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  1. Numerical simulation of heat transfer at unsteady heat generation in falling wavy liquid films

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    Chernyavskiy, A. N.; Pavlenko, A. N.

    2017-11-01

    The mathematical model which allows the calculation of the wave surface profile as well as velocity and temperature fields has been presented. The numerical simulation of heat transfer in falling wavy films of liquid nitrogen has been performed. The dependencies of boiling expectation time and total local evaporation time on heat flux density for different inlet Reynolds numbers have been calculated. The regime map which describes the different mechanisms of film decay was obtained by summing up the simulation results. The results of numerical simulation are in satisfactory agreement with the experimental data.

  2. Stability of Wavy Films in Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flows at Normal and Microgravity Conditions

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    Balakotaiah, V.; Jayawardena, S. S.

    1996-01-01

    For flow rates of technological interest, most gas-liquid flows in pipes are in the annular flow regime, in which, the liquid moves along the pipe wall in a thin, wavy film and the gas flows in the core region. The waves appearing on the liquid film have a profound influence on the transfer rates, and hence on the design of these systems. We have recently proposed and analyzed two boundary layer models that describe the characteristics of laminar wavy films at high Reynolds numbers (300-1200). Comparison of model predictions to 1-g experimental data showed good agreement. The goal of our present work is to understand through a combined program of experimental and modeling studies the characteristics of wavy films in annular two-phase gas-liquid flows under normal as well as microgravity conditions in the developed and entry regions.

  3. Wavy liquid films in interaction with a strongly confined laminar gas flow: Modeling and direct numerical simulations

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    Dietze, Georg F.; Ruyer-Quil, Christian

    2013-11-01

    Different technological settings concern the flow of a wavy liquid film in contact with a strongly confined gas flow. Micro-gaps for instance, which are employed for the cooling of electronic equipment, involve a pressure-driven evaporating liquid film flowing co-currently to its own vapor. In packed columns used for distillation, falling liquid films sheared by a counter-current gas flow occur within narrow channels. Surface waves on the liquid-gas interface of these flows play an important role as they intensify scalar transfer and may cause flooding of the channel. However, their accurate prediction by full numerical simulation is associated with a substantial computational cost. We evaluate an alternative approach based on a low-dimensional integral boundary layer formulation applied to both fluid layers. The resulting model captures the long-wave (Yih and Kapitza) instabilities of the flow accurately and allows calculations on long domains at low computational cost. These evince a number of intricate wave-induced flow structures within the film and gas as well as a possible route to the flooding of narrow channels under counter-current gas flow conditions. Comparisons with direct numerical simulations using the VOF-CSF approach as well as experiments are convincing. GFD acknowledges support from DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst).

  4. Wavy regimes of film flow down a fiber.

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    Ruyer-Quil, Christian; Kalliadasis, Serafim

    2012-04-01

    We consider axisymmetric traveling waves propagating on the gravity-driven flow of a liquid down a vertical fiber. Our starting point is the two-equation model for the flow derived in the study by Ruyer-Quil et al. [J. Fluid Mech. 603, 431 (2008)]. The speed, amplitude, and shape of the traveling waves are obtained for a wide range of parameters by using asymptotic analysis and elements from dynamical systems theory. Four different regimes are identified corresponding to the predominance of four different physical effects: advection by the flow, azimuthal curvature, inertia, and viscous dispersion. Construction of the traveling-wave branches of solutions reveals complex transitions from one regime to another. A phase diagram of the different regimes in the parameter space is constructed.

  5. Zinc oxide integrated area efficient high output low power wavy channel thin film transistor

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    Hanna, Amir

    2013-11-26

    We report an atomic layer deposition based zinc oxide channel material integrated thin film transistor using wavy channel architecture allowing expansion of the transistor width in the vertical direction using the fin type features. The experimental devices show area efficiency, higher normalized output current, and relatively lower power consumption compared to the planar architecture. This performance gain is attributed to the increased device width and an enhanced applied electric field due to the architecture when compared to a back gated planar device with the same process conditions.

  6. Numerical simulation on vapor absorption by wavy lithium bromide aqueous solution films

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    Bo, Shoushi; Ma, Xuehu; Chen, Hongxia; Lan, Zhong

    2011-12-01

    Numerical simulation has been made on heat and mass transfer of vapor absorption by wavy lithium bromide aqueous solution films. The velocity fields and interface positions are obtained by VOF model. Solitary waves are generated by periodically disturbed inflow boundary. Based on these, the temperature and concentration fields are obtained with a stationary interface shape. The effect of solitary waves on the heat and mass transfer across the film is investigated. It is shown that due to the mixing of circulation and stretch of large film thickness, the gradient of concentration and absorption rate decrease for solitary wave region. The region of capillary waves shows a significant amount of absorption enhancement. The percentage of absorption for the different regions is quantified.

  7. Wavy Architecture Thin-Film Transistor for Ultrahigh Resolution Flexible Displays

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    Hanna, Amir Nabil

    2017-11-13

    A novel wavy-shaped thin-film-transistor (TFT) architecture, capable of achieving 70% higher drive current per unit chip area when compared with planar conventional TFT architectures, is reported for flexible display application. The transistor, due to its atypical architecture, does not alter the turn-on voltage or the OFF current values, leading to higher performance without compromising static power consumption. The concept behind this architecture is expanding the transistor\\'s width vertically through grooved trenches in a structural layer deposited on a flexible substrate. Operation of zinc oxide (ZnO)-based TFTs is shown down to a bending radius of 5 mm with no degradation in the electrical performance or cracks in the gate stack. Finally, flexible low-power LEDs driven by the respective currents of the novel wavy, and conventional coplanar architectures are demonstrated, where the novel architecture is able to drive the LED at 2 × the output power, 3 versus 1.5 mW, which demonstrates the potential use for ultrahigh resolution displays in an area efficient manner.

  8. Wavy channel Thin Film Transistor for area efficient, high performance and low power applications

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    Hanna, Amir

    2014-06-01

    We report a new Thin Film Transistor (TFT) architecture that allows expansion of the device width using wavy (continuous without separation) fin features - termed as wavy channel (WC) architecture. This architecture allows expansion of transistor width in a direction perpendicular to the substrate, thus not consuming extra chip area, achieving area efficiency. The devices have shown for a 13% increase in the device width resulting in a maximum 2.4x increase in \\'ON\\' current value of the WCTFT, when compared to planar devices consuming the same chip area, while using atomic layer deposition based zinc oxide (ZnO) as the channel material. The WCTFT devices also maintain similar \\'OFF\\' current value, similar to 100 pA, when compared to planar devices, thus not compromising on power consumption for performance which usually happens with larger width devices. This work offers a pragmatic opportunity to use WCTFTs as backplane circuitry for large-area high-resolution display applications without any limitation any TFT materials.

  9. Amorphous Zinc Oxide Integrated Wavy Channel Thin Film Transistor Based High Performance Digital Circuits

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    Hanna, Amir

    2015-12-04

    High performance thin film transistor (TFT) can be a great driving force for display, sensor/actuator, integrated electronics, and distributed computation for Internet of Everything applications. While semiconducting oxides like zinc oxide (ZnO) present promising opportunity in that regard, still wide area of improvement exists to increase the performance further. Here, we show a wavy channel (WC) architecture for ZnO integrated TFT which increases transistor width without chip area penalty, enabling high performance in material agnostic way. We further demonstrate digital logic NAND circuit using the WC architecture and compare it to the conventional planar architecture. The WC architecture circuits have shown 2× higher peak-to-peak output voltage for the same input voltage. They also have 3× lower high-to-low propagation delay times, respectively, when compared to the planar architecture. The performance enhancement is attributed to both extra device width and enhanced field effect mobility due to higher gate field electrostatics control.

  10. Area and energy efficient high-performance ZnO wavy channel thin-film transistor

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    Hanna, Amir

    2014-09-01

    Increased output current while maintaining low power consumption in thin-film transistors (TFTs) is essential for future generation large-area high-resolution displays. Here, we show wavy channel (WC) architecture in TFT that allows the expansion of the transistor width in the direction perpendicular to the substrate through integrating continuous fin features on the underlying substrate. This architecture enables expanding the TFT width without consuming any additional chip area, thus enabling increased performance while maintaining the real estate integrity. The experimental WCTFTs show a linear increase in output current as a function of number of fins per device resulting in (3.5×) increase in output current when compared with planar counterparts that consume the same chip area. The new architecture also allows tuning the threshold voltage as a function of the number of fin features included in the device, as threshold voltage linearly decreased from 6.8 V for planar device to 2.6 V for WC devices with 32 fins. This makes the new architecture more power efficient as lower operation voltages could be used for WC devices compared with planar counterparts. It was also found that field effect mobility linearly increases with the number of fins included in the device, showing almost \\\\(1.8×) enhancements in the field effect mobility than that of the planar counterparts. This can be attributed to higher electric field in the channel due to the fin architecture and threshold voltage shift. © 2014 IEEE.

  11. Wavy channel thin film transistor architecture for area efficient, high performance and low power displays

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    Hanna, Amir

    2013-12-23

    We demonstrate a new thin film transistor (TFT) architecture that allows expansion of the device width using continuous fin features - termed as wavy channel (WC) architecture. This architecture allows expansion of transistor width in a direction perpendicular to the substrate, thus not consuming extra chip area, achieving area efficiency. The devices have shown for a 13% increase in the device width resulting in a maximum 2.5× increase in \\'ON\\' current value of the WCTFT, when compared to planar devices consuming the same chip area, while using atomic layer deposition based zinc oxide (ZnO) as the channel material. The WCTFT devices also maintain similar \\'OFF\\' current value, ~100 pA, when compared to planar devices, thus not compromising on power consumption for performance which usually happens with larger width devices. This work offers an interesting opportunity to use WCTFTs as backplane circuitry for large-area high-resolution display applications. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Enhance heat transfer in the channel with V-shaped wavy lower plate using liquid nanofluids

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    Azher M. Abed

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The heat transfer and flow characteristics in corrugated with V-shape lower plate using nanofluids are numerically studied. The computations are performed on uniform heat flux over a range of Reynolds number (Re 8000–20,000. The governing equations are numerically solved in the domain by a finite volume method (FVM using the k–ε standard turbulent model. Studies are carried out for different types of nanoparticles Al2O3,CuO, SiO2 and ZnO with different volume fractions in the range of 0–4%. Three different types of base fluid (water, glycerin, ethylene glycol are also examined. Results indicated that the average Nusselt number for nanofluids is greater than that of the base liquid. The SiO2 nanofluid yields the best heat transfer enhancement among all other type of nanofluids. Heat transfer enhancement increase with increases the volumetric concentration, but it is accompanied by increasing pressure drop values. Moreover, the average Nusselt number increases with an increase in Reynolds number and volume concentration. The SiO2–glycerin nanofluid has the highest Nusselt number compared with other base fluids. The present study shows that these V-shaped wavy channels have advantages by using nanofluids and thus serve as promising candidates for incorporation into efficient heat transfer devices.

  13. Falling Liquid Films in Absorption Machines

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    Fujita, Toshihiko

    The absorption machines of the lithium bromide-water type have recently been established as heat source equipments for residential and industrial use, which include refrigerating machines, heat pumps, and heat transformers. Several advanced cycle machines have also been proposed and tested. All of the absorption machines consist fundamentally of four kinds of heat exchangers, i.e. evaporator, absorber, generator, and condenser. The horizontal or vertical falling film system is usually applied to these heat exchangers, since the pressure drop which causes an undesirable change in the fluid temperature is relatively small in either system. The horizontal system is popular for the present, while the vertical system is going to be developed promisingly. This may save an installation space and also fit a plan for the Lorentz cycle. The purpose of this paper is to survey the available information for increasing heat and mass transfer rates in the heat exchangers of absorption machines. Emphasis is placed on the hydrodynamic characteristics of falling liquid films in absorbers and generators. The following topics are covered in this paper: 1. Characteristics of thin liquid films over horizontal tubes 2. Characteristics of wavy thin liquid films flowing down the vertical or inclined wall surface 3. Effect of the artificial surface roughness on the heat and mass transfer rates 4. Enhancement in the heat and mass transfer rates by the Marangoni convection 5. Conditions of film breakdown and the minimum wetting rates.

  14. CFD Study of Liquid Sodium inside a Wavy Tube for Laminar Convectors: Effect of Reynolds Number, Wave Pitch, and Wave Amplitude

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    Syed Murtuza Mehdi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Metallic tubes have been widely used as primary heat transfer elements in laminar convectors for domestic and aerospace heating purpose. This paper uses CFD tool to investigate the heat output and pressure drop of liquid sodium flowing inside a circular tube having a wavy profile throughout its length. The wavy tube can be utilized in laminar liquid metal convectors as basic heat transfer element. The effect of Reynolds number (500≤Re≤2000 wave pitch (25 mm≤λ≤100 mm and wave amplitude (2 mm≤a≤6 mm on the heat output and pressure drop has been numerically studied. Based on the CFD results important controlling parameters have been identified and it is concluded that the heat output from the wavy tube is affected by the wave pitch and the wave amplitude while the pressure drop is mostly affected by the Reynolds number and wave amplitude.

  15. Intensification of heat transfer across falling liquid films

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    Ruyer-Quil, Christian; Cellier, Nicolas; Stutz, Benoit; Caney, Nadia; Bandelier, Philippe; Locie Team; Legi Team

    2017-11-01

    The wavy motion of a liquid film is well known to intensify heat or mass transfers. Yet, if film thinning and wave merging are generally invoked, the physical mechanisms which enable this intensification are still unclear. We propose a systematic investigation of the impact of wavy motions on the heat transfer across 2D falling films on hot plates as a function of the inlet frequency and flow parameters. Computations over extended domains and for sufficient durations to achieve statistically established flows have been made possible by low-dimensional modeling and the development of a fast temporal solver based on graph optimizations. Heat transfer has been modeled using the weighted residual technique as a set of two evolution equations for the free-surface temperature and the wall heat flux. This new model solves the shortcomings of previous attempts, namely their inability to capture the onset of thermal boundary layers in large-amplitude waves and their limitation to low Prandtl numbers. Our study reveals that heat transfer is enhanced at the crests of the waves and that heat transfer intensification is maximum at the maximum of density of wave crests, which does not correspond to the natural wavy regime (no inlet forcing). Supports from Institut Universitaire de France and Région Auvergne-Rhones-Alpes are warmly acknowledged.

  16. Wavy Channel architecture thin film transistor (TFT) using amorphous zinc oxide for high-performance and low-power semiconductor circuits

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    Hanna, Amir

    2015-08-12

    We report a Wavy Channel (WC) architecture thin film transistor (TFT) for extended device width by integrating continuous vertical fin like features with lateral continuous plane in the substrate. For a WC TFT which has 50% larger device width, the enhancement in the output drive current is 100%, when compared to a conventional planar TFT consuming the same chip area. This current increase is attributed to both the extra width and enhanced field effect mobility due to corner effects. This shows the potential of WC architecture to boast circuit performance without the need for aggressive gate length scaling. © 2015 IEEE.

  17. Instability of thin liquid films in strongly confined channels

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    Lavalle, Gianluca; Li, Yiqin; Mergui, Sophie; Grenier, Nicolas; Dietze, Georg

    2017-11-01

    The flow of a falling liquid film in contact with a gas within a very narrow inclined channel may occur in several chemical engineering devices, e.g. within structured packings in distillation columns. Surface waves on the liquid film are known to greatly intensify inter-phase heat/mass transfer. It is also known that a counter-current gas flow may destabilize the non-linear surface waves, possibly leading to the flooding of the channel. Conversely, we show in our current study that the confinement can strongly stabilize the film when the gas velocity is quite low. In particular, we find that the critical Reynolds number can be increased by up to 30% at moderate relative confinement. This effect depends on the inclination angle of the channel due to a competition between lubrication- versus acceleration-induced pressure variations in the gas. We show this by way of linear stability analysis based on the Orr-Sommerfeld equation as well as experimental comparisons. In addition, simulations with an integral boundary layer model and direct numerical simulations show that the opposing bounding wall causes a flattening of the crests of large-amplitude non-linear surface waves. This effect may be important in understanding the onset of flooding in strongly-confined geometries. The ANR project wavyFILM is gratefully acknowledged.

  18. Self-similar decay to the marginally stable ground state in a model for film flow over inclined wavy bottoms

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    Tobias Hacker

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The integral boundary layer system (IBL with spatially periodic coefficients arises as a long wave approximation for the flow of a viscous incompressible fluid down a wavy inclined plane. The Nusselt-like stationary solution of the IBL is linearly at best marginally stable; i.e., it has essential spectrum at least up to the imaginary axis. Nevertheless, in this stable case we show that localized perturbations of the ground state decay in a self-similar way. The proof uses the renormalization group method in Bloch variables and the fact that in the stable case the Burgers equation is the amplitude equation for long waves of small amplitude in the IBL. It is the first time that such a proof is given for a quasilinear PDE with spatially periodic coefficients.

  19. Falling Liquid Films

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    Kalliadasis, S; Scheid, B

    2012-01-01

    This research monograph gives a detailed review of the state-of-the-art theoretical methodologies for the analysis of dissipative wave dynamics and pattern formation on the surface of a film falling down a planar, inclined substrate. This prototype is an open-flow hydrodynamic instability representing an excellent paradigm for the study of complexity in active nonlinear media with energy supply, dissipation and dispersion. Whenever possible, the link between theory and experiments is illustrated and the development of order-of-magnitude estimates and scaling arguments is used to facilitate the

  20. On liquid films on an inclined plate

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    BENILOV, E. S.

    2010-08-18

    This paper examines two related problems from liquid-film theory. Firstly, a steady-state flow of a liquid film down a pre-wetted plate is considered, in which there is a precursor film in front of the main film. Assuming the former to be thin, a full asymptotic description of the problem is developed and simple analytical estimates for the extent and depth of the precursor film\\'s influence on the main film are provided. Secondly, the so-called drag-out problem is considered, where an inclined plate is withdrawn from a pool of liquid. Using a combination of numerical and asymptotic means, the parameter range where the classical Landau-Levich-Wilson solution is not unique is determined. © 2010 Cambridge University Press.

  1. Thin liquid films dewetting and polymer flow

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    Blossey, Ralf

    2012-01-01

    This book is a treatise on the thermodynamic and dynamic properties of thin liquid films at solid surfaces and, in particular, their rupture instabilities. For the quantitative study of these phenomena, polymer thin films haven proven to be an invaluable experimental model system.   What is it that makes thin film instabilities special and interesting, warranting a whole book? There are several answers to this. Firstly, thin polymeric films have an important range of applications, and with the increase in the number of technologies available to produce and to study them, this range is likely to expand. An understanding of their instabilities is therefore of practical relevance for the design of such films.   Secondly, thin liquid films are an interdisciplinary research topic. Interdisciplinary research is surely not an end to itself, but in this case it leads to a fairly heterogeneous community of theoretical and experimental physicists, engineers, physical chemists, mathematicians and others working on the...

  2. Magnetowetting of Ferrofluidic Thin Liquid Films

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    Tenneti, Srinivas; Subramanian, Sri Ganesh; Chakraborty, Monojit; Soni, Gaurav; Dasgupta, Sunando

    2017-03-01

    An extended meniscus of a ferrofluid solution on a silicon surface is subjected to axisymmetric, non-uniform magnetic field resulting in significant forward movement of the thin liquid film. Image analyzing interferometry is used for accurate measurement of the film thickness profile, which in turn, is used to determine the instantaneous slope and the curvature of the moving film. The recorded video, depicting the motion of the film in the Lagrangian frame of reference, is analyzed frame by frame, eliciting accurate information about the velocity and acceleration of the film at any instant of time. The application of the magnetic field has resulted in unique changes of the film profile in terms of significant non-uniform increase in the local film curvature. This was further analyzed by developing a model, taking into account the effect of changes in the magnetic and shape-dependent interfacial force fields.

  3. The spontaneous puncture of thick liquid films

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    Néel, Baptiste; Villermaux, Emmanuel

    2016-11-01

    We call thick those films for which the disjoining pressure is ineffective. Water films with thickness h in the 1-10 μm range are thick, but it is also known that, paradoxically, they nucleate holes spontaneously. We have uncovered a mechanism solving the paradox. Most natural films are dirty to some extent, and we show that if a spot of dissolved substance lowers locally the surface tension of the liquid, the corresponding Marangoni stress may lead to a self-sustained instability triggering film rupture. When deposited with size a, the spot dissipates by molecular diffusion (coefficient D) along the film in a time a2 / D . Before doing so, the surface tension gradient Δσ / a between the spot center (tension σ - Δσ) and the rest of the film (tension σ) induces an inhomogeneous outward interstitial flow which digs the spot, and reinforces the tension gradient. Hence the instability, which occurs within a timescale τ √{ ρa2 h / Δσ } , with ρ the liquid density. When the Péclet number Pe =a2 / Dτ is small, diffusion regularizes the film, which remains flat: clean films don't break, while for Pe > 1 , the film punctures. This new scenario will be illustrated by several experiments.

  4. Thermocapillary structures in a heated liquid film

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    Aktershev, S. P.; Chinnov, E. A.

    2017-11-01

    The system of the equations which in long-wave approach describes a non-stationary 3D non-isothermal film flow in the presence of thermocapillarity is derived. The used model, unlike lubrication theory, is applicable not only for small, but also for a moderate Reynolds number in a wide range of hydrodynamic and thermal parameters of a flow and does not assume a priori set a temperature profile in a film. Based on the derived equations the numerical simulation of stationary 3D thermocapillary rivulets in a liquid film flowing over a “semi-infinite” heater is executed.

  5. Thickness of residual wetting film in liquid-liquid displacement.

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    Beresnev, Igor; Gaul, William; Vigil, R Dennis

    2011-08-01

    Core-annular flow is common in nature, representing, for example, how streams of oil, surrounded by water, move in petroleum reservoirs. Oil, typically a nonwetting fluid, tends to occupy the middle (core) part of a channel, while water forms a surrounding wall-wetting film. What is the thickness of the wetting film? A classic theory has been in existence for nearly 50 years offering a solution, although in a controversial manner, for moving gas bubbles. On the other hand, an acceptable, experimentally verified theory for a body of one liquid flowing in another has not been available. Here we develop a hydrodynamic, testable theory providing an explicit relationship between the thickness of the wetting film and fluid properties for a blob of one fluid moving in another, with neither phase being gas. In its relationship to the capillary number Ca, the thickness of the film is predicted to be proportional to Ca2 at lower Ca and to level off at a constant value of ∼20% the channel radius at higher Ca. The thickness of the film is deduced to be approximately unaffected by the viscosity ratio of the fluids. We have conducted our own laboratory experiments and compiled experimental data from other studies, all of which are mutually consistent and confirm the salient features of the theory. At the same time, the classic law, originally deduced for films surrounding moving gas bubbles but often believed to hold for liquids as well, fails to explain the observations.

  6. Simulation of waviness in neutron guides

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    Hansen, Ursula Bengaard; Bertelsen, Mads; Bergbäck Knudsen, Erik

    2015-01-01

    As the trend of neutron guide designs points towards longer and more complex guides, imperfections such as waviness becomes increasingly important. Simulations of guide waviness has so far been limited by a lack of reasonable waviness models. We here present a stochastic description of waviness...... and its implementation in the McStas simulation package. The effect of this new implementation is compared to the guide simulations without waviness and the simple, yet unphysical, waviness model implemented in McStas 1.12c and 2.0....

  7. Transient-Liquid-Phase and Liquid-Film-Assisted Joining ofCeramics

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    Sugar, Joshua D.; McKeown, Joseph T.; Akashi, Takaya; Hong, SungM.; Nakashima, Kunihiko; Glaeser, Andreas M.

    2005-02-09

    Two joining methods, transient-liquid-phase (TLP) joining and liquid-film-assisted joining (LFAJ), have been used to bond alumina ceramics. Both methods rely on multilayer metallic interlayers designed to form thin liquid films at reduced temperatures. The liquid films either disappear by interdiffusion (TLP) or promote ceramic/metal interface formation and concurrent dewetting of the liquid film (LFAJ). Progress on extending the TLP method to lower temperatures by combining low-melting-point (<450 C) liquids and commercial reactive-metal brazes is described. Recent LFAJ work on joining alumina to niobium using copper films is presented.

  8. Role of asphaltenes in stabilizing thin liquid emulsion films.

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    Tchoukov, Plamen; Yang, Fan; Xu, Zhenghe; Dabros, Tadeusz; Czarnecki, Jan; Sjöblom, Johan

    2014-03-25

    Drainage kinetics, thickness, and stability of water-in-oil thin liquid emulsion films obtained from asphaltenes, heavy oil (bitumen), and deasphalted heavy oil (maltenes) diluted in toluene are studied. The results show that asphaltenes stabilize thin organic liquid films at much lower concentrations than maltenes and bitumen. The drainage of thin organic liquid films containing asphaltenes is significantly slower than the drainage of the films containing maltenes and bitumen. The films stabilized by asphaltenes are much thicker (40-90 nm) than those stabilized by maltenes (∼10 nm). Such significant variation in the film properties points to different stabilization mechanisms of thin organic liquid films. Apparent aging effects, including gradual increase of film thickness, rigidity of oil/water interface, and formation of submicrometer size aggregates, were observed for thin organic liquid films containing asphaltenes. No aging effects were observed for films containing maltenes and bitumen in toluene. The increasing stability and lower drainage dynamics of asphaltene-containing thin liquid films are attributed to specific ability of asphaltenes to self-assemble and form 3D network in the film. The characteristic length of stable films is well beyond the size of single asphaltene molecules, nanoaggregates, or even clusters of nanoaggregates reported in the literature. Buildup of such 3D structure modifies the rheological properties of the liquid film to be non-Newtonian with yield stress (gel like). Formation of such network structure appears to be responsible for the slower drainage of thin asphaltenes in toluene liquid films. The yield stress of liquid film as small as ∼10(-2) Pa is sufficient to stop the drainage before the film reaches the critical thickness at which film rupture occurs.

  9. Correlation of liquid-film cooling mass transfer data.

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    Gater, R. A.; L'Ecuyer, M. R.

    1972-01-01

    An empirical correlation proposed by Gater and Ecuyer (1970) for liquid-film cooling mass transfer, accounting for film roughness and entrainment effects, is extended to include liquid films of arbitrary length. A favorable comparison between the predicted results and the experimental data of Kinney et al. (1952) and Emmons and Warner (1964) shows the utility of the mass transfer correlation for predictions over a wide range of experimental parameters.

  10. (Invited) Wavy Channel TFT Architecture for High Performance Oxide Based Displays

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    Hanna, Amir

    2015-05-22

    We show the effectiveness of wavy channel architecture for thin film transistor application for increased output current. This specific architecture allows increased width of the device by adopting a corrugated shape of the substrate without any further real estate penalty. The performance improvement is attributed not only to the increased transistor width, but also to enhanced applied electric field in the channel due to the wavy architecture.

  11. Gas and liquid distribution in the monolith film flow reactor

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    Heibel, A.K.; Vergeldt, F.J.; As, van H.

    2003-01-01

    The gas-liquid distribution in a monolith film flow reactor is investigated in the scope of this work. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and a customized liquid collection method hate been successfully applied to determine the liquid distribution over the monolith cross-section. Using a

  12. Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal Films For Light Control Applications

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    Montgomery, G. P.

    1989-07-01

    Polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) films, comprised of liquid crystal microdroplets dispersed in polymer matrices, are attractive for a variety of indoor and outdoor light control applications since they can be switched electrically from a light-scattering off-state to a transparent on-state. This paper reviews the electro-optic properties of PDLC films which govern their performance in such diverse applications as electronic information displays, signs, room dividers, and solar energy control in buildings and automobiles. Factors governing the operating temperature range of PDLC films will be identified and temperature-dependent transmittance and response-time characteristics of these films will be presented. Spectral transmittance characteristics will be discussed and used to determine contrast ratios of PDLC films. Dual frequency addressing of PDLC films will be demonstrated and shown to be a viable technique for increasing contrast ratio of PDLC displays. Solar attenuation properties of PDLC films will be reviewed.

  13. Gas Separation Ability of the Liquid Bubble Film.

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    Řezníčková Čermáková, Jiřina; Petričkovič, Roman; Vejražka, Jiří; Setničková, Kateřina; Uchytil, Petr

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 166, JUN 22 (2016), s. 26-33 ISSN 1383-5866 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : liquid film membrane * bubble * gas separation Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Impact factor: 3.359, year: 2016

  14. Investigation of the cooling film distribution in liquid rocket engine

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    Luís Antonio Silva

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available This study presents the results of the investigation of a cooling method widely used in the combustion chambers, which is called cooling film, and it is applied to a liquid rocket engine that uses as propellants liquid oxygen and kerosene. Starting from an engine cooling, whose film is formed through the fuel spray guns positioned on the periphery of the injection system, the film was experimentally examined, it is formed by liquid that seeped through the inner wall of the combustion chamber. The parameter used for validation and refinement of the theoretical penetration of the film was cooling, as this parameter is of paramount importance to obtain an efficient thermal protection inside the combustion chamber. Cold tests confirmed a penetrating cold enough cooling of the film for the length of the combustion chamber of the studied engine.

  15. Evaporation of a binary liquid film by forced convection

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    Nasr Abdelaziz; Debbissi Chokri; Nasrallah Ben Sassi

    2011-01-01

    This paper deals with a numerical analysis of the evaporation of a thin binary liquid film by forced convection inside a channel constituted by two parallel plates. The first plate is externally insulated and wetted by a thin water ethylene glycol film while the second is dry and isothermal. The liquid mixture consists of water (the more volatile component) and ethylene glycol while the gas mixture has three components: dry air, water vapour and ethylene-glycol vapour. The set of non li...

  16. Impact of Droplets on Inclined Flowing Liquid Films

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    Che, Zhizhao; Matar, Omar K

    2015-01-01

    The impact of droplets on an inclined falling liquid film is studied experimentally using high-speed imaging. The falling film is created on a flat substrate with controllable thicknesses and flow rates. Droplets with different sizes and speeds are used to study the impact process under various Ohnesorge and Weber numbers, and film Reynolds numbers. A number of phenomena associated with droplet impact are identified and analysed, such as bouncing, partial coalescence, total coalescence, and splashing. The effects of droplet size, speed, as well the film flow rate are studied culminating in the generation of an impact regime map. The analysis of the lubrication force acted on the droplet via the gas layer shows that a higher flow rate in the liquid film produces a larger lubrication force, slows down the drainage process, and increases the probability of droplet bouncing. Our results demonstrate that the flowing film has a profound effect on the droplet impact process and associated phenomena, which are marked...

  17. Stability of triglyceride liquid films on hydrophilic and hydrophobic glasses.

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    Vazquez, Rosa; Nogueira, Rui; Orfão, Marta; Mata, José Luís; Saramago, Benilde

    2006-07-01

    Wetting and dewetting of solid surfaces by oily fluids were investigated in terms of the stability of the liquid film formed between an air bubble and the solid surface. With the objective of understanding how molecules with low polarity but relatively complex molecular structure behave at the solid/liquid interface, three liquid triglycerides with different chain length and saturation were chosen, namely, tributyrin, tricaprylin, and triolein. Tributyrin and tricaprylin exist in milkfat while triolein is present in vegetable oils. The stability of the liquid films may be inferred from the shape of the disjoining pressure isotherms, which represent the dependence of the disjoining pressure on the film thickness. Disjoining pressure isotherms for films of the three triglycerides on hydrophilic and hydrophobic glasses were obtained using a recently developed apparatus, based on the interferometric technique. The experimental curves are compared with the theoretical predictions of London-Hamaker. The deviations between theory and experiment are interpreted in terms of a structural component of the disjoining pressure. All triglycerides form metastable films on both hydrophilic and hydrophobic glasses which means that for disjoining pressures higher than a critical value, pi(c), a wetting transition occurs and the film ruptures. The mechanisms for film rupture are discussed and a correlation between film stability and the apolar (Lifshitz-van der Waals) and the polar components of the spreading coefficient is proposed.

  18. Thermocapillary rupture in falling liquid films at moderate Reynolds numbers

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    Shatskiy Evgeny

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available An experimental study of the flow of a water film over a heated surface for Re = 15-50 was performed. The influence of the development of thermocapillary instability on the wave amplitudes, the deformation of the surface of the liquid film, and the formation of the first stable dry spot on the heater are investigated. It is shown that the interaction of waves with thermocapillary structures can lead to an increase in the critical heat flux corresponding to the rupture of the liquid film, as compared with the data known in the literature.

  19. A molecular dynamics study on thin film liquid boiling characteristics under rapid linear boundary heating: Effect of liquid film thickness

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    Rabbi, Kazi Fazle; Tamim, Saiful Islam; Faisal, A. H. M.; Mukut, K. M.; Hasan, Mohammad Nasim

    2017-06-01

    This study is a molecular dynamics investigation of phase change phenomena i.e. boiling of thin liquid films subjected to rapid linear heating at the boundary. The purpose of this study is to understand the phase change heat transfer phenomena at nano scale level. In the simulation, a thin film of liquid argon over a platinum surface has been considered. The simulation domain herein is a three-phase system consisting of liquid and vapor argon atoms placed over a platinum wall. Initially the whole system is brought to an equilibrium state at 90 K and then the temperature of the bottom wall is increased to a higher temperature (250K) within a finite time interval. Four different liquid argon film thicknesses have been considered (3 nm, 4 nm, 5 nm and 6 nm) in this study. The boundary heating rate (40×109 K/s) is kept constant in all these cases. Variation in system temperature, pressure, net evaporation number, spatial number density of the argon region with time for different film thickness have been demonstrated and analyzed. The present study indicates that the pattern of phase transition may be significantly different (i.e. evaporation or explosive boiling) depending on the liquid film thickness. Among the four cases considered in the present study, explosive boiling has been observed only for the liquid films of 5nm and 6nm thickness, while for the other cases, evaporation take place.

  20. Viscous Effect of Drop Impacting on Liquid Film

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    Tang, Xiaoyu; Saha, Abhishek; Law, Chung K.; Sun, Chao

    2017-11-01

    Drop impacting a liquid film is commonly observed in many processes including inkjet printing and thermal sprays. The accumulation and growth of the film depend on the outcome of subsequent drop impact on the initially formed film. In our recent study (Tang, et al. Soft Matter 2016), we have proposed a regime diagram based on the Weber number We (ratio of impact inertia and surface tension) and the film thickness, characterizing non-monotonic transitions between the bouncing and merging outcomes and providing scaling analysis for the boundaries for a single liquid (n-tetradecane). Since liquid viscosity fundamentally affects the impact outcome, through its influence on the flow field and dissipation of the kinetic energy, here we extend the study for a number of alkanes and silicone oils, covering a wide range of viscosity, to evaluate its effect on the regime diagram. We will show that while the regime diagram maintains its general structure, the merging regime becomes smaller for more viscous liquids and eventually the non-monotonicity disappears. We will model the viscous effects and present a modified scaling. This new scaling attempts to unify all liquids and provides a useful tool to manipulate the outcome of drop impact on liquid film. The work at Princeton University is supported by the Army Research Office and the Xerox Corporation.

  1. Wavy Channel TFT-Based Digital Circuits

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    Hanna, Amir

    2016-02-23

    We report a wavy channel (WC) architecture thin-film transistor-based digital circuitry using ZnO as a channel material. The novel architecture allows for extending device width by integrating vertical finlike substrate corrugations giving rise to 50% larger device width, without occupying extra chip area. The enhancement in the output drive current is 100%, when compared with conventional planar architecture for devices occupying the same chip area. The current increase is attributed to both the extra device width and 50% enhancement in field-effect mobility due to electrostatic gating effects. Fabricated inverters show that WC inverters can achieve two times the peak-to-peak output voltage for the same input when compared with planar devices. In addition, WC inverters show 30% faster rise and fall times, and can operate up to around two times frequency of the planar inverters for the same peak-to-peak output voltage. WC NOR circuits have shown 70% higher peak-to-peak output voltage, over their planar counterparts, and WC pass transistor logic multiplexer circuit has shown more than five times faster high-to-low propagation delay compared with its planar counterpart at a similar peak-to-peak output voltage.

  2. Preconcentration in gas or liquid phases using adsorbent thin films

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    Antonio Pereira Nascimento Filho

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available The possibility of preconcentration on microchannels for organic compounds in gas or liquid phases was evaluated. Microstructures with different geometries were mechanically machined using poly(methyl methacrylate - PMMA as substrates and some cavities were covered with cellulose. The surfaces of the microchannels were modified by plasma deposition of hydrophilic or hydrophobic films using 2-propanol and hexamethyldisilazane (HMDS, respectively. Double layers of HMDS + 2-propanol were also used. Adsorption characterization was made by Quartz Crystal Measurements (QCM technique using reactants in a large polarity range that showed the adsorption ability of the structures depends more on the films used than on the capillary phenomena. Cellulose modified by double layer film showed a high retention capacity for all gaseous compounds tested. However, structures without plasma deposition showed low retention capacity. Microchannels modified with double layers or 2-propanol plasma films showed higher retention than non-modified ones on gas or liquid phase.

  3. Measurements of interfacial film thickness for immiscible liquid liquid slug/droplet flows

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    Qiu, Huihe; Wang, Xishi; Hong, Fangjun

    2005-06-01

    A novel method for measuring the interfacial liquid film thickness between immiscible liquids of a slug/droplet in a micropipe is proposed. This method is capable of measuring an oil slug/droplet in water with the relative refractive index (m) between the immiscible liquids very close to one in a capillary tube. Unlike the measurement configuration for an air slug in water, an optical oriental for optimizing the refracted fringes pattern by the liquid-liquid interface is introduced. Measurements of film thicknesses of a kerosene oil droplet/slug in a water wetted capillary tube (m > 1) and a water droplet/slug in a kerosene oil wetted capillary tube (m diagnostic method is easy to implement and it will have great potential for immiscible liquid flow research in microfluidic channels.

  4. Anisotropic Liquid Microcapsules from Biomimetic Self-Folding Polymer Films.

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    Zakharchenko, Svetlana; Ionov, Leonid

    2015-06-17

    We demonstrated a novel approach for the fabrication of anisotropic capsules with liquid content using biomimetic self-folding thermoresponsive polymer films. The behavior of self-folding films is very similar to actuation in plants, where nonhomogenous swelling results in complex movements such as twisting, bending, or folding. This approach allows the design of anisotropic liquid capsules with rodlike and dumbbell-like morphologies. We found that these capsules are able to assemble into different complex structures, such as nematic-like one and 3D network depending on their morphology.

  5. Liquid Film Diffusion on Reaction Rate in Submerged Biofilters

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    Christiansen, Pia; Hollesen, Line; Harremoës, Poul

    1995-01-01

    Experiments were carried out in order to investigate the influence of liquid film diffusion on reaction rate in a submerged biofilter with denitrification and in order to compare with a theoretical study of the mass transfer coefficient. The experiments were carried out with varied flow, identified...... by the empty bed velocity of inflow and recirculation, respectively 1.3, 2.8, 5.6 and 10.9 m/h. The filter material consisted of 3 mm biostyren spheres. The results indicate that the influence of liquid film diffusion on reaction rate can be ignored....

  6. Evaporation of a binary liquid film by forced convection

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    Nasr Abdelaziz

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with a numerical analysis of the evaporation of a thin binary liquid film by forced convection inside a channel constituted by two parallel plates. The first plate is externally insulated and wetted by a thin water ethylene glycol film while the second is dry and isothermal. The liquid mixture consists of water (the more volatile component and ethylene glycol while the gas mixture has three components: dry air, water vapour and ethylene-glycol vapour. The set of non linear and coupled equations expressing the conservation of mass, momentum, energy and species in the liquid and gas mixtures is solved numerically using a finite difference method. Results concerns with the effects of inlet ambience conditions and the inlet liquid concentration of ethylene glycol on the distribution of the temperature, concentrations profiles and the axial variation of the evaporation rate of species i.

  7. A liquid bioplastic formulation for film coating of agronomic seeds

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    Interest in industrial and domestic applications of biodegradable plastics from renewable sources is increasing, but their use in agriculture is still limited (e.g., mulching films, plant pots, and plant clips). However, a sprayable liquid bioplastic formulation was recently evaluated for applicati...

  8. Rotational reorganization of doped cholesteric liquid crystalline films

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    Eelkema, R.; M. Pollard, M.; Katsonis, N.; Vicario, J.; J. Broer, D.; Feringa, B.L.

    2006-01-01

    In this paper an unprecedented rotational reorganization of cholesteric liquid crystalline films is described. This rotational reorganization results from the conversion of a chiral molecular motor dopant to an isomer with a different helical twisting power, leading to a change in the cholesteric

  9. Modified capillary cell for foam film studies allowing exchange of the film-forming liquid.

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    Wierenga, Peter A; Basheva, Elka S; Denkov, Nikolai D

    2009-06-02

    Many of the macroscopic properties of foams and emulsions are controlled by the mesoscopic properties of the thin films separating the bubbles or droplets. The properties of these films depend on contributions (1) from the adsorbed surface layers and (2) from the liquid that separates these adsorbed layers. To separate in the experimental studies the effects of these two contributions, we developed a new modified version of the capillary cell for foam film studies (originally developed by Scheludko and Exerowa (Scheludko, A.; Exerowa, D. Kolloid Z. 1959, 165, 148-151), which allows exchange of the film-forming liquid between the air-water surfaces. This modified cell allows one to distinguish between the role of the adsorbed species (e.g., proteins, particles, or long-chain synthetic polymers) and the species present in the film interior (e.g., particles, electrolytes, or surfactants). The film properties that can be studied in this way include film stability, rate of film thinning, and surface forces stabilizing the film. These properties are of significant interest in understanding and controlling the stability of dispersed systems. The experimental procedure and the capabilities of the modified cell are demonstrated in several examples.

  10. Computer simulations of adsorbed liquid crystal films

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    Wall, Greg D.; Cleaver, Douglas J.

    2003-01-01

    The structures adopted by adsorbed thin films of Gay-Berne particles in the presence of a coexisting vapour phase are investigated by molecular dynamics simulation. The films are adsorbed at a flat substrate which favours planar anchoring, whereas the nematic-vapour interface favours normal alignment. On cooling, a system with a high molecule-substrate interaction strength exhibits substrate-induced planar orientational ordering and considerable stratification is observed in the density profiles. In contrast, a system with weak molecule-substrate coupling adopts a director orientation orthogonal to the substrate plane, owing to the increased influence of the nematic-vapour interface. There are significant differences between the structures adopted at the two interfaces, in contrast with the predictions of density functional treatments of such systems.

  11. Liquid film dewetting induced by impulsive Joule heating

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    Mayer, H. C.; Krechetnikov, R.

    2017-09-01

    Motivated by the need for understanding the boiling processes in three-phase microscopic systems, the present work aims to uncover the physics of forced dewetting of a liquid film initially attached to a metal wire frame, which is heated with a rate up to O (108) K s-1 by discharging a capacitor impulsively. Depending on the corresponding heat flux ≤O (1011) J m-2 , there are several key dewetting regimes—no detachment, nonuniform detachment, and uniform detachment of a film—differentiated by boiling transitions in the film Plateau borders. Transitions between these regimes prove to occur, for various wire diameters and frame sizes, around the same values of the capacitor energy per unit wire volume. Also, an intrinsic transverse instability manifesting itself in the formation of fingers along the detached liquid film rim is discovered and analyzed in detail.

  12. Wetting films of polar and nonpolar liquids.

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    Vazquez, Rosa; Nogueira, Rui; Busquets, Sandra; Mata, José Luís; Saramago, Benilde

    2005-04-15

    Disjoining pressure isotherms for water and n-octane films on glass obtained using a recently developed apparatus, based on the interferometric technique, are compared with other values reported in the literature. Our method, including a simple cleaning procedure, yields experimental results in excellent agreement both with other experimental results and with theoretical predictions. An error analysis was made which quantifies the uncertainty of our results and simultaneously allows the minimization of the errors.

  13. Multiscale Simulation of Gas Film Lubrication During Liquid Droplet Collision

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    Chen, Xiaodong; Khare, Prashant; Ma, Dongjun; Yang, Vigor

    2012-02-01

    Droplet collision plays an elementary role in dense spray combustion process. When two droplets approach each other, a gas film forms in between. The pressure generated within the film prevents motion of approaching droplets. This fluid mechanics is fluid film lubrication that occurs when opposing bearing surfaces are completely separated by fluid film. The lubrication flow in gas film decides the collision outcome, coalescence or bouncing. Present study focuses on gas film drainage process over a wide range of Weber numbers during equal- and unequal-sized droplet collision. The formulation is based on complete set of conservation equations for both liquid and surrounding gas phases. An improved volume-of-fluid technique, augmented by an adaptive mesh refinement algorithm, is used to track liquid/gas interfaces. A unique thickness-based refinement algorithm based on topology of interfacial flow is developed and implemented to efficiently resolve the multiscale problem. The grid size on interface is up O(10-4) of droplet size with a max resolution of 0.015 μm. An advanced visualization technique using the Ray-tracing methodology is used to gain direct insights to detailed physics. Theories are established by analyzing the characteristics of shape changing and flow evolution.

  14. Scattering light interference from liquid crystal polymer dispersion films

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    Huang, Chi-Yen; Tsai, Ming-Shann; Lin, Chi-Huang; Fuh, Andy Y.

    2002-12-01

    The Quetelet-type ring pattern is observed in liquid crystal polymer dispersion (LCPD) films. The clusters of the polymer network and liquid crystal (LC) domains with different director axes in the LCPD films serve as scatterers. Cells with unidirectional and multidirectional rubbins are fabricated. Experimental results show that the polarization of incident light, the applied voltage and the ambient temperature significantly affect the ring intensities. However, the contribution of the LC domains is not evident until the voltage is applied. Finally, rubbing the cells in multiple directions reveals that measurement of the Quetelet-type ring intensity can be used to readily identify the orientation of the liquid crystals. This finding also reveals that the LCs in an LCPD mixture are aligned closer to the final rubbing direction than are pure LCs in a multidirectional rubbed cell. A simple model was proposed to explain the observations.

  15. Light Path Model of Fiber Optic Liquid Level Sensor Considering Residual Liquid Film on the Wall

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    Zhijun Zhang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The working principle of the refractive-type fiber optic liquid level sensor is analyzed in detail based on the light refraction principle. The optic path models are developed in consideration of common simplification and the residual liquid film on the glass tube wall. The calculating formulae for the model are derived, constraint conditions are obtained, influencing factors are discussed, and the scopes and skills of application are analyzed through instance simulations. The research results are useful in directing the correct usage of the fiber optic liquid level sensor, especially in special cases, such as those involving viscous liquid in the glass tube monitoring.

  16. Experimental study of heat transfer to falling liquid films

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    Fagerholm, N. E.; Kivioja, K.; Ghazanfari, A. R.; Jaervinen, E.

    1985-12-01

    This project was initiated in order to obtain more knowledge about thermal design of falling film heat exchangers and to find methods to improve heat transfer in film flow. A short literature survey of film flow characteristics and heat transfer is presented. An experimental apparatus designed and built for studying falling film evaporation is described. The first experiments were made with smooth Cu tube 25/22 mm and refrigerant R114 as evaporating liquid. A significant amount of droplet entrainment was observed during the tests. The measured average heat transfer coefficient varied from 1000 to 1800 W/m K when Re=1300 to 11000 respectively and when the transfer mode is surface evaporation. This could be predicted accurately with the experimental correlation of Chun and Seban. When nucleate boiling is dominant the heat transfer could be predicted well with pool boiling correlation of VDI-84.

  17. Numerical study of wave disturbance in liquid cooling film

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    S.R. Shine

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Transient numerical simulations are carried out to investigate the liquid-gas interface characteristics associated with liquid film cooling flows. A two-dimensional axisymmetric multi-phase numerical model using finite volume formulation is developed. The model has been validated against available experimental data for liquid-film cooling flows inside tubes. The model has been used to predict the interface characteristics for a variety of imposed parameters and momentum flux ratios under cold flow conditions wherein both the coolant and mainstream are maintained at the same temperature. Disturbance waves are observed at the liquid-gas interface for coolant flows above a critical value and after a finite distance from the inlet. The distance toward the wave inception point increased with the increase of momentum flux ratio. However, at higher momentum flux ratios, the properties of the disturbance waves did not vary significantly. The parameters related to the liquid-gas interface waves, namely, wave velocity, frequency, amplitude and wave length have been analyzed in detail. Analysis indicates that the liquid entrainment is due to the shearing of the disturbance wave crest.

  18. Controlled electrodeposition of Au monolayer film on ionic liquid

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    Ma, Qiang; Pang, Liuqing; Li, Man; Zhang, Yunxia; Ren, Xianpei [Key Laboratory of Applied Surface and Colloid Chemistry, National Ministry of Education, Shaanxi Engineering Lab for Advanced Energy Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062 (China); Liu, Shengzhong Frank, E-mail: szliu@dicp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Applied Surface and Colloid Chemistry, National Ministry of Education, Shaanxi Engineering Lab for Advanced Energy Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062 (China); Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Dalian National Laboratory for Clean Energy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian 116023 (China)

    2016-05-15

    Highlights: • We fabricate Au monolayer film on Ionic liquid substrate using an electrochemical deposition technique. • Au monolayer film was deposited on a “soft substrate” for the first time. • Au monolayer film can contribute extra Raman enhancement. - Abstract: Gold (Au) nanoparticles have been attractive for centuries for their vibrant appearance enhanced by their interaction with sunlight. Nowadays, there have been tremendous research efforts to develop them for high-tech applications including therapeutic agents, sensors, organic photovoltaics, medical applications, electronics and catalysis. However, there remains to be a challenge to fabricate a monolayer Au coating with complete coverage in controlled fashion. Here we present a facile method to deposit a uniform Au monolayer (ML) film on the [BMIM][PF{sub 6}] ionic liquid substrate using an electrochemical deposition process. It demonstrates that it is feasible to prepare a solid phase coating on the liquid-based substrate. Moreover, the thickness of the monolayer coating can be controlled to a layer-by-layer accuracy.

  19. Liquid-Phase Processing of Barium Titanate Thin Films

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    Harris, David Thomas

    Processing of thin films introduces strict limits on the thermal budget due to substrate stability and thermal expansion mismatch stresses. Barium titanate serves as a model system for the difficulty in producing high quality thin films because of sensitivity to stress, scale, and crystal quality. Thermal budget restriction leads to reduced crystal quality, density, and grain growth, depressing ferroelectric and nonlinear dielectric properties. Processing of barium titanate is typically performed at temperatures hundreds of degrees above compatibility with metalized substrates. In particular integration with silicon and other low thermal expansion substrates is desirable for reductions in costs and wider availability of technologies. In bulk metal and ceramic systems, sintering behavior has been encouraged by the addition of a liquid forming second phase, improving kinetics and promoting densification and grain growth at lower temperatures. This approach is also widespread in the multilayer ceramic capacitor industry. However only limited exploration of flux processing with refractory thin films has been performed despite offering improved dielectric properties for barium titanate films at lower temperatures. This dissertation explores physical vapor deposition of barium titanate thin films with addition of liquid forming fluxes. Flux systems studied include BaO-B2O3, Bi2O3-BaB2O 4, BaO-V2O5, CuO-BaO-B2O3, and BaO-B2O3 modified by Al, Si, V, and Li. Additions of BaO-B2O3 leads to densification and an increase in average grain size from 50 nm to over 300 nm after annealing at 900 °C. The ability to tune permittivity of the material improved from 20% to 70%. Development of high quality films enables engineering of ferroelectric phase stability using residual thermal expansion mismatch in polycrystalline films. The observed shifts to TC match thermodynamic calculations, expected strain from the thermal expansion coefficients, as well as x-ray diffract measurements

  20. Thinning and rupture of liquid films by moving slot jets.

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    Berendsen, Christian W J; Zeegers, Jos C H; Darhuber, Anton A

    2013-12-23

    We present systematic experiments of the rupture and dewetting of thin films of a nonvolatile polar liquid on partially wetting substrates due to a moving slot jet, which impinges at normal incidence. The relative motion was provided by a custom-built spin coater with a bidirectionally accessible axis of rotation that enabled us to measure film thickness profiles in situ as a function of substrate velocity using dual-wavelength interference microscopy. On partially wetting polymeric substrates, dry spots form in liquid films with a residual thickness well below 1 μm. We measured the density of dry spots as well as the density and size distribution of the residual droplets as a function of film thickness. In a certain parameter range, the droplet distributions exhibit pronounced anisotropy due to the effect of long-range shear stresses on the dewetting rim instability. We find robust power-law scaling relations over a large range of film thicknesses and a striking similarity to literature data obtained with ultrathin polymer melt layers on silicon substrates.

  1. Control of Flowing Liquid Films by Electrostatic Fields in Space

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    Griffing, E. M.; Bankoff, S. G.; Schluter, R. A.; Miksis, M. J.

    1999-01-01

    The interaction of a spacially varying electric field and a flowing thin liquid film is investigated experimentally for the design of a proposed light weight space radiator. Electrodes are utilized to create a negative pressure at the bottom of a fluid film and suppress leaks if a micrometeorite punctures the radiator surface. Experimental pressure profiles under a vertical falling film, which passes under a finite electrode, show that fields of sufficient strength can be used safely in such a device. Leak stopping experiments demonstrate that leaks can be stopped with an electric field in earth gravity. A new type of electrohydrodynamic instability causes waves in the fluid film to develop into 3D cones and touch the electrode at a critical voltage. Methods previously used to calculate critical voltages for non moving films are shown to be inappropriate for this situation. The instability determines a maximum field which may be utilized in design, so the possible dependence of critical voltage on electrode length, height above the film, and fluid Reynolds number is discussed.

  2. Stability of thin emulsion film between two oil phases with a viscoelastic liquid-liquid interface.

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    Narsimhan, Ganesan

    2009-02-15

    The viscoelastic properties of adsorbed protein layer in food emulsions and foams are important in providing stability to such systems. Linear stability analysis for a protein stabilized aqueous film sandwiched between two semi-infinite oil phases with a viscoelastic liquid-liquid interface is presented. The interfacial dilatational and shear viscoelastic properties are described by Maxwell models. The aqueous film is found to be more stable for smaller values of dilatational (shear) relaxation times and larger values of interfacial dilatational (shear) viscosities. The asymptotic values of maximum growth coefficient for very large and very small values of interfacial dilatational (shear) viscosities were found to be independent of relaxation times and correspond to those for immobile and fully mobile liquid-liquid interfaces respectively. The aqueous film is shown to be more stable for larger viscosities of the oil phase with the maximum growth coefficient approaching zero as the ratio of viscosities of oil and aqueous phases approach very large values and an asymptotic value corresponding to that for a foam film for very small viscosity ratios.

  3. Bouncing-to-Merging Transition in Drop Impact on Liquid Film: Role of Liquid Viscosity.

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    Tang, Xiaoyu; Saha, Abhishek; Law, Chung K; Sun, Chao

    2018-02-27

    When a drop impacts on a liquid surface, it can either bounce back or merge with the surface. The outcome affects many industrial processes, in which merging is preferred in spray coating to generate a uniform layer and bouncing is desired in internal combustion engines to prevent accumulation of the fuel drop on the wall. Thus, a good understanding of how to control the impact outcome is highly demanded to optimize the performance. For a given liquid, a regime diagram of bouncing and merging outcomes can be mapped in the space of Weber number (ratio of impact inertia and surface tension) versus film thickness. In addition, recognizing that the liquid viscosity is a fundamental fluid property that critically affects the impact outcome through viscous dissipation of the impact momentum, here we investigate liquids with a wide range of viscosity from 0.7 to 100 cSt, to assess its effect on the regime diagram. Results show that while the regime diagram maintains its general structure, the merging regime becomes smaller for more viscous liquids and the retraction merging regime disappears when the viscosity is very high. The viscous effects are modeled and subsequently the mathematical relations for the transition boundaries are proposed which agree well with the experiments. The new expressions account for all the liquid properties and impact conditions, thus providing a powerful tool to predict and manipulate the outcome when a drop impacts on a liquid film.

  4. Graphene/Ionic liquid composite films and ion exchange.

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    Mo, Yufei; Wan, Yunfang; Chau, Alicia; Huang, Fuchuan

    2014-06-27

    Wettability of graphene is adjusted by the formation of various ionic surfaces combining ionic liquid (IL) self-assembly with ion exchange. The functionalized ILs were designed and synthesized with the goal of obtaining adjustable wettability. The wettability of the graphene surface bearing various anions was measured systematically. The effect of solvent systems on ion exchange ratios on the graphene surface has also been investigated. Meanwhile, the mechanical properties of the graphene/IL composite films were investigated on a nanometer scale. The elasticity and adhesion behavior of the thin film was determined with respected to the indentation deformation by colloid probe nanoindentation method. The results indicate that anions played an important role in determining graphene/IL composite film properties. In addition, surface wetting and mechanics can be quantitatively determined according to the counter-anions on the surface. This study might suggest an alternate way for quantity detection of surface ions by surface force.

  5. Shear Viscous Response of Molecularly Thin Liquid Films

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    Tschirhart, Charles; Troian, Sandra

    2014-11-01

    Fluids that exhibit Newtonian response at the macroscale can display interesting deviations at the nanoscale caused by internal fluid microstructure or conformational entropy reduction near an adjacent solid boundary. Such deviations signal the breakdown of the continuum and isotropic fluid approximations at molecular length scales. These effects are particularly pronounced near the interface separating a liquid film from a supporting solid substrate where molecular layering in the fluid can result in inhomogeneity in the shear viscosity. Here we describe ellipsometric measurements of the surface deformation of non-volatile liquid nanofilms subject to a constant interfacial shear stress. For simple Newtonian response, the slope of the deformation can be used to extract the value of the shear viscosity in ultrathin films, which in our experiments range from 2 - 200 nm in thickness. For complex films, we observe deviations from linear deformation which require augmentation of the analytic model normally used to describe the viscous response. These findings may be helpful for improved parametrization of the shear response of supported free surface films as well as course grained models for nanofluidic applications. Support from the Fred and Jean Felberg and Winifred and Robert Gardner Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships is gratefully acknowledged.

