied to analyze the weight fraction of precipitation phases and microstructure characterizations of rapidly solidified Al-8Zn-4Mg-xCu, x = 1, 4, 8, and 10 alloys (in wt.%, prepared by melt spun technique. A good agreement between observed and calculated diffraction pattern was obtained and the conventional Rietveld factors (Rp, Rwp, and GOF converged to satisfactory values. Solid solubilities of Zn, Mg, and Cu in α-Al were extended to high values. Besides, metastable Al0.71Zn0.29, intermetallic Al2CuMg, Al2Cu, and CuMgZn phases have been observed for x = 4, 8, and 10 Cu alloys. The crystal structure and microstructure characterizations exhibit strong Cu content dependence.

  5. Microstructure refinement of AZ91D alloy solidified with pulsed magnetic field

    WANG Bin; YANG Yuan-sheng; ZHOU Ji-xue; TONG Wen-hui


    The effects of pulsed magnetic field on the solidified microstructure of an AZ91D magnesium alloy were investigated. The experimental results show that the remarkable microstructural refinement is achieved when the pulsed magnetic field is applied in the solidification of AZ91D alloy. The average grain size of the as-cast microstructure of AZ91D alloy is refined to 104μm. Besides the grain refinement, the morphology of the primary α-Mg is changed from dendritic to rosette, then to globular shape with changing the parameters of the pulsed magnetic field. The pulsed magnetic field causes melt convection during solidification, which makes the temperature of the whole melt homogenized, and produces an undercooling zone in front of the liquid/solid interface by the magnetic pressure, which makes the nucleation rate increased and big dendrites prohibited. In addition, primary α-Mg dendrites break into fine crystals, resulting in a refined solidification structure of the AZ91D alloy. The Joule heat effect induced in the melt also strengthens the grain refinement effect and spheroidization of dendrite arms.

  6. Mechanical properties of cast A356 alloy, solidified at cooling rates enhanced by phase transition of a cooling medium

    Zhang, L.Y. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)]. E-mail:; Zhou, B.D. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Zhan, Z.J. [R and D Center for Advanced Materials, National University Science Park Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Jia, Y.Z. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Shan, S.F. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Zhang, B.Q. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Wang, W.K. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China)


    Phase transition cooling (PTC), using the absorbed latent heat during the melting of phase transition cooling medium to cool and solidify alloys in the process of casting, is a new fast cooling technology. Specimens of A356 casting aluminum alloy were prepared by this method. For comparison, specimens made by water-cooling copper mould (WCCM) were prepared too. The mechanical properties of A356 alloy made by PTC and WCCM were measured by microhardness and tensile strength testing methods. Microstructures of A356 alloy were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-rays diffraction (XRD). The results show that both microhardness and ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of A356 alloy made by PTC method are much higher than those made by WCCM method. This can be attributed to the refined microstructure and the extended solubility of silicon in {alpha}-Al. The solubility of silicon in {alpha}-Al was 2.7 at.% in specimens solidified in phase transition cooling medium and 2.4 at.% in specimens solidified in water-cooling copper mould.

  7. Microstructure formation and interface characteristics of directionally solidified TiAl-Si alloys in alumina crucibles with a new Y2O3 skull-aided technology

    Fan, Jianglei; Liu, Jianxiu; Wu, Shen; Tian, Shuxia; Gao, Hongxia; Wang, Shengyong; Guo, Jingjie; Wang, Xiao


    The microstructure evolution and interface characteristics of a directionally solidified Ti-43Al-3Si (at.%) alloy in an alumina (Al2O3) crucible with new Y2O3 skull-aided technology were investigated. The Y2O3-skull that is in contact with the TiAl-melt is relatively stable, which results in a more controlled reaction between the skull and the melt than in the case of an Al2O3 crucible is used. A thin reaction layer was formed between the mould and the melt through mutual diffusion. The layer thickness increased with increasing reaction time. The thickness of this layer was less than 80 μm for reaction times up to 5800 s. Y2O3 particles were not found in the specimen because the mould coating was prepared with fine Y2O3 powder without a binder, which prevented the Y2O3 particles splitting from the coating as a consequence of thermal physical erosion. The oxygen content of the TiAl-alloy increased with increasing reaction time. The total oxygen content of the solidified specimen was less than that of the specimen solidified in the Al2O3 crucibles. This new Y2O3 skull-aided technology is expected to improve the surface quality of TiAl-alloys and reduce the reaction between the crucible/mould and molten TiAl alloys during directional solidification processing with longer contact times.

  8. Recrystallizaiton Behavior of Directionally Solidified DZ4 Superalloy

    Li Yun-ju; Zhang Wei-fang; Tao Chun-hu


    This article investigated effects of degrees of deformation, heat treatment temperatures and holding times on the recrystallization behavior of directionally solidified DZ4 superalloy. The results showed that, recrystallization of DZ4 superalloy could take place during solution heat treatment after certain degrees of cold work and depths of recrystallization increased with increasing degrees of deformation and heat treatment temperature. At the temperature below γ' solvus,prolonged holding times did not play an important role in improving recrystallization depths. Moreover, prevention measures for recrystallization of directionally solidified blades were given.

  9. Crystallisation and Melting Behavior of Methyl Esters of Palm Oil

    Cheng S. Foon


    Full Text Available The methyl esters of palm oil, which consists of saturated and unsaturated esters (0.6 to 95.9% unsaturation of the C12 to C18 fatty acids, solidify at the two temperature ranges, -52 to -45°C and -24 to 21°C, when the esters are cooled. When the esters are heated, they melt at two distinct temperatures, -25 and -33°C and a broad peak at -9 to 28°C. The heating thermograms also showed an exothermic crystallisation peak in between two endothermic melting peaks, indicating the occurrence of re-crystallisation of low melting methyl esters into higher melting point crystal and then melt again at higher temperature.

  10. Site suitability criteria for solidified high level waste repositories

    Heckman, R.A.; Holdsworth, T.; Towse, D.F.


    Activities devoted to development of regulations, criteria, and standards for storage of solidified high-level radioactive wastes are reported. The work is summarized in sections on site suitability regulations, risk calculations, geological models, aquifer models, human usage model, climatology model, and repository characteristics. Proposed additional analytical work is also summarized. (JRD)

  11. Compositional Segregation in Unidirectionally Solidified Solid Solution Crystals

    Wang, J. C.


    A computer program was developed to model compositional segregation in unidrectionally solidified solid-solution-semiconducting crystals. The program takes into account the variations of the interface segregation constant and solidification rate with composition. Calculations are performed for the HgCdTe solid solution system that is compared with experimental data.

  12. Effect of block composition on thermal properties and melt viscosity of poly[2-(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate], poly(ethylene oxide and poly(propylene oxide block co-polymers


    Full Text Available To modify the rheological properties of certain commercial polymers, a set of block copolymers were synthesized through oxyanionic polymerization of 2-(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate to the chain ends of commercial prepolymers, namely poly(ethylene oxide (PEO, poly(ethylene oxide-block-poly(propylene oxide-block-poly(ethylene oxide (PEO-PPO-PEO, and poly(propylene oxide (PPO. The formed block copolymers were analysed with size exclusion chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in order to confirm block formation. Thermal characterization of the resulting polymers was done with differential scanning calorimetry. Thermal transition points were also confirmed with rotational rheometry, which was primarily used to measure melt strength properties of the resulting block co-polymers. It was observed that the synthesised poly[2-(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate]-block (PDM affected slightly the thermal transition points of crystalline PEO-block but the influence was stronger on amorphous PPO-blocks. Frequency sweeps measured above the melting temperatures for the materials confirmed that the pre-polymers (PEO and PEO-PPO-PEO behave as Newtonian fluids whereas polymers with a PDM block structure exhibit clear shear thinning behaviour. In addition, the PDM block increased the melt viscosity when compared with that one of the pre-polymer. As a final result, it became obvious that pre-polymers modified with PDM were in entangled form, in the melted state as well in the solidified form.

  13. A Stem Analysis of Two Rapidly Solidified Stainless Steels.


    slightly faster rate than the 303 stainless steel powder and therefore few usable specimens were obtained by electropolishing . The unsuccessful...CONCLUSIONS Rapid solidification processing of a high- sulphur austenitic type 303 stainless steel produces a significant refinement in the...A STEM ANALYSTS OF TWO RAPIDLY SOLIDIFIED STAINLESS STEELS . (U) UN D MAR 80 T F KELLY, J B VANDER SANDE NOBOI-76-C-0171 UNLSSFE7Minrnc UNCLASSIFIED

  14. A composite construction material that solidifies in water

    Moriyoshi, Akihiro; Fukai, Ichiro; Takeuchi, Mikio


    A flexible, waterproof material that will solidify in water has long been desired in civil engineering. We have developed a new class of material, called Aquaphalt, which has these and other desirable properties. Aquaphalt is composed of an asphalt emulsion, cement and a water-absorbing polymer. The components are liquid at ambient temperature and can therefore be pumped, but they form a gel almost instantly when mixed. The hardened mixture is similar to hard bitumen, and has very low water p...

  15. Characterization of a Rapidly Solidified Iron-Based Superalloy

    Smugeresky, J. E.


    Rapidly-solidified powders of an iron-based superalloy were characterized before and after consolidation by hot isostatic pressing. Powders made by inert gas atomization were compared to powders made by centrifugal atomization. Although many of the powder characteristics were similar, the microstructures were not. The inert gas atomized powder structure is cellular while the centrifugally atomized powder structure is dendritic. In general the finer powder particles have the finer micro-structure with the effect more noticeable in centrifugally atomized powders. After consolidation, the differences in microstructure are more dependent on the consolidation temperature and post-consolidation heat treatment than in the powder type or size. Higher consolidation temperatures and/or post-consolidation heat treatment will result in transformation of the as-solidified microstructures. The transformed microstructure and the mechanical properties can in some cases be related to the as-solidified structure. Heat treatment is needed to obtain mechanical properties equivalent to those of ingot metallurgy processed material.

  16. Final Report - Melt Rate Enhancement for High Aluminum HLW Glass Formulation, VSL-08R1360-1, Rev. 0, dated 12/19/08

    Kruger, Albert A.; Pegg, I. L.; Chaudhuri, M.; Gong, W.; Gan, H.; Matlack, K. S.; Bardakci, T.; Kot, W.


    in melter operating temperature. Glass composition development was based on one of the HLW waste compositions specified by ORP that has a high concentration of aluminum. Small-scale tests were used to provide an initial screening of various glass formulations with respect to melt rates; more definitive screening was provided by the subsequent DM100 tests. Glass properties evaluated included: viscosity, electrical conductivity, crystallinity, gross glass phase separation and the 7- day Product Consistency Test (ASTM-1285). Glass property limits were based upon the reference properties for the WTP HLW melter. However, the WTP crystallinity limit (< 1 vol% at 950oC) was relaxed slightly as a waste loading constraint for the crucible melts.

  17. Solidified crust mechanism of refining slag for GCr15 bearing steel%GCr15轴承钢精炼渣结壳机理

    刘志宏; 张兴中


    针对GCr15轴承钢生产过程中精炼渣结壳严重,导致钢液大量吸气、钢中夹杂物增多的问题,通过对结壳程度不同的精炼渣进行工业取样,采用化学分析、物理测试、微观测定的方法,研究其化学成分、熔化状况和微观结构对结壳的影响。研究发现,结壳物主要物相为钙铝酸盐、氧化钙、尖晶石和硅酸二钙,且高熔点的氧化钙、尖晶石、硅酸二钙先于低熔点的钙铝酸盐析出,并存在于钙铝酸盐之中,增加了钙铝酸盐晶体之间的结合强度,造成精炼渣结壳;应优化精炼渣成分,使其处于CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MgO相图中钙铝酸盐物相区,减少冷却过程高熔点物相析出,防止凝固结壳的发生。%The problem of increasing of gas and inclusions in molten steel was caused by the solidified crust of refining slag during the production of the GCr15 bearing steel. The effect of the chemical composition,melting conditions and mi-crostructure on solidified crust was studied by chemical analysis,melting test,SEM and XRD of the industrial refining slag. The results showed that the crust composed primarily of calcium aluminates,calcium oxide,magnesium-aluminium spinel,and dicalcium silicate. The bond of calcium aluminates crystals was strengthened,which made the refining slag crusted caused by numerous high melting point precipitates of calcium oxide,magnesium-aluminium spinel and dicalcium silicate precipitate ahead of the low melting point calcium aluminates,and enriched the low melting precipitates. Solidi-fied crusts can be prevented by reducing the precipitation of high melting point phase during cooling process when the re-fining slag composition is optimized in the range of low melting point area in CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MgO phase diagram.

  18. Magnetic texture of Nd2Fe14B solidified in the surface layer of anisotropic sintered-magnets

    PAN Jing; LIU Xincai; TU Fenghua


    The arrangements of the easy magnetization axis [001] of columnar Nd2Fe14B crystals in the laser scanned layer on anisotropic sintered Nd15Fe77B8 magnets were investigated by XRD and the Bitter method. The results show that the common effects of both the heat flux and the substrate magnetization orientation constrain the columnar Nd2Fe14B solidified from the laser melting pool to form the c -axis texture orientated with the same direction as that of the substrate, when the geometric relationship between the heat flux in the laser scanning layer and c -axis texture orientation of the substrate is perpendicular to each other, and if the laser scanning velocity is no less than 25 mm·min-1 . The c -axes of columnar Nd2Fe14B crystals are no longer randomly distributed in the plane normal to their preferential growing direction as they are randomly done in both ingots cooled by water-cooling copper mould and directionally solidified Nd-Fe-B rods.

  19. Analysis of an EBeam melting process

    Schunk, P. R.

    Electron-Beam (EBeam) melting furnaces are routinely used to minimize the occurrence of second-phase particles in the processing of segregation-sensitive alloys. As one part of the process, a circulating electron beam impinges the surface of a crucible melt pool to help control the shape of the solidification front below. By modeling melt pool hydrodynamics, heat transfer, and the shape of solidification boundaries, we plan to optimize the dwell pattern of the beam so that the material solidifies with a composition as spatially homogeneous as possible. Both two-and three-dimensional models are being pursued with FIDAP 5.02, the former serving as a test bed for various degrees of model sophistication. A heat flux distribution is specified on the top of the domain to simulate the EBeam dwell pattern. In two dimensions it is found that an inertially-driven recirculation in the melt pool interacts with a counter-rotating buoyancy-driven recirculation, and that both recirculation influence heavily the shape of the solidification front. In three dimensions the inertial cell decays quickly with distance from the position of the inlet stream. Because the Rayleigh number can exceed 10(exp 7) for materials and operating conditions of interest, stability and the possibility of spontaneous transients are explored.

  20. Experimental Studies of the Interaction Between a Parallel Shear Flow and a Directionally-Solidifying Front

    Zhang, Meng; Maxworthy, Tony


    It has long been recognized that flow in the melt can have a profound influence on the dynamics of a solidifying interface and hence the quality of the solid material. In particular, flow affects the heat and mass transfer, and causes spatial and temporal variations in the flow and melt composition. This results in a crystal with nonuniform physical properties. Flow can be generated by buoyancy, expansion or contraction upon phase change, and thermo-soluto capillary effects. In general, these flows can not be avoided and can have an adverse effect on the stability of the crystal structures. This motivates crystal growth experiments in a microgravity environment, where buoyancy-driven convection is significantly suppressed. However, transient accelerations (g-jitter) caused by the acceleration of the spacecraft can affect the melt, while convection generated from the effects other than buoyancy remain important. Rather than bemoan the presence of convection as a source of interfacial instability, Hurle in the 1960s suggested that flow in the melt, either forced or natural convection, might be used to stabilize the interface. Delves considered the imposition of both a parabolic velocity profile and a Blasius boundary layer flow over the interface. He concluded that fast stirring could stabilize the interface to perturbations whose wave vector is in the direction of the fluid velocity. Forth and Wheeler considered the effect of the asymptotic suction boundary layer profile. They showed that the effect of the shear flow was to generate travelling waves parallel to the flow with a speed proportional to the Reynolds number. There have been few quantitative, experimental works reporting on the coupling effect of fluid flow and morphological instabilities. Huang studied plane Couette flow over cells and dendrites. It was found that this flow could greatly enhance the planar stability and even induce the cell-planar transition. A rotating impeller was buried inside the

  1. CFD Modeling of Melt Spreading on the Reactor Cavity Floor

    Yeon, Wan Sik; Bang, Kwang Hyun [Korea Maritime University, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Young Jo; Lee, Jae Gon [Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    In the very unlikely event of a severe reactor accident involving core melt and reactor pressure vessel failure, it is important to provide an accident management strategy that would allow the molten core material to cool down, resolidify and bring the core debris to a stable coolable state for Light Water Reactors (LWRs). One approach to achieve a stable coolable state is to quench the core melt after its relocation from the reactor pressure vessel into the reactor cavity. This approach typically requires a large cavity floor area on which a large amount of core melt spreads well and forms a shallow melt thickness for small thermal resistance across the melt pool. Spreading of high temperature (approx3000 K), low superheat (approx200 K) core melt over a wide cavity floor has been a key question to the success of the ex-vessel core coolability and it has brought a number of experimental work (CORINE, ECOKATS, VULCANO) and analytical work (CORFLOW, MELTSPREAD, THEMA). These computational models are currently able to predict well the spreading of stimulant materials but yet have shown a limitation for prototypic core melt of UO{sub 2}+ZrO{sub 2} mixture. A computational model for the melt spreading requires a multiphase treatment of liquid melt, solidified melt, and air. Also solidification and thermal radiation physics should be included. The present work uses ANSYS-CFX code to simulate core melt spreading on the reactor cavity. The CFX code is a general-purpose multiphase code and the present work is focused on exploring the code's capability to model melt spreading problem in a step by step approach

  2. Structure simulation in unidirectionally solidified turbine blade by dendrite envelope tracking model (Ⅱ): model validation and defects prediction

    WANG Tong-min; SU Yan-qing; GUO Jing-jie; I. OHNAKA; H. YASUDA


    The developed model was validated by the checking of grain preferential growth orientation and the solidification experiment with low melting point alloy of Sn-21%Bi(mole fraction). It was also applied to predict the structure defects (e.g. stray grain) of unidirectionally solidified turbine blade. The results show that the developed model is reliable and has the following abilities: 1) reduce the misorientation caused by the orthogonal mesh used in simulation; 2) well reproduce the growth competition among the different-preferential-direction grains with less than 10% relative error; 3) predict the structure defect of stray grain with the accuracy over 80%; 4) optimize the grain selector to better obtain a single crystal avoiding the multigrain defect; 5) simulate the structure evolution (nucleation and growth) of the directional and single crystal turbine blade.


    P.Guan; X.P.Guo; X.Ding; J.Zhang; L.M.Gao; K.Kusabiraki


    The directionally solidified samples of an ultra-high temperature Nb-Si-Ti-Hf-Cr-Al alloy have been prepared with the use of an electron beam floating zone melting (EBFZM)furnace, and their microstructural characteristics have been analyzed. All the primary dendrites of Nb solid solution (Nbss), eutectic colonies of Nbss plus (Nb, Ti)3Si/(Nb,Ti)5Si3 and chains of (Nb, Ti)3Si/(Nb, Ti)5Si3 plates align along the growth direction of the samples. With increasing of the withdrawing rate, the microstructure is refined, and the amounts of Nbss+(Nb, Ti)3Si/(Nb, Ti)5Si3 eutectic colonies and (Nb, Ti)3Si/(Nb, Ti)5Si3 plates increase. There appear nodes in the (Nb, Ti)3Si/(Nb,Ti)5Si3 plates.

  4. Micro and Macro Segregation in Alloys Solidifying with Equiaxed Morphology

    Stefanescu, Doru M.; Curreri, Peter A.; Leon-Torres, Jose; Sen, Subhayu


    To understand macro segregation formation in Al-Cu alloys, experiments were run under terrestrial gravity (1g) and under low gravity during parabolic flights (10(exp -2) g). Alloys of two different compositions (2% and 5% Cu) were solidified at two different cooling rates. Systematic microscopic and SEM observations produced microstructural and segregation maps for all samples. These maps may be used as benchmark experiments for validation of microstructure evolution and segregation models. As expected, the macro segregation maps are very complex. When segregation was measured along the central axis of the sample, the highest macro segregation for samples solidified at 1g was obtained for the lowest cooling rate. This behavior is attributed to the longer time available for natural convection and shrinkage flow to affect solute redistribution. In samples solidified under low-g, the highest macro-segregation was obtained at the highest cooling rate. In general, low-gravity solidification resulted in less segregation. To explain the experimental findings, an analytical (Flemings-Nereo) and a numerical model were used. For the numerical model, the continuum formulation was employed to describe the macroscopic transports of mass, energy, and momentum, associated with the microscopic transport phenomena, for a two-phase system. The model proposed considers that liquid flow is driven by thermal and solutal buoyancy, and by solidification shrinkage. The Flemings-Nereo model explains well macro segregation in the initial stages of low-gravity segregation. The numerical model can describe the complex macro segregation pattern and the differences between low- and high-gravity solidification.

  5. Microstructural characteristics and electrical resistivity of rapidly solidified Co-Sn alloys

    XU Jinfeng; WANG Nan; WEI Bingbo


    The rapid solidification behavior of Co-Sn alloys was investigated by melt spinning method. The growth morphology of αCo phase in Co-20%Sn hypoeutectic alloy changes sensitively with cooling rate. A layer of columnar αCo dendrite forms near the roller side at low cooling rates. This region becomes small and disappears as the cooling rate increases and a kind of very fine homogeneous microstructure characterized by the distribution of equiaxed αCo dendrites in αCo3Sn matrix is subsequently produced. For Co-34.2%Sn eutectic alloy, anomalous eutectic forms within the whole range of cooling rates. The increase of cooling rate has two obvious effects on both alloys: one is the microstructure refinement, and the other is that it produces more crystal defects to intensify the scattering of free electrons, leading to a remarkable increase of electrical resistivity. Under the condition that the grain boundary reflection coefficient r approaches 1, the resistivity of rapidly solidified Co-Sn alloys can be predicted theoretically.

  6. Rapidly solidified Fe-6.5%Si alloy powders for high frequency use (abstract)

    Duk Choi, Seung; Jin Yang, Choong


    Fe-(3˜6.5%) Si alloy powders having a high magnetic induction (Bs) and a low core loss value for high frequency use were obtained by an extractive melt spinning as well as a centrifugal atomization technique. Sintered core rings made by the rapidly solidified Fe-6.5% Si powders exhibited the high frequency electromagnetic properties: saturated induction (B8) of 1.23 T, coercivity (Hc) of 9.5 A/m, relative permeability (μa) of 6321, and core loss (W10/50) of 1.27 W/kg from the rings of 1.1 mm thick. The saturated induction values were found to be almost identical to those of nonoriented Fe-3% Si steel sheet and 6.5% Si sheet prepared by the CVD technique. The high frequency core loss values were measured not to be changed much up to 10 kHz (W1/10k=55 W/kg) in applied ac frequency.

  7. Microstructural investigation of a rapidly solidified 12Cr-Mo-V steel

    Pryds, N.H.; Linderoth, S.; Pedersen, A.S. [Risoe National Lab., Roskilde (Denmark); Johnson, E. [Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark). Niels Bohr Inst.


    Rapidly solidified martensitic stainless steel (11.59Cr-0.98Mo-0.28V (in wt pct)) ribbons have been produced by the melt-spinning process. The microstructure of the ribbons showed three distinct zones: a columnar, a cellular, and a cellular-dendritic zone. The height of the columnar grain zone is independent of the process parameters such as the wheel material or the wheel velocity. Due to a high level of undercooling and a high growth velocity of the solid/liquid interface, the rapid solidification process is found to suppress the formation of {delta}-ferrite and enhance the formation of austenite. The austenite is transformed into martensite upon cooling. In comparison with conventional solidification, a reduction in the initial austenite grain size has been found to result in a vary fine lath martensite (M) structure. Investigations of the texture within the ribbons along the growth direction show a weak fiber texture. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has revealed a [111]{sub M1} {parallel} [001]{sub M2} and (011){sub M1} {parallel} (110){sub M2} orientation relationship between two neighboring martensite laths. The observed orientation relationship is a result of a superposition of both the Kurdjumov-Sachs (K-S) and Nisyiyama-Wasserman (N-W) orientation relations.

  8. Mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties of the directionally solidified Bi-Zn-Al ternary eutectic alloy

    M.Şahin; E.Çadrl


    A Bi-2.0Zn-0.2Al (wt%) ternary eutectic alloy was prepared using a vacuum melting furnace and a casting furnace. The samples were directionally solidified upwards at a constant growth rate (V=18.4μm/s) under different temperature gradients (G=1.15-3.44 K/mm) and at a constant temperature gradient (G=2.66 K/mm) under different growth rates (V=8.3-500μm/s) in a Bridgman-type directional so-lidification furnace. The dependence of microstructure parameter (λ) on the solidification parameters (G and V) and that of the microhardness (Hv) on the microstructure and solidification parameters were investigated. The resistivity (ρ) measurements of the studied alloy were per-formed using the standard four-point-probe method, and the temperature coefficient of resistivity (α) was calculated from theρ-Τcurve. The enthalpy (Δ H) and the specific heat (Cp) values were determined by differential scanning calorimetry analysis. In addition, the thermal con-ductivities of samples, obtained using the Wiedemann-Franz and Smith-Palmer equations, were compared with the experimental results. The results revealed that, the thermal conductivity values obtained using the Wiedemann-Franz and Smith-Palmer equations for the Bi-2.0Zn-0.2Al (wt%) alloy are in the range of 5.2-6.5 W/Km and 15.2-16.4 W/Km, respectively.

  9. Shape anisotropy in zero-magnetostrictive rapidly solidified amorphous nanowires

    Rotărescu, C.; Atitoaie, A.; Stoleriu, L.; Óvári, T.-A.; Lupu, N.; Chiriac, H.


    The magnetic behavior of zero-magnetostrictive rapidly solidified amorphous nanowires has been investigated in order to understand their magnetic bistability. The study has been performed both experimentally - based on inductive hysteresis loop measurements - and theoretically, by means of micromagnetic simulations. Experimental hysteresis loops have shown that the amorphous nanowires display an axial magnetic bistability, characterized by a single-step magnetization reversal when the applied field reaches a critical value called switching field. The simulated loops allowed us to understand the effect of shape anisotropy on coercivity. The results are key for understanding and controlling the magnetization processes in these novel nanowires, with important application possibilities in new miniaturized sensing devices.

  10. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of a Novel Rapidly Solidified, High-Temperature Al-Alloy

    Overman, Nicole R.; Mathaudhu, Suveen; Choi, Jung-Pyung; Roosendaal, Timothy J.; Pitman, Stan G.


    Rapid solidification (RS) processing, as a production method, offers a variety of unique properties based on far-from-equilibrium microstructures obtained through rapid cooling rates. In this study, we seek to investigate the microstructures and properties of a novel Al-alloy specifically designed for high temperature mechanical stability. Synthesis of, AlFe11.4Si1.8V1.6Mn0.9 (wt. %), was performed by two approaches: rotating cup atomization (“shot”) and melt spinning (“flake”). These methods were chosen because of their ability to produce alloys with tailored microstructures due to their inherent differences in cooling rate. The as-solidified precursor materials were microstructurally characterized with electron microscopy. The results show that the higher cooling rate flake material exhibited the formation of nanocrystalline regions as well additional phase morphologies not seen in the shot material. Secondary dendritic branching in the flake material was on the order of 0.1-0.25µm whereas branching in the shot material was 0.5-1.0µm. Consolidated and extruded material from both precursor materials was mechanically evaluated at both ambient and high (300°C) temperature. The consolidated RS flake material is shown to exhibit higher strengths than the shot material. The ultimate tensile strength of the melt spun flake was reported as 544.2MPa at room temperature and 298.0MPa at 300°C. These results forecast the ability to design alloys and processing approaches with unique non-equilibrium microstructures with robust mechanical properties at elevated temperatures.

  11. Continuous melting and directional solidification of silicon ingot with an electromagnetic cold crucible

    Huang Feng


    Full Text Available In order to avoid contamination from the crucible and to modify the structures, a new solidification method based on cold crucible technology was used to prepare silicon ingots. A silicon ingot with square cross section was directionally solidified with a cold crucible. The mechanism of the cold crucible directional solidification of silicon ingot was revealed. Due to the induction heat that was released in the surface layer and the incomplete contact between the crucible and the melt, the lateral heat loss was reduced and the silicon ingot was directionally solidified. The structures, dislocation defects and the grain growth orientation of the ingot were determined. The results show that neither intergranular nor intragranular precipitates are found in the ingot, except for the top part that was the last to solidify. The average dislocation density is about 1 to 2 × 106 cm-2. The grains are preferentially orientated.

  12. Melting of subducted basalt at the core-mantle boundary.

    Andrault, Denis; Pesce, Giacomo; Bouhifd, Mohamed Ali; Bolfan-Casanova, Nathalie; Hénot, Jean-Marc; Mezouar, Mohamed


    The geological materials in Earth's lowermost mantle control the characteristics and interpretation of seismic ultra-low velocity zones at the base of the core-mantle boundary. Partial melting of the bulk lower mantle is often advocated as the cause, but this does not explain the nonubiquitous character of these regional seismic features. We explored the melting properties of mid-oceanic ridge basalt (MORB), which can reach the lowermost mantle after subduction of oceanic crust. At a pressure representative of the core-mantle boundary (135 gigapascals), the onset of melting occurs at ~3800 kelvin, which is ~350 kelvin below the mantle solidus. The SiO2-rich liquid generated either remains trapped in the MORB material or solidifies after reacting with the surrounding MgO-rich mantle, remixing subducted MORB with the lowermost mantle.

  13. Research on low emission MSW gasification and melting system

    XIAO Gang; NI Mingjiang; CHI Yong; JIN Yuqi; ZHANG Jiaquan; MIAO Qi; CEN Kefa


    In order to eliminate secondary pollution caused by municipal solid waste (MSW) incineration,a MSW gasification and melting process is proposed.The process is expected to reduce the emission of pollutants,especially heavy-metals and dioxins.In this paper,the combustible components of MSW and simulated MSW were gasified in a lab-scale fluidized bed at 400℃-700℃ when the excess air ratio (ER) was between 0.2 and 0.8.The experimental results indicated that the MSW could be gasified effectively in a fluidized bed at approximately 600℃-700℃ when excess air ratio was 0.2-0.4.The melting characteristics of two typical fly ash samples from MSW incinerators were investigated.The results indicated that fly ash of pure MSW incineration could be melted at approximately 1,300℃ and that of MSW and coal co-combustion could be melted at approximately 1,400℃.When temperature was over 1,100℃,more than 99.9% of the dioxins could be decomposed and most of the heavy-metals could be solidified in the slag.Based on the above experiments,two feasible MSW gasification and melting processes were proposed for low calorific value MSW:(1) sieved MSW gasification and melting system,which was based on an idea of multi-recycle;(2) gasification and melting scheme of MSW adding coal as assistant fuel.


    Urano, Kazuhiko; Adachi, Yuji; Mihara, Masaya; Yamada, Atsuo; Kawamura, Makoto

    So far, authors have proposed a method to improve earthquake resistance of pile foundations by partially solidifying an underground part of the pile foundations, and the effect of reinforcement has been confirmed by shaking table tests and the lateral loading tests of a full scale model. Though the solidified body is usually designed as an elastic body, it is possible to design the body considering the damage by the tensile stress when a seismic ground motion is assumed to be level 2. Therefore, material tests of the solidified body for the cohesive soil were executed, and the characteristics of the tension softening and the cyclic deformation behavior of the solidified bod y were clarified. Moreover, loading tests that used wall models of the solidified body were executed, and the effects of the shape on the tension softening and the cyclic deformation behavior of the solidified body were clarified. In addition, a numerical simulation by elastoplastic FEM analysis that considers the damage of the solidified body was executed, and the tension softening and the cyclic deformation behavior of the solidified body were reproduced.

  15. Study of carbon and silicon loss through oxidation in cast iron base metal using rotary furnace for melting

    Sylvester Olanrewaju OMOLE


    Full Text Available The projection of loss of carbon and silicon through oxidation is uncertain phenomenon depending on the furnace used for melting, which affect the carbon equivalent value (CEV of cast iron produced. CEV enhances the fluidity of molten metal as well as having great effects on the mechanical properties of cast products. Study on the way elemental loss takes place during melting with rotary furnace will give idea of approach to minimize the loss. Therefore, the aim of this work is to study the magnitude of the elemental loss with rotary furnace and means to minimize the loss. 60kg of grey cast iron scrap was charged into rotary furnace of 100kg capacity after preheating the furnace for 40 minutes. Graphite and ferrosilicon was added to the charge in order to obtain a theoretical composition of not less than 4.0% carbon and 2.0% silicon. Charges in the furnace were heated to obtain molten metal which was tapped at 1400°C. Tapping was done for casting at three different times. The castings solidified in sand mould and allowed to cool to room temperature in the mould. Castings were denoted as sample 1, 2 and 3. Final compositions of each casting were analyzed with optical light emission spectrometer. Sample 1 has 2.95% carbon and 1.82% silicon. Sample 2 has 2.88% carbon and 1.70% silicon and sample 3 has 2.75% carbon and 1.63% silicon.

  16. Solidified reverse micellar solutions (SRMS): A novel approach for ...


    mesophase after melting on contact with water; this transformation enables controlled release of solubilized .... crystalline interface which is also influenced when either the free acid ... to the ease of wetting of the hydrophobic drug particles in.

  17. Shape anisotropy in zero-magnetostrictive rapidly solidified amorphous nanowires

    Rotărescu, C., E-mail: [National Institute of Research and Development for Technical Physics, Iasi (Romania); Atitoaie, A. [National Institute of Research and Development for Technical Physics, Iasi (Romania); Department of Physics, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, 700506 Iasi (Romania); Stoleriu, L. [Department of Physics, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, 700506 Iasi (Romania); Óvári, T.-A.; Lupu, N.; Chiriac, H. [National Institute of Research and Development for Technical Physics, Iasi (Romania)


    The magnetic behavior of zero-magnetostrictive rapidly solidified amorphous nanowires has been investigated in order to understand their magnetic bistability. The study has been performed both experimentally – based on inductive hysteresis loop measurements – and theoretically, by means of micromagnetic simulations. Experimental hysteresis loops have shown that the amorphous nanowires display an axial magnetic bistability, characterized by a single-step magnetization reversal when the applied field reaches a critical value called switching field. The simulated loops allowed us to understand the effect of shape anisotropy on coercivity. The results are key for understanding and controlling the magnetization processes in these novel nanowires, with important application possibilities in new miniaturized sensing devices.

  18. Microstructure evolution of directionally solidified Sn-16%Sb hyperperitectic alloy

    Hu Xiaowu; Li Shuangming; Liu Lin; Fu Hengzhi


    The directionally solidified microstructure of Sn-16%Sb hyperperitectic alloy has been investigated at various solidification rates using a high-thermal gradient directional solidification apparatus. The results indicate that the solidification microstructure consists of hard primary intermetallic SnSb phase embedded in a matrix of soft peritectic β-Sn phase. The primary SnSb phase exhibits faceted growth with tetragonal or trigonal shapes. At the same time, the primary SnSb phase is refined with an increase in the solidification rate and dispersed more uniformly in the matrix of β-Sn phase. The volume fraction of the SnSb phase firstly decreases and then increases when the solidification rate increases in directional solidification of Sn-16%Sb hyperperitectic alloy.

  19. Rapidly solidified Mg-Al-Zn-rare earth alloys

    Chang, C.F.; Das, S.K.; Raybould, D.


    Among the light metal alloys, magnesium is the lightest structural material except for beryllium, and yet magnesium alloys have not seen extensive use because of their poor strength and corrosion resistance. Rapid solidification technology offers a possible solution to these problems. A number of Mg-Al-Zn alloys containing rare earth (RE) elements (e.g. Ce, Pr, Y, and Nd) have been investigated using rapid solidification processing for possible structural applications. The processing consists of planar flow or jet casting into ribbons, pulverization of ribbon to powder, and consolidation of powder into bulk shapes. The mechanical properties of some of these alloys show attractive combinations of strength, ductility and corrosion resistance. The microstructures of these alloys are correlated with their mechanical properties. The rapidly solidified Mg-Al-Zn-RE alloys show great potential for applications in automotive and aerospace industries. 7 references.

  20. Effect of volatile elements on porosity formation in solidifying alloys

    Couturier, G.; Rappaz, M.


    Besides dissolved gases such as hydrogen, the partial vapour pressure of volatile solute elements, such as zinc, has been accounted for in equations governing the nucleation and growth of pores in solidifying alloys. In particular, a simple analytical solution giving the porosity fraction as a function of the fraction of solid is proposed. This solution is then used to study the influence of zinc on porosity formation in aluminium- and copper-base alloys. It is shown that the zinc vapour pressure is too low to increase the porosity of aluminium-base alloys, whereas it has a significant effect in brasses. Implementing this contribution into an existing software which calculates the pressure drop in the mushy zone and the segregation of dissolved gases, simulations have been performed in order to assess in more realistic situations the influence of volatile solute elements on porosity.

  1. Effects of electromagnetic stirring on microstructures of solidified aluminum alloys

    时海芳; 张伟强


    Al-20%Cu, Al-33%Cu and Al-7%Si alloys were solidified with electromagnetic stirring(EMS). The fluid flow induced by electromagnetic stirring leads to the increases of the lamellar spacing of Al-CuAl2 and Al-Si eutectics and the secondary dendritic arm spacing. Rod-like eutectic structure plus pro-eutectic α(Al) are observed in Al-Cu eutectic alloy when the agitating voltage is increased over 130 V, and in the hypoeutectic alloys, globular grains of proeutectic α(Al) grains may form when the magnetic field is strong enough. The Si flakes in the Al-Si eutectic are also coarsened by applying forced flow during solidification, which is always related to the depression of their branching in the growth by the forced convection.

  2. Structure fields in the solidifying cast iron roll

    W.S. Wołczyński


    Full Text Available Some properties of the rolls depend on the ratio of columnar structure area to equiaxed structure area created during roll solidification. The transition is fundamental phenomenon that can be apply to characterize massive cast iron rolls produced by the casting house. As the first step of simulation, a temperature field for solidifying cast iron roll was created. The convection in the liquid is not comprised since in the first approximation, the convection does not influence the studied occurrence of the (columnar to equiaxed grains transition in the roll. The obtained temperature field allows to study the dynamics of its behavior observed in the middle of the mould thickness. This midpoint of the mould thickness was treated as an operating point for the transition. A full accumulation of the heat in the mould was postulated for the transition. Thus, a plateau at the curve was observed at the midpoint. The range of the plateau existence corresponded to the incubation period , that appeared before fully equiaxed grains formation. At the second step of simulation, behavior of the thermal gradients field was studied. Three ranges within the filed were visible: EC→EC→EC→EC→(tTECtt↔RERCtt↔a/ for the formation of columnar structure (the C – zone: ( and 0>>T&0>>=−>−=REREttGttG.The columnar structure formation was significantly slowed down during incubation period. It resulted from a competition between columnar growth and equiaxed growth expected at that period of time. The 0≈=−=RERCttGttG relationship was postulated to correspond well with the critical thermal gradient, known in the Hunt’s theory. A simulation was performed for the cast iron rolls solidifying as if in industrial condition. Since the incubation divides the roll into two zones: C and E; (the first with columnar structure and the second with fully equiaxed structure some experiments dealing with solidification were made on semi-industrial scale.

  3. Microheterogeneous Structure of Local Melted Zones in the Process of Explosive Welding

    Greenberg, Bella A.; Ivanov, Mikhail A.; Inozemtsev, Alexei V.; Patselov, Alexander M.; Pushkin, Mark S.; Vlasova, Alisa M.


    The dispersed structures formed in the process of explosive welding and solidification after melting were investigated in areas near the interface. It was shown that melting can be initiated by particles flying away as a result of granulating fragmentation. This is the fastest process during explosive welding, which is similar to fragmentation in conventional explosions with the formation of fragments but occurring in the presence of a barrier. The reaction between the particles and their environment may lead to local heating sufficient for melting. This is confirmed by the observation of numerous particles of the refractory phase within the local melted zones. In the absence of mutual solubility of the initial phases, the solidified local melted zones are to a certain extent analogous to colloidal solutions of immiscible liquids. Correlations between the typical temperatures were obtained that determine the conditions for the formation of various types of colloidal solutions.

  4. Experimental study on MSW gasification and melting technology


    In order to develop municipal solid waste (MSW) gasification and melting technology, two preliminary experiments and a principle integrated experiment were fulfilled respectively. The gasification characteristics of MSW are studied at 500-750℃ when equivalence ratio (ER) was 0.2-0.5 using a fluidized-bed gasifier. When temperature was 550-700℃ and ER was 0.2-0.4, low heat value (LHV) of syngas reaches 4000-12000 kJ/Nm3. The melting characteristics of fly ash were investigated at 1100-1460℃ using a fixed-bed furnace. It was proved that over 99.9% of dioxins could be decomposed and most heavy-metals could be solidified when temperature was 1100-1300℃. The principle integrated experiment was carried out in a fluidized-bed gasification and swirl-melting system. MSW was gasified efficiently at 550-650℃, swirl-melting furnace maintains at 1200-1300℃ stably and over 95% of fly ash could be caught by the swirl-melting furnace. The results provided much practical experience and basic data to develop MSW gasification and melting technology.

  5. A benchmark initiative on mantle convection with melting and melt segregation

    Schmeling, Harro; Dannberg, Juliane; Dohmen, Janik; Kalousova, Klara; Maurice, Maxim; Noack, Lena; Plesa, Ana; Soucek, Ondrej; Spiegelman, Marc; Thieulot, Cedric; Tosi, Nicola; Wallner, Herbert


    is achieved among the various participating codes. For case 4 melting/freezing formulations require some attention to avoid sub-solidus melt fractions. A case 5 is planned where all melt will be extracted and, reinserted in a shallow region above the melted plume. The motivation of this presentation is to summarize first experiences and to finalize the case definitions. References: Blankenbach, B., Busse, F., Christensen, U., Cserepes, L. Gunkel, D., Hansen, U., Harder, H. Jarvis, G., Koch, M., Marquart, G., Moore D., Olson, P., and Schmeling, H., 1989: A benchmark comparison for mantle convection codes, J. Geophys., 98, 23-38. Schmeling, H., 2000: Partial melting and melt segregation in a convecting mantle. In: Physics and Chemistry of Partially Molten Rocks, eds. N. Bagdassarov, D. Laporte, and A.B. Thompson, Kluwer Academic Publ., Dordrecht, pp. 141 - 178.

  6. The effect of remelting on the melt and casting quality in Al–7%Si–Mg castings

    Eisaabadi B, Ghasem [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Foundry Technology Center, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Incheon (Korea, Republic of); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Arak University, Arak (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Tiryakioğlu, Murat, E-mail: [School of Engineering, University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL 32224 (United States); Davami, Parviz [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kim, Shae-Kwang; Yoon, Yong Ok; Yeom, Gil-Yong; Kim, Nam-Seok [Foundry Technology Center, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)


    An experiment was conducted to determine whether allowing an aluminum melt to solidify in the crucible and later remelting it would improve the quality of the melt and the casting. To investigate this, data were collected through reduced pressure test, density measurement, metallography, X-ray radiography and tensile testing and analyzed statistically. Results indicated that remelting improved the quality of the melt by reduction of the number of defects in the casting and their area and volume fractions. The improvement in elongation of remelted specimens was found to be statistically significant. Analysis of deformation characteristics showed that the improvement in elongation is due to the improved casting quality after remelting.

  7. Nial and Nial-Based Composites Directionally Solidified by a Containerless Zone Process. Ph.D. Thesis

    Joslin, Steven M.


    A containerless electromagnetically levitated zone (CELZ) process has been used to directionally solidify NiAl and NiAl-based composites. The CELZ processing results in single crystal NiAl (HP-NiAl) having higher purity than commercially pure NiAl grown by a modified Bridgman process (CP-NiAl). The mechanical properties, specifically fracture toughness and creep strength, of the HP-NiAl are superior to binary CP-NiAl and are used as a base-line for comparison with the composite materials subsequently studied. Two-phase composite materials (NiAl-based eutectic alloys) show improvement in room temperature fracture toughness and 1200 to 1400 K creep strength over that of binary HP-NiAl. Metallic phase reinforcements produce the greatest improvement in fracture toughness, while intermetallic reinforcement produces the largest improvement in high temperature strength. Three-phase eutectic alloys and composite materials were identified and directionally solidified with the intent to combine the improvements observed in the two-phase alloys into one alloy. The room temperature fracture toughness and high temperature strength (in air) serve as the basis for comparison between all of the alloys. Finally, the composite materials are discussed in terms of dominant fracture mechanism observed by fractography.

  8. Partially confined configuration for the growth of semiconductor crystals from the melt in zero-gravity environment

    Lagowski, J.; Gatos, H. C.; Dabkowski, F. P.


    A novel partially confined configuration is proposed for the crystal growth of semiconductors from the melt, including those with volatile constituents. A triangular prism is employed to contain the growth melt. Due to surface tension, the melt will acquire a cylindrical-like shape and thus contact the prism along three parallel lines. The three empty spaces between the cylindrical melt and the edges of the prism will accommodate the expansion of the solidifying semiconductor, and in the case of semiconductor compounds with a volatile constituent, will permit the presence of the desired vapor phase in contact with the melt for controlling the melt stoichiometry. Theoretical and experimental evidence in support of this new type of confinement is presented.

  9. Microstructure and Microhardness Evolutions of High Fe Containing Near-Eutectic Al-Si Rapidly Solidified Alloy

    Emad M. Ahmed


    Full Text Available Al-11 wt.% Si-11 wt.% Fe (11.29 at.% Si-5.6 at.% Fe melt was rapidly solidified into ribbons and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS, and microhardness technique. The Rietveld X-ray diffraction analysis was applied successfully to analyze microstructure and phase precipitations. On the basis of the aluminum peak shifts measured in the XRD scans, a solid solubility extension value of 1 at.% Si in α-Al was determined. SEM investigations confirmed presence of a spherical shape α-phase particles in addition to needle and spherical shape β-phase particles with contents of 1.1 wt.% and 10.1 wt.% as deduced by XRD analysis. During prolonged annealing process at 350°C/25 h, α-phase disappeared, β-phase content increased to 30 wt.%, and Si presence becomes more evident as deduced by XRD analysis. EDS analysis confirmed that these β particles observed in the as-melt spun alloy are of lower Fe content comparing to those usually observed in the as-cast counter-part alloy. Besides, the length distribution of needle shape β-particles has been shortened to be diverse from 1 to 5 μm. The as-melt spun ribbons exhibited enhancement of hardness to 277 HV and further increased during heat treatment (150°C/12 h to 450 HV. This improvement of microstructure and hardness are the influence of microstructural refinement and modification obtained during the rapid solidification process.

  10. Melting of Transition Metals

    Ross, M; Japel, S; Boehler, R


    We review the transition melting studies carried out at Mainz, and describe a recently developed model used to explain that the relatively low melting slopes are due to the partially filled d-bands, and the persistence of the pressure induced s-d transition. The basic tenets of the model have now been reconfirmed by new measurements for Cu and Ni. The measurements show that Cu which has a filled 3d-band, has a melt slope that is about 2.5 greater than its neighbor Ni. In the case of Mo, the apparent discrepancy of DAC melting measurements with shock melting can be explained by accounting for the change in melt slope due to the bcc-cp transition observed in the shock studies. The Fe melt curve is revisited. The possible relevance of the Jahn-Teller effect and recently observed transition metal melts with Icosahedral Short-Range Order (ISRO) is discussed.


    Hashem F. El-Labban


    Full Text Available The present study aims to improve the surface hardness of carbon steel by application of laser surface melting of effective conditions. The travelling speed of laser beam during this treatment is one of the important treatment conditions. This study aims to investigate the effect of laser surface melting with different beam speeds on macro and microstructure as well as the hardness distribution through the thickness of carbon steel. To achieve this target, three different travelling speeds (1500, 1000 and 500 mm min-1 at a constant beam power of 800 W were chosen in this study. The resulted laser treated specimens were investigated in macro and microscopically scale using optical and scanning electron microscope. Hardness measurements were also carried out through the thickness of the laser treated specimens. The laser treated areas with all used travelling speeds results in melted and solidified zone on the surface of the steel. In the same time, Plates of acicular martensite structure were observed within the upper part of the melted and solidified zone in almost all experimental conditions, while some bainite structure in ferrite grains are detected in its lower part. By increasing the travelling speed, the depth of the laser treated zone was decreases, while travelling speed has much less significant effect on the laser treated zone width. The size of the formed martensite plates was increased by decreasing the travelling speed from 1500 to 500 mm min-1. On the other hand, the travelling speed has a straight effect on the length of the acicular martensite; as the travelling speed increases, the acicular martensite became longer, while it shows fine acicular martensite at lower travelling speeds. The depth that full martensite structure can be reached is increased by increasing travelling speed. At lower travelling speed (500 mm min-1, large amount of bainite structure is observed at the center of the treated zone up to its lower end. The

  12. Thermophysical properties of Ni-5%Sn alloy melt

    DAI; Fuping; CAO; Chongde; WEI; Bingbo


    The surface tension and specific heat of Ni-5%Sn alloy melt were measured by the oscillating drop method and the drop calorimetric method using electromagnetic levitation, respectively. The temperature coefficient of surface tension is 6.43×10-4 N·m-1K-1 within the temperature regime of 1464-1931 K. The enthalpy change was measured in the temperature range from 1461 to 1986 K, and the average specific heat was obtained as 43.03 J·mol-1K-1. Some other thermophysical properties, such as viscosity, solute diffusion coefficient, density, thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity of this alloy melt, were derived based on the experimentally measured surface tension and specific heat. Using these thermophysical parameters, the relation between solute trapping and undercooling in rapidly solidified α-Ni was calculated, and the theoretical prediction shows a good agreement with experimental data.

  13. Microstructure and stability of melt spun INCONEL 713 LC

    Antolovich, S. D.; Bowman, R. R.


    The alloy IN-714LC was used in an investigation of the effect of process parameters on the microstructure of a rapidly solidified melt-spun material. The resultant ribbon microstructure consisted of several distinct regions, each of which corresponds to a different thermal history during processing. A chill zone of equiaxed randomly-oriented grains exists in a region of the foil which was in contact with the wheel during casting. This zone develops into a dendritic growth morphology with distance away from the lower ribbon surface. Dendrites inclined in the direction of wheel rotation result from growth into a flowing stream. TEM studies showed that a cell structure formed, the cell size decreasing with increasing wheel speed. Aging studies indicated that the cell structure plays an important role in gamma prime precipitation. Results relating to heat treatments (as would be encountered in compaction and use) and the stability of the melt-spun structure are considered.

  14. Solidified self-nanoemulsifying formulation for oral delivery of combinatorial therapeutic regimen

    Jain, Amit K; Thanki, Kaushik; Jain, Sanyog


    PURPOSE: The present work reports rationalized development and characterization of solidified self-nanoemulsifying drug delivery system for oral delivery of combinatorial (tamoxifen and quercetin) therapeutic regimen. METHODS: Suitable oil for the preparation of liquid SNEDDS was selected based o...

  15. Process for solidifying high-level nuclear waste

    Ross, Wayne A.


    The addition of a small amount of reducing agent to a mixture of a high-level radioactive waste calcine and glass frit before the mixture is melted will produce a more homogeneous glass which is leach-resistant and suitable for long-term storage of high-level radioactive waste products.

  16. Hydrogen absorption and desorption in rapidly solidified Mg- Al alloys

    Urgnani, J.; Di Chio, M.; Palumbo, M.; Feuerbacher, M.; Fernandez, J. F.; Leardini, F.; Baricco, M.


    The addition of Al to Mg has been indicated as a suitable way to destabilise the hydride phase, in order to bring the absorption and desorption reactions close to reasonable temperatures and pressure values for hydrogen storage. Rapid solidification is known to refine the microstructure of Mg-Al alloys and it might improve the H2 absorption/desorption kinetics. In this paper, the interaction of H2 with rapidly solidified Mg-Al alloys have been studied for three different composition: Mg38.5Al61.5, Mg69Al31 and Mg72Al28. For Mg72Al28, no significant changes in the microstructure have been obtained by rapid solidification. In Mg69Al31, a significant grain refinement has been observed, whereas, for Mg38.5Al61.5, the formation of a metastable hexagonal phase has been found. In all cases, a disproportionation reaction has been observed after H2 absorption, leading to MgH2. After heating up to 430 °C the hydrogenated samples, a main desorption reaction from MgH2 has been observed, which brings again to the starting phases. Experimental results have been discussed on the basis of a thermodynamic assessment of the Mg-Al-H system.

  17. Site suitability criteria for solidified high level waste repositories

    Heckman, R.A.; Holdsworth, T.; Isherwood, D.; Towse, D.F.; Dayem, N.L.


    The NRC is developing a framework of regulations, criteria, and standards. Lawrence Livermore Laboratory provides broad technical support to the NRC for developing this regulatory framework, part of which involves site suitability criteria for solidified high-level wastes (SHLW). Both the regulatory framework and the technical base on which it rests have evolved in time. This document is the second report of the technical support project. It was issued as a draft working paper for a programmatic review held at LLL from August 16 to 18, 1977. It was printed and distributed solely as a briefing document on preliminary methodology and initial findings for the purpose of critical review by those in attendance. These briefing documents are being reprinted now in their original formats as UCID-series reports for the sake of the historical record. Analysis results have evolved as both the models and data base have changed. As a result, the methodology, models, and data base in this document are severely outmoded.

  18. A new technology for concentrating and solidifying liquid LLRW

    Newell, N. [TMC, Inc., Portland, OR (United States); Osborn, M.W.; Carey, C.C. [Oregon Health Sciences Univ., Portland, OR (United States)] [and others


    One of the unsolved problem areas of low level radioactive waste management is the radiolabeled material generated by life sciences research and clinical diagnostics. In hundreds of academic, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical institutions, there exists large amounts of both aqueous and organic solutions containing radioactively labeled nucleic acids, proteins, peptides, and their monomeric components. We have invented a generic slurry capable of binding all these compounds, thus making it possible to concentrate and solidify the radioactive molecules into a very small and lightweight material. The slurry can be contained in both large and small disposal plastic devices designed for the size of any particular operation. The savings in disposal costs and convenience of this procedure is a very attractive alternative to the present methods of long and short term storage. Additionally, the slurry can remove radiolabeled biological compounds from organic solvents, thus solving the major problem of {open_quotes}mixed{close_quotes} waste. We are now proceeding with the field application stage for the testing of these devices and anticipate widespread use of the process. We also are exploring the use of the slurry on other types of liquid low level radioactive waste.

  19. Hydrogen absorption and desorption in rapidly solidified Mg- Al alloys

    Urgnani, J; Di Chio, M; Palumbo, M; Baricco, M [Dipartimento di Chimica I.F.M. and NIS, Universita di Torino, via P. Giuria, 10125, Torino (Italy); Feuerbacher, M [Institut fuer Mikrostrukturforschung, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Leo-Brand- Strasse, 52428 Juelich (Germany); Fernandez, J F; Leardini, F, E-mail: jacopo.urgnani@unito.i [Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049, Madrid (Spain)


    The addition of Al to Mg has been indicated as a suitable way to destabilise the hydride phase, in order to bring the absorption and desorption reactions close to reasonable temperatures and pressure values for hydrogen storage. Rapid solidification is known to refine the microstructure of Mg-Al alloys and it might improve the H{sub 2} absorption/desorption kinetics. In this paper, the interaction of H{sub 2} with rapidly solidified Mg-Al alloys have been studied for three different composition: Mg{sub 38.5}Al{sub 61.5}, Mg{sub 69}Al{sub 31} and Mg{sub 72}Al{sub 28}. For Mg{sub 72}Al{sub 28}, no significant changes in the microstructure have been obtained by rapid solidification. In Mg{sub 69}Al{sub 31}, a significant grain refinement has been observed, whereas, for Mg{sub 38.5}Al{sub 61.5}, the formation of a metastable hexagonal phase has been found. In all cases, a disproportionation reaction has been observed after H{sub 2} absorption, leading to MgH{sub 2}. After heating up to 430 deg. C the hydrogenated samples, a main desorption reaction from MgH{sub 2} has been observed, which brings again to the starting phases. Experimental results have been discussed on the basis of a thermodynamic assessment of the Mg-Al-H system.

  20. Influencing factors of compressive strength of solidified inshore saline soil using SH lime-ash

    覃银辉; 刘付华; 周琦


    Through unconfined compressive strength test,influencing factors on compressive strength of solidified inshore saline soil with SH lime-ash,ratio of lime-ash(1-K),quantity of lime-ash,age,degree of compression and salt content were studied.The results show that because inshore saline soil has special engineering characteristic,more influencing factors must be considered compared with ordinary soil for the perfect effect of solidifying.

