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  1. Microcontainers - an oral drug delivery system for poorly soluble drugs

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    Nielsen, Line Hagner; Petersen, Ritika Singh; Marizza, Paolo

    with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) by inkjet printing followed by supercritical CO2 impregnation of ketoprofen into the PVP matrix. As an alternative filling method, the powder of amorphous sodium salt of furosemide, (ASSF) was filled into the SU-8 microcontainers. The PLLA microcontainers were filled with drug formulation...... by embossing the microcontainers into a polycaprolactone (PCL) and furosemide (4:1 w/w) layer. For the ASSF-filled microcontainers, an enteric-resistant lid of Eudragit L100 was spray coated onto the cavity of the microcontainers. From coated ASSF-filled microcontainers, a fast release in simulated intestinal...... medium at pH 6.5 was observed. In situ intestinal perfusions were performed in rats of the Eudragit-coated ASSF-filled microcontainers and compared to a furosemide solution. At the end of the study, the small intestine was harvested from the rat and imaged under a light microscope. The absorption rate...

  2. Polymeric microcontainers improve oral bioavailability of furosemide.

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    Nielsen, Line Hagner; Melero, Ana; Keller, Stephan Sylvest; Jacobsen, Jette; Garrigues, Teresa; Rades, Thomas; Müllertz, Anette; Boisen, Anja

    2016-05-17

    Microcontainers with an inner diameter of 223 μm are fabricated using the polymer SU-8, and evaluated in vitro, in situ and in vivo for their application as an advanced oral drug delivery system for the poorly water soluble drug furosemide. An amorphous sodium salt of furosemide (ASSF) is filled into the microcontainers followed by applying a lid using Eudragit L100. It is possible to control the drug release in vitro, and in vitro absorption studies show that the microcontainers are not a hindrance for absorption of ASSF. In situ perfusion studies in rats are performed with ASSF-filled microcontainers coated with Eudragit and compared to a furosemide solution. The absorption rate constant of ASSF confined in microcontainers is found to be significantly different from the solution, and by light microscopy, it is observed that the microcontainers are engulfed by the intestinal mucus. An oral bioavailability study in rats is performed with ASSF confined in microcontainers coated with Eudragit and a control group with ASSF in Eudragit-coated capsules. A relative bioavailability of 220% for the ASSF in microcontainers compared to ASSF in capsules is found. These studies indicate that the microcontainers could serve as a promising oral drug delivery system. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  3. Spray coating of microcontainers with eudragit using ferromagnetic shadow masks for controlled oral release of poorly water soluble drugs

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    Nielsen, Line Hagner; Keller, Stephan Sylvest; Boisen, Anja

    2013-01-01

    of controlling the drug release of poorly soluble drugs from the microcontainers. METHODS: Cylindrical microcontainers (inner diameter of 240 μm) were fabricated in SU-8, using photolithography on silicon substrate. The microcontainers were filled with either cinnarizine (weak base) or amorphous furosemide salt...... clamping to the substrate and therefore precise deposition of the polymer on the microcontainers to form a lid. The release of cinnarizine and amorphous furosemide salt from the coated microcontainers was performed in fasted biorelevant gastric (pH 1.6) and intestinal media (pH 6.5), respectively. RESULTS....... It was possible to control the drug release of cinnarizine by using Eudragit L-100 in the gastric medium and also possible to control the release of amorphous furosemide salt by the Eudragit E-100 coating in the intestinal medium. CONCLUSIONS: The ferromagnetic shadow masks made it possible to deposit a lid...

  4. Polymeric microcontainers improve oral bioavailability of furosemide

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    Nielsen, Line Hagner; Melero, Ana; Keller, Stephan Sylvest

    2016-01-01

    Microcontainers with an inner diameter of 223μm are fabricated using the polymer SU-8, and evaluated in vitro, in situ and in vivo for their application as an advanced oral drug delivery system for the poorly water soluble drug furosemide. An amorphous sodium salt of furosemide (ASSF) is filled...... with Eudragit and compared to a furosemide solution. The absorption rate constant of ASSF confined in microcontainers is found to be significantly different from the solution, and by light microscopy, it is observed that the microcontainers are engulfed by the intestinal mucus. An oral bioavailability study...

  5. In vitro characterization of microcontainers as an oral drug delivery system

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    Nielsen, Line Hagner; Keller, Stephan Sylvest; Petersen, Ritika Singh

    We here present in vitro studies showing the promise of microcontainers (fabricated in either SU-8 or Poly(lactic acid) (PLLA)) as an oral drug delivery system for the poorly watersoluble drug, furosemide.......We here present in vitro studies showing the promise of microcontainers (fabricated in either SU-8 or Poly(lactic acid) (PLLA)) as an oral drug delivery system for the poorly watersoluble drug, furosemide....

  6. Biodegradable microcontainers as an oral drug delivery system for poorly soluble drugs

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    Nielsen, Line Hagner; Nagstrup, Johan; Keller, Stephan Sylvest

    2013-01-01

    of PLLA was produced by spin coating. The film was heated above the polymer glass transition temperature (Tg), and a stamp was forced into the film. Following cooling of the film the stamp was removed, exposing the formed microcontainers. Microcontainers were filled with amorphous furosemide sodium salt...... (produced by spray drying) using a simplified version of a screen printing technique. An enteric-resistant lid of Eudragit L-100 was subsequently spray coated onto the cavity of the microcontainers. Release of amorphous furosemide salt from the coated microcontainers was investigated using a μ-Diss profiler....... Release experiments were carried out in biorelevant gastric medium (pH 1.6) for 2 h, followed by 3 h in a biorelevant intestinal medium (pH 6.5). Moreover, biorelevant flow through dissolution was also carried out in conjunction with UV imaging to visualize the release of amorphous furosemide salt from...

  7. SU-8 cantilever chip interconnection

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    Johansson, Alicia Charlotte; Janting, Jakob; Schultz, Peter

    2006-01-01

    The polymer SU-8 is becoming widely used for all kinds of micromechanical and microfluidic devices, not only as a photoresist but also as the constitutional material of the devices. Many of these polymeric devices need to include a microfluidic system as well as electrical connection from...... the electrodes on the SU-8 chip to a printed circuit board. Here, we present two different methods of electrically connecting an SU-8 chip, which contains a microfluidic network and free-hanging mechanical parts. The tested electrical interconnection techniques are flip chip bonding using underfill or flip chip...... bonding using an anisotropic conductive film (ACF). These are both widely used in the Si industry and might also be used for the large scale interconnection of SU-8 chips. The SU-8 chip, to which the interconnections are made, has a microfluidic channel with integrated micrometer-sized cantilevers...

  8. Chemical synthesis on SU-8

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    Qvortrup, Katrine; Taveras, Kennedy; Thastrup, Ole

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we describe a highly effective surface modification of SU-8 microparticles, the attachment of appropriate linkers for solid-supported synthesis, and the successful chemical modification of these particles via controlled multi-step organic synthesis leading to molecules attached...

  9. Synthesis of magnetic thermosensitive microcontainers for enzyme immobilization

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    Wang, Jianzhi; Zhao, Guanghui, E-mail: zhaogh@lzu.edu.cn; Wang, Xinyu, E-mail: wangxy08@lzu.cn; Peng, Xiaomen; Li, Yanfeng, E-mail: liyf@lzu.edu.cn [Lanzhou University, State Key Laboratory of Applied Organic Chemistry, Institute of Biochemical Engineering & Environmental Technology, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (China)

    2015-05-15

    We present a new approach for the fabrication of magnetic thermoresponsive polymer microcapsules with mobile magnetic spherical cores. The microcontainers form fried-egg-like structures with a polymer shell layer of 50 nm due to the existence of hollow cavities. The microcontainers undergo a temperature-induced volume phase transition upon changing the temperature and present an impressive magnetic response. The magnetic saturation of these smart microcontainers (42 emu/g) is high enough to meet most requirements of bioapplications. To further investigate the potential application of these smart microcontainers in biotechnology, Candida rugosa lipase was selected for the enzyme immobilization process. The immobilized lipase exhibited excellent thermal stability and reusability in comparison with the free enzyme. The adsorption/release of the lipase from the microcontainers can be controlled by the environmental temperature and magnetic force, thus, offering new potential applications such as in controlled drug delivery, bioseparation, and catalysis.

  10. Further outgassing studies on SU-8

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    Melai, J.; Blanco Carballo, V.M.; Salm, Cora; Wolters, Robertus A.M.; Schmitz, Jurriaan

    2008-01-01

    SU-8 is often used as a structural material in microsystems. In this work the outgassing characteristics from such cross-linked SU-8 layers are studied using Mass Spectrometry and Gas Chromatography techniques. With these methods the composition of the released matter can be identified, also the

  11. SU-8 Based Piezoresistive Mechanical Sensor

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    Thaysen, Jacob; Yalcinkaya, Arda Deniz; Vestergaard, R.K.

    2002-01-01

    We present the first SU-8 based piezoresistive mechanical sensor. Conventionally, silicon has been used as a piezoresistive material due to its high gauge factor and thereby high sensitivity to strain changes in a sensor. By using the fact that SU-8 is much softer than silicon and that a gold...

  12. Volume Hologram Formation in SU-8 Photoresist

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    Tina Sabel

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available In order to further understand the mechanism of volume hologram formation in photosensitive polymers, light-induced material response is analyzed in commonly used epoxy-based negative photoresist Epon SU-8. For this purpose, time-resolved investigation of volume holographic grating growth is performed in the SU-8 based host–guest system and in the pure SU-8 material, respectively. The comparison of grating growth curves from doped and undoped system allows us to draw conclusions on the impact of individual components on the grating formation process. The successive formation of transient absorption as well as phase gratings in SU-8 is observed. Influence of exposure duration and UV flood cure on the grating growth are investigated. Observed volume holographic grating formation in SU-8 can be explained based on the generation and subsequent diffusion of photoacid as well as time-delayed polymerization of exposed and unexposed areas.

  13. Loading of microcontainers for oral drug delivery

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    Marizza, Paolo

    The pharmaceutical research is facing several obstacles in the development of drug products for the oral delivery. The main problem deals with the intrinsic chemical nature of the new drug candidates, which are often poorly soluble and barely absorbed in the gastro-intestinal tract. Furthermore......, they are usually degraded before they are absorbed. These combined factors considerably reduce the bioavailability of many active ingredients. Several strategies have been developed to overcome these challenges. One of them are microfabricated drug delivery devices. Microreservoir based-systems are characterized...... by small dimensions (100-500 μm), mucoadhesive properties, asymmetric geometry and unidirectional drug release. In the fabrication of these microcontainers, an important task is the drug loading. The state of the art in this field is based on traditional methods used in microtechnology, which...

  14. Diffusion of water into SU-8 microcantilevers

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    Liu, C.J.; Liu, Y.; Sokuler, M.

    2010-01-01

    We present a method to monitor the diffusion of liquid molecules in polymers. A microdrop of water is deposited by a piezoelectric drop generator onto the upper surface of a cantilever made of SU-8 based photoresist. In response, the cantilever bends in the opposite direction. We find that this b...... sophisticated finite element model the diffusion coefficient of water in the SU-8 polymer can be determined quantitatively from the dynamics of cantilever bending.......We present a method to monitor the diffusion of liquid molecules in polymers. A microdrop of water is deposited by a piezoelectric drop generator onto the upper surface of a cantilever made of SU-8 based photoresist. In response, the cantilever bends in the opposite direction. We find...... that this bending is mainly caused by the diffusion of water into the cantilever and the consequent swelling of SU-8. Using a one-dimensional diffusion model and assuming a simple swelling law, we qualitatively model the bending of the cantilever during in and out diffusion of water in SU-8. With a more...

  15. Novel SU-8 based vacuum wafer-level packaging for MEMS devices

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    Murillo, Gonzalo; Davis, Zachary James; Keller, Stephan Urs

    2010-01-01

    This work presents a simple and low-cost SU-8 based wafer-level vacuum packaging method which is CMOS and MEMS compatible. Different approaches have been investigated by taking advantage of the properties of SU-8, such as chemical resistance, optical transparence, mechanical reliability...... and versatility. A novel technique of wafer level adhesive bonding, which uses SU-8 as structural and adhesive material, has been developed and successfully demonstrated. Optical inspection and SEM images were used in order to measure the package lid bending and probe the encapsulation sealing. In addition......, an indirect vacuum level measurement has been carried out by comparing the different quality factors of a test cantilever resonator when this element is packed or unpacked....

  16. From concept to in vivo testing: Microcontainers for oral drug delivery

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    Mazzoni, Chiara; Tentor, Fabio; Andersen, Sophie Strindberg

    2017-01-01

    This work explores the potential of polymeric micrometer sized devices (microcontainers) as oral drug delivery systems (DDS). Arrays of detachable microcontainers (D-MCs) were fabricated on a sacrificial layer to improve the handling and facilitate the collection of individual D-MCs. A model drug...

  17. Fabrication of poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) microcontainers using solvent evaporation with polydimethylsiloxane stencil

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    Kim, Chul Min; Byul Lee, Han; Kim, Jong Uk; Kim, Gyu Man

    2017-12-01

    We present a fabrication method using polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) stencils and solvent evaporation to prepare microcontainers with a desired shape made from a biodegradable polymer. Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) was used for preparing microcontainers, but most polymers are applicable in the proposed method in which solvent evaporation is used to construct microstructures in confined spaces in the stencil. Microcontainers with various shapes were fabricated by controlling the stencil geometry. Furthermore, a porous structure could be prepared in a micromembrane using water porogen. The porous structure was observed using a field emission scanning electron microscope and mass transfer across the porous membrane was examined using a fluorescent dye. The flexibility of the PDMS stencil allowed the fabrication of microcontainers on a curved surface. Finally, it was demonstrated that microcontainers can be used to contain a localized cell culture. The viability and morphology of cultured cells were observed using confocal microscopy over a period of 3 weeks.

  18. Fabrication and loading of oral drug delivery microcontainers using hot punching

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    Petersen, Ritika Singh; Borre, Mads T.; Keller, Stephan Sylvest

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA) solution is spin coated to achieve a PLLA layer of 55 μm thickness. Hot punching with a Ni stamp is optimized to fabricate microcontainers in PLLA. Process optimization of thermal bonding of the microcontainers to a poly acrylic acid (PAA) layer is perform...... by modifying sample preparation and varying temperature. The fabricated microcontainers are loaded by hot punching in a spin coated drug polymer film of furosemide and poly-e-caprolactone (PCL)....

  19. Functionalized SU-8 patterned with X-ray Lithography

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    Balslev, Søren; Romanato, F.

    2005-01-01

    spontaneous emission light source that couples out light normal to the chip plane. In addition we examine the influence of the x-ray irradiation on the fluorescence of thin films of dye doped SU-8. The dye embedded in the SU-8 is optically excited during, characterization by an external light source tuned...

  20. Innovative SU-8 Lithography Techniques and Their Applications

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    Jeong Bong Lee

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available SU-8 has been widely used in a variety of applications for creating structures in micro-scale as well as sub-micron scales for more than 15 years. One of the most common structures made of SU-8 is tall (up to millimeters high-aspect-ratio (up to 100:1 3D microstructure, which is far better than that made of any other photoresists. There has been a great deal of efforts in developing innovative unconventional lithography techniques to fully utilize the thick high aspect ratio nature of the SU-8 photoresist. Those unconventional lithography techniques include inclined ultraviolet (UV exposure, back-side UV exposure, drawing lithography, and moving-mask UV lithography. In addition, since SU-8 is a negative-tone photoresist, it has been a popular choice of material for multiple-photon interference lithography for the periodic structure in scales down to deep sub-microns such as photonic crystals. These innovative lithography techniques for SU-8 have led to a lot of unprecedented capabilities for creating unique micro- and nano-structures. This paper reviews such innovative lithography techniques developed in the past 15 years or so.

  1. Supercritical impregnation of polymer matrices spatially confined in microcontainers for oral drug delivery: Effect of temperature, pressure and time

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    Marizza, Paolo; Pontoni, L.; Rindzevicius, Tomas

    2016-01-01

    The present study is aimed to enhance the oral bioavailability of ketoprofen by inserting it into the matrixof poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) K10 spatially confined into microcontainers, by means of supercriticalCO2-aided impregnation. Microcontainers are cylindrical reservoirs, with typical sizes...... sol-ubility in water. In a previous study we introduced a novel technique for drug loading of microcontainers,based on inkjet printing and supercritical impregnation (SCI). We showed that SCI produces accurate andreproducible drug loading for large arrays of microcontainers. In the attempt...... parameters(temperature, pressure, time, drug concentration in the supercritical phase) was elucidated with respectto the loading capacity. The microcontainer filling was observed by means of optical macroimaging, X-ray microtomography and scanning electron microscopy. The physical state of the drug...

  2. SU-8 as a Material for Microfabricated Particle Physics Detectors

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    Maoddi, Pietro; Jiguet, Sebastien; Renaud, Philippe

    2014-01-01

    Several recent detector te chnologies developed for particle physics applications are based on microfabricated structures. Dete ctors built with this approach generally exhibit the overall best performance in te rms of spatial and time resolution. Many properties of the SU-8 photoepoxy make it suitable for the manufacturing of microstructured particle detectors. This arti cle aims to review some emerging detector technologies making use of SU-8 microstructu ring, namely micropatte rn gaseous detectors and microfluidic scintillation detectors. Th e general working principle and main process steps for the fabrication of each device are reported, with a focus on the advantages brought to the device functionality by the us e of SU-8. A novel process based on multiple bonding steps for the fabrication of thin multila yer microfluidic scin tillation detectors developed by the authors is presented. Finally, a brief overview of the applications for the discussed devices is given.

  3. Development of untethered SU-8 polymer scratch drive microrobots

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    Valencia Garcia, Manuel

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents the design, simulation, fabrication and testing of novel, untethered SU-8 polymer microrobots based on scratch drive actuators (SDAs). The design consists of two 100×120×10μm linked SDAs, individually operated close to their resonant frequencies. The resonant frequency and deflection behavior of an individual SDA can be controlled by its shape, thickness, and stiffening design features. As a result, paired SDAs can be actuated individually or simultaneously by a multifrequency driving signal, allowing for two-dimensional displacement. The fabrication process uses SU-8 as structural material and PMGI as sacrificial material. The SU-8 provides a flexible material for the SDA\\'s plates as well as the bushing. Finally, a Cr/Au layer is blanket deposited to provide electrical conductivity.

  4. SU-8 Photolithography as a Toolbox for Carbon MEMS

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    Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The use of SU-8 as precursor for glass-like carbon, or glassy carbon, is presented here. SU-8 carbonizes when subject to high temperature under inert atmosphere. Although epoxy-based precursors can be patterned in a variety of ways, photolithography is chosen due to its resolution and reproducibility. Here, a number of improvements to traditional photolithography are introduced to increase the versatility of the process. The shrinkage of SU-8 during carbonization is then detailed as one of the guidelines necessary to design carbon patterns. A couple of applications—(1 carbon-electrode dielectrophoresis for bioparticle manipulation; and (2 the use of carbon structures as micro-molds are also presented.

  5. Droplet backside exposure for making slanted SU-8 microneedles.

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    Kwon, Ki Yong; Bi, Xiaopeng; Li, Wen

    2013-01-01

    This paper presented a droplet backside exposure (DBE) method for making slanted microneedle structures on a flexible polymer substrate. To demonstrate the feasibility of the DBE approach, SU-8 microneedle arrays were fabricated on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrates. The length of the microneedles was controlled by tuning the volume of the SU-8 droplet, utilizing the wetting barrier phenomenon at a liquid-vapor-hydrophilic surface-hydrophobic surface interface. The experimental results showed excellent repeatability and controllability of the DBE method for microneedle fabrication. Analytical models were also studied to predict the dimensions of the microneedles, which agreed with the experimental data.

  6. SU-8 microfluidic device for scintillating particle detection

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    Mapelli, A; Haguenauer, M; Jiguet, S; Vico Triviño, N; Renaud, P

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents the study of a novel scintillation detector based on standard microfabrication techniques. It consists of a fine pitch array of hollow waveguides filled with a liquid scintillator and optically coupled to photodetectors. The detector has been fabricated by patterning the SU-8 photoresist on silicon wafers. Experimental studies have been performed by exciting the liquid scintillator contained in the SU-8 waveguides with electrons. The scintillation light produced was read out by an external photodetector. The results obtained with this set-up demonstrate the concept of microfluidic scintillation detection and are very encouraging for future developments.

  7. A High-Throughput SU-8Microfluidic Magnetic Bead Separator

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    Bu, Minqiang; Christensen, T. B.; Smistrup, Kristian

    2007-01-01

    We present a novel microfluidic magnetic bead separator based on SU-8 fabrication technique for high through-put applications. The experimental results show that magnetic beads can be captured at an efficiency of 91 % and 54 % at flow rates of 1 mL/min and 4 mL/min, respectively. Integration of s...

  8. Special Issue: 15 Years of SU8 as MEMS Material

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    Arnaud Bertsch

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In 1997, the first paper using SU-8 as a material for microfabrication was published [1], demonstrating the interest of this negative photoresist for the near-UV structuration of thick layers and the manufacturing of high aspect-ratio components.[...

  9. Multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) on a SU-8 chip

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    Christensen, Troels Balmer; Bang, Dang Duong; Wolff, Anders

    2008-01-01

    We present the detection of Campylobacter at species level using multiplex PCR in a micro fabricated PCR chip. The chip is based on the polymer SU-8 that allows integration with different microfluidic components, e.g., sample pre-treatment before PCR, and DNA detection simultaneously with or afte...

  10. Moisture resistance of SU-8 and KMPR as structural material

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    Blanco Carballo, V.M.; Melai, J.; Salm, Cora; Schmitz, Jurriaan

    2009-01-01

    This paper treats the moisture resistance of SU-8 and KMPR, two photoresists considered as structural material in microsystems. Our experiments focus on the moisture resistance of newly developed radiation imaging detectors containing these resists. Since these microsystems will be used unpackaged,

  11. SU-8 negative photoresist for optical mask manufacturing

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    Bogdanov, Alexei L.

    2000-06-01

    The requirements for better control, linearity, and uniformity of critical dimension (CD) on photomasks in fabrication of 180 and 150 nm generation devices result in increasing demand for thinner, more etching durable, and more sensitive e-beam resists. Novolac based resists with chemical amplification have been a choice for their sensitivity and stability during etching. However, difficult CD control due to the acid catalyzer diffusion and quite narrow post exposure bake (PEB) process window are some of the major drawbacks of these resists. SU-8 is recently introduced to the market negative photoresist. High sensitivity, fairly good adhesion properties, and relatively simple processing of SU-8 make it a good substitution for novolac based chemically amplified negative e-beam resists in optical mask manufacturing. The replacement of traditional chemically amplified resists by SU- 8 can increase the process latitude and reduce resist costs. Among the obvious drawbacks of SU-8 are the use of solvent- based developer and demand of oxygen plasma for resist removal. In this paper the use of SU-8 for optical mask manufacturing is reported. All steps of resist film preparation, exposure and development are paid a share of attention. Possibilities to use reactive ion etching (RIE) with oxygen in order to increase resist mask contrast are discussed. Special exposure strategy (pattern outlining) was employed to further improve the edge definition. The resist PEB temperature and time were studied to estimate their weight in overall CD control performance. Specially designed test patterns with 0.25 micrometer design rule could be firmly transferred into a chromium layer both by wet etching and ion milling. Influence of exposure dose variation on the pattern CD change was studied.

  12. DYNAMICS OF LOWER LID MALPOSITIONS

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    Nagaraju

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Lower lid malpositions form amongst the most common lid malpositions encountered in ophthalmic practice. The bilaminar structure of the eye lid is central to the understanding of the mechanism of development, identification and management of these malpositions. Lid entropion and ectropion develop due to a disparity in the functioning of the anterior and posterior lid lamellae. The previous thought of simple single procedures like in - turning procedures for ectropion and out - turning procedures for entropion are no longer in vogue and should no longer be practiced. Customized Lid Surgery based on a detail clinical evaluation including special tests for various components of the malposition complex is necessary for effective management and a good surgical outcome for lid malpositions. We discuss the dynamics of the occurrence and the concepts behind the management of lower eye lid malpositions

  13. SU-8-based microneedles for in vitro neural applications

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    Altuna, Ane; Gabriel, Gemma; Menéndez de la Prida, Liset; Tijero, María; Guimerá, Anton; Berganzo, Javier; Salido, Rafa; Villa, Rosa; Fernández, Luis J.

    2010-06-01

    This paper presents novel design, fabrication, packaging and the first in vitro neural activity recordings of SU-8-based microneedles. The polymer SU-8 was chosen because it provides excellent features for the fabrication of flexible and thin probes. A microprobe was designed in order to allow a clean insertion and to minimize the damage caused to neural tissue during in vitro applications. In addition, a tetrode is patterned at the tip of the needle to obtain fine-scale measurements of small neuronal populations within a radius of 100 µm. Impedance characterization of the electrodes has been carried out to demonstrate their viability for neural recording. Finally, probes are inserted into 400 µm thick hippocampal slices, and simultaneous action potentials with peak-to-peak amplitudes of 200-250 µV are detected.

  14. SU-8 Guiding Layer for Love Wave Devices

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    Michael I. Newton

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available SU-8 is a technologically important photoresist used extensively for thefabrication of microfluidics and MEMS, allowing high aspect ratio structures to beproduced. In this work we report the use of SU-8 as a Love wave sensor guiding layerwhich allows the possibility of integrating a guiding layer with flow cell during fabrication.Devices were fabricated on ST-cut quartz substrates with a single-single finger design suchthat a surface skimming bulk wave (SSBW at 97.4 MHz was excited. SU-8 polymer layerswere successively built up by spin coating and spectra recorded at each stage; showing afrequency decrease with increasing guiding layer thickness. The insertion loss andfrequency dependence as a function of guiding layer thickness was investigated over thefirst Love wave mode. Mass loading sensitivity of the resultant Love wave devices wasinvestigated by deposition of multiple gold layers. Liquid sensing using these devices wasalso demonstrated; water-glycerol mixtures were used to demonstrate sensing of density-viscosity and the physical adsorption and removal of protein was also assessed usingalbumin and fibrinogen as model proteins.

  15. SU-8 Cantilever Sensor with Integrated Read-Out

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    Johansson, Alicia Charlotte

    2007-01-01

    kan måles med optiske målesystemer eller ved hjælp af integrerede piezoresistorer. Dette PhD projekt beskriver design, fremstilling og indpakning af en polymer cantilever chip med piezoresistive udlæsning. Chippen er fremstillet i den epoxy-baserede negative fotoresist SU-8, på nær de integrerede guld...... resistorer. Cantilever baserede sensorer bliver normalt fremstillet i silicium men fordelen ved at bruge SU-8 er, at SU-8 er et blødere materiale som er billigere og hurtigere at fremstille. For at opnå elektrisk kontakt fra chippen til et printet kredsløbskort, er flere metoder så som flip-chip bonding...... blevet undersøgt. Chippen er blevet brugt til overfladestress målinger i væske, så som thiol binding og detektion af pH forandringer. Teoretiske beregninger af følsomheden for overfladestress og den mindste målbare overfladestress bliver også beskrevet. Til sidst diskuteres muligheden for at binde...

  16. Hot embossing and mechanical punching of biodegradable microcontainers for oral drug delivery

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    Petersen, Ritika Singh; Mahshid, Rasoul; Andersen, Nis Korsgaard

    2015-01-01

    the holes, after filling them with drug. Here, we demonstrate the fabrication of microcontainers with a diameter of 340 lm and a height of 50 lm. The process is temperature benign so that the compositional integrity of the drug is preserved. It also provides a good flexibility for creating different sizes...

  17. Improved anti-stiction coating of SU-8 molds

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    Lange, Jacob Moresco; Clausen, Casper Hyttel; Svendsen, Winnie Edith

    2010-01-01

    We have developed a simple method for the improved release of embossed poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) as well as casted poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) from a SU-8 mold using vapor phase deposition of 1H,1H,2H,2H-Perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane (FDTS). We have further investigated if prior breakage...... the method for the mold fabrication as well as the vapor phase deposition of FDTS onto the mold is described; examples of released final devices using this method in PMMA and PDMS are presented. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved....

  18. SU-8 etching in inductively coupled oxygen plasma

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    Rasmussen, Kristian Hagsted; Keller, Stephan Sylvest; Jensen, Flemming

    2013-01-01

    Structuring or removal of the epoxy based, photo sensitive polymer SU-8 by inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etching (ICP-RIE) was investigated as a function of plasma chemistry, bias power, temperature, and pressure. In a pure oxygen plasma, surface accumulation of antimony from the photo......-initiator introduced severe roughness and reduced etch rate significantly. Addition of SF6 to the plasma chemistry reduced the antimony surface concentration with lower roughness and higher etch rate as an outcome. Furthermore the etch anisotropy could be tuned by controlling the bias power. Etch rates up to 800 nm...

  19. Fabrication of high-aspect ratio SU-8 micropillar arrays

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    Amato, Letizia; Keller, Stephan S.; Heiskanen, Arto

    2012-01-01

    to the resolution limit of photolithography. This paper describes process optimization for the fabrication of dense SU-8 micropillar arrays (2.5μm spacing) with nominal height ⩾20μm and nominal diameter ⩽2.5μm (AR ⩾8). Two approaches, differing in temperature, ramping rate and duration of the baking steps were...... compared as part of the photolithographic processing, in order to evaluate the effect of baking on the pattern resolution. Additionally, during the post-processing, supercritical point drying and hard baking were introduced yielding pillars with diameter 1.8μm, AR=11 and an improved temporal stability....

  20. Combined electron beam and UV lithography in SU-8

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    Gersborg-Hansen, Morten; Thamdrup, Lasse Højlund; Mironov, Andrej

    2007-01-01

    We present combined electron beam and UV lithography (CEUL) in SU-8 as a fast and flexible lithographic technique for prototyping of functional polymer devices and pattern transfer applications. CEUL is a lithographic technique suitable for defining both micrometer and nanometer scale features...... in a single polymer film on the wafer scale. The height of the micrometer and nanometer scale features is matched within 30 nm. As a pattern transfer application, we demonstrate stamp fabrication and thermal nanoimprint of a 2-dimensional array of 100 nm wide lines with a pitch of 380 nm in connection...

  1. Microcontainers as an oral delivery system for spray dried cubosomes containing ovalbumin

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    Nielsen, Line Hagner; Rades, Thomas; Boyd, Ben

    2017-01-01

    microcontainers intended as an oral drug delivery system. The cubosomes consisted of commercial glyceryl monooleate, Dimodan®, containing OVA and were surrounded with a dextran shell prepared by spray drying. Cryo-TEM was used to confirm that cubosomes were formed after hydration of the spray dried precursor......The purpose of this study was to prepare cubosomes encapsulating the model antigen ovalbumin (OVA) via spray drying, and to characterise such cubosomes with a view for their potential application in oral vaccine delivery. Furthermore the cubosome formulation was loaded into polymeric...... the cubosomes and microcontainers occurred at pH 6.8, releasing 44.1±5.6% of the OVA in 96h. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) revealed that the 'dry' particles possessed an internal ordered lipid structure (lamellar and inverse micellar phase) by virtue of a small amount of residual water, and after...

  2. Fabrication of SU-8 low frequency electrostatic energy harvester

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    Ramadan, Khaled S.

    2011-11-01

    A 1500μm × 1500μm × 150μm out-of-plane, gap closing, electrostatic energy harvester is designed and fabricated to harvest low-frequency ambient vibrations. SU-8 is used to fabricate the proof mass (1200μm × 1200μm × 150μm) and the 5 m springs. Different harvesters were designed to harvest at 50, 75 and 110 Hz. At 110 Hz, Simulations show that with an input vibration of 10 μm amplitude at the frequency of resonance of the structure, the energy harvester should generate an average output power density of 0.032μW/mm3. This is the most area-efficient low-frequency electrostatic harvester to-date. © 2011 IEEE.

  3. High temperature SU-8 pyrolysis for fabrication of carbon electrodes

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    Hassan, Yasmin Mohamed; Caviglia, Claudia; Hemanth, Suhith

    2017-01-01

    spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy were used to characterize the pyrolytic carbon. The results show that the temperature increase from 900 °C to 1100 °C improves the electrical and electrochemical properties. At 1100 °C, longer dwell time leads to lower resistivity, while the variation of the pyrolysis...... composite experimental design was used to identify the influence of dwell time at the highest pyrolysis temperature and heating rate on electrical, electrochemical and structural properties of the pyrolytic carbon: Van der Pauw sheet resistance measurements, cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance......In this work, we present the investigation of the pyrolysis parameters at high temperature (1100 °C) for the fabrication of two-dimensional pyrolytic carbon electrodes. The electrodes were fabricated by pyrolysis of lithographically patterned negative epoxy based photoresist SU-8. A central...

  4. Tailoring the mechanical properties of SU-8/clay nanocomposites: polymer microcantilever fabrication perspective

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    Chen, H

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available SU-8/Clay nanocomposite is considered as a candidate material for microcantilever sensor fabrication. Organically modified montmorillonite clay nanoparticles are dispersed in the universally used negative photoresist polymer SU-8, for a low cost...

  5. Gold Nanoparticles-Coated SU-8 for Sensitive Fluorescence-Based Detections of DNA

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    Cao, Cuong; Birtwell, Sam W.; Høgberg, Jonas

    2012-01-01

    that use fluorescence as the predominant detection workhorse. Here, we show that deposition of a thin gold nanoparticles layer onto the SU-8 surface significantly reduces the autofluorescence of the coated SU-8 surface by as much as 81% compared to bare SU-8. Furthermore, DNA probes can easily...

  6. Functionalization of SU-8 Photoresist Surfaces with IgG Proteins

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    Blagoi, Gabriela; Keller, Stephan Urs; Johansson, Alicia

    2008-01-01

    The negative epoxy-based photoresist SU-8 has a variety of applications within microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and lab-on-a-chip systems. Here, several methods to functionalize SU-8 surfaces with IgG proteins were investigated. Fluorescent labeled proteins and fluorescent sandwich immunoass......The negative epoxy-based photoresist SU-8 has a variety of applications within microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and lab-on-a-chip systems. Here, several methods to functionalize SU-8 surfaces with IgG proteins were investigated. Fluorescent labeled proteins and fluorescent sandwich...... SU-8 in a functional fluorescent sandwich immunoassay detecting C-reactive protein (CRP) gave twice as high signal as compared with the other two surfaces. Immunoassays performed on bare SU-8 and CAN treated SU-8 resulted in detection limits of CRP of 30 and 80 ng/ml respectively which is sufficient...

  7. SU(8) family unification with boson-fermion balance

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    2014-01-01

    Grand unification has been intensively investigated for over forty years, and many different approaches have been tried. In this talk I propose a model that involves three ingredients that do not appear in the usual constructions: (1) boson--fermion balance without full supersymmetry, (2) canceling the spin 1/2 fermion gauge anomalies against the anomaly from a gauged spin 3/2 gravitino, and (3) using a scalar field representation with non-zero U(1) generator to break the SU(8) gauge symmetry through a ground state which, before dynamical symmetry breaking, has a periodic U(1) generator structure. The model has a number of promising features: (1) natural incorporation of three families, (2) incorporation of the experimentally viable flipped SU(5) model, (3) a symmetry breaking pathway to the standard model using the scalar field required by boson-fermion balance, together with a stage of most attractive channel dynamical symmetry breaking, without postulating additional Higgs fields, (4) vanishing of bare Yuk...

  8. Fabrication of micropressure sensor using SU-8/silver as piezoresistor and overhead projector transparency as substrate

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    Wong, Wah Seng; Azid, Ishak Abdul; Ibrahim, Kamarulazizi; Devarajan, Mutharasu

    2014-10-01

    This paper proposes a low-cost SU-8 pressure sensor fabricated using a piezoresistive material, SU-8/silver composite (SU-8/Ag), and a substrate material, overhead projector (OHP) transparency. SU-8/Ag has higher gauge factor (26.3) but shows a lower stiffness (2 GPa) compared with doped silicon. The OHP transparency substrate is cheap, easily forms the desired shape, is transparent to light (allows backside exposure), and allows for the dry release method through OHP transparency. Fabrication and characterization in this study were carried out using a typical semiconductor lab setup. The fabricated sensor showed high sensitivity (21.5 μV/Pa), low linearity error (Pearson's correlation coefficient=0.994937), and no apparent hysteresis response. The fabricated sensor with SU-8/Ag as the piezoresistive material exhibited 41 times higher sensitivity compared to that found in a previous study based on SU-8 and doped polysilicon.

  9. High resolution 100 kV electron beam lithography in SU-8

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    Olsen, Brian Bilenberg; Jakobsen, S.; Schmidt, M.S.

    2006-01-01

    High resolution 100 kV electron beam lithography in thin layers of the negative resist SU-8 is demonstrated. Sub-30 nm lines with a pitch down to 300 nm are written in 100 nm thick SU-8. Two reactive ion etch processes are developed in order to transfer the SU-8 structures into a silicon substrate......, a Soft O-2-Plasma process to remove SU-8 residues on the silicon surface after development and a highly anisotropic SF6/O-2/CHF3 based process to transfer the pattern into a silicon substrate, with selectivity between silicon and SU-8 of approximately 2. 30 nm lines patterned in SU-8 are successfully...

  10. The SoLid experiment

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    Kalousis, L. N.; SoLid Collaboration

    2017-09-01

    The SoLid experiment is a short-baseline project, probing the disappearance of reactor antineutrinos using a novel detector design. Installed at a very short distance of ˜ 5.5 - 10 m from the BR2 research reactor at SCK·CEN in Mol (Belgium) it will be able to search for active-to-sterile neutrino oscillations, exploring most of the allowed parameter region. SoLid will make use of a highly segmented detector, built from 5 cm PVT cubes, interleaved with 6LiF:ZnS(Ag) screens, and read out by optical fibers and Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs). The detector granularity allows for the localization of the positron and neutron signals from antineutrino interactions and the robust neutron identification capabilities, offered by the 6LiF:ZnS(Ag) inorganic scintillator, provide background suppression to an unparalleled level. This paper reviews the experimental layout and current status of SoLid. Emphasis is put on the challenges one faces towards this measurement, focusing on the decisions and strategy adapted by the SoLid collaboration. The analysis scheme and the details of the oscillation framework are also presented, highlighting the sensitivity contour and physics potential of SoLid. Finally, other physics topics, such as, reactor monitoring or measurement of the 235U spectrum are also covered.

  11. A Simple Hydrophilic Treatment of SU-8 Surfaces for Cell Culturing and Cell Patterning

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    Wang, Zhenyu; Stangegaard, Michael; Dufva, Hans Martin

    2005-01-01

    SU-8, an epoxy-based photoresist, widely used in constitution different mTAS systems, is incompatible with mammalian cell adhesion and culture in its native form. Here, we demonstrate a simple, cheap and robust two-step method to render a SU-8 surface hydrophilic and compatible with cell culture........ The contact angle of SU-8 surface was significantly reduced from 90° to 25° after the surface modification. The treated SU-8 surfaces provided a cell culture environment that was comparable with cell culture flask surface in terms of generation time and morphology....

  12. Microcontainers as an oral delivery system for spray dried cubosomes containing ovalbumin

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    Nielsen, Line Hagner; Rades, Thomas; Boyd, Ben

    2017-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to prepare cubosomes encapsulating the model antigen ovalbumin (OVA) via spray drying, and to characterise such cubosomes with a view for their potential application in oral vaccine delivery. Furthermore the cubosome formulation was loaded into polymeric microcontain......The purpose of this study was to prepare cubosomes encapsulating the model antigen ovalbumin (OVA) via spray drying, and to characterise such cubosomes with a view for their potential application in oral vaccine delivery. Furthermore the cubosome formulation was loaded into polymeric...

  13. Low Impact Docking System (LIDS)

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    LaBauve, Tobie E.

    2009-01-01

    Since 1996, NASA has been developing a docking system that will simplify operations and reduce risks associated with mating spacecraft. This effort has focused on developing and testing an original, reconfigurable, active, closed-loop, force-feedback controlled docking system using modern technologies. The primary objective of this effort has been to design a docking interface that is tunable to the unique performance requirements for all types of mating operations (i.e. docking and berthing, autonomous and piloted rendezvous, and in-space assembly of vehicles, modules and structures). The docking system must also support the transfer of crew, cargo, power, fluid, and data. As a result of the past 10 years of docking system advancement, the Low Impact Docking System or LIDS was developed. The current LIDS design incorporates the lessons learned and development experiences from both previous and existing docking systems. LIDS feasibility was established through multiple iterations of prototype hardware development and testing. Benefits of LIDS include safe, low impact mating operations, more effective and flexible mission implementation with an anytime/anywhere mating capability, system level redundancy, and a more affordable and sustainable mission architecture with reduced mission and life cycle costs. In 1996 the LIDS project, then known as the Advanced Docking Berthing System (ADBS) project, launched a four year developmental period. At the end of the four years, the team had built a prototype of the soft-capture hardware and verified the control system that will be used to control the soft-capture system. In 2001, the LIDS team was tasked to work with the X- 38 Crew Return Vehicle (CRV) project and build its first Engineering Development Unit (EDU).

  14. Analysis list: lid [Chip-atlas[Archive

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    Full Text Available lid Adult,Larvae + dm3 http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/dm3/target/lid.1....tsv http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/dm3/target/lid.5.tsv http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu...-u/dm3/target/lid.10.tsv http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/dm3/colo/lid.Adult.tsv,http://dbarchive.bioscience...dbc.jp/kyushu-u/dm3/colo/lid.Larvae.tsv http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc....jp/kyushu-u/dm3/colo/Adult.gml,http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/dm3/colo/Larvae.gml ...

  15. Single-mode waveguides with SU-8 polymer core and cladding for MOEMS applications

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    Nordström, Maria; Zauner, Dan; Boisen, Anja

    2007-01-01

    Fabrication and optical characterization of singlemode polymeric embedded waveguides are performed. A specific material combination (SU-8 2005 as core and the modified SU-8 mr-L 6050XP as cladding) is chosen in order to obtain a small refractive index difference for single-mode propagation combin...

  16. Considerations on using SU-8 as a construction material for high aspect ratio structures

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    Melai, J.; Salm, Cora; Smits, Sander M.; Blanco Carballo, V.M.; Schmitz, Jurriaan; Hageluken, Ben

    2007-01-01

    This paper discusses two material aspects of SU-8 that have up till now been insufficiently documented. We present initial results on the outgassing behavior and a study on the dielectric properties of SU-8 at high bias voltage. The dielectric strength is determined to be at least 2 MV/cm. These

  17. A Simple Hydrophilic Treatment of SU-8 Surfaces for Cell Culturing and Cell Patterning

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    Wang, Zhenyu; Stangegaard, Michael; Dufva, Hans Martin

    2005-01-01

    SU-8, an epoxy-based photoresist, widely used in constitution different mTAS systems, is incompatible with mammalian cell adhesion and culture in its native form. Here, we demonstrate a simple, cheap and robust two-step method to render a SU-8 surface hydrophilic and compatible with cell culture...

  18. Novel method for chemical modification and patterning of the SU-8 photoresist

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    Blagoi, Gabriela; Keller, Stephan Urs; Boisen, Anja

    2007-01-01

    In this paper we describe a new photochemical method to tailor and pattern the surface of SU-8 negative photoresist. Antraquinone (AQ) derivatives were used to chemically modify and pattern SU-8 surfaces. Using AQ derivatives with electophilic moieties (AQ-E), we could chemo-selectively change...... the wetting behaviour of SU-8. The resolution limit of the AQ photopatterning method was 20 μm when using an uncollimated light source. AQ modification followed by a reaction with amino groups of Alexa-647 cadaverine and a Biotin-amino derivative proved possible modification and patterning of polymeric...

  19. A facile micropatterning method for a highly flexible PEDOT:PSS on SU-8

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    Cho, Nam Chul

    2016-04-17

    We report the micropatterning of conducting polymer on the epoxy-based photoresist to demonstrate fully organic, conducting and flexible electrodes. We show that polystyrene sulfonic acid can be covalently linked to the surface of the photoresist (SU-8) by forming sulfonyl ester at the interfaces. We also present an application of the patterned PEDOT:PSS (poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonate)/SU-8 to the electroplating of metal electrodes. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.

  20. Microfabrication of PDMS microchannels using SU-8/PMMA moldings and their sealing to polystyrene substrates

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    Bubendorfer, Andrea; Liu, Xianming; Ellis, Amanda V.

    2007-04-01

    In this paper we show increased interfacial bonding of a photoresist (SU-8) deposited onto highly polished poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) substrates containing a UV absorber. We also demonstrate the facile sealing/covalent bonding of 100 µm × 20 µm PDMS replica microchannels, made from these PMMA/SU-8 moldings, onto thermally polymerized styrene. Sealing was achieved through radio-frequency plasma discharge (RFPD) oxygen plasma treatment.

  1. UV-LIGA Microfabrication of 220 GHz Sheet Beam Amplifier Gratings with SU-8 Photoresists

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    2010-01-01

    etching (DRIE) is not effective on copper substrates, but was used to fabricate metalized silicon test pieces [11]. This paper begins with a detailed...figure 9(b)). After an ultrasonic bath in Microclean 90 R© and water, only half of a dozen blackened bits of SU-8 remained. The remaining SU-8 residue... metallization Master of Science Thesis Dept of Chem. Eng., Case Western Reserve University [22] Pasquale M A, Gassa L M and Arvia A J 2008 Copper

  2. Investigation on the mechanism of nitrogen plasma modified PDMS bonding with SU-8

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    Yang, Chengxin; Yuan, Yong J., E-mail: yongyuan@swjtu.edu.cn

    2016-02-28

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Different nitrogen plasma processes modified PDMS bonding with SU-8 had been studied. • The effect of nitrogen plasma modification would produce the best result and the recovery of PDMS hydrophobicity could be delayed. - Abstract: Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and SU-8 are both widely used for microfluidic system. However, it is difficult to permanently seal SU-8 microfluidic channels using PDMS with conventional methods. Previous efforts of combining these two materials mainly employed oxygen plasma modified PDMS. The nitrogen plasma modification of PDMS bonding with SU-8 is rarely studied in recent years. In this work, the mechanism of nitrogen plasma modified PDMS bonding with SU-8 was investigated. The fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and contact angle of a water droplet were used to analyze the nitrogen plasma modified surface and the hydrophilic stability of PDMS samples. Pull-off tests were used for estimating the bonding effect of interface between nitrogen plasma modified PDMS and SU-8.

  3. Void-Free Lid for Food Packaging

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    Watson, C. D.; Farris, W. P.

    1986-01-01

    Flexible cover eliminates air pockets in sealed container. Universal food-package lid formed from flexible plastic. Partially folded, lid unfolded by depressing center portion. Height of flat portion of lid above flange thereby reduced. Pressure of food against central oval depression pops it out, forming dome that provides finger grip for mixing contents with water or opening lid. Therefore food stays fresh, allows compact stacking of partially filled containers, and resists crushing. Originally developed for packaging dehydrated food for use in human consumption on Space Shuttle missions. Other uses include home canning and commercial food packaging.

  4. Polydimethylglutarimide (PMGI) as a sacrificial material for SU-8 surface-micromachining

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    Foulds, I. G.; Johnstone, R. W.; Parameswaran, M.

    2008-07-01

    SU-8 is finding increased use as a structural polymer MEMS material due to its biocompatibility, mechanical properties and low cost. The goal of this work is to expand the use of SU-8 through the creation of SU-8-based surface-micromachining processes that use polydimethylglutarimide (PMGI) as a sacrificial layer. PMGI is a deep-UV positive resist, used mainly for bilayer lift-off processes. PMGI is a good sacrificial layer candidate, as it is spinable at a wide variety of thicknesses, is photopatternable and has a glass transition temperature greater than the processing temperatures required for SU-8. PMGI is shown to be useful as a sacrificial layer for SU-8 surface micromachining processes with one freestanding layer with patterned metal, single-layer devices with more than one thickness, and two layer devices. Two classes of devices were fabricated with the developed processes. The first class of devices are compliant mechanisms, including bent-beam actuators, thermal isolation platforms and out-of-plane grippers. The second class of devices fabricated are freely moving devices such as hinged plates and gears, which require the use of true kinematic joints, such as scissor hinges, staple hinges and pin joints.

  5. Novel SU-8/Ionic Liquid Composite for Tribological Coatings and MEMS

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    Leili Batooli

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Tribology of SU-8 polymer is increasingly relevant due to bursting use of this material in a variety of applications. This study is directed towards introduction and investigation of a novel self-lubricating composite of an ionic liquid (IL in SU-8. The new material can be utilized for fabrication of lubricating polymer coating with tunable surface properties or SU8-made elements for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS with enhanced tribological performance. It is shown that addition of IL drastically alters water affinity of the composite while UV patternability remains unmodified. A lower coefficient of friction and wear has been obtained for two investigated compositions with 4 and 10 wt % ionic liquid.

  6. A tapered hollow metallic microneedle array using backside exposure of SU-8

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    Kim, Kabseog; Park, Daniel S.; Lu, Hong M.; Che, Wooseong; Kim, Kyunghwan; Lee, Jeong-Bong; Ahn, Chong H.

    2004-04-01

    This paper presents a novel fabrication process for a tapered hollow metallic microneedle array using backside exposure of SU-8, and analytic solutions of critical buckling of a tapered hollow microneedle. An SU-8 mesa was formed on a Pyrex glass substrate and another SU-8 layer, which was spun on top of the SU-8 mesa, was exposed through the backside of the glass substrate. An array of SU-8 tapered pillar structures, with angles in the range of 3.1°-5°, was formed on top of the SU-8 mesa. Conformal electrodeposition of metal was carried out followed by a mechanical polishing using a planarizing polymeric layer. All organic layers were then removed to create a metallic hollow microneedle array with a fluidic reservoir on the backside. Both 200 µm and 400 µm tall, 10 by 10 arrays of metallic microneedles with inner diameters of the tip in the range of 33.6-101 µm and wall thickness of 10-20 µm were fabricated. Analytic solutions of the critical buckling of arbitrary-angled truncated cone-shaped columns are also presented. It was found that a single 400 µm tall hollow cylindrical microneedle made of electroplated nickel with a wall thickness of 20 µm, a tapered angle of 3.08° and a tip inner diameter of 33.6 µm has a critical buckling force of 1.8 N. This analytic solution can be used for square or rectangular cross-sectioned column structures with proper modifications.

  7. Immunosensing by luminescence reduction in surface-modified microstructured SU-8

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    Eravuchira, Pinkie Jacob; Baranowska, Malgorzata; Eckstein, Chris [Departament d’Enginyeria Electrònica, Elèctrica i Automàtica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Avda. Països Catalans 26, Tarragona 43007 (Spain); Díaz, Francesc [Departament de Química Física i Inorgànica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Marcelí Domingo s/n, Tarragona 43007 (Spain); Llobet, Eduard; Marsal, Lluis F. [Departament d’Enginyeria Electrònica, Elèctrica i Automàtica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Avda. Països Catalans 26, Tarragona 43007 (Spain); Ferré-Borrull, Josep, E-mail: josep.ferre@urv.cat [Departament d’Enginyeria Electrònica, Elèctrica i Automàtica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Avda. Països Catalans 26, Tarragona 43007 (Spain)

    2017-01-15

    Highlights: • The reduction of photoluminescence of SU-8 upon surface modification is reported. • Micropillar structuring of SU-8 surface results in an increased photoluminescence reduction rate (10% glass, 15% silicon). • Photoluminescence reduction rate can be a transduction parameter for the detection of antibody-antigen binding events. • The proposed sensing mechanism can be used to quantify small concentrations of antibody. • Lower limit of detection (LOD) of 28 μg/ml on silicon substrates and 42 μg/ml on glass substrates was achieved. - Abstract: SU-8, an epoxy based negative photoresist is extensively used as a structural material for the fabrication of microelectro-mechanical systems and in microelectronics technology. However, the possible applications of SU-8 for biosensing have not been explored much, mainly because of the photoluminescence SU-8 possesses in the near-UV and visible wavelength ranges which hinders fluorescent labelling of biorecognition events. In this study we demonstrate that photoluminescence of SU-8 can be employed itself as a sensing transduction parameter to produce a tool for immunosensing: the photoluminescence shows a systematic reduction upon modification of its surface chemistry, and in particular upon attachment of an antigen-antibody (aIgG-IgG) pair. We investigate the relation of the amount of reduction of photoluminescence on planar and microstructured surfaces, and we show that microstructuring leads to a higher reduction than a planar surface. Furthermore, we evaluated the dependence of photoluminescence reduction as a function of analyte concentration to prove that this magnitude can be applied to immunosensing.

  8. Humidity influence on the adhesion of SU-8 polymer from MEMS applications

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    Birleanu Corina

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the adhesion behaviors of SU-8 polymer thin film from MEMS application were investigated as a function of relative humidity. The adhesion test between the AFM tip and SU-8 polymer have been extensively studied using the atomic force microscope (AFM, for a relative humidity (RH varying between 20 and 90%. The samples for tests are SU-8 polymers hard baked at different temperatures. The hard bake temperature changes the tribo-mechanical properties of polymers. The paper reports the measurements and the modeling of adhesion forces versus humidity in controlled ranges between 20 to 90%RH. To investigate the effect of relative humidity on adhesion for SU-8 polymer hard baked we used an analytical method which encompasses the effect of capillarity as well as the solid-to-solid interaction. While the capillary force expression is considered to be the sum of the superficial tension and the Laplace force for the solid-solid interaction is expressed by the Derjagin, Muller and Toropov (DMT model of solids adhesion. The analytical results obtained are in accordance with those obtained experimentally.

  9. Moisture resistance of SU-8 and KMPR as structural material for integrated gaseous detectors

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    Blanco Carballo, V.M.; Melai, J.; Salm, Cora; Schmitz, Jurriaan

    2008-01-01

    This paper treats the moisture resistance of SU-8 and KMPR, two photoresists considered as structural material in microsystems. Our experiments focus on the moisture resistance of newly developed radiation imaging detectors containing these resists. Since these microsystems will be used unpackaged,

  10. Improved performance of InAs/GaSb strained layer superlattice detectors with SU-8 passivation

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    Kim, H. S.; Plis, E.; Myers, S.; Khoshakhlagh, A.; Gautam, N.; Kutty, M. N.; Sharma, Y. D.; Dawson, L. R.; Krishna, S.

    2009-08-01

    We report on surface passivation using SU-8 for type-II InAs/GaSb strained layers superlattice (SLS) detectors with a PIN design operating in mid-wave infrared (MWIR) spectral region (λ50% cut-off ~ 4.4 μm). Material growth and characterization, single pixel device fabrication and testing, as well as focal plane array (FPA) processing are described. High quality strain-balanced SLS material with FWHM of 1st SLS satellite peak of 36 arcsec is demonstrated. The electrical and optical performance of devices passivated with SU-8 are reported and compared with those of unpassivated devices. The dark current density of a single pixel device with SU-8 passivation showed four orders of magnitude reduction compared to the device without any passivation. At 77K, the zero-bias responsivity and detectivity are equal to 1.1 A/W and 4 x 1012 Jones at 4μm, respectively, for the SU-8 passivated test pixel on the focal plane array.

  11. Nanochannels in SU-8 with floor and ceiling metal electrodes and integrated microchannels

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    Nichols, K.P.F.; Eijkel, Jan C.T.; Gardeniers, Johannes G.E.

    2008-01-01

    Sacrificially etched 2-D nanofluidic channels and nanospaces with integrated floor and ceiling electrodes and arbitrary channel geometries have been demonstrated with channel heights from 20 nm to 400 nm, widths from 800 nm to 40 mm, and lengths up to 3 mm, using SU-8 as the channel structural

  12. Investigation of the bond strength between the photo-sensitive polymer SU-8 and gold

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    Nordström, Maria; Johansson, Alicia; Sánchez Noguerón, E.

    2005-01-01

    We present the results from a thorough investigation of the bond strength between the photo-polymer SU-8 and Au. The data were obtained by pull-test experiments, below the glass transition temperature of the polymer. The different aspects that we investigated were:(i)the effect of using different...

  13. Using an SU-8 Photoresist Structure and Cytochrome C Thin Film Sensing Material for a Microbolometer

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    Guo-Dung John Su

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available There are two critical parameters for microbolometers: the temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR of the sensing material, and the thermal conductance of the insulation structure. Cytochrome c protein, having a high TCR, is a good candidate for infrared detection. We can use SU-8 photoresist for the thermal insulation structure, given its low thermal conductance. In this study, we designed a platform structure based on a SU-8 photoresist. We fabricated an infrared sensing pixel and recorded a high TCR for this new structure. The SU-8 photoresist insulation structure was fabricated using the exposure dose method. We experimentally demonstrated high values of TCR from 22%/K to 25.7%/K, and the measured noise was 1.2 × 10–8 V2/Hz at 60 Hz. When the bias current was 2 μA, the calculated voltage responsivity was 1.16 × 105 V/W. This study presents a new kind of microbolometer based on cytochrome c protein on top of an SU-8 photoresist platform that does not require expensive vacuum deposition equipment.

  14. Using an SU-8 photoresist structure and cytochrome C thin film sensing material for a microbolometer.

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    Lai, Jian-Lun; Liao, Chien-Jen; Su, Guo-Dung John

    2012-11-27

    There are two critical parameters for microbolometers: the temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) of the sensing material, and the thermal conductance of the insulation structure. Cytochrome c protein, having a high TCR, is a good candidate for infrared detection. We can use SU-8 photoresist for the thermal insulation structure, given its low thermal conductance. In this study, we designed a platform structure based on a SU-8 photoresist. We fabricated an infrared sensing pixel and recorded a high TCR for this new structure. The SU-8 photoresist insulation structure was fabricated using the exposure dose method. We experimentally demonstrated high values of TCR from 22%/K to 25.7%/K, and the measured noise was 1.2 × 10(-8) V2/Hz at 60 Hz. When the bias current was 2 μA, the calculated voltage responsivity was 1.16 × 10(5) V/W. This study presents a new kind of microbolometer based on cytochrome c protein on top of an SU-8 photoresist platform that does not require expensive vacuum deposition equipment.

  15. Dense vertical SU-8 microneedles drawn from a heated mold with precisely controlled volume

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    Xiang, Zhuolin; Wang, Hao; Kanna Murugappan, Suresh; Yen, Shih-Cheng; Pastorin, Giorgia; Lee, Chengkuo

    2015-02-01

    Drawing lithography technology has recently become a popular technique to fabricate (3D) microneedles. The conventional drawing process shows some limitations in fabricating dense, scale-up and small microneedles. In this study, we demonstrate a new drawing lithography process from a self-loading mold which is able to overcome these challenges. Different from the conventional molds which have difficult alignment and loading issues, a released SU-8 membrane is attached onto a SU-8 coated wafer to generate an innovative self-loading mold. The physically distinct SU-8 colloid in this mold successfully avoids the merging of the microneedle tips in the drawing process. Meanwhile, the same SU-8 colloid in mold can provide microneedles with uniform lengths on a large surface area. Furthermore, a low temperature drawing process with this improved technique prevents sharp tips from bending during the solidification stage. Remarkably, this new drawing lithography technology can fabricate microneedles with various lengths and they are strong enough to penetrate the outermost skin layer, namely the stratum corneum. The spacing between two adjacent microneedles is optimized to maximize the penetration rate through the skin. Histology images and drug diffusion testing demonstrate that microchannels are successfully created and the drugs can permeate the tissue under the skin. The fabricated microneedles are demonstrated to deliver insulin in vivo and lower blood glucose levels, suggesting future possible applications for minimally invasive transdermal delivery of macromolecules.

  16. Integrated SU-8 photonic gas sensors based on PANI polymer devices: Comparison between metrological parameters

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    Airoudj, A.; Bêche, B.; Debarnot, D.; Gaviot, E.; Poncin-Epaillard, F.

    2009-10-01

    In this work, we have designed and developed three families of integrated photonic sensors for ammonia detection. These photonic sensors are integrated onto single-mode TE 0-TM 0 SU-8 polymer planar waveguides and based on a polyaniline (PANI) sensitive polymer material. The first family relies on the deposit of a PANI-polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) composite sensitive layer on a given SU-8 waveguide. The second family relies on a PMMA passive layer deposited on the SU-8 waveguide before applying the PANI sensitive layer on the PMMA passive layer. The third family takes advantage of a PANI layer deposited by plasma technique directly onto the SU-8 waveguide. The working principle of such sensors is based on the optical intensity modulation induced within the single-mode waveguide owing to the interaction between the evanescent field and the sensitive layer. The sensing proprieties of these integrated photonic sensors to ammonia gas at room temperature were characterized and the comparison between these different families of photonic sensors is presented. Experimental results show that the sensor based on new plasma-PANI as sensitive layer has the better metrological parameters.

