Sample records for strength reliable aluminum

  1. Reliable aluminum contact formation by electrostatic bonding

    Kárpáti, T.; Pap, A. E.; Radnóczi, Gy; Beke, B.; Bársony, I.; Fürjes, P.


    The paper presents a detailed study of a reliable method developed for aluminum fusion wafer bonding assisted by the electrostatic force evolving during the anodic bonding process. The IC-compatible procedure described allows the parallel formation of electrical and mechanical contacts, facilitating a reliable packaging of electromechanical systems with backside electrical contacts. This fusion bonding method supports the fabrication of complex microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and micro-opto-electromechanical systems (MOEMS) structures with enhanced temperature stability, which is crucial in mechanical sensor applications such as pressure or force sensors. Due to the applied electrical potential of  -1000 V the Al metal layers are compressed by electrostatic force, and at the bonding temperature of 450 °C intermetallic diffusion causes aluminum ions to migrate between metal layers.

  2. Aluminum/steel wire composite plates exhibit high tensile strength


    Composite plate of fine steel wires imbedded in an aluminum alloy matrix results in a lightweight material with high tensile strength. Plates have been prepared having the strength of titanium with only 85 percent of its density.


    Yongdan Li; Dongfang Wu; Y.S. Lin


    The mechanical strength of solid catalysts is one of the key parameters for reliable and efficient performance of a fixed bed reactor. Some recent developments and their basic mechanics within this context are reviewed. The main concepts discussed are brittle fracture which leads to the mechanical failure of the catalyst pellets, measurement and statistical properties of the catalyst strength data, and mechanical reliability of the catalyst pellets and their packed bed. The scientific basis for the issues on the catalyst mechanical properties calls yet for further elucidation and advancement.

  4. High Strength Discontinuously Reinforced Aluminum For Rocket Applications

    Pandey, A. B.; Shah, S. R.; Shadoan, M.


    This study presents results on the development of a new aluminum alloy with very high strength and ductility. Five compositions of Al-Mg-Sc-Gd-Zr alloy were selected for this purpose. These alloys were also reinforced with 15 volume percent silicon-carbide and boron-carbide particles to produce Discontinuously Reinforced Aluminum (DRA) materials. Matrix alloys and DRA were processed using a powder metallurgy process. The helium gas atomization produced very fine powder with cellular-dentritic microstructure. The microstructure of matrix alloys showed fine Al3Sc based precipitate which provides significant strengthening in these alloys. DRA showed uniform distribution of reinforcement in aluminum matrix. DRA materials were tested at -320 F, 75 F in air and 7S F in gaseous hydrogen environments and matrix alloys were tested at 75 F in air. DRA showed high strengths in the range of 89-111 ksi (614-697 MPa) depending on alloy compositions and test environments. Matrix alloys had a good combination of strength, 84-89 ksi (579-621 MPa) and ductility, 4.5-6.5%. The properties of these materials can further be improved by proper control of processing parameters.

  5. Overheating temperature of 7B04 high strength aluminum alloy

    GAO Feng-hua; LI Nian-kui; TIAN Ni; SUN Qiang; LIU Xian-dong; ZHAO Gang


    The microstructure and overheating characteristics of the direct chill semicontinuous casting ingot of 7B04 high strength aluminum alloy, and those after industrial homogenization treatment and multi-stage homogenization treatments, were studied by differential scanning calorimetry(DSC), optical microscopy(OM) and scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy(SEM-EDX). The results show that the microstructure of direct chill semicontinuous casting ingot of the 7B04 alloy contains a large number of constituents in the form of dendritic networks that consist of nonequilibrium eutectic and Fe-containing phases. The nonequilibrium eutectic contains Al, Zn, Mg and Cu, and the Fe-containing phases include two kinds of phases, one containing Al, Fe, Mn and Cu, and the other having Al, Fe, Mn, Cr, Si and Cu. The melting point of the nonequilibrium eutectic is 478 ℃ for the casting ingot of the 7B04 alloy which is usually considered as its overheating temperature. During industrial homogenization treatment processing at 470 ℃, the nonequilibrium eutectic dissolves into the matrix of this alloy partly, and the remainder transforms into Al2CuMg phase that cannot be dissolved into the matrix at that temperature completely. The melting point of the Al2CuMg phase which can dissolve into the matrix completely by slow heating is about 490 ℃. The overheating temperature of this high strength aluminum alloy can rise to 500-520 ℃. By means of special multi-stage homogenization, the temperature of the homogenization treatment of the ingot of the 7B04 high strength aluminum alloy can reach 500 ℃ without overheating.

  6. Corrosion damage evolution and residual strength of corroded aluminum alloys

    Youhong Zhang; Guozhi Lv; Hui Wang; Bomei Si; Yueliang Cheng


    The LY12CZ aluminum alloy specimens were eurroded under the conditions of different test temperatures and exposure durations. After corrosion exposure, fatigue tests were performed. Scanning electron microscopy and optical microscope analyses on corrosion damage were carried out. The definition of surface corrosion damage ratio was provided to describe the extent of surface corrosion damage. On the basis of the measured data sets of the corrosion damage ratio, the probabilistic model of corrosion damage evolution was built. The corrosion damage decreased the fatigue life by a factor of about 1.25 to 2.38 and the prediction method of residual strength of the corroded structure was presented.

  7. Analysis of peel strength of consisting of an aluminum sheet, anodic aluminum oxide and a copper foil laminate composite

    Shin, Hyeong-Won; Lee, Hyo-Soo; Jung, Seung-Boo


    Laminate composites consisting of an aluminum sheet, anodic aluminum oxide, and copper foil have been used as heat-spreader materials for high-power light-emitting diodes (LEDs). These composites are comparable to the conventional structure comprising an aluminum sheet, epoxy adhesives, and copper foil. The peel strength between the copper foil and anodic aluminum oxide should be more than 1.0 kgf/cm in order to be applied in high-power LED products. We investigated the effect of the anodic aluminum oxide morphology and heat-treatment conditions on the peel strength of the composites. We formed an anodic aluminum oxide layer on a 99.999% pure aluminum sheet using electrochemical anodization. A Ti/Cu seed layer was formed using the sputtering direct bonding copper process in order to form a copper circuit layer on the anodic aluminum oxide layer by electroplating. The developed heat spreader, composed of an aluminum layer, anodic aluminum oxide, and a copper circuit layer, showed peel strengths ranging from 1.05 to 3.45 kgf/cm, which is very suitable for high-power LED applications.

  8. 49 CFR 587.15 - Verification of aluminum honeycomb crush strength.


    ... 49 Transportation 7 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Verification of aluminum honeycomb crush strength... Deformable Barrier § 587.15 Verification of aluminum honeycomb crush strength. The following procedure is used to ascertain the crush strength of the main honeycomb block and the bumper element honeycomb,...

  9. Weld geometry strength effect in 2219-T87 aluminum

    Nunes, A. C., Jr.; Novak, H. L.; Mcilwain, M. C.


    A theory of the effect of geometry on the mechanical properties of a butt weld joint is worked out based upon the soft interlayer weld model. Tensile tests of 45 TIG butt welds and 6 EB beads-on-plate in 1/4-in. 2219-T87 aluminum plate made under a wide range of heat sink and power input conditions are analyzed using this theory. The analysis indicates that purely geometrical effects dominate in determining variations in weld joint strength with heat sink and power input. Variations in weld dimensions with cooling rate are significant as well as with power input. Weld size is suggested as a better indicator of the condition of a weld joint than energy input.

  10. Brazing process provides high-strength bond between aluminum and stainless steel

    Huschke, E. G., Jr.; Nord, D. B.


    Brazing process uses vapor-deposited titanium and an aluminum-zirconium-silicon alloy to prevent formation of brittle intermetallic compounds in stainless steel and aluminum bonding. Joints formed by this process maintain their high strength, corrosion resistance, and hermetic sealing properties.

  11. Optimization of Casting Design Parameters on Fabrication of Reliable Semi-Solid Aluminum Suspension Control Arm

    Ragab, Kh. A.; Bouaicha, A.; Bouazara, M.


    The semi-solid casting process has the advantage of providing reliable mechanical aluminum parts that work continuously in dynamic as control arm of the suspension system in automotive vehicles. The quality performance of dynamic control arm is related to casting mold and gating system designs that affect the fluidity of semi-solid metal during filling the mold. Therefore, this study focuses on improvement in mechanical performance, depending on material characterization, and casting design optimization, of suspension control arms made of A357 aluminum semi-solid alloys. Mechanical and design analyses, applied on the suspension arm, showed the occurrence of mechanical failures at unexpected weak points. Metallurgical analysis showed that the main reason lies in the difficult flow of semi-solid paste through the thin thicknesses of a complex geometry. A design modification procedure is applied to the geometry of the suspension arm to avoid this problem and to improve its quality performance. The design modification of parts was carried out by using SolidWorks design software, evaluation of constraints with ABAQUS, and simulation of flow with ProCast software. The proposed designs showed that the modified suspension arm, without ribs and with a central canvas designed as Z, is considered as a perfect casting design showing an increase in the structural strength of the component. In this case, maximum von Mises stress is 199 MPa that is below the yield strength of the material. The modified casting mold design shows a high uniformity and minim turbulence of molten metal flow during semi-solid casting process.

  12. Higher Strength, Lighter Weight Aluminum Spacecraft Structures Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This SBIR Phase I program proposes to develop a bulk processing technology for producing ultra fine grain (UFG) aluminum alloy structures. The goal is to demonstrate...

  13. A Measure of Perceived Argument Strength: Reliability and Validity.

    Zhao, Xiaoquan; Strasser, Andrew; Cappella, Joseph N; Lerman, Caryn; Fishbein, Martin


    Studies of the content of persuasive messages in which the central arguments of the message are scrutinized have traditionally relied on the technique of thought-listing to assess argument strength. Although the validity of the thought-listing procedure is well documented, its utility can be limited in situations involving non-adult populations and sensitive topics. In this paper we present a self-reported scale that can be used to assess perceived argument strength in contexts where thought-listing may be less appropriate. This scale taps into perceived argument strength from multiple points of view, including but also extending beyond the potential of the argument to elicit positive and negative thoughts. Reliability and validity of this scale were assessed in health communication contexts involving anti-drug PSAs directed at adolescents and anti-smoking PSAs targeting adults. Evidence of convergence between this scale and the thought-listing technique was also obtained using the classical comprehensive exam arguments.

  14. Fatigue Strength Estimation Based on Local Mechanical Properties for Aluminum Alloy FSW Joints

    Kittima Sillapasa


    Full Text Available Overall fatigue strengths and hardness distributions of the aluminum alloy similar and dissimilar friction stir welding (FSW joints were determined. The local fatigue strengths as well as local tensile strengths were also obtained by using small round bar specimens extracted from specific locations, such as the stir zone, heat affected zone, and base metal. It was found from the results that fatigue fracture of the FSW joint plate specimen occurred at the location of the lowest local fatigue strength as well as the lowest hardness, regardless of microstructural evolution. To estimate the fatigue strengths of aluminum alloy FSW joints from the hardness measurements, the relationship between fatigue strength and hardness for aluminum alloys was investigated based on the present experimental results and the available wide range of data from the references. It was found as: σa (R = −1 = 1.68 HV (σa is in MPa and HV has no unit. It was also confirmed that the estimated fatigue strengths were in good agreement with the experimental results for aluminum alloy FSW joints.

  15. High Strength and Wear Resistant Aluminum Alloy for High Temperature Applications

    Lee, Jonathan A.; Munafo, Paul M. (Technical Monitor)


    In this paper, a new high strength and wear resistant aluminum cast alloy invented by NASA-MSFC for high temperature applications will be presented. Developed to meet U.S. automotive legislation requiring low-exhaust emission, the novel NASA 398 aluminum-silicon alloy offers dramatic improvement in tensile and fatigue strengths at elevated temperatures (500 F-800 F), enabling new pistons to utilize less material, which can lead to reducing part weight and cost as well as improving performance. NASA 398 alloy also offers greater wear resistance, surface hardness, dimensional stability, and lower thermal expansion compared to conventional aluminum alloys for several commercial and automotive applications. The new alloy can be produced economically using permanent steel molds from conventional gravity casting or sand casting. The technology was developed to stimulate the development of commercial aluminum casting products from NASA-developed technology by offering companies the opportunity to license this technology.

  16. Stress-strength reliability for general bivariate distributions

    Alaa H. Abdel-Hamid


    Full Text Available An expression for the stress-strength reliability R=P(X1reliability function R are obtained. In the non-parametric case, point and interval estimates of R are developed using Govindarajulu's asymptotic distribution-free method when X1 and X2 are dependent. An example is given when the population distribution is bivariate compound Weibull. Simulation is performed, based on different sample sizes to study the performance of estimates.

  17. Reliability of Maximal Strength Testing in Novice Weightlifters

    Loehr, James A.; Lee, Stuart M. C.; Feiveson, Alan H.; Ploutz-Snyder, Lori L.


    The one repetition maximum (1RM) is a criterion measure of muscle strength. However, the reliability of 1RM testing in novice subjects has received little attention. Understanding this information is crucial to accurately interpret changes in muscle strength. To evaluate the test-retest reliability of a squat (SQ), heel raise (HR), and deadlift (DL) 1RM in novice subjects. Twenty healthy males (31 plus or minus 5 y, 179.1 plus or minus 6.1 cm, 81.4 plus or minus 10.6 kg) with no weight training experience in the previous six months participated in four 1RM testing sessions, with each session separated by 5-7 days. SQ and HR 1RM were conducted using a smith machine; DL 1RM was assessed using free weights. Session 1 was considered a familiarization and was not included in the statistical analyses. Repeated measures analysis of variance with Tukey fs post-hoc tests were used to detect between-session differences in 1RM (p.0.05). Test-retest reliability was evaluated by intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC). During Session 2, the SQ and DL 1RM (SQ: 90.2 }4.3, DL: 75.9 }3.3 kg) were less than Session 3 (SQ: 95.3 }4.1, DL: 81.5 plus or minus 3.5 kg) and Session 4 (SQ: 96.6 }4.0, DL: 82.4 }3.9 kg), but there were no differences between Session 3 and Session 4. HR 1RM measured during Session 2 (150.1 }3.7 kg) and Session 3 (152.5 }3.9 kg) were not different from one another, but both were less than Session 4 (157.5 }3.8 kg). The reliability (ICC) of 1RM measures for Sessions 2-4 were 0.88, 0.83, and 0.87, for SQ, HR, and DL, respectively. When considering only Sessions 3 and 4, the reliability was 0.93, 0.91, and 0.86 for SQ, HR, and DL, respectively. One familiarization session and 2 test sessions (for SQ and DL) were required to obtain excellent reliability (ICC greater than or equal to 0.90) in 1RM values with novice subjects. We were unable to attain this level of reliability following 3 HR testing sessions therefore additional sessions may be required to obtain an

  18. Residual Strength of Stiffened LY12CZ Aluminum Alloy Panels with Widespread Fatigue Damage

    Li Zhong; Ge Sen; Lu Guozhi; Chen Li; Ding Huiliang


    Experimental and analytical investigations on the residual strength of the stiffened LY12CZ aluminum alloy panels with widespread fatigue damage (WFD) are conducted. Nine stiffened LY12CZ aluminum alloy panels with three different types of damage are tested for residual strength. Each specimen is pre-cracked at rivet holes by saw cuts and subjected to a monotonically increasing tensile load until failure is occurred and the failure load is recorded. The stress intensity factors at the tips of the lead crack and the adjacent WFD cracks of the stiffened aluminum alloy panels are calculated by compounding approach and finite element method (FEM) respectively. The residual strength of the stiffened panels with WFD is evaluated by the engineering method with plastic zone linkup criterion and the FEM with apparent fracture toughness criterion respectively. The predicted residual strength agrees well with the experiment results. It indicates that in engineering practice these methods can be used for residual strength evaluation with the acceptable accuracy. It can be seen from this research that WFD can significantly reduce the residual strength and the critical crack length of the stiffened panels with WFD. The effect of WFD crack length on residual strength is also studied.

  19. Determination of dynamic shear strength of 2024 aluminum alloy under shock compression

    H. S. Zhang


    Full Text Available A series of plate impact shock-reshock and shock-release experiments were conducted by using an one-stage light gas gun to determine the critical shear strength of the 2024 aluminum alloy under shock compression levels ranging from 0.66 to 3.05 GPa in the present study. In the experiments, a dual flyer plate assembly, i.e., the 2024 aluminum alloy flyer backed either by a brass plate or a PMMA plate, was utilized to produce reshock or release wave. The stress profiles of uniaxial plane strain wave propagation in the 2024 aluminum alloy sample under different pre-compressed states were measured by the embedded stress gauges. The stress-strain data at corresponding states were then calculated by a Lagrangian analysis method named as path line method. The critical shear strengths at different stress levels were finally obtained by self-consistent method. The results show that, at the low shock compression level (0.66 to 3.05 GPa, the critical shear strength of the 2024 aluminum alloy cannot be ignored and increases with the increasing longitudinal stress, which may be attributed to rate-dependence and/or pressure dependent yield behavior of the 2024 aluminum alloy.

  20. Commercialization of NASA's High Strength Cast Aluminum Alloy for High Temperature Applications

    Lee, Jonathan A.


    In this paper, the commercialization of a new high strength cast aluminum alloy, invented by NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center, for high temperature applications will be presented. Originally developed to meet U.S. automotive legislation requiring low- exhaust emission, the novel NASA aluminum alloy offers dramatic improvement in tensile and fatigue strengths at elevated temperatures (450 F-750 F), which can lead to reducing part weight and cost as well as improving performance for automotive engine applications. It is an ideal low cost material for cast components such as pistons, cylinder heads, cylinder liners, connecting rods, turbo chargers, impellers, actuators, brake calipers and rotors. NASA alloy also offers greater wear resistance, dimensional stability, and lower thermal expansion compared to conventional aluminum alloys, and the new alloy can be produced economically from sand, permanent mold and investment casting. Since 2001, this technology was licensed to several companies for automotive and marine internal combustion engines applications.

  1. Environmentally assisted crack growth rates of high-strength aluminum alloys

    Connolly, Brain J.; Deffenbaugh, Kristen L.; Moran, Angela L.; Koul, Michelle G.


    The scope of this project is to evaluate the environmentally assisted long crack growth behavior of candidate high-strength aluminum alloys/tempers, specifically AA7150-T7751 and AA7040-T7651, for consideration as viable replacements/refurbishment for stress-corrosion cracking in susceptible AA7075-T6 aircraft components found in aging aircraft systems.

  2. strength and ductility of forged 1200 aluminum alloy reinforced with ...


    Results show that forged composites with 106μm had a tensile strength .... W. Ag. Sn. Co. % Composition 0.243 0.004 0.005 0.08 0.01. Element. Ni. Cr. Mo. % Composition .... parameters on the porosity content in Al(Mg)-Al2O3 cast particulate ...




    Full Text Available Friction stir welding is one of the recent solid state joining processes that has drawn the attention of the metal joining community. In this work the effects of tool rotation speed (TRS and welding speed (WS on the tensile strength of dissimilar friction stir welded AA2024-AA7075 joints are investigated. Response surface methodology is used for developing a mathematical model for the tensile strength of the dissimilar aluminum alloy joints. The model is used to investigate the effect of TRS and WS on the tensile strength of the joints. It is seen that the tensile strength of the joint increases with the increase in TRS up to a limit of 1050 rpm and decreases thereafter. The tensile strength of the joints is also seen increasing with the WS up to 15 mm/min. Further increase in WS results in a reduction of the tensile strength of the joints.

  4. Influence of Post Weld Heat Treatment on Strength of Three Aluminum Alloys Used in Light Poles

    Craig C. Menzemer


    Full Text Available The conjoint influence of welding and artificial aging on mechanical properties were investigated for extrusions of aluminum alloy 6063, 6061, and 6005A. Uniaxial tensile tests were conducted on the aluminum alloys 6063-T4, 6061-T4, and 6005A-T1 in both the as-received (AR and as-welded (AW conditions. Tensile tests were also conducted on the AR and AW alloys, subsequent to artificial aging. The welding process used was gas metal arc (GMAW with spray transfer using 120–220 A of current at 22 V. The artificial aging used was a precipitation heat treatment for 6 h at 182 °C (360 °F. Tensile tests revealed the welded aluminum alloys to have lower strength, both for yield and ultimate tensile strength, when compared to the as-received un-welded counterpart. The beneficial influence of post weld heat treatment (PWHT on strength and ductility is presented and discussed in terms of current design provisions for welded aluminum light pole structures.

  5. Interface strength and degradation of adhesively bonded porous aluminum oxides

    T. Abrahami, Shoshan; M. M. de Kok, John; Gudla, Visweswara Chakravarthy


    environmental and health regulations. Replacing this traditional process in a high-demandingand high-risk industry such as aircraft construction requires an in-depth understanding of the underlying adhesion and degradationmechanisms at the oxide/resin interface resulting from alternative processes......, a minimum pore size is pivotal for the formation of a stableinterface, as reflected by the initial peel strengths. Second, the increased surface roughness of the oxide/resin interface caused byextended chemical dissolution at higher temperature and higher phosphoric acid concentration is crucial to assure...... bond durabilityunder water ingress. There is, however, an upper limit to the beneficial amount of anodic dissolution above which bonds are pronefor corrosive degradation. Morphology is, however, not the only prerequisite for good bonding and bond performance alsodepends on the oxides’ chemical...

  6. Dynamic yield and tensile strength of aluminum single crystals at temperatures up to the melting point

    Kanel, G. I.; Razorenov, S. V.; Baumung, K.; Singer, J.


    This article presents experimental results of the dynamic yield strength and dynamic tensile strength ({open_quotes}spall strength{close_quotes}) of aluminum single crystals at shock-wave loading as a function of temperature. The load duration was {similar_to}40 and {similar_to}200 ns. The temperature varied from 20 to 650{degree}C which is only by 10{degree}C below the melting temperature. A linear growth of the dynamic yield strength by more than a factor of 4 was observed within this temperature range. This is attributed to the phonon drag effect on the dislocation motion. High dynamic tensile strength was maintained over the whole temperature range, including the conditions at which melting should start in a material under tension. This could be an indication of the existence of superheated states in solid crystals. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  7. Study of the Tensile Damage of High-Strength Aluminum Alloy by Acoustic Emission

    Chang Sun


    Full Text Available The key material of high-speed train gearbox shells is high-strength aluminum alloy. Material damage is inevitable in the process of servicing. It is of great importance to study material damage for in-service gearboxes of high-speed train. Structural health monitoring methods have been widely used to study material damage in recent years. This study focuses on the application of an acoustic emission (AE method to quantify tensile damage evolution of high-strength aluminum alloy. First, a characteristic parameter was developed to connect AE signals with tensile damage. Second, a tensile damage quantification model was presented based on the relationship between AE counts and tensile behavior to study elastic deformation of tensile damage. Then tensile tests with AE monitoring were employed to collect AE signals and tensile damage data of nine samples. The experimental data were used to quantify tensile damage of high-strength aluminum alloy A356 to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.


    Hua Chen


    Full Text Available Cellulosic paper is thermolabile and its strength properties tend to decrease under high temperature conditions. In this work, the effects of aluminum trihydrate filler on the tensile and burst strength of paper prepared from bleached wood pulps were investigated. The use of aluminum trihydrate maintained the tensile and burst strength of paper sheet dried at 200 °C for 4 hours. Thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry gave the evidence that the maintainance of strength after drying associated with the use of aluminum trihydrate filler is possibly due to the increase in degradation temperature and heat absorption of cellulosic paper. The results regarding Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy, and the water retention value (WRV and crystallinity index of fibers indicated the alleviated degradation of fibers when aluminum trihydrate was incorporated into the paper matrix.

  9. Study Of Ceramic-Polymer Composites Reliability Based On The Bending Strength Test

    Walczak Agata


    Full Text Available In this paper the reliability assessment of structural reliability of the selected light-cured dental composites based on the biaxial flexural strength test results has been presented. A two-parameter Weibull distribution was applied as a reliability model in order to estimate probability of strength maintenance in the analysed population. Weibull distribution parameters were interpreted as a characteristic material strength (scale parameter and structural reliability parameter in terms of ability to maintain strength by each of specimen from the general population (shape parameter. 20 composite specimens underwent strength tests, including 2 “flow” type composites and 2 standard composites (with typical filler content. “Flow” type composites were characterized with lower characteristic strength and higher structural reliability comparing to other studied composites.

  10. Understanding pH and ionic strength effects on aluminum sulfate-induced microalgae flocculation.

    Cui, Y; Yuan, W; Cheng, J


    The objective of this study was to understand the effect of pH and ionic strength of aluminum sulfate on the flocculation of microalgae. It was found that changing pH and ionic strength influenced algal flocculation by changing the zeta potential of cells, which was described by the classical theory of Derjaguin, Landau, Verwey, and Overbeek (DLVO). For both algal species of Scenedesmus dimorphus and Nannochloropsis oculata, cells with lower total DLVO interaction energy had higher flocculation efficiency, indicating that the DLVO model was qualitatively accurate in predicting the flocculation of the two algae. However, the two algae responded differently to changing pH and ionic strength. The flocculation of N. oculata increased with increasing aluminum sulfate concentration and favored either low (pH 5) or high (pH 10) pH where cells had relatively low negative surface charges. For S. dimorphus, the highest flocculation was achieved at low ionic strength (1 μM) or moderate pH (pH 7.5) where cell surface charges were fully neutralized (zero zeta potential).

  11. Correlation between microstructural features and tensile strength for friction welded joints of AA-7005 aluminum alloy

    Seyyed Mostafa Tahsini; Ayyub Halvaee; Hamed Khosravi


    Similar friction welded joints of AA-7005 aluminum rods were fabricated using different combinations of process parameters such as friction pressure (1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 MPa) and friction time (10, 15 and 20 s). Interfacial microstructure and formation of intermetallic compounds at the joint interface were evaluated via scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with energy dispersive spectrum (EDS), and optical microscopy (OM). Microstructural observations reveal the formation of intermetallic phases during the welding process which cannot be extruded from the interface. Theses phases influence the tensile strength of the resultant joints. From the tensile characteristics viewpoint, the greatest tensile strength value of 365 MPa is obtained at 1.5 MPa and 15 s. Finally, the role of microstructural features on tensile strength of resultant joints is discussed.

  12. Metallic Reinforcement of Direct Squeeze Die Casting Aluminum Alloys for Improved Strength and Fracture Resistance

    D. Schwam: J.F. Wallace: Y. Zhu: J.W. Ki


    obtained with unreinforced 356 aluminum casting. Good strength can be obtained with a sound die casting without any defects produced by squeeze casting. The use of higher pressure to produce the squeeze casting has been shown to increase the strength of a hemispherical dome casting. This dome shape casting has been produced both with and without reinforcement and tested to determine its pressure resistance under internal pressure of water. Only a slight improvement in strength could be determined because of water leaks at the seal between hemispherical dome and its flat supporting side. However, when the ability of the casting was tested under the compressive force of a plunger, the strengthening effect of wire mesh or sheet was evident. Higher loads to failure were obtained because of the reinforcement of the stainless steel wire and punched sheet. Rather than a sudden failure occurring, the reinforcement of the stainless steel wire or the punched hard stainless steel sheet held the material together and prevented any loss of the fractured casting to the surroundings. Unalloyed steel did not have the required strength or mechanical properties to increase the properties of the casting.

  13. Tensile strength on friction stir processed AMg5 (5083) aluminum alloy

    Chumaevsky, A. V.; Eliseev, A. A.; Filippov, A. V.; Rubtsov, V. E.; Tarasov, S. Yu.


    The results of the tensile tests carried out both on AMg5 (5083) aluminum alloy samples base and those obtained using friction stir processing technique are reported. The tensile test samples have been prepared from the friction stir processed plates so that their tensile axis was parallel to the processing direction. The maximum tensile strength of the processed samples was 9% higher than of the base metal. The fractographic examination shows the presence of flat areas inherent of the brittle fracture in all three friction processed samples. The load-extension curves show that friction stir processing may suppress the serrated yielding.

  14. Fatigue Induced Alteration of the Superficial Strength Properties of 2024 Aluminum Alloy

    K.-D. Bouzakis; I. Mirisidis; Sp. G. Pantelakis; A.N. Chamos


    aluminum alloy 2024 T3 specimens have been subjected to constant amplitude fatigue loading at R=0.1. During fatigue, an appreciable increase of the surface hardness of the material at the meso-scale can be observed and captured by means of nanoindentations. Surface hardness increases with increasing fatigue stress amplitude and advancing number of applied fatigue cycles. Observed increase of specimen surface hardening degree during fatigue causes an evolution of superficial mechanical strength properties of the alloy. Stress-strain curves associated with the evoluting superficial mechanical properties are derived, employing a developed finite element method (FEM)-supported evaluation procedure of nanoindentation experimental results.

  15. Effect of strength matching on the reliability of welded pipe with circumferential surface crack

    何柏林; 于影霞; 霍立兴; 张玉凤


    For different strength matching, the reliability index and failure probability of welded pressure pipe with circumferential surface crack were calculated using three dimensional stochastic finite element method. This method has overcome the shortcomings of conservative results in safety assessment with deterministic fracture mechanics method. The effects of external moment and the depth of the circumferential surface crack (a) on the reliability of pressure pipe were also calculated and discussed. The calculation results indicate that the strength matching has certain effect on the reliability of the welded pressure pipe with circumferential surface crack. The failure probability of welded pressure pipe with high strength matching is lower than that with low strength matching at the same conditions. The effects of strength matching on the failure probability and reliability index increased by adding external moment (M) and the depth of the circumferential surface crack (a).

  16. The Reliability of Strength Tests Performed In Elevated Shoulder Positions Using a Handheld Dynamometer.

    McLaine, Sally J; Ginn, Karen A; Kitic, Cecilia M; Fell, James W; Bird, Marie-Louise


    The reliable measurement of shoulder strength is important when assessing athletes involved in overhead activities. Swimmers' shoulders are subject to repetitive humeral elevation and consequently have a high risk of developing movement-control issues and pain. Shoulder-strength tests performed in positions of elevation assist with the detection of strength deficits that may affect injury and performance. The reliability of isometric strength tests performed in positions of humeral elevation without manual stabilization, which is a typical clinical scenario, has not been established. To establish the relative and absolute intrarater reliability of shoulder-strength tests functional to swimming in 3 body positions commonly used in the clinical setting. Repeated-measures reliability study. Research laboratory. 15 university students and staff (mean ± SD age 24 ± 8.2 y). Isometric shoulder-strength tests were performed in positions of humeral elevation (flexion and extension in 140° abduction in the scapular plane, internal and external rotation in 90° abduction) on subjects without shoulder pain in supine, prone, and sitting. Subjects were tested by 1 examiner with a handheld dynamometer and retested after 48 h. Relative reliability (ICC3,1) values with 95% CI. Absolute reliability was reported by minimal detectable change (MDC). Good to excellent intrarater reliability was found for all shoulder-strength tests (ICC .87-.99). Intrarater reliability was not affected by body position. MDC% was rotation strength tests performed in humeral elevation demonstrated excellent to good intrarater reliability regardless of body position. A strength change of more than 15% in any position can be considered meaningful.

  17. Change of Hot Cracking Susceptibility in Welding of High Strength Aluminum Alloy AA 7075

    Holzer, M.; Hofmann, K.; Mann, V.; Hugger, F.; Roth, S.; Schmidt, M.

    High strength aluminum alloys are known as hard to weld alloys due to their high hot crack susceptibility. However, they have high potential for applications in light weight constructions of automotive industry and therefore it is needed to increase weldability. One major issue is the high hot cracking susceptibility. Vaporization during laser beam welding leads to a change of concentration of the volatile elements magnesium and zinc. Hence, solidification range of the weld and therefore hot cracking susceptibility changes. Additionally, different welding velocities lead to changed solidification conditions with certain influence on hot cracking. This paper discusses the influence of energy per unit length during laser beam welding of AA 7075 on the change of element concentration in the weld seam and the resulting influence on hot cracking susceptibility. Therefore EDS-measurements of weld seams generated with different velocities are performed to determine the change of element concentration. These quantitative data is used to numerically calculate the solidification range in order to evaluate its influence on the hot cracking susceptibility. Besides that, relative hot crack length and mechanical properties are measured. The results increase knowledge about welding of high strength aluminum alloy AA 7075 and hence support further developing of the welding process.

  18. Investigation of Material Performance Degradation for High-Strength Aluminum Alloy Using Acoustic Emission Method

    Yibo Ai


    Full Text Available Structural materials damages are always in the form of micro-defects or cracks. Traditional or conventional methods such as micro and macro examination, tensile, bend, impact and hardness tests can be used to detect the micro damage or defects. However, these tests are destructive in nature and not in real-time, thus a non-destructive and real-time monitoring and characterization of the material damage is needed. This study is focused on the application of a non-destructive and real-time acoustic emission (AE method to study material performance degradation of a high-strength aluminum alloy of high-speed train gearbox shell. By applying data relative analysis and interpretation of AE signals, the characteristic parameters of materials performance were achieved and the failure criteria of the characteristic parameters for the material tensile damage process were established. The results show that the AE method and signal analysis can be used to accomplish the non-destructive and real-time detection of the material performance degradation process of the high-strength aluminum alloy. This technique can be extended to other engineering materials.

  19. Elevated temperature strength, aging response and creep of aluminum matrix composites

    Bhagat, R.B.; Amateau, M.F.; House, M.B.; Meinert, K.C.; Nisson, P. (Pennsylvania State University, State College (United States))


    The effect of reinforcement on the high-temperature performance of aluminum matrix composites was investigated using samples of 6061 aluminum alloy reinforced with planar-random graphite fibers, SiC whiskers, or alumina particles, which were aged at 150 and 200 C for up to 500 hrs. As indicated by the results of microhardness tests, all specimens exhibited accelerated aging response, with the response depending on the characteristics of the reinforcement. Both the graphite-fiber- and SiC-whisker-reinforced composites showed a substantially increased strengths over that of the wrought 6061 Al at all temperatures. The graphite-fiber- and the SiC-whisker-reinforced composites were found to retain their tensile strength and stiffness in the overaged condition of the matrix. The whisker-reinforced composite showed significant resistance to creep at temperatures between 232 and 350 C under stresses of up to 100 MPa, while the particulate composite had a moderate increase in creep resistance. 51 refs.

  20. Strength Reliability Analysis of Turbine Blade Using Surrogate Models

    Wei Duan


    Full Text Available There are many stochastic parameters that have an effect on the reliability of steam turbine blades performance in practical operation. In order to improve the reliability of blade design, it is necessary to take these stochastic parameters into account. In this study, a variable cross-section twisted blade is investigated and geometrical parameters, material parameters and load parameters are considered as random variables. A reliability analysis method as a combination of a Finite Element Method (FEM, a surrogate model and Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS, is applied to solve the blade reliability analysis. Based on the blade finite element parametrical model and the experimental design, two kinds of surrogate models, Polynomial Response Surface (PRS and Artificial Neural Network (ANN, are applied to construct the approximation analytical expressions between the blade responses (including maximum stress and deflection and random input variables, which act as a surrogate of finite element solver to drastically reduce the number of simulations required. Then the surrogate is used for most of the samples needed in the Monte Carlo method and the statistical parameters and cumulative distribution functions of the maximum stress and deflection are obtained by Monte Carlo simulation. Finally, the probabilistic sensitivities analysis, which combines the magnitude of the gradient and the width of the scatter range of the random input variables, is applied to evaluate how much the maximum stress and deflection of the blade are influenced by the random nature of input parameters.

  1. Strength Reliability Analysis of Stiffened Cylindrical Shells Considering Failure Correlation

    Xu Bai; Liping Sun; Wei Qin; Yongkun Lv


    The stiffened cylindrical shell is commonly used for the pressure hull of submersibles and the legs of offshore platforms. There are various failure modes because of uncertainty with the structural size and material properties, uncertainty of the calculation model and machining errors. Correlations among failure modes must be considered with the structural reliability of stiffened cylindrical shells. However, the traditional method cannot consider the correlations effectively. The aim of this study is to present a method of reliability analysis for stiffened cylindrical shells which considers the correlations among failure modes. Firstly, the joint failure probability calculation formula of two related failure modes is derived through use of the 2D joint probability density function. Secondly, the full probability formula of the tandem structural system is given with consideration to the correlations among failure modes. At last, the accuracy of the system reliability calculation is verified through use of the Monte Carlo simulation. Result of the analysis shows the failure probability of stiffened cylindrical shells can be gained through adding the failure probability of each mode.


    J. Gogoi


    Full Text Available This paper deals with the stress vs. strength problem incorporating multi-componentsystems viz. standby redundancy. The models developed have been illustrated assuming that allthe components in the system for both stress and strength are independent and follow differentprobability distributions viz. Exponential, Gamma and Lindley. Four different conditions forstress and strength have been considered for this investigation. Under these assumptions thereliabilities of the system have been obtained with the help of the particular forms of densityfunctions of n-standby system when all stress-strengths are random variables. The expressions forthe marginal reliabilities R(1, R(2, R(3 etc. have been derived based on its stress- strengthmodels. Then the corresponding system reliabilities Rn have been computed numerically andpresented in tabular forms for different stress-strength distributions with different values of theirparameters. Here we consider n  3 for estimating the system reliability R3.

  3. Fatigue reliability based on residual strength model with hybrid uncertain parameters

    Jun Wang; Zhi-Ping Qiu


    The aim of this paper is to evaluate the fatigue reliability with hybrid uncertain parameters based on a residual strength model.By solving the non-probabilistic setbased reliability problem and analyzing the reliability with randomness,the fatigue reliability with hybrid parameters can be obtained.The presented hybrid model can adequately consider all uncertainties affecting the fatigue reliability with hybrid uncertain parameters.A comparison among the presented hybrid model,non-probabilistic set-theoretic model and the conventional random model is made through two typical numerical examples.The results show that the presented hybrid model,which can ensure structural security,is effective and practical.

  4. Dynamic Crystallization: An Influence on Degree of Prior Deformation and Mechanical Strength of 6063 Aluminum Alloy

    Gbenebor, O.P


    Full Text Available This research is aimed at investigating the influence dynamic solidification of melts on degree of mechanical deformation and mechanical strength of 6063 aluminum alloy. Cylindrical samples of 14mm diameter and 140mm long were die cast following two techniques – vibration and static. Prior deformation via forging was imposed on each solidified sample to achieve 7%, 14%, 21% and 28% thickness reductions respectively for each casting technique. Average deformation load, average hammer velocities and the average energy absorbed were recorded. Tensile properties of each sample were studied via the use of Monsanto tensometer. Mechanical agitation of mould and its content increased the machinability of the alloy even at higer pre deformation. This was justified by the failure of the 28% reduction sample cast on static floor during machining to a tensile piece. The energy absorbed during deformation influences the tensile strength of the material. This increases with increase in percentage deformation except for 28% reduction whose magnitude was lower than that subjected to 21% reduction; vibrated samples possessed superior properties. From results obtained, vibrating a sample and subjecting to 21% pre-deformation possessed the best tensile strength.

  5. Effect of aluminum anodizing in phosphoric acid electrolyte on adhesion strength and thermal performance

    Lee, Sulki; Kim, Donghyun; Kim, Yonghwan; Jung, Uoochang; Chung, Wonsub


    This study examined the adhesive bond strength and thermal performance of the anodized aluminum 6061 in phosphoric acid electrolyte to improve the adhesive bond strength and thermal performance for use in metal core printed circuit boards (MCPCB). The electrolyte temperature and applied voltage were altered to generate varied pore structures. The thickness, porosity and pore diameter of the anodized layer were measured. The pore morphologies were affected most by temperature, which was the driving force for ion transportation. The mechanism of adhesive bond was penetration of the epoxy into the pores. The optimal anodization conditions for maximum adhesive bond strength, 27 MPa, were 293 K and 100V. The maximum thermal conductivity of the epoxy-treated anodized layer was 1.6 W/m·K at 273 K. Compared with the epoxy-treated Al layer used for conventional MCPCBs, the epoxy-treated anodized layer showed advanced thermal performance due to a low difference of thermal resistance and high heat dissipation.

  6. Super High Strength Aluminum Alloy Processed by Mechanical Alloying and Hot Extrusion

    Zheng, Ruixiao; Yang, Han; Wang, Zengjie; Wen, Shizhen; Liu, Tong; Ma, Chaoli

    Nanostructure strengthened aluminum alloy was prepared by powder metallurgic technology. The rapid solidification Al-Cu-Mg alloy powder was used in this study. To obtain nanostructure, the commercial powder was intensely milled under certain ball milling conditions. The milled powder was compacted first by cold isostatic pressing (CIP) at a compressive pressure of 300MPa, and then extruded at selected temperature for several times to obtain near full density material. Microstructure and mechanical properties of the extruded alloy were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and mechanical tests. It is revealed that the compressive strength of extruded alloy is higher than 800MPa. The strengthening mechanism associated with the nanostructure is discussed.

  7. New development in welding thin-shell aluminum alloy structures with high strength

    徐文立; 范成磊; 方洪渊; 田锡唐


    From the viewpoint of welding mechanics, two new welding methods-welding with trailing peening and welding with trailing impactive rolling were introduced. For aluminum alloy thin-shell structures with high strength, welding will lead to hot cracking, poor joint and distortion. In order to solve them, trailing impactive device was used behind welding torch to impact the different positions of welded joints, thus realizing the welding with free-hot cracking, low distortion and joint strengthening. By use of impactive rolling wheels instead of peening heads, the outlook of welded specimen can be improved and stress concentration at weld toes can be reduced. Equipment of this technology is simple and portable. It can used to weld sheets, longitudinal and ring-like beams of tube-like structures, as well as the thin-shell structures with closed welds such as flanges and hatches. So the technology has the wide application foreground in the fields of aviation and aerospace.


    XU Lianghong; TIAN Zhiling; ZHANG Xiaomu; PENG Yun


    20 mm thick plates of 2519-T87 high strength aluminum alloy have been welded. The effects of the compositions of filier wires, the heat input and the compositions of shielding gas on the mechanical properties and microstructure of the welded joint have been investigated. The results indicate that finer microstructure, better mechanical properties and higher value of hardness of HAZ can be obtained by using lower heat input. The use of Ar/He mixed shielding gas has several advantages over pure Ar shielding gas. With the increase of the proportion of He in the mixed shielding gas, the grain size of the weld metal as well as porosity susceptibility decreases. When the volume ratio of He to Ar reaches 7:3, the porosity and the grain size of weld metal reach the minimum, and the porosity can be further reduced by filling some CO2.

  9. Experimental and Numerical Study on the Strength of Aluminum Extrusion Welding

    Sedat Bingöl


    Full Text Available The quality of extrusion welding in the extruded hollow shapes is influenced significantly by the pressure and effective stress under which the material is being joined inside the welding chamber. However, extrusion welding was not accounted for in the past by the developers of finite element software packages. In this study, the strength of hollow extrusion profile with seam weld produced at different ram speeds was investigated experimentally and numerically. The experiments were performed on an extruded hollow aluminum profile which was suitable to obtain the tensile tests specimens from its seam weld’s region at both parallel to extrusion direction and perpendicular to extrusion direction. A new numerical modeling approach, which was recently proposed in literature, was used for numerical analyses of the study. The simulation results performed at different ram speeds were compared with the experimental results, and a good agreement was obtained.

  10. Design of Helical Self-Piercing Rivet for Joining Aluminum Alloy and High-Strength Steel Sheets

    Kim, W. Y.; Kim, D. B.; Park, J. G; Kim, D. H.; Kim, K. H.; Lee, I. H.; Cho, H. Y. [Chungbuk National University, Cheongju (Korea, Republic of)


    A self-piercing rivet (SPR) is a mechanical component for joining dissimilar material sheets such as those of aluminum alloy and steel. Unlike conventional rivets, the SPR directly pierces sheets without the need for drilling them beforehand. However, the regular SPR can undergo buckling when it pierces a high-strength steel sheet, warranting the design of a helical SPR. In this study, the joining and forging processes using the helical SPR were simulated using the commercial FEM code, DEFORM-3D. High-tensile-strength steel sheets of different strengths were joined with aluminum alloy sheets using the designed helical SPR. The simulation results were found to agree with the experimental results, validating the optimal design of a helical SPR that can pierce high-strength steel sheets.

  11. Towards the problem of forming full strength welded joints on aluminum alloy sheets. Part II: AA7475

    Kalashnikova, Tatiana; Tarasov, Sergey; Eliseev, Alexander; Fortuna, Anastasiya


    The microstructural evolution in welded joint zones obtained both by friction stir welding and ultrasonic- assisted friction stir welding on dispersion hardened 7475 aluminum alloy has been examined together with the analysis of mechanical strength and microhardness. It was established that ultrasonic-assisted friction stir provided leveled microhardness profiles across the weld zones as well as higher joint strength as compared to those of standard friction stir welding.

  12. Cold cracking in DC-cast high strength aluminum alloy ingots: An intrinsic problem intensified by casting process parameters

    Lalpoor, M.; Eskin, D.G.; Ruvalcaba, D.; Fjaer, H.G.; Ten Cate, A.; Ontijt, N.; Katgerman, L.


    For almost half a century the catastrophic failure of direct chill (DC) cast high strength aluminum alloys has been challenging the production of sound ingots. To overcome this problem, a criterion is required that can assist the researchers in predicting the critical conditions which facilitate the

  13. Isometric abdominal wall muscle strength assessment in individuals with incisional hernia: a prospective reliability study

    Jensen, K. K.; Kjær, Michael; Jorgensen, L. N.


    Purpose To determine the reliability of measurements obtained by the Good Strength dynamometer, determining isometric abdominal wall and back muscle strength in patients with ventral incisional hernia (VIH) and healthy volunteers with an intact abdominal wall. Methods Ten patients with VIH and ten...... healthy volunteers with an intact abdominal wall were each examined twice with a 1 week interval. Examination included the assessment of truncal flexion and extension as measured with the Good Strength dynamometer, the completion of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) and the self......-assessment of truncal strength on a visual analogue scale (SATS). The test–retest reliability of truncal flexion and extension was assessed by interclass correlation coefficient (ICC), and Bland and Altman graphs. Finally, correlations between truncal strength, and IPAQ and SATS were examined. Results Truncal flexion...

  14. A novel aluminum based nanocomposite with high strength and good ductility

    Ramezanalizadeh, Hossein, E-mail: [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Emamy, Masoud [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shokouhimehr, Mohammadreza [School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, College of Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Aluminum based nanocomposite containing nano-sized Al{sub 3}Mg{sub 2} reinforcing was fabricated via mechanical milling followed by hot extrusion techniques. For this, Al and Al{sub 3}Mg{sub 2} powders were mixed mechanically and milled at different times (0, 2, 5, 7, 10, 15 and 20 h) to achieve Al–10 wt.% Al{sub 3}Mg{sub 2} composite powders. Hot extrusion of cold pressed powders was done at 400 °C with extrusion ratio of 6:1. Microstructures of the powders and consolidated materials were studied using transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscope and X-ray diffraction. Fracture surfaces were also investigated by scanning electron microscopy equipped with EDS analyzer. The results showed that an increase in milling time caused to reduce the grain size unlike the lattice strain of Al matrix. In addition, the fabricated composites exhibited homogeneous distribution and less agglomerations of the n-Al{sub 3}Mg{sub 2} with increasing milling time. The mechanical behavior of these nanocomposites was investigated by hardness and tensile tests, which revealed it has four times the strength of a conventional Al along with good ductility. It was found that the ultimate tensile strength (UTS) and elongation of the nanocomposites were significantly improved with increases in milling time up to 15 h. This improvement was attributed to the grain refinement strengthening and homogeneous distribution of the n-Al{sub 3}Mg{sub 2}. Fracture surfaces showed that the interfacial bonding between Al and Al{sub 3}Mg{sub 2} could be improved with increasing in milling time. Also HRTEM results from interface showed that a metallurgical clean interface and intimate contact between matrix and second phase. By extending the milling process up to 20 h, there was no significant improvement in mechanical behavior of materials, due to the completion of milling process and dynamic and static recovery of composite at higher milling times. - Highlights: • A novel aluminum

  15. Core muscle strength and endurance measures in ambulatory persons with multiple sclerosis: validity and reliability.

    Fry, Donna K; Huang, Min; Rodda, Becky J


    This study examined the test-retest reliability and validity of three core muscle strength tests in individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS). Twenty-one ambulatory individuals with MS completed the curl-up, flexor endurance, and pelvic tilt stabilization tests of core muscle strength. They were retested 1-2 weeks after the first test. The sit-to-stand (STS) test was also conducted on the first test. Descriptive statistics, intraclass correlation coefficients, SEM, and minimal detectable change (MDC) were calculated for each test. Pearson's correlations were calculated between all variables for the first test date. The curl-up test demonstrated excellent test-retest reliability (intraclass correlation coefficient=0.995), requiring 3.4 additional repetitions in 60 s to demonstrate a detectable change. The curl-up test was moderately correlated with the STS. The flexor endurance and pelvic tilt stabilization tests demonstrated moderate test-retest reliability, with relatively large SEMs and MDCs and only a low correlation with the STS. The curl-up test is recommended as a valid and reliable test of core muscle strength in individuals with MS. The flexor endurance test and the pelvic tilt stabilization test of core muscle strength are not recommended due to large SEM and MDC scores. Further study of core muscle strength and endurance measures is indicated to seek additional tests that are valid and reliable in the MS population.

  16. Intrarater reliability of assessing strength of the shoulder and scapular muscles.

    Celik, Derya; Dirican, Ahmet; Baltaci, Gul


    Handheld dynamometry (HHD) is considered an objective method of measuring strength, but the reliability of the procedure can be compromised by inadequate tester strength and insufficient stabilization of the dynamometer especially, for the scapular muscles. Primarily, to determine the intrarater reliability of HHD when testing shoulder and scapular muscle strength, and secondarily, to report reliability when corrected for body-mass index (BMI). Technical report. University physiotherapy department. 57 adults (17 men, 40 women; mean age = 35.05 ± 13.5 y), both healthy individuals and patients with shoulder impingement. HHD. Muscle strength of the upper, middle, and lower trapezius; anterior deltoid; serratus anterior; supraspinatus; and latissimus dorsi determined by HHD. Each muscle was assessed 3 times, and the mean value was calculated. The subjects were divided into 3 groups according to BMI. Group 1: BMI ≤ 20 kg/m(2) (n = 22); Group 2: BMI ≤ 24.9 kg/m(2) (n = 54); and Group 3: BMI ≤ 29.9 kg/m(2) (n = 38). Correlations were calculated for each pair of strength scores. Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) ranged from .77 to .99 in healthy subjects and from .75 to .99 in patients, for all muscle groups except the upper trapezius (P muscle strength illustrates that as BMI increases, there is a decrease in reliability values of the lower trapezius (ICC = .35-.65). The study demonstrates that evaluating the strength of scapular and shoulder muscles using HHD presents reliable results for both patients with impingement syndrome and healthy subjects. Reliability values were compressed when testing the trapezius in subjects with higher BMI. This is likely a result of the examiner's difficulty in overcoming the patients with this maneuver.

  17. Isometric abdominal wall muscle strength assessment in individuals with incisional hernia: a prospective reliability study.

    Jensen, K K; Kjaer, M; Jorgensen, L N


    To determine the reliability of measurements obtained by the Good Strength dynamometer, determining isometric abdominal wall and back muscle strength in patients with ventral incisional hernia (VIH) and healthy volunteers with an intact abdominal wall. Ten patients with VIH and ten healthy volunteers with an intact abdominal wall were each examined twice with a 1 week interval. Examination included the assessment of truncal flexion and extension as measured with the Good Strength dynamometer, the completion of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) and the self-assessment of truncal strength on a visual analogue scale (SATS). The test-retest reliability of truncal flexion and extension was assessed by interclass correlation coefficient (ICC), and Bland and Altman graphs. Finally, correlations between truncal strength, and IPAQ and SATS were examined. Truncal flexion and extension showed excellent test-retest reliability for both patients with VIH (ICC 0.91 and 0.99) and healthy controls (ICC 0.97 and 0.96). Bland and Altman plots showed that no systematic bias was present for neither truncal flexion nor extension when assessing reliability. For patients with VIH, no significant correlations between objective measures of truncal strength and IPAQ or SATS were found. For healthy controls, both truncal flexion (τ 0.58, p = 0.025) and extension (τ 0.58, p = 0.025) correlated significantly with SATS, while no other significant correlation between truncal strength measures and IPAQ was found. The Good Strength dynamometer provided a reliable, low-cost measure of truncal flexion and extension in patients with VIH.

  18. Light weight and high strength materials made of recycled steel and aluminum

    Nounezi, Thomas

    Recycling has proven not only to address today's economical, environmental and social issues, but also to be imperative for the sustainability of human technology. The current thesis has investigated the feasibility of a new philosophy for Recycling (Alloying-Recycling) using steel 1020 and aluminum 6061T6. The study was limited to the metallurgical aspects only and has highlighted the potential of recycled alloys made of recycled aluminum and steel to exhibit substantially increased wear resistance and strength-to-weight ratio as compared to initial primary materials. Three alloy-mixtures are considered: TN3 (5wt% 1020 +95wt% 6061T6); TN5 (0.7wt% 1020 + 99.3wt% 6061T6); and TN4 (10wt% 6061T6 + 90wt% 1020). A Tucker induction power supply system (3kW; 135-400 kHz) is used to melt the alloy mixtures for casting in graphite crucibles. Heat treatment of the cast samples is done using a radiation box furnace. Microscopy, Vickers hardness and pin-on-disc abrasive wear tests are performed. Casting destroyed the initial microstructures of the alloys leading to a hardness reduction in the as-cast and solution heat-treated aluminum rich samples to 60 Hv from 140 Hv. Ageing slightly increased the hardness of the cast samples and provided a wear resistance two times higher than that of the initial 6061T6 material. On the steel rich side, the hardness of the as-cast TN4 was 480 Hv, which is more than twice as high as the initial hardness of steel 1020 of 202 Hv; this hints to strong internal and residual stress, probably martensite formation during fast cooling following casting. Solution heat treatment lowered the hardness to the original value of steel 1020, but provided about ten (10) times higher wear resistance; this suggests higher ductility and toughness of normalised TN4 as compared to 1020. In addition, TN4 exhibits about 25% weight reduction as compared to 1020. The actual recycling process and the effect of non-metallic impurities shall be investigated in future

  19. Reliability Stress-Strength Models for Dependent Observations with Applications in Clinical Trials

    Kushary, Debashis; Kulkarni, Pandurang M.


    We consider the applications of stress-strength models in studies involving clinical trials. When studying the effects and side effects of certain procedures (treatments), it is often the case that observations are correlated due to subject effect, repeated measurements and observing many characteristics simultaneously. We develop maximum likelihood estimator (MLE) and uniform minimum variance unbiased estimator (UMVUE) of the reliability which in clinical trial studies could be considered as the chances of increased side effects due to a particular procedure compared to another. The results developed apply to both univariate and multivariate situations. Also, for the univariate situations we develop simple to use lower confidence bounds for the reliability. Further, we consider the cases when both stress and strength constitute time dependent processes. We define the future reliability and obtain methods of constructing lower confidence bounds for this reliability. Finally, we conduct simulation studies to evaluate all the procedures developed and also to compare the MLE and the UMVUE.

  20. Bearing Casting Technology of High-strength Aluminum Alloy ZL205A%高强度铝合金ZL205A支座铸造技术

    崔恩强; 王宝兵; 肖旅


      Smelting process and heat treatment of high-strength aluminum alloy ZL205A were investigated. According to the characteristics and quality of the support structure requirements, the practical casting process was developed and a bearing casting was poured. The results show that the performance and quality of the high-strength aluminum alloy ZL205A castings meet to the design requirements and it has basically the same reliability with forgings used in bearings, which can be a substitute to reduce the manufacturing cost of the structural parts and shorten the manufacturing cycle.%  对高强度铝合金ZL205A的熔炼工艺、热处理工艺进行了研究,并根据支座的结构特点和质量要求,制定了切实可行的铸造工艺方案,浇注了支座铸件。结果表明,ZL205A高强度铝合金铸件性能和质量满足设计指标要求,且可靠性与锻件基本相同,从而可代替锻件应用于支座,降低结构件制造成本,缩短制造周期。

  1. Analysis of porosity characteristics in weld metal of high strength aluminum alloy and the effect of mixed shielding gas

    Xiaomu Zhang; Zhiyong Zhang; Yun Peng; Zhiling Tian; Changhong He; Hongjun Xiao; Chengyong Ma [Central Iron and Steel Research Inst., Beijing, BJ (China)


    Aluminum alloy has being widely used in modern automobile and aeronautic industry. However, the welding of aluminum alloy, especially high strength aluminum alloy is difficult. Porosities are usually brought in the weld metal. In this paper, MIG welding using mixed gas shielding is carried out. The characteristic shapes of porosity in weld metal are described, the mechanism of porosity formation is analyzed, and the factors that influence the tendency of porosity formation are studied. Experiment results indicate that by the use of mixed shielding gas of 38%He+62%Ar, the number of porosity is reduced, the width of HAZ and softened zone is decreased, and the mechanical properties of welded joint is increased. (orig.)

  2. Grain size effect on yield strength of titanium alloy implanted with aluminum ions

    Popova, Natalya, E-mail: [Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building, 2, Solyanaya Sq., 634003, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science, SB RAS, 2/4, Akademicheskii Ave., 634021, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Nikonenko, Elena, E-mail: [Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building, 2, Solyanaya Sq., 634003, Tomsk (Russian Federation); National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, 30, Lenin Str., 634050, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Yurev, Ivan, E-mail: [Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building, 2, Solyanaya Sq., 634003, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Kalashnikov, Mark, E-mail: [Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science, SB RAS, 2/4, Akademicheskii Ave., 634021, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Kurzina, Irina, E-mail: [National Research Tomsk State University, 36, Lenin Str., 634050, Tomsk (Russian Federation)


    The paper presents a transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study of the microstructure and phase state of commercially pure titanium VT1-0 implanted by aluminum ions. This study has been carried out before and after the ion implantation for different grain size, i.e. 0.3 µm (ultra-fine grain condition), 1.5 µm (fine grain condition), and 17 µm (polycrystalline condition). This paper presents details of calculations and analysis of strength components of the yield stress. It is shown that the ion implantation results in a considerable hardening of the entire thickness of the implanted layer in the both grain types. The grain size has, however, a different effect on the yield stress. So, both before and after the ion implantation, the increase of the grain size leads to the decrease of the alloy hardening. Thus, hardening in ultra-fine and fine grain alloys increased by four times, while in polycrystalline alloy it increased by over six times.

  3. Non-contact sheet forming using lasers applied to a high strength aluminum alloy

    Rafael Humberto Mota Siqueira


    Full Text Available Laser beam forming (LBF is a contactless mechanical process accomplished by the introduction of thermal stresses on the surface of a material using a laser in order to induce plastic deformation. In this work, LBF was performed on 1.6 mm thick sheets of a high strength aluminum alloy, AA6013-T4 class by using a defocused continuous Yb-fiber laser beam of 0.6 mm in diameter on the sheet top surface. The laser power and process speed were varied from 200 W to 2000 W and from 3 to 30 mm/s, respectively. For these experimental conditions, the bending angle of the sheet ranged from 0.1° to 2.5° per run. In the highest bending angle condition, 1000 W and 30 mm/s, the depth of remelted pool was 0.6 mm and the microstructure near the plate bottom surface remained unaltered. For the whole set of experimental conditions, the hardness remained constant at approximately 100 HV, which is similar to the base material. In order to verify the applicability of the method, some previously T-welded sheets were straightened. The method was efficient in correcting the distortion of the sheets with a bending angle up to 5°.

  4. Identifying Combination of Friction Stir Welding Parameters to Maximize Strength of Lap Joints of AA2014-T6 Aluminum Alloy

    Rajendrana C.


    Full Text Available AA2014 aluminum alloy (Al-Cu alloy has been widely utilized in fabrication of lightweight structures like aircraft structures, demanding high strength to weight ratio and good corrosion resistance. The fusion welding of these alloys will lead to solidification problems such as hot cracking. Friction stir welding is a new solid state welding process, in which the material being welded does not melt and recast. Lot of research works have been carried out by many researchers to optimize process parameters and establish empirical relationships to predict tensile strength of friction stir welded butt joints of aluminum alloys. However, very few investigations have been carried out on friction stir welded lap joints of aluminum alloys. Hence, in this investigation, an attempt has been made to optimize friction stir lap welding (FSLW parameters to attain maximum tensile strength using statistical tools such as design of experiment (DoE, analysis of variance (ANOVA, response graph and contour plots. By this method, it is found that maximum tensile shear fracture load of 12.76 kN can be achieved if a joint is made using tool rotational speed of 900 rpm, welding speed of 110 mm/min, tool shoulder diameter of 12 mm and tool tilt angle of 1.5°.