  1. Investigation and Evaluation of the Performance of Solidified Cellulose and Starch Xanthate Heavy Metal Sludges.


    EVALUATION OF THE PERFORMANCE OF SOLIDIFIED CELLULOSE AND STARCH XANTHATE HEAVY METAL SLUDGES by elf) R. Mark Bricka " Environmental Laboratory DEPARTMENT...THIS PAGE % % PREFACE This report presents the results of a laboratory investigation that com- pared the heavy metal leachability of solidified and...Starch Xanthate Heavy Metal Sludges," Technical Report EL-88-5, US Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, Miss. S., Accession For NTT S_

  2. The Nature of the Microstructure and Interface Boundary Formation in Directionally Solidified Ceramic Boride Composites


    to their oxide counterparts. In general, borides of rare-earth and d-transitional metals have outstanding refractory properties with high hardness...AFRL-AFOSR-UK-TR-2015-0021 The nature of the microstructure and interface boundary formation in directionally solidified ceramic ...microstructure and interface boundary formation in directionally solidified ceramic boride composites 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER STCU P-512 5b. GRANT NUMBER

  3. Microstructure analysis of magnesium alloy melted by laser irradiation

    Liu, S. Y.; Hu, J. D.; Yang, Y.; Guo, Z. X.; Wang, H. Y.


    The effects of laser surface melting (LSM) on microstructure of magnesium alloy containing Al8.57%, Zn 0.68%, Mn0.15%, Ce0.52% were investigated. In the present work, a pulsed Nd:YAG laser was used to melt and rapidly solidify the surface of the magnesium alloy with the objective of changing microstructure and improving the corrosion resistance. The results indicate that laser-melted layer contains the finer dendrites and behaviors good resistance corrosion compared with the untreated layer. Furthermore, the absorption coefficient of the magnesium alloy has been estimated according to the numeral simulation of the thermal conditions. The formation process of fine microstructure in melted layers was investigated based on the experimental observation and the theoretical analysis. Some simulation results such as the re-solidification velocities are obtained. The phase constitutions of the melted layers determined by X-ray diffraction were β-Mg 17Al 12 and α-Mg as well as some phases unidentified.

  4. Long-term effect on the solidified degraded cellulose-based waste slurry in cement matrix

    Hosam El-Din Mostafa Saleh


    Full Text Available The long-term effects on solidification/stabilization (s/s of the secondary wastes, resulting from the oxidative degradation of some solid cellulosic-based wastes, in Portland Cement (CEM I have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (X-RD and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR techniques. The effect of seven years leaching of the cemented waste forms obtained was carried out to assess the long-term immobilization behavior of the radionuclide in the solidified/stabilized waste that maybe exposed to fresh, ground or sea water.The results of this study confirm our previously published work that the oxidative degradation treatment of some cellulosic-based wastes is essential before incorporating into the cementitious inert matrix. In addition, the release of radionuclides from the cemented waste form is a diffusion controlling process, after the first washing out period lasting for nearly thirty days.Based on the results so far obtained it is concluded that Portland Cement could be considered as a potential inert matrix to immobilize the degraded cellulosic-based wastes for a short or long time of storage or a final disposal.

  5. Effects of intermetallic phases on the electrochemical properties of rapidly-solidified Si-Cr alloys for rechargeable Li-ion batteries

    Ha, Jeong Ae; Jo, In Joo; Park, Won-Wook; Sohn, Keun Yong


    The microstructures and the electrochemical properties of rapidly-solidified Si-Cr alloys of various compositions were investigated in order to elucidate the effects of intermetallic phases on the cyclic energy capacity of the materials. Rapidly-solidified ribbons of the alloys were prepared by using a melt-spinning process, which is one of the most efficient rapid-solidification processes. The ribbons were fragmented by using a ball-milling process to produce powders of the alloys. To examine the electrochemical characteristics of the alloys, we mixed each of the alloy powders with Ketjenblack®, a conductive material, and a binder dissolved in deionized water and used it to form electrodes. The electrolyte used was 1.5-M LiPF6 dissolved in ethyl carbonate/dimethyl carbonate/fluoroethylene carbonate. The microstructures and the phases of the alloys were analyzed by using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction analyses. The obtained results showed that the microstructures of the rapidly-solidified Si-Cr alloys were composed of Si and CrSi2 phases. Fine Si particles with diameters of 50 - 100 nm were observed in an eutectic constituent while the sizes of the primary Si and CrSi2 phases were relatively larger at 500 - 900 nm. The specific energy capacities ( C) of the Si-Cr alloys decreased linearly with increasing volume fraction ( f) of the CrSi2 phase as follows: C = -1,667 f + 1,978 after the 50th cycle. The Columbic efficiency after the 3rd cycle increased slightly with increasing volume fraction of the CrSi2 phase; this was effective in improving the cycling capacity of the Si particles.

  6. Gusev Rocks Solidified from Lava (Approximate True Color)


    In recent weeks, as NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has driven through the basin south of 'Husband Hill,' it has been traversing mainly sand and dune deposits. This week, though, Spirit has been maneuvering along the edge of an arc-shaped feature called 'Lorre Ridge' and has encountered some spectacular examples of basaltic rocks with striking textures. This panoramic camera (Pancam) image shows a group of boulders informally named 'FuYi.' These basaltic rocks were formed by volcanic processes and may be a primary constituent of Lorre Ridge and other interesting landforms in the basin. Spirit first encountered basalts at its landing site two years ago, on a vast plain covered with solidified lava that appeared to have flowed across Gusev Crater. Later, basaltic rocks became rare as Spirit climbed Husband Hill. The basaltic rocks that Spirit is now seeing are interesting because they exhibit many small holes or vesicles, similar to some kinds of volcanic rocks on Earth. Vesicular rocks form when gas bubbles are trapped in lava flows and the rock solidifies around the bubbles. When the gas escapes, it leaves holes in the rock. The quantity of gas bubbles in rocks on Husband Hill varies considerably; some rocks have none and some, such as several here at FuYi, are downright frothy. The change in textures and the location of the basalts may be signs that Spirit is driving along the edge of a lava flow. This lava may be the same as the basalt blanketing the plains of Spirit's landing site, or it may be different. The large size and frothy nature of the boulders around Lorre Ridge might indicate that eruptions once took place at the edge of the lava flow, where the lava interacted with the rocks of the basin floor. Scientists hope to learn more as Spirit continues to investigate these rocks. As Earth approaches the Chinese New Year (The Year of the Dog), the Athena science team decided to use nicknames representing Chinese culture and geography to identify rocks and

  7. High-pressure phases in shock-induced melt of the unique highly shocked LL6 chondrite Northwest Africa 757

    Hu, Jinping; Sharp, Thomas G.


    Northwest Africa 757 is unique in the LL chondrite group because of its abundant shock-induced melt and high-pressure minerals. Olivine fragments entrained in the melt transform partially and completely into ringwoodite. Plagioclase and Ca-phosphate transform to maskelynite, lingunite, and tuite. Two distinct shock-melt crystallization assemblages were studied by FIB-TEM analysis. The first melt assemblage, which includes majoritic garnet, ringwoodite plus magnetite-magnesiowüstite, crystallized at pressures of 20-25 GPa. The other melt assemblage, which consists of clinopyroxene and wadsleyite, solidified at ~15 GPa, suggesting a second veining event under lower pressure conditions. These shock features are similar to those in S6 L chondrites and indicate that NWA 757 experienced an intense impact event, comparable to the impact event that disrupted the L chondrite parent body at 470 Ma.

  8. Primary crystallization process of rapidly solidified Al-Ni-Cu-Nd metallic glasses under continuous heating regime

    XIAO YU-de(肖于德); LI Wen-xian(黎文献); D. Jacovkis; N. Clavaguera; M. T. Clavaguera-Mora; J. Rodriguez-Viejo


    Rapidly solidified Al87Ni7Cu3Nd3 metallic glasses were prepared by using melt spinning. Its calorimetric behavior was characterized by using differential scanning calorimeter. The metallic glasses were partially crystallized under continuous heating regime. Primary crystallization was studied through structural characterization of the amorphous and partially crystallized ribbons by means of conventional X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy with selected area electron diffraction. The results show that, the as-spun ribbons are fully amorphous and homogeneous on the micron scale, but contain high density of nanoscale quenched-in clusters or crystallite embryos. Primary crystallization mainly leads to formation of two-phase mixture of α-Al nanocrystalline and residual amorphous phase. Precipitation of α-Al nanoparticles is limited by build-up and overlapped diffusion field of solute atoms with low diffusion rate. At the earlier stage of primary crystallization the crystal nuclei exhibit high density and growth rate. With the α-Al crystal growing, the crystal growth rate decreases, and even at the later stage further crystallization into α-Al crystal becomes difficult to occur due to thermal stabilization of the residual nickel and neodymium-enriched amorphous phase, the saturated values of crystallized volume fraction and α-Al crystal diameter getting to 20%-30% and 5-15 nm.

  9. Effect of Laser Power and Scan Speed on Melt Pool Characteristics of Commercially Pure Titanium (CP-Ti)

    Kusuma, Chandrakanth; Ahmed, Sazzad H.; Mian, Ahsan; Srinivasan, Raghavan


    Selective laser melting (SLM) is an additive manufacturing technique that creates complex parts by selectively melting metal powder layer-by-layer using a laser. In SLM, the process parameters decide the quality of the fabricated component. In this study, single beads of commercially pure titanium (CP-Ti) were melted on a substrate of the same material using an in-house built SLM machine. Multiple combinations of laser power and scan speed were used for single bead fabrication, while the laser beam diameter and powder layer thickness were kept constant. This experimental study investigated the influence of laser power, scan speed, and laser energy density on the melt pool formation, surface morphology, geometry (width and height), and hardness of solidified beads. In addition, the observed unfavorable effect such as inconsistency in melt pool width formation is discussed. The results show that the quality, geometry, and hardness of solidified melt pool are significantly affected by laser power, scanning speed, and laser energy density.

  10. Thermomechanical behavior of rapidly solidified Fe-25Cr-20Ni

    Draissia, M.; Boukhris, N.; Debili, M.Y. [LM2S, Dept. de Physique, Faculte des Sciences, Univ. Badji-Mokhtar, Annaba, Algerie (Turkey)


    The thermomechanical treatment at 1050 C under a stress of about 30 MPa, of milled ribbons from Fe-25Cr-20Ni (0.060%Ni-0.1%Ti) refractory stainless steel, leads to a recrystallisation of the as-melt-spun structure which is intermediate between cellular and columnar dendritic. The mean grain size in the relatively high density zones (85%) may be considered as low and do not exceed 10{mu}m. Other grains appear abnormally large and reach 30 {mu}m. The origin of these grains, must be researched in an exaggerate growth phenomenon under a local deformation near the critical work hardening. (orig.)

  11. The Effects of Externally Solidified Product on Wave Celerity and Quality of Die Cast Products

    Carroll Mobley; Yogeshwar Sahai; Jerry Brevick


    The cold chamber die casting process is used to produce essentially all the die cast aluminum products and about 50% of the die cast magnesium products made today. Modeling of the cold chamber die casting process and metallographic observations of cold chamber die cast products indicate that typically 5 to 20% of the shot weight is solidified in the shot sleeve before or during cavity filling. The protion of the resulting die casting which is solidified in the shot sleeve is referred to as externally solidified product, or, when identified as a casting defect, as cold flakes. This project was directed to extending the understanding of the effects of externally solidified product on the cold chamber die casting process and products to enable the production of defect-free die castings and reduce the energy associated with these products. The projected energy savings from controlling the fraction of externally solidified product in die cast components is 40 x 10 Btu through the year 2025.

  12. An Experimental Study on Solidifying Municipal Sewage Sludge through Skeleton Building Using Cement and Coal Gangue

    Jiankang Yang


    Full Text Available The municipal sewage sludge typically has very high water content and low shear strength. Conventional methods of lime and cement solidification of municipal sewage sludge often suffer high cost, significant drying shrinkage, frequent cracking, high hydraulic conductivity, and low strength. To overcome these shortcomings, in this paper a skeleton-building method was used to solidify municipal sewage sludge in which coal gangue, cement and clay, and fiber were used as skeleton materials, cementation materials, and filling materials, respectively. Comprehensive laboratory tests including cracking, nitrogen adsorption, triaxial shearing, and permeability tests were performed to determine cracking, pore structure, shear strength, and hydraulic conductivity of municipal sewage sludge solidified with different proportions of coal gangue, cement, fiber, and clay. Based upon the experimental results, the mechanisms of the skeleton building using cement and coal gangue were discussed and factors controlling the mechanical and hydraulic behavior of the solidified soils were analyzed at both microscopic and macroscopic levels. Based upon the test results and analyses, recommendations were made for solidifying municipal sewage sludge through skeleton building using cement and coal gangue. The solidified soils have high soil strength, high resistance to cracking, and low hydraulic conductivity which are sufficient for being used as landfill liner.

  13. Three-dimensional solidification and melting using magnetic field control

    Dulikravich, George S.; Ahuja, Vineet


    A new two-fluid mathematical model for fully three dimensional steady solidification under the influence of an arbitrary acceleration vector and with or without an arbitrary externally applied steady magnetic field have been formulated and integrated numerically. The model includes Joule heating and allows for separate temperature dependent physical properties within the melt and the solid. Latent heat of phase change during melting/solidification was incorporated using an enthalpy method. Mushy region was automatically captured by varying viscosity orders of magnitude between liquidus and solidus temperature. Computational results were obtained for silicon melt solidification in a parallelepiped container cooled from above and from a side. The results confirm that the magnetic field has a profound influence on the solidifying melt flow field thus changing convective heat transfer through the boundaries and the amount and shape of the solid accrued. This suggests that development of a quick-response algorithm for active control of three dimensional solidification is feasible since it would require low strength magnetic fields.

  14. Microstructures of AZ91D alloy solidified during electromagnetic stirring

    MAO Wei-min; ZHEN Zi-sheng; CHEN Hong-tao


    With the help of an electromagnetic stirring device self-made and alloy melt quenching technology,the effect of electromagnetic stirring parameters on the microstructures of semi-solid AZ91D alloy was mainly studied at the stirring frequency of 200 Hz.The experimental results show that when the stirring power rises,the primary α-Mg rosettes in the semi-solid melt will bear stronger man-made temperature fluctuation and the root remelting effect of the dendritic arms is promoted so that the spherical primary α-Mg grains become much more and rounder.If the stirring frequency is 200 Hz,the ideal semi-solid microstructure of AZ91D magnesium alloy can be obtained when the stirring power is increased to 6.0 kW.If the stirring frequency is 200 Hz and the stirring power is 6.0 kW,it is found that the lower cooling rate is favorable for the spherical primary α-Mg grains to be developed during the electromagnetic stirring stage.If the AZ91D magnesium alloy billet prepared during electromagnetic stirring at the stirring frequency of 200 Hz and the stirring power of 6.0 kW is reheated to the solidus and liquidus temperature region,the primary α-Mg grain's shape will get more spherical,so it is very advantageous to the semi-solid thixoforming process.

  15. Nanoscale microstructure effects on hydrogen behavior in rapidly solidified aluminum alloys

    Tashlykova-Bushkevich, Iya I. [Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, Minsk (Belarus)


    The present work summarizes recent progress in the investigation of nanoscale microstructure effects on hydrogen behavior in rapidly solidified aluminum alloys foils produced at exceptionally high cooling rates. We focus here on the potential of modification of hydrogen desorption kinetics in respect to weak and strong trapping sites that could serve as hydrogen sinks in Al materials. It is shown that it is important to elucidate the surface microstructure of the Al alloy foils at the submicrometer scale because rapidly solidified microstructural features affect hydrogen trapping at nanostructured defects. We discuss the profound influence of solute atoms on hydrogen−lattice defect interactions in the alloys. with emphasis on role of vacancies in hydrogen evolution; both rapidly solidified pure Al and conventionally processed aluminum samples are considered.

  16. Solidified inorganic-organic hybrid electrolyte for all solid state flexible lithium battery

    Baek, Seung-Wook; Honma, Itaru; Kim, Jedeok; Rangappa, Dinesh


    Solidified lithium conducting hybrid electrolyte is designed and processed to realize the large scale and flexible solid state Li battery satisfying energy capability and safety issue. This paper presents a solidified inorganic-organic hybrid electrolyte to obtain commercially-acceptable ionic conductivity and a stable electrochemical window to prevent electrolyte decomposition in Li ion batteries. Li3PO4 coated with solidified [Li][EMI][TFSI] ionic liquid is developed as hybrid electrolyte material. The material has high electrochemical stability on a high-voltage cathode and metallic anode, and the solid electrolyte has high ionic conductivity. This Li3PO4-[Li][EMI][TFSI] hybrid electrolyte has the advantages of long-term operation, safety and flexibility, so it may be suitable for use in high-voltage cathodes and Li anode.

  17. Principle of Melt-glue Cloth

    陈人豪; 曹建达; 李济群; 张利梅; 何洋


    This paper advances a new concept of textile-meltglue cloth, and introduces the readers to the basic principle of melt-glue cloth. On the basis of melt spinning, the spinneret can be replaced by a spinning device that consists of an outer spinneret (a loop)and an inner spinneret ( a round plate), and between them there is an interval circle on which the centers of the holes are evenly distributed. When the machine is running, the outer spinneret (or the inner one) is fixed, the inner spinneret (or the outer one)is spinning, and a columnar net will be obtained.Then it will be excided with the help of a cutter in transporting it. Finally the once-forming melt-glue cloth will be produced. Compared with the traditional woven fabric, melt-glue cloth has a lot of special features and a bright future of application.

  18. Structural and mechanical characterization of rapidly solidified Al{sub 95}Ni{sub 5} and Al{sub 93}Ni{sub 5}Mm{sub 2} alloys prepared by centrifugal atomization

    Vojtech, D., E-mail: Dalibor.Vojtech@vscht.c [Department of Metals and Corrosion Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Technicka 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Prusa, F.; Michalcova, A. [Department of Metals and Corrosion Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Technicka 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic)


    Research highlights: {yields} Structure and properties of a rapidly solidified Al-Ni-Mm alloy with a relatively low Mm content. {yields} Comparison of slowly and rapidly solidified state. {yields} High hardness of the RS Al-Ni-Mm alloy, but low thermal stability. {yields} Chemical compositions of metastable primary phases in the RS Al-Ni-Mm alloy. - Abstract: Al{sub 95}Ni{sub 5} and Al{sub 93}Ni{sub 5}Mm{sub 2} (at.%) alloys were prepared by induction melting and centrifugal atomization. Both as-cast and rapidly solidified (RS) alloys were studied by various techniques, including light, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersion spectrometry, differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction analysis. Room temperature hardness was measured for the rapidly solidified alloys, as well as after their long-term annealing at 400 {sup o}C. It is observed that the RS alloys are crystalline. The binary Al-Ni alloy consists of Al and Al{sub 3}Ni phases, while in the ternary Al-Ni-Mm alloy, there are Al dendrites supersaturated with Ni, Al{sub 3}Ni and non-equilibrium {alpha}Al{sub 11}(Mm,Ni){sub 3} phases. Average Al dendrite arm thickness is about 100 nm. Both supersaturated Al and {alpha}Al{sub 11}(Mm,Ni){sub 3} decompose upon heating at 300-450 {sup o}C. Room temperature hardness of the RS Al{sub 95}Ni{sub 5} and Al{sub 93}Ni{sub 5}Mm{sub 2} alloys are 150 and 300 HV, respectively. These values are discussed in relation to various hardening mechanisms. Thermal stability of both alloys is low, due a rapid structural coarsening and hardness reduction during annealing at 400 {sup o}C.

  19. Dendrite Growth Kinetics in Undercooled Melts of Intermetallic Compounds

    Dieter M. Herlach


    Full Text Available Solidification needs an undercooling to drive the solidification front. If large undercoolings are achieved, metastable solid materials are solidified from the undercooled melt. Containerless processing provides the conditions to achieve large undercoolings since heterogeneous nucleation on container walls is completely avoided. In the present contribution both electromagnetic and electrostatic levitation are applied. The velocity of rapidly advancing dendrites is measured as a function of undercooling by a High-Speed-Camera. The dendrite growth dynamics is investigated in undercooled melts of intermetallic compounds. The Al50Ni50 alloy is studied with respect to disorder trapping that leads to a disordered superlattice structure if the melt is undercooled beyond a critical undercooling. Disorder trapping is evidenced by in situ energy dispersive diffraction using synchrotron radiation of high intensity to record full diffraction pattern on levitated samples within a short time interval. Experiments on Ni2B using different processing techniques of varying the level of convection reveal convection-induced faceting of rapidly growing dendrites. Eventually, the growth velocity is measured in an undercooled melt of glass forming Cu50Zr50 alloy. A maximum in the growth velocity–undercooling relation is proved. This is understood by the fact that the temperature dependent diffusion coefficient counteracts the thermodynamic driving force for rapid growth if the temperature of the undercooled melt is approaching the temperature regime above the glass transition temperature. The analysis of this result allows for determining the activation energy of atomic attachment kinetics at the solid–liquid interface that is comparable to the activation energy of atomic diffusion as determined by independent measurements of the atomic diffusion in undercooled Cu50Zr50 alloy melt.

  20. Evaluating Primary Dendrite Trunk Diameters in Directionally Solidified Al-Si Alloys

    Grugel, R. N.; Tewari, S. N.; Poirier, D. R.


    The primary dendrite trunk diameters of Al-Si alloys that were directionally solidified over a range of processing conditions have been measured. These data are analyzed with a model based primarily on an assessment of secondary dendrite arm dissolution in the mushy zone. Good fit with the experimental data is seen and it is suggested that the primary dendrite trunk diameter is a useful metric that correlates well with the actual solidification processing parameters. These results are placed in context with the limited results from the aluminium - 7 wt. % silicon samples directionally solidified aboard the International Space Station as part of the MICAST project.

  1. The Development of Rapidly Solidified Magnesium – Copper Ribbons

    Pastuszak M.


    Full Text Available The aim of the present work was to plan and carry out an experiment consisting of amorphization of industrial magnesium alloy WE 43 (Mg - 4 Y - 3 RE - 0.5 Zr modified by the copper addition. Investigated alloy modified with 20% of copper was rapidly quenched with the use of melt spinning technique. The effects of cooling rate on the structure and properties of the obtained material were extensively analyzed. The structure and phase analysis of samples were examined using X-ray diffraction method (XRD while the thermal stability of the samples was determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. Microstructure observations were also conducted. The microhardness tests (HV0.02 and corrosion resistance tests were carried out to investigate the properties of the material. Corrosion resistance measurements were held using a typical three-electrode system. As the result of the research, the effect of cooling rate on microstructure and properties of investigated alloy was determined.

  2. Study of Contact Melting Inside Isothermally Heated Vertical Cylindrical Capsules

    ChenWenzhen; ChengShangmo; 等


    Close-contact melting processes of phase change material(PCM) inside vertical cylindrical capsule are studied.PCM are heated bhy the capsule isothermalyy at the bottom and side.The theoretical formulas of the melting rate and thickness of liquid layer during the heat transfer process are obtained by analysis,which are convenient for engineering predictions.Finally,the factors that affect melting are discussed.and conclusions are drawn.

  3. X-ray and optical crystallographic parameters investigations of high frequency induction melted Al-(alpha-Al(2)O(3)) alloys.

    Bourbia, A; Draissia, M; Bedboudi, H; Boulkhessaim, S; Debili, M Y


    This article deals with the microstructural strengthening mechanisms of aluminium by means of hard alpha-Al(2)O(3) alumina fine particles. A broad of understanding views covering materials preparations, elaboration process, characterization techniques and associated microstructural characteristic parameters measurements is given. In order to investigate the microstructural characteristic parameters and the mechanical strengthening mechanisms of pure aluminium by hard fine particles, a set of Al-(alpha-Al(2)O(3)) alloys samples were made under vacuum by high fusion temperature melting, the high frequency (HF) process, and rapidly solidified under ambient temperature from a mixture of cold-compacted high-pure fine Al and alpha-Al(2)O(3) powders. The as-solidified Al-(alpha-Al(2)O(3)) alloys were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses, optical microscopy observations and Vickers microhardness tests in both brut and heat-treated states. It was found that the as-solidified HF Al-(alpha-Al(2)O(3)) alloys with compositions below 4 wt.% (alpha-Al(2)O(3)) are single-phase microstructures of the solid solution FCC Al phase and over two-phase microstructures of the solid solution FCC Al and the Rhombohedral alpha-Al(2)O(3) phases. The optical micrographs reveal the presence of a grain size refinement in these alloys. Vickers microhardness of the as-solidified Al-(alpha-Al(2)O(3)) is increased by means of pure fine alpha-Al(2)O(3) alumina particles. These combined effects of strengthening and grain size refinement observed in the as-solidified Al-(alpha-Al(2)O(3)) alloys are essentially due to a strengthening of Al by the alpha-Al(2)O(3) alumina particles insertion in the (HF) melted and rapidly solidified alloys.

  4. Melt migration in basalt columns driven by crystallization-induced pressure gradients.

    Mattsson, Hannes B; Caricchi, Luca; Almqvist, Bjarne S G; Caddick, Mark J; Bosshard, Sonja A; Hetényi, György; Hirt, Ann M


    The structure of columnar-jointed lava flows and intrusions has fascinated people for centuries and numerous hypotheses on the mechanisms of formation of columnar jointing have been proposed. In cross-section, weakly developed semicircular internal structures are a near ubiquitous feature of basalt columns. Here we propose a melt-migration model, driven by crystallization and a coeval specific volume decrease inside cooling and solidifying columns, which can explain the observed macroscopic features in columnar-jointed basalts. We study basalts from Hrepphólar (Iceland), combining macroscopic observations, detailed petrography, thermodynamic and rheological modelling of crystallization sequences, and Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility (AMS) of late crystallizing phases (that is, titanomagnetite). These are all consistent with our proposed model, which also suggests that melt-migration features are more likely to develop in certain evolved basaltic lava flows (with early saturation of titanomagnetite), and that the redistribution of melt within individual columns can modify cooling processes.

  5. Signatures of nonthermal melting

    Tobias Zier


    Full Text Available Intense ultrashort laser pulses can melt crystals in less than a picosecond but, in spite of over thirty years of active research, for many materials it is not known to what extent thermal and nonthermal microscopic processes cause this ultrafast phenomenon. Here, we perform ab-initio molecular-dynamics simulations of silicon on a laser-excited potential-energy surface, exclusively revealing nonthermal signatures of laser-induced melting. From our simulated atomic trajectories, we compute the decay of five structure factors and the time-dependent structure function. We demonstrate how these quantities provide criteria to distinguish predominantly nonthermal from thermal melting.

  6. The influence of pre-melting in laser drilling with temporally modulated pulse

    Duan, Wenqiang; Wang, Kedian; Dong, Xia; Mei, Xuesong; Wang, Wenjun; Fan, Zhengjie; Lv, Jing


    Laser drilling by temporally modulated pulse is a promising technique and has many advantages compared with normal pulse drilling. In this work, the effect of modulated pulse comprising pre-heating front and sharp trail was mainly studied. The function of the former was to pre-melt the radiated material, and the latter was to expel the liquid melt from the molten pool, thus to form a blind hole. While the trail subpulse was kept constant, the difference in the pre-heating subpulse parameter could cause a considerable influence on the hole quality and drilling efficiency. The depth and volume of the molten pool were proportional to the pre-heating energy, and inversely proportional to the pre-heating duration. With pre-heating subpulses of proper parameters, the sharp trail subpulse was very effective in expelling the melt liquid, leaving only a small quantity of melt to re-solidify as the recast layer, which was observably thinner compared with the holes drilled using the normal pulse mode. In the pre-melting process, the directional melt flow and heat conduction were found to be the reasons why the deep melting phenomenon had occurred.

  7. Grain refinement, hardening and metastable phase formation by high current pulsed electron beam (HCPEB) treatment under heating and melting modes

    Grosdidier, T., E-mail: Thierry.grosdidier@univ-metz.f [Laboratoire d' Etude des Textures et Applications aux Materiaux (LETAM, CNRS 3143), Universite Paul Verlaine-Metz, Ile du Saulcy, 57045 Metz (France); Lab of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Zou, J.X. [Laboratoire d' Etude des Textures et Applications aux Materiaux (LETAM, CNRS 3143), Universite Paul Verlaine-Metz, Ile du Saulcy, 57045 Metz (France); Bolle, B. [Laboratoire d' Etude des Textures et Applications aux Materiaux (LETAM, CNRS 3143), ENIM, Ile du Saulcy, 57045 Metz (France); Hao, S.Z.; Dong, C. [Lab of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China)


    High current pulsed electron beam is a recently developed technique for surface modification. The pulsed electron irradiation introduces concentrated energy depositions in the thin surface layer of the treated materials, giving rise to an extremely fast heating and subsequent rapid cooling of the surface together with the formation of dynamic stress waves. Improved surface properties (hardness, corrosion resistance) can be obtained under the 'melting' mode when the top surface is melted and rapidly solidified (10{sup 7} K/s). In steels, this is essentially the result of nanostructures formed from the highly undercooled melt, melt surface purification, strain hardening induced by the thermal stress waves as well as metastable phase selections in the rapidly solidified melted layers. The use of the 'heating' mode is less conventional, combining effects of the heavy deformation and recrystallization/recovery mechanisms. A detailed analysis of a FeAl alloy demonstrates grain size refinement, hardening, solid-state enhanced diffusion and texture modification without modification of the surface geometry.

  8. Periodontal tissue regeneration using enzymatically solidified chitosan hydrogels with or without cell loading

    Yan, X.Z.; Beucken, J.J.J.P van den; Cai, X; Yu, N.; Jansen, J.A.; Yang, F.


    This study is aimed to evaluate the in vivo biocompatibility and periodontal regenerative potential of enzymatically solidified chitosan hydrogels with or without incorporated periodontal ligament cells (PDLCs). To this end, chitosan hydrogels, with (n=8; CHIT+CELL) or without (n=8; CHIT) fluorescen

  9. Influence of Short-time Oxidation on Corrosion Properties of Directionally Solidified Superalloys with Different Orientations

    MA Luo-ning


    Full Text Available In order to investigate the corrosion performance on intersecting and longitudinal surfaces of unoxidized and oxidized directionally solidified superalloys, Ni-base directionally solidified superalloy DZ125 and Co-base directionally solidified superalloy DZ40M were selected. Oxidation behavior on both alloys with different orientations was investigated at 1050℃ at different times, simulating the oxidation process of vanes or blades in service; subsequent electrochemical performance in 3.5%NaCl aqueous solution was studied on two orientations of unoxidized and oxidized alloys, simulating the corrosion process of superalloy during downtime. The results show that grain boundaries and sub-boundaries of directionally solidified superalloys are susceptible to corrosion and thus longitudinal surface with lower area fraction of grain boundaries has higher corrosion resistance. Compared to intersecting surface of alloys, the structure of grain boundaries of longitudinal surface is less conducive to diffusion and thus the oxidation rate on longitudinal surface is lower. Formation of oxide layers on alloys after short-time oxidation provides protective effect and enhances the corrosion resistance.

  10. Periodontal tissue regeneration using enzymatically solidified chitosan hydrogels with or without cell loading

    Yan, X.Z.; Beucken, J.J.J.P van den; Cai, X; Yu, N.; Jansen, J.A.; Yang, F.


    This study is aimed to evaluate the in vivo biocompatibility and periodontal regenerative potential of enzymatically solidified chitosan hydrogels with or without incorporated periodontal ligament cells (PDLCs). To this end, chitosan hydrogels, with (n=8; CHIT+CELL) or without (n=8; CHIT)

  11. Experimental research on inorganic solidified foam for sealing air leakage in coal mines

    Bo tao Qin; Yi Lu


    In order to efficiently seal air leakages and control spontaneous combustion of coal,solidified foam was developed by adding a certain compound additive to fly coal ash and cement as the main materials.It was prepared basing on the foaming characteristic through physical and mechanical system.We studied the effects of the different types of foaming agents,the mass ratio of cement to fly ash,and the mass ratio of solid to water and content of cellulose on the performance of solidified foam.The results show that when adding the composite protein,surfactant and cellulose foaming agents.The cement-fly ash ratio of 0.75:1,the water solid ratio as large as 2:1,and the solidified foam with high properties and density of only 516 kg/m3 and compressive strength of up to 12.68 MPa were prepared.But the initial setting time,identity and compressive strength may be changed by varying the water solid ratio and/or the additives.We theoretically analyzed the influence mechanism of foam density,compressive strength and water solid ratio.The solidified foam is especially suitable for sealing surface leakage channels and filling the goaf with a wide application prospects.

  12. Effect of Yttrium on High Temperature Oxidation Resistance of a Directionally Solidified Superalloy

    宋立国; 李树索; 郑运荣; 韩雅芳


    The effect of rare earth element yttrium on the high temperature oxidation resistance of a directionally solidified Ni-base superalloy was studied with scanning electron microscopy(SEM), energy dispersive spectrum(EDS)and X-ray diffraction(XRD)techniques. The results show that the oxidation resistance of the alloy is substantially improved by adding proper amount of yttrium.

  13. Melt Cast High Explosives

    Stanisław Cudziło


    Full Text Available [b]Abstract[/b]. This paper reviews the current state and future developments of melt-cast high explosives. First the compositions, properties and methods of preparation of trinitrotoluene based (TNT conventional mixtures with aluminum, hexogen (RDX or octogen (HMX are described. In the newer, less sensitive explosive formulations, TNT is replaced with dinitroanisole (DNANDNANDNAN and nitrotriazolone (NTONTONTO, nitroguanidine (NG or ammonium perchlorate (AP are the replacement for RDRDX and HMX. Plasticized wax or polymer-based binder systems for melt castable explosives are also included. Hydroxyl terminated polybutadiene (HPTB is the binder of choice, but polyethylene glycol, and polycaprolactone with energetic plasticizers are also used. The most advanced melt-cast explosives are compositions containing energetic thermoplastic elastomers and novel highly energetic compounds (including nitrogen rich molecules in whose particles are nanosized and practically defect-less.[b]Keywords[/b]: melt-cast explosives, detonation parameters

  14. Melting of sodium clusters

    Reyes-Nava, J A; Beltran, M R; Michaelian, K


    Thermal stability properties and the melting-like transition of Na_n, n=13-147, clusters are studied through microcanonical molecular dynamics simulations. The metallic bonding in the sodium clusters is mimicked by a many-body Gupta potential based on the second moment approximation of a tight-binding Hamiltonian. The characteristics of the solid-to-liquid transition in the sodium clusters are analyzed by calculating physical quantities like caloric curves, heat capacities, and root-mean-square bond length fluctuations using simulation times of several nanoseconds. Distinct melting mechanisms are obtained for the sodium clusters in the size range investigated. The calculated melting temperatures show an irregular variation with the cluster size, in qualitative agreement with recent experimental results. However, the calculated melting point for the Na_55 cluster is about 40 % lower than the experimental value.

  15. Force induced DNA melting

    Santosh, Mogurampelly; Maiti, Prabal K [Center for Condensed Matter Theory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore-12 (India)], E-mail:, E-mail:


    When pulled along the axis, double-strand DNA undergoes a large conformational change and elongates by roughly twice its initial contour length at a pulling force of about 70 pN. The transition to this highly overstretched form of DNA is very cooperative. Applying a force perpendicular to the DNA axis (unzipping), double-strand DNA can also be separated into two single-stranded DNA, this being a fundamental process in DNA replication. We study the DNA overstretching and unzipping transition using fully atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and argue that the conformational changes of double-strand DNA associated with either of the above mentioned processes can be viewed as force induced DNA melting. As the force at one end of the DNA is increased the DNA starts melting abruptly/smoothly above a critical force depending on the pulling direction. The critical force f{sub m}, at which DNA melts completely decreases as the temperature of the system is increased. The melting force in the case of unzipping is smaller compared to the melting force when the DNA is pulled along the helical axis. In the case of melting through unzipping, the double-strand separation has jumps which correspond to the different energy minima arising due to sequence of different base pairs. The fraction of Watson-Crick base pair hydrogen bond breaking as a function of force does not show smooth and continuous behavior and consists of plateaus followed by sharp jumps.

  16. Directionally Solidified Eutectic Ceramics for Multifunctional Aerospace Applications


    expected to occur locally and globally by the same mechanism and to increase the toughness. Finally, the Al2Ti05 is very difficult to sinter due to...comportamiento plastico de perovsquitas conductoras protonicas de alata temperatura". Boletin d la Sociedad Espanola de Ceramica y Vidrio, Vol. 44

  17. Analysis on contaminants transport process through clay-solidified grouting curtain in MSW landfills

    CHEN Yong-gui; ZHANG Ke-neng; HUANG Chang-bo


    Clay-solidified grouting curtains are commonly used for remediation by containment or pollution prevention, in addition to their use as a barrier to water flow in municipal solid waste(MSW) landfills. A hydrological model.of water flow and a hydrodynamic model of contaminant are presented to simulate the migration of leachate through clay-solidified grouting curtain in MSW landfills, with particular attention paid to the role of diffusive and adsorptive fluxes in contaminant transport. The models were applied to simulate the sensitivity of the curtain's behavior to changes in parameters, such as thickness, depth, permeability coefficient, diffusion coefficient,resistance coefficient and concentration, and also to demonstrate the contaminant distribution on the evolution of travel time and offset distance of clay-solidified grouting curtain in landfills. It is found that a part of leachate components stays or is retarded in clay-solidified grouting curtain by precipitate or exchange, the retention rate is closely related to composition of clay-solidified grouting curtain, more than 800%, and the maximum occurs at the cementclay ratio of 2: 4 under experimental conditions. Contamination distribution is variable on travel time and offset distance, the highest concentration takes place where the contamination intensity is nearest to the pollution resource or takes place at early middle period of transport, and the pollutant attenuates gradually. The results indicate that claysolidified grouting curtain with a proper thickness, a low permeability coefficient and a high resistance coefficient might serve as a sufficiently effective vertical barrier against leachate seepage and contamination migration in MSWlandfills.

  18. Improvement in mechanical properties of hypereutectic Al-Si-Cu alloys through sono-solidified

    Yoshiki Tsunekawa


    Full Text Available For the wider applications, it is necessary to improve the ductility as well as the strength and wear-resistance of hypereutectic Al-Si-Cu alloys, which are typical light-weight wear-resistant materials. An increase in the amounts of primary silicon particles causes the modified wear-resistance of hypereutectic Al-Si-Cu alloys, but leads to the poor strength and ductility. It is known that dual phase steels composed of hetero-structure have succeeded in bringing contradictory mechanical properties of high strength and ductility concurrently. In order to apply the idea of hetero-structure to hypereutectic Al-Si-Cu alloys for the achievement of high strength and ductility along with wear resistance, ultrasonic irradiation of the molten metal during the solidification, which is called sono-solidification, was carried out from its molten state to just above the eutectic temperature. The sono-solidified Al-17Si-4Cu alloy is composed of hetero-structure, which are, hard primary silicon particles, soft non-equilibrium a -Al phase and the eutectic region. Rheo-casting was performed at just above the eutectic temperature with sono-solidified slurry to shape a disk specimen. After the rheo-casting with modified sonosolidified slurry held for 45 s at 570 篊, the quantitative optical microscope observation exhibits that the microstructure is composed of 18area% of hard primary silicon particles and 57area% of soft a -Al phase. In contrast, there exist only 5 area% of primary silicon particles and no a -Al phase in rheo-cast specimen with normally solidified slurry. Hence the tensile tests of T6 treated rheo-cast specimens with modified sono-solidified slurry exhibit improved strength and 5% of elongation, regardless of having more than 3 times higher amounts of primary silicon particles compared to that of rheo-cast specimen with normally solidified slurry.

  19. Spectroscopic and microscopic characterization of portland cement based unleached and leached solidified waste

    Salaita, Ghaleb N.; Tate, Philip H.


    In this study, portland cement based solidified/stabilized (S/S) waste and a cement-only control were studied before and after leaching. The solidified waste samples were prepared from a mix of organic-containing industrial waste sludge and portland cement. Toxicity characterization leaching procedure (TCLP) was the leaching test employed. The samples were studied using multi-surface analytical techniques including XPS, SIMS, XRD, FE-SEM and EDS. The data obtained from the various techniques show that leaching does not measurably affect the morphology or composition of the solidified waste sample. However, subtle changes in the composition of the cement control sample were observed. While the concentration of the elements observed on the surface of leached and unleached waste samples by XPS are very similar (except for Mg, Na and N), study of the corresponding cement samples exhibit differences in the level of C, Si, S, and Ca. The unleached cement sample shows lower levels of C and Si, but higher levels of O, S, Ca and Mg, indicating that leaching alters the cement sample. EDS analyses of the elemental composition of the bulk of the leached and unleached waste samples are similar, and also are similar for the leached and unleached cement samples, indicating that under the conditions of the TCLP test, leaching has no effect on the bulk. The high level of Ca present on the surface of the solidified waste indicates entrapment of the waste by the cement. The information and results obtained show that the surface analytical techniques used in this work, when combined with environmental wet methods, can provide a more complete picture of the concentration, chemical state and immobility of solidified waste.


    L. V. Golubeva


    Full Text Available Summary. Melted butter is made from dairy butter by rendering the fat phase. It has specific taste and aroma, high-calorie content and good assimilability. Defects of butter which appeared during the storage causes by the development of microbiological processes or by the chemical oxidation. On the development of these processes influence quality and composition of fresh butter, its physical structure, content of the increased amount of gas phase and content of heavy metals, storage conditions. Microbiological spoilage of butter occurs generally due to damage of plasma which is good environment for the development of microorganisms. Defects of microbiological origin include: unclean, sour, moldy, yeasty, cheesy, bitter taste. Defects of test and smell chemical origin are formed due to hydrolytic digestion of lipids. It's prevailed at long storage of butter in the conditions of freezing temperatures. It's picked out the following main processes of spoiling: souring, acidifying and sallowness. Often these processes take place simultaneously.It has been investigated melted butter with lactated additive. The latter improves the microbiological and toxicological safety, prolongs the storage condition of the products. Technological efficiency of the additives is achieved by a multilayer products formation from the inactive bound water, preventing microorganisms growth and by the barrier layer with lactate inhibiting hydrolytic reactions. Oil samples were obtained with the batch-type butter maker application, then they were melted and after that lactated additive were supplemented. It has been studied organoleptic and physico-chemical indices of the melted butter samples. The fatty-acid composition of melted butter were studied. Comparative analysis of fatty-acid composition of cow's milk fat and produced melted butter has shown their similarity. Also in the last sample there is increased weight fraction of linoleic and linolenic acids. The obtained

  1. Direct determination of metastable phase diagram by synchrotron radiation experiments on undercooled metallic melts.

    Notthoff, C; Feuerbacher, B; Franz, H; Herlach, D M; Holland-Moritz, D


    The phase selection process during the crystallization of undercooled metallic melts is studied in situ by combining the electromagnetic levitation technique with energy dispersive x-ray diffraction of synchrotron radiation. The crystallization of metastable bcc phase in binary Ni-V alloys was identified. A metastable phase diagram of Ni-V alloy is constructed, which shows the primarily solidifying phase as a function of composition and undercooling. The analysis within nucleation theory emphasizes the important role of metal oxide as a heterogeneous nucleation site controlling the phase selection.

  2. Directional solidification of binary melts with a non-equilibrium mushy layer

    Aseev, D.L.; Alexandrov, D.V. [Urals State University, Department of Mathematical Physics, Lenin Avenue 51, Ekaterinburg 620083 (Russian Federation)


    When the melt or solution solidifies a constitutionally supercooled mushy layer is frequently formed ahead of the phase transition boundary. This leads to nucleation and growth mechanisms of newly born solid particles within a mush. The latter is responsible for the structures and properties appearing in the crystal. The process of solidification with a supercooled mushy layer is analytically described on the basis of two joint theories of directional and bulk crystallization. Such characteristics as the constitutional supercooling, the solid fraction and the radial density distribution function of solid particles in a mushy layer are found. The complex structure of the non-equilibrium mushy layer is completely recognized. (author)

  3. Microstructure, biocorrosion and cytotoxicity evaluations of rapid solidified Mg-3Ca alloy ribbons as a biodegradable material.

    Gu, X N; Li, X L; Zhou, W R; Cheng, Y; Zheng, Y F


    Rapidly solidified (RS) Mg–3Ca alloy ribbons were prepared by the melt-spinning technique at different wheel rotating speeds (15 m s(-1), 30 m s(-1) and 45 m s(-1) with the as-cast Mg–3Ca alloy ingot as a raw material. The RS45 Mg–3Ca alloy ribbon showed a much more fine grain size feature (approximately 200–500 nm) in comparison to the coarse grain size (50–100 μm)of the original as-cast Mg–3Ca alloy ingot. The corrosion electrochemical tests in simulated body fluid indicated that the corrosion rate of the as-cast Mg–3Ca alloy was strongly reduced by the RS procedure and tended to be further decreased with increasing wheel rotating speeds(1.43 mm yr(-1) for RS15, 0.94 mm yr(-1) for RS30 and 0.36 mm yr(-1) for RS45). The RS Mg–3Ca alloy ribbons showed more uniform corrosion morphology compared with the as-cast Mg–3Ca alloy after polarization. The cytotoxicity evaluation revealed that the three experimental as-spun Mg–3Ca alloy ribbon extracts did not induce toxicity to the L-929 cells,whereas the as-cast Mg–3Ca alloy ingot extract did. The L-929 cells showed more improved adhesion on the surfaces of the three as-spun Mg–3Ca alloy ribbons than that of the as-cast Mg–3Ca alloy ingot.

  4. Microstructure, biocorrosion and cytotoxicity evaluations of rapid solidified Mg-3Ca alloy ribbons as a biodegradable material

    Gu, X N; Zhou, W R; Zheng, Y F [State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex System and Department of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Li, X L [Center for Biomedical Materials and Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001 (China); Cheng, Y, E-mail: [Center for Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)


    Rapidly solidified (RS) Mg-3Ca alloy ribbons were prepared by the melt-spinning technique at different wheel rotating speeds (15 m s{sup -1}, 30 m s{sup -1} and 45 m s{sup -1}) with the as-cast Mg-3Ca alloy ingot as a raw material. The RS45 Mg-3Ca alloy ribbon showed a much more fine grain size feature (approximately 200-500 nm) in comparison to the coarse grain size (50-100 {mu}m) of the original as-cast Mg-3Ca alloy ingot. The corrosion electrochemical tests in simulated body fluid indicated that the corrosion rate of the as-cast Mg-3Ca alloy was strongly reduced by the RS procedure and tended to be further decreased with increasing wheel rotating speeds (1.43 mm yr{sup -1} for RS15, 0.94 mm yr{sup -1} for RS30 and 0.36 mm yr{sup -1} for RS45). The RS Mg-3Ca alloy ribbons showed more uniform corrosion morphology compared with the as-cast Mg-3Ca alloy after polarization. The cytotoxicity evaluation revealed that the three experimental as-spun Mg-3Ca alloy ribbon extracts did not induce toxicity to the L-929 cells, whereas the as-cast Mg-3Ca alloy ingot extract did. The L-929 cells showed more improved adhesion on the surfaces of the three as-spun Mg-3Ca alloy ribbons than that of the as-cast Mg-3Ca alloy ingot.

  5. Direct Microscopic And Microholographic Observations Of The Solidification Of Particles From Rapidly Stirred Melts

    Smeulders, R. J.; Mischgofsky, F. H.; Frankena, H. J.


    A microscopic set-up to observe fast moving solidifying particles during stir casting is described. The set-up consists of a Ruby laser and a frequency doubled Nd3+:YAG laser, a model device of an actual stir casting apparatus filled with a transparent organic alloy, melting at a low temperature and three different recording systems. Using a neopentyl alcohol alloy as a model substance for metal alloys, the crystallization process is studied by direct observation. Pulses from both lasers are used to provide a sufficiently short exposure time to take (simultaneously) holograms, microphotographs and videorecordings of the fast moving (flow rates up to 10 ms-1) small particles with sizes in the order of 10-103 μm. Primarily solidified particles appear to have equiaxed dendritic shapes. The longest diameter of these particles attain a maximum for low stirring rates and high cooling rates. After a period of stirring, some of the dendrite tips grow and transform the particle shapes into more spherical ones. At this stage the morphology of the solidified particles shows a good similarity with stir casted metal alloys.

  6. Rotation of melting ice disks due to melt fluid flow.

    Dorbolo, S; Adami, N; Dubois, C; Caps, H; Vandewalle, N; Darbois-Texier, B


    We report experiments concerning the melting of ice disks (85 mm in diameter and 14 mm in height) at the surface of a thermalized water bath. During the melting, the ice disks undergo translational and rotational motions. In particular, the disks rotate. The rotation speed has been found to increase with the bath temperature. We investigated the flow under the bottom face of the ice disks by a particle image velocimetry technique. We find that the flow goes downwards and also rotates horizontally, so that a vertical vortex is generated under the ice disk. The proposed mechanism is the following. In the vicinity of the bottom face of the disk, the water eventually reaches the temperature of 4 °C for which the water density is maximum. The 4 °C water sinks and generates a downwards plume. The observed vertical vorticity results from the flow in the plume. Finally, by viscous entrainment, the horizontal rotation of the flow induces the solid rotation of the ice block. This mechanism seems generic: any vertical flow that generates a vortex will induce the rotation of a floating object.

  7. Nucleation of melting and solidification in confined high aspect ratio thin films

    Mastandrea, J. P.; Ager, J. W.; Chrzan, D. C.


    Classical nucleation theory is used to consider the solidification of a melt confined between two planar surfaces. The critical nucleus shapes and the associated nucleation energy barriers are computed as a function of the thickness of the film and the film's relevant bulk and interface energies. The analysis is then repeated for the melting transition, and expressions for the depression and elevation of the melting temperature, relative to the thermodynamic bulk melting temperature of the film material, are found. A nucleus morphology diagram is constructed. This diagram presents the lowest energy morphology of the nuclei, as well as melting points, as a function of the system parameters. Using the nucleus morphology diagram, experimental and system parameters that allow for the desired nucleation behavior can be identified. Furthermore, the nucleus morphology diagram illustrates a region of parameter space where the film is predicted to solidify above its thermodynamic bulk melting temperature, a behavior termed presolidification. The theory is used to predict the temperature at which the nucleation of the solid phase and liquid phase is expected for Ge between two glass substrates. Furthermore, a possible route for controlling the orientation of the film is identified. By controlling the growth temperature, certain orientations may not be able to nucleate, thereby reducing the possible number of orientations within a film.

  8. Determination of the Solid/Liquid Interface Shape and Resultant Radial Homogeneity in Directionally Solidified Hg(0.89)Mn(0.11)Te

    Price, M. W.; Scripa, R. N.; Lehoczky, S. L.; Szofran, F. R.; Hanson, B.


    Directional solidification and interrupted directional solidification experiments were used to determine tile shape of the solid/liquid interface and the resultant radial homogeneity in Hg(0.89)Mg(0.11)Te. For directionally solidified samples solidified at a rate of 0.09 microns/sec in a thermal gradient of 83 C/cm, a maximum of 0.006 molar percent MnTe radial variation across the Hg0.89)Mn(0.11)Te boules at specific locations was determined using an FTIR technique. This FTIR evaluation of the radial homogeneity also indicated an asymmetrical, convex interface shape during solidification. The asymmetrical, convex shape of the growth interface was confirmed by interrupted directional solidification experiments. These were performed under the same growth conditions as the normally completed directional solidification experiments except that the samples were quenched before the final growth transient was reached. In these experiments, etching and scanning X-ray fluorescence were used to reveal the shape of the solid/liquid interface. Microprobe analysis of composition gradients across the interface was used to confirm the authors' previous work in evaluating the segregation coefficient of Hg(0.89)Mn(0.11)Te alloy. Microprobe analysis of the interface region of the interrupted growth sample revealed a dendritic structure containing secondary and tertiary dendritic arms.

  9. Melt electrospinning of biodegradable polyurethane scaffolds

    Karchin, Ari; Simonovsky, Felix I.; Ratner, Buddy D.; Sanders, Joan E.


    Electrospinning from the melt, in contrast to from solution, is an attractive tissue engineering scaffold manufacturing process as it allows for the formation of small diameter fibers while eliminating potentially cytotoxic solvents. Despite this, there is a dearth of literature on scaffold formation via melt electrospinning. This is likely due to the technical challenges related to the need for a well-controlled high temperature setup and the difficulty in developing an appropriate polymer. In this paper, a biodegradable and thermally stable polyurethane (PU) is described specifically for use in melt electrospinning. Polymer formulations of aliphatic PUs based on (CH2)4-content diisocyanates, polycaprolactone (PCL), 1,4-butanediamine and 1,4-butanediol (BD) were evaluated for utility in the melt electrospinning process. The final polymer formulation, a catalyst-purified PU based on 1,4-butane diisocyanate, PCL and BD in a 4/1/3 molar ratio with a weight-average molecular weight of about 40 kDa, yielded a nontoxic polymer that could be readily electrospun from the melt. Scaffolds electrospun from this polymer contained point bonds between fibers and mechanical properties analogous to many in vivo soft tissues. PMID:21640853

  10. Air-assisted liquid–liquid microextraction by solidifying the floating organic droplets for the rapid determination of seven fungicide residues in juice samples

    You, Xiangwei [Tobacco Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Qingdao 266101 (China); College of Science, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193 (China); Xing, Zhuokan [College of Science, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193 (China); Liu, Fengmao, E-mail: [College of Science, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193 (China); Zhang, Xu [College of Science, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193 (China)


    Highlights: • A novel AALLME-SFO method was firstly reported for pesticide residue analysis. • Solvent with low density and proper melting point was used as extraction solvent. • The formation of “cloudy solvent” with a syringe only. • The new method avoided the use of organic dispersive solvent. - Abstract: A novel air assisted liquid–liquid microextraction using the solidification of a floating organic droplet method (AALLME-SFO) was developed for the rapid and simple determination of seven fungicide residues in juice samples, using the gas chromatography with electron capture detector (GC-ECD). This method combines the advantages of AALLME and dispersive liquid–liquid microextraction based on the solidification of floating organic droplets (DLLME-SFO) for the first time. In this method, a low-density solvent with a melting point near room temperature was used as the extraction solvent, and the emulsion was rapidly formed by pulling in and pushing out the mixture of aqueous sample solution and extraction solvent for ten times repeatedly using a 10-mL glass syringe. After centrifugation, the extractant droplet could be easily collected from the top of the aqueous samples by solidifying it at a temperature lower than the melting point. Under the optimized conditions, good linearities with the correlation coefficients (γ) higher than 0.9959 were obtained and the limits of detection (LOD) varied between 0.02 and 0.25 μg L{sup −1}. The proposed method was applied to determine the target fungicides in juice samples and acceptable recoveries ranged from 72.6% to 114.0% with the relative standard deviations (RSDs) of 2.3–13.0% were achieved. Compared with the conventional DLLME method, the newly proposed method will neither require a highly toxic chlorinated solvent for extraction nor an organic dispersive solvent in the application process; hence, it is more environmentally friendly.


    Němec L.


    Full Text Available Four aspects of effective glass melting have been defined – namely the fast kinetics of partial melting phenomena, a consideration of the melting phenomena ordering, high utilisation of the melting space, and effective utilisation of the supplied energy. The relations were defined for the specific melting performance and specific energy consumption of the glass melting process which involve the four mentioned aspects of the process and indicate the potentials of effective melting. The quantity “space utilisation” has been treated in more detail as an aspect not considered in practice till this time. The space utilisation was quantitatively defined and its values have been determined for the industrial melting facility by mathematical modelling. The definitions of the specific melting performance and specific energy consumption have been used for assessment of the potential impact of a controlled melt flow and high space utilisation on the melting process efficiency on the industrial scale. The results have shown that even the partial control of the melt flow, leading to the partial increase of the space utilisation, may considerably increase the melting performance, whereas a decrease of the specific energy consumption was determined to be between 10 - 15 %.

  12. Functions and requirements document for interim store solidified high-level and transuranic waste

    Smith-Fewell, M.A., Westinghouse Hanford


    The functions, requirements, interfaces, and architectures contained within the Functions and Requirements (F{ampersand}R) Document are based on the information currently contained within the TWRS Functions and Requirements database. The database also documents the set of technically defensible functions and requirements associated with the solidified waste interim storage mission.The F{ampersand}R Document provides a snapshot in time of the technical baseline for the project. The F{ampersand}R document is the product of functional analysis, requirements allocation and architectural structure definition. The technical baseline described in this document is traceable to the TWRS function, Interim Store Solidified Waste, and its related requirements, architecture, and interfaces.

  13. Effect of boron addition on the microstructure and stress-rupture properties of directionally solidified superalloys

    Bao-ping Wu; Lin-han Li; Jian-tao Wu; Zhen Wang; Yan-bin Wang; Xing-fu Chen; Jian-xin Dong; Jun-tao Li


    This study is focused on the effect of boron addition, in the range of 0.0007wt% to 0.03wt%, on the microstructure and stress-rupture properties of a directionally solidified superalloy. With increasing boron content in the as-cast alloys, there is an increase in the fraction of theγ′/γ eutectic and block borides precipitate around theγ′/γ eutectic. At a high boron content of 0.03wt%, there is precipitation of lamellar borides. Upon heat treatment, fine block borides tend to precipitate at grain boundaries with increasing boron content. Overall, the rupture life of the directionally solidified superalloy is significantly improved with the addition of nominal content of boron. However, the rupture life decreases when the boron content exceeds 0.03wt%.

  14. The microstructure and phase relationships in rapidly solidified type 304 stainless steel powders

    Wright, Richard N.; Flinn, John E.; Korth, Gary E.; Bae, Jung Chan; Kelly, Thomas F.