  17. Drift study of SU8 cantilevers in liquid and gaseous environments

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    Tenje, Maria; Keller, Stephan Sylvest; Dohn, Søren

    2010-01-01

    We present a study of the drift, in terms of cantilever deflections without probe/target interactions, of polymeric SU8 cantilevers. The drift is measured in PBS buffer (pH 7.4) and under vacuum (1 mbar) conditions. We see that the cantilevers display a large drift in both environments. We believ...

  18. The neuroleptic activity of haloperidol increases after its solubilization in surfactant micelles. Micelles as microcontainers for drug targeting.

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    Kabanov, A V; Chekhonin, V P; Alakhov VYu; Batrakova, E V; Lebedev, A S; Melik-Nubarov, N S; Arzhakov, S A; Levashov, A V; Morozov, G V; Severin, E S

    1989-12-04

    It has been suggested to use surfactant micelles as microcontainers for increasing the efficiency of neuroleptic targeting from blood flow into the brain. The neuroleptic action of haloperidol, intraperitoneally injected into mice in micellar solution of non-ionic block copolymer surfactant (pluronic P-85) in water, increased several-fold if compared with that observed for haloperidol aqueous solution. Incorporation of brain-specific antibodies into haloperidol-containing micelles resulted in additional drastic increase (more than by 2 orders of magnitude) in the drug effect.

  19. SU-8 passivation of type-II InAs/GaSb strained layer superlattice detectors

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    Kim, H. S.; Plis, E.; Gautam, N.; Khoshakhlagh, A.; Myers, S.; Kutty, M. N.; Sharma, Y.; Dawson, L. R.; Krishna, S.

    2010-04-01

    We report on surface passivation studies for type-II InAs/GaSb superlattice (SL) PIN detectors designed to operate in the mid-wave infrared (MWIR) region and the long wavelength infrared (LWIR) spectrum. The two SL structures were grown by molecular beam epitaxy and processed into mesa diodes using standard lithography. A simple spin on photoresist, SU-8, was used to passivate the sample after a wet etch. Optical and electrical measurements were then undertaken on the two devices. The dark current density of a single pixel device with SU-8 passivation is reduced by four orders of magnitude and by a factor of eight compared to devices without any passivation for the MWIR and LWIR pin detectors, respectively, at 77K.

  20. Drug-polymer filled micro-containers for oral delivery loaded using supercritical CO2 aided-impregnation

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    Marizza, Paolo; Keller, Stephan Sylvest; Rades, T.

    2013-01-01

    In this work we present an effective loading technique of micro-containers for oral drug delivery of a poorly water soluble drug in a solid dispersion with polymer. By combining inkjet printing and supercritical CO2 impregnation we load ketoprofen in a solid dispersion with poly(vinylpyrrolidone...

  1. Towards a compact SU-8 micro-direct methanol fuel cell

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    Esquivel, J.P.; Santander, J.; Cane, C.; Sabate, N. [Instituto de Microelectronica de Barcelona, IMB-CNM (CSIC), Campus UAB, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain); Senn, T.; Loergen, M.; Loechel, B. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie GmbH, Application Centre for Microengineering, Albert-Einstein-Str. 15, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Hernandez-Fernandez, P. [Dpto. Quimica-Fisica Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM), C/Francisco Tomas y Valiente 7, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Rojas, S. [Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica (CSIC), C/Marie Curie 2, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2010-12-15

    This paper presents an all-polymer micro-direct methanol fuel cell (microDMFC) fabricated with SU-8 photoresist. The present development exploits the capability of SU-8 components to bond to each other by a hot-pressing process and obtain a compact device. The device is formed by a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) sandwiched between two current collectors. The MEA consists of a porous SU-8 membrane filled with a proton exchange polymer and covered by a thin layer of carbon-based electrodes with a low catalyst loading (1.0 mg cm{sup -2}). The current collectors consist of two metalized SU-8 plates provided with a grid of through-holes that allow delivering the reactants to the MEA by diffusion. Fuel cell characterization was performed by measuring the polarization curves under different methanol concentrations and temperatures. The components were first tested using an external casing. A maximum power density of 4.15 mW cm{sup -2} was measured with this assembly working with a 4 M methanol concentration and at a temperature of 40 C. The components were then bonded to obtain a compact micro-direct methanol fuel cell that yielded a power density of 0.65 mW cm{sup -2} under the same conditions. Despite this decrease in power density after bonding, the drastic reduction of the device dimensions resulted in an increase of more than 50 times the previous volumetric power density. The results obtained validate this novel approach to an all-polymer micro-fuel cell. (author)

  2. Performance of SU-8 Membrane Suitable for Deep X-Ray Grayscale Lithography

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    Harutaka Mekaru

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available In combination with tapered-trench-etching of Si and SU-8 photoresist, a grayscale mask for deep X-ray lithography was fabricated and passed a 10-times-exposure test. The performance of the X-ray grayscale mask was evaluated using the TERAS synchrotron radiation facility at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST. Although the SU-8 before photo-curing has been evaluated as a negative-tone photoresist for ultraviolet (UV and X-ray lithographies, the characteristic of the SU-8 after photo-curing has not been investigated. A polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA sheet was irradiated by a synchrotron radiation through an X-ray mask, and relationships between the dose energy and exposure depth, and between the dose energy and dimensional transition, were investigated. Using such a technique, the shape of a 26-μm-high Si absorber was transformed into the shape of a PMMA microneedle with a height of 76 μm, and done with a high contrast. Although during the fabrication process of the X-ray mask a 100-μm-pattern-pitch (by design was enlarged to 120 μm. However, with an increase in an integrated dose energy this number decreased to 99 μm. These results show that the X-ray grayscale mask has many practical applications. In this paper, the author reports on the evaluation results of SU-8 when used as a membrane material for an X-ray mask.

  3. SU-8 Electrothermal Actuators: Optimization of Fabrication and Excitation for Long-Term Use

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    Thomas Winterstein

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we examine the suitability of SU-8 2000 as a construction material for electrothermal actuators and the actuator stability for long-term operation. The fabrication of SU-8 was optimized for mechanical and thermal stability. Samples with different softbake duration, exposure dose and postbake temperature were evaluated using Fourier-Transform IR-spectroscopy and dynamic-mechanical analysis. The exposure dose and postbake temperature proved to have a strong influence on the cross-linking and the glass transition temperature. A final hardbake levels the effects of the process history. A high degree of crosslinking, a low drop of the dynamic modulus over temperature (30% up to the glass transition temperature 100–140 °C were achieved for SU-8 with an exposure dose of 1500 mJ/cm², a postbake temperature of 95 °C and hardbake of 240 °C. Electrothermal actuators proved to be stable until the end of the experiment after 2400 duty cycles. Actuator deflections up to 55 μm were measured (actuator length: 4 mm for input powers up to 160 mW and a maximum operating temperature of 120 °C. Higher temperatures led to permanent deformations and failure. An offset drift of up to 20% occurs during actuation, but converges after a burn-in phase of about two hours.

  4. Design and fabricate multi channel microfluidic mold on top of glass slide using SU-8

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    Azman, N. A. N.; Rajapaksha, R. D. A. A.; Uda, M. N. A.; Hashim, U.

    2017-09-01

    Microfluidic is the study of fluid in microscale. Microfluidics provides miniaturized fluidic networks for processing and analyzing liquids in the nanoliter to milliliter range. Microfluidic device comprises of some essential segments or structure that are micromixer, microchannel and microchamber. The SU-8 mold is known as the most used technique in microfluidic fabrication due to the characteristic of very gooey polymer that can be spread over a thickness. In this study, in order to reduce the fabrication cost, the development and fabrication of SU-8 mold is replace by using a glass plate instead of silicon wafer which is used in the previous research. We designed a microfluidic chip for use with an IDE sensors to conduct multiplex detection of multiple channels. The microfluidic chip was designed to include multiplex detection for pathogen that consists of multiple channels of simultaneous results. The multi-channel microfluidic chip was designed, including the fluid outlet and inlet. A multi-channel microfluidic chip was used for pathogen detection. This paper sum up the fabrication of lab SU-8 mold using glass slide.

  5. SU-8 based microdevices to study self-induced chemotaxis in 3D microenvironments

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    Jose Maria Ayuso

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Tissues are complex three-dimensional structures in which cell behaviour is frequently guided by chemotactic signals. Although starvation and nutrient restriction induce many different chemotactic processes, the recreation of such conditions in vitro remains difficult when using standard cell culture equipment. Recently, microfluidic techniques have arisen as powerful tools to mimic such physiological conditions. In this context, microfluidic three-dimensional cell culture systems require precise control of cell/hydrogel location because samples need to be placed within a microchamber without obstruction of surrounding elements. In this article, SU-8 is studied as structural material for the fabrication of complex cell culture devices due to its good mechanical properties, low gas permeability and sensor integration capacity. In particular, this manuscript presents a SU-8 based microdevice designed to create self-induced medium starvation, based on the combination of nutrient restriction and natural cell metabolism. Results show a natural migratory response towards nutrient source, showing how cells adapt to their own microenvironment modifications. The presented results demonstrate the SU-8 potential for microdevice fabrication applied to cell culture.

  6. A study of SU-8 photoresist in deep trenches for silicon-embedded microinductors

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    Laforge, Elias; Rabot, Caroline; Wang, Ningning; Pavlovic, Zoran; McCloskey, Paul; O'Mathúna, Cian

    2016-10-01

    Epoxy-based resist SU-8 is widely used in the development and fabrication of high-aspect-ratio (HAR) MEMS structures. It has proven to be a suitable photoresist combining thick layer coating and good adhesion on silicon substrates as well as possessing good mechanical and chemical stability. However, the trend towards minia- turization and increasing packaging density has pushed the demand for challenging micro-machining processes. As an example, a novel design of a MEMS microinductor requires a dielectric permanent layer coated in deep silicon trenches in order to insulate copper windings from the magnetic material deposited in these trenches. This requires the development of a photolithography process which enables the coating of a void-free layer filling the trenches. In this paper, the use of thick SU-8 photoresist for filling deep silicon trenches is investigated. Different SU-8 formulations are analyzed, processed and results are compared. As a result, an optimized process is developed to achieve void-free filled trenches and a uniform planar layer above them, with near vertical sidewall patterns.

  7. SU-8 as Hydrophobic and Dielectric Thin Film in Electrowetting-on-Dielectric Based Microfluidics Device

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    Vijay Kumar

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Electrowetting-on-dielectric (EWOD based droplet actuation in microfluidic chip is designed and fabricated. EWOD is used as on-chip micro-pumping scheme for moving fluid digitally in Lab-on-a-chip devices. For enabling this scheme, stacked deposition of thin dielectric and hydrophobic layer in that order between microchannel and electrodes is done. The present paper investigates the potential use of SU-8 as hydrophobic layer in conjunction of acting as dielectric in the device. The objective for the investigation is to lower the cost and a thin simplification in fabrication process of EWOD-based devices. We have done design and optimization of dimensions of electrode array including gap between arrays for EWOD micropump. Design and optimization are carried out in CoventorWare. The designing is followed by fabrication of device and analysis for droplet motion. The fabrication of the device includes array of electrodes over the silicon surface and embedding them in hydrophobic SU-8 layer. Water droplet movement in the order of microliter of spherical shape is demonstrated. It has been shown that an SU-8 microchannel in the current design allows microfluidic flow at tens of voltages comparable with costlier and more complicated to fabricate designs reported in the literature.

  8. PMMA to SU-8 Bonding for Polymer Based Lab-on -a-chip Systems with Integrated Optics

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    Clausen, Bjarne

    2003-01-01

    An adhesive bonding technique for wafer-level sealing of SU-8 based lab-on-a-chip microsystems with integrated optical components is presented. Microfluidic channels and optical components, e.g. waveguides, are fabricated in cross-linked SU-8 and sealed with a Pyrex glass substrate by means...

  9. PMMA to SU-8 bonding for polymer based lab-on-a-chip systems with integrated optics

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    Olsen, Brian Bilenberg; Nielsen, Theodor; Clausen, Bjarne Hans

    2004-01-01

    We present an adhesive bonding technique developed for SU-8 based "lab-on-a-chip"- systems with integrated optical components. Microfluidic channels and optical components (e.g. wave-guides) are defined in SU-8 photoresist on a Pyrex glass substrate. The microfluidic channels are sealed by a second...

  10. SU-8 cantilevers for bio/chemical sensing; Fabrication, characterisation and development of novel read-out methods

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    Nordström, M.; Keller, Stephan Urs; Lillemose, Michael

    2008-01-01

    Here, we present the activities within our research group over the last five years with cantilevers fabricated in the polymer SU-8. We believe that SU-8 is an interesting polymer for fabrication of cantilevers for bio/chemical sensing due to its simple processing and low Young's modulus. We show...

  11. Simulation and experimental validation of a SU-8 based PCR thermocycler chip with integrated heaters and temperature sensor

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    El-Ali, Jamil; Perch-Nielsen, Ivan R.; Poulsen, Claus Riber

    2004-01-01

    C/s, respectively, the performance of the chip is comparable with the best silicon micromachined PCR chips presented in the literature. The SU-8 chamber surface was found to be PCR compatible by amplification of yeast gene ribosomal protein S3 and Campylobacter gene cadF. The PCR compatibility of the chamber......We present a SU-8 based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) chip with integrated platinum thin film heaters and temperature sensor. The device is fabricated in SU-8 on a glass substrate. The use of SU-8 provides a simple microfabrication process for the PCR chamber, controllable surface properties...... and can allow on chip integration to other SU-8 based functional elements. Finite element modeling (FEM) and experiments show that the temperature distribution in the PCR chamber is homogeneous and that the chip is capable of fast thermal cycling. With heating and cooling rates of up to 50 and 30 degrees...

  12. Fabrication of thin SU-8 cantilevers: initial bending, release and time stability

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    Keller, Stephan Urs; Haefliger, D.; Boisen, Anja

    2010-01-01

    development of the thin SU-8 film resulted in reduced cantilever bending due to removal of residual stress gradients. Further, improved time-stability of the devices was achieved due to the enhanced cross-linking of the polymer. A post-exposure bake at a temperature T-PEB = 50 degrees C followed by a hard...... bake at T-HB = 90 degrees C proved to be optimal to ensure low cantilever bending and low rotational deformation due to excellent device release and low change of these properties with time. With the optimized process, the reproducible fabrication of arrays with 2 mu m thick cantilevers with a length...

  13. Development of vertical SU-8 microneedles for transdermal drug delivery by double drawing lithography technology.

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    Xiang, Zhuolin; Wang, Hao; Pant, Aakanksha; Pastorin, Giorgia; Lee, Chengkuo

    2013-01-01

    Polymer-based microneedles have drawn much attention in transdermal drug delivery resulting from their flexibility and biocompatibility. Traditional fabrication approaches are usually time-consuming and expensive. In this study, we developed a new double drawing lithography technology to make biocompatible SU-8 microneedles for transdermal drug delivery applications. These microneedles are strong enough to stand force from both vertical direction and planar direction during penetration. They can be used to penetrate into the skin easily and deliver drugs to the tissues under it. By controlling the delivery speed lower than 2 μl/min per single microneedle, the delivery rate can be as high as 71%.

  14. Micro-particle filter made in SU-8 for biomedical applications

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    Noeth, Nadine-Nicole; Keller, Stephan Urs; Fetz, Stefanie

    2009-01-01

    We have integrated a micro-particle filter in a polymer cantilever to filter micro-particles from a fluid while simultaneously measuring the amount of filtered particles. In a 3,8 mum thick SU-8 cantilever a filter was integrated with pore sizes between 3 and 30 mum. The chip was inserted...... in a microfluidic system and water with differently sized polystyrene beads was pumped through the filter. Particles which are larger than the pore sizes, cannot pass the filter and will increase the flow resistance of the cantilever. With more and more captured particles the cantilever starts to deflect, which can...

  15. Floating Lid Constructions for Pit Water Storage

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    Heller, Alfred

    1997-01-01

    Seasonal storage is necessary if renewable heat sources are to be applied on a large scale. Pit water storage seems to be a cheaper alternative to steel tank storage. The lid price is the largest component of a pit water store with a cost share of about 60% of the total storage cost. Due to the l...... to the large share in price the development of lid constructions is crucial for the development of pit water storage and seasonal storage.The current report gives a survey of the most important established and planned designs from Denmark, Sweden and Germany....

  16. A SU-8/PDMS hybrid microfluidic device with integrated optical fibers for online monitoring of lactate.

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    Wu, Min-Hsien; Cai, Haoyuan; Xu, Xia; Urban, Jill P G; Cui, Zhan-Feng; Cui, Zheng

    2005-12-01

    A microfluidic device with integrated optical fibres was developed for online monitoring of lactate. The device consists of a SU-8 waveguide, microfluidic channels and grooves for the insertion of optic fibres. It was fabricated by one-step photolithography of SU-8 polymer resist. Different channel widths (50-300 microm) were tested in terms of detection sensitivity. A wide range of flow rates were applied to investigate the influence of flow rate on signal fluctuations. The separation between optical fibre sensor and microfluidic channel and the width of fluidic channel have been optimized to maximize the detection sensitivity. It was revealed that 250 microm of channel width is the optimum light path length for a compromise between detection sensitivity and interference of ambient light. The independence of detection signals on flow rates was demonstrated within the range of flow rate (0.5-5 ml/hr) tested. Compared with conventional lactate detection, the device is proved to have high accuracy, relatively low limit of detection (50 mg/L) and reasonably fast response time (100 sec). The fabrication of device is simple and low cost. The present work has provided some fundamental data for further system optimization to meet specific detection requirements.

  17. Inkjet Printing of High Aspect Ratio Superparamagnetic SU-8 Microstructures with Preferential Magnetic Directions

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    Loïc Jacot-Descombes

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Structuring SU-8 based superparamagnetic polymer composite (SPMPC containing Fe3O4 nanoparticles by photolithography is limited in thickness due to light absorption by the nanoparticles. Hence, obtaining thicker structures requires alternative processing techniques. This paper presents a method based on inkjet printing and thermal curing for the fabrication of much thicker hemispherical microstructures of SPMPC. The microstructures are fabricated by inkjet printing the nanoparticle-doped SU-8 onto flat substrates functionalized to reduce the surface energy and thus the wetting. The thickness and the aspect ratio of the printed structures are further increased by printing the composite onto substrates with confinement pedestals. Fully crosslinked microstructures with a thickness up to 88.8 μm and edge angle of 112° ± 4° are obtained. Manipulation of the microstructures by an external field is enabled by creating lines of densely aggregated nanoparticles inside the composite. To this end, the printed microstructures are placed within an external magnetic field directly before crosslinking inducing the aggregation of dense Fe3O4 nanoparticle lines with in-plane and out-of-plane directions.

  18. Development of vertical SU-8 microtubes integrated with dissolvable tips for transdermal drug delivery.

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    Xiang, Zhuolin; Wang, Hao; Pant, Aakanksha; Pastorin, Giorgia; Lee, Chengkuo

    2013-01-01

    Polymer-based microneedles have drawn much attention in the transdermal drug delivery resulting from their flexibility and biocompatibility. Traditional fabrication approach deploys various kinds of molds to create sharp tips at the end of needles for the penetration purpose. This approach is usually time-consuming and expensive. In this study, we developed an innovative fabrication process to make biocompatible SU-8 microtubes integrated with biodissolvable maltose tips as novel microneedles for the transdermal drug delivery applications. These microneedles can easily penetrate the skin's outer barrier represented by the stratum corneum (SC) layer. The drug delivery device of mironeedles array with 1000 μm spacing between adjacent microneedles is proven to be able to penetrate porcine cadaver skins successfully. The maximum loading force on the individual microneedle can be as large as 7.36 ± 0.48N. After 9 min of the penetration, all the maltose tips are dissolved in the tissue. Drugs can be further delivered via these open biocompatible SU-8 microtubes in a continuous flow manner. The permeation patterns caused by the solution containing Rhodamine 110 at different depths from skin surface were characterized via a confocal microscope. It shows successful implementation of the microneedle function for fabricated devices.

  19. Dielectric properties of ligand-modified gold nanoparticle/SU-8 photopolymer based nanocomposites

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    Toor, Anju, E-mail: atoor@berkeley.edu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); So, Hongyun, E-mail: hyso@berkeley.edu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Pisano, Albert P. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego, CA 92093 (United States)

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    Highlights: • Ligand-modified gold NP/SU-8 nanocomposites were synthesized and demonstrated. • Particle agglomeration and dispersion were characterized with different NPs concentration. • Nanocomposites showed higher average dielectric permittivity compared to SU-8 only. • Relatively lower dielectric loss (average 0.09 at 1 kHz) was achieved with 10 % w/w NPs. - Abstract: This article reports the enhanced dielectric properties of a photodefinable polymer nanocomposite material containing sub–10 nm coated metal nanoparticles (NPs). The surface morphology of the synthesized dodecanethiol-functionalized gold NPs was characterized using the transmission electron microscopy (TEM). We investigated the particle agglomeration and dispersion during the various stages of the nanocomposite synthesis using TEM. Physical properties such as dielectric permittivity and dielectric loss were measured experimentally. The dependence of the dielectric permittivity and loss tangent on the particle concentration, and frequency was studied. Nanocomposite films showed an approximately three times enhancement in average dielectric constant over the polymer base value and an average dielectric loss of 0.09 at 1 kHz, at a filler loading of 10% w/w.

  20. A two-step sealing-and-reinforcement SU8 bonding paradigm for the fabrication of shallow microchannels

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    Mehboudi, Aryan; Yeom, Junghoon

    2018-03-01

    Adhesive bonding is a key technique to create microfluidic devices when two separate substrates are used to form microchannels. Among many adhesives explored in microchannel fabrication, SU8 has been widely used as an adhesive layer for sealing the microchannel sidewalls. The majority of the available SU8-based bonding methods, however, suffer from the difficulties associated with sealing of two important types of the microchannel architecture: (1) shallow microchannels with small patterns on a large area, and (2) microchannels with ultra-low aspect ratios (e.g. 6 mm in width and 2~μ m in height). In this paper, a new bonding paradigm based upon the low-temperature and low-pressure SU8 bonding, consisting of two steps of sealing using a thin-SU8-coated PET film and bonding reinforcement using a SU8-coated glass slide, is proposed to resolve the aforementioned difficulties. Since it does not need complicated instruments such as a wafer bonding machine and a lamination device, the developed bonding paradigm is convenient and economical. We successfully demonstrate the compatibility of the proposed bonding paradigm with the two microchannel fabrication approaches based on the glass wet etching and the SU8 photo-lithography, where small microchannels with the innermost surfaces fully made of SU8 are obtained. A theoretical model is employed to better investigate the flow characteristics and the structural behavior of the microchannel including the PET film deformation, strain and von Mises stress distributions, bonding strength, etc. Moreover, we demonstrate the fabrication of the multi-height deep–shallow microchannel sidewalls and their sealing using the SU8-coated PET film. Finally, as a proof-of-concept device, a microfluidic filter consisting of the double-height deep–shallow microchannel is fabricated for separation of 3 µm and 10 µm particles.

  1. Hard contact lens migration into the upper lid: an unexpected lid lump.

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    Jones, D; Livesey, S.; Wilkins, P

    1987-01-01

    Contact lens migration into the upper lid is a rare complication of wearing a hard contact lens. We present a case in which the only complaint was the cosmetically unacceptable appearance of a lump in the upper lid. The 76-month duration of the lesion is, we believe, the longest so far described. The histology and possible natural history of the cyst are also discussed.

  2. Development of floating lid constructions for warm water pit storages

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    Wesenberg, Carsten; Nielsen, Uffe

    1998-01-01

    The report describes four lid designs and a number of demands to a proper lid design. One design is based on a previosly tested lid (Ottrupgaard pilot project) which is considered to be a "low risk" design but with high costs. It is based on a stainless steel - PU-foam - mild steel sandwich...

  3. Applications of SU-8 in the development of a Single Ion Hit Facility

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    Arteaga-Marrero, N. [Division of Nuclear Physics, Department of Physics, Lund University, Professorsgatan 1, Box 118, SE-22100 Lund (Sweden)], E-mail: natalia.arteaga@nuclear.lu.se; Astromskas, G. [Division of Solid State Physics, Department of Physics, Lund University, Professorsgatan 1, Box 118, SE-22100 Lund (Sweden); Olsson, M.G. [Department of Infection Medicine, Lund University, Soelvegatan 19, B14, SE-22184 Lund (Sweden); Elfman, M.; Kristiansson, P.; Nilsson, E.J.C.; Nilsson, C.; Pallon, J. [Division of Nuclear Physics, Department of Physics, Lund University, Professorsgatan 1, Box 118, SE-22100 Lund (Sweden)

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    The Lund Nuclear Microprobe (LNM) has been adapted to be used as a Single Ion Hit Facility (SIHF) for proton cell irradiation experiments at low dose. In order to test the capabilities of the system, Ni dot arrays and artificial cells have been fabricated with the photopolymer SU-8 and common lithographic techniques. The primary purpose of the Ni dot arrays was to determine the targeting accuracy of the beam in vacuum and in air. Additionally, this sample was employed to evaluate the system performance during cell target irradiation experiments. The Ni dot arrays were also used for beam characterization. The artificial cells were originally fabricated to test the software for cell recognition and localization, developed and implemented at the LNM. However, this sample became very functional to make small adjustments at the irradiation chamber for cell irradiation experiments. A description of the samples, fabrication procedure and applications are presented in this paper.

  4. A superhydrophobic chip based on SU-8 photoresist pillars suspended on a silicon nitride membrane

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    Marinaro, Giovanni

    2014-07-28

    We developed a new generation of superhydrophobic chips optimized for probing ultrasmall sample quantities by X-ray scattering and fluorescence techniques. The chips are based on thin Si3N4 membranes with a tailored pattern of SU-8 photoresist pillars. Indeed, aqueous solution droplets can be evaporated and concentrated at predefined positions using a non-periodic pillar pattern. We demonstrated quantitatively the deposition and aggregation of gold glyconanoparticles from the evaporation of a nanomolar droplet in a small spot by raster X-ray nanofluorescence. Further, raster nanocrystallography of biological objects such as rod-like tobacco mosaic virus nanoparticles reveals crystalline macro-domain formation composed of highly oriented nanorods. © 2014 the Partner Organisations.

  5. Simulation of a low frequency Z-axis SU-8 accelerometer in coventorware and MEMS+

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    Carreno, Armando Arpys Arevalo

    2013-04-01

    This paper presents the simulation of a z-axis SU-8 capacitive accelerometer. The study consists of a modal analysis of the modeled accelerometer, a study relating capacitance to acceleration, capacitance to deflection, an effective spring constant calculation, and a comparison of results achieved using CoventorWare® ANALYZER™ and MEMS+®. A fabricated energy harvester design from [1] was used for modeling and simulation in this study, with a four spring attachment of a 650μm×650μm; ×110μm proof mass of 4.542×10-8 kg. At rest, the spacing between electrodes is 4μm along the z-axis, and at 1.5g acceleration, there is 1.9μm spacing between electrodes, at which point pull in occurs for a 1V voltage. © 2013 IEEE.

  6. Deep proton writing of high aspect ratio SU-8 micro-pillars on glass

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    Ebraert, Evert, E-mail: eebraert@b-phot.org; Rwamucyo, Ben; Thienpont, Hugo; Van Erps, Jürgen

    2016-12-15

    Deep proton writing (DPW) is a fabrication technology developed for the rapid prototyping of polymer micro-structures. We use SU-8, a negative resist, spincoated in a layer up to 720 μm-thick in a single step on borosilicate glass, for irradiation with a collimated 12 MeV energy proton beam. Micro-pillars with a slightly conical profile are irradiated in the SU-8 layer. We determine the optimal proton fluence to be 1.02 × 10{sup 4} μm{sup −2}, with which we are able to repeatably achieve micro-pillars with a top-diameter of 138 ± 1 μm and a bottom-diameter of 151 ± 3 μm. The smallest fabricated pillars have a top-diameter of 57 ± 5 μm. We achieved a root-mean-square sidewall surface roughness between 19 nm and 35 nm for the fabricated micro-pillars, measured over an area of 5 × 63.7 μm. We briefly discuss initial testing of two potential applications of the fabricated micro-pillars. Using ∼100 μm-diameter pillars as waveguides for gigascale integration optical interconnect applications, has shown a 4.7 dB improvement in optical multimode fiber-to-fiber coupling as compared to the case where an air–gap is present between the fibers at the telecom wavelength of 1550 nm. The ∼140 μm-diameter pillars were used for mold fabrication with silicone casting. The resulting mold can be used for hydrogel casting, to obtain hydrogel replicas mimicking human tissue for in vitro bio-chemical applications.

  7. MEMS packaging with etching and thinning of lid wafer to form lids and expose device wafer bond pads

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    Chanchani, Rajen; Nordquist, Christopher; Olsson, Roy H; Peterson, Tracy C; Shul, Randy J; Ahlers, Catalina; Plut, Thomas A; Patrizi, Gary A

    2013-12-03

    In wafer-level packaging of microelectromechanical (MEMS) devices a lid wafer is bonded to a MEMS wafer in a predermined aligned relationship. Portions of the lid wafer are removed to separate the lid wafer into lid portions that respectively correspond in alignment with MEMS devices on the MEMS wafer, and to expose areas of the MEMS wafer that respectively contain sets of bond pads respectively coupled to the MEMS devices.

  8. SU-8 Based MEMS Process with Two Metal Layers using α-Si as a Sacrificial Material

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    Ramadan, Khaled S.

    2012-04-01

    Polymer based microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) micromachining is finding more interest in research and applications. This is due to its low cost and less time processing compared with silicon MEMS. SU-8 is a photo-patternable polymer that is used as a structural layer for MEMS and microfluidic devices. In addition to being processed with low cost, it is a biocompatible material with good mechanical properties. Also, amorphous silicon (α-Si) has found use as a sacrificial layer in silicon MEMS applications. α-Si can be deposited at large thicknesses for MEMS applications and also can be released in a dry method using XeF2 which can solve stiction problems related to MEMS applications. In this thesis, an SU-8 MEMS process is developed using amorphous silicon (α-Si) as a sacrificial layer. Electrostatic actuation and sensing is used in many MEMS applications. SU-8 is a dielectric material which limits its direct use in electrostatic actuation. This thesis provides a MEMS process with two conductive metal electrodes that can be used for out-of-plane electrostatic applications like MEMS switches and variable capacitors. The process provides the fabrication of dimples that can be conductive or non-conductive to facilitate more flexibility for MEMS designers. This SU-8 process can fabricate SU-8 MEMS structures of a single layer of two different thicknesses. Process parameters were tuned for two sets of thicknesses which are thin (5-10μm) and thick (130μm). Chevron bent-beam structures and different suspended beams (cantilevers and bridges) were fabricated to characterize the SU-8 process through extracting the density, Young’s Modulus and the Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE) of SU-8. Also, the process was tested and used as an educational tool through which different MEMS structures were fabricated including MEMS switches, variable capacitors and thermal actuators.

  9. Multiple soft fibromas of the lid

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    Manuel John

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Fibromas are benign tumors that are composed of fibrous or connective tissue. They can grow in all organs, arising from mesenchymal tissue (a type of loose connective tissue. The term "fibroblastic" or "fibromatous" is used to describe tumors like the fibroma. This 69-year-old male presented to us with giant, multiple, very slowly progressive, painless, noninflammatory, soft, trans-illuminant, pedunculated lid swellings with a two decade history. There were no other swellings on the body. He was clinically normal on systemic examination except for the immature cataracts in both eyes. The diagnosis was confirmed on histopathology. Simple excision removed all the soft fibromas virtually leaving no scar. A review of literature world-wide using Medline Plus/PubMed revealed this to be the only reported case of multiple giant soft fibromas of the lid.

  10. Topical rebamipide improves lid wiper epitheliopathy

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    Itakura H

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Hirotaka Itakura,1,2 Tomoyuki Kashima,2 Mariko Itakura,1 Hideo Akiyama,2 Shoji Kishi2 1Department of Ophthalmology, Maebashi Red Cross Hospital, 2Department of Ophthalmology, Gunma University, School of Medicine, Maebashi, Japan Abstract: Administration of topical rebamipide increases the mucin level of tear film and improves the ocular surface in short break-up time type of dry eye. Lid wiper epitheliopathy (LWE is a disorder of the marginal conjunctiva of the upper eyelid with dry eye symptoms. LWE may be related to mechanical forces during blinking resulting in inflammation of the ocular surface. Rebamipide also has various anti-inflammatory effects. In this report, we tried treatment with topical rebamipide for two cases of LWE. One case had been treated with sodium hyaluronate ophthalmic solution and diquafosol sodium eye drops by other doctors for several weeks. The other case was not previously treated. In both cases, fluorescein staining of the cornea and lid margin was remarkably improved, ocular symptoms decreased, and tear film break-up times increased with rebamipide eye drops four times daily for 2–3 weeks. Topical rebamipide was effective for corneal and conjunctival disorders in LWE. This drug may provide a novel approach to the treatment of LWE. Keywords: corneal erosion, dry eye, lid wiper, Mucosta®, mucin, rebamipide

  11. Development of an SU-8 MEMS process with two metal electrodes using amorphous silicon as a sacrificial material

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    Ramadan, Khaled S.

    2013-02-08

    This work presents an SU-8 surface micromachining process using amorphous silicon as a sacrificial material, which also incorporates two metal layers for electrical excitation. SU-8 is a photo-patternable polymer that is used as a structural layer for MEMS and microfluidic applications due to its mechanical properties, biocompatibility and low cost. Amorphous silicon is used as a sacrificial layer in MEMS applications because it can be deposited in large thicknesses, and can be released in a dry method using XeF2, which alleviates release-based stiction problems related to MEMS applications. In this work, an SU-8 MEMS process was developed using ;-Si as a sacrificial layer. Two conductive metal electrodes were integrated in this process to allow out-of-plane electrostatic actuation for applications like MEMS switches and variable capacitors. In order to facilitate more flexibility for MEMS designers, the process can fabricate dimples that can be conductive or nonconductive. Additionally, this SU-8 process can fabricate SU-8 MEMS structures of a single layer of two different thicknesses. Process parameters were optimized for two sets of thicknesses: thin (5-10 m) and thick (130 m). The process was tested fabricating MEMS switches, capacitors and thermal actuators. © 2013 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  12. A highly integrated vertical SU8 valve for stepwise in-series reactions

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    Calvo, V.; Ezkerra, A.; Elizalde, J.; Fernández, L. J.; Berganzo, J.; Mayora, K.; Ruano-López, J. M.

    2011-06-01

    Stepwise performance of reactions demands highly integrated microfluidic control. The vertical valve presented in this work allows performing reactions in cascade with reduced control requirements, by controlling the rupture of an SU8 wall that separates a chamber from an adjacent evacuation channel. Owing to its vertical construction, the valve can be readily integrated into any geometry with a low increase in footprint. Two valve approaches are presented, which differ in the location of the rupture region, the breaking pressures and the size of the fluidic path open. Breaking the wall about its upper end has proven to be more limited in terms of geometry and resulting gap size, whereas breaking the wall about its root opens a wider fluidic path that allows smooth filling of downstream chambers. Following these conclusions, a sequence of two reactions has been demonstrated, using a wall-valve-regulated double-chamber device. The chosen protocol, DNA concentration, elution and transport, has been successfully accomplished, as evidenced by positive on-chip polymerase chain reaction in a second double-chamber device.

  13. MEMS flexible artificial basilar membrane fabricated from piezoelectric aluminum nitride on an SU-8 substrate

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    Jang, Jongmoon; Jang, Jeong Hun; Choi, Hongsoo

    2017-07-01

    In this paper, we present a flexible artificial basilar membrane (FABM) that mimics the passive mechanical frequency selectivity of the basilar membrane. The FABM is composed of a cantilever array made of piezoelectric aluminum nitride (AlN) on an SU-8 substrate. We analyzed the orientations of the AlN crystals using scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. The AIN crystals are oriented in the c-axis (0 0 2) plane and effective piezoelectric coefficient was measured as 3.52 pm V-1. To characterize the frequency selectivity of the FABM, mechanical displacements were measured using a scanning laser Doppler vibrometer. When electrical and acoustic stimuli were applied, the measured resonance frequencies were in the ranges of 663.0-2369 Hz and 659.4-2375 Hz, respectively. These results demonstrate that the mechanical frequency selectivity of this piezoelectric FABM is close to the human communication frequency range (300-3000 Hz), which is a vital feature of potential auditory prostheses.

  14. Study of functional viability of SU-8-based microneedles for neural applications

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    Fernández, Luis J.; Altuna, Ane; Tijero, Maria; Gabriel, Gemma; Villa, Rosa; Rodríguez, Manuel J.; Batlle, Montse; Vilares, Roman; Berganzo, Javier; Blanco, F. J.

    2009-02-01

    This paper presents the design, fabrication, packaging and first test results of SU-8-based microneedles for neural applications. By the use of photolithography, sputtering and bonding techniques, polymer needles with integrated microchannels and electrodes have been successfully fabricated. The use of photolithography for the patterning of the fluidic channel integrated in the needle allows the design of multiple outlet ports at the needle tip, minimizing the possibility of being blocked by the tissue. Furthermore, the flexibility of the polymer reduces the risk of fracture and tissue damage once the needle is inserted, while it is still rigid enough to allow a perfect insertion into the neural tissue. Fluidic and electric characterization of the microneedles has shown their viability for drug delivery and monitoring in neural applications. First drug delivery tests in ex vivo tissue demonstrated the functional viability of the needle to deliver drugs to precise points. Furthermore, in vivo experiments have demonstrated lower associated damages during insertion than those by stereotaxic standard needles.

  15. Arrayed SU-8 polymer thermal actuators with inherent real-time feedback for actively modifying MEMS’ substrate warpage

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    Wang, Xinghua; Xiao, Dingbang; Chen, Zhihua; Wu, Xuezhong

    2016-09-01

    This paper describes the design, fabrication and characterization of a batch-fabricated micro-thermal actuators array with inherent real-time self-feedback, which can be used to actively modify micro-electro-mechanical systems’ (MEMS’) substrate warpage. Arrayed polymer thermal actuators utilize SU-8 polymer (a thick negative photoresist) as a functional material with integrated Ti/Al film-heaters as a microscale heat source. The electro-thermo-mechanical response of a micro-fabricated actuator was measured. The resistance of the Al/Ti film resistor varies obviously with ambient temperature, which can be used as inherent feedback for observing real-time displacement of activated SU-8 bumps (0.43 μm Ω-1). Due to the high thermal expansion coefficient, SU-8 bumps tend to have relatively large deflection at low driving voltage and are very easily integrated with MEMS devices. Experimental results indicated that the proposed SU-8 polymer thermal actuators (array) are able to achieve accurate rectification of MEMS’ substrate warpage, which might find potential applications for solving stress-induced problems in MEMS.

  16. BIOREACTOR WITH LID FOR EASY ACCESS TO INCUBATION CAVITY

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    2012-01-01

    There is provided a bioreactor which is provided with a lid (13) that facilitates access to the incubation cavity. Specifically the end wall of the incubation cavity is constituted by the lid (13) so that removal of the cap renders the incubation cavity fully accessible.......There is provided a bioreactor which is provided with a lid (13) that facilitates access to the incubation cavity. Specifically the end wall of the incubation cavity is constituted by the lid (13) so that removal of the cap renders the incubation cavity fully accessible....

  17. Cloning SU8 silicon masters using epoxy resins to increase feature replicability and production for cell culture devices

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    Kamande, J. W.; Wang, Y.; Taylor, A. M.

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) devices for cell-based studies. Commonly, the negative tone photoresist, SU8, is used to pattern features onto silicon wafers to create masters (SU8-Si) for PDMS replica molding. However, the complexity in the fabrication process, low feature reproducibility (master-to-master variability), silane toxicity, and short life span of these masters have been deterrents for using SU8-Si masters for the production of cell culture based PDMS microfluidic devices. While other techniques have demonstrated the ability to generate multiple devices from a single master, they often do not match the high feature resolution (∼0.1 μm) and low surface roughness that soft lithography masters offer. In this work, we developed a method to fabricate epoxy-based masters that allows for the replication of features with high fidelity directly from SU8-Si masters via their PDMS replicas. By this method, we show that we could obtain many epoxy based masters with equivalent features to a single SU8-Si master with a low feature variance of 1.54%. Favorable feature transfer resolutions were also obtained by using an appropriate Tg epoxy based system to ensure minimal shrinkage of features ranging in size from ∼100 μm to epoxy masters with Cr/Au lead to effective demolding and yield PDMS chambers that are suitable for long-term culturing of sensitive primary hippocampal neurons. Finally, we incorporated pillars within the Au-epoxy masters to eliminate the process of punching media reservoirs and thereby reducing substantial artefacts and wastage. PMID:26180572

  18. Cloning SU8 silicon masters using epoxy resins to increase feature replicability and production for cell culture devices.

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    Kamande, J W; Wang, Y; Taylor, A M

    2015-05-01

    In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) devices for cell-based studies. Commonly, the negative tone photoresist, SU8, is used to pattern features onto silicon wafers to create masters (SU8-Si) for PDMS replica molding. However, the complexity in the fabrication process, low feature reproducibility (master-to-master variability), silane toxicity, and short life span of these masters have been deterrents for using SU8-Si masters for the production of cell culture based PDMS microfluidic devices. While other techniques have demonstrated the ability to generate multiple devices from a single master, they often do not match the high feature resolution (∼0.1 μm) and low surface roughness that soft lithography masters offer. In this work, we developed a method to fabricate epoxy-based masters that allows for the replication of features with high fidelity directly from SU8-Si masters via their PDMS replicas. By this method, we show that we could obtain many epoxy based masters with equivalent features to a single SU8-Si master with a low feature variance of 1.54%. Favorable feature transfer resolutions were also obtained by using an appropriate Tg epoxy based system to ensure minimal shrinkage of features ranging in size from ∼100 μm to epoxy masters with Cr/Au lead to effective demolding and yield PDMS chambers that are suitable for long-term culturing of sensitive primary hippocampal neurons. Finally, we incorporated pillars within the Au-epoxy masters to eliminate the process of punching media reservoirs and thereby reducing substantial artefacts and wastage.

  19. Identifying Leprosy and Those at Risk of Developing Leprosy by Detection of Antibodies against LID-1 and LID-NDO.

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    Francianne M Amorim

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Leprosy is caused by Mycobacterium leprae infection and remains a major public health problem in many areas of the world. Challenges to its timely diagnosis result in delay in treatment, which is usually associated with severe disability. Although phenolic glycolipid (PGL-I has been reported as auxiliary diagnostic tool, currently there is no serological assay routinely used in leprosy diagnosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of two related reagents, LID-1 and LID-NDO, for the detection of M. leprae infection. Sera from 98 leprosy patients, 365 household contacts (HHC and 98 endemic controls from Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, were evaluated. A subgroup of the HHC living in a hyperendemic area was followed for 7-10 years. Antigen-specific antibody responses were highest in multibacillary (MB at the lepromatous pole (LL/BL and lowest in paucibacillary (PB at the tuberculoid pole (TT/BT. A positive correlation for both anti-LID-1 and anti-LID-NDO antibodies was found with bacterial burden (LID-1, r = 0.84, p<0.001; LID-NDO, r = 0.82, p<0.001, with higher sensitivity than bacilloscopy. According to Receiver Operating Curve, LID-1 and LID-NDO performed similarly. The sensitivity for MB cases was 89% for LID-1 and 95% for LID-NDO; the specificity was 96% for LID-1 and 88% for LID-NDO. Of the 332 HHC that were followed, 12 (3.6% were diagnosed with leprosy in a median time of 31 (3-79 months after recruitment. A linear generalized model using LID-1 or LID-NDO as a predictor estimated that 8.3% and 10.4% of the HHC would become a leprosy case, respectively. Together, our findings support a role for the LID-1 and LID-NDO antigens in diagnosing MB leprosy and identifying people at greater risk of developing clinical disease. These assays have the potential to improve the diagnostic capacity at local health centers and aid development of strategies for the eventual control and elimination of leprosy from endemic areas.

  20. Investigation on Floating Lid Construction, pit Water Storage, Ottrupgaard, Denmark

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    Heller, Alfred

    At Ottrupgaard a pit water storage of 1,500 m3 and a lid area of about 700 m2 is built for seasonal storage of a solar collector field of 560 m2. The lid price is the largest component of a pit water store with a cost share of about 57%, more precisely 1,163 Dkr./m2. Due to the large share in price...... the development of lid constructions is crucial for the development of pit water storage and seasonal storage, as it seems that the development of solar collectors will not have a breakthrough in the near future.The Ottrupgaard lid design is basically a sandwich element construction of PUR-foam between two...... conditions floating on hot water. The test lids were examined for tightness by a number of means. The results showed critical construction errors of the first lid design. A redesigned lid showed acceptable results, but also some water penetration into the lid insulation. The entered water gathers...

  1. Novel fabrication process for 3D meander-shaped microcoils in SU-8 dielectric and their application to linear micromotors

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    Seidemann, Volker; Buettgenbach, Stephanus

    2001-04-01

    This paper reports on an optimized fabrication process for three dimensional coil structures such as meander or helical coils wound around in plane magnetic structures. The process consists of UV depth lithography employing AZ4562 and SU8 photo resists and electroplating of copper and nickel-iron. Furthermore SU8 is used as the embedding dielectric due to its excellent planarization properties and high structural aspect ratio. Special emphasis was laid on the decrease of via interconnect resistance by electroplating the vias and upper conductors in a single step thus avoiding a large number of resistive interfaces. This was achieved by sacrificial wiring and structured seed layers. The developed technology is applied to a variable reluctance micro motor with a novel design that avoids high friction. The presented concept makes use of a stator traveler configuration generating complementary attraction forces. The technology and design concept is presented and first results are demonstrated.

  2. Fabrication of three-dimensional SU-8 microchannels by proton beam writing for microfluidics applications: Fluid flow characterisation

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    Al-Shehri, S., E-mail: s.al-shehri@surrey.ac.uk; Palitsin, V.; Webb, R.P.; Grime, G.W.

    2015-04-01

    The proton beam writing (PBW) technique was used to fabricate microfluidic structures in SU-8 resist. A network of the buried channels was fabricated as part of a project to develop functional microfluidic device for neuronal studies and self-powered microfluidics. Protons with energies between 2.5 MeV and 0.75 MeV were used to fabricate the buried channels with a minimum feature size of around 1 μm and depths of 40–55 μm. Roughness of channels sidewalls was around 2.5 nm rms. Exposure regime and examples of functional networks fabricated using PBW are described. COMSOL Multiphysics® software was used to model the flow characteristics of fluid in the SU-8 microchannels structured by PBW. The results obtained using PBW are compared with the structures fabricated by UV-lithography.

  3. Standard Waste Box Lid Screw Removal Option Testing

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    Anast, Kurt Roy [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-03-11

    This report provides results from test work conducted to resolve the removal of screws securing the standard waste box (SWB) lids that hold the remediated nitrate salt (RNS) drums. The test work evaluated equipment and process alternatives for removing the 42 screws that hold the SWB lid in place. The screws were secured with a red Loctite thread locker that makes removal very difficult because the rivets that the screw threads into would slip before the screw could be freed from the rivet, making it impossible to remove the screw and therefore the SWB lid.

  4. Comparative study between the results of effective index based matrix method and characterization of fabricated SU-8 waveguide

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    Samanta, Swagata; Dey, Pradip Kumar; Banerji, Pallab; Ganguly, Pranabendu

    2017-01-01

    A study regarding the validity of effective-index based matrix method (EIMM) for the fabricated SU-8 channel waveguides is reported. The design method is extremely fast compared to other existing numerical techniques, such as, BPM and FDTD. In EIMM, the effective index method was applied in depth direction of the waveguide and the resulted lateral index profile was analyzed by a transfer matrix method. By EIMM one can compute the guided mode propagation constants and mode profiles for each mode for any dimensions of the waveguides. The technique may also be used to design single mode waveguide. SU-8 waveguide fabrication was carried out by continuous-wave direct laser writing process at 375 nm wavelength. The measured propagation losses of these wire waveguides having air and PDMS as superstrates were 0.51 dB/mm and 0.3 dB/mm respectively. The number of guided modes, obtained theoretically as well as experimentally, for air-cladded waveguide was much more than that of PDMS-cladded waveguide. We were able to excite the isolated fundamental mode for the later by precise fiber positioning, and mode image was recorded. The mode profiles, mode indices, and refractive index profiles were extracted from this mode image of the fundamental mode which matched remarkably well with the theoretical predictions.

  5. A high aspect ratio SU-8 fabrication technique for hollow microneedles for transdermal drug delivery and blood extraction

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    Chaudhri, Buddhadev Paul; Ceyssens, Frederik; De Moor, Piet; Van Hoof, Chris; Puers, Robert

    2010-06-01

    Protein drugs, e.g. hormonal drugs, cannot be delivered orally to a patient as they get digested in the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract. Thus, it is imperative that these kinds of drugs are delivered transdermally through the skin. To provide for real-time feedback as well as to test independently for various substances in the blood, we also need a blood sampling system. Microneedles can perform both these functions. Further, microneedles made of silicon or metal have the risk of breaking inside the skin thereby leading to complications. SU-8, being approved of as being biocompatible by the Food and Drug Agency (FDA) of the United States, is an attractive alternative because firstly it is a polymer material, thereby reducing the chances of breakages inside the skin, and secondly it is a negative photoresist, thereby leading to ease of fabrication. Thus, here we present very tall (around 1600 µm) SU-8 polymer-based hollow microneedles fabricated by a simple and repeatable process, which are a very good candidate for transdermal drug delivery as well as blood extraction. The paper elaborates on the details that allow the fabrication of such extreme aspect ratios (>100).

  6. Screen Printing of SU-8 Layers for Microstructure Fabrication / Ar Sietspiedi Uzklātu SU-8 Pārklājumi Mikro-Struktūru Izgatavošanai

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    Klavins, J.; Mozolevskis, G.; Ozols A., A.; Nitiss, E.; Rutkis, M.

    2015-10-01

    We report on a screen printing fabrication process for large-area SU-8 layers utilised for the preparation of microstructures in display devices such as microelectronic, electrowetting or bistable devices. The screen printing method has been selected for its effectiveness and simplicity over traditionally used spin-coating ones. Layers and microstructures produced thereof have shown proper homogeneity. Relationships between screen parameters to coating thickness have been established. Coating on an ITO (indium tin oxide) hydrophobic surface is possible when surface has been treated by UV/Ozone to increase its aqueous ability. To this end, the hydrophilic microstructure grids have been successfully built on a hydrophobic layer by screen printing and traditional lithography processes. Compared to conventional spin-coating methods, the screen printing method offers the advantages of simple, cheap and fast fabrication, and is especially suitable for large-area display fabrication Rakstā aprakstīta sietspiedes metode liela izmēra SU-8 pārklājumu iegūšanai, lai izgatavotu mikrostruktūras mikroelektronikai, elektroslapināšanas un bistabilajiem ekrāniem. Sietspiede ir efektīvāka un vienkāršāka metode nekā tradicionāli izmantotā spin-coating metode. Šādiem pārklājumuiem un mikrostruktūrām ir pietiekoša homogenitāte. Tika atrasta sakarība starp sietu parametriem un pārklājumu biezumu. Pārklājumus var uzklāt uz hidrofobiskās ITO (indija alvas oksīds) virsmas, ja tā tiek apstrādāta ar UV/Ozonu, jo tas palielina ūdens slapināšanas īpašības. Tika izgatavoti hidrofīliskas mikrostruktūras režģi uz hidrofobiskas pamatnes ar sietspiedi un tradicionālo SU-8 litogrāfijas metodi. Salīdzinājumā ar tradicionālo spin-coating metodi, sietspiede ir vienkārša, lēta un ātra un ir labi piemērota liela izmēra ekrānu izgatavošanai.

  7. FABRICATION OF A RETINAL PROSTHETIC TEST DEVICE USING ELECTRODEPOSITED SILICON OVER POLYPYRROLE PATTERNED WITH SU-8 PHOTORESIST.

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    Miller, Eric; Ellis, Daniel; Charles, Duran; McKenzie, Jason

    2015-01-01

    A materials fabrication study of a photodiode array for possible application of retina prosthesis was undertaken. A test device was fabricated using a glassy carbon electrode patterned with SU-8 photoresist. In the openings, p-type polypyrrole was first electrodeposited using 1-butyl-1-methylpyridinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ionic liquid. The polypyrrole was self-doped with imide ion at ~1.5 mole %, was verified as p-type, and had a resistivity of ~20 Ωcm. N-type Silicon was then electrodeposited over this layer using silicon tetrachloride / phosphorus trichloride in acetonitrile and passivated in a second electrodeposition using trimethylchlorosilane. Electron microscopy revealed the successful electrodeposition of silicon over patterned polypyrrole. Rudimentary photodiode behavior was observed. The passivation improved but did not completely protect the electrodeposited silicon from oxidation by air.

  8. iLIDS Simulations and Videos for Docking TIM

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    Lewis, James L.

    2010-01-01

    The video shows various aspects of the International Low Impact Docking System, including team members, some production, configuration, mated androgynous iLIDS, SCS Lockdown system, thermal analysis, electrical engineering aspects, the iLIDS control box and emulator, radiation testing at BNL, component environmental testing, component vibration testing, 3G processor board delivery system, GTA vibe test, EMA testbed, hook and hook disassembly, flex shaftdrive assembly, GSE cradle MISSE-6 Columbus, MISSE 6 and 7 seal experiments, actuated full scale seal test rig, LIDS on Hubble, dynamics test prep, EDU 54 mass emulation and SCS, load ring characterization, 6DOF proof test, SCS at 6DOF, machining EEMS and inner ring assembly, APAS assembly, inner ring fitting, rotation stand assembly, EEMS mating, and EEMS proof of concept demonstration.

  9. New Formation Technology of Plasma Display Panel Barrier-Rib Structure Using Silicone Rubber Mold Transferred from SU-8 Master Structure

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    Son, Seung-Hyun; Park, Yong-Suk; Choi, Sie-Young

    2002-06-01

    A new formation technology for a plasma display panel (PDP) barrier-rib structure is presented to realize a barrier rib with a high aspect ratio and reduce the manufacturing cost. In this study, we used an SU-8 50 photoresist, which is sensitive to UV irradiation, instead of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) which is sensitive to X-ray irradiation, so that the silicone rubber mold could be applicable to a large-area PDP. The first step is to produce an SU-8 master structure using amorphous silicon as an adhesion layer between a glass substrate and SU-8 photoresist. Second, a precise soft mold is manufactured for mass replication of the PDP barrier-rib construction, by molding liquid silicone rubber onto the glass substrate with lithographically defined SU-8 master structures. Third, a PDP barrier-rib structure is formed using the pattern-transferring process with a reusable silicone rubber mold. This is a very simple and inexpensive process consisting with printing of barrier-rib paste, drying, pattern-transferring, and sintering. The pattern-transferring process with a soft mold also demonstrates that the disadvantages of the conventional mold pressing process with a hard mold can be overcome. Consequently, by using the pattern-transferring process with the silicone rubber mold transferred from the SU-8 master structure, the desired barrier-rib shapes can be realized with a high aspect ratio and various dimensions.

  10. Replica-moulded polydimethylsiloxane culture vessel lids attenuate ...

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    An imbalance in medium osmolarity is a determinant that affects cell culture longevity. Even in humidified incubators, evaporation of water leads to a gradual increase in osmolarity overtime. We present a simple replica-moulding strategy for producing self-sealing lids adaptable to standard, small-size cell-culture vessels.

  11. Do cratons preserve evidence of stagnant lid tectonics?

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    Derek Wyman

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Evidence for episodic crustal growth extending back to the Hadean has recently prompted a number of numerically based geodynamic models that incorporate cyclic changes from stagnant lid to mobile lid tectonics. A large part of the geologic record is missing for the times at which several of these cycles are inferred to have taken place. The cratons, however, are likely to retain important clues relating to similar cycles developed in the Mesoarchean and Neoarchean. Widespread acceptance of a form of plate tectonics by ∼3.2 Ga is not at odds with the sporadic occurrence of stagnant lid tectonics after this time. The concept of scale as applied to cratons, mantle plumes and Neoarchean volcanic arcs are likely to provide important constraints on future models of Earth's geodynamic evolution. The Superior Province will provide some of the most concrete evidence in this regard given that its constituent blocks may have been locked into a stagnant lid relatively soon after their formation and then assembled in the next global plate tectonic interval. Perceived complexities associated with inferred mantle plume – volcanic arc associations in the Superior Province and other cratons may be related to an over estimation of plume size. A possible stagnant lid episode between ∼2.9 Ga and ∼2.8 Ga is identified by previously unexplained lapses in volcanism on cratons, including the Kaapvaal, Yilgarn and Superior Province cratons. If real, then mantle dynamics associated with this episode likely eliminated any contemporaneous mantle plume incubation sites, which has important implications for widespread plumes developed at ∼2.7 Ga and favours a shallow mantle source in the transition zone. The Superior Province provides a uniquely preserved local proxy for this global event and could serve as the basis for detailed numerical models in the future.

  12. Reduction of surface leakage current in InAs/GaSb strained layer long wavelength superlattice detectors using SU-8 passivation

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    Kim, H. S.; Plis, E.; Gautam, N.; Myers, S.; Sharma, Y.; Dawson, L. R.; Krishna, S.

    2010-10-01

    We report on SU-8 passivation for reducing surface leakage current in type-II InAs/GaSb strained layer superlattice detectors (λ100% cut-off˜12 μm). The electrical behavior of SU-8 passivated and unpassivated devices was compared for devices with variable mesa sizes. Dark current was reduced by more than one order of magnitude for the small area (50 μm×50 μm) passivated diode at 77 K. The surface resistivity, the responsivity and specific detectivity were measured for SU-8 passivated devices and are equal to 204 Ω cm, 0.58 A/W and 3.49×109 Jones, respectively (77 K).

  13. Performance improvement of InAs/GaSb strained layer superlattice detectors by reducing surface leakage currents with SU-8 passivation

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    Kim, H. S.; Plis, E.; Khoshakhlagh, A.; Myers, S.; Gautam, N.; Sharma, Y. D.; Dawson, L. R.; Krishna, S.; Lee, S. J.; Noh, S. K.

    2010-01-01

    We report on SU-8 passivation for performance improvement of type-II InAs/GaSb strained layer superlattice detectors (λcut-off˜4.6 μm). Optical and electrical behavior of SU-8 passivated and unpassivated devices was compared. The dark current density was improved by four orders of magnitude for passivated single diodes at 77 K. The zero bias responsivity and detectivity at 77 K was equal to 0.9 A/W and 3.5×1012 Jones for SU-8 passivated single pixel diodes. FPA size diodes (24×24 μm2) were also fabricated and they showed responsivity and detectivity of 1.3 A/W and 3.5×1012 Jones, respectively at 77 K.

  14. Design, numerical simulation and experimental investigation of an SU-8 microgripper based on the cascaded V-shaped electrothermal actuators

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    Voicu, Rodica-Cristina

    2016-10-01

    This paper presents the numerical simulation results and the experimental investigations of a polymeric microgripper designed using the cascaded V-shaped electrothermal actuators. The microgripper was simulated using electro-thermo-mechanical finite element method (FEM) based on Coventorware 2014 software in order to check the performance of the gripper. As structural material of the microgripper, the SU-8 biocompatible polymer was used during the fabrication process. The metallic micro-heaters were encapsulated in the polymeric actuation structures of the microgrippers to reduce the undesirable out-of-plane displacement of the gripper tips, to reduce the mechanical stress and to improve the thermal efficiency. Experimental testing has been performed to determine the openings of the microgripper tips as function of electrical current. A displacement of the tips of more than 50 pm can be obtained at an electrical current of around 25-26 mA. Over 27-28 mA the heaters are still working but a softening and a damaging status in the polymer were observed.

  15. Compact silicon-based optrode with integrated laser diode chips, SU-8 waveguides and platinum electrodes for optogenetic applications

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    Schwaerzle, M.; Paul, O.; Ruther, P.

