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  1. Master sintering curves of two different alumina powder compacts

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    Vaclav Pouchly


    Full Text Available Concept of Master Sintering Curve is a strong tool for optimizing sintering schedule. The sintering behaviour can be predicted, and sintering activation energy can be calculated with the help of few dilatometric measurements. In this paper an automatic procedure was used to calculate Master Sintering Curves of two different alumina compacts. The sintering activation energies were determined as 640 kJ/mol for alumina with particle size of 240 nm, respective 770 kJ/mol for alumina with particle size of 110 nm. The possibility to predict sintering behaviour with the help of Master Sintering Curve was verified.

  2. Difference of Magnetic Pulse Compaction from Traditional Uniaxial Pressing of Alumina Nanopowders (United States)

    Zholnin, A.; Kovaleva, I.; Medvedev, P.; Dobrohotov, P.; Grigoryev, E.; Olevsky, E.; Isaenkova, M.

    Processes of pressureless sintering of alumina nanopowders, subjected to traditional uniaxial pressing or magnetic pulse compaction, were investigated with the use of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermal analysis and dilatometry. In this study sintering mechanisms, initiated by magnetic-pulse compacting and absent in the classical compaction, for the first time were found.

  3. Mechanical behavior of saturated, consolidated, alumina powder compacts (United States)

    Franks, George Vincent, Jr.

    Alumina slurries were prepared with three differing particle pair potentials produced by adjusting pH and salt concentration. The three pair potentials investigated were repulsive, strongly attractive and weakly attractive. Bodies were consolidated by pressure filtration, at applied pressures between 0.25 MPa and 150 MPa. The mechanical properties of these bodies were investigated by uniaxial compressive loading. High consolidation pressures lead to high forces at particle contacts which can push the particles together to form a strong touching network even when the particles are separated by a potential barrier in the slurry state. When particles are pushed into adhesive contact, the saturated, consolidated powder compacts are brittle. When a short ranged repulsive interparticle potential persists after consolidation, the specimens are plastic. Saturated bodies formed from strongly attractive slurries (flocculated at the isoelectric point pH 9) were plastic at low relative densities but were brittle at higher relative densities. Bodies formed from the repulsive slurries (dispersed at pH 4) were always brittle. Bodies consolidated from weakly attractive slurries (coagulated at pH 4, 5, 6, or 12 with additions of salt) were plastic at low consolidation pressures but became brittle at high consolidation pressures. This plastic-to-brittle transition depends on the shape of the pair potential, the size and morphology of the powder. The plastic specimens had stress-strain behavior characterized by a peak stress, followed by a lower flow stress. The peak stress reduced to the flow stress upon several reloading cycles. The effect of the slope of the repulsive potential barrier on the plastic-to-brittle transition was investigated. Alumina slurries coagulated at pH 12 with 0.5 M of Lisp+, Cssp+ and tetraethylammoniumsp+ chlorides were consolidated by pressure filtration. Consolidation pressures required to push particles together were greater for smaller counterions. The

  4. Compaction Behaviour of Alumina Powders Spray-Dried with Organic Binders (United States)

    Baklouti, S.; Coupelle, P.; Chartier, T.; Baumard, J. F.


    The compaction of spray-dried alumina, containing 3 wt.% organic binders (PVA or PEG), is analyzed through the evolution of intergranular porosity. The variation of this porosity versus glass transition temperature of the binder and forming pressure is compared with the prediction of a model derived from a previous work on powder metallurgy. La compaction de poudres d'alumine atomisées, contenant 3% en masse de liants organiques (PVA ou PGE), est analysée en suivant l'évolution de la porosité intergranulaire. La variation de cette porosité, en fonction de la température de transition vitreuse du liant et de la pression de mise en forme, est comparée à un modèle élaboré à partir de travaux réalisés sur la compaction de poudres métalliques.

  5. Effect of primary particle size on spray formation, morphology and internal structure of alumina granules and elucidation of flowability and compaction behaviour

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    Pandu Ramavath


    Full Text Available Three different alumina powders with varying particle sizes were subjected to spray drying under identical conditions and effect of particle size on heat transfer efficiency and mechanism of formation of granules was elucidated. Morphology, internal structure and size distribution of granules were studied and evaluated with respect to their flow behaviour. In order to estimate the elastic interaction of granules, the granules were subjected to compaction under progressive loading followed by periodic unloading. Compaction curves were plotted and compressibility factor was estimated and correlated with predicted and measured green density values.

  6. Investigation of the effect of alumina and compaction pressure on physical, electrical and tribological properties of Al–Fe–Cr–Al2O3 powder composites (United States)

    Mohsin, Mohammad; Mohd, Aas; Suhaib, M.; Arif, Sajjad; Arif Siddiqui, M.


    In this experimental work, aluminium Al–20Fe–5Cr (in wt.%) matrix reinforced with varying wt.% Al2O3 (0, 10, 20 and 30) and compaction pressure (470, 550 and 600 MPa) were prepared by powder metallurgy technique. The characterization of composites were performed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive spectrum (EDS) and elemental mapping. Uniform distribution of Al2O3 in aluminium matrix were observed by elemental mapping. The composites showed an increase in density and hardness by increasing both alumina and compaction pressure. While, electrical conductivity decreased by the addition of alumina. The tribological study of the composites were performed on pin-on-disc apparatus at sliding conditions (applied load 40 N, sliding speed 1.5 m s‑1, sliding distance 300 m). The tribological properties of the composites were improved by increasing alumina and compaction pressure. SEM analysis were also carried out to understand wear mechanism of the worn surfaces of various fabricated composites and aluminium matrix.

  7. Influence of short chain organic acids and bases on the wetting properties and surface energy of submicrometer ceramic powders. (United States)

    Neirinck, Bram; Soccol, Dimitri; Fransaer, Jan; Van der Biest, Omer; Vleugels, Jef


    The effect of short chained organic acids and bases on the surface energy and wetting properties of submicrometer alumina powder was assessed. The surface chemistry of treated powders was determined by means of Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform spectroscopy and compared to untreated powder. The wetting of powders was measured using a modified Washburn method, based on the use of precompacted powder samples. The geometric factor needed to calculate the contact angle was derived from measurements of the porous properties of the powder compacts. Contact angle measurements with several probe liquids before and after modification allowed a theoretical estimation of the surface energy based on the surface tension component theory. Trends in the surface energy components were linked to observations in infrared spectra. The results showed that the hydrophobic character of the precompacted powder depends on both the chain length and polar group of the modifying agent. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Terahertz acoustic phonon detection from a compact surface layer of spherical nanoparticles powder mixture of aluminum, alumina and multi-walled carbon nanotube (United States)

    Abouelsayed, A.; Ebrahim, M. R.; El hotaby, W.; Hassan, S. A.; Al-Ashkar, Emad


    We present terahertz spectroscopy study on spherical nanoparticles powder mixture of aluminum, alumina, and MWCNTs induced by surface mechanical attrition treatment (SMAT) of aluminum substrates. Surface alloying of AL, Al2O3 0.95% and MWCNTs 0.05% powder mixture was produced during SMAT process, where a compact surface layer of about 200 μm due to ball bombardment was produced from the mixture. Al2O3 alumina powder played a significant role in MWCNTs distribution on surface, those were held in deformation surface cites of micro-cavities due to SMAT process of Al. The benefits are the effects on resulted optical properties of the surface studied at the terahertz frequency range due to electrical isolation confinement effects and electronic resonance disturbances exerted on Al electronic resonance at the same range of frequencies. THz acoustic phonon around 0.53-0.6 THz (17-20 cm-1) were observed at ambient conditions for the spherical nanoparticles powder mixture of Al, Al2O3 and MWCNTs. These results suggested that the presence of Al2O3 and MWCNTs during SMAT process leads to the optically detection of such acoustic phonon in the THz frequency range.

  9. Investigation of the percentage and the compacting pressure effect on the structural, optical and thermal properties of alumina-zeolite mixture (United States)

    Messaadi, C.; Ghrib, T.; Ghrib, M.; Al-Otaibi, A. L.; Glid, M.; Ezzaouia, H.


    This paper presents a detailed investigation of the correlation between micro-structural, optical and thermal properties of a mixture constituted of NaA zeolite and Al2O3 alumina with different portions at various compacting pressures. A comprehensive study was made by using SEM, EDX, XRD, PL and PTD analysis. Through this full characterization, it was demonstrated that a mixture of grain size ranging from 50 nm to 85 nm can be used as a red emitter of mean wave length λ = 650 μm in optical devices. This mixture also proved to be used as a thermoinsultor or a thermocondensor material; with a thermal conductivity of about 0.22-1.33 W·m-1·K-1 and a thermal diffusivity of about 0.070-0.174 cm2·s-1.

  10. Sinter forging of zirconia toughened alumina

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    He, Y.; Winnubst, Aloysius J.A.; Verweij, H.; Burggraaf, Anthonie; Burggraaf, A.J.


    Sinter forging experiments have been carried out on powder compacts of zirconia toughened alumina (ZTA) Ceramics Alumina-15 wt% zirconia was prepared by a gel precipitation method and calcined at temperatures of 900 or 1100°C. Full densification of ZTA ceramics was obtained within 15 min at 1400°C

  11. Ultrafiltro de alumina Alumina ultrafilter

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    M. F. de Souza


    Full Text Available Membranas de alumina AKP-50 foram preparadas sobre um substrato de alumina APC-SG de alta resistência mecânica. As membranas foram sinterizadas a 1000 °C e possuem uma distribuição estreita de poros de 40 a 90 nm, espessura média de 57 mm e taxa de fluxo de 0,4 m3/m2h. O filtro assim obtido é classificado como ultrafiltro sendo capaz de reter bactérias e alguns vírus. São quimicamente inertes e resistem a temperaturas inferiores a 1000 °C. A aderência entre as camadas permite a limpeza por contra-fluxo.Alumina ceramic membranes with unimodal pore size distribution in the 40 to 90 nm range were prepared on alumina porous substrates. The 57mm thickness membrane made from AKP-50 alumina shows 0,4 m3/m2h flow rate. The two layer substrate, prepared to have high mechanical strength, was made from commercially available APC-SG alumina. The filter made of three layers, membrane, intermediate layer and substrate, is classified as ultra-filter being able to retain bacteria and some viruses. Adherence between the three layers allows reverse washing. Filters are chemically inert and resistant to temperatures below 1000oC.

  12. The effect of nanometric zirconia particle additives on microstructure and mechanical properties of dense alumina

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    Lukasz Zych


    Full Text Available Zirconia additives have favourable influence on mechanical properties of dense alumina polycrystals. It results from the martensitic transformation of tetragonal zirconia particles into monoclinic symmetry at the crack tip propagating through a material. Usually applied zirconia particles were of sub-micrometer or micrometer sizes. In the present work nanometric zirconia particles prepared by hydrothermal crystallization technique were introduced into the alumina matrix. Both, zirconia and alumina powders were homogenized in an aqueous suspension of pH selected on the basis of the zeta (ξ potential measurements. It was found that this factor influences greatly strength of the resulting powder agglomerates and hence mechanical properties of the sintered material.

  13. Processing of silicon nitride and alumina nanosize powders

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    Gonzalez, E.J.; Piermarini, G.; Hockey, B.; Malghan, S.G. [National Inst. of Standard and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (United States)


    The effects of pressure on the compaction and subsequent processing of nanosize {gamma} alumina powders were studied. A 3 mm diameter piston/cylinder die was used to compact the nanosize powders to pressures of 1 and 2.5 GPa. The green bodies were sintered at temperatures up to 1600{degrees}C. Results show that green body density can be increased by higher compaction pressures. It appears that as a result of the {gamma}-to-{alpha} transformation in alumina, higher green density does not necessarily produce a higher density sintered alumina body. The microstructures of the sintered bodies are described in terms of porosity and phase content.

  14. Filtration of submicrometer particles by pelagic tunicates. (United States)

    Sutherland, Kelly R; Madin, Laurence P; Stocker, Roman


    Salps are common in oceanic waters and have higher per-individual filtration rates than any other zooplankton filter feeder. Although salps are centimeters in length, feeding via particle capture occurs on a fine, mucous mesh (fiber diameter d approximately 0.1 microm) at low velocity (U = 1.6 +/- 0.6 cmxs(-1), mean +/- SD) and is thus a low Reynolds-number (Re approximately 10(-3)) process. In contrast to the current view that particle encounter is dictated by simple sieving of particles larger than the mesh spacing, a low-Re mathematical model of encounter rates by the salp feeding apparatus for realistic oceanic particle-size distributions shows that submicron particles, due to their higher abundances, are encountered at higher rates (particles per time) than larger particles. Data from feeding experiments with 0.5-, 1-, and 3-microm diameter polystyrene spheres corroborate these findings. Although particles larger than 1 microm (e.g., flagellates, small diatoms) represent a larger carbon pool, smaller particles in the 0.1- to 1-microm range (e.g., bacteria, Prochlorococcus) may be more quickly digestible because they present more surface area, and we find that particles smaller than the mesh size (1.4 microm) can fully satisfy salp energetic needs. Furthermore, by packaging submicrometer particles into rapidly sinking fecal pellets, pelagic tunicates can substantially change particle-size spectra and increase downward fluxes in the ocean.

  15. Submicrometer grating light bar for a color-separation backlight. (United States)

    Liu, Chun-Wei; Lee, Chi-Hung; Yang, Tzu-Chun; Ting, Chia-Jen; Lin, Tsung-Hsin; Lin, Shih-Chieh


    A light bar patterned using a submicrometer grating was designed to replace conventional dye color filters for color liquid crystal displays. The light bar generates color rays by transmitting them from side-lit color light-emitting diodes through the submicrometer grating. These angular color rays are then redirected by a V-grooved light guide, and then converged by a lens array and mapped to corresponding subpixel positions to efficiently display color images. The results show that 106% of the National Television System Committee (NTSC) color space in a blue-green-red-green (B-G-R-G) repeating pattern display pixel layout can be achieved.

  16. Synthesis of luminescent ceramics from alumina nanopowder (United States)

    Kortov, V.; Kiryakov, A.; Ananchenko, D.; Zvonarev, S.


    The effect of the conditions of high-temperature synthesis in a reducing medium on the density, area and cathodoluminescence of ceramics made of compacted α-Al2O3 powder is the focus of this work. The dependence of the luminescence intensity on the temperature and duration of the synthesis of ceramics is presented. The optimal parameters for synthesis of luminescent ceramics from alumina nanopowder are defined.

  17. Microporous alumina ceramic membranes (United States)

    Anderson, Marc A.; Sheng, Guangyao


    Several methods are disclosed for the preparation microporous alumina ceramic membranes. For the first time, porous alumina membranes are made which have mean pore sizes less than 100 Angstroms and substantially no pores larger than that size. The methods are based on improved sol-gel techniques.

  18. Effect of calcination on the sintering of gel-derived zirconia-toughened alumina

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    den Exter, Peter; den Exter, P.; Winnubst, Aloysius J.A.; Leuwerink, F.T.H.; Burggraaf, Anthonie; Burggraaf, Anthonie J.


    The densification behavior of ZrO2 (+ 3 mol% Y2O3)/85 wt% Al2O3 powder compacts, prepared by the hydrolysis of metal chlorides, can be characterized by a transition- and an α-alumina densification stage. The sintering behavior is strongly determined by the densification of the transition alumina

  19. Reuse of activated alumina

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    Hobensack, J.E. [Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., Piketon, OH (United States)


    Activated alumina is used as a trapping media to remove trace quantities of UF{sub 6} from process vent streams. The current uranium recovery method employs concentrated nitric acid which destroys the alumina pellets and forms a sludge which is a storage and disposal problem. A recently developed technique using a distilled water rinse followed by three dilute acid rinses removes on average 97% of the uranium, and leaves the pellets intact with crush strength and surface area values comparable with new material. Trapping tests confirm the effectiveness of the recycled alumina as UF{sub 6} trapping media.

  20. Molding of transmissive alumina by slurry casting with a plaster mold; Sekkogata wo mochiita deisho ikomi ni yoru tokosei arumina no sakusei

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    Hotta, Y.; Banno, T.; Sano, S.; Tsuzuki, A.; Oda, Y. [National Industrial Research Institute of Nagoya, Nagoya (Japan)


    For molding of transmissive alumina, extrusion molding and dry press CIP molding are in wide use. In slurry casting with a plaster mold, it is also well known that the transmissivity of sintered alumina deteriorates through pollution of a compact by plaster content eluting from a plaster mold to a compact. Thus as slurry casting of transmissive alumina, some improved methods were proposed, such as vacuum casting with a synthetic resin mold without any pollution by impurities, and slurry casting with a porous ceramic mold. However, these synthetic resin mold and porous ceramic mold methods are questionable as compared with the plaster mold method, because of their high cost, difficult mold formation and poor mold releasing. This study thus attempted molding of transmissive alumina by removing plaster content eluting from a plaster mold to a compact. Transmissive alumina was obtained through calcination, washing by dilute sulfuric acid, and water washing of alumina compacts molded by slurry casting with a plaster mold. (NEDO)

  1. Formulation d'une poudre d'alumine et formation par compaction grande vitesse : influence sur les propriétés du comprimé - Formulation of an alumina powder and high velocity compaction forming: influence on compact properties.


    Souriou, David; Goeuriot, Patrice; Bonnefoy, Olivier; Thomas, Gérard; Doré, Florence


    La compression de poudre céramique nécessite l'incorporation de molécules organiques assurant la cohésion des grains entre eux. Comprimer des poudres céramiques formulées revient à leur fournir une certaine énergie. En fonction de la formulation de la poudre, on peut mesurer l'énergie stockée par unité de masse, caractéristique de la poudre. Récemment, une technique employée dans la métallurgie des poudres, la Compaction Grande Vitesse (CGV), a été utilisée pour la mise en forme d'objets céra...

  2. Preparation of Alumina Nanorods from Chromium-Containing Alumina Sludge (United States)

    Zhang, Xuan; Deng, Bin; Sun, Tong; Li, Wei; Duan, Chang-ping


    Alumina nanorods were prepared from chromium-containing alumina sludge, and the effects of doping elements, such as Cr, Fe, and Mg, were researched. The results show that the crystal transformation of alumina is restricted by the doped Cr and facilitated by the doped Fe and Mg, which is transformed from θ-Al2O3 to α-Al2O3 in the calcination process. Meanwhile, the crystal transformation of alumina is strongly restrained by co-doped elements from the chromium-containing alumina sludge. The doped elements change the course of phase structure transformation and slightly transform the chemical bond of the alumina nanorods. The impure elements are doped in the alumina crystal and restrain the crystalline growth of alumina nanorods according to the rules. In the sample prepared from chromium-containing alumina sludge, more Cr and Mg but fewer Fe are doped, and most Cr are existed as Cr(III). It is possible that the Fe-doping is confined by the competition of Cr and Mg. Moreover, the lattice imperfection of alumina is caused by doped ions, such as Cr, Fe, and Mg, and the chemical state of O and Al are affected. The findings by these experiments provide essential information for eliminating pollution and promoting comprehensive utilization of the chromium-containing alumina sludge.

  3. Preparation of Alumina Nanorods from Chromium-Containing Alumina Sludge. (United States)

    Zhang, Xuan; Deng, Bin; Sun, Tong; Li, Wei; Duan, Chang-Ping


    Alumina nanorods were prepared from chromium-containing alumina sludge, and the effects of doping elements, such as Cr, Fe, and Mg, were researched. The results show that the crystal transformation of alumina is restricted by the doped Cr and facilitated by the doped Fe and Mg, which is transformed from θ-Al2O3 to α-Al2O3 in the calcination process. Meanwhile, the crystal transformation of alumina is strongly restrained by co-doped elements from the chromium-containing alumina sludge. The doped elements change the course of phase structure transformation and slightly transform the chemical bond of the alumina nanorods. The impure elements are doped in the alumina crystal and restrain the crystalline growth of alumina nanorods according to the rules. In the sample prepared from chromium-containing alumina sludge, more Cr and Mg but fewer Fe are doped, and most Cr are existed as Cr(III). It is possible that the Fe-doping is confined by the competition of Cr and Mg. Moreover, the lattice imperfection of alumina is caused by doped ions, such as Cr, Fe, and Mg, and the chemical state of O and Al are affected. The findings by these experiments provide essential information for eliminating pollution and promoting comprehensive utilization of the chromium-containing alumina sludge.

  4. Sub-micrometer resolution proximity X-ray microscope with digital image registration. (United States)

    Chkhalo, N I; Pestov, A E; Salashchenko, N N; Sherbakov, A V; Skorokhodov, E V; Svechnikov, M V


    A compact laboratory proximity soft X-ray microscope providing submicrometer spatial resolution and digital image registration is described. The microscope consists of a laser-plasma soft X-ray radiation source, a Schwarzschild objective to illuminate the test sample, and a two-coordinate detector for image registration. Radiation, which passes through the sample under study, generates an absorption image on the front surface of the detector. Optical ceramic YAG:Ce was used to convert the X-rays into visible light. An image was transferred from the scintillator to a charge-coupled device camera with a Mitutoyo Plan Apo series lens. The detector's design allows the use of lenses with numerical apertures of NA = 0.14, 0.28, and 0.55 without changing the dimensions and arrangement of the elements of the device. This design allows one to change the magnification, spatial resolution, and field of view of the X-ray microscope. A spatial resolution better than 0.7 μm and an energy conversion efficiency of the X-ray radiation with a wavelength of 13.5 nm into visible light collected by the detector of 7.2% were achieved with the largest aperture lens.

  5. Alumina Technology Roadmap

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    The Alumina Technology Roadmap outlines a comprehensive long-term research and development plan that defines the industry's collective future and establishes a clear pathway forward. It emphasizes twelve high-priority R&D areas deemed most significant in addressing the strategic goals.

  6. Colagem de barbotina de aluminas submicrométricas comerciais Slip casting of commercial aluminas with fine powder

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    J. Catafesta


    Full Text Available O processo de moldagem de peças cerâmicas conhecido como colagem de barbotina é um processo antigo, mas que ainda é muito utilizado devido ao seu baixo custo, simplicidade e pelas excelentes propriedades mecânicas das peças sinterizadas. Boas propriedades mecânicas são obtidas quando o pó de partida tem tamanho de partícula submicrométrico. Neste trabalho foram moldadas peças cerâmicas por colagem de barbotina com três aluminas comerciais com partículas submicrométricas e, após a sinterização, foram medidas algumas de suas propriedades, como dureza, densidade e resistência ao desgaste. As barbotinas não flocularam e foram obtidas peças de excelente qualidade, sendo que as peças moldadas com a alumina de menor tamanho de partícula apresentaram a melhor dureza, elevada densidade (chegando a 99% da densidade teórica e o menor coeficiente de desgaste. Peças de alumina de alta qualidade podem ser usadas em inúmeras aplicações, desde a indústria têxtil até em aplicações biomédicas.The molding of ceramics parts by slip casting is an ancient process, but it is still very used because of low cost, simplicity and excellent mechanical properties of sintered parts. Better mechanical properties are obtained when the initial powder have small average particle size. In this work, ceramic parts were molded by slip casting of three commercial submicrometer-sized alumina powders. After sintering, some properties of these ceramic parts were measured, including hardness, density and wear coefficient. The slips do not flocullate, resulting in ceramic parts with excellent quality. Ceramic parts made with the alumina powder of smaller particle size exhibited high hardness, high density (99% TD and lower wear coefficient. High quality alumina parts such as that produced in this work can be used in many applications, from textile industry to biological applications.

  7. Dimensional measurements with submicrometer uncertainty in production environment

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    De Chiffre, L.; Gudnason, M. M.; Madruga, D.


    The work concerns a laboratory investigation of a method to achieve dimensional measurements with submicrometer uncertainty under conditions that are typical of a production environment. The method involves the concurrent determination of dimensions and material properties from measurements carried...... out over time. A laboratory set-up was developed comprising a pair of electronic probes mounted on a Zerodur block featuring near zero thermal expansion. Three temperature sensors, data acquisition system, and a temperature regulated plate for heating the workpiece were implemented. Investigations...... gauge blocks along with their uncertainties were estimated directly from the measurements. The length of the two workpieces at the reference temperature of 20 °C was extrapolated from the measurements and compared to certificate values. The investigations have documented that the developed approach...

  8. Three-dimensional structure of brain tissue at submicrometer resolution

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    Saiga, Rino; Mizutani, Ryuta, E-mail: [Department of Applied Biochemistry, Tokai University, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa 259-1292 (Japan); Inomoto, Chie; Takekoshi, Susumu; Nakamura, Naoya; Tsuboi, Akio; Osawa, Motoki [Tokai University School of Medicine, Isehara, Kanagawa 259-1193 (Japan); Arai, Makoto; Oshima, Kenichi; Itokawa, Masanari [Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science, Setagaya, Tokyo 156-8506 (Japan); Uesugi, Kentaro; Takeuchi, Akihisa; Terada, Yasuko; Suzuki, Yoshio [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI/SPring-8), Sayo, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan)


    Biological objects are composed of submicrometer structures such as cells and organelles that are essential for their functions. Here, we report on three-dimensional X-ray visualization of cells and organelles at resolutions up to 100 nm by imaging microtomography (micro-CT) equipped with Fresnel zone plate optics. Human cerebral tissue, fruit fly cephalic ganglia, and Escherichia coli bacteria labeled with high atomic-number elements were embedded in epoxy resin and subjected to X-ray microtomography at the BL37XU and BL47XU beamlines of the SPring-8 synchrotron radiation facility. The obtained results indicated that soft tissue structures can be visualized with the imaging microtomography.

  9. Low LET protons focused to submicrometer shows enhanced radiobiological effectiveness. (United States)

    Schmid, T E; Greubel, C; Hable, V; Zlobinskaya, O; Michalski, D; Girst, S; Siebenwirth, C; Schmid, E; Molls, M; Multhoff, G; Dollinger, G


    This study shows that enhanced radiobiological effectiveness (RBE) values can be generated focusing low linear energy transfer (LET) radiation and thus changing the microdose distribution. 20 MeV protons (LET = 2.65 keV µm(-1)) are focused to submicrometer diameter at the ion microprobe superconducting nanoprobe for applied nuclear (Kern) physics experiments of the Munich tandem accelerator. The RBE values, as determined by measuring micronuclei (RBE(MN) = 1.48 ± 0.07) and dicentrics (RBE(D) = 1.92 ± 0.15), in human-hamster hybrid (A(L)) cells are significantly higher when 117 protons were focused to a submicrometer irradiation field within a 5.4 × 5.4 µm(2) matrix compared to quasi homogeneous in a 1 × 1 µm(2) matrix applied protons (RBE(MN) = 1.28 ± 0.07; RBE(D) = 1.41 ± 0.14) at the same average dose of 1.7 Gy. The RBE values are normalized to standard 70 kV (dicentrics) or 200 kV (micronuclei) x-ray irradiation. The 117 protons applied per point deposit the same amount of energy like a (12)C ion with 55 MeV total energy (4.48 MeV u(-1)). The enhancements are about half of that obtained for (12)C ions (RBE(MN) = 2.20 ± 0.06 and RBE(D) = 3.21 ± 0.10) and they are attributed to intertrack interactions of the induced damages. The measured RBE values show differences from predictions of the local effect model (LEM III) that is used to calculate RBE values for irradiation plans to treat tumors with high LET particles.

  10. Spark plasma sintering of alumina nanopowders produced by electrical explosion of wires


    An, Vladimir; Khasanov, Alexey; de Izarra, Charles


    Alumina nanopowders produced by electrical explosion of wires were sintered using the spark plasma sintering technique. The results of XRD analysis show that the main phase in the compacted nanopowders is ?-Al2O3. According to the SEM observations, the sintered alumina nanopowder consists of micron-sized faceted grains and nano-sized necked grains. The increase in sintering temperature resulted in a higher density of the sintered powders: from 78.44 to 98.21?% of theoretical density.

  11. Focusing of sub-micrometer particles and bacteria enabled by two-dimensional acoustophoresis

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    Antfolk, M.; Muller, Peter Barkholt; Augustsson, P.


    particles as small as 0.5 μm in diameter in microchannels of square or rectangular cross sections, is demonstrated. Numerical analysis was used to determine generic transverse particle trajectories in the channels, which revealed spiral-shaped trajectories of the sub-micrometer particles towards the center......Handling of sub-micrometer bioparticles such as bacteria are becoming increasingly important in the biomedical field and in environmental and food analysis. As a result, there is an increased need for less labor-intensive and time-consuming handling methods. Here, an acoustophoresis......-based microfluidic chip that uses ultrasound to focus sub-micrometer particles and bacteria, is presented. The ability to focus sub-micrometer bioparticles in a standing one-dimensional acoustic wave is generally limited by the acoustic-streaming-induced drag force, which becomes increasingly significant the smaller...

  12. About scavenging of near-water submicrometer aerosol in Arctic and Sub-Arctic regions (United States)

    Polkin, V. V.; Polkin, Vas. V.


    Situations with scavenging of submicrometer aerosol particles by precipitation are analyzed. Experiments were carries out in Arctic region (NABOS expedition) onboard research vessels "Akademik Fedorov" and "Professor Khlyustin" in August-September 2013.

  13. X-Ray Nanofocus CT: Visualising Of Internal 3D-Structures With Submicrometer Resolution (United States)

    Weinekoetter, Christian


    High-resolution X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) allows the visualization and failure analysis of the internal micro structure of objects—even if they have complicated 3D-structures where 2D X-ray microscopy would give unclear information. During the past several years, computed tomography has progressed to higher resolution and quicker reconstruction of the 3D-volume. Most recently it even allows a three-dimensional look into the inside of materials with submicron resolution. With the use of nanofocus® tube technology, nanoCT®-systems are pushing forward into application fields that were exclusive to high cost and rare available synchrotron techniques. The study was performed with the new nanotom, a very compact laboratory system which allows the analysis of samples up to 120 mm in diameter and weighing up to 1 kg with exceptional voxel-resolution down to volumes, the nanotom® includes a variety of effective software tools to reduce ring-artefacts and correct beam hardenings or drift effects which occurred during data acquisition. The resulting CT volume data set can be displayed in various ways, for example by virtual slicing and sectional views in any direction of the volume. By the fact that this requires only a mouse click, this technique will substitute destructive mechanical slicing and cutting in many applications. The initial CT results obtained with the nanotom® demonstrate that it is now possible to analyze the three-dimensional micro structure of materials and small objects with submicrometer resolution. Any internal difference in material, density or porosity within a sample can be visualized and data like distances can be measured. NanoCT® widely expands the spectrum of detectable micro-structures. The nanotom® opens a new dimension of 3D-microanalysis and will replace more destructive methods—saving costs and time per sample inspected.

  14. Bauxite Mining and Alumina Refining (United States)

    Frisch, Neale; Olney, David


    Objective: To describe bauxite mining and alumina refining processes and to outline the relevant physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic, and psychosocial health risks. Methods: Review article. Results: The most important risks relate to noise, ergonomics, trauma, and caustic soda splashes of the skin/eyes. Other risks of note relate to fatigue, heat, and solar ultraviolet and for some operations tropical diseases, venomous/dangerous animals, and remote locations. Exposures to bauxite dust, alumina dust, and caustic mist in contemporary best-practice bauxite mining and alumina refining operations have not been demonstrated to be associated with clinically significant decrements in lung function. Exposures to bauxite dust and alumina dust at such operations are also not associated with the incidence of cancer. Conclusions: A range of occupational health risks in bauxite mining and alumina refining require the maintenance of effective control measures. PMID:24806720

  15. Aluminum matrix composites reinforced with alumina nanoparticles

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    Casati, Riccardo


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

  16. β/β -alumina solid electrolyte

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    3. Results and Discussion. Figure 1 shows schematic structures of β-alumina and β - alumina, which contain a tightly packed spinel block and a loosely arranged conduction slab, where the sodium ions can conduct rapidly. Three spinel blocks are contained in each β -alumina unit cell, while β-alumina has two spinel blocks.

  17. Alumina-Reinforced Zirconia Composites (United States)

    Choi, Sung R.; Bansal, Narottam P.


    Alumina-reinforced zirconia composites, used as electrolyte materials for solid oxide fuel cells, were fabricated by hot pressing 10 mol percent yttria-stabilized zirconia (10-YSZ) reinforced with two different forms of alumina particulates and platelets each containing 0 to 30 mol percent alumina. Major mechanical and physical properties of both particulate and platelet composites including flexure strength, fracture toughness, slow crack growth, elastic modulus, density, Vickers microhardness, thermal conductivity, and microstructures were determined as a function of alumina content either at 25 C or at both 25 and 1000 C. Flexure strength and fracture toughness at 1000 C were maximized with 30 particulate and 30 mol percent platelet composites, respectively, while resistance to slow crack growth at 1000 C in air was greater for 30 mol percent platelet composite than for 30 mol percent particulate composites.

  18. Direct Selective Laser Sintering/Melting of High Density Alumina Powder Layers at Elevated Temperatures (United States)

    Deckers, J.; Meyers, S.; Kruth, J. P.; Vleugels, J.

    Direct selective laser sintering (SLS) or selective laser melting (SLM) are additive manufacturing techniques that can be used to produce three-dimensional ceramic parts directly, without the need for a sacrificial binder. In this paper, a low laser energy density is applied to SLS/SLM high density powder layers of sub-micrometer alumina at elevated temperatures (up to 800̊C). In order to achieve this, a furnace was designed and built into a commercial SLS machine. This furnace was able to produce a homogeneously heated cylindrical zone with a height of 60 mm and a diameter of 32 mm. After optimizing the layer deposition and laser scanning parameters, two ceramic parts with a density up to 85% and grain sizes as low as 5 μm were successfully produced.

  19. Gelcasting polycrystalline alumina

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    Janney, M.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)


    This work is being done as part of a CRADA with Osram-Sylvania, Inc. (OSI) OSI is a major U.S. manufacturer of high-intensity lighting. Among its products is the Lumalux{reg_sign} line of high-pressure sodium vapor arc lamps, which are used for industrial, highway, and street lighting. The key to the performance of these lamps is the polycrystalline alumina (PCA) tube that is used to contain the plasma that is formed in the electric arc. That plasma consists of ionized sodium, mercury, and xenon vapors. The key attributes of the PCA tubes are their transparency (95% total transmittance in the visible region), their refractoriness (inner wall temperature can reach 1400{degrees}C), and their chemical resistance (sodium and mercury vapor are extremely corrosive). The current efficiency of the lamps is very high, on the order of several hundred lumens / watt. (Compare - incandescent lamps -13 lumens/watt fluorescent lamps -30 lumens/watt.) Osram-Sylvania would like to explore using gelcasting to form PCA tubes for Lumalux{reg_sign} lamps, and eventually for metal halide lamps (known as quartz-halogen lamps). Osram-Sylvania, Inc. currently manufactures PCA tubes by isostatic pressing. This process works well for the shapes that they presently use. However, there are several types of tubes that are either difficult or impossible to make by isostatic pressing. It is the desire to make these new shapes and sizes of tubes that has prompted Osram-Sylvania`s interest in gelcasting. The purpose of the CRADA is to determine the feasibility of making PCA items having sufficient optical quality that they are useful in lighting applications using gelcasting.

  20. Hydrogen template assisted electrodeposition of sub-micrometer wires composing honeycomb-like porous Pb films (United States)

    Cherevko, Serhiy; Xing, Xiaoli; Chung, Chan-Hwa


    High surface area porous Pb films are electrodeposited using a hydrogen bubble dynamic template. The influence of the experimental parameters on the morphology features such as the pore size, wall thickness, and sub-micrometer size features is investigated. Two structural transformations between sub-micrometer wires and particles obtained by adjusting the HClO4 concentration are observed. At a low HClO4 concentration, the growth of sub-micrometer wires is favored. The deposition of particles or wires covered by particles is observed at higher H+ concentrations. The addition of sodium citrate as an additive facilitates the preservation of Pb in the form of wires. Adjusting the concentration of Pb(ClO4)2·3H2O influences the mass transfer of Pb and affects its morphology. At low concentrations, the deposition of porous Pb films composed of porous wires is shown. The additional deposition of particles on wires is observed at high concentrations. The formation process of honeycomb-like porous structures is revealed by analysis of films deposited during different deposition time. The influence of the current density on the micro and sub-micrometer scale morphologies is presented.

  1. Hygroscopic behavior of individual submicrometer particles studied by X-ray spectromicroscopy. (United States)

    Ghorai, Suman; Tivanski, Alexei V


    A novel application of single particle scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy is presented for quantitative analysis of hygroscopic properties and phase transitions of individual submicrometer particles. The approach utilizes the exposure of substrate-deposited individual particles to water vapor at different relative humidity followed by STXM/NEXAFS spectromicroscopy analysis. The hygroscopic properties of atmospherically relevant NaCl, NaBr, NaI, and NaNO(3) submicrometer particles were measured to evaluate the utility of the approach. An analytical approach for quantification of a water-to-solute ratio within an individual submicrometer particle during hydration and dehydration cycles is presented. The results for the deliquescence and efflorescence phase transitions and quantitative measurements of water-to-solute ratios are found in excellent agreement with available literature data. Oxygen K-edge NEXAFS spectra of submicrometer sodium halide droplets are reported along with a unique experimental observation of the formation of the halide-water anionic complex in NaBr and NaI microdimensional droplets. The analytical approach provides a unique opportunity for spectromicroscopy studies of water uptake on environmental particles collected in both laboratory and field studies.

  2. Compact Multiantenna

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    L. Rudant


    Full Text Available Planar inverted-f antenna (PIFA and notch antenna are combined within a compact 2-port MIMO antenna. Electrical and magnetic duality of the two antennas avoids a critical coupling and best performances can be expected for multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO communication. When excitation of notch antenna is optimized properly, the notch length can be short enough so that the two antennas can be colocated in a single compact volume. This compact multiantenna design is suitable for integration in MIMO handheld terminals. A prototype for broadband network application in 3.4–3.8’GHz frequency band has been characterized in anechoic chamber.

  3. Ion guiding in alumina capillaries

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    Juhász, Z.; Sulik, B.; Biri, S.


    Transmission of a few keV impact energy Ne ions through capillaries in anodic alumina membranes has been studied with different ion counting methods using an energy dispersive electrostatic spectrometer, a multichannel plate (MCP) array and sensitive current-measurement. In the present work, we...... focus our attention to the measurements with the MCP array. The alumina capillaries were prepared by electro-chemical oxidation of aluminium foils. For the present experiments guiding of 3-6 keV Ne ions has been studied in two samples with capillary diameter of about 140 nm and 260 nm and with capillary...

  4. Attrition resistant gamma-alumina catalyst support (United States)

    Singleton, Alan H.; Oukaci, Rachid; Goodwin, James G.


    A .gamma.-alumina catalyst support having improved attrition resistance produced by a method comprising the steps of treating a particulate .gamma.-alumina material with an acidic aqueous solution comprising water and nitric acid and then, prior to adding any catalytic material thereto, calcining the treated .gamma.-alumina.

  5. Sintering behaviour of spinel–alumina composites

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)


    –1600°C temperature range. The chemical compositions of all the batches containing alumina and spinel were calculated (table 4) based on chemistry of calcined alumina and spinel (table 1). The chemistry of spinel–alumina composites (A1 to ...

  6. Studies on the reaction sintered zirconia-mullite-alumina composites with titania as additive

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    D. Chandra


    Full Text Available Zirconia-mullite-alumina composites were prepared by reaction sintering of micro fine calcined alumina and zircon flour in different ratios. TiO2 was added in different proportions as an additive and the starting materials were iso-statically pressed. The Al2O3 / ZrO2 ratios and the proportions of the TiO2 additive content were found to influence the physico-mechanical properties of the compacts significantly. The fabricated compacts exhibited exceptionally high sintered density, mechanical strength and corrosion resistance. From the micro-structural analysis of the sintered compacts it has been observed that the relative size of the ZrO2 grains and relative proportion of t-ZrO2 phase in the batches with TiO2 additive was more compared to batches without TiO2 additive.

  7. M&A For Lithography Of Sparse Arrays Of Sub-Micrometer Features (United States)

    Brueck, Steven R.J.; Chen, Xiaolan; Zaidi, Saleem; Devine, Daniel J.


    Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for the exposure of sparse hole and/or mesa arrays with line:space ratios of 1:3 or greater and sub-micrometer hole and/or mesa diameters in a layer of photosensitive material atop a layered material. Methods disclosed include: double exposure interferometric lithography pairs in which only those areas near the overlapping maxima of each single-period exposure pair receive a clearing exposure dose; double interferometric lithography exposure pairs with additional processing steps to transfer the array from a first single-period interferometric lithography exposure pair into an intermediate mask layer and a second single-period interferometric lithography exposure to further select a subset of the first array of holes; a double exposure of a single period interferometric lithography exposure pair to define a dense array of sub-micrometer holes and an optical lithography exposure in which only those holes near maxima of both exposures receive a clearing exposure dose; combination of a single-period interferometric exposure pair, processing to transfer resulting dense array of sub-micrometer holes into an intermediate etch mask, and an optical lithography exposure to select a subset of initial array to form a sparse array; combination of an optical exposure, transfer of exposure pattern into an intermediate mask layer, and a single-period interferometric lithography exposure pair; three-beam interferometric exposure pairs to form sparse arrays of sub-micrometer holes; five- and four-beam interferometric exposures to form a sparse array of sub-micrometer holes in a single exposure. Apparatuses disclosed include arrangements for the three-beam, five-beam and four-beam interferometric exposures.

  8. Transport properties of alumina nanofluids (United States)

    Wong, Kau-Fui Vincent; Kurma, Tarun


    Recent studies have showed that nanofluids have significantly greater thermal conductivity compared to their base fluids. Large surface area to volume ratio and certain effects of Brownian motion of nanoparticles are believed to be the main factors for the significant increase in the thermal conductivity of nanofluids. In this paper all three transport properties, namely thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity and viscosity, were studied for alumina nanofluid (aluminum oxide nanoparticles in water). Experiments were performed both as a function of volumetric concentration (3-8%) and temperature (2-50 °C). Alumina nanoparticles with a mean diameter of 36 nm were dispersed in water. The effect of particle size was not studied. The transient hot wire method as described by Nagaska and Nagashima for electrically conducting fluids was used to test the thermal conductivity. In this work, an insulated platinum wire of 0.003 inch diameter was used. Initial calibration was performed using de-ionized water and the resulting data was within 2.5% of standard thermal conductivity values for water. The thermal conductivity of alumina nanofluid increased with both increase in temperature and concentration. A maximum thermal conductivity of 0.7351 W m-1 K-1 was recorded for an 8.47% volume concentration of alumina nanoparticles at 46.6 °C. The effective thermal conductivity at this concentration and temperature was observed to be 1.1501, which translates to an increase in thermal conductivity by 22% when compared to water at room temperature. Alumina being a good conductor of electricity, alumina nanofluid displays an increasing trend in electrical conductivity as volumetric concentration increases. A microprocessor-based conductivity/TDS meter was used to perform the electrical conductivity experiments. After carefully calibrating the conductivity meter's glass probe with platinum tip, using a standard potassium chloride solution, readings were taken at various volumetric

  9. Aluminosilicates compacts by alkoxide route: influence of Ba addition

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    Quaranta N. E.


    Full Text Available The sol-gel route was employed to obtain three different powders with the stoichiometric composition corresponding to mullite (3 Al2O3.2SiO2: (i commercial alumina and silica from sol-gel, (ii alumina and silica by alkoxide partial hydrolysis, (iii alumina and silica by alkoxide simultaneous hydrolysis. Tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS and aluminium tri-sec-butoxide were used as alkoxide precursor. Moreover, 5 wt% of barium, incorporated to precursor solutions as Ba-acetilacetonate, was used as additive to study its influence on densification and mullite phase formation. The precursor powders were pressed uniaxially to form green compacts, after that all samples were heated to 1350 °C for 2 hours to obtain densified pellets. X-ray diffration patterns of powders, obtained by milling of sintering compacts, showed important differences. In barium doped samples a higher grade of densification and a greater glassy phase formation were observed.

  10. Spark plasma sintering of alumina nanopowders produced by electrical explosion of wires. (United States)

    An, Vladimir; Khasanov, Alexey; de Izarra, Charles


    Alumina nanopowders produced by electrical explosion of wires were sintered using the spark plasma sintering technique. The results of XRD analysis show that the main phase in the compacted nanopowders is α-Al2O3. According to the SEM observations, the sintered alumina nanopowder consists of micron-sized faceted grains and nano-sized necked grains. The increase in sintering temperature resulted in a higher density of the sintered powders: from 78.44 to 98.21 % of theoretical density.

  11. Injection molding of nanopatterned surfaces in the sub-micrometer range with induction heating aid

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    Menotti, Stefano; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Bissacco, Giuliano


    Replication of sub-micrometer structures by injection molding leads to special requirements for the mold in order to ensure proper replica and acceptable cycle time. This paper investigates the applicability of induction heating embedded into the mold for the improvement of nanopattern replication....... A tool insert having a surface containing functional geometries in the sub-micrometer range was produced using aluminum anodization and nickel electroplating. In order to provide elevated mold temperatures necessary for the complete replica of the pattern, a new mold setup was developed, which allows...... rapid heating of the cavity wall using an induction heating system. Temperature was measured using a thermocouple placed in the mold insert. The system was used to heat up the cavity wall with heating rates of up to 10 K/s. Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polycarbonate (PC) were used...

  12. Submicrometer particles and their effects on the association between air temperature and mortality in Brisbane, Australia. (United States)

    Wang, Lina; Tong, Shilu; Toloo, Ghasem Sam; Yu, Weiwei


    Air temperature and pollution can jointly affect human health. Submicrometer particles appearing to have particularly harmful effects compared with the coarse ones. However, little is known about how the association between temperature and mortality is affected by these particles. This study examined the association between air temperature and mortality before and after adjustment for particle concentrations among different age and disease groups from 1995 to 2000 in Brisbane, Australia. The monitoring of particle size distribution within the 15-750nm range was carried out by a Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer. Corresponding climate and air pollutant data were collected from relevant government agencies. The association between temperature and mortality was quantified using a Poisson time-series model within a distributed lag non-linear modelling framework. The results showed that the effects of air temperature on mortality were lower among the elderly and people with respiratory diseases, and greater among people with cardiovascular diseases after controlling for submicrometer particle concentrations. Submicrometer particles seem to be an important confounder for the temperature-mortality relationship, particularly among vulnerable groups, and should be taken into account when assessing the impacts of air temperature on human health. Crown Copyright © 2013 Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. MCP performance improvement using alumina thin film (United States)

    Yang, Yuzhen; Yan, Baojun; Liu, Shulin; Zhao, Tianchi; Yu, Yang; Wen, Kaile; Li, Yumei; Qi, Ming


    The performance improvement using alumina thin film on a dual microchannel plate (MCP) detector for single electron counting was investigated. The alumina thin film was coated on all surfaces of the MCPs by atomic layer deposition method. It was found that the gain, the single electron resolution and the peak-to-valley ratio of the dual MCP detector were significantly enhanced by coating the alumina thin film. The optimum operating conditions of the new dual MCP detector have been studied.

  14. Acetic acid mediated interactions between alumina surfaces (United States)

    Sato, Kimiyasu; Yılmaz, Hüseyin; Ijuin, Atsuko; Hotta, Yuji; Watari, Koji


    Low-molecular-weight organic acids have been known to modify colloidal stability of alumina-based suspensions. We investigated interaction forces between alumina surfaces mediated by acetic acid which is one of the simplest organic acids. Forces between alumina surfaces were measured using the colloid-probe method of atomic force microscope (AFM). Repulsive forces attributed to steric repulsion due to adsorbed molecules and electrostatic repulsion dominated the interaction. Results of rheological characterization of the alumina slurry containing acetic acid supported the finding.

  15. Compact vortices

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    Bazeia, D.; Losano, L.; Marques, M.A.; Zafalan, I. [Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Departamento de Fisica, Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil); Menezes, R. [Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Departamento de Ciencias Exatas, Rio Tinto, PB (Brazil); Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Departamento de Fisica, Campina Grande, PB (Brazil)


    We study a family of Maxwell-Higgs models, described by the inclusion of a function of the scalar field that represent generalized magnetic permeability. We search for vortex configurations which obey first-order differential equations that solve the equations of motion. We first deal with the asymptotic behavior of the field configurations, and then implement a numerical study of the solutions, the energy density and the magnetic field. We work with the generalized permeability having distinct profiles, giving rise to new models, and we investigate how the vortices behave, compared with the solutions of the corresponding standard models. In particular, we show how to build compact vortices, that is, vortex solutions with the energy density and magnetic field vanishing outside a compact region of the plane. (orig.)

  16. Alumina ceramics for heating systems

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    Molla, J. (Euratom-CIEMAT Association. Inst. Investigacion Basica. CIEMAT. Avda. Complutense, 22.E-28040 Madrid (Spain)); Heidinger, R. (Association KfK-Euratom, Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Institut fuer Materialforschung, Postfach 3640, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)); Ibarra, A. (Euratom-CIEMAT Association. Inst. Investigacion Basica. CIEMAT. Avda. Complutense, 22.E-28040 Madrid (Spain))


    Data on the dielectric properties of several high purity (>99.7%) commercial alumina grades and sapphire are presented in wide frequency (1 kHz-145 GHz) and temperature (100 K-500 K) ranges. Loss tangent values show differences over more than three orders of magnitude. For fusion applications and in the frequency range of ICRH and LH, the loss tangent effect is consistent with relaxation processes and it is found that values as low as 10[sup -5] are available. On the other side, in the frequency range of ECRH the loss tangent can be dominated either by relaxation processes or by the interaction with intrinsic lattice vibrations. ((orig.))

  17. Impact of Chinese anthropogenic emissions on submicrometer aerosol concentration at Mt. Tateyama, Japan

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    H. Iida


    Full Text Available Rapid Asian economic development might engender secondary impacts of atmospheric aerosol particles over the western Pacific after conversion of gaseous pollutants such as SO2. To elucidate changes in aerosol concentrations in leeward areas undergoing remarkable industrialization, the number-size distributions of submicrometer (0.3–1.0 μm aerosols were measured at Murododaira (36.6° N, 137.6° E, 2450 m a.s.l. on the western flank of Mount Tateyama in central Japan during January 1999–February 2009. Nighttime data obtained from 2400 to 0500 were used to analyze free-tropospheric aerosol concentration. Monthly average volume concentrations were calculated for months with >50% daily data coverage. Volume concentrations of submicrometer aerosols were high in spring to early summer and low in winter. Significant increasing trends at 95% confidence levels were found for volume concentrations in winter–spring. Simulated monthly anthropogenic aerosol concentrations at Mt. Tateyama from results of regional aerosol modeling with emission inventory up to 2005 showed seasonal variation and winter–spring increasing trends similar to those of observed aerosol concentration. According to the model analyses, the contribution of anthropogenic aerosol concentrations derived from China was high during winter–spring (60–80% of total anthropogenic aerosols at Mt. Tateyama. This accords with the increasing trend observed for winter–spring. Because SO42− is the dominant component of total anthropogenic aerosols, these results suggest that increasing anthropogenic emissions, especially for SO2, in China, engender enhancement of submicrometer-diameter aerosols over Japan during winter–spring.

  18. Compact torus

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    Furth, H.P.


    The objective of the compact torus approach is to provide toroidal magnetic-field configurations that are based primarily on plasma currents and can be freed from closely surrounding mechanical structures. Some familiar examples are the current-carrying plasma rings of reversed-field theta pinches and relativistic-electron smoke ring experiments. The spheromak concept adds an internal toroidal magnetic field component, in order to enhance MHD stability. In recent experiments, three different approaches have been used to generate spheromak plasmas: (1) the reversed-field theta pinch; (2) the coaxial plasma gun; (3) a new quasi-static method, based on the initial formation of a toroidal plasma sleeve around a mechanical ring that generates poloidal and toroidal fluxes, followed by field-line reconnection to form a detached spheromak plasma. The theoretical and experimental MHD stability results for the spheromak configuration are found to have common features.

  19. Advanced alumina composites reinforced with Nb-based alloys

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    Guenther, R.; Klassen, T.; Bormann, R. [GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH (Germany). Inst. fuer Materialforschung; Dickau, B.; Bartels, A.; Bormann, R. [Dept. of Material Science and Technology, Technical Univ. Hamburg-Harburg, Hamburg (Germany); Gaertner, F. [Inst. of Mechanical Engineering, Univ. of the Federal Armed Forces, Hamburg (Germany)


    New (inter)metallic-ceramic composites for high-temperature structural and functional applications are prepared via high-energy ball milling of Nb, Al and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. During compaction by pressureless sintering, dense alumina aluminide alloys are formed that consist of interconnected networks of the ceramic and the (inter)metallic phases. Mechanical properties, wear resistance and resistivity measurements of the system Nb-Nb{sub 3}Al/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} show that these composites have superior damage tolerance, i.e. high fracture toughnesses and bending strengths of about a factor 4 over monolithic Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The wear resistance has been determined to be in the range of galvanic Cr-coatings. Owing to the good wear resistance and the high damage tolerance, these composites are promising for automotive applications, such as valves or brake discs. (orig.)

  20. Alumina forming iron base superalloy

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    Yamamoto, Yukinori; Muralidharan, Govindarajan; Brady, Michael P.


    An austenitic stainless steel alloy, consists essentially of, in weight percent 2.5 to 4 Al; 25 to 35 Ni; 12 to 19 Cr; at least 1, up to 4 total of at least one element selected from the group consisting of Nb and Ta; 0.5 to 3 Ti; less than 0.5 V; 0.1 to 1 of at least on element selected from the group consisting of Zr and Hf; 0.03 to 0.2 C; 0.005 to 0.1 B; and base Fe. The weight percent Fe is greater than the weight percent Ni. The alloy forms an external continuous scale including alumina, and contains coherent precipitates of .gamma.'-Ni.sub.3Al, and a stable essentially single phase FCC austenitic matrix microstructure. The austenitic matrix is essentially delta-ferrite-free and essentially BCC-phase-free.

  1. Alumina forming iron base superalloy (United States)

    Yamamoto, Yukinori; Muralidharan, Govindarajan; Brady, Michael P.


    An austenitic stainless steel alloy, consists essentially of, in weight percent 2.5 to 4 Al; 25 to 35 Ni; 12 to 19 Cr; at least 1, up to 4 total of at least one element selected from the group consisting of Nb and Ta; 0.5 to 3 Ti; less than 0.5 V; 0.1 to 1 of at least on element selected from the group consisting of Zr and Hf; 0.03 to 0.2 C; 0.005 to 0.1 B; and base Fe. The weight percent Fe is greater than the weight percent Ni. The alloy forms an external continuous scale including alumina, and contains coherent precipitates of .gamma.'-Ni.sub.3Al, and a stable essentially single phase FCC austenitic matrix microstructure. The austenitic matrix is essentially delta-ferrite-free and essentially BCC-phase-free.

  2. Dissolution Kinetics of Alumina Calcine

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    Batcheller, Thomas Aquinas


    Dissolution kinetics of alumina type non-radioactive calcine was investigated as part of ongoing research that addresses permanent disposal of Idaho High Level Waste (HLW). Calcine waste was produced from the processing of nuclear fuel at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC). Acidic radioactive raffinates were solidified at ~500°C in a fluidized bed reactor to form the dry granular calcine material. Several Waste Management alternatives for the calcine are presented in the Idaho High Level Waste Draft EIS. The Separations Alternative addresses the processing of the calcine so that the HLW is ready for removal to a national geological repository by the year 2035. Calcine dissolution is the key front-end unit operation for the separations alternative.

  3. Direct Surface Tension Measurements of Individual Sub-Micrometer Particles Using Atomic Force Microscopy. (United States)

    Lee, Hansol D; Estillore, Armando D; Morris, Holly S; Ray, Kamal K; Alejandro, Aldair; Grassian, Vicki H; Tivanski, Alexei V


    Understanding the role of sea spray aerosol (SSA) on climate and the environment is of great interest due to their high number concentration throughout the Earth's atmosphere. Despite being of fundamental importance, direct surface tension measurements of SSA relevant sub-micrometer particles are rare, largely due to their extremely small volumes. Herein, atomic force microscopy (AFM) is used to directly measure the surface tension of individual sub-micrometer SSA particle mimics at ambient temperature and varying relative humidity (RH). Specifically, we probed both atmospherically relevant and fundamentally important model systems including electrolyte salts, dicarboxylic acids, and saccharides as single components and mixtures. Our results show that the single particle surface tension depends on RH or solute mole percentage and chemical composition. Moreover, for liquid droplets at and below 100 Pa s in viscosity, or at corresponding RH, we show good agreement between the AFM single particle and the bulk solution surface tension measurements at overlapping concentration ranges. Thus, direct surface tension measurements of individual particles using AFM is shown over a wide range of chemical systems as a function of RH, solute mole percentage, and viscosity than previously reported.

  4. Sub-micrometer adhesion modulation on polymer surfaces containing gratings produced by two-beam interference

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    Csete, M. [Department of Optics and Quantum Electronics, University of Szeged, Dom ter 9, H-6720 Szeged (Hungary)]. E-mail:; Kresz, N. [Department of Optics and Quantum Electronics, University of Szeged, Dom ter 9, H-6720 Szeged (Hungary); Vass, Cs. [Department of Optics and Quantum Electronics, University of Szeged, Dom ter 9, H-6720 Szeged (Hungary); Kurdi, G. [Research Group on Laser Physics, University of Szeged, Dom ter 9, H-6720 Szeged (Hungary); Heiner, Zs. [Department of Optics and Quantum Electronics, University of Szeged, Dom ter 9, H-6720 Szeged (Hungary); Deli, M. [Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology, Institute of Biophysics, Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Temesvari krt. 62, H-6726 Szeged (Hungary); Bor, Zs. [Department of Optics and Quantum Electronics, University of Szeged, Dom ter 9, H-6720 Szeged (Hungary); Marti, O. [Department of Experimental Physics, University of Ulm, Albert Einstein Allee 11, D-89069 Ulm (Germany)


    Grating-like structures having a period of 416 nm were produced on the surface of poly-carbonate films by two-beam interference realized by the fourth harmonic of Nd:Yag laser. The period of the structures was half of that the applied master grating, the ratio of the width of the valleys to the period was tuned by the intensity, the depth of the modulation was increased by the number of laser pulses. Pulsed force mode atomic force microscopy was applied to study the topography and the adhesion on structured surfaces with sub-micrometer resolution. The adhesion modulation caused by the topography was calculated along line cross-sections of the AFM pictures taking into account the tip and surface geometry. The separation of the effects of the topography and the laser-induced material changes proved that the adhesion is increased at the areas illuminated by laser beam having a fluence above the melting threshold. The laser-induced material changes cause an additional adhesion increase at the valleys of the structure. It was shown that the adherence of albumin results in dense packing on poly-carbonate surface parts having sub-micrometer periodic adhesion modulation.