    The microstructure and relative amounts of fcc and bcc phases have been studied for rapidly solidified Type 304 stainless steel powders produced by vacuum gas atomization (VGA) and centrifugal atomization (CA). The VGA powder solidifies with a cellular microstructure while the CA powder has a dendritic microstructure. The volume fraction of fcc phase in the CA powder is found to increase from 40 Pct to 97 Pct with increasing particle size from 30 to 125 µm. In the VGA powder, the volume fraction of fcc phase is found to decrease from about 90 Pct to 77 Pct over the same range of particle sizes. The origins of the fcc and bcc phases in each powder are considered. It is concluded that bcc is present as both a primary crystallization phase in the smaller CA particles (<75 µm) and as compositionally stabilized eutectic ferrite at the cell walls of particles of both CA and VGA powders in which fcc was the primary crystallization phase.

  15. Chloride leaching from air pollution control residues solidified using ground granulated blast furnace slag.

    Lampris, Christos; Stegemann, Julia A; Cheeseman, Christopher R


    Ground granulated blast furnace slag (ggbs) has been used to solidify air pollution control (APC) residues obtained from a major UK energy-from-waste plant. Samples were prepared with ggbs additions between 10 and 50 wt% of total dry mass and water/solids ratios between 0.35 and 0.80. Consistence, setting time, compressive strength and leaching characteristics have been investigated. Results indicated that the highly alkaline nature of APC residues due to the presence of free lime can be used to activate ggbs hydration reactions. Increasing ggbs additions and reducing the water content resulted in increased compressive strengths, with 50 wt% ggbs samples having average 28 d strengths of 20.6 MPa. Leaching tests indicate low physical encapsulation and minimal chemical fixation of chloride in ggbs solidified APC residues. The results suggest that more than 50 wt% ggbs additions would be required to treat APC residues to meet the current waste acceptance criteria limits for chloride.

  16. Electrical properties of Al-In-Sn alloys directionally solidified in high and low gravitational fields

    Wu, M. K.; Ashburn, J. R.; Kaukler, W. F.; Curreri, P. A.


    The Al-In-Sn alloys were directionally solidified in the NASA KC-135 aircraft which flies a series of parabolas to generate high (high-g) and low (low-g) gravity forces parallel to the longitudinal growth axis. Thus, for a given sample, successive sections can be identified which were solidified in high-g and low-g. Measurements of the electronic properties of the samples reveal that: the resistivity of the low-g sections is larger (about a factor of 10) than that of the high-g sections; the low-g sections behave conductively like a semi-metal, while the high-g sections are essentially metallic; and both high-g and low-g sections are superconducting but the superconducting transition temperature of the low-g sections is 1 K higher than that of the high-g sections.

  17. Validation of the solidifying soil process using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

    Lin, Zhao-Xiang; Liu, Lin-Mei; Liu, Lu-Wen


    Although an Ionic Soil Stabilizer (ISS) has been widely used in landslide control, it is desirable to effectively monitor the stabilization process. With the application of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), the ion contents of K, Ca, Na, Mg, Al, and Si in the permeable fluid are detected after the solidified soil samples have been permeated. The processes of the Ca ion exchange are analyzed at pressures of 2 and 3 atm, and it was determined that the cation exchanged faster as the pressure increased. The Ca ion exchanges were monitored for different stabilizer mixtures, and it was found that a ratio of 1:200 of ISS to soil is most effective. The investigated plasticity and liquidity indexes also showed that the 1:200 ratio delivers the best performance. The research work indicates that it is possible to evaluate the engineering performances of soil solidified by ISS in real time and online by LIBS.

  18. Electrical properties of Al-In-Sn alloys directionally solidified in high and low gravitational fields

    Wu, M. K.; Ashburn, J. R.; Curreri, P. A.; Kaukler, W. F.


    Al-ln-Sn alloys have been directionally solidified in the NASA KC-135 aircraft which flies a series of parabolas to generate high (high-g) and low gravity (low-g) forces parallel to the longitudinal growth axis. Thus, for a given sample successive sections can be identified which were solidified in high-g and in low-g. Measurements on the electronic properties of the samples reveal that (1) the resistivity of the low-g sections is larger (about a factor of 10) than that of the high-g sections; (2) the low-g sections behave conductively like a semi-metal, while the high-g sections are essentially metallic; and (3) both high-g and low-g sections are superconducting but the superconducting transition temperature of the low-g sections is 1 K higher than that of the high-g sections.

  19. Electrical conductivity in directionally solidified lead-9 and -20 wt pct copper alloys

    Kim, Shinwoo; Flanagan, W. F.; Lichter, B. D.; Grugel, R. N.


    Composites consisting of aligned copper dendrites in a lead matrix have been produced by directional solidification processing for potential application as grids in lead-acid batteries. To promote a uniform composite of aligned copper dendrites in a protective lead matrix, two alloy compositions, Pb-9 and -20 wt pct Cu, have been directionally solidified through a temperature gradient of 4.5 K/mm at constant growth velocities which ranged from 1 to 100 micron/s. With slow growth rates (below about 10 microns/s), the copper dendrites were generally columnar and continuous along the sample length; at higher velocities (above 60 microns/s), they assumed an intricate and equiaxed morphology. In accordance with copper content and growth rate, the electrical conductivity of the directionally solidified composites was found to be as much as a 2.5 times that of pure lead. The results are compared with that predicted by a model based on a geometrical dendrite.

  20. Trondhjemitic melts produced by in-situ differentiation of a tholeiitic lava flow, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland.

    Martin, E.; Sigmarsson, O.


    How the continental crust began to form early in Earth's history is unconstrained. However, it is reasonable to presume that higher heat flow in the past, resulted in more frequent interaction of mantle plumes and mid- oceanic ridges. If true, then Iceland could be a good analogue for processes occurring on Earth at its youth stage. This is supported by the relatively high abundance of silicic rocks in Iceland but their rarity on other oceanic hot spots. The origin of Icelandic silicic rocks has been a subject of a lively debate but has been shown to be principally formed by partial melting of hydrothermally altered basaltic crust. However, in rare cases, their origin by fractional crystallization from mantle derived basalts is suggested. Segregation veins in lava flows frequently contain interstitial glasses of silicic compositions. Moreover, they allow an exceptional overview of the fractional crystallization mechanism. These veins form by gas filter pressing during cooling and degassing of solidifying lava flows, after approximately 50% fractional crystallization of anhydrous minerals. Pairs of samples, host lava and associated segregation veins, from Reykjanes Peninsula (Iceland), Lanzarote (Canary Island) and Masaya's volcano (Nicaragua), allow the assessment of a near-complete fractional crystallization of olivine tholeiitic basalt at pressure close to one atmosphere. Interstitial glass patches in segregation veins represent the final product of this process (80 97 % of fractional crystallization). These ultimate liquids are of granitic composition in the case of Lanzarote and Masaya but overwhelmingly trondhjemitic at Reykjanes. It appears that the initial K2O/Na2O of the basaltic liquid controls the evolution path of the residual liquid composition produced at pressure close to 0.1 MPa (1 bar). Granitic liquids are generated from basalts of high initial K2O/Na2O whereas low initial K2O/Na2O leads to trondhjemitic compositions. The trondhjemitic composition

  1. Preparation and characterization of solidified oleanolic acid–phospholipid complex aiming to improve the dissolution of oleanolic acid

    Xiaoxu Yang


    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to prepare the oleanolic acid–phospholipid complex (OA-PC and then solidify it employing fumed silica by simple solvent evaporation technique to improve dissolution rate of oleanolic acid and oleanolic acid–phospholipid complex. The process of OA-PC was optimized and the type and proportion of fumed silica were studied by dissolution text. The structures of the phospholipid complex and solidified powder were also characterized by differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscope. In the dissolution tests, OA from solidified powder was further released compared with that from pure OA and OA-PC in different kinds of dissolution media. These results suggest that the method of preparing solidified powder of oleanolic acid–phospholipid complex is suitable for enhancing the dissolution rate of OA and OA-PC.

  2. Rapidly solidified U-6 wt%Nb powders for dispersion-type nuclear fuels

    McKeown, Joseph T.; Hsiung, Luke L.; Ryu, Ho Jin; Park, Jong Man; Turchi, Patrice E. A.; King, Wayne E.


    The microstructures of U-6 wt%Nb powder particles were investigated to assess their use as a distributed fuel phase in dispersion-type nuclear fuels. The powder was produced by centrifugal atomization, leading to rapid solidification of the molten alloy particles. The microstructure of the solidified particles consisted of a dendritic structure comprising metastable α-phase-related dendrites and interdendritic metastable γ0 phase formation. The relationship between the observed microstructure and processing conditions are discussed.

  3. Rapidly solidified U–6 wt%Nb powders for dispersion-type nuclear fuels

    McKeown, Joseph T., E-mail: [Physical and Life Sciences Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 94550 (United States); Hsiung, Luke L. [Physical and Life Sciences Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 94550 (United States); Ryu, Ho Jin [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jong Man [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Turchi, Patrice E.A.; King, Wayne E. [Physical and Life Sciences Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 94550 (United States)


    The microstructures of U–6 wt%Nb powder particles were investigated to assess their use as a distributed fuel phase in dispersion-type nuclear fuels. The powder was produced by centrifugal atomization, leading to rapid solidification of the molten alloy particles. The microstructure of the solidified particles consisted of a dendritic structure comprising metastable α-phase-related dendrites and interdendritic metastable γ{sup 0} phase formation. The relationship between the observed microstructure and processing conditions are discussed.

  4. Characterization of Solidified Gas Thin Film Targets via $\\alpha$ Particle Energy Loss

    Fujiwara, M C; Beveridge, J L; Douglas, J L; Huber, T M; Jacot-Guillarmod, R; Kim, S K; Knowles, P E; Kunselman, A R; Maier, M; Marshall, G M; Mason, G R; Mulhauser, F; Olin, A; Petitjean, C; Porcelli, T A; Zmeskal, J


    A method is reported for measuring the thickness and uniformity of thin films of solidified gas targets. The energy of alpha particles traversing the film is measured and the energy loss is converted to thickness using the stopping power. The uniformity is determined by measuring the thickness at different positions with an array of sources. Monte Carlo simulations have been performed to study the film deposition mechanism. Thickness calibrations for a TRIUMF solid hydrogen target system are presented.

  5. Structures of immiscible Al-In alloys solidified under microgravity conditions

    Potard, C.


    Four samples of the immiscible Al-In system having monotectic and hypermonotectic compositions were solidified under microgravity during the NASA-SPAR IX flight of January 20th, 1981. The experimental thermal and physico-chemical conditions actually achieved have been analysed. Radiographic and metallographic observations of the samples show a non-regular dispersed primary phase inside the monotectic matrix. These observations are commented on the basis of capillarity and solidification aspects.

  6. Viscosity Measurement for Tellurium Melt

    Lin, Bochuan; Li, Chao; Ban, Heng; Scripa, Rosalia N.; Su, Ching-Hua; Lehoczky, Sandor L.


    The viscosity of high temperature Te melt was measured using a new technique in which a rotating magnetic field was applied to the melt sealed in a suspended ampoule, and the torque exerted by rotating melt flow on the ampoule wall was measured. Governing equations for the coupled melt flow and ampoule torsional oscillation were solved, and the viscosity was extracted from the experimental data by numerical fitting. The computational result showed good agreement with experimental data. The melt velocity transient initiated by the rotating magnetic field reached a stable condition quickly, allowing the viscosity and electrical conductivity of the melt to be determined in a short period.

  7. Thermoacoustic Streaming and Ultrasonic Processing of Low Melting Melts

    Trinh, E. H.


    Ultrasonic levitation allows the processing of low melting materials both in 1 G as well as in microgravity. The free suspension of the melts also facilitates undercooling, permitting the measurements of the physical properties of the metastable liquids.

  8. Effect of Zr Purity and Oxygen Content on the Structure and Mechanical Properties of Melt-Spun and Suction-Cast Cu46Zr42Al7Y5 Alloy

    Kozieł T.; Latuch J.; Cios G.; Bała P.


    The effect of oxygen content in zirconium on the structure and mechanical properties of the Cu46Zr42Al7Y5 alloy, in the form of melt-spun ribbons and suction-cast rods, was investigated. Two types of Zr, rod and crystal bar of different nominal purities and oxygen contents, were used to synthesize the alloy by arc melting. Rapidly solidified ribbons were produced by melt spinning and their amorphous structures were confirmed by X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry ...

  9. Thermal deflection analysis of the solidified shell in continuous casting of slab

    LIU Hongzhao; WANG Zhongmin


    The thermal deformation problem in the continuous casting of a slab subjected to thermal loading because of the temperature gradient along the solidified shell thickness is investigated.On the basis of the reciprocal theorem of work or Betti-MaxweU's reciprocal theorem and the superposition principle,the deflection expressions for a rectangular plate with the two opposite edges simply supported,and the other two opposite edges clamped under the action of the uniformly distributed load and nonuniform temperature field are derived respectively.The meaning of each term in the deflection expression obtained by the reciprocal theorem of work is explained.Then the practical example is given to calculate the thermal deformation and the bulging deformation of the solidified shell under three tension speeds.This research is useful for analyzing the bulging deformation in the continuous casting of a slab under the static pressure of the molten steel and the thermal loading because of the temperature gradient along the solidified shell thickness.

  10. Long-term reactive transport modelling of stabilized/solidified waste: from dynamic leaching tests to disposal scenarios

    Windt, Laurent de [Ecole des Mines de Paris, CG-Hydrodynamics and Reaction Group, 35 R. St-Honore, 77300 Fontainebleau (France)]. E-mail:; Badreddine, Rabia [INERIS, Direction des Risques Chroniques, Unite Dechets et Sites Pollues, Parc Technologique Alata BP 2, 60550 Verneuil-en-Halatte (France); Lagneau, Vincent [Ecole des Mines de Paris, CG-Hydrodynamics and Reaction Group, 35 R. St-Honore, 77300 Fontainebleau (France)


    Environmental impact assessment of hazardous waste disposal relies, among others, on standardized leaching tests characterized by a strong coupling between diffusion and chemical processes. In that respect, this study shows that reactive transport modelling is a useful tool to extrapolate laboratory results to site conditions characterized by lower solution/solid (L/S) ratios, site specific geometry, infiltration, etc. A cement solidified/stabilized (S/S) waste containing lead is investigated as a typical example. The reactive transport model developed in a previous study to simulate the initial state of the waste as well as laboratory batch and dynamic tests is first summarized. Using the same numerical code (HYTEC), this model is then integrated to a simplified waste disposal scenario assuming a defective cover and rain water infiltration. The coupled evolution of the S/S waste chemistry and the pollutant plume migration are modelled assessing the importance of the cracking state of the monolithic waste. The studied configurations correspond to an undamaged and fully sealed system, a few main fractures between undamaged monoliths and, finally, a dense crack-network in the monoliths. The model considers the potential effects of cracking, first the increase of rain water and carbon dioxide infiltration and, secondly, the increase of L/S ratio and reactive surfaces, using either explicit fracture representation or dual porosity approaches.

  11. Melt processed crystalline ceramic waste forms for advanced nuclear fuel cycles: CRP T21027 1813: Processing technologies for high level waste, formulation of matrices and characterization of waste forms, Task 17208: Final report

    Amoroso, J. W. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Marra, J. C. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)


    A multi-phase ceramic waste form is being developed at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) for treatment of secondary waste streams generated by reprocessing commercial spent nuclear. The envisioned waste stream contains a mixture of transition, alkali, alkaline earth, and lanthanide metals. Ceramic waste forms are tailored (engineered) to incorporate waste components as part of their crystal structure based on knowledge from naturally found minerals containing radioactive and non-radioactive species similar to the radionuclides of concern in wastes from fuel reprocessing. The ability to tailor ceramics to mimic naturally occurring crystals substantiates the long term stability of such crystals (ceramics) over geologic timescales of interest for nuclear waste immobilization [1]. A durable multi-phase ceramic waste form tailored to incorporate all the waste components has the potential to broaden the available disposal options and thus minimize the storage and disposal costs associated with aqueous reprocessing. This report summarizes results from three years of work on the IAEA Coordinated Research Project on “Processing technologies for high level waste, formulation of matrices and characterization of waste forms” (T21027), and specific task “Melt Processed Crystalline Ceramic Waste Forms for Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycles” (17208).

  12. Melt processed crystalline ceramic waste forms for advanced nuclear fuel cycles: CRP T21027 1813: Processing technologies for high level waste, formulation of matrices and characterization of waste forms, task 17208: Final report

    Amoroso, J. W. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Marra, J. C. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)


    A multi-phase ceramic waste form is being developed at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) for treatment of secondary waste streams generated by reprocessing commercial spent nuclear. The envisioned waste stream contains a mixture of transition, alkali, alkaline earth, and lanthanide metals. Ceramic waste forms are tailored (engineered) to incorporate waste components as part of their crystal structure based on knowledge from naturally found minerals containing radioactive and non-radioactive species similar to the radionuclides of concern in wastes from fuel reprocessing. The ability to tailor ceramics to mimic naturally occurring crystals substantiates the long term stability of such crystals (ceramics) over geologic timescales of interest for nuclear waste immobilization [1]. A durable multi-phase ceramic waste form tailored to incorporate all the waste components has the potential to broaden the available disposal options and thus minimize the storage and disposal costs associated with aqueous reprocessing. This report summarizes results from three years of work on the IAEA Coordinated Research Project on “Processing technologies for high level waste, formulation of matrices and characterization of waste forms” (T21027), and specific task “Melt Processed Crystalline Ceramic Waste Forms for Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycles” (17208).

  13. Fundamentals of twin-screw extrusion polymer melting: Common pitfalls and how to avoid them

    Andersen, Paul


    The process for compounding engineered polymer formulations is comprised of several unit operations. These typically include, but are not limited to: feedstock introduction, polymer melt-mixing, distributive/dispersive mixing of minerals/fibers, removal of volatiles, and pressurization for discharge. While each unit operation has an impact on process productivity and the quality of the finished product, polymer melt-mixing has a significantly greater impact than the others. First, it consumes 50, 60 or higher percent of the total system energy. Second, it generates the highest radial as well as particle-particle interactive pressure of any unit operation. Third, the negative impact on the process of any design flaws in the melt-mixing configuration is transmitted downstream to all subsequent unit operations. For example, a melt-mixing design that is too intense may degrade the polymer while one that is too weak may result in excessive breakage of glass fiber being fed downstream due to the polymer solidifying on the glass fiber and subsequently being re-melted. Another example of the impact of an incorrect melt-mixing configuration would be excessive abrasive wear. Adhesive wear is also possible as well as deformation on both barrel wall and screw elements due to high radial forces. Additionally, non-melting material present during the melt-mixing process could be compacted into "briquettes" by the high radial pressure and would have to be dispersed by subsequent downstream unit operations. Other potential issues associated with a non-optimal melting section are pre-mature and incomplete melting. The former is more of a concern with melting of powder feed stock while the latter is more probable with feed stock comprised of a broad range of particle sizes. However, the consequence of both is to convey unmolten polymer beyond the melting section. While this may not be perceived as a significant issue for most processes, it is an issue if the sole purpose of the

  14. Distribution of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans in the landfill site for solidified monoliths of fly ash.

    Wang, Mao-Sung; Wang, Lin-Chi; Chang-Chien, Guo-Ping


    One landfill site, which co-treated solidified monoliths of fly ash and bottom ash, was investigated comprehensively to characterize its PCDD/F distribution. The solidified monoliths, soil, banyan leaves, groundwater in the monitoring wells and the treated landfill leachates in this landfill site for solidified monoliths of fly ash were all sampled to clarify their PCDD/F characteristics. Although the PCDD/F leaching concentrations were extremely lower than the Taiwan PCDD/F TCLP regulation of solidified monoliths, the PCDD/F contents in the surface soils of the landfill site are 460 times higher than that of urban soils and the highest value is 2.8 times higher than the Taiwan soil regulation (1000 ngI-TEQkg(-1)). The elevated PCDD/F contents in the soil reveal their potential for causing adverse health risk for humans, including the pathway of resuspension of soil particles and volatilization of PCDD/Fs from soil. The PCDD/F concentrations in the groundwater and the treated landfill leachates of the landfill site for solidified monoliths were both higher than that in the control samples, suggesting its potential to be a PCDD/F source of nearby water environment. Without proper control and management, landfill sites for solidified monoliths of fly ash can seriously hazard the surrounding environment, therefore, are important to consider.

  15. Central Nervous System Based Computing Models for Shelf Life Prediction of Soft Mouth Melting Milk Cakes

    Gyanendra Kumar Goyal


    Full Text Available This paper presents the latency and potential of central nervous system based system intelligent computer engineering system for detecting shelf life of soft mouth melting milk cakes stored at 10o C. Soft mouth melting milk cakes are exquisite sweetmeat cuisine made out of heat and acid thickened solidified sweetened milk. In today’s highly competitive market consumers look for good quality food products. Shelf life is a good and accurate indicator to the food quality and safety. To achieve good quality of food products, detection of shelf life is important. Central nervous system based intelligent computing model was developed which detected 19.82 days shelf life, as against 21 days experimental shelf life.

  16. A Model for Molten Fuel-Coolant Interaction during Melt Slumping in a Nuclear Reactor

    Sohal, Manohar Singh; Siefken, Larry James


    This paper describes a simple fuel melt slumping model to replace the current parametric model in SCDAP/RELAP5. Specifically, a fuel-coolant interaction (FCI) model is developed to analyze the slumping molten fuel, molten fuel breakup, heat transfer to coolant, relocation of the molten droplets, size of a partially solidified particles that settle to the bottom of the lower plenum, and melt-plenum interaction, if any. Considering our objectives, the molten fuel jet breakup model, and fuel droplets Lagrangian model as included in a code TEXAS-V with Eulerian thermal hydraulics for water and steam from SCDAP/RELAP5 were used. The model was assessed with experimental data from MAGICO-2000 tests performed at University of California at Santa Barbara, and FARO Test L-08 performed at Joint Research Center, Ispra, Italy. The comparison was found satisfactory.

  17. Pore structure and mechanical properties of directionally solidified porous aluminum alloys

    Komissarchuk Olga


    Full Text Available Porous aluminum alloys produced by the metal-gas eutectic method or GASAR process need to be performed under a certain pressure of hydrogen, and to carry over melt to a tailor-made apparatus that ensures directional solidification. Hydrogen is driven out of the melt, and then the quasi-cylindrical pores normal to the solidification front are usually formed. In the research, the effects of processing parameters (saturation pressure, solidification pressure, temperature, and holding time on the pore structure and porosity of porous aluminum alloys were analyzed. The mechanical properties of Al-Mg alloys were studied by the compressive tests, and the advantages of the porous structure were indicated. By using the GASAR method, pure aluminum, Al-3wt.%Mg, Al-6wt.%Mg and Al-35wt.%Mg alloys with oriented pores have been successfully produced under processing conditions of varying gas pressure, and the relationship between the final pore structure and the solidification pressure, as well as the influences of Mg quantity on the pore size, porosity and mechanical properties of Al-Mg alloy were investigated. The results show that a higher pressure of solidification tends to yield smaller pores in aluminum and its alloys. In the case of Al-Mg alloys, it was proved that with the increasing of Mg amount, the mechanical properties of the alloys sharply deteriorate. However, since Al-3%Mg and Al-6wt.%Mg alloys are ductile metals, their porous samples have greater compressive strength than that of the dense samples due to the existence of pores. It gives the opportunity to use them in industry at the same conditions as dense alloys with savings in weight and material consumption.

  18. Containerless Undercooled Melts: Ordering, Nucleation, and Dendrite Growth

    Herlach, Dieter M.; Binder, Sven; Galenko, Peter; Gegner, Jan; Holland-Moritz, Dirk; Klein, Stefan; Kolbe, Matthias; Volkmann, Thomas


    Electromagnetic and electrostatic levitation are applied to containerless undercool and solidify metallic melts. A large undercooling range becomes accessible with the extra benefit that the freely suspended drop is accessible directly for in situ observation. The short-range order in undercooled melts is investigated by combining levitation with elastic neutron scattering and X-ray scattering using synchrotron radiation. Muon Spin Rotation ( µSR) experiments show magnetic ordering in deeply undercooled Co80Pd20 alloys. The onset of magnetic ordering stimulates nucleation. Results on nucleation undercooling of zirconium are presented showing the limit of maximum undercoolability set by the onset of homogeneous nucleation. Metastable phase diagrams are determined by applying energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction of Ni-V alloys with varying concentration. Nucleation is followed by crystal growth. Rapid dendrite growth velocity is measured on levitation-processed samples as a function of undercooling ∆ T by using high-speed video camera technique. Solute trapping in dilute solid solutions and disorder trapping in intermetallic compounds are experimentally verified. Measurements of glass-forming Cu-Zr alloy show a maximum in the V(∆ T) relation that is indicative for diffusion-controlled growth. The influence of convection on dendrite growth of Al50Ni50 is shown by comparative measurements of dendrite growth velocity on Earth and in reduced gravity. Eventually, faceting of a rough interface by convection is presented as observed on Ni2B alloys.

  19. Thermodynamics of Oligonucleotide Duplex Melting

    Schreiber-Gosche, Sherrie; Edwards, Robert A.


    Melting temperatures of oligonucleotides are useful for a number of molecular biology applications, such as the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Although melting temperatures are often calculated with simplistic empirical equations, application of thermodynamics provides more accurate melting temperatures and an opportunity for students to apply…

  20. Melting of polydisperse hard disks

    Pronk, S.; Frenkel, D.


    The melting of a polydisperse hard-disk system is investigated by Monte Carlo simulations in the semigrand canonical ensemble. This is done in the context of possible continuous melting by a dislocation-unbinding mechanism, as an extension of the two-dimensional hard-disk melting problem. We find

  1. Melting of polydisperse hard disks

    Pronk, S.; Frenkel, D.


    The melting of a polydisperse hard-disk system is investigated by Monte Carlo simulations in the semigrand canonical ensemble. This is done in the context of possible continuous melting by a dislocation-unbinding mechanism, as an extension of the two-dimensional hard-disk melting problem. We find th

  2. Melt crystallization for refinement of triolein and palmitic acid mixture as a model waste oil for biodiesel fuel production

    Fukui, Keisuke; Maeda, Kouji; Kuramochi, Hidetoshi


    Melt crystallization using an annular vessel with two circular cylinders was applied to produce high-quality vegetable oil from waste oil. The inner cylinder was cooled at a constant rate and rotated, and the outer cylinder was heated at a constant temperature. The melt was solidified on the inner cylinder surface. The binary system of triolein and palmitic acid was used as the model waste oil. We measured the distribution coefficient of triolein. Suitable operation conditions were proposed to attain a high yield and a high purity of triolein from waste oil. The distribution coefficient correlated well with the theoretical equation derived on the basis of the "local lever rule" at the interface of the crystal layer and melt [1].

  3. Non-equilibrium solidification of undercooled Ni-31.44%Pb monotectic alloy melts

    郑红星; 谢辉; 郭学锋


    By using the method of molten glass denucleating combined with superheating cycling, solidification behavior of the bulk undercooled Ni-31.44%Pb monotectic alloy melts was systematically investigated. The results indicated that the undercooled monotectic alloy solidifies in form of dendrite essentially during the stage of rapid solidification and after recalescence, the residual melts between the dendrites solidify in the equilibrium mode. Within the achieved undercooling range, the solidification structures are classified into three categories. When the undercooling is less than 50K, the structures are composed of coarse dendrites and interdendritic lead phase. With the undercooling increasing into the range of 70~232K, the dendrite clusters are refined and fine lead particles separate out from the supersaturated primary dendrite arms because of solute trapping. When the undercooling exceeds 242K, the granular grains form and fine lead particles homogeneously distribute in the whole sample. Based on the observation of the solidification structures and the calculated results with BCT model, it is found that the granulation mechanism of the granular grains is owing to the primary dendrite disintegration and recrystallization.

  4. Fundamentals of Melt-Water Interfacial Transport Phenomena: Improved Understanding for Innovative Safety Technologies in ALWRs

    M. Anderson; M. Corradini; K.Y. Bank; R. Bonazza; D. Cho


    The interaction and mixing of high-temperature melt and water is the important technical issue in the safety assessment of water-cooled reactors to achieve ultimate core coolability. For specific advanced light water reactor (ALWR) designs, deliberate mixing of the core-melt and water is being considered as a mitigative measure, to assure ex-vessel core coolability. The goal of this work is to provide the fundamental understanding needed for melt-water interfacial transport phenomena, thus enabling the development of innovative safety technologies for advanced LWRs that will assure ex-vessel core coolability. The work considers the ex-vessel coolability phenomena in two stages. The first stage is the melt quenching process and is being addressed by Argonne National Lab and University of Wisconsin in modified test facilities. Given a quenched melt in the form of solidified debris, the second stage is to characterize the long-term debris cooling process and is being addressed by Korean Maritime University in via test and analyses. We then address the appropriate scaling and design methodologies for reactor applications.

  5. Pavement Snow Melting

    Lund, John W.


    The design of pavement snow melting systems is presented based on criteria established by ASHRAE. The heating requirements depends on rate of snow fall, air temperature, relative humidity and wind velocity. Piping materials are either metal or plastic, however, due to corrosion problems, cross-linked polyethylene pipe is now generally used instead of iron. Geothermal energy is supplied to systems through the use of heat pipes, directly from circulating pipes, through a heat exchanger or by allowing water to flow directly over the pavement, by using solar thermal storage. Examples of systems in New Jersey, Wyoming, Virginia, Japan, Argentina, Switzerland and Oregon are presented. Key words: pavement snow melting, geothermal heating, heat pipes, solar storage, Wyoming, Virginia, Japan, Argentina, Klamath Falls.

  6. Effect of low temperature melt on solidification structure of A356 alloy with melt thermal treatment

    何树先; 王俊; 孙宝德; 周尧和


    The influence of the low temperature melt (LTM) structure on solidification structure of the sample with melt thermal treatment (MTT) process was studied. And the mechanism of the MTT process was analyzed with cluster theory. It is shown that the final solidification structure is dependent mainly on the structure of LTM. Dendrites will appear in the solidification structure if the structure of LTM is dendritic before MTT. Otherwise, non-dendritic grains will appear in the solidification structure. And the lower the temperature of LTM, the more remarkable the effect of the LTM structure is.


    Tai-Yon Cho; Barbara Heck; Gert Strobl


    The large size of the crystallites in poly(L-lactide) and the low growth rate enable detailed time- and temperaturedependent X-ray scattering studies of the ordering processes to be carried out. A layer located intermediate between crystals and melt-like regions is observed which finally takes on crystalline order. Recrystallization processes during heating change the complete stack structure rather than the crystallites individually and produce voids in the stacks. Establishment of a new stable structure after a temperature jump in the melting range can be followed in time. DSC experiments indicate times of melting of the order of minutes.

  8. Experiments on melt-rock reaction in the shallow mantle wedge

    Mitchell, Alexandra L.; Grove, Timothy L.


    This experimental study simulates the interaction of hotter, deeper hydrous mantle melts with shallower, cooler depleted mantle, a process that is expected to occur in the upper part of the mantle wedge. Hydrous reaction experiments ( 6 wt% H2O in the melt) were conducted on three different ratios of a 1.6 GPa mantle melt and an overlying 1.2 GPa harzburgite from 1060 to 1260 °C. Reaction coefficients were calculated for each experiment to determine the effect of temperature and starting bulk composition on final melt compositions and crystallizing assemblages. The experiments used to construct the melt-wall rock model closely approached equilibrium and experienced phase equilibria, melt compositions, and reaction coefficients provide a framework for understanding how melt-wall rock reaction occurs in the natural system during melt ascent in the mantle wedge.

  9. Microstructure Analysis of Directionally Solidified Aluminum Alloy Aboard the International Space Station

    Angart, Samuel Gilbert

    This thesis entails a detailed microstructure analysis of directionally solidified (DS) Al-7Si alloys processed in microgravity aboard the International Space Station and similar duplicate ground based experiments at Cleveland State University. In recent years, the European Space Agency (ESA) has conducted experiments on alloy solidification in microgravity. NASA and ESA have collaborated for three DS experiments with Al- 7 wt. % Si alloy, aboard the International Space Station (ISS) denoted as MICAST6, MICAST7 and MICAST12. The first two experiments were processed on the ISS in 2009 and 2010. MICAST12 was processed aboard the ISS in the spring of 2014; the resulting experimental results of MICAST12 are not discussed in this thesis. The primary goal of the thesis was to understand the effect of convection in primary dendrite arm spacings (PDAS) and radial macrosegregation within DS aluminum alloys. The MICAST experiments were processed with various solidification speeds and thermal gradients to produce alloy with differences in microstructure features. PDAS and radial macrosegregation were measured in the solidified ingot that developed during the transition from one solidification speed to another. To represent PDAS in DS alloy in the presence of no convection, the Hunt-Lu model was used to represent diffusion-controlled growth. By sectioning cross-sections throughout the entire length of solidified samples, PDAS was measured and calculated. The ground-based (1-g) experiments done at Cleveland State University CSU were also analyzed for comparison to the ISS experiments (0-g). During steady state in the microgravity environment, there was a reasonable agreement between the measured and calculated PDAS. In ground-based experiments, transverse sections exhibited obvious radial macrosegregation caused by thermosolutal convection resulting in a non-agreement with the Hunt-Lu model. Using a combination of image processing techniques and Electron Microprobe Analysis

  10. Preparation of Solidified Walnut Yoghurt%凝固型核桃酸奶的研制



    Objective] To prepare the solidified walnut yoghurt with nice and good flavor.[Method] With walnut, milk and white sugar as the main raw materials, a yogurt product with good flavor and abundant nutrition was prepared through blending, homogenizing, sterilization, fermentation and so on.[Result] Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus were mixed together according to the ratio of 1∶1, which was used as the leavening agent for lactic acid fermentation.The inoculum size was 3%, white sugar content was 6%, milk content was 7%, and walnut content was 7%.Thus, solidified walnut yoghurt was obtained with abundant nutrition and high quality.[ Conclusion] This research provides references for the preparation of solidified walnut yoghurt.%[目的]研制口感、风味良好的凝固型核桃酸奶。[方法]以核桃、牛奶、白砂糖为主要原料,通过调配、均质、杀菌、发酵等制成一种风味优良、营养丰富的酸奶制品。[结果]将保加利亚乳杆菌和嗜热链球菌以1∶1混合作为发酵剂进行乳酸发酵,即接种量为3%、白砂糖添加量6%、奶粉添加量7%、核桃浆含量7%,制得的凝固型核桃酸奶营养丰富,品质优良。[结论]为新型凝固型核桃酸奶的研制提供参考。

  11. Determination of performance criteria for high-level solidified nuclear waste

    Heckman, R.A.; Holdsworth, T.


    To minimize radiological risk from the operation of a waste management system, performance limits on volatilization, particulate dispersion, and dissolution characteristics of solidified high level waste must be specified. The results show clearly that the pre-emplacement environs are more limiting in establishing the waste form performance criteria than the post-emplacement environs. Absolute values of expected risk are very sensitive to modeling assumptions. The transportation and interim storage operations appear to be most limiting in determining the performance characteristics required. The expected values of risk do not rely upon the repositories remaining intact over the potentially hazardous lifetime of the waste.

  12. Effects of recrystallization on the low cycle fatigue behavior of directionally solidified superalloy DZ40M

    ZHAO Yang; WANG Lei; LI Hongyun; YU Teng; LIU Yang


    The effects of recrystallization on low cycle fatigue behavior were investigated on directionally solidified Co-base superalloy DZAOM.Optical microscopy and SEM were used to examine the mierostructure and fracture surface of the specimens.The mechanical testing results demonstrated that the low cycle fatigue property of DZ40M significantly decreased with the partial reerystallization.Fatigue cracks initiate near the carbides and the grain boundaries with slip-bands.Both the fatigue crack initiation and propagation can be accelerated with the occurrences of recrystallized grain boundaries.

  13. Resistance of a gamma/gamma prime - delta directionally solidified eutectic alloy to recrystallization

    Tewari, S. N.; Scheuermann, C. M.; Andrews, C. W.


    The lamellar directionally solidified nickel-base eutectic alloy gamma/gamma prime-delta has potential as an advanced turbine blade material. The microstructural stability of this alloy was investigated. Specimens were plastically deformed by uniform compression or Brinell indentation, then annealed between 705 and 1120 C. Microstructural changes observed after annealing included gamma prime coarsening, pinch-off and spheroidization of delta lamellae, and the appearance of an unidentified blocky phase in surface layers. All but the first of these was localized in severely deformed regions, suggesting that microstructural instability is not a serious problem in the use of this alloy.

  14. Tuning the Corrosion Behavior of Rapidly Solidified and Thermally-annealed Fe-Ti-Pd Alloys

    Gonzalez Sanchez, Sergio; Sort, Jordi


    The corrosion behavior of rapidly solidified Fe(91-x)Ti9Pdx (x=0, 1, 3 5) alloys (wt. %), both in the as-cast and thermally annealed (i.e., slowly cooled) states, has been investigated by means of electrochemical potentiodynamic polarization and immersion tests. Addition of Pd shifts the corrosion potential towards more anodic values than in the Fe91Ti9 alloy, both in the as-cast and annealed samples. In turn, the processing route (rapid cooling vs. thermal annealing) has a strong influence i...

  15. Microstructural Evolution of Rapidly Solidified Co-Mo and Ni-Mo Eutectic Alloys

    Xiujun HAN; Wenjing YAO; Bingbo WEI


    Droplets of Co-37.6 wt pct Mo and Ni-47.7 wt pct Mo eutectic alloys were rapidly solidified during containerless processing in a 3 m drop tube. A kind of anomalous eutectic appears in these two eutectic alloys when undercooling is beyond 56 and 61 K, respectively. The two eutectic phases in anomalous eutectic were observed to grow in dendrite manner. The formation of anomalous eutectic is ascribed to the cooperative dendrite growth of the two independently nucleated eutectic phases. Current dendrite and eutectic growth theories are applied to describe the observed processes.

  16. Microstructural characterization of rapidly solidified Cu{sub 50}Zr{sub 40}Ni{sub 5}Ti{sub 5} amorphous alloy

    Kursun, Celal, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Faculty of Art and Sciences, Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University, Kahramanmaras 46100 (Turkey); Gögebakan, Musa [Department of Physics, Faculty of Art and Sciences, Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University, Kahramanmaras 46100 (Turkey); Gencer, Yucel [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Gebze Institute of Technology, Gebze, 41400 Kocaeli (Turkey)


    The amorphous Cu{sub 50}Zr{sub 40}Ni{sub 5}Ti{sub 5} alloy was produced by melt-spinning at wheel speeds of 35, 38 and 41 m s{sup −1}. The resulting melt-spun ribbons were characterised using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDX), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and Vickers microhardness (HV) tester. The XRD and SEM results revealed that the rapidly solidified ribbons have a fully amorphous structure. After partial or fully crystallisation of Cu{sub 50}Zr{sub 40}Ni{sub 5}Ti{sub 5} ribbons upon annealing, the microstructure had uneven and irregularly shaped features with the existence of Cu{sub 10}Zr{sub 7}, Cu{sub 8}Zr{sub 3}, CuZr and FCC-Cu phases while as quenched ribbons had featureless microstructure. The SEM-EDX analysis confirmed compositional homogeneity of the Cu{sub 50}Zr{sub 40}Ni{sub 5}Ti{sub 5} alloy ribbon. According to DSC results, the amorphous ribbons exhibited distinct glass transition temperature (T{sub g}) and wide supercooled liquid region (ΔT{sub x} = T{sub x} − T{sub g}) before crystallization. Accordingly, T{sub g} and ΔT{sub x} are around 409–414 °C and 37–54 °C, respectively. The microhardness of the as-quenched ribbons was about 522 HV while it decreased with increasing annealing temperature and had a value of 463 HV for 725 °C.

  17. Redox Equilibria of Chromium in Calcium Silicate Base Melts

    Mirzayousef-Jadid, A.-M.; Schwerdtfeger, Klaus


    The oxidation state of chromium has been determined at 1600 °C in CaO-SiO2-CrO x melts with CaO/SiO2 ratios (mass pct) of 0.66, 0.93, and 1.10, and 0.15 to 3.00 pct Cr2O3 (initial). A few experiments were also carried out with CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-CrO x melts at 1430 °C. The slag samples were equilibrated with gas phases of controlled oxygen pressure. Two techniques were applied to determine the oxidation state: thermogravimetry and quenching of the samples with subsequent wet chemical analysis. In the low-oxygen pressure range, the chromium is mainly divalent. In the high-oxygen pressure range, it is trivalent and hexavalent. It was found that the Cr3+/Cr2+ and Cr6+/Cr3+ ratios depend on oxygen pressure at a constant CaO/SiO2 ratio and a constant content of total chromium, according to the ideal law of mass action. According to the respective chemical reactions, these ratios change proportional to p_{{{text{O}}2 }}{}^{1/4} or p_{{{text{O}}_{ 2} }}{}^{3/4}, respectively. They also increase with increasing basicity. The data are used to compute the fractions of the different ions in the melt. There is a certain range of oxygen pressure in which all three valence states, Cr2+, Cr3+, and Cr6+, coexist. The color of the solidified slag samples is described and is explained with the help of transmission spectra.

  18. An experimental method for directly determining the interconnectivity of melt in a partially molten system

    Daines, Martha J.; Richter, Frank M.


    An experimental method for directly determining the degree of interconnectivity of melt in a partially molten system is discussed using an olivine-basalt system as an example. Samarium 151 is allowed time to diffuse through mixtures of olivine and basalt powder which have texturally equilibrated at 1350 C and 13 to 15 kbars. The final distribution of samarium is determined through examination of developed radiographs of the samples. Results suggest an interconnected melt network is established at melt fractions at least as low as 1 wt pct and all melt is completely interconnected at melt fractions at least as low as 2 wt pct for the system examined.

  19. Melting of Ice under Pressure

    Schwegler, E; Sharma, M; Gygi, F; Galli, G


    The melting of ice under pressure is investigated with a series of first principles molecular dynamics simulations. In particular, a two-phase approach is used to determine the melting temperature of the ice-VII phase in the range of 10 to 50 GPa. Our computed melting temperatures are consistent with existing diamond anvil cell experiments. We find that for pressures between 10 to 40 GPa, ice melts as a molecular solid. For pressures above {approx}45 GPa there is a sharp increase in the slope of the melting curve due to the presence of molecular dissociation and proton diffusion in the solid, prior to melting. The onset of significant proton diffusion in ice-VII as a function of increasing temperature is found to be gradual and bears many similarities to that of a type-II superionic solid.

  20. Effects of partial crystallinity and quenched-in defects on corrosion of a rapidly solidified Ti–Cu alloy

    R S Dutta; G K Dey


    Rapid solidification by planar flow casting has been found to have introduced deficiencies, viz. partial crystallinity, air pockets and compositional difference in the ribbons of rapidly solidified Ti42.9-Cu57.1 alloy. In order to investigate the effects of these deficiencies on the corrosion of rapidly solidified Ti42.9-Cu57.1 alloy ribbons, electrochemical behaviour of alloy ribbons has been investigated in the acidic chloride environments at room temperature by taking into consideration each side of the alloy ribbon separately. The alloy displayed passivity followed by pitting corrosion. In the as-solidified condition, air pockets appear to be the most detrimental defect from the viewpoint of corrosion resistance of the alloy ribbons.

  1. Effect of Mn Concentration on Magneto-mechnaical Properties in Directionally Solidified Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Ni-Mn-Ga Alloys

    R.K Singh


    Full Text Available Heusler type alloys Ni50Mn25+xGa25-x  (x=2,3,4 and 5 based on near stoichiometric Ni2MnGa compositions were directionally solidified using modified Bridgman method. The alloys thus prepared were characterized for their chemical composition, crystal structure, microstructure, phase transformation, magnetic  and magneto-mechanical properties. The directionally solidified Ni50Mn30Ga20 alloy rod exhibited maximum magnetocrystalline value of 95 kJm-3 and lowest detwinning stresses for martensite phase of about 5MPa. The reversible room temperature magnetic field induced strain of 0.2% under external magnetic field of 0.6T and 0.05kN bias load was obtained for the directionally solidified Ni50Mn30Ga20 alloy.

  2. Effects of processing parameters on the surface quality of directionally solidified titanium alloy slab with cold crucible

    WANG Yan-li


    Full Text Available Experiments of continuous and directional solidification of titanium alloy slabs were performed using authors-designed multi-function directional solidification apparatus with rectangular cold crucible. Influences of processing parameters on the surface qualities of the solidified slabs were studied. It is shown that the slab surface qualities can be effectively improved with increasing of the turns in coil and input power, and with decreasing of withdrawal velocity and relatively low position of pedestal to the induction coil. The influences of the processing parameters in the descending order are as follows: the turns in coil, input power, withdrawal velocity and the relative position of pedestal. With optimized parameters, quality slabs free from cracks and ripples were obtained. The solidified structure with good surface quality shows directionally solidified structure.

  3. The relation between experiments and modeling of rapidly solidified 12Cr-Mo-V stainless steel

    Pryds, Nini; Hattel, Jesper Henri


    Solidification during melt spinning of a 12Cr-Mo-V stainless steel has been experimentally studied and numerically simulated. The resulting microstructures have been related to the unknown parameter h, i.e. the heat transfer coefficient between the substrate and the melt, by fitting the heat flow...

  4. Incorporating an extended dendritic growth model into the CAFE model for rapidly solidified non-dilute alloys

    Ma, Jie; Wang, Bo [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Special Steel, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Shanghai Engineering Technology Research Center of Special Casting, Shanghai 201605 (China); Zhao, Shunli [Research Institute, Baoshan Iron & Steel Co., Ltd, Shanghai 201900 (China); Wu, Guangxin [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Special Steel, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Shanghai Engineering Technology Research Center of Special Casting, Shanghai 201605 (China); Zhang, Jieyu, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Special Steel, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Shanghai Engineering Technology Research Center of Special Casting, Shanghai 201605 (China); Yang, Zhiliang [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Special Steel, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Shanghai Engineering Technology Research Center of Special Casting, Shanghai 201605 (China)


    We have extended the dendritic growth model first proposed by Boettinger, Coriell and Trivedi (here termed EBCT) for microstructure simulations of rapidly solidified non-dilute alloys. The temperature-dependent distribution coefficient, obtained from calculations of phase equilibria, and the continuous growth model (CGM) were adopted in the present EBCT model to describe the solute trapping behaviors. The temperature dependence of the physical properties, which were not used in previous dendritic growth models, were also considered in the present EBCT model. These extensions allow the present EBCT model to be used for microstructure simulations of non-dilute alloys. The comparison of the present EBCT model with the BCT model proves that the considerations of the distribution coefficient and physical properties are necessary for microstructure simulations, especially for small particles with high undercoolings. Finally, the EBCT model was incorporated into the cellular automaton-finite element (CAFE) model to simulate microstructures of gas-atomized ASP30 high speed steel particles that were then compared with experimental results. Both the simulated and experimental results reveal that a columnar dendritic microstructure preferentially forms in small particles and an equiaxed microstructure forms otherwise. The applications of the present EBCT model provide a convenient way to predict the microstructure of non-dilute alloys. - Highlights: • A dendritic growth model was developed considering non-equilibrium distribution coefficient. • The physical properties with temperature dependence were considered in the extended model. • The extended model can be used to non-dilute alloys and the extensions are necessary in small particles. • Microstructure of ASP30 steel was investigated using the present model and verified by experiment.

  5. Properties of steel foundry electric arc furnace dust solidified/stabilized with Portland cement.

    Salihoglu, Guray; Pinarli, Vedat; Salihoglu, Nezih Kamil; Karaca, Gizem


    Electric arc furnace dust from steel production is generated in considerable amounts worldwide and needs to be treated as hazardous waste. The aim of this study was to investigate the properties of electric arc furnace dust solidified/stabilized by using Portland cement. Mortar and paste samples were prepared with varying waste-to-binder ratios between 0% and 90%. A comprehensive experimental program was designed including XRF characterization, setting time, unconfined compressive strength, and toxicity characteristics leaching procedure (TCLP), synthetic precipitation leaching procedure (SPLP), and acid neutralization capacity (ANC) tests. The results were evaluated in order to determine if the solidified /stabilized product can be disposed of at a landfill site with domestic waste or at a segregated landfill. The effect of using sand on S/S performance was also investigated. The results indicated that the solidification /stabilization process using PC helps the heavy metals to be bound in the cement matrix, but the TCLP leaching results exceeded the EPA landfilling limits. The SPLP leaching results conformed to the limits implying that the waste or S/S products can be disposed of at a segregated landfill; however the low ANC of the S/S products reveals that there may be leaching in the long-term. The sand used in the mortar samples adversely affected the S/S performance, causing higher heavy metal leaching levels, and lower pH levels in the leachate after the TCLP extraction than those measured in the leachate of the paste samples.


    D.F.Wu; S.S.Cheng


    Turbulent flow and heat transfer coupled with solidification in slab continuous casting mold was studied by numerical simulation method. Volume of fluid (VOF) model is used to solve steel-air two-phase flow problem and enthalpy-porosity scheme is introduced to solve the fluid flow problem involving solidification. Contributions of various nozzle port angles and port widths and heights on the free surface fluctuation and the thickness of solidifying shell in slab mold were particularly investigated, based on which the structure of submerged entry nozzle was optimized. Flow inside the common nozzle port cannot fill the entire ouaet area, having a recireulation in the upper portion of the port, which is enlarged for the nozzle port with both larger height and width. Results show that the flow in mold cavity is mainly controlled by the nozzle port angle. The increase of the angle of upper face of the port to shape a roughly streamlined inner-wall improves the effective area fraction of the nozzle, resulting in less jet impingement, weaker free surface turbulence and thicker solidifying steel shell.

  7. Directionally solidified Al2O3/GAP eutectic ceramics by micro-pulling-down method

    Cao, Xue; Su, Haijun; Guo, Fengwei; Tan, Xi; Cao, Lamei


    We reported a novel route to prepare directionally solidified (DS) Al2O3/GAP eutectic ceramics by micro-pulling-down (μ-PD) method. The eutectic crystallizations, microstructure characters and evolutions, and their mechanical properties were investigated in detail. The results showed that the Al2O3/GAP eutectic composites can be successfully fabricated through μ-PD method, possessed smooth surface, full density and large crystal size (the maximal size: φ90 mm × 20 mm). At the process of Diameter, the as-solidified Al2O3/GAP eutectic presented a combination of "Chinese script" and elongated colony microstructure with complex regular structure. Inside the colonies, the rod-type or lamellar-type eutectic microstructures with ultra-fine GAP surrounded by the Al2O3 matrix were observed. At an appropriate solidificational rate, the binary eutectic exhibited a typical DS irregular eutectic structure of "chinese script" consisting of interpenetrating network of α-Al2O3 and GAP phases without any other phases. Therefore, the interphase spacing was refined to 1-2 µm and the irregular microstructure led to an outstanding vickers hardness of 17.04 GPa and fracture toughness of 6.3 MPa × m1/2 at room temperature.

  8. Freckle Defect Formation near the Casting Interfaces of Directionally Solidified Superalloys

    Jianping Hong


    Full Text Available Freckle defects usually appear on the surface of castings and industrial ingots during the directional solidification process and most of them are located near the interface between the shell mold and superalloys. Ceramic cores create more interfaces in the directionally solidified (DS and single crystal (SX hollow turbine blades. In order to investigate the location of freckle occurrence in superalloys, superalloy CM247 LC was directionally solidified in an industrial-sized Bridgman furnace. Instead of ceramic cores, Alumina tubes were used inside of the casting specimens. It was found that freckles occur not only on the casting external surfaces, but also appear near the internal interfaces between the ceramic core and superalloys. Meanwhile, the size, initial position, and area of freckle were investigated in various diameters of the specimens. The initial position of the freckle chain reduces when the diameter of the rods increase. Freckle area follows a linear relationship in various diameters and the average freckle fraction is 1.1% of cross sectional area of casting specimens. The flow of liquid metal near the interfaces was stronger than that in the interdendritic region in the mushy zone, and explained why freckle tends to occur on the outer or inner surfaces of castings. This new phenomenon suggests that freckles are more likely to occur on the outer or inner surfaces of the hollow turbine blades.

  9. Relationship between cooling rate and microsegregation in bottom-chilled directionally solidified ductile irons

    Chang W.S.


    Full Text Available This study explores the relationship between cooling rate and microsegregation of directionally solidified ductile iron. The unidirectional heat transfer system used in this research is made up of a copper mold kept chilled by circulating water and embedded in the bottom of Furan sand mold. Thermocouples are connected to the computer measuring system to record the cooling curves of the castings at a distance of 0, 30, 60 and 90 mm from the chilled copper mold surface. Alloys including Mn, Cr, Cu, Ni and Ti were added to the specimens. Electron microprobe analysis (EPMA was employed to examine distribution of elements between the dendrite arms and nodular graphite. Results show that unidirectional heat transfer affects directly the solidification mode and microstructure of the casting. The cooling curves reveal that local solidification time increases with increasing distance from the chilled copper mold surface. Different solidification rates with corresponding microstructure and element segregation were observed in the same unidirectionally solidified casting. Local solidification time was closely related to element segregation. The effective segregation coefficient (Keff calculated using the Scheil equation was found to vary, according to the stage of solidification. The actual segregation characteristics of complex alloys generally follow the Scheil equation.

  10. Cryogenic EBSD reveals structure of directionally solidified ice–polymer composite

    Donius, Amalie E., E-mail: [Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 14 Engineering Drive, Hanover, NH 03755 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Obbard, Rachel W., E-mail: [Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 14 Engineering Drive, Hanover, NH 03755 (United States); Burger, Joan N., E-mail: [Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 14 Engineering Drive, Hanover, NH 03755 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Hunger, Philipp M., E-mail: [Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 14 Engineering Drive, Hanover, NH 03755 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Baker, Ian, E-mail: [Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 14 Engineering Drive, Hanover, NH 03755 (United States); Doherty, Roger D., E-mail: [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Wegst, Ulrike G.K., E-mail: [Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 14 Engineering Drive, Hanover, NH 03755 (United States)


    Despite considerable research efforts on directionally solidified or freeze-cast materials in recent years, little fundamental knowledge has been gained that links model with experiment. In this contribution, the cryogenic characterization of directionally solidified polymer solutions illustrates, how powerful cryo-scanning electron microscopy combined with electron backscatter diffraction is for the structural characterization of ice–polymer composite materials. Under controlled sublimation, the freeze-cast polymer scaffold structure is revealed and imaged with secondary electrons. Electron backscatter diffraction fabric analysis shows that the ice crystals, which template the polymer scaffold and create the lamellar structure, have a-axes oriented parallel to the direction of solidification and the c-axes perpendicular to it. These results indicate the great potential of both cryo-scanning electron microscopy and cryo-electron backscatter diffraction in gaining fundamental knowledge of structure–property–processing correlations. - Highlights: • Cryo-SEM of freeze-cast polymer solution reveals an ice-templated structure. • Cryo-EBSD reveals the ice crystal a-axis to parallel the solidification direction. • The honeycomb-like polymer phase favors columnar ridges only on one side. • Combining cryo-SEM with EBSD links solidification theory with experiment.


    FU Shuren; CHEN Taoyung


    Multiple melting behavior of nylon 1010 has been investigated by using DSC instrument. Effects of partial scanning, partial scanning and annealing, heating rate, cooling rate and stepwise annealing on the melting curve were studied. Experimental results indicate that the sample undergoes a process of continuous melting and recrystallization during DSC scanning. Nylon 1010 contains a distribution of crystallites of different degrees of perfection which is strongly dependent on its previous thermal history. From the structural reorganization point of view, the origin of double and multiple peaks of the melting curve is explained.

  12. Experimental Study on Melting and Solidification of Phase Change Material Thermal Storage

    Ambarita, H.; Abdullah, I.; Siregar, C. A.; Siregar, R. E. T.; Ronowikarto, A. D.


    Melting and solidification process of Phase Change Materials (PCMs) are investigated experimentally. The tested PCMs are Paraffin wax and Steric acid which typically used for solar water heater. The objective is to explore the characteristics of the PCM when it is being melted and solidified. The experiments are performed in a glass box. One side of the box wall is heated while the opposite wall is kept constant and other walls are insulated. Temperature of the heated wall are kept constant at 80°C, 85°C, and 90°C, respectively. Every experiment is carried out for 600 minutes. Temperatures are recorded and the melting and solidification processes are pictured by using camera. The results show that the melting process starts from the upper part of the thermal storage. In the solidification process, it starts from the lower part of the thermal storage. As a thermal energy storage, Paraffin wax is better than Steric acid. This is because Paraffin wax can store more energy. At heat source temperature of 90°C, thermal energy stored by Paraffin wax and Stearic acid is 61.84 kJ and 57.39 kJ, respectively. Thus it is better to used Paraffin wax in the solar water heater as thermal energy storage.

  13. Achieving zero waste of municipal incinerator fly ash by melting in electric arc furnaces while steelmaking.

    Yang, Gordon C C; Chuang, Tsun-Nan; Huang, Chien-Wen


    The main objective of this work was to promote zero waste of municipal incinerator fly ash (MIFA) by full-scale melting in electric arc furnaces (EAFs) of steel mini mills around the world. MIFA, generally, is considered as a hazardous waste. Like in many countries, MIFA in Taiwan is first solidified/stabilized and then landfilled. Due to the scarcity of landfill space, the cost of landfilling increases markedly year by year in Taiwan. This paper presents satisfactory results of treating several hundred tons of MIFA in a full-scale steel mini mill using the approach of "melting MIFA while EAF steelmaking", which is somewhat similar to "molten salt oxidation" process. It was found that this practice yielded many advantages such as (1) about 18wt% of quicklime requirement in EAF steelmaking can be substituted by the lime materials contained in MIFA; (2) MIFA would totally end up as a material in fractions of recyclable EAF dust, oxidized slag and reduced slag; (3) no waste is needed for landfilling; and (4) a capital cost saving through the employment of existing EAFs in steel mini mills instead of building new melting plants for the treatment of MIFA. Thus, it is technically feasible to achieve zero waste of MIFA by the practice of this innovative melting technology.