  5. Reliability of using nondestructive tests to estimate compressive strength of building stones and bricks

    Ali Abd Elhakam Aliabdo


    Full Text Available This study aims to investigate the relationships between Schmidt hardness rebound number (RN and ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV versus compressive strength (fc of stones and bricks. Four types of rocks (marble, pink lime stone, white lime stone and basalt and two types of burned bricks and lime-sand bricks were studied. Linear and non-linear models were proposed. High correlations were found between RN and UPV versus compressive strength. Validation of proposed models was assessed using other specimens for each material. Linear models for each material showed good correlations than non-linear models. General model between RN and compressive strength of tested stones and bricks showed a high correlation with regression coefficient R2 value of 0.94. Estimation of compressive strength for the studied stones and bricks using their rebound number and ultrasonic pulse velocity in a combined method was generally more reliable than using rebound number or ultrasonic pulse velocity only.

  6. Reliability analysis of diesel engine crankshaft based on 2D stress strength interference model


    A 2D stress strength interference model (2D-SSIM) considering that the fatigue reliability of engineering structural components has close relationship to load asymmetric ratio and its variability to some extent is put forward. The principle, geometric schematic and limit state equation of this model are presented. Reliability evaluation for a kind of diesel engine crankshaft was made based on this theory, in which multi-axial loading fatigue criteria was employed. Because more important factors, i.e.stress asymmetric ratio and its variability, are considered, it theoretically can make more accurate evaluation for structural component reliability than the traditional interference model. Correspondingly, a Monte-Carlo Method simulation solution is also given. The computation suggests that this model can yield satisfactory reliability evaluation.

  7. Reliability of knee extensor and flexor muscle strength measurements in persons with late effects of polio.

    Flansbjer, Ulla-Britt; Lexell, Jan


    To assess the reliability of knee extensor and flexor muscle strength measurements in persons with late effects of polio. A test-retest reliability study. Thirty men and women (mean age 63 (standard deviation 6.4) years) with verified late effects of polio. Knee extensor and flexor muscle strength in both lower limbs were measured twice 7 days apart using a Biodex dynamometer (isokinetic concentric contractions at 60 degrees /sec and isometric contractions with knee flexion angle 90 degrees) and a Leg Extension/Curl Rehab exercise machine with pneumatic resistance (HUR) (isotonic contractions). Reliability was assessed with the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC1,1), the mean difference between the test sessions (d) together with the 95% confidence intervals for d, the standard error of measurement (SEM and SEM%), the smallest real difference (SRD and SRD%) and Bland-Altman graphs. Test-retest agreements were high, (ICC1,1 0.93-0.99) and measurement errors generally small. The SEM% was 4-14% and the SRD% 11-39%, with the highest values for the isokinetic measurements. Knee muscle strength can be measured reliably and can be used to detect real changes after an intervention for a group of persons with late effects of polio, whereas the values may be too high for single individuals or to detect smaller short-term changes over time for a group of individuals.

  8. Reliability analysis of production ships with emphasis on load combination and ultimate strength

    Wang, Xiaozhi


    This thesis deals with ultimate strength and reliability analysis of offshore production ships, accounting for stochastic load combinations, using a typical North Sea production ship for reference. A review of methods for structural reliability analysis is presented. Probabilistic methods are established for the still water and vertical wave bending moments. Linear stress analysis of a midships transverse frame is carried out, four different finite element models are assessed. Upon verification of the general finite element code ABAQUS with a typical ship transverse girder example, for which test results are available, ultimate strength analysis of the reference transverse frame is made to obtain the ultimate load factors associated with the specified pressure loads in Det norske Veritas Classification rules for ships and rules for production vessels. Reliability analysis is performed to develop appropriate design criteria for the transverse structure. It is found that the transverse frame failure mode does not seem to contribute to the system collapse. Ultimate strength analysis of the longitudinally stiffened panels is performed, accounting for the combined biaxial and lateral loading. Reliability based design of the longitudinally stiffened bottom and deck panels is accomplished regarding the collapse mode under combined biaxial and lateral loads. 107 refs., 76 refs., 37 tabs.

  9. Inhibition of Ce3+ on Stress Corrosion Crack of High Strength Aluminum Alloy

    LI Wen-ting


    Full Text Available The stress corrosion cracking (SCC susceptibility of 7A04 high strength aluminum alloy in 3.5% (mass fraction NaCl solution and the Ce3+ inhibition of SCC were investigated by slow stress rate test(SSRT, using constant current polarization, electrochemical noise (ECN and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS techniques. The inhibition mechanism of Ce3+ ions on the initiation and propagation of cracking was also analyzed. The results indicate that both anodic and cathodic galvanostatic polarizations can accelerate the SCC of 7A04, the former increases anodic dissolution but the latter accelerates hydrogen embrittlement of crack tip. SCC susceptibility of 7A04 can be reduced effectively by the addition of cerium ions, the fracture time is delayed and slowed down, but only during the initiation other than the propagation stage of cracking. Ce3+ ions can restrain the initiation of metastable pitting on the surface of 7A04 specimen, which therefore increase the induction time of the cracking since that the micro pits are usually the source of cracking.However, once the crack begins to propagate or the specimen is notched, the addition of cerium ions can rarely inhibit the cracking process. This is possibly attributed to that the radius of Ce3+ ion is too large to diffuse into the crack tip or it is hard to form protective CeO2 layer, Ce3+ ion therefore fails to rehabilitate the active alloy at the crack tip and further reduce the SCC developing rate of 7A04. SEM also indicates that the crack initiation of smooth 7A04 specimens is mainly induced by metastable or stable pits.

  10. A new method for welding aluminum alloy LY12CZ sheet with high strength


    From the viewpoint of welding mechanics, a new welding technology-trailing peening was applied firstly to weld aluminum alloy LY12CZ sheet with high susceptibility to hot cracking. Trailing peening can exert a transverse extrusion strain on the metal in brittle temperature region (BTR) which can compensate for the tensioning strain during the cooling procedure post welding. So, welding hot cracking of LY12CZ sheet can be controlled effectively on the special jig for hot cracking experiment, and the phenomenon of hot cracking can't be found in specimens with large dimensions finally. At the same time, welding with trailing peening can decrease welding distortion caused by longitudinal and transverse shrinkage of weld obviously. Due to strengthening the poor position-weld toe during the process of welding, the residual stress distribution of welded joint is more reasonable. Contrast with conventional welding, mechanical properties such as tensile strength, prolongation ratio and cold-bending angle of welded joint with trailing peening can be improved obviously, and rupture position of welded joint transits from weld toe at conventional welding to weld metal at trailing peening. So, welding with trailing peening can be regarded as a dynamic welding method with low stress, little distortion and hot cracking-free really. As far as theoretical analysis is concerned, the technology of trailing peening can be used to weld the materials with high susceptibility to hot cracking such as LY12CZ and LD10, and solve the welding distortion of thin plate-shell welded structures which contain closed welds such as flange. In addition, the technology of trailing peening has many advantages: simple device, high efficiency, low cost and flexible application which make the welding method have widely applied foreground in the field of aeronautics and aerospace.

  11. Precipitation of aluminum nitride in a high strength maraging steel with low nitrogen content

    Jeanmaire, G., E-mail: [Institut Jean Lamour, UMR 7198 CNRS-Université de Lorraine, 54011 Nancy Cedex (France); Aubert and Duval, BP1, 63770 Les Ancizes (France); Dehmas, M.; Redjaïmia, A. [Institut Jean Lamour, UMR 7198 CNRS-Université de Lorraine, 54011 Nancy Cedex (France); Puech, S. [Aubert and Duval, BP1, 63770 Les Ancizes (France); Fribourg, G. [Snecma Gennevilliers, 171 Boulevard de Valmy-BP 31, 92702 Colombes (France)


    In the present work, aluminum nitride (AlN) precipitation was investigated in a X23NiCoCrMoAl13-6-3 maraging steel with low nitrogen content (wt.% N = 5.5 ppm). A reliable and robust automatic method by scanning electron microscopy observations coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy was developed for the quantification of AlN precipitates. The first stage was to identify the solvus temperature and to develop a heat treatment able to dissolve the AlN precipitates. The experimental determination of equilibrium conditions and solvus temperature show good agreement with ThermoCalc® simulation. Then, from this AlN-free state, the cooling rate, isothermal holding time and temperature were the subject of an intensive investigation in the austenite region of this maraging steel. In spite of the high temperatures used during heat treatments, the growth kinetic of the largest AlN precipitates (> 1 μm) is slow. The cooling rate has a major effect on the size and the number density of AlN due to a higher driving force for nucleation at low temperatures. At last, quenching prior to isothermal annealing at high temperatures leads to fine and dense AlN precipitation, resulting from the martensite to austenite transformation. Experimental results will be discussed and compared with kinetic data obtained with the mobility database MobFe2 implemented in Dictra® software. - Highlights: • Slow dissolution kinetic of AlN precipitates due to both their large size and small chemical driving force • Significant effects of cooling rate prior isothermal heat treatment, holding time and temperature on AlN precipitation • Size of AlN precipitates can be reduced by quenching prior isothermal holding. • Fine precipitation of AlN related to the α → γ transformation.

  12. Reliability of the ultimate strength of ship stiffened panel subjected to random corrosion degradation

    Feng, Guo-qing; Hu, Bing-nan; Ren, Hui-long


    Attentions have been increasingly paid to the influence of the corrosion on the ultimate strength of ship structures. In consideration of the random characteristics of the corrosion of ship structures, the method for the ultimate strength analysis of the ship stiffened panel structure subjected to random corrosion degradation is presented. According to the measured corrosion data of the bulk carriers, the distribution characteristics of the corrosion data for the stiffened panel on the midship deck are analyzed, and a random corrosion model is established. The ultimate strength of the corroded stiffened panel is calculated by the nonlinear finite element analysis. The statistical descriptions of the ultimate strength of the corroded stiffened panel are defined through the Monte Carlo simulations. A formula is proposed on the ultimate strength reduction of the stiffened panel as a function of the corrosion volume. The reliability analysis of the ultimate strength of the corroded deck stiffened panel is performed. It shows that both the corrosion data of the deck stiffened panel and the ultimate strength of the random corroded deck stiffened panel follow the log-normal distribution. The ultimate stress ratio of the stiffened panel is inversely proportional to the corrosion volume ratio.

  13. Effect of aluminum oxide addition on the flexural strength and thermal diffusivity of heat-polymerized acrylic resin.

    Ellakwa, Ayman E; Morsy, Mohamed A; El-Sheikh, Ali M


    This work was undertaken to investigate the effect of adding from 5% to 20% by weight aluminum oxide powder on the flexural strength and thermal diffusivity of heat-polymerized acrylic resin. Seventy-five specimens of heat-polymerized acrylic resin were fabricated. The specimens were divided into five groups (n = 15) coded A to E. Group A was the control group (i.e., unmodified acrylic resin specimens). The specimens of the remaining four groups were reinforced with aluminum oxide (Al2O3) powder to achieve loadings of 5%, 10%, 15%, and 20% by weight. Specimens were stored in distilled water at 37 degrees C for 1 week before flexural strength testing to failure (5 mm/min crosshead speed) in a universal testing machine. Results were analyzed by one-way analysis of variance and post hoc Tukey paired group comparison tests (p denture bases to provide increased flexural strength and thermal diffusivity. Increasing the flexural strength and heat transfer characteristics of the acrylic resin base material could lead to more patient satisfaction.

  14. Reliability analysis of aero-engine blades considering nonlinear strength degeneration

    Lin Jiewei; Zhang Junhong; Yang Shuo; Bi Fengrong


    To comprehensively consider the effects of strength degeneration and failure correlation,an improved stress-strength interference (SSI) model is proposed to analyze the reliability of aeroengine blades with the fatigue failure mode.Two types of TC4 alloy experiments are conducted for the study on the damage accumulation law.All the parameters in the nonlinear damage model are obtained by the tension-compression fatigue tests,and the accuracy of the nonlinear damage model is verified by the damage tests.The strength degeneration model is put forward on the basis of the Chaboche nonlinear damage theory and the Griffith fracture criterion,and determined by measuring the fatigue toughness during the tests.From the comparison of two kinds of degeneration models based on the Miner's linear law and the nonlinear damage model respectively,the nonlinear model has a significant advantage on prediction accuracy especially in the later period of life.A time-dependent SSI reliability model is established.By computing the stress distribution using the finite element (FE) technique,the reliability of a single blade during the whole service life is obtained.Considering the failure correlation of components,a modified reliability model of aero-engine blades with common cause failure (CCF) is presented.It shows a closer and more reasonable process with the actual working condition.The improved reliability model is illustrated to be applied to aero-engine blades well,and the approach purposed in this paper is suitable for any actual machinery component of aero-engine rotor systems.

  15. Reliability analysis of stochastic structural system considering static strength, stiffness and fatigue

    AN WeiGuang; ZHAO WeiTao; AN Hai


    Multi-failures are possible to appear in the process of using the structural system,such as dead load failure, fatigue failure and stiffness failure. The expression of residual resistance is given based on the impact of random crack propagation induced by the fatigue load on the critical limit stress and section modulus in this paper. The failure modes of every element of the structural system are analyzed under dead and fatigue loads, and the influence of the correlation of failure modes on reliability of the element is considered. Failure mechanism and the correlation of failure modes under dead and fatigue loads are discussed, and the method of reliability analysis considering static strength, fatigue and stiffness is given. A numerical example is analyzed, which indicates that the failure probability is different for different use life and the influence of dead and fatigue loads on reliability of the structural system is different as well. This method of reliability analysis, in the paper, is better than the method only considering a single factor (or static strength, or fatigue, or stiffness, etc.) in the case of practical engineering.

  16. Test-retest reliability of innovated strength tests for hip muscles.

    Christophe Meyer

    Full Text Available The burden of hip muscles weakness and its relation to other impairments has been well documented. It is therefore a pre-requisite to have a reliable method for clinical assessment of hip muscles function allowing the design and implementation of a proper strengthening program. Motor-driven dynamometry has been widely accepted as the gold-standard for lower limb muscle strength assessment but is mainly related to the knee joint. Studies focusing on the hip joint are less exhaustive and somewhat discrepant with regard to optimal participants position, consequently influencing outcome measures. Thus, we aimed to develop a standardized test setup for the assessment of hip muscles strength, i.e. flexors/extensors and abductors/adductors, with improved participant stability and to define its psychometric characteristics. Eighteen participants performed unilateral isokinetic and isometric contractions of the hip muscles in the sagittal and coronal plane at two separate occasions. Peak torque and normalized peak torque were measured for each contraction. Relative and absolute measures of reliability were calculated using the intraclass correlation coefficient and standard error of measurement, respectively. Results from this study revealed higher levels of between-day reliability of isokinetic/isometric hip abduction/flexion peak torque compared to existing literature. The least reliable measures were found for hip extension and adduction, which could be explained by a less efficient stabilization technique. Our study additionally provided a first set of reference normalized data which can be used in future research.

  17. Strength and reliability of low temperature transient liquid phase bonded Cu-Sn-Cu interconnects

    Brincker, Mads; Söhl, Stefan; Eisele, Ronald


    as a potential technology that could enable the realization of stacks with better thermal performance and reliability than those can be achieved using conventional soldering techniques. Low temperature TLP bonded CuSnCu samples are fabricated, and the strength of the achieved bonds is measured by shear testing......As power electronic devices have tendencies to operate at higher temperatures and current densities, the demand for reliable and efficient packaging technologies are ever increasing. This paper reports the studies on application of transient liquid phase (TLP) bonding of CuSnCu systems...... for achieving a strong and high temperature resistant bond. Finally, initial results from a thermal cycling test are presented and it is concluded that the achieved TLP bonding is a promising candidate for the fabrication of reliable interconnects in power electronics....

  18. Strength and reliability of Oriented Strand Lumber made from heat-treated Parawood strands

    Veerapong Chotchuay


    Full Text Available This study was carried out to investigate engineering properties of one type of wood composites known as Oriented Strand Lumber (OSL. Heat-treated Parawood strands were used for producing OSL specimens (HOSL and compared to a control one (nonheat-treated or NOSL. The structural application as beams was selected to determine the effect of sheared volume to longitudinal shear strength since shear failure is a critical mode of OSL. The reliability concept was then employedto analyze the data to ensure that OSL structural members can be used for construction safely and economically. The results indicated that mean values of strength of HOSL subjected to axial loading, i.e., compression (39 MPa and tension (36 MPa parallel to the grain as well as bending in the flatwise (59 MPa and edgewise (61 MPa directions were significantly higher than those of NOSL. However, the differences between HOSL and NOSL subjected to normal loading, i.e., compression perpendicular to the grain (26 vs 25 MPa, shear parallel to the grain (4 vs 3 MPa and internal bonding (0.48 vs 0.47 MPa were non-significant. The results of shear strength studies showed that the shear strength ofHOSL beams was higher than that of NOSL beams and regression analysis revealed that the shear strength depended on sheared volume. It showed that shear strength decreased with increasing sheared volume. The results of the reliability analysis indicated that the fitted distribution of the flexural rigidity (EI could be represented well as normal. The coefficient of variation of the fitted EI distribution was found to be within the serviceability limit state required by the building codes. This implies that OSL beams can be used safely as an alternative structural material for wood construction. The safetyfactor and recommended allowable design stresses are also presented.

  19. Reinforcement of Aluminum Oxide Filler on the Flexural Strength of Different Types of Denture Base Resins: An In vitro Study.

    Dhole, Rohit I; Srivatsa, G; Shetty, Rohit; Huddar, Dayanand; Sankeshwari, Banashree; Chopade, Swapnil


    Acrylic resins have been used extensively for the fabrication of denture bases because of their aesthetic qualities, ease of manipulation and repairability. Flexural fatigue of the denture base has been shown to be a factor in the clinical failure of polymethyl methacrylate resin dentures. Also, the fracture can result from impact, fatigue or degradation of the base material. Hence, there is a need to increase the strength of denture base resins. To evaluate the effect of reinforcing alumina oxide filler on the flexural strength of different acrylic resins. A total of 180 acrylic specimens were fabricated, which were divided into three groups self cure acrylic resin (SC), conventional heat cure resin (HC) and high strength heat cure resin (HI). Each group was divided into four subgroups i.e., control group and the specimens of the remaining three groups were reinforced with aluminum oxide (Al2O3) powder by 5%, 10% and 15% by weight. Specimens were stored in distilled water for one week; flexural strength was tested by universal testing machine. Results were analysed by one-way analysis of variance and post-hoc Tukey paired group comparison tests. Flexural strength of SC increased by 9%, 13% and 19%, Flexural strength of HC increased by 8%, 15% and 19% and that of HI increased by 21%, 26% and 29% compared to control group by adding 5%,10% and 15% of alumina filler (p-value lead to more clinical success.

  20. Optimal Design for Thin-Walled Box Beam Based on Material Strength Reliability


    According to the reliability of material strength,the optimal design for the cross sectional size of thin-walled box beam was studied.Firstly the cross sectional size as design random variable was determined,then its stochastic nature was researched,with which the objective function is to seek the maximum reliability of the beam under given constraint conditions.This way is not the same as the conventional optimal design for the minimum weight of the material.With establishing the optimal objective,the reliability of the material under conditions of static and fatigue was considered.The corresponding calculated expressions are given.Normally the cross section sizes are fitted to the normal distribution,for the simplification of the design variable,the variation of the section size is assumed as a dependent variable proportional to the mean of the size.The way is different not only with the conventional optimal design but also with the common reliability design.The maximum reliability of material is obtained,meanwhile the area of the cross section is reduced,i.e.,the weight of the material is decreased.

  1. Reliable Copper and Aluminum Connections for High Power Applications in Electromobility

    Hofmann, Konstantin; Holzer, Matthias; Hugger, Florian; Roth, Stephan; Schmidt, Michael

    Investigations concerning the growth of intermetallic phases during the heat input both at the diffusion annealing of copper aluminum roll claddings and the subsequent welding process of copper-aluminum connections by using roll cladded inserts are compared to the analytical determination of phase growth. The temperature distribution in the cladding interface has been determined by thermal simulation, in order to calculate the growth of the intermetallic phases. A comparison between the width of the phases in the analytical calculation and the experiment is achieved. In consideration of high welding speeds, the energy input during the welding process is appraised in order to grade the growth of intermetallic phases. Furthermore the prevention of damage in the roll cladding interface by means of unadapted material thicknesses or welding parameters can be assessed analytically and numerically. The numerical simulations can determine the critical thickness of the roll cladding to avoid damage like exceeding growth of intermetallic phases.

  2. Influence of Post Weld Heat Treatment on Strength of Three Aluminum Alloys Used in Light Poles

    Craig C. Menzemer; Eric Hilty; Shane Morrison; Ray Minor; Tirumalai S. Srivatsan


    The conjoint influence of welding and artificial aging on mechanical properties were investigated for extrusions of aluminum alloy 6063, 6061, and 6005A. Uniaxial tensile tests were conducted on the aluminum alloys 6063-T4, 6061-T4, and 6005A-T1 in both the as-received (AR) and as-welded (AW) conditions. Tensile tests were also conducted on the AR and AW alloys, subsequent to artificial aging. The welding process used was gas metal arc (GMAW) with spray transfer using 120–220 A of current at ...

  3. Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing: Weld Optimization for Aluminum 6061, Development of Scarf Joints for Aluminum Sheet Metal, and Joining of High Strength Metals

    Wolcott, Paul J.

    Ultrasonic additive manufacturing (UAM) is a low temperature, solid-state manufacturing process that enables the creation of layered, solid metal structures with designed anisotropies and embedded materials. As a low temperature process, UAM enables the creation of active composites containing smart materials, components with embedded sensors, thermal management devices, and many others. The focus of this work is on the improvement and characterization of UAM aluminum structures, advancing the capabilities of ultrasonic joining into sheet geometries, and examination of dissimilar material joints using the technology. Optimized process parameters for Al 6061 were identified via a design of experiments study indicating a weld amplitude of 32.8 synum and a weld speed of 200 in/min as optimal. Weld force and temperature were not significant within the levels studied. A methodology of creating large scale builds is proposed, including a prescribed random stacking sequence and overlap of 0.0035 in. (0.0889 mm) for foils to minimize voids and maximize mechanical strength. Utilization of heat treatments is shown to significantly increase mechanical properties of UAM builds, within 90% of bulk material. The applied loads during the UAM process were investigated to determine the stress fields and plastic deformation induced during the process. Modeling of the contact mechanics via Hertzian contact equations shows that significant stress is applied via sonotrode contact in the process. Contact modeling using finite element analysis (FEA), including plasticity, indicates that 5000 N normal loads result in plastic deformation in bulk aluminum foil, while at 3000 N no plastic deformation occurs. FEA studies on the applied loads during the process, specifically a 3000 N normal force and 2000 N shear force, show that high stresses and plastic deformation occur at the edges of a welded foil, and base of the UAM build. Microstructural investigations of heat treated foils confirms

  4. Reliability analysis of stochastic structural system considering static strength, stiffness and fatigue


    Multi-failures are possible to appear in the process of using the structural system, such as dead load failure, fatigue failure and stiffness failure. The expression of residual resistance is given based on the impact of random crack propagation in- duced by the fatigue load on the critical limit stress and section modulus in this paper. The failure modes of every element of the structural system are analyzed under dead and fatigue loads, and the influence of the correlation of failure modes on reliability of the element is considered. Failure mechanism and the correlation of failure modes under dead and fatigue loads are discussed, and the method of reli- ability analysis considering static strength, fatigue and stiffness is given. A nu- merical example is analyzed, which indicates that the failure probability is different for different use life and the influence of dead and fatigue loads on reliability of the structural system is different as well. This method of reliability analysis, in the pa- per, is better than the method only considering a single factor (or static strength, or fatigue, or stiffness, etc.) in the case of practical engineering.

  5. Microstructural features of intergranular brittle fracture and cold cracking in high strength aluminum alloys

    Lalpoor, M.; Eskin, D. G.; ten Brink, Gert; Katgerman, L.


    Intergranular brittle fracture has been mainly observed and reported in steel alloys and precipitation hardened At-alloys where intergranular precipitates cover a major fraction of the grain boundary area. 7xxx series aluminum alloys suffer from this problem in the as-cast condition when brittle

  6. Tailoring of fiber-reinforced cementitious composites (FRCC) for flexural strength and reliability

    Obla, Karthikeyan Hariya

    Bending is the most common form of loading for many construction elements. The bending strength or Modulus of Rupture (MOR) and flexural ductility are therefore critical properties particularly for those elements which are not reinforced by rebars. Such elements include highway barriers, certain wall panels, thin sheet elements and small diameter pipes. The tensile and bending strengths of concrete are very low. In addition, as a brittle material, concrete also demonstrates a large variability in bending strength. A large variability in MOR leads to inefficient use of the material since the design strength has to be close to the lower bound of the material's strength distribution. The potential of fiber in improving MOR is well recognized in fiber reinforced concrete. The use of fiber to enhance material reliability is much less studied. This thesis addresses both aspects employing a combination of theoretical and experimental treatments. Research findings are reported as Part I and Part II of this thesis. Carbon fibers are increasingly attractive for reinforcing cementitious composites. They can be manufactured to yield a wide range in modulus and strength. Carbon fibers are non-corrosive, and fire and alkali. In addition, the price of pitch based carbon fibers are dropping rapidly to make them economically viable for the building and construction industries. In Part I of the thesis, a study on the optimization of the bending strength of carbon FRCC using a fracture based flexural model that links the fiber, interface, and matrix micro-parameters to composite bending strength is presented. Carbon fiber, interface and matrix parameters were tailored to yield optimal properties such as high MOR and ductility. Four point bend tests were conducted on CFRCCs to confirm the findings. Some problems specially affecting carbon FRCCs such as fiber breakage during mixing were also studied and its effects on composite uniaxial tensile properties analyzed by developing new

  7. A study on the strength of an armour-grade aluminum under high strain-rate loading

    Appleby-Thomas, G. J.; Hazell, P. J.


    The aluminum alloy 5083 in tempers such as H32 and H131 is an established light-weight armour material. While its dynamic response under high strain-rates has been investigated elsewhere, little account of the effect of material orientation has been made. In addition, little information on its strength under such loadings is available in the literature. Here, both the longitudinal and lateral components of stress have been measured using embedded manganin stress gauges during plate-impact experiments on samples with the rolling direction aligned both orthogonal and parallel to the impact axis. The Hugoniot elastic limit, spall, and shear strengths were investigated for incident pressures in the range 1-8 GPa, providing an insight into the response of this alloy under shock loading. Further, the time dependence of lateral stress behind the shock front was investigated to give an indication of material response.

  8. Interval Estimation of Stress-Strength Reliability Based on Lower Record Values from Inverse Rayleigh Distribution

    Bahman Tarvirdizade


    Full Text Available We consider the estimation of stress-strength reliability based on lower record values when X and Y are independently but not identically inverse Rayleigh distributed random variables. The maximum likelihood, Bayes, and empirical Bayes estimators of R are obtained and their properties are studied. Confidence intervals, exact and approximate, as well as the Bayesian credible sets for R are obtained. A real example is presented in order to illustrate the inferences discussed in the previous sections. A simulation study is conducted to investigate and compare the performance of the intervals presented in this paper and some bootstrap intervals.

  9. Validation and Reliability of a Novel Test of Upper Body Isometric Strength

    Bellar David


    Full Text Available The purpose of the present investigation was to examine the association of a novel test of upper body isometric strength against a 1RM bench press measurement. Forty college age adults (n = 20 female, n = 20 male; age 22.8 ± 2.8 years; body height 171.6 ± 10.8 cm; body mass 73.5 ± 16.3 kg; body fat 23.1 ± 5.4% volunteered for the present investigation. The participants reported to the lab on three occasions. The first visit included anthropometric measurements and familiarization with both the upper body isometric test and bench press exercise. The final visits were conducted in a randomized order, with one being a 1RM assessment on the bench press and the other consisting of three trials of the upper body isometric assessment. For the isometric test, participants were positioned in a “push-up” style position while tethered (stainless steel chain to a load cell (high frequency anchored to the ground. The peak isometric force was consistent across all three trials (ICC = 0.98 suggesting good reliability. Multiple regression analysis was completed with the predictors: peak isometric force, gender, against the outcome variable 1RM bench press. The analysis resulted in a significant model (r2 = 0.861, p≤0.001 with all predictor variables attaining significance in the model (p<0.05. Isometric peak strength had the greatest effect on the model (Beta = 5.19, p≤0.001. Results from this study suggest that the described isometric upper body strength assessment is likely a valid and reliable tool to determine strength. Further research is warranted to gather a larger pool of data in regard to this assessment.

  10. Probabilistic Structural Analysis and Reliability Using NESSUS With Implemented Material Strength Degradation Model

    Bast, Callie C.; Jurena, Mark T.; Godines, Cody R.; Chamis, Christos C. (Technical Monitor)


    This project included both research and education objectives. The goal of this project was to advance innovative research and education objectives in theoretical and computational probabilistic structural analysis, reliability, and life prediction for improved reliability and safety of structural components of aerospace and aircraft propulsion systems. Research and education partners included Glenn Research Center (GRC) and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) along with the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). SwRI enhanced the NESSUS (Numerical Evaluation of Stochastic Structures Under Stress) code and provided consulting support for NESSUS-related activities at UTSA. NASA funding supported three undergraduate students, two graduate students, a summer course instructor and the Principal Investigator. Matching funds from UTSA provided for the purchase of additional equipment for the enhancement of the Advanced Interactive Computational SGI Lab established during the first year of this Partnership Award to conduct the probabilistic finite element summer courses. The research portion of this report presents the cumulation of work performed through the use of the probabilistic finite element program, NESSUS, Numerical Evaluation and Structures Under Stress, and an embedded Material Strength Degradation (MSD) model. Probabilistic structural analysis provided for quantification of uncertainties associated with the design, thus enabling increased system performance and reliability. The structure examined was a Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) fuel turbopump blade. The blade material analyzed was Inconel 718, since the MSD model was previously calibrated for this material. Reliability analysis encompassing the effects of high temperature and high cycle fatigue, yielded a reliability value of 0.99978 using a fully correlated random field for the blade thickness. The reliability did not change significantly for a change in distribution type except for a change in

  11. Reliability of lower extremity muscle strength measurements with handheld dynamometry in stroke patients during the acute phase: a pilot reliability study.

    Yen, Hsiao-Ching; Luh, Jer-Junn; Teng, Ting; Pan, Guan-Shuo; Chen, Wen-Shiang; Hsun, Chiang-Chang; Jeng, Jiann-Shing


    [Purpose] No literature has described a suitable method for measuring muscle strength in a supine position during acute phase after stroke. This study investigated the feasibility and reliability of using a commercial handheld dynamometer to measure the muscle strengths of the hip flexor, knee extensor, and dorsiflexor in the supine position with a modified method for patients at a stroke intensive care center within 7 days of stroke onset. [Subjects and Methods] Fifteen persons with acute stroke participated in this cross-sectional study. For each patient, the muscle strengths of the hip flexors, knee extensors, and dorsiflexors were measured twice by two testers on the same day. Each patient was re-tested at the same time of day one day later. Inter-rater and test-retest reliability were then determined by the intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs). [Results] For the three muscle groups, the inter-rater reliability ICCs were all 0.99 and the test-retest reliability ICCs were greater than 0.85. The investigated method thus has good inter-rater reliability and high agreement between the test-retest measurements, with acceptable measurement errors. [Conclusion] The modified method using a handheld dynamometer to test the muscle strength of acute stroke patients is a feasible and reliable method for clinical use.



    Diffusion couples of tool materials (prepared from commercially available high speed steel and YW1 carbide tools) and the wear-resisting aluminum bronze (KK) were prepared by casting to study the diffusion pattern and phase formation sequence in order to clarify the diffusion wear of the tools during the turning of the wear-resisting aluminum bronze. Optical micrographs show that good contact was obtained at the tool material-KK interface. After annealed at 900 ℃ for 6 h, strong inter-diffusion across the interface was observed. Microprobe analysis was used to study the elemental distribution across the interface and X-ray diffractometry was used to study the phases formed at the interface.

  13. Crack Initiation and Growth Behavior at Corrosion Pit in 7075-T6 High Strength Aluminum Alloy


    was not used to measure the transition from corrosion pit to long crack [25]. . . . . . . . . . . 22 3.1 Composition of a typical sample of 7075 -T6...lives. 24 III. Methodology 3.1 Material Research was conducted using 7075 -T6 aluminum. This alloy is commonly used in aerospace applications and as a... material properties of this alloy. It is important to note that these properties were also used in all finite element models. Table 3.1: Composition of

  14. Reliability and strength of all-ceramic dental restorations fabricated by direct ceramic machining (DCM).

    Filser, F; Kocher, P; Weibel, F; Lüthy, H; Schärer, P; Gauckler, L J


    All-ceramic dental bridges for the molar region are not yet available at reasonable costs. The novel direct ceramic machining (DCM) process allows an easy, reliable and rapid fabrication for all-ceramic dental restorations with high mechanical strength and good biocompatibility. In DCM, an enlarged framework is easily milled out of a pre-fabricated porous ceramic blank made of zirconia. After sintering to full density, no further time-consuming hard machining with diamond tools is needed. For individual esthetical requirements, the framework is coated with a veneer porcelain. Compared to the commercially available In-Ceram Alumina and IPS Empress2 restorations, the mechanical strength of zirconia frameworks is twice as high, allowing the restorations to bear the high mastication forces in the molar region. In terms of reliability, zirconia bridges fabricated by the DCM process are also superior to In-Ceram Alumina and IPS Empress2. A clinical study of three-unit dental bridges in the molar region found no problems after the first year of observation.

  15. Push-out bond strength of oval versus circular fiber posts irradiated by erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser.

    Uzun, Ismail; Keskin, Cangül; Özsu, Damla; Güler, Buğra; Aydemir, Hikmet


    Fiber posts in conjunction with resin cements are widely used to provide retention in endodontically treated teeth. The bond strength of restorative materials to root canal dentin is an important issue for the long-term success of restorative procedures. The push-out test is widely used to measure the bonding between the post and radicular dentin. The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the effect of erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Er-YAG) laser treatment of dentinal walls on the bond strength of circular and oval fiber posts luted in oval root canals. Forty mandibular premolar teeth were endodontically treated and restored with 2 different intracanal post systems. Push-out tests were performed and data were analyzed by using 2-way analysis of variance and post hoc Bonferroni tests. Laser pretreatment of dentinal walls resulted in higher push-out bond strength than that of the nonlasered groups (Pfiber posts showed significantly higher push-out bond strength values than those of circular fiber posts in the coronal region (P.05). The laser pretreatment with an oval ultrasonic tip of an oval fiber post system improved bonding to root canal dentin when compared with a circular post system with conventional preparation. Copyright © 2016 Editorial Council for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Strength and Reliability of Wood for the Components of Low-cost Wind Turbines: Computational and Experimental Analysis and Applications

    Mishnaevsky, Leon; Freere, Peter; Sharma, Ranjan


    of experiments and computational investigations. Low cost testing machines have been designed, and employed for the systematic analysis of different sorts of Nepali wood, to be used for the wind turbine construction. At the same time, computational micromechanical models of deformation and strength of wood......This paper reports the latest results of the comprehensive program of experimental and computational analysis of strength and reliability of wooden parts of low cost wind turbines. The possibilities of prediction of strength and reliability of different types of wood are studied in the series...

  17. Reliability of muscle strength assessment in chronic post-stroke hemiparesis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

    Rabelo, Michelle; Nunes, Guilherme S; da Costa Amante, Natália Menezes; de Noronha, Marcos; Fachin-Martins, Emerson


    Muscle weakness is the main cause of motor impairment among stroke survivors and is associated with reduced peak muscle torque. To systematically investigate and organize the evidence of the reliability of muscle strength evaluation measures in post-stroke survivors with chronic hemiparesis. Two assessors independently searched four electronic databases in January 2014 (Medline, Scielo, CINAHL, Embase). Inclusion criteria comprised studies on reliability on muscle strength assessment in adult post-stroke patients with chronic hemiparesis. We extracted outcomes from included studies about reliability data, measured by intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) and/or similar. The meta-analyses were conducted only with isokinetic data. Of 450 articles, eight articles were included for this review. After quality analysis, two studies were considered of high quality. Five different joints were analyzed within the included studies (knee, hip, ankle, shoulder, and elbow). Their reliability results varying from low to very high reliability (ICCs from 0.48 to 0.99). Results of meta-analysis for knee extension varying from high to very high reliability (pooled ICCs from 0.89 to 0.97), for knee flexion varying from high to very high reliability (pooled ICCs from 0.84 to 0.91) and for ankle plantar flexion showed high reliability (pooled ICC = 0.85). Objective muscle strength assessment can be reliably used in lower and upper extremities in post-stroke patients with chronic hemiparesis.

  18. Degradation Effect on Reliability Evaluation of Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitor in Backup Power Converter

    Zhou, Dao; Wang, Huai; Blaabjerg, Frede


    DC capacitors in power electronic converters are a major constraint on improvement of power density as well as reliability. In this paper, according to the degradation data of electrolytic capacitors through the accelerated test, the time-to-failure of the capacitor cell is acquired and it can be...

  19. Study on the Optimum Cutting Parameters of an Aluminum Mold for Effective Bonding Strength of a PDMS Microfluidic Device

    Caffiyar Mohamed Yousuff


    Full Text Available Master mold fabricated using micro milling is an easy way to develop the polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS based microfluidic device. Achieving high-quality micro-milled surface is important for excellent bonding strength between PDMS and glass slide. The aim of our experiment is to study the optimal cutting parameters for micro milling an aluminum mold insert for the production of a fine resolution microstructure with the minimum surface roughness using conventional computer numerical control (CNC machine systems; we also aim to measure the bonding strength of PDMS with different surface roughnesses. Response surface methodology was employed to optimize the cutting parameters in order to obtain high surface smoothness. The cutting parameters were demonstrated with the following combinations: 20,000 rpm spindle speed, 50 mm/min feed rate, depth of cut 5 µm with tool size 200 µm or less; this gives a fine resolution microstructure with the minimum surface roughness and strong bonding strength between PDMS–PDMS and PDMS–glass.

  20. Influence of ceramic particulate type on microstructure and tensile strength of aluminum matrix composites produced using friction stir processing

    I. Dinaharan


    Full Text Available Friction stir processing (FSP was applied to produce aluminum matrix composites (AMCs. Aluminum alloy AA6082 was used as the matrix material. Various ceramic particles, such as SiC, Al2O3, TiC, B4C and WC, were used as reinforcement particle. AA6082 AMCs were produced using a set of optimized process parameters. The microstructure was studied using optical microscopy, filed emission scanning electron microscopy and electron back scattered diagram. The results indicated that the type of ceramic particle did not considerably vary the microstructure and ultimate tensile strength (UTS. Each type of ceramic particle provided a homogeneous dispersion in the stir zone irrespective of the location and good interfacial bonding. Nevertheless, AA6082/TiC AMC exhibited superior hardness and wear resistance compared to other AMCs produced in this work under the same set of experimental conditions. The strengthening mechanisms and the variation in the properties are correlated to the observed microstructure. The details of fracture mode are further presented.

  1. Process of friction-stir welding high-strength aluminum alloy and mechanical properties of joint

    王大勇; 冯吉才; 郭德伦; 孙成彬; 栾国红; 郭和平


    The process of friction-stir welding 2A12CZ alloy has been studied. And strength and elongation tests have been performed, which demonstrated that the opportunity existed to manipulate friction-stir welding parameters in order to improve a range of material properties. The results showed that the joint strength and elongation arrived at their parameters changing, joint tensile strength and elongation had similar development. Hardness measurement indicated that the weld was softened. However, there was considerable difference in softening degree for different joint zone. The weld top had lower hardness and wider softening zone than other zone of the weld. And softening zone at advancing side was wider than that at retreating side.

  2. Ductile Bulk Aluminum-Based Alloy with Good Glass-Forming Ability and High Strength

    ZHUO Long-Chao; PANG Shu-Jie; WANG Hui; ZHANG Tao


    Based on a new approach for designing glassy alloy compositions,bulk Al-based alloys with good glass-forming ability (GFA) are synthesized.The cast Al86Si0.5Ni4.06Co2.94 Y6Sc0.5 rod with a diameter of 1 mm shows almost fully amorphous structure besides about 5% fcc-Al nucleated in the center of the rod.The bulk alloy with high Al concentration exhibits an ultrahigh yield strength of 1.18 Gpa and maximum strength of 1.27 Gpa as well as an obvious plastic strain of about 2.4% during compressive deformation.This light Al-based alloy with good GFA and mechanical properties is promising as a new high specific strength material with good deformability.

  3. High-Strength Aluminum Casting Alloy for High-Temperature Applications (MSFC Center Director's Discretionary Fund Final Project No. 97-10)

    Lee, J. A.


    A new aluminum-silicon alloy has been successfully developed at Marshall Space Flight Center that has a significant improvement in tensile strength at elevated temperatures (550 to 700 F). For instance, the new alloy shows in average tensile strength of at least 90 percent higher than the current 390 aluminum piston alloy tested at 500 F. Compared to conventional aluminum alloys, automotive engines using the new piston alloy will have improved gas mileage, and may produce less air pollution in order to meet the future U.S. automotive legislative requirements for low hydrocarbon emissions. The projected cost for this alloy is less than $0.95/lb, and it readily allows the automotive components to be cast at a high production volume with a low, fully accounted cost. It is economically produced by pouring molten metal directly into conventional permanent steel molds or die casting.

  4. Characterization and reliability of aluminum gallium nitride/gallium nitride high electron mobility transistors

    Douglas, Erica Ann

    Compound semiconductor devices, particularly those based on GaN, have found significant use in military and civilian systems for both microwave and optoelectronic applications. Future uses in ultra-high power radar systems will require the use of GaN transistors operated at very high voltages, currents and temperatures. GaN-based high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) have proven power handling capability that overshadows all other wide band gap semiconductor devices for high frequency and high-power applications. Little conclusive research has been reported in order to determine the dominating degradation mechanisms of the devices that result in failure under standard operating conditions in the field. Therefore, it is imperative that further reliability testing be carried out to determine the failure mechanisms present in GaN HEMTs in order to improve device performance, and thus further the ability for future technologies to be developed. In order to obtain a better understanding of the true reliability of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs and determine the MTTF under standard operating conditions, it is crucial to investigate the interaction effects between thermal and electrical degradation. This research spans device characterization, device reliability, and device simulation in order to obtain an all-encompassing picture of the device physics. Initially, finite element thermal simulations were performed to investigate the effect of device design on self-heating under high power operation. This was then followed by a study of reliability of HEMTs and other tests structures during high power dc operation. Test structures without Schottky contacts showed high stability as compared to HEMTs, indicating that degradation of the gate is the reason for permanent device degradation. High reverse bias of the gate has been shown to induce the inverse piezoelectric effect, resulting in a sharp increase in gate leakage current due to crack formation. The introduction of elevated

  5. Ultrasonographic quantification of intrinsic hand muscle cross-sectional area; reliability and validity for predicting muscle strength.

    Mohseny, Behnam; Nijhuis, Tim H; Hundepool, Caroline A; Janssen, Wim G; Selles, Ruud W; Coert, J Henk


    To investigate whether ultrasonographic measurement of the cross-sectional area (CSA) of the intrinsic hand muscles can be used to predict muscle strength in a valid and reliable manner, and to determine if this method can be used for follow-up of patients with peripheral nerve injury between the wrist and elbow. Repeated-measures cross-sectional study. Clinical and academic hospital. Healthy adults (n=31) and patients with ulnar and median nerve injuries (n=16) between the wrist and elbow who were visiting the Erasmus Medical Center or Maasstad Hospital were included in the study (N=47). Not applicable. Correlation between measured muscle CSA and strength and assessment of inter- and intrarater reliability. Ultrasound and strength measurements of the intrinsic hand muscles were conducted bilaterally. To establish validity, the CSA of 4 muscles (abductor digiti minimi, first dorsal interosseus, abductor pollicis brevis, opponens pollicis) was compared with strength measurements of the same muscles conducted with the Rotterdam Intrinsic Hand Myometer. Repeated measures were conducted to assess inter- and intrarater reliability. The assessed CSA strongly correlated with strength measurements, with correlations ranging from 0.82 to 0.93 in healthy volunteers and from 0.63 to 0.94 in patients. Test-retest reliability showed excellent intrarater reliability (intraclass correlation coefficient range, 0.99-1.00) in patients and volunteers and good interrater reliability (intraclass correlation coefficient range, 0.88-0.95) in healthy volunteers. We found that ultrasound is a valid and reliable method to assess the CSA of specific muscles in the hand. Therefore, this technique could be useful to monitor muscle reinnervation in patients suffering from peripheral nerve injury as a valuable addition to strength dynamometers. Copyright © 2015 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Application of a criterion for cold cracking to casting high strength aluminum alloys

    Lalpoor, M.; Eskin, D.G.; Fjaer, H.G.; Ten Cate, A.; Ontijt, N.; Katgerman, L.


    Direct chill (DC) casting of high strength 7xxx series aluminium alloys is difficult mainly due to solidification cracking (hot cracks) and solid state cracking (cold cracks). Poor thermal properties along with extreme brittleness in the as-cast condition make DC-casting of such alloys a challenging

  7. Strength distribution at interface of rotary-friction-welded aluminum to nodular cast iron

    SONG Yu-lai; LIU Yao-hui; ZHU Xian-yong; YU Si-rong; ZHANG Ying-bo


    The morphology, size and composition of intermetallic compound at the interface of Al 1050 and nodular cast iron were studied by electron microprobe analysis(EMPA) and scan electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The bond strength of the interface was measured by the tensile tests and the morphology of the fracture surface was observed by SEM. The observation of the interface reveals that there are two distinct morphologies: no intermetallic compound exists in the central area at the interface; while numbers of intermetallic compounds (FexAly) are formed in the peripheral area due to the overfull heat input. The tensile tests indicate that the distribution of strength in radial direction at the interface is inhomogeneous, and the central area of the interface performs greater bond strength than the peripheral area, which proves directly that the FexAly intermetallic compounds have a negative effect on the integration of interface. The morphology on the fracture surface shows that the facture in the central area at the interface has characteristic of the ductile micro-void facture. So it is important to restrain the form of the intermetallic compound to increase the bond strength of the Al 1050 and nodular cast iron by optimizing welding parameters and the geometry of components.

  8. Optimizing friction stir welding parameters to maximize tensile strength of AA2219 aluminum alloy joints

    Babu, S.; Elangovan, K.; Balasubramanian, V.; Balasubramanian, M.


    AA2219 aluminium alloy (Al-Cu-Mn alloy) has gathered wide acceptance in the fabrication of lightweight structures requiring a high strength-to-weight ratio and good corrosion resistance. In contrast to the fusion welding processes that are routinely used for joining structural aluminium alloys, the friction stir welding (FSW) process is an emerging solid state joining process in which the material that is being welded does not melt and recast. This process uses a non-consumable tool to generate frictional heat in the abutting surfaces. The welding parameters such as tool rotational speed, welding speed, axial force etc., and the tool pin profile play a major role in determining the joint strength. An attempt has been made here to develop a mathematical model to predict the tensile strength of friction stir welded AA2219 aluminium alloy by incorporating FSW process parameters. A central composite design with four factors and five levels has been used to minimize the number of experimental conditions. The response surface method (RSM) has been used to develop the model. The developed mathematical model has been optimized using the Hooke and Jeeves search technique to maximize the tensile strength of the friction stir welded AA2219 aluminium alloy joints.

  9. Application of a criterion for cold cracking to casting high strength aluminum alloys

    Lalpoor, M.; Eskin, D.G.; Fjaer, H.G.; Ten Cate, A.; Ontijt, N.; Katgerman, L.


    Direct chill (DC) casting of high strength 7xxx series aluminium alloys is difficult mainly due to solidification cracking (hot cracks) and solid state cracking (cold cracks). Poor thermal properties along with extreme brittleness in the as-cast condition make DC-casting of such alloys a challenging

  10. Effect of the Cold-Sprayed Aluminum Coating-Substrate Interface Morphology on Bond Strength for Aircraft Repair Application

    Blochet, Quentin; Delloro, Francesco; N'Guyen, Franck; Jeulin, Dominique; Borit, François; Jeandin, Michel


    This article is dealing with the effects of surface preparation of the substrate on aluminum cold-sprayed coating bond strength. Different sets of AA2024-T3 specimens have been coated with pure Al 1050 feedstock powder, using a conventional cold spray coating technique. The sets were grit-blasted (GB) before coating. The study focuses on substrate surface topography evolution before coating and coating-substrate interface morphology after coating. To study coating adhesion by LASAT® technique for each set, specimens with and without preceding GB treatment were tested in load-controlled conditions. Then, several techniques were used to evaluate the effects of substrate surface treatment on the final coating mechanical properties. Irregularities induced by the GB treatment modify significantly the interface morphology. Results showed that particle anchoring was improved dramatically by the presence of craters. The substrate surface was characterized by numerous anchors. Numerical simulation results exhibited the increasing deformation of particle onto the grit-blasted surface. In addition, results showed a strong relationship between the coating-substrate bond strength on the deposited material and surface preparation.

  11. Test-retest reliabilities of hand-held dynamometer for lower-limb muscle strength in intellectual disabilities.

    Wuang, Yee-Pay; Chang, Jyh-Jong; Wang, Min-Hung; Lin, Hsiu-Ching


    The primary purpose of this study was to investigate the test-retest reliabilities of hand-held dynamometer (HDD) for measuring lower-limb muscle strength in intellectual disabilities (ID). The other purposes were to: (1) compare the lower-limb muscle strength between children with and without ID; (2) probe the relationship between the muscle forces and agility performance in ID; and (3) explore the factors associated with muscle strength in ID. Sixty-one participants (30 boys and 31 girls; mean age=14.1 ± 3.3 year) were assessed by the HDD using a "make" test. The comparative group consisted of 63 typically developing children (33 boys and 30 girls; mean age=14.9 ± 2.1 year). The ID group demonstrated lower muscle groups than in typically developing group. Except for the ankle plantarflexors (ICC=0.69, SEM=0.72), test-retest analysis showed good intrarater reliability with ICC ranging from 0.81 to 0.96, and intrarater SEM values ranged from 0.40 to 0.57. The HDD has the potential to be a reliable tool for strength measurement in ID. Muscle strength was positively related to agility performance. Regression analysis indicated that height, weight, BMI, and activity level were significant predictors of muscle strength in ID.

  12. Microstructure and strength of a deformation processed aluminum-20%tin metal-metal composite

    Xu, Kai

    An Al-20vol.% Sn metal-metal composite was deformation processed by extrusion, swaging, and wire drawing to a total true strain of 7.4, resulting in a microstructure with Sn filaments in an Al matrix. Both the size and spacing of the Sn filaments decreased as deformation processing progressed. Immediately after deformation, the Sn second phase showed a convoluted, ribbon-shaped filamentary morphology, but the Sn filaments spheroidized during prolonged storage at room temperature. The driving force for spheroidization is chemical potential gradient due to curvature difference along Sn filaments. A critical wavelength of lambda crit = 2piR can be used to determine the spheroidization tendency of Sn cylinder. When lambda > 2piR, spheroidization is predicted to occur. The strength of these composites increased exponentially with the reduction in spacing of the Sn filaments. The relationship between UTS and deformation true strain is UTS = 72.6 exp(0.20eta). A Hall-Petch relationship between strength and filament spacing has been observed. Strengthening results from the filaments acting as barriers for dislocation motion. The primary shape instability modes are cylinderization of ribbons, boundary splitting, spheroidization of cylinders, and edge spheroidization of ribbons. The determining factors dictating which mechanism is active are grain boundary energy, interfacial energy, and ribbon cross section aspect ratio. The fiber texture was determined by orientation imaging microscopy to be for Al and for Sn. The 290 MPa ultimate tensile strength of the composite was greater than the rule-of-mixtures prediction. Comparisons are made with Al-Nb, Al-Ti and Al-Mg deformation processed metal metal composites and to various strengthening models for metal-metal composites.

  13. Microstructures and constituents of super-high strength aluminum alloy ingots made through LFEC process

    WANG Shuang


    Full Text Available Ingots of a new super-high strength Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Zr alloy were produced respectively by low frequency electromagnetic casting (LFEC and by conventional direct chill (DC casting process. Microstructure and constituents of the ingots were studied. The results indicated that the LFEC process significantly refines microstructure and constituents of the alloy, and to some extent, decreases the area (or volume fraction of constituents and eutectic structure precipitated at grain boundaries. But, no difference in the type of constituents was observed between LFEC and DC ingots. The results also showed LFEC process can improve the as-cast mechanical properties.

  14. Effect of cyclic high loading rates on the fatigue strength of aluminum-based composites

    Calderon Arteaga, Hermes Eskander

    The study of fatigue under high loading rates is of great interest in the complete characterization of a new series of composites with Al-Cu-Mg matrix reinforced with AlB2 dispersoids. Homogeneous and functionally graded composites were prepared via gravity and centrifugal casting, respectively. Through centrifugal casting a gradual variation of the volume fraction of reinforcing particles along the cross section was obtained. In specific fabrication conditions, even complete segregation of the reinforcement particles was achieved. Charpy impact tests as well as hardness tests were conducted to assess the composite strength as a function of the weight percent of boron. The tensile properties of gravity cast samples were obtained. Then for both casting conditions, simple edge-notched bend SE(B) specimens were tested under fatigue conditions (three-point bending). The results from impact and hardness tests allowed identifying an interaction between the Mg dissolved in the matrix and the diborides. This interaction, which has never been reported before, was responsible for the strength reduction observed. It was assumed that a substitutional diffusion of Al by Mg atoms in the hp3 structure of diboride was causing the strength reduction, and three approaches were developed to estimate the amount of Mg depleted from the matrix by the diborides during the composite processing. Gravity cast samples were more sensitive to monotonic damage due to fatigue loads where compared with functionally-graded composites. Contrary to the centrifugal cast samples, gravity samples were also affected by the loading rate. The Mg-AlB2 interaction was also responsible for the reduction in the fatigue resistance as the weight percent of boron increased in both types of composites; regression models were obtained to predict the crack growth curve slope change as function of the boron level. The particle distribution showed to affect the crack growth behavior of the FGMs, decreasing the

  15. High Strength and Wear Resistant Aluminum Alloy for High Temperature Applications

    Lee, Jonathan A.; Chen, Po Shou


    Originally developed by NASA as high performance piston alloys to meet U.S. automotive legislation requiring low exhaust emission, the novel NASA alloys now offer dramatic increase in tensile strength for many other applications at elevated temperatures from 450 F (232 C) to about 750 F (400 C). It is an ideal low cost material for cast automotive components such as pistons, cylinder heads, cylinder liners, connecting rods, turbo chargers, impellers, actuators, brake calipers and rotors. It can be very economically produced from conventional permanent mold, sand casting or investment casting, with silicon content ranging from 6% to 18%. At high silicon levels, the alloy exhibits excellent thermal growth stability, surface hardness and wear resistant properties.

  16. Region of Interest Correction Factors Improve Reliability of Diffusion Imaging Measures Within and Across Scanners and Field Strengths

    Venkatraman, Vijay K; Gonzalez, Christopher E.; Landman, Bennett; Goh, Joshua; Reiter, David A.; An, Yang; Resnick, Susan M.


    Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) measures are commonly used as imaging markers to investigate individual differences in relation to behavioral and health-related characteristics. However, the ability to detect reliable associations in cross-sectional or longitudinal studies is limited by the reliability of the diffusion measures. Several studies have examined reliability of diffusion measures within (i.e. intra-site) and across (i.e. inter-site) scanners with mixed results. Our study compares the test-retest reliability of diffusion measures within and across scanners and field strengths in cognitively normal older adults with a follow-up interval less than 2.25 years. Intra-class correlation (ICC) and coefficient of variation (CoV) of fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD) were evaluated in sixteen white matter and twenty-six gray matter bilateral regions. The ICC for intra-site reliability (0.32 to 0.96 for FA and 0.18 to 0.95 for MD in white matter regions; 0.27 to 0.89 for MD and 0.03 to 0.79 for FA in gray matter regions) and inter-site reliability (0.28 to 0.95 for FA in white matter regions, 0.02 to 0.86 for MD in gray matter regions) with longer follow-up intervals were similar to earlier studies using shorter follow-up intervals. The reliability of across field strengths comparisons was lower than intra- and inter-site reliability. Within and across scanner comparisons showed that diffusion measures were more stable in larger white matter regions (> 1500 mm3). For gray matter regions, the MD measure showed stability in specific regions and was not dependent on region size. Linear correction factor estimated from cross-sectional or longitudinal data improved the reliability across field strengths. Our findings indicate that investigations relating diffusion measures to external variables must consider variable reliability across the distinct regions of interest and that correction factors can be used to improve consistency of measurement across

  17. Estimation of the reliability of all-ceramic crowns using finite element models and the stress-strength interference theory.

    Li, Yan; Chen, Jianjun; Liu, Jipeng; Zhang, Lei; Wang, Weiguo; Zhang, Shaofeng


    The reliability of all-ceramic crowns is of concern to both patients and doctors. This study introduces a new methodology for quantifying the reliability of all-ceramic crowns based on the stress-strength interference theory and finite element models. The variables selected for the reliability analysis include the magnitude of the occlusal contact area, the occlusal load and the residual thermal stress. The calculated reliabilities of crowns under different loading conditions showed that too small occlusal contact areas or too great a difference of the thermal coefficient between veneer and core layer led to high failure possibilities. There results were consistent with many previous reports. Therefore, the methodology is shown to be a valuable method for analyzing the reliabilities of the restorations in the complicated oral environment.

  18. Ultrasonographic quantification of intrinsic hand muscle cross-sectional area; Reliability and validity for predicting muscle strength

    Mohseny, Behnam; Nijhuis, Tim H.; Hundepool, Caroline A.; Janssen, Wim G.; Selles, Ruud W.; Coert, J. Henk


    Objective To investigate whether ultrasonographic measurement of the cross-sectional area (CSA) of the intrinsic hand muscles can be used to predict muscle strength in a valid and reliable manner, and to determine if this method can be used for follow-up of patients with peripheral nerve injury betw

  19. Feasibility and reliability of measuring strength, sprint power, and aerobic capacity in athletes and non-athletes with cerebral palsy

    De Groot, Sonja; Janssen, Thomas W. J.; Evers, Marijn; Van der Luijt, Pieter; Nienhuys, Kirsten N. G.; Dallmeijer, Annet J.

    Aim The aim of this study was to analyse the feasibility and reliability of the tests used to determine muscle strength, sprint power, and aerobic capacity in athletes and non-athletes with cerebral palsy (CP). Methods Twenty individuals with spastic CP (four females, 16 males; age range 1849y;

  20. Feasibility and test-retest reliability of measuring lower-limb strength in young children with cerebral palsy

    Van Vulpen, L. F.; de Groot, Sonja; Becher, J. G.; De Wolf, G. S.; Dallmeijer, A. J.


    BACKGROUND: Quantifying leg muscle strength in young children with cerebral palsy (CP) is essential for identifying muscle groups for treatment and for monitoring progress. AIM: To study the feasibility, intratester reliability and the optimal test design (number of test occasions and repetitions)

  1. Feasibility and test-retest reliability of measuring lower-limb strength in young children with cerebral palsy

    Van Vulpen, L. F.; de Groot, Sonja; Becher, J. G.; De Wolf, G. S.; Dallmeijer, A. J.


    BACKGROUND: Quantifying leg muscle strength in young children with cerebral palsy (CP) is essential for identifying muscle groups for treatment and for monitoring progress. AIM: To study the feasibility, intratester reliability and the optimal test design (number of test occasions and repetitions) o

  2. Feasibility and reliability of measuring strength, sprint power, and aerobic capacity in athletes and non-athletes with cerebral palsy

    De Groot, Sonja; Janssen, Thomas W. J.; Evers, Marijn; Van der Luijt, Pieter; Nienhuys, Kirsten N. G.; Dallmeijer, Annet J.


    Aim The aim of this study was to analyse the feasibility and reliability of the tests used to determine muscle strength, sprint power, and aerobic capacity in athletes and non-athletes with cerebral palsy (CP). Methods Twenty individuals with spastic CP (four females, 16 males; age range 1849y; Gros

  3. Assessment of Lower Limb Muscle Strength and Power Using Hand-Held and Fixed Dynamometry: A Reliability and Validity Study.