    2017-06-01

    We report on a compact optrode, i.e. a MEMS-based, invasive, bidirectional neural interface allowing to control neural activity using light while neural signals are recorded nearby. The optrode consists of a silicon (Si) base carrying two pairs of bare laser diodes (LDs) emitting at 650 nm and of two 8 mm-long, 250 µm-wide and down to 50 µm-thick shanks extending from the base. Each LD is efficiently coupled to one of four 15 or 20 µm-wide and 13 µm-high SU-8 waveguides (WGs) running in pairs along the shanks. In addition, each shank comprises four 20 µm-diameter platinum electrodes for neural recording near the WG end facets. After encapsulation of the LDs with a Si cover chip blocking stray light and protecting the LDs from the harsh environment to which the probe is destined, the compact base measures only 4  ×  4  ×  0.43 mm3. The time averaged radiant emittance at the WG end facet is 96.9 mW mm-2 for an LD current of 35 mA at a duty cycle of 5%. The absolute electrode impedance at 1 kHz is 1.54  ±  0.06 MΩ. Using infrared thermography, the temperature increase of the probe during LD operation was determined to be about 1 K under neuroscientifically relevant operating conditions.

  16. [Application of EMLA creme before upper lid blepharoplasty].

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    Henrici, K; Clemens, S; Tost, F

    2005-08-01

    The injection of local anesthesia before upper lid blepharoplasty is perceived as unpleasant and painful by some patients. In an intraindividual randomized prospective study, 14 patients undergoing upper lid blepharoplasty on both sides were examined. Before the operation the EMLA creme was put on one side. The pain sensibility was checked before and after using EMLA creme and during the infiltration of anesthesia and the operation. The sensitivity before putting on EMLA creme was equal in all patients on both sides. After application there was a distinct difference between the sides. During the infiltration of anesthesia 12 patients reported low and 2 patients medium pain on the treated side, while on the non-treated side 5 patients reported low, 4 patients medium, and 5 patients severe pain. Applying EMLA creme before an operation reduces the pain sensitivity during infiltration of anesthesia and during the operation.

  17. The Goals and Status of SoLid Experiment

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    Park, Jaewon

    2016-09-01

    SoLid is a short baseline sterile neutrino oscillation search experiment using the BR2 compact core reactor in Belgium. Ruling out or confirming sterile neutrino is one of main interests in the neutrino physics field. Highly segmented scintillator cube detector with 6LiF:ZnS(Ag) neutron screen provides high purity neutron tagging by pulse shape discrimination (PSD), and capture position identification. These capabilities from this novel detector are critical to isolate neutrino interactions in a high background environment. The prototype detector (SM1) provides important feedback for validating the performance of the detector design. Recent results from SM1 will be presented. Construction of the SoLid Phase-1 detector is underway. The three-ton detector with three years running will allow us to reach the sterile neutrino exclusion limit of sin2 2 θ < 0 . 03 at Δm2 2eV2 at the 99% confidence level.

  18. [2 cases with unusual lid-jaw co-movements].

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    Takagishi, T; Shukutani, K; Sakuma, Y; Sakuma, F; Yoshikura, N

    1976-05-01

    General review of the literature makes it apparent that there exist various combinations of associated movements between cranial nerves. Most of them involve four of nerves, the oculomotor, the abducens, the facial, and the motor potion of the trigeminal nerve. We report two patients in whom left upper eyelids produced peculior up and down movements in accompany with mastication. The one was a 9-year-old female who had shown left eye-lid retraction since 3 months; the other, a 4-year-old male, had produced the synkinesis one year since. Either children showed contraction of left palpebral levators associated with volitional mouth opening, deviation of the mandible toward the right, and sucking. Their pupils were normal and their upper eye-lids showed no ptosis on the affected side. The EEG showed high voltage rhythmic slow waves in parieto-occipital areas bilaterally. Head injuries or hereditary defects not being recorded in their histories, their synkinesis is assumed to be congenital in orgin. Abnormal neural connections have been presumed to be affected in the course of the development between the trigeminal and the oculomotor nuclei within the midbrain. In triggering the synkinesis, however, stretched muscle-spindles of the masseter muscle most play an important role. After all, synchronizing lid-jaw co-movements as observed in our two children represent an unusual pattern of the Marcus Gunn phenomenon.

  19. International Low Impact Docking System (iLIDS) Project Technical Requirements Specification, Revision F

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    Lewis, James L.

    2011-01-01

    The NASA Docking System (NDS) is NASA's implementation for the emerging International Docking System Standard (IDSS) using low impact docking technology. The NASA Docking System Project (NDSP) is the International Space Station (ISS) Program's project to produce the NDS, Common Docking Adapter (CDA) and Docking Hub. The NDS design evolved from the Low Impact Docking System (LIDS). The acronym international Low Impact Docking System (iLIDS) is also used to describe this system as well as the Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) project designing the NDS for the NDSP. NDS and iLIDS may be used interchangeability. This document will use the acronym iLIDS. Some of the heritage documentation and implementations (e.g., software command names, requirement identification (ID), figures, etc.) used on NDS will continue to use the LIDS acronym. This specification defines the technical requirements for the iLIDS GFE delivered to the NDSP by the iLIDS project. This document contains requirements for two iLIDS configurations, SEZ29101800-301 and SEZ29101800-302. Requirements with the statement, iLIDS shall, are for all configurations. Examples of requirements that are unique to a single configuration may be identified as iLIDS (-301) shall or iLIDS (-302) shall. Furthermore, to allow a requirement to encompass all configurations with an exception, the requirement may be designated as iLIDS (excluding -302) shall. Verification requirements for the iLIDS project are identified in the Verification Matrix (VM) provided in the iLIDS Verification and Validation Document, JSC-63966. The following definitions differentiate between requirements and other statements: Shall: This is the only verb used for the binding requirements. Should/May: These verbs are used for stating non-mandatory goals. Will: This verb is used for stating facts or declaration of purpose. A Definition of Terms table is provided in Appendix B to define those terms with specific tailored uses in this document.

  20. Loading of Drug-Polymer Matrices in Microreservoirs for Oral Drug Delivery

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    Petersen, Ritika Singh; Keller, Stephan Sylvest; Boisen, Anja

    2017-01-01

    loading in microfabricated DDS. The microfabricated DDS are microcontainers fabricated in photoresist SU-8 and biopolymer poly-L-lactic-acid (PLLA). Furosemide (F) drug is embedded in poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL) polymer matrix. This F-PCL drug polymer matrix is loaded in SU-8 and PLLA microcontainers using...

  1. A Simple and Reliable PDMS and SU-8 Irreversible Bonding Method and Its Application on a Microfluidic-MEA Device for Neuroscience Research

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    Yufei Ren

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS and SU-8 are currently two very commonly used polymeric materials in the microfluidics field for biological applications. However; there is a pressing need to find a simple, reliable, irreversible bonding method between these two materials for their combined use in innovative integrated microsystems. In this paper, we attempt to investigate the aminosilane-mediated irreversible bonding method for PDMS and SU-8 with X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS surface analysis and bonding strength tests. Additionally, the selected bonding method was applied in fabricating a microelectrode array (MEA device, including microfluidic features, which allows electrophysiological observations on compartmentalized neuronal cultures. As there is a growing trend towards microfluidic devices for neuroscience research, this type of integrated microdevice, which can observe functional alterations on compartmentalized neuronal culture, can potentially be used for neurodegenerative disease research and pharmaceutical development.

  2. The habitability of a stagnant-lid Earth

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    Tosi, N.; Godolt, M.; Stracke, B.; Ruedas, T.; Grenfell, J. L.; Höning, D.; Nikolaou, A.; Plesa, A.-C.; Breuer, D.; Spohn, T.

    2017-09-01

    Context. Plate tectonics is considered a fundamental component for the habitability of the Earth. Yet whether it is a recurrent feature of terrestrial bodies orbiting other stars or unique to the Earth is unknown. The stagnant lid may rather be the most common tectonic expression on such bodies. Aims: To understand whether a stagnant-lid planet can be habitable, I.e. host liquid water at its surface, we model the thermal evolution of the mantle, volcanic outgassing of H2O and CO2, and resulting climate of an Earth-like planet lacking plate tectonics. Methods: We used a 1D model of parameterized convection to simulate the evolution of melt generation and the build-up of an atmosphere of H2O and CO2 over 4.5 Gyr. We then employed a 1D radiative-convective atmosphere model to calculate the global mean atmospheric temperature and the boundaries of the habitable zone (HZ). Results: The evolution of the interior is characterized by the initial production of a large amount of partial melt accompanied by a rapid outgassing of H2O and CO2. The maximal partial pressure of H2O is limited to a few tens of bars by the high solubility of water in basaltic melts. The low solubility of CO2 instead causes most of the carbon to be outgassed, with partial pressures that vary from 1 bar or less if reducing conditions are assumed for the mantle to 100-200 bar for oxidizing conditions. At 1 au, the obtained temperatures generally allow for liquid water on the surface nearly over the entire evolution. While the outer edge of the HZ is mostly influenced by the amount of outgassed CO2, the inner edge presents a more complex behaviour that is dependent on the partial pressures of both gases. Conclusions: At 1 au, the stagnant-lid planet considered would be regarded as habitable. The width of the HZ at the end of the evolution, albeit influenced by the amount of outgassed CO2, can vary in a non-monotonic way depending on the extent of the outgassed H2O reservoir. Our results suggest that

  3. With a flick of the lid: a novel trapping mechanism in Nepenthes gracilis pitcher plants.

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    Ulrike Bauer

    Full Text Available Carnivorous pitcher plants capture prey with modified leaves (pitchers, using diverse mechanisms such as 'insect aquaplaning' on the wet pitcher rim, slippery wax crystals on the inner pitcher wall, and viscoelastic retentive fluids. Here we describe a new trapping mechanism for Nepenthes gracilis which has evolved a unique, semi-slippery wax crystal surface on the underside of the pitcher lid and utilises the impact of rain drops to 'flick' insects into the trap. Depending on the experimental conditions (simulated 'rain', wet after 'rain', or dry, insects were captured mainly by the lid, the peristome, or the inner pitcher wall, respectively. The application of an anti-slip coating to the lower lid surface reduced prey capture in the field. Compared to sympatric N. rafflesiana, N. gracilis pitchers secreted more nectar under the lid and less on the peristome, thereby directing prey mainly towards the lid. The direct contribution to prey capture represents a novel function of the pitcher lid.

  4. Development of shashlik electromagnetic calorimeter prototype for SoLID

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    Shen, C.; Wang, Y.; Xiao, D.; Han, D.; Zou, Z.; Li, Y.; Zheng, X.; Chen, J.

    2017-03-01

    A shashlik electromagnetic calorimeter will be produced in Hall A of Jefferson Laboratory for Solenoidal large Intensity Device (SoLID) to measure the energy deposition of electrons and hadrons, and to provide particle identification after the energy of the accelerator was upgraded to 12 GeV. Tsinghua University is the member of Hall A collaboration in charge of development and production of the large shashlik electromagnetic calorimeter of SoLID. One module of that calorimeter is composed by 194 layers. Each layer consists of a 1.5 mm thick plastic scintillator put on top of a 0.5 mm thick lead plate. Scintillation light is read out by wave-length shifter fibers penetrating through the calorimeter modules longitudinally along the direction of flight of the impact particle. This paper describes the design and construction of that module, as well as a few optimization studies meant to improve its performance. A detailed Geant4 simulation also shows that an energy resolution of 5%/√ E (GeV) and a good containment for electromagnetic showers can be achieved, as well as some basic electron identification. A prototype of that module will be tested soon with an electron beam at JLab.

  5. Mixed convection in a double lid-driven cubic cavity

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    Nasreddine, Ouertatania; Nader, Ben Cheikha; Brahim, Ben Beyaa; Taieb, Lilia [Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, Dept. de Physique (Tunisia); Campo, A. [University of Texas at San Antonio, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, San Antonio, TX (United States)

    2009-07-15

    To study the intricate three-dimensional flow structures and the companion heat transfer rates in double lid-driven cubic cavity heated from the top and cooled from below, a numerical methodology based on the finite volume method and a full multigrid acceleration is utilized in this paper. The four remaining walls forming the cubic cavity are adiabatic. The working fluid is air so that the Prandtl number equates to 0.71. Numerical solutions are generated for representative combinations of the controlling Reynolds number inside 100 {<=} Re {<=} 1000 and the Richardson numbers inside 0.001 {<=} Ri {<=} 10. Typical sets of streamlines and isotherms are presented to analyze the tortuous circulatory flow patterns set up by the competition between the forced flow created by the double driven walls and the buoyancy force of the fluid. For extreme combinations of high Ri and low Re, the heat transfer is essentially dominated by conduction. On the other hand, for extreme combinations of small Ri and high Re, the heat transfer becomes convective dominating. Numerical values of the overall Nusselt number in harmony with the Re- and Ri-intervals are presented and they are compared afterward against the standard case of a single lid driven cavity. It is discovered that a remarkable heat transfer improvement of up to 76% can be reached for the particular combination of Re=400 and Ri=1. (authors)

  6. On the habitability of a stagnant-lid Earth

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    Tosi, Nicola; Stracke, Barbara; Godolt, Mareike; Ruedas, Thomas; Grenfell, John Lee; Höning, Dennis; Nikolaou, Athanasia; Plesa, Ana-Catalina; Breuer, Doris; Spohn, Tilman

    2016-04-01

    Whether plate tectonics is a recurrent feature of terrestrial bodies orbiting other stars or is unique to the Earth is unknown. The stagnant-lid may rather be the most common tectonic mode through which terrestrial bodies operate. Here we model the thermal history of the mantle, the outgassing evolution of H2O and CO2, and the resulting climate of a hypothetical planet with the same mass, radius, and composition as the Earth, but lacking plate tectonics. We employ a 1-D model of parameterized stagnant-lid convection to simulate the evolution of melt generation, crust production, and volatile extraction over a timespan of 4.5 Gyr, focusing on the effects of three key mantle parameters: the initial temperature, which controls the overall volume of partial melt produced; the initial water content, which affects the mantle rheology and solidus temperature; and the oxygen fugacity, which is employed in a model of redox melting to determine the amount of carbon stored in partial melts. We assume that the planet lost its primordial atmosphere and use the H2O and CO2 outgassed from the interior to build up a secondary atmosphere over time. Furthermore, we assume that the planet may possess an Earth-like ocean. We calculate the atmospheric pressure based on the solubility of H2O and CO2 in basaltic magmas at the evolving surface pressure conditions. We then employ a 1-D radiative-convective, cloud-free stationary atmospheric model to calculate the resulting atmospheric temperature, pressure and water content, and the corresponding boundaries of the habitable zone (HZ) accounting for the evolution of the Sun's luminosity with time but neglecting escape processes. The interior evolution is characterized by a large initial production of partial melt accompanied by the formation of crust that rapidly grows until its thickness matches that of the stagnant lid so that the convecting sublithospheric mantle prevents further crustal growth. Even for initial water concentrations in

  7. Lower Lid Reconstruction Utilizing Auricular Conchal Chondral-Perichondral Tissue in Patients with Neoplastic Lesions

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    Pier Camillo Parodi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To assess surgical outcomes of lower lid reconstruction surgery using auricular conchal tissue. Methods. This prospective study included 20 patients that underwent reconstructive lower lid surgery using autologous auricle chondral-perichondral graft tissue. Auricle tissue was used to provide adequate support and protection with similar conjunctiva tarsal structures on overlying soft tissues in patients with pathologic inferior lid tissue loss requiring reconstructive surgery. Biopsies with histopathology and cytology analysis were taken after 1 year. Cytology analysis using CK19 was used to confirm newly formed conjunctiva overlying the graft. Results. All patients showed no graft rejection. Surgical outcomes were generally good, with minimal or no ocular complications. 16 of 20 patients had excellent results, showing good lid symmetry and esthetics, minimal auricular discomfort, patient satisfaction and proper lid function. Surgical outcomes were highly dependent on proper post-op conjunctiva formation. All patients were positive for CK19, thus indicating proper conjunctiva tissue formation. Conclusions. Lower lid reconstruction surgery using auricular chondral-perichondral conchal tissue is a good alternative in patients with neoplastic lesions. Autologous chondral-perichondral tissue provides good functional and mechanical support in the reconstructed lid, thus reducing the risks of ectropion and corneal exposure and ensuring a protected ocular surface.

  8. Flood Improvement and LID Modeling of Rice University in Houston, Texas Using XP-SWMM

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    Juan, A.; Bedient, P. B.

    2013-12-01

    In recent years, Low Impact Development (LID) has emerged as an alternative to traditional urban development strategies. However, unlike most conventional methodologies, LID is designed to manage storm runoff as close as possible to its point of origin. This feat is accomplished through the use of distributed technologies such as green roofs, bio-swales, and rain gardens, with the end goal of reducing the adverse impacts of urbanization on natural resources by maintaining pre-development hydrologic conditions. In this study, hypothetical LID scenarios throughout Rice University in Houston, Texas were simulated with the hydrologic/hydraulic software package XP-SWMM. Comparisons were made between the base scenario (existing conditions) and the various LID scenarios with several design storms. The rainfall simulated were all less than 6 in., due to LID typically being known to have limited impacts in inundation reduction during large storms, especially in the Texas Gulf Coast region. Preliminary results indicated that the LID applications were able to reduce peak flows as well as total storm runoff volume by as much as 20%. These results show that LID has the potential to replace, or to be used in conjunction with, conventional storm water management practices in Houston.

  9. A new model of central lid margin apposition and tear film mixing in spontaneous blinking.

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    Pult, Heiko; Korb, Donald R; Murphy, Paul J; Riede-Pult, Britta H; Blackie, Caroline

    2015-06-01

    To investigate tear film spreading and central lid position in spontaneous blinks and to propose a model of the central lid position of the closed eye in such blinks. In vivo: lid margin position and geometry of 15 subjects (9 female; median age=45 years) were evaluated by high-speed video and slit-lamp microscope video in consecutive spontaneous blinks. Upper lid (UL) tear meniscus (TM) depth was observed in the open and almost closed eye. Eyelid geometry, position and UL TM depth were analysed by Image-J Software. Lid margin thicknesses were measured with a Scheimpflug camera. In vitro: tear film spreading and lipid layer formation were simulated on a lubricated glass plate and videoed by high-speed camera (JVC, GZ-GX1BE, Japan). In vivo: the median central lid margin thickness was not significantly (p=0.258) different between UL (1.8mm) and LL (1.7mm) in the opened eye. During blinking, UL remained perpendicular to the corneal surface, while LL tilted in and thinned. A scaled model diagram was created and revealed an over-blink of the UL over the LL (>0.7mm) and a height offset of the posterior lid margin of >0.7mm. In vitro: the LL TM fused with the UL TM even before full lid touch due to capillary bridge building. The central UL overlaps the central LL during spontaneous blinking. This provides the appearance of complete closure. The space that results from the lack of lid margin apposition influences the fusion of the upper and lower TM and ultimately tear film mixing. Copyright © 2015 British Contact Lens Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Local field in LiD polarized target material

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    Kisselev, Yu V; Baum, G; Berglund, P; Doshita, N; Gautheron, F; Görtz, S; Horikawa, N; Koivuniemi, J H; Kondo, K; Magnon, A; Meyer, Werner T; Reicherz, G

    2004-01-01

    We have experimentally studied the first and the second moments of D, **6Li and **7Li (I greater than 1/2) NMR lines in a granulated LiD- target material as a function of nuclear polarizations and the data has been compared with a theory elaborated by Abragam, Roinel and Bouffard for monocrystalline samples. The experiments were carried out in the large COMPASS twin-target at CERN. The static local magnetic field of the polarized nuclei was measured by frequency shift between the NMR-signals in the two oppositely polarized cells and lead to the first moment, whereas the investigation of the second moment was done through Gaussian approximation. The average field magnitude in granulated material was estimated 20% larger than the value given by the calculations for monocrystalline samples of cylindrical shape. The second moment shows a qualitative agreement with the theory but it is slightly larger at the negative than at the positive polarization. In a polarized mode, the moments depend on the saturated microw...

  11. Coleman-Weinberg symmetry breaking in SU(8) induced by a third rank antisymmetric tensor scalar field II: the fermion spectrum

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    Adler, Stephen L.

    2017-07-01

    We continue our study of Coleman-Weinberg symmetry breaking induced by a third rank antisymmetric tensor scalar, in the context of the SU(8) model (Adler 2014 Int. J. Mod. Phys. A 29 1450130) we proposed earlier. We focus in this paper on qualitative features that will determine whether the model can make contact with the observed particle spectrum. We discuss the mechanism for giving the spin \\frac{3}{2} field a mass by the BEH mechanism, and analyze the remaining massless spin \\frac{1}{2} fermions, the global chiral symmetries, and the running couplings after symmetry breaking. We note that the smallest gluon mass matrix eigenvalue has an eigenvector suggestive of U(1) B-L , and conjecture that the theory runs to an infrared fixed point at which there is a massless gluon with 3 to  -1 ratios in generator components. Assuming this, we discuss a mechanism for making contact with the standard model, based on a conjectured asymmetric breaking of Sp(4) to SU(2) subgroups, one of which is the electroweak SU(2), and the other of which is a ‘technicolor’ group that binds the original SU(8) model fermions, which play the role of ‘preons’, into composites. Quarks can emerge as 5 preon composites and leptons as 3 preon composites, with consequent stability of the proton against decay to a single lepton plus a meson. A composite Higgs boson can emerge as a two preon composite. Since anomaly matching for the relevant conserved global symmetry current is not obeyed by three fermion families, emergence of three composite families requires formation of a Goldstone boson with quantum numbers matching this current, which can be a light dark matter candidate.

  12. Micro-Lid For Sealing Sample Reservoirs of micro-Extraction Systems Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The proposed µLid system is in effect an attempt to miniaturize an extraction system to a chip-cup system with integrated heaters capable extremley hot...

  13. Cicatricial ectropion due to essential skin shrinkage: treatment with rotational upper-lid pedicle flaps.

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    Hurwitz, J J; Lichter, M; Rodgers, J

    1983-10-01

    Ectropion is sometimes due to a shortage of skin of the lower lid (cicatricial) and may result from previous surgery, trauma, burns, skin diseases etc. Excessive exposure to the sun has also been incriminated. Vertical traction lines in the skin of the lower lid, accentuated by gazing up or by opening the mouth, suggest this condition. This paper describes the use of pedicle skin flaps rotated from the upper lid to treat cicatricial ectropion occurring in the absence of any predisposing factor and not responding to conservative treatment--that is, due to essential skin shrinkage. All 10 patients had an improved appearance, and epiphora persisted in only 1 patient, who subsequently underwent a punctum-enlarging procedure. In an 11th patient there was insufficient redundant upper-lid skin, so a free skin graft was used instead.

  14. Structure of Human Pancreatic Lipase-Related Protein 2 with the Lid in an Open Conformation

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    Eydoux, Cecilia; Spinelli, Silvia; Davis, Tara L.; Walker, John R.; Seitova, Alma; Dhe-Paganon, Sirano; De Caro, Alain; Cambillau, Christian; Carriere, Frederic (CNRS-UMR); (Toronto)

    2008-10-02

    Access to the active site of pancreatic lipase (PL) is controlled by a surface loop, the lid, which normally undergoes conformational changes only upon addition of lipids or amphiphiles. Structures of PL with their lids in the open and functional conformation have required cocrystallization with amphiphiles. Here we report two crystal structures of wild-type and unglycosylated human pancreatic lipase-related protein 2 (HPLRP2) with the lid in an open conformation in the absence of amphiphiles. These structures solved independently are strikingly similar, with some residues of the lid being poorly defined in the electron-density map. The open conformation of the lid is however different from that previously observed in classical liganded PL, suggesting different kinetic properties for HPLRP2. Here we show that the HPLRP2 is directly inhibited by E600, does not present interfacial activation, and acts preferentially on substrates forming monomers or small aggregates (micelles) dispersed in solution like monoglycerides, phospholipids and galactolipids, whereas classical PL displays reverse properties and a high specificity for unsoluble substrates like triglycerides and diglycerides forming oil-in-water interfaces. These biochemical properties imply that the lid of HPLRP2 is likely to spontaneously adopt in solution the open conformation observed in the crystal structure. This open conformation generates a large cavity capable of accommodating the digalactose polar head of galactolipids, similar to that previously observed in the active site of the guinea pig PLRP2, but absent from the classical PL. Most of the structural and kinetic properties of HPLRP2 were found to be different from those of rat PLRP2, the structure of which was previously obtained with the lid in a closed conformation. Our findings illustrate the essential role of the lid in determining the substrate specificity and the mechanism of action of lipases.

  15. Choroidal melanoma and lid fibrofoliculomas in Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome.

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    Fontcuberta, Irene Canal; Salomão, Diva R; Quiram, Polly A; Pulido, Jose S

    2011-09-01

    Birt-Hogg-Dubé Syndrome (BHDS) is a rare inherited genodermatosis that predisposes patients to develop skin fibrofolliculomas, lung cysts, pneumothorax, and bilateral renal cancer. Observational case report. We describe a case of choroidal melanoma and multiple lid folliculomas in a 63 years old patient with BHDS. A variety of different tumors have been described associated with BHDS. This is the first case report of a patient with BHDS developing choroidal melanoma. Careful examination of the lids is important to identify fibrofolliculomas.

  16. Clinical Characteristics and Causality of Eye Lid Laceration in Iran

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    Ali Tabatabaei

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the etiological characteristics and visual outcomes of ocular trauma with more attention to eyelid laceration.Methods: In a cross-sectional study, 98 cases of isolated traumatic eyelid laceration were consecutively studied and its epidemiology, etiology and association with visual outcome were evaluated. The findings of this study could be used to develop healthcare related precautions and work place safety recommendations.Results: Of the 98 patients included in the study, men exhibited a greater vulnerability and they were mostly aged around 29 years old. In terms of the place of trauma, 40 (43.5% cases occurred in the street, 27 cases (29.3% occurred at home, and 17 cases (18.5% occurred at the workplace, while 4 cases (4.3% happened in entertaining environments like parks. For 3 patients (3.3%, the incident took place at a public pathway, and in 1 patient (1.1%, the case occurred at school. As the most common cause of trauma, 41 patients (42.3% had an object hit their eyes. In addition, assaults were a major cause of injury. The right eye and the upper lid were also the most common sites of injuries. Although no blindness occurred due to trauma causing eyelid laceration, the visual outcomes were correlated with severity of the incident defined based on the presence of open globe injuries.Conclusion: This study could possibly highlight the risk factors of eyelid laceration and provide the healthcare community with the essential recommendations regarding the safety precautions in dangerous settings, including daily/routine work places.

  17. LID-BMPs planning for urban runoff control and the case study in China.

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    Jia, Haifeng; Yao, Hairong; Tang, Ying; Yu, Shaw L; Field, Richard; Tafuri, Anthony N

    2015-02-01

    Low Impact Development Best Management Practices (LID-BMPs) have in recent years received much recognition as cost-effective measures for mitigating urban runoff impacts. In the present paper, a procedure for LID-BMPs planning and analysis using a comprehensive decision support tool was proposed. A case study was conducted to the planning of an LID-BMPs implementation effort at a college campus in Foshan, Guangdong Province, China. By examining information obtained, potential LID-BMPs were first selected. SUSTAIN was then used to analyze four runoff control scenarios, namely: pre-development scenario; basic scenario (existing campus development plan without BMP control); Scenario 1 (least-cost BMPs implementation); and, Scenario 2 (maximized BMPs performance). A sensitivity analysis was also performed to assess the impact of the hydrologic and water quality parameters. The optimal solution for each of the two LID-BMPs scenarios was obtained by using the non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm-II (NSGA-II). Finally, the cost-effectiveness of the LID-BMPs implementation scenarios was examined by determining the incremental cost for a unit improvement of control. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. A simple technique to reduce evaporation of crystallization droplets by using plate lids with apertures for adding liquids.

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    Zipper, Lauren E; Aristide, Xavier; Bishop, Dylan P; Joshi, Ishita; Kharzeev, Julia; Patel, Krishna B; Santiago, Brianna M; Joshi, Karan; Dorsinvil, Kahille; Sweet, Robert M; Soares, Alexei S

    2014-12-01

    A method is described for using plate lids to reduce evaporation in low-volume vapor-diffusion crystallization experiments. The plate lids contain apertures through which the protein and precipitants were added to different crystallization microplates (the reservoir was filled before fitting the lids). Plate lids were designed for each of these commonly used crystallization microplates. This system minimizes the dehydration of crystallization droplets containing just a few nanolitres of protein and precipitant, and results in more reproducible diffraction from the crystals. For each lid design, changes in the weight of the plates were used to deduce the rate of evaporation under different conditions of temperature, air movement, droplet size and precipitant. For comparison, the state of dehydration was also visually assessed throughout the experiment. Finally, X-ray diffraction methods were used to compare the diffraction of protein crystals that were conventionally prepared against those that were prepared on plates with plate lids. The measurements revealed that the plate lids reduced the rate of evaporation by 63-82%. Crystals grown in 5 nl drops that were set up with plate lids diffracted to higher resolution than similar crystals from drops that were set up without plate lids. The results demonstrate that plate lids can be instrumental for improving few-nanolitre crystallizations.

  19. Microcontainers for Intestinal Drug Delivery

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    Tentor, Fabio; Mazzoni, Chiara; Keller, Stephan Sylvest

    Among all the drug administration routes, the oral one is the most preferred by the patients being less invasive, faster and easier. Oral drug delivery systems designed to target the intestine are produced by powder technology and capsule formulations. Those systems including micro- and nano-particulate...

  20. Exploring the links between contact lens comfort, osmolarity and lid wiper staining.

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    Stahl, Ulrike; Jalbert, Isabelle

    2017-09-19

    Contact lens discomfort remains poorly understood, not least due to lack of associations between clinical signs and symptoms. This study aimed to explore the relationships between osmolarity, comfort and lid wiper epitheliopathy in contact lens wear. Twenty subjects participated in a randomized, cross-over study where comfilcon A and lotrafilcon A lenses were each worn for 10days separated by a 7days washout period. Tear and contact lens osmolarity, ocular symptoms including comfort, tear stability and production, and lid wiper epitheliopathy were measured. Comfort and tear stability decreased and upper lid wiper staining and foreign body sensation increased with lens wear. These were not affected by lens type. A reduction in tear production was seen after 10days of comfilcon A lens wear. High proportions of lid wiper epitheliopathy were observed at the upper (range 65%-85%) and lower (range 90%-100%) lid margins. Tear and contact lens osmolarity were unaffected by lens wear or type. Contact lens osmolarity was associated with comfort (r=0.45, p=0.009). Tear osmolarity moderately correlated with tear stability (r=-0.53, p=0.014) and tear production (r=-0.44, p=0.012) but not with lid wiper staining. A relationship between comfort and contact lens osmolarity and between tear osmolarity and tear stability and production were found, however, this study was unable to demonstrate an association between comfort and tear osmolarity or lid wiper epitheliopathy. Further studies using contact lenses with a wider range of comfort responses are warranted to investigate these associations further. Copyright © 2017 British Contact Lens Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Evaluation of Effective Elastic, Piezoelectric, and Dielectric Properties of SU8/ZnO Nanocomposite for Vertically Integrated Nanogenerators Using Finite Element Method

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    Neelam Mishra

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available A nanogenerator is a nanodevice which converts ambient mechanical energy into electrical energy. A piezoelectric nanocomposite, composed of vertical arrays of piezoelectric zinc oxide (ZnO nanowires, encapsulated in a compliant polymeric matrix, is one of most common configurations of a nanogenerator. Knowledge of the effective elastic, piezoelectric, and dielectric material properties of the piezoelectric nanocomposite is critical in the design of a nanogenerator. In this work, the effective material properties of a unidirectional, unimodal, continuous piezoelectric composite, consisting of SU8 photoresist as matrix and vertical array of ZnO nanowires as reinforcement, are systematically evaluated using finite element method (FEM. The FEM simulations were carried out on cubic representative volume elements (RVEs. Four different types of arrangements of ZnO nanowires and three sizes of RVEs have been considered. The volume fraction of ZnO nanowires is varied from 0 to a maximum of 0.7. Homogeneous displacement and electric potential are prescribed as boundary conditions. The material properties are evaluated as functions of reinforcement volume fraction. The values obtained through FEM simulations are compared with the results obtained via the Eshelby-Mori-Tanaka micromechanics. The results demonstrate the significant effects of ZnO arrangement, ZnO volume fraction, and size of RVE on the material properties.

  2. Combined sewer overflow control with LID based on SWMM: an example in Shanghai, China.

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    Liao, Z L; Zhang, G Q; Wu, Z H; He, Y; Chen, H

    2015-01-01

    Although low impact development (LID) has been commonly applied across the developed countries for mitigating the negative impacts of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) on urban hydrological environment, it has not been widely used in developing countries yet. In this paper, a typical combined sewer system in an urbanized area of Shanghai, China was used to demonstrate how to design and choose CSO control solutions with LID using stormwater management model. We constructed and simulated three types of CSO control scenarios. Our findings support the notion that LID measures possess favorable capability on CSO reduction. Nevertheless, the green scenarios which are completely comprised by LID measures fail to achieve the maximal effectiveness on CSO reduction, while the gray-green scenarios (LID measure combined with gray measures) achieve it. The unit cost-effectiveness of each type of scenario sorts as: green scenario > gray-green scenario > gray scenario. Actually, as the storage tank is built in the case catchment, a complete application of green scenario is inaccessible here. Through comprehensive evaluation and comparison, the gray-green scenario F which used the combination of storage tank, bio-retention and rain barrels is considered as the most feasible one in this case.

  3. Deuterium release from Li-D films exposed to atmospheric gases

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    Gasparyan, Yu. M., E-mail: YMGasparyan@mephi.ru [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Kashirskoe highway 31, Moscow (Russian Federation); Popkov, A.S.; Krat, S.A.; Pisarev, A.A.; Vasina, Ya. A. [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Kashirskoe highway 31, Moscow (Russian Federation); Lyublinski, I.E. [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Kashirskoe highway 31, Moscow (Russian Federation); JSC “Red Star”, Electrolitniy proezd 1a, Moscow (Russian Federation); Vertkov, A.V. [JSC “Red Star”, Electrolitniy proezd 1a, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2017-04-15

    Highlights: • The major part of deuterium desorbs from Li-D films in a very sharp peak at 670–710 K. • Exposure on air leads to intensive deuterium release from the Li-D film at room temperature. • Interaction with water vapor plays a major role in deuterium release from lithium films in the air. - Abstract: Deuterium release from Li-D films co-deposited on a Mo substrate at room temperature in magnetron discharge was investigated by means of thermal desorption spectroscopy. The deuterium concentration in the films was estimated to be D/Li = (14 ± 4)%. TDS from Li-D films just after co-deposition had a sharp peak at 670–710 K. Exposure of deposited Li-D films in the air at room temperature led to deuterium release. Comparison of release in air, water vapor, nitrogen, and oxygen demonstrated that water plays a major role in deuterium release in the air at low temperatures.

  4. Management of solid wastes from the Limestone Injection Dry Scrubbing (LIDS) clean coal technology. Final report

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    Musiol, W.F. Jr.; Czuczwa, J.M.

    1993-03-01

    The objectives of this project were to characterize by-products from a pilot Limestone Injection Dry Scrubbing (LIDS) process and to develop processes directed toward the safe and economic use or disposal of these wastes. Because LIDS is a developing Clean Coal technology, a database of chemical and physical characteristics of the by-product was first developed. During the course of this project, it was found that the waste alone did not form high-strength products sufficient for use in construction and engineering applications. Therefore, the project was redirected to evaluate the by-product as a soil-cement and Portland cement raw material, agricultural liming agent, backfill/landfill material component, and mine reclamation/neutralizing agent. Based on these evaluations, the most viable uses for the LIDS byproduct include use in mine reclamation or as a neutralization agent. If soluble sulfites can be minimized by avoiding a dolomitic LIDS reagent, use as an agricultural liming agent has promise. Interest from an Ohio utility in the LIDS process suggests possible application of results at the demonstration or commercial stages.

  5. A comprehensive review of spatial allocation of LID-BMP-GI practices: Strategies and optimization tools.

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    Zhang, Kun; Chui, Ting Fong May

    2017-12-06

    Low-impact development (LID), best management practice (BMP), and green infrastructure (GI) are semi-engineered stormwater management practices that have been widely studied and implemented worldwide. Implemented in the complex environment of urban areas, LID-BMP-GI practices often intertwine with a very large number of hydro-environmental and socio-economic considerations and constraints. Therefore, they need to be carefully selected, designed, and allocated within an urban area. Both planning and optimization can lead to more systematic and strategic approaches to address this multi-scale, multi-parameter problem of practice allocation. In this review, we first identify the main components of the strategic planning cycle, their scope and inter-relationships, and their corresponding mathematical representations. We then present a comprehensive review of the existing literature on spatial allocation optimization tools (SAOTs) for LID-BMP-GI practices and summarize the generic structure and the systematic typology of the existing SAOTs. We conclude with a discussion of several current research gaps in the spatial allocation of LID-BMP-GI practices. In this review, we aim to summarize the strategies and optimization tools for the spatial allocation of LID-BMP-GI practices that are beneficial to practitioners. The other aim is to provide recommendations for future research on the development of more advanced and comprehensive SAOTs. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Base-CP proteasome can serve as a platform for stepwise lid formation.

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    Yu, Zanlin; Livnat-Levanon, Nurit; Kleifeld, Oded; Mansour, Wissam; Nakasone, Mark A; Castaneda, Carlos A; Dixon, Emma K; Fushman, David; Reis, Noa; Pick, Elah; Glickman, Michael H

    2015-01-27

    26S proteasome, a major regulatory protease in eukaryotes, consists of a 20S proteolytic core particle (CP) capped by a 19S regulatory particle (RP). The 19S RP is divisible into base and lid sub-complexes. Even within the lid, subunits have been demarcated into two modules: module 1 (Rpn5, Rpn6, Rpn8, Rpn9 and Rpn11), which interacts with both CP and base sub-complexes and module 2 (Rpn3, Rpn7, Rpn12 and Rpn15) that is attached mainly to module 1. We now show that suppression of RPN11 expression halted lid assembly yet enabled the base and 20S CP to pre-assemble and form a base-CP. A key role for Regulatory particle non-ATPase 11 (Rpn11) in bridging lid module 1 and module 2 subunits together is inferred from observing defective proteasomes in rpn11-m1, a mutant expressing a truncated form of Rpn11 and displaying mitochondrial phenotypes. An incomplete lid made up of five module 1 subunits attached to base-CP was identified in proteasomes isolated from this mutant. Re-introducing the C-terminal portion of Rpn11 enabled recruitment of missing module 2 subunits. In vitro, module 1 was reconstituted stepwise, initiated by Rpn11-Rpn8 heterodimerization. Upon recruitment of Rpn6, the module 1 intermediate was competent to lock into base-CP and reconstitute an incomplete 26S proteasome. Thus, base-CP can serve as a platform for gradual incorporation of lid, along a proteasome assembly pathway. Identification of proteasome intermediates and reconstitution of minimal functional units should clarify aspects of the inner workings of this machine and how multiple catalytic processes are synchronized within the 26S proteasome holoenzymes. © 2015 The Author(s).

  7. An evaluation metric for multiple camera tracking systems: the i-LIDS 5th scenario

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    Nilski, Adam

    2008-10-01

    The Imagery Library for Intelligent Detection Systems (i-LIDS) is the UK government's standard for Video Based Detection Systems (VBDS). The Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) in partnership with the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) has now developed a fifth i-LIDS Scenario; Multiple Camera Tracking (MCT). The imagery contains various staged events of people walking through the camera views. A bounding box Ground Truth is provided with the imagery. A metric has been developed by HOSDB for evaluation of systems. The metric is based on precision and recall system output compared to the ground truth.

  8. Entropic algorithms and the lid method as exploration tools for complex landscapes

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    Barettin, Daniele; Sibani, Paolo

    2011-01-01

    to a single valley, are key to understand the dynamical properties of such systems. In this paper we combine the lid algorithm, a tool for landscape exploration previously applied to a range of models, with the Wang-Swendsen algorithm. To test this improved exploration tool, we consider a paradigmatic complex...... system, the Edwards-Andersom model in two and three spatial dimension. We find a striking difference between the energy dependence of the local density of states in the two cases: nearly flat in the first case, and nearly exponential in the second. The lid dependence of the data is analyzed to estimate...

  9. Flow characterization and stability analysis in rectangular lid-driven cavities with particle suspensions

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    Shelton, John; Sunkavalli, Abhishek

    2017-11-01

    Like the canonical, two-dimensional, square lid-driven cavity problem that serves as its cornerstone, the two-dimensional, rectangular lid-driven cavity is a well-studied extension that also generates dynamically stable, well-defined, flow structures within the laminar flow regimes. Mathematical time-dependent perturbations to these flow structures have been shown to generate a region of metastability as the system transitions towards a turbulent flow regime. By replacing the mathematically-generated, time-dependent perturbations of previous investigations into this phenomena with the particle-fluid and particle-particle interactions present within a multiphase flow, a unique perspective on the stability of these flow structures within the laminar flow regimes of the two-dimensional lid-driven cavity can be obtained. Therefore, the objective of this study is to investigate the effect varying area fractions and relative densities of suspended granular particles have on traditionally laminar and stable flows found at Reynolds numbers of 100, 400, and 1000 of a rectangular lid-driven cavity with an aspect ratio of 1.5. These studies and analyses will aid in the determination how granular materials can be used to enhance desirable flow characteristics of fluid behaviors.

  10. Lipid droplet protein LID-1 mediates ATGL-1-dependent lipolysis during fasting in Caenorhabditis elegans.

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    Lee, Jung Hyun; Kong, Jinuk; Jang, Ju Yeon; Han, Ji Seul; Ji, Yul; Lee, Junho; Kim, Jae Bum

    2014-11-15

    Lipolysis is a delicate process involving complex signaling cascades and sequential enzymatic activations. In Caenorhabditis elegans, fasting induces various physiological changes, including a dramatic decrease in lipid contents through lipolysis. Interestingly, C. elegans lacks perilipin family genes which play a crucial role in the regulation of lipid homeostasis in other species. Here, we demonstrate that in the intestinal cells of C. elegans, a newly identified protein, lipid droplet protein 1 (C25A1.12; LID-1), modulates lipolysis by binding to adipose triglyceride lipase 1 (C05D11.7; ATGL-1) during nutritional deprivation. In fasted worms, lipid droplets were decreased in intestinal cells, whereas suppression of ATGL-1 via RNA interference (RNAi) resulted in retention of stored lipid droplets. Overexpression of ATGL-1 markedly decreased lipid droplets, whereas depletion of LID-1 via RNAi prevented the effect of overexpressed ATGL-1 on lipolysis. In adult worms, short-term fasting increased cyclic AMP (cAMP) levels, which activated protein kinase A (PKA) to stimulate lipolysis via ATGL-1 and LID-1. Moreover, ATGL-1 protein stability and LID-1 binding were augmented by PKA activation, eventually leading to increased lipolysis. These data suggest the importance of the concerted action of lipase and lipid droplet protein in the response to fasting signals via PKA to maintain lipid homeostasis. Copyright © 2014, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  11. Identifying priority sites for low impact development (LID) in a mixed-use watershed

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    ABSTRACT: Low impact development (LID), a comprehensive land use planning and design approach with the goal of mitigating land development impacts to the environment, is increasingly being touted as an effective approach to lessen runoff and pollutant loadings to streams. Broad-s...

  12. Unveiling the nucleon tensor charge at Jefferson Lab: A study of the SoLID case

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    Zhihong Ye

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Future experiments at the Jefferson Lab 12 GeV upgrade, in particular, the Solenoidal Large Intensity Device (SoLID, aim at a very precise data set in the region where the partonic structure of the nucleon is dominated by the valence quarks. One of the main goals is to constrain the quark transversity distributions. We apply recent theoretical advances of the global QCD extraction of the transversity distributions to study the impact of future experimental data from the SoLID experiments. Especially, we develop a simple strategy based on the Hessian matrix analysis that allows one to estimate the uncertainties of the transversity quark distributions and their tensor charges extracted from SoLID data simulation. We find that the SoLID measurements with the proton and the effective neutron targets can improve the precision of the u- and d-quark transversity distributions up to one order of magnitude in the range 0.05

  13. Two presentations of upper lid migration of rigid gas-permeable contact lenses.

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    Watanabe, Akihide; Sun, Michelle T; Selva, Dinesh; Ueda, Kosuke; Wakimasu, Koichi; Kinoshita, Shigeru

    2012-09-01

    To report two differing forms of upper lid migration of rigid gas-permeable contact lens and review the literature on embedded contact lenses. Two case reports and review of the literature. Case 1 was a 36-year-old woman, who presented with a 1-year history of a left upper lid mass. Eversion of the upper lid revealed a tarsoconjunctival mass with an overlying scar. Excision revealed a migrated contact lens within a cyst of conjunctival epithelium. She recalled she had lost the lens 1 year before noticing the mass. Case 2 was a 42-year-old woman, who had a 10-month history of mucopurulent discharge from the right eye. Double eversion of the upper lid revealed an embedded contact lens with pus. Excision demonstrated a lens surrounded by inflamed granulation tissue. She recalled having lost the lens after sleeping overnight with the lens in place approximately 1 year before the development of the mucopurulent discharge. These cases highlight the importance of acquiring a detailed history of contact lens loss in patients presenting with upper eyelid masses. Furthermore, the history of lens loss may be remote from commencement of symptoms, which may vary significantly between patients.

  14. Comparison of subjective grading of lid wiper epitheliopathy with a semi-objective method.

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    Kunnen, Carolina M E; Wolffsohn, James S; Ritchey, Eric R

    2017-09-21

    To validate a semi-objective method of grading lid wiper epitheliopathy (LWE) compared to subjective assessment. Twenty upper and 20 lower eyelid margins of patients with LWE were photographed after instillation of fluorescein and lissamine green. The images were graded by two observers using a 0-3 grading scale for height (%) and width (mm) of the lid staining. The images were also processed using custom designed software in MATLAB. After manual delineation of the staining area, width and perpendicular height were automatically measured throughout the selected area. The height as a proportion of the lid margin width and width measures were then categorized into the same bins as in the grading scale. Repeatability of the image analysis system showed a mean difference (95% limits of agreement) between repeats of -0.01mm (0.03 and -0.05mm) for LWE height, 0.04mm (1.16 and -1.08mm) for LWE width, and -0.11mm(2) (0.32 and -0.53mm(2)) for LWE area. The mean difference (95% limits of agreement) between image analysis and human grading for LWE height was -0.84 grades (0.54 and -2.21 grades), for LWE width was 0.31 grades (1.22 and -0.59 grades), and for the final grade (mean height and width) was -0.26 (0.44 and -0.96 grades) (all p<0.001). Human observers tend to overestimate the height and underestimate the width of LWE staining. Lid wiper region is not well defined, thus, it might be a difficult process for human observers to judge the stained region as a proportion of the lid wiper total region. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  15. Optimizing low impact development (LID) for stormwater runoff treatment in urban area, Korea: Experimental and modeling approach.

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    Baek, Sang-Soo; Choi, Dong-Ho; Jung, Jae-Woon; Lee, Hyung-Jin; Lee, Hyuk; Yoon, Kwang-Sik; Cho, Kyung Hwa

    2015-12-01

    Currently, continued urbanization and development result in an increase of impervious areas and surface runoff including pollutants. Also one of the greatest issues in pollutant emissions is the first flush effect (FFE), which implies a greater discharge rate of pollutant mass in the early part in the storm. Low impact development (LID) practices have been mentioned as a promising strategy to control urban stormwater runoff and pollution in the urban ecosystem. However, this requires many experimental and modeling efforts to test LID characteristics and propose an adequate guideline for optimizing LID management. In this study, we propose a novel methodology to optimize the sizes of different types of LID by conducting intensive stormwater monitoring and numerical modeling in a commercial site in Korea. The methodology proposed optimizes LID size in an attempt to moderate FFE on a receiving waterbody. Thereby, the main objective of the optimization is to minimize mass first flush (MFF), which is an indicator for quantifying FFE. The optimal sizes of 6 different LIDs ranged from 1.2 mm to 3.0 mm in terms of runoff depths, which significantly moderate the FFE. We hope that the new proposed methodology can be instructive for establishing LID strategies to mitigate FFE. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Assessing cost-effectiveness of specific LID practice designs in response to large storm events

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    Chui, Ting Fong May; Liu, Xin; Zhan, Wenting

    2016-02-01

    Low impact development (LID) practices have become more important in urban stormwater management worldwide. However, most research on design optimization focuses on relatively large scale, and there is very limited information or guideline regarding individual LID practice designs (i.e., optimal depth, width and length). The objective of this study is to identify the optimal design by assessing the hydrological performance and the cost-effectiveness of different designs of LID practices at a household or business scale, and to analyze the sensitivity of the hydrological performance and the cost of the optimal design to different model and design parameters. First, EPA SWMM, automatically controlled by MATLAB, is used to obtain the peak runoff of different designs of three specific LID practices (i.e., green roof, bioretention and porous pavement) under different design storms (i.e., 2 yr and 50 yr design storms of Hong Kong, China and Seattle, U.S.). Then, life cycle cost is estimated for the different designs, and the optimal design, defined as the design with the lowest cost and at least 20% peak runoff reduction, is identified. Finally, sensitivity of the optimal design to the different design parameters is examined. The optimal design of green roof tends to be larger in area but thinner, while the optimal designs of bioretention and porous pavement tend to be smaller in area. To handle larger storms, however, it is more effective to increase the green roof depth, and to increase the area of the bioretention and porous pavement. Porous pavement is the most cost-effective for peak flow reduction, followed by bioretention and then green roof. The cost-effectiveness, measured as the peak runoff reduction/thousand Dollars of LID practices in Hong Kong (e.g., 0.02 L/103 US s, 0.15 L/103 US s and 0.93 L/103 US s for green roof, bioretention and porous pavement for 2 yr storm) is lower than that in Seattle (e.g., 0.03 L/103 US s, 0.29 L/103 US s and 1.58 L/103 US s for

  17. Intermittency and transition to chaos in the cubical lid-driven cavity flow

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    Loiseau, Jean-Christophe; Leriche, Emmanuel

    2016-01-01

    Transition from steady state to intermittent chaos in the cubical lid-driven flow is investigated numerically. Fully three-dimensional stability analyses have revealed that the flow experiences an Andronov-Poincar\\'e-Hopf bifurcation at a critical Reynolds number $Re_c$ = 1914. As for the 2D-periodic lid-driven cavity flows, the unstable mode originates from a centrifugal instability of the primary vortex core. A Reynolds-Orr analysis reveals that the unstable perturbation relies on a combination of the lift-up and anti lift-up mechanisms to extract its energy from the base flow. Once linearly unstable, direct numerical simulations show that the flow is driven toward a primary limit cycle before eventually exhibiting intermittent chaotic dynamics. Though only one eigenpair of the linearized Navier-Stokes operator is unstable, the dynamics during the intermittencies are surprisingly well characterized by one of the stable eigenpairs.

  18. Controlled lid-opening in Thermomyces lanuginosus lipase- An engineered switch for studying lipase function

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    Skjold-Jørgensen, Jakob; Vind, Jesper; Moroz, Olga V.

    2017-01-01

    Here, we present a lipase mutant containing a biochemical switch allowing a controlled opening and closing of the lid independent of the environment. The closed form of the TlL mutant shows low binding to hydrophobic surfaces compared to the binding observed after activating the controlled switch...... into the protein backbone at sites 86 and 255. The crystal structure of the mutant shows the successful formation of a disulfide bond between C86 and C255 which causes strained closure of the lid-domain. Control of enzymatic activity and binding was demonstrated on substrate emulsions and natural lipid layers...... at altering the activation mechanism of TlL and create perspectives for generating tunable lipases that activate under controlled conditions...

  19. Evaluation of lid speculum with a drape (LiDrape?) for preventing surgical-field contamination

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    Urano T; Kasaoka M; Sagawa K; Yamakawa R

    2015-01-01

    Toru Urano,1 Masataka Kasaoka,1 Kimitaka Sagawa,2 Ryoji Yamakawa1 1Department of Ophthalmology, Kurume University School of Medicine, 2Department of Laboratory Medicine, Kurume University Hospital, Kurume, Japan Purpose: To compare the degree of surgical-field contamination in cataract surgeries between a new draping method using a lid speculum with a drape (LiDrape®) and a conventional draping method. Methods: Cataract surgery was performed on 21 eyes using LiDrape® (LiDrap...

  20. Does maintaining a bottle of adhesive without the lid significantly reduce the solvent content?

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    Santana, Márcia Luciana Carregosa; Sousa Júnior, José Aginaldo de; Leal, Pollyana Caldeira; Faria-e-Silva, André Luis

    2014-01-01

    This study aimed to evaluate the effect of maintaining a bottle of adhesive without its lid on the solvent loss of the etch-and-rinse adhesive systems. Three 2-step etch-and-rinse adhesives with different solvents (acetone, ethanol or butanol) were used in this study. Drops of each adhesive were placed on an analytical balance and the adhesive mass was recorded until equilibrium was achieved (no significant mass alteration within time). The solvent content of each adhesive and evaporation rate of solvents were measured (n=3). Two bottles of each adhesive were weighted. The bottles were maintained without their lids for 8 h in a stove at 37 ºC, after which the mass loss was measured. Based on mass alteration of drops, acetone-based adhesive showed the highest solvent content (46.5%, CI 95%: 35.8-54.7) and evaporation rate (1.11 %/s, CI95%: 0.63-1.60), whereas ethanol-based adhesive had the lowest values (10.1%, CI95%: 4.3-16.0; 0.03 %/s CI95%: 0.01-0.05). However, none of the adhesives bottles exhibited significant mass loss after sitting for 8 h without their lids (% from initial content; acetone - 96.5, CI 95%: 91.8-101.5; ethanol - 99.4, CI 95%: 98.4-100.4; and butanol - 99.3, CI 95%: 98.1-100.5). In conclusion, maintaining the adhesive bottle without lid did not induce significant solvent loss, irrespective the concentration and evaporation rate of solvent.

  1. Light yield and energy resolution studies for SoLid phase 1

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    Boursette, Delphine; SoLid Collaboration

    2017-09-01

    The SoLid experiment is searching for sterile neutrinos at a nuclear research reactor. It looks for inverse beta decays (producing a positron and a neutron in delayed coincidence) with a very segmented detector made of thousands of scintillating cubes. SoLid has a very innovative hybrid technology with two different scintillators which have different light emissions: polyvynil-toluene cubes (PVT) to detect the positrons and 6LiF:ZnS sheets on two faces of each PVT cube to detect the neutrons. It allows us to do an efficient pulse shape analysis to identify the signals from neutrons and positrons. The 288 kg detector prototype (SM1) took data in 2015. It demonstrated the detection principle and background rejection efficiency. The construction of SoLid phase I (˜ 1.5 t) has now started. To improve the energy resolution of SoLid phase I, we have tried to increase the light yield studying separately the two scintillators: PVT and ZnS. A test bench has been built to fully characterize and improve the neutron detection with the ZnS using an AmBe source. To study the positron light yield on the PVT, we have built another test bench with a 207Bi source. We have improved the design of the cubes, their wrapping or the type and the configuration of the fibers. We managed to increase the PVT light yield by about 66 % and improve the resolution of the positron energy on the test bench from 21 % to 16 % at 1 MeV.

  2. A study on cross-talk nerve stimulation: electrode placement and current leakage lid

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    Nicolas Julémont

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Cross-talk phenomena should be avoided when stimulating nerves. One option to limit the current spread is to use tripolar electrodes, but at the cost of increasing the number of wires connection. This should be avoided since cables must be thin and compliant. We investigated the impact of the central electrode position and of current spread due to a gap between book and lid on cross-talk, in a set of tripolar or quasi-tripolar configurations.

  3. Radiation therapy for malignant lid tumor; Effectiveness of racket-shaped lead protector

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    Totsuka, Seiichi; Itsuno, Hajime (Shinshu Univ., Matsumoto, Nagano (Japan). Faculty of Medicine)

    1991-04-01

    The case of a 42-year-old man with Meibomian gland carcinoma in his right lower lid is reported. The tumor found in the nasal part of the lower lid, was 12 mm x 13 mm in size. First, surgical resection was performed. The pathological diagnosis of the frozen section was 'undifferentiated basal cell epithelioma'. Second, cryotherapy was performed all over the cut surface. Later, the permanent section was pathologically diagnosed as 'undifferentiated Meibomian gland carcinoma'. Total 50 Gy irradiation therapy was therefore performed using a 9 Mev Linac electron beam, 25 x 20 mm field, with a lead protector for the cornea and lens. A lead contact lens did not afford good results because it was too easily shifted on the cornea, owing to its weight. Therefore, we made a racket-shaped lead protector. Fixed well with tape, this protector afforded good protective effect. Three years after treatment, the patient has good visual function, with no recurrence. This racket-shaped lead protector is thought to be useful in radiation therapy for malignant lid tumors. (author).

  4. Potential advantages and disadvantages of an endgame strategy: a 'sinking lid' on tobacco supply.

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    Wilson, Nick; Thomson, George W; Edwards, Richard; Blakely, Tony

    2013-05-01

    One possible supply-side strategy for the tobacco endgame is a government-mandated 'sinking lid' on tobacco supply (tradeable but decreasing quotas on sales or imports). We considered literature on quota systems and from a tobacco endgame workshop at the University of Michigan. Likely strengths of the sinking lid strategy include: (1) that it can provide a clear timetable and an unambiguous signal of a tobacco end-date; (2) that supply reduction is likely to increase product price levels, and there is very strong evidence that increasing price is a highly effective tobacco control intervention. Its feasibility is also supported by the growing international experience with, and political acceptability of, using quota and auction systems in other domains (eg, greenhouse gases, other air pollutants and for fisheries). However, the main disadvantages of this strategy are probably the need for strong political will and high public support (to pass a new law), potential legal challenges by industry (eg, under trade agreements), and vulnerability to problems from illegal supplies of tobacco and from corruption. The sinking lid strategy is a plausible option that is worth considering when investigating possible tobacco endgame strategies, though it may be most applicable in well-organised jurisdictions with low (<15%) adult smoking prevalence. This idea could benefit from further research, such as studies in virtual worlds, and real-world testing on small island jurisdictions, or closed systems, such as military bases.

  5. Epigenetic regulator Lid maintains germline stem cells through regulating JAK-STAT signaling pathway activity

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    Lama Tarayrah

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Signaling pathways and epigenetic mechanisms have both been shown to play essential roles in regulating stem cell activity. While the role of either mechanism in this regulation is well established in multiple stem cell lineages, how the two mechanisms interact to regulate stem cell activity is not as well understood. Here we report that in the Drosophila testis, an H3K4me3-specific histone demethylase encoded by little imaginal discs (lid maintains germline stem cell (GSC mitotic index and prevents GSC premature differentiation. Lid is required in germ cells for proper expression of the Stat92E transcription factor, the downstream effector of the Janus kinase signal transducer and activator of transcription (JAK-STAT signaling pathway. Our findings support a germ cell autonomous role for the JAK-STAT pathway in maintaining GSCs and place Lid as an upstream regulator of this pathway. Our study provides new insights into the biological functions of a histone demethylase in vivo and sheds light on the interaction between epigenetic mechanisms and signaling pathways in regulating stem cell activities.