  6. Numerical study of liquid film cooling in a rocket combustion chamber

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    Zhang, H.W.; Tao, W.Q.; He, Y.L.; Zhang, W. [State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Flow in Power Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an (China)

    2006-01-15

    A numerical study is reported to investigate the liquid film cooling in a rocket combustion chamber. Mass, momentum and heat transfer characteristics through the interface are considered in detail. A marching procedure is employed for solution of the respective governing equations for the liquid film and gas stream together. The standard turbulence k-{epsilon} model is used to simulate the turbulence gas flow and a modified van Driest model is adopted to simulate the turbulent liquid film flow. Radiation of gas stream is also considered and simulated with the flux model. Downstream of the liquid film the gaseous film cooling is numerically studied simultaneously. Results are presented for a mixed gases-water system under different condition. Various effects on the liquid film length are examined in detail. There is a good agreement between the numerical prediction and experimental result on the liquid film length. (author)

  7. Dielectric Response of Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal Films.

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    Seekola, Desmond Laurence

    The dielectric response of three types of PDLC films has been studied as a function of frequency of the applied field and temperature. Each type of film contains nematic liquid crystal E7 in a different polymer binder:epoxy (Epon 828), thermoplastic (PMMA) and UV curable adhesive (Norland 65). A model is developed using an effective medium technique in a self consistent field approximation that reasonably describes the dielectric response of PDLC films as a function of frequency. The electrical properties of the constituent phases are estimated. In the E7/PMMA and E7/Norland 65 films the conductivity of E7 is found to be much greater than PMMA or Norland 65 resulting in charge buildup close of 100 Hz at the droplet/polymer interface. For the E7/Epon film the conductivity of Epon is found to be close to E7 so that there is no charge buildup at the droplet/polymer interface. The effect of charge buildup is more clearly seen in the shielding of the applied field with frequency in the optical transmission measurements. For the PMMA and Norland 65 films the turn on voltage increases as the frequency is decreased below 100 Hz. The optical measurements correlate reasonably well with the dielectric response. The shielding of the droplet field in the PMMA film saturates below a certain frequency. By measuring the shielding as a function of droplet size it is shown that this is due to charge depletion in the droplet. In the Norland film, unlike the PMMA film, the shielding does not completely saturate, tending to increase at very low frequency. These results are compared to the model prediction of the field in the droplet. Using Debye-Huckel theory, the charge carrier concentration and electric field are shown to vary significantly over the volume of the droplet for different values of the applied field. From the temperature dependence of the dielectric response the activation energy associated with side group motion (beta transition) in pure PMMA is calculated. Also the

  8. Controlled Growth of Organic Semiconductor Films Using Liquid Crystal Solvents

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    Bufkin, Kevin; Ohlson, Brooks; Hillman, Ben; Johnson, Brad; Patrick, David

    2008-05-01

    Interest in using organic semiconductors in applications such as large area displays, photovoltaic devices, and RFID tags stems in part from their prospects for enabling significantly reduced manufacturing costs compared to traditional inorganic semiconductors. However many of the best performing prototype devices produced so far have involved expensive or time-consuming fabrication methods, such as the use of single crystals or thin films deposited under high vacuum conditions. We present a new approach for growing low molecular weight organic crystalline films at ambient conditions based on a vapor-liquid-solid growth mechanism using thermotropic nematic liquid crystal (LC) solvents. Tetracene is deposited via atmospheric-pressure sublimation onto substrates coated by a LC layer oriented using rubbed polyimide, producing films that are highly crystalline, with large grain sizes, and possessing macroscopic uniaxial orientation. This poster will describe the growth mechanism, discuss the effects of processing conditions such as LC layer thickness, substrate temperature and flux rate, and compare the results to a model of deposition-diffusion aggregation accounting for the finite thickness of the solvent layer.

  9. Liquid precursor films spreading on chemically patterned substrates

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    Checco, Antonio

    2008-03-01

    We study the spreading of nonvolatile liquid squalane on chemically patterned nanostripes by using non-contact Atomic Force Microscopy (NC-AFM). The substrates are octadecylthrichlorosilane(OTS)-coated silicon wafers chemically patterned on multiple length-scales using a combination of UV and AFM oxidative lithographies. This process allows us to locally convert the terminal methyl groups of the OTS surface (non-wettable) into carboxylic acid groups (wettable) without affecting considerably the substrate roughness (squalane spreads across this ``microfluidic network'' starting from the large lines eventually reaching the nanolines (50 to 500 nm-wide). NC-AFM is used to image the morphology of the liquid as it spreads across the nanolines. We find that the liquid thickness on the nanolines grows with time (up to ˜10 nm) according to a power-law with exponent ˜1. These preliminary results suggest that the spreading dynamics of laterally-confined liquids slightly differs, as expected, from the one of laterally homogeneous precursor films. We compare our findings to recent theoretical predictions of confined liquid flow and also discuss its relevance to nanofluidics.

  10. Liquid Film Migration in Warm Formed Aluminum Brazing Sheet

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    Benoit, M. J.; Whitney, M. A.; Wells, M. A.; Jin, H.; Winkler, S.

    2017-10-01

    Warm forming has previously proven to be a promising manufacturing route to improve formability of Al brazing sheets used in automotive heat exchanger production; however, the impact of warm forming on subsequent brazing has not previously been studied. In particular, the interaction between liquid clad and solid core alloys during brazing through the process of liquid film migration (LFM) requires further understanding. Al brazing sheet comprised of an AA3003 core and AA4045 clad alloy, supplied in O and H24 tempers, was stretched between 0 and 12 pct strain, at room temperature and 523K (250 °C), to simulate warm forming. Brazeability was predicted through thermal and microstructure analysis. The rate of solid-liquid interactions was quantified using thermal analysis, while microstructure analysis was used to investigate the opposing processes of LFM and core alloy recrystallization during brazing. In general, liquid clad was consumed relatively rapidly and LFM occurred in forming conditions where the core alloy did not recrystallize during brazing. The results showed that warm forming could potentially impair brazeability of O temper sheet by extending the regime over which LFM occurs during brazing. No change in microstructure or thermal data was found for H24 sheet when the forming temperature was increased, and thus warm forming was not predicted to adversely affect the brazing performance of H24 sheet.

  11. Numerical investigation of thin film of polar liquid with added surfactant

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    Gordeeva, V. Y.; Lyushnin, A. V.

    2017-11-01

    The thin film of polar liquid with an added surfactant is investigated numerically in this paper. The evolution equations for film thickness and surface concentrations were solved using the semi-implicit Crank-Nikolson scheme. A few profiles on the liquid film developing from an ellipse-shaped drop were received. It was confirmed that the developing film divides into two coexisting films with predictable thickness. It was discovered that this pecularity of the polar liquid is valid only in little range of vapor pressure, which corresponds to the disjoining pressure. It was found that the surfactant desorbed on the gas-liquid interface does not effect to the thickness of the film while the surfactant desorbed on the substrate does effect. It was also found that the stable thickness of the film grows with absolute value of the vapor pressure in stated little range.

  12. Rupture of a Locally Heated Liquid Film Driven by the Shear Stress of Gas and Gravity

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    Zaitsev, D. V.; Kabob, O. A.

    2010-03-01

    The paper focuses on the recent progress that has been achieved by the authors through conducting experiments with locally heated shear-driven and falling liquid films. Rupture of the liquid film was investigated and it was found that scenario of film rupture differs widely for different flow regimes. The critical heat flux is about 10 times higher for a shear driven film than that for a falling liquid film, and reaches 250 W/cm2 in experiments with water at atmospheric pressure. Rupture of a subcooled falling liquid film heated from the substrate is preceded by the formation of steady state film surface deformations. The film spontaneously ruptures at the moment when the film thickness in the thinned region reaches a certain critical minimum independent of both the Reynolds number and the plate inclination angle (gravity force). By means of high speed imaging it is found that the process of rupture involves two stages: 1) abrupt film thinning down to a thin residual film; 2) rupture and dryout of the residual film. As the plate inclination angle is reduced the threshold heat flux required for film rupture weakly decreases, however when the angle becomes negative the threshold heat flux begins to rise dramatically, which is associated with an increase of the stabilizing hydrostatic effect due to the growth of the film thickness.

  13. The effect of gravity on the stability of an evaporating dichloromethane liquid film

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    Narendranath, Aneet; Kolkka, Robert W; Struthers, Allan A; Allen, Jeffrey S

    2013-01-01

    Zero gravity evaporation of a Dicholoromethane (DCM) liquid film is explored. The resulting film dynamics are presented and a criterion for stable films is described based on the long wave theory. It is concluded that films subject to long wave instabilities shows the appearance of the mode of maximum growth rate at rupture, irrespective of the initial condition or domain size conditions. Films stable in Earth's gravity are destabilized in zero gravity.

  14. The microjet-film interaction: the interaction and resulting shapes of a liquid microjet impacting a soap film

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    Chan, Jau Tung; Lee, Jie Liang; Tjeng, Vincent; Yeo, Ye; Tan, Guoxian

    2014-11-01

    The International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT) is a worldwide annual competition for high-school students. This paper is adapted from the solution to problem 8, Jet and Film, as presented by the Singapore Team at the 26th IYPT, Taipei, Taiwan. The impact of liquid microjets on stable soap films was investigated. Two steady regimes were observed: refraction (where the microjet penetrates the soap film and is deflected) and absorption (where the microjet merges with the soap film and forms vertical undulating patterns on the soap film surface). This phenomenon has potential applications in controlling the trajectory of a liquid microjet in air. Although Kirstetter et al (2012) investigated this interaction by using the same liquid for both the microjet and the soap film, this paper extends their work by using different liquids for the microjet and the soap film. In addition, the need for a small-angle approximation of Snell’s law is removed for the refraction regime, and an alternative expression is proposed for the force exerted by the soap film on the microjet in the absorption regime that accounts for the dependence of the wavelength of the undulating patterns on the angle of incidence of the microjet on the soap film. Empirical data support these improved theoretical predictions.

  15. Study on Gas-liquid Falling Film Flow in Internal Heat Integrated Distillation Column

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    Liu, Chong

    2017-10-01

    Gas-liquid internally heat integrated distillation column falling film flow with nonlinear characteristics, study on gas liquid falling film flow regulation control law, can reduce emissions of the distillation column, and it can improve the quality of products. According to the distribution of gas-liquid mass balance internally heat integrated distillation column independent region, distribution model of heat transfer coefficient of building internal heat integrated distillation tower is obtained liquid distillation falling film flow in the saturated vapour pressure of liquid water balance, using heat transfer equation and energy equation to balance the relationship between the circulating iterative gas-liquid falling film flow area, flow parameter information, at a given temperature, pressure conditions, gas-liquid flow falling film theory makes the optimal parameters to achieve the best fitting value with the measured values. The results show that the geometric gas-liquid internally heat integrated distillation column falling film flow heat exchange area and import column thermostat, the average temperature has significant. The positive correlation between the heat exchanger tube entrance due to temperature difference between inside and outside, the heat flux is larger, with the increase of internal heat integrated distillation column temperature, the slope decreases its temperature rise, which accurately describes the internal gas-liquid heat integrated distillation tower falling film flow regularity, take appropriate measures to promote the enhancement of heat transfer. It can enhance the overall efficiency of the heat exchanger.

  16. Electro-optic Response of a Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal Film

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    KARAPINAR, Rıdvan

    2014-01-01

    Polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) films are potentially useful in electro-optic devices since they can be used for vision products. In this work the PDLC thin films were prepared by a photopolymerization induced phase separation method and electro-optic properties of the films were investigated.

  17. Residual nano films and patterns formed by non-volatile liquid dewetting on smooth surfaces

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    Liu, Qiao; Chen, Lei; Deng, Yajun; Wang, Hao

    2017-07-01

    It was recently reported that nano residual films could be left on smooth substrates after the dewetting of partially wetting non-volatile liquids. In this work we clarify the criteria for the residual film to form and to maintain stable on the substrate. Atomic force microscopy imaging indicated that the residual film formation was dependent on the system wettability. The residual film was investigated in molecular dynamics simulations and the results were consistent to the experiments. The disjoining pressure played an important role in determining the film stability. The results provide important guidance for long-standing puzzles about trace liquid after dewetting.

  18. Formation of Boundary Film from Ionic Liquids Enhanced by Additives

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    Erik Nyberg

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs have several properties that make them interesting candidates as base fluids for extreme conditions. However, a lack of compatibility with tribo-improving additives combined with an often overly aggressive nature is limiting their use as base fluids. To overcome these drawbacks, hydrocarbon-imitating RTIL base fluids have recently been developed. In this study, the effects of several common additives in the novel RTIL (P-SiSO were examined by laboratory tribotesting. A reciprocating steel-steel ball-on-flat setup in an air atmosphere was used, where the lubricant performance was evaluated over a range of loads and temperatures. Surface analyses after testing were carried out using optical profilometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS. Neat P-SiSO displayed high performance in the tribotests. At an elevated load and temperature, a shift in lubrication mode was observed with an accompanying increase in friction and wear. Surface analysis revealed a boundary film rich in Si and O in the primary lubrication mode, while P was detected after a shift to the secondary lubrication mode. An amine additive was effective in reducing wear and friction under harsh conditions. The amine was determined to increase formation of the protective Si–O film, presumably by enhancing the anion activity.

  19. Electrokinetic flows in liquid crystal thin films with fixed anchoring

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    Conklin, Christopher; Viñals, Jorge

    We study ionic and mass transport in a liquid crystalline fluid film in its nematic phase under an applied electrostatic field. Both analytic and numerical solutions are given for some prototypical configurations of interest in electrokinetics: Thin films with spatially nonuniform nematic director that are either periodic or comprise a set of isolated disclinations. We present a quantitative description of the mechanisms inducing spatial charge separation in the nematic, and of the structure and magnitude of the resulting flows. The fundamental solutions for the charge distribution and flow velocities induced by disclinations of topological charge $m=-1/2, 1/2$ and $1$ are given. These solutions allow the analysis of several designer flows, such as "pusher" flows created by three colinear disclinations, the flow induced by an immersed spherical particle (equivalent to an $m=1$ defect) and its accompanying $m=-1$ hyperbolic hedgehog defect, and the mechanism behind nonlinear ionic mobilities when the imposed field is perpendicular to the line joining the defects.

  20. Three dimensional massively-parallel simulation of falling liquid films

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    Shin, Seungwon; Adebayo, Idris; Kahouadji, Lyes; Chergui, Jalel; Juric, Damir; Matar, Omar K.

    2017-11-01

    We present results on the numerical study of falling liquid films using direct numerical simulations. Falling films due to their rich dynamics have been a subject of many interesting studies over the past decades. However, the majority of the research in the literature has focused only on the two-dimensional case due to the complexity of three-dimensional studies. In this work, we solve the full Navier-Stokes equations using a massively-parallelised numerical code ``Blue''. The code utilises a domain-decomposition strategy for parallelization with MPI, and an hybrid front-tracking/level set method is designed to handle the deforming interface. Parallel GMRES and Multigrid iterative solvers are then employed to appropriately handle the linear system arising from the implicit solution for the fluid velocities and pressure in the presence of strong density and viscosity discontinuities across the fluid phases. Our result show many interesting dynamics, which cannot be observed in the two-dimensional studies. Petroleum Technology Development Fund, EPSRC, UK, MEMPHIS program Grant (EP/K003976/1), RAEng Research Chair (OKM).

  1. GaSb film growth by liquid phase epitaxy

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    Garcia-Cruz, M.L.; Martinez-Juarez, J.; Lopez-Salazar, P. [CIDS-ICUAP, BUAP, Av. 14 Sur y San Claudio, C.U. Edif.103C, Col. Sn Manuel, C.P. 72570, Puebla, Pue. (Mexico); Diaz, G.J. [Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados, IPN, Av. IPN 2508, Col. Sn. Pedro Zacatenco, C.P. 07360, D.F. (Mexico)

    2010-04-15

    Doped GaSb (Gallium Antimonide) films on p-GaSb substrates have been obtained by means of a low-cost and fast-growth method: the liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) technique. The growth temperature was 400 C, and the growth time was varied between1 and 5 min. Characterization of the films was performed by means of high resolution X-ray Diffraction, low temperature-photoluminescence and current-voltage curve measurements. The X-ray diffraction pattern confirms a zincblende-type crystal structure with a high-thin peak centred at 30.36 . The PL spectra at 27 K allowed to confirm the band-gap energy to be 0.8 eV and the I-V curves presented a PN junction behavior which corresponds to the obtained structured. Metal contacts of Au-Zn and Au-Ge were placed to perform electrical characterization (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  2. 3-D modeling of parietal liquid films in internal combustion engines; Modelisation tridimensionnelle des films liquides parietaux dans les moteurs a combustion interne

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    Foucart, H.

    1998-12-11

    To simulate the air-fuel mixing in the intake ports and cylinder of an internal combustion engines, a wall fuel liquid film model has been developed for integration in 3D CFD codes. Phenomena taken into account include wall film formation by an impinging spray without splashing effect, film transport such as governed by mass and momentum equations with hot wall effects, and evaporation considering energy equation with an analytical mass transfer formulation developed here. A continuous-fluid method is used to describe the wall film over a three dimensional complex surface. The basic approximation is that of a laminar incompressible boundary layer; the liquid film equations are written in an integral form and solved by a first-order ALE finite volume scheme; the equation system is closed without coefficient fitting requirements. The model has been implemented in a Multi-Block version of KIVA-II (KMB) and tested against problems having theoretical solutions. Then in a first step, it has been compared to the measurements obtained in a cylindrical pipe reproducing the main characteristics of SI engine intake pipe flow and in a second step, it has been compared to the Xiong experiment concerning the film evaporation on a hot wall. The film behaviour is satisfactory reproduced by the computations for a set of operating conditions. Finally, engine calculations were conducted showing the importance of including a liquid film model for the simulations. (author) 54 refs.

  3. Thin liquid films with time-dependent chemical reactions sheared by an ambient gas flow

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    Bender, Achim; Stephan, Peter; Gambaryan-Roisman, Tatiana

    2017-08-01

    Chemical reactions in thin liquid films are found in many industrial applications, e.g., in combustion chambers of internal combustion engines where a fuel film can develop on pistons or cylinder walls. The reactions within the film and the turbulent outer gas flow influence film stability and lead to film breakup, which in turn can lead to deposit formation. In this work we examine the evolution and stability of a thin liquid film in the presence of a first-order chemical reaction and under the influence of a turbulent gas flow. Long-wave theory with a double perturbation analysis is used to reduce the complexity of the problem and obtain an evolution equation for the film thickness. The chemical reaction is assumed to be slow compared to film evolution and the amount of reactant in the film is limited, which means that the reaction rate decreases with time as the reactant is consumed. A linear stability analysis is performed to identify the influence of reaction parameters, material properties, and environmental conditions on the film stability limits. Results indicate that exothermic reactions have a stabilizing effect whereas endothermic reactions destabilize the film and can lead to rupture. It is shown that an initially unstable film can become stable with time as the reaction rate decreases. The shearing of the film by the external gas flow leads to the appearance of traveling waves. The shear stress magnitude has a nonmonotonic influence on film stability.

  4. Capillary wave theory of adsorbed liquid films and the structure of the liquid-vapor interface

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    MacDowell, Luis G.

    2017-08-01

    In this paper we try to work out in detail the implications of a microscopic theory for capillary waves under the assumption that the density is given along lines normal to the interface. Within this approximation, which may be justified in terms of symmetry arguments, the Fisk-Widom scaling of the density profile holds for frozen realizations of the interface profile. Upon thermal averaging of capillary wave fluctuations, the resulting density profile yields results consistent with renormalization group calculations in the one-loop approximation. The thermal average over capillary waves may be expressed in terms of a modified convolution approximation where normals to the interface are Gaussian distributed. In the absence of an external field we show that the phenomenological density profile applied to the square-gradient free energy functional recovers the capillary wave Hamiltonian exactly. We extend the theory to the case of liquid films adsorbed on a substrate. For systems with short-range forces, we recover an effective interface Hamiltonian with a film height dependent surface tension that stems from the distortion of the liquid-vapor interface by the substrate, in agreement with the Fisher-Jin theory of short-range wetting. In the presence of long-range interactions, the surface tension picks up an explicit dependence on the external field and recovers the wave vector dependent logarithmic contribution observed by Napiorkowski and Dietrich. Using an error function for the intrinsic density profile, we obtain closed expressions for the surface tension and the interface width. We show the external field contribution to the surface tension may be given in terms of the film's disjoining pressure. From literature values of the Hamaker constant, it is found that the fluid-substrate forces may be able to double the surface tension for films in the nanometer range. The film height dependence of the surface tension described here is in full agreement with results of

  5. Poisseuille flow over a wavy surface

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    Haward, Simon J.; Shen, Amy Q.; Page, Jacob; Zaki, Tamer A.

    2017-12-01

    We present a detailed series of experiments using spatially resolved flow velocimetry to examine the flow of Newtonian fluids through rectangular channels with one wavy surface of wave number k . The glass channels are fabricated by the method of selective laser-induced etching, which allows them to be made with a high (quasi-2D) aspect ratio (width/depth, w /2 d =5 ) and with an accurate wave profile of small relative amplitude (A /d =0.05 ,A attributed to the contrasting boundary conditions in the different flow configurations. Our experimental results also compare favorably to results from linear theory for a Poiseuille base flow and thus establish a detailed experimental complement to the theory.

  6. Effect of semi-circular wavy liner on performance of journal bearing

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    Sheriff, Jamaluddin Md.; Osman, Kahar; Asral

    2012-06-01

    The amount of lubricant present in a bearing can affect its performance. This study compares the load carrying capacity of wavy and smooth surfaces liner bearing so that the potential advantages of the former could be identified. Both types of bearing used palm oil as lubricant and computational analysis was developed to predict the numerical data for full film lubrication condition. The bearing model was 60 mm in diameter and its ratio of length to diameter was 0.5 with clearance and amplitude of 250μm and 200μm respectively. All cases studied included temperature effect under steady flow conditions with speed between 200 and 5000 rpm. The results show, for low eccentricity ratio, semi circular wavy liner bearings were able to produce higher load carrying capacity. The results also show that the overall temperature drop for wavy liner surfaces was higher for all test conditions. The shaft speeds, however, have no direct effect on the magnitude of the load carrying capacity.

  7. A numerical study of liquid film distribution in wet natural gas pipelines

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    Gao, X. Q.; Zhao, Y. L.; Xu, W. W.; Guan, X. R.; Wang, J. J.; Jin, Y. H.

    2016-05-01

    The software of FLUENT was used to simulate the gas-liquid turbulent flow in wet natural gas pipeline of the Puguang gas field. The RNG k- ɛ model was used to simulate the turbulent flow, the Mixture model was used to simulate gas-liquid mixed phase, and the Eulerian wall film model was used to simulate the formation and development of liquid film. The gas phase flow field characteristics, the distribution of the axial and circumferential film thickness, and the droplet distribution in the pipeline were studied when the gas Reynolds number is 7.72 × 106(10.8m/s). The results can be concluded as followed: Liquid film distributes unevenly along the circumferential direction and mostly distributes under the pipeline wall because of gravity. The impact of the dean vortex and centrifugal force in the straight section can also influence the liquid film distribution. The wall shear stress distributions in horizontal straight pipeline is concerned with liquid membrane volatility, and consistent with the film volatility period, the wall shear stress reached the maximum value in a certain position of wave front. The influence of the wall shear stress on the film fluctuation in inclined pipeline is weakened by gravity and other factors.

  8. Preparation and Characterization of Silver Liquid Thin Films for Magnetic Fluid Deformable Mirror

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    Lianchao Zhang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Silver liquid thin film, formed by silver nanoparticles stacking and spreading on the surface of the liquid, is one of the important parts of magnetic fluid deformable mirror. First, silver nanoparticles were prepared by liquid phase chemical reduction method using sodium citrate as reducing agent and stabilizer and silver nitrate as precursor. Characterization of silver nanoparticles was studied using X-ray diffractometer, UV-vis spectrophotometer, and transmission electron microscope (TEM. The results showed that silver nanoparticles are spherical and have a good monodispersity. Additionally, the effect of the reaction conditions on the particle size of silver is obvious. And then silver liquid thin films were prepared by oil-water two-phase interface technology using as-synthesized silver nanoparticles. Properties of the film were investigated using different technology. The results showed that the film has good reflectivity and the particle size has a great influence on the reflectivity of the films. SEM photos showed that the liquid film is composed of multilayer silver nanoparticles. In addition, stability of the film was studied. The results showed that after being stored for 8 days under natural conditions, the gloss and reflectivity of the film start to decrease.

  9. Liquid Film Capillary Mechanism for Densification of Ceramic Powders during Flash Sintering

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    Rachman Chaim

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Recently, local melting of the particle surfaces confirmed the formation of spark and plasma during spark plasma sintering, which explains the rapid densification mechanism via liquid. A model for rapid densification of flash sintered ceramics by liquid film capillary was presented, where liquid film forms by local melting at the particle contacts, due to Joule heating followed by thermal runaway. Local densification is by particle rearrangement led by spreading of the liquid, due to local attractive capillary forces. Electrowetting may assist this process. The asymmetric nature of the powder compact represents an invasive percolating system.

  10. Stabilization of thin liquid films by repulsive van der waals force

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    Li, Erqiang

    2014-05-13

    Using high-speed video recording of bubble rise experiments, we study the stability of thin liquid films trapped between a rising bubble and a surfactant-free liquid-liquid meniscus interface. Using different combinations of nonpolar oils and water that are all immiscible, we investigate the extent to which film stability can be predicted by attractive and repulsive van der Waals (vdW) interactions that are indicated by the relative magnitude of the refractive indices of the liquid combinations, for example, water (refractive index, n = 1.33), perfluorohexane (n = 1.23), and tetradecane (n = 1.43). We show that, when the film-forming phase was oil (perfluorohexane or tetradecane), the stability of the film could always be predicted from the sign of the vdW interaction, with a repulsive vdW force resulting in a stable film and an attractive vdW force resulting in film rupture. However, if aqueous electrolyte is the film-forming bulk phase between the rising air bubble and the upper oil phase, the film always ruptured, even when a repulsive vdW interaction was predicted. We interpret these results as supporting the hypothesis that a short-ranged hydrophobic attraction determines the stability of the thin water film formed between an air phase and a nonpolar oil phase. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  11. Fabrication of a Self-Supported Nanoparticle-Decorated Amphipathic Film at a Liquid/Liquid Interphase.

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    Sebastian, H B; Mayall, R M; Birss, V I; Bryant, S

    2017-10-03

    The design and facile fabrication of an amphipathic, mechanically durable, nanoparticle (NP)-decorated film has been realized at a liquid/liquid interphase. The innovative film is prepared by applying a changing electric field across an organic-aqueous interphase in the presence of 1-2 nm metal NPs, with a specific focus on Ir NPs in this work, self-assembled at the interphase, where the organic phase consists of a dissolved hydrophobic polymer in a volatile solvent. The electrochemical process leads to the oxidation of the Ir to IrOx, forming a hydrous oxide matrix at the interphase. With evaporation of the residual volatile solvent and precipitation of the polymer backbone, an isolable Ir/IrOx-decorated film is realized. The novelty of this technique stems from the ability to fabricate a substrate material in situ around a nanoparticle matrix, as opposed to transferring the matrix onto a substrate. The subsequent film exhibits a hydrophobic and a hydrophilic surface, permitting the film to reside at a water/oil, water/air, or oil/air interphase. The differences in wettability are attributed to the differences in the chemical and physical properties of the two sides of the film. Interestingly, despite both sides of the film exhibiting different wettabilities, both sides are electrochemically accessible. Several potential applications exist for this film, including the separation and collection of oil from water, in biosensors, and as catalyst layers.

  12. Near-field interaction of colloid near wavy walls

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    Luo, Yimin; Serra, Francesca; Wong, Denise; Steager, Edward; Stebe, Kathleen

    Anisotropic media can be used to manipulate colloids, in tandem with carefully designed boundary conditions. For example, in bulk nematic liquid crystal, a wall with homeotropic anchoring repels a colloid with the same anchoring; yet by changing the surface topography from planar to concave, one can turn repulsion into attraction. We explore the behaviors of micro-particles with associated topological defects (hedgehogs or Saturn rings) near wavy walls. The walls locally excite disturbance, which decays into bulk. The range of influence is related to the curvature. The distortion can be used to position particles, either directly on the structure or at a distance away, based on the ``splay-matching'' rules. When distortion becomes stronger through the deepening of the well, the splay field created by the wall can prompt transformation from a Saturn ring to a hedgehog. We combine wells of different wavelength and depth to direct colloid movement. We apply a magnetic field to reset the initial position of ferromagnetic colloids and subsequently release them to probe the elastic energy landscape. Our platform enables manipulation, particle selection, and a detailed study of defect structure under the influence of curvature. Army Research Office.

  13. van der Waals interaction between a moving nano-cylinder and a liquid thin film.

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    Ledesma-Alonso, René; Raphaël, Elie; Salez, Thomas; Tordjeman, Philippe; Legendre, Dominique

    2017-05-24

    We study the static and dynamic interaction between a horizontal cylindrical nano-probe and a thin liquid film. The effects of the physical and geometrical parameters, with a special focus on the film thickness, the probe speed, and the distance between the probe and the free surface are analyzed. Deformation profiles have been computed numerically from a Reynolds lubrication equation, coupled to a modified Young-Laplace equation, which takes into account the probe/liquid and the liquid/substrate non-retarded van der Waals interactions. We have found that the film thickness and the probe speed have a significant effect on the threshold separation distance below which the jump-to-contact instability is triggered. These results encourage the use of horizontal cylindrical nano-probes to scan thin liquid films, in order to determine either the physical or geometrical properties of the latter, through the measurement of interaction forces.

  14. Poly (ionic liquid)-Based Breath Figure Films: A New Kind of Honeycomb Porous Films with Great Extendable Capability.

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    Wu, Baozhen; Zhang, Wanlin; Gao, Ning; Zhou, Meimei; Liang, Yun; Wang, Ying; Li, Fengting; Li, Guangtao

    2017-10-25

    In this work, we reported a new method for the convenient fabrication of various functional porous films, which cannot be directly generated using breath figures (BFs). A series of polystyrene-b-poly (ionic liquid) (PS-b-PIL) block copolymers were employed for BFs process for the first time. It was found that PS-b-PIL could form well-defined BFs porous structure. Remarkably, the described PS-b-PIL copolymers are prone to form hierarchical structure, and the formed pore structure is strongly dependent on the used experimental parameters. Importantly, we found that the anion exchange could provide as an effective means, by which the porous films could be further and facilely converted into other functional films. As a demonstration, in our case, porous films with different surface (hydrophilic and hydrophobic) property, porous polydopamine films decorated with Au nanoparticles or glutathione and porous SiO2 films were prepared by using different counteranions as well as further conversion. Due to the unlimited combination of cation and anion in ionic liquid moiety, all the results indicate that the BFs films generated by using PS-PIL could serve as a platform to access various functional porous films by a simple counteranion exchange, showing a great extendable capability.

  15. Optomechanical Properties of Stretched Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal Films for Scattering Polarizer Applications

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    Amimori, Ichiro; Priezjev, Nikolai V.; Pelcovits, Robert A.; Crawford, Gregory P.

    2002-01-01

    A scattering polarizer is created by subjecting a polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) film to tensile strain. The optomechanical properties of the film are investigated by simultaneously measuring the stress-strain and polarization dependent optical transmission characteristics. The correlation between transmittances of two orthogonal polarizations and the stress-strain curve reveals that the polymer orientation as well as the droplet shape anisotropy influences the liquid crystal alignme...

  16. Foam-film-stabilized liquid bridge networks in evaporative lithography and wet granular matter

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    Vakarelski, Ivan Uriev

    2013-04-23

    Evaporative lithography using latex particle templates is a novel approach for the self-assembly of suspension-dispersed nanoparticles into ordered microwire networks. The phenomenon that drives the self-assembly process is the propagation of a network of interconnected liquid bridges between the template particles and the underlying substrate. With the aid of video microscopy, we demonstrate that these liquid bridges are in fact the border zone between the underlying substrate and foam films vertical to the substrate, which are formed during the evaporation of the liquid from the suspension. The stability of the foam films and thus the liquid bridge network stability are due to the presence of a small amount of surfactant in the evaporating solution. We show that the same type of foam-film-stabilized liquid bridge network can also propagate in 3D clusters of spherical particles, which has important implications for the understanding of wet granular matter. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  17. Wavy channel transistor for area efficient high performance operation

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    Fahad, Hossain M.

    2013-04-05

    We report a wavy channel FinFET like transistor where the channel is wavy to increase its width without any area penalty and thereby increasing its drive current. Through simulation and experiments, we show the effectiveness of such device architecture is capable of high performance operation compared to conventional FinFETs with comparatively higher area efficiency and lower chip latency as well as lower power consumption.

  18. Electrohydrodynamics-Induced Abnormal Electro-Optic Characteristics in a Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal Film

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    Sheng-Kuang Wu; Ting-Shan Mo; Jia-De Lin; Shuan-Yu Huang; Chia-Yi Huang; Hui-Chen Yeh; Lin-Jer Chen; Chia-Rong Lee

    2017-01-01

    ...) in a polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) film in the presence of a low-frequency (1 kHz) AC voltage. Large LC droplets (20−40 µm) buried in the film can be obtained after the illumination of one UV light with a weak intensity...

  19. A new method for bidimensional analysis of interferometric patterns of liquid films.

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    Nogueira, Rui; Vazquez, Rosa; Mata, José Luís; Saramago, Benilde

    2005-06-01

    A new method for bidimensional analysis of interferometric patterns of wetting liquid films obtained with the captive bubble technique is described. This method replaces one-dimensional analysis along various intensity profiles with analysis of one average intensity profile. The advantage is to concentrate the surface characteristics of the whole film image into a single intensity profile.

  20. Unsteady Flow in a Horizontal Double-Sided Symmetric Thin Liquid Films

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    Joseph G. ABDULAHAD

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper a mathematical model is constructed to describe a two dimensional incompressible flow in a symmetric horizontal thin liquid film for unsteadies flow. We apply the Navier-Stokes equations with specified boundary conditions and we obtain the equation of the film thickness by using the similarity method in which we can isolate the explicit time dependence and then the shape of the film will depend on one variable only.

  1. Electrically induced reorganization phenomena of liquid metal film printed on biological skin

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    Guo, Cangran; Yi, Liting; Yu, Yang; Liu, Jing

    2016-12-01

    Liquid metal has been demonstrated to be directly printable on biological skin as physiological measurement elements. However, many fundamental issues remained unclear so far. Here, we disclosed an intriguing phenomenon of electrically induced reorganization of liquid metal film. According to the experiments, when applying an external electric field to liquid metal films which were spray printed on biological skin, it would induce unexpected transformations of the liquid metals among different morphologies and configurations. These include shape shift from a large liquid metal film into a tiny sphere and contraction of liquid metal pool into spherical one. For comprehensively understanding the issues, the impacts of the size, voltage, orientations of the liquid metal electrodes, etc., were clarified. Further, effects of various substrates such as in vitro skin and in vivo skin affecting the liquid metal transformations were experimentally investigated. Compared to the intact tissues, the contraction magnitude of the liquid metal electrode appears weaker on in vivo skin of nude mice under the same electric field. The mechanisms lying behind such phenomena were interpreted through theoretical modeling. Lastly, typical applications of applying the current effect into practical elements such as electrical gating devices were also illustrated as an example. The present findings have both fundamental and practical values, which would help design future technical strategies in fabricating electronically controlled liquid metal electronics on skin.

  2. Dissolution of materials in artificial skin surface film liquids.

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    Stefaniak, Aleksandr B; Harvey, Christopher J

    2006-12-01

    The dissolution of chemical constituents from jewelry, textiles, cosmetics, drugs, industrial chemicals, and particles in direct and prolonged contact with human skin is often assessed in vitro using artificial skin surface film liquids (SSFL). To provide meaningful results, the composition of artificial SSFL should accurately mimic human sweat and sebum, and the conditions of the in vitro test system should accurately reflect in vivo skin conditions. We summarized the reported composition of human SSFL and compared it to 45 different formulations of artificial sweat and 18 formulations of artificial sebum (studies published from 1940 to 2005). Conditions of in vitro dissolution test systems were reviewed and compared to in vivo skin conditions. The concentrations of individual constituents and pH of artificial sweat and concentrations of artificial sebum constituents are not always within ranges reported for human SSFL. Nearly all artificial SSFL lack many of the constituents in human SSFL. To develop a comprehensive model SSFL, we propose a standard SSFL, modified from the two best published sweat and sebum formulations. Little is known concerning the influence of test system conditions on dissolution, including SSFL temperature, container material composition, agitation, and physicochemical properties of the test article on dissolution. Thus, both a need and an opportunity exist for standardizing the composition of artificial SSFL and in vitro dissolution test methodologies. To standardize in vitro dissolution test systems, we recommend: maintaining artificial SSFL at a biologically relevant temperature appropriate to the human activity being modeled, carefully selecting test and sample storage containers to avoid bias in dissolution measurements, accounting for friction between a test article and skin in a biologically plausible manner, and physicochemical characterization of the test article or material to better understand mechanisms of dissolution and

  3. Convective Structure and Heat Transfer of Liquid Films Evaporating into a Pure Vapor Environment

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    Kimball, J. T.; Hermanson, J. C.; Allen, J. S.

    2009-11-01

    The stability, convective structure and heat transfer of upward facing, evaporating, thin liquid films were studied experimentally. Dichloromethane, n-pentane, and methanol films initially 5 mm to 50 μm thick were subjected to constant or impulsive superheat levels. The films resided on a temperature controlled, gold-plated copper plate in a closed, degassed test chamber. The dynamic film thickness was measured at multiple discrete points using ultrasound and instability wavelength and convective structure information was obtained by schlieren imaging. For films below the transition Rayleigh number there is little convective heat transfer present within the film. In films above this transition, the Nusselt number increases with increasing Rayleigh number. The transition in the heat flux occurs over a wide range of Marangoni numbers. Transient experiments reveal an initial rise in heat flux due to evaporation, followed by a decrease and then increase at the onset of convective motion.

  4. Collagen films with stabilized liquid crystalline phases and concerns on osteoblast behaviors

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    Tang, Minjian; Ding, Shan; Min, Xiang; Jiao, Yanpeng, E-mail: tjiaoyp@jnu.edu.cn; Li, Lihua; Li, Hong; Zhou, Changren, E-mail: tcrz9@jnu.edu.cn

    2016-01-01

    To duplicate collagen's in vivo liquid crystalline (LC) phase and investigate the relationship between the morphology of LC collagen and osteoblast behavior, a self-assembly method was introduced for preparing collagen films with a stabilized LC phase. The LC texture and topological structure of the films before and after stabilization were observed with polarizing optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The relationship between the collagen films and osteoblast behavior was studied with the 3-(4,5)-dimethylthiahiazo(-z-y1)-3,5-di-phenytetrazoliumromide method, proliferation index detection, alkaline phosphatase measurements, osteocalcin assay, inverted microscopy, SEM observation, AFM observation, and cytoskeleton fluorescence staining. The results showed that the LC collagen film had continuously twisting orientations in the cholesteric phase with a typical series of arced patterns. The collagen fibers assembled in a well-organized orientation in the LC film. Compared to the non-LC film, the LC collagen film can promote cell proliferation, and increase ALP and osteocalcin expression, revealing a contact guide effect on osteoblasts. - Highlights: • Collagen film with liquid crystalline (LC) phase was observed by POM, SEM and AFM. • The effect of LC collagen film on osteoblasts behaviors was studied in detail. • LC collagen film promoted osteoblast proliferation and osteogenesis activity.

  5. Dynamic wetting of a liquid film in a vertical hydrophobic tube

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    Pigeonneau, Franck; Hayoun, Pascaline; Barthel, Etienne; Lequeux, Francois; Verneuil, Emilie; Letailleur, Alban; Teisseire, Jeremie; Saint-Gobain Recherche Collaboration; Espci-Physico-Chimie Des Polymeres Et Milieux Disperses Collaboration; Surface Du Verre Et Interfaces Collaboration

    2016-11-01

    The drop of a liquid plug through a tube occurs for instance in vending machine. In such a system, the fouling is linked to the creation of the liquid film at the rear of the liquid plug. Consequently, the conditions leading to the film creation are important to know. We study numerically the dynamic wetting transition of a liquid plug undergoing gravity on hydrophobic surface in a vertical tube. Using a lubrication theory, the liquid film thickness obeys the mass conservation equation with a volume flow rate depending on the relative motion of the tube, capillary and gravity forces. An ad hoc friction at the triple line is used to take into account the wetting dynamics. The lubrication equation is solved using a finite difference technique in space and a time integrator for stiff system with an adaptive time step. The numerical results are compared to experimental data. The complex film morphology due to the transients and the critical slowing down at the dynamic transition are reproduced. However, several experimental features are not predicted numerically especially the width of the transition. Our preliminary calculations suggest that the dispersion relation of the liquid film mode can explain the discrepancy.

  6. Controlling the morphology of side chain liquid crystalline block copolymer thin films through variations in liquid crystalline content.

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    Verploegen, Eric; Zhang, Tejia; Jung, Yeon Sik; Ross, Caroline; Hammond, Paula T

    2008-10-01

    In this paper, we describe methods for manipulating the morphology of side-chain liquid crystalline block copolymers through variations in the liquid crystalline content. By systematically controlling the covalent attachment of side chain liquid crystals to a block copolymer (BCP) backbone, the morphology of both the liquid crystalline (LC) mesophase and the phase-segregated BCP microstructures can be precisely manipulated. Increases in LC functionalization lead to stronger preferences for the anchoring of the LC mesophase relative to the substrate and the intermaterial dividing surface. By manipulating the strength of these interactions, the arrangement and ordering of the ultrathin film block copolymer nanostructures can be controlled, yielding a range of morphologies that includes perpendicular and parallel cylinders, as well as both perpendicular and parallel lamellae. Additionally, we demonstrate the utilization of selective etching to create a nanoporous liquid crystalline polymer thin film. The unique control over the orientation and order of the self-assembled morphologies with respect to the substrate will allow for the custom design of thin films for specific nanopatterning applications without manipulation of the surface chemistry or the application of external fields.

  7. Profile measurements of thin liquid films using reflectometry

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    Hanchak, M. S.; Vangsness, M. D.; Byrd, L. W.; Ervin, J. S.; Jones, J. G.

    2013-11-01

    Microscope-based reflectometry was used to measure the thickness profile of thin films of n-octane on silicon wafer substrates. Coupled with micro-positioning motorized stages and custom software, two-dimensional profiles of the film thickness from the adsorbed film (˜10 nm) to the intrinsic meniscus (˜1000 nm) were automatically and repeatedly measured. The reflectometer aperture was modified to provide better spatial resolution in areas of high curvature, the transition region, where evaporative flux is at a maximum. This technique will provide data for the validation of both existing and future models of thin film evaporation.

  8. Pore-scale analysis of the minimum liquid film thickness around elongated bubbles in confined gas-liquid flows

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    Magnini, M.; Beisel, A. M.; Ferrari, A.; Thome, J. R.

    2017-11-01

    The fluid mechanics of elongated bubbles in confined gas-liquid flows in micro-geometries is important in pore-scale flow processes for enhanced oil recovery and mobilization of colloids in unsaturated soil. The efficiency of such processes is traditionally related to the thickness of the liquid film trapped between the elongated bubble and the pore's wall, which is assumed constant. However, the surface of long bubbles presents undulations in the vicinity of the rear meniscus, which may significantly decrease the local thickness of the liquid film, thus impacting the process of interest. This study presents a systematic analysis of these undulations and the minimum film thickness induced in the range Ca = 0.001- 0.5 and Re = 0.1- 2000 . Pore-scale Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations are performed with a self-improved version of the opensource solver ESI OpenFOAM which is based on a Volume of Fluid method to track the gas-liquid interface. A lubrication model based on the extension of the classical axisymmetric Bretherton theory is utilized to better understand the CFD results. The profiles of the rear meniscus of the bubble obtained with the lubrication model agree fairly well with those extracted from the CFD simulations. This study shows that the Weber number of the flow, We = Ca Re , is the parameter that best describes the dynamics of the interfacial waves. When We 0.1, a larger number of wave crests becomes evident on the surface of the rear meniscus of the bubble. The liquid film thickness at the crests of the undulations thins considerably as the Reynolds number is increased, down to less than 60% of the value measured in the flat film region. This may significantly influence important environmental processes, such as the detachment and mobilization of micron-sized pollutants and pathogenic micro-organisms adhering at the pore's wall in unsaturated soil.

  9. Fabrication of nickel phthalocyanine free-standing film on ionic liquid surface and photoelectrical response

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    Xiao, Yan; Zhang, Miao-Rong; Li, Jia-Jia; Pan, Ge-Bo

    2017-11-01

    In this study, we report for the preparation of nickel phthalocyanine (NiPc) free-standing films on ionic liquid (IL) surface by a physical vapor deposition method. Different from on the solid substrate, the as-obtained film is α phase and with a 2D network structure. In addition, the good transferability of the film make it can be easily transferred onto any substrate for further device applications. The device based on these films shows good photoelectrical property, high stability and high photosensitivity.

  10. Diffraction from a one-beam generated hologram on a polymer-dispersed liquid crystal film

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    Tsai, M. S.; Jiang, I.-Min; Fuh, Andy Y. G.

    2000-03-01

    Holographic ring patterns are generated by a single beam (Ar+ laser) incident onto a polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) film. The incident laser beam initially acts as a writing beam, and then induces "point" light sources due to micron-sized particles in the film. Interference between the incident beam and the induced "point" light sources then produces holographic ring patterns, which are permanently recorded in situ on the film. After recording, the incident beam becomes a reference beam and reconstructs the "point" source wavefronts. The interference among these reconstructed "point" light sources produces a Quetelet-type scattering ring in a screen placed behind the PDLC film.

  11. Rewritable Optical Storage with a Spiropyran Doped Liquid Crystal Polymer Film.

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    Petriashvili, Gia; De Santo, Maria Penelope; Devadze, Lali; Zurabishvili, Tsisana; Sepashvili, Nino; Gary, Ramla; Barberi, Riccardo

    2016-03-01

    Rewritable optical storage has been obtained in a spiropyran doped liquid crystal polymer films. Pictures can be recorded on films upon irradiation with UV light passing through a grayscale mask and they can be rapidly erased using visible light. Films present improved photosensitivity and optical contrast, good resistance to photofatigue, and high spatial resolution. These photochromic films work as a multifunctional, dynamic photosensitive material with a real-time image recording feature. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Films of Transition Metal Complexes Including Ionic Liquids: Dramatic Effects of Processing Parameters and Substrate on the Film Morphology

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    Bayatpour, Sareh; Isik, Dilek; Santato, Clara

    2018-01-01

    Bis(2-phenylpyridine- C, N)(2,2'-bipyridine- N, N') iridium(III) hexafluorophosphate ([Ir(ppy)2(bpy)][PF6]) is an ionic transition-metal complex (iTMC) of interest for use in light-emitting electrochemical cells (LEECs). Films of [Ir(ppy)2(bpy)][PF6] blended with the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([BMIm][PF6]), deposited on different substrates, have been investigated for their morphological features, which are expected to affect the functional properties of the films, e.g., charge carrier transport. In literature, ionic liquids have been included in films of transition-metal complexes (TMCs) to increase the ion mobility and improve the performance of LEECs. A systematic comparison between the morphology of pure [Ir(ppy)2(bpy)][PF6] films and [Ir(ppy)2(bpy)][PF6] films containing [BMIm][PF6] has been carried out on different types of substrate, namely Au-patterned SiO2, indium tin oxide (ITO), and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS)-modified ITO. Although [Ir(ppy)2(bpy)][PF6] forms smooth films on SiO2, ITO, and PEDOT:PSS-modified ITO substrates, addition of [BMIm][PF6] caused formation of vertical, discontinuous aggregates, which are expected to be detrimental to charge transport in LEECs with planar architecture.

  13. A simple method of measuring profiles of thin liquid films for microfluidics experiments by means of interference reflection microscopy

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    Berejnov, V

    2010-01-01

    A simple method was developed to observe the interference patterns of the light reflected by the interfaces of thin liquid films. Employing a fluorescent microscope with epi-illumination, we collected the 2D patterns of interference fringes containing information of the liquid film topography at microscale. To demonstrate the utility of the proposed visualization method we developed a framework for reconstructing the profiles of liquid films by analysing the reflected interferograms numerically. Both the visualization and reconstruction methods should be useful for variety of microfluidic applications involving the flows with droplets and bubbles in which the knowledge of the topography of the interfacial liquid film is critical.

  14. Convection and evaporation rate of planar liquid films subjected to impulsive superheating

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    Kimball, J. T.; Hermanson, J. C.; Allen, J. S.

    2010-11-01

    The interfacial stability, convective structure, and evaporation rate of upward-facing, thin liquid films were studied experimentally. Four different working fluids were used. Films initially 5 mm to 100 μm thick were subjected to impulsive superheating. The films resided on a temperature controlled, gold-plated copper surface in a closed, initially degassed test chamber. Superheating was achieved by suddenly dropping the pressure of the saturated pure vapor in the test chamber. The dynamic film thickness was measured at multiple points using ultrasound, and instability wavelength and convective structure information was obtained by schlieren imaging. Considering previous quasi-steady results, the observed convection patterns in many cases suggest an initial, limited penetration of the convection structures into the film. The initial convection patterns and measured evaporation rate in these films are independent of the thermal boundary condition of the substrate. After a sufficiently long time, the convection pattern changes and approaches the previously observed quasi-steady condition.

  15. Liquid phase epitaxial growth of heterostructured hierarchical MOF thin films

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    Chernikova, Valeriya

    2017-05-10

    Precise control of epitaxial growth of MOF-on-MOF thin films, for ordered hierarchical tbo-type structures is demonstrated. The heterostructured MOF thin film was fabricated by successful sequential deposition of layers from two different MOFs. The 2-periodic layers, edge-transitive 4,4-square lattices regarded as supermolecular building layers, were commendably cross-linked using a combination of inorganic/organic and organic pillars.

  16. Realization of hydrodynamic experiments on quasi-2D liquid crystal films in microgravity

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    Clark, Noel A.; Eremin, Alexey; Glaser, Matthew A.; Hall, Nancy; Harth, Kirsten; Klopp, Christoph; Maclennan, Joseph E.; Park, Cheol S.; Stannarius, Ralf; Tin, Padetha; Thurmes, William N.; Trittel, Torsten

    2017-08-01

    Freely suspended films of smectic liquid crystals are unique examples of quasi two-dimensional fluids. Mechanically stable and with quantized thickness of the order of only a few molecular layers, smectic films are ideal systems for studying fundamental fluid physics, such as collective molecular ordering, defect and fluctuation phenomena, hydrodynamics, and nonequilibrium behavior in two dimensions (2D), including serving as models of complex biological membranes. Smectic films can be drawn across openings in planar supports resulting in thin, meniscus-bounded membranes, and can also be prepared as bubbles, either supported on an inflation tube or floating freely. The quantized layering renders smectic films uniquely useful in 2D fluid physics. The OASIS team has pursued a variety of ground-based and microgravity applications of thin liquid crystal films to fluid structure and hydrodynamic problems in 2D and quasi-2D systems. Parabolic flights and sounding rocket experiments were carried out in order to explore the shape evolution of free floating smectic bubbles, and to probe Marangoni effects in flat films. The dynamics of emulsions of smectic islands (thicker regions on thin background films) and of microdroplet inclusions in spherical films, as well as thermocapillary effects, were studied over extended periods within the OASIS (Observation and Analysis of Smectic Islands in Space) project on the International Space Station. We summarize the technical details of the OASIS hardware and give preliminary examples of key observations.

  17. Nanostructure and Composition of Tribo-Boundary Films Formed in Ionic Liquid Lubrication

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    Qu, Jun [ORNL; Chi, Miaofang [ORNL; Meyer III, Harry M [ORNL; Blau, Peter Julian [ORNL; Dai, Sheng [ORNL; Luo, Huimin [ORNL

    2011-01-01

    Since the idea of using ionic liquids (ILs) as lubricants was raised in 2001, many studies have been conducted in this area and results have demonstrated superior lubricating performance for a variety of ionic liquids. It is widely believed that tribochemical reactions occur between the metal surface and the IL during the wear process to form a protective tribo-boundary film on the contact area that reduces friction and wear. However, the study of this critical boundary film has been limited to top surface two-dimensional topography examination and chemical analysis in the literature. A more comprehensive characterization is needed to help understand the film formation process and the lubricating mechanism. This study demonstrated a multi-technique three-dimensional approach to characterize the IL-formed boundary films, including top surface morphology examination, cross section nanostructure characterization, and layered chemical analysis. Characterization was carried out on both ferrous and aluminum surfaces lubricated by an ammonium IL. The focused-ion-beam (FIB) technique enabled TEM/EDS examination on the cross section of the boundary film to provide direct measurement of the film thickness, visualization of the nanostructure, and analysis of composition. In addition, composition-depth profiles were generated using XPS aided by ion-sputtering to reveal the composition change at different levels of the boundary film to investigate the film formation process.

  18. Contact angles in thin liquid films III. Interaction forces in Newton black soap films

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    Feijter, J.A. de; Vrij, A.

    The interaction parameters of Newton black soap films stabilized by NaDS, as derived from contact angle experiments, have been interpretated in terms of the structure and the interaction forces in the films. From the film thickness and the difference between the surface excess of the salt in the

  19. Imaging the liquid film layer of slug flow within a microreactor

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    Pouya, Shahram; Koochesfahani, Manoochehr; Greytak, Andrew; Nocera, Daniel; Bawendi, Moungi; Dydek, Vicki; Jensen, Klavs

    2009-11-01

    Segmented gas-liquid microreactors have gained attraction for high throughput material synthesis and sample processing in chemistry and biotechnology. The performance of the segmented gas-liquid microfluidic reactor derives from the uniformity of the gas-liquid segment lengths and the mixing that occurs within the liquid segment confined between gas slugs. The mixing process is a consequence of the recirculating flow that is set up within the liquid slugs. An important aspect of this flow geometry is that the liquid segments are not completely isolated but interconnected through a thin liquid film. Therefore, the behavior of the film layer and the flow field within the slugs are of great importance in hydrodynamics of the microreactor flow and improving the efficiency of such reactors. We present preliminary results of imaging, with quantum dots, the thin film layer surrounding the gas bubbles. The results are presented for stable slug flow of Ethanol/Nitrogen within a PDMS microreactor with channel size of 300x250 micron.

  20. Whole Cell Imprinting in Sol-Gel Thin Films for Bacterial Recognition in Liquids: Macromolecular Fingerprinting

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    Robert Armon

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Thin films of organically modified silica (ORMOSILS produced by a sol-gel method were imprinted with whole cells of a variety of microorganisms in order to develop an easy and specific probe to concentrate and specifically identify these microorganisms in liquids (e.g., water. Microorganisms with various morphology and outer surface components were imprinted into thin sol-gel films. Adsorption of target microorganism onto imprinted films was facilitated by these macromolecular fingerprints as revealed by various microscopical examinations (SEM, AFM, HSEM and CLSM. The imprinted films showed high selectivity toward each of test microorganisms with high adsorption affinity making them excellent candidates for rapid detection of microorganisms from liquids.

  1. Surface morphologies and quality of thick liquid phase epitaxial garnet films for magneto-optic devices

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    Hibiya, Taketoshi

    1983-06-01

    Surface morphologies of thick Gd : YIG garnet films grown by liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) are found to be classified into three types: "mirror", "striation" and "swirl". "Mirror" appears when films are grown at low temperature or when the film thickness is small. "Striation", which takes over the striation of the substrates, appears when the growth temperature or film thickness is medium. "Swirl" appears when the growth temperature is high or the film thickness is large. When "swirl" takes place, flux is included into the thick films. A mechanism for the morphological change with increase in film thickness is shown. An increase in half-width of the X-ray rocking curve with an increase in film thickness is found for the {111} films. This can be attributed to the generation of {110} and {211} facets which have larger lattice constants than the {111} and to crystallinity degradation due to flux inclusion. The {110} or the slightly misoriented {110} substrate is recommended to be employed so as to obtain inclusion-free thick films.

  2. Hypersonic boundary layer stabilization by using a wavy surface

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    Kirilovskiy, S. V.; Poplavskaya, T. V.

    2017-10-01

    Numerical simulation of hypersonic (M∞=6) flow and evolution of disturbances on a smooth plate and a shallow grooved plate was performed by solving two-dimensional Navier– Stokes equations. Computational soft-ware verification was conducted by comparison with existing data of pressure pulsations on plates surface. It was showed that wavy surface significantly decrease pressure pulsations on plate surface and does not increase the value of mean heat fluxes. Data about effect of wavy surfaces with different form on the disturbances intensity in hypersonic boundary layer was obtained.

