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  1. Improved SNR of phased-array PERES coils via simulation study

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    RodrIguez, Alfredo O [Centro de Investigacion en Imagenologia e Instrumentacion Medica, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Iztapalapa, Av. San Rafael Atlixco 186, Mexico, DF, 09340 (Mexico); Medina, LucIa [DISCA, Instituto de Investigacion en Matematicas Aplicadas y Sistemas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, AP 20-728, Admo. No. 20, 01000 Mexico, DF (Mexico); Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Mexico, DF (Mexico)


    A computational comparison of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) was performed between a conventional phased array of two circular-shaped coils and a petal resonator surface array. The quasi-static model and phased-array optimum SNR were combined to derive an SNR formula for each array. Analysis of mutual inductance between coil petals was carried out to compute the optimal coil separation and optimum number of petal coils. Mutual interaction between coil arrays was not included in the model because this does not drastically affect coil performance. Phased arrays of PERES coils show a 114% improvement in SNR over that of the simplest circular configuration. (note)

  2. Surface coil magnetic resonance imaging. (United States)

    Axel, L; Hayes, C


    Detection of MR signals with surface coils provides increased signal-to-noise ratio for superficial structures relative to detection by circumferential coils, permitting improved spatial resolution. Different geometries of surface coils can be used for different regions. Coils that are flat or curved to fit body contours are good for general imaging, with a range of coil sizes useful for structures of different size or depth. Solenoidal coils are useful for imaging protruding structures such as breasts, while smaller versions of conventional circumferential coils that can be slipped over limbs are useful for imaging extremities.

  3. Optimizing stellarator coil winding surfaces with Regcoil (United States)

    Bader, Aaron; Landreman, Matt; Anderson, David; Hegna, Chris


    We show initial attempts at optimizing a coil winding surface using the Regcoil code [1] for selected quasi helically symmetric equilibria. We implement a generic optimization scheme which allows for variation of the winding surface to allow for improved diagnostic access and allow for flexible divertor solutions. Regcoil and similar coil-solving algorithms require a user-input winding surface, on which the coils lie. Simple winding surfaces created by uniformly expanding the plasma boundary may not be ideal. Engineering constraints on reactor design require a coil-plasma separation sufficient for the introduction of neutron shielding and a tritium generating blanket. This distance can be the limiting factor in determining reactor size. Furthermore, expanding coils in other regions, where possible, can be useful for diagnostic and maintenance access along with providing sufficient room for a divertor. We minimize a target function that includes as constraints, the minimum coil-plasma distance, the winding surface volume, and the normal magnetic field on the plasma boundary. Results are presented for two quasi-symmetric equilibria at different aspect ratios. Work supported by the US DOE under Grant DE-FG02-93ER54222.

  4. 3D Gradient coil design - Toroidal surfaces (United States)

    While, Peter T.; Forbes, Larry K.; Crozier, Stuart


    Gradient coil design typically involves optimisation of current densities or coil windings on familiar cylindrical, planar, spherical or conical surfaces. In this paper, an analytic inverse method is presented for the theoretical design of toroidal transverse gradient coils. This novel geometry is based on previous work involving a 3D current density solution, in which the precise geometry of the gradient coils was obtained as part of the optimisation process. Regularisation is used to solve for the toroidal current densities, whereby the field error is minimised in conjunction with the total power of the coil. The method is applied to the design of unshielded and shielded, whole-body and head coil gradient systems. Preliminary coil windings displaying high gradient homogeneity, low inductance, high efficiency and good force balancing are displayed and discussed. Potential benefits associated with this morphology include self-shielding gradient sets, greater access to cooling mechanisms, a reduction in acoustic noise due to force-balancing, a lessening of patient claustrophobia and greater patient access for clinicians.

  5. Muru & Pere rahvusvahelisele tippkonkursile

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    Rahvusvaheline Intellektuaalomandi Organisatsioon (World Intellectual Property Organization) mis korraldab oma Genfis asuva peamaja laiendamiseks rahvusvahelise arhitektuurikonkursi, valis 6.-8. IX arhitektuuribüroo Muru & Pere OÜ 28 finalisti hulka. Konkursiprojekt peab valmima 31. jaanuariks 2000.

  6. Research and development of MRI surface coil for TMJ MR imaging; Modulated Helmholtz surface coil

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    Kukimoto, Yoshiaki; Kukimoto, Kyoko (Kameda General Hospital, Kamogawa, Chiba (Japan)); Shirakawa, Toyomi


    Internal derangements of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) are a major cause of jaw pain and dysfunction as well as other related clinical symptoms. TMJ diagnosis is the abnormal position and appearance of the disk. Most X-ray-based methods are useful for evaluating bony abnormalities, but their reduced soft-tissue contrast often makes the diagnostic evaluation of TMJ disorders difficult. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is a very recent addition to the medical diagnostic of TMJ diseases. MR imaging can produce high-quality tomographic images of greater soft-tissue contrast without ionizing radiation or known biological hazards. MR system was circular type Simens Magnetom 1.5 tesla. Display matrix was 256x256. A Modulated Helmholtz type coil of 17 cm in diameter was developed in Kameda General Hospital in order to increase signal to noise ratio in the area of bilateral TMJs. The distance between two coils was 16-20 cm. The head was placed in supine position in the center of two surface coils. A Modulated Helmholtz type coil: 1. Modulated Helmholtz type coil was used as an emitter and a receiver. 2. Modulated Helmholtz type coil had a pair of 17 cm coils, which were movable according to head width of each patient. 3. MR imaging of bilateral TMJs was taken at once because of no necessity to reset a surfacecoil. 4. It was easy to set positioning of the head. (author).

  7. New method to design stellarator coils without the winding surface (United States)

    Zhu, Caoxiang; Hudson, Stuart R.; Song, Yuntao; Wan, Yuanxi


    Finding an easy-to-build coils set has been a critical issue for stellarator design for decades. Conventional approaches assume a toroidal ‘winding’ surface, but a poorly chosen winding surface can unnecessarily constrain the coil optimization algorithm, This article presents a new method to design coils for stellarators. Each discrete coil is represented as an arbitrary, closed, one-dimensional curve embedded in three-dimensional space. A target function to be minimized that includes both physical requirements and engineering constraints is constructed. The derivatives of the target function with respect to the parameters describing the coil geometries and currents are calculated analytically. A numerical code, named flexible optimized coils using space curves (FOCUS), has been developed. Applications to a simple stellarator configuration, W7-X and LHD vacuum fields are presented.

  8. Eesti meister peresõbralikkuses : Eesti Post / Sulev Oll

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    Oll, Sulev, 1964-


    Äripäeva ning ajakirja Pere ja Kodu konkursil pälvis Eesti kõige peresõbralikuma firma tiitli Eesti Post. Tabel: 30 peresõbralikumat firmat. Tabel: Eesti Post toetuste jagamisel keskmisest heldem

  9. Inductance and resistance measurement method for vessel detection and coil powering in all-surface inductive heating systems composed of outer squircle coils

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    Veli Tayfun Kilic


    Full Text Available In this work, we investigate a method proposed for vessel detection and coil powering in an all-surface inductive heating system composed of outer squircle coils. Besides conventional circular coils, coils with different shapes such as outer squircle coils are used for and enable efficient all-surface inductive heating. Validity of the method, which relies on measuring inductance and resistance values of a loaded coil at different frequencies, is experimentally demonstrated for a coil with shape different from conventional circular coil. Simple setup was constructed with a small coil to model an all-surface inductive heating system. Inductance and resistance maps were generated by measuring coil’s inductance and resistance values at different frequencies loaded by a plate made of different materials and located at various positions. Results show that in an induction hob for various coil geometries it is possible to detect a vessel’s presence, to identify its material type and to specify its position on the hob surface by considering inductance and resistance of the coil measured on at least two different frequencies. The studied method is important in terms of enabling safe, efficient and user flexible heating in an all-surface inductive heating system by automatically detecting the vessel’s presence and powering on only the coils that are loaded by the vessel with predetermined current levels.

  10. Design of a quadrature surface coil for hyperpolarized 13C MRS cardiac metabolism studies in pigs

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    Giovannetti, G.; Frijia, F.; Hartwig, V.


    This work describes the design of a quadrature surface coil constituted by a circular loop and a butterfly coil, employed in transmit/receive (TX/RX) mode for hyperpolarized 13C studies of pig heart with a clinical 3T scanner. The coil characterization is performed by developing an SNR model......, the performance of the quadrature coil was compared with the single TX/RX circular and TX/RX butterfly coil, in order to verify the advantage of the proposed configuration over the single coils throughout the volume of interest for cardiac imaging in pig. Finally, the quadrature surface coil was tested...... by acquiring metabolic maps with hyperpolarized [1-13C]pyruvate injected i.v. in a pig. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc....

  11. A surface-scanning coil detector for real-time, in-situ detection of bacteria on fresh food surfaces. (United States)

    Chai, Yating; Horikawa, Shin; Li, Suiqiong; Wikle, Howard C; Chin, Bryan A


    Proof-in-principle of a new surface-scanning coil detector has been demonstrated. This new coil detector excites and measures the resonant frequency of free-standing magnetoelastic (ME) biosensors that may now be placed outside the coil boundaries. With this coil design, the biosensors are no longer required to be placed inside the coil before frequency measurement. Hence, this new coil enables bacterial pathogens to be detected on fresh food surfaces in real-time and in-situ. The new coil measurement technique was demonstrated using an E2 phage-coated ME biosensor to detect Salmonella typhimurium on tomato surfaces. Real-time, in-situ detection was achieved with a limit of detection (LOD) statistically determined to be lower than 1.5×10(3) CFU/mm(2) with a confidence level of difference higher than 95% (p<0.05). Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Local Multi-Channel RF Surface Coil versus Body RF Coil Transmission for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance at 3 Tesla: Which Configuration Is Winning the Game? (United States)

    Weinberger, Oliver; Winter, Lukas; Dieringer, Matthias A; Els, Antje; Oezerdem, Celal; Rieger, Jan; Kuehne, Andre; Cassara, Antonino M; Pfeiffer, Harald; Wetterling, Friedrich; Niendorf, Thoralf


    The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility and efficiency of cardiac MR at 3 Tesla using local four-channel RF coil transmission and benchmark it against large volume body RF coil excitation. Electromagnetic field simulations are conducted to detail RF power deposition, transmission field uniformity and efficiency for local and body RF coil transmission. For both excitation regimes transmission field maps are acquired in a human torso phantom. For each transmission regime flip angle distributions and blood-myocardium contrast are examined in a volunteer study of 12 subjects. The feasibility of the local transceiver RF coil array for cardiac chamber quantification at 3 Tesla is demonstrated. Our simulations and experiments demonstrate that cardiac MR at 3 Tesla using four-channel surface RF coil transmission is competitive versus current clinical CMR practice of large volume body RF coil transmission. The efficiency advantage of the 4TX/4RX setup facilitates shorter repetition times governed by local SAR limits versus body RF coil transmission at whole-body SAR limit. No statistically significant difference was found for cardiac chamber quantification derived with body RF coil versus four-channel surface RF coil transmission. Our simulation also show that the body RF coil exceeds local SAR limits by a factor of ~2 when driven at maximum applicable input power to reach the whole-body SAR limit. Pursuing local surface RF coil arrays for transmission in cardiac MR is a conceptually appealing alternative to body RF coil transmission, especially for patients with implants.

  13. Quadrature Slotted Surface Coil Pair for Magnetic Resonance Imaging at 4 Tesla: Phantom Study

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    Solis S.E.


    Full Text Available A coil array was composed of two slotted surface coils forming a structure with two plates at 900, each one having 6 circular slots and is introduced in this paper. Numerical simulations of the magnetic field of this coil array were performed at 170 MHz using the finite element method to study its behaviour. This coil array was developed for brain magnetic resonance imaging to be operated at the resonant frequency of 170 MHz in the transceiver mode and quadrature driven. Numerical simulations demonstrated that electromagnetic interaction between the coil elements is negligible, and that the magnetic field showed a good uniformity. Phantom images were acquired with our coil array and standard pulse sequences on a research-dedicated 4 Tesla scanner. In vitro images showed the feasibility of this coil array for standard pulses and high field magnetic resonance imaging.

  14. Characterization and flip angle calibration of 13C surface coils for hyperpolarization studies

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    Hansen, Rie Beck; Gutte, Henrik; Larsen, Majbrit M E

    The aim of the present work is to address the challenge of optimal The aim of the present work is to address the challenge of optimal flflip angle calibration of ip angle calibration of C surface coils in C surface coils in hyperpolarization studies. To this end, we characterize the spatial pro h...

  15. Investigation of electrical characteristics of no-insulation coil wound with surface-processed HTS tape (United States)

    Jeon, Haeryong; Lee, Woo Seung; Kim, Jinsub; Baek, Geonwoo; Jeon, Sangsu; Yoon, Yong Soo; Ko, Tae Kuk


    This paper deals with the electrical characteristics of no-insulation coil wound with surface-processed HTS tape. The bypassing current path through turn-to-turn contacts within a coil is formed in the no-insulation coil, and this bypassing current path determines two characteristics: 1) self-protection and 2) charge-discharge delay. The amplitude of bypassing current is determined by contact resistance between the turn-to-turn contacts of the no-insulation coil. The surface roughness of the HTS tape is one of the parameters to change the contact resistance. The HTS tapes were processed to roughen by bead blast and abrasive paper, and the no-insulation coil is fabricated using processed HTS tape. We have studied the charge-discharge delay and self-protecting characteristic of each no-insulation coil by 1) sudden discharge tests and 2) overcurrent tests. The FEM simulations of contact resistance of no-insulation coil were carried out. The contact surface resistance of a case processed by abrasive paper has almost three times larger than that of reference no-insulation coil, and a case processed by bead blast presents almost same contact surface resistance with reference no-insulation coil.

  16. A comparison of an inductively coupled implanted coil with optimized surface coils for in vivo NMR imaging of the spinal cord. (United States)

    Wirth, E D; Mareci, T H; Beck, B L; Fitzsimmons, J R; Reier, P J


    A study was performed to determine whether an implanted, inductively coupled nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging spine coil could provide a significant gain in signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) on images of the spinal cord relative to the SNR of optimized surface coils. Implanted coils were surgically affixed to the upper lumbar spine (first lumbar through third lumbar vertebrae) in a total of four adult cats. The implanted coil was inductively coupled to an external 12 x 12 cm square surface coil that was mounted on a 14-cm diameter Plexiglas cradle (Townsend Industries, Des Moines, IA). Two similar cradles were prepared with transmit-only 12 x 12 cm surface coils and either a receive-only 6 x 6 cm square surface coil or a receive-only quadrature coil pair (two 4 x 6 cm coils overlapped slightly to minimize their mutual inductance) with the same surface area (6 x 6 cm). A total of five single-slice, T1-weighted spin-echo images (TR = 500 ms, TE = 30 ms, 4-mm slice thickness) were acquired from a 1-liter saline phantom and from the second lumbar spinal level in an adult cat with a normal, uninjured spinal cord. On the spinal cord images, the quadrature coil exhibited a factor of 1.65 increase in SNR relative to the single-turn surface coil, whereas the implanted coil achieved a factor of 2.19 increase in SNR. The improved SNR for the quadrature and implanted coils was observed as a dramatic improvement in the clarity of the images.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  17. Simultaneous PET/MR imaging: MR-based attenuation correction of local radiofrequency surface coils. (United States)

    Paulus, Daniel H; Braun, Harald; Aklan, Bassim; Quick, Harald H


    In simultaneous positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance (PET/MR) imaging, local receiver surface radiofrequency (RF) coils are positioned in the field-of-view (FOV) of the PET detector during PET/MR data acquisition and potentially attenuate the PET signal. For flexible body RF surface coils placed on top of the patient's body, MR-based attenuation correction (AC) is an unsolved problem since the RF coils are not inherently visible in MR images and their individual position in the FOV is patient specific and not known a priori. The aim of this work was to quantify the effect of local body RF coils used in the Biograph mMR hybrid PET/MR system on PET emission data and to present techniques for MR-based position determination of these specific local RF coils. Acquisitions of a homogeneous phantom were performed on a whole-body PET/MRI scanner. Two different PET emission scans were performed, with and without the local body matrix RF coil placed on the top of the phantom. For position determination of the coil, two methods were applied. First, cod liver oil capsules were attached to the surface of the coil and second, an ultrashort echo time (UTE) sequence was used. PET images were reconstructed in five different ways: (1) PET reference scan without the coil, (2) PET scan with the coil, but omitting the coil in AC (PET/MR scanning conditions), (3) AC of the coil using a CT scan of the same phantom setup and registration via capsules, (4) same setup as 3, but registration was done using UTE images, neglecting the capsules, and (5) registration using the capsules, but the CT was performed with the coil placed flat on the CT table and the outer regions of the coil were cropped. The activity concentrations were then compared to the reference scan. For clinical evaluation of the concept, the presented methods were also evaluated on a patient. The oil capsules were visible in the MR and CT images and image registration was straightforward. The UTE images show only

  18. Rectangle Surface Coil Array in a Grid Arrangement for Resonance Imaging (United States)


    magnet wires with insulating coating for rectangular surface coils. The wires are formed into four one turn 145mm x 32mm rectangular coils...switchable array, RF magnetic field, NQR, MRI, NMR, tuning, decoupling I. INTRODUCTION ESONANCE imaging can be accomplished using Nuclear Magnetic ...grid array. This achieves the switchable array configuration. Later, investigations will have circuit controlled multiplexer for switching to

  19. Markerless attenuation correction for carotid MRI surface receiver coils in combined PET/MR imaging (United States)

    Eldib, Mootaz; Bini, Jason; Robson, Philip M.; Calcagno, Claudia; Faul, David D.; Tsoumpas, Charalampos; Fayad, Zahi A.


    The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effect of attenuation of MR coils on quantitative carotid PET/MR exams. Additionally, an automated attenuation correction method for flexible carotid MR coils was developed and evaluated. The attenuation of the carotid coil was measured by imaging a uniform water phantom injected with 37 MBq of 18F-FDG in a combined PET/MR scanner for 24 min with and without the coil. In the same session, an ultra-short echo time (UTE) image of the coil on top of the phantom was acquired. Using a combination of rigid and non-rigid registration, a CT-based attenuation map was registered to the UTE image of the coil for attenuation and scatter correction. After phantom validation, the effect of the carotid coil attenuation and the attenuation correction method were evaluated in five subjects. Phantom studies indicated that the overall loss of PET counts due to the coil was 6.3% with local region-of-interest (ROI) errors reaching up to 18.8%. Our registration method to correct for attenuation from the coil decreased the global error and local error (ROI) to 0.8% and 3.8%, respectively. The proposed registration method accurately captured the location and shape of the coil with a maximum spatial error of 2.6 mm. Quantitative analysis in human studies correlated with the phantom findings, but was dependent on the size of the ROI used in the analysis. MR coils result in significant error in PET quantification and thus attenuation correction is needed. The proposed strategy provides an operator-free method for attenuation and scatter correction for a flexible MRI carotid surface coil for routine clinical use.

  20. Markless Attenuation Correction for Carotid MRI Surface Receiver Coils in Combined PET/MR Imaging (United States)

    Eldib, Mootaz; Bini, Jason; Robson, Philip M.; Calcagno, Claudia; Faul, David D.; Tsoumpas, Charalampos; Fayad, Zahi A.


    Purpose To evaluate the effect of attenuation of MR coils on quantitative carotid PET/MR exams. Additionally, to develop and evaluate automated attenuation correction method for flexible carotid MR coils was developed and evaluated. Methods The attenuation of the carotid coil was measured by imaging a uniform water phantom injected with 37 MBq of 18F-FDG in a combined PET/MR scanner for 24 minutes with and without the coil. In the same session, an ultra-short echo time (UTE) image of the coil on top of the phantom was acquired. Using a combination of rigid and non-rigid registration, a CT-based attenuation map was registered to the UTE image of the coil for attenuation and scatter correction. After phantom validation, the effect of the carotid coil attenuation and the attenuation correction method were evaluated in five subjects. Results Phantom studies indicated that the overall loss of PET counts due to the coil was 6.3% with local region-of-interest (ROI) errors reaching up to 18.8%. Our registration method to correct for attenuation from the coil decreased the global error and local error (ROI) to 0.8% and 3.8%, respectively. The proposed registration method accurately captured the location and shape of the coil with a maximum spatial error of 2.6 mm. Quantitative analysis in human studies correlated with the phantom findings, but was dependent on the size of the ROI used in the analysis. Conclusions MR coils result in significant error in PET quantification and thus attenuation correction is needed. The proposed strategy provides an operator-free method for attenuation and scatter correction for a flexible MRI carotid surface coil for routine clinical use. PMID:26020273

  1. Local Multi-Channel RF Surface Coil versus Body RF Coil Transmission for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance at 3 Tesla: Which Configuration Is Winning the Game?

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    Oliver Weinberger

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility and efficiency of cardiac MR at 3 Tesla using local four-channel RF coil transmission and benchmark it against large volume body RF coil excitation.Electromagnetic field simulations are conducted to detail RF power deposition, transmission field uniformity and efficiency for local and body RF coil transmission. For both excitation regimes transmission field maps are acquired in a human torso phantom. For each transmission regime flip angle distributions and blood-myocardium contrast are examined in a volunteer study of 12 subjects. The feasibility of the local transceiver RF coil array for cardiac chamber quantification at 3 Tesla is demonstrated.Our simulations and experiments demonstrate that cardiac MR at 3 Tesla using four-channel surface RF coil transmission is competitive versus current clinical CMR practice of large volume body RF coil transmission. The efficiency advantage of the 4TX/4RX setup facilitates shorter repetition times governed by local SAR limits versus body RF coil transmission at whole-body SAR limit. No statistically significant difference was found for cardiac chamber quantification derived with body RF coil versus four-channel surface RF coil transmission. Our simulation also show that the body RF coil exceeds local SAR limits by a factor of ~2 when driven at maximum applicable input power to reach the whole-body SAR limit.Pursuing local surface RF coil arrays for transmission in cardiac MR is a conceptually appealing alternative to body RF coil transmission, especially for patients with implants.

  2. Muru & Pere võit Rakveres

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    AS T&L korraldatud Rakvere kesklinna Laada tn. ehitatava tööstuskaupade kaubamaja projekti saamiseks kutsutud osavõtjatega konkursi tulemused: I koht ئ Arhitektid Muru & Pere OÜ; II ئ Mark & Tamm OÜ; III ئ Kolm Pluss Üks OÜ. Rakvere peaarhitekt Raul Kull pidas võistlust õnnestunuks.

  3. Muutuv Eesti pere / Ene-Margit Tiit

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    Tiit, Ene-Margit, 1934-


    Ettekanne Vabariigi Presidendi akadeemilise nõukogu ja Tallinna Ülikooli korraldatud konverentsil "Jätkusuutlik Eesti" 25. mail 2006. a. Tallinnas. Euroopa perekonna muutumisest 20. sajandi esimesest poolest 21. sajandini, perekonna eluviisi ja elustiili muutumisest Eestis, tänapäeva Eesti pere elujärjest ja sellega rahulolust. Lisatud statistilised diagrammid ja joonised

  4. Application of surface coil in nuclear magnetic resonance studies of physical properties of quasi-2D materials (United States)

    Liu, Wencong; Lu, Lu; Mitrović, V. F.


    We conduct a comprehensive set of tests of performance of surface coils used for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) study of quasi-2-dimensional samples. We report 115In and 31P NMR measurements on InP, semi-conducting thin substrate samples. Surface coils of both zig-zag meander-line and concentric spiral geometries were used. We compare reception sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio of the NMR signal obtained by using surface-type coils to that obtained by standard solenoid-type coils. As expected, we find that surface-type coils provide better sensitivity for NMR study of thin film samples. Moreover, we compare the reception sensitivity of different types of the surface coils. We identify the optimal geometry of the surface coils for a given application and/or direction of the applied magnetic field.

  5. 16-Channel surface coil for 13C-hyperpolarized spectroscopic imaging of cardiac metabolism in pig heart

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    Frijia, Francesca; Santarelli, Maria Filomena; Koellisch, Ulrich


    both targets. In this study, a 16-channel receive surface coil was designed for 13C hyperpolarized studies of the pig heart with a clinical 3-T scanner. The coil performance was characterized by phantom experiments and compared with that of a birdcage coil used in transmit/receive mode. Segmental...... signal distribution in the left ventricle (LV) was assessed by experiments on six healthy mini pigs. The proposed coil showed a significant increase in SNR for the LV wall close to the coil surface with respect to that for the birdcage but also significant segmental inhomogeneity. Hence, the use...

  6. Performance analyses of helical coil heat exchangers. The effect of external coil surface modification on heat exchanger effectiveness (United States)

    Andrzejczyk, Rafał; Muszyński, Tomasz


    The shell and coil heat exchangers are commonly used in heating, ventilation, nuclear industry, process plant, heat recovery and air conditioning systems. This type of recuperators benefits from simple construction, the low value of pressure drops and high heat transfer. In helical coil, centrifugal force is acting on the moving fluid due to the curvature of the tube results in the development. It has been long recognized that the heat transfer in the helical tube is much better than in the straight ones because of the occurrence of secondary flow in planes normal to the main flow inside the helical structure. Helical tubes show good performance in heat transfer enhancement, while the uniform curvature of spiral structure is inconvenient in pipe installation in heat exchangers. Authors have presented their own construction of shell and tube heat exchanger with intensified heat transfer. The purpose of this article is to assess the influence of the surface modification over the performance coefficient and effectiveness. The experiments have been performed for the steady-state heat transfer. Experimental data points were gathered for both laminar and turbulent flow, both for co current- and countercurrent flow arrangement. To find optimal heat transfer intensification on the shell-side authors applied the number of transfer units analysis.

  7. MLAA-based RF surface coil attenuation estimation in hybrid PET/MR imaging (United States)

    Heußer, Thorsten; Rank, Christopher M.; Freitag, Martin T.; Kachelrieß, Marc


    Attenuation correction (AC) for both patient and hardware attenuation of the 511 keV annihilation photons is required for accurate PET quantification. In hybrid PET/MR imaging, AC for stationary hardware components such as patient table and MR head coil is performed using CT{derived attenuation templates. AC for flexible hardware components such as MR radiofrequency (RF) surface coils is more challenging. Registration{based approaches, aligning scaled CT{derived attenuation templates with the current patient position, have been proposed but are not used in clinical routine. Ignoring RF coil attenuation has been shown to result in regional activity underestimation values of up to 18 %. We propose to employ a modified version of the maximum{ likelihood reconstruction of attenuation and activity (MLAA) algorithm to obtain an estimate of the RF coil attenuation. Starting with an initial attenuation map not including the RF coil, the attenuation update of MLAA is applied outside the body outline only, allowing to estimate RF coil attenuation without changing the patient attenuation map. Hence, the proposed method is referred to as external MLAA (xMLAA). In this work, xMLAA for RF surface coil attenuation estimation is investigated using phantom and patient data acquired with a Siemens Biograph mMR. For the phantom data, average activity errors compared to the ground truth was reduced from -8:1% to +0:8% when using the proposed method. Patient data revealed an average activity underestimation of -6:1% for the abdominal region and -5:3% for the thoracic region when ignoring RF coil attenuation.

  8. Do carotid MR surface coils affect PET quantification in PET/MR imaging?

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    Willemink, Martin J; Eldib, Mootaz [Translational and Molecular Imaging Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY (United States); Leiner, Tim [Department of Radiology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht (Netherlands); Fayad, Zahi A; Mani, Venkatesh [Translational and Molecular Imaging Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY (United States)


    To evaluate the effect of surface coils for carotid MR imaging on PET quantification in a clinical simultaneous whole-body PET/MR scanner. A cylindrical phantom was filled with a homogeneous 2L water-FDG mixture at a starting dose of 301.2MBq. Clinical PET/MR and PET/CT systems were used to acquire PET-data without a coil (reference standard) and with two carotid MRI coils (Siemens Special Purpose 8-Channel and Machnet 4-Channel Phased Array). PET-signal attenuation was evaluated with Osirix using 51 (PET/MR) and 37 (PET/CT) circular ROIs. Mean and maximum standardized uptake values (SUVs) were quantified for each ROI. Furthermore, SUVs of PET/MR and PET/CT were compared. For validation, a patient was scanned with an injected dose of 407.7MBq on both a PET/CT and a PET/MR system without a coil and with both coils. PET/MR underestimations were -2.2% (Siemens) and -7.8% (Machnet) for SUVmean, and -1.2% (Siemens) and -3.3% (Machnet) for SUVmax, respectively. For PET/CT, underestimations were -1.3% (Siemens) and -1.4% (Machnet) for SUVmean and -0.5% (both Siemens and Machnet) for SUVmax, respectively using no coil data as reference. Except for PET/CT SUVmax values all differences were significant. SUVs differed significantly between PET/MR and PET/CT with SUVmean values of 0.51-0.55 for PET/MR and 0.68-0.69 for PET/CT, respectively. The patient examination showed that median SUVmean values measured in the carotid arteries decreased from 0.97 without a coil to 0.96 (Siemens) and 0.88 (Machnet). Carotid surface coils do affect attenuation correction in both PET/MR and PET/CT imaging. Furthermore, SUVs differed significantly between PET/MR and PET/CT.

  9. High spatial resolution quantitative MR images: an experimental study of dedicated surface coils

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    Gensanne, D [Laboratoire de Chimie Bioinorganique Medicale, Imagerie therapeutique et diagnostique, JE 2400-CNRS FR 2599, Universite Paul Sabatier, 118, route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse Cedex (France); Josse, G [Centre Europeen de Recherche et d' Evaluation sur la Peau et les Epitheliums de Revetement, Institut de Recherche Pierre Fabre, 2, rue Viguerie, BP 3071 31025 Toulouse Cedex 3 (France); Lagarde, J M [Centre Europeen de Recherche et d' Evaluation sur la Peau et les Epitheliums de Revetement, Institut de Recherche Pierre Fabre, 2, rue Viguerie, BP 3071 31025 Toulouse Cedex 3 (France); Vincensini, D [Laboratoire de Chimie Bioinorganique Medicale, Imagerie therapeutique et diagnostique, JE 2400-CNRS FR 2599, Universite Paul Sabatier, 118, route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse Cedex (France)


    Measuring spin-spin relaxation times (T{sub 2}) by quantitative MR imaging represents a potentially efficient tool to evaluate the physicochemical properties of various media. However, noise in MR images is responsible for uncertainties in the determination of T{sub 2} relaxation times, which limits the accuracy of parametric tissue analysis. The required signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) depends on the T{sub 2} relaxation behaviour specific to each tissue. Thus, we have previously shown that keeping the uncertainty in T{sub 2} measurements within a limit of 10% implies that SNR values be greater than 100 and 300 for mono- and biexponential T{sub 2} relaxation behaviours, respectively. Noise reduction can be obtained either by increasing the voxel size (i.e., at the expense of spatial resolution) or by using high sensitivity dedicated surface coils (which allows us to increase SNR without deteriorating spatial resolution in an excessive manner). However, surface coil sensitivity is heterogeneous, i.e., it- and hence SNR-decreases with increasing depth, and the more so as the coil radius is smaller. The use of surface coils is therefore limited to the analysis of superficial structure such as the hypodermic tissue analysed here. The aim of this work was to determine the maximum limits of spatial resolution and depth compatible with reliable in vivo T{sub 2} quantitative MR images using dedicated surface coils available on various clinical MR scanners. The average thickness of adipose tissue is around 15 mm, and the results obtained have shown that obtaining reliable biexponential relaxation analysis requires a minimum achievable voxel size of 13 mm{sup 3} for a conventional volume birdcage coil and only of 1.7 mm{sup 3} for the smallest available surface coil (23 mm in diameter). Further improvement in spatial resolution allowing us to detect low details in MR images without deteriorating parametric T{sub 2} images can be obtained by image filtering. By using the non

  10. Architects Urmas Muru and Peeter Pere / Urmas Muru, Peeter Pere ; intervjueerinud Margit Mutso

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    Muru, Urmas, 1961-


    Arhitektide Urmas Muru ja Peeter Perega nende arhitektuurini jõudmise juhuslikkusest, lemmiktegevusest, tööst Tööstusprojektis, tegelemisest kunstiga (maalikunst, installatsioon, arhitektuurne joonistamine, performance`id), büroo Muru & Pere töödest, fassaadide viimistlusest, materjalidest, säästmisest

  11. 3 Tesla MRI surface coil: Is it sensitive for prostatic imaging?? | Agha ...

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    Objective: This study aimed to check the sensitivity of phased array surface coli of 3T MRI, in pre-sampling diagnosis of prostate cancer, in an attempt to use it instead of endorectal coil. Patients and methods: This was a prospective comparative study, included 20 male patients, presented with suspected prostate cancer due ...

  12. Assessment of Pharmacological Treatment of Myocardial Infarction by Phosphorus-31 NMR with Surface Coils (United States)

    Nunnally, Ray L.; Bottomley, Paul A.


    Phosphorus-31 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements with small surface coils have been used to observe phosphorus metabolism of perfused hearts within localized regions. The method allows for direct, noninvasive, sequential assessment of the altered regional metabolism resulting from myocardial infarction and its response to drug treatment, which cannot be observed by conventional techniques.

  13. Investigation of high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging by means of surface and array radiofrequency coils at 7 T. (United States)

    van der Zwaag, Wietske; Marques, José P; Hergt, Martin; Gruetter, Rolf


    In this investigation, high-resolution, 1x1x1-mm(3) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at 7 T is performed using a multichannel array head coil and a surface coil approach. Scan geometry was optimized for each coil separately to exploit the strengths of both coils. Acquisitions with the surface coil focused on partial brain coverage, while whole-brain coverage fMRI experiments were performed with the array head coil. BOLD sensitivity in the occipital lobe was found to be higher with the surface coil than with the head array, suggesting that restriction of signal detection to the area of interest may be beneficial for localized activation studies. Performing independent component analysis (ICA) decomposition of the fMRI data, we consistently detected BOLD signal changes and resting state networks. In the surface coil data, a small negative BOLD response could be detected in these resting state network areas. Also in the data acquired with the surface coil, two distinct components of the positive BOLD signal were consistently observed. These two components were tentatively assigned to tissue and venous signal changes.

  14. Multi circular-cavity surface coil for magnetic resonance imaging of monkey's brain at 4 Tesla (United States)

    Osorio, A. I.; Solis-Najera, S. E.; Vázquez, F.; Wang, R. L.; Tomasi, D.; Rodriguez, A. O.


    Animal models in medical research has been used to study humans diseases for several decades. The use of different imaging techniques together with different animal models offers a great advantage due to the possibility to study some human pathologies without the necessity of chirurgical intervention. The employ of magnetic resonance imaging for the acquisition of anatomical and functional images is an excellent tool because its noninvasive nature. Dedicated coils to perform magnetic resonance imaging experiments are obligatory due to the improvement on the signal-to-noise ratio and reduced specific absorption ratio. A specifically designed surface coil for magnetic resonance imaging of monkey's brain is proposed based on the multi circular-slot coil. Numerical simulations of the magnetic and electric fields were also performed using the Finite Integration Method to solve Maxwell's equations for this particular coil design and, to study the behavior of various vector magnetic field configurations and specific absorption ratio. Monkey's brain images were then acquired with a research-dedicated magnetic resonance imaging system at 4T, to evaluate the anatomical images with conventional imaging sequences. This coil showed good quality images of a monkey's brain and full compatibility with standard pulse sequences implemented in research-dedicated imager.

  15. Snares: Pere Gimferrer's Los espejos/ Els miralls

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    Margaret Persin


    Full Text Available With the publication of Els miralls , Pere Gimferrer effected a major shift in philosophical and linguistic perspective. It is the first collection to be published in Catalan, and thus represents for the well-known writer a change in direction for him as a poet and spokesperson of his culture and his generation. But the change is more than one of mere language coding. For in this collection, the Catalan poet confronts all the snares of language which he views as limiting of creativity and originality. He adopts a variety of poetic strategies and voices in an attempt to come to terms with a view of language that will acknowledge its wiles, deceptions and imperfect reflections. Ironically, the power of this collection derives from the decentering of authorial voice, the breaking of limits and the questioning stance that is communicated in regard to language as a closed system of signification.

  16. Suure pere soojas kodus / Milla Mägi

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    Mägi, Milla, 1949-


    "Kodustuudio" saatejuhist sisearhitekt Sirje ja arhitekt Velle Kadalipust, nende perekonnast, kodust kolmetoalises korteris Mustamäel, vanematest, Sirje õdedest, Velle vennast arhitekt Kalle Kadalipust. Mõlema venna peres on kasvamas kolm poega. 5 värv. ill

  17. PET attenuation correction for flexible MRI surface coils in hybrid PET/MRI using a 3D depth camera (United States)

    Frohwein, Lynn J.; Heß, Mirco; Schlicher, Dominik; Bolwin, Konstantin; Büther, Florian; Jiang, Xiaoyi; Schäfers, Klaus P.


    PET attenuation correction for flexible MRI radio frequency surface coils in hybrid PET/MRI is still a challenging task, as position and shape of these coils conform to large inter-patient variabilities. The purpose of this feasibility study is to develop a novel method for the incorporation of attenuation information about flexible surface coils in PET reconstruction using the Microsoft Kinect V2 depth camera. The depth information is used to determine a dense point cloud of the coil’s surface representing the shape of the coil. From a CT template—acquired once in advance—surface information of the coil is extracted likewise and converted into a point cloud. The two point clouds are then registered using a combination of an iterative-closest-point (ICP) method and a partially rigid registration step. Using the transformation derived through the point clouds, the CT template is warped and thereby adapted to the PET/MRI scan setup. The transformed CT template is converted into an attenuation map from Hounsfield units into linear attenuation coefficients. The resulting fitted attenuation map is then integrated into the MRI-based patient-specific DIXON-based attenuation map of the actual PET/MRI scan. A reconstruction of phantom PET data acquired with the coil present in the field-of-view (FoV), but without the corresponding coil attenuation map, shows large artifacts in regions close to the coil. The overall count loss is determined to be around 13% compared to a PET scan without the coil present in the FoV. A reconstruction using the new μ-map resulted in strongly reduced artifacts as well as increased overall PET intensities with a remaining relative difference of about 1% to a PET scan without the coil in the FoV.

  18. Pere Albert: Barcelona Canon, Royal Advocate, Feudal Theorist

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    Kagay, Donald K.


    Full Text Available In this article, the life and career of one of Catalonia's greatest medieval legists is discussed. Using notarial and court documentation, the author explores the work of Pere Albert as judge and advocate. The Customs of Catalonia and other of Pere Albert's treatises form the basis for the review of the legist's career as a theorist in feudal law. The basis for this article is the collection of documents pertaining to Pere Albert, which the author includes in an appendix.

    En este artículo se estudia la vida y la carrera de uno de los jurisconsultos medievales más importantes de Cataluña. Utilizando la documentación notarial y judicial, el autor analiza la labor de Pere Albert como juez y abogado. ElsCostums de Catalunya y otros tratados de Pere Albert constituyen la base para el estudio de la carrera del jurisconsulto, como teórico en ley feudal y real. El artículo se basa en una colección de documentos originales relativos a Pere Albert, que el autor incluye en un apéndice.

  19. Implantation of looped epicardial cardioverter defibrillator coil on the surface of the right ventricular outflow tract. (United States)

    Ozyuksel, Arda; Ersoy, Cihangir; Akdeniz, Celal; Akcevin, Atif; Turkoglu, Halil; Tuzcu, Volkan


    We present the early results of looped epicardial cardioverter defibrillator coil implantation on the anterior surface of right ventricular outflow tract in infants and children. Patients with a surgical history of an epicardial implantable cardioverter defibrillator system between 2013 and 2014 were included in the study. Patient age, gender, body weight, indications for a cardioverter defibrillator system implantation, defibrillation threshold values, and defibrillation therapies were retrospectively evaluated. There were eight patients with a mean age of 4.4 ± 2.9 years and a mean body weight of 19.5 ± 11.7 kg. Five of the patients had been diagnosed with long QT syndrome, one patient had been diagnosed with genetic channelopathy and noncompaction of the left ventricle, and two patients had been diagnosed with univentricle physiology. The implantable cardioverter defibrillator system was composed of pace-sense leads, an abdominal active can, and a defibrillation coil placed below the pulmonary valve annulus on the anterior surface of the heart. The mean defibrillation threshold was 6.6 ± 2.3 joules. There were four appropriate therapies in two patients in a mean follow-up of 9 ± 6.5 months. The significantly low defibrillation thresholds with the defibrillation coils located below the pulmonary valve annulus are encouraging. However, a larger patient series will be necessary to evaluate the safety and reliability of this technique. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. Practical aspects of 13C surface receive coils with active decoupling and tuning circuit

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    Nilsson, Daniel; Mohr, Johan Jacob; Zhurbenko, Vitaliy


    is based on application-specified coil profile and includes impedance matching and balancing circuits. Active decoupling is implemented in order to minimize the influence of the receiving coil on the homogeneity of the transmit-coil field. Measurement results for a coil prototype are presented, including...... imaging experiments and estimation of the signal-to-noise ratio....

  1. Neli Peret Hispaanias, tekstiilikunstnikest rääkimata / Katrin Pere

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    Pere, Katrin, 1952-


    9. - 12. märtsini Barcelonas ja Madridis toimunud European Textile Networki aastakonverentsist. Eestist osalesid : Lylian Meister, Lea Pruuli, Aet Ollisaar-Kalamees, Katrin Pere, Merike Männi, Aune Taamal, Anne Tootma, Signe Kivi, Peeter Pere

  2. A combined solenoid-surface RF coil for high-resolution whole-brain rat imaging on a 3.0 Tesla clinical MR scanner. (United States)

    Underhill, Hunter R; Yuan, Chun; Hayes, Cecil E


    Rat brain models effectively simulate a multitude of human neurological disorders. Improvements in coil design have facilitated the wider utilization of rat brain models by enabling the utilization of clinical MR scanners for image acquisition. In this study, a novel coil design, subsequently referred to as the rat brain coil, is described that exploits and combines the strengths of both solenoids and surface coils into a simple, multichannel, receive-only coil dedicated to whole-brain rat imaging on a 3.0 T clinical MR scanner. Compared with a multiturn solenoid mouse body coil, a 3-cm surface coil, a modified Helmholtz coil, and a phased-array surface coil, the rat brain coil improved signal-to-noise ratio by approximately 72, 61, 78, and 242%, respectively. Effects of the rat brain coil on amplitudes of static field and radiofrequency field uniformity were similar to each of the other coils. In vivo, whole-brain images of an adult male rat were acquired with a T(2)-weighted spin-echo sequence using an isotropic acquisition resolution of 0.25 x 0.25 x 0.25 mm(3) in 60.6 min. Multiplanar images of the in vivo rat brain with identification of anatomic structures are presented. Improvement in signal-to-noise ratio afforded by the rat brain coil may broaden experiments that utilize clinical MR scanners for in vivo image acquisition. 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  3. Study on characteristics of eddy current array coil operated in transmit-receive mode and surface inspection using this probe

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    Lee, Tae Hun; Jee, Dong Hyun; Cho, Chan Hee; Kim, In Chul [KHNP Central Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    Eddy current array (ECA) technology provides the ability to electronically scan without mechanical scanning for a footprint of probe that consists of several eddy current coils arranged side-by-side and two dimensionally. Compared to single-coil eddy current technology, the ECA technology has a higher inspection speed and reliability because a large area can be covered in a single-probe pass and the obtained images can facilitate data interpretation. In this study, we developed an eddy current array probe with 2×16 coil arrays and a multiplexer that can select transmit-receive coils sequentially and operate in transmit-receive mode. Surface inspection was performed using this probe for specimens that had various flaws and the characteristics of transmit-receive mode ECA technology was studied through an analysis of the obtained eddy current signals and C-scan images.

  4. Influence of standard RF coil materials on surface and buildup dose from a 6 MV photon beam in magnetic field. (United States)

    Ghila, A; Fallone, B G; Rathee, S


    Magnetic resonance guided teletherapy systems aspire to image the patient concurrently with the radiation delivery. Thus, the radiofrequency (RF) coils used for magnetic resonance imaging, placed on or close to patient skin and in close proximity to the treatment volume, would be irradiated leading to modifications of radiation dose to the skin and in the buildup region. The purpose of this work is to measure and assess these dose modifications due to standard off-the-shelf RF coil materials. A typical surface coil was approximated as layered sheets of polycarbonate, copper tape, and Teflon to emulate the base, conductor, and cover, respectively. A separate investigation used additional coil materials, such as copper pipe, plastic coil housing, a typical coil padding material, and a thin copper conductor. The materials were placed in the path of a 6 MV photon beam at various distances from polystyrene phantoms in which the surface and buildup doses were measured. The experiments were performed on a clinical Varian linac with no magnetic field and with a 0.21 T electromagnet producing a magnetic field parallel to the beam central axis. The authors repeated similar experiments in the presence of a 0.22 T magnetic field oriented perpendicular to the beam central axis using an earlier linac-MR prototype, with a biplanar permanent magnet. The radiation detectors used for the measurements were two different parallel plate ion chambers and GAFChromic films. A typical open beam surface dose of 20% (relative to open beam Dmax) was increased to 63% by the coil padding material and to >74% by all other materials when placed in direct contact with the phantom, irrespective of magnetic field presence or orientation. Without a magnetic field, the surface dose decreased as the test materials were moved away from the phantom surface toward the radiation source, reaching between 30% and 40% at 10 cm gap between the phantom and the test materials. In the presence of the transverse

  5. Electrically controllable twisted-coiled artificial muscle actuators using surface-modified polyester fibers (United States)

    Park, Jungwoo; Yoo, Ji Wang; Seo, Hee Won; Lee, Youngkwan; Suhr, Jonghwan; Moon, Hyungpil; Koo, Ja Choon; Ryeol Choi, Hyouk; Hunt, Robert; Kim, Kwang Jin; Kim, Soo Hyun; Nam, Jae-Do


    As a new class of thermally activated actuators based on polymeric fibers, we investigated polyethylene terephthalate (PET) yarns for the development of a twisted-coiled polymer fiber actuator (TCA). The PET yarn TCA exhibited the maximum linear actuation up to 8.9% by external heating at above the glass transition temperature, 160 °C-180 °C. The payload of the actuator was successfully correlated with the preload and training-load conditions by an empirical equation. Furthermore, the PET-based TCA was electrically driven by Joule heating after the PET surface was metallization with silver. For the fast and precise control of PET yarn TCA, electroless silver plating was conducted to form electrical conductive layers on the PET fiber surface. The silver plated PET-based TCA was tested by Joule heating and the tensile actuation was increased up to 12.1% (6 V) due to the enhanced surface hardness and slippage of PET fibers. Overall, silver plating of the polymeric yarn provided a fast actuation speed and enhanced actuation performance of the TCA actuator by Joule heating, providing a great potential for being used in artificial muscle for biomimetic machines including robots, industrial actuators and powered exoskeletons.

  6. PCB concentrations in Pere Marquette River and Muskegon River watersheds, 2002 (United States)

    Fogarty, Lisa R.


    Polychlorinated biphenyl compounds (PCBs) are a class of209 individual compounds (known as congeners) for which there are no known natural sources. PCBs are carcinogenic and bioaccumulative compounds. For over 40 years, PCBs were manufactured in the United States. The flame resistant property of PCBs made them ideal chemicals for use as flame-retardants, and as coolants and lubricants in transformers and other electrical equipment. PCBs were also used in heating coils, carbonless paper, degreasers, varnishes, lacquers, waterproofing material, and cereal boxes. In addition, they were frequently used in the manufacturing of plastics, adhesives, and paints.During the manufacturing period of PCBs, these chemicals entered the environment though atmospheric release during manufacturing and burning of PCB products, leaks and spills, and improper disposal. Although PCB manufacturing was banned over 20 years ago, PCBs still enter the environment from hazardous waste sites, improper disposals of PCB-containing products, weathering of asphalt and other substances containing PCBs, burning of PCB containing products, leakage from old equipment, leaching from landfills, and release from contaminated sediments. PCBs do not readily break down in the environment, thus remain there for long periods of time. A small amount may remain dissolved in water but most adhere to organic particles and bottom sediments.In sufficient concentrations, PCBs affect human, wildlife, and aquatic health. PCBs accumulate in fatty tissues of animals and fish and are passed on to those that eat them. PCBs are animal teratogens and potentially carcinogenic. They can cause death of animals, fish, and birds; death or low growth rate of plants; shortened lifespan; reproductive problems; and lower fertility. Women who are exposed to high levels of PCBs may have babies with slightly lower birth weights and transfer the PCBs through the breast milk, which may affect the immune system and motor development of

  7. In vivo MR imaging of the human skin at subnanoliter resolution using a superconducting surface coil at 1.5 Tesla. (United States)

    Laistler, Elmar; Poirier-Quinot, Marie; Lambert, Simon A; Dubuisson, Rose-Marie; Girard, Olivier M; Moser, Ewald; Darrasse, Luc; Ginefri, Jean-Christophe


    To demonstrate the feasibility of a highly sensitive superconducting surface coil for microscopic MRI of the human skin in vivo in a clinical 1.5 Tesla (T) scanner. A 12.4-mm high-temperature superconducting coil was used at 1.5T for phantom and in vivo skin imaging. Images were inspected to identify fine anatomical skin structures. Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) improvement by the high-temperature superconducting (HTS) coil, as compared to a commercial MR microscopy coil was quantified from phantom imaging; the gain over a geometrically identical coil made from copper (cooled or not) was theoretically deduced. Noise sources were identified to evaluate the potential of HTS coils for future studies. In vivo skin images with isotropic 80 μm resolution were demonstrated revealing fine anatomical structures. The HTS coil improved SNR by a factor 32 over the reference coil in a nonloading phantom. For calf imaging, SNR gains of 380% and 30% can be expected over an identical copper coil at room temperature and 77 K, respectively. The high sensitivity of HTS coils allows for microscopic imaging of the skin at 1.5T and could serve as a tool for dermatology in a clinical setting. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  8. The effect of MR surface coils on PET quantification in whole-body PET/MR: results from a pseudo-PET/MR phantom study. (United States)

    Tellmann, L; Quick, H H; Bockisch, A; Herzog, H; Beyer, T


    The use of magnetic resonance (MR) radiofrequency (RF) surface coils is a prerequisite for high-quality positron emission tomography (PET)/MR imaging. In lack of in-gantry transmission (TX) sources, the exact position of the RF coils is unknown in PET/MR, and may, therefore, lead to false attenuation correction (AC) of the emission (EM) data. The authors assess lesion and background quantification in AC-PET by mimicking different PET/MR imaging situations using a whole-body (WB) PET-only tomograph. Phantom experiments were performed on a PET tomograph with 68 Ge-rod TX sources. First, a 15-cm plastic cylinder was filled uniformly with [18F]-FDG to simulate a head study. Second, a NEMA NU-2001 image quality phantom (35 x 25 x 25 cm3) was filled uniformly with [18F]-FDG to simulate torso imaging. The phantom contained six lesions (10-38 mm diameter, lesion-to-background ratio 6:1) centred around a 5 cm diameter lung insert. EM and TX measurements were acquired with and without MR head (cylinder) and surface (NU-2001 phantom) RF coils in place. The following imaging situations were mimicked in both head and torso phantom studies: (1) PET scan without MR coils in EM and TX for reference, (2) PET scan with coils in both EM and TX, and (3) PET scan with coils in EM but without coils in TX. Two more set-ups were performed for the torso phantom: (4) PET scan with coils in EM only and phantom shifted slightly compared to (3), and (5) PET scan with coils in EM and TX following local displacement of the surface coils. PET EM data (1)-(4) were corrected for attenuation and scatter using cold TX data. Imaging situations (1)-(3) were repeated with the cylinder phantom and head coil in a combined PET/MR prototype system employing template-based AC. Head phantom: In case the MR head coils were not accounted for during AC (3), central and peripheral background activity concentration was underestimated by 13%-19% when compared to the reference setup (1). The effects of MR coil

  9. Determination of position and shape of flexible mri surface coils using the Microsoft Kinect for attenuation correction in PET/MRI

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    Frohwein, Lynn; He, Mirco; Buther, Florian; Safers, Klaus [European Institute for Molecular Imaging, University of Muenster (Germany)


    Due to the varying position and shape of flexible MRI RF surface coils, the creation of attenuation maps for these coils is a challenging task. Nevertheless, coil material (metal, plastic, rubber) attenuates the PET signal to a considerable amount. Thus, including a coil μ-map into the human μ-map is essential. In this work, we present a method to determine the position and shape of flexible coils with the help of the Microsoft Kinect depth camera. Phantom PET/MRI (Siemens Biograph mMR) and CT scans (Siemens Biograph mCT) were performed with and without the flexible 32-channel coil equipped with 15 markers visible in CT and Kinect. Prior to the PET/MRI acquisition, Kinect data is acquired of the phantom with the coil on top. The manually extracted marker positions from CT and Kinect are used to non-rigidly transform the template CT according to the Kinect marker positions describing the shape of the coil during PET/MRI acquisition. An appropriate μ-map can then be calculated from the transformed CT dataset. Subsequently, the μ-map is placed in relation to the patient table according to the Kinect-derived marker positions. First results show that the coil shape can be determined with the help of the Kinect camera. The transformation of the template CT dataset according to Kinect marker positions during PET/MRI leads to appropriate results. Furthermore, the position of the coil can also be determined for an accurate placement of the μ-map in relation to the patient table. The determination of position and shape of flexible surface coils using the Kinect camera can be a way to include the CT-based coil μ-map in PET/MRI acquisitions without the need for additional MRI scans. Accuracy and practicability of the method have to be tested in further experiments.

  10. Research on Forming Mechanisms and Controlling Measurements for Surface Light Spot Defects of Galvanizing Steel Coils for Automobile Use (United States)

    Guangmin, Wei; Haiyan, Sun; Jianqiang, Shi; Lianxuan, Wang; Haihong, Wu

    When producing high surface quality galvanizing steel coils for automobile use, there are always many light spots on the surface since Hansteel CGL No.1 has been put into operation. The defect samples were analyzed by SEM and EDS. The result shows that cause for light spot is not only one. There are more Mn and P in high strength auto sheet, which can result in difficulty to be cleaned off the oxide on the hot rolled coils, so the defects coming. This is why the defects come with high strength auto sheet. When coils galvanized, the defects can't be covered up. To the contrary, the defects will be more obvious when zinc growing on the surface. And sometimes zinc or residue can adhere to work rolls when strips passing through SPM. The deposits then press normal coating. So the light spots come more. When the defect comes from pressing, there is no defect on steel base. The causation is found and measures were taken including high pressure cleaning equipments adopted. Result shows that the defects disappeared.

  11. Vendade vahel puhkenud tüli poolitas Pere Leiva / Andres Kärssin

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    Kärssin, Andres, 1971-


    Kondiitritööstuse Pere Leib ühinemine Pärnumaa suurima leivatööstusega Cibus viis erimeelsusele kondiitritööstuse omanikud, kus üks vendadest, Vambola Raig, pani müüki 49% aktsiapakist. Vt. samas: Pere Leib sobiks nii Fazeri kui Kalevi lauale

  12. Liquid rope coiling

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    Ribe, N.M.; Habibi, M.; Bonn, D.


    A thin stream or rope of viscous fluid falling from a sufficient height onto a surface forms a steadily rotating helical coil. Tabletop laboratory experiments in combination with a numerical model for slender liquid ropes reveal that finite-amplitude coiling can occur in four distinct regimes

  13. Characterization of the impact to PET quantification and image quality of an anterior array surface coil for PET/MR imaging. (United States)

    Wollenweber, Scott D; Delso, Gaspar; Deller, Timothy; Goldhaber, David; Hüllner, Martin; Veit-Haibach, Patrick


    The aim of this study was to determine the impact to PET quantification, image quality and possible diagnostic impact of an anterior surface array used in a combined PET/MR imaging system. An extended oval phantom and 15 whole-body FDG PET/CT subjects were re-imaged for one bed position following placement of an anterior array coil at a clinically realistic position. The CT scan, used for PET attenuation correction, did not include the coil. Comparison, including liver SUV(mean), was performed between the coil present and absent images using two methods of PET reconstruction. Due to the time delay between PET scans, a model was used to account for average physiologic time change of SUV. On phantom data, neglecting the coil caused a mean bias of -8.2% for non-TOF/PSF reconstruction, and -7.3% with TOF/PSF. On clinical data, the liver SUV neglecting the coil presence fell by -6.1% (± 6.5%) for non-TOF/PSF reconstruction; respectively -5.2% (± 5.3%) with TOF/PSF. All FDG-avid features seen with TOF/PSF were also seen with non-TOF/PSF reconstruction. Neglecting coil attenuation for this anterior array coil results in a small but significant reduction in liver SUV(mean) but was not found to change the clinical interpretation of the PET images.

  14. Diagnostic accuracy of surface coil MRI in assessing cartilaginous invasion in laryngeal tumours. Do we need contrast-agent administration?

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    Preda, Lorenzo [Universita degli Studi di Pavia, Department of Clinical-Surgical Diagnostic and Pediatric Sciences, Pavia (Italy); Division of Radiology, National Center of Oncological Hadrontherapy (CNAO Foundation), Pavia (Italy); Conte, Giorgio [Universita degli Studi di Milano, Postgraduation School in Radiodiagnostics, Milan (Italy); Bonello, Luke [Division of Radiology, Poliambulanza Hospital, Brescia (Italy); Giannitto, Caterina [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Radiology, Milan (Italy); Tagliabue, Elena; Raimondi, Sara [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Milan (Italy); Ansarin, Mohssen; De Benedetto, Luigi; Cattaneo, Augusto [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Milan (Italy); Maffini, Fausto [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Pathology, Milan (Italy); Bellomi, Massimo [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Radiology, Milan (Italy); Universita degli Studi di Milano, Oncology and Haematology/Oncology Department, Milan (Italy)


    To assess the diagnostic accuracy of MRI performed using surface coils, with and without contrast medium, in predicting thyroid and cricoid cartilage infiltration in laryngeal tumours, and to investigate whether the radiologist's experience influences diagnostic accuracy. We retrospectively enrolled patients with biopsy-proven laryngeal cancer who had undergone preoperative staging MRI and open surgery. Two radiologists with different experience (senior vs. junior) reviewed the MR images without (session A1) and with contrast medium (session A2) separately. We calculated the accuracy of MRI with and without contrast medium in detecting infiltration of the thyroid and cricoid cartilages. Interobserver agreement was calculated by Cohen's Kappa (k). Forty-two patients were enrolled, for a total of 62 cartilages. In session A1 the senior and junior radiologists showed an accuracy of 85% and 71%, respectively, with k = 0.53 (0.33-0.72). In session A2 the senior and junior radiologists showed an accuracy of 84% and 77%, respectively, with k = 0.68 (0.49-0.86). Staging of laryngeal tumours with surface coil MRI showed good diagnostic accuracy in assessing cartilaginous infiltration. We observed similar values of diagnostic accuracy for the analysis performed with and without contrast medium for the senior radiologist. (orig.)

  15. High-resolution MRI using orbit surface coils for the evaluation of metastatic risk factors in 143 children with retinoblastoma. Part 2: new vs. old imaging concept

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    Sirin, Selma; Schlamann, Marc; Schweiger, Bernd; Goericke, Sophia L. [University Hospital Essen, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Essen (Germany); Metz, Klaus A. [University Hospital Essen, Department of Pathology and Neuropathology, Essen (Germany); Bornfeld, Norbert; Holdt, Markus [University Hospital Essen, Department of Ophthalmology, Essen (Germany); Temming, Petra; Schuendeln, Michael M. [University Hospital Essen, Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Essen (Germany)


    High-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is recommended for the evaluation of metastatic risk factors in children with retinoblastoma according to recent guidelines. The aim of this study was to compare diagnostic accuracy of a new imaging concept with two orbit surface coils to that of an old imaging concept with one orbit surface coil. One hundred forty-three patients (148 eyes, 64 girls, 79 boys) underwent high-resolution MRI on 1.5 T scanners using orbit surface coils. The old imaging concept (one orbit surface coil focusing on the (most) effected eye additionally to the standard head coil) was used in 100 patients/103 eye; the new imaging concept (two orbit surface coils (each focusing on one eye) additionally to the standard head coil) in 43 patients/45 eyes. Image analysis was performed by two neuroradiologists in consensus. Histopathology served as gold standard. Detection rate for choroidal invasion was higher for the new compared to that for the old imaging concept (sensitivity/specificity 87.5/94.6 % vs. 57.1/96.1 % for choroidal invasion and 100/97.5 % vs. 58.3/97.7 % for massive choroidal invasion, respectively). Sensitivity and specificity for the detection of postlaminar optic nerve infiltration, peribulbar fat, and scleral invasion were comparable in both imaging concepts; however positive predictive value was higher in the new imaging concept (new vs. old imaging concept: 60 vs. 31.6 % for postlaminar and deep postlaminar optic nerve infiltration, respectively, and 100 vs. 66.7 % for scleral invasion). The new imaging concept shows a trend towards improving the accuracy of detecting metastatic risk factors in children with retinoblastoma and is therefore recommended for pretherapeutic imaging and follow-up. (orig.)

  16. Tilt optimized flip uniformity (TOFU) RF pulse for uniform image contrast at low specific absorption rate levels in combination with a surface breast coil at 7 Tesla. (United States)

    van Kalleveen, Irene M L; Boer, Vincent O; Luijten, Peter R; Klomp, Dennis W J


    Going to ultrahigh field MRI (e.g., 7 Tesla [T]), the nonuniformity of the B1+ field and the increased radiofrequency (RF) power deposition become challenging. While surface coils improve the power efficiency in B1+, its field remains nonuniform. In this work, an RF pulse was designed that uses the slab selection to compensate the inhomogeneous B1+ field of a surface coil without a substantial increase in specific absorption rate (SAR). A breast surface coil was used with a decaying B1+ field in the anterior-posterior direction of the human breast. Slab selective RF pulses were designed and compared with adiabatic and spokes RF pulses. Proof of principle was demonstrated with FFE and B1+ maps of the human breast. In vivo measurements obtained with the breast surface coil show that the tilt optimized flip uniformity (TOFU) RF pulses can improve the flip angle homogeneity by 31%, while the SAR will be lower compared with BIR-4 and spokes RF pulses. By applying TOFU RF pulses to the breast surface coil, we are able to compensate the inhomogeneous B1+ field, while keeping the SAR low. Therefore stronger T1 -weighting in FFE sequences can be obtained, while pulse durations can remain short, as shown in the human breast at 7T. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. President Ilves ja Simon Peres avasid Tallinna uue sünagoogi / Evely Baum, Riina Leminsky

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    Baum, Evely


    16. mail 2007 avati pidulikult Tallinna uus juudi sünagoog. Avamistseremoonial osalesid ka Eesti president Toomas Hendrik Ilves ja peaminister Andrus Ansip, Iisraeli asepeaminister Simon Peres, Iisraeli pearabi Yona Metzger, Venemaa pearabi Berl Lazar

  18. Laps ja pere vajavad enam tähelepanu / Anne Tiko

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    Lääne-Viru Maavalitsuse, Lastekaitse Liidu ja TPÜ sotsiaaltöö osakonna korraldatud kuuenda vabariikliku lastekaitsekonverentsi "Laps ja pere tänases Eestis" pöördumine haridus- ja sotsiaalministeeriumi poole

  19. Practical design of a 4 Tesla double-tuned RF surface coil for interleaved 1H and 23Na MRI of rat brain. (United States)

    Alecci, M; Romanzetti, S; Kaffanke, J; Celik, A; Wegener, H P; Shah, N J


    MRI is proving to be a very useful tool for sodium quantification in animal models of stroke, ischemia, and cancer. In this work, we present the practical design of a dual-frequency RF surface coil that provides (1)H and (23)Na images of the rat head at 4 T. The dual-frequency RF surface coil comprised of a large loop tuned to the (1)H frequency and a smaller co-planar loop tuned to the (23)Na frequency. The mutual coupling between the two loops was eliminated by the use of a trap circuit inserted in the smaller coil. This independent-loop design was versatile since it enabled a separate optimisation of the sensitivity and RF field distributions of the two coils. To allow for an easy extension of this simple double-tuned coil design to other frequencies (nuclei) and dimensions, we describe in detail the practical aspects of the workbench design and MRI testing using a phantom that mimics in vivo conditions. A comparison between our independent-loop, double-tuned coil and a single-tuned (23)Na coil of equal size obtained with a phantom matching in vivo conditions, showed a reduction of the (23)Na sensitivity (about 28 %) because of signal losses in the trap inductance. Typical congruent (1)H and (23)Na rat brain images showing good SNR ((23)Na: brain 7, ventricular cerebrospinal fluid 11) and spatial resolution ((23)Na: 1.25 x 1.25 x 5mm(3)) are also reported. The in vivo SNR values obtained with this coil were comparable to, if not better than, other contemporary designs in the literature.