  14. Effect of Melt Superheating Treatment on Directional Solidification Interface Morphology of Multi-component Alloy

    Changshuai Wang; Jun Zhang; Lin Liu; Hengzhi Fu


    The influence of melt superheating treatment on the solid/liquid (S/L) interface morphology of directionally solidified Ni-based superalloy DZ125 is investigated to elucidate the relationship between melt characteristic and S/L interface stability. The results indicate that the interface morphology is not only related to the withdrawal velocity (R) but also to the melt superheating temperature (Ts) when the thermal gradient of solidification interface remains constant for different Ts with appropriate superheating treatment regulation. The interface morphology changes from cell to plane at R of 1.1 μm/s when Ts increases from 1500°C to 1650°C, and maintains plane with further elevated Ts of 1750°C. However, the interface morphology changes from coarse dendrite to cell and then to cellular dendrite at R of 2.25 μm/s when Ts increases from 1500°C to 1650°C and then to 1750°C. It is proved that the solidification onset temperature and the solidification interval undergo the nonlinear variation when Ts increases from 1500°C to 1680°C, and the turning point is 1650°C at which the solidification onset temperature and the solidification interval are all minimum. This indicates that the melt superheating treatment enhances the solidification interface stability and has important effect on the solidification characteristics.

  15. Oxide segregation and melting behavior of transient heat load exposed beryllium

    Spilker, B.; Linke, J.; Pintsuk, G.; Wirtz, M.


    In the experimental fusion reactor ITER, beryllium will be applied as first wall armor material. However, the ITER-like wall project at JET already experienced that the relatively low melting temperature of beryllium can easily be exceeded during plasma operation. Therefore, a detailed study was carried out on S-65 beryllium under various transient, ITER-relevant heat loads that were simulated in the electron beam facility JUDITH 1. Hereby, the absorbed power densities were in the range of 0.15-1.0 GW m-2 in combination with pulse durations of 1-10 ms and pulse numbers of 1-1000. In metallographic cross sections, the emergence of a transition region in a depth of ~70-120 µm was revealed. This transition region was characterized by a strong segregation of oxygen at the grain boundaries, determined with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy element mappings. The oxide segregation strongly depended on the maximum temperature reached at the end of the transient heat pulse in combination with the pulse duration. A threshold for this process was found at 936 °C for a pulse duration of 10 ms. Further transient heat pulses applied to specimens that had already formed this transition region resulted in the overheating and melting of the material. The latter occurred between the surface and the transition region and was associated with a strong decrease of the thermal conductivity due to the weakly bound grains across the transition region. Additionally, the transition region caused a partial separation of the melt layer from the bulk material, which could ultimately result in a full detachment of the solidified beryllium layers from the bulk armor. Furthermore, solidified beryllium filaments evolved in several locations of the loaded area and are related to the thermally induced crack formation. However, these filaments are not expected to account for an increase of the beryllium net erosion.


    黄玉诚; 孙恒虎


    Roadside entry supporting technology by pumping high water-content fast setting-solidifying materials in advancing-mining was industrially tested in Yangzhuang Coal Mine, Huaibei Coal Mining Administration. Roadside packing parameters were determined according to the properties of high water-content fast setting-solidifying materials, as well as geological and mining conditions. A new roadside packing technological system was designed to use pumping-delivery method to transport the materials. With respect to the special conditions in the advahcing mining system, effective temporary support systema were designed and tried. The technical and economic benefits from this new industrial experiment were carefully analyzed and evaluated.

  17. Magnetism-Structure Correlations during the ε→τ Transformation in Rapidly-Solidified MnAl Nanostructured Alloys

    Felix Jiménez-Villacorta; Joshua L. Marion; John T. Oldham; Maria. Daniil; Willard, Matthew A.; Lewis, Laura H.


    Magnetic and structural aspects of the annealing-induced transformation of rapidly-solidified Mn55Al45 ribbons from the as-quenched metastable antiferromagnetic (AF) ε-phase to the target ferromagnetic (FM) L10 τ-phase are investigated. The as-solidified material exhibits a majority hexagonal ε-MnAl phase revealing a large exchange bias shift below a magnetic blocking temperature TB~95 K (Hex~13 kOe at 10 K), ascribed to the presence of compositional fluctuations in this antiferromagnetic p...

  18. Phase field modeling of multiple dendrite growth of Al-Si binary alloy under isothermal solidifi cation

    Sun Qiang


    Full Text Available Phase field method offers the prospect of being able to perform realistic numerical experiments on dendrite growth in metallic systems. In this study, the growth process of multiple dendrites in Al-2-mole-%-Si binary alloy under isothermal solidifi cation was simulated using phase fi eld model. The simulation results showed the impingement of arbitrarily oriented crystals and the competitive growth among the grains during solidifi cation. With the increase of growing time, the grains begin to coalesce and impinge the adjacent grains. When the dendrites start to impinge, the dendrite growth is obviously inhibited.

  19. Melt pool dynamics during selective electron beam melting

    Scharowsky, T.; Osmanlic, F.; Singer, R. F.; Körner, C.


    Electron beam melting is a promising additive manufacturing technique for metal parts. Nevertheless, the process is still poorly understood making further investigations indispensable to allow a prediction of the part's quality. To improve the understanding of the process especially the beam powder interaction, process observation at the relevant time scale is necessary. Due to the difficult accessibility of the building area, the high temperatures, radiation and the very high scanning speeds during the melting process the observation requires an augmented effort in the observation equipment. A high speed camera in combination with an illumination laser, band pass filter and mirror system is suitable for the observation of the electron beam melting process. The equipment allows to observe the melting process with a high spatial and temporal resolution. In this paper the adjustment of the equipment and results of the lifetime and the oscillation frequencies of the melt pool for a simple geometry are presented.

  20. Beyond the Melting Pot Reconsidered.

    Anderson, Elijah


    Discusses the 1963 book, "Beyond the Melting Pot," which suggested that eventually the problem of different ethnicities in the U.S. would be resolved and society would become one melting pot. Examines how changes in immigration and economic structures have affected the issue, noting the devastating effect of the dominant culture's…

  1. Predicting Melting Behavior of an Industrial Electroslag Remelting Ingot

    Yanke, Jeff; Fezi, Kyle; Fahrmann, Mike; Krane, Matthew John M.

    Electroslag remelting (ESR) is a secondary melting process used to cast stainless steel and superalloy ingots. In this process, current flows through a consumable electrode immersed in an electrically resistive slag, providing the heat to melt the electrode. Droplets from the electrode sink through the slag, pooling at the bottom of the mold and forming the final ingot. The electrode melt rate is a key parameter, affecting the probability of surface and macrosegregation defects. This work uses an axisymmetric model to simulate flow, heat and mass transfer, solidification, and electromagnetics in the production of industrial scale ESR ingots. The simulated melt rate, sump shape, and surface defects are qualitatively similar to measured data. However, quantitative comparisons are difficult to obtain due to large uncertainty in slag properties and lack of electrode motion in the present model.

  2. Rise in central west Greenland surface melt unprecedented over the last three centuries

    Trusel, Luke; Das, Sarah; Osman, Matthew; Evans, Matthew; Smith, Ben; McConnell, Joe; Noël, Brice; van den Broeke, Michiel


    Greenland Ice Sheet surface melting has intensified and expanded over the last several decades and is now a leading component of ice sheet mass loss. Here, we constrain the multi-century temporal evolution of surface melt across central west Greenland by quantifying layers of refrozen melt within well-dated firn and ice cores collected in 2014 and 2015, as well as from a core collected in 2004. We find significant agreement among ice core, satellite, and regional climate model melt datasets over recent decades, confirming the fidelity of the ice core melt stratigraphy as a reliable record of past variability in the magnitude of surface melt. We also find a significant correlation between the melt records derived from our new 100-m GC-2015 core (2436 m.a.s.l.) and the older (2004) 150-m D5 core (2472 m.a.s.l.) located 50 km to the southeast. This agreement demonstrates the robustness of the ice core-derived melt histories and the potential for reconstructing regional melt evolution from a single site, despite local variability in melt percolation and refreeze processes. Our array of upper percolation zone cores reveals that although the overall frequency of melt at these sites has not increased, the intensification of melt over the last three decades is unprecedented within at least the last 365 years. Utilizing the regional climate model RACMO 2.3, we show that this melt intensification is a nonlinear response to warming summer air temperatures, thus underscoring the heightened sensitivity of this sector of Greenland to further climate warming. Finally, we examine spatial correlations between the ice core melt records and modeled melt fields across the ice sheet to assess the broader representation of each ice core record. This analysis reveals wide-ranging significant correlations, including to modeled meltwater runoff. As such, our ice core melt records may furthermore offer unique, observationally-constrained insights into past variability in ice sheet mass loss.

  3. Fault rheology beyond frictional melting.

    Lavallée, Yan; Hirose, Takehiro; Kendrick, Jackie E; Hess, Kai-Uwe; Dingwell, Donald B


    During earthquakes, comminution and frictional heating both contribute to the dissipation of stored energy. With sufficient dissipative heating, melting processes can ensue, yielding the production of frictional melts or "pseudotachylytes." It is commonly assumed that the Newtonian viscosities of such melts control subsequent fault slip resistance. Rock melts, however, are viscoelastic bodies, and, at high strain rates, they exhibit evidence of a glass transition. Here, we present the results of high-velocity friction experiments on a well-characterized melt that demonstrate how slip in melt-bearing faults can be governed by brittle fragmentation phenomena encountered at the glass transition. Slip analysis using models that incorporate viscoelastic responses indicates that even in the presence of melt, slip persists in the solid state until sufficient heat is generated to reduce the viscosity and allow remobilization in the liquid state. Where a rock is present next to the melt, we note that wear of the crystalline wall rock by liquid fragmentation and agglutination also contributes to the brittle component of these experimentally generated pseudotachylytes. We conclude that in the case of pseudotachylyte generation during an earthquake, slip even beyond the onset of frictional melting is not controlled merely by viscosity but rather by an interplay of viscoelastic forces around the glass transition, which involves a response in the brittle/solid regime of these rock melts. We warn of the inadequacy of simple Newtonian viscous analyses and call for the application of more realistic rheological interpretation of pseudotachylyte-bearing fault systems in the evaluation and prediction of their slip dynamics.

  4. Target-projectile interaction during impact melting at Kamil Crater, Egypt

    Fazio, Agnese; D'Orazio, Massimo; Cordier, Carole; Folco, Luigi


    In small meteorite impacts, the projectile may survive through fragmentation; in addition, it may melt, and chemically and physically interact with both shocked and melted target rocks. However, the mixing/mingling between projectile and target melts is a process still not completely understood. Kamil Crater (45 m in diameter; Egypt), generated by the hypervelocity impact of the Gebel Kamil Ni-rich ataxite on sandstone target, allows to study the target-projectile interaction in a simple and fresh geological setting. We conducted a petrographic and geochemical study of macroscopic impact melt lapilli and bombs ejected from the crater, which were collected during our geophysical campaign in February 2010. Two types of glasses constitute the impact melt lapilli and bombs: a white glass and a dark glass. The white glass is mostly made of SiO2 and it is devoid of inclusions. Its negligible Ni and Co contents suggest derivation from the target rocks without interaction with the projectile (<0.1 wt% of projectile contamination). The dark glass is a silicate melt with variable contents of Al2O3 (0.84-18.7 wt%), FeOT (1.83-61.5 wt%), and NiO (<0.01-10.2 wt%). The dark glass typically includes fragments (from few μm to several mm in size) of shocked sandstone, diaplectic glass, lechatelierite, and Ni-Fe metal blebs. The metal blebs are enriched in Ni compared to the Gebel Kamil meteorite. The dark glass is thus a mixture of target and projectile melts (11-12 wt% of projectile contamination). Based on recently proposed models for target-projectile interaction and for impact glass formation, we suggest a scenario for the glass formation at Kamil. During the transition from the contact and compression stage and the excavation stage, projectile and target liquids formed at their interface and chemically interact in a restricted zone. Projectile contamination affected only a shallow portion of the target rocks. The SiO2 melt that eventually solidified as white glass behaved as

  5. A Laboratory Screening Study On The Use Of Solidifiers As A Response Tool To Remove Crude Oil Slicks On Seawater

    The effectiveness of five solidifiers to remove Prudhoe Bay crude oil from artificial seawater in the laboratory was determined by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-VIS) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). The performance of the solidifers was determined by US-V...

  6. Microstructural evolution and corrosion behavior of directionally solidified FeCoNiCrAl high entropy alloy

    Cui Hongbao


    Full Text Available The FeCoNiCrAl alloys have many potential applications in the fields of structural materials, but few attempts were made to characterize the directional solidification of high entropy alloys. In the present research, the microstructure and corrosion behavior of FeCoNiCrAl high entropy alloy have been investigated under directional solidification. The results show that with increasing solidification rate, the interface morphology of the alloy evolves from planar to cellular and dendritic. The electrochemical experiment results demonstrate that the corrosion products of both non-directionally and directionally solidified FeCoNiCrAl alloys appear as rectangular blocks in phases which Cr and Fe are enriched, while Al and Ni are depleted, suggesting that Al and Ni are dissolved into the NaCl solution. Comparison of the potentiodynamic polarization behaviors between the two differently solidified FeCoNiCrAl high entropy alloys in a 3.5%NaCl solution shows that the corrosion resistance of directionally solidified FeCoNiCrAl alloy is superior to that of the non-directionally solidified FeCoNiCrAl alloy.

  7. Investigation on the application of steel slag-fly ash-phosphogypsum solidified material as road base material.

    Shen, Weiguo; Zhou, Mingkai; Ma, Wei; Hu, Jinqiang; Cai, Zhi


    The aim of the present work is to prepare a new type of steel slag-fly ash-phosphogypsum solidified material totally composed with solid wastes to be utilized as road base material. The mix formula of this material was optimized, the solidified material with optimal mix formula (fly ash/steel slag=1:1, phosphogypsum dosage=2.5%) results in highest strength. The strength development, resilience modulus and splitting strength of this material were studied comparing with some typical road base materials, the 28- and 360-day strength of this material can reach 8MPa and 12MPa, respectively, its resilience modulus reaches 1987MPa and splitting strength reaches 0.82MPa, it has higher early strength than lime-fly ash and lime-soil road base material, its long-term strength is much higher than cement stabilized granular materials, the solidified material has best water stability among those road base materials, it can be engineered as road base material with competitive properties. The strength formation mechanism of this solidified material is discussed also.

  8. Size-dependent microstructures in rapidly solidified uraniumsbnd niobium powder particles

    McKeown, Joseph T.; Hsiung, Luke L.; Park, Jong M.; Ryu, Ho J.; Turchi, Patrice E. A.; King, Wayne E.


    The microstructures of rapidly solidified U-6wt%Nb powder particles synthesized by centrifugal atomization were characterized using scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Observed variations in microstructure are related to particle sizes. All of the powder particles exhibited a two-zone microstructure. The formation of this two-zone microstructure is described by a transition from solidification controlled by internal heat flow and high solidification rate during recalescence (micro-segregation-free or partitionless growth) to solidification controlled by external heat flow with slower solidification rates (dendritic growth with solute redistribution). The extent of partitionless solidification increased with decreasing particle size due to larger undercoolings in smaller particles prior to solidification. The metastable phases that formed are related to variations in Nb concentration across the particles. The microstructures of the powders were heavily twinned.

  9. Solute redistribution and Rayleigh number in the mushy zone during directional solidifi cation of Inconel 718

    Wang Ling


    Full Text Available The interdendritic segregation along the mushy zone of directionally solidifi ed superalloy Inconel 718 has been measured by scanning electron microscope (SEM and energy dispersion analysis spectrometry (EDAXtechniques and the corresponding liquid composition profile was presented. The liquid density and Rayleigh number (Ra profi les along the mushy zone were calculated as well. It was found that the liquid density difference increased from top to bottom in the mushy zone and there was no density inversion due to the segregation of Nb and Mo. However carbide formation in the freezing range and the preferred angle of the orientated dendrite array could prompt the fl uid fl ow in the mushy zone although there was no liquid density inversion. The largest relative Rayleigh number appeared at 1,326 篊 for Inconel 718 where the fl uid fl ow most easily occurred.

  10. Comparison of the Flow Behavior of Globulitically and Dendritically Solidified Metallic Suspensions

    Modigell, M.; Pape, L.; Hufschmidt, M.


    The deformation behavior of globulitically and dendritically solidified metallic suspensions is studied at the example of Sn-15%Pb with a fraction solid of 30%. Creep tests with stresses less than 20 Pa serve to identify the deformation properties relevant for the solidification process of castings. It is investigated if thermo-mechanical defects like hot tearing or shape distortion which occur during solidification in conventional casting (dendritic structure) can also be expected for globulitic material as used in Thixoforming. Additionally the flow behavior at higher shear rates and the recovery of structural changes after shear is examined by shear rate jump and oscillation experiments respectively. This aspect is of importance for Rheocasting processes where depending on the cooling conditions globules as well as dendrites are present in the primary material.

  11. Solidified structure of thin-walled titanium parts by vertical centrifugal casting

    Wu Shiping


    Full Text Available The solidified structure of the thin-walled and complicated Ti-6Al-4V castings produced by the vertical centrifugal casting process was studied in the present work. The results show that the wall thickness of the section is featured with homogeneously distributed fine equiaxial grains, compared with the microstructure of the thick-walled section. The grain size of the castings has a tendency to decrease gradually with the increasing of the centrifugal radius. The inter-lamellar space in thick-walled casting parts is bigger than that of the thin-walled parts, and the profile of inter-lamellar space is not susceptible to the centrifugal radius.

  12. Experimental study of directionally solidified ferromagnetic shape memory alloy under multi-field coupling

    Zhu, Yuping, E-mail: [Institute of Geophysics, China Earthquake Administration, Beijing 100081 (China); Chen, Tao; Teng, Yao [Faculty of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013 (China); Liu, Bingfei [Airport College, Civil Aviation University of China, Tianjin 300300 (China); Xue, Lijun [Tianjin Key Laboratory of the Design and Intelligent Control of the Advanced Mechatronical System, School of Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300384 (China)


    Directionally solidified, polycrystalline Ni–Mn–Ga is studied in this paper. The polycrystalline Ni–Mn–Ga samples were cut at different angles to solidification direction. The magnetic field induced strain under constant stress and the temperature-induced strain under constant magnetic field during the loading–unloading cycle were measured. The experimental results show that the mechanical behavior during the loading–unloading cycle of the material is nonlinear and anisotropic. Based on the experimental results, the effects of multi-field coupling factors, such as stress, magnetic field, temperature and cutting angle on the mechanical behaviors were analyzed. Some useful conclusions were obtained, which will provide guidance for practical applications. - Highlights: • The magnetic-induced strains in different directions are tested. • The temperature-induced strains in different directions are tested. • The effects of coupling factors on directional solidification samples are studied.

  13. Solidified structure and solute segregation in Al2O3/A356-La alloy composites

    LIU Zheng; TU Tao


    Al2O3/A356-La alloy composites were fabricated by squeeze casting, and the effects of La on the solidified structure and the solute segregation during alloy solidification were studied. The results indicate that the structure of the matrix alloy becomes fine and small by the addition of La. La has been richened at the interface to help improve the wettability between the fiber and Al alloy, but there are no intermetallic compounds richening La found at the interface yet. There is no special influence of La on the Mg segregation in the matrix alloy. The distribution of Mg and La in the composites has been at the same position-near the interface.

  14. Microstructure-property relationships in directionally solidified single-crystal nickel-base superalloys

    Mackay, Rebecca A.; Nathal, Michael V.


    This paper discusses some of the microstructural features which influence the creep properties of directionally solidified and single-crystal nickel-base superalloys. Gamma prime precipitate size and morphology, gamma-gamma (prime) lattice mismatch, phase instability, alloy composition, and processing variations are among the factors considered. Recent experimental results are reviewed and related to the operative deformation mechanisms and to the corresponding mechanical properties. Special emphasis is placed on the creep behavior of single-crystal superalloys at high temperatures, where directional gamma (prime) coarsening is prominent, and at lower temperatures, where gamma (prime) coarsening rates are significantly reduced. It can be seen that very subtle changes in microstructural features can have profound effects on the subsequent properties of these materials.

  15. Experimental study of directionally solidified ferromagnetic shape memory alloy under multi-field coupling

    Zhu, Yuping; Chen, Tao; Teng, Yao; Liu, Bingfei; Xue, Lijun


    Directionally solidified, polycrystalline Ni-Mn-Ga is studied in this paper. The polycrystalline Ni-Mn-Ga samples were cut at different angles to solidification direction. The magnetic field induced strain under constant stress and the temperature-induced strain under constant magnetic field during the loading-unloading cycle were measured. The experimental results show that the mechanical behavior during the loading-unloading cycle of the material is nonlinear and anisotropic. Based on the experimental results, the effects of multi-field coupling factors, such as stress, magnetic field, temperature and cutting angle on the mechanical behaviors were analyzed. Some useful conclusions were obtained, which will provide guidance for practical applications.

  16. Radiative cooling of a solidifying droplet layer including absorption and scattering

    Siegel, Robert


    A simple solution for the transient cooling of a solidifying layer filled with drops that can emit and scatter radiation is discussed, with application to a liquid drop radiator proposed for the Space Station (Mattick and Hertzberg, 1981). The layer remains at uniform temperature during solidification, and the outer portions rapidly lose heat, producing a variation along the length of the layer in the distribution of liquid concentration across the layer. The analysis is used to obtain both the amount of energy dissipated by the two-phase system at uniform temperature and the velocity distribution necessary to maintain a uniform liquid fraction across the entire layer at all locations along the layer length.

  17. Structure simulation in unidirectionally solidified turbine blade by dendrite envelope tracking model(Ⅰ): numerical modeling

    WANG Tong-min; I. Ohnaka; H.Yasuda; SU Yan-qing; GUO Jing-jie


    A 3D dendrite envelope tracking model was developed for estimating the solidification structure of unidirectionally solidified turbine blade. The normal vector of dendrite envelope was estimated by the gradient of dendrite volume fraction, and growth velocity of the dendrite envelope (dendrite tips) was calculated with considering the anisotropy of grain growth. The solute redistribution at dendrite envelope was calculated by introducing an effective solute partition coefficient(ke). Simulation results show that the solute-build-up due to the rejection at envelope affects grain competition and consequently the solidification structure. The lower value of ke leads to more waved dendrite growth front and higher solute rejection. The model was applied to predict the structure of turbine-blade-shape samples showing good ability to reproduce the columnar and single grain structures.

  18. Annual report on the development and characterization of solidified forms for nuclear wastes, 1979

    Chick, L.A.; McVay, G.L.; Mellinger, G.B.; Roberts, F.P.


    Development and characterization of solidified nuclear waste forms is a major continuing effort at Pacific Northwest Laboratory. Contributions from seven programs directed at understanding chemical composition, process conditions, and long-term behaviors of various nuclear waste forms are included in this report. The major findings of the report are included in extended figure captions that can be read as brief technical summaries of the research, with additional information included in a traditional narrative format. Waste form development proceeded on crystalline and glass materials for high-level and transuranic (TRU) wastes. Leaching studies emphasized new areas of research aimed at more basic understanding of waste form/aqueous solution interactions. Phase behavior and thermal effects research included studies on crystal phases in defense and TRU waste glasses and on liquid-liquid phase separation in borosilicate waste glasses. Radiation damage effects in crystals and glasses from alpha decay and from transmutation are reported.

  19. Importance of microscopy in durability studies of solidified and stabilized contaminated soils

    Klich, I.; Wilding, L.P.; Drees, L.R.; Landa, E.R.


    Solidification/stabilization (S/S) is recognized by the U.S. EPA as a best demonstrated available technology for the containment of contaminated soils and other hazardous wastes that cannot be destroyed by chemical, thermal, or biological means. Despite the increased use of S/S technologies, little research has been conducted on the weathering and degradation of solidified and stabilized wastes once the treated materials have been buried. Published data to verify the performance and durability of landfilled treated wastes over time are rare. In this preliminary study, optical and electron microscopy (scanning electron microscopy [SEM], transmission electron microscopy [TEM] and electron probe microanalyses [EPMA]) were used to evaluate weathering features associated with metal-bearing contaminated soil that had been solidified and stabilized with Portland cement and subsequently buried on site, stored outdoors aboveground, or achieved in a laboratory warehouse for up to 6 yr. Physical and chemical alteration processes identified include: freeze-thaw cracking, cracking caused by the formation of expansive minerals such as ettringite, carbonation, and the movement of metals from waste aggregates into the cement micromass. Although the extent of degradation after 6 yr is considered slight to moderate, results of this study show that the same environmental concerns that affect the durability of concrete must be considered when evaluating the durability and permanence of the solidification and stabilization of contaminated soils with cement. In addition, such evaluations cannot be based on leaching and chemical analyses alone. The use of all levels of microscopic analyses must be incorporated into studies of the long-term performance of S/S technologies.Solidification/stabilization (S/S) is recognized by the U.S. EPA as a best demonstrated available technology for the containment of contaminated soils and other hazardous wastes that cannot be destroyed by chemical

  20. Evaluation of leaching behavior and immobilization of zinc in cement-based solidified products

    Krolo Petar


    Full Text Available This study has examined leaching behavior of monolithic stabilized/solidified products contaminated with zinc by performing modified dynamic leaching test. The effectiveness of cement-based stabilization/solidification treatment was evaluated by determining the cumulative release of Zn and diffusion coefficients, De. The experimental results indicated that the cumulative release of Zn decreases as the addition of binder increases. The values of the Zn diffusion coefficients for all samples ranged from 1.210-8 to 1.1610-12 cm2 s-1. The samples with higher amounts of binder had lower De values. The test results showed that cement-based stabilization/solidification treatment was effective in immobilization of electroplating sludge and waste zeolite. A model developed by de Groot and van der Sloot was used to clarify the controlling mechanisms. The controlling leaching mechanism was found to be diffusion for samples with small amounts of waste material, and dissolution for higher waste contents.

  1. Long and short-term performance of a stabilized/solidified electric arc furnace dust.

    Pereira, C Fernández; Galiano, Y Luna; Rodríguez-Piñero, M A; Parapar, J Vale


    The application of class F fly ash, cement and lime to the Stabilization/Solidification (S/S) of electric arc furnace dust containing hazardous metals such as Zn, Pb, Cd, and Cr is described. The aim of the study was to determine the influence of the setting conditions during the S/S treatment and to know the behaviour of an aged solidified and stabilized waste. In order to determine the efficiency attained by the S/S process, USEPA TCLP, and other leaching tests have been accomplished. In addition, the compressive strength of the solidified waste at different times has been determined. In order to study the influence of the environmental conditions in which setting occurs, experiments were carried out with samples of the same composition, under different setting conditions: laboratory environment, stove at a temperature of 40-60 degrees C and setting in a hermetically sealed plastic bag at room temperature. All the samples were subjected to the TCLP test at 28 days, and the metal content of the resulting leachates was analysed. The results show that in some cases the setting conditions of the mixtures have a noticeable influence on the characteristics of the leachate. The evolution with time of some S/S solids, one month after their manufacture and more than 9 years after that has also been evaluated, by means of their leaching behaviour. The results obtained in this work have shown, in all the laboratory cured samples that the leachate pH decrease in the course of time, and consequently the leaching behaviour is in general worse. This could be due to the carbonation of the S/S solid and the subsequent loss of alkalinity.

  2. Redox Equilibrium of Niobium in Calcium Silicate Base Melts

    Mirzayousef-Jadid, A.-M.; Schwerdtfeger, Klaus


    The oxidation state of niobium has been determined at 1873 K (1600 °C) in CaO-SiO2-NbO x melts with CaO/SiO2 ratios (mass pct) of 0.66, 0.93 and 1.10, and 5.72 to 11.44 pct Nb2O5 (initial). The slag samples were equilibrated with gas phases of controlled oxygen pressure, then quenched to room temperature and analyzed chemically. The niobium is mainly pentavalent with small amounts in the tetravalent state. It was found that the Nb5+/Nb4+ ratio increases with oxygen pressure at a constant CaO/SiO2 ratio and constant content of total niobium, closely according to the ideal law of mass action, which is proportional to {text{p}}_{{{text{O}}2 }}^{1/4} . The ratio also increases with total niobium content, and it seems to have a maximum at a basicity of about 0.93. The color of the solidified slag samples is described and is explained with the help of transmission spectra.

  3. Melt layer erosion of pure and lanthanum doped tungsten under VDE-like high heat flux loads

    Yuan, Y.; Greuner, H.; Böswirth, B.; Luo, G.-N.; Fu, B. Q.; Xu, H. Y.; Liu, W.


    Heat loads expected for VDEs in ITER were applied in the neutral beam facility GLADIS at IPP Garching. Several ˜3 mm thick rolled pure W and W-1 wt% La2O3 plates were exposed to pulsed hydrogen beams with a central heat flux of 23 MW/m2 for 1.5-1.8 s. The melting thresholds are determined, and melt layer motion as well as material structure evolutions are shown. The melting thresholds of the two W grades are very close in this experimental setup. Lots of big bubbles with diameters from several μm to several 10 μm in the re-solidified layer of W were observed and they spread deeper with increasing heat flux. However, for W-1 wt% La2O3, no big bubbles were found in the corrugated melt layer. The underlying mechanisms referred to the melt layer motion and bubble issues are tentatively discussed based on comparison of the erosion characteristics between the two W grades.

  4. Melt layer erosion of pure and lanthanum doped tungsten under VDE-like high heat flux loads

    Yuan, Y., E-mail: [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Haidian District, Beijing 100084 (China); Greuner, H.; Böswirth, B. [Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, EURATOM Association, 85748 Garching (Germany); Luo, G.-N. [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Fu, B.Q.; Xu, H.Y. [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Haidian District, Beijing 100084 (China); Liu, W., E-mail: [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Haidian District, Beijing 100084 (China)


    Heat loads expected for VDEs in ITER were applied in the neutral beam facility GLADIS at IPP Garching. Several ∼3 mm thick rolled pure W and W–1 wt% La{sub 2}O{sub 3} plates were exposed to pulsed hydrogen beams with a central heat flux of 23 MW/m{sup 2} for 1.5–1.8 s. The melting thresholds are determined, and melt layer motion as well as material structure evolutions are shown. The melting thresholds of the two W grades are very close in this experimental setup. Lots of big bubbles with diameters from several μm to several 10 μm in the re-solidified layer of W were observed and they spread deeper with increasing heat flux. However, for W–1 wt% La{sub 2}O{sub 3}, no big bubbles were found in the corrugated melt layer. The underlying mechanisms referred to the melt layer motion and bubble issues are tentatively discussed based on comparison of the erosion characteristics between the two W grades.

  5. Electrical Conductivity of Cryolite Melts

    Fellner, P.; Grjotheim, K.; Kvande, H.


    This paper proposes an equation for the electrical conductivity of multicomponent cryolite-based mixtures. The equation is based on a physical model which assumes that the conductivity is proportional to the number density of the effective electric charges in the melt. The various authors in the available literature show a great discrepancy in conductivity data of cryolite-based melts. The equation based on the physical model enables determination of which set of data is preferable. Special consideration in this respect is given to the influence of magnesium flouride and lithium flouride additions to the melt.

  6. Slab melting and magma formation beneath the southern Cascade arc

    Walowski, K. J.; Wallace, P. J.; Clynne, M. A.; Rasmussen, D. J.; Weis, D.


    The processes that drive magma formation beneath the Cascade arc and other warm-slab subduction zones have been debated because young oceanic crust is predicted to largely dehydrate beneath the forearc during subduction. In addition, geochemical variability along strike in the Cascades has led to contrasting interpretations about the role of volatiles in magma generation. Here, we focus on the Lassen segment of the Cascade arc, where previous work has demonstrated across-arc geochemical variations related to subduction enrichment, and H-isotope data suggest that H2O in basaltic magmas is derived from the final breakdown of chlorite in the mantle portion of the slab. We use naturally glassy, olivine-hosted melt inclusions (MI) from the tephra deposits of eight primitive (MgO > 7 wt%) basaltic cinder cones to quantify the pre-eruptive volatile contents of mantle-derived melts in this region. The melt inclusions have B concentrations and isotope ratios that are similar to mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB), suggesting extensive dehydration of the downgoing plate prior to reaching sub-arc depths and little input of slab-derived B into the mantle wedge. However, correlations of volatile and trace element ratios (H2O/Ce, Cl/Nb, Sr/Nd) in the melt inclusions demonstrate that geochemical variability is the result of variable addition of a hydrous subduction component to the mantle wedge. Furthermore, correlations between subduction component tracers and radiogenic isotope ratios show that the subduction component has less radiogenic Sr and Pb than the Lassen sub-arc mantle, which can be explained by melting of subducted Gorda MORB beneath the arc. Agreement between pMELTS melting models and melt inclusion volatile, major, and trace element data suggests that hydrous slab melt addition to the mantle wedge can produce the range in primitive compositions erupted in the Lassen region. Our results provide further evidence that chlorite-derived fluids from the mantle portion of the

  7. Nitrogen Control in VIM Melts

    Jablonski, P. D.; Hawk, J. A.

    NETL has developed a design and control philosophy for the addition of nitrogen to austenitic and ferritic steels. The design approach uses CALPHAD as the centerpiece to predict the level to which nitrogen is soluble in both the melt and the solid. Applications of this technique have revealed regions of "exclusion" in which the alloy, while within specification limits of prescribed, cannot be made by conventional melt processing. Furthermore, other investigations have found that substantial retrograde solubility of nitrogen exists, which can become problematic during subsequent melt processing and/or other finishing operations such as welding. Additionally, the CALPHAD method has been used to adjust primary melt conditions. To that end, nitrogen additions have been made using chrome nitride, silicon nitride, high-nitrogen ferrochrome as well as nitrogen gas. The advantages and disadvantages of each approach will be discussed and NETL experience in this area will be summarized with respect to steel structure.

  8. Influence of Pressure Field in Melts on the Primary Nucleation in Solidification Processing

    Rakita, Milan; Han, Qingyou


    It is well known that external fields applied to melts can cause nucleation at lower supercoolings, fragmentation of growing dendrites, and forced convection around the solidification front. All these effects contribute to a finer microstructure of solidified material. In this article, we analyze how the pressure field created with ultrasonic vibrations influences structure refinement in terms of supercooling. It is shown that only high cavitation pressures of the order of 104 atmospheres are capable of nucleating crystals at minimal supercoolings. We demonstrate the possibility of sononucleation even in superheated liquid. Simulation and experiments with water samples show that very high cavitation pressures occur in a relatively narrow zone where the drive acoustic field has an appropriate combination of pressure amplitude and frequency. In order to accurately predict the microstructure formed by ultrasonically assisted solidification of metals, this article calls for the development of equations of state that would describe the pressure-dependent behavior of molten metals.

  9. Laser melting of uranium carbides

    Utton, C. A.; De Bruycker, F.; Boboridis, K.; Jardin, R.; Noel, H.; Guéneau, C.; Manara, D.


    In the context of the material research aimed at supporting the development of nuclear plants of the fourth Generation, renewed interest has recently arisen in carbide fuels. A profound understanding of the behaviour of nuclear materials in extreme conditions is of prime importance for the analysis of the operation limits of nuclear fuels, and prediction of possible nuclear reactor accidents. In this context, the main goal of the present paper is to demonstrate the feasibility of laser induced melting experiments on stoichiometric uranium carbides; UC, UC1.5 and UC2. Measurements were performed, at temperatures around 3000 K, under a few bars of inert gas in order to minimise vaporisation and oxidation effects, which may occur at these temperatures. Moreover, a recently developed investigation method has been employed, based on in situ analysis of the sample surface reflectivity evolution during melting. Current results, 2781 K for the melting point of UC, 2665 K for the solidus and 2681 K for the liquidus of U2C3, 2754 K for the solidus and 2770 K for the liquidus of UC2, are in fair agreement with early publications where the melting behaviour of uranium carbides was investigated by traditional furnace melting methods. Further information has been obtained in the current research about the non-congruent (solidus-liquidus) melting of certain carbides, which suggest that a solidus-liquidus scheme is followed by higher ratio carbides, possibly even for UC2.

  10. Scaleable Clean Aluminum Melting Systems

    Han, Q.; Das, S.K. (Secat, Inc.)


    The project entitled 'Scaleable Clean Aluminum Melting Systems' was a Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) between Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Secat Inc. The three-year project was initially funded for the first year and was then canceled due to funding cuts at the DOE headquarters. The limited funds allowed the research team to visit industrial sites and investigate the status of using immersion heaters for aluminum melting applications. Primary concepts were proposed on the design of furnaces using immersion heaters for melting. The proposed project can continue if the funding agency resumes the funds to this research. The objective of this project was to develop and demonstrate integrated, retrofitable technologies for clean melting systems for aluminum in both the Metal Casting and integrated aluminum processing industries. The scope focused on immersion heating coupled with metal circulation systems that provide significant opportunity for energy savings as well as reduction of melt loss in the form of dross. The project aimed at the development and integration of technologies that would enable significant reduction in the energy consumption and environmental impacts of melting aluminum through substitution of immersion heating for the conventional radiant burner methods used in reverberatory furnaces. Specifically, the program would couple heater improvements with furnace modeling that would enable cost-effective retrofits to a range of existing furnace sizes, reducing the economic barrier to application.

  11. Crust behavior in simultaneous melting and freezing on a submerged flat plate

    Ganguli, A.; Bankoff, S.G.


    A theoretical and experimental investigation of the solidification of a flowing liquid onto a melting wall was carried out. In particular, the experimental work involved open channel laminar flow of water over a flat plate of n-decane. The point of interest is the dynamic behavior of the solidified crust, which forms a leading edge by melting. The motion of this leading edge was determined as a function of the water temperature, velocity, decane temperature and outlet weir height. This melting rate was found to be very sensitive to the water temperature and less dependent upon the other parameters. An approximate numerical method, using polynomial temperature profiles with time dependent coefficients, was used to solve the one-dimensional heat conduction model. From this, the dynamic behavior of the crust was predicted as a function of the experimental parameters and the local heat transfer coefficient on the freezing surface, which was later estimated. There is reasonable agreement between the predicted and experimentally observed motions of the leading edge.

  12. Quantifying melting and mobilistaion of interstitial melts in crystal mushes

    Veksler, Ilya; Dobson, Katherine; Hess, Kai-Uwe; Ertel-Ingrisch, Werner; Humphreys, Madeleine


    The deformation of crystals mushes and separation of melts and crystals in is critical to understanding the development of physical and chemical heterogeneity in magma chambers and has been invoked as an eruption trigger mechanism. Here we investigate the behaviour of the melt in the well characterised, classic crystal mush system of the Skaergaard intrusion by combining experimental petrology and the non-destructive 3D imaging methods. Starting materials for partial melting experiments were four samples from the upper Middle Zone of the Layered Series. Cylinders, 15 mm in diameter and 20 mm in length, were drilled out of the rock samples, placed in alumina crucibles and held for 5 days in electric furnaces at atmospheric pressure and 1050-1100 °C. Redox conditions set by the CO-CO2 gas mixture were kept close to those of the FMQ buffer. We then use spatially registered 3D x-ray computed tomography images, collected before and after the experiment, to determine the volume and distribution of the crystal framework and interstitial phases, and the volume, distribution and connectivity the interstitial phases that undergo melting and extraction while at elevated temperature. Image analysis has allowed us to quantify these physical changes with high spatial resolution. Our work is a first step towards quantitative understanding of the melt mobilisation and migration processes operating in notionally locked crystal rich magmatic systems.

  13. Experiments and analyses on melt-structure-water interactions during severe accidents

    Seghal, B.R.; Dinh, T.N.; Bui, V.A.; Green, J.A.; Nourgaliev, R.R.; Okkonen, T.O.; Dinh, A.T. [Royal Inst. of Tech., Stockholm (Sweden). Div. of Nuclear Power Safety


    This report is the final report for the research project Melt Structure Water Interactions (MSWI). It describes results of analytical and experimental studies concerning MSWI during the course of a hypothetical core meltdown accident in a LWR. Emphasis has been placed on phenomena which govern vessel failure mode and timing and the mechanisms and properties which govern the fragmentation and breakup of melt jets and droplets. It was found that: 2-D effects significantly diminished the focusing effect of an overlying metallic layer on top of an oxide melt pool. This result improves the feasibility of in-vessel retention of a melt pool through external cooling of the lower head; phenomena related to hole ablation and melt discharge, in the event of vessel failure, are affected significantly by crust formation; the jet fragmentation process is a function of many related phenomena. The fragmentation rate depends not only on the traditional parameters but also on the melt physical properties, which change as the melt cools down from liquid to solid temperature; film boiling was investigated by developing a two-phase flow model and inserting it in a multi-D fluid dynamics code. It was concluded that the thickness of the film on the surface of a melt jet would be small and that the effects of the film on the process should not be large. This conclusion is contrary to the modeling employed in some other codes. The computer codes were developed and validated against the data obtained in the MSWI Project. The melt vessel interaction thermal analysis code describes the process of melt pool formation and convection and the resulting vessel thermal loadings. In addition, several innovative models were developed to describe the melt-water interaction process. The code MELT-3D treats the melt jet as a collection of particles whose movement is described with a three-dimensional Eulerian formulation. The model (SIPHRA) tracks the melt jet with an additional equation, using the

  14. Formation and growth of crystal defects in directionally solidified multicrystalline silicon for solar cells

    Ryningen, Birgit


    Included in this thesis are five publications and one report. The common theme is characterisation of directionally solidified multicrystalline silicon for solar cells. Material characterisation of solar cell silicon is naturally closely linked to both the casting process and to the solar cell processing: Many of the material properties are determined by the casting process, and the solar cell processing will to some extend determine which properties will influence the solar cell performance. Solar grade silicon (SoG-Si) made by metallurgical refining route and supplied by Elkem Solar was directionally solidified and subsequently characterised, and a simple solar cell process was applied. Except from some metallic co-precipitates in the top of the ingot, no abnormalities were found, and it is suggested that within the limits of the tests performed in this thesis, the casting and the solar cell processing, rather than the assumed higher impurity content, was the limiting factor. It is suggested in this thesis that the main quality problem in multicrystalline silicon wafers is the existence of dislocation clusters covering large wafer areas. The clusters will reduce the effect of gettering and even if gettering could be performed successfully, the clusters will still reduce the minority carrier mobility and hence the solar cell performance. It has further been pointed out that ingots solidified under seemingly equal conditions might have a pronounced difference in minority carrier lifetime. Ingots with low minority carrier lifetime have high dislocation densities. The ingots with the substantially higher lifetime seem all to be dominated by twins. It is also found a link between a higher undercooling and the ingots dominated by twins. It is suggested that the two types of ingots are subject to different nucleation and crystal growth mechanisms: For the ingots dominated by dislocations, which are over represented, the crystal growth is randomly nucleated at the

  15. Methods for Melting Temperature Calculation

    Hong, Qi-Jun

    Melting temperature calculation has important applications in the theoretical study of phase diagrams and computational materials screenings. In this thesis, we present two new methods, i.e., the improved Widom's particle insertion method and the small-cell coexistence method, which we developed in order to capture melting temperatures both accurately and quickly. We propose a scheme that drastically improves the efficiency of Widom's particle insertion method by efficiently sampling cavities while calculating the integrals providing the chemical potentials of a physical system. This idea enables us to calculate chemical potentials of liquids directly from first-principles without the help of any reference system, which is necessary in the commonly used thermodynamic integration method. As an example, we apply our scheme, combined with the density functional formalism, to the calculation of the chemical potential of liquid copper. The calculated chemical potential is further used to locate the melting temperature. The calculated results closely agree with experiments. We propose the small-cell coexistence method based on the statistical analysis of small-size coexistence MD simulations. It eliminates the risk of a metastable superheated solid in the fast-heating method, while also significantly reducing the computer cost relative to the traditional large-scale coexistence method. Using empirical potentials, we validate the method and systematically study the finite-size effect on the calculated melting points. The method converges to the exact result in the limit of a large system size. An accuracy within 100 K in melting temperature is usually achieved when the simulation contains more than 100 atoms. DFT examples of Tantalum, high-pressure Sodium, and ionic material NaCl are shown to demonstrate the accuracy and flexibility of the method in its practical applications. The method serves as a promising approach for large-scale automated material screening in which

  16. Analysis of the solidified structure of rheocast and VADER processed nickel-base superalloy

    Apelian, D.; Cheng, J.-J. A.


    Conventional 'ingot' processing of highly alloyed compositions results in a cast product which suffers from extensive macrosegregation, hot tears, and heterogeneities. By controlling the solidification journey, one can produce a fine grained cast product. This is achieved by manipulating the melt in the mushy zone. Rheocasting and vacuum arc double electrode remelting (VADER) are two such technologies where the melt is processed in the mushy zone. IN-100, a nickel based superalloy, was rheocast as well as VADER processed. The resultant cast structures are analyzed, compared and discussed both onmicro- and macrostructural levels. The effect of the rheocast processing variables (stirring seed, time and temperature) on the cast microstructure are also discussed.

  17. Melting Hadrons, Boiling Quarks

    Rafelski, Johann


    In the context of the Hagedorn temperature half-centenary I describe our understanding of the hot phases of hadronic matter both below and above the Hagedorn temperature. The first part of the review addresses many frequently posed questions about properties of hadronic matter in different phases, phase transition and the exploration of quark-gluon plasma (QGP). The historical context of the discovery of QGP is shown and the role of strangeness and strange antibaryon signature of QGP illustrated. In the second part I discuss the corresponding theoretical ideas and show how experimental results can be used to describe the properties of QGP at hadronization. Finally in two appendices I present previously unpublished reports describing the early prediction of the different forms of hadron matter and of the formation of QGP in relativistic heavy ion collisions, including the initial prediction of strangeness and in particular strange antibaryon signature of QGP.

  18. Melting of superheated molecular crystals

    Cubeta, Ulyana; Bhattacharya, Deepanjan; Sadtchenko, Vlad


    Melting dynamics of micrometer scale, polycrystalline samples of isobutane, dimethyl ether, methyl benzene, and 2-propanol were investigated by fast scanning calorimetry. When films are superheated with rates in excess of 105 K s-1, the melting process follows zero-order, Arrhenius-like kinetics until approximately half of the sample has transformed. Such kinetics strongly imply that melting progresses into the bulk via a rapidly moving solid-liquid interface that is likely to originate at the sample's surface. Remarkably, the apparent activation energies for the phase transformation are large; all exceed the enthalpy of vaporization of each compound and some exceed it by an order of magnitude. In fact, we find that the crystalline melting kinetics are comparable to the kinetics of dielectric α-relaxation in deeply supercooled liquids. Based on these observations, we conclude that the rate of non-isothermal melting for superheated, low-molecular-weight crystals is limited by constituent diffusion into an abnormally dense, glass-like, non-crystalline phase.

  19. The Effect of Solidified Temperature on Melting point of Palm Oils%固化温度对棕榈油熔点影响

    俞旭峰; 缪诗聪; 朱卫建


    测定棕榈硬脂(Palm Stearin)、棕榈油(Palm Oil)和棕榈液油(Palm Olein)在不同固化温度下的熔点,指出对于不同棕榈油脂样品的熔点测定应控制其适合的固化温度.

  20. Evaluation of physical stability and leachability of Portland pozzolona cement (PPC) solidified chemical sludge generated from textile wastewater treatment plants.

    Patel, Hema; Pandey, Suneel


    The chemical sludge generated from the treatment of textile dyeing wastewater is a hazardous waste as per Indian Hazardous Waste Management rules. In this paper, stabilization/solidification of chemical sludge was carried out to explore its reuse potential in the construction materials. Portland pozzolona cement (PPC) was selected as the binder system which is commercially available cement with 10-25% fly ash interground in it. The stabilized/solidified blocks were evaluated in terms of unconfined compressive strength, block density and leaching of heavy metals. The compressive strength (3.62-33.62 MPa) and block density (1222.17-1688.72 kg/m3) values as well as the negligible leaching of heavy metals from the stabilized/solidified blocks indicate that there is a potential of its use for structural and non-structural applications.

  1. Comparative Investigation of the Downward and Upward Directionally Solidified Single-Crystal Blades of Superalloy CMSX-4

    Wang, Fu; Ma, Dexin; Bogner, Samuel; Bührig-Polaczek, Andreas


    Single-crystal blades of Ni-base superalloys CMSX-4 have been directionally solidified using the downward directional solidification (DWDS) process. The possible benefits of the process were comparatively evaluated with respect to the Bridgman process' results. The DWDS process exhibits good capabilities for casting the single-crystal components. The thermal gradients of this process are approximately seven times higher than those of the Bridgman process. It provides more advantages for solidifying the single-crystal superalloy blades by reducing the casting defects, refining the microstructure, decreasing the size of the γ/ γ' eutectic pools, refining the γ' precipitates, alleviating the degree of the microsegregation, and minimizing the size and volume fraction of the micropores.

  2. Effect of Re Addition and Withdrawal Rate on the Solidification Behavior of Directionally Solidified Superalloy AM3

    F.Long; Y.S.Yoo; S.M.Seo; T.Jin; Z.Q.Hu; C.Y.Jo


    The influence of Re addition and withdrawal rate on the solidification behavior of the first generation single crystal superalloy AM3 was investigated by directional solidification and quenching experiments. The primary dendrite arm spacing and eutectic volume fraction were measured from directionally solidified superalloy AM3 with different Re contents. It is found that the primary dendrite arm spacing is determined by the withdrawal rate, and Re does not influence on the value. The eutectic fraction increases with increasing Re addition. Partition coefficients of alloying elements were investigated with energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) analysis. The data was submitted to a statistical treatment to establish the solidification path, and the partition coefficients were measured by fitting the curve with a modified Scheil formula. It is shown that the addition of Re results in bigger microsegregation of alloying elements in directionally solidified AM3 superalloy.

  3. Recovery Phenomenon During Annealing of an As-Rapidly Solidified Al Alloy

    Yan, Zhigang; Mao, Shuaiying; Lin, Yaojun; Zhang, Yaqi; Wang, Limin


    It has been well documented that recovery occurring in metals/alloys produced via solid-state quenching involves only annihilation of supersaturated vacancies. Interestingly, in the present study, we observed completely different mechanisms underlying recovery during annealing of an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu (7075 Al) alloy processed via liquid-state quenching, i.e., rapid solidification (specifically melt spinning herein). The as-melt-spun alloy consists of refined grains containing tangled dislocations inside the grains. Following annealing at 393 K (120 °C) for 24 hours, refined grain structure was still retained and grain sizes essentially remained unchanged, but subgrains separated by dense dislocation walls were generated at grain interiors, with a much lower density of dislocations at subgrain interiors than that in the as-melt-spun 7075 Al alloy and dislocation arrays inside some subgrains. The microstructural evolution suggests the absence of recrystallization and the occurrence of recovery primarily via the annihilation and rearrangement of dislocations and the formation of subgrains. Based on the stored energy in dislocations in, and the annealing temperature of, the as-melt-spun 7075 Al alloy, the recovery phenomenon was analyzed and discussed in detail.

  4. Leaching behaviour and mechanical properties of copper flotation waste in stabilized/solidified products.

    Mesci, Başak; Coruh, Semra; Ergun, Osman Nuri


    This research describes the investigation of a cement-based solidification/stabilization process for the safe disposal of copper flotation waste and the effect on cement properties of the addition of copper flotation waste (CW) and clinoptilolite (C). In addition to the reference mixture, 17 different mixtures were prepared using different proportions of CW and C. Physical properties such as setting time, specific surface area and compressive strength were determined and compared to a reference mixture and Turkish standards (TS). Different mixtures with the copper flotation waste portion ranging from 2.5 to 12.5% by weight of the mixture were tested for copper leachability. The results show that as cement replacement materials especially clinoptilolite had clear effects on the mechanical properties. Substitution of 5% copper flotation waste for Portland cement gave a similar strength performance to the reference mixture. Higher copper flotation waste addition such as 12.5% replacement yielded lower strength values. As a result, copper flotation waste and clinoptilolite can be used as cementitious materials, and copper flotation waste also can be safely stabilized/solidified in a cement-based solidification/stabilization system.


    Carmalin Sophia Ayyappan


    Full Text Available In this study, Thiobacillus thiooxidans (T. thiooxidans was used to study the microbial stability / degradation of cement-based waste forms. The waste forms contained a chromium salt (CrCl3·6H2O, cement and other additives viz., lime and gypsum in two different proportions. The experimental samples of all the simulated waste forms showed evidence of microbial growth as indicated by substantial increase in sulfate. Chromium leached from the waste forms was found to be lowest in cement – lime solidified waste forms (0.061 mg·l-1 and highest in cement gypsum waste forms (0.22 mg·l-1 after 30 days of exposure. These values were lower than the toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP, regulatory limit (5 mg·l-1. Model equations based on two shrinking core models (acid dissolution and bulk diffusion model, were used to analyze the kinetics of microbial degradation of cement based waste forms. The bulk diffusion model was observed to fit the data better than the acid dissolution model, as indicated by good correlation coefficients.

  6. Devitrification process in rapidly solidified Al-Ni-Cu-Nd metallic glass

    XIAO Yu-de(肖于德); LI Wen-xian(黎文献); D. Jacovkis; N. Clavaguera; M. T. Clavaguera-Mora; J. Rodriguez-Viejo


    In the present study, rapidly solidified ribbons of Al87 Ni7Cu3 Nd3 metallic glass was prepared by usingmelt spinning. Devitrification process of the totally amorphous ribbons was investigated by high temperature X-raydiffraction analysis, combining with differential scanning calorimetry, under continuous and isothermal heating re-gime. The X-ray diffraction intensity and full width at the half maximum (FWHM) were analyzed to investigate theincrease of crystallized amount and growth of α-Al crystal particles. The results show that under continuous heatingregime, the metallic glass devitrifies via two main stages: primary crystallization, resulting in two-phase mixture ofα-Al plus residual amorphous phase, and secondary crystallization, corresponding to rapid precipitation of some in-ter-metallic phases in the form of dispersion or eutectic mixture. Under isothermal heating regime, only Al crystalprecipitates from the Al-rich amorphous matrix at low temperature, and when heating at 280 ℃ only Al crystal pre-cipitates within a short time, and then Al8 Cu4 Nd forms, followed by Al3 Ni, in the residual amorphous phase. Whenheating at higher temperature or for longer time, Aln Nd3 forms, the amorphous phase disappears, and the ribbonsdevelop into polycrystalline morphologies with multiply phase mixture of a-Al, Al8 Cu4 Nd, Al3 Ni, and Al11 Nd3.

  7. Effect of Industrial By-Products on Unconfined Compressive Strength of Solidified Organic Marine Clayey Soils

    Chan-Gi Park


    Full Text Available The use of industrial by-products as admixture to ASTM Type I cement (ordinary Portland cement (OPC was investigated with the objective of improving the solidification of organic marine clayey soils. The industrial by-products considered in this paper were oyster-shell powder (OSP, steelmaking slag dust (SMS and fuel-gas-desulfurized (FGD gypsum. The industrial by-products were added to OPC at a ratio of 5% based on dry weight to produce a mixture used to solidify organic marine clayey soils. The dosage ratios of mixtures to organic marine clayey soils were 5, 10 and 15% on a dry weight basis. Unconfined compressive strength (UCS test after 28 days revealed that the highest strength was obtained with the OPC + SMS 15% mixing ratio. The UCS of specimens treated with this mixture was >500 kPa, compared with 300 kPa for specimens treated with a 15% OPC + OSP mixture and 200 kPa when 15% of OPC was used alone. These results were attributed to the more active hydration and pozzolanic reaction of the OPC + SMS mixture. This hypothesis was verified through X-ray diffraction (XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM analyses, and was confirmed by variations in the calcium carbonate (CaCO3 content of the materials during curing.

  8. Anomalous transient leaching behavior of metals solidified/stabilized by pozzolanic fly ash

    Camacho, Lucy Mar [Department of Chemical Engineering, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 88003 (United States)]. E-mail:; Munson-McGee, Stuart H. [Department of Chemical Engineering, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 88003 (United States)


    This study presents observations on the transient leaching behavior of chromium, cadmium, and aluminum that were solidified/stabilized by pozzolanic fly ash. These three metals were selected since they were present in a simulated waste stream generated by an evaporator during plutonium purification and also because the minimum solubility of these metals occurs at significantly different pHs. The transient pH behavior of the toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP) leachate showed a monotonic increase for all cases, but the equilibrium value was affected by process conditions. The transient leachate concentration behavior showed curves with one or two local maxima for some cases and curves with a monotonic increase for other cases. Data from the leaching experiments was compared to the solubility curves for the hydroxides of each metal since it was assumed that the highly alkaline conditions inside the fly ash waste would cause the metals to precipitate as hydroxides after initially dissolving in the acidic leaching solution. It was found that of the three metals, only cadmium followed the solubility curve for pure hydroxide solutions or for fly ash systems currently reported in the literature.

