Sample records for tensiometers

  1. Tensiometer with removable wick (United States)

    Gee, Glendon W.; Campbell, Melvin D.


    The present invention relates to improvements in tensiometers for measuring soil water tension comprising a rod shaped wick. the rod shaped wick is shoestring, rolled paper towel, rolled glass microfiber filter, or solid ceramic. The rod shaped wick is secured to the tensiometer by a cone washer and a threaded fitting.

  2. Inflation Fighters: An Inexpensive Du Nuoy Tensiometer. (United States)

    Cohen, Sheldon H.


    Describes an inexpensive tensiometer, a balance consisting of a plastic drinking straw as the crossarm, a needle as a pivot, and wire loop counter balance to assure proper balance. The instrument permits the quantitative demonstration of interfacial tension and effects of various agents that modify it. (Author/JN)

  3. Theory, construction and operation of simple tensiometers. (United States)

    Stannard, D.I.


    The tensiometer presented here in detail is suited to diverse on-site applications. Constructed from readily available, inexpensive parts, it can measure as much as 0.85 bar of tension. Design features include a flushing system for removal of entrapped air or mercury, and an easily maintained modular network of nylon manometers and water-supply tubes. -from Author

  4. Building the UPPA high capacity tensiometer

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    Mendes Joao


    Full Text Available High capacity tensiometers (HCTs are sensors capable of directly measuring tensile pore water pressure (suction in soils. HCTs are typically composed of a casing that encapsulates a high air entry value ceramic filter, a water reservoir and a pressure sensing element. Since the creation of the first HCT by Ridley and Burland in 1993 at Imperial College London, HCTs have been almost exclusively built and used in academic research. The limited use in industrial applications can be explained by a lack of unsaturated soil mechanics knowledge among engineering practitioners but also by the technical difficulties associated to the direct measurement of tensile water pressures beyond the cavitation limit of -100kPa. In this paper, we present the recent design and manufacture of a new HCT at the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (UPPA in France. Different prototypes were tried by changing the main components of the device including the type of ceramic filter, pressure transducer and geometry of the external casing. In particular, two ceramic filters of distinct porosity, three pressure transducers with distinct materials/geometries and four casing designs were tested.

  5. Measuring very negative water potentials with polymer tensiometers: principles, performance and applications

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    Rooij, de G.H.; Ploeg, van der M.J.; Gooren, H.P.A.; Bakker, G.; Hoogendam, C.W.; Huiskens, C.; Kruidhof, H.; Koopal, L.K.


    In recent years, a polymer tensiometer (POT) was developed and tested to directly measure matric potentials in dry soils. By extending the measurement range to wilting point (a 20-fold increase compared to conventional, water-filled tensiometers), a myriad of previously unapproachable research

  6. Soil water retention measurements using a combined tensiometer-coiled time domain reflectometry probe

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    Vaz, C.M.P.; Hopmans, J.W.; Macedo, A.


    0.98. In addition, the mixing model approach, adapted for the tensiometer-coiled TDR probe, was successful in explaining the functional form of the coiled TDR data with about 30% of the coiled-TDR probe measurement explained by the bulk soil dielectric constant. This new TDR development provides......The objective of the presented study was to develop a single probe that can be used to determine soil water retention curves in both laboratory and field conditions, by including a coiled time domain reflectometry (TDR) probe around the porous cup of a standard tensiometer. The combined tensiometer......-silica sand], Columbia [Coarse-loamy, mixed, superactive, nonacid, thermic Oxyaquic Xerofluvents], Lincoln sandy loam (sandy, mixed, thermic Typic Ustifluvents), and a washed sand - SR130) was measured with the combined tensiometer-coiled TDR probe (coil) as a function of the soil water content (0...

  7. The use of tensiometers to automatically control the irrigation of ornamental species in containers

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    Laura Bacci

    Full Text Available The detection of soil water potential by means of tensiometers is one of the possible techniques to adapt water supply to real plant exigencies, reducing water and nutrient consumption and the environmental impact. The aim of the different experiments illustrated in this paper was the evaluation of tensiometer performances in the automatic control of the irrigation or fertigation of some ornamental species cultivated in containers. Different experiments were carried out over a two-year period on four ornamental species. Three species were cultivated outdoor and equipped with a drop irrigation system while the fourth was cultivated in greenhouse using two different irrigation techniques (drop and subirrigation. In all experiments, tensiometer-based system allowed water or nutrient solution saving ranging from 45% to 25% in comparison with timer-based irrigation management, without negatively affect plant growth and qualitative characteristics. Some arrangements to obtain the best performances of tensiometers in the automatic irrigation management are also illustrated.

  8. Measurement of soil water potential over an extended range by polymer tensiometers: comparison with other instruments (United States)

    van der Ploeg, M. J.; Gooren, H. P.; Hoogendam, R. C.; Bakker, G.; Huiskes, C.; Koopal, L. K.; Kruidhof, H.; de Rooij, G. H.


    In water scarce areas, plant growth and productivity can be severely hampered by irregular precipitation and overall water shortage. Root water uptake is mainly driven by matric potential gradients, but measurement of soil water matric potential is limited by the measurement range of water-filled tensiometers (-0.085 MPa). Other measurement techniques indirectly measure soil water potential by converting soil water content with the use of the water retention curve. In dry soils, the water content measurements may become insensitive to small variations, and consequently this conversion may lead to large errors. We developed a polymer tensiometer (POT) that is able to measure matric potentials down to -2.0 MPa. The POT consists of a solid ceramic, a stainless steel cup and a pressure transducer. The ceramic consist of a support layer and a membrane with 2 nm pore-size to prevent polymer leakage. Between the ceramic membrane and the pressure transducer a tiny chamber is located, which contains the polymer solution. The polymer's osmotic potential strongly reduces the total water potential inside the polymer tensiometer, which causes build-up of osmotic pressure. Hence, the water in the polymer tensiometer will cavitate at a much lower matric potential than the nearly pure water in a conventional tensiometer. Direct observation of the potential of soil water at different locations in the root-system will yield knowledge about the ability of a plant to take up the water under conditions of water shortage or salinity stress. With this knowledge it will be possible to adjust existing unsaturated flow models accounting for root water uptake. We tested 8 POTs in an experimental setup, where we compared matric potential measurements to TDR water content measurements, matric potentials derived from measured water contents, and matric potentials measured by water-filled tensiometers. The experimental setup consisted of two evaporation boxes, one filled with sand (97.6% sand, 1

  9. Developing an automated water emitting-sensing system, based on integral tensiometers placed in homogenous environment. (United States)

    Dabach, Sharon; Shani, Uri


    As the population grows, irrigated agriculture is using more water and fertilizers to supply the growing food demand. However, the uptake by various plants is only 30 to 50% of the water applied. The remaining water flows to surface water and groundwater and causes their contamination by fertilizers or other toxins such as herbicides or pesticides. To improve the water use efficiency of crops and decrease the drainage below the root zone, irrigation water should be applied according to the plant demand. The aim of this work is to develop an automated irrigation system based on real-time feedback from an inexpensive and reliable integrated sensing system. This system will supply water to plants according to their demand, without any user interference during the entire growth season. To achieve this goal a sensor (Geo-Tensiometer) was designed and tested. This sensor has better contact with the surrounding soil, is more reliable and much cheaper than the ceramic cup tensiometer. A lysimeter experiment was conducted to evaluate a subsurface drip irrigation regime based on the Geo-Tensiometer and compare it to a daily irrigation regime. All of the drippers were wrapped in Geo-textile. By integrating the Geo-Tensiometer within the Geo-textile which surrounds the drippers, we created a homogenous media in the entire lysimeter in which the reading of the matric potential takes place. This media, the properties of which are set and known to us, encourages root growth therein. Root density in this media is very high; therefore most of the plant water uptake is from this area. The irrigation system in treatment A irrigated when the matric potential reached a threshold which was set every morning automatically by the system. The daily treatment included a single irrigation each morning that was set to return 120% of the evapotranspiration of the previous day. All Geo-Tensiometers were connected to an automated washing system, that flushed air trapped in the Geo-Tensiometers

  10. Polymer tensiometers with ceramic cones: direct observations of matric pressures in drying soils

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    M. J. van der Ploeg


    Full Text Available Measuring soil water potentials is crucial to characterize vadose zone processes. Conventional tensiometers only measure until approximately −0.09 MPa, and indirect methods may suffer from the non-uniqueness in the relationship between matric potential and measured properties. Recently developed polymer tensiometers (POTs are able to directly measure soil matric potentials until the theoretical wilting point (−1.6 MPa. By minimizing the volume of polymer solution inside the POT while maximizing the ceramic area in contact with that polymer solution, response times drop to acceptable ranges for laboratory and field conditions. Contact with the soil is drastically improved with the use of cone-shaped solid ceramics instead of flat ceramics. The comparison between measured potentials by polymer tensiometers and indirectly obtained potentials with time domain reflectometry highlights the risk of using the latter method at low water contents. By combining POT and time domain reflectometry readings in situ moisture retention curves can be measured over the range permitted by the measurement range of both POT and time domain reflectometry.

  11. Development and testing of a tensiologger: a tensiometer with a built-in datalogger (United States)

    Tuts, Valentijn; Ronchi, Benedicta; Diels, Jan


    Water-filled tensiometers are widely used for measuring matric potential in the range between 0 and approximately -90kPa in soils. When placed in variably-saturated soil horizons, they correctly measure the pressure head both in unsaturated and saturated conditions. Modern tensiometers consist of a porous ceramic cup filled with water that is connected to a pressure transducer. Tensiometers are commercially available in different models, and can be logged with data loggers. Logging requires either cabling to connect the tensiometers to a data logger, or a wireless connection. Cables hamper field operations and can be unpractical because of the distances involved. Commercially available systems with wireless data communication with a central datalogger do not come cheap. We therefore developed a simple water-filled tensiometer with a build-in datalogger, which we called a tensiologger. The tensiologger is assembled using a porous ceramic cup (Al2O3 sinter material with bubble point > 15 bar, UMS GmbH Munich, Germany) filled with degassed demineralised water for transferring the pressure head to the pressure transducer. This cup is screwed onto a small housing with a capsulated logger circuit consisting of a pressure transducer, a temperature sensor for temperature measurement and for temperature correction of the pressure transducer, a memory for 32k measurements, and a microcontroller for logging the data. This loggercircuit is screwed onto an extension tube of 25 mm diameter that contains a replaceable battery and an optical interface at the top (extending from the soil surface). The data can be retrieved from the logger by means of a readout unit that is placed over the optical interface. This readout unit is connected to a USB port of a portable PC with logger software developed in Visual Basic. The cost of all parts including the printed circuit board is 220€ (excluding labour cost for making screw connections and assembling). The tensiologger was tested over

  12. Soil Water Thermodynamic to Unify Water Retention Curve by Pressure Plates and Tensiometer

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    Erik eBraudeau


    Full Text Available The pressure plate method is a standard method for measuring the pF curves, also called soil water retention curves, in a large soil moisture range from saturation to a dry state corresponding to a tension pressure of near 1500 kPa. However, the pressure plate can only provide discrete water retention curves represented by a dozen measured points. In contrast, the measurement of the soil water retention curves by tensiometer is direct and continuous, but limited to the range of the tensiometer reading: from saturation to near 70-80 kPa. The two methods stem from two very different concepts of measurement and the compatibility of both methods has never been demonstrated. The recently established thermodynamic formulation of the pedostructure water retention curve, will allow the compatibility of the two curves to be studied, both theoretically and experimentally. This constitutes the object of the present article. We found that the pressure plate method provides accurate measurement points of the pedostructure water retention curve h(W, conceptually the same as that accurately measured by the tensiometer. However, contrarily to what is usually thought, h is not equal to the applied air pressure on the sample, but rather, is proportional to its logarithm, in agreement with the thermodynamic theory developed in the article. The pF curve and soil water retention curve, as well as their methods of measurement are unified in a same physical theory. It is the theory of the soil medium organization (pedostructure and its interaction with water. We show also how the hydrostructural parameters of the theoretical curve equation can be estimated from any measured curve, whatever the method of measurement. An application example using published pF curves is given.

  13. A low-cost electronic tensiometer system for continuous monitoring of soil water potential

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    Martin Thalheimer


    Full Text Available A low cost system for measuring soil water potential and data logging was developed on the basis of an Arduino microcontroller board, electronic pressure transducers and water-filled tensiometers. The assembly of this system requires only minimal soldering, limited to the wiring of the power supply and the pressure sensors to the microcontroller board. The system presented here is, therefore, not only inexpensive, but also suited for easy reproduction by users with only basic technical skills. The utility and reliability of the system was tested in a commercial apple orchard.

  14. Tyrolean tensiometer: A new instrument for easy intraoperative tension measurement before nerve coaptation. (United States)

    Schubert, Heinrich M; Moser, Thomas M; Buchegger, Johannes W; Brodbeck, Achim F; Schoeller, Thomas; Zimmermann, Robert F; Hohlrieder, Matthias


    In reconstructive surgery microsurgical repair of dissected nerves can be done end-to-end or by using a nerve graft. Guidelines to support an objective decision, whether tension associated with direct suture is acceptable or grafting is needed, do not exist. All experimental data found concerned the clinical outcome when a certain length defect was treated in various animal models. The aim of this study was to show the feasibility of a new instrument for measuring the tension needed to coapt nerve stumps before beginning nerve suture. A tension spring balance was modified in a way that the thread of the first suture is used to measure the force applied to the two nerve stumps by the suture before knotting. Immediately after measuring, the suture can be completed by knotting. Twenty-four rat sciatic nerves were dissected, segments of various length were resected, and tension needed for approximation was measured. These ex vivo data were combined with clinical outcome data of previous animal trials. Data obtained showed that tension measured increased almost proportionally to the size of the gap created. The average additional time needed to measure the tension using the Tyrolean Tensiometer was 11 (+/-4) seconds. None of the methods described before allow intraoperative tension measurement at a time when changes in strategy are still possible. The Tyrolean Tensiometer allows fast and reliable measurement of the tension acting on the first suture and might hereby be useful in predicting final operative outcome.

  15. Tyrolean tensiometer: a new instrument for easy intraoperative tension measurement before vascular anastomosis. (United States)

    Schubert, Heinrich M; Hohlrieder, Matthias; Buchegger, Johannes W; Brodbeck, Achim F; Hager, Martina; Zimmermann, Robert F; Moser, Thomas M


    In reconstructive surgery microsurgical repair of dissected arteries sometimes has to be done under longitudinal tension. Guidelines to support an objective decision on whether tension associated with direct suture is acceptable or whether grafting is needed, do not exist. All experimental data found concerned the clinical outcome of a certain length defect treated in various animal models. The aim of this study was to show the feasibility of a new instrument for measuring the tension required to adapt arterial stumps, thereby allowing surgical outcome to be assessed before beginning anastomosis. A modified tension spring balance was used to measure the force applied to the arterial stumps before knotting. Twenty-four rat femoral arteries were dissected, segments of up to 9mm were resected, and the tension needed for approximation was measured. These ex-vivo data were combined with clinical outcome data of previous animal trials. The tension measured increased proportionally to the size of the arterial gap created. The correlation between tension and arterial gap was found to be almost linear. The average additional time required for tension measurement using the Tyrolean Tensiometer was 13 (+/-6) s. High anastomotic tension may cause critical or even poor clinical outcome. None of the tension measurement methods described so far allow intraoperative measurement at a time when changes in strategy are still possible. The Tyrolean Tensiometer for the first time allows fast and reliable measurement of the tension acting on the first suture of an anastomosis.

  16. A precise goniometer/tensiometer using a low cost single-board computer (United States)

    Favier, Benoit; Chamakos, Nikolaos T.; Papathanasiou, Athanasios G.


    Measuring the surface tension and the Young contact angle of a droplet is extremely important for many industrial applications. Here, considering the booming interest for small and cheap but precise experimental instruments, we have constructed a low-cost contact angle goniometer/tensiometer, based on a single-board computer (Raspberry Pi). The device runs an axisymmetric drop shape analysis (ADSA) algorithm written in Python. The code, here named DropToolKit, was developed in-house. We initially present the mathematical framework of our algorithm and then we validate our software tool against other well-established ADSA packages, including the commercial ramé-hart DROPimage Advanced as well as the DropAnalysis plugin in ImageJ. After successfully testing for various combinations of liquids and solid surfaces, we concluded that our prototype device would be highly beneficial for industrial applications as well as for scientific research in wetting phenomena compared to the commercial solutions.

  17. Mini Tensiometer-Time Domain Reflectometry Coil Probe for Measuring Soil Water Retention Properties

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    Subedi, Shaphal; Kawamoto, Ken; Karunarathna, Anurudda Kumara


    -time domain reflectometry (T-TDR) coil probes, 6-mm wide and 32-mm long. The coil probes were calibrated against a conventional three-rod probe and were used for measuring θ for a aggregated volcanic ash soil (VAS) and a uniform sand. A commonly-used dielectric mixing model did not accurately describe......Time domain reflectometry (TDR) is used widely for measuring soil-water content. New TDR coil probe technology facilitates the development of small, nondestructive probes for simultaneous measurement of soil-water content (θ) and soil-water potential (ψ). In this study we developed mini tensiometer...... between measured soil-water retention curves (ψ > –100 cm H2O) by the new T-TDR coil probes and independent measurements by the hanging water column method....

  18. Observing plants dealing with soil water stress: Daily soil moisture fluctuations derived from polymer tensiometers (United States)

    van der Ploeg, Martine; de Rooij, Gerrit


    Periods of soil water deficit often occur within a plant's life cycle, even in temperate deciduous and rain forests (Wilson et al. 2001, Grace 1999). Various experiments have shown that roots are able to sense the distribution of water in the soil, and produce signals that trigger changes in leaf expansion rate and stomatal conductance (Blackman and Davies 1985, Gollan et al. 1986, Gowing et al. 1990 Davies and Zhang 1991, Mansfield and De Silva 1994, Sadras and Milroy 1996). Partitioning of water and air in the soil, solute distribution in soil water, water flow through the soil, and water availability for plants can be determined according to the distribution of the soil water potential (e.g. Schröder et al. 2013, Kool et al. 2014). Understanding plant water uptake under dry conditions has been compromised by hydrological instrumentation with low accuracy in dry soils due to signal attenuation, or a compromised measurement range (Whalley et al. 2013). Development of polymer tensiometers makes it possible to study the soil water potential over a range meaningful for studying plant responses to water stress (Bakker et al. 2007, Van der Ploeg et al. 2008, 2010). Polymer tensiometer data obtained from a lysimeter experiment (Van der Ploeg et al. 2008) were used to analyse day-night fluctuations of soil moisture in the vicinity of maize roots. To do so, three polymer tensiometers placed in the middle of the lysimeter from a control, dry and very dry treatment (one lysimeter per treatment) were used to calculate water content changes over 12 hours. These 12 hours corresponded with the operation of the growing light. Soil water potential measurements in the hour before the growing light was turned on or off were averaged. The averaged value was used as input for the van Genuchten (1980) model. Parameters for the model were obtained from laboratory determination of water retention, with a separate model parameterization for each lysimeter setup. Results show daily

  19. The effect of rotator cuff malreduction on tendon tension: an evaluation of a custom-made digital tensiometer clamp. (United States)

    Pastor, Marc-Frederic; Kraemer, Manuel; Schwarze, Michael; Hurschler, Christof; Smith, Tomas; Wellmann, Mathias


    Rotator cuff tears are common and good-to-excellent clinical outcome is reported after subsequent repair. However, the retear rate of rotator cuff repairs has been shown to be as high as 20%. The reasons for retear seem to be multifactorial, mainly comprised by mechanical and biological aspects. Regarding mechanical causes, the role of the tendon tension and malreduction is so far unknown. First, we hypothesized that the tendon tension depends on the technique of tendon reposition and that malreduction of the tendon results in an increased tendon tension. Second, we aimed to demonstrate the inter- and intraobserver reliability of a novel custom-made digital tensiometer clamp. A tendon defect of posterosuperior rotator cuff (reverse L-shaped) was simulated in seven cadaveric human shoulder specimens. By use of a custom-made tensiometer clamp, the supraspinatus tendon was reduced by pulling it in (1) an anterolateral direction (anatomical reduction) and (2) in a straight lateral direction (malreduction) until the footprint was completely covered. The reduction procedure was consecutively repeated to evaluate the inter- and intraobserver reliability. The mean traction forces for anatomical reduction and malreduction were 16.02 N (SD 8.06) and 19.52 N (SD 9.95), respectively. The difference between the two groups was statistically significant (p = 0.028). The interobserver reliability showed a correlation of r = 0.757 [95% confidence interval (CI) 0.092-0.955]. The intraobserver reliability of the three surgeons was observed to be between r = 0.905 and 0.986. The malreduction of the rotator cuff has a significant influence on the tendon tension and may therefore affect the healing rate of the tendon after the repair, so that a tension-balanced repair could improve the clinical results. Furthermore, the application of a novel custom-made tensiometer clamp showed good interobserver and excellent intraobserver reliabilities.

  20. Desempenho do tensiômetro com diferentes sistemas de leitura Tensiometer performance with different reading systems

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    Alexsandro dos Santos Brito


    Full Text Available O tensiômetro é o instrumento mais utilizado no campo para medida do potencial mátrico da água, pelo que a avaliação dos seus diferentes sistemas de leitura é muito importante. Este trabalho objetivou avaliar diferentes sistemas de leitura do tensiômetro tradicional em campo e justifica-se porque vai indicar a situação na qual cada sistema deve ou não ser utilizado. Foi realizado um experimento em delineamento inteiramente aleatório e em esquema fatorial 3 x 2 x 2 x 11, ou seja, três sistemas de leitura do tensiômetro (manômetro de mercúrio, vacuômetro de Bourdon e tensímetro digital com transdutor de pressão, duas profundidades de instalação (0,2 e 1,0 m, dois horários de leitura (manhã e tarde e 11 leituras, com quatro repetições. Os dados foram submetidos à análise de variância pelo teste F, e as médias foram contrastadas pelo teste de Tukey, a 5 %. Os sistemas também foram analisados com base nos indicadores estatísticos índice de concordância de Willmott, erro máximo, erro absoluto médio, raiz quadrada do erro médio normalizado, coeficiente de determinação, coeficiente de massa residual e eficiência, adotando-se o tensiômetro com manômetro de mercúrio como referência. Concluiu-se que: (a o vacuômetro de Bourdon é mais exato e eficiente que o tensímetro digital e, na ausência do manômetro de mercúrio, deve ser preferido para a medida do potencial mátrico da água no solo; (b sempre que o vacuômetro de Bourdon for instalado ao longo do comprimento do tensiômetro sob determinada carga hidráulica, esta deve ser considerada no cálculo do potencial mátrico; e (c o tensímetro digital superestimou os valores de potencial mátrico em comparação ao manômetro de mercúrio e vacuômetro de Bourdon.The tensiometer is the most used instrument in the field to determine the soil water matric potential, so that the evaluation of its reading systems is very important. The purpose of this study was to

  1. Dynamic surface activity of phenylalanine glycerol-ether surfactant solutions measured by a differential maximum bubble pressure tensiometer. (United States)

    Kalogianni, Eleni P; Varka, Evi M; Karapantsios, Thodoris D; Pegiadou, Sofia


    A refined differential maximum bubble pressure tensiometer was used for measuring the dynamic surface tension at various concentrations of a nonconventional surfactant, a member of a new homologous series of phenylalanine glycerol-ether amphiphiles, with 10 carbon atoms to the hydrophobic alkyl chain (C(10)-PhGE). The effective bubble formation frequency for the examined surfactant concentrations was varied from 2 bubbles per second to 1 bubble per 20 s. The variation of equilibrium surface tension with concentration as well as the critical micelle concentration were determined by a Wilhelmy plate technique. Comparisons between dynamic and equilibrium surface tension values demonstrate that, under the employed surface deformation rates, the equilibrium surface tension is a misleading indicator of surface activity. This is also supported by simple surface rheology considerations. Results based on a diffusion-controlled kinetic analysis provide further evidence on the strong dependence of surface activity on the particular time scale of deformation.

  2. Tensiometer-based irrigation management of subirrigated soilless tomato: effects of substrate matric potential control on crop performance

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    Francesco Fabiano eMontesano


    Full Text Available This study aimed to determine the effects of irrigation management based on matric potential control on growth, plant-water relations, yield, fruit quality traits and water-use efficiency of subirrigated (through bench system soilless tomato. Tensiometers were used for automatic irrigation control. Two cultivars, ‘Kabiria’ (cocktail type and ‘Diana’ (intermediate type, and substrate water potential set-points (-30 and -60 hPa, for ‘Diana’, and -30, -60 and -90 hPa for ‘Kabiria’, were compared. Compared with -30 hPa, water stress (corresponding to a -60 hPa irrigation set-point reduced water consumption (14%, leaf area (18%, specific leaf area (19%, total yield (10% and mean fruit weight (13%, irrespective of the cultivars. At -60 hPa, leaf-water status of plants, irrespective of the cultivars, showed an osmotic adjustment corresponding to a 9% average osmotic potential decrease. Total yield, mean fruit weight, plant water and osmotic potential decreased linearly when -30, -60 and -90 hPa irrigation set-points were used in ‘Kabiria’. Unmarketable yield in ‘Diana’ increased when water stress was imposed (187 vs 349 g∙plant-1, respectively, at -30 and -60 hPa, while the opposite effect was observed in ‘Kabiria’, where marketable yield loss decreased linearly [by 1.05 g∙plant-1 per unit of substrate water potential (in the tested range from -30 to -90 hPa]. Whereas in the second cluster, fruit total soluble solids and dry matter increased irrespective of the cultivars, in the seventh cluster in ‘Diana’ only a slight increase was observed from -30 vs. -60 hPa (3.3% and 1.3%, respectively, for TSS and dry matter, while in ‘Kabiria’ the increase was more pronounced (8.7% and 12.0%, respectively, for TSS and dry matter, and further reduction in matric potential from -60 to -90 hPa confirmed the linear increase for both parameters. Both glucose and fructose increased linearly in ‘Kabiria’ fruits on decreasing

  3. Tensiometer-Based Irrigation Management of Subirrigated Soilless Tomato: Effects of Substrate Matric Potential Control on Crop Performance. (United States)

    Montesano, Francesco F; Serio, Francesco; Mininni, Carlo; Signore, Angelo; Parente, Angelo; Santamaria, Pietro


    Automatic irrigation scheduling based on real-time measurement of soilless substrate water status has been recognized as a promising approach for efficient greenhouse irrigation management. Identification of proper irrigation set points is crucial for optimal crop performance, both in terms of yield and quality, and optimal use of water resources. The objective of the present study was to determine the effects of irrigation management based on matric potential control on growth, plant-water relations, yield, fruit quality traits, and water-use efficiency of subirrigated (through bench system) soilless tomato. Tensiometers were used for automatic irrigation control. Two cultivars, "Kabiria" (cocktail type) and "Diana" (intermediate type), and substrate water potential set-points (-30 and -60 hPa, for "Diana," and -30, -60, and -90 hPa for "Kabiria"), were compared. Compared with -30 hPa, water stress (corresponding to a -60 hPa irrigation set-point) reduced water consumption (14%), leaf area (18%), specific leaf area (19%), total yield (10%), and mean fruit weight (13%), irrespective of the cultivars. At -60 hPa, leaf-water status of plants, irrespective of the cultivars, showed an osmotic adjustment corresponding to a 9% average osmotic potential decrease. Total yield, mean fruit weight, plant water, and osmotic potential decreased linearly when -30, -60, and -90 hPa irrigation set-points were used in "Kabiria." Unmarketable yield in "Diana" increased when water stress was imposed (187 vs. 349 g·plant(-1), respectively, at -30 and -60 hPa), whereas the opposite effect was observed in "Kabiria," where marketable yield loss decreased linearly [by 1.05 g·plant(-1) per unit of substrate water potential (in the tested range from -30 to -90 hPa)]. In the second cluster, total soluble solids of the fruit and dry matter increased irrespective of the cultivars. In the seventh cluster, in "Diana," only a slight increase was observed from -30 vs. -60 hPa (3.3 and 1

  4. Avaliação do tensiômetro eletrônico no monitoramento do potencial matricial de água no solo Evalutation of an electronic tensiometer in the monitoring of the soil water matrix potential

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    Silvana L. Coelho


    Full Text Available O presente trabalho apresenta o monitoramento do potencial de água no solo obtido por meio do uso de um tensiômetro eletrônico. Os testes foram conduzidos no Laboratório de Mecânica e Eletrônica do Departamento de Engenharia Agrícola da UFC, tendo sido utilizados nove exemplares de tensiômetro eletrônico e três exemplares de tensiômetro convencional de mercúrio. Durante o período de um mês, os dados foram armazenados a uma freqüência de 2 Hz, sendo possível obter detalhes quanto ao monitoramento do potencial da água do solo, o efeito das flutuações de temperatura nas leituras do tensiômetro e a realização de testes de tempo de resposta e de sensibilidade. O efeito das flutuações de temperatura acentuou-se à medida que o potencial matricial diminuiu, sendo o uso de sensores de temperatura em transdutores de pressão de fundamental importância para corrigir o erro de leitura, principalmente para leituras coletadas em horário em que ocorrem as maiores temperaturas do dia. O tempo de resposta do equipamento aumenta à medida que o potencial matricial diminui. Os dispositivos testados apresentaram sensibilidades, em média, de 42,833 mV (kPa-1 e precisão média de 0,02334 kPa ou 0,2380 cm c H2O.This paper presents the monitoring of the soil matrix potential using the electronic tensiometer. The trials were conducted at the Mechanics and Electronics Lab of the Department of Agricultural Engineering of the Federal University of Ceara. Nine samples of electronic tensiometers and three conventional mercury tensiometers were tested for a month period of data gathered at a 2 Hz frequency. The monitoring made it possible to produce insights on the soil drying process, on the effect of temperature fluctuation on the readings, and it was possible to evaluate the response time and sensitivity of the electronic tensiometer. It was found that the temperature effect on the readings increases as the matrix potential decreases, thus it

  5. Desenvolvimento e calibração de um tensiômetro eletrônico de leitura automática Development and calibration of an electronic tensiometer for automatic reading

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    Adunias S. Teixeira


    Full Text Available O presente trabalho apresenta o desenvolvimento e calibração de tensiômetro de leitura automática, sendo o tensiômetro de mercúrio utilizado como padrão de comparação. Os ensaios foram conduzidos no Laboratório de Mecânica e Eletrônica do Departamento de Engenharia Agrícola da UFC. Esse equipamento difere do tensiômetro tradicional por substituir o manômetro de mercúrio por sensor de pressão. Tal dispositivo gera uma saída com valor de até no máximo 4,5 volts. O tensiômetro eletrônico é conectado a uma placa de aquisição de dados (DAQ contendo um microprocessador, conversor analógico/digital (ADC e saída serial, sendo tal placa ligada a um microcomputador. A bancada de ensaio constituiu-se de três caixas plásticas preenchidas com solo de textura franco- arenosa. Os dados foram coletados durante um mês e as equações geradas foram do tipo Count = offset + apsim, em que psim representa o potencial matricial fornecido pelo tensiômetro de mercúrio (kPa e count a saída digial do ADC, com valores adimensionais de 0 a 4.095. Foram obtidos os valores máximo e mínimo de offset de 348,572 e 261,026, e de coeficiente angular de 36,675 kPa-1 e 34,421 kPa-1. Os resultados da regressão linear simples indicaram a existência de regressão a menos de 0,1% de significância e valores de coeficientes de correlação nunca inferiores a 0,9994.This paper presents the development and calibration of a tensiometer for automatic reading where mercury has been replaced by an electronic pressure sensor called the electronic tensiometer. The conventional mercury tensiometer was used as a standard for calibration. Calibration trials were conducted at the Mechanics and Electronics Laboratory of the Department of Agricultural Engineering at Ceará Federal University, Brazil. The electronic tensiometer outputs a maximum 4.5 volts and is connected to a data acquisition system (DAQ composed of a microprocessor, a 12-bit analog to digital

  6. Qualidade da irrigação controlada por tensiômetros em pivô central Quality of center pivot irrigation controlled by tensiometers

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    A.M. Saad


    winter bean (Phaseolus vulgaris, L crop in a Typic Hapludox of the county of Guaíra (SP, Brazil (20° 27'30"S, 48°19'30"W, 495m. Criteria used for this evaluation were the crop water use efficiency and the irrigation "effectivity", the latter being assessed by the water application efficiency, the water distribution uniformity on the soil surface and the soil water storage efficiency. The irrigation monitoring was done by means of 20 sets of two tensiometers (15 and 30 cm soil depths installed at each 15 m on a 300 m transect along the radial direction of the pivot, and 60 rain/irrigation gages installed at each 5 m on the same transect. The irrigation control was done by means of the 15 cm-soil depth tensiometers. The minimum matric potential value used to define the irrigation timing was -0,06 MPa and the water depth to be applied by the pivot was calculated taking into account the value of -0,008 MPa for the soil at field capacity. Results showed that irrigations were of high quality since high values of water application efficiency (80% and water distribution uniformity coefficients (94% and 91% were obtained, the same occurring with the soil water storage (95% and crop water use (0,8 kg/m³ efficiencies.

  7. Tensiometer for Band-Wound Adhesion Studies (United States)


    the procedure using a Matrx™ Model 3000 Veterinary Anesthesia Ventilator (Midmark Corp., Versailles, OH). Central arterial and venous lines were...or decision, unless so designated by other documentation. 9. SPONSORING/ MONITORING AGENCY NAME(S) AND ADDRESS (ES) U.S. Army Research Office P.O...Center Omaha, NE 68198-6810 9. SPONSORING / MONITORING AGENCY NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) 10. SPONSOR/MONITOR’S ACRONYM(S

  8. Tensiometer for Bandage-Wound Adhesion Studies (United States)


    the procedure using a Matrx™ Model 3000 Veterinary Anesthesia Ventilator (Midmark Corp., Versailles, OH). Central arterial and venous lines were...or decision, unless so designated by other documentation. 9. SPONSORING/ MONITORING AGENCY NAME(S) AND ADDRESS (ES) U.S. Army Research Office P.O...Center Omaha, NE 68198-6810 9. SPONSORING / MONITORING AGENCY NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) 10. SPONSOR/MONITOR’S ACRONYM(S

  9. Polymer tensiometers to characterize unsaturated zone processes in dry soils

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    Ploeg, van der M.J.


    More frequent and intense droughts due to global climate change, together with an increasing agricultural water use emphasize the importance of understanding root water uptake by plants under water-stressed conditions. Root water uptake is driven by potential gradients between water in the soil and

  10. Application of maximum bubble pressure surface tensiometer to study protein-surfactant interactions. (United States)

    Dixit, Nitin; Zeng, David L; Kalonia, Devendra S


    Binding of a surfactant to proteins can affect their physicochemical stability and solubility in a formulation. The extent of the effect depends on the binding stoichiometry. In this study, we have utilized the technique of maximum bubble pressure surface tensiometry to characterize the binding between human serum albumin (HSA) and surfactants (sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and polysorbate 80) by dynamic surface tension measurements. Results show that two classes of binding sites are present in HSA for SDS, 5 primary binding sites with high binding affinity (K(a)=5.38×10(5) M(-1)) and 12 secondary binding sites with low affinity (K(a)=6.7×10(4) M(-1)). The binding is high affinity and limited capacity due to both, ionic and hydrophobic interactions between HSA and SDS. For polysorbate 80, the binding does not follow the Scatchard plot, and is low affinity and high capacity, indicating that polysorbate 80 interacts with HSA through hydrophobic interactions. The results show that maximal bubble pressure surface tensiometry is a fast and convenient technique to determine the concentration of free and bound surfactants in the presence of proteins. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Phase-field modelling of a miscible system in spinning droplet tensiometer. (United States)

    Vorobev, Anatoliy; Boghi, Andrea


    The spinning drop tensiometry is used for measurements of surface tension coefficients, especially, when interfaces are characterised by low and ultra-low interfacial stresses. A droplet of lighter liquid is introduced into a rotating capillary that was initially saturated with another heavier liquid. The tube is subject to axial rotation that results in droplet's elongation along the tube's axis. The equilibrium shape of the droplet is used to determine the surface tension coefficient. In this work, the evolution of a slowly miscible droplet introduced into a spinning capillary is investigated. This technique is frequently employed for studies of the dynamics of miscible systems, even despite the fact that a strict equilibrium is never achieved in a mixture of fully miscible liquids. The numerical modelling of a miscible droplet is fulfilled on the basis of the phase-field (Cahn-Hilliard) approach. The numerical results are compared against the experimental data pursuing two objectives: (i) to verify the use of the phase-field approach as a consistent physics-based approach capable of accurate tracking of the short- and long-term evolution of miscible systems, and (ii) to estimate the values of the phenomenological parameters introduced within the phase-field approach, so making this approach a practical tool for modelling of thermohydrodynamic changes in miscible systems within various configurations. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Matric potential measurements by polymer tensiometers in cropped lysimeters under water-stressed conditions

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    Ploeg, van der M.J.; Gooren, H.P.A.; Bakker, G.; Rooij, de G.H.


    In many regions of the world, plant growth and productivity are limited by water deficits. As a result of more frequent and intense droughts, the area of land characterized as very dry has more than doubled since the 1970s. Consequently, understanding root water uptake under water-stressed

  13. Contact Angles of Water-repellent Porous Media Inferred by Tensiometer- TDR Probe Measurement Under Controlled Wetting and Drying Cycles

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    Subedi, Shaphal; Komatsu, Ken; Komatsu, Toshiko


    The time dependency of water repellency (WR) in hydrophobic porous media plays a crucial role for water infiltration processes after rainfall and for the long-term performance of capillary barrier systems. The contact angle (CA) of hydrophobic media normally decreases with continuous contact...... with water, eventually allowing water imbibition. However, the effect of the reduction in CA with soil-water contact time on the water retention function of hydrophobic media is not yet fully understood. In this study, water retention characteristics were measured using a hanging water column apparatus...... equipped with a mini-time domain reflectometry (TDR) coil probe under controlled wetting and drying in a water-repellent volcanic ash soil (VAS) and in sands coated with different hydrophobic agents. The contact angle (CA–SWRC) under imbibition was evaluated based on the inflection points on the water...

  14. Generalized surface momentum balances for the analysis of surface dilatational data

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    Sagis, L.M.C.


    Dilatational rheological properties of interfaces are often determined using drop tensiometers, in which the interface of the droplet is subjected to oscillatory area changes. A dynamic surface tension is determined either by image analysis of the droplet profile or by measuring the capillary

  15. Determination of polar and dispersive contributions of surface ...

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    The determination of the surface tension of some liquids or solutions has been carried out using a tensiometer. The determination of the contact angle between the liquids and a planar surface has also been carried out using photography. Polar and dispersive contributions of the surface tension were obtained by calculation ...

  16. Preparation of zein fibers using solution blow spinning method (United States)

    Zein fibers were successfully fabricated via solution blow spinning (SBS) using acetic acid as solvent. Surface tension, viscosity and modulus of zein solutions were respectively determined by force tensiometer and rheometer. Increases of these properties were observed with an increase of concentrat...

  17. In-situ mechanical behavior and slackness of the anterior cruciate ligament at multiple knee flexion angles

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    Rachmatt, H.H.; Janssen, D.; Verkerke, Gijsbertus Jacob; Diercks, R.L.; Verdonschot, Nicolaas Jacobus Joseph


    In this study the in-situ tensile behavior and slackness of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) was evaluated at various knee flexion angles. In four cadaveric knees the ACL was released at the tibial insertion, after which it was re-connected to a tensiometer. After pre-tensioning (10 N) the ACL

  18. In-situ mechanical behavior and slackness of the anterior cruciate ligament at multiple knee flexion angles

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    Rachmat, Hendi; Janssen, D.; Verkerke, Gijsbertus; Diercks, Ronald; Verdonschot, N.

    In this study the in-situ tensile behavior and slackness of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) was evaluated at various knee flexion angles. In four cadaveric knees the ACL was released at the tibial insertion, after which it was re-connected to a tensiometer. After pre-tensioning (10 N) the ACL

  19. In-situ mechanical behavior and slackness of the anterior cruciate ligament at multiple knee flexion angles

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    Rachmat, H.H.; Janssen, D.W.; Verkerke, G.J.; Diercks, R.L.; Verdonschot, N.J.J.


    In this study the in-situ tensile behavior and slackness of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) was evaluated at various knee flexion angles. In four cadaveric knees the ACL was released at the tibial insertion, after which it was re-connected to a tensiometer. After pre-tensioning (10 N) the ACL

  20. The effect of ionic strength on surfactant-induced unsaturated flow

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    Bashir, Rashid; Smith, James E; Stolle, Dieter E


    .... A solution having a measured surface tension of 68 mN/m was prepared with 0.014% w/w DOWFAX using distilled water and applied to the soil column instrumented with time domain reflectometry probes and pressure transducer equipped tensiometers...

  1. Field, laboratory and estimated soil-water content limits ...

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    In this study the field method involved measuring simultaneously the soil-water content (using a frequency domain reflectometer with the PR1 profile probe that relies on changes in the dielectric constant of soil), and soil-water potential (using Watermark granular matrix sensors and tensiometers) at three depths (100, 300 ...

  2. In Vitro Study of Release of Metronidazole Tablets Prepared from ...

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    The aim of this study is to evaluate the ability of okra gum to release it\\'s medicament in bioadhesive polymer-based drug delivery system. Bioadhesive studies using the tensiometer were done to evaluate its bioadhesivenes. Conventional tablets were made with okra gum as binder and in-vitro release studies carried out ...

  3. Directed 2-dimensional organisation of collagen: Role of cross ...

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    The effect of additives like curcumin and surfactants on the self-assembly of collagen from a simple 2-dimensional system of Langmuir films of the protein at air/solution interface has been attempted in this study using quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and dynamic surface tensiometer. Though pure curcumin is not surface ...

  4. Plant-mimetic Heat Pipes for Operation with Large Inertial and Gravitational Stresses (United States)


    nanoporous silicon. (D) Micrograph of a section of two branches of a Wheatstone bridge of poly(silicon) resistors on a silicon diaphragm...Electron micrograph of porous silicon. (D) Optical micrographs of tensiometer. (E) Calibration of strain gauge ( Wheatstone bridge of piezo resistors

  5. Avaliação de sistema alternativo de automação da irrigação do feijoeiro em casa de vegetação Evaluation of an alternative irrigation automation system for common bean in greenhouse

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    Tadeu M. de Queiroz


    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve por objetivo avaliar um controlador alternativo para o manejo automático de sistemas de irrigação com tensiômetros adaptados. Cultivou-se o feijoeiro comum (Phaseolus vulgaris L. submetido a quatro níveis de déficit hídrico (psi (15; 30; 45 e 60 kPa e três métodos de manejo da irrigação (M, sendo dois automatizados, utilizando tensiômetros com vacuômetro de mercúrio (Hg e tensiômetros com vacuômetro de Bourdon (Vc, ambos adaptados, e o terceiro manejo, convencional, utilizando tensímetro portátil de leitura digital (Ts. Foi avaliado o funcionamento do controlador, a partir do volume de água aplicado e número de acionamentos, a produtividade de grãos e a eficiência de uso da água. Observou-se que tanto o rendimento quanto a eficiência de uso da água não foram afetados pelos métodos de manejo de irrigação. A variável volume de água aplicado foi afetada tanto pelo método (M quanto pelas tensões (psi e pela interação (M x psi. Apesar das falhas de operação apresentadas pelo tensiômetro de Bourdon adaptado, o controlador aplicou água no momento e na quantidade certa.The present work aimed at evaluating an alternative controller for automatic irrigation management systems with adapted tensiometers. Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L. was cultivated under four levels of water deficit (psi (15; 30; 45 and 60 kPa and three irrigation management methods (M, two of them automated using tensiometers with a mercury vacuum meter (Hg and tensiometers with a Bourdon vacuum meter (Vc, both adapted, and the third using conventional management with a portable digital tensiometer (Ts. The controller's operation was evaluated considering the applied volume, number of times the system started, yield and water use efficiency. It was observed that both yield and water use efficiency was not affected by the irrigation methods (5% of probability. The variable applied volume was affected (1% of probability by

  6. [Performance characteristics of root zone moisture and water potential sensors for greenhouses in the conditions of extended space flight]. (United States)

    Podolskiy, I G; Strugov, O M; Bingham, G E


    The investigation was performed using greenhouse Lada in the Russian segment of the International space station (ISS RS) as part of space experiment Plants-2 during ISS missions 5 through to 22. A set of 6 point moisture sensors embedded in the root zone (turface particles of 1-2 mm in diam.) and 4 tensiometers inside root modules (RM) were used to monitor moisture content and water potential in the root zone. The purpose was to verify functionality and to test performance of the sensors in the spacefight environment. It was shown that with the average RZ moisture content of 80% the measurement error of the sensors do not exceed ± 1.5%. Dynamic analysis of the tensiometers measurements attests that error in water potential measurements does not exceed ± 111 Pa.