  20. ALEPH Coil

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    ALEPH was one of the four experiments installed at the LEP particle accelerator from 1989 - 2000. The detector was used by a collaboration of hundreds of physicists, mostly from Europe but also from China and the USA. The ALEPH superconducting magnet coils provide a very uniform magnetic field of 1.5 Tesla. The current in the coil is about 5000 A and the stored energy is 136 MJ. The coils are cooled by liquid Helium. Two correction coils serve to improve the uniformity of the field. This piece is connected to OBJ-DE-054.

  1. Ressonância magnética das vias lacrimais: estudo comparativo entre bobinas de superfície convencionais e microscópicas Magnetic resonance dacryocystography: comparison between conventional surface coils and microscopic coils

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    Luiz de Abreu Junior


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: A ressonância magnética tem sido utilizada para avaliar as vias lacrimais, com vantagens em relação à dacriocistografia por raios-X. O objetivo deste trabalho é obter imagens de alta resolução utilizando bobinas de superfície microscópicas para avaliação de estruturas normais das vias lacrimais, comparando com o aspecto observado utilizando-se bobinas de superfície convencionais. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Cinco voluntários assintomáticos, sem histórico de lacrimejamento, submeteram-se a ressonância magnética de alto campo, com bobinas de superfície (convencional e microscópica, com seqüência STIR após instilação de soro fisiológico. A identificação das estruturas anatômicas normais das vias lacrimais foi comparada utilizando-se as duas bobinas. Mediante uso de um sistema de escore, um valor médio de cada estrutura foi calculado por dois examinadores, consensualmente. RESULTADOS: Em 90% das vezes houve aumento do escore, atribuído à estrutura anatômica no estudo com a bobina microscópica. Em média, houve aumento de 1,17 ponto no escore, por estrutura anatômica visualizada, quando se utilizou a bobina microscópica. Observou-se, ainda, melhora subjetiva da relação sinal-ruído ao se utilizar a bobina microscópica. CONCLUSÃO: A dacriocistografia por ressonância magnética com bobinas microscópicas é um método adequado para o estudo das vias lacrimais, resultando em imagens de melhor qualidade quando comparada ao uso de bobinas de superfície convencionais.OBJECTIVE: Magnetic resonance imaging has been utilized in the evaluation of the lacrimal apparatus with some advantages over conventional dacryocystography. The present study was aimed at acquiring high-resolution images utilizing microscopic coils for evaluating typical structures of the lacrimal apparatus as compared with the findings observed with conventional surface coils. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Five asymptomatic volunteers with no history of

  2. Cardiac MRI in mice at 9.4 Tesla with a transmit-receive surface coil and a cardiac-tailored intensity-correction algorithm. (United States)

    Sosnovik, David E; Dai, Guangping; Nahrendorf, Matthias; Rosen, Bruce R; Seethamraju, Ravi


    To evaluate the use of a transmit-receive surface (TRS) coil and a cardiac-tailored intensity-correction algorithm for cardiac MRI in mice at 9.4 Tesla (9.4T). Fast low-angle shot (FLASH) cines, with and without delays alternating with nutations for tailored excitation (DANTE) tagging, were acquired in 13 mice. An intensity-correction algorithm was developed to compensate for the sensitivity profile of the surface coil, and was tailored to account for the unique distribution of noise and flow artifacts in cardiac MR images. Image quality was extremely high and allowed fine structures such as trabeculations, valve cusps, and coronary arteries to be clearly visualized. The tag lines created with the surface coil were also sharp and clearly visible. Application of the intensity-correction algorithm improved signal intensity, tissue contrast, and image quality even further. Importantly, the cardiac-tailored properties of the correction algorithm prevented noise and flow artifacts from being significantly amplified. The feasibility and value of cardiac MRI in mice with a TRS coil has been demonstrated. In addition, a cardiac-tailored intensity-correction algorithm has been developed and shown to improve image quality even further. The use of these techniques could produce significant potential benefits over a broad range of scanners, coil configurations, and field strengths. (c) 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  3. Tilt optimized flip uniformity (TOFU) RF pulse for uniform image contrast at low specific absorption rate levels in combination with a surface breast coil at 7 Tesla

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    van Kalleveen, Irene M. L.; Boer, VO; Luijten, Peter R.; Klomp, DWJ

    Purpose: Going to ultrahigh field MRI (e. g., 7 Tesla [ T]), the nonuniformity of the B_1 field and the increased radiofrequency (RF) power deposition become challenging. While surface coils improve the power efficiency in B_1, its field remains nonuniform. In this work, an RF pulse was designed

  4. El pintor Pere Serra i Pedralbes: noves obres

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    Español i Bertran, Francesca


    Full Text Available This article traces the history of some predella panels that had been kept at the Convent of Pedralbes until the end of the nineteenth century. Shortly thereafter, they appeared on the art market and their present location is unknown. The panels were probably the work of the Serra brothers (second half of the fourteenth century. The study and attribution are based on drawings produced at the end of the nineteenth or beginning of the twentieth century by Pau Mila i Fontanals, Josep Puiggari and Macari Golferichs.[fr] Dans cet étude on suit la trace d'un fragment de retable gothique conservé jusqu'à la fin XIXᵉ siècle à la sacristie du couvent de Pedralbes (Barcelona et dont sa localisation actuelle est inconnue, compte tenu que la predelle a passée au marché antiquaire au début du XIXᵉ siècle. Il s'agisait probablement d'une peinture des frères Serra (plus particulièrement Pere Serra actifs en Catalogne à la deuxième moitié du XIVᵉ siècle. Divers dessins de la fin XIXᵉ siècle (oeuvre de Pau Mila i Fontanals, Josep Puiggari et Macari Golferichs constituent le point de départ de cette recherche.

  5. FRP surfaces and frictional properties of structural materials in superconducting coils (United States)

    Kashiwazaki, K.; Ito, T.; Sasajima, A.; Takao, T.; Yamanaka, A.


    To make spacers from a plate made of the Dyneema fiber reinforced plastic (DFRP), a diamond cutter is generally used. When the plate is cut, the many agnail-like Dyneema fibers remain on the face. Hence we polished the face and measured the frictional coefficients on the faces with and without the agnail-like fibers. According to the experimental results the frictional coefficients on the surfaces with/without the Dyneema fibers showed almost the same value at the cryogenic temperatures (77 and 4 K). Therefore, during fabricating process of spacers made of DFRP, it is not necessary to polish the surfaces of DFRP spacers and to remove the agnail-like fibers after cutting the spacers from a viewpoint of the frictional coefficients.

  6. FRP surfaces and frictional properties of structural materials in superconducting coils

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    Kashiwazaki, K.; Ito, T.; Sasajima, A.; Takao, T.; Yamanaka, A


    To make spacers from a plate made of the Dyneema fiber reinforced plastic (DFRP), a diamond cutter is generally used. When the plate is cut, the many agnail-like Dyneema fibers remain on the face. Hence we polished the face and measured the frictional coefficients on the faces with and without the agnail-like fibers. According to the experimental results the frictional coefficients on the surfaces with/without the Dyneema fibers showed almost the same value at the cryogenic temperatures (77 and 4 K). Therefore, during fabricating process of spacers made of DFRP, it is not necessary to polish the surfaces of DFRP spacers and to remove the agnail-like fibers after cutting the spacers from a viewpoint of the frictional coefficients.

  7. Pere Compte, mestre major de l'obra de la Seu deTortosa

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    Full Text Available In this article Pere Compte is documented as a master of the Cathedral of Tortosa (1490, fact which is related to the promotion of the apostolic protonotary Joan Girona, and is compared to the works of master Pere Moragues, a century before. On the other hand, hypothesis is set that Pere Compte be responsible for the design of the Chapel of the Rosary of the Cathedral. The possibility that Antoni Queralt was the actual responsible of the day-to-day works, while Compte was absent is also presented, which would go to show the importance of master Queralt, mainly in Tortosa and Lleida around the year 1500. Finally, news is put forward about the presence of other important masters in Tortosa at the changing of centuries, parallel to the activities of Compte and Queralt in the Cathedral.

    En aquest article es documenta Pere Compte com a mestre major de la Seu de Tortosa (1490, fet que es relaciona amb la promoció del protonotari apostòlic Joan Girona i es compara amb la direcció de les obres de Pere Moragues, que tingué Hoc un segle abans. D'altra banda, es proposa la hipòtesi que sigui Pere Compte el responsable del disseny de la capella del Roser de l'esmentat edifici. També s'apunta la possibilitat que fos Antoni Queralt el mestre encarregat de dirigir el dia a dia de l’obra mentre Compte n'era absent i es posa de manifest la importància que va poder tenir aquest mestre, especialment a Tortosa i a Lleida, a l'entorn del 1500. Finalment, es dona notícia de la presencia d’altres mestres importants a la Tortosa del canvi de segles, paral lelament a la de Compte i Queralt al front de les obres de la Seu.

  8. Impact of flexible body surface coil and patient table on PET quantification and image quality in integrated PET/MR. (United States)

    Fürst, S; Souvatzoglou, M; Martinez-Möller, A; Schwaiger, M; Nekolla, S G; Ziegler, S I


    The surface coils of the Biograph mMR integrated PET/MR system were optimised for PET, but are otherwise unaccounted for. The patient table is still more massive than those of PET/CT devices. The goal was to assess those hardware effects on quantification, count statistics, image quality and scan time both with phantoms and in patients and to investigate their clinical relevance. PET phantom data were acquired with and without the patient table. Image noise was expressed as relative standard deviation and compared to a state-of-the-art PET/CT scanner. Protocols of the phantom/patient study regarding the surface coils were similar. Thoraces/abdomens of 11 patients were scanned with and without a coil (1 BP, 4 min). Mean uptake and standard deviation in a cubical VOI were derived and expressed as SUV. The patient table reduced the number of true coincidences (trues) by 19% (PET/MR) and by 11% (PET/CT). The scan duration for the mMR had to be increased by approximately 30% to achieve a noise level comparable to that of the PET/CT. Decreased SUVs with coil observed in the phantom were confirmed by the patient study. By removing the coil, the mean liver SUV increased by (6 ± 2)%. With (+3 ± 14)%, the average change was similar in lesions, but exceeded 20% in almost one fifth of them. The number of trues grew by (6 ± 1)% for the patients and by 7% for the phantom. Due to the additional attenuation caused by MR hardware, PET scan durations would have to be increased compared to current PET/CTs to provide similar image noise levels. The effect of the coils is mostly in the order of statistical fluctuations. In tumour lesions, it is more pronounced and shows a larger variability. Therefore, coils should be included in the attenuation correction to ensure accurate quantification and thus comparability across PET/MR and PET/CT scanners and within patient populations.

  9. La poesia de Pere Gimferrer, entre la literatura i l'autobiografia

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    Josep Maria Sala-Valldaura


    Full Text Available In this article the general coordinates of the poetry of Pere Gimferrer are defined, from certain philosophical and literary influences —idealism, oriental thought, symbolism, the theories of Octavio Paz— and from autobiographical information present in some of his poems. Also, these and other different factors seen in the poet's books are studied.

  10. High-resolution MRI using orbit surface coils for the evaluation of metastatic risk factors in 143 children with retinoblastoma. Part 1: MRI vs. histopathology

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    Sirin, Selma; Schlamann, Marc; Schweiger, Bernd; Goericke, Sophia L. [University Hospital Essen, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Essen (Germany); Metz, Klaus A. [University Hospital Essen, Department of Pathology and Neuropathology, Essen (Germany); Bornfeld, Norbert; Holdt, Markus [University Hospital Essen, Department of Ophthalmology, Essen (Germany); Temming, Petra; Schuendeln, Michael M. [University Hospital Essen, Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Essen (Germany)


    A reliable detection of metastatic risk factors is important for children with retinoblastoma to choose the right therapeutic regimen. First studies using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with orbit surface coils were promising. The aim of this study was therefore to evaluate the ability of high-resolution MRI to detect metastatic and especially advanced metastatic risk factors in a large group of children with retinoblastoma. One hundred forty-three consecutive children with retinoblastoma (148 enucleated eyes, 64 girls, 79 boys, mean age 19.7 ± 15.3) who received pretherapeutical high-resolution MRI with orbit surface coils on 1.5 T MR scanner systems between 2007 and 2012 and subsequent primary enucleation within 14 days were included in this retrospective study. Image analysis was performed by two neuroradiologists experienced in ocular imaging in consensus. Histopathology served as gold standard. Sensitivity/specificity for the detection of metastatic risk factors using high-resolution MRI with orbit surface coils were 60 %/88.7 % for postlaminar optic nerve infiltration, 65.5 %/95.6 % for choroidal invasion, 100 %/99.3 % for scleral invasion, and 100 %/100 % for peribulbar fat invasion, respectively. The results increased for the detection of advanced metastatic risk factors, 81.8 %/89.1 % for deep postlaminar optic nerve infiltration, 70.6 %/97.6 % for massive choroidal invasion. High-resolution MRI is clinically valuable for the detection of metastatic, especially of advanced metastatic risk factors in children with retinoblastoma. (orig.)

  11. Improved imaging of cochlear nerve hypoplasia using a 3-Tesla variable flip-angle turbo spin-echo sequence and a 7-cm surface coil. (United States)

    Giesemann, Anja M; Raab, Peter; Lyutenski, Stefan; Dettmer, Sabine; Bültmann, Eva; Frömke, Cornelia; Lenarz, Thomas; Lanfermann, Heinrich; Goetz, Friedrich


    Magnetic resonance imaging of the temporal bone has an important role in decision making with regard to cochlea implantation, especially in children with cochlear nerve deficiency. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of the combination of an advanced high-resolution T2-weighted sequence with a surface coil in a 3-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging scanner in cases of suspected cochlear nerve aplasia. Prospective study. Seven patients with cochlear nerve hypoplasia or aplasia were prospectively examined using a high-resolution three-dimensional variable flip-angle turbo spin-echo sequence using a surface coil, and the images were compared with the same sequence in standard resolution using a standard head coil. Three neuroradiologists evaluated the magnetic resonance images independently, rating the visibility of the nerves in diagnosing hypoplasia or aplasia. Eight ears in seven patients with hypoplasia or aplasia of the cochlear nerve were examined. The average age was 2.7 years (range, 9 months-5 years). Seven ears had accompanying malformations. The inter-rater reliability in diagnosing hypoplasia or aplasia was greater using the high-resolution three-dimensional variable flip-angle turbo spin-echo sequence (fixed-marginal kappa: 0.64) than with the same sequence in lower resolution (fixed-marginal kappa: 0.06). Examining cases of suspected cochlear nerve aplasia using the high-resolution three-dimensional variable flip-angle turbo spin-echo sequence in combination with a surface coil shows significant improvement over standard methods. © 2013 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  12. First in vivo potassium-39 (³⁹K) MRI at 9.4 T using conventional copper radio frequency surface coil cooled to 77 K. (United States)

    Elabyad, Ibrahim A; Kalayciyan, Raffi; Shanbhag, Nagesh C; Schad, Lothar R


    Potassium-39 ((39)K) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive technique which could potentially allow for detecting intracellular physiological variations in common human pathologies such as stroke and cancer. However, the low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) achieved in (39)K-MR images hampered data acquisition with sufficiently high spatial and temporal resolution in animal models so far. Full wave electromagnetic (EM) simulations were performed for a single-loop copper (Cu) radio frequency (RF) surface resonator with a diameter of 30 mm optimized for rat brain imaging at room temperature (RT) and at liquid nitrogen (LN2) with a temperature of 77 K. A novel cryogenic Cu RF surface resonator with home-built LN2 nonmagnetic G10 fiberglass cryostat system for small animal scanner at 9.4 T was designed, built and tested in phantom and in in vivo MR measurements. Aerogel was used for thermal insulation in the developed LN2 cryostat. In this paper, we present the first in vivo (39)K-MR images at 9.4 T for both healthy and stroke-induced rats using the developed cryogenic coil at 77 K. In good agreement with EM-simulations and bench-top measurements, the developed cryogenic coil improved the SNR by factor of 2.7 ± 0.2 in both phantom and in in vivo MR imaging compared with the same coil at RT.

  13. Image analysis from surface scanning with an absolute eddy current coil; Analyse d`images obtenues par balayage de surface avec un capteur ponctuel courants de Foucault

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    The aim of this work is to implement processing and analysis tools applied to eddy current imaging. These cartographies are issued from steam generator tubes testing using an absolute coil. The first is to eliminate the perturbations due to probe lift-off changes which generate low frequency oscillations on the image. The principle of the processing is to rebuild a complete surface of the noise using only the points around the defect area. The geometric origin of these perturbations led to a model based on sinusoidal functions. The method consists of gradually decomposing the image into a sum of basic sinusoidal surfaces. In order to take into account all kind of cartographies (especially rolling zone) some preprocessing must be applied. The results obtained with this `cartography flattening`are satisfactory and the phase of analysis could begin with good condition of signal ratio. The second part of this work dealt with the choice and the perfection of image processing tools which would fit the most with the defect characterization. The aim of this characterization is to give the orientation and main size of the detected defect. A morphological skeleton representation has been chosen to illustrate the defect architecture and to allow sizing. A set of tools has been elaborated to obtain an (automatic) processing according to threshold. The results for single defect are satisfactory since the sizing error is around {+-} 25% and orientation is nearly always correctly given. The processing for area with several defects is more complex and new complementary research directions are proposed. (author).

  14. Pere de Moragues, mestre major de l 'obra de la seu de Tortosa

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    Almuni Balada, Maria Victòria


    Full Text Available The documented research, carried out during the last years in the Chapter Archive in Tortosa, has hallowed us to verify the presence in the town of some master craftsmen, specially stone-cutters, who are related with the works in the cathedral. Some of them had already been pointed out by canon Josep Matamoros in La Catedral de Tortosa. Others, however, had not been reported yet. That is the case of Pere de Moragues who was an imagery sculptor and goldsmith from Barcelona and whom we have discovered working as major master in the workshop of the Tortosa catedral in 1382-1383. From the very beginning our objective has always been to explain the conclusions of our research as a whole; nevertheless, the specific interest of some documents, which verify the presence of the above mentioned Pere Moragues directing the works in the cathedral of Tortosa, led us to publish them in advance. On the hand, the documents corresponding to the signature of Pere Moragues's contract as the major master on the works of the Gothic Catedral have been found in the notary registrations; on the other hand, some specific references have been taken from the books registering the work in the period 1382-1383 and which confirm his presence in the workshop. The documents related with Pere Moragues introduce new information and make us talk about two other stone-cutter masters, of whom we had very little reference. One of them is Antoni Guare, who had already been identified by Josep Matamoros as his signature was in the plant pan of die cathedral. The plan was found in the Chapter Archive in Tortosa and, up now, it has been dated by 1345. Our contribution delays the master's chronology since we have been able to notice a first presence of his in the works of the Cathedral of Tortosa in 1379, working as imagery maker; and later in 1382 as rival of Pere Moragues as major master in the workshop. The second stone-cutter master is Joan de Mayni. Joan de Mayni arrived in Tortosa

  15. Coiled-Coil Design: Updated and Upgraded. (United States)

    Woolfson, Derek N


    α-Helical coiled coils are ubiquitous protein-folding and protein-interaction domains in which two or more α-helical chains come together to form bundles. Through a combination of bioinformatics analysis of many thousands of natural coiled-coil sequences and structures, plus empirical protein engineering and design studies, there is now a deep understanding of the sequence-to-structure relationships for this class of protein architecture. This has led to considerable success in rational design and what might be termed in biro de novo design of simple coiled coils, which include homo- and hetero-meric parallel dimers, trimers and tetramers. In turn, these provide a toolkit for directing the assembly of both natural proteins and more complex designs in protein engineering, materials science and synthetic biology. Moving on, the increased and improved use of computational design is allowing access to coiled-coil structures that are rare or even not observed in nature, for example α-helical barrels, which comprise five or more α-helices and have central channels into which different functions may be ported. This chapter reviews all of these advances, outlining improvements in our knowledge of the fundamentals of coiled-coil folding and assembly, and highlighting new coiled coil-based materials and applications that this new understanding is opening up. Despite considerable progress, however, challenges remain in coiled-coil design, and the next decade promises to be as productive and exciting as the last.

  16. Inhibition of auxin transport and auxin signaling and treatment with far red light induces root coiling in the phospholipase-A mutant ppla-I-1. Significance for surface penetration? (United States)

    Perrineau, F; Wimalasekera, R; Effendi, Y; Scherer, G F E


    When grown on a non-penetretable at a surface angle of 45°, Arabidopsis roots form wave-like structures and, in wild type rarely, but in certain mutants the tip root even may form circles. These circles are called coils. The formation of coils depends on the complex interaction of circumnutation, gravitropism and negative thigmotropism where - at least - gravitropism is intimately linked to auxin transport and signaling. The knockout mutant of patatin-related phospholipase-AI-1 (pplaI-1) is an auxin-signaling mutant which forms moderately increased numbers of coils on tilted agar plates. We tested the effects of the auxin efflux transport inhibitor NPA (1-naphthylphtalamic acid) and of the influx transport inhibitor 1-NOA (1-naphthoxyacetic acid) which both further increased root coil formation. The pPLAI-1 inhibitors HELSS (haloenol lactone suicide substrate=E-6-(bromomethylene)tetrahydro-3-(1-naphthalenyl)-2H-pyran-2-one) and ETYA (eicosatetraynoic acid) which are auxin signaling inhibitors also increased coil formation. In addition, far red light treatment increased coil formation. The results point out that a disturbance of auxin transport and signaling is one potential cause for root coils. As we show that the mutant pplaI-1 penetrates horizontal agar plates better than wild type plants root movements may help penetrating the soil. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  17. Transport vesicle tethering at the trans Golgi network: coiled coil proteins in action

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    Pak-yan Patricia Cheung


    Full Text Available The Golgi complex is decorated with so-called Golgin proteins that share a common feature: a large proportion of their amino acid sequences are predicted to form coiled-coil structures. The possible presence of extensive coiled coils implies that these proteins are highly elongated molecules that can extend a significant distance from the Golgi surface. This property would help them to capture or trap inbound transport vesicles and to tether Golgi mini-stacks together. This review will summarize our current understanding of coiled coil tethers that are needed for the receipt of transport vesicles at the trans Golgi network. How do long tethering proteins actually catch vesicles? Golgi-associated, coiled coil tethers contain numerous binding sites for small GTPases, SNARE proteins, and vesicle coat proteins. How are these interactions coordinated and are any or all of them important for the tethering process? Progress towards understanding these questions and remaining, unresolved mysteries will be discussed.

  18. El libro, instrumento de cultura y objeto económico. Pere sa Sala, escribano real (siglo XV

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    Hernando, Josep


    Full Text Available Pere sa Sala (✝1480, royal scrivener and citizen of Barcelona, notes in a memorandum in his will, which books (held by other people belong to him and which books (that he holds belong to others. This allows us to see a sample of his excellent library. Besides, Pere sa Sala copied books, lent books, accepted books as a guarantee for loans, and exchanged books. A book was for him both a cultural tool and an economic object.[fr] Pere sa Sala (✝1480, écrivain du roi et citoyen de Barcelone, rappelle dans un mémorial inséré dans son testament, quels livres, que ont des autres, sont de sa propriété, et quels livres, qui sont dans sa bibliothèque, appartiennent à des autres. Ceci nous permet voir quelque chose de l’excellente bibliothèque de l'écrivain Pere sa Sala. En outre, Pere sa Sala copia des livres, accepta des livres en gage, changea des livres. Le livre était pour lui un instrument de culture et un objet économique.

  19. Program of internal training of the ININ personnel participating in the PERE of the CLV (1998). I. Initial evaluation; Programa de capacitacion interna del personal del ININ participante en el PERE de la CLV (1998). I. Evaluacion inicial

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    Suarez, G. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, EStado de Mexico (Mexico)


    According to the document 'Program of Internal Training of the Personnel of the ININ participant in the PERE of the CLV (1998)' presented to the National Center of Disasters Prevention, it was included an action of previous evaluation to courses and practices with the purpose of knowing the state of knowledge regarding those activities that have to carry out. In this report the results of the evaluation are presented. Six questionnaires were elaborated: 1. The PERE and its procedures. 2. Control of the radiological exposure of the response personnel. 3. Control of water and foods. 4. Communications system of the PERE. 5. Monitoring, classification and decontamination of having evacuated. 6. Specialized medical attention. (Author)

  20. Improving Coil Designs for the HSX Stellarator with FOCUS (United States)

    Kruger, Thomas; Zhu, Caoxiang; Bader, Aaron; Singh, Luquant; Anderson, David


    We use the FOCUS code to generate improved coil sets for the HSX stellarator. FOCUS produces curves in 3D space to best reproduce a target plasma equilibrium. Unlike similar codes, the curves in FOCUS are not constrained to lie on a user-defined 2D surface. Therefore FOCUS can inherently solve problems such as determining the optimum coil-plasma distance for a given equilibrium. By adjusting the relative weights between a) the match to the plasma boundary, and b) the average coil length. We present the results from FOCUS where we attempt to improve the coil set by moving coils further away to reduce coil ripple, decreasing the number of coils to improve accessibility, and better matching the target plasma surface. We also present results of alternative coil designs with helical and saddle coils. Work supported by the US DOE under Grant DE-FG02-93ER54222 and UW Sorden account 233PRJ65ZM.

  1. Programming protein self assembly with coiled coils

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    Dietz, Hendrik; Bornschloegl, Thomas; Heym, Roland; Koenig, Frauke; Rief, Matthias [Physik Department E22, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, James-Franck-Strasse 1, 85748 Garching (Germany)


    The controlled assembly of protein domains into supramolecular structures will be an important prerequisite for the use of functional proteins in future nanotechnology applications. Coiled coils are multimerization motifs whose dimerization properties can be programmed by amino acid sequence. Here, we report programmed supramolecular self-assembly of protein molecules using coiled coils and directly demonstrate its potential on the single molecule level by AFM force spectroscopy. We flanked two different model proteins, Ig27 from human cardiac titin and green fluorescent protein (GFP), by coiled coil binding partners and studied the capability of these elementary building blocks to self-assemble into linear chains. Simple sterical constraints are shown to control the assembly process, providing evidence that many proteins can be assembled with this method. An application for this technique is the design of polyproteins for single molecule force spectroscopy with an integrated force-calibration standard.

  2. Analysis of brain metabolism changes induced by acute potassium cyanide intoxication by 31P NMR in vivo using chronically implanted surface coils. (United States)

    Decorps, M; Lebas, J F; Leviel, J L; Confort, S; Remy, C; Benabid, A L


    Chronic implantation of surface coils on the skull has been developed to record 31P NMR spectra of the brain in unanesthetized rats. Intraperitoneal sublethal potassium cyanide doses induce strong and reversible changes in high-energy phosphate compounds in the brain, similar in part to those induced by ischemia. These effects are dose-dependent as far as phosphocreatine, inorganic orthophosphates and pH are concerned; ATP does not seem to be altered by KCN doses ranging from 3 to 5 mg/kg but starts decreasing at a dose of 6 mg/kg. The fraction of Mg2+ complexed ATP which could be estimated as about 90% was not affected by KCN intoxication. For high doses (6 mg/kg) a new peak, appearing on the upfield side of the inorganic phosphate peak, may correspond to an acidic compartment, the significance of which is discussed.

  3. Immune responses to coiled coil supramolecular biomaterials. (United States)

    Rudra, Jai S; Tripathi, Pulak K; Hildeman, David A; Jung, Jangwook P; Collier, Joel H


    Self-assembly has been increasingly utilized in recent years to create peptide-based biomaterials for 3D cell culture, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine, but the molecular determinants of these materials' immunogenicity have remained largely unexplored. In this study, a set of molecules that self-assembled through coiled coil oligomerization was designed and synthesized, and immune responses against them were investigated in mice. Experimental groups spanned a range of oligomerization behaviors and included a peptide from the coiled coil region of mouse fibrin that did not form supramolecular structures, an engineered version of this peptide that formed coiled coil bundles, and a peptide-PEG-peptide triblock bioconjugate that formed coiled coil multimers and supramolecular aggregates. In mice, the native peptide and engineered peptide did not produce any detectable antibody response, and none of the materials elicited detectable peptide-specific T cell responses, as evidenced by the absence of IL-2 and interferon-gamma in cultures of peptide-challenged splenocytes or draining lymph node cells. However, specific antibody responses were elevated in mice injected with the multimerizing peptide-PEG-peptide. Minimal changes in secondary structure were observed between the engineered peptide and the triblock peptide-PEG-peptide, making it possible that the triblock's multimerization was responsible for this antibody response. Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


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    Full Text Available Snakes are cold-blooded reptiles belong to the Order Squamata, Suborder Serpentes. Snakes often found in lowlands, highlands, trees, soil, water and swamps. People in the Pering village especially in Banjar Perang Sada have less knowledge about venomous and non-venomous snakes. Therefore, it is important to investigate the diversity of snakes in the Pering village, Blahbatuh, Gianyar. This study was conducted on 28 January – 4 February 2015. Data collection was performed by direct observation along the potential snake habitats in two plots rice field near residential area and near the Pura Beji. Data collection was performed during night time from at 7:00 to 11:00 PM with sampling focused on Banjar Perang Sada. Individual snake found was cought and identified in situ. This research found 9 species of snakes namely, Ahaetulla prasina, Boiga cynodon, Dendrelaphis pictus, Pareas carinatus, Ptyas korros, Rhabdophis chrysargos, Xenochrophis piscator, Bungarus fasciatus, and Trimeresurus insularis, the most commonly found was Dendrelaphis pictus.

  5. Uued CO₂ kasukad vanadele majadele / Elari Udam ; intervjueerinud Margit Mutso ; kommenteerinud Peeter Pere, Oliver Orro, Jaak Huimerind

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    Udam, Elari, 1968-


    Vabade CO₂ kvootide müügist laekunud raha eest renoveeritakse energiatõhusaks 480 Eesti hoonet. Projekti juhib Riigi Kinnisvara AS. Teemat selgitab RKASi juhatuse liige ja haldusdirektor Elari Udam, kommenteerivad Eesti Arhitektide Liidu esimees Peeter Pere, aseesimees Jaak Huimerind ja arhitektuuriajaloolane Oliver Orro

  6. Vanemuise teatri juurdeehituse kutsutud arhitektuurikonkurss = Invitational architecture competition for the addition to the Vanemuine theatre / Peeter Pere

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    Pere, Peeter, 1957-


    Arhitektuurikonkursi žürii liige Peeter Pere võistluse eesmärgist, konkursil 1. preemia pälvinud Jüri Okase ja Marika Lõokese (Okas & Lõoke) võistlustööst ja konkursil osalenud arhitektuuribüroode Kolm Pluss Üks, Kavakava ja Lunge & Ko võistlustöödest

  7. Dual coil ignition system (United States)

    Huberts, Garlan J.; Qu, Qiuping; Czekala, Michael Damian


    A dual coil ignition system is provided. The dual coil ignition system includes a first inductive ignition coil including a first primary winding and a first secondary winding, and a second inductive ignition coil including a second primary winding and a second secondary winding, the second secondary winding connected in series to the first secondary winding. The dual coil ignition system further includes a diode network including a first diode and a second diode connected between the first secondary winding and the second secondary winding.

  8. Biomaterials Made from Coiled-Coil Peptides. (United States)

    Conticello, Vincent; Hughes, Spencer; Modlin, Charles

    The development of biomaterials designed for specific applications is an important objective in personalized medicine. While the breadth and prominence of biomaterials have increased exponentially over the past decades, critical challenges remain to be addressed, particularly in the development of biomaterials that exhibit highly specific functions. These functional properties are often encoded within the molecular structure of the component molecules. Proteins, as a consequence of their structural specificity, represent useful substrates for the construction of functional biomaterials through rational design. This chapter provides an in-depth survey of biomaterials constructed from coiled-coils, one of the best-understood protein structural motifs. We discuss the utility of this structurally diverse and functionally tunable class of proteins for the creation of novel biomaterials. This discussion illustrates the progress that has been made in the development of coiled-coil biomaterials by showcasing studies that bridge the gap between the academic science and potential technological impact.

  9. Peres experiment using photons: No test for hypercomplex (quaternionic) quantum theories (United States)

    Adler, Stephen L.


    Assuming the standard axioms for quaternionic quantum theory and a spatially localized scattering interaction, the S matrix in quaternionic quantum theory is complex valued, not quaternionic. Using the standard connections between the S matrix, the forward scattering amplitude for electromagnetic wave scattering, and the index of refraction, we show that the index of refraction is necessarily complex, not quaternionic. This implies that the recent optical experiment of Procopio et al. [Nat. Commun. 8, 15044 (2017), 10.1038/ncomms15044] based on the Peres proposal does not test for hypercomplex or quaternionic quantum effects arising within the standard Hilbert space framework. Such a test requires looking at near zone fields, not radiation zone fields.

  10. From Cosmopolitanism to Planetary Conviviality: Suneeta Peres da Costa and Michelle de Kretser

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    Alejandra Moreno Álvarez


    Full Text Available Veronica Brady, vigorous supporter of Aboriginal causes and deeply concerned with social-injustice issues, underlined that Anglo-Australians were to be excommunicated from the land until they would come to terms with it and its first peoples (in Jones 1997. Nearly twenty years after this statement was postulated, it is my purpose in this paper to look at the land from an Anglo-Australian and non-Indigenous Australian perspective in order to assess if Australian contemporary society has moved beyond what Brady considered a “super ego status” and reconciled to the presence not only of its Indigenous, but also its non-Indigenous others. To do so I will exemplify novels which are part of and influenced by the matrix of relations and social forces in which non-indigenous Australian writers are situated on, including Suneeta Peres da Costa’s Homework (1999 and Michelle de Kretser’s Questions of Travel (2013.

  11. Sticky water surfaces: helix-coil transitions suppressed in a cell-penetrating peptide at the air-water interface. (United States)

    Schach, Denise; Globisch, Christoph; Roeters, Steven J; Woutersen, Sander; Fuchs, Adrian; Weiss, Clemens K; Backus, Ellen H G; Landfester, Katharina; Bonn, Mischa; Peter, Christine; Weidner, Tobias


    GALA is a 30 amino acid synthetic peptide consisting of a Glu-Ala-Leu-Ala repeat and is known to undergo a reversible structural transition from a disordered to an α-helical structure when changing the pH from basic to acidic values. In its helical state GALA can insert into and disintegrate lipid membranes. This effect has generated much interest in GALA as a candidate for pH triggered, targeted drug delivery. GALA also serves as a well-defined model system to understand cell penetration mechanisms and protein folding triggered by external stimuli. Structural transitions of GALA in solution have been studied extensively. However, cell penetration is an interfacial effect and potential biomedical applications of GALA would involve a variety of surfaces, e.g., nanoparticles, lipid membranes, tubing, and liquid-gas interfaces. Despite the apparent importance of interfaces in the functioning of GALA, the effect of surfaces on the reversible folding of GALA has not yet been studied. Here, we use sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG) to probe the structural response of GALA at the air-water interface and IR spectroscopy to follow GALA folding in bulk solution. We combine the SFG data with molecular dynamics simulations to obtain a molecular-level picture of the interaction of GALA with the air-water interface. Surprisingly, while the fully reversible structural transition was observed in solution, at the water-air interface, a large fraction of the GALA population remained helical at high pH. This "stickiness" of the air-water interface can be explained by the stabilizing interactions of hydrophobic leucine and alanine side chains with the water surface.

  12. Radio frequency coil technology for small-animal MRI. (United States)

    Doty, F David; Entzminger, George; Kulkarni, Jatin; Pamarthy, Kranti; Staab, John P


    A review of the theory, technology, and use of radio frequency (RF) coils for small-animal MRI is presented. It includes a brief overview of MR signal-to-noise (S/N) analysis and discussions of the various coils commonly used in small-animal MR: surface coils, linear volume coils, birdcages, and their derivatives. The scope is limited to mid-range coils, i.e. coils where the product (fd) of the frequency f and the coil diameter d is in the range 2-30 MHz-m. Common applications include mouse brain and body coils from 125 to 750 MHz, rat body coils up to 500 MHz, and small surface coils at all fields. In this regime, all the sources of loss (coil, capacitor, sample, shield, and transmission lines) are important. All such losses may be accurately captured in some modern full-wave 3D electromagnetics software, and new simulation results are presented for a selection of surface coils using Microwave Studio 2006 by Computer Simulation Technology, showing the dramatic importance of the "lift-off effect". Standard linear circuit simulators have been shown to be useful in optimization of complex coil tuning and matching circuits. There appears to be considerable potential for trading S/N for speed using phased arrays, especially for a larger field of view. Circuit simulators are shown to be useful for optimal mismatching of ultra-low-noise preamps based on the enhancement-mode pseudomorphic high-electron-mobility transistor for optimal coil decoupling in phased arrays. Cryogenically cooled RF coils are shown to offer considerable opportunity for future gains in S/N in smaller samples.

  13. Fabrication and calibration of search coils

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    Buzio, M


    In this paper the techniques available to make and calibrate magnetic search coils are reviewed, with emphasis on harmonic coil systems as the commonly-used optimal choice for integral measurements of accelerator magnets in terms of measuring range, accuracy, and cost. The topics treated, drawing extensively on half a century of experience at CERN, include mechanical and electrical design criteria, practical fabrication techniques, metrological considerations, and various calibration methods for coil parameters such as surface area, rotation radius, tilt angle etc. in both static or time-varying magnetic fields.

  14. A new stellarator coil design tool using space curves (United States)

    Zhu, Caoxiang; Hudson, Stuart; Breslau, Joshua; Lazerson, Samuel; Song, Yuntao; Wan, Yuanxi


    Finding easy-to-build coils has always been critical for stellarator design. Conventional approaches assume a toroidal ``winding'' surface. Either a surface current potential is constructed using a Green's function; or a discrete set of filamentary coils lying on the winding surface is non-linearly optimized. The winding surface concept ensures that the coils are separated from the plasma surface; however, requiring the coils lie on a given winding surface may overly constrain the coil optimization process. In this work, we investigate whether a winding surface is required. Our starting point is to represent each discrete coil as an arbitrary closed curve embedded in 3D space. From the Fundamental Theorem for Curves, such curves are uniquely described by the curvature and torsion functions. Our representation does not need a winding surface and can allow coils to evolve arbitrarily. We have constructed different penalty functions, F, that incorporate both the `physics' and `engineering' constraints. The first and second derivatives of F with respect to the parameters describing the coils are constructed analytically and are exploited to enable fast optimization algorithms for finding minima. Illustrations of coils for W7X and other stellarators will be presented. China Scholarship Council.

  15. Tulumaksuseaduse muudatusest võidab tugev ja töökas pere / Jaanus Männik

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    Männik, Jaanus, 1951-


    Tulumaksuseaduse muudatusest, mis kehtestab lisatulumaksuvabastuse maksuvaba miinimumi ulatuses alates pere teisest lapsest 1. jaan. 2006. Sama ka Nädaline 28. juuni 2005, lk. 4 ; Hiiu Leht 5. juuli 2005, lk. 2 ; Koit 7. juuli 2005, lk. 6 ; Vali Uudised 6. juuli 2005, lk. 2 ; Pärnu Postimees 8. juuli 2005, lk. 11 ; Põhjarannik 8. juuli 2005, lk. 2 ; Severnoje poberezje 8. juuli 2005, lk. 2

  16. Intelligent shell feedback control in EXTRAP T2R reversed field pinch with partial coverage of the toroidal surface by a discrete active coil array (United States)

    Yadikin, D.; Brunsell, P. R.; Drake, J. R.


    An active feedback system is required for long pulse operation of the reversed field pinch (RFP) device to suppress resistive wall modes (RWMs). A general feature of a feedback system using a discrete active coil array is a coupling effect which arises when a set of side band modes determined by the number of active coils is produced. Recent results obtained on the EXTRAP T2R RFP demonstrated the suppression of independent m = 1 RWMs using an active feedback system with a two-dimensional array of discrete active coils in the poloidal and toroidal directions. One of the feedback algorithms used is the intelligent shell feedback scheme. Active feedback systems having different number of active coils in the poloidal (Mc) and toroidal (Nc) directions (Mc × Nc = 2 × 32 and Mc × Nc = 4 × 16) are studied. Different side band effects are seen for these configurations. A significant prolongation of the plasma discharge is achieved for the intelligent shell feedback scheme using the 2 × 32 active coil configuration. This is attributed to the side band sets including only one of the dominant unstable RWMs and avoiding coupling to resonant modes. Analog proportional-integral-derivative controllers are used in the feedback system. Regimes with different values of the proportional gain are studied. The requirement of the proportional-integral control for low proportional gain and proportional-derivative control for high proportional gain is seen in the experiments.

  17. High resolution MR imaging of the anal sphincter using an intravaginal surface coil; Hochaufloesende Magnetresonanztomographie des Analsphinkters mit einer intravaginalen Oberflaechenspule

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    Mueller-Schimpfle, M. [Radiologische Klinik, Abt. fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Tuebingen Univ. (Germany); Franz, H. [Frauenklinik, Tuebingen Univ. (Germany); Lobinger, B. [Radiologische Klinik, Abt. fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Tuebingen Univ. (Germany); Claussen, C.D. [Radiologische Klinik, Abt. fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Tuebingen Univ. (Germany)


    MR imaging was performed using a 1.0 T unit. In 10 females (6 nullipara, one primipara without and three primipara with postpartum faecal incontinence) a surface coil, originally designed for endorectal use, was placed into the vagina. Transverse oblique T{sub 1}-weighted spin echo and double echo turbo spin echo sequences with T{sub 2}- and proton density-weighting were acquired parallel to the puborectal, rectococcygeal and anorectal planes. Three readers analysed the images in consensus. The anatomic structures of the external and internal sphincter as well as the mucosa were differentiated in all cases with a good contrast. The best results were yielded by the proton density weighting. In one case of faecal incontinence a sphincter defect after repair of a complete rupture of the anal sphincter was shown. In another case irregularities in the structure of the external sphincter and perineum were visualised. (orig./MG) [Deutsch] Die Magnetresonanztomographie (MRT) wurde an einem 1,0-Tesla-Geraet durchgefuehrt. Bei 10 Frauen (6 Nulliparae, eine Primipara ohne und drei Primiparae mit postpartaler Stuhlinkontinenz) wurde eine Oberflaechenspule, die urspruenglich zur endorektalen Anwendung konzipiert war, intravaginal eingefuehrt. Es wurden T{sub 1}-gewichtete Spin-Echo-Sequenzen sowie Doppel-Echo-Turbo-Spin-Echo-Sequenzen mit T{sub 2}- und Protonendichtegewichtung parallel zur puborektalen, rektokokzygealen und anorektalen Ebene akquiriert. Drei Auswerter analysierten die Aufnahmen im Konsensmodus. Die anatomischen Strukturen des Musculus sphincter ani externus und internus sowie die Mukosa konnten in allen Faellen gut differenziert werden. Das beste Ergebnis wurde mit der Protonendichte-Gewichtung erzielt. In einem Fall von Stuhlinkontinenz zeigte sich ein kombinierter Defekt des M. sphincter ani internus und externus nach Naht eines Dammrisses III. Grades. In einem weiteren Fall waren Irregularitaeten im Perineum und externen Sphinkteranteil darzustellen. (orig./MG)

  18. Measurement of a Conduction Cooled Nb3Sn Racetrack Coil (United States)

    Kim, HS; Kovacs, C.; Rochester, J.; Sumption, MD; Tomsic, M.; Peng, X.; Doll, D.


    Use of superconducting coils for wind turbines and electric aircraft is of interest because of the potential for high power density and weight reduction. Here we test a racetrack coil developed as a proof-of-concept for cryogen-free superconducting motors and generators. The coil was wound with 1209 m of 0.7-mm-diameter insulated tube-type Nb3Sn wire. The coil was epoxy-impregnated, instrumented, covered with numerous layers of aluminized mylar insulation, and inserted vertically into a dewar. The system was cooled to 4.2 K, and a few inches of liquid helium was allowed to collect at the bottom of the dewar but below the coil. The coil was cooled by conduction via copper cooling bars were attached to the coil but also were immersed in the liquid helium at their lower ends. Several current tests were performed on the coil, initially in voltage mode, and one run in current mode. The maximum coil Ic at 4.2 K was 480 A, generating 3.06 T at the surface of the coil. The coil met the design targets with a noticeable margin.

  19. Deep brain transcranial magnetic stimulation using variable "Halo coil" system (United States)

    Meng, Y.; Hadimani, R. L.; Crowther, L. J.; Xu, Z.; Qu, J.; Jiles, D. C.


    Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation has the potential to treat various neurological disorders non-invasively and safely. The "Halo coil" configuration can stimulate deeper regions of the brain with lower surface to deep-brain field ratio compared to other coil configurations. The existing "Halo coil" configuration is fixed and is limited in varying the site of stimulation in the brain. We have developed a new system based on the current "Halo coil" design along with a graphical user interface system that enables the larger coil to rotate along the transverse plane. The new system can also enable vertical movement of larger coil. Thus, this adjustable "Halo coil" configuration can stimulate different regions of the brain by adjusting the position and orientation of the larger coil on the head. We have calculated magnetic and electric fields inside a MRI-derived heterogeneous head model for various positions and orientations of the coil. We have also investigated the mechanical and thermal stability of the adjustable "Halo coil" configuration for various positions and orientations of the coil to ensure safe operation of the system.

  20. Ocular MR imaging: evaluation of different coil setups in a phantom study. (United States)

    Erb-Eigner, Katharina; Warmuth, Carsten; Taupitz, Matthias; Bertelmann, Eckart; Hamm, Bernd; Asbach, Patrick


    Small loop surface coils are generally recommended for ocular magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, but the optimal coil setup has not been systematically investigated. In this phantom study, we investigated which coil setup of those coils available for our MR imaging system provides the highest signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in ocular MR imaging at 1.5 tesla. Using a phantom to simulate the eyeball and the orbital fat, we employed loop surface coils of 4- and 6-cm diameter and a multi-channel head coil to obtain images using a T1-weighted spin-echo sequence and then measured the SNR for each coil and coil combination. Use of the 6-cm loop coil alone yielded the highest mean SNR (27.5). Even in superficial regions (mesial and temporal), the SNR was higher using the 6-cm loop coil (33.6 and 45.5) than the 4-cm loop coil (28.0 and 33.8). Additional use of the head coil reduced the mean SNR to 10.4. This quantitative analysis suggests that use of a 6-cm loop surface coil offers the best results in ocular MR imaging. Combinations of loop coils or additional use of a head coil cannot be recommended because higher noise degrades image quality.

  1. A periodic table of coiled-coil protein structures. (United States)

    Moutevelis, Efrosini; Woolfson, Derek N


    Coiled coils are protein structure domains with two or more alpha-helices packed together via interlacing of side chains known as knob-into-hole packing. We analysed and classified a large set of coiled-coil structures using a combination of automated and manual methods. This led to a systematic classification that we termed a "periodic table of coiled coils," which we have made available at In this table, coiled-coil assemblies are arranged in columns with increasing numbers of alpha-helices and in rows of increased complexity. The table provides a framework for understanding possibilities in and limits on coiled-coil structures and a basis for future prediction, engineering and design studies.

  2. LHC bending magnet coil

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    A short test version of coil of wire used for the LHC dipole magnets. The high magnetic fields needed for guiding particles around the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) ring are created by passing 12’500 amps of current through coils of superconducting wiring. At very low temperatures, superconductors have no electrical resistance and therefore no power loss. The LHC is the largest superconducting installation ever built. The magnetic field must also be extremely uniform. This means the current flowing in the coils has to be very precisely controlled. Indeed, nowhere before has such precision been achieved at such high currents. Magnet coils are made of copper-clad niobium–titanium cables — each wire in the cable consists of 9’000 niobium–titanium filaments ten times finer than a hair.

  3. LHCb magnet coils arrive

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    Maximilien Brice


    Each of the two coils for the LHCb magnet comprises 15 individual monolayer 'pancakes' of identical trapezoidal racetrack shape, and is bent at 45 degrees on the two transverse sides. Each pancake consists of eight turns of conductor, wound from a single length (approx. 290 m) of extruded aluminium. The coils have arrived at CERN; one of them is seen here being unloaded above the LHCb experimental cavern.

  4. Transmit coil design for Wireless Power Transfer for medical implants. (United States)

    Lemdiasov, Rosti; Venkatasubramanian, Arun


    A new design approach for the design of transmit coils for Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) is presented. The theoretical formulation involves a figure of merit that has to be maximized to solve for the surface current. Numerical predictions and comparisons with practical measurements for the coil parameters (inductance. resistance) underscore the success of this approach in terms of achieving strong coupling with a receive coil while maintaining low resistance.

  5. Effective arrangement of separated transmit-only/receive-only RF coil for improvement of B1 homogeneity at 7 Tesla (United States)

    Im, Geun Ho; Seo, Jeong-Hoon; Kim, Kyoung-Nam; Heo, Phil; Chung, Julius Juhyun; Jang, Moon-Sun; Lee, Jung Hee; Kim, Jae-Hun; Kim, Sun I.


    This article presents an effective arrangement with shifted transmit (Tx)-only and receive (Rx)-only (TORO) radiofrequency (RF) coils in a single-channel surface coil for improving the magnetic flux ( B 1) homogeneity in an ultra-high field (UHF) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. The proposed new methodology for the coil arrangement using the shifted TORO RF coils was demonstrated for coils with 50-mm, 100-mm, and 150-mm-square surfaces and the results were compared to those for general Tx/Rx surface coils with the same dimensions. The computational analysis indicated that a homogeneous B1 field was achieved when the Rx-only coil was shifted in the two-dimensional xy-plane away from the Tx-only coils. Because the proposed coil configuration provides a unique opportunity for increasing the B 1 homogeneity, this feature is likely to increase the feasibility via new coil arrangements of UHF surface design and fabrication.

  6. Coil response inversion for very early time modelling of helicopter-borne time-domain electromagnetic data and mapping of near-surface geological layers

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    Schamper, Cyril Noel Clarence; Auken, Esben; Sørensen, Kurt Ingvard K.I.


    current is abruptly turned off in a large transmitter loop causing a secondary electromagnetic field to be generated by the eddy currents induced in the ground. Often, however, there is still a residual primary field generated by remaining slowly decaying currents in the transmitter loop. The decay...... disturbs or biases the earth response data at the very early times. These biased data must be culled, or some specific processing must be applied in order to compensate or remove the residual primary field. As the bias response can be attributed to decaying currents with its time constantly controlled...... deformation of the carrier frame will introduce a small coil response. Here we present an approach for subtracting the coil response from the data by measuring it at high altitudes and then including an extra shift factor into the inversion scheme. The scheme is successfully applied to data from the Sky...

  7. Salecker-Wigner-Peres clock, Feynman paths, and a tunneling time that should not exist (United States)

    Sokolovski, D.


    The Salecker-Wigner-Peres (SWP) clock is often used to determine the duration a quantum particle is supposed to spend in a specified region of space Ω . By construction, the result is a real positive number, and the method seems to avoid the difficulty of introducing complex time parameters, which arises in the Feynman paths approach. However, it tells little about the particle's motion. We investigate this matter further, and show that the SWP clock, like any other Larmor clock, correlates the rotation of its angular momentum with the durations τ , which the Feynman paths spend in Ω , thereby destroying interference between different durations. An inaccurate weakly coupled clock leaves the interference almost intact, and the need to resolve the resulting "which way?" problem is one of the main difficulties at the center of the "tunnelling time" controversy. In the absence of a probability distribution for the values of τ , the SWP results are expressed in terms of moduli of the "complex times," given by the weighted sums of the corresponding probability amplitudes. It is shown that overinterpretation of these results, by treating the SWP times as physical time intervals, leads to paradoxes and should be avoided. We also analyze various settings of the SWP clock, different calibration procedures, and the relation between the SWP results and the quantum dwell time. The cases of stationary tunneling and tunnel ionization are considered in some detail. Although our detailed analysis addresses only one particular definition of the duration of a tunneling process, it also points towards the impossibility of uniting various time parameters, which may occur in quantum theory, within the concept of a single tunnelling time.

  8. A detailed stream sediment Geochemical survey in the Canoves St. Pere de Vilamajor area (Montseny massif. NE Spain)


    Alcalde, Carlos; Carmona Pérez, José María; Font Cisteró, Xavier; Viladevall Solé, Manuel


    Se ha realizado una prospección geoquímica táctica de sedimentos aluviales en el Brea de Cánoves-St. Pere de Vilamajor (Macizo del Montseny, Barcelona), como consecuencia de una exploración geoquimica estratégica de sedimentos aluviales previa, en la que se localizó un Brea anómala en Pb, Zn, Cu, As, Cd, Ni, y Co. El Brea estudiada tiene 35 km2 y esta constituida por materiales sedimentarios y volcánicos del Paleozoico, metamorfizados en mayor o menor grado e intruidos por el granito de Vallf...

  9. Meiosis specific coiled-coil proteins in Shizosaccharomyces pombe

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    Okuzaki Daisuke


    Full Text Available Abstract Many meiosis-specific proteins in Schizosaccharomyces pombe contain coiled-coil motifs which play essential roles for meiotic progression. For example, the coiled-coil motifs present in Meu13 and Mcp7 are required for their function as a putative recombinase cofactor complex during meiotic recombination. Mcp6/Hrs1 and Mcp5/Num1 control horsetail chromosome movement by astral microtubule organization and anchoring dynein respectively. Dhc1 and Ssm4 are also required for horsetail chromosome movement. It is clear from these examples that the coiled-coil motif in these proteins plays an important role during the progression of cells through meiosis. However, there are still many unanswered questions on how these proteins operate. In this paper, we briefly review recent studies on the meiotic coiled-coil proteins in Sz. pombe.

  10. Assessment of early-stage optic nerve invasion in retinoblastoma using high-resolution 1.5 Tesla MRI with surface coils: a multicentre, prospective accuracy study with histopathological correlation

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    Brisse, Herve J. [Institut Curie, Department of Radiology, Paris (France); Institut CURIE, Imaging Department, Paris (France); Graaf, Pim de; Rodjan, Firazia; Jong, Marcus C. de; Castelijns, Jonas A. [VU University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Galluzzi, Paolo [Neuroimaging and Neurointerventional Unit (NINT) Azienda Ospedaliera e Universitaria Senese, Siena (Italy); Cosker, Kristel; Savignoni, Alexia [Institut Curie, Department of Biostatistics, Paris (France); Maeder, Philippe [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) and University of Lausanne, Department of Radiology, Lausanne (Switzerland); Goericke, Sophia [University Hospital Essen, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Essen (Germany); Aerts, Isabelle [Institut Curie, Department of Pediatric Oncology, Paris (France); Desjardins, Laurence [Institut Curie, Department of Ophthalmology, Paris (France); Moll, Annette C. [VU University Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Hadjistilianou, Theodora [Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Senese, Department of Ophthalmology, Siena (Italy); Toti, Paolo [University of Siena, Department of Medical Biotechnologies, Pathology Unit, Siena (Italy); Valk, Paul van der [VU University Medical Center, Department of Pathology, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Sastre-Garau, Xavier [Institut Curie, Department of Biopathology, Paris (France); Collaboration: European Retinoblastoma Imaging Collaboration (ERIC)


    To assess the accuracy of high-resolution (HR) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in diagnosing early-stage optic nerve (ON) invasion in a retinoblastoma cohort. This IRB-approved, prospective multicenter study included 95 patients (55 boys, 40 girls; mean age, 29 months). 1.5-T MRI was performed using surface coils before enucleation, including spin-echo unenhanced and contrast-enhanced (CE) T1-weighted sequences (slice thickness, 2 mm; pixel size <0.3 x 0.3 mm{sup 2}). Images were read by five neuroradiologists blinded to histopathologic findings. ROC curves were constructed with AUC assessment using a bootstrap method. Histopathology identified 41 eyes without ON invasion and 25 with prelaminar, 18 with intralaminar and 12 with postlaminar invasion. All but one were postoperatively classified as stage I by the International Retinoblastoma Staging System. The accuracy of CE-T1 sequences in identifying ON invasion was limited (AUC = 0.64; 95 % CI, 0.55 - 0.72) and not confirmed for postlaminar invasion diagnosis (AUC = 0.64; 95 % CI, 0.47 - 0.82); high specificities (range, 0.64 - 1) and negative predictive values (range, 0.81 - 0.97) were confirmed. HR-MRI with surface coils is recommended to appropriately select retinoblastoma patients eligible for primary enucleation without the risk of IRSS stage II but cannot substitute for pathology in differentiating the first degrees of ON invasion. (orig.)

  11. Synthesis, characterisation and applications of coiled carbon nanotubes. (United States)

    Hanus, Monica J; Harris, Andrew T


    Coiled carbon nanotubes are helical carbon structures formed when heptagonal and pentagonal rings are inserted into the hexagonal backbone of a 'straight' nanotube. Coiled carbon nanotubes have been reported with both regular and irregular helical structures. In this work the structure, growth mechanism(s), synthesis, properties and potential applications of coiled carbon nanotubes are reviewed. Published data suggests that coiled carbon nanotube synthesis occurs due to nonuniform extrusion of carbon from a catalyst surface. To date, coiled carbon nanotubes have been synthesised using catalyst modification techniques including: (i) the addition of S or P containing compounds during synthesis; (ii) the use of binary or ternary metal catalysts; (iii) the use of microwaves to create a local temperature gradient around individual catalyst particles and; (iv) the use of pH control during catalyst preparation. In most instances coiled carbon nanotubes are produced as a by-product; high yield and/or large-scale synthesis of coiled carbon nanotubes remains problematic. The qualitative analysis of coiled carbon nanotubes is currently hindered by the absence of specific characterisation data in the literature, e.g., oxidation profiles measured by thermogravimetric analysis and Raman spectra of pure coiled carbon nanotube samples.

  12. RF Magnetic Field Uniformity of Rectangular Planar Coils for Resonance Imaging (United States)


    uniform magnetic field. The NQR signal strength at different positions along the length of the coils determine the uniformity of the magnetic field...magnetic, potassium chlorate, nuclear quadrupole resonance, uniform field, coil, surface coil I. INTRODUCTION QR is a magnetic resonance phenomenon...magnetic field along the length of a rectangular coil with small width needs to be studied. This paper investigates the uniformity of the RF

  13. Reconnaissance of the Pere Marquette River, a cold water river in the central part of Michigan's Southern Peninsula (United States)

    Hendrickson, G.E.; Doonan, C.J.


    The cold-water streams of the northern states provide unique recreational values to the American people (wilderness or semi-wilderness atmosphere, fast-water canoeing, and trout fishing) but the expanding recreational needs must be balanced against the growing demand of water for public and industrial supplies, for irrigation, and for the dilution of sewage and other wastes. In order to make intelligent decisions regarding use and management of the water resource for recreation and other demands, an analysis of the hydrologic factors related to recreational values is essential.The Pere Marquette, an outstanding river for brown and steelhead trout fishing, is also a popular canoe trail. Larger boats, some equipped with motors, are common in the lower reaches where the river is wide and deep. Cabins are abundant on the river near Baldwin but are relatively sparse elsewhere. The broad swampy floodplain that borders most of the river between Walhalla and Ludington apparently offers few favorable cabin sites.The Pere Marquette is located in the west-central part of the Southern Peninsula of Michigan, and flows westward from the headwaters near Chase in Lake County to the mouth at Ludington, in Mason County. The river is south of, and roughly parallel to, U.S. Highway 10 from Chase to Ludington. Access to the river is by roads leading south from U.S. 10 at Nirvana, Idlewild, Baldwin, Branch, Walhalla, Scottville, and many intermediate points.The recreational value of the river depends on the streamflow characteristics, quality of water, and character of stream channel and bed and banks. The purpose of this report is to describe these characteristics and show how they relate to recreational USGS.Most of the information presented here was obtained from a field reconnaissance in July and August, 1966, and from basic records of the U.S. Geological Survey's Water Resources Division. The area of field study is limited to the channel, bed, and banks of the Middle Branch and

  14. Comparison of endorectal coil and nonendorectal coil T2W and diffusion-weighted MRI at 3 Tesla for localizing prostate cancer: correlation with whole-mount histopathology. (United States)

    Turkbey, Baris; Merino, Maria J; Gallardo, Elma Carvajal; Shah, Vijay; Aras, Omer; Bernardo, Marcelino; Mena, Esther; Daar, Dagane; Rastinehad, Ardeshir R; Linehan, W Marston; Wood, Bradford J; Pinto, Peter A; Choyke, Peter L


    To compare utility of T2-weighted (T2W) MRI and diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI-MRI) obtained with and without an endorectal coil at 3 Tesla (T) for localizing prostate cancer. This Institutional Review Board-approved study included 20 patients (median prostate-specific antigen, 8.4 ng/mL). Patients underwent consecutive prostate MRIs at 3T, first with a surface coil alone, then with combination of surface, endorectal coils (dual coil) followed by robotic assisted radical prostatectomy. Lesions were mapped at time of acquisition on dual-coil T2W, DWI-MRI. To avoid bias, 6 months later nonendorectal coil T2W, DWI-MRI were mapped. Both MRI evaluations were performed by two readers blinded to pathology with differences resolved by consensus. A lesion-based correlation with whole-mount histopathology was performed. At histopathology 51 cancer foci were present ranging in size from 2 to 60 mm. The sensitivity of the endorectal dual-coil, nonendorectal coil MRIs were 0.76, 0.45, respectively. PPVs for endorectal dual-coil, nonendorectal coil MRI were 0.80, 0.64, respectively. Mean size of detected lesions with nonendorectal coil MRI were larger than those detected by dual-coil MRI (22 mm versus 17.4 mm). Dual-coil prostate MRI detected more cancer foci than nonendorectal coil MRI. While nonendorectal coil MRI is an attractive alternative, physicians performing prostate MRI should be aware of its limitations. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Pere Tomàs : mestre subtilíssim. A propòsit d’un llibre recent


    Cabré i Duran, Maria


    L’edició recent d’un tractat logicometafísic del filòsof català Pere Tomàs (1280-1340) és una bona ocasió per esclarir la posició d’aquest franciscà en relació amb l’escola escotista de la qual formà part i, des d’una perspectiva més general, estudiar el tipus de relacions que, en termes de fidelitat i originalitat acadèmica, s’establiren entre el mestre escocès Duns Escot i els seus deixebles de primera generació. L’examen de la teoria sobre les distincions exposada en el tractat en qüestió...

  16. Coils in a nutshell: a review of coil physical properties. (United States)

    White, J B; Ken, C G M; Cloft, H J; Kallmes, D F


    Since its inception, endovascular coil technology has grown substantially as multiple manufacturers entered the market with an ever-increasing number of new products. Practitioners are now inundated with a choice of coils that vary on the basis of factors such as size, composition, stiffness, and detachment mechanism. The seasoned interventionalist had the benefit of evolving with this technology and, therefore, is likely to understand many of the practical nuances of coil development; for more junior practitioners, who did not experience the ongoing changes in technology, this review will provide a basic framework for the fundamentals of coil design.

  17. An improvement of airflow and heat transfer performance of multi-coil condensers by different coil configurations

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    Lee, Tzong-Shing; Wu, Wu-Chieh; Chuah, Yew-Khoy; Wang, Sheng-Kai [Department of Energy and Refrigerating Air-Conditioning Engineering, National Taipei University of Technology, 1, Sec.3, Chung-Hsiao E. Rd., Taipei 106 (China)


    Mal-distribution of airflow is an important factor for the performance of air-cooled multi-coil air-cooled condensers. This study is an attempt to investigate the effects of different included angles between the coils of the condenser. It has been found in this study that it can be a mean to improve the performance of multi-coil condensers without using larger heat transfer surfaces. A commercially used four-coil condenser of an air-cooled water chiller was used as the base case in the tests and analysis. The results show that the variation of the included angle can increase the airflow rate by 7.85%, which corresponds to 5.29% increase in heat transfer. The improvements were found to be due to the reduction of the stagnant flow regions of the heat exchanger coils, and more even flow distribution through the coils. Test data were used to verify the computer model of the four-coil heat exchanger. The same tested fan performance characteristic was used in all of the analyses. The research results are important as air-cooled condensing units can be designed to better performance merely by changing the configuration of the coil arrangements. (author)

  18. Coil Optimization for HTS Machines

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    Mijatovic, Nenad; Jensen, Bogi Bech; Abrahamsen, Asger Bech

    An optimization approach of HTS coils in HTS synchronous machines (SM) is presented. The optimization is aimed at high power SM suitable for direct driven wind turbines applications. The optimization process was applied to a general radial flux machine with a peak air gap flux density of ~3T...... is suitable for which coil segment is presented. Thus, the performed study gives valuable input for the coil design of HTS machines ensuring optimal usage of HTS tapes....