  5. Reaction of iodine atoms with submicrometer squalane and squalene droplets: mechanistic insights into heterogeneous reactions. (United States)

    Popolan-Vaida, Denisia M; Wilson, Kevin R; Leone, Stephen R


    The gas-phase reaction of iodine atoms with hydrocarbon molecules is energetically unfavorable, and there is no direct evidence for iodinated product formation by either H abstraction or I addition reactions at ambient temperature. Here we consider the possible heterogeneous reaction of I atoms with submicrometer droplets composed of a saturated alkane, squalane (Sq), and an unsaturated alkene, squalene (Sqe). The investigations are performed in an atmospheric pressure photochemical flow tube reactor in conjunction with a vacuum ultraviolet photoionization aerosol mass spectrometer and a scanning mobility particle sizer. Squalane, a branched alkane, is unreactive toward I atoms within the signal-to-noise, and an upper limit of the effective reactive uptake coefficient is estimated to be γI(Sq) ≤ 8.58 × 10(–7). In contrast, the reaction of I atoms with unsaturated submicrometer squalene droplets results in observable iodinated squalene products. The effective reactive uptake coefficient of I atom with squalene particles is determined to be γI(Sqe) = (1.20 ± 0.52) × 10(–4) at an average I concentration of 1.5 × 10(14) molecules·cm(–3).

  6. Control of porosity in alumina for catalytic purposes - a review; Controle de porosidade em aluminas para fins cataliticos - uma revisao

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    Moure, Gustavo Torres [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisas (CENPES). Setor de Tecnologia de Hidrorrefino, Lubrificantes e Parafinas; Morgado Junior, Edisson [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisas (CENPES). Setor de Tecnologia de Craqueamento Catalitico; Figueiredo, Cecilia Maria C.


    In recent years, the Alumina Group, of the Catalysts Division of CENPES, has dedicated research to develop and characterize alumina for the catalytic processes of interest to PETROBRAS. Control of the texture of the alumina and, consequently, the alumina based catalysts, is crucially important to their adequacy and performance. Knowledge of the porosity formation mechanisms in alumina was fundamental for the development of catalysts to satisfy the demand from PETROBRAS. This comprises the scope of this review. (author)

  7. Tungsten metallizing alumina--yttria ceramics

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    Cowan, R.E.; Stoddard, S.D.


    The ease with which high-alumina bodies may be metallized with tungsten is improved by additions of yttria to the alumina. Mechanisms of this bonding process were studied by use of optical and electron microscopy, electron microprobe, and tensile tests. Variables studied included yttria content of the body and the firing temperature during metallizing. The study showed that a reaction between the tungsten and the yttrogarnet grain boundary phase markedly improved adherence.

  8. Thermoelectric properties of Si/CoSi2 sub-micrometer composites prepared by melt-spinning technique (United States)

    Xie, Jun; Ohishi, Yuji; Ichikawa, Satoshi; Muta, Hiroaki; Kurosaki, Ken; Yamanaka, Shinsuke


    We here report on the influence of CoSi2 precipitates on the thermoelectric properties of heavily doped p-type Si. A simple self-assembly process using a melt-spinning technique followed by spark plasma sintering is introduced to prepare bulk Si/CoSi2 composites with a nominal composition of (Si0.99B0.01)95Co5. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy observations present clear evidence of a sub-micrometer CoSi2 phase with a size ranging from 50 to 500 nm. These sub-micrometer precipitates resulted in a retention of the high electrical performance of heavily doped Si, while simultaneously reducing thermal conductivity by over 20% compared to a coarse CoSi2 phase (1-10 μm) in a comparative sample prepared by arc melting and spark plasma sintering. As a result, a figure of merit ZT value of 0.21 at 1073 K was achieved in the sub-micrometer Si/CoSi2, an increase of 16% compared with the ZT value for homogeneous p-type Si with a similar carrier concentration. This suggests that the self-assembled sub-micrometer inclusions effectively enhanced the thermoelectric performance of Si-based thermoelectric materials.

  9. Seasonal variation of aliphatic amines in marine sub-micrometer particles at the Cape Verde islands

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    H. Herrmann


    Full Text Available Monomethylamine (MA, dimethylamine (DMA and diethylamine (DEA were detected at non-negligible concentrations in sub-micrometer particles at the Cap Verde Atmospheric Observatory (CVAO located on the island of São Vicente in Cape Verde during algal blooms in 2007. The concentrations of these amines in five stage impactor samples ranged from 0–30 pg m−3 for MA, 130–360 pg m−3 for DMA and 5–110 pg m−3 for DEA during the spring bloom in May 2007 and 2–520 pg m−3 for MA, 100–1400 pg m−3 for DMA and 90–760 pg m−3 for DEA during an unexpected winter algal bloom in December 2007. Anomalously high Saharan dust deposition and intensive ocean layer deepening were found at the Atmospheric Observatory and the associated Ocean Observatory during algal bloom periods. The highest amine concentrations in fine particles (impactor stage 2, 0.14–0.42 μm indicate that amines are likely taken up from the gas phase into the acidic sub-micrometer particles. The contribution of amines to the organic carbon (OC content ranged from 0.2–2.5% C in the winter months, indicating the importance of this class of compounds to the carbon cycle in the marine environment. Furthermore, aliphatic amines originating from marine biological sources likely contribute significantly to the nitrogen content in the marine atmosphere. The average contribution of the amines to the detected nitrogen species in sub-micrometer particles can be non-negligible, especially in the winter months (0.1% N–1.5% N in the sum of nitrate, ammonium and amines. This indicates that these smaller aliphatic amines can be important for the carbon and the nitrogen cycles in the remote marine environment.

  10. Electro-optical and dielectric characterization of submicrometer-sized PDLC films (United States)

    Krishna Koduru, Hari


    This report concerns thin films (25 µm thickness) of polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) composites having submicrometer-sized nematic liquid crystal domains. Such PDLC films were prepared by performing photo-induced phase separation of mixed soft material composed from the room-temperature nematic liquid crystal 4-n-heptyl cyanobiphenyl (7CB) and photo-curable polymer NOA-65. Being of interest for electro-optical (EO) and other applications driven by alternating-current electric field, the produced composites were studied by EO measurements and complex impedance spectroscopy. For the examined soft-solid composite material with a large content of submicro-confined nematic, was obtained information about the dielectric permittivity and molecular dynamics, useful for practice.

  11. Synthesis of alumina/YAG 20 vol% composite by co-precipitation

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    Radosław Lach


    Full Text Available Co-precipitation of alumina/YAG precursor from aluminum and yttrium nitrate solution with ammonium carbonate results in dawsonite. Its crystallographic parameters differ from the compound precipitated with no yttrium additive. It suggests that yttrium ions become incorporated into the dawsonite structure. The DSC/TG and X-ray diffraction measurements show decomposition of dawsonite at elevated temperatures resulting in γ-Al2O3 and then δ- and θ-alumina modifications. Full transformation to α-Al2O3 and YAG occurs at temperatures higher than 1230°C. Starting powder for the sintering experiments was prepared using the coprecipitated precursor calcined at 600°C. Seeding of such powder with 5 wt.% α-Al2O3 results in material of 98% density at 1500°C. Much lower densification show compacts of unseeded powder.

  12. Formation and Order Enhancement of submicrometer and nanoscale features in thin films (United States)

    Lau, Cindy Yee Cin

    The wide applications of two-dimensionally ordered submicrometer features have stimulated the development of cheap and fast fabrication techniques throughout the years. We showed that electrohydrodynamic patterning, which is known to produce ordered pillar arrays on polymer thin film at micrometer scale, could be extended to create submicrometer features as small as 351 +/- 78 nm quickly and economically. However, the dielectric breakdown of polymer imposed a fundamental limit on further reducing the feature size to nanoscale. We overcame the limited resolution by bottom-up colloidal assemblies which used nanoparticles between 49.8 +/- 8.7 nm and 117.6 +/- 6.7 nm as building blocks. By employing flow-coating deposition, we were able to control the deposited amount and achieve large area of uniform colloidal film easily. However, the single crystalline domain of a close-packed monolayer remained limited due to the restricted time for ordering through lateral capillary pressure before the particles were in contact. That motivated the deposition of initially ordered colloidal dispersions, attained through deionizing the solutions to extend electrostatic double layers for long-range repulsion. Although the deposited amount agreed reasonably well with our model adapted for a power-law fluid, the shear-thinning viscosity and final structure both revealed that the initial order was destroyed at high shear. On the other hand, the particle order was partially sustained during low shear depositions, yet the domain size was not particularly extensive. We attributed the limited order to the high compressibility of double layer during the evaporation phase. To improve the order of a colloidal monolayer, we investigated the effect of excess free ligands on 8.0 +/- 0.3 nm gold nanoparticles deposited by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. We showed that the excess ligands, oleylamine, not only improved the order of particles that were deposited together with them, but could also

  13. Secondary submicrometer impact cratering on the surface of asteroid 25143 Itokawa (United States)

    Harries, Dennis; Yakame, Shogo; Karouji, Yuzuru; Uesugi, Masayuki; Langenhorst, Falko


    Particle RA-QD02-0265 returned by the Hayabusa spacecraft from near-Earth asteroid 25143 Itokawa displayed a unique abundance of submicrometer-sized (≤500 nm) impact craters, which are rarely observed among the Hayabusa samples. The particle consists of intensely twinned diopside that was subjected to a large-scale shock event before exposure to the space environment on the surface of 25143 Itokawa. Intense (sub-)micrometer-scale impact cratering may suggest a long surface exposure and, hence, a long residence time of regolith material on the surface of small asteroids, bearing implications for the dynamical evolution of these bodies. However, our combined FE-SEM and FIB/TEM study shows that the degree of solar wind-induced space weathering and the accumulation of solar flare tracks are not exceptionally different from other Hayabusa particles with surface exposure ages estimated to be less than 1 ka. A 500 nm wide crater on the surface of RA-QD02-0265 exhibits microstructural damage to a depth of 400 nm below its floor and contains residues of Fe-Ni metal, excluding a formation by space craft exhausts or curatorial handling. The geometrical clustering among the 15 craters is unlikely random, and we conclude that the craters have formed through the impacts of secondary projectiles (at least partially Fe-Ni metal) created in a nearby (micro-)impact event. Besides structural damage by the solar wind and deposition of impact-generated melts and vapors, secondary impact cratering on the submicrometer-scale is another potential mechanism to modify the spectral properties of individual regolith grains. The lack of extensively exposed regolith grains supports a dynamic regolith on the surface of 25143 Itokawa.

  14. Monitoring Transport Across Modified Nanoporous Alumina Membranes

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    Erich D. Steinle


    Full Text Available This paper describes the use of several characterization methods to examinealumina nanotubule membranes that have been modified with specific silanes. The functionof these silanes is to alter the transport properties through the membrane by changing thelocal environment inside the alumina nanotube. The presence of alkyl groups, either long(C18 or short and branched (isopropyl hydrocarbon chains, on these silanes significantlydecreases the rate of transport of permeant molecules through membranes containingalumina nanotubes as monitored via absorbance spectroscopy. The presence of an ionicsurfactant can alter the polarity of these modified nanotubes, which correlates to anincreased transport of ions. Fluorescent spectroscopy is also utilized to enhance thesensitivity of detecting these permeant molecules. Confirmation of the alkylsilaneattachment to the alumina membrane is achieved with traditional infrared spectroscopy,which can also examine the lifetime of the modified membrane. The physical parameters ofthese silane-modified porous alumina membranes are studied via scanning electronmicroscopy. The alumina nanotubes are not physically closed off or capped by the silanesthat are attached to the alumina surfaces.

  15. Bioactive glass-ceramics coatings on alumina

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    Vitale Brovarone, C.; Verne, E.; Lupo, F. [Politecnico di Torino (Italy). Materials Science and Chemical Eng. Dept.; Moisescu, C. [Jena Univ. (Germany). Otto-Schott-Inst. fuer Glaschemie; Zanardi, L.; Bosetti, M.; Cannas, M. [Eastern Piemont Univ., Novara (Italy). Medical Science Dept.


    In this work, aiming to combine the mechanical performances of alumina with the surface properties of a bioactive material, we coated full density alumina substrates by a bioactive glass-ceramic GC. This latter was specially tailored, in term of costituents and specific quantity to have a thermal expansion coefficient close to that of alumina (8.5-9{sup *}10{sup -6}/ C) which is lower than most of the bioactive glasses and glass-ceramics already in use. In this way, we sought to avoid, as much as possible, the crack formation and propagation due to residual stresses generated by the thermal expansion coefficients mismatch. Furthermore, the high reactivity of alumina toward the glass-ceramic was carefully controlled to avoid deep compositional modification of the GC that will negatively affect its bioactivity. At this purpose, an intermediate layer of an appropriate glass G was coated prior to coat the bioactive glass-ceramic. On the materials obtained, preliminary biological tests have been done to evaluate glass-ceramic biocompatibility respect to alumina. (orig.)

  16. Hygroscopic growth of sub-micrometer and one-micrometer aerosol particles measured during ACE-Asia

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    A. Massling


    Full Text Available Hygroscopic properties of aerosol particles in the sub-micrometer and one-micrometer size ranges were measured during the ACE-Asia study (Aerosol Characterization Experiment-Asia in spring 2001. The measurements took place off the coasts of Japan, Korea, and China. All instruments contributing to this study were deployed in a container on the forward deck of the NOAA Research Vessel Ronald H. Brown. Air masses with primarily marine influence and air masses from the Asian continent affected by both anthropogenic sources and by the transport of desert dust aerosol were encountered during the cruise.

    Results showed very different hygroscopic behavior in the sub-micrometer size range compared to the one-micrometer size range. In general, for all continentally influenced air masses, the one-micrometer particle population was characterized by two different particle groups – a nearly hydrophobic fraction with growth factors around 1.0 representative of dust particles and a sea salt fraction with hygroscopic growth factors around 2.0. The number fraction of dust particles was generally about 60% independent of long-range air mass origin.

    For sub-micrometer particles, a dominant, more hygroscopic particle fraction with growth factors between 1.5 and 1.9 (depending on dry particle size consistent with ammonium sulfate or non-neutralized sulfates as major component was always found. In marine air masses and for larger sizes within the sub-micrometer range (Dp=250 and 350 nm, a sea salt fraction with growth factors between 2.0 and 2.1 was also observed. For all other air masses, the more hygroscopic particle fraction in the sub-micrometer size range was mostly accompanied by a less hygroscopic particle fraction with growth factors between 1.20 and 1.55 depending on both the continental sources and the dry particle size. Number fractions of this particle group varied between 4 and 39% depending on dry particle size and air mass

  17. Dielectric Performance of a High Purity HTCC Alumina at High Temperatures - a Comparison Study with Other Polycrystalline Alumina (United States)

    Chen, Liangyu


    A very high purity (99.99+%) high temperature co-fired ceramic (HTCC) alumina has recently become commercially available. The raw material of this HTCC alumina is very different from conventional HTCC alumina, and more importantly there is no glass additive in this alumina material for co-firing processing. Previously, selected HTCC and LTCC (low temperature co-fired ceramic) alumina materials were evaluated at high temperatures as dielectric and compared to a regularly sintered 96% polycrystalline alumina (96% Al2O3), where 96% alumina was used as the benchmark. A prototype packaging system based on regular 96% alumina with Au thickfilm metallization successfully facilitated long term testing of high temperature silicon carbide (SiC) electronic devices for over 10,000 hours at 500 C. In order to evaluate this new high purity HTCC alumina for possible high temperature packaging applications, the dielectric properties of this HTCC alumina substrate were measured and compared with those of 96% alumina and a previously tested LTCC alumina from room temperature to 550 C at frequencies of 120 Hz, 1 KHz, 10 KHz, 100 KHz, and 1 MHz. A parallel-plate capacitive device with dielectric of the HTCC alumina and precious metal electrodes were used for measurements of the dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the co-fired alumina material in the temperature and frequency ranges. The capacitance and AC parallel conductance of the capacitive device were directly measured by an AC impedance meter, and the dielectric constant and parallel AC conductivity of the dielectric were calculated from the capacitance and conductance measurement results. The temperature and frequency dependent dielectric constant, AC conductivity, and dissipation factor of the HTCC alumina substrate are presented and compared to those of 96% alumina and a selected LTCC alumina. Other technical advantages of this new co-fired material for possible high packaging applications are also discussed.

  18. Challenges and Strategies in the Synthesis of Mesoporous Alumina Powders and Hierarchical Alumina Monoliths

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    Anne Galarneau


    Full Text Available A new rapid, very simple and one-step sol-gel strategy for the large-scale preparation of highly porous γ-Al2O3 is presented. The resulting mesoporous alumina materials feature high surface areas (400 m2 g−1, large pore volumes (0.8 mL g−1 and the ��-Al2O3 phase is obtained at low temperature (500 °C. The main advantages and drawbacks of different preparations of mesoporous alumina materials exhibiting high specific surface areas and large pore volumes such as surfactant-nanostructured alumina, sol-gel methods and hierarchically macro-/mesoporous alumina monoliths have been analyzed and compared. The most reproducible synthesis of mesoporous alumina are given. Evaporation-Induced Self-Assembly (EISA is the sole method to lead to nanostructured mesoporous alumina by direct templating, but it is a difficult method to scale-up. Alumina featuring macro- and mesoporosity in monolithic shape is a very promising material for in flow applications; an optimized synthesis is described.

  19. Factors Affecting the Attrition Strength of Alumina Products (United States)

    Sang, J. V.

    The attrition strength of alumina is a matter of increasing interest. The aim of the present paper is to show how the strength of alumina is related to the precipitation parameters and to the morphology of the precursor hydrate particles.

  20. Standard transition aluminas. Electron microscopy studies

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    Santos P. Souza


    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to present the results of characterization of the particle shapes of six standard transition aluminas samples using transmission and scanning electron microscopies; selected area electron diffraction, in parallel with X-ray powder diffraction were used for confirmation of the different transition aluminas types. The transition aluminas - chi; kappa; gamma; theta; delta; and eta were supplied by ALCOA Central Laboratory. The chi-; kappa-;gamma- and delta-Al(20(3 microcrystals are pseudomorphs from their respective precursors gibbsite and boehmite. However, theta-Al(20(3 microcrystals are not pseudomorphs after the standard delta-Al(20(3 sample. Also, eta-Al(20(3 are not pseudomorphs after bayerite somatoids.

  1. Iron films deposited on porous alumina substrates

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    Yamada, Yasuhiro, E-mail:; Tanabe, Kenichi; Nishida, Naoki [Tokyo University of Science (Japan); Kobayashi, Yoshio [The University of Electro-Communications (Japan)


    Iron films were deposited on porous alumina substrates using an arc plasma gun. The pore sizes (120 – 250 nm) of the substrates were controlled by changing the temperature during the anodic oxidation of aluminum plates. Iron atoms penetrated into pores with diameters of less than 160 nm, and were stabilized by forming γ-Fe, whereas α-Fe was produced as a flat plane covering the pores. For porous alumina substrates with pore sizes larger than 200 nm, the deposited iron films contained many defects and the resulting α-Fe had smaller hyperfine magnetic fields. In addition, only a very small amount of γ-Fe was obtained. It was demonstrated that the composition and structure of an iron film can be affected by the surface morphology of the porous alumina substrate on which the film is grown.

  2. Synthesis and characterization of alumina precursor and alumina to be used as nano composite; Sintese e caracterizacao de precursores de alumina e alumina para uso em nanocompositos

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    Antunes, M.L.P., E-mail: malu@sorocaba.unesp.b [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP), Sorocaba, SP (Brazil); Santos, H. Souza [Universidade de Sao Paulo (IF/USP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica; Santos, P. Souza [Universidade de Sao Paulo (EP/USP), SP (Brazil). Escola Politecnica


    With the evolution of nanomaterials technology, mainly in the 90s, it was possible to observe produced composites with alumina matrix and nanomaterial as reinforcing materials. It results in a significant improvement of mechanical proprieties of these composites. Thenceforth the study of synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials has attracted great scientific interest. In this perspective, the aim of this work is to present an experimental procedure to obtain nordstrandite (aluminum hydroxide) with nanometric dimensions. Nordstrandite synthesis, obtained by the reaction of slightly amalgamated aluminum foil with aqueous ethylene glycol, which allows the control of the size of crystal produced. This control could be confirmed by X-Ray Diffraction and Electron Microscopy. Thermal transformation study is also presented. This study allowed the identification of transition aluminas that have potential to produce nanometric aluminas. (author)

  3. Respiratory symptoms and lung function in alumina refinery employees


    Musk, A; de Klerk, N H; Beach, J.; Fritschi, L; Sim, M.; Benke, G.; Abramson, M; McNeil, J


    OBJECTIVES—Employees in alumina refineries are known to be exposed to a number of potential respiratory irritants, particularly caustic mist and bauxite and alumina dusts. To examine the prevalence of work related respiratory symptoms and lung function in alumina refinery employees and relate these to their jobs.
METHODS—2964 current employees of three alumina refineries in Western Australia were invited to participate in a cross sectional study, and 89% responded. Subjects were given a quest...

  4. Fabrication of Ceramic Matrix Composite Tubes Using a Porous Mullite/Alumina Matrix and Alumina/Mullite Fiber

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    Radsick, Timothy


    ... or from inadequate oxide-based ones. A porous mullite/alumina matrix combined with alumina/mullite fiber reinforcement eliminates the need for an interface coating while producing a strong, tough and oxidation resistant composite...

  5. Synthesis of Gamma-Alumina from Kankara Kaolin as Potential ...

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    Engr Solomn Gajere

    in the diffractogram of the synthesized and commercial gamma-alumina from the XRD analysis. The. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) image showed the platy hexagonal shape of the gamma-alumina. Keywords: Gamma-alumina, zeolite, ... an amorphous matrix forming 60 μm particles. (Scherzer, 1993). Zeolites are ...

  6. Thermal radiation shielding by nanoporous membranes based on anodic alumina (United States)

    Muratova, E. N.; Matyushkin, L. B.; Moshnikov, V. A.; Chernyakova, K. V.; Vrublevsky, I. A.


    The paper is devoted to infrared thermography studies of nanoporous alumina membranes with various geometric parameters of the porous layer: its thickness and average pore diameter. Thermal radiation shielding by anodic alumina membranes is presented. The result obtained showed that nanoporous alumina membranes can be used as heat shields to smooth contrast of thermal radiation of the object and the surrounding background.

  7. Synthesis of Gamma-Alumina from Kankara Kaolin as Potential ...

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    ... as obtained from the XRF analysis. Good comparison was also observed in the diffractogram of the synthesized and commercial gamma-alumina from the XRD analysis. The Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) image showed the platy hexagonal shape of the gamma-alumina. Keywords: Gamma-alumina, zeolite, kaolin ...


    The research determined the feasibility of using BaSO4-impregnated activated alumina and plain activated alumina for radium removal from groundwater by fixed-bed adsorption. The major factors influencing radium adsorption onto the two types of alumina were identified. The radium ...

  9. 21 CFR 73.1010 - Alumina (dried aluminum hydroxide). (United States)


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Alumina (dried aluminum hydroxide). 73.1010... GENERAL LISTING OF COLOR ADDITIVES EXEMPT FROM CERTIFICATION Drugs § 73.1010 Alumina (dried aluminum hydroxide). (a) Identity. (1) The color additive alumina (dried aluminum hydroxide) is a white, odorless...

  10. Quantifying the Hygroscopic Growth of Individual Submicrometer Particles with Atomic Force Microscopy. (United States)

    Morris, Holly S; Estillore, Armando D; Laskina, Olga; Grassian, Vicki H; Tivanski, Alexei V


    The water uptake behavior of atmospheric aerosol dictates their climate effects. In many studies, aerosol particles are deposited onto solid substrates to measure water uptake; however, the effects of the substrate are not well understood. Furthermore, in some cases, methods used to analyze and quantify water uptake of substrate deposited particles use a two-dimensional (2D) analysis to monitor growth by following changes in the particle diameter with relative humidity (RH). However, this 2D analysis assumes that the droplet grows equally in all directions. If particle growth is not isotropic in height and diameter, this assumption can cause inaccuracies when quantifying hygroscopic growth factors (GFs), where GF for a for a spherical particle is defined as the ratio of the particle diameter at a particular relative humidity divided by the dry particle diameter (typically about 5% RH). However, as shown here, anisotropic growth can occur in some cases. In these cases, a three-dimensional (3D) analysis of the growth is needed. This study introduces a way to quantify the hygroscopic growth of substrate deposited particles composed of model systems relevant to atmospheric aerosols using atomic force microscopy (AFM), which gives information on both the particle height and area and thus a three-dimensional view of each particle. In this study, we compare GFs of submicrometer sized particles composed of single component sodium chloride (NaCl) and malonic acid (MA), as well as binary mixtures of NaCl and MA, and NaCl and nonanoic acid (NA) determined by AFM using area (2D) equivalent diameters, similar to conventional microscopy methods, to GFs determined using volume (3D) equivalent diameter. We also compare these values to GFs determined by a hygroscopic tandem differential mobility analyzer (HTDMA; substrate free, 3D method). It was found that utilizing volume equivalent diameter for quantifying GFs with AFM agreed well with those determined by substrate-free HTDMA

  11. Performance of combination drug and hygroscopic excipient submicrometer particles from a softmist inhaler in a characteristic model of the airways. (United States)

    Longest, P Worth; Tian, Geng; Li, Xiang; Son, Yoen-Ju; Hindle, Michael


    Excipient enhanced growth (EEG) of inhaled submicrometer pharmaceutical aerosols is a recently proposed method intended to significantly reduce extrathoracic deposition and improve lung delivery. The objective of this study was to evaluate the size increase of combination drug and hygroscopic excipient particles in a characteristic model of the airways during inhalation using both in vitro experiments and computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations. The airway model included a characteristic mouth-throat (MT) and upper tracheobronchial (TB) region through the third bifurcation and was enclosed in a chamber geometry used to simulate the thermodynamic conditions of the lungs. Both in vitro results and CFD simulations were in close agreement and indicated that EEG delivery of combination submicrometer particles could nearly eliminate MT deposition for inhaled pharmaceutical aerosols. Compared with current inhalers, the proposed delivery approach represents a 1-2 order of magnitude reduction in MT deposition. Transient inhalation was found to influence the final size of the aerosol based on changes in residence times and relative humidity values. Aerosol sizes following EEG when exiting the chamber (2.75-4.61 μm) for all cases of initial submicrometer combination particles were equivalent to or larger than many conventional pharmaceutical aerosols that frequently have MMADs in the range of 2-3 μm.

  12. alumina phase transformation from thermal decomposition

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    for the foreseeable future, the most important types of nanoparticles which possess high specific surface area are simple oxides such as Al2O3, which are used in established applications [6], and for sapphire crystal growth [7]. Presently, alpha-alumina (α-Al2O3) has many uses in traditional and advanced ceramics. It is an.

  13. Stabilization of Self-Assembled Alumina Mesophases

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    Perez, Lidia Lopez; Perdriau, Sebastien; ten Brink, Gert; Kooi, Bart J.; Heeres, Hero Jan; Melian-Cabrera, Ignacio


    An efficient route to stabilize alumina mesophases derived from evaporation-induced self-assembly is reported after investigating various aspects in-depth: influence of the solvent (EtOH, s-BuOH, and t-BuOH) on the textural and structural properties of the mesophases based on aluminum

  14. alumina phase transformation from thermal decomposition

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

  15. Model Compaction Equation

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    compaction are two parameters that indicate the degree of compaction in sandstones. When the values are low, the sands are undercompacted, but when they are high the sands are compacted. A number of equations relating porosity and depth in sandstones have been published (Athy,. 1930; Hubbert and Rubey, 1959; ...

  16. Dielectric Performance of High Purity HTCC Alumina at High Temperatures - A Comparison Study with Other Polycrystalline Alumina (United States)

    Chen, Liang-Yu


    A very high purity (99.99+) high temperature co-fired ceramic (HTCC) alumina has recently become commercially available. The raw material of this HTCC alumina is very different from conventional HTCC alumina, and more importantly there is no glass additive in this co-fired material. Previously, selected HTCC and LTCC (low temperature co-fired ceramic) alumina materials were evaluated at high temperatures as dielectric and compared to a regularly sintered 96 polycrystalline alumina (96 Al2O3), where 96 alumina was used as the benchmark. A prototype packaging system based on regular 96 alumina with Au thick-film metallization successfully facilitated long term testing of high temperature silicon carbide (SiC) electronic devices for over 10,000 hours at 500C. In order to evaluate this new HTCC alumina for possible high temperature packaging applications, the dielectric properties of this HTCC alumina substrate were measured and compared with those of 96 alumina and a LTCC alumina from room temperature to 550C at frequencies of 120 Hz, 1 KHz, 10 KHz, 100 KHz, and 1 MHz. A parallel-plate capacitive device with dielectric of the HTCC alumina and precious metal electrodes were used for measurements of the dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the co-fired alumina material in the temperature and frequency ranges. The capacitance and AC parallel conductance of the capacitive device were directly measured by an AC impedance meter, and the dielectric constant and parallel AC conductivity of the dielectric were calculated from the capacitance and conductance measurement results. The temperature and frequency dependent dielectric constant, AC conductivity, and dissipation factor of the HTCC alumina substrate are presented and compared to those of 96 alumina. Other technical advantages of this new co-fired material for possible high packaging applications are also discussed.

  17. Characterization of dual-phase steel microstructure by combined submicrometer EBSD and EPMA carbon measurements. (United States)

    Pinard, Philippe T; Schwedt, Alexander; Ramazani, Ali; Prahl, Ulrich; Richter, Silvia


    Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) measurements are combined to characterize an industrial produced dual-phase steel containing some bainite fraction. High-resolution carbon mappings acquired on a field emission electron microprobe are utilized to validate and improve the identification of the constituents (ferrite, martensite, and bainite) performed by EBSD using the image quality and kernel average misorientation. The combination eliminates the ambiguity between the identification of bainite and transformation-induced dislocation zones, encountered if only the kernel average misorientation is considered. The detection of carbon in high misorientation regions confirms the presence of bainite. These results are corroborated by secondary electron images after nital etching. Limitations of this combined method due to differences between the spatial resolution of EBSD and EPMA are assessed. Moreover, a quantification procedure adapted to carbon analysis is presented and used to measure the carbon concentration in martensite and bainite on a submicrometer scale. From measurements on reference materials, this method gives an accuracy of 0.02 wt% C and a precision better than 0.05 wt% C despite unavoidable effects of hydrocarbon contamination.

  18. Evolution of Submicrometer Organic Aerosols during a Complete Residential Coal Combustion Process. (United States)

    Zhou, Wei; Jiang, Jingkun; Duan, Lei; Hao, Jiming


    In the absence of particulate matter (PM) control devices, residential coal combustion contributes significantly to ambient PM pollution. Characterizing PM emissions from residential coal combustion with high time resolution is beneficial for developing control policies and evaluating the environmental impact of PM. This study reports the evolution of submicrometer organic aerosols (OA) during a complete residential coal combustion process, that is, from fire start to fire extinction. Three commonly used coal types (bituminous, anthracite, and semicoke coals) were evaluated in a typical residential stove in China. For all three types of coal, the OA emission exhibited distinct characteristics in the four stages, that is, ignition, fierce combustion, relatively stable combustion, and ember combustion. OA emissions during the ignition stage accounted for 58.2-85.4% of the total OA emission of a complete combustion process. The OA concentration decreased rapidly during the fierce combustion stage and remained low during the relatively stable combustion stage. During these two stages, a significant ion peak of m/z 73 from organic acids were observed. The degree of oxidation of the OA increased from the first stage to the last stage. Implications for ambient OA source-apportionment and residential PM emission characterization and control are discussed.

  19. Single molecule analysis of bacterial polymerase chain reaction products in submicrometer fluidic channels. (United States)

    Stavis, Samuel M; Corgié, Stéphane C; Cipriany, Benjamin R; Craighead, Harold G; Walker, Larry P


    Laser induced fluorescence in submicrometer fluidic channels was used to characterize the synthesis of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products from a model bacterial system in order to explore the advantages and limitations of on chip real time single molecule PCR analysis. Single oligonucleotide universal bacterial primers and PCR amplicons from the 16S rDNA of Thermobifida fusca (325 bp) were directly detected at all phases of the reaction with low sample consumption and without post-amplification purification or size screening. Primers were fluorescently labeled with single Alexa Fluor 488 or Alexa Fluor 594 fluorophores, resulting in double labeled, two color amplicons. PCR products were driven electrokinetically through a fused silica channel with a 250 nm by 500 nm rectangular cross section. Lasers with 488 nm and 568 nm wavelengths were focused and overlapped on the channel for fluorescence excitation. All molecules entering the channel were rapidly and uniformly analyzed. Photon burst analysis was used to detect and identify individual primers and amplicons, and fluorescence correlation and cross-correlation spectroscopy were used to account for analyte flow speed. Conventional gel and capillary electrophoresis were also used to characterize the PCR amplification, and the results of differences in detection sensitivity and analyte discrimination were examined. Limits were imposed by the purity and labeling efficiency of the PCR reagents, which must be improved in parallel with increases in detection sensitivity.

  20. A linear piezoelectric stepper motor with submicrometer step size and centimeter travel range. (United States)

    Judy, J W; Polla, D L; Robbins, W P


    A linear stepper motor capable of submicrometer controlled movement has been constructed using the piezoelectric material lead zirconate titanate (PZT). This motor consists of a 25.4-mmx12.7-mmx1.6-mm piezoelectric driving element connected between a glider base and an attached load. The device is inset in a trench to constrain motion to one dimension. An electrode on the bottom of the glider is used with an electrode on the top of the trench to implement an electrostatic clamp. This clamp enables the stepper motor to climb slopes of up to 12 degrees , whereas without the clamp only slopes of 6 degrees or less are tolerated. A linear inertial sliding motion can be achieved by expanding and contracting the piezoelectric bar, but the addition of the electrostatic clamp enhances the movement capabilities of the glider by the periodic clamping and unclamping of the glider. Glider velocities of 5.7-476 mum/s are measured by timing the movement of the glider over a 1.0-mm portion of the track through an optical microscope. Displacement steps of 0.07-1.1 mum are calculated by dividing the measured glider velocity by the frequency of the applied voltage pulses. Displacement step size and glider velocity are controlled by the application of PZT extension voltages ranging from +/-(60-340) V.

  1. High Gain Submicrometer Optical Amplifier at Near-Infrared Communication Band. (United States)

    Wang, Xiaoxia; Zhuang, Xiujuan; Yang, Sen; Chen, Yu; Zhang, Qinglin; Zhu, Xiaoli; Zhou, Hong; Guo, Pengfei; Liang, Junwu; Huang, Yu; Pan, Anlian; Duan, Xiangfeng


    Nanoscale near-infrared optical amplification is important but remains a challenge to achieve. Here we report a unique design of silicon and erbium silicate core-shell nanowires for high gain submicrometer optical amplification in the near-infrared communication band. The high refraction index silicon core is used to tightly confine the optical field within the submicron structures, and the single crystalline erbium-ytterbium silicates shell is used as the highly efficient gain medium. Both theoretical and experimental results show that, by systematically tuning the core diameter and shell thickness, a large portion of the optical power can be selectively confined to the erbium silicate shell gain medium to enable a low loss waveguide and high gain optical amplifier. Experimental results further demonstrate that an optimized core-shell nanowire can exhibit an excellent net gain up to 31  dB mm(-1), which is more than 20 times larger than the previously reported best results on the micron-scale optical amplifiers.

  2. Synthesis of alumina-α using aluminium acetate; Sintese de alumina-α utilizando acetato de aluminio

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    Cartaxo, J.M.; Galdino, M.N.; Neves, G.A., E-mail: [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil). Unidade Academica de Engenharia de Materiais; Menezes, R.R.; Ferreira, H.S. [Universidade Federal da Paraiba (UFPB), Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil). Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais


    In the face of great technological importance of alumina, this paper aims to synthesize the α-alumina using chemical activation from aluminum acetate. The synthesized powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction and thermal analysis. The results obtained proved the thermal decomposition of the precursor, as well as possible metastable phases of alumina before the phase transformation in α. There was also difficult to obtain α-alumina from aluminum acetate, on the other hand there was, comparatively, that the chemical activation accelerated the synthesis of α-alumina. (author)

  3. Rheological Properties of Aqueous Nanometric Alumina Suspensions

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    Li, Chuanping [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)


    Colloidal processing is an effective and reliable approach in the fabrication of the advanced ceramic products. Successful colloidal processing of fine ceramic powders requires accurate control of the rheological properties. The accurate control relies on the understanding the influences of various colloidal parameters on the rheological properties. Almost all research done on the rheology paid less attention to the interactions of particle and solvent. However, the interactions of the particles are usually built up through the media in which the particles are suspended. Therefore, interactions of the particle with the media, the adsorbed layers on the particle surface, and chemical and physical properties of media themselves must influence the rheology of the suspension, especially for the dense suspensions containing nanosized particles. Relatively little research work has been reported in this area. This thesis addresses the rheological properties of nanometric alumina aqueous suspensions, and paying more attention to the interactions between particle and solvent, which in turn influence the particle-particle interactions. Dense nanometric alumina aqueous suspensions with low viscosity were achieved by environmentally-benign fructose additives. The rheology of nanometric alumina aqueous suspensions and its variation with the particle volume fraction and concentration of fructose were explored by rheometry. The adsorptions of solute (fructose) and solvent (water) on the nanometric alumina particle surfaces were measured and analyzed by TG/DSC, TOC, and NMR techniques. The mobility of water molecules in the suspensions and its variation with particle volume fractions and fructose additive were determined by the 17O NMR relaxation method. The interactions between the nanometric alumina particles in water and fructose solutions were investigated by AFM. The results indicated that a large number of water layers were physically bound on the particles

  4. Effect of Alumina on Green Properties of Al-Fe-Cr Powder Composites (United States)

    Mohsin, Mohammad; Mohd, Aas; Arif Siddiqui, M.; Suhaib, Mohd.; Arif, Sajjad


    This work illustrates the results of the effect of aluminum oxide (Al2O3) on the green density, hardness and electrical conductivity of Al-Fe-Cr-Al2O3 powder composites at different compaction pressures (470 MPa, 550 MPa and 600 MPa). SEM analysis for different Al2O3 composition was done. The composite consisted of Al-75%, Fe-25%, Cr-5% by weight as matrix material and alumina (Al2O3) was added in varying percentage by weight (0-30), as reinforcement. Powders of Al, Fe, Cr and Al2O3 having average particle size of 48 µm, 150 µm, 100 µm and 100 µm respectively with all having purity ≥ 99% were used. Ethanol (5 wt. %) had been used as a process control agent (PCA). Synthesis of Al-Fe-Cr-Al2O3 composites was carried in shaker mill. The ball to powder ratio was kept 20:1. The characterization of the powder was followed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). There was an increase in green density, hardness and electrical conductivity with increase in compaction pressure but no significant effect of adding alumina on these properties was observed.

  5. Control of the γ-alumina to α-alumina phase transformation for an optimized alumina densification

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    Lamouri, S.; Hamidouche, M.; Bouaouadja, N.; Belhouchet, H.; Garnier, V.; Fantozzi, G.; Trelkat, J.F.


    In this work, we studied the aptitude to sintering green bodies using γ-Al2O3 transition alumina as raw powder. We focused on the influence of the heating rate on densification and microstructural evolution. Phase transformations from transition alumina γ→δ→θ→α-Al2O3 were studied by in situ X-rays diffraction from the ambient to 1200°C. XRD patterns revealed coexistence of various phase transformations during the heating cycle. DTA and dilatometry results showed that low heating rate leads to a significant reduction of the temperature of the α-Al2O3 alumina formation. Around 1190, 1217 and 1240°C were found when using 5, 10 and 20°C/min of heating rate, respectively. The activation energy for θ-Al2O3→α-Al2O3 transformation calculated by Kissinger and JMA equations using dilatometry method were 464.29 and 488.79kJ/mol, respectively and by DTA method were 450.72 and 475.49kJ/mol, respectively. In addition, the sintering of the green bodies with low heating rate promotes the rearrangement of the grains during θ-Al2O3→α-Al2O3 transformation, enhancing the relative density to 95% and preventing the development of a vermicular structure. (Author)

  6. Control of the γ-alumina to α-alumina phase transformation for an optimized alumina densification

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    Samir Lamouri


    Full Text Available In this work, we studied the aptitude to sintering green bodies using γ-Al2O3 transition alumina as raw powder. We focused on the influence of the heating rate on densification and microstructural evolution. Phase transformations from transition alumina γ → δ → θ → α-Al2O3 were studied by in situ X-rays diffraction from the ambient to 1200 °C. XRD patterns revealed coexistence of various phase transformations during the heating cycle. DTA and dilatometry results showed that low heating rate leads to a significant reduction of the temperature of the α-Al2O3 alumina formation. Around 1190, 1217 and 1240 °C were found when using 5, 10 and 20 °C/min of heating rate, respectively. The activation energy for θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 transformation calculated by Kissinger and JMA equations using dilatometry method were 464.29 and 488.79 kJ/mol, respectively and by DTA method were 450.72 and 475.49 kJ/mol, respectively. In addition, the sintering of the green bodies with low heating rate promotes the rearrangement of the grains during θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 transformation, enhancing the relative density to 95% and preventing the development of a vermicular structure.

  7. Influence of alumina characteristics on glaze properties

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    Arrufat, S.


    Full Text Available Aluminium oxide is a synthetic raw material manufactured from bauxite by the Bayer process, whose Al2O3 content typically exceeds 99%. Four main types of alumina can be defined, depending on the processing used: hydrargillite Al(OH3, boehmite AlOOH, transition aluminas (calcined at low temperatures, 1000 °C, with an intermediary crystallographic structure between hydrates and alpha alumina, and α-Al2O3 (calcined at high temperatures, >1100 °C. In glaze manufacturing, α-Al2O3 is the main type of alumina used. This raw material acts as a matting agent: the matt effect depends on alumina particle size and content in the glaze. This study examines the effect of the degree of alumina calcination on glaze technical and aesthetic properties. For this purpose, aluminas with different degrees of calcination were added to a glaze formulated with a transparent frit and kaolin, in order to simplify the system to be studied. The results show that, depending on the degree of calcination, alumina particles can react with the glaze components (SiO2, CaO, and ZnO to form new crystalline phases (anorthite and gahnite. Both crystallisations extract CaO and ZnO from the glassy phase, increasing glassy phase viscosity. The variation in crystalline phases and glassy phase viscosity yields glazes with different technical and aesthetic properties.

    El óxido de aluminio es una materia prima sintética fabricada a partir de la bauxita por medio del proceso Bayer, cuyo contenido de Al2O3 supera, por regla general, el 99%. Se pueden definir cuatro tipos de alúmina, en función del tipo de proceso usado: hidrargilita Al(OH3, boehmita AlOOH, alúminas de transición (calcinadas a bajas temperaturas, 1000 °C, con una estructura cristalográfica intermedia entre los hidratos y la alfa alúmina, y la α-Al2O3 (calcinada a

  8. Health risk assessments for alumina refineries. (United States)

    Donoghue, A Michael; Coffey, Patrick S


    To describe contemporary air dispersion modeling and health risk assessment methodologies applied to alumina refineries and to summarize recent results. Air dispersion models using emission source and meteorological data have been used to assess ground-level concentrations (GLCs) of refinery emissions. Short-term (1-hour and 24-hour average) GLCs and annual average GLCs have been used to assess acute health, chronic health, and incremental carcinogenic risks. The acute hazard index can exceed 1 close to refineries, but it is typically less than 1 at neighboring residential locations. The chronic hazard index is typically substantially less than 1. The incremental carcinogenic risk is typically less than 10(-6). The risks of acute health effects are adequately controlled, and the risks of chronic health effects and incremental carcinogenic risks are negligible around referenced alumina refineries.

  9. Silica containing highly porous alumina ceramic (United States)

    Svinka, R.; Svinka, V.; Zake, I.


    Porous alumina ceramic were produced by slip casting of aqueous alumina slurry with added small amount of metallic aluminium powder. Pores form in result of chemical reaction of aluminum with water by hydrogen gas evolution reaction and solidification of suspension. Porosity of such materials sintered at a temperature of 1600 - 1750°C varies from 60 to 90%. Pore size distribution and mechanical strength of these materials depend largely on the grain size of used raw materials. The major part of pores in the materials produced without additive of silica are larger than 10 ±m, but with 5 - 10 wt.% additive of silica in the raw mix pore size decreases considerably. The sintering shrinkage decreases to 2.5%. Coefficient of thermal expansion equally decreases from 8.9-10-6 K-1 to 7.1 10-6 K-1 and classification temperature increases to 1600°C, while deformation at high temperature decreases considerably.

  10. Activation of consolidation processes of alumina ceramics (United States)

    Matrenin, S. V.; Zenin, B. S.; Tayukin, R. V.


    The methods for activating sintering ceramics based on Al2O3 by mechanical activation in the planetary mill, by adding in the mixture of nanopowders (NP) Al, Al2O3, and submicron powder TiO2, and by applying the technology of spark plasma sintering (SPS) are developed. It has been shown that adding the nanopowder up to 20 wt. % Al2O3 in a coarse powder α-Al2O3 activates the sintering process resulting in increased density and hardness of the sintered alumina ceramics. Substantial effect of increasing density of alumina ceramics due to adding the submicron powder TiO2 in the compound of initial powder mixtures has been established.

  11. Analysis of an alumina refinery steam system


    Power, Craig Leslie


    The Rio Tinto Alcan - Yarwun (RTA Y) alumina refinery is currently undergoing a major expansion, with the possibility of further expansion in the future. The current expansion sees the addition of a Gas Turbine (GT) and Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) to the utility system, resulting in significant excess high pressure (HP) steam generating capacity in the utility system. Additionally, an excess of low pressure (LP) flash steam is generated from the HP condensate and is currently vented ...

  12. Health Risk Assessments for Alumina Refineries


    Donoghue, A Michael; Coffey, Patrick S.


    Objective: To describe contemporary air dispersion modeling and health risk assessment methodologies applied to alumina refineries and to summarize recent results. Methods: Air dispersion models using emission source and meteorological data have been used to assess ground-level concentrations (GLCs) of refinery emissions. Short-term (1-hour and 24-hour average) GLCs and annual average GLCs have been used to assess acute health, chronic health, and incremental carcinogenic risks. Results: The ...

  13. In-beam dielectric properties of alumina

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    Molla, J. [Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT), Madrid (Spain). Inst. de Investigacion Basica; Ibarra, A. [Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT), Madrid (Spain). Inst. de Investigacion Basica; Hodgson, E.R. [Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT), Madrid (Spain). Inst. de Investigacion Basica


    The dielectric properties (permittivity and loss tangent) of a 99.7% purity alumina grade have been measured over a wide frequency range (1 kHz-15 GHz) before and after 2 MeV electron irradiation at different temperatures. The dielectric properties at 15 GHz were measured during irradiation. Both prompt and fluence effects are observed together with permanent changes which continue to evolve following irradiation. The behaviour is complex, consistent with both radiation induced electronic effects and aggregation processes. ((orig.)).

  14. Compaction behaviour of soils


    Kurucuk, Nurses


    Soil compaction is widely applied in geotechnical engineering practice. It is used to maximise the dry density of soils to reduce subsequent settlement under working loads or to reduce the permeability of soils. The durability and stability of structures are highly related to the appropriate compaction achievement. The structural failure of roads and airfields, and the damage caused by foundation settlement can often be traced back to the failure in achieving adequate compaction. For that rea...

  15. Self-Compacting Concrete


    Okamura, Hajime; Ouchi, Masahiro


    Self-compacting concrete was first developed in 1988 to achieve durable concrete structures. Since then, various investigations have been carried out and this type of concrete has been used in practical structures in Japan, mainly by large construction companies. Investigations for establishing a rational mix-design method and self-compactability testing methods have been carried out from the viewpoint of making self-compacting concrete a standard concrete.

  16. Compact Antenna Range (United States)

    Federal Laboratory Consortium — Facility consists of a folded compact antenna range including a computer controlled three axis position table, parabolic reflector and RF sources for the measurement...

  17. Compact Polarimetry Potentials (United States)

    Truong-Loi, My-Linh; Dubois-Fernandez, Pascale; Pottier, Eric


    The goal of this study is to show the potential of a compact-pol SAR system for vegetation applications. Compact-pol concept has been suggested to minimize the system design while maximize the information and is declined as the ?/4, ?/2 and hybrid modes. In this paper, the applications such as biomass and vegetation height estimates are first presented, then, the equivalence between compact-pol data simulated from full-pol data and compact-pol data processed from raw data as such is shown. Finally, a calibration procedure using external targets is proposed.

  18. Microstructure development and phase evolution of alumina-mullite nanocomposite

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    Sedaghat A.


    Full Text Available In this work, alumina-mullite composites (5-15 vol.% were prepared using sol-gel derived alumina composite nanopowders. The results revealed the formation of intragranular and intergranular mullites inside and between the alumina grains, respectively. Accordingly, the intragranular mullites (average grain size, 0.3 μm were smaller than the intergranular mullites (average grain size, 0.5 μm. Moreover, the alumina grains (average grain size, 1.0 μm are larger than the mullites. Meanwhile, the mullites showed positive results in the prevention of the alumina grains growth and the retardation of densification. The relative density of alumina-15 vol.% mullite that was sintered at 1650°C for 2 h, was obtained as 98.7 %. After sintering at 1750°C for 2 h, the mullite was decomposed.

  19. The modification of activated carbon cloth by alumina deposition


    Hayes, Robert Andrew


    This thesis was submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and awarded by Brunel University. The impregnation of mesoporous carbon cloth with alumina has been studied. The most successful method of impregnation resulted from preparation of the alumina phase by a sol/gel route. This method involves a boehmite intermediate, and the heating environment for the thermal transition of boehmite to the final alumina was investigated. Heat treatment of the boehmite intermediate under flowing...

  20. Dynamical stability of the alpha and theta phases of alumina

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    Lodziana, Zbigniew; Parlinski, K.


    Using density functional calculations the phonon dispersion relations, phonon density of states, and free energy of theta and alpha phases of alumina are investigated. The temperature dependence of the free energy indicates that entropy contributes to the destabilization of the alpha phase...... cations in alumina, and suggest that some other than entropic mechanism exists, which stabilizes transition aluminas up to 1400 K. The present calculations go beyond the ground state energy calculations [C. Wolverton and K.C. Hass, Phys. Rev. B 63, 24102 (2001)], and give an additional understanding...... of the stability of transition alumina at finite temperatures....

  1. Model Compaction Equation

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    exponential loss of porosity with depth (Ramm et al., 1997). Compaction coefficient and percentage compaction are two .... distribution of overpressure zones in the Niger. Delta in order to further investigate the overpressure. ..... light of the theory of continental drift. Geology Magazine, 105: 385 - 397. Weber, K.J. And E.M. ...

  2. Effect of Impurities on O and Al Boundary Diffusion in Alumina: Application Alumina Scale Growth in Alloys (United States)


    uniform dispersion of Ni marker particles (0.5 vol%). The extent of the alumina spinel oxidation layer was measured as a function of the wedge...of Ni alone enhances transport by approximately a factor of 2 relative to undoped alumina. The diffusive transport of chromium in both pure and Y...doped fine-grained alumina has been investigated over the temperature range 1250 -1650 C. From a quantitative assessment of the chromium diffusion


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    Achmad Sulhan Fauzi


    Full Text Available This article describes the results of research on the use of transition alumina for improving the performance of ceramics. Synthesis has been made of gradual changes materials (Functionally Graded Materials, FGM aluminum titanate (AT / corundum based on transition alumina powders with the addition of MgO as a stabilizer of AT as much as 2 wt.%. Samples without the addition of MgO was also made for comparison. Transition alumina with and without the addition of MgO were calcined at a temperature of 1100C for 1 hour to become ?-alumina. The powder mixture was compacted at a pressure of 49.3 MPa and then prasintered at a temperature of 1100C for 1 hour, then repeatedly infiltrated with infiltrator TiCl3 solution (20% which prepared by dissolving the Ti metal powders into HCl. Furthermore, the material sintered at temperatures of 1500C with a holding time for 3 hours. Physical character of materials showed an increase in density and decrease in porosity of the material due to the addition of MgO. Phase identification results obtained from the content of AT and corundum phases which gradual in depth, indicating that FGM has been formed. These results were supported by analysis of x-ray diffraction pattern showing the formation of a solid solution Al2 (1-x + MgxTi1 xO5 which marked by the shifting of the peak of AT phase in FGM samples with the addition of MgO. Tulisan ini menjelaskan hasil penelitian tentang penggunaan alumina transisi untuk meningkatkan performa keramik. Telah dilakukan sintesis bahan ubahan gradual (Functionally Graded Material, FGM aluminum titanat (AT/korundum berbahan dasar serbuk alumina transisi dengan penambahan MgO sebagai penstabil AT sebanyak 2 wt.%. Sampel tanpa tambahan MgO juga dibuat sebagai pembanding. Alumina transisi dengan dan tanpa penambahan MgO dikalsinasi pada temperatur 1100C selama 1 jam sehingga menjadi ?-alumina. Serbuk campuran dikompaksi pada tekanan 49,3 MPa lalu diprasinter pada temperatur 1100C selama

  4. Scatterometry for semiconductor sub-micrometer and nanometer critical dimension metrology (United States)

    Al-Assaad, Rayan M.