  7. Consumption and cost of diesel oil on cultivation of Zoysiagrass (Zoysia japonica Steud.) irrigated by aspersion canyons under two irrigation handlings

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    Mazaroni, Bruno Henrique Silveira; Turco, Jose Eduardo Pitelli; Coan, Ruchele Marchiori; Gerolineto, Eduardo [Universidade Estadual Paulista (FCAV/UNESP), Jaboticabal, SP (Brazil). Fac. de Ciencias Agrarias e Veterinarias


    This work aim to analyse the consumption and cost of diesel oil on cultivation of zoysiagrass (Zoysia japonica Steud.) irrigated by aspersion canyon, submitted of to two irrigation handling: T1 - irrigated when the tensiometer reading is equal - 0,5 atmospheres and T2 - irrigated by grass growers methodology. The research was carried on Green-Park Farm, in the city of Pitangueiras, SP. Consumption of diesel oil was measured from a diesel engine, brand MWM, turbined with 6 cylinders, type D-229 for zoysiagrass production. The diesel price was gotten from Petroleum National Agency (ANP), being an average price in Sao Paulo State, in February 2007, converted into the commercial dollar. Economical result was studied, subtracting the selling value of the grass, by the cost of the fuel consumed, for both T1 and T2 treatments. The treatment made by tensiometer showed greater diesel consumption, related to treatment T2, where the handling was made by the grass grower. (author)

  8. Investigation of the efect of the coal particle sizes on the interfacial and rheological properties of coal-water slurry fuels

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    Kihm, K.D.; Deignan, P. [Texas A& M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)


    Experiments were conducted to investigate the effect of particle size on coal-water slurry (CWS) surface tension properties. Two different coal powder samples of different size ranges were obtained through sieving of coal from the Upper Elkhorn Seam. The surfactant (anionic DDBS-soft, dodecylbenzene sulfonic acid) concentration varied from 0 to 1.0% in weight while the coal loading remained at 40% in weight for all the cases. A du Nouy ring tensiometer and a maximum bubble pressure tensiometer measured the static and dynamic surface tensions, respectively, The results show that both static and dynamic surface tensions tend to increase with decreasing coal particle sizes suspended in CWS fuels. Examination of the peak pressure, minimum pressure, surfactant diffusion time, and dead time were also made to correlate these microscopic pressure behavior with the macroscopic dynamic surface tension and to examine the accuracy of the experiment.

  9. Surface tension of decane binary and ternary mixtures with eicosane, docosane, and tetracosane

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    Queimada, Antonio; Cao, A.I.; Marrucho, I.M.


    A tensiometer operating on the Wilhelmy plate method was employed to measure liquid-vapor interfacial tensions of three binary mixtures and one ternary mixture of decane with eicosane, docosane, and tetracosane. Tensions of binary mixtures n-C10H22 + n-C20H42, n-C10H22 + n-C22H46, and n-C10H22 + n...

  10. Pressure Jumps during Drainage in Macroporous Soils

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    Soto, Diego; Paradelo Pérez, Marcos; Corral, A


    Tensiometer readings obtained at high resolution during drainage of structured soil columns revealed pressure jumps with long range correlations and burst sequences with a hierarchical structure. The statistical properties of jumps are similar to Haines jumps described in invasion percolation...... processes at pore scale, but they are much larger in amplitude and duration. Pressure jumps can result from transient redistribution of water potential in internal regions of soil and can be triggered during drainage by capillary displacements at the scale of structural pores....

  11. Estimating soil suction from electrical resistivity


    Piegari, E.; R. Maio


    Soil suction and resistivity strongly depend on the degree of soil saturation and, therefore, both are used for estimating water content variations. The main difference between them is that soil suction is measured using tensiometers, which give point information, while resistivity is obtained by tomography surveys, which provide distributions of resistivity values in large volumes, although with less accuracy. In this paper, we have related soil suction to electrical resistivity with the aim...

  12. Suction measurements on a natural unsaturated soil: A reappraisal of the filter paper method


    Muñoz-Castelblanco, J. A.; Pereira, Jean-Michel; Delage, Pierre; Cui, Yu-Jun


    International audience; Soil suction measurements on an unsaturated soil were performed using the filter paper method and a high capacity tensiometer so as to analyse the reliability of the filter paper technique. The results show that an alternative approach of the filter paper method based on using a previously wetted filter paper can fruitfully be used to measure suction provided an appropriated calibration curve is used. This method was compared to the standard filter paper method in whic...

  13. Suction measurements on a natural unsaturated soil: A reappraisal of the filter paper method




    Soil suction measurements on an unsaturated soil were performed using the filter paper method and a high capacity tensiometer so as to analyse the reliability of the filter paper technique. The results show that an alternative approach of the filter paper method based on using a previously wetted filter paper can fruitfully be used to measure suction provided an appropriated calibration curve is used. This method was compared to the standard filter paper method in which the paper is initially...

  14. The effect of calcium/sodium ratio on the dynamic adsorption of sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) onto water/air interfaces. Evaluation of critical micelle concentrations, diffusion coefficients and molecular areas


    Olsen, Arnt Ove Jektvik


    Test how calcium/sodium-ratio affect the dynamic adsorption of sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) onto water/air interfaces where the ionic strength is kept constant at 20 mM, with the use of maximum bubble pressure tensiometer. With evaluation of critical micelle concentrations, molecular areas and diffusion coefficients. Where short time aproximation of ward and tordai equation is used to find the diffusion coeffician

  15. Required Equipment for Photo-Switchable Donor-Acceptor (D-A) Dyad Interfacial Self-Assembled Monolayers for Organic Photovoltaic Cells (United States)


    Accessory, 6) a Jelight Co. UVO cleaner, and 7) a Laurell Technologies Spin Coater . These instruments were used to characterize a variety of...goniometer/tensiometer, UVO cleaner, spin coater U U U UU Luis Echegoyen (915) 747-7573 (HBCU) - Required Equipment for Photo-switchable Donor...are exposed to the spin coated photoactive layer over the ITO monolayer, the effectiveness of this monolayer will be difficult to study. We need

  16. Behavior and characteristics of compacted expansive unsaturated bentonite-sand mixture

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    Mohammed Y. Fattah


    Full Text Available Limited studies dealt with the expansive unsaturated soils in the case of large-scale model close to the field conditions and therefore, there is much more room for improvement. In this study, expansive (bentonite–sand (B–S mixture and non-expansive (kaolin soils were tested in different water contents and dry unit weights chosen from the compaction curve to examine the effect of water content change on soil properties (swelling pressure, expansion indices, shear strength (soil cohesion and soil suction for the small soil samples. Large-scale model was also used to show the effect of water content change on different relations (swelling and suction with elapsed time. The study reveals that the initial soil conditions (water content and dry unit weight affect the soil cohesion, suction and swelling, where all these parameters slightly decrease with the increase in soil water content especially on the wet side of optimum water content. The settlement of each soil at failure increases with the increase in soil degrees of saturation since the matric suction reduces the soil ability to deform. The settlement observed in B–S mixture is higher than that in kaolin due to the effect of higher swelling observed in B–S mixture and the huge amount of water absorbed which transformed the soil to highly compressible soil. The matric suction seems to decrease with elapsed time from top to bottom of tensiometers due to the effect of water flowing from top of the specimen. The tensiometer reading at first of the saturation process is lower than that at later period of saturation (for soil sample B–S3, the tensiometer #1 took 3 d to drop from 93 kPa to 80 kPa at early stage, while the same tensiometer took 2 d to drop from 60 kPa to 20 kPa.

  17. Tensão superficial do hidróxido de cálcio associado a diferentes substâncias


    Carlos Estrela; Cyntia Rodrigues de Araújo Estrela; Luiz Fernando Guimarães; Reginaldo Santana Silva; Jesus Djalma Pécora


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the surface tension of calcium hydroxide (CH) associated with different substances (deionized distilled water, camphorated paramonochlorophenol, 2% chlorhexidine digluconate, Otosporin, 3% sodium lauryl ether sulphate; Furacin, PMC Furacin) using tensiometer. The action of the substances studied on the dentinal structure enhances the property of surface tension. This method consists in the application of force to separate a platinum ring immersed in t...

  18. Evaluating the accuracy of soil water sensors for irrigation scheduling to conserve freshwater (United States)

    Ganjegunte, Girisha K.; Sheng, Zhuping; Clark, John A.


    In the Trans-Pecos area, pecan [ Carya illinoinensis (Wangenh) C. Koch] is a major irrigated cash crop. Pecan trees require large amounts of water for their growth and flood (border) irrigation is the most common method of irrigation. Pecan crop is often over irrigated using traditional method of irrigation scheduling by counting number of calendar days since the previous irrigation. Studies in other pecan growing areas have shown that the water use efficiency can be improved significantly and precious freshwater can be saved by scheduling irrigation based on soil moisture conditions. This study evaluated the accuracy of three recent low cost soil water sensors (ECH2O-5TE, Watermark 200SS and Tensiometer model R) to monitor volumetric soil water content (θv) to develop improved irrigation scheduling in a mature pecan orchard in El Paso, Texas. Results indicated that while all three sensors were successful in following the general trends of soil moisture conditions during the growing season, actual measurements differed significantly. Statistical analyses of results indicated that Tensiometer provided relatively accurate soil moisture data than ECH2O-5TE and Watermark without site-specific calibration. While ECH2O-5TE overestimated the soil water content, Watermark and Tensiometer underestimated. Results of this study suggested poor accuracy of all three sensors if factory calibration and reported soil water retention curve for study site soil texture were used. This indicated that sensors needed site-specific calibration to improve their accuracy in estimating soil water content data.

  19. Development and testing of soil microtensiometers with less than 2 mm diameter (United States)

    Holeckova, Martina; Snehota, Michal; Picek, Tomas; Martan, Jiri; Schwen, Andreas


    Testing of the prototype was conducted at University of Natural Resources and Life Science in Vienna. Prototypes have been tested in three different experiments with aim to: a) test the pressure measurement accuracy, where the negative water pressures were measured in bulk water; b) determine response time and measuring range of the device; and c) to conduct a pilot measurement in two samples of different soil types (Sample I: 64.8 % sand, 28.5 % silt, 6.7 % clay and Sample II: 37.9 % sand, 50.4 % silt, 11.7 % clay). The tensiometers embedded in HYPROP (Decagon Devices) were used to perform simultaneous measurement in all three types of experiments, thus serving as a reference. Pressure values obtained by the prototype microtensiometer were compared with pressure values given by the HYPROP device. Results indicate a very good agreement of pressures sensed by prototype microtensiometers and the HYPROP device. The response of tested microtensiometers to the external pressure changes was almost immediate in bulk water. Maximum range of tested microtensiometers (during short-term experiments) was from - 750 hPa to + 850 hPa. Practical measuring range of tested microtensiometers during long-term experiments varied between ± 230 hPa, while outside of this range the air bubbles developed in the tensiometer body, due to slow air leak to the pressure sensor through moveable part of catheter. The newly developed microtensiometer proved as a robust device suitable for installation in soils. Despite the pressure measurement range is already sufficient for many applications extending the range for long-term measurements represents a challenge for the next stage of the tensiometers development.

  20. Porous media matric potential and water content measurements during parabolic flight (United States)

    Norikane, Joey H.; Jones, Scott B.; Steinberg, Susan L.; Levine, Howard G.; Or, Dani


    Control of water and air in the root zone of plants remains a challenge in the microgravity environment of space. Due to limited flight opportunities, research aimed at resolving microgravity porous media fluid dynamics must often be conducted on Earth. The NASA KC-135 reduced gravity flight program offers an opportunity for Earth-based researchers to study physical processes in a variable gravity environment. The objectives of this study were to obtain measurements of water content and matric potential during the parabolic profile flown by the KC-135 aircraft. The flight profile provided 20-25 s of microgravity at the top of the parabola, while pulling 1.8 g at the bottom. The soil moisture sensors (Temperature and Moisture Acquisition System: Orbital Technologies, Madison, WI) used a heat-pulse method to indirectly estimate water content from heat dissipation. Tensiometers were constructed using a stainless steel porous cup with a pressure transducer and were used to measure the matric potential of the medium. The two types of sensors were placed at different depths in a substrate compartment filled with 1-2 mm Turface (calcined clay). The ability of the heat-pulse sensors to monitor overall changes in water content in the substrate compartment decreased with water content. Differences in measured water content data recorded at 0, 1, and 1.8 g were not significant. Tensiometer readings tracked pressure differences due to the hydrostatic force changes with variable gravity. The readings may have been affected by changes in cabin air pressure that occurred during each parabola. Tensiometer porous membrane conductivity (function of pore size) and fluid volume both influence response time. Porous media sample height and water content influence time-to-equilibrium, where shorter samples and higher water content achieve faster equilibrium. Further testing is needed to develop these sensors for space flight applications.

  1. Measurement of water potential in low-level waste management. [Shallow Land Burial

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    Jones, T. L.; Gee, G. W.; Kirkham, R. R.; Gibson, D. D.


    The measurement of soil water is important to the shallow land burial of low-level waste. Soil water flow is the principle mechanism of radionuclide transport, allows the establishment of stabilizing vegetation and also governs the dissolution and release rates of the waste. This report focuses on the measurement of soil water potential and provides an evaluation of several field instruments that are available for use to monitor waste burial sites located in arid region soils. The theoretical concept of water potential is introduced and its relationship to water content and soil water flow is discussed. Next, four major areas of soils research are presented in terms of their dependence on the water potential concept. There are four basic types of sensors used to measure soil water potential. These are: (1) tensiometers; (2) soil psychrometers; (3) electrical resistance blocks; and (4) heat dissipation probes. Tensiometers are designed to measure the soil water potential directly by measuring the soil water pressure. Monitoring efforts at burial sites require measurements of soil water over long time periods. They also require measurements at key locations such as waste-soil interfaces and within any barrier system installed. Electrical resistance blocks are well suited for these types of measurements. The measurement of soil water potential can be a difficult task. There are several sensors commercially available; however, each has its own limitations. It is important to carefully select the appropriate sensor for the job. The accuracy, range, calibration, and stability of the sensor must be carefully considered. This study suggests that for waste management activities, the choice of sensor will be the tensiometer for precise soil characterization studies and the electrical resistance block for long term monitoring programs. (DMC)

  2. Manejo da irrigação utilizando sensor da umidade do solo alternativo Irrigation scheduling using alternative soil moisture sensor

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    Wellington A. de Freitas


    Full Text Available Um sensor alternativo utilizando a medida da capacitância para determinação da umidade do solo foi desenvolvido e calibrado em laboratório, e avaliado por meio da comparação com tensiômetros, no manejo da irrigação da cultura do feijoeiro. Utilizou-se um delineamento inteiramente casualizado com 5 repetições e esquema fatorial com dois métodos de manejo (alternativo e tensiometria além tensões de água no solo (20, 40 e 60 kPa. Observou-se que, independente do método empregado, a produção do feijoeiro foi maior quando submetido a tensão de 39 kPa; entretanto, o manejo da irrigação utilizando-se o método alternativo levou a um número maior de irrigações e também do volume de água aplicado, com consequente redução da eficiência do uso da água em comparação com o uso de tensiômetros.An alternative sensor using a capacitance measurement for determining soil moisture was developed and calibrated in the laboratory and evaluated by comparison with tensiometers in the irrigation of common bean. A completely randomized design was used with five replications and a factorial with two methods of management (alternative and tensiometer and soil water tensions (20, 40 and 60 kPa. It was observed that regardless of the method, the bean yield was higher when subjected to stress of 39 kPa, however, irrigation management using the alternative method led to a greater number of irrigation and also the volume of water applied, with consequent reduction in water use efficiency compared to the use of tensiometers.

  3. Frost Action Predictive Techniques for Roads and Airfields; A Comprehensive Survey of Research Findings. (United States)


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  4. Attempt to evaluate the dispersive and polar components of the surface tensions of multicomponent solutions, using Kaelble's method

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    Kaelble's technique has been used to evaluate the dispersive and polar components of the surface tensions of 2 multicomponent organic solvent systems, one binary and the other tertiary. This was done by calibrating a number of common polymer films with primary standard contact liquids; these films then were used as substrates against which the mixed solvents were calibrated. Although a secondary calibration, the total surface tensions (dispersive plus polar) compare well with values obtained on a Du Nouy tensiometer. Details are given on the use of this evaluation. 11 references.

  5. A comparative analysis of infiltration rates below a pasture and a secondary forest on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos (United States)

    d'Ozouville, N.; Pryet, A.; Tournebize, J.; Chaumont, C.; Gonzáles, A.; Dominguez, C.; Fuente-Tomai, P.; Fernandez, J.; Violette, S.


    The potential effects of land use changes on groundwater recharge are being investigated on the windward side of Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos. Comparative studies allow the identification of the processes (evaporation, transpiration, soil water storage) at the vegetation/soil interface leading to contrasting recharge rates under different land covers. During one year, we monitored soil water dynamics under two adjacent study plots differing only by their vegetation cover: a pasture and a secondary forest. Climatic variables were monitored above the pasture and completed by throughfall monitoring under the forest. Tensiometers provide a direct measurement of the driving force of water dynamics in the soil: the hydraulic head gradient. In the two plots, tensiometers were set up in vertical profiles together with soil water content probes and connected to an automatic acquisition device. The forest stand has a higher canopy storage capacity and aerodynamic resistance, which causes evaporation losses to be higher. This is confirmed by throughfall measurements: only ca. 80% of gross precipitation reaches the ground. Expectedly, soil water tension profiles present clearly different behaviors in the pasture and in the forest. Despite high uncertainties on estimated recharge rates, we show that parallel monitoring of soil hydrodynamics in these two study plots provides valuable insights and may help to manage or anticipate the potential effect of deforestation or invasion by introduced plants on the hydrology of Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.

  6. Pediatric Dispersible Tablets: a Modular Approach for Rapid Prototyping. (United States)

    Buck, Jonas; Huwyler, Jörg; Kühl, Peter; Dischinger, Angela


    The design of pediatric formulations is challenging. Solid dosage forms for children have to meet the needs of different ages, e.g. high number of dosing increments and strengths. A modular formulation strategy offering the possibility of rapid prototyping was applied. Different tablet compositions and the resulting tablet characteristics were investigated for dispersible tablets using customized analytical methods. Fluid bed granules were blended with extragranular components, and compressed to tablets. Disintegration behavior was studied with a Texture Analyzer and a Tensiometer. Methods for determination of disintegration time and water uptake of tablets were developed with a Texture Analyzer, and a Tensiometer, respectively. Twenty-two different tablet formulations were prepared and analyzed with respect to disintegration time, hardness, friability, and viscosity. Multivariate data analysis revealed a high impact of type and amount of viscosity enhancer on the disintegration behavior of tablets. An optimized formulation was selected with a disintegration time of 24 s. Methods providing additional information on the disintegration behavior of dispersible tablets compared to standard pharmacopoeia methods were established. Selecting the right type and level of viscosity enhancer and superdisintegrant was critical for developing pediatric tablets with a disintegration time of less than 30 s but still pleasant mouth feel.

  7. The Equilibria of Diosgenin-Phosphatidylcholine and Diosgenin-Cholesterol in Monolayers at the Air/Water Interface. (United States)

    Janicka, Katarzyna; Jastrzebska, Izabella; Petelska, Aneta Dorota


    Diosgenin (Dio) has shown many treatment properties, but the most important property is cytotoxic activity in cancer cells. In this study, we investigated monolayers of Dio, cholesterol (Ch), and phosphatidylcholine (PC) at the air/water interface. The measurements were carried with a Langmuir Teflon trough and a Nima 9000 tensiometer program. The surface tension values of pure and mixed monolayers were used to calculate π-A isotherms and determine molecular surface areas. We were able to demonstrate the formation of complexes between Dio and PC and Dio and Ch molecules also. We considered the equilibrium between individual components and the formed complexes. In addition, we established that diosgenin and the lipids formed highly stable 1:1 complexes.

  8. Uji produksi biosurfaktan oleh Pseudomonas sp. pada substrat yang berbeda

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    Fatimah Fatimah


    Full Text Available Biosurfactant, microbial metabolite whose properties like surfactant, was suggested to replace chemically synthesized surfactant for take in hand environtmental pollution by petroleum hydrocarbon. This work was done to examine potency of Pseudomonas sp. isolated from Tanjung Perak Harbor to produce biosurfactant. Also, to know the effect of different substrates (glucose + yeast extract, lubricating oil and hexadecane toward biosurfactant production. Pseudomonas sp. grown in mineral synthetic water and biosurfactant production was measured on stationary phase. Biosurfactant production based on emulsification activity and surface tension reduction of supernatant (using Du Nouy tensiometer. Solar, lubricating oil, and hexadecane were used to examine emulsification activity. Results indicated that Pseudomonas sp. have a potency to produce biosurfactant. Surface tension of supernatant decreased up to 20 dyne/cm, when grown on hexadecane substrate. Hexadecane is the best growing substrate for biosurfactant production than others.

  9. How long can donor sclera be safely stored? (United States)

    Romanchuk, K G; Nair, P; Grahn, B


    To determine whether after prolonged storage of sclera in glycerin, there is any bacteriologic contamination that will reactivate, whether reconstituted sclera retains its tensile strength, and whether sclera retains its microstructural integrity. Sixty-six scleral shells stored in glycerin for 9 to 19 years, as well as 11 controls stored for 6 months to 4 years, were studied by cutting a small wedge of tissue from the anterior margin of each and directly inoculating into thioglycolate broth, cutting an equatorial ring and determining its break strength using a tensiometer, and cutting a small piece from the remaining posterior portion and examining by scanning electron microscopy. After such prolonged storage, bacteriologic contamination was not detected, tensile strength generally increased with increasing duration of storage, and ultrastructural integrity was maintained on scanning electron microscopy. This study suggests that storage of scleral shells can be safely prolonged; we hope this can facilitate an increased supply of donated sclera to patients and surgeons.

  10. Smart plants, smart models? On adaptive responses in vegetation-soil systems (United States)

    van der Ploeg, Martine; Teuling, Ryan; van Dam, Nicole; de Rooij, Gerrit


    Hydrological models that will be able to cope with future precipitation and evapotranspiration regimes need a solid base describing the essence of the processes involved [1]. The essence of emerging patterns at large scales often originates from micro-behaviour in the soil-vegetation-atmosphere system. A complicating factor in capturing this behaviour is the constant interaction between vegetation and geology in which water plays a key role. The resilience of the coupled vegetation-soil system critically depends on its sensitivity to environmental changes. To assess root water uptake by plants in a changing soil environment, a direct indication of the amount of energy required by plants to take up water can be obtained by measuring the soil water potential in the vicinity of roots with polymer tensiometers [2]. In a lysimeter experiment with various levels of imposed water stress the polymer tensiometer data suggest maize roots regulate their root water uptake on the derivative of the soil water retention curve, rather than the amount of moisture alone. As a result of environmental changes vegetation may wither and die, or these changes may instead trigger gene adaptation. Constant exposure to environmental stresses, biotic or abiotic, influences plant physiology, gene adaptations, and flexibility in gene adaptation [3-7]. To investigate a possible relation between plant genotype, the plant stress hormone abscisic acid (ABA) and the soil water potential, a proof of principle experiment was set up with Solanum Dulcamare plants. The results showed a significant difference in ABA response between genotypes from a dry and a wet environment, and this response was also reflected in the root water uptake. Adaptive responses may have consequences for the way species are currently being treated in models (single plant to global scale). In particular, model parameters that control root water uptake and plant transpiration are generally assumed to be a property of the plant

  11. Study of the interface solid/solutions containing PEO-PPO block copolymers and asphaltenes by FTIR/ATR; Estudo de solucoes de copolimeros em bloco de PEO-PPO contendo asfaltenos por FTIR/DTA

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    Aguiar, Janaina I.S.; Neto, Jessica S.G.; Mansur, Claudia R.E. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto de Macromoleculas, Laboratorio de Macromoleculas e Coloides na Industria de Petroleo, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)], E-mails:,;


    The formation of water/oil emulsions can cause problems in various stages of production, processing and refining of petroleum. In this study, the technique of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) using the method of attenuated total reflectance (ATR) was applied to study the solid-solutions of block copolymers based on poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide) (PEO-PPO) interface and its interaction in this interface with asphaltenic fractions of petroleum. The solid is the crystal of the ATR. Initially, we determined the critical micelle concentration values of the copolymers, which were consistent those obtained by a tensiometer. Bottle Test was also performed to correlate the efficiency of PEO-PPO copolymers in the breaking of water/oil emulsions with its adsorption at the interfaces solutions. (author)

  12. An easily installable groundwater lysimeter to determine waterbalance components and hydraulic properties of peat soils

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    K. Schwaerzel


    Full Text Available A simple method for the installation of groundwater lysimeters in peat soils was developed which reduces both time and financial effort significantly. The method was applied on several sites in the Rhinluch, a fen peat land 60 km northwest of Berlin, Germany. Over a two-year period, upward capillary flow and evapotranspiration rates under grassland with different groundwater levels were measured. The installation of tensiometers and TDR probes additionally allowed the in situ determination of the soil hydraulic properties (water retention and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity. The results of the measurements of the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity demonstrate that more than one single method has to be applied if the whole range of the conductivity function from saturation to highly unsaturated is to be covered. Measuring the unsaturated conductivity can be done only in the lab for an adequately wide range of soil moisture conditions. Keywords: peat soils, soil hydraulic properties, evapotranspiration, capillary flow, root distribution, unsaturated zone

  13. Investigation of the surface free energy of the ITO thin films deposited under different working pressure

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    Özen, Soner, E-mail:; Pat, Suat; Korkmaz, Şadan [Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Physics Department, 26480 (Turkey); Şenay, Volkan [Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Physics Department, 26480 (Turkey); Bayburt University, Primary Science Education Department, 69000 (Turkey)


    This study discusses the influence of working pressure on the surface energy of the ITO thin films produced by radio frequency magnetron sputtering method. Optical tensiometer (Attension Theta Lite) is used for evaluating wetting behavior of the water droplet on the film surface and Equation of State method was selected to determine surface free energy for this study. Equation of state method does not divide the surface tension into different components such as polar, dispersive, acid-base. It is calculated the surfaces’ free energy measuring the contact angle with a single liquid. The surface free energy value was in the range of 15-31 mN/m. Also, the transmittances were determined in the wavelength range between 200 and 1000 nm using the UNICO 4802 UV-Vis double beam spectrophotometer. Transmittances of the produced ITO thin films are greater than %70 in the visible range.

  14. Development and commissioning of apparatus to investigate capillary phenomena using radiotracers

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    Gunzel, F.; Craig, W.H.; Cruickshank, M.; Merrifield, C.M. [Manchester Univ. (United Kingdom)


    A new technique and associated apparatus have been developed to measure the generation of a capillary fringe in a column of sand or silt in flight in the centrifuge. The novel use of very low concentrations of an effectively non-sorbing radioisotope (Technetium 99m) to label the pore fluid and to detect its presence has been developed from earlier research into the ion exchange capacity of this isotope flowing through a soil specimen. Initial research has shown that the moisture content is directly related to the activity measured by miniature Geiger Mueller detectors for a given bulk density of the soil specimen. The pore suctions in the vadose zone are measured by miniature commercially available tensiometers. This paper describes the apparatus, which combines these devices to measure, in real time, the moisture content and pore water suctions in the soil column at selected heights above a sustained water table level during the equilibration of the capillary zone in flight. (authors)

  15. Estratégias de manejo de água em caupi irrigado Strategies of irrigation scheduling in cowpea

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    Rubens Sonsol Gondim


    Full Text Available Este trabalho foi conduzido no período de setembro a dezembro de 1997, numa área irrigada da Fazenda Experimental do Vale do Curu, pertencente à Universidade Federal do Ceará, no município de Pentecoste, CE, localizada a 100 km de Fortaleza. O objetivo do experimento foi avaliar a utilização do tensiômetro de mercúrio, do Tanque Classe A e da equação de Hargreaves, na determinação da lâmina de água a ser aplicada na irrigação. O delineamento foi inteiramente casualizado, com três tratamentos e quatro repetições, enquanto os tratamentos foram representados pelos três diferentes métodos de estimação citados, de quando e quanto irrigar (Tratamento 1 - Tensiômetro; Tratamento 2 - Tanque Classe A e Tratamento 3 - equação de Hargreaves e a cultura utilizada foi o caupi (Vigna unguiculata (L. Walp para consumo em estado verde, cultivar João Paulo II, no espaçamento de 0,90 x 0,40 m, com duas plantas por cova, irrigada por aspersão convencional. A análise dos resultados constatou uma economia de água no tratamento 1, de 28 e 23%, em relação aos tratamentos 2 e 3, respectivamente, e também evidenciou a inexistência de diferenças significativas entre as produtividades alcançadas em todos os tratamentos. O tensiômetro pode ser indicado como instrumento de racionalização do uso da água em irrigação.A field study was conducted from September to December 1997 at the Federal University of Ceará Experimental Farm in Pentecoste, Brazil. The irrigation scheduling was based on a tensiometer, Class A pan evaporation and Hargreaves equation. The purpose of the research was to evaluate the three treatments (Treatment 1 - tensiometer, Treatment 2 - pan evaporation and Treatment 3 - Hargreaves equation with four replications in a completely randomized design. Sprinkler irrigated cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L. Walp, cultivar João Paulo II for fresh consumption was grown on the experimental area. Plants were spaced at 0.90 x 0

  16. Improved DNA condensation, stability, and transfection with alkyl sulfonyl-functionalized PAMAM G2

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    Rata-Aguilar, Azahara, E-mail:; Maldonado-Valderrama, Julia; Jódar-Reyes, Ana Belén; Ortega-Vinuesa, Juan Luis [University of Granada, Biocolloid and Fluid Physics Group, Department of Applied Physics (Spain); Santoyo-Gonzalez, Francisco [University of Granada, Organic Chemistry Department, Institute of Biotechnology (Spain); Martín-Rodríguez, Antonio [University of Granada, Biocolloid and Fluid Physics Group, Department of Applied Physics (Spain)


    In this work, we have used a second-generation PAMAM grafted with octadecyl sulfonyl chains to condense plasmid DNA. The influence of this modification at different levels was investigated by comparison with original PAMAM G2. The condensation process and temporal stability of the complexes was studied with DLS, finding that the aliphatic chains influence DNA compaction via hydrophobic forces and markedly improve the formation and temporal stability of a single populated system with a hydrodynamic diameter below 100 nm. Interaction with a cell membrane model was also evaluated with a pendant drop tensiometer, resulting in further incorporation of the C18-PAMAM dendriplexes onto the interface. The improvement observed in transfection with our C18 grafted PAMAM is ascribed to the size, stability, and interfacial behavior of the complexes, which in turn are consequence of the DNA condensation process and the interactions involved.


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    C. Jean Bustard; Kenneth E. Baldrey; Richard Schlager


    The U.S. Department of Energy and ADA Environmental Solutions has begun a project to develop commercial flue gas conditioning additives. The objective is to develop conditioning agents that can help improve particulate control performance of smaller or under-sized electrostatic precipitators on utility coal-fired boilers. The new chemicals will be used to control both the electrical resistivity and the adhesion or cohesivity of the flyash. There is a need to provide cost-effective and safer alternatives to traditional flue gas conditioning with SO{sub 3} and ammonia. Preliminary testing has identified a class of common deliquescent salts that effectively control flyash resistivity on a variety of coals. A method to evaluate cohesive properties of flyash in the laboratory has been selected and construction of an electrostatic tensiometer test fixture is underway. Preliminary selection of a variety of chemicals that will be screened for effect on flyash cohesion has been completed.

  18. Wettability measurements of irregular shapes with Wilhelmy plate method (United States)

    Park, Jaehyung; Pasaogullari, Ugur; Bonville, Leonard


    One of the most accurate methods for measuring the dynamic contact angle of liquids on solid surfaces is the Wilhelmy plate method. This method generally requires the use of rectangular samples having a constant perimeter in the liquid during advancing and receding cycles. A new formulation based on the Wilhelmy force balance equation to determine the contact angle for plate samples with irregular shapes has been developed. This method employs a profile plot obtained from an optical image to determine the perimeter (i.e. wetted length) of the sample as a function of the immersion depth. The raw force data measured by the force tensiometer is manipulated using the profile plot and the Wilhelmy equation to determine the wetting force and consequently advancing and the receding contact angle. This method is verified with both triangular and irregular PTFE samples in water, and measured contact angles are in good agreement with results from conventional regular shaped samples with a constant perimeter.

  19. Vadose Zone Transport Field Study: Status Report

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    Gee, Glendon W.; Ward, Anderson L.


    Studies were initiated at the Hanford Site to evaluate the process controlling the transport of fluids in the vadose zone and to develop a reliable database upon which vadose-zone transport models can be calibrated. These models are needed to evaluate contaminant migration through the vadose zone to underlying groundwaters at Hanford. A study site that had previously been extensively characterized using geophysical monitoring techniques was selected in the 200 E Area. Techniques used previously included neutron probe for water content, spectral gamma logging for radionuclide tracers, and gamma scattering for wet bulk density. Building on the characterization efforts of the past 20 years, the site was instrumented to facilitate the comparison of nine vadose-zone characterization methods: advanced tensiometers, neutron probe, electrical resistance tomography (ERT), high-resolution resistivity (HRR), electromagnetic induction imaging (EMI), cross-borehole radar (XBR), and cross-borehole seismic (XBS). Soil coring was used to obtain soil samples for analyzing ionic and isotopic tracers.

  20. Stability Evaluation of Volcanic Slope Subjected to Rainfall and Freeze-Thaw Action Based on Field Monitoring

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    Shima Kawamura


    Full Text Available Rainfall-induced failures of natural and artificial slopes such as cut slopes, which are subjected to freezing and thawing, have been frequently reported in Hokkaido, Japan. In particular, many failures occur intensively from spring to summer seasons. Despite numerous field studies, explanation of their mechanical behavior based on in situ data has not yet been completely achieved due to the difficulty in grasping failure conditions. This study aims at clarifying the aspects of in-situ volcanic slopes subjected to rainfall and freeze-thaw action. The changes in soil moisture, pore pressure, deformations, and temperatures in the slope were investigated using soil moisture meters, tensiometers, thermocouple sensors, clinometers, settlement gauges, an anemovane, a snow gauge, and a rainfall gauge. The data generated from these measures indicated deformation in the slope examined mainly proceeded during the drainage process according to changes in soil moisture. Based on this data, a prediction method for failures is discussed in detail.

  1. Lysimeter Kleče Sanitation (United States)

    Bracic Zeleznik, Branka; Cencur Curk, Barbara


    Ljubljana field aquifer is the main source of drinking water for Ljubljana. About 35% of the recharge area is used for agriculture, predominantly for intensive vegetable production therefore two lysimeters were built in 1991 at the area of the water pumping station Klece in order to study natural nitrate percolation through the unsaturated zone. The lysimeters consist of two concrete pipes (radius: 0,9 m, depth: 2,0 m), filled with autochthon soil, sandy (pebbles of 2-4 cm diameter) gravel and drainage material, each 50 cm thick. Both lysimeters are connected with control shaft. The mean porosity of the lysimeter is 22 %. At the bottom of the lysimeter outflow a drain pipe leads into adjacent control shaft where outflow is measured with tipping bucket. The measurements of percolating water indicated that the southern lysimeter is damaged, because the part of the percolating water is lost through the bottom of the container. This was the reason for the removal of the southern lysimeter and replacing it with hydro-lysimeter. The monolith of 2 m height and 1,1m diameter will be cut from sandy gravel sediments on the area of the water pumping station. Inside the monolith tensiometers, TDR probes and suction cups will be installed in three levels in depths of 50 cm, 100 cm and 150 cm. Additionally 2 tensiometers for temperature and tension in the depths 190 cm to transfer field matrix potential into the lysimeter will be installed. Long term observations of water balance and nitrate percolation are very important in order to assess trends in groundwater recharge and nitrate content. Measurements and monitoring of NO3-N in percolated water from non-fertilised area give information about nitrate natural background, which helps to determine the correct use of plant fertilizers and enables prompt reactions to negative trends on the groundwater quality.

  2. Mesh fixation with a barbed anchor suture results in significantly less strangulation of the abdominal wall. (United States)

    Lyons, Calvin; Joseph, Rohan; Salas, Nilson; Reardon, Patrick R; Bass, Barbara L; Dunkin, Brian J


    Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair using an underlay mesh frequently requires suture fixation across the abdominal wall, which results in significant postoperative pain. This study investigates the utility of a novel mesh fixation technique to reduce the strangulation force on the abdominal wall. Multiple 2-cm(2) pieces of polyester mesh (Parietex Composite, Covidien) were placed as an underlay against a porcine abdominal wall. Fixation was accomplished using either the standard 0-polyglyconate or the 0-polyglyconate barbed anchor suture designed to hold in tissue without the need to tie a knot (V-Loc 180; Covidien). Suture fixation began with a stab wound incision in the skin. A suture-passing device then was used to pass the suture across the abdominal wall and through the mesh. The suture passer was removed and reintroduced through the same stab wound incision but at a different fascial entry point 1.5 cm away. The tail of the suture was grasped and pulled up through both the mesh and the abdominal wall, creating a full-thickness U-stitch. One tail of the suture was attached to a tensiometer, and the strangulation force on the abdominal wall was measured while the suture was tied (standard) or looped (barbed). To compare pullout force, the tensiometer was attached to either the mesh or the suture, and traction was applied until material failure or suture pull through. Results are expressed as mean ± standard deviation. Comparisons were performed using Student's t-test. Eight pieces of mesh were placed for each suture. The average force required to secure the barbed suture (0.59 ± 0.08 kg) was significantly less than the force needed to secure the standard suture (2.17 ± 0.58 kg) (P suture pullout forces with the mesh failure forces. Although the pullout force for the standard suture is significantly greater than for the barbed suture, both sutures have a pullout strength significantly greater than the mesh failure force. Table 1 Suture fixation forces for

  3. Calcium Hypochlorite Solutions: Evaluation of Surface Tension and Effect of Different Storage Conditions and Time Periods over pH and Available Chlorine Content. (United States)

    Leonardo, Natália Gomes e Silva; Carlotto, Israel Bangel; Luisi, Simone Bonato; Kopper, Patrícia Maria Poli; Grecca, Fabiana Soares; Montagner, Francisco


    The aim of this study was to evaluate the pH and the available chlorine content from sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) and calcium hypochlorite (Ca[OCl]2) solutions stored in different conditions and time periods and the surface tension of Ca(OCl)2 solutions in comparison with NaOCl. Solutions at 0.5%, 1%, 2.5%, and 5.25% concentrations were prepared. The pH level and the available chlorine content of freshly prepared solutions and solutions stored for 30, 60, and 90 days at 25°C, 4°C, or 37°C were evaluated in a digital pH meter and by titration, respectively. Surface tension was tested using a Du Nouy tensiometer (Sigma 702, Force Tensiometer; Attension, Espoo, Finland). Descriptive and inferential statistical analyses were performed. A precipitate formed by 2.5% and 5.25% Ca(OCl)2 solutions was observed. Ca(OCl)2 showed a higher concentration of available chlorine than NaOCl. Both 2.5% and 5.25% NaOCl and Ca(OCl)2 had a decrease in the available chlorine content when compared with freshly prepared solutions; 0.5% and 1% NaOCl tend to have a lower pH compared with 0.5% and 1% Ca(OCl)2. NaOCl, 5.25%, showed higher pH compared with 5.25% Ca(OCl)2. NaOCl and Ca(OCl)2 in 0.5% and 1% concentrations tend to show a reduced pH level, whereas 2.5% and 5.25% solutions showed an increase in pH. The heat contributed to the instability of the solutions. NaOCl showed lower surface tension values than Ca(OCl)2. Ca(OCl)2 solutions are extremely alkaline and tend to have more available chlorine content than NaOCl but have a higher surface tension than NaOCl. Regarding the available chlorine content, these solutions tend to be stable to 30 days of storage when kept at 4°C or at 25°C. Copyright © 2016 American Association of Endodontists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Integrated test rig for tether hardware, real-time simulator and control algorithms: Robust momentum transfer validated (United States)

    Kruijff, Michiel; van der Heide, Erik Jan


    In preparation of the ESA demonstration mission for a tethered sample return capability from ISS, a breadboard test has been performed to validate the robust StarTrack tether dynamics control algorithms in conjunction with the constructed hardware. The proposed mission will use hardware inherited from the YES mission (Kruijff, 1999). A tether spool is holding a 7 kg, 35 km Dyneema tether. A 45 kg re-entry capsule will be ejected by springs and then deployed by gravity gradient. The dynamics are solely controlled by a barberpole type friction brake, similar to the SEDS hardware. This hardware is integrated in a test rig, based on the TMM&M stand, that has been upgraded to accommodate both a Space Part (abruptly applied initial tether deployment speed, fine tensiometer, real-time space tether simulator using the tensiometer measurements as input, take-up roller deploying the tether at a simulator-controlled speed) and a Satellite Part (infra-red beams inside the tether canister, control computer estimating deployed length and required extra braking from the IRED interrupts, `barberpole' friction brake). So the set-up allows for a tether deployment with closed loop control, all governed by a real-time comprehensive tether dynamics simulation. The tether deployment is based on the two-stage StarTrack deployment. This scheme stabilizes the tether at an intermediate vertical stage (with 3 km deployed). When the orbit and landing site have synchronized, a high-speed deployment follows to a large angle. When the fully deployed 35-km tether swings to the vertical at approximately 40 m/s, it is cut at a prefixed time optimized for landing site accuracy. The paper discusses the tests performed to characterize the designed hardware, maturing of the developed algorithms with respect to the hardware noise levels and the difficulties and limitations of the test rig. It is found that the set-up can be applied to a variety of tether pre-mission tests. It is shown that the performed

  5. Monitoring the Remediation of Salt-Affected Soils and Groundwater (United States)

    Bentley, L. R.; Callaghan, M. V.; Cey, E. E.


    Salt-affected soil is one of the most common environmental issues facing the petroleum hydrocarbon industry. Large quantities of brines are often co-produced with gas and oil and have been introduced into the environment through, for example, flare pits, drilling operations and pipe line breaks. Salt must be flushed from the soil and tile drain systems can be used to collect salt water which is then be routed for disposal. A flushing experiment over a 2 m deep tile drain system is being monitored by arrays of tensiometers, repeated soil coring, direct push electrical conductivity profiles (PTC), electromagnetic surveys and electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) surveys. Water table elevation is monitored with pressure transducers. Thermocouple arrays provide temperature profiles that are used to adjust electrical conductivity data to standard temperature equivalents. A 20 m by 20 m plot was deep tilled and treated with soil amendments. Numerous infiltration tests were conducted inside and outside the plot area using both a tension infiltrometer and Guelph permeameter to establish changes in soil hydraulic properties and macroporosity as a result of deep tillage. The results show that till greatly diminished the shallow macroporosity and increased the matrix saturated hydraulic conductivity. A header system is used to evenly flood the plot with 10 m3 of water on each of three consecutive days for an approximate total of 7.5 cm of water. The flood event is being repeated four times over a period of 6 weeks. Baseline PTC and ERT surveys show that the salt is concentrated in the upper 2 to 3 m of soil. Tensiometer data show that the soil at 30 cm depth responds within 2 to 3 hours to flooding events once the soil is wetted and begins to dry again after one week. Soil suction at 1.5 m does not show immediate response to the daily flooding events, but is steadily decreasing in response to the flooding and rainfall events. An ERT survey in October will provide the first

  6. New instruments for soil physics class: Improving the laboratory and field seminars (United States)

    Klipa, Vladimir; Jankovec, Jakub; Snehota, Michal


    Teaching soil science and soil physics is an important part of the curriculum of many programs with focus on technical and natural sciences. Courses of soil science and namely soil physics have a long tradition at the faculty of Civil Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague. Students receive the theoretical foundations about soil classification, soil physics, soil chemistry and soil hydraulic characteristics in the course. In practical seminars students perform measurements of physical, hydraulic and chemical characteristics of soils, thus a comprehensive survey of soil is done in the given site. So far, students had the opportunity to use old, manually operated instrumentation. The project aims to improve the attractiveness of soil physics course and to extend the practical skills of students by introducing new tasks and by involving modern automated equipment. New instruments were purchased with the support of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic under the project FRVS No. 1162/2013 G1. Specifically, two tensiometers T8 with multi-functional handheld read-out unit (UMS, GmbH) and manual Mini Disk Infiltrometer (Decagon Devices, Inc.) were purchased and incorporated into the course. In addition, newly designed MultiDisk the automated mini disk Infiltrometer (CTU in Prague) and combined temperature and soil moisture TDT sensor TMS 2 (TOMST®, s.r.o.), were made freely available for soil physics classes and included into the courses. Online tutorials and instructional videos were developed. Detailed multimedia teaching materials were introduced so that students are able to work more independently. Students will practice operating the digital tensiometer T8 with integrated temperature sensor and manual Mini Disk Infiltrometer (diameter disk: 4.4 cm, suction range: 0.5 to 7.0 cm of suction) and MultiDisk the automated mini disk Infiltrometer (see Klipa et al., EGU2014-7230) and combined temperature and soil moisture TDT

  7. Seepage through a hazardous-waste trench cover (United States)

    Healy, R.W.