  19. Triple Halo Coil: Development and Comparison with Other TMS Coils (United States)

    Rastogi, Priyam; Hadimani, Ravi; Jiles, David

    Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive stimulation technique that can be used for the treatment of various neurological disorders such as Parkinson's Disease, PTSD, TBI and anxiety by regulating synaptic activity. TMS is FDA approved for the treatment of major depressive disorder. There is a critical need to develop deep TMS coils that can stimulate deeper regions of the brain without excessively stimulating the cortex in order to provide an alternative to surgical methods. We have developed a novel multi-coil configuration called ``Triple Halo Coil'' (THC) that can stimulate deep brain regions. Investigation of induced electric and magnetic field in these regions have been achieved by computer modelling. Comparison of the results due to THC configuration have been conducted with other TMS coils such as ``Halo Coil'', circular coil and ``Figure of Eight'' coil. There was an improvement of more than 15 times in the strength of magnetic field, induced by THC configuration at 10 cm below the vertex of the head when compared with the ``Figure of Eight'' coil alone. Carver Charitable Trust.

  20. High-resolution structures of a heterochiral coiled coil. (United States)

    Mortenson, David E; Steinkruger, Jay D; Kreitler, Dale F; Perroni, Dominic V; Sorenson, Gregory P; Huang, Lijun; Mittal, Ritesh; Yun, Hyun Gi; Travis, Benjamin R; Mahanthappa, Mahesh K; Forest, Katrina T; Gellman, Samuel H


    Interactions between polypeptide chains containing amino acid residues with opposite absolute configurations have long been a source of interest and speculation, but there is very little structural information for such heterochiral associations. The need to address this lacuna has grown in recent years because of increasing interest in the use of peptides generated from d amino acids (d peptides) as specific ligands for natural proteins, e.g., to inhibit deleterious protein-protein interactions. Coiled-coil interactions, between or among α-helices, represent the most common tertiary and quaternary packing motif in proteins. Heterochiral coiled-coil interactions were predicted over 50 years ago by Crick, and limited experimental data obtained in solution suggest that such interactions can indeed occur. To address the dearth of atomic-level structural characterization of heterochiral helix pairings, we report two independent crystal structures that elucidate coiled-coil packing between l- and d-peptide helices. Both structures resulted from racemic crystallization of a peptide corresponding to the transmembrane segment of the influenza M2 protein. Networks of canonical knobs-into-holes side-chain packing interactions are observed at each helical interface. However, the underlying patterns for these heterochiral coiled coils seem to deviate from the heptad sequence repeat that is characteristic of most homochiral analogs, with an apparent preference for a hendecad repeat pattern.

  1. Numerical characterization of a flexible circular coil for magnetic resonance imaging (United States)

    Bautista, T.; Hernandez, R.; Solis-Najera, S. E.; Rodriguez, A. O.


    Numerical simulations of the magnetic field generated by a flexible surface coil were conducted to study its behavior for applications of animal models at 7 Tesla. This coil design is able to fully cover a volume of interest. The Finite Difference Method in Time Domain (FDTD) was used because of its ability to accurately model complex problems in electromagnetism. This particular coil design is best suited for regions of interests with a spherical shape, since B1 uniformity is not significantly attenuated as in the case of a circular-loop coil. It still remains to investigate the feasibility to actually construct a coil prototype.

  2. Program of internal training of the ININ personnel participating in the PERE of the CLV (1998). II. Development and final evaluation; Programa de capacitacion interna del personal del ININ participante en el PERE de la CLV (1998). II. Desarrollo y evaluacion final

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    Suarez, G. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)


    According to the results of the initial evaluation, he/she was carried out the program of the personnel's of the participant ININ internal training in the PERE of the CLV (1998). The purpose of this report is to describe the development of the one it programs and the results of the final evaluation. (Author)

  3. CCHMM_PROF: a HMM-based coiled-coil predictor with evolutionary information

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    Bartoli, Lisa; Fariselli, Piero; Krogh, Anders


    MOTIVATION: The widespread coiled-coil structural motif in proteins is known to mediate a variety of biological interactions. Recognizing a coiled-coil containing sequence and locating its coiled-coil domains are key steps towards the determination of the protein structure and function. Different......:// approximately lisa/coiled-coils. The predictor is freely available at CONTACT:

  4. Endothelial cell proliferation in swine experimental aneurysm after coil embolization.

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    Yumiko Mitome-Mishima

    Full Text Available After coil embolization, recanalization in cerebral aneurysms adversely influences long-term prognosis. Proliferation of endothelial cells on the coil surface may reduce the incidence of recanalization and further improve outcomes after coil embolization. We aimed to map the expression of proliferating tissue over the aneurysmal orifice and define the temporal profile of tissue growth in a swine experimental aneurysm model. We compared the outcomes after spontaneous thrombosis with those of coil embolization using histological and morphological techniques. In aneurysms that we not coiled, spontaneous thrombosis was observed, and weak, easily detachable proliferating tissue was evident in the aneurysmal neck. In contrast, in the coil embolization group, histological analysis showed endothelial-like cells lining the aneurysmal opening. Moreover, immunohistochemical and morphological analysis suggested that these cells were immature endothelial cells. Our results indicated the existence of endothelial cell proliferation 1 week after coil embolization and showed immature endothelial cells in septal tissue between the systemic circulation and the aneurysm. These findings suggest that endothelial cells are lead to and proliferate in the former aneurysmal orifice. This is the first examination to evaluate the temporal change of proliferating tissue in a swine experimental aneurysm model.

  5. Design considerations in coiled-coil fusion constructs for the structural determination of a problematic region of the human cardiac myosin rod

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    Andreas, Michael P.; Ajay, Gautam; Gellings, Jaclyn A.; Rayment, Ivan


    X-ray structural determination of segments of the myosin rod has proved difficult because of the strong salt-dependent aggregation properties and repeating pattern of charges on the surface of the coiled-coil that lead to the formation of paracrystals. This problem has been resolved in part through the use of globular assembly domains that improve protein folding and prevent aggregation. The primary consideration now in designing coiled-coil fusion constructs for myosin is deciding where to truncate the coiled-coil and which amino acid residues to include from the folding domain. This is especially important for myosin that contains numerous regions of low predicted coiled-coil propensity. Here we describe the strategy adopted to determine the structure of the region that extends from Arg1677 – Leu1797 that included two areas that do not show a strong sequence signature of a conventional left-handed coiled coil or canonical heptad repeat. This demonstrates again that, with careful choice of fusion constructs, overlapping structures exhibit very similar conformations for the myosin rod fragments in the canonical regions. However, conformational variability is seen around Leu1706 which is a hot spot for cardiomyopathy mutations suggesting that this might be important for function.

  6. Impact of magnetic field strength and receiver coil in ocular MRI: a phantom and patient study. (United States)

    Erb-Eigner, K; Warmuth, C; Taupitz, M; Willerding, G; Bertelmann, E; Asbach, P


    Generally, high-resolution MRI of the eye is performed with small loop surface coils. The purpose of this phantom and patient study was to investigate the influence of magnetic field strength and receiver coils on image quality in ocular MRI. The eyeball and the complex geometry of the facial bone were simulated by a skull phantom with swine eyes. MR images were acquired with two small loop surface coils with diameters of 4 cm and 7 cm and with a multi-channel head coil at 1.5 and 3 Tesla, respectively. Furthermore, MRI of the eye was performed prospectively in 20 patients at 1.5 Tesla (7 cm loop surface coil) and 3 Tesla (head coil). These images were analysed qualitatively and quantitatively and statistical significance was tested using the Wilcoxon-signed-rank test (a p-value of less than 0.05 was considered to indicate statistical significance). The analysis of the phantom images yielded the highest mean signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) at 3 Tesla with the use of the 4 cm loop surface coil. In the phantom experiment as well as in the patient studies the SNR was higher at 1.5 Tesla by applying the 7 cm surface coil than at 3 Tesla by applying the head coil. Concerning the delineation of anatomic structures no statistically significant differences were found. Our results show that the influence of small loop surface coils on image quality (expressed in SNR) in ocular MRI is higher than the influence of the magnetic field strength. The similar visibility of detailed anatomy leads to the conclusion that the image quality of ocular MRI at 3 Tesla remains acceptable by applying the head coil as a receiver coil. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  7. Synthesis and functionalization of coiled carbon filaments (United States)

    Hikita, Muneaki

    grown at the higher temperature had smaller fiber size and coil diameter, and longer lifetime of catalyst. For in-depth analysis, growth kinetics of CMCs were studied using an exponential decay model for catalyst poisoning. In the third study, CMCs were functionalized for improvement of water dispersion, optical properties and self-assembly. As-grown CMCs were hydrophobic. To improve water dispersion for biological applications, the surface of as-grown CMCs were oxidized by concentrated nitric acid at room temperature. After the oxidation, the acid-treated CMCs were well dispersed in water. For optical property, CMCs were functionalized with octadecylamine (ODA). Upon photoexcitation, the functionalized CMCs exhibited photoluminescence in the visible region. Similar to carbon based nanoparticles, the photoluminescence of CMCs was attributed to electron-hole radiative recombination after surface passivation. The results suggest that these functionalized CMCs might be used as a new class of optical agents for biological applications. As a primary experiment to study Au-S bonding, aminoethanethiol (HSCH2CH2NH2) was attached to the surface of gold-coated CMCs. Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) mapping shows gold, sulfur and nitrogen on the surface of CMCs. Then, a thiol-modified ssDNA attachment experiment was performed using a similar functionalization procedure as aminoethanethiol. The existence of phosphorus, nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur on surface of Au-coated CMCs immersed in thiol-modified ssDNA solution was confirmed by the EDX spectrum. The result indicates that ssDNA was fixed on their surface. In the fourth study, the effect of oxidized CMCs on mouse embryonic stem (MES) cells was examined to determine their toxicity. Mouse embryonic stem cells represent a unique cell population with the ability to undergo both self-renewal and differentiation. Results indicate that oxidized CMCs had very little toxicity on stem cell viability. There was no observed loss of alkaline

  8. Electrostatic determinants of stability in parallel 3-stranded coiled coils. (United States)

    Roy, Liton; Case, Martin A


    The optimal positioning of salt-bridging interactions in a parallel alpha-helical homotrimeric coiled coil has been explored in a metal ion-assembled polypeptide trimer of 60 residues; arginine-glutamate pairs are more stabilizing than the corresponding lysine-glutamate pairs, and optimal stabilization is obtained with positively charged arginine residues at the c positions of the alpha-helical heptad and negatively charged glutamate residues at the e positions.

  9. Coil for LEAR extraction septum

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    Which way does the current flow ? This intriguing object is the coil for the LEAR extraction septum. There were two septa, first a thin one, then this one, not so thin, somewhat on the borderline between septum and bending magnet.

  10. First coil for the SC

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    The coils for the SC magnet were stored in the large hangar of the Cointrin Airport (to make sure that they would be available before snow and ice would block the roads and canals from Belgium, where they were built).

  11. Coiling and Folding of Viscoelastic Jets (United States)

    Majmudar, Trushant; Varagnat, Matthieu; McKinley, Gareth


    The study of fluid jets impacting on a flat surface has industrial applications in many areas, including processing of foods and consumer goods, bottle filling, and polymer melt processing. Previous studies have focused primarily on purely viscous, Newtonian fluids, which exhibit a number of different dynamical regimes including dripping, steady jetting, folding, and steady coiling. Here we add another dimension to the problem by focusing on mobile (low viscosity) viscoelastic fluids, with the study of two wormlike-micellar fluids, a cetylpyridinum-salicylic acid salt (CPyCl/NaSal) solution, and an industrially relevant shampoo base. We investigate the effects of viscosity and elasticity on the dynamics of axi-symmetric jets. The viscoelasticity of the fluids is systematically controlled by varying the concentration of salt counterions. Experimental methods include shear and extensional rheology measurements to characterize the fluids, and high-speed digital video imaging. In addition to the regimes observed in purely viscous systems, we also find a novel regime in which the elastic jet buckles and folds on itself, and alternates between coiling and folding behavior. We suggest phase diagrams and scaling laws for the coiling and folding frequencies through a systematic exploration of the experimental parameter space (height of fall, imposed flow rate, elasticity of the solution).

  12. Nylon screws make inexpensive coil forms (United States)

    Aucoin, G.; Rosenthal, C.


    Standard nylon screws act as coil form copper wire laid down in spiral thread. Completed coil may be bonded to printed-circuit board. However, it is impossible to tune coil by adjusting spacing between windings, technique sometimes used with air-core coils.

  13. Magnetic resonance imaging of rodent spinal cord with an improved performance coil at 7 Tesla (United States)

    Solis-Najera, S. E.; Rodriguez, A. O.


    Magnetic Resonance Imaging of animal models provide reliable means to study human diseases. The image acquisition particularly determined by the radio frequency coil to detect the signal emanated from a particular region of interest. A scaled-down version of the slotted surface coil was built based on the previous results of a magnetron-type surface coil for human applications. Our coil prototype had a 2 cm total diameter and six circular slots and was developed for murine spinal cord at 7 T. Electromagnetic simulations of the slotted and circular coils were also performed to compute the spatially dependent magnetic and electric fields using a simulated saline-solution sphere. The quality factor of both coils was experimentally measured giving a lower noise figure and a higher quality factor for the slotted coil outperforming the circular coil. Images of the spinal cord of a rat were acquired using standard pulse sequences. The slotted surface coil can be a good tool for spinal cord rat imaging using conventional pulse sequences at 7 T.

  14. Dental MRI using a dedicated RF-coil at 3 Tesla. (United States)

    Prager, Marcel; Heiland, Sabine; Gareis, Daniel; Hilgenfeld, Tim; Bendszus, Martin; Gaudino, Chiara


    To assess the benefit of a dedicated surface coil to visualize dental structures in comparison to standard head/neck coil. Measurements were performed using the standard head/neck coil and a dedicated array coil for dental MRI at 3 T. As MRI methods, we used a T1-weighted spin-echo sequence with and without spectral fat saturation, a T2-weighted turbo-spin-echo sequence and a 3-dimensional T2-weighted SPACE sequence. Measurements were performed in a phantom to examine sensitivity profiles. Then the signal gain in dental structures was examined in volunteers and in a patient. As expected for a surface coil, the signal gain of the dental coil was highest at the surface of the phantom and decreased with increasing distance to the coil; it was >120% even at a depth of 30 mm, measured from the centre of the coil. The signal gain within the pulp of the volunteers ranged between 236 and 413%. The dedicated array coil offers a significantly higher signal within the region of interest for dental MR imaging thus allowing for better depiction of pathologies within the periodontium and for delineation and tracking of the branches of the maxillary and mandibular nerves. Copyright © 2015 European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Structural basis for cargo binding and autoinhibition of Bicaudal-D1 by a parallel coiled-coil with homotypic registry

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    Terawaki, Shin-ichi, E-mail: [Graduate School of Science and Technology, Gunma University, 1-5-1 Tenjin-cho, Kiryu, Gunma 376-8515 (Japan); SPring-8 Center, RIKEN, 1-1-1 Koto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan); Yoshikane, Asuka [Graduate School of Science and Technology, Gunma University, 1-5-1 Tenjin-cho, Kiryu, Gunma 376-8515 (Japan); SPring-8 Center, RIKEN, 1-1-1 Koto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan); Higuchi, Yoshiki [Department of Life Science, Graduate School of Life Science, University of Hyogo, 3-2-1 Koto, Kamigori-cho, Ako-gun, Hyogo 678-1297 (Japan); Department of Picobiology, Graduate School of Life Science, University of Hyogo, 3-2-1 Koto, Kamigori-cho, Ako-gun, Hyogo 678-1297 (Japan); SPring-8 Center, RIKEN, 1-1-1 Koto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan); Wakamatsu, Kaori [Graduate School of Science and Technology, Gunma University, 1-5-1 Tenjin-cho, Kiryu, Gunma 376-8515 (Japan); SPring-8 Center, RIKEN, 1-1-1 Koto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan)


    Bicaudal-D1 (BICD1) is an α-helical coiled-coil protein mediating the attachment of specific cargo to cytoplasmic dynein. It plays an essential role in minus end-directed intracellular transport along microtubules. The third C-terminal coiled-coil region of BICD1 (BICD1 CC3) has an important role in cargo sorting, including intracellular vesicles associating with the small GTPase Rab6 and the nuclear pore complex Ran binding protein 2 (RanBP2), and inhibiting the association with cytoplasmic dynein by binding to the first N-terminal coiled-coil region (CC1). The crystal structure of BICD1 CC3 revealed a parallel homodimeric coiled-coil with asymmetry and complementary knobs-into-holes interactions, differing from Drosophila BicD CC3. Furthermore, our binding study indicated that BICD1 CC3 possesses a binding surface for two distinct cargos, Rab6 and RanBP2, and that the CC1-binding site overlaps with the Rab6-binding site. These findings suggest a molecular basis for cargo recognition and autoinhibition of BICD proteins during dynein-dependent intracellular retrograde transport. - Highlights: • BICD1 CC3 is a parallel homodimeric coiled-coil with axial asymmetry. • The coiled-coil packing of BICD1 CC3 is adapted to the equivalent heptad position. • BICD1 CC3 has distinct binding sites for two classes of cargo, Rab6 and RanBP2. • The CC1-binding site of BICD1 CC3 overlaps with the Rab6-binding site.

  16. Improvement of SNR and acquisition acceleration using a 32-channel head coil compared to a 12-channel head coil at 3T. (United States)

    Reiss-Zimmermann, Martin; Gutberlet, Marcel; Köstler, Herbert; Fritzsch, Dominik; Hoffmann, Karl-Titus


    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques continue to improve in manifold ways. Besides field strength and sequence optimization, technical advances in coil design and sensitivity yield to increase the signal detection and therefore improve image quality. To evaluate the performance of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and parallel acquisition technique (PAT) acceleration of a dedicated 32-channel head coil compared with a standard 12-channel head coil. In a clinical 3T setting, spatial resolved SNR values for unaccelerated imaging and PAT with acceleration factors of 2-6 of a 32-channel head coil were evaluated in relation to a 12-channel head coil. SNR was determined quantitatively using proton-density-weighted in-vivo examinations in five healthy volunteers. Quantitative SNR maps for unaccelerated and PAT imaging were calculated using unfiltered MR raw data. Up to three-fold higher SNR values were achieved with the 32-channel head coil, which diminished towards the center to an increase of 40% compared with the 12-channel head coil. When using PAT, the 32-channel head coil resulted in a lower spatial-dependent quantitative noise enhancement, varying between 0% at R = 2 and 33% at R = 5. The 32-channel head coil provided superior SNR both with and without PAT compared with a 12-channel head coil, especially close to the brain surface. Using PAT, the unavoidable noise enhancement is diminished up to acceleration factors of 6 for the 32-channel head coil. Therefore, the 32-channel head coil is considered as a preferable tool for high-resolution neuroradiological imaging.

  17. BI-ground microstrip array coil vs. conventional microstrip array coil for mouse imaging at 7 tesla (United States)

    Hernández, Ricardo; Terrones, M. A. López; Jakob, P. M.


    At high field strengths, the need for more efficient high frequency coils has grown. Since the radiation losses and the interaction between coil and sample increase proportionally to field strength, the quality factor (Q) and the sensitivity of the coil decrease as consequence of these negative effects. Since Zhang et al proposed in 2001 a new surface coil based on the microstrip transmission line for high frequency, different Tx-Rx phased arrays based on this concept have been already introduced in animal and whole body systems at high field strengths, each of them with different modifications in order to get better field homogeneity, SNR or isolation between coil elements in the array. All these arrays for animals systems have been built for rat imaging. One of these modifications is called BI-Ground Microstrip Array Coil (BIGMAC). The implementation of a smaller two-channel BIGMAC design for mouse imaging is studied and its performance compared to a two-channel conventional Microstrip array at 7 Tesla, the higher isolation by using BIGMAC elements in comparison with conventional Microstrip elements is shown in this work.

  18. Kuidas olla peresõbralik tööandja : muret valmistab erisoodustusmaks, kuid hoolivus on ülesanne number üks

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    Oma ettevõtte peresõbralikkusest ja paindlikkusest räägivad Kädi Vestberg HR factory OÜ-st, Kadri Johanson CV-Keskusest, Kati Oja reisibüroost Estravel, Helena Erm Scania Eesti AS-ist, Moonika Kähr kinnisvarafirmast Uus Maa, Liina Oks Sampo pangast, Reet Treial Balti Investeeringute Grupi Pank AS-ist, Ülle Matt elektroonikafirmast Elcoteq, Silvia Savik Nukuteatrist, Ülle Filin Tele2 Eesti AS-ist, Sirje Tammiste Sirje Tammiste Konsultandibüroost, Getri Järvsoo Fortum Termest AS-ist ja Kärt Kirso AS-ist Kalev Chocolate Factory

  19. Free-boundary Full-pressure Island Healing in a Stellarator: Coil-healing

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    S.R.Hudson; A. Reiman; D. Strickler; A. Brooks; D.A. Monticello; and S.P. Hirshman


    The lack of axisymmetry in stellarators guarantees that in general magnetic islands and chaotic magnetic field lines will exist. As particle transport is strongly tied to the magnetic field lines, magnetic islands and chaotic field lines result in poor plasma confinement. For stellarators to be feasible candidates for fusion power stations it is essential that, to a good approximation, the magnetic field lines lie on nested flux-surfaces, and the suppression of magnetic islands is a critical issue for stellarator coil design, particularly for small aspect ratio devices. A procedure for modifying stellarator coil designs to eliminate magnetic islands in free-boundary full-pressure magnetohydrodynamic equilibria is presented. Islands may be removed from coil-plasma free-boundary equilibria by making small changes to the coil geometry and also by variation of trim coil currents. A plasma and coil design relevant to the National Compact Stellarator Experiment is used to illustrate the technique.

  20. Using the Genetic Algorithm to Find Coils for Compact Stellarators (United States)

    Miner, , Jr.; Valanju, P. M.; Hirshman, S. P.; Brooks, A.; Pomphrey, N.


    Stellarators are now optimized by finding the shape of the plasma surface that produces a desired mix of physics properties. The challenge is to find a practical coil set that creates that optimized surface with sufficient accuracy to retain the desired physics properties and still meet engineering and experimental constraints. Given the wide range of possible coil geometries, this is a daunting task requiring iterations between a practical coil geometry and the physics properties produced by it. A novel technique, the Genetic Algorithm (GA) (D.E. Goldberg, Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization, and Machine Leaning), (Addison Wesley, New York) 1989., has recently been applied to this problem. The GA is a computational search procedure for finding the global minimum of a target function using natural selection. This technique has been applied to the design of coils for the NCSX. Typically > 30 coil contours are needed to reproduce the necessary accuracy. Using GA, the result can be improved by choosing a small subset (e.g. 10) contours, each carrying different currents from among a much larger number (e.g. 50).

  1. The structure of the GemC1 coiled coil and its interaction with the Geminin family of coiled-coil proteins

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    Caillat, Christophe; Fish, Alexander [The Netherlands Cancer Institute, 1066 CX Amsterdam (Netherlands); Pefani, Dafni-Eleftheria; Taraviras, Stavros; Lygerou, Zoi [University of Patras, 26505 Rio, Patras (Greece); Perrakis, Anastassis, E-mail: [The Netherlands Cancer Institute, 1066 CX Amsterdam (Netherlands)


    The GemC1 coiled-coil structure has subtle differences compared with its homologues Geminin and Idas. Co-expression experiments in cells and biophysical stability analysis of the Geminin-family coiled coils suggest that the GemC1 coiled coil alone is unstable. GemC1, together with Idas and Geminin, an important regulator of DNA-replication licensing and differentiation decisions, constitute a superfamily sharing a homologous central coiled-coil domain. To better understand this family of proteins, the crystal structure of a GemC1 coiled-coil domain variant engineered for better solubility was determined to 2.2 Å resolution. GemC1 shows a less typical coiled coil compared with the Geminin homodimer and the Geminin–Idas heterodimer structures. It is also shown that both in vitro and in cells GemC1 interacts with Geminin through its coiled-coil domain, forming a heterodimer that is more stable that the GemC1 homodimer. Comparative analysis of the thermal stability of all of the possible superfamily complexes, using circular dichroism to follow the unfolding of the entire helix of the coiled coil, or intrinsic tryptophan fluorescence of a unique conserved N-terminal tryptophan, shows that the unfolding of the coiled coil is likely to take place from the C-terminus towards the N-terminus. It is also shown that homodimers show a single-state unfolding, while heterodimers show a two-state unfolding, suggesting that the dimer first falls apart and the helices then unfold according to the stability of each protein. The findings argue that Geminin-family members form homodimers and heterodimers between them, and this ability is likely to be important for modulating their function in cycling and differentiating cells.

  2. Platinum (IV) coiled coil nanotubes selectively kill human glioblastoma cells. (United States)

    Thanasupawat, Thatchawan; Bergen, Hugo; Hombach-Klonisch, Sabine; Krcek, Jerry; Ghavami, Saeid; Del Bigio, Marc R; Krawitz, Sherry; Stelmack, Gerald; Halayko, Andrew; McDougall, Matthew; Meier, Markus; Stetefeld, Jörg; Klonisch, Thomas


    Malignant glioma are often fatal and pose a significant therapeutic challenge. Here we have employed α-helical right handed coiled coils (RHCC) which self-assemble into tetrameric nanotubes that stably associate with platinum (Pt) (IV) compound. This Pt(IV)-RHCC complex showed superior in vitro and in vivo toxicity in human malignant glioma cells at up to 5 fold lower platinum concentrations when compared to free Pt(IV). Pt(IV)-RHCC nanotubes activated multiple cell death pathways in GB cells without affecting astrocytes in vitro or causing damage to normal mouse brain. This Pt(IV)-RHCC nanotubes may serve as a promising new therapeutic tool for low dose Pt(IV) prodrug application for highly efficient and selective treatment of human brain tumors. The prognosis of malignant glioma remains poor despite medical advances. Platinum, one of the chemotherapeutic agents used, has significant systemic side effects. In this article, the authors employed α-helical right handed coiled coil (RHCC) protein nanotubes as a carrier for cisplatin. It was shown that the new compound achieved higher tumor kill rate but lower toxicity to normal cells and thus may hold promise to be a highly efficient treatment for the future. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. In vivo field-cycling relaxometry using an insert coil for magnetic field offset. (United States)

    Pine, Kerrin J; Goldie, Fred; Lurie, David J


    The T(1) of tissue has a strong dependence on the measurement magnetic field strength. T(1) -dispersion could be a useful contrast parameter, but is unavailable to clinical MR systems which operate at fixed magnetic field strength. The purpose of this work was to implement a removable insert magnet coil for field-cycling T(1) -dispersion measurements on a vertical-field MRI scanner, by offsetting the static field over a volume of interest. An insert magnet coil was constructed for use with a whole-body sized 59 milli-Tesla (mT) vertical-field, permanent-magnet based imager. The coil has diameter 38 cm and thickness 6.1 cm and a homogeneous region (± 5%) of 5 cm DSV, offset by 5 cm from the coil surface. Surface radiofrequency (RF) coils were also constructed. The insert coil was used in conjunction with a surface RF coil and a volume-localized inversion-recovery pulse sequence to plot T(1) -dispersion in a human volunteer's forearm over a range of field strengths from 1 mT to 70 mT. T(1) -dispersion measurements were demonstrated on a fixed-field MRI scanner, using an insert coil. This demonstrates the feasibility of relaxation dispersion measurements on an otherwise conventional MR imager, facilitating the exploitation of T(1) -dispersion contrast for enhanced diagnosis. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Flexibility of LHD configuration with multi-layer helical coils

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    Ichiguchi, Katsuji; Motojima, Osamu; Yamazaki, Kozo; Nakajima, Noriyoshi; Okamoto, Masao


    The Large Helical Device (LHD) is a heliotron device with two helical coils, each of which has a structure of three current layers. It is designed so that the current in each layer should be controlled independently. By changing the combination of the coil current in the layers, it is possible to vary the effective minor radius of the helical coils, which enlarges the flexibility of the configuration. The properties of the plasmas for several combinations of the layers are investigated numerically. In the vacuum configuration, it is obtained that the combination of the layers corresponding to a large effective coil radius has a large outermost surface. In this case, the rotational transform decreases and the magnetic hill is reduced compared with the configuration with all three layers. The large Shafranov shift which is due to the small rotational transform enhances the magnetic well and the magnetic shear to stabilize the Mercier mode, however, it degrades the equilibrium beta limit. In the case of the combination for a small effective coil radius, the Mercier mode is destabilized, because the magnetic hill is enhanced. The effect on the bootstrap current is also studied. (author).

  5. Convex optimisation of gradient and shim coil winding patterns. (United States)

    Poole, Michael S; Shah, N Jon


    Gradient and shim coils were designed using boundary element methods with convex optimisation. The convex optimisation framework permits the prototyping of many different cost functions and constraints, for example ℓ(p)-norms of the current density. Several examples of gradients and shims were designed and simulated to demonstrate this, as well as to investigate the behaviour of new cost functions. A mixture of ℓ(1)- and ℓ(∞)-norms of the current density, when used as a regularisation term in the field synthesis problem, was found to produce coils with bunches of equally spaced windings that do not take up all of the available surface. This is thought to be beneficial in the design of coils that will be manufactured from wire with a fixed cross-section. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Thickness Effect of Micro Speaker Copper Coil Fabrication Process

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    F. L. AYAT


    Full Text Available This paper present the advantage of using electroplating for making the thick layer of copper over the sputtering. The purpose of this paper is to fabricate the copper coil for microspeaker. The design and simulation of this copper coil shows that the 15 um thickness is needed. In order to fabricate this coil, copper plating is used. The electro-deposition process is well suited to make films of metals such as copper, gold and nickel. The films can be made in any thickness from ~1 µm to >100 µm. The deposition is best controlled when used with an external electrical potentiostate. However, it requires electrical contact to the substrate when immersed in the liquid bath. In any process, the surface of the substrate must have an electrically conducting coating before the deposition can be done. The result of this experimental research shows the easy and cheap way to fabricate the thick layer of copper for microspeacker fabrication.

  7. Plasmodium vivax antigen discovery based on alpha-helical coiled coil protein motif

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    Céspedes, Nora; Habel, Catherine; Lopez-Perez, Mary


    Protein α-helical coiled coil structures that elicit antibody responses, which block critical functions of medically important microorganisms, represent a means for vaccine development. By using bioinformatics algorithms, a total of 50 antigens with α-helical coiled coil motifs orthologous...

  8. Calculations on resonance spin-echo coils

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    Prokudaylo, S B; Keller, T; Bleuel, M; Axtner, M; Selvachev, A


    The performance of the coils used for a resonance spin-echo spectrometer is simulated to obtain the optimum parameters. The possibility to use a round wire instead of a flat band for coil production is explored. The parameters of the static bootstrap coils were varied in a 2D approach and a better configuration than one actually uses was found. (orig.)

  9. The umbilical coiling index in normal pregnancy

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    van Diik, C. C.; Franx, A.; de Laat, M. W. M.; Bruinse, H. W.; Visser, G. H. A.; Nikkels, P. G. J.


    To provide reference values for the umbilical coiling index in uncomplicated pregnancy. Umbilical cords were collected from livebom singleton infants born after uncomplicated pregnancies. The umbilical coiling index (UCI) was calculated as the number of coils divided by the cord length in

  10. The umbilical coiling index in complicated pregnancy

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    de Laat, Monique W. M.; van Alderen, Elise D.; Franx, Arie; Visser, Gerard H. A.; Bots, Michiel L.; Nikkels, Peter G. J.


    To evaluate umbilical cord coiling in pregnancies with adverse outcome. Umbilical cords and hospital records of 565 consecutive cases with an indication for histological examination of the placenta were studied. The umbilical coiling index (UCI) was determined as the number of complete coils divided

  11. Ühe tonni elu : Kas olete mõelnud, milline on ühe pere süsiniku jalajälg loodusele? / Märt Riistop

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    Riistop, Märt


    Stokholmi äärelinnas mõõdeti 4-liikmelise pere energiatarbimist, eesmärgiga viia katsemaja ja elektriauto abil arvutuslik aastane süsiniku jalajälg 1 tonni süsihappegaasini iga pereliikme kohta

  12. Coil Migration through a Neuroform 3 Stent during Endovascular Coiling. A Case Report.

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    O'Hare, A


    Summary: A 43-year-old woman attended for stent assisted coiling. A Neuroform 30 x 4.5 mm stent had been successfully placed over the left periophthalmic aneurysm. During the coiling the first coil migrated through the crowns in the stent, lodging at the MCA bifurcation. We believe that the coil herniated through the overlying stent due to the carotid siphon curvature and the open cell design. Furthermore the distal markers of the stent impeded coil extraction with a MERCI device.

  13. Coiled transmission line pulse generators (United States)

    McDonald, Kenneth Fox


    Methods and apparatus are provided for fabricating and constructing solid dielectric "Coiled Transmission Line" pulse generators in radial or axial coiled geometries. The pour and cure fabrication process enables a wide variety of geometries and form factors. The volume between the conductors is filled with liquid blends of monomers, polymers, oligomers, and/or cross-linkers and dielectric powders; and then cured to form high field strength and high dielectric constant solid dielectric transmission lines that intrinsically produce ideal rectangular high voltage pulses when charged and switched into matched impedance loads. Voltage levels may be increased by Marx and/or Blumlein principles incorporating spark gap or, preferentially, solid state switches (such as optically triggered thyristors) which produce reliable, high repetition rate operation. Moreover, these Marxed pulse generators can be DC charged and do not require additional pulse forming circuitry, pulse forming lines, transformers, or an a high voltage spark gap output switch. The apparatus accommodates a wide range of voltages, impedances, pulse durations, pulse repetition rates, and duty cycles. The resulting mobile or flight platform friendly cylindrical geometric configuration is much more compact, light-weight, and robust than conventional linear geometries, or pulse generators constructed from conventional components. Installing additional circuitry may accommodate optional pulse shape improvements. The Coiled Transmission Lines can also be connected in parallel to decrease the impedance, or in series to increase the pulse length.

  14. Integrated PET/MR imaging: automatic attenuation correction of flexible RF coils. (United States)

    Kartmann, René; Paulus, Daniel H; Braun, Harald; Aklan, Bassim; Ziegler, Susanne; Navalpakkam, Bharath K; Lentschig, Markus; Quick, Harald H


    Flexible radiofrequency (RF) surface coils used in simultaneous PET/MR imaging are currently disregarded in PET attenuation correction (AC) since their position and individual geometry are unknown in whole-body patient scans. The attenuation of PET emission data due to the presence of RF surface coils has been investigated by several research groups but so far no automatic approach for the incorporation of RF surface coils into PET AC has been described. In this work, an algorithm is presented and evaluated which automatically determines the position of multiple RF surface coils and corrects for their attenuation of the PET emission data. The presented algorithm nonrigidly registers pre-acquired CT-based three-dimensional attenuation templates of RF surface coils into attenuation maps used for PET AC. Transformation parameters are obtained by nonrigid B-spline landmark registration of marker positions in the CT-based attenuation templates of the RF surface coils to marker positions in the current MR images of the patient. The use of different marker patterns enables the registration algorithm to distinguish multiple partly overlapping RF surface coils. To evaluate the registration algorithm, two different PET emission scans of a NEMA standard body phantom with six active lesions and of a large rectangular body phantom were performed on an integrated whole-body PET/MR scanner. The phantoms were scanned with and without one (NEMA phantom scan) or three (large body phantom scan) flexible six-channel RF surface coils placed on top. Additionally, the accuracy and performance of the algorithm were evaluated on volunteer scans (n=5) and on a patient scan using a typical clinical setup of three RF surface coils. Overall loss of true counts due to the presence of the RF surface coils was 5.1% for the NEMA phantom, 3.6% for the large body phantom, and 2.1% for the patient scan. Considerable local underestimation of measured activity concentration up to 15.4% in the top part

  15. Growth Factor Identity Is Encoded by Discrete Coiled-Coil Rotamers in the EGFR Juxtamembrane Region. (United States)

    Doerner, Amy; Scheck, Rebecca; Schepartz, Alanna


    Binding of transforming growth factor α (TGF-α) to the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) extracellular domain is encoded through the formation of a unique antiparallel coiled coil within the juxtamembrane segment. This new coiled coil is an "inside-out" version of the coiled coil formed in the presence of epidermal growth factor (EGF). A third, intermediary coiled-coil interface is formed in the juxtamembrane region when EGFR is stimulated with betacellulin. The seven growth factors that activate EGFR in mammalian systems (EGF, TGF-α, epigen, epiregulin, betacellulin, heparin-binding EGF, and amphiregulin) fall into distinct categories in which the structure of the coiled coil induced within the juxtamembrane region correlates with cell state. The observation that coiled-coil state tracks with the downstream signaling profiles for each ligand provides evidence for growth factor functional selectivity by EGFR. Encoding growth factor identity in alternative coiled-coil rotamers provides a simple and elegant method for communicating chemical information across the plasma membrane. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Kevad Veneetsias / Peeter Pere

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    Pere, Peeter, 1957-


    Arhitektuuriga haakuvatest töödest 55. Venezia biennaalil. Walter de Maria (USA), Robert Goberi (USA), Andra Ursuta (Rumeenia), Jasper Justi (Taani), Lara Almarcequi (Hispaania) ja Dénes Farkase (Eesti) töödest

  17. Detailed 3D models of the induced electric field of transcranial magnetic stimulation coils

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    Salinas, F S; Lancaster, J L; Fox, P T [Research Imaging Center, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78229 (United States)


    Previous models neglected contributions from current elements spanning the full geometric extent of wires in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) coils. A detailed account of TMS coil wiring geometry is shown to provide significant improvements in the accuracy of electric field (E-field) models. Modeling E-field dependence based on the TMS coil's wire width, height, shape and number of turns clearly improved the fit of calculated-to-measured E-fields near the coil body. Detailed E-field models were accurate up to the surface of the coil body (within 0.5% of measured) where simple models were often inadequate (up to 32% different from measured)

  18. Magnetic resonance butterfly coils: Design and application for hyperpolarized 13C studies

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    Giovannetti, Giulio; Frijia, Francesca; Attanasio, Simona


    Hyperpolarized 13C magnetic resonance spectroscopy in pig models enables cardiac metabolism assessment and provides a powerful tool for heart physiology studies, although the low molar concentration of derivate metabolites gives rise to technological limitations in terms of data quality. The design...... of dedicated coils capable of providing large field of view with high Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) data is of fundamental importance. This work presents magnetostatic simulations and tests of two butterfly coils with different geometries, both designed for 13C hyperpolarized studies of pig heart with a clinical...... 3T scanner. In particular, the paper provides details of the design, modeling, construction and application of the butterfly style coils. While both coils could be successfully employed in single configuration (linear mode), the second prototype was used to design a quadrature surface coil...

  19. Monte Carlo-based Noise Compensation in Coil Intensity Corrected Endorectal MRI

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    Lui, Dorothy; Haider, Masoom; Wong, Alexander


    Background: Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer found in males making early diagnosis important. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been useful in visualizing and localizing tumor candidates and with the use of endorectal coils (ERC), the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) can be improved. The coils introduce intensity inhomogeneities and the surface coil intensity correction built into MRI scanners is used to reduce these inhomogeneities. However, the correction typically performed at the MRI scanner level leads to noise amplification and noise level variations. Methods: In this study, we introduce a new Monte Carlo-based noise compensation approach for coil intensity corrected endorectal MRI which allows for effective noise compensation and preservation of details within the prostate. The approach accounts for the ERC SNR profile via a spatially-adaptive noise model for correcting non-stationary noise variations. Such a method is useful particularly for improving the image quality of coil i...

  20. An improved current potential method for fast computation of stellarator coil shapes

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    Landreman, Matt


    Several fast methods for computing stellarator coil shapes are compared, including the classical NESCOIL procedure [Merkel, Nucl. Fusion 27, 867 (1987)], its generalization using truncated singular value decomposition, and a Tikhonov regularization approach we call REGCOIL in which the squared current density is included in the objective function. Considering W7-X and NCSX geometries, and for any desired level of regularization, we find the REGCOIL approach simultaneously achieves lower surface-averaged and maximum values of both current density (on the coil winding surface) and normal magnetic field (on the desired plasma surface). This approach therefore can simultaneously improve the free-boundary reconstruction of the target plasma shape while substantially increasing the minimum distances between coils, preventing collisions between coils while improving access for ports and maintenance. The REGCOIL method also allows finer control over the level of regularization, and it eliminates two pathologies of NE...


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    Davorin Matanović


    Full Text Available The use of coiled tubing is increasing rapidly with drilling of horizontal wells. To satisfy all requirements (larger mechanical stresses, larger fluid capacities the production of larger sizes and better material qualities was developed. Stresses due to axial forces and pressures that coiled tubing is subjected are close to its performance limits. So it is really important to know and understand the behaviour of coiled tubing to avoid its break, burst or collapse in the well.

  2. Biocide-mediated corrosion of coiled tubing. (United States)

    Sharma, Mohita; An, Dongshan; Liu, Tao; Pinnock, Tijan; Cheng, Frank; Voordouw, Gerrit


    Coiled tubing corrosion was investigated for 16 field water samples (S5 to S20) from a Canadian shale gas field. Weight loss corrosion rates of carbon steel beads incubated with these field water samples averaged 0.2 mm/yr, but injection water sample S19 had 1.25±0.07 mm/yr. S19 had a most probable number of zero acid-producing bacteria and incubation of S19 with carbon steel beads or coupons did not lead to big changes in microbial community composition. In contrast other field water samples had most probable numbers of APB of 102/mL to 107/mL and incubation of these field water samples with carbon steel beads or coupons often gave large changes in microbial community composition. HPLC analysis indicated that all field water samples had elevated concentrations of bromide (average 1.6 mM), which may be derived from bronopol, which was used as a biocide. S19 had the highest bromide concentration (4.2 mM) and was the only water sample with a high concentration of active bronopol (13.8 mM, 2760 ppm). Corrosion rates increased linearly with bronopol concentration, as determined by weight loss of carbon steel beads, for experiments with S19, with filtered S19 and with bronopol dissolved in defined medium. This indicated that the high corrosion rate found for S19 was due to its high bronopol concentration. The corrosion rate of coiled tubing coupons also increased linearly with bronopol concentration as determined by electrochemical methods. Profilometry measurements also showed formation of multiple pits on the surface of coiled tubing coupon with an average pit depth of 60 μm after 1 week of incubation with 1 mM bronopol. At the recommended dosage of 100 ppm the corrosiveness of bronopol towards carbon steel beads was modest (0.011 mm/yr). Higher concentrations, resulting if biocide is added repeatedly as commonly done in shale gas operations, are more corrosive and should be avoided. Overdosing may be avoided by assaying the presence of residual biocide by HPLC

  3. Use of nitrogen and coiled tubing in deep wells

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    Cashion, J.L.


    A new dimension in deep well completions, recompletions, and workovers was added when the use of nitrogen was combined with the use of coiled tubing. Units in operation today have 3/4-in. and 1-in. OD tubing which is coiled on a large portable reel and capable of working to depths of 14,000 ft and deeper. Below 14,000 ft, the 3/4-in. coiled tubing has proven valuable when used with high-pressure nitrogen for well testing and recovery of spent acid after large stimulation jobs. Wellhead equipment for 5,000 psi working pressure is common, and special equipment is used for surface pressures up to 10,000 psi. Coiled tubing is run into and withdrawn from the well by means of an endless-chain, traction-type tubing injector driven by 2 hydraulic motors. A depth indicator records the amount of tubing run into the well. Injection or withdrawal speeds of 100 ft/min are possible; however, when injecting the tubing into a well for the first trip, speeds of 40 to 69 ft/min are practical. Some deep well applications (below 15,000 ft) are described.

  4. Tesla coil theoretical model and experimental verification


    Voitkans, Janis; Voitkans, Arnis


    Abstract – In this paper a theoretical model of a Tesla coil operation is proposed. Tesla coil is described as a long line with distributed parameters in a single-wired format, where the line voltage is measured against electrically neutral space. It is shown that equivalent two-wired scheme can be found for a single-wired scheme and already known long line theory can be applied to a Tesla coil. Formulas for calculation of voltage in a Tesla coil by coordinate and calculation of resonance fre...

  5. Helical axis stellarator with noninterlocking planar coils (United States)

    Reiman, Allan; Boozer, Allen H.


    A helical axis stellarator using only noninterlocking planar, non-circular coils, generates magnetic fields having a magnetic well and large rotational transform with resultant large equilibrium beta.

  6. Construction and evaluation of a switch-tuned (13) C - (1) H birdcage radiofrequency coil for imaging the metabolism of hyperpolarized (13) C-enriched compounds. (United States)

    Lim, Heeseung; Thind, Kundan; Martinez-Santiesteban, Francisco M; Scholl, Timothy James


    To construct a switch-tuned (13) C - (1) H birdcage radiofrequency (RF) coil system capable of metabolic imaging of hyperpolarized (13) C-enriched metabolic probes for co-registration with MRI morphology using protons. The switch-tuned coil was constructed using PIN diodes for rapid switching of the resonant frequency of the coil. Identical, single-tuned, (1) H and (13) C birdcage RF coils have also been constructed for comparison of imaging performance. A (13) C receive-only surface RF coil has been integrated with the switch-tuned coil for transmit-only, receive-only operation (TORO) to increase local (13) C signal for improved signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). The SNR achieved with the switch-tuned coil in transmit/receive mode was 87% that of the single-tuned (1) H coil. For (13) C imaging, the SNR for the switch-tuned coil was 55% that of the single-tuned (13) C coil. TORO operation of the switch-tuned coil with the surface coil increased SNR for by a factor of 4.2 over transmit/receive operation of the switch-tuned coil alone. A surface coil can be integrated with a switch-tuned (13) C - (1) H coil for (13) C TORO operation producing improved SNR. In vivo metabolic imaging of [1-(13) C]pyruvate in a rat model of glioma is demonstrated using TORO operation, which is co-registered with (1) H-imaged anatomy. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Superconducting Coil of Po Dipole

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    The Po superconducting dipole was built as a prototype beam transport magnet for the SPS extracted proton beam P0. Its main features were: coil aperture 72 mm, length 5 m, room-temperature yoke, NbTi cable conductor impregnated with solder, nominal field 4.2 T at 4.7 K (87% of critical field). It reached its nominal field without any quench.After this successful test up to its nominal field of 4.2 T, the power was not raised to reach a quench. The magnet was not installed in a beam and had no other further use. Nevertheless its construction provided knowledges and experience which became useful in the design and construction of the LHC magnets. The photo shows a detail of the inner layer winding before superposing the outer layer to form the complete coil of a pole. Worth noticing is the interleaved glass-epoxy sheet (white) with grooved channels for the flow of cooling helium. See also 8211532X.

  8. Compact stellarators with modular coils (United States)

    Garabedian, P. R.


    Compact stellarator designs with modular coils and only two or three field periods are now available; these designs have both good stability and quasiaxial symmetry providing adequate transport for a magnetic fusion reactor. If the bootstrap current assumes theoretically predicted values a three field period configuration is optimal, but if that net current turns out to be lower, a device with two periods and just 12 modular coils might be better. There are also attractive designs with quasihelical symmetry and four or five periods whose properties depend less on the bootstrap current. Good performance requires that there be a satisfactory magnetic well in the vacuum field, which is a property lacking in a stellarator-tokamak hybrid that has been proposed for a proof of principle experiment. In this paper, we present an analysis of stability for these configurations that is based on a mountain pass theorem asserting that, if two solutions of the problem of magnetohydrodynamic equilibrium can be found, then there has to be an unstable solution. We compare results of our theory of equilibrium, stability, and transport with recently announced measurements from the large LHD experiment in Japan. PMID:10899993

  9. Multicoil2: predicting coiled coils and their oligomerization states from sequence in the twilight zone.

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    Jason Trigg

    Full Text Available The alpha-helical coiled coil can adopt a variety of topologies, among the most common of which are parallel and antiparallel dimers and trimers. We present Multicoil2, an algorithm that predicts both the location and oligomerization state (two versus three helices of coiled coils in protein sequences. Multicoil2 combines the pairwise correlations of the previous Multicoil method with the flexibility of Hidden Markov Models (HMMs in a Markov Random Field (MRF. The resulting algorithm integrates sequence features, including pairwise interactions, through multinomial logistic regression to devise an optimized scoring function for distinguishing dimer, trimer and non-coiled-coil oligomerization states; this scoring function is used to produce Markov Random Field potentials that incorporate pairwise correlations localized in sequence. Multicoil2 significantly improves both coiled-coil detection and dimer versus trimer state prediction over the original Multicoil algorithm retrained on a newly-constructed database of coiled-coil sequences. The new database, comprised of 2,105 sequences containing 124,088 residues, includes reliable structural annotations based on experimental data in the literature. Notably, the enhanced performance of Multicoil2 is evident when tested in stringent leave-family-out cross-validation on the new database, reflecting expected performance on challenging new prediction targets that have minimal sequence similarity to known coiled-coil families. The Multicoil2 program and training database are available for download from

  10. Self-assembly of coiled coil peptides into nanoparticles vs 2-d plates: effects of assembly pathway (United States)

    Kim, Kyunghee; Pochan, Darrin

    Molecular solution assembly, or self-assembly, is a process by which ordered nanostructures or patterns are formed by non-covalent interactions during assembly. Biomimicry, the use of bioinspired molecules or biologically relevant materials, is an important area of self-assembly research with peptides serving a critical role as molecular tools. The morphology of peptide assemblies can be controlled by adjusting solution conditions such as the concentration of peptides, the temperature, and pH. Herein, spherical nanostructures, which have potential for creating an encapsulation system, are formed by self-assembly when coiled coil peptides are combined in solution. These peptides are homotrimeric and heterodimeric coiled-coil bundles and the homotrimer is connected with each of heterodimer through their external surfaces via disulfide bonds. The resultant covalent constructs could co-assemble into complementary trimeric hubs, respectively. The two peptide constructs are directly mixed and assembled in solution in order to produce either spherical particles or 2-d plates depending on the solution conditions and kinetic pathway of assembly. In particular, structural changes of the self-assembled peptides are explored by control of the thermal history of the assembly solution.

  11. Simulation and optimization of the magnetic field in an electroplated copper micro-coil (United States)

    Matar, Maher; Al-Halhouli, Alaaldeen T.; Büttgenbach, Stephanus; Dietzel, Andreas H.


    This work aims at simulating and optimizing the magnetic field intensity in different electroplated copper micro-coil designs that can be integrated in a recently developed electromagnetic micro-pump. The results of this study will be used in fabricating new optimized micro-coil designs that may enhance the performance of the developed synchronous micro-pump (i.e., the maximum back pressures and flow rates). The synchronous micro-pump concept depends on managing the movement of two magnets in an annular fluidic channel. Magnet rotation is achieved by sequentially activating a set of planar micro-coils to repel or attract the first magnet (traveling magnet) through the channel, while the second one is anchored between the inlet and the outlet ports. At the end of each pumping cycle, the magnets exchange their anchored and traveling functions. To achieve the maximum back pressure and flow rate (highest performance) in such micro-pump, higher magnetic fields without exceeding the material temperature limitation are required. The stronger the magnetic fields that can be generated, the higher the hydraulic power that can the pump deliver. This study presents extensive numerical simulations using the commercial software package COMSOL and presents also optimizations for the effect of the main micro-coil parameters on the generated magnetic field: coil wire width and height, the coil turns offset distance, the effect of including an iron core inside the coil area, and the number of coil turns. The main analyzed results are: the normal magnetic flux contours at the top (upper) surface of the coil - where the permanent magnets rotate in the micro-pump channel -, the distribution of the magnetic field streams and the area averaging of the magnetic field intensity all over the micro-coil sector.

  12. Three-dimensional proton magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging with and without an endorectal coil: a prostate phantom study

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    Ma, C.; Chen, L.; Scheenen, T.W.J.; Lu, J.; Wang, J


    Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) of the prostate has been used with only a combination of external surface coils. The quality of spectral fitting of the (choline + creatine)/citrate ([Cho + Cr]/Cit) ratio at different field strengths and different coils is important for

  13. Micro-fabricated integrated coil and magnetic circuit and method of manufacturing thereof (United States)

    Mihailovich, Robert E.; Papavasiliou, Alex P.; Mehrotra, Vivek; Stupar, Philip A.; Borwick, III, Robert L.; Ganguli, Rahul; DeNatale, Jeffrey F.


    A micro-fabricated electromagnetic device is provided for on-circuit integration. The electromagnetic device includes a core. The core has a plurality of electrically insulating layers positioned alternatingly between a plurality of magnetic layers to collectively form a continuous laminate having alternating magnetic and electrically insulating layers. The electromagnetic device includes a coil embedded in openings of the semiconductor substrate. An insulating material is positioned in the cavity and between the coil and an inner surface of the core. A method of manufacturing the electromagnetic device includes providing a semiconductor substrate having openings formed therein. Windings of a coil are electroplated and embedded in the openings. The insulating material is coated on or around an exposed surface of the coil. Alternating magnetic layers and electrically insulating layers may be micro-fabricated and electroplated as a single and substantially continuous segment on or around the insulating material.

  14. Coil Optimization for High Temperature Superconductor Machines

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    Mijatovic, Nenad; Jensen, Bogi Bech; Abrahamsen, Asger Bech


    This paper presents topology optimization of HTS racetrack coils for large HTS synchronous machines. The topology optimization is used to acquire optimal coil designs for the excitation system of 3 T HTS machines. Several tapes are evaluated and the optimization results are discussed. The optimiz...

  15. Penile hair coil strangulation of the child

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    amputation of the corpus spongiosum. Grade IV corresponds to the section of the glans [8]. In the majority of the reported cases, the constrictive injury is located in the coronal sulcus. The coil of hair can be so deeply embedded in the skin that the physical examination shows no foreign body coiled around the penis.

  16. Magnetic Fields at the Center of Coils (United States)

    Binder, Philippe; Hui, Kaleonui; Goldman, Jesse


    In this note we synthesize and extend expressions for the magnetic field at the center of very short and very long current-carrying coils. Elementary physics textbooks present the following equation for the magnetic field inside a very long current-carrying coil (solenoid): B[subscript sol] = µ[subscript 0] (N/L) I, (1) where I is the current, N…

  17. Evidence-based pathology: umbilical cord coiling. (United States)

    Khong, T Y


    The generation of a pathology test result must be based on criteria that are proven to be acceptably reproducible and clinically relevant to be evidence-based. This review de-constructs the umbilical cord coiling index to illustrate how it can stray from being evidence-based. Publications related to umbilical cord coiling were retrieved and analysed with regard to how the umbilical coiling index was calculated, abnormal coiling was defined and reference ranges were constructed. Errors and other influences that can occur with the measurement of the length of the umbilical cord or of the number of coils can compromise the generation of the coiling index. Definitions of abnormal coiling are not consistent in the literature. Reference ranges defining hypocoiling or hypercoiling have not taken those potential errors or the possible effect of gestational age into account. Even the way numerical test results in anatomical pathology are generated, as illustrated by the umbilical coiling index, warrants a critical analysis into its evidence base to ensure that they are reproducible or free from errors.

  18. Novel transcranial magnetic stimulation coil for mice (United States)

    March, Stephen; Stark, Spencer; Crowther, Lawrence; Hadimani, Ravi; Jiles, David


    Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) shows potential for non-invasive treatment of various neurological disorders. Significant work has been performed on the design of coils used for TMS on human subjects but few reports have been made on the design of coils for use on the brains of animals such as mice. This work is needed as TMS studies utilizing mice can allow rapid preclinical development of TMS for human disorders but the coil designs developed for use on humans are inadequate for optimal stimulation of the much smaller mouse brain. A novel TMS coil has been developed with the goal of inducing strong and focused electric fields for the stimulation of small animals such as mice. Calculations of induced electric fields were performed utilizing an MRI derived inhomogeneous model of an adult male mouse. Mechanical and thermal analysis of this new TMS helmet-coil design have also been performed at anticipated TMS operating conditions to ensure mechanical stability of the new coil and establish expected linear attraction and rotational force values. Calculated temperature increases for typical stimulation periods indicate the helmet-coil system is capable of operating within established medical standards. A prototype of the coil has been fabricated and characterization results are presented.

  19. Radiative MRI Coil Design Using Parasitic Scatterers

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    Sanchez-Heredia, Juan D.; Avendal, Johan; Bibic, Adnan


    Conventionally, radiofrequency (RF) coils used for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are electrically small and designed for nearfield operation. Therefore, existing antenna design techniques are mostly irrelevant for RF coils. However, the use of higher frequencies in ultrahigh field (UHF) MRI...... allows for antenna design techniques to be adapted to RF coil designs. This study proposes the use of parasitic scatterers to improve the performance of an existing 7T MRI coil called the single-sided adapted dipole (SSAD) antenna. The results reveal that scatterers arranged in a Yagi fashion can...... suitable for use in high density arrays. These findings show the potential of parasitic scatterers as an effective method to improve the performance of existing radiative MRI coils....

  20. A Built for Purpose Micro-Hole Coiled Tubing Rig (MCTR)

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    Bart Patton


    This report will serve as the final report on the work performed from the contract period October 2005 thru April 2007. The project 'A Built for Purpose Microhole Coiled Tubing Rig (MCTR)' purpose was to upgrade an existing state-of-the-art Coiled Tubing Drilling Rig to a Microhole Coiled Tubing Rig (MCTR) capable of meeting the specifications and tasks of the Department of Energy. The individual tasks outlined to meet the Department of Energy's specifications are: (1) Concept and development of lubricator and tool deployment system; (2) Concept and development of process control and data acquisition; (3) Concept and development of safety and efficiency improvements; and (4) Final unit integration and testing. The end result of the MCTR upgrade has produced a unit capable of meeting the following requirements: (1) Capable of handling 1-inch through 2-3/8-inch coiled tubing (Currently dressed for 2-3/8-inch coiled tubing and capable of running up to 3-1/2-inch coiled tubing); (2) Capable of drilling and casing surface, intermediate, production and liner hole intervals; (3) Capable of drilling with coiled tubing and has all controls and installation piping for a top drive; (4) Rig is capable of running 7-5/8-inch range 2 casing; and (5) Capable of drilling 5,000 ft true vertical depth (TVD) and 6,000 ft true measured depth (TMD).

  1. Reversible and irreversible coiled coils in the stalk domain of ncd motor protein. (United States)

    Makino, Tsukasa; Morii, Hisayuki; Shimizu, Takashi; Arisaka, Fumio; Kato, Yusuke; Nagata, Koji; Tanokura, Masaru


    Ncd is a microtubule minus end-directed motor protein from Drosophila, a member of the kinesin-14 family, and an essential protein in mitosis and meiosis. Full-length ncd exists as a dimer via the formation of an alpha-helical coiled coil in its central stalk domain (P192-R346), which is thought to be one of the key regions for its motility. In our previous studies, however, none of the various synthetic polypeptide fragments (up to 46 residues) from the stalk domain formed a coiled coil. Herein, we have investigated the structural properties of the full-length ncd stalk domain using recombinant polypeptides together with shorter segments. These new fragments did form coiled coils as verified by far-UV circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy and analytical ultracentrifugation, suggesting that a certain length of polypeptide would be required for dimer formation. Moreover, deletion mapping revealed that the cooperativity among the neighboring subdomains in the stalk domain is required for formation of the coiled coil. Interestingly, the intact stalk domain segments showed three-state transition in thermal unfolding measurements with CD, indicating the presence of two regions: (i) a coiled-coil region (P227-R306) that exhibits reversible denaturation at a lower temperature (20-30 degrees C) and (ii) a more rigid coiled-coil region (T307-E334) that exhibits irreversible denaturation at a high temperature (ca. 60 degrees C). These results imply that the N-terminal region of the stalk domain might be able to adopt both a coiled-coil conformation and a dissociated one, which might be relevant to the functions of ncd.

  2. The use of a P. falciparum specific coiled-coil domain to construct a self-assembling protein nanoparticle vaccine to prevent malaria. (United States)

    Karch, Christopher P; Doll, Tais A P F; Paulillo, Sara M; Nebie, Issa; Lanar, David E; Corradin, Giampietro; Burkhard, Peter


    The parasitic disease malaria remains a major global public health concern and no truly effective vaccine exists. One approach to the development of a malaria vaccine is to target the asexual blood stage that results in clinical symptoms. Most attempts have failed. New antigens such as P27A and P27 have emerged as potential new vaccine candidates. Multiple studies have demonstrated that antigens are more immunogenic and are better correlated with protection when presented on particulate delivery systems. One such particulate delivery system is the self-assembling protein nanoparticle (SAPN) that relies on coiled-coil domains of proteins to form stable nanoparticles. In the past we have used de novo designed amino acid domains to drive the formation of the coiled-coil scaffolds which present the antigenic epitopes on the particle surface. Here we use naturally occurring domains found in the tex1 protein to form the coiled-coil scaffolding of the nanoparticle. Thus, by engineering P27A and a new extended form of the coiled-coil domain P27 onto the N and C terminus of the SAPN protein monomer we have developed a particulate delivery system that effectively displays both antigens on a single particle that uses malaria tex1 sequences to form the nanoparticle scaffold. These particles are immunogenic in a murine model and induce immune responses similar to the ones observed in seropositive individuals in malaria endemic regions. We demonstrate that our P27/P27A-SAPNs induce an immune response akin to the one in seropositive individuals in Burkina Faso. Since P27 is highly conserved among different Plasmodium species, these novel SAPNs may even provide cross-protection between Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax the two major human malaria pathogens. As the SAPNs are also easy to manufacture and store they can be delivered to the population in need without complication thus providing a low cost malaria vaccine.

  3. Examination of measurement and its method of compensation of the sensitivity distribution using phased array coil for body scan

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    Kimura, T; Iizuka, A; Taniguchi, Y; Ishikuro, A; Hongo, T; Inoue, H; Ogura, A


    The influence on the quality of images by measurement of a sensitivity distribution and the use of a sensitivity compensation filter was considered using an opposite-type phased array coil and volume-type phased array coil. With the opposite-type phased array coil, the relation between coil interval and filter was investigated for the image intensity correction (IIC) filter, surface coil intensity correction (SCIC) filter (GE), and the Normalize filter (SIEMENS). The SCIC filter and Normalize filter showed distance dependability over the coil interval of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and uniformity was observed, and the existence of an optimal coil interval was suggested. Moreover, with the IIC filter, distance dependability over a coil interval was small, and the decrease in contrast with use was remarkable. On the other hand, with the volume-type phased array coil, the overlap of an array element was investigated to determine the influence it had on sensitivity distribution. Although the value stabilized in t...

  4. Orthogonal-coil RF probe for implantable passive sensors. (United States)

    Talman, James R; Fleischman, Aaron J; Roy, Shuvo


    A versatile orthogonal-coil radio frequency (RF) probe suitable for detecting the resonant frequency of miniature implantable passive sensors has been designed and tested. The probe sensitivity has been tested using printed-circuit spiral inductors of various sizes (3-15 mm) in series with discrete surface-mount capacitors designed to resonate over a range of frequencies (50-200 MHz). Close agreement between theoretical calculations and experimental results has been obtained. An equation is derived for transmit/receive (T/R) isolation that agrees with experimental measurements over the frequency range 1-500 MHz. The probe includes an additional coil to compensate for the effect of eddy currents in the human body on the probe. T/R isolation of at least 90 dB over the frequency range 1-100 MHz can be achieved when the probe is placed in close proximity to the human body.

  5. Correcting coils in end magnets of accelerators

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    L. R. P. Kassab


    Full Text Available We present an empirical investigation of the correcting coils behavior used to homogenize the field distribution of the race-track microtron accelerator end magnets. These end magnets belong to the second stage of the 30.0 MeV cw electron accelerator under construction at IFUSP, the race-track microtron booster, in which the beam energy is raised from 1.97 to 5.1 MeV. The correcting coils are attached to the pole faces and are based on the inhomogeneities of the magnetic field measured. The performance of these coils, when operating the end magnets with currents that differ by ±10% from the one used in the mappings that originated the coils copper leads, is presented. For one of the magnets, adjusting conveniently the current of the correcting coils makes it possible to homogenize field distributions of different intensities, once their shapes are practically identical to those that originated the coils. For the other one, the shapes are changed and the coils are less efficient. This is related to intrinsic factors that determine the inhomogeneities. However, we obtained uniformity of 0.001% in both cases.

  6. Spaced-based search coil magnetometers (United States)

    Hospodarsky, George B.


    Search coil magnetometers are one of the primary tools used to study the magnetic component of low-frequency electromagnetic waves in space. Their relatively small size, mass, and power consumption, coupled with a good frequency range and sensitivity, make them ideal for spaceflight applications. The basic design of a search coil magnetometer consists of many thousands of turns of wire wound on a high permeability core. When a time-varying magnetic field passes through the coil, a time-varying voltage is induced due to Faraday's law of magnetic induction. The output of the coil is usually attached to a preamplifier, which amplifies the induced voltage and conditions the signal for transmission to the main electronics (usually a low-frequency radio receiver). Search coil magnetometers are usually used in conjunction with electric field antenna to measure electromagnetic plasma waves in the frequency range of a few hertz to a few tens of kilohertzs. Search coil magnetometers are used to determine the properties of waves, such as comparing the relative electric and magnetic field amplitudes of the waves, or to investigate wave propagation parameters, such as Poynting flux and wave normal vectors. On a spinning spacecraft, they are also sometimes used to determine the background magnetic field. This paper presents some of the basic design criteria of search coil magnetometers and discusses design characteristics of sensors flown on a number of spacecraft.