  3. The application of axisymmetric lattice Boltzmann two-phase model on simulations of liquid film dewetting

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    Wang, Lei; Sun, Jianglong

    2017-08-01

    An axisymmetric two-phase lattice Boltzmann method is applied to simulate the dewetting dynamics of a thin liquid film on a substrate. Initially, a circular dry spot exists in the center of the liquid film. A contact line forms around the dry spot and expands outwards. The liquid films dewetting on smooth and rough substrates are investigated. For a smooth substrate, the effects of the contact angle (θeq), Ohnesorge number (Oh), and viscosity ratio (λμ) are studied. It is observed that the contact line recedes with a constant velocity V and that if θeq > 45°, V has a linear relationship with θeq, which has never been mentioned in previous literatures. For a rough substrate, well-distributed pillars are set up to represent the roughness. There are two states for the liquid film dewetting on a rough substrate: Cassie and Wenzel states. By comparison, it is found that the speed of the liquid film dewetting on the rough substrate of the Cassie state is slightly faster than that on the smooth substrate but much faster than that on the rough substrate of the Wenzel state, i.e., Wenzel state can obviously hold back the movement of the receding contact line. The corresponding mechanism is analyzed. The effect of the geometric factors of the pillars on the dewetting speed is discussed in detail. It is indicated that both the width and the depth of the grooves in roughness can significantly affect the dewetting speed. The results are helpful to design structured substrates for controlling the dewetting process of the liquid film.

  4. Hierarchical opal grating films prepared by slide coating of colloidal dispersions in binary liquid media.

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    Lee, Wonmok; Kim, Seulgi; Kim, Seulki; Kim, Jin-Ho; Lee, Hyunjung

    2015-02-15

    There are active researches on well ordered opal films due to their possible applications to various photonic devices. A recently developed slide coating method is capable of rapid fabrication of large area opal films from aqueous colloidal dispersion. In the current study, the slide coating of polystyrene colloidal dispersions in water/i-propanol (IPA) binary media is investigated. Under high IPA content in a dispersing medium, resulting opal film showed a deterioration of long range order, as well as a decreased film thickness due to dilution effect. From the binary liquid, the dried opal films exhibited the unprecedented topological groove patterns with varying periodic distances as a function of alcohol contents in the media. The groove patterns were consisted of the hierarchical structures of the terraced opal layers with periodic thickness variations. The origin of the groove patterns was attributed to a shear-induced periodic instability of colloidal concentration within a thin channel during the coating process which was directly converted to a groove patterns in a resulting opal film due to rapid evaporation of liquid. The groove periods of opal films were in the range of 50-500 μm, and the thickness differences between peak and valley of the groove were significantly large enough to be optically distinguishable, such that the coated films can be utilized as the optical grating film to disperse infra-red light. Utilizing a lowered hydrophilicity of water/IPA dispersant, an opal film could be successfully coated on a flexible Mylar film without significant dewetting problem. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Analysis of a gas-liquid film plasma reactor for organic compound oxidation

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    Hsieh, Kevin [Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Wang, Huijuan [School of Environmental and Safety Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013 (China); Locke, Bruce R., E-mail: blocke@fsu.edu [Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States)

    2016-11-05

    Highlights: • Non-homogeneous filamentary plasma discharge formed along gas-liquid interface. • Hydrogen peroxide formed near interface favored over organic oxidation from liquid. • Post-plasma Fenton reactions lead to complete utilization of hydrogen peroxide. - Abstract: A pulsed electrical discharge plasma formed in a tubular reactor with flowing argon carrier gas and a liquid water film was analyzed using methylene blue as a liquid phase hydroxyl radical scavenger and simultaneous measurements of hydrogen peroxide formation. The effects of liquid flow rate, liquid conductivity, concentration of dye, and the addition of ferrous ion on dye decoloration and degradation were determined. Higher liquid flow rates and concentrations of dye resulted in less decoloration percentages and hydrogen peroxide formation due to initial liquid conductivity effects and lower residence times in the reactor. The highest decoloration energy yield of dye found in these studies was 5.2 g/kWh when using the higher liquid flow rate and adding the catalyst. The non-homogeneous nature of the plasma discharge favors the production of hydrogen peroxide in the plasma-liquid interface over the chemical oxidation of the organic in the bulk liquid phase and post-plasma reactions with the Fenton catalyst lead to complete utilization of the plasma-formed hydrogen peroxide.

  6. High transmittance optical films based on quantum dot doped nanoscale polymer dispersed liquid crystals

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    Gandhi, Sahil Sandesh; Chien, Liang-Chy

    2016-04-01

    We propose a simple way to fabricate highly transparent nanoscale polymer dispersed liquid crystal (nano-PDLC) films between glass substrates and investigate their incident angle dependent optical transmittance properties with both collimated and Lambertian intensity distribution light sources. We also demonstrate that doping nano-PDLC films with 0.1% InP/ZnS core/shell quantum dots (QD) results in a higher optical transmittance. This work lays the foundation for such nanostructured composites to potentially serve as roll-to-roll coatable light extraction or brightness enhancement films in emissive display applications, superior to complex nanocorrugation techniques proposed in the past.

  7. Formation of rubrene nanocrystals by laser ablation in liquids utilizing MAPLE deposited thin films

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    O'Malley, Sean M.; Amin, Mitesh; Borchert, James; Jimenez, Richard; Steiner, Matt; Fitz-Gerald, James M.; Bubb, Daniel M.

    2014-03-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) of the organic semiconductor rubrene were formed utilizing the laser ablation in liquids (LAL) method. Thin-films deposited by Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE) served as the ablation targets. We note in the case of amorphous films targets, the absorbed energy is below the threshold value needed for ablation; though polycrystalline films irradiated under the same LAL conditions result in ejecta. It is suggested this stems from an increase in the effective absorption through light trapping within crystalline domains. An observed red-shift in the absorption edge is attributed to the polar aqueous environment and to the crystalline phase.

  8. Selective-Area Micropatterning of Liquid-Phase Epitaxy-Grown Iron Garnet Films

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    Park, Jae-Hyuk; Cho, Jae-kyeong; Nishimura, Kazuhiro; Uchida, Hironaga; Inoue, Mitsuteru

    2004-07-01

    We investigated selective-area micropatterning of iron garnet film grown by liquid-phase epitaxy (LPE). This method of producing a flat-surface structure overcomes the disadvantages of geometrical grooves, which are formed by wet or dry etching, with a limited resolution due to underetching and nonplanar structure. Moreover, patterned iron garnet films grown by selective-area LPE have better single-crystal properties than films grown by selective-area sputter epitaxy deposition. Thus, this method offers new possibilities for the fabrication of integrated magnetooptic light switch arrays, magnetic waveguides and other magnetooptic devices.

  9. Fiber-optic temperature sensor using a liquid crystal film for laser-induced interstitial thermotherapy

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    Lee, Bong-Soo; Tack, Gye-Rae; Chung, Soon-Cheol; Yi, Jeong-Han [Konkuk University, Chungju (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sin [Cheju National University, Cheju (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Hyo-Sung [Yonsei University, Wonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-06-15

    In this paper, we describe the feasibility of developing a new fiber-optic temperature sensor using a thermo-sensitive liquid crystal (LC) film for laser-induced interstitial thermotherapy (LITT). The temperature change in the tissue or the tumor causes the color of the LC film in contacted with the tissue to change, and that change alters the reflectivity of the LC film. The light with a selected wavelength that is transmitted to the LC film and the optical power of the reflected light are measured using transmitting and receiving optical fibers, respectively. Also, the relationship between the temperature and the optical power of reflected light is determined using the characteristics of the LC films.

  10. A comparative study on effect of plain-and wavy-wall confinement on ...

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    Keywords. Bluff body; wake; flow separation; wavy-wall confinement; CFD simulation; finite volume method. Abstract. A first attempt is made for identifying the wake characteristics of circular cylinder confined by a wavy wall at laminar flow regime. Numerical study of flow characteristics past circular cylinder with wavy-wall ...

  11. Polarization properties of polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal film with small nematic droplets.

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    Lisinetskaya, Polina G; Konkolovich, Alexander A; Loiko, Valery A

    2009-06-10

    The polarization state of light transmitted through a polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal film with small, spherical, nonabsorbing, partially oriented nematic droplets is theoretically investigated. The model used is based on the effective medium approach. Scattering properties of a single droplet are described by the Rayleigh-Gans approximation. Propagation of coherent light is described within the framework of the Twersky theory. To describe the orientation of liquid-crystal molecules inside droplets and liquid-crystal droplets in a sample, the concept of multilevel order parameters is employed. Conditions for circular and linear polarization of the transmitted light are determined and investigated.

  12. Light-induced circular birefringence in cyanoazobenzene side-chain liquid-crystalline polyester films

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    Naydenova, I; Nikolova, L; Ramanujam, P.S.

    1999-01-01

    We report the inducement of large circular birefringence (optical activity) in films of a cyanoazobenzene side-chain liquid-crystalline polyester on illumination with circularly polarized light. The polyester has no chiral groups and is initially isotropic. The induced optical rotation is up to 5...

  13. Understanding Squeezing and Shear Behaviors of Liquid Films in Confined Geometry through Computational Simulations

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    Xu, Rong-Guang

    The main aim of this dissertation is to investigate the highly technologically relevant yet poorly understood mechanical behaviors of liquid film in confined geometry by means of atomic scale simulations. The goal is to target several controversial issues in the surface force experimental findings, which would represent a significant advance in our fundamental understanding of the physics of nanoconfinement. This dissertation focuses on two major research components (1) To establish an advanced computational framework that incorporates a driven dynamics algorithm for the simulation of quasi-static and dynamic force measurement procedure and a liquid-vapor molecular dynamics (LVMD) simulation approach to mimic the thermodynamic environment in surface force measurement with realistic molecular models for the liquid films and solid surfaces, and (2) to use the established computational tool to study the nature of the mechanical response of confined molecular films in static and dynamic AFM and SFA. The dissertation is structured in seven chapters: (1) Introduction; (2) Force Fields and Simulation Methods; (3) Fully Atomistic Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Solvation Force of OMCTS Molecules in Atomic Force Microscopy; (4) Fully Atomistic Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Solvation Force of Dodecane Chain Molecules in Atomic Force Microscopy; (5) Contact Stiffness and Damping of Liquid Films in Dynamic Atomic Force Microscope. (6) Fully Atomistic Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Stick-Slip Friction in Boundary Lubrication; (7) Summary and future works.

  14. Control of structure and growth of polymorphic crystalline thin films of amphiphilic molecules on liquid surfaces

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    Weinbach, S.P.; Kjær, K.; Bouwman, W.G.

    1994-01-01

    The spontaneous formation and coexistence of crystalline polymorphic trilayer domains in amphiphilic films at air-liquid interfaces is demonstrated by grazing incidence synchrotron x-ray diffraction. These polymorphic crystallites may serve as models for the early stages of crystal nucleation...

  15. Spontaneous formation and dynamics of half-skyrmions in a chiral liquid-crystal film

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    Nych, Andriy; Fukuda, Jun-Ichi; Ognysta, Uliana; Žumer, Slobodan; Muševič, Igor

    2017-12-01

    Skyrmions are coreless vortex-like excitations emerging in diverse condensed-matter systems, and real-time observation of their dynamics is still challenging. Here we report the first direct optical observation of the spontaneous formation of half-skyrmions. In a thin film of a chiral liquid crystal, depending on experimental conditions including film thickness, they form a hexagonal lattice whose lattice constant is a few hundred nanometres, or appear as isolated entities with topological defects compensating their charge. These half-skyrmions exhibit intriguing dynamical behaviour driven by thermal fluctuations. Numerical calculations of real-space images successfully corroborate the experimental observations despite the challenge because of the characteristic scale of the structures close to the optical resolution limit. A thin film of a chiral liquid crystal thus offers an intriguing platform that facilitates a direct investigation of the dynamics of topological excitations such as half-skyrmions and their manipulation with optical techniques.

  16. WAViS server for handling, visualization and presentation of multiple alignments of nucleotide or amino acids sequences.

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    Zika, Radek; Paces, Jan; Pavlícek, Adam; Paces, Václav

    2004-07-01

    Web Alignment Visualization Server contains a set of web-tools designed for quick generation of publication-quality color figures of multiple alignments of nucleotide or amino acids sequences. It can be used for identification of conserved regions and gaps within many sequences using only common web browsers. The server is accessible at http://wavis.img.cas.cz.

  17. Numerical study of heat and mass transfer during evaporation of a thin liquid film

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    Oubella M’hand

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A numerical study of mixed convection heat and mass transfer with film evaporation in a vertical channel is developed. The emphasis is focused on the effects of vaporization of three different liquid films having widely different properties, along the isothermal and wetted walls on the heat and mass transfer rates in the channel. The induced laminar downward flow is a mixture of blowing dry air and vapour of water, methanol or acetone, assumed as ideal gases. A two-dimensional steady state and elliptical flow model, connected with variable thermo-physical properties, is used and the phase change problem is based on thin liquid film assumptions. The governing equations of the model are solved by a finite volume method and the velocity-pressure fields are linked by SIMPLE algorithm. The numerical results, including the velocity, temperature and concentration profiles, as well as axial variations of Nusselt numbers, Sherwood number and dimensionless film evaporation rate are presented for two values of inlet temperature and Reynolds number. It was found that lower the inlet temperature and Re, the higher the induced flows cooling with respect of most volatile film. The better mass transfer rates related with film evaporation are found for a system with low mass diffusion coefficient.

  18. Marangoni effects on a thin liquid film coating a sphere with axial or radial thermal gradients

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    Kang, Di; Nadim, Ali; Chugunova, Marina

    2017-07-01

    We study the time evolution of a thin liquid film coating the outer surface of a sphere in the presence of gravity, surface tension, and thermal gradients. We derive the fourth-order nonlinear partial differential equation that models the thin film dynamics, including Marangoni terms arising from the dependence of surface tension σ on temperature T. We consider two different imposed temperature distributions with axial or radial thermal gradients. We analyze the stability of a uniform coating under small perturbations and carry out numerical simulations in COMSOL for a range of parameter values. In the case of an axial temperature gradient, we find steady states either with uniform film thickness or with the fluid accumulating at the bottom or near the top of the sphere, depending on the total volume of liquid in the film, dictating whether gravity or Marangoni effects dominate. This suggests a potential method for the indirect measurement of d σ /d T by monitoring the thickness profile of the thin film. In the case of a radial temperature gradient, a stability analysis reveals the most unstable non-axisymmetric modes on an initially uniform coating film.

  19. Self-assembled ordered structures in thin films of HAT5 discotic liquid crystal

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    Piero Morales

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Thin films of the discotic liquid crystal hexapentyloxytriphenylene (HAT5, prepared from solution via casting or spin-coating, were investigated by atomic force microscopy and polarizing optical microscopy, revealing large-scale ordered structures substantially different from those typically observed in standard samples of the same material. Thin and very long fibrils of planar-aligned liquid crystal were found, possibly formed as a result of an intermediate lyotropic nematic state arising during the solvent evaporation process. Moreover, in sufficiently thin films the crystallization seems to be suppressed, extending the uniform order of the liquid crystal phase down to room temperature. This should be compared to the bulk situation, where the same material crystallizes into a polymorphic structure at 68 °C.

  20. Analysis of a gas-liquid film plasma reactor for organic compound oxidation.

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    Hsieh, Kevin; Wang, Huijuan; Locke, Bruce R

    2016-11-05

    A pulsed electrical discharge plasma formed in a tubular reactor with flowing argon carrier gas and a liquid water film was analyzed using methylene blue as a liquid phase hydroxyl radical scavenger and simultaneous measurements of hydrogen peroxide formation. The effects of liquid flow rate, liquid conductivity, concentration of dye, and the addition of ferrous ion on dye decoloration and degradation were determined. Higher liquid flow rates and concentrations of dye resulted in less decoloration percentages and hydrogen peroxide formation due to initial liquid conductivity effects and lower residence times in the reactor. The highest decoloration energy yield of dye found in these studies was 5.2g/kWh when using the higher liquid flow rate and adding the catalyst. The non-homogeneous nature of the plasma discharge favors the production of hydrogen peroxide in the plasma-liquid interface over the chemical oxidation of the organic in the bulk liquid phase and post-plasma reactions with the Fenton catalyst lead to complete utilization of the plasma-formed hydrogen peroxide. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Preparation and Characterization of C-16 and C-10 Fluorescent Dipyrrinone Liquid Crystal Langmuir-Blodgett Films

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    Deluca, Giovanni; Carroll, Alexander; Prayaga, Chandra; Wade, Aaron; Heath, Christopher; Renaud, Amy; Huggins, Michael

    2012-02-01

    A new C-16 and C-10 Fluorescent Dipyrrinone Liquid Crystal has been synthesized by the University of West Florida's Chemistry department. The liquid crystals have amphiphilic properties with their dipyrrinone polar heads and long hydrocarbon nonpolar tails. This led to the preparation and characterization of their Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett Film, using a Nima Langmuir-Blodgett Trough. The influence of the length of the hydrocarbon tail on the behavior of the pressure-area isotherm of the Langmuir film is studied. There is considerable difference in the behavior of the C-16 and C-10 Fluorescent Dipyrrinone Liquid Crystal Films prepared. Ellipsometric characterization of the films, using an ellipsometer built by the Physics department, is used to further study the Liquid Crystal films.

  2. Computer simulation studies of confined liquid-crystal films

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    Wall, Greg D.; Cleaver, Douglas J.

    1997-10-01

    In this paper we present results from molecular dynamics simulations performed using a system of Gay-Berne particles confined between two substrates in a slab geometry. We use a nonseparable anisotropic molecule-substrate interaction potential and investigate weak and moderate molecule-substrate coupling strengths. We find that for both coupling strengths a well-defined, tilted molecular layer forms at each wall and that the pretilt angle and layer density are only weakly dependent on temperature as the central region is cooled through isotropiclike and nematiclike regions. The orientationally ordered fluid formed at the center of the film is tilted in sympathy with the surface layers. At low temperatures, however, where the central region adopts a layered arrangement, a sharp change is observed in the pretilt angle. This transition is more marked in the weak-coupling system where the high-temperature tilted surface layers adopt an approximately planar arrangement at low temperatures and the system resembles a bookshelf-geometry smectic film. In the moderate-coupling system, the surface layers maintain some tilt in the presence of the layered central region, leading to a smectic-stripe phase arrangement.

  3. Impermeable flexible liquid barrier film for encapsulation of DSSC metal electrodes

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    Yang, Junghee; Min, Misook; Yoon, Yeoheung; Kim, Won Jung; Kim, Sol; Lee, Hyoyoung

    2016-06-01

    Encapsulation of electronic devices such as dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is prone to degradation under normal atmospheric conditions, even with hermetic barriers on the metal electrodes. Overcoming this problem is crucial to increasing DSSC lifetimes and making them commercially viable. Herein, we report a new impermeable flexible liquid barrier film using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and partially reduced graphene oxide (PrGO), which dramatically enhances the lifetime of Ag metal electrodes (typically used in DSSCs) immersed in a highly acidic iodolyte solution. The Ag metal electrode encapsulated by the PVA/PrGO film survived for over 500 hrs, superior to existing barriers of glass frits, epoxy resins and polymers. The PVA/PrGO film strongly adheres to the Ag metal surface, and the resulting PVA/PrGO/Ag electrode is stable even on a curved substrate, with a sheet resistance nearly independent of curvature. These results give new insight for the design of high-performance and solution-processable flexible liquid barrier films for a wide range of applications, in particular for the encapsulation of electronic devices with liquid electrolytes.

  4. Stability and break-up of thin liquid films on patterned and structured surfaces.

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    Ajaev, Vladimir S; Gatapova, Elizaveta Ya; Kabov, Oleg A

    2016-02-01

    Solid surfaces with chemical patterning or topographical structure have attracted attention due to many potential applications such as manufacture of flexible electronics, microfluidic devices, microscale cooling systems, as well as development of self-cleaning, antifogging, and antimicrobial surfaces. In many configurations involving patterned or structured surfaces, liquid films are in contact with such solid surfaces and the issue of film stability becomes important. Studies of stability in this context have been largely focused on specific applications and often not connected to each other. The purpose of the present review is to provide a unified view of the topic of stability and rupture of liquid films on patterned and structured surfaces, with particular focus on common mathematical methods, such as lubrication approximation for the liquid flow, bifurcation analysis, and Floquet theory, which can be used for a wide variety of problems. The physical mechanisms of the instability discussed include disjoining pressure, thermocapillarity, and classical hydrodynamic instability of gravity-driven flows. Motion of a contact line formed after the film rupture is also discussed, with emphasis on how the receding contact angle is expected to depend on the small-scale properties of the substrate.

  5. Simultaneous heat and mass transfer in absorption of gases in laminar liquid films

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    Grossman, G

    1982-09-01

    A theoretical analysis of the combined heat and mass transfer process taking place in the absorption of a gas or vapor into a laminar liquid film is described. This type of process, which occurs in many gas-liquid systems, often releases only a small amount of heat, making the process almost isothermal. In some cases, however, the heat of absorption is significant and temperature variations cannot be ignored. One example, from which the present study originated, is in absorption heat pumps where mass transfer is produced specifically to generate a temperature change. The model analyzed describes a liquid film that flows over an inclined plane and has its free surface in contact with stagnant vapor. The absorption process at the surface creates nonuniform temperature and concentration profiles in the film, which develop until equilibrium between the liquid and vapor is achieved. The energy and diffusion equations are solved simultaneously to give the temperature and concentration variations at the interface and the wall. Two cases of interest are considered: constant-temperature and adiabatic walls. The Nusselt and Sherwood numbers are expressed in terms of the operating parameters, from which heat and mass transfer coefficients can be determined. The Nusselt and Sherwood numbers are found to depend on the Peclet and Lewis numbers as well as on the equilibrium characteristics of the working materials.

  6. Controlled Growth of Organic Semiconductor Films Using Electrospray Vapor-Liquid-Solid Deposition

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    Shaw, Daniel; Bufkin, Kevin; Johnson, Brad; Patrick, David

    2010-03-01

    Interest in low molecular weight organic semiconductors (OS) for applications such as light-emitting diodes, photovoltaics, and other technologies stems in part from their prospects for enabling significantly reduced manufacturing costs compared to traditional inorganic semiconductors. However many of the best performing prototype devices produced so far have involved expensive or time-consuming fabrication methods, such as the use of single crystals or thin films deposited under high vacuum conditions. New methods are needed capable of rapidly and inexpensively producing high quality polycrystalline films, preferably involving near-ambient conditions. This poster will present studies of one such approach based on an electrospray vapor-liquid-solid growth technique. The method produces polycrystalline OS films deposited via atmospheric-pressure sublimation from a carrier gas (argon) which is partially ionized by a corona discharge. Vapor-phase molecules are then attracted to a charged substrate coated with a thin liquid solvent layer, in which they dissolve and grow as crystals, producing films with large grain sizes. This poster will describe the electrostatic and hydrodynamic features of the deposition mechanism, and the growth kinetics of the resulting polycrystalline films.

  7. Instability, rupture and fluctuations in thin liquid films: Theory and computations

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    Gvalani, Rishabh; Duran-Olivencia, Miguel; Kalliadasis, Serafim; Pavliotis, Grigorios

    2017-11-01

    Thin liquid films are ubiquitous in natural phenomena and technological applications. They are commonly studied via deterministic hydrodynamic equations, but thermal fluctuations often play a crucial role that still needs to be understood. An example of this is dewetting, which involves the rupture of a thin liquid film and the formation of droplets. Such a process is thermally activated and requires fluctuations to be taken into account self-consistently. Here we present an analytical and numerical study of a stochastic thin-film equation derived from first principles. We scrutinise the behaviour of the stochastic thin film equation in the limit of perfectly correlated noise along the wall-normal direction. We also perform Monte Carlo simulations of the stochastic equation by adopting a numerical scheme based on a spectral collocation method. The numerical scheme allows us to explore the fluctuating dynamics of the thin film and the behaviour of the system's free energy close to rupture. Finally, we also study the effect of the noise intensity on the rupture time, which is in good agreement with previous works. Imperial College London (ICL) President's PhD Scholarship; European Research Council Advanced Grant No. 247031; EPSRC Grants EP/L025159, EP/L020564, EP/P031587, EP/L024926, and EP/L016230/1.

  8. Utilizing liquid crystal phases to obtain highly ordered thin films for organic electronics

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    Springer, Mike T.

    Organic electronic materials offer several advantages when compared to inorganic materials, but they suffer from low charge carrier mobility. Two major factors hindering effective charge transport in organic materials are: 1) effective wavefunction overlap in organic crystals and 2) the domain morphology of thin films. Charge transport in organic materials occurs via a hopping mechanism along the conjugated pi system. Often, rigid, aromatic organic materials crystallize in a herringbone, edge-to-face orientation, limiting pi-pi stacking and decreasing charge carrier mobility. Face-to-face orientation of aromatic rings decreases intermolecular pi-pi distances and increases wavefunction overlap. Control of the crystal structure can be achieved to some extent by tuning structural features of the molecule, like increasing the ratio of carbon atoms to hydrogen atoms in the aromatic rings; this is often achieved by introducing heteroatoms like sulfur and oxygen into the aromatic ring structure. Thin films of organic materials often contain many unaligned domains; this is caused by rapid crystallization. Control of the domain morphology of thin films has been shown to increase charge carrier mobility by 6 orders of magnitude for thin films of the same material. Liquid crystal phases allow a slow process of crystallization, whereby the molecules in a thin film can be slowly aligned into a monodomain before crystallization. The crystal-smectic phases, like smectic E, are particularly attractive for this strategy due to their high degree of intermolecular order. This project describes the synthesis and characterization of organic semiconductors designed to exhibit short pi-pi distances and highly ordered crystal-smectic phases to obtain thin films with high charge carrier mobility. The n,2-OBTTT series contains 15 newly designed and synthesized mesogens. The liquid crystal and solid crystal structures of these mesogens are examined and deposition conditions are optimized for

  9. Measurement of helical twisting power based on axially symmetrical photo-aligned dye-doped liquid crystal film.

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    Ko, Shih-Wei; Huang, Shu-Hao; Fuh, Andy Y-G; Lin, Tsung-Hsien

    2009-08-31

    This investigation demonstrates a simple but accurate method for measuring the helical twisting power of chiral doped liquid crystals using axially symmetrical photo-alignment in azo dye-doped liquid crystal films. As reported in our previous paper, a reversed twist effect produces a disclination line in photo-aligned axially symmetrical liquid crystal films. The pitch and helical twisting power can be obtained by measuring the rotation angle of the disclination line in chrial doped liquid crystal. This method is independent of cell gap and provide an error below 0.5%.

  10. 3He impurity states on liquid4He: From thin films to the bulk surface

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    Pavloff, N.; Treiner, J.

    1991-06-01

    The structure of the states accessible to3He impurities in films of liquid4He on Nuclepore is investigated using a density functional approach with a finite-range effective interaction. In thick films, one finds that the two lowest states are localized in the surface region. For thinner films, the variation with film thickness of the first three states results from a delicate balance between the attractive tail of the substrate potential and the quantum finite-size effect. The existence of states localized in the second layer of the films is discussed. The energy difference between the ground state and the first excited state agrees with the recent determination of Higley, Sprague, and Hallock from magnetization measurements. The effective mass of the ground state has a structure similar to that obtained by Krotscheck and coworkers and exhibits a maximum for a4He coverage of 0.15 Å-2, in agreement with the data of Gasparini and coworkers. A similar behavior is predicted for the effective mass of the first, second, and third excited states. The structure of the energy spectrum may also explain former results on third-sound measurements in thin mixture films by Laheurte et al. and by Hallock.

  11. Numerical simulation and modeling of liquid film evaporation inside axisymmetric reentrant cavities

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    Dietl Jochen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Evaporation of thin liquid films inside reentrant cavities occurs in several boiling processes where enhanced surfaces are utilized. In this work, evaporation from a single reentrant cavity with an additional thin channel is studied. The channel allows the backflow of liquid from the pool into the cavity during bubble growth. Direct numerical simulations were performed, showing a strong relation between flow to the film inside the cavity and bubble growth at the pore. Additionally, a model was created with a novel modeling approach which is based on solving the Young-Laplace equation. From the model characteristic nondimensional parameters can be obtained and the influence of geometry variations on hydrodynamics can be studied.

  12. Experimental Study on Boiling Heat Transfer of Liquid Film Flow on a Structural Surface

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    Hirose, Koichi; Mizuno, Itsuo; Nakata, Daisuke; Ouchi, Masaki

    An experimental study on the boiling heat transfer characteristics of liquid films flowing downward along vertically positioned plane and constant curvature surface (CCS) with isolated fine cavities was conducted. The effects of structural surfaces were examined, comparing with the case of smooth plane. The main results of these experiments are summarized as follows; (1) In the case of structual plane surface, there are remarkable enhancements of heat transfer rate in the nucleate boiling region. (2) In the case of CCS, it takes large values of heatflux in the region which strongly governed by the surface evaporation. (3)CCS avoids effectively the occurrence of splitting of the liquid film into rivulets. This study aims to put practical use of the heat transfer enhancement for the evaporator of a two-phase closed thermosiphon.

  13. Evaluation on the electrochemically deposited alkoxy thiourea as liquid crystalline semiconductor film

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    Rahamathullah, Rafizah; Khairul, Wan M.

    2017-12-01

    A new class of liquid crystalline film of alkoxy thiourea which was successfully deposited on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated substrate via electrochemical deposition method. The relationship between liquid crystal molecular structure, phase transition temperature and electrical performance was evaluated. The mesomorphic properties were identified via polarized optic microscopy (POM) which displayed cholesteric phase and their corresponding transition enthalpies were respectively recorded at 20.25 kJ mol-1. The findings from the conductivity analysis revealed that the fabricated film exhibits good electrical performance with an increasing conductivity up to 0.2170 S cm-1 under maximum light intensity of 100 W m-2. Therefore, this proposed type of molecular framework has given an ideal indication to act as semiconductor materials and has opened wide potential for application in organic electronic devices.

  14. Thin liquid film in polymer tubing : dynamics and dewetting in partial wetting condition

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    Hayoun, Pascaline; Letailleur, Alban; Teisseire, Jérémie; Verneuil, Emilie; Lequeux, François; Barthel, Etienne

    2015-11-01

    Polymers such as PVC and Silicone are low cost materials widely used in industry to produce tubing for fluid transport. Most of these applications involve repeated, intermittent flow of liquids which can lead to unwanted contamination. This study aims at better understanding contamination mechanisms during intermittent flow in polymer tubing, and at elucidating the relation between flow, wetting and contamination. We experimentally and theoretically investigate, flow regimes as well as dewetting process at the triple line induced by gravity flow of a vertical liquid slug in a cylindrical geometry. Our results for Newtonian fluids evidence a succession of thick film formation, hydraulic jump creation in the thickness profile, oscillatory regime and destabilization leading to substrate contamination. In order to understand theoretically the flow, one crucial quantity to assess is the film thickness in the inside of the tube. Based on an absorption measurement method, we provide explanations for behaviors and flow regimes observed experimentally.

  15. Twofold Torsional Oscillator Experiments from Film to Pressurized Liquid 4He in a Nanometer-Size Channel

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    Demura, Kenta; Taniguchi, Junko; Suzuki, Masaru

    2017-11-01

    We measured the superfluid response of 4He in a one-dimensional channel of 2.8 nm in diameter under unsaturated vapor pressure using a twofold torsional oscillator, and studied whether or not the superfluid response can be explained by the present Tomonaga-Luttinger (TL) liquid model down to the film region. For this system, the superfluid response is accompanied by a large dissipation throughout the film and liquid regions. We observed that the temperature of the dissipation peak is decreased by lowering the measuring frequency from 2 to 0.5 kHz, for a dilute liquid under unsaturated vapor pressure. Furthermore, the decrease becomes small with decreasing density from the pressurized to dilute liquid. On the other hand, no change in the dissipation peak temperature was observed in the film. The results show that, at least down to the liquid under unsaturated vapor pressure, the superfluid response can be explained by the TL liquid model. The dissipation peak itself varies continuously from the thin film to the pressurized liquid 4He. This indicates that the dissipation in the film has the same origin as the liquid, in spite of the lack of a shift in the dissipation peak temperature shift with the measuring frequency.

  16. MHD modelling of liquid metal films for fusion divertor surface protection

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    Morley, N.B.

    1991-12-31

    In order to counter adverse effects resulting from the impingement of high energy plasmas on solid material surfaces, especially as this relates to fusion reactor high heat flux components, the idea of protecting the material surface with a thin film of liquid metal has been advanced. In principle, this film would protect the underlying substrate from physical sputtering and reduce thermal stresses in the structure. However, serious concerns related to establishing such a liquid metal flow and its performance in a fusion environment need to be addressed. In particular, the interaction of the conducting metal film with the complicated magnetic fields typical of a diverted reactor plasma may lead to retardation of the film resulting in channel flooding, velocity profiles not conducive to effective heat transfer, and possibly even detachment of the film from the substrate. In addition, the momentum carried by the plasma particles may deform the film shape to a significant extent, possibly disrupting the flow or leaving sections on the substrate inadequately protected. Proposed here are several mathematical and experimental models intended to address these specific questions. Mathematical models will be derived from the basic set of incompressible magnetohydrodynamic equations for the cases of fully developed and developing film flow. The fully developed flow model allows simplification of the governing equations to two dimensions, facilitating their solution. The data obtained from this formulation will yield the velocity, induced magnetic field, and height of the film as a function of space and flow parameters. From this data the effect of the plasma momentum on the shape of the surface will be seen, as will the velocity structure across the channel, a structure that is only assumed in previous modeling attempts. The developing film model, based on simplifying assumptions for the height and velocity profiles determined from the previous model for the fully developed

  17. Random lasing in dye-doped polymer dispersed liquid crystal film

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    Wu, Rina; Shi, Rui-xin; Wu, Xiaojiao; Wu, Jie; Dai, Qin

    2016-09-01

    A dye-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystal film was designed and fabricated, and random lasing action was studied. A mixture of laser dye, nematic liquid crystal, chiral dopant, and PVA was used to prepare the dye-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystal film by means of microcapsules. Scanning electron microscopy analysis showed that most liquid crystal droplets in the polymer matrix ranged from 30 μm to 40 μm, the size of the liquid crystal droplets was small. Under frequency doubled 532 nm Nd:YAG laser-pumped optical excitation, a plurality of discrete and sharp random laser radiation peaks could be measured in the range of 575-590 nm. The line-width of the lasing peak was 0.2 nm and the threshold of the random lasing was 9 mJ. Under heating, the emission peaks of random lasing disappeared. By detecting the emission light spot energy distribution, the mechanism of radiation was found to be random lasing. The random lasing radiation mechanism was then analyzed and discussed. Experimental results indicated that the size of the liquid crystal droplets is the decisive factor that influences the lasing mechanism. The surface anchor role can be ignored when the size of the liquid crystal droplets in the polymer matrix is small, which is beneficial to form multiple scattering. The transmission path of photons is similar to that in a ring cavity, providing feedback to obtain random lasing output. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61378042), the Colleges and Universities in Liaoning Province Outstanding Young Scholars Growth Plans, China (Grant No. LJQ2015093), and Shenyang Ligong University Laser and Optical Information of Liaoning Province Key Laboratory Open Funds, China.

  18. Flexible thin-film battery based on solid-like ionic liquid-polymer electrolyte

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    Li, Qin; Ardebili, Haleh

    2016-01-01

    The development of high-performance flexible batteries is imperative for several contemporary applications including flexible electronics, wearable sensors and implantable medical devices. However, traditional organic liquid-based electrolytes are not ideal for flexible batteries due to their inherent safety and stability issues. In this study, a non-volatile, non-flammable and safe ionic liquid (IL)-based polymer electrolyte film with solid-like feature is fabricated and incorporated in a flexible lithium ion battery. The ionic liquid is 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dicyanamide (EMIMDCA) and the polymer is composed of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropene) (PVDF-HFP). The electrolyte exhibits good thermal stability (i.e. no weight loss up to 300 °C) and relatively high ionic conductivity (6 × 10-4 S cm-1). The flexible thin-film lithium ion battery based on solid-like electrolyte film is encapsulated using a thermal-lamination process and demonstrates excellent electrochemical performance, in both flat and bent configurations.

  19. The development of evaporative liquid film model for analysis of passive containment cooling system

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    Park, Hong June; Hwang, Young Dong; Kim, Hee Cheol; Kim, Young In; Chang, Moon Hee

    2000-07-01

    An analytical model was developed to simulate behavior of the liquid film formed on the outside surface of the steel containment vessel of PCCS including the ellipsoidal dome and the vertical wall. The model was coupled with CFX code using the user subroutines provided by the code, and a series of numerical calculations were performed to evaluate the evaporative heat transfer coefficient at the interface. Numerical results for Sherwood number and evaporative heat transfer coefficient were compared with the experimental data. The results were in good agreement with the experimental data. The calculated liquid film thickness showed good agreement with that of Sun except an upper portion of the channel. The model was applied to the full scale of PCCS to investigate the effects of dome and chimney on the evaporation rate. The results showed that the heat transfer coefficient in the dome region, where the flow cross-sectional area decreases and the swirling occurs, was lower than that of the vertical annulus region. The calculated evaporative heat transfer coefficient was about 20 times larger than that of the dry cooling. Sensitivity studies on the gap size and the wall temperature were also performed to figure out their effects on the heat transfer coefficient and inlet air average velocity. Through the analysis of the dryout point, the minimum liquid film flow rate to cover the entire surface of the vessel was estimated.

  20. Modeling Replenishment of Ultrathin Liquid Perfluoropolyether Z Films on Solid Surfaces Using Monte Carlo Simulation

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    M. S. Mayeed

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Applying the reptation algorithm to a simplified perfluoropolyether Z off-lattice polymer model an NVT Monte Carlo simulation has been performed. Bulk condition has been simulated first to compare the average radius of gyration with the bulk experimental results. Then the model is tested for its ability to describe dynamics. After this, it is applied to observe the replenishment of nanoscale ultrathin liquid films on solid flat carbon surfaces. The replenishment rate for trenches of different widths (8, 12, and 16 nms for several molecular weights between two films of perfluoropolyether Z from the Monte Carlo simulation is compared to that obtained solving the diffusion equation using the experimental diffusion coefficients of Ma et al. (1999, with room condition in both cases. Replenishment per Monte Carlo cycle seems to be a constant multiple of replenishment per second at least up to 2 nm replenished film thickness of the trenches over the carbon surface. Considerable good agreement has been achieved here between the experimental results and the dynamics of molecules using reptation moves in the ultrathin liquid films on solid surfaces.

  1. Assessing Boundary Film Forming Behavior of Phosphonium Ionic Liquids as Engine Lubricant Additives

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    Mayank Anand

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The reduction of friction and wear losses in boundary lubrication regime of a piston ring-cylinder liner tribo-system has always been a challenge for engine and lubricant manufacturers. One way is to use lubricant additives, which can form boundary film quickly and reduce the direct contact between asperities. This article focuses on the assessment of boundary film forming behavior of two phosphonium-based ionic liquids (ILs as additives in engine-aged lubricant to further improve its film forming capabilities and hence reduce friction and wear of contacting surfaces. A reciprocating piston ring segment-on-flat coupon under fully flooded lubrication conditions at room temperature (approx. 25 °C was employed. The trihexyltetradecyl phosphonium bis(2-ethylhexyl phosphate and trihexyltetradecyl phosphonium bis(2,4,4-tri-methylpentyl phosphinate ionic liquids were used as additives in 6 vol. % quantity. Benchmark tests were conducted using fully formulated new lubricant of same grade (with and without ILs. Results revealed that the addition of phosphonium ILs to engine-aged lubricant led to quicker initiation of boundary film forming process. In addition, friction and wear performance of engine-aged lubricant improved by the addition of both ILs and these mixtures outperformed the fresh fully formulated oil. Chemical analysis showed higher concentration of phosphorus element on the worn surface indicating presence of ILs in the formed tribofilms.

  2. Fabrication and Characterization of Regenerated Cellulose Films Using Different Ionic Liquids

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    Jin-Hui Pang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The demand for substitution of fossil-based materials by renewable bio-based materials is increasing with the fossil resources reduction and its negative impacts on the environment. In this study, environmentally friendly regenerated cellulose films were successfully prepared using 1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (AmimCl, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (BmimCl, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (EmimCl, and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate (EmimAc as solvents, respectively. The results of morphology from scanning electron microscopy (SEM and atomic force microscopy (AFM showed that all the cellulose films possessed smooth, highly uniform, and dense surface. The solid-state cross-polarization/magic angle spinning (CP/MAS 13C NMR spectra and X-ray diffraction (XRD corroborated that the transition from cellulose I to II had occurred after preparation. Moreover, it was shown that the ionic liquid EmimAc possessed much stronger dissolubility for cellulose as compared with other ionic liquids and the cellulose film regenerated from EmimCl exhibited the most excellent tensile strength (119 Mpa. The notable properties of regenerated cellulose films are promising for applications in transparent biodegradable packaging and agricultural purpose as a substitute for PP and PE.

  3. Characterization of electrochemically deposited films from aqueous and ionic liquid cobalt precursors toward hydrogen evolution reactions

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    Dushatinski, Thomas; Huff, Clay; Abdel-Fattah, Tarek M., E-mail: fattah@cnu.edu

    2016-11-01

    Highlights: • Co films deposition via aqueous and ionic liquid Precursors. • Hydrogen evolution produced from reactive surfaces. • Co deposited films characterized by SEM, AFM, EDX and XRD techniques. - Abstract: Electrodepositions of cobalt films were achieved using an aqueous or an ethylene glycol based non-aqueous solution containing choline chloride (vitamin B4) with cobalt chloride hexahydrate precursor toward hydrogen evolution reactions from sodium borohydride (NaBH{sub 4}) as solid hydrogen feedstock (SHF). The resulting cobalt films had reflectivity at 550 nm of 2.2% for aqueously deposited films (ACoF) and 1.3% for non-aqueously deposited films (NCoF). Surface morphology studied by scanning electron microscopy showed a positive correlation between particle size and thickness. The film thicknesses were tunable between >100 μm and <300 μm for each film. The roughness (Ra) value measurements by Dektak surface profiling showed that the NCoF (Ra = 165 nm) was smoother than the ACoF (Ra = 418 nm). The NCoFs and ACoFs contained only α phase (FCC) crystallites. The NCoFs were crystalline while the ACoFs were largely amorphous from X-ray diffraction analysis. The NCoF had an average Vickers hardness value of 84 MPa as compared to 176 MPa for ACoF. The aqueous precursor has a single absorption maximum at 510 nm and the non-aqueous precursor had three absorption maxima at 630, 670, and 695 nm. The hydrogen evolution reactions over a 1 cm{sup 2} catalytic surface with aqueous NaBH{sub 4} solutions generated rate constants (K) = equal to 4.9 × 10{sup −3} min{sup −1}, 4.6 × 10{sup −3} min{sup −1}, and 3.3 × 10{sup −3} min{sup −1} for ACoF, NCoF, and copper substrate respectively.

  4. Self-assembled thin film of imidazolium ionic liquid on a silicon surface: Low friction and remarkable wear-resistivity

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    Gusain, Rashi [CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, Mohkampur, Dehardun 248005 (India); Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, New Delhi 110025 (India); Kokufu, Sho [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Bakshi, Paramjeet S. [CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, Mohkampur, Dehardun 248005 (India); Utsunomiya, Toru; Ichii, Takashi; Sugimura, Hiroyuki [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Khatri, Om P., E-mail: opkhatri@iip.res.in [CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, Mohkampur, Dehardun 248005 (India); Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, New Delhi 110025 (India)

    2016-02-28

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Ionic liquid thin film is deposited on a silicon surface via covalent interaction. • Chemical and morphological features of ionic liquid thin film are probed by XPS and AFM. • Ionic liquid thin film exhibited low and steady friction along with remarkable wear-resistivity. - Abstract: Imidazolium-hexafluorophosphate (ImPF{sub 6}) ionic liquid thin film is prepared on a silicon surface using 3-chloropropyltrimethoxysilane as a bifunctional chemical linker. XPS result revealed the covalent grafting of ImPF{sub 6} thin film on a silicon surface. The atomic force microscopic images demonstrated that the ImPF{sub 6} thin film is composed of nanoscopic pads/clusters with height of 3–7 nm. Microtribological properties in terms of coefficient of friction and wear-resistivity are probed at the mean Hertzian contact pressure of 0.35–0.6 GPa under the rotational sliding contact. The ImPF{sub 6} thin film exhibited low and steady coefficient of friction (μ = 0.11) along with remarkable wear-resistivity to protect the underlying silicon substrate. The low shear strength of ImPF{sub 6} thin film, the covalent interaction between ImPF{sub 6} ionic liquid thin film and underlying silicon substrate, and its regular grafting collectively reduced the friction and improved the anti-wear property. The covalently grafted ionic liquid thin film further shows immense potential to expand the durability and lifetime of M/NEMS based devices with significant reduction of the friction.

  5. Diethynylbenzene-based liquid crystalline semiconductor for solution-processable organic thin-film transistors.

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    Madathil, Pramod Kandoth; Heinrich, Benoît; Donnio, Bertrand; Mathevet, Fabrice; Fave, Jean-Louis; Guillon, Daniel; Attias, Andre-Jean; Lee, Changjin; Kim, Tae-Dong; Lee, Kwang-Sup

    2010-10-01

    We report here the synthesis and characterization of novel diethynylbenzene-based liquid crystalline semiconductor (P1) for organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs). Compound P1 was synthesized by the Sonogashira coupling reaction between 2-bromo-5-(4-hexylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene and 1,4-bis(dodecyloxy)-2,5-diethynylbenzene. Top contact OTFTs were fabricated by spin casting with 2 wt% solution of P1 in chloroform and their best performance, which exhibited a hole mobility of 4.5 x 10(-5) cm2/Vs, was showed after annealing of the films at liquid crystalline temperature. Time-of-flight (TOF) mobility measured at liquid crystalline phase was observed to be 1.5 x 10(-6) cm2/Vs for both positive and negative carriers. These results indicate that the liquid crystallinity helps to improve the molecular packing and enhance charge mobility for P1. These advantages can be applicable to design and construct solution-processable OTFT materials for electronic applications.

  6. Laser cleaning of silicon surface with deposition of different liquid films

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    Lu, Y. F.; Zhang, Y.; Wan, Y. H.; Song, W. D.

    1999-01-01

    Laser cleaning can efficiently remove tiny particles from a silicon surface on which a liquid film has been previously deposited when the laser fluence is large enough. The cleaning force is due to the high pressure of stress wave generated through the rapid growth of vapor bubbles inside the superheated liquid. The behaviors of this type of laser cleaning are theoretically described with deposition of two kinds of liquid film: acetone and ethanol. The cleaning threshold of laser fluence is different for these two kinds of liquids for some differences in their thermodynamic properties. For removal of alumina particles with a size of 1 μm, the lower cleaning threshold of laser fluence is obtained with deposition of acetone because of its lower boiling point and volume heat capacity. The theoretical result also indicates that the cleaning force with deposition of ethanol increases more quickly along with laser fluence than with acetone. This phenomenon is much useful for removal of smaller particles and can lead to high cleaning efficiency.

  7. Controlling the color of cholesteric liquid-crystalline films by photoirradiation of a chiroptical molecular switch used as dopant

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    van Delden, RA; Huck, NPM; Feringa, BL; Delden, Richard A. van; Gelder, Marc B. van; Huck, Nina P.M.

    Using thin films of a cholesteric mixture of acrylates 2 and 3 doped with the chiroptical molecular switch (M)-trans-1, photo-control of the reflection color between red and green is possible. This doped liquid-crystal (LC) film can be used for photoinduced writing, color reading, and photoinduced

  8. The liquid phase epitaxy method for the construction of oriented ZIF-8 thin films with controlled growth on functionalized surfaces

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    Shekhah, Osama

    2013-01-01

    Highly-oriented ZIF-8 thin films with controllable thickness were grown on an -OH-functionalized Au substrate using the liquid phase epitaxy method at room temperature, as evidenced by SEM and PXRD. The adsorption-desorption properties of the resulting ZIF-8 thin film were investigated for various VOCs using the QCM technique. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2013.

  9. Gravity-driven instability of a thin liquid film underneath a soft solid.

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    Lee, S H; Maki, K L; Flath, D; Weinstein, S J; Kealey, C; Li, W; Talbot, C; Kumar, S

    2014-11-01

    The gravity-driven instability of a thin liquid film located underneath a soft solid material is considered. The equations and boundary conditions governing the solid deformation are systematically converted from a Lagrangian representation to an Eulerian representation, which is the natural framework for describing the liquid motion. This systematic conversion reveals that the continuity-of-velocity boundary condition at the liquid-solid interface is more complicated than has previously been assumed, even in the small-strain limit. We then make clear the conditions under which the commonly used simplified version of this boundary condition is valid. The small-strain approximation, lubrication theory, and linear stability analysis are applied to derive an expression for the growth rate of small-amplitude perturbations. Asymptotic analysis reveals that the coupling between the liquid and solid manifests itself as a lower effective liquid-air interfacial tension that leads to larger instability growth rates. Although this suggests that it is more difficult to maintain a stable liquid coating underneath a soft solid, the effect is expected to be weak for cases of practical interest.

  10. Thermodiffusion as a means to manipulate liquid film dynamics on chemically patterned surfaces

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    Kalpathy, Sreeram K.; Shreyes, Amrita Ravi

    2017-06-01

    The model problem examined here is the stability of a thin liquid film consisting of two miscible components, resting on a chemically patterned solid substrate and heated from below. In addition to surface tension gradients, the temperature variations also induce gradients in the concentration of the film by virtue of thermodiffusion/Soret effects. We study the stability and dewetting behaviour due to the coupled interplay between thermal gradients, Soret effects, long-range van der Waals forces, and wettability gradient-driven flows. Linear stability analysis is first employed to predict growth rates and the critical Marangoni number for chemically homogeneous surfaces. Then, nonlinear simulations are performed to unravel the interfacial dynamics and possible locations of the film rupture on chemically patterned substrates. Results suggest that appropriate tuning of the Soret parameter and its direction, in conjunction with either heating or cooling, can help manipulate the location and time scales of the film rupture. The Soret effect can either potentially aid or oppose film instability depending on whether the thermal and solutal contributions to flow are cooperative or opposed to each other.

  11. DETERMINATION OF LIQUID FILM THICKNESS FOLLOWING DRAINING OF CONTACTORS, VESSELS, AND PIPES IN THE MCU PROCESS

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    Poirier, M; Fernando Fondeur, F; Samuel Fink, S

    2006-06-06

    The Department of Energy (DOE) identified the caustic side solvent extraction (CSSX) process as the preferred technology to remove cesium from radioactive waste solutions at the Savannah River Site (SRS). As a result, Washington Savannah River Company (WSRC) began designing and building a Modular CSSX Unit (MCU) in the SRS tank farm to process liquid waste for an interim period until the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) begins operations. Both the solvent and the strip effluent streams could contain high concentrations of cesium which must be removed from the contactors, process tanks, and piping prior to performing contactor maintenance. When these vessels are drained, thin films or drops will remain on the equipment walls. Following draining, the vessels will be flushed with water and drained to remove the flush water. The draining reduces the cesium concentration in the vessels by reducing the volume of cesium-containing material. The flushing, and subsequent draining, reduces the cesium in the vessels by diluting the cesium that remains in the film or drops on the vessel walls. MCU personnel requested that Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) researchers conduct a literature search to identify models to calculate the thickness of the liquid films remaining in the contactors, process tanks, and piping following draining of salt solution, solvent, and strip solution. The conclusions from this work are: (1) The predicted film thickness of the strip effluent is 0.010 mm on vertical walls, 0.57 mm on horizontal walls and 0.081 mm in horizontal pipes. (2) The predicted film thickness of the salt solution is 0.015 mm on vertical walls, 0.74 mm on horizontal walls, and 0.106 mm in horizontal pipes. (3) The predicted film thickness of the solvent is 0.022 mm on vertical walls, 0.91 mm on horizontal walls, and 0.13 mm in horizontal pipes. (4) The calculated film volume following draining is: (a) Salt solution receipt tank--1.6 gallons; (b) Salt solution feed

  12. Smectic ordering in nematic and smectic liquid-crystalline films probed by means of surface light scattering

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    Böttger, A.; Frenkel, D.; Joosten, J.G.H.; Krooshof, G.

    1988-01-01

    We present the first results of experiments that measure the intensity of light scattered by capillary waves on the surface of free-standing liquid-crystalline thin films. The intensity of the scattered light provides information about the surface tension of the liquid-air interfaces and, more

  13. Roughness and waviness requirements for laminar flow surfaces

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    Obara, Clifford J.; Holmes, Bruce J.

    1986-12-01

    Many modern metal and composite airframe manufacturing techniques can provide surface smoothness which is compatible with natural laminar flow (NLF) requirements. An important consideration is manufacturing roughness of the surface in the form of steps and gaps perpendicular to the freestream. The principal challenge to the design and manufacture of laminar flow surfaces today appears to be in the installation of leading-edge panels on wing, nacelle, and empennage surfaces. A similar challenge is in the installation of access panels, doors, windows, fuselage noses, and engine nacelles. Past work on roughness and waviness manufacturing tolerances and comparisons with more recent experiments are reviewed.

  14. SRG Inscription in Supramolecular Liquid Crystalline Polymer Film: Replacement of Mesogens

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    Shun Mitsui

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available The photoinduced surface relief formation via mass transfer upon irradiation with patterned light has long been a subject of extensive investigation. In azobenzene-containing liquid crystalline materials, UV light irradiation that generates the cis isomer leads to the liquid crystal to isotropic photochemical transition. Due to this phase change, efficiency of the mass transfer to generate a surface relief grating (SRG becomes markedly greater. We have previously indicated that azobenzene-colored SRG-inscribed film can be bleached by removing a hydrogen-bonded azobenzene mesogen. However, this process largely reduces the height feature of the SRG corrugation. Herein, we propose an extended procedure where a colorless mesogen is filled successively after the removal of the azobenzene side chain. The process involves four stages: (i SRG inscription in a hydrogen-bonded supramolecular azobenzene material; (ii crosslinking (insolubilization of the SRG film; (iii removal of azobenzene mesogen by rinsing with a solvent, and (iv stuffing the hollow film with a different mesogen. Although the final stuffing stage was insufficient at the present stage, this work demonstrates the possibility and validity of the strategy of mesogen replacement.

  15. Are nanometric films of liquid undercooled interfacial water bio-relevant?

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    Möhlmann, Diedrich T F

    2009-06-01

    It is known that life processes below the melting point temperature can actively evolve and establish in micrometer-sized (and larger) veins and structures in ice and permafrost soil, filled with unfrozen water. Thermodynamic arguments and experimental results indicate the existence of much smaller nanometer sized thin films of undercooled liquid interfacial (ULI) water on surfaces of micrometer sized and larger mineral particles and microbes in icy environments far below the melting point temperature. This liquid interfacial water can be described in terms of a freezing point depression, which is due to the interfacial pressure of van der Waals forces. The physics behind the possibly also life supporting capability of nanometric films of undercooled liquid interfacial water, which also can "mantle" the surfaces of the much larger and micrometer-sized microbes, is discussed. As described, biological processes do not necessarily have to proceed in the "bulk" of the thin interfacial water, as in "vinical" water and in the micrometer sized veins e.g., but they can be supported or are even made possible already by covering thin mantles of liquid interfacial water. These can provide liquid water for metabolic processes and act as carrier for the necessary transport of nutrients and waste. ULI water supports two different and possibly biologically relevant transport processes: 2D molecular diffusion in the interfacial film, and flow-like due to regelation. ULI-water, which is "lost" by transport into microbes, e.g., will be refilled from the neighbouring ice. In this way, the nanometric liquid environment of microbes in ULI-water is comparable to that of microbes in bulk water. Another probably also biologically relevant property of ULI is, depending on the hydrophobic or hydrophilic character of the surfaces, that it is of lower density (LDL) or higher density (HDL) than bulk water. Furthermore, capillary effects and ions in ULI-water solutions can support, enhance, and

  16. Nanocrystalline SnO2:F Thin Films for Liquid Petroleum Gas Sensors

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    Sutichai Chaisitsak

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports the improvement in the sensing performance of nanocrystalline SnO2-based liquid petroleum gas (LPG sensors by doping with fluorine (F. Un-doped and F-doped tin oxide films were prepared on glass substrates by the dip-coating technique using a layer-by-layer deposition cycle (alternating between dip-coating a thin layer followed by a drying in air after each new layer. The results showed that this technique is superior to the conventional technique for both improving the film thickness uniformity and film transparency. The effect of F concentration on the structural, surface morphological and LPG sensing properties of the SnO2 films was investigated. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM and X-ray diffraction pattern measurements showed that the obtained thin films are nanocrystalline SnO2 with nanoscale-textured surfaces. Gas sensing characteristics (sensor response and response/recovery time of the SnO2:F sensors based on a planar interdigital structure were investigated at different operating temperatures and at different LPG concentrations. The addition of fluorine to SnO2 was found to be advantageous for efficient detection of LPG gases, e.g., F-doped sensors are more stable at a low operating temperature (300 °C with higher sensor response and faster response/recovery time, compared to un-doped sensor materials. The sensors based on SnO2:F films could detect LPG even at a low level of 25% LEL, showing the possibility of using this transparent material for LPG leak detection.

  17. Liquid film dynamics in horizontal and tilted tubes: Dry spots and sliding drops

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    King, A. A.; Cummings, L. J.; Naire, S.; Jensen, O. E.

    2007-04-01

    Using a model derived from lubrication theory, we consider the evolution of a thin viscous film coating the interior or exterior of a cylindrical tube. The flow is driven by surface tension and gravity and the liquid is assumed to wet the cylinder perfectly. When the tube is horizontal, we use large-time simulations to describe the bifurcation structure of the capillary equilibria appearing at low Bond number. We identify a new film configuration in which an isolated dry patch appears at the top of the tube and demonstrate hysteresis in the transition between rivulets and annular collars as the tube length is varied. For a tube tilted to the vertical, we show how a long initially uniform rivulet can break up first into isolated drops and then annular collars, which subsequently merge. We also show that the speed at which a localized drop moves down the base of a tilted tube is nonmonotonic in tilt angle.