    Water movement through a waste-trench cover under natural conditions at a low-level radioactive waste disposal site in northwestern Illinois was studied from July 1982 to June 1984, using tensiometers, a moisture probe, and meteorological instruments. Four methods were used to estimate seepage: the Darcy, zero-flux plane, surface-based water-budget, and groundwater-based water-budget methods. Annual seepage estimates ranged from 48 to 216 mm (5-23% of total precipitation), with most seepage occurring in spring. The Darcy method, although limited in accuracy by uncertainty in hydraulic conductivity, was capable of discretizing seepage in space and time and indicated that seepage varied by almost an order of magnitude across the width of the trench. Lowest seepage rates occurred near the center of the cover, where seepage was gradual. Highest rates occurred along the edge of the cover, where seepage was highly episodic, with 84% of the total there being traced to wetting fronts from 28 individual storms. Limitations of the zero-flux-plane method were severe enough for the method to be judged inappropriate for use in this study.Water movement through a waste-trench cover under natural conditions at a low-level radioactive waste disposal site in northwestern Illinois was studied from July 1982 to June 1984, using tensiometers, a moisture probe, and meteorological instruments. Four methods were used to estimate seepage: the Darcy, zero-flux plane, surface-based water-budget, and groundwater-based water-budget methods. Annual seepage estimates ranged from 48 to 216mm (5-23% of total precipitation), with most seepage occurring in spring. The Darcy method, although limited in accuracy by uncertainty in hydraulic conductivity, was capable of discretizing seepage in space and time and indicated that seepage varied by almost an order of magnitude across the width of the trench. Lowest seepage rates occurred near the center of the cover, where seepage was gradual. Highest

  8. Observations of water movement in a block of fractured welded Tuff

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    Thamir, F.; Kwicklis, E.M. [Geological Survey, Denver, CO (United States); Hampson, D. [Foothills Engineering Consultants Inc., Golden, CO (United States); Anderton, S. [ROCKTECH West Jordan, UT (United States)


    A laboratory water infiltration experiment through a block of fractured, moderately welded volcanic tuff was conducted at different boundary pressures. The block measured 47.5 cm long {times} 54.3 cm wide {times} 80.6 cm high. The purpose of the experiment was: (a) to test an instrumentation scheme for a field test, and (b) to make flow measurements through a fractured network at different boundary pressures to understand mechanisms that affect fracture flow. The upper boundary water pressure was decreased in steps; each step lasted several weeks where the pressure was kept steady. Water inflow and outflow rates were measured for each boundary condition. Entrapped air was found to impede water movement. The gas phase in the fracture network was found to not be continuous; its pressure within the network was not known. The matric potential values could not be measured with tensiometers alone since a known gas pressure is required. Long-term input and output flow rates were equal. Outflow rate did not stabilize during the test period; it continued to decrease, even when the upper boundary water pressure was kept steady. No relation between boundary pressure and flow rate was established. Bacteria, which was found in the outflow, possibly caused variations in the behavior. Trapped air caused the outflow to periodically decrease or stop; however, outflow rates following the interruptions did not change long-term flow trends.

  9. Micromorphology use for visualization of fly-ash distribution in sandy material (United States)

    Kodesova, R.; Kapicka, A.


    Fly-ash migration in three sands of various particle size distributions and consequently various porosities, was studied in the laboratory. The fly-ash was applied on the top of all sands packed in plastic cylinders followed by pulse infiltrations. Water regime was monitored using the soil water content sensors and tensiometers. Kappameter SM400 (Petrovský at al., 2004) was used to monitor migration of ferrimagnetic particles-tracers presented in the fly-ash. Undisturbed samples of sands polluted by fly-ash were taken at the end of the experiments to study final fly-ash distribution in thin sections. Images showed that while fly-ash migrates freely thought the course sandy material, in the other two sands fly-ash is accumulated in few bottle neck pores. However, fly-ash mobility was documented in both cases. Information about image porosities and pore blocking will be used as input data for numerical simulation of observed fly-ash transport. Acknowledgement: Authors acknowledge the financial support of the Grant Agency of Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic grant No. A300120701, and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports grant No. MSM 6046070901.

  10. Scales of water retention dynamics observed in eroded Luvisols (United States)

    Gerke, Horst H.; Herbrich, Marcus


    Soil pore structure is known to change dynamically due to swelling and shrinkage, wetting and drying or tillage operations. For erosion-affected soils with truncated profiles and due to soil management changes, the water retention dynamics could be even more complex. The objective was to separate shorter-term hysteretic from longer-term seasonal dynamics in field-measured water retention data of eroded Luvisols. Tensiometers and TDR sensors were installed in 10, 30, and 50 cm depths of six lysimeter soil monoliths from two field sites. The water content and suction data of three years (2012-2014) allowed identifying drying and wetting periods for which separate parameters of the van Genuchten (VG) retention function were fitted. The water retention curves of the initial or main drying in spring were generally steeper than those obtained in the lab. During intra-seasonal wet/dry cycles, steepness increased and the saturated VG parameter successively decreased; these data indicated a limitation in re-wetting with dry/wet cycles. The water retention of an annual maximum drying curve increased in the three years with the pH-values due to changes in the soil management. When dealing with soils of cultivated arable landscapes, water flow modelling should consider management-induced gradual changes in hydraulic properties in addition to hysteresis and seasonal dynamics. The disentangling of dry/wet cycles from highly-resolved time series' may help identifying processes responsible for retention dynamics.

  11. Effect of Magnesium Stearate Mono- and Dihydrate Dispersibilities on Physical Properties of Tablets. (United States)

    Yamamoto, Koji; Tamura, Taisuke; Yoshihashi, Yasuo; Terada, Katsuhide; Yonemochi, Etsuo


    Magnesium stearate (MgSt), an essential lubricant in the manufacturing of tablets, is available in several hydrate forms with different qualities that affect the physical properties of tablets. This study examined MgSt mono- and dihydrates, and their effects on tablet dissolution, disintegration, and hardness. These effects were examined in terms of surface free energy and dispersibility. Dissolution, disintegration, and hardness were evaluated for tablets manufactured from powder mixtures of each MgSt hydrate form and other components, including ethenzamide as an active ingredient, using different mixing times. The surface energy was evaluated for MgSt mono- or dihydrate powder mixtures with a surface tensiometer. For dispersibility, the adhesion states of MgSt hydrates to other components were visually observed via near-infrared (NIR) chemical imaging. The dispersion behavior of MgSt hydrates was examined by quantitative evaluation of skewness and kurtosis of histograms, based on NIR images, and domain size estimated from their binary images. It was found that changes in those parameters related to dispersibility and dissolution differed between MgSt hydrates. This suggests that the quantitative determination of dispersibility of MgSt using NIR chemical imaging is a useful methodology for improving the understanding of tablet manufacturing blending processes.


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    Full Text Available In this work, the aim was to evaluate the performance of Irrigameter in the management of the irrigation water, led in the culture of the bean plant, comparatively to the use of the methods standard of stove, tensiometers, Bouyoucos, automatic meteorological station and pan Class A. Irrigameter was adjusted to the soil characteristics, culture of the bean and irrigation equipment to confection the management ruler. For direct estimation of the evapotranspiration of the culture of the bean plant in your development stadiums, Irrigameter operated inside with heights of the levels of water of the evaporatório same to 2, 3 and 5 cm, corresponding to the stadiums of initial development, vegetative development and flowering, respectively. The humidity obtained by the standard method of stove it was adopted as reference in the comparisons of the irrigation depth. Irrigameter can be used in the management of the irrigation to determine the consumption of water directly for a culture, in any development stadium; the methods that estimate the evapotranspiration of the culture overestimated the irrigation depth recommended by the standard method of stove, happening behavior contrary with the ones that determines the current humidity of the soil.

  13. Effect of cholesterol on the biophysical and physiological properties of a clinical pulmonary surfactant. (United States)

    Keating, Eleonora; Rahman, Luna; Francis, James; Petersen, Anne; Possmayer, Fred; Veldhuizen, Ruud; Petersen, Nils O


    Pulmonary surfactant is a complex mixture of lipids and proteins that forms a surface-active film at the air-water interface of alveoli capable of reducing surface tension to near 0 mN/m. The role of cholesterol, the major neutral lipid component of pulmonary surfactant, remains uncertain. We studied the physiological effect of cholesterol by monitoring blood oxygenation levels of surfactant-deficient rats treated or not treated with bovine lipid extract surfactant (BLES) containing zero or physiological amounts of cholesterol. Our results indicate no significant difference between BLES and BLES containing cholesterol immediately after treatment; however, during ventilation, BLES-treated animals maintained higher PaO2 values compared to BLES+cholesterol-treated animals. We used a captive bubble tensiometer to show that physiological amounts of cholesterol do not have a detrimental effect on the surface activity of BLES at 37 degrees C. The effect of cholesterol on topography and lateral organization of BLES Langmuir-Blodgett films was also investigated using atomic force microscopy. Our data indicate that cholesterol induces the formation of domains within liquid-ordered domains (Lo). We used time-of-flight-secondary ion mass spectrometry and principal component analysis to show that cholesterol is concentrated in the Lo phase, where it induces structural changes.

  14. Skimming behaviour and spreading potential of Stenus species and Dianous coerulescens (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) (United States)

    Lang, Carolin; Seifert, Karlheinz; Dettner, Konrad


    Rove beetles of the genus Stenus Latreille and the genus Dianous Leach possess pygidial glands containing a multifunctional secretion of piperidine and pyridine-derived alkaloids as well as several terpenes. One important character of this secretion is the spreading potential of its different compounds, stenusine, norstenusine, 3-(2-methyl-1-butenyl)pyridine, cicindeloine, α-pinene, 1,8-cineole and 6-methyl-5-heptene-2-one. The individual secretion composition enables the beetles to skim rapidly and far over the water surface, even when just a small amount of secretion is emitted. Ethological investigations of several Stenus species revealed that the skimming ability, skimming velocity and the skimming behaviour differ between the Stenus species. These differences can be linked to varied habitat claims and secretion saving mechanisms. By means of tensiometer measurements using the pendant drop method, the spreading pressure of all secretion constituents as well as some naturally identical beetle secretions on the water surface could be established. The compound 3-(2-methyl-1-butenyl)pyridine excelled stenusine believed to date to be mainly responsible for skimming relating to its surface activity. The naturally identical secretions are not subject to synergistic effects of the single compounds concerning the spreading potential. Furthermore, evolutionary aspects of the Steninae's pygidial gland secretion are discussed.

  15. Inter- and intra-operator variability associated with extracapsular suture tensioning: an ex vivo study. (United States)

    Dunn, A L; Buffa, E A; Marchevsky, A M; Heller, J; Moores, A P; Farrell, M


    To determine inter- and intra- operator variability associated with extracapsular suture tensioning as performed during lateral fabello-tibial suture placement. Ex vivo study. Fifteen Greyhound cadaveric pelvic limbs were prepared by cutting the cranial cruciate ligament and placing an extracapsular fabello-tibial suture. On two occasions, three surgeons tensioned the extracapsular suture of each stifle. Stifles were returned to 135 degrees of flexion and the suture tension was measured using a commercially available suture tensioner with inbuilt tensiometer. Intra-operator and inter-operator agreement were assessed using the limits of agreement method. A linear mixed effects model was specified to assess the effect of operator, repeated estimates and stifle order on tension applied. The mean difference within the three operators ranged from 0 to 14.7N. With 95% limits of agreement, on most occasions for all three operators, the difference was between -31.7 and 41.0 N. The mean difference between the three operators ranged from 6.0 to 30.7 N. With 95% limits of agreement, on most occasions the difference between operators was between -25.6 and 62.5 N. Marked variation exists in the tension applied during fabello-tibial suture application, both within and between surgeons. This variation may lead to inconsistent clinical outcomes. Further studies are required to determine the clinical consequences of this marked variation in extracapsular suture tensioning.

  16. Effect of Regulated Deficit Irrigation (RDI and Partial Root zone Drying (PRD on Quantitative and Qualitative Traits of Strawberry

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    soil moisture reached to field capacity. The field capacity point’s moisture was measured by using pressure plate equipment. By having the soil moisture curve and measuring the soil suction with tensiometer, the soil moisture situation determined. According to the point that the strawberry’s root is about 25 centimeters (cm, the tensiometers were installed at 2 depths next to the plant. The 1st depth was 8 cm and the 2nd one was 23 cm. The distance between tensiometers and the plant were 4 cm. 2 stochastic replication at the field were considered for the tensiometers positions. In order to deliver precise amount of water to irrigation treatments, the volume counters had been used. The water was applying by using drip tapes. The flow from the emitters on the drip tapes was 2.9 liters per hour. The harvest time was from May 5th to June 20th. To measure the performance, each shrub’s strawberries were weighted separately.Depth of irrigation water during the whole irrigation season for full and deficit irrigation treatments were 341 and 256 mm, respectively. Evaluating the effect of treatments was conducted by measuring the quantitative and qualitative traits of fruits at harvesting time.For analyzing the data, the SAS software and to plot the graphs, the Excel software were used. The SNK test (5% level was used to comprise the treatments’ traits. Results and Discussion: Quantitative traits consisted of fresh weight, dry weight, leaf area, leaf area index and yield in FI was higher significantly than deficit irrigation treatments. In comparison with the qualitative traits consisted of titratable acid, acidity and flavor of the fruit there was no significant difference between treatments. The leaf area index (LAI at RDI and PRD were lower than the FI. Its reason could be the growth’ reducing as a result of abscisic acid (ABA hormone’s release in the roots which can control the growth. The amount of total sugar (brix and anthocyanin in RDI were significantly

  17. Estimating soil suction from electrical resistivity (United States)

    Piegari, E.; Di Maio, R.


    Soil suction and resistivity strongly depend on the degree of soil saturation and, therefore, both are used for estimating water content variations. The main difference between them is that soil suction is measured using tensiometers, which give point information, while resistivity is obtained by tomography surveys, which provide distributions of resistivity values in large volumes, although with less accuracy. In this paper, we have related soil suction to electrical resistivity with the aim of obtaining information about soil suction changes in large volumes, and not only for small areas around soil suction probes. We derived analytical relationships between soil matric suction and electrical resistivity by combining the empirical laws of van Genuchten and Archie. The obtained relationships were used to evaluate maps of soil suction values in different ashy layers originating in the explosive activity of the Mt Somma-Vesuvius volcano (southern Italy). Our findings provided a further example of the high potential of geophysical methods in contributing to more effective monitoring of soil stress conditions; this is of primary importance in areas where rainfall-induced landslides occur periodically.

  18. Estimating soil suction from electrical resistivity

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    E. Piegari


    Full Text Available Soil suction and resistivity strongly depend on the degree of soil saturation and, therefore, both are used for estimating water content variations. The main difference between them is that soil suction is measured using tensiometers, which give point information, while resistivity is obtained by tomography surveys, which provide distributions of resistivity values in large volumes, although with less accuracy. In this paper, we have related soil suction to electrical resistivity with the aim of obtaining information about soil suction changes in large volumes, and not only for small areas around soil suction probes. We derived analytical relationships between soil matric suction and electrical resistivity by combining the empirical laws of van Genuchten and Archie. The obtained relationships were used to evaluate maps of soil suction values in different ashy layers originating in the explosive activity of the Mt Somma-Vesuvius volcano (southern Italy. Our findings provided a further example of the high potential of geophysical methods in contributing to more effective monitoring of soil stress conditions; this is of primary importance in areas where rainfall-induced landslides occur periodically.

  19. A microcontroller-based three degree-of-freedom manipulator testbed. M.S. Thesis (United States)

    Brown, Robert Michael, Jr.


    A wheeled exploratory vehicle is under construction at the Mars Mission Research Center at North Carolina State University. In order to serve as more than an inspection tool, this vehicle requires the ability to interact with its surroundings. A crane-type manipulator, as well as the necessary control hardware and software, has been developed for use as a sample gathering tool on this vehicle. The system is controlled by a network of four Motorola M68HC11 microcontrollers. Control hardware and software were developed in a modular fashion so that the system can be used to test future control algorithms and hardware. Actuators include three stepper motors and one solenoid. Sensors include three optical encoders and one cable tensiometer. The vehicle supervisor computer provides the manipulator system with the approximate coordinates of the target object. This system maps the workspace surrounding the given location by lowering the claw, along a set of evenly spaced vertical lines, until contact occurs. Based on this measured height information and prior knowledge of the target object size, the system determines if the object exists in the searched area. The system can find and retrieve a 1.25 in. diameter by 1.25 in. tall cylinder placed within the 47.5 sq in search area in less than 12 minutes. This manipulator hardware may be used for future control algorithm verification and serves as a prototype for other manipulator hardware.

  20. Comparison of neutron moisture gauges with nonnuclear methods to measure field soil water status Comparação de sondas de neutrons com métodos não nucleares na estimativa da água no solo em condições de campo

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    Full Text Available The neutron moisture gauge is compared with the gravimetric-core soil sampling technique, tensiometers and resistance blocks in relation to stability, Held variability, spatial dependence and number of samples needed at a given level of significance. The variance of field water content measurements with neutron moisture gauges is lower than that of the gravimetric sampling, which therefore requires 2 to 6 times as many samples as the number of measuring sites of the gauges to attain the same level of significance. The space dependence of the measurements made with the subsurface gauge varied depending on the average field soil water content. No space dependence was evident when the water content was lower than 0.2 cm³.cm-3 (50% saturation. Measurements with the tensiometers and resistance blocks manifested no spatial dependence and therefore randomly selected measuring sites can be adapted to Held research work where these methods are to be utilized. Soil water content measurements estimated with neutron moisture gauges showed well defined temporal stability (i.e., the lowest, average and the highest soil water content measurements occur at the same field site which implies that soil water status of an entire field can be assessed with measurements limited to few locations. Measurements with both tensiometers and the resistance blocks are time variant (i.e., the site giving field average water content changes spatially in time owing to their relatively smaller measuring domains (i.e., scale of the area which can be represented by a single measurement as compared to neutron gauges. Therefore it is not possible to define the measuring sites of the tensiometers and resistance blocks as to assess soil water status of the entire field, as it could be done with the neutron gauge.A sonda de neutrons é comparada com a amostragem gravimétrica, com a tensiometria e com o uso de blocos de resistência, em relação à estabilidade, variabilidade do

  1. Cheap non-toxic non-corrosive method of glass cleaning evaluated by contact angle, AFM, and SEM-EDX measurements. (United States)

    Dey, Tania; Naughton, Daragh


    Glass surface cleaning is the very first step in advanced coating deposition and it also finds use in conserving museum objects. However, most of the wet chemical methods of glass cleaning use toxic and corrosive chemicals like concentrated sulfuric acid (H 2 SO 4 ), piranha (a mixture of concentrated sulfuric acid and 30% hydrogen peroxide), and hydrogen fluoride (HF). On the other hand, most of the dry cleaning techniques like UV-ozone, plasma, and laser treatment require costly instruments. In this report, five eco-friendly wet chemical methods of glass cleaning were evaluated in terms of contact angle (measured by optical tensiometer), nano-scale surface roughness (measured by atomic force microscopy or AFM), and elemental composition (measured by energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy or SEM-EDX). These glass cleaning methods are devoid of harsh chemicals and costly equipment, hence can be applied in situ in close proximity with plantation such as greenhouse or upon subtle objects such as museum artifacts. Out of these five methods, three methods are based on the chemical principle of chelation. It was found that the citric acid cleaning method gave the greatest change in contact angle within the hydrophilic regime (14.25° for new glass) indicating effective cleansing and the least surface roughness (0.178 nm for new glass) indicating no corrosive effect. One of the glass sample showed unique features which were traced backed to the history of the glass usage.

  2. Hydraulic conductivity obtained by instantaneous profile method using retention curve and neutron probes and Genuchten model; Condutividade hidraulica obtida pelo metodo do perfil instantaneo utilizando curva de retencao e sonda de neutrons e pelo modelo de Genuchten

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    The hydraulic conductivity is one of the most important parameters to understand the movement of water in the unsaturated zone. Reliable estimations are difficult to obtain, once the hydraulic conductivity is highly variable. This study was carried out at 'Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz', Universidade de Sao Paulo, in a Kandiudalfic Eutrudox soil. The hydraulic conductivity was determined by a direct and an indirect method. The instantaneous profile method was described and the hydraulic conductivity as a function of soil water content was determined by solving the Richards equation. Tensiometers were used to estimate the total soil water potential, and the neutron probe and the soil retention curve were used to estimate soil water content in the direct method. The neutron probe showed to be not adequately sensible to the changes of soil water content in this soil. Despite of the soil retention curve provides best correlation values to soil water content as a function of water redistribution time, the soil water content in this soil did not vary too much till the depth of 50 cm, reflecting the influence of the presence of a Bt horizon. The soil retention curve was well fitted by the van Genuchten model used as an indirect method. The values of the van Genuchten and the experimental relative hydraulic conductivity obtained by the instantaneous profile method provided a good correlation. However, the values estimated by the model were always lower than that ones obtained experimentally. (author)

  3. Foaming and adsorption behavior of bovine and camel proteins mixed layers at the air/water interface. (United States)

    Lajnaf, Roua; Picart-Palmade, Laetitia; Attia, Hamadi; Marchesseau, Sylvie; Ayadi, M A


    The aim of this work was to examine foaming and interfacial behavior of three milk protein mixtures, bovine α-lactalbumin-β-casein (M1), camel α-lactalbumin-β-casein (M2) and β-lactoglobulin-β-casein (M3), alone and in binary mixtures, at the air/water interface in order to better understand the foaming properties of bovine and camel milks. Different mixture ratios (100:0; 75:25; 50:50; 25:75; 0:100) were used during foaming tests and interfacial protein interactions were studied with a pendant drop tensiometer. Experimental results evidenced that the greatest foam was obtained with a higher β-casein amount in all camel and bovine mixtures. Good correlation was observed with the adsorption and the interfacial rheological properties of camel and bovine protein mixtures. The proteins adsorbed layers are mainly affected by the presence of β-casein molecules, which are probably the most abundant protein at interface and the most efficient in reducing the interfacial properties. In contrast of, the globular proteins, α-lactalbumin and β-lactoglobulin that are involved in the protein layer composition, but could not compact well at the interface to ensure foams creation and stabilization because of their rigid molecular structure. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. The spaced learning concept significantly improves training for laparoscopic suturing: a pilot randomized controlled study. (United States)

    Boettcher, Michael; Boettcher, Johannes; Mietzsch, Stefan; Krebs, Thomas; Bergholz, Robert; Reinshagen, Konrad


    Spaced learning has been shown to be effective in various areas like traditional knowledge or motor skill acquisition. To evaluate the impact of implementation of the spaced learning concept in laparoscopic training was the aim of this study. To evaluate the effectiveness of spaced learning, subjects were asked to perform four surgeon's square knots on a bowel model prior and post 3 h of hands-on training. All subjects were medical students and novice in laparoscopic suturing. Total time, knot stability (evaluated via tensiometer), suture accuracy, knot quality (Muresan score), and laparoscopic performance (Munz checklist) were assessed. Moreover, motivation was accessed using Questionnaire on Current Motivation. Twenty students were included in the study; after simple randomization, ten were trained using "spaced learning" concept and ten conservatively. Both groups had comparable baseline characteristics and improved after training significantly regarding all aspects assessed in this study. Subjects that trained via spaced learning were superior in terms of suture performance, knot quality, and suture strength. Ultimately, spaced learning significantly decreased anxiety and impression of challenge compared to controls. The spaced learning concept is very suitable for complex motor skill acquisition like laparoscopic suturing and knot tying. It significantly improves laparoscopic performance and knot quality as shown by the knot score and suture strength. Thus, we recommend to incorporate spaced learning into training courses and surgical programs.

  5. [Discrimination of HIV infected persons in medical settings in Madagascar]. (United States)

    Andrianasolo, R L; Rakotoarivelo, R A; Randriarimanana, D; Angijiro, P G; Randria, M J D


    The objective of our study was to describe the discrimination profile of healthcare personnel towards people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in medical settings in Madagascar. A prospective, multicentric, descriptive, and analytic study was made with a questionnaire filled in anonymously, between February and August 2009, in 17 Madagascar hospitals (public and private). Thirty-six percent of PLWHA reported that they had been confronted with discrimination in the medical field. The age (30-40 years) and the level of education had an impact on discrimination in our study (pdiscrimination (n=8/13) (61.5 %). Discrimination in the medical field was listed as: refusal of the patient to be managed in the hospital (n=5/27) (18.5 %) because of the fear of discrimination (n=4/5) (80 %) and sharing serological status with healthcare providers. Discrimination by the medical staff was listed as the unjustified use of some tools (stethoscope, tensiometer, thermometer) and by the refusal to manage PLWHA (p>0.05). Fifty-three percent of healthcare providers answered the question on HIV transmission mode correctly. Fifteen percent replied that HIV was transmitted by saliva, and 20 % by physical contact. As elsewhere, discrimination of PLWHA in the medical field is present in Madagascar. Fighting discrimination should be included in the strategy against propagation of HIV infection. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  6. Use of weathered diesel oil as a low-cost raw material for biosurfactant production

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    Full Text Available This work aimed to investigate the capability of biosurfactant production by Staphylococcus hominis, Kocuria palustris and Pseudomonas aeruginosa LBI, using weathered diesel oil from a long-standing spillage as raw material. The effect of the culture media (Robert or Bushnell-Haas and of the carbon source (spilled diesel oil or commercial diesel oil on biosurfactant production was evaluated. Erlenmeyer flasks (250 mL containing the cell broth were agitated (240 rpm for 144 h at 27±2ºC. Biosurfactant production was monitored according to the De Nöuy ring method using a Krüss K6 tensiometer. Considering the possibility of intracellular storage of biosurfactant in the cell wall of the cultures S. hominis and K. palustris, experiments were also done applying ultrasound as a way to rupture the cells. For the conditions studied, the cultures did not indicate production of biosurfactants. Results obtained with a hydrocarbon biodegradability test based on the redox indicator 2,6-dichlorophenol indophenol showed that only the commercial diesel was biodegraded by the cultures.

  7. Leaf area estimation of cassava from linear dimensions

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT The objective of this study was to determine predictor models of leaf area of cassava from linear leaf measurements. The experiment was carried out in greenhouse in the municipality of Botucatu, São Paulo state, Brazil. The stem cuttings with 5-7 nodes of the cultivar IAC 576-70 were planted in boxes filled with about 320 liters of soil, keeping soil moisture at field capacity, monitored by puncturing tensiometers. At 80 days after planting, 140 leaves were randomly collected from the top, middle third and base of cassava plants. We evaluated the length and width of the central lobe of leaves, number of lobes and leaf area. The measurements of leaf areas were correlated with the length and width of the central lobe and the number of lobes of the leaves, and adjusted to polynomial and multiple regression models. The linear function that used the length of the central lobe LA = -69.91114 + 15.06462L and linear multiple functions LA = -69.9188 + 15.5102L + 0.0197726K - 0.0768998J or LA = -69.9346 + 15.0106L + 0.188931K - 0.0264323H are suitable models to estimate leaf area of cassava cultivar IAC 576-70.

  8. Comparison of wound healing between chopped mode-superpulse mode CO2 laser and steel knife incision. (United States)

    Ben-Baruch, G; Fidler, J P; Wessler, T; Bendick, P; Schellhas, H F


    The healing of surgical incisions made with the steel knife and CO2 laser chopped wave mode (ChW) or rapid superpulse (RSP) mode were compared using histologic parameters and breaking strength of the scars on postoperative day 14. Using a miniature pig model the Sharplan 1100 laser incisions were made with an average power of 15 W and power density of 7.68 kW/cm2. Histological sections on postoperative day 14 revealed the knife scar measured .49 mm, was hypocellular, and contained visible bundles of collagen fibers. Both CO2 laser scars were less mature, the ChW scar measured 1.04 mm, the RSP scar measured 1.37 mm, and both contained cellular granulation tissue without visible collagen fibers. The breaking strength of the scars was measured with a tensiometer. Laser wounds were weaker than the knife wound. Scheffe test for variables was significant at P = .01 between the two laser modes and the knife. No significant difference was noted in the breaking strengths of incisions made with the chopped mode and superpulse mode.

  9. Contact lenses wettability in vitro: effect of surface-active ingredients. (United States)

    Lin, Meng C; Svitova, Tatyana F


    To investigate the release of surface-active agents (surfactants) from unworn soft contact lenses (SCLs) and their influence on the lens surface wettability in vitro. Surface tension (ST) of blister pack solutions was measured by pendant-drop technique. STs at the air-aqueous interface and contact angles (CAs) of four conventional and seven silicone hydrogel SCLs were evaluated in a dynamic-cycling regime using a modified captive-bubble tensiometer-goniometer. Measurements were performed immediately after removal from blister packs, and after soaking in a glass vial filled with a surfactant-free solution, which was replaced daily for 1 week. Lens surface wettability was expressed as adhesion energy according to Young equation. STs of all blister pack solutions were lower than the reference ST of pure water (72.5 mN/m), indicating the presence of surfactants. When lenses were depleted of surfactants by soaking, the STs for all studied lenses and advancing CAs of selected lenses increased (p lenses were 12 degrees +/- 5 degrees and were not affected by the presence of surfactants. For most of the conventional lenses, the surface wettability was largely dependent on surfactants, and reduced significantly after surfactant depletion. In contrast, most silicone hydrogel lenses exhibited stable and self-sustained surface wettability in vitro. The manufacturer-added surfactants affected wetting properties of all studied SCLs, although to different degrees.

  10. Field instrumentation for performance assessment of Geobarrier System

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    Rahardjo Harianto


    Full Text Available The saturated hydraulic conductivity of a coarse-grained material is normally higher than that of a fine-grained material. However, the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity of the coarse-grained material decreases much faster than that of the fine-grained material with increasing matric suction and consequently the coarse-grained material can be less permeable than the fine-grained material in unsaturated condition. A capillary barrier system with a fine-grained layer over a coarse-grained layer will act as a hydraulic barrier to minimize rainwater infiltration into the original soil. Geobarrier system (GBS which can function as both a cover system (i.e. prevention of rainwater infiltration and a retaining structure was designed and will be constructed at Orchard Boulevard in Singapore. Numerical simulations were carried out to determine the optimallocations of instruments that can be used to assess the performance of GBS during dry and wet periods. The monitoring results from tensiometers, earth pressure cells and weather station would be used to validate the results from the numerical analyses

  11. Effect of different soil water potential on leaf transpiration and on stomatal conductance in poinsettia

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    Jacek S. Nowak


    Full Text Available Euphorbia pulcherrima Wild.'Lilo' was grown in containers in 60% peat, 30% perlite and 10% clay (v/v mixture, with different irrigation treatments based on soil water potential. Plants were watered at two levels of drought stress: -50kPa or wilting. The treatments were applied at different stages of plant development for a month or soil was brought to the moisture stress only twice. Additionally, some plants were watered at -50 kPa during the entire cultivation period while the control plants were watered at -5kPa. Plants were also kept at maximum possible moisture level (watering at -0,5kPa or close to it (-1.OkPa through the entire growing period. Soil water potential was measured with tensiometer. Drought stress applied during entire cultivation period or during the flushing stage caused significant reduction in transpiration and conductance of leaves. Stress applied during bract coloration stage had not as great effect on the stomatal conductance and transpiration of leaves as the similar stress applied during the flushing stage. High soil moisture increased stomatal conductance and transpiration rate, respectively by 130% and 52% (flushing stage, and 72% and 150% (bract coloration stage at maximum, compared to the control.

  12. Finite Element Analysis Of Influence Of Flank Wear Evolution On Forces In Orthogonal Cutting Of 42CrMo4 Steel

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    Madajewski Marek


    Full Text Available This paper presents analysis of flank wear influence on forces in orthogonal turning of 42CrMo4 steel and evaluates capacity of finite element model to provide such force values. Data about magnitude of feed and cutting force were obtained from measurements with force tensiometer in experimental test as well as from finite element analysis of chip formation process in ABAQUS/Explicit software. For studies an insert with complex rake face was selected and flank wear was simulated by grinding operation on its flank face. The aim of grinding inset surface was to obtain even flat wear along cutting edge, which after the measurement could be modeled with CAD program and applied in FE analysis for selected range of wear width. By comparing both sets of force values as function of flank wear in given cutting conditions FEA model was validated and it was established that it can be applied to analyze other physical aspects of machining. Force analysis found that progression of wear causes increase in cutting force magnitude and steep boost to feed force magnitude. Analysis of Fc/Ff force ratio revealed that flank wear has significant impact on resultant force in orthogonal cutting and magnitude of this force components in cutting and feed direction. Surge in force values can result in transfer of substantial loads to machine-tool interface.

  13. Vadose zone monitoring system installation report for McClellan AFB

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    Zawislanski, P.; Faybishenko, B.; James, A.; Freifeld, B.; Salve, R.


    Two vadose zone monitoring systems (VZMS) have been installed at Site S-7, in Investigation Cluster 34 (IC 34), in Operable Unit A (OU A) of McClellan AFB. The two boreholes, VZMS-A and VZMS-B were instrumented at depths ranging from approximately 6 ft to 113 ft. Instruments were installed in clusters using a custom-made stainless steel cage with a spring-loaded mechanism allowing instruments to be in contact with the well bore wall once in place. Each cluster contains a tensiometer, suction lysimeter, soil gas probe and thermistor for measuring hydraulic potential, liquid- and gas-phase pressure, temperature of the formation and for collecting samples for chemical analyses in both the liquid and gas phases. Neutron probe logging is performed in two separate, smaller borings, VZMS-NP-1 and VZMS-NP-2, to obtain soil moisture content data. Preliminary details of soil gas analyses, laboratory field testing of soil samples, particle size analyses and neutron probe data are presented.

  14. Effect of inflow discharges on the development of matric suction and volumetric water content for dike during overtopping tests (United States)

    Hassan, Marwan A.; Ismail, Mohd A. M.


    The point of this review is to depict the impact of various inflow discharge rate releases on the instruments of matric suction and volumetric water content during an experimental test of spatial overtopping failure at school of civil engineering in universiti Sains of Malaysia. A dry sand dike was conducted inside small flume channel with twelve sensors of tensiometer and Time-Domain Reflectometer (TDR). Instruments are installed in the soil at different locations in downstream and upstream slopes of the dike for measuring the response of matric suction and volumetric water content, respectively. Two values of inflow discharge rates of 30 and 40 L/min are utilized as a part of these experiments to simulate the effectiveness of water reservoirs in erosion mechanism. The outcomes demonstrate that the matric suction and volumetric water content are decreased and increased, respectively for both inflow discharges. The higher inflow discharges accelerate the saturation of dike soil and the erosion process faster than that for the lower inflow discharges.

  15. Dye Tracer Technique and Color Image Analysis For Describing Saturation State and 3d Axi-symmetrical Flow Pattern (United States)

    Abriak, N. E.; Gandola, F.; Haverkamp, R.

    Dye tracer techniques have been widely used for visualising water flow pattern in soils and particularly, for determining the volumetric water content in a one dimensional and two dimensional laboratory experiments. The present study deals a 3 dimensional laboratory experiment (axi-symmetrical condition) using color visualisation technique and the image analysis technique for determining the spatial distribution of the water content. The infiltration of a dye (fluorescein) mixed with water is achieved under ax- isymmetrical condition in a Plexiglas tank (50t'50t'60cm) filled with a low saturated sand. Both infiltration and drainage processes are visualised under blue light condi- tion and recorded on videotape. The image analysis technique used for determining the saturation state is based on the use of a limited colors palette which allows to quan- tify the evolution of the saturation state in the sand. Simultaneously, nine tensiometers connected to a data acquisition system, are used to determine the negative water pres- sure in the sand. The measurement of the succion values confirms the existence of a second water wetting front (after the dye flow) due to the initial mobile water content in the sand.

  16. Effect of Paste Flux Concentration on Adhesion Behavior

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    DU Quan-bin


    Full Text Available In view of the problem that paste flux is difficult to spread uniformly on the surface of filler metal, the adhesion behavior of the different concentrations of paste flux on the surface of filler metal was studied by the equipment of OM, wetting angle tester and surface tensiometer. The results show that adhesive layer is gradually thickened with the increase of the concentration of paste flux. A small amount of shrinkage appears in the thin adhesive layer. however, mass paste flux slides off filler metal when adhesive layer is thicker, accompanying by severe aggregation and shrinkage. For the ideal surface, the adhesive tension of paste flux with different concentrations of paste flux is the same. For the actual surface, the stripe groove additional pressure is formed when paste flux wets stripe groove, and the additional pressure is the main reason for the lagging phenomenon of the shrinkage of the adhesive layer. With the increase of paste flux concentration, the additional pressure decreases, the hysteresis resistance decreases, and the shrinkage increases. A relationship is satisfied when the shrinkage takes place in thin adhesive layer, this is ΔWC ≥ A+ΔP. Whether the shrinkage occurs mainly depends on the adhesion tension and the additional pressure.

  17. Grey water impact on soil physical properties

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    Miguel L. Murcia-Sarmiento


    Full Text Available Due to the increasing demand for food produced by the increase in population, water as an indispensable element in the growth cycle of plants every day becomes a fundamental aspect of production. The demand for the use of this resource is necessary to search for alternatives that should be evaluated to avoid potential negative impacts. In this paper, the changes in some physical properties of soil irrigated with synthetic gray water were evaluated. The experimental design involved: one factor: home water and two treatments; without treated water (T1 and treated water (T2. The variables to consider in the soil were: electrical conductivity (EC, exchangeable sodium percentage (ESP, average weighted diameter (MWD and soil moisture retention (RHS. The water used in drip irrigation high frequency was monitored by tensiometer for producing a bean crop (Phaseolous vulgaris L. As filtration system used was employed a unit composed of a sand filter (FLA and a subsurface flow wetland artificial (HFSS. The treatments showed significant differences in the PSI and the RHS. The FLA+HFSS system is an alternative to the gray water treatment due to increased sodium retention.

  18. Vegetative growth and yield of strawberry under irrigation and soil mulches for different cultivation environments

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    Pires Regina Célia de Matos


    Full Text Available The vegetative growth and yield of strawberry in relation to irrigation levels and soil mulches are still not well known, mainly for different environmental conditions. Two experiments were carried out in Atibaia, SP, Brazil, during 1995, one in a protected environment and the other in an open field, to evaluate the cultivar Campinas IAC-2712, under different irrigation levels and soil mulches (black and clear polyethylene. Three water potential levels in the soil were used in order to define irrigation time, corresponding to -0.010 (N1, -0.035 (N2, and -0.070 (N3 MPa, measured through tensiometers installed at the 10 cm depth. A 2 x 3 factorial arrangement was adopted, as randomized complete block, with 5 replicates. In the protected cultivation, the irrigation levels of -0.010 and -0.035 MPa and the clear plastic mulch favored the vegetative growth, evaluated through plant height, maximum horizontal dimension of the plant, leaf area index, as well as by total marketable fruit yield and its components (mean number and weight of fruits per plant. In the open field cultivation, no effect of treatments due to rainfall were observed.

  19. Spline Based Shape Prediction and Analysis of Uniformly Rotating Sessile and Pendant Droplets. (United States)

    Jakhar, Karan; Chattopadhyay, Ashesh; Thakur, Atul; Raj, Rishi


    Prediction and analysis of the shapes of liquid-vapor interface of droplets under the influence of external forces is critical for various applications. In this regard, a geometric model that can capture the macroscopic shape of the liquid-vapor interface in tandem with the subtleties near the contact line, particularly in the regime where the droplet shape deviates significantly from the idealized spherical cap geometry, is desirable. Such deviations may occur when external forces such as gravity or centrifugal dominate over the surface tension force. Here we use vector parametrized cubic spline representation for axisymmetric fluid-fluid interfaces along with a novel thermodynamic free energy minimization based heuristic to determine the shape of liquid-vapor interface of droplets. We show that the current scheme can easily predict the shapes of sessile and pendant droplets under the action of centrifugal force over a broad range of surface contact angle values and droplet sizes encountered in practical applications. Finally, we show that the cubic spline based modeling approach makes it convenient to perform the inverse analysis as well, i.e., predict interfacial properties from the shape of a droplet under the action of various types of external forces including gravity and centrifugal. We believe that this versatile modeling approach can be extended to model droplet shapes under various other external forces including electric and acoustic. In addition, the simple shape analysis approach is also promising for the development of inexpensive interfacial analysis tools such as surface tensiometers.

  20. Interaction of a model apolipoprotein, apoLp-III, with an oil-phospholipid interface. (United States)

    Mirheydari, Mona; Mann, Elizabeth K; Kooijman, Edgar E


    Lipid droplets are "small" organelles that play an important role in de novo synthesis of new membrane, and steroid hormones, as well as in energy storage. The way proteins interact specifically with the oil-(phospho-)lipid monolayer interface of lipid droplets is a relatively unexplored but crucial question. Here, we use our home built liquid droplet tensiometer to mimic intracellular lipid droplets and study protein-lipid interactions at this interface. As model neutral lipid binding protein, we use apoLp-III, an amphipathic α-helix bundle protein. This domain is also found in proteins from the perilipin family and in apoE. Protein binding to the monolayer is studied by the decrease in the oil/water surface tension. Previous work used POPC (one of the major lipids found on lipid droplets) to form the phospholipid monolayer on the triolein surface. Here we expand this work by incorporating other lipids with different physico-chemical properties to study the effect of charge and lipid head-group size. This study sheds light on the affinity of this important protein domain to interact with lipids. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  1. The role of polysorbate 80 and HPβCD at the air-water interface of IgG solutions. (United States)

    Serno, Tim; Härtl, Elisabeth; Besheer, Ahmed; Miller, Reinhard; Winter, Gerhard


    To test the hypothesis of surface displacement as the underlying mechanism for IgG stabilization by polysorbates and HPβCD against surface-induced aggregation. Adsorption/desorption-kinetics of IgG-polysorbate 80/-HPβCD were monitored. Maximum bubble pressure method was used for processes within seconds from surface formation. Profile analysis tensiometry was applied over long periods and to assess surface rheologic properties. Additionally, the kinetics of adsorption, desorption and surface displacement was followed by a double-capillary setup of the profile analysis tensiometer, allowing drop bulk exchange. Weak surface activity for HPβCD vs. much higher surface activity for polysorbate 80 was shown. Protein-displacement when exceeding a polysorbate 80 concentration close to the CMC and a lack of protein displacement for HPβCD was observed. The drop bulk exchange experiments show IgG displacement by polysorbate 80 independent of the adsorption order. In contrast, HPβCD coexists with IgG at the air-water interface when the surface layer is built from a mixed IgG-HPβCD-solution. Incorporation of HPβCD in a preformed IgG-surface-layer does not occur. The results confirm surface displacement as the stabilization mechanism of polysorbate 80, but refute the frequently held opinion, that HPβCD stabilizes proteins against aggregation at the air-water interface in a manner comparable to non-ionic surfactants.