    Scatterometry1 is one optical measurement technique that has been explored extensively for semiconductor sub-micrometer dimensional metrology. The technique refers to the measurements of reflected power upon the interaction of an incident beam with some periodic surface (grating). The characteristics of the diffractive surface affect directly the acquired measurements. Therefore it is possible to resolve some information about the grating line profile and dimensions from the measurements, which is referred to as the inverse scatterometry problem. As technology is continuously pushing lithographic processes to sub-nanometer precision2, aspects of the inverse scatterometry problem related to the accurate estimation and modeling of errors and the enhancement of the optimization methods become of great importance. For this purpose the effects of measurement errors on the estimated grating profile are analyzed in this dissertation and optimization methods are proposed to improve the accuracies in the estimated geometrical parameters for various grating profiles in real experimental conditions. A technique based on the information content analysis of the measurement data is further suggested to reduce the number of measurements required without the loss in the solution accuracies resulting in lower cost and more suitable real time implementation. Theoretical and experimental results are presented to validate these studies where the solutions to the profile parameters are accomplished by implementing a linear regression technique3. In addition a new scheme is proposed to address resolving more difficult profile parameters with sub-wavelength dimensions (sub-100 nm) that are until now subject to ongoing investigation with inconclusive results. The proposed approach consists of using a large number of angular reflectance measurements with linearly polarized TM incidence. In the case where the profile dimensions are many times smaller than the light wavelength, the parameter

  5. Surface organic monolayers control the hygroscopic growth of submicrometer particles at high relative humidity. (United States)

    Ruehl, Christopher R; Wilson, Kevin R


    Although many organic molecules commonly found in the atmosphere are known to be surface-active in macroscopic aqueous solutions, the impact of surface partitioning of organic molecules to a microscopic aqueous droplet interface remains unclear. Here we measure the droplet size formed, at a relative humidity (∼99.9%) just below saturation, on submicrometer particles containing an ammonium sulfate core and an organic layer of a model compound of varying thickness. The 12 model organic compounds are a series of dicarboxylic acids (C3 to C10), cis-pinonic, oleic, lauric, and myristic acids, which represent a broad range in solubility from miscible (malonic acid) to insoluble. The variation in droplet size with increasing organic aerosol fraction cannot be explained by assuming the organic material is dissolved in the bulk droplet. Instead, the wet droplet diameters exhibit a complex and nonlinear dependence on organic aerosol volume fraction, leading to hygroscopic growth that is in some cases smaller and in others larger than that predicted by bulk solubility alone. For palmitic and stearic acid, small droplets at or below the detection limit of the instrument are observed, indicating significant kinetic limitations for water uptake, which are consistent with mass accommodation coefficients on the order of 10(-4). A model based on the two-dimensional van der Waals equation of state is used to explain the complex droplet growth with organic aerosol fraction and dry diameter. The model suggests that mono- and dicarboxylic acids with limited water solubility partition to the droplet surface and reduce surface tension only after a two-dimensional condensed monolayer is formed. Two relatively soluble compounds, malonic and glutaric acid, also appear to form surface phases, which increase hygroscopicity. There is a clear alternation in the threshold for droplet growth observed for odd and even carbon number diacids, which is explained in the model by differences in the

  6. Alumina Depyrogenates F 18 Fludeoxyglucose Injection during Purification Processes. (United States)

    Cooper, James F; Petry, Neil A; Engelbrecht, Hendrik; Breslow, Kenneth


    Endotoxin indicators (EIs) and photometric bacterial endotoxin test (BET) assays were used to determine the capacity of alumina (Al(2)O(3)) for removing endotoxin from a parenteral solution. Fludeoxyglucose F 18 (FDG) Injection, USP, a radioactive imaging agent, is made daily at about 150 American sites for same-day administration. Each FDG synthesis unit contains a cartridge of alumina for removing a radiochemical impurity before delivery to the final product vial. Recognizing that alumina is a cationic adsorption medium, its capacity for removing endotoxin was challenged with purified endotoxin. A 2000 EU vial of an EI was reconstituted with water or FDG, vortex-mixed, and passed through a representative final product assembly consisting of an alumina cartridge with connecting tubing, a sterilizing membrane filter, and aseptic collection vial. In addition to sterilization, the filter removed alumina "fines" that are inhibitory to the BET because of adsorption of the positive control. Confirmation of labeled claim for each EI and measurement of endotoxin challenge eluates from a simulated FDG process were analyzed by valid kinetic chromogenic assays using a microplate reader and a cartridge reader. Overkill depyrogenation conditions were achieved, defined as greater than a 3 log endotoxin reduction. In conclusion, alumina was observed to depyrogenate the eluate of a representative FDG synthesis unit. A fever-inducing (pyrogenic) bacterial toxin may arise during the complex synthesis of a radioactive imaging agent known as Fludeoxyglucose F 18 (FDG) Injection. One of the purification steps for FDG, a cartridge of aluminum oxide (alumina), removes negatively charged, radioactive impurities. Representative FDG solutions were inoculated with purified bacterial endotoxin to determine if the toxin's negative charge would result in removal by alumina. Alumina's effectiveness for endotoxin removal, a process known as depyrogenation, was measured by endotoxin detection

  7. Synthesis and ceramic processing of zirconia alumina composites for application as solid oxide fuel cell electrolytes; Sintese e processamento de compositos de zirconia-alumina para aplicacao como eletrolito em celulas a combustivel de oxido solido

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    Garcia, Rafael Henrique Lazzari


    The global warmness and the necessity to obtain clean energy from alternative methods than petroleum raises the importance of developing cleaner and more efficient systems of energy generation, among then, the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). Cubic stabilized zirconia (CSZ) has been the most studied material as electrolyte in SOFC, due to its ionic conductivity and great stability at operation conditions. However, its low fracture toughness difficulties its application as a thin layer, what could lead to an improvement of cell efficiency. In this sense, the alumina addition in CSZ forms a composite, which can shift its mechanical properties, without compromising its electrical properties. In this work, coprecipitation synthesis route and ceramic processing of zirconia-alumina composites were studied, in order to establish optimum conditions to attain high density, homogeneous microstructure, and better mechanical properties than CSZ, without compromising ionic conductivity. For this purpose, composites containing up to 40 wt % of alumina, in a 9 mol % yttria-stabilized zirconia (9Y-CSZ) matrix were evaluated. In order to optimize the synthesis of the composites, a preliminary study of powder obtaining and processing were carried out, at compositions containing 20 wt % of alumina, in 9Y-CSZ. The ceramic powders were characterized by helium picnometry, X-ray diffraction, scanning electronic microscopy, transmission electronic microscopy, thermogravimetry, differential scanning calorimetry, granulometry by laser diffraction and gas adsorption (BET). The characterization of sinterized compacts were performed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, density measurements, Vickers indentation and impedance spectroscopy. The obtained results show that the alumina addition, in the 9Y-CSZ matrix powders, raises the specific surface area, promotes deagglomeration of powders and elevates the oxides crystallization temperature, requiring higher

  8. Development of an ordered array of optoelectrochemical individually readable sensors with submicrometer dimensions: application to remote electrochemiluminescence imaging. (United States)

    Chovin, Arnaud; Garrigue, Patrick; Vinatier, Philippe; Sojic, Neso


    A novel array of optoelectrochemical submicrometer sensors for remote electrochemiluminescence (ECL) imaging is presented. This device was fabricated by chemical etching of a coherent optical fiber bundle to produce a nanotip array. The surface of the etched bundle was sputter-coated with a thin layer of indium tin oxide in order to create a transparent and electrically conductive surface that is insulated eventually by a new electrophoretic paint except for the apex of the tip. These fabrication steps produced an ordered array of optoelectrochemical sensors with submicrometer dimensions that retains the optical fiber bundle architecture. The electrochemical behavior of the sensor array was independently characterized by cyclic voltammetry and ECL experiments. The steady-state current indicates that the sensors are diffusively independent. This sensor array was further studied with a co-reactant ECL model system, such as Ru(bpy)(3)(2+)/TPrA. We clearly observed an ordered array of individual ECL micrometer spots, which corresponds to the sensor array structure. While the sensors of the array are not individually addressable electrochemically, we could establish that the sensors are optically independent and individually readable. Finally, we show that remote ECL imaging is performed quantitatively through the optoelectrochemical sensor array itself.

  9. Improved Synthesis Of Potassium Beta' '-Alumina (United States)

    Williams, Roger M.; Jeffries-Nakamura, Barbara; Ryan, Margaret A.; O'Connor, Dennis E.; Kisor, Adam; Underwood, Mark


    Improved formulations of precursor materials synthesize nearly-phase-pure potassium beta' '-alumina solid electrolyte (K-BASE) powder. Materials are microhomogeneous powders (or, alternatively, gels) containing K(+,) Mg(2+), and Al(3+). K-BASE powder produced used in potassium-working-fluid alkali-metal thermal-to-electric conversion (K-AMTEC), in which heat-input and heat-rejection temperatures lower than sodium-working-fluid AMTEC (Na-AMTEC). Additional potential use lies in purification of pottassium by removal of sodium and calcium.

  10. Characterization of silane coated hollow sphere alumina-reinforced ...

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    Silane coated hollow sphere alumina ceramic particles were moulded with ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) to form a series of composites with alumina weight percent in the range from 15 to 50. The composites were prepared in a cylindrical mould using powder-processing technique. The composites ...

  11. Chemical modification/grafting of mesoporous alumina with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)

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    Pinheiro de Melo, A.F.; Nijmeijer, Arian; Sripathi, V.G.P.; Winnubst, Aloysius J.A.


    A method for polydimethylsiloxane grafting of alumina powders is described which involves chemical modification of the surface of mesoporous (5 nm) γ-alumina flakes with a linker (3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane: APTES), either by a solution phase (SPD) or a vapour phase (VPD) reaction, followed by

  12. Microstructural and Mechanical Characterization of Actively Brazed Alumina Specimens

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    Hosking, F.M.; Cadden, C.H.; Stephens, J.J.; Glass, S.J.; Yang, N.Y.C.; Vianco, P.V.; Walker, C.A.


    Alumina (94 and 99.8% grade compositions) was brazed directly to itself with gold-based active brazing alloys (ABA's) containing vanadium additions of 1,2 and 3 weight percent. The effects of brazing conditions on the joint properties were investigated. Wetting behavior, interfacial reactions, microstructure, hermeticity and tensile strength were determined. Wetting was fair to good for the ABA and base material combinations. Microanalysis identified a discontinuous Al-V-O spinel reaction product at the alumina-braze interface. Tensile strength results for 94% alumina were uniformly good and generally not sensitive to the vanadium concentration, with tensile values of 85-105 MPa. There was more variability in the 99.8% alumina strength results, with values ranging from 25-95 MPa. The highest vanadium concentration (3 wt. %) yielded the highest joint strength for the brazed 99.8% alumina. Failures in the 99.8% alumina samples occurred at the braze-alumina interface, while the 94% alumina specimens exhibited fracture of the ceramic substrate.

  13. Small Valdivia compact spaces

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    Kubi's, W; Kubi\\'s, Wieslaw; Michalewski, Henryk


    We prove a preservation theorem for the class of Valdivia compact spaces, which involves inverse sequences of ``simple'' retractions. Consequently, a compact space of weight $\\loe\\aleph_1$ is Valdivia compact iff it is the limit of an inverse sequence of metric compacta whose bonding maps are retractions. As a corollary, we show that the class of Valdivia compacta of weight at most $\\aleph_1$ is preserved both under retractions and under open 0-dimensional images. Finally, we characterize the class of all Valdivia compacta in the language of category theory, which implies that this class is preserved under all continuous weight preserving functors.

  14. Compact boson stars

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    Hartmann, Betti [School of Engineering and Science, Jacobs University, Postfach 750 561, D-28725 Bremen (Germany); Kleihaus, Burkhard; Kunz, Jutta [Institut fuer Physik, Universitaet Oldenburg, Postfach 2503, D-26111 Oldenburg (Germany); Schaffer, Isabell, E-mail: [School of Engineering and Science, Jacobs University, Postfach 750 561, D-28725 Bremen (Germany)


    We consider compact boson stars that arise for a V-shaped scalar field potential. They represent a one parameter family of solutions of the scaled Einstein-Gordon equations. We analyze the physical properties of these solutions and determine their domain of existence. Along their physically relevant branch emerging from the compact Q-ball solution, their mass increases with increasing radius. Employing arguments from catastrophe theory we argue that this branch is stable, until the maximal value of the mass is reached. There the mass and size are on the order of magnitude of the Schwarzschild limit, and thus the spiraling respectively oscillating behaviour, well known for compact stars, sets in.

  15. Thermal shock behavior of rare earth modified alumina ceramic composites

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    Sun, Junlong; Liu, Changxia [Ludong Univ., Yantai (China). School of Transportation


    Alumina matrix ceramic composites toughened by AlTiC master alloys, diopside and rare earths were fabricated by hot-pressing and their thermal shock behavior was investigated and compared with that of monolithic alumina. Results showed that the critical thermal shock temperature (ΔT) of monolithic alumina was 400 C. However, it decreased to 300 C for alumina incorporating only AlTiC master alloys, and increased with further addition of diopside and rare earths. Improvement of thermal shock resistance was obtained for alumina ceramic composites containing 9.5 wt.% AlTiC master alloys and 0.5 wt.% rare earth additions, which was mainly attributed to the formation of elongated grains in the composites.

  16. Temperature-dependent thermal properties of spark plasma sintered alumina

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    Saheb Nouari


    Full Text Available In this work, we report temperature-dependent thermal properties of alumina powder and bulk alumina consolidated by spark plasma sintering method. The properties were measured between room temperature and 250ºC using a thermal constants analyzer. Alumina powder had very low thermal properties due to the presence of large pores and absence of bonding between its particles. Fully dense alumina with a relative density of 99.6 % was obtained at a sintering temperature of 1400°C and a holding time of 10 min. Thermal properties were found to mainly dependent on density. Thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, and specific heat of the fully dense alumina were 34.44 W/mK, 7.62 mm2s-1, and 1.22 J/gK, respectively, at room temperature. Thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity decreased while specific heat increased with the increase in temperature from room temperature to 250ºC.

  17. Compost Compaction Evaluation. (United States)


    aerated static pile composting ) has been shown to be most effective at reducing the explosives levels in the soils (4). As a result, it is anticipated...y ■,... tiiii silsis H-ifjfe Compost Compaction Evaluation Report No. ENAEC-TS-CR-93110 Contract No. DACA31-9-D-0079 Task Order No. 01...Leave blank) 2. REPORT DATE October 1993 3. REPORT TYPE AND DATES COVERED Final Report 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Compost Compaction Evaluation 6

  18. Effect of rheological properties of zircon-alumina suspensions on density of green casts

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    Garrido L.B.


    Full Text Available Rheological properties of aqueous suspensions (48 vol% of zircon-alumina mixtures containing different amounts of polyelectrolyte as dispersant were studied. Slip casting in a plaster mold and pressure filtration at 8 MPa experiments were performed to correlate the rheological properties of the suspensions with the relative density of green casts. Flow curves fitted satisfactorily to the Casson model. The Casson viscosity values remained nearly constant whereas Casson yield stress parameter decreased to a minimum and then increased with increasing the amount of dispersant added. The influence of particle size distribution (PSD of the powder mixtures on Casson yield stress parameter and on the minimum viscosity was also examined. Green densities increased as yield stress Casson parameter decreased. The mixture of alumina and zircon as fine and coarse powders produced bimodal PSD which maximized the green density of the compacts. Some weakly flocculated suspensions having low apparent viscosity and small yield stress produced casts with relatively high densification. This is attributed to a slight higher viscosity at low shear rates of these suspensions in which settling of particles and /or segregation of components can not occur.

  19. Compaction of FGD-gypsum

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    Stoop, B.T.J.; Larbi, J.A.; Heijnen, W.M.M.


    It is shown that it is possible to produce compacted gypsum with a low porosity and a high strength on a laboratory scale by uniaxial compaction of flue gas desulphurization (FGD-) gypsum powder. Compacted FGD-gypsum cylinders were produced at a compaction pres-sure between 50 and 500 MPa yielding

  20. Three-dimensional simulations of nanopowder compaction processes by granular dynamics method (United States)

    Boltachev, G. Sh.; Lukyashin, K. E.; Shitov, V. A.; Volkov, N. B.


    In order to describe and to study the processes of cold compaction within the discrete element method a three-dimensional model of nanosized powder is developed. The elastic forces of repulsion, the tangential forces of “friction” (Cattaneo-Mindlin), and the dispersion forces of attraction (van der Waals-Hamaker), as well as the formation and destruction of hard bonds between the individual particles are taken into account. The monosized powders with the size of particles in the range 10-40 nm are simulated. The simulation results are compared to the experimental data of the alumina nanopowders compaction. It is shown that the model allows us to reproduce experimental data reliably and, in particular, describes the size effect in the compaction processes. A number of different external loading conditions is used in order to perform the theoretical and experimental researches. The uniaxial compaction (the closed-die compaction), the biaxial (radial) compaction, and the isotropic compaction (the cold isostatic pressing) are studied. The real and computed results are in a good agreement with each other. They reveal a weak sensitivity of the oxide nanopowders to the loading condition (compaction geometry). The application of the continuum theory of the plastically hardening porous body, which is usually used for the description of powders, is discussed.

  1. Terbium luminescence in alumina xerogel fabricated in porous anodic alumina matrix under various excitation conditions

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    Gaponenko, N. V., E-mail: [Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics (Belarus); Kortov, V. S. [Yeltsin Ural Federal University (Russian Federation); Orekhovskaya, T. I.; Nikolaenko, I. A. [Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics (Belarus); Pustovarov, V. A.; Zvonarev, S. V.; Slesarev, A. I. [Yeltsin Ural Federal University (Russian Federation); Prislopski, S. Ya. [National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Stepanov Institute of Physics (Belarus)


    Terbium-doped alumina xerogel layers are synthesized by the sol-gel method in pores of a porous anodic alumina film 1 {mu}m thick with a pore diameter of 150-180 nm; the film is grown on a silicon substrate. The fabricated structures exhibit terbium photoluminescence with bands typical of trivalent terbium terms. Terbium X-ray luminescence with the most intense band at 542 nm is observed for the first time for such a structure. Morphological analysis of the structure by scanning electron microscopy shows the presence of xerogel clusters in pore channels, while the main pore volume remains unfilled and pore mouths remain open. The data obtained confirm the promising applications of fabricated structures for developing matrix converters of X-rays and other ionizing radiations into visible light. The possibilities of increasing luminescence intensity in the matrix converter are discussed.

  2. Study of the mechanical properties of hybrid composite basalt / alumina / shells for brake lining pads (United States)

    Adi Atmika, I. K.; Ary Subagia, IDG.; Surata, I. W.; Sutantra, I. N.


    Brake lining pad as one of the active safety components in motor vehicles has been studied thoroughly. Asbestos is the main material forming the brake in addition to other alloy materials that have a negative impact on health and the environment. This paper explain the behavior of hybrid composites phenolic resin with basalt/alumina/clamshell powder reinforced on brake lining pad. This materials has been manufactured use compaction and sintering process through any steps, that an emphasis of 2,000 kg for 30 minutes at a constant temperature of 150° C. The research aims to investigate hardness characteristic of hybrid composite that test using the vickers according to standard ASTM E-384. The reinforced materials and phenolic resin composition is 60%: 40%. The results show for the average hardness VHN to 24.18, 25.11, 26.34, 27.21 and 28.83. The average hardness hybrid composite shows the hardness harder than asbestos materials.

  3. Essentials of specifications for activated alumina in defluoridation technology. (United States)

    Misra, S K


    Worldwide, fluoride occurs naturally in some aquifers at concentrations above the WHO guideline values or Bureau of Indian Standards or CPHEEO - MUD - GOI parametric values. Fluoride in excess of the permissible limits in drinking water causes a number of endemic conditions referred to collectively as "fluorosis". Endemic fluorosis remains a challenging national health problem in India and Rajasthan is one of the worst affected states in India though a wide range of chemical and physical defluoridation systems were evolved and tried. Still activated alumina is one of the most widely used and liked defluoridation material currently available. Boom in the advanced and versatile alumina technology has opened new vistas to avail the strong potential of selective alumina adsorbents which are application-specific. Non-regenerable and specialty alumina offer tremendous scope to defluoridate drinking water. Indian industries are manufacturing regenerable activated alumina for defluoridation of drinking water. In order to ensure application of an adsorbent, which caters the desired results with minimum interferences, health risks and long service life span, it is inevitable to draw out dimensions which define precisely the attributes of activated alumina. Specifications for activated alumina intended for defluoridation of drinking water, specific operating and performance requirements, and limitations expressed by critical analysis of cardinal characteristics pave way for adoption of acceptable specifications and code of practice at national level.

  4. Dissolution kinetics for alumina in cryolite melts. Distribution of alumina in the electrolyte of industrial aluminium cells

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    Kobbeltvedt, Ove


    This thesis contributes to the understanding of which factors determine the rate of dissolution of alumina added to the bath in alumina reduction cells. Knowing this may help reduce the occurrences of operation interruptions and thus make it possible to produce aluminium using less energy. When alumina powder was added to a stirred cryolite melt, the alumina dissolved in two distinct main stages. In the first stage, the dissolution rate was very high, which reflects dissolution of single alumina grains that are being dispersed in the bath upon addition. In the second stage, lumps of alumina infiltrated with bath dissolved at a rate considerably slower than that of the first stage. The formation of these alumina agglomerates is the most important contributor to slow dissolution. The parameters varied in the experiments were convection, batch size, and temperature of the bath and of the added alumina. Increased gas stirring of the bath speeded up dissolution in both stages but the size of the batch was of little significance. Increasing the bath temperature had no effect in the first stage but speeded up dissolution considerably in the second stage. Compared to adding alumina at room temperature, preheating it to a high temperature (600 {sup o}C) increased the dissolution rate in the first stage while preheating to lower temperatures (100-300 {sup o}C) decreased the dissolution rate. In the second stage, preheating slowed the dissolution. The two latter phenomena of reduced dissolution rates are ascribed to the removal of moisture from the alumina upon preheating. The bath flow and the distribution of alumina in the bath were measured in four different types of cells. It was found that if a certain asymmetry of the magnetic field traverse to the cell was present, due to the presence of risers, then loops of high velocity bath flow occurred near the short ends of the cell. Thus, alumina added near the short ends is effectively transferred away from the feeding

  5. Optimized alumina coagulants for water treatment (United States)

    Nyman, May D [Albuquerque, NM; Stewart, Thomas A [Albuquerque, NM


    Substitution of a single Ga-atom or single Ge-atom (GaAl.sub.12 and GeAl.sub.12 respectively) into the center of an aluminum Keggin polycation (Al.sub.13) produces an optimal water-treatment product for neutralization and coagulation of anionic contaminants in water. GaAl.sub.12 consistently shows .about.1 order of magnitude increase in pathogen reduction, compared to Al.sub.13. At a concentration of 2 ppm, GaAl.sub.12 performs equivalently to 40 ppm alum, removing .about.90% of the dissolved organic material. The substituted GaAl.sub.12 product also offers extended shelf-life and consistent performance. We also synthesized a related polyaluminum chloride compound made of pre-hydrolyzed dissolved alumina clusters of [GaO.sub.4Al.sub.12(OH).sub.24(H.sub.2O).sub.12].sup.7+.

  6. Fracture simulation for zirconia toughened alumina microstructure

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    Kim, Kyungmok; Forest, Bernard


    Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to describe finite element modelling for fracture and fatigue behaviour of zirconia toughened alumina microstructures. Design/methodology/approach - A two-dimensional finite element model is developed with an actual $Al{_2}O{_3}$ - 10 vol% $ZrO{_2}$ microstructure. A bilinear, time-independent cohesive zone law is implemented for describing fracture behaviour of grain boundaries. Simulation conditions are similar to those found at contact between a head and a cup of hip prosthesis. Residual stresses arisen from the mismatch of thermal coefficient between grains are determined. Then, effects of a micro-void and contact stress magnitude are investigated with models containing residual stresses. For the purpose of simulating fatigue behaviour, cyclic loadings are applied to the models. Findings - Results show that crack density is gradually increased with increasing magnitude of contact stress or number of fatigue cycles. It is also identified that a micro-void brings about...

  7. Special requirements for alumina ceramic of ESG electrode bowl (United States)

    Zhang, Jun-An; Xue, Kai; Zhang, Jia-Tai; Zhang, Qiang


    At present ESG (Electrostatic Suspended Gyro) is the most precise inertia element in the world. The electrode bowl, which has direct effect on the precision of ESG, is a key part to ESG. Through the analysis of the function and characteristic of the electrode bowl in hollow rotor ESG and the present situation of new material development in the world, the alumina ceramic is regarded as the best material for the electrode bowl of hollow rotor ESG. By analyzing the present situation of alumina ceramic in the world, main technique requirements have been put forward for the alumina ceramic of ESG electrode bowl which is also fit for solid rotor ESG.

  8. Aluminum-Alloy-Matrix/Alumina-Reinforcement Composites (United States)

    Kashalikar, Uday; Rozenoyer, Boris


    Isotropic composites of aluminum-alloy matrices reinforced with particulate alumina have been developed as lightweight, high-specific-strength, less-expensive alternatives to nickel-base and ferrous superalloys. These composites feature a specific gravity of about 3.45 grams per cubic centimeter and specific strengths of about 200 MPa/(grams per cubic centimeter). The room-temperature tensile strength is 100 ksi (689 MPa) and stiffness is 30 Msi (206 GPa). At 500 F (260 C), these composites have shown 80 percent retention in strength and 95 percent retention in stiffness. These materials also have excellent fatigue tolerance and tribological properties. They can be fabricated in net (or nearly net) sizes and shapes to make housings, pistons, valves, and ducts in turbomachinery, and to make structural components of such diverse systems as diesel engines, automotive brake systems, and power-generation, mining, and oil-drilling equipment. Separately, incorporation of these metal matrix composites within aluminum gravity castings for localized reinforcement has been demonstrated. A composite part of this type can be fabricated in a pressure infiltration casting process. The process begins with the placement of a mold with alumina particulate preform of net or nearly net size and shape in a crucible in a vacuum furnace. A charge of the alloy is placed in the crucible with the preform. The interior of the furnace is evacuated, then the furnace heaters are turned on to heat the alloy above its liquidus temperature. Next, the interior of the furnace is filled with argon gas at a pressure about 900 psi (approximately equal to 6.2 MPa) to force the molten alloy to infiltrate the preform. Once infiltrated, the entire contents of the crucible can be allowed to cool in place, and the composite part recovered from the mold.

  9. Characterization of Glasses in One Type of Alumina Rich Fly Ash by Chemical Digestion Methods: Implications for Alumina Extraction

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    Lijun Zhao


    Full Text Available In recent years, one type of alumina rich fly ash (ARFA with about 50 wt% of alumina has been extensively investigated for alumina extraction in China. Due to the silica in ARFA, alumina extraction would have to generate a huge amount of solid waste. There is a growing interest in the glasses in ARFA, because they are composed mainly of silica and could be removed prior to alumina extraction. In this work, the glasses in ARFA have been investigated by chemical methods, that is, acid and base digestions. The chemical compositions have been measured by XRF for ARFA from the digestion processes. The K2O standard, XRD, and FTIR spectroscopies were successfully used to define the digestions processes, and size analysis and SEM-EDX provided rich information on particle transformations. As a result, acid and base digestion methods were found to produce very similar results for the glasses in ARFA. The K2O standard was attributed to the formation of glasses by illites, and TiO2 and Fe2O3 were proposed to originate from ilmenite in alumina rich coals (ARC. Some implications of the results were also discussed for the alumina extraction from ARFA.

  10. Compaction of poultry litter. (United States)

    Bernhart, M; Fasina, O O; Fulton, J; Wood, C W


    Poultry litter, a combination of accumulated chicken manure, feathers and bedding materials, is a potential feedstock for bioenergy and other value-added applications. The use of this waste product has been historically limited to within few miles of the place of generation because of its inherent low density. Compaction is one possible way to enhance the storage and transportation of the litter. This study therefore investigates the effect of moisture content (19.8-70.7%, d.b.) and pressure (0.8-8.4 MPa) on the compaction characteristics of poultry litter. Results obtained showed that the initial density of densified poultry litter, energy required for compaction and the strength of the densified material after 2 months of storage were significantly (Ppoultry litter.

  11. Synthesis of beta alumina from aluminum hydroxide and oxyhydroxide precursors

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    Van Zyl, A


    Full Text Available Two aluminium oxyhydroxides, boehmite and pseudoboehmite, and two aluminium hydroxides, bayerite and gibbsite, have been investigated as precursors for the synthesis of the solid electrolyte, beta alumina. Reaction pathways and products have been...

  12. Severe wear behaviour of alumina balls sliding against diamond ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 39; Issue 2. Severe wear behaviour of alumina balls sliding against diamond ceramic coatings. ANURADHA JANA NANDADULAL DANDAPAT MITUN DAS VAMSI KRISHNA BALLA SHIRSHENDU CHAKRABORTY RAJNARAYAN SAHA AWADESH KUMAR MALLIK.

  13. Development of new alumina precipitation routes for catalysis applications (United States)

    Lafficher, Robin; Digne, Mathieu; Salvatori, Fabien; Boualleg, Malika; Colson, Didier; Puel, François


    γ-Alumina is a widely used porous material for catalytic application. Possible routes for alumina improvement can be the use of alternative precursors as well as innovative precipitation technologies. In this study, we compare the influence of both precursor chemistry and mixing efficiency on γ-alumina properties. The conventionally used boehmite and the NH4-dawsonite precursors were precipitated using three mixing technologies: a conventional stirred-tank reactor, a rotor-stator mixer and a sliding surface mixing device. It was observed that, in the study conditions, γ-alumina mean pore diameter and porous volume were particularly sensitive to both precursor and mixing technology, while specific surface area was rather precursor dependent. A wide porosity range can thus be covered at isospecific surface area, using several precursor/mixing technology systems.

  14. Growth of Zircone on Nanoporous Alumina Using Molecular Layer Deposition (United States)

    Hall, Robert A.; George, Steven M.; Kim, Yeongae; Hwang, Woonbong; Samberg, Meghan E.; Monteiro-Riviere, Nancy A.; Narayan, Roger J.


    Molecular layer deposition (MLD) is a sequential and self-limiting process that may be used to create hybrid organic/inorganic thin films from organometallic precursors and organic alcohol precursors. In this study, films of a zirconium-containing hybrid organic/inorganic polymer known as zircone were grown on nanoporous alumina using MLD. Scanning electron microscopy data showed obliteration of the pores in zircone-coated nanoporous alumina. An in vitro cell viability study indicated that the growth of human epidermal keratinocytes was the greatest on zircone-coated nanoporous alumina than on uncoated nanoporous alumina. Our results suggest that MLD may be used to create biocompatible coatings for use in many types of medical devices.

  15. Improving Fatigue Damage Resistance of Alumina through Surface Grading


    Ren, L.; Liu, L.; Bhowmick, S.; Gerbig, Y.B.; Janal, M.N.; Thompson, V.P.; Zhang, Y.


    Porcelain-veneered alumina crown restorations often fail from bulk fracture resulting from radial cracks that initiate at the cementation surface with repeated flexure of the stiffer crown layers on the soft dentin support. We hypothesized that bulk fracture may be substantially mitigated by grading the elastic modulus at the crown surfaces. In this study, we fabricated graded structures by infiltrating glass into dense alumina plates, resulting in a diminished modulus at the surface layers. ...

  16. Recent advances in silica-alumina refractory: A review


    Sadik, Chaouki; El Amrani, Iz-Eddine; Albizane, Abderrahman


    In this article, the elaboration and the characterization of silica-alumina refractory have been reviewed. Refractory oxides encompass a broad range of unary, binary, and ternary ceramic compounds that can be used in structural, insulating, and other applications. This paper provides a historical perspective on the elaboration and the use of silica-alumina refractory, reviews applications for refractory oxides, describes typical processing routes, overviews fundamental structure–property rela...

  17. Recent advances in silica-alumina refractory: A review

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    Chaouki Sadik


    Full Text Available In this article, the elaboration and the characterization of silica-alumina refractory have been reviewed. Refractory oxides encompass a broad range of unary, binary, and ternary ceramic compounds that can be used in structural, insulating, and other applications. This paper provides a historical perspective on the elaboration and the use of silica-alumina refractory, reviews applications for refractory oxides, describes typical processing routes, overviews fundamental structure–property relations, and summarizes the properties of these materials.

  18. S — Compactness Via Ideals


    Abdel Monsef, M. E. [محمد عزت عبد المنصف; Lashien, E. F.; Nasef, A. A.


    Compactness modulo as an ideal has not been widely studied. Many new sorts of weak compactness have been introduced to topological spaces in the last twenty years but have not been studied using ideals. So, the main aim of our work is to study relations between ideals and some types of weak compactness. We initiate types of compactness modulo an ideal that generalize semi-compactness, S-closeness, S-Lindelofness and other types of compactness. Moreover, we study some of their properties and c...

  19. Compact Information Representations (United States)


    detections (e.g., DDoS attacks), machine learning, databases, and search. Fundamentally, compact data representations are highly beneficial because problems in data stream computations, real-time network monitoring & anomaly detections (e.g., DDoS attacks), machine learning, databases, and

  20. Granular compaction by fluidization (United States)

    Tariot, Alexis; Gauthier, Georges; Gondret, Philippe


    How to arrange a packing of spheres is a scientific question that aroused many fundamental works since a long time from Kepler's conjecture to Edward's theory (S. F. Edwards and R.B.S Oakeshott. Theory of powders. Physica A, 157: 1080-1090, 1989), where the role traditionally played by the energy in statistical problems is replaced by the volume for athermal grains. We present experimental results on the compaction of a granular pile immersed in a viscous fluid when submited to a continuous or bursting upward flow. An initial fluidized bed leads to a well reproduced initial loose packing by the settling of grains when the high enough continuous upward flow is turned off. When the upward flow is then turned on again, we record the dynamical evolution of the bed packing. For a low enough continuous upward flow, below the critical velocity of fluidization, a slow compaction dynamics is observed. Strikingly, a slow compaction can be also observed in the case of "fluidization taps" with bursts of fluid velocity higher than the critical fluidization velocity. The different compaction dynamics is discussed when varying the different control parameters of these "fluidization taps".

  1. Highly Compact Composite Antenna


    Pigeon, Mélusine; Morlaas-Courties, Christophe; Aubert, Hervé; Souny, Bernard


    International audience; The highly compact antenna proposed in this communication consists of a judicious association of equivalent magnetic current source with equivalent electric current source. This composite antenna presents a directivity radiation pattern analogous to one of the microstrip ceramic antennas but can be used at low frequencies. The antenna measurements confirm the promising performances obtained from electromagnetic simulations.

  2. Real Compact Surfaces

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    The classification of real compact surfaces is a main result which is at the same time easy to understand and non- trivial, simple in formulation and rich in consequences. The aim of this article is to explain the theorem by means of many drawings. It is an invitation to a visual approach of mathematics. First Definitions and ...

  3. Soil Compaction Investigation. (United States)

    Turski, Mark P.


    Describes a lab investigation designed to introduce students to soil compaction and help them to learn to design and adapt procedures that scientists use when they plan and conduct controlled investigations. Provided are objectives, a list of materials, procedures, and a sample student handout. (CW)

  4. Characteristics of Cement Concrete with Nano Alumina Particles (United States)

    Jaishankar, P.; Karthikeyan, C.


    Concrete can be nano-engineered by incorporating nano sized building blocks or objects (e.g., nano particles and nano tubes) to control material behaviour and add novel properties. In this work an attempt has been made to study the effect of nano alumina on the properties of concrete composite. In order to investigate the effect of nano-alumina on the mechanical strength of cement composite, the specimens with different volume percentages (0%, 0.5%, 0.75% and 1%) nano-alumina, in each proportion three sample were cast totally making 58 specimens and after 28 days of curing they were tested. Based on experiment, the compressive strength of concrete cubes was all increased by incorporating nano alumina into matrix, when the fraction of nano alumina was 1% of the cement by weight the compressive strength of composites increased by 33.14% at 28 days. The test results showed that addition of nano alumina enhanced the compressive strength and reduced the initial setting time of concrete composite. Micro analysis was carried out by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS).The studies indicated that nano particle was uniformly distributed by improving the microstructure of concrete.

  5. Stability of dispersions of colloidal alumina particles in aqueous suspensions. (United States)

    Singh, Bimal P; Menchavez, Ruben; Takai, Chika; Fuji, Masayoshi; Takahashi, Minoru


    The colloidal stability of suspensions of alumina particles has been investigated by measuring particle size distribution, sedimentation, viscosity, and zeta potential. Alumina particles were found to be optimally dispersed at pH around 3 to 7.8 without dispersant and at pH 8.5 and beyond with dispersant. The above results corroborate zeta potential and viscosity measurement data well. The surface charge of alumina powder changed significantly with anionic polyelectrolyte (ammonium polycarboxylate, APC) and the iep shifted toward more acidic range under different dispersant conditions. It was found that the essential role played by pH and dispersant (APC) on the charge generation and shift in the isoelectric point of alumina manifests two features: (i) the stability decreases on approaching the isoelectric point from either side of pH, and (ii) the maximum instability was found at pH 9.1 for alumina only and at pH 6.8 for alumina/APC, which is close to the isoelectric points for both the system, respectively. Using the model based on the electrical double-layer theory of surfactant adsorption through shift in isoelectric points, the authors could estimate the specific free energy of interaction (7.501 kcal/mol) between particles and dispersant. The interaction energy, zeta potential, sedimentation, and viscosity results, were used to explain the colloidal stability of the suspension.

  6. Alumina Concentration Detection Based on the Kernel Extreme Learning Machine (United States)

    Zhang, Tao; Yin, Yixin; Xiao, Wendong


    The concentration of alumina in the electrolyte is of great significance during the production of aluminum. The amount of the alumina concentration may lead to unbalanced material distribution and low production efficiency and affect the stability of the aluminum reduction cell and current efficiency. The existing methods cannot meet the needs for online measurement because industrial aluminum electrolysis has the characteristics of high temperature, strong magnetic field, coupled parameters, and high nonlinearity. Currently, there are no sensors or equipment that can detect the alumina concentration on line. Most companies acquire the alumina concentration from the electrolyte samples which are analyzed through an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer. To solve the problem, the paper proposes a soft sensing model based on a kernel extreme learning machine algorithm that takes the kernel function into the extreme learning machine. K-fold cross validation is used to estimate the generalization error. The proposed soft sensing algorithm can detect alumina concentration by the electrical signals such as voltages and currents of the anode rods. The predicted results show that the proposed approach can give more accurate estimations of alumina concentration with faster learning speed compared with the other methods such as the basic ELM, BP, and SVM. PMID:28862685

  7. Antibacterial activity of zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina

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    Skoog, S.A. [Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University, Box 7115, Raleigh, NC 27695-7115 (United States); Bayati, M.R. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Box 7907, Raleigh, NC 27695-7907 (United States); Petrochenko, P.E. [Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University, Box 7115, Raleigh, NC 27695-7115 (United States); Division of Biology, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD 20993 (United States); Stafslien, S.; Daniels, J.; Cilz, N. [Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, North Dakota State University, 1805 Research Park Drive, Fargo, ND 58102 (United States); Comstock, D.J.; Elam, J.W. [Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Narayan, R.J., E-mail: [Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University, Box 7115, Raleigh, NC 27695-7115 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Box 7907, Raleigh, NC 27695-7907 (United States)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Atomic layer deposition was used to deposit ZnO on nanoporous alumina membranes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Scanning electron microscopy showed continuous coatings of zinc oxide nanocrystals. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Activity against B. subtilis, E. coli, S. aureus, and S. epidermidis was shown. - Abstract: Nanoporous alumina membranes, also known as anodized aluminum oxide membranes, are being investigated for use in treatment of burn injuries and other skin wounds. In this study, atomic layer deposition was used for coating the surfaces of nanoporous alumina membranes with zinc oxide. Agar diffusion assays were used to show activity of zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes against several bacteria found on the skin surface, including Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Staphylococcus epidermidis. On the other hand, zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes did not show activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococcus faecalis, and Candida albicans. These results suggest that zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes have activity against some Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria that are associated with skin colonization and skin infection.

  8. Antimicrobial Properties of Chitosan-Alumina/f-MWCNT Nanocomposites

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    Monaheng Masheane


    Full Text Available Antimicrobial chitosan-alumina/functionalized-multiwalled carbon nanotube (f-MWCNT nanocomposites were prepared by a simple phase inversion method. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM analyses showed the change in the internal morphology of the composites and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS confirmed the presence of alumina and f-MWCNTs in the chitosan polymer matrix. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy showed the appearance of new functional groups from both alumina and f-MWCNTs, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA revealed that the addition of alumina and f-MWCNTs improved the thermal stability of the chitosan polymer. The presence of alumina and f-MWCNTs in the polymer matrix was found to improve the thermal stability and reduced the solubility of chitosan polymer. The prepared chitosan-alumina/f-MWCNT nanocomposites showed inhibition of twelve strains of bacterial strains that were tested. Thus, the nanocomposites show a potential for use as a biocide in water treatment for the removal of bacteria at different environmental conditions.

  9. Alumina Concentration Detection Based on the Kernel Extreme Learning Machine. (United States)

    Zhang, Sen; Zhang, Tao; Yin, Yixin; Xiao, Wendong


    The concentration of alumina in the electrolyte is of great significance during the production of aluminum. The amount of the alumina concentration may lead to unbalanced material distribution and low production efficiency and affect the stability of the aluminum reduction cell and current efficiency. The existing methods cannot meet the needs for online measurement because industrial aluminum electrolysis has the characteristics of high temperature, strong magnetic field, coupled parameters, and high nonlinearity. Currently, there are no sensors or equipment that can detect the alumina concentration on line. Most companies acquire the alumina concentration from the electrolyte samples which are analyzed through an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer. To solve the problem, the paper proposes a soft sensing model based on a kernel extreme learning machine algorithm that takes the kernel function into the extreme learning machine. K-fold cross validation is used to estimate the generalization error. The proposed soft sensing algorithm can detect alumina concentration by the electrical signals such as voltages and currents of the anode rods. The predicted results show that the proposed approach can give more accurate estimations of alumina concentration with faster learning speed compared with the other methods such as the basic ELM, BP, and SVM.

  10. Influence of additives on the stability of the phases of alumina; Influencia de aditivos na estabilidade das fases da alumina

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    Rosario, D.C.C.; Gouvea, D., E-mail: [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Departamento de Engenharia Metalurgica e de Materiais. Laboratorio de Processos Ceramicos


    Problems with the stability of gamma alumina in catalytic reactions have been solved with the inclusion of additives during the synthesis of alumina. These additives stabilize the temperature of phase transition allowing the use of metastable alumina at high temperatures, but the mechanisms of action of additives are not well defined. It is known that each family of additive or additives behaves in different ways for this stabilization. This work aimed to study the performance of MgO and ZrO{sub 2}, respectively at different concentrations in alumina synthesized via Pechini. The samples were analyzed by DSC, X-ray diffraction, measurement of specific surface area by BET analysis, and infrared analysis. The results showed an increase in transition temperature for both additives, and a different changes for specific surface area, showing that MgO and ZrO{sub 2} work on improving the stability but with distinct mechanisms. (author)

  11. Isometric coactions of compact quantum groups on compact ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    isometry group' in Rieffel's framework, we might expect it to be compact. Therefore, we gather some information on compact quantum groups and compact quantum metric spaces together with other preliminary notions in the second section. Next, we introduce our notion of isometric coactions in the third section. We show in ...

  12. Progress in Compact Toroid Experiments

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    Dolan, Thomas James


    The term "compact toroids" as used here means spherical tokamaks, spheromaks, and field reversed configurations, but not reversed field pinches. There are about 17 compact toroid experiments under construction or operating, with approximate parameters listed in Table 1.

  13. Weakly compact operators and interpolation


    Maligranda, Lech


    The class of weakly compact operators is, as well as the class of compact operators, a fundamental operator ideal. They were investigated strongly in the last twenty years. In this survey, we have collected and ordered some of this (partly very new) knowledge. We have also included some comments, remarks and examples. The class of weakly compact operators is, as well as the class of compact operators, a fundamental operator ideal. They were investigated strongly in the last twenty years. I...

  14. Cast alumina forming austenitic stainless steels

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    Muralidharan, Govindarajan; Yamamoto, Yukinori; Brady, Michael P


    An austenitic stainless steel alloy consisting essentially of, in terms of weight percent ranges 0.15-0.5C; 8-37Ni; 10-25Cr; 2.5-5Al; greater than 0.6, up to 2.5 total of at least one element selected from the group consisting of Nb and Ta; up to 3Mo; up to 3Co; up to 1W; up to 3Cu; up to 15Mn; up to 2Si; up to 0.15B; up to 0.05P; up to 1 total of at least one element selected from the group consisting of Y, La, Ce, Hf, and Zr; <0.3Ti+V; <0.03N; and, balance Fe, where the weight percent Fe is greater than the weight percent Ni, and wherein the alloy forms an external continuous scale comprising alumina, and a stable essentially single phase FCC austenitic matrix microstructure, the austenitic matrix being essentially delta-ferrite free and essentially BCC-phase-free. A method of making austenitic stainless steel alloys is also disclosed.

  15. Mechanical properties of alumina porcelain during heating (United States)

    Šín, Peter; Podoba, Rudolf; ŠtubÅa, Igor; Trník, Anton


    The mechanical strength and Young's modulus of green alumina porcelain (50 wt. % of kaolin, 25 wt. % of Al2O3, and 25 wt. % of feldspar) were measured during heating up to 900 °C and 1100 °C, respectively. To this end, we used the three point-bending method and modulated force thermomechanical analysis (mf-TMA). The loss liberation - of the physically bound water (20 - 250 °C) strengthens the sample and Young's modulus increases its values significantly. The dehydroxylation that takes place in the range of 400 - 650 °C causes a slight decrease in Young's modulus. On the other hand, the mechanical strength slightly increases in this temperature range, although it has a sudden drop at 420 °C. Beyond the dehydroxylation range, above 650 °C, both Young's modulus and mechanical strength increase. Above 950 °C, a sharp increase of Young's modulus is caused by the solid-state sintering and the new structure created by the high-temperature reactions in metakaolinite.

  16. Liquid ethanol simulated on crystalline alpha alumina. (United States)

    Phan, Anh; Cole, David R; Striolo, Alberto


    Equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations were employed to investigate the structural properties of interfacial liquid ethanol on two alumina surfaces-the (0001) and the (11[overline]02) terminations of α-Al2O3-both described using the CLAYFF force field. The resultant atomic density profiles show that ethanol molecules in the first monolayer are well ordered and that their distribution depends on the surface OH groups. A pronounced dipolar orientation is found for the ethanol molecules in the first layer and also, although to a smaller extent, among the ethanol molecules in the second molecular layer. The orientational distribution predicted for the methyl group of ethanol on α-Al2O3 (11[overline]02) is consistent with that observed experimentally by Shen and co-workers. The orientation of molecules in the second layer is opposite compared to that found in the first adsorbed molecular layer. Our simulations show long residence times and slowly decaying reorientation autocorrelation functions for ethanol molecules in the first adsorbed layer, suggesting that within the first adsorbed layer ethanol molecules are strongly coordinated with both α-Al2O3 (0001) and α-Al2O3 (11[overline]02) surfaces. Analysis of the hydrogen bond network confirms that preferential surface-ethanol interactions are responsible for such observations.

  17. Statistical analysis and parameterization of the hygroscopic growth of the sub-micrometer urban background aerosol in Beijing (United States)

    Wang, Yu; Wu, Zhijun; Ma, Nan; Wu, Yusheng; Zeng, Limin; Zhao, Chunsheng; Wiedensohler, Alfred


    The take-up of water of aerosol particles plays an important role in heavy haze formation over North China Plain, since it is related with particle mass concentration, visibility degradation, and particle chemistry. In the present study, we investigated the size-resolved hygroscopic growth factor (HGF) of sub-micrometer aerosol particles (smaller than 350 nm) on a basis of 9-month Hygroscopicity-Tandem Differential Mobility Analyzer measurement in the urban background atmosphere of Beijing. The mean hygroscopicity parameter (κ) values derived from averaging over the entire sampling period for particles of 50 nm, 75 nm, 100 nm, 150 nm, 250 nm, and 350 nm in diameters were 0.14 ± 0.07, 0.17 ± 0.05, 0.18 ± 0.06, 0.20 ± 0.07, 0.21 ± 0.09, and 0.23 ± 0.12, respectively, indicating the dominance of organics in the sub-micrometer urban aerosols. In the spring, summer, and autumn, the number fraction of hydrophilic particles increased with increasing particle size, resulting in an increasing trend of overall particle hygroscopicity with enhanced particle size. Differently, the overall mean κ values peaked in the range of 75-150 nm and decreased for particles larger than 150 nm in diameter during wintertime. Such size-dependency of κ in winter was related to the strong primary particle emissions from coal combustion during domestic heating period. The number fraction of hydrophobic particles such as freshly emitted soot decreased with increasing PM2.5 mass concentration, indicating aged and internal mixed particles were dominant in the severe particulate matter pollution. Parameterization schemes of the HGF as a function of relative humidity (RH) and particle size between 50 and 350 nm were determined for different seasons and pollution levels. The HGFs calculated from the parameterizations agree well with the measured HGFs at 20-90% RH. The parameterizations can be applied to determine the hygroscopic growth of aerosol particles at ambient conditions for the area

  18. Compact fusion reactors

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    Fusion research is currently to a large extent focused on tokamak (ITER) and inertial confinement (NIF) research. In addition to these large international or national efforts there are private companies performing fusion research using much smaller devices than ITER or NIF. The attempt to achieve fusion energy production through relatively small and compact devices compared to tokamaks decreases the costs and building time of the reactors and this has allowed some private companies to enter the field, like EMC2, General Fusion, Helion Energy, Lawrenceville Plasma Physics and Lockheed Martin. Some of these companies are trying to demonstrate net energy production within the next few years. If they are successful their next step is to attempt to commercialize their technology. In this presentation an overview of compact fusion reactor concepts is given.

  19. Compact Spreader Schemes

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    Placidi, M.; Jung, J. -Y.; Ratti, A.; Sun, C.


    This paper describes beam distribution schemes adopting a novel implementation based on low amplitude vertical deflections combined with horizontal ones generated by Lambertson-type septum magnets. This scheme offers substantial compactness in the longitudinal layouts of the beam lines and increased flexibility for beam delivery of multiple beam lines on a shot-to-shot basis. Fast kickers (FK) or transverse electric field RF Deflectors (RFD) provide the low amplitude deflections. Initially proposed at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) as tools for beam diagnostics and more recently adopted for multiline beam pattern schemes, RFDs offer repetition capabilities and a likely better amplitude reproducibility when compared to FKs, which, in turn, offer more modest financial involvements both in construction and operation. Both solutions represent an ideal approach for the design of compact beam distribution systems resulting in space and cost savings while preserving flexibility and beam quality.

  20. Effect of humic acid on sorption of technetium by alumina

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    Kumar, S.; Rawat, N.; Kar, A.S. [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085, Maharastra (India); Tomar, B.S., E-mail: [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085, Maharastra (India); Manchanda, V.K. [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085, Maharastra (India)


    Highlights: {yields} Tc sorption on alumina has been studied under aerobic as well anaerobic condition over pH 3-10. {yields} Effect of humic acid on sorption of Tc by alumina has been investigated. {yields} Linear additive modeling and surface complexation modeling were carried out to delineate the role of humic acid in Tc(IV) sorption in ternary system of Tc(IV)-humic acid-alumina. {yields} Sorption of humic acid onto alumina and strong complexation of Tc(IV) with humic acid were found to govern the sorption of Tc(IV) in the ternary system. - Abstract: Sorption of technetium by alumina has been studied in absence as well as in presence of humic acid using {sup 95}Tc{sup m} as a tracer. Measurements were carried out at fixed ionic strength (0.1 M NaClO{sub 4}) under varying pH (3-10) as well as redox (aerobic and reducing anaerobic) conditions. Under aerobic conditions, negligible sorption of technetium was observed onto alumina both in absence and in presence of humic acid. However, under reducing conditions (simulated with [Sn(II)] = 10{sup -6} M), presence of humic acid enhanced the sorption of technetium in the low pH region significantly and decreased at higher pH with respect to that in absence of humic acid. Linear additive as well as surface complexation modeling of Tc(IV) sorption in presence of humic acid indicated the predominant role of sorbed humic acid in deciding technetium sorption onto alumina.

  1. Compaction of cereal grain


    Wychowaniec, J.; Griffiths, I.; Gay, A; Mughal, A.


    We report on simple shaking experiments to measure the compaction of a column of Firth oat grain. Such grains are elongated anisotropic particles with a bimodal polydispersity. In these experiments, the particle configurations start from an initially disordered, low-packing-fraction state and under vertical shaking evolve to a dense state with evidence of nematic-like structure at the surface of the confining tube. This is accompanied by an increase in the packing fraction of the grain.

  2. Compaction of cereal grain (United States)

    Wychowaniec, J.; Griffiths, I.; Gay, A.; Mughal, A.


    We report on simple shaking experiments to measure the compaction of a column of Firth oat grain. Such grains are elongated anisotropic particles with a bimodal polydispersity. In these experiments, the particle configurations start from an initially disordered, low-packing-fraction state and under vertical shaking evolve to a dense state with evidence of nematic-like structure at the surface of the confining tube. This is accompanied by an increase in the packing fraction of the grain.

  3. Compact simulator technology

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    Fray, R.; Divakaruni, M. (Electric Power Research Inst., Palo Alto, CA (United States))


    In its work to expand and enhance simulator-based training in the fossil generation industry, EPRI is developing compact simulator technology for training power plant operators. These personal computer-based systems are more flexible and much less expensive than conventional, mainframe-based simulators, and their use can dramatically increase operator effectiveness. The potential benefits for utilities include improved plant performance, availability, life, and environmental compliance and thus significantly lower O and M costs.

  4. Alumina-on-alumina total hip replacement for femoral neck fracture in healthy patients

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    Moretti Lorenzo


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Total hip replacement is considered the best option for treatment of displaced intracapsular fractures of the femoral neck (FFN. The size of the femoral head is an important factor that influences the outcome of a total hip arthroplasty (THA: implants with a 28 mm femoral head are more prone to dislocate than implants with a 32 mm head. Obviously, a large head coupled to a polyethylene inlay can lead to more wear, osteolysis and failure of the implant. Ceramic induces less friction and minimal wear even with larger heads. Methods A total of 35 THAs were performed for displaced intracapsular FFN, using a 32 mm alumina-alumina coupling. Results At a mean follow-up of 80 months, 33 have been clinically and radiologically reviewed. None of the implants needed revision for any reason, none of the cups were considered to have failed, no dislocations nor breakage of the ceramic components were recorded. One anatomic cementless stem was radiologically loose. Conclusions On the basis of our experience, we suggest that ceramic-on-ceramic coupling offers minimal friction and wear even with large heads.

  5. Hydraulic conductivity of compacted zeolites. (United States)

    Oren, A Hakan; Ozdamar, Tuğçe


    Hydraulic conductivities of compacted zeolites were investigated as a function of compaction water content and zeolite particle size. Initially, the compaction characteristics of zeolites were determined. The compaction test results showed that maximum dry unit weight (γ(dmax)) of fine zeolite was greater than that of granular zeolites. The γ(dmax) of compacted zeolites was between 1.01 and 1.17 Mg m(-3) and optimum water content (w(opt)) was between 38% and 53%. Regardless of zeolite particle size, compacted zeolites had low γ(dmax) and high w(opt) when compared with compacted natural soils. Then, hydraulic conductivity tests were run on compacted zeolites. The hydraulic conductivity values were within the range of 2.0 × 10(-3) cm s(-1) to 1.1 × 10(-7) cm s(-1). Hydraulic conductivity of all compacted zeolites decreased almost 50 times as the water content increased. It is noteworthy that hydraulic conductivity of compacted zeolite was strongly dependent on the zeolite particle size. The hydraulic conductivity decreased almost three orders of magnitude up to 39% fine content; then, it remained almost unchanged beyond 39%. Only one report was found in the literature on the hydraulic conductivity of compacted zeolite, which is in agreement with the findings of this study.

  6. Submicrometer Hollow Bioglass Cones Deposited by Radio Frequency Magnetron Sputtering: Formation Mechanism, Properties, and Prospective Biomedical Applications. (United States)

    Popa, A C; Stan, G E; Besleaga, C; Ion, L; Maraloiu, V A; Tulyaganov, D U; Ferreira, J M F


    This work reports on the unprecedented magnetron sputtering deposition of submicrometric hollow cones of bioactive glass at low temperature in the absence of any template or catalyst. The influence of sputtering conditions on the formation and development of bioglass cones was studied. It was shown that larger populations of well-developed cones could be achieved by increasing the argon sputtering pressure. A mechanism describing the growth of bioglass hollow cones is presented, offering the links for process control and reproducibility of the cone features. The composition, structure, and morphology of the as-synthesized hollow cones were investigated by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), grazing incidence geometry X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)-selected area electron diffraction (SAED). The in vitro biological performance, assessed by degradation tests (ISO 10993-14) and cytocompatibility assays (ISO 10993-5) in endothelial cell cultures, was excellent. This allied with resorbability and the unique morphological features make the submicrometer hollow cones interesting candidate material devices for focal transitory permeabilization of the blood-brain barrier in the treatment of carcinoma and neurodegenerative disorders.

  7. Highly Localized Acoustic Streaming and Size-Selective Submicrometer Particle Concentration Using High Frequency Microscale Focused Acoustic Fields. (United States)

    Collins, David J; Ma, Zhichao; Ai, Ye


    Concentration and separation of particles and biological specimens are fundamental functions of micro/nanofluidic systems. Acoustic streaming is an effective and biocompatible way to create rapid microscale fluid motion and induce particle capture, though the >100 MHz frequencies required to directly generate acoustic body forces on the microscale have traditionally been difficult to generate and localize in a way that is amenable to efficient generation of streaming. Moreover, acoustic, hydrodynamic, and electrical forces as typically applied have difficulty manipulating specimens in the submicrometer regime. In this work, we introduce highly focused traveling surface acoustic waves (SAW) at high frequencies between 193 and 636 MHz for efficient and highly localized production of acoustic streaming vortices on microfluidic length scales. Concentration occurs via a novel mechanism, whereby the combined acoustic radiation and streaming field results in size-selective aggregation in fluid streamlines in the vicinity of a high-amplitude acoustic beam, as opposed to previous acoustic radiation induced particle concentration where objects typically migrate toward minimum pressure locations. Though the acoustic streaming is induced by a traveling wave, we are able to manipulate particles an order of magnitude smaller than possible using the traveling wave force alone. We experimentally and theoretically examine the range of particle sizes that can be captured in fluid streamlines using this technique, with rapid particle concentration demonstrated down to 300 nm diameters. We also demonstrate that locations of trapping and concentration are size-dependent, which is attributed to the combined effects of the acoustic streaming and acoustic forces.

  8. A method to transfer an individual graphene flake to a target position with a precision of sub-micrometer (United States)

    Wang, Yubing; Yin, Weihong; Han, Qin; Yang, Xiaohong; Ye, Han; Lü, Qianqian; Yin, Dongdong


    Graphene field-effect transistors have been intensively studied. However, in order to fabricate devices with more complicated structures, such as the integration with waveguide and other two-dimensional materials, we need to transfer the exfoliated graphene samples to a target position. Due to the small area of exfoliated graphene and its random distribution, the transfer method requires rather high precision. In this paper, we systematically study a method to selectively transfer mechanically exfoliated graphene samples to a target position with a precision of sub-micrometer. To characterize the doping level of this method, we transfer graphene flakes to pre-patterned metal electrodes, forming graphene field-effect transistors. The hole doping of graphene is calculated to be 2.16 × {10}12{{{cm}}}-2. In addition, we fabricate a waveguide-integrated multilayer graphene photodetector to demonstrate the viability and accuracy of this method. A photocurrent as high as 0.4 μA is obtained, corresponding to a photoresponsivity of 0.48 mA/W. The device performs uniformly in nine illumination cycles. Project supported by the National Key Research and Development Program of China (No. 2016YFB0402404), the High-Tech Research and Development Program of China (Nos. 2013AA031401, 2015AA016902, 2015AA016904), and the National Natural Foundation of China (Nos. 61674136, 61176053, 61274069, 61435002).

  9. The mechanical reliability of alumina scales and coatings

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    Alexander, K.B.; Pruebner, K.; Tortorelli, P.F. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)


    The mechanical integrity of oxide scales ultimately determines their ability to protect materials from corrosion and other environmental effects arising from deleterious reactions with gases and condensable products. The microstructure and mechanical behavior of alumina products thermally grown or deposited on Fe-28 at.% Al intermetallic alloys are being characterized in order to develop the knowledge and means to control the mechanical reliability of alumina scales by microstructural manipulation through design and processing. Mechanical characterization involved gravimetric data from cyclic oxidation experiments, in-situ observation of oxidized specimens undergoing flexural loading in a scanning electron microscope, and measurements of hardness, elastic modulus and cracking resistance by nanoindentation. Values of cracking thresholds for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} scales were consistent with other measurements for surface and bulk alumina. The oxidation behavior of Fe{sub 3}Al alloys coated with a thin (0.5 - 1 {mu}m) alumina film deposited by plasma synthesis has been studied. During exposure in the oxidizing environment, new oxide was formed between the coating and the substrate. The presence of the deposited amorphous oxide inhibited the subsequent thermal oxidation of the metal. Because the thermally grown alumina forms under the deposit, the adherence of the coating is controlled by the strength of the metal/oxide interface that develops during oxidation.