  7. Switching transients in a superconducting coil

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    Owen, E.W.; Shimer, D.W.


    A study is made of the transients caused by the fast dump of large superconducting coils. Theoretical analysis, computer simulation, and actual measurements are used. Theoretical analysis can only be applied to the simplest of models. In the computer simulations two models are used, one in which the coil is divided into ten segments and another in which a single coil is employed. The circuit breaker that interrupts the current to the power supply, causing a fast dump, is represented by a time and current dependent conductance. Actual measurements are limited to measurements made incidental to performance tests on the MFTF Yin-yang coils. It is found that the breaker opening time is the critical factor in determining the size and shape of the transient. Instantaneous opening of the breaker causes a lightly damped transient with large amplitude voltages to ground. Increasing the opening time causes the transient to become a monopulse of decreasing amplitude. The voltages at the external terminals are determined by the parameters of the external circuit. For fast opening times the frequency depends on the dump resistor inductance, the circuit capacitance, and the amplitude on the coil current. For slower openings the dump resistor inductance and the current determine the amplitude of the voltage to ground at the terminals. Voltages to ground are less in the interior of the coil, where transients related to the parameters of the coil itself are observed.

  8. Crystal structure of a coiled-coil domain from human ROCK I.

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    Daqi Tu

    Full Text Available The small GTPase Rho and one of its targets, Rho-associated kinase (ROCK, participate in a variety of actin-based cellular processes including smooth muscle contraction, cell migration, and stress fiber formation. The ROCK protein consists of an N-terminal kinase domain, a central coiled-coil domain containing a Rho binding site, and a C-terminal pleckstrin homology domain. Here we present the crystal structure of a large section of the central coiled-coil domain of human ROCK I (amino acids 535-700. The structure forms a parallel α-helical coiled-coil dimer that is structurally similar to tropomyosin, an actin filament binding protein. There is an unusual discontinuity in the coiled-coil; three charged residues (E613, R617 and D620 are positioned at what is normally the hydrophobic core of coiled-coil packing. We speculate that this conserved irregularity could function as a hinge that allows ROCK to adopt its autoinhibited conformation.

  9. The coiled-coil protein VIG1 is essential for tethering vacuoles to mitochondria during vacuole inheritance of Cyanidioschyzon merolae. (United States)

    Fujiwara, Takayuki; Kuroiwa, Haruko; Yagisawa, Fumi; Ohnuma, Mio; Yoshida, Yamato; Yoshida, Masaki; Nishida, Keiji; Misumi, Osami; Watanabe, Satoru; Tanaka, Kan; Kuroiwa, Tsuneyoshi


    Vacuoles/lysosomes function in endocytosis and in storage and digestion of metabolites. These organelles are inherited by the daughter cells in eukaryotes. However, the mechanisms of this inheritance are poorly understood because the cells contain multiple vacuoles that behave randomly. The primitive red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae has a minimum set of organelles. Here, we show that C. merolae contains about four vacuoles that are distributed equally between the daughter cells by binding to dividing mitochondria. Binding is mediated by VIG1, a 30-kD coiled-coil protein identified by microarray analyses and immunological assays. VIG1 appears on the surface of free vacuoles in the cytosol and then tethers the vacuoles to the mitochondria. The vacuoles are released from the mitochondrion in the daughter cells following VIG1 digestion. Suppression of VIG1 by antisense RNA disrupted the migration of vacuoles. Thus, VIG1 is essential for tethering vacuoles to mitochondria during vacuole inheritance in C. merolae.

  10. Internal trim coils for CBA superconducting magnets

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    Thompson, P.A.; Aronson, S.; Cottingham, J.G.; Garber, M.; Hahn, H.; Sampson, W.B.


    In order to correct iron saturation effects and shape the beam working line, superconducting trim coils have been constructed, which operate inside the main coils. Detailed studies of mechanical properties, quench behavior, fields produced, and hysteresis have lead to the production of accelerator-quality coils generating the required-strength harmonics up to cos (7theta). These are routinely installed in CBA main magnets and operate at 80% of short sample with negligible training in an ambient field of more than 5.3T.

  11. Magnetic field mapper based on rotating coils

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    AUTHOR|(CDS)2087244; Arpaia, Pasquale

    This thesis presents a magnetic field mapper based on rotating coils. The requirements, the architecture, the conceptual design, and the prototype for straight magnets were shown. The proposed system is made up of a rotating coil transducer and a train-like system for longitudinal motion and positioning inside magnet bore. The mapper allows a localized measurement of magnetic fields and the variation of the harmonic multipole content in the magnet ends. The proof-of-principle demonstration and the experimental characterization of the rotating-coil transducer specifically conceived for mapping validated the main objective of satisfying the magnetic measurement needs of the next generation of compact accelerators.

  12. Promoted-Combustion Chamber with Induction Heating Coil (United States)

    Richardson, Erin; Hagood, Richard; Lowery, Freida; Herald, Stephen


    An improved promoted-combustion system has been developed for studying the effects of elevated temperatures on the flammability of metals in pure oxygen. In prior promoted-combustion chambers, initial temperatures of metal specimens in experiments have been limited to the temperatures of gas supplies, usually near room temperature. Although limited elevated temperature promoted-combustion chambers have been developed using water-cooled induction coils for preheating specimens, these designs have been limited to low-pressure operation due to the hollow induction coil. In contrast, the improved promoted-combustion chamber can sustain a pressure up to 10 kpsi (69 MPa) and, through utilization of a solid induction coil, is capable of preheating a metal specimen up to its melting point [potentially in excess of 2,000 F (approximately equal to 1,100 C)]. Hence, the improved promoted combustion chamber makes a greater range of physical conditions and material properties accessible for experimentation. The chamber consists of a vertical cylindrical housing with an inner diameter of 8 in. (20.32 cm) and an inner height of 20.4 in. (51.81 cm). A threaded, sealing cover at one end of the housing can be unscrewed to gain access for installing a specimen. Inlet and outlet ports for gases are provided. Six openings arranged in a helical pattern in the chamber wall contain sealed sapphire windows for viewing an experiment in progress. The base of the chamber contains pressure-sealed electrical connectors for supplying power to the induction coil. The connectors feature a unique design that prevents induction heating of the housing and the pressure sealing surfaces; this is important because if such spurious induction heating were allowed to occur, chamber pressure could be lost. The induction coil is 10 in. (25.4 cm) long and is fitted with a specimen holder at its upper end. At its lower end, the induction coil is mounted on a ceramic base, which affords thermal insulation to

  13. α-Helical coiled-coil peptide materials for biomedical applications. (United States)

    Wu, Yaoying; Collier, Joel H


    Self-assembling coiled coils, which occur commonly in native proteins, have received significant interest for the design of new biomaterials-based medical therapies. Considerable effort over recent years has led to a detailed understanding of the self-assembly process of coiled coils, and a diverse collection of strategies have been developed for designing functional materials using this motif. The ability to engineer the interface between coiled coils allows one to achieve variously connected components, leading to precisely defined structures such as nanofibers, nanotubes, nanoparticles, networks, gels, and combinations of these. Currently these materials are being developed for a range of biotechnological and medical applications, including drug delivery systems for controlled release, targeted nanomaterials, 'drug-free' therapeutics, vaccine delivery systems, and others. WIREs Nanomed Nanobiotechnol 2017, 9:e1424. doi: 10.1002/wnan.1424 For further resources related to this article, please visit the WIREs website. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  14. A coil test facility for the cryogenic tests of the JT-60SA TF coils

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    Chantant, M., E-mail: [CEA/DSM/IRFM, F-13108 Saint Paul-lez-Durance (France); Genini, L. [CEA/DSM/Irfu CEA-Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Bayetti, P. [CEA/DSM/IRFM, F-13108 Saint Paul-lez-Durance (France); Millet, F. [CEA/DSM/INAC, F-38054 Grenoble Cedex (France); Wanner, M. [F4E, Broader Fusion Development Department Boltzmannstr.2, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Massaut, V. [SCK/CEN Boeretang 200 2400 Mol (Belgium); Corte, A. Della [ENEA CRE Frascati Via Enrico Fermi 45 CP65 00044 frascati Italy (Italy); Ardelier-Desage, F. [CEA/DSM/Irfu CEA-Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Catherine-Dumont, V. [CEA/DSM/IRFM, F-13108 Saint Paul-lez-Durance (France); Dael, A. [CEA/DSM/Irfu CEA-Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Decool, P. [CEA/DSM/IRFM, F-13108 Saint Paul-lez-Durance (France); Donati, A. [CEA/DSM/Irfu CEA-Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Duchateau, J.L.; Garibaldi, P.; Girard, S.; Hatchressian, J.C.; Fejoz, P. [CEA/DSM/IRFM, F-13108 Saint Paul-lez-Durance (France); Jamotton, P. [CSL-LIEGE Science Park, Avenue du Pre-Aily, 4031 Angleur (Belgium); Jourdheuil, L. [CEA/DSM/IRFM, F-13108 Saint Paul-lez-Durance (France); Juster, F.P. [CEA/DSM/Irfu CEA-Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France)


    In the framework of the Broader Approach Activities, the EU will deliver to Japan the 18 superconducting coils, which constitute the JT-60SA Toroidal field magnet. These 18 coils, manufactured by France and Italy, will be cold tested before shipping to Japan. For this purpose, the European Joint Undertaking for ITER, the Development of Fusion Energy ('Fusion for Energy', F4E) and the European Voluntary Contributors are collaborating to design and set-up a coil test facility (CTF) and to perform the acceptance test of the 18 JT-60SA Toroidal Field (TF) coils. The test facility is designed to test one coil at a time at nominal current and cryogenic temperature. The test of the first coil of each manufacturer includes a quench triggered by increasing the temperature. The project is presently in the detailed design phase.

  15. Computational characterization of parallel dimeric and trimeric coiled-coils using effective amino acid indices. (United States)

    Li, Chen; Wang, Xiao-Feng; Chen, Zhen; Zhang, Ziding; Song, Jiangning


    The coiled-coil, which consists of two or more α-helices winding around each other, is a ubiquitous and the most frequently observed protein-protein interaction motif in nature. The coiled-coil is known for its straightforward heptad repeat pattern and can be readily recognized based on protein primary sequences, exhibiting a variety of oligomer states and topologies. Due to the stable interaction formed between their α-helices, coiled-coils have been under close scrutiny to design novel protein structures for potential applications in the fields of material science, synthetic biology and medicine. However, their broader application requires an in-depth and systematic analysis of the sequence-to-structure relationship of coiled-coil folding and oligomeric formation. In this article, we propose a new oligomerization state predictor, termed as RFCoil, which exploits the most useful and non-redundant amino acid indices combined with the machine learning algorithm - random forest (RF) - to predict the oligomeric states of coiled-coil regions. Benchmarking experiments show that RFCoil achieves an AUC (area under the ROC curve) of 0.849 on the 10-fold cross-validation test using the training dataset and 0.855 on the independent test using the validation dataset, respectively. Performance comparison results indicate that RFCoil outperforms the four existing predictors LOGICOIL, PrOCoil, SCORER 2.0 and Multicoil2. Furthermore, we extract a number of predominant rules from the trained RF model that underlie the oligomeric formation. We also present two case studies to illustrate the applicability of the extracted rules to the prediction of coiled-coil oligomerization state. The RFCoil web server, source codes and datasets are freely available for academic users at

  16. MR angiography after coiling of intracranial aneurysms

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    Schaafsma, J.D.


    Introduction Endovascular occlusion with detachable coils has become an alternative treatment to neurosurgical clipping of intracranial aneurysms over the last two decades. Its minimal invasiveness is the most important advantage of this treatment compared to clipping. The disadvantage of occlusion

  17. Heterogeneous Superconducting Low-Noise Sensing Coils (United States)

    Hahn, Inseob; Penanen, Konstantin I.; Ho Eom, Byeong


    A heterogeneous material construction has been devised for sensing coils of superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometers that are subject to a combination of requirements peculiar to some advanced applications, notably including low-field magnetic resonance imaging for medical diagnosis. The requirements in question are the following: The sensing coils must be large enough (in some cases having dimensions of as much as tens of centimeters) to afford adequate sensitivity; The sensing coils must be made electrically superconductive to eliminate Johnson noise (thermally induced noise proportional to electrical resistance); and Although the sensing coils must be cooled to below their superconducting- transition temperatures with sufficient cooling power to overcome moderate ambient radiative heat leakage, they must not be immersed in cryogenic liquid baths. For a given superconducting sensing coil, this combination of requirements can be satisfied by providing a sufficiently thermally conductive link between the coil and a cold source. However, the superconducting coil material is not suitable as such a link because electrically superconductive materials are typically poor thermal conductors. The heterogeneous material construction makes it possible to solve both the electrical- and thermal-conductivity problems. The basic idea is to construct the coil as a skeleton made of a highly thermally conductive material (typically, annealed copper), then coat the skeleton with an electrically superconductive alloy (typically, a lead-tin solder) [see figure]. In operation, the copper skeleton provides the required thermally conductive connection to the cold source, while the electrically superconductive coating material shields against Johnson noise that originates in the copper skeleton.

  18. Umbilical coiling index & the perinatal outcome. (United States)

    Devaru, Dakshayini; Thusoo, Meghna


    To correlate the perinatal outcome by noting the umbilical coiling index. The umbilical cords of the babies born to 100 women, who delivered either vaginally or by lower segment cesarean section, were examined and umbilical coiling index was calculated. There was significant correlation (p value 0.003) between the hypercoiled cords (UCI >90th percentile) and intrauterine growth restriction of the babies. Apgar score at 1 min UCI UCI UCI >10th percentile is associated with intra uterine growth restriction.


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    Full Text Available This numerical research is introducing the concept of helical cone coils and their enhanced heat transfer characteristics compared to the ordinary helical coils. Helical and spiral coils are known to have better heat and mass transfer than straight tubes, which is attributed to the generation of a vortex at the helical coil known as Dean Vortex. The Dean number which is a dimensionless number used to describe the Dean vortex is a function of Reynolds number and the square root of the curvature ratio, so varying the curvature ratio for the same coil would vary the Dean number. Two scenarios were adopted to study the effect of changing the taper angle (curvature ratio on the heat transfer characteristics of the coil; the commercial software FLUENT was used in the investigation. It was found that Nusselt number increased with increasing the taper angle. A MATLAB code was built based on empirical correlation of Manlapaz and Churchill for ordinary helical coils to calculate the Nusselt number at each coil turn, and then calculate the average Nusselt number for the entire coil turns, the CFD simulation results were found acceptable when compared with the MATLAB results.

  20. Coiled coil in the stalk region of ncd motor protein is nonlocally sustained. (United States)

    Ito, Mie; Morii, Hisayuki; Shimizu, Takashi; Tanokura, Masaru


    The dimeric structure of kinesin superfamily proteins plays an important role in their motile functions and characteristics. In this study, the coiled-coil-forming property of the stalk region (192-346) of Drosophila ncd, a C-terminal kinesin motor protein, was investigated by synthesizing various peptide fragments. The alpha helicity of a set of 46-residue peptides spanning the stalk region appeared too low to form a coiled-coil dimer, probably because of insufficient continuity of the hydrophobic residues at (a and d) core positions in amphipathic heptad repeats. On the other hand, several peptides with leucine residues introduced at core positions or with extensional sequences with high alpha helicity had an advantage in coiled-coil formation. When we analyzed the thermal and urea-induced unfolding of these dimeric peptides, we identified four domains having a relatively high potential to form coiled coils. Among them, three domains on the C-terminal side of the stalk region, i.e., (252-272), (276-330), and (336-346), were in the same heptad frame, although these potential coiled-coil domains were not self-sustaining individually. This is in sharp contrast to the fragment of human kinesin, (332-369), which has an extremely high tendency toward coiled-coil formation. One of the possible triggers for coiled-coil formation of the ncd stalk region may be the interaction between the motor domain and the C-terminal part of the stalk as previously revealed by X-ray crystallography. The residues, S331 and R335, seem to act as a breaking point for alpha-helix continuity. This would make the region (336-346), as the head-stalk joint, more flexible such as seen with a plus-end-directed kinesin, if this region had no interaction with the motor domain. These characteristic differences between ncd and kinesin suggest that the nonlocally sustained coiled coil of ncd is one of the factors important for minus-end-directed motility.

  1. pH sensitive coiled coils: a strategy for enhanced liposomal drug delivery (United States)

    Reja, Rahi M.; Khan, Mohsina; Singh, Sumeet K.; Misra, Rajkumar; Shiras, Anjali; Gopi, Hosahudya N.


    Stimuli responsive controlled release from liposome based vesicles is a promising strategy for the site specific delivery of drugs. Herein, we report the design of pH sensitive coiled coils and their incorporation into the liposome as triggers for the controlled release of encapsulated drugs. The designed coiled coil peptides with the incorporation of environment sensitive fluorescent amino acids were found to be stable at physiological pH and unstructured while changing the pH of the environment to either acidic or basic. This pH dependent conformational switch of the coiled-coil polypeptides was exploited as triggers for the enhanced release of the encapsulated drug molecules from liposomes. The SEM, DLS and TEM analysis revealed the uniform morphology of the peptide liposome hybrid vesicles. Further, the drug encapsulated liposome internalization experiments with cancer cells revealed the enhanced release and accumulation of drugs in the acidic lysosomal compartments in comparison with liposomes without coiled coils.Stimuli responsive controlled release from liposome based vesicles is a promising strategy for the site specific delivery of drugs. Herein, we report the design of pH sensitive coiled coils and their incorporation into the liposome as triggers for the controlled release of encapsulated drugs. The designed coiled coil peptides with the incorporation of environment sensitive fluorescent amino acids were found to be stable at physiological pH and unstructured while changing the pH of the environment to either acidic or basic. This pH dependent conformational switch of the coiled-coil polypeptides was exploited as triggers for the enhanced release of the encapsulated drug molecules from liposomes. The SEM, DLS and TEM analysis revealed the uniform morphology of the peptide liposome hybrid vesicles. Further, the drug encapsulated liposome internalization experiments with cancer cells revealed the enhanced release and accumulation of drugs in the acidic

  2. Crystal structure of cytomegalovirus IE1 protein reveals targeting of TRIM family member PML via coiled-coil interactions.

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    Myriam Scherer


    Full Text Available PML nuclear bodies (PML-NBs are enigmatic structures of the cell nucleus that act as key mediators of intrinsic immunity against viral pathogens. PML itself is a member of the E3-ligase TRIM family of proteins that regulates a variety of innate immune signaling pathways. Consequently, viruses have evolved effector proteins to modify PML-NBs; however, little is known concerning structure-function relationships of viral antagonists. The herpesvirus human cytomegalovirus (HCMV expresses the abundant immediate-early protein IE1 that colocalizes with PML-NBs and induces their dispersal, which correlates with the antagonization of NB-mediated intrinsic immunity. Here, we delineate the molecular basis for this antagonization by presenting the first crystal structure for the evolutionary conserved primate cytomegalovirus IE1 proteins. We show that IE1 consists of a globular core (IE1CORE flanked by intrinsically disordered regions. The 2.3 Å crystal structure of IE1CORE displays an all α-helical, femur-shaped fold, which lacks overall fold similarity with known protein structures, but shares secondary structure features recently observed in the coiled-coil domain of TRIM proteins. Yeast two-hybrid and coimmunoprecipitation experiments demonstrate that IE1CORE binds efficiently to the TRIM family member PML, and is able to induce PML deSUMOylation. Intriguingly, this results in the release of NB-associated proteins into the nucleoplasm, but not of PML itself. Importantly, we show that PML deSUMOylation by IE1CORE is sufficient to antagonize PML-NB-instituted intrinsic immunity. Moreover, co-immunoprecipitation experiments demonstrate that IE1CORE binds via the coiled-coil domain to PML and also interacts with TRIM5α We propose that IE1CORE sequesters PML and possibly other TRIM family members via structural mimicry using an extended binding surface formed by the coiled-coil region. This mode of interaction might render the antagonizing activity less

  3. Magnetic Measurement of the Current Center Line of the Toroidal Field Coil of ITER at Room Temperature

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    Deniau, L; Buzio, M; Knaster, J; Savary, F


    Geometrical deformations and assembly errors in the ITER Toroidal Field (TF) coils will lead to magnetic field perturbations, which could degrade plasma confinement and eventually lead to disruption. Extensive computational studies of the influence of coil deformations and assembly errors on plasma behavior have given the basis for definition of the geometric tolerance of the Current Centre Line (CCL) of the winding pack of the TF coil. This paper describes an analysis method to establish the feasibility to measure the magnetic CCL locus of the final winding pack (WP) with accuracy better than 1 mm. The proposed method is based on arrays of gradient coils accurately mounted with respect to the WP fiducial marks and datum surfaces. The magnetic measurements will be performed at defined locations around the WP perimeter to characterize accurately the CCL locus. The analysis emphases the robustness and sensitivity of the method versus the measurement location and the TF coil 3D geometrical deformation. The analy...

  4. Three-axis orthogonal transceiver coil for eddy current sounding (United States)

    Sukhanov, D.; Zavyalova, K.; Goncharik, M.


    We propose the new structure of three-axis transceiver magnetic-induction coil for eddy current probing. Due to the orientation of the coils, the direct signal from the transmitting coil to the receiving coil is minimized, which provided a high dynamic range. Sensitivity in all directions is provided by combining coils of different orientations. Numerical simulation and experimental studies of such a system have been carried out and confirmed the applicability of the proposed method and the mathematical model.

  5. Development of automatic steel coil recognition system for automated crane


    Nishibe, Kunihiko; Fujiwara, Naofumi


    An automatic steel coil recognition system with two types of laser-assisted range sensor has been developed for full automated crane operation in the steel coil yard. Performance tests of recognizing full scale model coils were carried out by mounting the recognition system on a full size crane. As a result, recognition accuracy of coil center position, coil diameter and width were confirmed to be ±20 mm, which is enough fur practical applications. This recognition system was delivered to com...

  6. Three-dimensional finite element magnetic simulation of an innovative multi-coiled magnetorheological brake (United States)

    Ubaidillah; Permata, A. N. S.; Mazlan, S. A.; Tjahjana, D. D. D. P.; Widodo, P. J.


    This research delivers a finite element magnetic simulation of a novel disk type multi-coil magnetorheological brake (MR brake). The MR brake axial design had more than one coil located outside of the casing. This design could simplify the maintenance process of brakes. One pair of coils was used as the representative of the entire coil in the simulation process, and it could distribute magnetic flux in all parts of the electromagnetic. The objective of this simulation was to produce magnetic flux on the surface of the disc brake rotor. The value of the MR brake magnetic flux was higher than that of the current MR brake having one coil with a larger size. The result of the simulation would be used to identify the effect of different fluids on each variation. The Magneto-rheological fluid MRF-132DG and MRF-140CG were injected in each gap as much as 0.50, 1.00, and 1.50 mm, respectively. On the simulation process, the coils were energized at 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 1.00, 1.50, and 2.00 A, respectively. The magnetic flux produced by MRF-140CG was 336 m Tesla on the gap of 0.5 mm. The result of the simulation shows that the smaller the gap variation was, the higher the magnetic value was.

  7. Potted fiber optic sensor coil by novel adhesives for high-stability FOG (United States)

    Bi, Congzhi; Sun, Guofei; Wu, Yanji; Zhao, Keyong


    A sensor coil for a fiber optic gyroscope is fabricated and potted by a novel adhesive. The kind of adhesive can match to the outer jacket of polarization maintaining fiber (PMF) to improve the potting uniformity of the whole coil, so that it could contribute to reduce the temperature-induced strain and the strain differential between the clockwise and counterclockwise-wound portions of a symmetrically-wound fiber coil, i.e. temperature-dependent Shupe stress effect. The adhesive is a compound comprising acrylate and polyurethane, which can avoid the non-wetting problem resulting from the two different types of compounds. The adhesive is a low viscosity system which exhibits a prolonged work life, an adjustable hardness. Specially, the potting compound with a low glass transition temperature (Tg), down to the lower temperature -60°C, remain stable modulus during thermal cycling between -40°C and 60°C. The potted fiber optic sensor coil with a smooth surface is clear and regular due to the completely curable adhesive. The extinction coefficient of the fiber optic sensor coil can reflect the additional stress produced by the adhesives through comparing before potting with after potting. the potted fiber optic sensor coil shows excellent bias characteristics and temperature performance.

  8. Structured Light-Based Motion Tracking in the Limited View of an MR Head Coil

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    Erikshøj, M.; Olesen, Oline Vinter; Conradsen, Knut


    of the facial surface. The point clouds are continuously realigned to a reference scan to obtain pose estimates. The system has been tested on a mannequin head performing controlled rotational and translational axial movements within the head coil outside the range of the magnetic field. The RMS of the residual......A markerless motion tracking (MT) system developed for use in PET brain imaging has been tested in the limited field of view (FOV) of the MR head coil from the Siemens Biograph mMR. The system is a 3D surface scanner that uses structured light (SL) to create point cloud reconstructions...

  9. Modeling Endovascular Coils as Heterogeneous Porous Media (United States)

    Yadollahi Farsani, H.; Herrmann, M.; Chong, B.; Frakes, D.


    Minimally invasive surgeries are the stat-of-the-art treatments for many pathologies. Treating brain aneurysms is no exception; invasive neurovascular clipping is no longer the only option and endovascular coiling has introduced itself as the most common treatment. Coiling isolates the aneurysm from blood circulation by promoting thrombosis within the aneurysm. One approach to studying intra-aneurysmal hemodynamics consists of virtually deploying finite element coil models and then performing computational fluid dynamics. However, this approach is often computationally expensive and requires extensive resources to perform. The porous medium approach has been considered as an alternative to the conventional coil modeling approach because it lessens the complexities of computational fluid dynamics simulations by reducing the number of mesh elements needed to discretize the domain. There have been a limited number of attempts at treating the endovascular coils as homogeneous porous media. However, the heterogeneity associated with coil configurations requires a more accurately defined porous medium in which the porosity and permeability change throughout the domain. We implemented this approach by introducing a lattice of sample volumes and utilizing techniques available in the field of interactive computer graphics. We observed that the introduction of the heterogeneity assumption was associated with significant changes in simulated aneurysmal flow velocities as compared to the homogeneous assumption case. Moreover, as the sample volume size was decreased, the flow velocities approached an asymptotical value, showing the importance of the sample volume size selection. These results demonstrate that the homogeneous assumption for porous media that are inherently heterogeneous can lead to considerable errors. Additionally, this modeling approach allowed us to simulate post-treatment flows without considering the explicit geometry of a deployed endovascular coil mass

  10. Allosteric effects in coiled-coil proteins folding and lanthanide-ion binding. (United States)

    Samiappan, Manickasundaram; Alasibi, Samaa; Cohen-Luria, Rivka; Shanzer, Abraham; Ashkenasy, Gonen


    Peptide sequences modified with lanthanide-chelating groups at their N-termini, or at their lysine side chains, were synthesized, and new Ln(III) complexes were characterized. We show that partial folding of the conjugates to form trimer coiled coil structures induces coordination of lanthanides to the ligand, which in turn further stabilizes the 3D structure.

  11. Folding Topology of a Short Coiled-Coil Peptide Structure Templated by an Oligonucleotide Triplex

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    Lou, Chenguang; Christensen, Niels Johan; Martos Maldonado, Manuel Cristo


    The rational design of a well-defined protein-like tertiary structure formed by small peptide building blocks is still a formidable challenge. By using peptide-oligonucleotide conjugates (POC) as building blocks, we present the self-assembly of miniature coiled-coil α-helical peptides guided...

  12. Antiparallel Four-Stranded Coiled Coil Specified by a 3-3-1 Hyrdrophobic Heptad Repeat

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    Deng,Y.; Liu, J.; Zheng, Q.; Eliezer, D.; Kallenbach, N.; Lu, M.


    Coiled-coil sequences in proteins commonly share a seven-amino acid repeat with nonpolar side chains at the first (a) and fourth (d) positions. We investigate here the role of a 3-3-1 hydrophobic repeat containing nonpolar amino acids at the a, d, and g positions in determining the structures of coiled coils using mutants of the GCN4 leucine zipper dimerization domain. When three charged residues at the g positions in the parental sequence are replaced by nonpolar alanine or valine side chains, stable four-helix structures result. The X-ray crystal structures of the tetramers reveal antiparallel, four-stranded coiled coils in which the a, d, and g side chains interlock in a combination of knobs-into-knobs and knobs-into-holes packing. Interfacial interactions in a coiled coil can therefore be prescribed by hydrophobic-polar patterns beyond the canonical 3-4 heptad repeat. The results suggest that the conserved, charged residues at the g positions in the GCN4 leucine zipper can impart a negative design element to disfavor thermodynamically more stable, antiparallel tetramers.

  13. Golgi coiled-coil proteins contain multiple binding sites for Rab family G proteins

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    Sinka, Rita; Gillingham, Alison K.; Kondylis, Vangelis; Munro, Sean


    Vesicles and other carriers destined for the Golgi apparatus must be guided to the correct cisternae. Golgins, long coiled-coil proteins that localize to particular Golgi subdomains via their C termini, are candidate regulators of vesicle sorting. In this study, we report that the GRIP domain

  14. Graphene-coated coupling coil for AC resistance reduction (United States)

    Miller, John M


    At least one graphene layer is formed to laterally surround a tube so that the basal plane of each graphene layer is tangential to the local surface of the tube on which the graphene layer is formed. An electrically conductive path is provided around the tube for providing high conductivity electrical path provided by the basal plane of each graphene layer. The high conductivity path can be employed for high frequency applications such as coupling coils for wireless power transmission to overcome skin depth effects and proximity effects prevalent in high frequency alternating current paths.

  15. Analysis and experimental study of wireless power transfer with HTS coil and copper coil as the intermediate resonators system

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    Wang, Xiufang [School of Electrical Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); School of Physics and Technology, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Nie, Xinyi [School of Electrical Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Liang, Yilang [School of Physics and Technology, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Lu, Falong [School of Electrical Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Yan, Zhongming, E-mail: [School of Electrical Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Wang, Yu [School of Electrical Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China)


    Highlights: • We investigated a kind of system architecture with three coils which the repeater is copper coil or HTS coil. • We simulated the different repeater system and obtained the magnetic field distribution at different distance. • We used helical coil instead of pancake coil which does not use capacitors. • HTS intermediate coil has significant effect on improving the transmission efficiency and lengthening transmission distance than copper intermediate coil. - Abstract: Intermediate resonator (repeater) between transmitter and receiver can significantly increase the distance of wireless power transfer (WPT) and the efficiency of wireless power transfer. The wireless power transfer via strongly coupled magnetic resonances with an high temperature superconducting (HTS) coil and copper coil as intermediate resonators was presented in this paper. The electromagnetic experiment system under different conditions with different repeating coils were simulated by finite element software. The spatial distribution patterns of magnetic induction intensity at different distances were plotted. In this paper, we examined transfer characteristics with HTS repeating coil and copper repeating coil at 77 K and 300 K, respectively. Simulation and experimental results show that HTS and copper repeating coil can effectively enhance the space magnetic induction intensity, which has significant effect on improving the transmission efficiency and lengthening transmission distance. We found that the efficiency and the distance of wireless power transfer system with an HTS coil as repeater is much higher by using of copper coil as repeater.

  16. The Paleoproterozoic carbonate-hosted Pering Zn-Pb deposit, South Africa. II: fluid inclusion, fluid chemistry and stable isotope constraints (United States)

    Huizenga, Jan-Marten; Gutzmer, Jens; Banks, David; Greyling, Lynnette


    The Pering deposit is the prime example of Zn-Pb mineralisation hosted by stromatolitic dolostones of the Neoarchean to Paleoproterozoic Transvaal Supergroup. The hydrothermal deposit centers on subvertical breccia pipes that crosscut stromatolitic dolostones of the Reivilo Formation, the lowermost portion of the Campbellrand Subgroup. Four distinct stages of hydrothermal mineralisation are recognised. Early pyritic rock matrix brecciation is followed by collomorphous sphalerite mineralisation with replacive character, which, in turn, is succeeded by coarse grained open-space-infill of sphalerite, galena, sparry dolomite, and quartz. Together, the latter two stages account for ore-grade Zn-Pb mineralisation. The fourth and final paragenetic stage is characterised by open-space-infill by coarse sparry calcite. The present study documents the results of a detailed geochemical study of the Pering deposit, including fluid inclusion microthermometry, fluid chemistry and stable isotope geochemistry of sulphides (δ34S) and carbonate gangue (δ13C and δ18O). Microthermometric fluid inclusion studies carried out on a series of coarsely grained crystalline quartz and sphalerite samples of the latter, open-space-infill stage of the main mineralisation event reveal the presence of three major fluid types: (1) a halite-saturated aqueous fluid H2O-NaCl-CaCl2 (>33 wt% NaCl equivalent) brine, (2) low-salinity meteoric fluid (rise to variable mixtures (H2O-CaCl2-NaCl ±(CH4-CO2-HS-), 2 to 25 wt% NaCl+CaCl2). Heterogeneous trapping of the aqueous and carbonic fluids occurred under conditions of immiscibility. Fluid temperature and pressure conditions during mineralisation are determined to be 200-210°C and 1.1-1.4 kbar, corresponding to a depth of mineralisation of 4.1-5.2 km. Chemical analyses of the brine inclusions show them to be dominated by Na and Cl with lesser amounts of Ca, K and SO4. Fluid ratios of Cl/Br indicate that they originated as halite saturated seawater brines

  17. Wireless power transmission applied the mutual coupling between coils (United States)

    Furuta, Kenta; Baba, Ryouichi; Shun, Endo; Nunokawa, Kazuki; Takahashi, Wataru; Maruyama, Tamami


    Recently, the studies of wireless power transfer (WPT) to electric vehicles in motion on the snow-piled road have been reported. In WPT by magnetic field resonance method, transmission coefficient S21, which is one of the scattering parameters, from transmission coil to received coil are degraded because of misalignment of transmitting and receiving coil, the distance between these coils, and the effects of the ice and snow. This paper adopts parasitic coil as a solution to improve the reception power in which the parasitic coil is inserted between transmitting and receiving coils. Analysis and experimental results show that parasitic coil could improve the value of S21 by 15 dB using mutual coupling. LED could be light by this solution when the distance between transmitting and receiving coils are 150 mm.

  18. Critical current studies of a HTS rectangular coil

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    Zhong, Z. [Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom); Chudy, M., E-mail: [Graduate School of Technology Management, University of Pretoria (South Africa); Institute of Power and Applied Electrical Engineering, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (Slovakia); Ruiz, H.S. [Department of Engineering, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH (United Kingdom); Zhang, X.; Coombs, T. [Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)


    Highlights: • Unique square pancake coil was manufactured. • Measurements in relatively high magnetic field were performed. • Different sections of the coil were characterized. • Parts of the coil which are limiting critical current were identified. - Abstract: Nowadays, superconducting high field magnets are used in numerous applications due to their superior properties. High temperature superconductors (HTS) are usually used for production of circular pancake or racetrack coils. However different geometries of HTS coils might be required for some specific applications. In this study, the HTS coil wound on a rectangular frame was fully characterized in homogeneous DC background field. The study contains measurements of critical current angular dependencies. The critical current of the entire coil and two selected strands under different magnitudes and orientations of external magnetic fields are measured. The critical regions of the coil in different angular regimes are determined. This study brings better understanding of the in- field performance of HTS coils wound on frames with right-angles.

  19. Electromagnetic receiver with capacitive electrodes and triaxial induction coil for tunnel exploration (United States)

    Kai, Chen; Sheng, Jin; Wang, Shun


    A new type of electromagnetic (EM) receiver has been developed by integrating four capacitive electrodes and a triaxial induction coil with an advanced data logger for tunnel exploration. The new EM receiver can conduct EM observations in tunnels, which is one of the principal goals of surface-tunnel-borehole EM detection for deep ore deposit mapping. The use of capacitive electrodes enables us to record the electrical field (E-field) signals from hard rock surfaces, which are high-resistance terrains. A compact triaxial induction coil integrates three independent induction coils for narrow-tunnel exploration applications. A low-time-drift-error clock source is developed for tunnel applications where GPS signals are unavailable. The three main components of our tunnel EM receiver are: (1) four capacitive electrodes for measuring the E-field signal without digging in hard rock regions; (2) a triaxial induction coil sensor for audio-frequency magnetotelluric and controlled-source audio-frequency magnetotelluric signal measurements; and (3) a data logger that allows us to record five-component MT signals with low noise levels, low time-drift-error for the clock source, and high dynamic range. The proposed tunnel EM receiver was successfully deployed in a mine that exhibited with typical noise characteristics. [Figure not available: see fulltext. Caption: The new EM receiver can conduct EM observations in tunnels, which is one of the principal goals of the surface-tunnel-borehole EM (STBEM) detection for deep ore deposit mapping. The use of a capacitive electrode enables us to record the electrical field (E-field) signals from hard rock surfaces. A compact triaxial induction coil integrated three induction coils, for narrow-tunnel applications.

  20. Wireless induction coils embedded in diamond for power transfer in medical implants. (United States)

    Sikder, Md Kabir Uddin; Fallon, James; Shivdasani, Mohit N; Ganesan, Kumaravelu; Seligman, Peter; Garrett, David J


    Wireless power and data transfer to medical implants is a research area where improvements in current state-of-the-art technologies are needed owing to the continuing efforts for miniaturization. At present, lithographical patterning of evaporated metals is widely used for miniature coil fabrication. This method produces coils that are limited to low micron or nanometer thicknesses leading to high impedance values and thus limiting their potential quality. In the present work we describe a novel technique, whereby trenches were milled into a diamond substrate and filled with silver active braze alloy, enabling the manufacture of small, high cross-section, low impedance microcoils capable of transferring up to 10 mW of power up to a distance of 6 mm. As a substitute for a metallic braze line used for hermetic sealing, a continuous metal loop when placed parallel and close to the coil surface reduced power transfer efficiency by 43%, but not significantly, when placed perpendicular to the microcoil surface. Encapsulation of the coil by growth of a further layer of diamond reduced the quality factor by an average of 38%, which can be largely avoided by prior oxygen plasma treatment. Furthermore, an accelerated ageing test after encapsulation showed that these coils are long lasting. Our results thus collectively highlight the feasibility of fabricating a high-cross section, biocompatible and long lasting miniaturized microcoil that could be used in either a neural recording or neuromuscular stimulation device.

  1. Computational fluid dynamics of cerebral aneurysm coiling using high-resolution and high-energy synchrotron X-ray microtomography: comparison with the homogeneous porous medium approach. (United States)

    Levitt, Michael R; Barbour, Michael C; Rolland du Roscoat, Sabine; Geindreau, Christian; Chivukula, Venkat K; McGah, Patrick M; Nerva, John D; Morton, Ryan P; Kim, Louis J; Aliseda, Alberto


    Computational modeling of intracranial aneurysms provides insights into the influence of hemodynamics on aneurysm growth, rupture, and treatment outcome. Standard modeling of coiled aneurysms simplifies the complex geometry of the coil mass into a homogeneous porous medium that fills the aneurysmal sac. We compare hemodynamics of coiled aneurysms modeled from high-resolution imaging with those from the same aneurysms modeled following the standard technique, in an effort to characterize sources of error from the simplified model. Physical models of two unruptured aneurysms were created using three-dimensional printing. The models were treated with coil embolization using the same coils as those used in actual patient treatment and then scanned by synchrotron X-ray microtomography to obtain high-resolution imaging of the coil mass. Computational modeling of each aneurysm was performed using patient-specific boundary conditions. The coils were modeled using the simplified porous medium or by incorporating the X-ray imaged coil surface, and the differences in hemodynamic variables were assessed. X-ray microtomographic imaging of coils and incorporation into computational models were successful for both aneurysms. Porous medium calculations of coiled aneurysm hemodynamics overestimated intra-aneurysmal flow, underestimated oscillatory shear index and viscous dissipation, and over- or underpredicted wall shear stress (WSS) and WSS gradient compared with X-ray-based coiled computational fluid dynamics models. Computational modeling of coiled intracranial aneurysms using the porous medium approach may inaccurately estimate key hemodynamic variables compared with models incorporating high-resolution synchrotron X-ray microtomographic imaging of complex aneurysm coil geometry. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to

  2. Simulation of defects on contactor coil (United States)

    Erdei, Z.; Horgos, M.; Zetea, O.


    By definition, a coil is an electrical passive device, which have two terminals, use in electrical circuits to keep the power in magnetic field or to detect the magnetic fields. In winding process, is possible to appear different defects, or issues which can cause in time problems in functionality of products. In this paper, we will analyze two types of defectives what were observed in winding process. In first type of defect, some wires of beginning of winding remain out of normal winding, and the wires are visible from outside, and in second type of defect, same beginning of winding remain inside of coil, under the normal winding, not in correct position. For simulation, we will used an assembly compose by anchor, electromagnet and coil. Those are parts of contactor.

  3. Coupled wave model for large magnet coils (United States)

    Gabriel, G. J.


    A wave coupled model based on field theory is evolved for analysis of fast electromagnetic transients on superconducting coils. It is expected to play a useful role in the design of protection methods against damage due to high voltages or any adverse effects that might arise from unintentional transients. The significant parameters of the coil are identified to be the turn to turn wave coupling coefficients and the travel time of an electromagnetic disturbance around a single turn. Unlike circuit theoretic inductor, the coil response evolves in discrete steps having durations equal to this travel time. It is during such intervals that high voltages are likely to occur. The model also bridges the gap between the low and high ends of the frequency spectrum.

  4. Modelling of lossy coils using fractional derivatives (United States)

    Schäfer, Ingo; Krüger, Klaus


    Coils exposed to eddy current and hysteresis losses are conventionally described by an inductance with equivalent core-loss resistance connected in parallel. The value of the equivalent core-loss resistance depends on the working frequency and the external wiring. Thus the model is less than satisfactory. The authors propose to describe loss inductance using fractional derivatives containing both a loss term and a storage term. After introducing the theory of fractional derivatives, the operating mode of the fractional coil model is explained by the example of an RLC oscillating circuit. Subsequent measurements of a series resonant circuit with a lossy coil impressively confirm the theoretical model with regard to both the frequency and time domains.

  5. Determination of Coil Inductances Cylindrical Iron Nucleus

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    Azeddine Mazouz


    Full Text Available The paper describes the investigation and development of a structure and performance characteristics of a coil iron nucleus cylindrical (C.I.N.C. The coil iron nucleus cylindrical is a nonlinear electro radio in which the moving of the nucleus in a sense or in other causes change in inductance and can reach extreme values at the superposition of nucleus and coil centers. The variation of the inductance and the degree of freedom of movement of the nucleus can lead to a device with electromechanical conversion The aim of this paper is the determination and visualization of self inductance and mutual of the (C.I.N.C based on geometric dimensions and the displacement of the nucleus.  

  6. Acoustic rainbow trapping by coiling up space

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    Ni, Xu


    We numerically realize the acoustic rainbow trapping effect by tapping an air waveguide with space-coiling metamaterials. Due to the high refractive-index of the space-coiling metamaterials, our device is more compact compared to the reported trapped-rainbow devices. A numerical model utilizing effective parameters is also calculated, whose results are consistent well with the direct numerical simulation of space-coiling structure. Moreover, such device with the capability of dropping different frequency components of a broadband incident temporal acoustic signal into different channels can function as an acoustic wavelength division de-multiplexer. These results may have potential applications in acoustic device design such as an acoustic filter and an artificial cochlea.

  7. Superconducting Coil Winding Machine Control System

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    Nogiec, J. M. [Fermilab; Kotelnikov, S. [Fermilab; Makulski, A. [Fermilab; Walbridge, D. [Fermilab; Trombly-Freytag, K. [Fermilab


    The Spirex coil winding machine is used at Fermilab to build coils for superconducting magnets. Recently this ma-chine was equipped with a new control system, which al-lows operation from both a computer and a portable remote control unit. This control system is distributed between three layers, implemented on a PC, real-time target, and FPGA, providing respectively HMI, operational logic and direct controls. The system controls motion of all mechan-ical components and regulates the cable tension. Safety is ensured by a failsafe, redundant system.

  8. Multiple coil closure of isolated aortopulmonary collateral

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    Padhi Sumanta


    Full Text Available A 7-month-old girl was diagnosed to have large aortopulmonary collateral during evaluation for congestive heart failure. There was no other evidence of cardiopulmonary disease. The collateral was successfully closed with multiple coils delivered sequentially. We describe the issues associated during closure of the aortopulmonary collateral in this case. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of large aortopulmonary collateral presenting with heart failure in an otherwise structurally normal heart that was closed successfully with multiple coils delivered sequentially.

  9. Magnetic measurement with coils and wires

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    Walckiers, L


    Accelerator magnets steer particle beams according to the field integrated along the trajectory over the magnet length. Purpose-wound coils measure these relevant parameters with high precision and complement efficiently point-like measurements performed with Hall plates or NMR probes. The rotating coil method gives a complete two-dimensional description of the magnetic field in a series of normal and skew multipoles. The more recent single stretched wire is a reference instrument to measure field integrals and to find the magnetic axis.

  10. A HTS dipole insert coil constructed

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    Ballarino, A; Rey, J M; Stenvall, A; Sorbi, M; Tixador, P


    This report is the deliverable report 7.4.1 “A HTS dipole insert coil constructed“. The report has three parts: “Design report for the HTS dipole insert”, “One insert pancake prototype coil constructed with the setup for a high field test”, and “All insert components ordered”. The three report parts show that, although the insert construction will be only completed by end 2013, all elements are present for a successful completion and that, given the important investments done by the participants, there is a full commitment of all of them to finish the project

  11. Self-assembling segmented coiled tubing

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    Raymond, David W.


    Self-assembling segmented coiled tubing is a concept that allows the strength of thick-wall rigid pipe, and the flexibility of thin-wall tubing, to be realized in a single design. The primary use is for a drillstring tubular, but it has potential for other applications requiring transmission of mechanical loads (forces and torques) through an initially coiled tubular. The concept uses a spring-loaded spherical `ball-and-socket` type joint to interconnect two or more short, rigid segments of pipe. Use of an optional snap ring allows the joint to be permanently made, in a `self-assembling` manner.

  12. A new type of coil structure called pan-shaped coil of wireless charging system based on magnetic resonance (United States)

    Yue, Z. K.; Liu, Z. Z.; Hou, Y. J.; Zeng, H.; Liang, L. H.; Cui, S.


    The problem that misalignment between the transmitting coil and the receiving coil significantly impairs the transmission power and efficiency of the system has been attached more and more attention. In order to improve the uniformity of the magnetic field between the two coils to solve this problem, a new type of coil called pan-shaped coil is proposed. Three-dimension simulation models of the planar-core coil and the pan-shaped coil are established using Ansoft Maxwell software. The coupling coefficient between the transmitting coil and the receiving coil is obtained by simulating the magnetic field with the receiving coil misalignment or not. And the maximum percentage difference strength along the radial direction which is defined as the magnetic field uniformity factor is calculated. According to the simulation results of the two kinds of coil structures, it is found that the new type of coil structure can obviously improve the uniformity of the magnetic field, coupling coefficient and power transmission properties between the transmitting coil and the receiving coil.


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    E. V. Parusov


    Full Text Available Purpose. To determine the universal empirical relationships that allow for operational calculation of scale mass and decarbonized layer depth based on the parameters of the technological process for rolled coil steel production. Methodology. The research is carried out on the industrial batches of the rolled steel of SAE 1006 and SAE 1065 grades. Scale removability was determined in accordance with the procedure of «Bekaert» company by the specifi-cations: GA-03-16, GA-03-18, GS-03-02, GS-06-01. The depth of decarbonized layer was identified in accordance with GOST 1763-68 (M method. Findings. Analysis of experimental data allowed us to determine the rational temperature of coil formation of the investigated steel grades, which provide the best possible removal of scale from the metal surface, a minimal amount of scale, as well as compliance of the metal surface color with the require-ments of European consumers. Originality. The work allowed establishing correlation of the basic quality indicators of the rolled coil high carbon steel (scale mass, depth of decarbonized layer and inter-laminar distance in pearlite with one of the main parameters (coil formation temperature of the deformation and heat treatment mode. The re-sulting regression equations, without metallographic analysis, can be used to determine, with a minimum error, the quantitative values of the total scale mass, depth of decarbonized layer and the average inter-lamellar distance in pearlite of the rolled coil high carbon steel. Practical value. Based on the specifications of «Bekaert» company (GA-03-16, GA-03-18, GS-03-02 and GS-06-01 the method of testing descaling by mechanical means from the surface of the rolled coil steel of low- and high-carbon steel grades was developed and approved in the environment of PJSC «ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih». The work resulted in development of the rapid method for determination of total and remaining scale mass on the rolled coil steel

  14. A Quiet Gradient-Coil Set Employing Optimized, Force-Shielded, Distributed Coil Designs (United States)

    Chapman, B. L. W.; Mansfield, P.


    A distributed coil design is described which employs active force shielding to reduce acoustic noise. Both axial and transverse gradients employ sets of distributed pairs of coplanar closed-are loops whose planes are normal to the static magnetic field direction. The resulting gradients are also partially magnetically screened. The design results in an axially compact coil set that provides linear gradients which extend over greater fractions of the enclosed volume than previous designs. The minimal gradient field interaction with the patient inherent in this force-shielded transverse-gradient coil design provides intrinsically safer Gx and Gy gradient fields.

  15. Response Characteristics and Experimental Study of Underground Magnetic Resonance Sounding Using a Small-Coil Sensor

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    Shengwu Qin


    Full Text Available Due to its unique sensitivity to hydrogen protons, magnetic resonance sounding (MRS is the only geophysical method that directly detects water and can provide nondestructive information on subsurface aquifer properties. The relationship between the surface MRS signal and the location and characteristics of aquifers using large-coil (typically 50–150 m sensors has been discussed based on forward modelling and experiments. However, few researchers have studied underground MRS using a small-coil sensor. In this paper, a parametric study and a large-scale physical model test were conducted to shed light on the critical response characteristics of underground MRS using a small-coil sensor. The effects of the size and number of turns of the transmitter coil and receiver coil, the geomagnetic declination, the geomagnetic inclination, and the position, thickness, and water content of a water-bearing structure on the performance of the underground MRS were studied based on numerical simulations. Furthermore, we derived the kernel function and underground MRS signal curves for a water-bearing structure model based on the simulations. Finally, a large-scale physical model test on underground MRS using a small-coil sensor was performed using a physical test system for geological prediction of tunnels at Shandong University. The results show that the inversion results of the physical model test were in good agreement with the physical prototype results. Using both numerical modeling and physical model tests, this study showed that underground MRS using a small-coil sensor can be used to predict water-bearing structures in underground engineering.

  16. Response Characteristics and Experimental Study of Underground Magnetic Resonance Sounding Using a Small-Coil Sensor. (United States)

    Qin, Shengwu; Ma, Zhongjun; Jiang, Chuandong; Lin, Jun; Xue, Yiguo; Shang, Xinlei; Li, Zhiqiang


    Due to its unique sensitivity to hydrogen protons, magnetic resonance sounding (MRS) is the only geophysical method that directly detects water and can provide nondestructive information on subsurface aquifer properties. The relationship between the surface MRS signal and the location and characteristics of aquifers using large-coil (typically 50-150 m) sensors has been discussed based on forward modelling and experiments. However, few researchers have studied underground MRS using a small-coil sensor. In this paper, a parametric study and a large-scale physical model test were conducted to shed light on the critical response characteristics of underground MRS using a small-coil sensor. The effects of the size and number of turns of the transmitter coil and receiver coil, the geomagnetic declination, the geomagnetic inclination, and the position, thickness, and water content of a water-bearing structure on the performance of the underground MRS were studied based on numerical simulations. Furthermore, we derived the kernel function and underground MRS signal curves for a water-bearing structure model based on the simulations. Finally, a large-scale physical model test on underground MRS using a small-coil sensor was performed using a physical test system for geological prediction of tunnels at Shandong University. The results show that the inversion results of the physical model test were in good agreement with the physical prototype results. Using both numerical modeling and physical model tests, this study showed that underground MRS using a small-coil sensor can be used to predict water-bearing structures in underground engineering.

  17. Rogowski coils for studies of detonator initiation (United States)

    Tasker, Douglas


    The Rogowski coil dates back to 1887 and it has commonly been employed to measure rapid changes of electrical currents without direct contact with the circuits, especially in high energy density applications. Recently, it has been used to measure currents in relatively low energy devices such as semiconductor circuits; here we report its utility in the analysis of detonator initiation. From an electrical perspective, the coil is essentially an air-cored transformer and measures the temporal rate of change of current dI/dt. Following a careful characterization of the circuit, an accurate measurement of this derivative is shown to provide a complete solution of the detonator circuit, including current, voltage, power and energy delivered to the detonator. The dependence of the electrical sensitivity, accuracy and bandwidth on coil design will be discussed and a new printed circuit design will be presented. Interesting features in the initiation of exploding bridgewire detonators have been observed with this coil and the results of various experiments will be discussed.

  18. Coil in bottom part of splitter magnet

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    Radiation-resistant coil being bedded into the bottom part of a splitter magnet. This very particular magnet split the beam into 3 branches, for 3 target stations in the West-Area. See Annual Report 1975, p.176, Figs.14 and 15.

  19. Stellarator Coil Design and Plasma Sensitivity

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    Long-Poe Ku and Allen H. Boozer


    The rich information contained in the plasma response to external magnetic perturbations can be used to help design stellarator coils more effectively. We demonstrate the feasibility by first devel- oping a simple, direct method to study perturbations in stellarators that do not break stellarator symmetry and periodicity. The method applies a small perturbation to the plasma boundary and evaluates the resulting perturbed free-boundary equilibrium to build up a sensitivity matrix for the important physics attributes of the underlying configuration. Using this sensitivity information, design methods for better stellarator coils are then developed. The procedure and a proof-of-principle application are given that (1) determine the spatial distributions of external normal magnetic field at the location of the unperturbed plasma boundary to which the plasma properties are most sen- sitive, (2) determine the distributions of external normal magnetic field that can be produced most efficiently by distant coils, (3) choose the ratios of the magnitudes of the the efficiently produced magnetic distributions so the sensitive plasma properties can be controlled. Using these methods, sets of modular coils are found for the National Compact Stellarator Experiment (NCSX) that are either smoother or can be located much farther from the plasma boundary than those of the present design.

  20. Tesla Coil Theoretical Model and its Experimental Verification

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    Janis Voitkans; Arnis Voitkans


    In this paper a theoretical model of Tesla coil operation is proposed. Tesla coil is described as a long line with distributed parameters in a single-wire form, where the line voltage is measured across electrically neutral space...

  1. Modular Coils and Plasma Configurations for Quasi-axisymmetric Stellarators

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    L.P. Ku and A.H. Boozer


    Characteristics of modular coils for quasi-axisymmetric stellarators that are related to the plasma aspect ratio, number of field periods and rotational transform have been examined systematically. It is observed that, for a given plasma aspect ratio, the coil complexity tends to increase with the increased number of field periods. For a given number of field periods, the toroidal excursion of coil winding is reduced as the plasma aspect ratio is increased. It is also clear that the larger the coil-plasma separation is, the more complex the coils become. It is further demonstrated that it is possible to use other types of coils to complement modular coils to improve both the physics and the modular coil characteristics.

  2. Mechanical design of a high field common coil magnet

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    Caspi, S; Dietderich, D R; Gourlay, S A; Gupta, R; McInturff, A; Millos, G; Scanlan, R M


    A common coil design for high field 2-in-1 accelerator magnets has been previously presented as a "conductor-friendly" option for high field magnets applicable for a Very Large Hadron Collider. This paper presents the mechanical design for a 14 tesla 2-in-1 dipole based on the common coil design approach. The magnet will use a high current density Nb/sub 3/Sn conductor. The design addresses mechanical issues particular to the common coil geometry: horizontal support against coil edges, vertical preload on coil faces, end loading and support, and coil stresses and strains. The magnet is the second in a series of racetrack coil magnets that will provide experimental verification of the common coil design approach. (9 refs).

  3. Optimization of a conduction-cooled LTS pulse coil

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    Kawagoe, A. [Kagoshima University, Kohrimoto 1-21-40, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima 890-0065 (Japan)]. E-mail:; Yamamuro, H. [Kagoshima University, Kohrimoto 1-21-40, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima 890-0065 (Japan); Sumiyoshi, F. [Kagoshima University, Kohrimoto 1-21-40, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima 890-0065 (Japan); Mito, T. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan); Chikaraishi, H. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan); Hemmi, T. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan); Baba, T. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan); Yokota, M. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan); Morita, Y. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan); Ogawa, H. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan); Abe, R. [Shibuya Kogyo Co., Ltd., Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0054 (Japan); Okumura, K. [Technova Inc., Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0011 (Japan); Iwakuma, M. [Kyushu University, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8581 (Japan)


    The output limit of the available power of a prototype conduction-cooled low temperature superconducting (LTS) pulse coil is clarified for the optimization of the coil. The winding conductor of this coil is a NbTi/Cu Rutherford cable, which is extruded with aluminum. Dyneema[reg] fiber reinforced plastics (DFRP) and Litz wires are used as the spacers of this coil. A prototype coil with a stored energy of 100 kJ was successfully fabricated and tested, and the coil performed excellently. In this paper, the stability margin of this coil is clarified by thermal analysis, using a two-dimensional finite element method, taking into account the effects of both types of spacers, DFRP and Litz wires. Additionally, the maximum output power of the coil is estimated at about three times the rated output.

  4. Mechanical design of a high field common coil magnet

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    Caspi, S.; Chow, K.; Dietderich, D.; Gourlay, S.; Gupta, R.; McInturff, A.; Millos, G.; Scanlan, R.


    A common coil design for high field 2-in-1 accelerator magnets has been previously presented as a 'conductor-friendly' option for high field magnets applicable for a Very Large Hadron Collider. This paper presents the mechanical design for a 14 tesla 2-in-1 dipole based on the common coil design approach. The magnet will use a high current density Nb{sub 3}Sn conductor. The design addresses mechanical issues particular to the common coil geometry: horizontal support against coil edges, vertical preload on coil faces, end loading and support, and coil stresses and strains. The magnet is the second in a series of racetrack coil magnets that will provide experimental verification of the common coil design approach.

  5. Antiparallel coiled-coil–mediated dimerization of myosin X (United States)

    Lu, Qing; Ye, Fei; Wei, Zhiyi; Wen, Zilong; Zhang, Mingjie


    Processive movements of unconventional myosins on actin filaments generally require motor dimerization. A commonly accepted myosin dimerization mechanism is via formation of a parallel coiled-coil dimer by a stretch of amino acid residues immediately carboxyl-terminal to the motor’s lever-arm domain. Here, we discover that the predicted coiled-coil region of myosin X forms a highly stable, antiparallel coiled-coil dimer (anti-CC). Disruption of the anti-CC either by single-point mutations or by replacement of the anti-CC with a parallel coiled coil with a similar length compromised the filopodial induction activity of myosin X. We further show that the anti-CC and the single α-helical domain of myosin X are connected by a semirigid helical linker. The anti-CC–mediated dimerization may enable myosin X to walk on both single and bundled actin filaments. PMID:23012428

  6. Anchor coil technique for arteriovenous fistula embolization. A technical note. (United States)

    Kanemaru, Kazuya; Ezura, Masayuki; Nishiyama, Yoshihisa; Yagi, Takashi; Yoshioka, Hideyuki; Fukumoto, Yuichiro; Horikoshi, Toru; Kinouchi, Hiroyuki


    We describe a case of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) successfully treated by coil embolization with an anchor coil inserted in the varix to facilitate dense packing at the shunting site. AVF of the left anterior choroidal artery (AChoA) draining into the ipsilateral basal vein of Rosenthal was incidentally found in a newborn female. A single detachable coil was inserted as an anchor into the varix adjacent to the shunt, and the microcatheter was pulled back to the shunting point. Three more detachable coils were delivered at the shunting point without migration under the support of the anchor coil, and the AVF was successfully obliterated with preservation of AChoA blood flow. The anchor coil technique can reduce the risk of coil migration and the number of coils required.

  7. d-Cysteine Ligands Control Metal Geometries within De Novo Designed Three-Stranded Coiled Coils

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    Ruckthong, Leela; Peacock, Anna F.A.; Pascoe, Cherilyn E.


    Although metal ion binding to naturally occurring l-amino acid proteins is well documented, understanding the impact of the opposite chirality (d-)amino acids on the structure and stereochemistry of metals is in its infancy. We examine the effect of a d-configuration cysteine within a designed l......-amino acid three-stranded coiled coil in order to enforce a precise coordination number on a metal center. The d chirality does not alter the native fold, but the side-chain re-orientation modifies the sterics of the metal binding pocket. l-Cys side chains within the coiled-coil structure have previously...... been shown to rotate substantially from their preferred positions in the apo structure to create a binding site for a tetra-coordinate metal ion. However, here we show by X-ray crystallography that d-Cys side chains are preorganized within a suitable geometry to bind such a ligand. This is confirmed...

  8. GBNV encoded movement protein (NSm) remodels ER network via C-terminal coiled coil domain

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    Singh, Pratibha; Savithri, H.S., E-mail:


    Plant viruses exploit the host machinery for targeting the viral genome–movement protein complex to plasmodesmata (PD). The mechanism by which the non-structural protein m (NSm) of Groundnut bud necrosis virus (GBNV) is targeted to PD was investigated using Agrobacterium mediated transient expression of NSm and its fusion proteins in Nicotiana benthamiana. GFP:NSm formed punctuate structures that colocalized with mCherry:plasmodesmata localized protein 1a (PDLP 1a) confirming that GBNV NSm localizes to PD. Unlike in other movement proteins, the C-terminal coiled coil domain of GBNV NSm was shown to be involved in the localization of NSm to PD, as deletion of this domain resulted in the cytoplasmic localization of NSm. Treatment with Brefeldin A demonstrated the role of ER in targeting GFP NSm to PD. Furthermore, mCherry:NSm co-localized with ER–GFP (endoplasmic reticulum targeting peptide (HDEL peptide fused with GFP). Co-expression of NSm with ER–GFP showed that the ER-network was transformed into vesicles indicating that NSm interacts with ER and remodels it. Mutations in the conserved hydrophobic region of NSm (residues 130–138) did not abolish the formation of vesicles. Additionally, the conserved prolines at positions 140 and 142 were found to be essential for targeting the vesicles to the cell membrane. Further, systematic deletion of amino acid residues from N- and C-terminus demonstrated that N-terminal 203 amino acids are dispensable for the vesicle formation. On the other hand, the C-terminal coiled coil domain when expressed alone could also form vesicles. These results suggest that GBNV NSm remodels the ER network by forming vesicles via its interaction through the C-terminal coiled coil domain. Interestingly, NSm interacts with NP in vitro and coexpression of these two proteins in planta resulted in the relocalization of NP to PD and this relocalization was abolished when the N-terminal unfolded region of NSm was deleted. Thus, the NSm



    Surendra Vishvakarma*, Sanjay Kumbhare, K. K. Thakur


    This study presents a brief review of heat transfer through helical coil heat exchangers. Helical coils of circular cross section have been used in wide variety of applications due to simplicity in manufacturing. Enhancement in heat transfer due to helical coils has been reported by many researchers. While the heat transfer characteristics of double pipe helical heat exchangers are available in the literature, there exists no published experimental or theoretical analysis of a helically coile...

  10. Compressing DNA sequence databases with coil

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    Hendy Michael D


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Publicly available DNA sequence databases such as GenBank are large, and are growing at an exponential rate. The sheer volume of data being dealt with presents serious storage and data communications problems. Currently, sequence data is usually kept in large "flat files," which are then compressed using standard Lempel-Ziv (gzip compression – an approach which rarely achieves good compression ratios. While much research has been done on compressing individual DNA sequences, surprisingly little has focused on the compression of entire databases of such sequences. In this study we introduce the sequence database compression software coil. Results We have designed and implemented a portable software package, coil, for compressing and decompressing DNA sequence databases based on the idea of edit-tree coding. coil is geared towards achieving high compression ratios at the expense of execution time and memory usage during compression – the compression time represents a "one-off investment" whose cost is quickly amortised if the resulting compressed file is transmitted many times. Decompression requires little memory and is extremely fast. We demonstrate a 5% improvement in compression ratio over state-of-the-art general-purpose compression tools for a large GenBank database file containing Expressed Sequence Tag (EST data. Finally, coil can efficiently encode incremental additions to a sequence database. Conclusion coil presents a compelling alternative to conventional compression of flat files for the storage and distribution of DNA sequence databases having a narrow distribution of sequence lengths, such as EST data. Increasing compression levels for databases having a wide distribution of sequence lengths is a direction for future work.