    Mentiplay, Benjamin F; Perraton, Luke G; Bower, Kelly J; Adair, Brooke; Pua, Yong-Hao; Williams, Gavin P; McGaw, Rebekah; Clark, Ross A


    Hand-held dynamometry (HHD) has never previously been used to examine isometric muscle power. Rate of force development (RFD) is often used for muscle power assessment, however no consensus currently exists on the most appropriate method of calculation. The aim of this study was to examine the reliability of different algorithms for RFD calculation and to examine the intra-rater, inter-rater, and inter-device reliability of HHD as well as the concurrent validity of HHD for the assessment of isometric lower limb muscle strength and power. 30 healthy young adults (age: 23±5 yrs, male: 15) were assessed on two sessions. Isometric muscle strength and power were measured using peak force and RFD respectively using two HHDs (Lafayette Model-01165 and Hoggan microFET2) and a criterion-reference KinCom dynamometer. Statistical analysis of reliability and validity comprised intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC), Pearson correlations, concordance correlations, standard error of measurement, and minimal detectable change. Comparison of RFD methods revealed that a peak 200 ms moving window algorithm provided optimal reliability results. Intra-rater, inter-rater, and inter-device reliability analysis of peak force and RFD revealed mostly good to excellent reliability (coefficients ≥ 0.70) for all muscle groups. Concurrent validity analysis showed moderate to excellent relationships between HHD and fixed dynamometry for the hip and knee (ICCs ≥ 0.70) for both peak force and RFD, with mostly poor to good results shown for the ankle muscles (ICCs = 0.31-0.79). Hand-held dynamometry has good to excellent reliability and validity for most measures of isometric lower limb strength and power in a healthy population, particularly for proximal muscle groups. To aid implementation we have created freely available software to extract these variables from data stored on the Lafayette device. Future research should examine the reliability and validity of these variables in clinical

  4. Assessment of Lower Limb Muscle Strength and Power Using Hand-Held and Fixed Dynamometry: A Reliability and Validity Study.

    Benjamin F Mentiplay

    Full Text Available Hand-held dynamometry (HHD has never previously been used to examine isometric muscle power. Rate of force development (RFD is often used for muscle power assessment, however no consensus currently exists on the most appropriate method of calculation. The aim of this study was to examine the reliability of different algorithms for RFD calculation and to examine the intra-rater, inter-rater, and inter-device reliability of HHD as well as the concurrent validity of HHD for the assessment of isometric lower limb muscle strength and power.30 healthy young adults (age: 23±5 yrs, male: 15 were assessed on two sessions. Isometric muscle strength and power were measured using peak force and RFD respectively using two HHDs (Lafayette Model-01165 and Hoggan microFET2 and a criterion-reference KinCom dynamometer. Statistical analysis of reliability and validity comprised intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC, Pearson correlations, concordance correlations, standard error of measurement, and minimal detectable change.Comparison of RFD methods revealed that a peak 200 ms moving window algorithm provided optimal reliability results. Intra-rater, inter-rater, and inter-device reliability analysis of peak force and RFD revealed mostly good to excellent reliability (coefficients ≥ 0.70 for all muscle groups. Concurrent validity analysis showed moderate to excellent relationships between HHD and fixed dynamometry for the hip and knee (ICCs ≥ 0.70 for both peak force and RFD, with mostly poor to good results shown for the ankle muscles (ICCs = 0.31-0.79.Hand-held dynamometry has good to excellent reliability and validity for most measures of isometric lower limb strength and power in a healthy population, particularly for proximal muscle groups. To aid implementation we have created freely available software to extract these variables from data stored on the Lafayette device. Future research should examine the reliability and validity of these variables in

  5. Intra-rater reliability and agreement of muscle strength, power and functional performance measures in patients with hip osteoarthritis

    Bieler, Theresa; Magnusson, S Peter; Kjær, Michael;


    OBJECTIVE: To investigate the reliability and agreement of measures of lower extremity muscle strength, power and functional performance in patients with hip osteoarthritis at different time intervals, and to compare these with the same measures in healthy peers. DESIGN: Intra-rater test...... extensor power, and functional performance (8-foot Up & Go, stair climbing, chair stand and 6-min walk) were measured in patients, and quadriceps strength, leg extensor power and functional performance were measured in healthy peers. Systematic error, reliability and agreement were calculated. RESULTS......-retest separated by 1, 2, or 2.5 weeks in patients, and 1 week in healthy peers. SUBJECTS: Patients with hip osteoarthritis (age range 61-83 years) with 1 (n = 37), 2 (n = 35), or 2.5 weeks (n = 15) between tests, and 35 healthy peers (age range 63-82 years). METHODS: Maximal isometric hip and thigh strength, leg...

  6. Influence of Temperature on Mechanical Behavior During Static Restore Processes of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu High Strength Aluminum Alloy

    ZHANG Kun


    Full Text Available Flow stress behaviors of as-cast Al-Zn-Mg-Cu high strength aluminum alloy during static restore processes were investigated by: Isothermal double-pass compression tests at temperatures of 300-400℃, strain rates of 0.01-1 s-1, strains of 33% +20% with the holding times of 0~900 s after the first pass compression. The results indicate that the deformation temperature has a dramatical effect on mechanical behaviors during static restore processes of the alloy. (1 At 300 ℃ and 330 ℃ lower temperatures, the recovery during the deformation is slow, and deformation energy stored in matrix is higher, flow stresses at the second pass deformation decreased during the recovery and recrystallization, and the stress softening phenomena is observed. Stress softening is increased with the increasing holding time; Precipitation during the holding time inhibites the stress softening. (2 At 360 ℃ and 400 ℃ higher temperatures, the recovery during deformation is rapid, and deformation energy stored in matrix is lower. Solid solubility is higher after holding, so that flow stress at the second pass deformation is increased, stress hardening phenomena is observed. Stress hardening decreased with the increasing holding time duo to the recovery and recrystallization during holding period at 360 ℃; Precipitation during holding also inhibited the stress softening. However, Stress hardening remains constant with the increasing holding time duo to the reasanenal there are no recovery and recrystallization during holding period at 400 ℃.

  7. Evolution of undissolved phases in high-zinc content super-high strength aluminum alloy during ageing

    张坤; 刘志义; 叶呈武; 许晓嫦; 郑青春


    The evolution of undissolved phases in the high-zinc content super-high strength aluminum alloy during ageing was investigated by means of SEM and EIS. The results show that undissolved phases of Cu-rich M(AlZnMgCu) exist in the silver-free alloy at solid-solution state. With increasing the ageing time, the precipitation of agehardening precipitates MgZn2 stimulates Zn atoms within the undissolved phases to diffuse into the matrix, and thus the Cu content in the M(AlZnMgCu) phase increases relatively. For the silver-bearing alloy, small addition of Ag promotes the formation of Ag-rich M(A1ZnMgCuAg) undissolved phases and deteriorates mechanical properties of the alloy. At the early stage of ageing, Ag content within the M(AlZnMgCuAg) phases greatly decreases due to rapid diffusing of Ag atoms into the matrix and the co-clustering of Ag and Mg atoms. As the ageing time prolonging, the precipitation of MgZn2 results in the decrease of Zn content in the undissolved phases, and the relative increase of Ag and Mg contents.

  8. Flow Behavior and Microstructural Evolution of 7A85 High-Strength Aluminum Alloy During Hot Deformation

    Liu, Xingang; Han, Shuang; Chen, Lei; Yang, Shuai; Jin, Miao; Guo, Baofeng; Mao, Tianhong


    Hot deformation behavior of 7A85 high-strength aluminum alloy was investigated at 593 K to 713 K (320 °C to 440 °C) and 0.01-10 s-1. The manifestation of flow curves was related to the strain rate. Typical single-peak curves were shown below 10 s-1, while two stress peaks appeared in the case of 10 s-1 and the second peak strain was almost three times larger than the first one. A constitutive equation considering the effect of strain was developed. Flow stress values predicted by the constitutive model demonstrated a good agreement with the experimental results over the entire range of strain rates and temperatures. Microstructure characterization revealed that dynamic recovery (DRV) and continuous dynamic recrystallization (CDRX) which depended on the Zener-Hollomon parameter (Z) closely, co-occurred at large strain (ɛ = 0.7). With decreasing Z-value, the dominant dynamic restoration mechanism gradually transformed from DRV to CDRX. The average subgrain size (d sub) showed a power-law relationship with Z. Recrystallization was sensitively dependent on the strain rate at above 683 K (410 °C). The fine equiaxed grains appeared at original grain boundaries and in deformed grains interior owing to CDRX. The high-curvature subgrain boundaries can also cause the nucleation of recrystallization within deformed grains.

  9. Reliability of the Q Force; a mobile instrument for measuring isometric quadriceps muscle strength

    Douma, K W; Regterschot, G R H; Krijnen, W P; Slager, G E C; van der Schans, C P; Zijlstra, W


    BACKGROUND: The ability to generate muscle strength is a pre-requisite for all human movement. Decreased quadriceps muscle strength is frequently observed in older adults and is associated with a decreased performance and activity limitations. To quantify the quadriceps muscle strength and to monito

  10. Reliability of the Q Force; a mobile instrument for measuring isometric quadriceps muscle strength

    Douma, K.W.; Regterschot, G.R.H.; Krijnen, W.P.; Slager, G.E.C.; Schans, C.P. van der; Zijlstra, W.


    Background: The ability to generate muscle strength is a pre-requisite for all human movement. Decreased quadriceps muscle strength is frequently observed in older adults and is associated with a decreased performance and activity limitations. To quantify the quadriceps muscle strength and to monito

  11. Test-retest reliability of handgrip strength measurement using a hydraulic hand dynamometer in patients with cervical radiculopathy.

    Savva, Christos; Giakas, Giannis; Efstathiou, Michalis; Karagiannis, Christos


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the test-retest reliability of handgrip strength measurement using a hydraulic hand dynamometer in patients with cervical radiculopathy (CR). A convenience sample of 19 participants (14 men and 5 women; mean ± SD age, 50.5 ± 12 years) with CR was measured using a Jamar hydraulic hand dynamometer by the same rater on 2 different testing sessions with an interval of 7 days between sessions. Data collection procedures followed standardized grip strength testing guidelines established by the American Society of Hand Therapists. During the repeated measures, patients were advised to rest their upper limb in the standardized arm position and encouraged to exert 3 maximum gripping efforts. The mean value of the 3 efforts (measured in kilogram force [Kgf]) was used for data analysis. The intraclass correlation coefficient, SEM, and the Bland-Altman plot were used to estimate test-retest reliability and measurement precision. Grip strength measurement in CR demonstrated an intraclass correlation coefficient of 0.976, suggesting excellent test-retest reliability. The small SEM in both testing sessions (SEM1, 2.41 Kgf; SEM2, 2.51 Kgf) as well as the narrow width of the 95% limits of agreements (95% limits of agreement, -4.9 to 4.4 Kgf) in the Bland-Altman plot reflected precise measurements of grip strength in both occasions. Excellent test-retest reliability for grip strength measurement was measured in patients with CR, demonstrating that a hydraulic hand dynamometer could be used as an outcome measure for these patients. Copyright © 2014 National University of Health Sciences. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Validity and Reliability of the Farsi Version of the Individual Strength Questionnaire Checklist in the Iranian Working Population

    K Hosseinzadeh


    Full Text Available Abstract Background & aim: Significant attention is paid towards Work-related fatigue for its adverse health effects. The Checklist for Individual Strength (CIS is an instrument for measuring fatigue. The aim of this study was to determine the reliability and validity of the Persian version of an Iranian working population in the checklist individual strength. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, in order to determine the linguistic validity, the CIS was translated into Persian. The Farsi version was translated into English by another professional translator. Farsi to English translation of the original English version was sent to the author for comparison. After comparison and verification by the author, the final version of the P-CIS was prepared in a pilot study to assess the strength of understanding. In order to evaluate the reliability and validity of the P-CIS, 200 people working in a cosmetics factory along with office employees at Yasuj health centers were studied. To assess reliability and internal consistency of the questionnaire, Cronbach's alpha coefficient was used. Using the Spearman correlation coefficient, convergent validity was examined. Validity was assessed through factor analysis. Results: The Cronbach's alpha coefficient of reliability of the total questionnaire, mental fatigue, reducing activity, reducing of the concentration, and reduction of motivation were 0.86, 0.83, 0.72, 0.59, and 0.37 respectively. Spearman correlation coefficients were obtained for the validity range of 0.43-0.88. Based on the weight factor obtained in the aspect of mental fatigue and reduced activity of the P-CIS showed acceptable validity Conclusion: The P-CIS had satisfactory linguistic validity and psychometric properties for measuring fatigue in the Iranian working population. Key words: Fatigue, Checklist Individual Strength (CIS, Validity, Reliability

  13. A novel device using the Nordic hamstring exercise to assess eccentric knee flexor strength: a reliability and retrospective injury study.

    Opar, David A; Piatkowski, Timothy; Williams, Morgan D; Shield, Anthony J


    Reliability and case-control injury study. To determine if a novel device designed to measure eccentric knee flexor strength via the Nordic hamstring exercise displays acceptable test-retest reliability; to determine normative values for eccentric knee flexor strength derived from the device in individuals without a history of hamstring strain injury (HSI); and to determine if the device can detect weakness in elite athletes with a previous history of unilateral HSI. HSI and reinjury are the most common cause of lost playing time in a number of sports. Eccentric knee flexor weakness is a major modifiable risk factor for future HSI. However, at present, there is a lack of easily accessible equipment to assess eccentric knee flexor strength. Thirty recreationally active males without a history of HSI completed the Nordic hamstring exercise on the device on 2 separate occasions. Intraclass correlation coefficients, typical error, typical error as a coefficient of variation, and minimal detectable change at a 95% confidence level were calculated. Normative strength data were determined using the most reliable measurement. An additional 20 elite athletes with a unilateral history of HSI within the previous 12 months performed the Nordic hamstring exercise on the device to determine if residual eccentric muscle weakness existed in the previously injured limb. The device displayed high to moderate reliability (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.83-0.90; typical error, 21.7-27.5 N; typical error as a coefficient of variation, 5.8%-8.5%; minimal detectable change at a 95% confidence level, 60.1-76.2 N). Mean ± SD normative eccentric flexor strength in the uninjured group was 344.7 ± 61.1 N for the left and 361.2 ± 65.1 N for the right side. The previously injured limb was 15% weaker than the contralateral uninjured limb (mean difference, 50.3 N; 95% confidence interval: 25.7, 74.9; P<.01), 15% weaker than the normative left limb (mean difference, 50.0 N; 95

  14. Study on determining of reinforced concrete false roof strength and design of reinforcement based on reliability theory

    Fan Wenlu; Li Xibing; Hu Guohong


    Study on efficient mining of the steep incline and fractured ore-bodies in Yongshaba mine of Guizhou Kailin Group shows that ore-body is fractured and difficult to support the roadways in-vein. After research of the actual conditions about the ore-bodies, we have made the initial decision to adopt reconstruction of roof downward sublevel cut-andfill mining. The men work safely under the false roof supporting the top plate. However, the difficult problem is how to determine the strength of the false roof. In this case, the method based on reliability theory has been put forward. Combined with elastic mechanics and field practice, when practical value of reliable probability is 90 % , the value of the false roof strength has been calculated, and the study shows that stope span greatly influences the false roof strength. With the strength of artificial roof, the reasonable reinforcement design ensures the false roof which can supply the demand of strength under large span and load.

  15. Reliability and agreement between 2 strength devices used in the newly modified and standardized Constant score

    Kristensen, Morten Tange; Aagesen, Maria; Hjerrild, Signe;


    HYPOTHESIS: The new and standardized test protocol for the Constant score (CS) provides new methodology, but different devices are still used for shoulder strength testing. It was hypothesized that strength measurements using the IsoForceControl (IFC) dynamometer (MDS Medical Device Solutions, Ob...

  16. Maintained ship hull girder ultimate strength reliability considering corrosion and fatigue

    Hu, Yong; Cui, W.; Pedersen, Preben Terndrup


    The prupose of this paper is to propose a methodology to assess the time-variant ultimate strength of ship hull girder under the degradations of corrosion and fatigue. The effects of fatigue cracks on the tensile and compressive residual ultimate strength of stiffened panels and unstiffened plate...

  17. Reliability of the grip strength coefficient of variation for detecting sincerity in normal and blocked median nerve in healthy adults.

    Wachter, N J; Mentzel, M; Hütz, R; Gülke, J


    In the assessment of hand and upper limb function, detecting sincerity of effort (SOE) for grip strength is of major importance to identifying feigned loss of strength. Measuring maximal grip strength with a dynamometer is very common, often combined with calculating the coefficient of variation (CV), a measure of the variation over the three grip strength trials. Little data is available about the relevance of these measurements in patients with median nerve impairment due to the heterogeneity of patient groups. This study examined the reliability of grip strength tests as well as the CV to detect SOE in healthy subjects. The power distribution of the individual fingers and the thenar was taken into account. To assess reliability, the measurements were performed in subjects with a median nerve block to simulate a nerve injury. The ability of 21 healthy volunteers to exert maximal grip force and to deliberately exert half-maximal force to simulate reduced SOE in a power grip was examined using the Jamar(®) dynamometer. The experiment was performed in a combined setting with and without median nerve block of the same subject. The force at the fingertips of digits 2-5 and at the thenar eminence was measured with a sensor glove with integrated pressure receptors. For each measurement, three trials were recorded subsequently and the mean and CV were calculated. When exerting submaximal force, the subjects reached 50-62% of maximal force, regardless of the median nerve block. The sensor glove revealed a significant reduction of force when exerting submaximal force (P1 sensor) with (P<0.032) and without median nerve block (P<0.017). An increase in CV at submaximal force was found, although it was not significant. SOE can be detected with the CV at the little finger at using a 10% cut-off (sensitivity 0.84 and 0.92 without and with median nerve block, respectively). These findings suggest low reliability of the power grip measurement with the Jamar(®) dynamometer, as

  18. Validation and reliability of a modified sphygmomanometer for the assessment of handgrip strength in Parkinson´s disease

    Soraia M. Silva


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Handgrip strength is currently considered a predictor of overall muscle strength and functional capacity. Therefore, it is important to find reliable and affordable instruments for this analysis, such as the modified sphygmomanometer test (MST. OBJECTIVES: To assess the concurrent criterion validity of the MST, to compare the MST with the Jamar dynamometer, and to analyze the reproducibility (i.e. reliability and agreement of the MST in individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD. METHOD: The authors recruited 50 subjects, 24 with PD (65.5±6.2 years of age and 26 healthy elderly subjects (63.4±7.2 years of age. The handgrip strength was measured using the Jamar dynamometer and modified sphygmomanometer. The concurrent criterion validity was analyzed using Pearson's correlation coefficient and a simple linear regression test. The reproducibility of the MST was evaluated with the coefficient of intra-class correlation (ICC2,1, the standard error of measurement (SEM, the minimal detectable change (MDC, and the Bland-Altman plot. For all of the analyses, α≤0.05 was considered a risk. RESULTS: There was a significant correlation of moderate magnitude (r≥0.45 between the MST and the Jamar dynamometer. The MST had excellent reliability (ICC2,1≥0.7. The SEM and the MDC were adequate; however, the Bland-Altman plot indicated an unsatisfactory interrater agreement. CONCLUSIONS: The MST exhibited adequate validity and excellent reliability and is, therefore, suitable for monitoring the handgrip strength in PD. However, if the goal is to compare the measurements between examiners, the authors recommend that the data be interpreted with caution.

  19. Studies on the reliability of ni-gate aluminum gallium nitride / gallium nitride high electron mobility transistors using chemical deprocessing

    Whiting, Patrick Guzek

    Aluminum Gallium Nitride / Gallium Nitride High Electron Mobility Transistors are becoming the technology of choice for applications where hundreds of volts need to be applied in a circuit at frequencies in the hundreds of gigahertz, such as microwave communications. However, because these devices are very new, their reliability in the field is not well understood, partly because of the stochastic nature of the defects which form as a result of their operation. Many analytical techniques are not well suited to the analysis of these defects because they sample regions of the device which are either too small or too large for accurate observation. The use of chemical deprocessing in addition to surface-sensitive analysis techniques such as Scanning Electron Microscopy and Scanning Probe Microscopy can be utilized in the analysis of defect formation in devices formed with nickel gates. Hydrofluoric acid is used to etch the passivation nitride which covers the semiconducting layer of the transistor. A metal etch utilizing FeCN/KI is used to etch the ohmic and gate contacts of the device and a long exposure in various solvent solutions is used to remove organic contaminants, exposing the surface of the semiconducting layer for analysis. Deprocessing was used in conjunction with a variety of metrology techniques to analyze three different defects. One of these defects is a nanoscale crack which emanates from metal inclusions formed during alloying of the ohmic contacts of the device prior to use in the field, could impact the yield of production-level manufacturing of these devices. This defect also appears to grow, in some cases, during electrostatic stressing. Another defect, a native oxide at the surface of the semiconducting layer which appears to react in the presence of an electric field, has not been observed before during post-mortem analysis of degraded devices. It could play a major part in the degredation of the gate contact during high-field, off

  20. Reliability of a Field Test of Defending and Attacking Agility in Australian Football and Relationships to Reactive Strength.

    Young, Warren B; Murray, Mitch P


    Young, WB and Murray, MP. Reliability of a field test of defending and attacking agility in Australian football and relationships to reactive strength. J Strength Cond Res 31(2): 509-516, 2017-Defending and attacking agility tests for Australian football do not exist, and it is unknown whether any physical qualities correlate with these types of agility. The purposes of this study were to develop new field tests of defending and attacking agility for Australian Rules football, to determine whether they were reliable, and to describe the relationship between the agility tests to determine their specificity. Because the reactive strength (RS) of the lower limb muscles has been previously correlated with change-of-direction speed, we also investigated the relationship between this quality and the agility tests. Nineteen male competitive recreational-level Australian Rules football players were assessed on the agility tests and a drop jump test to assess RS. Interday and interrater reliability was also assessed. The agility tests involved performing 10 trials of one-on-one agility tasks against 2 testers (opponents), in which the objective was to be in a position to tackle (defending) or to evade (attacking) the opponent. Both agility tests had good reliability (intraclass correlation > 0.8, %CV 0.05], and interrater reliability was very high [r = 0.997, p < 0.001]). The common variance between the agility tests was 45%, indicating that they represented relatively independent skills. There was a large correlation between RS and defending agility (r = 0.625, p = 0.004), and a very large correlation with attacking agility (r = 0.731, p < 0.001). Defending and attacking agility have different characteristics, possibly related to the footwork, physical, and cognitive demands of each. Nonetheless, RS seems to be important for agility, especially for attacking agility.

  1. Modeling and sensitivity analysis on the transport of aluminum oxide nanoparticles in saturated sand: effects of ionic strength, flow rate, and nanoparticle concentration.

    Rahman, Tanzina; Millwater, Harry; Shipley, Heather J


    Aluminum oxide nanoparticles have been widely used in various consumer products and there are growing concerns regarding their exposure in the environment. This study deals with the modeling, sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification of one-dimensional transport of nano-sized (~82 nm) aluminum oxide particles in saturated sand. The transport of aluminum oxide nanoparticles was modeled using a two-kinetic-site model with a blocking function. The modeling was done at different ionic strengths, flow rates, and nanoparticle concentrations. The two sites representing fast and slow attachments along with a blocking term yielded good agreement with the experimental results from the column studies of aluminum oxide nanoparticles. The same model was used to simulate breakthrough curves under different conditions using experimental data and calculated 95% confidence bounds of the generated breakthroughs. The sensitivity analysis results showed that slow attachment was the most sensitive parameter for high influent concentrations (e.g. 150 mg/L Al2O3) and the maximum solid phase retention capacity (related to blocking function) was the most sensitive parameter for low concentrations (e.g. 50 mg/L Al2O3).

  2. Perceived organisational support for strengths use: The factorial validity and reliability of a new scale in the banking industry

    Elzette M. Keenan


    Full Text Available Orientation: The perceived organisational support for strength use (POSSU scale determines the extent to which employees perceive that their organisations support them to use their strengths in the workplace.Research purpose: The purpose was to determine the validity and reliability of the new POSSU scale.Motivation for the study: There are instruments and studies that aim to identify and describe individual strengths. However, no instruments measure whether employees perceive that their organisations use their strengths in the workplace.Research design, approach and method: The authors used a cross-sectional field survey approach and an availability sample of employees (N = 165 who worked in the banking sector. They used exploratory factor analysis to test the factorial validity and to establish whether POSSU is an independent job resource. They performed regression analyses to examine whether POSSU is a significant predictor of outcomes.Main findings: The findings indicated a clear one-factor model with strong item loadings(α = .97. When the authors included other resources, they identified a five-factor model, where all the items loaded onto the supposed factors. POSSU was a significant predictor of burnout and engagement after controlling for job resources and a deficiency-based approach.Practical/managerial implications: A valid and reliable POSSU scale could lead to increased awareness about the use of employees’ strengths in organisations and help to determine their influence and value. Contribution/value-add: This study contributes to the limited research available in South Africa on the measurement of whether employees perceive that their organisations use their (the employees’ strengths.

  3. A Tri-modal 2024 Al -B4C composites with super-high strength and ductility: Effect of coarse-grained aluminum fraction on mechanical behavior

    Alireza Abdollahi


    Full Text Available In this study, ultrafine grained 2024 Al alloy based B4C particles reinforced composite was produced by mechanical milling and hot extrusion. Mechanical milling was used to synthesize the nanostructured Al2024 in attrition mill under argon atmosphere up to 50h. A similar process was used to produce Al2024-5%wt. B4C composite powder. To produce trimodal composites, milled powders were combined with coarse grained aluminum in 30 and 50 wt% and then were exposed to hot extrusion at 570°C. The microstructure of hot extruded samples were studied by optical microscope, Transmission electron microscope (TEM and scanning electron microscope (SEM equipped with EDS spectroscopy. The mechanical properties of samples were compared by using tensile, compression and hardness tests. The results showed that the strength, after 50 h milling and addition of 5wt% B4C, increased from 340 to 582 MPa and the hardness increased from 87 HBN to 173 HBN, but the elongation decreased from 14 to 0.5%. By adding the coarse-grained aluminum powder, the strength and hardness decreased slightly, but the increases in return. Ductility increase is the result of increase in dislocation movements and strength increase is the result of restriction in plastic deformation by nanostructured regions. Furthermore, the strength and hardness of trimodal composites were higher, but their ductility was lower.

  4. 7000系高强铝合金的发展及其在飞机上的应用%Development and Application of 7000 High Strength Aluminum Alloys on Airplane



    This paper presented a comprehensive review on research development in 7000 high strength aluminum alloy. The application of plane aluminum alloys was enumerated. Several existing problems in present home-made high strength aluminum alloys were pointed out, and the suggestions in the selection of high strength aluminum alloy for principal parts of airplane were presented.%阐述了7000系高强度铝合金的国内外发展现状,列举了高强度铝合金在国外飞机上的应用情况,指出了目前国内飞机用高强铝合金材料存在的问题,并对高强铝合金在未来飞机机体的选用提出了建议,供设计人员参考使用。

  5. Reliable evaluation method of quality control for compressive strength of concrete

    CHEN Kuen-suan; SUNG Wen-pei; SHIH Ming-hsiang


    Concrete in reinforced concrete structure (RC) is generally under significant compressive stress load. To guarantee required quality and ductility, various tests have to be conducted to measure the concrete's compressive strength based on ACI(American Concrete Institute) code. Investigations of recent devastating collapses of structures around the world showed that some of the collapses directly resulted from the poor quality of the concrete. The lesson learned from these tragedies is that guaranteeing high quality of concrete is one of the most important factors ensuring the safety of the reinforced concrete structure.In order to ensure high quality of concrete, a new method for analyzing and evaluating the concrete production process is called for.In this paper, the indices of fit and stable degree are proposed as basis to evaluate the fitness and stability of concrete's compressive strength. These two indices are combined to define and evaluate the quality index of the compressive strength of concrete. Principles of statistics are used to derive the best estimators of these indices. Based on the outcome of the study, a concrete compressive strength quality control chart is proposed as a tool to help the evaluation process. Finally, a new evaluation procedure to assess the quality control capability of the individual concrete manufacturer is also proposed.

  6. Students' Understandings of Acid Strength: How Meaningful Is Reliability When Measuring Alternative Conceptions

    Bretz, Stacey Lowery; McClary, LaKeisha


    Most organic chemistry reactions occur by a mechanism that includes acid-base chemistry, so it is important that students develop and learn to use correct conceptions of acids and acid strength. Recent studies have described undergraduate organic chemistry students' cognitive resources related to the Brønsted-Lowry acid model and the Lewis acid…

  7. Clinical assessment of hip strength using a hand-held dynamometer is reliable

    Thorborg, K; Petersen, J; Magnusson, S P;


    rotation (ER), internal rotation (IR), flexion (FLEX) and extension (EXT) using a hand-held dynamometer. Nine subjects (five males, four females), physically active for at least 2.5 h a week, were included. Twelve standardized isometric strength tests were performed twice with a 1-week interval in between...

  8. Reliability, failure probability, and strength of resin-based materials for CAD/CAM restorations

    Kiatlin Lim

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective: This study investigated the Weibull parameters and 5% fracture probability of direct, indirect composites, and CAD/CAM composites. Material and Methods: Discshaped (12 mm diameter x 1 mm thick specimens were prepared for a direct composite [Z100 (ZO, 3M-ESPE], an indirect laboratory composite [Ceramage (CM, Shofu], and two CAD/CAM composites [Lava Ultimate (LU, 3M ESPE; Vita Enamic (VE, Vita Zahnfabrik] restorations (n=30 for each group. The specimens were polished, stored in distilled water for 24 hours at 37°C. Weibull parameters (m= modulus of Weibull, σ0= characteristic strength and flexural strength for 5% fracture probability (σ5% were determined using a piston-on-three-balls device at 1 MPa/s in distilled water. Statistical analysis for biaxial flexural strength analysis were performed either by both one-way ANOVA and Tukey's post hoc (α=0.05 or by Pearson's correlation test. Results: Ranking of m was: VE (19.5, LU (14.5, CM (11.7, and ZO (9.6. Ranking of σ0 (MPa was: LU (218.1, ZO (210.4, CM (209.0, and VE (126.5. σ5% (MPa was 177.9 for LU, 163.2 for CM, 154.7 for Z0, and 108.7 for VE. There was no significant difference in the m for ZO, CM, and LU. VE presented the highest m value and significantly higher than ZO. For σ0 and σ5%, ZO, CM, and LU were similar but higher than VE. Conclusion: The strength characteristics of CAD/ CAM composites vary according to their composition and microstructure. VE presented the lowest strength and highest Weibull modulus among the materials.

  9. Reliability, failure probability, and strength of resin-based materials for CAD/CAM restorations

    Lim, Kiatlin; Yap, Adrian U-Jin; Agarwalla, Shruti Vidhawan; Tan, Keson Beng-Choon; Rosa, Vinicius


    ABSTRACT Objective: This study investigated the Weibull parameters and 5% fracture probability of direct, indirect composites, and CAD/CAM composites. Material and Methods: Discshaped (12 mm diameter x 1 mm thick) specimens were prepared for a direct composite [Z100 (ZO), 3M-ESPE], an indirect laboratory composite [Ceramage (CM), Shofu], and two CAD/CAM composites [Lava Ultimate (LU), 3M ESPE; Vita Enamic (VE), Vita Zahnfabrik] restorations (n=30 for each group). The specimens were polished, stored in distilled water for 24 hours at 37°C. Weibull parameters (m= modulus of Weibull, σ0= characteristic strength) and flexural strength for 5% fracture probability (σ5%) were determined using a piston-on-three-balls device at 1 MPa/s in distilled water. Statistical analysis for biaxial flexural strength analysis were performed either by both one-way ANOVA and Tukey's post hoc (α=0.05) or by Pearson's correlation test. Results: Ranking of m was: VE (19.5), LU (14.5), CM (11.7), and ZO (9.6). Ranking of σ0 (MPa) was: LU (218.1), ZO (210.4), CM (209.0), and VE (126.5). σ5% (MPa) was 177.9 for LU, 163.2 for CM, 154.7 for Z0, and 108.7 for VE. There was no significant difference in the m for ZO, CM, and LU. VE presented the highest m value and significantly higher than ZO. For σ0 and σ5%, ZO, CM, and LU were similar but higher than VE. Conclusion: The strength characteristics of CAD/ CAM composites vary according to their composition and microstructure. VE presented the lowest strength and highest Weibull modulus among the materials.

  10. Temporal Stability of Strength-Based Assessments: Test-Retest Reliability of Student and Teacher Reports

    Romer, Natalie; Merrell, Kenneth W.


    This study focused on evaluating the temporal stability of self-reported and teacher-reported perceptions of students' social and emotional skills and assets. We used a test-retest reliability procedure over repeated administrations of the child, adolescent, and teacher versions of the "Social-Emotional Assets and Resilience Scales".…

  11. 齿轮弯曲强度的可靠性设计%Design of Gear Tooth Bending Strength Based on Reliability Theory

    莫海军; 李杞仪


    This paper presents a new gear design method which is different from traditional mehtod-the safety factor method,it is based on reliability theory.It is mainly used to study the gear tooth bending strength.A formula for gear reliability is presented,and the program can be used to calcelate the reliability design information of cylindrical gears accurately and reliable.

  12. Effect of low-frequency electromagnetic field on the as-cast microstructure of a new super high strength aluminum alloy by horizontal continuous casting


    The super high strength aluminum alloy ingots with 100 mm in diameter were cast by the process of low-frequency electromagnetic horizontal continuous casting (LFEHC) and the effect of electromagnetic field on the as-cast microstructure was studied. Results show that microstructure of the sample prepared by the LFEHC process was greatly refined. Microstructures at the border and the center of the ingots were fine, uniform and rosette-shaped.Electromagnetic frequency plays a key role in microstructure refining. Fine and uniform microstructures can be obtained with optimal electromagnetic frequency. In this experiment, under a frequency of 30 Hz the microstructure was the finest and the most uniform.

  13. Reliability Analysis of Bearing Capacity of Square Footing on Soil with Strength Anisotropy Due to Layered Microstructure

    Kawa Marek


    Full Text Available The paper deals with reliability analysis of square footing on soil with strength anisotropy. The strength of the soil has been described with identified anisotropic strength criterion dedicated to geomaterials with layered microstructure. The analysis assumes dip angle α and azimuth angle β which define direction of lamination of the structure to be random variables with given probability density functions. Bearing capacity being a function of these variables is approximated based on results of deterministic simulations obtained for variety of orientations. The weighted regression method by Kaymaz and McMahon within the framework of Response Surface Method is used for the approximation. As a result of analysis, global factor of safety that corresponds to assumed value of probability of failure is determined. The value of the safety factor denotes the ratio between the value of the design load and the mean value of bearing capacity which is needed to reduce the probability of failure to the acceptable level. The procedure of calculating the factor has been presented for two different cases. In the first case, no information about lamination direction of the soil has been provided and thus all the orientations are assumed to be equally probable (uniform distribution. In the second case, statistical information including mean, variance and assumed probability distribution for both α and β angle is known. For the latter case, using results obtained for few different values of mean of angle α, also the influence of strength anisotropy on the value of global factor of safety is shown.

  14. Sharply notch cylindrical tension specimen for screening plane-strain fracture toughness. I - Influence of fundamental testing variables on notch strength. II Applications in aluminum alloy quality assurance of fracture toughness

    Jones, M. H.; Bubsey, R. T.; Brown, W. F., Jr.; Bucci, R. J.; Collis, S. F.; Kohm, R. F.; Kaufman, J. G.


    A description is presented of studies which have been conducted to establish an improved technology base for a use of the sharply notched cylindrical specimen in quality assurance tests of aluminum alloy products. The results are presented of an investigation of fundamental variables associated with specimen preparation and testing, taking into account the influence of the notch root radius, the eccentricity of loading, the specimen diameter, and the notch depth on the sharp notch strength. Attention is given to the statistical procedures which are necessary to establish correlations between the sharp notch strength and the plane-strain fracture toughness for high-strength aluminum alloys.

  15. Aluminum alloy

    Blackburn, Linda B. (Inventor); Starke, Edgar A., Jr. (Inventor)


    This invention relates to aluminum alloys, particularly to aluminum-copper-lithium alloys containing at least about 0.1 percent by weight of indium as an essential component, which are suitable for applications in aircraft and aerospace vehicles. At least about 0.1 percent by weight of indium is added as an essential component to an alloy which precipitates a T1 phase (Al2CuLi). This addition enhances the nucleation of the precipitate T1 phase, producing a microstructure which provides excellent strength as indicated by Rockwell hardness values and confirmed by standard tensile tests.

  16. Influence of multi-step heat treatments in creep age forming of 7075 aluminum alloy: Optimization for springback, strength and exfoliation corrosion

    Arabi Jeshvaghani, R.; Zohdi, H. [Department of Materials Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, P.O. Box 14115-143, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shahverdi, H.R., E-mail: [Department of Materials Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, P.O. Box 14115-143, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Bozorg, M. [Department of Materials Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, P.O. Box 14115-143, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hadavi, S.M.M. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, MA University of Technology, P.O. Box 16765-3197, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    Multi-step heat treatments comprise of high temperature forming (150 Degree-Sign C/24 h plus 190 Degree-Sign C for several minutes) and subsequent low temperature forming (120 Degree-Sign C for 24 h) is developed in creep age forming of 7075 aluminum alloy to decrease springback and exfoliation corrosion susceptibility without reduction in tensile properties. The results show that the multi-step heat treatment gives the low springback and the best combination of exfoliation corrosion resistance and tensile strength. The lower springback is attributed to the dislocation recovery and more stress relaxation at higher temperature. Transmission electron microscopy observations show that corrosion resistance is improved due to the enlargement in the size and the inter-particle distance of the grain boundaries precipitates. Furthermore, the achievement of the high strength is related to the uniform distribution of ultrafine {eta} Prime precipitates within grains. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Creep age forming developed for manufacturing of aircraft wing panels by aluminum alloy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A good combination of properties with minimal springback is required in this component. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This requirement can be improved through the appropriate heat treatments. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Multi-step cycles developed in creep age forming of AA7075 for improving of springback and properties. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Results indicate simultaneous enhancing the properties and shape accuracy (lower springback).

  17. Precipitate-Accommodated Plasma Nitriding for Aluminum Alloys

    Patama Visittipitukul; Tatsuhiko Aizawa; Hideyuki Kuwahara


    Reliable surface treatment has been explored to improve the strength and wear resistance of aluminum alloy parts in automotives. Long duration time as well as long pre-sputtering time are required for plasma nitriding of aluminum or its alloys only with the thickness of a few micrometers. New plasma inner nitriding is proposed to realize the fast-rate nitriding of aluminum alloys. Al-6Cu alloy is employed as a targeting material in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of this plasma nitriding. Mechanism of fast-rate nitriding process is discussed with consideration of the role of Al2Cu precipitates.

  18. Data Transformation for Confidence Interval Improvement: An Application to the Estimation of Stress-Strength Model Reliability

    Alessandro Barbiero


    Full Text Available In many statistical applications, it is often necessary to obtain an interval estimate for an unknown proportion or probability or, more generally, for a parameter whose natural space is the unit interval. The customary approximate two-sided confidence interval for such a parameter, based on some version of the central limit theorem, is known to be unsatisfactory when its true value is close to zero or one or when the sample size is small. A possible way to tackle this issue is the transformation of the data through a proper function that is able to make the approximation to the normal distribution less coarse. In this paper, we study the application of several of these transformations to the context of the estimation of the reliability parameter for stress-strength models, with a special focus on Poisson distribution. From this work, some practical hints emerge on which transformation may more efficiently improve standard confidence intervals in which scenarios.

  19. Is strength of handedness reliable over repeated testing? An examination of typical development and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    Sara Marie Scharoun


    Full Text Available Despite a lack of agreement concerning the age at which adult-like patterns of handedness emerge, it is generally understood that hand preference presents early in life and development is variable. Young children (ages 3-5 years are described as having weak hand preference; however, older children (ages 7-10 years display stronger patterns. Here, strength of hand preference refers to reliable use of the preferred hand. In comparison to their typically-developing (TD peers, individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD are described as having a weak hand preference. This study aimed to extend the literature to assess three measures of handedness (Waterloo Handedness Questionnaire – WHQ, Annett Pegboard – AP and WatHand Cabinet Test – WHCT in two repeated sessions. The first research question aimed to delineate if the strength of hand use changes across testing sessions as a function of age in typical development. Right-handed children reported a reliable preference for the right hand on the WHQ, similar to adults. A marginally significant difference was revealed between 3- to 4- and 5- to 6-year-olds on the AP. This was attributed to weak lateralization in 3- to 4-year-olds, where the establishment of hand preference by age 6 leads to superior performance with the preferred hand in 5- to 6-year-olds. Finally, for the WHCT, 3- to 4-year-olds had the highest bimanual score, indicating use of the same hand to lift the cabinet door and retrieve an object. It is likely that the task was not motorically complex enough to drive preferred hand selection for older participants. The second research question sought to determine if there is difference between typically-developing children and children with ASD. No differences were revealed; however, children with ASD did display variable AP performance, providing partial support for previous literature. Findings will be discussed in light of relevant literature.

  20. Formation of reacted interfacial zone and improvement of bonding strength in aluminum alloy clad stainless steel and aluminum alloy clad copper plateusing explosive welding technique. Al gokin no stainless ko oyobi do eno bakuhatsu assetsu ni okeru kaimen hannoso no keisei to setsugo kyodo

    Hokamoto, K.; Fujita, M. (Kumamoto University, Kumamoto (Japan). Faculty of Engineering); Izuma, T. (Asahi Chemical Industry Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan))


    Explosive welding experiments using intermediate materials have been performed on combinations of aluminum alloy with stainless steel, and aluminum alloy with copper that are difficult of explosive welding with an ordinary method. The experiments have investigated interfacial reaction layers and bonding strength. The drive plates have used four kinds of aluminum alloy plates with a thickness of 4 mm and a base material of stainless steel (SUS 304) or copper having a thickness of 9 mm. Investigation has been given on how the interfacial structure and the bonding strength change as a result of using intermediate materials of the similar kind with the base material. The composition in the generated reaction layers has higher aluminum concentration than that has been predicted. This is because more aluminum component has been dissolved because of transformation having converged on the side of the aluminum alloy with smaller transformation resistance. Use of the intermediate materials can reduce energy of collision given on the interface, thus controlling the formation of reactive layers on the interface. This has improved the bonding strength largely, leading to a possibility of fabricating clad materials that have good interface properties. 10 refs., 9 figs., 3 tabs.

  1. Effects of aluminum oxide addition on the flexural strength, surface hardness, and roughness of heat-polymerized acrylic resin

    Mahroo Vojdani


    Conclusion: Reinforcement of the conventional heat-cured acrylic resin with 2.5 wt% Al2O3 powder significantly increased its flexural strength and hardness with no adverse effects on the surface roughness.


    Russ Hoff


    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to determine the reliability of the 1- and 3RM tests for the modified unilateral squat. Thirty untrained (22 women, 8 men and 22 trained (12 women, 10 men subjects participated in the study. The trained group had a minimum of 1 year lower-body training experience but had not participated in unilateral training prior to the study. After practicing proper technique with light loads, the subjects used the barbell squat to complete a 1- and 3RM pretest and posttest. In each group half of the subjects completed the 1RM tests prior to the 3RM tests while half of the subjects completed the 3RM tests first. A rest period of 48 hours was allowed between each test. Twenty subjects, randomly selected from the two groups, completed a third session of the 1RM test 3 days after the 1RM posttest. Intraclass correlation coefficients were recorded. Differences between pre- and posttest measures were determined by the paired-sample t-test. The 1- and 3RM tests were found to be significantly reliable for trained men, r = 0.98 and r = 0.97, untrained men, r = 0.99 and r = 0.97, trained women r = 0.99 and r = 0.94, and untrained women, r = 0.97 and r = 0.87, respectively. Posttest scores for the 1- and 3RM tests significantly improved above baseline levels in each group (p < 0.05. Strength scores did not significantly increase during the third 1RM test (p = 0.22. The data indicate that the modified unilateral squat can be measured with high reliability using the 1- and 3RM tests. The improved posttest scores indicate that a pretest session should take place before recording baseline measurements

  3. Modifier cation (Ba, Ca, La, Y) field strength effects on aluminum and boron coordination in aluminoborosilicate glasses: the roles of fictive temperature and boron content

    Morin, Elizabeth I. [Stanford University, Department of Chemistry, Stanford, CA (United States); Wu, Jingshi; Stebbins, Jonathan F. [Stanford University, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford, CA (United States)


    The field strength of modifier cations has long been known to have important effects on oxide glass properties, but effects on network structure can be complex. For two series of barium, calcium, lanthanum and yttrium aluminoborosilicates with two different B/Si ratios, we report systematic variations in boron and aluminum coordination determined by NMR, and glass transition and heat capacities from differential scanning calorimetry. Data on glasses with different fictive temperatures allow B and Al speciation to be compared on an isothermal basis, rather than as conventionally done for as-quenched structures. Temperature and compositional effects can thus be isolated. These data and comparison to previous studies on glasses with lower B/Si ratios clearly show that higher modifier cation field strength increases the fraction of five- and six-coordinated Al in all compositions. In contrast, the previously documented trend towards more three-coordinated boron (and hence more non-bridging oxygens, NBO) in low B/Si glasses with higher field strength cations reverses in high B/Si and in high NBO compositions. Al and B coordination numbers both decrease with higher fictive temperature in the glasses studied here, suggesting a simple mechanism of coupled structural change. (orig.)

  4. Exploring the effects of SiC reinforcement incorporation on mechanical properties of friction stir welded 7075 aluminum alloy: Fatigue life, impact energy, tensile strength

    Bahrami, Mohsen, E-mail: [Faculty of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), Hafez Avenue, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Helmi, Nader [Faculty of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), Hafez Avenue, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Dehghani, Kamran [Faculty of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), Hafez Avenue, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Centre of Excellence in Smart Structures and Dynamical Systems (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Givi, Mohammad Kazem Besharati [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    In the current research, the role of SiC nano-particles in improving the mechanical properties of friction stir welded (FSWed) 7075 aluminum alloy is investigated. To this end, friction stir welding (FSW) was conducted at 1250 rpm and 40 mm/min. The experiment carried out with and without incorporating SiC nano-particles along the joint line. Cross-sectional microstructures of the joints were characterized employing optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results achieved through X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirmed the presence of SiC powders. Moreover, it was discovered that the volume fraction of the reinforcement particles was 20%. Along with an excellent bonding between SiC nano-particles and aluminum matrix, SEM photograph demonstrated a good dispersion of SiC reinforcements. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) results were also in tight agreement with the recent SEM microstructure. Thanks to the presence of SiC nano-particles, tensile strength, percent elongation, fatigue life, and toughness of the joint improved tremendously. The fracture morphologies were in good agreement with corresponding ductility results.

  5. Structure and strength of aluminum with sub-micrometer/micrometer grain size prepared by spark plasma sintering

    Le, G.M.; Godfrey, A.; Hansen, Niels


    A spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique has been applied to prepare fully dense Al samples from Al powder. By applying a sintering temperature of 600°C and a loading pressure of 50MPa, fully recrystallized samples of nearly 100% density with average grain sizes of 5.2μm, 1.3μm and 0.8μm have been...... the initial powder particle size. The SPS samples show higher strength than Al samples with an identical grain size prepared using thermo-mechanical processing, and a better strength-ductility combination, with the 1.3μm grain size sample showing a yield strength (σ0.2%) of 140MPa and a uniform elongation...

  6. Reliability of hand-held dynamometry for measurement of lower limb muscle strength in children with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy

    Wei SHI


    Full Text Available Objective To determine the reliability of hand-held dynamometry (HHD for lower limb isometric muscle strength measurement in children with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy (DMD/BMD.  Methods A total of 21 children [20 males and one female; mean age was (7.88 ± 2.87 years, ranging between 3.96-14.09 years; mean age at diagnosis was (5.88 ± 2.88 years, ranging between 1.35-12.89 years; mean height was (120.64 ± 16.30 cm, ranging between 97-153 cm; mean body weight was (24.62 ± 9.05 kg, ranging between 14-50 kg] with DMD (19/21 and BMD (2/21 were involved from Rehabilitation Center of Children's Hospital of Fudan University. The muscle strength of hip, knee and ankle was measured by HHD under standardized test methods. The test-retest results were compared to determine the inter-test reliability, and the results among testers were compared to determine the inter-tester reliability.  Results HHD showed fine inter-tester reliability (ICC = 0.762-0.978 and inter-test reliability (ICC = 0.690-0.938 in measuring lower limb muscle strength of children with DMD/BMD. Results also showed relatively poor reliability in distal muscle groups (foot plantar flexion and dorsiflexion.  Conclusions HHD, showing fine inter-tester and inter-test reliability in measuring the lower limb muscle strength of children with DMD/BMD, can be used in monitoring muscle strength changing and assessing effects of clinical interventions. DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1672-6731.2015.05.009

  7. Towards the problem of forming full strength welded joints on aluminum alloy sheets. Part I: AA2024

    Fortuna, Sergey; Eliseev, Alexander; Kalashnikova, Tatiana; Kolubaev, Evgeny


    This work shows the microstructural evolution of solid solution grains and secondary phase precipitates in the stirring zones of ultrasonic-assisted friction stir welding (UAFSW) and standard friction stir welding (FSW). As shown, fine spherical AlMgCu precipitates dominate in FSW stirring zone whereas nanosized Al2MgCu (S-phase) platelets ones are the main finding in UAFSW sample. The mechanical strength of AA2024 is provided by precipitation of coherent intermetallic S-phase particles. The dominating amount of S-phase precipitates in UAFSW sample provided the ultimate stress level close to that of the base metal, i.e. 402 MPa as compared to 302 MPa of FSW sample. These values constituted 93 and 85%, respectively, of the base metal strength.

  8. Analysis of Friction Stir Welding of Aluminum Alloys and Optimization of Welding Parameters for Maximum Tensile Strength

    Prof. S. K. Aditya


    Full Text Available The Friction Stir Welding (FSW process is an innovative technique to join metals in the plastic state thus not reaching the liquid state as it happen in traditional welding processes. This feature of the FSW proved that a modification can be done on the fatigue behavior and strength of the welding joints so, some of the leading companies to adopted the process for the manufacturing of Automotive, Locomotive, Shipping & Aerospace. The FSW is a variant of the linear friction welding process in which the material is being welded without bulk melting. The FSW parameters such as tool Rotational speed, Welding speed, Axial Force, Tool tilt angle, Welding Tool Shoulder Diameter, and Welded Plate thickness play a major role in determining the properties like Tensile strength, hardness, residual stress, HAZ etc. of the joints. Our objective is to optimize the welding parameters to achieve Max. Tensile Strength of Aluminium Alloys (especially on AA-2xxx, AA-5xxx under FSW. We only wish to optimize (by Taguchi and ANOVA method with three variable input parameters (Rotational speed in rpm, Translation speed in mm/min & Axial force in KN considering a cylindrical pin.

  9. Corrosion Inhibitors for Aluminum.

    Muller, Bodo


    Describes a simple and reliable test method used to investigate the corrosion-inhibiting effects of various chelating agents on aluminum pigments in aqueous alkaline media. The experiments that are presented require no complicated or expensive electronic equipment. (DDR)

  10. Study on FSW Process Parameters of High Strength Aluminum Alloy%高强铝合金的搅拌摩擦焊工艺参数研究



    采用搅拌摩擦焊方法对7022铝合金进行了焊接试验.试验结果表明:n/v值的大小体现了搅拌头旋转速度n与焊接速度v的匹配程度,反映了焊接单位长度焊缝所产生的热量多少和搅拌头的搅拌次数,直接反映其焊缝性能的优劣.当n/v=4时,二者的匹配程度最高,焊缝抗拉强度及屈服强度各自为母材的102.5%、99.10%,焊核区微观组织为形状均匀、粒度细小而致密的等轴再结晶晶粒,焊缝性能达到最佳状态;当n/v值在3~5变化时,其焊缝性能良好.%The friction-stir-welding of 7022 high-strength aluminum plate was completed. The experiment results show that the value of the nlv embodies the mixing head rotation speed and welding speed matching degree, which can reflect the welding unit length weld heat generated by the number and mixing head agitation frequency, directly reflect the performance of friction stir weld quality. When n/V=A, the matching degree is highest, the weld tensile strength and yield strength of the matrix metal is respectively 102.5%, 99.10%. The microstructure of welding nuclear zone is uniform shape, particle size in small and compact and shaft recrystallization grain, the weld seam performance can achieve the best condition; when nlv value is in 3-5, the weld seam performance is good.

  11. High-strength bolt-forming of fine-grained aluminum alloy 6061 with a continuous hybrid process

    Kim, Ji Hun; Hwang, Sun Kwang [National Research Laboratory for Computer Aided Materials Processing, Department of Mechanical Engineering, KAIST, 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Im, Yong-Taek, E-mail: [National Research Laboratory for Computer Aided Materials Processing, Department of Mechanical Engineering, KAIST, 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Son, Il-Heon; Bae, Chul Min [Wire Rod Research Group, Technical Research Laboratories, POSCO, 1 Goedong-dong, Nam-gu, Pohang, Gyeongbuk 790-785 (Korea, Republic of)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fine-grained AA6061-O was produced by a continuous hybrid process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It consists of rolling, ECAP, and drawing. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High-strength bolt was manufactured with the fine-grained AA6061-O. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The UTS and micro-hardness of the bolt was increased by 50%. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The route C was better in making a uniform micro-hardness distribution in the bolt. - Abstract: It is well known that the development of a continuous manufacturing process to apply severe plastic deformation (SPD) is a major challenge for industrial usages to improve the mechanical properties of the material through grain refinement. In this study, fine-grained AA6061-O wire was manufactured by a two-pass hybrid process consisting of drawing, equal channel angular pressing and rolling in a continuous manner to investigate the effects of processing routes for two different routes, A and C, on the variation of ultimate tensile strength (UTS) and micro-hardness distribution. The UTS value (185 MPa) of the specimen processed by the two-pass hybrid process with route A was higher than that of 171 MPa obtained from the two-pass wire-drawing process and was equivalent to the level of 184 MPa processed by the three-pass wire-drawing process. The average micro-hardness value (Hv 58.0) obtained from the two-pass hybrid process through route C was the highest among all the cases. According to transmission electron microscopy, the original grain was subdivided and elongated owing to deformation during the processes. The specimen processed by the two-pass hybrid process through route C showed smaller deformation bands and had potentially higher angle grain boundaries compared to the specimen processed by the two-pass wire-drawing process. Finally, the high-strength bolt was manufactured using the fine-grained AA6061-O wire prepared by the continuous hybrid process to check its formability

  12. Validity and reliability of isometric, isokinetic and isoinertial modalities for the assessment of quadriceps muscle strength in patients with total knee arthroplasty.

    Lienhard, K; Lauermann, S P; Schneider, D; Item-Glatthorn, J F; Casartelli, N C; Maffiuletti, N A


    Reliability of isometric, isokinetic and isoinertial modalities for quadriceps strength evaluation, and the relation between quadriceps strength and physical function was investigated in 29 total knee arthroplasty (TKA) patients, with an average age of 63 years. Isometric maximal voluntary contraction torque, isokinetic peak torque, and isoinertial one-repetition maximum load of the involved and uninvolved quadriceps were evaluated as well as objective (walking parameters) and subjective physical function (WOMAC). Reliability was good and comparable for the isometric, isokinetic, and isoinertial strength outcomes on both sides (intraclass correlation coefficient range: 0.947-0.966; standard error of measurement range: 5.1-9.3%). Involved quadriceps strength was significantly correlated to walking speed (r range: 0.641-0.710), step length (r range: 0.685-0.820) and WOMAC function (r range: 0.575-0.663), independent from the modality (P torque (P > 0.05). In conclusion, isometric, isokinetic, and isoinertial modalities ensure valid and reliable assessment of quadriceps muscle strength in TKA patients.

  13. Adhesive strength and structure of micro-arc oxidation ceramic coatings grown in-situ on LY12 aluminum alloy

    WU Zhen-dong; JIANG Zhao-hua; YAO Zhong-ping


    The ceramic coatings containing zirconium dioxide were grown in-situ on LY12 aluminium alloy by micro-arc oxidation in mixed zirconate and phosphate solution. The phase composition and morphology of the coatings were studied by XRD and SEM.The adhesive strength of ceramic coatings was assessed by thermal shock test and tensile test. The results show that the coating is composed of m-ZrO2, t-ZrO2, and a little γ-Al2O3. Along the section of the coating, t-ZrO2 is more onboth sides than that in the middle, while m-ZrO2 is more in the middle than that on both sides. Meantime the coating is also composed of a dense layer and a loose layer. The coating has excellent thermal shock resistance under 550 ℃ and 600 ℃. And tensile tests show the adhesive strength of the dense layer of the coating with the substrate is more than 17.5 MPa.

  14. Intra- and inter-rater reliability of isometric shoulder extensor and internal rotator strength measurements performed using a hand-held dynamometer.

    Awatani, Takenori; Morikita, Ikuhiro; Shinohara, Junji; Mori, Seigo; Nariai, Miki; Tatsumi, Yasutaka; Nagata, Akinori; Koshiba, Hiroya


    [Purpose] The purpose of the present study was to establish the intra- and inter-rater reliability of measurement of extensor strength in the maximum shoulder abducted position and internal rotator strength in the 90° abducted and the 90° external rotated position using a hand-held dynamometer. [Subjects and Methods] Twelve healthy volunteers (12 male; mean ± SD: age 19.0 ± 1.1 years) participated in the study. The examiners were two students who had nonclinical experience with a hand-held dynamometer measurement. The examiners and participants were blinded to measurement results by the recorder. Participants in the prone position were instructed to hold the contraction against the ground reaction force, and peak isometric force was recorded using the hand-held dynamometer on the floor. Reliability was determined using intraclass correlation coefficients. [Results] The intra- and inter-rater reliability data were found to be "almost perfect". [Conclusion] This study investigated intra- and inter-rater reliability and reveald high reliability. Thus, the measurement method used in the present study can evaluate muscle strength by a simple measurement technique.

  15. Non-bridging Oxygen and Five-coordinated Aluminum in Aluminosilicate Glasses: A Cation Field Strength Study

    Thompson, L. M.; Stebbins, J. F.


    Linda M. Thompson Jonathan F. Stebbins Dept. of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford CA 94305 Although it is understood in aluminosilicate melts and glasses that non-bridging oxygens (NBO) have significant influence on thermodynamic and transport properties, questions remain about its role and the extent of its influence, particularly in metaluminous and peraluminous compositions. One major question persists regarding whether the formation of NBO is in any way coupled with the formation of VAl (AlO5), which is significantly impacted by cation field strength (defined as the cation charge divided by the square of the distance between the cation and oxygen atoms) (Kelsey et al., 2009). Previous work on calcium and potassium aluminosilicate glasses has shown the presence of NBO on the metaluminous join and persisting into the peraluminous region, with significantly more NBO present in Ca glasses compared to K glasses of similar composition (Thompson and Stebbins, 2011). However, it is unclear if there is any systematic impact on NBO content by cation field strength similar to the impact on VAl. Expanding on the previous study, barium aluminosilicate glasses were synthesized covering a range of compositions crossing the metaluminous (e.g. BaAl2O4-SiO2) join to observe changes in the NBO for comparison against the calcium aluminosilicate glasses, thus looking at the impact of cation size on NBO versus cation charge. In the barium glasses on the 30 mol% SiO2 isopleth, the highest NBO content was 6.9% for the barium rich glass (R = 0.51, where R is Ba2+ / (Ba2+ + 2Al3+)) while the most peraluminous glass (R = 0.45) had an NBO content of 1.9%. Comparison of these results to earlier data shows these numbers are similar to what is observed in the Ca glasses, indicating cation size alone does not have a significant impact on NBO content. However the VAl content does show a decrease (compared to calcium aluminosilicate glasses at similar R values

  16. Measuring religious faith in cancer patients: reliability and construct validity of the Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith questionnaire.

    Sherman, A C; Simonton, S; Adams, D C; Latif, U; Plante, T G; Burns, S K; Poling, T


    Growing attention has focused on associations between religious involvement and health outcomes for cancer patients. Unfortunately, research has been hampered by lack of measures suitable for use in oncology settings. This study examined the performance of one recently developed measure, the Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire (SCSORF). Initial investigations with cancer patients in a bone marrow transplant program and with non-oncology patients yielded promising results. This study provided additional information about temporal stability and convergent validity. The measure was evaluated in two well-defined samples: (1) 95 breast cancer patients, and (2) 53 healthy young adults. Most of the cancer patients had recent diagnoses and localized or regional disease. In each sample, the instrument demonstrated high test-retest reliability (r's=0.82-0.93) and internal consistency (r's=0.95-0.97). It displayed strong correlations with measures of intrinsic religiosity (r's=0.67-0.82, p<0.0001), and moderate correlations with organizational religiosity (r's=0.61-069, p<0.0001), non-organizational religiosity (r's=0.52-0.55, p<0.0001), comfort from religion (r=0.58, p<0.0001), and ratings of self as religious (r=0.58, p<0.0001). Among cancer patients, scores were significantly associated with optimism (r=0.30, p<0.01), but not with openness of family communication about cancer or perceived social support. These data build on previous findings with cancer patients, and suggest that the SCSORF may be a useful measure of religious faith in oncology settings.