  6. Concepts to Automate Fluid Transfer Capability of Low Impact Docking System (LIDS)

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    Miernik, Janie H.; Lukens, Scott; Robertson, Jeff

    2005-01-01

    The capability to transfer mass between spacecraft is necessary for many mission scenarios. Docking and berthing operations have enabled fluid, electrical, crew and equipment transfers to some degree on all manned space operations since the Gemini program. The Apollo program performed some sophisticated docking maneuvers to land men on the moon and return them safely to Earth. These programs primarily transferred crew, equipment, and pressurized atmosphere between docked spacecraft. The International Space Station (ISS) U.S. modules are connected by Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) portals. They provide many feed-through ports for electrical, and fluid transfer between modules, as well as a large diameter crew and equipment tunnel. Fluid and electrical jumpers are manually installed after the CBM sealing surfaces have been securely mated to maintain the pressurized cabin environment. CBM berthing and subsequent fluid transfer capability requires a lengthy manual process involving an active interface that mates with a passive half. The Androgynous Peripheral Attach System (MAS) a Russian technology that docked the Russian Zarya module to Unity, or Node 1, is a more complex system that also is capable of fuel transfer, enabling refueling of the Russian re-boost engines on ISS. For several years, a Low Impact Docking System (LIDS) has been under development at Johnson Space Center (JSC). This docking technology has a requirement to be androgynous in order to allow the fabrication of a single configuration that can dock with all other LIDS units. It is desired to make electrical and fluid coupling mating an automated process to enable routine docking and undocking operations to support future exploration missions. It is envisioned that modular design and vehicle assembly will require an efficient LIDS for fuel, electrical, crew, and equipment transfer. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has joined the LIDS development effort and plans to employ fluid transfer concepts

  7. Imaging meibomian glands on a patient with chalazia in the upper and lower lids: a case report.

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    Srinivasan, Sruthi; Menzies, Kara L; Sorbara, Luigina; Jones, Lyndon W

    2013-08-01

    To describe the meibomian gland (MG) appearance in a case of eyelid chalazia, using a novel meibography method. A 29-year-old female of South Asian origin presented with mild swelling in the lower lid of the left eye. The patient also presented with a history of a recurrent chalazion in the upper lid of the same eye, which later progressed to an active chalazion. A chalazion also developed in the upper lid of the right eye. Meibography was performed using a novel Keratograph (Keratograph 4, OCULUS, Wetzlar, Germany) to evaluate the structure of the MG in the area affected by the chalazia. The area of the recurrent chalazion in the upper left lid showed partial and/or complete MG loss. The active chalazia in the lower left lid and the upper right lid showed inflammation and MG drop out at the affected site. The inflammation was found to be reduced during the follow-up visits, however disappearance of MG very specific to the region of the chalazion was observed. The Keratograph 4 was able to image the MG structures clearly, allowing the clinician to monitor the progression of chalazia and the MG loss in the affected areas. Copyright © 2013 British Contact Lens Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Stagnant lid tectonics: Perspectives from silicate planets, dwarf planets, large moons, and large asteroids

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    Robert J. Stern

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available To better understand Earth's present tectonic style–plate tectonics–and how it may have evolved from single plate (stagnant lid tectonics, it is instructive to consider how common it is among similar bodies in the Solar System. Plate tectonics is a style of convection for an active planetoid where lid fragment (plate motions reflect sinking of dense lithosphere in subduction zones, causing upwelling of asthenosphere at divergent plate boundaries and accompanied by focused upwellings, or mantle plumes; any other tectonic style is usefully called “stagnant lid” or “fragmented lid”. In 2015 humanity completed a 50+ year effort to survey the 30 largest planets, asteroids, satellites, and inner Kuiper Belt objects, which we informally call “planetoids” and use especially images of these bodies to infer their tectonic activity. The four largest planetoids are enveloped in gas and ice (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune and are not considered. The other 26 planetoids range in mass over 5 orders of magnitude and in diameter over 2 orders of magnitude, from massive Earth down to tiny Proteus; these bodies also range widely in density, from 1000 to 5500 kg/m3. A gap separates 8 silicate planetoids with ρ = 3000 kg/m3 or greater from 20 icy planetoids (including the gaseous and icy giant planets with ρ = 2200 kg/m3 or less. We define the “Tectonic Activity Index” (TAI, scoring each body from 0 to 3 based on evidence for recent volcanism, deformation, and resurfacing (inferred from impact crater density. Nine planetoids with TAI = 2 or greater are interpreted to be tectonically and convectively active whereas 17 with TAI <2 are inferred to be tectonically dead. We further infer that active planetoids have lithospheres or icy shells overlying asthenosphere or water/weak ice. TAI of silicate (rocky planetoids positively correlates with their inferred Rayleigh number. We conclude that some type of stagnant lid tectonics is

  9. Kissing naevus arising from neural crest cells presenting as upper and the lower lid mass

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    Gian Chand Rajput; Deepti Mahajan; Kulbhushan Prakash Chaudhary; Deewana, V.

    2015-01-01

    A kissing nevus is a type of congenital compound nevus that affects equal portions of the upper and lower eyelid, and it extends to the lid margins. Congenital divided nevi of the eyelids are a rare melanocytic lesion. Only 30 patients are reported in the literature. We report a 40-year-old female of rural background who presented with a large painless enlarging pigmented mass, involving both upper and lower left eyelid since the past 20 years. Complete excision of the lesion was done, and th...

  10. A versatile Lock-In digital Amplifier (LIdA): the case of mechanical resonances

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    Bessas, D.; Brück, E.

    2017-05-01

    The assembly of a Lock-In digital Amplifier (LIdA) from widely accessible ready-made modules is presented. This equipment, which does not require any advanced knowledge of electronics or programming, may introduce the experimenter to resonant techniques by registering mechanical resonances. The freely available control program allows for general data acquisition and further data processing. The apparatus is versatile and may corroborate the science and engineering laboratory in elasticity measurements or in a series of experiments where a modulated signal is a prerequisite.

  11. Experimental investigation of three-dimensional flow instabilities in a rotating lid-driven cavity

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    Sørensen, Jens Nørkær; Naumov, I.; Mikkelsen, Robert Flemming

    2006-01-01

    The flow between a rotating lid and a stationary cylinder is studied experimentally. The flow is governed by two parameters: The ratio of container height to disk radius, h, and the Reynolds number, Re, based on the disk angular velocity, cylinder radius and kinematic viscosity of the working...... stability analysis of Gelfgat et al. [J. Fluid. Mech. 438, (2001)]. In most cases the measured onset of three-dimensionality is in good agreement with the numerical results and disagreements can be explained by bifurcations not accounted for by the stability analysis....

  12. Total lower lid reconstruction:clinical outcomes of utilizing three-layer flap and graft in one session

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    Mohammad Tahe rRajabi

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available AIM:To report the clinical outcomes of utilizing a three-layer flap and graft in reconstruction of the lower lid in one session.METHODS: Seventeen patients with total or near total lower eyelid defect were included. The defects were reconstructed in three layers. Posterior lamella was reconstructed by using tarsoconjunctival free graft from the ipsilateral upper lid and periosteal flap from lateral orbital rim. Mobilization of residual orbicularis muscle provided a rich blood supply; and the anterior lamella was reconstructed by skin flap prepared from upper lid blepharoplasty as a one-pedicular or bipedicular bucket handle flap.RESULTS: The cause of lower eyelid defect was basal cell carcinoma in 15 patients and trauma in two of them. No intraoperative and postoperative complication occurred. Patients were followed from 10 to 15mo postoperatively. Cosmetic results were favorable in all patients and we had acceptable functional results. Thickness of the reconstructed tissue was a concern in early postoperative period.CONCLUSION:Three-layer lower lid reconstruction in one session is an effective technique for total lower lid reconstruction with minimal complications and acceptable functional and aesthetic outcomes and can be considered as a safe alternative for the preexisting techniques.

  13. Assessment of LID practices for restoring pre-development runoff regime in an urbanized catchment in southern Finland.

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    Guan, Mingfu; Sillanpää, Nora; Koivusalo, Harri

    2015-01-01

    This study quantifies the effects of common stormwater management techniques on urban runoff generation. Simulated flow rates for different low impact development (LID) scenarios were compared with observed flow rates during different urban construction phases in a catchment (12.3 ha) that was developed from natural forest to a residential area over a monitoring period of 5 years. The Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) was calibrated and validated against the observed flow rates in the fully developed catchment conditions, and it was then applied to parameterize the LID measures and produce scenarios of their hydrological impacts. The results from the LID scenarios were compared with the observed flow rates in the pre-development and the partially developed catchment conditions. The results show that LID controls reduce urban runoff towards the flow conditions in the partially developed catchment, but the reduction effect diminishes during large rainfall events. The hydrographs with LID are still clearly different from the observed pre-development levels. Although the full restoration of pre-development flow conditions was not feasible, a combination of several measures controlling both volumes and retention times of storm runoff appeared to be effective for managing the stormwater runoff and mitigating the negative impacts of urban development.

  14. The comparison of double-diffusive mixed convection in square driven cavities with one and two moving lids

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    Omid Ghaffarpasand

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the unsteady double-diffusive mixed convection in the one and two-sided lid-driven cavities are studied and compared together using numerical SIMPLE algorithm. Uniform but different temperatures and mass concentrations are assumed at horizontal walls. The used fluid (pure air was assumed incompressible and Newtonian. The used numerical method is firstly validated against previously published numerical results. Then, the numerical simulations were carried out for almost a wide range of Richardson number, whereby the study of various convection regimes would be possible. Results show that the convection heat and mass transfer are reduced with increasing Richardson number. The conductive mode of heat transfer is enhanced by increasing Ri value, so cavities are quasi-conductive domains when fluid flow was dominated by free convection. It was also observed that the heat and mass are better transferred in two-sided lid-driven cavities with respect to the other ones which was due to the extra mechanical forces imposed by the two-sided lids movement. The velocity profile variations demonstrate that the flow is decelerated with increasing Richardson number especially near the bottom horizontal wall. It has also been found that both of entropy generation and total kinetic energy reduce as either Richardson number enhances or two-sided lids movement reduces to one-sided lid movement.

  15. ELECTRODE SELECTION FOR RECOVERY OF THE CYLINDER LIDS OF THE TGM8K LOCOMITIVE ENGINE

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    Pablo Oñoz Gutiérrez

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to determine the best-suited electrode to carry out the recovery of cylinder lids (cylinders heads of the TGM8K locomotives, by applying manual welding for electric arc. The test specimens of nodular cast iron, obtained from a discarded head, which were welded with two types electrodes, ENi-CI (UTP8 and ENiFe-CI ( UTP86FN following a technology of appropriate welding were prepared. The specimens were subject of thermic fatigue tests in an experimental installation created with this purpose, in which a process of heating and more severe cooling than in the head working conditions was simulated. During the thermic fatigue tests, in the specimens welded with electrodes ENi-CI appeared cracks at the thermic influence zone after 145 cycles, while in the specimens welded with electrodes ENiFe-CI, appeared at the 585 cycles on average. Based on the study results, the authors conclude that ENiFe-CI electrodes are the best-suited for the recovery of the cylinder lids.

  16. Runoff Effect Evaluation of LID through SWMM in Typical Mountainous, Low-Lying Urban Areas: A Case Study in China

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    Qinghua Luan

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Urban flooding occurs frequently in many regions of China. To reduce the losses caused by urban flooding, sponge city (SPC and low-impact development (LID have been carried out in many Chinese cities. However, urban flooding is influenced by various factors, such as climate, land cover characteristics and nearby river networks, so it is necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of LID measures. In this study, the Storm Water Management Model (SWMM was adopted to simulate historical urban storm processes in the mountainous Fragrance Hills region of Beijing, China. Subsequently, numerical simulations were performed to evaluate how various LID measures (concave greenbelt, permeable pavement, bio-retention, vegetative swales, and comprehensive measures influenced urban runoff reduction. The results showed that the LID measures are effective in controlling the surface runoff of the storm events with return periods shorter than five years, in particular, for one-year events. Furthermore, the effectiveness on traffic congestion mitigation of several LID measures (concave greenbelt, vegetative swales, and comprehensive measures was evaluated. However, the effective return periods of storm events are shorter than two years if the effectiveness on traffic congestion relief is considered. In all evaluated aspects, comprehensive measures and concave greenbelts are the most effective, and vegetative swale is the least effective. This indicated that LID measures are less effective for removing ponding from most storm events in a mountainous, low-lying and backward pipeline infrastructure region with pressures from interval flooding and urban waterlogging. The engineering measures including water conservancy projects and pipeline infrastructure construction combined with the non-engineering measures were suggested to effectively control severe urban storms.

  17. Toluene promotes lid 2 interfacial activation of cold active solvent tolerant lipase from Pseudomonas fluorescens strain AMS8.

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    Yaacob, Norhayati; Mohamad Ali, Mohd Shukuri; Salleh, Abu Bakar; Rahman, Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abdul; Leow, Adam Thean Chor

    2016-07-01

    The utilization of cold active lipases in organic solvents proves an excellent approach for chiral synthesis and modification of fats and oil due to the inherent flexibility of lipases under low water conditions. In order to verify whether this lipase can function as a valuable synthetic catalyst, the mechanism concerning activation of the lid and interacting solvent residues in the presence of organic solvent must be well understood. A new alkaline cold-adapted lipase, AMS8, from Pseudomonas fluorescens was studied for its structural adaptation and flexibility prior to its exposure to non-polar, polar aprotic and protic solvents. Solvents such as ethanol, toluene, DMSO and 2-propanol showed to have good interactions with active sites. Asparagine (Asn) and tyrosine (Tyr) were key residues attracted to solvents because they could form hydrogen bonds. Unlike in other solvents, Phe-18, Tyr-236 and Tyr-318 were predicted to have aromatic-aromatic side-chain interactions with toluene. Non-polar solvent also was found to possess highest energy binding compared to polar solvents. Due to this circumstance, the interaction of toluene and AMS8 lipase was primarily based on hydrophobicity and molecular recognition. The molecular dynamic simulation showed that lid 2 (residues 148-167) was very flexible in toluene and Ca(2+). As a result, lid 2 moves away from the catalytic areas, leaving an opening for better substrate accessibility which promotes protein activation. Only a single lid (lid 2) showed the movement following interactions with toluene, although AMS8 lipase displayed double lids. The secondary conformation of AMS8 lipase that was affected by toluene observed a reduction of helical strands and increased coil structure. Overall, this work shows that cold active lipase, AMS8 exhibits distinguish interfacial activation and stability in the presence of polar and non-polar solvents. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  18. Dynamic Response Analysis of Storage Cask Lid Structure Subjected to Lateral Impact Load of Aircraft Engine Crash

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    Almomania, Belal; Kang, Hyun Gook [KAIST, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Sanghoon [Keimyung Univ., Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    Several numerical methods and tests have been carried out to measure the capability of storage cask to withstand extreme impact loads. Testing methods are often constrained by cost, and difficulty in preparation for several impact conditions with different applied loads, and areas of impact. Instead, analytic method is an acceptable process that can easily apply different impact conditions for the evaluation of cask integrity. The aircraft engine impact is considered as one of the most critical impact accidents on the storage cask that significantly affects onto the lid closure system and may cause a considerable release of radioactive materials. This paper presents a method for evaluating the dynamic responses of one upper metal cask lid closure without impact limiters subjected to lateral impact of an aircraft engine with respect to variation of the impact velocity. An assessment method to predict damage response due to the lateral engine impact onto metal storage cask has been studied by using computer code LS-DYNA. The dynamic behavior of the lid movements was successfully calculated by utilizing a simplified finite element cask model, which showed a good agreement with the previous research. The simulation analyses results showed that no significant plastic deformation for bolts, lid, and the cask body. In this study, the lid opening and sliding displacements are considered as the major factors in initiating the leakage path. This analysis may be useful for evaluating the instantaneous leakage rates in a connection with the sliding and opening displacements between the lid and the flange to ensure that the radiological consequences caused by an aircraft engine crash accident during the storage phase are within the permissible level.

  19. The Limitation of Applying Heat to the External Lid Surface: A Case of Recalcitrant Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.

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    Kenrick, Christen J; Alloo, Sabiha S

    2017-01-01

    The effects on the inner surface temperatures of the upper and lower eyelids of four commercial heat therapies were compared for an individual with recalcitrant meibomian gland dysfunction. Three therapies (Bruder mask, Blephasteam, and MiBoFlo) involved the application of heat to the external lid surface, and the fourth (LipiFlow) applied heat to the internal lid surface. Only LipiFlow was effective in elevating the inner surface temperatures to the reported 40°C therapeutic threshold for melting obstructed meibum.

  20. The Limitation of Applying Heat to the External Lid Surface: A Case of Recalcitrant Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

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    Christen J. Kenrick

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects on the inner surface temperatures of the upper and lower eyelids of four commercial heat therapies were compared for an individual with recalcitrant meibomian gland dysfunction. Three therapies (Bruder mask, Blephasteam, and MiBoFlo involved the application of heat to the external lid surface, and the fourth (LipiFlow applied heat to the internal lid surface. Only LipiFlow was effective in elevating the inner surface temperatures to the reported 40°C therapeutic threshold for melting obstructed meibum.

  1. The Limitation of Applying Heat to the External Lid Surface: A Case of Recalcitrant Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

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    Christen J. Kenrick; Sabiha S. Alloo

    2017-01-01

    The effects on the inner surface temperatures of the upper and lower eyelids of four commercial heat therapies were compared for an individual with recalcitrant meibomian gland dysfunction. Three therapies (Bruder mask, Blephasteam, and MiBoFlo) involved the application of heat to the external lid surface, and the fourth (LipiFlow) applied heat to the internal lid surface. Only LipiFlow was effective in elevating the inner surface temperatures to the reported 40°C therapeutic threshold for me...

  2. A new tool for quantifying the hydrological effects of LID retrofit designs – the power of simplicity

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    Lerer, Sara Maria; Sørup, Hjalte Jomo Danielsen; Arnbjerg-Nielsen, Karsten

    to assist the user in quickly assessing two key overall performance indicators of a LID plan: 1. Return period for overflow, and 2. Impact on the annual water budget of the catchment. The tool currently allows combining three types of stormwater control measures (SCMs) commonly used in LID: permeable paving......, bioretention units and local detention ponds. We present a case study to illustrate the usefulness of the tool in the context of climate change adaptation in Copenhagen and discuss further development plans including more SCMs, better user interface and assessing the uncertainties introduced...

  3. Lid-driven cavity flow using a discrete velocity method for solving the Boltzmann equation

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    Sekaran, Aarthi; Varghese, Philip; Estes, Samuel; Goldstein, David

    2016-11-01

    We extend the discrete velocity method for solving the Boltzmann equation previously used for one-dimensional problems to two spatial dimensions. The collision integral is computed using collisions between velocity classes selected randomly using a Monte Carlo method. Arbitrary post-collision velocities are mapped back onto the grid using a projection scheme which conserves mass, momentum, and energy. In addition, a variance reduction scheme is implemented to decrease noise and further reduce computational effort. The convection part of the equation is computed using first order upwind finite differences. We apply this discrete velocity scheme to the 2D lid-driven square cavity flow problem with Ar as the fluid medium and explore the effect of the additional flexibility available in this quasi-particle based stochastic method on the accuracy and noise level in the solutions obtained.

  4. Reconstruction of 3D flow structures in a cylindrical cavity with a rotating lid

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    Meyer, Knud Erik

    ). LDA has a very good time resolution and the synchronized PIV and LDA measurements will therefore resolve the ambiguity in the interpretation of PIV data with respect to whether the flow variations are caused by rotation of a three-dimensional structure or is a real transient phenomenon.......The flow in a cylindrical cavity with a rotating lid has been studied for many years, e.g. by Sørensen et al (2006). It contains general flow phenomena like vortex breakdown and in some cases the break down is accompanied by multihelix vortices (Okulov et al, 2010). This type of flow phenomenon...... is difficult to capture experimentally since the flow is fully three-dimensional and also varies in time. A measurement in a point or in a plane will by itself not give the full picture of the flow.Measurement with Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) analyzed with Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD...

  5. The boring billion? – Lid tectonics, continental growth and environmental change associated with the Columbia supercontinent

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    Nick M.W. Roberts

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The evolution of Earth's biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere is tied to the formation of continental crust and its subsequent movements on tectonic plates. The supercontinent cycle posits that the continental crust is periodically amalgamated into a single landmass, subsequently breaking up and dispersing into various continental fragments. Columbia is possibly the first true supercontinent, it amalgamated during the 2.0–1.7 Ga period, and collisional orogenesis resulting from its formation peaked at 1.95–1.85 Ga. Geological and palaeomagnetic evidence indicate that Columbia remained as a quasi-integral continental lid until at least 1.3 Ga. Numerous break-up attempts are evidenced by dyke swarms with a large temporal and spatial range; however, palaeomagnetic and geologic evidence suggest these attempts remained unsuccessful. Rather than dispersing into continental fragments, the Columbia supercontinent underwent only minor modifications to form the next supercontinent (Rodinia at 1.1–0.9 Ga; these included the transformation of external accretionary belts into the internal Grenville and equivalent collisional belts. Although Columbia provides evidence for a form of ‘lid tectonics’, modern style plate tectonics occurred on its periphery in the form of accretionary orogens. The detrital zircon and preserved geological record are compatible with an increase in the volume of continental crust during Columbia's lifespan; this is a consequence of the continuous accretionary processes along its margins. The quiescence in plate tectonic movements during Columbia's lifespan is correlative with a long period of stability in Earth's atmospheric and oceanic chemistry. Increased variability starting at 1.3 Ga in the environmental record coincides with the transformation of Columbia to Rodinia; thus, the link between plate tectonics and environmental change is strengthened with this interpretation of supercontinent history.

  6. Alpha cluster states in light nuclei populated through the (6Li,d) reaction

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    Borello-Lewin, Thereza; Rodrigues, M.R.D.; Horodynski-Matsushigue, L.B.; Duarte, J.L.M.; Rodrigues, C.L.; Souza, M.A. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (IF/USP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica; Cunsolo, A.; Cappuzzello, F. [Universita di Catania (Italy). Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare. Lab. Nazionali del Sud; Ukita, Gilberto Mitsuo [Universidade de Santo Amaro (UNISA), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Fac. de Psicologia

    2011-07-01

    Full text: The alpha cluster correlation is an important concept in the nuclear physics of light nuclei. The main purpose of the research program in progress is the investigation of the alpha clustering phenomenon in (x{alpha}) and(x{alpha}+{nu}) nuclei through the ({sup 6}Li,d) alpha transfer reaction. In fact, there is scarce experimental information on the subject, in particular associated with resonant states predicted near (x{alpha}) and (x{alpha}+{nu}) thresholds. Measurements of the {sup 12},{sup 13}C({sup 6}Li,d) {sup 16},{sup 17}O reactions, at an incident energy of 25.5 MeV, have been performed employing the Sao Paulo Pelletron-Enge Split-Pole facility and the nuclear emulsion detection technique. The work is under way and an experimental energy resolution of 30 keV was obtained. Near the (4{alpha}) breakup threshold in {sup 16}O, three narrow alpha resonances, not previously measured, were detected, revealing important {alpha} + {sup 12}C(G.S.) components. One of these resonances corresponds to the known 0{sup +} state at 15.1 MeV[5] of excitation that has probably, according to Funaki et al., the gas like configuration of the 4{alpha} condensate state, with a very dilute density and a large component of {alpha} + {sup 12}C(Hoyle) configuration. As was already mentioned, our experimental information points to the necessity of including the {alpha} + {sup 12}C(G.S.) component in the wave function. (author)

  7. [Eye lid hygiene in chronic allergic blepharoconjunctivitis patients before laser refractive surgery].

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    Yanchenko, S V; Malyshev, A V; Sakhnov, S N; Fedotova, N V; Orekhova, O Yu

    To evaluate the effectiveness of eyelid hygiene in patients with chronic allergic blepharoconjunctivitis (ABC) as a part of their preparation for laser refractive surgery. The study involved 32 patients (12 males and 20 females aged 25-42 years) with refractive errors, namely, compound myopic astigmatism (23 patients) and hyperopic astigmatism (9 patients) suffering from chronic ABC and secondary dry eye syndrome (DES). All the patients initially received a standard treatment for ABC and DES, that is olopatodin hydrochloride instillations - 1 mg/ml 2 times daily, preservative-free hyaluronic acid preparation - 1 mg/ml 3 times daily, and polyacrylic acid and dexpanthenol gel at night for one month. The scheme, however, appeared not effective enough. Hence, the patients were prescribed eyelid hygiene (Blepharolotion or Blepharosalfetka plus Blepharogel-1 2 times daily) to relive meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). They also underwent a conventional ophthalmic examination, allergy tests, evaluation of ABC and DES signs and symptoms, tear film break-up time test, Schirmer's test, meibomian glands evaluation, optical coherence tomography with meniscometry, xerosis index evaluation, and lissamine green staining for lid wiper epitheliopathy. At the beginning of the study signs and symptoms of MGD-associated DES were predominant in all patients. Chronic ABC signs were mild. In 2-3 months, meibomian gland function and tear film break-up time improved significantly in most patients, while xerosis index decreased and lid wiper epitheliopathy resolved. Laser refractive surgery (LASIK) was performed in 81.25% of patients, all of whom were satisfied with the results. Inclusion of eyelid hygiene into preoperative management of patients with chronic ABC and DES allows to achieve optimum conditions for laser refractive surgery in most cases.

  8. Mixed convection of nanofluids in a lid-driven rough cavity

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    Guo, Zhimeng; Wang, Jinyu; Mozumder, Aloke K.; Das, Prodip K.

    2017-06-01

    Mixed convection heat transfer and fluid flow of air, water or oil in enclosures have been studied extensively using experimental and numerical means for many years due to their ever-increasing applications in many engineering fields. In comparison, little effort has been given to the problem of mixed convection of nanofluids in spite of several applications in solar collectors, electronic cooling, lubrication technologies, food processing, and nuclear reactors. Mixed convection of nanofluids is a challenging problem due to the complex interactions among inertia, viscous, and buoyancy forces. In this study, mixed convection of nanofluids in a lid-driven square cavity with sinusoidal roughness elements at the bottom is studied numerically using the Navier-Stokes equations with the Boussinesq approximation. The numerical model is developed using commercial finite volume software ANSYS-FLUENT for Al2O3-water and CuO-water nanofluids inside a square cavity with various roughness elements. The effects of number and amplitude of roughness elements on the heat transfer and fluid flow are analysed for various volume concentrations of Al2O3 and CuO nanoparticles. The flow fields, temperature fields, and heat transfer rates are examined for different values of Rayleigh and Reynolds numbers. The outcome of this study provides some important insight into the heat transfer behaviour of Al2O3-water and CuO-water nanofluids inside a lid-driven rough cavity. This knowledge can be further used in developing novel geometries with enhanced and controlled heat transfer for solar collectors, electronic cooling, and food processing industries.

  9. In situ SU-8 silver nanocomposites

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    Fischer, Søren Vang; Uthuppu, Basil; Jakobsen, Mogens Havsteen

    2015-01-01

    Nanocomposite materials containing metal nanoparticles are of considerable interest in photonics and optoelectronics applications. However, device fabrication of such materials always encounters the challenge of incorporation of preformed nanoparticles into photoresist materials. As a solution to...

  10. Long-term preservation of early formed mantle heterogeneity by mobile lid convection: Importance of grainsize evolution

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    Foley, Bradford J.; Rizo, Hanika

    2017-10-01

    The style of tectonics on the Hadean and Archean Earth, particularly whether plate tectonics was in operation or not, is debated. One important, albeit indirect, constraint on early Earth tectonics comes from observations of early-formed geochemical heterogeneities: 142Nd and 182W anomalies recorded in Hadean to Phanerozoic rocks from different localities indicate that chemically heterogeneous reservoirs, formed during the first ∼500 Myrs of Earth's history, survived their remixing into the mantle for over 1 Gyrs. Such a long mixing time is difficult to explain because hotter mantle temperatures, expected for the early Earth, act to lower mantle viscosity and increase convective vigor. Previous studies found that mobile lid convection typically erases heterogeneity within ∼100 Myrs under such conditions, leading to the hypothesis that stagnant lid convection on the early Earth was responsible for the observed long mixing times. However, using two-dimensional Cartesian convection models that include grainsize evolution, we find that mobile lid convection can preserve heterogeneity at high mantle temperature conditions for much longer than previously thought, because higher mantle temperatures lead to larger grainsizes in the lithosphere. These larger grainsizes result in stronger plate boundaries that act to slow down surface and interior convective motions, in competition with the direct effect temperature has on mantle viscosity. Our models indicate that mobile lid convection can preserve heterogeneity for ≈0.4-1 Gyrs at early Earth mantle temperatures when the initial heterogeneity has the same viscosity as the background mantle, and ≈1-4 Gyrs when the heterogeneity is ten times more viscous than the background mantle. Thus, stagnant lid convection is not required to explain long-term survival of early formed geochemical heterogeneities, though these heterogeneities having an elevated viscosity compared to the surrounding mantle may be essential for their

  11. Redox Dynamics and Oxygen Reduction Rates of Infiltrating Urban Stormwater beneath Low Impact Development (LID

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    Mays N. Danfoura

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Low impact development (LID best management practices (BMPs collect, infiltrate, and treat stormwater runoff, and increase recharge to aquifers. Understanding the controls on reduction/oxidation (redox conditions within LID BMPs is important for groundwater management because outflow from some LID BMPs can recharge aquifers and affect groundwater quality. Here we evaluate redox conditions of urban stormwater runoff in a LID infiltration trench in San Francisco, California, and quantify the relation between water saturation (% and temperature (◦C and resulting dissolved oxygen (DO concentrations, redox dynamics, and O2 reduction rates. The DO fluctuations ha\tve an inverse response to the duration of saturation of the trench. Anoxic (<0.5 mg/L conditions often occurred within hours of stormwater events and persisted from a few hours to two days, which indicate that microbial respiration can be a limiting factor for DO. Temperature of stormwater runoff was not a statistically significant control on DO. The estimated O2 reduction rate is 0.003mg·L-1·min-1, which is two to five orders of magnitude higher than in groundwater from previous studies. Higher rates of O2 reduction are a function of the more toxic and organic-rich stormwater runoff that drives faster microbial O2 reduction. Our findings have important implications for the design of infiltration trenches and other LID BMPs to achieve desired redox conditions for infiltrating stormwater toward minimizing groundwater contamination.

  12. Electron beam welding of copper lids. Status report up to 2001-12-31

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    Claesson, Soeren; Ronneteg, Ulf

    2003-10-01

    The report describes a summary of achieved results from 21 lid welds and numerous test block welds, performed at SKB Canister Laboratory in Oskarshamn for the period 1999-02-12 to 2001-12-31. Good weld quality has been achieved and some welds fulfilled the preliminary interpretation criteria, but the weld process need to be further developed before process qualification. Many different parameter settings have been tested and the influence on the weld profile has been mapped and documented. Deformations of the canister after welding have been measured and found to be very small. The preliminary inspection methods of the weld quality works satisfactory for the need of the development of the weld process. The welding machine is a new design developed for welding of thick copper in reduced pressure and performs well, but suffers from teething problems, which has delayed the work with development of the weld process. The welding system needs to be further developed and improved to work more reliably in a production plant.

  13. Volcanism and outgassing of stagnant-lid planets: Implications for the habitable zone

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    Noack, L.; Rivoldini, A.; Van Hoolst, T.

    2017-08-01

    Rocky exoplanets are typically classified as potentially habitable planets, if liquid water exists at the surface. The latter depends on several factors like the abundance of water but also on the amount of available solar energy and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere for a sufficiently long time for life to evolve. The range of distances to the star, where surface water might exist, is called the habitable zone. Here we study the effect of the planet interior of stagnant-lid planets on the formation of a secondary atmosphere through outgassing that would be needed to preserve surface water. We find that volcanic activity and associated outgassing in one-plate planets is strongly reduced after the magma ocean outgassing phase for Earth-like mantle compositions, if their mass and/or core-mass fraction exceeds a critical value. As a consequence, the effective outer boundary of the habitable zone is then closer to the host star than suggested by the classical habitable zone definition, setting an important restriction to the possible surface habitability of massive rocky exoplanets, assuming that they did not keep a substantial amount of their primary atmosphere and that they are not in the plate tectonics regime.

  14. Finite volume simulation of 2-D steady square lid driven cavity flow at high reynolds numbers

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    K. Yapici

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In this work, computer simulation results of steady incompressible flow in a 2-D square lid-driven cavity up to Reynolds number (Re 65000 are presented and compared with those of earlier studies. The governing flow equations are solved by using the finite volume approach. Quadratic upstream interpolation for convective kinematics (QUICK is used for the approximation of the convective terms in the flow equations. In the implementation of QUICK, the deferred correction technique is adopted. A non-uniform staggered grid arrangement of 768x768 is employed to discretize the flow geometry. Algebraic forms of the coupled flow equations are then solved through the iterative SIMPLE (Semi-Implicit Method for Pressure-Linked Equation algorithm. The outlined computational methodology allows one to meet the main objective of this work, which is to address the computational convergence and wiggled flow problems encountered at high Reynolds and Peclet (Pe numbers. Furthermore, after Re > 25000 additional vortexes appear at the bottom left and right corners that have not been observed in earlier studies.

  15. Conserved Omp85 lid-lock structure and substrate recognition in FhaC

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    Maier, Timm; Clantin, Bernard; Gruss, Fabian; Dewitte, Frédérique; Delattre, Anne-Sophie; Jacob-Dubuisson, Françoise; Hiller, Sebastian; Villeret, Vincent

    2015-06-01

    Omp85 proteins mediate translocation of polypeptide substrates across and into cellular membranes. They share a common architecture comprising substrate-interacting POTRA domains, a C-terminal 16-stranded β-barrel pore and two signature motifs located on the inner barrel wall and at the tip of the extended L6 loop. The observation of two distinct conformations of the L6 loop in the available Omp85 structures previously suggested a functional role of conformational changes in L6 in the Omp85 mechanism. Here we present a 2.5 Å resolution structure of a variant of the Omp85 secretion protein FhaC, in which the two signature motifs interact tightly and form the conserved `lid lock'. Reanalysis of previous structural data shows that L6 adopts the same, conserved resting state position in all available Omp85 structures. The FhaC variant structure further reveals a competitive mechanism for the regulation of substrate binding mediated by the linker to the N-terminal plug helix H1.

  16. Mixed convection of ferrofluids in a lid driven cavity with two rotating cylinders

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    Fatih Selimefendigil

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Mixed convection of ferrofluid filled lid driven cavity in the presence of two rotating cylinders were numerically investigated by using the finite element method. The cavity is heated from below, cooled from driven wall and rotating cylinder surfaces and side vertical walls of the cavity are assumed to be adiabatic. A magnetic dipole source is placed below the bottom wall of the cavity. The study is performed for various values of Reynolds numbers (100 ≤ Re ≤ 1000, angular rotational speed of the cylinders (−400 ≤ Ω ≤ 400, magnetic dipole strengths (0 ≤ γ ≤ 500, angular velocity ratios of the cylinders (0.25≤Ωi/Ωj≤4 and diameter ratios of the cylinders (0.5≤Di/Dj≤2. It is observed that flow patterns and thermal transport within the cavity are affected by variation in Reynolds number and magnetic dipole strength. The results of this investigation revealed that cylinder angular velocities, ratio of the angular velocities and diameter ratios have profound effect on heat transfer enhancement within the cavity. Averaged heat transfer enhancements of 181.5 % is achieved for clockwise rotation of the cylinder at Ω = −400 compared to motionless cylinder case. Increasing the angular velocity ratio from Ω2/Ω1=0.25 to Ω2/Ω1=4 brings about 91.7 % of heat transfer enhancement.

  17. Force fluctuations on a wall in interaction with a granular lid-driven cavity flow

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    Kneib, François; Faug, Thierry; Nicolet, Gilles; Eckert, Nicolas; Naaim, Mohamed; Dufour, Frédéric

    2017-10-01

    The force fluctuations experienced by a boundary wall subjected to a lid-driven cavity flow are investigated by means of numerical simulations based on the discrete-element method. The time-averaged dynamics inside the cavity volume and the resulting steady force on the wall are governed by the boundary macroscopic inertial number, the latter being derived from the shearing velocity and the confinement pressure imposed at the top. The force fluctuations are quantified through measuring both the autocorrelation of force time series and the distributions of grain-wall forces, at distinct spatial scales from particle scale to wall scale. A key result is that the grain-wall force distributions are entirely driven by the boundary macroscopic inertial number, whatever the spatial scale considered. In particular, when the wall scale is considered, the distributions are found to evolve from nearly exponential to nearly Gaussian distributions by decreasing the macroscopic inertial number. The transition from quasistatic to dense inertial flow is well identified through remarkable changes in the shapes of the distributions of grain-wall forces, accompanied by a loss of system memory in terms of the mesoscale force transmitted toward the wall.

  18. Differentiated heated lid driven cavity interacting with tube: A lattice Boltzmann study

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    Bennacer Rachid

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The multiple-relaxation-time (MRT lattice-Boltzmann method is implemented to investigate combined natural and forced convection occurring in a two-dimensional square cavity. The top wall slides to the right at constant speed, while the other three remain stationary. The solution is performed for a left vertical wall at a constant temperature, which is higher than of the right wall. This yields a “cooperating” case, in which dynamic and buoyancy forces are added together. The enclosure is filled with air and contains a heat conducting circular cylinder, which is placed at various positions. The double distribution model used in lattice Boltzmann methods has been adopted to simulate the hydrodynamic and thermal fields, with the D2Q9 and D2Q5 lattices selected to perform the corresponding computations. Simulations have been conducted over a wide range of Rayleigh (Ra and Reynolds (Re numbers, and the features of dynamic and thermal fields are presented for the spectra of this mixed convection phenomenon. The flow and heat transfer characteristics of the cylinder position are described and analyzed in terms of the average Nusselt number (Nu. The computed results show the influence of the cylinder on the corresponding heat transfer in the enclosure. It has been found that the power (i.e. shear stress needed to lid the upper surface will depend on the governing parameters.

  19. Removal of a Dental Implant Displaced into the Maxillary Sinus by Means of the Bone Lid Technique

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    Pietro Fusari

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Rehabilitation of edentulous jaws with implant-supported prosthesis has become a common practice among oral surgeons in the last three decades. This therapy presents a very low incidence of complications. One of them is the displacement of dental implants into the maxillary sinus. Dental implants, such as any other foreign body into the maxillary sinus, should be removed in order to prevent sinusitis. Methods. In this paper, we report a case of dental implant migrated in the maxillary sinus and removed by means of the bone lid technique. Results and Conclusion. The migration of dental implants into the maxillary sinus is rarely reported. Migrated implants should be considered for removal in order to prevent possible sinusal diseases. The implant has been removed without any complications, confirming the bone lid technique to be safe and reliable.

  20. Extending performance evaluation to near infrared and thermal imaging wavebands: the i-LIDS new technologies datasets

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    Sage, Kingsley; Sillett, Ian

    2010-10-01

    The Image Library for Intelligent Detection Systems (i-LIDS) is the United Kingdom government's benchmark for Video Analytics (VA) systems. There are currently 5 different scenario based datasets available. A new suite of datasets is under development, intended to assess VA performance working with imagery obtained under Near Infra Red (NIR) illumination conditions and from thermal imagers (infra red cameras). This paper describes the datasets that are under construction. The datasets should be publically available in late 2010.

  1. Latest developments in the iLids performance standard: from multiple standard camera views to new imaging modalities

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    Sage, K. H.; Nilski, A. J.; Sillett, I. M.

    2009-09-01

    The Imagery Library for Intelligent Detection Systems (iLids) is the UK Government's standard for Video Based Detection Systems (VBDS). The first four iLids scenarios were released in November 2006 and annual evaluations for these four scenarios began in 2007. The Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB), in partnership with the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), has also developed a fifth iLids Scenario; Multiple Camera Tracking (MCT). The fifth scenario data sets were made available in November 2008 to industry, academic and commercial research organizations The imagery contains various staged events of people walking through the camera views. Multiple Camera Tracking Systems (MCTS) are expected to initialise on a specific target and be able to track the target over some or all of the camera views. HOSDB and CPNI are now working on a sixth iLids dataset series. These datasets will cover several technology areas: • Thermal imaging systems • Systems that rely on active IR illumination The aim is to develop libraries that promote the development of systems that are able to demonstrate effective performance in the key application area of people and vehicular detection at a distance. This paper will: • Describe the evaluation process, infrastructure and tools that HOSDB will use to evaluate MCT systems. Building on the success of our previous automated tools for evaluation, HOSDB has developed the MCT evaluation tool CLAYMORE. CLAYMORE is a tool for the real-time evaluation of MCT systems. • Provide an overview of the new sixth scenario aims and objectives, library specifications and timescales for release.

  2. SoLid: Search for Oscillation with a 6Li Detector at the BR2 research reactor

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    Michiels, Ianthe

    2016-01-01

    In the past decades, various nuclear reactor neutrino experiments have measured a deficit in the flux of antineutrinos coming from the reactor at short reactor-detector distances, when compared to theoretical calculations. One of the experiments designed to investigate this reactor antineutrino anomaly is the SoLid experiment. It uses the compact BR2 research reactor from the SCK-CEN in Mol, Belgium, to perform reactor antineutrino flux measurements at very short baseline. These proceedings d...

  3. Parity Violation in DIS region with SoLID at the upgraded 12 GeV JLab

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    Tian, Ye; The SoLID Collaboration

    2017-09-01

    In this talk, an overview of PVDIS future experiment by using a Solenoidal Large Intensity Device (SoLID) at Jefferson Lab (JLab) Hall A with the 12 GeV upgrade, along with a brief description of the proposed SoLID spectrometer is discussed. We will obtain data with high statistic and large kinematic coverage for Bjorken 0.3 < x < 0.7 and in the momentum transfer Q2 range 2 - 10 GeV2 by a polarized electron beam scattering on unpolarized deuteron and proton targets. A measurement of PVDIS in deuteron aims to extract fundamental coupling constants C1 q ,C2 q as well as the weak mixing angle sin2θw with a high precision. This measurement can also access QCD physics of searching for charge asymmetry violation in PDF's and higher-twist effects with quark-quark correlations. In addition, the proton target experiment can be a powerful probe of the d / u ratio at high x without any nuclear correction. The designed SoLID spectrometer with its unique feature of high luminosity and large acceptance provides an opportunity to probe physics beyond the Standard Model.

  4. Use of a Porous Polyethylene Lid Spacer for Management of Eyelid Retraction in Patients with Boston Type II Keratoprosthesis

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    Sivaraman, Kavitha R.; Aakalu, Vinay K.; Sajja, Kiran; Cortina, Maria Soledad; de la Cruz, Jose; Setabutr, Pete

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: To report a novel application of a porous polyethylene implant for lid stabilization and management of eyelid retraction in a patient with an exposed Boston Keratoprosthesis Type II. Methods: A 54-year-old woman with a history of mucous membrane pemphigoid and failed penetrating keratoplasty of the left eye underwent implantation of a Boston Keratoprosthesis (KPro) Type II along with permanent surgical fusion of the upper and lower lids of the left eye in January 2010. At one month follow-up, significant retraction of the lower lid around the inferior margin of the optic was noted, resulting in partial exposure of the keratoprosthesis. The patient subsequently underwent left lower eyelid reconstruction with a porous polyethylene implant to ensure coverage and stability of the KPro. Results: Eyelid reconstruction using a porous polyethylene implant resulted in stable retention of the KPro Type II for over 2 years. Conclusion: In patients with Boston KPro Type II in the setting of severe cicatrizing ocular surface disease, the use of a porous polyethylene implant during eyelid reconstruction around the KPro optic may aid in maintaining eyelid integrity and improving KPro stability and longevity. PMID:23663113

  5. The lid wiper and muco-cutaneous junction anatomy of the human eyelid margins: an in vivo confocal and histological study

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    Knop, Erich; Knop, Nadja; Zhivov, Andrey; Kraak, Robert; Korb, Donald R; Blackie, Caroline; Greiner, Jack V; Guthoff, Rudolf

    2011-01-01

    The inner border of the eyelid margin is critically important for ocular surface integrity because it guarantees the thin spread of the tear film. Its exact morphology in the human is still insufficiently known. The histology in serial sections of upper and lower lid margins in whole-mount specimens from 10 human body donors was compared to in vivo confocal microscopy of eight eyes with a Heidelberg retina-tomograph (HRT II) and attached Rostock cornea module. Behind the posterior margin of the Meibomian orifices, the cornified epidermis stopped abruptly and was replaced by a continuous layer of para-keratinized (pk) cells followed by discontinuous pk cells. The pk cells covered the muco-cutaneous junction (MCJ), the surface of which corresponded to the line of Marx (0.2–0.3 mm wide). Then a stratified epithelium with a conjunctival structure of cuboidal cells, some pk cells, and goblet cells formed an epithelial elevation of typically about 100 μm initial thickness (lid wiper). This continued for 0.3–1.5 mm and formed a slope. The MCJ and lid wiper extended all along the lid margin from nasal to temporal positions in the upper and lower lids. Details of the epithelium and connective tissue were also detectable using the Rostock cornea module. The human inner lid border has distinct zones. Due to its location and morphology, the epithelial lip of the lid wiper appears a suitable structure to spread the tear film and is distinct from the MCJ/line of Marx. Better knowledge of the lid margin appears important for understanding dry eye disease and its morphology can be analysed clinically by in vivo confocal microscopy. PMID:21413985

  6. Blink patterns and lid-contact times in dry-eye and normal subjects

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    Ousler GW 3rd

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available George W Ousler 3rd,1 Mark B Abelson,1,2 Patrick R Johnston,1 John Rodriguez,1 Keith Lane,1 Lisa M Smith11Ora, Andover, MA, USA; 2Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USAPurpose: To classify blinks in dry eye and normal subjects into six subtypes, and to define the blink rate and duration within each type of blink, as well as the total lid-contact time/minute.Materials and methods: This was a single-centered, prospective, double-blind study of eleven dry-eye and ten normal subjects. Predefined subjects watched a video while blinks were recorded for 10 minutes. Partial blinks were classified by percentage closure of maximal palpebral fissure opening: 25%, 50%, 75%. Complete blinks were characterized as full (>0 seconds, extended (>0.1 seconds, or superextended (>0.5 seconds. The mean duration of each type of blink was determined and standardized per minute as total lid-contact time.Results: Total blinks observed were 4,990 (1,414 normal, 3,756 dry eye: 1,809 (50.59% partial and 1,767 (49.41% complete blinks among dry-eye subjects versus 741 (52.90% partial and 673 (47.60% complete blinks among normal subjects. Only superextended blinks of ≥0.5-second duration were significantly more frequent in dry-eye subjects than normals (2.3% versus 0.2%, respectively; P=0.023. Total contact time was seven times higher in dry-eye subjects than normals (0.565 versus 0.080 seconds, respectively; P<0.001. Isolating only extended blinks (>0.1 second, the average contact time (seconds was four times longer in dry-eye versus normal subjects (2.459 in dry eye, 0.575 in normals; P=0.003. Isolating only superextended blinks (>0.5 seconds, average contact time was also significantly different (7.134 in dry eye, 1.589 in normals; P<0.001. The contact rate for all full closures was 6.4 times longer in dry-eye (0.045 versus 0.007, P<0.001 than normal subjects.Conclusion: Dry-eye subjects spent 4.5% of a

  7. Thermodynamic measurement after cooling the cornea with intact epithelium and lid manipulation.

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    de Ortueta, Diego; Magnago, Thomas; Arba-Mosquera, Samuel

    2015-01-01

    To characterize the rate of change of ocular surface temperature (OST) under lid manipulation after cooling the intact cornea with balanced salt solution (BSS). In a patient for refractive surgery, prior to the ablation, the temperature of the cornea was continuously recorded with a high speed infrared (350Hz) camera. Two millilitre of chilled BSS with a temperature of 8.6°Celsius (°C) was instilled for about 3s. Using exponential functions, the three contributions have been determined, subjacent corneal layers, environment, and chilled BSS. The mean temperature of the cornea preoperatively was 34.5°C. After applying the chilled BSS the temperature decreased about 14°C down to an OST of 20°C and the time needed afterwards to get the normal (OST) temperature of about 30°C was 40s. Due to the inserted speculum and missing blink, OST did not reach the original OST of 34.5°C and faded at about 32.5°C. According to our best fitted model, absolute value of each contributing component was 31.4°C (subjacent corneal layers), 26.8°C (environment) and 8.6°C (BSS). Applying chilled BSS to the cornea quickly reduces the temperature of the cornea with a thermal relaxation time of 3s and a amplitude decrease of 8.6°C. This together with a relaxation time of 7s for subjacent corneal layers, and 184s for environment after instillation of BSS combined with a well-controlled environment provides a period of 40s of corneal temperature below baseline, which may be of clinical benefit when applying chilled BSS immediately before or immediately after ablation. Copyright © 2014 Spanish General Council of Optometry. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  8. Effect of Repeated Container Lid Opening on Dentin Shear Bond Strength of Two Dentin Adhesive Systems

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    H. Hassanzadeh

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Comparing the effect of repeated opening of the container lid of two dentin adhesive systems, Prime&Bond NT (P&B NT and iBond (iB, on shear bond strength.Materials and Methods: Intact bovine lower incisors (n=60, fixed in acrylic were ran-domly divided into six groups (n=10. Groups I and II were set as control groups. P&B NT and iB were applied on the samples after five days a week, three times a day for two weeks of use in groups III and VI; and after four weeks of use in groups V and VI. The samples were evaluated by a universal testing-machine (Instron, cross-head speed 1mm/min and stereomicroscope.Results: There was no significant difference between the bond strengths in any of the three P&B NT. The mean amount of the shear bond strength for iB after 60 times of use (15.31 MPa was significantly lowerthan that at the baseline (23.51 MPa. There was no significant difference between iB at the baseline and after 30 times of use (19.26 Mpa, and also between iB after 30 times of use and after 60 times of use. All P&B NT groups showed significantly highershear bond strengths when compared with their similar iB groups in iB.Conclusion: Repeated use (60 times of the all-in-one adhesive container seems to reduce dentin shear bond strength. Therefore, containers with a lower content of the same adhe-sive or a single-dose of the adhesive are preferred.

  9. Bisphenol a in baby food products in glass jars with metal lids from Canadian markets.

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    Cao, Xu-Liang; Corriveau, Jeannette; Popovic, Svetlana; Clement, Genevieve; Beraldin, Franca; Dufresne, Guy

    2009-06-24

    A method based on solid phase extraction and derivatization with acetic anhydride followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry was validated for the determination of bisphenol A (BPA) in baby foods. The average method detection limit (MDL) was 0.18 ng/g for a 5 g sample. Method repeatability was demonstrated with the replicate analyses of various different types of baby foods; relative standard deviations (RSD) ranged from 1.2 to 16.1% with an average of 8.7%. Extraction recoveries ranged from 93.5 to 102.5% for different types of baby foods spiked at levels of 1-8 ng/g. This method was used to analyze 122 baby food products of 7 brands in glass jars with metal lids for BPA. The presence of BPA could not be confirmed and quantified for 23 of the 122 products due to interference from sample matrices. For the other 99 products, 15% had BPA levels of less than the average MDL, about 70% had BPA levels of less than 1 ng/g, and the average BPA levels in all 99 products was 1.1 ng/g. The average BPA level in the baby food products from brand E (3.9 ng/g) is higher than the average BPA levels in the products from the other brands (0.54-1.1 ng/g). The highest level of BPA, 7.2 ng/g, was found in two products from brand E as well. The average BPA level in the fruit products from all brands (0.60 ng/g) is lower than those in the mixed-dish products (1.1 ng/g) and the vegetable products (1.2 ng/g).

  10. The pumping lid: investigating multi-material 3D printing for equipment-free, programmable generation of positive and negative pressures for microfluidic applications.

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    Begolo, Stefano; Zhukov, Dmitriy V; Selck, David A; Li, Liang; Ismagilov, Rustem F

    2014-12-21

    Equipment-free pumping is a challenging problem and an active area of research in microfluidics, with applications for both laboratory and limited-resource settings. This paper describes the pumping lid method, a strategy to achieve equipment-free pumping by controlled generation of pressure. Pressure was generated using portable, lightweight, and disposable parts that can be integrated with existing microfluidic devices to simplify workflow and eliminate the need for pumping equipment. The development of this method was enabled by multi-material 3D printing, which allows fast prototyping, including composite parts that combine materials with different mechanical properties (e.g. both rigid and elastic materials in the same part). The first type of pumping lid we describe was used to produce predictable positive or negative pressures via controlled compression or expansion of gases. A model was developed to describe the pressures and flow rates generated with this approach and it was validated experimentally. Pressures were pre-programmed by the geometry of the parts and could be tuned further even while the experiment was in progress. Using multiple lids or a composite lid with different inlets enabled several solutions to be pumped independently in a single device. The second type of pumping lid, which relied on vapor-liquid equilibrium to generate pressure, was designed, modeled, and experimentally characterized. The pumping lid method was validated by controlling flow in different types of microfluidic applications, including the production of droplets, control of laminar flow profiles, and loading of SlipChip devices. We believe that applying the pumping lid methodology to existing microfluidic devices will enhance their use as portable diagnostic tools in limited resource settings as well as accelerate adoption of microfluidics in laboratories.

  11. Engineering a disulfide bond in the lid hinge region of Rhizopus chinensis lipase: increased thermostability and altered acyl chain length specificity.

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    Full Text Available The key to enzyme function is the maintenance of an appropriate balance between molecular stability and structural flexibility. The lid domain which is very important for "interfacial activation" is the most flexible part in the lipase structure. In this work, rational design was applied to explore the relationship between lid rigidity and lipase activity by introducing a disulfide bond in the hinge region of the lid, in the hope of improving the thermostability of R. chinensis lipase through stabilization of the lid domain without interfering with its catalytic performance. A disulfide bridge between F95C and F214C was introduced into the lipase from R. chinensis in the hinge region of the lid according to the prediction of the "Disulfide by Design" algorithm. The disulfide variant showed substantially improved thermostability with an eleven-fold increase in the t(1/2 value at 60°C and a 7°C increase of T(m compared with the parent enzyme, probably contributed by the stabilization of the geometric structure of the lid region. The additional disulfide bond did not interfere with the catalytic rate (k(cat and the catalytic efficiency towards the short-chain fatty acid substrate, however, the catalytic efficiency of the disulfide variant towards pNPP decreased by 1.5-fold probably due to the block of the hydrophobic substrate channel by the disulfide bond. Furthermore, in the synthesis of fatty acid methyl esters, the maximum conversion rate by RCLCYS reached 95% which was 9% higher than that by RCL. This is the first report on improving the thermostability of the lipase from R. chinensis by introduction of a disulfide bond in the lid hinge region without compromising the catalytic rate.

  12. SoLid: Search for Oscillations with Lithium-6 Detector at the SCK-CEN BR2 reactor

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    Ban, G.; Beaumont, W.; Buhour, J. M.; Coupé, B.; Cucoanes, A. S.; D'Hondt, J.; Durand, D.; Fallot, M.; Fresneau, S.; Giot, L.; Guillon, B.; Guilloux, G.; Janssen, X.; Kalcheva, S.; Koonen, E.; Labare, M.; Moortgat, C.; Pronost, G.; Raes, L.; Ryckbosch, D.; Ryder, N.; Shitov, Y.; Vacheret, A.; Van Mulders, P.; Van Remortel, N.; Weber, A.; Yermia, F.

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    Sterile neutrinos have been considered as a possible explanation for the recent reactor and Gallium anomalies arising from reanalysis of reactor flux and calibration data of previous neutrino experiments. A way to test this hypothesis is to look for distortions of the anti-neutrino energy caused by oscillation from active to sterile neutrino at close stand-off (˜ 6- 8m) of a compact reactor core. Due to the low rate of anti-neutrino interactions the main challenge in such measurement is to control the high level of gamma rays and neutron background. The SoLid experiment is a proposal to search for active-to-sterile anti-neutrino oscillation at very short baseline of the SCK•CEN BR2 research reactor. This experiment uses a novel approach to detect anti-neutrino with a highly segmented detector based on Lithium-6. With the combination of high granularity, high neutron-gamma discrimination using 6LiF:ZnS(Ag) and precise localization of the Inverse Beta Decay products, a better experimental sensitivity can be achieved compared to other state-of-the-art technology. This compact system requires minimum passive shielding allowing for very close stand off to the reactor. The experimental set up of the SoLid experiment and the BR2 reactor will be presented. The new principle of neutrino detection and the detector design with expected performance will be described. The expected sensitivity to new oscillations of the SoLid detector as well as the first measurements made with the 8 kg prototype detector deployed at the BR2 reactor in 2013-2014 will be reported.

  13. Scaling of time-dependent stagnant lid convection: Application to small-scale convection on Earth and other terrestrial planets

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    Solomatov, V. S.; Moresi, L.-N.

    2000-09-01

    Small-scale convection associated with instabilities at the bottom of the lithospheric plates on the Earth and other terrestrial planets occurs in the stagnant lid regime of temperature-dependent viscosity convection. Systematic numerical simulations of time-dependent, internally heated stagnant lid convection suggest simple scaling relationships for a variety of convective parameters and in a broad range of power law viscosities. Application of these scaling relationships to the Earth's oceanic lithosphere shows that for either diffusion or dislocation viscosity of olivine, convective instabilities occur in the lower part of the lithosphere between 85 and 100 km depth (the rheological sublayer). ``Wet'' olivine satisfies constraints on the heat flux and mantle temperature better than ``dry'' olivine, supporting the view that the upper mantle of the Earth is wet. This is also consistent with the fact that the rheological sublayer is located below the Gutenberg discontinuity which was proposed to represent a sharp change in water content. The viscosity of asthenosphere is (3-6)×1018Pas, consistent with previous estimates. The velocities of cold plumes are relatively high reaching several meters per year in the dislocation creep regime. A low value of the heat flux in old continental cratons suggests that continental lithosphere might be convectively stable unless it is perturbed by processes associated with plate tectonics and hot plumes. The absence of plate tectonics on other terrestrial planets and the low heat transport efficiency of stagnant lid convection can lead to widespread melting during the thermal evolution of the terrestrial planets. If the terrestrial planets are dry, small-scale convection cannot occur at subsolidus temperatures.

  14. The effect of dielectric top lids on materials processing in a low frequency inductively coupled plasma (LF-ICP) reactor

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    Lim, J. W. M.; Chan, C. S.; Xu, L.; Xu, S.

    2014-08-01

    The advent of the plasma revolution began in the 1970's with the exploitation of plasma sources for anisotropic etching and processing of materials. In recent years, plasma processing has gained popularity, with research institutions adopting projects in the field and industries implementing dry processing in their production lines. The advantages of utilizing plasma sources would be uniform processing over a large exposed surface area, and the reduction of toxic emissions. This leads to reduced costs borne by manufacturers which could be passed down as consumer savings, and a reduction in negative environmental impacts. Yet, one constraint that plagues the industry would be the control of contaminants in a plasma reactor which becomes evident when reactions are conducted in a clean vacuum environment. In this work, amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin films were grown on glass substrates in a low frequency inductively coupled plasma (LF-ICP) reactor with a top lid made of quartz. Even though the chamber was kept at high vacuum ( 10-4 Pa), it was evident through secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) and Fourier-transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR) that oxygen contaminants were present. With the aid of optical emission spectroscopy (OES) the contaminant species were identified. The design of the LF-ICP reactor was then modified to incorporate an Alumina (Al2O3) lid. Results indicate that there were reduced amounts of contaminants present in the reactor, and that an added benefit of increased power transfer to the plasma, improving deposition rate of thin films was realized. The results of this study is conclusive in showing that Al2O3 is a good alternative as a top-lid of an LF-ICP reactor, and offers industries a solution in improving quality and rate of growth of thin films.

  15. Potential for aerosolization of Clostridium difficile after flushing toilets: the role of toilet lids in reducing environmental contamination risk.

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    Best, E L; Sandoe, J A T; Wilcox, M H

    2012-01-01

    Toilet facilities in healthcare settings vary widely, but patient toilets are commonly shared and do not have lids. When a toilet is flushed without the lid closed, aerosol production may lead to surface contamination within the toilet environment. To substantiate the risks of airborne dissemination of C. difficile following flushing a toilet, in particular when lids are not fitted. We performed in-situ testing, using faecal suspensions of C. difficile to simulate the bacterial burden found during disease, to measure C. difficile aerosolization. We also measured the extent of splashing occurring during flushing of two different toilet types commonly used in hospitals. C. difficile was recoverable from air sampled at heights up to 25 cm above the toilet seat. The highest numbers of C. difficile were recovered from air sampled immediately following flushing, and then declined 8-fold after 60 min and a further 3-fold after 90 min. Surface contamination with C. difficile occurred within 90 min after flushing, demonstrating that relatively large droplets are released which then contaminate the immediate environment. The mean numbers of droplets emitted upon flushing by the lidless toilets in clinical areas were 15-47, depending on design. C. difficile aerosolization and surrounding environmental contamination occur when a lidless toilet is flushed. Lidless conventional toilets increase the risk of C. difficile environmental contamination, and we suggest that their use is discouraged, particularly in settings where CDI is common. Copyright © 2011 The Healthcare Infection Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. {sup 16}O resonances near 4α threshold through {sup 12}C({sup 6}Li,d) reaction

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    Rodrigues, M. R. D.; Borello-Lewin, T.; Miyake, H.; Horodynski-Matsushigue, L. B.; Duarte, J. L. M.; Rodrigues, C. L.; Faria, P. Neto de [Instituto de Física, Universidade de São Paulo, Caixa Postal 66318, CEP 05314-970, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Cunsolo, A.; Cappuzzello, F.; Foti, A.; Agodi, C.; Cavallaro, M. [INFN - Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Via S. Sofia 62, 95125 Catania (Italy); Napoli, M. di; Ukita, G. M. [Faculdade de Psicologia, Universidade de Santo Amaro, R. Prof. Eneas da Siqueira Neto, 340, CEP 04829-300, São Paulo, SP (Brazil)

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    Several narrow alpha resonant {sup 16}O states were detected through the {sup 12}C({sup 6}Li,d) reaction, in the range of 13.5 to 17.5 MeV of excitation energy. The reaction was measured at a bombarding energy of 25.5 MeV employing the São Paulo Pelletron-Enge-Spectrograph facility and the nuclear emulsion technique. Experimental angular distributions associated with natural parity quasi-bound states around the 4α threshold are presented and compared to DWBA predictions. The upper limit for the resonance widths obtained is near the energy resolution (15 keV)

  17. First results of the deployment of a SoLid detector module at the SCK-CEN BR2 reactor

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    Ryder, Nick; collaboration, for the SoLid

    2015-01-01

    The SoLid experiment aims to resolve the reactor neutrino anomaly by searching for electron-to-sterile anti-neutrino oscillations. The search will be performed between 5.5 and 10 m from the highly enriched uranium core of the BR2 reactor at SCK-CEN. The experiment utilises a novel approach to anti-neutrino detection based on a highly segmented, composite scintillator detector design. High experimental sensitivity can be achieved using a combination of high neutron-gamma discrimination using 6...