  9. Solidification characterization of a new rapidly solidified Ni-Cr-Co based superalloy

    Wu, Kai, E-mail: [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Liu, Guoquan [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Hu, Benfu [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Li, Feng [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom); Zhang, Yiwen [School of Metallurgical and Ecological Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); High Temperature Materials Research Institution, CISRI, Beijing 100081 (China); Tao, Yu; Liu, Jiantao [High Temperature Materials Research Institution, CISRI, Beijing 100081 (China)


    The solidification characterization of a new rapidly solidified Ni-Cr-Co based superalloy prepared by plasma rotating electrode process was investigated by means of optical microscope, scanning electron microscope, and transmission electron microscope. The results show that the solidification microstructure changes from dendrites to cellular and microcrystal structures with decreasing powder size. The elements of Co, Cr, W and Ni are enriched in the dendrites, while Mo, Nb and Ti are higher in the interdendritic regions. The relationships between powder size with the average solid-liquid interface moving rate, the average interface temperature gradient and the average cooling rate are established. Microsegregation is increased with larger powder size. The geometric integrity of MC Prime type carbides in the powders changes from regular to diverse with decreasing powder size. The morphology and quantity of carbides depend on the thermal parameters and non-equilibrium solute partition coefficients during rapid solidification. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The relations of solidification thermal parameters with powder size are established. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The relation of non-equilibrium solute partition with powder size is investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The solidification microstructure is related to thermal parameters. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The segregation behavior is linked to non-equilibrium partition coefficients. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The morphology and quantity of carbides depend on the above combined factors.

  10. Preparation and Stability of Inorganic Solidified Foam for Preventing Coal Fires

    Botao Qin


    Full Text Available Inorganic solidified foam (ISF is a novel material for preventing coal fires. This paper presents the preparation process and working principle of main installations. Besides, aqueous foam with expansion ratio of 28 and 30 min drainage rate of 13% was prepared. Stability of foam fluid was studied in terms of stability coefficient, by varying water-slurry ratio, fly ash replacement ratio of cement, and aqueous foam volume alternatively. Light microscope was utilized to analyze the dynamic change of bubble wall of foam fluid and stability principle was proposed. In order to further enhance the stability of ISF, different dosage of calcium fluoroaluminate was added to ISF specimens whose stability coefficient was tested and change of hydration products was detected by scanning electron microscope (SEM. The outcomes indicated that calcium fluoroaluminate could enhance the stability coefficient of ISF and compact hydration products formed in cell wall of ISF; naturally, the stability principle of ISF was proved right. Based on above-mentioned experimental contents, ISF with stability coefficient of 95% and foam expansion ratio of 5 was prepared, which could sufficiently satisfy field process requirements on plugging air leakage and thermal insulation.

  11. In-situ formation of solidified hydrogen thin-membrane targets using a pulse tube cryocooler

    Astbury, S.; Bedacht, S.; Brummitt, P.; Carroll, D.; Clarke, R.; Crisp, S.; Hernandez-Gomez, C.; Holligan, P.; Hook, S.; Merchan, J. S.; Neely, D.; Ortner, A.; Rathbone, D.; Rice, P.; Schaumann, G.; Scott, G.; Spindloe, C.; Spurdle, S.; Tebartz, A.; Tomlinson, S.; Wagner, F.; Borghesi, M.; Roth, M.; Tolley, M. K.


    An account is given of the Central Laser Facility's work to produce a cryogenic hydrogen targetry system using a pulse tube cryocooler. Due to the increasing demand for low Z thin laser targets, CLF (in collaboration with TUD) have been developing a system which allows the production of solid hydrogen membranes by engineering a design which can achieve this remotely; enabling the gas injection, condensation and solidification of hydrogen without compromising the vacuum of the target chamber. A dynamic sealing mechanism was integrated which allows targets to be grown and then remotely exposed to open vacuum for laser interaction. Further research was conducted on the survivability of the cryogenic targets which concluded that a warm gas effect causes temperature spiking when exposing the solidified hydrogen to the outer vacuum. This effect was shown to be mitigated by improving the pumping capacity of the environment and reducing the minimum temperature obtainable on the target mount. This was achieved by developing a two-stage radiation shield encased with superinsulating blanketing; reducing the base temperature from 14 ± 0.5 K to 7.2 ± 0.2 K about the coldhead as well as improving temperature control stability following the installation of a high-performance temperature controller and sensor apparatus. The system was delivered experimentally and in July 2014 the first laser shots were taken upon hydrogen targets in the Vulcan TAP facility.

  12. Research on lamellar structure and micro-hardness of directionally solidified Sn-58Bi eutectic alloy

    Hu Xiaowu


    Full Text Available In this work, the Sn-58Bi (weight percent eutectic alloy was directionally solidified at a constant temperature gradient (G = 12 K·mm-1 with different growth rates using a Bridgman type directional solidification furnace. A lamellar microstructure was observed in the Sn-58Bi samples. The lamellar spacing and micro-hardness of longitudinal and transversal sections were measured. The values of lamellar spacing of both longitudinal and transversal sections decrease with an increase in growth rate. The microhardness increases with an increase in the growth rate and decreases with an increase in the lamellar spacing. The dependence of lamellar spacing on growth rate, and micro-hardness on both growth rate and lamellar spacing were obtained by linear regression analysis. The relationships between the lamellar spacing and growth rate, microhardness and growth rate, and micro-hardness and lamellar spacing for transversal and longitudinal sections of Sn-58Bi eutectic alloy were given. The fitted exponent values obtained in this work were compared with the previous similar experimental results and a good agreement was obtained.

  13. Effect of growth rate on characteristic lengths of microstructure in directionally solidified

    Zhang Yuan


    Full Text Available The microstructure of TiAl based alloys is sensitive to growth rates. In this paper, Bridgman directional solidification of Ti-46Al-2Cr-2Nb-0.2B (at.% alloy was carried out at a constant temperature gradient (G to investigate the effects of various growth rates (v on characteristic lengths (primary dendritic arm spacing, secondary dendritic arm spacing and lamellar spacing of the microstructure. Results show that under the experimental conditions of G = 18 K·m-1 and v = 15 μm·s-1 to 70 μm·s-1, the primary phase of directionally solidified Ti-46Al-2Cr-2Nb-0.2B alloy is α phase, the values of primary dendritic arm spacing (λ1, secondary dendritic arm spacing (λ2 and lamellar spacing (λ1a decrease with the increase in growth rate. The results were compared with theoretical models and similar experimental results of TiAl based alloys. The Bouchard-Kirkaldy model agrees well with the relationship between primary dendritic arm spacing and growth rate obtained in the experiment; the relationship between them can be expressed by λ1 = 758.6v-0.39. The relationship between the secondary dendritic arm spacing and the growth rate can be expressed by λ2 = 113.9v-0.45, while the relationship between the lamellar spacing and growth rate can be expressed by λ1a = 22.88v-0.94.

  14. Influence of Ta content on hot corrosion behaviour of a directionally solidified nickel base superalloy

    Han, F.F. [Superalloy Division, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016 (China); Chang, J.X., E-mail: [Superalloy Division, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016 (China); Li, H.; Lou, L.H. [Superalloy Division, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016 (China); Zhang, J. [Superalloy Division, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016 (China); Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016 (China)


    Highlights: • Three nickel-base superalloys containing different Ta content were subjected to Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}-induced hot corrosion. • Ta improved the hot corrosion resistance. • Ta decreased the diffusion rate of alloying elements. • Ta promoted the formation of (Cr, Ti)TaO{sub 4} layer. - Abstract: Hot corrosion behaviour of a directionally solidified nickel base superalloy with different tantalum (Ta) addition in fused sodium sulphate (Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}) under an oxidizing atmosphere at 900 °C has been studied. It was shown that the hot corrosion resistance was improved by increasing of Ta content. The hot corrosion kinetics of the alloy with lower Ta content deviated from parabolic law after 60 h corrosion test, whereas the corrosion kinetics of the alloy with high Ta content followed the parabolic law before 60 h and with less mass change afterwards. A detailed microstructure study using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with an energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) was performed to investigate the corrosion products and mechanisms. The beneficial effect of Ta was found to be resulted from a Ta-enriched (Cr, Ti)TaO{sub 4} layer inside the corrosion scale, which led to the retarding of the element diffusion so as to decrease the hot corrosion kinetics.

  15. Microstructures and properties of rapidly solidified Mg-Zn-Ca alloys


    Ternary alloys based on the Mg-Zn-Ca system were produced by twin-roll rapid solidification. The alloys were characterized by OM, SEM, HRTEM, XRD, EDS and Micro-hardness. The results show that the rapidly solidified flakes are of frnedendritic cell structures with the cell size ranging from 1 to 5 μn. The Mg-6Zn-5Ca alloy in RS and annealing (200 ℃ for 1 h) states are mainly composed of α-Mg, Mg2Ca, Ca2Mg6, Zn3 and a small quantity of Mg51Zn20, MgZn2 and Mg2Zn3. Micro-hardness increases with the increment of Ca content and age hardening occurs after aging at 200 ℃ in the flakes probably due to the precipitation strengthening of the fine precipitates Mg2Ca and Ca2Mg6, Zn3. Some phases at the grain boundary in Mg-6Zn-5Ca alloy are identified by means of HRTEM, which may be beneficial to the improvement in thermal stability of the alloy.

  16. Microstructure simulation of rapidly solidified ASP30 high-speed steel particles by gas atomization

    Ma, Jie; Wang, Bo; Yang, Zhi-liang; Wu, Guang-xin; Zhang, Jie-yu; Zhao, Shun-li


    In this study, the microstructure evolution of rapidly solidified ASP30 high-speed steel particles was predicted using a simulation method based on the cellular automaton-finite element (CAFE) model. The dendritic growth kinetics, in view of the characteristics of ASP30 steel, were calculated and combined with macro heat transfer calculations by user-defined functions (UDFs) to simulate the microstructure of gas-atomized particles. The relationship among particle diameter, undercooling, and the convection heat transfer coefficient was also investigated to provide cooling conditions for simulations. The simulated results indicated that a columnar grain microstructure was observed in small particles, whereas an equiaxed microstructure was observed in large particles. In addition, the morphologies and microstructures of gas-atomized ASP30 steel particles were also investigated experimentally using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The experimental results showed that four major types of microstructures were formed: dendritic, equiaxed, mixed, and multi-droplet microstructures. The simulated results and the available experimental data are in good agreement.

  17. Feedback control of Layerwise Laser Melting using optical sensors

    Craeghs, Tom; Bechmann, Florian; Berumen, Sebastian; Kruth, Jean-Pierre

    Layerwise Laser Melting (LLM) is a layerwise production technique enabling the production of complex metallic parts. Thin powder layers are molten according to a predefined scan pattern by means of a laser source. Nowadays constant process parameters are used throughout the build, leading for some geometries to an overly thick feature size or overheating at downfacing surfaces. In this paper a monitoring and control system is presented which enables monitoring the melt pool continously at high speed throughout the building process. The signals from the sensors can be incorporated in a real-time control loop, in this way enabling feedback control of the process parameters. In this paper the experimental set-up will be first shown. Next the dynamic relation between the melt pool and the process parameters is identified. Finally the proof of concept for feedback control is demonstrated with experimental results.

  18. Magnetism-Structure Correlations during the ε→τ Transformation in Rapidly-Solidified MnAl Nanostructured Alloys

    Felix Jiménez-Villacorta


    Full Text Available Magnetic and structural aspects of the annealing-induced transformation of rapidly-solidified Mn55Al45 ribbons from the as-quenched metastable antiferromagnetic (AF ε-phase to the target ferromagnetic (FM L10 τ-phase are investigated. The as-solidified material exhibits a majority hexagonal ε-MnAl phase revealing a large exchange bias shift below a magnetic blocking temperature TB~95 K (Hex~13 kOe at 10 K, ascribed to the presence of compositional fluctuations in this antiferromagnetic phase. Heat treatment at a relatively low annealing temperature Tanneal ≈ 568 K (295 °C promotes the nucleation of the metastable L10 τ-MnAl phase at the expense of the parent ε-phase, donating an increasingly hard ferromagnetic character. The onset of the ε→τ transformation occurs at a temperature that is ~100 K lower than that reported in the literature, highlighting the benefits of applying rapid solidification for synthesis of the rapidly-solidified parent alloy.

  19. Removal of Pb2+ and Cd2+ by adsorption on clay-solidified grouting curtain for waste landfills

    CHEN Yong-gui; ZHANG Ke-neng; ZOU Yin-sheng; DENG Fei-yue


    Pb2+ and Cd2+ in leachate were adsorbed on clay-solidified grouting curtain for waste landfills with equilibrium experiment. The cation exchange capacity was determined with ammonium acetate. And the concentration of heavy metal cations in leachate was determined with atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Their equilibrium isotherms were measured, and the experimental isotherm data were analyzed by using Freundlich and Langmuir models. The results show that the adsorption capacities of the heavy metal cations are closely related to the compositions of clay-solidified grouting curtain, and the maximum adsorption appears at the ratio of cement to clay of 2: 4 in the experimental conditions. At their maximum adsorption and pH 5.0, the adsorption capacities of Pb2+ and Cd2+ are 16.19 mg/g and 1.21 mg/g. The competitive adsorption coefficients indicate that the adsorption of clay-solidified grouting curtain for Pb2+ is stronger than that for Cd2+. The adsorption process conforms to Freundlich's model with related coefficient higher than 0. 996.

  20. Development of a protocol to solidify native and artificial oil bodies for long-term storage at room temperature.

    Chang, Ming-Tsung; Chen, Chun-Ren; Liu, Ting-Hang; Lee, Chin-Pei; Tzen, Jason T C


    Oil bodies isolated from sesame seeds coalesced to form large oil drops when they were solidified in a drying process commonly used for food products. The aim of this study was to develop a protocol to solidify oil bodies for long-term storage at room temperature. On the basis of testing several excipients, the coalescence of oil bodies could be effectively prevented when they were combined with mannitol. Sizes of oil bodies appeared similar under a light microscope before and after powderisation in combination with 70% or more mannitol. Artificial oil bodies were successfully generated with sesame oil, phospholipid and recombinant sesame caleosin. Following the developed protocol, native and artificial oil bodies were stably solidified in tablets. Both native and artificial oil bodies dissolved from the tablets remained stable after an accelerated stress test under a condition of 75% humidity at 40 °C for 4 months. A protocol was successfully developed for the solidification of native and artificial oil bodies in stable powder and tablet forms. This successful protocol is very likely to expedite the utilisation of artificial oil bodies in their potential applications. © 2012 Society of Chemical Industry.

  1. Microstructure evolution and non-equilibrium solidification of undercooled Ni-29.8at% Si eutectic alloy melts


    Microstructure formation and transition of undercooled bulk Ni70.2Si29.8 eutectic alloy melt were investigated by melt fluxing,cyclical overheating and cooling under high-frequency vacuum melting.The maximum undercooling of the alloy melt amounted to 428 K.Scanning electron microscope(SEM),energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy(EDS) and optical microscopy techniques(OM) were adopted to investigate the microstructure and identify the phase composition.The cooling curves of eutectic alloys upon solidification which were subjected to different undercoolings were described and compared.The complex microstructure evolution was observed in the as-solidified samples with the increase of undercooling.Surprisingly,an extremely fine microstructure was achieved at the max undercooling of 428 K,and the lamellar distance of about 50-100 nm was observed.Based on the solution entropy of eutectic phases,the microstructure transition with the undercooling was analyzed.Calculated results showed that the microstructure transition process was ascribed to solution entropy of transition,i.e.,the complex microstructure evolution was attributed to a transition from faceted-faceted(FF)→faceted-nonfaceted(FN)→nonfaceted-nonfaceted(NN) eutectic systems concurring with increased undercooling.

  2. Enhanced Magnetic Properties of Nd15Fe77B8 Alloy Powders Produced by Melt-Spinning Technique

    Öztürk, Sultan; İcin, Kürşat; Öztürk, Bülent; Topal, Uğur; Odabaşı, Hülya Kaftelen; Göbülük, Metin; Cora, Ömer Necati


    Rapidly solidified Nd15Fe77B8 alloy powders were produced by means of melt-spinning method in high-vacuum atmosphere to achieve improved magnetic and thermal properties. To this goal, a vacuum milling apparatus was designed and constructed to ball-mill the melt-spun powders in a surfactant active atmosphere. Various milling times were experimented to reveal the effect of the milling time on the mean particle size and other size-dependent properties such as magnetism and Curie temperature. Grain structure, cooling rate, and phase structure of the produced powders were also investigated. The Curie points shifted to higher temperatures from the ingot condition to surfactant active ball-milling and the values for Nd15Fe77B8 ingot alloy, melt-spun powders, and surfactant active ball-milled powders were 552 K, 595 K, and 604 K (279 °C, 322 °C, and 331 °C), respectively. It was noted that the surfactant active ball-milling process improved the magnetic and thermal properties of melt-spun Nd15Fe77B8 alloy powders. Compared to relevant literature, the coercivity of powders increased significantly with increasing milling time and decreasing in powder size. The coercivity value as high as 3427 kA m-1 was obtained.

  3. On edge melting under the Colorado Plateau margin

    Rudzitis, Sean; Reid, Mary R.; Blichert-Toft, Janne


    Asthenosphere beneath the relatively thin lithosphere of the Basin and Range province appears to be juxtaposed in step-like fashion against the Colorado Plateau's thick lithospheric keel. Primary to near-primary basalts are found above this edge, in the San Francisco-Morman Mountain volcanic fields, north central Arizona, western USA. We show that at least two distinct peridotite-dominated mantle end-members contributed to the origin of the basalts. One has paired Nd and Hf isotopic characteristics that cluster near the mantle array and trace element patterns as expected for melts generated in the asthenosphere, possibly in the presence of garnet. The second has isotopic compositions displaced above the ɛHf - ɛNd mantle array which, together with its particular trace element characteristics, indicate contributions from hydrogenous sediments and/or melt (carbonatite or silicate)-related metasomatism. Melt equilibration temperatures obtained from Si- and Mg-thermobarometry are mostly 1340-1425°C and account for the effects of water (assumed to be 2 wt.%) and estimated CO2 (variable). Melt equilibration depths cluster at the inferred location of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary at ˜70-75 km beneath the southwestern margin of the Colorado Plateau but scatter to somewhat greater values (˜100 km). Melt generation may have initiated in or below the garnet-spinel facies transition zone by edge-driven convection and continued as mantle and/or melts upwelled, assimilating and sometimes equilibrating with shallower contaminated mantle, until melts were finally extracted.

  4. Effects of melt and Pr on physical properties of forsterite

    Dillman, A. M.; Kohlstedt, D. L.


    A small amount of melt can play a large role in controlling the kinetic properties of mantle rocks. Recent models predict that the presence of less than 1% melt can create an order of magnitude decrease in the viscosity. Current experimental studies of solid-melt phase assemblages for mantle rocks often involve adding a small amount of mid-ocean ridge basalt to a nominally melt-free rock. This addition adds not only a second phase, but also a wide range of incompatible elements from the melt, which change the chemical environment of the aggregate. The convolved problems of adding incompatible elements as well as a melt make it difficult to attribute changes in kinetic processes to the melt alone. This project addresses this difficulty by systematically adding an impurity to olivine and inducing melting. High-purity, synthetic forsterite is created though a solid state reaction of brucite and colloidal silica. An impurity, Pr, is added to this mix as a nitrate in ethanol, and the powders are calcined to remove elements such as N and C. Praseodymium is a highly incompatible element in forsterite and segregates strongly to the grain boundaries. The addition of 1 mol% Pr causes a melt film to form along most of the grain boundaries in the rock. If the concentration is decreased to 0.05 mol%, the melt film shrinks to occasional visible melt pockets along mostly melt-free grain boundaries. At 0.01 mol%, the Pr dissolves in the grain boundaries without a visible second phase. The effect of this impurity on grain growth depends on concentration. The 0.01mol% samples experience less grain growth than undoped samples under similar thermodynamic conditions. Once a melt is present, the rate of grain growth increases substantially. During sintering in vacuum at 1400°C for 5 hr, the grain size increased from an average of 2.8 μm for samples with 0.01 mol% Pr to >50 μm for the samples with 0.1 mol% Pr. An impurity level of 1 mol% resulted in a final grain size of ~100

  5. Microbial degradation of low-level radioactive waste. Final report

    Rogers, R.D.; Hamilton, M.A.; Veeh, R.H.; McConnell, J.W. Jr


    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission stipulates in 10 CFR 61 that disposed low-level radioactive waste (LLW) be stabilized. To provide guidance to disposal vendors and nuclear station waste generators for implementing those requirements, the NRC developed the Technical Position on Waste Form, Revision 1. That document details a specified set of recommended testing procedures and criteria, including several tests for determining the biodegradation properties of waste forms. Information has been presented by a number of researchers, which indicated that those tests may be inappropriate for examining microbial degradation of cement-solidified LLW. Cement has been widely used to solidify LLW; however, the resulting waste forms are sometimes susceptible to failure due to the actions of waste constituents, stress, and environment. The purpose of this research program was to develop modified microbial degradation test procedures that would be more appropriate than the existing procedures for evaluation of the effects of microbiologically influenced chemical attack on cement-solidified LLW. The procedures that have been developed in this work are presented and discussed. Groups of microorganisms indigenous to LLW disposal sites were employed that can metabolically convert organic and inorganic substrates into organic and mineral acids. Such acids aggressively react with cement and can ultimately lead to structural failure. Results on the application of mechanisms inherent in microbially influenced degradation of cement-based material are the focus of this final report. Data-validated evidence of the potential for microbially influenced deterioration of cement-solidified LLW and subsequent release of radionuclides developed during this study are presented.

  6. Magnetic Biocomposites for Remote Melting.

    Zhou, Mengbo; Liebert, Tim; Müller, Robert; Dellith, Andrea; Gräfe, Christine; Clement, Joachim H; Heinze, Thomas


    A new approach toward the fabrication of biocompatible composites suitable for remote melting is presented. It is shown that magnetite nanoparticles (MNP) can be embedded into a matrix of biocompatible thermoplastic dextran esters. For that purpose, fatty acid esters of dextran with adjustable melting points in the range of 30-140 °C were synthesized. Esterification of the polysaccharide by activation of the acid as iminium chlorides guaranteed mild reaction conditions leading to high quality products as confirmed by FTIR- and NMR spectroscopy as well as by gel permeation chromatography (GPC). A method for the preparation of magnetically responsive bionanocomposites was developed consisting of combined dissolution/suspension of the dextran ester and hydrophobized MNPs in an organic solvent followed by homogenization with ultrasonication, casting of the solution, drying and melting of the composite for a defined shaping. This process leads to a uniform distribution of MNPs in nanocomposite as revealed by scanning electron microscope. Samples of different geometries were exposed to high frequency alternating magnetic field. It could be shown that defined remote melting of such biocompatible nanocomposites is possible for the first time. This may lead to a new class of magnetic remote control systems, which are suitable for controlled release applications or self-healing materials.



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  8. Thermodynamics of freezing and melting

    Pedersen, Ulf Rørbæk; Costigliola, Lorenzo; Bailey, Nicholas


    phases at a single thermodynamic state point provide the basis for calculating the pressure, density and entropy of fusion as functions of temperature along the melting line, as well as the variation along this line of the reduced crystalline vibrational mean-square displacement (the Lindemann ratio...

  9. Entangled Polymer Melts in Extensional Flow

    Hengeller, Ludovica

    Many commercial materials derived from synthetic polymers exhibit a complex response under different processing operations such as fiber formation, injection moulding,film blowing, film casting or coatings. They can be processed both in the solid or in the melted state. Often they may contain two...... or more different polymers in addition to additives, fillers or solvents in order to modify the properties of the final product. Usually, it is also desired to improve the processability. For example the supplement of a high molecular weight component improves the stability in elongational flows....... On the other hand, addition of low-volatility solvents to polymers is also a common industrial practice that others a means for lowering the Tg of the polymers. Moreover industrial polymers present a wide distribution of chain lengths and/or branched architectures that strongly influence their response...

  10. Specific Changes of Exocarp and Mesocarp Occurring during Softening Differently Affect Firmness in Melting (MF) and Non Melting Flesh (NMF) Fruits

    Onelli, E.; Ghiani, A.; Gentili, R; S Serra; Musacchi, S.; Citterio, S.


    Melting (MF) and non melting flesh (NMF) peaches differ in their final texture and firmness. Their specific characteristics are achieved by softening process and directly dictate fruit shelf life and quality. Softening is influenced by various mechanisms including cell wall reorganization and water loss. In this work, the biomechanical properties of MF Spring Crest's and NMF Oro A's exocarp and mesocarp along with the amount and localization of hydroxycinnamic acids and flavonoids were invest...

  11. Modeling of zinc solubility in stabilized/solidified electric arc furnace dust.

    Fernández-Olmo, Ignacio; Lasa, Cristina; Irabien, Angel


    Equilibrium models which attempt for the influence of pH on the solubility of metals can improve the dynamic leaching models developed to describe the long-term behavior of waste-derived forms. In addition, such models can be used to predict the concentration of metals in equilibrium leaching tests at a given pH. The aim of this work is to model the equilibrium concentration of Zn from untreated and stabilized/solidified (S/S) electric arc furnace dust (EAFD) using experimental data obtained from a pH-dependence leaching test (acid neutralization capacity, ANC). EAFD is a hazardous waste generated in electric arc furnace steel factories; it contains significant amounts of heavy metals such as Zn, Pb, Cr or Cd. EAFD from a local factory was characterized by X-ray fluorescence (XRF), acid digestion and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Zn and Fe were the main components while the XRD analysis revealed that zincite, zinc ferrite and hematite were the main crystalline phases. Different cement/EAFD formulations ranging from 7 to 20% dry weight of cement were prepared and subjected to the ANC leaching test. An amphoteric behavior of Zn was found from the pH dependence test. To model this behavior, the geochemical model Visual MINTEQ (VMINTEQ) was used. In addition to the geochemical model, an empirical model based on the dissolution of Zn in the acidic zone and the re-dissolution of zinc compounds in the alkaline zone was considered showing a similar prediction than that obtained with VMINTEQ. This empirical model seems to be more appropriate when the metal speciation is unknown, or when if known, the theoretical solid phases included in the database of VMINTEQ do not allow to describe the experimental data.

  12. Simulation and experiment for oxygen-enriched combustion engine using liquid oxygen to solidify CO2

    Liu, Yongfeng; Jia, Xiaoshe; Pei, Pucheng; Lu, Yong; Yi, Li; Shi, Yan


    For capturing and recycling of CO2 in the internal combustion engine, Rankle cycle engine can reduce the exhaust pollutants effectively under the condition of ensuring the engine thermal efficiency by using the techniques of spraying water in the cylinder and optimizing the ignition advance angle. However, due to the water spray nozzle need to be installed on the cylinder, which increases the cylinder head design difficulty and makes the combustion conditions become more complicated. In this paper, a new method is presented to carry out the closing inlet and exhaust system for internal combustion engines. The proposed new method uses liquid oxygen to solidify part of cooled CO2 from exhaust system into dry ice and the liquid oxygen turns into gas oxygen which is sent to inlet system. The other part of CO2 is sent to inlet system and mixed with oxygen, which can reduce the oxygen-enriched combustion detonation tendency and make combustion stable. Computing grid of the IP52FMI single-cylinder four-stroke gasoline-engine is established according to the actual shape of the combustion chamber using KIVA-3V program. The effects of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) rate are analyzed on the temperatures, the pressures and the instantaneous heat release rates when the EGR rate is more than 8%. The possibility of enclosing intake and exhaust system for engine is verified. The carbon dioxide trapping device is designed and the IP52FMI engine is transformed and the CO2 capture experiment is carried out. The experimental results show that when the EGR rate is 36% for the optimum EGR rate. When the liquid oxygen of 35.80-437.40 g is imported into the device and last 1-20 min, respectively, 21.50-701.30 g dry ice is obtained. This research proposes a new design method which can capture CO2 for vehicular internal combustion engine.

  13. Comparison of properties of traditional and accelerated carbonated solidified/stabilized contaminated soils

    LIU Jiangying; XU Dimin; XIONG Lan; Colin HILLS; Paula CAREY; Kevin GARDNER


    The investigation of the long-term performance of solidified/stabilized (S/S) contaminated soils was carried out in a trial site in southeast UK. The soils were exposed to the maximum natural weathering for four years and sampled at various depths in a controlled manner. The chemical properties (e. g. , degree of carbonation (DOC), pH, electrical conductivity (EC)) and physical properties (e. g. , moisture content (MC), liquid limit (LL), plastic limit (PL), plasticity index (PI)) of the samples untreated and treated with the traditional and accelerated carbonated S/S processes were analyzed. Their variations on the depths of the soils were also studied. The result showed that the broad geotechnical properties of the soils, manifested in their PIs, were related to the concentration of the water soluble ions and in particular the free calcium ions. The samples treated with the accelerated carbonation technology (ACT), and the untreated samples contained limited number of free calcium ions in solutions and consequently interacted with waters in a similar way. Compared with the traditional cement-based S/S technology, e. g. , treatment with ordinary portland cement (OPC) or EnvirOceM, ACT caused the increase of the PI of the treated soil and made it more stable during long-term weathering. The PI values for the four soils ascended according to the order: the EnvirOceM soil, the OPC soil, the ACT soil, and the untreated soil while their pH and EC values descended according to the same order.

  14. Microstructural evolution of directionally solidified DZ125 superalloy castings with different solidification methods

    Ge Bingming


    Full Text Available The properties of Ni-base superalloy castings are closely related to the uniformity of their as-cast microstructure, and different solidification methods have serious effect on microstructural uniformity. In this paper, the influences of high rate solidification (HRS process (with or without superheating and liquid metal cooling (LMC process on the microstructure of DZ125 superalloy were investigated. Blade-shape castings were solidified at rates of 40 μm·s-1 to 110 μm·s-1 using HRS process and a comparative experiment was carried out at a rate of 70 μm·s-1 by LMC process. The optical microscope (OM, scanning electron microscope (SEM were used to observe the microstructure and the grain size was analyzed using electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD technique. Results show that for the castings by either HRS or LMC process, the primary dendrite arm spacing and size of γ' precipitates decrease with increasing the withdrawal rate; the dendrites and γ' precipitates at the upper section of the blade are coarser than those in the middle, especially for the HRS castings without high superheating technique. When the withdrawal rate is 70 μm·s-1, the castings by HRS with high superheating technique have the smallest PDAS with fine γ' precipitates; while the size distribution of γ' precipitates is more homogenous in LMC castings, and the number of larger grains in LMC castings is smaller than that in the HRS castings. Moreover, high superheating technique yields smaller grains in the castings. Both the LMC method and HRS with high superheating technique can be used to prepare castings with reduced maximum grain size.

  15. Investigation of the effect of rapidly solidified braze ribbons on the microstructure of brazed joints

    Bobzin, K.; Öte, M.; Wiesner, S.; Rochala, P.; Mayer, J.; Aretz, A.; Iskandar, R.; Schwedt, A.


    Shrinkage and warpage due to melting and solidification are crucial for the geometric precision of related components. In order to assure a high geometric precision, the formation of the microstructure in the joint during brazing must be taken into consideration. An extensive interaction can occur between liquid melt and base material, resulting in the formation of distinctive phases. This interaction depends on the parameters of the brazing process. However, the consequences of the interaction between phase formation and process parameters in terms of geometric precision cannot be estimated yet. Insufficient quality of the joint can be a result. In this study, investigations focus on the process of solidification in terms of time dependent diffusion behavior of elements. Therefore, microcrystalline and amorphous braze ribbons based on Ti are produced by rapid solidification and are used for joining. The microstructure of the braze ribbons as well as the melting behavior and phase formation during brazing are considered to be of particular importance for the mechanical properties of the brazed components.

  16. Basal terraces on melting ice shelves

    Dutrieux, Pierre; Stewart, Craig; Jenkins, Adrian; Nicholls, Keith W; Corr, Hugh F. J; Rignot, Eric; Steffen, Konrad


    Ocean waters melt the margins of Antarctic and Greenland glaciers, and individual glaciers' responses and the integrity of their ice shelves are expected to depend on the spatial distribution of melt...

  17. Formation of novel flower-like silicon phases and evaluation of mechanical properties of hypereutectic melt-spun Al–20Si–5Fe alloys with addition of V

    Uzun, Orhan [Department of Metallurgical and Material Science Engineering, Bülent Ecevit University, Zonguldak (Turkey); Kilicaslan, Muhammed Fatih, E-mail: [Department of Materials and Nanotechnology Engineering, Kastamonu University, Kastamonu (Turkey); Yılmaz, Fikret [Department of Physics, Gaziosmanpaşa University, Tokat (Turkey)


    In this work, rapidly solidified hypereutectic Al–20Si–5Fe–XV (X=0, 0.5 and 1) alloys were fabricated by melt spinning under vacuum. Microstructural and spectroscopic analyses were performed using SEM, TEM, TEM-MAPing, TEM-EDS and XRD measurements. Mechanical properties of the alloys were determined using DSI measurements. Experimental results indicated that addition of 0.5 wt% V to melt-spun Al–20Si–5Fe alloys induced formation of a novel flower-like Si phase. And addition of higher amount V (1 wt%), caused formation of refined Si phases and mostly hindered formation of Fe-bearing intermetallics. Observations along with manuscript strongly indicate that V modifies the Si phases by the impurity induced twinning (IIT). Changes in the dynamic microhardness of the samples were mainly determined by the size of Si phases. Addition of vanadium led to quite lower elastic modulus in the vanadium added alloys compared to base alloy.

  18. Electron Beam Melting and Refining of Metals: Computational Modeling and Optimization

    Veliko Donchev


    Full Text Available Computational modeling offers an opportunity for a better understanding and investigation of thermal transfer mechanisms. It can be used for the optimization of the electron beam melting process and for obtaining new materials with improved characteristics that have many applications in the power industry, medicine, instrument engineering, electronics, etc. A time-dependent 3D axis-symmetrical heat model for simulation of thermal transfer in metal ingots solidified in a water-cooled crucible at electron beam melting and refining (EBMR is developed. The model predicts the change in the temperature field in the casting ingot during the interaction of the beam with the material. A modified Pismen-Rekford numerical scheme to discretize the analytical model is developed. These equation systems, describing the thermal processes and main characteristics of the developed numerical method, are presented. In order to optimize the technological regimes, different criteria for better refinement and obtaining dendrite crystal structures are proposed. Analytical problems of mathematical optimization are formulated, discretized and heuristically solved by cluster methods. Using important for the practice simulation results, suggestions can be made for EBMR technology optimization. The proposed tool is important and useful for studying, control, optimization of EBMR process parameters and improving of the quality of the newly produced materials.

  19. Electron Beam Melting and Refining of Metals: Computational Modeling and Optimization.

    Vutova, Katia; Donchev, Veliko


    Computational modeling offers an opportunity for a better understanding and investigation of thermal transfer mechanisms. It can be used for the optimization of the electron beam melting process and for obtaining new materials with improved characteristics that have many applications in the power industry, medicine, instrument engineering, electronics, etc. A time-dependent 3D axis-symmetrical heat model for simulation of thermal transfer in metal ingots solidified in a water-cooled crucible at electron beam melting and refining (EBMR) is developed. The model predicts the change in the temperature field in the casting ingot during the interaction of the beam with the material. A modified Pismen-Rekford numerical scheme to discretize the analytical model is developed. These equation systems, describing the thermal processes and main characteristics of the developed numerical method, are presented. In order to optimize the technological regimes, different criteria for better refinement and obtaining dendrite crystal structures are proposed. Analytical problems of mathematical optimization are formulated, discretized and heuristically solved by cluster methods. Using important for the practice simulation results, suggestions can be made for EBMR technology optimization. The proposed tool is important and useful for studying, control, optimization of EBMR process parameters and improving of the quality of the newly produced materials.

  20. Microstructural change and precipitation hardening in melt-spun Mg–X–Ca alloys

    Won-Wook Park, Bong-Sun You, Byoung-Gi Moon and Wan-Chul Kim


    Full Text Available Mg–Al–Si–Ca and Mg–Zn–Ca base alloys were rapidly solidified by melt spinning at the cooling rate of about a million K/s. The melt-spun ribbons were aged in the range 100–400°C for 1 h. The effect of additional elements on microstructural change and precipitation hardening after heat treatment was investigated using TEM, XRD and a Vickers microhardness tester. Age hardening occurred after aging at 200°C in the Mg–Al–Si–Ca alloys mainly due to the formation of Al2Ca and Mg2Ca phases, whereas in the Mg–Zn–Ca alloys mostly due to the distribution of Mg2Ca. TEM results revealed that spherical Al2Ca precipitate has the coherent interface with the matrix. Considering the total amount of additional elements, Mg–Zn–Ca alloys showed higher hardness and smaller size of precipitates than Mg–Al–Si–Ca alloys. With the increase of Ca content, the hardness values of the aged ribbons were increased. Among the alloys, Mg–6Zn–5Ca alloy showed the maximum value of age hardening peak(Hv:180 after aging at 200°C for 1 h.

  1. Filament stretching rheometry of polymer melts

    Hassager, Ole; Nielsen, Jens Kromann; Rasmussen, Henrik Koblitz


    The Filament Stretching Rheometry (FSR) method developed by Sridhar, McKinley and coworkers for polymer solutions has been extended to be used also for polymer melts. The design of a melt-FSR will be described and differences to conventional melt elongational rheometers will be pointed out. Results...

  2. Filament stretching rheometry of polymer melts

    Hassager, Ole; Nielsen, Jens Kromann; Rasmussen, Henrik Koblitz


    The Filament Stretching Rheometry (FSR) method developed by Sridhar, McKinley and coworkers for polymer solutions has been extended to be used also for polymer melts. The design of a melt-FSR will be described and differences to conventional melt elongational rheometers will be pointed out. Results...

  3. Experimental investigation of inhomogeneities, nanoscopic phase separation, and magnetism in arc melted Fe-Cu metals with equal atomic ratio of the constituents

    Hassnain Jaffari, G.


    Composition gradient and phase separation at the nanoscale have been investigated for arc-melted and solidified with equiatomic Fe-Cu. Diffraction studies revealed that Fe and Cu exhibited phase separation with no trace of any mixing. Microscopy studies revealed that immiscible Fe-Cu form dense bulk nanocomposite. The spatial distribution of Fe and Cu showed existence of two distinct regions, i.e., Fe-rich and Cu-rich regions. Fe-rich regions have Cu precipitates of various sizes and different shapes, with Fe forming meshes or channels greater than 100 nm in size. On the other hand, the matrix of Cu-rich regions formed strips with fine strands of nanosized Fe. Macromagnetic response of the system showed ferromagnetic behavior with a magnetic moment being equal to about 2.13 μB/Fe atom and a bulk like negligible value of coercivity over the temperature range of 5–300 K. Anisotropy constant has been calculated from various laws of approach to saturation, and its value is extracted to be equal to 1350 J/m3. Inhomogeneous strain within the Cu and Fe crystallites has been calculated for the (unannealed) sample solidified after arc-melting. Annealed sample also exhibited local inhomogeneity with removal of inhomogeneous strain and no appreciable change in magnetic character. However, for the annealed sample phase separated Fe exhibited homogenous strain.

  4. Modeling of formation of intraplate partial melting zones

    Perepechko, Y. V.; Sorokin, K. E.


    This study suggests the mathematical model of dynamics of partial melting in lithosphere causing formation of magmatic systems. The intraplate magmatic systems can be formed at achievement of required thermodynamic conditions, which can be developed due to the following mechanisms: contact heating; decompression melting at mantle matter penetration into lithosphere; and heating by filtering mantle melts and fluids in the weakened lithosphere zones above the asthenospheric structure related to a hotspot. The most efficient mechanism from the point of time and heating degree is the latter one. It is heating of lithosphere matter by mantle melts and fluids, which is especially important for development of melting sites in these systems. At formation of intraplate magmatic systems the fluid is filtered in a porous medium, porous matrix melts partially, and finally a granulated medium is formed there. To decrease the processes of heat and mass transfer in this system, the equations of dynamics of multiphase multivelocity media are derived in this study. In contrast to the Darcy-type models used in previous studies, the suggested two-velocity hydrodynamics theory describing fluid motions in a porous medium with complex reology is the thermodynamically consistent one and allows the description of nonstationary nonlinear processes. The governing equations of the model describe both the process of filtration through the deformed porous matrix and hydrodynamics of heterophase granulated medium without pressure equilibrium in phases. The work was supported by the grants 08-05-00467, 09-05-00602, 09-05-01084 from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research.

  5. Melt Rate Improvement for DWPF MB3: Summary and Recommendations

    Lambert, D.P.


    The objective for this task is to understand and apply the control of glass batch chemistry (frit composition) and/or changes in chemical processing strategies to improve the overall melting process for Macrobatch 3 (MB3) (Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) sludge-only processing). For melt rate limited systems, a small increase in melting efficiency translates into substantial savings by reducing operational costs without compromising the quality of the final waste product. This report summarizes the key information collected during the FY01 melt-rate testing completed to support the conclusion that switching from Frit 200, the frit currently used to prepare all the glass produced in radioactive processing, to Frit 320 should improve the melt rate during processing of DWPF MB3 sludge (Note: MB3 is referred to as Sludge Batch 2 in the High-Level Waste System Plan). The report also includes recommendations that should be addressed prior to implementation of the new frit and future research that should be completed to further improve melt rate. No analysis has been completed to determine if Frit 320 can be used in processing of other sludge macrobatches. The testing in this report is based on dried-slurry testing of a MB3 melter feed prepared from nonradioactive simulants. Additional testing, particularly with a melter feed slurry and actual waste, would be required before implementing the new frit in DWPF, and a variability study would also be necessary. The work to date, at most, provides relative data until actual melter data can be obtained and compared.


    Veit, S.; Albert, D; Mergen, R.


    The wear properties of aluminium base alloys are relatively poor. Laser surface melting and alloying has proved successful in many alloy systems as a means of significantly improving the surface properties. The present work describes experiments designed to establish the scope of laser treatment of aluminium alloys. Aluminium does not absorb CO2 laser light as well as other metals which necessitated first a general study of absorption caotings. Aluminium alloys offer fewer opportunities than ...

  7. Hybrid System for Snow Melting and Space Cooling by using Geothermal Energy

    Hamada, Yasuhiro; Nakamura, Makoto; Kubota, Hideki

    This paper aims to develop a hybrid system for snow melting and space cooling by using geothermal energy in order to improve the availability factor of the borehole heat exchanger. Based on field experiments, a feasibility evaluation of the system was performed. First, snow melting experiments using geothermal energy were performed and the comparatively good road surface situation was realized. The primary energy reduction rate over 70% was shown in comparison with the conventional snow melting system. Second, regarding a snow melting tank with the hot water piping, it was clarified that the snow melting was possible even in the low temperature water of approximately 9-10°C by using water sprinkling in the tank jointly. Finally, by supplying the space cooling and dehumidification panel with the cold through the borehole heat exchanger in summer, it was shown that the good cooling effect was obtained.

  8. Melting Behaviour of Ferronickel Slags

    Sagadin, Christoph; Luidold, Stefan; Wagner, Christoph; Wenzl, Christine


    The industrial manufacturing of ferronickel in electric furnaces produces large amounts of slag with strong acidic character and high melting points, which seriously stresses the furnace refractory lining. In this study, the melting behavior of synthetically produced ferronickel slags on magnesia as refractory material was determined by means of a hot stage microscope. Therefore, slags comprising the main oxides SiO2 (35-70 wt.%), MgO (15-45 wt.%) and Fe2O3 (5-35 wt.%) were melted in a graphite crucible and afterwards analyzed by a hot stage microscope. The design of experiments, which was created by the statistic software MODDE®, included 20 experiments with varying slag compositions as well as atmospheres. The evaluation of the test results occurred at three different characteristic states of the samples like the softening point according to DIN 51730 and the temperatures at which the area of residual cross-section of the samples amounted to 30% and 40%, respectively, of the original value depending of their SiO2/MgO ratio and iron oxide content. Additionally, the thickness of the zone influenced by the slag was measured and evaluated.

  9. Optimization of the Brass Melting

    Biernat S.


    Full Text Available The article describes the optimization of the melting brass. Brasses, as one of the most popular alloys of copper, deserve special attention in the context of the processes of melting, which in turn would provide not only products of better quality, but also reduce the cost of their production or refining. For this purpose, several studies carried out deriatographic (DTA and thermogravimetric (TG using derivatograph. The results were confronted with the program SLAG - PROP used to evaluate the physicochemical properties of the coatings extraction. Based on the survey and analysis of the program can identify the most favorable physico - chemical properties, which should be carried out treatments. This allows for slag mixtures referred configurations oxide matrix containing specific stimulators of the reaction. Conducted empirical studies indicate a convergence of the areas proposed by the application. It should also be noted that the program also indicates additional areas in which to carry out these processes would get even better, to optimize the melting process, the results.

  10. Microstructure evolution and room temperature deformation of a directionally solidified Nb-Si-Ti-Cr-Al-Hf-Y alloy

    Wang Bin


    Full Text Available An Nb-14Si-22Ti-4Cr-2Al-2Hf-0.15Y(at.% alloy was prepared by directional solidification (DS with liquid metal cooling, and the withdrawal rates selected were 1.2, 6, and 18 mm·min-1, respectively. The Influence of withdrawal rate and heat treatment on the microstructural evolution, fracture toughness and tensile strength at room temperature were investigated. Results show that the directionally solidified microstructure is composed of primary (Nb, Xss dendrites and (Nb, Xss/α-(Nb, X5Si3 eutectic cells aligning with the growth direction. The formation of bulk Nb3Si is suppressed. With an increase in withdrawal rate, the dendrite arm spacing of (Nb, Xss decreases, and the (Nb, Xss/α-(Nb, X5Si3 eutectic cells become finer and distribute homogeneously. Directional solidification can significantly improve the room temperature fracture toughness, especially the alloy with a withdrawal rate of 6 mm·min-1; its average value reaches 14.1 MPa·m0.5, about 34% higher than that of the alloy without directional solidification. The withdrawal rate has obvious effect on tensile strength, and the tensile strength is improved from 200 MPa to 429 MPa as the withdrawal rate increases from 1.2 mm·min-1 to 1.8 mm·min-1. After heat treatment, the primary (Nb, Xss branches become coarser; both the room temperature fracture toughness and tensile strength of the alloys solidified at 1.2 and 6 mm·min-1 are somewhat lower than the corresponding values of the alloy without heat treatment, while they are higher than the corresponding values of the alloy without heat treatment when solidified at 18 mm·min-1.

  11. Three Petrologic Classes of Impact Melt on Large Atmosphereless Bodies

    Warren, P. H.; Kallemeyn, G. W.


    Impacts have been important in the evolution of the Moon's crust and regolith, and impact melt products (breccias, glasses, and "highland basalts") account for a huge fraction of all sampled nonmare materials. As we endeavor to unravel the history of the Moon using these materials, it is important to understand that three fundamentally distinct types of impact melt occur. This discussion will focus on the Moon, but the same tripartite classification of impact melts should be applicable to Mercury. However, on Earth, Venus and to some extent Mars, atmosphere and even hydrosphere have major complicating influences. The fate of impact melt is closely tied to a parameter that Melosh has termed melting/displacement ratio, i.e., volume of impact melt over volume of transient crater; hereafter m/d. For any given energy of impact in large-scale cratering events, d is sensitive to the local gravity, g. As a result, m/d is systematically lower on a planet with modest g, such as the Moon, than it is on Earth. But also, for any given g, m/d increases with the energy (crater size) of the impact. As one consequence, it is easy to show that most of the total volume of impact melt throughout lunar history, M, was generated by a very small number (probably much less than 10) of the largest impacts. In "small" lunar events, with final crater D < ~ 100 km and m/d of order 1-4%, calculations based on Maxwell's z model indicate that roughly half of the impact melt is ejected from the transient crater; and the fraction not ejected will be dispersed within the thoroughly disintegrated but relatively cool shallow-subcrater crust. In the largest events (most notably South Pole-Aitken) that contribute most to M, m/d can be as high as 50%. The z models show that only about 1/4 of m is ejected from the transient crater, yet these largest events so dominate M that they still dominate the total inventory of ejected impact melt, M*. The ejected impact melt winds up cooling rapidly, dispersed in

  12. Resistance of a directionally solidified gamma/gamma prime-delta eutectic alloy to recrystallization. [Ni-base alloy

    Tewari, S. N.; Scheuermann, C. M.; Andrews, C. W.


    A lamellar nickel-base directionally-solidified eutectic gamma/gamma prime-delta alloy has potential as an advanced gas turbine blade material. The microstructural stability of this alloy was investigated. Specimens were plastically deformed by uniform compression or Brinell indentation, then annealed between 750 and 1120 C. Microstructural changes observed after annealing included gamma prime coarsening, pinch-off and spheroidization of delta lamellae, and appearance of an unidentified blocky phase in surface layers. All but the first of these was localized in severely deformed regions, suggesting that microstructural instability may not be a serious problem in the use of this alloy.

  13. Effect of preparation and test variables on the dissolution kinetics in saline solutions of rapidly solidified and standard magnesium alloys

    Ahmed, D.S. [School of Materials, Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom); Edyvean, R.G.J. [School of Materials, Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom); Jones, H. [School of Materials, Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom); Sellars, C.M. [School of Materials, Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)


    Renewed interest in the factors that determine the corrosion characteristics of magnesium alloys has been stimulated of late by the opportunity to provide high strength, corrosion resistant magnesium alloys as ultralight castings and wrought products for automobile and aerospace applications. The present contribution forms part of continuing work at Sheffield to develop improved magnesium alloys by rapid solidification routes. It was motivated by the need to assess the usefulness of dissolution rate, measured during short-term immersion in 3% NaCl solution of rapidly solidified samples, such as splats or ribbons, as a screening parameter to select alloys for full evaluation in scale-up quantities. (orig.)

  14. Characterization of void volume VOC concentration in vented TRU waste drums. Final report

    Liekhus, K.J.


    A test program has been conducted at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory to demonstrate that the concentration of volatile organic compounds within the innermost layer of confinement in a vented waste drum can be estimated using a model incorporating diffusion and permeation transport principles and limited waste drum sampling data. This final report summarizes the experimental measurements and model predictions for transuranic waste drums containing solidified sludges and solid waste.

  15. Characterization of voic volume VOC concentration in vented TRU waste drums. Final report

    Liekhus, K.J.


    A test program has been conducted at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory to demonstrate that the concentration of volatile organic compounds within the innermost layer of confinement in a vented waste drum can be estimated using a model incorporating diffusion and permeation transport principles and limited waste drum sampling data. This final report summarizes the experimental measurements and model predictions for transuranic waste drums containing solidified sludges and solid waste.

  16. Modeling the elution of organic chemicals from a melting homogeneous snow pack.

    Meyer, Torsten; Wania, Frank


    Organic chemicals are often released in peak concentrations from melting snow packs. A simple, mechanistic snowmelt model was developed to simulate and predict the elution of organic substances from melting, homogeneous snow, as influenced by chemical properties and snow pack characteristics. The model calculates stepwise the chemical transport along with the melt water flow in a multi-layered snow pack, based on chemical equilibrium partitioning between the individual bulk snow phases. The model succeeds in reproducing the elution behavior of several organic contaminants observed in previously conducted cold room experiments. The model aided in identifying four different types of enrichment of organic substances during snowmelt. Water soluble substances experience peak releases early during a melt period (type 1), whereas chemicals that strongly sorb to particulate matter (PM) or snow grain surfaces elute at the end of melting (type 2). Substances that are somewhat water soluble and at the same time have a high affinity for snow grain surfaces may exhibit increasing concentrations in the melt water (type 3). Finally, elution sequences involving peak loads both at the beginning and the end of melting are simulated for chemicals that are partially dissolved in the aqueous melt water phase and partially sorbed to PM (type 4). The extent of type 1 enrichment mainly depends on the snow depth, whereby deeper snow generates more pronounced concentration peaks. PM influences the elution behavior of organic chemicals strongly because of the very large natural variability in the type and amount of particles present in snow. Urban and road-side snow rich in PM can generate type 2 concentration peaks at the end of the melt period for even relatively water soluble substances. From a clean, melting snow pack typical for remote regions, even fairly hydrophobic chemicals can be released in type 1 mode while being almost completely dissolved in the aqueous melt water phase. The

  17. Experimental melting of phlogopite-peridotite in the garnet stability field

    Condamine, Pierre; Médard, Etienne; Devidal, Jean-Luc


    Melting experiments have been performed at 3 GPa, between 1150 and 1450 °C, on a phlogopite-peridotite source in the garnet stability field. We succeeded to extract and determine the melt compositions of both phlogopite-bearing lherzolite and harzburgite from low to high degrees of melting (ϕ = 0.008-0.256). Accounting for the presence of small amounts of F in the mantle, we determined that phlogopite coexists with melt >150 °C above the solidus position (1150-1200 °C). Fluorine content of phlogopite continuously increases during partial melting from 0.2 to 0.9 wt% between 1000 and 1150 °C and 0.5 to 0.6 wt% between 1150 and 1300 °C at 1 and 3 GPa, respectively. The phlogopite continuous breakdown in the lherzolite follows the reaction: 0.59 phlogopite + 0.52 clinopyroxene + 0.18 garnet = 0.06 olivine + 0.23 orthopyroxene + 1.00 melt. In the phlogopite-harzburgite, the reaction is: 0.93 phlogopite + 0.46 garnet = 0.25 olivine + 0.14 orthopyroxene + 1.00 melt. Melts from phlogopite-peridotite sources at 3 GPa are silica-undersaturated and are foiditic to trachybasaltic in composition from very low (0.8 wt%) to high (25.6 wt%) degrees of melting. As observed at 1 GPa, the potassium content of primary mantle melts is buffered by the presence of phlogopite, but the buffering values are higher, from 6.0 to 8.0 wt% depending on the source fertility. We finally show that phlogopite garnet-peridotite melts are very close to the composition of the most primitive post-collisional lavas described worldwide.

  18. Effect of chain stiffness and temperature on the dynamics and microstructure of crystallizable bead-spring polymer melts

    Nguyen, Hong T.; Hoy, Robert S.


    We contrast the dynamics in model unentangled polymer melts of chains of three different stiffnesses: flexible, intermediate, and rodlike. Flexible and rodlike chains, which readily solidify into close-packed crystals (respectively, with randomly oriented and nematically aligned chains), display simple melt dynamics with Arrhenius temperature dependence and a discontinuous change upon solidification. Intermediate-stiffness chains, however, are fragile glass-formers displaying Vogel-Fulcher dynamical arrest, despite the fact that they also possess a nematic-close-packed crystalline ground state. To connect this difference in dynamics to the differing microstructure of the melts, we examine how various measures of structure, including cluster-level metrics recently introduced in studies of colloidal systems, vary with chain stiffness and temperature. No clear static-structural cause of the dynamical arrest is found. However, we find that the intermediate-stiffness chains display qualitatively different dynamical heterogeneity. Specifically, their stringlike motion (cooperative rearrangement) is correlated along chain backbones in a way not found for either flexible or rodlike chains. This activated "crawling" motion is clearly associated with the dynamical arrest observed in these systems, and illustrates one way in which factors controlling the crystallization versus glass formation competition in polymers can depend nonmonotonically on chain stiffness.

  19. Ar-40/Ar-39 Ages for Maskelynites and K-Rich Melt from Olivine-Rich Lithology in (Kanagawa) Zagami

    Park, J.; Herzog, G. F.; Nyquist, L. E.; Lindsay, F.; Turrin, B.; Swisher, C. C., III; Delaney, J. S.; Shih, C.-Y.; Niihara, T.; Misawa, K.


    We report Ar/Ar release patterns for small maskelynite grains and samples of a K-rich phase separated from the basaltic shergottite Zagami. The purpose of the work is to investigate the well-known discrepancy between published Ar/Ar ages of Zagami, >200 Ma, and its age of approx. 170 Ma as determined by other methods [1-6]. Niihara et al. [7] divide less abundant darker material present in Zagami into an olivine-rich lithology (ORL), from which most of our samples came, and a pyroxene-rich one (Dark Mottled-Lithology: DML) [8, 9]. ORL consists of vermicular fayalitic olivine, coarse-grained pyroxene, maskelynite, and a glassy phase exceptionally rich in K (up to 8.5 wt%), Al, and Si, but poor in Fe and Mg. The elemental composition suggests a late-stage melt, i.e., residual material that solidified late in a fractional crystallization sequence. Below we refer to it as "K-rich melt." The K-rich melt contains laths of captured olivine, Ca-rich pyroxene, plagioclase, and opaques. It seemed to offer an especially promising target for Ar-40/Ar-39 dating.

  20. Hardfacing of duplex stainless steel using melting and diffusion processes

    Lailatul, H.; Maleque, M. A.


    Duplex stainless steel (DSS) is a material with high potential successes in many new applications such as rail car manufacturing, automotive and chemical industries. Although DSS is widely used in various industries, this material has faced wear and hardness problems which obstruct a wider capability of this material and causes problems in current application. Therefore, development of surface modification has been introduced to produce hard protective layer or coating on DSS. The main aim of this work is to brief review on hard surface layer formation on DSS using melting and diffusion processes. Melting technique using tungsten inert gas (TIG) torch and diffusion technique using gas nitriding are the effective process to meet this requirement. The processing route plays a significant role in developing the hard surface layer for any application with effective cost and environmental factors. The good understanding and careful selection of processing route to form products are very important factors to decide the suitable techniques for surface engineering treatment. In this paper, an attempt is also made to consolidate the important research works done on melting and diffusion techniques of DSS in the past. The advantages and disadvantages between melting and diffusion technique are presented for better understanding on the feasibility of hard surface formation on DSS. Finally, it can be concluded that this work will open an avenue for further research on the application of suitable process for hard surface formation on DSS.