  18. Extremely smooth YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ "thin" film grown by liquid phase epitaxy

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    Hao, Z.; Wu, Y.; Enomoto, Y.; Tanabe, K.; Koshizuka, N.

    2002-02-01

    Extremely smooth single crystal YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ "thin" films, 1-3 μm thick, have been successfully grown on YBCO-seeded MgO substrates by liquid phase epitaxy. The morphology study on the as-grown samples has revealed a step-flow growth mechanism, with each step height of about 1.1 nm, i.e. the c-axis lattice constant of YBCO. The mean surface roughness in a large 25 μm×25 μm area is ˜0.76 nm, determined by an atomic force microscope. After annealing in pure oxygen, the ˜2 μm thick films exhibit high-quality high- Tc superconductivity with zero resistance transition temperature TC0≈91 K and critical current density JC=4.74×10 4 A/cm 2 (transport measurement with 1 μV/cm criterion) at 77 K.

  19. Studies of antimony telluride and copper telluride films electrodeposition from choline chloride containing ionic liquids

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    Catrangiu, Adriana-Simona; Sin, Ion [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest, Calea Grivitei 132, Bucharest (Romania); Prioteasa, Paula [INCDIE ICPE-Advanced Research, Splaiul Unirii 313, Bucharest (Romania); Cotarta, Adina [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest, Calea Grivitei 132, Bucharest (Romania); Cojocaru, Anca, E-mail: a_cojocaru@chim.upb.ro [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest, Calea Grivitei 132, Bucharest (Romania); Anicai, Liana [Center of Surface Science and Nanotechnology, University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Splaiul Independentei 313, Bucharest (Romania); Visan, Teodor [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest, Calea Grivitei 132, Bucharest (Romania)

    2016-07-29

    Cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy were used to investigate the deposition of antimony telluride or copper telluride from ionic liquid consisting in mixture of choline chloride with oxalic acid. In addition, the cathodic process during copper telluride formation was studied in the mixture of choline chloride with ethylene glycol. The results indicate that the Pt electrode is first covered with a Te layer, and then the more negative polarisation leads to the deposition of Sb{sub x}Te{sub y} or Cu{sub x}Te{sub y} semiconductor compounds. Thin films were deposited on copper and carbon steel at 60–70 °C and were characterised by scanning electron microscopy, energy X-ray dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Their stoichiometry depends on the bath composition and applied potential. EDS and XRD patterns indicate the possible synthesis of stoichiometric Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} phase and Cu{sub 2}Te, Cu{sub 5}Te{sub 3}, and Cu{sub 2.8}Te{sub 2} phases, respectively, by controlling the ratio of ion concentrations in ionic liquid electrolytes and deposition potential. - Highlights: • Sb{sub x}Te{sub y} and Cu{sub x}Te{sub y} films electrodeposited from choline-chloride-based ionic liquids. • The stoichiometry of film depends on the bath composition and deposition potential. • Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3}, Cu{sub 2}Te, Cu{sub 5}Te{sub 3}, Cu{sub 2.8}Te{sub 2} phases were identified in X-ray diffraction patterns.

  20. Numerical and experimental modeling of liquid metal thin film flows in a quasi-coplanar magentic field

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    Morley, Neil B. [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)

    1994-01-01

    Liquid metal film protection of plasma-facing surfaces in fusion reactors is proposed in an effort to counter the adverse effects of high heat and particle fluxes from the burning plasma. Concerns still exist about establishing the required flow in presence of strong magnetic fields and plasma momentum flux typical of a reactor environment. In this work, the flow behavior of the film is examined under such conditions. Analysis of MHD equations as they apply to liquid metal flows with a free surface in the fully-developed limit was undertaken. Solution yields data for velocity profiles and uniform film heights vs key design parameters (channel size, magnetic field magnitude/orientation, channel slope, wall conductivity). These results are compared to previous models to determine accuracy of simplifying assumptions, in particular Hartmann averaging of films along {rvec B}. Effect of a plasma momentum flux on the thin films is also analyzed. The plasma momentum is strong enough in the cases examined to seriously upset the film, especially for lighter elements like Li. Ga performed much better and its possible use is bolstered by calculations. In an experiment in the MeGA-loop MHD facility, coplanar, wide film flow was found to be little affected by the magnetic field due to the elongated nature of the film. Both MHD drag and partial laminarization are observed, supporting the fully- developed film model predictions of the onset of MHD drag and duct flow estimations for flow laminarization.

  1. XPS and UPS Studies of Thin Film PV Materials Modified by Reactions in Liquids

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    Perkins, C. L.; Hasoon, F. S.; Al-Thani, H. A.; Asher, S. E.

    2005-01-01

    Water-based processing steps are ubiquitous in the semiconductor industry, and the field of photovoltaics (PV) is no exception. During chemical bath deposition (CBD) of CdS, complex chemical reactions occurring at surfaces and in solution are poorly understood, yet have been shown to have powerful effects on the performance in terms of reliability and efficiency of finished PV devices. In the past, electron spectroscopic studies of these reactions have been hampered by the conflicting requirements of ultra-high vacuum and exposure of samples to liquid water. In this paper we present initial results from a new tool at NREL that allows one to conduct atmospheric pressure, liquid phase chemical processes on thin film PV materials and subsequent examination via core and valence level electron spectroscopies without exposing samples to air contamination.

  2. Nonmodal and nonlinear dynamics of a volatile liquid film flowing over a locally heated surface

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    Tiwari, Naveen; Davis, Jeffrey M.

    2009-10-01

    The stability of a thin, volatile liquid film falling under the influence of gravity over a locally heated, vertical plate is analyzed in the noninertial regime using a model based on long-wave theory. The model is formulated to account for evaporation that is either governed by thermodynamic considerations at the interface in the one-sided limit or limited by the rate of mass transfer of the vapor from the interface. The temperature gradient near the upstream edge of the heater induces a gradient in surface tension that opposes the gravity-driven flow, and a pronounced thermocapillary ridge develops in the streamwise direction. Recent theoretical analyses predict that the ridge becomes unstable above a critical value of the Marangoni parameter, leading to the experimentally observed rivulet structure that is periodic in the direction transverse to the bulk flow. An oscillatory, thermocapillary instability in the streamwise direction above the heater is also predicted for films with sufficiently large heat loss at the free surface due to either evaporation or strong convection in the adjoining gas. This present work extends the recent linear stability analysis of such flows by Tiwari and Davis [Phys. Fluids 21, 022105 (2009)] to a nonmodal analysis of the governing non-self-adjoint operator and computations of the nonlinear dynamics. The nonmodal analysis identifies the most destabilizing perturbations to the film and their maximum amplification. Computations of the nonlinear dynamics reveal that small perturbations can be sufficient to destabilize a linearly stable film for a narrow band of wave numbers predicted by the nonmodal, linearized analysis. This destabilization is linked to the presence of stable, discrete modes that appear as the Marangoni parameter approaches the critical value at which the film becomes linearly unstable. Furthermore, the thermocapillary instability leads to a new, time-periodic base state. This transition corresponds to a Hopf

  3. An optical image stabilization using a droplet manipulation on a liquid crystal and polymer composite film

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    Wang, Yu-Jen; Chang, Chia-Ming; Tsou, Yu-Shih; Chen, Ming-Syuan; Chen, Hung-Shan; Lin, Yi-Hsin

    2015-09-01

    Motion blur is one of the major factors decreasing the image quality of a hand-held optical imaging system while the system is under shakes or vibrations during exposure. Optical image stabilization (OIS) is a technique to reduce such a blurring. The basic principle of OIS is to stabilize the recorded image in a camera by varying the optical path to the sensor under vibrations during exposure. In this paper, we demonstrate optical image stabilization (OIS) for an imaging system using a droplet manipulation on a liquid crystal and polymer composite film (LCPCF) that reduces the motion blur. The mechanism is based on manipulation of position of the liquid lens on LCPCF by means of electrically adjusting orientations of liquid crystals. The change of the position of the liquid lens compensates the deviation of light when the image system is under a handshake vibration. Therefore, the imaging system forms a clear image with a droplet on different position to overcome handshake vibration. The concept in this paper can also be extended to design other optical components for modulating the direction of light.

  4. Self-Running Liquid Metal Drops that Delaminate Metal Films at Record Velocities.

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    Mohammed, Mohammed; Sundaresan, Rishi; Dickey, Michael D

    2015-10-21

    This paper describes a new method to spontaneously accelerate droplets of liquid metal (eutectic gallium indium, EGaIn) to extremely fast velocities through a liquid medium and along predefined metallic paths. The droplet wets a thin metal trace (a film ∼100 nm thick, ∼ 1 mm wide) and generates a force that simultaneously delaminates the trace from the substrate (enhanced by spontaneous electrochemical reactions) while accelerating the droplet along the trace. The formation of a surface oxide on EGaIn prevents it from moving, but the use of an acidic medium or application of a reducing bias to the trace continuously removes the oxide skin to enable motion. The trace ultimately provides a sacrificial pathway for the metal and provides a mm-scale mimic to the templates used to guide molecular motors found in biology (e.g., actin filaments). The liquid metal can accelerate along linear, curved and U-shaped traces as well as uphill on surfaces inclined by 30 degrees. The droplets can accelerate through a viscous medium up to 180 mm/sec which is almost double the highest reported speed for self-running liquid metal droplets. The actuation of microscale objects found in nature (e.g., cells, microorganisms) inspires new mechanisms, such as these, to manipulate small objects. Droplets that are metallic may find additional applications in reconfigurable circuits, optics, heat transfer elements, and transient electronic circuits; the paper demonstrates the latter.

  5. Failure Behavior of Unidirectional Composites under Compression Loading: Effect of Fiber Waviness.

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    Nair, Swaroop Narayanan; Dasari, Aravind; Yue, Chee Yoon; Narasimalu, Srikanth

    2017-08-05

    The key objective of this work is to highlight the effect of manufacturing-induced fiber waviness defects on the compressive failure of glass fiber-reinforced unidirectional specimens. For this purpose, in-plane, through-thickness waviness defects (with different waviness severities) are induced during the manufacturing of the laminate. Numerical and experimental results show that the compressive strength of the composites decreases as the severity of the waviness defects increases. A reduction of up to 75% is noted with a wave severity of 0.075. Optical and scanning electron microscopy observations of the failed specimens reveal that kink-bands are created in the wavy regions and lead to failure.

  6. Measurement of interactions between solid particles, liquid droplets, and/or gas bubbles in a liquid using an integrated thin film drainage apparatus.

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    Wang, Louxiang; Sharp, David; Masliyah, Jacob; Xu, Zhenghe

    2013-03-19

    A novel device was designed to measure drainage dynamics of thin liquid films confined between a solid particle, an immiscible liquid droplet, and/or gas bubble. Equipped with a bimorph force sensor, a computer-interfaced video capture, and a data acquisition system, the newly designed integrated thin film drainage apparatus (ITFDA) allows for the direct and simultaneous measurements of force barrier, true film drainage time, and bubble/droplet deformation under a well-controlled external force, receding and advancing contact angles, capillary force, and adhesion (detachment) force between an air bubble or oil droplet and a solid, a liquid, or an air bubble in an immiscible liquid. Using the diaphragm of a high-frequency speaker as the drive mechanism for the air bubble or oil droplet attached to a capillary tube, this newly designed device is capable of measuring forces over a wide range of hydrodynamic conditions, including bubble approach and retract velocities up to 50 mm/s and displacement range up to 1 mm. The results showed that the ITFDA was capable of measuring hydrodynamic resistance, film drainage time, and other important physical parameters between air bubbles and solid particles in aqueous solutions. As an example of illustrating the versatility, the ITFDA was also applied to other important systems such as interactions between air bubble and oil droplet, two air bubbles, and two oil droplets in an aqueous solution.

  7. Hot Microbubble Injection in Thin Liquid Film Layers for Ammonia-Water Separation

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    Desai, Pratik; Zimmerman, William

    2015-11-01

    140 MT of NH3 produced p.a. barely keeps up with the global usage of this ubiquitously used commodity. NH3 manufacture & later remediation from landfill leachate to lower eco-toxicity makes further demands on the energy utilised for this ``NH3 cycle.'' Moreover, current methods for lowering eco-toxicity destroy NH3 rather than recovering it. Air stripping is a widely employed low energy industrial process used for NH3 recovery but has a long processing time- ≅24h for 60% efficiency & 100h for 95% efficiency. The solution presented herein is based on hot microbubble injection in thin liquid film layers designed to separate NH3 from NH3-H2O solutions. The transport phenomena exhibited by the microbubbles helps them separate volatile liquids effectively with negligible sensible heat transfer. This process is nearly isothermal simply because evaporation by microbubbles is controlled by internal mixing, which is fast relative to sensible heat transfer, when limited to short contact times in thin films. A 1000-3000-fold increase in mass transfer, over conventional stripping, and a 100% separation efficiency achieved in a processing time of 30 minutes is observed, potentially, if persisting with industrial scale up, resulting in a 200-fold reduction in processing time. The authors would like to acknowledge contributions from Michael Turley MEng - University of Sheffield and Richard Robinson from Viridor for their help and support as well as EPSRC Grant Number EP/K001329/1 - ``4CU''.

  8. Unique self-assembly behavior of a triblock copolymer and fabrication of catalytically active gold nanoparticle/polymer thin films at the liquid/liquid interface

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    Shang, Ke; Geng, Yuanyuan; Xu, Xingtao [Key Laboratory for Colloid and Interface Chemistry of Education Ministry, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Wang, Changwei [Environmental Monitoring Center of Shandong Province, Jinan 250013 (China); Lee, Yong-Ill [Anastro Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Changwon National University, Changwon 641-773 (Korea, Republic of); Hao, Jingcheng [Key Laboratory for Colloid and Interface Chemistry of Education Ministry, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Liu, Hong-Guo, E-mail: hgliu@sdu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Colloid and Interface Chemistry of Education Ministry, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China)

    2014-07-01

    Gold nanoparticle-doped poly(2-vinylpyridine)-block-polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP-b-PS-b-P2VP) thin films were prepared at the planar liquid/liquid interface between the chloroform solution of the polymer and aqueous solution of HAuCl{sub 4}. Transmission electron microscopic (TEM) investigations revealed that foam films composed of microcapsules as well as one-dimensional belts were formed, and numerous Au nanoparticles were incorporated in the walls of the microcapsules and the nanobelts. The walls and the belts have layered structure. The formation mechanism of the foams and the belts was attributed to adsorption of the polymer molecules, combination of the polymer molecules with AuCl{sub 4}{sup −} ions, microphase separation and self-assembly of the composite molecules at the interface. This microstructure is different apparently from those formed in solutions, in casting or spin-coating thin films and at the air/water interface of this triblock copolymer, reflecting unique self-assembly behavior at the liquid/liquid interface. This microstructure is also different from those formed by homo-P2VP and P4VP-b-PS-b-P4VP at the liquid/liquid interface, indicating the effects of molecular structures on the self-assembly behaviors of the polymers. After further treatment by UV-light irradiation and KBH{sub 4} aqueous solution, the gold species were reduced completely, as indicated by UV–vis spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS). Thermogravimetric analysis indicated that the composite films have high thermal stability, and the content of gold was estimated to be about 9.1%. These composite films exhibited high catalytic activity for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol by KBH{sub 4} in aqueous solutions. - Highlights: • P2VP-b-PS-b-P2VP formed microcapsules and nanobelts at the liquid/liquid interface. • Its self-assembly behavior differs from P4VP-b-PS-b-P4VP at the interface. • This behavior also differs from those in solution, in film and

  9. Controlling domain orientation of liquid crystalline block copolymer in thin films through tuning mesogenic chemical structures

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    Xie, He-Lou [Institute for Molecular Engineering, The University of Chicago, Chicago Illinois 60637; Li, Xiao [Institute for Molecular Engineering, The University of Chicago, Chicago Illinois 60637; Ren, Jiaxing [Institute for Molecular Engineering, The University of Chicago, Chicago Illinois 60637; Bishop, Camille [Institute for Molecular Engineering, The University of Chicago, Chicago Illinois 60637; Arges, Christopher G. [Cain Department of Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Louisiana 70803 USA; Nealey, Paul F. [Institute for Molecular Engineering, The University of Chicago, Chicago Illinois 60637; Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne Illinois 60439

    2017-01-24

    Controlling the macroscopic orientation of nanoscale periodic structures of amphiphilic liquid crystalline block copolymers (LC BCPs) is important to a variety of technical applications (e.g., lithium conducting polymer electrolytes). To study LC BCP domain orientation, a series of LC BCPs containing a poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) block as a conventional hydrophilic coil block and LC blocks containing azobenzene mesogens is designed and synthesized. LC ordering in thin films of the BCP leads to the formation of highly ordered, microphase-separated nanostructures, with hexagonally arranged PEO cylinders. Substitution on the tail of the azobenzene mesogen is shown to control the orientation of the PEO cylinders. When the substitution on the mesogenic tails is an alkyl chain, the PEO cylinders have a perpendicular orientation to the substrate surface, provided the thin film is above a critical thickness value. In contrast, when the substitution on the mesogenic tails has an ether group the PEO cylinders assemble parallel to the substrate surface regardless of the film thickness value.

  10. Coalescence of droplets laden with insoluble surfactant on a preset liquid film.

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    Li, Chunxi; Lin, Yuxi; Zhang, Ran; Ye, Xuemin

    2018-01-31

    A model for the evolution of two droplets laden with insoluble surfactant coalescing on a preset film is established according to the lubrication theory, and the coalescence processes are simulated. The role of the surfactant and its inherent mechanism are investigated, the effects of the Marangoni number, the preset liquid film thickness and the initial spacing between the two droplets on the coalescence are examined. The results show that the droplets encounter each other, gradually overlap, and finally coalesce into a "new" droplet. The Marangoni effect is beneficial to the convergence of the two inner leading fronts of the droplets in the early stage, but it hinders the accumulation of the droplets and subsequent coalescence. Increasing the Marangoni number promotes not only the aforementioned inhibition, but also the convergence of the two leading fronts towards the center, which speeds up the coalescence of the surfactant. Moreover, the diffusion of the surfactant towards the outsides of the droplets is accelerated; hence, its distribution along the droplet surface is more uniform after the coalescence. The droplets and the surfactant undertake a longer "journey" to achieve coalescence when their initial spacing is increased; increasing the preset film thickness shortens the time of coalescence required.

  11. Numerical study of Wavy Blade Section for Wind Turbines

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    Kobæk, C. M.; Hansen, Martin Otto Laver

    2016-01-01

    The Wavy Blade concept is inspired by the unique flipper of a humpback whale, characterized by the tubercles located at the leading edge. It has been suggested that this shape may have been a result of a natural selection process, since this flipper under some circumstances can produce higher lift...... relevant for modern wind turbines. The findings in the literature from geometries similar to the hump back whale flipper indicate that the aerodynamic performance can be improved at high angles of attack, but sometimes at the expense of a lower lift slope and increased drag before stall. The numerical...... results for a blade section based on the S809 airfoil are, however, not as promising as some of the findings reported in the literature for the whale flipper at high angles of attack. These first CFD computations using a thicker airfoil and a higher Reynolds number than the whale flipper indicate...

  12. Influence of van der Waals interactions on morphology and dynamics in ultrathin liquid films at silicon oxide interfaces

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    Täuber, Daniela; Trenkmann, Ines; von Borczyskowski, Christian

    2015-01-01

    Single molecule tracer diffusion studies of evaporating (thinning) ultrathin tetrakis-2-ethyl-hexoxysilane (TEHOS) films on silicon with 100 nm thermal oxide reveal a considerable slowdown of the molecular mobility within less than 4 nm above the substrate (corresponding to a few molecular TEHOS layers). This is related to restricted mobility and structure formation of the liquid in this region, in agreement with information obtained from a long-time ellipsometric study of thinning TEHOS film...

  13. Design of instantaneous liquid film thickness measurement system for conductive or non-conductive fluid with high viscosity

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    Yongxin Yu

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available In the paper, a new capacitive sensor with a dielectric film coating was designed to measure the thickness of the liquid film on a flat surface. The measured medium can be conductive or non-conductive fluid with high viscosity such as silicone oil, syrup, CMC solution and melt. With the dielectric film coating, the defects caused by the humidity in a capacitor can be avoided completely. With a excitation frequency 0-20kHz, the static permittivity of capacitive sensor is obtained and stable when small thicknesses are monitored within the frequency of 0-3kHz. Based on the measurement principle, an experimental system was designed and verified including calibration and actual measurement for different liquid film thickness. Experimental results showed that the sensitivity, the resolution, repeatability and linear range of the capacitive sensor are satisfied to the liquid film thickness measurement. Finally, the capacitive measuring system was successfully applied to the water, silicone oil and syrup film thickness measurement.

  14. Numerical study on modeling of liquid film flow under countercurrent flow limitation in volume of fluid method

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    Watanabe, Taro, E-mail: watanabe_t@qe.see.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp [Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, 2-1, Yamadaoka, Suita-shi, Osaka 565-7895 (Japan); Takata, Takashi, E-mail: takata.takashi@jaea.go.jp [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 4002 Narita-chou, Oarai-machi, Higashi-Ibaraki-gun, Ibaraki 331-1393 (Japan); Yamaguchi, Akira, E-mail: yamaguchi@n.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp [Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 2-22 Shirakata-Shirane, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1188 (Japan)

    2017-03-15

    Highlights: • Thin liquid film flow under CCFL was modeled and coupled with the VOF method. • The difference of the liquid flow rate in experiments of CCFL was evaluated. • The proposed VOF method can quantitatively predict CCFL with low computational cost. - Abstract: Countercurrent flow limitation (CCFL) in a heat transfer tube at a steam generator (SG) of pressurized water reactor (PWR) is one of the important issues on the core cooling under a loss of coolant accident (LOCA). In order to improve the prediction accuracy of the CCFL characteristics in numerical simulations using the volume of fluid (VOF) method with less computational cost, a thin liquid film flow in a countercurrent flow is modeled independently and is coupled with the VOF method. The CCFL characteristics is evaluated analytically in condition of a maximizing down-flow rate as a function of a void fraction or a liquid film thickness considering a critical thickness. Then, we have carried out numerical simulations of a countercurrent flow in a vertical tube so as to investigate the CCFL characteristics and compare them with the previous experimental results. As a result, it has been concluded that the effect of liquid film entrainment by upward gas flux will cause the difference in the experiments.

  15. Instability of a binary liquid film flowing down a slippery heated plate

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    Ellaban, E.; Pascal, J. P.; D'Alessio, S. J. D.

    2017-09-01

    In this paper, we study the stability of a binary liquid film flowing down a heated slippery inclined surface. It is assumed that the heating induces concentration differences in the liquid mixture (Soret effect), which together with the differences in temperature affects the surface tension. A mathematical model is constructed by coupling the Navier-Stokes equations governing the flow with equations for the concentration and temperature. A Navier slip condition is applied at the liquid-solid interface. We carry out a linear stability analysis in order to obtain the critical conditions for the onset of instability. We use a Chebyshev spectral collocation method to obtain numerical solutions to the resulting Orr-Sommerfeld-type equations. We also obtain an asymptotic solution that yields an expression for the state of neutral stability of long perturbations as a function of the parameters controlling the problem. A weighted residual approximation is employed to derive a reduced model that is used to analyse the nonlinear effects. Good agreement between the linear stability analysis and nonlinear simulations provided by the weighted residual model is found.

  16. Measurement of ammonia in human breath with a liquid-film conductivity sensor.

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    Toda, Kei; Li, Jianzhong; Dasgupta, Purnendu K

    2006-10-15

    Measurement of breath NH3 is of interest in clinical applications as it can be used as a measure of kidney/liver functions as well as halitosis. We have developed a liquid-film conductivity sensor to measure NH3 in human breath. A film of dilute H2SO4 is formed on the top of two metal capillary tubes placed in a concentric annular arrangement. The tube exterior has been specially treated to render it hydrophilic. As breath passes over the sensor tip, the film collects NH3 and the solution conductivity (measured by the concentric capillaries functioning as electrodes) decreases accordingly. This initial rate of conductivity decrease was determined to be the best metric (most rapid and least dependent on breath pCO2) for ammonia, relative to time to attain complete neutralization (conductivity minimum) or the final rate of conductivity increase as more ammonia dissolves after neutralization. The absorbing solution composition was optimized so that CO2 does not interfere. Both dynamic measurement using mask sampling and offline balloon sampling were performed. Ammonia readily absorbs on surfaces when significant concentrations of water vapor are present. As such, memory effects are common when analyzing human breath for ammonia. This problem was successfully eliminated. The results from this sensor agreed well with data obtained by a solution-phase fluorometric technique using a porous membrane diffusion scrubber and o-phthalaldehyde derivatization chemistry. For breath CO2 measurement, the applicability of a similar sensor that relies on a NaOH film was also demonstrated.

  17. Self-organized arrays of dislocations in thin smectic liquid crystal films.

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    Coursault, Delphine; Zappone, Bruno; Coati, Alessandro; Boulaoued, Athmane; Pelliser, Laurent; Limagne, Denis; Boudet, Nathalie; Ibrahim, Bicher Haj; de Martino, Antonello; Alba, Michel; Goldmann, Michel; Garreau, Yves; Gallas, Bruno; Lacaze, Emmanuelle

    2016-01-21

    Combining optical microscopy, synchrotron X-ray diffraction and ellipsometry, we studied the internal structure of linear defect domains (oily streaks) in films of a smectic liquid crystal 8CB with thicknesses in the range of 100-300 nm. These films are confined between air and a rubbed PVA polymer substrate which imposes hybrid anchoring conditions (normal and unidirectional planar, respectively). We show how the presence or absence of dislocations controls the structure of highly deformed thin smectic films. Each domain contains smectic layers curved in the shape of flattened hemicylinders to satisfy both anchoring conditions, together with grain boundaries whose size and shape are controlled by the presence of dislocation lines. A flat grain boundary normal to the interface connects neighboring hemicylinders, while a rotating grain boundary (RGB) is located near the axis of curvature of the cylinders. The RGB shape appears such that dislocation lines are concentrated at its summit close to the air interface. The smectic layers reach the polymer substrate via a transition region where the smectic layer orientation satisfies the planar anchoring conditions over the entire polymer substrate and whose thickness does not depend on that of the film. The strength of planar anchoring appears to be high, larger than 10(-2) mJ m(-2), compensating for the high energy cost of creating an additional 2D defect between a horizontal smectic layer and perpendicular ones of the transition region. This 2D defect may be melted, in order to avoid the creation of a transition region structure composed of a large number of dislocations. As a result, linear defect domains can be considered as arrays of oriented defects, straight dislocations of various Burger vectors, whose location is now known, and 2D nematic defects. The possibility of easy variation between the present structure with a moderate amount of dislocations and a structure with a large number of dislocations is also

  18. Wavy-walled bioreactor supports increased cell proliferation and matrix deposition in engineered cartilage constructs.

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    Bueno, Ericka M; Bilgen, Bahar; Barabino, Gilda A

    2005-01-01

    Hydrodynamic forces in bioreactors can decisively influence extracellular matrix deposition in engineered cartilage constructs. In the present study, the reduced fluid shear, high-axial mixing environment provided by a wavy-walled bioreactor was exploited in the cultivation of cartilage constructs using polyglycolic acid scaffolds seeded with bovine articular chondrocytes. Increased growth as defined by weight, cell proliferation and extracellular matrix deposition was observed in cartilage constructs from wavy-walled bioreactors in comparison with those from spinner flasks cultured under the same conditions. The wet weight composition of 4-week constructs from the wavy-walled bioreactor was similar to that of spinner flask constructs, but the former were 60% heavier due to equally higher incorporation of extracellular matrix and 30% higher cell population. It is most likely that increased construct matrix incorporation was a result of increased mitotic activity of chondrocytes cultured in the environment of the wavy-walled bioreactor. A layer of elongated cells embedded in type I collagen formed at the periphery of wavy-walled bioreactor and spinner flask constructs, possibly as a response to local shear forces. On the basis of the robustness and reproducibility of the extracellular matrix composition of cartilage constructs, the wavy-walled bioreactor demonstrated promise as an experimental cartilage tissue-engineering vessel. Increased construct growth in the wavy-walled bioreactor may lead to enhanced mechanical properties and expedited in vitro cultivation.

  19. Realizing strain enhanced dielectric properties in BaTiO3 films by liquid phase assisted growth

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    Harris, David T.; Burch, Matthew J.; Ihlefeld, Jon F.; Lam, Peter G.; Li, Jing; Dickey, Elizabeth C.; Maria, Jon-Paul

    2013-07-01

    The addition of a liquid-forming flux to barium titanate thin films promotes densification and grain growth, improves nonlinear dielectric properties, and allows residual strain to be sustained in polycrystalline films without cracking at thicknesses relevant to device fabrication. Relative tuning, an excellent indicator of crystalline quality and an important material property for tunable microwave devices, increases from 20% to 70%. Films exhibit 0.15% residual differential thermal expansion mismatch strain, resulting in a shift to the paraelectric-ferroelectric phase transition of 50 °C. This result is in excellent agreement with theory, demonstrating the ability to tune ferroic transitions without epitaxial approaches.

  20. Analyzing and Post-modelling the High Speed Images of a Wavy Laser Induced Boiling Front

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    Matti, R. S.; Kaplan, A. F. H.

    The boiling front in laser materials processing like remote fusion cutting, keyhole welding or drilling can nowadays be recorded by high speed imaging. It was recently observed that bright waves flow down the front. Several complex physical mechanisms are associated with a stable laser-induced boiling front, like beam absorption, shadowing, heating, ablation pressure, fluid flow, etc. The evidence of dynamic phenomena from high speed imaging is closely linked to these phenomena. As a first step, the directly visible phenomena were classified and analyzed. This has led to the insight that the appearance of steady flow of the bright front peaks is a composition of many short flashing events of 20-50 μs duration, though composing a rather constant melt film flow downwards. Five geometrical front shapes of bright and dark domains were categorized, for example long inclined dark valleys. In addition, the special top and bottom regions of the front are distinguished. As a second step, a new method of post-modelling based on the greyscale variation of the images was applied, to approximately reconstruct the topology of the wavy front and subsequently to calculate the absorption across the front. Despite certain simplifications this kind of analysis provides a variety of additional information, including statistical analysis. In particular, the model could show the sensitivity of front waves to the formation of shadow domains and the robustness of fiber lasers to keep most of an irradiated steel surface in an absorptivity window between 35 to 43%.

  1. A liquid film-forming acrylate for peri-wound protection: a systematic review and meta-analysis (3M Cavilon no-sting barrier film).

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    Schuren, Jan; Becker, Anja; Sibbald, R Gary

    2005-09-01

    To undertake a systematic review of all reliable evaluations of the clinical performance and cost-effectiveness of a film-forming liquid acrylate in the protection of the chronic ulcer peri-wound skin. Results from searches were scrutinised by two reviewers to identify possible randomised controlled trials and full reports of these were obtained. Details of eligible studies were extracted and summarised independently by two reviewers using a data extraction sheet. Meta-analysis was used to combine the results of trials where the interventions and outcome measures were sufficiently similar. A total of nine eligible studies were identified. The review reveals that a liquid-film forming acrylate (Cavilon no-sting barrier film, 3M, Minneapolis, MN, USA) is a safe and effective skin barrier to protect the peri-wound area of chronic ulcers. There is no difference between the protective properties of different barrier methods that are used to protect the peri-wound skin around chronic ulcers. Compared with no treatment or a placebo, this liquid film-forming acrylate has a significant impact on the integrity of the peri-wound skin. In addition, it has significant benefits in terms of pain control and patient comfort, and its use may reduce nursing time.

  2. Studies on micro-structures at vapor-liquid interfaces of film boiling on hot liquid surface at arriving of a shock pressure

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    Inoue, Akira; Lee, S. [Tokyo Inst. of Tech. (Japan)

    1998-01-01

    In vapor explosions, a pressure wave (shock wave) plays a fundamental role in the generation, propagation and escalation of the explosion. Transient volume change by rapid heat flow from a high temperature liquid to a low temperature volatile one and phase change generate micro-scale flow and the pressure wave. One of key issues for the vapor explosion is to make clear the mechanism to support the explosive energy release from hot drop to cold liquid. According to our observations by an Image Converter Camera, growth rate of vapor film around a hot tin drop became several times higher than that around a hot Platinum tube at the same conditions when a pressure pulse collapsed the film. The thermally induced fragmentation was followed by the explosive growth rate of the hot drop. In the previous report, we have proposed that the interface instability and fragmentation model in which the fine Taylor instability of vapor-liquid interface at the collapsing and re-growth phase of vapor film and the instability induced by the high pressure spots at the drop surface were assumed. In this study, the behavior of the vapor-liquid interface region at arrival of a pressure pulse was investigated by the CIPRIS code which is able to simulate dynamics of transient multi-phase interface regions. It is compared with the observation results. Through detailed investigations of these results, the mechanisms of the thermal fragmentation of single drop are discussed. (J.P.N.)

  3. Liquid- and Gas-Phase Diffusion of Ferrocene in Thin Films of Metal-Organic Frameworks

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    Wencai Zhou

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The mass transfer of the guest molecules in nanoporous host materials, in particular in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs, is among the crucial features of their applications. By using thin surface-mounted MOF films in combination with a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM, the diffusion of ferrocene vapor and of ethanolic and hexanic ferrocene solution in HKUST-1 was investigated. For the first time, liquid- and gas-phase diffusion in MOFs was compared directly in the identical sample. The diffusion coefficients are in the same order of magnitude (~10−16 m2·s−1, whereas the diffusion coefficient of ferrocene in the empty framework is roughly 3-times smaller than in the MOF which is filled with ethanol or n-hexane.

  4. Aligned magnetic field effect on unsteady liquid film flow of Casson fluid over a stretching surface

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    Sailaja, M.; Hemadri Reddy, R.; Saravana, R.; Avinash, K.

    2017-11-01

    The heat and mass transfer in non-Newtonian fluids plays a major role in technology and in nature due to its stress relaxation, shear thinning and thickening properties. In this study, we investigated the heat and mass transfer in unsteady liquid film flow of Casson fluid in the presence of aligned magnetic field, thermophoresis and Brownian moment effects. The transformed governing boundary layer equations are solved numerically by employing shooting technique. Dual solutions are explored for Newtonian and non-Newtonian cases. The impact of pertinent parameters on the flow, thermal and concentration fields are discussed with the assistance of graphical illustrations. The reduced Nusselt number is reported and discussed through tabular results.

  5. Liquid- and Gas-Phase Diffusion of Ferrocene in Thin Films of Metal-Organic Frameworks

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    Zhou, Wencai; Wöll, Christof; Heinke, Lars

    2015-01-01

    The mass transfer of the guest molecules in nanoporous host materials, in particular in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), is among the crucial features of their applications. By using thin surface-mounted MOF films in combination with a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), the diffusion of ferrocene vapor and of ethanolic and hexanic ferrocene solution in HKUST-1 was investigated. For the first time, liquid- and gas-phase diffusion in MOFs was compared directly in the identical sample. The diffusion coefficients are in the same order of magnitude (~10−16 m2·s−1), whereas the diffusion coefficient of ferrocene in the empty framework is roughly 3-times smaller than in the MOF which is filled with ethanol or n-hexane.

  6. Study of polymer dispersed liquid crystal film based on amphiphilic polymer matrix

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    Farzana Ahmad

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC films’ morphologies and electro-optical properties have been mostly investigated on the method of polymerization, rate of reaction, the relative amount, characteristic, and temperature of the LC/monomer mixtures; in chorus with the molecular associations existing among the LC, monomer molecules and with the glass. In this effort the molecular associations of polymer matrix having hydrophilic and hydrophobic characteristics are considered with the LC. Here the hydrophilic/hydrophobic interactions of material are deduced equally accountable for change in the morphology, electro-optical properties and phase separation of PDLC films. For such investigations the spectroscopic techniques such as Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, polarized optical microscopy (POM and phase transition temperatures have been implemented which appreciably elucidate the subsequent studies.

  7. Electrocatalysis of hemoglobin in ionic liquid BMIMPF6 and CuS nanosphere composite films

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    Wei Sun

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (BMIMPF6 was mixed homogeneously with nanometer-sized semiconductor CuS sphere to form a new nanocomposite material, which was further used for the immobilization of hemoglobin (Hb on the surface of carbon paste electrode (CPE. Direct electrochemistry of Hb in BMIMPF6-CuS composite film was carefully investigated with a pair of quasi-reversible redox peaks appeared and the formal potential (E0' was got as -135 mV (vs. SCE in pH 7.0 phosphate buffer solution, which was due to the enhanced direct electron transfer rate of Hb in the biocompatible matrix. The BMIMPF6-CuS-Hb/CPE showed excellent electrocatalytic activity to the reduction of hydrogen peroxide with the kinetic parameters for the electrocatalytic reaction evaluated. The results indicated that the BMIMPF6-CuS nanocomposite could be used for the preparation of electrochemical biosensor.

  8. Heat transfer in non-Newtonian falling liquid film on a horizontal circular cylinder

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    Ouldhadda, D.; Idrissi, A.Il [Laboratoire d' Energetique, Faculte des Sciences Ben M' Sik, Sidi Othmane Casablanca (Morocco); Asbik, M. [G.M.M.T.N., Faculte des Sciences et Techniques, Boutalamine Errachidia (Morocco)

    2002-08-01

    This study aims to investigate numerically the laminar flow and heat transfer in a pseudoplastic non-Newtonian falling liquid film on a horizontal cylinder for the constant heat flux and isothermal boundary conditions. The inertia terms are taken into account. An implicit finite difference method is carried out to solve the governing boundary layer equations. The effects of operational parameters on the hydrodynamic and heat transfer characteristics are examined and discussed in detail. The results presented show that the local and average Nusselt numbers varies significantly as a function of the concentration of aqueous carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) solutions and the cylinder diameter. Higher concentration of aqueous CMC solutions generate larger heat transfer coefficients. Finally, a comparison with the experimental and numerical results available in the literature for Newtonian fluids shows clearly that the present analysis is reasonably accurate. (orig.)

  9. Depth enhancement of integral imaging by using polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal films and a dual-depth configuration.

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    Pham, Duc-Quang; Kim, Nam; Kwon, Ki-Chul; Jung, Jae-Hyun; Hong, Keehoon; Lee, Byoungho; Park, Jae-Hyeung

    2010-09-15

    In spite of their many advantages, limited image depth still remains as an obstacle to three-dimensional displays based on integral imaging. In this Letter, by combining multiple polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal films and a dual-depth configuration, we propose a method to enhance the depth range of the integral imaging display system.

  10. Bio-inspired production of chitosan/chitin films from liquid crystalline suspensions.

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    João, Carlos F C; Echeverria, Coro; Velhinho, Alexandre; Silva, Jorge C; Godinho, Maria H; Borges, João P

    2017-01-02

    Inspired by chitin based hierarchical structures observed in arthropods exoskeleton, this work reports the capturing of chitin nanowhiskers' chiral nematic order into a chitosan matrix. For this purpose, highly crystalline chitin nanowhiskers (CTNW) with spindle-like morphology and average aspect ratio of 24.9 were produced by acid hydrolysis of chitin. CTNW were uniformly dispersed at different concentrations in aqueous suspensions. The suspensions liquid crystalline phase domain was determined by rheological measurements and polarized optical microscopy (POM). Chitosan (CS) was added to the CTNW isotropic, biphasic and anisotropic suspensions and the solvent was evaporated to allow films formation. The Films' morphologies as well as the mechanical properties were explored. A correlation between experimental results and a theoretical model, for layered matrix' structures with fibers acting as a reinforcement agent, was established. The results evidence the existence of two different layered structures, one formed by chitosan layers induced by the presence of chitin and another formed by chitin nanowhiskers layers. By playing on the ratio chitin/chitosan one layered structure or the other can be obtained allowing the tunning of materials' mechanical properties. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Measurement of the film thickness, film velocity and entrainment fraction in a liquid-air annular flow using a conductance flowmeter

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    Al-Yarubi, Qahtan; Lucas, Gary

    2008-01-01

    In certain older oil wells in the Middle East, the produced fluid is predominantly natural gas which flows at very high rates (e.g. 50,000). Smaller quantities of crude oil (e.g. 50) and water (950) are also produced. Given the relatively much higher flow rate of the gas the flow regime is annular with most of the liquid flowing in a thin film on the pipe wall. The annular flow regime makes measurement of the total liquid flow rate difficult. It is even more difficult to measure the individua...

  12. Measurement of the Film Thickness, Film Velocity and Entrainment Fraction in a Liquid-Air Annular Flow\\ud Using a Conductance Flowmeter

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    A-Yarubi, Qahtan; Lucas, Gary

    2009-01-01

    In certain older oil wells in the Middle East, the produced fluid is predominantly natural gas which flows at very high rates (e.g.\\ud 50,000 m3 / day ). Smaller quantities of crude oil (e.g. 50m3 / day ) and water (950m3 / day ) are also produced. Given the relatively much higher flow rate of the gas the flow regime is annular with most of the liquid flowing in a thin film on the pipe wall. The annular flow regime makes measurement of the total liquid flow rate difficult. It is even more dif...

  13. Effect of a Polymercaptan Material on the Electro-Optical Properties of Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal Films

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    Yujian Sun

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC films were prepared by the ultraviolet-light-induced polymerization of photopolymerizable monomers in nematic liquid crystal/chiral dopant/thiol-acrylate reaction monomer composites. The effects of the chiral dopant and crosslinking agents on the electro-optical properties of the PDLC films were systematically investigate. While added the chiral dopant S811 into the PDLC films, the initial off-state transmittance of the films was decreased. It was found that the weight ratio among acrylate monomers, thiol monomer PETMP and the polymercaptan Capcure 3-800 showed great influence on the properties of the fabricated PDLC films because of the existence of competition between thiol-acrylate reaction and acrylate monomer polymerization reaction. While adding polymercaptans curing agent Capcure 3-800 with appropriate concentration into the PDLC system, lower driven voltage and higher contrast ratio were achieved. This made the polymer network and electro-optical properties of the PDLC films easily tunable by the introduction of the thiol monomers.

  14. Effect of a Polymercaptan Material on the Electro-Optical Properties of Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal Films.

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    Sun, Yujian; Zhang, Cuihong; Zhou, Le; Fang, Hua; Huang, Jianhua; Ma, Haipeng; Zhang, Yi; Yang, Jie; Zhang, Lan-Ying; Song, Ping; Gao, Yanzi; Xiao, Jiumei; Li, Fasheng; Li, Kexuan

    2016-12-30

    Polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) films were prepared by the ultraviolet-light-induced polymerization of photopolymerizable monomers in nematic liquid crystal/chiral dopant/thiol-acrylate reaction monomer composites. The effects of the chiral dopant and crosslinking agents on the electro-optical properties of the PDLC films were systematically investigate. While added the chiral dopant S811 into the PDLC films, the initial off-state transmittance of the films was decreased. It was found that the weight ratio among acrylate monomers, thiol monomer PETMP and the polymercaptan Capcure 3-800 showed great influence on the properties of the fabricated PDLC films because of the existence of competition between thiol-acrylate reaction and acrylate monomer polymerization reaction. While adding polymercaptans curing agent Capcure 3-800 with appropriate concentration into the PDLC system, lower driven voltage and higher contrast ratio were achieved. This made the polymer network and electro-optical properties of the PDLC films easily tunable by the introduction of the thiol monomers.

  15. An Experimental Study of Sonic Boom Penetration Under a Wavy Air-Water Interface

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    Fincham, Adam; Maxworthy, Tony

    2002-01-01

    A laboratory experiment was designed and performed to ascertain the difference in underwater response to sonic boom laboratory between flat and wavy surface models and their depth-dependent rule overpressure attenuation...

  16. Uniform hexagonal graphene flakes and films grown on liquid copper surface.

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    Geng, Dechao; Wu, Bin; Guo, Yunlong; Huang, Liping; Xue, Yunzhou; Chen, Jianyi; Yu, Gui; Jiang, Lang; Hu, Wenping; Liu, Yunqi

    2012-05-22

    Unresolved problems associated with the production of graphene materials include the need for greater control over layer number, crystallinity, size, edge structure and spatial orientation, and a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms. Here we report a chemical vapor deposition approach that allows the direct synthesis of uniform single-layered, large-size (up to 10,000 μm(2)), spatially self-aligned, and single-crystalline hexagonal graphene flakes (HGFs) and their continuous films on liquid Cu surfaces. Employing a liquid Cu surface completely eliminates the grain boundaries in solid polycrystalline Cu, resulting in a uniform nucleation distribution and low graphene nucleation density, but also enables self-assembly of HGFs into compact and ordered structures. These HGFs show an average two-dimensional resistivity of 609 ± 200 Ω and saturation current density of 0.96 ± 0.15 mA/μm, demonstrating their good conductivity and capability for carrying high current density.

  17. In-situ Non-Invasive Imaging of Liquid-Immersed Thin Film Composite Membranes

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    Ogieglo, Wojciech

    2017-10-14

    We present a non-invasive method to directly image liquid-immersed thin film composite membranes. The approach allows accessing information not only on the lateral distribution of the coating thickness, including variations in its swelling and density, but also on the distribution of substrate porosity, roughness, accessibility of pores to liquid, and even the degree of pore intrusion related to the thin layer deposition process. The method can be particularly helpful in the fields of functional coatings or membranes to allow laterally-resolved studies under realistic application conditions thereby opening completely new research avenues. The approach is demonstrated in a study of two polymers of intrinsic microporosity, PIM-1 and PIM-6FDA-OH, coated on polyacrylonitrile support and immersed in water. Variations of the skin morphology using different coating methods (floating, spin-coating and dip-coating) are evaluated with the help of the presented method. Surfaces of at least tens of cm2 can be potentially analyzed.

  18. Light and thermal responses of liquid-crystal-network films: A finite element study.

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    Chung, Hayoung; Choi, Joonmyung; Yun, Jung-Hoon; Cho, Maenghyo

    2015-04-01

    As a polymeric system incorporating rigid molecules within its structure, the liquid-crystal network (LCN) has been envisaged as a novel heterogeneous material. Under the influence of external stimuli, the orientational order of the liquid-crystalline phase becomes dilute and overall anisotropy is hence decreased; the actinic light absorbed by photochromic molecules, for example, induces the geometric isomerization and subsequently yields internal stress within the local network. In this study we investigate light- and temperature-induced spontaneous deformations of the LCN structure via a three-dimensional finite element model that incorporates geometric nonlinearity with a photomechanical constitutive model. We first examine the bending behavior and its nonlinearity and then parametrically study the various behaviors that stem from different origins ranging from the microscale to the macroscale: (i) the geometry of the LCN film, (ii) the macroscopic global order, (iii) the distorted mesogenic orientation due to the Fredericks distortion, and (iv) defect-induced instability. These interrelated behaviors demonstrate both the simulation capability and the necessity of the presenting framework. By employing a nonlinear consideration along with a microscopic shape parameter r the present approach facilitates further understanding of photomechanical physics such as the deconvolution of various stimuli and the deformed shape obtained due to snap-through instability. Furthermore, this study may offer insight into the design of light-sensitive actuation systems by deepening our knowledge and providing an efficient measure.

  19. The Design and Scale-Up of Multiple-Impeller Fermenters for Liquid Film Controlled Processes

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    Labík, L.

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Mechanically agitated gas-liquid contactors are frequently used in the chemical, food and biochemical industries as fermenters and as hydrogenation or chlorination reactors. However wide is the usage of such vessels, their design is not based on chemical engineering data, but is still rather empirical. Thus, it is highly desirable to have a tool for the rational design of agitated gas-liquid contactors that is based on fundamental chemical engineering parameters that are transferable to other systems and operating conditions. Focusing on liquid film-controlled processes and using the data from fermenters of different scales, we develop kLa correlations that are suitable for scale-up. First, we discuss how to determine the proper experimental kLa values, which are not distorted by other equipment parameters as is the gas residence time. We demonstrate the possible kLa distortion on the pilot-plant experimental data by comparing the results obtained by two different experimental techniques. Further, we present physically correct kLa data for fully non-coalescent (sodium sulphate solution batch. The data are presented both for laboratory and pilot-plant fermenters. We identify the process parameters, the values of which are dependent on the vessel scale when operated under the same power input per volume, and, using these parameters, we develop common kLa correlations suitable to describe the data for various scales of the vessel. The correlations developed reduce the uncertainty in predicting the volume of industrial scale fermenters from almost 1/2 to 1/4 of their total volume, thereby enabling significant reductions in both the initial costs, and operating costs.

  20. On the Impact of Spheres onto Liquid Pools and Ultra-viscous Films

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    Mansoor, Mohammad Mujtaba

    2016-06-01

    The free-surface impact of spheres is important to several applications in the military, industry and sports such as the water-entry of torpedoes, dip-coating procedures and slamming of boats. This two-part thesis attempts to explore this field by investigating cavity formation during the impact of spheres with deep liquid pools and cavitation in thin ultra-viscous films. Part I reports results from an experimental study on the formation of stable- streamlined and helical cavity wakes following the free-surface impact of heated Leidenfrost spheres. The Leidenfrost effect encapsulates the sphere by a vapor layer to prevent any physical contact with the surrounding liquid. This phenomenon is essential for the pacification of acoustic rippling along the cavity interface to result in a stable-streamlined cavity wake. Such a streamlined configuration experiences drag coefficients an order of magnitude lower than those acting on room temperature spheres. A striking observation is the formation of helical cavities which occur for impact Reynolds numbers 0 ≳ 1.4 × 105 and are characterized by multiple interfacial ridges, stemming from and rotating synchronously about an evident contact line around the sphere equator. This helical configuration has 40-55% smaller overall force coefficients than those obtained in the formation of stable cavity wakes. Part II of this thesis investigates the inception of cavitation and resulting structures when a sphere collides with a solid surface covered with a layer of non-Newtonian liquid having kinematic viscosities of up to 0 = 20,000,000 cSt. The existence of shear-stress- induced cavitation during sphere approach towards the base wall (i.e. the pressurization stage) in ultra-viscous films is shown using a synchronized dual-view high-speed imaging system. In addition, cavitation by depressurization is noted for a new class of non-contact cases whereby the sphere rebounds without any prior contact with the solid wall. Horizontal

  1. Electrohydrodynamics-Induced Abnormal Electro-Optic Characteristics in a Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal Film

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    Sheng-Kuang Wu

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available This study demonstrates for the first time abnormal electro-optic (EO characteristics induced by electrohydrodynamics (EHD in a polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC film in the presence of a low-frequency (1 kHz AC voltage. Large LC droplets (20−40 µm buried in the film can be obtained after the illumination of one UV light with a weak intensity (~0.96 mW/cm2 for 12 h. This film exhibits abnormal EO features, including the transmittance’s decay at a high voltage regime at normal incidence and the conversion between polarization independence and polarization dependence for the transmittance-voltage curve at normal and oblique incidences, respectively, of which properties are different from those shown in traditional PDLC films with small droplets. The abnormal EO characteristics of the large-droplet PDLC at the high voltage regime are attributed to a strong scattering effect associated with the formation of the foggy LC droplets in the cell. This effect is induced by a vortex-like LC director field with a rotational axis normal to the cell substrates in each dome-like droplet of the cell at the high voltage regime. The vortex-like director field is induced by a vortex-like turbulence of charged impurity generated by the EHD effect under the action of the AC electric field along the cell normal and the confinement of the dome-like boundary of the droplet on the charged impurities in each droplet. The scattering is decided by the degrees of mismatch between the refractive indices of the LC droplet and polymer, and the local fluctuation of the vortex-like director field in the droplet, resulting in the abnormal EO behaviors of the large-droplet PDLC. This investigation provides novel insight into the EHD effect in three dimensional (3D microdroplets with anisotropic fluid. Such a large-droplet PDLC has potential in photonic applications, such as electrically controlled polarization-based optical components or optical converters between

  2. Quantitative prediction of residual wetting film generated in mobilizing a two-phase liquid in a capillary model

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    Harsh Joshi

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This research studies the motion of immiscible two-phase liquid flow in a capillary tube through a numerical approach employing the volume of fluid method, for simulating the core-annular flow and water flooding in oil reservoirs of porous media. More specifically, the simulations are a representation of water flooding at a pore scale. A capillary tube model is established with ANSYS Fluent and verified. The numerical results matches well with the existing data available in the literature. Penetration of a less viscous liquid in a liquid of higher viscosity and the development of a residual wetting film of the higher viscosity liquid are thoroughly investigated. The effects of Capillary number, Reynolds Number and Viscosity ratio on the residual wetting film are studied in detail, as the thickness is directly related to the residual oil left in the porous media after water flooding. It should be noticed that the liquids considered in this research can be any liquids of different viscosity not necessarily oil and water. The results of this study can be used as guidance in the field of water flooding.

  3. Experimental Study on States of Liquid Film on Heat Transfer Surface Inside a Horizontal Spirally Grooved Tube during Evaporation

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    Higashiiue, Shinya; Momoki, Satoru; Shigechi, Toru; Mori, Hideo; Yamaguchi, Tomohiko

    This paper presents a prediction method of flow regimes during evaporation of pure refrigerants in a horizontal spirally grooved steel tube with 12mm in average inner diameter. Circumferential temperature distributions on the external surface of the tube and boiling heat transfer coefficients were obtained through the experiments on the flow boiling heat transfer using two kinds of fluorocarbon refrigerants, HCFC123 and HCFC22. Based on the temperature distributions and the characteristics of heat transfer coefficient against vapor quality, we discussed the conditions of liquid film formed on the heat transfer surface. The experimental data were classified into four kinds of flow regimes according to the viewpoint on the liquid film conditions and heat transfer characteristics: annular flow, annular flow with liquid meniscus, separated flow with liquid meniscus and separated flow with dry surface. In order to predict the transition quality from separated flow to annular flow, we developed the correlation for border angle of well-wetted perimeter for the present grooved tube based on the Mori et al. correlation proposed for smooth tubes. The correlation for the transitional quality between separated flow with dry surface and separated flow with liquid meniscus was developed empirically as well as the correlation for the transient transitional quality between annular flow and annular flow with liquid meniscus.

  4. Unusual dynamic dewetting behavior of smooth perfluorinated hybrid films: potential advantages over conventional textured and liquid-infused perfluorinated surfaces.

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    Urata, Chihiro; Masheder, Benjamin; Cheng, Dalton F; Hozumi, Atsushi

    2013-10-08

    From a viewpoint of reducing the burden on the environment and human health, an alternative method for preparing liquid-repellent surfaces without relying on the long perfluorocarbons (C((X-1)/2)F(X), X ≥ 17) has been strongly demanded lately. In this study, we have successfully demonstrated that dynamic dewettability toward various probe liquids (polar and nonpolar liquids with high or low surface tension) can be tuned by not only controlling surface chemistries (surface energies) but also the physical (solid-like or liquid-like) nature of the surface. We prepared smooth and transparent organic-inorganic hybrid films exhibiting unusual dynamic dewetting behavior toward various probe liquids using a simple sol-gel reaction based on the co-hydrolysis and co-condensation of a mixture including a range of perfluoroalkylsilanes (FASX, C((X-1)/2)F(X)CH2CH2Si(OR)3, where X = 3, 9, 13, and 17) and tetramethoxysilane (Si(OCH3)4, TMOS). Dynamic contact angle (CA) and substrate tilt angle (TA) measurements confirmed that our FASX-hybrid films exhibited excellent dynamic dewetting properties and were mostly independent of the length of perfluoroalkyl (Rf) groups. For example, 10 μL droplets of ultralow surface tension liquids (e.g., diethyl ether (γ = 16.26 dyn/cm) and n-pentane (γ = 15.51 dyn/cm)) could move easily on our FAS9-, FAS13-, and FAS17-hybrid film surfaces at low substrate TAs (chemical and physical durability against thermal stress (~250 °C), high-temperature (150 °C) oil vapor, and various other media (perfluoro liquid, boiling water, and weak acid) without degrading their dynamic dewettability. Such exceptional durability has been rarely seen on conventional perfluorinated surfaces reported so far.

  5. Simultaneous heat and mass transfer inside a vertical tube in evaporating a heated falling alcohols liquid film into a stream of dry air

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    Senhaji, S.; Feddaoui, M.; Mediouni, T.; Mir, A.

    2009-03-01

    A numerical study of the evaporation in mixed convection of a pure alcohol liquid film: ethanol and methanol was investigated. It is a turbulent liquid film falling on the internal face of a vertical tube. A laminar flow of dry air enters the vertical tube at constant temperature in the downward direction. The wall of the tube is subjected to a constant and uniform heat flux. The model solves the coupled parabolic governing equations in both phases including turbulent liquid film together with the boundary and interfacial conditions. The systems of equations obtained by using an implicit finite difference method are solved by TDMA method. A Van Driest model is adopted to simulate the turbulent liquid film flow. The influence of the inlet liquid flow, Reynolds number in the gas flow and the wall heat flux on the intensity of heat and mass transfers are examined. A comparison between the results obtained for studied alcohols and water in the same conditions is made.

  6. NIR-Vis-UV Light-Responsive Actuator Films of Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal/Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites.