  18. Revisiting the lid-driven cavity flow problem: Review and new steady state benchmarking results using GPU accelerated code

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    Tamer A. AbdelMigid

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a broad account of the lid-driven cavity flow problem which is an important benchmark problem for the validation of CFD codes. A comprehensive review of the literature on the problem is presented and discussed, and available benchmarking results are compared in tabulated format to provide a comprehensive source of validation data. In addition, the problem was solved using a Graphical Processing Unit (GPU accelerated in-house code developed by the authors (https://github.com/TamerAbdelmigid/DrivenCavity_FVM.git, which solves the steady Navier-Stokes equations, using the Finite Volume Method (FVM in primitive variable formulation. Case studies of steady incompressible flow in a 2D lid-driven square cavity are investigated for 100 < Re < 5000. Detailed second order spatially accurate results are verified and presented in a tabulated form for the sake of serving as benchmark dataset for future works on the same problem. In the present work, collocated grid arrangement along with a uniform structured Cartesian grid up to 1301 × 1301 was used.

  19. Investigation of the performance of video analytics systems with compressed video using the i-LIDS sterile zone dataset

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    Mahendrarajah, Prashath

    2011-11-01

    Recent years have seen significant investment and increasingly effective use of Video Analytics (VA) systems to detect intrusion or attacks in sterile areas. Currently there are a number of manufacturers who have achieved the Imagery Library for Intelligent Detection System (i-LIDS) primary detection classification performance standard for the sterile zone detection scenario. These manufacturers have demonstrated the performance of their systems under evaluation conditions using an uncompressed evaluation video. In this paper we consider the effect on the detection rate of an i-LIDS primary approved sterile zone system using compressed sterile zone scenario video clips as the input. The preliminary test results demonstrate a change time of detection rate with compression as the time to alarm increased with greater compression. Initial experiments suggest that the detection performance does not linearly degrade as a function of compression ratio. These experiments form a starting point for a wider set of planned trials that the Home Office will carry out over the next 12 months.

  20. Numerical simulation of mixed convection heat transfer of nanofluid in a double lid-driven cavity using lattice Boltzmann method

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    Ahmad Reza Rahmati

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, mixed convection heat transfer of water-Cu nanofluid in a double lid-driven cavity has been analyzed by lattice Boltzmann method. The double lid-driven are insulated and the side walls have sinusoidal temperature distribution. Simulations have been carried out at constant Grashof number 100, the Richardson numbers of 0.01, 0.1,1,10 and 100, temperature phase deviation of 0, π/4, π/2, 3π/4 and π, the solid volume fraction from zero to 0.06 and the Prandtl number of 6.57. The thermal modeling of passive scalar is applied and two separate distribution functions for the flow and temperature fields are considered. In order to calculate the thermal conductivity coefficient of nanofluid, constant and variable properties models are used. The results showed that in high Richardson numbers, the effect of the thermal phase deviation changes on the flow pattern is evident and in low Richardson numbers, the phase deviation changes do not affect the flow pattern. In all thermal phase deviations by reducing the Richardson number, the Nusselt number increases and thus the heat transfer increases. Also the average Nusselt number obtained for the constant properties model is higher compared with that of variable properties model.

  1. Cohort profile: the lidA Cohort Study-a German Cohort Study on Work, Age, Health and Work Participation.

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    Hasselhorn, Hans Martin; Peter, Richard; Rauch, Angela; Schröder, Helmut; Swart, Enno; Bender, Stefan; du Prel, Jean-Baptist; Ebener, Melanie; March, Stefanie; Trappmann, Mark; Steinwede, Jacob; Müller, Bernd Hans

    2014-12-01

    The lidA Cohort Study (German Cohort Study on Work, Age, Health and Work Participation) was set up to investigate and follow the effects of work and work context on the physical and psychological health of the ageing workforce in Germany and subsequently on work participation. Cohort participants are initially employed people subject to social security contributions and born in either 1959 (n = 2909) or 1965 (n = 3676). They were personally interviewed in their homes in 2011 and will be visited every 3 years. Data collection comprises socio-demographic data, work and private exposures, work ability, work and work participation attitudes, health, health-related behaviour, personality and attitudinal indicators. Employment biographies are assessed using register data. Subjective health reports and physical strength measures are complemented by health insurance claims data, where permission was given. A conceptual framework has been developed for the lidA Cohort Study within which three confirmatory sub-models assess the interdependencies of work and health considering age, gender and socioeconomic status. The first set of the data will be available to the scientific community by 2015. Access will be given by the Research Data Centre of the German Federal Employment Agency at the Institute for Employment Research (http://fdz.iab.de/en.aspx). © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the International Epidemiological Association.

  2. SoLid: An innovative anti-neutrino detector for searching oscillations at the SCK• CEN BR2 reactor

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    Abreu, Yamiel, E-mail: yamiel.abreu@uantwerpen.be

    2017-02-11

    The SoLid experiment intends to search for active-to-sterile anti-neutrino oscillations at a very short baseline from the SCK• CEN BR2 research reactor (Mol, Belgium). A novel detector approach to measure reactor anti-neutrinos was developed based on an innovative sandwich of composite polyvinyl-toluene and {sup 6}LiF:ZnS(Ag) scintillators. The system is highly segmented and read out by a network of wavelength shifting fibers and SiPM. High experimental sensitivity can be achieved compared to other standard technologies thanks to the combination of high granularity, good neutron–gamma discrimination using {sup 6}LiF:ZnS(Ag) scintillator and precise localisation of the Inverse Beta Decay products. This technology can be considered as a new generation of an anti-neutrino detector. This compact system requires limited passive shielding and relies on spatial topology to determine the different classes of backgrounds. We will describe the principle of detection and the detector design. Particular focus on the neutron discrimination will be made, as well as on the capability to use cosmic muons for channel equalisation and energy calibration. The performance of the first 288 kg SoLid module (SM1), based on the data taken at BR2 from February to September 2015, will be presented. We will conclude with the next phase, which will start in 2016, and the future plans of the experiment.

  3. SoLid: An innovative anti-neutrino detector for searching oscillations at the SCK•CEN BR2 reactor

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    Abreu, Yamiel

    2017-02-01

    The SoLid experiment intends to search for active-to-sterile anti-neutrino oscillations at a very short baseline from the SCK•CEN BR2 research reactor (Mol, Belgium). A novel detector approach to measure reactor anti-neutrinos was developed based on an innovative sandwich of composite polyvinyl-toluene and 6LiF:ZnS(Ag) scintillators. The system is highly segmented and read out by a network of wavelength shifting fibers and SiPM. High experimental sensitivity can be achieved compared to other standard technologies thanks to the combination of high granularity, good neutron-gamma discrimination using 6LiF:ZnS(Ag) scintillator and precise localisation of the Inverse Beta Decay products. This technology can be considered as a new generation of an anti-neutrino detector. This compact system requires limited passive shielding and relies on spatial topology to determine the different classes of backgrounds. We will describe the principle of detection and the detector design. Particular focus on the neutron discrimination will be made, as well as on the capability to use cosmic muons for channel equalisation and energy calibration. The performance of the first 288 kg SoLid module (SM1), based on the data taken at BR2 from February to September 2015, will be presented. We will conclude with the next phase, which will start in 2016, and the future plans of the experiment.

  4. Physics of Failure Analysis of Xilinx Flip Chip CCGA Packages: Effects of Mission Environments on Properties of LP2 Underfill and ATI Lid Adhesive Materials

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    Suh, Jong-ook

    2013-01-01

    The Xilinx Virtex 4QV and 5QV (V4 and V5) are next-generation field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for space applications. However, there have been concerns within the space community regarding the non-hermeticity of V4/V5 packages; polymeric materials such as the underfill and lid adhesive will be directly exposed to the space environment. In this study, reliability concerns associated with the non-hermeticity of V4/V5 packages were investigated by studying properties and behavior of the underfill and the lid adhesvie materials used in V4/V5 packages.

  5. Three-dimensional incompressible flow in a two-sided non-facing lid-driven cubical cavity

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    Ben Beya, Brahim; Lili, Taieb

    2008-11-01

    Numerical simulations of the three-dimensional fluid flow in a two-sided non-facing lid-driven cubical cavity are presented. Computations have been carried out for several Reynolds numbers from a low value to 700. At low Reynolds numbers the flow is steady. The three dimensional flow characteristics are analyzed at Re=500. An analysis of the flow evolution shows that, when increasing Re beyond a certain critical value the flow becomes unstable and bifurcates. It is observed that the transition to unsteadiness follows the classical scheme of a Hopf bifurcation. The time dependent solution is studied and the critical Reynolds number is localized. To cite this article: B. Ben Beya, T. Lili, C. R. Mecanique 336 (2008).

  6. New Aspects of a Lid-Removal Mechanism in the Onset of a SEP-Producing Eruption Sequence

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    Sterling, Alphonse C.; Moore, Ronald L.; Falconer, David A.; Knox, Javon M.

    2014-01-01

    We examine a sequence of two ejective eruptions from a single active region on 2012 January 23, using magnetograms and EUV images from SDO/HMI and SDO/AIA, and EUV images from STEREO. Cheng et al. (2013) showed that the first eruption's ("Eruption 1'') flux rope was apparent only in "hotter'' AIA channels, and that it removed overlying field that allowed the second eruption (``Eruption 2'') to begin via ideal MHD instability; here we say Eruption 2 began via a ``lid removal'' mechanism. We show that during Eruption-1's onset, its flux rope underwent ``tether weakening'' (TW) reconnection with the field of an adjacent active region. Standard flare loops from Eruption 1 developed over Eruption-2's flux rope and enclosed filament, but these overarching new loops were unable to confine that flux rope/filament. Eruption-1's flare loops, from both TW reconnection and standard-flare-model internal reconnection, were much cooler than Eruption-2's flare loops (GOES thermal temperatures of approx. 9 MK compared to approx. 14 MK). This eruption sequence produced a strong solar energetic particle (SEP) event (10 MeV protons, >10(exp 3) pfu for 43 hrs), apparently starting when Eruption-2's CME blasted through Eruption-1's CME at 5-10 R_s. This occurred because the two CMEs originated in close proximity and in close time sequence: Eruption-1's fast rise started soon after the TW reconnection; the lid removal by Eruption-1's ejection triggered the slow onset of Eruption 2; and Eruption-2's CME, which started approx. 1 hr later, was three times faster than Eruption-1's CME.

  7. Predicting Glycerophosphoinositol Identities in Lipidomic Datasets Using VaLID (Visualization and Phospholipid Identification)—An Online Bioinformatic Search Engine

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    McDowell, Graeme S. V.; Taylor, Graeme P.; Fai, Stephen; Bennett, Steffany A. L.

    2014-01-01

    The capacity to predict and visualize all theoretically possible glycerophospholipid molecular identities present in lipidomic datasets is currently limited. To address this issue, we expanded the search-engine and compositional databases of the online Visualization and Phospholipid Identification (VaLID) bioinformatic tool to include the glycerophosphoinositol superfamily. VaLID v1.0.0 originally allowed exact and average mass libraries of 736,584 individual species from eight phospholipid classes: glycerophosphates, glyceropyrophosphates, glycerophosphocholines, glycerophosphoethanolamines, glycerophosphoglycerols, glycerophosphoglycerophosphates, glycerophosphoserines, and cytidine 5′-diphosphate 1,2-diacyl-sn-glycerols to be searched for any mass to charge value (with adjustable tolerance levels) under a variety of mass spectrometry conditions. Here, we describe an update that now includes all possible glycerophosphoinositols, glycerophosphoinositol monophosphates, glycerophosphoinositol bisphosphates, and glycerophosphoinositol trisphosphates. This update expands the total number of lipid species represented in the VaLID v2.0.0 database to 1,473,168 phospholipids. Each phospholipid can be generated in skeletal representation. A subset of species curated by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Training Program in Neurodegenerative Lipidomics (CTPNL) team is provided as an array of high-resolution structures. VaLID is freely available and responds to all users through the CTPNL resources web site. PMID:24701584

  8. Stagnant lids and mantle overturns: Implications for Archaean tectonics, magmagenesis, crustal growth, mantle evolution, and the start of plate tectonics

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    Jean H. Bédard

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available The lower plate is the dominant agent in modern convergent margins characterized by active subduction, as negatively buoyant oceanic lithosphere sinks into the asthenosphere under its own weight. This is a strong plate-driving force because the slab-pull force is transmitted through the stiff sub-oceanic lithospheric mantle. As geological and geochemical data seem inconsistent with the existence of modern-style ridges and arcs in the Archaean, a periodically-destabilized stagnant-lid crust system is proposed instead. Stagnant-lid intervals may correspond to periods of layered mantle convection where efficient cooling was restricted to the upper mantle, perturbing Earth's heat generation/loss balance, eventually triggering mantle overturns. Archaean basalts were derived from fertile mantle in overturn upwelling zones (OUZOs, which were larger and longer-lived than post-Archaean plumes. Early cratons/continents probably formed above OUZOs as large volumes of basalt and komatiite were delivered for protracted periods, allowing basal crustal cannibalism, garnetiferous crustal restite delamination, and coupled development of continental crust and sub-continental lithospheric mantle. Periodic mixing and rehomogenization during overturns retarded development of isotopically depleted MORB (mid-ocean ridge basalt mantle. Only after the start of true subduction did sequestration of subducted slabs at the core-mantle boundary lead to the development of the depleted MORB mantle source. During Archaean mantle overturns, pre-existing continents located above OUZOs would be strongly reworked; whereas OUZO-distal continents would drift in response to mantle currents. The leading edge of drifting Archaean continents would be convergent margins characterized by terrane accretion, imbrication, subcretion and anatexis of unsubductable oceanic lithosphere. As Earth cooled and the background oceanic lithosphere became denser and stiffer, there would be an increasing

  9. Lid opening and conformational stability of T1 Lipase is mediated by increasing chain length polar solvents

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    Jonathan Maiangwa

    2017-05-01

    systems, which could lead to weaknesses in the catalytic H-bond network and most likely a drop in catalytic activity. The conformational variation of the lid domain caused by the solvent molecules influenced its gradual opening. Formation of additional hydrogen bonds and hydrophobic interactions indicates that the contribution of the cooperative network of interactions could retain the stability of the protein in some solvent systems. Time-correlated atomic motions were used to characterize the correlations between the motions of the atoms from atomic coordinates. The resulting cross-correlation map revealed that the organic solvent mixtures performed functional, concerted, correlated motions in regions of residues of the lid domain to other residues. These observations suggest that varying lengths of polar organic solvents play a significant role in introducing dynamic conformational diversity in proteins in a decreasing order of polarity.

  10. Effect of topical loteprednol etabonate with lid hygiene on tear cytokines and meibomian gland dysfunction in prosthetic eye wearers.

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    Ko, J S; Seo, Y; Chae, M K; Jang, S Y; Yoon, J S

    2017-10-20

    PurposeTo assess tear cytokine levels and clinical outcomes in meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) in the blind eye of patients wearing an ocular prosthesis after 2 months of treatment with topical loteprednol etabonate and eyelid scrubs with warm compresses.Patients and methodsThis study included patients with MGD wearing a unilateral ocular prosthesis for more than 1 year. All patients topically received 0.5% loteprednol etabonate and were instructed to scrub their eyelids with warm compresses on the prosthetic eye for 2 months. We evaluated tear cytokine levels using Multiplex Bead Immunoassays, performed biomicroscopic examination of the lid margins and meibomian gland, conducted meibography imaging, and assessed MGD-related ocular symptoms using a questionnaire for the prosthetic eye before and 2 months after treatment.ResultsThirty consecutive patients were included. There were significant reductions in the levels of interleukin (IL)-6, interferon-γ, monocyte chemotactic protein-1, IL-8, tumor necrosis factor-α, and IL-1β (Pprosthetic eye wearers. Furthermore, tear cytokine measurements may serve as an additional approach for evaluating the efficacy of anti-inflammatory treatment for MGD in prosthetic eye wearers.Eye advance online publication, 20 October 2017; doi:10.1038/eye.2017.213.

  11. Visualization and Phospholipid Identification (VaLID): online integrated search engine capable of identifying and visualizing glycerophospholipids with given mass

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    Figeys, Daniel; Fai, Stephen; Bennett, Steffany A. L.

    2013-01-01

    Motivation: Establishing phospholipid identities in large lipidomic datasets is a labour-intensive process. Where genomics and proteomics capitalize on sequence-based signatures, glycerophospholipids lack easily definable molecular fingerprints. Carbon chain length, degree of unsaturation, linkage, and polar head group identity must be calculated from mass to charge (m/z) ratios under defined mass spectrometry (MS) conditions. Given increasing MS sensitivity, many m/z values are not represented in existing prediction engines. To address this need, Visualization and Phospholipid Identification is a web-based application that returns all theoretically possible phospholipids for any m/z value and MS condition. Visualization algorithms produce multiple chemical structure files for each species. Curated lipids detected by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Training Program in Neurodegenerative Lipidomics are provided as high-resolution structures. Availability: VaLID is available through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Training Program in Neurodegenerative Lipidomics resources web site at https://www.med.uottawa.ca/lipidomics/resources.html. Contacts: lipawrd@uottawa.ca Supplementary Information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online. PMID:23162086

  12. Performance of the finite volume method in solving regularised Bingham flows: inertia effects in the lid-driven cavity flow

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    Syrakos, Alexandros; Alexandrou, Andreas N

    2016-01-01

    We extend our recent work on the creeping flow of a Bingham fluid in a lid-driven cavity, to the study of inertial effects, using a finite volume method and the Papanastasiou regularisation of the Bingham constitutive model [J. Rheology 31 (1987) 385-404]. The finite volume method used belongs to a very popular class of methods for solving Newtonian flow problems, which use the SIMPLE algorithm to solve the discretised set of equations, and have matured over the years. By regularising the Bingham constitutive equation it is easy to extend such a solver to Bingham flows since all that this requires is to modify the viscosity function. This is a tempting approach, since it requires minimum programming effort and makes available all the existing features of the mature finite volume solver. On the other hand, regularisation introduces a parameter which controls the error in addition to the grid spacing, and makes it difficult to locate the yield surfaces. Furthermore, the equations become stiffer and more difficu...

  13. First results of the deployment of a SoLid detector module at the SCK-CEN BR2 reactor

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    Ryder, Nick

    2015-01-01

    The SoLid experiment aims to resolve the reactor neutrino anomaly by searching for electron-to-sterile anti-neutrino oscillations. The search will be performed between 5.5 and 10 m from the highly enriched uranium core of the BR2 reactor at SCK-CEN. The experiment utilises a novel approach to anti-neutrino detection based on a highly segmented, composite scintillator detector design. High experimental sensitivity can be achieved using a combination of high neutron-gamma discrimination using 6 LiF:ZnS(Ag) and precise localisation of the inverse beta decay products. This compact detector system requires limited passive shielding as it relies on spacial topology to determine the different classes of backgrounds. The first full scale, 288 kg, detector module was deployed at the BR2 reactor in November 2014. A phased three tonne experimental deployment will begin in the second half of 2016, allowing a precise search for oscillations that will resolve the reactor anomaly using a three tonne detector running for thr...

  14. Gastight and liquid tight seal of the metal pole sleeve of a battery with a plastic lid. Gas- und fluessigkeitsdichte Abdichtung der metallischen Polbuchse eines Akkumulators zum Kunststoffdeckel

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    Holland, G.

    1982-04-22

    The connection between cell lid and pole sleeve can leak particularly under thermal load. The advance according to the information is that the lid is solidly connected or made in one piece with a counter-bearing box projecting on the inside. At least 1 circular groove for a silicon or neoprene rubber sealing ring is cut out of the inside of the counter-bearing box or the outside of the pole sleeve. Additional notches etc can be milled for further sealing, which accommodate either elastic washers, or elastic acid and oil resistant sealing compound (Vaseline, bitumen etc.). A sliding space is provided at the end of the pole sleeve projecting at the outside, where if mechanical forces and/or increased gas pressure occur, the pole sleeve permits movement with the gastight welded pole, without leaking.

  15. Dominant Lid Tectonics behaviour of continental lithosphere in Precambrian times: Palaeomagnetism confirms prolonged quasi-integrity and absence of supercontinent cycles

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    J.D.A. Piper

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Although Plate Tectonics cannot be effectively tested by palaeomagnetism in the Precambrian aeon due to the paucity of high precision poles spanning such a long time period, the possibility of Lid Tectonics is eminently testable because it seeks accordance of the wider dataset over prolonged intervals of time; deficiencies and complexities in the data merely contribute to dispersion. Accordance of palaeomagnetic poles across a quasi-integral continental crust for time periods of up to thousands of millions of years, together with recognition of very long intervals characterised by minimal polar motions (∼2.6–2.0, ∼1.5–1.25 and ∼0.75–0.6 Ga has been used to demonstrate that Lid Tectonics dominated this aeon. The new PALEOMAGIA database is used to refine a model for the Precambrian lid incorporating a large quasi-integral crescentric core running from South-Central Africa through Laurentia to Siberia with peripheral cratons subject to reorganisation at ∼2.1, ∼1.6 and ∼1.1 Ga. The model explains low levels of tidal friction, reduced heat balance, unique petrologic and isotopic signatures, and the prolonged crustal stability of Earth's “Middle Age”, whilst density concentrations of the palaeomagnetic poles show that the centre of the continental lid was persistently focussed near Earth's rotation axis from ∼2.8 to 0.6 Ga. The exception was the ∼2.7–2.2 Ga interval defined by ∼90° polar movements which translated the periphery of the lid to the rotation pole for this quasi-static period, a time characterised by glaciation and low levels of magmatic activity; the ∼2.7 Ga shift correlates with key interval of mid-Archaean crustal growth to some 60–70% of the present volume and REE signatures whilst the ∼2.2 Ga shift correlates with the Lomagundi δ13 C and Great Oxygenation events. The palaeomagnetic signature of breakup of the lid at ∼0.6 Ga is recorded by the world-wide Ediacaran development of passive

  16. Mössbauer spectra obtained using β − γ coincidence method after {sup 57}Mn implantation into LiH and LiD

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    Sato, Y.; Kobayashi, Y., E-mail: kyoshio@pc.uec.ac.jp [University of Electro-Communication, Graduate School of Engineering and Science (Japan); Yamada, Y. [Tokyo University of Science, Department of Chemistry (Japan); Kubo, M. K. [International Christian University, Division of Arts Science (Japan); Mihara, M. [Osaka University, Graduate School of Science (Japan); Nagatomo, T. [RIKEN, Nishina Center Accelerator Based Science (Japan); Sato, W. [Kanazawa University, Department of Chemistry (Japan); Miyazaki, J. [Tokyo University Agri. Technology, Department of Chemistry and Engineering (Japan); Tanigawa, S.; Natori, D. [University of Electro-Communication, Graduate School of Engineering and Science (Japan); Sato, S.; Kitagawa, A. [National Institute Radiological Sciences (NIRS) (Japan)

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    Highly energetic {sup 57}Mn (T{sub 1/2} = 1.45 m) was generated by nuclear projectile fragmentation in a heavy-ion accelerator, and implanted into lithium hydride (LiH) and lithium deuteride (LiD) at 578 K. Mössbauer spectroscopy with β − γ coincidence detection was then carried out on the {sup 57}Fe obtained from β{sup −}decay of the {sup 57}Mn to study the time dependence of the site distributions and coordination environments of dilute Fe atoms implanted in the LiH and LiD. The results suggest that the Fe atoms can substitute for either the Li and H or D atoms within 100 ns. Additionally, the displacement behavior of the substitutional {sup 57}Fe atoms on the lattice sites is discussed.

  17. The determinants of trichiasis recurrence differ at one and two years following lid surgery in Vietnam: A community-based intervention study

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    Rajiv Khandekar

    2009-01-01

    Results : Fifty-six eyes developed recurrence at one year with adjusted prevalence of 8.8% (95% CI 6.60-11.01. One hundred and one eyes [15.9% (95% CI 13.04-18.72] had recurrence two years following surgery. Female gender, older age group, study area, severe grade of trachomatous scarring (TS, past history of lid surgery, postoperative suture adjustment and surgeon were risk factors for recurrence at the end of one year. Study area and previous lid surgery were risk factors for recurrence in the second year. Recurrence at one year could be predicted if study area and severity of Trachomatous Scarring (TS are known. Conclusions : One and two year recurrence rates with modified Cuenod Nataf lid surgeries for TT in Vietnam were acceptably low. Early recurrence could be reduced by proper case selection. However, late recurrence seems to be dependent on interaction of risk factors. Only age of the patient was the reliable predictor of recurrence.

  18. Degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis with neurogenic intermittent claudication and treatment with the Aperius PercLID System: a preliminary report.

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    Galarza, Marcelo; Fabrizi, Anthony P; Maina, Raffaella; Gazzeri, Roberto; Martínez-Lage, Juan F

    2010-06-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate whether clinical improvement is noticeable after a minimally invasive procedure such as that used with the Aperius PercLID System in patients with degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (DLSS) and neurogenic intermittent claudication (NIC). The patients were treated with the aforementioned system at 3 different centers. The initial requirement to be included in the study was a minimum follow-up of 12 months. The authors studied 40 cases of DLSS in patients with NIC (age 72.7 +/- 8.08 years). Symptom severity, physical function, quality of life, and self-rated pain were assessed preoperatively and at the 12-month follow-up using the Zurich Claudication Questionnaire (ZCQ) and a visual analog scale. The procedure was conducted under spinal (35 patients) or local (5 patients) anesthesia, using biplanar fluoroscopy for visualization. Single-level treatment was performed in 28 patients and 2-level treatment was performed in 12 patients. Based on time recordings in 24 cases, the mean procedural time was 19.9 +/- 5.0 minutes. The mean pain visual analog scale score improved significantly from 8.1 +/- 2.19 at baseline to 3.44 +/- 2.89 at the 1-year follow-up. The ZCQ score for patient satisfaction showed 90% of the patients being satisfied with the procedure. The mean rates of improvement in ZCQ score for symptom severity and physical function at 1 year were 38.7 +/- 33.3% and 33.8 +/- 29.7%, respectively, and both proved to be statistically significant. Most improvement was seen in mobility, pain/discomfort, and ability for self-care. In this preliminary study, the Aperius system provided clinically significant improvement after 1 year of follow-up in patients older than 65 years with DLSS and NIC.

  19. Evaluation of lid speculum with a drape (LiDrape® for preventing surgical-field contamination

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    Urano T

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Toru Urano,1 Masataka Kasaoka,1 Kimitaka Sagawa,2 Ryoji Yamakawa1 1Department of Ophthalmology, Kurume University School of Medicine, 2Department of Laboratory Medicine, Kurume University Hospital, Kurume, Japan Purpose: To compare the degree of surgical-field contamination in cataract surgeries between a new draping method using a lid speculum with a drape (LiDrape® and a conventional draping method. Methods: Cataract surgery was performed on 21 eyes using LiDrape® (LiDrape® group and on 22 eyes using a conventional draping method (conventional group. Contamination was evaluated by bacterial culture of conjunctival sac scrapings and ocular surface irrigation fluid. Conjunctival sac scrapings were collected before and after application of preoperative antibiotics. Ocular surface irrigation fluid was collected before incision placement and during surgery. Bacterial detection rate and types of organisms isolated at these four time points were examined. Results: Bacterial detection rates were significantly decreased in the LiDrape® group at all time points after the application of antibiotics compared with preapplication. Regarding between-group comparisons, the bacterial detection rate in the LiDrape® group was only significantly lower than that in the conventional group in the intraoperative sample. Propionibacterium acnes was the most common organism isolated from ocular surface irrigation fluid. The number of P. acnes in the intraoperative sample was significantly lower in the LiDrape® group compared with the conventional group. There were no significant differences in detection rates for other bacteria between the groups. Conclusion: LiDrape® was as effective as conventional draping for preventing surgical-field contamination. The number of P. acnes during surgery was significantly lower in the LiDrape® group compared with the conventional group, suggesting that LiDrape® may contribute to the prevention of postoperative infection

  20. Inspection of the lids of shallowly buried concrete structures based on the propagation of surface waves- PART II

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    Tremblay, Simon-Pierre; Karray, Mourad; Chekired, Mohamed; Bessette, Carole; Jinga, Livius

    2018-01-01

    The possibility of performing the inspection of an underground structure directly from the surface of the soil would be advantageous for the inspection of various type of underground utility structures present in modern cities. In part I, the behavior of elastic waves propagating in a soil profile containing a shallowly buried underground concrete utility structure was studied and it was found that it is possible to evaluate the condition of the surface of the lid of such structures based on the propagation velocity of elastic waves. The part II follows from the work that was previously performed to develop a nondestructive technique for the inspection of shallowly buried utility structures based on the propagation of elastic waves. First, the three-dimensional finite difference method implemented in the software Fast Lagrangian Analysis of Continuum was used to model an underground concrete structure to show how the presence of a manhole and of a pavement at the surface of the soil affect the propagation of elastic waves. Second, a receiver configuration typically used in three-dimensional seismic surveys is presented and its effectiveness is tested on three different existing underground structures. The signals collected during the field tests are analyzed independently in the velocity-frequency plane using an adaptive signal processing technique. The velocity-frequency representation of each signal is then used to identify the different elastic waves and to calculate their group velocities. Third, the variation of the group velocity at the surface of the three concrete structures is presented in the form of two-dimensional contour maps that enabled the detection of anomalies on the surface of two of these structures. Finally, it is shown how the collected data can be used to obtain a three-dimensional tomography representative of the condition of the surface of an underground structure.

  1. Tracking the evolution of mantle sources with incompatible element ratios in stagnant-lid and plate-tectonic planets

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    Condie, Kent C.; Shearer, Charles K.

    2017-09-01

    The distribution of high field strength incompatible element ratios Zr/Nb, Nb/Th, Th/Yb and Nb/Yb in terrestrial oceanic basalts prior to 2.7 Ga suggests the absence or near-absence of an enriched mantle reservoir. Instead, most oceanic basalts reflect a variably depleted mantle source similar in composition to primitive mantle. In contrast, basalts from hydrated mantle sources (like those associated with subduction) exist from 4 Ga onwards. The gradual appearance of enriched mantle between 2 and 3 Ga may reflect the onset and propagation of plate tectonics around the globe. Prior to 3 Ga, Earth may have been in a stagnant-lid regime with most basaltic magmas coming from a rather uniform, variably depleted mantle source or from a non-subduction hydrated mantle source. It was not until the extraction of continental crust and accompanying propagation of plate tectonics that ;modern type; enriched and depleted mantle reservoirs developed. Consistent with the absence of plate tectonics on the Moon is the near absence of basalts derived from depleted (DM) and enriched (EM) mantle reservoirs as defined by the four incompatible element ratios of this study. An exception are Apollo 17 basalts, which may come from a mixed source with a composition similar to primitive mantle as one end member and a high-Nb component as the other end member. With exception of Th, which requires selective enrichment in at least parts of the martian mantle, most martian meteorites can be derived from sources similar to terrestrial primitive mantle or by mixing of enriched and depleted mantle end members produced during magma ocean crystallization. Earth, Mars and the Moon exhibit three very different planetary evolution paths. The mantle source regions for Mars and the Moon are ancient and have HFS element signatures of magma ocean crystallization well-preserved, and differences in these signatures reflect magma ocean crystallization under two distinct pressure regimes. In contrast, plate

  2. Plutonic-squishy lid and beyond: implications of intrusive magmatism and characterization of a new global-tectonic regime on Earth-like planets

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    Louro Lourenço, Diogo; Rozel, Antoine; Ballmer, Maxim; Tackley, Paul

    2017-04-01

    -plastic rheology: stagnant-lid regime (a one-plate planet), episodic lid (where the lithosphere is unstable and frequently overturns into the mantle), and mobile-lid regime (similar to plate tectonics). At high intrusion efficiencies, we observe and characterise a new additional regime called here "plutonic-squishy lid". This regime is characterised by a set of strong plates separated by warm and weak regions due to plutonism. Eclogitic drippings and lithospheric delaminations often occur around these weak regions. These processes lead to significant surface velocities, even if subduction is not active. The location of plate boundaries is strongly time-dependent and mainly occurs in magma intrusion regions. This regime is also distinctive because it generates a thin lithosphere, which results in high conductive heat fluxes and lower internal temperatures when compared to a stagnant lid. The plutonic-squishy-lid regime has the potential to be applicable to the Archean Earth and Venus, as it combines elements of both protoplate tectonic and vertical tectonic models, such as horizontal plate motion and reprocessing of the lithosphere for the former, and lithospheric diapirism, volcanism, and basal delamination for the later.

  3. Photochemical modification and patterning of SU-8 using Anthraquinone photolinkers

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    Blagoi, Gabriela; Keller, Stephan Urs; Persson, Karl Fredrik

    2008-01-01

    of micropatterned AQ molecules is improved to 1.5 μm when a collimated light source is used. This micropatterning process will be important for the functionalization of MEMS-based biosensors. The method saves several processing steps and can be integrated in cleanroom fabrication thus avoiding contamination...

  4. Simulation of SU-8 frequency-driven scratch drive actuators

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    Conchouso Gonzalez, David

    2013-04-01

    This paper presents the simulation of Scratch Drive Actuators (SDAs) for micro-robotic applications. SDAs use electrostatic forces to generate motion on top of an interdigitated electrode array. The purpose of this investigation is to evaluate several design geometries and micro-actuator configurations using ConventorWare®\\'s finite element analysis module. The study performed investigates the SDAs modal and electrostatic behavior and the effects of linking two or more SDAs together in a microrobot device. In addition, the interdigitated electrode array performance, used for power delivery, was studied by changing the thickness of its dielectric layer. We present our observations based on these studies, which will aid in the understanding and development of future SDA designs. © 2013 IEEE.

  5. SU-8 photoresist-derived electrospun carbon nanofibres as high ...

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    Author Affiliations. M KAKUNURI1 S KAUSHIK1 A SAINI1 C S SHARMA1. Creative and Advanced Research Based On Nanomaterials (CARBON) Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, Kandi 502285, India ...

  6. SU-8 photoresist-derived electrospun carbon nanofibres as high ...

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    2017-06-09

    Jun 9, 2017 ... Carbon nanofibres (CNF), due to their advantages like large surface area and thus enhanced interface of electrolyte and active material surface, short Li ion transport distances and high resilience to volume expansion during cycling even at high current densities, have drawn a great attention for being used ...

  7. Numerical Simulations of the Square Lid Driven Cavity Flow of Bingham Fluids Using Nonconforming Finite Elements Coupled with a Direct Solver

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    Mahmood, R.; Kousar, N.; Yaqub, M.; Jabeen, K.

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, numerical simulations are performed in a single and double lid driven square cavity to study the flow of a Bingham viscoplastic fluid. The governing equations are discretized with the help of finite element method in space and the nonconforming Stokes element Q~1/Q0 is utilized which gives 2nd-order accuracy for velocity and 1st-order accuracy for pressure. The discretized systems of nonlinear equations are treated by using the Newton method and the inner linear subproablems ar...

  8. Start-up flow in a three-dimensional lid-driven cavity by means of a massively parallel direction splitting algorithm

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    Guermond, J. L.

    2011-05-04

    The purpose of this paper is to validate a new highly parallelizable direction splitting algorithm. The parallelization capabilities of this algorithm are illustrated by providing a highly accurate solution for the start-up flow in a three-dimensional impulsively started lid-driven cavity of aspect ratio 1×1×2 at Reynolds numbers 1000 and 5000. The computations are done in parallel (up to 1024 processors) on adapted grids of up to 2 billion nodes in three space dimensions. Velocity profiles are given at dimensionless times t=4, 8, and 12; at least four digits are expected to be correct at Re=1000. © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  9. ADS-5102 (Amantadine) Extended-Release Capsules for Levodopa-Induced Dyskinesia in Parkinson Disease (EASE LID Study): A Randomized Clinical Trial.

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    Pahwa, Rajesh; Tanner, Caroline M; Hauser, Robert A; Isaacson, Stuart H; Nausieda, Paul A; Truong, Daniel D; Agarwal, Pinky; Hull, Keith L; Lyons, Kelly E; Johnson, Reed; Stempien, Mary Jean

    2017-08-01

    Medical treatment of levodopa-induced dyskinesia (LID) in Parkinson disease (PD) is an unmet need. To evaluate the efficacy and safety of ADS-5102 (amantadine) extended-release 274-mg capsules for treatment of LID in patients with PD. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted between May 7, 2014, and July 22, 2015, at 44 North American sites among patients with PD treated with levodopa who experienced at least 1 hour of troublesome dyskinesia per day with at least mild functional impact. Patients were randomized to receive placebo or 274 mg of ADS-5102 administered orally at bedtime for up to 25 weeks. The primary efficacy analysis was the change from baseline to week 12 in the Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale total score for ADS-5102 vs placebo in the modified intent-to-treat population. OFF time (amount of time the PD medication is not controlling motor symptoms) was a key secondary end point. Safety analyses included all patients who received the study drug (ADS-5102 or placebo). A total of 189 patients were screened, and 126 were randomized; the modified intent-to-treat population included 121 patients (51 women and 70 men; mean [SD] age, 64.7 [9.1] years). At week 12, the least-squares mean (SE) change in the Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale score was -15.9 (1.6) for ADS-5102 (n = 63) and -8.0 (1.6) for placebo (n = 58) (treatment difference, -7.9; 95% CI, -12.5 to -3.3; P < .001). OFF time decreased by a mean (SE) of 0.6 (0.3) hours for ADS-5102 and increased by 0.3 (0.3) hours for placebo (treatment difference, -0.9 hours; 95% CI, -1.6 to -0.2; P = .02). Common adverse events for ADS-5102 vs placebo included visual hallucinations (15 [23.8%] vs 1 [1.7%]), peripheral edema (15 [23.8%] vs 0), and dizziness (14 [22.2%] vs 0). Adverse events led to treatment discontinuation for 13 patients receiving ADS-5102 (20.6%) vs 4 patients receiving placebo (6.9%). ADS-5102, 274 mg at bedtime, may be an effective treatment

  10. Hybrid LBM-MRT model coupled with finite difference method for double-diffusive mixed convection in rectangular enclosure with insulated moving lid

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    Bettaibi, Soufiene; Kuznik, Frédéric; Sediki, Ezeddine

    2016-02-01

    This paper presents a numerical study of thermosolutal mixed convection in rectangular enclosure with sliding top lid. The fluid flow is solved by the multiple relaxation time (MRT) lattice Boltzmann method (LBM), whereas the temperature and concentration fields are computed by finite difference method (FDM). The main objective of this study is to investigate the accuracy and the effectiveness of such model to predict thermodynamics for heat and mass transfer in a driven cavity. This model is validated with different numerical methods in the current literature. A good agreement is obtained between our results and previous works. The different comparisons demonstrate the robustness and the accuracy of the proposed approach.

  11. A Comparison of Runoff Quantity and Quality from Two Small Basins Undergoing Implementation of Conventional and Low-Impact-Development (LID) Strategies: Cross Plains, Wisconsin, Water Years 1999-2005

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    Selbig, William R.; Bannerman, Roger T.

    2008-01-01

    Environmental managers are often faced with the task of designing strategies to accommodate development while minimizing adverse environmental impacts. Low-impact development (LID) is one such strategy that attempts to mitigate environmental degradation commonly associated with impervious surfaces. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, studied two residential basins in Cross Plains, Wis., during water years 1999?2005. A paired-basin study design was used to compare runoff quantity and quality from the two basins, one of which was developed in a conventional way and the other was developed with LID. The conventional-developed basin (herein called ?conventional basin?) consisted of curb and gutter, 40-foot street widths, and a fully connected stormwater-conveyance system. The LID basin consisted of grassed swales, reduced impervious area (32-foot street widths), street inlets draining to grass swales, a detention pond, and an infiltration basin. Data collected in the LID basin represented predevelopment through near-complete build-out conditions. Smaller, more frequent precipitation events that produced stormwater discharge from the conventional basin were retained in the LID basin. Only six events with precipitation depths less than or equal to 0.4 inch produced measurable discharge from the LID basin. Of these six events, five occurred during winter months when underlying soils are commonly frozen, and one was likely a result of saturated soil from a preceding storm. In the conventional basin, the number of discharge events, using the same threshold of precipitation depth, was 180, with nearly one-half of those resulting from precipitation depths less than 0.2 inch. Precipitation events capable of producing appreciable discharge in the LID basin were typically those of high intensity or precipitation depth or those that occurred after soils were already saturated. Total annual discharge volume measured from

  12. Fabrication and loading of microcontainers for oral drug delivery

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    Petersen, Ritika Singh

    Oral drug delivery is considered as the most patient compliant delivery route. However, it faces many obstacles, especially due to the ever-increasing number of drugs that are poorly soluble and barely absorbed in the gastro-intestinal tract. Moreover, drugs can degrade in the harsh acidic...... environment of stomach before they reach the intestine. These issues lead to reduced bioavailability of active ingredients. To combat that novel oral drug delivery systems have been developed. Some of these systems that have gained significant interest in this field are reservoir based drug delivery...... microfabrication methods with materials such as Si and photoresists. However, there is a need to shift from these materials towards biocompatible and biodegradable polymers such as poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA) or poly-e-caprolactone (PCL). Hot embossing is one of the most viable and matured methods to fabricate...

  13. Fabrication and loading of microcontainers for oral drug delivery

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    Petersen, Ritika Singh

    is an important loop diuretic drug with low solubility and permeability is used as a model drug and embedded in a PCL matrix. The crystallinity of the drug is tailored by the process parameters of spin coating. Release profiles ranging from rapid burst release to sustained zero-order release are obtained......Oral drug delivery is considered as the most patient compliant delivery route. However, it faces many obstacles, especially due to the ever-increasing number of drugs that are poorly soluble and barely absorbed in the gastro-intestinal tract. Moreover, drugs can degrade in the harsh acidic...... microfabrication methods with materials such as Si and photoresists. However, there is a need to shift from these materials towards biocompatible and biodegradable polymers such as poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA) or poly-e-caprolactone (PCL). Hot embossing is one of the most viable and matured methods to fabricate...

  14. Effects of a New Eyelid Shampoo on Lid Hygiene and Eyelash Length in Patients with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction: A Comparative Open Study

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    Asuka Kobayashi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD can lead to abnormalities in the composition and function of tear film, resulting in dry eye. Eyelid hygiene is a key to management of MGD. We tested a novel eyelid shampoo (Eye Shampoo Long, ESL for its ability to maintain lid hygiene. This shampoo is nonirritating and can potentially lengthen eyelashes. This study was aimed to evaluate the efficacy of ESL in the treatment of MGD and its effects on eyelash length. Methods. Ten patients with MGD and 10 healthy subjects without MGD applied ESL twice daily for 8 weeks. Patients were examined for lid margin and dry eye before and after the trial. Subjective symptoms were evaluated. Eyelash length was measured at baseline and at the end of the trial. Results. In the MGD group, significant improvements were observed in subjective symptoms obstruction of the meibomian orifice, secretion of meibum, eyelashes contamination, eyelid margin foam, and SPK. Eyelash length became significantly longer. Conclusions. Maintaining eyelid hygiene using ESL improved the eyelid margins and symptoms of dry eye in MGD patients and increased eyelash length. These findings are promising and warrant confirmation in a larger randomized controlled study.

  15. Effects of a New Eyelid Shampoo on Lid Hygiene and Eyelash Length in Patients with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction: A Comparative Open Study.

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    Kobayashi, Asuka; Ide, Takeshi; Fukumoto, Teruki; Miki, Emiko; Tsubota, Kazuo; Toda, Ikuko

    2016-01-01

    Purpose . Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) can lead to abnormalities in the composition and function of tear film, resulting in dry eye. Eyelid hygiene is a key to management of MGD. We tested a novel eyelid shampoo (Eye Shampoo Long, ESL) for its ability to maintain lid hygiene. This shampoo is nonirritating and can potentially lengthen eyelashes. This study was aimed to evaluate the efficacy of ESL in the treatment of MGD and its effects on eyelash length. Methods . Ten patients with MGD and 10 healthy subjects without MGD applied ESL twice daily for 8 weeks. Patients were examined for lid margin and dry eye before and after the trial. Subjective symptoms were evaluated. Eyelash length was measured at baseline and at the end of the trial. Results . In the MGD group, significant improvements were observed in subjective symptoms obstruction of the meibomian orifice, secretion of meibum, eyelashes contamination, eyelid margin foam, and SPK. Eyelash length became significantly longer. Conclusions . Maintaining eyelid hygiene using ESL improved the eyelid margins and symptoms of dry eye in MGD patients and increased eyelash length. These findings are promising and warrant confirmation in a larger randomized controlled study.

  16. Effects of selected low-impact-development (LID) techniques on water quality and quantity in the Ipswich River Basin, Massachusetts-Field and modeling studies

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    Zimmerman, Marc J.; Barbaro, Jeffrey R.; Sorenson, Jason R.; Waldron, Marcus C.

    2010-01-01

    During the months of August and September, flows in the Ipswich River, Massachusetts, dramatically decrease largely due to groundwater withdrawals needed to meet increased residential and commercial water demands. In the summer, rates of groundwater recharge are lower than during the rest of the year, and water demands are higher. From 2005 to 2008, the U.S. Geological Survey, in a cooperative funding agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, monitored small-scale installations of low-impact-development (LID) enhancements designed to diminish the effects of storm runoff on the quantity and quality of surface water and groundwater. Funding for the studies also was contributed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Targeted Watersheds Grant Program through a financial assistance agreement with Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The monitoring studies examined the effects of (1) replacing an impervious parking lot surface with a porous surface on groundwater quality, (2) installing rain gardens and porous pavement in a neighborhood of 3 acres on the quantity and quality of stormwater runoff, and (3) installing a 3,000-square foot (ft2) green roof on the quantity and quality of stormwater runoff. In addition, the effects of broad-scale implementation of LID techniques, reduced water withdrawals, and water-conservation measures on streamflow in large areas of the basin were simulated using the U.S. Geological Survey's Ipswich River Basin model. From June 2005 to 2007, groundwater quality was monitored at the Silver Lake town beach parking lot in Wilmington, MA, prior to and following the replacement of the conventional, impervious-asphalt surface with a porous surface consisting primarily of porous asphalt and porous pavers. Changes in the concentrations of the water-quality constituents, phosphorus, nitrogen, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, nickel, zinc, and total petroleum hydrocarbons, were monitored

  17. Botulinum toxin paralysis of the orbicularis oculi muscle. Types and time course of alterations in muscle structure, physiology and lid kinematics.

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    Horn, A K; Porter, J D; Evinger, C

    1993-01-01

    In chronically prepared guinea pigs, we investigated the time course of botulinum toxin A's (Bot A) effect on the blink reflex by monitoring lid movements and EMG activity prior to and after Bot A injection into the orbicularis oculi muscle (OOemg), or after nerve crush of the zygomatic nerve. We correlated these alterations with the morphological changes of the orbicularis oculi (lid-closing) muscles of the same animals. After Bot A treatment there was a profound reduction of OOemg activity and blink amplitudes as well as a slowing of maximum blink down-phase velocity. Blink up-phases, however, remained unchanged. Gradual recovery of OOemg magnitude and blink amplitude started around day 6; a functioning blink reflex appeared on day 21, and full recovery of blink amplitude occurred by day 42. Crushing the zygomatic branch of the facial nerve produced similar changes in blink parameters, but recovery was much more rapid (15 days) than for Bot A-treated guinea pigs. The morphological analysis demonstrated that Bot A produced a denervation-like atrophy in the orbicularis oculi. No fiber type-specific alterations were noted, and all muscle fiber types ultimately recovered, with no longstanding consequences of the transient denervation. Our findings support the notion that functional recovery was the result of preterminal and terminal axonal sprouting that subsequently re-established functional innervation. Moreover, differences between the present findings and those seen after injection of Bot A into the extraocular muscles strongly support the hypothesis that the composition in terms of muscle fiber type and the properties of the motor control system of a given muscle greatly influence both how the particular muscle responds to toxin injection, and how effective the toxin is in resolution of neuromuscular disorders that affect a particular muscle. The present findings were consistent with clinical observations that Bot A produces only temporary relief in patients

  18. Numerical Simulations of the Square Lid Driven Cavity Flow of Bingham Fluids Using Nonconforming Finite Elements Coupled with a Direct Solver

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    R. Mahmood

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, numerical simulations are performed in a single and double lid driven square cavity to study the flow of a Bingham viscoplastic fluid. The governing equations are discretized with the help of finite element method in space and the nonconforming Stokes element Q~1/Q0 is utilized which gives 2nd-order accuracy for velocity and 1st-order accuracy for pressure. The discretized systems of nonlinear equations are treated by using the Newton method and the inner linear subproablems are solved by the direct solver UMFPACK. A qualitative comparison is done with the results reported in the literature. In addition to these comparisons, some new reference data for the kinetic energy is generated. All these implementations are done in the open source software package FEATFLOW which is a general purpose finite element based solver package for solving partial differential equations.

  19. The {sup 7}Li(d, p){sup 8}Li reaction in inverse kinematics at 5.44 MeV/u

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    Pakou, A.; Aslanoglou, X.; Sgouros, O.; Soukeras, V. [The University of Ioannina, Department of Physics and HINP, Ioannina (Greece); Keeley, N. [National Centre for Nuclear Research, Otwock (Poland); Cappuzzello, F. [INFN Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Catania (Italy); Universita di Catania, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Catania (Italy); Acosta, L. [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Instituto de Fisica, Mexico City (Mexico); INFN Sezione di Catania, Catania (Italy); Agodi, C.; Calabrese, S.; Carbone, D.; Cavallaro, M. [INFN Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Catania (Italy); Foti, A. [Universita di Catania, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Catania (Italy); INFN Sezione di Catania, Catania (Italy); Marquinez-Duran, G.; Martel, I. [Universidad de Huelva, Departamento de Ciencias Integradas, Facultad de Ciencias Experimentales, Campus de El Carmen, Huelva (Spain); Mazzocco, M.; Strano, E. [Universita di Padova, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Padova (Italy); INFN Sezione di Padova, Padova (Italy); Parascandolo, C.; Pierroutsakou, D. [INFN Sezione di Napoli, Napoli (Italy); Rusek, K. [University of Warsaw, Heavy Ion Laboratory, Warsaw (Poland); Zagatto, V.A.B. [Instituto de Fisica da Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, RJ (Brazil)

    2017-08-15

    New data are presented for the {sup 7}Li(d, p){sup 8}Li stripping reaction which, together with previously reported elastic scattering data taken in the same experiment, provide a coherent set. These data, plus existing measurements of the elastic scattering and stripping at 6 MeV/u were analysed within the same coupled reaction channels scheme. Good descriptions of the stripping data to the 0.0 MeV 2{sup +} and 0.98 MeV 1{sup +} states of {sup 8}Li were obtained using a set of left angle {sup 8}Li vertical stroke {sup 7}Li + n right angle overlaps taken from the literature, provided that the elastic scattering was also well described. Multi-step reaction paths made significant contributions to the description of the larger angle data. The asymptotic normalisation coefficients are compared with previous determinations. (orig.)

  20. Selective inhibitors of bacterial t-RNA-(N(1)G37) methyltransferase (TrmD) that demonstrate novel ordering of the lid domain.

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    Hill, Pamela J; Abibi, Ayome; Albert, Robert; Andrews, Beth; Gagnon, Moriah M; Gao, Ning; Grebe, Tyler; Hajec, Laurel I; Huang, Jian; Livchak, Stephania; Lahiri, Sushmita D; McKinney, David C; Thresher, Jason; Wang, Hongming; Olivier, Nelson; Buurman, Ed T

    2013-09-26

    The tRNA-(N(1)G37) methyltransferase (TrmD) is essential for growth and highly conserved in both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial pathogens. Additionally, TrmD is very distinct from its human orthologue TRM5 and thus is a suitable target for the design of novel antibacterials. Screening of a collection of compound fragments using Haemophilus influenzae TrmD identified inhibitory, fused thieno-pyrimidones that were competitive with S-adenosylmethionine (SAM), the physiological methyl donor substrate. Guided by X-ray cocrystal structures, fragment 1 was elaborated into a nanomolar inhibitor of a broad range of Gram-negative TrmD isozymes. These compounds demonstrated no activity against representative human SAM utilizing enzymes, PRMT1 and SET7/9. This is the first report of selective, nanomolar inhibitors of TrmD with demonstrated ability to order the TrmD lid in the absence of tRNA.

  1. Mixed convection in thermally anisotropic non-Darcy porous medium in double lid-driven cavity using Bejan’s heatlines

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    Sameh E. Ahmed

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses the problem of mixed convection in two-sided lid-driven enclosures saturated non-Darcy porous medium. The vertical walls of the cavity were kept thermally insulated. The bottom wall is cooled while the top wall is uniformly heated. The bottom and the top walls are moving in opposite direction. The governing equations were solved using finite volume method with SIMPLE algorithm. A new form for the heat function was derived. The obtained results were presented in contours maps for the streamlines, the isotherms and the heat function. The profiles of the horizontal velocity component and the maximum values of vertical velocity components as well as the mean Nusselt number were presented graphically. It is found that, for the low values of the Richardson number, the forced convection plays a dominant role in the flow region. The increase in inverse Darcy number leads to decrease the mean Nusselt number.

  2. Numerical Study of Entropy Generation in Mixed MHD Convection in a Square Lid-Driven Cavity Filled with Darcy–Brinkman–Forchheimer Porous Medium

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    Rahma Bouabda

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available This investigation deals with the numerical simulation of entropy generation at mixed convection flow in a lid-driven saturated porous cavity submitted to a magnetic field. The magnetic field is applied in the direction that is normal to the cavity cross section. The governing equations, written in the Darcy–Brinkman–Forchheimer formulation, are solved using a numerical code based on the Control Volume Finite Element Method. The flow structure and heat transfer are presented in the form of streamlines, isotherms and average Nusselt number. The entropy generation was studied for various values of Darcy number (10−3 ≤ Da ≤ 1 and for a range of Hartmann number (0 ≤ Ha ≤ 102. It was found that entropy generation is affected by the variations of the considered dimensionless physical parameters. Moreover, the form drag related to the Forchheimer effect remains significant until a critical Hartmann number value.

  3. [Procedures according to data protection laws for coupling primary and secondary data in a cohort study: the lidA study].

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    March, S; Rauch, A; Thomas, D; Bender, S; Swart, E

    2012-12-01

    In the German health service research there exists, unlike in labour market research, no experience with the combination of personal primary and secondary data. One of the reasons for this is, among other things, data protection. The lidA cohort study analyses persons in employment (excluding civil servants and self-employed), born in 1959 and 1965. It is intended to give answers to questions from the health services research as well as from the labour market research. It relies on different primary and secondary data sources: survey data, process data from the Federal Employment Agency, aggregated and individual health insurance data. The experiences made in the lidA study, in addition to the data protection needs and the expenditures for the implementation, are summarised as "best practice". The procedure for the application process according to § 75 SGB X, the directive to develop data security concepts, the informed consent for the linkage of personal information are described and the importance of a transparent approach is explained. So far it has been shown that the preparation and approval process for the release of the actual data, both within the project consortium, but also with external parties such as health insurance companies or the responsible data protection officer, requires a major effort. In view of all the identified legal and organisational challenges, our findings should be extremely useful for answering different research questions in the fields of labour market and health services research. In combination with primary data, they may even represent a "gold standard" for epidemiology and health services research. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  4. A Page and Its Politics: Situating Kullinā Khālid Saʿīd in Egypt’s Ideological Landscape at the Time of Revolution

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    Woltering, R.; Abdulla, R.; Poell, T.; Rieder, B.; Zack, L.

    2015-01-01

    In discussions concerning the importance of social media in the 25January revolution, a central role is given to the "Kullinā Khālid Saʿīd" [We’re all Khaled Said] Facebook page. Using an advanced data collection and extraction application called Netvizz, a research team consisting of Arabists and

  5. Şeyh Hâlid Efendi’nin Divan’ında İnsan-ı Kâmil Düşüncesi

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    Prof.Dr. Kadir Özköse

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Mutasavvıf bir şair olarak Şeyh Hâlid’in muhatabı insandır. O insanın kemalini gaye edinmiş ve irfan mektebinde insanlık öğretisi ortaya koymuş bir sûfîdir. İnsanın sadece maddi yapısıyla ele alındığı asrımız öncesinde o, insanı madde ve mana, dünya ve ahiret, fert ve toplum, beden ve ruh cihetleriyle ele alıp bütüncül yaklaşmış bir gönül eridir. Makalede Şeyh Hâlid Efendi’nin varlık felsefesini ve varlıklar mertebesinde insanın konumuna bakışını ele almak istiyorum. Kâmil insanın arayışı içerisinde olan Şeyh Hâlid Efendi, insanın süflî duygulardan sıyrılıp fıtratına yolculuk yapmasını istemektedir. Küntü kenzen sırrına ermek için insanın safiyet kazanmasını önermektedir. Bir sûfî şair olarak insanın kemal kazanabilmesi için seyr u sülûk eğitimini gerçekleştirmesini, tasavvufî ahlaka bürünmesini, irfanî kimliğe sahip olmasını ve aşk estetiği kazanmasını önemsemektedir. Şeyh Mehmed Hâlid 1273/1856 yılında Sivas’ta doğmuş, Sivas Mekteb-i Rüştiyesi’nden mezun olmuş, 93 Harbine katılmış, 1880 yılında memuriyet hayatına atılıp 1899 yılına kadar Erbaa Bidayet Mahkemesi hakim yardımcılığı, Sivas Merkez savcı yardımcılığı, Darende Bidayet Mahkemesi hakim yardımcılığı, Darende Bidayet mahkemesi başkatipliği, 1896 tarihinde Darende Bidayet Mahkemesi sorgu hakimi muavinliği, Tonus/Altınyayla Bidayet Mahkemesi başkatipliği, Kuruçay Bidayet Mahkemesi sorgu hakimliği görevlerini deruhte etmiştir. 1931 tarihinde vefat edip Sivas Yukarı Tekke Mezarlığına defnedilmiştir.Üveysî meşrep bir isim olmakla birlikte Nakşbendiyye meşâyıhından Kastamonulu Ganizâde Mehmed Sâdık Baba’nın yanında seyr u sülûkunu tamamlamıştır. Şeyh Hâlid’in kaleme aldığı üç eseri bulunmaktadır. Bunlar; Hilafetnâme, Mektûbât ve Divan’dır. Şeyh Hâlid eserlerinde ana tema olarak tasavvuf konularını ele

  6. Structure of a conserved hypothetical protein SA1388 from S. aureus reveals a capped hexameric toroid with two PII domain lids and a dinuclear metal center

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    Saikatendu, Kumar Singh; Zhang, Xuejun; Kinch, Lisa; Leybourne, Matthew; Grishin, Nick V.; Zhang, Hong (Texas-D); (U. of Texas-SMED)

    2009-01-26

    The protein encoded by the SA1388 gene from Staphylococcus aureus was chosen for structure determination to elucidate its domain organization and confirm our earlier remote homology based prediction that it housed a nitrogen regulatory PII protein-like domain. SA1388 was predicted to contain a central PII-like domain and two flanking regions, which together belong to the NIF3-like protein family. Proteins like SA1388 remain a poorly studied group and their structural characterization could guide future investigations aimed at understanding their function. The structure of SA1388 has been solved to 2.0{angstrom} resolution by single wavelength anomalous dispersion phasing method using selenium anomalous signals. It reveals a canonical NIF3-like fold containing two domains with a PII-like domain inserted in the middle of the polypeptide. The N and C terminal halves of the NIF3-like domains are involved in dimerization, while the PII domain forms trimeric contacts with symmetry related monomers. Overall, the NIF3-like domains of SA1388 are organized as a hexameric toroid similar to its homologs, E. coli ybgI and the hypothetical protein SP1609 from Streptococcus pneumoniae. The openings on either side of the toroid are partially covered by trimeric 'lids' formed by the PII domains. The junction of the two NIF3 domains has two zinc ions bound at what appears to be a histidine rich active site. A well-defined electron density corresponding to an endogenously bound ligand of unknown identity is observed in close proximity to the metal site. SA1388 is the third member of the NIF3-like family of proteins to be structurally characterized, the other two also being hypothetical proteins of unknown function. The structure of SA1388 confirms our earlier prediction that the inserted domain that separates the two NIF3 domains adopts a PII-like fold and reveals an overall capped toroidal arrangement for the protein hexamer. The six PII-like domains form two trimeric

  7. Selective disruption of disulphide bonds lowered activation energy and improved catalytic efficiency in TALipB from Trichosporon asahii MSR54: MD simulations revealed flexible lid and extended substrate binding area in the mutant.