  17. Investigation of the structure/property relationship of spray-formed 7XXX series high-strength aluminum alloys and their metal matrix composites

    Sharma-Judd, Malavika M.


    The purpose of this investigation was to identify the structure/property relationship of spray formed 7XXX series alloys. High solute, ultra-high strength 7XXX series aluminum alloys with solute contents close to equilibrium solid solubility limits of the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu system have been produced by rapid solidification using spray deposition. The process yields massive preforms directly from the liquid state. Various elements, including chromium, manganese, silver, zirconium and scandium, were incorporated to produce a variety of microstructures and mechanical properties. SiC particulate was added to these same alloy compositions to produce metal matrix composites (MMCs). The resulting extruded products in the T6 and T7 conditions were evaluated and compared. Under peak-aged conditions in the unreinforced materials, strengths in excess of 860 MPa were achieved, with one alloy exceeding 900 MPa. Apart from the elongation to failure, the mechanical properties of the composite materials were equal to or superior to those of their unreinforced counterparts. The superior strength properties of the spray formed alloys were attributed to two major substructures with different scale; nanometer sized eta ' metastable precipitates and slightly larger, but finely distributed dispersoids. The large volume fraction of plate-like eta' precipitates (average size 58A, ranging up to 73 A in diameter) were identified as having a hexagonal structure with lattice parameters a = 0.488 nm and c = 1.376. The remarkable strengthening is predominantly attributed to precipitation hardening. The enhanced mechanical properties of the MMC materials are attributed to the increased dislocation density, and thus, a higher concentration of structural particles compared to the unreinforced materials. Higher gas-to-metal ratios of 4.45, as opposed to lower gas-to-metal ratios of 1.95 produced a refined grain structure with an evenly distributed second phase. In both unreinforced and MMC materials

  18. Analysis of methods for determining high cycle fatigue strength of a material with investigation of titanium-aluminum-vanadium gigacycle fatigue behavior

    Pollak, Randall D.

    experimental data for the dual-phase Ti-6Al-4V and were applied to the beta annealed variant in order to estimate stress-life behavior using a small-sample approach. Based on this research, designers should be better able to make reliable estimates of fatigue strength parameters using small-sample testing.

  19. 30 CFR 285.527 - May I demonstrate financial strength and reliability to meet the financial assurance requirement...


    ... reliability to meet the financial assurance requirement for lease or grant activities? 285.527 Section 285.527... and reliability to meet the financial assurance requirement for lease or grant activities? The MMS may... you have financial capacity substantially in excess of existing and anticipated lease and...

  20. The aluminum smelting process.

    Kvande, Halvor


    This introduction to the industrial primary aluminum production process presents a short description of the electrolytic reduction technology, the history of aluminum, and the importance of this metal and its production process to modern society. Aluminum's special qualities have enabled advances in technologies coupled with energy and cost savings. Aircraft capabilities have been greatly enhanced, and increases in size and capacity are made possible by advances in aluminum technology. The metal's flexibility for shaping and extruding has led to architectural advances in energy-saving building construction. The high strength-to-weight ratio has meant a substantial reduction in energy consumption for trucks and other vehicles. The aluminum industry is therefore a pivotal one for ecological sustainability and strategic for technological development.

  1. Time-dependent reliability of corrosion-affected RC beams-Part 1: Estimation of time-dependent strengths and associated variability

    Bhargava, Kapilesh, E-mail: [Architecture and Civil Engineering Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Mori, Yasuhiro [Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Ghosh, A.K. [Reactor Safety Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India)


    Research highlights: Predictive models for corrosion-induced damages in RC structures. Formulations for time-dependent flexural and shear strengths of corroded RC beams. Methodology for mean and c.o.v. for time-dependent strengths of corroded RC beams. Simple estimation of mean and c.o.v. for flexural strength with loss of bond. - Abstract: The structural deterioration of reinforced concrete (RC) structures due to reinforcement corrosion is a major worldwide problem. Damages to RC structures due to reinforcement corrosion manifest in the form of expansion, cracking and eventual spalling of the cover concrete; thereby resulting in serviceability and durability degradation of such structures. In addition to loss of cover, RC structure may suffer structural damages due to loss of reinforcement cross-sectional area, and loss of bond between corroded reinforcement and surrounding cracked concrete, sometimes to the extent that the structural failure becomes inevitable. This paper forms the first part of a study which addresses time-dependent reliability analyses of RC beams affected by reinforcement corrosion. In this paper initially the predictive models are presented for the quantitative assessment of time-dependent damages in RC beams, recognized as loss of mass and cross-sectional area of reinforcing bar, loss of concrete section owing to the peeling of cover concrete, and loss of bond between corroded reinforcement and surrounding cracked concrete. Then these models have been used to present analytical formulations for evaluating time-dependent flexural and shear strengths of corroded RC beams, based on the standard composite mechanics expressions for RC sections. Further by considering variability in the identified basic variables that could affect the time-dependent strengths of corrosion-affected RC beams, the estimation of statistical descriptions for the time-dependent strengths is presented for a typical simply supported RC beam. The statistical descriptions

  2. How reliable and valid is the teacher version of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire in primary school children?

    van den Heuvel, Meta; Jansen, Danielle E. M. C.; Stewart, Roy E.; Smits-Engelsman, Bouwien C. M.; Reijneveld, Sijmen A.; Flapper, Boudien C. T.


    Introduction The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is validated for parents, but not yet for teachers in a broad age range of children. We conducted a cross-sectional study with 4-10 years old school children to investigate if the SDQ-T can be used instead of the validated but lengthy

  3. MRI-derived measurements of human subcortical, ventricular and intracranial brain volumes: Reliability effects of scan sessions, acquisition sequences, data analyses, scanner upgrade, scanner vendors and field strengths.

    Jovicich, Jorge; Czanner, Silvester; Han, Xiao; Salat, David; van der Kouwe, Andre; Quinn, Brian; Pacheco, Jenni; Albert, Marilyn; Killiany, Ronald; Blacker, Deborah; Maguire, Paul; Rosas, Diana; Makris, Nikos; Gollub, Randy; Dale, Anders; Dickerson, Bradford C; Fischl, Bruce


    Automated MRI-derived measurements of in-vivo human brain volumes provide novel insights into normal and abnormal neuroanatomy, but little is known about measurement reliability. Here we assess the impact of image acquisition variables (scan session, MRI sequence, scanner upgrade, vendor and field strengths), FreeSurfer segmentation pre-processing variables (image averaging, B1 field inhomogeneity correction) and segmentation analysis variables (probabilistic atlas) on resultant image segmentation volumes from older (n=15, mean age 69.5) and younger (both n=5, mean ages 34 and 36.5) healthy subjects. The variability between hippocampal, thalamic, caudate, putamen, lateral ventricular and total intracranial volume measures across sessions on the same scanner on different days is less than 4.3% for the older group and less than 2.3% for the younger group. Within-scanner measurements are remarkably reliable across scan sessions, being minimally affected by averaging of multiple acquisitions, B1 correction, acquisition sequence (MPRAGE vs. multi-echo-FLASH), major scanner upgrades (Sonata-Avanto, Trio-TrioTIM), and segmentation atlas (MPRAGE or multi-echo-FLASH). Volume measurements across platforms (Siemens Sonata vs. GE Signa) and field strengths (1.5 T vs. 3 T) result in a volume difference bias but with a comparable variance as that measured within-scanner, implying that multi-site studies may not necessarily require a much larger sample to detect a specific effect. These results suggest that volumes derived from automated segmentation of T1-weighted structural images are reliable measures within the same scanner platform, even after upgrades; however, combining data across platform and across field-strength introduces a bias that should be considered in the design of multi-site studies, such as clinical drug trials. The results derived from the young groups (scanner upgrade effects and B1 inhomogeneity correction effects) should be considered as preliminary and in

  4. Low temperature aluminum soldering analysis

    Peterkort, W.G.


    The investigation of low temperature aluminum soldering included the collection of spread factor and dihedral angle data for several solder alloys and a study of flux effects on aluminum. Selected solders were subjected to environmental tests and evaluated on the basis of tensile strength, joint resistance, visual appearance, and metallurgical analysis. A production line method for determining adequate flux removal was developed.

  5. 高强度合金结构钢与高强度铝合金防护层的耐霉性研究%Mould Resistance of Protective Layer on High-strength Alloy Structural Steel and High-strength Aluminum Alloy

    赵立华; 段渝平


    ABSTRACT:Objective To study the mould resistance of protective layers on high-strength alloy structural steel and high-strength aluminum alloy. Methods Different protective layers were prepared on high-strength alloy structural steel and high-strength aluminum alloy. Laboratory mould tests were carried out according to GJB 150.10A-2009 to evaluate the mould growth level on the protective layers. Results The mold levels of lubricant coating and anode oxidation layer on high-strength alloy structural steel and high-strength aluminum alloy were in the range of grade 0~1;the mold level of gun oil coating, paint coating, zinc layer or zinc nickel alloy layer moldy grade were in the range of grade 2~3. Conclusion For high-strength alloy structural steel substrate, lubricant coating had good mould resistance, while galvanized layer or zinc alloy layer, paint coating and gun oil coating had poor mould resistance. Forhigh-strength aluminum alloy substrate, anode oxidation layer had good mould resistance, while gun oil coating and paint coating had poor mould resistance.%目的:研究高强合金结构钢和高强铝合金防护层的耐霉菌腐蚀能力。方法以高强合金结构钢和高强铝合金两种材料为基材分别制备不同防护层,按GJB 150.10A—2009进行实验室霉菌试验,评定防护层的长霉等级。结果两种材料的不同防护层中,除润滑油涂层和阳级氧化层的长霉等级为0~1级外,炮油涂层、涂漆层、镀锌层或锌镍合金层长霉等级均在2~3级。结论高强合金结构钢润滑油涂层耐霉性能良好,镀锌层或锌镍合金层、涂漆层、炮油涂层耐霉性能较差;高强铝合金阳级氧化层耐霉性能良好,炮油涂层、涂漆层耐霉性能较差。

  6. Reliability Evaluation of Aluminum Alloy under High Temperature Based on Low Cycle Fatigue Crack Growth%铝合金高温低周疲劳裂纹扩展可靠性评估

    李旭东; 张连峰; 朱武峰; 丁文勇


    Fatigue crack growth rate of AA 6151-T6 in high temperature was tested. The fatigue crack growth rate formula was obtained based on reliability theory. The result showed that fatigue crack growth of AA 6151-T6 exists threshold value in high temperature, which decreases with temperature increasing. The purpose was to provide reference for safe life prediction of AA 6151-T6 component.The present thesis made a research on the fatigue crack growth rate of AA 6151-T6 subjected to various elevated, and proposed a reliability based formula to evaluate FCG, which provided the basis of 6151-T6 aluminum alloy component safe life prediction. The method demonstrates the existence of fatigue crack growth threshold value of 6151-T6 aluminum alloy subjected to elevated temperature, which decreases with temperature increasing.%通过对不同温度下6151-T6合金的研究,获得了一种基于可靠性理论的裂纹扩展速率表达式,为预测6151-T6铝合金构件的安全寿命提供依据。该表达式表明,在高温条件下,6151-T6铝合金疲劳裂纹扩展存在门槛值,而且该门槛值会随着环境温度的升高而降低。

  7. Research on Reliability of Gravel Concrete Pile Strength%碎石混凝土灌注桩强度的可靠度研究

    刘少东; 解国梁; 郑鑫


    The sound velocity of different grades (C20, C25,C30, C40) of cubic standard test block was measured by ultrasonic method, and the "speed-strength" formula was established through regression analysis of four function model. Through this equation, the strength of concrete could be calculated. Using the measured data of bored pile, the reliability of the calculated value of the strength was analyzed by the method of FOSM. Analysis results showed that ultrasonic method could be used for quick and nondestructive detection of pile quality.%用超声波法对强度等级分别为C20、C25、C30、C40的立方体标准试块进行波速的测定,采用四种不同的数学模型进行回归分析,得到混凝土强度与声速之间相互关系式,从而建立强度计算公式。结合灌注桩的实测数据,利用一次二阶矩法对计算强度值进行可靠度分析。分析结果表明,该法可用于对桩身质量进行快速无损检测。

  8. Absolute reliability of hamstring to quadriceps strength imbalance ratios calculated using peak torque, joint angle-specific torque and joint ROM-specific torque values.

    Ayala, F; De Ste Croix, M; Sainz de Baranda, P; Santonja, F


    The main purpose of this study was to determine the absolute reliability of conventional (H/Q(CONV)) and functional (H/Q(FUNC)) hamstring to quadriceps strength imbalance ratios calculated using peak torque values, 3 different joint angle-specific torque values (10°, 20° and 30° of knee flexion) and 4 different joint ROM-specific average torque values (0-10°, 11-20°, 21-30° and 0-30° of knee flexion) adopting a prone position in recreational athletes. A total of 50 recreational athletes completed the study. H/Q(CONV) and H/Q(FUNC) ratios were recorded at 3 different angular velocities (60, 180 and 240°/s) on 3 different occasions with a 72-96 h rest interval between consecutive testing sessions. Absolute reliability was examined through typical percentage error (CVTE), percentage change in the mean (CM) and intraclass correlations (ICC) as well as their respective confidence limits. H/Q(CONV) and H/Q(FUNC) ratios calculated using peak torque values showed moderate reliability values, with CM scores lower than 2.5%, CV(TE) values ranging from 16 to 20% and ICC values ranging from 0.3 to 0.7. However, poor absolute reliability scores were shown for H/Q(CONV) and H/Q(FUNC) ratios calculated using joint angle-specific torque values and joint ROM-specific average torque values, especially for H/Q(FUNC) ratios (CM: 1-23%; CV(TE): 22-94%; ICC: 0.1-0.7). Therefore, the present study suggests that the CV(TE) values reported for H/Q(CONV) and H/Q(FUNC) (≈18%) calculated using peak torque values may be sensitive enough to detect large changes usually observed after rehabilitation programmes but not acceptable to examine the effect of preventitive training programmes in healthy individuals. The clinical reliability of hamstring to quadriceps strength ratios calculated using joint angle-specific torque values and joint ROM-specific average torque values are questioned and should be re-evaluated in future research studies.

  9. Chinese translation of strengths and difficulties questionnaire requires urgent review before field trials for validity and reliability

    Sewell Jill


    Full Text Available Abstract Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ is a brief behavioural screening questionnaire for children and teenagers aged 3 to 16 years. It is available in 66 languages, and gaining more popularity world wide. Chinese translation of SDQ is available and has been used in clinical practice and research. We undertook the exercise to back-translate the current Chinese translation and it showed a number of differences compared to the original English SDQ. The differences and concerns include: (1 the flow and grammar of Chinese translation as well as wrongly written Chinese characters; (2 translated words that have deviated from the original meaning; (3 significant numbers of wording that are somewhat different from the original English version; (4 addition of auxiliary verbs that do not exist in original English version; and (5 the current Chinese SDQ is a general questionnaire for all age groups that does not observe the differences of wording that exist in the English versions. Conclusion An accurate translated Chinese version is important for researchers, clinicians and educators who work in the Chinese communities. There is an urgent need to review the translation of the Chinese SDQ version before more studies use it in the field.

  10. Chinese translation of strengths and difficulties questionnaire requires urgent review before field trials for validity and reliability.

    Toh, Teck-Hock; Chow, Sing-Jill; Ting, Tzer-Hwu; Sewell, Jill


    Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is a brief behavioural screening questionnaire for children and teenagers aged 3 to 16 years. It is available in 66 languages, and gaining more popularity world wide. Chinese translation of SDQ is available and has been used in clinical practice and research. We undertook the exercise to back-translate the current Chinese translation and it showed a number of differences compared to the original English SDQ. The differences and concerns include: (1) the flow and grammar of Chinese translation as well as wrongly written Chinese characters; (2) translated words that have deviated from the original meaning; (3) significant numbers of wording that are somewhat different from the original English version; (4) addition of auxiliary verbs that do not exist in original English version; and (5) the current Chinese SDQ is a general questionnaire for all age groups that does not observe the differences of wording that exist in the English versions. An accurate translated Chinese version is important for researchers, clinicians and educators who work in the Chinese communities. There is an urgent need to review the translation of the Chinese SDQ version before more studies use it in the field.

  11. Weibull Probability Model for Fracture Strength of Aluminium (1101)-Alumina Particle Reinforced Metal Matrix Composite

    A.Suresh Babu; V.Jayabalan


    In recent times, conventional materials are replaced by metal matrix composites (MMCs) due to their high specific strength and modulus.Strength reliability, one of the key factors restricting wider use of composite materials in various applications, is commonly characterized by Weibull strength distribution function.In the present work, statistical analysis of the strength data of 15% volume alumina particle (mean size 15 μm)reinforced in aluminum alloy (1101 grade alloy) fabricated by stir casting method was carried out using Weibull probability model.Twelve tension tests were performed according to ASTM B577 standards and the test data, the corresponding Weibull distribution was obtained.Finally the reliability of the composite behavior in terms of its fracture strength was presented to ensure the reliability of composites for suitable applications.An important implication of the present study is that the Weibull distribution describes the experimentally measured strength data more appropriately.

  12. Laboratory Powder Metallurgy Makes Tough Aluminum Sheet

    Royster, D. M.; Thomas, J. R.; Singleton, O. R.


    Aluminum alloy sheet exhibits high tensile and Kahn tear strengths. Rapid solidification of aluminum alloys in powder form and subsequent consolidation and fabrication processes used to tailor parts made of these alloys to satisfy such specific aerospace design requirements as high strength and toughness.

  13. Content Validity Index and Intra- and Inter-Rater Reliability of a New Muscle Strength/Endurance Test Battery for Swedish Soldiers.

    Larsson, Helena; Tegern, Matthias; Monnier, Andreas; Skoglund, Jörgen; Helander, Charlotte; Persson, Emelie; Malm, Christer; Broman, Lisbet; Aasa, Ulrika


    The objective of this study was to examine the content validity of commonly used muscle performance tests in military personnel and to investigate the reliability of a proposed test battery. For the content validity investigation, thirty selected tests were those described in the literature and/or commonly used in the Nordic and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries. Nine selected experts rated, on a four-point Likert scale, the relevance of these tests in relation to five different work tasks: lifting, carrying equipment on the body or in the hands, climbing, and digging. Thereafter, a content validity index (CVI) was calculated for each work task. The result showed excellent CVI (≥0.78) for sixteen tests, which comprised of one or more of the military work tasks. Three of the tests; the functional lower-limb loading test (the Ranger test), dead-lift with kettlebells, and back extension, showed excellent content validity for four of the work tasks. For the development of a new muscle strength/endurance test battery, these three tests were further supplemented with two other tests, namely, the chins and side-bridge test. The inter-rater reliability was high (intraclass correlation coefficient, ICC2,1 0.99) for all five tests. The intra-rater reliability was good to high (ICC3,1 0.82-0.96) with an acceptable standard error of mean (SEM), except for the side-bridge test (SEM%>15). Thus, the final suggested test battery for a valid and reliable evaluation of soldiers' muscle performance comprised the following four tests; the Ranger test, dead-lift with kettlebells, chins, and back extension test. The criterion-related validity of the test battery should be further evaluated for soldiers exposed to varying physical workload.

  14. Influences of post weld heat treatment on tensile strength and microstructure characteristics of friction stir welded butt joints of AA2014-T6 aluminum alloy

    Rajendran, C.; Srinivasan, K.; Balasubramanian, V.; Balaji, H.; Selvaraj, P.


    Friction stir welded (FSWed) joints of aluminum alloys exhibited a hardness drop in both the advancing side (AS) and retreating side (RS) of the thermo-mechanically affected zone (TMAZ) due to the thermal cycle involved in the FSW process. In this investigation, an attempt has been made to overcome this problem by post weld heat treatment (PWHT) methods. FSW butt (FSWB) joints of Al-Cu (AA2014-T6) alloy were PWHT by two methods such as simple artificial aging (AA) and solution treatment followed by artificial aging (STA). Of these two treatments, STA was found to be more beneficial than the simple aging treatment to improve the tensile properties of the FSW joints of AA2014 aluminum alloy.

  15. Reliability of Isometric Knee Extension Muscle Strength Measurements of Healthy Elderly Subjects Made with a Hand-held Dynamometer and a Belt.

    Katoh, Munenori; Isozaki, Koji


    [Purpose] The purpose of this study was to examine the reliability of three isometric knee extension strength measurements (IKE) made with a hand-held dynamometer (HHD) and a belt of healthy elderly living in the community as subjects. [Subjects] The subject cohort consisted of 186 healthy elderly people, aged 65 to 79 years, living in local communities. [Methods] IKE of the leg subjects used to kick a ball was measured. IKE of each subject was measured three times using an HHD-belt at intervals of 30 seconds. The reliability of the larger of the first two measurements (LV2) as well as the third measurement (3V) was investigated. [Results] The intraclass correlation coefficients [ICC (1, 1)] for LV2 and 3V were 0.955. Bland-Altman analysis showed a fixed bias, and the limits of agreement ranged from -5.6 to 4.6. [Conclusion] The ICC results show that the test-retest reproducibility of IKE measurements of healthy elderly subjects using an HHD-belt is high. However, Bland-Altman analysis showed a fixed bias, suggesting the need for three measurements.

  16. Low temperature bonding of LD31 aluminum alloys by electric brush plating Ni and Cu coatings

    Zhao Zhenqing; Wang Chunqing; Du Miao


    Soldering of LD31 aluminum alloys using Sn-Pb solder paste after electric brush plating Ni and Cu coatings was nvestigated. The technology of electric brush plating Ni and Cu was studied and plating solution was developed. The microstructure of the coatings, soldered joint and fracture face were analyzed using optic microscopy, SEM and EDX. The shear strength of soldered joint could reach as high as 26. 83 MPa. The results showed that reliable soldered joint could be obtained at 230℃, the adhesion of coatings and LD31 aluminum alloy substrate was high enough to bear the thermal process in the soldering.

  17. Effect of nepheline syenite particle size on diametrical compression strength and reliability of extruded ceramic Raschig rings used in packed towers

    Salem, Amin


    Full Text Available In order to understand the effect of nepheline syenite particle size on physico-chemical properties of ceramic Raschig rings, the fluxing agent was grinded at different milling times. The compositions were prepared by blending the illitic-kaolinitic clay and pre-grinded particles. The rings were shaped by a laboratory extruder and then were sintered at 1200 ºC. The mechanical reliability of sintered specimens was mathematically described by Weibull theory and the effect of pre-grinding of fluxing agent on Weibull modulus was evaluated by measuring the diametrical compression strength. Weibull modulus and strength were the criteria for selecting the suitable particle size range of nepheline syenite. It was found that the pre-grinding of nepheline syenite acts as fairly strong parameter on microstructure of rings. The investigation concludes that reliable rings can be fabricated if the particle size of nepheline syenite is arranged between 53 and 75 μm. This enhancement in reliability is valuable in packed towers.Para conocer el efecto del tamaño de partícula de nefelina sienita sobre las propiedades fisicoquímicas de los anillos Raschig cerámicos, este fundente fue molido a diferentes tiempos. Las composiciones se prepararon mediante la mezcla de la arcilla caolinítica illitica y las partículas pre-molidas. Los anillos se obtuvieron en una extrusora de laboratorio y luego fueron sinterizados a 1200 ºC. La fiabilidad mecánica de las muestras sinterizadas se describe matemáticamente por la teoría de Weibull y el efecto de pre-molienda del fundente en el módulo de Weibull se evaluó midiendo la resistencia a la compresión diametral. El módulo de Weibull y la resistencia fueron los criterios para seleccionar el rango de tamaño de partícula adecuado de nefelina sienita para la fabricación de los anillos que se determinó estaba entre 53 y 75 μm comprobándose que influye considerablemente en la microestructura de los mismos. La

  18. 6082-T6高强铝合金材料本构模型试验研究%Experimental study on constitutive model of high-strength aluminum alloy 6082-T6

    王誉瑾; 范峰; 钱宏亮; 翟希梅


    铝合金材料本构关系是铝合金结构分析和应用的基本问题之一,针对国产高强新牌号铝合金6082-T6的材料本构模型进行研究.对取自3种截面形式结构用6082-T6高强铝合金型材的90个材性试样进行了拉伸试验,统计规定非比例延伸强度、抗拉强度、弹性模量、断裂伸长率、泊松比等材料力学参数.分析Ramberg-Osgood本构模型中硬化指数n的各种计算方法,提出采用快速退火算法(fast simulated annealing,FSA)求解n的方法并且编制计算程序,从而获得,n的置信区间,所得结果比传统两点法更稳定.在此基础上得到了国产6082-T6高强铝合金材料本构模型,与试验实测应力-应变曲线的比较表明,提出的本构模型具有很好的预测性,可为铝合金结构的工程应用提供参考.%Material constitutive relationship is one of the basic problems for analysis and application of aluminum alloy structures.This paper systematically studied the material constitutive model of the domestic high-strength new grade aluminum alloy 6082-T6.Tensile testing was conducted for a total of 90 coupons that were cut from three cross-section shapes of the aluminum alloy 6082-T6.The measurement and statistical analysis of mechanical parameters were carried out,including non-proportional extension strengths,tensile strength,elastic modulus,breaking elongation,Poisson' s ratio,etc.Various methods for calculating hardening exponent n in the Ramberg-Osgood law were discussed.The fast simulated annealing (FSA) method for calculating n was proposed and the FSA code was written to obtain the confidence interval of n.Comparison of results between FSA and other methods indicates that the FSA can provide more stable results than the traditional two-point method.On this basis,the material constitutive model of the 6082-T6 aluminum alloy was obtained.The comparison of this model and the tested stress-strain curve demonstrates that the constitutive model

  19. Força de preensão palmar em idosos com demência: estudo da confiabilidade Handgrip strength in elderly with dementia: study of reliability

    Mariana A. Alencar


    evaluated in different populations. The handgrip strength test is widely used, however little has been investigated about its reliability when used in elderly with dementia and the right stage wich its use should be avoided. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the test-retest reliability of the handgrip strength test in elderly with different ratings of dementia. METHOD: The cognitive function of 76 elderly subjects with dementia was measured, and the caregivers were interviewed to allow classification by the Clinical dementia rating (CDR. For these assessments the Mini-Metal State Examination and the Pfeffer, Lawton, and Katz scales were used. Twenty subjects were classified as borderline (83.4± 5.8 years, 19 as mild (82.4±6.8 years, 19 as moderate (85.8±5.6 years and 18 as severe dementia (84.0±5.1 years. Handgrip strength was assessed with a JAMAR hydraulic dynamometer and after one week it was reevaluated. Reliability was analyzed by Intraclass Correlation Coefficient (ICC. The significance level was set at α=0.05. RESULTS: Test-retest reliability was excellent for groups with borderline (ICC=0.975; p=0.001, mild (ICC=0.968; p=0.002, and moderate (ICC=0.964; p=0.001 dementia. The analysis of the group with a severe CDR showed no statistical significance and a low ICC (ICC=0.415; p=0.376. CONCLUSION: The handgrip strength test has excellent reliability when used in elderly with borderline, mild, and moderate dementia, which enables its use in research. However, its use is not recommended in elderly classified with severe dementia due to the measure’s low reliability and subsequent irrelevance in clinical practice.

  20. Força de preensão palmar em idosos com demência: estudo da confiabilidade Handgrip strength in elderly with dementia: study of reliability

    Mariana A. Alencar


    evaluated in different populations. The handgrip strength test is widely used, however little has been investigated about its reliability when used in elderly with dementia and the right stage wich its use should be avoided. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the test-retest reliability of the handgrip strength test in elderly with different ratings of dementia. METHOD: The cognitive function of 76 elderly subjects with dementia was measured, and the caregivers were interviewed to allow classification by the Clinical dementia rating (CDR. For these assessments the Mini-Metal State Examination and the Pfeffer, Lawton, and Katz scales were used. Twenty subjects were classified as borderline (83.4± 5.8 years, 19 as mild (82.4±6.8 years, 19 as moderate (85.8±5.6 years and 18 as severe dementia (84.0±5.1 years. Handgrip strength was assessed with a JAMAR hydraulic dynamometer and after one week it was reevaluated. Reliability was analyzed by Intraclass Correlation Coefficient (ICC. The significance level was set at α=0.05. RESULTS: Test-retest reliability was excellent for groups with borderline (ICC=0.975; p=0.001, mild (ICC=0.968; p=0.002, and moderate (ICC=0.964; p=0.001 dementia. The analysis of the group with a severe CDR showed no statistical significance and a low ICC (ICC=0.415; p=0.376. CONCLUSION: The handgrip strength test has excellent reliability when used in elderly with borderline, mild, and moderate dementia, which enables its use in research. However, its use is not recommended in elderly classified with severe dementia due to the measure’s low reliability and subsequent irrelevance in clinical practice.

  1. Microstructure and Strength of Laser Welds of Sub-micron Particulate-reinforced Aluminum Martix Composite Al2O3p/6061Al


    The microstructure of laser welds of sub-micron particulate-reinforced aluminum matrix composite Al2O3p/6061Al and the weldability of the material were studied.Experimental results indicated that because of the huge specific surface area of the reinforcement,the interfacial reaction between the matrix and the reinforcement was restrained intensively at elevated temperature and pulsed laser beam.The main factor affecting the weldability of the composite was the reinforcement segregation in the weld resulting from the push of the liquid/solid interface during the solidification of the molten pool.The laser pulse frequency directly affected the reinforcement segregation and the reinforcement distribution in the weld,so that the weldability of the composite could be improved by increasing the laser pulse frequency.On the bases of this,a satisfactory welded joint of sub-micron particulate-reinforced aluminum matrix composite Al2Op/6061Al was obtained by using appropriate welding parameters.

  2. First-principle Calculations of Mechanical Properties of Al2Cu, Al2CuMg and MgZn2 Intermetallics in High Strength Aluminum Alloys

    LIAO Fei


    Full Text Available Structural stabilities, mechanical properties and electronic structures of Al2Cu, Al2CuMg and MgZn2 intermetallics in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu aluminum alloys were determined from the first-principle calculations by VASP based on the density functional theory. The results show that the cohesive energy (Ecoh decreases in the order MgZn2 > Al2CuMg > Al2Cu, whereas the formation enthalpy (ΔH decreases in the order MgZn2 > Al2Cu > Al2CuMg. Al2Cu can act as a strengthening phase for its ductile and high Young's modulus. The Al2CuMg phase exhibits elastic anisotropy and may act as a crack initiation point. MgZn2 has good plasticity and low melting point, which is the main strengthening phase in the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu aluminum alloys. Metallic bonding mode coexists with a fractional ionic interaction in Al2Cu, Al2CuMg and MgZn2, and that improves the structural stability. In order to improve the alloys' performance further, the generation of MgZn2 phase should be promoted by increasing Zn content while Mg and Cu contents are decreased properly.

  3. Spot welding of mid-high strength aluminum alloys for aeronautic industry%航空用中、高强度铝合金点焊工艺

    张学军; 李艳; 张文扬


    Some kinds of spot welding processes of mid-high strength aluminum alloys parts such as the plate with large thickness ratio,dissimilar aluminum alloys,bent plates and undercoating plate were studied,respectively. The characteristics and difficulties were analyzed for different spot welding processes. The results show that the heat generation and radiation from the contacting zones can be controlled effectively with the formation of the nugget in a suitable size through the appropriate adjustments of the welding parameters and the size of electrodes. It is necessary for the spot welding process with undercoating to exert the pre-pressure to squeeze the undercoating out of the contact zones.%针对航空用中、高强铝合金结构件的大厚度比铝合金点焊、异种铝合金点焊、弯板结构点焊、涂底漆点焊,分析了构件点焊工艺特点和难点.研究表明:通过调整焊接参数和电极尺寸能有效地控制接触面的产热-散热情况,从而获得尺寸合适的熔核;对涂底漆点焊,焊前应施加预压力将底漆从接触面排走.

  4. Ultimate strength analysis of thin plated structures using eigen-functions. 3rd Report. Application to reliability analysis; Koyu kansu wo mochiita usuita kozobutsu no dansosei kaisekiho. 3. Shinraisei kaiseki eno oyo

    Ueda, Y. [Osaka University, Osaka (Japan). Welding Research Institute; Masaoka, K.; Okada, H. [University of Osaka Prefecture, Osaka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    A reliability analysis was performed on ultimate strength of a hull by introducing reliability engineerings into the idealized structural unit method. Elements developed under the present study were applied to a model of an actual structure to indicate that even an analysis requiring much time under the finite element method can be performed in a short time and at high accuracy when this method is used. Analysis acted with bending moment and shear force simultaneously was performed on a model used as a structure in experiments carried out by Nishihara, assuming pure bending moment and longitudinal strength during slamming. Then, a reliability analysis was conducted on the same model based on this analysis method to investigate the ultimate strength. In an analysis of an ultimate strength when bending and shearing that assume slamming act upon simultaneously, axial force in the hull side decreases as loading increases, wherein how the shearing force increases can be identified clearly. Although existence of initial bends reduces the strength, the effect of variance in the vicinity of the average value on the reliability is rather small, while the effect due to variance in yield stress is greater. 27 refs., 14 figs., 4 tabs.

  5. Rapidly solidified aluminum alloy powder

    Cho, S.S.; Chun, B.S.; Won, C.W.; Lee, B.S.; Kim, H.K.; Ryu, M. [Chungnam National Univ., Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Antolovich, S.D. [Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States)


    Miniaturization and weight reduction are becoming increasingly important in the fabrication of vehicles. In particular, aluminum-silicon alloys are the logical choice for automotive parts such as pistons and cylinders liners because of their excellent wear resistance and low coefficient of thermal expansion. However, it is difficult to produce aluminum-silicon alloys with silicon contents greater than 20 wt% via ingot metallurgy, because strength is drastically reduced by the coarsening of primary silicon particles. This article describes an investigation of rapid solidification powder metallurgy techniques developed in an effort to prevent coarsening of the primary silicon particles in aluminum-silicon alloys.

  6. Reliability Model of Corrosion Fatigue Crack Growth Rate Evaluation of LD10CS Aluminum Alloy%LD10CS腐蚀疲劳裂纹扩展速率评价的可靠性模型

    贾明明; 李旭东; 吕航


    腐蚀损伤会加速疲劳载荷下的飞机铝合金结构裂纹的萌生和扩展,威胁结构安全性。针对腐蚀影响下的疲劳裂纹扩展的随机性本质,对预腐蚀 LD10CS 合金的预腐蚀疲劳试验进行了数据分析,提出了基于可靠性的腐蚀裂纹扩展速率表征方法,与试验结果对比表明,该方法可以给出 LD10CS 腐蚀疲劳裂纹扩展速率的上下限,进而给出该种材料铝合金构件的疲劳裂纹扩展寿命的上下限,为评估铝合金构件的寿命提供了依据。%Fatigue loadings and environmental corrosion damage can decrease the mechanical properties of LD10CS alu-minum alloy.The paper made a research on the fatigue crack growth rate (FCG)of AA LD10CS with corrosion damage, and proposed a reliability-based method to evaluate FCG.Compare of predicted FCG and experimental results indicated that the proposed method was able to give the lower and upper limit of FCG of LD10CS with corrosion damage,which provided the basis of aluminum alloy component safe life prediction.

  7. Effect of Weld Characteristic on Mechanical Strength of Laser-Arc Hybrid-Welded Al-Mg-Si-Mn Aluminum Alloy

    Zhang, Chen; Gao, Ming; Jiang, Ming; Zeng, Xiaoyan


    Laser-arc hybrid welding (LAHW) was employed to improve the tensile properties of the joints of 8-mm-thick Al-Mg-Si-Mn alloy (AA6082) using Al-5Mg filler wire. The weld microstructures were examined by scanning electron microscope, electron backscattered diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy in detail. The LAHW joints with pore-free and high-tensile performances were obtained. The strength enhancement of the fusion zone and heat-affected zone in the LAHW joint was mainly attributed to the grain refinement strengthening and the precipitation strengthening, respectively. The microstructure characteristics were related to the effects of laser-arc interaction on the energy transfer within the molten pool. The arc caused the majority of laser energy to dissipate out of the keyhole, and then it reduced the heat input. The lower heat input refined the grain size, weakened the overaging effect, and thus improved the tensile strength.

  8. Temperature Controlled Laser Joining of Aluminum to Galvanized Steel

    Weller, Daniel; Simon, Jörg; Stritt, Peter; Weber, Rudolf; Graf, Thomas; Bezençon, Cyrille; Bassi, Corrado

    Reliable joining of 6000 series aluminum alloy to galvanized steel is a challenge for current manufacturing technologies. To control and limit the formation of brittle intermetallic phases, mixing of both metals in liquid state has to be avoided. It has been shown that laser weld-brazing is a possible process. Thereby the aluminum and zinc layer of the galvanized steel are molten and the steel remains solid during the process. In addition, to avoid zinc degassing, the aluminum melt bath temperature has to be below zinc boiling temperature of 907°C. To meet these requirements a temperature controlled laser process was developed, allowing to join the two materials without flux and filler material. The thickness of the intermetallic layer shows a dependency on the set temperature used to control the process. At optimum set temperature the thickness of intermetallic phases can be limited to about 5 μm. Tensile strengths of the joints of up to 75% of the aluminum base material were achieved.

  9. Study of Local Cold Working and Tensile Test for 7050 High Strength Aluminum Alloy Hole Plate%7050高强铝合金孔板的挤压强化与拉伸试验研究

    范娟; 李付国; 李江; 王少刚


    This paper mainly aims at 7050 aluminum alloy to study the tensile mechanical performance of the plate with hole through testing and finite-element simulation. Then the cold working effects of different interferences (ranging from 0% to 11.11%) were compared and analyzed. Results show that compared with the standard specimens of 7050 aluminum alloy, for the plates with holes, their apparent strength, coefficient of elongation and modulus of elasticity are reduced, but the strains at plastic instability points are improved to a large extent. Cold working enhances the yield strength of the material around hole wall and improves the stress state of hole surface which make for peak stress weakened and enlarge the plane strain range along thickness direction of the hole. Meanwhile, the change of the tensile fracture with the cold working deformation degree present a regularity. Residual stress increases with interference increasing, and the position of peak stress transfers far from the wall of the hole along radial direction with interference increasing.%针对航空用7050高强铝合金的孔板件拉伸性能进行试验研究与模拟分析,并对不同过盈量(0%~11.11%)的孔挤压强化效果进行了对比分析.研究表明:孔板的表观强度、延伸率和弹性模量均降低,但塑性失稳点应变却有很大程度的提高;孔挤压强化提高了孔壁处材料的屈服强度,改善了孔表面的受力状态,使得应力峰值得到钝化,并扩大了孔壁沿厚度方向的平面应变范围,因此拉伸断口随孔挤压量的变化呈规律性的变化;孔挤压强化后残余拉、压应力峰值随挤压量的增加而增加,且其峰值出现的部位随挤压量的增加而向远离于孔壁的深处转移.

  10. Austenite stabilization and high strength-elongation product of a low silicon aluminum-free hot-rolled directly quenched and dynamically partitioned steel

    Tan, Xiao-Dong [State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Xu, Yun-Bo, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Yang, Xiao-Long; Hu, Zhi-Ping; Peng, Fei [State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Ju, Xiao-Wei [Ceri Long Product Co., Ltd., Beijing 100176 (China); Wu, Di [State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China)


    Microstructures composed of lath martensite and retained austenite with volume fraction between 8.0 vol.% and 12.0 vol.% were obtained in a low-C low-Si Al-free steel through hot-rolling direct quenching and dynamical partitioning (HDQ&DP) processes. The austenite stabilization mechanism in the low-C low-Si Al-free steel under the special dynamical partitioning processes is investigated by analyzing the carbon partition behavior from martensite to austenite and the carbide precipitation-coarsening behavior in martensite laths combining with the possible hot rolling deformation inheritance. Results show that the satisfying retained austenite amount in currently studied low-Si Al-free HDQ&DP steel is caused by the high-efficiency carbon enrichment in the 30–80 nm thick regions of austenite near the interfaces in the hot-rolled ultra-fast cooled structure and the avoidance of serious carbides coarsening during the continuous cooling procedures. The excellent strength-elongation product reaching up to 26,000 MPa% shows that the involved HDQ&DP process is a promising method to develop a new generation of advanced high strength steel. - Highlights: • HDQ&DP processes were applied to a low-C low-Si Al-free steel. • Effective partitioning time during the continuous cooling processes is 1–220 s. • Retained austenite with volume fraction between 8.0 vol. % and 12.0 vol. % has been obtained. • The special austenite stabilization mechanism has been expounded.

  11. Hip- and knee-strength assessments using a hand-held dynamometer with external belt-fixation are inter-tester reliable

    Thorborg, Kristian; Bandholm, Thomas; Hölmich, Per


    PURPOSE: In football, ice-hockey, and track and field, injuries have been predicted, and hip- and knee-strength deficits quantified using hand-held dynamometry (HHD). However, systematic bias exists when testers of different sex and strength perform the measurements. Belt-fixation of the dynamome......PURPOSE: In football, ice-hockey, and track and field, injuries have been predicted, and hip- and knee-strength deficits quantified using hand-held dynamometry (HHD). However, systematic bias exists when testers of different sex and strength perform the measurements. Belt...

  12. Geochemistry of Aluminum in High Temperature Brines

    Benezeth, P.; Palmer, D.A.; Wesolowski, D.J.


    The objective ofthis research is to provide quantitative data on the equilibrium and thermodynamic properties of aluminum minerals required to model changes in permeability and brine chemistry associated with fluid/rock interactions in the recharge, reservoir, and discharge zones of active geothermal systems. This requires a precise knowledge of the thermodynamics and speciation of aluminum in aqueous brines, spanning the temperature and fluid composition rangesencountered in active systems. The empirical and semi-empirical treatments of the solubility/hydrolysis experimental results on single aluminum mineral phases form the basis for the ultimate investigation of the behavior of complex aluminosilicate minerals. The principal objective in FY 1998 was to complete the solubility measurements on boehmite (AIOOH) inNaC1 media( 1 .O and 5.0 molal ionic strength, IOO-250°C). However, additional measurements were also made on boehmite solubility in pure NaOH solutions in order to bolster the database for fitting in-house isopiestic data on this system. Preliminary kinetic Measurements of the dissolution/precipitation of boehmite was also carried out, although these were also not planned in the earlier objective. The 1999 objectives are to incorporate these treatments into existing codes used by the geothermal industry to predict the chemistry ofthe reservoirs; these calculations will be tested for reliability against our laboratory results and field observations. Moreover, based on the success of the experimental methods developed in this program, we intend to use our unique high temperature pH easurement capabilities to make kinetic and equilibrium studies of pH-dependent aluminosilicate transformation reactions and other pH-dependent heterogeneous reactions.

  13. Effect of the strain-induced melt activation (SIMA) process on the tensile properties of a new developed super high strength aluminum alloy modified by Al-5Ti-1B grain refiner

    Haghparast, Amin [School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Nourimotlagh, Masoud [Young Researchers Club, Dareshahr Branch, Islamic Azad university (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Alipour, Mohammad, E-mail: [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    In this study, the effect of Al-5Ti-1B grain refiners and modified strain-induced melt activation process on an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy was studied. The optimum level of Ti was found to be 0.1 wt.%. The specimens subjected to deformation ratio of 40% (at 300 Degree-Sign C) and various heat treatment times (10-40 min) and temperature (550-600 Degree-Sign C) regimes were characterized in this study. Reheating condition to obtain a fine globular microstructure was optimized. Microstructural examinations were conducted by optical and scanning electron microscopy coupled with an energy dispersive spectrometry. The optimum temperature and time in strain-induced melt activation process are 575 Degree-Sign C and 20 min, respectively. T6 heat treatment including quenching to room temperature and aging at 120 Degree-Sign C for 24 h was employed to reach to the maximum strength. Significant improvements in mechanical properties were obtained with the addition of grain refiner combined with T6 heat treatment. After the T6 heat treatment, the average tensile strength increased from 283 MPa to 587 and 332 MPa to 617 for samples refined with 2 wt.% Al-5Ti-1B before and after strain-induced melt activation process and extrusion process, respectively. Ultimate strength of Ti-refined specimens without SIMA process has a lower value than globular microstructure specimens after SIMA and extrusion process. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The effect of Al-5Ti-1B on the aluminum alloy produced by SIMA process was studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Al-5Ti-1B is an effective in reducing the grain and reagent fine microstructure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Reheating condition to obtain a fine globular microstructure was optimized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The optimum temperature and time in SIMA process are 575 Degree-Sign C and 20 min respectively. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer UTS of globular structure specimens have a more value than Ti-refined specimens.

  14. 固溶处理对7050铝合金强度和断裂韧性的影响%Influence of solution heat treatment on strength and fracture toughness of aluminum alloy 7050

    韩念梅; 张新明; 刘胜胆; 何道广; 张荣


    The influences of the solution heat treatment on the tensile properties and fracture toughness of the 7050 aluminum alloy were investigated by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), the ambient temperature tensile tests and compact tension toughness testes. The results show that during the single-stage solution heat treatment, with the increase of solution temperature, coarse constituent particles are dissolved, and meanwhile, the percentage of recrystallization and the size of the subgrains increase. With the increase of solution temperature, the strength and fracture toughness firstly increase and then decrease. The two-stage solution heat treatment results in improved dissolution of coarse constituent particles, low recrystallization percentage and small size of subgrains. The strength and fracture toughness during the two-stage solution heat treatment are larger than the maximum of the single-stage solution heat treatment. The percentage of recrystallization and the size of the subgrains are small after pre-precipitation following solution heat treatment, but a large number of η phase aggregates at the subgrain boundary. Meanwhile, constituent particles dissolve out again from the matrix, which leads to the decrease of the strength and fracture toughness.%采用金相显微镜、扫描电镜、透射电镜、常温拉伸、紧凑拉伸等实验手段研究固溶处理对7050铝合金拉伸力学性能和断裂韧性的影响.研究结果表明:单级固溶中,随着固溶温度的升高,粗大第二相逐渐溶解,但再结晶体积分数和亚晶尺寸逐渐增大,导致强度和断裂韧性均先增大后减小;双级固溶后,粗大第二相明显减少,再结晶体积分数和亚晶尺寸较小,强度和断裂韧性均超过单级固溶的最大值;固溶后预析出,虽然再结晶体积分数较低,亚晶尺寸较小,但亚晶界析出大量η相,基体内存在大量粗大第二相,

  15. Effects of core-to-dentin thickness ratio on the biaxial flexural strength, reliability, and fracture mode of bilayered materials of zirconia core (Y-TZP) and veneer indirect composite resins.

    Su, Naichuan; Liao, Yunmao; Zhang, Hai; Yue, Li; Lu, Xiaowen; Shen, Jiefei; Wang, Hang


    Indirect composite resins (ICR) are promising alternatives as veneering materials for zirconia frameworks. The effects of core-to-dentin thickness ratio (C/Dtr) on the mechanical property of bilayered veneer ICR/yttria-tetragonal zirconia polycrystalline (Y-TZP) core disks have not been previously studied. The purpose of this in vitro study was to assess the effects of C/Dtr on the biaxial flexural strength, reliability, and fracture mode of bilayered veneer ICR/ Y-TZP core disks. A total of 180 bilayered 0.6-mm-thick composite resin disks in core material and C/Dtr of 2:1, 1:1, and 1:2 were tested with either core material placed up or placed down for piston-on-3-ball biaxial flexural strength. The mean biaxial flexural strength, Weibull modulus, and fracture mode were measured to evaluate the variation trend of the biaxial flexural strength, reliability, and fracture mode of the bilayered disks with various C/Dtr. One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and chi-square tests were used to evaluate the variation tendency of fracture mode with the C/Dtr or material placed down during testing (α=.05). Light microscopy was used to identify the fracture mode. The mean biaxial flexural strength and reliability improved with the increase in C/Dtr when specimens were tested with the core material either up and down, and depended on the materials that were placed down during testing. The rates of delamination, Hertzian cone cracks, subcritical radial cracks, and number of fracture fragments partially depended on the C/Dtr and the materials that were placed down during testing. The biaxial flexural strength, reliability, and fracture mode in bilayered structures of Y-TZP core and veneer ICR depend on both the C/Dtr and the material that was placed down during testing. Copyright © 2016 Editorial Council for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Welding of aluminum with linear ribbon explosives.

    Bement, L. J.


    A small-scale simplified, parallel plate process of welding aluminum with very small quantities of lead-sheathed linear ribbon RDX explosive is described. The results of the welding of five different alloys, obtained by using this technique, show that the weld strengths are up to 90% of the parent metal tensile strength.

  17. Reliability of Elbow Isometric, Isotonic, and Isokinetic Strength Test in Young People%肘关节屈伸肌群等速等张与等长收缩的重测信度

    吕宏; 王雪强; 毕霞


    Objective: To determine the reliability of strength testing in the different muscle contraction of elbow in young people. Methods: In 28 healthy young people (16 males and 12 females; average age 25. 2±7.5 years), isometric, isotonic, and isokinetic strength was measured two times with in one week. The indicator of test-retest reliability of joint position was Intraclass Correlation Coefficient (ICC). Results: (1) The test-retest reliability of strength testing was modest in the different muscle contraction of elbow, and the value of ICC was from 0. 738 to 0. 947; (2) Test-retest reliability of the elbow flexor (ICC was from 0. 853 to 0. 947) was better than the elbow extensor (ICC was from 0. 738 to 0. 872). Conclusion: The test-retest reliability of strength testing is good in the elbow of young people, and correlation of the elbow flexor is better than elbow extensor.%目的:观察健康青年人肘关节屈伸肌群在不同收缩形式中的重测信度.方法:选取28例正常青年者在1周内进行2次肘关节的等速、等张与等长测试,将所得数据进行重测信度评价,指标为组内相关系数(IntraclassCorrelation Coefficient,ICC).结果:①肘关节屈伸肌群在不同收缩形式中均具有良好的重测信度,ICC值为0.738~0.912.②肘关节屈肌重测的相关系数高于伸肌(ICC分别为0.853~0.947与0.738~0.872).结论:健康青年者肘关节屈伸肌群在不同收缩形式中重测信度良好,肘关节屈肌的相关性要优于伸肌.

  18. The Reliability and Validity of the English and Spanish Strengths and Weaknesses of ADHD and Normal Behavior Rating Scales in a Preschool Sample: Continuum Measures of Hyperactivity and Inattention

    Lakes, Kimberley D.; Swanson, James M.; Riggs, Matt


    Objective To evaluate the reliability and validity of the English and Spanish versions of the Strengths and Weaknesses of ADHD-symptom and Normal-behavior (SWAN) rating scale. Method Parents of preschoolers completed both a SWAN and the well-established Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) on two separate occasions over a span of 3 months; instruments were in the primary language of the family (English or Spanish). Results Psychometric properties for the English and Spanish versions of the SWAN were adequate, with high internal consistency and moderate test–retest reliability. Skewness and kurtosis statistics for the SWAN were within the range expected for a normally distributed population. The SWAN also demonstrated adequate convergent and discriminant validity in correlations with the various subscales of the SDQ. Conclusion Psychometric properties of both the English and Spanish versions of the SWAN indicate that it is a reliable and valid instrument for measuring child attention and hyperactivity. The stability of ratings over time in this preschool sample was moderate, which may reflect the relative instability of these characteristics in preschool children. PMID:21807955

  19. The Reliability and Validity of Toe Grip Strength as an Index of Physical Development in 4- to 5-Year-Old Children

    Takahiro Ikeda[1; Osamu Aoyagi[2


    Studies on TGS (toe-grip strength) are currently proliferating as a result of the development of the dynamometer. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the reliability and validity of TGS as a physical function in preschool aged children. The participants were 153 preschoolers. Each participant was measured in terms of his or her TGS and completed a MAT (motor ability test). The reliability of the measurements was investigated via Pearson's r and Cronbach's a through a test-retest method, as well as a Bland-Altman plot. The validity of the TGS value was investigated by measuring the correlation between TGS and each component of the MAT, the principal component analysis, and a two-way layout ANOVA with general linear model (gender and age). All reliability coefficients were more than 0.70. Though all components of the MAT relating to TGS were found to be significant (P 〈 0.05), these correlations were weak. However, TGS was found to be a physical function that relating to the lower limbs and develops with aging. Therefore, TGS was found to be a highly reliable measure of physical function performance in preschoolers.

  20. Multilayer Clad Plate of Stainless Steel/Aluminum/Aluminum Alloy

    YUAN Jiawei; PANG Yuhua; LI Ting


    The 3, 5, 20 layer clad plate from austenitic stainless steel, pure aluminum and aluminum alloy sheets were fabricated in different ways. The stretch and interface properties were measured. The result shows that 20 layer clad plate is better than the others. Well-bonded clad plate was successfully obtained in the following procedure: Basic clad sheet from 18 layer A11060/A13003sheets was firstly obtained with an initial rolling reduction of 44% at 450 ℃, followed by annealing at 300 ℃, and then with reduction of 50% at 550 ℃ from STS304 on each side. The best 20 layer clad plate was of 129 MPa bonding strength and 225 MPa stretch strength.

  1. Effects of two erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet lasers and conventional treatments as composite surface abrasives on the shear bond strength of metal brackets bonded to composite resins

    Sobouti, Farhad; Dadgar, Sepideh; Sanikhaatam, Zahra; Nateghian, Nazanin; Saravi, Mahdi Gholamrezaei


    Background: Bonding brackets to dental surfaces restored with composites are increasing. No studies to date have assessed the efficacy of laser irradiation in roughening of composite and the resulted shear bond strength (SBS) of the bonded bracket. We assessed, for the 1st time, the efficacy of two laser beams compared with conventional methods. Materials and Methods: Sixty-five discs of light-cured composite resin were stored in deionized distilled water for 7 days. They were divided into five groups of 12 plus a group of five for scanning electron microscopy (SEM): Bur-abrasion followed by phosphoric acid etching (bur-PA), hydrofluoric acid conditioning (HF), sandblasting, 3 W and 2 W erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser irradiation for 12 s. After bracket bonding, specimens were water-stored (24 h) and thermocycled (500 cycles), respectively. SBS was tested at 0.5 mm/min crosshead speed. The adhesive remnant index (ARI) was scored under ×10 magnification. SEM was carried out as well. Data were analyzed using analysis of variance (ANOVA), Kruskal–Wallis, Tukey, Dunn, one-sample t-test/Wilcoxon tests, and Weibull analysis (α =0.05). Results: The SBS values (megapascal) were bur-PA (11.07 ± 1.95), HF (19.70 ± 1.91), sandblasting (7.75 ± 1.10), laser 2 W (15.38 ± 1.38), and laser 3 W (20.74 ± 1.73) (compared to SBS = 6, all P = 0.000). These differed significantly (ANOVA P = 0.000) except HF versus 3 W laser (Tukey P > 0.05). ARI scores differed significantly (Kruskal–Wallis P = 0.000), with sandblasting and 2 W lasers having scores inclined to the higher end (safest debonding). Weibull analysis implied successful clinical outcome for all groups, except for sandblasting with borderline results. Conclusion: Considering its high efficacy and the lack of adverse effects bound with other methods, the 3 W laser irradiation is recommended for clinical usage. PMID:26998473

  2. Wastewater sludge dewaterability enhancement using hydroxyl aluminum conditioning: Role of aluminum speciation.

    Cao, Bingdi; Zhang, Weijun; Wang, Qiandi; Huang, Yangrui; Meng, Chenrui; Wang, Dongsheng


    Chemical conditioning is one of the most important processes for improve the performance of sludge dewatering device. Aluminum salt coagulant has been widely used in wastewater and sludge treatment. It is generally accepted that pre-formed speciation of aluminum salt coagulants (ASC) has an important influence on coagulation/flocculation performance. In this study, the interaction mechanisms between sludge particles and aluminum salt coagulants with different speciation of hydroxy aluminum were investigated by characterizing the changes in morphological and EPS properties. It was found that middle polymer state aluminum (Alb) and high polymer state aluminum (Alc) performed better than monomer aluminum and oligomeric state aluminum (Ala) in reduction of specific resistance to filtration (SRF) and compressibility of wastewater sludge due to their higher charge neutralization and formed more compact flocs. Sludge was significantly acidified after addition Ala, while pH was much more stable under Alb and Alc conditioning due to their hydrolysis stability. The size of sludge flocs conditioned with Alb and Alc was small but flocs structure was denser and more compact, and floc strength is higher, while that formed from Ala is relatively large, but floc structure was loose, floc strength is relatively lower. Scanning environmental microscope analysis revealed that sludge flocs conditioned by Alb and Alc (especially PAC2.5 and Al13) exhibited obvious botryoidal structure, this is because sludge flocs formed by Alb and Alc were more compact and floc strength is high, it was easy generated plentiful tiny channels for water release. In addition, polymeric aluminum salt coagulant (Alb, Alc) had better performance in compressing extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) structure and removing sticky protein-like substances from soluble EPS fraction, contributing to improvement of sludge filtration performance. Therefore, this study provides a novel solution for improving sludge

  3. Manufacturing of Aluminum Composite Material Using Stir Casting Process

    Muhammad Hayat Jokhio


    Full Text Available Manufacturing of aluminum alloy based casting composite materials via stir casting is one of the prominent and economical route for development and processing of metal matrix composites materials. Properties of these materials depend upon many processing parameters and selection of matrix and reinforcements. Literature reveals that most of the researchers are using 2, 6 and 7xxx aluminum matrix reinforced with SiC particles for high strength properties whereas, insufficient information is available on reinforcement of \\"Al2O3\\" particles in 7xxx aluminum matrix. The 7xxx series aluminum matrix usually contains Cu-Zn-Mg. Therefore, the present research was conducted to investigate the effect of elemental metal such as Cu-Zn-Mg in aluminum matrix on mechanical properties of stir casting of aluminum composite materials reinforced with alpha \\"Al2O3\\" particles using simple foundry melting alloying and casting route. The age hardening treatments were also applied to study the aging response of the aluminum matrix on strength, ductility and hardness. The experimental results indicate that aluminum matrix cast composite can be manufactured via conventional foundry method giving very good responses to the strength and ductility up to 10% \\"Al2O3\\" particles reinforced in aluminum matrix.

  4. Diffusion Bonding and Characterization of a Dispersion Strengthened Aluminum Alloy

    Cooke, Kavian Omar

    Aluminum metal matrix composites (Al-MMC's) containing silicon carbide or alumina particle reinforcements are used extensively in automotive and aircraft industries. The addition of a reinforcing phase has led to significant improvements in the mechanical properties of these alloys. However, despite substantial improvements in the properties, the lack of a reliable joining method has restricted their full potential. The differences in physical and metallurgical properties between the ceramic phase and the Al-MMC, prevents the successful application of the fusion welding processes, conventionally used for joining monolithic aluminum alloys. Therefore, alternative techniques that prevent microstructural changes in the base metal need to be developed. In this study, the transient liquid phase diffusion bonding and eutectic bonding of a particle reinforced Al 6061-MMC was investigated to identify a method that could control particle segregation within the joint and increase the final joint strength. The results showed that TLP bonding using Ni-foil was possible at 600°C for 10 minutes using a pressure of 0.01 MPa. However, characterization of the bond interface showed a wide particle segregated zone due to the "pushing effect" of the solid/liquid interface during isothermal solidification stage of bonding. The presence of this particle segregated zone was shown to cause low joint strengths. In order to overcome these problems, TLP bonding was performed using electrodeposited coatings of Ni and Ni-Al 2O3 as a way of controlling the volume of eutectic liquid formed at the joint. Theoretical and experimental work showed that the use of thin coatings was successful in reducing the width of the segregated zone formed at the joint and this had the effect of increasing joint shear strength values. Furthermore, lower bonding temperature could also be used as a method of reducing particle segregation and therefore, a Cu-Sn interlayer was used to form a eutectic bond. The

  5. Dry lubricant films for aluminum forming.

    Wei, J.; Erdemir, A.; Fenske, G. R.