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    Cheng, Zhangxiang; Wang, Tianjie; Li, Xiao; Zhang, Yihe; Yu, Haifeng

    2015-12-16

    To take full advantage of sunlight for photomechanical materials, NIR-vis-UV light-responsive actuator films of polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC)/graphene oxide (GO) nanocomposites were fabricated. The strategy is based on phase transition of LCs from nematic to isotropic phase induced by combination of photochemical and photothermal processes in the PDLC/GO nanocomposites. Upon mechanical stretching of the film, both topological shape change and mesogenic alignment occurred in the separated LC domains, enabling the film to respond to NIR-vis-UV light. The homodispersed GO flakes act as photoabsorbent and nanoscale heat source to transfer NIR or VIS light into thermal energy, heating the film and photothermally inducing phase transition of LC microdomains. By utilizing photochemical phase transition of LCs upon UV-light irradiation, one azobenzene dye was incorporated into the LC domains, endowing the nanocomposite films with UV-responsive property. Moreover, the light-responsive behaviors can be well-controlled by adjusting the elongation ratio upon mechanical treatment. The NIR-vis-UV light-responsive PDLC/GO nanocomposite films exhibit excellent properties of easy fabrication, low-cost, and good film-forming and mechanical features, promising their numerous applications in the field of soft actuators and optomechanical systems driven directly by sunlight.

  7. Fabrication of Cellulose Film with Enhanced Mechanical Properties in Ionic Liquid 1-Allyl-3-methylimidaxolium Chloride (AmimCl).

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    Pang, Jinhui; Liu, Xin; Zhang, Xueming; Wu, Yuying; Sun, Runcang

    2013-03-26

    More and more attention has been paid to environmentally friendly bio-based renewable materials as the substitution of fossil-based materials, due to the increasing environmental concerns. In this study, regenerated cellulose films with enhanced mechanical property were prepared via incorporating different plasticizers using ionic liquid 1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (AmimCl) as the solvent. The characteristics of the cellulose films were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), thermal analysis (TG), X-ray diffraction (XRD), (13)C Solid-state cross-polarization/magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (CP/MAS NMR) and tensile testing. The results showed that the cellulose films exhibited a homogeneous and smooth surface structure. It was noted that the thermal stability of the regenerated cellulose film plasticized with glycerol was increased compared with other regenerated cellulose films. Furthermore, the incorporation of plasticizers dramatically strengthened the tensile strength and improved the hydrophobicity of cellulose films, as compared to the control sample. Therefore, these notable results exhibited the potential utilization in producing environmentally friendly cellulose films with high performance properties.

  8. Fabrication of Cellulose Film with Enhanced Mechanical Properties in Ionic Liquid 1-Allyl-3-methylimidaxolium Chloride (AmimCl

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    Jinhui Pang

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available More and more attention has been paid to environmentally friendly bio-based renewable materials as the substitution of fossil-based materials, due to the increasing environmental concerns. In this study, regenerated cellulose films with enhanced mechanical property were prepared via incorporating different plasticizers using ionic liquid 1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (AmimCl as the solvent. The characteristics of the cellulose films were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, atomic force microscopy (AFM, thermal analysis (TG, X-ray diffraction (XRD, 13C Solid-state cross-polarization/magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (CP/MAS NMR and tensile testing. The results showed that the cellulose films exhibited a homogeneous and smooth surface structure. It was noted that the thermal stability of the regenerated cellulose film plasticized with glycerol was increased compared with other regenerated cellulose films. Furthermore, the incorporation of plasticizers dramatically strengthened the tensile strength and improved the hydrophobicity of cellulose films, as compared to the control sample. Therefore, these notable results exhibited the potential utilization in producing environmentally friendly cellulose films with high performance properties.

  9. A homeotropic main-chain tolane-type liquid crystal elastomer film exhibiting high anisotropic thermal conductivity.

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    Ge, Si-Jia; Zhao, Ti-Peng; Wang, Meng; Deng, Lin-Lin; Lin, Bao-Ping; Zhang, Xue-Qin; Sun, Ying; Yang, Hong; Chen, Er-Qiang

    2017-08-16

    The development of pure polymeric films with anisotropic thermal conductivities for electronic device packaging applications has attracted intense scientific attention. In order to enhance the polymeric film's normal-direction thermal conductivity, homeotropic alignment of macromolecular chains is the primary concern. One of the promising preparation strategies is to perform in situ photopolymerization of homeotropic-oriented liquid crystal monomers. In this work, we design and synthesize a novel tolane-core thiol-ene-tailed liquid crystal monomer. Benefitting from the conjugated and extended tolane π-system of the mesogenic core and length extension of the terminal aliphatic tails, the normal-to-plane thermal conductivity value and the thermal conductivity anisotropy value of the corresponding cross-linked main-chain end-on liquid crystal polymer (xMELCP) film reach 3.56 W m-1 K-1 and 15.0, respectively. Compared with the data of a previously reported ester-type thiol-ene xMELCP film, the two primary values of this novel tolane-type thiol-ene xMELCP material are increased dramatically by 46% and 29%, respectively.

  10. Dynamic simulation of wavy-stratified two-phase flow with the one-dimensional two-fluid model

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    Fullmer, William D.

    conditions. This appears to result in non-convergence when particular solutions at a specific time are compared using different numerical discretizations. However, it is shown that the chaotic solutions exhibit an invariant spectrum in wavenumber space that can be used to assess the convergence of solutions. This concept is applied to a Kelvin-Helmholtz experiment of kerosene and liquid water in a tilted channel whereby many slightly different simulations are run and averaged to determine the mean behavior. Comparisons to experimental data are favorable; especially considering the limitations of applying a one-dimensional model to a dynamic simulation of wavy channel flow. When the analysis is extended to consider air-water flows, several additional challenges are encountered related to the long-wavelength inviscid Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, which is the instability inherent to the one-dimensional two-fluid model. The transition from stratified to wavy flow is significantly over-predicted, i.e., requires a larger velocity to become unstable than observed experimentally. The wave sheltering model of Brauner and Maron (1993) is included in the interfacial shear model and calibrated for flow in a rectangular channel. However, when the unstable flow regime is simulated a wavy flow pattern does not develop as in the liquid-liquid case. Due to the near absence of inertia in the lighter gas phase, viscosity and surface tension are unable to bound the growth of disturbances within the physical limitations of the channel geometry. Transitions to regions of single phase flow result, indicating a slug flow pattern where wavy flow should exist. A novel approach is taken where the instability mechanism, here the sheltering force, is adjusted based on local geometric conditions, namely the void fraction gradient. Comparison to data shows promising results, although a large degree of uncertainty in such an approach remains due to a lack of local experimental data.

  11. Electrowetting on liquid-infused film (EWOLF): Complete reversibility and controlled droplet oscillation suppression for fast optical imaging

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    Hao, Chonglei; Liu, Yahua; Chen, Xuemei; He, Yuncheng; Li, Qiusheng; Li, K. Y.; Wang, Zuankai

    2014-10-01

    Electrowetting on dielectric (EWOD) has emerged as a powerful tool to electrically manipulate tiny individual droplets in a controlled manner. Despite tremendous progress over the past two decades, current EWOD operating in ambient conditions has limited functionalities posing challenges for its applications, including electronic display, energy generation, and microfluidic systems. Here, we demonstrate a new paradigm of electrowetting on liquid-infused film (EWOLF) that allows for complete reversibility and tunable transient response simultaneously. We determine that these functionalities in EWOLF are attributed to its novel configuration, which allows for the formation of viscous liquid-liquid interfaces as well as additional wetting ridges, thereby suppressing the contact line pinning and severe droplet oscillation encountered in the conventional EWOD. Finally, by harnessing these functionalities demonstrated in EWOLF, we also explore its application as liquid lens for fast optical focusing.

  12. Hybrid liquid phase epitaxy processes for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} film growth

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    Kursumovic, A [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom); Tomov, R I [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom); Huehne, R [Institut fuer Festkoerper-und Werkstoffforschung, Helmholtzstrasse 20, 01069 Dresden (Germany); MacManus-Driscoll, J L [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom); Glowacki, B A [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom); Evetts, J E [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom)

    2004-10-01

    A number of liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) related growth methods have been investigated. These hybrid-LPE processes enable high rate 'liquid assisted' growth of epitaxial YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} films without the many disadvantages of classical LPE. Growth occurs by diffusive transport of Y through a thin liquid flux layer. This layer may be pre-deposited onto the substrate by various means including vacuum and non-vacuum techniques, or deposited at the growth temperature. The composition of the liquid layer is maintained during film growth by feeding YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, or the separate components, either from the vapour or by a powder route. Growth rates up to 10 nm s{sup -1} have been demonstrated. Deposition of c-axis oriented epitaxial YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} is reported on both seeded and non-seeded substrates; the process is tolerant of a high substrate mismatch. Films 1-2 {mu}m thick with T{sub c} {approx} 90K and a critical current density J{sub c}> 2 MA cm{sup -2} have been grown on a range of single crystal substrates as well as on buffered textured metallic tapes. The mechanism of nucleation and growth from a thin liquid layer is described within the general theoretical framework of crystal growth. Particular features of the growth are the short time constant for equilibration of transients in the deposition conditions, the wide range of relative supersaturation spanned by the process, and dominance of interface kinetic effects compared to volume diffusion in the liquid flux.

  13. X-ray reflectivity measurements of layer-by-layer films at the solid/liquid interface.

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    Erokhina, Svetlana; Berzina, Tatiana; Cristofolini, Luigi; Erokhin, Victor; Folli, Claudia; Konovalov, Oleg; Marino, Iari-Gabriel; Fontana, M P

    2008-11-04

    In this Letter, we present a method for the decoration of layer-by-layer (LbL) structures by heavy metal ions, which allows X-ray reflectivity (XRR) measurements at the solid/water interface. The improved contrast has allowed us to obtain well-structured X-ray reflectivity curves from samples at the liquid/solid interface that can be used for the film structure modeling. The developed technique was also used to follow the formation of complexes between DNA and the LbL multilayer. The XRR data are confirmed by independent null-ellipsometric measurements at the solid/liquid interface on the very same architectures.

  14. The x-ray surface forces apparatus: Structure of a thin smectic liquid crystal film under confinement

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    Idziak, S.H.J.; Kraiser, K.E.; Safinya, C.R.; Warriner, H.E.; Hill, R.S.; Ruths, M.; Liang, K.S.; Israelachvili, J.N. (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, CA (United States))

    1994-06-24

    An x-ray surface forces apparatus for simultaneously measuring forces and structures of confined complex fluids under static and flow conditions is described. This apparatus, combined with an intense synchrotron x-ray source, allows investigation of molecular orientations within a thin liquid crystal film confined between two shearing mica surfaces 3900 angstroms apart. The layer-forming smectic liquid crystal 8CB (4-cyano-4[prime]-octylbiphenyl) adopted a series of distinct planar layer orientations, including the bulk flow-forbidden b orientation.

  15. Growth behaviors and biocidal properties of titanium dioxide films depending on nucleation duration in liquid phase deposition

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    Park, Sohyeon; Park, Joohee; Heo, Jiwoong; Hong, Bo Young; Hong, Jinkee

    2017-12-01

    Liquid phase deposition (LPD), which is a method to directly form a titanium dioxide (TiO2) film on a substrate, is the most practical method for applying TiO2 films to medical devices because it is performed at lower temperatures than other methods. The TiO2 films to be applied to medical devices should offer excellent antibacterial effect, but should be stable to normal cells and have appropriate strength. In this research, we observed that the size, shape, and density of TiO2 particles varied with the nucleation duration in LPD and confirmed that these results caused changes in several properties including the mechanical properties, cytotoxicity and antibacterial effect of TiO2 films. From the analysis of these results, we established the conditions for the preparation of TiO2 films that are suitable for medical devices and suggest a new approach to the study of TiO2 films prepared by LPD.

  16. Advanced fabrication method for the preparation of MOF thin films: Liquid-phase epitaxy approach meets spin coating method.

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    Chernikova, Valeriya

    2016-07-14

    Here we report a new and advanced method for the fabrication of highly oriented/polycrystalline metal-organic framework (MOF) thin films. Building on the attractive features of the liquid-phase epitaxy (LPE) approach, a facile spin coating method was implemented to generate MOF thin films in a high-throughput fashion. Advantageously, this approach offers a great prospective to cost-effectively construct thin-films with a significantly shortened preparation time and a lessened chemicals and solvents consumption, as compared to the conventional LPE-process. Certainly, this new spin-coating approach has been implemented successfully to construct various MOF thin films, ranging in thickness from a few micrometers down to the nanometer scale, spanning 2-D and 3-D benchmark MOF materials including Cu2(bdc)2•xH2O, Zn2(bdc)2•xH2O, HKUST-1 and ZIF-8. This method was appraised and proved effective on a variety of substrates comprising functionalized gold, silicon, glass, porous stainless steel and aluminum oxide. The facile, high-throughput and cost-effective nature of this approach, coupled with the successful thin film growth and substrate versatility, represents the next generation of methods for MOF thin film fabrication. Thereby paving the way for these unique MOF materials to address a wide range of challenges in the areas of sensing devices and membrane technology.

  17. Advanced Fabrication Method for the Preparation of MOF Thin Films: Liquid-Phase Epitaxy Approach Meets Spin Coating Method.

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    Chernikova, Valeriya; Shekhah, Osama; Eddaoudi, Mohamed

    2016-08-10

    Here, we report a new and advanced method for the fabrication of highly oriented/polycrystalline metal-organic framework (MOF) thin films. Building on the attractive features of the liquid-phase epitaxy (LPE) approach, a facile spin coating method was implemented to generate MOF thin films in a high-throughput fashion. Advantageously, this approach offers a great prospective to cost-effectively construct thin-films with a significantly shortened preparation time and a lessened chemicals and solvents consumption, as compared to the conventional LPE-process. Certainly, this new spin-coating approach has been implemented successfully to construct various MOF thin films, ranging in thickness from a few micrometers down to the nanometer scale, spanning 2-D and 3-D benchmark MOF materials including Cu2(bdc)2·xH2O, Zn2(bdc)2·xH2O, HKUST-1, and ZIF-8. This method was appraised and proved effective on a variety of substrates comprising functionalized gold, silicon, glass, porous stainless steel, and aluminum oxide. The facile, high-throughput and cost-effective nature of this approach, coupled with the successful thin film growth and substrate versatility, represents the next generation of methods for MOF thin film fabrication. Therefore, paving the way for these unique MOF materials to address a wide range of challenges in the areas of sensing devices and membrane technology.

  18. Simultaneous heat and mass transfer inside a vertical channel in evaporating a heated falling glycols liquid film

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    Nait Alla, Abderrahman; Feddaoui, M'barek; Meftah, Hicham

    2015-12-01

    The interactive effects of heat and mass transfer in the evaporation of ethylene and propylene glycol flowing as falling films on vertical channel was investigated. The liquid film falls along a left plate which is externally subjected to a uniform heat flux while the right plate is the dry wall and is kept thermally insulated. The model solves the coupled governing equations in both phases together with the boundary and interfacial conditions. The systems of equations obtained by using an implicit finite difference method are solved by Tridiagonal Matrix Algorithm. The influence of the inlet liquid flow, Reynolds number in the gas flow and the wall heat flux on the intensity of heat and mass transfers are examined. A comparison between the results obtained for studied glycols and water in the same conditions is made. The results indicate that water evaporates in more intense way in comparison to glycols and the increase of gas flow rate tends to improve slightly the evaporation.

  19. Polarization-independent holographic gratings based on azo-dye-doped polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal films.

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    Fuh, Andy Ying-Guey; Chen, Che-Chang; Cheng, Ko-Ting; Liu, Cheng-Kai; Chen, Wei-Ko

    2010-01-10

    We demonstrate polarization-independent holographic gratings (PIHGs) based on azo-dye-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystal films. The PIHGs are recorded by irradiation under an intensity-modulated interference field, generated by two linearly polarized green optical beams, and by simultaneously applying a suitable AC voltage to the sample. The photoexcited azo dyes are adsorbed onto the UV-cured polymer film with their long axes parallel to the normal of the substrate. When the applied voltage is switched off, the PIHGs are generated with periodic modulation of liquid-crystal structures with transparently homeotropic and randomly scattered alignments. Additionally, the generated PIHGs can be completely switched off by an applied voltage.

  20. Experimental investigation of the liquid film for annular flow in a tube with various axial power distributions

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    Carl Adamsson; Henryk Anglart; Per Persson; Stellan Hedberg [Nuclear Reactor Technology Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44, Stockholm (Sweden)

    2005-07-01

    Full text of publication follows: The phenomenon of critical heat flux (CHF) is of great importance in various boiling system, since it defines an upper limit of the achievable heat transfer performance. In particular in BWR type nuclear reactors, CHF occurs through the process of dryout, i.e the disappearance of the liquid film from the heated surface. A mechanistic dryout model will have to be able to accurately predict the development of the liquid film, which will require accurate models for the deposition and entrainment rates of liquid droplets. Several researches have measured the film flow under various conditions by different methods. One of the most common is to suck the film of the wall through a porous wall section and performing a heat balance calculation. This method, which is also used in the experiments described here, has been used in round tubes as well as in annuli. In some experiments the film-flow was measured at several locations along the tube by simply varying the heated length; see Bennet (1966) and Moeck (1970). Other researches have used various axial and lateral (in annuli) power distributions; see Mannov (1973). Bennet (1966) used a moveable cold patch to investigate the influence of the axial power profile on the film thickness. What has not been done - to the authors' knowledge - is to measure the film at several axial locations for general non-uniform axial power distributions, similar to those found in nuclear reactors. Thus, this is the focus of the present experiment, where the influence of the axial power distribution on the axial distribution of the liquid film flow rate has been investigated. It is well known that the axial power profile has a significant influence on the dryout power and the dryout location. In the ongoing experimental program the dependence of the liquid film on the power profile is investigated. The results will be used to validate several correlations in common use for the prediction of deposition and

  1. Automated optical inspection of liquid crystal display anisotropic conductive film bonding

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    Ni, Guangming; Du, Xiaohui; Liu, Lin; Zhang, Jing; Liu, Juanxiu; Liu, Yong

    2016-10-01

    Anisotropic conductive film (ACF) bonding is widely used in the liquid crystal display (LCD) industry. It implements circuit connection between screens and flexible printed circuits or integrated circuits. Conductive microspheres in ACF are key factors that influence LCD quality, because the conductive microspheres' quantity and shape deformation rate affect the interconnection resistance. Although this issue has been studied extensively by prior work, quick and accurate methods to inspect the quality of ACF bonding are still missing in the actual production process. We propose a method to inspect ACF bonding effectively by using automated optical inspection. The method has three steps. The first step is that it acquires images of the detection zones using a differential interference contrast (DIC) imaging system. The second step is that it identifies the conductive microspheres and their shape deformation rate using quantitative analysis of the characteristics of the DIC images. The final step is that it inspects ACF bonding using a back propagation trained neural network. The result shows that the miss rate is lower than 0.1%, and the false inspection rate is lower than 0.05%.

  2. Thin-film Nanofibrous Composite Membranes Containing Cellulose or Chitin Barrier Layers Fabricated by Ionic Liquids

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    H Ma; B Hsiao; B Chu

    2011-12-31

    The barrier layer of high-flux ultrafiltration (UF) thin-film nanofibrous composite (TFNC) membranes for purification of wastewater (e.g., bilge water) have been prepared by using cellulose, chitin, and a cellulose-chitin blend, regenerated from an ionic liquid. The structures and properties of regenerated cellulose, chitin, and a cellulose-chitin blend were analyzed with thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD). The surface morphology, pore size and pore size distribution of TFNC membranes were determined by SEM images and molecular weight cut-off (MWCO) methods. An oil/water emulsion, a model of bilge water, was used as the feed solution, and the permeation flux and rejection ratio of the membranes were investigated. TFNC membranes based on the cellulose-chitin blend exhibited 10 times higher permeation flux when compared with a commercial UF membrane (PAN10, Sepro) with a similar rejection ratio after filtration over a time period of up to 100 h, implying the practical feasibility of such membranes for UF applications.

  3. Describing Myxococcus xanthus aggregation using Ostwald ripening equations for thin liquid films.

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    Bahar, Fatmagül; Pratt-Szeliga, Philip C; Angus, Stuart; Guo, Jiaye; Welch, Roy D

    2014-09-18

    When starved, a swarm of millions of Myxococcus xanthus cells coordinate their movement from outward swarming to inward coalescence. The cells then execute a synchronous program of multicellular development, arranging themselves into dome shaped aggregates. Over the course of development, about half of the initial aggregates disappear, while others persist and mature into fruiting bodies. This work seeks to develop a quantitative model for aggregation that accurately simulates which will disappear and which will persist. We analyzed time-lapse movies of M. xanthus development, modeled aggregation using the equations that describe Ostwald ripening of droplets in thin liquid films, and predicted the disappearance and persistence of aggregates with an average accuracy of 85%. We then experimentally validated a prediction that is fundamental to this model by tracking individual fluorescent cells as they moved between aggregates and demonstrating that cell movement towards and away from aggregates correlates with aggregate disappearance. Describing development through this model may limit the number and type of molecular genetic signals needed to complete M. xanthus development, and it provides numerous additional testable predictions.

  4. Viscous dispersion effects on bound-state formation in falling liquid films

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    Pradas, Marc; Tseluiko, Dmitri; Kalliadasis, Serafim

    2010-11-01

    We examine the influence of viscous dispersion on the interaction of two-dimensional solitary pulses in falling liquid films at moderate Reynolds number. We make use of an averaged model that includes second-order viscous effects in the long-wave expansion. These effects play a dispersive role affecting primarily the shape of the capillary ripples in front of the solitary pulses. We show that different physical parameters, such as surface tension and viscosity, play a crucial role in the interaction between pulses giving rise eventually to the formation of bound states consisting of two or more pulses separated by well-defined distances and travelling at the same velocity. By developing a coherent-structures theory that assumes weak interaction between the pulses, we are able to theoretically predict the pulse-separation distances for which bound states are formed. It is shown that viscous dispersion significantly affects the distances at which bound states are observed. In all cases, there is very good agreement between the theory and computations of the fully nonlinear system.

  5. Instabilités d'un film liquide en écoulement sur une fibre verticale

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    Duprat, Camille

    2009-01-01

    We consider the instability of a viscous liquid film flowing down a vertical fibre. We explore experimentally the various dynamical regimes arising from the interplay of viscosity, surface tension and inertia. We demonstrate the existence of two different dynamics, the instability being either absolute or convective due to the competition between the capillary Rayleigh-Plateau instability and the advection of the waves by the gravity-induced flow. We obtain a theoretical criterion describing ...

  6. Property analysis into the formation of liquid falling thin film on a single channel of a vertical twisted and fluted tube

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    Yao, Wenlong; Li, Yan; Mei, Ning

    2017-09-01

    In this paper, the influence of helix angle and other parameters to the formation behaviours of liquid falling film on the surface of a helix channel in the case of a vertical fluted tube are investigated. A single-component liquid is considered and the theoretical model is set up to simulate the behaviours of the falling film on the surface of fluted helix tube. The effect of the inclined angle, the Weber number and the channel geometry of the tube axis to the gravity on the formation of the liquid falling film are analysed. By study the film profile, a conclusion is drawn the surface tension drives the fluid into the grooves, thus the film is thinned on the crests of the fluids.

  7. Atomistic modelling of evaporation and explosive boiling of thin film liquid argon over internally recessed nanostructured surface

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    Hasan, Mohammad Nasim, E-mail: nasim@me.buet.ac.bd.com; Shavik, Sheikh Mohammad, E-mail: shavik@me.buet.ac.bd.com; Rabbi, Kazi Fazle, E-mail: rabbi35.me10@gmail.com; Haque, Mominul, E-mail: mominulmarup@gmail.com [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) Dhaka-1000 (Bangladesh)

    2016-07-12

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been carried out to investigate evaporation and explosive boiling phenomena of thin film liquid argon on nanostructured solid surface with emphasis on the effect of solid-liquid interfacial wettability. The nanostructured surface considered herein consists of trapezoidal internal recesses of the solid platinum wall. The wetting conditions of the solid surface were assumed such that it covers both the hydrophilic and hydrophobic conditions and hence effect of interfacial wettability on resulting evaporation and boiling phenomena was the main focus of this study. The initial configuration of the simulation domain comprised of a three phase system (solid platinum, liquid argon and vapor argon) on which equilibrium molecular dynamics (EMD) was performed to reach equilibrium state at 90 K. After equilibrium of the three-phase system was established, the wall was set to different temperatures (130 K and 250 K for the case of evaporation and explosive boiling respectively) to perform non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD). The variation of temperature and density as well as the variation of system pressure with respect to time were closely monitored for each case. The heat flux normal to the solid surface was also calculated to illustrate the effectiveness of heat transfer for hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces in cases of both nanostructured surface and flat surface. The results obtained show that both the wetting condition of the surface and the presence of internal recesses have significant effect on normal evaporation and explosive boiling of the thin liquid film. The heat transfer from solid to liquid in cases of surface with recesses are higher compared to flat surface without recesses. Also the surface with higher wettability (hydrophilic) provides more favorable conditions for boiling than the low-wetting surface (hydrophobic) and therefore, liquid argon responds quickly and shifts from liquid to vapor phase faster in

  8. Structures of pulmonary surfactant films adsorbed to an air-liquid interface in vitro.

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    Bachofen, H; Gerber, U; Gehr, P; Amrein, M; Schürch, S

    2005-12-30

    Phospholipid films can be preserved in vitro when adsorbed to a solidifiable hypophase. Suspensions of natural surfactant, lipid extract surfactants, and artificial surfactants were added to a sodium alginate solution and filled into a captive bubble surfactometer (CBS). Surfactant film was formed by adsorption to the bubble of the CBS for functional tests. There were no discernible differences in adsorption, film compressibility or minimal surface tension on quasi-static or dynamic compression for films formed in the presence or absence of alginate in the subphase of the bubble. The hypophase-film complex was solidified by adding calcium ions to the suspension with the alginate. The preparations were stained with osmium tetroxide and uranyl acetate for transmission electron microscopy. The most noteworthy findings are: (1) Surfactants do adsorb to the surface of the bubble and form osmiophilic lining layers. Pure DPPC films could not be visualized. (2) A distinct structure of a particular surfactant film depends on the composition and the concentration of surfactant in the bulk phase, and on whether or not the films are compressed after their formation. The films appear heterogeneous, and frequent vesicular and multi-lamellar film segments are seen associated with the interfacial films. These features are seen already upon film formation by adsorption, but multi-lamellar segments are more frequent after film compression. (3) The rate of film formation, its compressibility, and the minimum surface tension achieved on film compression appear to be related to the film structure formed on adsorption, which in turn is related to the concentration of the surfactant suspension from which the film is formed. The osmiophilic surface associated surfactant material seen is likely important for the surface properties and the mechanical stability of the surfactant film at the air-fluid interface.

  9. In Situ Electrochemical Synthesis of Oriented and Defect-Free AEL Molecular-Sieve Films Using Ionic Liquids.

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    Yu, Tongwen; Chu, Wenling; Cai, Rui; Liu, Yanchun; Yang, Weishen

    2015-10-26

    Simply preparing oriented and defect-free molecular-sieve films have been a long-standing challenge both in academia and industry. Most of the early works focus on the careful and multiple controls of the seeds layer or synthesis conditions. Herein, we report a one-step in situ electrochemical ionothermal method that combines a controllable electric field with ionic liquids. We demonstrate that an in-plane oriented and defect-free AEL (one molecular-sieve framework type) molecular-sieve film was obtained using an Al electrode as the Al source. The excellent corrosion-resistant performance of the film makes this technology promising in multiple applications, such as anti-corrosion coatings. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Hydrodynamic characteristics for flow around wavy wings with different wave lengths

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    Mi Jeong Kim

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The present study numerically investigates the effect of the wavy leading edge on hydrodynamic characteristics for the flow of rectangular wings with the low aspect ratio of 1.5. Five different wave lengths at fixed wavy amplitude have been considered. Numerical simulations are performed at a wide range of the angle of attack (0° ≤α ≤ 40° at one Reynolds number of 106. The wavy wings considered in this study did not experience enough lift drop to be defined as the stall, comparing with the smooth wing. However, in the pre-stall region, the wavy wings reveal the considerable loss of the lift, compared to the smooth wing. In the post-stall, the lift coefficients of the smooth wing and the wavy wings are not much different. The pressure coefficient, limiting streamlines and the iso-surface of the spanwise vorticity are also highlighted to examine the effect of the wave length on the flow structures.

  11. Bio-sorbable, liquid electrolyte gated thin-film transistor based on a solution-processed zinc oxide layer.

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    Singh, Mandeep; Palazzo, Gerardo; Romanazzi, Giuseppe; Suranna, Gian Paolo; Ditaranto, Nicoletta; Di Franco, Cinzia; Santacroce, Maria Vittoria; Mulla, Mohammad Yusuf; Magliulo, Maria; Manoli, Kyriaki; Torsi, Luisa

    2014-01-01

    Among the metal oxide semiconductors, ZnO has been widely investigated as a channel material in thin-film transistors (TFTs) due to its excellent electrical properties, optical transparency and simple fabrication via solution-processed techniques. Herein, we report a solution-processable ZnO-based thin-film transistor gated through a liquid electrolyte with an ionic strength comparable to that of a physiological fluid. The surface morphology and chemical composition of the ZnO films upon exposure to water and phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) are discussed in terms of the operation stability and electrical performance of the ZnO TFT devices. The improved device characteristics upon exposure to PBS are associated with the enhancement of the oxygen vacancies in the ZnO lattice due to Na(+) doping. Moreover, the dissolution kinetics of the ZnO thin film in a liquid electrolyte opens the possible applicability of these devices as an active element in "transient" implantable systems.

  12. Synthesis of diamond films by pulsed liquid injection chemical vapor deposition using a mixture of acetone and water as precursor

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    Apatiga, L.M., E-mail: apatiga@servidor.unam.m [Centro de Fisica Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Universidad Nacional Autonoma deMexico, A.P. 1-1010, C.P. 76000 Queretaro, Qro (Mexico); Morales, J., E-mail: ippajmc@yahoo.com.m [Centro de Fisica Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Universidad Nacional Autonoma deMexico, A.P. 1-1010, C.P. 76000 Queretaro, Qro (Mexico); Facultad de Ciencias Fisico Matematicas, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Av. Universidad S/N, C.P. 66450 San Nicolas Nuevo Leon (Mexico)

    2009-04-02

    A chemical vapor deposition reactor based on the flash evaporation of an organic liquid precursor was used to grow diamond films on Si substrates. An effective pulsed liquid injection mechanism consisting of an injector, normally used for fuel injection in internal combustion engines, injects micro-doses of the precursor to the evaporation zone at 280 {sup o}C and is instantly evaporated. The resulting vapor mixture is transported by a carrier gas to the high-temperature reaction chamber where the diamond nucleates and grows on the substrate surface at temperatures ranging from 750 to 850 {sup o}C. The injection frequency, opening time, number of pulses and other injector parameters are controlled by a computer-driven system. The diamond film morphology and structure were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The as-deposited diamond films show a ball-shaped morphology with a grain size that varies from 100 to 400 nm, as well as the characteristic diamond Raman band at 1332 cm{sup -1}. The effects of the experimental parameters and operation principle on the diamond films quality are analyzed and discussed in terms of crystallinity, composition, structure, and morphology.

  13. High-optical-quality ferroelectric film wet-processed from a ferroelectric columnar liquid crystal as observed by non-linear-optical microscopy.

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    Araoka, Fumito; Masuko, Shiori; Kogure, Akinori; Miyajima, Daigo; Aida, Takuzo; Takezoe, Hideo

    2013-08-07

    The self-organization of ferroelectric columnar liquid crystals (FCLCs) is demonstrated. Columnar order is spontaneously formed in thin films made by the wet-process due to its liquid crystallinity. Electric-field application results in high optical quality and uniform spontaneous polarization. Such good processability and controllability of the wet-processed FCLC films provide us with potential organic ferroelectric materials for device applications. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Thinning and rupture of a thin liquid film on a heated surface

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    Bankoff, S.G.; Davis, S.H.

    1992-08-05

    Results on the dynamics and stability of thin films are summarized on the following topics: forced dryout, film instabilities on a horizontal plane and on inclined planes, instrumentation, coating flows, and droplet spreading. (DLC)

  15. Small-angle light scattering symmetry breaking in polymer-dispersed liquid crystal films with inhomogeneous electrically controlled interface anchoring

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    Loiko, V. A., E-mail: loiko@ifanbel.bas-net.by; Konkolovich, A. V. [National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Stepanov Institute of Physics (Belarus); Zyryanov, V. Ya. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Kirensky Institute of Physics, Federal Research Center “Krasnoyarsk Scientific Center,” Siberian Branch (Russian Federation); Miskevich, A. A. [National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Stepanov Institute of Physics (Belarus)

    2017-03-15

    We have described the method of analyzing and reporting on the results of calculation of the small-angle structure of radiation scattered by a polymer-dispersed liquid crystal film with electrically controlled interfacial anchoring. The method is based on the interference approximation of the wave scattering theory and the hard disk model. Scattering from an individual liquid crystal droplet has been described using the anomalous diffraction approximation extended to the case of droplets with uniform and nonuniform interface anchoring at the droplet–polymer boundary. The director field structure in an individual droplet is determined from the solution of the problem of minimizing the volume density of the free energy. The electrooptical effect of symmetry breaking in the angular distribution of scattered radiation has been analyzed. This effect means that the intensities of radiation scattered within angles +θ{sub s} and–θ{sub s} relative to the direction of illumination in the scattering plane can be different. The effect is of the interference origin and is associated with asymmetry of the phase shift of the wavefront of an incident wave from individual parts of the droplet, which appears due to asymmetry of the director field structure in the droplet, caused by nonuniform anchoring of liquid crystal molecules with the polymer on its surface. This effect is analyzed in the case of normal illumination of the film depending on the interfacial anchoring at the liquid crystal–polymer interface, the orientation of the optical axes of droplets, their concentration, sizes, anisometry, and polydispersity.

  16. Small-angle light scattering symmetry breaking in polymer-dispersed liquid crystal films with inhomogeneous electrically controlled interface anchoring

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    Loiko, V. A.; Konkolovich, A. V.; Zyryanov, V. Ya.; Miskevich, A. A.

    2017-03-01

    We have described the method of analyzing and reporting on the results of calculation of the small-angle structure of radiation scattered by a polymer-dispersed liquid crystal film with electrically controlled interfacial anchoring. The method is based on the interference approximation of the wave scattering theory and the hard disk model. Scattering from an individual liquid crystal droplet has been described using the anomalous diffraction approximation extended to the case of droplets with uniform and nonuniform interface anchoring at the droplet-polymer boundary. The director field structure in an individual droplet is determined from the solution of the problem of minimizing the volume density of the free energy. The electrooptical effect of symmetry breaking in the angular distribution of scattered radiation has been analyzed. This effect means that the intensities of radiation scattered within angles +θ s and-θ s relative to the direction of illumination in the scattering plane can be different. The effect is of the interference origin and is associated with asymmetry of the phase shift of the wavefront of an incident wave from individual parts of the droplet, which appears due to asymmetry of the director field structure in the droplet, caused by nonuniform anchoring of liquid crystal molecules with the polymer on its surface. This effect is analyzed in the case of normal illumination of the film depending on the interfacial anchoring at the liquid crystal-polymer interface, the orientation of the optical axes of droplets, their concentration, sizes, anisometry, and polydispersity.

  17. Evaporation temperature-tuned physical vapor deposition growth engineering of one-dimensional non-Fermi liquid tetrathiofulvalene tetracyanoquinodimethane thin films

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    Sarkar, I.; Laux, M.; Demokritova, J.

    2010-01-01

    We describe the growth of high quality tetrathiofulvalene tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ) organic charge-transfer thin films which show a clear non-Fermi liquid behavior. Temperature dependent angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy and electronic structure calculations show that the growth...... of TTF-TCNQ films is accompanied by the unfavorable presence of neutral TTF and TCNQ molecules. The quality of the films can be controlled by tuning the evaporation temperature of the precursor in physical vapor deposition method....

  18. Synthesis of nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films by liquid phase ...

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    From X-ray diffraction measurement, the deposited film was found to be amorphous and turns crystalline at 500°C. The deposited film showed excellent adherence to the substrate and was characterized by homogeneous flat surface. TiO2 thin films can be used as a photocatalyst to clean up organohalides, a class of ...

  19. Wavy Taylor vortices in molecular dynamics simulation of cylindrical Couette flow.

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    Trevelyan, David J; Zaki, Tamer A

    2016-04-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations of flow between concentric rotating cylinders are performed. As the relative speed between the two cylinders is increased, a spontaneous flow bifurcation occurs and vortices form in a stationary-vortex or traveling-wavy-vortex configuration. The former emerges when the axial boundary conditions constrain the flow by reflection, and the traveling-wavy-vortex flow develops when the axial boundaries are relaxed to periodic conditions. The flow bifurcation is triggered by the thermal fluctuations in the system, and the resulting flow field is in agreement with previous experimental observations. In addition, the temporal growth of the Fourier mode that characterizes the wavy-vortex motion is well described by Landau's theory for Hopf bifurcations. The spatiotemporal energy spectrum is evaluated in order to characterize the instability in terms of its azimuthal wave number and wave speed.

  20. Choline chloride based ionic liquid analogues as tool for the fabrication of agar films with improved mechanical properties.

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    Sousa, Ana M M; Souza, Hiléia K S; Latona, Nicholas; Liu, Cheng-Kung; Gonçalves, Maria P; Liu, LinShu

    2014-10-13

    In the present paper, we test the suitability of ChCl/urea (DES-U) and ChCl/glycerol (DES-G) eutectic mixtures, each one prepared at 1:2 molar ratio, for the production of agar films. A three-step process is proposed: pre-solubilization of polymer in DES followed by compression-molding and subsequent drying. The mechanical properties, water resistance and microstructure of the films were evaluated at different polymer concentrations (i.e. 2-6%, w/w). DES-U showed by far, the best film forming ability. Agreeing with the diffusion and SEM data, films with the best mechanical properties were found at the lowest and highest agar concentrations (tensile strengths of 24.2-42 MPa and elongations of 15.4-38.9%). The water sorption and contact angle studies suggested increased hydrophilicity for the film containing the lowest concentration of agar. The use of choline chloride based ionic liquid analogues as solvent and plasticizer might be a promising tool for the development of new non-aqueous materials based on seaweed polysaccharides. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  1. Influence of Liquid Petroleum Gas on the Electrical Parameters of the WO3 Thick Film

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    R. S. KHADAYATE

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the WO3 thick films were prepared by standard screen-printing technology. These films were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD measurements and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Influence of LPG on the electrical properties of the prepared WO3 thick film is reported. It was observed that the slope of the Arrhenius curves of the WO3 thick film decreased as the medium changed from pure air to 100 ppm LPG in air. From I-V characteristics, it was observed that the WO3 thick film exhibit highest sensitivity to 50 ppm LPG in air at 400oC.

  2. Thin and transparent films of graphene/silver nanoparticles obtained at liquid-liquid interfaces: preparation, characterization and application as SERS substrates.

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    Mehl, Hiany; Oliveira, Marcela Mohallem; Zarbin, Aldo José Gorgatti

    2015-01-15

    We report here the synthesis and characterization of transparent and homogeneous thin films of reduced graphene oxide/silver nanoparticles (rGO/AgNPs) nanocomposites, starting from graphene oxide (GO) or reduced graphene oxide (rGO), directly obtained at a water/toluene liquid-liquid interface. Different films (obtained by varying the Ag/rGO or Ag/GO ratio) were prepared, deposited over glass or plastic substrates, and characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis and Raman spectroscopy, thermal analysis, transmission and scanning electron microscopy. Samples were evaluated as substrates for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), using dilute solutions (1×10(-7) mol L(-1)) of a common probe molecule, 4-aminothiophenol (4-ATP). These materials exhibit significant high-quality SERS activity, and enhanced modes could be observed for 4-ATP, which suggested that charge transfer occurred between the Ag nanoparticles and 4-ATP molecules. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Formation and crystallisation of a liquid jet in a film exposed to a tightly focused laser beam

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    Anisimov, S. I.; Zhakhovsky, V. V.; Inogamov, N. A.; Murzov, S. A.; Khokhlov, V. A.

    2017-06-01

    This paper considers the effect of an ultrashort laser pulse on a thin gold film on a glass substrate at a focal spot size near 1 μm. We analyse the motion and thermal history of a film that has peeled off from the substrate in the heating spot as a consequence of melting. The detached zone is shown to form a domeshaped bump whose motion is hindered by surface tension. After the dome stops and turns back, towards the substrate, a jet begins to grow on its top. Concurrently, because of the heat dissipation in the film, melt recrystallisation begins, involving first the dome and then the jet. The liquid part of the jet elongates and breaks up into droplets because of the Plateau-Rayleigh instability development. The formation of a neck and the detachment of the last droplet occur in the solidification zone between the crystalline and liquid parts of the jet. The propagation of the crystallisation zone in the jet leads the necking process, so neck disruption occurs in the solid phase under nonequilibrium crystallisation conditions (the melt temperature is hundreds of kelvins lower than the melting point), at limiting mechanical stress and at high deformation rates. As a result, the jet transforms into a high needle with an extremely small tip radius (a few nanometres).

  4. Liquid-phase exfoliated graphene self-assembled films: Low-frequency noise and thermal-electric characterization

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    Tubon Usca, G., E-mail: gabriela.tubon@fis.unical.it [Surface Nanoscience Group, Department of Physics, University of Calabria, Via P. Bucci cubo 33C, 87036, Rende, Cosenza (Italy); DIMES - University of Calabria, Via P. Bucci cubo 42C, 87036, Rende, Cosenza (Italy); Hernandez-Ambato, J., E-mail: jhernandez@dimes.unical.it [DIMES - University of Calabria, Via P. Bucci cubo 42C, 87036, Rende, Cosenza (Italy); Pace, C., E-mail: calogero.pace@unical.it [DIMES - University of Calabria, Via P. Bucci cubo 42C, 87036, Rende, Cosenza (Italy); Caputi, L.S., E-mail: lorenzo.caputi@fis.unical.it [Surface Nanoscience Group, Department of Physics, University of Calabria, Via P. Bucci cubo 33C, 87036, Rende, Cosenza (Italy); Tavolaro, A., E-mail: a.tavolaro@itm.cnr.it [Research Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM-CNR), cubo 17C, 87036 University of Calabria, 87036 Rende, Cosenza (Italy)

    2016-09-01

    Highlights: • Graphene was exfoliated in liquid phase also in the presence of zeolite 4A. • Films were obtained by drop-casting. • SEM, Raman, low-frequency noise and thermal electric measurements show that the presence of zeolite improves the quality of the FLG films. - Abstract: In few years, graphene has become a revolutionary material, leading not only to applications in various fields such as electronics, medicine and environment, but also to the production of new types of 2D materials. In this work, Liquid Phase Exfoliation (LPE) was applied to natural graphite by brief sonication or mixer treatment in suitable solvents, in order to produce Few Layers Graphene (FLG) suspensions. Additionally, zeolite 4A (Z4A) was added during the production of FLG flakes-based inks, with the aim of aiding the exfoliation process. Conductive films were obtained by drop casting three types of suspensions over Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates with interdigitated electrodes, with total channel surface of 1.39 mm{sup 2}. The morphology characterization resulted in the verification of the presence of thin self-assembled flakes. Raman studies gave evidence of 4 to 10 layers graphene flakes. Electrical measurements were performed to state the Low-Frequency Noise and Thermal-Electric characteristics of the samples. We observe interesting relations between sample preparation procedures and electrical properties.

  5. Temperature-induced changes in polyelectrolyte films at the solid-liquid interface

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    Steitz, R; Tauer, K; Khrenov, Yu V; Klitzing, K V

    2002-01-01

    Polyelectrolyte multilayers (film thickness 30-60 nm) were built on top of silicon substrates by layer-by-layer deposition of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes from aqueous solutions. Three kinds of films were investigated: (A) films of a homo-polyelectrolyte and a diblock copolymer with a thermosensitive poly(N-isopropyl-acrylamide) block and (B) and (C) two reference systems built solely from homo-polyelectrolytes of opposite charges. Thermal behavior and subsequent structural changes of the functionalized films against D sub 2 O were investigated by neutron reflectometry. All films showed irreversible annealing effects upon heating. In addition, the thermosensitive films showed a decrease in thickness at elevated temperature (>30 C) while the reference samples, composed of thermo-insensitive polyelectrolytes only, did not. (orig.)

  6. Recycling acetic acid from polarizing film of waste liquid crystal display panels by sub/supercritical water treatments.

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    Wang, Ruixue; Chen, Ya; Xu, Zhenming

    2015-05-19

    Waste liquid crystal display (LCD) panels mainly contain inorganic materials (glass substrate) and organic materials (polarizing film and liquid crystal). The organic materials should be removed first since containing polarizing film and liquid crystal is to the disadvantage of the indium recycling process. In the present study, an efficient and environmentally friendly process to obtain acetic acid from waste LCD panels by sub/supercritical water treatments is investigated. Furthermore, a well-founded reaction mechanism is proposed. Several highlights of this study are summarized as follows: (i) 99.77% of organic matters are removed, which means the present technology is quite efficient to recycle the organic matters; (ii) a yield of 78.23% acetic acid, a quite important fossil energy based chemical product is obtained, which can reduce the consumption of fossil energy for producing acetic acid; (iii) supercritical water acts as an ideal solvent, a requisite reactant as well as an efficient acid-base catalyst, and this is quite significant in accordance with the "Principles of Green Chemistry". In a word, the organic matters of waste LCD panels are recycled without environmental pollution. Meanwhile, this study provides new opportunities for alternating fossil-based chemical products for sustainable development, converting "waste" into "fossil-based chemicals".

  7. Ratiometric Optical Temperature Sensor Using Two Fluorescent Dyes Dissolved in an Ionic Liquid Encapsulated by Parylene Film

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    Isao Shimoyama

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available A temperature sensor that uses temperature-sensitive fluorescent dyes is developed. The droplet sensor has a diameter of 40 µm and uses 1 g/L of Rhodamine B (RhB and 0.5 g/L of Rhodamine 110 (Rh110, which are fluorescent dyes that are dissolved in an ionic liquid (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate to function as temperature indicators. This ionic liquid is encapsulated using vacuum Parylene film deposition (which is known as the Parylene-on-liquid-deposition (PoLD method. The droplet is sealed by the chemically stable and impermeable Parylene film, which prevents the dye from interacting with the molecules in the solution and keeps the volume and concentration of the fluorescent material fixed. The two fluorescent dyes enable the temperature to be measured ratiometrically such that the droplet sensor can be used in various applications, such as the wireless temperature measurement of microregions. The sensor can measure the temperature of such microregions with an accuracy of 1.9 °C, a precision of 3.7 °C, and a fluorescence intensity change sensitivity of 1.0%/K. The sensor can measure temperatures at different sensor depths in water, ranging from 0 to 850 µm. The droplet sensor is fabricated using microelectromechanical system (MEMS technology and is highly applicable to lab-on-a-chip devices.

  8. Luminescent and scintillation properties of CsI:Tl films grown by the liquid phase epitaxy method

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    Zorenko, Yu. [Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials (LOM), Electronics Department of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, 107 Gen. Tarnawskogo Str., 70017 Lviv (Ukraine); Institute of Physics, Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, 85-090 Bydgoszcz (Poland); Voznyak, T.; Turchak, R. [Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials (LOM), Electronics Department of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, 107 Gen. Tarnawskogo Str., 70017 Lviv (Ukraine); Fedorov, A. [Institute for Scintillation Materials of NAS of Ukraine, 60 Lenina Ave., 61001 Kharkiv (Ukraine); Wiesniewski, K.; Grinberg, M. [Institute of Experimental Physics of Gdansk University, 57 Wita Stwoza, 80-952 Gdansk (Poland)

    2010-10-15

    CsI:Tl films have been crystallized by the liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) method from CsI:Tl (0.3 mol.%) crystalline salt onto CsI substrates. The luminescent and scintillation properties of CsI:Tl films are systematically compared with the corresponding properties of CsI:Tl (0.3 and 0.03%) crystals grown from the melt. The luminescence of CsI:Tl films and CsI:Tl (0.03%) crystals in the bands peaked at 2.52 and 2.22 eV is related to the radiative relaxation from the weak-off and strong-off configurations of excitons localized around Tl{sup +} ions, respectively. Apart from single Tl{sup +} centers, in highly doped CsI:Tl (0.3%) crystals creation of Tl{sup +} dimer centers occurs. These centers form the additional emission bands peaked at 2.42 and 1.98 eV related to the weak-off and strong-off configurations of excitons localized around Tl{sup +} dimer centers. We found that the dominant mechanism of excitation of the strong-off luminescence of localized excitons in CsI:Tl films and crystals is the charge-transfer transition between I{sup -} anions and Tl{sup +} ions in single and dimer centers. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  9. A free-flowing soap film combined with cavity ring-down spectroscopy as a detection system for liquid chromatography.

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    Vogelsang, Markus; Welsch, Thomas; Jones, Harold

    2010-05-07

    We have shown that a free-flowing soap film has sufficiently high-quality optical properties to allow it to be used in the cavity of a ring-down spectrometer (CRDS). The flow rates required to maintain a stable soap film were similar to those used in liquid chromatography and thus allowed interfacing with an HPLC system for use as an optical detector. We have investigated the properties of the system in a relevant analytical application. The soap film/CRDS combination was used at 355 nm as a detector for the separation of a mixture of nitroarenes. These compounds play a role in the residue analysis of areas contaminated with explosives and their decomposition products. In spite of the short absorption path length (9 microm) obtained by the soap film, the high-sensitivity of CRDS allowed a limit of detection of 4 x 10(-6) in absorption units (AU) or less than 17 fmol in the detection volume to be achieved. Copyright (c) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Development of Pre-set Counter-rotating Streamwise Vortices in Wavy Channel

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    Budiman, A.C.

    2015-10-23

    Development of counter-rotating streamwise vortices in a rectangular channel with one-sided wavy surface has been experimentally quantified using hot-wire anemometry. The wavy surface has fixed amplitude of 3.75 mm. The counter-rotating vortices are pre-set by means of a sawtooth pattern cut at the leading edge of the wavy surface. Variations of the central streamwise velocity Uc with a channel gap H = 35 mm and 50 mm (corresponding to a Reynolds number from 1600 to 4400) change the instability of the flow which can be distinguished from the velocity contours at a certain spanwise plane. The streamwise velocity contours and turbulence intensity for Reynolds number Re = 3100 and H = 35 mm show the disappearance of the mushroom-like vortices prior to turbulence near the second peak of the wavy surface, while for higher Re, this phenomenon occurs earlier. Under certain conditions, for example, for Re = 4400 and H = 50 mm, the splitting of the vortices can also be observed.

  11. Mixed convection flow and heat transfer in a vertical wavy channel ...

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    Mixed convection flow and heat transfer in a vertical wavy channel containing porous and fluid layer with traveling thermal waves. ... Results for a wide range of governing parameters such as Grashof number, viscosity ratio, width ratio, conductivity ratio, and traveling thermal temperature are plotted for different values of ...

  12. and wavy-wall confinement on wake characteristics of flow past ...

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    R Deepakkumar

    Keywords. Bluff body; wake; flow separation; wavy-wall confinement; CFD simulation; finite volume method. 1. Introduction. The flow across cross-confined circular cylinder plays a significant role in many engineering systems such as wind structure interaction of civil engineering industries, tube banks of heat exchanger in ...

  13. III-Vs at Scale: A PV Manufacturing Cost Analysis of the Thin Film Vapor-Liquid-Solid Growth Mode

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    Zheng, Maxwell; Horowitz, Kelsey; Woodhouse, Michael; Battaglia, Corsin; Kapadia, Rehan; Javey, Ali

    2016-06-01

    The authors present a manufacturing cost analysis for producing thin-film indium phosphide modules by combining a novel thin-film vapor-liquid-solid (TF-VLS) growth process with a standard monolithic module platform. The example cell structure is ITO/n-TiO2/p-InP/Mo. For a benchmark scenario of 12% efficient modules, the module cost is estimated to be $0.66/W(DC) and the module cost is calculated to be around $0.36/W(DC) at a long-term potential efficiency of 24%. The manufacturing cost for the TF-VLS growth portion is estimated to be ~$23/m2, a significant reduction compared with traditional metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. The analysis here suggests the TF-VLS growth mode could enable lower-cost, high-efficiency III-V photovoltaics compared with manufacturing methods used today and open up possibilities for other optoelectronic applications as well.

  14. Sensor for monitoring the vibration of a laser beam based on holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal films.

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    Li, Ming Shian; Wu, Shing Trong; Fuh, Andy Ying-Guey

    2010-12-06

    A continuous multiple exposure diffraction grating (CMEDG) is fabricated holographically on polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) films using two-beam interference with multiple exposures. The grating is fabricated by exposing a PDLC film to 18 repeated exposure/non-exposure cycles with an angular step of ~10°/10° while it revolves a circle on a rotation stage. The structure of the sample thus formed is analyzed using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and shows arc-ripples around the center. From the diffraction patterns of the formed grating obtained using a normally incident laser beam, some or all of the 18 recorded arc beams can be reconstructed, as determined by the probing location. Thus, it can be applied for use as a beam-vibration sensor for a laser.

  15. Holographic storage of three-dimensional image and data using photopolymer and polymer dispersed liquid crystal films

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    Gao, Hong-Yue; Liu, Pan; Zeng, Chao; Yao, Qiu-Xiang; Zheng, Zhiqiang; Liu, Jicheng; Zheng, Huadong; Yu, Ying-Jie; Zeng, Zhen-Xiang; Sun, Tao

    2016-09-01

    We present holographic storage of three-dimensional (3D) images and data in a photopolymer film without any applied electric field. Its absorption and diffraction efficiency are measured, and reflective analog hologram of real object and image of digital information are recorded in the films. The photopolymer is compared with polymer dispersed liquid crystals as holographic materials. Besides holographic diffraction efficiency of the former is little lower than that of the latter, this work demonstrates that the photopolymer is more suitable for analog hologram and big data permanent storage because of its high definition and no need of high voltage electric field. Therefore, our study proposes a potential holographic storage material to apply in large size static 3D holographic displays, including analog hologram displays, digital hologram prints, and holographic disks. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11474194, 11004037, and 61101176) and the Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai, China (Grant No. 14ZR1415500).

  16. Self-passivated copper as a gate electrode in a poly-Si thin film transistor liquid crystal display

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    Chae, G. S.; Soh, H. S.; Lee, W. H.; Lee, J. G.

    2001-07-01

    Self-passivated copper as a gate electrode in the form of TiO/Cu/TiO/TiN/SiO{sub 2} has been obtained by annealing Cu/Ti/TiN/SiO{sub 2}. The thickness of Ti in Cu/TiTiN was optimized at 150 Aa by forming an 80 Aa continuous TiO film on the outer surface of the Cu. The multilayer of SiO{sub 2}/TiO/Cu/TiO/TiN/SiO{sub 2} showed stable electrical passivating properties against Cu diffusion into the top or bottom SiO{sub 2}. Consequently, self-passivated copper has secured the dielectric properties of plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition SiO{sub 2} and can be utilized as a gate electrode in low temperature poly-Si thin film transistor liquid crystal displays without sacrificing the low resistivity of Cu. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  17. Biological treatment of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) wastewater.

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    Lei, C N; Whang, L M; Lin, H L

    2008-01-01

    The amount of pollutants produced during manufacturing processes of TFT-LCD (thin-film transistor liquid crystal display) substantially increases due to an increasing production of the opto-electronic industry in Taiwan. The total amount of wastewater from TFT-LCD manufacturing plants is expected to exceed 200,000 CMD in the near future. Typically, organic solvents used in TFT-LCD manufacturing processes account for more than 33% of the total TFT-LCD wastewater. The main components of these organic solvents are composed of the stripper (dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO) and monoethanolamine (MEA)), developer (tetra-methyl ammonium hydroxide (TMAH)) and chelating agents. These compounds are recognized as non-or slow-biodegradable organic compounds and little information is available regarding their biological treatability. In this study, the performance of an A/O SBR (anoxic/oxic sequencing batch reactor) treating synthetic TFT-LCD wastewater was evaluated. The long-term experimental results indicated that the A/O SBR was able to achieve stable and satisfactory removal performance for DMSO, MEA and TMAH at influent concentrations of 430, 800, and 190 mg/L, respectively. The removal efficiencies for all three compounds examined were more than 99%. In addition, batch tests were conducted to study the degradation kinetics of DMSO, MEA, and TMAH under aerobic, anoxic, and anaerobic conditions, respectively. The organic substrate of batch tests conducted included 400 mg/L of DMSO, 250 mg/L of MEA, and 120 mg/L of TMAH. For DMSO, specific DMSO degradation rates under aerobic and anoxic conditions were both lower than 4 mg DMSO/g VSS-hr. Under anaerobic conditions, the specific DMSO degradation rate was estimated to be 14 mg DMSO/g VSS-hr, which was much higher than those obtained under aerobic and anoxic conditions. The optimum specific MEA and TMAH degradation rates were obtained under aerobic conditions with values of 26.5 mg MEA/g VSS-hr and 17.3 mg TMAH/g VSS

  18. Morphology of SiO2 films as a key factor in alignment of liquid crystals with negative dielectric anisotropy

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    Volodymyr Tkachenko

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Control of liquid crystal (LC orientation using a proper SiO2 alignment layer is essential for the optimization of vertically aligned nematic (VAN displays. With this aim, we studied the optical anisotropy of thin SiO2 films by generalized ellipsometry as a function of deposition angle. The columnar SiO2 structure orientation measured by a noninvasive ellipsometry technique is reported for the first time, and its morphology influence on the LC alignment is demonstrated for large deposition angles.

  19. Morphology of SiO2 films as a key factor in alignment of liquid crystals with negative dielectric anisotropy.

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    Tkachenko, Volodymyr; Marino, Antigone; Otón, Eva; Bennis, Noureddine; Otón, Josè Manuel

    2016-01-01

    Control of liquid crystal (LC) orientation using a proper SiO2 alignment layer is essential for the optimization of vertically aligned nematic (VAN) displays. With this aim, we studied the optical anisotropy of thin SiO2 films by generalized ellipsometry as a function of deposition angle. The columnar SiO2 structure orientation measured by a noninvasive ellipsometry technique is reported for the first time, and its morphology influence on the LC alignment is demonstrated for large deposition angles.