  2. Hydric balance of a soil in ebb tide system in the half-arid of Pernambuco, Brazil; Balanco hidrico de um solo nu em sistema de vazante no semi-arido pernambucano

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    Antonino, Antonio C.D.; Audry, Pierre; Maciel Netto, Andre [Pernambuco Univ., Recife, PE (Brazil). Dept. de Energia Nuclear; Hammecker, Claude [Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD), Dakar (Senegal)


    Dam basin agriculture consists in planting the gentle slopes of the dams as they are uncovered by receding waters. Crops use only soil water in their production cycle which occurs during the dry season. Since data on the water dynamics of dam basin agriculture in Northeast Brazil have not been published, a water balance study was established in a bare soil plot in the basin of Flocos dam, municipality of Tuparetama, PE (7 deg 36' S and 37 deg 18' O). The plot was equipped with one neutron probe access tube, one piezometer and tensiometers at different soil depths. Humidity was measured with a Nardeaux-20 neutron probe. Rainfall and class A tank evaporation were measured in a nearby micro-meteorological station. The water balance was performed for the top 30 cm soil layer, along 67 days (September 29 to December 5, 1998) which were divided in seven sub-periods. Soil water content indicated three time intervals with different soil water dynamics. For the complete period, soil water content decreased 53.9 mm and average daily evaporation and reference evaporation were 4.3 and 7.9 mm, respectively. (author)

  3. Contact Lenses Wettability In Vitro: Effect of Surface-Active Ingredients (United States)

    Lin, Meng C.; Svitova, Tatyana F.


    Purpose To investigate the release of surface-active agents (surfactants) from unworn soft contact lenses and their influence on the lens surface wettability in vitro. Methods Surface tension (ST) of blister pack solutions was measured by pendant-drop technique. STs at the air-aqueous interface and contact angles (CAs) of four conventional and seven silicone hydrogel (SiH) soft contact lenses (SCLs) were evaluated in a dynamic-cycling regime using a modified captive-bubble tensiometer-goniometer. Measurements were performed immediately after removal from blister packs, and after soaking in a glass vial filled with a surfactant-free solution, which was replaced daily for one week. Lens surface wettability was expressed as adhesion energy (AE) according to Young’s equation. Results STs of all blister pack solutions were lower than the reference ST of pure water (72.5 mN/m), indicating the presence of surfactants. When lenses were depleted of surfactants by soaking, the STs of all studied lenses and advancing CAs of selected lenses increased (p lenses were 12° ± 5° and were not affected by the presence of surfactants. For most of the conventional lenses, the surface wettability was largely dependent on surfactants, and reduced significantly after surfactant depletion. In contrast, most SiH lenses exhibited stable and self-sustained surface wettability in vitro. Conclusions The manufacturer-added surfactants affected wetting properties of all studied SCLs, although to different degrees. PMID:20400924

  4. Water relations and photosynthesis as criteria for adequate irrigation management in 'Tahiti' lime trees

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    Silva Cláudio Ricardo da


    Full Text Available Irrigation scheduling based on soil moisture status is one of the most useful methods because of its practicality and low cost. The effects of available soil water depletion on evapotranspiration (ETc, transpiration (E, leaf water potential at predawn (psiP and midday (psiM, stomatal conductance (gs and net CO2 assimilation (A in lime 'Tahiti' trees (Citrus latifolia were evaluated to improve irrigation schedule and minimize water use without causing water stress. The trees were spaced 7 4 m and drip-irrigated by four drippers with the available soil water content (AWC depleted by suspension of irrigation (40 days. Leaf water potential was measured on a pressure chamber (psiP and psiM and leaf gas exchange was measured by infrared gas analyzer (E, gs and A. Evapotranspiration was determined with the aid of weighing lysimeter. Water soil content and potential (psiS were monitored with TDR probes and tensiometers, respectively, installed at 0.3, 0.6 and 0.9 m depths. Meteorological variables were monitored with an automatic weather station in the experimental area. The threshold AWC level for the onset of ETc decline was 43%, and 60% for gs, A, E and Y P. Also, psiP was more sensitive to AWC than psiM, and is therefore a better tool for irrigation. When AWC was around 60%, values of psiP and psis were -0.62 MPa and -48.8 kPa, respectively.

  5. Selection of surfactants for using in invert emulsion based on vegetable oil; Selecao de surfactantes para uso em emulsoes inversas a base de oleo vegetal

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    Silva, Giliane V.; Lacerda, Vanessa M.; Garcia, Rosangela B.; Costa, Marta [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil). Lab. de Pesquisa em Petroleo (LAPET); Girao, Joaquim Helder S. [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)


    The purpose of this study was to investigate the superficial properties of a vegetable oil of degree nutritious front the several biodegradable surfactants, seeking to stabilize emulsions of the type water-in-oil, presents in formulations of fluids of perforation of oleofilic base. Mentioned them fluids they are suitable to the perforation of located oil wells in leases of high environmental sensibility and with inferior temperature to 250 deg F. The use of a fluid of that nature can make possible the discard of the solids perforated directly in the sea, sparing the application of previous treatments, or the transport of the same ones for dike-mother, operations that you/they can elevate the total cost of the perforation. The values of the superficial tension and of the concentration critical micellar, they were measured in the solutions oil vegetal/tensoactive, through the method of the ring (DuNouy), using a tensiometer DCA 315 (Thermo Cahn). The effects of the variation of the concentration and of the temperature in the superficial properties of the oil were certain. (author)

  6. Estimation of ground water recharge using SWAP model for an alpine area in Austria (United States)

    Mohamed, Rasha; Klik, Andreas; Kammerer, Gerhard; Fuchs, Gabriele


    Groundwater is an important resource for drinking water in Austria and therefore quantity and quality need to be protected. Objective of this study was to assess ground water recharge rates for a forested site located in in the North Tyrolean limestone Alps in Achenkirch, Austria. In 1997 the Hydrographic Survey in Austria started a soil water monitoring station equipped with FDR-sensors to measure soil water content and with tensiometers for matric potential measurement in four depths (5 cm, 15 cm, 25 cm and 50 cm). Data was collected in 4 hour intervals. Additionally runoff plots were installed to collect surface runoff during the study period. SWAP model was used to predict ground water recharge using climatic data (1997-2007) and measured data. The necessary soil input parameters were derived from field measured data using pedotransfer functions and additional investigations of soil hydraulic parameters in the field. The total ground water recharge during the study period ranged from 527 mm in year 2003 to 1126 mm in year 1999 with an annually average of 765 mm. SWAP model showed a good fit between the measured and the simulated soil water contents as well as interception data. Less fit was obtained for soil water tension results during some years. This study will continue to improve parameters to simulate soil tension and also to estimate the ground water recharge using other models.

  7. Evaluation of Hydraulic Parameters Obtained by Different Measurement Methods for Heterogeneous Gravel Soil

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    Chen Zeng


    Full Text Available Knowledge of soil hydraulic parameters for the van Genuchten function is important to characterize soil water movement for watershed management. Accurate and rapid prediction of soil water flow in heterogeneous gravel soil has become a hot topic in recent years. However, it is difficult to precisely estimate hydraulic parameters in a heterogeneous soil with rock fragments. In this study, the HYDRUS-2D numerical model was used to evaluate hydraulic parameters for heterogeneous gravel soil that was irregularly embedded with rock fragments in a grape production base. The centrifugal method (CM, tensiometer method (TM and inverse solution method (ISM were compared for various parameters in the van Genuchten function. The soil core method (SCM, disc infiltration method (DIM and inverse solution method (ISM were also investigated for measuring saturated hydraulic conductivity. Simulation with the DIM approach revealed a problem of overestimating soil water infiltration whereas simulation with the SCM approach revealed a problem of underestimating water movement as compared to actual field observation. The ISM approach produced the best simulation result even though this approach slightly overestimated soil moisture by ignoring the impact of rock fragments. This study provides useful information on the overall evaluation of soil hydraulic parameters attained with different measurement methods for simulating soil water movement and distribution in heterogeneous gravel soil.

  8. Surface activity evaluation of an arabinose ester as water/oil demulsifier at severe conditions of temperature, salinity and pH; Avaliacao da atividade superficial de um ester de arabinose, como desemulsificante agua/oleo, em condicoes severas de temperatura, salinidade e pH

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    Borges, Mauricio Rodrigues; Garcia, Rosangela Balaban; Santos, Jaciara Alves dos; Vieira, Mariane; Silva, Luciana Carvalho; Campos, Viviane de Oliveira; Silva, Rayane Araujo da; Santos, Telma Pitanga dos [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil)


    This work had for objective to compare the superficial properties of an arabinose ester, no-ionic, nontoxic, biodegradable, with two commercial products: the first one based on sodium dodecyl sulfate and the second one based on poly-oxy alkylene phenol formaldehyde. The arabinose ester was synthesized on the Petroleum Research Laboratory - UFRN, through enzymatic catalysis by protease from Bacillus subtilis, using arabinose and vegetable oil, in organic medium. In previous work [1], this sugar ester was evaluated as a possible water/oil demulsifier and the results were compared with the results of the commercial product based on poly-oxy alkylene phenol formaldehyde, showing that, for certain reaction conditions, the sugar ester presented better acting (71%) that the commercial product (33%) as demulsifier. In this work, the stability of this arabinose ester was evaluated in severe conditions of temperature, salinity and pH, through superficial tests in a tensiometer, using Wilhelmy plate method and the results were compared with the results obtained for two commercial products above mentioned. (author)

  9. Isometric elbow extensors strength in supine- and prone-lying positions. (United States)

    Abdelzaher, Ibrahim E; Ababneh, Anas F; Alzyoud, Jehad M


    The purpose of this study was to compare isometric strength of elbow extensors measured in supine- and prone-lying positions at elbow flexion angles of 45 and 90 degrees. Twenty-two male subjects under single-blind procedures participated in the study. Each subject participated in both supine-lying and prone-lying measuring protocols. Calibrated cable tensiometer was used to measure isometric strength of the right elbow extensors and a biofeedback electromyography was used to assure no substitution movements from shoulder girdle muscles. The mean values of isometric strength of elbow extensors measured from supine-lying position at elbow flexion angles of 45 and 90 degrees were 11.1  ±  4.2 kg and 13.1  ±  4.6 kg, while those measured from prone-lying position were 9.9  ±  3.6 kg and 12  ±  4.2 kg, respectively. There is statistical significant difference between the isometric strength of elbow extensors measured from supine-lying position at elbow flexion angles of 45 and 90 degrees compared to that measured from prone-lying position (p  lying starting position is better than prone-lying starting position.

  10. Mucoadhesive polymer films for tissue retraction in laparoscopic surgery: Ex-vivo study on their mechanical properties. (United States)

    Wang, Zhigang; Tai, Lik-Ren; McLean, Donald; Wright, Emma J; Florence, Gordon J; Brown, Stuart I; Andre, Pascal; Cuschieri, Alfred


    Safe and effective manipulation of soft tissue during laparoscopic procedures can be achieved by the use of mucoadhesive polymer films. A series of novel adhesive polymer films were formulated in house based on either Carbopol or Chitosan modified systems. The mechanical properties of the polymers and their adherence to bowel were evaluated using ex-vivo pig bowel immersed in 37°C water bath and connected to an Instron tensiometer. Young's modulus was 300 kPa for the Carbopol-polymer and 5 kPa for the Chitosan-polymer. The Chitosan-polymer exhibited much larger shear adhesion than its tensile adhesion: 3.4 N vs. 1.2. Both tensile and shear adhesions contributed to the large retraction force (2.6 N) obtained during l polymer-bowel retraction testing. Work of adhesion at the polymer/serosa interface, defined as the area under the force curve, was 64 mJ, which is appreciably larger than that reported with existing polymers. In conclusion, adhesive polymers can stick to the serosal side of the bowel with an adhesive force, which is sufficient to lift the bowel, providing a lower retraction stress than that caused by laparoscopic grasping which induces high localized pressures on the tissue.

  11. Composite Membrane with Underwater-Oleophobic Surface for Anti-Oil-Fouling Membrane Distillation. (United States)

    Wang, Zhangxin; Hou, Deyin; Lin, Shihong


    In this study, we fabricated a composite membrane for membrane distillation (MD) by modifying a commercial hydrophobic polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane with a nanocomposite coating comprising silica nanoparticles, chitosan hydrogel and fluoro-polymer. The composite membrane exhibits asymmetric wettability, with the modified surface being in-air hydrophilic and underwater oleophobic, and the unmodified surface remaining hydrophobic. By comparing the performance of the composite membrane and the pristine PVDF membrane in direct contact MD experiments using a saline emulsion with 1000 ppm crude oil (in water), we showed that the fabricated composite membrane was significantly more resistant to oil fouling compared to the pristine hydrophobic PVDF membrane. Force spectroscopy was conducted for the interaction between an oil droplet and the membrane surface using a force tensiometer. The difference between the composite membrane and the pristine PVDF membrane in their interaction with an oil droplet served to explain the difference in the fouling propensities between these two membranes observed in MD experiments. The results from this study suggest that underwater oleophobic coating can effectively mitigate oil fouling in MD operations, and that the fabricated composite membrane with asymmetric wettability can enable MD to desalinate hypersaline wastewater with high concentrations of hydrophobic contaminants.

  12. Dual responsive pickering emulsion stabilized by poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] grafted cellulose nanocrystals. (United States)

    Tang, Juntao; Lee, Micky Fu Xiang; Zhang, Wei; Zhao, Boxin; Berry, Richard M; Tam, Kam C


    A weak polyelectrolyte, poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] (PDMAEMA), was grafted onto the surface of cellulose nanocrystals via free radical polymerization. The resultant suspension of PDMAEMA-grafted-cellulose nanocrystals (PDMAEMA-g-CNC) possessed pH-responsive properties. The grafting was confirmed by FTIR, potentiometric titration, elementary analysis, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA); the surface and interfacial properties of the modified particles were characterized by surface tensiometer. Compared to pristine cellulose nanocrystals, modified CNC significantly reduced the surface and interfacial tensions. Stable heptane-in-water and toluene-in-water emulsions were prepared with PDMAEMA-g-CNC. Various factors, such as polarity of solvents, concentration of particles, electrolytes, and pH, on the properties of the emulsions were investigated. Using Nile Red as a florescence probe, the stability of the emulsions as a function of pH and temperature was elucidated. It was deduced that PDMAEMA chains promoted the stability of emulsion droplets and their chain conformation varied with pH and temperature to trigger the emulsification and demulsification of oil droplets. Interestingly, for heptane system, the macroscopic colors varied depending on the pH condition, while the color of the toluene system remained the same. Reversible emulsion systems that responded to pH were observed and a thermoresponsive Pickering emulsion system was demonstrated.

  13. Mechanical properties of protein adsorption layers at the air/water and oil/water interface: a comparison in light of the thermodynamical stability of proteins. (United States)

    Mitropoulos, Varvara; Mütze, Annekathrin; Fischer, Peter


    Over the last decades numerous studies on the interfacial rheological response of protein adsorption layers have been published. The comparison of these studies and the retrieval of a common parameter to compare protein interfacial activity are hampered by the fact that different boundary conditions (e.g. physico-chemical, instrumental, interfacial) were used. In the present work we review previous studies and attempt a unifying approach for the comparison between bulk protein properties and their adsorption films. Among many common food grade proteins we chose bovine serum albumin, β-lactoglobulin and lysozyme for their difference in thermodynamic stability and studied their adsorption at the air/water and limonene/water interface. In order to achieve this we have i) systematically analyzed protein adsorption kinetics in terms of surface pressure rise using a drop profile analysis tensiometer and ii) we addressed the interfacial layer properties under shear stress using an interfacial shear rheometer under the same experimental conditions. We could show that thermodynamically less stable proteins adsorb generally faster and yield films with higher shear rheological properties at air/water interface. The same proteins showed an analog behavior when adsorbing at the limonene/water interface but at slower rates. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Soil Moisture Measurement through Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR). Irrigation Application; Medicion de la humedad del suelo por reflectometria en el dominio temporal (TDR). Aplicacion en irrigacion

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    Quinonez Pedroza, Hector E.; Ruelle, Pierre; Nemeth Ildiko [Cemagre, (France)


    Knowledge of how moisture varies in the soil is essential to determine the actual rate of evapotranspiration in crops and, thus, the amount of water necessary for irrigation. Lisimeters, tensiometers and the neutron probe have been widely used for precise measurement of soil moisture in order to calibrate models of irrigation scheduling or to calculate volumes of irrigation water. Despite the usefulness of such measurements, these methods have limited use because of problems like high cost of lisimeters and neutron probes as well as their strict regulation, limited range of validity of tensiometers. Moreover, the measurements obtained from these methods generally describe noncontinuous points in time. Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) is a viable to such methods because of its precision and the continuity of its measurements. This study evaluates soil moisture, using the neutron and TDR methods in maize crop irrigated by gravity in closed furrows. The results show that even though the absolute determinations of moisture are different in the 30-90 cm profiles, moisture variations were similar in all cases and respond consequently to the additions of water and to evapotranspiration. Neutron probe drawback become evident on its no-continuous measurements contrasting with the continuous measurements of TDR, which allows a detailed analysis of the infiltration and evapotranspiration phenomenal at instantaneous time scales. [Spanish] El conocimiento de la variacion de la humedad del suelo es esencial para determinar la evapotranspiracion real de los cultivos. Esta ultima, a su vez, permite conocer las cantidades necesarias de agua de riego. Los lisimetros, los tensiometros y el aspersor de nuestro s han sido ampliamente usados para la medicion precisa de la humedad del suelo con propositos de calibracion de modelos de programacion del riego o para su utilizacion directa en el calculo de volumenes de riego. A pesar de la importancia de tales mediciones, su uso es muy

  15. Skin tension related to tension reduction sutures. (United States)

    Hwang, Kun; Kim, Han Joon; Kim, Kyung Yong; Han, Seung Ho; Hwang, Se Jin


    The aim of this study was to compare the skin tension of several fascial/subcutaneous tensile reduction sutures. Six upper limbs and 8 lower limbs of 4 fresh cadavers were used. At the deltoid area (10 cm below the palpable acromion) and lateral thigh (midpoint from the palpable greater trochanter to the lateral border of the patella), and within a 3 × 6-cm fusiform area of skin, subcutaneous tissue defects were created. At the midpoint of the defect, a no. 5 silk suture was passed through the dermis at a 5-mm margin of the defect, and the defect was approximated. The initial tension to approximate the margins was measured using a tensiometer.The tension needed to approximate skin without any tension reduction suture (S) was 6.5 ± 4.6 N (Newton). The tensions needed to approximate superficial fascia (SF) and deep fascia (DF) were 7.8 ± 3.4 N and 10.3 ± 5.1 N, respectively. The tension needed to approximate the skin after approximating the SF was 4.1 ± 3.4 N. The tension needed to approximate the skin after approximating the DF was 4.9 ± 4.0 N. The tension reduction effect of approximating the SF was 38.8 ± 16.4% (2.4 ± 1.5 N, P = 0.000 [ANOVA, Scheffé]). The tension reduction effect of approximating the DF was 25.2% ± 21.9% (1.5 ± 1.4 N, P = 0.001 [ANOVA, Scheffé]). The reason for this is thought to be that the SF is located closely to the skin unlike the DF. The results of this study might be a basis for tension reduction sutures.

  16. Effect of temperature and concentration on the surface tension of chia seed mucilage (United States)

    Fu, Yuting; Arye, Gilboa


    The production of mucilage by the seed coat during hydration is a common adaptation of many different plant species. The mucilage may play many ecological roles in adaptation and seed germination in diverse environments, especially in extreme desert conditions. The major compound of the seed mucilage is polysaccharides (e.g. pectins and hemicelluloses), which makes it highly hydrophilic. Consequently, it can hydrate quickly in the presence of water; forming a gel like coating surrounding the seed. However, the seed mucilage also reported to contain small amounts of protein and lipid which may exhibit surface activity at the water-air interface. As a result, decay in the surface tension of water can be occur and consequently a reduction in soil capillary pressure. This in turn may affect the water retention and transport during seed germination. The physical properties of the seeds mucilage have been studied mainly in conjunction with its rheological properties. To the best of our knowledge, its surface activity at the water-air interface has been reported mainly in the realms of food engineering, using a robust method of extraction. The main objective of this study was to quantify the effect of temperature and concentration on the surface tension of seed mucilage. The mucilage in this study was extracted from chia (Salvia hispanica L.) seeds, using distilled water (1:20 w/w) by shaking for 12 h at 4°C. The extracts were freeze dried after centrifuge (5000rpm for 20min). Fresh samples of different concentrations, ranging from 0.5 to 6 mg/ml, were prepared before each surface tension measurements. The equilibrium surface tension was measured by the Wilhelmy plate method using a tensiometer (DCAT 11, Data Physics) with temperature control unit. For a given mucilage concentration, surface tension measurements carried out at 5, 15, 25, 35, 45 °C. The quantitative and thermodynamic analysis of the results will be presented and discussed.

  17. Vinasse application to sugar cane fields. Effect on the unsaturated zone and groundwater at Valle del Cauca (Colombia). (United States)

    Ortegón, Gloria Páez; Arboleda, Fernando Muñoz; Candela, Lucila; Tamoh, Karim; Valdes-Abellan, Javier


    Extensive application of vinasse, a subproduct from sugar cane plantations for bioethanol production, is currently taking place as a source of nutrients that forms part of agricultural management in different agroclimatic regions. Liquid vinasse composition is characterised by high variability of organic compounds and major ions, acid pH (4.7), high TDS concentration (117,416-599,400mgL(-1)) and elevated EC (14,350-64,099μScm(-1)). A large-scale sugar cane field application is taking place in Valle del Cauca (Colombia), where monitoring of soil, unsaturated zone and the aquifer underneath has been made since 2006 to evaluate possible impacts on three experimental plots. For this assessment, monitoring wells and piezometers were installed to determine groundwater flow and water samples were collected for chemical analysis. In the unsaturated zone, tensiometers were installed at different depths to determine flow patterns, while suction lysimeters were used for water sample chemical determinations. The findings show that in the sandy loam plot (Hacienda Real), the unsaturated zone is characterised by low water retention, showing a high transport capacity, while the other two plots of silty composition presented temporal saturation due to La Niña event (2010-2011). The strong La Niña effect on aquifer recharge which would dilute the infiltrated water during the monitoring period and, on the other hand dissolution of possible precipitated salts bringing them back into solution may occur. A slight increase in the concentration of major ions was observed in groundwater (~5% of TDS), which can be attributed to a combination of factors: vinasse dilution produced by water input and hydrochemical processes along with nutrient removal produced by sugar cane uptake. This fact may make the aquifer vulnerable to contamination. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Saponins can perturb biologic membranes and reduce the surface tension of aqueous solutions: a correlation? (United States)

    Böttger, Stefan; Hofmann, Katja; Melzig, Matthias F


    Saponins are secondary plant compounds. They have a triterpenoid or steroidal backbone. Sugars are attached to one or more points of this structure, forming chains that can be branched. This appearance leads to amphiphilic properties giving saponins the ability to interact with both lipophilic and hydrophilic structures. The surfactant behavior lets them lower the surface tension in aqueous solutions and form micelles when reaching the critical micelle concentration (cmc). It also lets them interact with biologic membrane layers that usually consist of phospholipids and cholesterol. This action may perturb the membrane and its function leading to membrane perforation or complete lysis. Thus saponins are also known for their cytotoxicity and membranolytic, respectively hemolytic features. In our studies we wanted to answer the question if there is a correlation between the unspecific detergent behavior when lowering the surface tension and the ability to perforate cell membranes and to act cytotoxic. Do saponins showing a considerable reduction in the surface tension also reveal an evident cytotoxicity or/and a marked cell membrane perforation? We tested a variety of saponins with distinct structures. The reduction in the surface tension and the cmc were analyzed on a tensiometer using the Wilhelmy plate method. The general cytotoxicity was determined in a cell model by DNA quantification. The cell membrane toxicity or membrane perforation was explored in a cell model by quantification of the leakage of the intracellular enzyme lactate dehydrogenase (LDH). The experiments revealed a correlation between the membrane toxicity and the reduction in surface tension. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Demanda hídrica e coeficientes de cultura (Kc para macieiras em Vacaria, RS Water requirement and crop coefficients (Kc for apple trees in Vacaria, RS, Brazil

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    Marco Antônio Fonseca Conceição


    Full Text Available O objetivo do presente trabalho foi determinar a demanda hídrica e os coeficientes de cultura (Kc para macieiras cultivadas na região de Vacaria, RS. O trabalho foi desenvolvido na Estação Experimental de Fruticultura Temperada (EEFT da Embrapa Uva e Vinho, localizada em Vacaria, RS, em plantas da cultivar 'Royal Gala' (Malus domestica sobre porta-enxerto M9. Foram determinados os valores do potencial matricial da água no solo, empregando-se tensiômetros de punção. Com base nesses valores, determinou-se a umidade volumétrica e o balanço hídrico mensal. O consumo hídrico da cultura variou entre 0,3mm dia-1 a 4,5mm dia-1, com média de 1,9mm dia-1. O coeficiente da cultura (Kc apresentou tendência quadrática, variando entre 0,19 e 0,88, com média igual a 0,58.The objective of this study was to determine the water requirement and the crop coefficients (Kc values for apple trees cultivated in Vacaria, RS. The study was conducted at the Experimental Station of Temperate Fruits (EEFT of Embrapa Grape and Wine, located in Vacaria, RS, in plants of the cultivar 'Royal Gala' (Malus domestica on the rootstock M9. The soil water matric potential values, that were determined employing tensiometers, were used to obtain the soil moisture and the monthly soil water balance. The water consumption of the culture ranged from 0.3mm day-1 to 4.5mm day-1, with an average of 1.9mm day-1. The crop coefficient (Kc presented a quadratic trend, ranging between 0.19 and 0.88, with mean value of 0.58.

  20. Sensor yarns for real-time in situ detection of damage behavior for the purpose of structural health monitoring of textile-reinforced thermoset composites: development of a continuous wet-chemical silvering process for high-performance filament yarn (United States)

    Onggar, T.; Häntzsche, E.; Nocke, A.; Hund, R. D.; Cherif, Ch


    High-performance textile yarns such as glass filament (GF) yarn will be used as the base material for the development of sensor yarns because glass filament yarns offer both high tensile strengths and moduli of elasticity, as well as high melting temperatures and elongation. A new continuous wet-chemical metallization process has been developed for GF yarns on a laboratory scale to achieve special properties such as electrical conductivity. The aim of the work is to develop a continuous wet-chemical silver plating process for the GF-filament yarn in order to achieve electrical conductivity on the GF-surface. The process was carried out continuously in order to metallize the GF, which is sensitive to the shear force. A homogeneous, completely covered and adhered silver layer on the GF yarn surfaces was obtained by the application of this technology. The surface morphology was been determined by light and scanning electron microscopy to assess the silver layer properties such as structure, homogeneity, and cracking. The chemical structure of the surfaces was analyzed by means of energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. For structural analysis, GF yarns were investigated using a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. The dispersive and polar component of the surface energy of the sized and silvered GF yarn was measured by using a single fiber Tensiometer K100. The silver layer thickness and the silver content were determined after the metallization. Textile physical tests of the tensile strength, elasticity modulus, elongation at break, and yarn fineness of the single GF yarns as well as GF bundle were carried out.

  1. Determination of an efficient irrigation schedule for the cultivation of rose cv. Freedom under greenhouse conditions in Colombia

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    Jhon Jairo Arévalo


    Full Text Available An experiment on rose (Rosa sp. cv. Freedom was performed in a greenhouse on the Bogota Plateau, Colombia, to identify an efficient irrigation regime for this crop. The tested treatments were based on three irrigation doses, applying different fractions of the estimated crop evapotranspiration (ETc, calculated using a class A evaporation tank: i 100% ETc (ETc100, ii 80% ETc (ETc80 and iii 70% ETc (ETc70. During the entire experimental period, from mid-May to early September, the crop had a constant production of floral stems. In all of the irrigation treatments, the soil and plant water status were monitored using tensiometers and the midday stem water potential, respectively (ystem. In the fully irrigated roses, the actual water use was determined using a drainage lysimeter in order to obtain the local crop coefficients (Kc by means of a water balance. From June to August, the obtained monthly Kc values varied between 1.10 and 1.26. Compared to the ETc100 treatment, 14.5 and 21.8% less water was applied in treatments ETc80 and ETc70, respectively. Despite this fact, no statistically significant differences were found among the treatments for rose production or quality. Finally, in the more irrigated roses, tight relationships between the stem water potential and vapor pressure deficit were obtained. The reported base-line equations can be used for predicting the optimum rose plant water status, depending on the environmental conditions. Overall, the reported results can be used for an efficient irritation schedule for rose crops under greenhouse conditions, using the local Kc and direct determinations of plant water status corrected for the evaporative demand.

  2. Developing a tissue engineered repair material for treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse-which cell source? (United States)

    Roman, Sabiniano; Mangera, Altaf; Osman, Nadir I; Bullock, Anthony J; Chapple, Christopher R; MacNeil, Sheila


    Synthetic non-absorbable meshes are widely used to augment surgical repair of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP); however, there is growing concern such meshes are associated with serious complications. This study compares the potential of two autologous cell sources for attachment and extra-cellular matrix (ECM) production on a biodegradable scaffold to develop tissue engineered repair material (TERM). Human oral fibroblasts (OF) and human adipose-derived stem cells (ADSC) were isolated and cultured on thermo-annealed poly-L-lactic acid (PLA) scaffolds for two weeks under either unrestrained conditions or restrained (either with or without intermittent stress) conditions. Samples were tested for cell metabolic activity (AlamarBlue® assay), contraction (serial photographs analyzed with image J software), total collagen production (Sirius red assay), and production of ECM components (immunostaining for collagen I, III, and elastin; and scanning electron microscopy) and biomechanical properties (BOSE tensiometer). Differences were statistically tested using two sample t-test. Both cells showed good attachment and proliferation on scaffolds. Unrestrained scaffolds with ADSC produced more total collagen and a denser homogenous ECM than OF under same conditions. Restrained conditions (both with and without intermittent stress) gave similar total collagen production, but improved elastin production for both cells, particularly OF. The addition of any cell onto scaffolds led to an increase in biomechanical properties of scaffolds compared to unseeded scaffolds. OF and ADSC both appear to be suitable cell types to combine with biodegradable scaffolds, in the development of a TERM for the treatment of SUI and POP. Neurourol. Urodynam. 33:531-537, 2014. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Estimativa de fluxos de água em solos não saturados Water flux estimates in unsaturated soils

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    Klaus Reichardt


    Full Text Available Com dados obtidos em perfis de terra roxa estruturada do município de Piracicaba (SP, é mostrada a dificuldade da estimativa de fluxos de água no solo, utilizando o modelo de Darcy-Buckingham. O experimento trata do estabelecimento de balanços hídricos em 25 parcelas de 5 x 5 m, alinhadas ao longo de uma transeção de 125 m. O componente drenagem profunda do balanço hídrico é estimado mediante medidas de umidade do solo (teta, cm³/cm³, feitas com sonda de nêutrons, e de potencial total da água do solo H (cm H2O obtidas com tensiômetros. O trabalho mostra a grande dificuldade da estimativa de fluxos de drenagem q (mm/dia, a qual está relacionada: (1 à exponencialidade da relação entre a condutividade hidráulica do solo k (mm/dia e a umidade do solo ou o potencial matricial da água no solo h (cm H(20, e (2 à variabilidade espacial do solo.Difficulties of using Darcy-Buckingham's model to estimate unsaturated soil water flux densities are shown using field data collected in a Alfisol ("terra roxa estruturada" at Piracicaba, State of São Paulo, Brazil. The experiment consists of the establishment of water balances on 25 experimental plots of 5 m x 5 m, aligned along a 125 m transect. The deep drainage component of the water balances is estimated using soil water content data obtained through neutron probe readings and soil water potential data measured with mercury manometer tensiometers. The work shows the great difficulty of estimating drainage fluxes, which is mainly related to (1 the exponential relation between soil hydraulic conductivity and soil water content or soil water potential, and (2 soil spatial variability.

  4. Conceptual Model of the Geometry and Physics of Water Flow in a Fractured Basalt Vadose Zone: Box Canyon Site, Idaho

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    Faybishenko, Boris [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Doughty, Christine [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Steiger, Michael [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Long, Jane C.S. [Univ. of Nevada, Reno, NV (US). Mackay School of Mines; Wood, Tom [Parsons Engineering, Inc., Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Jacobsen, Janet [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Lore, Jason [Stanford Univ., CA (United States); Zawislanski, Peter T. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)


    A conceptual model of the geometry and physics of water flow in a fractured basalt vadose zone was developed based on the results of lithological studies and a series of ponded infiltration tests conducted at the Box Canyon site near the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) in Idaho. The infiltration tests included one two-week test in 1996, three two-day tests in 1997, and one four-day test in 1997. For the various tests, initial infiltration rates ranged from 4.1 cm/day to 17.7 cm/day and then decreased with time, presumably due to mechanical or microbiological clogging of fractures and vesicularbasalt in the near-surface zone, as well as the effect of entrapped air. The subsurface moisture redistribution was monitored with tensiometers, neutron logging, time domain reflectrometry and ground penetrating radar. A conservative tracer, potassium bromide, was added to the pond water at a concentration of 3 g/L to monitor water flow with electrical resistivity probes and water sampling. Analysis of the data showed evidence of preferential flow rather than the propagation of a uniform wetting front. We propose a conceptual model describing the saturation-desaturation behavior of the basalt, in which rapid preferential flow through vertical column-bounding fractures occurs from the surface to the base of the basalt flow. After the rapid wetting of column-bounding fractures, a gradual wetting of other fractures and the basalt matrix occurs. Fractures that are saturated early in the tests may become desaturated thereafter, which we attribute to the redistribution of water between fractures and matrix. Lateral movement of water was also observed within a horizontal central fracture zone and rubble zone, which could have important implications for contaminant accumulation at contaminated sites.

  5. Estimating the water budget for a peat filter treating septic tank effluent in the field (United States)

    Van Geel, Paul J.; Parker, Wayne J.


    The use of peat as a filter medium for the treatment of a variety of liquid and gas waste streams has increased over the past decade. Peat has been used as an alternate treatment medium to treat septic tank effluent (STE) from domestic and small communal systems. Very little research has been completed to study the hydraulics and water budget of a peat filter operating in the field. This study evaluated the water budget of a peat filter operating at an elementary school near Ottawa, Canada. The peat filter was instrumented with tensiometers to measure the pore water pressures within the filter and a weather station to collect weather data required to estimate potential evapotranspiration. A one-dimensional unsaturated flow model, SoilCover, was calibrated using the pressure data and weather data collected in the field. The calibrated model was use to estimate the water budget for the filter operating with and without STE loading. The calibrated model predicted that the annual precipitation exceeded evapotranspiration for both scenarios. For the filter treating 50 mm/day of STE, there was a slight dilution due to the infiltration resulting in a net dilution factor of 0.97 (loading divided by the loading plus infiltration). The largest rainfall event of 49.9 mm resulted in a dilution factor of approximately 0.87, which corresponded to an approximate decrease in the hydraulic retention time (HRT) of between 12 and 33% depending on the calculation used to determine the HRT. When the filter does not receive STE, the precipitation exceeds evapotranspiration and hence the filter should not dry out when the filter is not in use.

  6. Monitoring subsurface microbial and nutrient transport to assess treatment capability of at- grade septic system designs (United States)

    Cey, E.; Motz, E.; Chu, A.; Ryan, C.


    By design, septic systems release pathogenic microbes, nutrients and other chemical contaminants into the subsurface and have the potential to adversely impact groundwater quality. Newer at-grade septic system designs discharge wastewater effluent on the soil surface, however, relatively little research has been conducted on transport processes and treatment efficacy for these systems. The objective of this study was to investigate physical, biological, and chemical processes beneath two at-grade wastewater treatment systems. Secondary treated effluent from the Fish Creek wastewater treatment plant in Calgary is being applied to soil through the two at-grade systems in volumes equivalent to a three-bedroom household. A dye tracer was also introduced with the effluent to aid in the evaluation of subsurface flow patterns and the identification of soil sampling locations. An extensive vadose zone monitoring system, consisting of suction lysimeters, tensiometers, time domain reflectometry probes, thermistors, and soil vapour probes, was installed to track the effluent through the soil profile. Fecal coliform, total coliform, and E. Coli, as well as other physical and chemical parameters, are being monitored in-situ. Soil samples for microbial and chemical analysis have also been obtained by excavating portions of the infiltration area beneath the two systems. Chemical and dye tracers showed relatively rapid migration of effluent to depths of up to 1.5 m below surface. Preliminary pathogen results indicate an approximately four log reduction in E. Coli concentrations at 10 cm depth and six log reduction at 60 cm depth. Continued monitoring of these pilot systems will provide valuable data on subsurface pathogen migration and the suitability of at-grade systems for treating wastewater and reducing the risk of groundwater contamination.

  7. Doxycycline shows dose-dependent changes in hernia repair strength after mesh repair. (United States)

    Tharappel, Job C; Harris, Jennifer W; Zwischenberger, Brittany A; Levy, Salomon M; Puleo, David A; Roth, J Scott


    Ventral hernia is a commonly occurring surgical problem. Our earlier studies have shown that a 30 mg/kg dose of doxycycline can significantly impact the strength of polypropylene (PP) mesh in a rat hernia repair model at 6 and 12 weeks. The objective of the present study was to investigate the dose dependence of doxycycline treatment on hernia repair strengths in rats. Fifty-six Sprague-Dawley rats underwent hernia repair with either PP mesh (n = 28) or sutures only (primary; n = 28); both groups were further divided into four doxycycline groups of seven animals each: control (0 mg/kg), low (3 mg/kg), medium (10 mg/kg), and high (30 mg/kg). One day before hernia repair surgery, animals received doxycycline doses by gavage and continued receiving daily until euthanasia. After 8 weeks, rats were euthanized and tissue samples from hernia repaired area were collected and analyzed for tensile strength using a tensiometer (Instron, Canton, MA, USA), while MMPs 2, 3, and 9, and collagen type 1 and 3 were analyzed by western blotting. In mesh-repaired animals, medium and high doxycycline dose repaired mesh fascia interface (MFI) showed significant increase in tensile strength when compared to control. In the primary repaired animals, there was no significant difference in MFI tensile strength in any dose group. In medium-dose MFI, there was a significant reduction in MMPs 2, 3, and 9. In this animal group, MFI showed significant increase in collagen 1 and significant reduction in collagen type 3 when compared to control. It is possible to improve the strength of mesh-repaired tissue by administering a significantly lower dose of the drug, which has implications for translation of the findings.

  8. Spatial and Temporal Variability in Nitrate Concentration below the Root Zone in an Almond Orchard and its Implications for Potential Groundwater Contamination (United States)

    Baram, S.; Couvreur, V.


    Spatial and Temporal Variability in Nitrate Concentration below the Root Zone in an Almond Orchard and its Implications for Potential Groundwater Contamination S. Baram1, M. Read1, D. Smart2, T. Harter1, J Hopmans11Department of Land, Air & Water Resources University of California Davis 2Department of Viticulture and Enology University of California Davis Estimates of water and fertilizer losses below the root zone of nitrogen (N) intensive agricultural orchard crops are major concern in groundwater protection. However, microscopic and macroscopic heterogeneity in unsaturated soils make accurate loss estimates very challenging. In this study we aimed to examine field scale variability in nitrate (NO3-) losses below the root zone (>250cm) of a 15 years old almond orchard in Madera county California. Based on a soil variability survey, tensiometers and solution samplers were installed at 17 locations around the 40 acre orchard. The hydraulic potential and the NO3- concentrations were monitored over two growing seasons. Nitrate concentrations varied spatially and temporarily, and ranged from below to more than 30 times higher than the drinking water contamination standard of >10 mg NO3--N L-1. Principal component analysis of the relations between the NO3- concentration, presence of a hard pan in the subsurface, its depth and thickness, and the fertigation and irrigation events indicated that none of these factors explained the observed variability in pore-water NO3- concentrations, with hard pan being the most dominant factor. Throughout the irrigation season minimal leaching was observed, yet post-harvest and preseason flooding events led to deep drainage. Due to the high spatial and temporal variability in the NO3- concentration and the potential for deep drainage following a wet winter or flooding event we conclude that the most efficient way to protect ground water is by transitioning to high frequency low nitrogen fertigation which would retain NO3-in the active


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    Full Text Available This work was done in order to characterize the water holding capacity and availability to plants in three soils of coastal tablelands in the state of Paraíba using tensiometry in areas cultivated with sugarcane. The water retention curves were determined for the Neossolo Quartzarenico, Latossolo Amarelo, Latossolo Coeso soils in the depths of 0 - 30cm and from 30 - 60 cm, by the Richards extractor method and by tensiometens in PVC columns in a greenhouse in the first phase and in a battery of field tensiometers in the second phase, in the tensions of 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 cm Hg. The water retention in the soils was significantly affected (p<0,01 as a function of the tensions (TS applied. The same effect (p<0,01 was seen for the factor soil (S and for the interaction (TS x S both for the extractor and the greenhouse methods as well as for the field method. According to the study of the regression analysis, the mathematical model that showed the best adjustment was the decreasing quadratic. The values of moisture content found showed the most abrupt variations at the lowest tensions. The moisture content for the Neossolo Quartzarenico demonstrated under field conditions the importance of the structure for soils retaining more moisture in the tensions studied in relation to the laboratory and greenhouse methods. Even though the clay content were similar for the Latossolo Amarelo and the Latossolo. Coeso the greatest moisture retentions were observed in the Latossolo Coeso.

  10. Soil hydraulic properties of sphagnum moss and peat (United States)

    Weber, Tobias K. D.; Iden, Sascha C.; Scharnagl, Benedikt; Durner, Wolfgang


    The moisture state of the vadose zone (acrotelm) of ombrotrophic peatlands decisively determines whether carbon is contained in soil organic matter or released to the atmosphere. As the pore space is variably saturated with water throughout the year, oxygen diffusion, heat, and solute transport and thus the redox state are a function of water content over time. For prediction purposes, the hydrological processes must be epitomised in computer models which establish a link between the terrestrial water cycle and the carbon cycle. This requires a proper representation of effective soil hydraulic properties which are a mandatory input to the Richards equation, the standard model for variably-saturated flow processes in porous media. By applying the Richards equation to peatlands, one assumes that the acrotelm can be conceptualised as a rigid porous material. To test this approximation and select the most adequate set of soil hydraulic property functions, we conducted a series of specifically designed laboratory evaporation experiments on sphagnum moss and decomposed sphagnum peat. Sampling was carried out in five centimeter depth increments of an ombrotrophic bog profile in the Harz mountains. We selected sphagnum moss as it is a predominant plant species colonising bogs of the Boreal. Inverse modelling was used to test the adequacy of different parameterizations of soil hydraulic property functions. We used pressure head data measured by two tensiometers in the objective function to identify soil hydraulic properties. The Richards equation was used as process model. We critically assess the applicability of the van Genuchten/Mualem model, which finds frequent application in peatland hydrology, and discuss alternatives which account for (1) multimodal pore size distributions, (2) physical plausibility towards the dry end, (3) capillary and non-capillary storage and flow, and (4) isothermal flow of water vapour. Finally, our results indicate that applying the Richards


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    Full Text Available Nowadays, water and its supply raise problems of strategic importance, of great complexity, being considered one of the keys to sustainable human development. Drip irrigation consists in the slow and controlled administration of water in the area of the root system of the plants for the purposes of fulfilling their physiological needs and is considered to be one of the variants of localized irrigation. Water is distributed in a uniform and slow manner, drop by drop, in a quantity and with a frequency that depend on the needs of the plant, thanks to the exact regulation of the water flow rate and pressure, as well as to the activation of the irrigation based on the information recorded by the tensiometer with regard to soil humidity. This method enables the exact dosage of the water quantity necessary in the various evolution stages of the plant, thus eliminating losses. By applying the irrigation with 5 liters of water per linear meter, at a 7 days interval, in the month of august, for a vine cultivated on a slope, in layers covered with black film and irrigated via dropping, soil humidity immediately after irrigation reaches its highest level, but within the limits of active humidity, on the line of the irrigation band. Three days later, the water content of the soil in the layer is relatively uniform, and, after this interval, it is higher in the points situated at the basis of the film. This technology of cultivation on slopes favors the accumulation, in the soil, of the water resulted from heavy rains and reduces soil losses as a result of erosion.

  12. Moisture and Climatic Forcings on Sphagnum Productivity in a Cutover Peatland (United States)

    Thompson, D. K.; Waddington, J. M.