  11. Plasmodium vivax antigen discovery based on alpha-helical coiled coil protein motif.

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    Nora Céspedes

    Full Text Available Protein α-helical coiled coil structures that elicit antibody responses, which block critical functions of medically important microorganisms, represent a means for vaccine development. By using bioinformatics algorithms, a total of 50 antigens with α-helical coiled coil motifs orthologous to Plasmodium falciparum were identified in the P. vivax genome. The peptides identified in silico were chemically synthesized; circular dichroism studies indicated partial or high α-helical content. Antigenicity was evaluated using human sera samples from malaria-endemic areas of Colombia and Papua New Guinea. Eight of these fragments were selected and used to assess immunogenicity in BALB/c mice. ELISA assays indicated strong reactivity of serum samples from individuals residing in malaria-endemic regions and sera of immunized mice, with the α-helical coiled coil structures. In addition, ex vivo production of IFN-γ by murine mononuclear cells confirmed the immunogenicity of these structures and the presence of T-cell epitopes in the peptide sequences. Moreover, sera of mice immunized with four of the eight antigens recognized native proteins on blood-stage P. vivax parasites, and antigenic cross-reactivity with three of the peptides was observed when reacted with both the P. falciparum orthologous fragments and whole parasites. Results here point to the α-helical coiled coil peptides as possible P. vivax malaria vaccine candidates as were observed for P. falciparum. Fragments selected here warrant further study in humans and non-human primate models to assess their protective efficacy as single components or assembled as hybrid linear epitopes.

  12. Application of Coiled Coil Peptides in Liposomal Anticancer Drug Delivery Using a Zebrafish Xenograft Model. (United States)

    Yang, Jian; Shimada, Yasuhito; Olsthoorn, René C L; Snaar-Jagalska, B Ewa; Spaink, Herman P; Kros, Alexander


    The complementary coiled coil forming peptides E4 [(EIAALEK)4] and K4 [(KIAALKE)4] are known to trigger liposomal membrane fusion when tethered to lipid vesicles in the form of lipopeptides. In this study, we examined whether these coiled coil forming peptides can be used for drug delivery applications. First, we prepared E4 peptide modified liposomes containing the far-red fluorescent dye TO-PRO-3 iodide (E4-Lipo-TP3) and confirmed that E4-liposomes could deliver TP3 into HeLa cells expressing K4 peptide on the membrane (HeLa-K) under cell culture conditions in a selective manner. Next, we prepared doxorubicin-containing E4-liposomes (E4-Lipo-DOX) and confirmed that E4-liposomes could also deliver DOX into HeLa-K cells. Moreover, E4-Lipo-DOX showed enhanced cytotoxicity toward HeLa-K cells compared to free doxorubicin. To prove the suitability of E4/K4 coiled coil formation for in vivo drug delivery, we injected E4-Lipo-TP3 or E4-Lipo-DOX into zebrafish xenografts of HeLa-K. As a result, E4-liposomes delivered TP3 to the implanted HeLa-K cells, and E4-Lipo-DOX could suppress cancer proliferation in the xenograft when compared to nontargeted conditions (i.e., zebrafish xenograft with free DOX injection). These data demonstrate that coiled coil formation enables drug selectivity and efficacy in vivo. It is envisaged that these findings are a step forward toward biorthogonal targeting systems as a tool for clinical drug delivery.

  13. CCBuilder 2.0: Powerful and accessible coiled-coil modeling. (United States)

    Wood, Christopher W; Woolfson, Derek N


    The increased availability of user-friendly and accessible computational tools for biomolecular modeling would expand the reach and application of biomolecular engineering and design. For protein modeling, one key challenge is to reduce the complexities of 3D protein folds to sets of parametric equations that nonetheless capture the salient features of these structures accurately. At present, this is possible for a subset of proteins, namely, repeat proteins. The α-helical coiled coil provides one such example, which represents ≈ 3-5% of all known protein-encoding regions of DNA. Coiled coils are bundles of α helices that can be described by a small set of structural parameters. Here we describe how this parametric description can be implemented in an easy-to-use web application, called CCBuilder 2.0, for modeling and optimizing both α-helical coiled coils and polyproline-based collagen triple helices. This has many applications from providing models to aid molecular replacement for X-ray crystallography, in silico model building and engineering of natural and designed protein assemblies, and through to the creation of completely de novo "dark matter" protein structures. CCBuilder 2.0 is available as a web-based application, the code for which is open-source and can be downloaded freely. We have created CCBuilder 2.0, an easy to use web-based application that can model structures for a whole class of proteins, the α-helical coiled coil, which is estimated to account for 3-5% of all proteins in nature. CCBuilder 2.0 will be of use to a large number of protein scientists engaged in fundamental studies, such as protein structure determination, through to more-applied research including designing and engineering novel proteins that have potential applications in biotechnology. © 2017 The Authors Protein Science published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of The Protein Society.

  14. Coiled-coil forming peptides for the induction of silver nanoparticles

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    Božič Abram, Sabina [Department of Synthetic Biology and Immunology, National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdrihova 19, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Graduate School of Biomedicine, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana 1000 (Slovenia); Aupič, Jana [Department of Synthetic Biology and Immunology, National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdrihova 19, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Doctoral Programme in Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana 1000 (Slovenia); Dražić, Goran [Laboratory for Materials Chemistry, National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdrihova 19, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Gradišar, Helena [Department of Synthetic Biology and Immunology, National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdrihova 19, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); EN-FIST, Centre of Excellence, Trg Osvobodilne fronte 13, Ljubljana 1000 (Slovenia); Jerala, Roman, E-mail: [Department of Synthetic Biology and Immunology, National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdrihova 19, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); EN-FIST, Centre of Excellence, Trg Osvobodilne fronte 13, Ljubljana 1000 (Slovenia)


    Biopolymers with defined sequence patterns offer an attractive alternative for the formation of silver nanoparticle (AgNP). A set of coiled-coil dimer forming peptides was tested for their AgNP formation ability. Seventeen of those peptides mediated the formation of AgNPs in aqueous solution at neutral pH, while the formation of a coiled-coil dimer inhibited the nanoparticle generation. A QSAR regression model on the relationship between sequence and function suggests that in this peptide type the patterns KXQQ and KXEE are favorable, whereas Ala residues appear to have an inhibitory effect. UV–VIS spectra of the obtained nanoparticles gave a peak at around 420 nm, typical for AgNPs in the size range around 40 nm, which was confirmed by dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy. Peptide-induced AgNPs exhibited good antibacterial activity, even after a 15 min contact time, while they had low toxicity to human cells at the same concentrations. These results show that our designed peptides generate AgNPs with antibacterial activity at mild conditions and might be used for antibacterial coatings. - Highlights: • 17 of the 30 tested coiled-coil forming peptides induce AgNP formation. • Coiled-coil dimer formation suppresses AgNP generation of individual peptides. • Size of the peptide-induced silver nanoparticles is around 40 nm. • QSAR analysis points to the importance of KXQQ and KXEE motifs for AgNP generation. • Peptide-induced silver nanoparticles exhibit antibacterial activity.

  15. Turbulent flow regime in coiled tubes: local heat-transfer coefficient (United States)

    Bozzoli, F.; Cattani, L.; Mocerino, A.; Rainieri, S.


    Wall curvature represents a widely adopted technique for enhancing heat transfer: the fluid flowing inside a coiled pipe experiences the centrifugal force and this phenomenon induces local maxima in the velocity distribution that locally increase the temperature gradients at the wall by enhancing the heat transfer both in the laminar and in the turbulent flow regime. Consequently, the distribution of the velocity field over the cross-section of the tube is strongly uneven thus leading to significant variations along the circumferential angular coordinate of the convective heat-transfer coefficient at the wall internal surface: in particular, it shows higher values at the outer bend side of the coil than at the inner bend side. The aim of the present work is to estimate experimentally the local convective heat-transfer coefficient at the fluid wall interface in coiled tubes when turbulent flow regime occurs. In particular, the temperature distribution maps on the external coil wall are employed as input data of the inverse heat conduction problem in the wall and a solution approach based on the Tikhonov regularisation is implemented. The results, obtained with water as working fluid, are focused on the fully developed region in the turbulent flow regime in the Reynolds number range of 5000 to 12,000. For the sake of completeness, the overall efficiency of the coiled tubes under test is assessed under a first-law performance evaluation criterion.

  16. Transport of one SC coil through the village of Meyrin

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    The energizing coils of the Synchro-cyclotron magnet were manufactured in Belgium before travelling to Basel in Switzerland by boat and continuing by road to Geneva. The first coil reached Geneva in December 1955, with the second following in early 1956. The coils were stored in a hangar at the Geneva airport before they were brought to CERN in May 1956.

  17. The Roach muscle bundle and umbilical cord coiling

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    de Laat, Monique W. M.; Nikkels, Peter G. J.; Franx, Arie; Visser, Gerard H. A.


    To determine if presence of the Roach muscle, a small muscle bundle lying just beside the umbilical artery, contributes to umbilical cord coiling. 251 umbilical cords were examined. The umbilical coiling index (UCI) was calculated as the number of coils divided by the cord length in cm. Cords were

  18. The umbilical coiling index, a review of the literature

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    de Laat, Monique W. M.; Franx, Arie; van Alderen, Elise D.; Nikkels, Peter G. J.; Visser, Gerard H. A.


    Our aim was to review the literature on umbilical cord coiling. Relevant articles in English published between 1966 and 2003 were retrieved by a Medline search and cross-referencing. The normal umbilical cord coiling index (UCI) is 0.17 (+/- 0.009) spirals completed per cm. Abnormal cord coiling,

  19. Radiofrequency coils for magnetic resonance applications: theory, design, and evaluation. (United States)

    Giovannetti, Giulio; Hartwig, Valentina; Positano, Vincenzo; Vanello, Nicola


    Magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance spectroscopy are noninvasive diagnostic techniques based on the phenomenon of nuclear magnetic resonance. Radiofrequency coils are key components in both the transmission and receiving phases of magnetic resonance systems. Transmitter coils have to produce a highly homogeneous alternating field in a wide field of view, whereas receiver coils have to maximize signal detection while minimizing noise. Development of modern magnetic resonance coils often is based on numerical methods for simulating and predicting coil performance. Numerical methods allows the behavior of the coil in the presence of realistic loads to be simulated and the coil's efficiency at high magnetic fields to be investigated. After being built, coils have to be characterized in the laboratory to optimize their setting and performance by extracting several quality indices. Successively, coils performance has to be evaluated in a scanner using standardized image quality parameters with phantom and human experiments. This article reviews the principles of radiofrequency coils, coil performance parameters, and their estimation methods using simulations, workbench, and magnetic resonance experiments. Finally, an overview of future developments in radiofrequency coils technology is included.

  20. Historical review: another 50th anniversary--new periodicities in coiled coils. (United States)

    Gruber, Markus; Lupas, Andrei N


    In 1953, Francis Crick and Linus Pauling both proposed models of supercoiled alpha helices ('coiled coils') for the structure of keratin. These were the first attempts at modelling the tertiary structure of a protein. Crick emphasized the packing mode of the side-chains ('knobs-into-holes'), which required a periodicity of seven residues over two helical turns (7/2) and a supercoil in the opposite sense of the constituent helices. By contrast, Pauling envisaged a broader set of periodicities (4/1, 7/2, 18/5, 15/4, 11/3) and supercoils of both senses. Crick's model became canonical and the 'heptad repeat' essentially synonymous with coiled coils, but 50 years later new crystal structures and protein sequences show that the less common periodicities envisaged by Pauling also occur in coiled coils, adding a variant packing mode ('knobs-to-knobs') to the standard model. Pauling's laboratory notebooks suggest that he searched unsuccessfully for this packing mode in 1953.

  1. Coiled-Coil Proteins Facilitated the Functional Expansion of the Centrosome (United States)

    Kuhn, Michael; Hyman, Anthony A.; Beyer, Andreas


    Repurposing existing proteins for new cellular functions is recognized as a main mechanism of evolutionary innovation, but its role in organelle evolution is unclear. Here, we explore the mechanisms that led to the evolution of the centrosome, an ancestral eukaryotic organelle that expanded its functional repertoire through the course of evolution. We developed a refined sequence alignment technique that is more sensitive to coiled coil proteins, which are abundant in the centrosome. For proteins with high coiled-coil content, our algorithm identified 17% more reciprocal best hits than BLAST. Analyzing 108 eukaryotic genomes, we traced the evolutionary history of centrosome proteins. In order to assess how these proteins formed the centrosome and adopted new functions, we computationally emulated evolution by iteratively removing the most recently evolved proteins from the centrosomal protein interaction network. Coiled-coil proteins that first appeared in the animal–fungi ancestor act as scaffolds and recruit ancestral eukaryotic proteins such as kinases and phosphatases to the centrosome. This process created a signaling hub that is crucial for multicellular development. Our results demonstrate how ancient proteins can be co-opted to different cellular localizations, thereby becoming involved in novel functions. PMID:24901223

  2. Regulation of c-Fes Tyrosine Kinase and Biological Activities by N-Terminal Coiled-Coil Oligomerization Domains (United States)

    Cheng, Haiyun; Rogers, Jim A.; Dunham, Nancy A.; Smithgall, Thomas E.


    The cytoplasmic protein-tyrosine kinase Fes has been implicated in cytokine signal transduction, hematopoiesis, and embryonic development. Previous work from our laboratory has shown that active Fes exists as a large oligomeric complex in vitro. However, when Fes is expressed in mammalian cells, its kinase activity is tightly repressed. The Fes unique N-terminal sequence has two regions with strong homology to coiled-coil-forming domains often found in oligomeric proteins. Here we show that disruption or deletion of the first coiled-coil domain upregulates Fes tyrosine kinase and transforming activities in Rat-2 fibroblasts and enhances Fes differentiation-inducing activity in myeloid leukemia cells. Conversely, expression of a Fes truncation mutant consisting only of the unique N-terminal domain interfered with Rat-2 fibroblast transformation by an activated Fes mutant, suggesting that oligomerization is essential for Fes activation in vivo. Coexpression with the Fes N-terminal region did not affect the transforming activity of v-Src in Rat-2 cells, arguing against a nonspecific suppressive effect. Taken together, these findings suggest a model in which Fes activation may involve coiled-coil-mediated interconversion of monomeric and oligomeric forms of the kinase. Mutation of the first coiled-coil domain may activate Fes by disturbing intramolecular coiled-coil interaction, allowing for oligomerization via the second coiled-coil domain. Deletion of the second coiled-coil domain blocks fibroblast transformation by an activated form of c-Fes, consistent with this model. These results provide the first evidence for regulation of a nonreceptor protein-tyrosine kinase by coiled-coil domains. PMID:10567558

  3. Evaluation method for in situ electric field in standardized human brain for different transcranial magnetic stimulation coils. (United States)

    Iwahashi, Masahiro; Gomez-Tames, Jose; Laakso, Ilkka; Hirata, Akimasa


    This study proposes a method to evaluate the electric field induced in the brain by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to realize focal stimulation in the target area considering the inter-subject difference of the brain anatomy. The TMS is a non-invasive technique used for treatment/diagnosis, and it works by inducing an electric field in a specific area of the brain via a coil-induced magnetic field. Recent studies that report on the electric field distribution in the brain induced by TMS coils have been limited to simplified human brain models or a small number of detailed human brain models. Until now, no method has been developed that appropriately evaluates the coil performance for a group of subjects. In this study, we first compare the magnetic field and the magnetic vector potential distributions to determine if they can be used as predictors of the TMS focality derived from the electric field distribution. Next, the hotspots of the electric field on the brain surface of ten subjects using six coils are compared. Further, decisive physical factors affecting the focality of the induced electric field by different coils are discussed by registering the computed electric field in a standard brain space for the first time, so as to evaluate coil characteristics for a large population of subjects. The computational results suggest that the induced electric field in the target area cannot be generalized without considering the morphological variability of the human brain. Moreover, there was no remarkable difference between the various coils, although focality could be improved to a certain extent by modifying the coil design (e.g., coil radius). Finally, the focality estimated by the electric field was more correlated with the magnetic vector potential than the magnetic field in a homogeneous sphere.

  4. Evaluation method for in situ electric field in standardized human brain for different transcranial magnetic stimulation coils (United States)

    Iwahashi, Masahiro; Gomez-Tames, Jose; Laakso, Ilkka; Hirata, Akimasa


    This study proposes a method to evaluate the electric field induced in the brain by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to realize focal stimulation in the target area considering the inter-subject difference of the brain anatomy. The TMS is a non-invasive technique used for treatment/diagnosis, and it works by inducing an electric field in a specific area of the brain via a coil-induced magnetic field. Recent studies that report on the electric field distribution in the brain induced by TMS coils have been limited to simplified human brain models or a small number of detailed human brain models. Until now, no method has been developed that appropriately evaluates the coil performance for a group of subjects. In this study, we first compare the magnetic field and the magnetic vector potential distributions to determine if they can be used as predictors of the TMS focality derived from the electric field distribution. Next, the hotspots of the electric field on the brain surface of ten subjects using six coils are compared. Further, decisive physical factors affecting the focality of the induced electric field by different coils are discussed by registering the computed electric field in a standard brain space for the first time, so as to evaluate coil characteristics for a large population of subjects. The computational results suggest that the induced electric field in the target area cannot be generalized without considering the morphological variability of the human brain. Moreover, there was no remarkable difference between the various coils, although focality could be improved to a certain extent by modifying the coil design (e.g., coil radius). Finally, the focality estimated by the electric field was more correlated with the magnetic vector potential than the magnetic field in a homogeneous sphere.

  5. Computational study for the effects of coil configuration on blood flow characteristics in coil-embolized cerebral aneurysm. (United States)

    Otani, Tomohiro; Ii, Satoshi; Shigematsu, Tomoyoshi; Fujinaka, Toshiyuki; Hirata, Masayuki; Ozaki, Tomohiko; Wada, Shigeo


    Coil embolization of cerebral aneurysms with inhomogeneous coil distribution leads to an incomplete occlusion of the aneurysm. However, the effects of this factor on the blood flow characteristics are still not fully understood. This study investigates the effects of coil configuration on the blood flow characteristics in a coil-embolized aneurysm using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation. The blood flow analysis in the aneurysm with coil embolization was performed using a coil deployment (CD) model, in which the coil configuration was constructed using a physics-based simulation of the CD. In the CFD results, total flow momentum and kinetic energy in the aneurysm gradually decayed with increasing coil packing density (PD), regardless of the coil configuration attributed to deployment conditions. However, the total shear rate in the aneurysm was relatively high and the strength of the local shear flow varied based on the differences in coil configuration, even at adequate PDs used in clinical practice (20-25 %). Because the sufficient shear rate reduction is a well-known factor in the blood clot formation occluding the aneurysm inside, the present study gives useful insight into the effects of coil configuration on the treatment efficiency of coil embolization.

  6. Ab initio theory of helix <-> coil phase transition

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    Yakubovich, Alexander V.; Solov'yov, Ilia; Solov'yov, Andrey V.


    In this paper, we suggest a theoretical method based on the statistical mechanics for treating the alpha-helix <-> random coil transition in alanine polypeptides. We consider this process as a first-order phase transition and develop a theory which is free of model parameters and is based solely ...... twisting. The suggested theory is general and with some modification can be applied for the description of phase transitions in other complex molecular systems (e.g. proteins, DNA, nanotubes, atomic clusters, fullerenes).......In this paper, we suggest a theoretical method based on the statistical mechanics for treating the alpha-helix random coil transition in alanine polypeptides. We consider this process as a first-order phase transition and develop a theory which is free of model parameters and is based solely...... on fundamental physical principles. It describes essential thermodynamical properties of the system such as heat capacity, the phase transition temperature and others from the analysis of the polypeptide potential energy surface calculated as a function of two dihedral angles, responsible for the polypeptide...

  7. Scalable Nernst thermoelectric power using a coiled galfenol wire

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    Zihao Yang


    Full Text Available The Nernst thermopower usually is considered far too weak in most metals for waste heat recovery. However, its transverse orientation gives it an advantage over the Seebeck effect on non-flat surfaces. Here, we experimentally demonstrate the scalable generation of a Nernst voltage in an air-cooled metal wire coiled around a hot cylinder. In this geometry, a radial temperature gradient generates an azimuthal electric field in the coil. A Galfenol (Fe0.85Ga0.15 wire is wrapped around a cartridge heater, and the voltage drop across the wire is measured as a function of axial magnetic field. As expected, the Nernst voltage scales linearly with the length of the wire. Based on heat conduction and fluid dynamic equations, finite-element method is used to calculate the temperature gradient across the Galfenol wire and determine the Nernst coefficient. A giant Nernst coefficient of -2.6 μV/KT at room temperature is estimated, in agreement with measurements on bulk Galfenol. We expect that the giant Nernst effect in Galfenol arises from its magnetostriction, presumably through enhanced magnon-phonon coupling. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of a transverse thermoelectric generator capable of scalable output power from non-flat heat sources.

  8. Scalable Nernst thermoelectric power using a coiled galfenol wire (United States)

    Yang, Zihao; Codecido, Emilio A.; Marquez, Jason; Zheng, Yuanhua; Heremans, Joseph P.; Myers, Roberto C.


    The Nernst thermopower usually is considered far too weak in most metals for waste heat recovery. However, its transverse orientation gives it an advantage over the Seebeck effect on non-flat surfaces. Here, we experimentally demonstrate the scalable generation of a Nernst voltage in an air-cooled metal wire coiled around a hot cylinder. In this geometry, a radial temperature gradient generates an azimuthal electric field in the coil. A Galfenol (Fe0.85Ga0.15) wire is wrapped around a cartridge heater, and the voltage drop across the wire is measured as a function of axial magnetic field. As expected, the Nernst voltage scales linearly with the length of the wire. Based on heat conduction and fluid dynamic equations, finite-element method is used to calculate the temperature gradient across the Galfenol wire and determine the Nernst coefficient. A giant Nernst coefficient of -2.6 μV/KT at room temperature is estimated, in agreement with measurements on bulk Galfenol. We expect that the giant Nernst effect in Galfenol arises from its magnetostriction, presumably through enhanced magnon-phonon coupling. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of a transverse thermoelectric generator capable of scalable output power from non-flat heat sources.

  9. SSC (Superconducting Super Collider) dipole coil production tooling

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    Carson, J.A.; Barczak, E.J.; Bossert, R.C.; Brandt, J.S.; Smith, G.A.


    Superconducting Super Collider dipole coils must be produced to high precision to ensure uniform prestress and even conductor distribution within the collared coil assembly. Tooling is being prepared at Fermilab for the production of high precision 1M and 16.6M SSC dipole coils suitable for mass production. The design and construction methods builds on the Tevatron tooling and production experience. Details of the design and construction methods and measured coil uniformity of 1M coils will be presented. 4 refs., 10 figs.

  10. Umbilical Cord Coiling and Zygosity: Is there a Link? (United States)

    Coetzee, André Joannou; Castro, Eumenia; Peres, Luiz Cesar


    The aim of this study was to analyze abnormalities of umbilical coiling index (UCI) in twin gestation to test whether the coiling is genetically influenced by zygosity. Data retrieved comprised gestational age (GA), chorionicity, fetal gender, and UCI. The mean UCI of hypercoiled cords in monochorionic placentas was 0.55 coils/cm and 0.49 coils/cm in dichorionic placentas with discordant fetal gender (P = 0.2629). In conclusion, no significant statistical difference between UCI in monochorionic and dichorionic twin placentas with discordant fetal gender was identified, suggesting that zygosity does not play a role in umbilical coiling induction.

  11. Construction of the ATLAS B0 model coil

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    Daël, A; Alessandria, F; Berriaud, C; Berthier, R; Broggi, F; Mayri, C; Pabot, Y; Rey, J M; Reytier, M; Rossi, L; Sorbi, M; Van Hille, H; Volpini, G; Sun, Z


    The B0 coil is a technological model for the ATLAS Barrel Toroid coils. The major concepts and the construction procedures are the same as those specified for the BT coils. So the manufacturing feasibility has been extensively proved and the technological developments have been carried out for the industrial production of the conductor, the welding technique of the coil casing, the prestress of the coil with bladders, the cold to warm supports, the construction and assembly of the cryostat. The paper illustrates all these phases. (4 refs).

  12. Coil irrigation in sugar cane (Saccharum officinarum

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    Jesús Sánchez Gutiérrez


    Full Text Available This study was made at the Basic Seed Bank of the Local Sugar Cane Research Station for the Mideastern Cuba, based in Camaguey, on brown carbonate soil, between 2013 and 12014. Coil irrigation was applied to meet the water requirements for the crop, according to the edafoclimatic conditions and the different phenological phases it has. The Savo method was used to determine useful rain water. Adjustment and complementation of the irrigation program was based on indicators that characterize the exploitation scheme. The machine´s working parameters were determined to meet the water needs, and increase crop´s overall yields. The evaluations and results achieved have contributed to new proposals for management and operation of coil irrigation, and they are important to increase its efficiency.

  13. Toroidal high temperature superconducting coils for ISTTOK

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    Fernandes, H., E-mail: [Associacao Euratom/IST, Instituto de Plasmas e Fusao Nuclear, Laboratorio Associado, Instituto Superior Tecnico, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Goemoery, F. [Institute of Electrical Engineering, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dubravska cesta 9, 84104 Bratislava (Slovakia); Corte, A. della; Celentano, G. [ENEA C.R. Frascati, Via E. Fermi 45, 00044 Frascati (Italy); Souc, J. [Institute of Electrical Engineering, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dubravska cesta 9, 84104 Bratislava (Slovakia); Silva, C.; Carvalho, I.; Gomes, R. [Associacao Euratom/IST, Instituto de Plasmas e Fusao Nuclear, Laboratorio Associado, Instituto Superior Tecnico, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Di Zenobio, A.; Messina, G. [ENEA C.R. Frascati, Via E. Fermi 45, 00044 Frascati (Italy)


    High temperature superconductors (HTS) are very attractive to be used in fusion devices mainly due to lower operations costs. The HTS technology has reached a point where the construction of toroidal field coils for a tokamak is possible. The feasibility of a tokamak operating with HTS is extremely relevant and ISTTOK is the ideal candidate for a meaningful test due to its small size (and consequently lower cost) and the possibility to operate in a steady-state inductive regime. In this paper, a conceptual study of the ISTTOK upgrade to a superconducting device is presented, along with the relevant boundary conditions to achieve a permanent toroidal field with HTS. It is shown that the actual state of the art in HTS allows the design of a toroidal field coil capable of generating the appropriate field on plasma axis while respecting the structural specification of the machine.

  14. In situ calibration of rotating sensor coils for magnet testing. (United States)

    Arpaia, P; Buzio, M; Golluccio, G; Walckiers, L


    An in situ procedure for calibrating equivalent magnetic area and rotation radius of rotating coils is proposed for testing accelerator magnets shorter than the measuring coil. The procedure exploits measurements of magnetic field and mechanical displacement inside a reference quadrupole magnet. In a quadrupole field, an offset between the magnet and coil rotation axes gives rise to a dipole component in the field series expansion. The measurements of the focusing strength, the displacement, and the resulting dipole term allow the equivalent area and radius of the coil to be determined analytically. The procedure improves the accuracy of coils with large geometrical irregularities in the winding. This is essential for short magnets where the coil dimensions constrain the measurement accuracy. Experimental results on different coils measuring small-aperture permanent magnets are shown.

  15. Magnetic Field Alignment of PS-P4VP: a Non-Liquid Crystalline Coil-Coil Block Copolymer (United States)

    Rokhlenko, Yekaterina; Zhang, Kai; Larson, Steven; Gopalan, Padma; O'Hern, Corey; Osuji, Chinedum


    Magnetic fields provide the ability to control alignment of self-assembled soft materials such as block copolymers. Most prior work in this area has relied on the presence of ordered assemblies of anisotropic liquid crystalline species to ensure sufficient magnetic anisotropy to drive alignment. Recent experiments with poly(styrene-b-4-vinylpyridine), a non-liquid crystalline BCP, however, show field-induced alignment of a lamellar microstructure during cooling across the order-disorder transition. Using in situ x-ray scattering, we examine the roles of field strength and cooling rate on the alignment response of this low MW coil-coil BCP. Alignment is first observed at field strengths as low as 1 Tesla and improves markedly with both increasing field strength and slower cooling. We present a geometric argument to illustrate the origin of a finite, non-trivial magnetic susceptibility anisotropy for highly stretched surface-tethered polymer chains and corroborate this using coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations. We rationalize the magnetic field response of the system in terms of the mobility afforded by the absence of entanglements, the intrinsic anisotropy resulting from the stretched polymer chains and sterically constrained conjugated rings, and the large grain size in these low molecular weight materials.

  16. Voice coil based scanning probe microscopy

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    Klapetek, P.; Valtr, M.; Duchoň, V.; Sobota, Jaroslav


    Roč. 7, č. 6 (2012), 332:1-7 ISSN 1931-7573 R&D Projects: GA MPO FR-TI1/241; GA AV ČR KAN311610701; GA MŠk ED0017/01/01 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : SPM * Voice coil * Interferometry Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.524, year: 2012

  17. Micro Chemical Oxygen-Iodine Laser (COIL) (United States)


    until it reached its set point at around -5’C. Once the set points of pressure and temperature had been reached, the chlorine, flowing concurrently ...literature. Future work includes testing multiple pSOGs in tandem at their optimal operating conditions and using arrays of ptSOGs to drive a MEMS COIL...yields of 78%, comparing well with reactor model predictions. Topical Heading: 5. Reactors, Kinetics, and Catalysis ii INTRODUCTION Microchemical systems

  18. Coil irrigation in sugar cane (Saccharum officinarum)


    Jesús Sánchez Gutiérrez; Yoslén Fernández Gálvez; Mayra Martínez Pírez; Camilo Bonet Pérez; Manuel A Hernández Victoria; Arlandy Noy Perera


    This study was made at the Basic Seed Bank of the Local Sugar Cane Research Station for the Mideastern Cuba, based in Camaguey, on brown carbonate soil, between 2013 and 12014. Coil irrigation was applied to meet the water requirements for the crop, according to the edafoclimatic conditions and the different phenological phases it has. The Savo method was used to determine useful rain water. Adjustment and complementation of the irrigation program was based on indicators that characterize the...

  19. Choice of coils for a fusion reactor (United States)

    Alexander, Romeo; Garabedian, Paul R.


    In a fusion reactor a hot plasma of deuterium and tritium is confined by a strong magnetic field to produce helium ions and release energetic neutrons. The 3D geometry of a stellarator provides configurations for such a device that reduce net toroidal current that might lead to disruptions. We construct smooth coils generating an external magnetic field designed to prevent the plasma from deteriorating. PMID:17640879

  20. Numerical dosimetry of transcranial magnetic stimulation coils (United States)

    Crowther, Lawrence; Hadimani, Ravi; Jiles, David


    Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive neuromodulation technique capable of stimulating neurons by means of electromagnetic induction. TMS can be used to map brain function and shows promise for the diagnosis and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Calculation of fields induced in the brain are necessary to accurately identify stimulated neural tissue during TMS. This allows the development of novel TMS coil designs capable of stimulating deeper brain regions and increasing the localization of stimulation that can be achieved. We have performed numerical calculations of magnetic and electric field with high-resolution anatomically realistic human head models to find these stimulated brain regions for a variety of proposed TMS coil designs. The realistic head models contain heterogeneous tissue structures and electrical conductivities, yielding superior results to those obtained from the simplified homogeneous head models that are commonly employed. The attenuation of electric field as a function of depth in the brain and the localization of stimulating field have been methodically investigated. In addition to providing a quantitative comparison of different TMS coil designs the variation of induced field between subjects has been investigated. We also show the differences in induced fields between adult, adolescent and child head models to preemptively identify potential safety issues in the application of pediatric TMS.

  1. Evidence of α-helical coiled coils and β-sheets in hornet silk. (United States)

    Kameda, Tsunenori; Nemoto, Takashi; Ogawa, Tetsuya; Tosaka, Masatoshi; Kurata, Hiroki; Schaper, Andreas K


    α-Helical coiled coil and β-sheet complexes are essential structural building elements of silk proteins produced by different species of the Hymenoptera. Beside X-ray scattering at wide and small angles we applied cryo-electron diffraction and microscopy to demonstrate the presence and the details of such structures in silk of the giant hornet Vespa mandarinia japonica. Our studies on the assembly of the fibrous silk proteins and their internal organization in relation to the primary chain structure suggest a 172 Å pitch supercoil consisting of four intertwined alanine-rich α-helical strands. The axial periodicity may adopt even multiples of the pitch value. Coiled coil motifs form the largest portion of the hornet silk structure and are aligned nearly parallel to the cocoon fiber axis in the same way as the membrane-like parts of the cocoon are molecularly orientated in the spinning direction. Supercoils were found to be associated with β-crystals, predominantly localized in the l-serine-rich chain sequences terminating each of the four predominant silk proteins. Such β-sheet blocks are considered resulting from transformation of random coil molecular sequences due to the action of elongational forces during the spinning process. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Design and testing of a coil-unit barrel for helical coil electromagnetic launcher (United States)

    Yang, Dong; Liu, Zhenxiang; Shu, Ting; Yang, Lijia; Ouyang, Jianming


    A coil-unit barrel for a helical coil electromagnetic launcher is described. It provides better features of high structural strength and flexible adjustability. It is convenient to replace the damaged coil units and easy to adjust the number of turns in the stator coils due to the modular design. In our experiments, the highest velocity measured for a 4.5-kg projectile is 47.3 m/s and the mechanical reinforcement of the launcher could bear 35 kA peak current. The relationship between the energy conversion efficiency and the inductance gradient of the launcher is also studied. In the region of low inductance gradient, the efficiency is positively correlated with the inductance gradient. However, in the region of high inductance gradient, the inter-turn arc erosion becomes a major problem of limiting the efficiency and velocity of the launcher. This modular barrel allows further studies in the inter-turn arc and the variable inductance gradient helical coil launcher.

  3. MR coil sensitivity inhomogeneity correction for plaque characterization in carotid arteries (United States)

    Salvado, Olivier; Hillenbrand, Claudia; Suri, Jasjit; Wilson, David L.


    We are involved in a comprehensive program to characterize atherosclerotic disease using multiple MR images having different contrast mechanisms (T1W, T2W, PDW, magnetization transfer, etc.) of human carotid and animal model arteries. We use specially designed intravascular and surface array coils that give high signal-to-noise but suffer from sensitivity inhomogeneity. With carotid surface coils, challenges include: (1) a steep bias field with an 80% change; (2) presence of nearby muscular structures lacking high frequency information to distinguish bias from anatomical features; (3) many confounding zero-valued voxels subject to fat suppression, blood flow cancellation, or air, which are not subject to coil sensitivity; and (4) substantial noise. Bias was corrected using a modification of the adaptive fuzzy c-mean method reported by Pham et al. (IEEE TMI, 18:738-752), whereby a bias field modeled as a mechanical membrane was iteratively improved until cluster means no longer changed. Because our images were noisy, we added a noise reduction filtering step between iterations and used about 5 classes. In a digital phantom having a bias field measured from our MR system, variations across an area comparable to a carotid artery were reduced from 50% to images were qualitatively improved and large regions of skeletal muscle were relatively flat. Other commonly applied techniques failed to segment the images or introduced strong edge artifacts. Current evaluations include comparisons to bias as measured by a body coil in human MR images.

  4. Development of Radar Navigation and Radio Data Transmission for Microhole Coiled Tubing Bottom Hole Assemblies

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    Larry G. Stolarczyk; Gerald L. Stolarczyk; Larry Icerman; John Howard; Hooman Tehrani


    This Final Technical Report summarizes the research and development (R&D) work performed by Stolar Research Corporation (Stolar) under U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Contract Number DE-FC26-04NT15477. This work involved the development of radar navigation and radio data transmission systems for integration with microhole coiled tubing bottom hole assemblies. Under this contract, Stolar designed, fabricated, and laboratory and field tested two advanced technologies of importance to the future growth of the U.S. oil and gas industry: (1) real-time measurement-while-drilling (MWD) for guidance and navigation of coiled tubing drilling in hydrocarbon reservoirs and (2) two-way inductive radio data transmission on coiled tubing for real-time, subsurface-to-surface data transmission. The operating specifications for these technologies are compatible with 3.5-inch boreholes drilled to a true vertical depth (TVD) of 5,000 feet, which is typical of coiled tubing drilling applications. These two technologies (i.e., the Stolar Data Transmission System and Drill String Radar) were developed into pre-commercial prototypes and tested successfully in simulated coiled tubing drilling conditions. Integration of these two technologies provides a real-time geosteering capability with extremely quick response times. Stolar is conducting additional work required to transition the Drill String Radar into a true commercial product. The results of this advanced development work should be an important step in the expanded commercialization of advanced coiled tubing microhole drilling equipment for use in U.S. hydrocarbon reservoirs.

  5. MR-angiography as a method for evaluating endovascular coiled cerebral aneurysms. (United States)

    Poncyljusz, Wojciech; Czechowski, Janusz; Corr, Peter; Falkowski, Aleksander; Rać, Monika E


    The aim was to compare digital subtraction angiography (DSA) with magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) in evaluating intracranial aneurysms embolized with Guglielmi Detachable Coils (GDCs) and to assess 3D TOF MRA source data, maximum intensity projection (MIP), and 3D iso-surface reconstruction in the follow-up of patients with cerebral aneurysms treated with GDC. 3D TOF MRA source data, MIPs, and 3D iso-surface reconstructions of 32 GDC coiled aneurysms were compared with DSA images in the follow-up of 28 patients. Images were assessed for parent and branch artery flow, the presence of neck recurrence, and aneurysm regrowth. In the DSA follow-ups of the 32 aneurysms there was no flow in the embolized aneurysm in 20 (62.5%), flow between the coil loops was found in 11 (34%), and the neck flow was observed in 8 (25%). There was good correlation for all these features when the 3D iso-surface MRA and source data were compared with DSA. The correlation between MIP MRA and DSA was less robust. The correlation was very good in 21 of the 32 aneurysms (65.62%), good in 6 (18.75%), acceptable in 3 (9.37%), and weak and non-diagnostic in 2 (6.25%). Additional information can be obtained by performing plain film x-rays of the skull to demonstrate a change in the coil ball configuration. MRA did not detect any residual aneurysm neck in 2 cases. MRA is a promising technique to evaluate GDC coiled cerebral aneurysms; however, it cannot substitute DSA.

  6. Lasterikkad pered unustati / Oliver Rand

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    Rand, Oliver, 1971-


    Keskmise palga tõus suurendab presidendi, ministrite, Riigikogu liikmete, kohtunike ja paljude teiste ametnike sissetulekuid. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves hakkab koos esindustasuga saama kuus üle 103 000 krooni, peaminister Andrus Ansip ligi 89 000 ja Riigikogu lihtliige 49 000 krooni. Arvamust avaldavad lasterikaste perede liidu president Kalmer Hütt ja telesaatejuht Reet Linna. Vt. samas: Riigijuhtide palk kasvab tubli viiendiku; Riigijuhtide palk enne ja nüüd

  7. Kivistatud kurjad teod / Peeter Pere

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    Pere, Peeter, 1957-


    Kommunismiohvrite memoriaali ideekavandite võistlusest, võidutöödest. I-II preemia - märgusõna Vest (autorid Armin Valter, Joel Kopli). I-II preemia - märgusõna Mälutulbad (autor Koit Ojaliiv). Eripreemiad - märgusõna Otsuste rand (autorid Roland Reemaa, Laura Linsi), märgusõna Introvert (autorid Urmas Paul, Martin Lepplaan, Evelin Reimand, Martin Noorväli), märgusõna Padakonn (autorid Vadim Fomitsev, Mart Liho, Ekke Väli)

  8. Sibirskoe maslo pered britanskim sudom

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    Larsen, Inge Marie


    Artiklen fortælle om tre retssager i Storbritannien (London og Hull) i 1901, hvor nogle partier importeret sibirisk smør var under anklage for forfalskning med animalsk fedt. Ved retssagerne medvirkede førende engelske og danske kemikere, førende russiske og danske mælkerivæsensspecialister, dans...

  9. Mapping of the Neisseria meningitidis NadA cell-binding site: relevance of predicted {alpha}-helices in the NH2-terminal and dimeric coiled-coil regions. (United States)

    Tavano, Regina; Capecchi, Barbara; Montanari, Paolo; Franzoso, Susanna; Marin, Oriano; Sztukowska, Maryta; Cecchini, Paola; Segat, Daniela; Scarselli, Maria; Aricò, Beatrice; Papini, Emanuele


    NadA is a trimeric autotransporter protein of Neisseria meningitidis belonging to the group of oligomeric coiled-coil adhesins. It is implicated in the colonization of the human upper respiratory tract by hypervirulent serogroup B N. meningitidis strains and is part of a multiantigen anti-serogroup B vaccine. Structure prediction indicates that NadA is made by a COOH-terminal membrane anchor (also necessary for autotranslocation to the bacterial surface), an intermediate elongated coiled-coil-rich stalk, and an NH(2)-terminal region involved in cell interaction. Electron microscopy analysis and structure prediction suggest that the apical region of NadA forms a compact and globular domain. Deletion studies proved that the NH(2)-terminal sequence (residues 24 to 87) is necessary for cell adhesion. In this study, to better define the NadA cell binding site, we exploited (i) a panel of NadA mutants lacking sequences along the coiled-coil stalk and (ii) several oligoclonal rabbit antibodies, and their relative Fab fragments, directed to linear epitopes distributed along the NadA ectodomain. We identified two critical regions for the NadA-cell receptor interaction with Chang cells: the NH(2) globular head domain and the NH(2) dimeric intrachain coiled-coil α-helices stemming from the stalk. This raises the importance of different modules within the predicted NadA structure. The identification of linear epitopes involved in receptor binding that are able to induce interfering antibodies reinforces the importance of NadA as a vaccine antigen.

  10. Mapping of the Neisseria meningitidis NadA Cell-Binding Site: Relevance of Predicted α-Helices in the NH2-Terminal and Dimeric Coiled-Coil Regions▿ (United States)

    Tavano, Regina; Capecchi, Barbara; Montanari, Paolo; Franzoso, Susanna; Marin, Oriano; Sztukowska, Maryta; Cecchini, Paola; Segat, Daniela; Scarselli, Maria; Aricò, Beatrice; Papini, Emanuele


    NadA is a trimeric autotransporter protein of Neisseria meningitidis belonging to the group of oligomeric coiled-coil adhesins. It is implicated in the colonization of the human upper respiratory tract by hypervirulent serogroup B N. meningitidis strains and is part of a multiantigen anti-serogroup B vaccine. Structure prediction indicates that NadA is made by a COOH-terminal membrane anchor (also necessary for autotranslocation to the bacterial surface), an intermediate elongated coiled-coil-rich stalk, and an NH2-terminal region involved in cell interaction. Electron microscopy analysis and structure prediction suggest that the apical region of NadA forms a compact and globular domain. Deletion studies proved that the NH2-terminal sequence (residues 24 to 87) is necessary for cell adhesion. In this study, to better define the NadA cell binding site, we exploited (i) a panel of NadA mutants lacking sequences along the coiled-coil stalk and (ii) several oligoclonal rabbit antibodies, and their relative Fab fragments, directed to linear epitopes distributed along the NadA ectodomain. We identified two critical regions for the NadA-cell receptor interaction with Chang cells: the NH2 globular head domain and the NH2 dimeric intrachain coiled-coil α-helices stemming from the stalk. This raises the importance of different modules within the predicted NadA structure. The identification of linear epitopes involved in receptor binding that are able to induce interfering antibodies reinforces the importance of NadA as a vaccine antigen. PMID:20971901

  11. Retrieval of prolapsed coils during endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms

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    Dinc, Hasan [Karadeniz Technical University, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Trabzon (Turkey); KTU Farabi Hospital, Department of Radiology, Trabzon (Turkey); Kuzeyli, Kayhan [Karadeniz Technical University, Department of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, Trabzon (Turkey); Kosucu, Polat; Sari, Ahmet [Karadeniz Technical University, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Trabzon (Turkey); Cekirge, Saruhan [Hacettepe University, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara (Turkey)


    One of the feared complications during detachable coil embolization of cerebral aneurysms is herniation of a coil loop into the parent artery. Although coil protrusion of one or two loops into the parent vessel may not cause adverse events and in some instances can be ignored, the authors believe that coil retrieval is indicated if a free end is seen pulsating along the blood flow stream to prevent migration of the entire coil mass. In one patient, a microballoon was inflated across the neck of the aneurysm during retrieval of a herniated coil to prevent further coil herniation from the aneurysm sac. We present two cases in which prolapsed coils were successfully retrieved either using a microsnare and balloon combination or a microsnare alone. This report focuses on the efficacy of the Amplatz microsnare for such retrievals and the circumstances in which a herniated coil needs to be retrieved. We report two cases in which embolization coils partially migrated into the parent artery during endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysm and were retrieved using the Amplatz Nitinol microsnare. (orig.)

  12. Hydrodynamic studies of CNT nanofluids in helical coil heat exchanger (United States)

    Babita; Sharma, S. K.; Mital Gupta, Shipra; Kumar, Arinjay


    Helical coils are extensively used in several industrial processes such as refrigeration systems, chemical reactors, recovery processes etc to accommodate a large heat transfer area within a smaller space. Nanofluids are getting great attention due to their enhanced heat transfer capability. In heat transfer equipments, pressure drop is one of the major factors of consideration for pumping power calculations. So, the present work is aimed to study hydrodynamics of CNT nanofluids in helical coils. In this study, pressure drop characteristics of CNT nanofluid flowing inside horizontal helical coils are investigated experimentally. The helical coil to tube diameter was varied from 11.71 to 27.34 keeping pitch of the helical coil constant. Double distilled water was used as basefluid. SDBS and GA surfactants were added to stablilize CNT nanofluids. The volumetric fraction of CNT nanofluid was varied from 0.003 vol% to 0.051 vol%. From the experimental data, it was analyzed that the friction factor in helical coils is greater than that of straight tubes. Concentration of CNT in nanofluids also has a significant influence on the pressure drop/friction factor of helical coils. At a constant concentration of CNT, decreasing helical coil to tube diameter from 27.24 to 11.71, fanning friction factor of helical coil; f c increases for a constant value of p/d t. This increase in the value of fanning friction factor can be attributed to the secondary flow of CNT nanofluid in helical coils.

  13. Ablation dynamics in coiled wire-array Z-pinches

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    Hall, G. N.; Lebedev, S. V.; Suzuki-Vidal, F.; Swadling, G.; Chittenden, J. P.; Bland, S. N.; Harvey-Thompson, A. [Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, London SW7 2BW (United Kingdom); Knapp, P. F.; Blesener, I. C.; McBride, R. D.; Chalenski, D. A.; Blesener, K. S.; Greenly, J. B.; Pikuz, S. A.; Shelkovenko, T. A.; Hammer, D. A.; Kusse, B. R. [Laboratory of Plasma Studies, Cornell University, 439 Rhodes Hall, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States)


    Experiments to study the ablation dynamics of coiled wire arrays were performed on the MAGPIE generator (1 MA, 240 ns) at Imperial College, and on the COBRA generator at Cornell University's Laboratory of Plasma Studies (1 MA, 100 ns). The MAGPIE generator was used to drive coiled wires in an inverse array configuration to study the distribution of ablated plasma. Using interferometry to study the plasma distribution during the ablation phase, absolute quantitative measurements of electron line density demonstrated very high density contrasts between coiled ablation streams and inter-stream regions many millimetres from the wire. The measured density contrasts for a coiled array were many times greater than that observed for a conventional array with straight wires, indicating that a much greater axial modulation of the ablated plasma may be responsible for the unique implosion dynamics of coiled arrays. Experiments on the COBRA generator were used to study the complex redirection of plasma around a coiled wire that gives rise to the ablation structure exhibited by coiled arrays. Observations of this complex 3D plasma structure were used to validate the current model of coiled array ablation dynamics [Hall et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 065003 (2008)], demonstrating irrefutably that plasma flow from the wires behaves as predicted. Coiled wires were observed to ablate and implode in the same manner on both machines, indicating that current rise time should not be an issue for the scaling of coiled arrays to larger machines with fast current rise times.

  14. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation-coil design with improved focality (United States)

    Rastogi, P.; Lee, E. G.; Hadimani, R. L.; Jiles, D. C.


    Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a technique for neuromodulation that can be used as a non-invasive therapy for various neurological disorders. In TMS, a time varying magnetic field generated from an electromagnetic coil placed on the scalp is used to induce an electric field inside the brain. TMS coil geometry plays an important role in determining the focality and depth of penetration of the induced electric field responsible for stimulation. Clinicians and basic scientists are interested in stimulating a localized area of the brain, while minimizing the stimulation of surrounding neural networks. In this paper, a novel coil has been proposed, namely Quadruple Butterfly Coil (QBC) with an improved focality over the commercial Figure-8 coil. Finite element simulations were conducted with both the QBC and the conventional Figure-8 coil. The two coil's stimulation profiles were assessed with 50 anatomically realistic MRI derived head models. The coils were positioned on the vertex and the scalp over the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex to stimulate the brain. Computer modeling of the coils has been done to determine the parameters of interest-volume of stimulation, maximum electric field, location of maximum electric field and area of stimulation across all 50 head models for both coils.

  15. Three-dimensional proton magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging with and without an endorectal coil: a prostate phantom study. (United States)

    Ma, Chao; Chen, Luguang; Scheenen, Tom W J; Lu, Jianping; Wang, Jian


    Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) of the prostate has been used with only a combination of external surface coils. The quality of spectral fitting of the (choline + creatine)/citrate ([Cho + Cr]/Cit) ratio at different field strengths and different coils is important for quantitative/semi-quantitative diagnosis of prostate cancer. To evaluate the quality of spectral fitting of the (Cho + Cr)/Cit ratio of a prostate phantom using MRSI at different field strengths and various coils. Experiments were using 1.5-T and 3.0-T MR systems. Measurements were taken on a homemade prostate phantom with different coils: spinal array; abdominal array; and endorectal. The signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of choline, creatine, and citrate peaks as well as the (Cho + Cr)/Cit ratio in each voxel were compared among groups using multi-way analysis of variance. Magnetic field strength, coils, and plane position had a significant effect on the SNR or (Cho + Cr)/Cit ratio, and there were interactions among groups (all P = 0.000). The 1.5-T (0.228 ± 0.044) exhibited a higher (Cho + Cr)/Cit ratio than the 3.0-T (0.125 ± 0.041) magnetic field strength (F = 3238, P = 0.000). The (Cho + Cr)/Cit ratio of both surface coils (0.183 ± 0.065) and all coils (0.181 ± 0.057) was significantly lower than that of the endorectal coil (0.195 ± 0.077) (both P  0.05). No significant differences were found among the (Cho + Cr)/Cit ratios of all voxels in the middle planes by the post-hoc analyses (all P > 0.05). Three-dimensional proton MRSI of prostate metabolites in a phantom using surface coils is feasible and reliable, but (Cho + Cr)/Cit ratios acquired at different magnetic fields and coils were different. This difference should be taken into account when calculating this ratio in a field strength-independent way. © The Foundation Acta Radiologica 2014.

  16. First full-size ATLAS barrel toroid coil successfully tested up to 22 kA at 4 T

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    Dudarev, A; Benoit, P; Berriaud, C P; Broggi, F; Deront, L; Foussat, A; Junker, S; ten Kate, H H J; Kopeykin, N; Olesen, G; Olyunin, A; Pengo, R; Rabbers, J J; Ravat, S; Rey, J M; Sbrissa, E; Shugaev, I; Stepanov, V; Védrine, P; Volpini, Giovanni


    The Superconducting Barrel Toroid is providing (together with the two End-Cap Toroids not presented here) the magnetic field for the muon detectors in the ATLAS Experiment at the LHC at CERN. The toroid with outer dimensions of 25 m length and 20 m diameter, is built up from 8 identical racetrack coils. The coils with 120 turns each are wound with an aluminum stabilized NbTi conductor and operate at 20.5 kA at 3.9 T local field in the windings and is conduction cooled at 4.8 K by circulating forced flow helium in cooling tubes attached to the cold mass. The 8 coils of 25 m * 5 m are presently under construction and the first coils have already been fully integrated and tested. Meanwhile the assembly of the toroid 100 m underground in the ATLAS cavern at CERN has started. The 8 coils are individually tested on surface before installation. In this paper the test of the first coil, unique in size and manufacturing technology, is described in detail and the results are compared to the previous experience with the...

  17. Quench behavior of a no-insulation coil wound with stainless steel cladding REBCO tape at 4.2 K (United States)

    Kim, Kwanglok; Kim, Kwangmin; Bhattarai, Kabindra R.; Radcliff, Kyle; Jang, Jae Young; Hwang, Young Jin; Lee, SangGap; Yoon, Sangwon; Hahn, Seungyong


    A single pancake no-insulation (NI) coil was wound in a hermetic way with REBCO tape having a thin (1-2 μm) cladding layer of stainless steel. With an electric heater embedded at the innermost turn of the coil, heater-induced quench tests were performed under a background field of 15 T in a bath of liquid helium at 4.2 K. Despite the large average contact surface resistance of 1.63 {{m}}{{Ω }} cm2 , > 20 times larger than those of pure NI coils, ‘thermal recovery’ was observed at a coil current density (J e ) below 700 A mm-2 mainly due to the local current sharing. The coil experienced nine consecutive ‘thermal runaway’ quenches at J e of 700-820 A mm-2 (power supply limit), yet no discernible coil degradation or damage was observed. The results demonstrated that the stainless steel cladding REBCO tape may be effective at reducing the charging delay of high field NI REBCO magnets without sacrificing the self-protecting feature.

  18. Impact of the use of an endorectal coil for 3 T prostate MRI on image quality and cancer detection rate (United States)

    Gawlitza, Josephin; Reiss-Zimmermann, Martin; Thörmer, Gregor; Schaudinn, Alexander; Linder, Nicolas; Garnov, Nikita; Horn, Lars-Christian; Minh, Do Hoang; Ganzer, Roman; Stolzenburg, Jens-Uwe; Kahn, Thomas; Moche, Michael; Busse, Harald


    This work aims to assess the impact of an additional endorectal coil on image quality and cancer detection rate within the same patients. At a single academic medical center, this transversal study included 41 men who underwent T2- and diffusion-weighted imaging at 3 T using surface coils only or in combination with an endorectal coil in the same session. Two blinded readers (A and B) randomly evaluated all image data in separate sessions. Image quality with respect to localization and staging was rated on a five-point scale. Lesions were classified according to their prostate imaging reporting and data system (PIRADS) score version 1. Standard of reference was provided by whole-mount step-section analysis. Mean image quality scores averaged over all localization-related items were significantly higher with additional endorectal coil for both readers (p patient was significantly higher for reader B (p < 0.001) but not for reader A (p = 0.219). The numbers of histologically confirmed tumor lesions were rather similar for both settings. The subjectively rated 3-T image quality was improved with an endorectal coil. In terms of diagnostic performance, the use of an additional endorectal coil was not superior.

  19. Type I macrophage scavenger receptor contains α-helical and collagen-like coiled coils (United States)

    Kodama, Tatsuhiko; Freeman, Mason; Rohrer, Lucia; Zabrecky, James; Matsudaira, Paul; Krieger, Monty


    The macrophage scavenger receptor is a trimeric membrane glycoprotein with unusual ligand-binding properties which has been implicated in the development of atherosclerosis. The trimeric structure of the bovine type I scavenger receptor, deduced by complementary DNA cloning, contains three extracellular C-terminal cysteine-rich domains connected to the transmembrane domain by a long fibrous stalk. This stalk structure, composed of an a-helical coiled coil and a collagen-like triple helix, has not previously been observed in an integral membrane protein.

  20. Dextral to sinistral switch in dominant coiling of planktic foraminiferal Morozovella during the Early Eocene Climatic Optimum (United States)

    Luciani, Valeria; D'Onofrio, Roberta; Dickens, Gerald Roy; Wade, Bridget


    The coiling direction of trochospiral planktic foraminifera is a widely investigated morphological feature in living species and in upper Quaternary sediment. However, this morphological trait remains scarcely documented in older marine sediment. Here we investigate the coiling direction within Morozovella populations from sections at two ocean drilling sites in the Atlantic that span the Early Eocene Climatic Optimum (EECO; 49-53 Ma). The symbiont-bearing surface-dweller planktic foraminiferal genus Morozovella is of particular interest because of its dominance in tropical-subtropical early Paleogene assemblages, and the time interval is of interest of an abrupt and permanent decline in abundance and taxonomic diversity of Morozovella at the J event, near the beginning of the EECO. Our results demonstrate that morozovellids display a dominant dextral preference during the interval preceding the EECO at both the sites studied. However, all species show a first, prominent flip to sinistral coiling mode starting slightly above the J event. This switch from dextral to sinistral coiling became permanent for most of the Morozovella species slightly after the K/X event. Temporary but significant switches towards sinistral coiled morphotypes also occurred at both sites during several pre-EECO hyperthermal events. We record therefore a remarkable variation in the coiling mode of Morozovella during extreme warming intervals of the early Paleogene. Our record sheds new light on the coiling direction preferences of Paleogene planktic foraminifera. Previous interpretations favour genetic explanations for coiling flips rather than ecological responses. Our present data cannot validate or disprove the former idea, but should stimulate renewed thought on the latter idea.

  1. Analysis of alpha-helical coiled coils with the program TWISTER reveals a structural mechanism for stutter compensation. (United States)

    Strelkov, Sergei V; Burkhard, Peter


    Alpha-helical coiled coils represent a widespread protein structure motif distinguished by a seven-residue periodicity of apolar residues in the primary sequence. A characteristic "knobs-into-holes" packing of these residues into a hydrophobic core results in a superhelical, usually left-handed, rope of two or more alpha-helices. Such a geometry can be parameterized. For this purpose, a new computer program, TWISTER, was developed. With the three-dimensional coordinates as input, TWISTER uses an original algorithm to determine the local coiled-coil parameters as a function of residue number. In addition, heptad positions are assigned based on structural criteria. It is known that frequently encountered discontinuities in the heptad repeat, such as stutters and skips, can be tolerated within a continuous coiled coil but result in a local distortion of its geometry. This was explored in detail with the help of TWISTER for several two- and three-stranded coiled coils. Depending on the particular protein, stutters were found to be compensated locally by an unwinding of the superhelix, alpha-helical unwinding, or both. In the first case, there is often a local switch from a left-handed to a right-handed superhelix. In general, the geometrical distortion is confined to about two alpha-helical turns at either side of the stutter. Furthermore, stutters result in a local increase of the coiled-coil radius. (c) 2002 Elsevier Science (USA).

  2. The heterotrimeric laminin coiled-coil domain exerts anti-adhesive effects and induces a pro-invasive phenotype.

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    Full Text Available Laminins are large heterotrimeric cross-shaped extracellular matrix glycoproteins with terminal globular domains and a coiled-coil region through which the three chains are assembled and covalently linked. Laminins are key components of basement membranes, and they serve as attachment sites for cell adhesion, migration and proliferation. In this work, we produced a recombinant fragment comprising the entire laminin coiled-coil of the α1-, β1-, and γ1-chains that assemble into a stable heterotrimeric coiled-coil structure independently of the rest of the molecule. This domain was biologically active and not only failed to serve as a substrate for cell attachment, spreading and focal adhesion formation but also inhibited cell adhesion to laminin when added to cells in a soluble form at the time of seeding. Furthermore, gene array expression profiling in cells cultured in the presence of the laminin coiled-coil domain revealed up-regulation of genes involved in cell motility and invasion. These findings were confirmed by real-time quantitative PCR and zymography assays. In conclusion, this study shows for the first time that the laminin coiled-coil domain displays anti-adhesive functions and has potential implications for cell migration during matrix remodeling.

  3. Comparison of the association of sac growth and coil compaction with recurrence in coil embolized cerebral aneurysms.

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    Anna L Hoppe

    Full Text Available In recurrent cerebral aneurysms treated by coil embolization, coil compaction is regarded as the presumptive mechanism. We test the hypothesis that aneurysm growth is the primary recurrence mechanism. We also test the hypothesis that the coil mass will translate a measurable extent when recurrence occurs.An objective, quantitative image analysis protocol was developed to determine the volumes of aneurysms and coil masses during initial and follow-up visits from 3D rotational angiograms. The population consisted of 15 recurrence and 12 non-recurrence control aneurysms initially completely coiled at a single center. An investigator sensitivity study was performed to assess the objectivity of the methods. Paired Wilcoxon tests (p<0.05, one-tailed were performed to assess for aneurysm and coil growth. The translation of the coil mass center at follow-up was computed. A Mann Whitney U-Test (p<0.05, one-tailed was used to compare translation of coil mass centers between recurrence and control subjects.Image analysis protocol was found to be insensitive to the investigator. Aneurysm growth was evident in the recurrence cohort (p=0.003 but not the control (p=0.136. There was no evidence of coil compaction in either the recurrence or control cohorts (recurrence: p=0.339; control: p=0.429. The translation of the coil mass centers was found to be significantly larger in the recurrence cohort than the control cohort (p=0.047.Aneurysm sac growth, not coil compaction, was the primary mechanism of recurrence following successful coil embolization. The coil mass likely translates to a measurable extent when recurrence occurs and has the potential to serve as a non-angiographic recurrence marker.

  4. The properties of short-circuited HTSC coils (United States)

    Kozintseva, M. V.; Bishaev, A. M.; Bush, A. A.; Gavrikov, M. B.; Kamentsev, K. E.; Nizhel'skii, N. A.; Savel'ev, V. V.; Sigov, A. S.


    The properties of short-circuited multiturn superconducting coils have been studied; coils with nonsuperconducting contacts have been fabricated from a high-temperature superconducting (HTSC) tape made by Super Power Company. The magnetic flux captured by HTSC coils has been measured at different values of magnetic field of the magnetizing solenoid. the critical current in the coils have been experimentally determined based on the maximum values of the field they captured. It is 50% of the nominal value for this HTSC tape. The range of external magnetic field, where HTSC coils keep the captured magnetic flux, has been experimentally found. The obtained results have demonstrated the possibility of designing magnet systems with levitating coils made of HTSC tape, in which levitation is controlled without using feedbacks.

  5. The Coiled-Coil Protein VIG1 Is Essential for Tethering Vacuoles to Mitochondria during Vacuole Inheritance of Cyanidioschyzon merolae[C][W][OA (United States)

    Fujiwara, Takayuki; Kuroiwa, Haruko; Yagisawa, Fumi; Ohnuma, Mio; Yoshida, Yamato; Yoshida, Masaki; Nishida, Keiji; Misumi, Osami; Watanabe, Satoru; Tanaka, Kan; Kuroiwa, Tsuneyoshi


    Vacuoles/lysosomes function in endocytosis and in storage and digestion of metabolites. These organelles are inherited by the daughter cells in eukaryotes. However, the mechanisms of this inheritance are poorly understood because the cells contain multiple vacuoles that behave randomly. The primitive red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae has a minimum set of organelles. Here, we show that C. merolae contains about four vacuoles that are distributed equally between the daughter cells by binding to dividing mitochondria. Binding is mediated by VIG1, a 30-kD coiled-coil protein identified by microarray analyses and immunological assays. VIG1 appears on the surface of free vacuoles in the cytosol and then tethers the vacuoles to the mitochondria. The vacuoles are released from the mitochondrion in the daughter cells following VIG1 digestion. Suppression of VIG1 by antisense RNA disrupted the migration of vacuoles. Thus, VIG1 is essential for tethering vacuoles to mitochondria during vacuole inheritance in C. merolae. PMID:20348431

  6. Modeling of Heat Transfer in the Helical-Coil Heat Exchanger for the Reactor Facility "UNITERM"

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    V. I. Solonin


    Full Text Available Circuit heat sink plays an important role in the reactor system. Therefore it imposes high requirements for quality of determining thermal-hydraulic parameters. This article is aimed at modeling of heat exchange process of the helical-coil heat exchanger, which is part of the heat sink circuit of the reactor facility "UNITERM."The simulation was performed using hydro-gas-dynamic software package ANSYS CFX. Computational fluid dynamics of this package allows us to perform calculations in a threedimensional setting, giving an idea of the fluid flow nature. The purpose of the simulation was to determine the parameters of the helical-coil heat exchanger (temperature, velocity at the outlet of the pipe and inter-tubular space, pressure drop, and the nature of the fluid flow of primary and intermediate coolants. Geometric parameters of the model were determined using the preliminary calculations performed by the criterion equations. In calculations Turbulence models k-ε RNG, Shear Stress Transport (SST are used. The article describes selected turbulence models, and considers relationship with wall function.The calculation results allow us to give the values obtained for thermal-hydraulic parameters, to compare selected turbulence models, as well as to show distribution patterns of the coolant temperature, pressure, and velocity at the outlet of the intermediate cooler.Calculations have shown that:- maximum values of primary coolant temperature at the outlet of the heat exchanger surface are encountered in the space between the helical-coil tubes;- higher temperatures of intermediate coolant at the outlet of the coils (in space of helicalcoil tubes are observed for the peripheral row;- primary coolant movement in the inter-tubular space of helical-coil surface is formed as a spiral flow, rather than as a in-line tube bank cross flow.