  20. Liquid-crystalline rigid-core semiconductor oligothiophenes: influence of molecular structure on phase behaviour and thin-film properties.

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    Melucci, Manuela; Favaretto, Laura; Bettini, Christian; Gazzano, Massimo; Camaioni, Nadia; Maccagnani, Piera; Ostoja, Paolo; Monari, Magda; Barbarella, Giovanna

    2007-01-01

    The design, synthesis and properties of liquid-crystalline semiconducting oligothiophenes containing dithienothiophene (DTT), benzothiadiazole (BTZ) and carbazole (CBZ) rigid cores are described. The effect of molecular structure (shape, size and substitution) on their thermal behaviour and electrical properties has been investigated. Polarised optical microscopy (POM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analyses have revealed highly ordered smectic mesophases for most of the newly synthesised compounds. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies performed at various temperatures have shown that the smectic order is retained in the crystalline state upon cooling across the transition temperature, affording cast films with a more favourable morphology for FET applications.

  1. Three-dimensional investigation of liquid film structure at the initial area of annular-dispersed flow

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    Alekseenko Sergey

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Initial stage of downward flow of gas-sheared liquid film in a vertical rectangular duct was studied using brightness-based laser-induced fluorescence technique. Measurements were resolved along both longitudinal and transverse coordinates and time. The initial high-frequency waves which are formed at the inlet were found to be two-dimensional. These waves are promptly broken into localised horseshoe-shaped waves which merge downstream to form large-scale quasi-2D disturbance waves. Peculiarities of three-dimensional evolution of waves of different types were studied in a wide range of flow parameters.

  2. Morphology of SiO2 films as a key factor in alignment of liquid crystals with negative dielectric anisotropy

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    Marino, Antigone; Otón, Eva; Bennis, Noureddine; Otón, Josè Manuel

    2016-01-01

    Control of liquid crystal (LC) orientation using a proper SiO2 alignment layer is essential for the optimization of vertically aligned nematic (VAN) displays. With this aim, we studied the optical anisotropy of thin SiO2 films by generalized ellipsometry as a function of deposition angle. The columnar SiO2 structure orientation measured by a noninvasive ellipsometry technique is reported for the first time, and its morphology influence on the LC alignment is demonstrated for large deposition angles. PMID:28144524

  3. Non-Planar Nanotube and Wavy Architecture Based Ultra-High Performance Field Effect Transistors

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    Hanna, Amir

    2016-11-01

    This dissertation presents a unique concept for a device architecture named the nanotube (NT) architecture, which is capable of higher drive current compared to the Gate-All-Around Nanowire architecture when applied to heterostructure Tunnel Field Effect Transistors. Through the use of inner/outer core-shell gates, heterostructure NT TFET leverages physically larger tunneling area thus achieving higher driver current (ION) and saving real estates by eliminating arraying requirement. We discuss the physics of p-type (Silicon/Indium Arsenide) and n-type (Silicon/Germanium hetero-structure) based TFETs. Numerical TCAD simulations have shown that NT TFETs have 5x and 1.6 x higher normalized ION when compared to GAA NW TFET for p and n-type TFETs, respectively. This is due to the availability of larger tunneling junction cross sectional area, and lower Shockley-Reed-Hall recombination, while achieving sub 60 mV/dec performance for more than 5 orders of magnitude of drain current, thus enabling scaling down of Vdd to 0.5 V. This dissertation also introduces a novel thin-film-transistors architecture that is named the Wavy Channel (WC) architecture, which allows for extending device width by integrating vertical fin-like substrate corrugations giving rise to up to 50% larger device width, without occupying extra chip area. The novel architecture shows 2x higher output drive current per unit chip area when compared to conventional planar architecture. The current increase is attributed to both the extra device width and 50% enhancement in field effect mobility due to electrostatic gating effects. Digital circuits are fabricated to demonstrate the potential of integrating WC TFT based circuits. WC inverters have shown 2× the peak-to-peak output voltage for the same input, and ~2× the operation frequency of the planar inverters for the same peak-to-peak output voltage. WC NAND circuits have shown 2× higher peak-to-peak output voltage, and 3× lower high-to-low propagation

  4. Fast-switching electro-optical films based on polymer encapsulated liquid crystal, carbon nanotube, and dye

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    Lu, Lu; Lu, Shin-Ying; Chien, Liang-Chy

    2009-02-01

    We demonstrate fast-switching electro-optical films (EOFs) based on polymer encapsulated liquid crystal and carbon nanotube. EOFs are made by using the polymerization-induced phase separation method with an initially homogeneous mixture of a pre-polymer, liquid crystal and small amount of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The effects of the concentrations of CNTs and liquid crystals on the electro optical properties of the EOFs are studied. The rise times for the CNTcontaining EOFs is around 200 μs at 6V/μm, while the fall time is around 30ms at 6V/μm twice as fast as that of the EOF without CNTS. The dielectric measurements show that the relaxation frequency of the EOFs increases with the increase of CNT doping, indicating the decrease in droplets size. The morphology of EOFs is confirmed with SEM morphological studies. With the increase of the concentration of CNT or liquid crystal, the threshold voltages of the EOFs are decreased and the response times are faster.

  5. A Film Cooling Model for a RP-1/GOX Staged Combustion Liquid Rocket Engine (Preprint)

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    Haberlen, Philip A; Greisen, Daniel A; Anderson, William E

    2007-01-01

    .... An existing film cooling model was modified and applied to these experimental results. The resultant model predicted combustion chamber adiabatic wall temperature profiles for input propellant flow conditions and chamber geometry...

  6. Mathematical Modelling of the Evaporating Liquid Films on the Basis of the Generalized Interface Conditions

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    Goncharova Olga

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The two-dimensional films, flowing down an inclined, non-uniformly heated substrate are studied. The results contain the new mathematical models developed with the help of the long-wave approximation of the Navier-Stokes and heat transfer equations or Oberbeck-Boussinesq equations in the case, when the generalized conditions are formulated at thermocapillary interface. The evolution equations for the film thickness include the effects of gravity, viscosity, capillarity, thermocapillarity, additional stress effects and evaporation.

  7. Electro-Optically Active Monomers: Synthesis and Characterization of Thin Films of Liquid Crystalline Substituted Polyacetylenes

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    Duran, R. S.

    1995-01-01

    The overall objective of this study was the description of the behavior of mesogen substituted acetylene monomers and polymers in monolayer films at the air/water interface and as multilayer films including the formation of such films. Fundamental knowledge to be gained would include the effect of balancing hydrophilic and hydrophobic tendencies in a molecule more complex than the classical fatty acids or lipids. The effect of molecular shape on the packing and thus the ultimate stability of monolayers formed from these new molecules was explored. The work takes on the challenge of preorienting monomers in well-ordered arrays prior to attempting polymerization with the hope that order would be preserved in any resulting polymer. New knowledge gained with regard to the acetylenic monomers includes processing of the acetylene monomer into multi-layer films, followed by the design and synthesis of a second generation of improved monomer structure for superior LBK film transfer properties. A third generation of acetylenic monomer was synthesized which approaches more closely the goal of solid state polymerization of these materials. A parallel study took a different approach. The materials are pre-formed poly(phenylene-acetylene) polymers so questions about reactivity are mute. The materials are a variation on the well-known hairy-rod polymers with regard to their Langmuir film-forming properties. Overall, the goal was to demonstrate that these polymers could be processed into NLO materials with novel polar order.

  8. Comparison between experiment and theory in the temperature variation of film tension above the bulk isotropic transition in free-standing liquid-crystal films.

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    Veum, M; Duelge, L; Droske, J; Nguyen, H T; Huang, C C; Mirantsev, L V

    2009-09-01

    Using differential scanning calorimetry, the transition enthalpies and temperatures for the bulk smectic-isotropic phase transition have been measured for a series of liquid-crystal compounds. For five compounds, those values were used as parameters in a microscopic mean-field model to predict the temperature dependence of the difference in free-energy density between a sample of material in a free-standing smectic film and that in the bulk. The model predicts a weak temperature dependence below the bulk clearing point and a pronounced monotonic increase with temperature above the transition temperature. The compounds used in this study were chosen specifically because they were also the subject of a previous independent experimental study [M. Veum, Phys. Rev. E 74, 011703 (2006)] that demonstrated a sudden monotonic increase in the free-standing film tension with temperature, which is qualitatively consistent with the predictions of the above-mentioned mean-field model. This study presents a direct and quantitative comparison between the predictions of the mean-field model and the results from previous tension experiments.

  9. Natural convection of Al2O3-water nanofluid in a wavy enclosure

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    Leonard, Mitchell; Mozumder, Aloke K.; Mahmud, Shohel; Das, Prodip K.

    2017-06-01

    Natural convection heat transfer and fluid flow inside enclosures filled with fluids, such as air, water or oil, have been extensively analysed for thermal enhancement and optimisation due to their applications in many engineering problems, including solar collectors, electronic cooling, lubrication technologies, food processing and nuclear reactors. In comparison, little effort has been given to the problem of natural convection inside enclosures filled with nanofluids, while the addition of nanoparticles into a fluid base to alter thermal properties can be a feasible solution for many heat transfer problems. In this study, the problem of natural convection heat transfer and fluid flow inside a wavy enclosure filled with Al2O3-water nanofluid is investigated numerically using ANSYS-FLUENT. The effects of surface waviness and aspect ratio of the wavy enclosure on the heat transfer and fluid flow are analysed for various concentrations of Al2O3 nanoparticles in water. Flow fields and temperature fields are investigated and heat transfer rate is examined for different values of Rayleigh number. Results show that heat transfer within the enclosure can be enhanced by increasing surface waviness, aspect ratio or nanoparticles volume fraction. Changes in surface waviness have little effect on the heat transfer rate at low Rayleigh numbers, but when Ra ≥ 105 heat transfer increases with the increase of surface waviness from zero to higher values. Increasing the aspect ratio causes an increase in heat transfer rate, as the Rayleigh number increases the effect of changing aspect ratio is more apparent with the greatest heat transfer enhancement seen at higher Rayleigh numbers. Nanoparticles volume fraction has a little effect on the average Nusselt number at lower Rayleigh numbers when Ra ≥ 105 average Nusselt number increases with the increase of volume fraction. These findings provide insight into the heat transfer effects of using Al2O3-water nanofluid as a heat

  10. Preparation of a Thermally Light-Transmittance-Controllable Film from a Coexistent System of Polymer-Dispersed and Polymer-Stabilized Liquid Crystals.

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    Guo, Shu-Meng; Liang, Xiao; Zhang, Cui-Hong; Chen, Mei; Shen, Chen; Zhang, Lan-Ying; Yuan, Xiao; He, Bao-Feng; Yang, Huai

    2017-01-25

    Polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) and polymer-stabilized liquid crystal (PSLC) systems are the two primary distinct systems in the field of liquid crystal (LC) technology, and they are differentiated by their unique microstructures. Here, we present a novel coexistent system of polymer-dispersed and polymer-stabilized liquid crystals (PD&SLCs), which forms a homeotropically aligned polymer network (HAPN) within the LC droplets after a microphase separation between the LC and polymer matrix and combines the advantages of both the PDLC and PSLC systems. Then, we prepare a novel thermally light-transmittance-controllable (TLTC) film from the PD&SLC system, where the transmittance can be reversibly changed through thermal control from a transparent to a light-scattering state. The film also combines the advantageous features of flexibility and a potential for large-scale manufacturing, and it shows significant promise in future applications from smart windows to temperature sensors.

  11. Computational and experimental study on supersonic film cooling for liquid rocket nozzle applications

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    Vijayakumar Vishnu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available An experimental and computational investigation of supersonic film cooling (SFC was conducted on a subscale model of a rocket engine nozzle. A computational model of a convergent-divergent nozzle was generated, incorporating a secondary injection module for film cooling in the divergent section. Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD simulations were run on the model and different injection configurations were analyzed. The CFD simulations also analyzed the parameters that influence film cooling effectiveness. Subsequent to the CFD analysis and literature survey an angled injection configuration was found to be more effective, therefore the hardware was fabricated for the same. The fabricated nozzle was later fixed to an Air-Kerosene combustor and numerous sets of experiments were conducted in order to ascertain the effect on film cooling on the nozzle wall. The film coolant employed was gaseous Nitrogen. The results showed substantial cooling along the walls and a considerable reduction in heat transfer from the combustion gas to the wall of the nozzle. Finally the computational model was validated using the experimental results. There was fairly good agreement between the predicted nozzle wall temperature and the value obtained through experiments.

  12. An ionic electro-active actuator made with graphene film electrode, chitosan and ionic liquid

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    He, Qingsong; Yu, Min; Yang, Xu; Kim, Kwang Jin; Dai, Zhendong

    2015-06-01

    A newly developed ionic electro-active actuator composed of an ionic electrolyte layer sandwiched between two graphene film layers was investigated. Scanning electronic microscopy observation and x-ray diffraction analysis showed that the graphene sheets in the film stacked in a nearly face-to-face fashion but did not restack back to graphite, and the resulting graphene film with low sheet resistance (10 Ω sq-1) adheres well to the electrolyte membrane. Contact angle measurement showed the surface energy (37.98 mJ m-2) of the ionic electrolyte polymer is 2.67 times higher than that (14.2 mJ m-2) of the Nafion membrane, contributing to the good adhesion between the graphene film electrode and the electrolyte membrane. An electric double-layer is formed at the interface between the graphene film electrode and the ionic electrolyte membrane under the input potential, resulting in a higher capacitance of 27.6 mF cm-2. We report that this ionic actuator exhibits adequate bending strain, ranging from 0.032 to 0.1% (305 to 945 μm) as functions of voltage.

  13. Electro-optical effects in porous PET films filled with liquid crystal: new possibilities for fiber optics and THZ applications.

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    Chopik, A; Pasechnik, S; Semerenko, D; Shmeliova, D; Dubtsov, A; Srivastava, A K; Chigrinov, V

    2014-03-15

    The results of investigation of electro-optical properties of porous polyethylene terephthalate films filled with a nematic liquid crystal (5 CB) are presented. It is established that the optical response of the samples on the applied voltage drastically depends on the frequency range. At low frequencies of applied electrical field (foptical response arises as an impulse of light intensity, which decays for the time essentially shorter than the electric pulse duration. At high frequencies (f>fc) electric field induces an overall change in the light intensity, which is typical for an electro-optical response of a liquid crystal (LC) layer in a conventional "sandwich"-like cell. The dependences of critical frequency fc, threshold voltages, and characteristic times on a pore diameter d were established. The peculiarities of electro-optical effects can be explained in the framework of the approach which connects the variations of light intensity with the corresponding changes of the effective refractive index n(eff) of a composite LC media. The unusual behavior of the electro-optical response at low frequencies is assigned to the orienting action of the specific shear flow typical for electrokinetic phenomena in polar liquids.

  14. Stand-off detection of liquid thin films using active mid-infrared hyperspectral imaging

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    Maidment, L.; Zhang, Z.; Howle, C. R.; Lee, S. T.; Christie, A.; Reid, D. T.

    2015-10-01

    A hyperspectral imaging system was implemented using active illumination in the 3-4-μm band from an MgO:PPLN ultrafast optical parametric oscillator. Using a staring configuration based on a high-resolution mid-IR camera it was possible to distinguish between liquid chemicals based on their absorption characteristics, demonstrating the potential for standoff detection of a wide range of liquids.

  15. Properties of spray-deposited liquid-phase exfoliated graphene films

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    Sales, Maria Gabriela C.; Dela Vega, Ma. Shanlene D. C.; Vasquez, Magdaleno R., Jr.

    2018-01-01

    In this study, we demonstrate the feasibility of spray-depositing exfoliated graphene on flexible polyimide (PI) and rigid (soda lime glass) substrates for optoelectronic applications. The water contact angles of the substrates increased by 13% (for PI) and 49% (for glass) when the surfaces are pretreated with hexamethyldisiloxane, which significantly improved the adhesion of the films. Raman spectral analyses confirmed a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 23 layers of exfoliated graphene deposited on the substrates. After deposition, the films were exposed to 13.56 MHz radio-frequency plasma containing an admixture of argon and nitrogen gases. Plasma treatment modified the electrical properties with a response analogous to that of a rectifier. A 39% increase in transmittance in the visible region was also observed especially for glass substrates after plasma treatment without a significant change in film electrical conductivity.

  16. The Effect of Thermal Radiation on Entropy Generation Due to Micro-Polar Fluid Flow Along a Wavy Surface

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    Kuei-Hao Chang

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the effect of thermal radiation on micro-polar fluid flow over a wavy surface is studied. The optically thick limit approximation for the radiation flux is assumed. Prandtl’s transposition theorem is used to stretch the ordinary coordinate system in certain directions. The wavy surface can be transferred into a calculable plane coordinate system. The governing equations of micro-polar fluid along a wavy surface are derived from the complete Navier-Stokes equations. A simple transformation is proposed to transform the governing equations into boundary layer equations so they can be solved numerically by the cubic spline collocation method. A modified form for the entropy generation equation is derived. Effects of thermal radiation on the temperature and the vortex viscosity parameter and the effects of the wavy surface on the velocity are all included in the modified entropy generation equation.

  17. Effect of the Wavy permeable Interface on Double Diffusive Natural Convection in a Partially Porous Cavity

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    R Mehdaoui

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Two-dimensional, double diffusion, natural convection in a partially porous cavity satured with a binary fluid is investigated numerically. Multiple motions are driven by the external temperature and concentration differences imposed across vertical walls. The wavy interface between fluid and porous layer is horizontal. The equations which describe the fluid flow and heat and mass transfer are described by the Navier-Stokes equations (fluid region, Darcy-Brinkman equation (porous region and energy and mass equations. The finite element method was applied to solve the governing equations. The fluid flow and heat and mass transfer has been investigated for different values of the amplitude and the wave number of the interface and the buoyancy ratio. The results obtained in the form of isotherms, stream lines, isoconcentrations and the Nusselt and Sherwood numbers; show that the wavy interface has a significant effect on the flow and heat and mass transfer.

  18. Development of a wavy Stark velocity filter for studying interstellar chemistry

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    Okada, Kunihiro; Takada, Yusuke; Kimura, Naoki; Wada, Michiharu; Schuessler, Hans A.

    2017-08-01

    Cold polar molecules are key to both the understanding of fundamental physics and the characterization of the chemical evolution of interstellar clouds. To facilitate such studies over a wide range of temperatures, we developed a new type of Stark velocity filter for changing the translational and rotational temperatures of velocity-selected polar molecules without changing the output beam position. The translational temperature of guided polar molecules can be significantly varied by exchanging the wavy deflection section with one having a different radius of the curvature and a different deflection angle. Combining in addition a temperature variable gas cell with the wavy Stark velocity filter enables to observe the translational and rotational temperature dependence of the reaction-rate constants of cold ion-polar molecule reactions over the interesting temperature range of 10-100 K.

  19. Correction of an image distorted by a wavy water surface: laboratory experiment.

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    Levin, Iosif M; Savchenko, Victor V; Ju Osadchy, Vladimir

    2008-12-10

    A laboratory-modeling installation for experimental investigations of light and image transfer through a wavy water surface was described. Measurements of the modulation transfer function of turbid media and a wavy surface have proved the reliability of laboratory image transfer modeling. An experiment to correct the image distortion caused by surface wave refraction of an underwater object was done using laboratory-modeling installation. A color digital camera was used to simultaneously obtain an image of the object and a glitter pattern on the surface. Processing the glitter pattern allows one to obtain the values of surface slopes at a limited number of points and to use these slopes for retrieval of image fragments. A totally corrected image is formed by accumulating the fragments. The accumulated image closely matches an original undistorted image. The experiment demonstrates that correction of image distortion produced by surface waves is possible, at least in special cases.

  20. Development of a wavy Stark velocity filter for studying interstellar chemistry.

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    Okada, Kunihiro; Takada, Yusuke; Kimura, Naoki; Wada, Michiharu; Schuessler, Hans A

    2017-08-01

    Cold polar molecules are key to both the understanding of fundamental physics and the characterization of the chemical evolution of interstellar clouds. To facilitate such studies over a wide range of temperatures, we developed a new type of Stark velocity filter for changing the translational and rotational temperatures of velocity-selected polar molecules without changing the output beam position. The translational temperature of guided polar molecules can be significantly varied by exchanging the wavy deflection section with one having a different radius of the curvature and a different deflection angle. Combining in addition a temperature variable gas cell with the wavy Stark velocity filter enables to observe the translational and rotational temperature dependence of the reaction-rate constants of cold ion-polar molecule reactions over the interesting temperature range of 10-100 K.

  1. Numerical Simulation of Frosting on Wavy Fin-and-tube Heat Exchanger Surfaces

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    Ma, Q.; Wu, X. M.; Chu, F.; Zhu, B.

    2017-11-01

    Frost on fin surfaces of the heat exchanger increases thermal resistance and blocks air flow passage, which reduces the system energy efficiency. In this paper, a frosting model based on Euler multi-phase flow proposed before is used to simulate the frost layer growth process on wavy fin-and-tube heat exchanger surfaces. The model predicts the frost layer and temperature distributions on the heat exchanger surfaces. The air flow pressure drops before and after frosting have been obtained. The results show that the frost layer is unevenly distributed and no frost appears on the fin surfaces in the tube wake region. Frost on the wavy fin-and-tube heat exchanger surfaces restricts the airflow and the pressure drop increases about 140% after 45 min frosting. The simulation results are in good agreement with the experimental results.

  2. Wavy Lineaments on Europa: Fracture Propagation into Combined Nonsynchronous and Diurnal Stress Fields

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    Crawford, Zane; Pappalardo, Robert T.; Barr, Amy C.; Gleeson, Damhnait; Mullen, McCall; Nimmo, Francis; Stempel, Michelle M.; Wahr, John

    2005-01-01

    Understanding the processes that have operated on Europa and the manner in which they may have changed through time is fundamental to understanding the satellite's geology and present-day habitability. Previous studies have shown that lineament patterns on Europa can be explained by accumulation of tensile stress from slow nonsynchronous rotation (NSR), while the cycloidal planforms of other Europan lineaments can be explained if fractures propagate through a diurnally changing tensile stress field. We find that fractures propagated into combined diurnal and NSR stress fields can be "wavy" in planform for NSR stress accumulated over 2 to 8 of ice shell rotation and average propagation speeds of approx. 1 to 3 m/s. The variety of Europa's observed lineament planforms from cycloidal, to wavy, to arcuate can be produced by accumulation of NSR stress relative to the diurnal stress field. Varying proportions of these stress mechanisms plausibly may be related to a time-variable (slowing) NSR rate.

  3. Darcy Flow in a Wavy Channel Filled with a Porous Medium

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    Gray, Donald D; Ogretim, Egemen; Bromhal, Grant S

    2013-05-17

    Flow in channels bounded by wavy or corrugated walls is of interest in both technological and geological contexts. This paper presents an analytical solution for the steady Darcy flow of an incompressible fluid through a homogeneous, isotropic porous medium filling a channel bounded by symmetric wavy walls. This packed channel may represent an idealized packed fracture, a situation which is of interest as a potential pathway for the leakage of carbon dioxide from a geological sequestration site. The channel walls change from parallel planes, to small amplitude sine waves, to large amplitude nonsinusoidal waves as certain parameters are increased. The direction of gravity is arbitrary. A plot of piezometric head against distance in the direction of mean flow changes from a straight line for parallel planes to a series of steeply sloping sections in the reaches of small aperture alternating with nearly constant sections in the large aperture bulges. Expressions are given for the stream function, specific discharge, piezometric head, and pressure.

  4. The effects of wavy-wall phase shift on thermal-hydraulic performance of Al2O3–water nanofluid flow in sinusoidal-wavy channel

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    M.A. Ahmed

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, laminar forced convection flow of Al2O3–water nanofluid in sinusoidal-wavy channel is numerically studied. The two-dimensional governing equations of continuity, momentum and energy equations in body-fitted coordinates are solved using finite volume method. The sinusoidal-wavy channel with four different phase shifts of 0°, 45°, 90° and 180° are considered in this study. The results of numerical solution are obtained for Reynolds number and nanoparticle volume fractions ranges of 100–800 and 0–5%, respectively. The effect of phase shift, nanoparticle volume fraction and Reynolds number on the streamline and temperature contours, local Nusselt number, local skin friction coefficient, average Nusselt number, non-dimensional pressure drop and thermalhydraulic performance factor have been presented and analyzed. Results indicate that the optimal performance is achieved by 0° phase shift channel over the ranges of Reynolds number and nanoparticles volume fractions.

  5. Electro-optical properties of liquid crystal displays based on the transparent zinc oxide films treated by using a rubbing method

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    Park, Hong-Gyu; Kim, Eun-Mi; Heo, Gi-Seok; Jeong, Hae-Chang; Lee, Ju Hwan; Han, Jeong-Min; Kim, Tae Wan; Seo, Dae-Shik

    2018-01-01

    Liquid crystal (LC) alignment on inorganic films has been found to be affected by surface modification via ion-beam irradiation. In this study, ZnO films treated by rubbing with a velvet cloth were shown to be capable of aligning LC molecules in the direction of the rubbing. Uniform and homogeneous LC alignment was achieved on the rubbed ZnO films. By analysing the optical axes before and after the rubbing treatment, we confirmed an increase in the anisotropy of the ZnO films; this optical anisotropy contributed to the uniform orientation of LC molecules. Further, the electro-optical characteristics of the twisted nematic cells based on ZnO films were superior to those based on conventional polyimide layers. Our results indicate that the rubbing approach could be applied in the fabrication of high-performance LC displays.

  6. Form removal aspects on the waviness parameters for steel sheet in automotive applications : fourier filtering versus polynomial regression

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    Vermeulen, Michel; Balabane, Mikhael; Mallé, Celine

    2017-01-01

    Premium car makers attach great importance to the visual appearance of the painted car skin as an indication of product quality. The “orange peel” phenomenon constitutes a major problem here. It is not only depending on the paint’s chemical composition and application method, but also on possible waviness components in the sheet substrate. Therefore one is searching hard for a valuable waviness parameter to quantify the substrate’s fitness for purpose. A technically emerging problem is how to...

  7. Numerical Study of Natural Convection within a Wavy Enclosure Using Meshfree Approach: Effect of Corner Heating

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    Sonam Singh

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a numerical study of natural convection within a wavy enclosure heated via corner heating. The considered enclosure is a square enclosure with left wavy side wall. The vertical wavy wall of the enclosure and both of the corner heaters are maintained at constant temperature, Tc and Th, respectively, with Th>Tc while the remaining horizontal, bottom, top and side walls are insulated. A penalty element-free Galerkin approach with reduced gauss integration scheme for penalty terms is used to solve momentum and energy equations over the complex domain with wide range of parameters, namely, Rayleigh number (Ra, Prandtl number (Pr, and range of heaters in the x- and y-direction. Numerical results are represented in terms of isotherms, streamlines, and Nusselt number. It is observed that the rate of heat transfer depends to a great extent on the Rayleigh number, Prandtl number, length of the corner heaters and the shape of the heat transfer surface. The consistent performance of the adopted numerical procedure is verified by comparison of the results obtained through the present meshless technique with those existing in the literature.

  8. Effect of Fiber Waviness on Tensile Strength of a Flax-Sliver-Reinforced Composite Material

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    Taweesak Piyatuchsananon

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Recently, a composite material made from natural fibers and biodegradable resin, “green composite,” is attracting attention as an alternative composite material for the replacement of glass fiber-reinforced plastics. Plant-based natural fibers such as kenaf and flax have already been used as composite reinforcement materials because they are more environmentally friendly and costless fibers than artificial fibers. A problem of using natural fibers is the fiber waviness, which affects the tensile properties. Fiber waviness is fluctuation in the fiber orientation that is inherent in the sliver morphology of plant-based natural fibers. This study was conducted to clarify the relation between quantified parameters of fiber waviness and a composite’s tensile strength. First, the fiber orientation angles on a flax-sliver-reinforced composite were measured. Then the angle distribution was quantified through spatial autocorrelation analysis methods: Local Moran’s I and Local Geary’s c. Finally, the relation between the resultant tensile strength and quantified parameters was discussed.

  9. Visualization of pre-set vortices in boundary layer flow over wavy surface in rectangular channel

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    Budiman, Alexander Christantho

    2014-12-04

    Abstract: Smoke-wire flow visualization is used to study the development of pre-set counter-rotating streamwise vortices in boundary layer flow over a wavy surface in a rectangular channel. The formation of the vortices is indicated by the vortical structures on the cross-sectional plane normal to the wavy surface. To obtain uniform spanwise vortex wavelength which will result in uniform vortex size, two types of spanwise disturbances were used: a series of perturbation wires placed prior and normal to the leading edge of the wavy surface, and a jagged pattern in the form of uniform triangles cut at the leading edge. These perturbation wires and jagged pattern induce low-velocity streaks that result in the formation of counter-rotating streamwise vortices that evolve downstream to form the mushroom-like structures on the cross-sectional plane of the flow. The evolution of the most amplified disturbances can be attributed to the formation of these mushroom-like structures. It is also shown that the size of the mushroom-like structures depends on the channel entrance geometry, Reynolds number, and the channel gap.Graphical Abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  10. Effect of heat and film thickness on a photoinduced phase transition in azobenzene liquid crystalline polyesters

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    Sanchez, C; Alcala, R; Hvilsted, Søren

    2003-01-01

    . Optical absorption measurements show that azobenzene aggregates present in one of the polymers are broken down in the photoinduced phase transition. The birefringence induced with low power 488 nm light in films before and after undergoing that photoinduced phase transition has also been studied...

  11. Synthesis of nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films by liquid phase ...

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  12. An Experimental Study of the Influence of in-Plane Fiber Waviness on Unidirectional Laminates Tensile Properties

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    Zhao, Cong; Xiao, Jun; Li, Yong; Chu, Qiyi; Xu, Ting; Wang, Bendong

    2017-12-01

    As one of the most common process induced defects of automated fiber placement, in-plane fiber waviness and its influences on mechanical properties of fiber reinforced composite lack experimental studies. In this paper, a new approach to prepare the test specimen with in-plane fiber waviness is proposed in consideration of the mismatch between the current test standard and actual fiber trajectory. Based on the generation mechanism of in-plane fiber waviness during automated fiber placement, the magnitude of in-plane fiber waviness is characterized by axial compressive strain of prepreg tow. The elastic constants and tensile strength of unidirectional laminates with in-plane fiber waviness are calculated by off-axis and maximum stress theory. Experimental results show that the tensile properties infade dramatically with increasing magnitude of the waviness, in good agreement with theoretical analyses. When prepreg tow compressive strain reaches 1.2%, the longitudinal tensile modulus and strength of unidirectional laminate decreased by 25.5% and 57.7%, respectively.

  13. A thin film degradation study of a fluorinated polyether liquid lubricant using an HPLC method

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    Morales, W.

    1986-01-01

    A High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) separation method was developed to study and analyze a fluorinated polyether fluid which is promising liquid lubricant for future applications. This HPLC separation method was used in a preliminary study investigating the catalytic effect of various metal, metal alloy, and ceramic engineering materials on the degradation of this fluid in a dry air atmosphere at 345 C. Using a 440 C stainless steel as a reference catalytic material it was found that a titanium alloy and a chromium plated material degraded the fluorinated polyether fluid substantially more than the reference material.

  14. Simultaneous high-performance liquid chromatography assay of acetylsalicylic acid and salicylic acid in film-coated aspirin tablets.

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    Fogel, J; Epstein, P; Chen, P

    1984-12-28

    A reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method has been developed for the simultaneous assay of acetylsalicylic acid (I) and salicylic acid (II) in film-coated aspirin tablets. As little as 0.1% II (relative to I) can be quantitatively determined. Using a 5-microns octadecylsilane column with water-acetonitrile-phosphoric acid (76:24:0.5) as the mobile phase enabled the chromatographic separation to be completed in 4 min. Due to the slow rate of decomposition of I to II in the extraction solvent, acetonitrile-methanol-phosphoric acid (92:8:0.5), the analysis of many samples was routinely performed by means of automated HPLC equipment. Other compounds (non-aspirin salicylates, caffeine and acetaminophen) were also separated by the chromatographic system.

  15. Modeling of the Evaporative Cooling of Running-Down Liquid Films in the Slit Channel of the Spraying Device of a Cooling Tower

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    Dashkov, G. V.; Malenko, G. L.; Solodukhin, A. D.; Tyutyuma, V. D.

    2014-11-01

    This paper presents the results of computational modeling of the nonstationary evaporative cooling of a liquid film running down a vertical surface cooled by a turbulent vapor-air counterflow. The heat and mass transfer problem has been formulated in conjugate form. The calculation data on the total heat flow density at the interface for various instants of time are given.

  16. Growth of nanocrystalline TiO2 films by pulsed-laser-induced liquid-deposition method and preliminary applications for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wang, Guo-Bing; Fu, Min-Gong; Lu, Bin; Du, Guo-Ping; Li, Li; Qin, Xiao-Mei; Shi, Wang-Zhou

    2010-09-01

    A novel technique, the pulsed-laser-induced liquid-deposition (PLLD) method, has been employed to grow nanocrystalline TiO2 films on fluorine-doped tin-oxide-coated (FTO) glass substrates at room temperature. The PLLD method was implemented by directing a pulsed laser into a liquid precursor and depositing the photosynthesized nanocrystalline TiO2 on an FTO glass substrate immersed in the liquid precursor. The as-grown nanocrystalline TiO2 films were found to have a rutile crystal structure and consist of a number of flower-like TiO2 crystal units arrayed together on the FTO glass substrate. Each of the flower-like TiO2 crystal units was composed of many nanostructured TiO2 whiskers, and their building blocks were found to be bundles of TiO2 nanorods with diameter of about 5 nm. The growth of these TiO2 nanorods is highly anisotropic, with the preferential growth direction along [001]. As-grown nanocrystalline TiO2 films were annealed at 450°C in air for 30 min for the applications of dye-sensitized solar cells, and the nanostructured characteristics with good porosity were preserved after annealing. A preliminary dye-sensitized solar cell was built based on the annealed nanocrystalline TiO2 film. The results suggest that the PLLD method is a promising technique for growing nanocrystalline TiO2 films for photovoltaic applications.

  17. Optical sensor platform based on cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) - 4'-(hexyloxy)-4-biphenylcarbonitrile (HOBC) bi-phase nematic liquid crystal composite films.

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    Santos, Moliria V; Tercjak, Agnieszka; Gutierrez, Junkal; Barud, Hernane S; Napoli, Mariana; Nalin, Marcelo; Ribeiro, Sidney J L

    2017-07-15

    The preparation of composite materials has gained tremendous attention due to the potential synergy of the combined materials. Here we fabricate novel thermal/electrical responsive photonic composite films combining cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) with a low molecular weight nematic liquid crystal (NLC), 4'-(hexyloxy)-4-biphenylcarbonitrile (HOBC). The obtained composite material combines both intense structural coloration of photonic cellulose and thermal and conductive properties of NLC. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results confirmed that liquid crystals coated CNC films maintain chiral nematic structure characteristic of CNC film and simultaneously, transversal cross-section scanning electron microscopy images indicated penetration of liquid crystals through the CNC layers. Investigated composite film maintain NLC optical properties being switchable as a function of temperature during heating/cooling cycles. The relationship between the morphology and thermoresponsive in the micro/nanostructured materials was investigated by using transmission optical microscopy (TOM). Conductive response of the composite films was proved by Electrostatic force microscopy (EFM) measurement. Designed thermo- and electro-responsive materials open novel simple pathway of fabrication of CNC-based materials with tunable properties. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  18. Photo-alignment of low-molecular mass nematic liquid crystals on photochemically bifunctional chalcone-epoxy film by irradiation of a linearly polarized UV light

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    Choi, Dong Hoon; Cha, Young Kwan [Kyunghee Univ., Yongin (Korea, Republic of)

    2002-04-01

    Photocrosslinkable chalcone-epoxy compound comprising 1,3-bis-(4-hydroxy-phenyl)-propenone was synthesized for fabricating the photo-alignment layer of liquid crystals. Chalcone group was introduced into the main chain unit of the epoxy oligomer. We observed a photodimerization behavior and an optical anisotropy of this material by irradiation of a linearly polarized UV(LP-UV) light. With a trace amount of cationic photo initiator (TRS-HFA), polymerization of epoxy groups was also conducted at the similar wavelength range used for photodimerization . Linearly polarized UV irradiation on the chalcone-epoxy films with cationic photoinitiator induced optical anisotropy of the film and the resultant film can be used for alignment layers for low molecular weight nematic liquid crystals.

  19. A Study on the Electro-Optical Properties of Thiol-Ene Polymer Dispersed Cholesteric Liquid Crystal (PDChLC) Films.

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    Sun, Yujian; Gao, Yanzi; Zhou, Le; Huang, Jianhua; Fang, Hua; Ma, Haipeng; Zhang, Yi; Yang, Jie; Song, Ping; Zhang, Cuihong; Zhang, Lanying; Li, Fasheng; Zhao, Yuzhen; Li, Kexuan

    2017-02-22

    In this study, a polymer dispersed cholesteric liquid crystal (PDChLC) film obtained via a one-step fabrication technique based on photopolymerization of a thiol-acrylate reaction system was prepared and characterized for the first time. The effects of the chiral dopant, the influence of thiol monomer functionality and content on the morphology and subsequent performance of the PDChLC films were systematically investigated. It was demonstrated that the addition of a small amount of chiral dopant slightly increased the driving voltage, but decreased the off-state transmittance significantly. Furthermore, scanning electron micrographs (SEM) shown that the liquid crystal (LC) droplet size decreased at first and then increased with the increasing amount of thiol monomer functionality, while increasing the thiol content increased the LC droplet size. Correspondingly, the electro-optical switching behavior was directly dependent on LC droplet size. By tuning the raw material composition, PDChLC film with optimized electro-optical performance was prepared.

  20. Photo-alignment of low-molecular mass nematic liquid crystals on photochemically bifunctional chalcone-epoxy film by irradiation of a linearly polarized UV light

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    Choi, D H

    2002-01-01

    Photocrosslinkable chalcone-epoxy compound comprising 1,3-bis-(4-hydroxy-phenyl)-propenone was synthesized for fabricating the photo-alignment layer of liquid crystals. Chalcone group was introduced into the main chain unit of the epoxy oligomer. We observed a photodimerization behavior and an optical anisotropy of this material by irradiation of a linearly polarized UV(LP-UV) light. With a trace amount of cationic photo initiator (TRS-HFA), polymerization of epoxy groups was also conducted at the similar wavelength range used for photodimerization . Linearly polarized UV irradiation on the chalcone-epoxy films with cationic photoinitiator induced optical anisotropy of the film and the resultant film can be used for alignment layers for low molecular weight nematic liquid crystals.

  1. Photoimaging on an optically anisotropic film with a polymerizable smectic liquid crystal

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    Chang, Ji Young; Nam, Sang Woon; Hong, Chong Gi [Seoul National Univ. (Korea). School of Materials Science and Engineering; Seoul National Univ. (Korea). Hyperstructured Organic Materials Research Center; Im, Jung Hyuk; Kim, Jae Ho; Han, Man Jung [Ajou Univ., Suwon (Korea). Dept. of Molecular Science and Technology

    2001-09-03

    The orientation under an electric field of a smectic A phase liquid crystal (LC) is unveiled in this communication. The authors have prepared a rod-like LC consisting of two photoreactive chalcone units and have carried out photopolymerization by UV irradiation. Applications of this technique may include microscopic patterning. (orig.)

  2. Properties and Structure of the LiCl-films on Lithium Anodes in Liquid Cathodes

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    Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg; Hennesø, Erik

    2016-01-01

    Lithium anodes passivated by LiCl layers in different types of liquid cathodes (catholytes) based on LiAlCl4 in SOCl2 or SO2 have been studied by means of impedance spectroscopy. The impedance spectra have been fitted with two equivalent circuits using a nonlinear least squares fit program...

  3. Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Applied on Liquid Films: Effects of the Sample Thickness and the Laser Energy on the Signal Intensity and Stability

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    Violeta Lazic

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Droplets of organic liquids on aluminum substrate were probed by an Nd:YAG laser, both in a steady state and during rotation at speeds 18–150 rpm. Rotation transforms the droplet into film, which estimated thickness at high speeds was below 3 μm and 20 μm for diesel and peanut oil, respectively. Line intensities from the liquid (C I and the support (Al I material were tracked as a function of the film thickness and the laser energy. By film thinning, the line intensities from liquid sample were enhanced up to a factor 100x; simultaneously, the LIBS signal fluctuations were reduced 5–10 times with respect to the steady droplet. In certain experimental conditions, the line intensities from the support material become very weak with respect to the C I line, indicating an efficient screening of the substrate by highly excited plasma from the liquid layer. At a fixed rotation speed, there is a laser energy threshold, dependent on the liquid thickness, above which the LIBS signal becomes stable. Here, we discuss the relative processes and optimization of the experimental conditions for the LIBS measurements frome one laser shot to another.

  4. Transfer printing and patterning of stretchable electrospun film

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    Duan, Yongqing; Huang, YongAn, E-mail: yahuang@hust.edu.cn; Yin, Zhouping

    2013-10-01

    Electrospinning is an effective method for nanofiber production, but seldom used in the fabrication of patterned structures directly due to the whipping instability of the electrospinning jet. The whipping instability of electrospinning is adopted to fabricate stretchable patterned film by combination with an improved thermal transfer printing. The electrospun film is composed of small-scale wavy/coiled fibers, which make the patterned film highly stretchable. The optimal process parameters of whipping-based electrospinning are investigated to fabricate electrospun film with uniform and compact wavy/coiled fiber. Then the transfer printing and thermal detachment lithography are studied to generate patterned film, including the pressure, temperature, and peeling-off speed. Finally, the stretchability of the patterned electrospun film is studied through experiment and finite element analysis. It may open a cost-effective and high-throughput way for flexible/stretchable electronics fabrication. - Highlights: • Stretchable nonwoven film with small-scale wavy fibers is fabricated. • The film is transferred and patterned by thermal detachment lithography. • The patterned film is validated with high stretchability.

  5. Hydrodynamic waves in films flowing under an inclined plane

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    Rohlfs, Wilko; Pischke, Philipp; Scheid, Benoit

    2017-04-01

    This study addresses the fluid dynamics of two-dimensional falling films flowing underneath an inclined plane using the weighted integral boundary layer (WIBL) model and direct numerical simulations (DNSs). Film flows under an inclined plane are subject to hydrodynamic and Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities, leading to the formation of two- and three-dimensional waves, rivulets, and eventually dripping. The latter can only occur in film flows underneath an inclined plane such that the gravitational force acts in a destabilizing manner by pulling liquid into the gaseous atmosphere. The DNSs are performed using the solver interFoam of the open-source code OpenFOAM with a gradient limiter approach that avoids artificial oversharpening of the interface. We find good agreement between the two model approaches for wave amplitude and wave speed irrespectively of the orientation of the gravitational force and before the onset of dripping. The latter cannot be modeled with the WIBL model by nature as it is a single-value model. However, for large-amplitude solitarylike waves, the WIBL model fails to predict the velocity field within the wave, which is confirmed by a balance of viscous dissipation and the change in potential energy. In the wavy film flows, different flow features can occur such as circulating waves, i.e., circulating eddies in the main wave hump, or flow reversal, i.e., rotating vortices in the capillary minima of the wave. A phase diagram for all flow features is presented based on results of the WIBL model. Regarding the transition to circulating waves, we show that a critical ratio between the maximum and substrate film thickness (approximately 2.5) is also universal for film flows underneath inclined planes (independent of wavelength, inclination, viscous dissipation, and Reynolds number).

  6. Molecular dynamics study on the effect of boundary heating rate on the phase change characteristics of thin film liquid

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    Hasan, Mohammad Nasim, E-mail: nasim@me.buet.ac.bd.com; Morshed, A. K. M. Monjur, E-mail: shavik@me.buet.ac.bd.com; Rabbi, Kazi Fazle, E-mail: rabbi35.me10@gmail.com; Haque, Mominul, E-mail: mominulmarup@gmail.com [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) Dhaka-1000 (Bangladesh)

    2016-07-12

    In this study, theoretical investigation of thin film liquid phase change phenomena under different boundary heating rates has been conducted with the help of molecular dynamics simulation. To do this, the case of argon boiling over a platinum surface has been considered. The study has been conducted to get a better understanding of the nano-scale physics of evaporation/boiling for a three phase system with particular emphasis on the effect of boundary heating rate. The simulation domain consisted of liquid and vapor argon atoms placed over a platinum wall. Initially the whole system was brought to an equilibrium state at 90 K with the help of equilibrium molecular dynamics and then the temperature of the bottom wall was increased to a higher temperature (250 K/130 K) over a finite heating period. Depending on the heating period, the boundary heating rate has been varied in the range of 1600×10{sup 9} K/s to 8×10{sup 9} K/s. The variations of argon region temperature, pressure, net evaporation number with respect to time under different boundary heating rates have been determined and discussed. The heat fluxes normal to platinum wall for different cases were also calculated and compared with theoretical upper limit of maximum possible heat transfer to elucidate the effect of boundary heating rate.

  7. Synthesis, fractionation, and thin film processing of nanoparticles using the tunable solvent properties of carbon dioxide gas expanded liquids

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    Anand, Madhu

    nanoparticle populations. This study details the influence of various factors on the size separation process, such as the types of nanoparticles, ligand type and solvent type as well as the use of recursive fractionation and the time allowed for settling during each fractionation step. This size selective precipitation technique was also applied to fractionate and separate polydisperse dispersions of CdSe/ZnS semiconductor nanocrystals into very distinct size and color fractions based solely on the pressure tunable solvent properties of CO2 expanded liquids. This size selective precipitation of nanoparticles is achieved by finely tuning the solvent strength of the CO2/organic solvent medium by simply adjusting the applied CO2 pressure. These subtle changes affect the balance between osmotic repulsive and van der Waals attractive forces thereby allowing fractionation of the nanocrystals into multiple narrow size populations. Thermodynamic analysis of nanoparticle size selective fractionation was performed to develop a theoretical model based on the thermodynamic properties of gas expanded liquids. We have used the general phenomenon of nanoparticle precipitation with CO2 expanded liquids to create dodecanethiol stabilized gold nanoparticle thin films. This method utilizes CO2 as an anti-solvent for low defect, wide area gold nanoparticle film formation employing monodisperse gold nanoparticles. Dodecanethiol stabilized gold particles are precipitated from hexane by controllably expanding the solution with carbon dioxide. Subsequent addition of carbon dioxide as a dense supercritical fluid then provides for removal of the organic solvent while avoiding the dewetting effects common to evaporating solvents. Unfortunately, the use of carbon dioxide as a neat solvent in nanoparticles synthesis and processing is limited by the very poor solvent strength of dense phase CO2. As a result, most current techniques employed to synthesize and disperse nanoparticles in neat carbon dioxide

  8. Microscopic description of a liquid film on a solid substrate using density functional theory

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    Nold, Andreas; Pereira, Antonio; Malijewsky, Alexandr; Kalliadasis, Serafim

    2010-11-01

    We examine the wetting properties of planar and spherical substrates using a mean-field density functional theory. Equilibrium density profiles of a fluid close to an attractive wall are obtained by solving an integral equation resulting from the minimization of the grand potential. Using a novel pseudo-arc length continuation scheme, we compute the complete bifurcation diagram of the adsorption as a function of the chemical potential. For a spherical substrate we demonstrate a second unstable branch approaching saturation from the right, absent in the planar case. Our numerical results are in excellent agreement with analytical predictions obtained from a piecewise function approximation in which the density profile is assumed to be everywhere constant except near the wall-liquid and the liquid-gas interfaces. We also show that the sharp-interface approximation, used often to predict wetting behavior on planar substrates, is inadequate to describe wetting on a spherical substrate.

  9. Study of polymer dispersed liquid crystal film based on amphiphilic polymer matrix

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    Ahmad, Farzana; Jamil, Muhammad; Jeon, Young Jae

    2014-01-01

    Polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) films’ morphologies and electro-optical properties have been mostly investigated on the method of polymerization, rate of reaction, the relative amount, characteristic, and temperature of the LC/monomer mixtures; in chorus with the molecular associations existing among the LC, monomer molecules and with the glass. In this effort the molecular associations of polymer matrix having hydrophilic and hydrophobic characteristics are considered with the LC. He...

  10. Liquid phase epitaxy growth of bismuth-substituted yttrium iron garnet thin films for magneto-optical applications

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    Huang Min; Xu Zhichun

    2004-03-01

    The novel Bi-substituted rare-earth iron garnet films were grown by the modified liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) technique for use as a 45 deg. Faraday rotator in optical isolators. First, single crystals of Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} (YIG), with a lattice constant of 1.2378 nm, were grown by means of the Czochralski method. Using the seed crystal of YIG instead of the conventional non-magnetic garnet of Gd{sub 3}Ga{sub 5}O{sub 12} as a substrate, a film of BiYbIG was grown by means of the LPE method from Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3} fluxes. The structural, magnetic and magneto-optical properties of BiYbIG LPE film/YIG crystal composite have been investigated using directional X-ray diffraction, electron probe microanalysis, vibrating sample magnetometer and near-infrared transmission spectrometry. The saturation magnetization 4{pi}M{sub s} has been estimated to be approximately 1200 G. The Faraday rotation spectrum was measured by the method of rotating analyzer ellipsometry with the wavelength varying from 800 to 1700 nm. The resultant Bi{sub 0.37}Yb{sub 2.63}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} LPE film/YIG crystal composite showed an increased Faraday rotation coefficient due to doping Bi{sup 3+} ions on the dodecahedral sites of the magnetic garnet without increasing absorption loss, therefore a good magneto-optic figure of merit, defined by the ratio of Faraday rotation and optical absorption loss, has been achieved of 21.5 deg/dB and 30.2 deg/dB at 1300 nm and 1550 nm wavelengths, respectively, at room temperature. Since Yb{sup 3+} ions and Y{sup 3+} ions provide the opposite contributes to the wideband and temperature characteristic of Faraday rotation, the values of Faraday rotation wavelength and temperature coefficients were reduced to 0.06%/nm and 0.007 deg/ deg. C at 1550 nm wavelength, respectively.

  11. Improvement of film cooling effectiveness in thin rectangular channel by using riblets

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    Miura, Takashi; Horiki, Sachiyo; Osakabe, Masahiro

    1999-07-01

    Film cooling behavior in a thin rectangular channel was experimentally studied by using water and the film cooling effectiveness was compared with previous correlations for a wide space. The flow pattern and the wall temperature distribution were visualized with hydrogen bubbles and liquid crystal sheet, respectively. The wavy temperature distribution was observed on the wall just after the injection slit. The temperature wave slowly moved and oscillated in the streamwise direction. The wave propagation in the spanwise direction was relatively small, but the wave pattern was randomly different in each experimental condition. The low and high temperature regions of the wave corresponded to the high and low speed regions near the wall, respectively. It was suggested that the temperature wave was generated with the several longitudinal vortexes developed downstream of the injection in the thin channel. As thinning the channel, the size of vortexes corresponding to the wave length became smaller and the cooling effectiveness was decreased. The riblets were tentatively used to depress the vortexes and increase the film cooling effectiveness. By using the appropriate riblets, the inrushes of high speed main flow into the film due to the vortexes was reduced and approximately 30% increase of the cooling effectiveness was obtained.

  12. Photo-aligned blend films of azobenzene-containing polyimides with and without side-chains for inducing inclined alignment of liquid crystal molecules

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    Usami, Kiyoaki; Sakamoto, Kenji

    2011-08-01

    We have succeeded in controlling the pretilt angle of liquid crystal (LC) molecules over the whole range of 0 to 90° by using photo-aligned blend films of two azobenzene-containing polyimides (Azo-PIs) with and without side-chains. The Azo-PIs were synthesized from pyromellitic dianhydride and a mixture of 4,4'-diaminoazobenzene and 4-(4'-propylbi(cyclohexan)-4-yl)phenyl 3,5-diaminobenzoate (PBCP-DABA). PBCP-DABA is a diamine to introduce a side-chain structure into the polyimide. Defect-free uniform LC alignment was obtained in the pretilt angle (θp) ranges of θp ≤ 11° and θp ≥ 78°. Previously, we reported that the pretilt angle can be controlled using pure photo-aligned films of Azo-PIs with different molar fractions of PBCP-DABA. For the pure photo-aligned films, the defect-free pretilt angle ranges were θp < 5° and θp ≥ 85°. These results suggest that the azimuthal anchoring strength of the blend Azo-PI film is stronger than that of the pure films of Azo-PIs with side-chains, at least for the pretilt angle range from 5 to 11°. We found that the defect-free pretilt angle range can be extended by using the blend Azo-PI films instead of the pure Azo-PI films.

  13. Theoretical study of the cooling and protection of an inclined plane with a liquid film running in the presence of a gas stream; Etude theorique du refroidissement et de la protection d`une paroi inclinee par un film liquide ruisselant en presence d`un ecoulement gazeux

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    Daif, A.; Agunaoun, A.; Grisenti, M. [Perpignan Univ., 66 (France); Ilidrissi, A. [Faculte des sciences Ben M`Sik, Laboratoire d`energetique, Casablanca (Morocco)

    1996-08-01

    A numerical method was presented which allows to treat film running on a plane or cylindrical plate with an exact localisation of the gas-liquid interface. The application of this model in the case of an inclined plate showed the effectiveness by a liquid film of protecting an insulating plate from injurious effects of hot gases. When an important hot flux was imposed on the plate, the temperature elevation could be controlled. Comparisons with numerical results obtained by other authors demonstrated good agreement. 14 refs., 9 figs.

  14. Film

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    Balint, Ruth; Dolgopolov, Greg

    2008-01-01

    From the beginning of the twentieth century, Sydney defined cosmopolitanism and modernity in the national imagination, and central to this image was the cinema: its technology, its architecture, its stars, its marketing and the stories it circulated to its audiences about Australia and the world. Though it is difficult to define a genre of Sydney film, Sydney provided the backdrop for a host of ideas about the city, and later suburbia. Sydney came to be seen as a ‘tinsel town’ of cultural ban...

  15. Wavy and Cycloidal Lineament Formation on Europa from Combined Diurnal and Nonsynchronous Stresses

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    Gleeson, Damhnait; Crawford, Zane; Barr, Amy C.; Mullen, McCall; Pappalardo, Robert T.; Prockter, Louise M.; Stempel, Michelle M.; Wahr, John

    2005-01-01

    In a companion abstract, we show that fractures propagated into combined diurnal and nonsynchronous rotation (NSR) stress fields can be cycloidal, "wavy," or arcuate in planform as the relative proportion of NSR stress in increased. These transitions occur as NSR stress accumulates over approx. 0 to 10 deg of ice shell rotation, for average fracture propagation speeds of approx. 1 to 3 m/s. Here we consider the NSR speed parameter space for these morphological transitions, and explore the effects on cycloids of adding NSR to diurnal stress. Fitting individual Europan lineaments can constrain the combined NSR plus diurnal stress field at the time of formation.

  16. Pattern optimization of compound optical film for uniformity improvement in liquid-crystal displays

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    Huang, Bing-Le; Lin, Jin-tang; Ye, Yun; Xu, Sheng; Chen, En-guo; Guo, Tai-Liang

    2017-12-01

    The density dynamic adjustment algorithm (DDAA) is designed to efficiently promote the uniformity of the integrated backlight module (IBLM) by adjusting the microstructures' distribution on the compound optical film (COF), in which the COF is constructed in the SolidWorks and simulated in the TracePro. In order to demonstrate the universality of the proposed algorithm, the initial distribution is allocated by the Bezier curve instead of an empirical value. Simulation results maintains that the uniformity of the IBLM reaches over 90% only after four rounds. Moreover, the vertical and horizontal full width at half maximum of angular intensity are collimated to 24 deg and 14 deg, respectively. Compared with the current industry requirement, the IBLM has an 85% higher luminance uniformity of the emerging light, which demonstrate the feasibility and universality of the proposed algorithm.

  17. Smooth anti-reflective three-dimensional textures for liquid phase crystallized silicon thin-film solar cells on glass.

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    Eisenhauer, David; Köppel, Grit; Jäger, Klaus; Chen, Duote; Shargaieva, Oleksandra; Sonntag, Paul; Amkreutz, Daniel; Rech, Bernd; Becker, Christiane

    2017-06-01

    Recently, liquid phase crystallization of thin silicon films has emerged as a candidate for thin-film photovoltaics. On 10 μm thin absorbers, wafer-equivalent morphologies and open-circuit voltages were reached, leading to 13.2% record efficiency. However, short-circuit current densities are still limited, mainly due to optical losses at the glass-silicon interface. While nano-structures at this interface have been shown to efficiently reduce reflection, up to now these textures caused a deterioration of electronic silicon material quality. Therefore, optical gains were mitigated due to recombination losses. Here, the SMooth Anti-Reflective Three-dimensional (SMART) texture is introduced to overcome this trade-off. By smoothing nanoimprinted SiO x nano-pillar arrays with spin-coated TiO x layers, light in-coupling into laser-crystallized silicon solar cells is significantly improved as successfully demonstrated in three-dimensional simulations and in experiment. At the same time, electronic silicon material quality is equivalent to that of planar references, allowing to reach V oc values above 630 mV. Furthermore, the short-circuit current density could be increased from 21.0 mA cm-2 for planar reference cells to 24.5 mA cm-2 on SMART textures, a relative increase of 18%. External quantum efficiency measurements yield an increase for wavelengths up to 700 nm compared to a state-of-the-art solar cell with 11.9% efficiency, corresponding to a j sc, EQE gain of 2.8 mA cm-2.