    Gross ecosystem production (GEP) was measured at a sub-boreal ombotrophic peatland (Cacouna Bog) 15 km NE of Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec, in the summers of 2005 and 2006. The Cacouna bog was extensively mined between 1940 and 1970 using the block cut method. The combination of exposed, high bulk density peat and low water table (c. 30 cm) has produced a succession vegetation community of ericaceous shrubs, invasive trees, and only c. 10% Sphagnum moss cover. Chamber-based measurements were made at three locations arranged longitudinally along a cut trench. Volumetric water content (VWC) and temperature probes at four depths, tensiometers, and a meteorological station provided high temporal resolution moisture and climatic data. June to August precipitation in 2005 was 167 mm below the 30-year mean; in 2006, the deviation was only 17 mm below normal. The cool and dry summer of 2005 depressed VWC by 10-20 %, soil water tension by 20-40 mb, and maximum GEP by 5-10 g C m-2 d-1 as compared to 2006. Instantaneous GEP did not decline during prolonged rain-free periods in August 2005 where soil tensions exceeded -100 mb, within the hypothetical range of hyaline cell drainage and reduced GEP. The response of these Sphagnum cushions points to a resilience to hydrologic stress at intermediate age (35 years since establishment) not otherwise observed in younger Sphagnum cushions less than 5 years since establishment. These findings have implications on the parameterization of sensitivity to moisture stress in bog growth models, and to management of restored and naturally regenerating peatlands.

  13. Wetting properties and performance test of modified rigid collector in wet electrostatic precipitators. (United States)

    Xu, Chunyan; Chang, Jingcai; Meng, Zhen; Wang, Xiang; Zhang, Jing; Cui, Lin; Ma, Chunyuan


    The fine particles are considered a significant pollution problem. The wet electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) have advantages of efficient collection of the fine particles with lower pressure drop and eliminating reentrainment. The wetting properties of the collector surfaces have significantly important effect on wet ESPs' stable and secure operation. The modified rigid collector (MRC) was modified by coating specific vinyl ester resin composites and loose glass fiber cloth over the conventional carbon steel in a certain way. The rigid collector surfaces before and after modification had been characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and interface tensiometer. The effect of operating temperatures on the wetting properties of the rigid collector surfaces before and after modification was investigated. The temperature range was 40~90 °C, and the wetting properties contained liquid holdup, surface flow rate, film rate, average film thickness, and critical saturation time. The modified rigid collector surface exhibited excellent wetting properties at the operating temperatures. The fine particles collection performance compared among the MRC, the conventional rigid collector (CRC), and the flexible collector (FC) in the wet ESPs was investigated. The effects of the applied voltage, the water film, corona power, and the specific collecting area on the fine particles collection were evaluated. The modified rigid collector provided high fine particles collection effect with lower energy and water consumption. To improve the submicron particles collection efficiency and decrease energy and water consumption, the formation of uniform water film over the collector surfaces has been widely studied. The modified rigid collector was modified by coating specific vinyl ester resin composites and loose glass fiber cloth (ERGF) over the conventional carbon steel (CCS) in a certain way. The modified rigid collector surface exhibited excellent wetting properties. The wet

  14. Project support of practical training in biophysics. (United States)

    Mornstein, V; Vlk, D; Forytkova, L


    The Department of Biophysics ensures practical training in biophysics and related subjects for students of medical and health study programmes. Demonstrations of medical technology are an important part of this training. Teaching for Faculty of Sciences in biophysical study programmes becomes also very important. Some lectures and demonstrations of technology are involved, but the practical trainig is missing. About 1 mil. CZK for additional laboratory equipment was obtained from the HEIDF project No. 1866/ 2005 "The demonstration and measuring technology for education in medical biophysics and radiological physics" for measuring system DEWETRON for high frequency signal analysis, Fluke Ti30 IR camera, PM 9000B patient monitor, ARSENAL AF 1 fluorescence microscope, and Nikon Coolpix 4500 digital camera with accessories for microphotography. At the present time, further financial resources are being provided by a development project of Ministry of Education "Inter-university co-operation in biomedical technology and engineering using top technologies" in total amount of almost 5 mil CZK, whereas over 2 mil CZK from this project are reserved for student laboratory equipment. The main goal of this project is to ensure the participation of Medical Faculty in educational co-operation in the biomedical technology and engineering, namely with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication (FEEC), Brno University of Technology. There will be taught those areas of biophysics which are not covered by FEEC, thus forming a separate subject "General Biophysics". The following instruments will be installed: UV-VIS spectrophotometers, rotation viscometers, tensiometers, microscopes with digital image processing, cooled centrifuge, optical benches, and some smaller instruments for practical measurements.

  15. Soil erosion and management measures in the Haean catchment of Korea (United States)

    Arnhold, S.; Ruidisch, M.; Kettering, J.; Huwe, B.; Glaser, B.; Ok, Y.; Tenhunen, J. D.


    Erosion control is a precondition for environmentally sound and sustainable agriculture, and it plays a key role in protecting water quality. The primary aim of this project is to quantify soil loss and sediment transport on farmland of the Haean catchment, which is strongly endangered by erosion as a result of intense rainstorm events during monsoon period. With runoff plots installed on three different field sites within the catchment, surface runoff and the amount of eroded soil will be quantified. Each site contains four subplots which differ in the treatment of the topsoil. Soil stabilizing polymer, black carbon and a mixture of both are applied to investigate the effect on soil hydrology and erosion susceptibility. Water tanks below the subplots collect surface runoff and eroded soil material and allow the sampling of water and sediment. This is necessary in order to identify the soil texture classes which erode preferentially and to quantify the amount of transported nutrients. Additionally, soil hydraulic conditions are observed within the runoff plots. Tensiometers and TDR sensors are installed in different depths in order to measure hydraulic potential and water content continuously. Physical and hydrological models EROSION 3D and SWAT 2005 are used to quantify soil loss and suspended sediment export from the Haean basin and to estimate the effects of soil conservation measures on a catchment scale. Through measurement of soil loss, runoff, and sediment transport on the plots, models will be validated and calibrated for realistic erosion simulations. Additional infiltration experiments and continuous monitoring of soil hydraulic conditions during periods of intense rainfall are conducted in order to achieve best model adaptation. A realistic simulation approach provides the framework for quantifying particle bound nutrient and pollutant transport on a larger scale and for deriving measures to improve water quality and protect agricultural land. Further

  16. Flow and transport at the Las Cruces trench site: Experiment IIb

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    Vinson, J.; Hills, R.G. [New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces, NM (United States); Wierenga, P.J.; Young, M.H. [Arizona Univ., Tucson, AZ (United States). Dept. of Soil and Water Science


    The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has been directed by Congress in the Low Level Waste Policy Act of 1980 to develop regulatory guidance and assist the individual states and compacts in siting and assessing future low level radioactive waste (LLW) disposal facilities. Three water flow and solute transport experiments were performed as part of a comprehensive field trench study near Las Cruces, New Mexico to test deterministic and stochastic models of vadose zone flow and transport. This report presents partial results from the third experiment (experiment IIb). Experiments IIa and b were conducted on the North side of the trench, on a plot 1.22 m wide by 12 m long, perpendicular to the trench. The area was drip irrigated during two time periods with water containing a variety of tracers. The advance of the water front during the two irrigation episodes was measured with tensiometers and neutron probes. Solute front positions were determined from soil solution sampling through suction samplers and from disturbed sampling. The results from experiment IIb show predominantly downward water movement through the layered unsaturated soil, as evidenced from neutron probe data and gravimetric sampling. Tritium plumes were only half as deep and half as wide as the water plumes at 310 days after the beginning of experiment IIb. Chromium, applied as Cr(VI), moved a readily as, and similar to tritium, but there was a loss of mass due to reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III). Chloride and nitrate, initially present at high concentrations in the soil solution, were displaced by the low concentration irrigation water, resulting in chloride and nitrate concentration distributions that looked like negative images of the tritium distributions. The extensive data presented should serve well as a data base for model testing.

  17. Characterisation of crude oil components, asphaltene aggregation and emulsion stability by means of near infrared spectroscopy and multivariate analysis

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    Aske, Narve


    Effective separation of water-in-crude oil emulsions is a central challenge for the oil industry on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, especially with the future increase in subsea and even down-hole processing of well fluids. The mechanisms and properties governing emulsion stability are far from fully understood but the indigenous surface active crude oil components are believed to play a major role. In this work a thorough physico-chemical characterisation of a set of crude oils originating from a variety of production fields has been performed. Crude oil properties responsible for emulsion stability were identified by use of multivariate analysis techniques like partial least squares regression (PLS) and principal component analysis (PCA). Interfacial elasticity along with both asphaltene content and asphaltene aggregation state were found to be main contributors to emulsion stability. Information on a crude oils ability to form elastic crude oil-water interfaces was found to be especially crucial when discussing emulsion stability. However, measured values of interfacial elasticity were highly dependent on asphaltene aggregation state. Several experimental techniques was utilised and partly developed for the crude oil characterisation. A high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) scheme was developed for SARA-fractionation of crude oils and an oscillating pendant drop tensiometer was used for characterisation of interfacial rheological properties. For emulsion stability a cell for determining the stability as a function of applied electric fields was used. In addition, near infrared spectroscopy (NIR) was used throughout the work both for chemical and physical characterisation of crude oils and model systems. High pressure NIR was used to study the aggregation of asphaltenes by pressure depletion. A new technique for detection of asphaltene aggregation onset pressures based on NIR combined with PCA was developed. It was also found that asphaltene aggregation is

  18. Structures and hydrologic function of soil landscapes with kettle holes using an integrated hydropedological approach (United States)

    Gerke, Horst H.; Koszinski, Sylvia; Kalettka, Thomas; Sommer, Michael


    SummaryThe hummocky post-glacial soil landscapes with kettle holes as internal drainage systems are characterized by ponds that trap lateral fluxes in topographic depressions. A quantitative description is mostly limited by the unknown complexity of hydraulically relevant soil and sediment structures. This paper is focussing on a structure-based approach to identify relevant field-scale flow and transport processes. Illustrative examples demonstrate extreme variations in water table fluctuation for adjoining kettle holes. Explanations require a pedohydrologic concept of the arable soil landscape. Identification of structures is based on geophysical methods and soil hydraulic measurements. Electrical resistivity imaging yields 0.5 m-scale spatial structures that correspond with soil texture distributions. Electromagnetic induction provides larger-scale field maps that reflect major soil and sediment features. Results of both methods correspond within the limits of the different spatial resolutions. With geophysical exploration methods, colluvial areas with textural differences between upper and deeper soil layers, coarse-textured sediment lenses, and stony colluvial regions around kettle holes are identified as potentially relevant flow structures. The colluvial fringe around the pond seems to be a sensitive area with important lateral exchange fluxes. Tensiometer measurements perpendicular to this boundary indicate hydraulic gradients directed from the pond towards the partially saturated soil. The localized infiltration of trapped water in kettle holes can control large fractions of ground water recharge and may have implications for the fate of agricultural chemicals in post-glacial landscapes. While surface and subsurface hydraulic structures may be inferred using minimal-invasive techniques, better understanding of processes and properties governing lateral exchange fluxes between pond and surrounding soil are required.

  19. Soil-plant water status and wine quality: the case study of Aglianico wine (the ZOViSA project) (United States)

    Bonfante, Antonello; Manna, Piero; Albrizio, Rossella; Basile, Angelo; Agrillo, Antonietta; De Mascellis, Roberto; Caputo, Pellegrina; Delle Cave, Aniello; Gambuti, Angelita; Giorio, Pasquale; Guida, Gianpiero; Minieri, Luciana; Moio, Luigi; Orefice, Nadia; Terribile, Fabio


    The terroir analysis, aiming to achieve a better use of environmental features with respect to plant requirement and wine production, needs to be strongly rooted on hydropedology. In fact, the relations between wine quality and soil moisture regime during the cropping season is well established. The ZOViSA Project (Viticultural zoning at farm scale) tests a new physically oriented approach to terroir analysis based on the relations between the soil-plant water status and wine quality. The project is conducted in southern Italy in the farm Quintodecimo of Mirabella Eclano (AV) located in the Campania region, devoted to quality Aglianico red wine production (DOC). The soil spatial distribution of study area (about 3 ha) was recognized by classical soil survey and geophysics scan by EM38DD; then the soil-plant water status was monitored for three years in two experimental plots from two different soils (Cambisol and Calcisol). Daily climate variables (temperature, solar radiation, rainfall, wind), daily soil water variables (through TDR probes and tensiometers), crop development (biometric and physiological parameters), and grape must and wine quality were monitored. The agro-hydrological model SWAP was calibrated and applied in the two experimental plots to estimate soil-plant water status in different crop phenological stages. The effects of crop water status on crop response and wine quality was evaluated in two different pedo-systems, comparing the crop water stress index with both: crop physiological measurements (leaf gas exchange, leaf water potential, chlorophyll content, LAI measurement), grape bunches measurements (berry weight, sugar content, titratable acidity, etc.) and wine quality (aromatic response). Finally a "spatial application" of the model was carried out and different terroirs defined.

  20. Vadose-zone monitoring strategy to evaluate desalted groundwater effects on hydraulic properties (United States)

    Valdes-Abellan, J.; Candela, L.; Jiménez-Martínez, J.


    Desalinated brackish groundwater is becoming a new source of water supply to comply with growing water demands, especially in (semi) arid countries. Irrigation with desalinated or a blend of desalinated and ground/surface water, presents associated impacts on plants, soil and aquifer media. Mixed waters with different salinities can lead to the formation of unexpected chemical precipitates. The use of desalted groundwater for irrigation counts with potential drawbacks, among them: changes of hydraulic properties of soil-aquifer systems (e.g. hydraulic conductivity, porosity) as a consequence of mineral precipitation; root growth blockage and plant uptake of pollutants; as well as leaching of contaminants to groundwater. An experimental plot located at SE Spain, covered by grass and irrigated by sprinklers with a blend of desalted and groundwater from a brackish aquifer, has been monitored in order to characterize at field scale the possible impacts on soil hydraulic properties. The monitoring strategy to control water and heat flux includes traditional and more updated devices. The field instrumentation, vertically installed from the ground surface and spatially distributed, consisted of: ten tensiometers (Soilmoisture Equipment Corp, Goleta, CA, USA) at different depths (two per depth); and, two access tubes (fiber glass, 44mm diameter 2m length) for soil moisture measurements from TRIME-FM TDR probe (Imko GmbH, Ettlingen, Germany). Automatic logging is carried out from a trench located in the border of the experimental plot and it takes in: a set of five 5TE devices (Decagon Devices Inc, Pullman, WA, USA) vertically installed, which measure volumetric water content, electric conductivity and temperature; and additionally, a suction sensor at 0.6m depth. Finally, a periodic sampling of undisturbed soil cores (2m length) takes place for the purpose of imaging porosity changes from environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM). First results about water and heat

  1. Monitoring water fluxes in rice plots under three different cultivation methods

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    Enrico Antonio Chiaradia


    Full Text Available Italy is the leading producer of rice in Europe with over half of total production, almost totally concentrated in a large traditional paddy rice area between the Lombardy and Piedmont regions, in the north-western part of the country. In this area irrigation of rice has been traditionally carried out by flooding. The introduction of new combined irrigation and agronomic management practices (dry seeding followed by field flooding and in a full aerobic cultivation with intermittent irrigations, aiming to reduce the water consumption, can determine considerable effect on the landscape and the water cycle. With the aim to study in depth the water fluxes during the whole crop season, three experimental plots at the Ente Nazionale Risi-Rice Research Centre’s Experimental Station of Castello d’Agogna (PV were instrumented. In each plot the following instruments have been installed: 1 a long throated flume and a double shaped (V-notch and rectangular thin plate for superficial inputs and outputs, 3 a set of piezometers for groundwater levels, 4 one stage level gauge in each submerged field, 5 four tensiometers and moisture sensors clusters, 6 one eddy covariance station for vapour fluxes estimation. Most of the instruments were equipped with electrical sensors connected by cables to a wireless data logger that, in turn, send the data to a PC placed within ENR offices and web-connected by a LAN. In this way, besides the automatic download of data, it was possible to remotely control the devices, to quickly fix troubles, and to better plan the field trips. The management of the whole framework was done by a specifically developed software. In this paper the whole system, which presents some degree of innovation, is described in detail.

  2. Effect of EDTA with various surface active agents on the bond strength of an epoxy resin-based sealer to dentin: ex vivo

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    Mehmet Burak Güneşer


    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the effect of addition of various surface-modifying agents to EDTA solution on the bond strength of an epoxy-based sealer to the root canal dentin. Materials and Method: Sixty single-rooted human mandibular premolars were decoronated and instrumented using rotary system. The specimens were then randomly divided into four groups (n=15 according to irrigation with different EDTA solution (Wizard, Rehber Kimya, Istanbul, Turkey combinations as follows: Group 1: 17% EDTA + 0.1% benzalkonium chloride; Group 2: 17% EDTA + 0.1% Tween 80; Group 3: 17% EDTA + 0.1% Triton X-100 and control group: 17% EDTA without any surface-modifying agents. Surface tensions of the EDTA solutions were controlled with a tensiometer. Final irrigation was with 5 mL of 5% sodium hypochlorite (Wizard for 1 min, followed by 5 mL of the mentioned EDTA solution for another minute. Roots were obturated with gutta-percha and AH Plus sealer (Dentsply DeTrey, Konstanz, Germany using cold lateral compaction technique. Horizontal root sections were obtained, and push-out test was used to measure the bond strength between the root canal dentin and sealer. Data were analyzed using the two-way analysis of variance and post hoc Tukey tests (p<0.05. Results: The bond strength of sealer in groups irrigated with EDTA in combination with surface modifying agents did not differ from that of the control (p=0.106. The coronal and middle third in all groups exhibited significantly greater bond strength values when compared with the apical third (p=0.004 and p=0.002, respectively. There was no statistical significant difference between the coronal and the middle thirds (p=0.979. Conclusion: The addition of surface modifying agents to EDTA solution did not affect the bond strength of the epoxy resin–based sealer.

  3. Monitoring hillslope moisture dynamics with surface ERT and hydrometric point measurement: a case study from Ore Mountains, Germany (United States)

    Hübner, R.; Heller, K.; Günther, T.; Kleber, A.


    Hillslopes are one of the basic units that mainly control water movement and flow pathways within catchments. The structure of their shallow subsurface affects water balance, e.g. infiltration, retention, and runoff. Nevertheless, there is still a gap of knowledge of the hydrological dynamics on hillslopes, notably due to the lack of generalization and transferability. To improve the knowledge of hydrological responses on hillslopes with periglacial cover beds, hydrometrical measurements have been carried out on a small spring catchment in the eastern Ore Mountains since November 2007. In addition, surface ERT measurements of several profiles were applied to enhance resolution of punctual hydrometric data. From May to December 2008 geoelectrical monitoring in nearly weekly intervals was implemented to trace seasonal moisture dynamics on the hillslope scale. To obtain the link between water content and resistivity, the parameters of Archie's law were determined using different core samples. To optimize inversion parameters and methods, the derived spatial and temporal water content distribution was compared to tensiometer data and resulting in remarkable coincidence. The measured resistivity shows a close correlation with precipitation. Depending on the amount and intensity of rain, different depths were affected by seepage water. Three different types of response to different amounts of precipitation (small, medium, high), could be differentiated. A period with a small amount causes a short interruption of the drying pattern at the surface in summer, whereas a medium amount induces a distinctive reaction at shallow depth (<0.9 m), and a high amount results in a strong response reaching down to 2 m.

  4. Monitoring hillslope moisture dynamics with surface ERT for enhancing spatial significance of hydrometric point measurements (United States)

    Hübner, R.; Heller, K.; Günther, T.; Kleber, A.


    Besides floodplains, hillslopes are basic units that mainly control water movement and flow pathways within catchments of subdued mountain ranges. The structure of their shallow subsurface affects water balance, e.g. infiltration, retention, and runoff. Nevertheless, there is still a gap in the knowledge of the hydrological dynamics on hillslopes, notably due to the lack of generalization and transferability. This study presents a robust multi-method framework of electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) in addition to hydrometric point measurements, transferring hydrometric data into higher spatial scales to obtain additional patterns of distribution and dynamics of soil moisture on a hillslope. A geoelectrical monitoring in a small catchment in the eastern Ore Mountains was carried out at weekly intervals from May to December 2008 to image seasonal moisture dynamics on the hillslope scale. To link water content and electrical resistivity, the parameters of Archie's law were determined using different core samples. To optimize inversion parameters and methods, the derived spatial and temporal water content distribution was compared to tensiometer data. The results from ERT measurements show a strong correlation with the hydrometric data. The response is congruent to the soil tension data. Water content calculated from the ERT profile shows similar variations as that of water content from soil moisture sensors. Consequently, soil moisture dynamics on the hillslope scale may be determined not only by expensive invasive punctual hydrometric measurements, but also by minimally invasive time-lapse ERT, provided that pedo-/petrophysical relationships are known. Since ERT integrates larger spatial scales, a combination with hydrometric point measurements improves the understanding of the ongoing hydrological processes and better suits identification of heterogeneities.

  5. Effect of irradiation on functional properties of Gum Tragacanth

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    Neda Mollakhalili meybodi


    Full Text Available Background and objective: irradiation is a physical treatment in which products are exposed to ionized radiation such as gamma and x rays to improve the security and quality. Hydrocolloids are components that are used in food science to improve texture properties. Exposing to irradiation treatment may change structural and functional properties. By regard to the importance of irradiation on decontaminating of hydrocolloids in food application, the aim of this study is studying the effect of irradiation at different doses on functional properties of Gum Tragacanth in food application. Material and methods: effect of irradiation treatment was studied on the rheological properties, zeta potential, particle size distribution and surface tension of dispersion systems contained 0/5% w/ w gum tragacanth that is irradiated at different doses (0, 0.75. 3, 5 kGy. The effect of irradiation on rheological properties was monitored by rheometer. In order to monitor the effect of irradiation treatment on particle size distribution, zeta potential and surface tension, particle sizer, Brookhaven zeta plus and tensiometer sere used respectively. All treatments were performed three times and the data were analyzed by one way ANOVA. Significant differences between means were identified (P values < 0.05 using Duncan test. Results: Irradiation, change rheologiacal properties and particle size distribution of dispersion contained gum tragacanth. Irradiation treatment up to 0.75 kGy increase zeta potential, but irradiating at higher doses decrease it again. Results of studying parameters showed that irradiation changes the functional properties by affecting on structure. These changes depend on irradiation dose Conclusion: Gum tragacanth irradiation may improve the functional properties by affecting on structure.

  6. Surfactant producing TNT-degrading microorganisms for bioremediation

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    Vorobyov, A.; Marchenko, A.; Rudneva, O.; Borovick, R. [Research Center for Toxicology and Hygienic Regulation of Biopreparations, Serpukhov, Moscow region (Russian Federation); Radosevich, M. [Univ. of Delaware, Newark (United States). Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences


    In general the biodegradation of nitroaromatic hydrocarbons is influenced by their bioavailability. 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene is very poorly soluble in water. TNT is easily adsorbed to clay or humus fractions in the soil, and pass very slowly to the aqueous phase, where microorganisms metabolize it. Biosurfactants that increase TNT solubility and improve its bioavailability can thereby accelerate degradation. Pure cultures of microorganisms-TNT degraders were isolated by the method of enrichment cultures from samples of different-type soil contaminated by TNT (soddy-podzol, black earth, and gray forest ones). From 28 soil samples 35 isolates of microorganisms degrading TNT were taken. The isolated soil samples had been tested for availability of microbial activity towards TNT. By10 g of air-dried soil, 10 ml of distilled water, and 2 mg of TNT were placed into 750 ml shaken flasks. The flasks were incubated at 150 rev/min and 24 C. Glucose, sodium succinate or sodium acetate had been used as co-substrates. The ability of the strains to produce surfactants was studied by drop collapsing test and direct measuring of surface tension of cultural liquid after cultivation with TNT. Cells of the strains were cultivated on solid and liquid nutrient media. For drop collapsing test the cells were cultivated on solid nutrient media; the separated colonies were suspended in distilled water. Drop sustainability test ws conducted on a standard 96-well plates coated with a thin layer of vaseline oil. Surface tension of cultural liquid ws measured after cultivation of strains in the presence of TNT with the use of a ring tensiometer. Before measuring of surface tension microbial cells were collected from liquid culture by centrifugation. (orig.)

  7. An Experimental Examination of the Relationship between Fluid Properties and Dynamic Capillary Effects During Drainage and Imbibition (United States)

    Hou, L.; Chen, L.; Kibbey, T. C.


    Reported measurements have long observed an apparent flow-rate dependence of capillary pressure at a given saturation during dynamic drainage or imbibition. This phenomenon is often referred to as a dynamic capillary effect. While the existence of dynamic capillary effects may have significant implications for the movement of immiscible fluids in porous media across a wide range of practical problems, experiment-based quantitative information about the magnitude of dynamic capillary effects is sparse, and proposed dependencies on system properties reported to date have been contradictory. The purpose of the work conducted here was to study how the dynamic capillary coefficient, τ (a ratio of the difference between dynamic and static capillary pressures and the negative change of saturation with time), is influenced by changes in fluid properties in unconsolidated porous media. Experiments were conducted with a device designed specifically for the measurements. The device is based on an automated method previously developed by the authors for rapid measurement of capillary pressure-saturation (Pc-S) relationships, but adds custom-designed membrane-based fluid-selective pore pressure micro-sensors for direct measurement of pore pressures. The micro-sensors were developed to have extremely fast response times compared with traditional pore pressure tensiometers, reducing the potential for sensor-response artifacts which can mimic dynamic capillary effects. For this work, experiments were conducted to quantify τ and corresponding confidence intervals at hundreds of individual saturation values during both dynamic secondary drainage and imbibition. Experiments have been conducted with different fluids selected to vary surface tension and viscosity, both together and independently. Implications for multiphase and unsaturated flow in porous media will be discussed.

  8. Summary of activities at the Engineered Barriers Test Facility, October 1, 1995 to January 31, 1997, and initial data

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    Porro, I.; Keck, K.N.


    Replicates of two engineered barrier designs (a thick soil barrier and a bio/capillary barrier) were constructed in the test plots of the facility. Prior to placement of any soil in the test plots, instruments were calibrated and attached to plot instrument towers, which were then installed in the test plots. Soil from Spreading Area B was installed in the test plots in lifts and compacted. Instruments attached to the instrument tower were placed in shallow trenches dug in the lifts and buried. Each instrument was checked to make sure it functioned prior to installation of the next lift. Soil samples were collected from each lift in one plot during construction for later determination of physical and hydraulic properties. After completion of the test plots, the data acquisition system was finalized, and data collection began. Appropriate instrument calibration equations and equation coefficients are presented, and data reduction techniques are described. Initial data show test plot soils drying throughout the summer and early fall. This corresponds to low rainfall during this period. Infiltration of water into the test plots was first detected around mid-November with several subsequent episodes in December. Infiltration was verified by corresponding measurements from several different instruments [time domain reflectometry (TDR), neutron probe, thermocouple psychrometers, and heat dissipation sensors]. Tensiometer data does not appear to corroborate data from the other instruments. Test plots were warmer on the side closest to the access trench indicating a temperature effect from the trench. This resulted in greater soil moisture freezing with less and shallower infiltration on the far side of the plots than on the side closest to the trench. At the end of this monitoring period, infiltration in all but two of the test plots has reached the 155-cm depth. Infiltration in test plots B2 and S3 has reached only the 140-cm depth. The monitored infiltration events have

  9. Comparison of a new type of polytetrafluoroethylene patch (Mycro Mesh) and polypropylene prosthesis (Marlex) for repair of abdominal wall defects. (United States)

    Bellón, J M; Buján, J; Contreras, L A; Carrera-San Martín, A; Jurado, F


    Two types of prosthetic material used for repairing hernial defects of the abdominal wall were compared: Mycro Mesh and Marlex. Mycro Mesh (MM) is a new polytetrafluoroethylene product of layered, microporous structure. Macroscopically, it presents regularly distributed, 2-mm orifices that perforate the biomaterial. Marlex (PL) is a well-known polypropylene mesh product with a macroporous structure. In 24 white New Zealand rabbits, a full-thickness (except skin) 5 x 7-cm defect was created in the anterior wall of the abdomen. Defects were repaired with either MM (n = 12) or PL (n = 12) implants and studied at 14, 30, 60, and 90 days after implantation. Samples of the interfaces between prosthesis and subcutaneous tissue, visceral peritoneum, and receptor tissue, respectively, were studied. Samples were processed for optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). An immunohistochemical study was made using RAM-11, a monoclonal antibody specific for rabbit macrophages. The tensile strength of the repairs was made using an Instron tensiometer on 2-cm wide transversal strips that included the prosthesis and its anchor zones to the receptor tissue. The formation of adhesions between the prosthesis and intestine was important with the PL implants but not with the MM implants. Optical microscopy and SEM showed formation of an organized connective tissue surrounding the MM implants. At 90 days, compact bridges of connective tissue linked the tissue on the subcutaneous and peritoneal sides of the prosthesis. The PL implants became integrated into a disorganized, highly vascularized connective tissue. The intensity of the macrophage response was similar in both prostheses and decreased between days 14 and 90 (Student-Newman-Keuls test p = 0.01). The tensile strength of the PL implants was greater than that of the MM implants. At 90 days, the tensile strength of the PL implants was mean equals 33.11 N and of the MM implants, mean equals 22.65 N (Mann-Whitney test

  10. Implementation of Automated Infiltration Soil Water Sampler: Application to Unsaturated Soil in Dune Fields (United States)

    Higashi, N.; Inoue, M.; Mori, Y.


    Accurate measurement and sampling of infiltration water from root zone are necessary to understand soil and groundwater contamination processes. The traditional instruments for sampling water leaching below the root zone cause divergence or bypass of the water flow around the instrument itself. That results in undesired soil water profile and inaccurate sampling. A suction controlled lysimeter, which consists of porous plate connected to an automated vacuum system and tensiometers has developed. Soil matric pressure heads are measured just above the porous plate that installed horizontally and at the same depth in the natural soil profile. The vacuum system is automatically controlled so that the readings of the matric pressure heads match each other. This instrument does not disturb the water flow and the water sampling flux (qe) is almost similar to that of natural infiltration flux (qd). However, for sandy soils, porous plate would show some resistance to flow and soil water could easily accumulate above the porous plate. We improved the existing automated water sampler in order to measure the unsaturated zone in dune fields. High flow rate glass filters with different pore size; 0.02 to 0.03 mm (G3), 0.005 to 0.01 mm (G4), and 0.002 to 0.005 mm (G5) were studied in laboratory instead of the traditionally used porous plate. In the unsaturated steady-state water flow experiment, the value of vacuum pressure was set manually in reference to retention curve of dune sand. The water sampling flux measured by these samplers corresponded well with the irrigation flux (qi) when a suction of 60 cm H2O was applied to G4 and G5 filters. Four different irrigation fluxes were studied. The average water collecting efficiency (WCE = qe divided by qi) was 118 percent for G4 and 147 percent for G5. We concluded that glass filter, especially, G4 filter was suitable as soil water sampler in dune fields. Finally, the improved sampler using G4 filter was buried into a lysimeter (120

  11. Artificial pulmonary surfactant as a carrier for intratracheally instilled insulin. (United States)

    Ji, Ying; Liu, Chen; Pei, Yuan-Ying


    The relative bioavailabilities and effects on lung injury alleviation of 4 insulin- artificial pulmonary surfactant (INS-APS) preparations were studied in normal rats. The relationship between the minimal surface tension (Gamma(min )) of INS-APS and the absorption of insulin was also investigated. Four formulations of APS [1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC)/lecithin/palmitic acid (PA), DPPC/1-hexadecanol (Hex)/tyloxapol (Tyl), DPPC/L-alpha-phosphatidyl-DL-glycerol sodium salt (PG), DPPC/Tyl] were prepared by thin-film sonication method and direct sonication. The Gamma(min ) of 4 APS dispersions was examined with and without INS by pulsating with a bubble surface tensiometer. In vivo experiments were performed in which serum glucose change and the insulin level were measured by an enzymatic glucose reagent kit and a radioimmunology assay kit after IT to rats. The reduction in lung injury by INS-APS following 7 d of consecutive administration was evaluated by the pulmonary edema index (the weight ratio of wet lung to dry lung) and histopathology examination. The Gamma(min ) of all APS dispersions were below 10 mN/m. There was no significant difference (P> 0.05) between the Gamma(min ) of APS and the corresponding INS-APS. In vivo experiments showed a significant glucose level decrease and insulin absorption increase (P 0.05) between INS/DPPC/Tyl, INS/ DPPC/PG, and the control group. The pulmonary edema indices and histopathological observation indicated that INS-APS could alleviate lung injury. The most potent hypoglycemic effect and insulin absorption increase in this study were obtained with INS/DPPC/Tyl. According to the results, there was a linear correlation between the Gamma(min ) and relative bioavailability of INS-APS, suggesting a possible effect of the Gamma(min ) of carriers on the in vivo absorption of insulin. APS, DPPC/Tyl, and DPPC/PG dispersions might be the most efficient insulin pulmonary delivery carriers in achieving a lower Gamma

  12. Growth, Yield, and Nutritional Responses of Chamber-Grown Sweet Potato to Elevated Carbon Dioxide Levels Expected Across the Next 200 Years (United States)

    Czeck, B. C.; Jahren, H.; Deenik, J. L.; Crow, S. E.; Schubert, B.; Stewart, M.


    Understanding the effects of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations on crops will be critical to assuring that sufficient food is available to the world's growing population. Previous work has shown that slightly elevated CO2 levels (CO2 = 550-700 ppm) increase the economic yield of most crops by ~33%, on average. The majority of these studies have focused on rice, wheat, and soybean; however, climate change is expected to have greatest impact on regions of the world that rely heavily on root crops, such as sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas). Sweet potato is cultivated in more than 100 developing countries; it is ranked seventh in world crop statistics and can produce more edible energy per hectare and per day than wheat, rice or cassava. In order to quantify the effect that rising CO2 levels will have on sweet potato, we grew a total of 64 sweet potato plants to maturity in large controlled growth chambers at ambient, 760, 1,140, and 1,520-ppm CO2 levels. At planting, initial measurements (of mass, length, and number of nodes) for each plant were recorded. Throughout the duration of the experiment (90 days) measurements (of stem length, and number of leaves) were recorded every 7 to 14 days. To ensure optimum growing conditions moisture content was monitored using soil tensiometers; temperature, relative humidity and CO2 concentrations were recorded every ten minutes. Half the plants were supplemented with an inorganic fertilizer and the other half with an organic fertilizer to test the effect of nutrient availability on biomass production under elevated CO2 levels. After 3 months of growth, we measured fresh and dry biomass of all above- and below-ground tissues. Results showed a substantial increase in both above- and below-ground biomass at elevated levels of CO2. For the organic treatment, a 43% increase in aboveground dry biomass at the highest CO2 concentration (1520ppm) was found; the inorganic treatment showed a 31% increase. The

  13. Predicted and measured soil retention curve parameters in Lombardy region north of Italy

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    Fatma Wassar


    Full Text Available Water retention characteristics are fundamental input parameters in any modeling study on water flow and solute transport. These properties are difficult to measure and for that reason, we usually need to use direct and indirect methods to determine them. An extensive comparison between measured and estimated results is needed to determine their applicability for a range of different soils. However this study attempts to make a contribution specifically in this connection. These properties were determined in two representative sites located in Landriano field, in Lombardy region, northern Italy. In the laboratory we used the pressure plate apparatus and the tensiometric box. Field soil water retention was determined including measurements of soil water content with SENTEK probes and matric potential with tensiometers. The soil waer retention curves (SWRC were also settled on with some recently developed pedo-transfert functions (PTFs. Field retention curves were compared against those obtained from PTFs estimations and laboratory measurements. The comparison showed that laboratory measurements were the most accurate. They had the highest ranking for the validation indices (RMSE ranging between 2.4% and 7.7% and bias between 0.1% and 6.4%. The second best technique was the PTF Rosetta (Schaap et al. 2001. They perform only slightly poorer than the laboratory measurements (RMSE ranging between 2.7% and 10% and bias between 0.3% and 7.7%. The lowest prediction accuracy is observed for the Rawls and Brakensiek (1985 PTF (RMSE ranging between 6.3% and 17% and bias between 5% and 10% which is in contradiction with previous finding (Calzolari et al., 2001, showing that this function is well representing the retention characteristics of the area. Due to time and cost investments of laboratory and field measurements, we conclude that the Rosetta PTF developed by Schaap et al. (2001 appears to be the best to predict the soil moisture retention curve from


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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi o de estudar o efeito de duas formas de congelamento na avaliação da força de rotura de cicatrizes da parede abdominal de ratos. Foram utilizados 30 ratos machos Wistar, submetidos a laparotomia com técnica de diérese padronizada, distribuidos em 3 grupos com 10 ratos cada. No 14° dia de pós-operatório foram submetidos a eutanásia os ratos de dois grupos que tiveram segmentos músculo-fasciais da parede abdominal envolvendo a cicatriz cirúrgica, conservados em congelador a dezessete graus Célsius negativos (-17° C ou em anidrido carbônico a oitenta graus célsius negativos (-80° C por 20 dias antes de terem sidos submetidos a análise da força de rotura da cicatriz em um tensiômetro. O terceiro grupo (controle foi submetido a eutanásia e imediatamente avaliado quanto a força de rotura. Os resultados encontrados foram analisados estatísticamente. Concluiu-se que as duas formas de congelamento não interferem na avaliação da força de rotura de cicatrizes da parede abdominal de ratos.The purpose of the experiment was to study the effect of two ways of freezing on the valuation of the breaking strenght on rats’abdominal wall scars. It was used 30 male rats wistar to realize laparotomies with a standardized technique distributed in 3 groups of 10 rats. In the 14th postoperative day, rats of two groups were submitted to euthanasia and the front abdominal wall was removed (without skin involving the scar, and those segments were stored in a freezer (-17° C or in carbonic anidrid (-80° C for 20 days before tested in a tensiometer. The third group (control were subimitted to euthanasia and imidiately tested the breaking strenght . The resultant data were submitted to statistical analysis. It was concluded that the two ways of freezing don’t do interferences on the valuation of breking strengh on rat’s abdominal wall scars.

  15. Comparison of native porcine skin and a dermal substitute using tensiometry and digital image speckle correlation. (United States)

    Fritz, Jason R; Phillips, Brett T; Conkling, Nicole; Fourman, Mitchell; Melendez, Mark M; Bhatnagar, Divya; Simon, Marcia; Rafailovich, Miriam; Dagum, Alexander B


    Dermal substitutes are currently used in plastic surgery to cover various soft tissue defects caused by trauma, burns, or ablative cancer surgery. Little information is available on the biomechanical properties of these dermal substitutes after adequate incorporation as compared to normal skin. Determining parameters such as tensile strength in these skin substitutes will help us further understand their wound healing properties and potential in developing artificial tissue constructs. We hypothesize that a dermal substitute has a lower stress-strain curve and altered stress-induced deformation quantified with tensiometry and digital image speckle correlation (DISC) analysis. Two separate 5×10-cm full-thickness wounds were created on the dorsum of 3 female swine. Fibrin glue was applied before either a full-thickness skin graft (FTSG) or application of artificial dermal matrix. On day 42, cultured autologous keratinocytes were applied as a cell sheet to the wound covered with Integra. On day 56, the wounds were fully excised and fresh tissue specimens, including normal skin, were stored in a physiological solution and prepared for analysis. Rectangular samples were excised from the center of each specimen measuring 4×4×30 mm. Using a tensiometer and DISC analysis, we evaluated the tensile strength of 3 different groups of skin, namely, normal, FTSG, and Integra. There is a significant difference between the Integra specimen when compared to normal skin and FTSG. We found a minimal difference in the stress-strain curves of the latter two. Integra alone shows plastic deformation with continued stretching before ultimate midline fracture. There is significant change between the Young's moduli of the normal skin and the Integra, whereas there is little difference between the FTSG and the normal skin; DISC confirms this analysis. The normal skin and FTSG show a convergence of vectors to a linear plane, whereas Integra shows very little organization. Using 2 different

  16. Environmental Systems Research and Analysis FY 2000 Annual Report

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    David L. Miller; Castle, Peter Myer; Steven J. Piet


    The Environmental Systems Research (ESR) Program, a part of the Environmental Systems Research and Analysis (ESRA) Program, was implemented to enhance and augment the technical capabilities of the INEEL. Strengthening the Technical capabilities of the INEEL will provide the technical base to serve effectively as the Environmental Management Laboratory for the Office of Environmental Management (EM). This is a progress report for the third year of the ESR Program (FY 2000). A report of activities is presented for the five ESR research investment areas: (1) Transport Aspects of Selective Mass Transport Agents, (2) Chemistry of Environmental Surfaces, (3) Materials Dynamics, (4) Characterization Science, and (5) Computational Simulation of Mechanical and Chemical Systems. In addition to the five technical areas, the report describes activities in the Science and Technology Foundations element of the program, e.g., interfaces between ESR and the EM Science Program (EMSP) and the EM Focus Areas. The five research areas are subdivided into 18 research projects. FY 2000 research in these 18 projects has resulted in more than 50 technical papers that are in print, in press, in review, or in preparation. Additionally, more than 100 presentations were made at professional society meetings nationally and internationally. Work supported by this program was in part responsible for one of our researchers, Dr. Mason Harrup, receiving the Department of Energy’s “Bright Light” and “Energy at 23” awards. Significant accomplishments were achieved. Non-Destructive Assay hardware and software was deployed at the INEEL, enhancing the quality and efficiency of TRU waste characterization for shipment. The advanced tensiometer has been employed at numerous sites around the complex to determine hydrologic gradients in variably saturated vadose zones. An ion trap, secondary ion mass spectrometer (IT-SIMS) was designed and fabricated to deploy at the INEEL site to measure the

  17. Suitability of parametric models to describe the hydraulic properties of an unsaturated coarse sand and gravel (United States)

    Mace, Andy; Rudolph, David L.; Kachanoski , R. Gary


    The performance of parametric models used to describe soil water retention (SWR) properties and predict unsaturated hydraulic conductivity (K) as a function of volumetric water content (θ) is examined using SWR and K(θ) data for coarse sand and gravel sediments. Six 70 cm long, 10 cm diameter cores of glacial outwash were instrumented at eight depths with porous cup ten-siometers and time domain reflectometry probes to measure soil water pressure head (h) and θ, respectively, for seven unsaturated and one saturated steady-state flow conditions. Forty-two θ(h) and K(θ) relationships were measured from the infiltration tests on the cores. Of the four SWR models compared in the analysis, the van Genuchten (1980) equation with parameters m and n restricted according to the Mualem (m = 1 - 1/n) criterion is best suited to describe the θ(h) relationships. The accuracy of two models that predict K(θ) using parameter values derived from the SWR models was also evaluated. The model developed by van Genuchten (1980) based on the theoretical expression of Mualem (1976) predicted K(θ) more accurately than the van Genuchten (1980) model based on the theory of Burdine (1953). A sensitivity analysis shows that more accurate predictions of K(θ) are achieved using SWR model parameters derived with residual water content (θr) specified according to independent measurements of θ at values of h where θ/h ∼ 0 rather than model-fit θr values. The accuracy of the model K(θ) function improves markedly when at least one value of unsaturated K is used to scale the K(θ) function predicted using the saturated K. The results of this investigation indicate that the hydraulic properties of coarse-grained sediments can be accurately described using the parametric models. In addition, data collection efforts should focus on measuring at least one value of unsaturated hydraulic conductivity and as complete a set of SWR data as possible, particularly in the dry range.

  18. Enfermeras y adherencia farmacológica: discurso y conducta Nurses and pharmacological adherence: discourse and behaviour

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    María Jesús Rodríguez-García


    interfere with pharmacological adherence, although they focus on those related to the patients themselves. Nurses discourage the availability of glucometers, tensiometers and reading the patient information leaflet, for they consider these elements exert a negative influence on adherence. As for self-medication, nurses only highlight the negative aspects.