    During metal forming process, lubricants are crucial to prevent direct contact, adhesion, transfer and scuffing of workpiece materials and tools. Boric acid films can be firmly adhered to the clean aluminum surfaces by spraying their methanol solutions and provide extremely low friction coefficient (about 0.04). The cohesion strengths of the bonded films vary with the types of aluminum alloys (6061, 6111 and 5754). The sheet metal forming tests indicate that boric acid films and the combined films of boric acid and mineral oil can create larger strains than the commercial liquid and solid lubricants, showing that they possess excellent lubricities for aluminum forming. SEM analyses indicate that boric acid dry films separate the workpiece and die materials, and prevent their direct contact and preserve their surface qualities. Since boric acid is non-toxic and easily removed by water, it can be expected that boric acid films are environmentally friendly, cost effective and very efficient lubricants for sheet aluminum cold forming.

  6. MIIT: Aluminum Processing Industry will Focus on Work in Four Aspects


    Aluminum processing is a key component of China’s nonferrous metals industry.After many years of rapid development,China has become the world’s biggest manufacturer and consumer of aluminum products,and its overall strength has improved obviously.In 2014,the output of China’s aluminum processing products reached

  7. Microstructures and properties of aluminum die casting alloys

    M. M. Makhlouf; D. Apelian; L. Wang


    This document provides descriptions of the microstructure of different aluminum die casting alloys and to relate the various microstructures to the alloy chemistry. It relates the microstructures of the alloys to their main engineering properties such as ultimate tensile strength, yield strength, elongation, fatigue life, impact resistance, wear resistance, hardness, thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity. Finally, it serves as a reference source for aluminum die casting alloys.

  8. NASA-427: A New Aluminum Alloy

    Nabors, Sammy A.


    NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center researchers have developed a new, stronger aluminum alloy, ideal for cast aluminum products that have powder or paint-baked thermal coatings. With advanced mechanical properties, the NASA-427 alloy shows greater tensile strength and increased ductility, providing substantial improvement in impact toughness. In addition, this alloy improves the thermal coating process by decreasing the time required for heat treatment. With improvements in both strength and processing time, use of the alloy provides reduced materials and production costs, lower product weight, and better product performance. The superior properties of NASA-427 can benefit many industries, including automotive, where it is particularly well-suited for use in aluminum wheels.

  9. Combustion Characteristics of Hydrocarbon Droplets Induced by Photoignition of Aluminum Nanoparticles (Conference Paper with Briefing Charts)


    Hydrocarbon Droplets Induced by Photoignition of Aluminum Nanoparticles (Conference Paper with Briefing Charts) John Bennewitz, Alireza Badakhshan, and...droplets has been achieved through photoignition (PI) utilizing sub milligram of aluminum nanoparticles (Al NPs). For diesel fuel, a reliable ignition...Droplets Induced by Photoignition of Aluminum Nanoparticles Alireza Badakhshan1,*, John W. Bennewitz2, Douglas G. Talley3 1Engineering Research

  10. Fatigue Reliability under Random Loads

    Talreja, R.


    , with the application of random loads, the initial homogeneous distribution of strength changes to a two-component distribution, reflecting the two-stage fatigue damage. In the crack initiation stage, the strength increases initially and then decreases, while an abrupt decrease of strength is seen in the crack...... propagation stage. The consequences of this behaviour on the fatigue reliability are discussed....

  11. Aluminum extraction from aluminum industrial wastes

    Amer, A. M.


    Aluminum dross tailings, an industrial waste from the Egyptian Aluminum Company (Egyptalum), was used to produce two types of alums: aluminum sulfate alum (Al2(SO4)3·12H2O) and ammonium aluminum alum {(NH4)2SO4AL2 (SO4)3·24H2O}. This was carried out in two processes. The first involves leaching the impurities using diluted H2SO4 with different solid/liquid ratios at different temperatures to dissolve the impurities present in the starting material in the form of aluminum sulfates. The second process is the extraction of aluminum (as aluminum sulfate) from the purified aluminum dross tailings thus produced. This was carried out in an autoclave. The effects of temperature, time of reaction, and acid concentration on pressure leaching and extraction processes were studied in order to specify the optimum conditions to be applied in the bench scale production as well as the kinetics of leaching process.

  12. Residual Strength Assessment to Panels with Multiple Site Damage by Method of System Reliability#%含多位置损伤板剩余强度估计的系统可靠性模型

    吴宁祥; 谢里阳


    含多位置损伤板的剩余强度估计对老龄化飞机的安全评估有重要意义。本文提出一种估计含MSD结构剩余强度的系统可靠性模型,该模型将结构看作一个载荷共享并联系统,系统中元件为结构中的韧带,施加在结构上的载荷按等应力原则分担在各个元件上,当有元件失效时,各元件承担的载荷重新分布。基于这一模型,本文采用Monte Carlo方法对MSD结构的失效进行仿真,得出结构剩余强度的概率分布,以50%失效概率的失效载荷为剩余强度估计值,估计结果与实验结果相比,多数算例相对误差在10%左右,优于传统的净截面准则。%The residual strength prediction and assessment of panels with MSD is very important to aged airplane. This paper presented the load-sharing parallel system reliability model to assess residual strength of this kind of structure. The model treated the structure as a load-sharing parallel system with different type components since different ligaments have different area. The probability distribution of the residual strength of system was derived by Monte Carlo simulation method. The model was verified by test results and most relative errors to test results for this model are about 10 percent.




    Full Text Available In municipal solid waste, aluminum is the main nonferrous metal, approximately 80- 85% of the total nonferrous metals. The income per ton gained from aluminum recuperation is 20 times higher than from glass, steel boxes or paper recuperation. The object of this paper is the design of a 300 kN press for aluminum box bundling.

  14. Aluminum-Scandium: A Material for Semiconductor Packaging

    Geissler, Ute; Thomas, Sven; Schneider-Ramelow, Martin; Mukhopadhyay, Biswajit; Lang, Klaus-Dieter


    A well-known aluminum-scandium (Al-Sc) alloy, already used in lightweight sports equipment, is about to be established for use in electronic packaging. One application for Al-Sc alloy is manufacture of bonding wires. The special feature of the alloy is its ability to harden by precipitation. The new bonding wires with electrical conductivity similar to pure Al wires can be processed on common wire bonders for aluminum wedge/wedge (w/w) bonding. The wires exhibit very fine-grained microstructure. Small Al3Sc particles are the main reason for its high strength and prevent recrystallization and grain growth at higher temperatures (>150°C). After the wire-bonding process, the interface is well closed. Reliability investigations by active power cycling demonstrated considerably improved lifetime compared with pure Al heavy wires. Furthermore, the Al-Sc alloy was sputter-deposited onto silicon wafer to test it as chip metallization in copper (Cu) ball/wedge bonding technology. After deposition, the layers exhibited fine-grained columnar structure and small coherent Al3Sc particles with dimensions of a few nanometers. These particles inhibit softening processes such as Al splashing in fine wire bonding processes and increase the thickness of remnant Al under the copper balls to 85% of the initial thickness.

  15. Reuse of Aluminum Dross as an Engineered Product

    Dai, Chen; Apelian, Diran

    To prevent the leaching of landfilled aluminum dross waste and save the energy consumed by recovering metallic aluminum from dross, aluminum dross is reused as an engineering product directly rather than "refurbished" ineffectively. The concept is to reduce waste and to reuse. Two kinds of aluminum dross from industrial streams were selected and characterized. We have shown that dross can be applied directly, or accompanied with a simple conditioning process, to manufacture refractory components. Dross particles below 50 mesh are most effective. Mechanical property evaluations revealed the possibility for dross waste to be utilized as filler in concrete, resulting in up to 40% higher flexural strength and 10% higher compressive strength compared to pure cement, as well as cement with sand additions. The potential usage of aluminum dross as a raw material for such engineering applications is presented and discussed.

  16. Medida da força de preensão manual- validade e confiabilidade do dinamômetro saehan Assessment of hand grip strength- validity and reliability of the saehan dynamometer

    Maurício Moreira Reis


    Full Text Available Existe uma grande variedade de instrumentos utilizados para a avaliação da força de preensão manual. Porém, não existem estudos demonstrando a validade e a confiabilidade da maioria destes instrumentos. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a validade concorrente e a confiabilidade intraexaminador do dinamômetro Saehan hidráulico comparado-o com o dinamômetro Jamar hidráulico. Cem indivíduos sadios (50 homens e 50 mulheres, entre 20 e 50 anos de idade, sem alterações cognitivas, deficiências físicas, disfunções neuromusculares e ortopédicas e história de lesões nos membros superiores, foram testados com os dinamômetros Jamar e Saehan. A validade concorrente entre o dinamômetro Jamar e o dinamômetro Saehan foi excelente para os testes de força de preensão realizados com as mãos direita (r=0,976 e esquerda (r=0,986. A confiabilidade intra-examinador foi excelente tanto para o dinamômetro Jamar (r=0,985 mãos direita e esquerda quanto para o dinamômetro Saehan (r=0,981 mão direita e r=0,985 mão esquerda. O dinamômetro Saehan é válido, confiável e comparável com o dinamômetro Jamar. Portanto, dados coletados com o dinamômetro Jamar são equivalentes aos dados coletados com o dinamômetro Saehan. Consequentemente, valores de força obtidos por testes com dinamômetro Saehan podem ser comparados com valores de referência de força de preensão que foram obtidos com o dinamômetro Jamar.There is a great variety of instruments available for evaluating hand grip strength. There is, however, a lack of studies showing the validity and reliability of most of these instruments. The purpose of this study was to examine the concurrent validity and test-retest reliability of the hydraulic Saehan dynamometer using the hydraulic Jamar dynamometer. One hundred healthy subjects (50 men and 50 women, between the ages of 20 and 50 years old, without cognitive impairment, physical disability, neuromuscular or orthopedic dysfunction


    刘文辉; 黄浩


    通过建立7.62mm穿甲弹侵彻铝合金板的模型,采用Johnson.Cook材料模型模拟研究了焊接接头的强度失配对铝合金板抗弹性能的影响。研究结果表明:当子弹侵彻铝合金焊接接头附近时,由于材料的不均匀变形,子弹会改变侵彻方向,其方向角的改变大小与子弹速度、侵入位置、弹头形状、强度失配比、靶板厚度有关;当子弹以低速侵彻铝合金板中间的软焊缝材料时,由于变形局部化,出现材料的抗弹性能低于纯焊缝材料的情况;由于子弹侵彻方向的改变,出现部分区域的抗弹性能高于铝合金基体材料的情况。研究结果为不均匀材料的抗弹性能研究提供参考。%To analyze the effect of strength mismatch on the ballistic performance of aluminum welded joint, a model of aluminum alloy plate penetrated by 7.62mm bullet was created, and the Johnson-Cook constitutive equation was adopted. Results show that the penetration direction will change due to the heterogeneous deformation as the projectile penetrates the aluminum weld joint, and the magnitude of angle change of penetration direction relates to the penetration position, impact velocity, projectile geometry, the rate of strength mismatch and target thickness. When the projectile only penetrates the region of weld seam at a small impact velocity, material's ballistic performance may be worse than that of pure weld seam material due to material deformation localization. There are some regions whose ballistic performances are better than that of aluminum base due to the change of penetration direction. It is useful for the ballistic performance analysis of heterogeneous materials.

  18. Development of deep drawn aluminum piston tanks

    Whitehead, J.C.; Bronder, R.L.; Kilgard, L.W.; Evans, M.C.; Ormsby, A.E.; Spears, H.R.; Wilson, J.D.


    An aluminum piston tank has been developed for applications requiring lightweight, low cost, low pressure, positive-expulsion liquid storage. The 3 liter (183 in{sup 3}) vessel is made primarily from aluminum sheet, using production forming and joining operations. The development process relied mainly on pressurizing prototype parts and assemblies to failure, as the primary source of decision making information for driving the tank design toward its optimum minimum-mass configuration. Critical issues addressed by development testing included piston operation, strength of thin-walled formed shells, alloy choice, and joining the end cap to the seamless deep drawn can. 9 refs., 8 figs.

  19. Statistical inference for reliability of system stress-strength model under exponential distribution%指数分布场合系统应力强度模型可靠度的统计推断



    The maximum likelihood estimation and generalized confidence interval of the system reliability of general multi-component stress-strength model are derived when the component strengths and the stress are independent exponential random variables. The goodness-of-fit test of the model is discussed. The coverage probability of the proposed generalized confidence interval and the power of the test are evaluated by Monte Carlo simulation. The simulation results show that the proposed generalized confidence interval and test are very satisfactory even for small and moderate samples. Finally, an example is shown to illustrate the proposed procedures.%利用最大似然估计和广义区间估计方法,研究了元件的强度和承受的应力均服从指数分布时系统应力强度模型可靠度的估计问题,导出了可靠度的最大似然估计和广义区间估计.同时也讨论了模型的拟合检验问题.利用模拟方法研究了提出的广义置信区间的覆盖率和拟合检验的功效,模拟结果表明提出的广义置信区间的覆盖率与名义置信系数是一致的,提出的拟合检验的功效是好的.最后用一个例子说明提出的方法.

  20. Modeling dissolution in aluminum alloys

    Durbin, Tracie Lee


    Aluminum and its alloys are used in many aspects of modern life, from soda cans and household foil to the automobiles and aircraft in which we travel. Aluminum alloy systems are characterized by good workability that enables these alloys to be economically rolled, extruded, or forged into useful shapes. Mechanical properties such as strength are altered significantly with cold working, annealing, precipitation-hardening, and/or heat-treatments. Heat-treatable aluminum alloys contain one or more soluble constituents such as copper, lithium, magnesium, silicon and zinc that individually, or with other elements, can form phases that strengthen the alloy. Microstructure development is highly dependent on all of the processing steps the alloy experiences. Ultimately, the macroscopic properties of the alloy depend strongly on the microstructure. Therefore, a quantitative understanding of the microstructural changes that occur during thermal and mechanical processing is fundamental to predicting alloy properties. In particular, the microstructure becomes more homogeneous and secondary phases are dissolved during thermal treatments. Robust physical models for the kinetics of particle dissolution are necessary to predict the most efficient thermal treatment. A general dissolution model for multi-component alloys has been developed using the front-tracking method to study the dissolution of precipitates in an aluminum alloy matrix. This technique is applicable to any alloy system, provided thermodynamic and diffusion data are available. Treatment of the precipitate interface is explored using two techniques: the immersed-boundary method and a new technique, termed here the "sharp-interface" method. The sharp-interface technique is based on a variation of the ghost fluid method and eliminates the need for corrective source terms in the characteristic equations. In addition, the sharp-interface method is shown to predict the dissolution behavior of precipitates in aluminum

  1. 防锈铝板/镀锌钢板异种金属冷金属过渡熔钎焊接头的组织与抗拉强度%Microstructure and Tensile Strength of Rust-Proof Aluminum Plate and Zinc-Coated Steel Plates Braze-Weld Joint Prepared by Cold Metal Transfer

    冯曰海; 王克鸿; 高飞; 杜刚


    The cold metal transfer (CMT) brazing-welding process was used to weld dissimilar metals of LF21 rust-proof aluminum plate and DD51D+Z zinc-coated steel plate,and the microstructure and tensile strength of the joint were studied.The results show that the compound layer of middle interface zone of the braze-weld joint was intermetallic compound FeAla with thickness of 4-6 μm.The average transverse tensile strength of the joint was up to 77 MPa and strength coefficient was 0.6.%采用冷金属过渡(CMT)熔钎焊接工艺,对LF21防锈铝板和DD51D+Z镀锌钢板进行了异种金属的连接,对接头的显微组织和抗拉强度进行了研究.结果表明:防锈铝板和镀锌钢板的熔钎焊接头的中间界面区化合物为4~6 μm厚的FeAl3金属间化合物,接头的平均横向抗拉强度为77MPa,接头的强度系数为0.6.

  2. Aspects of aluminum toxicity

    Hewitt, C.D.; Savory, J.; Wills, M.R. (Univ. of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville (USA))


    Aluminum is the most abundant metal in the earth's crust. The widespread occurrence of aluminum, both in the environment and in foodstuffs, makes it virtually impossible for man to avoid exposure to this metal ion. Attention was first drawn to the potential role of aluminum as a toxic metal over 50 years ago, but was dismissed as a toxic agent as recently as 15 years ago. The accumulation of aluminum, in some patients with chronic renal failure, is associated with the development of toxic phenomena; dialysis encephalopathy, osteomalacic dialysis osteodystrophy, and an anemia. Aluminum accumulation also occurs in patients who are not on dialysis, predominantly infants and children with immature or impaired renal function. Aluminum has also been implicated as a toxic agent in the etiology of Alzheimer's disease, Guamiam amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and parkinsonism-dementia. 119 references.

  3. Aluminum powder metallurgy processing

    Flumerfelt, J.F.


    The objective of this dissertation is to explore the hypothesis that there is a strong linkage between gas atomization processing conditions, as-atomized aluminum powder characteristics, and the consolidation methodology required to make components from aluminum powder. The hypothesis was tested with pure aluminum powders produced by commercial air atomization, commercial inert gas atomization, and gas atomization reaction synthesis (GARS). A comparison of the GARS aluminum powders with the commercial aluminum powders showed the former to exhibit superior powder characteristics. The powders were compared in terms of size and shape, bulk chemistry, surface oxide chemistry and structure, and oxide film thickness. Minimum explosive concentration measurements assessed the dependence of explosibility hazard on surface area, oxide film thickness, and gas atomization processing conditions. The GARS aluminum powders were exposed to different relative humidity levels, demonstrating the effect of atmospheric conditions on post-atomization processing conditions. The GARS aluminum powders were exposed to different relative humidity levels, demonstrating the effect of atmospheric conditions on post-atomization oxidation of aluminum powder. An Al-Ti-Y GARS alloy exposed in ambient air at different temperatures revealed the effect of reactive alloy elements on post-atomization powder oxidation. The pure aluminum powders were consolidated by two different routes, a conventional consolidation process for fabricating aerospace components with aluminum powder and a proposed alternative. The consolidation procedures were compared by evaluating the consolidated microstructures and the corresponding mechanical properties. A low temperature solid state sintering experiment demonstrated that tap densified GARS aluminum powders can form sintering necks between contacting powder particles, unlike the total resistance to sintering of commercial air atomization aluminum powder.

  4. MEMS reliability

    Hartzell, Allyson L; Shea, Herbert R


    This book focuses on the reliability and manufacturability of MEMS at a fundamental level. It demonstrates how to design MEMs for reliability and provides detailed information on the different types of failure modes and how to avoid them.

  5. Is the Aluminum Hypothesis Dead?

    Lidsky, Theodore I.


    The Aluminum Hypothesis, the idea that aluminum exposure is involved in the etiology of Alzheimer disease, dates back to a 1965 demonstration that aluminum causes neurofibrillary tangles in the brains of rabbits. Initially the focus of intensive research, the Aluminum Hypothesis has gradually been abandoned by most researchers. Yet, despite this current indifference, the Aluminum Hypothesis continues to attract the attention of a small group of scientists and aluminum continues to be viewed w...

  6. High energy density aluminum battery

    Brown, Gilbert M.; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Dai, Sheng; Dudney, Nancy J.; Manthiram, Arumugan; McIntyre, Timothy J.; Sun, Xiao-Guang; Liu, Hansan


    Compositions and methods of making are provided for a high energy density aluminum battery. The battery comprises an anode comprising aluminum metal. The battery further comprises a cathode comprising a material capable of intercalating aluminum or lithium ions during a discharge cycle and deintercalating the aluminum or lithium ions during a charge cycle. The battery further comprises an electrolyte capable of supporting reversible deposition and stripping of aluminum at the anode, and reversible intercalation and deintercalation of aluminum or lithium at the cathode.

  7. High energy density aluminum battery

    Brown, Gilbert M.; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Dai, Sheng; Dudney, Nancy J.; Manthiram, Arumugan; McIntyre, Timothy J.; Sun, Xiao-Guang; Liu, Hansan


    Compositions and methods of making are provided for a high energy density aluminum battery. The battery comprises an anode comprising aluminum metal. The battery further comprises a cathode comprising a material capable of intercalating aluminum or lithium ions during a discharge cycle and deintercalating the aluminum or lithium ions during a charge cycle. The battery further comprises an electrolyte capable of supporting reversible deposition and stripping of aluminum at the anode, and reversible intercalation and deintercalation of aluminum or lithium at the cathode.

  8. Compressive Strength of EN AC-44200 Based Composite Materials Strengthened with α-Al2O3 Particles

    A. Kurzawa; J. W. Kaczmar


    The paper presents results of compressive strength investigations of EN AC-44200 based aluminum alloy composite materials reinforced with aluminum oxide particles at ambient and at temperatures of 100, 200 and 250°C...

  9. Software reliability

    Bendell, A


    Software Reliability reviews some fundamental issues of software reliability as well as the techniques, models, and metrics used to predict the reliability of software. Topics covered include fault avoidance, fault removal, and fault tolerance, along with statistical methods for the objective assessment of predictive accuracy. Development cost models and life-cycle cost models are also discussed. This book is divided into eight sections and begins with a chapter on adaptive modeling used to predict software reliability, followed by a discussion on failure rate in software reliability growth mo

  10. Is the Aluminum Hypothesis dead?

    Lidsky, Theodore I


    The Aluminum Hypothesis, the idea that aluminum exposure is involved in the etiology of Alzheimer disease, dates back to a 1965 demonstration that aluminum causes neurofibrillary tangles in the brains of rabbits. Initially the focus of intensive research, the Aluminum Hypothesis has gradually been abandoned by most researchers. Yet, despite this current indifference, the Aluminum Hypothesis continues to attract the attention of a small group of scientists and aluminum continues to be viewed with concern by some of the public. This review article discusses reasons that mainstream science has largely abandoned the Aluminum Hypothesis and explores a possible reason for some in the general public continuing to view aluminum with mistrust.

  11. ARC welding method for bonding steel with aluminum

    Zhenyang LU; Pengfei HUANG; Wenning GAO; Yan LI; Hanpeng ZHANG; Shuyan YIN


    When welding steel with aluminum, the appearance of intermetallic compounds of Fe and A1 will decrease tenacity and increase rigidity, which leads to bad joint performance. A new type of low energy input (LEI) welding technology is introduced which can be used to weld steel with aluminum. Using the technology, brazing was located on the steel side and arc fusion welding on the aluminum side. The less heat input reduces the thickness of intermetallic compounds to 3-4 μm. Tensile strength tests prove that the joint breaks at the heat-affected zone and the strength is higher than 70% of the aluminum's. Thus, the method can lead to a good performance joint.

  12. Anodizing Aluminum with Frills.

    Doeltz, Anne E.; And Others


    "Anodizing Aluminum" (previously reported in this journal) describes a vivid/relevant laboratory experience for general chemistry students explaining the anodizing of aluminum in sulfuric acid and constrasting it to electroplating. Additions to this procedure and the experiment in which they are used are discussed. Reactions involved are…

  13. Determination of aluminum by four analytical methods

    Hanson, T.J.; Smetana, K.M.


    Four procedures have been developed for determining the aluminum concentration in basic matrices. Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) was the routine method of analysis. Citrate was required to complex the aluminum and eliminate matrix effects. AAS was the least accurate of the four methods studied and was adversely affected by high aluminum concentrations. The Fluoride Electrode Method was the most accurate and precise of the four methods. A Gran's Plot determination was used to determine the end point and average standard recovery was 100% +- 2%. The Thermometric Titration Method was the fastest method for determining aluminum and could also determine hydroxide concentration at the same time. Standard recoveries were 100% +- 5%. The pH Electrode Method also measures aluminum and hydroxide content simultaneously, but is less accurate and more time consuming that the thermal titration. Samples were analyzed using all four methods and results were compared to determine the strengths and weaknesses of each. On the basis of these comparisons, conclusions were drawn concerning the application of each method to our laboratory needs.

  14. Opportunities for aluminum-based nanocomposites

    Weiland, H.


    High performance aluminum alloys are conventionally made by heat treating alloys containing a variety of alloying elements in solid solution. Key performance attributes are controlled at the microstructural level by tailoring sizes and morphology of nano-sized second phases. This enabled the successful development of aluminum alloys having properties optimized in strength, damage tolerance and corrosion resistance. However, this process is naturally limited by the solubility of alloying elements in the aluminum matrix. In real world products, significant effort is deployed to achieve a homogeneous distribution of the alloying elements both at the macro and micro scales. Despite these efforts, heat treatable alloys can exhibit chemical gradients at grain boundaries, resulting in sub-optimized properties. Additionally, due to the very nature of the strengthening mechanisms, the properties of heat-treatable alloys are decreasing when exposed to elevated temperatures. To step outside the boundaries given by the solubility of alloying elements in the aluminum matrix, the extrinsic addition of nano-sized particles to the aluminum matrix is being evaluated.

  15. Zinc alloy enhances strength and creep resistance

    Machler, M. [Fisher Gauge Ltd., Peterborough, Ontario (Canada). Fishercast Div.


    A family of high-performance ternary zinc-copper-aluminum alloys has been developed that provides higher strength, hardness, and creep resistance than the traditional zinc-aluminum alloys Zamak 3, Zamak 5, and ZA-8. Designated ACuZinc, mechanical properties comparable to those of more expensive materials make it suitable for high-load applications and those at elevated temperatures. This article describes the alloy`s composition, properties, and historical development.

  16. Investigation of Methods for Selectively Reinforcing Aluminum and Aluminum-Lithium Materials

    Bird, R. Keith; Alexa, Joel A.; Messick, Peter L.; Domack, Marcia S.; Wagner, John A.


    Several studies have indicated that selective reinforcement offers the potential to significantly improve the performance of metallic structures for aerospace applications. Applying high-strength, high-stiffness fibers to the high-stress regions of aluminum-based structures can increase the structural load-carrying capability and inhibit fatigue crack initiation and growth. This paper discusses an investigation into potential methods for applying reinforcing fibers onto the surface of aluminum and aluminum-lithium plate. Commercially-available alumina-fiber reinforced aluminum alloy tapes were used as the reinforcing material. Vacuum hot pressing was used to bond the reinforcing tape to aluminum alloy 2219 and aluminum-lithium alloy 2195 base plates. Static and cyclic three-point bend testing and metallurgical analysis were used to evaluate the enhancement of mechanical performance and the integrity of the bond between the tape and the base plate. The tests demonstrated an increase in specific bending stiffness. In addition, no issues with debonding of the reinforcing tape from the base plate during bend testing were observed. The increase in specific stiffness indicates that selectively-reinforced structures could be designed with the same performance capabilities as a conventional unreinforced structure but with lower mass.

  17. Chronic aluminum intake causes Alzheimer's disease: applying Sir Austin Bradford Hill's causality criteria.

    Walton, J R


    Industrialized societies produce many convenience foods with aluminum additives that enhance various food properties and use alum (aluminum sulfate or aluminum potassium sulfate) in water treatment to enable delivery of large volumes of drinking water to millions of urban consumers. The present causality analysis evaluates the extent to which the routine, life-long intake, and metabolism of aluminum compounds can account for Alzheimer's disease (AD), using Austin Bradford Hill's nine epidemiological and experimental causality criteria, including strength of the relationship, consistency, specificity, temporality, dose-dependent response, biological rationale, coherence with existing knowledge, experimental evidence, and analogy. Mechanisms that underlie the risk of low concentrations of aluminum relate to (1) aluminum's absorption rates, allowing the impression that aluminum is safe to ingest and as an additive in food and drinking water treatment, (2) aluminum's slow progressive uptake into the brain over a long prodromal phase, and (3) aluminum's similarity to iron, in terms of ionic size, allows aluminum to use iron-evolved mechanisms to enter the highly-active, iron-dependent cells responsible for memory processing. Aluminum particularly accumulates in these iron-dependent cells to toxic levels, dysregulating iron homeostasis and causing microtubule depletion, eventually producing changes that result in disconnection of neuronal afferents and efferents, loss of function and regional atrophy consistent with MRI findings in AD brains. AD is a human form of chronic aluminum neurotoxicity. The causality analysis demonstrates that chronic aluminum intake causes AD.

  18. Structure and properties of porous ceramics obtained from aluminum hydroxide

    Levkov, R.; Kulkov, Sergey Nikolaevich


    In this paper the study of porous ceramics obtained from aluminum hydroxide with gibbsite modification is presented. The dependence of porosity and mechanical characteristics of the material sintered at different temperatures was studied. It was shown that compressive strength of alumina ceramics increases by 40 times with decreasing the pore volume from 65 to 15%. It was shown that aluminum hydroxide may be used for pore formation and pore volume in the sintered ceramics can be controlled by...

  19. Development of Cost-Effective Low-Permeability Ceramic and Refractory Components for Aluminum Melting and Casting

    Kadolkar, Puja [ORNL; Ott, Ronald D [ORNL


    A recent review by the U.S. Advanced Ceramics Association, the Aluminum Association, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Industrial Technologies (DOE/OIT) described the status of advanced ceramics for aluminum processing, including monolithics, composites, and coatings. The report observed that monolithic ceramics (particularly oxides) have attractive properties such as resistance to heat, corrosion, thermal shock, abrasion, and erosion [1]. However, even after the developments of the past 25 years, there are two key barriers to commercialization: reliability and cost-effectiveness. Industry research is therefore focused on eliminating these barriers. Ceramic coatings have likewise undergone significant development and a variety of processes have been demonstrated for applying coatings to substrates. Some processes, such as thermal barrier coatings for gas turbine engines, exhibit sufficient reliability and service life for routine commercial use. Worldwide, aluminum melting and molten metal handling consumes about 506,000 tons of refractory materials annually. Refractory compositions for handling molten aluminum are generally based on dense fused cast silica or mullite. The microstructural texture is extremely important because an interlocking mass of coarser grains must be bonded together by smaller grains in order to achieve adequate strength. At the same time, well-distributed microscopic pores and cracks are needed to deflect cracks and prevent spalling and thermal shock damage [2]. The focus of this project was to develop and validate new classes of cost-effective, low-permeability ceramic and refractory components for handling molten aluminum in both smelting and casting environments. The primary goal was to develop improved coatings and functionally graded materials that will possess superior combinations of properties, including resistance to thermal shock, erosion, corrosion, and wetting. When these materials are successfully deployed in

  20. Research of Tribological Behaviors of a New Aluminum Bronze

    XU Jian-lin; WANG Zhi-ping; CHEN Chao


    The tribological behaviors were investigated in a new high strength and wear resistant aluminum bronze, with its friction coefficient and wear-rate lower than those of ZQAl9-4 and ZQAl10-4-4 alloys in terms of Chinese national standard.The results showed that different tribological behaviors were attributed material itself. Under boundary lubrication condition, major wear mechanisms of aluminum bronze are adhesive wear and attrition wear. Its wearability depends mainly on material microstructure, shedding hard-particles, rakes and small pits that can store lubricant. The new aluminum bronze may find wide application in high sliding speed, heavy load and boundary lubrication condition.

  1. Clinical biochemistry of aluminum

    King, S.W.; Savory, J.; Wills, M.R.


    Aluminum toxicity has been implicated in the pathogenesis of a number of clinical disorders in patients with chronic renal failure on long-term intermittent hemodialysis treatment. The predominant disorders have been those involving either bone (osteomalacic dialysis osteodystrophy) or brain (dialysis encephalopathy). In nonuremic patients, an increased brain aluminum concentration has been implicated as a neurotoxic agent in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease and was associated with experimental neurofibrillary degeneration in animals. The brain aluminum concentrations of patients dying with the syndrome of dialysis encephalopathy (dialysis dementia) are significantly higher than in dialyzed patients without the syndrome and in nondialyzed patients. Two potential sources for the increased tissue content of aluminum in patients on hemodialysis have been proposed: (1) intestinal absorption from aluminum containing phosphate-binding gels, and (2) transfer across the dialysis membrane from aluminum in the water used to prepare the dialysate. These findings, coupled with our everyday exposure to the ubiquitous occurrence of aluminum in nature, have created concerns over the potential toxicity of this metal.

  2. 铸造铝合金镦粗挤压铆接接头失效形式和强度的分析%Analysis on failure modes and strength for upset protrusion riveted joints of casting aluminum alloy

    李渭佳; 杨连发


    Upset protrusion riveting method was used to join castings. The performance of joint obtained by the method upsetting-extrusion was analyzed based on the failure modes and strength. The various testing schemes were obtained through orthogonal test method by chan-ging diameters and depths of the punch. Furthermore, based on the principle of constant volume, rivet heights under different test schemes were calculated, and the upset protrusion riveting tests were carried out. Then, it was conducted the shearing and tensile tests of parts. According to the results, the failure modes were analyzed and the failure limit diagram of joints was obtained. At last, the effects of the geometrical dimensions of the punch on the shear strength and tensile strength of joints were studied. The results show that the tensile strength of joints is lower than the shear strength;joints occur to shearing failure on tail under the shear loading. However, joints occur to head peeling, head shearing and joint pulling failure on tail under the tensile loading.%镦粗挤压铆接是针对铸造件的连接提出的一种铆接技术,从失效形式和强度两个方面对镦粗挤压铆接得到的接头性能进行分析,通过改变冲头直径和深度,采用正交试验,得到不同的试验组合。基于体积不变原理,计算出各个试验组合下需要的铆钉高度,进行镦粗挤压铆接试验,对铆接得到的试件进行剪切和拉伸试验。根据试验结果,分析接头的失效形式,并且绘制出接头的失效极限图,最后分析了冲头尺寸对接头抗剪强度和抗拉强度的影响。研究结果表明:采用镦粗挤压铆接方法得到的接头,其抗剪强度高于抗拉强度;剪切载荷下,接头只发生根部剪断失效;拉伸载荷下,接头发生头部剥离、头部剪断和铆钉根部拉断失效。

  3. Advances in aluminum pretreatment

    Sudour, Michel; Maintier, Philippe [PPG Industries France, 3 Z.A.E. Les Dix Muids, B.P. 89, F-59583 Marly (France); Simpson, Mark [PPG Industries Inc., 1200 Piedmont Troy, Michigan 48083 (United States); Quaglia, Paolo [PPG Industries Italia, Via Garavelli 21, I-15028 Quattordio (Italy)


    As automotive manufacturers continue to look for ways to reduce vehicle weight, aluminum is finding more utility as a body panel component. The substitution of cold-rolled steel and zinc-coated substrates with aluminum has led to new challenges in vehicle pretreatment. As a result, changes to traditional pretreatment chemistries and operating practices are necessary in order to produce an acceptable coating on aluminum body panels. These changes result in increased sludging and other undesirable characteristics. In addition to the chemistry changes, there are also process-related problems to consider. Many existing automotive pretreatment lines simply were not designed to handle aluminum and its increased demands on filtration and circulation equipment. To retrofit such a system is capital intensive and in addition to requiring a significant amount of downtime, may not be totally effective. Thus, the complexities of pre-treating aluminum body panels have actually had a negative effect on efforts to introduce more aluminum into new vehicle design programs. Recent research into ways of reducing the negative effects has led to a new understanding of the nature of zinc phosphate bath -aluminum interactions. Many of the issues associated with the pretreatment of aluminum have been identified and can be mitigated with only minor changes to the zinc phosphate bath chemistry. The use of low levels of soluble Fe ions, together with free fluoride, has been shown to dramatically improve the efficiency of a zinc phosphate system processing aluminum. Appearance of zinc phosphate coatings, coating weights and sludge are all benefited by this chemistry change. (authors)

  4. Preparation of cast aluminum alloy-mica particle composites

    Deonath, MR.; Bhat, R. T.; Rohatgi, P. K.


    A method for making aluminum-mica particle composites is presented in which mica particles are stirred in molten aluminum alloys followed by casting in permanent molds. Magnesium is added either as an alloying element or in the form of pieces to the surface of the alloy melts to disperse up to 3 wt% mica powders in the melts and to obtain high recoveries of mica in the castings. The mechanical properties of the aluminum alloy-mica composite decrease with increasing mica content; however, even at 2.2% it has a tensile strength of 14.22 kg/sq mm with 1.1% elongation, a compression strength of 42.61 kg/sq mm, and an impact strength of 0.30 kgm/sq cm. Cryogenic and self-lubricating bearing are mentioned applications.

  5. Preparation of cast aluminum alloy-mica particle composites

    Deonath, MR.; Bhat, R. T.; Rohatgi, P. K.


    A method for making aluminum-mica particle composites is presented in which mica particles are stirred in molten aluminum alloys followed by casting in permanent molds. Magnesium is added either as an alloying element or in the form of pieces to the surface of the alloy melts to disperse up to 3 wt% mica powders in the melts and to obtain high recoveries of mica in the castings. The mechanical properties of the aluminum alloy-mica composite decrease with increasing mica content; however, even at 2.2% it has a tensile strength of 14.22 kg/sq mm with 1.1% elongation, a compression strength of 42.61 kg/sq mm, and an impact strength of 0.30 kgm/sq cm. Cryogenic and self-lubricating bearing are mentioned applications.

  6. Studies on the effect of vibration on hot cracking and Grain size in AA7075 Aluminum alloy Welding


    The aim of this present study is to investigate the vibration effect which is applied during Gas tungsten Arc welding (GTAW) welding in order to improve the quality of high strength Aluminum alloy weldment. An important metallurgical difficulty in arc welding of high strength aluminum alloys is formation of hot cracking. When Aluminum alloy is welded by GTAW process, weld fusion zone shows coarse columnar grains during weld metal solidification. This often leads to poor resistance to hot crac...

  7. Effects of prefabricated hole structure on cold-pressing joining reliability between dissimilar sheets

    Jin, Cheng Chuang; Li, Feng; Wang, Mo Nan; Bao, Ze Ping


    The structural form of prefabricated holes is one of the important factors to determine the quality and reliability of cold-pressing joining between dissimilar sheets. Different numbers of holes with the same area will lead to different wall thickness distributions and joining strengths. This paper takes the cold-pressing joining between AA1100 pure aluminum sheet and SS304 stainless steel sheet as an example, the further study results show that the end of aluminum sheet has an increasing tendency along the directions of length and width in the process of cold-pressing joining. The wall thickness of joints shows a symmetrical distribution on both sides and the joining thickness decreases from the center to both sides sequentially. With the continuous increase of the punch loading pressure, the average thinning ratio of the joints becomes larger. By contrast, when the other parameters are all the same, the joining strength is the most ideal when the punch loading pressure is 250 kN. The loading pressure which is too small or large is easy to cause an insufficient joining strength or defects. This paper provides a scientific basis in this aspect for optimizing the cold-pressing joining plan and designing a reasonable joint structure. It can also promote the existing cold-pressing joining technologies to be mature, and enrich the existing solid-state joining technology.

  8. Experiment research on mechanical behavior of the aluminum laminate in the low-high temperature

    LIN Guo-chang; XIE Zhi-min; WAN Zhi-min; DU Xing-wen


    Aluminum laminate is one kind of the rigidizable composite materials and plays an important role in construction of the inflatable space structure ( ISS), which has potential application in space in the future. But the study of the predecessors mainly focuses on the research of the mechanical behavior in the room temperature,for this reason, mechanical properties of the aluminum laminate in low-high temperature have been studied in this paper. The failure mechanism of the aluminum laminate is also analyzed in the microscopic view by JCXA - T33electron probe. The results show that the temperature has significant influence on the strength and Young's modulus of the aluminum laminate. With the increase of temperature, both the strength and Young's modulus of the aluminum laminate decrease. A model between Young's modulus of the aluminum laminate and temperatures is obtained by using Arrhenius equation. The predicted values by the model agree well with the experiment values.

  9. Effects of Post Weld Heat Treatment on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of 2A14 High Strength Aluminum Alloy by Electron Beam Welding%焊后热处理对2A14高强铝合金电子束焊接头组织及力学性能的影响

    王亚荣; 黄文荣; 雷华东


    The challenges of significant weight reduction have promoted a focus on selection of light-weight materials. That is the reason that high strength aluminum alloy is becoming widely recognized as the candidates to replace steel. In order to develop proper post weld heat treatment process of 2A14 high strength aluminum alloy welded by electron beam, the effects of post weld heat treatment on microstructure and mechanical properties of 2A14 aluminum alloy welded joint are studied by using optical microscope (OM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), hardness test and tensile test. The results showed that the eutectic structure of the grain-boundary dissolved into the matrix gradually, dispersion-strengthening phase precipitated in weld zone and the hardness of weld seam increased obviously after post weld heat treatment. The tensile strength of the weld seam increased from 3SS Mpa to 465 Mpa, even larger than the base metal. The fracture analysis show the dimples became deeper and the fracture location is all in weld seam, which proposes that the toughness of the weld increased.%轻质化的需求使得人们把关注的焦点集中于轻质材料,高强铝合金作为钢结构材料的最佳替代品,受到越来越广泛的关注,利用电子束焊接高强铝合金,为获得性能优良的2A14高强铝合金电子束焊接接头,采用焊后热处理,通过组织观察(光学显微镜和扫描电镜)、维氏硬度测试、接头拉伸性能测试等方法研究焊后热处理对2A14电子束焊接接头显微组织和性能的影响.结果表明,通过焊后热处理,焊缝中心原晶界分布的网状共晶组织回溶于基体组织中消失,焊缝内部析出大量弥散强化项,基体强化效果增强,显微硬度显著升高,由焊态下低子母材硬度直接升高至超过母材硬度.接头抗拉强度由原来的355MPa提高到465 MPa,超过了母材强度.接头断裂均发生在焊缝,由断口分析发现热处理后接头韧性增强,韧窝深度

  10. Advances in aluminum anodizing

    Dale, K. H.


    White anodize is applied to aluminum alloy surfaces by specific surface preparation, anodizing, pigmentation, and sealing techniques. The development techniques resulted in alloys, which are used in space vehicles, with good reflectance values and excellent corrosive resistance.


    Dalrymple, R.S.; Nelson, W.B.


    Treatment of aluminum-base metal surfaces in an autoclave with an aqueous chromic acid solution of 0.5 to 3% by weight and of pH below 2 for 20 to 50 hrs at 160 to 180 deg C produces an extremely corrosion-resistant aluminum oxidechromium film on the surface. A chromic acid concentration of 1 to 2% and a pH of about 1 are preferred. (D.C.W.)

  12. Aluminum-tungsten fiber composites with cylindrical geometry and controlled architecture of tungsten reinforcement

    Lucchese, Carl Joesph


    A aluminum matrix-W rod/wire structural material in support of DARPA initiative BAA 08-23 was developed and its density and mechanical strength ascertained, both being part of the DARPA matrices. Aluminum tubes and four 90 degree cross-ply tungsten fiber layers were arranged such that under extreme static pressure conditions the aluminum would viscoplastically flow into the tungsten arrangement to create a metal matrix composite. It was found that a cold isostatic process induced "Brazilian" ...

  13. Reliability Engineering

    Lazzaroni, Massimo


    This book gives a practical guide for designers and users in Information and Communication Technology context. In particular, in the first Section, the definition of the fundamental terms according to the international standards are given. Then, some theoretical concepts and reliability models are presented in Chapters 2 and 3: the aim is to evaluate performance for components and systems and reliability growth. Chapter 4, by introducing the laboratory tests, puts in evidence the reliability concept from the experimental point of view. In ICT context, the failure rate for a given system can be

  14. The Influence of Carbon Nanotube and Roll Bonding Parameters on the Bond Strength of Al Sheets

    Samadzadeh, Mahmoud; Toroghinejad, Mohammad Reza


    This study investigates the bond strength of aluminum sheets subjected to the roll bonding process in the presence of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). The effects of MWCNTs dispersion, thickness reduction, weight fraction of MWCNTs at the interface, and rolling temperature on the bond strength of the commercial pure aluminum sheets are studied. The peeling test is used to evaluate the bond strength of aluminum sheets. Optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy are also used to evaluate the surface conditions of the peeled surfaces. Results indicate that, compared to the spread method, using the solution dispersion method to disperse MWCNTs reduces aluminum sheet's bond strength. Also, the presence of MWCNTs reduces the sheet's bond strength compared to aluminum sheets at a constant thickness reduction. However, bond strength is increased with higher thickness reductions in the presence or absence of MWCNTs. It is also shown that increasing the entry temperature improves bond strength, but that bond strength enhancement is lower in aluminum-MWCNTs sheets than in aluminum-aluminum sheets.

  15. Reliability Centered Maintenance - Methodologies

    Kammerer, Catherine C.


    Journal article about Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) methodologies used by United Space Alliance, LLC (USA) in support of the Space Shuttle Program at Kennedy Space Center. The USA Reliability Centered Maintenance program differs from traditional RCM programs because various methodologies are utilized to take advantage of their respective strengths for each application. Based on operational experience, USA has customized the traditional RCM methodology into a streamlined lean logic path and has implemented the use of statistical tools to drive the process. USA RCM has integrated many of the L6S tools into both RCM methodologies. The tools utilized in the Measure, Analyze, and Improve phases of a Lean Six Sigma project lend themselves to application in the RCM process. All USA RCM methodologies meet the requirements defined in SAE JA 1011, Evaluation Criteria for Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM) Processes. The proposed article explores these methodologies.

  16. 混合集成电路中金铝键合可靠性的实验设计%DOE for Reliability of Gold-Aluminum Bonding in HIC



    针对混合集成电路中粗铝丝与厚膜金导体所形成的A姒u键合系统的可靠性,提出了样品在加速应力(150℃)条件下的实验方案,得出在125℃、150℃、175℃三种加速温度应力条件下样品电阻的变化率随高温储存时间线性增加,但当Al/Au系统的互连接触电阻变化率达到20%后,电阻的变化率即退化速率显著增加;在恒定温度应力下,Al/Au键合系统的退化主要表现为接触电阻增加,键合强度下降.%Based on the reliability of the Al/Au bonding system, it proposed a experiment scheme with the acceleration stress of 150℃. It shows that the rate of change increases with the increase of time variation under high temperature storage. When the rate of change of interconnection contact resistance in Al/Au system achieved 20%, the rate of change of the resistance increased obviously; Under the constant temperature stress, the contact resistance increased and the linkage intensity dropped.

  17. Inelastic Deformation Analysis of Aluminum Bending Members

    CHENG Ming; SHI Yongjiu; WANG Yuanqing


    Aluminum alloys are typical nonlinear materials, and consequently bending members made of this material exhibit a nonlinear behavior. Most design codes do not pay much attention to such deformations and adopt a simple linear analysis for the calculation of deflections. This paper presents an investigation of the nonlinear deformation of aluminum bending members using the finite-element analysis (FEA). The plastic adaptation coefficient, which can be used to limit the residual deflection, is introduced, and the influence of residual deflection is investigated. A method for evaluating the plastic adoption coefficient is proposed. This paper also shows the load-deflection curve of aluminum bending members and the influence of several parameters. A semi-empirical formula is derived, and some numerical examples are given by FEA. The coefficients of the semi-empirical formula are modified by the FEA results using the nonlinear fitting method. Based on these results, two improved design methods for strength and deformation of aluminum bending members are proposed. Through the comparison with test data, these methods are proved to be suitable for structural design.

  18. Aluminum, parathyroid hormone, and osteomalacia

    Burnatowska-Hledin, M.A.; Kaiser, L.; Mayor, G.H.


    Aluminum exposure in man is unavoidable. The occurrence of dialysis dementia, vitamin D-resistant osteomalacia, and hypochromic microcytic anemia in dialysis patients underscores the potential for aluminum toxicity. Although exposure via dialysate and hyperalimentation leads to significant tissue aluminum accumulation, the ubiquitous occurrence of aluminum and the severe pathology associated with large aluminum burdens suggest that smaller exposures via the gastrointestinal tract and lungs could represent an important, though largely unrecognized, public health problem. It is clear that some aluminum absorption occurs with the ingestion of small amounts of aluminum in the diet and medicines, and even greater aluminum absorption is seen in individuals consuming large amounts of aluminum present in antacids. Aluminum absorption is enhanced in the presence of elevated circulating parathyroid hormone. In addition, elevated PTH leads to the preferential deposition of aluminum in brain and bone. Consequently, PTH is likely to be involved in the pathogenesis of toxicities in those organs. PTH excess also seems to lead to the deposition of aluminum in the parathyroid gland. The in vitro demonstration that aluminum inhibits parathyroid hormone release is consistent with the findings of a euparathyroid state in dialysis patients with aluminum related vitamin D-resistant osteomalacia. Nevertheless, it seems likely that hyperparathyroidism is at least initially involved in the pathogenesis of aluminum neurotoxicity and osteomalacia; the increases in tissue aluminum stores are followed by suppression of parathyroid hormone release, which is required for the evolution of osteomalacia. Impaired renal function is not a prerequisite for increased tissue aluminum burdens, nor for aluminum-related organ toxicity. Consequently, it is likely that these diseases will be observed in populations other than those with chronic renal disease.

  19. Laser micro welding of copper and aluminum

    Mys, Ihor; Schmidt, Michael


    Aluminum combines comparably good thermal and electrical properties with a low price and a low material weight. These properties make aluminum a promising alternative to copper for a large number of electronic applications, especially when manufacturing high volume components. However, a main obstacle for a wide use of this material is the lack of a reliable joining process for the interconnection of copper and aluminum. The reasons for this are a large misalignment in the physical properties and even more a poor metallurgical affinity of both materials that cause high crack sensitivity and the formation of brittle intermetallic phases during fusion welding. This paper presents investigations on laser micro welding of copper and aluminum with the objective to eliminate brittle intermetallic phases in the welding structure. For these purposes a combination of spot welding, a proper beam offset and special filler material are applied. The effect of silver, nickel and tin filler materials in the form of thin foils and coatings in a thickness range 3-100 μm has been investigated. Use of silver and tin filler materials yields to a considerable improvement of the static and dynamic mechanical stability of welded joints. The analysis of the weld microstructure shows that an application even of small amounts of suitable filler materials helps to avoid critical, very brittle intermetallic phases on the interface between copper and solidified melt in the welded joints.

  20. Tensile property of Al-Si closed-cell aluminum foam

    YU Hai-jun; YAO Guang-chun; LIU Yi-han


    Al-Si closed-cell aluminum foams of different densities were prepared by molten body transitional foaming process. The tensile behavior of Al-Si closed-cell aluminum foam was studied and the influence of relative densities on the tensile strength and elastic modulus was also researched. The results show that the fracture surfaces of Al-Si closed-cell aluminum foam display quasi-cleavage fiacture consisting of brittle cleavages and ductile dimples. The tensile strength and elastic modulus are strictly affected by the relative density of Al-Si closed-cell aluminum foam. With increasing relative density, the tensile strength increases and the strain at which the peak strength is measured also increases; in addition, the elastic modulus increases with increasing relative density.

  1. 46 CFR 169.619 - Reliability.


    ... 46 Shipping 7 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Reliability. 169.619 Section 169.619 Shipping COAST... Electrical Steering Systems § 169.619 Reliability. (a) Except where the OCMI judges it impracticable, the... be below that necessary for the safe navigation of the vessel. (c) The strength and reliability...

  2. Relationship of aluminum to neurocognitive dysfunction in chronic dialysis patients

    Sprague, S.M.; Corwin, H.L.; Tanner, C.M.; Wilson, R.S.; Green, B.J.; Goetz, C.G.


    Aluminum has been proposed as the causative agent in dialysis encephalopathy syndrome. We prospectively assessed whether other, less severe, neuropsychologic abnormalities were also associated with aluminum. A total of 16 patients receiving chronic dialytic therapy were studied. The deferoxamine infusion test (DIT) was used to assess total body aluminum burden. Neurologic function was evaluated by quantitative measures of asterixis, myoclonus, motor strength, and sensation. Cognitive function was assessed by measures of dementia, memory, language, and depression. There were four patients with a positive DIT (greater than 125 micrograms/L increment in serum aluminum) that was associated with an increase in the number of neurologic abnormalities observed, as well as an increase in severity of myoclonus, asterixis, and lower extremity weakness. Patients with a positive DIT also showed significant impairment in memory; however, no differences were noted on tests of dementia, depression, or language. There was no significant correlation between sex, age, presence of diabetes, mode of dialysis, years of chronic renal failure, years of dialysis or years of aluminum ingestion and any neurologic or neurobehavioral measurement, serum aluminum level, or DIT. These changes may represent early aluminum-associated neurologic dysfunction.

  3. Fabrication of aluminum foam from aluminum scrap Hamza

    O. A. Osman1 ,


    Full Text Available In this study the optimum parameters affecting the preparation of aluminum foam from recycled aluminum were studied, these parameters are: temperature, CaCO3 to aluminum scrap wt. ratio as foaming agent, Al2O3 to aluminum scrap wt. ratio as thickening agent, and stirring time. The results show that, the optimum parameters are the temperature ranged from 800 to 850oC, CaCO3 to aluminum scrap wt. ratio was 5%, Al2O3 to aluminum scrap wt. ratio was 3% and stirring time was 45 second with stirring speed 1200 rpm. The produced foam apparent densities ranged from 0.40-0.60 g/cm3. The microstructure of aluminum foam was examined by using SEM, EDX and XRD, the results show that, the aluminum pores were uniformly distributed along the all matrices and the cell walls covered by thin oxide film.

  4. High-Hot-Strength Ceramic Fibers

    Sayir, Ali; Matson, Lawrence E.


    Continuous fibers consisting of laminae of alumina and yttrium aluminum garnet offer exceptionally high strength, resistance to creep, and chemical stability at high temperatures. These fibers exceed tensile strength of sapphire fibers. Leading candidates for reinforcement of intermetallic-matrix composites in exhaust nozzles of developmental high-speed civil transport aircraft engines. Other applications are in aerospace, automotive, chemical-process, and power-generation industries.

  5. Aluminum matrix composites reinforced with alumina nanoparticles

    Casati, Riccardo


    This book describes the latest efforts to develop aluminum nanocomposites with enhanced damping and mechanical properties and good workability. The nanocomposites exhibited high strength, improved damping behavior and good ductility, making them suitable for use as wires. Since the production of metal matrix nanocomposites by conventional melting processes is considered extremely problematic (because of the poor wettability of the nanoparticles), different powder metallurgy routes were investigated, including high-energy ball milling and unconventional compaction methods. Special attention was paid to the structural characterization at the micro- and nanoscale, as uniform nanoparticle dispersion in metal matrix is of prime importance. The aluminum nanocomposites displayed an ultrafine microstructure reinforced with alumina nanoparticles produced in situ or added ex situ. The physical, mechanical and functional characteristics of the materials produced were evaluated using different mechanical tests and micros...

  6. Aluminum nanocomposites for elevated temperature applications

    Borgonovo, C.; Apelian, D.; Makhlouf, M. M.


    Aluminum casting alloys conventionally used in the automotive and aerospace industries (i.e., Al-Zn-Mg, and Al-Cu-Mg systems) are able to achieve excellent tensile strength at room temperature. At high temperatures, such alloys lose dimensional stability and their mechanical properties rapidly degrade. Aluminum-based nanocomposites show the potential for enhanced performance at high temperatures. The manufacturing process, however, is difficult; a viable and effective method for large-scale applications has not been developed. In the current study, an innovative and cost-effective approach has been adopted to manufacture Al/AlN composites. A nitrogen-bearing gas is injected into the melt and AlN particles synthesize in-situ via chemical reaction. In a preliminary stage, a model able to predict the amount of reinforcement formed has been developed. AlN dispersoids have been succesfully synthesized in the matrix and the model has been experimentally validated.


    吴大方; 潘兵; 王岳武; 赵寿根; 杨洪源; 黄良


    使用瞬态气动热实验模拟系统对超硬铝合金7A04在不同瞬态高温热冲击条件下的力学性能进行了气动热模拟和热载联合实验研究,得到7A04在热、力学环境共同作用下的高温强度极限和承载时间等重要表征参数.实验结果表明:超硬铝合金7A04在短时热冲击环境下的强度极限比航空材料手册中长时间恒温下测量的强度极限有明显提高,这为航空航天材料和结构在短时高速热冲击环境下承载能力的提升和结构优化设计提供了可靠依据.%Super-hard aluminum alloy 7A04 (Al-Zn-Mg-Cu), whose ultimate strength is higher than that of duralumin, belongs to a class of aluminum alloys with highest ultimate strength tested at room temperature. As it can be utilized as structural material of various heating components such as rocket liquid storage tank and missile wing, super-hard aluminum alloy 7A04 has been widely used in the field of aerospace engineering. However, the ultimate strength and other token mechanical parame ters of aluminum alloy 7A04 at transient high-temperature heating environment are still unclear to us, as these key mechanical parameters are lacking in existing strength design handbook. Experimental characterization of these critical parameters of aluminum alloy 7A04 is undoubtedly meaningful to the reliability estimation, life prediction and security design of the high-speed flight vehicle. In this paper, by combining transient aerodynamic heating simulation system and material testing machine, the high-temperature ultimate strength, loading time and other mechanical properties of super-hard aluminum alloy 7A04 under different transient heating temperature and loading conditions were inves tigated Experimental results revealed that the ultimate strength and loading capability of aluminum alloy 7A04 subjected to transient thermal heating were much higher than those tested in a long-time stable high-temperature environment. The

  8. Characteristics of aluminum alloy microplastic deformation in different structural states

    Seregin, G.V.; Efimenko, L.L.; Leonov, M.V. [Novosibirsk Pedagogical Inst. (Russian Federation)


    The solution to the problem of improving the mechanical properties (including cyclic strength) of structural materials is largely dependent on our knowledge of the laws governing the development of microplastic deformations in them. The effect of heat and mechanical treatment on the elastoplastic properties and fatigue resistance of the commercial aluminum alloys AK4-1 and D16 is analyzed.

  9. Electroless nickel plating on stainless steels and aluminum


    Procedures for applying an adherent electroless nickel plating on 303 SE, 304, and 17-7 PH stainless steels, and 7075 aluminum alloy was developed. When heat treated, the electroless nickel plating provides a hard surface coating on a high strength, corrosion resistant substrate.

  10. China’s Aluminum Resources


    <正> The aluminum industry makes one of the keyindustries in China’s industrial and agriculturalmodernization and features a high degree ofrelevance with all industries.Of all the 124existing industries in China,113 use aluminum,representing an industrial relevance rate of91%.The consumption of aluminum is also ofhigh relevance with China’s GDP.

  11. Electrically conductive anodized aluminum coatings

    Alwitt, Robert S. (Inventor); Liu, Yanming (Inventor)


    A process for producing anodized aluminum with enhanced electrical conductivity, comprising anodic oxidation of aluminum alloy substrate, electrolytic deposition of a small amount of metal into the pores of the anodized aluminum, and electrolytic anodic deposition of an electrically conductive oxide, including manganese dioxide, into the pores containing the metal deposit; and the product produced by the process.

  12. Laser-welded Dissimilar Steel-aluminum Seams for Automotive Lightweight Construction

    Schimek, M.; Springer, A.; Kaierle, S.; Kracht, D.; Wesling, V.

    By reducing vehicle weight, a significant increase in fuel efficiency and consequently a reduction in CO 2 emissions can be achieved. Currently a high interest in the production of hybrid weld seams between steel and aluminum exists. Previous methods as laser brazing are possible only by using fluxes and additional materials. Laser welding can be used to join steel and aluminum without the use of additives. With a low penetration depth increases in tensile strength can be achieved. Recent results from laser welded overlap seams show that there is no compromise in strength by decreasing penetration depth in the aluminum.

  13. Properties of welded joints in laser welding of aeronautic aluminum-lithium alloys

    Malikov, A. G.; Orishich, A. M.


    The work presents the experimental investigation of the laser welding of the aluminum-lithium alloys (system Al-Mg-Li) and aluminum alloy (system Al-Cu-Li) doped with Sc. The influence of the nano-structuring of the surface layer welded joint by the cold plastic deformation method on the strength properties of the welded joint is determined. It is founded that, regarding the deformation degree over the thickness, the varying value of the welded joint strength is different for these aluminum alloys.

  14. Failure assessment of aluminum liner based filament-wound hybrid riser subjected to internal hydrostatic pressure

    Dikshit, Vishwesh; Seng, Ong Lin; Maheshwari, Muneesh; Asundi, A.


    The present study describes the burst behavior of aluminum liner based prototype filament-wound hybrid riser under internal hydrostatic pressure. The main objective of present study is to developed an internal pressure test rig set-up for filament-wound hybrid riser and investigate the failure modes of filament-wound hybrid riser under internal hydrostatic burst pressure loading. The prototype filament-wound hybrid riser used for burst test consists of an internal aluminum liner and outer composite layer. The carbon-epoxy composites as part of the filament-wound hybrid risers were manufactured with [±55o] lay-up pattern with total composite layer thickness of 1.6 mm using a CNC filament-winding machine. The burst test was monitored by video camera which helps to analyze the failure mechanism of the fractured filament-wound hybrid riser. The Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensor was used to monitor and record the strain changes during burst test of prototype filament-wound hybrid riser. This study shows good improvements in burst strength of filament-wound hybrid riser compared to the monolithic metallic riser. Since, strain measurement using FBG sensors has been testified as a reliable method, we aim to further understand in detail using this technique.