  1. Heredity of icosahedrons:a kinetic parameter related to glass-forming abilities of rapidly solidified Cu56Zr44 alloys%二十面体团簇的遗传:一个与快凝Cu56Zr44合金玻璃形成能力有关的动力学参数∗

    邓永和; 大东; 彭超; 韦彦丁; 赵瑞; 彭平


    采用分子动力学方法模拟研究了液态Cu56Zr44合金在不同冷速γ与压力P下的快速凝固过程,并通过基于Honeycutt-Andersen键型指数的扩展团簇类型指数法对其微结构演变特性进行了分析。结果表明:快凝玻璃合金的局域原子组态主要是(1212/1551)规则二十面体、以及(128/15512/15412/1431)与(122/14418/15512/1661)缺陷二十面体。通过原子轨迹的逆向跟踪分析发现:从过冷液体中遗传下来的二十面体对快凝合金的玻璃形成能力(GFA)具有重要影响,不仅其可遗传分数Fi=N i300 K←Tg/NTg与GFA密切相关,而且其遗传起始温度(Tonset)与合金约化玻璃转变温度Trg=Tg/Tm也存在很好的对应关系。%To explore the origin of glassy transition and glass-forming abilities (GFAs) of transition metal-transition metal alloys from the microstructural point of view, a series of molecular dynamics simulation for the rapid solidification processes of liquid Cu56Zr44alloys at various cooling rates γ and pressures P are performed by using a LAMPS program. On the basis of Honeycutt-Andersen bond-type index (ijkl), we propose an extended cluster-type index (Z, n/(ijkl)) method to characterize and analyze the microstructures of the alloy melts as well as their evolution in the rapid solidification. It is found that the majority of local atomic configurations in the rapidly solidified alloy are (12 12/1551) icosahedra, as well as (12 8/1551 2/1541 2/1431) and (12 2/1441 8/1551 2/1661) defective icosahedra, but no relationship can be seen between their number N(300 K) and the glassy transition temperature Tg of rapidly solidified Cu56Zr44alloys. By an inverse tracking of atom trajectories from low temperatures to high temperatures the configuration heredity of icosahedral clusters in liquid is discovered to be an intrinsic feature of rapidly solidified alloys; the onset of heredity merely emerges in the super-cooled liquid rather than the initial alloy

  2. S-Isotope Fractionation between Fluid and Silicate Melts

    Fiege, A.; Holtz, F.; Shimizu, N.; Behrens, H.; Mandeville, C. W.; Simon, A. C.


    Large amounts of sulfur (S) can be released from silicate melts during volcanic eruption. Degassing of magma can lead to S-isotope fractionation between fluid and melt. However, experimental data on fluid-melt S-isotope fractionation are scarce and no data exist for silicate melts at temperatures (T) > 1000°C. Recent advances in in situ S-isotope analyses using secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) enable determinations of the isotopic composition in silicate glasses with low S content [1] and allow us to investigate experimentally fluid-melt S-isotope fractionation effects in magmatic systems. Isothermal decompression experiments were conducted in internally heated pressure vessels (IHPV). Volatile-bearing (~3 to ~8 wt% H2O, 140 to 2700 ppm S, 0 to 1000 ppm Cl) andesitic and basaltic glasses were synthesized at ~1040°C, ~500 MPa and log(fO2) = QFM to QFM+4 (QFM: quartz-magnetite-fayalite buffer). The decompression experiments were carried out at T = 1030 to 1200°C and similar fO2. Pressure (P) was released continuously from ~400 MPa to 150, 100 or 70 MPa with rates (r) ranging from 0.001 to 0.2 MPa/s. The samples were either rapidly quenched after decompression or annealed for various times (tA) at final conditions (1 to 72 h) before quenching. The volatile-bearing starting glasses and the partially degassed experimental glasses were analyzed by electron microprobe (e.g. Cl-, S-content), IR-spectroscopy (H2O content) and SIMS (δ34S). The gas-melt isotope fractionation factors (αg-m) were estimated following Holloway and Blank [2] and utilizing mass balance calculations. The results show that αg-m remains constant within error over the investigated range of r and tA, reflecting fluid-melt equilibrium fractionation of S isotopes for given T and fO2. Data obtained for oxidizing conditions (~QFM+4) are in agreement with observations in arc magmas [3] and close to what is predicted by previous theoretical and experimental data [4; 5; 6]; e.g. a α(SO2 gas - SO42

  3. Reuse of cement-solidified municipal incinerator fly ash in cement mortars: physico-mechanical and leaching characteristics.

    Cinquepalmi, Maria Anna; Mangialardi, Teresa; Panei, Liliana; Paolini, Antonio Evangelista; Piga, Luigi


    The reuse of cement-solidified Municipal Solid Waste Incinerator (MSWI) fly ash (solidified/stabilised (S/S) product) as an artificial aggregate in Portland cement mortars was investigated. The S/S product consisted of a mixture of 48 wt.% washed MSWI fly ash, 20 wt.% Portland cement and 32 wt.% water, aged for 365 days at 20 degrees C and 100% RH. Cement mortars (water/cement weight ratio=0.62) were made with Portland cement, S/S product and natural sand at three replacement levels of sand with S/S product (0%, 10% and 50% by mass). After 28 days of curing at 20 degrees C and 100% RH, the mortar specimens were characterised for their physico-mechanical (porosity, compressive strength) and leaching behaviour. No retardation in strength development, relatively high compressive strengths (up to 36 N/mm2) and low leaching rates of heavy metals (Cr, Cu, Pb and Zn) were always recorded. The leaching data from sequential leach tests on monolithic specimens were successfully elaborated with a pseudo-diffusional model including a chemical retardation factor related to the partial dissolution of contaminant.

  4. Application of dispersive liquid-liquid-solidified floating organic drop microextraction and ETAAS for the preconcentration and determination of indium.

    Ashrafzadeh Afshar, Elham; Taher, Mohammad Ali; Fazelirad, Hamid; Naghizadeh, Matin


    A new, simple and efficient method, including dispersive liquid-liquid-solidified floating organic drop microextraction and then electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry, has been developed for the preconcentration and determination of ultratrace amounts of indium. The method was applied to preconcentrate the indium-1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-naphthol complex in 25 μL 1-undecanol. The various factors affecting the extraction efficiency, such as pH, type and volume of extraction solvent, type and volume of disperser solvent, sample volume, ionic strength, and ligand concentration, were investigated and optimized. Under the optimum conditions, an enrichment factor of 62.5, precision of ±4.75%, a detection limit of 55.6 ng L(-1), and for the calibration graph a linear range of 96.0-3360 ng L(-1) were obtained. The method was used for the extraction and determination of indium in water and standard samples with satisfactory results. Graphical Abstract Preconcentration of indium ions via liquid-liquid-solidified floating organic drop microextraction method and determination by ETAAS.

  5. A New Theoretical Approach Based on the Maxwell Model to Obtain Rheological Properties of Solidifying Alloys and Its Validation

    Matsushita, Akira; Takai, Ryosuke; Ezaki, Hideaki; Okane, Toshimitsu; Yoshida, Makoto


    This paper proposes a new method for obtaining the rheological properties of solidifying alloys in the brittle temperature range (BTR). In that range, alloys show not only rheological, but also brittle behavior. Conventional methods to obtain rheological properties require steady state stress with ductility. Therefore, rheological properties of BTR alloys are unobtainable, or are otherwise including the effects of microscopic damage. The method proposed in this paper uses the stress-strain relation derived from the Maxwell model assuming that strain hardening is negligible in solid-liquid coexistence states. By removing the plastic strain term, the creep strain rate in Norton's law is derived by the total strain rate and stress rate without the steady state stress condition. Consequently, the stress exponent n and material constant A of Norton's law can be obtained even for alloys in the BTR. We applied this method to both tensile process before crack initiation and stress relaxation process. According to the Maxwell model, couples of the properties ( n and A) obtained in both processes must be equal. Therefore, the difference can validate the obtained properties. From tensile and stress relaxation tests, we obtained the properties of solidifying Al-5 wt pct Mg alloy. We validated results by examining the difference. This report is the first to provide a method to obtain the rheological properties of BTR alloy without damage.

  6. Effect of melting conditions on striae in iron-bearing silicate melts

    Jensen, Martin; Yue, Yuanzheng


    Chemical striae are present in a broad range of glass products, but due to their negative impact on e.g., the optical and mechanical properties, elimination of striae from melts is a key issue in glass technology. By varying melting temperatures, retentions times and redox conditions of an iron......-bearing calciumaluminosilicate melt, we quantify the effect of each of the three melting parameters on the stria content in the melt. The quantification of the stria content in the melt is conducted by means of image analysis on casted melt samples. We find that in comparison to an extension of retention time an increase...... factors such as compositional fluctuation of melts and bubbling due to iron reduction on the stria content. During the melting process, striae with a chemical gradient in a more mobile species equilibrate faster than striae caused by a chemical gradient in a less mobile species. The temperature and time...

  7. Additive manufacturing of 316L stainless steel by electron beam melting for nuclear fusion applications

    Zhong, Yuan; Rännar, Lars-Erik; Liu, Leifeng; Koptyug, Andrey; Wikman, Stefan; Olsen, Jon; Cui, Daqing; Shen, Zhijian


    A feasibility study was performed to fabricate ITER In-Vessel components by one of the metal additive manufacturing methods, Electron Beam Melting® (EBM®). Solid specimens of SS316L with 99.8% relative density were prepared from gas atomized precursor powder granules. After the EBM® process the phase remains as austenite and the composition has practically not been changed. The RCC-MR code used for nuclear pressure vessels provides guidelines for this study and tensile tests and Charpy-V tests were carried out at 22 °C (RT) and 250 °C (ET). This work provides the first set of mechanical and microstructure data of EBM® SS316L for nuclear fusion applications. The mechanical testing shows that the yield strength, ductility and toughness are well above the acceptance criteria and only the ultimate tensile strength of EBM® SS316L is below the RCC-MR code. Microstructure characterizations reveal the presence of hierarchical structures consisting of solidified melt pools, columnar grains and irregular shaped sub-grains. Lots of precipitates enriched in Cr and Mo are observed at columnar grain boundaries while no sign of element segregation is shown at the sub-grain boundaries. Such a unique microstructure forms during a non-equilibrium process, comprising rapid solidification and a gradient 'annealing' process due to anisotropic thermal flow of accumulated heat inside the powder granule matrix. Relations between process parameters, specimen geometry (total building time) and sub-grain structure are discussed. Defects are formed mainly due to the large layer thickness (100 μm) which generates insufficient bonding between a few of the adjacently formed melt pools during the process. Further studies should focus on adjusting layer thickness to improve the strength of EBM® SS316L and optimizing total building time.

  8. Solid-assisted melt disintegration (SAMD), a novel technique for metal powder production

    Akhlaghi, F. [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tehran, P.O. Box 11365-4563, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of) ], E-Mail:; Esfandiari, H. [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tehran, P.O. Box 11365-4563, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    A new process termed 'solid-assisted melt disintegration (SAMD)' has been developed for the preparation of aluminum alloy powder particles. The method consists of introducing and mixing a specified amount of as-received alumina particles (in the range of +700 to 500 {mu}m) in A356 aluminum melt at the temperature of 715 deg. C. Melt disintegration occurs in 10 min by kinetic energy transfer from a rotating impeller (450 rpm) to the metal via the solid atomizing medium (alumina particles). The resulting mixture of aluminum droplets and alumina particles was cooled in air and screened through 300 {mu}m sieve to separate alumina from solidified aluminum powder particles. A356 aluminum alloy was also gas atomized by using a free-fall atomizer operating by nitrogen gas at the pressure of 1.1 MPa and the sub-300 {mu}m of the produced powder was used as a base of comparison. The SAMD produced powders of diameter above 53 {mu}m were mostly spherical while powders less than 53 {mu}m showed various elongated shapes. No evidence was found for satelliting of small particles on to large ones or agglomerated particles. While gas atomized particles in the +53 {mu}m sieve size range showed some signs of porosity, the SAMD particles were dense and did not show any signs of internal porosity in any of the sieve fractions investigated. Comparison of the microstructure of the SAMD and gas-atomized powders revealed that for the same size powder of A356 alloy, the former exhibited a coarser microstructure as a result of a slower cooling rate.

  9. Methodology of environmental evaluation of wastes stabilized/solidified by hydraulic binders; Methodologie d'evaluation environnementale des dechets stabilises / solidifies par liants hydrauliques

    Imyim, A.


    The aim of this work is the formalization of a methodology of evaluation of the leaching behaviour of massive porous materials obtained by stabilization/solidification of wastes. In a first part, a set of simple leaching tests is proposed which allow the physico-chemical characterization of materials. In order to better understand the phenomena involved in the release process, the methodology has been applied to hydraulic binder-based and lead-bearing synthesized materials. In a second step, a mathematical model has been proposed for the description of the leaching behaviour. The development of the model is based on the observations and experimental results obtained with the synthesized materials. Finally, the methodology of evaluation of the leaching behaviour has been applied to two cases of real wastes: the fly ashes of a Danish municipal waste incineration facility, and the galvanic sludges from an industrial waste water processing facility from Netherlands. (J.S.)

  10. Fundamental Aspects of Selective Melting Additive Manufacturing Processes

    van Swol, Frank B. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Miller, James E. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)


    Certain details of the additive manufacturing process known as selective laser melting (SLM) affect the performance of the final metal part. To unleash the full potential of SLM it is crucial that the process engineer in the field receives guidance about how to select values for a multitude of process variables employed in the building process. These include, for example, the type of powder (e.g., size distribution, shape, type of alloy), orientation of the build axis, the beam scan rate, the beam power density, the scan pattern and scan rate. The science-based selection of these settings con- stitutes an intrinsically challenging multi-physics problem involving heating and melting a metal alloy, reactive, dynamic wetting followed by re-solidification. In addition, inherent to the process is its considerable variability that stems from the powder packing. Each time a limited number of powder particles are placed, the stacking is intrinsically different from the previous, possessing a different geometry, and having a different set of contact areas with the surrounding particles. As a result, even if all other process parameters (scan rate, etc) are exactly the same, the shape and contact geometry and area of the final melt pool will be unique to that particular configuration. This report identifies the most important issues facing SLM, discusses the fundamental physics associated with it and points out how modeling can support the additive manufacturing efforts.

  11. Microstructure Evolution and Biodegradation Behavior of Laser Rapid Solidified Mg–Al–Zn Alloy

    Chongxian He


    Full Text Available The too fast degradation of magnesium (Mg alloys is a major impediment hindering their orthopedic application, despite their superior mechanical properties and favorable biocompatibility. In this study, the degradation resistance of AZ61 (Al 6 wt. %, Zn 1 wt. %, remaining Mg was enhanced by rapid solidification via selective laser melting (SLM. The results indicated that an increase of the laser power was beneficial for enhancing degradation resistance and microhardness due to the increase of relative density and formation of uniformed equiaxed grains. However, too high a laser power led to the increase of mass loss and decrease of microhardness due to coarsened equiaxed grains and a reduced solid solution of Al in the Mg matrix. In addition, immersion tests showed that the apatite increased with the increase of immersion time, which indicated that SLMed AZ61 possessed good bioactivity.

  12. δ/γ transformation in non-equilibrium solidified peritectic Fe-Ni alloy

    CHEN YuZeng; LIU Feng; YANG GenCang; LIU Ning; ZHOU YaoHe


    Through phase transformation kinetic analysis and experimental observation, the δ/γ transformation occurring in the non-equilibrium peritectic Fe-4.33at.%Ni alloys was systematically investigated. According to JMA solid-state transformation kinetic theory, the Time-Temperature-Transformation (TTT) curves of the δ/γ transformation in peritectic Fe-Ni alloy were calculated. On this basis, the physical correlation between the δ/γ transformation and the initial undercooling of melt (△T) was elucidated. The results indicate that the change of △T can alter not only the overall δ/γ transformation pathways but also the transformation fraction with respect to each transformation mechanism.

  13. Magnetocaloric properties of rapidly solidified Dy{sub 3}Co alloy ribbons

    Sánchez Llamazares, J. L., E-mail:; Flores-Zúñiga, H.; Sánchez-Valdés, C. F. [Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica A.C., Camino a la Presa San José 2055 Col. Lomas 4" a, San Luis Potosí, S.L.P. 78216 (Mexico); Álvarez-Alonso, Pablo [Departamento de Electricidad y Electrónica, UPV/EHU, 48940 Leioa (Spain); Lara Rodríguez, G. A. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, México, D. F. 04510 (Mexico); Fernández-Gubieda, M. L. [Departamento de Electricidad y Electrónica, UPV/EHU, 48940 Leioa (Spain); BC Materials, Camino de Ibaizabal, Edificio 500, Planta 1, Parque Científico y Tecnológico de Zamudio, 48160 Derio (Spain)


    The magnetic and magnetocaloric (MC) properties of melt-spun ribbons of the Dy{sub 3}Co intermetallic compound were investigated. Samples were fabricated in an Ar environment using a homemade melt spinner system at a linear speed of the rotating copper wheel of 40 ms{sup −1}. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that ribbons crystallize into a single-phase with the Fe{sub 3}C-type orthorhombic crystal structure. The M(T) curve measured at 5 mT reveals the occurrence of a transition at 32 K from a first to a second antiferromagnetic (AFM) state and an AFM-to-paramagnetic transition at T{sub N} = 43 K. Furthermore, a metamagnetic transition is observed below T{sub N}, but the magnetization change ΔM is well below the one reported for bulk alloys. Below 12 K, large inverse MC effect and hysteresis losses are observed. This behavior is related to the metamagnetic transition. For a magnetic field change of 5 T (2 T) applied along the ribbon length, the produced ribbons show a peak value of the magnetic entropy change ΔS{sub M}{sup peak} of −6.5 (− 2.1) Jkg{sup −1}K{sup −1} occurring close to T{sub N} with a full-width at half-maximum δT{sub FWHM} of 53 (37) K, and refrigerant capacity RC = 364 (83) Jkg{sup −1} (estimated from the product |ΔS{sub M}{sup peak}| × δT{sub FWHM})

  14. Rheology of Melt-bearing Crustal Rocks

    Rosenberg, C. L.; Medvedev, S.; Handy, M. R.


    A review and reinterpretation of previous experimental data on the deformation of melt-bearing crustal rocks (Rosenberg and Handy, 2005) revealed that the relationship of aggregate strength to melt fraction is non-linear, even if plotted on a linear ordinate and abscissa. At melt fractions, Φ 0.07, the dependence of aggregate strength on Φ is significantly greater than at Φ > 0.07. This melt fraction (Φ= 0.07) marks the transition from a significant increase in the proportion of melt-bearing grain boundaries up to this point to a minor increase thereafter. Therefore, we suggest that the increase of melt-interconnectivity causes the dramatic strength drop between the solidus and a melt fraction of 0.07. A second strength drop occurs at higher melt fractions and corresponds to the breakdown of the solid (crystal) framework, corresponding to the well-known "rheologically critical melt percentage" (RCMP; Arzi, 1978). Although the strength drop at the RCMP is about 4 orders of magnitude, the absolute value of this drop is small compared to the absolute strength of the unmelted aggregate, rendering the RCMP invisible in a linear aggregate strength vs. melt fraction diagram. Predicting the rheological properties and thresholds of melt-bearing crust on the basis of the results and interpretations above is very difficult, because the rheological data base was obtained from experiments performed at undrained conditions in the brittle field. These conditions are unlikely to represent the flow of partially melted crust. The measured strength of most of the experimentally deformed, partially-melted samples corresponds to their maximum differential stress, before the onset of brittle failure, not to their viscous strength during "ductile" (viscous) flow. To overcome these problems, we extrapolated a theoretically-derived flow law for partially melted granite deforming by diffusion-accommodated grain-boundary sliding (Paterson, 2001) and an experimentally-derived flow law for

  15. Viscosity model for aluminosilicate melt

    Zhang G.H.


    Full Text Available The structurally based viscosity model proposed in our previous study is extended to include more components, e.g. SiO2, Al2O3, FeO, MnO, MgO, CaO, Na2O and K2O. A simple method is proposed to calculate the numbers of different types of oxygen ions classified by the different cations they bonded with, which is used to characterize the influence of composition on viscosity. When dealing with the aluminosilicate melts containing several basic oxides, the priority order is established for different cations for charge compensating Al3+ ions, according to the coulombic force between cation and oxygen anion. It is indicated that basic oxides have two paradox influences on viscosity: basic oxide with a higher basicity decreases viscosity more greatly by forming weaker non-bridging oxygen bond; while it increases viscosity more greatly by forming stronger bridging oxygen bond in tetrahedron after charge compensating Al3+ ion. The present model can extrapolate its application range to the system without SiO2. Furthermore, it could also give a satisfy interpretation to the abnormal phenomenon that viscosity increases when adding K2O to CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 melt within a certain composition range.

  16. Snow Melting and Freezing on Older Townhouses

    Nielsen, Anker; Claesson, Johan


    The snowy winter of 2009/2010 in Scandinavia prompted many newspaper articles on icicles falling from buildings and the risk this presented for people walking below. The problem starts with snow melting on the roof due to heat loss from the building. Melt water runs down the roof and some...... of it will freeze on the overhang. The rest of the water will either run off or freeze in gutters and downpipes or turn into icicles. This paper describes use of a model for the melting and freezing of snow on roofs. Important parameters are roof length, overhang length, heat resistance of roof and overhang......, outdoor and indoor temperature, snow thickness and thermal conductivity. If the snow thickness is above a specific limit value – the snow melting limit- some of the snow will melt. Another interesting limit value is the dripping limit. All the melt water will freeze on the overhang, if the snow thickness...


    C.J. Sun; H.R. Geng; Y.S. Shen; X.Y. Teng; Z.X. Yang


    The rheology feature of Sb, Bi melt and alloys was studied using coaxial cylinder high-temperature viscometer. The results showed that the curve of torsion-rotational speed for Sb melt presents a linear relation in all measured temperature ranges, whereas for the Bi melt, the curve presents obvious non-Newtonian feature within the low temperature range and at relative high shear stress. The rheology feature of Sb80Bi20 and Sb20Bi80, alloy melts was well correlated with that of Sb and Bi, respectively. It is considered that the rheology behavior of Sb melt plays a crucial role in Sb80Bi20, alloy and that of Bi melt plays a crucial role in Sb20Bi80 alloy.

  18. Dynamical Scaling and Phase Coexistence in Topologically Constrained DNA Melting

    Fosado, Y. A. G.; Michieletto, D.; Marenduzzo, D.


    There is a long-standing experimental observation that the melting of topologically constrained DNA, such as circular closed plasmids, is less abrupt than that of linear molecules. This finding points to an important role of topology in the physics of DNA denaturation, which is, however, poorly understood. Here, we shed light on this issue by combining large-scale Brownian dynamics simulations with an analytically solvable phenomenological Landau mean field theory. We find that the competition between melting and supercoiling leads to phase coexistence of denatured and intact phases at the single-molecule level. This coexistence occurs in a wide temperature range, thereby accounting for the broadening of the transition. Finally, our simulations show an intriguing topology-dependent scaling law governing the growth of denaturation bubbles in supercoiled plasmids, which can be understood within the proposed mean field theory.

  19. Multiscale Models of Melting Arctic Sea Ice


    1 Multiscale Models of Melting Arctic Sea Ice Kenneth M. Golden University of Utah, Department of Mathematics phone: (801) has played a major role in the recent declines of the summer Arctic sea ice pack. However, understanding the evolution of melt ponds and sea...Models of Melting Arctic Sea Ice 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) 5d. PROJECT NUMBER 5e. TASK NUMBER

  20. Impact Melt in Small Lunar Highlands Craters

    Plescia, J. B.; Cintala, M. J.; Robinson, M. S.; Barnouin, O.; Hawke, B. R.


    Impact-melt deposits are a typical characteristic of complex impact craters, occurring as thick pools on the crater floor, ponds on wall terraces, veneers on the walls, and flows outside and inside the rim. Studies of the distribution of impact melt suggested that such deposits are rare to absent in and around small (km to sub-km), simple impact craters. noted that the smallest lunar crater observed with impact melt was approximately 750 m in diameter. Similarly, theoretical models suggest that the amount of melt formed is a tiny fraction (crater volume and thus significant deposits would not be expected for small lunar craters. LRO LROC images show that impact-melt deposits can be recognized associated with many simple craters to diameters down to approximately 200 m. The melt forms pools on the crater floor, veneer on the crater walls or ejecta outside the crater. Such melt deposits are relatively rare, and can be recognized only in some fresh craters. These observations indicate that identifiable quantities of impact melt can be produced in small impacts and the presence of such deposits shows that the material can be aggregated into recognizable deposits. Further, the present of such melt indicates that small craters could be reliably radiometrically dated helping to constrain the recent impact flux.

  1. Solute Redistribution in Directional Melting Process


    @@The solute redistribution in directional melting process is theoretically studied. Based on quantitative evaluations, uniform solute distribution in liquid and a quasi-steady solute distribution in solid are supposed. The discussion on the solute balance comes to a simple model for the solute redistribution in directional melting process. As an example, the variation of liquid composition during melting process of carbon steel is quantitatively evaluated using the model. Results show that the melting of an alloy starts at solidus temperature, but approaches the liquidus temperature after a very short transient process.

  2. Final Report

    Gurney, Kevin R


    This document constitutes the final report under DOE grant DE-FG-08ER64649. The organization of this document is as follows: first, I will review the original scope of the proposed research. Second, I will present the current draft of a paper nearing submission to Nature Climate Change on the initial results of this funded effort. Finally, I will present the last phase of the research under this grant which has supported a Ph.D. student. To that end, I will present the graduate student’s proposed research, a portion of which is completed and reflected in the paper nearing submission. This final work phase will be completed in the next 12 months. This final workphase will likely result in 1-2 additional publications and we consider the results (as exemplified by the current paper) high quality. The continuing results will acknowledge the funding provided by DOE grant DE-FG-08ER64649.

  3. Final Report

    DeTar, Carleton [P.I.


    This document constitutes the Final Report for award DE-FC02-06ER41446 as required by the Office of Science. It summarizes accomplishments and provides copies of scientific publications with significant contribution from this award.

  4. A coupled analysis of fluid flow, heat transfer and deformation behavior of solidifying shell in continuously cast beam blank

    Lee, Jung Eui; Yeo, Tae Jung; Oh, Kyu Hwan; Yoon, Jong Kyu [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul Nat`l Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Han, Heung Nam [Oxford Center for Advanced Materials and Composites, Department of Materials, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)


    A mathematical model for a coupled analysis of fluid flow, heat transfer and deformation behavior in the continuously cast beam blank has been developed. The fluid flow, heat transfer and solidification in the mold region were analyzed with 3-dimensional finite difference method (FDM) based on control volume method. A body fitted coordinate system was introduced for the complex geometry of the beam blank. The effects of turbulence and natural convection of molten steel were taken into account in determining the fluid flow in the strand. The thermo-elasto-plastic deformation behavior in the cast strand and the formation of air gap between the solidifying shell and the mold were analyzed by the finite element method (FEM) using the 2-dimensional slice temperature profile calculated by the FDM. The heat flow between the strand and the mold was evaluated by the coupled analysis between the fluid flow-heat transfer analysis and the thermo-elasto-plastic stress analysis. In order to determine the solid fraction in the mushy zone, the microsegregation of solute element was assessed. The effects of fluid flow on the heat transfer, the solidification of steel and the distribution of shell thickness during the casting of the beam blank were simulated. The deformation behavior of the solidifying shell and the possibility of cracking of the strand were also investigated. The recirculating flows were developed in the regions of the web and the flange tip. The impinging of the inlet flow from the nozzle retarded the growing of solidifying shell in the regions of the fillet and the flange. The air gap between the strand and the mold was formed near the region of the corner of the flange tip. At the initial stage of casting, the probability of the surface cracking was high in the regions of the fillet and the flange tip. After the middle stage of casting, the internal cracking was predicted in the regions of the flange tip, and between the fillet and the flange tip. (author) 38

  5. Slicing Strategy for Selective Laser Melting

    SONG Xin; LIU Ji-quan; FAN Shu-qian


    Selective laser melting (SLM) is one of the most popular additive manufacturing (AM) technologies for metal parts. Slicing result, especially for the different dimensional slicing geometry and its topology, plays an important role because of the thermodynamic behavior of metal powders. To get correct geometry and reliable topology, a slicing strategy for SLM is proposed. The unavoidable numerical error caused by sampling and geometric transformation is suppressed firstly, according to shifting the z-coordinate of a vertex with a small value such the shifted vertex is on a slicing plane. The result of vertex-shifting makes it possible to identify different geometric features such as skin surfaces, overhang surfaces, extreme edges and volumetric solid. Second, from geometric primitives a hierarchy of axis-aligned bounding boxes (AABBs) is constructed and used to speed up intersection of slicing planes against sets of triangles. All intersecting segments are given different signs to depict their geometric or topological information. Based the different signs, the different dimensional geometry that is eventually represented by simple and anticlockwise oriented polygons, are identified. Finally, the polygons are classified and nested in a multi-tree data structure set to produce correct topological relations. The result of digital and physical experiments shows the proposed slicing strategy is feasible and robust.

  6. Bidirectional optimization of the melting spinning process.

    Liang, Xiao; Ding, Yongsheng; Wang, Zidong; Hao, Kuangrong; Hone, Kate; Wang, Huaping


    A bidirectional optimizing approach for the melting spinning process based on an immune-enhanced neural network is proposed. The proposed bidirectional model can not only reveal the internal nonlinear relationship between the process configuration and the quality indices of the fibers as final product, but also provide a tool for engineers to develop new fiber products with expected quality specifications. A neural network is taken as the basis for the bidirectional model, and an immune component is introduced to enlarge the searching scope of the solution field so that the neural network has a larger possibility to find the appropriate and reasonable solution, and the error of prediction can therefore be eliminated. The proposed intelligent model can also help to determine what kind of process configuration should be made in order to produce satisfactory fiber products. To make the proposed model practical to the manufacturing, a software platform is developed. Simulation results show that the proposed model can eliminate the approximation error raised by the neural network-based optimizing model, which is due to the extension of focusing scope by the artificial immune mechanism. Meanwhile, the proposed model with the corresponding software can conduct optimization in two directions, namely, the process optimization and category development, and the corresponding results outperform those with an ordinary neural network-based intelligent model. It is also proved that the proposed model has the potential to act as a valuable tool from which the engineers and decision makers of the spinning process could benefit.

  7. Melting and Sintering of Ashes

    Hansen, Lone Aslaug


    The thesis contains an experimental study of the fusion and sintering of ashes collected during straw and coal/straw co-firing.A laboratory technique for quantitative determination of ash fusion has been developed based on Simultaneous Thermal Analysis (STA). By means of this method the fraction...... of melt in the investigated ashes has been determined as a function of temperature. Ash fusion results have been correlated to the chemical and mineralogical composition of the ashes, to results from a standard ash fusion test and to results from sintering experiments. Furthermore, the ash fusion results......-firing, the model only had a qualitative agreement with the measured ash deposit formation rates.Sintering measurements were carried out by means of compression strength testing of ash pellets. This method showed to not be applicable for the salt rich fly ash derived from straw combustion. For the fly ashes...

  8. Do Melt Inclusions Answer Big Questions?

    Hofmann, A. W.; Sobolev, A. V.


    In a pioneering paper, Sobolev and Shimizu (1993) demonstrated the existence of ultra-depleted melt inclusions in olivine phenocrysts in MORB. They interpreted these as evidence for the preservation of parental melts formed by progressive near-fractional melting. Subsequently many cases have been described where melt inclusions from single basalt samples display enormous chemical and isotopic heterogeneity. The interpretation of these observations hinges critically on whether such melt inclusions can faithfully preserve primary or parental melt composition. If they do, melt inclusion data can truly answer big questions from small-scale observations. If they do not, they answer rather small questions. Favoring the second possibility, Danyushevsky et al. (2004) have suggested that much of the observed variability of highly incompatible trace elements in melt inclusions “may not represent geologically significant melts, but instead reflect localized, grain-scale reaction processes within the magmatic plumbing system.” We disagree and show that this mechanism cannot, for example, explain isotopic heterogeneity measured in several suites of melt inclusions, nor does it not account for the presence of ultra-depleted melts and "ghost" plagioclase signatures in other inclusions. More recently, Spandler et al. (2007) have suggested on the basis of experimental evidence that diffusion rates for REE in olivine are so rapid that parental melt compositions in melt inclusions are rapidly falsified by diffusional exchange with (evolved) host lava. We show that the very fact that extreme chemical and isotopic heterogeneities are routinely preserved in melt inclusions demonstrates that this conclusion is unwarranted, either because residence times of the olivine phenocrysts are much shorter than assumed by Spandler et al. or because the high experimental diffusion rates are caused by an unknown experimental artifact. Although there is no obvious flaw in design and execution of

  9. Modeling frictional melt injection to constrain coseismic physical conditions

    Sawyer, William J.; Resor, Phillip G.


    Pseudotachylyte, a fault rock formed through coseismic frictional melting, provides an important record of coseismic mechanics. In particular, injection veins formed at a high angle to the fault surface have been used to estimate rupture directivity, velocity, pulse length, stress drop, as well as slip weakening distance and wall rock stiffness. These studies have generally treated injection vein formation as a purely elastic process and have assumed that processes of melt generation, transport, and solidification have little influence on the final vein geometry. Using a pressurized crack model, an analytical approximation of injection vein formation based on dike intrusion, we find that the timescales of quenching and flow propagation may be similar for a subset of injection veins compiled from the Asbestos Mountain Fault, USA, Gole Larghe Fault Zone, Italy, and the Fort Foster Brittle Zone, USA under minimum melt temperature conditions. 34% of the veins are found to be flow limited, with a final geometry that may reflect cooling of the vein before it reaches an elastic equilibrium with the wall rock. Formation of these veins is a dynamic process whose behavior is not fully captured by the analytical approach. To assess the applicability of simplifying assumptions of the pressurized crack we employ a time-dependent finite-element model of injection vein formation that couples elastic deformation of the wall rock with the fluid dynamics and heat transfer of the frictional melt. This finite element model reveals that two basic assumptions of the pressurized crack model, self-similar growth and a uniform pressure gradient, are false. The pressurized crack model thus underestimates flow propagation time by 2-3 orders of magnitude. Flow limiting may therefore occur under a wider range of conditions than previously thought. Flow-limited veins may be recognizable in the field where veins have tapered profiles or smaller aspect ratios than expected. The occurrence and

  10. Molecular Dynamics Study of Cubic Boron Nitride Nanoparticles: Decomposition with Phase Segregation during Melting.

    Lee, Hsiao-Fang; Esfarjani, Keivan; Dong, Zhizhong; Xiong, Gang; Pelegri, Assimina A; Tse, Stephen D


    The relative stability and melting of cubic boron nitride (c-BN) nanoparticles of varying shapes and sizes are studied using classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. Focusing on the melting of octahedral c-BN nanoparticles, which consist solely of the most stable {111} facets, decomposition is observed to occur during melting, along with the formation of phase segregated boron clusters inside the c-BN nanoparticles, concurrent with vaporization of surface nitrogen atoms. To assess this MD prediction, a laser-heating experiment of c-BN powders is conducted, manifesting boron clusters for the post-treated powders. A general analysis of the geometrical and surface dependence of the nanoparticle ground-state energy using a Stillinger-Weber potential determines the relative stability of cube-shaped, octahedral, cuboctahedral, and truncated-octahedral c-BN nanoparticles. This stability is further examined using transient MD simulations of the melting behavior of the differently shaped nanoparticles, providing insights and revealing the key roles played by corner and edge initiated disorder as well as surface reconstruction from {100} to the more stable {111} facets in the melting process. Finally, the size dependence of the melting point of octahedral c-BN nanoparticles is investigated, showing the well-known qualitative trend of depression of melting temperature with decreasing size, albeit with different quantitative behavior from that predicted by existing analytical models.

  11. Update on the Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Extent: 1979-1999

    Abdalati, Waleed; Steffen, Konrad


    Analysis of melt extent on the Greenland ice sheet is updated to span the time period 1979-1999 is examined along with its spatial and temporal variability using passive microwave satellite data. In order to acquire the full record, the issue of continuity between previous passive microwave sensors (SMMR, SSM/I F-8, and SSM/I F-11), and the most recent SSM/I F-13 sensor is addressed. The F-13 Cross-polarized gradient ratio (XPGR) melt-classification threshold is determined to be -0.0154. Results show that for the 21-year record, an increasing melt trend of nearly 1 %/yr is observed, and this trend is driven by conditions on in the western portion of the ice sheet, rather than the east, where melt appears to have decreased slightly. Moreover, the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 is likely to have had some impact the melt, but not as much as previously suspected. The 1992 melt anomaly is 1.7 standard deviations from the mean. Finally, the relationship between coastal temperatures and melt extent suggest an increase in surface runoff contribution to sea level of 0.31 mm/yr for a 1 C temperature rise.

  12. Performance of lime-BHA solidified plating sludge in the presence of Na2SiO3 and Na2CO3.

    Piyapanuwat, Rungroj; Asavapisit, Suwimol


    This research investigated the performance of lime-BHA (black rice husk ash) solidified plating sludge with 2 wt% NaO from Na(2)SiO(3) and Na(2)CO(3) at the level of 0, 30 and 50 wt%. The sludge was evaluated for strength development, leachability, solution chemistry and microstructure. The lime-BHA solidified plating sludge with Na(2)SiO(3) and Na(2)CO(3) had higher early strength when compared to the control. The addition of Na(2)SiO(3) and Na(2)CO(3) increased the OH(-) concentration and decreased the Ca(2+) and heavy metal ions in solution after the first minute. The XRD patterns showed that the addition of Na(2)SiO(3) resulted in the formation of calcium silicate hydrates, while the addition of Na(2)CO(3) resulted in CaCO(3). The heavy metals from the plating sludge, especially Zn, were immobilized in calcium zincate and calcium zinc silicate forms for the lime-BHA with and without Na(2)SiO(3) solidified wastes, while samples with Na(2)CO(3) contained Zn that was fixed in the form of CaZnCO(3). The cumulative leaching of Fe, Cr and Zn from the lime-BHA solidified plating sludge decreased significantly when activators were added, especially Na(2)CO(3).

  13. Structure and thermal cycling stability of a hafnium monocarbide reinforced directionally solidified cobalt-base eutectic alloy

    Kim, Y. G.


    A nominal composition of Co-15Cr-20Ni-10.5Hf-0.7C was directionally solidified at 0.8 cm/hr growth rate to produce aligned HfC in a cobalt matrix alloy. The aligned HfC fibers were present as rod and plate types. The diameter of the aligned fibers was about 1 micron, with volume fraction in the range of 11 to 15 per cent. The growth direction of the fibers was parallel to the 100 direction. The alloy was subjected to thermal cycling between 425 and 1100 C, using a 2.5 minute cycle. No microstructural degradation of the HfC fibers in the alloy was observed after 2500 cycles.

  14. Effect of Sr content on porosity formation in directionally solidified Al-12.3wt.%Si alloy

    Liao Hengcheng


    Full Text Available The influence of Sr addition on pore formation in directionally solidified Al-12.3wt.% alloy was investigated using X-ray detection, optical microscope, and SEM-EDX. Results indicate that addition of Sr significantly increases the number density and volume fraction of porosity. The considerable rise in volume fraction of porosity is attributed to the remarkable increase in the numbers of pores formed. It is found that Sr solute in liquid Al-Si alloy can diffuse into the oxide inclusions to form loose oxide aggregations which have more activity as the nucleation sites for porosity. Adding more Sr considerably increases the numbers of active nucleation sites. There is an obvious fluctuation of pore number density during steady state solidification, which is believed to be related to a fluctuation of local hydrogen supersaturation induced by the competition of pore nucleation and growth for hydrogen solute supplement.


    J.Zhang; J.J.Yu; H.Z.Fu


    The high-temperature tensile fracture behavior of the Ni, Cr, Al-TaC eutectic superalloy directionally solidified under high temperature gradient is investigated. The hightemperature tensile fracture of this in situ composite has ductile character with lots of ductile nests whose diameters decrease with the increasing solidification rates. The maximum σb and δ are respectively 668.5MPa and 19.6%. There is a TaC whisker in the center of each nest, and the deformation of γ' and TaC is uneven. The hightemperature tensile behavior cannot be explained by the rule of mixtures but is decided by the formation of the plastic deforrmation band. The crack extension model is given.

  16. Effect of cooling rates on dendrite spacings of directionally solidified DZ125 alloy under high thermal gradient

    ZHANG Weiguo; LIU Lin; ZHAO Xinbao; HUANG Taiwen; YU Zhuhuan; QU Min; FU Hengzhi


    The dendrite morphologies and spacings of directionally solidified DZ125 superalloy were investigated under high thermal gradient about 500 K/cm. The results reveal that, with increasing cooling rate, both the spacings of primary and secondary dendrite arms decrease, and the dendrite morphologies transit from coarse to superfine dendrite. The secondary dendrite arms trend to be refined and be well developed, and the tertiary dendrite will occur. The predictions of the Kurz/Fisher model and the Hunt/Lu model accord basically with the experimental data for primary dendrite arm spacing. The regression equation of the primary dendrite arm spacings λ_1 and the cooling rate V_c is λ_1=0.013V_c~(-0.32). The regression equation of the secondary dendrite arm spacing λ_2 and the cooling rate V_c is λ_2=0.00258V_c~(-0.31), which gives good agreement with the Feurer/Wunderlin model.

  17. Austenite phase formation in rapidly solidified Fe-Cr-Mn-C steels

    Chen, S.R.; Davies, H.A.; Rainforth, W.M.


    Steels having compositions (wt%) 0.05--0.5C, 12.5--20Cr, 8--25Mn and 0--0.51N have been chill-block melt-spun to ribbons in order to investigate systematically, by X-ray diffractometry and electron microscopy, the effects of rapid solidification and of solute concentrations on the formation of the austenite phase. The austenite is most easily formed at (wt%) 16Cr--8Mn for 0.3C ribbons while {alpha}{prime}-martensite or {epsilon}-martensite was observed at lower concentrations of Cr or Mn and {alpha}-ferrite appeared for Cr {gt} 18 wt%. The volume fraction of austenite in the steel ribbons studied was found, by multiple regression analysis, to obey the equation {gamma}(%) = 94 + 26.8C + Mn x (8.4 {minus} 0.08Mn {minus} 0.44Cr) {minus} (Cr {minus} 17.7){sup 2}. Thus, the effect of Mn on {gamma} formation followed a non-linear function, containing an interaction term including the Cr and Mn contents, and first- and second-order terms involving the Mn concentration. This indicates the ranges over when Mn is a {gamma}-former or an {alpha}-former. Iso-austenitic lines, constructed on the basis of this new equation, are nearly orthogonal to those in the Schaeffler diagram for Cr-Mn steels so that use of the latter for prediction of the austenite content in the present case would be inappropriate.

  18. Microstructures, micro-segregation and solidification path of directionally solidified Ti-45Al-5Nb alloy

    Liang-shun Luo


    Full Text Available To investigate the effect of solidification parameters on the solidification path and microstructure evolution of Ti-45Al-5Nb (at.% alloy, Bridgman-type directional solidification and thermodynamics calculations were performed on the alloy. The microstructures, micro-segregation and solidification path were investigated. The results show that the β phase is the primary phase of the alloy at growth rates of 5-20 μm•s-1 under the temperature gradients of 15-20 K•mm-1, and the primary phase is transformed into an α phase at relatively higher growth rates (V >20 μm•s-1. The mainly S-segregation and β-segregation can be observed in Ti-45Al-5Nb alloy at a growth rate of 10 μm•s-1 under a temperature gradient of 15 K•mm-1. The increase of temperature gradient to 20 K•mm-1 can eliminate β-segregation, but has no obvious effect on S-segregation. The results also show that 5 at.% Nb addition can expand the β phase region, increase the melting point of the alloy and induce the solidification path to become complicated. The equilibrium solidification path of Ti-45Al-5Nb alloy can be described as , in which βR and γR mean the residual β and γ.

  19. Melt spreading code assessment, modifications, and application to the EPR core catcher design.

    Farmer, M. T .; Nuclear Engineering Division


    The Evolutionary Power Reactor (EPR) is under consideration by various utilities in the United States to provide base load electrical production, and as a result the design is undergoing a certification review by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The severe accident design philosophy for this reactor is based upon the fact that the projected power rating results in a narrow margin for in-vessel melt retention by external cooling of the reactor vessel. As a result, the design addresses ex-vessel core melt stabilization using a mitigation strategy that includes: (1) an external core melt retention system to temporarily hold core melt released from the vessel; (2) a layer of 'sacrificial' material that is admixed with the melt while in the core melt retention system; (3) a melt plug in the lower part of the retention system that, when failed, provides a pathway for the mixture to spread to a large core spreading chamber; and finally, (4) cooling and stabilization of the spread melt by controlled top and bottom flooding. The overall concept is illustrated in Figure 1.1. The melt spreading process relies heavily on inertial flow of a low-viscosity admixed melt to a segmented spreading chamber, and assumes that the melt mass will be distributed to a uniform height in the chamber. The spreading phenomenon thus needs to be modeled properly in order to adequately assess the EPR design. The MELTSPREAD code, developed at Argonne National Laboratory, can model segmented, and both uniform and nonuniform spreading. The NRC is thus utilizing MELTSPREAD to evaluate melt spreading in the EPR design. MELTSPREAD was originally developed to support resolution of the Mark I containment shell vulnerability issue. Following closure of this issue, development of MELTSPREAD ceased in the early 1990's, at which time the melt spreading database upon which the code had been validated was rather limited. In particular, the database that was utilized for initial

  20. Microstructure characterization and room temperature deformation of a rapidly solidified NiAl-based eutectic alloy containing trace Dy

    Li, Hutian; Guo, Jianting; Huai, Kaiwen; Ye, Hengqiang


    The microstructure and room temperature compressive deformation behavior of a rapidly solidified NiAl-Cr(Mo)-Dy eutectic alloy fabricated by water-cooled copper mold method were studied by a combination of SEM, EDS and compressive tests. The morphology stability after hot isostatic pressing (HIP) treatment was evaluated. Rapid solidification resulted in a shift in the coupled zone for the eutectic growth towards the Cr(Mo) phase, indicating a hypoeutectic composition, hence increasing the volume fraction of primary dendritic NiAl. Meanwhile, significantly refined microstructure and lamellar/rod-like Cr(Mo) transition were observed due to trace rare earth (RE) element Dy addition and rapid solidification effects. Compared with the results in literature [H.E. Cline, J.L. Walter, Metall. Trans. 1(1970)2907-2917; P. Ferrandini, W.W. Batista, R. Caram, J. Alloys Comp. 381(2004)91-98], an interesting phenomenon, viz., NiAl halos around the primary Cr(Mo) dendrites in solidified NiAl-Cr(Mo) hypereutectic alloy, was not observed in this study. This difference was interpreted in terms of their different reciprocal nucleation ability. In addition, it was proposed that the localized destabilization of morphology after HIP treatment is closely related to the presence of primary NiAl dendrites. The improved mechanical properties can be attributed to the synergistic effects of rapid solidification and Dy addition, which included refined microstructure, suppression of the crack development along eutectic grain boundaries, enhancement of density of geometrically necessary dislocations located at NiAl/Cr(Mo) interfaces and the Cr solubility extension in NiAl.

  1. Investigation on Melt-Structure-Water Interactions (MSWI) during severe accidents

    Sehgal, B.R.; Yang, Z.L.; Dinh, T.N.; Nourgaliev, R.R.; Bui, V.A.; Haraldsson, H.O.; Li, H.X.; Konovakhin, M.; Paladino, D.; Leung, W.H [Royal Inst. of Tech., Stockholm (Sweden). Div. of Nuclear Power Safety


    This report is the final report for the work performed in 1998 in the research project Melt Structure Water Interactions (MSWI), under the auspices of the APRI Project, jointly funded by SKI, HSK, USNRC and the Swedish and Finnish power companies. The present report describes results of advanced analytical and experimental studies concerning melt-water-structure interactions during the course of a hypothetical severe core meltdown accident in a light water reactor (LWR). Emphasis has been placed on phenomena and properties which govern the fragmentation and breakup of melt jets and droplets, melt spreading and coolability, and thermal and mechanical loadings of a pressure vessel during melt-vessel interaction. Many of the investigations performed in support of this project have produced papers which have been published in the proceedings of technical meetings. A short summary of the results achieved in these papers is provided in this overview. Both experimental and analytical studies were performed to improve knowledge about phenomena of melt-structure-water interactions. We believe that significant technical advances have been achieved during the course of these studies. It was found that: the solidification has a strong effect on the drop deformation and breakup. Initially appearing at the drop surface and, later, thickening inwards, the solid crust layer dampens the instability waves on the drop surface and, therefore, hinders drop deformation and breakup. The drop thermal properties also affect the thermal behavior of the drop and, therefore, have impact on its deformation behavior. The jet fragmentation process is a function of many related phenomena. The fragmentation rate depends not only on the traditional parameters, e.g. the Weber number, but also on the melt physical properties, which change as the melt cools down from the liquidus to the solidus temperature. Additionally, the crust formed on the surface of the melt jet will also reduce the propensity

  2. Bubble Formation in Basalt-like Melts

    Jensen, Martin; Keding, Ralf; Yue, Yuanzheng


    The effect of the melting temperature on bubble size and bubble formation in an iron bearing calcium aluminosilicate melt is studied by means of in-depth images acquired by optical microscopy. The bubble size distribution and the total bubble volume are determined by counting the number of bubble...

  3. Bubble Formation in Basalt-like Melts

    Jensen, Martin; Keding, Ralf; Yue, Yuanzheng


    The effect of the melting temperature on bubble size and bubble formation in an iron bearing calcium aluminosilicate melt is studied by means of in-depth images acquired by optical microscopy. The bubble size distribution and the total bubble volume are determined by counting the number of bubbles...

  4. Disordering and Melting of Aluminum Surfaces

    Stoltze, Per; Nørskov, Jens Kehlet; Landman, U.


    We report on a molecular-dynamics simulation of an Al(110) surface using the effective-medium theory to describe the interatomic interactions. The surface region is found to start melting ≅200 K below the bulk melting temperature with a gradual increase in the thickness of the disordered layer as...

  5. Uniaxial Elongational viscosity of bidisperse polystyrene melts

    Nielsen, Jens Kromann; Rasmussen, Henrik K.; Hassager, Ole


    The startup and steady uniaxial elongational viscosity have been measured for three bidisperse polystyrene (PS) melts, consisting of blends of monodisperse PS with molecular weights of 52 kg/mole or 103 kg/mole and 390 kg/mole. The bidisperse melts have a maximum in the steady elongational...

  6. Uniaxial Elongational viscosity of bidisperse polystyrene melts

    Nielsen, Jens Kromann; Rasmussen, Henrik K.; Hassager, Ole


    The startup and steady uniaxial elongational viscosity have been measured for three bidisperse polystyrene (PS) melts, consisting of blends of monodisperse PS with molecular weights of 52 kg/mole or 103 kg/mole and 390 kg/mole. The bidisperse melts have a maximum in the steady elongational viscos...

  7. Stability of foams in silicate melts

    Proussevitch, Alexander A.; Sahagian, Dork L.; Kutolin, Vladislav A.


    Bubble coalescence and the spontaneous disruption of high-porosity foams in silicate melts are the result of physical expulsion of interpore melt (syneresis) leading to bubble coalescence, and diffusive gas exchange between bubbles. Melt expulsion can be achieved either along films between pairs of bubbles, or along Plateau borders which represent the contacts between 3 or more bubbles. Theoretical evaluation of these mechanisms is confirmed by experimental results, enabling us to quantify the relevant parameters and determine stable bubble size and critical film thickness in a foam as a function of melt viscosity, surface tension, and time. Foam stability is controlled primarily by melt viscosity and time. Melt transport leading to coalescence of bubbles proceeds along inter-bubble films for smaller bubbles, and along Plateau borders for larger bubbles. Thus the average bubble size accelerates with time. In silicate melts, the diffusive gas expulsion out of a region of foam is effective only for water (and even then, only at small length scales), as the diffusion of CO 2 is negligible. The results of our analyses are applicable to studies of vesicularity of lavas, melt degassing, and eruption mechanisms.

  8. Shock-induced melting and rapid solidification

    Nellis, W.J.; Gourdin, W.H.; Maple, M.B.


    Model calculations are presented to estimate that approx.50 GPa is required to completely shock melt metal powders with quenching at rates up to 10/sup 8/ K/s. Experiments are discussed for powders of a Cu-Zr alloy compacted in the usual way at 16 GPa and melted by shocking to 60 GPa. 12 refs.

  9. Simulated Melting Curve of NaCl up to 200 kbar

    程新路; 刘子江; 蔡灵仓; 张芳沛


    The melting curve of NaCl is studied up to 200 kbar by means of the shell-model molecular dynamics method,using massive shell core interaction potentials.The model for the interatomic interaction is shown to produce reasonable results at a wide range of pressures in bulk transitions.The pressure dependence of the melting curve of NaCl was calculated and the result was modified on the assumption of overheating due to the small system size and small time scale simulation.The final result is in good agreement with the corrected experimental values,accounting for melting mechanisms such as surface heating or superheating.Therefore,it is believed that bulk transition simulation at constant pressure indeed provides a useful tool for studying the melting transition.

  10. Size-dependent melting of Bi nanoparticles

    Olson, E. A.; Efremov, M. Yu.; Zhang, M.; Zhang, Z.; Allen, L. H.


    Nanocalorimetry was used to investigate the melting of Bi nanoparticles. The particles were formed by evaporating Bi onto a silicon nitride substrate, which was then heated. The particles self-assemble into truncated spherical particles. Below 5-nm average film thickness, mean particle sizes increased linearly with deposition thickness but increased rapidly for 10-nm-thick films. As expected, small particles were found to exhibit size-dependent melting temperatures less than the bulk melting temperature (e.g., ΔT =67K for a 3-nm radius particle). The measured melting temperatures for particles below ˜7nm in radius, however, were ˜50K above the value predicted by the homogeneous melting model. We discuss this discrepancy in terms of a possible size-dependent crystal structure change and the superheating of the solid phase.

  11. Nanotexturing of surfaces to reduce melting point.

    Garcia, Ernest J.; Zubia, David (University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX); Mireles, Jose (Universidad Aut%C3%94onoma de Ciudad Ju%C3%94arez Ciudad Ju%C3%94arez, Mexico); Marquez, Noel (University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX); Quinones, Stella (University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX)


    This investigation examined the use of nano-patterned structures on Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) material to reduce the bulk material melting point (1414 C). It has been found that sharp-tipped and other similar structures have a propensity to move to the lower energy states of spherical structures and as a result exhibit lower melting points than the bulk material. Such a reduction of the melting point would offer a number of interesting opportunities for bonding in microsystems packaging applications. Nano patterning process capabilities were developed to create the required structures for the investigation. One of the technical challenges of the project was understanding and creating the specialized conditions required to observe the melting and reshaping phenomena. Through systematic experimentation and review of the literature these conditions were determined and used to conduct phase change experiments. Melting temperatures as low as 1030 C were observed.

  12. 外加剂对水泥固化铁矾渣性能的影响%Effect of Additives on Properties of Cement Solidified Body

    侯小强; 郑旭涛; 郭从盛; 谭宏斌


    Cementitious materials were prepared by adding jarosite slag in portland cement clinker.The effect of additives(fly ash zeolite,sodium sulfide and fly ash)on the solidified body strength and leaching toxicity were studied,respectively. When the jarosite slag content was 60% in cementitious material,the stability of heavy metal ion in solidified body were improved by adding zeolite,sodium sulfide as stabilizer and leaching toxicity values of different solidified body were lower than the national standard. When the fly ash was added in cementitious material,fly ash content increased,the strength of solidified body decreased,the leaching toxicity values of different solidified body were also lower than the national standard.%在硅酸盐水泥熟料中加入铁矾渣,制备成胶凝材料。分别以粉煤灰沸石、硫化钠和粉煤灰为外加剂,研究其对水泥固化体强度和浸出毒性的影响。在胶凝材料中铁矾渣加入量为60%时,加入沸石、硫化钠为稳定剂,均可提高重金属离子的稳定性,不同固化体的浸出毒性值均低于国家标准。在胶凝材料中加入粉煤灰,粉煤灰掺量增加,固化体强度下降,不同固化体的浸出毒性值也均低于国家标准。

  13. Volatile diffusion in silicate melts and its effects on melt inclusions

    P. Scarlato


    Full Text Available A compendium of diffusion measurements and their Arrhenius equations for water, carbon dioxide, sulfur, fluorine, and chlorine in silicate melts similar in composition to natural igneous rocks is presented. Water diffusion in silicic melts is well studied and understood, however little data exists for melts of intermediate to basic compositions. The data demonstrate that both the water concentration and the anhydrous melt composition affect the diffusion coefficient of water. Carbon dioxide diffusion appears only weakly dependent, at most, on the volatilefree melt composition and no effect of carbon dioxide concentration has been observed, although few experiments have been performed. Based upon one study, the addition of water to rhyolitic melts increases carbon dioxide diffusion by orders of magnitude to values similar to that of 6 wt% water. Sulfur diffusion in intermediate to silicic melts depends upon the anhydrous melt composition and the water concentration. In water-bearing silicic melts sulfur diffuses 2 to 3 orders of magnitude slower than water. Chlorine diffusion is affected by both water concentration and anhydrous melt composition; its values are typically between those of water and sulfur. Information on fluorine diffusion is rare, but the volatile-free melt composition exerts a strong control on its diffusion. At the present time the diffusion of water, carbon dioxide, sulfur and chlorine can be estimated in silicic melts at magmatic temperatures. The diffusion of water and carbon dioxide in basic to intermediate melts is only known at a limited set of temperatures and compositions. The diffusion data for rhyolitic melts at 800°C together with a standard model for the enrichment of incompatible elements in front of growing crystals demonstrate that rapid crystal growth, greater than 10-10 ms-1, can significantly increase the volatile concentrations at the crystal-melt interface and that any of that melt trapped

  14. Melt Rate Improvement for DWPF MB3: Melt Rate Furnace Testing

    Stone, M.E.