  19. Individually and Synergistic Degradation of Hydrocarbons by Biosurfactant Producing Bacteria

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    Amirarsalan Kavyanifard


    Full Text Available Background: Increasing worldwide contamination with hydrocarbons has urged environmental remediation using biological agents such as bacteria. Our goal here was to study the phylogenetic relationship of two crude oil degrader bacteria and investigation of their ability to degrade hydrocarbons. Materials and Methods: Phylogenetic relationship of isolates was determined using morphological and biochemical characteristics and 16S rDNA gene sequencing. Optimum conditions of each isolate for crude oil degradation were investigated using one factor in time method. The rate of crude oil degradation by individual and consortium bacteria was assayed via Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS analysis. Biosurfactant production was measured by Du Noüy ring method using Krüss-K6 tensiometer. Results: The isolates were identified as Dietzia cinnamea KA1 and Dietzia cinnamea AP and clustered separately, while both are closely related to each other and with other isolates of Dietzia cinnamea. The optimal conditions for D. cinnamea KA1 were 35°C, pH9.0, 510 mM NaCl, and minimal requirement of 46.5 mM NH4Cl and 2.10 mM NaH2PO4. In the case of D. cinnamea AP, the values were 30°C, pH8.0, 170 mM NaCl, and minimal requirement of 55.8 mM NH4Cl and 2.10 mM NaH2PO4, respectively. Gas chromatography – Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS analysis showed that both isolates were able to utilize various crude oil compounds, but D. cinnamea KA1 was more efficient individually and consortium of isolates was the most. The isolates were able to grow and produce biosurfactant when cultured in MSM supplemented with crude oil and optimization of MSM conditions lead to increase in biosurfactant production. Conclusion: To the best of our knowledge this is the first report of synergistic relationship between two strains of D. cinnamea in biodegradation of crude oil components, including poisonous and carcinogenic compound in a short time.

  20. Calibration of soil moisture flow simulation models aided by the active heated fiber optic distributed temperature sensing AHFO (United States)

    Rodriguez-Sinobas, Leonor; Zubelzu, Sergio; Sobrino, Fernando Fernando; Sánchez, Raúl


    Most of the studies dealing with the development of water flow simulation models in soils, are calibrated using experimental data measured by soil probe sensors or tensiometers which locate at specific points in the study area. However since the beginning of the XXI century, the use of Distributed Fiber Optic Temperature Measurement for estimating temperature variation along a cable of fiber optic has been assessed in multiple environmental applications. Recently, its application combined with an active heating pulses technique (AHFO) has been reported as a sensor to estimate soil moisture. This method applies a known amount of heat to the soil and monitors the temperature evolution, which mainly depends on the soil moisture content. Thus, it allows estimations of soil water content every 12.5 cm along the fiber optic cable, as long as 1500 m , with 2 % accuracy , every second. This study presents the calibration of a soil water flow model (developed in Hydrus 2D) with the AHFO technique. The model predicts the distribution of soil water content of a green area irrigated by sprinkler irrigation. Several irrigation events have been evaluated in a green area located at the ETSI Agronómica, Agroalimentaria y Biosistemas in Madrid where an installation of 147 m of fiber optic cable at 15 cm depth is deployed. The Distribute Temperature Sensing unit was a SILIXA ULTIMA SR (Silixa Ltd, UK) and has spatial and temporal resolution of 0.29 m. Data logged in the DTS unit before, during and after the irrigation event were used to calibrate the estimations in the Hydrus 2D model during the infiltration and redistribution of soil water content within the irrigation interval. References: Karandish, F., & Šimůnek, J. (2016). A field-modeling study for assessing temporal variations of soil-water-crop interactions under water-saving irrigation strategies. Agricultural Water Management, 178, 291-303. Li, Y., Šimůnek, J., Jing, L., Zhang, Z., & Ni, L. (2014). Evaluation of

  1. Histologic and biomechanical evaluation of a novel macroporous polytetrafluoroethylene knit mesh compared to lightweight and heavyweight polypropylene mesh in a porcine model of ventral incisional hernia repair (United States)

    Melman, L.; Jenkins, E. D.; Hamilton, N. A.; Bender, L. C.; Brodt, M. D.; Deeken, C. R.; Greco, S. C.; Frisella, M. M.


    Purpose To evaluate the biocompatibility of heavyweight polypropylene (HWPP), lightweight polypropylene (LWPP), and monofilament knit polytetrafluoroethylene (mkPTFE) mesh by comparing biomechanics and histologic response at 1, 3, and 5 months in a porcine model of incisional hernia repair. Methods Bilateral full-thickness abdominal wall defects measuring 4 cm in length were created in 27 Yucatan minipigs. Twenty-one days after hernia creation, animals underwent bilateral preperitoneal ventral hernia repair with 8 × 10 cm pieces of mesh. Repairs were randomized to Bard®Mesh (HWPP, Bard/Davol,, ULTRAPRO® (LWPP, Ethicon,, and GORE®INFINIT Mesh (mkPTFE, Gore & Associates, Nine animals were sacrificed at each timepoint (1, 3, and 5 months). At harvest, a 3 × 4 cm sample of mesh and incorporated tissue was taken from the center of the implant site and subjected to uniaxial tensile testing at a rate of 0.42 mm/s. The maximum force (N) and tensile strength (N/cm) were measured with a tensiometer, and stiffness (N/mm) was calculated from the slope of the force-versus-displacement curve. Adjacent sections of tissue were stained with hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) and analyzed for inflammation, fibrosis, and tissue ingrowth. Data are reported as mean ± SEM. Statistical significance (P 0.05 for all comparisons). However, for each mesh type, the maximum strength at 5 months was significantly lower than that at 1 month (P 0.05 for all comparisons). No significant differences with regard to inflammation, fibrosis, or tissue ingrowth were detected between mesh types at any time point (P > 0.09 for all comparisons). However, over time, inflammation decreased significantly for all mesh types (P 0.09). Conclusions The maximum tensile strength of mesh in the abdominal wall decreased over time for HWPP, LWPP, and mkPTFE mesh materials alike. This trend may actually reflect inability to adequately grip specimens at

  2. Estudo comparativo entre a sutura contínua e a com pontos separados na parede abdominal de ratos A comparative study between continuous and interrupted sutures in rat's abdominal wall

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    João Ricardo F. Tognini


    Full Text Available O objetivo deste experimento foi comparar a sutura contínua e a sutura com pontos separados no fechamento da parede abdominal. Foram utilizados 48 ratos machos Wistar, submetidos a laparotomia com técnica de diérese padronizada, 24 submetidos a sutura da parede abdominal por técnica contínua e 24 com pontos separados, com fio polidioxanona. No 7º e 14º dia de pós-operatório foram submetidos a eutanásia 12 animais de cada grupo e deles retirados a camada músculo-fascial abdominal envolvendo a cicatriz operatória e dividida aleatoriamente em dois segmentos (cranial e caudal, um para ser submetido a avaliação da força de rotura mediante o uso de tensiômetro e outro para exame histológico, onde foi realizada a avaliação quantitativa de colágeno na linha de sutura. Os resultados encontrados foram analisados estatisticamente. Concluiu-se que no 7º dia de pós-operatório a parede abdominal suturada com pontos separados é mais resistente, porém sem diferenças significantes na quantidade de colágeno, do que a suturada por técnica contínua, e no 14º dia, ambas se equivalem nos dois parâmetros estudados, em ratos.The purpose of the experiment was to compare the continuous and interrupted techniques of abdominal clousure. It was used 48 male rats Wistar to realize longudinal laparotomies with a standardized technique. In 24 of them, the abdominal wall was closed by continuous suture and in 24 of them closed by interrupted suture. All of them using polidioxanone. In the 7th and 14th postoperative day, 12 animals of each group were submitted to euthanasia and the front abdominal wall was removed (without skin and divided in two segmentes (cranial and caudal, one for hystological analysis with an objective measurament og collagenous and another to the test of tensile strength by tensiometer. The resultant data were submitted to statistical analysis. It was conclued that in the 7th day , the abdominal wall closed by interrupted

  3. Parameter estimation in physically-based integrated hydrological models with the ensemble Kalman filter: a practical application. (United States)

    Botto, Anna; Camporese, Matteo


    University of Padova (Italy), consists of a reinforced concrete box containing a soil prism with maximum height of 3.5 m, length of 6 m and width of 2 m. The hillslope is equipped with six pairs of tensiometers and water content reflectometers, to monitor the pressure head and soil moisture content, respectively. Moreover, two tipping bucket flow gages were used to measure the surface and subsurface discharges at the outlet. A 12-day long experiment was carried out, during which a series of four rainfall events with constant rainfall rate were generated, interspersed with phases of drainage. During the experiment, measurements were collected at a relatively high resolution of 0.5 Hz. We report here on the capability of the data assimilation framework to estimate sets of plausible parameters that are consistent with the experimental setup.

  4. Optimisation du procede de fabrication d'isolateurs vibratoires en polychloroprene (United States)

    Sommier, Emmanuelle

    The project presented in this thesis was established as a means to find answers to issues encountered in the recreation vehicule industry. Recreation vehicule engine generates vibration that can lead to passenger incomfort or to mechanical failure. The reduction of such vibration has been a major focus for the industry. As a means to overcome this problem, passive isolators are generally placed between the engine and the structure. However, engine mounts made of Polychloroprene rubber present abnormal variability in their mechanical properties. The main purpose of this research project was to investigate the possible sources of variability occuring during the manufacturing process of isolators, and thus evaluate their impact on parts mechanical properties. The work consisted to look at the global manufaturing process, namely elastomer mixture preparation, parts molding and cooling. As such, the research work was divided in two major stages. First of all, external aspects to the main molding process were considered, including mixture preparation, mold thermal variations and parts cooling. Then the parameters directly involved during the injection molding process were investigated. The homogeneity of the raw mixture was analized through experimental measurements of the elastic modulus. Tests were done with a tensiometer on dumbbells. Subsequently, as a means to verify the uniformity of the temperature distribution in a mold, a thermal finite element model was developped based on a production mold geometry. The model was validated through experimental measurements using a thermocouple. Comparison with experiment confirmed that the model gives a first good idea of the temperature distribution in the mold. But some adjustments of the boundary conditions are still needed to accurately reproduced the reality. Nevertheless, as the mold produces several parts at a time, a comparison between cavity locations was done in order to assess their effect on properties. Engine

  5. Influence of experimental set-up on the infiltration characteristics during managed aquifer recharge operation (United States)

    Fichtner, Thomas; Vanzella de Melo, Julio Augusto; Stefan, Catalin


    The main focus during operation of managed aquifer recharge (MAR) is on clogging processes, specifically on the changes of infiltration capacities and degradation of infiltrated organic substances including vadose zone oxygen dynamics. Lab scale experiments are one opportunity to understand and characterize these processes under different drying and wetting cycles and infiltration rates. However, the multitude of assumptions and scale-related limitations of downscale investigations often lead to over- or underestimations, rendering their results useless when translated to field-like conditions. Therefore, the specific objective of this investigation is to compare the results obtained from two different experimental set-ups with different scales: a 3D, rectangular shaped, stainless steel lysimeter (1.5 x 1.0 x 1.0 m) with an infiltration basin installed in the centre of its surface and a 1D soil column (1m, ᴓ 0.15 m) with the infiltration over the complete column surface. The study focuses on the influence of the experimental setup conditions on the soil clogging, water flow pattern, oxygen dynamics and degradation of organic substances. The results should allow making statements about the suitability of these lab experiments for the investigation of processes taking place in the unsaturated soil zone during operation of MAR. Both experimental units were packed with the same soil and equipped with tensiometers, TDR-probes, oxygen probes and suction cups in two depths for the estimation of spatial and temporal distribution of soil moisture, oxygen and infiltrated substances. The lysimeter and the column were placed inside of a fully automatic climate tent, which facilitates the exact control of air temperature and humidity. The first results confirm that both infiltration units are suitable to simulate the clogging and the oxidation of easily degradable organic substances. However, the velocity of water transport is higher in the column compared with the lysimeter

  6. Effect of antecedent-hydrological conditions on rainfall triggering of debris flows in ash-fall pyroclastic mantled slopes of Campania (southern Italy) (United States)

    Napolitano, E.; Fusco, F; Baum, Rex L.; Godt, Jonathan W.; De Vita, P.


    Mountainous areas surrounding the Campanian Plain and the Somma-Vesuvius volcano (southern Italy) are among the most risky areas of Italy due to the repeated occurrence of rainfallinduced debris flows along ash-fall pyroclastic soil-mantled slopes. In this geomorphological framework, rainfall patterns, hydrological processes taking place within multi-layered ash-fall pyroclastic deposits and soil antecedent moisture status are the principal factors to be taken into account to assess triggering rainfall conditions and the related hazard. This paper presents the outcomes of an experimental study based on integrated analyses consisting of the reconstruction of physical models of landslides, in situ hydrological monitoring, and hydrological and slope stability modeling, carried out on four representative source areas of debris flows that occurred in May 1998 in the Sarno Mountain Range. The hydrological monitoring was carried out during 2011 using nests of tensiometers and Watermark pressure head sensors and also through a rainfall and air temperature recording station. Time series of measured pressure head were used to calibrate a hydrological numerical model of the pyroclastic soil mantle for 2011, which was re-run for a 12-year period beginning in 2000, given the availability of rainfall and air temperature monitoring data. Such an approach allowed us to reconstruct the regime of pressure head at a daily time scale for a long period, which is representative of about 11 hydrologic years with different meteorological conditions. Based on this simulated time series, average winter and summer hydrological conditions were chosen to carry out hydrological and stability modeling of sample slopes and to identify Intensity- Duration rainfall thresholds by a deterministic approach. Among principal results, the opposing winter and summer antecedent pressure head (soil moisture) conditions were found to exert a significant control on intensity and duration of rainfall

  7. Microfluidic room temperature ionic liquid droplet generation depending on the hydrophobicity and interfacial tension

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    Hwang, Jung Wook; Chang, Woo-Jin [University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee (United States); Choi, Joo Hyung; Koo, Yoon Mo [Department of Biological Engineering, Incheon (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Bum Joon; Lee, Gyu Do; Lee, Sang Woo [Yonsei University, Wonju (Korea, Republic of)


    We have characterized micro-droplet generation using water immiscible hexafluorophosphate ([PF{sub 6}])- and bis(trifluoro methylsulfonyl)imide ([Tf{sub 2}N])-based room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs). The interfacial tension between total 7 RTILs and phosphate buffered saline (PBS) was measured using a tensiometer for the first time. PBS is one of the most commonly used buffer solutions in cell-related researches. The measured interfacial tension ranges from 8.51 to 11.62 and from 9.56 to 13.19 for [Tf{sub 2}N]- and [PF{sub 6}]-based RTILs, respectively. The RTILs micro-droplets were generated in a microfluidic device. The micro-droplet size and generation frequency were determined based on continuous monitoring of light transmittance at the interface in microchannel. The size of RTIL micro-droplets was inversely proportional to the increase of PBS solution flow rate and RTILs hydrophobicity, while droplet generation frequency was proportional to those changes. The measured size of RTILs droplets ranged from 0.6 to 10.5 nl, and from 1.0 to 17.1 nl for [Tf{sub 2}N]- and [PF{sub 6}]-based RTILs, respectively. The measured frequency of generated RTILs droplets ranged from 2.3 to 37.2 droplet/min, and from 2.7 to 17.1 droplet/min for [Tf{sub 2}N]- and [PF{sub 6}]-based RTILs, respectively. The capillary numbers were calculated depending on the RTILs, and ranged from 0.51x10{sup -3} to 1.06x10{sup -3} and from 5.00x10{sup -3} to 8.65x10{sup -3}, for [Tf{sub 2}N]- and [PF{sub 6}]-based RTILs, respectively. The interfacial tension between RTILs and PBS will contribute to developing bioprocesses using immiscible RTILs. Also, the RTILs micro-droplets will enable the high-throughput monitoring of various biological and chemical reactions using RTILs as new reaction media.

  8. Influence of Heavy Metal Stress On Water Regime of A Model Forest Ecosystem (United States)

    Menon, M.; Abbaspour, K. C.; Schulin, R.

    Among various toxic substances that contaminate the soil, the effects of heavy metals are particularly severe on all aspects of soil-plant system. The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest Snow and Land Research (WSL) is addressing comprehensively the issue of heavy metal toxicity in a forest ecosystem in a project titled Sfrom cell to treeT. As & cedil; part of the above project an investigation is being carried out to evaluate the impact of heavy metal stress on water regime of a young forest ecosystem grown in sixteen open top lysimeters. The factorial treatments of the lysimeters include variations of rainwa- ter acidity (acidic, neutral), subsoil type (acidic, calcareous), and heavy metal con- centration (with and without heavy metals in the top 20 cm). Filling of lysimeters was completed in November 1999. Each model ecosystem was planted in spring 2000 with the same collection of trees and herbaceous plants. Each lysimeters is equipped with tensiometers for monitoring of pressure head, time domain reflectometry for moni- toring of water content, and sprinkler devices for application of controlled irrigation. Drainage water data are measured regularly from the canisters installed at the bot- tom of lysimeters and evapotranspiration is calculated through water balancing. Our preliminary analyses of the data shoed the following results. Weekly data collected from May to October 2001 indicated higher amount of percolating water in acidic soil compared to the neutral soil due to textural difference. At 12 cm depth in both soils, control and acidic rain showed lower water potential than heavy metal and combina- tion of acidic rain with heavy metal treatments. In lower depths, water potential did not show much difference between treatments. Water contents showed differences be- tween treatments in the upper part of the profile where the soil is contaminated with heavy metals. Higher water content was observed in heavy metal treatment at 0-25 cm depth than 25-50 cm

  9. Studying the hysteretic behaviour of unconsolidated sediments using an electroencephalography apparatus: a laboratory study. (United States)

    Ruggeri, Paolo; Jougnot, Damien; Chavarriaga, Ricardo; Brandner, Catherine; del Rocio Millán Ruiz, José; Linde, Niklas


    In soil science, the hysteretic nature of the water retention curve plays an important role in describing a soil's propensity to retain water and conduct fluid flow. However, hysteresis effects remain difficult to study and to quantify. Geophysical methods provide suitable and non-invasive tools that could be used for this purpose. For example, the degree of water saturation in a soil can be determined by measuring its electrical resistivity, while a water flux through a soil generates a measureable electrical potential difference (streaming potential). The objective of this work is to study the hysteretic behaviour of unconsolidated sediments during repeated drainage and imbibition cycles under well-constrained laboratory conditions. Monitoring was performed using a 32-electrode electroencephalography (EEG) apparatus (Biosemi) coupled with a current injection system. We used a 150 cm high sand-filled column in which we monitored self-potential (SP) signals using 15 electrodes in direct contact with the medium (so-called "naked" electrodes), and 15 electrodes that were inserted in small porous pots that were filled with water of the same conductivity and chloride concentration as the water saturating the sand (so-called "chamber" electrodes). For both electrode types, the electrodes were placed between 5 and 145 cm height with an electrode spacing of 10 cm. Pressure (10 tensiometers) and mass, together with the temperature and the relative humidity in the room, were constantly monitored for the entire duration of the experiments. We performed ten cycles of drainage and imbibition by changing the water level of an external reservoir connected to the column. Each drainage and imbibition cycle took approximately 25 and 17 hours, respectively, for a total duration of the experiment of 24 days. After each imbibition and drainage cycle, we performed complex conductivity measurements by injecting a known electric current at two electrodes using a sine wave with varying


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    Full Text Available Subject of Research. This work describes for the first time the formation of antireflective coating on the base of boehmite phase of AlOOH with low refractive index (1.35 by inkjet printing on the nonporous substrate. This method gives the possibility to increase the contrast of colorful interfering images by 32% obtaining by inkjet printing of titanium dioxide sol. The usage of this technology enables to obtain patterns with wide viewing angle and makes them highly stable. Methods. Traditional sol-gel method with peptizing agents and heating for 90oC was applied for sol synthesis. Then the mixture was under sonic treatment for the obtaining of viscous sol. The viscosity was determined by Brookfield HA/HB viscometer, and the surface tension by Kyowa DY-700 tensiometer. Aluminum oxide ink was deposited on polished slides (26×76 mm2, Paul Marienfeld, Germany, over titanium oxide layer. To print titania ink, we use a desktop office printer Canon Pixma IP 2840 and Dimatix DMP-2831. The thickness of an inkjet AlOOH layer after drying in the air and removal of the solvents did not exceed 150 nm with an RI not less than 1.35 in the entire visible range. Results. The stable colloidal ink was obtained for the first time on the base of aluminum oxide matrix with neutral pH. The rheology was regulated by controlling parameters of sol-gel method in the system of aqueous titanium dioxide sol and by adding ethanol that affects the charge of double electrical layer of disperse phase. The controllable coalesce of drops enables to apply antireflection coating within the thickness accuracy of 10 nm. The morphology of particles and the topology of printed structures were analyzed by optical, scanning electron and atomic-force microscopes. Practical Relevance. We have proposed the approach to obtain colorful, interference patterns using two types of high refractive inks with different refractive indexes. The inkjet printing method opens new opportunities for

  11. Characterization of Soil Heterogeneity Across Scales in an Intensively Investigated Soil Volume (United States)

    Patterson, Matthew; Gimenez, Daniel; Nemes, Attila; Dathe, Annette; French, Helen; Bloem, Esther; Koestel, John; Jarvis, Nick


    Heterogeneous water flow in undisturbed soils is a natural occurrence that is complex to model due to potential changes in hydraulic properties in soils over changes in space. The use of geophysical methods, such as Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT), can provide a minimally-invasive approximation of the spatial heterogeneity of the soil. This spatial distribution can then be combined with measured hydraulic properties to inform a model. An experiment was conducted on an Intensively Investigated Soil Volume (IISV), with dimensions of 2m x 1m x 0.8m, located in an agricultural field that is part of the Gryteland catchment in Ås, Norway. The location of the IISV was determined through surface ERT runs at two sequential resolutions. The first run was used to find an area of higher apparent electrical resistivity in a 23.5 x 11.5 m area with 0.5 m spacing. The second run measured apparent electrical resistivity in a 4.7 x 1 m area with 0.1 m spacing, from which the final IISV volume was derived. Distinct features found in the higher resolution run of the IISV, including a recent tire track from a harvester, were used as a spatial reference point for the installation of 20 pairs of TDR probes and tensiometers. The instruments measured water content, temperature and pressure potential at 10 minute intervals and ran continuously for a period of two weeks. After completion of the data collection the IISV was intensively sampled, with 30 samples taken for bulk density, 62 for hydraulic property measurements, and 20 to be used for both CT scanning and hydraulic property measurements. The measurement of hydraulic properties is ongoing and retention will be measured in the 0 - 100 cm range on a sand table, and from 100 - approx. 900 cm with an automated evaporation method. The formation of spatial clusters to represent the soil heterogeneity as relatively homogeneous units based on mesoscale properties like apparent electrical resistivity, bulk density, texture, in

  12. Combining unsaturated and saturated hydraulic observations to understand and estimate groundwater recharge through glacial till (United States)

    Cuthbert, M. O.; Mackay, R.; Tellam, J. H.; Thatcher, K. E.


    SummaryAlthough there has been much previous research into various aspects of the flow mechanisms through glacial till, an integrated analysis of the flow system from the ground surface to the aquifer is lacking. This paper describes such an approach with reference to a detailed field study of the hydraulic processes controlling groundwater recharge through lodgement till in Shropshire, UK. A fieldsite was instrumented with tensiometers and piezometers at a range of depths through the profile, and the geology investigated in detail through field and laboratory testing. The median matrix hydraulic conductivity of the 6 m thick till is found to be around 2 × 10 -10 m/s on the basis of laboratory measurements. Using the barometric efficiency of the till derived from on-site pressure responses, the specific storage for the till is found to be in the range 2 × 10 -6-6 × 10 -6 m -1 and approximately 3 × 10 -6 m -1 for the underlying Permo-Triassic sandstone, the regional aquifer. The hydraulic data indicate that till water table responses to rainfall occur during the summer period even when large tensions are present higher in the profile. This is thought to be due to preferential flow through hydraulically active fractures in the till, which were observed in a test pit dug on-site. The field evidence indicates that the fractures are usually infilled with a variety of materials derived and transported from clasts within the till. The bulk hydraulic conductivity of the till seems to be greatly enhanced by these features and it is shown on the basis of hydraulic testing and numerical modelling that the bulk hydraulic conductivity of the till is orders of magnitude greater than that of the till matrix and reduces with depth below ground surface. The paper furthers understanding of the hydraulic processes contributing to recharge through till and makes the link between the detail of these processes and simplified models of recharge estimation, which may be needed for

  13. Preferential flow effects on transport and fate of chemicals and microorganisms in soils irrigated with wastewater (United States)

    Puddu, Rita; Corrias, Roberto; Dessena, Maria Antonietta; Ferralis, Marcella; Marras, Gabriele; Pin, Paola; Spanu, Paola


    monitoring soil water and contaminants concentrations during infiltration experiments were inserted horizontally in each column at different depths. To measure initial distribution of water content in soil columns, as well as water content changes during infiltration, TDR probes were inserted horizontally at 10 cm intervals from the soil surface starting from a depth of 5 cm. Pressure heads were measured by tensiometer cups at the same depths of TDR probes. For monitoring solute and microbial composition of soil water, soil solution extractors were also installed at the same depths on a different vertical line. This work details the initial data collection and analysis during the 1st year of this project and outlines the ongoing modeling and other analysis steps.

  14. Investigations of infiltration processes from flooded areas by column experiments (United States)

    Mohrlok, U.; Bethge, E.; Golalipour, A.


    In case of inundation of flood plains during flood events there is an increased risk of groundwater contamination due to infiltration of increasingly polluted river water. Specifically in densely populated regions, this groundwater may be used as source for drinking water supply. For the evaluation of this a detailed quantitative understanding of the infiltration processes under such conditions is required. In this context the infiltration related to a flood event can be described by three phases. The first phase is defined by the saturation of the unsaturated soils. Within the second phase infiltration takes place under almost saturated conditions determined by the hydraulic load of the flood water level. The drainage of the soils due to falling groundwater table is characterizing the third phase. Investigations by soil columns gave a detailed insight into the infiltration processes caused by flooding. Inflow at the soil top was established by a fixed water table fed by a Mariotte bottle. Free outflow and a groundwater table were used as lower boundary condition. Inflow and outflow volume were monitored. The evolution of the matrix pressure was observed by micro-tensiometers installed at several depths within the soil column. The flow processes during phase one and two were characterized by a tracer test. Some of the experiments were repeated in order to study the influence of preliminary events. Main results were a difference in infiltration due to the lower boundary condition with regard to inflow rate, outflow dynamics and matrix pressure evolution which is directly related to the water content evolution. Further, the influence of preliminary events was different for the different boundary conditions. A replacement of pre-event water could be observed which was confirmed by volume balances calculated for the infiltration experiments. Although these water balances were almost closed significant dynamics of the matrix pressure remained in soil column in the

  15. Removal of organic micropollutants in an artificial recharge system (United States)

    Valhondo, C.; Nödler, K.; Köck-Schulmeyer, M.; Hernandez, M.; Licha, T.; Ayora, C.; Carrera, J.


    Emerging contaminants including pharmaceutically active compounds (PhACs), personal care products (PCPs) and pesticides are increasingly being identified in the environment. Emerging pollutants and their transformation products show low concentration in the environment (ng/L), but the effects of the mixtures and lifelong exposure to humans are currently unknown. Many of these contaminants are removed under aerobic conditions in water treatment plants. However, several pharmaceuticals and metabolites present in wastewater are not eliminated by conventional treatment processes. Several lab studies, however, show that the behaviour of many of these micropollutants is affected by the dominant redox conditions. However, data from field experiments are limited and sometimes contradictory. Artificial recharge is a widespread technology to increase the groundwater resources. In this study we propose a design to enhance the natural remediation potential of the aquifer with the installation of a reactive layer at the bottom of the infiltration pond. This layer is a mixture of compost, aquifer material, clay and iron oxide. This layer is intended to provide an extra amount of DOC to the recharge water and to promote biodegradation by means of the development of different redox zones along the travel path through the unsaturated zone and within the aquifer. Moreover, compost, clay and iron oxide of the layer are assumed to increase sorption surfaces for neutral, cationic and anionic compounds, respectively. The infiltration system is sited in Sant Vicenç dels Horts (Barcelona, Spain). It consists of a decantation pond, receiving raw water from the Llobregat River (highly affected from treatment plant effluents), and an infiltration pond (5600 m2). The infiltration rate is around 1 m3/m2/day. The system is equipped with a network of piezometers, suction cups and tensiometers. Infiltration periods have been performed before and after the installation of the reactive layer

  16. Assessing controls on perched saturated zones beneath the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center, Idaho (United States)

    Mirus, Benjamin B.; Perkins, Kim S.; Nimmo, John R.


    Waste byproducts associated with operations at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC) have the potential to contaminate the eastern Snake River Plain (ESRP) aquifer. Recharge to the ESRP aquifer is controlled largely by the alternating stratigraphy of fractured volcanic rocks and sedimentary interbeds within the overlying vadose zone and by the availability of water at the surface. Beneath the INTEC facilities, localized zones of saturation perched on the sedimentary interbeds are of particular concern because they may facilitate accelerated transport of contaminants. The sources and timing of natural and anthropogenic recharge to the perched zones are poorly understood. Simple approaches for quantitative characterization of this complex, variably saturated flow system are needed to assess potential scenarios for contaminant transport under alternative remediation strategies. During 2009-2011, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, employed data analysis and numerical simulations with a recently developed model of preferential flow to evaluate the sources and quantity of recharge to the perched zones. Piezometer, tensiometer, temperature, precipitation, and stream-discharge data were analyzed, with particular focus on the possibility of contributions to the perched zones from snowmelt and flow in the neighboring Big Lost River (BLR). Analysis of the timing and magnitude of subsurface dynamics indicate that streamflow provides local recharge to the shallow, intermediate, and deep perched saturated zones within 150 m of the BLR; at greater distances from the BLR the influence of streamflow on recharge is unclear. Perched water-level dynamics in most wells analyzed are consistent with findings from previous geochemical analyses, which suggest that a combination of annual snowmelt and anthropogenic sources (for example, leaky pipes and drainage ditches) contribute to recharge of shallow and

  17. Viabilidade técnica e econômica da produção de ervilha (Pisum sativum L. cultivada sob diferentes lâminas de irrigação Technical and economical feasibility of pea (Pisum sativum L. production cultivated under different irrigation depth levels

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    Full Text Available Realizou-se, com o presente trabalho, uma avaliação técnica e econômica da produção de ervilha (Pisum satiums L. em função de lâminas de irrigação. O experimento foi instalado em casa de vegetação, com delineamento inteiramente casualizado (DIC, com cinco tratamentos de reposição de água no solo (50; 75; 100; 125 e 150% da capacidade de campo e quatro repetições. O momento de irrigar foi definido quando a tensão média da água no solo, obtida nos tensiômetros instalados na parcela com 100% de reposição de água, atingiu 15 kPa. Concluiu-se que a produção da cultura e o número de vagens por planta foram afetados pelo déficit e pelo excesso hídrico aplicados pelos tratamentos. A máxima produtividade obtida foi igual a 4.197 kg ha-1 com a aplicação de 188,4 mm de água, e a lâmina ótima econômica foi estimada em 187,4 mm; a eficiência no uso da água máxima foi de 27,23 kg ha¹ mm-1, para uma lâmina de 86,25 mm.This work had the aim to verify the technical and economic feasibility of pea (Pisum satiums L. yield under different irrigation depth levels, cultivated in greenhouse. It was used a completely randomized design (CRD, with five levels of replacement of water irrigation (50%, 75%, 100%, 125% and 150% of field capacity with four replications. The crop was drip irrigated when the average soil water tension obtained from the tensiometers installed in the treatment of 100% was equivalent to 15 kPa. The results were affected by drought and water excess for total production of the plant and for number of beans for plant. The maximum productivity obtained was equal to 4,197 kg ha-1 for a water depth of 188.4 mm and the economic great irrigation depth was 187.4 mm; the greatest water use efficiency was 27.23 kg ha¹ mm-1 for a water depth of 86.25 mm.

  18. Water and energy balance in the cultivated and bake soil in a montane area in Paraiba, Brazil; Balanco hidrico e de energia em solo cultivado e sem vegetacao, para as condicoes do brejo paraibano

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    In the areas of rain fed agriculture it is very important to quantify losses of water by evapotranspiration and soil evaporation. The methods used for measuring evapotranspiration and/or evaporation varies from direct measurements techniques, using lysimeters, to measurements of the water and energy balances. The precision lysimeters have high cost, being only used for research purposes. The water and energy balances methods have been very used due the simplicity, robustness and lower cost. Therefore, the objective of this study was to assess the water and energy balance components in the soil cultivated with cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L) Walp) and without vegetation, besides comparing the methods used to determine the cowpea evapotranspiration. Two experiments (2002 and 2003) were performed in the 4 ha area of the Centro de Ciencias Agrarias, UFPB, municipality of Areia, Paraiba State (6 deg C 58 S, 5 deg C 41 W). To determine the energy balance, the area was instrumented with a rain gauge, a pyrano meter, a net radiometer, and sensors for measuring air temperature and humidity, and wind speed in two levels. Two locals, in the soil, were instrumented with two temperature sensors located at 2.0 cm and 8.0 cm below soil surface and one heat flux plate placed at 5.0 cm below soil surface. The measurements were recorded every 30 minutes on a data logger. To determine the water balance, three plots were installed, composed one-meter access tube for neutron probe measurements, and 8 tensiometers. The results show very good correlation between the aerodynamic method and the Bowen ration energy balance method, for all atmospherics and soil water conditions. For the two years, in average 72% of the net radiation was used by crop evapotranspiration. The energy and water balance can be used, the determine the crop evapotranspiration and soil evaporation, and regardless of the method used, the major water use by crop occurred in the reproductive stage. In the year of 2002

  19. Tensile strength testing for resorbable mesh fixation systems in laparoscopic ventral hernia repair. (United States)

    Reynvoet, Emmelie; Berrevoet, Frederik; De Somer, Filip; Vercauteren, Griet; Vanoverbeke, Ingrid; Chiers, Koen; Troisi, Roberto


    In an attempt to improve patient outcome and quality of life after laparoscopic ventral hernia repair, resorbable fixation devices have been developed to allow adequate mesh fixation while minimizing accompanying side-effects as tack erosion and adhesion formation. In experimental set-up, 24 pigs were treated by laparoscopic mesh placement. Two different meshes (PP/ORC and PP/ePTFE) and four fixation devices were evaluated: a 6.4 mm poly(D,L: )-lactide pushpin (tack I), a 6.8 mm poly(D,L: )-lactide with blunt tip (tack II), a 4.1 mm poly(glycolide-co-L-lactide) (tack III) and one titanium tack (control tack). A first group of animals (n = 12) was euthanized after 2 weeks survival and a second group (n = 12) after 6 months. At euthanasia, a relaparoscopy was performed to assess adhesion formation followed by laparotomy with excision of the entire abdominal wall. Tensile strength of the individual fixation systems was tested with the use of a tensiometer by measuring the force to pull the tack out of the mesh. Additionally, the foreign body reaction to the fixation systems was evaluated histologically as was their potential degradation. At 2 weeks the tensile strength was significantly higher for the control tack (31.98 N/cm²) compared to the resorbable devices. Except for tack II, the tensile strength was higher when the devices were fixed in a PP/ePTFE mesh compared to the PP/ORC mesh. After 6 months only tack III was completely resorbed, while tack I (9.292 N/cm²) had the lowest tensile strength. At this time-point similar tensile strength was observed for both tack II (29.56 N/cm²) and the control tack (27.77 N/cm²). Adhesions seem to be more depending on the type of mesh, in favor of PP/ePTFE. At long term, the 4.1 mm poly(glycolide-co-L-lactide) tack was the only tack completely resorbed while the 6.8 mm poly(D,L: )-lactide tack with blunt tip reached equal strengths to the permanent tack.

  20. Cadaveric Evaluation of Dorsal Intermetatarsal Approach for Plantar Plate and Lateral Collateral Ligament Repair of the Lesser Metatarsophalangeal Joints. (United States)

    Phisitkul, Phinit; Hosuru Siddappa, Vinay; Sittapairoj, Tinnart; Goetz, Jessica E; Den Hartog, Bryan D; Femino, John E


    Access to the plantar plate has been described using either a plantar approach or an extensive dorsal approach that required complete joint destabilization and often a metatarsal osteotomy. Clinical scenarios related to plantar plate tear vary and the pathologies in early stages are frequently limited to unilateral soft tissue structures; a less invasive operative approach may be possible. A novel approach requiring a release of only the lateral collateral ligament and the lateral half of the plantar plate is presented in this cadaver model; the extent of joint exposure possible is described. The ability to place a secure suture through the lateral collateral ligament and the plantar plate was analyzed. Nine fresh-frozen cadaveric specimens were dissected in a randomized fashion across the second to fourth metatarsophalangeal joints through the intermetatarsal space dorsally. Under distraction, soft tissue was sequentially released, including dorsal capsule, lateral collateral ligament, and the lateral half of the plantar plate. Integrity of the extensor tendons, deep transverse intermetatarsal ligament, proximal attachment of the plantar plate, and osseous structures was carefully preserved. The joint exposure was quantified after each step with sizing rods. Using a suture passer, 2-0 nonabsorbable braided sutures were passed into the lateral collateral ligament and the plantar plate, and the construct strength was measured using a tensiometer. Progressive increase in mean joint exposure was noted after each step of soft tissue release with the final exposure of 6 mm after release of the lateral half of the plantar plate. Joint exposures after a capsulotomy and a lateral collateral release were 3 mm and 4 mm, respectively. Under distraction, the unilateral release of soft tissue created a lateral opening of the joint while the proximal phalangeal base adducted and medially deviated. Successful suture passage was noted in all specimens that could sustain a minimum

  1. Heterogeneous reactive transport under unsaturated transient conditions characterized by 3D electrical resistivity tomography and advanced lysimeter methods (United States)

    Wehrer, Markus; Slater, Lee


    Our ability to predict flow and transport processes in the unsaturated critical zone is considerably limited by two characteristics: heterogeneity of flow and transience of boundary conditions. The causes of heterogeneous flow and transport are fairly well understood, yet the characterization and quantification of such processes in natural profiles remains challenging. This is due to current methods of observation, such as staining and isotope tracers, being unable to observe multiple events on the same profile and offering limited spatial information. In our study we demonstrate an approach to characterize preferential flow and transport processes applying a combination of geoelectrical methods and advanced lysimeter techniques. On an agricultural soil profile, which was transferred undisturbed into a lysimeter container, we systematically applied a variety of input flow boundary conditions, resembling natural precipitation events. We measured breakthroughs of a conservative tracer and of nitrate, originating from the application of a slow release fertilizer and serving as a reactive tracer. Flow and transport in the soil column were observed using electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), tensiometers, water content probes and a multicompartment suction plate (MSP). These techniques allowed a direct validation of water content dynamics and tracer breakthrough under transient boundary conditions characterized noninvasively by ERT. We were able to image the advancing infiltration front and the advancing front of tracer and nitrate using time lapse ERT. Water content changes associated with the advancing infiltration front dominated over pore fluid conductivity changes during short term precipitation events. Conversely, long-term displacement of the solute fronts was monitored during periods of constant water content in between infiltration events. We observed preferential flow phenomena through ERT and through the MSP, which agreed in general terms. The preferential

  2. Combining geoelectrical and advanced lysimeter methods to characterize heterogeneous flow and transport under unsaturated transient conditions (United States)

    Wehrer, M.; Skowronski, J.; Binley, A. M.; Slater, L. D.


    Our ability to predict flow and transport processes in the unsaturated critical zone is considerably limited by two characteristics: heterogeneity of flow and transience of boundary conditions. The causes of heterogeneous - or preferential - flow and transport are fairly well understood, yet the characterization and quantification of such processes in natural profiles remains challenging. This is due to current methods of observation, such as staining and isotope tracers, being unable to observe multiple events on the same profile and offering limited spatial information. In our study we demonstrate an approach to characterize preferential flow and transport processes applying a combination of geoelectrical methods and advanced lysimeter techniques. On an agricultural soil profile, which was transferred undisturbed into a lysimeter container, we applied systematically varied input flow boundary conditions, resembling natural precipitation events. We simultaneously measured the breakthrough of a conservative tracer. Flow and transport in the soil column were observed using electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), tensiometers, water content probes and a multicompartment suction plate (MSP). These techniques allowed a direct ground-truthing of soil moisture and pore fluid resistivity changes estimated noninvasively using ERT. We were able to image both the advancing infiltration front and the advancing tracer front using time lapse ERT. Water content changes associated with the advancing infiltration front dominated over pore fluid conductivity changes during short term precipitation events. Conversely, long term displacement of the solute front was monitored during periods of constant water content in between infiltration events. We observed preferential flow phenomena through ERT and through the MSP, which agreed in general terms. The preferential flow fraction was observed to be independent of precipitation rate. This suggests the presence of a fingering process

  3. A low cost micro-station to monitor soil water potential for irrigation management (United States)

    Vannutelli, Edoardo; Masseroni, Daniele; Facchi, Arianna; Gandolfi, Claudio; Renga, Filippo


    The RISPArMiA project (which stands for "reduction of water wastage through the continuous monitoring of agri-environmental parameters") won in 2013 the contest called "LINFAS - The New Ideas Make Sustainable Agriculture" and sponsored by two Italian Foundations (Fondazione Italiana Accenture and Fondazione Collegio Università Milanesi). The objective of the RISPArMiA project is to improve the irrigation efficiency at the farm scale, by providing the farmer with a valuable decision support system for the management of irrigation through the use of low-cost sensors and technologies that can easily be interfaced with Mobile devices. Through the installation of tensiometric sensors within the cropped field, the soil water potential can be continuously monitored. Using open hardware electronic platforms, a data-logger for storing the measured data will be built. Data will be then processed through a software that will allow the conversion of the monitored information into an irrigation advice. This will be notified to the farmer if the measured soil water potential exceed literature crop-specific tensiometric thresholds. Through an extrapolation conducted on the most recent monitored data, it will be also possible to obtain a simple soil water potential prevision in absence of rain events. All the information will be sent directly to a virtual server and successively on the farmer Mobile devices. Each micro-station is completely autonomous from the energy point of view, since it is powered by batteries recharged by a solar panel. The transmission modulus consists of a GSM apparatus with a SIM card. The use of free platforms (Arduino) and low cost sensors (Watermark 200SS tensiometers and soil thermocouples) will significantly reduce the costs of construction of the micro-station which are expected to be considerably lower than those required for similar instruments on the market today . Six prototype micro-stations are actually under construction. Their field testing

  4. Drainage effects on the transient, near-surface hydrologic response of a steep hillslope to rainfall: implications for slope stability, Edmonds, Washington, USA

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    Full Text Available Shallow landslides on steep (>25° hillsides along Puget Sound have resulted in occasional loss of life and costly damage to property during intense or prolonged rainfall. As part of a larger project to assess landslide hazards in the Seattle area, the U.S. Geological Survey instrumented two coastal bluff sites in 2001 to observe the subsurface hydrologic response to rainfall. The instrumentation at one of these sites, near Edmonds, Washington, consists of two rain gauges, two water-content probes that measure volumetric water content at eight depths between 0.2 and 2.0 m, and two tensiometer nests that measure soil-water suction at six depths ranging from 0.2 to 1.5 m. Measurements from these instruments are used to test one- and two-dimensional numerical models of infiltration and groundwater flow. Capillary-rise tests, performed in the laboratory on soil sample from the Edmonds site, are used to define the soil hydraulic properties for the wetting process. The field observations of water content and suction show an apparent effect of porosity variation with depth on the hydraulic response to rainfall. Using a range of physical properties consistent with our laboratory and field measurements, we perform sensitivity analyses to investigate the effects of variation in physical and hydraulic properties of the soil on rainfall infiltration, pore-pressure response, and, hence, slope stability. For a two-layer-system in which the hydraulic conductivity of the upper layer is at least 10 times greater than the conductivity of the lower layer, and the infiltration rate is greater than the conductivity of the lower layer, a perched water table forms above the layer boundary potentially destabilizing the upper layer of soil. Two-dimensional modeling results indicate that the addition of a simple trench drain to the same two-layer slope has differing effects on the hydraulic response depending on the initial pressure head conditions. For slope

  5. Joint effect of organic acids and inorganic salts on cloud droplet activation

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    M. Frosch


    Full Text Available We have investigated CCN properties of internally mixed particles composed of one organic acid (oxalic acid dihydrate, succinic acid, adipic acid, citric acid, cis-pinonic acid, or Nordic reference fulvic acid and one inorganic salt (sodium chloride or ammonium sulphate. Surface tension and water activity of aqueous model solutions with concentrations relevant for CCN activation were measured using a tensiometer and osmometry, respectively. The measurements were used to calculate Köhler curves and critical supersaturations, which were compared to measured critical supersaturations of particles with the same chemical compositions, determined with a cloud condensation nucleus counter. Surfactant surface partitioning was not accounted for. For the aqueous solutions containing cis-pinonic acid and fulvic acid, a depression of surface tension was observed, but for the remaining solutions the effect on surface tension was negligible at concentrations relevant for cloud droplet activation. The surface tension depression of aqueous solutions containing both organic acid and inorganic salt was approximately the same as or smaller than that of aqueous solutions containing the same mass of the corresponding pure organic acids. Water activity was found to be highly dependent on the type and amount of inorganic salt. Sodium chloride was able to decrease water activity more than ammonium sulphate and both inorganic salts are predicted to have a smaller Raoult term than the studied organic acids. Increasing the mass ratio of the inorganic salt led to a decrease in water activity. Water activity measurements were compared to results from the E-AIM model and values estimated from both constant and variable van't Hoff factors. The correspondence between measurements and estimates was overall good, except for highly concentrated solutions. Critical supersaturations calculated with Köhler theory based on measured water activity and surface tension, but not

  6. Ajuste do modelo Chistiansen-Hargreaves para estimativa da evapotranspiração do feijão no cerrado Chistiansen-Hargreaves model adjustment for estimating evapotranspiration of bean crop in the Cerrado region

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    Omar C. Rocha


    Full Text Available Os produtores de feijão da região do Cerrado contam com apenas uma tecnologia, já estabelecida, para o manejo das irrigações: a tensiometria. Muito embora essa metodologia tenha alto potencial de uso não tem sido amplamente adotada pelos produtores, razão pela qual a utilização de modelos de estimativa de evapotranspiração tem se mostrado bastante aplicável à realidade da região. Assim, este trabalho tem o objetivo de avaliar o desempenho do modelo Chistiansen-Hargreaves na estimativa da evapotranspiração da cultura do Feijão Preto, no período seco do Cerrado brasileiro, almejando colocar à disposição dos produtores um modelo ajustado, que permita um manejo eficiente da irrigação no sistema produtivo da região. A evapotranspiração do feijoeiro foi medida com um lisímetro de pesagem. O experimento foi conduzido na Embrapa Cerrados, localizada em Planaltina, DF, Brasil. Quando calculado com coeficientes de cultura determinados na pesquisa e testado com o termo energético ajustado (S0 = 0,5 o modelo apresentou ótimo desempenho podendo, nesta condição, ser empregado com segurança no manejo de irrigação.Bean producers from the Brazilian Cerrado region have only one technology for the irrigation management: the measurement of the water tension in the soil through the use of tensiometers. Although this methodology has high potential, it has not been widely adopted by the producers. Thus, the utilization of models to estimate evapotranspiration estimate has shown to be applicable to the Cerrado region. So, this paper aims to evaluate the performance of the Chistiansen-Hargreaves model to estimate evapotranspiration of black bean crop in the dry season of the Brazilian Cerrado region. It also aims to provide producers an the adjusted model to estimate evapotranspiration which permit an efficient management for the agricultural irrigated system of the Cerrado region. The evapotranspiration of the black bean crop was

  7. Towards the field-scale experiments and numerical modeling of pesticides in tropical soils (United States)

    Dusek, J.; Ray, C.; Sanda, M.; Vogel, T.; Green, R.; Loo, B.