  7. Sound Coiled-Tubing Drilling Practices

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    Williams, Thomas; Deskins, Greg (Maurer Technology Inc.); Ward, Stephen L. (Advantage Energy Services Ltd); Hightower, Mel


    This Coiled-Tubing Drilling (CTD) Sound Practices Manual provides tools needed by CTD engineers and supervisors to plan, design and perform safe, successful CTD operations. As emphasized throughout, both careful planning and attention to detail are mandatory for success. A bibliography of many useful CTD references is presented in Chapter 6. This manual is organized according to three processes: 1) Pre-Job Planning Process, 2) Operations Execution Process, and 3) Post-Job Review Process. Each is discussed in a logical and sequential format.

  8. Optically tracked, single-coil, scanning magnetic induction tomography (United States)

    Feldkamp, Joe R.; Quirk, Stephen


    Recent work has shown the feasibility of single-coil, magnetic induction tomography, for visualizing a 3D distribution of electrical conductivity in portions of the human body. Loss is measured in a single, planar coil consisting of concentric circular loops while the coil is relocated to various non-redundant positions and orientations in the vicinity of the target. These loss values, together with measured coil position and orientation, are processed by a quantitative mapping equation that enables reconstruction of an electrical conductivity image. Up until now, the position of the coil had to be established by a template, which required assignment of locations for the coil to visit without necessarily giving any prior consideration to target geometry. We have now added optical tracking to our existing single-coil device so that position and orientation are tracked automatically, allowing collection of coil loss data at arbitrary positions or orientations as needed. Optical tracking is accomplished via a set of IR reflective spheres mounted on the same enclosure that supports the coil. Position for a select sphere within the set, together with the four quaternions specifying optical body orientation, is fed to a laptop at the same time coil loss data is streamed to the same laptop via Bluetooth. The coil center can be tracked with sub-millimeter accuracy while orientation angle is known to a fraction of a degree. This work illustrates the use of single-coil MIT in full, position-orientation-tracked scan mode while imaging laboratory phantoms. Phantoms are based upon simple materials having biologic conductivity (values for the various features within the image.

  9. Radiation induced current in the RF coils of integrated linac-MR systems: the effect of buildup and magnetic field. (United States)

    Burke, Ben; Ghila, Andrei; Fallone, B G; Rathee, Satyapal


    In integrated linac-MRI systems, a measurable radiation induced current (RIC) is caused in RF coils by pulsed irradiation. This work (1) tests a buildup method of RIC removal in planar conductors; (2) validates a Monte Carlo method of RIC calculation in metal conductors; and (3) uses the Monte Carlo method to examine the effects of magnetic fields on both planar conductor and practical cylindrical coil geometries. The RIC was measured in copper and aluminum plates, taken as the RF coil conductor surrogates, as a function of increasing thickness of buildup materials (teflon and copper). Based on the Penelope Monte Carlo code, a method of RIC calculation was implemented and validated against measurements. This method was then used to calculate the RIC in cylindrical coil geometries with various air gaps between the coil conductor and the enclosed water phantom. Magnetic fields, both parallel and perpendicular to the radiation beam direction, were then included in the simulation program. The effect of magnetic fields on the effectiveness of RIC removal with the application of buildup material was examined in both the planar and the cylindrical geometries. Buildup reduced RIC in metal plate conductors. For copper detector∕copper buildup case, the RIC amplitude was reduced to zero value with 0.15 cm copper buildup. However, when the copper is replaced with teflon as buildup atop the copper conductor, the RIC was only reduced to 80% of its value at zero buildup since the true electronic equilibrium cannot be obtained in this case. For the aluminum detector∕teflon buildup case, the initial amplitude of the RIC was reduced by 90% and 92% in planar aluminum conductor and a surface coil, respectively. In case of cylindrical coils made of aluminum, teflon buildup around the coil's outer surface was generally effective but failed to remove RIC when there was an air gap between the coil and the phantom. Stronger magnetic fields (>0.5 T) perpendicular to the beam direction

  10. An autoinhibited coiled-coil design strategy for split-protein protease sensors. (United States)

    Shekhawat, Sujan S; Porter, Jason R; Sriprasad, Akshay; Ghosh, Indraneel


    Proteases are widely studied as they are integral players in cell-cycle control and apoptosis. We report a new approach for the design of a family of genetically encoded turn-on protease biosensors. In our design, an autoinhibited coiled-coil switch is turned on upon proteolytic cleavage, which results in the complementation of split-protein reporters. Utilizing this new autoinhibition design paradigm, we present the rational construction and optimization of three generations of protease biosensors, with the final design providing a 1000-fold increase in bioluminescent signal upon addition of the TEV protease. We demonstrate the generality of the approach utilizing two different split-protein reporters, firefly luciferase and beta-lactamase, while also testing our design in the context of a therapeutically relevant protease, caspase-3. Finally, we present a dual protease sensor geometry that allows for the use of these turn-on sensors as potential AND logic gates. Thus, these studies potentially provide a new method for the design and implementation of genetically encoded turn-on protease sensors while also providing a general autoinhibited coiled-coil strategy for controlling the activity of fragmented proteins.

  11. Structure and Misfolding of the Flexible Tripartite Coiled-Coil Domain of Glaucoma-Associated Myocilin

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    Hill, Shannon E.; Nguyen, Elaine; Donegan, Rebecca K.; Patterson-Orazem, Athéna C.; Hazel, Anthony; Gumbart, James C.; Lieberman, Raquel L.


    Glaucoma-associated myocilin is a member of the olfactomedins, a protein family involved in neuronal development and human diseases. Molecular studies of the myocilin N-terminal coiled coil demonstrate a unique tripartite architecture: a Y-shaped parallel dimer-of-dimers with distinct tetramer and dimer regions. The structure of the dimeric C-terminal 7-heptad repeats elucidates an unexpected repeat pattern involving inter-strand stabilization by oppositely charged residues. Molecular dynamics simulations reveal an alternate accessible conformation in which the terminal inter-strand disulfide limits the extent of unfolding and results in a kinked configuration. By inference, full-length myocilin is also branched, with two pairs of C-terminal olfactomedin domains. Selected variants within the N-terminal region alter the apparent quaternary structure of myocilin but do so without compromising stability or causing aggregation. In addition to increasing our structural knowledge of naturally occurring extracellular coiled coils and biomedically important olfactomedins, this work broadens the scope of protein misfolding in the pathogenesis of myocilin-associated glaucoma.

  12. Structure and Misfolding of the Flexible Tripartite Coiled-Coil Domain of Glaucoma-Associated Myocilin. (United States)

    Hill, Shannon E; Nguyen, Elaine; Donegan, Rebecca K; Patterson-Orazem, Athéna C; Hazel, Anthony; Gumbart, James C; Lieberman, Raquel L


    Glaucoma-associated myocilin is a member of the olfactomedins, a protein family involved in neuronal development and human diseases. Molecular studies of the myocilin N-terminal coiled coil demonstrate a unique tripartite architecture: a Y-shaped parallel dimer-of-dimers with distinct tetramer and dimer regions. The structure of the dimeric C-terminal 7-heptad repeats elucidates an unexpected repeat pattern involving inter-strand stabilization by oppositely charged residues. Molecular dynamics simulations reveal an alternate accessible conformation in which the terminal inter-strand disulfide limits the extent of unfolding and results in a kinked configuration. By inference, full-length myocilin is also branched, with two pairs of C-terminal olfactomedin domains. Selected variants within the N-terminal region alter the apparent quaternary structure of myocilin but do so without compromising stability or causing aggregation. In addition to increasing our structural knowledge of naturally occurring extracellular coiled coils and biomedically important olfactomedins, this work broadens the scope of protein misfolding in the pathogenesis of myocilin-associated glaucoma. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Modification of the submerged coil to prevent microbial carryover error in thermal death studies. (United States)

    Keller, Susanne E; Shazer, Arlette G; Fleischman, Gregory J; Chirtel, Stuart; Anderson, Nathan; Larkin, John


    A submerged coil unit generates death rate data for foodborne pathogens through precise computer-controlled sequential sampling rather than the usual manually timed, labor-intensive single sampling associated with other approaches. Our work with Yersinia pseudotuberculosis and Listeria monocytogenes Scott A using the submerged coil unit indicated non-log-linear death rates with large degrees of tailing. Varying degrees of cell adhesion to the surface of the exit port resulted in carryover that was likely the primary cause of these non-log-linear kinetics. This carryover also resulted in erroneously high measured levels of thermal resistance for both organisms. To address the carryover problem, modifications were made to the exit port of the submerged coil unit to ensure continuous and uniform heat treatment. These modifications resulted in a 2-fold decrease in measured D-values for L. monocytogenes Scott A and a 10-fold decrease in measured D-values for Y. pseudotuberculosis. D-values measured with the modified machine for L. monocytogenes Scott A were similar to those found in the literature. Slight tailing in survival curves persisted with the modified method, particularly for Y. pseudotuberculosis. These results indicate that kinetic data for microbial death rates obtained using an unmodified submerged coil unit must be viewed with suspicion in light of the significant potential for carryover.

  14. Stabilization of Tokamak Plasmas by the Addition of Nonaxisymmetric Coils (United States)

    Reiman, Allan


    It has been recognized since the early days of the fusion program that stellarator coils can be used to stabilize current carrying, toroidal, magnetically confined plasmas.[1] More recently, it has been shown that the vertical mode in a tokamak can be stabilized by a relatively simple set of parallelogram-shaped, localized, nonaxisymmetric coils.[2] We show that by superposing sets of these parallelogram-shaped, nonaxisymmetric coils at different locations, it is possible to reproduce the coil current patterns for conventional stellarator coils as well as those for Furth-Hartman coils[3]. This allows us to gain insight into the physics of stabilization produced by various sets of nonaxisymmetric coils by analysis of the effect on stability of localized coils at differing locations. In particular, the relationship between the stabilization effect and the rotational transform generated by the nonaxisymmetric coils is clarified. [1] J. L. Johnson, C. R. Oberman, R. M. Kulsrud, and E. A. Frieman, Phys. Fluids 1, 281 (1958) [2] A. Reiman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 135007, (2007). [3] H.P. Furth and C.W. Hartman, Phys. Fluids 11, 408 (1968).

  15. Test results of the 100 kWh SMES model coil. AC loss performance; 100 kWh SMES moderu koiru. Koryu sonshitsu

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    Hanai, Satoshi; Wachi, Yoshihiro; Kyoto, Makoto [Toshiba Corp., Tokyo (JP)] (and others)


    In order to establish a technology needed for a small-scale 100 kWh SMES device, a SMES model coil was fabricated. Performance tests were carried out at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) in 1996. After that, the coil was installed in facilities of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and tested in 1998, in collaboration between Japan and the United States. The AC loss results at LLNL were in good agreement with those at JAERI. It was reconfirmed from the results that the coupling loss of the coil consists of two components with short and long time constants. We found out from the signals of Hall probes that the current loops with long decay time constants were induced in the CIC conductor. These loops could enhance additional AC loss in the coil. To reduce the AC loss, we made small-sized CICI conductor of strands having a CuNi surface, a fabricated the small coil. The measured AC loss of the small coil was reduced to about 1/6. The CuNi surface on the strands was demonstrated to be effective to reduce AC loss in the coil. (author)

  16. Using E-beam Mapping to Detect Coil Misalignment in NCSX

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    Fredrickson, E.; Georgiyevskiy, A.; Rudakov, V.; Zarnstorff, M. C.


    Following assembly of the NCSX device, a program of e-beam mapping experiments is planned to validate the accuracy of the construction and assembly of the NCSX coil systems. To aid in the development of requirements for the e-beam mapping hardware and machine requirements, simulations of the e-beam mapping experiments, including various coil misalignments, have been done. The magnetic flux surface configuration was constructed using a numerical code, based on the Biot-Savart law, to calculate the magnetic field components and trace the field line trajectory many times around the torus. Magnetic surfaces are then mapped by recording the field line intersections with toroidal cross-sections of the magnetic system, much as in an actual e-beam mapping experiment.

  17. Dental MRI using wireless intraoral coils (United States)

    Ludwig, Ute; Eisenbeiss, Anne-Katrin; Scheifele, Christian; Nelson, Katja; Bock, Michael; Hennig, Jürgen; von Elverfeldt, Dominik; Herdt, Olga; Flügge, Tabea; Hövener, Jan-Bernd


    Currently, the gold standard for dental imaging is projection radiography or cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). These methods are fast and cost-efficient, but exhibit poor soft tissue contrast and expose the patient to ionizing radiation (X-rays). The need for an alternative imaging modality e.g. for soft tissue management has stimulated a rising interest in dental magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) which provides superior soft tissue contrast. Compared to X-ray imaging, however, so far the spatial resolution of MRI is lower and the scan time is longer. In this contribution, we describe wireless, inductively-coupled intraoral coils whose local sensitivity enables high resolution MRI of dental soft tissue. In comparison to CBCT, a similar image quality with complementary contrast was obtained ex vivo. In-vivo, a voxel size of the order of 250•250•500 μm3 was achieved in 4 min only. Compared to dental MRI acquired with clinical equipment, the quality of the images was superior in the sensitive volume of the coils and is expected to improve the planning of interventions and monitoring thereafter. This method may enable a more accurate dental diagnosis and avoid unnecessary interventions, improving patient welfare and bringing MRI a step closer to becoming a radiation-free alternative for dental imaging.

  18. A novel method for coiled tubing installation

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    Simpson, Peter J. [2H Offshore, Houston, TX (United States); Tibbetts, David [Aquactic Engineering and Construction Ltd., Aberdeen (United Kingdom)


    Installation of flexible pipe for offshore developments is costly due to the physical cost of the flexible pipe, expensive day rates and the availability of suitable installation vessels. Considering the scarcity of flexible pipe in today's increasingly demanding and busy market, operators are seeking a cost effective solution for installing piping in a range of water depths using vessels which are readily on hand. This paper describes a novel approach to installing reeled coiled tubing, from 1 inch to 5 inch diameter, from the back of a small vessel in water depths from 40 m up to around 1000 m. The uniqueness of the system is the fact that the equipment design is modular and compact. This means that when disassembled, it fits into standard 40 ft shipping containers, and the size allows it to be installed on even relatively small vessels of opportunity, such as anchor handling or installation vessels, from smaller, and cheaper quay side locations. Such an approach is the ideal solution to the problem faced by operators, in that it allows the installation of cheaper, readily available coiled tubing, from cost-effective vessels, which do not need to transit to a pick up the system. (author)

  19. Voice Coil Actuators for two MTG Instruments (United States)

    Bencheikh, N.; Guignabert, A.; Barillot, F.; Benoit, C.; Burgui, C.; Compostizo, C.; Bueno, I.; Spanoudakis, P.; Kiener, L.; Schwab, P.


    While Cedrat Technologies has been active in space for more than 20 years with piezoelectric mechanisms, we have also been increasingly involved over the last few years in the development of magnetic actuators for space projects. In this paper, a focus is made on the case of magnetic actuators that are developed in the frame of the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) project. The first one is the Scan Assembly (SCA) actuated by Rotating Voice Coil Motors (RVCM) for the East/West (E/W) axes and the North/South (N/S) axes developed in collaboration with Sener and the second one is the Voice Coil Motor (VCM) developed in collaboration with CSEM for the Corner Cube Mechanism (CCM)The motion needs are different for the both motor, linear motion for the CCM and rotational movement for the SCA. Even if the motion is different, the both applications have the same performance requirements such as linearity, low hysteresis, a high power to mass ratio, redundancy and so on.

  20. Umbilical cord coiling index and perinatal outcome. (United States)

    Patil, Nivedita S; Kulkarni, Sunanda R; Lohitashwa, Renu


    To evaluate the perinatal outcome with the abnormal umbilical cord coiling index. This prospective study was carried out in the department of OBG at Adichunchangiri Institute of Medical Sciences, B.G.Nagara, Mandya, Karnataka, India from January 2008 to August 2010. 200 patients who were in active labour with term gestations, irrespective of their parities, who had singleton pregnancies with live babies who were either delivered by vaginal or LSCS were included in the study. Umbilical cord coiling index was calculated and it was correlated with various perinatal parameters like birth weight, meconium stained liquor, Apgar score, ponderal index and foetal growth restriction. Chi square and Fisher exact tests were used to find the significance of study parameters. There was a significant correlation between the hypercoiled cords (UCI >90(th) percentile) and IUGR of the babies (p value of UCI which was UCI which was > 90(th) percentile was associated with IUGR and low ponderal indices. Hypocoiled cords or UCI which was <10th percentile was associated with meconium staining, Apgar score at 1 min of <4 and at 5 min of <7, more LSCS rates and more NICU admissions.

  1. Decorating microbes : surface display of proteins on Escherichia coli

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    van Bloois, Edwin; Winter, Remko T.; Kolmar, Harald; Fraaije, Marco W.

    Bacterial surface display entails the presentation of recombinant proteins or peptides on the surface of bacterial cells. Escherichia coil is the most frequently used bacterial host for surface display and, as such, a variety of E. coil display systems have been described that primarily promote the

  2. Automated cleaning of fan coil units with a natural detergent-disinfectant product

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    Di Onofrio Valeria


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Air conditioning systems represent one important source of microbial pollutants for indoor air. In the past few years, numerous strategies have been conceived to reduce the contamination of air conditioners, mainly in hospital settings. The biocidal detergent BATT2 represents a natural product obtained through extraction from brown seaweeds, that has been tested previously on multidrug-resistant microorganisms. Methods BATT2 has been utilized for the disinfection of fan coil units from four air conditioning systems located in hospital environments with a mean degree of risk. Samples were collected from the air supplied by the conditioning systems and from the surfaces of fan coil units, before and after sanitization procedures. Total microbial counts at 37°C and 22°C and mycotic count at 32°C were evaluated. Staphylococci and Pseudomonas aeruginosa were also detected on surfaces samples. Results The biodetergent was able to reduce up 50% of the microbial pollution of fan coil units surfaces and air supplied by the air conditioners. Conclusions BATT2 could be considered for cleaning/disinfection of air conditioning systems, that should be performed on the basis of accurate and verifiable sanitization protocols.

  3. Effect of Inductive Coil Geometry on the Thrust Efficiency of a Microwave Assisted Discharge Inductive Plasma Accelerator (United States)

    Hallock, Ashley; Polzin, Kurt; Emsellem, Gregory


    Pulsed inductive plasma thrusters [1-3] are spacecraft propulsion devices in which electrical energy is capacitively stored and then discharged through an inductive coil. The thruster is electrodeless, with a time-varying current in the coil interacting with a plasma covering the face of the coil to induce a plasma current. Propellant is accelerated and expelled at a high exhaust velocity (O(10-100 km/s)) by the Lorentz body force arising from the interaction of the magnetic field and the induced plasma current. While this class of thruster mitigates the life-limiting issues associated with electrode erosion, pulsed inductive plasma thrusters require high pulse energies to inductively ionize propellant. The Microwave Assisted Discharge Inductive Plasma Accelerator (MAD-IPA) [4, 5] is a pulsed inductive plasma thruster that addressees this issue by partially ionizing propellant inside a conical inductive coil via an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) discharge. The ECR plasma is produced using microwaves and permanent magnets that are arranged to create a thin resonance region along the inner surface of the coil, restricting plasma formation, and in turn current sheet formation, to a region where the magnetic coupling between the plasma and the inductive coil is high. The use of a conical theta-pinch coil is under investigation. The conical geometry serves to provide neutral propellant containment and plasma plume focusing that is improved relative to the more common planar geometry of the Pulsed Inductive Thruster (PIT) [2, 3], however a conical coil imparts a direct radial acceleration of the current sheet that serves to rapidly decouple the propellant from the coil, limiting the direct axial electromagnetic acceleration in favor of an indirect acceleration mechanism that requires significant heating of the propellant within the volume bounded by the current sheet. In this paper, we describe thrust stand measurements performed to characterize the performance

  4. Validation of welding technology for ITER TF coil structures

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    Chida, Yutaka, E-mail: [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan); Iguchi, Masahide; Takano, Katutoshi; Nakajima, Hideo [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan); Oosemochi, Koichi [Toshiba Corporation (Japan); Niimi, Kenichiro; Tokai, Daisuke [Kawasaki Heavy Industries, LTD. (Japan); Gallix, Remy [ITER Organization (France)


    Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), acting as the Japan Domestic Agency (JADA) in the ITER project is responsible for the procurement of 9 Toroidal Field (TF) coil winding packs (WPs), structures for 19 TF coils (including one spare), and assembly of the WPs and the coil structures for 9 TF coils . The TF Coil structures which support large electromagnetic force generated in TF coils under the cryogenic temperature (about 4 K), are very large welded structures composed of a coil case and structural attachments made of high strength and high toughness stainless steel. JAEA has been performing welding trials for heavy thickness materials since 2008 and is planning fabrication of full-scale mock-ups of main sub-components (1 set for the inboard side and 1 set for the outboard side) in 2011 in order to investigate the technical issues for manufacturing the TF coil structures. This paper presents the results of welding trials and the status of full scale mock-ups fabrication to confirm the validity of welding technology and manufacturing design before fabricating the actual products.

  5. An Air Bearing Rotating Coil Magnetic Measurement System

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    Gottschalk, Stephen C; Taylor, David J; Thayer, William


    This paper describes a rotating coil magnetic measurement system supported on air bearings. The design is optimized for measurements of 0.1micron magnetic centerline changes on long, small aperture quadrupoles. Graphite impregnated epoxy resin is used for the coil holder and coil winding forms. Coil holder diameter is 11 mm with a length between supports of 750mm. A pair of coils is used to permit quadrupole bucking during centerline measurements. Coil length is 616mm, inner radius 1.82mm, outer radius 4.74mm. The key features of the mechanical system are simplicity; air bearings for accurate, repeatable measurements without needing warm up time and a vibration isolated stand that uses a steel-topped Newport optical table with air suspension. Coil rotation is achieved by a low noise servo motor controlled by a standalone Ethernet servo board running custom servo software. Coil calibration procedures that correct wire placement errors, tests for mechanical resonances, and other system checks will also be discu...

  6. First assembly phase for the ATLAS toroid coils

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    Patrice Loïez


    The ATLAS barrel toroid system consists of eight coils, each of axial length 25.3 m, assembled radially and symmetrically around the beam axis. The coils are of a flat racetrack type with two double-pancake windings made of 20.5 kA aluminium-stabilized niobium-titanium superconductor. In the first phase of assembly, the two 'pancakes' are packed into their vacuum vessel. This is done using bladders filled with resin and glass microbeads under pressure. The resin is heated and, once cooled, holds the pancakes in place. The operation has to be performed on both sides of the coil, which necessitated a special technique to turn the coils over and then transport them to the heating table. Photos 01, 02, 03: Use of the overhead travelling crane to hoist the coil up and then tilt it over, the coil frame's metal feet being used as rotational pivots, supporting half the coil's weight. Once it has been turned over, the coil, now with only half the frame, is transported to the heating table using a special lifting gant...

  7. Device for measuring elastic modulus of superconducting coils (See 7903169)

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    This device was made to measure elastic modulus of the Po dipole superconducting coils. More elaborated devices, but based on the same concept, were later used to measure the apparent elastic moduli of the LHC superconducting magnet coils. See also 7903169, 7901386.

  8. Second Barrel Toroid Coil Installed in ATLAS Cavern

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    Tappern, G.

    The second barrel toroid coil was lowered into the ATLAS Cavern on Friday, 26 November. The operation takes approximately five hours of precision crane and winch operations. Before lowering, several checks are made to ensure that no loose items have been left on the coil which would fall during the lowering down the shaft. This is a very difficult, but very important check, with the first coil in position, and partly below the shaft. After changing the winch tooling on Wednesday December 1st, the coil was lifted, rotated and placed into the feet. The girders which support the coil and the Z direction stops had all been pre-set before putting the coil in the feet. The angle is controlled by an inclinometer. When the final adjustments of position have been made, which will locate the coils at the plus/minus two mm level, the connection beams (voussoirs and struts) will be put in place; this requires a complex shimming procedure. This will lock together the two coils into the feet and forms the foundation for th...

  9. Dependence on winding tensions for stability of a superconducting coil (United States)

    Takeo, Masakatsu; Sato, Seiki; Matsuo, Masaaki; Kiss, Takanobu; Takao, Tomoaki; Yamanaka, Atsuhiko; Kashima, Toshihiro; Mito, Toshiyuki; Minamizato, Kazushige


    The purpose of this study is to manufacture a high performance superconducting pulse coil by using high strength polyethylene fiber (DF; Dyneema ® fiber) reinforced plastic (DFRP) or Dyneema-glass hybrid composite fiber reinforced plastic (DGFRP) as material of a coil bobbin, which has negative thermal expansion, low frictional coefficient and high thermal conductivity. Description in this paper is as follows. First, thermal strains of several kinds of FRP pipes made by filament-winding (FW) method are measured, and the measured results well agreed with calculated ones by our proposed calculation method about thermal strains of a FW-pipe form. This shows that thermal expansion can be controlled by the proposed design technique of a DGFRP FW-pipe. Moreover, frictional coefficients of FRP plates using as coil structural material are measured and frictional heats are calculated for respective material when contact forces are changed. From these results, we find that the lower winding tension of a coil generates the smaller frictional heat when the frictional coefficient of the coil structural material is low. Furthermore, we systematically measure quench characteristics of many specimens of small superconducting coils using DFRP or DGFRP bobbins with different thermal expansions. From the results of quench tests, we find that the higher winding tension's coils tend to decrease quench current when the coil's bobbin expanded to a direction of circumference during the cooling down to cryogenic temperature, and suitable values of winding tension in a coil are located in region of 2-4 kg/mm 2. Finally, we design and manufacture 100 kJ class superconducting pulse coil by using a DGFRP bobbin, which wound in winding tension of 4 kg/mm 2. In addition, we prepare another 100 kJ class coil with the higher winding tensions of 8 kg/mm 2, and the quench characteristics of the coils are compared. The quench currents in the coils exceed the 95% rating on the load line for critical

  10. New directions in the design of MRI gradient coils (United States)

    Baig, Tanvir Noor

    In this dissertation new designs for gradient coils are presented. The principal work is on better shielding for fringe field reduction. Fringe fields from gradient coils produce eddy currents in surrounding metal structures. Such eddy currents can degrade image quality and lead to acoustic noise. The acoustic effects are magnified for high-field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners because of increased Lorentz forces. Conventional actively shielded gradient assemblies consist of primary and secondary coils in the shape of cylindrical shells surrounding the imaging volume. One of the principal regions of field leakage is at the ends of the gradient structure, and these fields are responsible for substantial eddy current generation. Our new shielded gradient coil designs that feature the inclusion of an endcap have significantly reduced fringe field at the cryostat inner bore. We discuss the degree to which the suppression of peak fringe fields corresponds to a reduction in the acoustic noise generated near the end of the warm bore. Energy efficient capped actively shielded elliptical gradient coils are also designed. In comparison with traditional uncapped elliptical designs the newly proposed design substantially reduces the fringe field at the inner cryostat bore. And compared to a cylindrical design (with a diameter matched to the elliptical semi-major axis), a good reduction in magnetic energy is observed. In addition, a design for a very short, symmetrical, and winged X-gradient insertable head coil is presented. With a smaller radius, an insertable head gradient coil has the advantage of less stored magnetic energy. The corresponding smaller inductance leads to higher slew rates. Lower torque from Lorentz forces is another advantage for these coils. When designing an insertable head coil one must remember the geometry is impacted by the shoulders. In consequence, asymmetric unshielded and shielded designs have been developed. Gradient designs with a

  11. Eddy Current Probe for Surface and Sub-Surface Inspection (United States)

    Wincheski, Russell A. (Inventor); Simpson, John W. (Inventor)


    An eddy current probe includes an excitation coil for coupling to a low-frequency alternating current (AC) source. A magneto-resistive sensor is centrally disposed within and at one end of the excitation coil to thereby define a sensing end of the probe. A tubular flux-focusing lens is disposed between the excitation coil and the magneto-resistive sensor. An excitation wire is spaced apart from the magneto-resistive sensor in a plane that is perpendicular to the sensor's axis of sensitivity and such that, when the sensing end of the eddy current probe is positioned adjacent to the surface of a structure, the excitation wire is disposed between the magneto-resistive sensor and the surface of the structure. The excitation wire is coupled to a high-frequency AC source. The excitation coil and flux-focusing lens can be omitted when only surface inspection is required.

  12. Parallel imaging of head with a dedicated multi-coil on a 0.4T open MRI. (United States)

    Takizawa, Masahiro; Shimoda, Takahide; Nonaka, Masayuki; Mochizuki, Hiroyuki; Kawasaki, Shinji; Takeuchi, Hiroyuki; Tachibana, Miki; Takahashi, Tetsuhiko


    Parallel imaging is widely used for cylindrical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); however, few studies apply parallel imaging to open MRI. We previously developed a parallel method called "RAPID" (rapid acquisition through a parallel imaging design) for imaging the heart on a 0.7T open MRI apparatus, and we have now developed a RAPID head coil and shading correction algorithm for imaging the brain with a 0.4T open MRI apparatus. Images acquired with RAPID were compared with those acquired using a conventional quadrature-detection (QD) head coil. The images were acquired using a dedicated 4-channel RF receiving coil consisting of a solenoid coil and surface coils. For MRI of the brain, we developed 2 methods to acquire the necessary calibration data: a pre-scan method that acquires the calibration data before the main scans and a self-calibration method that acquires the calibration data and imaging data simultaneously. We also modified the algorithm for calculating the shading distribution so that it only uses acquired image data and then corrects the shading. RAPID was applied for T1-weighted, T2-weighted, fluid-attenuation inversion recovery (FLAIR), time-of-flight (TOF), and diffusion-weighted echo-planar (DW-EPI) imaging. The RAPID images had no visible unfolded artifacts or motion artifacts. Images with the same contrast as that with a conventional QD coil were acquired using the RAPID coil and shading correction. These preliminary results show that RAPID can be applied to imaging of the head using a 0.4T open MRI apparatus.

  13. Modified Rogowski coil for the detection of fast plane currents (United States)

    Nassisi, V.; Delle Side, D.


    Rogowski coils are used to diagnostic currents of cylindrical configuration, therefore they are known to have a toroidal geometry. Nowadays, also linear transmission lines can be developed to get planar beams. Therefore, linear Rogowski coil to detect current pulses inside the linear conductors are necessary. For large devices, the theory necessary to study the system is that of the transmission lines, especially if the pulse width is comparable to the propagating time of signal inside the detector. The device we developed is able to record pulses more than 80 ns long with rise time near 500 ps. The former depends on the inductance value, load impedance and resistance of the coil; while the second on the mechanical configuration of coil loops. Theoretically, the attenuation coefficient depends exclusively on the turn number of the coil, while experimentally it is found to depend also on the current distribution inside the line.

  14. Random coil chemical shift for intrinsically disordered proteins

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    Kjærgaard, Magnus; Brander, Søren; Poulsen, Flemming Martin


    Secondary chemical shift analysis is the main NMR method for detection of transiently formed secondary structure in intrinsically disordered proteins. The quality of the secondary chemical shifts is dependent on an appropriate choice of random coil chemical shifts. We report random coil chemical....... Temperature has a non-negligible effect on the (13)C random coil chemical shifts, so temperature coefficients are reported for the random coil chemical shifts to allow extrapolation to other temperatures. The pH dependence of the histidine random coil chemical shifts is investigated in a titration series...... shifts and sequence correction factors determined for a GGXGG peptide series following the approach of Schwarzinger et al. (J Am Chem Soc 123(13):2970-2978, 2001). The chemical shifts are determined at neutral pH in order to match the conditions of most studies of intrinsically disordered proteins...

  15. Differential Search Coils Based Magnetometers: Conditioning, Magnetic Sensitivity, Spatial Resolution

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    Timofeeva Maria


    Full Text Available A theoretical and experimental comparison of optimized search coils based magnetometers, operating either in the Flux mode or in the classical Lenz-Faraday mode, is presented. The improvements provided by the Flux mode in terms of bandwidth and measuring range of the sensor are detailed. Theory, SPICE model and measurements are in good agreement. The spatial resolution of the sensor is studied which is an important parameter for applications in non destructive evaluation. A general expression of the magnetic sensitivity of search coils sensors is derived. Solutions are proposed to design magnetometers with reduced weight and volume without degrading the magnetic sensitivity. An original differential search coil based magnetometer, made of coupled coils, operating in flux mode and connected to a differential transimpedance amplifier is proposed. It is shown that this structure is better in terms of volume occupancy than magnetometers using two separated coils without any degradation in magnetic sensitivity. Experimental results are in good agreement with calculations.

  16. Electromagnetic Design of Superconducting Dipoles Based on Sector Coils

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    Todesco, Ezio


    We study the coil lay-outs of superconducting dipoles for particle accelerators based on the sector geometry. We show that a simple model based on a sector coil with a wedge allows us to derive an equation giving the short sample field as a function of the aperture, coil width, cable properties and superconducting material. The equation agrees well with the actual results of several dipole coils that have been built in the last 30 years. The improvements due to the grading technique and the iron yoke are also studied. The proposed equation can be used as a benchmark to judge the efficiency of the coil design, and to carry out a global optimization of an accelerator lay-out.

  17. First assembly phase for the ATLAS toroid coils

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    Maximilien Brice


    The ATLAS barrel toroid system consists of eight coils, each of axial length 25.3 m, assembled radially and symmetrically around the beam axis. The coils are of a flat racetrack type with two double-pancake windings made of 20.5 kA aluminium-stabilized niobium-titanium superconductor. In the first phase of assembly, the two 'pancakes' are packed into their vacuum vessel. This is done using bladders filled with resin and glass microbeads under pressure. The resin is heated and, once cooled, holds the pancakes in place. The operation has to be performed on both sides of the coil, which necessitated a special technique to turn the coils over and then transport them to the heating table. Photos 01, 02, 03: Transporting the coil to the heating table using a special lifting gantry manufactured at JINR-Dubna, Russia in preparation for the 'bladderisation' operation.

  18. Electromagnetic and mechanical AC loss of an ITER TF model coil conductor (DP4) under transverse cyclic loading

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    Nijhuis, Arend; Noordman, Niels H.W.; ten Kate, Herman H.J.; Mitchell, Neil


    Energising a coil results in a transverse force on the strands pushing the cable towards one side of the jacket. This load causes a transverse compressive strain in strands and in particular in strand crossover points. Besides this, contact surfaces interfere by micro-sliding resulting in friction

  19. Transformer current sensor for superconducting magnetic coils (United States)

    Shen, Stewart S.; Wilson, C. Thomas


    A transformer current sensor having primary turns carrying a primary current for a superconducting coil and secondary turns only partially arranged within the primary turns. The secondary turns include an active winding disposed within the primary turns and a dummy winding which is not disposed in the primary turns and so does not experience a magnetic field due to a flow of current in the primary turns. The active and dummy windings are wound in opposite directions or connected in series-bucking relationship, and are exposed to the same ambient magnetic field. Voltages which might otherwise develop in the active and dummy windings due to ambient magnetic fields thus cancel out. The resultant voltage is purely indicative of the rate of change of current flowing in the primary turns.

  20. Antibody engineering using phage display with a coiled-coil heterodimeric Fv antibody fragment.

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    Xinwei Wang

    Full Text Available A Fab-like antibody binding unit, ccFv, in which a pair of heterodimeric coiled-coil domains was fused to V(H and V(L for Fv stabilization, was constructed for an anti-VEGF antibody. The anti-VEGF ccFv showed the same binding affinity as scFv but significantly improved stability and phage display level. Furthermore, phage display libraries in the ccFv format were constructed for humanization and affinity maturation of the anti-VEGF antibody. A panel of V(H frameworks and V(H-CDR3 variants, with a significant improvement in affinity and expressibility in both E. coli and yeast systems, was isolated from the ccFv phage libraries. These results demonstrate the potential application of the ccFv antibody format in antibody engineering.

  1. Numerical Analysis of a Flexible Dual Loop Coil and its Experimental Validation for pre-Clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Rodents at 7 T

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    Solis-Najera S.


    Full Text Available A surface radio frequency coil was developed for small animal image acquisition in a pre-clinical magnetic resonance imaging system at 7 T. A flexible coil composed of two circular loops was developed to closely cover the object to be imaged. Electromagnetic numerical simulations were performed to evaluate its performance before the coil construction. An analytical expression of the mutual inductance for the two circular loops as a function of the separation between them was derived and used to validate the simulations. The RF coil is composed of two circular loops with a 5 cm external diameter and was tuned to 300 MHz and 50 Ohms matched. The angle between the loops was varied and the Q factor was obtained from the S11 simulations for each angle. B1 homogeneity was also evaluated using the electromagnetic simulations. The coil prototype was designed and built considering the numerical simulation results. To show the feasibility of the coil and its performance, saline-solution phantom images were acquired. A correlation of the simulations and imaging experimental results was conducted showing a concordance of 0.88 for the B1 field. The best coil performance was obtained at the 90° aperture angle. A more realistic phantom was also built using a formaldehyde-fixed rat phantom for ex vivo imaging experiments. All images showed a good image quality revealing clearly defined anatomical details of an ex vivo rat.

  2. Analysis and experimental study of wireless power transfer with HTS coil and copper coil as the intermediate resonators system (United States)

    Wang, Xiufang; Nie, Xinyi; Liang, Yilang; Lu, Falong; Yan, Zhongming; Wang, Yu


    Intermediate resonator (repeater) between transmitter and receiver can significantly increase the distance of wireless power transfer (WPT) and the efficiency of wireless power transfer. The wireless power transfer via strongly coupled magnetic resonances with an high temperature superconducting (HTS) coil and copper coil as intermediate resonators was presented in this paper. The electromagnetic experiment system under different conditions with different repeating coils were simulated by finite element software. The spatial distribution patterns of magnetic induction intensity at different distances were plotted. In this paper, we examined transfer characteristics with HTS repeating coil and copper repeating coil at 77 K and 300 K, respectively. Simulation and experimental results show that HTS and copper repeating coil can effectively enhance the space magnetic induction intensity, which has significant effect on improving the transmission efficiency and lengthening transmission distance. We found that the efficiency and the distance of wireless power transfer system with an HTS coil as repeater is much higher by using of copper coil as repeater.

  3. Self-assembly of designed coiled coil peptides studied by small-angle X-ray scattering and analytical ultracentrifugation

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    Malik, Leila; Nygaard, Jesper; Christensen, Niels Johan


    , they are promising tools for the construction of nanomaterials. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) has emerged as a new biophysical technique for elucidation of protein topology. Here, we describe a systematic study of the self-assembly of a small ensemble of coiled coil sequences using SAXS and analytical...

  4. Micro-coil-induced Inhomogeneous Electric Field Produces sound-driven-like Neural Responses in Microcircuits of the Mouse Auditory Cortex In Vivo. (United States)

    Osanai, Hisayuki; Minusa, Shunsuke; Tateno, Takashi


    Magnetic stimulation is widely used in neuroscience research and clinical treatment. Despite recent progress in understanding the neural modulation mechanism of conventional magnetic stimulation methods, the physiological mechanism at the cortical microcircuit level is not well understood due to the poor stimulation focality and large electric artifact in the recording. To overcome these issues, we used a sub-millimeter-sized coil (micro-coil) to stimulate the mouse auditory cortex in vivo. To determine the mechanism, we conducted the first direct electrophysiological recording of micro-coil-driven neural responses at multiple sites on the horizontal surface and laminar areas of the auditory cortex. The laminar responses of local field potentials (LFPs) to the magnetic stimulation reached layer 6, and the spatiotemporal profiles were very similar to those of the acoustic stimulation, suggesting the activation of the same cortical microcircuit. The horizontal LFP responses to the magnetic stimulation were evoked within a millimeter-wide area around the stimulation coil. The activated cortical area was dependent on the coil orientation, providing useful information on the effective position of the coil relative to the brain surface for modulating cortical circuitry activity. In addition, numerical calculation of the induced electric field in the brain revealed that the inhomogeneity of the horizontal electric field to the surface is critical for micro-coil-induced cortical activation. The results suggest that our micro-coil technique has the potential to be used as a chronic, less-invasive and highly focal neuro-stimulator, and is useful for investigating microcircuit responses to magnetic stimulation for clinical treatment. Copyright © 2017 IBRO. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Efficient hybrid evolutionary algorithm for optimization of a strip coiling process (United States)

    Pholdee, Nantiwat; Park, Won-Woong; Kim, Dong-Kyu; Im, Yong-Taek; Bureerat, Sujin; Kwon, Hyuck-Cheol; Chun, Myung-Sik


    This article proposes an efficient metaheuristic based on hybridization of teaching-learning-based optimization and differential evolution for optimization to improve the flatness of a strip during a strip coiling process. Differential evolution operators were integrated into the teaching-learning-based optimization with a Latin hypercube sampling technique for generation of an initial population. The objective function was introduced to reduce axial inhomogeneity of the stress distribution and the maximum compressive stress calculated by Love's elastic solution within the thin strip, which may cause an irregular surface profile of the strip during the strip coiling process. The hybrid optimizer and several well-established evolutionary algorithms (EAs) were used to solve the optimization problem. The comparative studies show that the proposed hybrid algorithm outperformed other EAs in terms of convergence rate and consistency. It was found that the proposed hybrid approach was powerful for process optimization, especially with a large-scale design problem.

  6. Dynamics of entangled rod-coil block copolymers (United States)

    Wang, Muzhou; Timachova, Ksenia; Alexander-Katz, Alfredo; Likhtman, Alexei E.; Olsen, Bradley D.


    Polymer science is exploring advanced materials which combine functional domains such as proteins and semiconducting polymers with traditional flexible polymers onto the same molecule. While many studies have focused on equilibrium structure-property relationships, little is known about how the conformational restrictions of rigid domains affect dynamical phenomena such as mechanical properties, processing pathways, and self-assembly kinetics. We have recently introduced a reptation theory for entangled rod-coil block copolymers as a model for this wider class of functional polymeric materials. The theory hypothesizes that the motion of rod-coils is slowed relative to rod and coil homopolymers because of a mismatch between the curvature of the rod and coil entanglement tubes. This effect leads to activated reptation and arm retraction as two relaxation mechanisms that govern the short and long rod regimes, respectively. These results were verified by tracer diffusion measurements using molecular dynamics simulation and forced Rayleigh scattering in both the rod-coil diblock and coil-rod-coil triblock configurations. The tracer diffusion results were then compared to experimental self-diffusion measurements which require a consideration of the motion of the surrounding chains.


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    OAK-B135 The magnetic diagnostics program at DIII-D adds to its in-vessel installations of induction-type loops and coils almost every year. The current design of toroidal and poloidal magnetic field coils (45-50 kHz, N {center_dot} A = 0.06 m{sup 2}) has been in existence since 1987. Many coils were installed in DIII-D during that year and are still operating and reliable today. The high reliability of the coils is owing to the use of a continuous length of mineral-insulated cable, eliminating any electrical connections inside the vacuum vessel. The geometry of the probes was designed to achieve a bandwidth of 50 kHz, despite the conducting shell formed by the stainless steel sheath of the mineral-insulated cable. The bandwidth is sensitive to the details of the cable dimensions and winding technique, and care must be taken in the fabrication in order to maintain this specification. With possible future magnetic diagnostics installations IN ITER and other long-pulse machines requiring large numbers of coils and/or multiple layers per coil, the manufacturing scale-up, quality control, and the development of layered coils should all be investigated in addition to the obvious issues such as irradiation effects.

  8. Review of the ATLAS B0 model coil test program

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    Dolgetta, N; Acerbi, E; Berriaud, C; Boxman, H; Broggi, F; Cataneo, F; Daël, A; Delruelle, N; Dudarev, A; Foussat, A; Haug, F; ten Kate, H H J; Mayri, C; Paccalini, A; Pengo, R; Rivoltella, G; Sbrissa, E


    The ATLAS B0 model coil has been extensively tested, reproducing the operational conditions of the final ATLAS Barrel Toroid coils. Two test campaigns have taken place on B0, at the CERN facility where the individual BT coils are about to be tested. The first campaign aimed to test the cool-down, warm-up phases and to commission the coil up to its nominal current of 20.5 kA, reproducing Lorentz forces similar to the ones on the BT coil. The second campaign aimed to evaluate the margins above the nominal conditions. The B0 was tested up to 24 kA and specific tests were performed to assess: the coil temperature margin with respect to the design value, the performance of the double pancake internal joints, static and dynamic heat loads, behavior of the coil under quench conditions. The paper reviews the overall test program with emphasis on second campaign results not covered before. 10 Refs.

  9. Stacked planar micro coils for single-sided NMR applications (United States)

    Watzlaw, Jan; Glöggler, Stefan; Blümich, Bernhard; Mokwa, Wilfried; Schnakenberg, Uwe


    This paper describes planar micro structured coils fabricated in a novel multilayer assembly for single-sided NMR experiments. By arranging the coil's turns in both lateral and vertical directions, all relevant coil parameters can be tailored to a specific application. To this end, we implemented an optimization algorithm based on simulations applying finite element methods (FEMs), which maximizes the coil's sensitivity and thus signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) while incorporating boundary conditions such as the coil's electrical properties and a localized sensitivity needed for single-sided applications. Utilizing thin-film technology and microstructuring techniques, the planar character is kept by a sub-millimeter overall thickness. The coils are adapted to the Profile NMR-MOUSE® magnet with a homogeneous slice of about 200 μm in height and a uniform depth gradient of about 20 T/m. The final design of a coil with 20 turns, separated in four layers with five turns each, and an outer dimension of 4 × 4 mm2 is able to measure a sample volume almost five times smaller than that of a state-of-the-art 14 × 16 mm2 Profile NMR-MOUSE® coil with the same SNR. This allows for volume-limited measurements with high SNR and enables different future developments. The minimal dead time of 4 μs facilitates further improvements of the SNR by echo adding techniques and the characterization of samples with short T2 relaxation times. Measurements on solid polymers like polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) with T2 components as short as 200 μs approve the overall beneficial coil properties. Furthermore the ability to perform depth profiling with microscopic resolution is demonstrated.

  10. Investigation of the elastic modulus of SSC coils

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    Markley, F.; Kerby, J.; Sizemore, B.; Khoun, C.; King, T.


    The Materials Development Laboratory at Fermilab has been conducting experiments on the mechanical properties of superconducting coils. Two of these measurements were designed to measure the elastic modulus of actual SSC coils in an effort to increase the precision of previously reported data. The first experiment utilizes a fixture redesigned for increased stiffness, in an attempt to reduce uncertainty in the data. As in the previous fixture of this type, the inner coil radius has been left unconstrained. The second fixture constrains the coil on all sides, allowing for the determination of the radial and azimuthal components of the cured coil modulus. A finite element model of the first test arrangement was also created to predict the compliance of the fixture, and compare numerical predictions with the experimental data. The results from this fixture suggest that the coil modulus is higher than previously reported, at 1.43{plus minus}0.03{times}10{sup 10} Pa (2.08{plus minus}.05{times}10{sup 6} psi). The main difference between the two experiments were the compliance of the fixture, which was found to have been seriously underestimated in last years test. Results from the second fixture suggest a coil modulus of 8.48{plus minus}0.82{times}10{sup 9} Pa (1.23{plus minus}0.12{times}10{sup 6} psi) for the azimuthal modulus, and between 8.96{plus minus}0.822{times}10{sup 9} Pa (1.3{plus minus}0.12{times}10{sup 6} psi) at lower loads and 1.12{plus minus}0.24{times}10{sup 10} Pa (1.63{plus minus}0.35{times}10{sup 6} psi) at higher loads in the radial direction. For a constrained coil, little difference is noted between the radial and azimuthal moduli of the coil. 2 refs., 8 figs.

  11. Investigation of the elastic modulus of SSC coils

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    Markley, F.; Kerby, J.; Sizemore, B.; Khoun, C.; King, T.


    The Materials Development Laboratory at Fermilab has been conducting experiments on the mechanical properties of superconducting coils. Two of these measurements were designed to measure the elastic modulus of actual SSC coils in an effort to increase the precision of previously reported data. The first experiment utilizes a fixture redesigned for increased stiffness, in an attempt to reduce uncertainty in the data. As in the previous fixture of this type, the inner coil radius has been left unconstrained. The second fixture constrains the coil on all sides, allowing for the determination of the radial and azimuthal components of the cured coil modulus. A finite element model of the first test arrangement was also created to predict the compliance of the fixture, and compare numerical predictions with the experimental data. The results from this fixture suggest that the coil modulus is higher than previously reported, at 1.43{plus_minus}0.03{times}10{sup 10} Pa (2.08{plus_minus}.05{times}10{sup 6} psi). The main difference between the two experiments were the compliance of the fixture, which was found to have been seriously underestimated in last years test. Results from the second fixture suggest a coil modulus of 8.48{plus_minus}0.82{times}10{sup 9} Pa (1.23{plus_minus}0.12{times}10{sup 6} psi) for the azimuthal modulus, and between 8.96{plus_minus}0.822{times}10{sup 9} Pa (1.3{plus_minus}0.12{times}10{sup 6} psi) at lower loads and 1.12{plus_minus}0.24{times}10{sup 10} Pa (1.63{plus_minus}0.35{times}10{sup 6} psi) at higher loads in the radial direction. For a constrained coil, little difference is noted between the radial and azimuthal moduli of the coil. 2 refs., 8 figs.

  12. Tesla Coil Theoretical Model and its Experimental Verification


    Voitkans Janis; Voitkans Arnis


    In this paper a theoretical model of Tesla coil operation is proposed. Tesla coil is described as a long line with distributed parameters in a single-wire form, where the line voltage is measured across electrically neutral space. By applying the principle of equivalence of single-wire and two-wire schemes an equivalent two-wire scheme can be found for a single-wire scheme and the already known long line theory can be applied to the Tesla coil. A new method of multiple reflections is develope...

  13. Quantum conductance of a helically coiled carbon nanotube

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    Wengang Lu


    Full Text Available Using a π-orbital tight-binding model, we investigate the transport properties of a coiled carbon nanotube (also called carbon nanotube spring, which we construct by connecting carbon nanotubes periodically in three-dimensional (3D space. The conductance is quantized due to the translational symmetry in the coiled direction. However, the conductance behaviors differ greatly from those of pristine metallic carbon nanotubes but similar to those of carbon nanotube superlattices. We explain that conductance behaviors of the coiled carbon nanotube.


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    A series of one-meter long racetrack-shaped windings has been fabricated from BSCCO tape conductors obtained from four manufacturers. Two coils were built from each conductor type and tested in the ''common coil'' dipole configuration in liquid helium. The effect of the remnant magnetization currents was determined by measuring the residual dipole and sextupole fields after cycling the magnets to progressively higher currents. Two coil sets have been measured and the results are compared to those obtained from a Nb{sub 3}Sn ribbon magnet of the same geometry.

  15. Magnetic mirror structure for testing shell-type quadrupole coils

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    Andreev, N.; Barzi, E.; Bossert, R.; Chlachidze, G.; Kashikhin, V.S.; Kashikhin, V.V.; Lamm, M.J.; Nobrega, F.; Novitski, I.; Tartaglia, N.; Turrioni, D.; /Fermilab


    This paper presents magnetic and mechanical designs and analyses of the quadrupole mirror structure to test single shell-type quadrupole coils. Several quadrupole coils made of different Nb{sub 3}Sn strands, cable insulation and pole materials were tested using this structure at 4.5 and 1.9 K. The coils were instrumented with voltage taps, spot heaters, temperature sensors and strain gauges to study their mechanical and thermal properties and quench performance. The results of the quadrupole mirror model assembly and test are reported and discussed.

  16. The Role of Filtration in Maintaining Clean Heat Exchanger Coils

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    Li Yang; James E. Braun; Eckhard A. Groll


    The main purpose of the study was to investigate the role of filtration in maintaining clean heat exchanger coils and overall performance. Combinations of 6 different levels of filtration (MERV 14, 11, 8, 6, 4, and no filter) and 4 different coils (an eight-row lanced-fin coil, HX8L), (an eight-row wavy-fin coil, HX8W), (a four-row lanced-fin coil, HX4L) and (a two-row lanced-fin coil, HX2L) were tested at 4 different air velocities (1.52, 2.03, 2.54,3.05 m/s (300, 400, 500, 600 ft/min)). The fouled conditions were obtained after injection of 600 grams of ASHRAE standard dust upstream of the filter/coil combination. This magnitude of dust is representative of a year of normal operation for an air conditioning system. The air-side pressure drops of the coils and filters and air-side heat transfer coefficients of the coils were determined from the measurements under the clean and fouled conditions. Depending upon the filter and coil test, the coil pressure drops increased in the range of 6%-30% for an air velocity at 2.54 m/s (500 ft/min). The impact was significantly greater for tests performed without a filter. The largest relative effect of fouling on pressure drop occurs for coils with fewer rows and having lanced fins. Coils with a greater number of rows can hold more dust so that a fixed amount of dust has a relatively smaller impact. The impact of fouling on air-side heat transfer coefficients was found to be relatively small. In some cases, heat transfer was actually enhanced due to additional turbulence caused by the presence of dust. The experimental results for pressure drops and heat transfer coefficients were correlated and the correlations were implemented within computer models of prototypical rooftop air conditioners and used to evaluate the impact of fouling on cooling capacity and EER. The equipment cooling capacity is reduced with fouling primarily because of a decrease in air flow due to the increase pressure drop rather than due to changes in h

  17. Balance between Coiled-Coil Stability and Dynamics Regulates Activity of BvgS Sensor Kinase in Bordetella

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    E. Lesne


    Full Text Available The two-component system BvgAS controls the expression of the virulence regulon of Bordetella pertussis. BvgS is a prototype of bacterial sensor kinases with extracytoplasmic Venus flytrap perception domains. Following its transmembrane segment, BvgS harbors a cytoplasmic Per-Arnt-Sim (PAS domain and then a predicted 2-helix coiled coil that precede the dimerization-histidine-phosphotransfer domain of the kinase. BvgS homologs have a similar domain organization, or they harbor only a predicted coiled coil between the transmembrane and the dimerization-histidine-phosphotransfer domains. Here, we show that the 2-helix coiled coil of BvgS regulates the enzymatic activity in a mechanical manner. Its marginally stable hydrophobic interface enables a switch between a state of great rotational dynamics in the kinase mode and a more rigid conformation in the phosphatase mode in response to signal perception by the periplasmic domains. We further show that the activity of BvgS is controlled in the same manner if its PAS domain is replaced with the natural α-helical sequences of PAS-less homologs. Clamshell motions of the Venus flytrap domains trigger the shift of the coiled coil’s dynamics. Thus, we have uncovered a general mechanism of regulation for the BvgS family of Venus flytrap-containing two-component sensor kinases.

  18. Weathering of coil-coatings: UV radiation and thermal effects

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    Castela, A. S.


    Full Text Available The effect of heat and of QUV ageing on coil coatings was tested by electrochemical impedance, and the results compared with surface analysis of the polymers by FTIR and XPS. It was shown that UV radiation is more relevant than heat to chemical degradation. A different correlation between water permeation and chemical degradation was observed depending on the coating thickness: for the thinner coatings, the higher UV degradation has corresponded to increased water absorption, whereas in the thicker coating, the bulk effect of heat was more relevant to water permeation.

    El efecto del calor y del envejecimiento, QUV, sobre recubrimiemtos de bobinas se probó mediante la impedancia electroquímica, y los resultados se compararon con análisis superficiales de los polímeros usando FTIR y XPS. Se encontró que la radiación UV es más importante que el calor en la degradación química. Una correlación diferente, entre agua infiltrada y degradación química, se observó, dependiendo del espesor del recubrimiento: para los recubrimientos más delgados, mayor degradación UV correspondió a un incremento de absorción de agua; en cambio, para los recubrimientos más gruesos, el efecto del calor fue más importante para la infiltración del agua.

  19. Protocol optimization of sacroiliac joint MR Imaging at 3 Tesla: Impact of coil design and motion resistant sequences on image quality. (United States)

    Gondim Teixeira, P A; Bravetti, M; Hossu, G; Lecocq, S; Petit, D; Loeuille, D; Blum, A


    To evaluate the impact of coil design and motion-resistant sequences on the quality of sacroiliac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination in patients with spondyloarthropathy. One hundred and twenty-one patients with suspected sacroiliitis and referred for MRI of the sacroiliac joints were retrospectively evaluated with MRI at 3-Tesla. There were 78 women and 43 men with a mean age of 36.7±11.5 (SD) years (range: 15.8-78.4 years). Conventional and motion-resistant fat-saturated fast-spin echo T2-weighted sequences were performed with two different coils. Image quality was subjectively evaluated by two independent readers (R1 and R2) using a four-point scale. Confidence in the identification of bone marrow edema pattern (BMEP) was also evaluated subjectively using a three-point scale. Phased array body coil yielded improved image quality compared to surface coil (14.1 to 30.4% for R1 and 14.6 to 25.7% for R2; Pbody coil with motion-resistant T2-weighted sequence (kappa 0.990). The smallest number of indeterminate BMEP zones was seen on MRI set acquired with the phased-array body coil and motion-resistant T2-weighted sequence. Phased array body coil and motion-resistant T2-weighted sequences perform better than surface coil and conventional T2-weighted sequences for the evaluation of sacroiliac joints, increasing confidence in the identification of BMEP. Copyright © 2017 Editions françaises de radiologie. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  20. Abciximab for thrombolysis during intracranial aneurysm coiling

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    Gralla, Jan [West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital, Department of Neuroradiology, Oxford (United Kingdom); Inselspital-University of Bern, Department of Neuroradiology, Bern (Switzerland); Rennie, Adam T.M.; Corkill, Rufus A.; Lalloo, Shivendra T.; Molyneux, Andrew; Byrne, James V.; Kuker, Wilhem [West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital, Department of Neuroradiology, Oxford (United Kingdom)


    Thrombotic events are a common and severe complication of endovascular aneurysm treatment with significant impact on patients' outcome. This study evaluates risk factors for thrombus formation and assesses the efficacy and safety of abciximab for clot dissolution. All patients treated with abciximab during (41 patients) or shortly after (22 patients) intracranial aneurysm coil embolisation were retrieved from the institutional database (2000 to 2007, 1,250 patients). Sixty-three patients (mean age, 55.3 years, {+-}12.8) had received either intra-arterial or intravenous abciximab. Risk factors for clot formation were assessed and the angiographic and clinical outcome evaluated. No aneurysm rupture occurred during or after abciximab application. The intra-procedural rate of total recanalisation was 68.3%. Thromboembolic complications were frequently found in aneurysms of the Acom complex and of the basilar artery, whilst internal carotid artery aneurysms were underrepresented. Two patients died of treatment-related intracranial haemorrhages into preexisting cerebral infarcts. Two patients developed a symptomatic groin haematoma. Abciximab is efficacious and safe for thrombolysis during and after endovascular intracranial aneurysm treatment in the absence of preexisting ischaemic stroke. (orig.)

  1. Implementation of a planar coil of wires as a sinus-galvanometer. Analysis of the coil magnetic field

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    Stoyanov, Dimitar G


    The paper presents a theoretical analysis on the interaction between the Earth's magnetic field of a compass needle and the magnetic field of a straight infinite current-carrying wire. Implementation of a planar horizontal coil of wires has been shown as a sinus galvanometer. The magnetic field over the planar coil of wires has been examined by experiment. The coil could be used as a model for straight infinite current wire in demonstration set-ups or could be given as an assignment in Physics laboratory workshops.

  2. Composite Coiled Tubing for Extended Reach in Horizontal Oil Wells

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    Costache, Andrei; Berggreen, Christian


    Conventional steel coiled tubing cannot reach along the entire length of very long horizontal oil wells. A lighter and more buoyant coiled tube is made possible using composite materials. The high stiffness to weight ratio of fiber reinforced polymers, coupled with a lower coefficient of friction......, has the potential of greatly extending the reach in horizontal oil wells. This study shows how to design composite coiled tubing and gives a comprehensive discussion about the most influential parameters. Several solutions, using glass-fiber and carbon are considered. Finite element models are used...... to calculate the buckling loads and the corresponding interlaminar stresses. The very positive results obtained during this study show that composite coiled tubing systems are vastly superior to their steel counterparts, and that in the future, these will become the new industry standard....

  3. Critical Current Measurements in Commercial Tapes, Coils, and Magnets. (United States)

    Gubser, D. U.; Soulen, R. J., Jr.; Fuller-Mora, W. W.; Francavilla, T. L.


    We have measured a number of tapes, coils, and magnets produced by commercial vendors and determined their properties as functions of magnetic field and temperature. The tapes were measured at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in magnetic fields to 20 tesla and at temperatures of 4.2 K, 27 K, 65 K, and 77 K. For the tapes we report critical currents and current-voltage characteristics. Six inch diameter coils were measured at NRL in zero magnetic field. Critical currents, current-voltage characteristics, and reliability studies are reported for the coils. Larger 10 inch diameter coils, which are to be used in a 200 hp superconducting motor, were also measured and results will be presented. The talk will also review the status of the most recent tests of the superconducting motor.

  4. Foldable micro coils for a transponder system measuring intraocular pressure

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    Ullerich, S.; Schnakenberg, U. [Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). Inst. of Materials in Electrical Engineering 1; Mokwa, W. [Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). Inst. of Materials in Electrical Engineering 1]|[Fraunhofer Inst. of Microelectronic Circuits and Systems, Duisburg (Germany); Boegel, G. vom [Fraunhofer Inst. of Microelectronic Circuits and Systems, Duisburg (Germany)


    A foldable transponder system consisting of a chip and a micro coil for measuring intraocular pressure continuously is presented. The system will be integrated in the haptic of a soft artificial intraocular lens. Calculations of planar micro coils with 6 mm and 10.3 mm in diameter show the limits for planar coils with an outer diameter of 6 mm. For the realisation of the transponder system a 20 {mu}m thick coil with an outer diameter of 10.3 mm, an inner diameter of 7.7 mm, 16 turns and a gap of 20 {mu}m between the windings was selected. Measurements show a good agreement between calculated and measured values. Wireless pressure measurements were carried out showing a linear behaviour of the output signal with respect to the applied pressure. (orig.)

  5. Photonic crystal fiber coil sensor for water-depth sensing (United States)

    Fan, Chen-Feng; Yu, Chin-Ping


    We fabricate a PCF coil sensor for water-depth sensing by winding a PCF on a plastic straw. Due to the bending-induced birefringence along the PCF, we can observe clear interference pattern in the output spectrum by placing the PCF coil into a Sagnac fiber loop. As we horizontally immerse the fabricated PCF coil into water, a nonlinear relationship between the water depth and the wavelength shift can be obtained. We have also measured the interference spectrum by vertically immersing the PCF coil into water. We can observe a linear relationship between the water depth and the wavelength shift, and the measured water-depth sensitivity for vertical immersion is -1.17 nm/mm.

  6. Ripple reduction with magnetic inserts and saddle coils

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    Ane, J.M. [Association Euratom-CEA pour la Fusion, Dept. de Recherches sur la Fusion Controlee, Centre d`Etudes de Cadarache, 13 - Saint Paul-lez-Durance (France)


    Analytic formulas for the computation of the toroidal field ripple in a tokamak with saddle coils and/or magnetic inserts for the reduction of the ripple are derived. The results of these analytic formulas compare well with the results of a 3D magneto static code for the geometry of Tore Supra and ITER. In Tore Supra 72 saddle coils with 5% of the toroidal field coils current or 36 magnetic inserts 12 cm thick are needed to reduce by a factor of four the ripple in the outboard region of the plasma. In ITER, using ferromagnetic rather than austenitic balls in the space between the vacuum vessel skins, would partially offset the ripple-increasing effect due to the reduction of the number of TF coils from 24 to 20. (orig.).

  7. Ripple reduction with magnetic inserts and saddle coils

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    Ane, J.M. [Association Euratom-CEA, Centre d`Etudes de Cadarache, 13 - Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France). Dept. de Recherches sur la Fusion Controlee


    Analytic formulas for the computation of the toroidal field ripple in a tokamak with saddle coils and/or magnetic inserts for the reduction of the ripple are derived. The results of these analytic formulas compare well with the results of a 3D magneto static code for the geometry of Tore Supra and ITER. In Tore Supra 72 saddle coils with 5% of the toroidal field coils current or 36 magnetic inserts 12 cm thick are needed to reduce by a factor of four the ripple in the outboard region of the plasma. In ITER, using ferromagnetic rather than austenitic balls in the space between the vacuum vessel skins, would partially offset the ripple-increasing effect due to the reduction of the number of TF coils from 24 to 20. (author) 4 refs., 9 figs.

  8. Progress of the ITER Correction Coils in China

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    Wei, J; Han, S; Yu, X; Du, S; Li, C; Fang, C; Wang, L; Zheng, W; Liu, L; Wen, J; Li, H; Libeyre, P; Dolgetta, N; Cormany, C; Sgobba, S


    The ITER Correction Coils (CC) include three sets of six coils each, distributed symmetrically around the tokamak to correct error fields. Each pair of coils, located on opposite sides of the tokamak, is series connected with polarity to produce asymmetric fields. The manufacturing of these superconducting coils is undergoing qualification of the main fabrication processes: winding into multiple pancakes, welding helium inlet/outlet on the conductor jacket, turn and ground insulation, vacuum pressure impregnation, inserting into an austenitic stainless steel case, enclosure welding, and assembling the terminal service box. It has been proceeding by an intense phase of R\\&D, trials tests, and final adjustment of the tooling. This paper mainly describes the progress in ASIPP for the CC manufacturing process before and on qualification phase and the status of corresponding equipment which are ordered or designed for each process. Some test results for the key component and procedure are also presented.