    The Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) would like to increase its canister production rate. The goal of this study is to improve the melt rate in DWPF specifically for Macrobatch 3. However, the knowledge gained may result in improved melting efficiencies translating to future DWPF macrobatches and in higher throughput for other Department of Energy's (DOE) melters. Increased melting efficiencies decrease overall operational costs by reducing the immobilization campaign time for a particular waste stream. For melt rate limited systems, a small increase in melting efficiency translates into significant hard dollar savings by reducing life cycle operational costs.

  15. Partitioning coefficients between olivine and silicate melts

    Bédard, J. H.


    Variation of Nernst partition coefficients ( D) between olivine and silicate melts cannot be neglected when modeling partial melting and fractional crystallization. Published natural and experimental olivine/liquidD data were examined for covariation with pressure, temperature, olivine forsterite content, and melt SiO 2, H 2O, MgO and MgO/MgO + FeO total. Values of olivine/liquidD generally increase with decreasing temperature and melt MgO content, and with increasing melt SiO 2 content, but generally show poor correlations with other variables. Multi-element olivine/liquidD profiles calculated from regressions of D REE-Sc-Y vs. melt MgO content are compared to results of the Lattice Strain Model to link melt MgO and: D0 (the strain compensated partition coefficient), EM3+ (Young's Modulus), and r0 (the size of the M site). Ln D0 varies linearly with Ln MgO in the melt; EM3+ varies linearly with melt MgO, with a dog-leg at ca. 1.5% MgO; and r0 remains constant at 0.807 Å. These equations are then used to calculate olivine/liquidD for these elements using the Lattice Strain Model. These empirical parameterizations of olivine/liquidD variations yield results comparable to experimental or natural partitioning data, and can easily be integrated into existing trace element modeling algorithms. The olivine/liquidD data suggest that basaltic melts in equilibrium with pure olivine may acquire small negative Ta-Hf-Zr-Ti anomalies, but that negative Nb anomalies are unlikely to develop. Misfits between results of the Lattice Strain Model and most light rare earth and large ion lithophile partitioning data suggest that kinetic effects may limit the lower value of D for extremely incompatible elements in natural situations characterized by high cooling/crystallization rates.

  16. Final Report

    Heiselberg, Per; Brohus, Henrik; Nielsen, Peter V.

    This final report for the Hybrid Ventilation Centre at Aalborg University describes the activities and research achievement in the project period from August 2001 to August 2006. The report summarises the work performed and the results achieved with reference to articles and reports published...

  17. Late stages of high rate tension of aluminum melt: Molecular dynamic simulation

    Mayer, Polina N.; Mayer, Alexander E.


    With the help of molecular dynamic simulation, we investigate late stages of aluminum melt tension up to the deformation degree of about 10, including a stage of bubble liquid, a foamed melt, and a fragmentation with formation of droplets. Complete fracture of melt is a complex process, which includes nucleation of pores, growth and coalescence of neighboring pores, thinning and breaking of walls between them with the formation of a system of jets, and, finally, breaking of jets into droplets. The transition from the foamed melt to the system of jets and the subsequent fragmentation into droplets occur at the volume fraction of condensed matter considerably smaller than 0.1. The number of pores at the volume fraction of condensed matter about 0.5 and the number of droplets at the final stage of fragmentation are not directly connected with each other. At the same time, both numbers are increased together with the increase in the strain rate and have the same order of magnitude. At the stage of melt with pores, the growth and coalescence of pores are controlled by surface tension, which allows us to construct an analytical estimation for time dependence of the pore average radius. Also, we propose analytical estimations for the mean pressure of melt with pores, which remain negative, and for the work of tension. A few times larger work is spent on the tension of melt with pores if compared with the initial stage of tension near the dynamic strength threshold. The last fact is favorable for the production of the foamed aluminum by means of the high-rate tension of its melt.

  18. Static and dynamic properties of large polymer melts in equilibrium

    Hsu, Hsiao-Ping; Kremer, Kurt


    We present a detailed study of the static and dynamic behaviors of long semiflexible polymer chains in a melt. Starting from previously obtained fully equilibrated high molecular weight polymer melts [G. Zhang et al., ACS Macro Lett. 3, 198 (2014)], we investigate their static and dynamic scaling behaviors as predicted by theory. We find that for semiflexible chains in a melt, results of the mean square internal distance, the probability distributions of the end-to-end distance, and the chain structure factor are well described by theoretical predictions for ideal chains. We examine the motion of monomers and chains by molecular dynamics simulations using the ESPResSo++ package. The scaling predictions of the mean squared displacement of inner monomers, center of mass, and relations between them based on the Rouse and the reptation theory are verified, and related characteristic relaxation times are determined. Finally, we give evidence that the entanglement length Ne,PPA as determined by a primitive path analysis (PPA) predicts a plateau modulus, GN 0 = /4 5 ( ρ k B T / N e ) , consistent with stresses obtained from the Green-Kubo relation. These comprehensively characterized equilibrium structures, which offer a good compromise between flexibility, small Ne, computational efficiency, and small deviations from ideality, provide ideal starting states for future non-equilibrium studies.

  19. Development of melting system for Measurement of trace elements and ions in ice core

    Hong, Sang Bum; Lee, Khang Hyun; Hur, Soon Do; Soyol-Erene, Tseren-Ochir; Kim, Sun Mee; Chung, Ji Woong; Jun, Seong Joon [Korea Polar Research Institute, KIOST, Incheon (Korea, Republic of); Hong, Sung Min [Dept. of Ocean Sciences, Inha University, Incheon (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Chang Hee [Dept. of Chemistry and Research Institute for Basic Sciences, Jeju National University, Jeju (Korea, Republic of)


    We present a titanium (Ti) melting head divided into three zones as an improved melting system for decontaminating ice-core samples. This system was subjected to performance tests using short ice-core samples (4 × 4 cm{sup 2}, ⁓5 cm long). The procedural blanks (PBs) and detection limits of ionic species, with the exception of math formula, were comparable with published values, but for elements the experimental procedures should be refined to obtain valid Zn concentrations due to the PB of ⁓90.0 ± 16.2 ng/L. The improved melting system efficiently decontaminated the samples, as verified by the concentration profiles of elements and ions in the melted samples from the three melting-head zones. The recovery of trace elements in ice-core samples was ⁓70–120% at ⁓100 ng/L in artificial ice cores. Because of the memory effects between ice-core samples melted in series, the melting system should be rinsed at least 5–6 times (in a total volume of ⁓2.5 mL deionized water) after each melting procedure. Finally, as an application of this technique, trace elements were measured in ice-core samples recovered from the East Rongbuk Glacier, Mount Everest, (28°03′N, 86°96′E, 6518 m a.s.l.), and the concentrations of trace elements following mechanical chiseling and the melting method were compared.

  20. Future projections of the Greenland ice sheet energy balance driving the surface melt

    B. Franco


    Full Text Available In this study, simulations at 25 km resolution are performed over the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, using the regional climate model MAR forced by four RCP scenarios from three CMIP5 global circulation models (GCMs, in order to investigate the projected changes of the surface energy balance (SEB components driving the surface melt. Analysis of 2000–2100 melt anomalies compared to melt results over 1980–1999 reveals an exponential relationship of the GrIS surface melt rate simulated by MAR to the near-surface air temperature (TAS anomalies, mainly due to the surface albedo positive feedback associated with the extension of bare ice areas in summer. On the GrIS margins, the future melt anomalies are preferentially driven by stronger sensible heat fluxes, induced by enhanced warm air advection over the ice sheet. Over the central dry snow zone, the surface albedo positive feedback induced by the increase in summer melt exceeds the negative feedback of heavier snowfall for TAS anomalies higher than 4 °C. In addition to the incoming longwave flux increase associated with the atmosphere warming, GCM-forced MAR simulations project an increase of the cloud cover decreasing the ratio of the incoming shortwave versus longwave radiation and dampening the albedo feedback. However, it should be noted that this trend in the cloud cover is contrary to that simulated by ERA-Interim–forced MAR for recent climate conditions, where the observed melt increase since the 1990s seems mainly to be a consequence of more anticyclonic atmospheric conditions. Finally, no significant change is projected in the length of the melt season, which highlights the importance of solar radiation absorbed by the ice sheet surface in the melt SEB.

  1. Final Report

    Sujit Banerjee


    Contaminants present in paper recycling mills can degrade product properties and can also lead to substantial downtime. Of these, adhesive material such as hot melts and pressure sensitive adhesives are especially troublesome. These are known as “ stickies ” and their handling and re- moval requires process equipment such as screens and cleaners as well as chemical additives. In the preceding phase of the project we demonstrated that firing an underwater spark in a tank of stock reduces the tack of the stickies and reduces their impact. The present phase was to demon- strate the technology in full-scale trials, address any issues that might arise, and commercialize the process. Trials were run at the Appleton papers mill in West Carrollton, OH, the Graphics Packag- ing mill at Kalamazoo, MI, Stora Enso mills at Duluth, MN, and Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and the Jackson Paper mill at Sylva, NC. It was shown that the sparker not only detackified stickies but also increased the efficiency of their removal by centrifugal cleaners, improved the effectiveness of dissolved air flotation, and increased the efficiency of flotation deinking. It is estimated that the sparker improves the efficiency of hydrocyclone cleaner, deinking cells and dissolved and dispersed air flotation units by 10-15%. This translates to a corresponding energy benefit in operating these units. The technology has been licensed to Eka Chemicals, a division of Akzo Nobel.

  2. Melt and Chemical Transport in the Mantle: Insights from Deglaciation-Induced Melting Perturbations in Iceland

    Eason, D. E.; Ito, G.; Sinton, J. M.


    Eruptive products represent a time-averaged view of the melting region and melt migration processes, making numerous fundamental parameters of the melt system difficult to constrain. Temporal and spatial variations in melting provide potential windows into this obscure region of the Earth by preferentially sampling melts from different regions of the mantle or mixing melts over different length-scales. We present a newly extended geochemical time series from the Western Volcanic Zone (WVZ) of Iceland, which experienced a short-lived melting perturbation due to glacial unloading during the last major deglaciation (~15-10 ka). Glacial unloading during this period led to increased degrees of melting particularly in the shallow mantle, which is manifest as an observed increase in volcanic production up to 30 times the steady-state value, decreased levels of highly to moderately incompatible element ratios (e.g., a 35-50% decrease in Nb/Y, with the greatest change occurring in the northernmost WVZ), and elevated SiO2 and CaO concentrations (~0.8 wt. % and ~1.9 wt. % increase in average oxide concentrations respectively) during and immediately following deglaciation. Although eruptive productivity returns to steady-state values within ~3000 yr following deglaciation, the incompatible element concentrations in erupted lavas gradually increase throughout the post-glacial period. We exploit this short-lived melting perturbation to examine and constrain knowledge of fundamental characteristics of melt generation and transport, including mantle permeability, melt ascent rates, depth-dependent melting functions (dF/dP), and the nature of chemical transport and melt mixing in the system. Using conservation equations describing the generation and porous flow of melt in a viscous matrix, we model melt migration in the mantle during and after ice sheet removal, as well as trace element transport for both equilibrium and disequilibrium transport end members. The predicted

  3. Evaluation of Melt Behavior with initial Melt Velocity under SFR Severe Accidents

    Heo, Hyo; Bang, In Cheol [UNIST, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of); Jerng, Dong Wook [Chung-Ang Univ, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    In the current Korean sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR) program, early dispersion of the molten metallic fuel within a subchannel is suggested as one of the inherent safety strategies for the initiating phase of hypothetical core disruptive accident (HCDA). The safety strategy provides negative reactivity driven by the melt dispersal, so it could reduce the possibility of the recriticality event under a severe triple or more fault scenario for SFR. Since the behavior of the melt dispersion is unpredictable, it depends on the accident condition, particularly core region. While the voided coolant channel region is usually developed in the inner core, the unvoided coolant channel region is formed in the outer core. It is important to confirm the fuel dispersion with the core region, but there are not sufficient existing studies for them. From the existing studies, the coolant vapor pressure is considered as one of driving force to move the melt towards outside of the core. There is a complexity of the phenomena during intermixing of the melt with the coolant after the horizontal melt injections. It is too difficult to understand the several combined mechanisms related to the melt dispersion and the fragmentation. Thus, it could be worthwhile to study the horizontal melt injections at lower temperature as a preliminary study in order to identify the melt dispersion phenomena. For this reason, it is required to clarify whether the coolant vapor pressure is the driving force of the melt dispersion with the core region. The specific conditions to be well dispersed for the molten metallic fuel were discussed in the experiments with the simulant materials. The each melt behavior was compared to evaluate the melt dispersion under the coolant void condition and the boiling condition. As the results, the following results are remarked: 1. The upward melt dispersion did not occur for a given melt and coolant temperature in the nonboiling range. Over current range of conditions

  4. Viscosity of ring polymer melts

    Pasquino, Rossana


    We have measured the linear rheology of critically purified ring polyisoprenes, polystyrenes, and polyethyleneoxides of different molar masses. The ratio of the zero-shear viscosities of linear polymer melts η0,linear to their ring counterparts η0,ring at isofrictional conditions is discussed as a function of the number of entanglements Z. In the unentangled regime η0,linear/η 0,ring is virtually constant, consistent with the earlier data, atomistic simulations, and the theoretical expectation η0,linear/ η0,ring = 2. In the entanglement regime, the Z-dependence of ring viscosity is much weaker than that of linear polymers, in qualitative agreement with predictions from scaling theory and simulations. The power-law extracted from the available experimental data in the rather limited range 1 < Z < 20, η0,linear/η0,ring ∼ Z 1.2±0.3, is weaker than the scaling prediction (η0,linear/η0,ring ∼ Z 1.6±0.3) and the simulations (η0,linear/ η0,ring ∼ Z2.0±0.3). Nevertheless, the present collection of state-of-the-art experimental data unambiguously demonstrates that rings exhibit a universal trend clearly departing from that of their linear counterparts, and hence it represents a major step toward resolving a 30-year-old problem. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  5. Distribution of radionuclides during melting of carbon steel

    Thurber, W.C.; MacKinney, J.


    During the melting of steel with radioactive contamination, radionuclides may be distributed among the metal product, the home scrap, the slag, the furnace lining and the off-gas collection system. In addition, some radionuclides will pass through the furnace system and vent to the atmosphere. To estimate radiological impacts of recycling radioactive scrap steel, it is essential to understand how radionuclides are distributed within the furnace system. For example, an isotope of a gaseous element (e.g., radon) will exhaust directly from the furnace system into the atmosphere while a relatively non-volatile element (e.g., manganese) can be distributed among all the other possible media. This distribution of radioactive contaminants is a complex process that can be influenced by numerous chemical and physical factors, including composition of the steel bath, chemistry of the slag, vapor pressure of the particular element of interest, solubility of the element in molten iron, density of the oxide(s), steel melting temperature and melting practice (e.g., furnace type and size, melting time, method of carbon adjustment and method of alloy additions). This paper discusses the distribution of various elements with particular reference to electric arc furnace steelmaking. The first two sections consider the calculation of partition ratios for elements between metal and slag based on thermodynamic considerations. The third section presents laboratory and production measurements of the distribution of various elements among slag, metal, and the off-gas collection system; and the final section provides recommendations for the assumed distribution of each element of interest.

  6. Final Report

    Stinis, Panos [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)


    This is the final report for the work conducted at the University of Minnesota (during the period 12/01/12-09/18/14) by PI Panos Stinis as part of the "Collaboratory on Mathematics for Mesoscopic Modeling of Materials" (CM4). CM4 is a multi-institution DOE-funded project whose aim is to conduct basic and applied research in the emerging field of mesoscopic modeling of materials.

  7. Volcano hazards implications of rhyolitic melt or magma at shallow depth under Krafla Caldera

    Eichelberger, John; Papale, Paolo; Sigmundsson, Freysteinn


    Krafla Caldera in northern Iceland is a well-monitored and extensively drilled caldera system that underwent a major rifting and eruption episode in 1975 to 1984. The recent surprise discovery of ~900oC "magma" (crystal+melt felsite and possibly crystal-poor rhyolite magma as well) in the Iceland Deep Drilling Project borehole #1 (IDDP-1) in 2009, as well as previous less publicized drilling encounters with rhyolite melt, challenges our understanding of caldera unrest. Further drilling may lead to improved understanding of volcanic hazards in calderas and better interpretation of precursory deformation and seismic signals that may herald eruption. Salient features of the IDDP-1 discovery relative to volcanic hazards are: 1. The rhyolite magma is at only 2.1 km depth. If such magma were known to have intruded to such shallow depth in a populated caldera, there would likely be serious discussion of evacuating the population. 2. The drill site was chosen because magma was not expected at shallow depth, based on the occurrence of seismicity to twice that depth beneath the site during the last eruption, and on 3-D resistivity structure. 3. The eruption was entirely basaltic; no rhyolite reached the surface. Thus, rhyolite magma intruded to shallow depth and was stored there without erupting and without being detected either geophysically or petrologically. An alternative, which seems unlikely, is that the rhyolite evolved from basalt or by basalt-induced partial melting after 1984. If it is possible to return to this magmatic body through further drilling, as recently proposed to the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) by the Krafla Magma Drilling Project, complementary field, laboratory experiments, and computational experiments can be conducted to understand the "source" and how it produces deformation, seismic, and geochemical signals at the surface. Experiments could include injection of fluid with tracers directly into the melt-bearing zone

  8. Crystallization behavior of a melt-spun Fe-Ni based steel

    Michal, G. M.; Laxmanan, V.; Glasgow, T. K.


    Whether Fe-Ni-based alloys solidify with a bcc or fcc structure has been observed by many investigators to be a stronger function of kinetics and undercooling than strictly free-energy minimization. Such behavior has been observed in an Fe(52.8)Ni(28.7)Al(3.4)Ti(6.1)B(9.0) alloy. The alloy was cast as ribbons about 45 microns thick using a dual free-jet variation of chillbock melt spinning against a Cu wheel. Optical, X-ray, and electron analyses of the as-cast and annealed ribbons were performed. A microstructure of at least four layers containing combinations of ecc, bcc, and amorphous phases in differing proportions was observed in the as-cast ribbon. The midthickness layer had the most unusual features, containing fcc grains about 75 nm in size encompassing spherulitic regions as large as 15 microns comprised of fcc grains about 25 nm in size. The crystallization sequence responsible for the as-cast microstructure is discussed in terms of the competition between the formation of bcc and fcc phases as influenced by undercooling, recalescence, and variations in cooling rate experienced by the as-cast ribbon.

  9. Hard magnetic properties of melt-spun Mn-Al-C alloys

    Varga L.K.


    Full Text Available Structural and magnetic characterization of Mnx−yAl100−x−yC2y (x = {50, 55}; y = {0, 1} melt­spun ribbons is reported. To obtain the metastable ferromagnetic τ­phase, rapidly solidified alloys were annealed either in a vacuum furnace at 823 K or directly in the vibrating sample magnetometer under applied magnetic field. Optimal magnetic properties were demonstrated by Mn54Al44C2 samples proved to be single­phase with a coercivity of 0.19 T measured in both cases. For this composition the structural ε→τ phase transformation has been magnetically detected at 786 K, Curie temperature of τ­phase (Tc = 592 K, Tp = 610 K has been determined using mean field approximations in ferromagnetic and paramagnetic regions. Rietveld refinement of X­ray diffraction spectra was employed to analyse the phase constitution of annealed alloys, lattice parameters as a function of chemical composition and mean grain size for the phases involved.

  10. Additive manufacturing of a high niobium-containing titanium aluminide alloy by selective electron beam melting

    Tang, H.P., E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Porous Metal Materials, Northwest Institute for Nonferrous Metal Research, Xi' an 710016 (China); Yang, G.Y.; Jia, W.P.; He, W.W.; Lu, S.L. [State Key Laboratory of Porous Metal Materials, Northwest Institute for Nonferrous Metal Research, Xi' an 710016 (China); Qian, M., E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Porous Metal Materials, Northwest Institute for Nonferrous Metal Research, Xi' an 710016 (China); RMIT University, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Centre for Additive Manufacturing, Melbourne, VIC 3001 (Australia)


    Additive manufacturing (AM) offers a radical net-shape manufacturing approach for titanium aluminide alloys but significant challenges still remain. A study has been made of the AM of a high niobium-containing titanium aluminide alloy (Ti–45Al–7Nb–0.3W, in at% throughout the paper) using selective electron beam melting (SEBM). The formation of various types of microstructural defects, including banded structures caused by the vaporization of aluminum, was investigated with respect to different processing parameters. To avoid both micro- and macro-cracks, the use of higher preheating temperatures and an intermediate reheating process (to reheat each solidified layer during SEBM) was assessed in detail. These measures enabled effective release of the thermal stress that developed during SEBM and therefore the avoidance of cracks. In addition, the processing conditions for the production of a fine full lamellar microstructure were identified. As a result, the Ti–45Al–7Nb–0.3W alloy fabricated showed outstanding properties (compression strength: 2750 MPa; strain-to-fracture: 37%). SEBM can be used to fabricate high performance titanium aluminide alloys with appropriate processing parameters and pathways.

  11. TEM microstructure of rapidly solidified Mg-6Zn- 1Y-1Ce alloy%快速凝固Mg-6Zn-1Y-1Ce合金的TEM组织

    杨文朋; 郭学锋; 卢正欣


    利用单辊甩带技术制备快速凝固Mg-6Zn-1Y-1Ce薄带,并利用透射电子显微镜和能谱仪分析薄带组织.结果表明:薄带近辊面区域晶粒内部和晶界处分布着高密度颗粒,颗粒密度在中间区域和自由面区域有所降低;快速凝固合金主要由过饱和α-Mg固溶体、T相和W相组成,同时还存在少量的二十面体准晶相颗粒和Mg4Zn7相颗粒;其中T相为体心正交晶体结构,是由于体心正方结构的Mg12Ce相中部分Mg原子被Zn原子代替而形成的.%Rapidly solidified (RS) Mg-6Zn-1Y-1Ce ribbons were prepared by single roller melt-spinning technique.Transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were employed to characterize the microstructure of RS ribbons.The results show that there is high density of particles distributed within grains and at grain boundaries in the region near wheel side.The particle density is decreased in the middle region and free surface region.The alloy is predominantly composed of supersaturated α-Mg solid solution,T phase and W phase; meanwhile,a few icosahedral quasicrystalline and Mg4Zn7 particles are also observed.The T phase is confirmed having a body-centered orthorhombic structure that is transformed from the body-centered tetragonal structure Mg12Ce phase due to the partial substitution of Mg atoms by Zn.

  12. The effect of alloy elements on the density variation of steel melt at the interdendritic region during solidification

    Cao, Y. F.; Chen, Y.; Ma, X. P.; Fu, P. X.; Kang, X. H.; Liu, H. W.; Li, D. Z.


    Alloying elements in steels have essential effects on the formation of macrosegregation by inducing a density difference between the mushy zone and the bulk melt, and even by the alteration of the solidified microstructure. Hence, in terms of the thermodynamic laws for solidification of an idealized dilute solution, a systematic theoretical analysis on the effect of elements on the density variation of the interdendritic melt is presented for common Fe-based binary alloys. It shows that density variation closely associates with three crucial parameters: the microsegregation parameter λ, the temp-comp-expansion parameter β and the initial composition CL o . With these derived parameters, a simple analytical model is proposed to assess the influence of alloy elements on density change. The theoretical analysis indicates that compared to silicon, the effect of carbon on the density variation cannot be ignored, which is remarkably different from the previous recognition of these two elements. The macrosegregation induced by carbon only is experimentally validated by two dissected 500 kg ingots with different carbon contents. Furthermore, to directly validate the results of theoretical analysis a macrosegregation model with two different microsegregation laws (lever rule and Scheil equation) is established. Then simulations of the convection during solidification in the experimental 500 kg reference ingot are performed for Fe-C and Fe-Si alloys, respectively. It demonstrates that numerically simulated effects of carbon and silicon on the interdendritic convection induced by density inversion are fairly consistent with the analytical predictions.

  13. A route for recycling Nd from Nd-Fe-B magnets using Cu melts

    Moore, Martina; Gebert, Annett, E-mail:; Stoica, Mihai; Uhlemann, Margitta; Löser, Wolfgang


    Phase evolutions in Nd-Fe-B magnet/Cu systems have been explored with regard to Nd recycling. It was demonstrated that large scale phase separation into a ferromagnetic Fe(B)-rich ingot core with α-Fe main phase and a non-magnetic (Cu,Nd)-rich ingot rim takes place upon arc melting with Cu fractions ≥ 21.5 wt.-%. The re-solidification of the Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B magnet main phase is suppressed. The rim consists of the Cu{sub 2}Nd main phase and CuNd/Cu{sub 4}Nd minority phases in which Al traces from the magnetic material are gathered. Induction melting of such Nd-Fe-B/Cu mixtures can support the separation of these phase regions with very sharp boundaries. Main features of liquid phase separation and microstructure evolution have been interpreted on the basis of Nd-Fe-Cu phase diagram data. The key advantage with respect to Nd recycling from Nd-Fe-B permanent magnet scrap is the substantial accumulation of Nd in the (Cu,Nd)-rich region of the phase separated solidified specimen, which can be easily detached from the Fe-rich part by mechanical-magnetic treatments. Such portions contained up to ∼44 wt.-% Nd (25 at.-%) in first lab-scale experiments. Nd recovery from the (Cu,Nd)-rich fractions is possible by exploiting the large chemical property differences between the reactive rare earths elements and Cu. - Highlights: • phase evolution analysis in Nd-Fe-B magnet/Cu systems with regard to Nd recycling. • Cu ≥ 21 wt.-%, large scale phase separation- Fe(B)-rich ingot core, (Cu,Nd)-rich rim. • high Nd content (∼44 wt.-%) of (Cu,Nd)-rich region, mechanical-magnetic treatments.

  14. Physics of the Lindemann melting rule

    Lawson, Andrew C [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    We investigate the thermodynamics of melting for 74 distinct chemical elements including several actinides and rare earths. We find that the observed melting points are consistent with a linear relationship between the correlation entropy of the liquid and the Grueneisen constant of the solid, and that the Lindemann rule is well obeyed for the elements with simple structures and less well obeyed for the less symmetric more open structures. No special assumptions are required to explain the melting points of the rare earths or light actinides.

  15. Melt processed high-temperature superconductors


    The achievement of large critical currents is critical to the applications of high-temperature superconductors. Recent developments have shown that melt processing is suitable for producing high J c oxide superconductors. Using magnetic forces between such high J c oxide superconductors and magnets, a person could be levitated.This book has grown largely out of research works on melt processing of high-temperature superconductors conducted at ISTEC Superconductivity Research Laboratory. The chapters build on melt processing, microstructural characterization, fundamentals of flux pinning, criti

  16. Diffusive loss of argon in response to melt vein formation in polygenetic impact melt breccias

    Mercer, Cameron M.; Hodges, Kip V.


    Many planetary surfaces in the solar system have experienced prolonged bombardment. With each impact, new rocks can be assembled that incorporate freshly generated impact melts with fragments of older rocks. Some breccias can become polygenetic, containing multiple generations of impact melt products, and can potentially provide important insights into the extensive bombardment history of a region. However, the amount of chronological information that can be extracted from such samples depends on how well the mineral isotopic systems of geochronometers can preserve the ages of individual melt generations without being disturbed by younger events. We model the thermal evolution of impact melt veins and the resulting loss of Ar from K-bearing phases common in impact melt breccias to assess the potential for preserving the 40Ar/39Ar ages of individual melt generations. Our model results demonstrate that millimeter-scale, clast-free melt veins cause significant heating of adjacent host rock minerals and can cause detectable Ar loss in contact zones that are generally thinner than, and at most about the same thickness as, the vein width. The incorporation of cold clasts in melt veins reduces the magnitudes of heating and Ar loss in the host rocks, and Ar loss can be virtually undetectable for sufficiently clast-rich veins. Quantitative evidence of the timing of impacts, as measured with the 40Ar/39Ar method, can be preserved in polygenetic impact melt breccias, particularly for those containing millimeter-scale bodies of clast-bearing melt products.

  17. 电磁力场作用下凝固界面前沿颗粒迁移特性的理论模型%Theoretical Model for Particle Behavior at Solidifying Front in Electromagnetic Force Field


    The particle migrating behavior at solidifying front is discussed in theory with the application of electromagnetic force field (EMFF), on the basis of foregone analysis of force upon particle ahead of solidifying front without electromagnetic force field. The critical solidification velocities of particle pushing/engulfment transition ahead of horizontal and vertical interface are derived respectively when a certain EMFF is applied. And the critical electromagnetic forces of particle pushing/engulfment transition ahead of horizontal and vertical interface are also derived separately when a certain solidifying velocity is given.

  18. The Reaction of Carbonates in Contact with Superheated Silicate Melts: New Insights from MEMIN Laser Melting Experiments

    Hamann, C.; Hecht, L.; Schäffer, S.; Deutsch, A.; Lexow, B.


    The reaction of carbonates in contact with silicate impact melts is discussed quite controversially in the impact community. Here, we discuss four MEMIN laser melting experiments involving carbonates in contact with superheated silicate melts.

  19. Laser Melt Injection in Aluminum Alloys : On the Role of the Oxide Skin

    Vreeling, J.A.; Ocelík, V.; Pei, Y.T.; Agterveld, D.T.L. van; Hosson, J.Th.M. De


    In this paper the method of laser melt injection of SiC particles into an aluminum substrate is investigated both experimentally and theoretically. An extremely small operational parameter window was found for successful injection processing. It is shown that the final injection depth of the particl

  20. Final Report

    R Paul Drake


    OAK-B135 This is the final report from the project Hydrodynamics by High-Energy-Density Plasma Flow and Hydrodynamics and Radiation Hydrodynamics with Astrophysical Applications. This project supported a group at the University of Michigan in the invention, design, performance, and analysis of experiments using high-energy-density research facilities. The experiments explored compressible nonlinear hydrodynamics, in particular at decelerating interfaces, and the radiation hydrodynamics of strong shock waves. It has application to supernovae, astrophysical jets, shock-cloud interactions, and radiative shock waves.

  1. Final report

    Jarillo-Herrero, Pablo [Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States)


    This is the final report of our research program on electronic transport experiments on Topological Insulator (TI) devices, funded by the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences. TIbased electronic devices are attractive as platforms for spintronic applications, and for detection of emergent properties such as Majorana excitations , electron-hole condensates , and the topological magneto-electric effect . Most theoretical proposals envision geometries consisting of a planar TI device integrated with materials of distinctly different physical phases (such as ferromagnets and superconductors). Experimental realization of physics tied to the surface states is a challenge due to the ubiquitous presence of bulk carriers in most TI compounds as well as degradation during device fabrication.

  2. 熔体初始温度对液态Mg7Zn3合金凝固过程中微观结构非线性影响的模拟研究%Simulation study on non-linear effects of initial melt temperatures on microstructures during solidification process of liquid Mg7Zn3 alloy

    刘让苏; 梁永超; 刘海蓉; 郑乃超; 莫云飞; 侯兆阳; 周丽丽; 彭平


    采用分子动力学方法对不同熔体初始温度对液态Mg-Zn合金凝固过程中微观结构演变的非线性影响进行了模拟研究,并采用多种方法对微观结构的转变机制进行了分析.结果发现:系统在不同熔体初始温度下以同—冷速1×1012 K/s凝固时,均形成非晶态结构,其中1551、1541和1431键型或二十面体基本原子团(12 0 12 0)对凝固微结构的转变起决定性作用;不同熔体初始温度对凝固微结构有显著不同影响,但这种影响只有在玻璃化转变温度Tg以下才能充分地展现出来,非常有意义的是,发现其影响程度的大小是与熔体初始温度的高低呈非线性变化关系,且在一定的范围内涨落.然而,系统的平均原子能量的变化却是与熔体初始温度成线性关系的,即熔体的初始温度越高,形成的非晶态结构越稳定,即非晶形成能力越强.%The non-linear effects of different initial melt temperatures on the microstructure evolution during the solidification process of liquid Mg7Zn3 alloys were investigated by molecular dynamics simulation.The microstructure transformation mechanisms were analyzed by several methods.The system was found to be solidified into amorphous structures from different initial melt temperatures at the same cooling rate of 1×1012 K/s,and the 1551 bond-type and the icosahedron basic cluster (12 0 12 0) played a key role in the microstructure transition.Different initial melt temperatures had significant effects on the final microstructures.These effects only can be clearly observed below the glass transition temperaturc Tg; and these effects are non-linearly related to the initial melt temperatures,and fluctuated in a certain range.However,the changes of the average atomic energy of the systems are still linearly related with the initial melt temperatures,namely,the higher the initial melt temperature is,the more stable the amorphous structure is and the stronger the glass forming

  3. Cloud screening and melt water detection over melting sea ice using AATSR/SLSTR

    Istomina, Larysa; Heygster, Georg


    With the onset of melt in the Arctic Ocean, the fraction of melt water on sea ice, the melt pond fraction, increases. The consequences are: the reduced albedo of sea ice, increased transmittance of sea ice and affected heat balance of the system with more heat passing through the ice into the ocean, which facilitates further melting. The onset of melt, duration of melt season and melt pond fraction are good indicators of the climate state of the Arctic and its change. In the absence of reliable sea ice thickness retrievals in summer, melt pond fraction retrieval from satellite is in demand as input for GCM as an indicator of melt state of the sea ice. The retrieval of melt pond fraction with a moderate resolution radiometer as AATSR is, however, a non-trivial task due to a variety of subpixel surface types with very different optical properties, which give non-unique combinations if mixed. In this work this has been solved by employing additional information on the surface and air temperature of the pixel. In the current work, a concept of melt pond detection on sea ice is presented. The basis of the retrieval is the sensitivity of AATSR reflectance channels 550nm and 860nm to the amount of melt water on sea ice. The retrieval features extensive usage of a database of in situ surface albedo spectra. A tree of decisions is employed to select the feasible family of in situ spectra for the retrieval, depending on the melt stage of the surface. Reanalysis air temperature at the surface and brightness temperature measured by the satellite sensor are analyzed in order to evaluate the melting status of the surface. Case studies for FYI and MYI show plausible retrieved melt pond fractions, characteristic for both of the ice types. The developed retrieval can be used to process the historical AATSR (2002-2012) dataset, as well as for the SLSTR sensor onboard the future Sentinel-3 mission (scheduled for launch in 2015), to keep the continuity and obtain longer time sequence

  4. A benchmark initiative on mantle convection with melting and melt segregation

    Schmeling, Harro; Dohmen, Janik; Wallner, Herbert; Noack, Lena; Tosi, Nicola; Plesa, Ana-Catalina; Maurice, Maxime


    In recent years a number of mantle convection models have been developed which include partial melting within the asthenosphere, estimation of melt volumes, as well as melt extraction with and without redistribution at the surface or within the lithosphere. All these approaches use various simplifying modelling assumptions whose effects on the dynamics of convection including the feedback on melting have not been explored in sufficient detail. To better assess the significance of such assumptions and to provide test cases for the modelling community we initiate a benchmark comparison. In the initial phase of this endeavor we focus on the usefulness of the definitions of the test cases keeping the physics as sound as possible. The reference model is taken from the mantle convection benchmark, case 1b (Blanckenbach et al., 1989), assuming a square box with free slip boundary conditions, the Boussinesq approximation, constant viscosity and a Rayleigh number of 1e5. Melting is modelled assuming a simplified binary solid solution with linearly depth dependent solidus and liquidus temperatures, as well as a solidus temperature depending linearly on depletion. Starting from a plume free initial temperature condition (to avoid melting at the onset time) three cases are investigated: Case 1 includes melting, but without thermal or dynamic feedback on the convection flow. This case provides a total melt generation rate (qm) in a steady state. Case 2 includes batch melting, melt buoyancy (melt Rayleigh number Rm), depletion buoyancy and latent heat, but no melt percolation. Output quantities are the Nusselt number (Nu), root mean square velocity (vrms) and qm approaching a statistical steady state. Case 3 includes two-phase flow, i.e. melt percolation, assuming a constant shear and bulk viscosity of the matrix and various melt retention numbers (Rt). These cases should be carried out using the Compaction Boussinseq Approximation (Schmeling, 2000) or the full compaction

  5. Melt analysis of mismatch amplification mutation assays (Melt-MAMA: a functional study of a cost-effective SNP genotyping assay in bacterial models.

    Dawn N Birdsell

    Full Text Available Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs are abundant in genomes of all species and biologically informative markers extensively used across broad scientific disciplines. Newly identified SNP markers are publicly available at an ever-increasing rate due to advancements in sequencing technologies. Efficient, cost-effective SNP genotyping methods to screen sample populations are in great demand in well-equipped laboratories, but also in developing world situations. Dual Probe TaqMan assays are robust but can be cost-prohibitive and require specialized equipment. The Mismatch Amplification Mutation Assay, coupled with melt analysis (Melt-MAMA, is flexible, efficient and cost-effective. However, Melt-MAMA traditionally suffers from high rates of assay design failures and knowledge gaps on assay robustness and sensitivity. In this study, we identified strategies that improved the success of Melt-MAMA. We examined the performance of 185 Melt-MAMAs across eight different pathogens using various optimization parameters. We evaluated the effects of genome size and %GC content on assay development. When used collectively, specific strategies markedly improved the rate of successful assays at the first design attempt from ~50% to ~80%. We observed that Melt-MAMA accurately genotypes across a broad DNA range (~100 ng to ~0.1 pg. Genomic size and %GC content influence the rate of successful assay design in an independent manner. Finally, we demonstrated the versatility of these assays by the creation of a duplex Melt-MAMA real-time PCR (two SNPs and conversion to a size-based genotyping system, which uses agarose gel electrophoresis. Melt-MAMA is comparable to Dual Probe TaqMan assays in terms of design success rate and accuracy. Although sensitivity is less robust than Dual Probe TaqMan assays, Melt-MAMA is superior in terms of cost-effectiveness, speed of development and versatility. We detail the parameters most important for the successful application of

  6. Investigation of Melting Dynamics of Hafnium Clusters.

    Ng, Wei Chun; Lim, Thong Leng; Yoon, Tiem Leong


    Melting dynamics of hafnium clusters are investigated using a novel approach based on the idea of the chemical similarity index. Ground state configurations of small hafnium clusters are first derived using Basin-Hopping and Genetic Algorithm in the parallel tempering mode, employing the COMB potential in the energy calculator. These assumed ground state structures are verified by using the Low Lying Structures (LLS) method. The melting process is carried out either by using the direct heating method or prolonged simulated annealing. The melting point is identified by a caloric curve. However, it is found that the global similarity index is much more superior in locating premelting and total melting points of hafnium clusters.

  7. Ice-shelf melting around Antarctica

    Rignot, E; Jacobs, S; Mouginot, J; Scheuchl, B


    We compare the volume flux divergence of Antarctic ice shelves in 2007 and 2008 with 1979 to 2010 surface accumulation and 2003 to 2008 thinning to determine their rates of melting and mass balance...

  8. Energy-Efficient Glass Melting: Submerged Combustion



    Oxy-gas-fired submerged combustion melter offers simpler, improved performance. For the last 100 years, the domestic glass industry has used the same basic equipment for melting glass on an industrial scale.

  9. Dynamic melting and impurity particle tracking in continuously adjustable AC magnetic field

    Bojarevics, V.; Pericleous, K.


    The analysis of semi-levitation melting is extended to account for the presence of particles (impurities, broken metal dendrite agglomerates, bubbles) during the full melting cycle simulated numerically using the pseudo-spectral schemes. The AC coil is dynamically moving with the melt front progress, while the generated Joule heat serves to enhance the melting rate. The electromagnetic force is decomposed into the time average and the oscillating parts. The time average effects on the particle transport are investigated previously using approximations derived for a locally uniform magnetic field. This paper presents expressions for the skin-layer type of the AC force containing also the pulsating part which contributes to the particle drag by the ‘history’ and ‘added mass’ contributions. The intense turbulence in the bulk of molten metal additionally contributes to the particle dispersion. The paper attempts to demonstrate the importance of each of the mentioned effects onto the particle transport during the melting until the final pouring stage. The method could be extended to similar AC field controlled melting/solidification processes.

  10. Energy Saving Melting and Revert Reduction Technology (E-SMARRT): Melting Efficiency Improvement

    Principal Investigator Kent Peaslee; Co-PI’s: Von Richards, Jeffrey Smith


    Steel foundries melt recycled scrap in electric furnaces and typically consume 35-100% excess energy from the theoretical energy requirement required to pour metal castings. This excess melting energy is multiplied by yield losses during casting and finishing operations resulting in the embodied energy in a cast product typically being three to six times the theoretical energy requirement. The purpose of this research project was to study steel foundry melting operations to understand energy use and requirements for casting operations, define variations in energy consumption, determine technologies and practices that are successful in reducing melting energy and develop new melting techniques and tools to improve the energy efficiency of melting in steel foundry operations.

  11. Electrochemical Studies in Aluminum Chloride Melts


    Molten Salt Systems", Symposium on Molten Salts, Symposium Volume, The Electrochemical Society , in press (1976). Manuscripts in Preparation--Related to...Fused Salt Technology, Electrochemical Society Meeting, Chicaao, May 8-13, 1973. R. A. Osteryoung, R. H. Abel, L. G. Boxall and B. H. Vassos, "An...aluminate Melts", Electrochemical Society , San Francisco, CA, May, 1974. R. A. Osteryoung, "Chemistry in Aluminum Chloride Melts", Fifth International

  12. Terrestrial analogues for lunar impact melt flows

    Neish, C. D.; Hamilton, C. W.; Hughes, S. S.; Nawotniak, S. Kobs; Garry, W. B.; Skok, J. R.; Elphic, R. C.; Schaefer, E.; Carter, L. M.; Bandfield, J. L.; Osinski, G. R.; Lim, D.; Heldmann, J. L.


    Lunar impact melt deposits have unique physical properties. They have among the highest observed radar returns at S-Band (12.6 cm wavelength), implying that they are rough at the decimeter scale. However, they are also observed in high-resolution optical imagery to be quite smooth at the meter scale. These characteristics distinguish them from well-studied terrestrial analogues, such as Hawaiian pāhoehoe and ´a´ā lava flows. The morphology of impact melt deposits can be related to their emplacement conditions, so understanding the origin of these unique surface properties will help to inform us as to the circumstances under which they were formed. In this work, we seek to find a terrestrial analogue for well-preserved lunar impact melt flows by examining fresh lava flows on Earth. We compare the radar return and high-resolution topographic variations of impact melt flows to terrestrial lava flows with a range of surface textures. The lava flows examined in this work range from smooth Hawaiian pāhoehoe to transitional basaltic flows at Craters of the Moon (COTM) National Monument and Preserve in Idaho to rubbly and spiny pāhoehoe-like flows at the recent eruption at Holuhraun in Iceland. The physical properties of lunar impact melt flows appear to differ from those of all the terrestrial lava flows studied in this work. This may be due to (a) differences in post-emplacement modification processes or (b) fundamental differences in the surface texture of the melt flows due to the melts' unique emplacement and/or cooling environment. Information about the surface properties of lunar impact melt deposits will be critical for future landed missions that wish to sample these materials.

  13. The melting and solidification of nanowires

    Florio, B. J.; Myers, T. G.


    A mathematical model is developed to describe the melting of nanowires. The first section of the paper deals with a standard theoretical situation, where the wire melts due to a fixed boundary temperature. This analysis allows us to compare with existing results for the phase change of nanospheres. The equivalent solidification problem is also examined. This shows that solidification is a faster process than melting; this is because the energy transfer occurs primarily through the solid rather than the liquid which is a poorer conductor of heat. This effect competes with the energy required to create new solid surface which acts to slow down the process, but overall conduction dominates. In the second section, we consider a more physically realistic boundary condition, where the phase change occurs due to a heat flux from surrounding material. This removes the singularity in initial melt velocity predicted in previous models of nanoparticle melting. It is shown that even with the highest possible flux the melting time is significantly slower than with a fixed boundary temperature condition.

  14. Melting behavior of large disordered sodium clusters

    Aguado, A


    The melting-like transition in disordered sodium clusters Na_N, with N=92 and 142 is studied by using a first-principles constant-energy molecular dynamics simulation method. Na_142, whose atoms are distributed in two (surface and inner) main shells with different radial distances to the center of mass of the cluster, melts in two steps: the first one, at approx. 130 K, is characterized by a high intrashell mobility of the atoms, and the second, homogeneous melting, at approx. 270 K, involves diffusive motion of all the atoms across the whole cluster volume (both intrashell and intershell displacements are allowed). On the contrary, the melting of Na_92 proceeds gradually over a very wide temperature interval, without any abrupt step visible in the thermal or structural melting indicators. The occurrence of well defined steps in the melting transition is then shown to be related to the existence of a distribution of the atoms in shells. Thereby we propose a necessary condition for a cluster to be considered r...

  15. Manufacturing laser glass by continuous melting

    Campbell, J H; Suratwala, T; krenitsky, S; Takeuchi, K


    A novel, continuous melting process is being used to manufacture meter-sized plates of laser glass at a rate 20-times faster, 5-times cheaper, and with 2-3 times better optical quality than with previous one-at-a-time, ''discontinuous'' technology processes. This new technology for manufacturing laser glass, which is arguably the most difficult continuously-melted optical material ever produced, comes as a result of a $60 million, six-year joint R&D program between government and industry. The glasses manufactured by the new continuous melting process are Nd-doped phosphate-based glasses and are marketed under the product names LG-770 (Schott Glass Technologies) and LHG-8 (Hoya Corporation USA). With this advance in glass manufacturing technology, it is now possible to construct high-energy, high-peak-power lasers for use in fusion energy development, national defense, and basic physics research that would have been impractical to build using the old melting technology. The development of continuously melted laser glass required technological advances that have lead to improvements in the manufacture of other optical glass products as well. For example, advances in forming, annealing, and conditioning steps of the laser glass continuous melting process are now being used in manufacture of other large-size optical glasses.

  16. MARCKO large gas turbine blades and vanes. Subproject: defects in directionally solidified microstructures. Final report; MARCKO Grosse Gasturbinenschaufel. Teilprojekt: Defekte in gerichtet erstarrten Gefuegen. Abschlussbericht

    Affeldt, E.E.; Cerdan, L.


    1. State of knowledge and technique: Not much has been published about the influence of defects in casting alloys. At present those casting defects will be approved which were also approved for the determination of material data for the material. 2. Objectives of the investigation: The main objective of the project is a basic understanding of the influence of casting defects on the mechanical properties and a quantitative description of their effect. This will result in a corresponding further development of the lifing modelling and will allow a defect tolerant design of the component. 3. Method: Artificial introduction of the casting defects and evaluation through low cycle fatigue (LCF) / high cycle fatigue (HCF) and thermo mechanical fatigue (TMF) testing. Complementary investigations in crack propagation, and modelling of the influence of defects on the lifetime of cast materials. 4. Results: Quantitative description of the influence of casting defects. 5. Applications: Evaluation of the effect of freckles and porosity on component quality. Qualifying the design of critic stressed components and deduction of necessary inspection intervals. Basis for review/revision of quality standards. (orig.) [German] 1. Stand der Technik und des Wissens: Ueber den Einfluss von Gussfehlern ist wenig veroeffentlicht. Derzeit werden die Gussfehler zugelassen, die auch bei der Ermittlung der Werkstoffdaten im Material zugelassen waren. 2. Zielsetzung der Untersuchung: Das Ziel des Vorhabens ist ein grundlegendes Verstaendnis der Einfluesse von Gussfehlern auf die mechanischen Eigenschaften und eine quantitative Beschreibung ihrer Auswirkung. Dies muendet in eine entsprechende Weiterentwicklung der Lebensdauermodelle und ermoeglicht eine fehlertolerance Auslegung der Bauteile. 3. Methode: Kuenstliche Einbringung von Gussfehlern und Bewertung im Low Cycle Fatigue (LCF) / High Cycle Fatigue (HCF) und Thermo Mechanical Fatigue TMF-Versuch. Ergaenzende Rissfortschritts - Untersuchungen und Modellierung des Fehlereinflusses auf die Lebensdauer. 4. Ergebnisse: Einfluss der Gussfehler konnte quantitativ beschrieben werden. 5. Anwendungsmoeglichkeiten: Bewertung der Auswirkung von Freckles und Porositaet in Bauteilen bei abweichender Qualitaet. Absicherung der Auslegung kritisch beanspruchter Bauteile und Ableitung von Inspektionsintervallen. Basis zur Ueberarbeitung von Qualitaetsstandards. (orig.)

  17. Primary crustal melt compositions: Insights into the controls, mechanisms and timing of generation from kinetics experiments and melt inclusions

    Acosta-Vigil, Antonio; London, David; Morgan, George B.; Cesare, Bernardo; Buick, Ian; Hermann, Jörg; Bartoli, Omar


    We explore the controls, mechanisms and timing of generation of primary melts and their compositions, and show that the novel studies of melt inclusions in migmatites can provide important insights into the processes of crustal anatexis of a particular rock. Partial melting in the source region of granites is dependent on five main processes: (i) supply of heat; (ii) mineral-melt interface reactions associated with the detachment and supply of mineral components to the melt, (iii) diffusion in the melt, (iv) diffusion in minerals, and (v) recrystallization of minerals. As the kinetics of these several processes vary over several orders of magnitude, it is essential to evaluate in Nature which of these processes control the rate of melting, the composition of melts, and the extent to which residue-melt chemical equilibrium is attained under different circumstances. To shed light on these issues, we combine data from experimental and melt inclusion studies. First, data from an extensive experimental program on the kinetics of melting of crustal protoliths and diffusion in granite melt are used to set up the necessary framework that describes how primary melt compositions are established during crustal anatexis. Then, we use this reference frame and compare compositional trends from experiments with the composition of melt inclusions analyzed in particular migmatites. We show that, for the case of El Hoyazo anatectic enclaves in lavas, the composition of glassy melt inclusions provides important information on the nature and mechanisms of anatexis during the prograde suprasolidus history of these rocks, including melting temperatures and reactions, and extent of melt interconnection, melt homogenization and melt-residue equilibrium. Compositional trends in several of the rehomogenized melt inclusions in garnet from migmatites/granulites in anatectic terranes are consistent with diffusion in melt-controlled melting, though trace element compositions of melt inclusions

  18. Recent changes in Arctic sea ice melt onset, freezeup, and melt season length

    Markus, Thorsten; Stroeve, Julienne C.; Miller, Jeffrey


    In order to explore changes and trends in the timing of Arctic sea ice melt onset and freezeup, and therefore melt season length, we developed a method that obtains this information directly from satellite passive microwave data, creating a consistent data set from 1979 through present. We furthermore distinguish between early melt (the first day of the year when melt is detected) and the first day of continuous melt. A similar distinction is made for the freezeup. Using this method we analyze trends in melt onset and freezeup for 10 different Arctic regions. In all regions except for the Sea of Okhotsk, which shows a very slight and statistically insignificant positive trend (0.4 d decade-1), trends in melt onset are negative, i.e., toward earlier melt. The trends range from -1.0 d decade-1 for the Bering Sea to -7.3 d decade-1 for the East Greenland Sea. Except for the Sea of Okhotsk all areas also show a trend toward later autumn freeze onset. The Chukchi/Beaufort seas and Laptev/East Siberian seas observe the strongest trends with 7 d decade-1. For the entire Arctic, the melt season length has increased by about 20 days over the last 30 years. Largest trends of over 10 d decade-1 are seen for Hudson Bay, the East Greenland Sea, the Laptev/East Siberian seas, and the Chukchi/Beaufort seas. Those trends are statistically significant at the 99% level.

  19. Microstructural development of melt-grown mullite fibrils

    Baer, Amanda

    The crystallization behavior of mullite growing from the melt within a siliceous glassy phase has been investigated. Initial studies examined single crystal, nominally continuous mullite fibers grown in bundles by directional solidification using a modified version of the Edge-Defined Film-Fed Growth (EFG) process (GE-AE/Saphikon, Inc.). These fibers are intended to be recovered by dissolution of the glass matrix and used as reinforcements of ceramic matrix composites. Subsequent experiments employed small-scale crucible-based solidification experiments conducted at the UCSB Materials Processing Lab. The EFG approach yielded ribbons containing bundles of aligned single-crystal mullite with relatively small diameters embedded in a silicate glass matrix. Because of interactions between the growing crystals, however, the fibers recovered are actually discontinous crystals and hence termed "fibrils." Ribbons were produced from SiOsb2-Alsb2Osb3-MgO melts at solidification rates ranging from 2.5 to 61 cm/h. Typically, mullite fibers grew in the (001) direction and had distinct facets on the \\{110)-type planes. The mullite fibrils exhibited a variety of cross-sectional profiles-including various forms of glass-filled hollows, internal splintering, and lateral dendritic growth-which resulted largely from morphological instability during growth, and thus depended on the alloy composition and solidification parameters. Morphological instabilities became more pronounced with increasing growth velocity. Increasing the MgO content or the Alsb2Osb3/SiOsb2 ratio reduced these instabilities, indicating the role of alloy chemistry in modifying the transport properties in the melt, and hence the ease of solute redistribution. The crucible experiments examined the role of melt chemistry further, paying particular attention to the effects of various modifying additions to the SiOsb2-Alsb2Osb3 melt (MgO, BaO, Nasb2O, and Ksb2O). The choice of modifying oxide had a significant effect

  20. Soft gel medium solidified with gellan gum for preliminary screening for root-associating, free-living nitrogen-fixing bacteria inhabiting the rhizoplane of plants

    Hashidoko, Yasuyuki; Tada, Motohiko; Osaki, Mitsuru; Tahara, Satoshi


    For preliminary screening for and characterization of free-living nitrogen-fixing bacteria from rhizoplane microflora, we used Winogradsky's mineral mixture-based nitrogen-free medium solidified with 0.3% gellan gum. The soft gel medium enabled some reference and wild free-living nitrogen-fixing bacteria to grow in characteristic colonies, including their reaction to oxygen and their motility change. Gellan gum is thus likely to be a better gel matrix than agarose for the investigation of roo...

  1. High rate of N2 fixation by East Siberian cryophilic soil bacteria as determined by measuring acetylene reduction in nitrogen-poor medium solidified with gellan gum.

    Hara, Shintaro; Hashidoko, Yasuyuki; Desyatkin, Roman V; Hatano, Ryusuke; Tahara, Satoshi


    For evaluating N(2) fixation of diazotrophic bacteria, nitrogen-poor liquid media supplemented with at least 0.5% sugar and 0.2% agar are widely used for acetylene reduction assays. In such a soft gel medium, however, many N(2)-fixing soil bacteria generally show only trace acetylene reduction activity. Here, we report that use of a N(2) fixation medium solidified with gellan gum instead of agar promoted growth of some gellan-preferring soil bacteria. In a soft gel medium solidified with 0.3% gellan gum under appropriate culture conditions, bacterial microbiota from boreal forest bed soils and some free-living N(2)-fixing soil bacteria isolated from the microbiota exhibited 10- to 200-fold-higher acetylene reduction than those cultured in 0.2% agar medium. To determine the N(2) fixation-activating mechanism of gellan gum medium, qualitative differences in the colony-forming bacterial components from tested soil microbiota were investigated in plate cultures solidified with either agar or gellan gum for use with modified Winogradsky's medium. On 1.5% agar plates, apparently cryophilic bacterial microbiota showed strictly distinguishable microbiota according to the depth of soil in samples from an eastern Siberian Taiga forest bed. Some pure cultures of proteobacteria, such as Pseudomonas fluorescens and Burkholderia xenovorans, showed remarkable acetylene reduction. On plates solidified with 1.0% gellan gum, some soil bacteria, including Luteibacter sp., Janthinobacterium sp., Paenibacillus sp., and Arthrobacter sp., uniquely grew that had not grown in the presence of the same inoculants on agar plates. In contrast, Pseudomonas spp. and Burkholderia spp. were apparent only as minor colonies on the gellan gum plates. Moreover, only gellan gum plates allowed some bacteria, particularly those isolated from the shallow organic soil layer, to actively swarm. In consequence, gellan gum is a useful gel matrix to bring out growth potential capabilities of many soil

  2. A Fundamental Understanding of the Effect of Alloying Elements on the Corrosion Resistance of Rapidly Solidified Mg Alloys.


    Typical procedure in making a melt spinning run involved the following 6 steps: 1. The crucible is loaded with an appropriate amount (I to 5 g) of...formation of a telati’.elv thick (290(.A) oxide which contains little or no aluminulm hiit contains traces of zinc and phosphorous (from glycol etch

  3. Constitutive Cyclic Deformation Behavior in Single-crystal and Directionally Solidified SSME High-pressure Fuel Turbopump Airfoil Materials

    Milligan, W. W.; Huron, E. S.; Antolovich, S. D.