    Intensive use of pesticides in agriculture inevitably poses an increased threat to groundwater. Recent findings of pesticide residues in selected drinking water wells in Hawaii brings further attention to this problem since the primary source for potable water in Hawaii is groundwater from basal or dike-confined aquifers. A challenging research project was carried out at the University of Hawaii to elucidate potential impacts of selected pesticides on groundwater and to understand pesticide behavior in tropical soils. The major outcome of the project will be a recommendation to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture whether to restrict or approve these pesticide products entering Hawaii's agricultural market. Three sites on Oahu, one on Maui, and one on Kauai were selected for field evaluation of leaching. The soil types on Oahu are Wahiawa Oxisol (Poamoho), Molokai Oxisol (Kunia), and Waialua Vertisol (Waimanalo). The soil at Kula, Maui is an andisol (loam of Kula series) and that at Mana, Kauai is a Vertisol of Malama series. Three herbicides (S-metolachlor, imazaquin, sulfometuron methyl), one fungicide (trifloxystrobin), and one insecticide (imidacloprid) were used in our study. In addition, a commonly used herbicide (atrazine) and potassium bromide tracer were applied as reference chemicals. After spraying, the plots were covered with straw to decrease evaporation from bare soil surface and irrigated with aerial sprinklers for a period of 16 weeks. Disturbed soil samples from various depths were taken at regular intervals for pesticide analysis. Water flow dynamics was monitored with TDR probes and tensiometers installed at three depths. Weather data were acquired simultaneously. In-situ measurements of unsaturated hydraulic conductivity were done using a tension disc infiltrometer. Laboratory experiments of soil-water retention, as well as degradation, sorption, and column displacement experiments for the selected pesticides were conducted. Hence, comprehensive


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    Elena A. Eremeeva


    Full Text Available Subject of Research. The paper deals with description of novel inkjet printing method for optical elements formed by structures based on TiO2 sol. The proposed approach presents effective way to obtain such optical nano objects as diffraction structures and transparent interference patterns. Methods. TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by hydrolysis of titanium isopropoxide (0.36 mol in deionized water (33.3 mol under vigorous stirring and using nitric acid (0.04 mol as a protonating agent. Viscosity was determined by Brookfield HA/HB viscometer, and surface tension - by Kyowa DY-700 tensiometer. Titanium dioxide inks were deposited on commercially available microembossed PET film with a thickness of 20 µm. To print titania ink Canon Pixma IP 2840 desktop office printer was used with a drop volume of 2 pL. The thickness of an inkjet TiO2 layer after drying in the air and removal of the solvents did not exceed 500 nm with a refractive index not less than 2.08 in the entire visible range.Main Results. The synthesis of aqueous TiO2 sol was used to obtain the ink with desirable rheological characteristics: viscosity and surface tension. The required rheology was regulated by controlling parameters of sol-gel transition in the system of aqueous titanium dioxide sol and by adding ethanol that affects the charge of double electrical layer of disperse phase. The reviled ratio of titanium dioxide sol and ethanol in the system gives such values of viscosity and surface tension that make this material convenient for inkjet printing. The coatings created by sol have a high refractive index in the entire visible range (not less than 2.08. We have shown that the deposition of optical transparent microstructures with diffraction effect has an ability to be applied on the transparent surfaces. The morphology of particles and the topology of printed structures were analyzed by optic and atomic-force microscopes.Practical Relevance. We have proposed the approach

  9. Condutividade hidráulica de um Latossolo Roxo, não saturado, sob diferentes sistemas de uso e manejo Unsaturated soil hydraulic conductivity of un oxisol, under different use and management systems

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    Vilson Antonio Klein


    -tillage-non-irrigated and no-tillage-irrigated with the natural condition (forestry. Soil hydraulic conductivity K as a function of soil water content theta was determined in the field by means of the instantaneous profile method, by assessing the water redistribution in the soil profile, by using tensiometers installed at 0.10m soil depth intervals from 0.10m to 1.00m. The K(theta function was also determined in the laboratory, using undisturbed soil samples of 1.15m length and 0.20m diameter; these samples or soil monoliths from the three treatments, were instrumented with tensiometers and submitted to several steady descendent water fluxes in the laboratory in order to determine the K(theta functions by means of the Darcy-Buckingham equation. Results have shown that the soil structure was affected by managements till the soil depth of 0.40m, more intensively in the soil under no-tillage-irrigated, leading to a decrease in the unsaturated soil hydraulic conductivity. The unsaturated soil water movement was also affected by the increase of the soil bulk density, due to the change on the soil pore diameter distribution. With the adopted methodology (field and soil monolith, it could be perceived that, under the natural condition, the studied soil presented two distinct phases with relation to soil water conduction, one near the saturation and other from the soil water content at tensions equal and higher than 40kPa; this fact led to the conclusion that the K(theta equations cannot be extrapolated to soil water content ranges out of those they were measured.

  10. Tensão superficial dinâmica e ângulo de contato de soluções aquosas com surfatantes em superfícies artificiais e naturais Dynamic surface tension and contact angle of water solutions with spray surfactants in artificial and natural surfaces

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    Cristina A. R. Iost


    ; Li-700TM; SupersilTM and Silwet L-77TM in water solution using the dosage recommended by the manufacturer (0.050; 0.025; 0.100; 0.250; 0.100 and 0.100 % v v-1 and twice that dose, respectively. The dynamic surface tension and the angle formed on the surfaces of the leaves were measured by tensiometer. The contact angles of the spray droplets in two surfaces (hydrophilic and hydrophobic were obtained by the analysis of images captured by digital camera. This study reveals that the use of surfactants affect the physical-chemical properties of water solutions. The solutions with the surfactants Silwet L-77TM and SupersilTM for both appraised dosages provided the highest reductions in the dynamic surface tension and the smallest contact angles of the droplets on artificial and natural surfaces. The organosilicones surfactants in water solutions were more efficient in the reduction of the surface tension and increase the wetting area on artificial and natural surfaces. In natural targets these properties obtained with organosilicones are dependents of surface characteristics of the vegetal species.

  11. LUGH an experimental facility for preferential flow-colloidal transport in heterogeneous unsaturated soil (United States)

    Angulo-Jaramillo, R.; Bien, L.; Hehn, V.; Winiarski, T.


    Colloidal particles transport through vadose zone can contribute to fast transport of contaminants into groundwater. The objective is to study the preferential flow and transport of colloids in heterogeneous unsaturated soil subjected to high organic matter entry. A physically based model is developed based on a large laboratory lysimeter than usual laboratory column experiments. LUGH-Lysimeter for Unsaturated Groundwater Hydrodynamics- is used to embed a soil monolith (1.6 m3) made of different cross-bedded lithological types with contrasting hydraulic properties. The filling material is a carbonated graded sand and gravel from the fluvioglacial vadose zone of the east of Lyon (France). Materials are 3D arranged on contrasting textured lithofacies analogous to the sedimentary lithology of a fluvioglacial cross-bedded deposit. Tracer (Br 1E-2M) and colloid solutions were injected in a pulse mode using a rainfall simulator. Colloid solution is Chlamydomonas reinhardtii at 3.2E+6 units/mL concentration. These unicellular algae can be considered as spherical particles from 6 to 10 μm in diam. Their resistance and doubling time of cell growth are greater than the transfer time in the lysimeter. Algae moving into the porous medium do not immediately reproduce, and then the population size remains constant. During this period, called the lag phase (1 to 2 days), the cells are metabolically active and increase only in cell size. Tensiometers, TDR and electric resistivity enable measurements of the parameters related to flow, solute and colloid transfer. Eluted solutions are sampled by 15 separated fraction collectors, leading to independent breakthrough curves. Eluted colloid concentration is measured by spectrofluorometry. The model approach combines Richards equation, coupled to a convective-dispersive equation with a source/sink term for particle transport and mobilization. Macroscopic particle attachment/detachment from pores is assumed to follow first-order kinetics

  12. Scaling preferential flow processes in agricultural soils affected by tillage and trafficking at the field scale (United States)

    Filipović, Vilim; Coquet, Yves


    There is an accumulation of experimental evidences that agricultural soils, at least the top horizons affected by tillage practices, are not homogeneous and present a structure that is strongly dependent on farming practices like tillage and trafficking. Soil tillage and trafficking can create compacted zones in the soil with hydraulic properties and porosity which are different from those of the non-compacted zones. This spatial variability can strongly influence transport processes and initiate preferential flow. Two or three dimensional models can be used to account for spatial variability created by agricultural practices, but such models need a detailed assessment of spatial heterogeneity which can be rather impractical to provide. This logically raises the question whether and how one dimensional model may be designed and used to account for the within-field spatial variability in soil structure created by agricultural practices. Preferential flow (dual-permeability) modelling performed with HYDRUS-1D will be confronted to classical modelling based on the Richards and convection-dispersion equations using HYDRUS-2D taking into account the various soil heterogeneities created by agricultural practices. Our goal is to derive one set of equivalent 1D soil hydraulic parameters from 2D simulations which accounts for soil heterogeneities created by agricultural operations. A field experiment was carried out in two phases: infiltration and redistribution on a plot by uniform sprinkle irrigation with water or bromide solution. Prior to the field experiment the soil structure of the tilled layer was determined along the face of a large trench perpendicular to the tillage direction (0.7 m depth and 3.1 m wide). Thirty TDR probes and tensiometers were installed in different soil structural zones (Δ compacted soil and Γ macroporous soil) which ensured soil water monitoring throughout the experiment. A map of bromide was constructed from small core samples (4 cm diam

  13. In situ soil moisture and matrix potential - what do we measure? (United States)

    Jackisch, Conrad; Durner, Wolfgang


    Soil moisture and matric potential are often regarded as state variables that are simple to monitor at the Darcy-scale. At the same time unproven believes about the capabilities and reliabilities of specific sensing methods or sensor systems exist. A consortium of ten institutions conducted a comparison study of currently available sensors for soil moisture and matrix potential at a specially homogenised field site with sandy loam soil, which was kept free of vegetation. In total 57 probes of 15 different systems measuring soil moisture, and 50 probes of 14 different systems measuring matric potential have been installed in a 0.5 meter grid to monitor the moisture state in 0.2 meter depth. The results give rise to a series of substantial questions about the state of the art in hydrological monitoring, the heterogeneity problem and the meaning of soil water retention at the field scale: A) For soil moisture, most sensors recorded highly plausible data. However, they do not agree in absolute values and reaction timing. For matric potential, only tensiometers were able to capture the quick reactions during rainfall events. All indirect sensors reacted comparably slowly and thus introduced a bias with respect to the sensing of soil water state under highly dynamic conditions. B) Under natural field conditions, a better homogeneity than in our setup can hardly be realised. While the homogeneity assumption held for the first weeks, it collapsed after a heavy storm event. The event exceeded the infiltration capacity, initiated the generation of redistribution networks at the surface, which altered the local surface properties on a very small scale. If this is the reality at a 40 m2 plot, what representativity have single point observations referencing the state of whole basins? C) A comparison of in situ and lab-measured retention curves marks systematic differences. Given the general practice of soil water retention parameterisation in almost any hydrological model this

  14. Estabilidade temporal de medidas do teor e do potencial mátrico da água no solo em uma transeção Temporal stability of water content and water matric potential in a field soil

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    José Fernandes de Melo Filho


    -water contents and soil-water matric potential were measured with TDR probes and tensiometers, respectively, during three weeks of water redistribution in the soil. Results showed that the temporal stability method identifies the best sampling locations precisely, making it possible to reduce the number of necessary samples and the costs invested in sampling to establish water use and management systems for agriculture.

  15. Physical and mathematical modeling of transient infiltration through shallow layered pyroclastic deposits (United States)

    Damiano, Emilia; Greco, Roberto; Guida, Andrea; Olivares, Lucio; Picarelli, Luciano


    , small scale physical models of layered slopes, with various geometry and inclination, have been subjected to rainfalls of various intensities. During the infiltration processes and the following water redistribution phases, soil moisture and matric potential have been measured at various locations by means of TDR probes and tensiometers, respectively. The interpretation of the experimental results has been aided by a 2D mathematical model based on the integration of Richards' equation with the finite differences method. The obtained results indicate that a layer of dry pumices may induce lateral redistribution of water through the overlying ashes. In steep sloping deposits, this may favor the establishment of downslope directed subsurface runoff, which drains part of the infiltrating water towards the toe of the slope. In real slopes, depending on local morphology, such a downslope flow may have a beneficial effect on slope stability, as some water is drained out of the slope, or may even contribute to the establishment of triggering conditions, as it can result in flow concentration leading to local failure.

  16. How do current irrigation practices perform? Evaluation of different irrigation scheduling approaches based on experiements and crop model simulations (United States)

    Seidel, Sabine J.; Werisch, Stefan; Barfus, Klemens; Wagner, Michael; Schütze, Niels; Laber, Hermann


    coefficients, and (ii) one treatment was automatically drip irrigated using tensiometers (irrigation of 15 mm at a soil tension of -250 hPa at 30 cm soil depth). In treatment (iii), the irrigation schedule was estimated (using the same critera as in the tension-based treatment) applying the model Daisy partially calibrated against data of 2012. Moreover, one control treatment was minimally irrigated. Measured yield was highest for the tension-based treatment with a low irrigation water input (8.5 DM t/ha, 120 mm). Both SWB treatments showed lower yields and higher irrigation water input (both 8.3 DM t/ha, 306 and 410 mm). The simulation model based treatment yielded lower (7.5 DM t/ha, 106 mm) mainly due to drought stress caused by inaccurate simulation of the soil water dynamics and thus an overestimation of the soil moisture. The evaluation using the calibrated model estimated heavy deep percolation under both SWB treatments. Targeting the challenge to increase water productivity, soil water tension-based irrigation should be favoured. Irrigation scheduling based on SWB calculation requires accurate estimates of crop coefficients. A robust calibration of mechanistic crop models implies a high effort and can be recommended to farmers only to some extent but enables comprehensive crop growth and site analyses.

  17. Transporte de boro no solo e sua absorção por eucalipto Transport of boron in soil and its uptake by eucalypt

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    Edson Marcio Mattiello


    Full Text Available O mecanismo e a magnitude do transporte de B até as raízes das plantas dependem da umidade e do teor do nutriente no solo. As contribuições do fluxo de massa e da difusão para o transporte de B até as raízes de eucalipto foram avaliadas em resposta ao potencial de água do solo e às doses do nutriente. No ensaio, foram utilizados dois potenciais de água do solo (-10 e -40 kPa e seis doses de B (0, 0,5, 1, 2, 3 e 5 mg dm-3 de B. As plantas foram cultivadas em vasos com capacidade de 2,5 dm³ em casa de vegetação. O controle do potencial da água do solo foi efetuado pelo uso de um tensiômetro por vaso, e o ajuste por acréscimo de água destilada. A máxima produção de matéria seca de raízes foi obtida nas doses correspondentes a 0,98 e 2,38 mg dm-3 de B nos potenciais de água de -10 e -40 kPa, respectivamente. A máxima produção de matéria seca de parte aérea foi obtida nas doses correspondentes a 0,96 e 1,82 mg dm-3 de B nos potenciais de água de -10 e -40 kPa, respectivamente. Foram observadas relações positivas e altamente significativas (p The mechanism and magnitude of B transport to plant roots depend on both water and B soil contents. The contribution of mass flow and diffusion to the B transport in soil to eucalypt roots was evaluated in response to the water potential and B rates. Two water potentials (-10 and -40 kPa and six B levels (0; 0.5; 1; 2; 3 and 5 mg dm-3 of B were evaluated. The plants were grown in 2.5 dm³ plastic pots with soil, in a greenhouse. The water potential was controlled by a tensiometer in each pot and soil moisture adjusted with distilled water. The maximum root dry weight was produced at rates of 0.98 and 2.38 mg dm-3 of B, at potentials of -10 and -40 kPa, respectively, and the maximum shoot dry weight at rates of 0.96 and 1.82 mg dm-3 of B, at potentials of -10 and -40 kPa, respectively. Positive and highly significant relationships were observed between B rates, soil extractable B, B

  18. Determinação da tensão de água em solo agrícola usando um sensor de dissipação de calor Soil water evaluation in agricultural soil using a heat dissipation sensor

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    Carlos Alberto da Silva Oliveira


    , Delta T values had increased variability for the dry soil region in comparison with the wet soil region. There was no statistical difference (test F; 5% between Delta T averages, obtained under field conditions with the heat dissipation sensor installed at 10 cm of depth, and soil water tension averages provided by the tensiometer and transformed to Delta T.

  19. In Situ Decommissioning Sensor Network, Meso-Scale Test Bed - Phase 3 Fluid Injection Test Summary Report

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    Serrato, M. G.


    located at the Florida International University Applied Research Center, Miami, FL (FIU-ARC). A follow-on fluid injection test was developed to detect fluid and ion migration in a cementitious material/grouted test cube using a limited number of existing embedded sensor systems. This In Situ Decommissioning Sensor Network, Meso-Scale Test Bed (ISDSN-MSTB) - Phase 3 Fluid Injection Test Summary Report summarizes the test implementation, acquired and processed data, and results from the activated embedded sensor systems used during the fluid injection test. The ISDSN-MSTB Phase 3 Fluid Injection Test was conducted from August 27 through September 6, 2013 at the FIU-ARC ISDSN-MSTB test cube. The fluid injection test activated a portion of the existing embedded sensor systems in the ISDSN-MSTB test cube: Electrical Resistivity Tomography-Thermocouple Sensor Arrays, Advance Tensiometer Sensors, and Fiber Loop Ringdown Optical Sensors. These embedded sensor systems were activated 15 months after initial placement. All sensor systems were remotely operated and data acquisition was completed through the established Sensor Remote Access System (SRAS) hosted on the DOE D&D Knowledge Management Information Tool (D&D DKM-IT) server. The ISDN Phase 3 Fluid Injection Test successfully demonstrated the feasibility of embedding sensor systems to assess moisture-fluid flow and resulting transport potential for contaminate mobility through a cementitious material/grout monolith. The ISDSN embedded sensor systems activated for the fluid injection test highlighted the robustness of the sensor systems and the importance of configuring systems in-depth (i.e., complementary sensors and measurements) to alleviate data acquisition gaps.

  20. Respostas hemodinâmicas a um protocolo de treinamento isométrico de preensão manual Respuestas hemodinámicas a un protocolo de entrenamiento isométrico de prensión manual Hemodynamic responses to an isometric handgrip training protocol

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    Claudio Gil Soares de Araújo


    electrocardiogram signal in a digital Tango + oscillometric tensiometer, previously validated for physical exercise conditions. RESULTS: The IHT was appropriately carried out, with no clinical adverse reactions. There was a small increase in SBP and DBP levels, respectively, of 16 and 7 mmHg (p <0.05 and an even smaller increase in HR - 3 bpm - (p <0.05 when we compared the data obtained at 80 seconds of the last series with the pre-exercise CONCLUSION: IHT was well tolerated by patients undergoing exercise programs, resulting in a transient and modest hemodynamic effect, without inducing rapid cardiac vagal inactivation, characteristic of dynamic and short exercises.

  1. Atrazine movement in a dark red latosol of the tropics Movimento da atrazina numa terra roxa estrutrada eutrófica

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    M.D. de Souza


    Full Text Available Atrazine displacement was studied in a soil profile as a function of water movement and time after herbicide application, taking into account possible influence of preferential flow on leaching. The experiment consisted of two 7 x 7m plots of a dark red latosol (Kanduidalfic Eutrudox, located at Piracicaba, SP, Brazil (22º 43'S and 47º 25'W, 250km inside continent, at an altitude of 580m. One plot was previously treated with 1,000 kg/ha of lime, in order to increase base saturation to 88%, and 500kg/ha of gypsum. Each plot was instrumented with tensiometers, neutron probe access tubes and soil solution extractors, in order to monitor water and atrazine flows. Atrazine was applied at the high rate of 6 kg/ha of active principle. Results showed intensive leaching of atrazine in the whole soil profile, up to the instrumented depth of 150cm, already ate the first sampling, seven days after herbicide application. The limed plot showed much higher atrazine leaching losses than the other plot. The atrazine adsorption capacity of the soil is very low, its maximum value being of the order of 10%, for the 0-15cm surface layer.O presente trabalho teve como objetivo verificar o deslocamento de atrazina no perfil do solo, em função do movimento da água e do tempo de aplicação, e possíveis influências de fluxos preferenciais sobre a lixiviação. O trabalho foi conduzido em uma Terra Roxa Estruturada eutrófica de textura argilosa, em Piracicaba (SP, no período de junho de 1992 a fevereiro de 1993. Foram instalados dois experimentos, sendo um com a cultura do milho irrigado (experimento 1 e o outro em solo nu (experimento 2. O experimento 1 foi instalado em uma área de 1000m² sobre a qual se demarcou duas parcelas de 12m x 12m separadas uma da outra por 18m. Uma parcela foi irrigada e a outra fertirrigada. O experimento 2 foi instalado em duas parcelas de 7m x 7m, separadas uma da outra por 5m. Em uma das parcelas do experimento 2 aplicou

  2. Modeling the effect of soil structure on water flow and isoproturon dynamics in an agricultural field receiving repeated urban waste compost application. (United States)

    Filipović, Vilim; Coquet, Yves; Pot, Valérie; Houot, Sabine; Benoit, Pierre


    Transport processes in soils are strongly affected by heterogeneity of soil hydraulic properties. Tillage practices and compost amendments can modify soil structure and create heterogeneity at the local scale within agricultural fields. The long-term field experiment QualiAgro (INRA-Veolia partnership 1998-2013) explores the impact of heterogeneity in soil structure created by tillage practices and compost application on transport processes. A modeling study was performed to evaluate how the presence of heterogeneity due to soil tillage and compost application affects water flow and pesticide dynamics in soil during a long-term period. The study was done on a plot receiving a co-compost of green wastes and sewage sludge (SGW) applied once every 2 years since 1998. The plot was cultivated with a biannual rotation of winter wheat-maize (except 1 year of barley) and a four-furrow moldboard plow was used for tillage. In each plot, wick lysimeter outflow and TDR probe data were collected at different depths from 2004, while tensiometer measurements were also conducted during 2007/2008. Isoproturon concentration was measured in lysimeter outflow since 2004. Detailed profile description was used to locate different soil structures in the profile, which was then implemented in the HYDRUS-2D model. Four zones were identified in the plowed layer: compacted clods with no visible macropores (Δ), non-compacted soil with visible macroporosity (Γ), interfurrows created by moldboard plowing containing crop residues and applied compost (IF), and the plow pan (PP) created by plowing repeatedly to the same depth. Isoproturon retention and degradation parameters were estimated from laboratory batch sorption and incubation experiments, respectively, for each structure independently. Water retention parameters were estimated from pressure plate laboratory measurements and hydraulic conductivity parameters were obtained from field tension infiltrometer experiments. Soil hydraulic

  3. FY2002 Final Report for EMSP Project No.70108 Effects of Fluid Distribution on Measured Geophysical Properties for Partially Saturated, Shallow Subsurface Conditions

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    Berge, P A; Bonner, B P; Roberts, J J; Wildenschild, D; Aracne-Ruddle, C M; Berryman, J G; Bertete-Aguirre, H; Boro, C O; Carlberg, E D; Ruddle, D G; Toffelmier, D A; Du Frane, W L; Lee, S K


    Our goal is to improve geophysical imaging of the vadose zone. We are achieving this goal by providing new methods to improve interpretation of field data. The purpose of this EMSP project is to develop relationships between laboratory measured geophysical properties and porosity, saturation, and fluid distribution, for partially saturated soils. Algorithms for relationships between soil composition, saturation, and geophysical measurements will provide new methods to interpret geophysical field data collected in the vadose zone at sites such as Hanford, WA. This report summarizes work after 32 months of a 3-year project. We modified a laboratory ultrasonics apparatus developed in a previous EMSP project (No.55411) so that we can make velocity measurements for partially-saturated samples rather than fully-saturated or dry samples. Modifications included adding tensiometers and changing the fluid system so that pore fluid pressure can be controlled and capillary pressure can be determined. We made a series of measurements to determine properties of partially saturated Ottawa sand and Santa Cruz aggregate samples as well as sand-clay samples and some preliminary measurements on natural soils. Current measurements include investigations of effects of pore fluid chemistry on grain cementation and velocities for calcite-cemented sand samples. We analyzed these measurements as well as velocity and electrical properties measurements made as part of the earlier EMSP project and developed relationships between measured geophysical properties and parameters of interest, including lithology, fluid content and distribution, and soil microstructure. Our laboratory velocity measurements have confirmed recent field observations of extremely low seismic velocities of a few hundred m/s in shallow soils, and we have shown that these values are consistent with effective medium theories. We have shown that the laboratory velocities for partially saturated sands, collected at

  4. Modeling Cd and Cu mobility in soils amended by long-term urban waste compost applications (United States)

    Filipović, Vilim; Cambier, Philippe; Matijević, Lana; Coquet, Yves; Pot, Valérie; Houot, Sabine; Benoit, Pierre


    Urban waste compost application to soil is an effective way for organic waste disposal and at the same time may have a positive effect on various soil rhizosphere processes. However, long term applications of organic waste amendments may lead to a noteworthy accumulation of micropollutants in soil. The long-term field experiment QualiAgro, an INRA-Veolia partnership (, has been conducted since 1998 with the objectives to characterize the agronomic value of urban composts and the environmental impacts of their application. Numerical modeling was performed using HYDRUS-2D to estimate the movement of Cd and Cu from compost incroporation in the tilled layer. Experimental plots regularly amended with co-compost of sewage sludge and green wastes (SGW), or a municipal solid waste compost (MSW) have been compared to control plot without any organic amendment (CONT). Field site was equipped with wicks lysimeters, TDR probes and tensiometers in order to determine water balance and trace metal concentrations during a 6 years' time period (2004-2010). In the tilled layer different structures (Δ - compacted clods, Γ - macroporous zone, IF - interfurrows, PP - plough pan) corresponding to the tillage and compost incorporation were delimited and reproduced in a 2-D model. The increase of Cd and Cu concentrations due to each compost addition was assumed to be located in IFs for further modeling. Four compost additions were performed during 2004-2010 period which increased the Cd and Cu concentrations in the IF zones considerably. After successful model description of water flow in highly heterogeneous soil profiles, Cd and Cu were added into the model and their fate was simulated during the same time period. Two approaches were followed to estimate plausible trace metals sorption coefficients (Kd), both while assuming equilibrium between dissolved and EDTA-extractable metals. The first approach was based on Kd estimated from ratios between

  5. Long-term simulations of water and isoproturon dynamics in a heterogeneous soil receiving different urban waste composts (United States)

    Filipović, Vilim; Coquet, Yves; Pot, Valérie; Romić, Davor; Benoit, Pierre; Houot, Sabine


    Implementing various compost amendments and tillage practices has a large influence on soil structure and can create heterogeneities at the plot/field scale. While tillage affects soil physical properties, compost application influences also chemical properties like pesticide sorption and degradation. A long-term field experiment called "QualiAgro" (, conducted since 1998 aims at characterizing the agronomic value of urban waste composts and their environmental impacts. A modeling study was carried out using HYDRUS-2D for the 2004-2010 period to confront the effects of two different compost types combined with the presence of heterogeneities due to tillage in terms of water and isoproturon dynamics in soil. A municipal solid waste compost (MSW) and a co-compost of sewage sludge and green wastes (SGW) have been applied to experimental plots and compared to a control plot without any compost addition (CONT). Two wick lysimeters, 5 TDR probes, and 7 tensiometers were installed per plot to monitor water and isoproturon dynamics. In the ploughed layer, four zones with differing soil structure were identified: compacted clods (Δ), non-compacted soil (Γ), interfurrows (IF), and the plough pan (PP). These different soil structural zones were implemented into HYDRUS-2D according to field observation and using measured soil hydraulic properties. Lysimeter data showed (2004 -2010 period) that the CONT plot had the largest cumulative water outflow (1388 mm) compared to the MSW plot (962 mm) and SGW plot (979 mm). HYDRUS-2D was able to describe cumulative water outflow after calibration of soil hydraulic properties, for the whole 2004-2010 period with a model efficiency value of 0.99 for all three plots. Isoproturon leaching showed had the largest cumulative value in the CONT plot (21.31 μg) while similar cumulated isoproturon leachings were measured in the SGW (0.663 μg) and MSW (0.245 μg) plots. The model was able to simulate

  6. Three-dimensional imaging, change detection, and stability assessment during the centerline trench levee seepage experiment using terrestrial light detection and ranging technology, Twitchell Island, California, 2012 (United States)

    Bawden, Gerald W.; Howle, James; Bond, Sandra; Shriro, Michelle; Buck, Peter


    A full scale field seepage test was conducted on a north-south trending levee segment of a now bypassed old meander belt on Twitchell Island, California, to understand the effects of live and decaying root systems on levee seepage and slope stability. The field test in May 2012 was centered on a north-south trench with two segments: a shorter control segment and a longer seepage test segment. The complete length of the trench area measured 40.4 meters (m) near the levee centerline with mature trees located on the waterside and landside of the levee flanks. The levee was instrumented with piezometers and tensiometers to measure positive and negative porewater pressures across the levee after the trench was flooded with water and held at a constant hydraulic head during the seepage test—the results from this component of the experiment are not discussed in this report. We collected more than one billion three-dimensional light detection and ranging (lidar) data points before, during, and after the centerline seepage test to assess centimeter-scale stability of the two trees and the levee crown. During the seepage test, the waterside tree toppled (rotated 20.7 degrees) into the water. The landside tree rotated away from the levee by 5 centimeters (cm) at a height of 2 m on the tree. The paved surface of the levee crown had three regions that showed subsidence on the waterside of the trench—discussed as the northern, central, and southern features. The northern feature is an elongate region that subsided 2.1 cm over an area with an average width of 1.35 m that extends 15.8 m parallel to the trench from the northern end of the trench to just north of the trench midpoint, and is associated with a crack 1 cm in height that formed during the seepage test on the trench wall. The central subsidence feature is a semicircular region on the waterside of the trench that subsided by as much as 6.2 cm over an area 3.4 m wide and 11.2 m long. The southern feature is an elongate

  7. Sensor placement for soil water monitoring in lemon irrigated by micro sprinkler Posicionamento de sensores para monitoramento de água no solo em limoeiro irrigado por microaspersão

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    Eugênio F. Coelho


    Full Text Available This research had as its objective the investigation of an alternative strategy for soil sensor placement to be used in citrus orchards irrigated by micro sprinkler. An experiment was carried out in a Tahiti lemon orchard under three irrigation intervals of 1, 2 and 3 days. Soil water potential, soil water content distribution and root water extraction were monitored by a time-domain-reflectometry (TDR in several positions in soil profiles radial to the trees. Root length and root length density were determined from digital root images at the same positions in the soil profiles where water content was monitored. Results showed the importance of considering root water extraction in the definition of soil water sensor placement. The profile regions for soil water sensor placement should correspond to the intersection of the region containing at least 80% of total root length and the region of at least 80% of total water extraction. In case of tensiometers, the region of soil water potential above -80 kPa should be included in the intersection.Este trabalho teve como objetivo investigar uma estratégia alternativa de posicionamento de sensores de água no solo, para uso em pomares de citros irrigados por microaspersão. Um experimento foi conduzido em um pomar de limão Tahiti, sob três intervalos de irrigação: 1, 2 e 3 dias. A distribuição de umidade, potenciais de água e extração de água do solo foram monitorados por um analisador de umidade de reflectometria no domínio do tempo (TDR em várias posições, em perfis do solo radiais às plantas. Comprimento e densidade de raízes foram determinados a partir de imagens digitais nas mesmas posições onde a umidade fora monitorada. Os resultados mostraram a importância de se considerar a extração de água pelas raízes na definição da posição dos sensores de água do solo. As regiões do perfil para posicionamento de sensores de água do solo devem corresponder à interseção da

  8. Irrigation scheduling of green areas based on soil moisture estimation by the active heated fiber optic distributed temperature sensing AHFO (United States)

    Zubelzu, Sergio; Rodriguez-Sinobas, Leonor; Sobrino, Fernando; Sánchez, Raúl


    Irrigation programing determines when and how much water apply to fulfill the plant water requirements depending of its phenology stage and location, and soil water content. Thus, the amount of water, the irrigation time and the irrigation frequency are variables that must be estimated. Likewise, irrigation programing has been based in approaches such as: the determination of plant evapotranspiration and the maintenance of soil water status between a given interval or soil matrix potential. Most of these approaches are based on the measurements of soil water sensors (or tensiometers) located at specific points within the study area which lack of the spatial information of the monitor variable. The information provided in such as few points might not be adequate to characterize the soil water distribution in irrigation systems with poor water application uniformity and thus, it would lead to wrong decisions in irrigation scheduling. Nevertheless, it can be overcome if the active heating pulses distributed fiber optic temperature measurement (AHFO) is used. This estimates the temperature variation along a cable of fiber optic and then, it is correlated with the soil water content. This method applies a known amount of heat to the soil and monitors the temperature evolution, which mainly depends on the soil moisture content. Thus, it allows estimations of soil water content every 12.5 cm along the fiber optic cable, as long as 1500 m (with 2 % accuracy) , every second. This study presents the results obtained in a green area located at the ETSI Agronómica, Agroalimentaria y Biosistesmas in Madrid. The area is irrigated by an sprinkler irrigation system which applies water with low uniformity. Also, it has deployed and installation of 147 m of fiber optic cable at 15 cm depth. The Distribute Temperature Sensing unit was a SILIXA ULTIMA SR (Silixa Ltd, UK) with spatial and temporal resolution of 0.29 m and 1 s, respectively. In this study, heat pulses of 7 W/m for 2

  9. Estimating crop coefficients for corn during an evapotranspiration experiment on an oxisol in Brazil Determinação de coeficientes de cultura para o milho durante um experimento de evapotranspiração em um oxisol do Brasil

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    M.M. Villagra


    Full Text Available Soil water balance components were measured during two periods (from 1989 to 1991 on a Dark Red Latosol (oxisol in Piracicaba,SP, Brazil. The change in soil water storage and the soil water fluxes at the lower limit of the rooting zone were calculated for a transect of 25 observation plots. Hydraulic head gradients were determined by tensiometer measurements. Soil water flux densities were estimated through Darcy's equation. The actual evapotranspiration of the crops and weeds and the actual evaporation of bare soil were obtained from the water balance equation and this for two periods under different crop rotations. For the first period the sequence was bare soil-corn-weeds and for the second period it was stubble mulch-weeds-corn. For assessing the crop coefficients the potential evapotranspiration was calculated according to two different methods. The first method was based on the modified Penman equation with grass as a reference crop, to obtain this way reference coefficients, and the second method was based on the pan "A" evaporation data in order to obtain pan coefficients. These coefficients were compared with the tabulated crop coefficients. In general when there was no shortage of water during the corn growth, the crop coefficients k c"A" and k c ref were very close to the k c values.Os componentes do balanço hídrico foram medidos durante dois períodos (de 1989 a 1991 em terra roxa estruturada, em Piracicaba,SP, Brasil. As variações de armazenamento de água e os fluxos de água no solo no limite inferior da zona radicular foram calculados para uma transeção de 25 parcelas experimentais. Gradientes hidráulicos foram determinados por meio de medidas tensiométricas. Densidades de fluxo de água foram estimadas através da equação de Darcy. A evapotranspiração atual das culturas e das ervas daninhas e a evaporação atual do solo nú foram obtidas da equação do balanço hídrico, para dois períodos, sob diferentes rota

  10. Impact of treated wastewater irrigation on heterogeneity and on the fate of salts and nutrients in the subsurface (United States)

    Gomes Hochberg, C.; Furman, A.; Weisbrod, N.


    Reuse of treated wastewater (TWW) for irrigation is one of the solutions to water shortage. Not only it saves water, it also supplies organic matter (OM) and other nutrients to the soil. However, long term application of TWW can affect soil physical and chemical properties. Additionally, substances added via TWW irrigation can accentuate already existent soil heterogeneity, which may impact physical and chemical processes in soils. As more agricultural fields are being irrigated with TWW, it is crucial to understand its implications on soils. The objectives of this research are to investigate: (a) the impact of TWW irrigation on soil heterogeneity, and on hydraulic processes; and (b) the fate of salts and nutrients in the subsurface in soils irrigated with TWW vs. tap water (TP). The experiment is carried out in Lachish farm, Israel. Two trenches were dug and a sensors network of 38 tensiometers, 37 TDRs, 6 redox probes, and 38 thermocouples was installed in high resolution in each cross section (1.5 x 1.5 m). The cross sections are 13 meters apart in a vineyard irrigated for over 10 years with TP and TWW. One cross section is in a TP area while the other is in TWW area. Soil samples were collected according to visually observed heterogeneity of the soil profiles and randomly. Chemical analyses were conducted in both soil and water samples. In addition, infiltration rate, Leaf Area Index (LAI), and harvest yield were determined. For irrigation water analyses, DOM in TWW is higher than TP (average concentrations of 25.9 and 1.4 mg/L, respectively). Soil organic matter is in average 1% higher in soils irrigated with TWW in the first 10 cm, while for lower depths OM content is the same under both treatments. No repellency was detected for either soils (WDPT40%). ESP, EC and pH were higher for TWW soils, but not high enough to be characterized as saline and/or sodic. However, it presented SAR and EC levels of moderate infiltration reduction risk. Infiltration rate was

  11. Evapotranspiração máxima do capim "Tanzânia" (Panicum maximum J. em pastejo rotacionado, baseada na evaporação do tanque "Classe A " e no índice de área foliar Maximum evapotranspiration of Tanzania pasture (Panicum maximum J. rotate grazer, using the evaporation of the "Class A" pan and the leaf area index

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    Juan S. Delgado-Rojas


    model, other model was created through the correlation between ETm and variable ECA and the equivalent value of LAI in days of rest (NDd, being adopted as pattern the number of 33 days as the recommended maximum number of days of rest for Tanzania pasture, in irrigated conditions. The models were tested using the ETm values observed on field conditions for four months (August-November-2000 through the method of water balance of the soil monitored with tensiometers. Statistical tests recommended in the literature were used for validation of the model, and it has been observed good fittings among the observed and proposed values, being recommended its use for the management of Capim Tanzania irrigation, at São Paulo State.

  12. Efecto de la temperatura sobre películas de un aislado proteico del suero bovino (WPI adsorbidas sobre la interfase aceite-agua

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    Rodríguez Patino, Juan M.


    Full Text Available Heat-induced interfacial aggregation of a whey protein isolate (WPI with a high content of β-lactoglobulin, previously adsorbed at the oil-water interface, was studied by interfacial dynamic characteristics (interfacial tension and surface dilational properties performed in a automatic drop tensiometer coupled with microscopic observation and image analysis of the drop after heat-treatment. The temperature, ranging between 20 and 80 ºC, and protein concentration in aqueous bulk phase, ranging between 1.10-1 and 1.10-5% wt/wt, were studied as variables. The pH, and ionic strength were maintained constant at 5 and 0.05 M, respectively. During the heat-treatment, WPI films behave typically as viscoelastic with non-zero phase angle, but with increasing elastic characteristics as the heat-treatment progresses. During isothermal treatment the surface dilational modulus, E, increases and the interfacial tension, σ, and phase angle, φ, decrease with time to a plateau value. The time dependence of E can be quantified by a first-order equation according to two kinetic mechanisms. The rate of thermal changes in WPI adsorbed films increases with protein concentration in solution. Heat-treatment produces irreversible changes in WPI adsorbed films because the interfacial characteristics do not return to original values after cooling back to the initial temperature. Significant changes in interfacial characteristics and drop image associated with interfacial WPI gelation were observed at protein concentration as low as 1.10-5% wt/wt, even for heat-treatment at 40 ºC.En este trabajo se ha estudiado la agregación interfacial inducida por el calor en un aislado proteico del suero bovino (WPI, previamente adsorbido sobre la interfase aceite-agua. Se ha seguido la evolución, durante el tratamiento térmico, de las características dinámicas interfaciales (tensión interfacial y propiedades dilatacionales superficiales, determinadas en un tensi

  13. Transporte de enxofre para as raízes de soja em três solos de Minas Gerais Sulphur transport toward soybean roots in three soils from Minas Gerais State, Brazil

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    Davi José Silva


    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de avaliar a contribuição do fluxo em massa e da difusão no transporte de S para a superfície das raízes de soja, conduziu-se um ensaio em casa de vegetação, com amostras de três solos dos municípios de Viçosa, Paracatu e Lassance. Essas amostras apresentavam, respectivamente, 5,0, 1,2 e 1,4 mg dm-3 de S disponível, obtidos pelo extrator Ca(H2PO42, 500 mg L-1 de P em HOAc 2 mol L-1. O experimento correspondeu a um fatorial 3 x 5, sendo três solos e cinco doses de S (0, 20, 40, 80 e 160 mg dm-3, dispostos em blocos casualizados, com quatro repetições. A umidade, controlada pelo uso de um tensiômetro por vaso, foi mantida próximo a -10 kPa durante todo o ensaio. O fluxo em massa foi o principal mecanismo de transporte de S para a superfície das raízes da soja. Quando a concentração de S na solução do solo foi alta, esse mecanismo supriu quantidades de S superiores às absorvidas pela planta. A contribuição da difusão para o suprimento de S ocorreu apenas em baixa concentração desse nutriente na solução do solo.A greenhouse experiment was carried out to evaluate the mass flow and diffusion contributions on sulphur transport toward soybean roots in soil surface samples (0-20 cm of three soils collected in Viçosa, Paracatu and Lassance, Minas Gerais State, Brazil. Originally, the soil samples presented 5.0, 1.2 and 1.4 mg dm-3 of available S, respectively, obtained by extraction with a Ca(H2PO42 solution containing 500 mg L-1 of P in HOAc 2 mol L-1 solution. A 3x5 factorial layout was used with three soils and five S rates (0, 20, 40, 80 and 160 mg dm-3, disposed in a randomized complete block design, with four replications. Tensiometers controlled the soil water potential in each pot and the potential was maintained around -10 kPa. The mass flow was the main mechanism of S transport to soybean roots. At high concentration in soil solution, the quantities supplied by mass flow were higher than those

  14. An Improved ``Low-Dimensional'' State-Space Model for Unsaturated Flow in Fractured Porous Catchments (United States)

    Ireson, A. M.; Butler, A. P.; Wheater, H. S.