  9. Coiled Brine Recovery Assembly (CoBRA) Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The Coiled Brine Recovery Assembly (CoBRA) project will result in a proof-of-concept demonstration for a lightweight, compact, affordable, regenerable and disposable...

  10. Test data from the US-Demonstration Poloidal Coil experiment

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    Painter, T.A.; Steeves, M.M.; Takayasu, M.; Gung, C.; Hoenig, M.O. (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA (United States). Plasma Fusion Center); Tsuji, H.; Ando, T.; Hiyama, T.; Takahashi, Y.; Nishi, M.; Yoshida, K.; Okuno, K.; Nakajima, H.; Kato, T.; Sugimoto, M.; Isono, T.; Kawano, K.; Koizumi, N.; Osikiri, M.; Hanawa, H.; Ouchi, H.; Ono, M.; Ishida, H.; Hiue, H.; Yoshida, J.; Kamiyauchi, Y.; Ouchi, T.; Tajiri, F.


    The US Demonstration Poloidal Field Coil (US-DPC) experiment took place successfully at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) in late 1990. The 8 MJ niobium-tin coil was leak tight; it performed very well in DC tests; it performed well in AC tests, achieving approximately 70% of its design goal. An unexpected ramp-rate barrier at high currents was identified. The barrier could not be explored in the regime of higher fields and slower ramp rates due to limitations of the background-field coils. This document presents the results of the experiment with as little editing as possible. The coil, conductor, and operating conditions are given. The intent is to present data in a form that can be used by magnet analysts and designers.

  11. Ecological succession of the microbial communities of an air-conditioning cooling coil in the tropics. (United States)

    Acerbi, E; Chénard, C; Miller, D; Gaultier, N E; Heinle, C E; Chang, V W-C; Uchida, A; Drautz-Moses, D I; Schuster, S C; Lauro, F M


    Air-conditioning systems harbor microorganisms, potentially spreading them to indoor environments. While air and surfaces in air-conditioning systems are periodically sampled as potential sources of indoor microbes, little is known about the dynamics of cooling coil-associated communities and their effect on the downstream airflow. Here, we conducted a 4-week time series sampling to characterize the succession of an air-conditioning duct and cooling coil after cleaning. Using an universal primer pair targeting hypervariable regions of the 16S/18S ribosomal RNA, we observed a community succession for the condensed water, with the most abundant airborne taxon Agaricomycetes fungi dominating the initial phase and Sphingomonas bacteria becoming the most prevalent taxa toward the end of the experiment. Duplicate air samples collected upstream and downstream of the coil suggest that the system does not act as ecological filter or source/sink for specific microbial taxa during the duration of the experiment. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  12. High-resolution magnetic resonance imaging of the anal sphincter using a dedicated endoanal receiver coil

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    DeSouza, N.M.; Williams, A.D.; Gilderdale, D.J. [Dept. of Radiology, Imperial College School of Medicine, London (United Kingdom)


    The use of a surface coil in MR imaging improves signal-to-noise ratio of adjacent tissues of interest. We therefore devised an endoanal receiver coil for imaging the anal sphincter. The probe is solid and re-usable: it comprises a saddle geometry receiver with integral tuning, matching and decoupling. It is placed in the anal canal and immobilised externally. Both in vitro and in vivo normal anatomy is identified. The mucosa is high signal intensity, the submucosa low signal intensity, the internal sphincter uniformly high signal intensity and the external sphincter low signal intensity on T1- and T2-weighted images. In females, the transverse perineal muscle bridges the inferior part of the external sphincter anteriorly. In perianal sepsis, collections and the site of the endoanal opening are identified. In early-onset fecal incontinence following obstetric trauma/surgery, focal sphincter defects are demonstrated; in late-onset fecal incontinence external sphincter atrophy is seen. In fecally incontinent patients with scleroderma, forward deviation of the anterior sphincter musculature with descent of rectal air and feces into the anal canal is noted. The extent of sphincter invasion is assessed in low rectal tumours. In children with congenital anorectal anomalies, abnormalities of the muscle components are defined using smaller-diameter coils. Such information is invaluable in the assessment and surgical planning of patients with a variety of anorectal pathologies. (orig.) With 15 figs., 26 refs.

  13. Performance of external and internal coil configurations for prostate investigations at 7 Tesla (United States)

    Metzger, Gregory J.; van de Moortele, Pierre-Francois; Akgun, Can; Snyder, Carl J.; Moeller, Steen; Strupp, John; Andersen, Peter; Shrivastava, Devashish; Vaughan, Tommy; Ugurbil, Kamil; Adriany, Gregor


    Three different coil configurations were evaluated through simulation and experimentally to determine safe operating limits and evaluate subject size dependent performance for prostate imaging at 7 Tesla. The coils included a transceiver endorectal coil (trERC), a 16 channel transceiver external surface array (trESA) and a trESA combined with a receive-only ERC (trESA+roERC). While the transmit B1 (B1+) homogeneity was far superior for the trESA, the maximum achievable B1+ is subject size dependent and limited by transmit chain losses and amplifier performance. For the trERC, limitations in transmit homogeneity greatly compromised image quality and limited coverage of the prostate. Despite these challenges, the high peak B1+ close to the trERC and subject size independent performance provides potential advantages especially for spectroscopic localization where high bandwidth RF pulses are required. On the receive side, the combined trESA+roERC provided the highest SNR and improved homogeneity over the trERC resulting in better visualization of the prostate and surrounding anatomy. In addition, the parallel imaging performance of the trESA+roERC holds strong promise for diffusion weighted imaging and dynamic contrast enhanced MRI. PMID:20740657

  14. Numerical investigation on the convective heat transfer in a spiral coil with radiant heating

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    Đorđević Milan Lj.


    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to numerically investigate the heat transfer in spiral coil tube in the laminar, transitional, and turbulent flow regimes. The Archimedean spiral coil was exposed to radiant heating and should represent heat absorber of parabolic dish solar concentrator. Specific boundary conditions represent the uniqueness of this study, since the heat flux upon the tube external surfaces varies not only in the circumferential direction, but also in the axial direction. The curvature ratio of spiral coil varies from 0.029 at the flow inlet to 0.234 at the flow outlet, while the heat transfer fluid is water. The 3-D steady-state transport equations were solved using the Reynolds stress turbulence model. Results showed that secondary flows strongly affect the flow and that the heat transfer is strongly asymmetric, with higher values near the outer wall of spiral. Although overall turbulence levels were lower than in a straight pipe, heat transfer rates were larger due to the curvature-induced modifications of the mean flow and temperature fields. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 42006

  15. A solenoid-free current start-up scenario utilizing outer poloidal field coils* (United States)

    Choe, W.; Kim, J.; Ono, M.; Menard, J.; Neumeyer, C.; Wilson, J. R.


    Elimination of the in-board solenoid is not only required for the spherical torus reactors but would also be desirable for advanced tokamak reactors. The challenge for using only the outer PF coils for start-up is the difficulty of creating a sufficiently high quality field null region while retaining the poloidal flux needed for current ramp-up. It is shown that a few pairs of PF coils can provide a field null for a few ms with a large region of low transverse field in which an ionization avalanche can develop in the applied toroidal E-field with the aid of strong pre-ionization. Preliminary experimental and modeling work has been performed on NSTX aimed at quantifying the field null requirements in terms of the Lloyd parameter, the null size and its duration, while optimizing the loop voltage and the available flux. Different combinations of PF coils were used to investigate the relationship between the size of the region where E_TB_T/BP = 0.1 kV/m and the breakdown. Fast camera and magnetic diagnostics clearly show plasma initiation for several ms. The vacuum field patterns and flux surfaces of the generated plasma and analysis of the plasma evolution with the DINA code will be presented. *This work supported by KAIST and DoE Contract No. DE-AC02-76CH03073.

  16. NSTX-U Digital Coil Protection System Software Detailed Design

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    The National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) currently uses a collection of analog signal processing solutions for coil protection. Part of the NSTX Upgrade (NSTX-U) entails replacing these analog systems with a software solution running on a conventional computing platform. The new Digital Coil Protection System (DCPS) will replace the old systems entirely, while also providing an extensible framework that allows adding new functionality as desired.

  17. High-Q Antennas with built-in coils

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    Bahramzy, Pevand; Svendsen, Simon; Pedersen, Gert Frølund


    Efficiency and isolation, at low frequencies (700 MHz), are two of the most important metrics for successful multicommunication implementation. This paper presents an antenna concept, that exhibits a very high isolation between high-Q Tx and Rx antennas at 700 MHz. Furthermore, it is shown how...... coils can be integrating into the antenna structure for obtaining better efficiency. It is shown that by integrated coils into the antenna structure, the efficiency can be improved by 2dB for each antenna....

  18. Development of Metallic Coil Identification System Based on RFID


    Kim, Myunsik; Song, Beobsung; Ju, Daegeun; Choi, Eunjung; Cho, Byunglok


    This paper describes RFID based metal products identification technique for SCM of iron and steel industry. Specially, the coil identification system is developed. To cope with the falling off the tag identification performance affected by neighbouring metallic objects, the tag attachment method based on flagtag is proposed and the reader antenna packaging technique is developed to improve the performance of target coil identification. A Crane equipped with the developed system can detect the...

  19. Progress on the design development and prototype manufacturing of the ITER In-vessel coils

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    Encheva, A.; Omran, H.; Devred, A.; Vostner, A.; Mitchell, N.; Mariani, N.; Jun, CH H.; Long, F.; Zhou, C.; Macklin, B.; Marti, H. P.; Sborchia, C.; della Corte, A. Della; Di Zenobio, A.; Anemona, A.; Righetti, R.; Wu, Y.; Jin, H.; Xu, A.; Jin, J.


    ITER is incorporating two types of In-Vessel Coils (IVCs): ELM Coils to mitigate Edge Localized Modes and VS Coils to provide a reliable Vertical Stabilization of the plasma. Strong coupling with the plasma is required in order that the ELM and VS Coils can meet their performance requirements.

  20. Retrieval of a Migrated Coil Using an X6 MERCI Device.

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    O'Hare, A


    Summary: Coil migration is a recognised but rare complication of endovascular coiling. Many techniques are available commercially for coil retrieval. We report the case of an acute subarachnoid hemorrhage in a 54-year-old woman in which a migrated coil was successfully retrieved using an X6 MERCI device.

  1. Endovascular therapy of arteriovenous fistulae with electrolytically detachable coils

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    Jansen, O.; Doerfler, A.; Forsting, M.; Hartmann, M.; Kummer, R. von; Tronnier, V.; Sartor, K. [Dept. of Neuroradiology, University of Heidelberg Medical School (Germany)


    We report our experience in using Guglielmi electrolytically detachable coils (GDC) alone or in combination with other materials in the treatment of intracranial or cervical high-flow fistulae. We treated 14 patients with arteriovenous fistulae on brain-supplying vessels - three involving the external carotid or the vertebral artery, five the cavernous sinus and six the dural sinuses - by endovascular occlusion using electrolytically detachable platinum coils. The fistula was caused by trauma in six cases. In one case Ehlers-Danlos syndrome was the underlying disease, and in the remaining seven cases no aetiology could be found. Fistulae of the external carotid and vertebral arteries and caroticocavernous fistulae were reached via the transarterial route, while in all dural fistulae a combined transarterial-transvenous approach was chosen. All fistulae were treated using electrolytically detachable coils. While small fistulae could be occluded with electrolytically detachable coils alone, large fistulae were treated by using coils to build a stable basket for other types of coil or balloons. In 11 of the 14 patients, endovascular treatment resulted in complete occlusion of the fistula; in the remaining three occlusion was subtotal. Symptoms and signs were completely abolished by this treatment in 12 patients and reduced in 2. On clinical and neuroradiological follow-up (mean 16 months) no reappearance of symptoms was recorded. (orig.)

  2. First ATLAS Barrel Toroid coil casing arrives at CERN

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    The first of eight 25-metre long coil casings for the ATLAS experiment's barrel toroid magnet system arrived at CERN on Saturday 2 March by road from Heidelberg. This structure will be part of the largest superconducting toroid magnet ever made.   The first coil casing for the toroidal magnets of Atlas arrives at Building 180. This is the start of an enormous three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle. Each of the eight sets of double pancake coils will be housed inside aluminium coil casings, which in turn will be held inside a stainless steel vacuum vessel. A huge construction, the casing that arrived at CERN measures 25 metres in length and 5 metres in width. It weighs 20 tones. And this is just the beginning of the toroid jigsaw: by early April a batch of four double pancake coils, which altogether weighs 65 tones, will arrive from Ansaldo in Italy. The first vacuum vessel will also be arriving from Felguera in Spain this month. It will take about two years for all these 25 m long structures of casings, coils a...

  3. Quench and stress coupled analysis of high temperature superconducting coils (United States)

    Li, Jessica; Zhai, Yuhu


    High-temperature superconductors (HTS) are promising candidates for compact next step fusion reactor designs due to their low power loss, higher margin and ability to carry extremely high current densities at high magnetic fields. However, unlike their low-temperature counterparts, HTS coils are much more vulnerable to damage during quench events under severe mechanical loading at high field magnet operation. It has been shown that the intensity of quench events may be mitigated by installing inductively coupled inserts around the superconducting coils. To this end, some previously explored designs of force-balanced coils which minimize stress in coil winding packs are reviewed for better stress management in HTS coils for quench mitigation. We use analytic models in FORTRAN and MATLAB to calculate the magnetic fields and resultant forces for various solenoid-like configurations of both high- and low-temperature superconducting coils. We then simulate their thermal, electric, and magnetic behaviors during quench-like events to identify optimal designs for both stability and quench protection.

  4. The Use of Correcting Coils in End Magnets Accelerators (United States)

    Kassab, L. R. P.; Gouffon, P.


    The end magnets of the race-track microtron booster (L.R.P. Kassab, PhD Thesis, IFUSP, 1996) , which is the second stage of the 30.0 MeV cw electron accelerator under construction at IFUSP, play a fundamental role in terms of the beam quality. Their efficiency depends on the behavior of the magnetic fields that deflect, focus and return the beam to the accelerating section. The use of correcting coils, based on the inhomogeneities of the magnetic field and attached to the pole faces, assured uniformity of 10-5. We present the performance of these coils when operating the end magnets with currents that differ from the one used in the mappings that originated the coils copper leads. For one of the magnets, adjusting conveniently the current of the correcting coils, made it possible to homogenize field distributions of different intensities, once their shapes are identical to those that originated the coils. For the other one, the shapes are smoothly changed and the coils are less efficient. This is related to intrinsic factors that determine the inhomogeneities. However, in both cases we obtained uniformity of 10-5.

  5. Tesla Coil Theoretical Model and its Experimental Verification

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    Voitkans Janis


    Full Text Available In this paper a theoretical model of Tesla coil operation is proposed. Tesla coil is described as a long line with distributed parameters in a single-wire form, where the line voltage is measured across electrically neutral space. By applying the principle of equivalence of single-wire and two-wire schemes an equivalent two-wire scheme can be found for a single-wire scheme and the already known long line theory can be applied to the Tesla coil. A new method of multiple reflections is developed to characterize a signal in a long line. Formulas for calculation of voltage in Tesla coil by coordinate and calculation of resonance frequencies are proposed. The theoretical calculations are verified experimentally. Resonance frequencies of Tesla coil are measured and voltage standing wave characteristics are obtained for different output capacities in the single-wire mode. Wave resistance and phase coefficient of Tesla coil is obtained. Experimental measurements show good compliance with the proposed theory. The formulas obtained in this paper are also usable for a regular two-wire long line with distributed parameters.

  6. Dynamic Multi-Coil Technique (DYNAMITE) Shimming of the Rat Brain at 11.7 Tesla (United States)

    Juchem, Christoph; Herman, Peter; Sanganahalli, Basavaraju G.; Brown, Peter B.; McIntyre, Scott; Nixon, Terence W.; Green, Dan; Hyder, Fahmeed; de Graaf, Robin A.


    The in vivo rat model is a workhorse in neuroscience research, preclinical studies and drug development. A repertoire of MR tools has been developed for its investigation, however, high levels of B0 magnetic field homogeneity are required for meaningful results. The homogenization of magnetic fields in the rat brain, i.e. shimming, is a difficult task due to a multitude of complex, susceptibility-induced field distortions. Conventional shimming with spherical harmonic (SH) functions is capable of compensating shallow field distortions in limited areas, e.g. in the cortex, but performs poorly in difficult-to-shim subcortical structures or for the entire brain. Based on the recently introduced multi-coil approach for magnetic field modeling, the DYNAmic Multi-coIl TEchnique (DYNAMITE) is introduced for magnetic field shimming of the in vivo rat brain and its benefits for gradient-echo echo-planar imaging (EPI) are demonstrated. An integrated multi-coil/radio-frequency (MC/RF) system comprising 48 individual localized DC coils for B0 shimming and a surface transceive RF coil has been developed that allows MR investigations of the anesthetized rat brain in vivo. DYNAMITE shimming with this MC/RF setup is shown to reduce the B0 standard deviation to a third of that achieved with current shim technology employing static first through third order SH shapes. The EPI signal over the rat brain increased by 31% and a 24% gain in usable EPI voxels could be realized. DYNAMITE shimming is expected to critically benefit a wide range of preclinical and neuroscientific MR research. Improved magnetic field homogeneity, along with the achievable large brain coverage of this method will be crucial when signal pathways, cortical circuitry or the brain’s default network are studied. Along with the efficiency gains of MC-based shimming compared to SH approaches demonstrated recently, DYNAMITE shimming has the potential to replace conventional SH shim systems in small bore animal

  7. Rescue of vitrified-warmed bovine oocytes with rho-associated coiled-coil kinase inhibitor. (United States)

    Hwang, In-Sul; Hara, Hiromasa; Chung, Hak-Jae; Hirabayashi, Masumi; Hochi, Shinichi


    Cryotolerance of matured bovine oocytes is not fully practical even though a promising vitrification procedure with a ultrarapid cooling rate was applied. The present study was conducted to investigate whether recovery culture of vitrified-warmed bovine oocytes with an inhibitor (Y-27632) of Rho-associated coiled-coil kinase (ROCK) can improve the developmental potential after in vitro fertilization (IVF) and in vitro culture. Immediately after warming, almost all oocytes appeared to be morphological normal. Treatment of the postwarming oocytes with 10 μM Y-27632 for 2 h resulted in the significantly higher oocyte survival rate before IVF as well as higher cleavage rate and blastocyst formation rate. Quality analysis of the resultant blastocysts in terms of total cell number and apoptotic cell ratio also showed the positive effect of the Y-27632 treatment. Time-dependent change in mitochondrial activity of the vitrified-warmed oocytes was not influenced by ROCK inhibition during the period of recovery culture. However, the ability of ooplasm to support single-aster formation was improved by the ROCK inhibition. Thus, inhibition of ROCK activity in vitrified-warmed bovine oocytes during a short-term recovery culture can lead to higher developmental competence, probably due to decreased apoptosis and normalized function of the microtubule-organizing center.

  8. Transforming the Energy Landscape of a Coiled-Coil Peptide via Point Mutations. (United States)

    Röder, Konstantin; Wales, David J


    We analyze the effect of point mutations on the energy landscape of a coiled-coil peptide, GCN4-pLI, where the native state is a parallel tetrameric configuration formed from two identical dimers. Experimentally, a single mutation, E20S, supports both antiparallel and parallel structures. Here, we analyze the potential energy landscapes of the dimeric units for the parent sequence and four mutants, namely E20S, E20A, E20P, and E20G. Despite sharing characteristic funnels containing the parallel and antiparallel structures, the point mutations change some parts of the landscape quite dramatically, and we predict new intermediate structures and characterize the associated heat capacities. For the mutants we predict that kinked intermediate structures facilitate the transition between parallel and antiparallel morphologies, in contrast to the parent sequence. Furthermore, we predict a change from a multifunnel energy landscape in the E20S mutant to a landscape dominated by an underlying single funnel in the parent sequence, with accompanying heat capacity signatures. Our results imply that changes in the landscape due to mutations might provide useful tools for functional protein design.

  9. A coiled-coil protein is required for coordination of karyokinesis and cytokinesis in Toxoplasma gondii. (United States)

    Courjol, Flavie; Gissot, Mathieu


    Toxoplasma gondii is a unicellular eukaryotic pathogen that belongs to the Apicomplexa phylum, which encompasses some of the deadliest pathogens of medical and veterinary importance. The centrosome is key to the organization and coordination of the cell cycle and division of apicomplexan parasites. The T. gondii centrosome possesses a particular bipartite structure (outer and inner core). One of the main roles of the centrosome is to ensure proper coordination of karyokinesis. However, how these two events are coordinated is still unknown in T. gondii, for which the centrosome components are poorly described. To gain more insights into the biology and the composition of the T. gondii centrosome, we characterized a protein that resides at the interface of the outer and inner core centrosome. TgCep530 is a large coil-coiled protein with an essential role in the survival of the parasite. Depletion of this protein leads to the accumulation of parasites lacking nuclei and disruption of the normal cell cycle. Lack of TgCep530 results in a discoordination between the nuclear cycle and the budding cycle that yields fully formed parasites without nuclei. TgCep530 has a crucial role in the coordination of karyokinesis and cytokinesis. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  10. Midbody Targeting of the ESCRT Machinery by a Noncanonical Coiled Coil in CEP55

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    Lee, Hyung Ho; Elia, Natalie; Ghirlando, Rodolfo; Lippincott-Schwartz, Jennifer; Hurley, James H. (NIH)


    The ESCRT (endosomal sorting complex required for transport) machinery is required for the scission of membrane necks in processes including the budding of HIV-1 and cytokinesis. An essential step in cytokinesis is recruitment of the ESCRT-I complex and the ESCRT-associated protein ALIX to the midbody (the structure that tethers two daughter cells) by the protein CEP55. Biochemical experiments show that peptides from ALIX and the ESCRT-I subunit TSG101 compete for binding to the ESCRT and ALIX-binding region (EABR) of CEP55. We solved the crystal structure of EABR bound to an ALIX peptide at a resolution of 2.0 angstroms. The structure shows that EABR forms an aberrant dimeric parallel coiled coil. Bulky and charged residues at the interface of the two central heptad repeats create asymmetry and a single binding site for an ALIX or TSG101 peptide. Both ALIX and ESCRT-I are required for cytokinesis, which suggests that multiple CEP55 dimers are required for function.

  11. Coiled coil rich proteins (Ccrp influence molecular pathogenicity of Helicobacter pylori.

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    Sarah Schätzle

    Full Text Available Pathogenicity of the human pathogen Helicobacter pylori relies on its capacity to adapt to a hostile environment and to escape the host response. Although there have been great advances in our understanding of the bacterial cytoskeleton, major gaps remain in our knowledge of its contribution to virulence. In this study we have explored the influence of coiled coil rich proteins (Ccrp cytoskeletal elements on pathogenicity factors of H. pylori. Deletion of any of the ccrp resulted in a strongly decreased activity of the main pathogenicity factor urease. We further investigated their role using in vitro co-culture experiments with the human gastric adenocarcinoma cell line AGS modeling H. pylori - host cell interactions. Intriguingly, host cell showed only a weak "scattering/hummingbird" phenotype, in which host cells are transformed from a uniform polygonal shape into a severely elongated state characterized by the formation of needle-like projections, after co-incubation with any ccrp deletion mutant. Furthermore, co-incubation with the ccrp59 mutant resulted in reduced type IV secretion system associated activities, e.g. IL-8 production and CagA translocation/phosphorylation. Thus, in addition to their role in maintaining the helical cell shape of H. pylori Ccrp proteins influence many cellular processes and are thereby crucial for the virulence of this human pathogen.

  12. Rational design of helical nanotubes from self-assembly of coiled-coil lock washers. (United States)

    Xu, Chunfu; Liu, Rui; Mehta, Anil K; Guerrero-Ferreira, Ricardo C; Wright, Elizabeth R; Dunin-Horkawicz, Stanislaw; Morris, Kyle; Serpell, Louise C; Zuo, Xiaobing; Wall, Joseph S; Conticello, Vincent P


    Design of a structurally defined helical assembly is described that involves recoding of the amino acid sequence of peptide GCN4-pAA. In solution and the crystalline state, GCN4-pAA adopts a 7-helix bundle structure that resembles a supramolecular lock washer. Structurally informed mutagenesis of the sequence of GCN4-pAA afforded peptide 7HSAP1, which undergoes self-association into a nanotube via noncovalent interactions between complementary interfaces of the coiled-coil lock-washer structures. Biophysical measurements conducted in solution and the solid state over multiple length scales of structural hierarchy are consistent with self-assembly of nanotube structures derived from 7-helix bundle subunits. The dimensions of the supramolecular assemblies are similar to those observed in the crystal structure of GCN4-pAA. Fluorescence studies of the interaction of 7HSAP1 with the solvatochromic fluorophore PRODAN indicated that the nanotubes could encapsulate shape-appropriate small molecules with high binding affinity.

  13. The Influence of Dome Size, Parent Vessel Angle, and Coil Packing Density on Coil Embolization Treatment in Cerebral Aneurysms (United States)

    Frakes, David H.; Indahlastari, Aprinda; Ryan, Justin; Babiker, M. Haithem; Nair, Priya; Parthas, Varsha


    Intracranial aneurysms (ICAs) are dilated cerebral blood vessels. Treating ICAs effectively prior rupture is crucial since their association with 45% mortality rate. Embolic coiling is the most effective ICA treatment. Series of embolic coils are deployed into the aneurysm with the intent of reaching a sufficient packing density (PD) to help seal off the ICA from circulation. While coiling is effective, treatment failures have been associated with basilar tip aneurysms (BTAs), perhaps because of their geometry. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of dome size, parent vessel (PV) angle, and PD on intraaneurysmal (IA) velocity, crossneck (CN) flow and low wall shear stress (WSS) area using simulations and experiments in idealized BTA models. IA velocity and CN flow decreased after coiling, while low WSS area increased. With increasing PD, IA velocity and CN flow were further reduced, but low WSS area had a minimal change. Coil PD had the greatest impact on post-treatment flow while dome size had a greater impact than PV angle. Overall, the role of aneurysmal geometries may vary depending on treatment goal and timing e.g., high coil PD may reduce IA velocity more effectively during early aneurysmal growth when the dome size is small. Funded by the American Heart Association.

  14. Rice Cellulose SynthaseA8 Plant-Conserved Region Is a Coiled-Coil at the Catalytic Core Entrance

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    Rushton, Phillip S.; Olek, Anna T.; Makowski, Lee; Badger, John; Steussy, C. Nicklaus; Carpita, Nicholas C.; Stauffacher, Cynthia V. (NEU); (Purdue)


    The crystallographic structure of a rice (Oryza sativa) cellulose synthase, OsCesA8, plant-conserved region (P-CR), one of two unique domains in the catalytic domain of plant CesAs, was solved to 2.4 Å resolution. Two antiparallel α-helices form a coiled-coil domain linked by a large extended connector loop containing a conserved trio of aromatic residues. The P-CR structure was fit into a molecular envelope for the P-CR domain derived from small-angle X-ray scattering data. The P-CR structure and molecular envelope, combined with a homology-based chain trace of the CesA8 catalytic core, were modeled into a previously determined CesA8 small-angle X-ray scattering molecular envelope to produce a detailed topological model of the CesA8 catalytic domain. The predicted position for the P-CR domain from the molecular docking models places the P-CR connector loop into a hydrophobic pocket of the catalytic core, with the coiled-coil aligned near the entrance of the substrate UDP-glucose into the active site. In this configuration, the P-CR coiled-coil alone is unlikely to regulate substrate access to the active site, but it could interact with other domains of CesA, accessory proteins, or other CesA catalytic domains to control substrate delivery.

  15. Testing of a Single 11 T $Nb_3Sn$ Dipole Coil Using a Dipole Mirror Structure

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    Zlobin, Alexander [Fermilab; Andreev, Nicolai [Fermilab; Barzi, Emanuela [Fermilab; Chlachidze, Guram [Fermilab; Kashikhin, Vadim [Fermilab; Nobrega, Alfred [Fermilab; Novitski, Igor [Fermilab; Turrioni, Daniele [Fermilab; Karppinen, Mikko [CERN; Smekens, David [CERN


    FNAL and CERN are developing an 11 T Nb3Sn dipole suitable for installation in the LHC. To optimize coil design parameters and fabrication process and study coil performance, a series of 1 m long dipole coils is being fabricated. One of the short coils has been tested using a dipole mirror structure. This paper describes the dipole mirror magnetic and mechanical designs, and reports coil parameters and test results.

  16. The Rsv3 Locus Conferring Resistance to Soybean Mosaic Virus is Associated with a Cluster of Coiled-Coil Nucleotide-Binding Leucine-Rich Repeat Genes

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    Suh, Su Jeoung; Bowman, Brian C; Jeong, Namhee; Yang, Kiwoung; Kastl, Christin; Tolin, Sue A; Maroof, M.A. Saghai; Jeong, Soon-Chun


    ...), has been characterized by examination of the soybean genome sequence. The 154 kbp interval encompassing contains a family of closely related coiled-coil nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeat (CC-NB-LRR) genes...

  17. The Golgi-associated long coiled-coil protein NECC1 participates in the control of the regulated secretory pathway in PC12 cells

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    Cruz-García, David; Díaz-Ruiz, Alberto; Rabanal-Ruiz, Yoana; Peinado, Juan R; Gracia-Navarro, Francisco; Castaño, Justo P; Montero-Hadjadje, Maité; Tonon, Marie-Christine; Vaudry, Hubert; Anouar, Youssef; Vázquez-Martínez, Rafael; Malagón, María M


    .... In the present study, we characterize the intracellular distribution as well as the biochemical and functional properties of a novel long coiled-coil protein present in neuroendocrine tissues, NECC1...

  18. Gravity-dependent differentiation and root coils in Arabidopsis thaliana wild type and phospholipase-A-I knockdown mutant grown on the International Space Station. (United States)

    Scherer, G F E; Pietrzyk, P


    Arabidopsis roots on 45° tilted agar in 1-g grow in wave-like figures. In addition to waves, formation of root coils is observed in several mutants compromised in gravitropism and/or auxin transport. The knockdown mutant ppla-I-1 of patatin-related phospholipase-A-I is delayed in root gravitropism and forms increased numbers of root coils. Three known factors contribute to waving: circumnutation, gravisensing and negative thigmotropism. In microgravity, deprivation of wild type (WT) and mutant roots of gravisensing and thigmotropism and circumnutation (known to slow down in microgravity, and could potentially lead to fewer waves or increased coiling in both WT and mutant). To resolve this, mutant ppla-I-1 and WT were grown in the BIOLAB facility in the International Space Station. In 1-g, roots of both types only showed waving. In the first experiment in microgravity, the mutant after 9 days formed far more coils than in 1-g but the WT also formed several coils. After 24 days in microgravity, in both types the coils were numerous with slightly more in the mutant. In the second experiment, after 9 days in microgravity only the mutant formed coils and the WT grew arcuated roots. Cell file rotation (CFR) on the mutant root surface in microgravity decreased in comparison to WT, and thus was not important for coiling. Several additional developmental responses (hypocotyl elongation, lateral root formation, cotyledon expansion) were found to be gravity-influenced. We tentatively discuss these in the context of disturbances in auxin transport, which are known to decrease through lack of gravity. © 2013 German Botanical Society and The Royal Botanical Society of the Netherlands.

  19. Suppression of skeletal muscle signal using a crusher coil: A human cardiac (31) p-MR spectroscopy study at 7 tesla. (United States)

    Schaller, Benoit; Clarke, William T; Neubauer, Stefan; Robson, Matthew D; Rodgers, Christopher T


    The translation of sophisticated phosphorus MR spectroscopy ((31)P-MRS) protocols to 7 Tesla (T) is particularly challenged by the issue of radiofrequency (RF) heating. Legal limits on RF heating make it hard to reliably suppress signals from skeletal muscle that can contaminate human cardiac (31)P spectra at 7T. We introduce the first surface-spoiling crusher coil for human cardiac (31)P-MRS at 7T. A planar crusher coil design was optimized with simulations and its performance was validated in phantoms. Crusher gradient pulses (100 μs) were then applied during human cardiac (31)P-MRS at 7T. In a phantom, residual signals were 50 ± 10% with BISTRO (B1 -insensitive train to obliterate signal), and 34 ± 8% with the crusher coil. In vivo, residual signals in skeletal muscle were 49 ± 4% using BISTRO, and 24 ± 5% using the crusher coil. Meanwhile, in the interventricular septum, spectral quality and metabolite quantification did not differ significantly between BISTRO (phosphocreatine/adenosine triphosphate [PCr/ATP] = 2.1 ± 0.4) and the crusher coil (PCr/ATP = 1.8 ± 0.4). However, the specific absorption rate (SAR) decreased from 96 ± 1% of the limit (BISTRO) to 16 ± 1% (crusher coil). A crusher coil is an SAR-efficient alternative for selectively suppressing skeletal muscle during cardiac (31)P-MRS at 7T. A crusher coil allows the use of sequence modules that would have been SAR-prohibitive, without compromising skeletal muscle suppression. © 2015 The Authors. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of International Society of Medicine in Resonance.

  20. Structural mapping of the coiled-coil domain of a bacterial condensin and comparative analyses across all domains of life suggest conserved features of SMC proteins. (United States)

    Waldman, Vincent M; Stanage, Tyler H; Mims, Alexandra; Norden, Ian S; Oakley, Martha G


    The structural maintenance of chromosomes (SMC) proteins form the cores of multisubunit complexes that are required for the segregation and global organization of chromosomes in all domains of life. These proteins share a common domain structure in which N- and C- terminal regions pack against one another to form a globular ATPase domain. This "head" domain is connected to a central, globular, "hinge" or dimerization domain by a long, antiparallel coiled coil. To date, most efforts for structural characterization of SMC proteins have focused on the globular domains. Recently, however, we developed a method to map interstrand interactions in the 50-nm coiled-coil domain of MukB, the divergent SMC protein found in γ-proteobacteria. Here, we apply that technique to map the structure of the Bacillus subtilis SMC (BsSMC) coiled-coil domain. We find that, in contrast to the relatively complicated coiled-coil domain of MukB, the BsSMC domain is nearly continuous, with only two detectable coiled-coil interruptions. Near the middle of the domain is a break in coiled-coil structure in which there are three more residues on the C-terminal strand than on the N-terminal strand. Close to the head domain, there is a second break with a significantly longer insertion on the same strand. These results provide an experience base that allows an informed interpretation of the output of coiled-coil prediction algorithms for this family of proteins. A comparison of such predictions suggests that these coiled-coil deviations are highly conserved across SMC types in a wide variety of organisms, including humans. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  1. [Development of RF coil of permanent magnet mini-magnetic resonance imager and mouse imaging experiments]. (United States)

    Hou, Shulian; Xie, Huantong; Chen, Wei; Wang, Guangxin; Zhao, Qiang; Li, Shiyu


    In the development of radio frequency (RF) coils for better quality of the mini-type permanent magnetic resonance imager for using in the small animal imaging, the solenoid RF coil has a special advantage for permanent magnetic system based on analyses of various types.of RF coils. However, it is not satisfied for imaging if the RF coils are directly used. By theoretical analyses of the magnetic field properties produced from the solenoid coil, the research direction was determined by careful studies to raise further the uniformity of the magnetic field coil, receiving coil sensitivity for signals and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). The method had certain advantages and avoided some shortcomings of the other different coil types, such as, birdcage coil, saddle shaped coil and phased array coil by using the alloy materials (from our own patent). The RF coils were designed, developed and made for keeled applicable to permanent magnet-type magnetic resonance imager, multi-coil combination-type, single-channel overall RF receiving coil, and applied for a patent. Mounted on three instruments (25 mm aperture, with main magnetic field strength of 0.5 T or 1.5 T, and 50 mm aperture, with main magnetic field strength of 0.48 T), we performed experiments with mice, rats, and nude mice bearing tumors. The experimental results indicated that the RF receiving coil was fully applicable to the permanent magnet-type imaging system.

  2. Hinderin, a five-domains protein including coiled-coil motifs that binds to SMC3

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    Ghiselli Giancarlo


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The structural maintenance of chromosome proteins SMC1 and SMC3 play an important role in the maintenance of chromosomal integrity by preventing the premature separation of the sister chromatids at the onset of anaphase. The two proteins are constitutive components of the multimeric complex cohesin and form dimers by interacting at their central globular regions. Results In order to identify proteins that by binding to SMC3 may interfere with the protein dimerization process, a human cDNA library was screened by the yeast two-hybrid system by using the hinge region of SMC3 as bait. This has lead to the identification of Hinderin, a novel five domains protein including two coiled-coil motifs and sharing a strikingly structural similarity to the SMC family of proteins. Hinderin is ubiquitously expressed in human tissues. Orthologue forms of the protein are present in other vertebrates but not in lower organisms. A mapping of the interaction sites revealed that the N- and C-terminal globular domains mediate the binding of Hinderin to SMC3. Hinderin/SMC3 complexes could be recovered by immunoprecipitation from cell lysates using an anti-SMC3 antibody, thus demonstrating that the two proteins interact in vivo. On the contrary, Hinderin did not interact with SMC1. In vivo the rate of SMC1/SMC3 interaction was decreased by the ectopic expression of Hinderin. Conclusions Hinderin is a novel binding partner of SMC3. Based on its ability to modulate SMC1/SMC3 interaction we postulate that Hinderin affects the availability of SMC3 to engage in the formation of multimeric protein complexes.

  3. Novel Anti-Nicotine Vaccine Using a Trimeric Coiled-Coil Hapten Carrier.

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    Keith D Miller

    Full Text Available Tobacco addiction represents one of the largest public health problems in the world and is the leading cause of cancer and heart disease, resulting in millions of deaths a year. Vaccines for smoking cessation have shown considerable promise in preclinical models, although functional antibody responses induced in humans are only modestly effective in preventing nicotine entry into the brain. The challenge in generating serum antibodies with a large nicotine binding capacity is made difficult by the fact that this drug is non-immunogenic and must be conjugated as a hapten to a protein carrier. To circumvent the limitations of traditional carriers like keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH, we have synthesized a short trimeric coiled-coil peptide (TCC that creates a series of B and T cell epitopes with uniform stoichiometry and high density. Here we compared the relative activities of a TCC-nic vaccine and two control KLH-nic vaccines using Alum as an adjuvant or GLA-SE, which contains a synthetic TLR4 agonist formulated in a stable oil-in-water emulsion. The results showed that the TCC's high hapten density correlated with a better immune response in mice as measured by anti-nicotine Ab titer, affinity, and specificity, and was responsible for a reduction in anti-carrier immunogenicity. The Ab responses achieved with this synthetic vaccine resulted in a nicotine binding capacity in serum that could prevent >90% of a nicotine dose equivalent to three smoked cigarettes (0.05 mg/kg from reaching the brain.

  4. Is the body-coil at 3 Tesla feasible for the MRI evaluation of the painful knee? A comparative study. (United States)

    Lutterbey, G; Behrends, K; Falkenhausen, M V; Wattjes, M P; Morakkabati, N; Gieseke, J; Schild, H


    The purpose of this study was to compare the in-built body coil of the 3.0-Tesla (T) scanner with a dedicated surface coil of a 1.5 T system regarding knee imaging. We performed an intraindividual prospective clinical trial on 17 patients with knee pain using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at 1.5 and 3.0 T systems equipped with identical gradient systems. Proton-density-weighted turbo spin echo sequences with the same spatial resolution and comparable contrast parameters were used. A quantitative measurement of signal to noise ratio (SNR), relative contrast (RC) and contrast to noise ratio (CNR) between muscle and bone marrow was performed, followed by a qualitative assessment of anatomic/pathologic structures and the extent of artefacts. At 3.0 T, 30 lesions (91%) compared to 33 lesions at 1.5 T were detected. The SNR/CNR/RC were moderately reduced at 3.0 T versus 1.5 T (muscle 42 vs 47 and bone 83 vs 112/46 vs 69/0.33 vs 0.43). Motion artefacts from the pulsating popliteal artery were significantly increased at 3.0 T. A visible and measurable signal loss occurred at 3.0 T using the built-in body coil compared with the dedicated 1.5 T knee coil, but nearly all clinically important information could be obtained.

  5. Performance of Upgraded Cooling System for Lhd Helical Coils (United States)

    Hamaguchi, S.; Imagawa, S.; Obana, T.; Yanagi, N.; Moriuchi, S.; Sekiguchi, H.; Oba, K.; Mito, T.; Motojima, O.; Okamura, T.; Semba, T.; Yoshinaga, S.; Wakisaka, H.


    Helical coils of the Large Helical Device (LHD) are large scale superconducting magnets for heliotron plasma experiments. The helical coils had been cooled by saturated helium at 4.4 K, 120 kPa until 2005. An upgrade of the cooling system was carried out in 2006 in order to improve the cryogenic stability of the helical coils and then it has been possible to supply the coils with subcooled helium at 3.2 K, 120 kPa. A designed mass flow of the supplied subcooled helium is 50 g/s. The subcooled helium is generated at a heat exchanger in a saturated helium bath. A series of two centrifugal cold compressors with gas foil bearing is utilized to lower the helium pressure in the bath. The supplied helium temperature is regulated by rotational speed of the cold compressors and power of a heater in the bath. The mass flow of the supplied helium is also controlled manually by a supply valve and its surplus is evaporated by ten heaters at the outlet above the coils. In the present study, the performance of the cooling system has been investigated and a stable operating method has also developed. As the result, it was confirmed that the performance of the upgraded cooling system satisfies the requirements.

  6. Optimization design of the coil of the eddy current sensor (United States)

    Pu, Tiecheng; Fan, Shangchun


    An eddy current sensor is usually used to measure the departure of a shaft from its axes, in order to avoid destroying the system because of collision. The design of the coil as the sense organ of an eddy current sensor is to search a set of proper sizes (includes the outer radius, the inner radius and tallness of the coil) in which the quality factor and the grads of magnetic field strength is great as soon as possible but the length of the lead is not much long. So an optimization function is introduced here for efficient design. This function is direct ratio with the quality factor of the core and the magnetic grads product by the coil and inverse ratio with the lead length. The proportions of three parameters can be changed according to the instance. When the value of the function reaches the maximum, the sizes of coil are the anticipant optimal sizes and the integration capability of the coil is at the high-point. To search the maximum of the function, the genetic algorithm is adopted. The simulation result by Matlab proves the practicability of the method.

  7. Optimization of Moving Coil Actuators for Digital Displacement Machines

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    Nørgård, Christian; Bech, Michael Møller; Roemer, Daniel Beck


    This paper focuses on deriving an optimal moving coil actuator design, used as force pro-ducing element in hydraulic on/off valves for Digital Displacement machines. Different moving coil actuator geometry topologies (permanent magnet placement and magnetiza-tion direction) are optimized for actu......This paper focuses on deriving an optimal moving coil actuator design, used as force pro-ducing element in hydraulic on/off valves for Digital Displacement machines. Different moving coil actuator geometry topologies (permanent magnet placement and magnetiza-tion direction) are optimized...... for actuating annular seat valves in a digital displacement machine. The optimization objectives are to the minimize the actuator power, the valve flow losses and the height of the actuator. Evaluation of the objective function involves static finite element simulation and simulation of an entire operation...... cycle using a single chamber Digital Displacement lumped parameter model. The optimization results shows that efficient operation is achievable using all of the proposed moving coil geometries, however some geometries require more space and actuator power. The most appealing of the optimized actuator...

  8. Design and field testing of solar-assisted Earth coils (United States)

    Bose, J. E.

    A nominal 1000-foot, 4-inch, PVC coil buried in a serpentine pattern is the heat source/sink for two commercial heat pump systems. This system is vented which allows the easy placement of thermocouples down its length to measure changes in temperature as well as changes in overall U values as a function of length. Integral to the earth coil is a 1000-gallon uninsulated water storage tank in which solar energy from 210 sq ft of solar collectors (single-glazed, metal absorber) can be added directly to the heat pump, circulated through the 1000-foot earth coil system, or added to an insulated storage tank for direct transfer. Temperature ranges for this type of system at the four-foot level are from a nominal range of 780F to a low of 420F in the absence of heat rejection of absorption. The second type of earth coil was a vertical coil approximately 240 feet in length. The vertical heat exchanger consists of a 5-inch PVC pipe which is capped at both ends and pressurized at approximately 15 PSIG. This sealed and pressurized heat exchanger allows a low power pump to circulate water through both the heat pump and vertical heat exchanger system.

  9. Power Supply Changes for NSTX Resistive Wall Mode Coils

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    Ramakrishnan, S S.


    The National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) has been designed and installed in the existing facilities at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). Most of the hardware, plant facilities, auxiliary sub-systems, and power systems originally used for the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) have been used with suitable modifications to reflect NSTX needs. Prior to 2004, the NSTX power system was feeding twelve (12) circuits in the machine. In 2004 the Resistive Wall Mode (RWM) Coils were installed on the machine to correct error fields. There are six of these coils installed around the machine in the mid-plane. Since these coils need fast and accurate controls, a Switching Power Amplifier (SPA) with three sub-units was procured, installed and commissioned along with other power loop components. Two RWM Coils were connected in series and fed from one SPA sub-unit. After the initial RWM campaign, operational requirements evolved such that each of the RWM coils now requires separate power and control. Hence a second SPA with three sub-units has been procured and installed. The second unit is of improved design and has the controls and power components completely isolated. The existing thyristor rectifier is used as DC Link to both of the Switching Power Amplifiers. The controls for the RWM are integrated into the overall computer control of the DC Power systems for NSTX. This paper describes the design changes in the RWM Power system for NSTX.

  10. Structure of Shroom domain 2 reveals a three-segmented coiled-coil required for dimerization, Rock binding, and apical constriction. (United States)

    Mohan, Swarna; Rizaldy, Ryan; Das, Debamitra; Bauer, Robert J; Heroux, Annie; Trakselis, Michael A; Hildebrand, Jeffrey D; VanDemark, Andrew P


    Shroom (Shrm) proteins are essential regulators of cell shape and tissue morpho-logy during animal development that function by interacting directly with the coiled-coil region of Rho kinase (Rock). The Shrm-Rock interaction is sufficient to direct Rock subcellular localization and the subsequent assembly of contractile actomyosin networks in defined subcellular locales. However, it is unclear how the Shrm-Rock interaction is regulated at the molecular level. To begin investigating this issue, we present the structure of Shrm domain 2 (SD2), which mediates the interaction with Rock and is required for Shrm function. SD2 is a unique three-segmented dimer with internal symmetry, and we identify conserved residues on the surface and within the dimerization interface that are required for the Rock-Shrm interaction and Shrm activity in vivo. We further show that these residues are critical in both vertebrate and invertebrate Shroom proteins, indicating that the Shrm-Rock signaling module has been functionally and molecularly conserved. The structure and biochemical analysis of Shrm SD2 indicate that it is distinct from other Rock activators such as RhoA and establishes a new paradigm for the Rock-mediated assembly of contractile actomyosin networks.

  11. High field volume coil with unbalance current distribution for MRI applications of rodents (United States)

    Marrufo, O. R.; Hernández, J.; Rodríguez, A. O.


    The development of transceiver volume coils for high field MRI is still a very dynamic field of investigation and development Temnikov has been recently proposed a new volume coil design, similar to the to the gradiometer coil. It is also claimed that it is possible to individually tune it with a single chip capacitor. This motivated the development of a coil prototype based on this idea for whole-body MRI of rodents at 7 Tesla. Electromagnetic simulations of the RF field generated by this coil design were previously performed to study its properties. Electromagnetic simulations were also conducted for a standard birdcage coil with similar dimensions for fare comparison. In all numerical simulations, an unbalanced currents distribution was assumed by applying half the current intensity to designated legs. This coil design operated in the transceiver mode and was linear-driven. The coil size was manufactured to accommodate small rodents. Numerical simulations showed a field uniformity improvement of our coil over the standard birdcage coil. A popular birdcage coil was also constructed to compare their performances. Phantom and rat images were acquired for both volume coils to prove the viability of this coil design for high field MRI applications and standard spin echo pulse sequences Thus, these preliminary results make this coil design a good candidate for MRI and MRS applications of high magnetic fields.

  12. Design and Fabrication of Racetrack Coil Accelerator Magnets

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    Chow, K.; Dietderich, D.R.; Gourlay, S.A.; Gupta, R.; Harnden, W.; Lietzke, A.; McInturff, A.D.; Millos, G.; Morrison, L.; Morrison, M.; Scanlan, R.M.


    Most accelerator magnets for applications in the field range up to 9 T utilize NbTi superconductor and a cosine theta coil design. For fields above 9 T, it is necessary to use Nb{sub 3}Sn or other strain sensitive materials, and other coil geometries that are more compatible with these materials must be considered. This paper describes their recent efforts to design a series of racetrack coil magnets that will provide experimental verification of this alternative magnet design for a dual aperture dipole magnet with the goal of reaching a field level of 15 T, will be described. The experimental program, which consists of a series of steps leading to a high field accelerator quality magnet, will be presented. Fabrication of a racetrack dipole magnet utilizing Nb{sub 3}Sn superconductor and a wind and react approach will be presented.

  13. Rebleeding of a Splenic Artery Aneurysm after Coil Embolisation

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    Kyra D. Kingma


    Full Text Available Background. Splenic artery aneurysm (SAA is an uncommon and difficult diagnosis. SAA is more common in females. Only 20% of SAA is symptomatic and may present as a rupture. A ruptured SAA is associated with a 25% mortality rate. Case Presentation. We present a case of a male patient with a bleeding SAA that rapidly increased in size. Distal coiling was technically impossible and despite proximal coil embolisation the SAA continued to bleed. A laparotomy including splenectomy and partial pancreatectomy was performed with an uneventful patient recovery. Discussion. Endovascular management is currently considered the optimal treatment of SAA. However, careful monitoring and follow-up is needed after embolisation as rapid recanalization of the SAA may possibly occur, especially when distal coiling of the aneurysm is unsuccessful. Conclusion. Endovascular treatment of an SAA is not necessarily effective. Surgeons must be prepared to perform open procedures to further reduce mortality rates.

  14. Stability improvement for coil position locking of joule balance (United States)

    Bai, Yang; Liu, Yongmeng; Lu, Yunfeng; Hu, Pengcheng; Wang, Dawei; Li, Zhengkun; Tan, Jiubin; Zhang, Zhonghua


    The relative vertical position locking precision between the exciting and suspended coils is an important uncertainty for the Planck constant traceability in joule balance. In order to improve the relative vertical position locking precision, several stability experiments are conducted. The stability characteristics of the suspended and exciting coils are measured using a six-axis laser interferometer system; meanwhile, the effectiveness of the active vibration isolation table is measured using a vibration measurement sensor. The piezoelectric ceramic actuators with PID controller are used to compensate the relative vertical displacement drifts while a six-axis laser interferometer system is used to measure the positions of two coils. Experimental results show that the relative vertical position is stably locked.

  15. A novel target-field method for magnetic resonance shim coils III. Shielded zonal and tesseral coils

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    Forbes, L K


    This paper continues the development of a new approach for the design of shim and gradient coils, used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) applications. A cylindrical primary coil of radius a and length 2L is placed inside a co-axial shield cylinder of radius b. An active shielding strategy is used to create a desired target field at an arbitrarily specified (cylindrical) location within the primary coil, and to annul the field at a certain radius outside the shield. The form of the interior target field may be chosen arbitrarily by the designer, although zonal and tesseral harmonics are typically used in MRI applications. The method presented here designs coil windings on both the primary and shielding cylinders, to produce fields that conform to the specified interior target field and the annulled field exterior to the shield. An additional feature of the method presented here is that the target field inside the primary coil is matched at two different radii, to improve overall accuracy. The method is illus...

  16. Antenatal umbilical coiling index as a predictor of perinatal outcome. (United States)

    Mittal, Ankita; Nanda, Smiti; Sen, Jyotsna


    To evaluate the relationship between sonographic measurements of umbilical cord coiling index during late second trimester of pregnancy and perinatal outcome. This prospective study was conducted on two hundred pregnant women with uncomplicated, singleton pregnancy between 20 to 24 weeks of gestation. The antenatal umbilical coiling index (UCI) was calculated by doing a transabdominal ultrasound at the time of induction into the study as the reciprocal of the pitch of one complete vascular coil. The patients were followed up till delivery and any adverse antenatal and/or perinatal event was noted. The mean value for the UCI was noted to be 0.36 + 0.07 coils/cm with a 95% CI of 0.35-0.37. The values for the 10th and the 90th percentile were 0.26 and 0.46 coils/cm respectively. Accordingly the cases were divided into three groups- hypocoiled (UCI UCI between 10th-90th percentile)-162 and hypercoiled (UCI >90th percentile)-20. Hypocoiling was observed to be significantly associated with preterm labour pains (P value 0.0344), oligohydramnios (P value 0.0021), intrapartum foetal heart rate abnormalities (P value 0.0012), instrumental vaginal delivery (P value 0.0275) and low birth weight (P value 0.0344). Hypercoiling was found to be significantly associated with intrauterine growth restriction (P value 0.0323), foetal heart rate abnormalities during labour (0.0399) and low birth weight (P value 0.0095). Abnormal umbilical coiling index in the form of either hypo- or hypercoiling is associated with several adverse antenatal and neonatal outcomes.

  17. Single-coil and dual-coil defibrillator leads and association with clinical outcomes in a complete Danish nationwide ICD cohort

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    Larsen, Jacob M; Hjortshøj, Søren P; Nielsen, Jens C


    BACKGROUND: The best choice of defibrillator lead in patients with routine implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is not settled. Traditionally, most physicians prefer dual-coil leads but the use of single-coil leads is increasing. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare clinical...... outcomes in patients with single- and dual-coil leads. METHODS: All 4769 Danish patients 18 years or older with first-time ICD implants from 2007 to 2011 were included from the Danish Pacemaker and ICD Register. Defibrillator leads were 38.9% single-coil leads and 61.1% dual-coil leads. The primary end...... of lead failures and extraction complications. CONCLUSION: Shock efficacy is high for modern ICD systems. The choice between single-coil and dual-coil defibrillator leads is unlikely to have a clinically significant impact on patient outcomes in routine ICD implants....

  18. Structure design of the Westinghouse superconducting magnet for the Large Coil Program

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    Domeisen, F.N.; Hackworth, D.T.; Stuebinger, L.R.


    In the on-going development of superconducting toroidal field coils for tokamak reactors, the Large Coil Program (LCP) managed by Union Carbide Corporation will include the design, fabrication, and testing of large superconducting coils to determine their feasibility for use in the magnetic fusion energy effort. Structural analysis of the large coil is essential to ensure adequate safety in the test coil design and confidence in the scalability of the design. This paper will discuss the action of tensile and shear loads on the various materials used in the coil. These loads are of magnetic and thermal origin.

  19. Coil End Parts Development Using BEND and Design for MQXF by LARP

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    Yu, Miao; Izquierdo Bermudez, S; Bossert, R; Ferracin, P; Krave, S


    End parts are critical components for saddle-shaped coils. They have a structural function where the cables are deformed in order to cross over the magnet aperture. Based on the previous design of the US LARP program for 90 mm aperture quadrupoles (TQ/LQ) and 120 mm aperture quadrupoles (HQ/LHQ) using BEND, the coil ends of the low-β quadruples (MQXF) for the HiLumi LHC upgrade were developed. This paper shows the design of the MQXF coil ends, the analysis of the coil ends during the coil fabrication, the autopsy analysis of the coil ends and the feedback to BEND parameters.

  20. Design, Analysis, Prototyping, and Experimental Evaluation of an Efficient Double Coil Magnetorheological Valve

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    Guoliang Hu


    Full Text Available A double coil magnetorheological (MR valve with an outer annular resistance gap was designed and prototyped. The finite element modeling and analysis of double coil MR valve were carried out using ANSYS/Emag software, and the optimal magnetic field distribution and magnetic flux density of the double coil MR valve were achieved. The mechanism of the pressure drop was studied by building a mathematical model of pressure drop in the double coil MR valve. The proposed double coil MR valve was prototyped and its performance was experimentally evaluated. The new MR valve design has improved the efficiency of double coil MR valve significantly.

  1. Radiofrequency magnetic resonance coils and communication antennas: Simulation and design strategies. (United States)

    Giovannetti, Giulio; Tiberi, Gianluigi


    Coils simulation and design is a fundamental task to maximize Signal-to-Noise Ratio in Magnetic Resonance applications. In the meantime, in the last years the issue of accurate communication antennas analysis has grown. Coil design techniques take advantage of computer simulations in dependence on the magnetic field wavelength and coil sizes. In particular, since at high frequencies coils start to behave as antennas, modern Magnetic Resonance coil development exploits numerical methods typically employed for antennas simulation. This paper reviews coil and antenna performance parameters and focuses on the different simulation approaches in dependence on the near/far field zones and operating frequency. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Full Stokes polarimeter for characterization of fiber optic gyroscope coils. (United States)

    Lompado, Arthur; Reinhardt, John C; Heaton, L Chris; Williams, Jeff L; Ruffin, Paul B


    We describe the design, construction, calibration, and validation of a Stokes vector polarimeter for investigating the polarization characteristics of fiber optic gyroscope coils. The device measures the complete Stokes vector, and reports conventional polarization properties including the Degree of Polarization (DoP), the orientation and Degree of Linear Polarization (DoLP), and the handedness and Degree of Circular Polarization (DoCP). The sensor operates at 1550 nm and employs a division of aperture optical architecture to acquire full Stokes vectors at 8 kHz while calculating polarization properties at a rate of 200 Hz. Preliminary measurements performed on both traditionally and unconventionally wound gyroscope coils are also presented.

  3. Superconducting magnet coils for the 'Omega' spark chamber at CERN

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    Schleich, A


    Superconducting windings of zero electrical resistance are being carried over from the development stage into industrial application. Brown Boveri are building the superconducting d.c. excitation system for the 'Omega' magnet which will be used for nuclear physics research at CERN. The magnet will weigh 1300 t and its excitation coils will have an overall diameter of 5 m. Magnet, coils and type of conductor are described. Special requirements and design features of the electrical insulation, thermal insulation, and mechanical support system for the windings operating under high vacuum at -269 degrees C are discussed. (15 refs).

  4. Stabilization of the vertical instability by non-axisymmetric coils (United States)

    Turnbull, A. D.; Reiman, A. H.; Lao, L. L.; Cooper, W. A.; Ferraro, N. M.; Buttery, R. J.


    In a published Physical Review Letter (Reiman 2007 Phys. Rev. Lett. 99 135007), it was shown that axisymmetric (or vertical) stability can be improved by placing a set of parallelogram coils above and below the plasma oriented at an angle to the constant toroidal planes. The physics of this stabilization can be understood as providing an effective additional positive stability index. The original work was based on a simplified model of a straight tokamak and is not straightforwardly applicable to a finite aspect ratio, strongly shaped plasma such as in DIII-D. Numerical calculations were performed in a real DIII-D -like configuration to provide a proof of principal that 3-D fields can, in fact raise the elongation limits as predicted. A four field period trapezioid-shaped coil set was developed in toroidal geometry and 3D equilibria were computed using trapezium coil currents of 10 kA , 100 kA , and 500 kA . The ideal magnetohydrodynamics growth rates were computed as a function of the conformal wall position for the n = 0 symmetry-preserving family. The results show an insignificant relative improvement in the stabilizing wall location for the two lower coil current cases, of the order of 10-3 and less. In contrast, the marginal wall position is increased by 7% as the coil current is increased to 500 kA , confirming the main prediction from the original study in a real geometry case. In DIII-D the shift in marginal wall position of 7% would correspond to being able to move the existing wall outward by 5 to 10 cm. While the predicted effect on the axisymmetric stability is real, it appears to require higher coil currents than could be provided in an upgrade to existing facilities. Additional optimization over the pitch of the coils, the number of field periods and the coil positions, as well as plasma parameters, such as the internal inductivity {{\\ell}\\text{i}} , β , and {{q}95} would mitigate this but seem unlikely to change the conclusion.

  5. High-powered voice coil actuator for fast steering mirror (United States)

    Wu, Xin; Chen, Sihai; Shi, Benyi; Chen, Wei; Xiong, Xiaogang; Chen, Sihai


    Voice coil actuators (VCAs) are applied in a fast steering mirror (FSM), precision positioning platform, etc. These applications demand that the VCAs used are simple, inexpensive, reliable, and efficient. In this paper, we report a novel VCA with concentration flux-line structure. The VCA greatly reduces the magnet leakage and has less electromagnetic interference with other electronic devices. The output force sensitivity of the VCA is 4.17 N/A with a coil of 300 turns and the stroke is +/-2.5 mm. Driven by this VCA, the mechanical scanning angle of the FSM can achieve +/-4.9 deg when the scanning frequency is 100 Hz.

  6. Emergency endovascular coiling of a ruptured giant splenic artery aneurysm

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    Erika Wernheden, MD


    Full Text Available Splenic artery aneurysms (SAAs are the third most common abdominal aneurysm. Endovascular treatment of SAAs is preferred, and coiling is the most commonly used technique. Ruptured giant (>5 cm SAAs are usually treated with open surgery including splenectomy. We present a rare case of a ruptured 15-cm giant SAA in an 84-year-old woman treated successfully with emergency endovascular coiling. To our knowledge, this is one of the few reports of emergency endovascular treatment for ruptured giant SAA.

  7. Characterization of closed nickel-titanium orthodontic coil springs

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    Langeron, T. [Rene Descartes Univ., Paris V, Pontoise (France). Faculte de Chirurgie Dentaire; Filleul, M.P. [Rene Descartes Univ., Paris V, Pontoise (France). Faculte de Chirurgie Dentaire; ENSCP, Paris (France). Lab. de Metallurgie Structurale; Humbeeck, J. van [Katholieke Univ. Leuven, Heverlee (Belgium). Faculteit Toegepaste Wetenschappen, Metaalkunde en Toegepaste Materialkund


    Nickel-titanium orthodontic coil springs are used to move teeth with low forces and slow deactivation. The present paper provides data on transformation temperatures and on load-deflection rate at buccal temperature of closed Nickel-Titanium coil springs available on the market from ORMCO {sup trademark} and GAC {sup trademark}. All the springs exhibited superelasticity but their properties were not stable in the range of buccal temperatures and varied not only from one manufacturer to the other but they also varied from one batch to the other of each supplier. The need for more stability is stressed. (orig.)

  8. Synthesis, model and stability of helically coiled carbon nanotubes

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    Fejes, Dora; Raffai, Manuella; Hernadi, Klara


    . Our experiments focused on the production and development of catalysts for the synthesis of helically coiled CNTs (carbon nanotubes). The catalysts were tested in the decomposition of acetylene by CCVD (Catalytic Chemical Vapor Deposition) method. The carbon deposit was imaged by TEM (Transmission......Structural model of helically coiled carbon nanotubes is proposed. It is constructed by means of topological coordinate method. Relaxation and cohesive energy calculation are performed by molecular mechanics, using second-generation bond order potential for hydrocarbons introduced by D. W. Brenner...

  9. Transcatheter Coil Embolization of an Arc of Buhler Aneurysm

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    Jeong, Su Jin; Lim, Nam Yeul; Choi, Soo Jin Nah; Kim, Jae Kyu; Jeong, Yong Yeon; Kang, Heoung Keun [Chonnam National University Hospital, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Jang, Nam Kyu [Hwasun Chonnam National University Hospital, Hwasun (Korea, Republic of)


    We report the findings of a patient with an asymptomatic Arc of Buhler (AOB) aneurysm, which was successfully treated by transcatheter coil embolization. An abdominal CT and angiography revealed an intact pancreaticoduodenal artery arcade (PDAA) and an anomalous communication between the SMA and celiac axis, termed an AOB. An aneurysm was observed at the origin of the AOB and treated with a transcatheter embolization using coils. A follow-up CT imaging confirmed the total occlusion of the aneurysm with a patent PDAA. The successful results of this treatment suggest that the endovascular therapy of an AOB aneurysm with a celiac axis occlusion and an intact PDAA is feasible and safe.

  10. Wireless Metal Detection and Surface Coverage Sensing for All-Surface Induction Heating

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    Veli Tayfun Kilic


    Full Text Available All-surface induction heating systems, typically comprising small-area coils, face a major challenge in detecting the presence of a metallic vessel and identifying its partial surface coverage over the coils to determine which of the coils to power up. The difficulty arises due to the fact that the user can heat vessels made of a wide variety of metals (and their alloys. To address this problem, we propose and demonstrate a new wireless detection methodology that allows for detecting the presence of metallic vessels together with uniquely sensing their surface coverages while also identifying their effective material type in all-surface induction heating systems. The proposed method is based on telemetrically measuring simultaneously inductance and resistance of the induction coil coupled with the vessel in the heating system. Here, variations in the inductance and resistance values for an all-surface heating coil loaded by vessels (made of stainless steel and aluminum at different positions were systematically investigated at different frequencies. Results show that, independent of the metal material type, unique identification of the surface coverage is possible at all freqeuncies. Additionally, using the magnitude and phase information extracted from the coupled coil impedance, unique identification of the vessel effective material is also achievable, this time independent of its surface coverage.