  10. Improvement of Wear Resistance in Alumina Matrix Composites Reinforced with Carbon Nanotubes (United States)

    Kim, Sung Wan; Chung, Won Sub; Sohn, Kee-Sun; Son, Chang-Young; Lee, Sunghak


    Alumina matrix composites reinforced with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) fabricated by CNT purification, mixing, compaction, and sintering processes, and the effects of the CNT addition on wear resistance were investigated in relation to the relative density, hardness, and fracture toughness. Wear resistance and fracture toughness were measured by the dry sliding wear test method and the indentation fracture test method, respectively. Zero to ~3 vol pct of CNTs were homogeneously distributed in the composites, although some pores existed. The wear resistance and fracture toughness increased with an increasing CNT fraction, but the composite specimen containing 3.0 vol pct of CNTs hardly showed an increase over the specimen containing 2.25 vol pct of CNTs. Observations of worn surfaces revealed that the wear mechanism involved both the abrasive and delamination wear modes in the specimens containing 0 to ~0.75 vol pct of CNTs, whereas the surface was worn largely in an abrasive wear mode in the specimens containing 1.5 to ~3.0 vol pct of CNTs. This was because CNTs helped to change the delamination wear mode to the abrasive wear mode by preventing crack initiation and propagation at alumina grains. The fracture toughness increase provided beneficial effects in the resistance to crack initiation and propagation, the reduction in delamination wear on the worn surface, and the consequent improvement in wear resistance. Because the effect of the porosity increase due to the CNT addition unfavorably affected the improvement of wear resistance and fracture toughness in the specimen containing 3.0 vol pct of CNTs, the appropriate level of CNT fraction was 1.5 to ~2.25 vol pct.

  11. Natural Silica Sand/Alumina Ceramic Composites: Promising Candidates for Fuel-Cell Sealants (United States)

    Hidayat, N.; Istiqomah; Widianto, M. Y. H.; Taufiq, A.; Sunaryono; Triwikantoro; Zainuri, M.; Baqiya, M. A.; Aristia, G.; Pratapa, S.


    An attempt has been developed to establish the prospect of the useful application of Indonesian natural silica sand, instead of commercially expensive materials, as a future fuel-cell sealant. The sand was initially washed and ball-milled at 150 rpm for 60 minutes and then heated at 1000 °C for the same duration. The resulting powder was then mixed with alumina powder at various amounts and shaped into discs before sintering at 1150 °C and 1250 °C to produce compact ceramics. The diameter shrinkage, porosity, and density of the ceramics were evaluated by Archimedes method. Their crystalline phase composition was quantified by Rietveld refinement analysis on the X-ray diffraction (XRD) data and the phase weight fraction was then used for coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) evaluation. It was observed that the bulk density increased while the porosity decreased with alumina addition. The XRD data analysis revealed that the prepared silica sand contains a very high purity of quartz-SiO2, i.e. 97.8(18)%. The sintering temperatures of 1150 °C and 1250 °C transformed some quartz-SiO2 to crystobalite-SiO2. All the calcite-CaCO3 exhibited reaction sintering with SiO2 forming wollastonite-CaSiO3. Therefore, the ceramic composites contained SiO2/Al2O3/CaSiO3. Regarding CTE, all of the composites meet the criteria for fuel-cell sealants, in the range of 9-12 ppm/°C.

  12. Pressureless sintering behavior of injection molded alumina ceramics

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    Liu W.


    Full Text Available The pressureless sintering behaviors of two widely used submicron alumina (MgOdoped and undoped with different solid loadings produced by injection molding have been studied systematically. Regardless of the sinterability of different powders depending on their inherent properties, solid loading plays a critical role on the sintering behavior of injection molded alumina, which greatly determines the densification and grain size, and leads to its full densification at low temperatures. As compared to the MgO-doped alumina powder, the undoped specimens exhibit a higher sinterability for its smaller particle size and larger surface area. While full densification could be achieved for MgO-doped powders with only a lower solid loading, due to the fact that MgO addition can reduce the detrimental effect of the large pore space on the pore-boundary separation.

  13. Improving fatigue damage resistance of alumina through surface grading. (United States)

    Ren, L; Liu, L; Bhowmick, S; Gerbig, Y B; Janal, M N; Thompson, V P; Zhang, Y


    Porcelain-veneered alumina crown restorations often fail from bulk fracture resulting from radial cracks that initiate at the cementation surface with repeated flexure of the stiffer crown layers on the soft dentin support. We hypothesized that bulk fracture may be substantially mitigated by grading the elastic modulus at the crown surfaces. In this study, we fabricated graded structures by infiltrating glass into dense alumina plates, resulting in a diminished modulus at the surface layers. The plates were then bonded to polycarbonate substrates and subjected to fatigue loading in water. Tests were terminated when fracture occurred at the cementation tensile surface or at the fatigue endurance limit (1 million cycles). Infiltrated specimens showed a significant increase in fatigue fracture loads over non-infiltrated controls. Our results indicate that controlled elastic gradients at the surface could be highly beneficial in the design of fracture-resistant alumina crowns.

  14. Sodium-beta Alumina Batteries: Status and Challenges

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    Lu, XC; Lemmon, JP; Sprenkle, V; Yang, ZG


    This paper provides a review of materials and designs for sodium-beta alumina battery technology and discusses the challenges ahead for further technology improvement. Sodium-beta alumina batteries have been extensively developed in recent years and encouraging progress in performance and cycle life has been achieved. The battery is composed of an anode, typically molten sodium, and a cathode that can be molten sulfur (Na-S battery) or a transition metal halide incorporated with a liquid phase secondary electrolyte (e.g.. ZEBRA battery). In most cases the electrolyte is a dense solid beta ''-Al(2)O(3), sodium ion-conducting membrane. The issues' prohibiting widespread commercialization of sodium-beta alumina technology are rekited to the materials and methods of manufacturing that impact cost, safety, and performance characteristics.

  15. Improving Fatigue Damage Resistance of Alumina through Surface Grading (United States)

    Ren, L.; Liu, L.; Bhowmick, S.; Gerbig, Y.B.; Janal, M.N.; Thompson, V.P.; Zhang, Y.


    Porcelain-veneered alumina crown restorations often fail from bulk fracture resulting from radial cracks that initiate at the cementation surface with repeated flexure of the stiffer crown layers on the soft dentin support. We hypothesized that bulk fracture may be substantially mitigated by grading the elastic modulus at the crown surfaces. In this study, we fabricated graded structures by infiltrating glass into dense alumina plates, resulting in a diminished modulus at the surface layers. The plates were then bonded to polycarbonate substrates and subjected to fatigue loading in water. Tests were terminated when fracture occurred at the cementation tensile surface or at the fatigue endurance limit (1 million cycles). Infiltrated specimens showed a significant increase in fatigue fracture loads over non-infiltrated controls. Our results indicate that controlled elastic gradients at the surface could be highly beneficial in the design of fracture-resistant alumina crowns. PMID:21555776

  16. Dynamic fragmentation of cellular, ice-templated alumina scaffolds

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    Tan, Yi Ming; Cervantes, Octavio; Nam, SeanWoo; Molitoris, John D.; Hooper, Joseph P.


    We examine the dynamic failure of ice-templated freeze-cast alumina scaffolds that are being considered as biomimetic hierarchical structures. Three porosities of alumina freeze-cast structures were fabricated, and a systematic variation in microstructural properties such as lamellar width and thickness was observed with changing porosity. Dynamic impact tests were performed in a light-gas gun to examine the failure properties of these materials under high strain-rate loading. Nearly complete delamination was observed following impact, along with characteristic cracking across the lamellar width. Average fragment size decreases with increasing porosity, and a theoretical model was developed to explain this behavior based on microstructural changes. Using an energy balance between kinetic, strain, and surface energies within a single lamella, we are able to accurately predict the characteristic fragment size using only standard material properties of bulk alumina.

  17. Compact T-branes (United States)

    Marchesano, Fernando; Savelli, Raffaele; Schwieger, Sebastian


    We analyse global aspects of 7-brane backgrounds with a non-commuting profile for their worldvolume scalars, also known as T-branes. In particular, we consider configurations with no poles and globally well-defined over a compact Kähler surface. We find that such T-branes cannot be constructed on surfaces of positive or vanishing Ricci curvature. For the existing T-branes, we discuss their stability as we move in Kähler moduli space at large volume and provide examples of T-branes splitting into non-mutually-supersymmetric constituents as they cross a stability wall.

  18. Compact synchrotron light sources

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    Weihreter, Ernst


    This book covers a new niche in circular accelerator design, motivated by the promising industrial prospects of recent micromanufacturing methods - X-ray lithography, synchrotron radiation-based micromachining and microanalysis techniques. It describes the basic concepts and the essential challenges for the development of compact synchrotron radiation sources from an accelerator designer's point of view and gives an outline of the actual state of the art. The volume is intended as an introduction and as a reference for physicists, engineers and managers involved in this rapidly developing fiel

  19. Compact Q-balls

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    Bazeia, D., E-mail: [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, 58051-970 João Pessoa, PB (Brazil); Losano, L.; Marques, M.A. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, 58051-970 João Pessoa, PB (Brazil); Menezes, R. [Departamento de Ciências Exatas, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, 58297-000 Rio Tinto, PB (Brazil); Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, 58109-970 Campina Grande, PB (Brazil); Rocha, R. da [Centro de Matemática, Computação e Cognição, Universidade Federal do ABC, 09210-580 Santo André (Brazil)


    In this work we deal with non-topological solutions of the Q-ball type in two space–time dimensions, in models described by a single complex scalar field that engenders global symmetry. The main novelty is the presence of stable Q-balls solutions that live in a compact interval of the real line and appear from a family of models controlled by two distinct parameters. We find analytical solutions and study their charge and energy, and show how to control the parameters to make the Q-balls classically and quantum mechanically stable.

  20. Sustainable compact city concept

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    Anja Šulin Košar


    Full Text Available The compact city concept has emerged at the end of the 20th century as one of the solutions for sustainable urban development. The concept brings development, which emphasizes urban density, while avoiding urban sprawl. The key features of the concept are mixed land use, construction of higher density (city intensification as well as better access for the entire population and most importantantly, development of the public transport system. The concept has advantages, but also disadvantages, because too much density affects the quality of life in the city.

  1. Factors contributing to the breakdown of sodium beta-alumina

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    Buechele, A.C.


    Clarification of the breakdown process occurring during charge transfer in sodium beta alumina solid electrolytes was derived from: (1) studying the effects of molten sodium contact at 350/sup 0/C on single crystal sodium beta alumina and polycrystalline sodium beta alumina; (2) determination of critical current density by monitoring acoustic emissions accompanying crack growth in sodium/sodium beta alumina/sodium cells subjected to linear current ramping at 1 mA cm/sup -2/ sec/sup -1/; (3) failure analysis conducted on cycled electrolytes, some from commercial sodium/sulfur cells, which had been subjected to up to 703 Ahr cm/sup -2/ of charge transfer. Gray coloration developing in beta aluminas in contact with molten sodium was found to be a consequence of formation, through reduction by sodium, of oxygen vacancies charge compensated by electrons. Electronic conductivity of the electrolyte increases as a result. No second phase formation was detected. Colored electrolytes from sodium/sulfur cells show evidence of a newly recognized degradation mechanism in which fracture occurs when sodium is reduced and deposited internally under pressure as metal in regions where an electronic conductivity gradient exists. Heating colored beta aluminas in air produces reoxidation and bleaching. Kinetics and other properties of the coloration and bleaching processes were determined. Critical current density was found to bear an inverse relation to average electrolyte grain size. Evidence was found in the cycled electrolytes for a slow crack growth mechanism and a progressive mode of degradation advancing from the sulfur electrode interface. Implications of the findings for the construction and operation of sodium/sulfur battery systems are discussed.

  2. Two steps sintering alumina doped with niobia; Sinterizacao em duas etapas de alumina aditivada com niobia

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    Gomes, L.B.; Hatzfeld, J.; Heck, M.; Pokorny, A.; Bergmann, C.P., E-mail: [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (LACER/UFRGS) Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Laboratorio de Materiais Ceramicos


    In this work, high surface area commercial alumina was doped with niobia and sintered in two steps in order to obtain dense materials with lower processing temperatures. The powders were milled and uniaxially pressed (200 MPa). The first step of sintering took place at 1100°C for 3, 6, 9 and 12 hours, followed by the second step at 1350°C for 3 hours. The relative density, porosity and water absorption of the samples were determined by the Archimedes method. The crystalline phases were analyzed by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and the morphology of the samples after sintering, evaluated by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The results indicate that the use of niobia combined with the two steps sintering promotes an increase in the density of the material, even at lower sintering temperatures. (author)

  3. Cylindrical Three-Dimensional Porous Anodic Alumina Networks

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    Pedro M. Resende


    Full Text Available The synthesis of a conformal three-dimensional nanostructure based on porous anodic alumina with transversal nanopores on wires is herein presented. The resulting three-dimensional network exhibits the same nanostructure as that obtained on planar geometries, but with a macroscopic cylindrical geometry. The morphological analysis of the nanostructure revealed the effects of the initial defects on the aluminum surface and the mechanical strains on the integrity of the three-dimensional network. The results evidence the feasibility of obtaining 3D porous anodic alumina on non-planar aluminum substrates.

  4. Novel Translucent and Strong Submicron Alumina Ceramics for Dental Restorations. (United States)

    Zhao, M; Sun, Y; Zhang, J; Zhang, Y


    An ideal ceramic restorative material should possess excellent aesthetic and mechanical properties. We hypothesize that the high translucency and strength of polycrystalline ceramics can be achieved through microstructural tailoring. The aim of this study is to demonstrate the superior optical and mechanical properties of a new class of submicron grain-sized alumina ceramics relative to the current state-of-the-art dental ceramic materials. The translucency, the in-line transmission ( TIT) in particular, of these submicron alumina ceramics has been examined with the Rayleigh-Gans-Debye light-scattering model. The theoretical predictions related very well with the measured TIT values. The translucency parameter ( TP) and contrast ratio ( CR) of the newly developed aluminas were measured with a reflectance spectrophotometer on a black-and-white background. For comparison, the TIT, TP, and CR values for a variety of dental ceramics, mostly measured in-house but also cited from the literature, were included. The flexural strength of the aluminas was determined with the 4-point bending test. Our findings have shown that for polycrystalline alumina ceramics, an average grain size <1 µm coupled with a porosity level <0.7% could yield translucency values ( TIT, TP, CR) similar to those of the commercial high-translucency porcelains. These values are far superior to the high-translucency lithium disilicate glass-ceramic and zirconias, including the most translucent cubic-containing zirconias. The strength of these submicron grain-sized aluminas was significantly higher than that of the cubic-containing zirconia (e.g., Zpex Smile) and lithia-based glass-ceramics (e.g., IPS e.max CAD HT). A coarse-grained alumina could also reach a translucency level comparable to that of dental porcelain. However, the relatively low strength of this material has limited its clinical indications to structurally less demanding applications, such as orthodontic brackets. With a combined high

  5. Slip-casting alumina ceramics for crown and bridge restorations. (United States)

    Pröbster, L; Diehl, J


    The In-Ceram technique uses alumina ceramics and glass in a two-step firing procedure to create a high-strength core material for single-tooth restorations as well as small fixed partial dentures. Fine-grain alumina particles are sintered to form a porous substructure, which is infiltrated with molten glass. The combination of these two processes gives the material its outstanding properties. The sintering process is almost without shrinkage, providing an excellent fit, while the glass infiltration leaves practically no porosities, resulting in high strength.

  6. Compaction of Titanium Powders

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    Stephen J. Gerdemann; Paul D. Jablonski


    Accurate modeling of powder densification has been an area of active research for more than 60 years. The earliest efforts were focused on linearization of the data because computers were not readily available to assist with curve-fitting methods. In this work, eight different titanium powders (three different sizes of sponge fines <150 μm, <75 μm, and < 45 μm; two different sizes of a hydride-dehydride [HDH] <75 μm and < 45 μm; an atomized powder; a commercially pure [CP] Ti powder from International Titanium Powder [ITP]; and a Ti 6 4 alloy powder) were cold pressed in a single-acting die instrumented to collect stress and deformation data during compaction. From these data, the density of each compact was calculated and then plotted as a function of pressure. The results show that densification of all the powders, regardless of particle size, shape, or chemistry, can be modeled accurately as the sum of an initial density plus the sum of a rearrangement term and a work-hardening term. These last two terms are found to be a function of applied pressure and take the form of an exponential rise.

  7. Compaction of Titanium Powders

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    Gerdemann, Stephen,J; Jablonski, Paul, J


    Accurate modeling of powder densification has been an area of active research for more than 60 years. The earliest efforts were focused on linearization of the data because computers were not readily available to assist with curve-fitting methods. In this work, eight different titanium powders (three different sizes of sponge fines<150 {micro}m,<75 {micro}m, and<45 {micro}m; two different sizes of a hydride-dehydride [HDH]<75 {micro}m and<45 {micro}m; an atomized powder; a commercially pure [CP] Ti powder from International Titanium Powder [ITP]; and a Ti 6 4 alloy powder) were cold pressed in a single-acting die instrumented to collect stress and deformation data during compaction. From these data, the density of each compact was calculated and then plotted as a function of pressure. The results show that densification of all the powders, regardless of particle size, shape, or chemistry, can be modeled accurately as the sum of an initial density plus the sum of a rearrangement term and a work-hardening term. These last two terms are found to be a function of applied pressure and take the form of an exponential rise.

  8. Distribution of nickel between copper-nickel and alumina saturated iron silicate slags

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    Reddy, R.G.; Acholonu, C.C.


    The solubility of nickel in slag is determined in this article by equilibrating copper-nickel alloys with alumina-saturated iron silicate slags in an alumina crucible at 1573 K. The results showed that nickel dissolves in slag both as nickel oxide and as nickel metal. The presence of alumina is shown to increase the solubility of nickel in slags.

  9. A High Temperature Electrochemical Energy Storage System Based on Sodium Beta-Alumina Solid Electrolyte (Base)

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    Anil Virkar


    This report summarizes the work done during the period September 1, 2005 and March 31, 2008. Work was conducted in the following areas: (1) Fabrication of sodium beta{double_prime} alumina solid electrolyte (BASE) using a vapor phase process. (2) Mechanistic studies on the conversion of {alpha}-alumina + zirconia into beta{double_prime}-alumina + zirconia by the vapor phase process. (3) Characterization of BASE by X-ray diffraction, SEM, and conductivity measurements. (4) Design, construction and electrochemical testing of a symmetric cell containing BASE as the electrolyte and NaCl + ZnCl{sub 2} as the electrodes. (5) Design, construction, and electrochemical evaluation of Na/BASE/ZnCl{sub 2} electrochemical cells. (6) Stability studies in ZnCl{sub 2}, SnCl{sub 2}, and SnI{sub 4} (7) Design, assembly and testing of planar stacks. (8) Investigation of the effect of porous surface layers on BASE on cell resistance. The conventional process for the fabrication of sodium ion conducting beta{double_prime}-alumina involves calcination of {alpha}-alumina + Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} + LiNO{sub 3} at 1250 C, followed by sintering powder compacts in sealed containers (platinum or MgO) at {approx}1600 C. The novel vapor phase process involves first sintering a mixture of {alpha}-alumina + yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) into a dense ceramic followed by exposure to soda vapor at {approx}1450 C to convert {alpha}-alumina into beta{double_prime}-alumina. The vapor phase process leads to a high strength BASE, which is also resistant to moisture attack, unlike BASE made by the conventional process. The PI is the lead inventor of the process. Discs and tubes of BASE were fabricated in the present work. In the conventional process, sintering of BASE is accomplished by a transient liquid phase mechanism wherein the liquid phase contains NaAlO{sub 2}. Some NaAlO{sub 2} continues to remain at grain boundaries; and is the root cause of its water sensitivity. In the vapor phase process, Na

  10. Isometric coactions of compact quantum groups on compact ...

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    We propose a notion of isometric coaction of a compact quantum group on a compact quantum metric space in the framework of Rieffel, where the metric structure is given by a Lipnorm. Within this setting we study the problem of the existence of a quantum isometry group.

  11. Compact semiconductor lasers

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    Yu, Siyuan; Lourtioz, Jean-Michel


    This book brings together in a single volume a unique contribution by the top experts around the world in the field of compact semiconductor lasers to provide a comprehensive description and analysis of the current status as well as future directions in the field of micro- and nano-scale semiconductor lasers. It is organized according to the various forms of micro- or nano-laser cavity configurations with each chapter discussing key technical issues, including semiconductor carrier recombination processes and optical gain dynamics, photonic confinement behavior and output coupling mechanisms, carrier transport considerations relevant to the injection process, and emission mode control. Required reading for those working in and researching the area of semiconductors lasers and micro-electronics.

  12. Compact photonic spin filters (United States)

    Ke, Yougang; Liu, Zhenxing; Liu, Yachao; Zhou, Junxiao; Shu, Weixing; Luo, Hailu; Wen, Shuangchun


    In this letter, we propose and experimentally demonstrate a compact photonic spin filter formed by integrating a Pancharatnam-Berry phase lens (focal length of ±f ) into a conventional plano-concave lens (focal length of -f). By choosing the input port of the filter, photons with a desired spin state, such as the right-handed component or the left-handed one, propagate alone its original propagation direction, while the unwanted spin component is quickly diverged after passing through the filter. One application of the filter, sorting the spin-dependent components of vector vortex beams on higher-order Poincaré sphere, is also demonstrated. Our scheme provides a simple method to manipulate light, and thereby enables potential applications for photonic devices.

  13. CIM - compact intensity modulation.

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    Bleuel, M.; Lang, E.; Gahler, G.; Lal, J.; Intense Pulsed Neutron Source; Inst. Lau Langevin


    Compact intensity modulation (CIM), a new method to modulate the intensity of a neutron beam is demonstrated. CIM allows the production of arbitrary signals where the focus point can be chosen and changed without any constraints. A novel feature in this technique compared to spin echo techniques is that the neutron polarization is kept parallel or anti-parallel to the static fields during the passage through the magnetic fields and the beating pattern at the detector is produced by an amplitude modulation (AM) of the adiabatic RF-spin flippers rather than Larmor precession like in neutron spin echo (NSE) instruments; thus, the achievable contrast is very high and the instrument resolution can be changed very quickly. This gives the fascinating possibility at pulsed neutron sources to sweep the modulation frequency of the flippers in order to increase dynamic resolution range during the same neutron pulse.

  14. Compact Neutrino Source

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    LoSecco, John


    Some evidence for sterile neutrinos has been found in short baseline observations where the measured neutrino flux did not agree with expectations. Systematic uncertainties from the expected values has limited the sensitivity of this approach. Observation at multiple distances can remove the normalization uncertainty by isolating the distance dependence. This doesn't work for high $\\Delta m^{2}$ sterile neutrinos since they are fully mixed at most observation distances and only shift the normalization of the flux. A compact intense source of neutrinos based on a subcritical fission reactor would permit observation of oscillations on submeter distance scales and clearly distinguish between a systematic normalization and the $L/E$ dependence expected from oscillations.

  15. Microwave-assisted brazing of alumina ceramics for electron tube ...

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    Microwave-assisted brazing of alumina ceramics for electron tube applications. MAYUR SHUKLA1,2, SUMANA GHOSH2,∗, NANDADULAL DANDAPAT2, ASHIS K MANDAL2 and VAMSI K BALLA2. 1Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), CSIR—-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute,.

  16. Encapsulation of proteins into tunable and giant mesocage alumina. (United States)

    El-Safty, Sherif A; Shenashen, Mohamed A; Ismael, Moahmed; Khairy, Mohamed


    Protein bioadsorption has rapidly attracted attention partially because of the promising advances in diagnostic assays, sensors, separations, and gene technology. Tunable and giant mesocage alumina cavities (5 nm to 20 nm) show capability in size-selective encapsulation and diffusivity of large proteins into interior pores.

  17. The role of alumina nanoparticles in epoxy adhesives (United States)

    Dorigato, Andrea; Pegoretti, Alessandro


    Both untreated and calcined fumed alumina nanoparticles were dispersed into an epoxy-based adhesive at various percentages. The glass transition temperature of the nanofilled adhesives increased up to an optimal filler loading and then decreased, probably due to concurrent and contrasting effects of chain blocking and reduction of the crosslinking degree. Tensile modulus, stress at break, and fracture toughness of bulk adhesive were positively affected by the presence of untreated alumina nanoparticles at an optimal filler content. Mechanical tests on single-lap aluminum bonded joints indicated that untreated alumina nanoparticles markedly improved both the shear strength and fatigue life of the bonded joints. In particular, the shear strength increased by about 60% for an optimal filler content of 1 vol.%, and an adhesive failure mechanism was evidenced for all the tested specimens. Concurrently, a relevant decrease of the equilibrium contact angle with water was observed for nanofilled bulk adhesives. In summary, alumina nanoparticles can effectively improve the mechanical performances of epoxy structural adhesives, both by increasing their mechanical properties and by enhancing the interfacial wettability with an aluminum substrate.

  18. Cavity cutting efficiency of a Bioglass and alumina powder ...

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    1College of Dentistry, University of Dammam, Dammam 31441, Saudi Arabia. 2College of Dentistry, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kota Bharu 16150, Malaysia. MS received 20 August 2015; accepted 25 April 2016. Abstract. This study investigated the attempt to replace alumina in the air abrasion system with an alternative.

  19. Multifunctional substrates of thin porous alumina for cell biosensors

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    Toccafondi, Chiara


    We have fabricated anodic porous alumina from thin films (100/500 nm) of aluminium deposited on technological substrates of silicon/glass, and investigated the feasibility of this material as a surface for the development of analytical biosensors aiming to assess the status of living cells. To this goal, porous alumina surfaces with fixed pitch and variable pore size were analyzed for various functionalities. Gold coated (about 25 nm) alumina revealed surface enhanced Raman scattering increasing with the decrease in wall thickness, with factor up to values of approximately 104 with respect to the flat gold surface. Bare porous alumina was employed for micro-patterning and observation via fluorescence images of dye molecules, which demonstrated the surface capability for a drug-loading device. NIH-3T3 fibroblast cells were cultured in vitro and examined after 2 days since seeding, and no significant (P > 0.05) differences in their proliferation were observed on porous and non-porous materials. The effect on cell cultures of pore size in the range of 50–130 nm—with pore pitch of about 250 nm—showed no significant differences in cell viability and similar levels in all cases as on a control substrate. Future work will address combination of all above capabilities into a single device.

  20. Plasma sprayed alumina coatings for radiation detector development

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    Abstract. Conventional design of radiation detectors uses sintered ceramic insulating modules. The major drawback of these ceramic components is their inherent brittleness. Ion chambers, in which these ceramic spacers are replaced by metallic components with plasma spray coated alumina, have been developed in our ...

  1. Structure and surface properties of praseodymium modified alumina

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    Tankov, I. [Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria); Pawelec, B. [Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica, CSIC, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Arishtirova, K. [Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria); Damyanova, S., E-mail: [Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria)


    Mixed PrO{sub 2}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} oxides with different PrO{sub 2} content (1-20 wt.%) were prepared by wetness impregnation of {gamma}-alumina with aqueous solution of praseodymium nitrate. The samples were characterized by different techniques, using surface adsorption-desorption of N{sub 2} (S{sub BET}), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) and temperature-programmed desorption of CO{sub 2} (TPD-CO{sub 2}). TGA and XRD showed the presence of small praseodymium oxide species on the alumina surface. XPS and DRS detected electron deficient interaction between deposited praseodymium oxide and alumina. It was observed a lower reduction temperature for supported Pr oxide species compared to that of the bulk Pr{sub 6}O{sub 11}. TPD-CO{sub 2} studies suggested that the deposition of Pr oxide on alumina leaded to increase of the basicity of mixed oxides.

  2. Indentation fatigue in silicon nitride, alumina and silicon carbide ...

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    Repeated indentation fatigue (RIF) experiments conducted on the same spot of different structural ceramics viz. a hot pressed silicon nitride (HPSN), sintered alumina of two different grain sizes viz. 1 m and 25 m, and a sintered silicon carbide (SSiC) are reported. The RIF experiments were conducted using a Vicker's ...

  3. Formation of complex anodic films on porous alumina matrices

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    The kinetics of growth of complex anodic alumina films was investigated. These films were formed by filling porous oxide films (matrices) having deep pores. The porous films (matrices) were obtained voltastatically in (COOH)2 aqueous solution under various voltages. The filling was done by re-anodization in an electrolyte ...

  4. Controlled growth of single nanowires within a supported alumina template

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    Vlad, A.; Mátéfi-Tempfli, M.; Faniel, S.


    A simple technique for fabricating single nanowires with well-defined position is presented. The process implies the use of a silicon nitride mask for selective electrochemical growth of the nanowires in a porous alumina template. We show that this method allows the realization of complex nanowire...

  5. Gas and surface diffusion in modified γ-alumina systems

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    Uhlhorn, R.J.R.; Keizer, Klaas; Burggraaf, A.J.


    The transport of pure gases through a microporous membrane is described. The alumina-based membrane (pores 2.5-4 nm) is suitable for Knudsen diffusion separation. To improve the separation factor, interaction with and mobility on the pore wall of one of the gases of a mixture is necessary. To

  6. Effect of chemical composition and alumina content on structure and ...

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    Abstract. In the present work, six electrical porcelain compositions with different amount of alumina and silica have been prepared and fired in an industrial furnace at 1300 ◦C. Density, porosity, bending strength and electrical strength were measured in the samples. In order to find a relationship between properties and ...

  7. Plasmonic properties of gold-coated nanoporous anodic alumina ...

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    Abstract. Anodization of aluminium surfaces containing linearly oriented scratches leads to the formation of nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA) with the nanopores arranged preferentially along the scratch marks. NAA, when coated with a thin gold film, support plasmonic resonances. Dark-field spectroscopy revealed that ...

  8. Optimization of nanocrystalline γ-alumina coating for direct spray ...

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    7, December 2014, pp. 1583–1588. c Indian Academy of Sciences. Optimization of nanocrystalline γ-alumina coating for direct spray water-cooling of optical devices. S N ALAM1,2,∗. , M ANARAKY3, Z SHAFEIZADEH3 and P J PARBROOK1. 1Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Lee Maltings, Dyke Parade, ...

  9. Plasma Processes: Plasma sprayed alumina coatings for radiation ...

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    Home; Journals; Pramana – Journal of Physics; Volume 55; Issue 5-6. Plasma ... Conventional design of radiation detectors uses sintered ceramic insulating modules. ... As a result, the design of the beam loss monitor ion chamber for CAT could be simplified by coating the outer surface of the HT electrode with alumina.

  10. Ceramic joining through reactive wetting of alumina with calcium ...

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    test specimen surfaces. The pairs of alumina specimens to be joined were kept in the vertical position with the join- ing surfaces in contact and allowed to dry up in the open atmosphere for 6–10 h before subjecting them to heat treatment. A home-built pull test apparatus was exten- sively used for evaluating the comparative ...

  11. Significance of structure–property relationship in alumina based ...

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    quartz and corundum grains in the alumino silicate glassy matrix, large inhomogeneities in matrix constitu- ents and composition have been highlighted. Keywords. Alumina porcelain; %α-Al2O3; insulator; structural phase content; performance; microstructure. 1. Introduction. Porcelain insulators are widely used in electrical ...

  12. Macroporous silica–alumina composites with mesoporous walls

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    Macroporous silica–alumina composites with mesopores have been prepared by employing polymethylmethacrylate beads as templates in the presence of the cationic surfactant, N-cetyl-N,N,N-trimethylammonium bromide. The Si/Al ratio in the composites has been varied between 4.5 and 48 and the occurrence of ...

  13. Plasmonic properties of gold-coated nanoporous anodic alumina ...

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    Home; Journals; Pramana – Journal of Physics; Volume 83; Issue 6. Plasmonic properties of gold-coated nanoporous anodic alumina with linearly organized ... NAA, when coated with a thin gold film, support plasmonic resonances. Dark-field spectroscopy revealed that gold-coated NAA with such linearly arranged pores ...

  14. Porous Alumina Ceramics Modified with SiC Nanopowder


    Zaķe-Tiļuga, I; Švinka, R; Švinka, V


    The aim of this study was to clarify how addition of plasma synthesized SiC nanopowder (up to 5 wt%) affect some properties (e.g., shrinkage, bending strength and thermal shock resistance) of porous alumina ceramics produced by slip casting method.

  15. Effect of chemical composition and alumina content on structure and ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 37; Issue 2. Effect of chemical composition and alumina content on structure and properties of ceramic insulators. Arman Sedghi Nastaran Riahi-Noori Naser Hamidnezhad Mohammad Reza Salmani. Electronic Supplementary Material Volume 37 Issue 2 April 2014 pp ...

  16. Synthesis and characterization of alumina-coated aluminum sponges manufactured by sintering and dissolution process as possible structured reactors

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    Méndez, Franklin J., E-mail: [Centro de Química, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Apartado Postal 21827, Caracas 1020-A (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Rivero-Prince, Sayidh [Centro de Química, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Apartado Postal 21827, Caracas 1020-A (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Escalante, Yelisbeth; Villasana, Yanet [Centro de Química, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Apartado Postal 21827, Caracas 1020-A (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Brito, Joaquín L., E-mail: [Centro de Química, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Apartado Postal 21827, Caracas 1020-A (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)


    Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–Al sponges were manufactured by sintering and dissolution process with the aim of using these materials as structured catalytic reactors. For this purpose, several synthesis conditions were examined for the design of the cellular material, such as: particle size of NaCl, weight fraction of Al, compaction pressure, and sintering temperature or time. An alumina layers was grown on top of the aluminum surfaces during both: sintering and thermal treatment. The obtained results showed that the synthesized materials could be promising as structured reactors for endothermic or exothermic reactions. - Highlights: • An efficient method for manufactured of aluminum sponges is reported. • Methods for productions of superficial Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} are studied. • Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–Al sponges could be used as structured reactors.

  17. Roller-compacted concrete pavements. (United States)


    Roller-compacted concrete (RCC) gets its name from the heavy vibratory steel drum and rubber-tired rollers used to help compact it into its final form. RCC has similar strength properties and consists of the same basic ingredients as conventional con...

  18. Compaction of alpha contaminated wastes

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    Herald, W.R.; Luthy, D.F.


    The initial equipment installation and development of procedures for compacting less than or equal to 10 nCi/gram waste, greater than or equal to 10 nCi/gram waste, and less than or equal to 100 nCi/gram waste are given. Design and construction of the new compaction facility is discussed. (LK)

  19. Nanostructural characterization of large-scale porous alumina fabricated via anodizing in arsenic acid solution

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    Akiya, Shunta; Kikuchi, Tatsuya, E-mail:; Natsui, Shungo; Suzuki, Ryosuke O.


    Highlights: • Anodic porous alumina was formed in an arsenic acid solution. • Potential difference (voltage) anodizing at 340 V was achieved. • The porous alumina was slightly ordered under the appropriate conditions. • Pore sealing behavior was not observed in boiling distilled water. • The porous alumina exhibits a white photoluminescence emission under UV irradiation. - Abstract: Anodizing of aluminum in an arsenic acid solution is reported for the fabrication of anodic porous alumina. The highest potential difference (voltage) without oxide burning increased as the temperature and the concentration of the arsenic acid solution decreased, and a high anodizing potential difference of 340 V was achieved. An ordered porous alumina with several tens of cells was formed in 0.1–0.5 M arsenic acid solutions at 310–340 V for 20 h. However, the regularity of the porous alumina was not improved via anodizing for 72 h. No pore sealing behavior of the porous alumina was observed upon immersion in boiling distilled water, and it may be due to the formation of an insoluble complex on the oxide surface. The porous alumina consisted of two different layers: a hexagonal alumina layer that contained arsenic from the electrolyte and a pure alumina honeycomb skeleton. The porous alumina exhibited a white photoluminescence emission at approximately 515 nm under UV irradiation at 254 nm.

  20. Advanced morphological analysis of patterns of thin anodic porous alumina

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    Toccafondi, C. [Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Department of Nanophysics, Via Morego 30, Genova I 16163 (Italy); Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Department of Nanostructures, Via Morego 30, Genova I 16163 (Italy); Stępniowski, W.J. [Department of Advanced Materials and Technologies, Faculty of Advanced Technologies and Chemistry, Military University of Technology, 2 Kaliskiego Str., 00-908 Warszawa (Poland); Leoncini, M. [Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Department of Nanostructures, Via Morego 30, Genova I 16163 (Italy); Salerno, M., E-mail: [Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Department of Nanophysics, Via Morego 30, Genova I 16163 (Italy)


    Different conditions of fabrication of thin anodic porous alumina on glass substrates have been explored, obtaining two sets of samples with varying pore density and porosity, respectively. The patterns of pores have been imaged by high resolution scanning electron microscopy and analyzed by innovative methods. The regularity ratio has been extracted from radial profiles of the fast Fourier transforms of the images. Additionally, the Minkowski measures have been calculated. It was first observed that the regularity ratio averaged across all directions is properly corrected by the coefficient previously determined in the literature. Furthermore, the angularly averaged regularity ratio for the thin porous alumina made during short single-step anodizations is lower than that of hexagonal patterns of pores as for thick porous alumina from aluminum electropolishing and two-step anodization. Therefore, the regularity ratio represents a reliable measure of pattern order. At the same time, the lower angular spread of the regularity ratio shows that disordered porous alumina is more isotropic. Within each set, when changing either pore density or porosity, both regularity and isotropy remain rather constant, showing consistent fabrication quality of the experimental patterns. Minor deviations are tentatively discussed with the aid of the Minkowski measures, and the slight decrease in both regularity and isotropy for the final data-points of the porosity set is ascribed to excess pore opening and consequent pore merging. - Highlights: • Thin porous alumina is partly self-ordered and pattern analysis is required. • Regularity ratio is often misused: we fix the averaging and consider its spread. • We also apply the mathematical tool of Minkowski measures, new in this field. • Regularity ratio shows pattern isotropy and Minkowski helps in assessment. • General agreement with perfect artificial patterns confirms the good manufacturing.

  1. Synthesis, characterization and catalytic applications in propane dehydrogenation of ordered mesoporous alumina. (United States)

    Wang, Zhenzhen; Tian, Xike; Yang, Chao; Zhao, Yanxi; Pi, Zhenbang


    Alumina is the most frequently employed catalyst or catalytic support in the chemical industry. The catalytic performances of alumina-supported catalysts are largely dependent on the textural properties of the alumina supports. Therefore, any improvement of the alumina properties significant for their catalytic applications is extremely challenging. Ordered mesoporous aluminas with high thermal stability have been successfully prepared by a facile synthesis method. Using the ordered mesoporous aluminas as support, V/Ni-catalysts mesoporous materials also have been prepared by vacuum impregnation method and the coprecipitation method. The mesoporous structures are characterized by XRD, TEM, N2 adsorption -desorption and TG-DTA. Preliminary catalytic tests showed that the ordered mesoporous aluminas prepared in such a way exhibited superior performance in the oxidative dehydrogenation of propane to propylene when they were used as the supports for V and Ni catalysts.


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    Full Text Available In this fourth paper of a series on the effective elastic properties of alumina-zirconia composite ceramics the influence of porosity on the effective tensile modulus of alumina and zirconia ceramics is discussed. The examples investigated are alumina and zirconia ceramics prepared from submicron powders by starch consolidation casting using two different types of starch, potato starch (median size D50 =47.2 µm and corn starch (median size D50 =13.7 µm. The dependence of effective tensile moduli E, on the porosity f, measured for porosities in the ranges of approx. 19-55 vol.% and 10-42 vol.% for alumina and zirconia, respectively, using a resonant frequency technique, was evaluated by fitting with various model relations, including newly developed ones. A detailed comparison of the fitting results suggests the superiority of the new relation E/E0 = (1 - f·(1 - f/fC, developed by the authors (with the tensile modulus of the dense ceramic material E0 and the critical porosity fC, over most other existing fit models. Only for special purposes and well-behaved data sets the recently proposed exponential relation E/E0 = exp [-Bf/(1 - f] and the well-known Phani-Niyogi relation E/E0 = (1 - f/fCN might be preferable.

  3. A Compact Ring Design with Tunable Momentum Compaction

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    Sun, Y.; /SLAC


    A storage ring with tunable momentum compaction has the advantage in achieving different RMS bunch length with similar RF capacity, which is potentially useful for many applications, such as linear collider damping ring and predamping ring where injected beam has a large energy spread and a large transverse emittance. A tunable bunch length also makes the commissioning and fine tuning easier in manipulating the single bunch instabilities. In this paper, a compact ring design based on a supercell is presented, which achieves a tunable momentum compaction while maintaining a large dynamic aperture.

  4. Hygroscopicity of the submicrometer aerosol at the high-alpine site Jungfraujoch, 3580 m a.s.l., Switzerland

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    S. Sjogren


    Full Text Available Data from measurements of hygroscopic growth of submicrometer aerosol with a hygroscopicity tandem differential mobility analyzer (HTDMA during four campaigns at the high alpine research station Jungfraujoch, Switzerland, are presented. The campaigns took place during the years 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2005, each lasting approximately one month. Hygroscopic growth factors (GF, i.e. the relative change in particle diameter from dry diameter, D0, to diameter measured at higher relative humidity, RH are presented for three distinct air mass types, namely for: 1 free tropospheric winter conditions, 2 planetary boundary layer influenced air masses (during a summer period and 3 Saharan dust events (SDE. The GF values at 85% RH (D0=100 nm were 1.40±0.11 and 1.29±0.08 for the first two situations while for SDE a bimodal GF distribution was often found. No phase changes were observed when the RH was varied between 10–90%, and the continuous water uptake could be well described with a single-parameter empirical model. The frequency distributions of the average hygroscopic growth factors and the width of the retrieved growth factor distributions (indicating whether the aerosol is internally or externally mixed are presented, which can be used for modeling purposes.

    Measurements of size resolved chemical composition were performed with an aerosol mass spectrometer in parallel to the GF measurements. This made it possible to estimate the apparent ensemble mean GF of the organics (GForg using inverse ZSR (Zdanovskii-Stokes-Robinson modeling. GForg was found to be ~1.20 at aw=0.85, which is at the upper end of previous laboratory and field data though still in agreement with the highly aged and oxidized nature of the Jungfraujoch aerosol.

  5. Compact Dexterous Robotic Hand (United States)

    Lovchik, Christopher Scott (Inventor); Diftler, Myron A. (Inventor)


    A compact robotic hand includes a palm housing, a wrist section, and a forearm section. The palm housing supports a plurality of fingers and one or more movable palm members that cooperate with the fingers to grasp and/or release an object. Each flexible finger comprises a plurality of hingedly connected segments, including a proximal segment pivotally connected to the palm housing. The proximal finger segment includes at least one groove defining first and second cam surfaces for engagement with a cable. A plurality of lead screw assemblies each carried by the palm housing are supplied with power from a flexible shaft rotated by an actuator and output linear motion to a cable move a finger. The cable is secured within a respective groove and enables each finger to move between an opened and closed position. A decoupling assembly pivotally connected to a proximal finger segment enables a cable connected thereto to control movement of an intermediate and distal finger segment independent of movement of the proximal finger segment. The dexterous robotic hand closely resembles the function of a human hand yet is light weight and capable of grasping both heavy and light objects with a high degree of precision.

  6. Compact photoacoustic tomography system (United States)

    Kalva, Sandeep Kumar; Pramanik, Manojit


    Photoacoustic tomography (PAT) is a non-ionizing biomedical imaging modality which finds applications in brain imaging, tumor angiogenesis, monitoring of vascularization, breast cancer imaging, monitoring of oxygen saturation levels etc. Typical PAT systems uses Q-switched Nd:YAG laser light illumination, single element large ultrasound transducer (UST) as detector. By holding the UST in horizontal plane and moving it in a circular motion around the sample in full 2π radians photoacoustic data is collected and images are reconstructed. The horizontal positioning of the UST make the scanning radius large, leading to larger water tank and also increases the load on the motor that rotates the UST. To overcome this limitation, we present a compact photoacoustic tomographic (ComPAT) system. In this ComPAT system, instead of holding the UST in horizontal plane, it is held in vertical plane and the photoacoustic waves generated at the sample are detected by the UST after it is reflected at 45° by an acoustic reflector attached to the transducer body. With this we can reduce the water tank size and load on the motor, thus overall PAT system size can be reduced. Here we show that with the ComPAT system nearly similar PA images (phantom and in vivo data) can be obtained as that of the existing PAT systems using both flat and cylindrically focused transducers.

  7. Fabrication of sub-micrometer PMOSFETs with sub-100 nm p sup + -n shallow junctions using Group III dual ion implantation

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    Lin, C.-M. (Intel Corp., Santa Clara, CA (USA)); Steckl, A.J. (Cincinnati Univ., OH (USA). Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering)


    Fabrication of sub-micrometer PMOSFETs with sub-100 nm p{sup +}-n source/drain junctions using all Group III ({sup 69}Ga, {sup 115}In, {sup 11}B, {sup 49}BF{sub 2}) dual ion implantation is reported. We have obtained low leakage p{sup +}-n shallow junctions with a depth less than 70 nm by implanting various combinations of Group III species in conjunction with low temperature rapid thermal annealing (25/3 keV Ga/B implant annealed at 600{sup 0}C for 30 s; 50/5 keV and 30/3 keV, In/B implants annealed at 900{sup 0}C for 10 s). Sub-micrometer (0.6-0.95 {mu}m) PMOSFETs have been fabricated with this technique. The Ga/B-implanted transistors exhibit a subthreshold slope of 95-105 mV/decade and yield a maximum transconductance of 35-45 mS/mm. The corresponding values for the In/B-implanted FETs are 100-110 mV/decade and 30-40 mS/mm. (author).

  8. A study on heat transfer characteristics of spherical and fibrous alumina nanofluids

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    Kim, Chang Kyu [Nuclear Materials Research Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daeduk-daero 989-111, Dukjin-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Quantum Energy Chemical Engineering, University of Science and Technology, 176 Gajung-dong, 217 Gajungro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-350 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Gyoung-Ja [Nuclear Materials Research Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daeduk-daero 989-111, Dukjin-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Rhee, Chang Kyu, E-mail: [Nuclear Materials Research Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daeduk-daero 989-111, Dukjin-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Spherical and fibrous alumina nanoparticles were prepared by pulsed wire evaporation and hydrolysis methods. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fibrous alumina nanofluid exhibited higher thermal conductivity enhancement than spherical one due to entangled structure of nanofibers with high aspect-ratio. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Decreasing rate of viscosity with temperature for fibrous alumina nanofluid was much larger than that for spherical one. - Abstract: Ethylene glycol based nanofluids containing spherical/fibrous alumina nanoparticles were synthesized by pulsed wire evaporation and hydrolysis methods. The crystallographic and morphological properties of the prepared nanoparticles were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen gas adsorption and transmission electron microscopy. The average diameter of spherical alumina nanoparticles was about 80 nm and the alumina nanofibers exhibited a high aspect ratio (length/width). The viscosity and thermal conductivity of the spherical/fibrous alumina nanofluids were experimentally measured in the temperature range from 25 to 80 Degree-Sign C. For the fibrous alumina nanofluid, the increase of temperature raised thermal conductivity but lowered viscosity. On the other hand, for the spherical alumina nanofluid, both thermal conductivity and viscosity were decreased with increasing temperature. In particular, the fibrous alumina nanofluid exhibited a higher enhancement of thermal conductivity than the spherical one due to the well-connected structure between entangled nanofibers with high aspect ratio.

  9. Compact instantaneous water heater

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    Azevedo, Jorge G.W.; Machado, Antonio R.; Ferraz, Andre D.; Rocha, Ivan C.C. da; Konishi, Ricardo [Companhia de Gas de Santa Catarina (SCGAS), Florianopolis, SC (Brazil); Lehmkuhl, Willian A.; Francisco Jr, Roberto W.; Hatanaka, Ricardo L.; Pereira, Fernando M.; Oliveira, Amir A.M. [Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianopolis, SC (Brazil)


    This paper presents an experimental study of combustion in an inert porous medium in a liquid heating device application. This project aims to increase efficiency in the application of natural gas in residential and commercial sectors with the use of advanced combustion and heat transfer. The goal is to facilitate the development of a high performance compact water heater allowing hot water supply for up to two simultaneous showers. The experiment consists in a cylindrical porous burner with an integrated annular water heat exchanger. The reactants were injected radially into the burner and the flame stabilizes within the porous matrix. The water circulates in a coiled pipe positioned at the center of the burner. This configuration allows for heat transfer by conduction and radiation from the solid matrix to the heat exchanger. This article presented preliminary experimental results of a new water heater based on an annular porous burner. The range of equivalence ratios tested varied from 0.65 to 0.8. The power range was varied from 3 to 5 kW. Increasing the equivalence ratio or decreasing the total power input of the burner resulted in increased thermal efficiencies of the water heater. Thermal efficiencies varying from 60 to 92% were obtained. The condition for the goal of a comfortable bath was 20 deg C for 8-12 L/min. This preliminary prototype has achieved water temperature of 11deg C for 5 L/min. Further optimizations will be necessary in order to achieve intense heating with high thermal efficiency. (author)

  10. Study of preparation and surface morphology of self-ordered nanoporous alumina; Estudo da preparacao e da morfologia de superficie de alumina nanoporosa auto-organizada

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    Rodrigues, Elisa Marchezini; Martins, Maximiliano Delany, E-mail:, E-mail: [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG. (Brazil); Silva, Ronald Arreguy, E-mail: [Centro Universitario de Belo Horizonte (UniBH), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)


    Nanoporous alumina is a typical material that exhibits self-ordered nanochannels spontaneously organized in hexagonal shape. Produced by anodizing of metallic aluminum, it has been used as a template for production of materials at the nanoscale. This work aimed to study the preparation of nanoporous alumina by anodic anodizing of metallic aluminum substrates. The nanoporous alumina was prepared following the methodology proposed by Masuda and Fukuda (1995), a two-step method consisting of anodizing the aluminum sample in the potentiostatic mode, removing the layer of aluminum oxide (alumina) formed and then repeat the anodization process under the same conditions as the first anodization. This method produces nanoporous alumina with narrow pore diameter distribution and well-ordered structure. (author)

  11. Positron energy-loss measurements in thin alumina films

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    Lynn, K.G.; Frieze, W.; Fischer, D.A.


    Transmitted-positron energy loss measurements were performed on approximately 100A alumina films with incident positron energies ranging from 0.5 to 3.0 keV. The positrons were electrostatically focussed on the film and the transmitted positrons were energy analyzed using a four-grid retarding field analyzer coupled with a two-stage channel electron multiplier plate connected with a phosphor screen. A strong transmitted elastic peak as well as indications of discrete energy losses were detected in these measurements. The observed discrete loss effects occurred at an average energy of approx. 25 eV and possibly approx. 50 eV. These findings are consistent with reported electron loss peaks due to plasmon excitation in alumina films.

  12. Structural transitions in alumina nanoparticles by heat treatment

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    Kaur, Nirmal; Khanna, Atul, E-mail: [Glass Physics and Sensors Laboratory, Department of Physics, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar-143005, Punjab (India); Chen, Banghao [Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4390 (United States); González, Fernando [Department of Chemistry and Process & Recourse Engineering, University of Cantabria, Santander-39005 (Spain)


    γ-alumina nanoparticles were annealed sequentially at 800°C, 950°C and 1100°C and structural transitions as a function of heat treatment were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and {sup 27}Al Magic Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (MAS-NMR) methods.. XRD studies found that γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is stable upto a temperature of at least 950°C and transforms to the thermodynamically stable α-phase after annealing at 1100°C. MAS-NMR revealed that γ-alumina contains AlO{sub 4} and AlO{sub 6} structural units in the ratio 1: 2, while α-phase contains only AlO{sub 6} units. DSC confirmed that γ → α transition initiates at 1060°C.

  13. Epitaxial growth of tungsten nanoparticles on alumina and spinel surfaces

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    Rodriguez-Suarez, T; Lopez-Esteban, S; Pecharroman, C; Esteban-Cubillo, A; Moya, J S [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), C/ Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz 3, 28049, Cantoblanco, Madrid (Spain); Diaz, L A; Torrecillas, R [Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology Research Center (CINN), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones CientIficas (CSIC), C/ Francisco Pintado Fe 26, 33011, Oviedo, Asturias (Spain); Gremillard, L [Universite de Lyon, INSA-Lyon, MATEIS, UMR CNRS 5510, 20 avenue Albert Einstein, Villeurbanne F-69621 (France)], E-mail:


    Isolated tungsten nanoparticles ({alpha}-W and {beta}-W phase) were synthesized and epitaxially grown on alumina and spinel particle surfaces with an average tungsten size of {<=}20 nm for a low tungsten content (of {<=}1.5 vol%). Using tungsten (VI) ethoxide alcoholic solutions, tungsten trioxide hydrated precursors were attached to a ceramic grains surface as a nanoparticle coating. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) micrographs showed epitaxial interfaces between alumina, spinel and metallic tungsten. This epitaxial growth is assumed to be due to the effect of water vapour on the sublimation of ortho-tungstic acid during the reduction process in a hydrogen atmosphere. The planes involved in the epitaxy were found to be (22-bar 0){sub Al2O3} parallel (121){sub W} and (311){sub MgAl2O4} parallel (110){sub W}.

  14. Health monitoring technology for alumina-fiber-reinforced plastic

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    Aoyama, Hiroshi [Hitachi Ltd., Tsuchiura (Japan); Watanabe, Hiroyuki; Terai, Motoaki


    Formally, we developed new load-support systems that consists of a biconical, alumina-fiber-reinforced plastic (ERP) structure for the superconducting magnet. Safe operation of the superconducting magnet will be jeopardized if the mechanical condition of the load-support system begins to degrade. One of the factors that evaluate the soundness of the superconducting magnet is the stiffness of the load-support system. Here, it is important to know the relation between the degradation of the stiffness and the growth of defects. For this purpose, firstly, a fatigue test of the load-support system was carried out, and the various defects (matrix cracking and delamination of FRP laminates) were observed during this fatigue testing. Finally, we proposed the application of two non-destructive-evaluation (NDE) methods for the health monitoring of alumina/epoxy load-support systems. (author)

  15. Alumina lightweight ceramics modified with plasma synthesized nanopowders (United States)

    Zake, I.; Svinka, R.; Svinka, V.; Palcevskis, E.


    The aim of this study is to clarify possibilities of using plasma synthesized Al2O3 and SiC nanopowders as additives in alumina lightweight ceramics prepared by slip casting. Each plasma synthesized nanopowder (PSNP) was incorporated in the material by a different method, because of their diverse influence on the properties of slip. Al2O3 PSNP was introduced in the matrix in form of aqueous suspension. SiC nanopowder was added directly to raw materials. Bending strength, bulk density, apparent porosity and thermal shock resistance were determined to evaluate the influence of these additives. The effect of Al2O3 PSNP addition on the properties of material depends on the initial sintering temperature. SiC particles during sintering oxidize into SiO2 and then in the reaction with alumina form mullite. Addition of SiC considerably improves bending strength and thermal shock resistance.

  16. Catalyst materials based on plasma-processed alumina nanopowder

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    Dubencovs Konstantins


    Full Text Available A platinum catalyst for glycerol oxidation by molecular oxygen has been developed applying the extractive-pyrolytic method and using, as a support, a fine alumina powder with an average particle size of 30-60 nm processed by plasma technology. The extractive-pyrolytic method (EPM allows affixing small amounts of catalytic metals (1-5% with the particle size ranging from several nanometers to several tens of nanometers onto the surface of the support. The prepared material - 4.8 wt. % platinum on nano-sized alumina - can be used as a catalyst for glycerol oxidation by oxygen with conversion up to 84%, in order to produce some organic acids (glyceric and lactic acid with a selectivity of about 60%.

  17. Influence of the Precursor on Cerium Distribution over Alumina (United States)

    Appel, Lucia G.; Appel, Lucia G.; Eon, J. G.; Schmal, M.


    The Ce/Al2O3 catalysts were prepared with Ce(NO3)3, (NH4)2Ce(NO3)6 and with cerium acethylacetonate precursors over alumina, by impregnation and grafting, respectively. Results have shown that the CeO2 surface area of the catalysts with the nitrate precursors is very similar but much higher on the catalysts with the acethylacetonate after grafting. The reducibility of this catalyst is better than of the catalysts with the nitrate precursor. TPR results indicate a reduction of CeO2, the formation of CeAlO3 and Ce2O3. The experimental condition employed here allows to attain saturation over alumina which is probably due to steric effects of the Ce(Acet)3 molecules.

  18. Synthesis of catalysts supported in {gamma}-alumina; Sintese de catalisadores suportados na {gamma}-alumina

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    Pereira, Luiza Gabriel; Silva, A.J.N.; Santos, I.M.G.; Souza, A.G. [Paraiba Univ, Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica. Lab. de Termoquimica e Materiais]. E-mail:; Fernandes Junior, V.J.; Araujo, A.S. [Rio Grande do Norte Univ., Natal, RN (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica. Lab. de Combustiveis


    Fuels contain a great amount of undesirable pollutants as asphaltenes, metals, sulfides and nitrogen compounds. The content of sulfur in petroleum is around 1%,. When burned, fuels liberate SO{sub x}, the greatest air pollutant . The maximum sulfur quantity in diesel is {approx}350 wppm, but in agreement to European specifications, this content will fall to 50 wppm up to 2005. To remove this sulfur a deep hydrodesulfurization is necessary, requiring high performance catalysts. This way, in this work, the following catalysts were synthesized, using Pechini method: MoO{sub 3} containing Ni and/or Co supported on {gamma}-alumina, with the formulas Co{sub x}Mo{sub 1-x}O{sub 3}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Ni{sub x}Mo{sub 1-x}O{sub 3}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Ni{sub x/2}Co{sub x/2}Mo{sub 1-x}O{sub 3}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} where x 0,01, 0,02 and 0,03 in mol percentage. This method was proposed, due to its high stoichiometry control, purity, reproducibility and homogeneity. All catalysts were submitted to thermal treatment at 500 deg C to 700 deg C and characterized by thermogravimetry, infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction. Results indicate the stabilization of the requested composition at around 622 deg C. The X-ray diffraction results indicate that secondary phase increases with dopant amount. (author)

  19. Compact, Airborne Multispecies Sensor Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The Small Business Innovative Research Phase I proposal seeks to develop a compact mid-infrared laser spectrometer to benefit Earth science research activities. To...