    The fractured porous Chalk aquifers underlying south east England constitute the UK’s single most important groundwater resource, but understanding and modelling the flow and transport processes that govern recharge, nutrient transport and response to extremes have remained a challenge. Rushton (2005) provides an authoritative summary of conventional understanding in which recharge is conceptualized using three components: a near surface water balance, incorporating a soil moisture deficit; bypass recharge (through the fractures) of some fixed amount of rainfall, and/or rainfall over some threshold (Rushton, 1979); and delay of the recharge signal by some fixed amount (normally around 1 month) to account for the deep unsaturated depth. However, field observations from an unconfined Chalk aquifer in Berkshire, UK, demonstrate that even for a relatively simple profile (i.e. a shallow soil layer overlying a uniform stratigraphy with negligible marl bands), each of these features, whilst useful, is overly simple. We provide an alternative set of recharge characteristics for the Chalk, and propose a strategy in which detailed physics-based modelling and data are used to inform the development of a simple model, more suitable for regional groundwater modelling. A 2D (vertical slice) integrated finite volume model, representing the dual permeability Chalk as an equivalent porous media, is applied to a transect containing field observations from the saturated (piezometers) and unsaturated (tensiometers, neutron probes, dielectric probes) zones. By some simplification of the flow domain, the model is able to reproduce changes in water level across the transect. However, such a model fails to reproduce the response under extreme high rainfall conditions such as those which have resulted in groundwater flooding. Furthermore, such models are highly computationally expensive, and the information required for parameterisation of the hydraulic properties is not readily

  15. Desenvolvimento de software e hardware para irrigação de precisão usando pivô central Development of software and hardware for precision irrigation using the center pivot

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    Tadeu M. de Queiroz


    the Basic Step software was developed in Tbasic language. The hardware was constituted by two electronic circuits. The first circuit was developed as an interface to the computer and the second one for the management and transmission of tensiometers readings through radio frequency Evaluations of range and efficiency of the radio modules and performance of data transmission, of the software and hardware operations were carried out. The results showed that the circuits and the developed software operated satisfactorily. The reliable communication range of the radios is 50 meters maximum. In conclusion, the developed system presented great potential used in precision irrigation for center pivot systems, since the range of the radio communication could be increased.

  16. Effect of Added Surfactants on the Dynamic Interfacial Tension Behaviour of Alkaline/Diluted Heavy Crude Oil System Effet de l’ajout de tensioactifs sur le comportement dynamique de la tension interfaciale du système solution alcaline/brut dilué

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    Trabelsi S.


    Full Text Available This study has been undertaken to get a better understanding of the interactions between Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR surfactants used in chemical flooding and in situ surfactants present in an heavy oil. We report an experimental study of dynamic Interfacial Tension (IFT behaviour of diluted heavy oil/surfactant enhanced-alkaline systems. The dynamic IFT was measured using pendant drop and spinning drop tensiometers. The dynamic IFT between diluted heavy oil and alkaline solution (pH 11 with no added surfactant increased sharply with time, which was attributed to the transfer of the in situ surfactant (produced by saponification of the acids groups present in the crude oil across the oil/water interface. The addition of Sodium Dodecyl Benzene Sulfonate (SDBS above the Critical Micellar Concentration (CMC ~ 0.002%, changed completely the dynamic IFT behaviour of the diluted heavy oil as the IFT strongly decreased and finally reached a plateau, of about 1.5 × 10-3 mN/m at a concentration of only 0.02%. We attributed the efficiency of SDBS to a synergistic effect between the in situ surfactant and the added surfactant that form a mixed interfacial monolayer, which is very efficient in decreasing the IFT to ultra low values and in resisting mass transfer across the oil/water interface. Cette étude a été réalisée pour mieux comprendre les interactions entre les tensioactifs utilisés pour la récupération assistée de pétrole et les tensioactifs in situ présents dans le brut. Nous expérimentons le comportement dynamique des tensions interfaciales (mesurées par les méthodes de goutte pendante et goutte tournante entre le brut lourd dilué et les solutions alcalines avec ajout de tensioactif. La tension interfaciale dynamique entre le brut dilué et une solution alcaline (pH 11 sans ajout de tensioactif croît fortement au cours du temps, cette augmentation est attribuée au transfert des tensioactifs in situ (produits par saponification des

  17. Experimental support and estimate of the accuracy of the water flow model in structured soils (United States)

    Nikulina, M.


    The set of models of water flow and solute transport was developed. It takes into account spatial and time variability of soil properties and a complex structure of a soil pore space. However, its limited by physically justified methods of experimental definition of parameters. The important stage of the work with the models is checking their adequacy to described processes. It is possible only at a presence of the qualitative experi-mental data received under conditions, reproduced by model. According to this, the aim of the work is the support of methods of experimental maintenance of water flow models with taking into account of structure of soil porosity and evaluation of conditions of application of mathematical models of a dif-ferent level. The field experiments were conducted in Suzdal (Russia, Vladimirskaja oblast), in June and July 1997. The soil cover of this region has high complexity, in which grey forest soils are dominant. Genetic horizons of the grey forest soils are well structured, this causes the presence in soil profile the macropores. The field investigation consisted of three big parts: (1) the morphological research of the genetic horizons of the grey forest soil; (2) investigation of the soil filtration properties by the tube with a constant head and vacuum-infiltrometer methods; (3) study of water movement at different intensity of the irrigation. Experiments were conducted on three sets called , and . The plots had 1m x 1m a size and were equipped with the hole for measurement of soil water content by the neutron hygrometer and by the tensiometers. In labo-ratory conditions the following properties of soil were determined: density of soil, texture, porosity of the aggregates, shrinkage characteristics of soil fraction in diameter of 3-5 mm. For the simulation the model "MACRO" (Jarvis et al, 1991) was used in the work. Adequacy of the model descriptions of the field data were estimated by visual comparison of measured and calculated data

  18. A large scale flume for hydro-environmental studies (United States)

    Gomez, Jose Alfonso; Giráldez, Juan Vicente; Castro-Orgaz, Oscar; Casalí, Javier; Hermosín, Maria del Carmen; Mateos, Luciano


    -load transport in unsteady free surface flow. For this purpose, two complementary systems may be installed for specific purposes: a drainage system lying on the bottom of the flume that allows suctioning drainage water or inducing a perched water table in the soil, and in the future a rainfall simulator. When the experimental flume operates on rainfall simulator mode, the flume may be further divided transversally, thus the number of subplots may be up to 6. Surface and subsurface water flows may be collected separately at the outlet of each of the 6 plots. The flume is designed to allow installation of different scientific instruments to monitor variables of interest for each experiment, such as TDR for measuring soil water content; tensiometers for measuring soil water potential; suction cups to extract soil solution; point gages to measure the water depth along the flume; LIDAR to determine micro-topographic changes; high-speed high-resolution digital cameras to record water surface flow and to track the motion of sediment particles; Laser Doppler Anemometer to determine velocity profiles in the surface flow; automatic water samplers; etc… This research facility has been finalized in January 2013. It was initially supported by 32 researchers belonging to 6 institutes of CSIC and 5 universities of Spain. However, the aim is to put it to the service of any researcher interested in the facility, in order to transform this laboratory into a nodal point in hydrologic and hydro-environmental studies in Europe. This communication is one of the first steps in helping to include this facility into our tool box for hydrologic and environmental studies with multidisciplinary teams.

  19. Surface tension of calcium hydroxide associated with different substances Tensão superficial do hidróxido de cálcio associado a diferentes substâncias

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    Carlos Estrela


    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to evaluate the surface tension of calcium hydroxide (CH associated with different substances (deionized distilled water, camphorated paramonochlorophenol, 2% chlorhexidine digluconate, Otosporin, 3% sodium lauryl ether sulphate; Furacin, PMC Furacin using tensiometer. The action of the substances studied on the dentinal structure enhances the property of surface tension. This method consists in the application of force to separate a platinum ring immersed in the substances. Thus, torsion was applied to the screw until the platinum ring separated during substances testing. Considering the methodology applied, the following can be concluded: distilled water alone or associated with CH presented a high surface tension (70.00 and 68.40 dynes/cm; calcium hydroxide in association with anionic detergent showed low surface tension (31.60 dynes/cm; camphorated paramonochlorophenol plus CH presented low surface tension (37.50 dynes/cm; 2% chlorhexidine associated with calcium hydroxide showed high surface tension values (58.00 dynes/cm; Otosporin plus calcium hydroxide showed low surface tension (35.40 dynes/cm; paramonochlorophenol Furacin mixed with calcium hydroxide presented surface tension equal to 45.50 dynes/cm; sodium hypochlorite presented high surface tension (75.00 dynes/cm. Antimicrobial agents more indicated in endodontics, i.e. CH, chlorhexidine and hypochlorite, presented the highest surface tension.Estudou-se a tensão superficial do hidróxido de cálcio associado a diferentes substâncias (água destilada deionizada, paramonoclorofenol canforado, digluconato de clorexidina 2%, Otosporin, sulfato éter lauril sódio 3%, furacin, PMC furacin usando tensiômetro. O modelo experimental consistiu na aplicação de uma força para separar um anel de platina imerso na superfície das substâncias, exercido por um tensiômetro. Considerando a metodologia aplicada, pode-se concluir: a água destilada isolada ou

  20. The Role of Desorption Kinetics on the Colloid-Facilitated Transport of Cesium and Strontium in a Partially-Saturated Quartz Sand Column (United States)

    Dittrich, T. M.; Ryan, J. N.; Saiers, J. E.


    Colloid-facilitated transport (CFT) is a mechanism for enhanced transport of contaminants under certain environmental conditions. In order for CFT to be significant, three conditions must be met: (1) colloids must be present at a significant concentration, 2) the contaminant must associate with and remain associated with the colloids, and 3) colloids must be transported faster than the contaminant on its own. Colloids are often present in significant concentrations; therefore, CFT strongly depends on slow desorption kinetics and colloid mobility. The goal of this research was to identify and quantify the effects of desorption kinetics on the transport of cesium and strontium through a quartz sand column at different degrees of saturation (moisture contents). Breakthrough experiments were conducted using a rainfall simulator suspended over a column (12.7 cm diameter, 33.5 cm depth) packed with clean, sieved quartz sand (d50 = 360 µm). The effluent was collected with a fraction collector. Cesium and strontium were used as model contaminants because they are common contaminants found on Department of Energy sites in the US and because they have contrasting sorption kinetics with illite, which was used as the model colloid. The column was instrumented with three tensiometers and three moisture sensors to ensure uniform flow under partially-saturated conditions. Relative saturations of 0.33, 0.80, and 1.0 were established in the column. For aqueous breakthrough experiments, solutions at pH 7.3 containing cesium or strontium at a concentration of 7.5 x 10-6 M were applied to the top of the column until breakthrough (C/C0 > 0.5) was achieved. Following breakthrough, the solution was switched to a cesium- or strontium-free pH 7.3 solution for about 40 pore volumes. These experiments were repeated with the addition of illite colloids at a concentration of 100 mg L-1 in equilibrium with the cesium of strontium solution. Cesium and strontium breakthrough was monitored by

  1. The Effect of a Simulated Macropore on the Colloid-Facilitated Transport of Cesium and Strontium: Experiment and Model Results (United States)

    Dittrich, T. M.; Ryan, J. N.; Saiers, J. E.


    The sorption of contaminants to mobile colloids has been shown to increase the transport of the contaminants in a process known as colloid-facilitated transport. Many laboratory experiments and computer model simulations have shown that enhanced transport can occur when a contaminant strongly associates with mobile colloids and release kinetics are slow relative to the rate of flow. Knowing when colloid-facilitated transport will affect field-scale situations and risk assessment decisions has been difficult. The three parts of our research were (1) conduct a set of isotherms and breakthrough curves for a well-characterized system (illite colloids, homogeneous quartz sand, saturated and unsaturated conditions), (2) conduct breakthrough experiments with the addition of a central macropore and, (3) model the results to identify and quantify the effects of desorption kinetics and unsaturated conditions on colloid-facilitated transport with a macropore. Breakthrough experiments used a 12.7 cm diameter and 33.5 cm long column packed with cleaned and sieved quartz sand. The homogeneous experiments used sand with a median grain size of 0.325 mm. For macropore experiments, a 2 cm diameter tube of 1.6 mm sand (about 5× the size of the matrix sand) was packed in the center of the column. A rainfall simulator was suspended over the column and a relative saturation of 1.0, 0.80, or 0.33 was established. Three moisture sensors and three tensiometers monitored the flow conditions. Effluent was collected with a peristaltic pump and a fraction collector and measured for total and dissolved ions, pH, and colloid concentration. Cesium and strontium were used as model contaminants because they are common contaminants found on Department of Energy sites in the United States and because they have contrasting sorption kinetics with illite. A previously developed model for saturated colloid-facilitated transport of cesium and strontium was extended to accommodate unsaturated conditions

  2. Water storage in wetted strips under irrigated coffee trees with different criteria of irrigation management Armazenamento de água em faixas molhadas sob cafeeiros irrigados com diferentes critérios de manejo de irrigação

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    Alberto Colombo


    Full Text Available The increasing demand for water resources accentuates the need to reduce water waste through a more appropriate irrigation management. In the particular case of irrigated coffee planting, which in recent years presented growth with the predominance of drip irrigation, the improvement of drip irrigation management techniques is a necessity. The proper management of drip irrigation depends on the knowledge of the spatial pattern of soil moisture distribution inside the wetted strip formed under the irrigation lines. In this study, grids of 24 tensiometers were used to determine the water storage within the wetted strip formed under drippers, with a 3.78 L h-1 discharge, evenly spaced by 0.4 m, subjected to two different management criteria (fixed irrigation interval and 60 kPa tension. Estimates of storage based on a one-dimensional analysis, that only considers depth variations, were compared with two-dimensional estimates. The results indicate that for high-frequency irrigation the one-dimensional analysis is not appropriate. However, under less frequent irrigation, the two-dimensional analysis is dispensable, being the one-dimensional sufficient for calculating the water volume stored in the wetted strip.A crescente demanda por recursos hídricos acentua a necessidade de redução do desperdício de água através de um manejo mais adequado da irrigação. No caso particular da cafeicultura irrigada, que nos últimos anos apresentou crescimento com predominância da irrigação por gotejamento, o aprimoramento das técnicas de manejo da irrigação por gotejamento é uma necessidade. O manejo adequado do gotejamento depende do conhecimento do padrão espacial de distribuição de umidade no interior da faixa molhada, formada sob as linhas de irrigação. Neste trabalho, foram utilizadas malhas de 24 tensiômetros para determinar o armazenamento de água no interior de faixas molhadas, formadas sob gotejadores, com vazão de 3,78 L h-1

  3. The Effects of Different Tillage Systems on Soil Hydrology and Erosion in Southeastern Brazil (United States)

    Bertolino, A. V. F. A.; Fernandes, N. F.; Souza, A. P.; Miranda, J. P.; Rocha, M. L.


    Conventional tillage usually imposes a variety of modifications on soil properties that can lead to important changes in the type and magnitude of the hydrological processes that take place at the upper portion of the soil profile. Plough pan formation, for example, is considered to be an important consequence of conventional tillage practices in southeastern Brazil, decreasing infiltration rates and contributing to soil erosion, especially in steep slopes. In order to characterize the changes in soil properties and soil hydrology due to the plough pan formation we carried out detailed investigations in two experimental plots in Paty do Alferes region, located in the hilly landscape of Serra do Mar in southeastern Brazil, close to Rio de Janeiro city. Farming activities are very important in this area, in particular the ones related to the tomato production. The local hilly topography with short and steep hillslopes, as well as an average annual rainfall of almost 2000 mm, favor surface runoff and the evolution of rill and gully erosion. The two runoff plots are 22m long by 4m wide and were installed side by side along a representative hillslope, both in terms of soil (Oxisol) and steepness. At the lower portion of each plot there is a collecting trough connected by a PVC pipe to a 500 and 1000 liters sediment storage boxes. Soil tillage treatments used in the two plots were: Conventional Tillage (CT), with one plowing using disc-type plow (about 18 cm depth) and one downhill tractor leveling, in addition to burning residues from previous planting; and Minimum Tillage (MT), which did not allow burning residues from previous planting and preserved a vegetative cover between plantation lines. Runoff and soil erosion measurements were carried out in both plots immediately after each rainfall event. In order to characterize soil water movements under the two tillage systems (CT and MT), 06 nests of tensiometers and 04 nests of Watermark sensors were installed in each

  4. Sistema de extração seqüencial da solução na macro e microporosidade do solo System of sequential extraction of solution in macro and microporosity of soil

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    Thomas V. Gloaguen


    ² = 0.998 between applied suction and soil matrix potencial, which was assessed by a tensiometer within the soil column, validated the proposed method for sequential soil solution extraction. Ionic concentrations were highly variable in different soil pore sizes, with low concentrations in the soil macroporosity, except for K+, which demonstrated the necessity of standardizing the sampling methodology to avoid incorrect estimation of concentration of solute in soil.

  5. Distribuição da concentração de potássio no solo em lisímetros cultivados com amendoim Distribution of the potassium concentration in soil with lysimeters cultivated with peanut

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    Jarbas H Miranda


    tensiometers. It was concluded that low incident solar radiation in the two environments with plastic coverings negatively affected peanut's yield; the period that the peanut demands larger amount of potassium happens from 30 to 55 days after sowing; peanut plants did not present nutritional deficiency with a smaller leaching of K+ for the deepest layers of soil; in the lysimeters with plastic covering of 100 and 150 micras occurred a larger concentration of K+ in the soil surface.

  6. Bioavailability enhanced rhizosphere remediation of petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated soil

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    Marchenko, A.; Vorobyov, A.; Zharikov, G.; Ermolenko, Z.; Dyadishchev, N.; Borovick, R.; Sokolov, M. [Research Centre for Toxicology and Hygienic Regulation of Biopreparations, Moscow region (Russian Federation); Ortega-Calvo, J.J. [Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiologia, CSIC, Sevilla (Spain)


    Aliphatic, aromatic and polycyclic aromatic oil hydrocarbons are structurally complicated man-caused pollutants that are constantly brought into biosphere. Oil production in Russia, so as all over the world, is connected with pollution of biotopes, ecosystems and agro-landscapes. Presently large funds are allocated either for oil leak prevention or for discharged oil gathering. At the same time, in spite of large necessity in technologies for efficient reconstruction of soil bio-productivity, reliable regional systems of their remediation in situ have not been developed yet. One such method is rhizosphere remediation, a biotechnology, based on the functioning of plant-microbial complexes. Little is known about bioavailability in phyto-remediation systems. Specific bioavailability-promoting mechanisms, operating in soil with hydrocarbon-degrading populations, may be responsible for increased rates of pollutant transformation (increased bacterial adherence to the pollutants, production of bio-surfactants by bacteria or by plants, possible role of chemotaxis). In the course of work collection of 42 chemo-tactically active bio-surfactant producing strain-degraders of petroleum hydrocarbons including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) was created. Two representative strains were selected for detailed chemotaxis studies with PAHs (naphthalene, phenanthrene, anthracene, and pyrene), bacterial lipopolysaccharide and root exudates from seven different plants. These strains are produce the bio-surfactants (rhamno-lipid). The chemotactic response was quantified with a capillary and densitometric chemotaxis assay. Surface tension of cultural liquid was measured after cultivation of strains in the presence of hexadecane or phenanthrene with the use of a ring tensiometer. Before measuring of surface tension microbial cells were collected from liquid culture by centrifugation. Total petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) in soil were analyzed by infra-red spectroscopy method. PAHs

  7. Evapotranspiração real de uma cultura de laranja em produção num Latossolo Vermelho-Amarelo Actual evapotranspiration of a productive orange plantation on an Oxisol in southeastern Brazil

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    Antonio Carlos Rodrigues Cruz


    íodos. Nesses 14 períodos de monitoramento, a evapotranspiração real foi analisada com base nos métodos da estatística descritiva e exploratória de dados, obtendo-se um coeficiente de variação médio desses 14 períodos de 16 %. Foi de 1.271 mm a evapotranspiração real anual desta comunidade de plantas cujos valores diários variaram de 0,4 a 8,4 mm. A eficiência de utilização da água ou a razão entre a produtividade e a evapotranspiração real por planta durante o período monitorado variou de 1,57 a 4,52 kg m-3; verificou-se que as plantas com maior produção estavam entre aquelas com maior evapotranspiração real.Water and nutrient availability in the soil at suitable times and in adequate amounts, as related to edaphic and climatic conditions, are undeniably relevant for crop yields. The objective of this work was to evaluate the actual evapotranspiration of an orange plantation, analyze its variability and verify the influence of the soil water loss on crop productivity. The experiment was carried out in Piracicaba County (SP, Brazil, on an Oxisol. The actual evapotranspiration was evaluated by a soil water balance model with 40 experimental points corresponding to 40 plants of two adjacent plant rows with 20 plants each. The orange trees, grown in a 7 x 4 m spacing (7 m between rows and 4 m between plants, were 11 -year-old. In each point, an aluminium tube was inserted at the canopy projection (2 m from the stem of each one of the 40 plants in the rows down to a depth of 1.2 m to provide access to a neutron probe. Three tensiometers were placed at depths of 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2 m. Water storage in the 0.0-1.1 m soil layer was determined based on the weekly neutron probe readings. Rainfall, measured with an automated rain gauger, was normal for the study period. Internal drainage and capillary rise were estimated by the Darcy-Buckingham equation based on daily readings of the three tensiometers and on the hydraulic conductivity, determined at the control

  8. Healing reaction to mammary prostheses covered by textured silicone and silicone foam in rats Reação capsular aos revestimentos de próteses mamárias de silicone texturizado e espuma de silicone em ratos

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    Cynthia Maria S. Rojas Balderrama


    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To compare the capsular reaction to two different coverings of silicone prosthesis through the biophysical characteristic of adherence and microscopical aspects of the inflammatory reaction and collagen formation. METHODS: Thirty two Wistar rats were used. In the dorsum of each animal a silicone elastomer with a smooth superficies and another coated with texturized silicone (Mentor was implanted. Another one, with the same smooth superficies and other coated with silicone foam (Lifesil, making up in each side, of the dorsum, the texturized and silicone foam group respectively. The animals were split into four groups to be evaluated at 7, 14, 30 and 60 days. On the evaluation dates the implant adherence was verified witch a tensiometer and the values in kgf were obtained. The material was sent to histological analysis with hematoxilin-eosin and picrosirius colorations, to evaluate the inflammatory reaction and collagen synthesis, respectively. The obtained data were submitted to statistical treatment. RESULTS: There was more adherence of the tissue to the silicone foam (POBJETIVO: Comparar a reação capsular de dois revestimentos de próteses de silicone através da característica biofísica de aderência e dos aspectos microscópicos de reação inflamatória e formação de colágeno. MÉTODOS: Implantaram-se no dorso de 32 ratos duas membranas de silicone ambas possuindo uma superfície lisa e outra diferindo em sua estrutura. Estes revestimentos foram de espuma de silicone (LifeSil ou silicone texturizado (Mentor. Os dois grupos foram divididos em quatro sub-grupos conforme o tempo de pós-operatório avaliado: 7, 14, 30 e 60 dias. Obteve-se material para análise biofísica de aderência, a qual foi realizada com tensiômetro para obtenção de valores em kgf. O estudo microscópico da reação inflamatória e síntese de colágeno foi realizado com colorações de hematoxilina-eosina e picrosirius. Os dados foram submetidos a

  9. Influência do octreotide subcutâneo na cicatrização de sutura gástrica em ratos Effect of octreotide administered subcutaneously on the healing of gastric sutures in rats

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    Paula Suzin Trubian


    were killed, the 4th or the 7th postoperative day. All animals were submitted to gastric longitudinal incisions, were closed using seromuscular interrupted stitches. The animals from the octreotide group received subcutaneous injections of octreotide. Control group received 0,9% isotonic saline. The samples of the stomach were obtained in order to determine the percentage of mature collagen and immature collagen, by picrosirius-red F3BA technique, the collagen maturation index and to determine the breaking strength and maximum strength force, tested in a computerized tensiometer. For statistical analysis, Student's t and Kruskall-Wallis' tests were applied, with the level of significance set at P<0.05. RESULTS: There was no difference in the percentage of immature collagen beeween the groups. The deposition of mature colagen was higher in the control group on the 7th postoperative day (21,43±1,06 vs.11,26±1,44, P=0,0000; in the octreotide group there was no difference. Comparing control and octreotide groups the deposition of mature collagen is higher in the octreotide group on the 4th postoperative day (19,13±1,38 vs.11,26±1,44, P=0,001. The collagen maturation index was higher in the octreotide group on the 4th postoperative day (1,07±0,07 vs 0,65±0,05, P=0,0001. The maximum strength force and the breaking strength were similar between control and octreotide groups. CONCLUSIONS: Octreotide given subcutaneously in rats is associated with higher proportion of mature collagen and does not influence the maximum strength force and the breaking strength of gastric sutures in rats.

  10. Avaliação de modelo de extração da água do solo por sistemas radiculares divididos entre camadas de solo com propriedades hidráulicas distintas Evaluation of a root-soil water extraction model by root systems divided over soil layers with distinct hydraulic properties

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    Marlon Gomes da Rocha


    solo mais frequentemente do que ela ocorreu no experimento. Esse fato pode indicar que a resistência interna do sistema radicular, não contabilizada pelo modelo, pode ter papel importante nas relações hídricas na rizosfera.Evaluating plant root capacity in extrating water from the soil is important for transpiration modeling and to understand crop growth and yield and soil water and nutrient balance. Aiming to test a macroscopic root water extraction model based on the microscopic process description, an experiment was described in which the root system of plants penetrated different soil layers with contrasting hydraulic properties. Four lysimeters containing two physically divided compartments were built and filled with material of two soils with different texture (a medium textured soil - AR and a clayey soil - AG. During a month and a half a water regime was imposed alternating the irrigation among the compartments. The soil water content in the compartments was measured with TDR and tensiometers. Soil hydraulic properties - retention and conductivity - were analyzed by standard methods. Root density was determined by weighing at the end of the experiment, resulting in values twice as high in AR than in AG soil. It was observed that water extraction occurred preferentially from the lysimeter compartments with the highest matric flux potential. Occasionally, water transfer from the compartment with higher matric flux potential to the lower one was observed, releasing water from root to soil (hydraulic lift. To compensate for the effect of heterogeneity of root distribution and root activity and soil-root contact, an empirical factor f was added to the model. Its value was determined by a numerical fitting procedure aiming at the highest correlation between model and observation in the four lysimeters. The model described 80% of the observations satisfactorily by using these f values, which were 0.01506 and 0.003713, respectively, for AR and AG. Model

  11. Eficiência no uso da água e interferência de plantas daninhas no meloeiro cultivado nos sistemas de plantio direto e convencional Water use efficiency and weed interference in melon crop under conventional and no-tillage systems

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    T.M.S. Teófilo


    filme de polietileno nos dois sistemas de plantio ou com cobertura morta no plantio direto aumentou a eficiência no uso da água em relação ao solo sem cobertura. No tratamento sem capinas no sistema de plantio convencional, além da perda total na produtividade comercial, a interferência das plantas daninhas aumentou o consumo de água em 9,6%.The objective of this work was to evaluate the effect of the conventional and no-tillage systems and weed management strategies on water use efficiency in melon crop (Cucumis melo. Thus, an experiment was carried out in a randomized block design in split-plots in Mossoró-RN. The plots were constituted of two tillage systems (conventional and no-tillage and the sub-plots of three weed management systems (plastic mulch, weeding, and no weeding. Density and dry weight of the weeds at 30 days after transplanting, commercial and total yield and daily consumption of water were evaluated. Irrigation management was performed by the characteristic soil water curve for each cropping system at 15 and 30 cm of depth and water control by daily reading a set of tensiometers installed to keep the soil above 75% of field capacity. Water use efficiency (USA, given in kg of fruit per m3, was determined based on the crop's yield and water consumption. It was found that the no-tillage system reduced weed density and dry matter in 86.7 and 61%, respectively, compared to conventional tillage, and weed interference reduced commercial yield by 100% under conventional tillage and 36.5% under no-tillage. Soil with plastic mulch under no-tillage and conventional systems, and straw mulching under no-tillage reduced water consumption by 23% (388.8 m3 ha-1, 21% (363.0 m3 ha-1 and 13% (215.0 m3 ha-1, respectively, compared to the weeding treatment under conventional tillage. Soil with plastic mulch under the two tillage systems, or straw mulching under no-tillage increased the efficiency of water use from the ground without cover. In the no

  12. Determining the Threshold Value of Basil Yield Reduction and Evaluation of Water Uptake Models under Salinity Stress Condition

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    M. Sarai Tabrizi


    Full Text Available Introduction: Several mathematical models are being used for assessing the plant response to the salinity of the root zone. The salinity of the soil and water resources is a major challenge for agricultural sector in Iran. Several mathematical models have been developed for plant responses to the salinity stress. However, these models are often applicable in particular conditions. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the threshold value of Basil yield reduction, modeling Basil response to salinity and to evaluate the effectiveness of available mathematical models for the yield estimation of the Basil . Materials and Methods: The extensive experiments were conducted with 13 natural saline water treatments including 1.2, 1.8, 2, 2.2, 2.5, 2.8, 3, 3.5, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10 dSm-1. Water salinity treatments were prepared by mixing Shoor River water with fresh water. In order to quantify the salinity effect on Basil yield, seven mathematical models including Maas and Hoffman (1977, van Genuchten and Hoffman (1984, Dirksen and Augustijn (1988, and Homaee et al., (2002 were used. One of the relatively recent methods for soil water content measurements is theta probes instrument. Theta probes instrument consists of four probes with 60 mm long and 3 mm diameter, a water proof container (probe structure, and a cable that links input and output signals to the data logger display. The advantages that have been attributed to this method are high precision and direct and rapid measurements in the field and greenhouse. The range of measurements is not limited like tensiometer and is from saturation to wilting point. In this study, Theta probes instrument was calibrated by weighing method for exact irrigation scheduling. Relative transpiration was calculated using daily soil water content changes. A coarse sand layer with 2 centimeters thick was used to decrease evaporation from the surface soil of the pots. Quantity comparison of the used models was done


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    Edgar Hincapié Gómez


    , which in turn influence plant growth and nutrition. Water flow in soils is considered of environmental importance, since it influences the distribution and transmission of water, solutes and contaminants through the vadose zone. The aim of this study was to evaluate the water dynamics and the matric potential of an Andisols, which were determined over a period of wetting and drying of soil monlith, located on a hillslope area close to Chinchiná (Caldas and Quimbaya (Quindío - Colombia. At each site, we selected and isolated three soil monoliths of 1.5 m wide and 6.0 m long, with different slope (20, 40 and 70% in Chinchiná and 20, 40 and 75% in Quimbaya. Soil moisture sensors and tensiometers were installed at different soil depths. The soil volumetric moisture and the matric potential were monitored simultaneously, during 80 days, from which we obtained the drying curves. The resulting potential model fitted the best to the soil volumetric moisture behavior in relation to time. In general, volumetric moisture declined faster during the first drying step (0-24 hours, followed by a slow drainage in which the volumetric moisture changes over time were minimum. The rate of soil drying increased as the increased the slope angle, attributed to a refraction of the water flow, whereas the gravitational potential is influenced by the hillslope of the slope and at the time this indicates that this slope controls the soil water movement.

  14. A nicotina atua como fator deletério na reparação da parede abdominal The nicotine has a deleterious effect on the healing of abdominal wall

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    Aldo da Cunha Medeiros


    subcutaneously near the abdominal sutured lesion. In the tenth postoperative day 1ml of serous liquid was harvested from the silicone tube and a pO2 dosage was done. The rats were killed with overdose of anesthetic. A 2cm width transversal segment of abdominal wall was submited to tensile strength test by a tensiometer. A biopsy of the sutured area including muscle, aporeurosis and peritoneum was processed for histopatologic analysis by a digitalised system. The data were processed by the ANOVA and Newman-Keuls tests, considering significant the differences when p<0,05. RESULTS: In the group A the pO2 on the tissue serous liquid reached 17,75± 3,4 mmHg and in the group B (control the pO2 = 40,75± 6,4 mmHg (p<0,01. The tensile strength reached 728,5± 161,75gf in the group A and 1241,6± 232gf in the control one (p<0,01.The mean density of the histopatologic elements was 105± 17,1 in group A and 146,2± 8,8 in group B (p<0,01. CONCLUSION: after evaluation of tissue pO2 , tensiometry and histopatology, the data permited to conclude that the nicotine has a deleterious effect on the healing the abdominal wall of rats.

  15. Should athletes return to activity after cryotherapy? (United States)

    Pritchard, Kimberly A; Saliba, Susan A


    missing standard deviations, other statistics including confidence intervals, standard error, t values, P values, or F values were used to calculate the standard deviation. The Cochrane risk-of-bias tool was used to assess the methodologic quality of included studies. Each study was evaluated for sequence generation, allocation concealment, assessor blinding, and incomplete outcome data. Studies were graded as low or high based on the criteria met, but the risk of bias across the studies was consistently high, so meaningful subgroup classifications were not possible. Differences in study quality and intervention details, including duration of cryotherapy interventions and time periods after intervention before follow-up, were potential sources of bias and considered for a subgroup analysis. Using the search criteria, the authors originally identified 1449 studies. Of these, after title and abstract review, 99 studies were deemed potentially relevant and kept for further analysis (1350 studies were excluded). Of the 99 potentially relevant studies, 35 were included in the final review (64 studies were excluded), with relevant outcomes of strength, power, vertical jump, endurance, agility, speed, performance accuracy, and dexterity reported. The 64 excluded studies were rejected due to intervention relevancy, outcome relevancy, and non-English language. In the 35 studies meeting the inclusion criteria, 665 healthy participants were assessed. Muscle strength (using an isokinetic dynamometer, cable tensiometer, strain-gauge device, or load cell) was assessed in 25 studies, whole-body exercise (vertical jump height, power, timed hop test, sprint time, and time taken to complete running-based agility tests, including carioca runs, shuttle sprints, T-shuttle, and cocontraction tests) was assessed in 6, performance accuracy (throwing or shooting) was assessed in 2, and hand dexterity was assessed in 2. Outcomes before and immediately after cryotherapy intervention were reported

  16. Injeção de CO2 e lâminas de irrigação em tomateiro sob estufa CO2 injection and irrigation levels in greenhouse tomatoes

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    Denis Cesar Cararo


    -se os dados a funções quadráticas, foram de 78,82 t.ha-1 e 86,36 t.ha-1, correspondentes à aplicação de 335,2 mm e 333,6 mm de água para as estufas sem e com aplicação de CO2, respectivamente. Para uma faixa de variação do produto físico marginal de 0 a 1, as lâminas economicamente ótimas variaram de 335,2 mm a 322,4 mm em ausência de CO2 e de 333,6 mm a 323,8 mm com utilização do gás.The application of appropriate amounts of water and the usage of associated techniques improve the yield and quality of tomato fruits, assuring better profits to the farmer. We studied the effect of different water depth applications and carbon dioxide (CO2 injection in the irrigation system of a tomato crop, cv. Débora-Plus. An experiment was conducted in Piracicaba, São Paulo State (Brazil, under two greenhouses, using 40; 60; 80; 100; 120 and 140% of the water depth needed by the crop and C0 = 0 g of CO2.L-1 of water and C1 = 7.73 g.L-1 of CO2 concentrations were applied through irrigation water during 1999. The experiment was conducted in completely randomized blocks, with four replications. The CO2 treatments were applied in separate greenhouses. The irrigation was accomplished by using a drip irrigation system, based on reduced evaporimeters and tensiometers. The gas application was accomplished using a commercial cylinder and a Venturi type injector during the period necessary to reach the minimum water level. The application of CO2 through irrigation water increased the yield by 8.2%, raised the weight of small size fruits by 13% and the dry matter content of fruits by 8.5%. However, CO2 injection was ineffective in increasing the number and weight of medium sized fruits. The soil solution analysis indicated that CO2 possibly contributes to the improvement of the nutritional conditions of the tomato crop. The gas injection was economically feasible. The water depth did not have any significant effect on the yield, on total number of fruits, medium fruit weight

  17. Topography and spatial variability of soil physical properties Topografia e variabilidade espacial de propriedades físicas do solo

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    Marcos Bacis Ceddia


    Full Text Available Among the soil formation factors, relief is one of the most used in soil mapping, because of its strong correlation with the spatial variability of soil attributes over a landscape. In this study the relationship between topography and the spatial variability of some soil physical properties was evaluated. The study site, a pasture with 2.84 ha, is located near Seropédica, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil, where a regular square grid with 20 m spacing was laid out and georreferenced. In each sampling point, altitude was measured and undisturbed soil samples were collected, at 0.0-0.1, 0.1-0.2, and 0.2-0.3 m depths. Organic carbon content, soil texture, bulk density, particle density, and soil water retention at 10 (Field Capacity, 80 (limit of tensiometer reading and 1500 kPa (Permanent Wilting Point were determined. Descriptive statistics was used to evaluate central tendency and dispersion parameters of the data. Semivariograms and cross semivariograms were calculated to evaluate the spatial variability of elevation and soil physical attributes, as well as, the relation between elevation and soil physical attributes. Except for silt fraction content (at the three depths, bulk density (at 0.2-0.3 m and particle density (at 0.0-0.1 m depth, all soil attributes showed a strong spatial dependence. Areas with higher elevation presented higher values of clay content, as well as soil water retention at 10, 80 and 1500 kPa. The correlation between altitude and soil physical attributes decreased as soil depth increased. The cross semivariograms demonstrated the viability in using altitude as an auxiliary variable to improve the interpolation of sand and clay contents at the depth of 0.0-0.3 m, and of water retention at 10, 80 and 1500 kPa at the depth of 0.0-0.2 m.O relevo é um dos fatores de formação do solo mais usados em mapeamento de solos devido sua forte correlação com a variabilidade espacial de atributos do solo na paisagem. O objetivo desse

  18. Effects of Interfacial Reaction on the Radial Displacement of Oil by Alkaline Solutions Effets des réactions interfaciales sur le déplacement radial de l'huile par les solutions alcalines

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    Nasr-El-Din H. A.


    Full Text Available Caustic flooding is frequently used to recover acidic oils in secondary and tertiary recovery modes. This study examines the secondary recovery of an acidic oil by alkaline solutions in a water-wet porous medium using a radial geometry. A model porous medium consisting of sintered glass beads sandwiched between two glass plates was employed to visualize the displacement process. The medium was originally saturated with the oil phase, namely paraffin oil (non-reacting system or paraffin oil doped with 1 wt% linoleic acid (reacting system. The effects of the injection flow rate and the NaOH concentration in the aqueous phase on the displacement pattern were studied experimentally. The volumetric oil recovery at the breakthrough condition was also measured. Dynamic interfacial tension (IFT measurements for the reacting system were measured in a spinning drop tensiometer. A drastic drop in the IFT occurred as a result of the chemical reaction at the interface between the linoleic acid in the oil phase and the NaOH in the aqueous phase. It was also found that the IFT behavior with respect to time was a function of NaOH concentration with a maximum interfacial activity (minimum IFT occurring at 0. 1 w% NaOH. Displacement runs showed a significant change in the displacement patterns during secondary recovery for the reacting system compared with those for the non-reacting one. A significant drop in the breakthrough recovery was obtained for the reacting systems, especially at high injection flow rates. The breakthrough recovery of the reacting system was found to be a function of NaOH concentration in the aqueous phase, with a minimum recovery at NaOH concentration of 0. 1 wt%. On a souvent recours à la submersion par des produits alcalins pour récupérer les acides gras dans les modes secondaire et tertiaire. Dans cette étude, on examine la récupération secondaire d'un acide gras par des solutions alcalines dans un milieu poreux imprégné d

  19. Efeito da fertirrega com azoto e potássio num olival sobre os teores de nitratos e de potássio do solo Effect of nitrogen and potassium fertigation in an olive grove on soil levels of nitrate and potassium

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    Mª Encarnação Marcelo


    os teores de potássio extraível não sofreram alterações significativas nas quatro camadas de solo estudadas.The use of drip irrigation systems allows the application of fertilizers through water providing the necessary nutrients to crops in times of greater consumption. In the case of the olive tree, it is increasingly common the use of this cultural technique, especially in young olive groves, but in most cases this fertilization is carried out empirically. In order to evaluate the effect of nitrogen and potassium applied by fertigation on yield, on foliar nutrient concentrations and on some soil parameters, a field experiment was established on an olive grove, cv. Cobrançosa, planted in 1990 in Safara, in the Portuguese region of Alentejo. Three levels of nitrogen (0, 50 and 100 kg ha-1 N and potassium (0, 42 and 84 kg ha-1 K were used, arranged into a factorial experiment with three replications. The trees were irrigated with a drip irrigation system. The management of irrigation was made using tensiometers, and all trees received the same amount of water. The nitrogen (UAN solution was applied through fertigation from March to September and the potassium (potassium sulphate from April to October. The present paper reports the results on nitrate and potassium concentrations at different soil depths (0-0.2 m, 0.2-0.4 m, 0.4-0.6 m and 0.6-0.8 m in the first two years. Nitrogen fertilization caused an increase in soil N-NO3- concentration between 0.2 and 0.8 m depth. This effect was more pronounced in the samples taken in the two deeper layers and when it was applied the highest level of nitrogen (100 kg ha-1 N. For the potassium, the effect of potassium fertilization occurred on exchangeable potassium only in 0-0.2 m and 0.2-0.4 m depths, whereas the levels of extractable potassium did not suffer significant changes in four soil layers studied.

  20. The effects of artificial recharge on groundwater levels and water quality in the west hydrogeologic unit of the Warren subbasin, San Bernardino County, California (United States)

    Stamos, Christina L.; Martin, Peter; Everett, Rhett; Izbicki, John A.


    Between the late 1940s and 1994, groundwater levels in the Warren subbasin, California, declined by as much as 300 feet because pumping exceeded sparse natural recharge. In response, the local water district, Hi-Desert Water District, implemented an artificial-recharge program in early 1995 using imported water from the California State Water Project. Subsequently, the water table rose by as much as 250 feet; however, a study done by the U.S. Geological Survey found that the rising water table entrained high-nitrate septic effluent, which caused nitrate (as nitrogen) concentrations in some wells to increase to more than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency maximum contaminant level of 10 milligrams per liter.. A new artificial-recharge site (site 3) was constructed in 2006 and this study, which started in 2004, was done to address concerns about the possible migration of nitrates in the unsaturated zone. The objectives of this study were to: (1) characterize the hydraulic, chemical, and microbiological properties of the unsaturated zone; (2) monitor changes in water levels and water quality in response to the artificial-recharge program at site 3; (3) determine if nitrates from septic effluent infiltrated through the unsaturated zone to the water table; (4) determine the potential for nitrates within the unsaturated zone to mobilize and contaminate the groundwater as the water table rises in response to artificial recharge; and (5) determine the presence and amount of dissolved organic carbon because of its potential to react with disinfection byproducts during the treatment of water for public use. Two monitoring sites were installed and instrumented with heat-dissipation probes, advanced tensiometers, suction-cup lysimeters, and wells so that the arrival and effects of recharging water from the State Water Project through the 250 to 425 foot-thick unsaturated zone and groundwater system could be closely observed. Monitoring site YVUZ-1 was located between two


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