  11. High-resolution magnetic resonance angiography of the lower extremities with a dedicated 36-element matrix coil at 3 Tesla. (United States)

    Kramer, Harald; Michaely, Henrik J; Matschl, Volker; Schmitt, Peter; Reiser, Maximilian F; Schoenberg, Stefan O


    Recent developments in hard- and software help to significantly increase image quality of magnetic resonance angiography (MRA). Parallel acquisition techniques (PAT) help to increase spatial resolution and to decrease acquisition time but also suffer from a decrease in signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). The movement to higher field strength and the use of dedicated angiography coils can further increase spatial resolution while decreasing acquisition times at the same SNR as it is known from contemporary exams. The goal of our study was to compare the image quality of MRA datasets acquired with a standard matrix coil in comparison to MRA datasets acquired with a dedicated peripheral angio matrix coil and higher factors of parallel imaging. Before the first volunteer examination, unaccelerated phantom measurements were performed with the different coils. After institutional review board approval, 15 healthy volunteers underwent MRA of the lower extremity on a 32 channel 3.0 Tesla MR System. In 5 of them MRA of the calves was performed with a PAT acceleration factor of 2 and a standard body-matrix surface coil placed at the legs. Ten volunteers underwent MRA of the calves with a dedicated 36-element angiography matrix coil: 5 with a PAT acceleration of 3 and 5 with a PAT acceleration factor of 4, respectively. The acquired volume and acquisition time was approximately the same in all examinations, only the spatial resolution was increased with the acceleration factor. The acquisition time per voxel was calculated. Image quality was rated independently by 2 readers in terms of vessel conspicuity, venous overlay, and occurrence of artifacts. The inter-reader agreement was calculated by the kappa-statistics. SNR and contrast-to-noise ratios from the different examinations were evaluated. All 15 volunteers completed the examination, no adverse events occurred. None of the examinations showed venous overlay; 70% of the examinations showed an excellent vessel conspicuity

  12. Structure-function evolution of the Transforming acidic coiled coil genes revealed by analysis of phylogenetically diverse organisms

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    DiMatteo Anthony


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Examination of ancient gene families can provide an insight into how the evolution of gene structure can relate to function. Functional homologs of the evolutionarily conserved transforming acidic coiled coil (TACC gene family are present in organisms from yeast to man. However, correlations between functional interactions and the evolution of these proteins have yet to be determined. Results We have performed an extensive database analysis to determine the genomic and cDNA sequences of the TACCs from phylogenetically diverse organisms. This analysis has determined the phylogenetic relationship of the TACC proteins to other coiled coil proteins, the resolution of the placement of the rabbit TACC4 as the orthologue of human TACC3, and RHAMM as a distinct family of coiled coil proteins. We have also extended the analysis of the TACCs to the interaction databases of C. elegans and D. melanogaster to identify potentially novel TACC interactions. The validity of this modeling was confirmed independently by the demonstration of direct binding of human TACC2 to the nuclear hormone receptor RXRβ. Conclusion The data so far suggest that the ancestral TACC protein played a role in centrosomal/mitotic spindle dynamics. TACC proteins were then recruited to complexes involved in protein translation, RNA processing and transcription by interactions with specific bridging proteins. However, during evolution, the TACC proteins have now acquired the ability to directly interact with components of these complexes (such as the LSm proteins, nuclear hormone receptors, GAS41, and transcription factors. This suggests that the function of the TACC proteins may have evolved from performing assembly or coordination functions in the centrosome to include a more intimate role in the functional evolution of chromatin remodeling, transcriptional and posttranscriptional complexes in the cell.

  13. Oncogenic TPM3-ALK activation requires dimerization through the coiled-coil structure of TPM3

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    Amano, Yosuke; Ishikawa, Rie; Sakatani, Toshio [Department of Respiratory Medicine, The University of Tokyo Hospital, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Ichinose, Junji [Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The University of Tokyo Hospital, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Sunohara, Mitsuhiro; Watanabe, Kousuke; Kage, Hidenori [Department of Respiratory Medicine, The University of Tokyo Hospital, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Nakajima, Jun [Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The University of Tokyo Hospital, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Nagase, Takahide; Ohishi, Nobuya [Department of Respiratory Medicine, The University of Tokyo Hospital, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Takai, Daiya, E-mail: [Department of Respiratory Medicine, The University of Tokyo Hospital, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Department of Clinical Laboratory, The University of Tokyo Hospital, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan)


    Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) is a mesenchymal tumor that can arise from anywhere in the body. Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene rearrangements, most often resulting in the tropomyosin 3 (TPM3)-ALK fusion gene, are the main causes of IMT. However, the mechanism of malignant transformation in IMT has yet to be elucidated. The purpose of this study was to clarify the role of the TPM3 region in the transformation of IMT via TPM3-ALK. Lentivirus vectors containing a TPM3-ALK fusion gene lacking various lengths of TPM3 were constructed and expressed in HEK293T and NIH3T3 cell lines. Focus formation assay revealed loss of contact inhibition in NIH3T3 cells transfected with full-length TPM3-ALK, but not with ALK alone. Blue-native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (BN-PAGE) revealed that TPM3-ALK dimerization increased in proportion to the length of TPM3. Western blot showed phosphorylation of ALK, ERK1/2, and STAT3 in HEK293T cells transfected with TPM3-ALK. Thus, the coiled-coil structure of TPM3 contributes to the transforming ability of the TPM3-ALK fusion protein, and longer TPM3 region leads to higher dimer formation. - Highlights: • TPM3-ALK fusion protein dimerizes through the coiled-coil structure of TPM3. • Longer coiled-coil structure of TPM3 leads to higher TPM3-ALK dimer formation. • Presence of TPM3-ALK dimer leads to ALK, STAT3, and ERK1/2 phosphorylation. • Presence of TPM3-ALK leads to loss of contact inhibition. • BN-PAGE is a simple technique for visualizing oncogenic dimerization.

  14. Design of catheter radio frequency coils using coaxial transmission line resonators for interventional neurovascular MR imaging. (United States)

    Zhang, Xiaoliang; Martin, Alastair; Jordan, Caroline; Lillaney, Prasheel; Losey, Aaron; Pang, Yong; Hu, Jeffrey; Wilson, Mark; Cooke, Daniel; Hetts, Steven W


    It is technically challenging to design compact yet sensitive miniature catheter radio frequency (RF) coils for endovascular interventional MR imaging. In this work, a new design method for catheter RF coils is proposed based on the coaxial transmission line resonator (TLR) technique. Due to its distributed circuit, the TLR catheter coil does not need any lumped capacitors to support its resonance, which simplifies the practical design and construction and provides a straightforward technique for designing miniature catheter-mounted imaging coils that are appropriate for interventional neurovascular procedures. The outer conductor of the TLR serves as an RF shield, which prevents electromagnetic energy loss, and improves coil Q factors. It also minimizes interaction with surrounding tissues and signal losses along the catheter coil. To investigate the technique, a prototype catheter coil was built using the proposed coaxial TLR technique and evaluated with standard RF testing and measurement methods and MR imaging experiments. Numerical simulation was carried out to assess the RF electromagnetic field behavior of the proposed TLR catheter coil and the conventional lumped-element catheter coil. The proposed TLR catheter coil was successfully tuned to 64 MHz for proton imaging at 1.5 T. B1 fields were numerically calculated, showing improved magnetic field intensity of the TLR catheter coil over the conventional lumped-element catheter coil. MR images were acquired from a dedicated vascular phantom using the TLR catheter coil and also the system body coil. The TLR catheter coil is able to provide a significant signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) increase (a factor of 200 to 300) over its imaging volume relative to the body coil. Catheter imaging RF coil design using the proposed coaxial TLR technique is feasible and advantageous in endovascular interventional MR imaging applications.

  15. Crystal structure of tetranectin, a trimeric plasminogen-binding protein with an alpha-helical coiled coil

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    Nielsen, B B; Kastrup, J S; Rasmussen, H


    Tetranectin is a plasminogen kringle 4-binding protein. The crystal structure has been determined at 2.8 A resolution using molecular replacement. Human tetranectin is a homotrimer forming a triple alpha-helical coiled coil. Each monomer consists of a carbohydrate recognition domain (CRD) connected...... to a long alpha-helix. Tetranectin has been classified in a distinct group of the C-type lectin superfamily but has structural similarity to the proteins in the group of collectins. Tetranectin has three intramolecular disulfide bridges. Two of these are conserved in the C-type lectin superfamily, whereas...

  16. Caracterización celular y molecular de la proteina neuroendocrine long coiled-coil 2 (NECC2)


    Díaz-Ruiz, Alberto


    Como se mencionó en la introducción del presente trabajo, estudios previos en nuestro grupo de investigación permitieron la identificación de una nueva proteína long coiled-coil específica de vertebrados a partir de un análisis genómico diferencial sobre dos subtipos de células endocrinas, las células melanotropas, que muestran fenotipos opuestos de hipo e hipersecreción hormonal (Gonzalez de Aguilar et al., 1997; Peinado et al., 2002; Cruz-Garcia et al., 2007). Esta proteína fue denominada N...

  17. Status report of the CMS superconducting coil project

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    Campi, D; Hervé, A; Horváth, I L; Kircher, F


    The CMS superconducting coil is designed for one of the two large experiments of LHC at CERN. This coil 12.5 m long, 6 m diameter and 2.7 GJ stored energy is a common project of the CMS Collaboration. It is a four-layer coil, equipped with a self-supporting conductor capable of carrying 20 kA to reach the maximum potential field of 4 T. It has been designed with a considerable contribution from CEA- Saclay for the engineering, ETH-Zurich for the conductor, INFN-Genova for the winding and CERN for the general coordination and construction of the ancillaries. The project entered the construction phase one year ago. The civil engineering is well advanced and ready to accept part of the yoke components already built. The coil itself has finished the pre-industrialization phase and the construction is beginning in industry. Most of the important contracts have been awarded and the foreseen schedule is now based on contractual engagements. A quick overview of the features of the project as well as a status report o...

  18. Mechanical properties of ITER coil CICC steel jackets production

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    Romano, Gennaro; Vostner, Alexander; Bessette, Denis; Pong, Ian; Bevillard, Gregory; Zhou, Chao; Devred, Arnaud


    ITER cable-in-conduit conductor (CICC) used in the superconducting magnet system consists of a cable made of Nb3Sn or Nb-Ti strands inserted in a stainless steel tube (called jacket or conduit). Depending on the coil type, the jacket material is either made of a low carbon AISI 316LN (for toroidal

  19. Thermal analysis of laser welding for ITER correction coil case

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    Fang, C., E-mail: [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 200031 (China); Lappeenranta University of Technology, Skinnarilankatu 34, 53850 Lappeenranta (Finland); Song, Y.T.; Wu, W.Y.; Wei, J.; Xin, J.J. [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 200031 (China); Wu, H.P.; Salminen, A. [Lappeenranta University of Technology, Skinnarilankatu 34, 53850 Lappeenranta (Finland)


    Highlights: • Morphology of simulated heat source is found to be close to the welded joint sample. • The FEA temperature distribution shows good agreement with experimental measurements. • Laser welding process used on ITER correction coil case will not harm the winding pack. - Abstract: This paper presents the simulation results of 3D finite element analysis (FEA) of laser welding processes for the ITER correction coil case welding; predicts the temperature distribution and compares it with the experimental result to evaluate the impact to the properties of winding pack during the welding process. A specimen of coil case was modeled and simulated by using specialized welding simulation software SYSWELD, Modeling used austenitic stainless steel 316LN as the specimen material and a 3D Conical Gaussian was used as a heat source model. A plate sample was welded before the FE modeling in order to obtain the laser welding parameters and the Gaussian parameters of molten pool. To verify the simulation results, a coil case sample was welded using laser welding with welding parameters that matched the model, and the corresponding temperature values were measured using thermocouples. Compared with the FEA results, it was found that the FEA temperature distribution shows good agreement with the experimental measurements and the laser welding process will not harm the winding pack.

  20. Design of Nb3Sn Coils for LARP Long Magnets

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    Ferracin, Paolo; Ambrosio, G.; Andreev, N.; Anerella, M.; Barzi, E.; Bossert, R.; Ferracin, P.; Caspi, S.; Lietzke, A. F.


    The LHC Accelerator Research Program (LARP) has a primary goal to develop, assemble, and test full size Nb{sub 3}Sn quadrupole magnet models for a luminosity upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). A major milestone in this development is to assemble and test, by the end of 2009, two 4 m-long quadrupole cold masses, which will be the first Nb{sub 3}Sn accelerator magnet models approaching the length of real accelerator magnets. The design is based on the LARP Technological Quadrupoles (TQ), under development at FNAL and LBNL, with gradient higher than 200 T/m and aperture of 90 mm. The mechanical design will be chosen between two designs presently explored for the TQs: traditional collars and Al-shell based design (preloaded by bladders and keys). The fabrication of the first long quadrupole model is expected to start in the last quarter of 2007. Meanwhile the fabrication of 4 m-long racetrack coils started this year at BNL. These coils will be tested in an Al-shell based supporting structure developed at LBNL. Several challenges have to be addressed for the successful fabrication of long Nb{sub 3}Sn coils. This paper presents these challenges with comments and solutions adopted or under study for these magnets. The coil design of these magnets, including conductor and insulation features, and quench protection studies are also presented.

  1. Design of Nb3Sn coils for LARP long magnets

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    Ambrosio, G.; Andreev, N.; Anerella, M.; Barzi, E.; Bossert, R.; Dietderich, D.; Feher, S.; Ferracin, P.; Ghosh, A.; Gourlay, S.; Kashikhin, V.V.; /Fermilab /Brookhaven /LBL, Berkeley /Texas A-M


    The LHC Accelerator Research Program (LARP) has a primary goal to develop, assemble, and test full size Nb{sub 3}Sn quadrupole magnet models for a luminosity upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). A major milestone in this development is to assemble and test, by the end of 2009, two 4m-long quadrupole cold masses, which will be the first Nb3Sn accelerator magnet models approaching the length of real accelerator magnets. The design is based on the LARP Technological Quadrupoles (TQ), under development at FNAL and LBNL, with gradient higher than 200 T/m and aperture of 90 mm. The mechanical design will be chosen between two designs presently explored for the TQs: traditional collars and Al-shell based design (preloaded by bladders and keys). The fabrication of the first long quadrupole model is expected to start in the last quarter of 2007. Meanwhile the fabrication of 4m-long racetrack coils started this year at BNL. These coils will be tested in an Al-shell based supporting structure developed at LBNL. Several challenges have to be addressed for the successful fabrication of long Nb{sub 3}Sn coils. This paper presents these challenges with comments and solutions adopted or under study for these magnets. The coil design of these magnets, including conductor and insulation features, and quench protection studies are also presented.

  2. Tesla coil discharges guided by femtosecond laser filaments in air


    Brelet, Yohann; Houard, Aurélien; Arantchouk, Leonid; Forestier, Benjamin; Liu, Yi; Prade, Bernard; Carbonnel, Jérôme; André, Yves-Bernard; Mysyrowicz, André


    International audience; A Tesla coil generator was designed to produce high voltage pulses oscillating at 100 kHz synchronisable with a nanosecond temporal jitter. Using this compact high voltage generator, we demonstrate reproducible meter long discharges in air at a repetition rate of 1 Hz. Triggering and guiding of the discharges are performed in air by femtosecond laser filaments.

  3. Tesla coil discharges guided by femtosecond laser filaments in air (United States)

    Brelet, Yohann; Houard, Aurélien; Arantchouk, Leonid; Forestier, Benjamin; Liu, Yi; Prade, Bernard; Carbonnel, Jérôme; André, Yves-Bernard; Mysyrowicz, André


    A Tesla coil generator was designed to produce high voltage pulses oscillating at 100 kHz synchronisable with a nanosecond temporal jitter. Using this compact high voltage generator, we demonstrate reproducible meter long discharges in air at a repetition rate of 1 Hz. Triggering and guiding of the discharges are performed in air by femtosecond laser filaments.

  4. Beyond 100 Tesla: Scientific experiments using single-turn coils (United States)

    Portugall, Oliver; Solane, Pierre Yves; Plochocka, Paulina; Maude, Duncan K.; Nicholas, Robin J.


    Current opportunities and recent examples for research in magnetic fields well above 100 T using single-turn coils are discussed. After a general introduction into basic principles and technical constraints associated with the generation of Megagauss fields we discuss data obtained at the LNCMI Toulouse, where such fields are routinely used for scientific applications.

  5. Multi-Coil Shimming of the Mouse Brain (United States)

    Juchem, Christoph; Brown, Peter B.; Nixon, Terence W.; McIntyre, Scott; Rothman, Douglas L.; de Graaf, Robin A.


    MR imaging and spectroscopy allow the non-invasive measurement of brain function and physiology, but excellent magnetic field homogeneity is required for meaningful results. The homogenization of the magnetic field distribution in the mouse brain (i.e. shimming) is a difficult task due to complex susceptibility-induced field distortions combined with the small size of the object. To date, the achievement of satisfactory whole brain shimming in the mouse remains a major challenge. The magnetic fields generated by a set of 48 circular coils (diameter 13 mm) that were arranged in a cylinder-shaped pattern of 32 mm diameter and driven with individual dynamic current ranges of ±1 A are shown to be capable of substantially reducing the field distortions encountered in the mouse brain at 9.4 Tesla. Static multi-coil shim fields allowed the reduction of the standard deviation of Larmor frequencies by 31% compared to second order spherical harmonics shimming and a 66% narrowing was achieved with the slice-specific application of the multi-coil shimming with a dynamic approach. For gradient echo imaging, multi-coil shimming minimized shim-related signal voids in the brain periphery and allowed overall signal gains of up to 51% compared to spherical harmonics shimming. PMID:21442653

  6. Magnetic field shielding effect for CFETR TF coil-case

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    Xu, Weiwei; Liu, Xufeng, E-mail:; Du, Shuangsong; Zheng, Jinxing


    Highlights: • The eddy current of CFETR vacuum vessel can be calculated by using a series of ideal current loops. • The shielding effect with different eddy current is studied by decomposing the exciting magnetic field as two orthogonal components. • The shielding effect can be determined from the rate of eddy current magnetic field to the external magnetic field. - Abstract: The operation of superconducting magnet for fusion device is under the complex magnetic field condition, which affect the stabilization of superconductor. The coil-case of TF coil can shield the magnetic field to some extent. The shielding effect is related to the eddy current of coil-case. The shielding effect with different eddy current is studied by decomposing the exciting magnetic field as two orthogonal components, respectively. The results indicate that the shielding effect of CFETR TF coil-case has obvious different with the different directional magnetic field, and it’s larger for tangential magnetic compared with that for normal field.

  7. submitter Electromagnetic Study of a Round Coil Superferric Magnet

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    Volpini, Giovanni; Statera, Marco


    A novel type of superferric magnets suitable to arbitrary multipole orders was proposed by I. F. Malyshev and later by V. Kashikhin. This new topology, which we refer to as round coil superferric magnets (RCSM), allows a great simplification of the superconducting part, which in the simplest case may be composed by a single round coil, which has intrinsically a rather large bending radius allowing the use of strain-sensitive superconductors. INFN is designing and building a prototype of a multipolar corrector magnet based on this geometry and using MgB2 tapes. In this paper, we investigate a number of issues pertaining to the electromagnetic characteristics of RCSM. The RCSM magnetic has inherently even harmonics, in addition to usual odd ones and a solenoidal component. Either (but not both) disappears when integrated using a one-coil or a two-coil specular design. We investigate the effect of saturation on the multipolar components and on the load line, since in RCSM, saturation plays a role that differs bo...

  8. Modeling of Lossy Inductance in Moving-Coil Loudspeakers

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    Kong, Xiao-Peng; Agerkvist, Finn T.; Zeng, Xin-Wu


    The electrical impedance of moving-coil loudspeakers is dominated by the lossy inductance in high frequency range. Using the equivalent electrical circuit method, a new model for the lossy inductance based on separate functions for the magnitude and phase of the impedance is presented. The electr...

  9. Taylor dispersion analysis in coiled capillaries at high flow rates. (United States)

    Lewandrowska, Anna; Majcher, Aldona; Ochab-Marcinek, Anna; Tabaka, Marcin; Hołyst, Robert


    Taylor Dispersion Analysis (TDA) has been performed for analytes moving at high flow rates in long, coiled capillaries. A thin injection zone of the analyte is stretched by the flow and final distribution of concentration of the analyte at the end of the capillary has the gaussian shape. The high flow rates in coiled capillary generate vortices. They convectively mix the analyte across the capillary. This mixing reduces the width of the gaussian distribution several times in comparison to the width obtained in a straight capillary in standard TDA. We have determined an empirical, scaling equation for the width as a function of the flow rate, molecular diffusion coefficient of the analyte, viscosity of the carrier phase, internal radius of the cylindrical capillary, and external radius of the coiled capillary. This equation can be used for different sizes of capillaries in a wide range of parameters without an additional calibration procedure. Our experimental results of flow in the coiled capillary could not be explained by current models based on approximate solutions of the Navier-Stokes equation. We applied the technique to determine the diffusion coefficients of the following analytes: salts, drugs, single amino acids, peptides (from dipeptides to hexapeptides), and proteins.

  10. Comparison of coil designs for peripheral magnetic muscle stimulation (United States)

    Goetz, S. M.; Herzog, H.-G.; Gattinger, N.; Gleich, B.


    The recent application of magnetic stimulation in rehabilitation is often said to solve key drawbacks of the established electrical method. Magnetic fields cause less pain, allow principally a better penetration of inhomogeneous biologic tissue and do not require skin contact. However, in most studies the evoked muscle force has been disappointing. In this paper, a comparison of a classical round circular geometry, a commercial muscle-stimulation coil and a novel design is presented, with special emphasis on the physical field properties. These systems show markedly different force responses for the same magnetic energy and highlight the enormous potential of different coil geometries. The new design resulted in a slope of the force recruiting curve being more than two and a half times higher than the other coils. The data were analyzed with respect to the underlying physical causes and field conditions. After a parameter-extraction approach, the results for the three coils span a two-dimensional space with clearly distinguishable degrees of freedom, which can be manipulated nearly separately and reflect the two main features of a field; the peak amplitude and its decay with the distance.

  11. Tokamak Plasmas: Mirnov coil data analysis for tokamak ADITYA

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    The spatial and temporal structures of magnetic signal in the tokamak ADITYA is analysed using recently developed singular value decomposition (SVD) technique. The analysis technique is first tested with simulated data and then applied to the ADITYA Mirnov coil data to determine the structure of current peturbation as ...

  12. Emergency endovascular coiling of a ruptured giant splenic artery aneurysm

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    Wernheden, Erika; Brenøe, Anne Sofie; Shahidi, Saeid


    Splenic artery aneurysms (SAAs) are the third most common abdominal aneurysm. Endovascular treatment of SAAs is preferred, and coiling is the most commonly used technique. Ruptured giant (>5 cm) SAAs are usually treated with open surgery including splenectomy. We present a rare case of a ruptured...

  13. Induction heating using induction coils in series-parallel circuits

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    Matsen, Marc Rollo; Geren, William Preston; Miller, Robert James; Negley, Mark Alan; Dykstra, William Chet


    A part is inductively heated by multiple, self-regulating induction coil circuits having susceptors, coupled together in parallel and in series with an AC power supply. Each of the circuits includes a tuning capacitor that tunes the circuit to resonate at the frequency of AC power supply.

  14. Regularization of parallel MRI reconstruction using in vivo coil sensitivities (United States)

    Duan, Qi; Otazo, Ricardo; Xu, Jian; Sodickson, Daniel K.


    Parallel MRI can achieve increased spatiotemporal resolution in MRI by simultaneously sampling reduced k-space data with multiple receiver coils. One requirement that different parallel MRI techniques have in common is the need to determine spatial sensitivity information for the coil array. This is often done by smoothing the raw sensitivities obtained from low-resolution calibration images, for example via polynomial fitting. However, this sensitivity post-processing can be both time-consuming and error-prone. Another important factor in Parallel MRI is noise amplification in the reconstruction, which is due to non-unity transformations in the image reconstruction associated with spatially correlated coil sensitivity profiles. Generally, regularization approaches, such as Tikhonov and SVD-based methods, are applied to reduce SNR loss, at the price of introducing residual aliasing. In this work, we present a regularization approach using in vivo coil sensitivities in parallel MRI to overcome these potential errors into the reconstruction. The mathematical background of the proposed method is explained, and the technique is demonstrated with phantom images. The effectiveness of the proposed method is then illustrated clinically in a whole-heart 3D cardiac MR acquisition within a single breath-hold. The proposed method can not only overcome the sensitivity calibration problem, but also suppress a substantial portion of reconstruction-related noise without noticeable introduction of residual aliasing artifacts.

  15. Experimental evaluation of helically coiled tube flocculators for ...

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    The constant need to improve water treatment techniques allows for the emergence of new technologies for obtaining adequate water, both in terms of quality and quantity. In order to obtain an efficient, rapid and low-cost clarification system, this study proposes the use of helically coiled tubes (HCTs) as a ...

  16. Flux Redux: The Spinning Coil Comes around Again (United States)

    Lund, Daniel; Dietz, Eric; Zou, Xueli; Ard, Christopher; Lee, Jaydie; Kaneshiro, Chris; Blanton, Robert; Sun, Steven


    An essential laboratory exercise for our lower-division electromagnetism course involves the measurement of Earth's local magnetic field from the emf induced in a rotating coil of wire. Although many methods exist for the measurement of Earth's field, this one gives our students some practical experience with Faraday's law. The apparatus we had…

  17. Relationship between voice coil fill factor and loudspeaker efficiency

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    Iversen, Niels Elkjær; Knott, Arnold; Andersen, Michael A. E.


    In modern audio systems, utilizing switch-mode amplifiers, the total efficiency is dominated by the rather poor efficiency of the loudspeaker. For decades voice coils have been designed so that nominal resistances of 3 to 8 Ω are obtained, despite modern audio amplifiers, using switch...... was measured to be 53 % which leaves plenty of room for future fill factor optimization....

  18. Low Impedance Voice Coils for Improved Loudspeaker Efficiency

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    Iversen, Niels Elkjær; Knott, Arnold; Andersen, Michael A. E.


    In modern audio systems utilizing switch-mode amplifiers the total efficiency is dominated by the rather poor efficiency of the loudspeaker. For decades voice coils have been designed so that nominal resistances of 4 to 8 Ohms is obtained, despite modern audio amplifiers, using switch...

  19. Comparison of Coil Designs for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on Mice (United States)

    Rastogi, Priyam; Hadimani, Ravi; Jiles, David


    Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive treatment for neurological disorders using time varying magnetic field. The electric field generated by the time varying magnetic field is used to depolarize the brain neurons which can lead to measurable effects. TMS provides a surgical free method for the treatment of neurological brain disorders like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and Parkinson's disease. Before using TMS on human subjects, it is appropriate that its effects are verified on animals such as mice. The magnetic field intensity and stimulated region of the brain can be controlled by the shape, position and current in the coils. There are few reports on the designs of the coils for mice. In this paper, different types of coils are developed and compared using an anatomically realistic mouse model derived from MRI images. Parameters such as focality, depth of the stimulation, electric field strength on the scalp and in the deep brain regions, are taken into account. These parameters will help researchers to determine the most suitable coil design according to their need. This should result in improvements in treatment of specific disorders. Carver Charitable Trust.

  20. Structural model of the TRPP2/PKD1 C-terminal coiled-coil complex produced by a combined computational and experimental approach. (United States)

    Zhu, Jiang; Yu, Yong; Ulbrich, Maximilian H; Li, Ming-hui; Isacoff, Ehud Y; Honig, Barry; Yang, Jian


    Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is caused by mutations in TRPP2 and PKD1, which form an ion channel/receptor complex containing three TRPP2 and one PKD1. A TRPP2 C-terminal coiled-coil trimer, critical for the assembly of this complex, associates with a single PKD1 C-terminal coiled-coil. Many ADPKD pathogenic mutations result in the abolishment of the TRPP2/PKD1 coiled-coil complex. To gain molecular and functional insights into this heterotetrameric complex, we computationally constructed a structural model by using a two-step docking strategy, based on a known crystal structure of the TRPP2 coiled-coil trimer. The model shows that this tetrameric complex has a novel di-trimer configuration: An upstream trimer made of three TRPP2 helices and a downstream trimer made of two TRPP2 helices and one PKD1 helix. Mutagenesis and biochemical analysis identified critical TRPP2/PKD1 interface contacts essential for the heteromeric coiled-coil complex. Mutation of these interface positions in the full-length proteins showed that these interactions were critical for the assembly of the full-length complex in cells. Our results provide a means to specifically weaken the TRPP2 and PKD1 association, thus facilitating future in vitro and in vivo studies on the functional importance of this association.

  1. 96-Channel receive-only head coil for 3 Tesla: design optimization and evaluation

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    Wiggins, Graham C; Polimeni, Jonathan R; Potthast, Andreas; Schmitt, Melanie; Alagappan, Vijay; Wald, Lawrence L


    The benefits and challenges of highly parallel array coils for head imaging were investigated through the development of a 3T receive-only phased-array head coil with 96 receive elements constructed...

  2. Flux pumping for non-insulated and metal-insulated HTS coils (United States)

    Ma, Jun; Geng, Jianzhao; Coombs, T. A.


    High-temperature superconducting (HTS) coils wound from coated conductors without turn-to-turn insulation (non-insulated (NI) coils) have been proven with excellent electrical and thermal performances. However, the slow charging of NI coils has been a long-lasting problem. In this work, we explore using a transformer-rectifier HTS flux pump to charge an NI coil and a metal-insulated coil. The charging performance comparison is made between different coils. Comprehensive study is done to thoroughly understand the electrical-magnetic transience in charging these coils. We will show that the low-voltage high-current flux pump is especially suitable for charging NI coils with very low characteristic resistance.

  3. Effect of coil embolization on blood flow through a saccular cerebral ...

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    Newtonian fluid. Abstract. Coil embolization is a mildly invasive endovascular method for treatment of a cerebral aneurysm. The presence of a coil reduces fluid loading of the blood vessel and delays further deformation of the walls. Its effectiveness ...

  4. Lightweight Design of an HTS Coil for the VASIMR Experiment Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Tai-Yang Research of Delaware proposes to design and fabricate an HTS double-pancake coil in support of the VASIMR experiment. The proposed HTS coil will implement...

  5. Synthesis and characterization of nanowire coils of organometallic coordination polymers for controlled cargo release. (United States)

    Liang, Guodong; Ni, Huan; Bao, Suping; Zhu, Fangming; Gao, Haiyang; Wu, Qing


    Nanowire coils of organometallic coordination polymers have been synthesized for the first time by using the emulsion periphery polymerization technique. An amphiphilic triblock copolymer terminated with inclusion complex of β-cyclodextrin and 4,4'-bipyridine self-assembles into oil-in-water emulsion in a toluene/water mixture. Subsequent coordination of bipyridine with Ni(II) in periphery of emulsions results in the formation of coordination polymer nanowire coils. The nanowire coils are composed of nanowires with diameter of 2 nm. Nanowire coils exhibit enhanced thermal stability in contrast to their parent triblock copolymer. Interestingly, nanowire coils are capable of encapsulating organic cargoes. Encapsulated cargoes can be selectively extracted from nanowire coils without damaging nanowire coils. Nanowire coils are potential candidates for encapsulating and controlled release of organic cargoes.

  6. The difficulty of measuring the absorption of scattered sunlight by H2O and CO2 in volcanic plumes: A comment on Pering et al. “A novel and inexpensive method for measuring volcanic plume water fluxes at high temporal resolution,” Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 146 (United States)

    Kern, Christoph


    In their recent study, Pering et al. (2017) presented a novel method for measuring volcanic water vapor fluxes. Their method is based on imaging volcanic gas and aerosol plumes using a camera sensitive to the near-infrared (NIR) absorption of water vapor. The imaging data are empirically calibrated by comparison with in situ water measurements made within the plumes. Though the presented method may give reasonable results over short time scales, the authors fail to recognize the sensitivity of the technique to light scattering on aerosols within the plume. In fact, the signals measured by Pering et al. are not related to the absorption of NIR radiation by water vapor within the plume. Instead, the measured signals are most likely caused by a change in the effective light path of the detected radiation through the atmospheric background water vapor column. Therefore, their method is actually based on establishing an empirical relationship between in-plume scattering efficiency and plume water content. Since this relationship is sensitive to plume aerosol abundance and numerous environmental factors, the method will only yield accurate results if it is calibrated very frequently using other measurement techniques.

  7. Progress study of Micro Carbon Coils (United States)

    Wang, Haiquan; Yang, Shaoming; Chen, Xiuqin


    As a kind of novel bio-mimetic carbon fibers, with diversities of high functions, carbon microcoils (CMC) have the outstanding properties of high specific strength, low-density, large specific surface area, heat resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical stability, conductive ability and thermal conductivity. Due to their special three-dimensional spiral structure, they have the chiral characteristics and a high flexibility. Carbon microcoils has become a research hotspot, especially the preparation of polymer-based carbon microcoils composite materials and they have wide more application such as flexible sensors, electromagnetic shielding materials, hydrogen storage materials, health care products and so on.

  8. Electric field depth–focality tradeoff in transcranial magnetic stimulation: simulation comparison of 50 coil designs (United States)

    Deng, Zhi-De; Lisanby, Sarah H.; Peterchev, Angel V.


    Background Various transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) coil designs are available or have been proposed. However, key coil characteristics such as electric field focality and attenuation in depth have not been adequately compared. Knowledge of the coil focality and depth characteristics can help TMS researchers and clinicians with coil selection and interpretation of TMS studies. Objective To quantify the electric field focality and depth of penetration of various TMS coils. Methods The electric field distributions induced by 50 TMS coils were simulated in a spherical human head model using the finite element method. For each coil design, we quantified the electric field penetration by the half-value depth, d1/2, and focality by the tangential spread, S1/2, defined as the half-value volume (V1/2) divided by the half-value depth, S1/2 = V1/2/d1/2. Results The 50 TMS coils exhibit a wide range of electric field focality and depth, but all followed a depth–focality tradeoff: coils with larger half-value depth cannot be as focal as more superficial coils. The ranges of achievable d1/2 are similar between coils producing circular and figure-8 electric field patterns, ranging 1.0–3.5 cm and 0.9–3.4 cm, respectively. However, figure-8 field coils are more focal, having S1/2 as low as 5 cm2 compared to 34 cm2 for circular field coils. Conclusions For any coil design, the ability to directly stimulate deeper brain structures is obtained at the expense of inducing wider electrical field spread. Novel coil designs should be benchmarked against comparison coils with consistent metrics such as d1/2 and S1/2. PMID:22483681

  9. Concept, production and validation of a 3D-printed coil frame for the UST{sub 2} modular stellarator

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    Queral, V., E-mail:


    Highlights: •A construction method for stellarator modular coils is developed and validated. •3D printed truss structure filled and moulded with a material able to solidify. •The structure capability for forces in small stellarators has been estimated. •A light bare truss frame and a covered rigid double hull frame have been tested. -- Abstract: Geometric complexity of stellarators hampers a straightforward production of conceived optimised magnetic configurations. Integration of the engineering design with new fabrication methods may reduce the production cost and accelerate the production process. A fast cycle production of experimental fusion devices also might result in a faster advance in fusion plasma science. Several different stellarators could be used to test configurations for improved turbulent transport or to validate new divertor configurations. In this framework, and based on the results from the previously built UST{sub 1} stellarator, the present work try to study and validate the feasibility of 3D printing methods (additive manufacturing) for small experimental stellarators. The paper summarises the engineering development, fabrication and validation of a coil frame test sector for the UST{sub 2} stellarator. The definition of the Last Closed Flux Surface and winding surface for the test sector is based on an optimised quasi-isodynamic poloidal stellarator, modified for enhanced in-vessel remote handling manipulation and wide space for divertors. A Filled-sparse coil frame concept is developed to still keep low the cost in spite of the present expensive 3D printing materials and printers.

  10. Studies of a thermal energy storage unit with ice on coils; Ice on coil gata kori chikunetsuso no kenkyu

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    Ito, S.; Miura, N. [Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Kanagawa (Japan)


    Study was made of an ice-on-coil heat storage tank for power load levelling. Prior to the prediction of performance of the system as a whole, the performance of the heat storage tank itself needs to be predicted. A brine (35.9% water solution of ethylene glycol) cooled by a refrigerating machine was poured from the upper end of the piping in the heat storage tank (consisting of 19 spiral pipes or coils arranged in parallel in the vertical direction) for the collection of ice around the coils. Ice grew thicker with the passage of time but there was no remarkable decrease in the transfer of heat because there was an increase in the area of contact between ice and water, and the brine exit temperature remained constant over a prolonged period of time. There was a close agreement between experiment results and theoretical conclusions throughout the heat accumulation process, including changes with time in the thickness of ice on the coils, all pointing to the appropriateness of this analytical effort. To melt the ice, water was poured into the tank top at a predetermined rate. Water chilly at 2-4{degree}C was recovered at the tank bottom, stable in the amount produced. As for the use of spiral pipes for making ice, the laminar heat transfer rate in such pipes are supposed to be more than two times higher than that in straight pipes, and this was quite effective in accelerating heat transfer. 7 refs., 11 figs.

  11. Two coiled-coil domains of Chlamydia trachomatis IncA affect membrane fusion events during infection.

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    Erik Ronzone

    Full Text Available Chlamydia trachomatis replicates in a parasitophorous membrane-bound compartment called an inclusion. The inclusions corrupt host vesicle trafficking networks to avoid the degradative endolysosomal pathway but promote fusion with each other in order to sustain higher bacterial loads in a process known as homotypic fusion. The Chlamydia protein IncA (Inclusion protein A appears to play central roles in both these processes as it participates to homotypic fusion and inhibits endocytic SNARE-mediated membrane fusion. How IncA selectively inhibits or activates membrane fusion remains poorly understood. In this study, we analyzed the spatial and molecular determinants of IncA's fusogenic and inhibitory functions. Using a cell-free membrane fusion assay, we found that inhibition of SNARE-mediated fusion requires IncA to be on the same membrane as the endocytic SNARE proteins. IncA displays two coiled-coil domains showing high homology with SNARE proteins. Domain swap and deletion experiments revealed that although both these domains are capable of independently inhibiting SNARE-mediated fusion, these two coiled-coil domains cooperate in mediating IncA multimerization and homotypic membrane interaction. Our results support the hypothesis that Chlamydia employs SNARE-like virulence factors that positively and negatively affect membrane fusion and promote infection.

  12. Effect of coil embolization on blood flow through a saccular cerebral ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    Abstract. Coil embolization is a mildly invasive endovascular method for treat- ment of a cerebral aneurysm. The presence of a coil reduces fluid loading of the blood vessel and delays further deformation of the walls. Its effectiveness depends on the coil porosity and permeability apart from the nature of flow pulsations and ...

  13. Design of self-correction coils in a superferric dipole magnet

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)


    Nov 27, 2015 ... Design of self-correction coils in a superferric dipole magnet is carried out. By adopting the self-correction coil (SCC) scheme, we can do online correction of unwanted fields inside the magnet aperture during the whole operating cycle irrespective of their origin. The self-correction coils are short-circuited ...

  14. Compensation of the ux modulation distortion using an additional coil in a loudspeaker unit

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    Antonello, Niccoló; Agerkvist, Finn T.


    the compensation coil is de- rived. The compensation technique consists on feeding the compensation coil and voice coil with ltered versions of the wanted audio signal. Simulations show that a signicant reduction in ux modulation distor- tion can be achieved with this technique. A simple magnetic circuit has been...

  15. Assessment of Matrix coils in a canine model of a large bifurcation aneurysm

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    Song, Joon K.; Niimi, Yasunari; Yoshino, Yoshikazu; Khoyama, Shinya; Berenstein, Alejandro [Roosevelt Hospital, Center for Endovascular Surgery, Beth Israel Hyman-Newman Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery, New York, NY (United States)


    Controversy exists as to whether Matrix coils are an improvement over bare platinum coils in preventing aneurysm recanalization in endosaccularly coiled large aneurysms. We investigated Matrix coils in a dog model of a wide-necked large bifurcation aneurysm. Six experimental aneurysms were created in dogs and these aneurysms were endosaccularly coiled with 100% Matrix coils. Angiographic and histopathological data were analyzed at 2 weeks and at 3 months. Average aneurysm dimensions were length 17.8 mm, width 8.3 mm, and neck 6.2 mm. Aneurysm coil filling ranged 24.1-41.8% by volume. At 14 days, three of six Matrix-treated aneurysms showed coil compaction and aneurysm recanalization. At 3 months, one additional Matrix-treated aneurysm showed delayed coil compaction and aneurysm recanalization. At 3 months, in three harvested aneurysms, the average measured neck neointima was 0.150 {+-} 0.14 mm. However, in two of the three aneurysms harvested at 3 months, aneurysm recanalization had occurred with neointimal tissue not completely covering the aneurysm orifice. Thick connective fibrous intercoil tissue was observed. No immediate or delayed thrombus formation had occurred. Based on limited data in an experimental bifurcation aneurysm in dogs, Matrix coils appear to induce a thicker aneurysm neck neointima tissue and intercoil granulation response but appear prone to coil compaction and aneurysm recanalization. Modifications to the Matrix coil are likely needed to improve angiographic results in large aneurysms. (orig.)

  16. Optimal Value of Series Capacitors for Uniform Field Distribution in Transmission Line MRI Coils

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    Zhurbenko, Vitaliy


    Transmission lines are often used as coils in high field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Due to the distributed nature of transmission lines, coils based on them produce inhomogeneous field. This work investigates application of series capacitors to improve field homogeneity along the coil...

  17. 76 FR 31588 - Stainless Steel Plate in Coils From Belgium: Rescission of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review (United States)


    ... International Trade Administration Stainless Steel Plate in Coils From Belgium: Rescission of Countervailing... countervailing duty (``CVD'') order on stainless steel plate in coils from Belgium. See Antidumping or... initiating an administrative review of the CVD order on stainless steel plate in coils from Belgium covering...

  18. 76 FR 72495 - Alabama Metal Coil Securement Act; Petition for Determination of Preemption (United States)


    ... Administration [Docket No. FMCSA-2011-0318] Alabama Metal Coil Securement Act; Petition for Determination of... that the State of Alabama's Metal Coil Securement Act is preempted by Federal law. FMCSA requests comments on what effect, if any, Alabama's metal coil load securement certification requirements may have...

  19. 49 CFR 393.120 - What are the rules for securing metal coils? (United States)


    ... 49 Transportation 5 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false What are the rules for securing metal coils? 393... Specific Securement Requirements by Commodity Type § 393.120 What are the rules for securing metal coils? (a) Applicability. The rules in this section apply to the transportation of one or more metal coils...

  20. The lung volume reduction coil for the treatment of emphysema : a new therapy in development

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    Klooster, Karin; ten Hacken, Nick H. T.; Slebos, Dirk-Jan

    Lung volume reduction (LVR) coil treatment is a novel therapy for patients with severe emphysema. In this bilateral bronchoscopic treatment, approximately 10 LVR coils per lobe are delivered under fluoroscopic guidance in two sequential procedures. The LVR coil reduces lung volume by compressing the

  1. Nonlinear Behavior of a Shim Coil in an LTS/HTS NMR Magnet With an HTS Insert Comprising Double-Pancake HTS-Tape Coils (United States)

    Hahn, Seung-yong; Ahn, Min Cheol; Bascuñán, Juan; Yao, Weijun; Iwasa, Yukikazu


    This paper reports results, experimental and analytical, of the nonlinear behavior of a shim coil in the presence of an HTS coil assembled with double-pancake (DP) HTS-tape coils. The experimental results are from: 1) operation of a 700 MHz LTS/HTS NMR magnet (LH700) consisting of a 600 MHz LTS NMR magnet (L600) equipped with superconducting shim coils and a 100 MHz DP-assembled HTS insert (H100) and; 2) an experiment with a room-temperature (RT) Z1 shim coil coupled to a 50 MHz DP-as-sembled HTS insert (H50). A field mapping theory with a harmonic analysis is applied to interpret both results. Based on experimental results and analyses, we conclude that the screening-current-induced field (SCF) generated by a DP-assembled HTS insert is primarily responsible for the nonlinear behavior, including strength degradation, of a shim coil. PMID:20383282

  2. Bare platinum coils vs. HydroCoil in the treatment of unruptured intracranial aneurysms—A single center randomized controlled study

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    Poncyljusz, Wojciech, E-mail: [Departament of Interventional Radiology, Pomeranian Medical University, Neurointerventional Cath Lab MSW Hospital, Al. Powst. Wielkopolskich 72, 70-111 Szczecin (Poland); Zarzycki, Artur, E-mail: [Department of Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery, Pomeranian Medical University, Unii Lubelskiej 1, 71-242 Szczecin Poland (Poland); Zwarzany, Łukasz, E-mail: [Departament of Interventional Radiology, Pomeranian Medical University, Neurointerventional Cath Lab MSW Hospital, Al. Powst. Wielkopolskich 72, 70-111 Szczecin (Poland); Burke, Thomas H., E-mail: [Microvention–Terumo, Tustin, CA (United States)


    Highlights: • The use of HydroCoil tends to improve immediate angiographic outcome. • Less total number of coils is needed when using HydroCoil. • HydroCoil is equivocal to bare platinum coil. - Abstract: Purpose: The HydroCoil Embolic System (HES) was developed to improve aneurysm filling to provide superior occlusion efficacy, reduce retreatment rates and enhance long-term durability. We performed a randomized clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of bare platinum coils (BPC) vs. HES for unruptured intracranial aneurysms. Methods: Ninety-six patients underwent endovascular coiling of unruptured intracranial aneurysms. The aneurysms were randomized equally to receive BPC or HES. Immediate angiographic results, number of coils used and complications were evaluated and all cases had 12-month follow-up angiography. Results: Immediate angiographic results demonstrated that 84.0% of aneurysms treated with HES were completely occluded compared to 76.1% of aneurysms treated with BPC (p = 0.3310). The mean number of coils utilized to fill the aneurysm was significantly lower in the HES arm (5.04 vs. 6.93). Additional adjunctive techniques were performed in 51.1% of all cases. There were seven patients (7.3%) with postoperative complications during the study period. The coil type used during the treatment did not demonstrate any significant differences on the overall recurrence rate (HES – 18.0%, BPC – 17.4%, p = 0.9712). There was a statistically significant difference in the aneurysm size and the neck width between completely occluded aneurysms and aneurysms with residual flow in both immediate angiographic and mid-term follow-up. Conclusions: Overall, aneurysm size and neck width are the main risk factors associated with aneurysm recurrence. HES compared to BPC required less total number of coils to provide a denser aneurysm filling. However, there were equivocal results with both devices, at the mid-term angiographic follow-up.

  3. Hemodynamic performance of coil embolization and stentassisted coil embolization treatments: a numerical comparative study based on subject-specific models of cerebral aneurysms (United States)

    Wang, Shengzhang; Zhang, Yisen; Lu, Gang; Yang, Xinjian; Zhang, Xiaolong; Ding, Guanghong


    Hemodynamic characteristics such as blood velocity, blood pressure, flow impingement, wall shear stress and oscillatory shear index are considered to play important roles in the initiation, growth, rupture and recurrence of the cerebral aneurysms. Endovascular therapy is widely implemented to treat the cerebral aneurysms by releasing coils into the aneurysm sac for limiting the blood flow to the sac and stent-assisted coil embolization is adopted to occlude the wide-necked or complex aneurysms. Some researchers believe that stents are not only a mechanical device but may act as a biological system and contribute to vessel wall healing. Hemodynamics simulation helps people understand the effect of hemodynamic characteristics on the recurrence of the coiled aneurysm and it also benefits the interventional planning of neurosurgeons. This study constructed the numerical model for a subject-specific ICA aneurysm treated with stent-assisted coil embolization, which combined the coiled model of the aneurysm with a porous stent placement, and simulated the pulsatile blood flow in these aneurysm models. When a stent was placed across the aneurysm orifice in the coiled aneurysm, the high wall shear stress around the distal aneurysm root was reduced more than that of the coiled aneurysm without a stent. The simulated results point to the conclusion that the stent not only protects the parent artery from occlusion due to extension of coils or thrombosis, but may also reduce the recurrence risk of the stent-assisted coiled aneurysm.

  4. Safety of Radioembolization with {sup 90}Yttrium Resin Microspheres Depending on Coiling or No-Coiling of Aberrant/High-Risk Vessels

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    Paprottka, P. M., E-mail:, E-mail:; Paprottka, K. J., E-mail:; Walter, A., E-mail: [LMU - University of Munich, Department of Clinical Radiology (Germany); Haug, A. R., E-mail: [LMU - University of Munich, Department of Nuclear Medicine (Germany); Trumm, C. G., E-mail: [LMU - University of Munich, Department of Clinical Radiology (Germany); Lehner, S., E-mail:; Fendler, W. P., E-mail: [LMU - University of Munich, Department of Nuclear Medicine (Germany); Jakobs, T. F., E-mail: [Barmherzige Brueder Munich, Department of Clinical Radiology (Germany); Reiser, M. F., E-mail: [LMU - University of Munich, Department of Clinical Radiology (Germany); Zech, C. J., E-mail: [University Hospital Basel, Clinic of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Section Interventional Radiology (Switzerland)


    PurposeTo evaluate the safety of radioembolization (RE) with {sup 90}Yttrium ({sup 90}Y) resin microspheres depending on coiling or no-coiling of aberrant/high-risk vessels.Materials and MethodsEarly and late toxicity after 566 RE procedures were analyzed retrospectively in accordance with the National Cancer Institute’s Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE v3.0). For optimal safety, aberrant vessels were either coil embolized (n = 240/566, coiling group) or a more peripheral position of the catheter tip was chosen to treat right or left liver lobes (n = 326/566, no-coiling group).ResultsClinically relevant late toxicities (≥Grade 3) were observed in 1 % of our overall cohort. The no-coiling group had significantly less “any” (P = 0.0001) or “clinically relevant” (P = 0.0003) early toxicity. There was no significant difference (P > 0.05) in delayed toxicity in the coiling versus the no-coiling group. No RE-induced liver disease was noted after all 566 procedures.ConclusionRE with {sup 90}Y resin microspheres is a safe and effective treatment option. Performing RE without coil embolization of aberrant vessels prior to treatment could be an alternative for experienced centers.

  5. HydroCoils, occlusion rates, and outcomes: a large single-center study.

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    O'Hare, A M


    The HydroCoil is an expansile hydrogel coil designed to produce a greater degree of volumetric packing within cerebral aneurysms when compared with bare platinum coils. This increased packing is, in turn, believed to decrease the risk of recurrence within aneurysms and hence the risk of their rupture in the long term. The aim of this work was to assess whether the use of HydroCoils and the proportion of HydroCoil used have any influence on the subsequent occlusion and recurrence rates of treated aneurysms.

  6. Misalignment tolerable coil structure for biomedical applications with wireless power transfer. (United States)

    Chow, Jeff P W; Chen, Nan; Chung, Henry S H; Chan, Leanne L H


    Coil-misalignment is one of the major hurdles for inductively coupled wireless power transfer in applications like retinal prosthesis. Weak magnetic flux linkage due to coil misalignments would significantly impair the power efficiency. A novel receiver configuration with high misalignment tolerance is presented in this paper. The proposed receiver is composed of two receiver coils placed orthogonally, so as to reduce the variation of mutual inductance between transmitting and receiving coils under misalignment conditions. Three different receiver coil structures are analyzed and compared using the same length of wire. Theoretical predictions have been confirmed with measurement results.

  7. Domain Size Control in Self-Assembling Rod-Coil Block Copolymer And Homopolymer Blends

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    Tao, Y.; Olsen, B.D.; Ganesan, V.; Segalman, R.A.; /UC, Berkeley /LBL, Berkeley /Texas U.


    The addition of homopolymers to a self-assembling rod-coil block copolymer is demonstrated to be a flexible route toward domain size control. Molecular weight matched rod-like homopolymers interdigitate with the rod-blocks within their respective lamellae. As a result of the interdigitation, the coil blocks must rearrange to occupy more interfacial area resulting in an unprecedented decrease in domain spacing with increasing rod homopolymers. Conversely coil homopolymers were locally solubilized within the coil microdomain resulting in an increase of domain spacing with increasing coil homopolymers. The mechanisms of homopolymers solubilization are in qualitative agreement with predictions made by self-consistent mean-field theory (SCFT) calculations.

  8. Investigation on readout coil design for fluxed locked loop control of HTS rf-SQUID (United States)

    Miyato, Y.; Itozaki, H.


    We investigated the readout coil, electro-magnetically coupled with a HTS rf-SQUID for the flux-locked loop control. The design and size of the readout coil affected the SQUID performances. Among the tested combinations of different readout coils with the rf-SQUID, the rectangular coil, which just surrounded the slit in the rf-SQUID, was advantageous for the better performance. We also demonstrated the rf-SQUID operation with the rectangular coils made of the thin flexible print circuit board, which could be put on the rf-SQUID stably.

  9. Power Loss Analysis and Comparison of Segmented and Unsegmented Energy Coupling Coils for Wireless Energy Transfer. (United States)

    Tang, Sai Chun; McDannold, Nathan J


    This paper investigated the power losses of unsegmented and segmented energy coupling coils for wireless energy transfer. Four 30-cm energy coupling coils with different winding separations, conductor cross-sectional areas, and number of turns were developed. The four coils were tested in both unsegmented and segmented configurations. The winding conduction and intrawinding dielectric losses of the coils were evaluated individually based on a well-established lumped circuit model. We found that the intrawinding dielectric loss can be as much as seven times higher than the winding conduction loss at 6.78 MHz when the unsegmented coil is tightly wound. The dielectric loss of an unsegmented coil can be reduced by increasing the winding separation or reducing the number of turns, but the power transfer capability is reduced because of the reduced magnetomotive force. Coil segmentation using resonant capacitors has recently been proposed to significantly reduce the operating voltage of a coil to a safe level in wireless energy transfer for medical implants. Here, we found that it can naturally eliminate the dielectric loss. The coil segmentation method and the power loss analysis used in this paper could be applied to the transmitting, receiving, and resonant coils in two- and four-coil energy transfer systems.

  10. Fabrication of superconducting tunnel junctions with embedded coil for applying magnetic field

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    Yamaguchi, Kenji, E-mail: [Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saitama University, 225 Shimo-Ohkubo, Sakura-ku, Saitama 338-8570 (Japan); Nakagawa, Hiroshi; Aoyagi, Masahiro [AIST, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba 305-8568 (Japan); Naruse, Masato; Myoren, Hiroaki; Taino, Tohru [Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saitama University, 225 Shimo-Ohkubo, Sakura-ku, Saitama 338-8570 (Japan)


    Highlights: • We have proposed and demonstrated a superconducting tunnel junction (STJ) with an embedded coil for applying a magnetic field. • We have demonstrated an STJ with a coil embedded in a substrate for applying magnetic a field (EMC-STJ). • In this EMC-STJ, the maximum current of the embedded coil was 28 mA, which corresponded to the magnetic field of 11.76 mT. • It was found that the embedded coil can apply a magnetic field to the STJ by supplying a current 12 times smaller than that when using the external coil. - Abstract: We have proposed and demonstrated a superconducting tunnel junction (STJ) with an embedded coil for applying a magnetic field. The STJ was fabricated on the coil, which was embedded in a Si substrate. The coil in the Si substrate consists of superconducting microstrip lines and applies a magnetic field to the STJ to suppress the dc Josephson current. The embedded coil was designed with a line and space of 3 µm and a thickness of 120 nm. To planarize the coil, we employed chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) in our fabrication process. In this STJ, the maximum current of the embedded coil was 28 mA, which corresponded to the maximum magnetic field of 11.76 mT.

  11. Manufacturing of a REBCO racetrack coil using thermoplastic resin aiming at Maglev application (United States)

    Mizuno, Katsutoshi; Ogata, Masafumi; Hasegawa, Hitoshi


    The REBCO coated conductor is a promising technology for the Maglev application in terms of its high critical temperature. The operating temperature of the on-board magnets can be around 40-50 K with the coated conductor. The REBCO coils are cooled by cryocoolers directly, and hence the thermal design of the REBCO coils significantly changes from that of LTS coils. We have developed a novel REBCO coil structure using thermoplastic resin. The coil is not impregnated and the thermoplastic resin is used to bond the coil winding and the heat transfer members, e.g. copper and aluminum plates. The viscosity of the thermoplastic resin is high enough for the thermoplastic resin not to permeate between the turns in the coil. Therefore, the thermal stress does not occur and the risk of degradation is removed. This paper contains the following three topics. First, the thermal resistance of the thermoplastic resin was measured at cryogenic temperature. Then, a small round REBCO coil was experimentally produced. It has been confirmed that the thermoplastic resin does not cause the degradation and, the adhesion between the coil winding and copper plates withstands the thermal stress. Finally, we successfully produced a full-scale racetrack REBCO coil applying the coil structure with the thermoplastic resin.

  12. Field Quality Optimization in a Common Coil Magnet Design

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    Gupta, Ramesh; Ramberger, Suitbert


    This paper presents the results of initial field quality optimization of body and end harmonics in a 'common coil magnet design'. It is shown that a good field quality, as required in accelerator magnets, can be obtained by distributing conductor blocks in such a way that they simulate an elliptical coil geometry. This strategy assures that the amount of conductor used in this block design is similar to that is used in a conventional cosine theta design. An optimized yoke that keeps all harmonics small over the entire range of operation using a single power supply is also presented. The field harmonics are primarily optimized with the computer program ROXIE.

  13. Dipole model test with one superconducting coil; results analysed

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    Durante, M; Ferracin, P; Fessia, P; Gauthier, R; Giloux, C; Guinchard, M; Kircher, F; Manil, P; Milanese, A; Millot, J-F; Muñoz Garcia, J-E; Oberli, L; Perez, J-C; Pietrowicz, S; Rifflet, J-M; de Rijk, G; Rondeaux, F; Todesco, E; Viret, P; Ziemianski, D


    This report is the deliverable report 7.3.1 “Dipole model test with one superconducting coil; results analysed “. The report has four parts: “Design report for the dipole magnet”, “Dipole magnet structure tested in LN2”, “Nb3Sn strand procured for one dipole magnet” and “One test double pancake copper coil made”. The 4 report parts show that, although the magnet construction will be only completed by end 2014, all elements are present for a successful completion. Due to the importance of the project for the future of the participants and given the significant investments done by the participants, there is a full commitment to finish the project.

  14. Dipole model test with one superconducting coil: results analysed

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    Bajas, H; Benda, V; Berriaud, C; Bajko, M; Bottura, L; Caspi, S; Charrondiere, M; Clément, S; Datskov, V; Devaux, M; Durante, M; Fazilleau, P; Ferracin, P; Fessia, P; Gauthier, R; Giloux, C; Guinchard, M; Kircher, F; Manil, P; Milanese, A; Millot, J-F; Muñoz Garcia, J-E; Oberli, L; Perez, J-C; Pietrowicz, S; Rifflet, J-M; de Rijk, G; Rondeaux, F; Todesco, E; Viret, P; Ziemianski, D


    This report is the deliverable report 7.3.1 “Dipole model test with one superconducting coil; results analysed “. The report has four parts: “Design report for the dipole magnet”, “Dipole magnet structure tested in LN2”, “Nb3Sn strand procured for one dipole magnet” and “One test double pancake copper coil made”. The 4 report parts show that, although the magnet construction will be only completed by end 2014, all elements are present for a successful completion. Due to the importance of the project for the future of the participants and given the significant investments done by the participants, there is a full commitment to finish the project.

  15. Mesenteric ischaemia after endovascular coiling of ruptured cerebral aneurysms.

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    Kamel, M H


    Three patients were referred to a national neurosurgical centre following CT evidence of subarachnoid haemorrhage. The three patients, who were referred from different institutions within a seven week period, were Fisher grade 3 and WFNS Grade I at all times. Angiography showed a PCOM aneurysm in one case, a ruptured Basilar tip aneurysm and an unruptured ACOM aneurysm in another case, and an ACOM aneurysm in the third case. It was decided that the aneurysms were suitable for endovascular coiling. These patients had unremarkable intraoperative catheterizations and coiling but subsequently deteriorated post-operatively due to mesenteric ischaemia. Two patients required colectomy for mesenteric ischaemia, and the third arrested secondary to sepsis from bowel perforation. We discuss the various causes that may explain this association, and we alert the neurosurgical community for this complication which has not been reported before.

  16. Coil current and vacuum magnetic flux calculation for axisymmetric equilibria (United States)

    Guazzotto, L.


    In fixed-boundary axisymmetric equilibrium calculations the plasma shape is assigned from input. In several circumstances, the plasma shape may not be known a priori, or one may desire to also compute the magnetic field in the volume surrounding the plasma through the calculation of a free-boundary equilibrium. This requires either the coil currents or the magnetic poloidal flux on a curve in the vacuum region to be assigned as input for the free-boundary equilibrium calculation. The FREE-FIX code presented in this article is a general tool for calculating coil currents being given a fixed-boundary calculation. A new formulation is presented, which considerably reduces the computational cost of the calculation. FREE-FIX performs well for different geometries and experiments.

  17. The lung volume reduction coil for the treatment of emphysema: a new therapy in development. (United States)

    Klooster, Karin; Ten Hacken, Nick H T; Slebos, Dirk-Jan


    Lung volume reduction (LVR) coil treatment is a novel therapy for patients with severe emphysema. In this bilateral bronchoscopic treatment, approximately 10 LVR coils per lobe are delivered under fluoroscopic guidance in two sequential procedures. The LVR coil reduces lung volume by compressing the most destructed areas of the lung parenchyma and restores the lung elastic recoil. Both patients with upper- and lower-lobe predominant emphysema as well as a homogeneous emphysema distribution can be treated. LVR coil treatment results in an improvement of pulmonary function, exercise tolerance and quality of life. The LVR-coil treatment has been evaluated in several European clinical trials since 2008 and received CE mark approval in 2010. Currently, two large multicenter randomized controlled trials are underway in Europe and North America to assess the efficacy and safety of the LVR-coil treatment at 12 months compared with usual care. In this review, we share our experience with the LVR-coil treatment.

  18. Feasibility Study: Ductless Hydronic Distribution Systems with Fan Coil Delivery

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    Springer, D.; Dakin, B.; Backman, C.


    The primary objectives of this study are to estimate potential energy savings relative to conventional ducted air distribution, and to identify equipment requirements, costs, and barriers with a focus on ductless hydronic delivery systems that utilize water-to-air terminal units in each zone. Results indicate that annual heating and cooling energy use can be reduced by up to 27% assuming replacement of the conventional 13 SEER heat pump and coil with a similarly rated air-to-water heat pump.

  19. Development of manufacturing technology for ITER TF Coil Structure

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    Sakurai, Takeru, E-mail:; Iguchi, Masahide; Nakahira, Masataka; Inagaki, Takashi; Matsui, Kunihiro; Koizumi, Norikiyo


    Highlights: • Heavy thick welding (Max. 287 mm) was performed by balance welding. • Figured out Attachment welding deformation including heavy thick welding. • The deformation of Segments welding was suppressed to 1/3 of previous method. • Based on this study, JAEA started actual ITER TF coil structure manufacturing. - Abstract: Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) performed a trial of A1 Segment manufacturing of Toroidal Field (TF) coil structure, which is a piece with a radius of curvature 3 m with square channel for coil. Even though both-side welding (balance welding) was preferred to one-side welding considering the welding deformation, it could not be applied to the previous trial due to the difficulty of overhead or horizontal welding by machine. Hence, one-side welding with strong restriction jig was applied in the previous trials. In the latest trial, JAEA adopted a manual balance welding with a development of manufacturing technology. As the result of A1 Segment Mainbody welding trial, welding deformation of the Outer Plate and the Side Plate could have been controlled closer to the target value. JAEA also tried Attachments welding, in which Pre-Compression Flange (PCF) and Extension are welded to A1 Segment Mainbody, and a Segments welding trial, which is a weld between A1 Segment and a part of A2 Segment. A2 Segment is a 3 m straight part with square channel for coil. The inclination of A1 Segment and A2 Segment due to the welding was 2.7 mm. By applying balance welding, the deformation by Segments welding was suppressed to about 1/3 of the one-side welding. The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the ITER Organization.

  20. Ferrite Loaded Coils for Improved Wireless Power Transfer Efficiency (United States)


    conditioned and then delivered to the battery charger or power plant. 3 Figure 2. Basic WPT concept diagram. While inductive power transfer is...testing. This was done in consideration of the maneuvering capabilities of astern- powered AUVs that lack advanced bow thrusters or other multi ...COILS FOR IMPROVED WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER EFFICIENCY by Seth J. Rosenberry September 2015 Thesis Advisor: David Jenn Second Reader