  20. Compact energy conversion module Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This STTR project delivers a compact vibration-based Energy Conversion Module (ECM) that powers sensors for purposes like structural health monitoring (SHM). NASA...

  1. Compact, Ultrasensitive Formaldehyde Monitor Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The Small Business Innovative Research Phase II proposal seeks to develop a compact UV laser ?based sensor for Earth science and planetary atmosphere exploration....

  2. What Is Business's Social Compact? (United States)

    Avishai, Bernard


    Under the "new" social compact, businesses must focus on continuous learning and thus have both an obligation to support teaching and an opportunity to profit from it. Learning organizations must also be teaching organizations. (SK)

  3. A Parallel Compact Hash Table

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    van der Vegt, Steven; Laarman, Alfons; Vojnar, Tomas


    We present the first parallel compact hash table algorithm. It delivers high performance and scalability due to its dynamic region-based locking scheme with only a fraction of the memory requirements of a regular hash table.

  4. Collapse settlement in compacted soils

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    Booth, AR


    Full Text Available Research into collapse settlement in compacted soils is described, with special reference to recent cases in Southern Africa where collapse settlement occurred in road embankments following wetting of the soil. The laboratory work described...

  5. Efective infrared reflectivity and dielectric function of polycrystalline alumina ceramics

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    Nuzhnyy, Dmitry; Petzelt, Jan; Borodavka, Fedir; Vaněk, Přemysl; Šimek, Daniel; Trunec, D.; Maca, K.


    Roč. 254, č. 5 (2017), s. 1-8, č. článku 1600607. ISSN 0370-1972 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA15-08389S Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : alumina * ceramics * effective dielectric function * effective medium approximation * geometrical resonances * infrared reflectivity Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism OBOR OECD: Condensed matter physics (including formerly solid state physics, supercond.) Impact factor: 1.674, year: 2016

  6. d-zero Magnetism in Nanoporous Amorphous Alumina Membranes


    Esmaeily, Amir Sajad; Venkatesan, M.; Sen, S.; Coey, J. M. D.


    Nanoporous alumina membranes produced by mild or hard anodisation in oxalic acid at potentials ranging from 5 - 140 V have a controllable pore surface area of up to 200 times the membrane area. They exhibit a saturating magnetic response that is temperature-independent and almost anhysteretic below room temperature. The magnetism cannot be explained by the ~1 ppm of transition-metal impurities present in the membranes. The magnetic moment increases with the area of the open nanopores, reachin...

  7. Ion irradiation effect of alumina and its luminescence

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    Aoki, Yasushi; Yamamoto, Shunya; Naramoto, Hiroshi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Takasaki, Gunma (Japan). Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment; My, N.T.


    The luminescence spectra of single crystalline alpha-alumina and ruby which has 0.02% of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} as a impurity, induced by 200 keV He{sup +} and Ar{sup +} irradiation were measured at room temperature as a function of irradiation dose. The analysis of the measured spectra showed the existence of three main luminescence features in the wavelength region of 250 to 350 nm, namely anionic color centers, F-center at 411 nm and F{sup +}-center at 330 nm and a band observed around 315 nm. As alpha-alumina was irradiated with He{sup +}, F-center and F{sup +}-center luminescence grew and decayed, but the behaviors of those were different from each other. It seems that a concentration quenching occurred on the F-center luminescence in the dose range above 1x10{sup 14} He/cm{sup 2}. Furthermore, F-center luminescence was strongly suppressed in ruby, compared with that in alumina. On the other hand, the luminescence band around 315 nm appeared only in the early stage of irradiation and did not show its growth part. The dose dependent behavior was similar to that of Cr{sup 3+} emission at 695 nm (R-line) in ruby in both cases of He{sup +} and Ar{sup +} irradiation. Based on the experimental results mentioned above, the processes of defect formation and excitation in alumina in the early stage of ion irradiation will be discussed. (author)

  8. Results of recent KROTOS FCI tests. Alumina vs. corium melts

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    Huhtiniemi, I.; Magallon, D.; Hohmann, H. [Commission of the European Communities, Ispra (Italy). Joint Research Center


    Recent results from KROTOS fuel-coolant interaction experiments are discussed. Five tests with alumina were performed under highly subcooled conditions, all of these tests resulted in spontaneous steam explosions. Additionally, four tests were performed at low subcooling to confirm, on one hand, the suppression of spontaneous steam explosions under such conditions and, on the other hand, that such a system is still triggerable using an external initiator. The other test parameters in these alumina tests included the melt superheat and the initial pressure. All the tests in the investigated superheat range (150 K - 750 K) produced a steam explosion and no evidence of the explosion suppression by the elevated initial pressure (in the limited range of 0.1 - 0.375 MPa) was observed in the alumina tests. The corium test series include a test with 3 kg of melt under both subcooled and near saturated conditions at ambient pressure. Two additional tests were performed with subcooled water; one test was performed at an elevated pressure of 0.2 MPa with 2.4 kg of melt and another test with 5.1 kg of melt at ambient pressure. None of these tests with corium produced a propagating energetic steam explosion. However, propagating low energy (about twice the energy of the trigger pulse) events were observed. All corium tests produced significantly higher water level swells during the mixing phase than the corresponding alumina tests. Present experimental evidence suggests that the water depletion in the mixing zone suppresses energetic steam explosions with corium melts at ambient pressure and in the present pour geometry. Processes that could produce such a difference in void generation are discussed. (author)

  9. Proton adsorption onto alumina: extension of multisite complexation (MUSIC) theory

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    Nagashima, K.; Blum, F.D.


    The adsorption isotherm of protons onto a commercial {gamma}-alumina sample was determined in aqueous nitric acid with sodium nitrate as a background electrolyte. Three discrete regions could be discerned in the log-log plots of the proton isotherm determined at the solution pH 5 to 2. The multisite complexation (MUSIC) model was modified to analyze the simultaneous adsorption of protons onto various kinds of surface species.

  10. Advances in Zirconia Toughened Alumina Biomaterials for Total Joint Replacement (United States)

    Kurtz, Steven M.; Kocagöz, Sevi; Arnholt, Christina; Huet, Roland; Ueno, Masaru; Walter, William L.


    The objective of this article is to provide an up-to-date overview of zirconia-toughened alumina (ZTA) components used in total hip arthroplasties. The structure, mechanical properties, and available data regarding the clinical performance of ZTA are summarized. The advancements that have been made in understanding the in vivo performance of ZTA are investigated. This article concludes with a discussion of gaps in the literature related to ceramic biomaterials and avenues for future research. PMID:23746930

  11. ERRATUM Sintering behaviour of spinel–alumina composites

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    ERRATUM. Sintering behaviour of spinel–alumina composites. Soumen Pal, A K Bandyopadhyay, P G Pal, S Mukherjee and B N Samaddar 2009 Bull. Mater. Sci. 32 169–176. In page 171, table 5, “Green densities (g cm. –2. ) should be read as Green densities (g cm. –3. )”. In the same table, 4th column, first line, “2⋅45” ...

  12. Compaction with Automatic Jog Introduction (United States)


    conserve area. For these reasons, compaction algorithms have gained widespread attention in the VLSI literature S ,[4, 5, 9, 111, and have been incorporated...graph is (V,E), then Dijkstra’s algorithm runs in time 6 (IEl - IVI log IV!) using Fibonacci heaps [3]. In contrast, the longest- path algorithm of...however, so that hierarchical compaction can alleviate much of the resource -. 33 pa. .1 N’, problem. It also may be suited to use in channel routing

  13. Nanostructural Engineering of Nanoporous Anodic Alumina for Biosensing Applications

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    Josep Ferré-Borrull


    Full Text Available Modifying the diameter of the pores in nanoporous anodic alumina opens new possibilities in the application of this material. In this work, we review the different nanoengineering methods by classifying them into two kinds: in situ and ex situ. Ex situ methods imply the interruption of the anodization process and the addition of intermediate steps, while in situ methods aim at realizing the in-depth pore modulation by continuous changes in the anodization conditions. Ex situ methods permit a greater versatility in the pore geometry, while in situ methods are simpler and adequate for repeated cycles. As an example of ex situ methods, we analyze the effect of changing drastically one of the anodization parameters (anodization voltage, electrolyte composition or concentration. We also introduce in situ methods to obtain distributed Bragg reflectors or rugate filters in nanoporous anodic alumina with cyclic anodization voltage or current. This nanopore engineering permits us to propose new applications in the field of biosensing: using the unique reflectance or photoluminescence properties of the material to obtain photonic barcodes, applying a gold-coated double-layer nanoporous alumina to design a self-referencing protein sensor or giving a proof-of-concept of the refractive index sensing capabilities of nanoporous rugate filters.

  14. Thermodynamics of selenium sorption on alumina and montmorillonite

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    Jean-Pierre Morel


    Full Text Available The effect of pH and temperature on the thermodynamics of selenium sorption on alumina and montmorillonite was investigated. The equilibrium constants were obtained from batch experiments carried out at 25 and 40°C, under acidic and near to neutral conditions. Microcalorimetry was used to measure directly the enthalpy change upon sorption. These data were analysed by taking into account the different reactions that occur during the sorption process (the acid–base equilibria in the bulk solution on the one hand and the complexation equilibria between surface sites of the solid and solution species on the other hand. This was done using a simple surface model which assumes that the thermodynamic properties of the aluminol surface sites of both alumina and montmorillonite are identical. Two of the considered reactions were found to predominate, one under acidic conditions and one at near neutral pH. The microcalorimetric data allowed to check that the temperature effect on selenium sorption on alumina and montmorillonite can be correctly predicted simply using the above assumption concerning the sorption sites and by applying van’t Hoff relation both to the homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions.

  15. Liquid permeation and chemical stability of anodic alumina membranes

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    Dmitrii I. Petukhov


    Full Text Available A study on the chemical stability of anodic alumina membranes and their performance in long-term water and organic solvent permeation experiments is reported. Anodic alumina possesses high stability for both protonic and aprotonic organic solvents. However, serious degradation of the membrane occurs in pure water, leading to a drastic decrease of permeance (over 20% of the initial value after the passing of 0.250 m3/m2 of pure water. The drying of the membrane induces further permeance drop-off. The rate of membrane degradation strongly depends on the pH of the penetrant solution and increases in basic media. According to 27Al NMR and thermogravimetry results, the degradation of the membranes is associated with the dissolution of water-soluble [Al13O4(OH24(H2O12]7+ polyhydroxocomplexes and their further redeposition in the form of [Al(OH4]−, resulting in channels blocking. This process intensifies in basic pH due to the high positive charge of the anodic alumina surface. An approach for improving anodic aluminum oxide stability towards dissolution in water by carbon CVD coating of the membrane walls is suggested.

  16. Nanocarbon-Coated Porous Anodic Alumina for Bionic Devices

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    Morteza Aramesh


    Full Text Available A highly-stable and biocompatible nanoporous electrode is demonstrated herein. The electrode is based on a porous anodic alumina which is conformally coated with an ultra-thin layer of diamond-like carbon. The nanocarbon coating plays an essential role for the chemical stability and biocompatibility of the electrodes; thus, the coated electrodes are ideally suited for biomedical applications. The corrosion resistance of the proposed electrodes was tested under extreme chemical conditions, such as in boiling acidic/alkali environments. The nanostructured morphology and the surface chemistry of the electrodes were maintained after wet/dry chemical corrosion tests. The non-cytotoxicity of the electrodes was tested by standard toxicity tests using mouse fibroblasts and cortical neurons. Furthermore, the cell–electrode interaction of cortical neurons with nanocarbon coated nanoporous anodic alumina was studied in vitro. Cortical neurons were found to attach and spread to the nanocarbon coated electrodes without using additional biomolecules, whilst no cell attachment was observed on the surface of the bare anodic alumina. Neurite growth appeared to be sensitive to nanotopographical features of the electrodes. The proposed electrodes show a great promise for practical applications such as retinal prostheses and bionic implants in general.

  17. Wear and flexural strength comparisons of alumina/feldspar resin infiltrated dental composites. (United States)

    Le Roux, A R; Lachman, N; Walker, M; Botha, T


    Incorporating a feldspar chemical bond between alumina filler particles is expected to increase the wear-resistant and flexural strength properties. An investigation was carried out to evaluate the influence of the feldspar chemical bonding between alumina filler particles on wear and flexural strength of experimental alumina/feldspar dental composites. It was hypothesized that wear resistance and flexural strength would be significantly increased with increased feldspar mass. Alumina was chemically sintered and bonded with 30% and 60% feldspar mass, silanized and infiltrated with UDMA resin to prepare the dental restorative composite material. Higher wear-resistant characteristics resulted with increased feldspar mass of up to 60% (p 0.05). Feldspar chemical bonding between the alumina particles may improve on the wear-resistance and flexural strength of alumina/feldspar composites.

  18. Formation process of a strong water-repellent alumina surface by the sol-gel method (United States)

    Feng, Libang; Li, Hui; Song, Yongfeng; Wang, Yulong


    A novel strong water-repellent alumina thin film is fabricated by chemically adsorbing stearic acid (STA) layer onto the porous and roughened aluminum film coated with polyethyleneimine (PEI). The formation process and the structure of the strong water-repellent alumina film are investigated by means of contact angle measurement and atomic force microscope (AFM). Results show that the water contact angles for the alumina films increase with the increase of the immersion time in the boiling water, and meanwhile, the roughness of the alumina films increases with the dissolution of the boehmite in the boiling water. Finally, the strong water-repellent film with a high water contact angle of 139.1° is obtained when the alumina films have distinct roughened morphology with some papillary peaks and porous structure. Moreover, both the roughened structure and the hydrophobic materials of the STA endow the alumina films with the strong water-repellence.

  19. Comparative study on sintered alumina for ballistic shielding application; Estudo comparativo entre aluminas sinterizadas visando aplicacao em blindagem balistica

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    Melo, Francisco Cristovao Lourenco de; Goncalves, Diniz Pereira [Centro Tecnico Aeroespacial (CTA), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Aeronautica e Espaco


    This work presents a development of the armor made from special ceramic materials and kevlar. An experimental investigation was conducted to study the ballistic penetration resistance on three samples taken from sintered alumina: a commercial one and two formulations A and B made in IAE/CTA. The main differences between the two formulations was the grain size and bend resistance. The knowledge of the mechanisms during the penetration and perforation process allowed to apply a ductile composite laminate made form kevlar under the alumina to delay its rupture. The last ballistic test showed how a Weibull`s modulii and other mechanical properties are able to improve ballistic penetration resistance. (author) 3 refs.



    Daidong Guo; Shiquan Liu


    Alumina ceramics were prepared either with micrometer-sized alumina powder (MAP) or with the addition of nanometer-sized alumina powder (NAP). The density, crystalline phase, flexural strength and the fracture surface of the two ceramics were measured and compared. Emphasis has been put on the influence of nanopowder addition on the flexural strength of Al₂O₃ ceramic. The analysis based on the Weibull distribution model suggests the distribution of the flexural strength of the NAP ceramic is ...

  1. The classification of 2-compact groups

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    K. S. Andersen, Kasper; Grodal, Jesper


    We prove that any connected 2-compact group is classified by its 2-adic root datum, and in particular the exotic 2-compact group DI(4), constructed by Dwyer-Wilkerson, is the only simple 2-compact group not arising as the 2-completion of a compact connected Lie group. Combined with our earlier wo...

  2. Viscosity of aqueous and cyanate ester suspensions containing alumina nanoparticles

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    Lawler, Katherine [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)


    The viscosities of both aqueous and cyanate ester monomer (BECy) based suspensions of alumina nanoparticle were studied. The applications for these suspensions are different: aqueous suspensions of alumina nanoparticles are used in the production of technical ceramics made by slip casting or tape casting, and the BECy based suspensions are being developed for use in an injection-type composite repair resin. In the case of aqueous suspensions, it is advantageous to achieve a high solids content with low viscosity in order to produce a high quality product. The addition of a dispersant is useful so that higher solids content suspensions can be used with lower viscosities. For BECy suspensions, the addition of nanoparticles to the BECy resin is expected to enhance the mechanical properties of the cured composite. The addition of saccharides to aqueous suspensions leads to viscosity reduction. Through DSC measurements it was found that the saccharide molecules formed a solution with water and this resulted in lowering the melting temperature of the free water according to classic freezing point depression. Saccharides also lowered the melting temperature of the bound water, but this followed a different rule. The shear thinning and melting behaviors of the suspensions were used to develop a model based on fractal-type agglomeration. It is believed that the structure of the particle flocs in these suspensions changes with the addition of saccharides which leads to the resultant viscosity decrease. The viscosity of the BECy suspensions increased with solids content, and the viscosity increase was greater than predicted by the classical Einstein equation for dilute suspensions. Instead, the Mooney equation fits the viscosity behavior well from 0-20 vol% solids. The viscosity reduction achieved at high particle loadings by the addition of benzoic acid was also investigated by NMR. It appears that the benzoic acid interacts with the surface of the alumina particle which may

  3. The effect of alumina nanofillers size and shape on mechanical behavior of PMMA matrix composite

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    Ben Hasan Somaya Ahmed


    Full Text Available Composites with the addition of alumina nanofillers show improvement in mechanical properties. The PMMA polymer was used as a matrix and two different types of nanofillers, having extremely different shapes were added in the matrix to form the composite. Reinforcements were based on alumina nanoparticles having either spherical shape or whiskers having the length to diameter ratio of 100. The influence of alumina fillers size, shape and fillers loading on mechanical properties of prepared composite were studied using the nanoindentation measurements and dynamic mechanical analysis. It was observed that both alumina whiskers and alumina spherical nanoparticles added in the PMMA matrix improved the mechanical properties of the composite but the improvement was significantly higher with alumina whisker reinforcement. The concentration of the reinforcing alumina spherical nanoparticles and alumina whiskers in PMMA matrix varied up to 5 wt. %. The best performance was obtained by the addition of 3 wt. % of alumina whiskers in the PMMA matrix with regard to mechanical properties of the obtained composite.

  4. On the possibility of producing alumina ceramic with a slight electrical conductivity

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    Caspers, Fritz


    Antistatic alumina ceramic is desirable for certain particle accelerator applications. In general, highly insulating surface close to a charged particle beam must be avoided in order to prevent the formation of ion pockets and other unwanted electrical effects. For the AA vacuum chamber (UHV), an antistatic ferrite has been produced and successfully installed. The fabrication of antistatic alumina might be possible in a similar way. By using certain metal oxides in the cement, which holds the alumina particles together, a slight conductivity could be obtained after the firing and sintering process, without deteriorating the mechanical and outgassing properties of the alumina compound.

  5. Low-temperature carbon monoxide oxidation catalysed by regenerable atomically dispersed palladium on alumina

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    Peterson, Eric J; DeLaRiva, Andrew T; Lin, Sen; Johnson, Ryan S; Guo, Hua; Miller, Jeffrey T; Hun Kwak, Ja; Peden, Charles H F; Kiefer, Boris; Allard, Lawrence F; Ribeiro, Fabio H; Datye, Abhaya K


    .... Aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy and operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy confirm the presence of intermingled palladium and lanthanum on the γ-alumina surface...

  6. Simulating aerosol microphysics with the ECHAM4/MADE GCM – Part II: Results from a first multiannual simulation of the submicrometer aerosol

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    A. Lauer


    Full Text Available First results of a multiannual integration with the new global aerosol model system ECHAM4/MADE are presented. This model system enables simulations of the particle number concentration and size-distribution, which is a fundamental innovation compared to previous global model studies considering aerosol mass cycles only. The data calculated by the model provide detailed insights into the properties of the global submicrometer aerosol regarding global burden, chemical composition, atmospheric residence time, particle number concentration and size-distribution. The aerosol components considered by the model are sulfate (SO4, nitrate (NO3, ammonium (NH4, black carbon (BC, organic matter (OM, mineral dust, sea salt and aerosol water. The simulated climatological annual mean global atmospheric burdens (residence times of the dominant submicrometer aerosol components are 2.25 Tg (4.5 d for SO4, 0.46 Tg (4.5 d for NH4, 0.26 Tg (6.6 d for BC, and 1.77 Tg (6.5 d for OM. The contributions of individual processes such as emission, nucleation, condensation or dry and wet deposition to the global sources and sinks of specific aerosol components and particle number concentration are quantified. Based on this analysis, the significance of aerosol microphysical processes (nucleation, condensation, coagulation is evaluated by comparison to the importance of other processes relevant for the submicrometer aerosol on the global scale. The results reveal that aerosol microphysics are essential for the simulation of the particle number concentration and important but not vital for the simulation of particle mass concentration. Hence aerosol microphysics should be taken into account in simulations of atmospheric processes showing a significant dependence on aerosol particle number concentration. The analysis of the vertical variation of the microphysical net production and net depletion rates performed for particle number concentration, sulfate mass and black carbon

  7. Compact Intracloud Discharges

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    Smith, David A. [Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)


    In November of 1993, mysterious signals recorded by a satellite-borne broadband VHF radio science experiment called Blackboard led to a completely unexpected discovery. Prior to launch of the ALEXIS satellite, it was thought that its secondary payload, Blackboard, would most often detect the radio emissions from lightning when its receiver was not overwhelmed by noise from narrowband communication carriers. Instead, the vast majority of events that triggered the instrument were isolated pairs of pulses that were one hundred times more energetic than normal thunderstorm electrical emissions. The events, which came to be known as TIPPs (for transionospheric pulse pairs), presented a true mystery to the geophysics community. At the time, it was not even known whether the events had natural or anthropogenic origins. After two and one half years of research into the unique signals, two ground-based receiver arrays in New Mexico first began to detect and record thunderstorm radio emissions that were consistent with the Blackboard observations. On two occasions, the ground-based systems and Blackboard even recorded emissions that were produced by the same exact events. From the ground based observations, it has been determined that TIPP events areproduced by brief, singular, isolated, intracloud electrical discharges that occur in intense regions of thunderstorms. These discharges have been dubbed CIDS, an acronym for compact intracloud discharges. During the summer of 1996, ground-based receiver arrays were used to record the electric field change signals and broadband HF emissions from hundreds of CIDS. Event timing that was accurate to within a few microseconds made possible the determination of source locations using methods of differential time of arrival. Ionospheric reflections of signals were recorded in addition to groundwave/line-of-sight signals and were used to determine accurate altitudes for the discharges. Twenty-four CIDS were recorded from three

  8. Summary of Self-compacting Concrete Workability


    GUO Gui-xiang; Duan Hong-jun


    On the basis of a large number of domestic and foreign literature, situation and development of self-compacting concrete is introduced. Summary of the compacting theory of self-compacting concrete. And some of the factors affecting the workability of self-compacting concrete were discussed and summarized to a certain extent. Aims to further promote the application and research of self-compacting concrete

  9. Alumina-alumina artificial hip joints. Part II: characterisation of the wear debris from in vitro hip joint simulations. (United States)

    Tipper, J L; Hatton, A; Nevelos, J E; Ingham, E; Doyle, C; Streicher, R; Nevelos, A B; Fisher, J


    Until recently it was not possible to reproduce clinically relevant wear rates and wear patterns in in vitro hip joint simulators for alumina ceramic-on-ceramic hip prostheses. The introduction of microseparation of the prosthesis components into in vitro wear simulations produced clinically relevant wear rates and wear patterns for the first time. The aim of this study was to characterise the wear particles generated from standard simulator testing and microseparation simulator testing of hot isostatically pressed (HIPed) and non-HIPed alumina ceramic-on-ceramic hip prostheses, and compare these particles to those generated in vivo. Standard simulation conditions produced wear rates of approximately 0.1 mm3 per million cycles for both material types. No change in surface roughness was detected and very few wear features were observed. In contrast, when microseparation was introduced into the wear simulation, wear rates of between 1.24 (HIPed) and 1.74 mm3 per million cycles (non-HIPed) were produced. Surface roughness increased and a wear stripe often observed clinically on retrieved femoral heads was also reproduced. Under standard simulation conditions only nanometre-sized wear particles (2-27.5 nm) were observed by TEM, and it was thought likely that these particles resulted from relief polishing of the alumina ceramic. However, when microseparation of the prosthesis components was introduced into the simulation, a bi-modal distribution of particle sizes was observed. The nanometre-sized particles produced by relief polishing were present (1-35nm). however, larger micrometre-sized particles were also observed by both transmission electron microscopy (TEM) (0.021 microm) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) (0.05-->10 microm). These larger particles were thought to originate from the wear stripe and were produced by trans-granular fracture of the alumina ceramic. In Part I of this study, alumina ceramic wear particles were isolated from the periprosthetic

  10. Compact magnetic confinement fusion: Spherical torus and compact torus

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    Zhe Gao


    Full Text Available The spherical torus (ST and compact torus (CT are two kinds of alternative magnetic confinement fusion concepts with compact geometry. The ST is actually a sub-category of tokamak with a low aspect ratio; while the CT is a toroidal magnetic configuration with a simply-connected geometry including spheromak and field reversed pinch. The ST and CT have potential advantages for ultimate fusion reactor; while at present they can also provide unique fusion science and technology contributions for mainstream fusion research. However, some critical scientific and technology issues should be extensively investigated.


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    Maria Ulfah


    Full Text Available EFFECT OF ALUMINA SUPPORT PROPERTIES ON THE NICKEL-MOLIBDENUM BASE HYDROTREATING CATALYST. Effect of surface characteristics of three species of synthesized γ-alumina (alumina-1, alumina-2 and alumina-3 on characteristics NiMo catalysts has been studied. Those aluminas are derived from boehmite Catapal B by varying rasio mol nitric acid to boehmite. A sol-gel method is used to synthesize γ-Al2O3 support. The Nitrogen adsorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD, Temperature Programmed Reduction (TPR of H2, Temperature Programmed Desorption (TPD of NH3, and mechanical strength are used to characterize the supports and catalysts. The results showed that the surface area alumina affects the formation of crystalline MoO3 in the NiMo catalyst, while γ-Al2O3-3 support which has the highest surface area (about 195 m2/g compared to the other two types of alumina (>195 m2/g does not have a crystalline MoO3. The formation of crystalline MoO3 is not influenced by the acidity alumina. Based on the results of XRD, it is  indicated that the supported alumina-3 NiMo catalyst (having the highest acid strength shows that there is no presence of crystalline MoO3. Pore size distribution of support did not change significantly after the deposition of Ni and Mo oxides. Mechanical strength of support also affects the strength NiMo catalyst. Support alumina-3 which has the highest mechanical strength gives the mechanical strength of the highest NiMo catalyst. Pengaruh sifat penyangga γ-alumina hasil pengembangan (alumina-1, alumina-2 dan alumina-3 pada karakter katalis hydrotreating nikel-molibdenum (NiMo telah dipelajari. Ketiga jenis γ-alumina diturunkan dari boehmite “Catapal B” dengan menvariasikan nisbah mol asam nitrat terhadap boehmite. Pembuatan γ-alumina menggunakan metoda sol-gel. Adsorpsi Nitrogen, X-ray difraksi (XRD, Temperature Programmed Reduction (TPR H2, Temperature Programmed Desorption (TPD NH3, dan kekuatan mekanik digunakan untuk

  12. A simple sheathless CE-MS interface with a sub-micrometer electrical contact fracture for sensitive analysis of peptide and protein samples

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    Nguyen, Tam T. T. N.; Petersen, Nickolaj J.; Rand, Kasper Dyrberg


    of forming a sub-micrometer fracture directly in the capillary. The simple interface design allowed the generation of a stable ESI spray capable of ionization at low nanoliter flow-rates (45–90 nL/min) for high sensitivity MS analysis of challenging samples like those containing proteins and peptides...... profile was achieved and comparable sequence coverage was obtained by the CE-MS method (73%) compared to a representative UPLC-MS method (77%). The CE-MS interface was subsequently used to analyse a more complex sample of pharmaceutically relevant human proteins including insulin, tissue factor and α......Online coupling of capillary electrophoresis (CE) to electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (MS) has shown considerable potential, however, technical challenges have limited its use. In this study, we have developed a simple and sensitive sheathless CE-MS interface based on the novel concept...

  13. The United Nations Global Compact

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    Rasche, Andreas; Waddock, Sandra; McIntosh, Malcolm


    This article reviews the interdisciplinary literature on the UN Global Compact. The review identifies three research perspectives, which scholars have used to study the UN Global Compact so far: a historical perspective discussing the Global Compact in the context of UN-business relations......, an operational perspective discussing the composition and impact of its participants, as well as a governance perspective discussing the constraints and opportunities of the initiative as an institutionalized arena for addressing global governance gaps. The authors contrast these three perspectives and identify...... key empirical as well as conceptual scholarly contributions. The remainder of this article contains focused summaries of the articles selected for this Special Issue. All articles are introduced and evaluated against the background of the three research perspectives....

  14. Compaction Stress in Fine Powders

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    Hurd, A.J.; Kenkre, V.M.; Pease, E.A.; Scott, J.E.


    A vexing feature in granular materials compaction is density extrema interior to a compacted shape. Such inhomogeneities can lead to weaknesses and loss of dimensional control in ceramic parts, unpredictable dissolution of pharmaceuticals, and undesirable stress concentration in load-bearing soil. As an example, the centerline density in a cylindrical compact often does not decrease monotonically from the pressure source but exhibits local maxima and minima. Two lines of thought in the literature predict, respectively, diffusive and wavelike propagation of stress. Here, a general memory function approach has been formulated that unifies these previous treatments as special cases; by analyzing a convenient intermediate case, the telegrapher's equation, one sees that local density maxima arise via semidiffusive stress waves reflecting from the die walls and adding constructively at the centerline.

  15. Plasticizing aqueous suspensions of concentrated alumina with maltodextrin sugar

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    Schilling, C.H.; Bellman, R.A.; Smith, R.M.; Goel, H. [Ames Lab., IA (United States)]|[Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Giesche, H. [Alfred Univ., NY (United States). New York State Coll. of Ceramics


    Aqueous suspensions of submicrometer, 20 vol% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder exhibited a transition from strongly flocculated, thixotropic behavior to a low-viscosity, Newtonian-like state upon adding small amounts of maltodextrin (0.03 g of maltodextrin/(g of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3})). These suspensions could be filter pressed to highly dense (57%) and extrudable pastes only when prepared with maltodextrin. The authors analyzed the interaction of maltodextrin with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder surfaces and quantitatively measured the resulting claylike consolidation, rheological, and extrusion behaviors. Benbow extrusion parameters were comparable to, but higher than, those of kaolin at approximately the same packing density of 57 vol%. In contrast, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} filter cakes without maltodextrin at 57 vol% density were too stiff to be extruded. Measurements of rheological properties, acoustophoresis, electrophoresis, sorption isotherms, and diffuse reflectance Fourier infrared spectroscopy supported the hypothesis that sorbate-mediated steric hindrance, rather than electrostatic, interparticle repulsion, is important to enhancing the consolidation and fluidity of maltodextrin-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} suspensions. Viscosity measurements on aqueous maltodextrin solutions indicated that free maltodextrin in solution does not improve suspension fluidity by decreasing the viscosity of the interparticle solution.

  16. Professional Windows Embedded Compact 7

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    Phung, Samuel; Joubert, Thierry; Hall, Mike


    Learn to program an array of customized devices and solutions As a compact, highly efficient, scalable operating system, Windows Embedded Compact 7 (WEC7) is one of the best options for developing a new generation of network-enabled, media-rich, and service-oriented devices. This in-depth resource takes you through the benefits and capabilities of WEC7 so that you can start using this performance development platform today. Divided into several major sections, the book begins with an introduction and then moves on to coverage of OS design, application development, advanced application developm

  17. Compact accelerator for medical therapy

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    Caporaso, George J.; Chen, Yu-Jiuan; Hawkins, Steven A.; Sampayan, Stephen E.; Paul, Arthur C.


    A compact accelerator system having an integrated particle generator-linear accelerator with a compact, small-scale construction capable of producing an energetic (.about.70-250 MeV) proton beam or other nuclei and transporting the beam direction to a medical therapy patient without the need for bending magnets or other hardware often required for remote beam transport. The integrated particle generator-accelerator is actuable as a unitary body on a support structure to enable scanning of a particle beam by direction actuation of the particle generator-accelerator.

  18. Compaction dynamics of crunchy granular material

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    Guillard François


    Full Text Available Compaction of brittle porous material leads to a wide variety of densification patterns. Static compaction bands occurs naturally in rocks or bones, and have important consequences in industry for the manufacturing of powder tablets or metallic foams for example. Recently, oscillatory compaction bands have been observed in brittle porous media like snow or cereals. We will discuss the great variety of densification patterns arising during the compaction of puffed rice, including erratic compaction at low velocity, one or several travelling compaction bands at medium velocity and homogeneous compaction at larger velocity. The conditions of existence of each pattern are studied thanks to a numerical spring lattice model undergoing breakage and is mapped to the phase diagram of the patterns based on dimensionless characteristic quantities. This also allows to rationalise the evolution of the compaction behaviour during a single test. Finally, the localisation of compaction bands is linked to the strain rate sensitivity of the material.

  19. Compaction dynamics of crunchy granular material (United States)

    Guillard, François; Golshan, Pouya; Shen, Luming; Valdès, Julio R.; Einav, Itai


    Compaction of brittle porous material leads to a wide variety of densification patterns. Static compaction bands occurs naturally in rocks or bones, and have important consequences in industry for the manufacturing of powder tablets or metallic foams for example. Recently, oscillatory compaction bands have been observed in brittle porous media like snow or cereals. We will discuss the great variety of densification patterns arising during the compaction of puffed rice, including erratic compaction at low velocity, one or several travelling compaction bands at medium velocity and homogeneous compaction at larger velocity. The conditions of existence of each pattern are studied thanks to a numerical spring lattice model undergoing breakage and is mapped to the phase diagram of the patterns based on dimensionless characteristic quantities. This also allows to rationalise the evolution of the compaction behaviour during a single test. Finally, the localisation of compaction bands is linked to the strain rate sensitivity of the material.

  20. In vitro ageing and wear behaviour of ceria stabilized zirconia toughened alumina (CSZ-TA) bio-ceramic

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    Pandey, Ajoy Kumar; Jena, Usha Rani; Biswas, Koushik, E-mail:


    15–25 wt% zirconia (stabilized with 14 mol% ceria) toughened alumina was synthesized by co-precipitation technique. The synthesized powders were calcined at different temperatures, compacted and conventionally sintered following two steps sintering process. Uniformly distributed submicron sized grains with Vickers' hardness value up to 1730±6HV20 were achieved after conventional sintering. In order to assess the ageing behaviour, samples were hydrothermally treated (in vitro) at 134 °C under 0.2 MPa in presence of simulated body fluid. Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction patterns was carried out to estimate the phase content after calcination, sintering and after different stages of hydrothermal treatment. No significant phase change (only ∼3%) was observed even after 100 h of hydrothermal treatment. Very few bulged grains (resulted from the tetragonal to monoclinic phase transformation) on the surface and slight decrease in hardness value were observed after hydrothermal treatment. Fretting wear in dry condition was carried out taking ball on flat geometry for 10{sup 5} cycles at different loads before and after hydrothermal treatment. Wear volumes were directly estimated from the surface scanning of the wear scar using profilometer. Transition of wear and its related mechanisms at different loads along with the effect of ageing on wear were discussed. - Highlights: • Ceria stabilized zirconia toughened alumina was developed. • Ageing behaviour of developed materials was studied through hydrothermal treatment. • Phase transformation during ageing was characterized through Rietveld refinement. • Only 3% phase transformation was observed even after 100 h hydrothermal treatment. • Fretting wear volume before band after hydrothermal treatment were estimated.

  1. Antibacterial Activity of Zinc Oxide-Coated Nanoporous Alumina (United States)


    Prior to deposition of the zinc oxide coating, the nanoporous alumina membranes were cleaned in situ using flowing ozone . Samples were exposed for 5 an ozone partial pressure of ∼0.1 Torr; ozone was obtained from ultra high purity oxygen (flow rate = 400 sccm). Zinc oxide coatings were grown...H. Goudarzi, M. Navidinia, Gene Therapy and Molecular Biology 10B (2006) 263–267. [31] L.G. Miller, C. Quan, A. Shay, K. Mostafaie, K. Bharadwa, N

  2. Respiratory symptoms and lung function in alumina refinery employees. (United States)

    Musk, A W; de Klerk, N H; Beach, J R; Fritschi, L; Sim, M R; Benke, G; Abramson, M; McNeil, J J


    Employees in alumina refineries are known to be exposed to a number of potential respiratory irritants, particularly caustic mist and bauxite and alumina dusts. To examine the prevalence of work related respiratory symptoms and lung function in alumina refinery employees and relate these to their jobs. 2964 current employees of three alumina refineries in Western Australia were invited to participate in a cross sectional study, and 89% responded. Subjects were given a questionnaire on respiratory symptoms, smoking, and occupations with additional questions on temporal relations between respiratory symptoms and work. Forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV(1)) and forced vital capacity (FVC) were measured with a rolling seal spirometer. Atopy was assessed with prick skin tests for common allergens. Associations between work and symptoms were assessed with Cox's regression to estimate prevalence ratios, and between work and lung function with linear regression. Work related wheeze, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and rhinitis were reported by 5.0%, 3.5%, 2.5%, and 9.5% of participants respectively. After adjustment for age, smoking, and atopy, most groups of production employees reported a greater prevalence of work related symptoms than did office employees. After adjustment for age, smoking, height, and atopy, subjects reporting work related wheeze, chest tightness, and shortness of breath had significantly lower mean levels of FEV(1) (186, 162, and 272 ml respectively) than subjects without these symptoms. Prevalence of most work related symptoms was higher at refinery 2 than at the other two refineries, but subjects at this refinery had an adjusted mean FEV(1) >60 ml higher than the others. Significant differences in FVC and FEV(1)/FVC ratio, but not FEV(1), were found between different process groups. There were significant differences in work related symptoms and lung function between process groups and refineries, but these were mostly not consistent

  3. Vitrification of high-level alumina nuclear waste

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    Brotzman, J.R.


    Borophosphate glass compositions have been developed for the vitrification of a high-alumina calcined defense waste. The effect of substituting SiO/sub 2/, P/sub 2/O/sub 5/ and CuO for B/sub 2/O/sub 3/ on the viscosity and leach resistance was measured. The effect of the alkali to borate ratio and the Li/sub 2/O:Na/sub 2/O ratio on the melt viscosity and leach resistance was also measured.

  4. The Assessment of Alumina Production Waste Impact on Natural Water

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    Vladimir Sergeevich Kuznetsov


    Full Text Available The paper is dedicated to the issue of assessment of alumina (red mud production waste on natural water. The growth of the number of aluminium-producing facilities leads to the expansion of exclusion areas to store the production waste – sludge dumps. A considerable part of research on red mud utilisation is focused on its use in the iron-and-steel industry. Furthermore, the technologies of red mud usage in the construction industry gain substantial significance for land reclamation, isolation of polluted industrial and agricultural lands as well as the effluent and industrial emissions treatment.

  5. Luminescent properties of alumina ceramics doped with chromium oxide (United States)

    Kortov, V.; Kiryakov, A.; Pustovarov, V.


    Ceramics doped with chromium oxide were synthesized from alumina nanopowder at high heating and cooling rates. XRD analysis of the obtained samples shows that they consist mainly of Al2O3 α-phase. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra in the visible spectral region and thermoluminescence (TL) curves were measured. An effect of the dopant concentration on the intensity and shape of the PL bands as well as on the TL yield was found. Annealing of the quenching defects which emerged during the synthesis changed the PL spectra. The centers responsible for PL and TL in the synthesized ceramics were identified.

  6. Efeito do processamento em misturas de alumina/ligantes orgânicos usadas na moldagem por injeção em baixa pressão Effect of processing variables in alumina/organic binders mixtures used in low-pressure injection molding

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    P . A. Ourique


    compromise the performance of the products obtained by this technique. This work is focused on the evaluation of these inhomogeneities and how they can be correlated with density variation and the rheological behavior of these mixtures. Therefore, submicrometer aluminas, as received and deagglomerated, were added to a molten mixture of paraffin based binders, waxes and additives and processed in two different mixers, with and without vacuum. The presence of alumina agglomerates was observed in the powder as received, possibly generated during the calcination step. It was also observed that the type of mixer and vacuum application or not during the final processing step, has a major influence on the mixing time required to reduce the viscosity of the feedstock for injection.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of alumina application in support of zeolite membrane; Sintese e caracterizacao de alumina para aplicacao com o suporte de membrana zeolitica

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    Barbosa, A.S.; Rodrigues, M.G.F., E-mail: [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil). Unidade Academica de Engenharia Quimica


    Much interest has been aroused in process applications using zeolite membrane. The physicochemical properties of the support have a strong effect on the quality of zeolite membrane. This work is to synthesize and characterize alumina for use as a support for zeolite membrane. In this work was synthesized α-alumina: 40% alumina, 0.2% for PABA, 0.5% oleic acid and 59.3% ethyl alcohol. The mixture was ground in ball mill and placed in an oven for 24 hours at 60 °C, allowed to stand for 24h. The pressing was performed with 4 tons. The pressed material was subjected to sintering at 1400 °C/hour. The samples were characterized by EDX, XRD and SEM. The results for the media by XRD showed that they are crystalline and pure. By EDX was observed that the supports consist essentially of alumina. (author)

  8. Synthesis of alumina-α using chemical and activation energy por microwave; Sintese de alumina-α utilizando ativacao quimica e energia por microondas

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    Cartaxo, J.M.; Galdino, M.N.; Neves, G.A., E-mail: [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (DEMA/UFCG), PB (Brazil). Unidade Academica de Engenharia de Materiais; Campos, L.F.A.; Menezes, R.R. [Universidade Federal da Paraiba (UFPB), PB (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais; Kiminami, R.H.G.A. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (UFSC), SP (Brazil)


    With the great technological advances of alumina, this study aimed to synthesize the α-alumina and chemical activation using microwave energy from aluminum nitrate precursor. The synthesized powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis (DTA and TGA) and surface area by BET. The chemical activation process was conducted by varying the concentration of the acid solution and exposure time of the material solution. The results proved the effectiveness of chemical activation by accelerating the synthesis process. The results of thermal analysis can observe the thermal decomposition temperature and the possible nucleation of new phases of alumina. The results of X-ray diffraction showed that the powders have the structure of α-alumina with specific areas ranging from 3 to 15m{sup 2}/g pore diameters between 190 to 485nm. (author)

  9. Microstructure-mechanical behaviour relationship in alumina-calcium exaluminate composites; Relaciones microestructura-comportamiento mecanico en materiales de alumina-hexaluminato calcico

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    Sanchez-Herencia, A. J.; Moreno, R.; Baudin, C.


    The grain growth behaviour of dense alumina materials has been modified by the addition of calcium hexaluminate particles. Maximum dispersion has been obtained by colloidal processing routes. The influence of sintering temperature (1500-1600 degree centigree) on the size and shape of the alumina grains has been established. The mechanical behaviour of three composite materials with the same composition ({approx}10 vol% CA{sub 6}) and large microstructural differences has been studied in comparison with that of monophasic alumina of the same grain size. The influence of grain size and shape on toughness has been established. R-curve behaviour has been detected during fracture of the material with the alumina grains presenting the largest shape factor. (Author) 18 refs.

  10. Investigation of small molecular weight poly(acrylic acid) adsorption on γ-alumina

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    Liu, Lei; Luo, Shi-Zhong [College of Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610065 (China); Wang, Bin, E-mail: [College of Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610065 (China); Guo, ZhanHu [Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States)


    Highlights: • Small molecular weight poly(acrylic acid) incorporated on γ-alumina. • PAA adsorbed primarily on outer surface of alumina at low pH. • PAA infiltrated inside alumina pore at high pH. • Polymer chain reptation motion during the infiltration. - Abstract: The interactions between poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and alumina have been widely investigated. In this study, the pattern of small molecular weight PAA (M{sub W} 3000) interaction with γ-alumina has been dissected. The alumina/PAA hybrids were prepared at pH 4.0, 5.5, and 7.0, respectively. Nitrogen absorption–desorption analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and elemental analysis were conducted to illustrate the characteristics of the hybrids. At pH 4.0, the coiled PAA conformation yielded polymer adsorption primarily on alumina outer surface. At higher pH values, the more stretched PAA molecules were able to infiltrate inside the alumina pores. The phenomenon is explained by the polymer chain reptation motion model. Coiled polymer chains are not oriented enough to penetrate the oxide pore channels. In contrary, stretched polymer chains are more likely to move along the pore channels.

  11. Development of a PDMS-grafted alumina membrane and its evaluation as solvent resistant nanofiltration membrane

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    Pinheiro de Melo, A.F.; Hoogendoorn, D.; Nijmeijer, Arian; Winnubst, Aloysius J.A.


    A new solvent resistant nanofiltration (SRNF) membrane is developed by grafting a PDMS polymer into the pores of a 5 nm γ-alumina ceramic membrane. These PDMS-grafted γ-alumina membranes were attained through a two-step synthesis. The linking agent, 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES), was first

  12. Experimental investigation of nano-alumina effect on the filling time ...

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    In this research, by producing composite samples made of glass fibers and epoxy resin with different percentages of nanoparticles (Nano-alumina), the adding effect of nanoparticles of alumina Alpha and Gamma grade on filling time in the vacuum assistant resin transfer molding process (VARTM) is investigated. The grade ...

  13. Relationships between alumina and bauxite dust exposure and cancer, respiratory and circulatory disease

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    Friesen, M. C.; Fritschi, L.; del Monaco, A.; Benke, G.; Dennekamp, M.; de Klerk, N.; Hoving, J. L.; MacFarlane, E.; Sim, M. R.


    OBJECTIVES: To examine the associations between alumina and bauxite dust exposure and cancer incidence and circulatory and respiratory disease mortality among bauxite miners and alumina refinery workers. METHODS: This cohort of 5770 males has previously been linked to national mortality and national

  14. Effect of sintering atmosphere on the pore-structure stability of cerium-doped nanostructured alumina

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    Kumar, K.N.P.; Kumar, Krishnankutty-Nair P.; Tranto, Janne; Balagopal, N.; Balagopal N., Nair; Kumar, Jalajakumari; Hoj, Jacob W.; Engell, John E.


    Pore-structure stability of pure and Ce-doped alumina in air and argon atmospheres was studied using DTA, TGA, N2 ads./des. and XRD with a view to understand the importance of the ionic size of the dopant cation on the pore-structure stability of alumina. The ionic size effect was studied by heat

  15. Sulfuric Acid and Ammonium Sulfate Leaching of Alumina from Lampang Clay

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    Paweena Numluk


    Full Text Available The rapid development of the global alumina industry has led to a considerable increase in the production alumina and processing of alumina from non-bauxitic sources. Lampang clays comprise various minerals that contain about 22.70 wt% of extractable alumina. Local clay was ground, activated by calcination and treated with sulfuric acid to extract alumina. In the activation step, the effects of temperature and time on the extraction of alumina and iron were investigated. The leaching experiments were performed on clay samples with particle sizes less than 200 mesh. The samples were calcined at different temperatures, ranging from 450°C to 1050°C, and for different periods, ranging from 30 to 150 min. The optimum conditions for the extraction of alumina from Lampang clay include grinding the clay to pass through a 200 mesh sieve, calcining the ground clay at 750°C for 30 min, extracting the alumina from the calcined clay by leaching with 3M sulfuric acid, and using an acid to clay ratio of 80 wt% at 100°C for 120 min. An aluminum dissolution efficiency of 95.1 % was achieved under the conditions that resulted in the maximum dissolution efficiency of iron (26.6 %.

  16. Studies on the promotion of nickel—alumina coprecipitated catalysts: I. Titanium oxide

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    Lansink Rotgerink, H.G.J.; Mercera, P.D.L.; van Ommen, J.G.; Ross, J.R.H.


    A series of TiO2-promoted nickel—alumina catalysts has been prepared and characterized. The promoter was added in various proportions to a calcined coprecipitated nickel—alumina material by adsorption of the acetylacetonate complex of titanium, followed by further calcination and reduction. The

  17. Effects of Variable Aspect-Ratio Inclusions on the Electrical Impedance of an Alumina Zirconia Composite at Intermediate Temperatures (United States)

    Goldsby, Jon C.


    A series of alumina-yttria-stabilized zirconia composites containing either a high aspect ratio (5 and 30 mol%) hexagonal platelet alumina or an alumina low aspect ratio (5 and 30 mol%) spherical particulate was used to determine the effect of the aspect ratio on the temperature-dependent impedance of the composite material. The highest impedance across the temperature range of 373 to 1073 K is attributed to the grain boundary of the hexagonal platelet second phase in this alumina zirconia composite.

  18. Modification of alumina matrices through chemical etching and electroless deposition of nano-Au array for amperometric sensing

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    Valinčius Gintaras


    Full Text Available AbstractSimple nanoporous alumina matrix modification procedure, in which the electrically highly insulating alumina barrier layer at the bottom of the pores is replaced with the conductive layer of the gold beds, was described. This modification makes possible the direct electron exchange between the underlying aluminum support and the redox species encapsulated in the alumina pores, thus, providing the generic platform for the nanoporous alumina sensors (biosensors with the direct amperometric signal readout fabrication.

  19. Compact Circuit Preprocesses Accelerometer Output (United States)

    Bozeman, Richard J., Jr.


    Compact electronic circuit transfers dc power to, and preprocesses ac output of, accelerometer and associated preamplifier. Incorporated into accelerometer case during initial fabrication or retrofit onto commercial accelerometer. Made of commercial integrated circuits and other conventional components; made smaller by use of micrologic and surface-mount technology.

  20. A compact molecular beam machine

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    Jansen, P.; Chandler, D.W.; Strecker, K.E.


    We have developed a compact, low cost, modular, crossed molecular beam machine. The new apparatus utilizes several technological advancements in molecular beams valves, ion detection, and vacuum pumping to reduce the size, cost, and complexity of a molecular beam apparatus. We apply these

  1. Boundaries of flat compact surfaces

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    Røgen, Peter


    type. The number of $3$-singular points (points of zero curvature or if not then of zero torsion) on the boundary of a flat immersed compact surface is greater than or equal to twice the absolute value of the Euler characteristic of the surface. A set of necessary and, in a weakened sense, sufficient...

  2. Compactness in fuzzy function spaces

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    In [3] we defined a notion of compactness in FCS, the category of fuzzy convergence spaces as defined by Lowen/Lowen/Wuyts [8]. In their paper the latter also introduced a fuzzy convergence structure c-lim for fuzzy function spaces thus proving that FCS is a topological quasitopos. In this paper we start the investigation of ...

  3. Decompounding on compact Lie groups

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    Said, Salem; Bihan, Nicolas Le; Manton, Jonathan H


    Noncommutative harmonic analysis is used to solve a nonparametric estimation problem stated in terms of compound Poisson processes on compact Lie groups. This problem of decompounding is a generalization of a similar classical problem. The proposed solution is based on a char- acteristic function method. The treated problem is important to recent models of the physical inverse problem of multiple scattering.

  4. Dynamic compaction of ceramic powders

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    Cline, C.F.


    Dynamic consolidation is a technique for densifying powder ensembles to near theoretical with or without external application of heat. The technique itself is simple: the confined powder, initially at a green density of approx. 50% encounters a high pressure shock wave which exceeds the yield strength and densifies as the wave proceeds through the compact. The time scales and pressure range from 1-10's of microseconds and 10-100's of kilobars (10 Kb = 1 GPa). The short time scale of the pressure pulse during the compaction stage inhibits kinetic processes which have longer time constants. The pressure pulse can be delivered to the green compact by a number of techniques, i.e. high explosive, projectile. The methods differ in the degree that one can control the amplitude, duration, and nature of the pressure pulse. The lecture compares powders compacted by explosive and light gas guns and when possible characterize their resulting structures and properties, using AlN as example. 14 figures.

  5. Study of phase development in alumina-spodumene ceramics by high temperature neutron diffraction

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    Gan, B.K. [University of Technology, Sydney, NSW (Australia). Microstructural Analysis Unit; Latella, B.A.; Hunter, B.A. [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Lucas Heights, NSW (Australia); O`Connor, B.H. [Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA (Australia). Department of Applied Physics


    Full text: Melting and crystallisation of minor phases are important in many material systems which contain impurities and/or grain boundary liquid phases. Grain boundary glassy phases are generally not thermodynamically stable, and can devitrify during the sintering process or from other high temperature exposure. Characterising the minor phase assemblage in these types of materials has implications in processing, microstructural design and in-service use, particularly fluctuating thermal environments. An in situ high temperature neutron diffraction (ND) technique was used to follow the phase dynamics on sintering an alumina-spodumene ceramic as well as the crystallisation kinetics of the evolving crystalline phase in real time. The main benefit of using ND analysis in the present work is that it provides bulk specimen character of the material which is important in quantitatively extracting phase composition information. Likewise, most diffraction measurements are conducted with ambient or static temperature data, collected after specimens have been heat-treated and then cooled. Such data may yield misleading information particularly in relation to non-equilibrium phases. Hence dynamic measurements are clearly preferable as a direct means of confirming sintering processes. ND measurements were performed using the High Flux Australian Reactor (HIFAR) neutron source operated by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) at Lucas Heights, NSW, Australia. The ND patterns collected on heating the compacts provided relevant information for optimising materials processing and sintering protocols. Similarly, the ND patterns collected for three specific cooling schemes yielded significant details of evolution and crystallisation of the minor phase. The principal aim was to demonstrate the fundamental influence of the minor crystalline phase (and hence glassy phase) on properties and to manipulate and tailor the phase structure by controlled

  6. Incidence of Modern Alumina Ceramic and Alumina Matrix Composite Femoral Head Failures in Nearly 6 Million Hip Implants. (United States)

    Lee, Gwo-Chin; Kim, Raymond H


    Because of improvements in ceramic materials and manufacturing, the incidence of ceramic failures has decreased over time. Recent concerns with corrosion have contributed to an increase in ceramic ball head utilization. The purpose of this study is to report the incidence of modern alumina bearing failures from a single major ceramic manufacturer in nearly 6 million hip implants and to identify trends in the modes of failure of these implants. Beginning in the year 2000, CeramTec AG (Plochingen, Germany) began a comprehensive program for reporting and gathering failure data on its products. From January 1, 2000, to December 31, 2013, over 3.2 million pure alumina (PA) and 2.78 million alumina matrix composite (AMC) ceramic ball heads were implanted worldwide. During this period, there were 672 PA and 28 AMC femoral head fractures. The fractures were analyzed with respect to time to failure, head size, and implant factors. The incidence of clinical fractures of modern PA femoral heads and AMC femoral heads was 1 in 5000 (0.0201%) and 1 in 100,000 (0.0010%), respectively (P dislocations. Large-diameter PA heads were associated with a lower rate of fracture compared to smaller-diameter femoral heads (0.0316% for 28-mm heads vs 0.0080% for heads 32 mm or greater [P < .01]). Similar trends were observed with AMC heads. The neck lengths of the femoral ball heads were also a factor: a short-taper 28-mm ball head was more likely to fracture compared to other neck lengths (P < .01). Modern PA ceramic heads are reliable with extremely low risk of fracture. The reliability is even better with AMC heads. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  7. Der Global Compact und der Schutz der Menschenrechte


    Hamm, Brigitte I.; Weiß, Norman (Prof. Dr.)


    Der Global Compact und der Schutz der Menschenrechte I. Einleitung II. Was ist der Global Compact? III. Wie funktioniert der Global Compact? IV. Der Global Compact will kein Verhaltenskodex sein V. Der Global Compact als Bestandteil von „global governance" VI. Der Global Compact und der Schutz der Menschenrechte VII. Ausschau Literatur „Global Compact" und Schutz der Menschenrechte - Diskussionszusammenfassung

  8. Processing, nano indentation and scratch testing of alumina-coated YTZP

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    Valle, J.; Anglada, M.; Ferrari, B.; Baudin, C.


    In this work, alumina-coated YTZP materials are proposed as means to combine the mechanical reliability of YTZP with the stiffness and hardness of alumina. Additionally, compressive stresses are developed in the alumina coating when cooling from the sintering temperature due to the thermal expansion mismatch between alumina and YTZP. The proposed processing method involves dipping of pre-sintered YTZP specimens in stable alumina suspensions and co-sintering of the dipped specimens. The influence of the processing parameters on the macro and microstructure of the materials has been established. Berkovich indentation has been performed to determine the Young's modulus of the substrates and coatings. The structural integrity of the coatings has been analysed using scratch tests. The Young's modulus. The optimised specimens present high resistance to scratch up to loads of 150 N. (Author)

  9. Cellulose extraction from Zoysia japonica pretreated by alumina-doped MgO in AMIMCl. (United States)

    Liu, Le; Ju, Meiting; Li, Weizun; Jiang, Yang


    In this study, alumina-doped MgO was produced as a solid alkali for lignocellulose pretreatment. Pretreatment with alumina-doped MgO disrupted the lignocellulose structure and significantly reduced the lignin content of the Z. japonica. After pretreatment, Z. japonica showed significant solubility in 1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (AMIMCl). The similar high solubility of pretreated Z. japonica samples by original alumina-doped MgO and used alumina-doped MgO also proved that alumina-doped MgO had strong stability, which can be recycled and used repeatedly. The regenerated cellulose was similar to microcrystalline cellulose according to FTIR and NMR analyses. Compared to microcrystalline cellulose, only the crystallinity of the regenerated cellulose decreased. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Bauxite mining and alumina refining: process description and occupational health risks. (United States)

    Donoghue, A Michael; Frisch, Neale; Olney, David


    To describe bauxite mining and alumina refining processes and to outline the relevant physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic, and psychosocial health risks. Review article. The most important risks relate to noise, ergonomics, trauma, and caustic soda splashes of the skin/eyes. Other risks of note relate to fatigue, heat, and solar ultraviolet and for some operations tropical diseases, venomous/dangerous animals, and remote locations. Exposures to bauxite dust, alumina dust, and caustic mist in contemporary best-practice bauxite mining and alumina refining operations have not been demonstrated to be associated with clinically significant decrements in lung function. Exposures to bauxite dust and alumina dust at such operations are also not associated with the incidence of cancer. A range of occupational health risks in bauxite mining and alumina refining require the maintenance of effective control measures.