  15. Predicting the residual aluminum level in water treatment process

    J. Tomperi


    Full Text Available In water treatment processes, aluminum salts are widely used as coagulation chemical. High dose of aluminum has been proved to be at least a minor health risk and some evidence points out that aluminum could increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Thus it is important to minimize the amount of residual aluminum in drinking water and water used at food industry. In this study, the data of a water treatment plant (WTP was analyzed and the residual aluminum in drinking water was predicted using Multiple Linear Regression (MLR and Artificial Neural Network (ANN models. The purpose was to find out which variables affect the amount of residual aluminum and create simple and reliable prediction models which can be used in an early warning system (EWS. Accuracy of ANN and MLR models were compared. The new nonlinear scaling method based on generalized norms and skewness was used to scale all measurement variables to range [−2...+2] before data-analysis and modeling. The effect of data pre-processing was studied by comparing prediction results to ones achieved in an earlier study. Results showed that it is possible to predict the baseline level of residual aluminum in drinking water with a simple model. Variables that affected the most the amount of residual aluminum were among others: raw water temperature, raw water KMnO4 and PAC/KMnO4 (Poly-Aluminum Chloride/Potassium permanganate-ratio. The accuracies of MLR and ANN models were found to be almost the same. Study also showed that data pre-processing affects to the final prediction result.

  16. A New Organofunctional Ethoxysilane Self-Assembly Monolayer for Promoting Adhesion of Rubber to Aluminum

    Qian Wang


    Full Text Available Practical adhesion of rubber to aluminum is measured for various aluminum silanization treatments. In this study, 6-(3-triethoxysilylpropylamino-1,3,5-triazine-2,4-dithiol (TES was used as the coupling agent for preparing self-assembly monolayers (SAMs on an aluminum surface. The structure and chemical composition of the SAMs were analyzed using Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FT-IR and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS. The changes in the surface features of the aluminum surface due to TES treatment were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM. The adhesive properties of the silanized aluminum surface and EPDM rubber have been evaluated by a T-peel strength test. The results suggested that the Si-O-Al bonding at aluminum TES interface existed and a TES self-assembly monolayer was formed on the aluminum surface. More than 6.0 KN/m adhesion strength is obtained when the aluminum is silanized with 2.5 mmol/dm3 TES, cured at 160 °C and vulcanized with EPDM rubber at 160 °C for 30 min. It is suggested that the TES self-assembly monolayer is bound to aluminum through its ethoxysilyl functional group, and the thiol function group is strongly crosslinked to EPDM rubber, respectively.

  17. Invisible Display in Aluminum

    Prichystal, Jan Phuklin; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Bladt, Henrik Henriksen


    for an integrated display in a metal surface is often ruled by design and functionality of a product. The integration of displays in metal surfaces requires metal removal in order to clear the area of the display to some extent. The idea behind an invisible display in Aluminum concerns the processing of a metal...

  18. Aluminum for Plasmonics


    in plasmon-enhanced light harvesting,14 photocatalysis ,511 surface- enhanced spectroscopies,1216 optics-based sensing,1722 nonlinear optics,2326...optical response of Al nanoparticles has appeared inconsistent relative to calculated spectra, even forwell-characterized geometries. Some studies have...model- ing their optical response. These results pro- vide a method for estimating the metallic purity of aluminum nanoparticles directly from their

  19. Strength Training

    ... strengthens your heart and lungs. When you strength train with weights, you're using your muscles to ... see there are lots of different ways to train with weights. Try a few good basic routines ...

  20. Strength Training

    ... en español Entrenamiento de la fuerza muscular Strength training is a vital part of a balanced exercise routine that includes aerobic activity and flexibility exercises. Regular aerobic exercise, such as running or ...

  1. Microelectronics Reliability


    convey any rights or permission to manufacture, use, or sell any patented invention that may relate to them. This report was cleared for public release...testing for reliability prediction of devices exhibiting multiple failure mechanisms. Also presented was an integrated accelerating and measuring ...13  Table 2  T, V, F and matrix versus  measured  FIT

  2. Development Of A Novel Discontinuously-Reinforced Aluminum For Space Applications

    Pandey, A. B.; Shah, S.; Shadoan, M.


    Discontinuously-reinforced aluminum (DRA) has been used in aerospace structures such as Ventral Fins and Fan Exit Guide Vanes owing to its superior specific stiffness, specific strength, wear resistance, and thermal resistance as compared to the unreinforced aluminum alloys. In order to reduce engine weight, DRA materials are now being considered for space applications. Higher specific strength at ambient and cryogenic temperatures is one of the main requirements in certain rocket applications. The commercial DRA materials use 6xxx and 2xxx precipitation hardened aluminum alloys as matrices which have limited strengths. Therefore, an aluminum alloy which can provide significantly higher ambient and cryogenic strengths is required. In this paper, a novel aluminum alloy based on Al-Sc-X composition with improved ambient and cryogenic temperature strengthening capability is proposed. In addition, this alloy showed promise for improved strength at elevated temperature. The monolithic alloy and the composite with 15 volume percent SiC and B4C particles were processed using a powder metallurgy approach. The influence of processing parameters on the microstructures and mechanical properties of the monolithic and composite materials is discussed. The alloy showed very high strength and moderate ductility. The influence of hydrogen on the properties of monolithic and composite materials is discussed. The thermal stability of these materials is also evaluated. The strength of the material is discussed in terms of solid solution strengthening, Orowan strengthening, and antiphase boundary strengthening models.

  3. Proceedings of third all union conference on dynamics, strength and reliability of oil field equipment. Materialy tret'yey vsesoyuznoy konferentsii po dinamike prochnosti i nadezhnosti neftepromyslovogo oborudovaniya


    Four sections participated in the conference: one on the dynamics of oil industry equipment; one on the durability of the oil industry equipment; one on the reliability of oil industry equipment and one on the optimal design of oil industry equipment.

  4. Hip strength assessment using handheld dynamometry is subject to intertester bias when testers are of different sex and strength

    Thorborg, K; Bandholm, T; Schick, M


    of this study was to examine the intertester reliability concerning strength assessments of hip abduction, adduction, external and internal rotation, flexion and extension using HHD, and to test whether systematic differences in test values exist between testers of different upper-extremity strength. Fifty...... reliability, and ranged from 0.82 to 0.91 for the six strength test. The female tester systematically measured lower strength values for all isometric strength tests (P ...

  5. Effects of cell size on compressive properties of aluminum foam

    CAO Xiao-qing; WANG Zhi-hua; MA Hong-wei; ZHAO Long-mao; YANG Gui-tong


    The effects of cell size on the quasi-static and dynamic compressive properties of open cell aluminum foams produced by infiltrating process were studied experimentally. The quasi-static and dynamic compressive tests were carried out on MTS 810 system and SHPB(split Hopkinson pressure bar) respectively. It is found that the elastic moduli and compressive strengths of the studied aluminum foam are not only dependent on the relative density but also dependent on the cell size of the foam under both quasi-static loading and dynamic loading. The foams studied show a significant strain rate sensitivity, the flow strength can be improved as much as 112%, and the cell size also has a sound influence on the strain rate sensitivity of the foams. The foams of middle cell size exhibit the highest elastic modulus, the highest flow strength and the most significant strain rate sensitivity.

  6. Current and Future Uses of Aluminum in the Automotive Industry

    Long, R. S.; Boettcher, E.; Crawford, D.


    Aluminum use is growing in automotive closures and body in white applications to improve vehicle performance and fuel economy. The auto industry is looking for higher-strength aluminum materials needed for strength-driven safety-critical parts. Through cooperation with industrial partners and support from the Department of Energy (DOE), multiple experimental 7xxx alloys were developed for automotive applications. The objective is to enable complex shapes to be formed at temperatures below 225°C. A demonstration part has been developed that is representative of the forming challenges within a current hot-stamped door ring component. This part tooling has been built and installed into a press line which includes blank heating and robotic transfer. Forming trials of these alloys are currently underway and the formability, strength and corrosion performance of these materials are being evaluated.

  7. A damage tolerance comparison of 7075-T6 aluminum alloy and IM7/977-2 carbon/epoxy

    Nettles, Alan T.; Lance, David G.; Hodge, Andrew J.


    A comparison of low velocity impact damage between one of the strongest aluminum alloys, to a new, damage tolerant resin system as a matrix for high strength carbon fibers was examined in this study. The aluminum and composite materials were used as face sheets on a 0.13 g/cu cm aluminum honeycomb. Four levels of impact energy were used; 2.6 J, 5.3 J, 7.8 J and 9.9 J. The beams were compared for static strength and fatique life by use of the four-point bend flexure test. It was found that in the undamaged state the specific strength of the composite face sheets was about twice that of the aluminum face sheets. A sharp drop in strength was observed for the composite specimens impacted at the lowest (2.6J) energy level, but the overall specific strength was still higher than for the aluminum specimens. At all impact energy levels tested, the static specific strength of the composite face sheets were significantly higher than the aluminum face sheets. The fatigue life of the most severely damaged composite specimen was about 17 times greater than the undamaged aluminum specimens when cycled at 1 Hz between 20 percent and 85 percent of ultimate breaking load.

  8. The test-retest reliability of a new measurement of lower extremity isometric muscle strength for patients with knee osteoarthritis%膝关节骨性关节炎患者下肢等长肌力测试新方法的重测信度

    郭燕梅; 瓮长水; 陈蔚; 王秋华; 李晓瑛


    目的 检验功能性蹲屈测试训练系统在膝关节骨性关节炎患者下肢等长肌力测试中的重测信度.方法 由同一测试者在1周内对30例膝关节骨性关节炎患者进行前、后2次双下肢等长肌力测试,最终得到最大等长伸展肌力、最大等长伸展肌力发生时间和平均等长伸展肌力3项测试结果.应用组内相关系数(ICCs)对这3项测试结果进行重测信度的评价.结果 健患侧的最大等长伸展肌力和平均等长伸展肌力的组内相关系数(ICCs)分别为0.87、0.88、0.92和0.89;健患侧最大等长伸展肌力发生时间的组内相关系数(ICCs)分别为0.25和0.41.结论 在应用功能性蹲屈测试训练系统对膝关节骨性关节炎患者进行等长肌力测试的结果中,最大等长伸展肌力和平均等长伸展肌力2项结果具有很好的重测信度,这2项测试结果可以作为膝关节骨性关节炎患者治疗方案选择和康复疗效评判的可靠性指导依据.%Objective To determine the test-retest reliability of functional squat system (FSS) isometric muscle strength tests for patients with knee osteoarthritis. Methods The isometric muscle strength of thirty patientswith knee osteoarthritis (21 males and 9 females; age 45 to 89 years, mean age 68.73 ± 12.19 years) was tested twice within 1 week by the same tester. Three test results were obtained: maximum isometric extension strength, the time to initiate isometric extension and the average isometric extension strength. Intra-class correlation coefficients (ICCs) for the three tests were computed to evaluate their retest reliability. Results The ICCs of the maximum isometric extension strength and average isometric extension strength of the uninvolved and involved extremities were respectively 0.87, 0.88, 0.92 and 0.89. The ICCs of the initiation time for the uninvolved and involved legs were respectively 0.25 and 0.41. Conclusion In these tests of patients with knee osteoarthritis using

  9. Kinetics of aluminum lithium alloys

    Pletcher, Ben A.


    Aluminum lithium alloys are increasingly used in aerospace for their high strength-to-weight ratio. Additions of lithium, up to 4.2 wt% decrease the alloy density while increasing the modulus and yield strength. The metastable, second phase Al3Li or delta' is intriguing, as it remains spherical and coherent with the matrix phase, alpha, well into the overaged condition. Small interfacial strain energy allows these precipitates to remain spherical for volume fractions (VV ) of delta' less than 0.3, making this alloy system ideal for investigation of late-stage coarsening phenomena. Experimental characterization of three binary Al-Li alloys are presented as a critical test of diffusion screening theory and multi-particle diffusion simulations. Quantitative transmission electron microscopy is used to image the precipitates directly using the centered dark-field technique. Images are analyzed autonomously within a novel Matlab function that determines the center and size of each precipitate. Particle size distribution, particle growth kinetics, and maximum particle size are used to track the precipitate growth and correlate with the predictions of screening theory and multi-particle diffusion simulations. This project is the first extensive study of Al-Li alloys, in over 25 years, applying modern transmission electron microscopy and image analysis techniques. Previous studies sampled but a single alloy composition, and measured far fewer precipitates. This study investigates 3 alloys with volume fractions of the delta precipitates, VV =0.1-0.27, aged at 225C for 1 to 10 days. More than 1000 precipitates were sampled per aging time, creating more statistically significant data. Experimental results are used to test the predictions based on diffusion screening theory and multi-particle aging simulations. (Full text of this dissertation may be available via the University of Florida Libraries web site. Please check

  10. Research of Tribological Behaviors of a New Aluminum Bronze

    XUJian-lin; WANGZhi-ping; CHENChao


    The tribological behaviors were investigated in a new high strength and wear resistant alurninum bronze, with its friction coefficient and wear-rate lower than those of ZQA19-4 and ZQAI10-4-4 alloys in terms of Chinese national standard. The results showed that different tribological behaviors were attributed material itself. Under boundary lubrication condition, major wear mechanisms of aluminum bronze are adhesive wear and attrition wear. Its. wearability depends mainly on material microstructure, shedding hard-particles, rakes and small pits that can store lubricant. The new aluminum bronze may find wide application in high sliding speed, heavy load and boundaty lubrication condition.

  11. Aluminum microstructures on anodic alumina for aluminum wiring boards.

    Jha, Himendra; Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Sakairi, Masatoshi; Takahashi, Hideaki


    The paper demonstrates simple methods for the fabrication of aluminum microstructures on the anodic oxide film of aluminum. The aluminum sheets were first engraved (patterned) either by laser beam or by embossing to form deep grooves on the surface. One side of the sheet was then anodized, blocking the other side by using polymer mask to form the anodic alumina. Because of the lower thickness at the bottom part of the grooves, the part was completely anodized before the complete oxidation of the other parts. Such selectively complete anodizing resulted in the patterns of metallic aluminum on anodic alumina. Using the technique, we fabricated microstructures such as line patterns and a simple wiring circuit-board-like structure on the anodic alumina. The aluminum microstructures fabricated by the techniques were embedded in anodic alumina/aluminum sheet, and this technique is promising for applications in electronic packaging and devices.

  12. Aluminum Alloy 7050 Extrusions.


    Artificial Aging Conditions 250 A-l Fatigue Crack Growth Data for C5A Extruded Panel, 7050-T7351X, L-T Orientation, R=0.1 254 A-2 Fatigue...cooldd aluminum and steel bottom blocks (Figure 2) were fabricated for use with this tooling. Metal was melted in a 10,000-lb capacity open- hearth ...time factor, effects of heating through this temperature range to the maximum artificial agirg temperature are additive. The solution of the




    结构可靠性的估计问题是机械可靠性的主要问题之一.强度、应力均为正态变量的结构模式是一种较常见的模式,由此研究这一模式结构可靠性的区间估计问题,给出正态强度、应力的分布参数均未知,但它们的方差之比为已知常数时,结构可靠性的经典精确置信下限.其下限满足一个含有非中心t分布的方程,借助于已有的非中心t分布分位数表可以方便地计算得到.%The estimation of structural reliability is one of the main problems in mechanical reliability. The structural model whose strength and stress are normal variates is comparatively common. The interval estimation of structural reliability of this model is discussed. The classical, precise confidence lower limits of structural reliability is given, when the distributed parameters of strength and stress are unknown but the ratio of their variances is a known constant. Its lower limit meets an equation containing non-centralt-distribution, and it can be easily calculated via existing the table of quantities of the non-central t-distribution.

  14. Predicting the residual aluminum level in water treatment process

    J. Tomperi


    Full Text Available In water treatment processes, aluminum salts are widely used as coagulation chemical. High dose of aluminum has been proved to be at least a minor health risk and some evidence points out that aluminum could increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease thus it is important to minimize the amount of residual aluminum in drinking water and water used at food industry. In this study, the data of a water treatment plant (WTP was analyzed and the residual aluminum in drinking water was predicted using Multiple Linear Regression (MLR and Artificial Neural Network (ANN models. The purpose was to find out which variables affect the amount of residual aluminum and create simple and reliable prediction models which can be used in an early warning system (EWS. Accuracy of ANN and MLR models were compared. The new nonlinear scaling method based on generalized norms and skewness was used to scale all measurement variables to range [−2...+2] before data-analysis and modeling. The effect of data pre-processing was studied by comparing prediction results to ones achieved in an earlier study. Results showed that it is possible to predict the baseline level of residual aluminum in drinking water with a simple model. Variables that affected the most the amount of residual aluminum were among others: raw water temperature, raw water KMnO4 and PAC / KMnO4-ratio. The accuracies of MLR and ANN models were found to be almost equal. Study also showed that data pre-processing affects to the final prediction result.

  15. Purification of scrap aluminum foil and aluminum melt covering and protecting & atomic purification theory

    倪红军; 孙宝德; 刘满平; 丁文江


    A new flux, JDN-I, including rare earth compounds, for purification of the scraps of 99.99% aluminum foil was introduced. The experimental results indicate that its function of degassing and deoxidizing is excellent. The hydrogen content of the scrap aluminum foil melt purified by JDN-I flux decreases greatly from 4.5 mL/kg to 1.2 mL/kg at 720 ℃. The tensile strength of the samples refined with JDN-I flux increases by 19.2% and the elongation increases by 38.3% in comparison with those without flux. The purification mechanism of JDN-I was discussed and a theory of covering, protecting & atomic purification was also put forward.

  16. Aluminum Carbothermic Technology

    Bruno, Marshall J.


    This report documents the non-proprietary research and development conducted on the Aluminum Carbothermic Technology (ACT) project from contract inception on July 01, 2000 to termination on December 31, 2004. The objectives of the program were to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of a new carbothermic process for producing commercial grade aluminum, designated as the ''Advanced Reactor Process'' (ARP). The scope of the program ranged from fundamental research through small scale laboratory experiments (65 kW power input) to larger scale test modules at up to 1600 kW power input. The tasks included work on four components of the process, Stages 1 and 2 of the reactor, vapor recovery and metal alloy decarbonization; development of computer models; and economic analyses of capital and operating costs. Justification for developing a new, carbothermic route to aluminum production is defined by the potential benefits in reduced energy, lower costs and more favorable environmental characteristics than the conventional Hall-Heroult process presently used by the industry. The estimated metrics for these advantages include energy rates at approximately 10 kWh/kg Al (versus over 13 kWh/kg Al for Hall-Heroult), capital costs as low as $1250 per MTY (versus 4,000 per MTY for Hall-Heroult), operating cost reductions of over 10%, and up to 37% reduction in CO2 emissions for fossil-fuel power plants. Realization of these benefits would be critical to sustaining the US aluminum industries position as a global leader in primary aluminum production. One very attractive incentive for ARP is its perceived ability to cost effectively produce metal over a range of smelter sizes, not feasible for Hall-Heroult plants which must be large, 240,000 TPY or more, to be economical. Lower capacity stand alone carbothermic smelters could be utilized to supply molten metal at fabrication facilities similar to the mini-mill concept employed by the steel industry

  17. Extracting aluminum from dross tailings

    Amer, A. M.


    Aluminum dross tailings, an industrial waste, from the Egyptian Aluminium Company (Egyptalum) was used to produce two types of alums: aluminum-sulfate alum [itAl2(SO4)3.12H2O] and ammonium-aluminum alum [ (NH 4)2SO4AL2(SO4)3.24H2O]. This was carried out in two processes. The first process is leaching the impurities using diluted H2SO4 with different solid/liquid ratios at different temperatures to dissolve the impurities present in the starting material in the form of solute sulfates. The second process is the extraction of aluminum (as aluminum sulfate) from the purifi ed aluminum dross tailings thus produced. The effects of temperature, time of reaction, and acid concentration on leaching and extraction processes were studied. The product alums were analyzed using x-ray diffraction and thermal analysis techniques.

  18. Laser assisted foaming of aluminum

    Kathuria, Y.P. [Laser X Co. Ltd., Aichi (Japan)


    Recently aluminum foams have evoked considerable interest as an alternative material owing to their wide range of applications ranging from microelectronics, through automobiles to aerospace industries. The manufacturing techniques and characterization methods for aluminum foams require further development to achieve effective and economical use of this material. In this communication the authors demonstrate the feasibility of unidirectional and localized expansion of the aluminum foam using the Nd-YAG/CO{sub 2} laser and powder metallurgy. (orig.)

  19. Ultrasonic Real-Time Quality Monitoring Of Aluminum Spot Weld Process

    Perez Regalado, Waldo Josue

    The real-time ultrasonic spot weld monitoring system, introduced by our research group, has been designed for the unsupervised quality characterization of the spot welding process. It comprises the ultrasonic transducer (probe) built into one of the welding electrodes and an electronics hardware unit which gathers information from the transducer, performs real-time weld quality characterization and communicates with the robot programmable logic controller (PLC). The system has been fully developed for the inspection of spot welds manufactured in steel alloys, and has been mainly applied in the automotive industry. In recent years, a variety of materials have been introduced to the automotive industry. These include high strength steels, magnesium alloys, and aluminum alloys. Aluminum alloys have been of particular interest due to their high strength-to-weight ratio. Resistance spot welding requirements for aluminum vary greatly from those of steel. Additionally, the oxide film formed on the aluminum surface increases the heat generation between the copper electrodes and the aluminum plates leading to accelerated electrode deterioration. Preliminary studies showed that the real-time quality inspection system was not able to monitor spot welds manufactured with aluminum. The extensive experimental research, finite element modelling of the aluminum welding process and finite difference modeling of the acoustic wave propagation through the aluminum spot welds presented in this dissertation, revealed that the thermodynamics and hence the acoustic wave propagation through an aluminum and a steel spot weld differ significantly. For this reason, the hardware requirements and the algorithms developed to determine the welds quality from the ultrasonic data used on steel, no longer apply on aluminum spot welds. After updating the system and designing the required algorithms, parameters such as liquid nugget penetration and nugget diameter were available in the ultrasonic data

  20. Adhesion of oxide layer to metal-doped aluminum hydride surface: Density functional calculations

    Takezawa, Tomoki; Itoi, Junichi; Kannan, Takashi


    The density functional theory (DFT) calculations were carried out to evaluate the adhesion energy of the oxide layer to the metal-doped surface of hydrogen storage material, aluminum hydride (alane, AlH3). The total energy calculations using slab model revealed that the surface doping of some metals to aluminum hydride weakens the adhesion strength of the oxide layer. The influence of titanium, iron, cobalt, and zirconium doping on adhesion strength were evaluated. Except for iron doping, the adhesion strength becomes weak by the doping.

  1. System integration and demonstration of adhesive bonded high temperature aluminum alloys for aerospace structure, phase 2

    Falcone, Anthony; Laakso, John H.


    Adhesive bonding materials and processes were evaluated for assembly of future high-temperature aluminum alloy structural components such as may be used in high-speed civil transport aircraft and space launch vehicles. A number of candidate high-temperature adhesives were selected and screening tests were conducted using single lap shear specimens. The selected adhesives were then used to bond sandwich (titanium core) test specimens, adhesive toughness test specimens, and isothermally aged lap shear specimens. Moderate-to-high lap shear strengths were obtained from bonded high-temperature aluminum and silicon carbide particulate-reinforced (SiC(sub p)) aluminum specimens. Shear strengths typically exceeded 3500 to 4000 lb/in(sup 2) and flatwise tensile strengths exceeded 750 lb/in(sup 2) even at elevated temperatures (300 F) using a bismaleimide adhesive. All faceskin-to-core bonds displayed excellent tear strength. The existing production phosphoric acid anodize surface preparation process developed at Boeing was used, and gave good performance with all of the aluminum and silicon carbide particulate-reinforced aluminum alloys investigated. The results of this program support using bonded assemblies of high-temperature aluminum components in applications where bonding is often used (e.g., secondary structures and tear stoppers).

  2. Structure and properties of porous ceramics obtained from aluminum hydroxide

    Levkov, R.; Kulkov, S.


    In this paper the study of porous ceramics obtained from aluminum hydroxide with gibbsite modification is presented. The dependence of porosity and mechanical characteristics of the material sintered at different temperatures was studied. It was shown that compressive strength of alumina ceramics increases by 40 times with decreasing the pore volume from 65 to 15%. It was shown that aluminum hydroxide may be used for pore formation and pore volume in the sintered ceramics can be controlled by varying the aluminum hydroxide concentration and sintering temperature. Based on these results one can conclude that the obtained structure is very close to inorganic bone matrix and can be used as promising material for bone implants production.

  3. Impact loading of an aluminum/alumina composite

    Johnson, J.N.; Hixson, R.S.; Gray, G.T. III


    The combined demands of increased strength and reduced weight in modern dynamic structural applications require improved understanding of composite materials subject to impact conditions. In order to isolate and identify individual contributions to composite material behavior under these conditions, an experimental and theoretical program was undertaken to examine dynamic behavior of an aluminum/alumina composite consisting of a 6061-T6 aluminum matrix containing elastic, spherical Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} inclusions (10 percent by volume, average diameter {approximately}25 microns). Parallel impact experiments are conducted on these composites and on pure 6061-T6 aluminum samples. This combination provides a direct and immediate qualitative picture of the effect of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} inclusions the dynamic response of the composite in compression, release, and spallation. Additional experimental information is provided by post-shock reload tests of shock-recovered samples at quasi-static and intermediate strain rates.

  4. Reliability Based Optimization of Structural Systems

    Sørensen, John Dalsgaard


    The optimization problem to design structural systems such that the reliability is satisfactory during the whole lifetime of the structure is considered in this paper. Some of the quantities modelling the loads and the strength of the structure are modelled as random variables. The reliability...

  5. Grid reliability

    Saiz, P; Rocha, R; Andreeva, J


    We are offering a system to track the efficiency of different components of the GRID. We can study the performance of both the WMS and the data transfers At the moment, we have set different parts of the system for ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb. None of the components that we have developed are VO specific, therefore it would be very easy to deploy them for any other VO. Our main goal is basically to improve the reliability of the GRID. The main idea is to discover as soon as possible the different problems that have happened, and inform the responsible. Since we study the jobs and transfers issued by real users, we see the same problems that users see. As a matter of fact, we see even more problems than the end user does, since we are also interested in following up the errors that GRID components can overcome by themselves (like for instance, in case of a job failure, resubmitting the job to a different site). This kind of information is very useful to site and VO administrators. They can find out the efficien...

  6. Analysis of reliability of the strength of all-ceramic crown on mandibular first molar%下颌第一磨牙全瓷冠强度可靠性的三维有限元分析

    李岩; 张少锋; 陈建军


    目的 对随机载荷作用下全瓷冠强度的可靠性进行三维有限元分析,探讨不同加载模式对全瓷冠强度可靠性的影响.方法 建立用于下颌第一磨牙全瓷冠可靠性分析的三维有限元模型,通过概率统计方法 处理获得3~300 N区间内的随机载荷,确定3种加载模式:异常(牙合)接触加载:随机载荷分别单独加载于颊尖尖部、颊尖舌斜面和中央窝,加载面积均为0.4 mm~2;咀嚼骀接触加载:随机载荷加载位置同异常(牙合)接触加载,加载面积为1.5 mm~2;广泛(牙合)接触加载:随机载荷广泛加载于牙尖交错位时的(牙合)接触面,加载面积为12.6 mm~2.根据可靠度计算公式计算全瓷冠强度的可靠度.结果异常(牙合)接触加载时,全瓷冠颊尖尖部、颊尖舌斜面、中央窝强度的可靠度分别为97%、99%、100%;咀嚼(牙合)接触加载时,全瓷冠颊尖尖部、颊尖舌斜面、中央窝强度的可靠度分别为99%、100%、100%;广泛(牙合)接触加载时,全瓷冠骀面强度的可靠度为100%.结论 随机载荷作用下,早接触、过锐牙尖及咀嚼过硬食物造成的局部小面积集中载荷可显著降低全瓷冠强度的可靠度.%Objective To analyze the reliability of all-ceramic crown on mandibular first molar under randomized biting force,and to explore the failure possibility of all-ceramic crown.Methods Finite element(FE)models of all-ceramic crown on mandibular first molar were established using the Algor FE software.All-ceramic crown was loaded at different occlusal areas and positions with random variables of biting force,and the reliability of all-ceramic crown was analyzed.Results The occlusal contact positions were located on the fossa,inclined surface and dental cusp.When the occlusal contact area was 0.4 mm~2,The reliability of all-ceramic crown on mandibular first molar were 100%(fossa),99%(inclined surfacee),and 97%(cusp)respectively.When the occlusal contact area was 1.5 mm~2,the

  7. Structural Reliability of Wind Turbine Blades

    Dimitrov, Nikolay Krasimirov

    by developing new models and standards or carrying out tests The following aspects are covered in detail: ⋅ The probabilistic aspects of ultimate strength of composite laminates are addressed. Laminated plates are considered as a general structural reliability system where each layer in a laminate is a separate...... system component. Methods for solving the system reliability are discussed in an example problem. ⋅ Probabilistic models for fatigue life of laminates and sandwich core are developed and calibrated against measurement data. A modified, nonlinear S-N relationship is formulated where the static strength...... the reliability against several modes of failure in two different structures. This includes reliability against blade-tower collision, and the reliability against ultimate and fatigue failure of a sandwich panel. The results from the reliability analyses are then used for calibrating partial safety factors...

  8. Viscosity of aluminum under shock-loading conditions

    Ma Xiao-Juan; Liu Fu-Sheng; Zhang Ming-Jian; Sun Yan-Yun


    A reliable data treatment method is critical for viscosity measurements using the disturbance amplitude damping method of shock waves. In this paper the finite difference method is used to obtain the numerical solutions for the disturbance amplitude damping behaviour of the sinusoidal shock front in a flyer-impact experiment. The disturbance amplitude damping curves are used to depict the numerical solutions of viscous flow. By fitting the experimental data to the numerical solutions of different viscosities, we find that the effective shear viscosity coefficients of shocked aluminum at pressures of 42, 78 and 101 GPa are (1500±100) Pa. s, (2800±100) Pa. s and (3500±100) Pa. s respectively. It is clear that the shear viscosity of aluminum increases with an increase in shock pressure, so aluminum does not melt below a shock pressure of 101 GPa. This conclusion is consistent with the sound velocity measurement.

  9. Dynamic Property of Aluminum Foam

    S Irie


    Full Text Available Aluminum in the foam of metallic foam is in the early stage of industrialization. It has various beneficial characteristics such as being lightweight, heat resistance, and an electromagnetic radiation shield. Therefore, the use of aluminum foam is expected to reduce the weight of equipment for transportation such as the car, trains, and aircraft. The use as energy absorption material is examined. Moreover aluminum foam can absorb the shock wave, and decrease the shock of the blast. Many researchers have reported about aluminum foam, but only a little information is available for high strain rates (103 s-1 or more. Therefore, the aluminum foam at high strain rates hasn't been not characterized yet. The purpose in this research is to evaluate the behavior of the aluminum form in the high-strain rate. In this paper, the collision test on high strain rate of the aluminum foam is investigated. After experiment, the numerical analysis model will be made. In this experiment, a powder gun was used to generate the high strain rate in aluminum foam. In-situ PVDF gauges were used for measuring pressure and the length of effectiveness that acts on the aluminum foam. The aluminum foam was accelerated to about 400 m/s from deflagration of single component powder and the foam were made to collide with the PVDF gauge. The high strain rate deformation of the aluminum form was measured at two collision speeds. As for the result, pressure was observed to go up rapidly when about 70% was compressed. From this result, it is understood that complete crush of the cell is caused when the relative volume is about 70%. In the next stage, this data will be compared with the numerical analysis.

  10. Neurofibrillary pathology and aluminum in Alzheimer's disease

    Shin, R. W.; Lee, V.M.Y.; Trojanowski, J.Q.


    Since the first reports of aluminum-induced neurofibrillary degeneration in experimental animals, extensive studies have been performed to clarify the role played by aluminum in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Additional evidence implicating aluminum in AD includes elevated levels of aluminum in the AD brain, epidemiological data linking aluminum exposure to AD, and interactions between aluminum and protein components in the pathological lesions o...

  11. Porosity and Mechanical Strength of an Autoclaved Clayey Cellular Concrete

    P. O. Guglielmi


    Full Text Available This paper investigates the porosity and the mechanical strength of an Autoclaved Clayey Cellular Concrete (ACCC with the binder produced with 75 wt% kaolinite clay and 25 wt% Portland cement. Aluminum powder was used as foaming agent, from 0.2 wt% to 0.8 wt%, producing specimens with different porosities. The results show that the specimens with higher content of aluminum presented pore coalescence, which can explain the lower porosity of these samples. The porosities obtained with the aluminum contents used in the study were high (approximately 80%, what accounts for the low mechanical strength of the investigated cellular concretes (maximum of 0.62 MPa. Nevertheless, comparing the results obtained in this study to the ones for low temperature clayey aerated concrete with similar compositions, it can be observed that autoclaving is effective for increasing the material mechanical strength.

  12. Selective Adsorption of Sodium Aluminum Fluoride Salts from Molten Aluminum

    Leonard S. Aubrey; Christine A. Boyle; Eddie M. Williams; David H. DeYoung; Dawid D. Smith; Feng Chi


    Aluminum is produced in electrolytic reduction cells where alumina feedstock is dissolved in molten cryolite (sodium aluminum fluoride) along with aluminum and calcium fluorides. The dissolved alumina is then reduced by electrolysis and the molten aluminum separates to the bottom of the cell. The reduction cell is periodically tapped to remove the molten aluminum. During the tapping process, some of the molten electrolyte (commonly referred as “bath” in the aluminum industry) is carried over with the molten aluminum and into the transfer crucible. The carryover of molten bath into the holding furnace can create significant operational problems in aluminum cast houses. Bath carryover can result in several problems. The most troublesome problem is sodium and calcium pickup in magnesium-bearing alloys. Magnesium alloying additions can result in Mg-Na and Mg-Ca exchange reactions with the molten bath, which results in the undesirable pickup of elemental sodium and calcium. This final report presents the findings of a project to evaluate removal of molten bath using a new and novel micro-porous filter media. The theory of selective adsorption or removal is based on interfacial surface energy differences of molten aluminum and bath on the micro-porous filter structure. This report describes the theory of the selective adsorption-filtration process, the development of suitable micro-porous filter media, and the operational results obtained with a micro-porous bed filtration system. The micro-porous filter media was found to very effectively remove molten sodium aluminum fluoride bath by the selective adsorption-filtration mechanism.

  13. 当量加速腐蚀条件下7 B04-T6高强度铝合金疲劳裂纹扩展规律研究%The fatigue crack growth rule of 7B04-T6 high strength aluminum alloy under equivalently accelerated corrosion environment

    谭晓明; 王海东; 王刚


    Based on an accelerated corrosion testing spectrum complicated for the servicing field environment, the equivalently accelerated corrosion testing of high strength aluminum alloy 7B04-T6 specimens for critical structure were carried out. Corrosion damage under the field environment was successfully simulated and reappeared, and corrosion damage evolvement rule was obtained. By prior⁃corrosion fatigue testing and fractography quantitative analysis, the fatigue crack length (a) and fatigue cycles (N) were gotten, and relationship between fatigue crack growth rate (da/dN) and stress intensify factors rang (ΔK) was analyzed. Moreover the effect of different corrosion damage on fatigue crack growth behavior was quantitatively characterized. The result shows that there is obvious short crack growth behavior during early corrosion stage, the fatigue crack growth rate increases when the corrosion damage is more serious, and the fatigue performance is greatly degraded.%基于编制的机场环境加速试验谱,针对关键结构高强度铝合金件进行当量腐蚀试验,在实验室条件下成功地模拟和再现了服役环境条件的腐蚀损伤,借助复型法观测得到了腐蚀损伤的演化规律;通过预腐蚀疲劳试验和疲劳断口扫描电镜定量分析,得到了裂纹长度a与循环次数N数据集,分析了裂纹扩展速率da/dN与应力强度因子幅值ΔK的对应关系,定量表征了不同程度腐蚀损伤对疲劳裂纹扩展行为的影响规律。结果表明,在腐蚀初期,疲劳裂纹扩展过程中有经典的小裂纹扩展阶段;随着腐蚀损伤的加重,小裂纹行为不明显;腐蚀损伤越严重,疲劳裂纹扩展速率越快,结构抗疲劳性能显著退化。

  14. Modeling of Alternative Compositions of Recycled Wrought Aluminum Alloys

    Kevorkijan, Varužan


    Nowadays, a significant part of postconsumed wrought aluminum scrap is still used for the production of comparatively cheaper cast alloys, in that way losing an important part of the potential added value. The share of postconsumed scrap in wrought aluminum alloys could be increased either by sorting to fractions with the required chemical composition and/or by broadening the standard compositional tolerance limits of alloying elements. The first solution requires hand or automatic sorting of postconsumed scrap as alloys or groups of alloys to the degree of separation sufficient to enable the blending of standard compositions of wrought alloys; the second solution is much more radical, predicting changes in the existing standards for wrought aluminum alloys toward nonstandard alloys but yet having properties acceptable for customers. In this case, the degree of separation of incoming postconsumed scrap required is much less demanding. The model presented in this work enables the design of optimal (standard and nonstandard recycling-friendly) compositions and properties of wrought aluminum alloys with significantly increased amounts of postconsumed scrap. The following two routes were modeled in detail: (I) the blending of standard and nonstandard compositions of wrought aluminum alloys starting from postconsumed aluminum scrap sorted to various degrees simulated by the model and (II) changing the initial standard composition of wrought aluminum alloys to nonstandard "recycling-friendly" ones, with broader concentration tolerance limits of alloying elements and without influencing the selected alloy properties, specified in advance. The applied algorithms were found to be very useful in the industrial design of both procedures: (I) the computation of the required chemical composition of the scrap streams obtained by sorting (or, in other words, the postconsumed scrap sorting level), necessary for achieving the standard wrought alloy composition and (II) the

  15. Effect of Tool Shoulder and Pin Probe Profiles on Friction Stirred Aluminum Welds - a Comparative Study

    H. K. Mohanty; M. M. Mahapatra; P. Kumar; P. Biswas; N. R. Mandal


    In marine application,marine grade steel is generally used for haul and superstructures.However,aluminum has also become a good choice due to its lightweight qualities,while rusting of aluminum is minimal compared to steel.In this paper a study on friction stir welding of aluminum alloys was presented.The present investigation deals with the effects of different friction stir welding tool geometries on mechanical strength and the microstructure properties of aluminum alloy welds.Three distinct tool geometries with different types of shoulder and tool probe profiles were used in the investigation according to the design matrix.The effects of each tool shoulder and probe geometry on the weld was evaluated.It was also observed that the friction stir weld tool geometry has a significant effect on the weldment reinforcement,microhardness,and weld strength.

  16. Ballistic Evaluation of 2060 Aluminum


    experiments in Experimental Facilities (EFs) 108 and 106, as well as John Hogan of ARL/AMB, Hugh Walter of Bowhead Science and Technology, and David aluminum (Al)-based monocoque armored-vehicle hulls such as those of the M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles. Also in 2012 the Aluminum

  17. Aluminum Nanoholes for Optical Biosensing

    Carlos Angulo Barrios


    Full Text Available Sub-wavelength diameter holes in thin metal layers can exhibit remarkable optical features that make them highly suitable for (biosensing applications. Either as efficient light scattering centers for surface plasmon excitation or metal-clad optical waveguides, they are able to form strongly localized optical fields that can effectively interact with biomolecules and/or nanoparticles on the nanoscale. As the metal of choice, aluminum exhibits good optical and electrical properties, is easy to manufacture and process and, unlike gold and silver, its low cost makes it very promising for commercial applications. However, aluminum has been scarcely used for biosensing purposes due to corrosion and pitting issues. In this short review, we show our recent achievements on aluminum nanohole platforms for (biosensing. These include a method to circumvent aluminum degradation—which has been successfully applied to the demonstration of aluminum nanohole array (NHA immunosensors based on both, glass and polycarbonate compact discs supports—the use of aluminum nanoholes operating as optical waveguides for synthesizing submicron-sized molecularly imprinted polymers by local photopolymerization, and a technique for fabricating transferable aluminum NHAs onto flexible pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes, which could facilitate the development of a wearable technology based on aluminum NHAs.

  18. Determining the microstructure and properties of magnesium aluminum composite panels by hot rolling and annealing

    Zilong Zhao


    Full Text Available The researchers made magnesium aluminum composite panels by asymmetric metal packaging and studied rolling temperature, holding time, and high temperature heat treatment, such as short time and low temperatures over long periods of time parameters under the new preparation method. We tested the new magnesium aluminum composite panels' tensing properties and bending performance by using scanning electric mirror and EDS. It is concluded that the new magnesium aluminum composite panels' elongation is 24% under the tensile strength of 260 MPa. Regarding performance when compared with other methods, traditional magnesium aluminum composite panels' elongation is 10%, which shows its advanced nature. At the same time, bending performance test showed that the combination of the composite board has higher performance, offering the reference value for the preparation of magnesium–aluminum composite plate.

  19. Mechanism of removing inclusions from molten aluminum by stirring active molten flux

    周鸣; 李克; 孙宝德; 疏达; 倪红军; 王俊; 张佼


    Removal of inclusions from industrial pure molten aluminum(A01) by stirring active molten flux wasstudied. Wettability of nonmetallic inclusions in the molten aluminum was worse than that in active molten flux. Ac-cording to the surface renewal model, the inclusions were easily transferred into molten active flux from fine alumi-num droplets and then reacted chemically when molten aluminum was dispersed into fine aluminum droplets in stir-ring active molten flux. Tensile tests show that tensile strength of purified tensile sample(as-cast) increases by8.59%. SEM photographs show that the fracture cracks of purified tensile sample are homogeneous, and the dim-ples are small and homogeneous. From metallographs and statistic results of Leco analysis software, it is found thatthe quantities and sizes of the inclusions in purified sample are obviously fewer and smaller than in unpurified tensilesample(as-cast).

  20. Particulate and gaseous emissions when welding aluminum alloys.

    Cole, Homer; Epstein, Seymour; Peace, Jon


    Fabrication and repair of aluminum components and structures commonly involves the use of electric arc welding. The interaction of the arc and the metal being welded generates ultraviolet radiation, metallic oxides, fumes, and gases. Aluminum is seldom used as the pure metal but is often alloyed with other metals to improve strength and other physical properties. Therefore, the exact composition of any emissions will depend on the welding process and the particular aluminum alloy being welded. To quantify such emissions, The Aluminum Association sponsored several studies to characterize arc welding emissions by the gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) processes for various combinations of base and filler alloys. In all cases, the tests were conducted under conditions that could be found in a production weld shop without forced ventilation. The concentrations of each analyte that a welder could be exposed to were greatly affected by the welding process, the composition of the base and filler alloys, the position of the welder, and the welding helmet. The results obtained can be used by employers to identify and control potential hazards associated with the welding of aluminum alloys and can provide the basis for hazard communication to employees involved in the welding of these alloys.

  1. Hybrid Aluminum Composite Materials Based on Carbon Nanostructures

    Tatiana S. Koltsova


    Full Text Available We investigated formation of carbon nanofibers grown by chemical deposition (CVD method using an acetylene-hydrogen mixture on the surface of micron-sized aluminum powder particles. To obtain uniform distribution of the carbon nanostructures on the particles we deposited nickel catalyst on the surface by spraying from the aqueous solution of nickel nitrate. It was found that increasing the time of the synthesis lowers the rate of growth of carbon nanostructures due to the deactivation of the catalyst. The Raman spectroscopy measurements confirm the presence of disordered carbon corresponding to CNFs in the specimen. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy showed the presence of aluminum carbide in the hot pressed samples. An aluminum composite material prepared using 1 wt.% CNFs obtained by uniaxial cold pressing and sintering showed 30% increase in the hardness compared to pure aluminum, whereas the composites prepared by hot pressing showed 80% increase in the hardness. Composite materials have satisfactory ductility. Thus, the aluminum based material reinforced with carbon nanostructures should be appropriate for creating high-strength and light compacts for aerospace and automotive applications and power engineering.DOI:

  2. Deformation and Damage of Two Aluminum Alloys from Ballistic Impact

    Anderson, Charles E., Jr.; Dannemann, Kathryn A.


    A series of impact experiments were conducted on 4.76-mm-thick aluminum plates to investigate the deformation and damage behavior of two aluminum alloys, 6061-T6 and 7075-T6. The Sierra 165 lead-filled bullet was used to load the plates. Impact velocities were varied from approximately 260 m/s to 370 m/s. The flow stress for 7075-T6 aluminum is approximately twice that for 6061-T6 aluminum; however, the ballistic limit velocities differ by only 10%. The 7075-T6 aluminum plates exhibit less deformation than the 6061-T6 plates at the same impact velocity, but at some critical velocity, a through-thickness crack appears in the 7075-T6 plate, ultimately leading to plate perforation. In contrast, the 6061-T6 plates continue to deform and fail by ductile tearing. These differences in damage/failure result in the two alloys having much closer ballistic limit velocities than expected based on differences in strength.

  3. Fast rate fracture of aluminum using high intensity lasers

    Dalton, Douglas Allen

    Laser induced shock experiments were performed to study the dynamics of various solid state material processes, including shock-induced melt, fast rate fracture, and elastic to plastic response. Fast rate fracture and dynamic yielding are greatly influenced by microstructural features such as grain boundaries, impurity particles and alloying atoms. Fast fracture experiments using lasers are aimed at studying how material microstructure affects the tensile fracture characteristics at strain rates above 106 s-1. We used the Z-Beamlet Laser at Sandia National Laboratories to drive shocks via ablation and we measured the maximum tensile stress of aluminum targets with various microstructures. Using a velocity interferometer and sample recovery, we are able to measure the maximum tensile stress and determine the source of fracture initiation in these targets. We have explored the role that grain size, impurity particles and alloying in aluminum play in dynamic yielding and spall fracture at tensile strain rates of ˜3x106 s-1. Preliminary results and analysis indicated that material grain size plays a vital role in the fracture morphology and spall strength results. In a study with single crystal aluminum specimens, velocity measurements and fracture analysis revealed that a smaller amplitude tensile stress was initiated by impurity particles; however, these particles served no purpose in dynamic yielding. An aluminum-magnesium alloy with various grain sizes presented the lowest spall strength, but the greatest dynamic yield strength. Fracture mode in this alloy was initiated by both grain boundaries and impurity particles. With respect to dynamic yielding, alloying elements such as magnesium serve to decrease the onset of plastic response. The fracture stress and yield stress showed no evidence of grain size dependence. Hydrodynamic simulations with material strength models are used to compare with our experiments. In order to study the strain rate dependence of spall

  4. Wettability of Aluminum on Alumina

    Bao, Sarina; Tang, Kai; Kvithyld, Anne; Tangstad, Merete; Engh, Thorvald Abel


    The wettability of molten aluminum on solid alumina substrate has been investigated by the sessile drop technique in a 10-8 bar vacuum or under argon atmosphere in the temperature range from 1273 K to 1673 K (1000 °C to 1400 °C). It is shown that the reduction of oxide skin on molten aluminum is slow under normal pressures even with ultralow oxygen potential, but it is enhanced in high vacuum. To describe the wetting behavior of the Al-Al2O3 system at lower temperatures, a semiempirical calculation was employed. The calculated contact angle at 973 K (700 °C) is approximately 97 deg, which indicates that aluminum does not wet alumina at aluminum casting temperatures. Thus, a priming height is required for aluminum to infiltrate a filter. Wetting in the Al-Al2O3 system increases with temperature.

  5. Hot Extrusion of Aluminum Chips

    Tekkaya, A. Erman; Güley, Volkan; Haase, Matthias; Jäger, Andreas

    The process of hot extrusion is a promising approach for the direct recycling of aluminum machining chips to aluminum profiles. The presented technology is capable of saving energy, as remelting of aluminum chips can be avoided. Depending on the deformation route and process parameters, the chip-based aluminum extradates showed mechanical properties comparable or superior to cast aluminum billets extruded under the same conditions. Using different metal flow schemes utilizing different extrusion dies the mechanical properties of the profiles extruded from chips can be improved. The energy absorption capacity of the profiles the rectangular hollow profiles extruded from chips and as-cast billets were analyzed using the drop hammer test set-up. The formability of the profiles extruded from chips and as-cast material were compared using tube bending tests in a three-roller-bending machine.

  6. Preparation of big size open-cell aluminum foam board using infiltration casting

    Wang Lucai; Chen Yuyong; Wang Fang; Wu Jianguo; You Xiaohong


    This paper presents an infiltration casting technique for manufacturing big size open-cell aluminum foam boards. The principle and key technologies of infiltration casting are also analyzed. Based on the previous practice of the small size aluminum foam production, the die for preparing big size aluminum foam boards is designed and manufactured. The experiments on aluminum boards of 300 mm×300 mm×(20-75) mm, with the pore size ranging from 1.0 to 3.2 mm and average porosity of 60%, have been performed. The experimental results show that a reliable infiltration process depends critically on the pouring temperature of the molten AI-alloy, the preheated temperature of the mould and salt particles and vacuum. Current research explores the possibility of large-scale manufacturing and application of the aluminum foams.

  7. Dynamic Mechanical Behaviors of 6082-T6 Aluminum Alloy

    Peng Yibo


    Full Text Available The structural components of high speed trains are usually made of aluminum alloys, for example, 6082. The dynamic mechanical behavior of the material is one of key factors considered in structural design and safety assessment. In this paper, dynamic mechanical experiments were conducted with strain rate ranging from 0.001 s−1 to 100 s−1 using Instron tensile testing machine. The true stress-strain curves were fitted based on experimental data. Johnson-Cook model of 6082-T6 aluminum alloy was built to investigate the effect of strain and strain rate on flow stress. It has shown that the flow stress was sensitive to the strain rate. Yield strength and tensile strength increased with a high strain rate, which showed strain rate effect to some extent. Fracture analysis was carried out by using Backscattered Electron imaging (BSE. As strain rate increased, more precipitates were generated in fracture.

  8. Composite Aluminum-Copper Sheet Material by Friction Stir Welding and Cold Rolling

    Kahl, S; Osikowicz, W


    An aluminum alloy and a pure copper material were butt-joined by friction stir welding and subsequently cold rolled. The cold-rolling operation proved to be very advantageous because small voids present after friction stir welding were closed, the interface area per material thickness was enlarged, a thin intermetallic layer was partitioned, and the joint was strengthened by strain hardening. Tensile test specimens fractured in the heat-affected zone in the aluminum material; tensile strength...

  9. Mechanical behaviour of aluminum screws. Pt. 2. Cyclic behaviour; Tragfaehigkeit von Aluminiumschrauben. T. 2. Zyklische Tragfaehigkeit

    Weber, J.O. [Deutscher Schraubenverband, Hagen (Germany); Marx, T. [Adam Opel AG, Ruesselsheim (Germany); Berger, C. [Zentrum fuer Konstruktionswerkstoffe, Institut fuer Werkstoffkunde der Technischen Universitaet Darmstadt (Germany); Arz, U.


    This article is the second part of a description of the mechanical behaviour of aluminum screws. The first part describes the mechanical behaviour under static conditions, while the second part details the cyclic behaviour. An overview of the influences to the cyclic behaviour of high strength aluminum screws made of the wrought alloys EN AW 6013, EN AW 6056 and EN AW 7075 is given. In some cases values for EN AW 6082 are presented.

  10. High toughness-high strength iron alloy

    Stephens, J. R.; Witzke, W. R. (Inventor)


    An iron alloy is provided which exhibits strength and toughness characteristics at cryogenic temperatures. The alloy consists essentially of about 10 to 16 percent by weight nickel, about 0.1 to 1.0 percent by weight aluminum, and 0 to about 3 percent by weight copper, with the balance being essentially iron. The iron alloy is produced by a process which includes cold rolling at room temperature and subsequent heat treatment.

  11. Attitude Strength.

    Howe, Lauren C; Krosnick, Jon A


    Attitude strength has been the focus of a huge volume of research in psychology and related sciences for decades. The insights offered by this literature have tremendous value for understanding attitude functioning and structure and for the effective application of the attitude concept in applied settings. This is the first Annual Review of Psychology article on the topic, and it offers a review of theory and evidence regarding one of the most researched strength-related attitude features: attitude importance. Personal importance is attached to an attitude when the attitude is perceived to be relevant to self-interest, social identification with reference groups or reference individuals, and values. Attaching personal importance to an attitude causes crystallizing of attitudes (via enhanced resistance to change), effortful gathering and processing of relevant information, accumulation of a large store of well-organized relevant information in long-term memory, enhanced attitude extremity and accessibility, enhanced attitude impact on the regulation of interpersonal attraction, energizing of emotional reactions, and enhanced impact of attitudes on behavioral intentions and action. Thus, important attitudes are real and consequential psychological forces, and their study offers opportunities for addressing behavioral change.

  12. Reliability design method for steam turbine blades

    Jinyuan SHI


    Based on theories of probability and statistics, and taking static stresses, dynamic stresses, endurance strength, safety ratios, vibration frequencies and exciting force frequencies of blades as random variables, a reliabil-ity design method for steam turbine blades is presented. The purport and calculation method for blade reliability are expounded. The distribution parameters of random variables are determined after analysis and numerical cal-culation of test data. The fatigue strength and the vibra-tion design reliability of turbine blades are determined with the aid of a probabilistic design method and by inter-ference models for stress distribution and strength distri-bution. Some blade reliability design calculation formulas for a dynamic stress design method, a safety ratio design method for fatigue strength, and a vibration reliability design method for the first and second types of tuned blades and a packet of blades on a disk connected closely, are given together with some practical examples. With these methods, the design reliability of steam turbine blades can be guaranteed in the design stage. This research may provide some scientific basis for reliability design of steam turbine blades.

  13. Structure formation and properties of a copper-aluminum joint produced by ultrasound-assisted explosive welding

    Kuz'min, E. V.; Peev, A. P.; Kuz'min, S. V.; Lysak, V. I.


    The effect of ultrasound-assisted explosive welding on the structure formation and the properties of copper-aluminum joints is studied. Ultrasound-assisted explosive welding improves the quality of formed copper-aluminum joints, i.e., enhances their strength and significantly reduces the amount of fused metal over the entire weldability range. It is shown that ultrasound-assisted explosive welding can noticeably extend the weldability range of the copper-aluminum pair to obtain equal-in-strength joints with minimum structural heterogeneity in the wide welding range.

  14. Hualu Aluminum Will Construct Large Coal-Power-Aluminum Aluminum Processing Industrial Chain


    The reporter learned from relevant departments of Baiyin City that in order to further push forward industrial upgrading,fulfill expansion and consolidation of the enterprise,Gansu Hualu Aluminum Co.,Ltd(Hualu Aluminum)will implement Out-Of-City-Into-Park project,

  15. Effect of Cerium on Mechanical Performance and Electrical Conductivity of Aluminum Rod for Electrical Purpose


    The effect of rare earth element Ce on mechanical performance and electrical conductivity of aluminum rod for electrical purpose were studied under industrial production condition. Using optical microscope, SEM, TEM, EDS and X-ray diffractometer, the microstructure and phase composition of aluminum rod were measured and analyzed. The results indicate that the content of rare earth element Ce is between 0.05%~0.16% in the aluminum rod for electrical purpose. Its tensile strength is enhanced to some extent. The research also discovers that the tensile strength is enhanced remarkably with impurity element Si content increases. Because influence of Si is big to the conductivity, the Si content should be controlled continuously strictly in the aluminum for electrical purpose. Adding rare earth element Ce reduces the solid solubility of Si in the aluminum matrix, and the negative effect of Si on the aluminum conductor reduces effectively. So the limit of in Si content in aluminum rod for electrical purpose can be relaxed moderately.

  16. Modeling of Sylgard Adhesive Strength

    Stevens, Ralph Robert [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    Sylgard is the name of a silicone elastomeric potting material manufactured by Dow Corning Corporation.1 Although the manufacturer cites its low adhesive strength as a feature of this product, thin layers of Sylgard do in fact have a non-negligible strength, which has been measured in recent tensile and shear debonding tests. The adhesive strength of thin layers of Sylgard potting material can be important in applications in which components having signi cantly di erent thermal expansion properties are potted together, and the potted assembly is subjected to temperature changes. The tensile and shear tractions developed on the potted surfaces of the components can cause signi cant internal stresses, particularly for components made of low-strength materials with a high area-to-volume ratio. This report is organized as follows: recent Sylgard debonding tests are rst brie y summarized, with particular attention to the adhesion between Sylgard and PBX 9501, and also between Sylgard and aluminum. Next, the type of numerical model that will be used to simulate the debonding behavior exhibited in these tests is described. Then the calibration of the debonding model will be illustrated. Finally, the method by which the model parameters are adjusted (scaled) to be applicable to other, non- tested bond thicknesses is summarized, and all parameters of the model (scaled and unscaled) are presented so that other investigators can reproduce all of the simulations described in this report as well as simulations of the application of interest.

  17. Frontiers of reliability

    Basu, Asit P; Basu, Sujit K


    This volume presents recent results in reliability theory by leading experts in the world. It will prove valuable for researchers, and users of reliability theory. It consists of refereed invited papers on a broad spectrum of topics in reliability. The subjects covered include Bayesian reliability, Bayesian reliability modeling, confounding in a series system, DF tests, Edgeworth approximation to reliability, estimation under random censoring, fault tree reduction for reliability, inference about changes in hazard rates, information theory and reliability, mixture experiment, mixture of Weibul

  18. Muscle Strength and Poststroke Hemiplegia

    Kristensen, Otto H; Stenager, Egon; Dalgas, Ulrik


    OBJECTIVES: To systematically review (1) psychometric properties of criterion isokinetic dynamometry testing of muscle strength in persons with poststroke hemiplegia (PPSH); and (2) literature that compares muscle strength in patients poststroke with that in healthy controls assessed by criterion...... isokinetic dynamometry. DATA SOURCES: A systematic literature search of 7 databases was performed. STUDY SELECTION: Included studies (1) enrolled participants with definite poststroke hemiplegia according to defined criteria; (2) assessed muscle strength or power by criterion isokinetic dynamometry; (3) had...... undergone peer review; and (4) were available in English or Danish. DATA EXTRACTION: The psychometric properties of isokinetic dynamometry were reviewed with respect to reliability, validity, and responsiveness. Furthermore, comparisons of strength between paretic, nonparetic, and comparable healthy muscles...

  19. Muscle Strength and Poststroke Hemiplegia: A Systematic Review of Muscle Strength Assessment and Muscle Strength Impairment.

    Kristensen, Otto H; Stenager, Egon; Dalgas, Ulrik


    To systematically review (1) psychometric properties of criterion isokinetic dynamometry testing of muscle strength in persons with poststroke hemiplegia (PPSH); and (2) literature that compares muscle strength in patients poststroke with that in healthy controls assessed by criterion isokinetic dynamometry. A systematic literature search of 7 databases was performed. Included studies (1) enrolled participants with definite poststroke hemiplegia according to defined criteria; (2) assessed muscle strength or power by criterion isokinetic dynamometry; (3) had undergone peer review; and (4) were available in English or Danish. The psychometric properties of isokinetic dynamometry were reviewed with respect to reliability, validity, and responsiveness. Furthermore, comparisons of strength between paretic, nonparetic, and comparable healthy muscles were reviewed. Twenty studies covering 316 PPSH were included. High intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) inter- and intrasession reliability was reported for isokinetic dynamometry, which was independent of the tested muscle group, contraction mode, and contraction velocity. Slightly higher ICC values were found for the nonparetic extremity. Standard error of the mean (SEM) values showed that a change of 7% to 20% was required for a real group change to take place for most muscle groups, with the knee extensors showing the smallest SEM% values. The muscle strength of paretic muscles showed deficits when compared with both healthy and nonparetic muscles, independent of muscle group, contraction mode, and contraction velocity. Nonparetic muscles only showed minor strength impairments when compared with healthy muscles. Criterion isokinetic dynamometry is a reliable test in persons with stroke, generally showing marked reductions in muscle strength of paretic and, to a lesser degree, nonparetic muscles when compared with healthy controls, independent of muscle group, contraction mode, and contraction velocity. Copyright

  20. Butt-welding Residual Stress of Heat Treatable Aluminum Alloys

    C.M. Cheng


    This study, taking three types of aluminum alloys 2024-T351, 6061-T6 and 7075-T6 as experimental materials, conducted single V-groove GTAW (gas tungsten arc welding) butt-welding to analyze and compare the magnitude and differences of residual stress in the three aluminum alloys at different single V-groove angles and in restrained or unrestrained conditions. The results show that the larger the grooving angle of butt joint, the higher the residual tensile stress. Too small grooving angle will lead to dramatic differences due to the amount of welding bead filler metal and pre-set joint geometry. Therefore, only an appropriate grooving angle can reduce residual stress. While welding, weldment in restrained condition will lead to a larger residual stress. Also, a residual stress will arise from the restraint position. The ultimate residual stress of weldment is determined by material yield strength at equilibrium temperature. The higher the yield strength at equilibrium temperature, the higher the material residual stress. Because of its larger thermal conductivity, aluminum alloy test specimens have small temperature differential. Therefore, the residual tensile stress of all materials is lower than their yield strength.