  18. Holographically formed polymer dispersed liquid crystal films for transmission mode spectrometer applications.

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    Fox, Anna E; Rai, Kashma; Fontecchio, Adam K

    2007-09-01

    We show proof of concept of a transmission-mode wavelength filtering device consisting of layered holographically formed polymer dispersed liquid crystal (H-PDLC) cells. H-PDLC cells were fabricated from a thiolene based polymer composite to have transmission notches in the near-IR wavelength range. Wavelength filtering was achieved by stacking four H-PDLC cells with transmission notches spaced at 10 nm intervals. Results show a broad transmission notch spanning the spectral width of the constituent cells. With bias applied to an individual cell within the stack, the transmission notch of the cell inverts and the overall transmission envelope changes shape. Using a transmitted energy sensing device and a lineshape mapping algorithm, spectral content can be determined to a resolution of 0.1 nm for narrow banded signals. Applications for this switchable wavelength filtering device include serial detection of spectral content for telecom data signals or chemical and biological sample identification through absorption or emission spectroscopy.

  19. All-printed thin-film transistors from networks of liquid-exfoliated nanosheets.

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    Kelly, Adam G; Hallam, Toby; Backes, Claudia; Harvey, Andrew; Esmaeily, Amir Sajad; Godwin, Ian; Coelho, João; Nicolosi, Valeria; Lauth, Jannika; Kulkarni, Aditya; Kinge, Sachin; Siebbeles, Laurens D A; Duesberg, Georg S; Coleman, Jonathan N

    2017-04-07

    All-printed transistors consisting of interconnected networks of various types of two-dimensional nanosheets are an important goal in nanoscience. Using electrolytic gating, we demonstrate all-printed, vertically stacked transistors with graphene source, drain, and gate electrodes, a transition metal dichalcogenide channel, and a boron nitride (BN) separator, all formed from nanosheet networks. The BN network contains an ionic liquid within its porous interior that allows electrolytic gating in a solid-like structure. Nanosheet network channels display on:off ratios of up to 600, transconductances exceeding 5 millisiemens, and mobilities of >0.1 square centimeters per volt per second. Unusually, the on-currents scaled with network thickness and volumetric capacitance. In contrast to other devices with comparable mobility, large capacitances, while hindering switching speeds, allow these devices to carry higher currents at relatively low drive voltages. Copyright © 2017, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  20. Plasma Spray-CVD: A New Thermal Spray Process to Produce Thin Films from Liquid or Gaseous Precursors

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    Gindrat, M.; Höhle, H.-M.; von Niessen, K.; Guittienne, Ph.; Grange, D.; Hollenstein, Ch.

    2011-06-01

    New dedicated coating processes which are based on the well-known LPPS™ technology but operating at lower work pressure (100 Pa) are being actively developed. These hybrid technologies contribute to improve the efficiencies in the turbine industry such as aero-engines and land-based gas turbines. They also have a great potential in the domain of new energy concepts in applications like Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, membranes, and photovoltaic with the adoption of new ways of producing coatings by thermal spray. Such processes include Plasma Spray-Thin Film (PS-TF) which gives the possibility to coat thin and dense layers from splats through a classical thermal spray approach but at high velocities (400-800 m/s) and enthalpy (8000-15000 kJ/kg). Plasma Spray-PVD (PS-PVD) which allows producing thick columnar-structured Thermal Barrier Coatings (100-300 μm) from the vapor phase with the employment of the high enthalpy gun and specific powder feedstock material. On the other hand, the Plasma Spray-CVD (PS-CVD) process uses modified conventional thermal spray components operated below 100 Pa which allows producing CVD-like coatings (article, we present an overview of the possibilities and limitations encountered while producing thin film coatings using liquid and gaseous precursors with this new type of low pressure plasma spray equipment and point out the challenges faced to obtain efficient injection and mixing of the precursors in the plasma jet. In particular, SiO x thin films from Hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO or C6H18OSi2) can be deposited on wafers at deposition rates of up to 35 nm/s at an efficiency of about 50%. The process was also used for producing metal oxide coatings (Al2O3, ZnO, and SnO2) by evaporating different metals in combination with an oxygen gas flow. The effect of process parameters on the deposition rate, coating build up, uniformity, and quality of the coatings are discussed. An overview of different potential applications of this new technology

  1. Numerical Study of Natural Convection in a Heated Enclosure with Two Wavy Vertical Walls Using Finite Element Method

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    Pensiri Sompong

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects of wavy geometry on natural convection in an enclosure with two wavy vertical walls and filled with fluid saturated porous media are investigated numerically by using finite element method. The wavy enclosure is transformed to a unit square in the computational domain and the finite element formulations are solved in terms of ξη-coordinate based on iterative method. In order to investigate the effects of interested parameters, the values of wave amplitude (λ = 0.05 and 0.1 and number of undulations (n = 1 and 2 are chosen with constants Ra = 105, Da = 10−3, and Pr = 0.71. It is found that the increase in number of undulations has small effect on natural convection inside the enclosure whereas the increase in wave amplitude reduces the strength of convection because higher wave volume plays a barricade role.

  2. Magneto-optical and Microwave Properties of LuBiIG Thin Films Prepared by Liquid Phase Epitaxy Method from Lead-Free Flux

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    Yang, Qing-Hui; Zhnag, Huai-Wu; Wen, Qi-Ye; Liu, Ying-Li; Ihor, Syvorotka M.; Ihor, Syvorotka I.

    2009-04-01

    Lu2.1 Bi0.9Fe5 O12 (LuBiIG) garnet films are prepared by liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) method on gadolinium gallium garnet (GGG) substrates from lead-free flux. Three-inch single crystal garnet films with (444) orientation and good surface are successfully fabricated. The lattice mismatch to the GGG(111) substrate is as small as 0.08%. The ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) linewidth of the film is 2ΔH = 2.8-5.1 Oe, the Faraday rotation is 1.64 deg/μm at 633 nm at room temperature and the optical absorption coefficient of the film is 600 cm-1 in visible range and about 100-170 cm-1 when the wavelength is larger than 800 nm. The epitaxy film possesses dominating in-plane magnetization with a saturation magnetization of about 1562G. These superior optical, magnetic-optical (MO) and microwave properties of our garnet films have potential applications in both MO and microwave devices.

  3. Direct numerical simulation of low-Prandtl number turbulent convection above a wavy wall

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    Errico, Orsola; Stalio, Enrico, E-mail: enrico.stalio@unimore.it

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Turbulent convection is investigated in a wavy channel for Re = 18, 880 and Pr = 0.025. • In the considered Péclet number range, heat transfer is mostly by mean flow advection. • The Generalized Gradient Diffusion Hypothesis (GGDH) represents with fair accuracy the direction of turbulent heat fluxes. • Given the time scale in the model depends on mechanical quantities only, C{sub θ} needs to be tuned for Pr ≠ 1. - Abstract: Turbulent forced convection is investigated by Direct Numerical Simulation in a channel with one sinusoidal wavy wall and one flat wall. Fluid flow and heat transfer are periodically fully developed, the simulated Reynolds number of the bulk velocity and the hydraulic diameter is Re = 18, 880 while three Prandtl numbers are considered, i.e. Pr = 0.025, Pr = 0.2, and Pr = 0.71. The fluid flow is characterized by separation, reattachment and a shear layer downstream the wave peak, these are conditions relevant for turbulent heat transfer and passive scalar transport applications. In the range of Péclet numbers investigated, the most important heat transfer mechanism is by mean flow advection. Accordingly, the peak heat transfer region is in the upslope part of the domain. The separation bubble instead acts as a barrier to convection and the heat transfer rate is minimum close to separation. An a priori analysis is performed in order to assess the accuracy of turbulent heat transfer models based on the Generalized Gradient Diffusion Hypothesis.

  4. Forecasting of Machined Surface Waviness on the Basis of Self-oscillations Analysis

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    Belov, E. B.; Leonov, S. L.; Markov, A. M.; Sitnikov, A. A.; Khomenko, V. A.

    2017-01-01

    The paper states a problem of providing quality of geometrical characteristics of machined surfaces, which makes it necessary to forecast the occurrence and amount of oscillations appearing in the course of mechanical treatment. Objectives and tasks of the research are formulated. Sources of oscillation onset are defined: these are coordinate connections and nonlinear dependence of cutting force on the cutting velocity. A mathematical model of forecasting steady-state self-oscillations is investigated. The equation of the cutter tip motion is a system of two second-order nonlinear differential equations. The paper shows an algorithm describing a harmonic linearization method which allows for a significant reduction of the calculation time. In order to do that it is necessary to determine the amplitude of oscillations, frequency and a steady component of the first harmonic. Software which allows obtaining data on surface waviness parameters is described. The paper studies an example of the use of the developed model in semi-finished lathe machining of the shaft made from steel 40H which is a part of the BelAZ wheel electric actuator unit. Recommendations on eliminating self-oscillations in the process of shaft cutting and defect correction of the surface waviness are given.

  5. Effect of Wavy Trailing Edge on 100meter Flatback Wind Turbine Blade

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    Yang; Baeder, J. D.

    2016-09-01

    The flatback trailing edge design for modern 100meter wind turbine blade has been developed and proposed to make wind turbine blade to be slender and lighter. On the other hand, it will increase aerodynamic drag; consequently the increased drag diminishes turbine power generation. Thus, an aerodynamic drag reducing technique should be accompanied with the flatback trailing edge in order to prevent loss of turbine power generation. In this work, a drag mitigation design, span-wise wavy trailing edge blade, has been applied to a modern 100meter blade. The span-wise trailing edge acts as a vortex generator, and breaks up the strong span-wise coherent trailing edge vortex structure at the flatback airfoil trailing edge which is a major source of large drag. Three-dimensional unsteady Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations have been performed for real scale wind turbine blade geometries. Delayed Detached Eddy Simulation (DDES) with the modified laminar-turbulent transition model has been applied to obtain accurate flow field predictions. Graphical Processor Unit (GPU)-accelerated computation has been conducted to reduce computational costs of the real scale wind turbine blade simulations. To verify the structural reliability of the wavy modification of the blade a simple Eigen buckling analysis has been performed in the current study.

  6. Systematic periodicity in waviness of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes explained by helical buckling

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    Jahangiri, Mehdi

    2017-09-01

    A hypothesis is proposed in this work to account for the geometry of individual vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNTs) that not only justifies the directionality of their growth, but also explains the origin of the waviness frequently reported for these nanotube forests. Such waviness has fundamental effects on the transport/conduction properties of VACNTs, either through or along them, regarding phenomena such as mass, stress, heat and electricity. Despite the general opinion about randomness of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) tortuosity, we demonstrate here that rules of helical buckling of tubular strings is applicable to VACNTs, based on which a regular 3D helical geometry is proposed for VACNTs, with a 2D sine wave shape side-profile. In this framework, gradual increase of the total free surface energy by growth of CNTs ensues their partial cohesion, driven by van der Waals interactions, to reduce the excess surface energy. On the other hand, their cohesion is accompanied by their deformation and loss of straightness, which in turn, translates to buildup of an elastic strain energy in the system. The balance of the two energies along with the spatial constraints on each CNT at its contact points with neighboring CNTs, is manifested in its helical buckling, that is systematically influenced by nanostructural characteristics of VACNTs, such as their diameter, wall thickness and inter-CNT spacing.

  7. Systematic periodicity in waviness of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes explained by helical buckling.

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    Jahangiri, Mehdi

    2017-09-15

    A hypothesis is proposed in this work to account for the geometry of individual vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNTs) that not only justifies the directionality of their growth, but also explains the origin of the waviness frequently reported for these nanotube forests. Such waviness has fundamental effects on the transport/conduction properties of VACNTs, either through or along them, regarding phenomena such as mass, stress, heat and electricity. Despite the general opinion about randomness of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) tortuosity, we demonstrate here that rules of helical buckling of tubular strings is applicable to VACNTs, based on which a regular 3D helical geometry is proposed for VACNTs, with a 2D sine wave shape side-profile. In this framework, gradual increase of the total free surface energy by growth of CNTs ensues their partial cohesion, driven by van der Waals interactions, to reduce the excess surface energy. On the other hand, their cohesion is accompanied by their deformation and loss of straightness, which in turn, translates to buildup of an elastic strain energy in the system. The balance of the two energies along with the spatial constraints on each CNT at its contact points with neighboring CNTs, is manifested in its helical buckling, that is systematically influenced by nanostructural characteristics of VACNTs, such as their diameter, wall thickness and inter-CNT spacing.

  8. The Effect of Inclination Angle on Critical Heat Flux in a Locally Heated Liquid Film Moving Under the Action of Gas Flow in a Mini-Channel

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    Tkachenko Egor M.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Intensively evaporating liquid films moving under the action of the cocurrent gas flow in a microchannel are promising for the use in modern cooling systems of semiconductor devices with high local heat release. This work has studied the dependence of the critical heat flux on the inclination angle of the channel. It has been found that the inclination angle in the plane parallel to the flow has no significant effect on the critical heat flux. Whereas the inclination angle in the plane perpendicular to the flow, on the contrary, significantly changes the value of the critical heat flux. However, for a given flow rate of fluid there is a threshold gas velocity at which the critical heat flux does not differ from the case of zero inclination of the channel. Thus, it can be concluded that the cooling system based on shear-driven liquid films can be potentially used when direction of the gravity changes.

  9. Etude numérique de la propagation d'une flamme sous l'influence d'un film liquide de carburant sur la paroi

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    Desoutter, Gaëtan

    2007-01-01

    Au cours de ce travail de thèse, nous avons étudié l'interaction flamme-film liquide à l'aide d'analyses numériques et de nombreux développements théoriques. L'objectif est de maîtriser les mécanismes de base qui entrent en jeu lors de l'interaction de la flamme avec un film liquide, en particulier son évaporation à l'approche de la flamme et son impact sur la structure de cette dernière. Dans un premier temps, nous avons effectué des simulations numériques directes (DNS) de ce...

  10. Effects of Variable Thermal Conductivity with Thermal Radiation on MHD Flow and Heat Transfer of Casson Liquid Film Over an Unsteady Stretching Surface

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    El-Aziz, Mohamed Abd; Afify, Ahmed A.

    2016-10-01

    In the present work, the hydromagnetic boundary layer flow and heat transfer of Casson fluid in a thin liquid film over an unsteady stretching sheet in the presence of variable thermal conductivity, thermal radiation, and viscous dissipation is investigated numerically. The Casson fluid model is applied to characterize the non-Newtonian fluid behavior. Similarity equations are derived and then solved numerically by using a shooting method with fourth order Runge-Kutta integration scheme. Comparisons with previous literature are accomplished and obtained an excellent agreement. The influences of parameters governing a thin liquid film of Casson fluid and heat transfer characteristics are presented graphically and analyzed. It is observed that the heat transfer rate diminishes with a rise in thermal conductivity parameter and Eckert number. Further, the opposite influence is found with an increase in radiation parameter.

  11. Optical simulations of advanced light management for liquid-phase crystallized silicon thin-film solar cells

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    Jäger, Klaus; Köppel, Grit; Eisenhauer, David; Chen, Duote; Hammerschmidt, Martin; Burger, Sven; Becker, Christiane

    2017-08-01

    Light management is a key issue for highly efficient liquid-phase crystallized silicon (LPC-Si) thin-film solar cells and can be achieved with periodic nanotextures. They are fabricated with nanoimprint lithography and situated between the glass superstrate and the silicon absorber. To combine excellent optical performance and LPC-Si material quality leading to open circuit voltages exceeding 640 mV, the nanotextures must be smooth. Optical simulations of these solar cells can be performed with the finite element method (FEM). Accurately simulating the optics of such layer stacks requires not only to consider the nanotextured glass-silicon interface, but also to adequately account for the air-glass interface on top of this stack. When using rigorous Maxwell solvers like the finite element method (FEM), the air-glass interface has to be taken into account a posteriori, because the solar cells are prepared on thick glass superstrates, in which light is to be treated incoherently. In this contribution we discuss two different incoherent a posteriori corrections, which we test for nanotextures between glass and silicon. A comparison with experimental data reveals that a first-order correction can predict the measured reflectivity of the samples much better than an often-applied zeroth-order correction.

  12. Exposure to volatile organic compounds and kidney dysfunction in thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) workers.

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    Chang, Ta-Yuan; Huang, Kuei-Hung; Liu, Chiu-Shong; Shie, Ruei-Hao; Chao, Keh-Ping; Hsu, Wen-Hsin; Bao, Bo-Ying

    2010-06-15

    Many volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted during the manufacturing of thin film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCDs), exposure to some of which has been reported to be associated with kidney dysfunction, but whether such an effect exists in TFT-LCD industry workers is unknown. This cross-sectional study aimed to investigate the association between exposure to VOCs and kidney dysfunction among TFT-LCD workers. The results showed that ethanol (1811.0+/-1740.4 ppb), acetone (669.0+/-561.0 ppb), isopropyl alcohol (187.0+/-205.3 ppb) and propylene glycol monomethyl ether acetate (PGMEA) (102.9+/-102.0 ppb) were the four dominant VOCs present in the workplace. The 63 array workers studied had a risk of kidney dysfunction 3.21-fold and 3.84-fold that of 61 cell workers and 18 module workers, respectively. Workers cumulatively exposed to a total level of isopropyl alcohol, PGMEA and propylene glycol monomethyl ether> or =324 ppb-year had a significantly higher risk of kidney dysfunction (adjusted OR=3.41, 95% CI=1.14-10.17) compared with those exposed to LCD industry, and cumulative exposure to specific VOCs might be associated with kidney dysfunction. Crown Copyright 2010. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Liquid-phase exfoliated graphene self-assembled films: Low-frequency noise and thermal-electric characterization

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    Tubon Usca, G.; Hernandez-Ambato, J.; Pace, C.; Caputi, L. S.; Tavolaro, A.

    2016-09-01

    In few years, graphene has become a revolutionary material, leading not only to applications in various fields such as electronics, medicine and environment, but also to the production of new types of 2D materials. In this work, Liquid Phase Exfoliation (LPE) was applied to natural graphite by brief sonication or mixer treatment in suitable solvents, in order to produce Few Layers Graphene (FLG) suspensions. Additionally, zeolite 4A (Z4A) was added during the production of FLG flakes-based inks, with the aim of aiding the exfoliation process. Conductive films were obtained by drop casting three types of suspensions over Al2O3 substrates with interdigitated electrodes, with total channel surface of 1.39 mm2. The morphology characterization resulted in the verification of the presence of thin self-assembled flakes. Raman studies gave evidence of 4 to 10 layers graphene flakes. Electrical measurements were performed to state the Low-Frequency Noise and Thermal-Electric characteristics of the samples. We observe interesting relations between sample preparation procedures and electrical properties.

  14. Optimization of PEDOT films in ionic liquid supercapacitors: demonstration as a power source for polymer electrochromic devices.

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    Österholm, Anna M; Shen, D Eric; Dyer, Aubrey L; Reynolds, John R

    2013-12-26

    We report on the optimization of the capacitive behavior of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) films as polymeric electrodes in flexible, Type I electrochemical supercapacitors (ESCs) utilizing ionic liquid (IL) and organic gel electrolytes. The device performance was assessed based on figures of merit that are critical to evaluating the practical utility of electroactive polymer ESCs. PEDOT/IL devices were found to be highly stable over hundreds of thousands of cycles and could be reversibly charged/discharged at scan rates between 500 mV/s and 2 V/s depending on the polymer loading. Furthermore, these devices exhibit leakage currents and self-discharge rates that are comparable to state of the art electrochemical double-layer ESCs. Using an IL as device electrolyte allowed an extension of the voltage window of Type I ESCs by 60%, resulting in a 2.5-fold increase in the energy density obtained. The efficacies of tjese PEDOT ESCs were assessed by using them as a power source for a high-contrast and fast-switching electrochromic device, demonstrating their applicability in small organic electronic-based devices.

  15. Study of the liquid-film-forming apparatus as an alternative aeration system: design criteria and operating condition.

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    Hongprasith, Narapong; Imai, Tsuyoshi; Painmanakul, Pisut

    2017-06-01

    Aeration is an important factor in aquaculture systems because it is a vital condition for all organisms that live in water and respire aerobically. Generally, mechanical surface aerators are widely used in Thailand due to their advantage for increasing dissolved oxygen (DO) and for their horizontal mixing of aquaculture ponds with large surface areas. However, these systems still have some drawbacks, primarily the low oxygen transfer efficiency (OTE) and energy. Regarding this issue, alternative aeration systems should be studied and applied. Therefore, this research aims to study the aeration mechanism obtained by the diffused-air aeration combined with a liquid-film-forming apparatus (LFFA). The effect of gas flow rates, types, and patterns of aerator installation were investigated in an aquaculture pond of 10 m × 10 m × 1.5 m. The analytical parameters were volumetric mass transfer coefficient (kLa), OTE, and aeration efficiency (AE). From the results, the '4-D' with partitions was proposed as the suitable pattern for the LFFA installation. The advantage could be obtained from high energy performance with 1.2 kg/kW h of AE. Then, the operation conditions can be applied as a design guideline for this alternative aeration system in the aquaculture ponds.

  16. Improvement of the Response Time of Super Thin Film Transistor Liquid Crystal Displays by Using a Backlight System

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    Hirakata, Jun-ichi; Shingai, Akira; Ono, Kikuo; Kawabe, Kazuyoshi; Furuhashi, Tsutomu

    2003-04-01

    To enable application to full moving images, the response time of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) must be improved. In this paper, we will discuss our results of improving the response time using the blink backlight system. When the display image changes from black to white, the lamp turns on after the rise of the LCD response. On the other hand, when the display image changes from white to black, the lamp turns off before the LCD response falls. The total response time of the super thin film transistor (TFT)-LCD was improved from 25 ms to 8 ms, which corresponded to the lamp response time. Moreover, the response time was dependent on the fluorescence wavelength of the lamp material. The blue fluorescent lamp (CFL) material has the fastest response time, 2 ms. If the response time of green and red fluorescent materials can be improved similarly to the blue one, it will be possible to obtain a moving picture quality comparable to that of a cathode-ray tube.

  17. Flow and heat transfer in a Maxwell liquid film over an unsteady stretching sheet in a porous medium with radiation.

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    Waheed, Shimaa E

    2016-01-01

    A problem of flow and heat transfer in a non-Newtonian Maxwell liquid film over an unsteady stretching sheet embedded in a porous medium in the presence of a thermal radiation is investigated. The unsteady boundary layer equations describing the problem are transformed to a system of non-linear ordinary differential equations which is solved numerically using the shooting method. The effects of various parameters like the Darcy parameter, the radiation parameter, the Deborah number and the Prandtl number on the flow and temperature profiles as well as on the local skin-friction coefficient and the local Nusselt number are presented and discussed. It is observed that increasing values of the Darcy parameter and the Deborah number cause an increase of the local skin-friction coefficient values and decrease in the values of the local Nusselt number. Also, it is noticed that the local Nusselt number increases as the Prandtl number increases and it decreases with increasing the radiation parameter. However, it is found that the free surface temperature increases by increasing the Darcy parameter, the radiation parameter and the Deborah number whereas it decreases by increasing the Prandtl number.

  18. Growth of nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} films by pulsed-laser-induced liquid-deposition method and preliminary applications for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wang, Guo-Bing; Fu, Min-Gong; Du, Guo-Ping; Li, Li; Qin, Xiao-Mei; Shi, Wang-Zhou [Shanghai Normal University, Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Devices and Department of Physics, Shanghai (China); Lu, Bin [Shanghai Normal University, College of Life and Environment Sciences, Shanghai (China)

    2010-09-15

    A novel technique, the pulsed-laser-induced liquid-deposition (PLLD) method, has been employed to grow nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} films on fluorine-doped tin-oxide-coated (FTO) glass substrates at room temperature. The PLLD method was implemented by directing a pulsed laser into a liquid precursor and depositing the photosynthesized nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} on an FTO glass substrate immersed in the liquid precursor. The as-grown nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} films were found to have a rutile crystal structure and consist of a number of flower-like TiO{sub 2} crystal units arrayed together on the FTO glass substrate. Each of the flower-like TiO{sub 2} crystal units was composed of many nanostructured TiO{sub 2} whiskers, and their building blocks were found to be bundles of TiO{sub 2} nanorods with diameter of about 5 nm. The growth of these TiO{sub 2} nanorods is highly anisotropic, with the preferential growth direction along [001]. As-grown nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} films were annealed at 450 C in air for 30 min for the applications of dye-sensitized solar cells, and the nanostructured characteristics with good porosity were preserved after annealing. A preliminary dye-sensitized solar cell was built based on the annealed nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} film. The results suggest that the PLLD method is a promising technique for growing nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} films for photovoltaic applications. (orig.)

  19. Optical Properties of Electrically Tunable Two-Dimensional Photonic Lattice Structures Formed in a Holographic Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal Film: Analysis and Experiment

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    Mayu Miki

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available We report on theoretical and experimental investigations of optical wave propagations in two-dimensional photonic lattice structures formed in a holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (HPDLC film. In the theoretical analysis we employed the 2×2 matrix formulation and the statistical thermodynamics model to analyze the formation of anisotropic photonic lattice structures by holographic polymerization. The influence of multiple reflections inside an HPDLC film on the formed refractive index distribution was taken into account in the analysis. In the experiment we fabricated two-dimensional photonic lattice structures in an HPDLC film under three-beam interference holographic polymerization and performed optical measurements of spectral transmittances and wavelength dispersion. We also demonstrated the electrical control capability of the fabricated photonic lattice structure and its dependence on incident wave polarization. These measured results were compared with the calculated ones by means of photonic band and beam propagation calculations.

  20. Optical Properties of Electrically Tunable Two-Dimensional Photonic Lattice Structures Formed in a Holographic Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal Film: Analysis and Experiment†

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    Miki, Mayu; Ohira, Ryuichiro; Tomita, Yasuo

    2014-01-01

    We report on theoretical and experimental investigations of optical wave propagations in two-dimensional photonic lattice structures formed in a holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (HPDLC) film. In the theoretical analysis we employed the 2 × 2 matrix formulation and the statistical thermodynamics model to analyze the formation of anisotropic photonic lattice structures by holographic polymerization. The influence of multiple reflections inside an HPDLC film on the formed refractive index distribution was taken into account in the analysis. In the experiment we fabricated two-dimensional photonic lattice structures in an HPDLC film under three-beam interference holographic polymerization and performed optical measurements of spectral transmittances and wavelength dispersion. We also demonstrated the electrical control capability of the fabricated photonic lattice structure and its dependence on incident wave polarization. These measured results were compared with the calculated ones by means of photonic band and beam propagation calculations. PMID:28788643

  1. Optical Properties of Electrically Tunable Two-Dimensional Photonic Lattice Structures Formed in a Holographic Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal Film: Analysis and Experiment.

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    Miki, Mayu; Ohira, Ryuichiro; Tomita, Yasuo

    2014-05-07

    We report on theoretical and experimental investigations of optical wave propagations in two-dimensional photonic lattice structures formed in a holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (HPDLC) film. In the theoretical analysis we employed the 2×2 matrix formulation and the statistical thermodynamics model to analyze the formation of anisotropic photonic lattice structures by holographic polymerization. The influence of multiple reflections inside an HPDLC film on the formed refractive index distribution was taken into account in the analysis. In the experiment we fabricated two-dimensional photonic lattice structures in an HPDLC film under three-beam interference holographic polymerization and performed optical measurements of spectral transmittances and wavelength dispersion. We also demonstrated the electrical control capability of the fabricated photonic lattice structure and its dependence on incident wave polarization. These measured results were compared with the calculated ones by means of photonic band and beam propagation calculations.

  2. Optical-to-optical interface device. [consisting of two transparent electrodes on glass substrates that enclose thin film photoconductor and thin layer of nematic liquid crystal

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    Jacobson, A. D.

    1973-01-01

    Studies were conducted on the performance of a photoactivated dc liquid crystal light valve. The dc light valve is a thin film device that consists of two transparent electrodes, deposited on glass substrates, that enclose a thin film photoconductor (cadmium sulfide) and a thin layer of a nematic liquid crystal that operates in the dynamic scattering mode. The work was directed toward application of the light valve to high resolution non-coherent light to coherent light image conversion. The goal of these studies was to improve the performance and quality of the already existing dc light valve device and to evaluate quantitatively the properties and performance of the device as they relate to the coherent optical data processing application. As a result of these efforts, device sensitivity was improved by a factor of ten, device resolution was improved by a factor of three, device lifetime was improved by two-orders of magnitude, undesirable secondary liquid crystal scattering effects were eliminated, the scattering characteristics of the liquid crystal were thoroughly documented, the cosmetic quality of the devices was dramatically improved, and the performance of the device was fully documented.

  3. Foaming Behavior of Polymer-Coated Colloids: The Need for Thick Liquid Films.

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    Yu, Kai; Zhang, Huagui; Hodges, Chris; Biggs, Simon; Xu, Zhenghe; Cayre, Olivier J; Harbottle, David

    2017-07-05

    The current study examined the foaming behavior of poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP)-silica composite nanoparticles. Individually, the two components, PVP and silica nanoparticles, exhibited very little potential to partition at the air-water interface, and as such, stable foams could not be generated. In contrast, combining the two components to form silica-PVP core-shell nanocomposites led to good "foamability" and long-term foam stability. Addition of an electrolyte (Na2SO4) was shown to have a marked effect on the foam stability. By varying the concentration of electrolyte between 0 and 0.55 M, three regions of foam stability were observed: rapid foam collapse at low electrolyte concentrations, delayed foam collapse at intermediate concentrations, and long-term stability (∼10 days) at the highest electrolyte concentration. The observed transitions in foam stability were better understood by studying the microstructure and physical and mechanical properties of the particle-laden interface. For rapidly collapsing foams the nanocomposite particles were weakly retained at the air-water interface. The interfaces in this case were characterized as being "liquid-like" and the foams collapsed within 100 min. At an intermediate electrolyte concentration (0.1 M), delayed foam collapse over ∼16 h was observed. The particle-laden interface was shown to be pseudo-solid-like as measured under shear and compression. The increased interfacial rigidity was attributed to adhesion between interpenetrating polymer layers. For the most stable foam (prepared in 0.55 M Na2SO4), the ratio of the viscoelastic moduli, G'/G″, was found to be equal to ∼3, confirming a strongly elastic interfacial layer. Using optical microscopy, enhanced foam stability was assessed and attributed to a change in the mechanism of foam collapse. Bubble-bubble coalescence was found to be significantly retarded by the aggregation of nanocomposite particles, with the long-term destabilization being

  4. Modelling of the joint motion of nonisothermal liquid film and gas flow in a microchannel: numerical simulation of full Navier-Stokes equations

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    Kuznetsov Vladimir V.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available New full-statement 3D mathematical model of joint motion of thin liquid film and gas in a microchannel at local heating developed by taking into account the heat transfer by flows, evaporation and condensation, as well as the heat transfer at the gas-liquid interface is derived. The model is based on the full system of the Navier-Stokes equations, taking into account the convective terms of motion equations in the phases. Comparison of the numerical results obtained using the model based on the full Navier-Stokes equations and using the simplified model developed in the framework of the thin layer approximation has been performed. The comparison shows that at low Reynolds numbers, simplified model well describes all the main characteristics of the gas and liquid motion. With the gas Reynolds numbers significant increase difference between numerical results starts to grow.

  5. Fabrication of ionic liquid electrodeposited Cu--Sn--Zn--S--Se thin films and method of making

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    Bhattacharya, Raghu Nath

    2016-01-12

    A semiconductor thin-film and method for producing a semiconductor thin-films comprising a metallic salt, an ionic compound in a non-aqueous solution mixed with a solvent and processing the stacked layer in chalcogen that results in a CZTS/CZTSS thin films that may be deposited on a substrate is disclosed.

  6. Tracing the 4000 year history of organic thin films: From monolayers on liquids to multilayers on solids

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    Greene, J. E. [University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Linköping University, 581 83 Linköping (Sweden); National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 10607, Taiwan (China)

    2015-03-15

    The recorded history of organic monolayer and multilayer thin films spans approximately 4000 years. Fatty-acid-based monolayers were deposited on water by the ancients for applications ranging from fortune telling in King Hammurabi's time (∼1800 BC, Mesopotamia) to stilling choppy waters for sailors and divers as reported by the Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder in ∼78 AD, and then much later (1774) by the peripatetic American statesman and natural philosopher Benjamin Franklin, to Japanese “floating-ink” art (suminagashi) developed ∼1000 years ago. The modern science of organic monolayers began in the late-1800s/early-1900s with experiments by Lord Rayleigh and the important development by Agnes Pockels, followed two decades later by Irving Langmuir, of the tools and technology to measure the surface tension of liquids, the surface pressure of organic monolayers deposited on water, interfacial properties, molecular conformation of the organic layers, and phase transitions which occur upon compressing the monolayers. In 1935, Katherine Blodgett published a landmark paper showing that multilayers can be synthesized on solid substrates, with controlled thickness and composition, using an apparatus now known as the Langmuir-Blodgett (L-B) trough. A disadvantage of LB films for some applications is that they form weak physisorbed bonds to the substrate. In 1946, Bigelow, Pickett, and Zisman demonstrated, in another seminal paper, the growth of organic self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) via spontaneous adsorption from solution, rather than from the water/air interface, onto SiO{sub 2} and metal substrates. SAMs are close-packed two-dimensional organic crystals which exhibit strong covalent bonding to the substrate. The first multicomponent adsorbed monolayers and multilayer SAMs were produced in the early 1980s. Langmuir monolayers, L-B multilayers, and self-assembled mono- and multilayers have found an extraordinarily broad range of applications including

  7. Tracing the 4000 year history of organic thin films: From monolayers on liquids to multilayers on solidsa)

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    Greene, J. E.

    2015-03-01

    The recorded history of organic monolayer and multilayer thin films spans approximately 4000 years. Fatty-acid-based monolayers were deposited on water by the ancients for applications ranging from fortune telling in King Hammurabi's time (˜1800 BC, Mesopotamia) to stilling choppy waters for sailors and divers as reported by the Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder in ˜78 AD, and then much later (1774) by the peripatetic American statesman and natural philosopher Benjamin Franklin, to Japanese "floating-ink" art (suminagashi) developed ˜1000 years ago. The modern science of organic monolayers began in the late-1800s/early-1900s with experiments by Lord Rayleigh and the important development by Agnes Pockels, followed two decades later by Irving Langmuir, of the tools and technology to measure the surface tension of liquids, the surface pressure of organic monolayers deposited on water, interfacial properties, molecular conformation of the organic layers, and phase transitions which occur upon compressing the monolayers. In 1935, Katherine Blodgett published a landmark paper showing that multilayers can be synthesized on solid substrates, with controlled thickness and composition, using an apparatus now known as the Langmuir-Blodgett (L-B) trough. A disadvantage of LB films for some applications is that they form weak physisorbed bonds to the substrate. In 1946, Bigelow, Pickett, and Zisman demonstrated, in another seminal paper, the growth of organic self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) via spontaneous adsorption from solution, rather than from the water/air interface, onto SiO2 and metal substrates. SAMs are close-packed two-dimensional organic crystals which exhibit strong covalent bonding to the substrate. The first multicomponent adsorbed monolayers and multilayer SAMs were produced in the early 1980s. Langmuir monolayers, L-B multilayers, and self-assembled mono- and multilayers have found an extraordinarily broad range of applications including controlled wetting

  8. Impact of carrier doping on electrical properties of laser-induced liquid-phase-crystallized silicon thin films for solar cell application

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    Umishio, Hiroshi; Matsui, Takuya; Sai, Hitoshi; Sakurai, Takeaki; Matsubara, Koji

    2018-02-01

    Large-grain-size (>1 mm) liquid-phase-crystallized silicon (LPC-Si) films with a wide range of carrier doping levels (1016–1018 cm‑3 either of the n- or p-type) were prepared by irradiating amorphous silicon with a line-shaped 804 nm laser, and characterized for solar cell applications. The LPC-Si films show high electron and hole mobilities with maximum values of ∼800 and ∼200 cm2 V‑1 s‑1, respectively, at a doping level of ∼(2–4) × 1016 cm‑3, while their carrier lifetime monotonically increases with decreasing carrier doping level. A grain-boundary charge-trapping model provides good fits to the measured mobility–carrier density relations, indicating that the potential barrier at the grain boundaries limits the carrier transport in the lowly doped films. The open-circuit voltage and short-circuit current density of test LPC-Si solar cells depend strongly on the doping level, peaking at (2–5) × 1016 cm‑3. These results indicate that the solar cell performance is governed by the minority carrier diffusion length for the highly doped films, while it is limited by majority carrier transport as well as by device design for the lowly doped films.

  9. Large–eddy simulations of wall heat transfer and coherent structures in mixed convection over a wavy wall

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    Kuhn, S.; Kenjeres, S.; Von Rohr, P.R.

    2009-01-01

    In this numerical study the mixed convective flow of water over a heated wavy surface over a range of Reynolds and Richardson numbers, including transitional and turbulent flow regimes (20 ? Re ? 2000 and 0.5 ? Ri ? 5000) is investigated. A dynamic Large Eddy Simulation (LES) approach is applied

  10. Amine-borane assisted synthesis of wavy palladium nanorods on graphene as efficient catalysts for formic acid oxidation.

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    Du, Cheng; Liao, Yuxiang; Hua, Xing; Luo, Wei; Chen, Shengli; Cheng, Gongzhen

    2014-11-04

    Wavy palladium (Pd) nanorods were obtained by controlled synthesis by using amine-boranes as the reducing agents. Thanks to the unique structure and strong interaction with graphene, the as-synthesized Pd nanorods supported on graphene exhibit much enhanced electrocatalytic activity towards formic acid oxidation as compared with Pd nanoparticles.

  11. Direct correlations between XPS analyses and growth film by chronopotentiometry on InP in liquid ammonia (-55 °C)

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    Gonçalves, A.-M.; Njel, C.; Aureau, D.; Etcheberry, A.

    2017-01-01

    This paper is based on the understanding of the formation of a reproducible polyphosphazene-like film (sbnd [(H2N)sbnd Pdbnd N]nsbnd) obtained on InP by anodic treatment in liquid ammonia. The approach is innovative as it combines indications from the coulometric charges and the related chemical information from XPS analyses. Anodic charges are accurately monitored by galvanostatic treatment between 0.05 mC cm-2 and 12.5 mC cm-2. XPS investigation of the treated surfaces demonstrates the presence of an anodic film on InP. Whatever the spent charge, the specific P2p and N1s signals agree with the growth of an ultrathin phosphazene layer. From 0.25 mC cm-2 to 12.5 mC cm-2, a quasi constant XPS response is revealed without thickening of the film. However a gradual chemical evolution of the modified surface is clearly observed for the lower anodic charges (from 0.04 mC cm-2 to 0.5 mC cm-2). In this case, the surface is entirely recovered by the film as soon as 0.25 mC cm-2 is consumed at the interface. Same atomic surface ratios are indeed revealed indicating that a constant chemical composition is consistent with a polyphosphazene film. On the basis of atomic surface ratios evolutions determined by XPS, a mechanism of the film growth is deduced. It requires a nucleation step which is followed by a phosphazene coalescence phenomenon in the two dimensions of the surface. A final phosphazene monolayer film is suggested if a sufficient anodic charge spent at the interface is considered, allowing a quantitative discussion related to electrochemical and XPS data.

  12. Investigation of the influence of liquid surface films on O3 and PAN deposition to plant leaves coated with organic/inorganic solution

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    Sun, Shang; Moravek, Alexander; Trebs, Ivonne; Kesselmeier, Jürgen; Sörgel, Matthias

    2016-12-01

    This study investigates the influence of leaf surface water films on the deposition of ozone (O3) and peroxyacetyl nitrate (PAN) under controlled laboratory conditions. A twin-cuvette system was used to simulate environmental variables. We observed a clear correlation between the O3 deposition on plants (Quercus ilex) and the relative humidity (RH) under both light and dark conditions. During the light period the observed increase of the O3 deposition was mainly attributed to the opening of leaf stomata, while during the absence of light the liquid surface films were the reason for O3 deposition. This finding was supported by experimentally induced stomatal closure by the infiltration of abscisic acid. In the case of PAN, no relationship with RH was found during the dark period, which indicates that the nonstomatal deposition of PAN is not affected by the liquid surface films. Consequently, the ratio of the O3 and PAN deposition velocities is not constant when relative humidity changes, which is in contrast to assumptions made in many models. The flux partitioning ratio between nonstomatal and stomatal depositions as well as between nonstomatal and total depositions was found to be Rnsto/sto = 0.21-0.40, Rnsto/tot = 0.18-0.30 for O3 and Rnsto/sto = 0.26-0.29, Rnsto/tot = 0.21-0.23 for PAN. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the formation of the liquid surface film on leaves and the nonstomatal O3 deposition are depending on the chemical composition of the particles deposited on the leaf cuticles as proposed previously.

  13. Generation of wavy structure on lipid membrane by peripheral proteins: a linear elastic analysis.

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    Mahata, Paritosh; Das, Sovan Lal

    2017-05-01

    We carry out a linear elastic analysis to study wavy structure generation on lipid membrane by peripheral membrane proteins. We model the lipid membrane as linearly elastic and anisotropic material. The hydrophobic insertion by proteins into the lipid membrane has been idealized as penetration of rigid rod-like inclusions into the membrane and the electrostatic interaction between protein and membrane has been modeled by a distributed surface traction acting on the membrane surface. With the proposed model we study curvature generation by several binding domains of peripheral membrane proteins containing BAR domains and amphipathic alpha-helices. It is observed that electrostatic interaction is essential for curvature generation by the BAR domains. © 2017 Federation of European Biochemical Societies.

  14. Experimental Investigation of Thermal Performance in a Concentric-Tube Heat Exchanger with Wavy Inner Pipe

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    Çakmak, Gülşah; Yücel, H. Lütfi; Argunhan, Zeki; Yıldız, Cengiz

    2012-06-01

    In this article, the heat transfer, friction factor, and thermal performance factor characteristics of a concentric-tube heat exchanger are examined experimentally. A wavy inner pipe is mounted in the tube with the purpose of generating swirl flow that would help to increase the heat transfer rate of the tube. The examination is performed for a Reynolds number ranging from 2700 to 8800. An empirical correlation is also formulated to match with experimental data of the Nusselt number using the Wilson plot method. In addition, to obtain the real benefits in using the swirl generator at a constant pumping power, the thermal enhancement factor is also determined. Over the range considered, the increases in the Nusselt number, friction factor, and thermal performance factor are found to be, respectively, about 113 %, 81 %, and 196 % higher than those obtained from a smooth-surface inner pipe.

  15. A Study on the Electro-Optical Properties of Thiol-Ene Polymer Dispersed Cholesteric Liquid Crystal (PDChLC Films

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    Yujian Sun

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a polymer dispersed cholesteric liquid crystal (PDChLC film obtained via a one-step fabrication technique based on photopolymerization of a thiol-acrylate reaction system was prepared and characterized for the first time. The effects of the chiral dopant, the influence of thiol monomer functionality and content on the morphology and subsequent performance of the PDChLC films were systematically investigated. It was demonstrated that the addition of a small amount of chiral dopant slightly increased the driving voltage, but decreased the off-state transmittance significantly. Furthermore, scanning electron micrographs (SEM shown that the liquid crystal (LC droplet size decreased at first and then increased with the increasing amount of thiol monomer functionality, while increasing the thiol content increased the LC droplet size. Correspondingly, the electro-optical switching behavior was directly dependent on LC droplet size. By tuning the raw material composition, PDChLC film with optimized electro-optical performance was prepared.

  16. Emergence of non-Fermi liquid behaviors in 5d perovskite SrIrO{sub 3} thin films: Interplay between correlation, disorder, and spin-orbit coupling

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    Biswas, Abhijit [Department of Physics, POSTECH, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ki-Seok [Department of Physics, POSTECH, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Institute of Edge of Theoretical Science (IES), POSTECH, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Yoon H., E-mail: yhj@postech.ac.kr [Department of Physics, POSTECH, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-02-15

    We investigate the effects of compressive strain on the electrical resistivity of 5d iridium based perovskite SrIrO{sub 3} by depositing epitaxial films of thickness 35 nm on various substrates such as GdScO{sub 3} (110), DyScO{sub 3} (110), and SrTiO{sub 3} (001). Surprisingly, we find anomalous transport behaviors as expressed by ρ∝T{sup ε} in the temperature dependent resistivity, where the temperature exponent ε evolves continuously from 4/5 to 1 and to 3/2 with an increase of compressive strain. Furthermore, magnetoresistance always remains positive irrespective of resistivity upturns at low temperatures. These observations imply that the delicate interplay between correlation and disorder in the presence of strong spin-orbit coupling is responsible for the emergence of the non-Fermi liquid behaviors in 5d perovskite SrIrO{sub 3} thin films. We offer a theoretical framework for the interpretation of the experimental results. - Highlights: • We studied the effect of compressive strain on the perovskite SrIrO{sub 3} thin films. • We revealed non-Fermi liquid behaviors in the transport properties. • Irrespective of weak localization effects, magnetoresistance remains positive. • Mott-Anderson-Griffiths scenario is proposed to account for the NFL behaviors.

  17. Influence of a white noise at channel inlet on the parallel and wavy convective instabilities of Poiseuille-Rayleigh-Bénard flows

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    Nicolas, Xavier; Zoueidi, Noussaiba; Xin, Shihe

    2012-08-01

    The present paper concerns Poiseuille-Rayleigh-Bénard mixed convection flows in horizontal rectangular air-filled channels of large spanwise aspect ratio (W/H ≥ 10) and it focuses on the primary and secondary thermoconvective instabilities made of steady longitudinal and unsteady wavy rolls for 100 ≤ Re ≤ 200, 3000 8000 is due to spanwise oscillations of thermoconvective rolls that favor a bulk temperature homogenization. Because they are a convective instability, wavy rolls and their space and time development are studied numerically by maintaining at channel inlet, a permanent random excitation: it is designed to cover all the modes and allows detecting the wavy roll modes that are naturally amplified by the flow and those that are damped. Wavy roll patterns are characterized with respect to its three control parameters: Re, the relative distance ɛ to the critical Rayleigh number Ra≈*, and the excitation magnitude Aexc. The growth length of the wavy rolls is shown to correlate with ɛ-0.72 and Log(Aexc). The frequency, wave number, and phase velocity of the most amplified mode, the wall averaged Nusselt number and the spanwise displacements of the wavy rolls are independent of Aexc in the fully developed zone, but depend a lot on ɛ for ɛ 2 (i.e., Ra > 3Ra≈*). Correlation laws as a function of Re, ɛ, and Aexc are proposed for most of the exploited quantities. Numerical simulations performed are in a good agreement with experimental results on the wavy rolls obtained by Pabiou et al. ["Wavy secondary instability of longitudinal rolls in Rayleigh-Bénard-Poiseuille flows," J. Fluid Mech. 542, 175 (2005), 10.1017/S0022112005006154]. Finally, wavy roll characteristics are shown to be potentially interesting to better homogenize the vapor depositions in the horizontal rectangular chemical vapor deposition reactors used to make thin coatings on heated substrates from gaseous components.

  18. Characterization of van der Waals type bimodal,- lambda,- meta- and spinodal phase transitions in liquid mixtures, solid suspensions and thin films.

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    Rosenholm, Jarl B

    2018-02-05

    The perfect gas law is used as a reference when selecting state variables (P, V, T, n) needed to characterize ideal gases (vapors), liquids and solids. Van der Waals equation of state is used as a reference for models characterizing interactions in liquids, solids and their mixtures. Van der Waals loop introduces meta- and unstable states between the observed gas (vapor)-liquid P-V transitions at low T. These intermediate states are shown to appear also between liquid-liquid, liquid-solid and solid-solid phase transitions. First-order phase transitions are characterized by a sharp discontinuity of first-order partial derivatives (P, S, V) of Helmholtz and Gibbs free energies. Second-order partial derivatives (K T , B, C V , C P , E) consist of a static contribution relating to second-order phase transitions and a relaxation contribution representing the degree of first-order phase transitions. Bimodal (first-order) and spinodal (second-order) phase boundaries are used to separate stable phases from metastable and unstable phases. The boundaries are identified and quantified by partial derivatives of molar Gibbs free energy or chemical potentials with respect to P, S, V and composition (mole fractions). Molecules confined to spread Langmuir monolayers or adsorbed Gibbs monolayers are characterized by equation of state and adsorption isotherms relating to a two-dimensional van der Waals equation of state. The basic work of two-dimensional wetting (cohesion, adsorption, spreading, immersion), have to be adjusted by a horizontal surface pressure in the presence of adsorbed vapor layers. If the adsorption is extended to liquid films a vertical surface pressure (Π) may be added to account for the lateral interaction, thus restoring PV = ΠAh dependence of thin films. Van der Waals attraction, Coulomb repulsion and structural hydration forces contribute to the vertical surface pressure. A van der Waals type coexistence of ordered (dispersed) and disordered

  19. Photoelectron yield spectroscopy and inverse photoemission spectroscopy evaluations of p-type amorphous silicon carbide films prepared using liquid materials

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    Murakami, Tatsuya, E-mail: mtatsuya@jaist.ac.jp, E-mail: mtakashi@jaist.ac.jp [Center for Nano Materials and Technology, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan); Masuda, Takashi, E-mail: mtatsuya@jaist.ac.jp, E-mail: mtakashi@jaist.ac.jp; Inoue, Satoshi; Shimoda, Tatsuya [Green Device Research Center, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1211 (Japan); Yano, Hiroshi; Iwamuro, Noriyuki [Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tennoudai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan)

    2016-05-15

    Phosphorus-doped amorphous silicon carbide films were prepared using a polymeric precursor solution. Unlike conventional polymeric precursors, this polymer requires neither catalysts nor oxidation for its synthesis and cross-linkage, providing semiconducting properties in the films. The valence and conduction states of resultant films were determined directly through the combination of inverse photoemission spectroscopy and photoelectron yield spectroscopy. The incorporated carbon widened energy gap and optical gap comparably in the films with lower carbon concentrations. In contrast, a large deviation between the energy gap and the optical gap was observed at higher carbon contents because of exponential widening of the band tail.

  20. A CFD study of wave influence on film steam condensation in the presence of non-condensable gas

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    Wang, Xianmao, E-mail: xm-wang11@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn [Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Chang, Huajian, E-mail: changhj@tsinghua.edu.cn [Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Corradini, Michael, E-mail: corradini@engr.wisc.edu [Department of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1500 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706 (United States)

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • A condensation model is incorporated in the ANSYS FLUENT. • Different turbulence models are evaluated for flows over wavy surfaces. • Wavy surfaces with and without moving velocities are used to model the wave. • Various wavy surfaces with different wave heights and wavelengths are selected. • Wave influence on film steam condensation is investigated. - Abstract: Steam condensation plays an important role in removing heat from the containment of a nuclear plant during postulated accidents. However, due to the presence of non-condensable gases such as air and hydrogen in the containment, the condensation rate can decrease dramatically. Under certain conditions, the condensate film on the cold containment walls can affect the overall heat transfer rate. The wavy interface of the condensate film is a factor and is usually believed to enhance the condensation rate, since the waves can both increase the interfacial area and disturb the non-condensable gas boundary layer. However, it is not clear how to properly account for this factor and what is its quantitative influence in experiments. In this work, a CFD approach is applied to study the wave effects on film condensation in the presence of non-condensable gas. Wavy surfaces with and without moving velocities are used to replace the wavy interface of the falling film. A condensation model is incorporated in the ANSYS FLUENT simulation and a realizable k–ε turbulence model is applied. Various wavy surfaces with different wave heights and wavelengths are selected to conduct numerical experiments with a wide range of gas velocities. The results show that the wave structure can enhance condensation rate up to ten percent mainly due to the alteration of local flow structures in the gas phase. The increments of the condensation rate due to the wavy interface can vary with different gas velocities. The investigation shows that a multiplication factor accounts for the wave effects on film

  1. Electro-opto-thermal addressing bistable and re-addressable display device based on gelator-doped liquid crystals in a poly(N-vinylcarbazole) film-coated liquid crystal cell.

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    Cheng, Ko-Ting; Tang, Yi; Liu, Cheng-Kai

    2016-10-03

    This paper reports an electro-opto-thermal addressing bistable and re-addressable display device based on gelator-doped liquid crystals (LCs) in a poly(N-vinylcarbazole) film-coated LC cell. The bistability and re-addressability of the devices were achieved through the formation of a rubbery LC/gel mixture at room temperature. The desired patterns were addressed, erased, and re-addressed by controlling the temperature, applied voltage, and UV light illumination. Moreover, grayscales were obtained by adjusting UV light intensity. The initiation, relaxation, rise, and fall times of photoconductive poly(N-vinylcarbazole) via UV light illumination of various intensities were also examined.

  2. Emergence of non-Fermi liquid behaviors in 5d perovskite SrIrO3 thin films: Interplay between correlation, disorder, and spin-orbit coupling

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    Biswas, Abhijit; Kim, Ki-Seok; Jeong, Yoon H.

    2016-02-01

    We investigate the effects of compressive strain on the electrical resistivity of 5d iridium based perovskite SrIrO3 by depositing epitaxial films of thickness 35 nm on various substrates such as GdScO3 (110), DyScO3 (110), and SrTiO3 (001). Surprisingly, we find anomalous transport behaviors as expressed by ρ∝Tε in the temperature dependent resistivity, where the temperature exponent ε evolves continuously from 4/5 to 1 and to 3/2 with an increase of compressive strain. Furthermore, magnetoresistance always remains positive irrespective of resistivity upturns at low temperatures. These observations imply that the delicate interplay between correlation and disorder in the presence of strong spin-orbit coupling is responsible for the emergence of the non-Fermi liquid behaviors in 5d perovskite SrIrO3 thin films. We offer a theoretical framework for the interpretation of the experimental results.

  3. Forces and Holes in Liquid Surfaces and Soap Films: A Simple Measurement of a Not-So-Simple Effect

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    Gratton, Luigi M.; Oss, Stefano

    2004-01-01

    In this article we show how to verify that in a fluid surface or film the value of the surface tension (i.e. the free energy per unit area) does not depend on the area of the film itself. The experimental evidence discussed can be obtained extremely simply yet with great accuracy. This experiment is important in that it leads to a deeper…

  4. Natural convection flow of Cu-H2O nanofluid along a vertical wavy surface with uniform heat flux

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    Habiba, Farjana; Molla, Md. Mamun; Khan, M. A. Hakim

    2016-07-01

    A numerical study on natural convection flow of Cu-Water nanofluid along a vertical wavy surface with uniform heat flux has been carried out. The governing boundary layer equations are transformed into parabolic partial differential equations by applying a suitable set of variables. The resulting nonlinear system of equations are then mapped into a regular rectangular computational domain and solved numerically by using an implicit finite difference method. Numerical results are thoroughly discussed in terms of velocity and temperature distributions, surface temperature distribution, skin friction coefficient and Nusselt number coefficient for selected key parameters such as solid volume fraction of nanofluid (ϕ) and amplitude (α) of surface waviness. In addition, velocity vectors, streamlines and isotherms are plotted to visualize momentum and thermal flow pattern within the boundary layer region.

  5. An extended numerical calibration method for an electrochemical probe in thin wavy flow with large amplitude waves

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    Choi, Ki Yong; No, Hee Cheon [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-12-31

    The calibrating method for an electrochemical probe, neglecting the effect of the normal velocity on the mass transport, can cause large errors when applied to the measurement of wall shear rates in thin wavy flow with large amplitude waves. An extended calibrating method is developed to consider the contributions of the normal velocity. The inclusion of the turbulence-induced normal velocity term is found to have a negligible effect on the mass transfer coefficient. The contribution of the wave-induced normal velocity can be classified on the dimensionless parameter, V. If V is above a critical value of V, V{sub crit}, the effects of the wave-induced normal velocity become larger with an increase in V. While its effects negligible for inversely. The present inverse method can predict the unknown shear rate more accurately in thin wavy flow with large amplitude waves than the previous method. 18 refs., 8 figs. (Author)

  6. Control of the separated flow around an airfoil using a wavy leading edge inspired by humpback whale flippers

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    Favier, J.; Pinelli, A; Piomelli, U.

    2012-01-01

    International audience; The influence of spanwise geometrical undulations of the leading edge of an infinite wing is investigated numerically at low Reynolds number, in the context of passive separation control and focusing on the physical mechanisms involved. Inspired by the tubercles of the humpback whale flippers, the wavy leading edge is modeled using a spanwise sinusoidal function whose amplitude and wavelength constitute the parameters of control. A direct numerical simulation is perfor...

  7. MHD mixed convection flow of power law non-Newtonian fluids over an isothermal vertical wavy plate

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    Mirzaei Nejad, Mehrzad [Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Guilan, P.O. Box 3756, Rasht (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Javaherdeh, K., E-mail: Javaherdeh@guilan.ac.ir [Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Guilan, P.O. Box 3756, Rasht (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Moslemi, M. [Ayandegan Institute of Higher Education, Tonekabon (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-09-01

    Mixed convection flow of electrically conducting power law fluids along a vertical wavy surface in the presence of a transverse magnetic field is studied numerically. Prandtl coordinate transformation together with the spline alternating direction implicit method is employed to solve the boundary layer equations. The influences of both flow structure and dominant convection mode on the overall parameters of flow and heat transfer are well discussed. Also, the role of magnetic field in controlling the boundary layers is investigated. The variation of Nusselt number and skin friction coefficient are studied as functions of wavy geometry, magnetic field, buoyancy force and material parameters. Results reveal the interrelation of the contributing factors. - Highlights: • Magnetic field effects undermine the heat transfer for n<1 more markedly. • Magnetic field decreases the values of Nu number and C{sub f} downstream of the plat. • The magnetic field opposes the second harmonic in the curve of Nu number and C{sub f}. • The wavy geometry influences the pseudo-plastic fluids (n<1) more profoundly.