  11. High density polyethylene membrane filled with alumina prepared by a gamma ray irradiation. (United States)

    Park, Jong-Seok; Sung, Hae-Jun; Lim, Youn-Mook; Gwon, Hui-Jeong; Nho, Young-Chang


    High density polyethylene (HDPE) membrane filled with alumina particles was prepared by a wet process for a Li-ion secondary battery. Soybean oil and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) were premixed as the co-diluents. Gamma ray irradiation was used for crosslinking of HDPE. The HDPE membrane filled with alumina particles had excellent mechanical property and thermal stability due to the alumina particles and irradiation crosslinking. The tensile strength of the membrane increased with an increased amount of alumina up to 15 wt%. The thermal shrinkage of the membrane decreased with an increased amount of alumina up to 15 wt%. The electrochemical stability of the irradiated membrane after extraction was improved with irradiation dose up to 50 kGy.

  12. Safety Assessment of Alumina and Aluminum Hydroxide as Used in Cosmetics. (United States)

    Becker, Lillian C; Boyer, Ivan; Bergfeld, Wilma F; Belsito, Donald V; Hill, Ronald A; Klaassen, Curtis D; Liebler, Daniel C; Marks, James G; Shank, Ronald C; Slaga, Thomas J; Snyder, Paul W; Andersen, F Alan


    This is a safety assessment of alumina and aluminum hydroxide as used in cosmetics. Alumina functions as an abrasive, absorbent, anticaking agent, bulking agent, and opacifying agent. Aluminum hydroxide functions as a buffering agent, corrosion inhibitor, and pH adjuster. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluated the safe use of alumina in several medical devices and aluminum hydroxide in over-the-counter drugs, which included a review of human and animal safety data. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel considered the FDA evaluations as part of the basis for determining the safety of these ingredients as used in cosmetics. Alumina used in cosmetics is essentially the same as that used in medical devices. This safety assessment does not include metallic or elemental aluminum as a cosmetic ingredient. The CIR Expert Panel concluded that alumina and aluminum hydroxide are safe in the present practices of use and concentration described in this safety assessment. © The Author(s) 2016.

  13. High field matching effects in superconducting Nb porous arrays catalyzed from anodic alumina templates

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    Vinckx, W.; Vanacken, J.; Moshchalkov, V.V.


    Vortex pinning in a superconducting Nb thin film deposited on an anodically grown alumina template is investigated. Anodic oxidation of aluminium layers permits under specific conditions the formation of highly ordered porous alumina, a membrane-like structure consisting of triangular arrays...... of parallel pores. Its pore diameter and interpore distance are set by careful tuning of the anodization parameters. A superconducting Nb thin film is deposited directly onto the alumina film. The porous alumina acts as a template and it allows Nb to form a periodic pinning array during its growth. Pinning...... force vs. field measurements derived from magnetization measurements, show matching effects in fields up to 1 T. We demonstrate that the anodic alumina template with 50 nm interpore spacing provides enhanced vortex pinning in a large field and temperature range....

  14. Mechanical performance of alumina reinforced with NbC, TiC and WC

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    Full Text Available The incorporation of refractory hard particles in Al2O3-based composites may inhibit grain growth of the matrix, which could significantly contribute to mechanical performance of the composite. The present study aimed to investigate the potential use of NbC as alumina reinforcing material, as an alternative to other carbides such as TiC and WC. Alumina was mixed with a fixed carbide concentration of 30 wt.(% in a ball mill and uniaxially hot-pressed at 1650 ºC under a load of 30 MPa in an inert atmosphere. X-ray diffraction revealed no oxidation products were present after the sintering process. Microstructure analyses indicate a homogeneous carbide distribution in the alumina matrix. Results obtained in this study show that alumina reinforced with NbC is a composite material with properties comparable to those of alumina reinforced with WC and TiC, thereby making it good reinforcing material.

  15. Porous alumina scaffold produced by sol-gel combined polymeric sponge method (United States)

    Hasmaliza, M.; Fazliah, M. N.; Shafinaz, R. J.


    Sol gel is a novel method used to produce high purity alumina with nanometric scale. In this study, three-dimensional porous alumina scaffold was produced using sol-gel polymeric sponge method. Briefly, sol gel alumina was prepared by evaporation and polymeric sponge cut to designated sizes were immersed in the sol gel followed by sintering at 1250 and 1550°C. In order to study the cell interaction, the porous alumina scaffold was sterilized using autoclave prior to Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells (HMSCs) seeding on the scaffold and the cell proliferation was assessed by alamarBlue® assay. SEM results showed that during the 21 day period, HMSCs were able to attach on the scaffold surface and the interconnecting pores while maintaining its proliferation. These findings suggested the potential use of the porous alumina produced as a scaffold for implantation procedure.

  16. Compaction and relaxation of biofilms

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    Valladares Linares, R.


    Operation of membrane systems for water treatment can be seriously hampered by biofouling. A better characterization of biofilms in membrane systems and their impact on membrane performance may help to develop effective biofouling control strategies. The objective of this study was to determine the occurrence, extent and timescale of biofilm compaction and relaxation (decompaction), caused by permeate flux variations. The impact of permeate flux changes on biofilm thickness, structure and stiffness was investigated in situ and non-destructively with optical coherence tomography using membrane fouling monitors operated at a constant crossflow velocity of 0.1 m s−1 with permeate production. The permeate flux was varied sequentially from 20 to 60 and back to 20 L m−2 h−1. The study showed that the average biofilm thickness on the membrane decreased after elevating the permeate flux from 20 to 60 L m−2 h−1 while the biofilm thickness increased again after restoring the original flux of 20 L m−2 h−1, indicating the occurrence of biofilm compaction and relaxation. Within a few seconds after the flux change, the biofilm thickness was changed and stabilized, biofilm compaction occurred faster than the relaxation after restoring the original permeate flux. The initial biofilm parameters were not fully reinstated: the biofilm thickness was reduced by 21%, biofilm stiffness had increased and the hydraulic biofilm resistance was elevated by 16%. Biofilm thickness was related to the hydraulic biofilm resistance. Membrane performance losses are related to the biofilm thickness, density and morphology, which are influenced by (variations in) hydraulic conditions. A (temporarily) permeate flux increase caused biofilm compaction, together with membrane performance losses. The impact of biofilms on membrane performance can be influenced (increased and reduced) by operational parameters. The article shows that a (temporary) pressure increase leads to more

  17. Bond strength of a resin cement to high-alumina and zirconia-reinforced ceramics: The effect of surface conditioning

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    Valandro, L.F.; Ozcan, M.; Bottino, M.C.; Bottino, M.A.; Scotti, R.; Della Bona, A.


    Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of two surface conditioning methods on the microtensile bond strength of a resin cement to three high-strength core ceramics: high alumina-based (In-Ceram Alumina, Procera AllCeram) and zirconia-reinforced alumina-based (in-Ceram Zirconia)

  18. Bond strength of a resin cement to high-alumina and zirconia-reinforced ceramics : The effect of surface conditioning

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    Felipe Valandro, Luiz; Ozcan, Mutlu; Bottino, Marco Cicero; Bottino, Marco Antonio; Scotti, Roberto; Della Bona, Alvaro

    Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of two surface conditioning methods on the microtensile bond strength of a resin cement to three high-strength core ceramics: high alumina-based (In-Ceram Alumina, Procera AllCeram) and zirconia-reinforced alumina-based (in-Ceram Zirconia)

  19. YBCO nanowires grown by the alumina template method

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    Koblischka, Michael R.; Hartmann, Uwe [Experimental Physics, Saarland University, Campus C 6 3, D-66123 Saarbruecken (Germany); Koblischka-Veneva, Anjela [Functional Materials, Saarland University, Campus C 6 3, D-66123 Saarbruecken (Germany); Skumryev, Vassil [Institut Catala de Recerca i Estudis Avancats (ICREA), Barcelona (Spain)


    YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (YBCO) nanowires are grown by the anodized alumina template method, starting from pre-sintered YBCO powder. As templates, we have employed commercially available alumina templates with pore diameters of 30 nm and 100 nm, and an overall thickness of 50 {mu}m. An oxygen annealing step is required to obtain superconducting nanowires. Superconductivity with a transition temperature of 88 K is confirmed by means of magnetic susceptibility measurements. The resulting nanowires are analyzed in detail employing electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The separation of the nanowires of the templates is not yet established, but individual nanowires of up to 10 {mu}m length could be separated from the template. In several cases, the template pores are not completely filled by the superconducting material, which implies that the observed length is similar to what could be expected from regular grain growth. Resistance measurements using cut pieces of the filled templates were carried out as a function of temperature. These pieces were covered with Au films on top and bottom in order to provide the electric contacts. The measurements confirmed the magnetically determined critical temperatures.

  20. Synthesis of magnesium aluminate spinel by periclase and alumina chlorination

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    Orosco, Pablo, E-mail: [Instituto de Investigaciones en Tecnología Química (INTEQUI), Chacabuco y Pedernera, San Luis (Argentina); Facultad de Química, Bioquímica y Farmacia, Universidad Nacional de San Luis Chacabuco y Pedernera, San Luis (Argentina); Barbosa, Lucía [Instituto de Investigaciones en Tecnología Química (INTEQUI), Chacabuco y Pedernera, San Luis (Argentina); Instituto de Ciencias Básicas (ICB), Universidad Nacional de Cuyo Parque General San Martín, Mendoza (Argentina); Ruiz, María del Carmen [Instituto de Investigaciones en Tecnología Química (INTEQUI), Chacabuco y Pedernera, San Luis (Argentina); Facultad de Química, Bioquímica y Farmacia, Universidad Nacional de San Luis Chacabuco y Pedernera, San Luis (Argentina)


    Highlights: • Use of chlorination for the synthesis of magnesium aluminate spinel. • The reagents used were alumina, periclase and chlorine. • Isothermal and non-isothermal assays were performed in air and Cl{sub 2}–N{sub 2} flows. • The chlorination produced magnesium aluminate spinel at 700 °C. • Selectivity of the chlorination reaction to obtain spinel is very high. - Abstract: A pyrometallurgical route for the synthesis of magnesium aluminate spinel by thermal treatment of a mechanical mixture containing 29 wt% MgO (periclase) and 71 wt% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (alumina) in chlorine atmosphere was developed and the results were compared with those obtained by calcining the same mixture of oxides in air atmosphere. Isothermal and non-isothermal assays were performed in an experimental piece of equipment adapted to work in corrosive atmospheres. Both reagents and products were analyzed by differential thermal analysis (DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF). Thermal treatment in Cl{sub 2} atmosphere of the MgO–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} mixture produces magnesium aluminate spinel at 700 °C, while in air, magnesium spinel is generated at 930 °C. The synthesis reaction of magnesium aluminate spinel was complete at 800 °C.

  1. Joining of alumina via copper/niobium/copper interlayers

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    Marks, Robert A.; Chapman, Daniel R.; Danielson, David T.; Glaeser, Andreas M.


    Alumina has been joined at 1150 degrees C and 1400 degrees C using multilayer copper/niobium/copper interlayers. Four-point bend strengths are sensitive to processing temperature, bonding pressure, and furnace environment (ambient oxygen partial pressure). Under optimum conditions, joints with reproducibly high room temperature strengths (approximately equal 240 plus/minus 20 MPa) can be produced; most failures occur within the ceramic. Joints made with sapphire show that during bonding an initially continuous copper film undergoes a morphological instability, resulting in the formation of isolated copper-rich droplets/particles at the sapphire/interlayer interface, and extensive regions of direct bonding between sapphire and niobium. For optimized alumina bonds, bend tests at 800 degrees C-1100 degrees C indicate significant strength is retained; even at the highest test temperature, ceramic failure is observed. Post-bonding anneals at 1000 degrees C in vacuum or in gettered argon were used to assess joint stability and to probe the effect of ambient oxygen partial pressure on joint characteristics. Annealing in vacuum for up to 200 h causes no significant decrease in room temperature bend strength or change in fracture path. With increasing anneal time in a lower oxygen partial pressure environment, the fracture strength decreases only slightly, but the fracture path shifts from the ceramic to the interface.

  2. Oxidation of Alumina-Forming MAX Phases in Turbine Environments (United States)

    Smialek, James; Garg, Anita; Harder, Bryan; Nesbitt, James; Gabb, Timothy; Gray, SImon


    Protective coatings for high temperature turbine components are based on YSZ thermal barriers and oxidation resistant, alumina-forming NiAl or NiCoCrAlY bond coats. Ti2AlC and Cr2AlC MAX phases are thus of special interest because of good oxidation resistance and CTE that can match Al2O3 and YSZ. Their alumina scales grow according to cubic kinetics due to grain growth in the scale, with initial heating dominated by fast TiO2 growth. Protective cubic kinetics are also found in high pressure burner rig tests of MAXthal 211 Ti2AlC, but with reduced rates due to volatile TiO(OH)2 formation in water vapor. YSZ-coatings on bulk Ti2AlC exhibit remarkable durability up to 1300C in furnace tests and at least a 25x life advantage compared to superalloys. At another extreme, Cr2AlC is resistant to low temperature Na2SO4 hot corrosion and exhibits thermal cycling stability bonded to a superalloy disk material. Accordingly, sputtered Cr2AlC coatings on disk specimens prevented hot corrosion detriments on LCF. Breakaway oxidation (Ti2AlC), scale spallation (Cr2AlC), interdiffusion, and processing as coatings still present serious challenges. However the basic properties of MAX phases provide some unusual opportunities for use in high temperature turbines.

  3. Strain measurements in thermally grown alumina scales using ruby fluorescence

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    Veal, B.W.; Natesan, K.; Koshelev, I.; Grimsditch, M. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Renusch, D. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)]/[Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo, MI (United States); Hou, P.Y. [Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States)


    We have measured strains in alumina scales thermally grown on Fe-Cr- Al alloys by exploiting the strain dependence of the ruby luminescence line. Measurements were done on Fe-5Cr-28Al and Fe-18Cr-10Al (at.%, bal. Fe) oxidized between 300-1300 C with periodic cycling to room temperature. Significantly different levels of strain buildup were observed in scales on these alloys. Results on similar alloys containing a dilute reactive element (Zr or Hf) are also presented. We observe that scales on alloys containing a reactive element (RE) can support higher strains than scales on RE-free alloys. With the luminescence technique, strain relief associated with spallation thresholds is readily observed. In early stage oxidation, the evolution of transition phases is monitored using Raman and fluorescence spectroscopies. The fluorescence technique also provides a sensitive probe of early stage formation of {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. It appears that, in presence of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} or Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, the {alpha}-alumina phase can form at anomalously low temperatures.

  4. Alumina ceramics prepared with new pore-forming agents

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    Zuzana Živcová


    Full Text Available Porous ceramics have a wide range of applications at all length scales, ranging from fi ltration membranes and catalyst supports to biomaterials (scaffolds for bone ingrowths and thermally or acoustically insulating bulk materials or coating layers. Organic pore-forming agents (PFAs of biological origin can be used to control porosity, pore size and pore shape. This work concerns the characterization and testing of several less common pore-forming agents (lycopodium, coffee, fl our and semolina, poppy seed, which are of potential interest from the viewpoint of size, shape or availability. The performance of these new PFAs is compared to that of starch, which has become a rather popular PFA for ceramics during the last decade. The PFAs investigated in this work are in the size range from 5 μm (rice starch to approximately 1 mm (poppy seed, all with more or less isometric shape. The burnout behavior of PFAs is studied by thermal analysis, i.e. thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis. For the preparation of porous alumina ceramics from alumina suspensions containing PFAs traditional slip casting (into plaster molds and starch consolidation casting (using metal molds are used in this work. The resulting microstructures are investigated using optical microscopy, combined with image analysis, as well as other methods (Archimedes method of double-weighing in water, mercury intrusion porosimetry.

  5. Synthesis of Alumina Thin Films Using Reactive Magnetron Sputtering Method (United States)

    Angarita, G.; Palacio, C.; Trujillo, M.; Arroyave, M.


    Alumina (Al2O3) thin films were deposited on Si (100) by Magnetron Sputtering in reactive conditions between an aluminium target and oxygen 99.99% pure. The plasma was formed employing Argon with an R.F power of 100 W, the dwelling time was 3 hours. 4 samples were produced with temperatures between 350 and 400 ºC in the substrate by using an oxygen flow of 2 and 8 sccm, the remaining parameters of the process were fixed. The coatings and substrates were characterized using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) in order to compare their properties before and after deposition. The films thicknesses were between 47 and 70 nm. The results show that at high oxygen flow the alumina structure prevails in the coatings while at lower oxygen flow only aluminum is deposited in the coatings. It was shown that the temperature increases grain size and roughness while decreasing the thicknesses of the coatings.

  6. Morphology-controlled electrochemical sensing amaranth at nanomolar levels using alumina

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    Zhang, Yuanyuan [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Gan, Tian [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xinyang Normal University, Xinyang 464000 (China); Wan, Chidan [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Wu, Kangbing, E-mail: [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)


    Highlights: ► A facile way to tune morphology and sensing properties of alumina was developed. ► Oxidation activities of amaranth on alumina surface were morphology-dependent. ► Alumina microfibers were more active and greatly increased the signal of amaranth. ► Sensitive, rapid, selective and accurate method was developed for amaranth detection. -- Abstract: Different-shaped aluminas were readily prepared via hydrothermal reaction. It was found that the morphology and the electrochemical sensing properties of alumina were heavily dependent on the reaction time. When extending the reaction time from 6 h to 24 h, the obtained alumina samples changed from amorphous bumps to regular microfibers in diameter of 200 nm, as confirmed by scanning electron microscopy. Transmission electron microscopy observation revealed that longer reaction time was beneficial for the formation of porous and uniform fiber-like structures. Electrochemical tests proved that alumina microfibers were more active for the oxidation of amaranth and exhibited much higher enhancement effect, compared with alumina bumps. On the surface of alumina microfibers, the oxidation peak currents of amaranth increased remarkably. The influences of pH value, amount of alumina microfibers, and accumulation time on the signal enhancement of amaranth were discussed. As a result, a novel electrochemical method was developed for the detection of amaranth. The linear range was from 1 to 150 nM, and the detection limit was 0.75 nM after 1-min accumulation. The analytical application in drink samples was investigated, and the results consisted with the values that obtained by high-performance liquid chromatography.

  7. Structural, optical and mechanical properties of amorphous and crystalline alumina thin films

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    Nayar, Priyanka [Department of Physics, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005 (India); Khanna, Atul, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005 (India); Kabiraj, D.; Abhilash, S.R. [Inter University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067 (India); Beake, Ben D.; Losset, Yannick [Micro Materials Limited, Unit 3, Wrexham Technology Park, Wrexham LL13 7YP (United Kingdom); Chen, Banghao [Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, Florida State University, Tallahassee 32306 (United States)


    Thin films of amorphous alumina of thickness 350 nm were deposited on fused silica substrates by electron beam evaporation. Amorphous films were annealed at several temperatures in the range: 400–1130 °C and changes in film crystallinity, short-range structure, optical and mechanical properties were studied. X-ray diffraction studies found that crystallization starts at 800 °C and produces γ and δ-alumina, the latter phase grows with heat treatment and the sample was mostly δ and θ-alumina after annealing at 1130 °C. The as-deposited amorphous alumina films have low hardness of 5 to 8 GPa, which increases to 11 to 12 GPa in crystalline sample. {sup 27}Al Magic Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance was used to study the short-range order of amorphous and crystalline alumina films and it was found that amorphous alumina film contains AlO{sub 5} and AlO{sub 4} structural units in the ratio of 1:2. The concentration of AlO{sub 5} was significantly suppressed in crystalline film, which contains 48% of Al{sup 3+} ions in AlO{sub 6}, 7% in AlO{sub 5} and 45% in AlO{sub 4} units. - Highlights: • Structure–property correlations in alumina films grown by electron-beam evaporation • Amorphous films crystallize into γ and δ-alumina on annealing in air at 800 °C. • δ and θ-alumina films are stable up to 1130 °C and do not transform to α-phase. • Amorphous alumina films contain {sup [5]}Al and {sup [4]}Al structural units in the ratio of 1:2. • {sup [5]}Al decreases whereas {sup [6]}Al concentration increases on crystallization.

  8. Topological groups with dense compactly generated subgroups

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    Hiroshi Fujita


    Full Text Available A topological group G is: (i compactly generated if it contains a compact subset algebraically generating G, (ii -compact if G is a union of countably many compact subsets, (iii 0-bounded if arbitrary neighborhood U of the identity element of G has countably many translates xU that cover G, and (iv finitely generated modulo open sets if for every non-empty open subset U of G there exists a finite set F such that F  U algebraically generates G. We prove that: (1 a topological group containing a dense compactly generated subgroup is both 0-bounded and finitely generated modulo open sets, (2 an almost metrizable topological group has a dense compactly generated subgroup if and only if it is both 0-bounded and finitely generated modulo open sets, and (3 an almost metrizable topological group is compactly generated if and only if it is -compact and finitely generated modulo open sets.

  9. Properties of Cement Compacts Prepared by High-Pressure Compaction. (United States)


    compressed, low-porosity portland cement pastes. According to work by Relis and Soroka , other factors have been found to produce excellent strength...Pressure Compaction," Journal of the American Concrete Institute, Vol.67, March 1970. 22. Relis, M. and Soroka , I., "Prediction of Standard...No.2, pp.239-245, 1983. 29. Relis, M. and Soroka , I., "Limiting Values for Density, Expansion, and Intrinsic Shrinkage In Hydrated Portland Cement

  10. Wet chemical synthesis of nickel supported on alumina catalysts; Sintese de catalisadores de niquel suportado em alumina por via umida

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    Freire, Ranny Rodrigues; Costa, Talita Kenya Oliveira; Morais, Ana Carla da Fonseca Ferreira; Costa, Ana Cristina Figueiredo de Melo; Freitas, Normanda Lino de, E-mail: [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil)


    Heterogenic catalysts are those found to be in a different phase on the reaction when compared to the reactants and products. Preferred when compared to homogeneous catalysts due to the easiness on which the separation is processed. The objective of this study is to obtain and characterize Alumina based catalysts impregnated with Nickel (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}), by wet impregnation. The alumina was synthesized by combustion reaction. Before and after the impregnation the catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), granulometric analysis, the textural analysis will be held by nitrogen adsorption (BET), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results show a presence of a stable crystalline phase of Al2O3 in all the studied samples and after the impregnation the second phase formed was of NiO and NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}. The Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} e Ni/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalysts resulted in clusters with a medium diameter of 18.9 and 14.2 μm, respectively. The catalysts show a medium-pore characteristic (medium pore diameter between 2 and 50 nm), the superficial area to Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Ni/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalysts were 8.69 m{sup 2}/g and 5.56 m{sup 2}/g, respectively. (author)

  11. Formation and evolution of compact binaries

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    Sluijs, Marcel Vincent van der


    In this thesis we investigate the formation and evolution of compact binaries. Chapters 2 through 4 deal with the formation of luminous, ultra-compact X-ray binaries in globular clusters. We show that the proposed scenario of magnetic capture produces too few ultra-compact X-ray binaries to explain

  12. Compaction Characteristics of Igumale Shale | Iorliam | Global ...

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    This paper reports the outcome of an investigation into the effect of different compactive energies on the compaction characteristics of Igumale shale, to ascertain its suitability as fill material in highway construction. Tests were conducted on specimen of Igumale shale, which included classification, compaction using three ...

  13. Equationally Compact Acts : Coproducts / Peeter Normak

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    Normak, Peeter


    In this article equational compactness of acts and its generalizations are discussed. As equational compactness does not carry over to coproducts a slight generalization of c-equational campactness is introduced. It is proved that a coproduct of acts is c-equationally compact if and only if all components are c-equationally campact

  14. Probability on compact Lie groups

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    Applebaum, David


    Probability theory on compact Lie groups deals with the interaction between “chance” and “symmetry,” a beautiful area of mathematics of great interest in its own sake but which is now also finding increasing applications in statistics and engineering (particularly with respect to signal processing). The author gives a comprehensive introduction to some of the principle areas of study, with an emphasis on applicability. The most important topics presented are: the study of measures via the non-commutative Fourier transform, existence and regularity of densities, properties of random walks and convolution semigroups of measures, and the statistical problem of deconvolution. The emphasis on compact (rather than general) Lie groups helps readers to get acquainted with what is widely seen as a difficult field but which is also justified by the wealth of interesting results at this level and the importance of these groups for applications. The book is primarily aimed at researchers working in probability, s...

  15. Compact planar microwave blocking filters (United States)

    U-Yen, Kongpop (Inventor); Wollack, Edward J. (Inventor)


    A compact planar microwave blocking filter includes a dielectric substrate and a plurality of filter unit elements disposed on the substrate. The filter unit elements are interconnected in a symmetrical series cascade with filter unit elements being organized in the series based on physical size. In the filter, a first filter unit element of the plurality of filter unit elements includes a low impedance open-ended line configured to reduce the shunt capacitance of the filter.

  16. Comminution circuits for compact itabirites

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    Pedro Ferreira Pinto

    Full Text Available Abstract In the beneficiation of compact Itabirites, crushing and grinding account for major operational and capital costs. As such, the study and development of comminution circuits have a fundamental importance for feasibility and optimization of compact Itabirite beneficiation. This work makes a comparison between comminution circuits for compact Itabirites from the Iron Quadrangle. The circuits developed are: a crushing and ball mill circuit (CB, a SAG mill and ball mill circuit (SAB and a single stage SAG mill circuit (SSSAG. For the SAB circuit, the use of pebble crushing is analyzed (SABC. An industrial circuit for 25 million tons of run of mine was developed for each route from tests on a pilot scale (grinding and industrial scale. The energy consumption obtained for grinding in the pilot tests was compared with that reported by Donda and Bond. The SSSAG route had the lowest energy consumption, 11.8kWh/t and the SAB route had the highest energy consumption, 15.8kWh/t. The CB and SABC routes had a similar energy consumption of 14.4 kWh/t and 14.5 kWh/t respectively.

  17. Fabrication and Characterization of Single Phase α-Alumina Membranes with Tunable Pore Diameters

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    Tatsuya Masuda


    Full Text Available Nanoporous and single phase α-alumina membranes with pore diameters tunable over a wide range of approximately 60–350 nm were successfully fabricated by optimizing the conditions for anodizing, subsequent detachment, and heat treatment. The pore diameter increased and the cell diameter shrunk upon crystallization to α-alumina by approximately 20% and 3%, respectively, in accordance with the 23% volume shrinkage resulting from the change in density associated with the transformation from the amorphous state to α-alumina. Nevertheless, flat α-alumina membranes, each with a diameter of 25 mm and a thickness of 50 μm, were obtained without thermal deformation. The α-alumina membranes exhibited high chemical resistance in various concentrated acidic and alkaline solutions as well as when exposed to high temperature steam under pressure. The Young’s modulus and hardness of the single phase α-alumina membranes formed by heat treatment at 1250 °C were notably decreased compared to the corresponding amorphous membranes, presumably because of the nodular crystallite structure of the cell walls and the substantial increase in porosity. Furthermore, when used for filtration, the α-alumina membrane exhibited a level of flux higher than that of the commercial ceramic membrane.

  18. Morphology-controlled electrochemical sensing amaranth at nanomolar levels using alumina. (United States)

    Zhang, Yuanyuan; Gan, Tian; Wan, Chidan; Wu, Kangbing


    Different-shaped aluminas were readily prepared via hydrothermal reaction. It was found that the morphology and the electrochemical sensing properties of alumina were heavily dependent on the reaction time. When extending the reaction time from 6 h to 24 h, the obtained alumina samples changed from amorphous bumps to regular microfibers in diameter of 200 nm, as confirmed by scanning electron microscopy. Transmission electron microscopy observation revealed that longer reaction time was beneficial for the formation of porous and uniform fiber-like structures. Electrochemical tests proved that alumina microfibers were more active for the oxidation of amaranth and exhibited much higher enhancement effect, compared with alumina bumps. On the surface of alumina microfibers, the oxidation peak currents of amaranth increased remarkably. The influences of pH value, amount of alumina microfibers, and accumulation time on the signal enhancement of amaranth were discussed. As a result, a novel electrochemical method was developed for the detection of amaranth. The linear range was from 1 to 150 nM, and the detection limit was 0.75 nM after 1-min accumulation. The analytical application in drink samples was investigated, and the results consisted with the values that obtained by high-performance liquid chromatography. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. [Characterization of alumina adobe and sintered body of GI-infiltrated ceramic]. (United States)

    Wang, H; Chao, Y; Liao, Y; Liang, X; Zhu, Z; Gao, W


    This study was conducted to elucidate the mechanism of formation of porous structure by investigating the porosity of the alumina adobe and sintered body of GI-II Infiltrate Ceramic, and its role in strengthening and toughening this kind of ceramic composite. The alumina powder size-mass distribution was obtained by BI-XDC powder size analysis device; the open pore parameters of alumina adobe and sintered body were analyzed using the mercury pressure method. Their fracture surfaces were observed under scanning electronic microscope. Fine powder had two main size groups of 0.09-0.1 micron and 0.2-0.5 micron, respectively, and coarse powder, with size between 1.5 to 4.5 microns, occupied the majority of powder mass. Alumina adobe's pores became larger after sintering. The median pore radii of adobe and sintered body were 0.2531 micron and 0.3081 micron, respectively; the average pore radii changed from 0.0956 micron to 0.1102 micron. Under scanning electronic microscope, fine alumina powders were fused partially together and their surfaces were blunted, but coarse powders did not show such phenomena. The alumina size distribution contributes to the formation of porous structure of alumina sintered body. This porous structure is not only the shape skeleton but also the mechanical skeleton of GI-II Infiltrated Ceramic. It plays an important role in raising the mechanical properties of this kind of ceramic composite.

  20. Epoxy/α-alumina nanocomposite with high electrical insulation performance

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    Yun Chen


    Full Text Available An experimental study was conducted to improve the electrical insulation of epoxy resin. The effects of boehmite, γ-alumina and α-alumina nanoparticles on the volume resistivity, dielectric strength and glass transition temperature of epoxy nanocomposites were investigated. The results showed that α-alumina nanoparticles displayed obvious advantages in enhancing electrical insulation performance of epoxy nanocomposites, compared to boehmite and γ-alumina nanoparticles. The direct current volume resistivity and breakdown strength of epoxy nanocomposite with 2.0 wt% α-alumina nanoparticles was improved to 2.2 × 1018 Ω cm and 76.1 kV mm−1 respectively. And these improved values of electrical insulation properties are much higher than these of epoxy nanocomposites reported in previous studies. The main reason of these improvements may be that the epoxy/α-alumina interaction zone was enhanced by crosslink. Keywords: Nanocomposite, Epoxy resin, Insulation, α-alumina

  1. Flexibility of experimental alumina/feldspar and SR ADORO dental composites. (United States)

    Le Roux, A R; Lachman, N


    Flexure of a dental composite can be detrimental to the success of a restoration. Flexibility considerations are thus important when comparing dental materials to optimize the success of resin restorations. Flexibility of 5.6 x 18.0 x 2.0 mm3 experimental alumina/feldspar and SR ADORO dental composites specimens were compared. It was hypothesized that alumina/feldspar composites would be less flexible under a load than SR ADORO composites and that the flexibility would decrease significantly as the feldspar content was increased. Alumina was chemically sintered or bonded with 40%, 50% and 60% feldspar mass, silanized and infiltrated with urethane dimethacrylate (UDMA) to prepare the alumina/feldspar dental restorative composite specimens. Three point bending tests were performed in the Instron 44 machine for flexural comparison to SR ADORO. The alumina/feldspar specimens showed lower flexibility (mm displacement) than SR ADORO (p flexibility comparisons were performed with 5.6 x 18.0 x 2.0 mm3 specimens. Flexibility comparisons performed with 5.6 x 18.0 x 2.0 mm3 specimens indicated that experimental alumina/feldspar dental composites may provide added marginal seal benefit. However confirmation via in vivo function of alumina/feldspar dental composites is recommended.

  2. Infrared radiative properties of alumina up to the melting point: A first-principles study (United States)

    Yang, J. Y.; Xu, M.; Liu, L. H.


    The high thermal emission of alumina dominates the radiative heat transfer of rocket exhaust plume. Yet numerous experimental measurements on radiative properties of alumina at high temperatures vary considerably from each other and cannot provide physical insight into the underlying mechanism. In this work, the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) method and ab initio parameterized Drude model are combined to predict the radiative properties of alumina for temperatures up to 2327 K (the melting point) in the spectral range 1-12 μm. Contributed by different microscopic processes, the optical absorption of alumina in the spectral range 1-4 and 4-12 μm is described by two distinct methods. In the spectral range 4-12 μm, the multi-phonon process mainly contributes to optical absorption and can be simulated by the AIMD method based on the linear response theory. While in the spectral range 1-4 μm, the optical absorption is mainly caused by intrinsic carriers and can be effectively described by the ab initio parameterized Drude model. The first-principles calculations can successfully predict the infrared radiative properties of alumina at high temperatures and well reproduce the literature experiments. Moreover, the theoretical simulations verify that alumina can retain its semiconducting character even in the liquid phase and there emerges sharp increase in the near-infrared optical absorption of alumina upon melting.

  3. Degradation in Thermal Properties and Morphology of Polyetheretherketone-Alumina Composites Exposed to Gamma Radiation (United States)

    Lawrence, Falix; Mishra, Satyabrata; Mallika, C.; Kamachi Mudali, U.; Natarajan, R.; Ponraju, D.; Seshadri, S. K.; Sampath Kumar, T. S.


    Sheets of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and PEEK-alumina composites with micron-sized alumina powder with 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25% by weight were fabricated, irradiated with gamma rays up to 10 MGy and the degradation in their thermal properties and morphology were evaluated. The radicals generated during irradiation get stabilized by chain scission and crosslinking. Chain scission is predominant on the surface and crosslinking is predominant in the bulk of the samples. Owing to radiation damage, the glass transition temperature, T g increased for pure PEEK from 136 to 140.5 °C, whereas the shift in T g for the composites decreased with increase in alumina content and for PEEK-25% alumina, the change in T g was insignificant, as alumina acts as an excitation energy sink and reduces the crosslinking density, which in turn decreased the shift in T g towards higher temperature. Similarly, the melting temperature, T m and enthalpy of melting, Δ H m of PEEK and PEEK-alumina composites decreased on account of radiation owing to the restriction of chain mobility and disordering of structures caused by crosslinks. The decrease in T m and Δ H m was more pronounced in pure PEEK and the extent of decrease in T m and Δ H m was less for composites. SEM images revealed the formation of micro-cracks and micro-pores in PEEK due to radiation. The SEM image of irradiated PEEK-alumina (25%) composite showed negligible micro-cracks and micro-pores, because of the reinforcing effect of high alumina content in the PEEK matrix which helps in reducing the degradation in the properties of the polymer. Though alumina reduces the degradation of the polymer matrix during irradiation, an optimum level of ceramic fillers only have to be loaded to the polymer to avoid the reduction in toughness.

  4. Topotactic preparation of textured alumina ceramics from dehydroxylation of gibbsite films

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    Louaer, Seif-Eddine; Wang, Yao, E-mail:; Guo, Lin, E-mail:


    In this paper, textured alumina ceramics were prepared from dehydroxylation of gibbsite films and the pseudomorphic and topotactic nature of the dehydroxylation of textured gibbsite films has been investigated. First, the precursor film with a (001)-textured structure was obtained via vacuum filtration deposition of diluted aqueous suspensions of gibbsite nanoplatelets. Subsequently, (001)-textured α-alumina ceramics were successfully achieved by sintering of the deposited gibbsite films without addition of α-alumina seeds. The Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) results show that, during the phase transition from gibbsite to α-alumina, both layered morphology and crystal's axis orientation have been retained to a considerable extent. For the first time, a direct XRD evidence of gibbsite topotactic dehydroxylation to the α-alumina phase is presented. It is believed that the method described here exploits gibbsite's pseudomorphic and topotactic dehydroxylation, not on individual particles scale but on a bulk form. The resulting structure can be considered as inorganic scaffolds which can have applications for fabrication of dense, textured alumina-based ceramics and other layered/textured nanocomposites. - Highlights: • Gibbsite nanoplatelets were assembled on their basal plane to form (001)-textured films. • Textured alumina ceramics were prepared by sintering textured gibbsite films without addition of α-alumina seeds. • Both pseudomorphic and topotactic aspects were exploited in bulk form instead of individual nanoparticulate size. • Direct XRD evidence of the topotactic dehydroxylation from gibbsite to α-alumina is presented in this work.

  5. Numerical simulation of intelligent compaction technology for construction quality control. (United States)


    Intelligent compaction (IC) technique is a fast-developing technology for compaction quality control and acceptance. Proof rolling using the intelligent compaction rollers after completing compaction can eectively identify : the weak spots and sig...

  6. CFD Analysis of nanofluid forced convection heat transport in laminar flow through a compact pipe (United States)

    Yu, Kitae; Park, Cheol; Kim, Sedon; Song, Heegun; Jeong, Hyomin


    In the present paper, developing laminar forced convection flows were numerically investigated by using water-Al2O3 nano-fluid through a circular compact pipe which has 4.5mm diameter. Each model has a steady state and uniform heat flux (UHF) at the wall. The whole numerical experiments were processed under the Re = 1050 and the nano-fluid models were made by the Alumina volume fraction. A single-phase fluid models were defined through nano-fluid physical and thermal properties calculations, Two-phase model(mixture granular model) were processed in 100nm diameter. The results show that Nusselt number and heat transfer rate are improved as the Al2O3 volume fraction increased. All of the numerical flow simulations are processed by the FLUENT. The results show the increment of thermal transfer from the volume fraction concentration.

  7. Microstructural features of alumina refractories with mullite-zirconia aggregates

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    Ferrari, C. R.


    Full Text Available Refractory materials are often subjected to high temperatures and loads and their performance depends on their microstructural evolution during use. In this context, microstructural changes were monitored in alumina-based refractories containing mullite-zirconia aggregates and heat-treated at 1400°C and 1500°C for 2, 6, and 18 days. With the purpose of inducing in situ mullite formation, bricks containing microsilica were also prepared and heat-treated at 1500°C for 6 days for the sake of comparison. These heat treatments allowed for an evaluation of the use of refractories from the standpoint of temperature and time. In this work, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analyses were made to identify the phases in the materials. The Rietveld method was also used for quantitative phase analyses. Interfacial reactions occurred between alumina and aggregates and between alumina and microsilica, causing the system to become mullitized. The effect of in situ-formed mullite was particularly evident in the results of the modulus of rupture of the materials containing microsilica. Creep tests revealed a reduction in the creep rate of materials treated at 1500°C for 18 days.

    El comportamiento de los materiales refractarios, cuando sometidos a altas temperaturas y a grandes esfuerzos mecánicos, está íntimamente relacionado con la evolución microestuctural, durante su uso. En este contexto, fue realizado un estudio de la evolución microestructural de los materiales refractarios de alumina conteniendo diferentes porcentajes de agregado de mullita–circona, sometidos a tratamientos térmicos por 2, 6 y 18 días, en temperaturas de 1400 y 1500oC. Fueron confeccionados, algunos ladrillos conteniendo microsílice, con la idea de se introducir la formación de mullita en situ. Para la comparación de los ladrillos, fueron realizados tratamientos térmicos por un periodo de 6 días en 1500oC. Estos tratamientos térmicos permitieron

  8. Zirconia / Alumina Composite Foams with Calcium Phosphate Coating

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    Lenka Novotná


    Full Text Available In this study, mechanical properties of calcium phosphate foams were enhanced by zirconia/alumina porous cores prepared by polymer replica technique. This technique was chosen to ensure interconnected pores of optimal size for cell migration and attachment. The porosity of ZA cores (50 – 99% was controlled by multistep impregnation process, the size of pore windows was 300 – 500 μm. Sintered ZA cores were impregnated by hydroxyapatite or β-tricalcium phosphate slurry to improve bioactivity. The bone like apatite layer was formed on coatings when immersed in a simulated body fluid. Neither of tested materials was cytotoxic. Thus, the composite foam can be potentially used as a permanent substitute of cancellous bone.

  9. Stress determination in thermally grown alumina scales using ruby luminescence

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    Renusch, D.; Veal, B.W.; Koshelev, I.; Natesan, K.; Grimsditch [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Hou, P.Y. [Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States)


    By exploiting the strain dependence of the ruby luminescence line, we have measured the strain in alumina scales thermally grown on Fe-Cr- Al alloys. Results are compared and found to be reasonably consistent with strains determined using x rays. Oxidation studies were carried out on alloys Fe - 5Cr - 28Al and Fe - 18Cr - 10Al (at.%). Significantly different levels of strain buildup were observed in scales on these alloys. Results on similar alloys containing a ``reactive element`` (Zr or Hf) in dilute quantity are also presented. Scales on alloys containing a reactive element (RE) can support significantly higher strains than scales on RE-free alloys. With the luminescence technique, strain relief associated with spallation thresholds is readily observed.

  10. Removal of mercury from an alumina refinery aqueous stream. (United States)

    Mullett, Mark; Tardio, James; Bhargava, Suresh; Dobbs, Charles


    Digestion condensate is formed as a by-product of the alumina refinery digestion process. The solution exhibits a high pH and is chemically reducing, containing many volatile species such as water, volatile organics, ammonia, and mercury. Because digestion condensate is chemically unique, an innovative approach was required to investigate mercury removal. The mercury capacity and adsorption kinetics were investigated using a number of materials including gold, silver and sulphur impregnated silica and a silver impregnated carbon. The results were compared to commercial sorbents, including extruded and powdered virgin activated carbons and a sulphur impregnated mineral. Nano-gold supported on silica (88% removal under batch conditions and 95% removal under flow conditions) and powdered activated carbon (91% under batch conditions and 98% removal under flow conditions) were the most effective materials investigated. The silver and sulphur impregnated materials were unstable in digestion condensate under the test conditions used.

  11. Rapid identification of graphene flakes: alumina does it better

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    De Marco, P; Nardone, M; Santucci, S; Ottaviano, L [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita dell' Aquila, Via Vetoio, 67100 Coppito-L' Aquila (Italy); Del Vitto, A; Alessandri, M, E-mail: [Numonyx, Via C Olivetti 2, 20041 Agrate Brianza, Milano (Italy)


    We report a systematic investigation of the colour contrast (CC) of graphene (one, two and three layers) on 50, 72 and 80 nm thick Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Si(100) and 100 and 300 nm thick SiO{sub 2}/Si(100). The CC is determined by the analysis of optical microscopy images taken under white light illumination. A corresponding assignment of graphene in the single-layer, double-layer and trilayer phases is made using micro-Raman spectroscopy. A quantitative evaluation allows us to conclude that the colour contrast between 72 nm alumina and graphene is significantly larger than that between 300 nm silicon oxide and graphene (by factors of 2.2, 2.0 and 3.3 for the single-layer, double-layer and trilayer graphene flakes respectively). Moreover, data indicate that, to increase visibility, the use of a red or a green light is preferable.

  12. Electroless Fabrication of Cobalt Alloys Nanowires within Alumina Template

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    Nazila Dadvand


    Full Text Available A new method of nanowire fabrication based on electroless deposition process is described. The method is novel compared to the current electroless procedure used in making nanowires as it involves growing nanowires from the bottom up. The length of the nanowires was controlled at will simply by adjusting the deposition time. The nanowires were fabricated within the nanopores of an alumina template. It was accomplished by coating one side of the template by a thin layer of palladium in order to activate the electroless deposition within the nanopores from bottom up. However, prior to electroless deposition process, the template was pretreated with a suitable wetting agent in order to facilitate the penetration of the plating solution through the pores. As well, the electroless deposition process combined with oblique metal evaporation process within a prestructured silicon wafer was used in order to fabricate long nanowires along one side of the grooves within the wafer.

  13. Semimetal nanowires and their superlattices in anodic alumina membranes. (United States)

    Li, Liang; Dou, Xincun; Li, Guanghai


    Semimetal Bi and Sb are important thermoelectric materials. Since theoretical calculation predicted that thermoelectric efficiency can be improved as the dimension of materials decreases, the synthesis and physical properties of Bi-based nanostructures (nanowires, nanotubes, nanobelts, nanoplates) have attracted great interests. This review begins with a survey of the patents and reports on the recent developments of Bi-based nanowires. We focus on Bi-based nanowires fabricated by pulsed electrodeposition in anodic alumina membranes, which are main achievements in our group. Based on the literatures and patents, from synthesis of Bi-based nanowires and their alloys and superlattices, to physical properties including electronic transport, thermal expansion, and thermoelectricity will be demonstrated.

  14. Adsorption of chromium onto activated alumina: kinetics and thermodynamics studies. (United States)

    Marzouk, Ikhlass; Dammak, Lassaad; Hamrouni, Béchir


    In this study, the removal of chromium (VI) by adsorption on activated alumina was investigated and the results were fitted to Langmuir, Freundlich, Dubinin-Redushkevich, and Temkin adsorption models at various temperatures. The constants of each model were evaluated depending on temperature. Thermodynamic parameters for the adsorption system were determined at 10, 25 and 40 degrees C. (deltaH degrees = -21.18 kJ x mol(-1); deltaG degrees = -8.75 to -7.43 kJ x mol(-1) and deltaS degrees = -0.043 kJ x K(-1) x mol(-1)). The obtained values showed that chromium (VI) adsorption is a spontaneous and exothermic process. The kinetic process was evaluated by first-order, second-order and Elovich kinetic models.

  15. Nanoporous Anodic Alumina: A Versatile Platform for Optical Biosensors

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    Abel Santos


    Full Text Available Nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA has become one of the most promising nanomaterials in optical biosensing as a result of its unique physical and chemical properties. Many studies have demonstrated the outstanding capabilities of NAA for developing optical biosensors in combination with different optical techniques. These results reveal that NAA is a promising alternative to other widely explored nanoporous platforms, such as porous silicon. This review is aimed at reporting on the recent advances and current stage of development of NAA-based optical biosensing devices. The different optical detection techniques, principles and concepts are described in detail along with relevant examples of optical biosensing devices using NAA sensing platforms. Furthermore, we summarise the performance of these devices and provide a future perspective on this promising research field.

  16. Impact loading of an aluminum/alumina composite

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


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

  17. Investigations on activated alumina based domestic defluoridation units. (United States)

    Chauhan, Vivek Singh; Dwivedi, Pradeep Kumar; Iyengar, Leela


    Investigations were carried out on the defluoridation of fluoride-spiked ground water in domestic defluoridation units (DDU) with activated alumina (AA). Specific safe water yield (SSY) was determined as a function of AA amount and adsorbent depth. Reuse potential of exhausted AA was assessed by regenerating and reusing AA in multiple defluoridation cycles. High fluoride uptake capacity (FUC) from ground water matrix as well as retaining approximately 95% FUC up to five cycles showed the suitability of AA for defluoridation in DDU. SSY, liters of safe water/kg AA, was dependent on the AA amount and its depth. There was a significant decrease in SSY with the decrease in AA depth in different DDUs, even though the amount was maintained constant. The derived data from four DDUs, with 3-5 kg AA and depth ranging from 5 to 13 cm, showed that DDU design is one of the most important parameter to be considered for optimizing SSY.

  18. Ordered Nanomaterials Thin Films via Supported Anodized Alumina Templates

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    Mohammed eES-SOUNI


    Full Text Available Supported anodized alumina template films with highly ordered porosity are best suited for fabricating large area ordered nanostructures with tunable dimensions and aspect ratios. In this paper we first discuss important issues for the generation of such templates, including required properties of the Al/Ti/Au/Ti thin film heterostructure on a substrate for high quality templates. We then show examples of anisotropic nanostructure films consisting of noble metals using these templates, discuss briefly their optical properties and their applications to molecular detection using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Finally we briefly address the possibility to make nanocomposite films, exemplary shown on a plasmonic-thermochromic nanocomposite of VO2-capped Au-nanorods.

  19. Rheological properties of nanopowder alumina coated with adsorbed fatty acids. (United States)

    Bell, Nelson S; Schendel, Megan E; Piech, Marcin


    The rheological properties of a nanosized alumina powder coated with fatty acid steric stabilizers of varying chain length were investigated. The storage and loss moduli of the complex modulus were measured to characterize the behavior of the flocculated systems. As chain length increased, there was a transition from an elastic response to fluid behavior. However, the fluid system developed elastic characteristics at relatively low volume fractions of 22%. The length of the steric barrier required to produce the fluid dispersion was estimated to be approximately 2 nm and correlates with attractive interactions on the order of the system thermal energy. Moreover, in the flocculated systems, the storage modulus was found to be higher than reported previously in the literature. These higher values were related to the additional attractive forces due to van der Waals attractions between the hydrocarbon tails of the adsorbed fatty acid layers.

  20. Fatigue strength testing of LTCC and alumina ceramics bonds (United States)

    Dąbrowski, A.; Matkowski, P.; Golonka, L.


    In this paper the results of fatigue strength tests of ceramic joints are presented. These tests have been performed on the samples subjected to thermal and vibration fatigue as well as on the reference samples without any additional loads. The main goal of the investigation was to determine the strength of hybrid ceramics joints using tensile testing machine. The experiment enabled evaluation of fatigue effects in the mentioned joints. Geometry of test samples has been designed according to FEM simulations, performed in ANSYS FEM environment. Thermal stress as well as the stress induced by vibrations have been analyzed in the designed model. In the experiments two types of ceramics have been used — LTCC green tape DP951 (DuPont) and alumina ceramic tape. The samples have been prepared by joining two sintered ceramic beams made of different types of material. The bonds have been realized utilizing low temperature glass or a layer of LTCC green tape.

  1. Electrochemical response of a carbon paste electrode containing an adsorbed species on incorporated alumina. (United States)

    Navarro, P; Jambon, C; Vittori, O


    The electrochemical response of carbon paste electrode was investigated containing an inorganic and a non-electroactive compound on which an electro- active organic molecule was adsorbed. Alizarin S was chosen as the test molecule adsorbed on 150 m(2)/g of alumina, because this molecule is either easily reduced or oxidized on carbon. The electrode response was found to be linear for low amounts of alumina containing a known amount of Alizarin S. The electrical yield was never higher than 50%, but was reproducible. An increasing alumina amount in the paste increased the response, but lowered the electrical yield.

  2. Remote microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (RMPECVD) of silica and alumina films

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    Desmaison, J.; Hidalgo, H.; Tristant, P.; Naudin, F.; Merle, D. [Limoges Univ. (France). Lab. de Sciences des Procedes Ceramiques et Traitements de Surface


    Alumina or silica are attractive as insulation and protective layers for sensitive substrates. Oxides are deposited by remote microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (RMPECVD) using an oxygen plasma and a mixture of precursor gas silane or trimethylaluminum (TMA) diluted in argon, respectively for silica and alumina, injected in the afterglow. This technique allows to deposit films of SiO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with satisfactory characteristics (density, etch rate, stoichiometry) and high deposition rate. The comparison of the best deposition conditions reveals that in case of alumina higher temperatures and lower pressures are needed. (orig.)


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    Daidong Guo


    Full Text Available Alumina ceramics were prepared either with micrometer-sized alumina powder (MAP or with the addition of nanometer-sized alumina powder (NAP. The density, crystalline phase, flexural strength and the fracture surface of the two ceramics were measured and compared. Emphasis has been put on the influence of nanopowder addition on the flexural strength of Al₂O₃ ceramic. The analysis based on the Weibull distribution model suggests the distribution of the flexural strength of the NAP ceramic is more concentrated than that of the MAP ceramic. Therefore, the NAP ceramics will be more stable and reliable in real applications.

  4. Nanoporous titania-coated alumina membranes: sol-gel synthesis and characterisation. (United States)

    Kermanpur, A; Dastjerdi, V H; Ghassemali, E; Abbasi, M H


    In this work, nanoporous titania top layers were deposited by dip-coating process on microporous alpha-alumina substrates using the sol-gel process. The alumina substrates were synthesized by slip casting method using Taguchi optimising approach. The microporous substrate was then used to coat nanoporous titania layers by the sol-gel method. The thickness, pore size, structure and permeability of the membranes were characterised using SEM, XRD, STA and Hg-Porosimetry. The process conditions to achieve defect-free nanoporous titania layers with the average pore size of about 4 nm coated on the microporous alumina substrates with the average pore size of about 270 nm were determined.

  5. Optical Basicity and Nepheline Crystallization in High Alumina Glasses

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    Rodriguez, Carmen P.; McCloy, John S.; Schweiger, M. J.; Crum, Jarrod V.; Winschell, Abigail E.


    The purpose of this study was to find compositions that increase waste loading of high-alumina wastes beyond what is currently acceptable while avoiding crystallization of nepheline (NaAlSiO4) on slow cooling. Nepheline crystallization has been shown to have a large impact on the chemical durability of high-level waste glasses. It was hypothesized that there would be some composition regions where high-alumina would not result in nepheline crystal production, compositions not currently allowed by the nepheline discriminator. Optical basicity (OB) and the nepheline discriminator (ND) are two ways of describing a given complex glass composition. This report presents the theoretical and experimental basis for these models. They are being studied together in a quadrant system as metrics to explore nepheline crystallization and chemical durability as a function of waste glass composition. These metrics were calculated for glasses with existing data and also for theoretical glasses to explore nepheline formation in Quadrant IV (passes OB metric but fails ND metric), where glasses are presumed to have good chemical durability. Several of these compositions were chosen, and glasses were made to fill poorly represented regions in Quadrant IV. To evaluate nepheline formation and chemical durability of these glasses, quantitative X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and the Product Consistency Test were conducted. A large amount of quantitative XRD data is collected here, both from new glasses and from glasses of previous studies that had not previously performed quantitative XRD on the phase assemblage. Appendix A critically discusses a large dataset to be considered for future quantitative studies on nepheline formation in glass. Appendix B provides a theoretical justification for choice of the oxide coefficients used to compute the OB criterion for nepheline formation.

  6. Der Global Compact und der Schutz der Menschenrechte


    Hamm, Brigitte I.


    Inhalt: - I. Einleitung - II. Was ist der Global Compact? - III. Wie funktioniert der Global Compact? - IV. Der Global Compact will kein Verhaltenskodex sein. - V. Der Global Compact als Bestandteil von „global governance“ - VI. Der Global Compact und der Schutz der Menschenrechte - VII. Ausschau - Literatur - Teilnehmer des Global Compact

  7. Characterization of AMC commercial bricks with different alumina qualities; Caracterizacion de ladrillos comerciales AMC con diferentes calidades de alumina

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    Muñoz, V.; Camerucci, Maria A.; Martinez, A.G. Tomba [Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencia y Tecnologia de Materiales (INTEMA), CONICET - Fac. de Ingenieria (UNMdP), Mar del Plata (Argentina)


    The study of commercial bricks Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-MgO-C (AMC) has some advantages over the analysis of materials prepared in the laboratory, but requires a complete characterization. This paper presents the results of the characterization of commercial bricks AMC with different types of alumina aggregates used in ladles floor. The same is done by several complementary techniques: XRD, DTA / TGA, EPR, volume density and apparent porosity, dilatometric analysis, microstructural analysis by low magnification and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with analysis Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) and determination of mechanical properties at room temperature (Young's modulus, stress and strain at fracture). The main characteristics and differences in the composition and microstructure, essential data for further analysis of the mechanical behavior and resistance to slag attack of these refractories, are determined. (author)

  8. Native and thermally modified protein-polyphenol coassemblies: lactoferrin-based nanoparticles and submicrometer particles as protective vehicles for (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate. (United States)

    Yang, Wei; Xu, Chenqi; Liu, Fuguo; Yuan, Fang; Gao, Yanxiang


    The interactions between native, thermally modified lactoferrin (LF) and (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) at pH 3.5, 5.0, and 6.5 were investigated. Turbidity, particle size, and charge of LF-EGCG complexes were mainly dominated by pH value and secondary structure of protein. At pH 3.5 and 5.0, LF-EGCG complexes were nanoparticles which had high ζ-potential, small size, and soluble state. At pH 6.5, they were submicrometer particles which exhibited low ζ-potential, large size, and insoluble state. The infrared spectra of freeze-dried LF-EGCG complexes showed that they were different from LF and EGCG alone. Far-UV CD results indicated that heat denaturation might irreversibly alter the secondary structure of LF and EGCG induced a progressive increase in the proportion of α-helix structure at the cost of β-sheet and unordered coil structure of LF at pH 3.5, 5.0, and 6.5. EGCG exhibited a strong affinity for native LF but a weak affinity for thermally modified LF at pH 5.0 and 6.5. An inverse result was observed at pH 3.5. These results could have potential for the development of food formulations based on LF as a carrier of bioactive compounds.