  1. Spray Rolling Aluminum Strip

    Lavernia, E.J.; Delplanque, J-P; McHugh, K.M.


    Spray forming is a competitive low-cost alternative to ingot metallurgy for manufacturing ferrous and non-ferrous alloy shapes. It produces materials with a reduced number of processing steps, while maintaining materials properties, with the possibility of near-net-shape manufacturing. However, there are several hurdles to large-scale commercial adoption of spray forming: 1) ensuring strip is consistently flat, 2) eliminating porosity, particularly at the deposit/substrate interface, and 3) improving material yield. Through this program, a new strip/sheet casting process, termed spray rolling, has been developed, which is an innovative manufacturing technique to produce aluminum net-shape products. Spray rolling combines the benefits of twin-roll casting and conventional spray forming, showing a promising potential to overcome the above hurdles associated with spray forming. Spray rolling requires less energy and generates less scrap than conventional processes and, consequently, enables the development of materials with lower environmental impacts in both processing and final products. Spray Rolling was developed as a collaborative project between the University of California-Davis, the Colorado School of Mines, the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, and an industry team. The following objectives of this project were achieved: (1) Demonstration of the feasibility of the spray rolling process at the bench-scale level and evaluation of the materials properties of spray rolled aluminum strip alloys; and (2) Demonstration of 2X scalability of the process and documentation of technical hurdles to further scale up and initiate technology transfer to industry for eventual commercialization of the process.

  2. Investigation of Weibull statistics in fracture analysis of cast aluminum

    Holland, F. A., Jr.; Zaretsky, E. V.


    The fracture strengths of two large batches of A357-T6 cast aluminum coupon specimens were compared by using two-parameter Weibull analysis. The minimum number of these specimens necessary to find the fracture strength of the material was determined. The applicability of three-parameter Weibull analysis was also investigated. A design methodolgy based on the combination of elementary stress analysis and Weibull statistical analysis is advanced and applied to the design of a spherical pressure vessel shell. The results from this design methodology are compared with results from the applicable ASME pressure vessel code.

  3. Investigation of Weibull statistics in fracture analysis of cast aluminum

    Holland, F. A., Jr.; Zaretsky, E. V.


    The fracture strengths of two large batches of A357-T6 cast aluminum coupon specimens were compared by using two-parameter Weibull analysis. The minimum number of these specimens necessary to find the fracture strength of the material was determined. The applicability of three-parameter Weibull analysis was also investigated. A design methodolgy based on the combination of elementary stress analysis and Weibull statistical analysis is advanced and applied to the design of a spherical pressure vessel shell. The results from this design methodology are compared with results from the applicable ASME pressure vessel code.

  4. 手持式电子肌力测定仪在痉挛型脑瘫儿童下肢肌力测定中的信度研究%The reliability of hand-held electronic dynamometer tests for lower limb muscle strength measurement in children with spastic cerebral palsy

    史惟; 朱默; 骆丹丹; 杨红; 陈冬冬; 黄华玉


    Objective To determine the reliability of hand-held electronic dynamometer (HHD) tests for lower limb muscle strength measurement in children with spastic cerebral palsy (CP). Methods Twenty-eight children ( 15 boys and 13 girls; mean age 5 years 8 months) with different types of CP (2 with spastic quadriplegia,8 spastic diplegia, 6 hemiplegia, 1 triplegia and 1 monoplegia) , and at different functional levels ( 19 graded at gross motor function classification system level Ⅰ, 6 level Ⅱ, 2 level Ⅲ and 1 level Ⅳ ) were recruited from the Rehabilitation Center of the Children's Hospital of Fudan University. Standardized HHD protocols were used to measure the strength of their hip, knee and ankle muscles. The HHD test was performed by the same examiner twice with an interval of 10 min in between. The HDD test was also performed with 15 randomly selected CP children by 2 examiners with an interval of 10 min in between. The test-retest and inter-rater reliabilities of the HDD readings were determined by calculating the intra- and inter-class correlation coefficients. Results The HHD measurements showed fine testretest reliability ( ICC = 0.74-0.97 ) and inter-rater reliability ( ICC = 0.63-0.97 ) in measuring lower-limb muscle strength of children with spastic CP, with the highest test-retest reliability for the hip flexion, foot plantar flexion and knee extension muscle groups. The highest inter-rater reliability was achieved with the hip flexion and foot dorsiflexion muscle groups. Conclusions Standardized HHD testing of lower-limb muscle strength in children with spastic CP shows fine test-retest and inter-rater reliability. The HHD can reliably assess the lower-limb muscle strength of children with spastic CP.%目的 探讨手持式电子肌力测定仪在痉挛型脑瘫儿童下肢肌力测定中的信度.方法 以2009年2月至11月在复旦大学附属儿科医院康复中心接受康复治疗的28例3岁以上的痉挛型脑瘫患儿为研究对象,采

  5. Aluminum-Free Semiconductors and Packaging

    Emanuel, M.A.


    The use of laser diodes instead of flashlamps to pump solid state lasers generally results in lighter weight, more compact systems with improved efficiency and reliability. These traits are important to a wide variety of applications in military, industrial and other areas. Common solid state laser systems such as yttrium aluminum garnet doped with neodymium or ytterbium (Nd:YAG and Yb:YAG, respectively) require pump light in the 800 to 1000 nm range, and such laser diodes have typically been fabricated in the AlGaAs material system on a GaAs substrate. Unfortunately, the presence of aluminum in or near the light-generating regions of these devices appears to limit their high-power performance, so for improved performance attention has turned to the aluminum-free (''Al-free'') material system of InGaAsP on a GaAs substrate. Laser diodes in this system offer the wavelength coverage similar to the AlGaAs/GaAs material system, and early results suggest that they may offer improved high-power performance. However, such Al-free diodes are more challenging to manufacture than AlGaAs-based devices. The goal of this LDRD project has been to evaluate Al-free diode technology in comparison with conventional AlGaAs-based structures for use in diode-pumped solid state lasers. This has been done by testing commercially available devices, surveying the literature, developing in-house capability in order to explore new device designs, and by engaging a leading university research group in the field.

  6. Subsurface Aluminum Nitride Formation in Iron-Aluminum Alloys

    Bott, June H.

    Transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) steels containing higher amounts of aluminum than conventional steels are ideal for structural automotive parts due to their mechanical properties. However, the aluminum tends to react with any processing environment at high temperatures and therefore presents significant challenges during manufacturing. One such challenge occurs during secondary cooling, reheating, and hot-rolling and is caused by a reaction with nitrogen-rich atmospheres wherein subsurface aluminum nitride forms in addition to internal and external oxides. The nitrides are detrimental to mechanical properties and cause surface cracks. It is important to understand how these nitrides and oxides form and their consequences for the quality of steel products. This study looks at model iron-aluminum (up to 8 wt.% aluminum) alloys and uses confocal laser scanning microscopy, x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry, and transmission electron microscopy to study the effect of various conditions on the growth and development of these precipitates in a subsurface oxygen-depleted region. By using model alloys and controlling the experimental atmosphere, this study is able to understand some of the more fundamental materials science behind aluminum nitride formation in aluminum-rich iron alloys and the relationship between internal nitride and oxide precipitation and external oxide scale morphology and composition. The iron-aluminum alloys were heated in N2 atmospheres containing oxygen impurities. It was found that nitrides formed when bulk aluminum content was below 8 wt.% when oxygen was sufficiently depleted due to the internal oxidation. In the samples containing 1 wt.% aluminum, the depth of the internal oxide and nitride zones were in agreement with a diffusion-based model. Increasing aluminum content to 3 and 5 wt% had the effects of modifying the surface-oxide scale composition and increasing its continuity

  7. Confiabilidad entre instrumentos (T-Force® y Myotest® en la valoración de la fuerza. (Inter-machine Reliability (T-Force® y Myotest® in strength assessment.

    Pedro Tomas Gómez-Piriz


    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to determine the inter-machine reliability of two devices routinely used to measure variables in sports performance: the linear position measuring device (LPM, isoinertial dynamometer T-Force and the (AC 3-D accelerometer (Myotest Sport, S4P model. 40 bench press exercises (25 kg were analysed at concentric contraction phase and at maximum velocity, carried out by three different subjects (age: 26.74 ± 1.2 years, height: 175.74 ± 4.04 cm, weight: 78.7 ± 3.35 kg. Variables analysed comprised maximum velocity, maximum estimated force and estimated peak power. The data from both devices was collected simultaneously. Three simple lineal regression models were developed, supplied by the linear position measuring device (LPM on the basis of the accelerometer’s (AC data. The assumption of independence of errors was compared by means of the Durbin-Watson test. Partial autocorrelation coefficients were calculated for a p ResumenEl estudio pretende caracterizar la confiabilidad entre dos instrumentos, medidor de posicionamiento lineal (MPL, dinamómetro inercial T-Force y el acelerómetro (AC 3-D (Myotest Sport, modelo S4P, habituales en la medición de variables de rendimiento. Fueron analizados 40 ensayos en la realización del ejercicio press banca (25 kg en fase concéntrica a la máxima velocidad por tres sujetos (26.74 ± 1.2 años, 175.74 ± 4.04 cm, 78.7 ± 3.35 kg. Las variables analizadas fueron velocidad máxima, fuerza máxima estimada y pico de potencia estimado. Ambos aparatos obtuvieron los datos simultáneamente. Se desarrollaron tres modelos de regresión lineal simple proporcionados por el medidor de posicionamiento lineal (MPL a partir de los datos del acelerómetro (AC. Se contrastó el supuesto de independencia de los errores mediante la prueba de Durbin-Watson. Se calcularon autocorrelaciones parciales para un nivel de significación p

  8. New Approaches to Reliability Assessment

    Ma, Ke; Wang, Huai; Blaabjerg, Frede


    of energy. New approaches for reliability assessment are being taken in the design phase of power electronics systems based on the physics-of-failure in components. In this approach, many new methods, such as multidisciplinary simulation tools, strength testing of components, translation of mission profiles......Power electronics are facing continuous pressure to be cheaper and smaller, have a higher power density, and, in some cases, also operate at higher temperatures. At the same time, power electronics products are expected to have reduced failures because it is essential for reducing the cost......, and statistical analysis, are involved to enable better prediction and design of reliability for products. This article gives an overview of the new design flow in the reliability engineering of power electronics from the system-level point of view and discusses some of the emerging needs for the technology...

  9. Structural Optimization with Reliability Constraints

    Sørensen, John Dalsgaard; Thoft-Christensen, Palle


    During the last 25 years considerable progress has been made in the fields of structural optimization and structural reliability theory. In classical deterministic structural optimization all variables are assumed to be deterministic. Due to the unpredictability of loads and strengths of actual...... structures it is now widely accepted that structural problems are non-deterministic. Therefore, some of the variables have to be modelled as random variables/processes and a reliability-based design philosophy should be used, Comell [1], Moses [2], Ditlevsen [3] and Thoft-Christensen & Baker [ 4......]. In this paper we consider only structures which can be modelled as systems of elasto-plastic elements, e.g. frame and truss structures. In section 2 a method to evaluate the reliability of such structural systems is presented. Based on a probabilistic point of view a modern structural optimization problem...

  10. The Elastic Constants for Wrought Aluminum Alloys

    Templin, R L; Hartmann, E C


    There are several constants which have been devised as numerical representations of the behavior of metals under the action of loadings which stress the metal within the range of elastic action. Some of these constants, such as Young's modulus of elasticity in tension and compression, shearing modulus of elasticity, and Poisson's ratio, are regularly used in engineering calculations. Precise tests and experience indicate that these elastic constants are practically unaffected by many of the factors which influence the other mechanical properties of materials and that a few careful determinations under properly controlled conditions are more useful and reliable than many determinations made under less favorable conditions. It is the purpose of this paper to outline the methods employed by the Aluminum Research Laboratories for the determination of some of these elastic constants, to list the values that have been determined for some of the wrought aluminum alloys, and to indicate the variations in the values that may be expected for some of the commercial products of these alloys.

  11. High-temperature discontinuously reinforced aluminum

    Zedalis, M. S.; Bryant, J. D.; Gilman, P. S.; Das, S. K.


    High-temperature discontinuously reinforced aluminum (HTDRA) composites have been developed for elevated-temperature applications by incorporating SiC particulate reinforcement into a rapidly solidified, high-temperature Al-Fe-V-Si (alloy 8009) matrix. HTDRA combines the superior elevated-temperature strength, stability and corrosion resistance of the 8009 matrix with the excellent specific stiffness and abrasion resistance of the discontinuous SiC particulate reinforcement. On a specific stiffness basis, HTDRA is competitive with Ti-6-Al-4V and 17-4 PH stainless steel to temperatures approaching 480°C. Potential aerospace applications being considered for HTDRA include aircraft wing skins, missile bodies, and miscellaneous engine, spacecraft and hypersonic vehicle components.

  12. Delta-Reliability

    Eugster, P.; Guerraoui, R.; Kouznetsov, P.


    This paper presents a new, non-binary measure of the reliability of broadcast algorithms, called Delta-Reliability. This measure quantifies the reliability of practical broadcast algorithms that, on the one hand, were devised with some form of reliability in mind, but, on the other hand, are not considered reliable according to the ``traditional'' notion of broadcast reliability [HT94]. Our specification of Delta-Reliability suggests a further step towards bridging the gap between theory and...

  13. Reliability computation from reliability block diagrams

    Chelson, P. O.; Eckstein, E. Y.


    Computer program computes system reliability for very general class of reliability block diagrams. Four factors are considered in calculating probability of system success: active block redundancy, standby block redundancy, partial redundancy, and presence of equivalent blocks in the diagram.

  14. Multi-Response Optimization of Friction-Stir-Welded AA1100 Aluminum Alloy Joints

    Rajakumar, S.; Balasubramanian, V.


    AA1100 aluminum alloy has gathered wide acceptance in the fabrication of light weight structures. Friction stir welding process (FSW) is an emerging solid state joining process in which the material that is being welded does not melt and recast. The process and tool parameters of FSW play a major role in deciding the joint characteristics. In this research, the relationships between the FSW parameters (rotational speed, welding speed, axial force, shoulder diameter, pin diameter, and tool hardness) and the responses (tensile strength, hardness, and corrosion rate) were established. The optimal welding conditions to maximize the tensile strength and minimize the corrosion rate were identified for AA1100 aluminum alloy and reported here.

  15. Effect on Rare-Earth Element Lanthanum for Bond Strength of Electrodeposited Nickel

    Song Bo; Zhang Xinyu; Jin Lihong; Zhu Yuansong; Mu Tao; Sui Zhitong


    The bond strength of electrodeposited nickel from common electroplate liquid and rare-earth electroplate liquid was tested and contrasted. Electrodeposited nickel of high bond strength was obtained by method of electro-plate nickel with one step and special pretreatment on the surface of aluminum-alloy substrate. The bond strength between the aluminum-alloy substrate and the electrodeposited nickel was tested by the method of heat shock. Then the effect on the bond strength of the electrodeposited nickel from rare-earth compound, the thickness of the electrodeposited nickel,temperature and current density were analyzed. The experimental result shows that the bond strength between the aluminum-alloy substrate and the electrodeposited nickel is 26 MPa under the following condition( current density: 0.2 ~ 0.6 A · dm-2, thickness of the nickel electrodeposition: 8 ~ 15 μm, and temperature of the electroplate liquid: 8 ~ 25 ℃ ).

  16. Invisible Display in Aluminum

    Prichystal, Jan Phuklin; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Bladt, Henrik Henriksen


    Bang & Olufsen a/s has been working with ideas for invisible integration of displays in metal surfaces. Invisible integration of information displays traditionally has been possible by placing displays behind transparent or semitransparent materials such as plastic or glass. The wish for an integ...... be obtained by shining light from the backside of the workpiece. When there is no light from the backside, the front surface seems totally untouched. This was achieved by laser ablation with ultra-short pulses.......Bang & Olufsen a/s has been working with ideas for invisible integration of displays in metal surfaces. Invisible integration of information displays traditionally has been possible by placing displays behind transparent or semitransparent materials such as plastic or glass. The wish...... for an integrated display in a metal surface is often ruled by design and functionality of a product. The integration of displays in metal surfaces requires metal removal in order to clear the area of the display to some extent. The idea behind an invisible display in Aluminum concerns the processing of a metal...

  17. Anodized aluminum on LDEF

    Golden, Johnny L.


    A compilation of reported analyses and results obtained for anodized aluminum flown on the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) was prepared. Chromic acid, sulfuric acid, and dyed sulfuric acid anodized surfaces were exposed to the space environment. The vast majority of the anodized surface on LDEF was chromic acid anodize because of its selection as a thermal control coating for use on the spacecraft primary structure, trays, tray clamps, and space end thermal covers. Reports indicate that the chromic acid anodize was stable in solar absorptance and thermal emittance, but that contamination effects caused increases in absorptance on surfaces exposed to low atomic oxygen fluences. There were some discrepancies, however, in that some chromic acid anodized specimens exhibited significant increases in absorptance. Sulfuric acid anodized surfaces also appeared stable, although very little surface area was available for evaluation. One type of dyed sulfuric acid anodize was assessed as an optical baffle coating and was observed to have improved infrared absorptance characteristics with exposure on LDEF.

  18. Effect of TiH2 on preparation of closed-cell aluminum foam and its compressive behavior

    YANG Guo-jun; YU Hai-jun; YAO Guang-chun


    The vesicant problem during the process of preparing closed-cell aluminum foam by molten body transitional foaming process was discussed and the effect of granularity and addition of TiH2 on porosity of closed-cell aluminum foam was investigated.The static compressive behavior of closed-cell aluminum foam and the influence of porosity on static compressive property of closed-cell aluminum foam were researched as well. The results show that with increasing granularity of TiH2, the porosity of closed-cell aluminum foam firstly increases and then decreases gradually, the granularity should be controlled in the range of 38-74 μm which can result in higher porosity. The porosity of closed-cell aluminum foam increases with the increasing addition of TiH2,and the addition of TiH2 should be controlled from 1.5% to 2.5% which can result in homogeneous cell and moderate strength of closed-cell aluminum foam. The compressive process of closed-cell aluminum foam obviously displays linear elastic phase, plastic collapse phase, and densification phase, and the compressive strength grows with decreasing porosity.

  19. VLSI Reliability in Europe

    Verweij, Jan F.


    Several issue's regarding VLSI reliability research in Europe are discussed. Organizations involved in stimulating the activities on reliability by exchanging information or supporting research programs are described. Within one such program, ESPRIT, a technical interest group on IC reliability was

  20. Gas evolution behavior of aluminum in mortar

    Hashizume, Shuji; Matsumoto, Junko; Banba, Tsunetaka [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment


    As a part of study of leaching behavior for solidified dry low level radioactive waste, gas evolution behavior of aluminum in mortar was investigated, and a plan of our research was proposed. The effect of pH on corrosion rate of aluminum, corrosion product, time dependency of corrosion rate of aluminum in mortar, change of corrosion mechanism, the effects of Na, Ca and Cl ions on corrosion rate of aluminum in mortar and corrosion behavior of aluminum when aluminum was used as sacrificed anode in reinforced concrete were previously clarified. Study of the effects of environmental factors such as pH, kind of ions and temperature on gas evolution behavior of aluminum and the effect of aluminum/carbon steel surface ratio no gas evolution behavior of aluminum were planed. (author). 75 refs.

  1. Ignition behavior of an aluminum-bonded explosive (ABX)

    Hardin, D. Barrett; Zhou, Min; Horie, Yasuyuki


    We report the results of a study on the ignition behavior of a novel concept and design of a heterogeneous energetic material system called ABX, or aluminum-bonded explosives. The idea is to replace the polymeric binder in polymer-bonded explosives (PBX) with aluminum. The motivation of this study is that a new design may have several desirable attributes, including, among others, electrical conductivity, higher mechanical strength, enhanced integrity, higher energy content, and enhanced thermal stability at elevated temperatures. The analysis carried out concerns the replacement of the Estane binder in a HMX/Estane PBX by aluminum. The HMX volume fraction in the PBX and HMX is approximately 81%. 2D mesoscale simulations are carried out, accounting for elasticity, viscoelasticity, elasto-viscoplasticity, fracture, internal friction, and thermal conduction. Results show that, relative to the PBX, the aluminum bonded explosives (ABX) show significantly less heating and lower ignition sensitivity under the same loading conditions. The findings appear to confirm the expected promise of ABX as a next-generation heterogeneous energetic material system with more desirable attributes.

  2. Aluminum Ion Removal from Monoaluminum Ovotransferrin by Pyrophosphate

    LI,Ying-Qi(李英奇); YANG,Bin-Sheng(杨斌盛)


    The rates at which aluminum was removed from the N- and C-terminal monoaluminum ovotransferrins by pyrophosphate were evaluated by UV difference spectra in 0.01 mol/L Hepes, pH=7.4 and at 37 ℃. Pesudo first-order rate constants as a function of pyrophosphate concentration were measured. The results indicate that the pathways of aluminum removal are different. For the N-terminal binding site, aluminum removal follows simple saturation kinetics, while the removal of aluminum from the C-terminal binding site reverts to the combination of saturation and first-order kinetics. The saturation component is consistent with a rate-limiting conformational change in the protein as has been reported. We propose that the first-order kinetics mechanism is attributed to a pre-equilibrium process. The rate constants of saturation kinetics are accelerated from both terminals with the addition of 0.1 mol/L chloride to the monoaluminum ovotransferrin solutions, whereas the rates of the first-order kinetics are decreased for the C-terminal binding site. The effect of chloride ionic strength causes a continuing increase on kobs for the N- and C-terminal binding sites. Moreover, the kinetics behavior of the N-terminal is more easily affected by chloride than that of the C-terminal. In the experiment presumably the N-terminal site is apparently kinetically more labile than the C-terminal site.

  3. Sensitivity analysis on an AC600 aluminum skin component

    Mendiguren, J.; Agirre, J.; Mugarra, E.; Galdos, L.; Saenz de Argandoña, E.


    New materials are been introduced on the car body in order to reduce weight and fulfil the international CO2 emission regulations. Among them, the application of aluminum alloys is increasing for skin panels. Even if these alloys are beneficial for the car design, the manufacturing of these components become more complex. In this regard, numerical simulations have become a necessary tool for die designers. There are multiple factors affecting the accuracy of these simulations e.g. hardening, anisotropy, lubrication, elastic behavior. Numerous studies have been conducted in the last years on high strength steels component stamping and on developing new anisotropic models for aluminum cup drawings. However, the impact of the correct modelling on the latest aluminums for the manufacturing of skin panels has been not yet analyzed. In this work, first, the new AC600 aluminum alloy of JLR-Novelis is characterized for anisotropy, kinematic hardening, friction coefficient, elastic behavior. Next, a sensitivity analysis is conducted on the simulation of a U channel (with drawbeads). Then, the numerical an experimental results are correlated in terms of springback and failure. Finally, some conclusions are drawn.

  4. Low-aluminum content iron-aluminum alloys

    Sikka, V.K.; Goodwin, G.M.; Alexander, D.J. [and others


    The low-aluminum-content iron-aluminum program deals with the development of a Fe-Al alloy with aluminum content such as a produce the minimum environmental effect at room temperature. The FAPY is an Fe-16 at. % Al-based alloy developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as the highest aluminum-containing alloy with essentially no environmental effect. The chemical composition for FAPY in weight percent is: aluminum = 8.46, chromium = 5.50, zirconium = 0.20, carbon = 0.03, molybdenum = 2.00, yttrium = 0.10 and iron = 83.71. The ignots of the alloy can be hot worked by extrusion, forging, and rolling processes. The hot-worked cast structure can be cold worked with intermediate anneals at 800{degrees}C. Typical room-temperature ductility of the fine-grained wrought structure is 20 to 25% for this alloy. In contrast to the wrought structure, the cast ductility at room temperature is approximately 1% with a transition temperature of approximately 100 to 150{degrees}C, above which ductility values exceed 20%. The alloy has been melted and processed into bar, sheet, and foil. The alloy has also been cast into slabs, step-blocks of varying thicknesses, and shapes. The purpose of this section is to describe the welding response of cast slabs of three different thicknesses of FAPY alloy. Tensile, creep, and Charpy-impact data of the welded plates are also presented.




    Full Text Available Ecological pressures on chromium have now forced the leather industry to look for possible alternatives. A vegetable- aluminum combination tannage has been studied, with special attention being given to intended final product. Aluminum is mineral tanning agents that are widely used to stabilize collagens in the leather industry. In this study, the crosslinking of vegetable and aluminum, with collagens, have been explored. This kind of chrome free tannage give us leathers with shrinkage temperature around 125oC, elongation at break 65.6%, tensile strength 38 N/mm2, and tear strength 98 N/mm. The chemical properties of the combination tanned leathers are found to be quite normal. Among the combination system evaluated, a vegetable pretannage followed by retannage with basic aluminum sulphate was found to produce stronger leather with the durable characteristics. In contrast, pre-tanning with aluminum possibly tightens the collagen fiber network, preventing high molecular weight vegetable tannins from interacting with collagen fibres. Optimal results were obtained when 10% (w/w vegetable tannins (garad and 2% Aluminum sulphate was used.

  6. Gearbox Reliability Collaborative (GRC) Description and Loading

    Oyague, F.


    This document describes simulated turbine load cases in accordance to the IEC 61400-1 Ed.3 standard, which is representative of the typical wind turbine design process. The information presented herein is intended to provide a broad understanding of the gearbox reliability collaborative 750kW drivetrain and turbine configuration. In addition, fatigue and ultimate strength drivetrain loads resulting from simulations are presented. This information provides the bases for the analytical work of the gearbox reliability collaborative effort.

  7. Solid-state 27Al nuclear magnetic resonance investigation of three aluminum-centered dyes

    Mroué, Kamal H.


    We report the first solid-state 27Al NMR study of three aluminum phthalocyanine dyes: aluminum phthalocyanine chloride, AlPcCl (1); aluminum-1,8,15,22-tetrakis(phenylthio)-29H,31H-phthalocyanine chloride, AlPc(SPh)4Cl (2); and aluminum-2,3-naphthalocyanine chloride, AlNcCl (3). Each of these compounds contains Al3+ ions coordinating to four nitrogen atoms and a chlorine atom. Solid-state 27Al NMR spectra, including multiple-quantum magic-angle spinning (MQMAS) spectra and quadrupolar Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill (QCPMG) spectra of stationary powdered samples have been acquired at multiple high magnetic field strengths (11.7, 14.1, and 21.1 T) to determine their composition and number of aluminum sites, which were analyzed to extract detailed information on the aluminum electric field gradient (EFG) and nuclear magnetic shielding tensors. The quadrupolar parameters for each 27Al site were determined from spectral simulations, with quadrupolar coupling constants (CQ) ranging from 5.40 to 10.0 MHz and asymmetry parameters (η) ranging from 0.10 to 0.50, and compared well with the results of quantum chemical calculations of these tensors. We also report the largest 27Al chemical shielding anisotropy (CSA), with a span of 120 ± 10 ppm, observed directly in a solid material. The combination of MQMAS and computational predictions are used to interpret the presence of multiple aluminum sites in two of the three samples.

  8. Elements inter-diffusion in the turning of wear-resistance aluminum bronze


    Inter-diffusion of elements between the tool and the workpiece during the turning of aluminum bronze using high-speed steel and cemented carbide tools have been studied. The tool wear samples were prepared by using M2 high-speed steel and YW1 cemented carbide tools to turn a novel high strength, wear-resistance aluminum bronze without coolant and lubricant. Adhesion of workpiece materials was found on all tools' surface. The diffusion couples made of tool materials and aluminum bronze were prepared to simulate the inter-diffusion during the machining. The results obtained from tool wear samples were compared with those obtained from diffusion couples. Strong inter-diffusion between the tool materials and the aluminum bronze was observed in all samples. It is concluded that diffusion plays a significant role in the tool wear mechanism.

  9. Temperature dependence of dynamic deformation in FCC metals, aluminum and invar

    Chen, Laura; Swift, D. C.; Austin, R. A.; Florando, J. N.; Hawreliak, J.; Lazicki, A.; Saculla, M. D.; Eakins, D.; Bernier, J. V.; Kumar, M.


    Laser-driven shock experiments were performed on fcc metals, aluminum and invar, at a range of initial temperatures from approximately 120-800 K to explore the effect of initial temperature on dynamic strength properties at strain rates reaching up to 107 s-1. In aluminum, velocimetry data demonstrated an increase of peak stress of the elastic wave, σE, with initial temperature. Alternatively, for invar, σE exhibits little-to-no decrease over the same initial temperature range. Aluminum's unusual deformation behavior is found to primarily be due to anharmonic vibrational effects. Differences in the magnetic structure of aluminum and invar can account for discrepancies in high rate deformation behavior.

  10. Comparison of SCC Thresholds and Environmentally Assisted Cracking in 7050-T7451 Aluminum Plate

    Arnold, Eric M.; Schubbe, Joel J.; Moran, Patrick J.; Bayles, Robert A.


    Aerospace alloys, often aluminums, are frequently exposed to corrosive environments resulting from naval service. These environments may produce significant changes in crack growth characteristics in these materials. An experiment was designed to characterize the effects of environment on crack growth thresholds and fracture characteristics for existing cracks in aluminum 7050-T7451 plate material. This data will be comparatively analyzed against aluminum 7075-T7631, an alloy with known susceptibility to corrosion, in order to determine a relative susceptibility of 7050-T7451, generally considered a superior aluminum alloy in terms of strength and corrosion resistance. The resulting data and subsequent analysis can in turn be used in more accurate determination of aircraft component service life in common corrosive environments experienced by aircraft in naval service.

  11. Aluminum Oxide Formation On Fecral Catalyst Support By Electro-Chemical Coating

    Yang H.S.


    Full Text Available FeCrAl is comprised essentially of Fe, Cr, Al and generally considered as metallic substrates for catalyst support because of its advantage in the high-temperature corrosion resistance, high mechanical strength, and ductility. Oxidation film and its adhesion on FeCrAl surface with aluminum are important for catalyst life. Therefore various appropriate surface treatments such as thermal oxidation, Sol, PVD, CVD has studied. In this research, PEO (plasma electrolytic oxidation process was applied to form the aluminum oxide on FeCrAl surface, and the formed oxide particle according to process conditions such as electric energy and oxidation time were investigated. Microstructure and aluminum oxide particle on FeCrAl surface after PEO process was observed by FE-SEM and EDS with element mapping analysis. The study presents possibility of aluminum oxide formation by electro-chemical coating process without any pretreatment of FeCrAl.

  12. 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.

  13. Dynamic Reliability Analysis of Gear Transmission System of Wind Turbine Considering Strength Degradation and Dependent Failure%考虑强度退化和失效相关性的风电齿轮传动系统动态可靠性分析

    周志刚; 徐芳


    针对随机风作用下风力发电机齿轮传动系统失效率高的问题,研究了随机风引起的风力发电机传动系统外部风载荷以及内部由齿轮、轴承刚度及综合啮合误差等引起的内部动载荷激励,基于集中质量法建立了风电齿轮传动系统齿轮-轴承耦合动力学模型。在对模型进行仿真求解的基础上,分别求得了传动系统中各齿轮和轴承的动态接触应力-时间历程。将载荷作用过程视为随机过程,推导出随机载荷作用下的等效载荷累计分布函数,从系统层面上建立了基于应力-强度干涉理论的风力发电机齿轮传动系统动态时变可靠性模型,模型考虑了零件的失效相关性和强度退化因素,研究了失效相关性和强度退化对风电齿轮传动系统可靠度和失效率的影响规律,为风力发电机齿轮传动系统动态设计和可靠性优化设计奠定了基础。%For the high failure rate of gear transmission system of wind turbine under the random wind conditions, the external wind load of gear transmission system of wind turbine induced by random wind and the internal dynamic loads induced by the stiffness of rolling element bearing and the gear and the synthesizing gear mesh error are researched,the lumped mass method is used to establish the coupled gear-bearing dynamics model of gear transmission system of wind turbine. The dynamic contact stress-time history of each pair of gears and each supporting bearing are obtained on the basis of the simulation. The loading process is taken as a random process, and the cumulative distribution function of the equivalent load of random load is deduced. The dynamic and time-varying reliability model of gear transmission system of wind turbine is built on the system level based on the stress-strength interference theory. The factors of strength degradation and dependent failure are included the model and the rule for the impact of the strength

  14. Tensile properties of SiC/aluminum filamentary composites - Thermal degradation effects

    Skinner, A.; Koczak, M. J.; Lawley, A.


    Aluminium metal matrix composites with a low cost fiber, e.g. SiC, provide for an attractive combination of high elastic modulus and longitudinal strengths coupled with a low density. SiC (volume fraction 0.55)-aluminum (6061) systems have been studied in order to optimize fiber composite strength and processing parameters. A comparison of two SiC/aluminum composites produced by AVCO and DWA is provided. Fiber properties are shown to alter composite tensile properties and fracture morphology. The room temperature tensile strengths appear to be insensitive to thermal exposures at 500 C up to 150 h. The elastic modulus of the composites also appears to be stable up to 400 C, however variations in the loss modulus are apparent. The fracture morphology reflects the quality of the interfacial bond, fiber strengths and fiber processing.

  15. Reliability Oriented Design of a Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Microinverter

    Shen, Yanfeng; Wang, Huai; Blaabjerg, Frede


    High reliability performance of microinverters in Photovoltaic (PV) systems is a merit to match lifetime with PV panels, and to reduce the required maintenance efforts and costs. This digest applies a reliability oriented design method for a grid-connected PV microinverter to achieve specific...... lifetime requirement. Reliability allocation is performed from system-level requirement to component-level reliability design target. Special attentions are paid to reliability-critical components, e.g., GaN HEMTs and the dc-link aluminum electrolytic capacitor. A design flow chart, including key steps...... of mission profile based long-term stress analysis, lifetime predication, and reliability modeling are presented. A case study of a 300 W two-stage PV microinverter is used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the design method....

  16. Development of aluminum, manganese, and zinc-doped tin-silver-copper-X solders for electronic assembly

    Boesenberg, Adam James

    The global electronic assembly community is striving for a robust replacement for leaded solders due to increased environmental regulations. A family of Pb-free solder alloys based on Sn-Ag-Cu (SAC) compositions has shown promise; but reliability issues in certain assembly and operating environments have arisen. Elemental (X) additions (Al, Mn, Zn) to SAC3595 were developed recently for better control of heterogeneous nucleation in solder joint solidification. Cu substrate solderability of these SAC+X alloys was investigated at concentrations between 0.01-0.25 wt. % using globule wetting balance tests due to concern about increased oxidation during reflow. Asymmetric four point bend (AFPB) tests were conducted on as-soldered and thermally aged specimens to investigate correlation between decreased shear strength and extended aging time; a common phenomenon seen in solder joints in service. Composition dependence of these X additions also was explored in simplified Cu joints by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and joint microstructure analysis to determine the coupling between undercooling and solidification morphology on single and multiple reflow cycles. Interesting observations by methods such as x-ray diffraction (XRD) and nano-indentation of SAC solder joints with aluminum elemental additions led to promising results and provided a possible solution to promoting heterogeneous nucleation and high reliability in these solder alloys.

  17. Technical parameters in electromagnetic continuous casting of aluminum alloy

    李玉梅; 张兴国; 贾非; 姚山; 金俊泽


    The temperature field of aluminum ingot during electromagnetic continuous casting was calculated by the numerical method, and the effects of cooling water strength, position of the cooling water holes and pouring temperature as well as induction heat on casting speed, were studied. The results show that among the technical parameters the distance from the position of the cooling water holes to the bottom of the mold is the most important factor, whose change from 20mm to 15mm and from 15mm to 10mm causes the setting rate increasing respectively by 0.14mm/s and 0.3mm/s.The calculated results also agree with the experiment well. The simulation program can be used to determine technical parameters of electromagnetic casting of aluminum ingot effectively.

  18. Reliability Generalization: "Lapsus Linguae"

    Smith, Julie M.


    This study examines the proposed Reliability Generalization (RG) method for studying reliability. RG employs the application of meta-analytic techniques similar to those used in validity generalization studies to examine reliability coefficients. This study explains why RG does not provide a proper research method for the study of reliability,…

  19. The in-situ Ti alloying of aluminum alloys and its application in A356 alloys


    This research has investigated the in-situ Ti alloying of aluminum alloys and its application to A356 alloys and wheels through the evaluation of microstructure and mechanical properties, The results showed that stable titanium content can be obtained by adding a small quantity of TiO2 into electrolyte of pure aluminum. Under this approach, a greater than 95% absorptivity of titanium was achieved, and the microstructure of the specimens was changed to fine equiaxed grains from coarse columnar grains in the pure aluminum. In comparison with the tradition A356 alloys and wheels, the corresponding microstructure in the testing A356 alloys and wheels was finer. Although the tensile strength was similar between the testing and the tradition A356 alloys and wheels, the ductility of the former (testing) is superior to that of the later (tradition), leading to an excellent combination of strength and ductility from the testing alloys and wheels.

  20. Effect of Multi-repair Welding on Fatigue Performance of Aluminum Alloy Profile Welded Joint

    Diao, You-De; Shi, Chun-Yuan; Tian, Hong-Lei


    Aluminum alloy profile has been widely used in the manufacture of the rail vehicles. But it's necessary for the repair welding of the welded joints to be conducted because some defects exist in the weld such as porosity, inclusions and incomplete penetrations in the welding processes. In this paper, the influence of the multi-repair welding of 6005A aluminum alloy profile butt welded joints on the fatigue performance are investigated based on the results of fatigue tests. The parameters of curves and the fatigue strength of the welded joints are calculated, and Goodman fatigue limit diagram is also obtained. The results show that fatigue strength of aluminum alloy profile butt welded joints, in condition of 107 cycle life, meet the standard requirement for the as-welded, repair welded state one time or two times respectively.

  1. The in-situ Ti alloying of aluminum alloys and its application in A356 alloys

    Zongxia LIU


    Full Text Available This research has investigated the in-situ Ti alloying of aluminum alloys and its application to A356 alloys and wheels through the evaluation of microstructure and mechanical properties. The results showed that stable titanium content can be obtained by adding a small quantity of TiO2 into electrolyte of pure aluminum. Under this approach, a greater than 95% absorptivity of titanium was achieved, and the microstructure of the specimens was changed to fineequiaxed grains from coarse columnar grains in the pure aluminum. In comparison with the tradition A356 alloys and wheels, the corresponding microstructure in the testing A356 alloys and wheels was finer. Although the tensile strength was similar between the testing and the tradition A356 alloys and wheels, the ductility of the former (testing is superior to that of the later (tradition, leading to an excellent combination of strength and ductility from the testing alloys and wheels.

  2. Mechanical and microstructural characterization of aluminum reinforced with carbon-coated silver nanoparticles

    Martinez-Sanchez, R. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV), Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, CP 31109, Chihuahua (Mexico)]. E-mail:; Reyes-Gasga, J. [Instituto de Fisica, UNAM, Apartado Postal 20-364, 01000 Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Caudillo, R. [Texas Materials Institute and Chemical Engineering Department, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-1063 (United States); Garcia-Gutierrez, D.I. [Texas Materials Institute and Chemical Engineering Department, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-1063 (United States); Marquez-Lucero, A. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV), Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, CP 31109, Chihuahua (Mexico); Estrada-Guel, I. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV), Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, CP 31109, Chihuahua (Mexico); Mendoza-Ruiz, D.C. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV), Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, CP 31109, Chihuahua (Mexico); Jose Yacaman, M. [Texas Materials Institute and Chemical Engineering Department, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-1063 (United States)


    Composites of pure aluminum with carbon-coated silver nanoparticles (Ag-C NP) of 10 nm in size were prepared by the mechanical milling process. Transmission electron microscopy showed that the Ag-C NP are homogeneously dispersed into the Al matrix, silver nanoparticles do not coalesce, grow or dissolve in the aluminum matrix due the carbon shell. The values of yield strength ({sigma} {sub y}), maximum strength ({sigma} {sub max}) and micro-hardness Vickers (HVN) of the composites were evaluated and reported as a function of Ag-C NP content. It has been found that the introduction of this type of particles in aluminum strengthen it, increasing all the previous parameters.

  3. Technology and mechanism of a new protein-based core sand for aluminum casting

    石晶玉; 黄天佑; 石红玉; 何镇明


    The protein-based binding material is from natural products, which is nontoxic and recyclable. This kind of green binder is earnestly needed by aluminum casting products. The new protein-based core possesses higher strength and easier shakeout. Its tensile strength is close to that of common resin sands. The micro-mechanism of protein binder was investigated by using infrared spectrum, chemical element analysis, SEM and thermal lost-mass analysis.

  4. Environmental Control over the Primary Aluminum Industry


    <正> To strengthen environmental control over theprimary aluminum industry,the State Environ-mental Protection Administration of China hasrecently issued a notice addressing the follow-ing points:Strengthening environmental control over theexisting primary aluminum companies

  5. Decreasing residual aluminum level in drinking water

    王志红; 崔福义


    The relativity of coagulant dosage, residual turbidity, temperature, pH etc. with residual aluminum concentration were investigated, and several important conclusions were achieved. Firstly, dosage of alum-coagulant or PAC1 influences residual aluminum concentration greatly. There is an optimal-dosage-to-aluminum, a bit less than the optimal-dosage-to-turbidity. Secondly, it proposes that decreasing residual aluminum concentration can be theoretically divided into two methods, either decreasing (even removing) the concentration of particulate aluminum component, or decreasing dissolved aluminum. In these tests there is an optimal value of residual turbidity of postprecipitation at 7.0 NTU. Thirdly, residual aluminum level will increase while water temperature goes higher. At the last, optimal pH value corresponds a minimum dissolved aluminum at a given turbidity. Data shows the optimal pH value decreases with water temperature's increasing.

  6. 21 CFR 172.310 - Aluminum nicotinate.


    ... Special Dietary and Nutritional Additives § 172.310 Aluminum nicotinate. Aluminum nicotinate may be safely... additive, expressed as niacin, shall appear on the label of the food additive container or on that of...

  7. A study on the surface shape and roughness of aluminum alloy for heat exchanger using ball end milling

    Lee, E.; Kim, Y.; jeong, H.; Chung, H.


    Aluminum alloy is a material with a high strength-weight ratio and excellent thermal conductivity. It neither readily corrodes nor quickly weakens at low temperatures, but can be easily recycled. Because of these features, aluminum heat exchangers are widely used in aluminum alloy. In addition, the aluminum alloy used in other areas is expected to gradually increase. As a result, researchers have been continuously studying the cutting patterns of aluminium alloy. However, such studies are fewer than those on the cutting patterns of ordinary steel. Moreover, the research on ball end milling with aluminium alloys has not received much attention. Therefore, in this study, an attempt was made to find the optimal cutting pattern among the seven cutting patterns for the machining of the commonly used aluminum alloy using ball end milling for a heat exchanger. The optimal pattern was found by comparing the different shapes and surface roughness values produced by the seven patterns.

  8. Aluminum Nanoarrays for Plasmon-Enhanced Light Harvesting.

    Lee, Minah; Kim, Jong Uk; Lee, Ki Joong; Ahn, SooHoon; Shin, Yong-Beom; Shin, Jonghwa; Park, Chan Beum


    The practical limits of coinage-metal-based plasmonic materials demand sustainable, abundant alternatives with a wide plasmonic range of the solar energy spectrum. Aluminum (Al) is an emerging alternative, but its instability in aqueous environments critically limits its applicability to various light-harvesting systems. Here, we report a design strategy to achieve a robust platform for plasmon-enhanced light harvesting using Al nanostructures. The incorporation of mussel-inspired polydopamine nanolayers in the Al nanoarrays allowed for the reliable use of Al plasmonic resonances in a highly corrosive photocatalytic redox solution and provided nanoscale arrangement of organic photosensitizers on Al surfaces. The Al-photosensitizer core-shell assemblies exhibited plasmon-enhanced light absorption, which resulted in a 300% efficiency increase in photo-to-chemical conversion. Our strategy enables stable and advanced use of aluminum for plasmonic light harvesting.

  9. The effect of zinc on the aluminum anode of the aluminum-air battery

    Tang, Yougen; Lu, Lingbin; Roesky, Herbert W.; Wang, Laiwen; Huang, Baiyun

    Aluminum is an ideal material for batteries, due to its excellent electrochemical performance. Herein, the effect of zinc on the aluminum anode of the aluminum-air battery, as an additive for aluminum alloy and electrolytes, has been studied. The results show that zinc can decrease the anodic polarization, restrain the hydrogen evolution and increase the anodic utilization rate.


    Mohammed Ali Hajeeh


    Full Text Available Minimizing the amount of scrap generated in an aluminum extrusion process. An optimizing model is constructed in order to select the best cutting patterns of aluminum logs and billets of various sizes and shapes. The model applied to real data obtained from an existing extrusion factory in Kuwait. Results from using the suggested model provided substantial reductions in the amount of scrap generated. Using sound mathematical approaches contribute significantly in reducing waste and savings when compared to the existing non scientific techniques.

  11. Electrochemical Behavior of Aluminum in Nitric Acid

    CHEN; Hui; ZHU; Li-yang; LIN; Ru-shan; TAN; Hong-bin; HE; Hui


    Aluminum is one of cladding materials for nuclear fuel,it is important to investigate the electrolytic dissolution of aluminum in nitric acid.The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy,polarization curve and cyclic voltammetry cure of anodic aluminum electrode in nitric acid under various conditions were collected(Fig.1).It turns out,under steady state,the thickness of the passivated film of aluminum

  12. Development of third generation advanced high strength steels

    McGrath, Meghan Colleen

    Lightweight duplex steels with combinations of either bainite, acicular ferrite, and austenite or martensite and austenite were investigated as third generation advanced high strength steels targeted for automotive applications. Large additions of manganese (> 13 wt%) and carbon (Strength and ductility were increased while density was decreased with aluminum additions between 2.4 and 5.5 wt% to the steel. This research addressed the dependence of alloying on microstructures and mechanical behavior for high manganese and aluminum duplex steels that were cast and subsequently hot rolled. Duplex steels with different volume fractions of primary delta-ferrite were used to study the crystallography of austenite fanned during the peritectic reaction. Solute profiles across the peritectic interface showed aluminum segregated near the interface which promoted bainitic ferrite formation. Thermal treatments were used to manipulate the concentration and type of oxides and the ferrite plate density was found to correlate with inclusions of low misfit in steels with austenite grain size of 16.5 microm. A steel with bainite and acicular ferrite produced an ultimate tensile strength of 970 MPa and elongation of 40%. The mechanical prope1iies depended on the strengths and size of the microstructural constituents. Work hardening behavior was examined in a steel exhibiting multiple martensitic transformation induced plasticity (gamma-austenite→epsilon-smartensite→alpha-martensite). A strain hardening exponent as high as 1.4 was observed with ultimate tensile strength and elongation as high as 1,165 MPa and 34%.

  13. Structure and properties of castable aluminum alloy MVTU-6 after laser treatment

    Silaeva, V. I.; Smirnova, N. A.; Solov'eva, T. V.


    The effect of laser treatment modes on the structure and properties of high-strength castable aluminum alloy MVTU-6 of the Al-Si-Cu-Cd system developed at the Bauman Moscow State Technical University by a group of researchers headed by I. I. Sidorin is studied.

  14. Rapid hardening induced by electric pulse annealing in nanostructured pure aluminum

    Zeng, Wei; Shen, Yao; Zhang, Ning


    Nanostructured pure aluminum was fabricated by heavy cold-rolling and then subjected to recovery annealing either by applying electric pulse annealing or by traditional air furnace annealing. Both annealing treatments resulted in an increase in yield strength due to the occurrence of a “dislocation...

  15. Smaller is Softer : An Inverse Size Effect in a Cast Aluminum Alloy

    Benzerga, A.A.; Hong, S.S.; Kim, K.S.; Needleman, A.; van der Giessen, E.


    The stress–strain curves of A356 cast aluminum alloys exhibit an unusual size effect on flow properties: the finer the microstructure, the lower the tensile flow strength. Tensile tests were carried out on specimens made of an A356 alloy with 7% Si as the main alloying element. The specimens were

  16. Aluminum-titanium hydride-boron carbide composite provides lightweight neutron shield material

    Poindexter, A. M.


    Inexpensive lightweight neutron shield material has high strength and ductility and withstands high internal heat generation rates without excessive thermal stress. This composite material combines structural and thermal properties of aluminum, neutron moderating properties of titanium hydride, and neutron absorbing characteristics of boron carbide.

  17. Smaller is Softer : An Inverse Size Effect in a Cast Aluminum Alloy

    Benzerga, A.A.; Hong, S.S.; Kim, K.S.; Needleman, A.; van der Giessen, E.


    The stress–strain curves of A356 cast aluminum alloys exhibit an unusual size effect on flow properties: the finer the microstructure, the lower the tensile flow strength. Tensile tests were carried out on specimens made of an A356 alloy with 7% Si as the main alloying element. The specimens were ca

  18. Fabrication and refinement of 6061(p)/6063 aluminum laminate by accumulative roll-bonding (ARB) process

    Lee, S.-H.; Saito, Y.; Sakai, T.; Utsunomiya, H.; Tsuji, N. [Osaka Univ. (Japan). Dept. of Materials Sciences and Engineering


    A 6061 aluminum powder compact is fabricated by sheath rolling method using 6063 aluminum tube as a sheath. Accumulative roll-bonding (ARB) process is applied to the powder compact for improvement of its mechanical properties. The ARB process of 8 cycles is performed at ambient temperature under unlubricated conditions without removing the 6063 sheath. The ARB process of 6061 solid aluminum sheet is also performed for comparison to the 6061 powder compact. The tensile strength of the 6061(p)/6063 laminate increases almost linearly with the number of ARB cycles, and reached the maximum of 465MPa at the 6th cycle, which is 2.3 times higher than that of the initial. The elongation drops abruptly at the 1st cycle, and remains at a constant value (about 7%) from the 2nd cycle to the 5th cycle. Both the strength and the elongation decrease with the number of cycles above the 6th cycle. On the other hand, the tensile strength of 6061 sheet increases with the number of cycles gradually. The increase in tensile strength per cycle is greater in the 6061(p)/6063 laminate than that in the ARBed 6061 sheet. This strengthening is probably due to the fine dispersed oxide which was at first oxide film on aluminum. The ultra-fine grains less than 500nm in diameter are developed in the 6061(p)/6063 laminate fabricated by ARB process. (orig.)

  19. Fabrication of Aluminum Tubes Filled with Aluminum Alloy Foam by Friction Welding

    Yoshihiko Hangai


    Full Text Available Aluminum foam is usually used as the core of composite materials by combining it with dense materials, such as in Al foam core sandwich panels and Al-foam-filled tubes, owing to its low tensile and bending strengths. In this study, all-Al foam-filled tubes consisting of ADC12 Al-Si-Cu die-cast aluminum alloy foam and a dense A1050 commercially pure Al tube with metal bonding were fabricated by friction welding. First, it was found that the ADC12 precursor was firmly bonded throughout the inner wall of the A1050 tube without a gap between the precursor and the tube by friction welding. No deformation of the tube or foaming of the precursor was observed during the friction welding. Next, it was shown that by heat treatment of an ADC12-precursor-bonded A1050 tube, gases generated by the decomposition of the blowing agent expand the softened ADC12 to produce the ADC12 foam interior of the dense A1050 tube. A holding time during the foaming process of approximately tH = 8.5 min with a holding temperature of 948 K was found to be suitable for obtaining a sound ADC12-foam-filled A1050 tube with sufficient foaming, almost uniform pore structures over the entire specimen, and no deformation or reduction in the thickness of the tube.

  20. Advanced powder metallurgy aluminum alloys via rapid solidification technology, phase 2

    Ray, Ranjan; Jha, Sunil C.


    Marko's rapid solidification technology was applied to processing high strength aluminum alloys. Four classes of alloys, namely, Al-Li based (class 1), 2124 type (class 2), high temperature Al-Fe-Mo (class 3), and PM X7091 type (class 4) alloy, were produced as melt-spun ribbons. The ribbons were pulverized, cold compacted, hot-degassed, and consolidated through single or double stage extrusion. The mechanical properties of all four classes of alloys were measured at room and elevated temperatures and their microstructures were investigated optically and through electron microscopy. The microstructure of class 1 Al-Li-Mg alloy was predominantly unrecrystallized due to Zr addition. Yield strengths to the order of 50 Ksi were obtained, but tensile elongation in most cases remained below 2 percent. The class 2 alloys were modified composition of 2124 aluminum alloy, through addition of 0.6 weight percent Zr and 1 weight percent Ni. Nickel addition gave rise to a fine dispersion of intermetallic particles resisting coarsening during elevated temperature exposure. The class 2 alloy showed good combination of tensile strength and ductility and retained high strength after 1000 hour exposure at 177 C. The class 3 Al-Fe-Mo alloy showed high strength and good ductility both at room and high temperatures. The yield and tensile strength of class 4 alloy exceeded those of the commercial 7075 aluminum alloy.

  1. Guangxi Aluminum Giant Made Investment in Changfeng


    <正>A aluminum processing and supporting project (450,000 tons) of Hefei Guangyin Aluminum Company kicked off in Xiatang Town of Changfeng County recently. It is a project jointly invested by Guangxi Investment Group and Guangxi Baise Guangyin Aluminum in Xiatang Town of Changfeng County.

  2. Effects of etching time on enamel bond strengths.

    Triolo, P T; Swift, E J; Mudgil, A; Levine, A


    This study evaluated the effects of etching time on bond strengths of composite to enamel. Proximal surfaces of extracted molars were etched with either a conventional etchant (35% phosphoric acid) or one of two dentin/enamel conditioners, 10% maleic acid (Scotchbond Multi-Purpose Etchant), or a solution of oxalic acid, aluminum nitrate, and glycine (Gluma 1 & 2 Conditioner). Each agent was applied for 15, 30, or 60 seconds. Specimens etched with 35% phosphoric acid had the highest mean bond strengths at each etching time. At the manufacturer's recommended application times, the other two agents gave significantly lower shear bond strengths than phosphoric acid.

  3. Recovering aluminum from aluminum dross in a DC electric-arc rotary furnace

    Tzonev, Tz.; Lucheva, B.


    The recycling of aluminum scrap and dross yields significant economic and energy savings, as well environmental benefits. The recovery of aluminum depends on many factors. The aim of this work is to experimentally investigate aluminum recovery under different conditions. In this study, aluminum dross was processed in a direct-current electric-arc rotary furnace. The presence of crushing refractory bodies during processing was found to increase the degree of aluminum recovery by about ten percent.

  4. Cast Aluminum Alloys for High Temperature Applications Using Nanoparticles Al2O3 and Al3-X Compounds (X = Ti, V, Zr)

    Lee, Jonathan A.


    In this paper, the effect of nanoparticles Al2O3 and Al3-X compounds (X = Ti, V, Zr) on the improvement of mechanical properties of aluminum alloys for elevated temperature applications is presented. These nanoparticles were selected based on their low cost, chemical stability and low diffusions rates in aluminum at high temperatures. The strengthening mechanism at high temperature for aluminum alloy is based on the mechanical blocking of dislocation movements by these nanoparticles. For Al2O3 nanoparticles, the test samples were prepared from special Al2O3 preforms, which were produced using ceramic injection molding process and then pressure infiltrated by molten aluminum. In another method, Al2O3 nanoparticles can also be homogeneously mixed with fine aluminum powder and consolidated into test samples through hot pressing and sintering. With the Al3-X nanoparticles, the test samples are produced as precipitates from in-situ reactions with molten aluminum using conventional permanent mold or die casting techniques. It is found that cast aluminum alloy using nanoparticles Al3-X is the most cost effective method to produce high strength aluminum alloys for high temperature applications in comparison to nanoparticles Al2O3. Furthermore, significant mechanical properties retention in high temperature environment could be achieved with Al3-X nanoparticles, resulting in tensile strength of nearly 3 times higher than most 300- series conventional cast aluminum alloys tested at 600 F.

  5. Assurance of operate reliability of rolling stock

    Gubacheva; L.A.; Naish; N.; M.


    The safety of movement of rolling stock is mainly related to operate reliability of conjugated parts of running carriages which are characterized by their ability of no failure operation in complex conditions of service and have a sufficient high strength and wear resistance.……

  6. Assurance of operate reliability of rolling stock


    @@ The safety of movement of rolling stock is mainly related to operate reliability of conjugated parts of running carriages which are characterized by their ability of no failure operation in complex conditions of service and have a sufficient high strength and wear resistance.

  7. E1 strength in N = 82 nuclei

    Hartmann, T.; Volz, S.; Babilon, M.; Mohr, P.; Vogt, K.; Zilges, A


    Recently the importance of small contributions of electric dipole strength near the particle threshold to the production rates of atomic nuclei has become evident. Prior estimates concentrated on the Giant Dipole Resonance (GDR) which dominates photoabsorption in all nuclei. Extrapolations to smaller excitation energies were assumed to be sufficiently reliable. However, new measurements reveal that collective E1 strength can be found in the threshold region.

  8. Friction Stir Welding of Zr_(55)Al_(10)Ni_5Cu_(30) Bulk Metallic Glass to Crystalline Aluminum

    Zuoxiang Qin; Cuihong Li; Haifeng Zhang; Zhongguang Wang; Zhuangqi Hu; Zhiqiang Liu


    The Zr_(55)Al_(10)Ni_5Cu_(30) bulk metallic glass plate were successfully welded to crystalline aluminum plates by using a friction stir welding (FSW) method. The welded zone was examined. No defects, cracks or pores were observed and no other crystalline phases except for aluminum were found in the welded joint. The strength of the joint is higher than that of aluminum. The glassy phase in the stir zone keeps the amorphous state, showing a successful welding. The storage modulus softens over the glass transition. And the weldability was discussed according to this phenomena.

  9. High-Temperature Cast Aluminum for Efficient Engines

    Bobel, Andrew C.

    Accurate thermodynamic databases are the foundation of predictive microstructure and property models. An initial assessment of the commercially available Thermo-Calc TCAL2 database and the proprietary aluminum database of QuesTek demonstrated a large degree of deviation with respect to equilibrium precipitate phase prediction in the compositional region of interest when compared to 3-D atom probe tomography (3DAPT) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) experimental results. New compositional measurements of the Q-phase (Al-Cu-Mg-Si phase) led to a remodeling of the Q-phase thermodynamic description in the CALPHAD databases which has produced significant improvements in the phase prediction capabilities of the thermodynamic model. Due to the unique morphologies of strengthening precipitate phases commonly utilized in high-strength cast aluminum alloys, the development of new microstructural evolution models to describe both rod and plate particle growth was critical for accurate mechanistic strength models which rely heavily on precipitate size and shape. Particle size measurements through both 3DAPT and TEM experiments were used in conjunction with literature results of many alloy compositions to develop a physical growth model for the independent prediction of rod radii and rod length evolution. In addition a machine learning (ML) model was developed for the independent prediction of plate thickness and plate diameter evolution as a function of alloy composition, aging temperature, and aging time. The developed models are then compared with physical growth laws developed for spheres and modified for ellipsoidal morphology effects. Analysis of the effect of particle morphology on strength enhancement has been undertaken by modification of the Orowan-Ashby equation for 〈110〉 alpha-Al oriented finite rods in addition to an appropriate version for similarly oriented plates. A mechanistic strengthening model was developed for cast aluminum alloys containing

  10. Laser shocking of 2024 and 7075 aluminum alloys

    Clauer, A. H.; Fairand, B. P.; Slater, J. E.


    The effect of laser generated stress waves on the microstructure, hardness, strength and stress corrosion resistance of 2024 and 7075 aluminum alloys was investigated. Pulsed CO2 and neodymium-glass lasers were used to determine the effect of wavelength and pulse duration on pressure generation and material property changes. No changes in material properties were observed with CO2 laser. The strength and hardness of 2024-T351 and the strength of 7075-T73 aluminum alloys were substantially improved by the stress wave environments generated with the neodymium-glass laser. The mechanical properties of 2024-T851 and 7075-T651 were unchanged by the laser treatment. The correlation of the laser shock data with published results of flyer plate experiments demonstrated that a threshold pressure needed to be exceeded before strengthening and hardening could occur. Peak pressures generated by the pulsed laser source were less than 7.0 GPa which was below the threshold pressure required to change the mechanical properties of 2024-T851 and 7075-T651. Corrosion studies indicated that laser shocking increased the resistance to local attack in 2024-T351 and 7075-T651.