    The major goal of the project is to correlate mechanical properties with microstructural deformation behavior and to develop models for constitutive response under a variety of monotonic and cyclic loading cycles, temperatures, strain levels, strain rates, and environments. Two alloys are being studied as candidate SSME turbine blade materials. The first is PWA 1480, which is a single-crystal alloy whose nominal composition is reported. The second alloy being studied is D.S. Mar-M 246 + Hf. This is a directionally solidified material, and its nominal composition is also reported. The major areas of interest for the two materials will be slightly different. The single-crystal alloy lends itself well to fundamental deformation studies, since resolved shear stresses on slip planes are all known and only one grain is present. The D.S. material presents an excellent opportunity to study the effects of slightly misaligned grains on deformation behavior. The two materials will be studied by using approximately the same test matrix, so a good degree of direct comparison will also be possible.

  4. Changes in speciation and leaching behaviors of heavy metals in dredged sediment solidified/stabilized with various materials.

    Bao, Jianping; Wang, Liang; Xiao, Man


    Solidification/stabilization (S/S) of sediments is frequently used to treat contaminants in dredged sediments. In this study, sediment collected from the Pearl River Delta (China) was solidified/stabilized with three different kinds of functional materials: cement, lime and bentonite. Lime primarily acted via induced increases in pH, while cements stabilization occurred through their silicate-based systems and the main function of bentonite was adsorption. The speciation and leaching behaviors of specific heavy metals before and after S/S were analyzed and the results showed that the residual speciation of Cd, Cr, Ni, Pb and Zn increased in all treatments except for Cu, as the exchangeable speciation, carbonate-bound speciation and Fe-Mn-oxide-bound speciation of Cu (all of which could be stabilized) were less than 2 % of the total amount. Pb leaching only decreased when pH increased, while the mobility of Cr and Ni only decreased in response to the silicate-based systems. The leached portion of the Fe-Mn-oxide-bound speciation followed the order Zn > Cu > Ni/Cd > Pb > Cr. The leached portion of organic-matter-bound species was less than 4 % for Cd, Cr, Ni and Pb, but 35.1 % and 20.6 % for Cu and Zn, respectively.

  5. Subsurface macro-inclusions and solidified hook character in aluminum-killed deep-drawing steel slabs

    Xiao-xuan Deng; Lin-ping Li; Xin-hua Wang; Yun-qing Ji; Chen-xi Ji; Guo-sen Zhu


    Subsurface macro-inclusions and hooks are detrimental to the surface quality of deep-drawing steel sheets. However, little is known about the relationship between macro-inclusions and hooks. Thus, in this work, two ultralow carbon (ULC) steel slabs and two low carbon (LC) aluminum-killed steel slabs were sampled to study the relationship between hooks and subsurface macro-inclusions, which were detected on the cross-sections of steel samples with an area of 56058 mm2 using an automated scanning electron microscopy/energy-disper-sive X-ray spectroscopy system. Results show that subsurface inclusions larger than 200 μm were almost entrapped by hook structures, whereas the location of other inclusions smaller than 200μm had no obvious dependence on the location of solidified hooks. Furthermore, the number density (ND) of subsurface inclusions larger than 200μm decreased from 0.02 to 0 cm-2 in ULC steel as the mean hook depth decreased from 1.57 to 1.01 mm. Similar trends were also observed in LC steel. In addition, the detected inclusions larger than 200μm were concentrated in the region near the slab center (3/8 width-5/8 width), where hook depths were also larger than those at any other locations. Therefore, minimizing the hook depth is an effective way to reduce inclusion-induced sliver defects in deep-drawing steels.

  6. Determination of molybdenum in plants by vortex-assisted emulsification solidified floating organic drop microextraction and flame atomic absorption spectrometry

    Oviedo, Jenny A.; Fialho, Lucimar L.; Nóbrega, Joaquim A., E-mail:


    A fast and sensitive procedure for extraction and preconcentration of molybdenum in plant samples based on solidified floating organic drop microextraction combined with flame atomic absorption spectrometry and discrete nebulization was developed. 8-Hydroxyquinoline (8-HQ) was used as complexing agent. The experimental conditions established were: 0.5% m v{sup −1} of 8-HQ, 60 μL of 1-undecanol as the extractant phase, 2 min vortex extraction time, centrifugation for 2 min at 2000 rpm, 10 min into an ice bath and discrete nebulization by introducing 200 μL of solution. The calibration curve was linear from 0.02 to 4.0 mg L{sup −1} with a limit of detection of 4.9 μg L{sup −1} and an enhancement factor of 67. The relative standard deviations for ten replicate measurements of 0.05 and 1.0 mg L{sup −1} Mo were 6.0 and 14.5%, respectively. The developed procedure was applied for determining molybdenum in corn samples and accuracy was proved using certified reference materials. - Highlights: ► Molybdenum was determined in plants by flame AAS. ► Flame AAS sensitivity was improved using microextraction and discrete nebulization. ► The developed procedure can be easily implemented in routine analysis. ► Green chemistry principles are followed.

  7. Dentritic morphology and microsegregation in directionally solidified superalloy, PWA-1480, single crystal: Effect of gravity; center director's discretionary fund report

    Tewari, S. N.; Kumar, M. Vijaya; Lee, J. E.; Curreri, P. A.


    Primary dendrite spacings, secondary dendrite spacings, and microsegregation have been examined in PWA-1480 single crystal specimens which were directionally solidified during parabolic maneuvers on the KC-135 aircraft. Experimentally observed growth rate and thermal gradient dependence of primary dendrite spacings are in good agreement with predictions from dendrite growth models for binary alloys. Secondary dendrite coarsening kinetics show a reasonable fit with the predictions from an analytical model proposed by Kirkwood for a binary alloy. The partition coefficients of tantalum, titanium, and aluminum are observed to be less than unity, while that for tungsten and cobalt are greater than unity. This is qualitatively similar to the nickel base binaries. Microsegregation profiles experimentally observed for PWA-1480 superalloy show a good fit with Bower, Brody, and Flemings model developed for binary alloys. Transitions in gravity levels do not appear to affect primary dendrite spacings. A trend of decreased secondary arm spacings with transition from high gravity to the low gravity period was observed at a growth speed of 0.023 cm s(exp -1). However, definite conclusions can only be drawn by experiments at lower growth speeds which make it possible to examine the side-branch coarsening kinetics over a longer duration. Such experiments, not possible due to the insufficient low-gravity time of the KC-135, may be carried out in the low-gravity environment of space.

  8. Semi-dynamic leaching tests of nickel containing wastes stabilized/solidified with magnesium potassium phosphate cements.

    Torras, Josep; Buj, Irene; Rovira, Miquel; de Pablo, Joan


    Herein is presented a study on the long-term leaching behaviour of nickel containing wastes stabilized/solidified with magnesium potassium phosphate cements. Two different semi-dynamic leaching tests were carried out on monolithic materials: ANS 16.1 test with liquid-to-solid ratio (L/S) of 10 dm(3) kg(-1) and increasing renewal times, and ASTM C1308 test with liquid-to-solid ratio (L/S) of 100 dm(3) kg(-1) and constant renewal time of 1 day. ASTM C1308 provides a lower degree of saturation of the leachant with respect to the leached material. The effectiveness of magnesium potassium phosphate cements for the inertization of nickel was proved. XRD analyses showed the presence of bobierrite on the monolith's surface after the leaching test, which had not been detected prior to the leaching test. In addition, the calculated cumulative release of the main components of the stabilization matrix (Mg(2+), total P and K(+)) was represented versus time in logarithmic scale and it was determined if the leaching mechanism corresponds to diffusion. Potassium is released by diffusion, while total phosphorous and magnesium show dissolution. Magnesium release in ANS 16.1 is slowed down because of saturation of the leachant. Experimental results demonstrate the importance of L/S ratio and renewal times in semi-dynamic leaching tests. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Effect of abruptly changing withdrawal rate on solidification microstructure in directionally solidified Al-4.5wt%Cu alloy

    Yang Luyan


    Full Text Available Al-4.5wt.%Cu alloy has been directionally solidified at constant and abruptly changing withdrawal rates, respectively. The effects of the withdrawal rate on solidification microstructure, primary dendrite arm spacing (PDAS and liquid solute distribution in front of the solid-liquid interface were investigated. The experimental results for the PDAS at a constant withdrawal rate agree well with the values calculated by the Hunt, Trivedi and Hunt-Lu models. At an abrupt change in the withdrawal rate, the maximum to minimum ratio of the PDAS at a given solidification parameter, i.e. λ1max/λ1min, is more than 2, and the PDAS values are remarkably history-dependent. Further, the liquid-solute distribution curve based on theoretical calculation shows that the larger the initial withdrawal rate is, the smaller the minimum of liquid solute concentration in front of the solid-liquid interface is after the abrupt change in withdrawal rate.

  10. Long-term leaching behavior of phenol in cement/activated-carbon solidified/stabilized hazardous waste.

    Liu, Jianguo; Nie, Xiaoqin; Zeng, Xianwei; Su, Zhaoji


    The long-term leaching behavior of phenol in solidified/stabilized (S/S) hazardous wastes cured for 28 d with different amounts of activated carbon (AC) was investigated using synthetic inorganic acid (H(2)SO(4):HNO(3) = 2:1, pH = 3.2), acetic acid buffer (HAc/NaAc, pH = 4.93), and deionized water as leachants to simulate the leaching of phenol in three exposure scenarios: acid-precipitation, co-disposal, and neutral-precipitation. Phenol immobilization was enhanced by AC adsorption and impaired by the growth of micropores with increasing amount of AC; thus the optimal added amount of AC to be to added S/S wastes was 2%. The leaching behavior of phenol in co-disposal scenario was unpredictable due to inadequate ionization of HAc in the HAc-NaAc buffer solution. The findings indicated that S/S products should be disposed of in hazardous waste landfills rather than municipal solid waste landfills.

  11. Hydrodynamic alignment and assembly of nano-fibrillated cellulose in the laminar extensional flow: Effects of solidifying agents

    Mittal, Nitesh; Lundell, Fredrik; Soderberg, Daniel


    There are several fiber production technologies that are based on wet-spinning processes. Many such processes rely on the transformation of a liquid solution into a solid filament. The kinetics of solidification depends largely on the diffusion of the solvents, additives and polymer molecules, which make such systems quite complex and differ from a system to another as a function of the specific chemical, physical and structural features of the used material components. Moreover, tuning the orientation of the polymers in the liquid suspensions makes it further possible to control their structure, which in turn can lead to materials having improved properties. By keeping in mind the facts mentioned above, the aim of the current study is to utilize benefits of a flow focusing approach to align carboxymethylated cellulose nanofibrils (CNF), as a colloidal dispersion, with the help of a laminar elongational flow-field followed by the solidification using different solidifying agents or molecules (with dissimilar diffusion behavior based on their size and charges) to synthesize fibers with enhanced mechanical properties. CNF are charged elongated particles obtained from woods with diameter of 4-10 nm and length of 1-1.5 μm, and they are completely biodegradable.

  12. Real-Time Monitoring of Chemical and Topological Rearrangements in Solidifying Amphiphilic Polymer Co-Networks: Understanding Surface Demixing.

    Guzman, Gustavo; Nugay, Turgut; Kennedy, Joseph P; Cakmak, Mukerrem


    Amphiphilic polymer co-networks provide a unique route to integrating contrasting attributes of otherwise immiscible components within a bicontinuous percolating morphology and are anticipated to be valuable for applications such as biocatalysis, sensing of metabolites, and dual dialysis membranes. These co-networks are in essence chemically forced blends and have been shown to selectively phase-separate at surfaces during film formation. Here, we demonstrate that surface demixing at the air-film interface in solidifying polymer co-networks is not a unidirectional process; instead, a combination of kinetic and thermodynamic interactions leads to dynamic molecular rearrangement during solidification. Time-resolved gravimetry, low contact angles, and negative out-of-plane birefringence provided strong experimental evidence of the transitory trapping of thermodynamically unfavorable hydrophilic moieties at the air-film interface due to fast asymmetric solvent depletion. We also find that slow-drying hydrophobic elements progressively substitute hydrophilic domains at the surface as the surface energy is minimized. These findings are broadly applicable to common-solvent bicontinuous systems and open the door for process-controlled performance improvements in diverse applications. Similar observations could potentially be coupled with controlled polymerization rates to maximize the intermingling of bicontinuous phases at surfaces, thus generating true three-dimensional, bicontinuous, and undisturbed percolation pathways throughout the material.

  13. Influence of orientation and temperature on the fatigue crack growth of a nickel-based directionally solidified superalloy

    He, Xiaohua [AML, School of Aerospace, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Zhang, Yangyang [Beijing Institute of Space Launch Technology, Beijing 100084 (China); Shi, Huiji, E-mail: [AML, School of Aerospace, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Gu, Jialin [Department of Material Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Li, Changpeng [Corporate Technology, Siemens Ltd. (China); Kadau, Kai [Siemens Energy Inc., Charlotte (United States); Luesebrink, Oliver [Siemens Power Generation, Mulheim an der Ruhr (Germany)


    Fatigue crack growth (FCG) behaviors of a widely used nickel-based directionally solidified (DS) superalloy have been investigated. Standard compact tension (CT) specimens in longitudinal, transverse and diagonal directions are cast and tested at 25 °C, 600 °C and 850 °C to reveal the orientation and temperature dependence. The post-test fractography is observed through scanning electron microscope (SEM) and optical microscope (OM) to understand the underlying mechanism responsible for the fracture modes. Results indicate that cracks in all three orientations exhibit a similar propagating behavior, while the temperature shows a significant effect on the crack propagation regardless of the influence of orientation. It has been found that a higher temperature leads to a faster propagation rate in the initial stage due to the cyclic softening response of materials. However, the FCG rates of specimens at lower temperature speed up more rapidly and exceed those at higher temperature in the following stage. This is attributed to the crack closure effect induced by the oxidation at a much higher temperature. Therefore, a new model based on thermal activation is proposed to get a better ability for the FCG rate prediction of the DS superalloy under different temperatures.

  14. Corrosion of rapidly solidified neodymium-iron-boron (Nd-Fe-B) permanent magnets and protection via sacrificial zinc coatings

    Attanasio, S.A. [Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Latanision, R.M. [Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering


    Rapidly solidified Nd-Fe-B alloys were found to corrode actively at open circuit in aerated Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} and NaCl at 30 C and 80 C. Estimated penetration rates (greater than 27 mil year{sup -1}) indicate the need for corrosion control methods.The use of sacrificial zinc coatings in controlling the corrosion of Nd-Fe-B alloys may have previously been overlooked because of two potential limitations: incomplete protection and hydrogen damage. The electrochemical activity of Nd may prevent zinc from providing complete sacrificial protection to Nd-Fe-B at breaks in the coating, and cracking could occur when hydrogen production is galvanically stimulated on Nd-Fe-B at breaks in the coating.This study focuses on the evaluation of the protection conferred to Nd-Fe-B when a Zn/Nd-Fe-B galvanic couple is formed due to coating penetration. Quantitative solution analysis was used to demonstrate that the dissolution of Nd, Fe and B is essentially prevented by the galvanic coupling of Nd-Fe-B to zinc in NaCl at 25 C. Galvanic coupling to zinc also reduces the rate of environmentally assisted cracking of Nd-Fe-B. Sacrificial zinc coatings appear to be a viable, cost-effective corrosion control method for Nd-Fe-B, and the limitations described above should not preclude their use in this application. (orig.)

  15. Examination of solidified and stabilized matrices as a result of solidification and stabilization process of arseniccontaining sludge with portland cement and lime

    Tanapon Phenrat


    Full Text Available By solidification and stabilization (S/S with Portland cement and lime, it is possible to reduce arsenic concentration in leachate of the arsenic-containing sludge from arsenic removal process by coagulation with ferric chloride. From the initial arsenic concentration in leachate of unsolidified /unstabilized sludge which was around 20.75 mg/L, the arsenic concentrations in leachate of solidified/stabilized waste were reduced to 0.3, 0.58, 1.09, and 1.85 mg/L for the waste-to-binder ratios of 0.15, 0.25, 0.5, and 1, respectively, due tothe formation of insoluble calcium-arsenic compounds. To be more cost effective for the future, alternative uses of these S/S products were also assessed by measurement of compressive strength of the mortar specimens. It was found that the compressive strengths of these matrices were from 28 ksc to 461 ksc. In conclusion, considering compressive strength and leachability of the solidified matrices, some of these solidified/ stabilized products have potential to serve as an interlocking concrete paving block.

  16. Integral coolant channels supply made by melt-out method

    Escher, W. J. D.


    Melt-out method of constructing strong, pressure-tight fluid coolant channels for chambers is accomplished by cementing pins to the surface and by depositing a melt-out material on the surface followed by two layers of epoxy-resin impregnated glass fibers. The structure is heated to melt out the low-melting alloy.

  17. Implementation of an ex situ stabilization technique at the Sand Springs superfund site to solidify and stabilize acid tar sludges involving a quick-lime based stabilization process and innovative equipment design

    McManus, R.W. [SOUND Environmental Services, Inc., Dallas, TX (United States); Grajczak, P. [ARCO, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Wilcoxson, J.C. [ARCO, Plano, TX (United States); Webster, S.D. [Environmental Protection Agency, Dallas, TX (United States)


    An old refinery site was safely remediated a year before schedule and for 25% less than final engineering estimates for the stabilization remedy thanks to energetic project management and innovative design involving ex situ stabilization/solidification of acid tar sludges. A quicklime based process, Dispersion by Chemical Reaction (DCR{trademark}), was employed to solidify and stabilize (SS) over 103,000 cubic meters (135,000 cubic yards) of petroleum waste, mostly acidic tarry sludge. The SS process was selected over competing methods because it afforded minimal volume increase, could readily achieve Record of Decision (ROD) specified physical and chemical treatment goals, could be implemented with treatment equipment that minimized emissions, and could be performed with low reagent usage and at low cost. To ensure treatment goals were achieved and an accelerated schedule met, a custom designed and fabricated transportable treatment unit (TTU) was employed to implement the process. The treated material was visually soil-like in character, it was left in stockpiles for periods of time, and it was placed and compacted in the on site landfill using standard earth-moving equipment.

  18. Utilization of Space Shuttle External Tank materials by melting and powder metallurgy

    Chern, T. S.


    The Crucible Melt Extraction Process was demonstrated to convert scraps of aluminum alloy 2219, used in the Space Shuttle External Tank, into fibers. The cast fibers were then consolidated by cold welding. The X-ray diffraction test of the cast fibers was done to examine the crystallinity and oxide content of the fibers. The compressive stress-strain behavior of the consolidated materials was also examined. Two conceptual schemes which would adapt the as-developed Crucible Melt Extraction Process to the microgravity condition in space were finally proposed.

  19. Final Report

    Webb, Robert C. [Texas A& M University; Kamon, Teruki [Texas A& M University; Toback, David [Texas A& M University; Safonov, Alexei [Texas A& M University; Dutta, Bhaskar [Texas A& M University; Dimitri, Nanopoulos [Texas A& M University; Pope, Christopher [Texas A& M University; White, James [Texas A& M University


    Overview The High Energy Physics Group at Texas A&M University is submitting this final report for our grant number DE-FG02-95ER40917. This grant has supported our wide range of research activities for over a decade. The reports contained here summarize the latest work done by our research team. Task A (Collider Physics Program): CMS & CDF Profs. T. Kamon, A. Safonov, and D. Toback co-lead the Texas A&M (TAMU) collider program focusing on CDF and CMS experiments. Task D: Particle Physics Theory Our particle physics theory task is the combined effort of Profs. B. Dutta, D. Nanopoulos, and C. Pope. Task E (Underground Physics): LUX & NEXT Profs. R. Webb and J. White(deceased) lead the Xenon-based underground research program consisting of two main thrusts: the first, participation in the LUX two-phase xenon dark matter search experiment and the second, detector R&D primarily aimed at developing future detectors for underground physics (e.g. NEXT and LZ).

  20. Comparative Study on Two Melting Simulation Methods: Melting Curve of Gold

    Liu, Zhong-Li; Sun, Jun-Sheng; Li, Rui; Zhang, Xiu-Lu; Cai, Ling-Cang


    Melting simulation methods are of crucial importance to determining melting temperature of materials efficiently. A high-efficiency melting simulation method saves much simulation time and computational resources. To compare the efficiency of our newly developed shock melting (SM) method with that of the well-established two-phase (TP) method, we calculate the high-pressure melting curve of Au using the two methods based on the optimally selected interatomic potentials. Although we only use 640 atoms to determine the melting temperature of Au in the SM method, the resulting melting curve accords very well with the results from the TP method using much more atoms. Thus, this shows that a much smaller system size in SM method can still achieve a fully converged melting curve compared with the TP method, implying the robustness and efficiency of the SM method. Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 41574076 and the NSAF of China under Grant No. U1230201/A06, and the Young Core Teacher Scheme of Henan Province under Grant No. 2014GGJS-108

  1. Energy Saving Melting and Revert Reduction Technology: Melting Efficiency in Die Casting Operations

    David Schwam


    This project addressed multiple aspects of the aluminum melting and handling in die casting operations, with the objective of increasing the energy efficiency while improving the quality of the molten metal. The efficiency of melting has always played an important role in the profitability of aluminum die casting operations. Consequently, die casters need to make careful choices in selecting and operating melting equipment and procedures. The capital cost of new melting equipment with higher efficiency can sometimes be recovered relatively fast when it replaces old melting equipment with lower efficiency. Upgrades designed to improve energy efficiency of existing equipment may be well justified. Energy efficiency is however not the only factor in optimizing melting operations. Melt losses and metal quality are also very important. Selection of melting equipment has to take into consideration the specific conditions at the die casting shop such as availability of floor space, average quantity of metal used as well as the ability to supply more metal during peaks in demand. In all these cases, it is essential to make informed decisions based on the best available data.

  2. Origin of impact melt rocks in the Bununu howardite

    Klein, L. C.; Hewins, R. H.


    The Bununu howardite is a polymict regolith breccia which contains impact melt that is largely restricted to a 1-cm thick intrusion containing residual glass. As in Malvern, the melt rock contains melt with meteoritic Ni-Co contents. The cooling rate, interpreted for forming glass from this composition, is a few tenths of a degree per minute. The intrusive melts rock, which is a feature unique to Bununu, may indicate that Bununu was consolidated at the time of impact melting.

  3. Melting of the Earth's inner core.

    Gubbins, David; Sreenivasan, Binod; Mound, Jon; Rost, Sebastian


    The Earth's magnetic field is generated by a dynamo in the liquid iron core, which convects in response to cooling of the overlying rocky mantle. The core freezes from the innermost surface outward, growing the solid inner core and releasing light elements that drive compositional convection. Mantle convection extracts heat from the core at a rate that has enormous lateral variations. Here we use geodynamo simulations to show that these variations are transferred to the inner-core boundary and can be large enough to cause heat to flow into the inner core. If this were to occur in the Earth, it would cause localized melting. Melting releases heavy liquid that could form the variable-composition layer suggested by an anomaly in seismic velocity in the 150 kilometres immediately above the inner-core boundary. This provides a very simple explanation of the existence of this layer, which otherwise requires additional assumptions such as locking of the inner core to the mantle, translation from its geopotential centre or convection with temperature equal to the solidus but with composition varying from the outer to the inner core. The predominantly narrow downwellings associated with freezing and broad upwellings associated with melting mean that the area of melting could be quite large despite the average dominance of freezing necessary to keep the dynamo going. Localized melting and freezing also provides a strong mechanism for creating seismic anomalies in the inner core itself, much stronger than the effects of variations in heat flow so far considered.



    Differential scanning calorimetry was used to study the crystallization and melting of nylon 610. For nylon 610 crystallized from the melt state (260℃), the overall rate of bulk crystallization can be described by a simple Avrami equation with Avrami exponent n≈2, independent of crystallization temperature. With the experimentally obtained Tm0 (235℃~255℃) of nylon 610, the fold surface free energy σe was determined to be 35~38 erg/cm2. The effects of annealing temperature and time on the melting of quenched nylon 610 were also investigated. For nylon 610 quenched at room temperature there is only one DSC endotherm peak DSC scans on annealed samples exhibited an endotherm peak at approximately 10℃ above the annealing temperature. The size and position of the endothermic peak is strongly related to annealing temperature and time. An additional third melting was observed when quenched nylon 610 was annealed at high temperature for a sufficiently long residence time. The existence of the third melting peak suggests that more than one kind of distribution of lamella thickness may occur when quenched nylon610 is annealed. The implications of these results in terms of crystal thickening mechanism were discussed.

  5. Polyether Based Thermoplastic Polyurethane Melt Blown Nonwovens

    Terezie Zapletalova


    Full Text Available A series of melt blown samples were produced from three hardness grades of ether based thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers (TPU. The fabrics were tested to investigate their structure-property relationship in a melt blown process. Solution viscosities of the web were only 20-26% of there original values indicating a large loss in polymer molecular weight during melt blowing. Fiber diameter distributions measured on melt blown samples were found comparable to those made with more conventional polymers. The fiber orientation distribution functions (ODF suggest slight fiber orientation in machine direction. Tensile and elongation properties depended on die-to-collector distance (DCD, polymer hardness and fiber ODF. A strong relationship between the tensile strength and die-to-collector distance was identified and attributed to reduced interfiber adhesion in the web with increasing DCD. The reduction in adhesion was attributed to greater extents of solidification before reaching the forming belt for longer DCDs. This paper is the first in a series relating the influence of the melt blowing process parameters on the polymer properties and the nonwoven fabric properties for block thermoplastic elastomers.

  6. Study of formation mechanism of incipient melting in thixo-cast Al–Si–Cu–Mg alloys

    Du, Kang, E-mail:; Zhu, Qiang, E-mail:; Li, Daquan, E-mail:; Zhang, Fan, E-mail:


    Mechanical properties of thixo-cast Al–Si–Cu–Mg alloys can be enhanced by T61 heat treatment. Copper and magnesium atoms in aluminum matrix can form homogeneously distributed precipitations after solution and aging treatment which harden the alloys. However, microsegregation of these alloying elements could form numerous tiny multi-compound phases during solidification. These phases could cause incipient melting defects in subsequent heat treatment process and degrade the macro-mechanical properties of productions. This study is to present heterogeneous distribution of Cu, Si, and Mg elements and formation of incipient melting defects (pores). In this study, incipient melting pores that occurred during solution treatment at various temperatures, even lower than common melting points of various intermetallic phases, were identified, in terms of a method of investigating the same surface area in the samples before and after solution treatment in a vacuum environment. The results also show that the incipient melting mostly originates at the clusters with fine intermetallic particles while also some at the edge of block-like Al{sub 2}Cu. The fine particles were determined being Al{sub 2}Cu, Al{sub 5}Cu{sub 2}Mg{sub 8}Si{sub 6} and Al{sub 8}Mg{sub 3}FeSi{sub 2}. Tendency of the incipient melting decreases with decreases of the width of the clusters. The formation mechanism of incipient melting pores in solution treatment process was discussed using both the Fick law and the LSW theory. Finally, a criterion of solution treatment to avoid incipient melting pores for the thixo-cast alloys is proposed. - Highlights: • In-situ comparison technique was used to analysis the change of eutectic phases. • The ralationship between eutectic phase size and incipient melting was studied. • Teat treatment criterion for higher incipient melting resistance was proposed.

  7. Analysis of picosecond pulsed laser melted graphite

    Steinbeck, J.; Braunstein, G.; Speck, J.; Dresselhaus, M.S.; Huang, C.Y.; Malvezzi, A.M.; Bloembergen, N.


    A Raman microprobe and high resolution TEM have been used to analyze the resolidified region of liquid carbon generated by picosecond pulse laser radiation. From the relative intensities of the zone center Raman-allowed mode for graphite at 1582 cm/sup -1/ and the disorder-induced mode at 1360 cm/sup -1/, the average graphite crystallite size in the resolidified region is determined as a function of position. By comparison with Rutherford backscattering spectra and Raman spectra from nonosecond pulsed laser melting experiments, the disorder depth for picosecond pulsed laser melted graphite is determined as a function of irradiating energy density. Comparisons of TEM micrographs for nanosecond and picosecond pulsed laser melting experiments show that the structure of the laser disordered regions in graphite are similar and exhibit similar behavior with increasing laser pulse fluence.

  8. Analysis of Picosecond Pulsed Laser Melted Graphite

    Steinbeck, J.; Braunstein, G.; Speck, J.; Dresselhaus, M. S.; Huang, C. Y.; Malvezzi, A. M.; Bloembergen, N.


    A Raman microprobe and high resolution TEM have been used to analyze the resolidified region of liquid carbon generated by picosecond pulse laser radiation. From the relative intensities of the zone center Raman-allowed mode for graphite at 1582 cm{sup -1} and the disorder-induced mode at 1360 cm{sup -1}, the average graphite crystallite size in the resolidified region is determined as a function of position. By comparison with Rutherford backscattering spectra and Raman spectra from nanosecond pulsed laser melting experiments, the disorder depth for picosecond pulsed laser melted graphite is determined as a function of irradiating energy density. Comparisons of TEM micrographs for nanosecond and picosecond pulsed laser melting experiments show that the structure of the laser disordered regions in graphite are similar and exhibit similar behavior with increasing laser pulse fluence.

  9. Stress Relaxation in Entangled Polymer Melts

    Hou, Ji-Xuan; Svaneborg, Carsten; Everaers, Ralf


    We present an extensive set of simulation results for the stress relaxation in equilibrium and step-strained bead-spring polymer melts. The data allow us to explore the chain dynamics and the shear relaxation modulus, G(t), into the plateau regime for chains with Z=40 entanglements and into the t......We present an extensive set of simulation results for the stress relaxation in equilibrium and step-strained bead-spring polymer melts. The data allow us to explore the chain dynamics and the shear relaxation modulus, G(t), into the plateau regime for chains with Z=40 entanglements...... and into the terminal relaxation regime for Z=10. Using the known (Rouse) mobility of unentangled chains and the melt entanglement length determined via the primitive path analysis of the microscopic topological state of our systems, we have performed parameter-free tests of several different tube models. We find...

  10. A model for melting of confined DNA

    Werner, E; Ambjörnsson, T; Mehlig, B


    When DNA molecules are heated they denature. This occurs locally so that loops of molten single DNA strands form, connected by intact double-stranded DNA pieces. The properties of this "melting" transition have been intensively investigated. Recently there has been a surge of interest in this question, caused by experiments determining the properties of partially bound DNA confined to nanochannels. But how does such confinement affect the melting transition? To answer this question we introduce, and solve a model predicting how confinement affects the melting transition for a simple model system by first disregarding the effect of self-avoidance. We find that the transition is smoother for narrower channels. By means of Monte-Carlo simulations we then show that a model incorporating self-avoidance shows qualitatively the same behaviour and that the effect of confinement is stronger than in the ideal case.

  11. Scleral melt following Retisert intravitreal fluocinolone implant

    Georgalas I


    Full Text Available Ilias Georgalas,1 Chrysanthi Koutsandrea,1 Dimitrios Papaconstantinou,1 Dimitrios Mpouritis,1 Petros Petrou1,2 1Ophthalmology Department, University of Athens, Athens, Greece; 2Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UKAbstract: Intravitreal fluocinolone acetonide implant (Retisert has a high potency, a low solubility, and a very short duration of action in the systemic circulation, enabling the steroid pellet to be small and reducing the risk of systemic side effects. Scleral melt has not been reported as a possible complication of Retisert implant. The authors describe the occurrence of scleral melt 18 months after the implantation of fluocinolone acetonide implant in a 42-year-old Caucasian woman. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first report of this possible complication.Keywords: Retisert, scleral melt, complication, surgical management

  12. Effect of Zr Purity and Oxygen Content on the Structure and Mechanical Properties of Melt-Spun and Suction-Cast Cu46Zr42Al7Y5 Alloy

    Kozieł T.


    Full Text Available The effect of oxygen content in zirconium on the structure and mechanical properties of the Cu46Zr42Al7Y5 alloy, in the form of melt-spun ribbons and suction-cast rods, was investigated. Two types of Zr, rod and crystal bar of different nominal purities and oxygen contents, were used to synthesize the alloy by arc melting. Rapidly solidified ribbons were produced by melt spinning and their amorphous structures were confirmed by X-ray diffractometry (XRD and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. Bulk samples in the form of rods were cast using a special water-cooled suction casting unit attached to the arc melting system. XRD and DSC studies proved the amorphous structure of the bulk alloy synthesized from low-oxygen Zr and partial crystallization of the same alloy for high-oxygen Zr. In both bulk samples, uniformly distributed crystalline particles were identified as yttrium oxides. Higher mean compressive strength of amorphous alloy was observed. The hardness of amorphous phase was close to 500 HV1 in both bulk alloys, while the hardness of crystalline dendritic areas, observed in the alloy synthesized from high oxygen Zr, was lower by about 50 HV1.

  13. How to identify garnet lherzolite melts and distinguish them from pyroxenite melts

    Grove, T. L.; Holbig, E.; Barr, J. A.; Till, C.; Krawczynski, M. J.


    Liquids form in equilibrium with garnet lherzolite sources when the Earth's mantle melts at depths of greater than ~ 60 km. We present a phase equilibrium investigation of Tibetan plateau olivine leucitites from 2.2 to 2.8 GPa and 1380 to 1480 °C. The resulting liquids were multiply saturated with spinel and garnet lherzolite assemblages (olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene and spinel +/-garnet) under nominally anhydrous conditions. These SiO2-undersaturated liquids and published experimental data have been used to develop a new model that parameterizes the major element compositions of garnet lherzolite partial melts, allowing the prediction of melt compositions from depleted to metasomatically enriched peridotite. The model is calibrated over the pressure range of 1.9 to 6 GPa. The model also predicts the suprasolidus pressure and temperature of the spinel to garnet lherzolite phase transition for natural peridotite compositions. Combined with the recent parameterization of melting in the plagioclase- and spinel- lherzolite facies (Till et al., 2012, JGR, 117, B06206), the new model distinguishes between melts of garnet vs. spinel vs. plagioclase lherzolites, but can also be used to distinguish between melts of lherzolitic vs. pyroxenitic source regions, allowing source lithology to be uniquely identified. Pyroxenite melts fall into two compositionally distinct groups; an olivine-normative, SiO2-undersaturated group and quartz-normative, SiO2-oversaturated group. Melts of plagioclase, spinel, and garnet lherzolite plot between these two types of pyroxenitic melts in mineral normative composition space. When our model is applied to high-K lavas erupted in the Tibetan plateau, we find that these magmas are derived from both pyroxenite and lherzolite source regions. Distinctive enrichments in compatible trace elements (Ni, Cr) are observed in the lherzolite-derived magmas. Applied to Hawaiian basalts, our model suggests the transitional and weakly alkaline pre

  14. Chemical reactions in solvents and melts

    Charlot, G


    Chemical Reactions in Solvents and Melts discusses the use of organic and inorganic compounds as well as of melts as solvents. This book examines the applications in organic and inorganic chemistry as well as in electrochemistry. Organized into two parts encompassing 15 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the general properties and the different types of reactions, including acid-base reactions, complex formation reactions, and oxidation-reduction reactions. This text then describes the properties of inert and active solvents. Other chapters consider the proton transfer reactions in

  15. Thermal melting studies of ligand DNA interactions.

    Guédin, Aurore; Lacroix, Laurent; Mergny, Jean-Louis


    A simple thermal melting experiment may be used to demonstrate the stabilization of a given structure by a ligand (usually a small molecule, sometimes a peptide). Preparation of the sample is straightforward, and the experiment itself requires an inexpensive apparatus. Furthermore, reasonably low amounts of sample are required. A qualitative analysis of the data is simple: An increase in the melting temperature (T(m)) indicates preferential binding to the folded form as compared to the unfolded form. However, it is perilous to derive an affinity constant from an increase in T(m) as other factors play a role.

  16. Experimental observation of Minkowski spacetime melting

    Smolyaninov, Igor I


    Cobalt nanoparticle-based ferrofluid in the presence of an external magnetic field forms a self-assembled hyperbolic metamaterial, which may be described as an effective 3D Minkowski spacetime for extraordinary photons. If the magnetic field is not strong enough, this effective Minkowski spacetime gradually melts under the influence of thermal fluctuations. On the other hand, it may restore itself if the magnetic field is increased back to its original value. Here we present direct microscopic visualization of such a Minkowski spacetime melting/crystallization, which is somewhat similar to hypothesized formation of the Minkowski spacetime in loop quantum cosmology.

  17. Influence of Grain Boundary on Melting

    王暾; 周富信; 刘曰武


    The temperature behaviour of an Al bicrystal with surfaces consisting of (110) and (111) crystals is simulated using molecular dynamics. The result shows that the (110) crystal losses its crystalline order at 820K, whereas the disorder does not propagate through the (111) crystal at this temperature. Instead, some disordered atoms are recrystallized into the (111) crystal and the initial grain boundary changes into a stable order-disorder interface. Thus, it was discovered that at a temperature near its melting point, the (111) crystal grew and obstructed the propagation of disorder. Such an obstruction is helpfulfor understanding melting.

  18. Stress Relaxation in Entangled Polymer Melts

    Hou, Ji-Xuan; Svaneborg, Carsten; Everaers, Ralf


    and into the terminal relaxation regime for Z=10. Using the known (Rouse) mobility of unentangled chains and the melt entanglement length determined via the primitive path analysis of the microscopic topological state of our systems, we have performed parameter-free tests of several different tube models. We find......We present an extensive set of simulation results for the stress relaxation in equilibrium and step-strained bead-spring polymer melts. The data allow us to explore the chain dynamics and the shear relaxation modulus, G(t), into the plateau regime for chains with Z=40 entanglements...

  19. 3He melting pressure temperature scale

    Halperin, W.P.; Archie, C.N.; Richardson, R.C.;


    The latent heat for solidification of **3He has been measured along the **3He melting curve between 23 and 1 mK. A temperature scale is established which depends only on measurements of heat, pressure and volume, and on the condition that the entropy of solid **3He approaches R ln 2 at high...... temperatures. The A feature of the melting curve which suggests itself as a thermometric fixed point is found to be T//A equals 2. 75 plus or minus 0. 11 mK. The agreement between this value and independent measurements of T//A, based on nuclear or electronic paramagnetism, Johnson noise thermometry...

  20. Interconnection of thermal parameters, microstructure and mechanical properties in directionally solidified Sn–Sb lead-free solder alloys

    Dias, Marcelino; Costa, Thiago [Department of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering, University of Campinas — UNICAMP, 13083-860 Campinas, SP (Brazil); Rocha, Otávio [Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Pará — IFPA, 66093-020 Belém, PA (Brazil); Spinelli, José E. [Department of Materials Engineering, Federal University of São Carlos — UFSCar, 13565-905 São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Cheung, Noé, E-mail: [Department of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering, University of Campinas — UNICAMP, 13083-860 Campinas, SP (Brazil); Garcia, Amauri [Department of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering, University of Campinas — UNICAMP, 13083-860 Campinas, SP (Brazil)


    Considerable effort is being made to develop lead-free solders for assembling in environmental-conscious electronics, due to the inherent toxicity of Pb. The search for substitute alloys of Pb–Sn solders has increased in order to comply with different soldering purposes. The solder must not only meet the expected levels of electrical performance but may also have appropriate mechanical strength, with the absence of cracks in the solder joints. The Sn–Sb alloy system has a range of compositions that can be potentially included in the class of high temperature solders. This study aims to establish interrelations of solidification thermal parameters, microstructure and mechanical properties of Sn–Sb alloys (2 wt.%Sb and 5.5 wt.%Sb) samples, which were directionally solidified under cooling rates similar to those of reflow procedures in industrial practice. A complete high-cooling rate cellular growth is shown to be associated with the Sn–2.0 wt.%Sb alloy and a reverse dendrite-to-cell transition is observed for the Sn–5.5 wt.%Sb alloy. Strength and ductility of the Sn–2.0 wt.%Sb alloy are shown not to be affected by the cellular spacing. On the other hand, a considerable variation in these properties is associated with the cellular region of the Sn–5.5 wt.%Sb alloy casting. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • The microstructure of the Sn–2 wt.%Sb alloy is characterized by high-cooling rates cells. • Reverse dendrite > cell transition occurs for Sn–5.5 wt.%Sb alloy: cells prevail for cooling rates > 1.2 K/s. • Sn–5.5 wt.%Sb alloy: the dendritic region occurs for cooling rates < 0.9 K/s. • Sn–5.5 wt.%Sb alloy: tensile properties are improved with decreasing cellular spacing.

  1. Influence of solidification variables on the cast microstructure and porosity in directionally solidified Mar-M247

    Whitesell, Harry Smith, III

    The solidification microstructure is critical in determining the amount and distribution of porosity that develops during the freezing of castings. As the solidification velocity Vs increases, the microstructural length scales (primary and secondary dendrite arm spacings) decrease; thus (1) the mushy zone permeability would be expected to decrease; and (2) nucleated pores would be increasingly isolated. Although the first effect would tend to increase the observed porosity, the second effect would tend to decrease the porosity. As solidification velocity decreases, the cooling rate decreases allowing additional time for carbide growth. Large carbide size may block feeding in the intercellular spaces increasing observed porosity. To better understand these competitive mechanisms, a series of controlled unidirectional experiments were performed on bars of nickel-base superalloy Mar-M247. Samples were produced with constant dendrite arm spacing throughout an extended length of each cast bar. The axial thermal gradient and withdrawal velocity imposed on each casting were varied between castings to produce a range of microstructures from aligned cellular dendritic to aligned dendritic to misaligned dendritic. Macrosegregation effects along the lengths of the bars were evaluated and the resultant impact upon the density along the lengths of each casting was also characterized. The density measurements were found to be very sensitive to both (1) compositional macrosegregation in these castings and (2) internal porosity. Statistical analyses of microporosity in castings were based upon metallographic measurements. The development of microporosity in the unidirectionally solidified castings is shown to be dependent upon the hydrogen gas content of the samples and the imposed solidification velocity through the sample's cast microstructures. An optimum intermediate withdrawal velocity of 0.005--0.01 cm/s was found, which led to closely spaced dendrite arms, a large number of

  2. Computer simulations of homogeneous nucleation of benzene from the melt.

    Shah, Manas; Santiso, Erik E; Trout, Bernhardt L


    Nucleation is the key step in crystallization by which the molecules (or atoms or ions) aggregate together, find the right relative orientations, and start to grow to form the final crystal structure. Since nucleation is an activated step involving a large gap in time scales between molecular motions and the nucleation event itself, nucleation must be studied using rare events methods. We employ a technique developed previously in our group known as aimless shooting [Peters, B.; Trout, B. L. J. Chem. Phys., 2006, 125, 054108], which is based on transition path sampling, to generate reactive trajectories between the disordered and ordered phases of benzene. Using the likelihood maximization algorithm, we analyze the aimless shooting trajectories to identify the key order parameters or collective variables to describe the reaction coordinate for the nucleation of benzene from the melt. We find that the local bond orientation and local relative orientation order parameters are the most important collective variables in describing the reaction coordinate for homogeneous nucleation from the melt, as compared to cluster size and space-averaged order parameters. This study also demonstrates the utility of recently developed order parameters for molecular crystals [Santiso, E. E.; Trout, B. L. J. Chem. Phys., 2011, 134, 064109].

  3. Evolution of melt-vapor surface tension in silicic volcanic systems: Experiments with hydrous melts

    Mangan, M.; Sisson, T.


    We evaluate the melt-vapor surface tension (??) of natural, water-saturated dacite melt at 200 MPa, 950-1055??C, and 4.8-5.7 wt % H2O. We experimentally determine the critical supersaturation pressure for bubble nucleation as a function of dissolved water and then solve for ?? at those conditions using classical nucleation theory. The solutions obtained give dacite melt-vapor surface tensions that vary inversely with dissolved water from 0.042 (??0.003) J m-2 at 5.7 wt% H2O to 0.060 (??0.007) J m-2 at 5.2 wt% H2O to 0.073 (??0.003) J m-2 at 4.8 wt% H2O. Combining our dacite results with data from published hydrous haplogranite and high-silica rhyolite experiments reveals that melt-vapor surface tension also varies inversely with the concentration of mafic melt components (e.g., CaO, FeOtotal, MgO). We develop a thermodynamic context for these observations in which melt-vapor surface tension is represented by a balance of work terms controlled by melt structure. Overall, our results suggest that cooling, crystallization, and vapor exsolution cause systematic changes in ?? that should be considered in dynamic modeling of magmatic processes.

  4. Percolation blockage: A process that enables melt pond formation on first year Arctic sea ice

    Polashenski, Chris; Golden, Kenneth M.; Perovich, Donald K.; Skyllingstad, Eric; Arnsten, Alexandra; Stwertka, Carolyn; Wright, Nicholas


    Melt pond formation atop Arctic sea ice is a primary control of shortwave energy balance in the Arctic Ocean. During late spring and summer, the ponds determine sea ice albedo and how much solar radiation is transmitted into the upper ocean through the sea ice. The initial formation of ponds requires that melt water be retained above sea level on the ice surface. Both theory and observations, however, show that first year sea ice is so highly porous prior to the formation of melt ponds that multiday retention of water above hydraulic equilibrium should not be possible. Here we present results of percolation experiments that identify and directly demonstrate a mechanism allowing melt pond formation. The infiltration of fresh water into the pore structure of sea ice is responsible for blocking percolation pathways with ice, sealing the ice against water percolation, and allowing water to pool above sea level. We demonstrate that this mechanism is dependent on fresh water availability, known to be predominantly from snowmelt, and ice temperature at melt onset. We argue that the blockage process has the potential to exert significant control over interannual variability in ice albedo. Finally, we suggest that incorporating the mechanism into models would enhance their physical realism. Full treatment would be complex. We provide a simple temperature threshold-based scheme that may be used to incorporate percolation blockage behavior into existing model frameworks.

  5. Shear Melting and High Temperature Embrittlement: Theory and Application to Machining Titanium

    Healy, Con; Koch, Sascha; Siemers, Carsten; Mukherji, Debashis; Ackland, Graeme J.


    We describe a dynamical phase transition occurring within a shear band at high temperature and under extremely high shear rates. With increasing temperature, dislocation deformation and grain boundary sliding are supplanted by amorphization in a highly localized nanoscale band, which allows for massive strain and fracture. The mechanism is similar to shear melting and leads to liquid metal embrittlement at high temperature. From simulation, we find that the necessary conditions are lack of dislocation slip systems, low thermal conduction, and temperature near the melting point. The first two are exhibited by bcc titanium alloys, and we show that the final one can be achieved experimentally by adding low-melting-point elements: specifically, we use insoluble rare earth metals (REMs). Under high shear, the REM becomes mixed with the titanium, lowering the melting point within the shear band and triggering the shear-melting transition. This in turn generates heat which remains localized in the shear band due to poor heat conduction. The material fractures along the shear band. We show how to utilize this transition in the creation of new titanium-based alloys with improved machinability.

  6. Shear melting and high temperature embrittlement: theory and application to machining titanium.

    Healy, Con; Koch, Sascha; Siemers, Carsten; Mukherji, Debashis; Ackland, Graeme J


    We describe a dynamical phase transition occurring within a shear band at high temperature and under extremely high shear rates. With increasing temperature, dislocation deformation and grain boundary sliding are supplanted by amorphization in a highly localized nanoscale band, which allows for massive strain and fracture. The mechanism is similar to shear melting and leads to liquid metal embrittlement at high temperature. From simulation, we find that the necessary conditions are lack of dislocation slip systems, low thermal conduction, and temperature near the melting point. The first two are exhibited by bcc titanium alloys, and we show that the final one can be achieved experimentally by adding low-melting-point elements: specifically, we use insoluble rare earth metals (REMs). Under high shear, the REM becomes mixed with the titanium, lowering the melting point within the shear band and triggering the shear-melting transition. This in turn generates heat which remains localized in the shear band due to poor heat conduction. The material fractures along the shear band. We show how to utilize this transition in the creation of new titanium-based alloys with improved machinability.

  7. Recent Changes in Arctic Sea Ice Melt Onset, Freeze-Up, and Melt Season Length

    Markus, Thorsten; Stroeve, Julienne C.; Miller, Jeffrey


    In order to explore changes and trends in the timing of Arctic sea ice melt onset and freeze-up and therefore melt season length, we developed a method that obtains this information directly from satellite passive microwave data, creating a consistent data set from 1979 through present. We furthermore distinguish between early melt (the first day of the year when melt is detected) and the first day of continuous melt. A similar distinction is made for the freeze-up. Using this method we analyze trends in melt onset and freeze-up for 10 different Arctic regions. In all regions except for the Sea of Okhotsk, which shows a very slight and statistically insignificant positive trend (O.4 days/decade), trends in melt onset are negative, i.e. towards earlier melt. The trends range from -1.0day/decade for the Bering Sea to -7.3 days/decade for the East Greenland Sea. Except for the Sea of Okhotsk all areas also show a trend towards later autumn freeze onset. The Chukchi/Beaufort Seas and Laptev/East Siberian Seas observe the strongest trends with 7 days/decade. For the entire Arctic, the melt season length has increased by about 20 days over the last 30 years. Largest trends of over 1O days/decade are seen for Hudson Bay, the East Greenland Sea the Laptev/East Siberian Seas, and the Chukchi/Beaufort Seas. Those trends are statistically significant a1 the 99% level.

  8. Recent Changes in Arctic Sea Ice Melt Onset, Freeze-Up, and Melt Season Length

    Markus, Thorsten; Stroeve, Julienne C.; Miller, Jeffrey


    In order to explore changes and trends in the timing of Arctic sea ice melt onset and freeze-up and therefore melt season length, we developed a method that obtains this information directly from satellite passive microwave data, creating a consistent data set from 1979 through present. We furthermore distinguish between early melt (the first day of the year when melt is detected) and the first day of continuous melt. A similar distinction is made for the freeze-up. Using this method we analyze trends in melt onset and freeze-up for 10 different Arctic regions. In all regions except for the Sea of Okhotsk, which shows a very slight and statistically insignificant positive trend (O.4 days/decade), trends in melt onset are negative, i.e. towards earlier melt. The trends range from -1.0day/decade for the Bering Sea to -7.3 days/decade for the East Greenland Sea. Except for the Sea of Okhotsk all areas also show a trend towards later autumn freeze onset. The Chukchi/Beaufort Seas and Laptev/East Siberian Seas observe the strongest trends with 7 days/decade. For the entire Arctic, the melt season length has increased by about 20 days over the last 30 years. Largest trends of over 1O days/decade are seen for Hudson Bay, the East Greenland Sea the Laptev/East Siberian Seas, and the Chukchi/Beaufort Seas. Those trends are statistically significant a1 the 99% level.

  9. Influence of Melt Feeding Scheme and Casting Parameters During Direct-Chill Casting on Microstructure of an AA7050 Billet

    Zhang, L.; Eskin, D. G.; Miroux, A.; Subroto, T.; Katgerman, L.


    Direct-chill (DC) casting billets of an AA7050 alloy produced with different melt feeding schemes and casting speeds were examined in order to reveal the effect of these factors on the evolution of microstructure. Experimental results show that grain size is strongly influenced by the casting speed. In addition, the distribution of grain sizes across the billet diameter is mostly determined by melt feeding scheme. Grains tend to coarsen towards the center of a billet cast with the semi-horizontal melt feeding, while upon vertical melt feeding the minimum grain size was observed in the center of the billet. Computer simulations were preformed to reveal sump profiles and flow patterns during casting under different melt feeding schemes and casting speeds. The results show that solidification front and velocity distribution of the melt in the liquid and slurry zones are very different under different melt feeding scheme. The final grain structure and the grain size distribution in a DC casting billet is a result of a combination of fragmentation effects in the slurry zone and the cooling rate in the solidification range.

  10. Effect of the melt superheat on equiaxed solidification of Al-20 wt% Cu alloy investigated by in situ synchrotron radiography

    Luo, Shifeng; Yang, Guangyu; Xiao, Lei; Huang, Wanxia; Yuan, Qingxi; Jie, Wanqi


    Effect of the melt superheat on equiaxed solidification of Al-20 wt% Cu alloy was investigated by in-situ synchrotron radiography at Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility. For comparison, the corresponding DSC analysis was also conducted. It was found that the grain size decreased with increasing the melt superheat. The relationship between the final mean grain size and the melt superheat can be expressed as: d = 4919.3 × ΔT-0.33 . During solidification, the mean grain size increased sharply in the first 70 s, then reached the final grain size gradually. Furthermore, with increasing the melt superheat, the mean nucleation rate increased, which can be attributed to the fact that increasing the melt superheat led to an increase in nucleation undercooling, and the growth rate and the duration of free growth stage decreased. As the melt superheat increased from 100 °C to 160 °C, the mean nucleation rate increased by 78.2% while the mean growth rate only decreased by 19.3%, which indicated that the high mean nucleation rate and the consequent low mean growth rate may be the real reasons for grain refinement. The increased nucleation density caused earlier growth deceleration due to solutal impingement effects.

  11. Electrical conductivity measurements on silicate melts using the loop technique

    Waff, H. S.


    A new method is described for measurement of the electrical conductivity of silicate melts under controlled oxygen partial pressure at temperatures to 1550 C. The melt samples are suspended as droplets on platinum-rhodium loops, minimizing iron loss from the melt due to alloying with platinum, and providing maximum surface exposure of the melt to the oxygen-buffering gas atmosphere. The latter provides extremely rapid equilibration of the melt with the imposed oxygen partial pressure. The loop technique involves a minimum of setup time and cost, provides reproducible results to within + or - 5% and is well suited to electrical conductivity studies on silicate melts containing redox cations.

  12. Electrodepositions on Tantalum in alkali halide melts

    Barner, Jens H. Von; Jensen, Annemette Hindhede; Christensen, Erik


    in a single 4 electron step. By electrolyses at a constant potential of - 1.4 V vs. Pt in a NaCl-KCl-NaF-Na2CO3 melt at 800 °C coherent carbon containing surface layers could be obtained on tantalum substrates, when a CO2 atmosphere was applied. Copyright © 2012 by The Electrochemical Society....

  13. Catastrophic failure of polymer melts during extension

    Rasmussen, Henrik K.


    Numerical flow modeling has been applied to study the break of monodisperse polymer melts during extension. These continuum mechanical based computations are within the ideas of the microstructural ’interchain pressure’ theory. Calculated breaks, a result of small initial sample imperfections, ag...

  14. Record Summer Melt in Greenland in 2010

    Tedesco, M.; Fettweis, X.; van den Broeke, M.R.; van de Wal, R.S.W.; Smeets, C.J.P.P.; van de Berg, W.J.; Serreze, M.C.; Box, J.E.


    As Arctic temperatures increase, there is growing concern about the melting of the Greenland ice sheet, which reached a new record during the summer of 2010. Understanding the changing surface mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet requires appreciation of the close links among changes in surface a

  15. Intracavity DNA melting analysis with optofluidic lasers.

    Lee, Wonsuk; Fan, Xudong


    DNA melting analysis holds great promise for simple and fast DNA sequence discrimination. However, conventional fluorescence-based methods suffer from a small differential signal and demanding melting curve analysis, both of which make it difficult to distinguish the target DNA from the mismatched one. Herein, we propose and demonstrate a highly specific intracavity DNA melting analysis scheme utilizing an optofluidic laser. The laser optically amplifies the small yet intrinsic thermal dynamic difference between the target and the single-base-mismatched DNA, resulting in a differential signal that is orders of magnitude greater than with fluorescence-based methods. In particular, the existence of a phase transition between the stimulated laser emission and fluorescence (i.e., spontaneous emission) enables accurate determination of the DNA transition temperature difference. Furthermore, the high differential signal in the intracavity detection allows for scanning of the laser excitation at a fixed temperature to distinguish two DNA sequences, which provides another means for rapid DNA analysis. In this paper, we first theoretically investigate DNA melting analysis using an optofluidic laser and then experimentally explore this scheme with a high-quality optofluidic ring resonator. Distinction of two DNA sequences of up to 100 bases long is demonstrated. The intracavity detection developed here will lead to novel optofluidic devices that enable rapid and simple analysis of DNAs with very long sequences.

  16. Glass forming ability of calcium aluminosilicate melts

    Moesgaard, Mette; Yue, Yuanzheng


    The glass forming ability (GFA) of two series of calcium aluminosilicate melts is studied by measuring their viscous behavior and crystallization tendency. The first series consists of five compositions on the joining line between the eutectic point of anorthite-wollastonite-tridymite and that of...

  17. 3He melting pressure temperature scale

    Halperin, W.P.; Archie, C.N.; Richardson, R.C.


    The latent heat for solidification of **3He has been measured along the **3He melting curve between 23 and 1 mK. A temperature scale is established which depends only on measurements of heat, pressure and volume, and on the condition that the entropy of solid **3He approaches R ln 2 at high...


    V. I. Timoshpolskij


    Full Text Available The nonlinear mathematical model of calculation of temperature fields in the process of metal melting is formulated and solved using the method of equivalent source taking into account nonlinearity of thermophysical properties of material and variable terms of heat exchange.

  19. Hot-Melt Adhesive Attachment System

    Fox, R. L.; Frizzell, A. W.; Little, B. D.; Progar, D. J.; Coultrip, R. H.; Couch, R. H.; Stein, B. A.; Buckley, J. D.; St. Clair, T. L.; Gleason, J. R.


    Adhesive system is as effective on Earth as in space. Fiberglass cloth mounted in head assembly. When adhesive reaches melt temperature head is attached to metals composites, ceramics, and other materials. Once attached, head cooled rapidly for quick stick. Used to tether tools or attach temporary scaffolding to walls, buildings, or beams.

  20. Using Melting Ice to Teach Radiometric Dating.

    Wise, Donald Underkofler


    Presented is an activity in which a mystery setting is used to motivate students to construct their own decay curves of melting ice used as an analogy to radioactive decay. Procedures, materials, apparatus, discussion topics, presentation, and thermodynamics are discussed. (CW)