  9. Cellular structure of the healthy and keratoconic human cornea imaged in-vivo with sub-micrometer axial resolution OCT(Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Bizheva, Kostadinka; Tan, Bingyao; Mason, Erik; Carter, Kirsten; Haines, Lacey; Sorbara, Luigina


    Keratoconus causes progressive morphological changes in the corneal epithelium (EPI), Bowman's membrane (BM) and anterior stroma. However, it is still not well understood if KC originates in the corneal epithelium and propagates to the anterior stroma through disruptions of the BM, or vice versa. In this study we used a sub-micrometer axial resolution OCT system to image in-vivo the cellular structure of the EPI layer and the fibrous structure of the BM and the anterior stroma in mild to advanced keratoconics, as well as healthy subjects. The imaging study was approved by the University of Waterloo Human Research Ethics Committee. The OCT system operates in the 800 nm spectral region at 34 kHz image acquisition rate and provides 0.95 um axial and < 2 um lateral resolution in corneal tissue, which is sufficient to visualize the cellular structure of the corneal epithelium and the fibrous structure of the BM. In some subjects, localized thinning and thickening of the EPI layer was observed, while there was no visible damage to the BM or anterior stroma. In other subjects, localized breakage of the stromal collagen fibrils was observed with no significant morphological changes of the corneal EPI.

  10. Compact Radiometers Expand Climate Knowledge (United States)


    To gain a better understanding of Earth's water, energy, and carbon cycles, NASA plans to embark on the Soil Moisture Active and Passive mission in 2015. To prepare, Goddard Space Flight Center provided Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding to ProSensing Inc., of Amherst, Massachusetts, to develop a compact ultrastable radiometer for sea surface salinity and soil moisture mapping. ProSensing incorporated small, low-cost, high-performance elements into just a few circuit boards and now offers two lightweight radiometers commercially. Government research agencies, university research groups, and large corporations around the world are using the devices for mapping soil moisture, ocean salinity, and wind speed.

  11. Compact sources for eyesafe illumination (United States)

    Baranova, N.; Pu, R.; Stebbins, K.; Bystryak, I.; Rayno, M.; Ezzo, K.; DePriest, C.


    Q-Peak has demonstrated a novel, compact, pulsed eyesafe laser architecture operating with OPO), which utilizes Potassium Titanyl Arsenate (KTA) in a linear OPO geometry. This laser efficiently operates in the eyesafe band, and has been designed to fit within a volume of 3760 cm3. We will discuss details of the optical system design, modeled thermal effects and stress-induced birefringence, as well as experimental advantages of the end-pumped laser geometry, along with proposed paths to higher eyesafe pulse energies.

  12. Self-compacting concrete (SCC)

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    Geiker, Mette Rica


    In many aspects Self-Compacting Concrete (SCC, “Self-Consolidating Concrete” in North America) can be considered the concrete of the future. SCC is a family of tailored concretes with special engineered properties in the fresh state. SCC flows into the formwork and around even complicated...... reinforcement arrangements under its own weight. Thus, SCC is not vibrated like conventional concrete. This drastically improves the working environment during construction, the productivity, and potentially improves the homogeneity and quality of the concrete. In addition SCC provides larger architectural...

  13. Effect of low-dimensional alumina structures on viability of L 929 cells

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    Fomenko, Alla N., E-mail:; Korovin, Matvey S., E-mail:; Bakina, Olga V., E-mail:; Kazantsev, Sergey O., E-mail:; Glazkova, Elena A., E-mail:; Svarovskaya, Natalia V., E-mail:; Lozhkomoev, Aleksandr S., E-mail: [National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, 634050 (Russian Federation)


    In the study, we estimated the cytotoxicity of alumina nanoparticles differing in shape (nanofibers, nanoplates, nanosheets, agglomerates of nanosheets) and close in physicochemical properties (particle size, specific surface area, phase composition, and zeta potential). The alumina structures were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) data, low-temperature nitrogen adsorption, and dynamic light scattering (DLS). The cytotoxicity was estimated on fibroblast cells of the L929 line. It was found that a more adverse effect on the cells was exerted by alumina nanofibers and nanosheets. The action of nanosheets on the cells was inhibitory and was of about the same level, irrespective of the observation period. The effect of alumina nanosheet agglomerates and nanoplates on the cell proliferation was weak even at an exposure time of 72 h.

  14. Nickel-induced morphology change of mesostructured alumina with enhanced catalytic activity for selective CO methanation (United States)

    Cao, Shubo; Chen, Aihua; Zhao, Yongbin; Lu, Yanluo


    Nickel-induced morphology change of mesostructured alumina with amorphous walls to bayerite tetrahedra when treated in water, and then to γ-alumina with worm-like mesopores topologically after it was calcined at 400 °C is reported. The catalytic activity for selective CO methanation increased significantly after this treatment.Nickel-induced morphology change of mesostructured alumina with amorphous walls to bayerite tetrahedra when treated in water, and then to γ-alumina with worm-like mesopores topologically after it was calcined at 400 °C is reported. The catalytic activity for selective CO methanation increased significantly after this treatment. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr07577c

  15. Influence of granule characteristics on fabrication of translucent alumina ceramics with high strength and reliability

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    TANAKA, Satoshi; GOI, Shota; KATO, Zenji


      Translucent alumina ceramics with high strength and reliability were fabricated through dry pressing of industry-grade granules and subsequent vacuum-sintering prior to hot isostatic pressing (HIP...

  16. A method for the control of alumina concentration in aluminum reduction cells

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    Jens G. Balchen


    Full Text Available The paper presents a new method for the control of the concentration of the alumina in electrolysis cells for the production of aluminium. The method is based upon the well known fact that apparent resistivity of the cell is a function of the alumina concentration so that the resistivity has the lowest value around the concentration of three per cent and increases in both directions. The method uses the cross correlation between a perturbation of the feed flow of alumina into the cell and the resulting response in measured voltage across the cell. The cross-correlation is proportional to the slope of the resistivity against concentration curve, making it possible to control the alumina flow, to achieve a desired slope. The method has much in common with other methods presently in use which require a much more complicated computation scheme.

  17. Atomic layer deposition of TiO2 thin films on nanoporous alumina templates: Medical applications (United States)

    Narayan, Roger J.; Monteiro-Riviere, Nancy A.; Brigmon, Robin L.; Pellin, Michael J.; Elam, Jeffrey W.


    Nanostructured materials may play a significant role in controlled release of pharmacologic agents for treatment of cancer. Many nanoporous polymer materials are inadequate for use in drug delivery. Nanoporous alumina provides several advantages over other materials for use in controlled drug delivery and other medical applications. Atomic layer deposition was used to coat all the surfaces of a nanoporous alumina membrane in order to reduce the pore size in a controlled manner. Neither the 20 nm nor the 100 nm TiO2-coated nanoporous alumina membranes exhibited statistically lower viability compared to the uncoated nanoporous alumina membrane control materials. Nanostructured materials prepared using atomic layer deposition may be useful for delivering a pharmacologic agent at a precise rate to a specific location in the body. These materials may serve as the basis for “smart” drug delivery devices, orthopedic implants, or self-sterilizing medical devices.

  18. Laser ultrasonic surface wave inspection of alumina ceramics of varying density (United States)

    Kehoe; Coyle; Murray; Flannery; Crean


    In this paper, the surface acoustic wave velocity results acquired from the inspection of specially manufactured and characterised alumina ceramic materials are presented. Ultrasonic velocity data of alumina-based ceramics in the range 60-100% theoretical density was generated utilising non-contacting laser-ultrasonic measurements based on laser generation and detection of surface acoustic waves with the objective of creating a routine technique for industrial advanced alumina inspection. With linear fitting the surface acoustic wave velocity data serves as a calibration graph for using laser ultrasonics for routine monitoring of alumina. A second laser ultrasonic technique based on the laser generation and foil transducer detection of surface acoustic waves was used to validate the surface acoustic wave velocities measured by the laser generation/detection technique.

  19. Luminescence evolution from alumina ceramic surface before flashover under direct and alternating current voltage in vacuum

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    Su, Guo-Qiang; Wang, Yi-Bo; Song, Bai-Peng; Mu, Hai-Bao; Zhang, Guan-Jun; Li, Feng; Wang, Meng


    The luminescence evolution phenomena from alumina ceramic surface in vacuum under high voltage of direct and alternating current are reported, with the voltage covering a large range from far below...

  20. Membranes obtained from alumina from separation water/oil; Membranas obtidas a partir do residuo de alumina para separacao de agua/oleo

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    Rosas Neto, M.I.; Lira, H.L; Guimaraes, I.O; Franca, K.B., E-mail: [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB, (Brazil)


    This study aims to evaluate by flow test emulsion water/oil a membrane obtained from a crude residue of the alumina industry and see if this membrane is able to filter this emulsion within the limits specified by CONAMA. In this work, tubular membranes composed of the alumina and the residue bentonite clay were produced by extrusion and were sintered at 900, 1000 and 1100 ° C. tangential flow tests were conducted with deionized water and subsequently with an emulsion of water / oil, all done with a pressure of 1.5 bar. The results showed that membranes produced from the crude residue the alumina industry were quite efficient the emulsion's oil removal, reducing the concentration of about 100 ppm in the feed, to below 5ppm and flow rates of around 30L/h.m{sup 2}. (author)

  1. Thermal stability and microstructure of catalytic alumina composite support with lanthanum species

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    Ozawa, Masakuni, E-mail:; Nishio, Yoshitoyo


    Highlights: • Thermal stability of La-modified γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with nanometer-scaled structure. • LaAlO{sub 3} particles are dispersed in the aggregated particles of alumina. • Increase of the surface basicity of La modified alumina using CO{sub 2}-TPD. - Abstract: Lanthanum (La) modified γ-alumina composite was examined for application toward thermostable catalytic support at elevated temperature. La added alumina was prepared through an aqueous process using lanthanum (III) nitrate and then characterized by surface area measurement, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), differential thermal analysis (DTA), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and surface desorption of CO{sub 2}. It was found that the properties depended on the La content and heat treatment temperatures. The characterization of the surface, structural and chemical properties of La-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} showed the existence of a strong interaction between the La species and alumina via formation of new phase and modified surface in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples. LaAlO{sub 3} nanoparticle formed among alumina particles by the solid phase reaction of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and La{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The increase of the surface basicity of La modified alumina was demonstrated using CO{sub 2} temperature programmed desorption experiments. The controlled surface interaction between La oxide and alumina provide the unique surface and structural properties of the resulting mixed oxides as catalysts and catalytic supports.

  2. The nature and impacts of fines in smelter-grade alumina


    Perander, Linus M.; Zujovic, Zoran D.; Kemp, Thomas F.; Mark E. Smith; Metson, James B.


    Fines in smelter-grade aluminas art recognized (is a significant process problem in aluminum smelting. However understanding the nature of this fine material and how it impacts the reduction process arc, less clearly understood The combination of new analytical methods such as variable pressure scanning electron microscopy and very; high field solid state nuclear magnetic resonance provide new insights into the phases present and their spatial distribution within aluminas, and suggest how suc...

  3. Photoelectric Frequency Response in a Bioinspired Bacteriorhodopsin/Alumina Nanochannel Hybrid Nanosystem. (United States)

    Lu, Shanfu; Guo, Zhibin; Xiang, Yan; Jiang, Lei


    Inspired by the microstructure of rod cell, a bacteriorhodopsin/alumina nanochannel hybrid system is demonstrated that converts flickering light impulses below 130 Hz into distinguishable patterns of photocurrent to mimic frequency-responsive characteristic of mammalian retina in vitro. An optimal response frequency is identified with unique dependency on bacteriorhodopsin thickness rather than the proton concentration gradient and pore size of the alumina nanochannel. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Propiedades y comportamiento mecánico de nanocomposites de polisulfona γ-alumina biocompatible


    Anaya Perales, Susana


    Polysulfone and γ-alumina are highly promising materials for bio sanitary applications where biocompatibility, strength and hardness are key issues, but neat γ-alumina degrades the polymer at the high temperatures involved in its processing (320-360ºC). It is thus necessary to find surface modification methods which, besides, should comply with the stringent biosanitary protocols for manufacturing parts in contact with the body. Using a green chemistry methodology, it is shown that natural fa...

  5. Removal of Phosphate Using Red Mud: An Environmentally Hazardous Waste By-Product of Alumina Industry


    Prajapati, Shivkumar S.; Najar, P. A. Mohamed; Tangde, Vijay M.


    The industrial waste, bauxite residue generated in the Bayer chemical process of alumina production, commonly known as red mud (RM) has been used as the adsorbent for selective removal of phosphate in aqueous solutions. RM collected from the storage area of alumina industry was characterized by chemical analysis and physical methods such as BET surface area, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), particle size analysis, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. Among the various red mud samples (0.2–...

  6. The consequences of the use of concretes with high alumina cement in Madrid


    Macías Hidalgo-Saavedra, Fernando


    This article presents, in the first place, the idea coming from the Madrid Town Council (Ayuntamiento de Madrid) to study the dwellings built with high alumina cement, comparing the case of Madrid with those qf other Spanish municipalities. The article also includes one particular case, that of the Vicente Calderón Stadium (Madrid) where we can see what was done after the detection of high alumina cement in prestressed precast beams of the inclined slabs which supported the tiers of the...

  7. A comparative approach to synthesis and sintering of alumina/yttria nanocomposite powders using different precipitants

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    Kafili, G. [Department of Nanotechnology Engineering, Faculty of Advanced Sciences and Technologies, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, 81746-73441 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Movahedi, B., E-mail: [Department of Nanotechnology Engineering, Faculty of Advanced Sciences and Technologies, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, 81746-73441 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Milani, M. [Faculty of Advanced Materials and Renewable Energy Research Center, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    Alumina/yttria nanocomposite powder as an yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) precursor was synthesized via partial wet route using urea and ammonium hydrogen carbonate (AHC) as precipitants, respectively. The products were characterized using X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The use of urea produced very tiny spherical Y-compounds with chemical composition of Y{sub 2}(CO{sub 3}){sub 3}·nH{sub 2}O, which were attracted to the surface of alumina nanoparticles and consequently, a core-shell structure was obtained. The use of ammonium hydrogen carbonate produced sheets of Y-compounds with chemical composition of Y(OH)CO{sub 3} covering the alumina nanoparticles. A fine-grained YAG ceramic (about 500 nm), presenting a non-negligible transparency (45% RIT at IR range) was obtained by the spark plasma sintering (SPS) of alumina-yttria nanocomposite synthesized in the urea system. This amount of transmission was obtained by only the sintering of the powder specimen without any colloidal forming process before sintering or adding any sintering aids or dopant elements. However, by spark plasma sintering of alumina-yttria nanocomposite powder synthesized in AHC system, an opaque YAG ceramic with an average grain size of 1.2 μm was obtained. - Highlights: • Urea proved to be an appropriate precipitant for obtaining a core-shell alumina/yttria nanocomposite. • Alumina/yttria nanocomposite powders with more appropriate morphology and highly sinterability. • A fine-grained YAG ceramic was obtained by SPS of alumina-yttria nanocomposite.

  8. High Temperature Pt/Alumina Co-Fired System for 500 C Electronic Packaging Applications (United States)

    Chen, Liang-Yu; Neudeck, Philip G.; Spry, David J.; Beheim, Glenn M.; Hunter, Gary W.


    Gold thick-film metallization and 96 alumina substrate based prototype packaging system developed for 500C SiC electronics and sensors is briefly reviewed, the needs of improvement are discussed. A high temperature co-fired alumina material system based packaging system composed of 32-pin chip-level package and printed circuit board is discussed for packaging 500C SiC electronics and sensors.

  9. A sedimentation study to optimize the dispersion of alumina nanoparticles in water


    Manjula,S.; Kumar,S. Mahesh; Raichur,A. M.; Madhu,G. M.; Suresh,R.; Raj,M. A. Lourdu Anthony


    Sedimentation studies have been carried out to optimize the dispersion conditions of aqueous alumina nanopowder suspensions with or without dispersants (ammonium salt of polymethacrylic acid or rhamnolipids at 15%). Different dispersant dosages, solid loadings, pulp densities and pH values were examined. The iso-electric point (IEP) of the alumina nanopowder was found to be pHiep= 9.2. The experiments revealed that the polymethacrylic acid was more effective as dispersant than rhamnolipids in...

  10. Compact Visualisation of Video Summaries

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    Janko Ćalić


    Full Text Available This paper presents a system for compact and intuitive video summarisation aimed at both high-end professional production environments and small-screen portable devices. To represent large amounts of information in the form of a video key-frame summary, this paper studies the narrative grammar of comics, and using its universal and intuitive rules, lays out visual summaries in an efficient and user-centered way. In addition, the system exploits visual attention modelling and rapid serial visual presentation to generate highly compact summaries on mobile devices. A robust real-time algorithm for key-frame extraction is presented. The system ranks importance of key-frame sizes in the final layout by balancing the dominant visual representability and discovery of unanticipated content utilising a specific cost function and an unsupervised robust spectral clustering technique. A final layout is created using an optimisation algorithm based on dynamic programming. Algorithm efficiency and robustness are demonstrated by comparing the results with a manually labelled ground truth and with optimal panelling solutions.

  11. Cold compaction of water ice (United States)

    Durham, W.B.; McKinnon, W.B.; Stern, L.A.


    Hydrostatic compaction of granulated water ice was measured in laboratory experiments at temperatures 77 K to 120 K. We performed step-wise hydrostatic pressurization tests on 5 samples to maximum pressures P of 150 MPa, using relatively tight (0.18-0.25 mm) and broad (0.25-2.0 mm) starting grain-size distributions. Compaction change of volume is highly nonlinear in P, typical for brittle, granular materials. No time-dependent creep occurred on the lab time scale. Significant residual porosity (???0.10) remains even at highest P. Examination by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) reveals a random configuration of fractures and broad distribution of grain sizes, again consistent with brittle behavior. Residual porosity appears as smaller, well-supported micropores between ice fragments. Over the interior pressures found in smaller midsize icy satellites and Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs), substantial porosity can be sustained over solar system history in the absence of significant heating and resultant sintering. Copyright 2005 by the American Geophysical Union.

  12. Quark matter in compact stars

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    Rodrigues, H., E-mail: harg@cefet-rj.b [Centro Federal de Educacao Tecnologica do Rio de Janeiro, Av. Maracana 249, 20271-110, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Duarte, S.B., E-mail: sbd@cbpf.b [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas, Rua Dr. Xavier Sigaud 150, 22290-180, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Oliveira, J.C.T., E-mail: jcto@cbpf.b [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Roraima, Campus do Paricarana s/n, 69310-270, Boa Vista, RR (Brazil)


    Recently reported massive compact stars (Mapprox2M{sub o}) have provided strong constraints on the properties of the ultradense matter beyond the saturation nuclear density. Therefore, realistic quark or hybrid star models must be compatible with these observational data. Some used equations of state (EoS) describing quark matter are in general too soft and hence are not suitable to explain the stability of high compact star masses. In this work, we present the calculations of static spherically symmetric quark star structure by using an equation of state which takes into account the superconducting colour-flavour locked phase of the strange quark matter. In addition, some fundamental aspects of QCD (asymptotic freedom and confinement) are considered by means of a phenomenological description of the deconfined quark phase, the density-dependent quark mass model. We discuss the influence of the obtained quark matter equation of state on the mass-radius relationship of quark stars. Massive quark stars are found due to the stiffness of the equation of state, when reasonable values of the superconducting gap, taken as a free parameter, are used.

  13. Compact hybrid Si microring lasers (United States)

    Liang, Di; Bowers, John E.; Fiorentino, Marco; Beausoleil, Raymond G.


    In this paper we review the recent progress in developing compact microring lasers on the hybrid silicon platform. A simplified self-aligned process is used to fabricate devices as small as 15 μm in diameter. The optically-pumped, continuous wave (cw) devices show low threshold carrier density, comparable to the carrier density to reach material transparency. In the electrically-pumped lasers, the short cavity length leads to the minimum laser threshold less than 5 mA in cw operation. The maximum cw lasing temperature is up to 65 °C. Detailed studies in threshold as a function of coupling coefficient and bus waveguide width are presented. Surface recombination at the dry-etched exposed interface is investigated qualitatively by studying the current-voltage characteristics. Ring resonator-based figures of merits including good spectral purity and large side-mode suppression ratio are demonstrated. Thermal impedance data is extracted from temperature-dependent spectral measurement, and buried oxide layer in silicon-on-insulator wafer is identified as the major thermal barrier to cause high thermal impedance for small-size devices. The demonstrated compact hybrid ring lasers have low power consumption, small footprint and dynamic performance. They are promising for Si-based optical interconnects and flip-flop applications.

  14. Geotechnical Aspects of Explosive Compaction

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    Mahdi Shakeran


    Full Text Available Explosive Compaction (EC is the ground modification technique whereby the energy released from setting off explosives in subsoil inducing artificial earthquake effects, which compact the soil layers. The efficiency of EC predominantly depends on the soil profile, grain size distribution, initial status, and the intensity of energy applied to the soil. In this paper, in order to investigate the geotechnical aspects, which play an important role in performance of EC, a database has been compiled from thirteen-field tests or construction sites around the world, where EC has been successfully applied for modifying soil. This research focuses on evaluation of grain size distribution and initial stability status of deposits besides changes of soil penetration resistance due to EC. Results indicated suitable EC performance for unstable and liquefiable deposits having particle sizes ranging from gravel to silty sand with less than 40% silt content and less than 10% clay content. However, EC is most effective in fine-to-medium sands with a fine content less than 5% and hydraulically deposited with initial relative density ranging from 30% to 60%. Moreover, it has been observed that EC can be an effective method to improve the density, stability, and resistance of the target soils.

  15. A net-shape fabrication process of alumina micro-components using a soft lithography technique (United States)

    Zhu, Zhigang; Wei, Xueyong; Jiang, Kyle


    Microceramic components have outstanding properties, such as high temperature resistant, biocompatible, chemically stable and high hardness properties, and could be used in a wide range of applications. However, the fabrication of precision micro-components has long been a barrier and limited their applications. This paper presents a soft lithography technique to fabricate near net-shape alumina micro-components. The process uses elastomer polydimethysiloxane (PDMS) to replace traditional solid moulds and leaves the green patterns intact after demoulding. The whole soft lithography technique involves the following steps: (i) fabricating high aspect ratio SU-8 moulds using UV photolithography, (ii) producing PDMS soft moulds from SU-8 masters, (iii) making aqueous high solids loading alumina suspension, (iv) filling patterned PDMS mould with the aqueous alumina suspension and (v) demoulding and sintering. The rheological properties (zeta potential and viscosity) of aqueous alumina suspensions have been characterized in relation to the varying pH values and concentration of dispersant (D-3005). The optimal parameters of alumina suspension for mould filling have been achieved at a pH value = 11; concentration of dispersant = 0.05 g ml-1; amount of binder = 0.75%; highest solid loading = 70 wt%. After pressurized mould filling, complete, dense and free-standing micro-components have been achieved by using a 70 wt% alumina suspension and an optimum fabrication technique, while the overall linear shrinkage is found to be about 22%.

  16. Alumina-coated graphene nanosheet and its composite of acrylic rubber. (United States)

    Dao, Trung Dung; Lee, Hyung-il; Jeong, Han Mo


    A graphene was coated with a thin alumina layer to prepare a novel nanosheet which had high thermal conductivity but low electrical conductivity. The nanosheet with minimal aggregation was prepared effectively by first coating it with aluminum tri-sec-butoxide in anhydrous dimethylformamide, followed by rapid calcination in an inert atmosphere after the hydrolysis of the alkoxide. The morphology observed by scanning electron microscopy and elemental mapping by energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry showed that the alumina layer coated on the graphene surface was uniform and ultra-thin. Thermogravimetry demonstrated that the uniformly coated alumina protective layer substantially improved the thermal stability of the graphene and that the electrically-insulative alumina layer effectively reduced the electrical conductivity of the graphene. The enhanced polar nature of surface as well as the increased surface roughness due to the coated alumina improved the dispersion of the graphene in the polar acrylic rubber matrix and the interaction at the interface. This led to an effective improvement of the thermal conductivity but marginal increase in electrical conductivity by the filler. Tensile modulus increased drastically to as high as 470% for the composite reinforced with the 5 phr (about 2.5 vol%) loading of the alumina-coated graphene. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. The Effect of Fuel Types on Porous Alumina Produced via Soft Combustion Reaction for Implant Applications (United States)

    Jamil, Radin Shafinaz; Abdul Razak, Khairunisak; Ahmad, Nurfateen Fakhariah; Mohamad, Hasmaliza


    This article describes the effects of fuel types on the porous structure of alumina produced using a soft combustion reaction. There are several combustion parameters that could affect the porous structure of the alumina produced such as fuel-to-oxidizer ratios, ignition temperature, and type of fuels. In this study, the effect of fuel types on alumina properties was studied. Citric acid, glycine, and urea were used as fuels along with aluminum nitrate as an oxidizer. The properties of porous alumina produced using three different fuels were compared to determine the optimum fuel that could produce the best properties for implant applications. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that single-phase alumina powder was obtained in all samples. Morphology observation using scanning electron microscope (SEM) on sintered bodies showed open pores which had potential to be used in implant applications. Porous alumina produced using glycine as fuel (AG) showed the best properties; high surface area of 8.7 m2/g, porosity of 70% and sintered density 1.37 g/cm3.

  18. Zirconia toughened SiC whisker reinforced alumina composites small business innovation research (United States)

    Loutfy, R. O.; Stuffle, K. L.; Withers, J. C.; Lee, C. T.


    The objective of this phase 1 project was to develop a ceramic composite with superior fracture toughness and high strength, based on combining two toughness inducing materials: zirconia for transformation toughening and SiC whiskers for reinforcement, in a controlled microstructure alumina matrix. The controlled matrix microstructure is obtained by controlling the nucleation frequency of the alumina gel with seeds (submicron alpha-alumina). The results demonstrate the technical feasibility of producing superior binary composites (Al2O3-ZrO2) and tertiary composites (Al2O3-ZrO2-SiC). Thirty-two composites were prepared, consolidated, and fracture toughness tested. Statistical analysis of the results showed that: (1) the SiC type is the key statistically significant factor for increased toughness; (2) sol-gel processing with a-alumina seed had a statistically significant effect on increasing toughness of the binary and tertiary composites compared to the corresponding mixed powder processing; and (3) ZrO2 content within the range investigated had a minor effect. Binary composites with an average critical fracture toughness of 6.6MPam sup 1/2, were obtained. Tertiary composites with critical fracture toughness in the range of 9.3 to 10.1 MPam sup 1/2 were obtained. Results indicate that these composites are superior to zirconia toughened alumina and SiC whisker reinforced alumina ceramic composites produced by conventional techniques with similar composition from published data.

  19. Fabrication, Structure, and Transport Properties of Alumina Nanofiber-Based Materials (United States)

    Brayer, W. Anthony

    One of the most promising nano-materials is nanofibrous alumina (Al 2O3) but current production methods are too slow and too inconsistent for applications outside of laboratory proof of concepts. Alumina structures were fabricated from aluminum nitrate/polyvinylpyrrolidone precursor nanofibers prepared using a novel free-surface alternating current (AC) electrospinning method. Precursor fibers were generated at the rates up to 6.4 g/h and collected as 100-300 mum thick sheets suitable for direct conversion into the nanofibrous alumina structures. A computational model of the surrounding electric field was constructed to compare to experimental observations. The effects of process conditions and annealing temperature on the nanofiber diameter, morphology, shrinking behavior and crystalline phase formation were investigated by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Textural properties of Al2O3 fibrous sheets composed of micro-/meso-porous nanocrystalline gamma-alumina nanofibers with 260+/-90 nm diameters after the calcination at temperatures in the range from 700 °C to 1000 °C were determined from N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms. Preliminary air permeability and apparent air flow resistance studies of single sheet and multilayer nanofibrous alumina membranes were performed and compared with other porous alumina membrane structures for possible usage in gas filtration, separation, and other applications.

  20. Sorption and desorption of Eu and Yb on alumina: mechanisms and effect of fulvic acid

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    Wang Xiangke; Dong Wenming; Dai Xiongxin; Wang Aixia; Du Jinzhou; Tao Zuyi E-mail:


    The effects of pH, ionic strength and FA (fulvic acid) on the sorption and desorption of Eu(III) and Yb(III) on alumina were respectively investigated by using batch technique and radiotracers {sup 152+154}Eu and {sup 169}Yb. The distribution coefficients for sorption and desorption of Eu on alumina at pH 4.4, 4.6 and 5.7 in 1 mol/l NaCl solutions as a function of solid phase concentration were determined in the presence or absence of FA. The effects of pH, FA and ionic strength on the distribution coefficients for sorption and desorption of Yb on alumina were determined in 0.01-2.0 mol/l NaNO{sub 3}. It was found that pH and FA influenced the sorption of Eu(III) and Yb(III) on alumina greatly. A surface hydrolysis model can satisfactorily and qualitatively explain the observations on bare alumina. The competition among the complexations of surface free hydroxyl groups, soluble and sorbed fulvic acids can satisfactorily and qualitatively explain the observations on the coated alumina.

  1. Effects of composition on the mechanical response of alumina-filled epoxy.

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    Montgomery, Stephen Tedford


    The effect of composition on the elastic responses of alumina particle-filled epoxy composites is examined using isotropic elastic response models relating the average stresses and strains in a discretely reinforced composite material consisting of perfectly bonded and uniformly distributed particles in a solid isotropic elastic matrix. Responses for small elastic deformations and large hydrostatic and plane-strain compressions are considered. The response model for small elastic deformations depends on known elastic properties of the matrix and particles, the volume fraction of the particles, and two additional material properties that reflect the composition and microstructure of the composite material. These two material properties, called strain concentration coefficients, are characterized for eleven alumina-filled epoxy composites. It is found that while the strain concentration coefficients depend strongly on the volume fraction of alumina particles, no significant dependence on particle morphology and size is observed for the compositions examined. Additionally, an analysis of the strain concentration coefficients reveals a remarkably simple dependency on the alumina volume fraction. Responses for large hydrostatic and plane-strain compressions are obtained by generalizing the equations developed for small deformation, and letting the alumina volume fraction in the composite increase with compression. The large compression plane-strain response model is shown to predict equilibrium Hugoniot states in alumina-filled epoxy compositions remarkably well.

  2. Effect of the synthetic method on the catalytic activity of alumina: Epoxidation of cyclohexene

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    Valderruten, N.E., E-mail: [Departamento de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Icesi, Cali (Colombia); Peña, W.F.; Ramírez, A.E. [Departamento de Química, Universidad del Cauca, Popayán (Colombia); Rodríguez-Páez, J.E. [Departamento de Física, Universidad del Cauca, Popayán (Colombia)


    Graphical abstract: Temperature influence on percent conversion and selectivity in the epoxidation of cyclohexene using commercial alumina as a catalyst. - Highlights: • Aluminum oxide was synthesized using Pechini method. • The alumina obtained showed a mix of boehmite and γ-alumina phases. • We research an economically feasible method to obtain alumina for use as a catalyst. • Alumina obtained by Pechini showed high percent conversion and/or selectivity. • The best results were 78% conversion and 78% selectivity to epoxidation reactions. - Abstract: Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was prepared from different inorganic precursors via the Pechini method and compared with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} prepared by the sol–gel method. Structural characterization of these materials was carried out by FTIR, X-ray diffraction (XRD), N{sub 2} adsorption at −196 °C and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The solids were tested in the epoxidation of cyclohexene and a difference in their catalytic activities was observed. The characterization results indicate that the samples prepared by Pechini have a mixture of γ-alumina and boehmite, a condition favoring catalytic activity, whereas the sol–gel sample is less crystalline due to higher boehmite content. These results indicate that both the nature of the precursor and the method of synthesis strongly affect the catalytic activity of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  3. Atomic Cluster Aggregates in Nucleation of Solid Alumina Inclusion in the Aluminum Deoxidation for Liquid Iron (United States)

    Wang, Guocheng; Xiao, Yuanyou; Zhao, Changming; Li, Jing; Shang, Deli


    Nucleation plays a decisive role in determining the structure and size distribution of a solid inclusion particle in liquid iron. The literature does not yet provide a clear picture about the pathway leading to solid alumina inclusion from liquid iron. The main confusion surrounds the little-known structures and thermodynamic properties of metastable alumina phase (MAP) that appear in the nucleation of alumina inclusion. In this work, it is suggested that MAP could appear in the Al-deoxidation reaction, based on the summaries and analysis in terms of various equilibrium experimental results and thermodynamic modeling of the Al deoxidation in liquid iron since the 1950s. The structures and thermodynamic properties of a species of MAP, alumina atomic cluster aggregates (AACAs), are calculated by density functional theory (DFT) methods. The thermodynamics on formation and transformation of AACAs shows that AACAs are in equilibrium with Al and O with various contents measured in the Al-deoxidation equilibrium experiments for liquid iron. It is suggested that the residual Al and O, which cannot nucleate, appear in the form of AACAs in Al-deoxidized liquid iron. It can be concluded that AACAs are the metastable intermediates and structural units for alumina inclusion nucleating from liquid iron. Thus, the behaviors of AACAs are important to the control of the nucleation rate of alumina inclusions in the Al deoxidation for liquid iron.

  4. Experimental Investigations on Tribological Behaviour of Alumina Added Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS Composites

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    T. Panneerselvam


    Full Text Available Composite materials are multifunctional in nature, which can be custom-made based on the nature of the applications. The challenge of composite materials lie on complementing the properties of one another i.e. materials which go in the making of composites strengthen each other by inhibiting their weaknesses. Polymers are one of the widely used materials which serve a wide spectrum of engineering needs. In the present work, the tribological behaviour of a composite containing Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS and traces of Alumina is experimentally investigated. Alumina is added to ABS in various percentages such as 1%, and 3% by weight in order to improve the wear resistance of the polymer. Central Composite Design was used to design the experiments and a standard Pin-On-Disk apparatus was used to conduct the experiments. It is observed from the test results that the addition of alumina significantly enhances the wear behavior of the polymer. However, adding more percentage of alumina has led to adverse effect on wear resistance of polymer materials. Abrasive wear mechanism is found to be predominant in the case of alumina added composite materials. It is also found that 1% alumina added composite exhibits excellent wear properties compared to other materials.

  5. The Future Concrete: Self-Compacting Concrete


    Liana Iureş; Corneliu Bob


    The paper presents the characteristics of the self-compacting concretes, their advantages and disadvantages when they are used in buildings. Due to its properties and composition, the self-compacting concrete is described here as being one of the future friendly enviromental material for buildings. Tests concerning to obtaining a self-compacting concrete, together with the specific fresh concrete properties tests, are described.

  6. Controlled Compact High Voltage Power Lines


    Postolati V.; Bycova Е.; Suslov V.; Timashova L.; Shakarian Yu.; Kareva S.


    Nowadays modern overhead transmission lines (OHL) constructions having several significant differences from conventional ones are being used in power grids more and more widely. Implementation of compact overhead lines equipped with FACTS devices, including phase angle regulator settings (compact controlled OHL), appears to be one of the most effective ways of power grid development. Compact controlled AC HV OHL represent a new generation of power transmission lines embodying recent advanced ...

  7. The Future Concrete: Self-Compacting Concrete

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    Liana Iureş


    Full Text Available The paper presents the characteristics of the self-compacting concretes, their advantages and disadvantages when they are used in buildings. Due to its properties and composition, the self-compacting concrete is described here as being one of the future friendly enviromental material for buildings. Tests concerning to obtaining a self-compacting concrete, together with the specific fresh concrete properties tests, are described.

  8. Compaction of amorphous iron–boron powder

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    Hendriksen, Peter Vang; Mørup, Steen; Koch, Christian


    Large scale practical use of bulk amorphous alloys requires the capability of molding the material to a desired design, for instance by compaction of an amorphous powder. This is a difficult task because the sintering temperature is limited by the crystallization temperature of the alloy.1 Here w...... of density and structure on compaction pressure and compaction temperature. Journal of Applied Physics is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics....

  9. Compaction criteria for eastern coal waste embankments

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    Saxena, S.K.


    The authors present the results of a full-scale experiment wherein four embankments were constructed to evaluate compaction equipment performance, optimum lift thickness, and number of passes required for specified degree of compaction for coal refuse at Moundsville, West Virginia. It was found that suitable equipment are vibratory smooth drums and sheepsfoot rollers with an applied force not less than 46,000 lb (20930 kg) and compaction lifts not greater than 1ft (0.3 m) in thickness.

  10. Effect of slash on forwarder soil compaction (United States)

    Timothy P. McDonald; Fernando Seixas


    A study of the effect of slash on forwarder soil compaction was carried out. The level of soil compaction at two soil moisture contents, three slash densities (0, 10, and 20 kg/m2), and two levels of traffic (one and five passes) were measured. Results indicated that, on dry, loamy sand soils, the presence of slash did not decrease soil compaction after one forwarder...

  11. The dominant effect of alumina on nearfield plume radiation (United States)

    Laredo, David; Netzer, David W.


    Solid propellant rocket motors can achieve high specific impulse with metal fuel additives such as aluminum. Combustion of aluminum produces condensed alumina particles. Besides causing performance losses in the nozzle, the condensed Al2O3 particles are the major source of primary smoke in the exhaust plume. The particulate matter can also have major effects upon the plume i.r. signature. High number densities of particles can block gas-phase radiation from the plume. They can also be the source of radiation, especially the larger particles which exit the nozzle not in thermal equilibrium with the gas. In the past, the expected effects of particle size on the plume i.r. signature have been determined almost exclusively from predictions made with flow and radiation codes. The aim of the present work was to investigate the role of the Al/Al2O3 particles from a highly loaded solid propellant (up to 16% in weight) on the plume radiation of a small rocket motor (5 cm in diameter). The spatial variation of particle size distribution was simultaneously measured with the overall radiation of a portion of the plume in the i.r. band (3.5-5.0 microns). In micro-motors, operating with highly aluminized solid propellant, the condensed particles in the near exhaust plume were the major source of radiation in the 3.5-5 micron wavelength band. Motors with longer residence time and operating at medium chamber pressures produced more particles in the micron sized range. The role of after burning was predominately confined to reheating of the alumina particles to a higher temperature, at which the condensed Al2O3 radiated more than gaseous species. Even with 30% Al2O3 in the plume, the plume of small motors can be considered as approximately conical in shape, with volume distributed radiating sources. Motor conditions producing larger particles in the plume core were thus found to increase plume radiation from that region. The overall apparent emissivity of the plume was between 0

  12. Nano or micro grained alumina powder? A choose before sintering

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    Román, R.


    Full Text Available Two different wet routes have been used to synthesize alumina powders in order to compare the characteristics of the final product and its behaviour during sintering. The Homogeneous Precipitation (HP gives rise to nanoparticulated powders of about 2 nm. However, such particles quickly aggregate and grow with calcination temperature. The Polymerized Organic-Inorganic Synthesis (POI produces homogeneous particle size powders (about 1 micron after resin charring. The characterization of the powder surface is the basis of an efficient process control. Particle characterization parameters (morphology, crystallinity and degree of aggregation are characterized by different techniques, such as DTA/TG, IR, XRD, SEM and TEM, and compared between these synthesis methods. The results show the evolution from the amorphous to the corundum alumina phase for both processes and their ability for sintering, as well discuses the beneficial of nanoparticles obtained by HP during sintering.

    Se han utilizado dos diferentes síntesis por vía húmeda para la preparación de polvos de alúmina con el fin de comparar las características de los productos finales y su comportamiento durante la sinterización. La Precipitación Homogénea (HP da lugar a polvos nanoparticulados de unos 2nm. Se observa sin embargo, como estas partículas se agregan rápidamente y crecen con la temperatura de calcinación. La Síntesis por Polimerización Orgánica-Inorgánica (POI produce polvos de tamaño de partícula homogéneo (en torno a 1 micra después de la descomposión de la resina. La caracterización de la superficie de los polvos es la base de un control eficiente del proceso. Los parámetros de caracterización de las partículas obtenidas (morfología, cristalinidad y grado de agregación se obtienen por diferentes técnicas como DTA/TG, IR, XRD, SEM y TEM, y se comparan entre estos métodos de síntesis. Los resultados muestran la evolución desde el amorfo a la fase

  13. Microanalysis of indoor aerosols and the impact of a compact high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter system. (United States)

    Abraham, M E


    Aerosol particles in municipal atmospheres are of increasing public health concern; however, since most of our time is spent indoors, indoor aerosols must be researched in counterpart. Compact High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter systems are commonly employed in residences to alleviate airborne dust concentrations. In this study, a detailed and original methodology was used to determine concentrations and types of submicrometer aerosols, as well as of large (> 4 microns) dust particles. Scanning electron microscopy was used to quantify and characterize ambient aerosols collected from filtered and non-filtered rooms. Particle concentrations were significantly lower in samples collected in the presence of the filter system (mean 23 to 8 coarse particles liter-1, 63% reduction; 13 to 3 inorganic submicron particles cm-3, 76% reduction; 85 to 33 total submicron particles cm-3, 62% reduction; all P filter systems are effective at reducing submicron aerosol concentrations, they may improve the health of individuals such as asthmatics, who experience health problems caused by anthropogenic fine particles.

  14. Investigation of mechanical properties based on grain growth and microstructure evolution of alumina ceramics during two step sintering process (United States)

    Khan, U. A.; Hussain, A.; Shah, M.; Shuaib, M.; Qayyum, F.


    Alumina ceramics having small grain size and high density yield good mechanical properties, which are required in most mechanical applications. Two Step Sintering (TSS) is used to develop dense alumina ceramics. In this research work the effect of sintering temperatures on microstructure and density of the alumina specimens developed by using TSS has been investigated. It has been observed that TSS is more efficient in controlling grain growth and increasing the density as compared to One Step Sintering (OSS) of alumina. Scanning electron micrographs of sintered alumina specimens have been compared. It has been observed that TSS proves to be a better technique for increasing density and controlling grain growth of alumina ceramics than OSS. More relative density, hardness, fracture toughness and small grain size was achieved by using TSS over OSS technique.

  15. (U) Influence of Compaction Model Form on Planar and Cylindrical Compaction Geometries

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    Fredenburg, David A. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Carney, Theodore Clayton [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Fichtl, Christopher Allen [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Ramsey, Scott D. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    The dynamic compaction response of CeO2 is examined within the frameworks of the Ramp and P-a compaction models. Hydrocode calculations simulating the dynamic response of CeO2 at several distinct pressures within the compaction region are investigated in both planar and cylindrically convergent geometries. Findings suggest additional validation of the compaction models is warranted under complex loading configurations.

  16. A compact molecular beam machine. (United States)

    Jansen, Paul; Chandler, David W; Strecker, Kevin E


    We have developed a compact, low cost, modular, crossed molecular beam machine. The new apparatus utilizes several technological advancements in molecular beams valves, ion detection, and vacuum pumping to reduce the size, cost, and complexity of a molecular beam apparatus. We apply these simplifications to construct a linear molecular beam machine as well as a crossed-atomic and molecular beam machine. The new apparatus measures almost 50 cm in length, with a total laboratory footprint less than 0.25 m(2) for the crossed-atomic and molecular beam machine. We demonstrate the performance of the apparatus by measuring the rotational temperature of nitric oxide from three common molecular beam valves and by observing collisional energy transfer in nitric oxide from a collision with argon.

  17. The Compactness of Construction Grammars

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    Zadrozny, W


    We present an argument for {\\em construction grammars} based on the minimum description length (MDL) principle (a formal version of the Ockham Razor). The argument consists in using linguistic and computational evidence in setting up a formal model, and then applying the MDL principle to prove its superiority with respect to alternative models. We show that construction-based representations are at least an order of magnitude more compact that the corresponding lexicalized representations of the same linguistic data. The result is significant for our understanding of the relationship between syntax and semantics, and consequently for choosing NLP architectures. For instance, whether the processing should proceed in a pipeline from syntax to semantics to pragmatics, and whether all linguistic information should be combined in a set of constraints. From a broader perspective, this paper does not only argue for a certain model of processing, but also provides a methodology for determining advantages of different...

  18. Anisotropic models for compact stars

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    Maurya, S.K.; Dayanandan, Baiju [University of Nizwa, Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, College of Arts and Science, Nizwa (Oman); Gupta, Y.K. [Jaypee Institute of Information Technology University, Department of Mathematics, Noida, Uttar Pradesh (India); Ray, Saibal [Government College of Engineering and Ceramic Technology, Department of Physics, Kolkata, West Bengal (India)


    In the present paper we obtain an anisotropic analog of the Durgapal and Fuloria (Gen Relativ Gravit 17:671, 1985) perfect fluid solution. The methodology consists of contraction of the anisotropic factor Δ with the help of both metric potentials e{sup ν} and e{sup λ}. Here we consider e{sup λ} the same as Durgapal and Fuloria (Gen Relativ Gravit 17:671, 1985) did, whereas e{sup ν} is as given by Lake (Phys Rev D 67:104015, 2003). The field equations are solved by the change of dependent variable method. The solutions set mathematically thus obtained are compared with the physical properties of some of the compact stars, strange star as well as white dwarf. It is observed that all the expected physical features are available related to the stellar fluid distribution, which clearly indicates the validity of the model. (orig.)

  19. Compact infrared hyperspectral imaging polarimeter (United States)

    Craven, Julia; Kudenov, Michael W.; Stapelbroek, Maryn G.; Dereniak, Eustace L.


    A compact SWIR/MWIR infrared hyperspectral imaging polarimeter (IHIP) is currently under development at the Optical Detection Lab at the University of Arizona. The sensor uses a pair of sapphire Wollaston prisms and high order retarders to form an imaging birefringent Fourier transform spectropolarimeter. Polarimetric data are acquired through the use of channeled spectropolarimetry to modulate the spectrum with the Stokes parameter information. The two dimensional interferogram is Fourier filtered and reconstructed to recover the complete Stokes vector data across the image. The IHIP operates over a +/-5° field of view and will use a dual-scan false signature reduction technique to suppress polarimetric aliasing artifacts. We present current instrument development progress, initial laboratory results, and our plan for future work.

  20. Compact Microwave Fourier Spectrum Analyzer (United States)

    Savchenkov, Anatoliy; Matsko, Andrey; Strekalov, Dmitry


    A compact photonic microwave Fourier spectrum analyzer [a Fourier-transform microwave spectrometer, (FTMWS)] with no moving parts has been proposed for use in remote sensing of weak, natural microwave emissions from the surfaces and atmospheres of planets to enable remote analysis and determination of chemical composition and abundances of critical molecular constituents in space. The instrument is based on a Bessel beam (light modes with non-zero angular momenta) fiber-optic elements. It features low power consumption, low mass, and high resolution, without a need for any cryogenics, beyond what is achievable by the current state-of-the-art in space instruments. The instrument can also be used in a wide-band scatterometer mode in active radar systems.

  1. A Compact UWB Diversity Antenna

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    Hui Zhao


    Full Text Available A compact printed ultrawideband (UWB diversity antenna with a size of 30 mm × 36 mm operating at a frequency range of 3.1–10.6 GHz is proposed. The antenna is composed of two semielliptical monopoles fed by two microstrip lines. Two semicircular slots, two rectangular slots, and one stub are introduced in the ground plane to adjust the impedance bandwidth of the antenna and improve the isolation between two feeding ports. The simulated and measured results show that impedance bandwidth of the proposed antenna can cover the whole UWB band with a good isolation of < −15 dB. The radiation patterns, peak antenna gain, and envelope correlation coefficient are also measured and discussed. The measured results show that the proposed antenna can be a good candidate for some portable MIMO/diversity UWB applications.

  2. Compact oleic acid in HAMLET. (United States)

    Fast, Jonas; Mossberg, Ann-Kristin; Nilsson, Hanna; Svanborg, Catharina; Akke, Mikael; Linse, Sara


    HAMLET (human alpha-lactalbumin made lethal to tumor cells) is a complex between alpha-lactalbumin and oleic acid that induces apoptosis in tumor cells, but not in healthy cells. Heteronuclear nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy was used to determine the structure of 13C-oleic acid in HAMLET, and to study the 15N-labeled protein. Nuclear Overhauser enhancement spectroscopy shows that the two ends of the fatty acid are in close proximity and close to the double bond, indicating that the oleic acid is bound to HAMLET in a compact conformation. The data further show that HAMLET is a partly unfolded/molten globule-like complex under physiological conditions.

  3. CIM-Compact intensity modulation

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    Bleuel, M. [Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Ave., Argonne, IL 60439 (United States)], E-mail:; Lang, E. [Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Ave., Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Gaehler, R. [Institut Laue Langevin, 6 Rue J. Horowitz, Grenoble 38042 (France); Lal, J. [Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Ave., Argonne, IL 60439 (United States)


    Compact intensity modulation (CIM), a new method to modulate the intensity of a neutron beam is demonstrated. CIM allows the production of arbitrary signals where the focus point can be chosen and changed without any constraints. A novel feature in this technique compared to spin echo techniques is that the neutron polarization is kept parallel or anti-parallel to the static fields during the passage through the magnetic fields and the beating pattern at the detector is produced by an amplitude modulation (AM) of the adiabatic RF-spin flippers rather than Larmor precession like in neutron spin echo (NSE) instruments; thus, the achievable contrast is very high and the instrument resolution can be changed very quickly. This gives the fascinating possibility at pulsed neutron sources to sweep the modulation frequency of the flippers in order to increase dynamic resolution range during the same neutron pulse.

  4. Compact RFID Enabled Moisture Sensor

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    U. H. Khan


    Full Text Available This research proposes a novel, low-cost RFID tag sensor antenna implemented using commercially available Kodak photo-paper. The aim of this paper is to investigate the possibility of stable, RFID centric communication under varying moisture levels. Variation in the frequency response of the RFID tag in presence of moisture is used to detect different moisture levels. Combination of unique jaw shaped contours and T-matching network is used for impedance matching which results in compact size and minimal ink consumption. Proposed tag is 1.4 × 9.4 cm2 in size and shows optimum results for various moisture levels upto 45% in FCC band with a bore sight read range of 12.1 m.

  5. Segregation phenomena at growing alumina/alloy interfaces

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    Hou, Peggy Y.


    The chemistry and structure at the scale/alloy interface are important factors governing scale adhesion. The chemical changes can occur from segregation of impurities in the alloy, such as sulphur and carbon, or alloying elements such as chromium, aluminium and reactive elements. This paper reviews studies of the changes of interfacial composition with oxidation time for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} formed on several model alumina-forming alloys, and tries to relate that to the interfacial strength. Results show that sulphur segregation to oxide/metal interfaces can indeed occur, but the type and amount of segregants at the interface depend on the alloy composition and the interface structure. Co-segregation of impurities with alloying elements can also occur, resulting in multi-layer segregants at the interface. Sulphur-containing interfaces are indeed weaker, but the major role of sulphur is to enhance interfacial void formation. Reactive elements in the alloy not only gather sulfur but also exert an additional positive effect on scale adhesion.

  6. Fabrication of Porous Anodic Alumina with Ultrasmall Nanopores

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    Ding GuQiao


    Full Text Available Abstract Anodization of Al foil under low voltages of 1–10 V was conducted to obtain porous anodic aluminas (PAAs with ultrasmall nanopores. Regular nanopore arrays with pore diameter 6–10 nm were realized in four different electrolytes under 0–30°C according to the AFM, FESEM, TEM images and current evolution curves. It is found that the pore diameter and interpore distance, as well as the barrier layer thickness, are not sensitive to the applied potentials and electrolytes, which is totally different from the rules of general PAA fabrication. The brand-new formation mechanism has been revealed by the AFM study on the samples anodized for very short durations of 2–60 s. It is discovered for the first time that the regular nanoparticles come into being under 1–10 V at the beginning of the anodization and then serve as a template layer dominating the formation of ultrasmall nanopores. Under higher potentials from 10 to 40 V, the surface nanoparticles will be less and less and nanopores transform into general PAAs.

  7. Ni Catalysts Supported on Modified Alumina for Diesel Steam Reforming

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    Antonios Tribalis


    Full Text Available Nickel catalysts are the most popular for steam reforming, however, they have a number of drawbacks, such as high propensity toward coke formation and intolerance to sulfur. In an effort to improve their behavior, a series of Ni-catalysts supported on pure and La-, Ba-, (La+Ba- and Ce-doped γ-alumina has been prepared. The doped supports and the catalysts have been extensively characterized. The catalysts performance was evaluated for steam reforming of n-hexadecane pure or doped with dibenzothiophene as surrogate for sulphur-free or commercial diesel, respectively. The undoped catalyst lost its activity after 1.5 h on stream. Doping of the support with La improved the initial catalyst activity. However, this catalyst was completely deactivated after 2 h on stream. Doping with Ba or La+Ba improved the stability of the catalysts. This improvement is attributed to the increase of the dispersion of the nickel phase, the decrease of the support acidity and the increase of Ni-phase reducibility. The best catalyst of the series doped with La+Ba proved to be sulphur tolerant and stable for more than 160 h on stream. Doping of the support with Ce also improved the catalytic performance of the corresponding catalyst, but more work is needed to explain this behavior.

  8. Long-range attractive forces extending from alumina nanofiber surface

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    Leonid A. Kaledin


    Full Text Available Aluminum oxide-hydroxide nanofibers, 2 nm in diameter and approximately 250 nm long, are electroadhesively grafted onto glass microfibers, therefore forming a macroscopic assembly of alumina nanofibers on the second solid in highly organized matter. The assembly can be viewed as a straight cylinder with rough surface and charge density of approximately 0.08 C/m2. This creates a significant electric field with negligible screening (ka ≪ 1 in the region close to the surface of the assemblies. This field attracts nano- and micron-size particles from as far as 0.3 mm in less than a few seconds, many orders of magnitude greater than the conventional Derjaguin–Landau–Verwey–Overbeek theory that predicts only nanometer-scale effects arising from the presence of the surface. The strong electric field on the surface is then able to retain particles such as micron-size powdered activated carbon as well as much smaller particles such as fumed silica nanoparticles of 10–15 nm in diameter, viruses, atomically thick sheets of graphene oxide, latex spheres, RNA, DNA, proteins, and dyes.

  9. Molecular gated nanoporous anodic alumina for the detection of cocaine (United States)

    Ribes, Àngela; Xifré-Pérez, Elisabet; Aznar, Elena; Sancenón, Félix; Pardo, Teresa; Marsal, Lluís F.; Martínez-Máñez, Ramόn


    We present herein the use of nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA) as a suitable support to implement “molecular gates” for sensing applications. In our design, a NAA support is loaded with a fluorescent reporter (rhodamine B) and functionalized with a short single-stranded DNA. Then pores are blocked by the subsequent hybridisation of a specific cocaine aptamer. The response of the gated material was studied in aqueous solution. In a typical experiment, the support was immersed in hybridisation buffer solution in the absence or presence of cocaine. At certain times, the release of rhodamine B from pore voids was measured by fluorescence spectroscopy. The capped NAA support showed poor cargo delivery, but presence of cocaine in the solution selectively induced rhodamine B release. By this simple procedure a limit of detection as low as 5 × 10-7 M was calculated for cocaine. The gated NAA was successfully applied to detect cocaine in saliva samples and the possible re-use of the nanostructures was assessed. Based on these results, we believe that NAA could be a suitable support to prepare optical gated probes with a synergic combination of the favourable features of selected gated sensing systems and NAA.


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    K. S. ARJUN


    Full Text Available In this study, thermal and flow behavior models for circular microchannel using water and its nanofluids with alumina as a coolant fluid in single phase flow have been developed. A finite volume-based CFD technique is used and models are solved by using Fluent Solver. The 2D axis symmetric geometry with structured mesh and 100 x 18 nodes are used for single phase flow with Al2O3 nanoparticles of 23 nm average diameter. Viscous laminar and standard k-ε models are used to predict the steady temperature in laminar and turbulent zone. The heat transfer enhancement upto 83% in laminar and turbulent zones are obtained with the Re ranging from 5 to 11980 and particle volume concentration from 0 to 5%. Even though the pressure drop increases with increase in Re, it is comparatively less compared to the corresponding decrease in temperature. The increase in temperature depends on Re and Pe; but the temperature distribution is found to be independent of radial position even for very low Pe. Comparison with analytical results both in laminar and turbulent zone is provided to justify the assumptions introduced in the models and very close agreement is observed statistically. Nusselt number can well predict the analytical data.

  11. Analysis of gene expression on anodic porous alumina microarrays (United States)

    Nicolini, Claudio; Singh, Manjul; Spera, Rosanna; Felli, Lamberto


    This paper investigates the application of anodic porous alumina as an advancement on chip laboratory for gene expressions. The surface was prepared by a suitable electrolytic process to obtain a regular distribution of deep micrometric holes and printed bypen robot tips under standard conditions. The gene expression within the Nucleic Acid Programmable Protein Array (NAPPA) is realized in a confined environment of 16 spots, containing circular DNA plasmids expressed using rabbit reticulocyte lysate. Authors demonstrated the usefulness of APA in withholding the protein expression by detecting with a CCD microscope the photoluminescence signal emitted from the complex secondary antibody anchored to Cy3 and confined in the pores. Friction experiments proved the mechanical resistance under external stresses by the robot tip pens printing. So far, no attempts have been made to directly compare APA with any other surface/substrate; the rationale for pursuing APA as a potential surface coating is that it provides advantages over the simple functionalization of a glass slide, overcoming concerns about printing and its ability to generate viable arrays. PMID:23783000

  12. Solvent mediated assembly of Nanoparticles confined in Mesoporous Alumina (United States)

    Alvine, Kyle; Pontoni, Diego; Pershan, Peter; Shpyrko, Oleg; Cookson, David; Shin, Kyusoon; Russell, Thomas; Stellacci, Francesco; Gang, Oleg


    In-situ small angle x-ray scattering measurements of the solvent mediated assembly of 2 nm diameter Au-core colloidal nanoparticles inside mesoporous alumina are presented. The evolution of the self-assembly process was controlled reversibly via solvent condensed from vapor. Measurements of the absorption & desorption of solvent showed strong hysteresis upon thermal cycling. In addition, the capillary transition for the solvent in the nanoparticle-doped pores was shifted to greater under-saturation by a factor of four relative to the expected value for the same system sans nanoparticles. Analysis indicated that a cylindrical shell super-structure of the nanoparticles is maintained throughout the addition and removal of liquid solvent. Nanoparticle nearest-neighbor separation increased and the in-shell order decreased with the addition of solvent. The process was reversible with the removal of liquid. Isotropic clusters of nanoparticles were also observed to form temporarily during desorption of the liquid solvent and disappear upon complete removal of liquid.