  11. Luminescent properties of aluminum hydride

    Baraban, A.P.; Gabis, I.E.; Dmitriev, V.A. [Saint-Petersburg State University, Department of Physics, Saint-Petersburg 198504 (Russian Federation); Dobrotvorskii, M.A., E-mail: [Saint-Petersburg State University, Department of Physics, Saint-Petersburg 198504 (Russian Federation); Kuznetsov, V.G. [Saint-Petersburg State University, Department of Physics, Saint-Petersburg 198504 (Russian Federation); Matveeva, O.P. [National Mineral Resources University, Saint Petersburg 199106 (Russian Federation); Titov, S.A. [Petersburg State University of Railway Transport, Saint-Petersburg 190031 (Russian Federation); Voyt, A.P.; Elets, D.I. [Saint-Petersburg State University, Department of Physics, Saint-Petersburg 198504 (Russian Federation)


    We studied cathodoluminescence and photoluminescence of α-AlH{sub 3}– a likely candidate for use as possible hydrogen carrier in hydrogen-fueled vehicles. Luminescence properties of original α-AlH{sub 3} and α-AlH{sub 3} irradiated with ultraviolet were compared. The latter procedure leads to activation of thermal decomposition of α-AlH{sub 3} and thus has a practical implementation. We showed that the original and UV-modified aluminum hydride contain luminescence centers ‐ structural defects of the same type, presumably hydrogen vacancies, characterized by a single set of characteristic bands of radiation. The observed luminescence is the result of radiative intracenter relaxation of the luminescence center (hydrogen vacancy) excited by electrons or photons, and its intensity is defined by the concentration of vacancies, and the area of their possible excitation. UV-activation of the dehydrogenation process of aluminum hydride leads to changes in the spatial distribution of the luminescence centers. For short times of exposure their concentration increases mainly in the surface regions of the crystals. At high exposures, this process extends to the bulk of the aluminum hydride and ends with a decrease in concentration of luminescence centers in the surface region. - Highlights: • Aluminum hydride contains hydrogen vacancies which serve as luminescence centers. • The luminescence is the result of radiative relaxation of excited centers. • Hydride UV-irradiation alters distribution and concentration of luminescence centers.

  12. Aluminum break-point contacts

    Heinemann, Martina; Groot, R.A. de


    Ab initio molecular dynamics is used to study the contribution of a single Al atom to an aluminum breakpoint contact during the final stages of breaking and the initial stages of the formation of such a contact. A hysteresis effect is found in excellent agreement with experiment and the form of the

  13. Assuring reliability program effectiveness.

    Ball, L. W.


    An attempt is made to provide simple identification and description of techniques that have proved to be most useful either in developing a new product or in improving reliability of an established product. The first reliability task is obtaining and organizing parts failure rate data. Other tasks are parts screening, tabulation of general failure rates, preventive maintenance, prediction of new product reliability, and statistical demonstration of achieved reliability. Five principal tasks for improving reliability involve the physics of failure research, derating of internal stresses, control of external stresses, functional redundancy, and failure effects control. A final task is the training and motivation of reliability specialist engineers.

  14. The Accelerator Reliability Forum

    Lüdeke, Andreas; Giachino, R


    A high reliability is a very important goal for most particle accelerators. The biennial Accelerator Reliability Workshop covers topics related to the design and operation of particle accelerators with a high reliability. In order to optimize the over-all reliability of an accelerator one needs to gather information on the reliability of many different subsystems. While a biennial workshop can serve as a platform for the exchange of such information, the authors aimed to provide a further channel to allow for a more timely communication: the Particle Accelerator Reliability Forum [1]. This contribution will describe the forum and advertise it’s usage in the community.


    Lustman, B.; Losco, E.F.; Cohen, I.


    Nuclear reactor control rods comprised of highly compressed and sintered finely divided metal alloy panticles and fine metal oxide panticles substantially uniformly distributed theretbrough are described. The metal alloy consists essentially of silver, indium, cadmium, tin, and aluminum, the amount of each being present in centain percentages by weight. The oxide particles are metal oxides of the metal alloy composition, the amount of oxygen being present in certain percentages by weight and all the oxygen present being substantially in the form of metal oxide. This control rod is characterized by its high strength and resistance to creep at elevated temperatures.

  16. Enlightenment on Computer Network Reliability From Transportation Network Reliability

    Hu Wenjun; Zhou Xizhao


    Referring to transportation network reliability problem, five new computer network reliability definitions are proposed and discussed. They are computer network connectivity reliability, computer network time reliability, computer network capacity reliability, computer network behavior reliability and computer network potential reliability. Finally strategies are suggested to enhance network reliability.

  17. Aluminum-induced granulomas in a tattoo

    McFadden, N.; Lyberg, T.; Hensten-Pettersen, A.


    A patient who developed localized, granulomatous reactions in a tattoo is described. With the use of scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray microanalysis, both aluminum and titanium particles were found in the involved skin sections. Intradermal provocation testing with separate suspensions of aluminum and titanium induced a positive response only in the case of aluminum. Examination by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray microanalysis of the provoked response established aluminum as the only nonorganic element present in the test site tissue. This is the first report of confirmed aluminum-induced, delayed-hypersensitivity granulomas in a tattoo.

  18. Dynamic consolidation of aluminum-silicon carbide composites

    Rabin, B.H.; Korth, G.E.; Williamson, R.L.


    Dynamic consolidation was investigated as a potential method for producing P/M metal matrix composites. In this study, 2124 aluminum powders were mixed with silicon carbide particulate and consolidated using explosives. Numerical simulations were performed to provide insight into the consolidation process and to aid in the selection of experimental conditions. The microstructure of the as-consolidated product was dependent upon processing variables. Careful control of the shock parameters allowed full density, crack free composites to be achieved in cylindrical geometries. Although full density was obtained, low fracture strengths suggested a lack of interparticle bonding, probably resulting from the limited ability to redistribute surface oxides during consolidation. 10 refs., 9 figs.

  19. Measurement and control of ice adhesion to aluminum 6061 alloy

    Archer, Paul; Gupta, Vijay


    A new experimental strategy for measuring the tensile strength of ice coatings to structural surfaces is presented. In this experiment, a laser-induced compressive stress pulse travels through a 1 mm-thick substrate disc that has a layer of ice grown on its front surface. The compressive stress pulse reflects into a tensile wave from the free surface of the ice and pulls the iceinterface apart, given a sufficient amplitude. The interface strength was calculated by recording the free surface velocity of an Al substrate using a Doppler interferometer and calculating the stress at the interface using a finite-difference elastic wave mechanics simulation with the free surface velocity as an input. The test procedure was used to study ice adhesion on 6061 aluminum alloy sheets. It was found that the adhesion strength of ice to unpolished aluminum substrates was 274 MPa at -10°C. This value decreased with temperature, down to 179 MPa at -40°C. Interestingly, this decrement in the tensile strength could be directly related to the existence of a liquid-like layer that is known to exist on the surface of solid ice till -30°C. The interface strength was also shown to decrease by polishing the Al substrate surface or by adding thin polymer coatings on the unpolished Al substrate. The sensitivity of the technique to such microstructural changes in the interfacial region is indicative of the experiments ability to provide basic adhesion data, which in turn, can be used to solve the deicing problem from a fundamental standpoint. 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd.

  20. Human Reliability Program Overview

    Bodin, Michael


    This presentation covers the high points of the Human Reliability Program, including certification/decertification, critical positions, due process, organizational structure, program components, personnel security, an overview of the US DOE reliability program, retirees and academia, and security program integration.

  1. Power electronics reliability analysis.

    Smith, Mark A.; Atcitty, Stanley


    This report provides the DOE and industry with a general process for analyzing power electronics reliability. The analysis can help with understanding the main causes of failures, downtime, and cost and how to reduce them. One approach is to collect field maintenance data and use it directly to calculate reliability metrics related to each cause. Another approach is to model the functional structure of the equipment using a fault tree to derive system reliability from component reliability. Analysis of a fictitious device demonstrates the latter process. Optimization can use the resulting baseline model to decide how to improve reliability and/or lower costs. It is recommended that both electric utilities and equipment manufacturers make provisions to collect and share data in order to lay the groundwork for improving reliability into the future. Reliability analysis helps guide reliability improvements in hardware and software technology including condition monitoring and prognostics and health management.

  2. Reliable Design Versus Trust

    Berg, Melanie; LaBel, Kenneth A.


    This presentation focuses on reliability and trust for the users portion of the FPGA design flow. It is assumed that the manufacturer prior to hand-off to the user tests FPGA internal components. The objective is to present the challenges of creating reliable and trusted designs. The following will be addressed: What makes a design vulnerable to functional flaws (reliability) or attackers (trust)? What are the challenges for verifying a reliable design versus a trusted design?

  3. Improving the Cycling Life of Aluminum and Germanium Thin Films for use as Anodic Materials in Li-Ion Batteries.

    Hudak, Nicholas [Dominican Univ., River Forest, IL (United States); Huber, Dale L. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Gulley, Gerald [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)


    The cycling of high-capacity electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries results in significant volumetric expansion and contraction, and this leads to mechanical failure of the electrodes. To increase battery performance and reliability, there is a drive towards the use of nanostructured electrode materials and nanoscale surface coatings. As a part of the Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) last summer, we examined the ability of aluminum oxide and gold film surface coatings to improve the mechanical and cycling properties of vapor-deposited aluminum films in lithium-ion batteries. Nanoscale gold coatings resulted in significantly improved cycling behavior for the thinnest aluminum films whereas aluminum oxide coatings did not improve the cycling behavior of the aluminum films. This summer we performed a similar investigation on vapor-deposited germanium, which has an even higher theoretical capacity per unit mass than aluminum. Because the mechanism of lithium-alloying is different for each electrode material, we expected the effects of coating the germanium surface with aluminum oxide or gold to differ significantly from previous observations. Indeed, we found that gold coatings gave only small or negligible improvements in cycling behavior of germanium films, but aluminum oxide (Al2O3) coatings gave significant improvements in cycling over the range of film thicknesses tested.

  4. Influece of the austempering temperature on the tensile strength of the austempered ductile iron (ADI) samples

    Savićević, S.; Avdušinović, H.; A. Gigović-Gekić; Z. Jurković; Vukčević, M.; M. Janjić


    Austempered Ductile Iron (ADI) is a class of ductile iron subjected to a two-step heat treatment process – austenitization and austempering. The heat treatment gives to ADI a high value of tensile strength and an especially good strength-to-weight ratio. However, designers in most cases are unfamiliar with this material that can compete favorably with steel and aluminum castings, weldments and forgings. The high tensile strength of ADI is the result of its unique ausferrite microstructure. In...

  5. Viking Lander reliability program

    Pilny, M. J.


    The Viking Lander reliability program is reviewed with attention given to the development of the reliability program requirements, reliability program management, documents evaluation, failure modes evaluation, production variation control, failure reporting and correction, and the parts program. Lander hardware failures which have occurred during the mission are listed.

  6. Electrodeposition of aluminum on aluminum surface from molten salt

    Wenmao HUANG; Xiangyu XIA; Bin LIU; Yu LIU; Haowei WANG; Naiheng MA


    The surface morphology,microstructure and composition of the aluminum coating of the electrodeposition plates in AlC13-NaC1-KC1 molten salt with a mass ratio of 8:1:1 were investigated by SEM and EDS.The binding force was measured by splat-cooling method and bending method.The results indicate that the coatings with average thicknesses of 12 and 9 μm for both plates treated by simple grinding and phosphating are compacted,continuous and well adhered respectively. Tetramethylammonium chloride (TMAC) can effectively prevent the growth of dendritic crystal,and the anode activation may improve the adhesion of the coating. Binding force analysis shows that both aluminum coatings are strongly adhered to the substrates.

  7. TiN coated aluminum electrodes for DC high voltage electron guns

    Mamun, Md Abdullah A.; Elmustafa, Abdelmageed A., E-mail: [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia 23529 and The Applied Research Center, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, Virginia 23606 (United States); Taus, Rhys [Department of Physics, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California 90045 (United States); Forman, Eric; Poelker, Matthew [Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, Virginia 23606 (United States)


    Preparing electrodes made of metals like stainless steel, for use inside DC high voltage electron guns, is a labor-intensive and time-consuming process. In this paper, the authors report the exceptional high voltage performance of aluminum electrodes coated with hard titanium nitride (TiN). The aluminum electrodes were comparatively easy to manufacture and required only hours of mechanical polishing using silicon carbide paper, prior to coating with TiN by a commercial vendor. The high voltage performance of three TiN-coated aluminum electrodes, before and after gas conditioning with helium, was compared to that of bare aluminum electrodes, and electrodes manufactured from titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V). Following gas conditioning, each TiN-coated aluminum electrode reached −225 kV bias voltage while generating less than 100 pA of field emission (<10 pA) using a 40 mm cathode/anode gap, corresponding to field strength of 13.7 MV/m. Smaller gaps were studied to evaluate electrode performance at higher field strength with the best performing TiN-coated aluminum electrode reaching ∼22.5 MV/m with field emission less than 100 pA. These results were comparable to those obtained from our best-performing electrodes manufactured from stainless steel, titanium alloy and niobium, as reported in references cited below. The TiN coating provided a very smooth surface and with mechanical properties of the coating (hardness and modulus) superior to those of stainless steel, titanium-alloy, and niobium electrodes. These features likely contributed to the improved high voltage performance of the TiN-coated aluminum electrodes.

  8. Accelerated corrosion test and corrosion failure distribution model of aircraft structural aluminum alloy

    LIU Wen-lin; MU Zhi-tao; JIN Ping


    Based on corrosion damage data of 10 years for a type of aircraft aluminum alloy, the statistical analysis was conducted by Gumbel, Normal and two parameters Weibull distribution function. The results show that aluminum alloy structural member has the corrosion history of pitting corrosion-intergranular corrosion-exfoliation corrosion, and the maximum corrosion depth is in conformity to normal distribution. The accelerated corrosion test was carried out with the complied equivalent airport accelerated environment spectrum. The corrosion damage failure modes of aluminum alloy structural member indicate that the period of validity of the former protective coating is about 2.5 to 3 years, and that of the novel protective coating is about 4.0 to 4.5 years. The corrosion kinetics law of aluminum spar flange was established by fitting corrosion damage test data. The law indicates two apparent corrosion stages of high strength aluminum alloy section material: pitting corrosion and intergranular corrosion/exfoliation corrosion.The test results agree with the statistical fit result of corrosion data collected from corrosion member in service. The fractional error is 5.8% at the same calendar year. The accelerated corrosion test validates the corrosion kinetics law of aircraft aluminum alloy in service.

  9. Mechanical properties of friction stir welded aluminum alloys 5083 and 5383

    Jeom Kee Paik


    Full Text Available The use of high-strength aluminum alloys is increasing in shipbuilding industry, particularly for the design and construction of war ships, littoral surface craft and combat ships, and fast passenger ships. While various welding methods are used today to fabricate aluminum ship structures, namely gas metallic arc welding (GMAW, laser welding and friction stir welding (FSW, FSW technology has been recognized to have many advantages for the construction of aluminum structures, as it is a low-cost welding process. In the present study, mechanical properties of friction stir welded aluminum alloys are examined experimentally. Tensile testing is undertaken on dog-bone type test specimen for aluminum alloys 5083 and 5383. The test specimen includes friction stir welded material between identical alloys and also dissimilar alloys, as well as unwelded (base alloys. Mechanical properties of fusion welded aluminum alloys are also tested and compared with those of friction stir welded alloys. The insights developed from the present study are documented together with details of the test database. Part of the present study was obtained from the Ship Structure Committee project SR-1454 (Paik, 2009, jointly funded by its member agencies.

  10. Machining studies of die cast aluminum alloy-silicon carbide composites

    Sornakumar, Thambu; Kathiresan, Marimuthu


    Metal matrix composites (MMCs) with high specific stiffness, high strength, improved wear resistance, and thermal properties are being increasingly used in advanced structural, aerospace, automotive, electronics, and wear applications. Aluminum alloy-silicon carbide composites were developed using a new combination of the vortex method and the pressure die-casting technique in the present work. Machining studies were conducted on the aluminum alloy-silicon carbide (SiC) composite work pieces using high speed steel (HSS) end-mill tools in a milling machine at different speeds and feeds. The quantitative studies on the machined work piece show that the surface finish is better for higher speeds and lower feeds. The surface roughness of the plain aluminum alloy is better than that of the aluminum alloy-silicon carbide composites. The studies on tool wear show that flank wear increases with speed and feed. The end-mill tool wear is higher on machining the aluminum alloy-silicon carbide composites than on machining the plain aluminum alloy.

  11. Fractal dimension analysis of aluminum oxide particle for sandblasting dental use.

    Oshida, Y; Munoz, C A; Winkler, M M; Hashem, A; Itoh, M


    Aluminum oxide particles are commonly used as a sandblasting media, particularly in dentistry, for multiple purposes including divesting the casting investment materials and increasing effective surface area for enhancing the mechanical retention strengths of succeedingly applied fired porcelain or luting cements. Usually fine aluminum oxide particles are recycled within the sandblasting machine. Ceramics such as aluminum oxides are brittle, therefore, some portions of recycling aluminum oxide particles might be brittle fractured. If fractured sandblasting particles are involved in the recycling media, it might result in irregularity metallic materials surface as well as the recycling sandblasting media itself be contaminated. Hence, it is necessary from both clinical and practical reasons to monitor the particle conditions in terms of size/shape and effectiveness of sandblasting, so that sandblasting dental prostheses can be fabricated in optimum and acceptable conditions. In the present study, the effect of recycling aluminum oxide particles on the surface texture of metallic materials was evaluated by Fractal Dimension Analysis (FDA). Every week the alumina powder was sampled and analyzed for weight fraction and contaminants. Surface texture of sandblasted standard samples was also characterized by FDA. Results indicate very little change in particle size, while the fractal dimension increased. Fractal dimension analysis showed that the aluminum oxide particle as a sandblasting media should be replaced after 30 or 40 min of total accumulated operation time.

  12. The Role of Surface Preparation Parameters on Cold Roll Bonding of Aluminum Strips

    Jamaati, Roohollah; Toroghinejad, Mohammad Reza


    It is the objective of this article to investigate the influence of surface preparation on the cold roll bonding (CRB) process. In this context, the effects of surface preparation parameters consisting of surface preparation method, surface roughness, scratch-brushing parameters, and the delay time between surface preparation and rolling are investigated on the bond strength of aluminum strips. The bond strength of two adjacent aluminum strips produced by the CRB process is evaluated by the peeling test. Furthermore, the interface region is investigated by metallographic observations. Our findings indicate that higher surface roughness values and shorter delay times improve the bond strength. It is also found that degreasing followed by scratch-brushing yield the best bonding properties.

  13. Numerical simulation of different pulse width of long pulsed laser on aluminum alloy

    Li, Mingxin; Jin, Guangyong; Zhang, Wei; Chen, Guibo; Bi, Juan


    Established a physical model to simulate the melt ejection induced by long pulsed laser on aluminum alloy and use the finite element method to simulate the whole process. This simulation is based on the interaction between single pulsed laser with different pulse width and different peak energy and aluminum alloy material. By comparing the theoretical simulation data and the actual test data, we discover that: the theoretical simulation curve is well consistent with the actual experimental curve, this two-dimensional model is with high reliability; when the temperature at the center of aluminum alloy surface increases and evaporation happens after the surface temperature at the center of aluminum alloy surface reaches boiling point and later the aluminum alloy material sustains in the status of equilibrium vaporization; the keyhole appears on the surface of the target, an increment of the keyhole, the maximum temperature at the center of aluminum alloy surface gradually moves inwardly. This research may provide the theoretical references to the understanding of the interaction between millisecond pulsed laser and many kinds of materials, as well as be beneficial to the application of the laser materials processing and military field.

  14. Characterization of an integrally wound tungsten and aluminum filament for physical vapor deposition

    Goble, William; Ortiz, Ricardo


    As part of the effort to increase the reliability of the MMT Observatory (MMTO) 6.5m Primary Mirror Coating System, the specified filament has changed from a configuration in which the aluminum charge is hand wound around a tungsten filament to a configuration in which the aluminum is integrally wound with the tungsten at the time of filament manufacture. In the MMTO configuration, this filament consists of the three strands of tungsten wire and one strand of aluminum wire. In preparation of a full system test utilizing two hundred filaments fired simultaneously, an extensive testing program was undertaken to characterize these filaments using a four filament configuration in the MMTO small coating chamber (0.5m) and then a forty filament configuration in the University of Arizona Steward Observatory coating chamber (2m). The testing using the smaller coating chambers has shown these filaments provide very predicable coatings from test to test, and with the proper heating profile, these filaments greatly reduce the likelihood of aluminum drips. The initial filament design was modified during the course of testing by shortening the unwound filament length to closer match the aluminum load required in the MMTO coating chamber. This change increased the aluminum deposition rates without increasing the power delivered of the filament power supplies (commercial welders). Filament power levels measured at the vacuum chamber feed throughs, currents, and deposition rates from multiple coating tests, including a full system test, are presented.

  15. Crack Repair in Aerospace Aluminum Alloy Panels by Cold Spray

    Cavaliere, P.; Silvello, A.


    The cold-spray process has recently been recognized as a very useful tool for repairing metallic sheets, achieving desired adhesion strengths when employing optimal combinations of material process parameters. We present herein the possibility of repairing cracks in aluminum sheets by cold spray. A 2099 aluminum alloy panel with a surface 30° V notch was repaired by cold spraying of 2198 and 7075 aluminum alloy powders. The crack behavior of V-notched sheets subjected to bending loading was studied by finite-element modeling (FEM) and mechanical experiments. The simulations and mechanical results showed good agreement, revealing a remarkable K factor reduction, and a consequent reduction in crack nucleation and growth velocity. The results enable prediction of the failure initiation locus in the case of repaired panels subjected to bending loading and deformation. The stress concentration was quantified to show how the residual stress field and failure are affected by the mechanical properties of the sprayed materials and by the geometrical and mechanical properties of the interface. It was demonstrated that the crack resistance increases more than sevenfold in the case of repair using AA2198 and that cold-spray repair can contribute to increased global fatigue life of cracked structures.

  16. Interfacial Microstructure and Properties of Steel/Aluminum Powder Additive

    YUAN Jiang


    Full Text Available Based on first-principles density functional theory, the Fe/Al interface model of steel/aluminum laser welding was constructed by layer technique. The Fe/Al interface was studied by metal atom X (X=Sn, Sr, Zr, Ce, La.The results show that Sn, Sr and Ce preferentially displace the Al atoms at the Fe/Al interface, while La and Zr preferentially displace the Fe atoms at the Fe/Al interface. Alloying promotes the transfer of Fe/Al interfacial electrons between different orbits, enhances the ionic bond properties of Fe-Al, improves the Fe/Al interface binding capacity, improves the brittle fracture of Fe/Al interface, and the alloying effect of Sn most notable. On the basis of this, the laser lap welding test of Sn and Zr powder was carried out on 1.4mm thick DC51D+ZF galvanized steel and 1.2mm thick 6016 aluminum alloy specimen. The results show that the addition of powder can promote the flowability of the molten bath and change the composition and microstructure of the joint interface. The tensile strength of the steel/aluminum joint is 327.41MPa and the elongation is 22.93% with the addition of Sn powder, which is obviously improved compared with the addition of Zr powder and without the addition of powder.

  17. Development of a Precipitation-Strengthened Matrix for Non-quenchable Aluminum Metal Matrix Composites

    Vo, Nhon Q.; Sorensen, Jim; Klier, Eric M.; Sanaty-Zadeh, Amirreza; Bayansan, Davaadorj; Seidman, David N.; Dunand, David C.


    Recent developments in metal matrix composite-encapsulated ceramic armor show promise in lightweight armor technology. The system contains ceramic tiles, such as alumina, sandwiched between unreinforced aluminum or aluminum metal matrix composite (Al-MMC), which has a better toughness compared to the ceramic tiles. The sandwich structures should not be quenched during the fabrication, as the large mismatch in the coefficients of thermal expansion between the ceramic tiles and the unreinforced aluminum or Al-MMC creates internal stresses high enough to fracture the ceramic tiles. However, slow cooling of most commercial alloys creates large precipitates making solute unavailable for the formation of fine precipitates during aging. Here, we develop a non-quenched, high-strength metal matrix utilizing dilute Al-Sc-Zr alloys. We demonstrate that the dilute Al-0.09 Sc-0.045 Zr at.% alloy and the same alloy containing 0-4 vol.% alumina short fibers do not result in precipitation upon slow cooling from a high temperature, and can thereafter be aged to increase their strength. They exhibit a moderate strength, but improved ductility and toughness as compared to common armor aluminum alloys, such as AA5083-H131, making them attractive as armor materials and hybrid armor systems.


    coldhardened by deforming to 83%. It was found that it has low static notch sensitivity (lower than that of heat-treated steels), that static strength raised appreciably by increased cold plastic deformation, and that its fatigue strength is raised substantially by mechanical polishing. (Author)

  19. Surface treatments to improve bond strength in removable partial dentures.

    Kim-Hai, Nguyen; Esquivel-Upshaw, Josephine; Clark, Arthur E


    The metal and resin interface of removable partial dentures is weakened by the poor bond strength between the two materials. This study was designed to test the hypothesis that surface treatments--consisting of air abrasion, with aluminum oxide, tin plating and oxidation, and silanation, either alone or in combination--will improve the bond strength of acrylic resin to metal. Statistical analysis revealed that air abrasion, tin plating/oxidation, and silanation all showed significantly higher bond strength than either abrasion and tin plating, abrasion and silanation, or abrasion alone. Air abrasion demonstrated the greatest effect on improving bond strength. The mean bond strength of samples subjected to a combination of air abrasion, tin plating and oxidation, and silanation was significantly greater than any other combination treatment.

  20. Enhanced adhesion over aluminum solid substrates by controlled atmospheric plasma deposition of amine-rich primers.

    Petersen, Julien; Fouquet, Thierry; Michel, Marc; Toniazzo, Valérie; Dinia, Aziz; Ruch, David; Bomfim, João A S


    Controlled chemical modification of aluminum surface is carried by atmospheric plasma polymerization of allylamine. The amine-rich coatings are characterized and tested for their behavior as adhesion promoter. The adhesion strength of aluminum-epoxy assemblies is shown to increase according to primary amino group content and coating thickness, which in turn can be regulated by plasma power parameters, allowing tailoring the coating chemical properties. The increase in adherence can be correlated to the total and primary amino group contents in the film, indicating covalent bonding of epoxy groups to the primer as the basis of the mechanical improvement.

  1. Microscopic Characteristics of Damage Evolution in Ultrapure Aluminum under Tensile Loading

    QI Mei-Lan; ZHONG Sheng; FAN Duan; LUO Chao; HE Hong-Liang


    A series of plate-experiments are carried out to acquire ultrapure aluminum (purity, 99.999%) samples with damage. Based on the metallographic of all "soft-recovered" samples, the characteristics of damage evolution and spallation damage mechanism in ultrapure aluminum are analyzed in detail. Results show that the damage will increase regularly with increasing loading strength. Most of voids appear in the grain boundary and grow alone under tensile loading before they coalesce each other to form big irregular voids. These analysis results are helpful to understand the evolution process of ductile metal dynamic fracture and establish the damage evolution model.

  2. Study on quality of resistance spot welded aluminum alloys under various electrode pressures

    San-san AO; Zhen LUO; Xin-xin TANG; Lin-shu ZHOU; Shu-xian YUAN; Rui WANG; Kai-lei SONG; Xing-zheng BU; Xiao-yi LI; Zhi-qing XUE


    The electrode force is One of the main parameters in resistance spot welding (RSW). It is very important to guarantee the quality of aluminum alloys and determine whether the electrode pressure is stable or adjustable in the welding process. With the drive set of a servo-motor, we conduct the RSW tests and tensile shear tests on the 5052 aluminum alloy sheets. Results of these tests show that all variable pressure curves are suitable for spot welding, and all have their own rules in affecting the tensile strength of the spot welded joints.

  3. Effect of Porosity and Cell Size on the Dynamic Compressive Properties of Aluminum Alloy Foams


    The dynamic mechanical properties of open-cell aluminum alloy foams with different relative densities and cell sizeshave been investigated by compressive tests. The strain rates varied from 700 s-1 to 2600 s-1. The experimentalresults showed that the dynamic compressive stress-strain curves exhibited a typical three-stage behavior: elastic,plateau and densification. The dynamic compressive strength of foams is affected not only by the relative densitybut also by the strain rate and cell size. Aluminum alloy foams with higher relative density or smaller cell size aremore sensitive to the strain rate than foams with lower relative density or larger cell size.

  4. Diffusion-bonded beryllium aluminum optical structures

    Grapes, Thomas F.


    Beryllium aluminum material can present significant advantages for optical support structures. A likely advantage of beryllium aluminum compared to aluminum or titanium for such structures is its higher specific stiffness. However, beryllium aluminum material is significantly more expensive than most competing materials. The cost problem with beryllium aluminum is exacerbated if fabrication methods that result in near net shape parts are not used. Near net shape methods result in the least amount of material "thrown away" in the fabrication process. Casting is a primary example of near net shape manufacturing that is appropriate for some optical support structures. Casting aluminum, and other materials as well, is common. Casting of beryllium aluminum is very difficult, however, and has not had significant success. Diffusion bonding - a different approach for achieving near net shape beryllium aluminum optical support structures, was pursued and accomplished. Diffusion bonding is a term used to describe the joining of solid metal pieces under high temperature and pressure, but without melting. Three different optical support structures were designed and built of beryllium aluminum using diffusion bonding. Relatively small solid beryllium aluminum pieces were arranged together and then joined under hot isostatic pressure conditions. The resulting relatively large pressure bonded part was then machined to achieve the final product. Significant cost savings as compared to machining the part from a solid block were realized. Difficulties achieving diffusion bonds in complex joints were experienced and addressed.

  5. Enabling lightweight designs by a new laser based approach for joining aluminum to steel

    Brockmann, Rüdiger; Kaufmann, Sebastian; Kirchhoff, Marc; Candel-Ruiz, Antonio; Müllerschön, Oliver; Havrilla, David


    As sustainability is an essential requirement, lightweight design becomes more and more important, especially for mobility. Reduced weight ensures more efficient vehicles and enables better environmental impact. Besides the design, new materials and material combinations are one major trend to achieve the required weight savings. The use of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (abbr. CFRP) is widely discussed, but so far high volume applications are rarely to be found. This is mainly due to the fact that parts made of CFRP are much more expensive than conventional parts. Furthermore, the proper technologies for high volume production are not yet ready. Another material with a large potential for lightweight design is aluminum. In comparison to CFRP, aluminum alloys are generally more affordable. As aluminum is a metallic material, production technologies for high volume standard cutting or joining applications are already developed. In addition, bending and deep-drawing can be applied. In automotive engineering, hybrid structures such as combining high-strength steels with lightweight aluminum alloys retain significant weight reduction but also have an advantage over monolithic aluminum - enhanced behavior in case of crash. Therefore, since the use of steel for applications requiring high mechanical properties is unavoidable, methods for joining aluminum with steel parts have to be further developed. Former studies showed that the use of a laser beam can be a possibility to join aluminum to steel parts. In this sense, the laser welding process represents a major challenge, since both materials have different thermal expansion coefficients and properties related to the behavior in corrosive media. Additionally, brittle intermetallic phases are formed during welding. A promising approach to welding aluminum to steel is based on the use of Laser Metal Deposition (abbr. LMD) with deposit materials in the form of powders. Within the present work, the advantages of this

  6. Electrically Conductive Anodized Aluminum Surfaces

    Nguyen, Trung Hung


    Anodized aluminum components can be treated to make them sufficiently electrically conductive to suppress discharges of static electricity. The treatment was conceived as a means of preventing static electric discharges on exterior satin-anodized aluminum (SAA) surfaces of spacecraft without adversely affecting the thermal-control/optical properties of the SAA and without need to apply electrically conductive paints, which eventually peel off in the harsh environment of outer space. The treatment can also be used to impart electrical conductivity to anodized housings of computers, medical electronic instruments, telephoneexchange equipment, and other terrestrial electronic equipment vulnerable to electrostatic discharge. The electrical resistivity of a typical anodized aluminum surface layer lies between 10(exp 11) and 10(exp 13) Omega-cm. To suppress electrostatic discharge, it is necessary to reduce the electrical resistivity significantly - preferably to anodized surface becomes covered and the pores in the surface filled with a transparent, electrically conductive metal oxide nanocomposite. Filling the pores with the nanocomposite reduces the transverse electrical resistivity and, in the original intended outer-space application, the exterior covering portion of the nanocomposite would afford the requisite electrical contact with the outer-space plasma. The electrical resistivity of the nanocomposite can be tailored to a value between 10(exp 7) and 10(exp 12) Omega-cm. Unlike electrically conductive paint, the nanocomposite becomes an integral part of the anodized aluminum substrate, without need for adhesive bonding material and without risk of subsequent peeling. The electrodeposition process is compatible with commercial anodizing production lines. At present, the electronics industry uses expensive, exotic, electrostaticdischarge- suppressing finishes: examples include silver impregnated anodized, black electroless nickel, black chrome, and black copper. In

  7. Aluminum/air electrochemical cells

    Wang, Lei; 王雷


    Aluminum (Al) is a very promising energy carrier given its high capacity and energy density, low cost, earth abundance and environmental benignity. The Al/air battery as a kind of metal/air electrochemical cell attracts tremendous attention. Traditional Al/air batteries suffer from the self-corrosion and related safety problems. In this work, three new approaches were investigated to tackle these challenges and to develop high-performance Al/air cells: (1) incorporate an additional hydrogen/a...

  8. Aluminum Honeycomb Characteristics in Dynamic Crush Environments

    Bateman, Vesta I.; Swanson, Lloyd H.


    Fifteen aluminum honeycomb cubes (3 in.) have been crushed in the Mechanical Shock Laboratory's drop table testing machines. This report summarizes shock experiments with honeycomb densities of 22.1 pcf and 38.0 pcf and with crush weights of 45 lb, 168 lb, and 268 lb. The honeycomb samples were crushed in all three orientations, W, L, and T. Most of the experiments were conducted at an impact velocity of {approx}40 fps, but higher velocities of up to 90 fps were used for selected experiments. Where possible, multiple experiments were conducted for a specific orientation and density of the honeycomb samples. All results are for Hexcel honeycomb except for one experiment with Alcore honeycomb and have been evaluated for validity. This report contains the raw acceleration data measured on the top of the drop table carriage, pictures of the crushed samples, and normalized force-displacement curves for all fifteen experiments. These data are not strictly valid for material characteristics in L and T orientations because the cross-sectional area of the honeycomb changed (split) during the crush. However, these are the best data available at this time. These dynamic crush data do suggest a significant increase in crush strength to 8000 psi ({approximately} 25-30% increase) over quasi-static values of {approximately}6000 psi for the 38.0 pcf Hexcel Honeycomb in the T-orientation. An uncertainty analysis is included and estimates the error in these data.

  9. Purification technology of molten aluminum

    孙宝德; 丁文江; 疏达; 周尧和


    Various purification methods were explored to eliminate the dissolved hydrogen and nonmetallic inclusions from molten aluminum alloys. A novel rotating impeller head with self-oscillation nozzles or an electromagnetic valve in the gas circuit was used to produce pulse gas currents for the rotary impeller degassing method. Water simulation results show that the size of gas bubbles can be decreased by 10%-20% as compared with the constant gas current mode. By coating ceramic filters or particles with active flux or enamels, composite filters were used to filter the scrap A356 alloy and pure aluminum. Experimental results demonstrate that better filtration efficiency and operation performance can be obtained. Based on numerical calculations, the separation efficiency of inclusions by high frequency magnetic field can be significantly improved by using a hollow cylinder-like separator or utilizing the effects of secondary flow of the melt in a square separator. A multi-stage and multi-media purification platform based on these methods was designed and applied in on-line processing of molten aluminum alloys. Mechanical properties of the processed scrap A356 alloy are greatly improved by the composite purification.

  10. Microbial corrosion of aluminum alloy.

    Yang, S S; Chen, C Y; Wei, C B; Lin, Y T


    Several microbes were isolated from the contaminated fuel-oil in Taiwan and the microbial corrosion of aluminum alloy A356-T6 was tested by MIL-STD-810E test method. Penicillium sp. AM-F5 and Cladosporium resinac ATCC 22712 had significant adsorption and pitting on the surface of aluminum alloy, Pseudomonas acruginosa AM-B5 had weak adsorption and some precipitation in the bottom, and Candida sp. AM-Y1 had the less adsorption and few cavities formation on the surface. pH of the aqueous phase decreased 0.3 to 0.7 unit for 4 months of incubation. The corrosion of aluminum alloy was very significant in the cultures of Penicillium sp. AM-F2, Penicillium sp. AM-F5 and C. resinac ATCC 22712. The major metabolites in the aqueous phase with the inoculation of C. resinac were citric acid and oxalic acid, while succinic acid and fumaric acid were the minors.

  11. Component Reliability Assessment of Offshore Jacket Platforms

    V.J. Kurian


    Full Text Available Oil and gas industry is one of the most important industries contributing to the Malaysian economy. To extract hydrocarbons, various types of production platforms have been developed. Fixed jacket platform is the earliest type of production structure, widely installed in Malaysia’s shallow and intermediate waters. To date, more than 60% of these jacket platforms have operated exceeding their initial design life, thus making the re-evaluation and reassessment necessary for these platforms to continue to be put in service. In normal engineering practice, system reliability of a structure is evaluated as its safety parameter. This method is however, much complicated and time consuming. Assessing component's reliability can be an alternative approach to provide assurance about a structure’s condition in an early stage. Design codes such as the Working Stress Design (WSD and the Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD are well established for the component-level assessment. In reliability analysis, failure function, which consists of strength and load, is used to define the failure event. If the load acting exceeds the capacity of a structure, the structure will fail. Calculation of stress utilization ratio as given in the design codes is able to predict the reliability of a member and to estimate the extent to which a member is being utilised. The basic idea of this ratio is that if it is more than one, the member has failed and vice versa. Stress utilization ratio is a ratio of applied stress, which is the output reaction of environmental loadings acting on the structural member, to the design strength that comes from the member’s geometric and material properties. Adopting this ratio as the failure event, the reliability of each component is found. This study reviews and discusses the reliability for selected members of three Malaysian offshore jacket platforms. First Order Reliability Method (FORM was used to generate reliability index and

  12. Rheo-diecasting Process for Semi-solid Aluminum Alloys


    A novel one-step semisolid processing technique, the rheo-diecasting (RDC) process, was developed, which adapts in situ creation of semisolid metal slurry with fine and spherical solid particles followed by direct shaping of the slurry into a near-net shape component using the existing cold chamber diecasting process. The RDC process was applied to process A356 and A380 aluminum alloys. The resulting microstructures and mechanical properties of RDC products under as-cast and various heat treatment conditions were analyzed. The experimental results show that the RDC samples have an extremely low porosity, a fine and uniform microstructure throughout entire casting, and consequently much improved strength and ductility in the as-cast condition. The strength of RDC A356 alloy can be substantially improved under T5 and T6 heat treatments without loss of ductility.


    Upadhyay, Piyush; Hovanski, Yuri; Fifield, Leonard S.; Simmons, Kevin L.


    Friction Stir Scribe (FSS) technology is a relatively new variant of Friction Stir Welding (FSW) which enables lap joining of dissimilar material with very different melting points and different high temperature flow behaviors. The cutter scribe attached at the tip of FSW tool pin effectively cuts the high melting point material such that a mechanically interlocking feature is created between the dissimilar materials. The geometric shape of this interlocking feature determines the shear strength attained by the lap joint. This work presents first use of scribe technology in joining polymers to aluminum alloy. Details of the several runs of scribe welding performed in lap joining of ~3.175mm thick polymers including HDPE, filled and unfilled Nylon 66 to 2mm thick AA5182 are presented. The effect of scribe geometry and length on weld interlocking features is presented along with lap shear strength evaluations.

  14. Multichip on Aluminum Metal Plate Technology for High Power LED Packaging

    Choong-mo NAM; Mi-hee JI


    Multichip on Aluminum Metal Plate(MOAMP) technology with simple structure and low thermal resistance is developed for effective heat removal of Light Emitting Diode(LED) p-n junction and LED lighting module to have high reliability. The thermal resistance of LED modules was numerical and experimental. Thermal resistance from the junction to aluminum metal plate, considering input power of LED module using MOAMP technology, is 3.02 K/W, 3.23 K/W for the measured and calculated, respectively. We expect that the reported MOAMP technology with low thermal resistance will be a promising solution for high power LED lighting modules.

  15. Fuzzy Reliability Analysis of the Shaft of a Steam Turbine


    Field surveying shows that the failure of the steam turbine's coupling is due to fatigue that is caused by compound stress. Fuzzy mathematics was applied to get the membership function of the fatigue strength rule. A formula of fuzzy reliability of the coupling was derived and a theory of coupling's fuzzy reliability is set up. The calculating method of the fuzzy reliability is explained by an illustrative example.

  16. Optical Transmittance of Anodically Oxidized Aluminum Alloy

    Saito, Mitsunori; Shiga, Yasunori; Miyagi, Mitsunobu; Wada, Kenji; Ono, Sachiko


    Optical transmittance and anisotropy of anodic oxide films that were made from pure aluminum and an aluminum alloy (A5052) were studied. The alloy oxide film exhibits an enhanced polarization function, particularly when anodization is carried out at a large current density. It was revealed by chemical analysis that the alloy oxide film contains a larger amount of unoxidized aluminum than the pure-aluminum oxide film. The polarization function can be elucidated by considering unoxidized aluminum particles that are arranged in the columnar structure of the alumina film. Electron microscope observation showed that many holes exist in the alloy oxide film, around which columnar cells are arranged irregularly. Such holes and irregular cell arrangement cause the increase in the amount of unoxidized aluminum, and consequently induces scattering loss.

  17. [Link between aluminum neurotoxicity and neurodegenerative disorders].

    Kawahara, Masahiro


    Aluminum is an old element that has been known for a long time, but some of its properties are only now being discovered. Although environmentally abundant, aluminum is not essential for life; in fact, because of its specific chemical properties, aluminum inhibits more than 200 biologically important functions and exerts various adverse effects in plants, animals, and humans. Aluminum is a widely recognized neurotoxin. It has been suggested that there is a relationship between exposure to aluminum and neurodegenerative diseases, including dialysis encephalopathy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and parkinsonism dementia in the Kii Peninsula and Guam, as well as Alzheimer' s disease: however, this claim remains to be verified. In this chapter, we review the detailed characteristics of aluminum neurotoxicity and the link between Alzheimer' s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, based on recent findings on metal-metal interactions and the functions of metalloproteins in synapses.


    Josip Peko


    Full Text Available This study examined steel and aluminum variants of modern exhibition structures in which the main design requirements include low weight (increased span/depth ratio, transportation, and construction and durability (resistance to corrosion. This included a design situation in which the structural application of aluminum alloys provided an extremely convenient and practical solution. Viability of an aluminum structure depends on several factors and requires a detailed analysis. The overall conclusion of the study indicated that aluminum can be used as a structural material and as a viable alternative to steel for Croatian snow and wind load values and evidently in cases in which positive properties of aluminum are required for structural design. Furthermore, a structural fire analysis was conducted for an aluminum variant structure by using a zone model for realistic fire analysis. The results suggested that passive fire protection for the main structural members was not required in the event of areal fire with duration of 60 min.

  19. In Situ Synthesis Aluminum Borate Whiskers Reinforced TiB2 Matrix Composites for Application in Aluminum Reduction Cells

    Zhang, Gang; Yang, Jianhong


    The TiB2 matrix ceramics reinforced by aluminum borate whiskers (Al18B4O33 w) had been prepared by the pressureless sintering method. The mechanical properties and densification behavior of the TiB2 matrix ceramics were investigated. The results showed that Al18B4O33 w was in situ synthesized by the reaction of boehmite (AlOOH) and TiB2 powders during the sintering process. Increasing the sintering temperature had benefited for densification of the TiB2 matrix ceramics. Al18B4O33 w could increase the flexural strength and Vicker's hardness. It is obtained that the maximum value Vicker's hardness with 1.81 GPa and flexural strength with 82 MPa for samples sintered at 1600°C.

  20. Precipitation behavior of aluminum alloy 2139 fabricated using additive manufacturing

    Brice, Craig, E-mail: [NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA 23681 (United States); Shenoy, Ravi [Northrop Grumman Corporation Technical Services, Hampton, VA 23681 (United States); Kral, Milo; Buchannan, Karl [University of Canterbury, Christchurch (New Zealand)


    Additive manufacturing (AM) is an emerging technology capable of producing near net shape structures in a variety of materials directly from a computer model. Standard metallic alloys that were developed for cast or wrought processing have largely been adopted for AM feedstock. In many applications, these legacy alloys are quite acceptable. In the aluminum alloy family, however, there is a significant performance gap between the casting alloys currently being used in AM processes and the high strength/toughness capability available in certain wrought alloys. The precipitation hardenable alloys, most often used in high performance structures, present challenges for processing by AM. The near net shape nature of AM processes does not allow for mechanical work prior to the heat treatment that is often necessary to develop a uniform distribution of precipitates and give peak mechanical performance. This paper examines the aluminum (Al) alloy 2139, a composition that is strengthened by homogeneous precipitation of Ω (Al{sub 2}Cu) plates and thus ideally suited for near net shape processes like AM. Transmission electron microscopy, microhardness, and tensile testing determined that, with proper processing conditions, Al 2139 can be additively manufactured and subsequently heat treated to strength levels comparable to those of peak aged wrought Al 2139.

  1. Investigations on mechanical properties of aluminum hybrid composites

    Dora Siva Prasad


    Full Text Available A double stir casting process was used to fabricate aluminum composites reinforced with various volume fractions of 2, 4, 6, and 8 wt% RHA and SiC particulates in equal proportions. Properties such as hardness, density, porosity and mechanical behavior of the unreinforced and Al/x%RHA/x%SiC (x = 2, 4, 6, and 8 wt% reinforced hybrid composites were examined. Scanning electron microscope (model JSM-6610LV was used to study the microstructural characterization of the composites. It was observed that the hardness and porosity of the hybrid composite increased with increasing reinforcement volume fraction and density decreased with increasing particle content. It was also observed that the UTS and yield strength increase with an increase in the percent weight fraction of the reinforcement particles, whereas elongation decreases with the increase in reinforcement. The increase in strength of the hybrid composites is probably due to the increase in dislocation density. A systematic study of the base alloy and composites was done using the Brinell hardness measurement and the corresponding age hardening curves were obtained. It was observed that in comparison to that of the base aluminum alloy, the precipitation kinetics of the composites were accelerated by adding the reinforcement. This effectively reduced the time for obtaining the maximum hardness by the aging heat treatment.

  2. Reliability and safety engineering

    Verma, Ajit Kumar; Karanki, Durga Rao


    Reliability and safety are core issues that must be addressed throughout the life cycle of engineering systems. Reliability and Safety Engineering presents an overview of the basic concepts, together with simple and practical illustrations. The authors present reliability terminology in various engineering fields, viz.,electronics engineering, software engineering, mechanical engineering, structural engineering and power systems engineering. The book describes the latest applications in the area of probabilistic safety assessment, such as technical specification optimization, risk monitoring and risk informed in-service inspection. Reliability and safety studies must, inevitably, deal with uncertainty, so the book includes uncertainty propagation methods: Monte Carlo simulation, fuzzy arithmetic, Dempster-Shafer theory and probability bounds. Reliability and Safety Engineering also highlights advances in system reliability and safety assessment including dynamic system modeling and uncertainty management. Cas...

  3. Static and Dynamic Handgrip Strength Endurance: Test-Retest Reproducibility.

    Gerodimos, Vassilis; Karatrantou, Konstantina; Psychou, Dimitra; Vasilopoulou, Theodora; Zafeiridis, Andreas


    This study investigated the reliability of static and dynamic handgrip strength endurance using different protocols and indicators for the assessment of strength endurance. Forty young, healthy men and women (age, 18-22 years) performed 2 handgrip strength endurance protocols: a static protocol (sustained submaximal contraction at 50% of maximal voluntary contraction) and a dynamic one (8, 10, and 12 maximal repetitions). The participants executed each protocol twice to assess the test-retest reproducibility. Total work and total time were used as indicators of strength endurance in the static protocol; the strength recorded at each maximal repetition, the percentage change, and fatigue index were used as indicators of strength endurance in the dynamic protocol. The static protocol showed high reliability irrespective of sex and hand for total time and work. The 12-repetition dynamic protocol exhibited moderate-high reliability for repeated maximal repetitions and percentage change; the 8- and 10-repetition protocols demonstrated lower reliability irrespective of sex and hand. The fatigue index was not a reliable indicator for the assessment of dynamic handgrip endurance. Static handgrip endurance can be measured reliably using the total time and total work as indicators of strength endurance. For the evaluation of dynamic handgrip endurance, the 12-repetition protocol is recommended, using the repeated maximal repetitions and percentage change as indicators of strength endurance. Practitioners should consider the static (50% maximal voluntary contraction) and dynamic (12 repeated maximal repetitions) protocols as reliable for the assessment of handgrip strength endurance. The evaluation of static endurance in conjunction with dynamic endurance would provide more complete information about hand function. Copyright © 2017 American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Textures, microstructures, anisotropy and formability of aluminum-manganese-magnesium and aluminum-magnesium alloys

    Liu, Jiantao

    In this dissertation work, the microstructure and texture evolution of continuous cast (CC) and direct chill (DC) cast Al-Mn-Mg (AA 3105 and AA 3015) and Al-Mg (AA 5052) alloys during cold rolling and annealing are systematically investigated. Macrotexture analyses were based on three-dimensional orientation distribution functions (ODFs) calculated from incomplete pole figures from X-ray diffraction by using arbitrarily defined cell (ADC) and series expansion methods. A new technique, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), was adopted for microtexture and mesotexture investigation. The anisotropy and formability of Al-Mn-Mg and Al-Mg alloys are correlated to the texture results. For aluminum alloys studied in this work, a stronger Cube orientation is observed in DC hot band than in CC hot band after complete recrystallization. alpha and beta fibers become well developed beyond 50% cold rolling in both CC and DC aluminum alloys. The highest intensity along the beta fiber (skeleton line) is located between the Copper and the S orientations in both materials after high cold rolling reductions. In both CC and DC aluminum alloys, a cell structure develops with the indication of increasing CSL Sigma1 boundaries during the early stages of cold rolling. There is no evidence of the development of twin boundaries (Sigma3, Sigma9, Sigma27a & 27b) in either CC or DC aluminum alloys when the cold rolling reductions are less than 40%. The R and Cube textures are dominant recrystallization texture components in CC and DC AA 5052 alloys. The volume fraction of the Cube component is increased by increasing cold rolling reduction and annealing temperature but not by increasing annealing time while the volume fraction of the R component is only increased by increasing cold rolling reduction. Stronger Cube and R orientations are found at the surface layer than at half-thickness layer of cold rolled hot bands after annealing. The Cube and P textures are dominant recrystallization

  5. Structure of Liquid Aluminum and Hydrogen Absorption

    LIU Yang; DAI Yongbing; WANG Jun; SHU Da; SUN Baode


    The hydrogen content in aluminum melts at different temperature was detected. The structure in aluminum melts was investigated by molecular dynamics simulation. The first peak position of pair correlation function, atomic coordination number and viscosity of aluminum melts were calculated and they changed abnormally in the same temperature range. The mechanism of hydrogen absorption has been discussed. From molecular dynamics calculations, the interdependence between melt structural properties and hydrogen absorption were obtained.

  6. Prospecting sugarcane genes involved in aluminum tolerance.

    Drummond Rodrigo D.; Guimarães Claudia T.; Felix Juliana; Ninamango-Cárdenas Fernando E.; Carneiro Newton P.; Paiva Edilson; Menossi Marcelo


    Aluminum is one of the major factors that affect plant development in acid soils, causing a substantial reduction in yield in many crops. In South America, about 66% of the land surface is made up of acid soils where high aluminum saturation is one of the main limiting factors for agriculture. The biochemical and molecular basis of aluminum tolerance in plants is far from being completely understood despite a growing number of studies, and in the specific case of sugarcane there are virtually...

  7. Strength and Balance Exercises

    ... Peripheral Artery Disease Venous Thromboembolism Aortic Aneurysm More Strength and Balance Exercises Updated:Sep 8,2016 If ... Be Safe While Being Active - Stretching & Flexibility Exercises - Strength & Balance Exercises - Problems & Solutions for Being Active - FAQs ...

  8. Measurement System Reliability Assessment

    Kłos Ryszard


    Full Text Available Decision-making in problem situations is based on up-to-date and reliable information. A great deal of information is subject to rapid changes, hence it may be outdated or manipulated and enforce erroneous decisions. It is crucial to have the possibility to assess the obtained information. In order to ensure its reliability it is best to obtain it with an own measurement process. In such a case, conducting assessment of measurement system reliability seems to be crucial. The article describes general approach to assessing reliability of measurement systems.

  9. Reliable knowledge discovery

    Dai, Honghua; Smirnov, Evgueni


    Reliable Knowledge Discovery focuses on theory, methods, and techniques for RKDD, a new sub-field of KDD. It studies the theory and methods to assure the reliability and trustworthiness of discovered knowledge and to maintain the stability and consistency of knowledge discovery processes. RKDD has a broad spectrum of applications, especially in critical domains like medicine, finance, and military. Reliable Knowledge Discovery also presents methods and techniques for designing robust knowledge-discovery processes. Approaches to assessing the reliability of the discovered knowledge are introduc

  10. Reliability of fluid systems

    Kopáček Jaroslav


    Full Text Available This paper focuses on the importance of detection reliability, especially in complex fluid systems for demanding production technology. The initial criterion for assessing the reliability is the failure of object (element, which is seen as a random variable and their data (values can be processed using by the mathematical methods of theory probability and statistics. They are defined the basic indicators of reliability and their applications in calculations of serial, parallel and backed-up systems. For illustration, there are calculation examples of indicators of reliability for various elements of the system and for the selected pneumatic circuit.

  11. Circuit design for reliability

    Cao, Yu; Wirth, Gilson


    This book presents physical understanding, modeling and simulation, on-chip characterization, layout solutions, and design techniques that are effective to enhance the reliability of various circuit units.  The authors provide readers with techniques for state of the art and future technologies, ranging from technology modeling, fault detection and analysis, circuit hardening, and reliability management. Provides comprehensive review on various reliability mechanisms at sub-45nm nodes; Describes practical modeling and characterization techniques for reliability; Includes thorough presentation of robust design techniques for major VLSI design units; Promotes physical understanding with first-principle simulations.

  12. Aluminum-stabilized NB3SN superconductor

    Scanlan, Ronald M.


    An aluminum-stabilized Nb.sub.3 Sn superconductor and process for producing same, utilizing ultrapure aluminum. Ductile components are co-drawn with aluminum to produce a conductor suitable for winding magnets. After winding, the conductor is heated to convert it to the brittle Nb.sub.3 Sn superconductor phase, using a temperature high enough to perform the transformation but still below the melting point of the aluminum. This results in reaction of substantially all of the niobium, while providing stabilization and react-in-place features which are beneficial in the fabrication of magnets utilizing superconducting materials.

  13. The Aluminum Deep Processing Project of North United Aluminum Landed in Qijiang


    <正>On April 10,North United Aluminum Company respectively signed investment cooperation agreements with Qijiang Industrial Park and Qineng Electricity&Aluminum Co.,Ltd,signifying the landing of North United Aluminum’s aluminum deep processing project in Qijiang.

  14. Silicon reduces aluminum accumulation in rats: relevance to the aluminum hypothesis of Alzheimer disease.

    Bellés, M; Sánchez, D J; Gómez, M; Corbella, J; Domingo, J L


    In recent years, a possible relation between the aluminum and silicon levels in drinking water and the risk of Alzheimer disease (AD) has been established. It has been suggested that silicon may have a protective effect in limiting oral aluminum absorption. The present study was undertaken to examine the influence of supplementing silicon in the diet to prevent tissue aluminum retention in rats exposed to oral aluminum. Three groups of adult male rats were given by gavage 450 mg/kg/day of aluminum nitrate nonahydrate 5 days a week for 5 weeks. Concurrently, animals received silicon in the drinking water at 0 (positive control), 59, and 118 mg Si/L. A fourth group (-Al, - Si) was designated as a negative control group. At the end of the period of aluminum and silicon administration, urines were collected for 4 consecutive days, and the urinary aluminum levels were determined. The aluminum concentrations in the brain (various regions), liver, bone, spleen, and kidney were also measured. For all tissues, aluminum levels were significantly lower in the groups exposed to 59 and 118 mg Si/L than in the positive control group; significant reductions in the urinary aluminum levels of the same groups were also found. The current results corroborate that silicon effectively prevents gastrointestinal aluminum absorption, which may be of concern in protecting against the neurotoxic effects of aluminum.

  15. Optimal Structural Reliability of Offshore Wind Turbines

    Sørensen, John Dalsgaard; Tarp-Johansen, N.J.


    The main failure modes of modern large wind turbines are fatigue failure of wings, hub, shaft and main tower, local buckling of main tower, and failure of the foundation. This paper considers reliability-based optimal design of wind turbines. Compared to onshore wind turbines and building...... can be lower than for onshore wind turbines and other civil engineering structures and can be assessed by reliability-based cost-optimization. Specifically this paper considers the main tower and foundation. Both fatigue and ultimate strength failure modes are included. Different formulations...

  16. Strength Training for Girls.

    Connaughton, Daniel; Connaughton, Angela; Poor, Linda


    Strength training can be fun, safe, and appropriate for young girls and women and is an important component of any fitness program when combined with appropriate cardiovascular and flexibility activities. Concerns and misconceptions regarding girls' strength training are discussed, presenting general principles of strength training for children…

  17. Strength Training for Girls.

    Connaughton, Daniel; Connaughton, Angela; Poor, Linda


    Strength training can be fun, safe, and appropriate for young girls and women and is an important component of any fitness program when combined with appropriate cardiovascular and flexibility activities. Concerns and misconceptions regarding girls' strength training are discussed, presenting general principles of strength training for children…

  18. Improving resistance welding of aluminum sheets by addition of metal powder

    Al Naimi, Ihsan K.; Al-Saadi, Moneer H.; Daws, Kasim M.


    . The improvement obtained is shown to be due to the development of a secondary bond in the joint beside the weld nugget increasing the total weld area. The application of powder additive is especially feasible, when using welding machines with insufficient current capacity for producing the required nugget size......In order to ensure good quality joints between aluminum sheets by resistance spot welding, a new approach involving the addition of metal powder to the faying surfaces before resistance heating is proposed. Three different metal powders (pure aluminum and two powders corresponding to the alloys AA......2024 and AA7075) are investigated for the resistance spot welding of AA1050 aluminum sheets of three different thicknesses. Microstructural and mechanical analysis demonstrates that significant improvement in weld bead morphology and strength are obtained with the addition of metal powder...

  19. High-power Laser Welding of Thick Steel-aluminum Dissimilar Joints

    Lahdo, Rabi; Springer, André; Pfeifer, Ronny; Kaierle, Stefan; Overmeyer, Ludger

    According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a worldwide reduction of CO2-emissions is indispensable to avoid global warming. Besides the automotive sector, lightweight construction is also of high interest for the maritime industry in order to minimize CO2-emissions. Using aluminum, the weight of ships can be reduced, ensuring lower fuel consumption. Therefore, hybrid joints of steel and aluminum are of great interest to the maritime industry. In order to provide an efficient lap joining process, high-power laser welding of thick steel plates (S355, t = 5 mm) and aluminum plates (EN AW-6082, t = 8 mm) is investigated. As the weld seam quality greatly depends on the amount of intermetallic phases within the joint, optimized process parameters and control are crucial. Using high-power laser welding, a tensile strength of 10 kN was achieved. Based on metallographic analysis, hardness tests, and tensile tests the potential of this joining method is presented.

  20. Application of Image Processing to Predict Compressive Behavior of Aluminum Foam

    Kim Sanghoon


    Full Text Available An image processing technique was used to model the internal structure of aluminum foam in finite element analysis in order to predict the compressive behavior of the material. Finite element analysis and experimental tests were performed on aluminum foam with densities of 0.2, 0.25, and 0.3 g/cm3. It was found that although the compressive strength predicted from the finite element analysis was higher than that determined experimentally, the predicted compressive stress-strain curves exhibited a tendency similar to those determined from experiments for both densities. However, the behavior of the predicted compressive stress-strain curves was different from the experimental one as the applied strain increased. The difference between predicted and experimental stress-strain curves in a high strain range was due to contact between broken aluminum foam walls by the large deformation.