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    Singh, Yogesh; Gupta, Namita; Verma, Ved Vrat; Goel, Manisha; Gupta, Rani

    2016-03-25

    TALipB (33 kDa) is a solvent stable, enantioselective lipase from Trichosporon asahii MSR54. It is cysteine-rich and shows activation in presence of thiol reducing agents. DIANNA server predicted three disulphide bridges C53-C195 (S1), C89-C228 (S2) and C164-C254 (S3) in the enzyme. Selective disruption of disulphide bonds by cysteine to alanine mutations at Cys53 and Cys89 of S1 and S2 bonds resulted in enzyme activation. Mutant mTALipB (S1+S2) showed increase in specific activity by ∼4-fold (834 mM/mg) and improved Vmax of 6.27 μmol/ml/min at 40 °Con pNP caprate. Temperature optima of mTALipB shifted from 50 to 40 °C and activation energy decreased by 0.7 kcal mol(-1). However, the mutant was less thermostable with a t1/2 of 18 min at 60 °C as compared to t1/2 of 38 min for the native enzyme. Mutant also displayed an improved activity on all pNP esters and higher enantiomeric excess (61%) during esterification of (±) 1-phenylethanol. Far-UV CD analysis showed significant changes in secondary structure after S-S bridge disruption with 7.16% decrease in α-helices and 1.31% increase in β-sheets. In silico analysis predicted two lids (α5 and α9) in TALipB. Molecular dynamic simulations at 40 °C and 50 °C revealed that in the mTALipB, both the lids opened at 40 °C with clockwise and anticlockwise rotations in Lid1 and Lid2, respectively. In the native protein, however, the lid was only partially open even at 50 °C. Concomitant to lid flexibility, there was an extension of accessible catalytic triad surface area resulting in improved catalytic efficiency of the mutant enzyme. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Mixed Convection of Variable Properties Al2O3-EG-Water Nanofluid in a Two-Dimensional Lid-Driven Enclosure

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    G.A. Sheikhzadeh

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, mixed convection of Al2O3-EG-Water nanofluid in a square lid-driven enclosure is investigated numerically. The focus of this study is on the effects of variable thermophysical properties of the nanofluid on the heat transfer characteristics. The top moving and the bottom stationary horizontal walls are insulated, while the vertical walls are kept at different constant temperatures. The study is carried out for Richardson numbers of 0.01–1000, the solid volume fractions of 0–0.05 and the Grashof number of 104. The transport equations are solved numerically with a finite volume approach using the SIMPLER algorithm. The results show that the Nusselt number is mainly affected by the viscosity, density and conductivity variations. For low Richardson numbers, although viscosity increases by increasing the nanoparticles volume fraction, due to high intensity convection of enhanced conductivity nanofluid, the average Nusselt number increases for both constant and variable cases. However, for high Richardson numbers, as the volume fraction of nanoparticles increases heat transfer enhancement occurs for the constant properties cases but deterioration in heat transfer occurs for the variable properties cases. The distinction is due to underestimation of viscosity of the nanofluid by the constant viscosity model in the constant properties cases and states important effects of temperature dependency of thermophysical properties, in particular the viscosity distribution in the domain.

  9. Onset of transition from laminar to chaos in MHD mixed convection of a lid-driven trapezoidal cavity filled with Cu-water nanofluid

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    Azam, Mohammad, E-mail: azam09mebuet@gmail.com; Hasanuzzaman, Md., E-mail: hasanuzzaman138@gmail.com; Saha, Sumon, E-mail: sumonsaha@me.buet.ac.bd [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka 1000 (Bangladesh)

    2016-07-12

    The present study investigates the thermal mixing scenarios of steady magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) mixed convection in a two-dimensional lid-driven trapezoidal cavity filled with Cu-water nanofluid. The top wall of the cavity slides with a uniform velocity from left to right direction, while the other walls are fixed. The bottom wall is kept with a constant higher temperature than the top one. The governing mass, momentum and energy equations are expressed in non-dimensional forms and Galerkin finite element method has been employed to solve these equations. Special attention is paid on investigating the onset of transition from laminar to chaos at pure mixed convection case. Hence, the computations are carried out for a wide range of Reynolds numbers (Re = 0.1 − 400) and Grashof numbers (Gr = 10{sup −2} − 1.6 × 10{sup 5}) at unity Richardson number and fixed Hartmann number (Ha = 10). The variation of average Nusselt number of the bottom heated wall indicates the influence of governing parameters (Re and Gr) on heat transfer characteristics. The results are presented and explained through the visualisation of isotherms, streamlines and heatlines.

  10. Optimization of mixed convection in a lid-driven porous square cavity with internal elliptic shape adiabatic block and linearly heated side walls

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    Munshi, M. Jahirul Haque; Alim, M. A.; Bhuiyan, A. H.; Ali, M.

    2017-06-01

    The physical model considered here is a lid-driven porous square cavity with internal elliptic shape adiabatic block and linearly heated side walls. The top moving wall is well cold and set with uniform velocity. The bottom moving wall heated, linearly heated side walls and inside the elliptic shape adiabatic. The relevant parameters in the present study are Darcy number Da = 10-5-10-3, Grashof number Gr = 103-105, Reynolds number Re = 1-102 and Prandtl number Pr = 0.7. The isotherms are also almost symmetric at small Re with higher Gr (Gr = 105) and Da (Da = 10-3) and natural convection is found to be dominant whereas the isotherms are compressed near the left and bottom walls at higher Re for linearly heated side walls. The solution of these governing equations is obtained numerically with the finite element approach using the Galerkin method of weighted residuals. Results are presented in the form of streamlines, isotherms, Local Nusselt number, average Nusselt number, velocity and temperature for the afore mentioned parameters. The numerical results indicate the strong influence of the mentioned parameters on the flow structure and heat transfer as well as average Nusselt number. An optimum combination of the governing parameters would result in higher heat transfer.

  11. Ultrasonographically supported removal of foreign bodies of the eye lid and parapharyngeal space in a 13-year-old boy subjected to shot injuries in early childhood

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    Friedrich, Reinhard E.

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: B-scan ultrasonography is widely used in diagnostics of head and neck pathologies. Ultrasonography can be applied intraoperatively to identify foreign materials. Case report: This case report describes the ultrasonographic identification of foreign bodies of the eye lid and parapharyngeal space in an adolescent who was injured several years ago, obviously a victim of domestic violence. B-scan ultrasonography (small part transducer, emission frequency: 7.5 MHz proved to be a reliable tool to locate the foreign bodies. Ultrasound imaging facilitated the decision-making of the surgical approach and thus reduced the surgical exploration time. Discussion: B-scan ultrasonography is a valuable tool in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The use of B-scan ultrasonography in the head neck region requires the capacity of the surgeon to fuse the ultrasonographic picture with the topography of the head and neck. The advantages and limitations of B-scan ultrasonography in the head and neck region concerning foreign body identification are briefly discussed.

  12. Serologic follow-up of IgG responses against recombinant mycobacterial proteins ML0405, ML2331 and LID-1 in a leprosy hyperendemic area in Venezuela

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    Elsa Rada

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Leprosy is a slowly evolving disease that occurs mainly in adults. In this study, the Mamaría Village, state of Portuguesa was selected because it had one of the highest prevalence rates (13.25% of leprosy cases in 1997. Between 1998-2004, 20.2% of the 89 cases registered in this village were less than 15 years old and 61.8% were males. Pau-cibacillary (PB lesions were the predominant clinical forms identified, although also multibacillary (MB forms were found. Additionally, 76% of the patients were bacteriologically negative. At the time of diagnosis, 75% of the patients presented with grade 0 disabilities, 23% with grade 1 and 2% with grade 2. Serum samples were collected from 18 PB and 15 MB patients, in addition to 14 family contacts, at the beginning and end of treatment. All the groups were re-evaluated during a three-year period (2008-2011. The proteins used for evaluation were ML0405, ML2331 and LID-1. These mycobacterial proteins were highly specific for Mycobacterium leprae and the IgG responses decreased in both MB and PB patients during multidrug treatment. Our results suggest that these antigens could be used as markers for successful treatment of non-reactional lepromatous patients.

  13. Effect of face washing with soap and water and cleaning with antiseptics on upper-lid bacteria of surgical eye patients.

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    Bekibele, Charles O; Kehinde, Aderemi O; Ajayi, Benedictus G K

    2010-12-01

    To determine the effect of face washing with soap and water and cleaning with povidone iodine and cetrimide/chlorhexidine gluconate (Savlon) on upper-lid bacteria. Prospective, nonrandomized clinical trial. Eighty patients attending the Eye Clinic, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria. Eighty patients assigned to 4 groups had swabs of the upper eyelid skin taken before and after face wash with soap and water, and cleansing with Savlon and 5% povidone iodine. Specimens were cultured and Gram stained. Bacterial counts were carried out using standard techniques. Face washing with soap and water increased the proportion of patients with bacterial isolates from 80.0% to 87.5%. The average colony count increased from 187.1 to 318.5 colony units per mL (p = 0.02). Application of 5% povidone iodine without face washing with soap and water reduced the proportion of patients with bacterial isolates from 82.6% (mean count 196.5) to 28.6% (mean count 34.1)(p = 0.001); in comparison, the application of 5% povidone iodine after face washing with soap and water reduced the proportion from 71.4% (mean count 133.9) to 40.0% (mean count 69.0)(p = 0.01). Application of Savlon without face washing with soap and water reduced the proportion of patients with bacterial isolates from 100% (mean count 310.9) to 41.2% (mean count 19.8)(p = 0.004) compared with the application after face washing, which reduced the proportion from 89.5% (mean count 240.3) to 41.2% (mean count 82.9)(p = 0.02). Both povidone and Savlon are effective in reducing periocular bacteria in an African setting. Prior face washing with soap and water had no added benefit in reducing bacterial colony count.

  14. Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy to monitor ion cyclotron range of frequency wall cleaning Li/D co-deposition in EAST tokamak

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    Liu, P.; Wu, D.; Sun, L.Y.; Zhao, D.Y.; Hai, R.; Li, C. [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Chinese Ministry of Education, School of Physics and Optical Electronic Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, 116024 (China); Ding, H., E-mail: hding@dlut.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Chinese Ministry of Education, School of Physics and Optical Electronic Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, 116024 (China); Hu, Z.H.; Wang, L.; Hu, J.S.; Chen, J.L.; Luo, G.N. [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1126, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China)

    2017-05-15

    Highlights: • LIBS was applied to EAST for monitoring the cleaning performance of the first wall using He-ICRF cleaning. • The cleaning performance is effective under helium ambient gas and some measurements have been obtained. • The results also indicate that the influence of magnetic field on LIBS signal is much stronger in helium ambient gas. • The effect of delay time and laser fluence on the LIBS signal has been investigated. - Abstract: In this paper, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) under magnetic field condition has been studied in laboratory and EAST tokamak. The experimental results reveal that in helium ambient gas, the magnetic field significantly enhances the LIBS signal intensity (∼3 times). The effect of time delay and laser fluence on the intensity of LIBS has been investigated for optimizing the signal to background ratio (S/B). The developed LIBS approach has been applied to monitor the cleaning performance of the first wall in the fusion device of EAST using the ion cyclotron range of frequency (ICRF). The experimental results demonstrate that the cleaning performance for Li/D co-deposition layer is effective under helium ambient gas. The removing rate of Li on the surface of W tile is faster than that on Mo tile in He-ICRF cleaning and the D/(D + H) ratio on Mo tile is higher by ∼1.2 times than that on W tile. This work would indicate the feasibility of using LIBS to monitor the wall cleaning processes in EAST tokamak.

  15. Structure of an odorant-binding protein from the mosquito Aedes aegypti suggests a binding pocket covered by a pH-sensitive "Lid".

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, is the primary vector for the viruses that cause yellow fever, mostly in tropical regions of Africa and in parts of South America, and human dengue, which infects 100 million people yearly in the tropics and subtropics. A better understanding of the structural biology of olfactory proteins may pave the way for the development of environmentally-friendly mosquito attractants and repellents, which may ultimately contribute to reduction of mosquito biting and disease transmission. METHODOLOGY: Previously, we isolated and cloned a major, female-enriched odorant-binding protein (OBP from the yellow fever mosquito, AaegOBP1, which was later inadvertently renamed AaegOBP39. We prepared recombinant samples of AaegOBP1 by using an expression system that allows proper formation of disulfide bridges and generates functional OBPs, which are indistinguishable from native OBPs. We crystallized AaegOBP1 and determined its three-dimensional structure at 1.85 A resolution by molecular replacement based on the structure of the malaria mosquito OBP, AgamOBP1, the only mosquito OBP structure known to date. CONCLUSION: The structure of AaegOBP1 ( = AaegOBP39 shares the common fold of insect OBPs with six alpha-helices knitted by three disulfide bonds. A long molecule of polyethylene glycol (PEG was built into the electron-density maps identified in a long tunnel formed by a crystallographic dimer of AaegOBP1. Circular dichroism analysis indicated that delipidated AaegOBP1 undergoes a pH-dependent conformational change, which may lead to release of odorant at low pH (as in the environment in the vicinity of odorant receptors. A C-terminal loop covers the binding cavity and this "lid" may be opened by disruption of an array of acid-labile hydrogen bonds thus explaining reduced or no binding affinity at low pH.

  16. SWMM LID Module Validation Study

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    EPA’s Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) is a computational code heavily relied upon by industry for the simulation of wastewater and stormwater infrastructure performance. Many municipalities are relying on SWMM results to design multi-billion-dollar, multi-decade infrastructu...

  17. Ocular surface cytokine profile in chronic Stevens-Johnson syndrome and its response to mucous membrane grafting for lid margin keratinisation.

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    Gurumurthy, Srividya; Iyer, Geetha; Srinivasan, Bhaskar; Agarwal, Shweta; Angayarkanni, Narayanasamy

    2018-02-01

    To study the tear cytokine and the conjunctival and oral mucosal marker profile in chronic ocular Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and their alteration following mucous membrane grafting (MMG) for lid margin keratinisation (LMK). In a 1-year prospective study, SJS cases (n=25) and age-matched/sex-matched healthy controls (n=25) were recruited. Tear specimen (Schirmer's strip), conjunctival and oral mucosal imprints were collected from controls and SJS cases pre-MMG and post-MMG (at first follow-up, n=17). Tear cytokines were profiled using 27-bioplex array. Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β)-mediated extracellular matrix changes in conjunctival and oral mucosal cells were analysed by gene expression studies. 30 RESULTS: Tear cytokine profiling of chronic SJS cases at pre-MMG stage revealed significant upregulation of cytokines granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), interleukin (IL)-8, IL-1β, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1, IL-15, IL-2, IL-17A and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) with downregulation of IP-10 (interferon gamma-induced protein 10), tumour necrosis factor-α, interferon-γ, IL-10, vascular endothelial growth factor, regulated upon activation normal T-cell expressed and secreted (RANTES), IL-7, IL-12p70 and IL-13, with maximal increase in GM-CSF and maximal downregulation of IP-10, respectively. Of these, IL-2, IL-15, bFGF and IL-17A showed significant correlation with disease severity, pre-MMG. Conjunctival cells pre-MMG showed increase in TGF-β1, TGF-βRII, connective tissue growth factor and collagen-III gene expression by 10, 67, 173 and 184 folds, respectively, which dropped to 1.3, 11, 13.5 and 19 folds correspondingly, post-MMG. However, their expressions in oral mucosa were negligible. A proinflammatory, profibrotic, antiapoptotic ocular surface milieu characterises chronic ocular SJS. IP-10, an antifibrotic cytokine was noted to be maximally downregulated, unlike in other forms of chronic dry eye disease. The

  18. Rationale and design of the Sodium Lowering In Dialysate (SoLID) trial: a randomised controlled trial of low versus standard dialysate sodium concentration during hemodialysis for regression of left ventricular mass

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    Background The current literature recognises that left ventricular hypertrophy makes a key contribution to the high rate of premature cardiovascular mortality in dialysis patients. Determining how we might intervene to ameliorate left ventricular hypertrophy in dialysis populations has become a research priority. Reducing sodium exposure through lower dialysate sodium may be a promising intervention in this regard. However there is clinical equipoise around this intervention because the benefit has not yet been demonstrated in a robust prospective clinical trial, and several observational studies have suggested sodium lowering interventions may be deleterious in some dialysis patients. Methods/design The Sodium Lowering in Dialysate (SoLID) study is funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand. It is a multi-centre, prospective, randomised, single-blind (outcomes assessor), controlled parallel assignment 3-year clinical trial. The SoLID study is designed to study what impact low dialysate sodium has upon cardiovascular risk in dialysis patients. The study intends to enrol 118 home hemodialysis patients from 6 sites in New Zealand over 24 months and follow up each participant over 12 months. Key exclusion criteria are: patients who dialyse more frequently than 3.5 times per week, pre-dialysis serum sodium of <135 mM, and maintenance hemodiafiltration. In addition, some medical conditions, treatments or participation in other dialysis trials, which contraindicate the SoLID study intervention or confound its effects, will be exclusion criteria. The intervention and control groups will be dialysed using dialysate sodium 135 mM and 140 mM respectively, for 12 months. The primary outcome measure is left ventricular mass index, as measured by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, after 12 months of intervention. Eleven or more secondary outcomes will be studied in an attempt to better understand the physiologic and clinical mechanisms by which lower dialysate sodium

  19. ADS-5102 (Amantadine) Extended-Release Capsules for Levodopa-Induced Dyskinesia in Parkinson’s Disease (EASE LID 2 Study): Interim Results of an Open-Label Safety Study

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    Hauser, Robert A.; Pahwa, Rajesh; Tanner, Caroline M.; Oertel, Wolfgang; Isaacson, Stuart H.; Johnson, Reed; Felt, Larissa; Stempien, Mary Jean

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    Background: Medical treatment of levodopa-induced dyskinesia (LID) in Parkinson’s disease (PD) is an unmet need. ADS-5102 (amantadine) extended-release capsules is being developed for the treatment of LID in patients with PD. Objective: Evaluate the long-term safety and tolerability of 274 mg ADS-5102 for LID in PD. Methods: In an ongoing, open-label safety study (NCT02202551), PD patients with LID received 274 mg of ADS-5102 once daily at bedtime. Patients were recruited from previous ADS-5102 trials. In addition, patients were enrolled who were ineligible for previous ADS-5102 trials due to previous implantation of deep-brain stimulation (DBS) devices. The primary outcome measure was safety assessed through adverse events (AEs). Efficacy was assessed using the Movement Disorder Society–Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (MDS-UPDRS), Part IV and its subparts. Results: For this interim analysis, 223 patients received ADS-5102 for a mean duration of 348 (SD 182) days. The most common AEs included falls (25.1%), visual hallucinations (19.3%), peripheral edema (13.0%), and constipation (12.6%). Overall, 32 patients (14.3%) discontinued due to an AE. In patients receiving placebo in previous studies, the mean MDS-UPDRS, Part IV scores decreased by 3.4 points from baseline (n = 78) to week 8 and remained stable through week 64 (n = 21). In patients receiving ADS-5102 in previous studies, the mean baseline (n = 61) MDS-UPDRS, Part IV score was low due to the response to ADS-5102 in previous studies and remained stable through week 64 (total of 88 weeks; n = 21). The effect was primarily due to reduction in item 4.2 (functional impact of dyskinesia) and item 4.4 (functional impact of motor fluctuations). Conclusions: ADS-5102 was generally well tolerated in all groups, including DBS patients, and the safety profile was consistent with previous controlled studies. Long-term durability and tolerability were shown from the double-blind studies

  20. Effects of low-impact-development (LID) practices on streamflow, runoff quantity, and runoff quality in the Ipswich River Basin, Massachusetts-A Summary of field and modeling studies

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    Zimmerman, Marc J.; Waldron, Marcus C.; Barbaro, Jeffrey R.; Sorenson, Jason R.

    2010-01-01

    Low-impact-development (LID) approaches are intended to create, retain, or restore natural hydrologic and water-quality conditions that may be affected by human alterations. Wide-scale implementation of LID techniques may offer the possibility of improving conditions in river basins, such as the Ipswich River Basin in Massachusetts, that have run dry during the summer because of groundwater withdrawals and drought. From 2005 to 2008, the U.S. Geological Survey, in a cooperative funding agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, monitored small-scale installations of LID enhancements designed to diminish the effects of storm runoff on the quantity and quality of surface water and groundwater. Funding for the studies also was contributed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Targeted Watersheds Grant Program through a financial assistance agreement with Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The monitoring studies examined the effects of * replacing an impervious parking-lot surface with a porous surface on groundwater quality, * installing rain gardens and porous pavement in a neighborhood of 3 acres on the quantity and quality of stormwater runoff, and * installing a 3,000-ft2 (square-foot) green roof on the quantity and quality of rainfall-generated roof runoff. In addition to these small-scale installations, the U.S. Geological Survey's Ipswich River Basin model was used to simulate the basin-wide effects on streamflow of several changes: broad-scale implementation of LID techniques, reduced water-supply withdrawals, and water-conservation measures. Water-supply and conservation scenarios for application in model simulations were developed with the assistance of two technical advisory committees that included representatives of State agencies responsible for water resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, water suppliers, and non-governmental organizations. From June

  1. Dues classes d'evolució cromosòmica i genòmica a Coleòpters: Tenebriònids i Crisomèlids

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    Juan Clar, Carles; Petitpierre i Vall, Eduard

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    Els coleòpters tenebriónids (18.000 sp.) i crisomèlids (37.000 sp.), d'alimentació saprofitica o fungívora i tito:daga, respectivament, ens mostren dues classes d'evolució citogenètica ben diferenciades. Mentre que en els primers el nombre de cromosomes i el tipus de la determinació cromosómica del sexe a penes varien a la majoria de les espècies, doncs un 63 % de les 200 espècies estudiades tenen 2n = 20 (Xy p), i un rang de números entre 2n = 14 i 2n = 38 cromosomes, en els segons...

  2. Dielectric properties of ligand-modified gold nanoparticles/SU-8 photopolymer based nanocomposites

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    Toor, Anju

    2017-04-15

    This article reports the enhanced dielectric properties of a photodefinable nanocomposite material containing sub–10 nm coated metal nanoparticles (NPs). The surface morphology of the synthesized dodecanethiol-functionalized gold NPs was characterized using the transmission electron microscopy (TEM). We investigated the particle agglomeration and dispersion during the various stages of the nanocomposite synthesis using TEM. Physical properties such as dielectric permittivity and dielectric loss were measured experimentally. The dependence of dielectric permittivity and loss tangent on particle concentration and frequency was studied. Nanocomposite films showed an approximately three times enhancement in average dielectric constant over the polymer base value and an average dielectric loss of 0.09 at 1 kHz, at a filler loading of 10% w/w.

  3. Dielectric properties of ligand-modified gold nanoparticle/SU-8 photopolymer based nanocomposites

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    Toor, Anju; So, Hongyun; Pisano, Albert P.

    2017-08-01

    This article reports the enhanced dielectric properties of a photodefinable polymer nanocomposite material containing sub-10 nm coated metal nanoparticles (NPs). The surface morphology of the synthesized dodecanethiol-functionalized gold NPs was characterized using the transmission electron microscopy (TEM). We investigated the particle agglomeration and dispersion during the various stages of the nanocomposite synthesis using TEM. Physical properties such as dielectric permittivity and dielectric loss were measured experimentally. The dependence of the dielectric permittivity and loss tangent on the particle concentration, and frequency was studied. Nanocomposite films showed an approximately three times enhancement in average dielectric constant over the polymer base value and an average dielectric loss of 0.09 at 1 kHz, at a filler loading of 10% w/w.

  4. Temperature effects in Au piezoresistors integrated in SU-8 cantilever chips

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    Johansson, Alicia; Hansen, Ole; Hales, Jan Harry

    2006-01-01

    to binding of biomolecules on the surface of the cantilever. Here we present the characterization of the chip with respect to temperature changes in the surrounding environment. Furthermore, self-heating of the piezoresistors due to the applied voltage over the resistors is investigated including...

  5. A Multimodal, SU-8 - Platinum - Polyimide Microelectrode Array for Chronic In Vivo Neurophysiology.

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    Gergely Márton

    Full Text Available Utilization of polymers as insulator and bulk materials of microelectrode arrays (MEAs makes the realization of flexible, biocompatible sensors possible, which are suitable for various neurophysiological experiments such as in vivo detection of local field potential changes on the surface of the neocortex or unit activities within the brain tissue. In this paper the microfabrication of a novel, all-flexible, polymer-based MEA is presented. The device consists of a three dimensional sensor configuration with an implantable depth electrode array and brain surface electrodes, allowing the recording of electrocorticographic (ECoG signals with laminar ones, simultaneously. In vivo recordings were performed in anesthetized rat brain to test the functionality of the device under both acute and chronic conditions. The ECoG electrodes recorded slow-wave thalamocortical oscillations, while the implanted component provided high quality depth recordings. The implants remained viable for detecting action potentials of individual neurons for at least 15 weeks.

  6. Study of the 12 C(α,ϒ)16 O reaction via cross section measurements of 12 C(6 Li,d)16 O and 12 C(7 Li,t)16 O

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    Akhtar, Shamim; Brune, Carl; Massey, Thomas; Jacobs, Devon; Carter, Donald; Dhakal, Sushil

    2015-04-01

    The 12 C(α,ϒ)16 O reaction is crucial for the understanding of helium burning in massive stars, but the cross section for this reaction at low energy is far too small for direct measurement using presently available techniques. Despite many experimental studies in the last four decades, the low-energy cross section of the 12 C(α,ϒ)16 O reaction remains highly uncertain. To address this problem, a new determination of the 12 C(α,ϒ)16 O reaction cross-section has been performed via a measurement of the transfer reactions 12 C(6 Li,d)16 O and 12 C(7 Li,t)16 O at the Edwards Accelerator Laboratory at Ohio University, Athens. The differential cross-section of the reactions has been measured for the 0+ (6.05 MeV), 3- (6.13 MeV), 2+ (6.92 MeV), and 1- (7.12 MeV) states of 16 O. Those measurements have been done by detecting the charged particles, deuterons and tritons. The time of flight technique was used to separate the different particles resulting from various possible reactions.

  7. Paracoccidioidomicose crônica multifocal tendo como primeira manifestação o envolvimento palpebral: relato de caso Chronical and multifocal paracoccidioidomycosis having the lid involvement as the first sign: case report

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    Tiago Nelson de Oliveira Rassi

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available O acometimento ocular da paracoccidioidomicose é raro e quando ocorre é geralmente secundário à disseminação hematogênica. Descrição de um caso de paracococcidioidomicose multifocal em homem de 73 anos com história de trauma contuso no olho direito por pedaço de madeira e que teve como primeira manifestação clínica lesão palpebro-conjuntival. Interroga-se possível infecção primária ocular por contiguidade e alerta-se para a manifestação da doença em idade mais avançada.Ocular involvement of paracoccidioidomycosis is rare and when it occurs it is usually secondary to hematogenic dissemination. A case of multifocal paracoccidioidomycosis in a 73 year-old male after history of blunt trauma in the right eye with a stick of wood that presented as the first clinical sign a lid-conjunctival lesion is described. The possible primary ocular infection spreading by contiguity is argued and the disease manifestation in an advanced age is highlighted.

  8. Polymer-filled microcontainers for oral delivery loaded using supercritical impregnation

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    Marizza, Paolo; Keller, Stephan Sylvest; Müllertz, Anette

    2014-01-01

    In the last years a large variety of drug delivery systems have been developed to improve bioavailability of therapeutics in oral administration. An increasing interest has arisen in reservoir-based microdevices designed for active ingredients like water insoluble compounds and fragile biomolecules....... Such microdevices are designed to protect the active ingredient against degradation and deactivation, and to allow cytoadhesion and unidirectional drug release. There are few works which optimize the drug loading step and often therapeutics are dosed in the microdevices through laborious and time consuming...... the high throughput fabrication of microdevices for oral drug delivery with a safe and solvent-free solution. © 2013 Published by Elsevier B.V....

  9. Corrosion-Activated Micro-Containers for Environmentally Friendly Corrosion Protective Coatings

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    Li, Wenyan; Buhrow, J. W.; Zhang, X.; Johnsey, M. N.; Pearman, B. P.; Jolley, S. T.; Calle, L. M.

    2016-01-01

    This work concerns the development of environmentally friendly encapsulation technology, specifically designed to incorporate corrosion indicators, inhibitors, and self-healing agents into a coating, in such a way that the delivery of the indicators and inhibitors is triggered by the corrosion process, and the delivery of self-healing agents is triggered by mechanical damage to the coating. Encapsulation of the active corrosion control ingredients allows the incorporation of desired autonomous corrosion control functions such as: early corrosion detection, hidden corrosion detection, corrosion inhibition, and self-healing of mechanical damage into a coating. The technology offers the versatility needed to include one or several corrosion control functions into the same coating.The development of the encapsulation technology has progressed from the initial proof-of-concept work, in which a corrosion indicator was encapsulated into an oil-core (hydrophobic) microcapsule and shown to be delivered autonomously, under simulated corrosion conditions, to a sophisticated portfolio of micro carriers (organic, inorganic, and hybrid) that can be used to deliver a wide range of active corrosion ingredients at a rate that can be adjusted to offer immediate as well as long-term corrosion control. The micro carriers have been incorporated into different coating formulas to test and optimize the autonomous corrosion detection, inhibition, and self-healing functions of the coatings. This paper provides an overview of progress made to date and highlights recent technical developments, such as improved corrosion detection sensitivity, inhibitor test results in various types of coatings, and highly effective self-healing coatings based on green chemistry. The NASA Kennedy Space Centers Corrosion Technology Lab at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, U.S.A. has been developing multifunctional smart coatings based on the microencapsulation of environmentally friendly corrosion indicators, inhibitors and self-healing agents. This allows the incorporation of autonomous corrosion control functionalities, such as corrosion detection and inhibition as well as the self-healing of mechanical damage, into coatings. This paper presents technical details on the characterization of inhibitor-containing particles and their corrosion inhibitive effects using electrochemical and mass loss methods.Three organic environmentally friendly corrosion inhibitors were encapsulated in organic microparticles that are compatible with desired coatings. The release of the inhibitors from the microparticles in basic solution was studied. Fast release, for immediate corrosion protection, as well as long-term release for continued protection, was observed.The inhibition efficacy of the inhibitors, incorporated directly and in microparticles, on carbon steel was evaluated. Polarization curves and mass loss measurements showed that, in the case of 2MBT, its corrosion inhibition effectiveness was greater when it was delivered from microparticles.

  10. Study of the 12C(alpha, gamma)16 O Reaction via the alpha-Transfer Reactions: 12C( 6Li,d)16O and 12C(7Li,t) 16O

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    Akhtar, Shamim

    The alpha capture reaction 12C(alpha, gamma) 16O plays an important role in helium burning in massive stars and their evolution. The reaction rate at Gamow energy (E 300 keV) corresponding to helium burning temperature T 0.2 GK determines - together with the triple alpha reaction - the relative amounts of carbon and oxygen at the end of helium burning. Subsequent advanced burning stages in stars rely on the carbon and oxygen fuel. Consequently, the 12C(alpha, gamma) 16O reaction rate further influences the nucleosynthesis of heavy elements and even the evolution of massive stars that explode as supernovae. Therefore, a more precise rate for this reaction is highly desirable. Although there have been numerous experimental efforts to measure the radiative capture cross section at low energies ( 300 keV) in the last 50 years, the desired accuracy of better than 10% has not been obtained. This is because the cross section is very small and it is impossible to measure it directly. The only way to measure this reaction cross section is to first measure it at the lowest energy possible and then extrapolate it down to the low energy. Even the extrapolations are complicated due to the contribution from ground state as well as cascade transitions. To address this problem, we have studied the 12C(alpha, gamma) 16O reaction indirectly through the alpha-transfer reactions 12C(6Li,d)16O and 12C( 7Li,t)16O at the Edwards Accelerator Laboratory facility at the Ohio University, Athens, Ohio by using the 4.5-MV tandem accelerator. Two independent measurements have been performed to check the consistency of the results. The 12C(6Li,d)16O measurements have been performed by using a 6Li beam of various beam energies (5, 4, 3.5, 3.25, 3, and 2.5 MeV) to bombard 12C targets of different thicknesses (15.0, 15.3, and 20 mug/cm2). The 12C(7Li,t)16O measurements have been performed by using 7Li beam at different beam energies (6, 5, 4.5, 4, and 3.5 MeV) and 12C targets of two different

  11. Putting a Lid on Chemotherapy Costs

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    2011-01-01

    About 40,000 Americans will be diagnosed with stage II colon cancer in 2011, and high-risk patients will require chemotherapy. A new assay helps to determine who should and shouldn’t get chemotherapy — sparing both cost and grief for patients.

  12. Replica-moulded polydimethylsiloxane culture vessel lids attenuate ...

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    *The permeability coefficient P for gases in polymeric membranes is expressed by with q as the mass ... that would take up one cubic centimetre (1 ml) at standard temperature and pressure, as calculated via the ideal gas law. The 'cm' represents the .... drug delivery applications (Honolulu, Hawaii: 31st Annual. Meeting and ...

  13. Otravy lidí rostlinnými produkty

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    Havlásková, Michaela

    2009-01-01

    1. Abstract A poisoning in humans by vegetable products Michaela Havlásková Faculty of Pharmacy Charles University in Prague Abstract The thesis deals with human poisonings by substances of alkaloid and glycoside types contained in plants. The total of 184 cases was found, of which 171 related to alkaloids and 13 to glycosides. The cases were monitored worldwide in the period of 2001 - 2009. They included both intoxications with the intention of murder or suicide, and without any intention oc...

  14. Replica-moulded polydimethylsiloxane culture vessel lids attenuate ...

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    indicated sufficient homogeneity of the mixture. It was then degassed in a desiccator using a membrane vacuum pump. (KNF Neuberger, Laboport N86KN18) for less than 15 min while periodically breaking the vacuum to rupture bubbles that surfaced. The mixture had a honey-like viscosity and was workable for about 30 ...

  15. Isolated eyelid Schwannoma: A rare differential diagnosis of lid tumor.

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    Morsi, Nabila H; AlMansouri, Osama Samir; AlMansour, Ebrahim Mohammed

    2017-01-01

    Primary Schwannomas of the eyelid are extremely uncommon. It accounts for one percent of orbital tumors. We present a case of isolated eyelid Schwannoma in the lateral canthus of the left eye with no systemic diseases associated. Surgical excisional biopsy was done. In two years follow up, no recurrence or malignant conversion was detected.

  16. Isolated eyelid Schwannoma: A rare differential diagnosis of lid tumor

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    Nabila H. Morsi

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Primary Schwannomas of the eyelid are extremely uncommon. It accounts for one percent of orbital tumors. We present a case of isolated eyelid Schwannoma in the lateral canthus of the left eye with no systemic diseases associated. Surgical excisional biopsy was done. In two years follow up, no recurrence or malignant conversion was detected.

  17. Psychologie sportu a mladí lidé

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    Smaliichuk, Darya

    2013-01-01

    The subject of this thesis is the investigation of motivation of individual and team athletes. In the first part, the paper explains tasks and methods of sport psychology and its particular disciplines. Discuss the psychological factors that can influence the course of sports activities and directly the performance itself. The aim of the research conducted in the practical part of this thesis is based on a questionnaire survey to determine whether there are significant differences in the moti...

  18. Low impact development (LID) and transportation stormwater practices

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    2010-12-01

    The proposed project is a combination of a research/design/best practices compilation and ranking in the format of a : design decision tool that can be used by Region X transportation designers and other researchers with respect to : current, and fut...

  19. The $^{9}$Li+d reaction at REX-ISOLDE

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    Jeppesen, H B

    2004-01-01

    With the completion of the post-accelerator REX-ISOLDE at ISOLDE (CERN) in the autumn of 2001 it has become possible to perform low energy (up to 2.3 MeV/u) reactions with a large fraction of the 700 radioactive isotopes presently available at ISOLDE. We here report on the $^{9}$Li + d reaction at 2.36 MeV/u. This reaction was used to search for information on the excited states in $^{10}$Li. We will here shortly review the experiment and show a few results from our first experiment with this new instrument.

  20. Substituição de materiais poliméricos através de seletores de materiais e fornecedores: um estudo de caso na indústria automobilística Substitution of polyphthalamide (PPA used in the fuel tank cap lid of a car by other polymers

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    Isaias Bissoto

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foi avaliada a substituição de poliftalamida (PPA da portinhola do tanque de combustível de um automóvel por outros polímeros. Foram utilizados e avaliados vários seletores de materiais disponíveis na Internet para a identificação de possíveis materiais substitutos à PPA. A PPA é um polímero de alto desempenho não produzido no Brasil, de custo elevado e de difícil processamento. Apesar de sua indicação de uso em peças da indústria automotiva devido às suas excelentes propriedades, sua substituição por outros plásticos implicaria em uma série de vantagens no processo produtivo. Após o resultado desta busca em sites, foram sugeridas melhorias para a elaboração de um novo seletor de materiais poliméricos. A avaliação final deste estudo de caso compara os resultados obtidos através da pesquisa nos seletores de materiais com aqueles obtidos através da consulta direta aos fornecedores locais de polímeros.In this study, we evaluated the possible replacement of polyphthalamide (PPA at the fuel tank cap lid of a car by other polymers. Various materials selectors available in the Internet were used to identify possible substitute materials to PPA. This material is a high-performance, high-cost, difficult-to-process polymer, which is not produced in Brazil. Despite its applicability to automotive parts due to its outstanding properties, its substitution by other polymers would imply in a series of advantages for the process of parts production. After the selectors' usage, a series of enhancements to these sites were suggested in order to make it possible to create a better layout of a materials selector for a future implementation. This study's final evaluation compares the final results obtained from the selectors with those from the local polymer suppliers.

  1. Fully integrated optical system for lab-on-a-chip applications

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    Balslev, Søren; Olsen, Brian Bilenberg; Geschke, Oliver

    2004-01-01

    /mixed on-chip. The laser structures, wave-guides and micro-fluidic handling system are defined in a single UV-lithography step on a 10 μm thick SU-8 layer on top of the substrate. The SU-8 structures are sealed by a Borofloat glass lid, using polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) adhesive bonding.......We present a lab-on-a-chip device featuring a microfluidic dye laser, wave-guides, microfluidic components and photo-detectors integrated on the chip. The microsystem is designed for wavelength selective absorption measurements in the visible range on a fluidic sample, which can be prepared...

  2. Effect of cross sectional geometry on PDMS micro peristaltic pump performance: comparison of SU-8 replica molding vs. micro injection molding.

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    Graf, Neil J; Bowser, Michael T

    2013-10-07

    Two different fabrication methods were employed to fabricate micropumps with different cross-sectional channel geometries. The first was to fabricate rectangular cross-sectional microchannel geometries using the well known fabrication method of replica molding (REM). The second, and far less utilized fabrication technique, was to create microchannel molds using an in-house fabricated handheld micro injection molding apparatus. The injection mold apparatus was designed for use with elastomeric room temperature vulcanization (RTV) polymers, as opposed to most other injection molding machines, which are designed for use with thermoplastic polymers. The injection mold's bottom plate was used as a microchannel molding template. The molding template was created by threading a small-diameter wire (150 μm or less) through the injection mold's bottom plate, with subsequent adhesion and smoothing of a thin piece of aluminum foil over the wire-raised injection mold template. When molded against, the template produced a rounded/Gaussian-shaped PDMS microchannel. The design of the injection mold will be presented, along with a direct comparison for micropump performance metrics such as flow rate, valving characteristics, and maximum backpressures attainable for each of the respective micropump channel geometries.

  3. Single mode solid state distributed feedback dye laser fabricated by grey scale electron beam lithography on dye doped SU-8 resist

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    Balslev, Søren; Rasmussen, Torben; Shi, Peixiong

    2005-01-01

    are optically pumped at 532 nm, and exhibit low lasing threshold from 530 nJ/mm2 and single mode output at selectable wavelengths from 580 to 630 nm, determined by the grating pitch. The lasers are well suited for integration into polymer based lab-on-chip circuits for interference based sensing....

  4. A slow cooling rate of indomethacin melt spatially confined in microcontainers increases the physical stability of the amorphous drug without influencing its biorelevant dissolution behaviour

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    Nielsen, Line Hagner; Keller, Stephan Sylvest; Boisen, Anja

    2013-01-01

    /min, whereas cracks and an uneven surface were observed when cooling at rates of 23 and 36 K/min. The uneven surface is hypothesised to be the main reason for the lower physical stability, as the cracks could act as nucleation sites for crystal growth. The rate of cooling was not seen to have any effect...

  5. Spatial confinement can lead to increased stability of amorphous indomethacin

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    Nielsen, Line Hagner; Keller, Stephan Sylvest; Gordon, Keith C.

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate whether the physical stability of amorphous indomethacin can be improved by separating the drug material into small units by the use of microcontainers. Crystallisation from the spatially confined amorphous indomethacin in the microcontainers was determined...

  6. Ptosis assessment spectacles: a new method of measuring lid position and movement in children.

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    Khandwala, Mona; Dey, Sarju; Harcourt, Cassie; Wood, Clive; Jones, Carole A

    2011-01-01

    Accurate assessment of eyelid position and movement is vital in planning the surgical correction of ptosis. Conventional measurements taken using a millimeter ruler are considered the gold standard, although in young children this can be a difficult procedure. The authors have designed ptosis assessment spectacles with a measuring millimeter scale marked on the center of the lens to facilitate accurate assessment of eyelid position and function in children. The purpose of the study was to assess the accuracy and reproducibility of eyelid measurement using these ptosis assessment spectacles. Fifty-two children aged 2-12 years were recruited in this study. Each child underwent 2 sets of measurements. The first was undertaken by an ophthalmologist in the conventional manner using a ruler, and the second set made with ptosis assessment spectacles. On each occasion the palpebral aperture, skin crease, and levator function were recorded in millimeters. A verbal analog scale was used to assess parent satisfaction with each method. Clinically acceptable reproducibility was shown with the ruler and the spectacles for all measurements: palpebral aperture, skin crease, and levator function. Parents significantly preferred the glasses for measurement, as compared with the ruler (p spectacles are as accurate as conventional methods of measurement, but are easier to use. Children tolerate these spectacles well, and most parents preferred them to the ruler.

  7. Styly vedení lidí a možnosti jejich hodnocení

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    EŠNEROVÁ, Stanislava

    2010-01-01

    The objective of this bachelor thesis was to perform analysis and review management style in company Quelle ltd. from the view of terminal units and to suggest changes if necessary. The first part of thesis deals with the manager{\\crq}s character and several theories of leadership.The second part of thesis includes the history, present situation, organization structure and following analysis of the leadership style in company.

  8. Vedení lidí a organizace ve vybraném podniku

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    VRBA, Miroslav

    2011-01-01

    The goal of the thesis was to evaluate a system of organization and management in Seznam a.s. and to suggest possible changes which could lead to improve current situation. On the basis of theoretical knowledge mentioned in literary search output, the analysis of management style and organization in the company was made by survey and by interview with one member of management. Survey results demonstrated that company prefers democratic-consultative style of management, meaning that manager di...

  9. Patients' tolerance of bimanual lid retraction versus a metal speculum for intravitreal injections

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    Alattas K

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Khadijah Alattas Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Objective: To compare patients’ acceptance of and correlate their pain level for bimanual versus metal speculum fixation in intravitreal injections. Design: Prospective analysis. Participants: Seventy-three eyes of 56 patients. Methods: A questionnaire indicating patients’ discomfort and pain grading immediately after intravitreal injections using either bimanual fixation or metal speculum fixation (Barraquer Wire Speculum. Results: Fifty-six patients who underwent intravitreal injections were enrolled in this study for various conditions. Patients’ overall pain and discomfort were as follows, right eye – bimanual was 0.3 on our grading scale with a standard deviation of 0.54, right eye – metal was 1.6 on our grading scale with a standard deviation of 1.5, left eye – bimanual was 0.41 on our grading scale with a standard deviation of 0.87, and left eye – metal was 1.91 on our grading scale with a standard deviation of 1.14 (P=0.003. Conclusion: Patients who underwent bimanual fixation had a much more comfortable experience with less pain in comparison to patients who underwent metal speculum fixation. Keywords: AMD, diabetic retionpathy, Avastin, eye injection

  10. Constraints on the Venusian crustal thickness variations in the isostatic stagnant lid approximation

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    Orth, C. P; Solomatov, V. S

    2012-01-01

    .... Here we assume that the remaining discrepancy between the observed and model geoid is due to crustal thickness variations and that the crust, the lithosphere and the mantle are in a state of double...

  11. SUDS, LID, BMPs, WSUD and more - The evolution and application of terminology surrounding urban drainage

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    Fletcher, Tim D.; Shuster, William; Hunt, William F.

    2015-01-01

    The management of urban stormwater has become increasingly complex over recent decades. Consequently, terminology describing the principles and practices of urban drainage has become increasingly diverse, increasing the potential for confusion and miscommunication. This paper documents the history......, scope, application and underlying principles of terms used in urban drainage and provides recommendations for clear communication of these principles. Terminology evolves locally and thus has an important role in establishing awareness and credibility of new approaches and contains nuanced...

  12. Lidli tulek viib Säästumarketi oma hindu langetama / Andres Kärssin

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    Kärssin, Andres, 1971-

    2003-01-01

    Ilmunud ka: Delovõje Vedomosti 7. mai lk. 3. Kesko Food AS-i juhatuse esimees Gunnar Kobini sõnul on sakslaste Lidl ja Säästumarket ainsad, kes suudavad tulevikus hinda müüa ja kasumit teenida. Tabel: Lidl. Säästumarket

  13. High-velocity lid of East Antarctica: Evidence of a depleted continental lithosphere

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    Kuge, Keiko; Fukao, Yoshio

    2005-06-01

    In broadband seismograms from shallow earthquakes occurring south of New Zealand recorded at the South Pole, we found significant arrivals 40-70 s after the first SH arrivals at distances of 29°-35° and 20-50 s after the first P arrivals at distances of 28°-35°. These waves traversing beneath East Antarctica can be modeled by slightly modifying one-dimensional P and S wave velocity structures of the Canadian shield. In the obtained velocity models, a velocity reduction below the lithosphere forms a deep low-velocity zone. S waves turning below the low-velocity zone explain the SH waveforms observed at 29°-55°. The observed P waveforms, however, suggest that a corresponding reduction in P velocity is smaller. These P and S wave velocity variations are likely to be a manifestation of a depleted continental lithosphere (high concentrations of olivine and magnesium number (Mg # = 100Mg/(Mg + Fe)). For a lithospheric composition more depleted than that of the underlying mantle, the temperature profile estimated from our velocity models is smooth from the lithosphere to the underlying mantle. Lithospheric depletion can also explain that the velocity anomaly in the lithosphere is larger for S than for P waves. Were the composition to be assumed uniform throughout the upper mantle, a large temperature gradient would be required at the bottom of the lithosphere, implying a heat sink which is unlikely to be sustainable. Thus a difference in composition between the lithosphere and underlying mantle leads to a reasonable estimate of temperature profile that is consistent with the observed seismic waveforms.

  14. The hypothalamus and the regulation of energy homeostasis: lifting the lid on a black box.

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    Williams, G; Harrold, J A; Cutler, D J

    2000-08-01

    The hypothalamus is the focus of many peripheral signals and neural pathways that control energy homeostasis and body weight. Emphasis has moved away from anatomical concepts of 'feeding' and 'satiety' centres to the specific neurotransmitters that modulate feeding behaviour and energy expenditure. We have chosen three examples to illustrate the physiological roles of hypothalamic neurotransmitters and their potential as targets for the development of new drugs to treat obesity and other nutritional disorders. Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is expressed by neurones of the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus (ARC) that project to important appetite-regulating nuclei, including the paraventricular nucleus (PVN). NPY injected into the PVN is the most potent central appetite stimulant known, and also inhibits thermogenesis; repeated administration rapidly induces obesity. The ARC NPY neurones are stimulated by starvation, probably mediated by falls in circulating leptin and insulin (which both inhibit these neurones), and contribute to the increased hunger in this and other conditions of energy deficit. They therefore act homeostatically to correct negative energy balance. ARC NPY neurones also mediate hyperphagia and obesity in the ob/ob and db/db mice and fa/fa rat, in which leptin inhibition is lost through mutations affecting leptin or its receptor. Antagonists of the Y5 receptor (currently thought to be the NPY 'feeding' receptor) have anti-obesity effects. Melanocortin-4 receptors (MC4-R) are expressed in various hypothalamic regions, including the ventromedial nucleus and ARC. Activation of MC4-R by agonists such as alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (a cleavage product of pro-opiomelanocortin which is expressed in ARC neurones) inhibits feeding and causes weight loss. Conversely, MC4-R antagonists such as 'agouti' protein and agouti gene-related peptide (AGRP) stimulate feeding and cause obesity. Ectopic expression of agouti in the hypothalamus leads to obesity in the AVY mouse, while AGRP is co-expressed by NPY neurones in the ARC. Synthetic MC4-R agonists may ultimately find use as anti-obesity drugs in human subjects Orexins-A and -B, derived from prepro-orexin, are expressed in specific neurones of the lateral hypothalamic area (LHA). Orexin-A injected centrally stimulates eating and prepro-orexin mRNA is up regulated by fasting and hypoglycaemia. The LHA is important in receiving sensory signals from the gut and liver, and in sensing glucose, and orexin neurones may be involved in stimulating feeding in response to falls in plasma glucose.

  15. Double-diffusive mixed convection in a lid-driven cavity with non ...

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    S SIVASANKARAN

    2017-11-11

    Nov 11, 2017 ... The horizontal walls of the cavity are adiabatic and impermeable ... chemical processes and species transport through biological membranes. ..... This process is repeated until the following convergence criterion for temperature, concentration, vorticity and stream function is satisfied: UnЧ1 i,j. П чюUn i,j. П ч.

  16. Mladí lidé a alkohol: charakteristika a segmentace trhu

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    Adámková, Lenka

    2012-01-01

    The main objective of the thesis was to divide the Generation Y, a group of young people between 18 and 32 years, into segments depending on the types of alcoholic beverages consumed. Subsequently the aim was to recommend for these segments suitable product innovation for the Czech market of alcoholic beverages. By analyzing secondary data in MML-TGI there were identified four segments with usage of factor and cluster analysis. The segments are: Rather...something lighter, Beer and shots, Liq...

  17. Congenital upper lid eversion and severe chemosis in a new born

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    2013-06-28

    Jun 28, 2013 ... The purpose of this study is to report a case of bilateral congenital eversion of the upper eyelid in an 8 h‑ old male baby. JD is an 8 h‑old male baby born by normal vaginal delivery after prolonged labor, to a 24‑year‑old primigravida. Pregnancy was said to ... The child was admitted and started on 3‑hourly.

  18. Lifting the lid on toilet plume aerosol: a literature review with suggestions for future research.

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    Johnson, David L; Mead, Kenneth R; Lynch, Robert A; Hirst, Deborah V L

    2013-03-01

    The potential risks associated with "toilet plume" aerosols produced by flush toilets is a subject of continuing study. This review examines the evidence regarding toilet plume bioaerosol generation and infectious disease transmission. The peer-reviewed scientific literature was searched to identify articles related to aerosol production during toilet flushing, as well as epidemiologic studies examining the potential role of toilets in infectious disease outbreaks. The studies demonstrate that potentially infectious aerosols may be produced in substantial quantities during flushing. Aerosolization can continue through multiple flushes to expose subsequent toilet users. Some of the aerosols desiccate to become droplet nuclei and remain adrift in the air currents. However, no studies have yet clearly demonstrated or refuted toilet plume-related disease transmission, and the significance of the risk remains largely uncharacterized. Research suggests that toilet plume could play a contributory role in the transmission of infectious diseases. Additional research in multiple areas is warranted to assess the risks posed by toilet plume, especially within health care facilities. Copyright © 2013 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. The Attitudes of Field Dependence Learners for Learner Interface Design (LID) in e-Learning Instruction

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    Sözcü, Ömer Faruk; Ipek, Ismail; Kinay, Hüseyin

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of the study is to explore relationships between learners' cognitive styles of field dependence and learner variables in the preference of learner Interface design, attitudes in e-Learning instruction and experience with e-Learning in distance education. Cognitive style has historically referred to a psychological dimension…

  20. Kommunikasiepatrone by gesinne met 'n geïdentifiseerde skisofreniese lid

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    2014-01-01

    M.A. (Psychology) Communication patterns were studied in four families, each possessing an identified schizophrenic member'. Traditional and current concepts about schizophrenia and various theories about communication were reviewed. Adistinction was made between healthy and pathological communication. The family as a communicational unit was discussed in the light of general systems theory. An extensive survey of family studies of schizophrenia was undertaken. From this review of research...

  1. Control of vortex breakdown in a closed cylinder with a rotating lid

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    Jørgensen, Bo Hoffmann; Sørensen, Jens Nørkær; Aubry, Nadine

    2010-01-01

    as analyze the influence of local vorticity sources. As expected, the results show that the breakdown bubbles in the steady axisymmetric flow can be affected dramatically, i.e., fully suppressed or significantly enhanced, by rotating the rod. The main contribution of this article is to show that the observed...... sources by an analytical model. In addition to improving our understanding, this finding should also open the door to other types of flow control devices capable of generating localized vorticity....

  2. Study on an antagonist differentiated heated lid driven-cavity enclosing a tube: lattice Boltzmann method

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    Ma, Xiaoyan; Pellerin, Nicolas; Reggio, Marcelo; Bennacer, Rachid

    2017-05-01

    The method of lattice-Boltzmann multiple relaxation time (MRT) is commonly applied to study the conversion system consisting in a combination of forced convection and natural convection occurred in a cavity. Moving the top surface horizontally at a fixed speed, while two vertical walls are applied with constant different temperatures, assuming adiabatic case on both bottom and top walls. We consider a "non-cooperating" situation, where dynamics and buoyancy forces counterbalance. The cavity contains a circular cylinder placed at various positions. Boundary conditions for velocity and temperature have been applied to handle the non-Cartesian boundary of the cylinder. In lattice Boltzmann methods we adopt the double distribution model for calculating both the thermal and hydrodynamic fields. The D2Q5 and D2Q9 lattice are chosen to perform the simulations for a wide range of Reynolds and Rayleigh numbers. By calculating the average Nusselt number, we also investigated the influence of different obstacle positions on characteristics of flow and heat transfer. The results show the influence of the obstacle position on the dimensionless numbers, so as to effect the heat transfer behaviors inside the cavity. It is also indicates that the governing parameters are also related to driven power for the upper surface sliding. Contribution to the topical issue "Materials for Energy harvesting, conversion and storage II (ICOME 2016)", edited by Jean-Michel Nunzi, Rachid Bennacer and Mohammed El Ganaoui

  3. Básník a lid. Bedřich Václavek mezi literaturou a folklorem

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    Feinberg, Joseph Grim

    2017-01-01

    Roč. 65, č. 6 (2017), s. 823-845 ISSN 0009-0468 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA17-23955S Institutional support: RVO:67985955 Keywords : Marxism * interwar literary criticism * literary criticism * folklore studies * avant-garde Subject RIV: AJ - Letters, Mass-media, Audiovision OBOR OECD: Literary theory

  4. Head-motion-controlled video goggles: preliminary concept for an interactive laparoscopic image display (i-LID).

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    Aidlen, Jeremy T; Glick, Sara; Silverman, Kenneth; Silverman, Harvey F; Luks, Francois I

    2009-08-01

    Light-weight, low-profile, and high-resolution head-mounted displays (HMDs) now allow personalized viewing, of a laparoscopic image. The advantages include unobstructed viewing, regardless of position at the operating table, and the possibility to customize the image (i.e., enhanced reality, picture-in-picture, etc.). The bright image display allows use in daylight surroundings and the low profile of the HMD provides adequate peripheral vision. Theoretic disadvantages include reliance for all on the same image capture and anticues (i.e., reality disconnect) when the projected image remains static, despite changes in head position. This can lead to discomfort and even nausea. We have developed a prototype of interactive laparoscopic image display that allows hands-free control of the displayed image by changes in spatial orientation of the operator's head. The prototype consists of an HMD, a spatial orientation device, and computer software to enable hands-free panning and zooming of a video-endoscopic image display. The spatial orientation device uses magnetic fields created by a transmitter and receiver, each containing three orthogonal coils. The transmitter coils are efficiently driven, using USB power only, by a newly developed circuit, each at a unique frequency. The HMD-mounted receiver system links to a commercially available PC-interface PCI-bus sound card (M-Audiocard Delta 44; Avid Technology, Tewksbury, MA). Analog signals at the receiver are filtered, amplified, and converted to digital signals, which are processed to control the image display. The prototype uses a proprietary static fish-eye lens and software for the distortion-free reconstitution of any portion of the captured image. Left-right and up-down motions of the head (and HMD) produce real-time panning of the displayed image. Motion of the head toward, or away from, the transmitter causes real-time zooming in or out, respectively, of the displayed image. This prototype of the interactive HMD allows hands-free, intuitive control of the laparoscopic field, independent of the captured image.

  5. Numerical investigation of pure mixed convection in a ferrofluid-filled lid-driven cavity for different heater configurations

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    Khan Md. Rabbi

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Mixed convection has been a center point of attraction to the heat transfer engineers for many years. Here, pure mixed convection analysis in cavity is carried out for two different geometric heater configurations under externally applied magnetic field. Ferrofluid (Fe3O4–water is considered as working fluid and modeled as single phase fluid. The heaters at the bottom wall are kept at constant high temperature while vertical side walls are adiabatic. The top wall is moving at a constant velocity in both geometric configurations and is kept at constant low temperature. Galerkin weighted residuals method of finite element analysis is implemented to solve the governing equations. The analysis has been carried out for a wide range of Richardson number (Ri = 0.1–10, Reynolds number (Re = 100–500, Hartmann number (Ha = 0–100 and solid volume fraction (φ = 0–0.15 of ferrofluid. The overall heat transfer performance for both the configurations is quantitatively investigated by average Nusselt number at the heated boundary wall. It is observed that higher Ri enhances the heat transfer rate, although higher Ha decreases heat transfer rate. Moreover, at higher Ri and lower Ha, semi-circular notched cavity shows significantly better (more than 30% heat transfer rate.

  6. Binding-Pocket and Lid-Region Substitutions Render Human STING Sensitive to the Species-Specific Drug DMXAA

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    Pu Gao

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The drug DMXAA (5,6-dimethylxanthenone-4-acetic acid showed therapeutic promise against solid tumors in mouse models but subsequently failed in human clinical trials. DMXAA was later discovered to activate mouse, but not human, STING, an adaptor protein in the cyclic dinucleotide cGAMP-mediated signaling pathway, inducing type I interferon expression. To facilitate the development of compounds that target human STING, we combined structural, biophysical, and cellular assays to study mouse and human chimeric proteins and their interaction with DMXAA. We identified a single substitution (G230I that enables a DMXAA-induced conformational transition of hSTING from an inactive “open” to an active “closed” state. We also identified a substitution within the binding pocket (Q266I that cooperates with G230I and the previously identified S162A binding-pocket point substitution, rendering hSTING highly sensitive to DMXAA. These findings should facilitate the reciprocal engineering of DMXAA analogs that bind and stimulate wild-type hSTING and their exploitation for vaccine-adjuvant and anticancer drug development.