  13. Two-level tunneling systems in amorphous alumina (United States)

    Lebedeva, Irina V.; Paz, Alejandro P.; Tokatly, Ilya V.; Rubio, Angel


    The decades of research on thermal properties of amorphous solids at temperatures below 1 K suggest that their anomalous behaviour can be related to quantum mechanical tunneling of atoms between two nearly equivalent states that can be described as a two-level system (TLS). This theory is also supported by recent studies on microwave spectroscopy of superconducting qubits. However, the microscopic nature of the TLS remains unknown. To identify structural motifs for TLSs in amorphous alumina we have performed extensive classical molecular dynamics simulations. Several bistable motifs with only one or two atoms jumping by considerable distance ~ 0.5 Å were found at T=25 K. Accounting for the surrounding environment relaxation was shown to be important up to distances ~ 7 Å. The energy asymmetry and barrier for the detected motifs lied in the ranges 0.5 - 2 meV and 4 - 15 meV, respectively, while their density was about 1 motif per 10 000 atoms. Tuning of motif asymmetry by strain was demonstrated with the coupling coefficient below 1 eV. The tunnel splitting for the symmetrized motifs was estimated on the order of 0.1 meV. The discovered motifs are in good agreement with the available experimental data. The financial support from the Marie Curie Fellowship PIIF-GA-2012-326435 (RespSpatDisp) is gratefully acknowledged.

  14. Tailoring thermal conductivity via three-dimensional porous alumina. (United States)

    Abad, Begoña; Maiz, Jon; Ruiz-Clavijo, Alejandra; Caballero-Calero, Olga; Martin-Gonzalez, Marisol


    Three-dimensional anodic alumina templates (3D-AAO) are an astonishing framework with open highly ordered three-dimensional skeleton structures. Since these templates are architecturally different from conventional solids or porous templates, they teem with opportunities for engineering thermal properties. By establishing the mechanisms of heat transfer in these frameworks, we aim to create materials with tailored thermal properties. The effective thermal conductivity of an empty 3D-AAO membrane was measured. As the effective medium theory was not valid to extract the skeletal thermal conductivity of 3D-AAO, a simple 3D thermal conduction model was developed, based on a mixed series and parallel thermal resistor circuit, giving a skeletal thermal conductivity value of approximately 1.25 W·m-1·K-1, which matches the value of the ordinary AAO membranes prepared from the same acid solution. The effect of different filler materials as well as the variation of the number of transversal nanochannels and the length of the 3D-AAO membrane in the effective thermal conductivity of the composite was studied. Finally, the thermal conductivity of two 3D-AAO membranes filled with cobalt and bismuth telluride was also measured, which was in good agreement with the thermal model predictions. Therefore, this work proved this structure as a powerful approach to tailor thermal properties.

  15. Infrared Spectroscopy Studies on sol-gel prepared alumina Powders

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    Full Text Available Gamma-alumina fine particles were synthesized by sol-gel process. Aluminum tri-sec-butoxide (ATB, anhydrous ethyl alcohol (EtOH, water (H2O and hydrochloric acid (HCl were used as starting materials. Different samples were synthesized with EtOH/ATB=60/1, HCl/ATB=0.08/1 and H2O/ATB=1/1 ratios and calcined at different temperatures. Molar ratios of H2O/ATB (from 1 to 25 and HCl/ATB (from 0.08 to 0.4 were changed for some other samples, during synthesizing process. The products were characterized by both XRD and FTIR measurements. Studies were carried out on the effect of calcination temperature and change of H2O/ATB and HCl/ATB ratios on structure and processes involved in phase transformations.DOI:

  16. Tailoring thermal conductivity via three-dimensional porous alumina (United States)

    Abad, Begoña; Maiz, Jon; Ruiz-Clavijo, Alejandra; Caballero-Calero, Olga; Martin-Gonzalez, Marisol


    Three-dimensional anodic alumina templates (3D-AAO) are an astonishing framework with open highly ordered three-dimensional skeleton structures. Since these templates are architecturally different from conventional solids or porous templates, they teem with opportunities for engineering thermal properties. By establishing the mechanisms of heat transfer in these frameworks, we aim to create materials with tailored thermal properties. The effective thermal conductivity of an empty 3D-AAO membrane was measured. As the effective medium theory was not valid to extract the skeletal thermal conductivity of 3D-AAO, a simple 3D thermal conduction model was developed, based on a mixed series and parallel thermal resistor circuit, giving a skeletal thermal conductivity value of approximately 1.25 W·m−1·K−1, which matches the value of the ordinary AAO membranes prepared from the same acid solution. The effect of different filler materials as well as the variation of the number of transversal nanochannels and the length of the 3D-AAO membrane in the effective thermal conductivity of the composite was studied. Finally, the thermal conductivity of two 3D-AAO membranes filled with cobalt and bismuth telluride was also measured, which was in good agreement with the thermal model predictions. Therefore, this work proved this structure as a powerful approach to tailor thermal properties. PMID:27934930

  17. Fabrication and characteristics of alumina-iron functionally graded materials

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    He, Zeming; Ma, J.; Tan, G.E.B.


    In the present work, five-layered alumina–iron functionally graded materials (FGMs) were fabricated via a simple route of die pressing and pressureless sintering. The shrinkage differences among the layers in the FGM were minimized by particle size selection and processing control. The microstruc......In the present work, five-layered alumina–iron functionally graded materials (FGMs) were fabricated via a simple route of die pressing and pressureless sintering. The shrinkage differences among the layers in the FGM were minimized by particle size selection and processing control....... The microstructure and the composition of the prepared component were studied, and its flexural strength, fracture toughness, and fracture energy were tested and evaluated. The relative density and the Vickers hardness of each layer in the graded material were also measured. The correlation between microstructure...... and composition and mechanical properties was discussed. Flat, crack-free, and relatively high-density gradient components were obtained from this work. Compared to monolithic alumina ceramic, the remarkable improvement on fracture toughness and fracture energy of the investigated graded material system...

  18. Formation of alumina layers on iron-base alloys

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    Peters, J.; Grabke, H.J.


    The formation of Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/-layers has been studied for ferritic alloys Fe-6Al-M and austenitic alloys Fe-27 Ni-4 Al-M where M-Ti, Zr, V, Nb, W, B, Si... (concentration in wt%). One or more alloying elements M had been added and in some cases carbon. The oxidation was performed at 1000/sup 0/C in H/sub 2/O-H/sub 2/ mixtures at PO/sub 2/ = 10/sup -19/ bar. After 1/2 h oxidation the oxide layers were investigated by X-ray structures analysis, scanning electron microscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). The alloy Fe-6Al and most doped alloys form badly adherent layers, however, on alloys with additions of 0.1 to 1% Ti, Zr, V or Y the oxide layers are fine-grained and well-adherent. The Ti-doped ferritic alloys showed very protective layers, which is caused by the formation of a Ti(C, O)-layer beneath the ..cap alpha..-Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/. The presence of the oxicarbide induces nucleation and improves the adherence of ..cap alpha..-Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, according to epitaxial relations between ferrite and oxicarbide and between oxicarbide and alumina. The favourable influence of Ti and Zr on the Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ formation is also effective on the austenitic alloys.

  19. Anodisation with dynamic current control for tailored alumina coatings (United States)

    Sieber, M.; Althöfer, I.; Höhlich, D.; Scharf, I.; Böttger, D.; Böttger, S.; Böttger, E.; Lampke, T.


    The anodic oxidation process is commonly used to refine the surface of aluminium and its alloys. Compared to the substrate, the alumina layers produced by anodising exhibit an increased hardness and chemical resistance. Thus, the corrosion and wear resistance are generally improved. The coatings are also electrically isolating and may serve decorative purposes. Applying a time-variant, dynamic electrical process control by pulse-current or current-steps is a promising approach to improve the coating properties, which is partially deployed in an industrial scale. In the present work, the influence of dynamic electrical process control on the coating properties is examined by means of a design of experiments (DOE). The effects of various electrolyte compositions and temperatures as well as processing time are considered with regard to coating thickness, hardness, wear resistance and the electrical energy consumption during the formation of the coatings. Information about the statistical significance of the effects of the parameters on the considered properties is obtained by an analysis of variance (ANOVA).

  20. Photoinduced Effect in -Alumina: Characterization by TSEE Method (United States)

    Iacconi, P.; Lapraz, D.; Bindi, R.; Benabdesselam, M.


    A study of Thermally Stimulated Exoelectron Emission (TSEE) obtained from -alumina samples after X-ray irradiation at 300 K followed by UV excitation at 77 K is reported. The observed results, called photoinduced TSEE (PITSEE) are compared with similar phenomena occurring in thermoluminescence (PITL) and thermally stimulated conductivity (PITSC). Under these conditions, two peaks at about 225 and 270 K are regenerated. The process of regeneration is described in terms of hole transfer and a two-centre Auger mechanism. Lorsque un échantillon d'alumine α est d'abord irradié par rayons X à température ambiante puis refroidi à 77 K et excité par rayons UV, on observe la régénération des pics d'EETS à 225 et 270 K. Ce phénomène, appelé émission exoélectronique thermostimulée photoinduite (PIEETS), est caractérisé et comparé aux phénoménes de thermoluminescence photoinduite (PITL) et de conductivité électrique thermostimulée (PICTS) également présentés par l'alumine α. Le processus de régénération est interprété par un mécanisme de transfert de trous et de transfert d'énergie du type Auger.

  1. Compact autonomous navigation system (CANS) (United States)

    Hao, Y. C.; Ying, L.; Xiong, K.; Cheng, H. Y.; Qiao, G. D.


    Autonomous navigation of Satellite and constellation has series of benefits, such as to reduce operation cost and ground station workload, to avoid the event of crises of war and natural disaster, to increase spacecraft autonomy, and so on. Autonomous navigation satellite is independent of ground station support. Many systems are developed for autonomous navigation of satellite in the past 20 years. Along them American MANS (Microcosm Autonomous Navigation System) [1] of Microcosm Inc. and ERADS [2] [3] (Earth Reference Attitude Determination System) of Honeywell Inc. are well known. The systems anticipate a series of good features of autonomous navigation and aim low cost, integrated structure, low power consumption and compact layout. The ERADS is an integrated small 3-axis attitude sensor system with low cost and small volume. It has the Earth center measurement accuracy higher than the common IR sensor because the detected ultraviolet radiation zone of the atmosphere has a brightness gradient larger than that of the IR zone. But the ERADS is still a complex system because it has to eliminate many problems such as making of the sapphire sphere lens, birefringence effect of sapphire, high precision image transfer optical fiber flattener, ultraviolet intensifier noise, and so on. The marginal sphere FOV of the sphere lens of the ERADS is used to star imaging that may be bring some disadvantages., i.e. , the image energy and attitude measurements accuracy may be reduced due to the tilt image acceptance end of the fiber flattener in the FOV. Besides Japan, Germany and Russia developed visible earth sensor for GEO [4] [5]. Do we have a way to develop a cheaper/easier and more accurate autonomous navigation system that can be used to all LEO spacecraft, especially, to LEO small and micro satellites? To return this problem we provide a new type of the system—CANS (Compact Autonomous Navigation System) [6].

  2. General Relativity&Compact Stars

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    Glendenning, Norman K.


    Compact stars--broadly grouped as neutron stars and white dwarfs--are the ashes of luminous stars. One or the other is the fate that awaits the cores of most stars after a lifetime of tens to thousands of millions of years. Whichever of these objects is formed at the end of the life of a particular luminous star, the compact object will live in many respects unchanged from the state in which it was formed. Neutron stars themselves can take several forms--hyperon, hybrid, or strange quark star. Likewise white dwarfs take different forms though only in the dominant nuclear species. A black hole is probably the fate of the most massive stars, an inaccessible region of spacetime into which the entire star, ashes and all, falls at the end of the luminous phase. Neutron stars are the smallest, densest stars known. Like all stars, neutron stars rotate--some as many as a few hundred times a second. A star rotating at such a rate will experience an enormous centrifugal force that must be balanced by gravity or else it will be ripped apart. The balance of the two forces informs us of the lower limit on the stellar density. Neutron stars are 10{sup 14} times denser than Earth. Some neutron stars are in binary orbit with a companion. Application of orbital mechanics allows an assessment of masses in some cases. The mass of a neutron star is typically 1.5 solar masses. They can therefore infer their radii: about ten kilometers. Into such a small object, the entire mass of our sun and more, is compressed.

  3. Sintesis Dan Karakterisasi Serbuk Nano α-Alumina Dengan Menggunakan Pulp Merang Sebagai Template Melalui Proses Kalsinasi Prekursor


    Edwin, Frank; Septawendar, Rifki; Purwasasmita, Bambang Sunendra; Suhanda; NurdiWijayanto, Leanddas


    Sintesis dan katerisasi nanopowder α-alumina dengan pulp merang sebagai template mengunakan proses kalsinasi perkursor telah berhasil dilakukan. Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk mempelajari potensi pulp merang sebagai templatedari percosor calcination process yang merupakan metoda yang jauh lebih murah dalam mensisntesis α-alumina. Perbandingan berat antara perkorsor dan pulp adalan1:2 pengaruh temperatur kalsinasi terhadap pembentukan α-alumina diperiksa dalam penelitian ini dengan temperatur ...

  4. Phase equilibrium and preparation, crystallization and viscous sintering of glass in the alumina-silica-lanthanum phosphate system (United States)

    He, Feng

    The phase equilibrium, viscosity of melt-quenched glasses, and processing of sol-gel glasses of the alumina-silica-lanthanum phosphate system were studied. These investigations were directed towards serving the objective of synthesizing nano-structured ceramic-matrix-composites via controlled crystallization of glass precursors. The thermal stability, phase equilibrium, and liquidus temperatures of the alumina- and mullite-lanthanum phosphate systems are determined. An iridium wire heater was constructed to anneal samples up to 2200°C. Phosphorus evaporation losses were significant at high temperatures, especially over 1800°C. The tentative phase diagrams of the two quasi-binary systems were presented. The viscosity of the melt-quenched mullite-lanthanum phosphate glasses was measured by three different methods, including viscous sintering of glass powder compacts, neck formation between two Frenkel glass beads, and thermal analysis of the glass transition. Improved methodologies were developed for applying the interpretative mathematical models to the results of the sintered powder and thermal analytical experiments. Good agreement was found between all three methods for both absolute values and temperature dependence. A sol-gel process was developed as a low temperature route to producing glasses. A unique, single phase mullite gel capable of low temperature (575°C) mullitization was made from tetraethoxysilane and aluminum isopropoxide at room temperature in three days. Low temperature crystallization was attributed to the avoidance of phase segregation during gel formation and annealing. This was greatly enhanced by a combination of low temperature preheating in the amorphous state, a high heating rate during crystallization and low water content. The Al2O3 content in mullite (61-68 mol%) depended on the highest annealing temperature. Two mullite-lanthanum phosphate gels were made based upon modifying the chemical procedures used for the homogeneous single

  5. Sub-Micrometer Magnetic Nanocomposites: Insights into the Effect of Magnetic Nanoparticles Interactions on the Optimization of SAR and MRI Performance. (United States)

    Grillo, Renato; Gallo, Juan; Stroppa, Daniel G; Carbó-Argibay, Enrique; Lima, Renata; Fraceto, Leonardo F; Bañobre-López, Manuel


    There is increasing interest in the development of new magnetic polymeric carriers for biomedical applications such as trigger-controlled drug release, magnetic hyperthermia (MH) for the treatment of cancer, and as contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This work describes the synthesis of sub-micrometer and magnetic polymer nanocomposite capsules (MPNCs) by combining in one single platform the biodegradable polymer poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL) and different concentrations of ∼8 nm oleic acid (OA)-functionalized magnetite nanoparticles (Fe3O4@OA), employing the oil-in-water emulsion/solvent evaporation method. The MPNCs showed a significant increase in particle size from ∼400 to ∼800 nm as the magnetic loading in the organic-inorganic hybrids increases from 1.0% to 10%. The MPNCs presented high incorporation efficiency of Fe3O4@OA nanoparticles, good colloidal stability, and super-paramagnetic properties. Interestingly, electron microscopy results showed that the Fe3O4@OA nanoparticles were preferentially located at the surface of the capsules. Evaluation of the magnetic properties showed that the saturation magnetization and the blocking temperature of the MPNCs samples increased as a function of the Fe3O4@OA loading. All the MPNCs exhibited heating when subjected to MH, and showed good specific absorption rates. Use of the formulations decreased the longitudinal (T1) and transverse (T2) relaxation times of water protons' nuclei, with excellent transverse relaxivity (r2) values, especially in the case of the formulation with lowest Fe3O4@OA loading. Furthermore, the MPNCs-cell interaction was studied, and MPNCs showed lower cellular toxicity to normal cells compared to cancer cells. These findings help in understanding the relationships between magnetic nanoparticles and polymeric capsules, opening perspectives for their potential clinical uses as simultaneous heating sources and imaging probes in MH and MRI, respectively.

  6. An integrated experimental-modeling approach to study the acid leaching behavior of lead from sub-micrometer lead silicate glass particles

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    Elteren, Johannes T. van, E-mail: [Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdrihova 19, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Grilc, Miha [Laboratory of Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering, National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdrihova 19, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Beeston, Michael P. [Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdrihova 19, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); TSI GmbH, Neuköllner Str. 4, 52068 Aachen (Germany); Reig, Milagros Santacatalina [General Foundation, University of Alicante, E-03690 San Vicente del Raspeig (Alicante) (Spain); Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Alicante, P.O. Box 99, E-03080 Alicante (Spain); Grgić, Irena [Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdrihova 19, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia)


    Highlights: • Generation of particles by laser ablation of lead silicate glass. • Collection of particles on filters and continuous acid leaching and ICP-MS monitoring. • Fitting of the lead leaching profile to a mathematical intraparticle diffusion model. • Extraction of individual leaching profiles for selected mono-dispersed size fractions. • Leaching kinetics is based on ion-exchange and correlated with particle size. -- Abstract: This work focuses on the development of a procedure to study the mechanism of leaching of lead from sub-micrometer lead glass particles using 0.3 mol l{sup −1} HNO{sub 3} as a leachant. Glass particles with an effective size distribution range from 0.05 to 1.4 μm were generated by laser ablation (213 nm Nd:YAG laser) and collected on an inline 0.2 μm syringe filter. Subsequently, the glass particles on the filter were subjected to online leaching and continuous monitoring of lead (Pb-208) in the leachate by quadrupole ICP-MS. The lead leaching profile, aided by the particle size distribution information from cascade impaction, was numerically fitted to a mathematical model based on the glass intraparticle diffusion, liquid film distribution and thermodynamic glass-leachant distribution equilibrium. The findings of the modeling show that the rate-limiting step of leaching is the migration of lead from the core to the surface of the glass particle by an ion-exchange mechanism, governed by the apparent intraparticle lead diffusivity in glass which was calculated to be 3.1 × 10{sup −18} m{sup 2} s{sup −1}. Lead leaching is illustrated in the form of graphs and animations of intraparticle lead release (in time and intraparticle position) from particles with sizes of 0.1 and 0.3 μm.

  7. Interactions between alumina particles, aluminum alloys, and their inclusions during aluminum filtration before casting (United States)

    Koont, Zafer

    This project was undertaken to study the interactions between alumina particles, aluminum alloys, and its inclusions under liquid aluminum flow conditions. The objective was to develop a test method which can simulate the conditions similar to those in the aluminum filtration process and to evaluate the interactions taking place between various types of alumina samples, aluminum alloys, and its inclusions. With this test method, it was aimed to determine how various alumina types behave under flow conditions during the filtration process. Chemical interactions between alumina, aluminum alloys, and its inclusions were investigated under both static and dynamic flow conditions. In order to study these interactions under dynamic flow conditions, a knowledge of the velocity field in the vicinity of the alumina particles is necessary. In this project, two unique experimental systems which can simulate the flow condition of the industrial bed were designed and built. A mathematical model was also developed to predict the flow field around the particles in the experimental system. The mathematical model was validated by comparing the predictions with the results from a physical model in which water was used as the fluid. The mathematical model was then used to conduct parametric studies to determine the design and operational parameters for the actual experimental system in which the tests were carried out. This allowed the generation of a flow field similar to that of the industrial filter. The experiments with various liquid Mg-Al alloys (0, 2, 5, and 7 wt% Mg) were conducted for different residence times (from 6 hours to 168 hours) using the above experimental systems. The effects of the liquid aluminum alloy velocity, the temperature of the melt, the physical (apparent porosity, surface roughness, etc.) and chemical (impurity content such as Na2O, SiO 2, etc.) properties of alumina samples on the extent of aluminum alloy/alumina interfacial reactions were determined

  8. Incorporation of alumina particles into reactively sintered Ni{sub 3}Al; Hanno shoketsu ni yoru Ni{sub 3}Al eno alumina no fukugoka

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    Yamazaki, M.; Ochiai, S.; Arai, T. [Teikyo Univ. of Science and Tech., Yamanashi (Japan); Sakamoto, Y. [Teikyo Univ. of Science and Tech., Yamanashi (Japan)]|[NIKKOSHI Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan); Koyama, M. [Japan Space Utilization Promotion Center, Tokyo (Japan)


    The Ni3Al having the structure of L1{sub 2} is attracting the attention of the people. As methods for preparing it, the reactive sintering method according to which Ni powders and Al powders are mixed first and then reacted at 700 degC to prepare the Ni2Al, and the combustion composition method are expected as the hopeful method. In this study, several processes for composing alumina while preparing the Ni3Al by reactively sintering Ni powders and Al powders, are compared. While dispersing alumina powders into Ni powders beforehand by mechanical dispersing (MD), the Ni3Al can be produced under the conditions as they are. As another method for producing the Ni3Al according to which NiO powders are mixed into Ni powders to oxidize surfaces of the Ni powders and then they react with the Al powders, the reactive sintering of the Ni3Al and the alumina generation by the thermit reaction progress simultaneously, but dispersion of the alumina is the worst and the void is too much. As for the method according to which the NiO powders in the Ni powders are mechanically dispersed and then reacted with Al powders, the resultant reactions hardly occur. 9 refs., 4 figs.

  9. Optimization of silica content in alumina-silica nanocomposites to achieve high catalytic dehydrogenation activity of supported Pt catalyst

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    Saber, Osama; Gobara, Heba M


    The present work aims at obtaining a suitable and selective catalyst for catalytic dehydrogenation reactions through designing pore structures of silica-containing alumina nanocomposites by optimizing...

  10. Relationships between alumina and bauxite dust exposure and cancer, respiratory and circulatory disease. (United States)

    Friesen, M C; Fritschi, L; Del Monaco, A; Benke, G; Dennekamp, M; de Klerk, N; Hoving, J L; MacFarlane, E; Sim, M R


    To examine the associations between alumina and bauxite dust exposure and cancer incidence and circulatory and respiratory disease mortality among bauxite miners and alumina refinery workers. This cohort of 5770 males has previously been linked to national mortality and national and state cancer incidence registries (1983-2002). In this paper, Poisson regression was used to undertake internal comparisons within the cohort based on subgroups of cumulative exposure to inhalable bauxite and alumina dust. Exposure was estimated using job histories and historical air monitoring data. There was no association between ever bauxite exposure and any of the outcomes. There was a borderline significant association between ever alumina exposure and cerebrovascular disease mortality (10 deaths, RR 3.8, 95% CI 1.1 to 13). There was some evidence of an exposure-response relationship between cumulative bauxite exposure and non-malignant respiratory disease mortality (seven deaths, trend p value: 0.01) and between cumulative alumina exposure and cerebrovascular disease mortality (trend p value: 0.04). These associations were based on very few cases and for non-malignant respiratory disease the deaths represented a heterogeneous mixture of causes. There was no evidence of an excess risk for any cancer type with bauxite or alumina exposure. These preliminary findings, based on very few cases, suggest that cumulative inhalable bauxite exposure may be associated with an excess risk of death from non-malignant respiratory disease and that cumulative inhalable alumina dust exposure may be associated with an excess risk of death from cerebrovascular disease. Neither exposure appears to increase the risk of incident cancers.

  11. Enhanced fluoride adsorption by nano crystalline γ-alumina: adsorption kinetics, isotherm modeling and thermodynamic studies (United States)

    Chinnakoti, Prathibha; Chunduri, Avinash L. A.; Vankayala, Ranganayakulu K.; Patnaik, Sandeep; Kamisetti, Venkataramaniah


    Nano materials in particular nano oxides with enhanced surface area and an excellent catalytic surface serve as potential adsorbents for defluoridation of water. In the present study nano γ-alumina was synthesized through a simple and low cost, surfactant assisted solution combustion method. As synthesized material was characterized by XRD and FESEM for its phase, size and morphological characteristics. Surface properties have been investigated by BET method. Nano γ-alumina was further used for a detailed adsorption study to remove fluoride from water. Batches of experiments were performed at various experimental conditions such as solution pH, adsorbent dose, initial fluoride concentration and contact time to test the defluoridation ability of γ-alumina. Fluoride Adsorption by nano sized γ-alumina was rapid and reached equilibrium within two hours. The adsorption worked well at pH 4.0, where ˜96 % of fluoride was found to be adsorbed on adsorbent. It was possible to reduce fluoride levels to as low as 0.3 mg/L (within the safe limit of WHO: ≤1.5 mg/L) from an initial fluoride levels of 10 mg/L. This could be achieved using a very small quantity, 1 g/L of γ-alumina at pH 4 within 1 h of contact time. Defluoridation capacity of nano γ-alumina was further investigated by fitting the equilibrium data to various isotherm as well as kinetic models. The present study revealed that γ-alumina could be an efficient adsorbent for treating fluoride contaminated water.

  12. Residual aluminium in water defluoridated using activated alumina adsorption--modeling and simulation studies. (United States)

    George, Suja; Pandit, Prabhat; Gupta, A B


    The removal of fluoride from drinking water by the method of adsorption on activated alumina is found superior than other defluoridation techniques mostly due to the strong affinity between aluminium and fluoride. Dissolution of aluminium from the alumina surfaces into its free and hydroxide ions in the aqueous medium is reported to be very low, but the presence of high fluoride concentrations may increase its solubility due to the formation of monomeric aluminium fluoride and aluminium hydroxyl fluoride complexes. An Activated Alumina Defluoridation Model Simulator (AAD) has been developed to represent fluoride adsorption on the basis of the surface complexation theory incorporating aspects of aluminium solubility in presence of high fluoride concentrations and pH variations. Model validations were carried out for residual aluminium concentrations in alumina treated water, by conducting a series of batch fluoride adsorption experiments using activated alumina (grade FB101) treating fluoride concentrations of 1-10mg/L, at varying pH conditions. The total residual aluminium in the defluoridated water is due to presence of both dissolved and precipitated Al-F complexed forms. The Freundlich adsorption isotherm was found fit for fluoride adsorption capacity versus residual fluoride concentrations for pH=7.5, and the relationship is given by the linearised equation log(x/m)=logk+(1/n) logC(e) with values of k=0.15mg/g and 1/n=0.45 indicating favorable adsorption. The relationship is linear in the region of low fluoride concentrations, but as concentrations of fluoride increased, the formation of the dissolved AlF(3)(0) complexes was favored than adsorption on alumina, and hence makes the isotherm nonlinear. The AAD simulations can predict for operating fluoride uptake capacity in order to keep the residual aluminium within permissible limits in the alumina treated water.

  13. Compactness in L-Fuzzy Topological Spaces


    Luna-Torres, Joaquin; Salazar-Buelvas, Elias


    We give a definition of compactness in L-fuzzy topological spaces and provide a characterization of compact L-fuzzy topological spaces, where L is a complete quasi-monoidal lattice with some additional structures, and we present a version of Tychonoff's theorem within the category of L-fuzzy topological spaces.

  14. Quantification of the compactibility of pharmaceutical powders

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    Sonnergaard, Jørn


    The purpose of this study is to investigate and to quantify the compactibility of pharmaceutical powders by a simple linear relationship between the diametral compressive strength of tablets and the applied compaction pressure. The mechanical strength of the tablets is characterized as the crushing...

  15. Influence of compaction on chloride ingress

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    Zlopasa, J.


    Experiences from practice show the need for more of an understanding and optimization of the compaction process in order to design a more durable concrete structure. Local variations in compaction are very often the reason for initiation of local damage and initiation of chloride induced corrosion.

  16. Compressibility Characteristics of Compacted Black Cotton Soil ...

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    One dimensional consolidation studies on compacted black cotton soil treated with up to 16% rice husk ash (RHA) at the British Standard light compactive effort was carried out to access the compressibility characteristics. The consolidation characteristics of black cotton soil containing 0, 4, 8, 12, and 16% RHA were ...

  17. Compact Process Development at Babcock & Wilcox

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    Eric Shaber; Jeffrey Phillips


    Multiple process approaches have been used historically to manufacture cylindrical nuclear fuel compacts. Scale-up of fuel compacting was required for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) project to achieve an economically viable automated production process capable of providing a minimum of 10 compacts/minute with high production yields. In addition, the scale-up effort was required to achieve matrix density equivalent to baseline historical production processes, and allow compacting at fuel packing fractions up to 46% by volume. The scale-up approach of jet milling, fluid-bed overcoating, and hot-press compacting adopted in the U.S. Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development Program involves significant paradigm shifts to capitalize on distinct advantages in simplicity, yield, and elimination of mixed waste. A series of compaction trials have been completed to optimize compaction conditions of time, temperature, and forming pressure using natural uranium oxycarbide (NUCO) fuel at packing fractions exceeding 46% by volume. Results from these trials are included. The scale-up effort is nearing completion with the process installed and operable using nuclear fuel materials. Final process testing is in progress to certify the process for manufacture of qualification test fuel compacts in 2012.

  18. Feature Based Control of Compact Disc Players

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    Odgaard, Peter Fogh

    Two servo control loops are used to keep the Optical Pick-up Unit focused and radially on the information track of the Compact Disc. These control servos have problems handling surface faults on the Compact Disc. In this Ph.D thesis a method is proposed to improve the handling of these surface...

  19. Agentes ligantes para concretos refratários: sílica coloidal e alumina hidratável Colloidal silica and hydratable alumina as refractory binder agents

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    M. R. Ismael


    Full Text Available Sílica coloidal e alumina hidratável destacam-se como importantes alternativas à substituição do cimento de aluminato de cálcio como agentes ligantes para concretos refratários aluminosos. Baseando-se nas vantagens e desvantagens destes agentes ligantes isentos de CaO, é razoável supor que a combinação de ambos poderia maximizar os benefícios e reduzir os aspectos negativos observados quando estes são individualmente aplicados. A elevada permeabilidade devido à presença de sílica coloidal poderia reduzir os riscos de explosão durante a secagem das composições ligadas por alumina hidratável. Em paralelo, a porosidade total do sistema contendo sílica coloidal poderia ser diminuída devido à presença de alumina hidratável. Neste trabalho, o desempenho de concretos refratários aluminosos contendo sílica coloidal e alumina hidratável como sistema ligante foram avaliados quanto ao comportamento de mistura, permeabilidade, porosidade aparente, resistência mecânica e perfil de secagem.Colloidal silica and hydratable alumina can be pointed out as important substitutes to the calcium aluminate cements as calcium-free binders for refractory castables. Based on the advantages and drawbacks of these binders, it is reasonable to consider that their combination could maximize the advantages and reduce the negative aspects observed when they are individually used. The high permeability level generated by the colloidal silica would reduce the risks of explosive spalling of hydratable alumina containing castables during first heat-up. Additionally, the total porosity of the colloidal silica containing systems could be decreased due to the hydration of the HA. In the present work, colloidal silica and hydratable alumina were combined in a new calcium-free binding system. Their rheological behavior, permeability level, apparent porosity, mechanical strength and drying rate profile were compared with the performance of each binder

  20. Effect of Subsoil Compaction on Hydraulic Parameters

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    Iversen, Bo Vangsø; Berisso, Feto Esimo; Schjønning, Per

    Soil compaction is a major threat to sustainable soil quality and is increasing since agricultural machinery is becoming heavier and is used more intensively. Compaction not only reduces pore volume, but also modifies the pore connectivity. The inter-Nordic research project POSEIDON (Persistent...... effects of subsoil compaction on soil ecological services and functions) put forward the hypothesis that due to a decrease in the hydraulic conductivity in the soil matrix, compaction increases the frequency of preferential flow events in macropores and therefore increases the leaching of otherwise...... relatively immobile agrochemicals. In a morainic clay soil, undisturbed soil cores (6280 cm3) were sampled at 20-40 and 60-80 cm depth in the spring 2009 fourteen years after operation with a heavy sugar beet harvester. Soil cores were sampled both from uncompacted reference blocks and from compacted blocks...

  1. Effect of alumina on photocatalytic activity of iron oxides for bisphenol A degradation

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    Li, F.B. [Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China); Guangdong Key Laboratory of Agricultural Environment Pollution Integrated Control, Guangdong Institute of Eco-Environment and Soil Science, Guangzhou 510650 (China)], E-mail:; Li, X.Z. [Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China)], E-mail:; Liu, C.S.; Liu, T.X. [Guangdong Key Laboratory of Agricultural Environment Pollution Integrated Control, Guangdong Institute of Eco-Environment and Soil Science, Guangzhou 510650 (China)


    To study the photodegradation of organic pollutants at the interface of minerals and water in natural environment, three series of alumina-coupled iron oxides (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-300, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-420, and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-550) with different alumina fraction were prepared and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) and Barret-Joyner-Halender (BJH), and Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR). The XRD results showed that existence of alumina in iron oxides could hinder the formation of maghemite and hematite, and also the crystal transformation from maghemite to hematite during sintering. It has been confirmed that the BET surface area and micropore surface area of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalysts increased with an increased dosage of alumina and with decreased sintering temperature. The pore size distribution also depended on the fraction of alumina. Furthermore, all Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalysts had a mixed pore structure of micropore, mesopore and macropore. FTIR results showed that FTIR peaks attributable to Fe-O vibrations of maghemite or hematite were also affected by alumina content and sintering temperature. It was confirmed that the crystal structure and crystalline, the surface area and pore size distribution of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalysts depend strongly on the content of alumina and also sintering temperature. Bisphenol A (BPA) was selected as a model endocrine disruptor in aquatic environment. The effects of alumina on the photocatalytic activity of iron oxides for BPA degradation were investigated in aqueous suspension. The experimental results showed that the dependence of BPA degradation on the alumina content was attributable to the crystal structure, crystalline and also the properties of their surface structures. It was confirmed that the mixed crystal structure of maghemite and hematite could achieve the

  2. Investigation of small molecular weight poly(acrylic acid) adsorption on γ-alumina (United States)

    Liu, Lei; Luo, Shi-Zhong; Wang, Bin; Guo, ZhanHu


    The interactions between poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and alumina have been widely investigated. In this study, the pattern of small molecular weight PAA (MW 3000) interaction with γ-alumina has been dissected. The alumina/PAA hybrids were prepared at pH 4.0, 5.5, and 7.0, respectively. Nitrogen absorption-desorption analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and elemental analysis were conducted to illustrate the characteristics of the hybrids. At pH 4.0, the coiled PAA conformation yielded polymer adsorption primarily on alumina outer surface. At higher pH values, the more stretched PAA molecules were able to infiltrate inside the alumina pores. The phenomenon is explained by the polymer chain reptation motion model. Coiled polymer chains are not oriented enough to penetrate the oxide pore channels. In contrary, stretched polymer chains are more likely to move along the pore channels.

  3. Highly-sensitive Detection of Salvianolic Acid B using Alumina Microfibers-modified Electrode

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    Sun, Dong; Zheng, Xiaoyong; Xie, Xiafeng; Yang, Xiaofeng; Zhang, Huajie [Wenzhou Medical Univ., Wenzhou (China)


    Alumina microfibers with porous structures were prepared through hydrothermal reaction, and then used to modify the surface of carbon paste electrode (CPE). After modification with alumina microfibers, the electrochemical activity of CPE was found to be greatly improved. On the surface of alumina microfibers-modified CPE, the oxidation peak current of salvianolic acid B, a main bioactive compound in Danshen with anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects, was remarkably increased compared with that on the bare CPE surface. The influences of pH value, amount of alumina microfibers and accumulation time were studied. Based on the strong signal amplification effects of alumina microfibers, a novel electrochemical method was developed for the detection of salvianolic acid B. The linear range was from 5 μg L{sup -1} to 0.3 mg L{sup -1}, and the detection limit was 2 μg L{sup -1} (2.78 nM) after 1-min accumulation. The new method was successfully used to detect salvianolic acid B in ShuangDan oral liquid samples, and the recovery was over the range from 97.4% to 102.9%.

  4. Effects of Starch on Properties of Alumina-based Ceramic Cores

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    LI Fengguang


    Full Text Available In order to improve the poor leachability of alumina-based ceramic cores, different amount of starch was added to the specimens as pore former. Alumina-based ceramic cores were prepared by hot injection technology using corundum powder as base material, paraffin wax and beeswax as plasticizer, silica powder and magnesium oxide powder as mineralizing agent, wherein the parameters of the hot injection process were as follows:temperature of the slurry was 90℃, hot injection pressure was 0.5 MPa and holding time was 25 s. The effects of starch content on the properties of alumina-based ceramic cores were studied and discussed. The results indicate that during sintering period, the loss of starch in the specimens makes porosity of the alumina-based ceramic cores increase. When starch content increases, the room-temperature flexural strength of the ceramic cores reduces and the apparent porosity increases; the volatile solvent increases and the bulk density decreases. After being sintered at 1560℃ for 2.5 h, room-temperature flexural strength of the alumina-based ceramic cores with starch content of 8%(mass fraction is 24.8 MPa, apparent porosity is 47.98% when the volatile solvent is 1.92 g/h and bulk density is 1.88 g/cm3, the complex properties are optimal.

  5. Agglomeration, sedimentation, and cellular toxicity of alumina nanoparticles in cell culture medium

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    Yoon, Dokyung [Sungkyunkwan University, SKKU Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology (SAINT) (Korea, Republic of); Woo, Daekwang [Sungkyunkwan University, School of Mechanical Engineering (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jung Heon [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Moon Ki; Kim, Taesung [Sungkyunkwan University, SKKU Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology (SAINT) (Korea, Republic of); Hwang, Eung-Soo, E-mail: [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology (Korea, Republic of); Baik, Seunghyun, E-mail: [Sungkyunkwan University, SKKU Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology (SAINT) (Korea, Republic of)


    The cytotoxicity of alumina nanoparticles (NPs) was investigated for a wide range of concentration (25-200 {mu}g/mL) and incubation time (0-72 h) using floating cells (THP-1) and adherent cells (J774A.1, A549, and 293). Alumina NPs were gradually agglomerated over time although a significant portion of sedimentation occurred at the early stage within 6 h. A decrease of the viability was found in floating (THP-1) and adherent (J774A.1 and A549) cells in a dose-dependent manner. However, the time-dependent decrease in cell viability was observed only in adherent cells (J774A.1 and A549), which is predominantly related with the sedimentation of alumina NPs in cell culture medium. The uptake of alumina NPs in macrophages and an increased cell-to-cell adhesion in adherent cells were observed. There was no significant change in the viability of 293 cells. This in vitro test suggests that the agglomeration and sedimentation of alumina NPs affected cellular viability depending on cell types such as monocytes (THP-1), macrophages (J774A.1), lung carcinoma cells (A549), and embryonic kidney cells (293).

  6. Identification of the odour and chemical composition of alumina refinery air emissions. (United States)

    Coffey, P S; Ioppolo-Armanios, M


    Alcoa World Alumina Australia has undertaken comprehensive air emissions monitoring aimed at characterising and quantifying the complete range of emissions to the atmosphere from Bayer refining of alumina at its Western Australian refineries. To the best of our knowledge, this project represents the most complete air emissions inventory of a Bayer refinery conducted in the worldwide alumina industry. It adds considerably to knowledge of air emission factors available for use in emissions estimation required under national pollutant release and transfer registers (NPRTs), such as the Toxic Releases Inventory, USA, and the National Pollutant Inventory, Australia. It also allows the preliminary identification of the key chemical components responsible for characteristic alumina refinery odours and the contribution of these components to the quality, or hedonic tone, of the odours. The strength and acceptability of refinery odours to employees and neighbours appears to be dependent upon where and in what proportion the odorous gases have been emitted from the refineries. This paper presents the results of the programme and develops a basis for classifying the odour properties of the key emission sources in the alumina-refining process.

  7. An ELM Based Online Soft Sensing Approach for Alumina Concentration Detection

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    Sen Zhang


    Full Text Available The concentration of alumina in the electrolyte is of great significance during the production of aluminum; it may affect the stability of aluminum reduction cell and the current efficiency. However, the concentration of alumina is hard to be detected online because of the special circumstance in the aluminum reduction cell. At present, there is lack of fast and accurate soft sensing methods for alumina concentration and existing methods can not meet the needs for online measurement. In this paper, a novel soft sensing method based on a modified extreme learning machine (MELM for online measurement of the alumina concentration is proposed. The modified ELM algorithm is based on the enhanced random search which is called incremental extreme learning machine in some references. It randomly chooses the input weights and analytically determines the output weights without manual intervention. The simulation results show that the approach can give more accurate estimations of alumina concentration with faster learning speed compared with other methods such as BP and SVM.

  8. Fracture Strength of Zirconia and Alumina Ceramic Crowns Supported by Implants. (United States)

    Traini, Tonino; Sorrentino, Roberto; Gherlone, Enrico; Perfetti, Federico; Bollero, Patrizio; Zarone, Ferdinando


    Due to the brittleness and limited tensile strength of the veneering glass-ceramic materials, the methods that combine strong core material (as zirconia or alumina) are still under debate. The present study aims to evaluate the fracture strength and the mechanism of failure through fractographic analysis of single all-ceramic crowns supported by implants. Forty premolar cores were fabricated with CAD/CAM technology using alumina (n = 20) and zirconia (n = 20). The specimens were veneered with glass-ceramic, cemented on titanium abutments, and subjected to loading test until fracture. SEM fractographic analysis was also performed. The fracture load was 1165 (±509) N for alumina and 1638 (±662) N for zirconia with a statistically significant difference between the two groups (P = 0.026). Fractographic analysis of alumina-glass-ceramic crowns, showed the presence of catastrophic cracks through the entire thickness of the alumina core; for the zirconia-glass-ceramic crowns, the cracks involved mainly the thickness of the ceramic veneering layer. The sandblast procedure of the zirconia core influenced crack path deflection. Few samples (n = 3) showed limited microcracks of the zirconia core. Zirconia showed a significantly higher fracture strength value in implant-supported restorations, indicating the role played by the high resistant cores for premolar crowns.


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    Nanostructured materials may play a significant role in controlled release of pharmacologic agents for treatment of cancer. Many nanoporous polymer materials are inadequate for use in drug delivery. Nanoporous alumina provides several advantages over other materials for use in controlled drug delivery and other medical applications. Atomic layer deposition was used to coat all the surfaces of the nanoporous alumina membrane in order to reduce the pore size in a controlled manner. Both the 20 nm and 100 nm titanium oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes did not exhibit statistically lower viability compared to the uncoated nanoporous alumina membrane control materials. In addition, 20 nm pore size titanium oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes exposed to ultraviolet light demonstrated activity against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Nanostructured materials prepared using atomic layer deposition may be useful for delivering a pharmacologic agent at a precise rate to a specific location in the body. These materials may serve as the basis for 'smart' drug delivery devices, orthopedic implants, or self-sterilizing medical devices.


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    Mostafa Milani


    Full Text Available Doped nano alumina powders were successfully deposited as a thick film by electrophoretic deposition (EPD. A mixture of ethanol, cation salts of alumina dopants and iodine was used for dispersion system. Mg- Y- La- and Ce- salts add to ethanol and deposited with alumina powders on to substrate. The effects of suspension power loading, deposition time, electrode distance and applied potential simultaneously on density, pore size distribution and cell current density of alumina nanoparticles were examined. The weight of deposition increased with time and voltage increased and electrode distance decreased. In all applied voltages in higher suspension concentration, weight of deposition are sufficiently high but the density of the film are clearly better in low and high voltages than medium voltage. In constant suspension concentration with increasing in applied voltage, deposition rate increased and current decreased faster than medium voltage, which limits the homogeneous deposition forming and decreased density. Low applied voltages provided better pore size distribution and narrow and steep slope in middle of pore size distribution plot. High density samples with best pore size distribution achieved in lower rate deposition and assisted to better densification at sintering step in doped alumina plates.

  11. Fluorination of an Alumina Surface: Modeling Aluminum-Fluorine Reaction Mechanisms. (United States)

    Padhye, Richa; Aquino, Adelia J A; Tunega, Daniel; Pantoya, Michelle L


    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed to examine exothermic surface chemistry between alumina and four fluorinated, fragmented molecules representing species from decomposing fluoropolymers: F(-), HF, CH3F, and CF4. The analysis has strong implications for the reactivity of aluminum (Al) particles passivated by an alumina shell. It was hypothesized that the alumina surface structure could be transformed due to hydrogen bonding effects from the environment that promote surface reactions with fluorinated species. In this study, the alumina surface was analyzed using model clusters as isolated systems embedded in a polar environment (i.e., acetone). The conductor-like screening model (COSMO) was used to mimic environmental effects on the alumina surface. Four defect models for specific active -OH sites were investigated including two terminal hydroxyl groups and two hydroxyl bridge groups. Reactions involving terminal bonds produce more energy than bridge bonds. Also, surface exothermic reactions between terminal -OH bonds and fluorinated species produce energy in decreasing order with the following reactant species: CF4 > HF > CH3F. Additionally, experiments were performed on aluminum powders using thermal equilibrium analysis techniques that complement the calculations. Consistently, the experimental results show a linear relationship between surface exothermic reactions and the main fluorination reaction for Al powders. These results connect molecular level reaction kinetics to macroscopic measurements of surface energy and show that optimizing energy available in surface reactions linearly correlates to maximizing energy in the main reaction.

  12. Nanoscale-alumina induces oxidative stress and accelerates amyloid beta (Aβ) production in ICR female mice (United States)

    Shah, Shahid Ali; Yoon, Gwang Ho; Ahmad, Ashfaq; Ullah, Faheem; Amin, Faiz Ul; Kim, Myeong Ok


    The adverse effects of nanoscale-alumina (Al2O3-NPs) have been previously demonstrated in both in vitro and in vivo studies, whereas little is known about their mechanism of neurotoxicity. It is the goal of this research to determine the toxic effects of nano-alumina on human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y and mouse hippocampal HT22 cells in vitro and on ICR female mice in vivo. Nano-alumina displayed toxic effects on SH-SY5Y cell lines in three different concentrations also increased aluminium abundance and induced oxidative stress in HT22 cells. Nano-alumina peripherally administered to ICR female mice for three weeks increased brain aluminium and ROS production, disturbing brain energy homeostasis, and led to the impairment of hippocampus-dependent memory. Most importantly, these nano-particles induced Alzheimer disease (AD) neuropathology by enhancing the amyloidogenic pathway of Amyloid Beta (Aβ) production, aggregation and implied the progression of neurodegeneration in the cortex and hippocampus of these mice. In conclusion, these data demonstrate that nano-alumina is toxic to both cells and female mice and that prolonged exposure may heighten the chances of developing a neurodegenerative disease, such as AD.

  13. Preferential adsorption from liquid water-ethanol mixtures in alumina pores. (United States)

    Phan, Anh; Cole, David R; Striolo, Alberto


    The sorptivity, structure, and dynamics of liquid water-ethanol mixtures confined in alumina pores were studied by molecular dynamics simulations. Due to an effective stronger attraction between water and the alumina surface, our simulations show that water is preferentially adsorbed in alumina nanopores from bulk solutions of varying composition. These results are in good qualitative agreement with experimental data reported by Rao and Sircar (Adsorpt. Sci. Technol. 1993, 10, 93). Analysis of the simulated trajectories allows us to predict that water diffuses through the narrow pores more easily than ethanol, in part because of its smaller size. Our results suggest that ethanol has an antiplasticization effect on water within the narrow pores considered here, whereas it has a plasticization effect on water in the bulk. Rao and Sircar suggested that alumina could be used in concentration swing and/or concentration-thermal swing adsorption processes to separate water from ethanol. In addition, our results suggest the possibility of using alumina for manufacturing permselective membranes to produce anhydrous ethanol from liquid water-ethanol solutions.

  14. Characterization and antibacterial activity of nickel ferrite doped α-alumina nanoparticle

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    Kariim Ishaq


    Full Text Available The magnetic behaviour towards biomedical applications of transition metal-ferrite and transition metal-ferrite based nanoparticles is dependent upon the nanoparticles preparation parameters. In this study, an experimental design using central composite design (CCD has been explored in the production of alumina based nickel-ferrite nanoparticles via wet impregnation method. The effects of operating conditions such as drying temperature, drying time and mass of support on the percentage yield of nickel-ferrite were studied. The optimum nickel-ferrite yield of 97.45% was obtained at 7.5 g of α-alumina, drying time of 7 h and drying temperature of 116.70 °C and then characterized using SEM, EDS and XRD to determine the surface morphology, elemental analysis and crystallinity respectively. The antibacterial activities of the nickel-ferrites doped α-alumina were tested on Gram-negative bacterium: E. coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa and a Gram-positive bacterium S. aureus. The antibacterial results of the nickel ferrites doped α-alumina nanoparticle on microorganisms showed that the nanoparticles shows no effect on the growth of E. coli but depicts an inhibitory growth on Pseudomonas aeruginosa and S. aureus with high antibacterial effect on S. aureus of 1.70 mm diameter of inhibition. Hence, the developed nickel ferrites doped α-alumina nanoparticle shows high antibacterial effect on Pseudomonas aeruginosa and S. aureus which makes it a potential material for biomedical application.

  15. Adsorption of polar and nonpolar compounds onto complex nanooxides with silica, alumina, and titania. (United States)

    Gun'ko, V M; Yurchenko, G R; Turov, V V; Goncharuk, E V; Zarko, V I; Zabuga, A G; Matkovsky, A K; Oranska, O I; Leboda, R; Skubiszewska-Zieba, J; Janusz, W; Phillips, G J; Mikhalovsky, S V


    Adsorption of low-molecular adsorbates (nonpolar hexane, nitrogen, weakly polar acetonitrile, and polar diethylamine, triethylamine, and water) onto individual (silica, alumina, titania), binary (silica/alumina (SA), silica/titania (ST)), and ternary (alumina/silica/titania, AST) fumed oxides was studied to analyse the effects of morphology and surface composition of the materials. Certain aspects of the interfacial phenomena dependent on the structural characteristics of oxides were analysed using calorimetry, (1)H NMR, and Raman spectroscopies, XRD, and ab initio quantum-chemical calculations. The specific surface area S(BET,X)-to-S(BET,N(2)) ratio (X is an organic adsorbate) changes from 0.68 for hexane adsorbed onto amorphous SA8 (degassed at 200 degrees C) to 1.85 for acetonitrile adsorbed onto crystalline alumina (degassed at 900 degrees C). These changes are relatively large because of variations in orientation, lateral interactions, and adsorption compressing of molecules adsorbed onto oxide surfaces. Larger S(BET,X)/S(BET,N(2)) values are observed for mixed oxides with higher crystallinity of titania or/and alumina phases in larger primary nanoparticles with greater surface roughness and hydrophilicity. Polar adsorbates can change the structure of aggregates of oxide nanoparticles that can, in turn, affect the results of adsorption measurements. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Determination of the coefficient of dynamic friction between coatings of alumina and metallic materials (United States)

    Santos, A.; Córdoba, E.; Ramírez, Z.; Sierra, C.; Ortega, Y.


    This project aims to determine the coefficient of dynamic friction between micrometric size coatings of alumina and metallic materials (Steel and aluminium); the methodology used to achieve the proposed objective consisted of 4 phases, in the first one was developed a procedure that allowed, from a Pin on Disk machine built based on the specifications given by the ASTM G99-05 standard (Standard test method for wear tests with a Pin on Disk machine), to determine the coefficient of dynamic friction between two materials in contact; subsequently the methodology was verified through tests between steel-steel and steel-aluminium, due to these values are widely reported in the literature; as a third step, deposits of alumina particles of micrometric size were made on a steel substrate through thermal spraying by flame; finally, the tests were carried out between pins of steel of aluminium and alumina coating to determine the coefficients of dynamic friction between these two surfaces. The results of the project allowed to verify that the developed methodology is valid to obtain coefficients of dynamic friction between surfaces in contact since the percentages of error were of 3.5% and 2.1% for steel-steel and aluminium-steel, respectively; additionally, it was found that the coefficient of friction between steel-alumina coatings is 0.36 and aluminium-alumina coating is 0.25.


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    Full Text Available Thermoplastic starch (TPS is a biodegradable biopolymer that has exhibited great prospects to replace conventional synthetic polymers in commercial applications. However, one of the most critical limitations of TPS is the lack of crucial mechanical properties. This study proposes the novel combination of cassava starch, montmorillonite nanoclay (MMT and alumina trihydrate (ATH in the form of a nanocomposite which is expected to demonstrate improved mechanical properties. The nanocomposites were processed through melt-extrusion in twin-screw extruder where loadings of MMT and ATH were varied between 1 to 6 wt% and 26 to 37 wt%, respectively. The mechanical properties were evaluated through tensile testing according to ASTM D882. The fractured surfaces of the specimens were evaluated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM to further validate the mechanical properties of the nanocomposites. The melt viscosity and processability of the nanocomposites were also evaluated through melt flow index (MFI testing according to ASTM D1238. Presence of MMT and ATH in TPS demonstrated increase in Young’s modulus, maximum tensile stress and decrease in elongation at break up to 57.6 MPa, 5.1 MPa and 39.2%, respectively. In the presence of ATH, increase in loading of MMT continued to improve Young’s modulus and maximum tensile stress while declining elongation at break. Without ATH, MMT was only capable of improving mechanical strength up to a loading of 3 wt% where adverse effects were observed when the loading was further increased to 6 wt%. Increase in loadings of both MMT and ATH, simultaneously were found to depreciate the MFI and thus, the processability of the nanocomposites.

  18. Compact dynamic microfluidic iris array (United States)

    Kimmle, Christina; Doering, Christoph; Steuer, Anna; Fouckhardt, Henning


    A dynamic microfluidic iris is realized. Light attenuation is achieved by absorption of an opaque liquid (e.g. black ink). The adjustment of the iris diameter is achieved by fluid displacement via a transparent elastomer (silicone) half-sphere. This silicone calotte is hydraulically pressed against a polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) substrate as the bottom window, such that the opaque liquid is squeezed away, this way opening the iris. With this approach a dynamic range of more than 60 dB can be achieved with response times in the ms to s regime. The design allows the realization of a single iris as well as an iris array. So far the master for the molded silicone structure was fabricated by precision mechanics. The aperture diameter was changed continuously from 0 to 8 mm for a single iris and 0 to 4 mm in case of a 3 x 3 iris array. Moreover, an iris array was combined with a PMMA lens array into a compact module, the distance of both arrays equaling the focal length of the lenses. This way e.g. spatial frequency filter arrays can be realized. The possibility to extend the iris array concept to an array with many elements is demonstrated. Such arrays could be applied e.g. in light-field cameras.

  19. Compact Structure Patterns in Proteins. (United States)

    Chitturi, Bhadrachalam; Shi, Shuoyong; Kinch, Lisa N; Grishin, Nick V


    Globular proteins typically fold into tightly packed arrays of regular secondary structures. We developed a model to approximate the compact parallel and antiparallel arrangement of α-helices and β-strands, enumerated all possible topologies formed by up to five secondary structural elements (SSEs), searched for their occurrence in spatial structures of proteins, and documented their frequencies of occurrence in the PDB. The enumeration model grows larger super-secondary structure patterns (SSPs) by combining pairs of smaller patterns, a process that approximates a potential path of protein fold evolution. The most prevalent SSPs are typically present in superfolds such as the Rossmann-like fold, the ferredoxin-like fold, and the Greek key motif, whereas the less frequent SSPs often possess uncommon structure features such as split β-sheets, left-handed connections, and crossing loops. This complete SSP enumeration model, for the first time, allows us to investigate which theoretically possible SSPs are not observed in available protein structures. All SSPs with up to four SSEs occurred in proteins. However, among the SSPs with five SSEs, approximately 20% (218) are absent from existing folds. Of these unobserved SSPs, 80% contain two or more uncommon structure features. To facilitate future efforts in protein structure classification, engineering, and design, we provide the resulting patterns and their frequency of occurrence in proteins at: Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  20. Spherically symmetric charged compact stars

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    Maurya, S.K. [University of Nizwa, Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, College of Arts and Science, Nizwa (Oman); Gupta, Y.K. [Jaypee Institute of Information Technology University, Department of Mathematics, Noida, Uttar Pradesh (India); Ray, Saibal [Government College of Engineering and Ceramic Technology, Department of Physics, Kolkata, West Bengal (India); Chowdhury, Sourav Roy [Seth Anandaram Jaipuria College, Department of Physics, Kolkata, West Bengal (India)


    In this article we consider the static spherically symmetric metric of embedding class 1. When solving the Einstein-Maxwell field equations we take into account the presence of ordinary baryonic matter together with the electric charge. Specific new charged stellar models are obtained where the solutions are entirely dependent on the electromagnetic field, such that the physical parameters, like density, pressure etc. do vanish for the vanishing charge. We systematically analyze altogether the three sets of Solutions I, II, and III of the stellar models for a suitable functional relation of ν(r). However, it is observed that only the Solution I provides a physically valid and well-behaved situation, whereas the Solutions II and III are not well behaved and hence not included in the study. Thereafter it is exclusively shown that the Solution I can pass through several standard physical tests performed by us. To validate the solution set presented here a comparison has also been made with that of the compact stars, like RX J 1856 - 37, Her X - 1, PSR 1937+21, PSRJ 1614-2230, and PSRJ 0348+0432, and we have shown the feasibility of the models. (orig.)