  7. Unsteady mixed convection in a porous media filled lid-driven cavity heated by a semi-circular heaters

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    Rahman M.M.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A computational study has been performed on natural convection heat transfer and fluid flow in a porous media filled enclosure with semi-circular heaters by using finite element method. The ceiling of the cavity moves with a constant velocity and it is insulated. Temperature of vertical walls is lower than that of heaters. Results are presented via streamlines, isotherms, average Nusselt numbers and cross sectional velocity for different governing parameters such as Richardson number, Darcy number and dimensionless time. It is observed that both circulation of the flow and heat transfer is strongly affected with time increment and Darcy number inside the cavity.

  8. A questionnaire-based assessment of symptoms associated with tear film dysfunction and lid margin disease in an Asian population.

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    Tong, Louis; Tongg, Louis; Saw, Seang-Mei; Lamoureux, Ecosse L; Wang, Jie Jin; Rosman, Mohamad; Tan, Donald T H; Wong, Tien Y

    2009-01-01

    To study the prevalence, associated factors and impact of symptomatic dry eye in an Asian population. A population based survey of eye diseases in 3,280 (78.7% response rate) Malay persons aged 40-80 selected from designated areas in southwestern Singapore. Participants were administered a standardized dry eye questionnaire consisting of 6 questions on symptoms, and had a comprehensive systemic and ocular examination. Symptoms of tear film dysfunction (STFD) was defined as one or more self-reported symptoms that were frequently present (ranked often or all the time). The prevalence rate of STFD was 6.5% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 5.7, 7.4). The prevalence was significantly higher in men compared to women (8.2% and 4.9%, respectively; p housing type, factors significantly associated with STFD were cigarette smoking (odds ratio [OR] 1.77, 95% CI: 1.17-2.66), thyroid disease (OR 2.58; 95% CI: 1.29-5.18) and higher income (OR 1.74; 95% CI: 1.13-2.68). STFD were associated with self-reported difficulty in performing daily activities (work, family and leisure related) (p = 0.006). STFD are present in 6.5% of Singapore Malay adults and is associated with cigarette smoking, presence of thyroid disease and a reduced visual function-related quality of life.

  9. Sexualita lidí s mentálním postižením

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    Rousová, Tereza

    2016-01-01

    This thesis engages in the roles of people around a person with intellectual disability and his sexuality. It defines these roles and names their competences. It also follows the specifics of sexuality of people with intellectual disabilities and tries to demyth them. Theoretical findings are complemented with case studies and practical examples. Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)

  10. Lid L11 of the glutamine amidotransferase domain of CTP synthase mediates allosteric GTP activation of glutaminase activity

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    Willemoës, Martin; Mølgaard, Anne; Johansson, Eva

    2005-01-01

    GTP is an allosteric activator of CTP synthase and acts to increase the k(cat) for the glutamine-dependent CTP synthesis reaction. GTP is suggested, in part, to optimally orient the oxy-anion hole for hydrolysis of glutamine that takes place in the glutamine amidotransferase class I (GATase) domain...... depending on the presence or absence of glutamine in the glutamine binding site. Displacement or rearrangement of this loop may provide a means for the suggested role of allosteric activation by GTP to optimize the oxy-anion hole for glutamine hydrolysis. Arg359, Gly360 and Glu362 of the Lactococcus lactis...... like wild-type enzyme. Apart from the G360A enzyme, the results from kinetic analysis of the enzymes altered at position 359 and 360 showed a 10- to 50-fold decrease in GTP activation of glutamine dependent CTP synthesis and concomitant four- to 10-fold increases in K(A) for GTP. The R359M, R359P and G...

  11. Tracheostoma valve with integrated cough lid for improvement of hands-free speech in laryngectomees - Development and clinical use

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    Hagen, R; Schwarz, C; Berning, K; Geertsema, A.A.; Verkerke, G.J.

    Background: Following successful voice restoration after laryngectomy either by a voice prosthesis, a surgical shunt or microvascular laryngoplasty, a further goal in rehabilitation is the insertion of a tracheostoma valve, which enables the patient to speak without using his fingers for closure of

  12. The Lid on the Garbage Can: Institutional Constraints on Decision Making in the Technical Core of College-Text Publishers.

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    Levitt, Barbara; Nass, Clifford

    1989-01-01

    Integrates the garbage can model of organizational choice with institutional theory. Explains how various environmental aspects yield different consequences for the decision and access structures of college textbook publishers than might be expected from the garbage can decision world they inhabit. Includes 42 references. (MLH)

  13. Afázie u dospělých a starších lidí

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    VALVODOVÁ, Olga

    2015-01-01

    The Bachelor thesis pay attention to the aphasia as a communication disorder. The thesis is divided into the theoretical and the practical part. In the theoretical part themes of the neurolinguistics, the speech, tha brain and the aphasia are analysed. The longest chapter focuses on causes of the aphasia, types of aphasia, the diagnosis and therapy of aphasia. The practical part includes single casuistry of three patients and the analysis.

  14. Simultaneous development of vocal and physical object combinations by a Grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus): bottle caps, lids, and labels.

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    Pepperberg, I M; Shive, H R

    2001-12-01

    On the basis of primarily behavioral data, researchers (e.g., P. M. Greenfield, 1991) have argued (a) that parallel development of communicative and physical object (manual) combinatorial abilities exists in young children; (b) that these abilities initially have a common neural substrate; (c) that a homologous substrate in great apes allows for similar, if limited, parallel development of these 2 abilities; and (d) that such abilities thus may indicate a shared evolutionary history for both communicative and physical behavior (J. Johnson-Pynn, D. M. Fragaszy, E. M. Hirsh, K. E. Brakke, & P. M. Greenfield, 1999). The authors of the present study found a comparable, if limited, parallel combinatorial development in a Grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus). Given the evolutionary distance between parrots and primates, the authors suggest that the search for and arguments concerning responsible substrates and common behavior should be approached with care and should not be restricted to the primate line.

  15. Microencapsulation Technologies for Corrosion Protective Coating Applications

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    Li, Wenyan; Buhrow, Jerry; Jolley, Scott; Calle, Luz; Pearman, Benjamin; Zhang, Xuejun

    2015-01-01

    Microencapsulation technologies for functional smart Coatings for autonomous corrosion control have been a research area of strong emphasis during the last decade. This work concerns the development of pH sensitive micro-containers (microparticles and microcapsules) for autonomous corrosion control. This paper presents an overview of the state-of-the-art in the field of microencapsulation for corrosion control applications, as well as the technical details of the pH sensitive microcontainer approach, such as selection criteria for corrosion indicators and corrosion inhibitors; the development and optimization of encapsulation methods; function evaluation before and after incorporation of the microcontainers into coatings; and further optimization to improve coating compatibility and performance.

  16. Understanding and mitigating the lid in SP Al-BSF Cz-Si solar cell by use of IR-belt furnace Rapid Thermal Processing

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    Mvutu, Mayangi Ma

    In this study, Rapid Thermal Processing was used to understand and mitigate the light-induced degradation in boron-doped Cz-Si solar cells. Two different design-types of solar cells were used in the experiment to investigate the impact the solar cell design (structure) might have in lifetime recovery. The two design types include 5-Busbar (5BB) and 4-Street-5-Busbar (4S-5BB), with a resistivity of 2 O-cm, surface area of 239 cm2, thickness of 0.018 cm, and doping concentration of 7.22 x 10 15 cm-3. In the annealing process, the peak temperature of 795°C, belt speed of 210 ipm, and dwell time of less than 2 minutes were used. It was found that solar cell design-type does not affect the lifetime recovery, since both design-types showed similar trends in all electrical output parameters. Also, although the lifetime was fully recovered following the annealing, the efficiency was not, because of contact degradation that resulted in high series resistance and junction recombination. Thus contact firing is key to effective lifetime and efficiency recovery.

  17. Lifting the lid of the "Black intervention box" -the systematic development of an action competence programme for people with screen-detected dysglycaemia

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    Maindal, Helle Terkildsen; Kirkevold, Marit; Sandbæk, Annelli

    2010-01-01

    of health-related action competence was defined as the overall intervention goal and four learning objectives were identified: motivation, informed decision-making, action experience and social involvement. In Phase I, the educational activities were defined and the pedagogical tools tested. In phase II......: An intervention aimed at health-related action competence was successfully developed for people with screen-detected dysglycaemia. The systematic and transparent developmental process is expected to facilitate future clinical research. The MRC model provides the necessary steps to inform intervention development...

  18. Gevormd door leeservaringen : De relatie tussen leesattitude, het lezen van fictie en het voornemen van adolescenten om lid te blijven van de openbare bibliotheek

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    Stalpers, C.P.

    2005-01-01

    Each year more than 40 percent of all people in the age of 18 to 20 years does not renew their subscription to the public library. As nearly two-third of all items borrowed at public libraries consists of fiction, it is hypothesized that the decision to remain using the public library is related to

  19. Talumatud tülid ettevõtte sees katkestasid Airbusi järsu tõusu / Peggy Hollinger, Gerrit Wiesmann ; tõlk. Erik Aru

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    Hollinger, Peggy

    2006-01-01

    Euroopa lennu- ja kosmosetööstus EADS pidi suutma Airbusi efektiivselt juhtida, kuid ei suutnud Airbusis lepitada vastakaid huve. Konfliktidest EADS-i juhtide hulgas, probleemidest A 380 valmimisel. Lisa: Airbus ei looda ainult A380-le

  20. Lifting the lid of the " black intervention box " - the systematic development of an action competence programme for people with screen-detected dysglycaemia

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    Maindal, Helle Terkildsen; Kirkevold, Marit; Sandbaek, Annelli; Lauritzen, Torsten

    2010-01-01

    .... The first three phases of the UK Medical Research Council's model for developing complex interventions in primary care were used to develop a self-management intervention targeting people with screen...

  1. Lifting the lid of the "black intervention box " - the systematic development of an action competence programme for people with screen-detected dysglycaemia

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    Helle Terkildsen Maindal; Marit Kirkevold; Annelli Sandbæk; Torsten Lauritzen

    2010-01-01

    ...: The first three phases of the UK Medical Research Council's model for developing complex interventions in primary care were used to develop a self-management intervention targeting people with screen...

  2. Zaměstnanost a zaměstnatelnost starších lidí v České republice

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    Sadílková, Petra

    2011-01-01

    This bachelor thesis deals with the situation of elderly people in the labour market. Czech population is aging. Life expectancy is increasing and the number of older people grows. This fact influences labour market and overall development of society. In order to continue functioning of social system and in order to maintain the current standard of living of the elderly population, it is necessary to participate in the labour market for a longer time. Elderly people do not represent an intere...

  3. Randomized, placebo-controlled trial of ADS-5102 (amantadine) extended-release capsules for levodopa-induced dyskinesia in Parkinson's disease (EASE LID 3).

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    Oertel, Wolfgang; Eggert, Karla; Pahwa, Rajesh; Tanner, Caroline M; Hauser, Robert A; Trenkwalder, Claudia; Ehret, Reinhard; Azulay, Jean Philippe; Isaacson, Stuart; Felt, Larissa; Stempien, Mary Jean

    2017-08-21

    The treatment of levodopa-induced dyskinesia in Parkinson's disease (PD) is an unmet need with no approved drug therapy. The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of 274 mg ADS-5102 (amantadine) extended-release capsules (equivalent to 340-mg amantadine HCl) for levodopa-induced dyskinesia in a randomized controlled trial. PD patients with ≥1 hour of troublesome dyskinesia and at least mild functional impact were randomized to placebo or ADS-5102 once daily at bedtime for 13 weeks. The primary efficacy analysis was based on change from baseline to week 12 on the Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale total score in the modified intent-to-treat population. OFF time was a key secondary measure. At week 12, least-squares mean change in the Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale was -20.7 (standard error 2.2) for ADS-5102 (n = 37) and -6.3 (standard error 2.1) for placebo (n = 38; treatment difference -14.4, 95% confidence interval -20.4 to -8.3, P Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society. © 2017 The Authors. Movement Disorders published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.

  4. Work-family conflict as a mediator in the association between work stress and depressive symptoms: cross-sectional evidence from the German lidA-cohort study.

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    du Prel, Jean-Baptist; Peter, Richard

    2015-04-01

    The demographic change leads to a shrinking German work force. Depressive symptoms cause many days absent at work, loss of productivity and early retirement. Therefore, pathways for prevention of depressive symptoms are important for the maintenance of global competitiveness. We investigated the role of work-family conflict (WFC) in the well-known association between work stress and depressive symptoms. A total of 6,339 employees subject to social insurance, born in 1959 or 1965 and randomly drawn from 222 sample points in Germany participated in the first wave of the leben in der Arbeit-study. In the analysis, 5,906 study subjects working in full-time or part-time positions were included. Work stress was measured by effort-reward imbalance ratio, depressive symptoms by the applied Becks depression inventory (BDI-V) and WFC by items of the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire (COPSOQ)-scale. Multiple linear regression analysis adjusted for age, education, negative affectivity (PANAS), overcommitment and number of children was performed. Mediation was defined according to the criteria of Baron and Kenny. Work stress was significantly associated with depressive symptoms (BDI-V) in all full-time [ß1female = 6.61 (95 % CI 3.95-9.27); ß1male = 8.02 (95 % CI 5.94-10.09)] and female part-time employees [ß2female = 4.87 (95 % CI 2.16-7.59)]. When controlling for WFC effect, estimates became smaller in men and were even halved in women. WFC was also significantly associated with work stress and depressive symptoms: All criteria for partial mediation between work stress and depressiveness were fulfilled. Prevention of WFC may help to reduce days absent at work and early retirement due to work stress-related depressive symptoms in middle-aged women and men.

  5. Differentiation of sex chromosomes and karyotypic evolution in the eye-lid geckos (Squamata: Gekkota: Eublepharidae), a group with different modes of sex determination

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    Pokorná, M.; Rábová, Marie; Ráb, Petr; Ferguson-Smith, M. A.; Rens, W.; Kratochvíl, L.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 18, č. 6 (2010), s. 809-820 ISSN 0967-3849 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP506/10/0718; GA MŠk LC06073 Grant - others:GA ČR(CZ) GP206/06/P282 Program:GP Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50450515 Keywords : reptile cytogenetics * FISH * neo- sex hromosomes Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology Impact factor: 3.130, year: 2010

  6. Conjunctival granuloma with necrosis associated with exposed suture in upper double lid masquerading as ocular surface squamous neoplasia: a case report.

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    Kim, Yu Jeong; Kim, Jaeyoung; Choung, Hokyung; Kim, Mee Kum; Wee, Won Ryang

    2017-04-26

    This study reports two cases of conjunctival granuloma with necrosis caused by an exposed suture in the upper palpebral conjunctiva masquerading as ocular surface squamous neoplasia. Two patients presented with chronic conjunctival ulcerative and granulomatous lesions on the superior bulbar conjunctiva that repeatedly recurred after the mass was removed. The pathologic findings revealed the absence of malignant cells and presence of many lymphocytes, plasma cells, and histiocytes. There was no evidence of acid-fast bacilli or fungal organisms. When a past history of blepharoplasty was established, microscopic examination revealed occult exposed suture tips. After the sutures were removed, the granuloma with necrosis was resolved within a month. For all conjunctival lesions in the superior bulbar conjunctiva, a thorough examination of the ocular adnexae which includes eyelid eversion should be performed. There should be a suspicion of foreign body or exposed suture material especially when there is a non-healing ulcer.

  7. Analýza předpokladů manažerů pro vedení lidí

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    Pop, Michal

    2009-01-01

    This diploma paper is concerned with prerequisites of managers for leadership. In the theoretical section deal with a brief explanation of essential conceptions; evolution of overview to leadership; managerials styles and leadership itself. The main aim of analytical section is assessment of most suitable candidate for leadership of chosen firm.

  8. Lifting the lid of the "black intervention box" - the systematic development of an action competence programme for people with screen-detected dysglycaemia

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    Sandbæk Annelli

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The evidence gained from effective self-management interventions is often criticised for the ambiguity of its active components, and consequently the obstruction of their implementation into daily practice. Our aim is to report how an intervention development model aids the careful selection of active components in an intervention for people with dysglycaemia. Methods The first three phases of the UK Medical Research Council's model for developing complex interventions in primary care were used to develop a self-management intervention targeting people with screen-detected dysglycaemia. In the preclinical phase, the expected needs of the target group were assessed by review of empirical literature and theories. In phase I, a preliminary intervention was modelled and in phase II, the preliminary intervention was pilot tested. Results In the preclinical phase the achievement of health-related action competence was defined as the overall intervention goal and four learning objectives were identified: motivation, informed decision-making, action experience and social involvement. In Phase I, the educational activities were defined and the pedagogical tools tested. In phase II, the intervention was tested in two different primary healthcare settings and adjusted accordingly. The 18-hour intervention "Ready to Act" ran for 3 months and consisted of two motivational one-to-one sessions conducted by nurses and eight group meetings conducted by multidisciplinary teams. Conclusions An intervention aimed at health-related action competence was successfully developed for people with screen-detected dysglycaemia. The systematic and transparent developmental process is expected to facilitate future clinical research. The MRC model provides the necessary steps to inform intervention development but should be prioritised according to existing evidence in order to save time.

  9. Fabrication of cell container arrays with overlaid surface topographies

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    Truckenmüller, R.K.; Giselbrecht, S.; Escalante Marun, M.; Groenendijk, M.N.W.; Groenendijk, M.N.W.; Papenburg, B.J.; Rivron, N.C.; Unadkat, H.V.; Saile, V.; Subramaniam, Vinod; van Blitterswijk, Clemens; van den Berg, Albert; Wessling, Matthias; de Boer, Jan; Stamatialis, Dimitrios

    This paper presents cell culture substrates in the form of microcontainer arrays with overlaid surface topographies, and a technology for their fabrication. The new fabrication technology is based on microscale thermoforming of thin polymer films whose surfaces are topographically prepatterned on a

  10. Enhancement of performance in porous bead-based microchip sensors: Effects of chip geometry on bio-agent capture.

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    Kulla, Eliona; Chou, Jie; Simmons, Glennon; Wong, Jorge; McRae, Michael P; Patel, Rushi; Floriano, Pierre N; Christodoulides, Nicolaos; Leach, Robin J; Thompson, Ian M; McDevitt, John T

    Measuring low concentrations of clinically-important biomarkers using porous bead-based lab-on-a-chip (LOC) platforms is critical for the successful implementation of point-of-care (POC) devices. One way to meet this objective is to optimize the geometry of the bead holder, referred to here as a micro-container. In this work, two geometric micro-containers were explored, the inverted pyramid frustum (PF) and the inverted clipped pyramid frustum (CPF). Finite element models of this bead array assay system were developed to optimize the micro-container and bead geometries for increased pressure, to increase analyte capture in porous bead-based fluorescence immunoassays. Custom micro-milled micro-container structures containing an inverted CPF geometry resulted in a 28% reduction in flow-through regions from traditional anisotropically-etched pyramidal geometry derived from Si-111 termination layers. This novel "reduced flow-through" design resulted in a 33% increase in analyte penetration into the bead and twofold increase in fluorescence signal intensity as demonstrated with C-Reactive Protein (CRP) antigen, an important biomarker of inflammation. A consequent twofold decrease in the limit of detection (LOD) and the limit of quantification (LOQ) of a proof-of-concept assay for the free isoform of Prostate-Specific Antigen (free PSA), an important biomarker for prostate cancer detection, is also presented. Furthermore, a 53% decrease in the bead diameter is shown to result in a 160% increase in pressure and 2.5-fold increase in signal, as estimated by COMSOL models and confirmed experimentally by epi-fluorescence microscopy. Such optimizations of the bead micro-container and bead geometries have the potential to significantly reduce the LODs and reagent costs for spatially programmed bead-based assay systems of this type.

  11. Sex jako výnosná brigáda - moderní způsoby přivýdělku u mladých lidí

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    DUCHÁČOVÁ, Šárka

    2008-01-01

    Today, the life of a university student has long been associated with shared houses, two-minute noodles and second-hand clothes. But it seems there's now a new trend. A new study has shown that many students prefer to work as a luxury prostitute or go-go dancer instead of the more traditional waitressing or bar work. There has been an increase in the number of young people turning to the sex industry. Male and female university students have used sex as a source of income during their studies...

  12. Moderní komunikační a sociální sítě a jejich vliv na chování lidí

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    Voroshilova, Ekaterina

    2011-01-01

    Characteristic of social networks, description of their atributes, concept "addiction to social networks", evaluation of marketing in social networks. Analysis of social networks' influence on human behaviour.

  13. Sexualita lidí s mentálním postižením z perspektivy etiky a lidských práv

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    Sanetrníková, Eva

    2010-01-01

    The work focuses people with mental disabilities; its issue is the ethical reflexion of social conditions leading to the realisation of that people's rights in the sphere of sexuality. The work's target is to map the current situation, to point at ethical dilemmas and to search possibilities how to approach the existing problems with respect and reverence to the human dignity and equality from the socialJwork point of view. The work is divided into three parts. The first one attends to the me...

  14. Joint analysis of refraction seismic survey with multilevel hydrophone measurement (application for detecting the high velocity thin lid); Kussekiho jishin tansa data to kochu hydrophone data no fukugo kaiseki no rei

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    Mori, S.; Harada, T.; Hayashi, K. [OYO Corp., Tokyo (Japan)

    1996-05-01

    During a refraction seismic survey conducted at a spot where a high-speed lava layer is supposedly concealed, the distribution of lava layer was estimated, and a composite analysis involving the vibration data received via hydrophones arranged in a bore hole was accomplished using a high-speed model based on an assumed geological section. The refraction survey centered on the bore hole and was accomplished using 250m-long traverse lines extending therefrom, one to the upstream and the other to the downstream of a river, producing a total length of 500m. The hydrophones were installed in the bore hole, and the measurement was carried out in an offset VSP-like observation pattern. In the analysis, the velocities obtained by the refraction survey and velocity logging were assigned to each layer on the basis of the assumed geological section for the construction of a velocity distribution model, which served as the early model for the repetition of calculation. Calculation was repeated with help of the said model, and a geological structure, capable of explaining the travel time data collected during the refraction survey and velocity logging, was successfully estimated. 1 ref., 5 figs.

  15. Loading of Drug-Polymer Matrices in Microreservoirs for Oral Drug Delivery

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    Petersen, Ritika Singh; Keller, Stephan Sylvest; Boisen, Anja

    2017-01-01

    For major advances in microfabricated drug delivery systems (DDS), fabrication methods with high throughput using biocompatible polymers are required. Once these DDS are fabricated, loading of drug poses a significant challenge. Here, hot punching is presented as an innovative method for drug loa...... hot punching with >99% yield. Thus, it is illustrated that hot punching allows high-throughput, parallel loading of 3D polymer microcontainers with drug-polymer matrices in a single process step....

  16. Integrated Active and Passive Polymer Optical Components with nm to mm Features

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    Christiansen, Mads Brøkner; Schøler, Mikkel; Kristensen, Anders

    2007-01-01

    We present wafer-scale fabrication of integrated active and passive polymer optics with nm to mm features. First order DFB lasers, defined in dye doped SU-8 resist are integrated with SU-8 waveguides.

  17. Integrated Active and Passive Polymer Optical Components with nm to mm Features

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    Christiansen, Mads Brøkner; Schøler, Mikkel; Kristensen, Anders

    2007-01-01

    We present wafer-scale fabrication of integrated active and passive polymer optics with nm to mm features. First order DFB lasers, defined in dye doped SU-8 resist are integrated with SU-8 waveguides.......We present wafer-scale fabrication of integrated active and passive polymer optics with nm to mm features. First order DFB lasers, defined in dye doped SU-8 resist are integrated with SU-8 waveguides....

  18. Technological aspects of gaseous pixel detectors fabrication

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    Blanco Carballo, V.M.; Salm, Cora; Smits, Sander M.; Schmitz, Jurriaan; Melai, J.; Chefdeville, M.A.; van der Graaf, H.

    2007-01-01

    Integrated gaseous pixel detectors consisting of a metal punctured foil suspended in the order of 50μm over a pixel readout chip by means by SU-8 insulating pillars have been fabricated. SU-8 is used as sacrificial layer but metallization over uncrosslinked SU-8 presents adhesion and stress

  19. Food packing optimization

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    The development of a universal closure lid for the space shuttle food package is reported. The revised lid needs a folded configuration which, when unfolded, fully conforms to the interior surfaces of the food cup. Experimental thermoform molds were fabricated and test lids formed. The lid material not in contact with the food conformed to the cup interior without wrinkles, permitting full nesting of the cups. The final lid design was established and thermoform tooling designed and fabricated. Lids formed on these molds were tested for strength. The heating elements were replaced and repositioned to eliminate any hot spots which may cause warpage.

  20. Barriers to implementing low impact development approaches in Washington State roadways and highways.

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    2010-06-04

    Low impact development (LID) is an approach to stormwater management that seeks to mimic the natural hydrologic functions of stormwater runoff prior to development. In general, LID techniques emphasize infiltration and evapotranspiration to remove po...

  1. Dietary evaluation of a low-iodine diet in Korean thyroid cancer patients preparing for radioactive iodine therapy in an iodine-rich region

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    Ju, Dal Lae; Park, Young Joo; Paik, Hee-Young; Kim, Min-Ji; Park, Seonyeong; Jung, Kyong Yeun; Kim, Tae Hyuk; Choi, Hun Sung; Song, Yoon Ju

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES Despite the importance of a low-iodine diet (LID) for thyroid cancer patients preparing for radioactive iodine (RAI) therapy, few studies have evaluated dietary intake during LID. This study evaluated the amount of dietary iodine intake and its major food sources during a typical diet and during LID periods for thyroid cancer patients preparing for RAI therapy, and examined how the type of nutrition education of LID affects iodine intake. SUBJECTS/METHODS A total of 92 d...

  2. Comparison of urine iodine/creatinine ratio between patients following stringent and less stringent low iodine diet for radioiodine remnant ablation of thyroid cancer

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    Roh, Jee Ho; Kim, Byung Il; Ha, Ji Su; Chang, Sei Joong; Shin, Hye Young; Choi, Joon Hyuk; Kim, Do Min; Kim, Chong Soon [Hanil Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-12-15

    A low iodine diet (LID) for 1 {approx} 2 weeks is recommended for patients who undergoing radioiodine remnant ablation. However, the LID educations for patients are different among centers because there is no concrete recommendation for protocol of LID. In this investigation, we compared two representative types of LID protocols performed in several centers in Korea using urine iodine to creatinine tatio (urine I/Cr). From 2006, April to June, patients referred to our center for radioiodine remnant ablation of thyroid cancer from several local hospitals which had different LID protocols were included. We divided into two groups, stringent LID for 1 week and less stringent LID for 2 weeks, then measured their urine I/Cr ratio with spot urine when patients were admitted to the hospital. Total 27 patients were included in this investigation (M:F = 1:26; 13 in one-week stringent LID; 14 in two-week less stringent LID). Average of urine I/Cr ratio was 127.87 {+-} 78.52 {mu} g/g in stringent LID for 1 week, and 289.75 {+-} 188.24 {mu} g/g in less stringent LID for 2 weeks. It was significantly lower in stringent LID for 1 week group ({rho} = 0.008). The number of patients whose urine I/Cr ratios were below 100 {mu} g/g was 6 of 13 in stringent LID for 1 week group, and 3 of 14 in less stringent LID for 2 weeks group. Stringent LID for 1 week resulted in better urinary I/Cr ratio in our investigation compared with the other protocol. However it still resulted in plenty of inadequate range of I/Cr ratio, so more stringent protocol such as stringent LID for 2 weeks is expected more desirable.

  3. Low Iodine Diet for Preparation for Radioactive Iodine Therapy in Differentiated Thyroid Carcinoma in Korea

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    Jae Hoon Chung

    2013-01-01

    Preparation for radioactive iodine (RAI) therapy includes an increased serum thyroid stimulating hormone level and a low iodine diet (LID). Because of extremely high iodine intake, some physicians have advocated a more stringent LID for greater than 2 weeks in Korean patients with thyroid cancer prior to RAI therapy; however, it is very difficult to maintain a stringent LID for a longer period of time. According to recent reports in Korea, a nonstringent, simple LID for only 1 week might be e...

  4. Impact of Local Item Dependence on Item Response Theory Scoring in CAT. Law School Admission Council Computerized Testing Report. LSAC Research Report Series.

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    Reese, Lynda M.

    This study represented a first attempt to evaluate the impact of local item dependence (LID) for Item Response Theory (IRT) scoring in computerized adaptive testing (CAT). The most basic CAT design and a simplified design for simulating CAT item pools with varying degrees of LID were applied. A data generation method that allows the LID among…

  5. Efficacy of Dietitian-instructed Low Iodine Diet for Radioiodine Remnant Tissue Ablation for Thyroid Cancer.

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    Tamura, Mika; Nakada, Kunihiro; Tsuruhara, Reiko; Kawamura, Naoko; Kawagishi, Shizu; Furuta, Yasushi; Sugie, Hiroki; Sato, Yasushi; Sakurai, Masayuki

    2016-01-01

    We evaluated the significance of dietary instruction (DI) for patients who are going on a low iodine diet (LID) as a preparation for remnant tissue ablation for thyroid cancer. DI was done by a dietarian using a dedicated handbook we have developed. To assess the effect of LID on depleting body iodine, urinary iodine concentration (UIC) in patients with post-surgical papillary thyroid cancer was measured twice, before and after LID. UIC on the day of radioiodine administration was compared with radioiodine uptake (RU) in the remnant tissue. Additionally, the association between clinical and lifestyle-related features of patients and the outcome of LID were investigated. A questionnaire survey was conducted to determine whether the DI helped patients go on LID. The mean value of UIC after the one-week LID was decreased to about 15% of the baseline value. There was a significant inverse correlation between UIC and RU (r= -0.694). Age and UIC before the start of LID were linked to successful outcome of LID. In the questionnaire survey, 84% of the participants answered that the handbook helped them go on a LID. Likewise, 80% answered that they could manage their LID without using the boil-in-the-bag low iodine food. LID successfully decreased UIC in patients undergoing remnant tissue ablation. DI by a dietitian may make a practice of LID easier.

  6. 78 FR 8117 - Whalen Furniture Manufacturing, Inc., d/b/a Bayside Furnishings, Provisional Acceptance of a...

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    2013-02-05

    ... chests located as the ``bow'' of each unit with a 20 pound lid that could be placed up and remain in a...), (8) and (11). 6. The Boat Beds are defective because the toy chest lid hinge support mechanism could fail during use, allowing the lid to fall down rapidly. This poses a serious trauma and strangulation...

  7. Dyskinesier ved Parkinsons sygdom:

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    Thomsen, Birgitte Liang Chen; Herz, Damian Marc; Siebner, Hartwig Roman

    2017-01-01

    and may help to identify patients at risk of developing LID. Amantadine can be used for the treatment of LID, and novel drugs are under development. Deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus and globus pallidus internus alleviates LID, the former indirectly by reducing levodopa intake, the latter...

  8. Polymorphisms of DRD2, DRD3, DRD4 and HTR2C genes in levodopa-induced dyskinesias in Parkinson's disease

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    Ivanova, S.A.; Alifirova, V.M.; Fedorenko, O.Y.; Freidin, M.B.; Bokhan, N.A.; Zhukova, I.; Al Hadithy, A.F.Y.; Brouwers, J.R.B.J.; Wilffert, B.; Loonen, A.J.M.

    2015-01-01

    Levodopa-induced dyskinesias (LID) are involuntary muscle movements that occur as a consequence of chronic levodopa (L-DOPA) treatment. LID are a substantial barrier to effective symptomatic management of Parkinson's disease (PD), up to 45% of L-DOPA users develop LID within 5 years [1]. Clinical

  9. A Leadership Identity Development Model: Applications from a Grounded Theory

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    Komives, Susan R.; Mainella, Felicia C.; Longerbeam, Susan D.; Osteen, Laura; Owen, Julie E.

    2006-01-01

    This article describes a stage-based model of leadership identity development (LID) that resulted from a grounded theory study on developing a leadership identity (Komives, Owen, Longerbeam, Mainella, & Osteen, 2005). The LID model expands on the leadership identity stages, integrates the categories of the grounded theory into the LID model, and…

  10. Low Impact Development Master Plan

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    Loftin, Samuel R. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2017-10-02

    This project creates a Low Impact Development (LID) Master Plan to guide and prioritize future development of LID projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL or the Laboratory). The LID Master Plan applies to developed areas across the Laboratory and focuses on identifying opportunities for storm water quality and hydrological improvements in the heavily urbanized areas of Technical Areas 03, 35 and 53. The LID Master Plan is organized to allow the addition of LID projects for other technical areas as time and funds allow in the future.

  11. Vascularization of soft tissue engineering constructs

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    Pimentel Carletto, Rodrigo

    with mechanical properties in the range of soft tissues has not been fully achieved. My project focused on the fabrication and the active perfusion of hydrogel constructs with multi-dimensional vasculature and controlled mechanical properties targeting soft tissues. Specifically, the initial part of the research...... nanotechnology-based paradigm for engineering vascularised liver tissue for transplantation”) and the Danish National Research Foundation and Villum Foundation’s Center for Intelligent Drug delivery and sensing Using microcontainers and Nanomechanics (Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF122)....

  12. Fabrication of Ni stamp with high aspect ratio, two-leveled, cylindrical microstructures using dry etching and electroplating

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    Petersen, Ritika Singh; Keller, Stephan Sylvest; Hansen, Ole

    2015-01-01

    obtained by defining a reservoir and a separating trench with different depths of 85 and 125 μm, respectively, in a single embossing step. The fabrication of the required two leveled stamp is done using a modified DEEMO (dry etching, electroplating and molding) process. Dry etching using the Bosch process......We describe a process for the fabrication of a Ni stamp that is applied to the microstructuring of polymers by hot embossing. The target devices are microcontainers that have a potential application in oral drug delivery. Each container is a 3D, cylindrical, high aspect ratio microstructure...

  13. Method for manufacturing carrier containing e.g. proteins for human during oral drug delivery operation for food and drug administration application in pharmaceutical industry, involves providing active ingredient to core layer

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    2015-01-01

    ingredient. USE - Method for manufacturing a multi-layered micro-container i.e. carrier, containing an active ingredient e.g. small organic molecules, proteins, peptides, vitamins, antibodies, antibody fragments, vaccines, RNA, DNA and antibiotics, for a patient e.g. human and animal, during an oral drug...... delivery operation for a food and drug administration (FDA) application in a pharmaceutical industry. ADVANTAGE - The method enables allowing an individual micro-structure stuck in an embossing stamp to be demolded under the conditions such that demolding operation is done by treating elastically...

  14. Low Impact Development Planning and Adaptation Decision-Making under Climate Change for a Community against Pluvial Flooding

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    Pei-Yuan Chen

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available This study integrates and develops methods, namely low impact development (LID selection method and an LID spatial planning model, to enable decision-making to minimize pluvial flooding for a community. The objective is to minimize the flood risk under the worst case of the design storm within the budget constraints. Design storms in current and future climate scenarios are analyzed as input to the Storm Water Management Model (SWMM. Then, LID practices are selected based on the proposed procedure and a spatial planning model is built to identify the optimal LID layouts using the simulated annealing (SA algorithm. The lower and upper bounds of the generated rainfall intensities of a five-year 1-h duration design storms for the Hadley Centre Global Environment Model version 2 for the atmosphere and oceans (HadGEM2-AO, the Norwegian Earth System Model (NorESM1-ME, and the CSIRO-Mk3.6.0 Atmosphere-Ocean GCM (CSIRO-Mk3.6.0 during 2021–2040 are derived. The LID selection helps efficiently identify appropriate LID. Results show that nearly no flood occurs under the optimal LID layouts found by the LID spatial planning model. Moreover, it is more optimal to invest in LID in the lower sub-catchments in LID planning when the budget is limited. These methods are generally applicable for a community using LIDs as adaptation measures against pluvial flooding.

  15. Contact printed masks for 3D microfabrication in negative resists

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    Häfliger, Daniel; Boisen, Anja

    2005-01-01

    We present a process based on contact printed shadow masks for three dimensional microfabrication of soft and sensitive overhanging membranes in SU-8. A metal mask is transferred onto unexposed SU-8 from an elastomer stamp made of polydimethylsiloxane. This mask is subsequently embedded into the negative resist to protect buried material from UV-exposure. Unlike direct evaporation-deposition of a mask onto the SU-8, printing avoids high stress and radiation, thus preventing resist wrinkling a...

  16. Silicon-free, low-loss and high contrast polymer multimode waveguides

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    Abdul-Hadi, Jalal; Gauthier, Marc Andre; Packirisamy, Muthukumaran

    2017-10-01

    The fabrication and characterization of SU-8 multimode optical waveguides on fused quartz and silicon oxide substrates were successfully realized and analyzed. Optical losses for the transverse electric (TE) mode polarization of 0.58 dB cm-1 and 1.44 dB cm-1 and transverse magnetic (TM) mode polarization of 0.73 dB cm-1 and 1.16 dB cm-1 were measured for SU-8 waveguides on fused quartz and silicon oxide substrates, respectively. The fabrication process for SU-8 waveguides on quartz developed herein could be applied for SU-8 optical integrated devices on other substrate materials.

  17. Dietary evaluation of a low-iodine diet in Korean thyroid cancer patients preparing for radioactive iodine therapy in an iodine-rich region.

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    Ju, Dal Lae; Park, Young Joo; Paik, Hee-Young; Kim, Min-Ji; Park, Seonyeong; Jung, Kyong Yeun; Kim, Tae Hyuk; Choi, Hun Sung; Song, Yoon Ju

    2016-04-01

    Despite the importance of a low-iodine diet (LID) for thyroid cancer patients preparing for radioactive iodine (RAI) therapy, few studies have evaluated dietary intake during LID. This study evaluated the amount of dietary iodine intake and its major food sources during a typical diet and during LID periods for thyroid cancer patients preparing for RAI therapy, and examined how the type of nutrition education of LID affects iodine intake. A total of 92 differentiated thyroid cancer patients with total thyroidectomy were enrolled from Seoul National University Hospital. All subjects completed three days of dietary records during usual and low-iodine diets before (131)I administration. The median iodine intake was 290 µg/day on the usual diet and 63.2 µg/day on the LID. The major food groups during the usual diet were seaweed, salted vegetables, fish, milk, and dairy products and the consumption of these foods decreased significantly during LID. The mean energy intake on the LID was 1,325 kcal, which was 446 kcal lower than on the usual diet (1,771 kcal). By avoiding iodine, the intake of most other nutrients, including sodium, was significantly reduced during LID (P thyroid cancer patients was significantly reduced during LID and was within the recommended amount. However, the intake of most other nutrients and calories was also reduced. Future studies are needed to develop a practical dietary protocol for a LID in Korean patients.

  18. Skin permeation of lidocaine from crystal suspended oily formulations.

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    Matsui, Rakan; Hasegawa, Masaaki; Ishida, Masami; Ebata, Toshiya; Namiki, Noriyuki; Sugibayashi, Kenji

    2005-09-01

    In vitro permeation of lidocaine (lidocaine base, LID) through excised rat skin was investigated using several LID-suspended oily formulations. The first skin permeation of LID from an LID-suspended oily solution such as liquid paraffin (LP), isopropyl myristate (IPM), polyoxyethylene (2) oleylether (BO-2), and diethyl sebacate (DES) was evaluated and compared with that from polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG400) solution, a hydrophilic base. The obtained permeation rate of LID, Japp, from PEG400, LP, IPM, BO-2, and DES was in the order of DES>BO-2=IPM>LP>PEG400, and increased with LID solubility in the oily solvents, although LID crystals were dispersed in all solvents. Subsequently, oily formulations that consisted of different ratios of the first oily solvent (IPM, BO-2, or DES) (each 0-20%), the second oily solvent (LP) and an oily mixture of microcrystalline wax/white petrolatum/paraffin (1/5/4) were evaluated. BO-2 groups at a concentration of 5% and 10% had the highest Japp among the oily formulations, although a higher BO-2 resulted in lower skin permeation. In addition, pretreatment with BO-2 increased the skin permeation of LID. These results suggest that the penetration enhancing effect by the system may be related to the skin penetration of BO-2 itself. Finally, mathematical analysis was done to evaluate the effect of BO-2, and it was shown that BO-2 improved the LID solubility in stratum corneum lipids to efficiently enhance the LID permeation through skin.

  19. Silver Alginate Hydrogel Micro- and Nanocontainers for Theranostics: Synthesis, Encapsulation, Remote Release, and Detection.

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    Lengert, Ekaterina; Saveleva, Mariia; Abalymov, Anatolii; Atkin, Vsevolod; Wuytens, Pieter C; Kamyshinsky, Roman; Vasiliev, Alexander L; Gorin, Dmitry A; Sukhorukov, Gleb B; Skirtach, Andre G; Parakhonskiy, Bogdan

    2017-07-05

    We have designed multifunctional silver alginate hydrogel microcontainers referred to as loaded microcapsules with different sizes by assembling them via a template assisted approach using natural, highly porous calcium carbonate cores. Sodium alginate was immobilized into the pores of calcium carbonate particles of different sizes followed by cross-linking via addition of silver ions, which had a dual purpose: on one hand, the were used as a cross-linking agent, albeit in the monovalent form, while on the other hand they have led to formation of silver nanoparticles. Monovalent silver ions, an unusual cross-linking agent, improve the sensitivity to ultrasound, lead to homogeneous distribution of silver nanoparticles. Silver nanoparticles appeared on the shell of the alginate microcapsules in the twin-structure as determined by transmission electron microscopy. Remote release of a payload from alginate containers by ultrasound was found to strongly depend on the particle size. The possibility to use such particles as a platform for label-free molecule detection based on the surface enhanced Raman scattering was demonstrated. Cytotoxicity and cell uptake studies conducted in this work have revealed that microcontainers exhibit nonessential level of toxicity with an efficient uptake of cells. The above-described functionalities constitute building blocks of a theranostic system, where detection and remote release can be achieved with the same carrier.

  20. Biofriendly nanocomposite containers with inhibition properties for the protection of metallic surfaces

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    Vakhitov, T. R.; Katnov, V. E.; Grishin, P. V.; Stepin, S. N.; Grigoriev, D. O.

    2017-03-01

    An attempt to combine two `green' compounds in nanocomposite microcontainers in order to increase protection properties of waterborne acryl-styrene copolymer (ASC) coatings has been made. N-lauroylsarcosine (NLS) served as a corrosion inhibitor, and linseed oil (LO) as a carrier-forming component. LO is compatible with this copolymer and can impart to the coating self-healing properties. For the evaluation of the protective performance, three types of coatings were compared. In the first two, NLS was introduced in the coating formulation in the forms of free powder and micro-containers filled with LO, correspondingly. The last one was a standard ASC coating without inhibitor at all. Low-carbon steel substrates were coated by these formulations by spraying and subjected subsequently to the neutral salt spray test according to DIN ISO 9227. Results of these tests as well as the data obtained by electrochemical study suggest that such containers can be used for the improvement of adhesion of ASC-based coatings to the substrate and for the enhancement of their protective performance upon integrity damage, whereas the barrier properties of intact coatings were decreased.

  1. Biofriendly nanocomposite containers with inhibition properties for the protection of metallic surfaces.

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    Vakhitov, T R; Katnov, V E; Grishin, P V; Stepin, S N; Grigoriev, D O

    2017-03-01

    An attempt to combine two 'green' compounds in nanocomposite microcontainers in order to increase protection properties of waterborne acryl-styrene copolymer (ASC) coatings has been made. N-lauroylsarcosine (NLS) served as a corrosion inhibitor, and linseed oil (LO) as a carrier-forming component. LO is compatible with this copolymer and can impart to the coating self-healing properties. For the evaluation of the protective performance, three types of coatings were compared. In the first two, NLS was introduced in the coating formulation in the forms of free powder and micro-containers filled with LO, correspondingly. The last one was a standard ASC coating without inhibitor at all. Low-carbon steel substrates were coated by these formulations by spraying and subjected subsequently to the neutral salt spray test according to DIN ISO 9227. Results of these tests as well as the data obtained by electrochemical study suggest that such containers can be used for the improvement of adhesion of ASC-based coatings to the substrate and for the enhancement of their protective performance upon integrity damage, whereas the barrier properties of intact coatings were decreased.

  2. The active bioindication method based on the fertility rate of collembola possibility and chance to diagnose soil conditions and the degree of soil burden; Die aktive Bioindikationsmethode mit Collembolen. Moeglichkeit der Diagnose von Bodenzustand und -belastung

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    Kopeszki, H. [Wien Univ. (Austria). Zoologisches Inst.

    1999-07-01

    Fertility, population growth and population dynamics of the collembolan species Folsomia candida and Heteromurus nitidus in exposed microcontainers are the zoological criteria of the active bioindication method discussed in this paper. With these criteria, it is easy to diagnose respective soil conditions and the degree of soil burden with pollutants. The zoological criteria are a direct indication for the degree of pollutant deposition and soil water contamination. The more a soil ecosystem is contaminated by acids, heavy metals, fertilizers or pesticides, the less successful is the breeding of the springtails in the exposed microcontainers. Thus population dynamics and abundance function as a good measure for the pollution stress of soil ecosystems. (orig.) [German] Bei der hier vorgestellten aktiven Bioindikationsmethode sind Fortpflanzungsrate, Populationsgroesse (Jahresmittelwert) und Populationsentwicklung der Collembolenarten Folsomia candida und Heteromurus nitidus in exponierten Mikrocontainern zoologische Kriterien, an Hand derer der Bodenzustand und Ausmass einer moeglichen Bodenbelastung klar diagnostiziert werden koennen. Diese zoologischen Parameter sind unmittelbare Indizien fuer das Ausmass von Schadstoffdepositionen und Bodenwasserkontaminationen mit Schadstoffen. Je staerker ein Bodenoekosystem mit Saeuren, Schwermetallen, Duengern oder Pestiziden verunreinigt ist, umso geringer sind die Zuchterfolge mit den Collembolen in exponierten Mikrocontainern. So werden Populationsdynamik und Abundanz zu Messeinheiten fuer den Belastungsstress von Bodenoekosystemen. (orig.)

  3. Porovnání vlivu médií na politické myšlení lidí V ČSSR a ČR před r.1989 a po něm

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    Bubníková, Lucie

    2009-01-01

    In this final project is compared how media influenced a political thinking of people in The Czech Republic during the comunist regime and how they influece it now, in the time of democracy. There are described the main principals of the masmedias, the political and economical censorship, the regulation by law. The last didactical chapter contains some activities, that can help to integrate medial education into the individual subjects.

  4. Specifická úloha artefiletiky jako vnějšího konceptu se záměrem budování vnitřních prekonceptů a selfkonceptů u mladých lidí po prodělané psychotické zkušenosti

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    Štefančíková, Mariana

    2012-01-01

    The subject I am interested in, is not about therapeutic interventions of psychotic disorder. I am concerning on young people as they are, although they suffer by any disorder. I presume they are able to reflect themselves, their inner experience and to work on self-acceptance and growth in the same way as other young people. For that kind of process is important to determine the range of professional area out of clinical practice because in clinical area are expected complications in persona...

  5. Možnosti oslovení mladých lidí z křesťaských rodin, kteří přestávají praktikovat svou křesťanskou víru

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    ZASADILOVÁ, Jana

    2015-01-01

    The thesis concerns itself with spiritual needs of young Christians. It takes into consideration the development of religious judgement, psycho-social development young people undergoe, and the influence of the current secularized society on their value opinions and attitudes. It analyses three aspects of the Christian faith: the knowledge of Church teachings, the partaking on the life of the Church and the Christian moral principles. It further considers the problems and tasks of pastoral ca...

  6. Sociální práce se sexualitou dospělých lidí s mentálním postižením v chráněném bydlení

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    Machová, Vendula

    2013-01-01

    In my diploma thesis I expressed the importance of sexuality for every human bein . Sexual health is part of general health conditions and is a necessary condition of a quality life. Every human has the guaranteed right to enjoy sexuality freely, on condition that no one is constrained. Sexual rights are guaranteed by Bill of Rights, international agreements and also by documents issued by Czech government. I have theoretically described the goals, basic assumptions and educational topics in ...

  7. Autobiografie a autobiografické fragmenty lidí s mentálním postižením žijících v ústavních zařízeních

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    Širůčková, Marie

    2007-01-01

    This paper uses phenomenographical interview to explore subjective experience of nine people with mental handicap - they are led to speak by indirective questions only. It is based on humanistically orientated phenomenological approach which emphasizes uniqueness and specific value of each personality. The research method used is an autobiographical technique. The paper should be a contribution to newly appreciate the real personality in mentally handicapped people. It attemps to bring some n...

  8. Polymeric cantilever-based biosensors with integrated readout

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    Johansson, Alicia; Blagoi, Gabriela; Boisen, Anja

    2006-01-01

    The authors present an SU-8 cantilever chip with integrated piezoresistors for detection of surface stress changes due to adsorption of biomolecules on the cantilever surface. Mercaptohexanol is used as a model biomolecule to study molecular interactions with Au-coated SU-8 cantilevers and surfac...

  9. Applications of Integrated Polymer Waveguides in Microsystems

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    Wang, Zhenyu

    2006-01-01

    -flow cytometer, og real-time mikrochip PCR. På grund af sine gode optiske egenskaber blev den negative epoxy fotoresist SU-8 valgt til at fremstille integreret polymer optik (bølgeledere, linser, og fiber-til-bølgeledere koblere) til optisk detektion. Det mikrofluide netværk blev også fremstillet i SU-8. Den...

  10. Real-time tunability of chip-based light source enabled by microfluidic mixing

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    Olsen, Brian Bilenberg; Rasmussen, Torben; Balslev, Søren

    2006-01-01

    We demonstrate real-time tunability of a chip-based liquid light source enabled by microfluidic mixing. The mixer and light source are fabricated in SU-8 which is suitable for integration in SU-8-based laboratory-on-a-chip microsystems. The tunability of the light source is achieved by changing...

  11. Life cycle implications of urban green infrastructure.

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    Spatari, Sabrina; Yu, Ziwen; Montalto, Franco A

    2011-01-01

    Low Impact Development (LID) is part of a new paradigm in urban water management that aims to decentralize water storage and movement functions within urban watersheds. LID strategies can restore ecosystem functions and reduce runoff loadings to municipal water pollution control facilities (WPCF). This research examines the avoided energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of select LID strategies using life cycle assessment (LCA) and a stochastic urban watershed model. We estimate annual energy savings and avoided GHG emissions of 7.3 GJ and 0.4 metric tons, respectively, for a LID strategy implemented in a neighborhood in New York City. Annual savings are small compared to the energy and GHG intensity of the LID materials, resulting in slow environmental payback times. This preliminary analysis suggests that if implemented throughout an urban watershed, LID strategies may have important energy cost savings to WPCF, and can make progress towards reducing their carbon footprint. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. [Advances in low impact development technology for urban stormwater management].

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    Liu, Wen; Chen, Wei-ping; Peng, Chi

    2015-06-01

    Low impact development ( LID), as an innovative technology for stormwater management, is effective to mitigate urban flooding and to detain pollutants. This paper systemically introduced the LID technology system, and summarized the reduction effects of three typical LID facilities (i.e. , bio-retention, green roof and permeable pavement) on stormwater runoff and main pollutants in recent literature, as well as research outcomes and experiences of LID technology on model simulation, cost-benefit analysis and management system. On this basis, we analyzed the problems and limitations of current LID technology studies. Finally, some suggestions about future research directions, appropriate design and scientific management were put forth. This work intended to provide scientific basis and suggestions for widespread use and standard setting of LID technology in China by referencing overseas studies.

  13. Mechanics of Hsp70 chaperones enables differential interaction with client proteins.

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    Schlecht, Rainer; Erbse, Annette H; Bukau, Bernd; Mayer, Matthias P

    2011-03-01

    Hsp70 chaperones interact with a wide spectrum of substrates ranging from unfolded to natively folded and aggregated proteins. Structural evidence suggests that bound substrates are entirely enclosed in a β-sheet cavity covered by a helical lid, which requires structural rearrangements including lid opening to allow substrate access. We analyzed the mechanics of the lid movement of bacterial DnaK by disulfide fixation of lid elements to the β-sheet and by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy using spin labels in the lid and β-sheet. Our results indicate that the lid-forming helix B adopts at least three conformational states and, notably, does not close over bound proteins, implying that DnaK does not only bind to extended peptide stretches of protein substrates but can also accommodate regions with substantial tertiary structure. This flexible binding mechanism provides a basis for the broad spectrum of substrate conformers of Hsp70s.

  14. Spin coating and plasma process for 2.5D integrated photonics on multilayer polymers

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    Zebda, A. [Institut de Physique de Rennes, IPR UMR CNRS 6251, Universite de Rennes I, 35042 Rennes (France); Camberlein, L. [Laboratoire d' Acoustique de l' Universite du Maine, Micro-Cap-Ouest, LAUM-UMR CNRS 6613, 72000 Le Mans (France); Beche, B. [Institut de Physique de Rennes, IPR UMR CNRS 6251, Universite de Rennes I, 35042 Rennes (France)], E-mail: bruno.beche@univ-rennes1.fr; Gaviot, E. [Laboratoire d' Acoustique de l' Universite du Maine, Micro-Cap-Ouest, LAUM-UMR CNRS 6613, 72000 Le Mans (France); Beche, E. [PROMES UPR CNRS 8521 - Odeillo 66125 Font-Romeu (France); Duval, D. [Institut de Physique de Rennes, IPR UMR CNRS 6251, Universite de Rennes I, 35042 Rennes (France); Zyss, J. [IFR d' Alembert, Laboratoire de Photonique Quantique et Moleculaire, ENS Cachan, LPQM-UMR CNRS 8537, 94235 Cachan (France); Jezequel, G.; Solal, F.; Godet, C. [Institut de Physique de Rennes, IPR UMR CNRS 6251, Universite de Rennes I, 35042 Rennes (France)

    2008-10-01

    Polymer spin coating, surface plasma treatment and selective UV-lithography processes have been developed to realize 2.5D photonic micro-resonators, made of disk- or ring-shaped upper rib waveguides, using common polymers such as SU8 (biphenol A ether glycidyl), PS233 (polymeric silane) and SOG (siloxane Spin on Glass). Both oxygen and argon plasma treatments, applied to PS233 and SOG before spin-coating the SU8, improve substantially the grip of multilayer devices (SU8 / PS233 or SU8 / SOG). Surface energy components derived from contact angle measurements have been used to optimize the processing conditions. In such integrated photonic devices, the both single-electromagnetic-modes called transverse electric (TE{sub 00}) and transverse magnetic (TM{sub 00}) have been excited in a SU8 micro-disk, with a single mode propagation strongly localized near the edge of the disk (i.e. the so called whispering gallery modes)

  15. Contact printed masks for 3D microfabrication in negative resists

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    Häfliger, Daniel; Boisen, Anja

    2005-01-01

    We present a process based on contact printed shadow masks for three dimensional microfabrication of soft and sensitive overhanging membranes in SU-8. A metal mask is transferred onto unexposed SU-8 from an elastomer stamp made of polydimethylsiloxane. This mask is subsequently embedded into the ......We present a process based on contact printed shadow masks for three dimensional microfabrication of soft and sensitive overhanging membranes in SU-8. A metal mask is transferred onto unexposed SU-8 from an elastomer stamp made of polydimethylsiloxane. This mask is subsequently embedded...... into the negative resist to protect buried material from UV-exposure. Unlike direct evaporation-deposition of a mask onto the SU-8, printing avoids high stress and radiation, thus preventing resist wrinkling and prepolymerization. We demonstrate effective monolithic fabrication of soft, 4-μm thick and 100-μm long...

  16. Micro-fabricated solid state dye lasers based on a photo-definable polymer

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    Nilsson, Daniel; Balslev, Søren; Gregersen, Misha Marie

    2005-01-01

    We present a solid polymer dye laser based on a single-mode planar waveguide. The all-polymer device is self-contained in the photodefinable polymer SU-8 and may therefore easily be placed on any substrate and be integrated with polymer-based systems. We use as the active medium for the laser...... the commercially available laser dye Rhodamine 6G, which is incorporated into the SU-8 polymer matrix. The single-mode slab waveguide is formed by three-step spin-coating deposition: a buffer layer of undoped SU-8, a core layer of SU-8 doped with Rhodamine, and a cladding layer of undoped SU-8. (c) 2005 Optical...

  17. Eyelid Retraction in Isolated Unilateral Congenital Blepharoptosis

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    Michael S. Salman; Michael S. Salman; Ian H. Clark; Ian H. Clark

    2017-01-01

    Isolated unilateral congenital ptosis is encountered relatively infrequently in clinical practice. It typically consists of a unilateral droopy eyelid, weak levator palpebrae superioris muscle function, lid lag, and an absent upper lid crease with no other abnormalities on examination. We present a four-and-a-half-year-old girl with isolated and mild unilateral congenital ptosis who unexpectedly demonstrated a static upper eyelid on downgaze in conjunction with a well-formed upper lid skin cr...

  18. Computer Aided Ocular Assessment. Programmer’s Manual

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    1991-09-01

    diseases that primarily affect the lids can be virtually Appendix C-53 ruled out. Thus, if this rule fires, the blepharitis, chalazion , and hordeolum... chalazion register. Appendix C-54 RULE NUMBER: 52 IF: THE PROBLEM IS NOT CL RELATED and The patient’s lids appear to be Abnormal and Are any of the... chalazion register and a (-30) decrement to the hordeolum register. RULE NUMBER: 53 IF: THE PROBLEM IS NOT CL RELATED and The patient’s lids appear to be

  19. The Impact of Low Adherence to the Low-iodine Diet on the Efficacy of the Radioactive Iodine Ablation Therapy.

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    Ju, Dal Lae; Park, Young Joo; Paik, Hee-Young; Song, YoonJu

    2015-10-01

    To improve the efficacy of radioactive iodine (RAI) therapy for differentiated thyroid cancer patients, a low-iodine diet (LID) prior to the therapy is recommended. In iodine-rich areas such as Korea, however, a strict LID is very difficult to maintain. We experienced the cases of three patients showing low adherence to the LID before initial RAI therapy, and analyzed the main food source supplying iodine during the LID, and examined the influence of the poorly maintained LID on the efficacy of RAI therapy. The dietary intake during the LID periods were assessed using three-day dietary records and remnant thyroid activity after the second RAI administration was also evaluated. All patients' mean daily iodine intake during two-week LID periods exceeded the 100 µg guideline set by the Korean Thyroid Association (median 110.9 µg, ranges 100.4-117.0 µg). Although the typical food sources of iodine intake are seaweeds in Korea, salted vegetables were the main contributor to the patients' iodine intake during the LID periods. Remnant thyroid activity was shown on a follow-up scan in all of 3 patients suggesting low efficacy of RAI therapy. In summary, the patients with low adherence to the LID guideline showed unsuccessful remnant ablation, and the main food source of iodine was salted vegetables. Further studies are necessary to examine the relationship between adherence of the LID and RAI efficacy according to dietary iodine intake levels, as well as food sources that cause low adherence to the LID. These data can then be used to develop more practical LID guidelines.

  20. Serotonergic modulation of receptor occupancy in rats treated with L-DOPA after unilateral 6-OHDA lesioning

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    Nahimi, Adjmal; Høltzermann, Mette; Landau, Anne M.

    2012-01-01

    Recent studies suggest that l-3,4 dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA)-induced dyskinesia (LID), a severe complication of conventional L-DOPA therapy of Parkinson's disease, may be caused by dopamine (DA) release originating in serotonergic neurons. To evaluate the in vivo effect of a 5-HT(1A) agonist...... the severity of LID. The reversal of the effect of L-DOPA on [(11) C]raclopride binding, extracellular DA and LID by 5-HT agonist administration is consistent with the notion that part of the DA increase associated with LID originates in serotonergic neurons....

  1. Light-induced metastable structural changes in hydrogenated amorphous silicon

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    Fritzsche, H. [Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States)

    1996-09-01

    Light-induced defects (LID) in hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and its alloys limit the ultimate efficiency of solar panels made with these materials. This paper reviews a variety of attempts to find the origin of and to eliminate the processes that give rise to LIDs. These attempts include novel deposition processes and the reduction of impurities. Material improvements achieved over the past decade are associated more with the material`s microstructure than with eliminating LIDs. We conclude that metastable LIDs are a natural by-product of structural changes which are generally associated with non-radiative electron-hole recombination in amorphous semiconductors.

  2. Age-Matched, Case-Controlled Comparison of Clinical Indicators for Development of Entropion and Ectropion

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    Kevin S. Michels

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To analyze the clinical findings associated with involutional entropion and ectropion and compare them to each other and to age-matched controls. Methods. Prospective, age-matched cohort study involving 30 lids with involutional entropion, 30 lids with involutional ectropion, and 52 age-matched control lids. Results. The statistically significant differences associated with both the entropion and ectropion groups compared to the control group were presence of a retractor dehiscence, presence of a “white line,” occurrence of orbital fat prolapse in the cul-de-sac, decreased lower lid excursion, increased lid laxity by the snapback test, and an increased lower lid distraction. Entropion also differed from the control group with an increased lid crease height and decreased lateral canthal excursion. Statistically significant differences associated with entropion compared to ectropion were presence of a retractor dehiscence, decreased lateral canthal excursion, and less laxity in the snapback test. Conclusion. Entropic and ectropic lids demonstrate clinically and statistically significant anatomical and functional differences from normal, age-matched lids. Many clinical findings associated with entropion are also present in ectropion. Entropion is more likely to develop with a pronounced retractor deficiency. Ectropion is more likely to develop with diminished elasticity as measured by the snapback test.

  3. Resting tremor in Parkinson disease: a negative predictor of levodopa-induced dyskinesia.

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    Kipfer, Stefan; Stephan, Marianne A; Schüpbach, W M Michael; Ballinari, Pietro; Kaelin-Lang, Alain

    2011-08-01

    It is unclear whether patients with different clinical subtypes of Parkinson disease (PD) differ in their risk of developing levodopa-induced dyskinesia (LID) and whether resting tremor is negatively correlated with this risk. To determine whether resting tremor as an initial manifestation of PD negatively correlated with subsequent occurrence and severity of LID and to study the correlations between LID and other epidemiological factors (eg, age at onset of PD and duration of PD). Logistic regression analysis was used to determine predictive factors of LID. Spearman rank correlations between LID and epidemiological factors and motor signs (including tremor) were calculated. Institutional tertiary referral center for movement disorders. Cohort of 85 patients with PD. Occurrence of LID according to the Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale part IV. Resting tremor as an initial manifestation of PD was associated with reduced risk of developing LID independent of other predictors of LID (duration of PD, axial signs, and levodopa dose). Resting tremor as an initial manifestation of PD predicts lower probability of developing LID under levodopa treatment.

  4. Influence of low impact development construction on pollutant process of road-deposited sediments and associated heavy metals.

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    Ma, Yukun; Gong, Manli; Zhao, Hongtao; Li, Xuyong

    2018-02-01

    Intense Low-Impact Development (LID) construction in China could lead to increasingly severe stormwater and receiving water pollution due to the lack of appropriate regulation for mitigating pollution from LID construction. Samples of road-deposited sediments (RDS) were collected from 50 study sites at seven LID construction stages and four road hierarchies to analyze the pollution process and determine the size of the region influenced by LID construction. Six heavy metals were analyzed, and the RDS index model was adopted to estimate the potential heavy metal load washed off by stormwater runoff. Analysis of variance revealed that the excavation and gravel filling of rain gardens and excavation of porous pavements were critical LID construction stages that contributed the largest masses of RDS per unit area to road surfaces. Although the concentration of heavy metals at LID construction sites was lower than at sites without LID construction, the load of heavy metals washed off from LID construction was much higher. In addition, the sizes of regions influenced by accumulated RDS from LID construction descended in the following order: arterial road (600-775m)>collector road (150-200m)>access road (100-150m)>laneway (20-30m). According to the characteristics of LID construction at the study sites, the potential total solid loads in stormwater throughout China were estimated to reach 36,694t by 2020 and 146,777t by 2030. According to the results of analysis, several recommendations are provided for designing LID construction regulations to mitigate stormwater pollution. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Microneedle-assisted permeation of lidocaine carboxymethylcellulose with gelatine co-polymer hydrogel.

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    Nayak, Atul; Das, Diganta B; Vladisavljević, Goran T

    2014-05-01

    Lidocaine hydrochloride (LidH) was formulated in sodium carboxymethyl cellulose/ gelatine (NaCMC/GEL) hydrogel and a 'poke and patch' microneedle delivery method was used to enhance permeation flux of LidH. The microparticles were formed by electrostatic interactions between NaCMC and GEL macromolecules within a water/oil emulsion in paraffin oil and the covalent crosslinking was by glutaraldehyde. The GEL to NaCMC mass ratio was varied between 1.6 and 2.7. The LidH encapsulation yield was 1.2 to 7% w/w. LidH NaCMC/GEL was assessed for encapsulation efficiency, zeta potential, mean particle size and morphology. Subsequent in vitro skin permeation studies were performed via passive diffusion and microneedle assisted permeation of LidH NaCMC/GEL to determine the maximum permeation rate through full thickness skin. LidH 2.4% w/w NaCMC/GEL 1:1.6 and 1:2.3 respectively, possessed optimum zeta potential. LidH 2.4% w/w NaCMC/GEL 1:2.3 and 1:2.7 demonstrate higher pseudoplastic behaviour. Encapsulation efficiency (14.9-17.2%) was similar for LidH 2.4% w/w NaCMC/GEL 1:1.6-1:2.3. Microneedle assisted permeation flux was optimum for LidH 2.4% w/w NaCMC/GEL 1:2.3 at 6.1 μg/ml/h. LidH 2.4% w/w LidH NaCMC/GEL 1:2.3 crossed the minimum therapeutic drug threshold with microneedle skin permeation in less than 70 min.

  6. Corneal ulcers: For the general practitioner

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    the skin, e.g. herpes zoster scars, lid lacerations, burns. Lid malposition should be excluded. Facial nerve function must be assessed as dysfunction could affect ... Corneal in ltrate seen as haziness or whitening of the usually transparent cornea is universal to infective ulcers in varying degrees. is signi es the inflammatory ...

  7. All-polymer organic semiconductor laser chips: Parallel fabrication and encapsulation

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    Vannahme, Christoph; Klinkhammer, Sönke; Christiansen, Mads Brøkner

    2010-01-01

    tris(8- hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq3) doped with the laser dye 4-dicyanomethylene-2- methyl-6-(p-dimethylaminostyril)-4H-pyrane (DCM) are hermetically sealed by thermally bonding a polymer lid. The organic thin film is placed in a basin within the substrate and is not in direct contact to the lid...

  8. 78 FR 56980 - Muscle Shoals Reservation Redevelopment, Colbert County, Alabama

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    2013-09-16

    ... natural resources and/or for sustainable limited impact development (LID). Other types of land uses, such... alternative could include mall, theaters, government buildings, gas stations, department stores, restaurants... it with the requirement that it be used for a mixture of conservation and sustainable LID; commercial...

  9. “Thyrotricksicosis” The confounders of GI symptomatology and ...

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    He weighed 55kg, was afebrile and his eyes appeared normal with no evidence of exophthalmos, lid retraction or lid lag. The following (FBC, serum amylase and lipase, TSH, Ca,PTH, D dimer and CRP) initial blood tests performed were normal. His blood, stool and sputum investigations were normal. His electrocardiogram ...

  10. Application of the SUSTAIN Model to a Watershed-Scale Case for Water Quality Management

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    Chi-Feng Chen

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Low impact development (LID is a relatively new concept in land use management that aims to maintain hydrological conditions at a predevelopment level without deteriorating water quality during land development. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA developed the System for Urban Stormwater Treatment and Analysis Integration model (SUSTAIN to evaluate the performance of LID practices at different spatial scales; however, the application of this model has been limited relative to LID modeling. In this study, the SUSTAIN model was applied to a Taiwanese watershed. Model calibration and verification were performed, and different types of LID facilities were evaluated. The model simulation process and the verified model parameters could be used in other cases. Four LID scenarios combining bioretention ponds, grass swales, and pervious pavements were designed based on the land characteristics. For the SUSTAIN model simulation, the results showed that pollution reduction was mainly due to water quantity reduction, infiltration was the dominant mechanism and plant interception had a minor effect on the treatment. The simulation results were used to rank the primary areas for nonpoint source pollution and identify effective LID practices. In addition to the case study, a sensitivity analysis of the model parameters was performed, showing that the soil infiltration rate was the most sensitive parameter affecting the LID performance. The objectives of the study are to confirm the applicability of the SUSTAIN model and to assess the effectiveness of LID practices in the studied watershed.

  11. Ankyloblepharon Filiforme Adnatum in an African Baby – A case report

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    Ankyloblepharon filiforme adnatum is a congenital malformation of the lid margins, wherein the lids are connected by fine strands of extensible tissue. It can occur sporadically or be inherited as an autosomal dominant gene with variable penetrance. The abnormality is easily amenable to surgical lysis, but it is important to ...

  12. Role of Importance and Distinctiveness of Semantic Features in People with Aphasia: A Replication Study

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    Mason-Baughman, Mary Beth; Wallace, Sarah E.

    2014-01-01

    Previous studies suggest that people with aphasia have incomplete lexical-semantic representations with decreased low-importance distinctive (LID) feature knowledge. In addition, decreased LID feature knowledge correlates with ability to discriminate among semantically related words. The current study seeks to replicate and extend previous…

  13. Interaction between the effects of pepleomycin with lidocaine and radiation on cultured Chinese hamster V79 cells

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    Shimada, Yuji

    1989-02-01

    The interaction of the cytotoxicities in combination use of lidocaine (LID), pepleomycin (PEP) and radiation in combined treatment was studied using Chinese hamster V79 cells by colony forming assay. LID showed no cytotoxic effect up to 12 mM when it was employed alone. However selective enhancement of the PEP cytotoxic effect appeared when the drugs were used simultaneously. The mechanism of this enhancing effect was thought to involve inhibition by LID of the repair of the cells from PEP potentially lethal damage. LID showed no enhancing effect on the radiation cytotoxicity when the agents were used simultaneously. Only an additive effect appeared when PEP and radiation were employed simultaneously. An interactive effect appeared when LID, PEP and radiation were used simultaneously, although this effect was not so significant. The enhancement ratio of PEP with LID on radiation was 1.58. The fundamental mechanism of enhancement of cytotoxic effect of LID on PEP and the interactive relationship among LID, PEP and radiation are analyzed and discussed. (author).

  14. Images in medicine

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    blinking of eyelids and the lid closure. The tear film provides lubrication of the cornea and also contains antimicrobial substances. Use of muscle relaxants and sedation in patients on ventilator contributes to inadequate lid closure by decreasing the tonic contraction of ocular muscles. The constant exposure of the ocular.

  15. The benefit of preventing exposure keratopathy in icu patient: a case ...

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    The ocular surface is protected by the tear film, the blinking of eyelids and the lid closure. The tear film provides lubrication of the cornea and also contains antimicrobial substances. Use of muscle relaxants and sedation in patients on ventilator contributes to inadequate lid closure by decreasing the tonic contraction of ...

  16. Dopamine receptors genes polymorphisms in Parkinson patients with levodopa-induced dyskinesia

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    Pozhidaev, I.; Alifirova, V.M.; Freidin, M.B.; Zhukova, I.A.; Fedorenko, O.Y.; Osmanova, D.Z.; Mironova, Y.S.; Wilffert, B.; Ivanova, S.A.; Loonen, A.J.M.

    2017-01-01

    Introduction: Long-term levodopa treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD) is frequently complicated by spontaneously occur ring involuntary muscle movements called levodopa-induced dyskinesia (LID). LID are a substantial barrier to effective symptomatic management of Parkinson's disease (PD), as up to

  17. Low Impact Development Standards

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    Loftin, Samuel R. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2017-10-02

    The goal of the LID Standards is to provide guidance on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of green infrastructure (GI) features at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The success of LID at LANL is dependent on maintaining a consistent approach to achieve effective application, operation, and maintenance of these storm water control features.

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    old. Nigerian neonate with right ... A 3-day-old male Nigerian child presented with a history of a mass in front of the right eye since ... base located in the middle one third of the lid, approximately. 4mm posterior to the lid margin.

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    Jul 21, 2011 ... seasons brought about by the two predominant winds that rule the area: the south western monsoon winds from the Atlantic Ocean and the North eastern dry winds from across the Sahara desert ... fitted lids in which the top of the lid was cut open and replaced with white muslim cloth to ensure ventilation as ...

  20. Preparation and Analysis of Samples for the Third Round Robin Verification Exercise

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    school KL 16 Lid van de Contact Conumissie NBC-Bescherming Drs. N.H.W. van Xanten Beleidsmedewerker Militair Toxicologie AfdI. Militair Geneeskundig...Sijbranda 1{fd. Sectie Klinische Chemie en Toxicologie IGD KL 21 lid van de Contact Commissie NBC-Beschenrning Mw. A.C. Grade, arts Directie Mlilitair

  1. The periodogram at the Fourier frequencies

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    Kokoszka, P; Mikosch, T

    In the time series literature one can often find the claim that the periodogram ordinates of an lid sequence at the Fourier frequencies behave like an lid standard exponential sequence. We review some results about functions of these periodogram ordinates, including the convergence of extremes,

  2. Atomic lithium vapor laser isotope separation

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    2002-01-01

    An atomic vapor laser isotope separation in lithium was performed using tunable diode lasers. The method permits also the separation of the isotopes between the sup 6 LiD sub 2 and the sup 7 LiD sub 1 lines using a self-made mass separator which includes a magnetic sector and an ion beam designed for lithium. (Author)

  3. 49 CFR 40.71 - How does the collector prepare the specimens?

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    2010-10-01

    .... (4) You, not the employee, must place and secure (i.e., tighten or snap) the lids/caps on the bottles... bottle caps/lids and down the sides of the bottles. (6) You, not the employee, must then write the date... employee, must first pour at least 30 mL of urine from the collection container into one specimen bottle...

  4. Leadership Identity Development: Challenges in Applying a Developmental Model

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    Komives, Susan R.; Longerbeam, Susan D.; Mainella, Felicia; Osteen, Laura; Owen, Julie E.; Wagner, Wendy

    2009-01-01

    The leadership identity development (LID) grounded theory (Komives, Owen, Longerbeam, Mainella, & Osteen, 2005) and related LID model (Komives, Longerbeam, Owen, Mainella, & Osteen, 2006) present a framework for understanding how individual college students develop the social identity of being collaborative, relational leaders…

  5. Pit Water Storage Ottrupgaard

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    Heller, Alfred

    2000-01-01

    The pit water storage, a seasonal thermal storage, was built in 1993 with floating lid and hybrid clay-polymer for pit lining. The storage was leaking severe and solutions were to be found. In the paper solutions for pit lining and floating lids are discussed, cost estimations given and coming...

  6. The Success Rate of Initial {sup 131I} Ablation in Differentiated Thyroid Cancer: Comparison Between Less strict and Very Strict Low Iodine Diets

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    Yoo, Ik Dong; Kim, Sung Hoon; Seo, Ye Young; Oh, Jin Kyoung; O, Joo Hyun; Chung, Soo Kyo [The Catholic Univ. of Korea, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-03-15

    To decrease the risk of recurrence or metastasis in differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC), selected patients receive radioactive iodine ablation of remnant thyroid tissue or tumor. A low iodine diet can enhance uptake of radioactive iodine. We compared the success rates of radioactive iodine ablation therapy in patients who followed two different low iodine diets (LIDs). The success rates of postsurgical radioactive iodine ablation in DTC patients receiving empiric doses of 150 mCi were retrospectively reviewed. First-time radioactive iodine ablation therapy was done in 71 patients following less strict LID. Less strict LID restricted seafood, iodized salt, egg yolk, dairy products, processed meat, instant prepared meals, and multivitamins. Very strict LID additionally restricted rice, freshwater fish, spinach, and soybean products. Radioactive iodine ablation therapy was considered successful when follow up {sup 123I} whole body scan was negative and stimulated serum thyroglobulin level was less than 2.0 ng/mL. The success rate of patients following less strict LID was 80.3% and for very strict LID 75.6%. There was no statistically significant difference in the success rates between the two LID groups (P=0.48). Very strict LID may not contribute to improving the success rate of initial radioactive iodine ablation therapy at the cost of great inconvenience to the patient.

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    their containers have secure lids / caps, which are corked and as a result, not easily opened by children. This observation bears testimony to the need to provide secure lids for containers of household agents as a means of preventing accidental poisoning in children. In the present study, we observed that caustic soda.

  8. Eye trauma

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    2011-02-02

    Feb 2, 2011 ... Stain cornea with fluorescein. It is advisable to examine the eye as soon as possible since a delay will invariably lead to lid swelling, making the examination far more difficult. This can be overcome using cotton tips to retract the eyelids, or lid retractors can be made from bent paper clips (Illustration 1).

  9. Reproductive cyst and operculum formation in the Cambrian-Ordovician galeate-plexus microfossils

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    Agic, Heda; Moczydlowska, Malgorzata; Canfield, Donald Eugene

    2016-01-01

    alga Acetabularia (Chlorophyta), which possesses an intrinsic lid-forming apparatus used during the organism's reproductive stage. Based on the observations on the fossil material and studies on the Acetabularia lid formation, we propose a model of operculum formation in the galeate plexus micro...

  10. FLEXIBLE STRUCTURE WITH INTEGRATED SENSOR/ACTUATOR

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    2003-01-01

    A polymer-based flexible structure with integrated sensing/actuator means is presented. Conventionally, silicon has been used as a piezo-resistive material due to its high gauge factor and thereby high sensitivity to strain changes in a sensor. By using the fact that e.g. an SU-8 based polymer is...... is much softer than silicon and that e.g. a gold resistor is easily incorporated in SU-8 based polymer structure it has been demonstrated that a SU-8 based cantilever sensor is almost as sensitive to stress changes as the silicon piezo-resistive cantilever....

  11. Single-molecule fluorescence polarization study of conformational change in archaeal group II chaperonin.

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    Full Text Available Group II chaperonins found in archaea and in eukaryotic cytosol mediate protein folding without a GroES-like cofactor. The function of the cofactor is substituted by the helical protrusion at the tip of the apical domain, which forms a built-in lid on the central cavity. Although many studies on the change in lid conformation coupled to the binding and hydrolysis of nucleotides have been conducted, the molecular mechanism of lid closure remains poorly understood. Here, we performed a single-molecule polarization modulation to probe the rotation of the helical protrusion of a chaperonin from a hyperthermophilic archaeum, Thermococcus sp. strain KS-1. We detected approximately 35° rotation of the helical protrusion immediately after photorelease of ATP. The result suggests that the conformational change from the open lid to the closed lid state is responsible for the approximately 35° rotation of the helical protrusion.

  12. Amorphous drugs and dosage forms

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    Grohganz, Holger; Löbmann, K.; Priemel, P.

    2013-01-01

    The transformation to an amorphous form is one of the most promising approaches to address the low solubility of drug compounds, the latter being an increasing challenge in the development of new drug candidates. However, amorphous forms are high energy solids and tend to recry stallize. New...... formulation principles are needed to ensure the stability of amorphous drug forms. The formation of solid dispersions is still the most investigated approach, but additional approaches are desirable to overcome the shortcomings of solid dispersions. Spatial separation by either coating or the use of micro......-containers has shown potential to prevent or delay recrystallization. Another recent approach is the formation of co-amorphous mixtures between either two drugs or one drug and one low molecular weight excipient. Molecular interactions between the two molecules provide an energy barrier that has to be overcome...

  13. Compliance and Subjective Patient Responses to Eyelid Hygiene.

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    Alghamdi, Yousef A; Camp, Andrew; Feuer, William; Karp, Carol L; Wellik, Sarah; Galor, Anat

    2017-07-01

    Lid hygiene is a commonly prescribed first-line therapy in patients with lid margin disease, yet compliance with therapy is not well characterized. The goals of this study were to assess patient compliance with lid hygiene and evaluate which factors predict a favorable symptomatic response to treatment. This was a cross-sectional study of patients seen in the Miami Veterans Affairs eye clinic between August and December 2014. An evaluation was performed to assess dry eye symptoms and lid margin signs. All patients were then instructed to perform warm compresses and lid scrubs. A follow-up phone survey assessed compliance and subjective therapeutic response 6 weeks later. Two hundred seven of 211 (98%) patients (94% male, 60% white) completed the survey. Of the 207 patients, 188 (91%) completed the follow-up survey. Compliance with therapy was reported in 104 patients (55%); 66 reported complete improvement, 30 partial improvement, and 8 no improvement in symptoms. Patients who self-reported dry eye symptoms at first visit (n=86, 74%) were more likely to be compliant with lid hygiene than those who did not report symptoms (n=18, 25%) (P<0.0005). The only factor associated with poorer response to lid hygiene was longer time of self-reported dry eye symptoms. None of the other signs studied, including the presence of skin rosacea and lid margin telangiectasia, were associated with a differential response to lid hygiene. Patients with dry eye symptoms were moderately compliant with lid hygiene, and patients who performed the routine noted improvement in symptoms.

  14. Differential interference in a polymer waveguide

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    Gut, K

    2011-01-01

    The paper presents the results of investigations concerning the measurement of the refractive index and the thickness of planar waveguide structures, obtained by photo polymerization of the polymer SU8...

  15. Photodefinable electro-optic polymer for high-speed modulators

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    Balakrishnan, M.; Faccini, M.; Diemeer, Mart; Verboom, Willem; Driessen, A.; Reinhoudt, David; Leinse, Arne

    2006-01-01

    Direct waveguide definition of a negative photoresist (SU8) containing tricyanovinylidenediphenylaminobenzene (TCVDPA) as electro-optic (EO) chromophore, has been demonstrated for the first time. This was possible by utilising the chromophore low absorption window in the UV region allowing

  16. Highly stable and low loss electro-optic polymer waveguides for high speed microring modulators using photodefinition

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    Balakrishnan, M.; Diemeer, Mart; Driessen, A.; Faccini, M.; Verboom, Willem; Reinhoudt, David; Leinse, Arne; Sidorin, Y.; Waechter, C.A.

    2006-01-01

    Different electro-optic polymer systems are analyzed with respect to their electro-optic activity, glass transition temperature (Tg) and photodefinable properties. The polymers tested are polysulfone (PS) and SU8. The electro-optic chromophore, tricyanovinylidenediphenylaminobenzene (TCVDPA), which

  17. NANOFILM - New metallic nanocomposites for micro and nanofabrication

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    Fischer, Søren Vang

    or catalysts. The possibility to effectively structure the nanocomposites are however a limiting factor. In this project the UV sensitive photoresist SU-8 gold and silver nanocomposites have been fabricated which can be deposited and structured using standard micro and nanofabrication processes....... A technique called pre grafting was found to be most effective for the stabilisation process. In pre grafting the nanoparticles were formed in the presence of PVP-VA. For the two metal nanocomposites attempted to be fabricated only the gold SU-8 nanocomposite was successfully and reproducibly produced...... was then chosen for as co-solvent which resulted in a successfully structured in situ silver SU-8 nanocomposite. For both the ex situ and in situ nanocomposites structuring was initially found to be troublesome. Complete cross-linking of the SU-8 was only found to be possible after removing the filter from...

  18. KMPR Photoresist Process Optimization Using Factorial Experimental Design

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    Miller, Harris R; Johnson, Donald W; Mori, Satoshi

    2004-01-01

    .... This chemically amplified thick-film photoresist, known as KMPR, has many of the same high-aspect ratio photo imaging properties as solvent developable SU-8, but can be developed in a conventional...

  19. Microfabricated photoplastic cantilever with integrated photoplastic/carbon based piezoresistive strain sensor

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    Gammelgaard, Lauge; Rasmussen, Peter Andreas; Calleja, M.

    2006-01-01

    We present an SU-8 micrometer sized cantilever strain sensor with an integrated piezoresistor made of a conductive composite of SU-8 polymer and carbon black particles. The composite has been developed using ultrasonic mixing. Cleanroom processing of the polymer composite has been investigated...... silicon and the gauge factor of the composite material is relatively high, this polymer based strain sensor is more sensitive than a similar silicon based cantilever sensor. (c) 2006 American Institute of Physics....

  20. BILAYER LIPID MEMBRANE (BLM) BASED ION SELECTIVE ELECTRODES AT THE MESO, MICRO, AND NANO SCALES

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    Liu, Bingwen; Rieck, Daniel; Van Wie, Bernard J.; Cheng, Gary J.; Moffett, David F.; Kidwell, David A.

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents a novel method for making micron-sized apertures with tapered sidewalls and nano-sized apertures. Their use in bilayer lipid membrane-based ion selective electrode design is demonstrated and compared to mesoscale bilayers and traditional PVC ion selective electrodes. Micron-sized apertures are fabricated in SU-8 photoresist films and vary in diameter from 10 to 40 microns. The tapered edges in SU-8 films are desired to enhance bilayer lipid membrane (BLM) formation and are...

  1. Organ-on-a-Chip for Aerospace Physiology and Toxicology

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    2014-12-15

    For example, the microvascular endothelium and surrounding parenchymal tissues interact to transport fluids, nutrients, immune cells and other...1, adhesion of circulating neutrophils and transmigration across the tissue-tissue interface, and phagocytosis of pathogens (Huh, Matthews et al...corners. These are fairly typical with thick SU-8 films, and are due to shrinkage as the SU-8 becomes cross -linked during the post-exposure bake

  2. Retrofitting the Low Impact Development Practices into Developed Urban areas Including Barriers and Potential Solution

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    Shafique Muhammad

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Low impact development (LID/green infrastructure (GI practices have been identified as the sustainable practices of managing the stormwater in urban areas. Due to the increasing population, most of the cities are more developing which results in the change of natural area into impervious areas (roads, buildings etc.. Moreover, urbanization and climate change are causing many water-related problems and making over cities unsafe and insecure. Under these circumstances, there is a need to introduce new stormwater management practices into developed cities to reduce the adverse impacts of urbanization. For this purpose, retrofitting low impact development practices demands more attention to reduce these water-related problems and trying to make our cities sustainable. In developed areas, there is a little space is available for the retrofitting of LID practices for the stormwater management. Therefore, the selection of an appropriate place to retrofitting LID practices needs more concern. This paper describes the successfully applied retrofitting LID practices around the globe. It also includes the process of applying retrofitting LID practices at the suitable place with the suitable combination. Optimal places for the retrofitting of different LID practices are also mentioned. This paper also highlights the barriers and potential solutions of retrofitting LID practices in urban areas.

  3. Retrofitting the Low Impact Development Practices into Developed Urban areas Including Barriers and Potential Solution

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    Shafique, Muhammad; Kim, Reeho

    2017-06-01

    Low impact development (LID)/green infrastructure (GI) practices have been identified as the sustainable practices of managing the stormwater in urban areas. Due to the increasing population, most of the cities are more developing which results in the change of natural area into impervious areas (roads, buildings etc.). Moreover, urbanization and climate change are causing many water-related problems and making over cities unsafe and insecure. Under these circumstances, there is a need to introduce new stormwater management practices into developed cities to reduce the adverse impacts of urbanization. For this purpose, retrofitting low impact development practices demands more attention to reduce these water-related problems and trying to make our cities sustainable. In developed areas, there is a little space is available for the retrofitting of LID practices for the stormwater management. Therefore, the selection of an appropriate place to retrofitting LID practices needs more concern. This paper describes the successfully applied retrofitting LID practices around the globe. It also includes the process of applying retrofitting LID practices at the suitable place with the suitable combination. Optimal places for the retrofitting of different LID practices are also mentioned. This paper also highlights the barriers and potential solutions of retrofitting LID practices in urban areas.

  4. Low iodine diet in differentiated thyroid cancer: a review.

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    Li, Josephine H; He, Zhiheng H; Bansal, Vivek; Hennessey, James V

    2016-01-01

    Radioactive iodine (RAI) ablation is a beneficial, adjuvant therapy for the management of differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) after thyroidectomy. The goal of RAI is to destroy remnant thyroid and microscopic cancerous tissue. Radioactive iodine uptake is enhanced by elevating TSH levels and initiating a low iodine diet (LID) prior to ablation. An ideal LID should preferably not exceed 50 mcg/day of dietary iodine for 1-2 weeks, although the duration may be shortened to a week with a structured patient education programme. A pre-ablation spot urinary iodine concentration (UIC) of <100 mcg/l and/or a urinary iodine to creatinine ratio (UICR) of <100 mcg/gCr would support an adequate LID preparation. Hyponatraemia, most likely due to iatrogenic hypothyroidism, is a potential side effect associated with LID and occurs during and a few days after the LID. Although the overall incidence of hyponatraemia is low, patients at high risk (older age, female sex, use of thiazide diuretics) may benefit from serum sodium monitoring. The existing evidence on the impact of LID on RAI ablation has been largely inconsistent due to retrospective study designs and the lack of an objective measurement of urinary iodine levels. Future large prospective randomized control trials are needed to elucidate and confirm the crucial role of LID in achieving successful RAI ablation and greater disease-free survival in DTC. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  5. Application of Mycobacterium Leprae-specific cellular and serological tests for the differential diagnosis of leprosy from confounding dermatoses.

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    Freitas, Aline Araújo; Hungria, Emerith Mayra; Costa, Maurício Barcelos; Sousa, Ana Lúcia Osório Maroccolo; Castilho, Mirian Lane Oliveira; Gonçalves, Heitor Sá; Pontes, Maria Araci Andrade; Duthie, Malcolm S; Stefani, Mariane Martins Araújo

    2016-10-01

    Mycobacterium leprae-specific serological and cell-mediated-immunity/CMI test were evaluated for the differential diagnosis of multibacillary/MB, and paucibacillary/PB leprosy from other dermatoses. Whole-blood assay/WBA/IFNγ stimulated with LID-1 antigen and ELISA tests for IgG to LID-1 and IgM to PGL-I were performed. WBA/LID-1/IFNγ production was observed in 72% PB, 11% MB leprosy, 38% dermatoses, 40% healthy endemic controls/EC. The receiver operating curve/ROC for WBA/LID-1 in PB versus other dermatoses showed 72.5% sensitivity, 61.5% specificity and an area-under-the-curve/AUC=0.75; 74% positive predictive value/PPV, 59% negative predictive value/NPV. Anti PGL-I serology was positive in 67% MB, 8% PB leprosy, 6% of other dermatoses; its sensitivity for MB=66%, specificity=93%, AUC=0.89; PPV=91%, NPV=72%. Anti-LID-1 serology was positive in 87% MB, 7% PB leprosy, all other participants were seronegative; 87.5% sensitivity for MB, 100% specificity, AUC=0.97; PPV=100%, NPV=88%. In highly endemic areas anti-LID-1/PGL-I serology and WBA/LID-1-represent useful tools for the differential diagnosis of leprosy from other confounding dermatoses. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Comparative Analysis on Effects of Low Impact Development Techniques on Urban Flooding Considering Regional and Geographical Characteristics

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    Park, J.; Lee, D. K.; Yang, B.

    2016-12-01

    Low impact development(LID) is generally known as a more sustainable solution for urban stormwater management than traditional urban drainage systems. Since the emergence of LID, they have been successfully used to manage stormwater runoff, improve water quality, and protect the environment. However, its effects on urban drainage systems have not been fully understood particularly when regional and geographical characteristics are considered.In this paper, using 3 different urbanized catchments considering regional and geographical characteristics (slope, elevation, impervious cover etc.) in Korea, the effects were compared by the difference among the characteristics. The effects of LID techniques on urban flooding are analyzed by using EPA SWMM-5 and selected the suitable LID techniques for each characteristic. The effects are measured by the total flood volume reduction and peak flow time delay during a storm event compared to the traditional drainage system design.By comparing the result of each LID technique, the results indicate the suitable LID techniques considering each different regional and geographical characteristic. This paper provides an insight into the performance of LID designs under regional and geographical characteristics, which is essential for effective urban flood management.

  7. [Descriptive study on basal cell eyelid carcinoma].

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    Pfeiffer, M J; Pfeiffer, N; Valor, C

    2015-09-01

    To describe a series of cases of basal cell carcinomas of the eyelid. A descriptive and retrospective study was conducted by reviewing the medical outcome, histopathological history, and photographic images of 200 patients with basal cell eyelid carcinomas. All were treated in the Herzog Carl Theodor Eye Hospital in Munich, Germany, between 2000 and 2013. In the present study, it was found that females are more affected than males. The mean age of presentation of the tumor occurred at the age of 70 years. In 50% of the cases the tumor was found on the lower lid, especially medially from the center of the lid. The lid margin was involved in 47% of all tumors. The mean diameter was 9.2mm. The recurrence rate after surgery with histologically clear resection margins was 5%. There was a significant relationship between tumor diameter and age. As tumors where located farther away from medial and closer to the lid margin, they became larger. There is a predominance of women affected by this tumor. This may be related to the fact that the sample was taken from those attending an oculoplastic surgery clinic, where there are generally more women than men attending. The formation of basal cell carcinomas increases with age. The infrequent involvement of the upper lid could be explained by the protection of the the eyebrow. The frequent involvement of the lower lid may be due to the light reflection (total reflection) by the cornea on the lower lid margin. Also chemical and physical effects of the tears may be more harmful on the lower lid. Patients tend to ask for medical help when they are females, younger, when the tumor is closer to the medial canthus or when the tumor is away from the lid margin. Copyright © 2014 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  8. Effective Design and Planning Specification of Low Impact Development Practices Using Water Management Analysis Module (WMAM: Case of Malaysia

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    Kamal Ahmed

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Developers are increasingly looking for the best management practices to reduce the risk of floods in rapidly growing urban areas. Low impact development (LID is regarded as one of the most suitable solutions for urban stormwater management and thus the U.S. EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency SWMM5.1 (Storm Water Management Model added the hydrological simulation function for LID structures in 2009. However, SWMM5.1 cannot consider the optimal or best physical specifications of LID design and planning fitted to a study area, nor can it instantly derive the best combination for multiple LID designs and plans. Therefore, in this study, a web-based decision support system (DSS for the EPA’s SWMM 5.1, referred to as the Water Management Analysis Module (WMAM is used to decide the most effective specifications of design and planning parameters for LID structure. This study was carried out over an urban catchment of University Technology Malaysia campus located in Johor, Malaysia. The hydrologic cycles with and without LID were simulated using EPA SWMM5.1. The sensitivity analysis and multiple scenario analysis were performed using WMAM. As a result, the effective specification of LID design parameters indicates that peak flow is reduced to 20.95% and 17.5% for two sub-catchments, S1 (highest by area and S6 (lowest by area by installing an LID structure. Thus, this study provides a tool for the best solution for what values for physical parameters will be the best for a specified LID type and what capacities can achieve the particular objectives using WMAM.

  9. Analysis of Urine Iodine Excretion Decrease by Two-Week Stringent Low Iodine Diet for Remnant Thyroid Ablation with Radioactive Iodine in Korean Patients with Thyroid Cancer; Prospective Study

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    Choi, Joon Hyuk; Kim, Hoon Il; Park, Jang Won; Song, Eun Hoon; Ko, Bong Jin; Kim, Byung Il [Hanil Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Cheon, Gi Jeong [Korean Institute of Radiological and Medical Science, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-10-15

    A low iodine diet (LID) is the recommended preparation for radioactive iodine treatment. However, the recommended duration and stringency of LID are different among each recommendation. More stringent LID is expected in Korea because Korea is a iodine-rich region. We investigated the decrement of urine iodine excretion by two-week stringent LID for remnant thyroid ablation with radioactive iodine in Korean patients with thyroid cancer, prospectively. From November 2006, patients who referred to our hospital for remnant ablation after total thyroidectomy were included in this study. To decrease total body iodine, our protocol included three strategies. First, we checked medication which could inhibit the radioactive iodine uptake. Second, the date of I-131 treatment was scheduled at least 3 months later if contrast agent had been used. The last strategy was two-week stringent LID education by specialized nutritionist. Before and after two-week stringent LID, 24hr-urine iodine was analyzed respectively. 24hr-urine creatinine was also analyzed for determining more valid 24hr urine sampling subgroup. Total 51 patients were finally enrolled. Average of 24hr-urine iodine excretion was significantly lowered (787{+-}2242 {yields} 85{+-}85 {mu}g/d, p=0.03) after LID and 74.4% of patients reached below the recommended urine iodine excretion level (<100 {mu}g/d). In subgroup (n=14), similar results was showed (505{+-}666 {yields} 99{+-}116 {mu}g/d, p=0.05) and 78.6% of patients met the criteria. Most patients could reach below the recommended urine iodine level after two-week stringent LID. Therefore, in our opinion, at least two-week stringent LID should be recommended in Korea.

  10. The Efficiency Analysis of Low Impact Development Applied in Taiwan: A Case Study of Porous Pavement

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    Huang, Y. H.; Liu, H. J.; Hsu, N. S.; Chang, F. M.

    2014-12-01

    Low Impact Development (LID) has been developed since the end of 1990s. Lots of successful experience based on this new technology have been made. Taiwan Executive Yuan is conducting a six-year (2014~2019) program "Integrated River Basin Management Plan" applying LID to build sponge cities. Construction and Planning Agency, Ministry of the Interior is editing the manual of LID technology for Taiwan. However, since the hydrological environments, physiographic conditions, climates, the strength and frequency of disasters in Taiwan are different from that in America, this study takes the first laboratory experiment and model simulation to evaluate the efficiency of application of LID in Taiwan.LID Facilities includes porous pavement, rain garden, green roof, tree box filter facilities and so on, and in this study, porous pavement is taken as an example for discussion. In the part of laboratory experiments, the sand box experiments is designed to operate with the specified rainfall return period calculated by Horton formula and rainfall characteristics of Taipei. Then the outflow hydrograph in each designed rainfall of specified return period can be evaluated. As for model simulation, this study constructs LID simulation elements by SWMM model and tests the suitability for simulation of the outflow hydrograph obtained from experiments, and definitely quantifies the efficiency of water retention and flood reduction of porous pavement. The results fits well with the experimental observation data with less than 10% error of pick flow. It suggests that, with LID simulation elements constructed in this study, the efficiency of LID in actual on-site application can be evaluated.The results shows that porous pavement is able to delay arrival time of pick about 5% ~10% and reduce the pick flow about 5%~20%, and hold the ability of near 3~5% water retention. It proves that application of LID can retain water and reduce flood in Taiwan.

  11. A Semi-Implicit Free Surface Formulation for the Semi-Collocated Grid Diecast Ocean Model

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    free-surface formulation for the DieCAST Ocean model that retains the accurate, low dissipation numerics of its latest and best semi collocated rigid...lid DieCAST version (reflecting the fact that the rigid lid barotropic mode numerics are also a sigma-like approach,) and requires less than 50 percent...more computing. Thus, the numerics used by both rigid lid and free-surface DieCAST versions combines the best of z-level and sigma coordinate numerics, as well as, the best of ’a’ and ’c’ grid numerics.

  12. Low iodine diet for one week is sufficient for adequate preparation of high dose radioactive iodine ablation therapy of differentiated thyroid cancer patients in iodine-rich areas.

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    Lee, Minkyung; Lee, Yu Kyung; Jeon, Tae Joo; Chang, Hang Seok; Kim, Bup-Woo; Lee, Yong Sang; Park, Cheong Soo; Ryu, Young Hoon

    2014-08-01

    Most current guidelines suggest one or two weeks of low iodine diet (LID) before radioactive iodine ablation therapy (RAIT) to increase its efficacy in differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) patients after total thyroidectomy. LID duration is particularly important for patients living in iodine excess areas. However, there is no standardized LID protocol and there are limited reports regarding the relationship between LID and ablation outcome. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the optimal LID duration and define clinical features that affect ablation outcome. A total of 202 papillary thyroid cancer patients with total thyroidectomy preparing for RAIT were enrolled. All patients had undergone two weeks of LID before (131)I administration. Morning spot urine specimens were obtained twice (one week or two weeks after LID, respectively) from each patient. Urine iodine excretion (UIE) values were used to evaluate LID efficacy. Successful ablation was defined using two definitions: (i) no visible uptake on a follow-up diagnostic (131)I scans, and (ii) no visible uptake on a follow-up diagnostic (131)I scans and stimulated serum thyroglobulin (Tg) levels <1 ng/mL. The UIE median values after LID for one and two weeks were lower than 50 μg/L, and the median UIE values were not significantly different according to the LID duration. Based on the first criterion for successful ablation, 175 of the 195 patients were successfully ablated. There were no significant differences in mean and median UIE levels between the ablated and non-ablated groups after LID for two weeks. The rate of ablation did not differ between the mild and moderate iodine deficient groups. Based on the second criterion for successful ablation, 149 of 188 patients were successfully ablated. The ablation success rate did not differ between UIE levels. When we analyzed clinical factors that affect ablation outcome, serum Tg level at the time of ablation was the only significant variable in multivariate

  13. Functions & Requirements for Debris Removal System Project A-2

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    PRECECHTEL, D.R.

    1999-12-29

    This revision of the Functions and Requirements Document updates the approved Functions and Requirements for Debris Removal Subproject WHC-SD-SNF-FRD-009, Rev. 0. It has been revised in its entirety to reflect the current scope of work for Debris Removal as canisters and lids under the K Basin Projects work breakdown structure (WBS). In this revision the canisters and lids will be consider debris and a new set of Functions and Requirements have been developed to remove the canisters and lids from the basin.

  14. Lithosphere-Asthenosphere Boundary Beneath Regions of Recent Volcanism in the Basin and Range Province and Mojave Desert

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    Forsyth, D. W.; Rau, C. J.; Plank, T.; Gazel, E.; Bendersky, C.

    2010-12-01

    Melt in the asthenosphere may contribute strongly to the development of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) in some settings. We have compiled a set of vertical shear-velocity profiles beneath centers of recent (Hill and Amboy in the southern Mojave, the lithospheric lid extends to a depth of ~ 90 km. Minimum velocities in the LVZs beneath the higher velocity lids typically are 4.00-4.05 km/s, similar to that beneath the East Pacific Rise and too low to be caused by temperature alone without unreasonably high attenuation. Beneath other centers, like Big Pine, Lathrop Wells and Tahoe, there is no resolvable lid. The lid is either missing or too thin to resolve, but the absence of the lid/LVZ pattern seems to be due to a combination of lower velocities immediately beneath the Moho and higher velocities in the LVZ. Petrological indicators of temperature and depth of melting from basalt composition are in general agreement with the seismological observations, with the depth of last equilibration typically occurring near the top of the LVZ. Beneath Big Pine, for example, the equilibration temperatures are unusually low and the equilibration depth is 40 to 50 km, just below the Moho, in agreement with the lack of a distinct lid. Beneath Cima, equilibration depths are 60-70 km. Beneath Coso, equilibration depths are only slightly deeper than Big Pine, but the temperatures are higher, in agreement with the more pronounced LVZ and the presence of a thin lid. Beneath the Tabernacle Hill/Black Rock volcanic field in west-central Utah, there is a well-developed lid/LVZ structure, but the "high" velocity lid is only ~ 4.10 km/s while the underlying LVZ reaches as low as 3.90 km/s. This observation points to the importance of melt concentration or distribution controlling the velocities. Lid velocities are often relatively low (4.2-4.4 km/s) in the Basin and Range, indicating high temperatures, but here there is probably melt within the lid as well, with higher

  15. Congenital orbital teratoma

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    Shereen Aiyub

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    Full Text Available We present a case of mature congenital orbital teratoma managed with lid-sparing exenteration and dermis fat graft. This is a case report on the management of congenital orbital teratoma. A full-term baby was born in Fiji with prolapsed right globe which was surrounded by a nonpulsatile, cystic mass. Clinical and imaging features were consistent with congenital orbital teratoma. Due to limited surgical expertise, the patient was transferred to Adelaide, Australia for further management. The patient underwent a lid-sparing exenteration with frozen section control of the apical margin. A dermis fat graft from the groin was placed beneath the lid skin to provide volume. Histopathology revealed mature tissues from each of the three germ cell layers which confirmed the diagnosis of mature teratoma. We describe the successful use of demis fat graft in socket reconstruction following lid-sparing exenteration for congenital orbital teratoma.

  16. Low-index discontinuity terahertz waveguides

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    Michael Nagel; Astrid Marchewka; Heinrich Kurz

    2006-01-01

    ... of electric flux density at the dielectric interface. Attenuation, dispersion and single-mode confinement properties of two LID structures are discussed and compared with other THz waveguide solutions...

  17. Critical Review of Technical Questions Facing Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure: A Perspective from the Great Plains.

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    Vogel, Jason R; Moore, Trisha L; Coffman, Reid R; Rodie, Steven N; Hutchinson, Stacy L; McDonough, Kelsey R; McLemore, Alex J; McMaine, John T

    2015-09-01

    Since its inception, Low Impact Development (LID) has become part of urban stormwater management across the United States, marking progress in the gradual transition from centralized to distributed runoff management infrastructure. The ultimate goal of LID is full, cost-effective implementation to maximize watershed-scale ecosystem services and enhance resilience. To reach that goal in the Great Plains, the multi-disciplinary author team presents this critical review based on thirteen technical questions within the context of regional climate and socioeconomics across increasing complexities in scale and function. Although some progress has been made, much remains to be done including continued basic and applied research, development of local LID design specifications, local demonstrations, and identifying funding mechanisms for these solutions. Within the Great Plains and beyond, by addressing these technical questions within a local context, the goal of widespread acceptance of LID can be achieved, resulting in more effective and resilient stormwater management.

  18. 49 CFR 178.601 - General requirements.

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    ... (e.g., screw cap, friction lid, etc.); (D) Sufficient additional cushioning material is used to take... specific gravity to which the packaging has been tested); (vi) Type of side seam welding; (vii) Type of...

  19. Giant eyelid eccrine hidrocystoma-induced progressive ptosis in childhood

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    Dhivya Ashok Kumar

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    Full Text Available An upper lid eccrine hidrocystoma presenting as early childhood progressive ptosis is very rare. We present a 9-year-old female child with droopy right upper lid since birth and progressive increase in symptoms. She had right upper lid ptosis (marginal reflex distance 1 of −1 mm with fair levator function (8 mm and abnormal cystic change on the conjunctival side. Computerized tomography imaging delineated the well-defined cystic lesion with homogeneous cavity with no contrast enhancement. Following the cyst excision, a giant eccrine hidrocystoma measuring 25 mm × 15 mm was removed, the largest reported in pediatric eyes. The case demonstrates the possibility of giant lid eccrine hidrocystomas presenting as progressive ptosis at a pediatric age and the need for early surgical intervention to prevent amblyopia.

  20. Objective Assessments of Temperature Maintenance Using In Vitro Culture Techniques

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    Cooke, Simon; Tyler, John P. P.; Driscoll, Geoff

    2002-01-01

    Purpose: To assess the ability of various facets of embryo culture (microscope stage warmers, volumes of culture media, culture vessel lids, and type of culture incubator) to maintain a constant temperature in vitro.

  1. Eyelid Retraction in Isolated Unilateral Congenital Blepharoptosis

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    Michael S. Salman

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    Full Text Available Isolated unilateral congenital ptosis is encountered relatively infrequently in clinical practice. It typically consists of a unilateral droopy eyelid, weak levator palpebrae superioris muscle function, lid lag, and an absent upper lid crease with no other abnormalities on examination. We present a four-and-a-half-year-old girl with isolated and mild unilateral congenital ptosis who unexpectedly demonstrated a static upper eyelid on downgaze in conjunction with a well-formed upper lid skin crease. We attribute this uncommon sign in congenital ptosis to stiffness and presumed fibrosis of the levator muscle. Examining the function of the eyelids in all directions of gaze is important in patients with abnormalities of lid position, since additional useful information can be gleaned about the status of the levator muscle including, aberrant regeneration or fibrosis.

  2. Risk for Travelers

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    ... sciatic and facial nerves), tonsils, nictitating membrane (third eye lid), distal ileum, bone marrow and possibly thigh muscle. The latter tissue from one cow with BSE transmitted disease to highly BSE-sensitive ...

  3. Using Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure to Get Benefits From FEMA Programs

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    LID and Green Infrastructure is a cost-effective, resilient approach to stormwater management. Projects that reduce flood losses may be eligible for grant funding through FEMA and may allow communities to claim points through FEMA's rating system -CRS

  4. Clear hydro-gel, compared to ointment, provides improved eye comfort after brief surgery

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    Smolle, Michaela; Keller, Christian; Pinggera, Germar; Deibl, Martina; Rieder, Josef; Lirk, Philipp

    2004-01-01

    Anesthesia impairs lid closure and decreases tear secretion and stability. Protection may, in principle, be conveyed by manual eye closure, taping the eyelids closed, and by instillation of protective substances into the conjunctival sac...

  5. NMDA receptor genotypes associated with the vulnerability to develop dyskinesia

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    Ivanova, S. A.; Loonen, A. J. M.; Pechlivanoglou, P.; Freidin, M. B.; Al Hadithy, A. F. Y.; Rudikov, E. V.; Zhukova, I. A.; Govorin, N. V.; Sorokina, V. A.; Fedorenko, O. Y.; Alifirova, V. M.; Semke, A. V.; Brouwers, J. R. B. J.; Wilffert, B.

    Dyskinesias are involuntary muscle movements that occur spontaneously in Huntington's disease (HD) and after long-term treatments for Parkinson's disease (levodopa-induced dyskinesia; LID) or for schizophrenia (tardive dyskinesia, TD). Previous studies suggested that dyskinesias in these three

  6. 2006 - veel üks raisatud aasta Euroopa tugevdamisel? / Jeroen Bult

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    Bult, Jeroen

    2006-01-01

    Ilmunud ka: Postimees : na russkom jazõke 9. jaan. lk. 8. 2005. aasta kujunes Euroopa Liidule kriisiaastaks. Autor on seisukohal, et maailmapoliitikas osalemiseks peab ühendus lõpetama sisetülid. Lisa: Kas teate?

  7. Carbon nanotube-based separation columns for microchip electrochromatography

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    Mogensen, K. B.; Delacourt, B.; Kutter, Jörg P.

    2015-01-01

    the fabrication and operation protocols for devices with microfabricated carbon nanotube stationary phases for reversephase chromatography. In this protocol, the lithographically defined stationary phase is fabricated in the channel before bonding of a lid, thereby circumventing the difficult packaging procedures...

  8. A Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis System for Prioritizing Sites and Types of Low Impact Development Practices: Case of Korea

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    Jae Yeol Song

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available This study developed a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA framework to prioritize sites and types of low impact development (LID practices. This framework was systemized as a web-based system coupled with the Storm Water Management Model (SWMM. Using TOPSIS method, which is a type of MCDA method, multiple types and sites of designated LID practices are prioritized. This system is named the Water Management Prioritization Module (WMPM. WMPM can simultaneously determine the priority of multiple LID types and sites. In this study, an infiltration trench and permeable pavement were considered for multiple sub-catchments in South Korea to demonstrate the WMPM procedures. The TOPSIS method was manually incorporated to select the vulnerable target sub-catchments and to prioritize the LID planning scenarios for multiple types and sites considering social, hydrologic and physical-geometric factors. In this application, the Delphi method and entropy theory were used to determine the subjective and objective weights, respectively.

  9. Eastern Washington steep slope research for management of highway stormwater.

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    2011-05-01

    Highway embankments can provide an ideal location for integrating low impact development (LID) stormwater best management practices (BMPs) into a highway setting, specifically sheet flow BMPs such as vegetated filter strips (VFS) and dispersion. Howe...

  10. National Stormwater Calculator: Low Impact Development Stormwater Control Cost Estimation Programming & Future Enhancements - abstract

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    The National Stormwater Calculator (NSC) makes it easy to estimate runoff reduction when planning a new development or redevelopment site with low impact development (LID) stormwater controls. The Calculator is currently deployed as a Windows desktop application. The Calculator i...

  11. Modeling of solvent-dependent conformational transitions in Burkholderia cepacia lipase

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    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The characteristic of most lipases is the interfacial activation at a lipid interface or in non-polar solvents. Interfacial activation is linked to a large conformational change of a lid, from a closed to an open conformation which makes the active site accessible for substrates. While for many lipases crystal structures of the closed and open conformation have been determined, the pathway of the conformational transition and possible bottlenecks are unknown. Therefore, molecular dynamics simulations of a closed homology model and an open crystal structure of Burkholderia cepacia lipase in water and toluene were performed to investigate the influence of solvents on structure, dynamics, and the conformational transition of the lid. Results The conformational transition of B. cepacia lipase was dependent on the solvent. In simulations of closed B. cepacia lipase in water no conformational transition was observed, while in three independent simulations of the closed lipase in toluene the lid gradually opened during the first 10–15 ns. The pathway of conformational transition was accessible and a barrier was identified, where a helix prevented the lid from opening to the completely open conformation. The open structure in toluene was stabilized by the formation of hydrogen bonds. In simulations of open lipase in water, the lid closed slowly during 30 ns nearly reaching its position in the closed crystal structure, while a further lid opening compared to the crystal structure was observed in toluene. While the helical structure of the lid was intact during opening in toluene, it partially unfolded upon closing in water. The closing of the lid in water was also observed, when with eight intermediate structures between the closed and the open conformation as derived from the simulations in toluene were taken as starting structures. A hydrophobic β-hairpin was moving away from the lid in all simulations in water, which was not

  12. A Novel Vacuum Packaging Design Process for Microelectromechanical System (MEMS) Quad-Mass Gyroscopes

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    of voltage across the bridge of the Pirani gauge is a direct indication of pressure. This relationship can be simply modeled by Ohm’s Law: ...Ceramic package Kyocera A-440 (sapphire [Al2O3]), electroplated nickel ( Ni ) and Au Lid Kovar, electroplated Ni and Au Preform 80/20 Au-Sn... solidification via reflow onto the package. One important consideration for lid sealing is bonding time. It is important to provide adequate time

  13. Isotope Enrichment of Lithium by Light-induced Drift

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    武山, 昭憲; 佐藤, 俊一

    2004-01-01

    Isotope enrichment of lithium by light-induced drift (LID) was studied. Lithium atoms collected on a Si substrate was evaluated by SIMS. The separation factor calculated from the SIMS depth profile was 1.02. The diffusion equation describing the distribution of lithium vapor caused by LID was solved numerically. The concentration maps of lithium vapor indicated the isotope ratio was strongly dependent on the position of the Si substrate.

  14. Monomorphic xanthomatous type of xanthogranuloma: a rare entity

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    Devi Nivean, Pratheeba

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Xanthogranuloma is an uncommon tumor in the ocular adnexa. It usually presents as diffuse lid swelling with or without orbital involvement. Xanthogranulomas can be associated with systemic comorbidities. They are diagnosed by their characteristic pathological finding. They are further subclassified based on immunohistochemistry. We present two cases with lid swelling which were diagnosed to be xanthogranuloma. Our cases were special because of the unique presentation as localized monomorphic lesions.

  15. Intelligence Leaks: What Is the Role of the Leak and the Leaker in U.S. Democracy?

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    repository of leaked documents and other artifacts of the millennial cyber-punk set. The obscure website gained global notoriety for the massive...The Christian Science Monitor, July 25, 2013, sec. NEWS. 90 Joe Wiesenthal, “WikiLeaks Blows the Lid off the Sex Parties and Drug Usage Among...the Saudi Royals,” Business Insider, March 7, 2011, http://www.businessinsider.com/wikileaks-blows-the-lid-off- the-sex-parties-and- drug -usage-among

  16. Cerebrospinal fluid levels of catecholamines and its metabolites in Parkinson's disease: effect of l-DOPA treatment and changes in levodopa-induced dyskinesia.

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    Andersen, Andreas Dammann; Blaabjerg, Morten; Binzer, Michael; Kamal, Akram; Thagesen, Helle; Kjaer, Troels Wesenberg; Stenager, Egon; Gramsbergen, Jan Bert Paul

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    Levodopa (l-DOPA, l-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine) is the most effective drug in the symptomatic treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD), but chronic use initiates a maladaptive process leading to l-DOPA-induced dyskinesia (LID). Risk factors for early onset LID include younger age, more severe disease at baseline and higher daily l-DOPA dose, but biomarkers to predict the risk of motor complications are not yet available. Here, we investigated whether CSF levels of catecholamines and its metabolites are altered in PD patients with LID [PD-LID, n = 8)] as compared to non-dyskinetic PD patients receiving l-DOPA (PD-L, n = 6), or not receiving l-DOPA (PD-N, n = 7) as well as non-PD controls (n = 16). PD patients were clinically assessed using the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale and Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale and CSF was collected after overnight fasting and 1-2 h after oral intake of l-DOPA or other anti-Parkinson medication. CSF catecholamines and its metabolites were analyzed by HPLC with electrochemical detection. We observed (i) decreased levels of dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) and homovanillic acid in PD patients not receiving l-DOPA (ii) higher dopamine (DA) levels in PD-LID as compared to controls (iii) higher DA/l-DOPA and lower DOPAC/DA ratio's in PD-LID as compared to PD-L and (iv) an age-dependent increase of DA and decrease of DOPAC/DA ratio in controls. These results suggest increased DA release from non-DA cells and deficient DA re-uptake in PD-LID. Monitoring DA and DOPAC in CSF of l-DOPA-treated PD patients may help identify patients at risk of developing LID. © 2017 International Society for Neurochemistry.

  17. Retained soft contact lens masquerading as a chalazion: A case report

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    Pankaj Kumar Agarwal; Taha Y Ahmed; Diaper, Charles J M

    2013-01-01

    A misplaced contact lens is a common ocular emergency presenting to the eye casualty. We report a case of lost soft contact lens which migrated in the lid and presented 13 years later with symptomatic eye lid swelling. Authors in the past have reported migration and subsequent retention of lost hard lenses in locations such as the superior fornix and eyelid. To the best of our knowledge, misplaced soft contact lens masquerading as a chalazion has not been reported in the literature. Considera...

  18. Comment on: "Crustal strength in central Tibet determined from Holocene shoreline deflection around Siling Co" by Xuhua Shi, Eric Kirby, Kevin P. Furlong, Kai Meng, Ruth Robinson and Erchie Wang

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    England, Philip C.; Walker, Richard T.

    2016-01-01

    Shi et al. (2015) analysed the distributions of elevation of palaeoshorelines around Siling Tso, central Tibet assuming a model in which surface loads are entirely supported by an elastic lid overlying an inviscid fluid. They concluded that the thickness of the elastic lid is 20-30 km and that, for the assumption of an inviscid substrate in this model to be valid, the viscosity of the crust below the elastic lid must be less than 1- 2 ×1019 Pas. Here we relax the assumption of an inviscid lower crust and show that the distribution of shoreline elevations may be explained either by a thick elastic lid or by high viscosity in the lower crust. In the limit of an inviscid lower crust, the thickness of the elastic lid must be greater than 25 to 39 km. If the elastic lid is thinner than this, then the viscosity of the crust beneath must be at least 5 ×1019 to 2 ×1020 Pas, depending on the time interval over which the lake was loaded.

  19. Development of a Tool for Siting Low Impact Development in Urban Watersheds

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    Martin-Mikle, C.; de Beurs, K.; Julian, J.

    2013-12-01

    Low impact development (LID) -- a comprehensive land use planning and design approach with the goal of mitigating development impacts on hydrologic/nutrient cycles and ecosystems -- is increasingly being touted as an effective approach to lessen overland runoff and pollutant loadings. Examples of LIDs include riparian buffers, grassed swales, detention/retention ponds, rain gardens, green roofs and rain barrels. Broad-scale decision support tools for siting LIDs have been developed for agricultural watersheds, but are rare for urban watersheds, largely due to greater land use complexity and lack of necessary high-resolution geospatial data. Here, we develop a framework to assist city planners and water quality managers in siting LIDs in urban watersheds. One key component of this research is a framework accessible to those interested in using it. Hence, development of the framework has centered around 1) determining optimal data requirements for siting LID in an urban watershed and 2) developing a tool compatible with both open-source and commercial GIS software. We employ a wide variety of landscape metrics to evaluate the tool. A case study of the Lake Thunderbird Watershed, an urbanized watershed southeast of Oklahoma City, illustrates the effectiveness of a tool that is capable of siting LID in an urban watershed.

  20. Fluor-Hanford 3013 Digital Radiography Dead Zone Mitigation Project Pressure Test Report

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    Gibbs, K.

    2003-11-21

    The use of digital radiographic (DR) measurement of lid deflection as an indication of pressurization of the 3013 inner can was first reported by the Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC). The conclusions of this report were that for cans with relatively large initial concavity, lid deflection could be used to meet the 3013 standard (DOE-STD-3013-2000) requirement for a nondestructive indication of a pressurization of 100 psig. During acceptance testing of the system in the Spring of 2003, it was confirmed that for some cans the DR measured lid deflection could become insensitive to the change in lid deflection when compared to actual mechanical measurements. The basic explanation of this phenomenon is that characteristics of the lid geometry such as tilt and wobble can obfuscate the bottom of the lid where the deflection is measured. The purpose of this report is to document the results of the pressure testing and the efficacy of the alternate imaging and analysis methods developed to mitigate the dead zone problem. Prior to review of the results, a review of the current method and an introduction to the newly developed methods and techniques is provided.