  8. Effects of thermophoresis and variable properties on mixed convection along a vertical wavy surface in a fluid saturated porous medium

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    Darbhasayanam Srinivasacharya

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates the influence of thermophoresis on mixed convection heat and mass transfer flow over a vertical wavy surface in a porous medium with variable properties, namely variable viscosity and variable thermal conductivity. The effect of wavy surface is incorporated into non-dimensional equations by using suitable transformations and then transformed into non-linear ordinary differential equations by employing the similarity transformations and then solved numerically. The transport process of flow, heat and mass transfer in the boundary layer for aiding and opposing flow cases is discussed. The structure of flow, temperature and concentration fields in the Darcy porous media are more pronounced by complex interactions among variable viscosity, variable thermal conductivity, mixed convective parameter, thermophoresis and amplitude of the wavy surface. Increasing thermophoresis parameter enhances velocity profile, concentration distribution and Sherwood number while reduces Nusselt number. As increase in variable viscosity, temperature and concentration distributions are enhanced while velocity profile, Nusselt number and Sherwood numbers are reduced. This study finds applications in aerosol Technology, space technology and processes involving high temperatures.

  9. Molecularly Imprinted Photoelectrochemical Sensor for Human Epididymis Protein 4 Based on Polymerized Ionic Liquid Hydrogel and Gold Nanoparticle/ZnCdHgSe QDs Composite Film.

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    Wang, Caiyun; Ye, Xiaoxue; Wang, Zhengguo; Wu, Tsunghsueh; Wang, Yanying; Li, Chunya

    2017-10-23

    A novel ionic liquid, 3-{[{4-[((carbamoyl)amino)ethylmethacrylate]butyl} ((carbamoyl)amino)ethylmethacrylate]propyl}-1-ethenyl-1H-imidazol-3-ium bromide (CCPEimBr) functionalized with vinyl, amino and methacrylate groups, was synthesized and characterized with 1H-NMR, FTIR and HPLC-MS. CCPEimBr was adopted as the functional monomer to prepare a molecularly imprinted polymerized ionic liquid hydrogel film on a glassy carbon electrode surface for human epididymis protein 4 (HE4) sensing. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and ZnCdHgSe QDs were incorporated into the imprinted film as photoelectric active materials. The photocurrent response was measured to investigate the sensing performance of the imprinted sensors towards HE4. The imprinted photoelectrochemical sensor shows excellent selectivity, sensitivity, stability and accuracy for HE4 determination. Experimental conditions including incubation time and pH value for determining HE4 were optimized in this study. The photocurrent variation (ΔI) decreased with increasing HE4 concentration (cHE4) and it was linearly proportional to cHE4 varied from 25 pg mL-1 to 4.0 ng mL-1. The detection limit of the imprinted sensor for determining HE4 was estimated to be 15.4 pg mL-1 (S/N = 3). The imprinted photoelectrochemical sensor was used to determine HE4 in human serum samples accurately.

  10. Green and Efficient Processing of Cinnamomum Cassia bark using Ionic Liquids: Extraction of Essential Oil and Construction of UV-Resistant Composite Films from Residual Biomass.

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    Mehta, Mohit; Kumar, Arvind

    2017-10-08

    There is a significant interest in development of sustainable and integrated process of extraction of essential oils and separation of biopolymers using novel and efficient solvent systems. Herein, Cassia essential oil enriched in Coumarin is extracted from Cinnamomum Cassia bark using a protic ionic liquid, ethylammonium nitrate (EAN) via dissolution and creation of a biphasic system with the help of diethyl ether. The process has been perfected in terms of higher biomass dissolution ability and essential oil yield by addition of aprotic ILs (based on 1-butyl-3-methyl imidazolium cation [Bmim] and chloride [Cl] or acetate [OAc] anion) to EAN. After extraction of oil, cellulose-rich material and free lignin were regenerated from biomass-ionic liquid solutions by using 1:1 acetone-water mixture. Purity of extracted essential oil and biopolymers were ascertained using FT-IR, NMR, and GC-MS techniques. Since, the lignin contains UV blocking chromophores, the oil free residual lignocellulosic material has been directly utilized to construct UV light resistant composite materials in conjunction with biopolymer chitosan. Composite material thus obtained was processed to make bio-degradable films which were characterized for mechanical and optical properties. The films showed excellent UV light resistance and mechanical properties thereby making it a material suitable for packaging and light-sensitive applications. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. The observation of valence band change on resistive switching of epitaxial Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3 film using removable liquid electrode

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    Lee, Hong-Sub; Park, Hyung-Ho

    2015-12-01

    The resistive switching (RS) phenomenon in transition metal oxides (TMOs) has received a great deal of attention for non-volatile memory applications. Various RS mechanisms have been suggested as to explain the observed RS characteristics. Many reports suggest that changes of interface and the role of oxygen vacancies originate in RS phenomena; therefore, in this study, we use a liquid drop of mercury as the top electrode (TE), epitaxial Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3 (PCMO) (110) film of the perovskite manganite family for RS material, and an Nb-doped (0.7 at. %) SrTiO3 (100) single crystal as the substrate to observe changes in the interface between the TE and TMOs. The use of removable liquid electrode Hg drop as TE not only enables observation of the RS characteristic as a bipolar RS curve (counterclockwise) but also facilitates analysis of the valence band of the PCMO surface after resistive switching via photoelectron spectroscopy. The observed I-V behaviors of the low and high resistance states (HRS) are explained with an electrochemical migration model in PCMO film where accumulated oxygen vacancies at the interface between the Hg TE and PCMO (110) surface induce the HRS. The interpreted RS mechanism is directly confirmed via valence band spectrum analysis.

  12. LES of stratified-wavy flows using novel near-interface treatment

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    Karnik, Aditya; Kahouadji, Lyes; Chergui, Jalel; Juric, Damir; Shin, Seungwon; Matar, Omar K.

    2017-11-01

    The pressure drop in horizontal stratified wavy flows is influenced by interfacial shear stress. The near-interface behavior of the lighter phase is akin to that near a moving wall. We employ a front-tracking code, Blue, to simulate and capture the near-interface behaviour of both phases. Blue uses a modified Smagorinsky LES model incorporating a novel near-interface treatment for the sub-grid viscosity, which is influenced by damping due to the wall-like interface, and enhancement of the turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) due to the interfacial waves. Simulations are carried out for both air-water and oil-water stratified configurations to demonstrate the applicability of the present method. The mean velocities and tangential Reynolds stresses are compared with experiments for both configurations. At the higher Re, the waves penetrate well into the buffer region of the boundary layer above the interface thus altering its dynamics. Previous attempts to capture the secondary structures associated with such flows using RANS or standard LES methodologies have been unsuccessful. The ability of the present method to reproduce these structures is due to the correct estimation of the near-interface TKE governing energy transfer from the normal to tangential directions. EPSRC, UK, MEMPHIS program Grant (EP/K003976/1), RAEng Research Chair (OKM).

  13. Novel seed adaptations of a monocotyledon seagrass in the wavy sea.

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    Full Text Available Returning to the sea, just like invasion of land, has occurred in many groups of animals and plants. For flowering plants, traits adapted to the terrestrial environments have to change or adopt a new function to allow the plants to survive and prosper in the sea where water motion tends to rotate and move seeds. In this investigation, how seeds of the seagrass Thalassia hemprichii (Hydrocharitaceae, a common monocotyledon in the Indo-Pacific, adapt to the wavy environment was studied. Mature seeds were collected from Dongsha Atoll in South China Sea. The effects of light qualities on seed germination, the seed morphology, the unipolar distribution of starch granules in the endosperms and growth of root hair-like filamentous cells from basal surface of the seeds were all found to differ from those of terrestrial monocotyledons. Physiologically, germination of the seeds was stimulated by blue light rather than red light. Morphologically, the bell-shaped seeds coupled with the unipolar distribution of starch granules in the enlarged bases helped maintain their upright posture on the tidal seafloor. Growth of root hair-like filamentous cells from the basal surface of the seeds prior to primary root growth served to attach onto sediments, providing leverage and attachment required by the primary roots to insert into sediments. These filamentous cells grasped coral sand but not silicate sand, demonstrating a habitat preference of this species.

  14. Agarose-chitosan-C18film micro-solid phase extraction combined with high performance liquid chromatography for the determination of phenanthrene and pyrene in chrysanthemum tea samples.

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    Ng, Nyuk Ting; Sanagi, Mohd Marsin; Wan Ibrahim, Wan Nazihah; Wan Ibrahim, Wan Aini

    2017-05-01

    Agarose-chitosan-immobilized octadecylsilyl-silica (C 18 ) film micro-solid phase extraction (μSPE) was developed and applied for the determination of phenanthrene (PHE) and pyrene (PYR) in chrysanthemum tea samples using high performance liquid chromatography-ultraviolet detection (HPLC-UV). The film of blended agarose and chitosan allows good dispersion of C 18 , prevents the leaching of C 18 during application and enhances the film mechanical stability. Important μSPE parameters were optimized including amount of sorbent loading, extraction time, desorption solvent and desorption time. The matrix match calibration curves showed good linearity (r⩾0.994) over a concentration range of 1-500ppb. Under the optimized conditions, the proposed method showed good limits of detection (0.549-0.673ppb), good analyte recoveries (100.8-105.99%) and good reproducibilities (RSDs⩽13.53%, n=3) with preconcentration factors of 4 and 72 for PHE and PYR, respectively. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. MHD Flow and Heat Transfer Characteristics in a Casson Liquid Film Towards an Unsteady Stretching Sheet with Temperature-Dependent Thermal Conductivity

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    Mahmoud, Mostafa A. A.; Megahed, Ahmed M.

    2017-10-01

    Theoretical and numerical outcomes of the non-Newtonian Casson liquid thin film fluid flow owing to an unsteady stretching sheet which exposed to a magnetic field, Ohmic heating and slip velocity phenomena is reported here. The non-Newtonian thermal conductivity is imposed and treated as it vary with temperature. The nonlinear partial differential equations governing the non-Newtonian Casson thin film fluid are simplified into a group of highly nonlinear ordinary differential equations by using an adequate dimensionless transformations. With this in mind, the numerical solutions for the ordinary conservation equations are found using an accurate shooting iteration technique together with the Runge-Kutta algorithm. The lineaments of the thin film flow and the heat transfer characteristics for the pertinent parameters are discussed through graphs. The results obtained here detect many concern for the local Nusselt number and the local skin-friction coefficient in which they may be beneficial for the material processing industries. Furthermore, in some special conditions, the present problem has an excellent agreement with previously published work.

  16. Atomic layer deposition of indium oxide thin film from a liquid indium complex containing 1-dimethylamino-2-methyl-2-propoxy ligands

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    Han, Jeong Hwan, E-mail: jhan@krict.re.kr [Division of Advanced Materials, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), 141 Gajeong-Ro, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 34114 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Chemical Convergence Materials, University of Science and Technology (UST), 217 Gajeong-Ro, Yuseong-Gu, Deajeon 34113 (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Eun Ae [Division of Advanced Materials, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), 141 Gajeong-Ro, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 34114 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 16419 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyo Yeon [Division of Advanced Materials, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), 141 Gajeong-Ro, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 34114 (Korea, Republic of); Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Hanyang University, 222 Wangsimni-Ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 04763 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Da Hye [Division of Advanced Materials, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), 141 Gajeong-Ro, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 34114 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 16419 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Bo Keun [Division of Advanced Materials, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), 141 Gajeong-Ro, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 34114 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Chemical Convergence Materials, University of Science and Technology (UST), 217 Gajeong-Ro, Yuseong-Gu, Deajeon 34113 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jin-Seong [Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Hanyang University, 222 Wangsimni-Ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 04763 (Korea, Republic of); Son, Seung Uk [Department of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 16419 (Korea, Republic of); and others

    2016-10-15

    Highlights: • Novel liquid indium complex, tris(1-dimethylamino-2-methyl-2-propoxy)indium, was developed with showing excellent thermal properties. • Self-limited atomic layer deposition (ALD) of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} was realized from the newly developed indium precursor and O{sub 3} at the deposition temperatures of 150–200 °C. • The In{sub 2}O{sub 3} films grown at 150–200 °C showed carrier concentrations of 1.5 × 10{sup 18}–6.6 × 10{sup 19} cm{sup −3}, resistivities of 2 × 10{sup −3}–15.1 Ω cm, and Hall mobilities of 0.8–42 cm{sup 2}/(V s). - Abstract: In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films were grown from a newly developed, liquid, homoleptic, In-based complex, tris(1-dimethylamino-2-methyl-2-propoxy)indium [In(dmamp){sub 3}], and O{sub 3} by atomic layer deposition (ALD) at growth temperatures of 150–200 °C. In(dmamp){sub 3} exhibited single-step evaporation with negligible residue and excellent thermal stability between 30 and 250 °C. The self-limiting surface reaction of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} during ALD was demonstrated by varying the In(dmamp){sub 3} and O{sub 3} pulse lengths, with a growth rate of 0.027 nm/cycle achieved at 200 °C. The In{sub 2}O{sub 3} films grown at temperatures over 175 °C exhibited negligible concentrations of impurities, whereas that grown below 175 °C had concentrations of residual C of 6–8 at.%. Glancing angle X-ray diffraction revealed that the In{sub 2}O{sub 3} films were polycrystalline in nature when the deposition temperature was greater than 200 °C. The In{sub 2}O{sub 3} films grown at 150–200 °C exhibited carrier concentrations of 1.5 × 10{sup 18}–6.6 × 10{sup 19} cm{sup −3}, resistivities of 15.1–2 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm, and Hall mobilities of 0.8–42 cm{sup 2}/(V s).

  17. Effects of Interfaces on Dynamics in Micro-Fluidic Devices: Slip-Boundaries’ Impact on Rotation Characteristics of Polar Liquid Film Motors

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    Jiang, Su-Rong; Liu, Zhong-Qiang; Amos Yinnon, Tamar; Kong, Xiang-Mu

    2017-05-01

    A new approach for exploring effects of interfaces on polar liquids is presented. Their impact on the polar liquid film motor (PLFM) – a novel micro-fluidic device – is studied. We account for the interface’s impact by modeling slip boundary effects on the PLFM’s electro-hydro-dynamical rotations. Our analytical results show as k={l}s/R increases (with {l}s denoting the slip length resulting from the interface’s impact on the film’s properties, k > -1 and R denoting the film’s radius): (a) PLFMs subsequently exhibit rotation characteristics under “negative-”, “no-”, “partial-” and “perfect-” slip boundary conditions; (b) The maximum value of the linear velocity of the steady rotating film increases linearly and its location approaches the film’s border; (c) The decay of the angular velocities’ dependency on the distance from the center of the film slows down, resulting in a macroscopic flow near the boundary. With our calculated rotation speed distributions consistent with the existing experimental ones, research aiming at fitting computed to measured distributions promises identifying the factors affecting {l}s, e.g., solid-fluid potential interactions and surface roughness. The consistency also is advantageous for optimizing PLFM’s applications as micro-washers, centrifuges, mixers in the lab-on-a-chip. Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. 11302118, 11275112, and Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province under Grant No. ZR2013AQ015

  18. Liquid and Gas Permeation Studies on the Structure and Properties of Polyamide Thin-Film Composite Membranes

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    Duan, Jintang

    2014-11-01

    This research was undertaken to improve the understanding of structure-property-performance relationships in crosslinked polyamide (PA) thin-film composite (TFC) membranes as characterized by liquid and gas permeation studies. The ultrathin PA selective layer formed by interfacial polymerization between meta-phenylene diamine and trimesoyl chloride was confirmed to contain dense polymer matrix regions and defective regions in both dry and hydrated states. The first part of this research studied the effect of non-selective convection through defective regions on water flux and solute flux in pressure-assisted forward osmosis (PAFO). Through systematic comparison with cellulose triacetate (CTA) and PEBAX-coated PA-TFC membranes, the existence of defects in pristine, hydrated PA-TFC membranes was verified, and their effects were quantified by experimental and modeling methods. In the membrane orientation of selective layer facing the draw solution, water flux increases of up to 10-fold were observed to result from application of low hydraulic pressure (1.25 bar). Convective water flux through the defects was low (< 1% of total water flux for PA-TFC membranes) and of little consequence in practical FO or reverse osmosis (RO) applications. However, it effectively mitigated the concentration polarization in PAFO and therefore greatly increased the diffusive flux through the dense regions. The second part of this research characterized the structures of the PA material and the PA selective layer by gas adsorption and gas permeation measurements. Gas adsorption isotherms (N2 at 77K, CO2 at 273K) confirmed the microporous nature of PA in comparison with dense CTA and polysulfone materials. Gas permeation through the commercial PA-TFC membranes tested occurred primarily in the defective regions, resulting in Knudsen gas selectivity for various gas pairs. Applying a Nafion coating layer effectively plugged the defects and allowed gas permeation through the dense PA regions

  19. Analyzing the equilibrium states of a quasi-neutral spatially inhomogeneous system of charges above a liquid dielectric film based on the first principles of quantum statistics

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    Lytvynenko, D. M.; Slyusarenko, Yu V.

    2017-08-01

    A theory of quasi-neutral equilibrium states of charges above a liquid dielectric surface is developed. This theory is based on the first principles of quantum statistics for systems comprising many identical particles. The proposed approach involves applying the variational principle, modified for the considered systems, and the Thomas-Fermi model. In the terms of the developed theory self-consistency equations are obtained. These equations provide the relation between the main parameters describing the system: the potential of the static electric field, the distribution function of charges and the surface profile of the liquid dielectric. The equations are used to study the phase transition in the system to a spatially periodic state. The proposed method can be applied in analyzing the properties of the phase transition in the system in relation to the spatially periodic states of wave type. Using the analytical and numerical methods, we perform a detailed study of the dependence of the critical parameters of such a phase transition on the thickness of the liquid dielectric film. Some stability criteria for the new asymmetric phase of the studied system are discussed.

  20. Influence of the plate inclination angle on rivulet formation and breakdown of non-isothermal liquid film

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    Chinnov, E. A.; Sharina, I. A.

    2008-03-01

    The influence of the plate inclination angle relative to the horizon on a distance between formed rivulets and breakdown of a falling water film was studied experimentally on a heater of 150×150 mm. Dependences of the distance between rivulets on the heat flux density and plate inclination angle were examined. In experiments two zones of influence of the heat flux on a distance between rivulets were revealed: at θ ≥ 20° distances between the rivulets do not depend on the heat flux, and at θ ≤ 15° they decrease with a rise of the heat flux. Data on film breakdown were generalized with consideration of evaporation effect. It is shown that there is almost no effect of inclination angle on film breakdown in the whole range of studied Reynolds numbers.

  1. Effect of phospholipid composition and phase on nanodisc films at the solid-liquid interface as studied by neutron reflectivity

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    Wadsäter, Maria Helena; Barker, Robert; Mortensen, Kell

    2013-01-01

    of the cell membrane and can act as a nanometer-sized container for functional single membrane proteins. In this study, we present a general nanodisc-based system, intended for structural and functional studies of membrane proteins. In this method, the nanodiscs are aligned at a solid surface, providing...... adsorbed film with low roughness and high stability over time. This may be explained by the appropriate matching between the thickness of the hydrophobic lipid core of gel phase DMPC and the height of the belt protein. Moreover, once formed the gel-phase DMPC nanodiscs film can be heated up to melt...

  2. Flow characterization of a wavy-walled bioreactor for cartilage tissue engineering.

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    Bilgen, Bahar; Sucosky, Philippe; Neitzel, G Paul; Barabino, Gilda A

    2006-12-20

    Cartilage tissue engineering requires the use of bioreactors in order to enhance nutrient transport and to provide sufficient mechanical stimuli to promote extracellular matrix (ECM) synthesis by chondrocytes. The amount and quality of ECM components is a large determinant of the biochemical and mechanical properties of engineered cartilage constructs. Mechanical forces created by the hydrodynamic environment within the bioreactors are known to influence ECM synthesis. The present study characterizes the hydrodynamic environment within a novel wavy-walled bioreactor (WWB) used for the development of tissue-engineered cartilage. The geometry of this bioreactor provides a unique hydrodynamic environment for mammalian cell and tissue culture, and investigation of hydrodynamic effects on tissue growth and function. The flow field within the WWB was characterized using two-dimensional particle-image velocimetry (PIV). The flow in the WWB differed significantly from that in the traditional spinner flask both qualitatively and quantitatively, and was influenced by the positioning of constructs within the bioreactor. Measurements of velocity fields were used to estimate the mean-shear stress, Reynolds stress, and turbulent kinetic energy components in the vicinity of the constructs within the WWB. The mean-shear stress experienced by the tissue-engineered constructs in the WWB calculated using PIV measurements was in the range of 0-0.6 dynes/cm2. Quantification of the shear stress experienced by cartilage constructs, in this case through PIV, is essential for the development of tissue-growth models relating hydrodynamic parameters to tissue properties. Copyright 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Choline chloride based ionic liquid analogues as tool for the fabrication of agar films with improved mechanical properties

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    In the present paper, we test the suitability of Choline-Cl/urea (DES-U) and Choline-Cl/glycerol (DES-G) eutectic mixtures at 1:2 molar ratios for the production of agar biodegradable films. A three-step process is proposed: pre-solubilization of polymer in DES followed by compression-molding and s...

  4. Influence of a change in helical twisting power of photoresponsive chiral dopants on rotational manipulation of micro-objects on the surface of chiral nematic liquid crystalline films.

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    Thomas, Reji; Yoshida, Yohei; Akasaka, Takehito; Tamaoki, Nobuyuki

    2012-09-24

    Herein we report a group of five planar chiral molecules as photon-mode chiral switches for the reversible control of the self-assembled superstructures of doped chiral nematic liquid crystals. The chiral switches are composed of an asymmetrically substituted aromatic moiety and a photoisomerizing azobenzene unit connected in a cyclic manner through methylene spacers of varying lengths. All the molecules show conformational restriction in the rotation of the asymmetrically substituted aromatic moiety in both the E and Z states of the azobenzene units resulting in planar chirality with separable enantiomers. Our newly synthesized compounds in pure enantiomeric form show high helical twisting power (HTP) in addition to an improved change in HTP between the E and Z states. The molecule with a diphenylnaphthalene unit shows the highest ever known initial helical twisting power among chiral dopants with planar chirality. In addition to the reversible tuning of reflection colors, we employed the enantiomers of these five compounds in combination with four nematic liquid crystalline hosts to study their properties as molecular machines; the change in HTP of the chiral dopant upon photoisomerization induces rotation of the texture of the liquid crystal surfaces. Importantly, this study has revealed a linear dependence of the ratio of the difference between HTPs before and after irradiation against the absolute value of the initial HTP, not the absolute value of the change in helical twisting power between two states, on the angle of rotation of micro-objects on chiral nematic liquid crystalline films. This study has also revealed that a change in irradiation intensity does not affect the maximum angle of rotation, but it does affect the speed of rotational reorganization of the cholesteric helix. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Molecular dynamics study on evaporation and condensation characteristics of thin film liquid Argon on nanostructured surface in nano-scale confinement

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    Hasan, Mohammad Nasim; Rabbi, Kazi Fazle; Sabah, Arefiny; Ahmed, Jannat; Kuri, Subrata Kumar; Rakibuzzaman, S. M.

    2017-06-01

    Investigation of Molecular level phase change phenomena are becoming important in heat and mass transfer research at a very high rate, driven both by the need to understand certain fundamental phenomena as well as by a plethora of new and forthcoming applications in the areas of micro- and nanotechnologies. Molecular dynamics simulation has been carried out to go through the evaporation and condensation characteristics of thin liquid argon film in Nano-scale confinement. In the present study, a cuboid system is modeled for understanding the Nano-scale physics of simultaneous evaporation and condensation. The cuboid system consists of hot and cold parallel platinum plates at the bottom and top ends. The fluid comprised of liquid argon film at the bottom plate and vapor argon in between liquid argon and upper plate of the domain. Three different simulation domains have been created here: (i) Both platinum plates are considered flat, (ii) Upper plate consisting of transverse slots of low height and (iii) Upper plate consisting of transverse slots of bigger height. Considering hydrophilic nature of top and bottom plates, two different high temperatures of the hot wall was set and an observation was made on normal and explosive vaporizations and their impacts on thermal transport. For all the structures, equilibrium molecular dynamics (EMD) was performed to reach equilibrium state at 90 K. Then the lower wall is set to two different temperatures like 110 K and 250 K for all three models to perform non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD). For vaporization, higher temperature of the hot wall led to faster transport of the liquid argon as a cluster moving from hot wall to cold wall. But excessive temperature causes explosive boiling which seems not good for heat transportation because of less phase change. In case of condensation, an observation was made which indicates that the nanostructured transverse slots facilitate condensation. Two factors affect the rate of

  6. Deposition of Metal-Organic Frameworks by Liquid-Phase Epitaxy: The Influence of Substrate Functional Group Density on Film Orientation

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    Christof Wöll

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The liquid phase epitaxy (LPE of the metal-organic framework (MOF HKUST-1 has been studied for three different COOH-terminated templating organic surfaces prepared by the adsorption of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs on gold substrates. Three different SAMs were used, mercaptohexadecanoic acid (MHDA, 4’-carboxyterphenyl-4-methanethiol (TPMTA and 9-carboxy-10-(mercaptomethyltriptycene (CMMT. The XRD data demonstrate that highly oriented HKUST-1 SURMOFs with an orientation along the (100 direction was obtained on MHDA-SAMs. In the case of the TPMTA-SAM, the quality of the deposited SURMOF films was found to be substantially inferior. Surprisingly, for the CMMT-SAMs, a different growth direction was obtained; XRD data reveal the deposition of highly oriented HKUST-1 SURMOFs grown along the (111 direction.

  7. Time dependent Oldroyd-B liquid film flow over an oscillating and porous vertical plate with the effect of thermal radiation

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    Mohmand, Muhammad Ismail; Shah, Qayyum; Mamat, Mustafa Bin; Shah, Zahir; Khan, Abdul Samad

    2017-05-01

    In the current research work, a liquid film flow of Oldroyd-B fluid with internal heat in vertical porous medium in an oscillating belt is being examined in unsteady state. For this phenomenon, by using basic equations of fluid motion we get a mathematical model. The obtained model problem is solved for the exact analytic solutions by Optimal Homotopy Asymptotic Method (OHAM). Velocity, temperature fields with the mass flow-rate and heat transfer rate of the fluid flow at the belt are also calculated. The effect of pertinent parameters like κ1 relaxation time parameter, κ2 retardation time parameter, Λ porosity parameter, R radiation parameter and Pr temperature fields are also deliberated and then are presented graphically.

  8. Deposition of Metal-Organic Frameworks by Liquid-Phase Epitaxy: The Influence of Substrate Functional Group Density on Film Orientation

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    Liu, Jinxuan; Shekhah, Osama; Stammer, Xia; Arslan, Hasan K.; Liu, Bo; Schüpbach, Björn; Terfort, Andreas; Wöll, Christof

    2012-01-01

    The liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) of the metal-organic framework (MOF) HKUST-1 has been studied for three different COOH-terminated templating organic surfaces prepared by the adsorption of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold substrates. Three different SAMs were used, mercaptohexadecanoic acid (MHDA), 4’-carboxyterphenyl-4-methanethiol (TPMTA) and 9-carboxy-10-(mercaptomethyl)triptycene (CMMT). The XRD data demonstrate that highly oriented HKUST-1 SURMOFs with an orientation along the (100) direction was obtained on MHDA-SAMs. In the case of the TPMTA-SAM, the quality of the deposited SURMOF films was found to be substantially inferior. Surprisingly, for the CMMT-SAMs, a different growth direction was obtained; XRD data reveal the deposition of highly oriented HKUST-1 SURMOFs grown along the (111) direction.

  9. Heat and Mass Transfer in a Thin Liquid Film over an Unsteady Stretching Surface in the Presence of Thermosolutal Capillarity and Variable Magnetic Field

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    Yan Zhang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The heat and mass transfer characteristics of a liquid film which contain thermosolutal capillarity and a variable magnetic field over an unsteady stretching sheet have been investigated. The governing equations for momentum, energy, and concentration are established and transformed to a set of coupled ordinary equations with the aid of similarity transformation. The analytical solutions are obtained using the double-parameter transformation perturbation expansion method. The effects of various relevant parameters such as unsteady parameter, Prandtl number, Schmidt number, thermocapillary number, and solutal capillary number on the velocity, temperature, and concentration fields are discussed and presented graphically. Results show that increasing values of thermocapillary number and solutal capillary number both lead to a decrease in the temperature and concentration fields. Furthermore, the influences of thermocapillary number on various fields are more remarkable in comparison to the solutal capillary number.

  10. Deposition of metal-organic frameworks by liquid-phase epitaxy: The influence of substrate functional group density on film orientation

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    Liu, J.

    2012-09-05

    The liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) of the metal-organic framework (MOF) HKUST-1 has been studied for three different COOH-terminated templating organic surfaces prepared by the adsorption of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold substrates. Three different SAMs were used, mercaptohexadecanoic acid (MHDA), 4\\'-carboxyterphenyl-4-methanethiol (TPMTA) and 9-carboxy-10-(mercaptomethyl)triptycene (CMMT). The XRD data demonstrate that highly oriented HKUST-1 SURMOFs with an orientation along the (100) direction was obtained on MHDA-SAMs. In the case of the TPMTA-SAM, the quality of the deposited SURMOF films was found to be substantially inferior. Surprisingly, for the CMMT-SAMs, a different growth direction was obtained; XRD data reveal the deposition of highly oriented HKUST-1 SURMOFs grown along the (111) direction.

  11. Isogeometric variational multiscale large-eddy simulation of fully-developed turbulent flow over a wavy wall

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    Chang, Kyungsik

    2012-09-01

    We report on the isogeometric residual-based variational multiscale (VMS) large eddy simulation of a fully developed turbulent flow over a wavy wall. To assess the predictive capability of the VMS modeling framework, we compare its predictions against the results from direct numerical simulation (DNS) and large eddy simulation (LES) and, when available, against experimental measurements. We use C 1 quadratic B-spline basis functions to represent the smooth geometry of the sinusoidal lower wall and the solution variables. The Reynolds numbers of the flows considered are 6760 and 30,000 based on the bulk velocity and average channel height. The ratio of amplitude to wavelength (α/λ) of the sinusoidal wavy surface is set to 0.05. The computational domain is 2λ×1.05λ×λ in the streamwise, wall-normal and spanwise directions, respectively. For the Re=6760 case, mean averaged quantities, including velocity and pressure profiles, and the separation/reattachment points in the recirculation region, are compared with DNS and experimental data. The turbulent kinetic energy and Reynolds stress are in good agreement with benchmark data. Coherent structures over the wavy wall are observed in isosurfaces of the Q-criterion and show similar features to those previously reported in the literature. Comparable accuracy to DNS solutions is obtained with at least one order of magnitude fewer degrees of freedom. For the Re=30,000 case, good agreement was obtained for mean wall shear stress and velocity profiles compared with available LES results reported in the literature. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

  12. Second-law analysis of laminar nonnewtonian gravity-driven liquid film along an inclined heated plate with viscous dissipation effect

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    S. Saouli

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available A second-law analysis of a gravity-driven film of non-Newtonian fluid along an inclined heated plate is investigated. The flow is assumed to be steady, laminar and fully-developed. The upper surface of the liquid film is considered to be free and adiabatic. The effect of heat generation by viscous dissipation is included. Velocity, temperature and entropy generation profiles are presented. The effects of the flow behaviour index, the Brinkman number and the group parameter on velocity, temperature and entropy generation number are discussed. The results show that velocity profile depends largely on the flow behaviour index. They are flat near the free surface for pseudoplastic fluids and linear for dilatant fluids. Temperature profiles are higher for higher flow behaviour index and Brinkman number. The entropy generation number increases with Brinkman number and the group parameter because of the heat generated by the viscous dissipation effect. For pseudoplastic fluids, the irreversibility is dominated by heat transfer, whereas, for dilatant fluids, irreversibility due to fluid friction is more dominant.

  13. Pretilt angle control of liquid crystal molecules by photoaligned films of azobenzene-containing polyimide with a different content of side-chain

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    Usami, Kiyoaki; Sakamoto, Kenji; Yokota, Junichiro; Uehara, Yoichi; Ushioda, Sukekatsu

    2008-12-01

    We have investigated the pretilt angle of liquid crystal (LC) molecules induced by photoaligned films of a series of polyimides. The polyimides were random copolymers synthesized from pyromellitic dianhydride and a mixture of 4,4'-diaminoazobenzene and 4-[4'-propylbi(cyclohexan)-4-yl]phenyl 3,5-diaminobenzoate (PBCP-DABA). PBCP-DABA is a diamine to introduce a side-chain structure into polyimide. We found that the pretilt angle of LC molecules can be controlled from 0° to 90° by varying the molar fraction (x) of PBCP-DABA from 0 to 0.5. Defect-free uniform LC alignment was observed for x ≤0.125 and x ≥0.3, but threadlike textures appeared for 0.15≤x≤0.25. Since the interaction between the polyimide backbone structure and the LC molecule may be blocked by relatively dense side-chains, the appearance of threadlike texture is tentatively attributed to weak azimuthal anchoring strength of the photoaligned polyimide films with x ≥0.15.

  14. C-axis correlated pinning mechanism in vortex liquid and solid phases for Sm123 film with well-aligned BaHfO3 nanorods

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    Awaji, Satoshi; Tsuchiya, Yuji; Miura, Shun; Ichino, Yusuke; Yoshida, Yutaka; Matsumoto, Kaname

    2017-11-01

    Nanorods, which are nano-scaled columnar-shape precipitates, have recently been used to improve critical current density J c in magnetic fields for REBa2Cu3O y (RE123, RE: rare earth element) high temperature superconducting tapes/films. However, the flux pinning mechanism of the nanorod is not clear yet. We investigated the J c and resistivity ρ properties in detail and discussed the flux pinning properties on the basis of the flux pinning state diagram for high-quality Sm123 films with well-aligned 5.6 vol% BaHfO3 nanorods. Plateaus were observed in the field dependence of J c and ρ at high temperatures above the delocalization temperature. This suggests that nanorod pinning becomes effective in the vortex liquid phase and it grows up when the temperature decreases toward the delocalization temperature. In the ‘many-nanorod’ state in the high temperature region above the delocalization temperature, double peaks in the F p curves appear due to the coexistence of nanorod pinning and random pinning. At low temperatures below 70 K, however, the well-scaled F p curves at low fields and temperature dependent (non-scaled) normalized F p curves are observed. From detailed analysis using the cooperation model of the random and the correlated pinning centers, we found that nanorod pinning is dominant below the matching field and the cooperation between nanorod pinning and random pinning determines the high field J c properties above the matching field.

  15. Rigorous coherent-structure theory for falling liquid films: Viscous dispersion effects on bound-state formation and self-organization

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    Pradas, Marc; Tseluiko, Dmitri; Kalliadasis, Serafim

    2011-04-01

    We examine the interaction of two-dimensional solitary pulses on falling liquid films. We make use of the second-order model derived by Ruyer-Quil and Manneville [Eur. Phys. J. B 6, 277 (1998); Eur. Phys. J. B 15, 357 (2000); Phys. Fluids 14, 170 (2002)] by combining the long-wave approximation with a weighted residual technique. The model includes (second-order) viscous dispersion effects which originate from the streamwise momentum equation and tangential stress balance. These effects play a dispersive role that primarily influences the shape of the capillary ripples in front of the solitary pulses. We show that different physical parameters, such as surface tension and viscosity, play a crucial role in the interaction between solitary pulses giving rise eventually to the formation of bound states consisting of two or more pulses separated by well-defined distances and traveling at the same velocity. By developing a rigorous coherent-structure theory, we are able to theoretically predict the pulse-separation distances for which bound states are formed. Viscous dispersion affects the distances at which bound states are observed. We show that the theory is in very good agreement with computations of the second-order model. We also demonstrate that the presence of bound states allows the film free surface to reach a self-organized state that can be statistically described in terms of a gas of solitary waves separated by a typical mean distance and characterized by a typical density.

  16. Influence of newly synthesized geminal dicationic ionic liquid on electrochemical and pseudocapacitance performance of conductive polymer electroactive film.

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    Ehsani, A; Kowsari, E; Boorboor Ajdari, F; Safari, R; Mohammad Shiri, H

    2017-11-01

    In present work, for improving the electrochemical performance of conductive polymer, POAP/3-methyl-1-[2-(2-{2-[2-[(3-methyl-1-H-imidazol-3-ium-1-yl)ethoxy]ethoxy}-ethoxy)ethyl]-1-H-imidazol-3-ium dichloride (MIEID) composite films have been fabricated by poly ortho aminophenol (POAP) electropolymerization in the presence of MIEID as active electrodes for electrochemical supercapacitors. Different electrochemical methods including galvanostatic charge discharge experiments, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy have been applied to study the system performance. Analysis of density functional theory (DFT) results show that the atomic-scale electronic properties are generally depend on the bonding and electronic molecular structures (and thus their variation with the external bias in real nano-electrochemical circuits). Composite film kept more than 90% percent of its capacitance after 1000 charging-discharging cycles, while the coulombic efficiency (η) is as high as 95%. Results suggesting composite film can be used as supercapacitor electrode material with excellent specific capacitance (487Fg(-1)) which indicates this material is a promising electrode material used in high power applications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Self-Powered Pressure Sensor with fully encapsulated 3D printed wavy substrate and highly-aligned piezoelectric fibers array

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    Fuh, Yiin Kuen; Wang, Bo Sheng; Tsai, Chen-Yu

    2017-01-01

    Near-field electrospinning (NFES) is capable of precisely deposit one-dimensional (1D) or two-dimensional (2D) highly aligned micro/nano fibers (NMFs) by electrically discharged a polymer solution. In this paper, a new integration of three-dimensional (3D) architectures of NFES electrospun polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) NMFs with the 3D printed topologically tailored substrate are demonstrated in a direct-write and in-situ poled manner, called wavy- substrate self-powered sensors (WSS). The f...

  18. SnO2 Nanoparticles Decorated 2D Wavy Hierarchical Carbon Nanowalls with Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Performance

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    Noor Hamizah Khanis; Richard Ritikos; Wee Siong Chiu; Choon Yian Haw; Nur Maisarah Abdul Rashid; Mei Yuen Chia; Poi Sim Khiew; Saadah Abdul Rahman

    2017-01-01

    ...) system on silicon substrates. Controlled variations in the film structure were observed with increase in applied rf power during deposition which has been established to increase the rate of dissociation of precursor gases...

  19. Ionic liquid supported on an electrodeposited polycarbazole film for the headspace solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography determination of aromatic esters.

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    Feng, Yuanyuan; Zhao, Faqiong; Zeng, Baizhao

    2015-05-01

    A polycarbazole film was electrodeposited on a stainless-steel wire from a solution of N,N-dimethylformamide/propylene carbonate (1:9 v/v) containing 0.10 M carbazole and 0.10 M tetrabutylammonium perchlorate. The obtained polycarbazole fiber was immersed into an ionic liquid (1-hydroxyethyl-3-methyl imidazolium bis[(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl]imide) solution (in dimethylsulfoxide) for 30 min, followed by drying under an infrared lamp. The resulting polycarbazole/ionic liquid fiber was applied to the headspace solid-phase microextraction and determination of aromatic esters by coupling with gas chromatography and flame ionization detection. Under the optimized conditions, the limits of detection were below 61 ng/L (S/N = 3) and the linear ranges were 0.061-500 μg/L with correlation coefficients above 0.9876. The relative standard deviations were below 4.8% (n = 5) for a single fiber, and below 9.9% for multi-fiber (n = 4). This fiber also exhibited good stability. It could be used for more than 160 times of headspace solid-phase microextraction and could withstand a high temperature up to 350°C. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. HERITAGE: the concept of a giant flux neutron reflectometer for the exploration of 3-d structure of free-liquid and solid interfaces in thin films

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    Mattauch, S., E-mail: s.mattauch@fz-juelich.de [JCNS at MLZ, Forschungszentrum-Jülich GmbH, 85747 Garching (Germany); Ioffe, A. [JCNS at MLZ, Forschungszentrum-Jülich GmbH, 85747 Garching (Germany); Lott, D. [Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, 21502 Geesthacht (Germany); Bottyán, L. [Wigner Research Center for Physics, 1525 Budapest (Hungary); Daillant, J. [Synchrotron Soleil L' Orme des Merisiers Saint-Aubin, BP 48 91192 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Markó, M. [Wigner Research Center for Physics, 1525 Budapest (Hungary); Menelle, A. [Laboratoire Léon Brillouin CEA/CNRS, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif sur Yvette (France); Sajti, S.; Veres, T. [Wigner Research Center for Physics, 1525 Budapest (Hungary)

    2017-01-01

    The instrumental concept of HERITAGE – a reflectometer with a horizontal sample geometry – well fitted to the long pulse structure of a neutron source is presented. It is constitutes a new class of reflectometers achieving the unprecedentedly high flux for classical specular reflectometry combined with off-specular reflectometry and grazing incidence small-angle scattering (GISANS), thus resulting in a complete 3-d exploration of lateral and in depth structures in thin films. This is achieved by specially designed neutron guides. In the horizontal direction (perpendicular to the scattering plane) the guide's elliptic shape focusses the neutrons onto the sample. In the vertical direction a multichannel geometry provides a smooth divergence distribution at the sample position while accepting the entire beam from a compact high-brilliance flat moderator. The modular collimation setup of HERITAGE provides extremely high flexibility in respect to sample geometries and environments, including the possibility to study virtually all types of solid and liquid interfaces, statically or kinetically. The use of multiple beam illumination allows for reflectivity and GISANS measurements at liquid interfaces both from above and below without a need to move the sample. This concept assures the delivery of the maximum possible and usable flux to the sample in both reflectivity and GISANS measurement regimes. The presented design outperforms the flux of all present-day and already for the ESS planned reflectometers and GISANS setups in flux and in measuring time for standard samples.

  1. Study of the coalescence/splash threshold of droplet impact on liquid films and its relevance in assessing airborne particle release.

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    Motzkus, C; Gensdarmes, F; Géhin, E

    2011-10-15

    Impingement of droplets on surfaces occurs in many industrial and natural processes. The study of droplet break-up is fundamental in order to determine the potential sources of airborne contamination for scenarios of hazardous liquid falls such as dripping. There are very few data in the literature describing the case of impact of millimetre-size droplets. The purposes of this work were to study experimentally particle emission during the impact of droplets on a liquid film and to assess the use of coalescence/splash relations to predict airborne particle release. The results are described using dimensionless numbers taking into account the inertial, viscosity and surface tension forces. Experiments were carried out for Weber numbers between 62 and 1754 and for Ohnesorge numbers between 2.0×10(-3) and 1.5×10(-2). New results on coalescence/splash thresholds are obtained using highly sensitive aerosol measurement and allow a prediction concerning the presence or absence of airborne particles according to a threshold relation. Moreover, we propose a modification of the Cossali et al.'s relation in order to describe the coalescence/prompt splash threshold. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Analysis of effects of oxidized multiwalled carbon nanotubes on electro-optic polymer/liquid crystal thin film gratings.

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    Shriyan, Sameet K; Fontecchio, Adam K

    2010-11-22

    This work focuses on experimentally demonstrating the modification in diffusion kinetics, formation of holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal gratings and an improvement in its electro optic response by doping them with multi-walled carbon nanotubes. Results indicate a faster rise and fall times which is attributed to the reduction in size of the liquid crystal droplets formed and a reduction in switching voltage due to change in dielectric properties of the medium as manifested by a rise in capacitance. Real time diffraction efficiency measurements reveal a time delay in the appearance of the diffracted order due to non-participation of the nanotube in the polymerization induced phase separation process. An analysis of this effect is presented based on the Stoke-Einstein's diffusion equation incorporating shape anisotropy of the nanotubes.

  3. The impact of viscosity on the combined heat, mass and momentum transfer in laminar liquid falling films

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    Mittermaier, M.; Ziegler, F.

    2017-11-01

    In this article we present a model describing a laminar film flow over a vertical isothermal plate whilst heat and mass transfer is occurring. We focus on a formulation where most common assumptions, such as constant property data and constant film thickness, have been cancelled. The hydrodynamic model results in longitudinal and transversal velocity components and their evolution in the entrance region. Heat and mass transfer occurs simultaneously and is modelled with respect to release of differential heat of solution as well as heat flow due to interdiffusion. The numerical solution is obtained by utilising a Newton-Raphson method to solve the finite difference formulation of the governing equations. Mass transfer across the film affects the development of both longitudinal and transversal velocity components. The hydrodynamics are modelled using a boundary layer approximation of the Navier-Stokes equations. The significance of simplifications on the hydrodynamic model are illustrated and discussed using a fully developed velocity profile (Nusselt flow) and a plug flow at the inlet for comparison. Even if a Nusselt profile is assumed, it develops further since mass is absorbed or desorbed. It is found that the onset of absorption occurs at shorter flow length when applying a plug flow at the inlet. If the film is initially in equilibrium, this results in a 9.3% increase in absorbed mass over a length of 0.03 m as compared with the Nusselt flow. A fluid with a viscosity five times the one of lithium bromide solution but sharing comparable properties apart from that, leads to lower overall heat and mass transfer rates. If the respective fluids are saturated at the inlet, the accumulated mass flux absorbed by lithium bromide solution is 2.2 times higher than the one absorbed by a high viscous fluid. However, when a plug flow is applied and the fluid is sub-cooled, ab initio the absorbed mass flux is slightly higher for a high viscous fluid. Assuming a sub

  4. Electrochemical fabrication of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles/[BMIM]BF{sub 4} ionic liquid hybrid film electrode and its application in determination of p-acetaminophen

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    Wang, Bin; Li, Yuan; Qin, Xianjing; Zhan, Guoqing [Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan 430074 (China); Ma, Ming [Ningbo Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of P. R. C., Ningbo 315012 (China); Li, Chunya, E-mail: lcychem@yahoo.com [Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2012-12-01

    A water soluble ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([BMIM]BF{sub 4}), was incorporated into TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles to fabricate a hybrid film modified glassy carbon electrode (nano-TiO{sub 2}/[BMIM]BF{sub 4}/GCE) through electrochemical deposition in a tetrabutyltitanate sol solution containing [BMIM]BF{sub 4}. The obtained nano-TiO{sub 2}/[BMIM]BF{sub 4}/GCEs were characterized scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Electrochemical behaviors of p-acetaminophen at the nano-TiO{sub 2}/[BMIM]BF{sub 4}/GCEs were thoroughly investigated. Compared to the redox reaction of p-acetaminophen using an unmodified electrode under the same conditions, a new reduction peak was observed clearly at 0.26 V with the modified electrode. In addition, the peak potential for the oxidation of p-acetaminophen was found to shift negatively about 90 mV and the current response increased significantly. These changes indicate that the nano-TiO{sub 2}/[BMIM]BF{sub 4} hybrid film can improve the redox reactions of p-acetaminophen in aqueous medium. Under optimum conditions, a linear relationship was obtained for the p-acetaminophen solutions with concentration in the range from 5.0 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -8} to 5.0 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -5} M. The estimated detection limit was 1.0 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -8} M (S/N = 3). The newly developed method was applied for the determination of p-acetaminophen in urine samples. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nano-TiO{sub 2}/[BMIM]BF{sub 4} hybrid film electrode was fabricated with electrodeposition. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Voltammetric behavior of p-acetaminophen at the obtained electrode was investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The hybrid film electrode shows good electrocatalytic response to p-acetaminophen. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer p-acetaminophen in urine samples was successfully determined.

  5. Slug-flow dynamics with phase change heat transfer in compact heat exchangers with oblique wavy walls

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    Morimoto, Kenichi; Kinoshita, Hidenori; Matsushita, Ryo; Suzuki, Yuji

    2017-11-01

    With abundance of low-temperature geothermal energy source, small-scale binary-cycle power generation system has gained renewed attention. Although heat exchangers play a dominant role in thermal efficiency and the system size, the optimum design strategy has not been established due to complex flow phenomena and the lack of versatile heat transfer models. In the present study, the concept of oblique wavy walls, with which high j/f factor is achieved by strong secondary flows in single-phase system, is extended to two-phase exchangers. The present analyses are based on evaporation model coupled to a VOF technique, and a train of isolated bubbles is generated under the controlled inlet quality. R245fa is adopted as a low boiling-point working media, and two types of channels are considered with a hydraulic diameter of 4 mm: (i) a straight circular pipe and (ii) a duct with oblique wavy walls. The focus is on slug-flow dynamics with evaporation under small capillary but moderate Weber numbers, where the inertial effect as well as the surface tension is of significance. A possible direction of the change in thermo-physical properties is explored by assuming varied thermal conductivity. Effects of the vortical motions on evaporative heat transfer are highlighted. This work has been supported by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan.

  6. Characterization of counter-rotating streamwise vortices in flat rectangular channel with one-sided wavy wall

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    Bouremel, Yann

    2016-11-01

    Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) has been used to characterize the evolution of counter-rotating streamwise vortices in a rectangular channel with one sided wavy surface. The vortices were created by a uniform set of saw-tooth carved over the leading edge of a flat plate at the entrance of a flat rectangular channel with one-sided wavy wall. PIV measurements were taken over the spanwise and streamwise planes at different locations and at Reynolds number of 2500. Two other Reynolds numbers of 2885 and 3333 have also been considered for quantification purpose. Pairs of counter-rotating streamwise vortices have been shown experimentally to be centred along the spanwise direction at the saw-tooth valley where the vorticity ωz=0ωz=0. It has also been found that the vorticity ωzωz of the pairs of counter-rotating vortices decreases along the streamwise direction, and increases with the Reynolds number. Moreover, different quantifications of such counter-rotating vortices have been discussed such as their size, boundary layer, velocity profile and vorticity. The current study shows that the mixing due to the wall shear stress of counter-rotating streamwise vortices as well as their averaged viscous dissipation rate of kinetic energy decrease over flat and adverse pressure gradient surfaces while increasing over favourable pressure gradient surfaces. Finally, it was also demonstrated that the main direction of stretching is orientated at around 45° with the main flow direction.

  7. Control of the separated flow around an airfoil using a wavy leading edge inspired by humpback whale flippers

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    Favier, Julien; Pinelli, Alfredo; Piomelli, Ugo

    2012-01-01

    The influence of spanwise geometrical undulations of the leading edge of an infinite wing is investigated numerically at low Reynolds number, in the context of passive separation control and focusing on the physical mechanisms involved. Inspired by the tubercles of the humpback whale flippers, the wavy leading edge is modeled using a spanwise sinusoidal function whose amplitude and wavelength constitute the parameters of control. A direct numerical simulation is performed on a NACA0020 wing profile in a deep stall configuration ( α=20°), with and without the presence of the leading edge waviness. The complex solid boundaries obtained by varying the sinusoidal shape of the leading edge are modeled using an immersed boundary method (IBM) recently developed by the authors [Pinelli et al., J. Comput. Phys. 229 (2010) 9073-9091]. A particular set of wave parameters is found to change drastically the topology of the separated zone, which becomes dominated by streamwise vortices generated from the sides of the leading edge bumps. A physical analysis is carried out to explain the mechanism leading to the generation of these coherent vortical structures. The role they play in the control of boundary layer separation is also investigated, in the context of the modifications of the hydrodynamic performances which have been put forward in the literature in the last decade.

  8. Natural convection of nanofluid in a wavy cavity in the presence of magnetic field on variable heat surface temperature

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    Javaherdeh, Korosh; Moslemi, Mehdi; Shahbazi, Mona [University of Guilan, Rasht (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2017-04-15

    A numerical analysis has been performed to investigate the laminar natural convection heat characteristics in a wavy cavity filled with CuO/water nanofluid. One of the sinusoidal walls (BC) is at the volatile high temperature and the opposite wavy surface is at a stable low temperature and the two other walls are considered flat and insulated while the uniform magnetic field is considered. Performing the analysis, the governing equations are given in terms of the stream function-vorticity formulation. In order to solve the nondimensionalized equations, discretizing with second-order accurate central difference method is performed then the successive under relaxation method with appropriate boundary conditions is considered. To validate the numerical model, various comparisons with previously published studies have been conducted and the results are in a good agreement. The main objective is to survey the effects of the Rayleigh number, Hartmann number, and nanoparticles volume fraction on the fluid flow and heat transfer characteristics. The results are illustrated in contours of stream function, constant temperature, and Nusselt number. The results show that the presence of the magnetic field the local Nusselt number decreases at the hot wall. Moreover, the enhancement in the heat transfer performance increases with an increasing nanoparticle concentration. However, for all values of Rayleigh number, the presence of nanoparticles leads to significant enhancement in heat transfer and the increase of Rayleigh number causes the heat transfer mechanism to change from conduction to convection.

  9. Characterization of nano-powder grown ultra-thin film p-CuO/n-Si hetero-junctions by employing vapour-liquid-solid method for photovoltaic applications

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    Sultana, Jenifar; Das, Anindita [Centre for Research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CRNN), Kolkata 700098 (India); Das, Avishek [Department of Electronic Science, University of Calcutta, Kolkata 700009 (India); Saha, Nayan Ranjan [Department of Polymer Science and Technology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata 700009 (India); Karmakar, Anupam [Department of Electronic Science, University of Calcutta, Kolkata 700009 (India); Chattopadhyay, Sanatan, E-mail: scelc@caluniv.ac.in [Department of Electronic Science, University of Calcutta, Kolkata 700009 (India)

    2016-08-01

    In this work, the CuO nano-powder has been synthesized by employing chemical bath deposition technique for its subsequent use to grow ultrathin film (20 nm) of p-CuO on n-Si substrate for the fabrication of p-CuO/n-Si hetero-junction diodes. The thin CuO film has been grown by employing vapour-liquid-solid method. The crystalline structure and chemical phase of the film are characterized by employing field-emission scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction studies. Chemical stoichiometry of the film has been confirmed by using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The potential for photovoltaic applications of such films is investigated by measuring the junction current-voltage characteristics and by extracting the relevant parameters such as open circuit photo-generated voltage, short circuit current density, fill-factor and energy conversion efficiency. - Highlights: • Synthesis of CuO nano-powder by CBD method • Growth of ultra-thin film of CuO by employing VLS method for the first time • Physical and electrical characterization of such films for photovoltaic applications • Estimation of energy conversion efficiency of the p-CuO/n-Si p-n junction solar cell.

  10. Rolling stones: The motion of a sphere down an inclined plane coated with a thin liquid film

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    Bico, J.; Ashmore-Chakrabarty, J.; McKinley, G. H.; Stone, H. A.

    2009-08-01

    A spherical bead deposited on a smooth tilted dry plane wall rolls down the slope under the uniform acceleration of gravity. We describe an analogous experiment conducted using a plane wall that is coated with a thin layer (of order 50-100 μm) of a viscous liquid. The steady motion of the sphere under gravity involves a combination of rotation and sliding. We examine the dependence of the experimentally observed steady translational and rotational speeds on the physical parameters in the system. In particular, the interplay between viscous forces and interfacial forces leads to nontrivial exponents for the scaling of the speeds with the characteristics of the sphere and the viscous liquid. The overhang situation, in which the sphere rolls down the underside of an inclined lubricated plane, is also examined. In this case, the steady motion is still observed for a certain range of angles and bead sizes; that is, the sphere does not always detach from the surface. The adhesive force arises dynamically from the motion of the sphere and can exceed classical quasistatic capillary forces. Such a force should also play a role in other problems of lubrication mechanics such as humid granular flows.

  11. Electro-optical effects of oxidized multi-walled carbon nanotube doping on holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal films

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    Shriyan, Sameet K.; Fontecchio, Adam K.

    2009-08-01

    In this work we demonstrate an improved electro-optic response and quantify the effect on transmitted wavefront properties of thiolene based reflection mode holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystals (HPDLC) gratings doped with oxidized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNT). Effect of various doping levels on the reflection efficiencies is evaluated and optical spectrometry results indicate a reduction in the reflection efficiency and an anomalous electrooptic behavior at higher doping levels of MWNT especially in gratings with longer pitch where the diffusion length for liquid crystal (LC) is long. Wavefront analysis based on Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor show an increase in the transmitted RMS wavefront error in a 633nm wavefront after a critical level of MWNT doping. Polarized optical microscopy results indicate that the MWNT do not participate in the photo polymerization induced phase separation hence acting as physical barriers for the counter diffusing LC at high MWNT concentrations. Reduction in overall size of the LC droplets in the LC rich planes, observed using scanning electron microscopy imaging, leads to faster rise and fall times hence quicker relaxation time. Observation of reduced switching voltage is attributed to the modification of dielectric properties of the medium manifested by an increase in capacitance and decrease in resistivity in presence of MWNT.

  12. Investigation of the influence of liquid water films on O3 and PAN deposition on plant leaf surfaces treated with organic / inorganic compounds

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    Sun, Shang; Moravek, Alexander; von der Heyden, Lisa; Held, Andreas; Kesselmeier, Jürgen; Sörgel, Matthias

    2016-04-01

    Liquid water films on environmental surfaces play an important role in various fields of interest (Burkhardt and Eiden, 1994). For example, the deposition of water soluble trace gases could be increased by surface moisture. Chameides and Stelson (1992) found out that the dissolution of trace gases in airborne particulate matter increases with rising water/solid ratio of the particles. Further, Flechard et al. (1999) concluded that deliquescent salt particles represent a potential sink for trace gases, depending on their chemical property. The formation of surface water films and its influence on the gas deposition was proposed by many previous studies (Fuentes and Gillespie, 1992, Burkhardt and Eiden, 1994, van Hove et al., 1989, Burkhardt et al., 1999, Flechard et al., 1999). In this study we investigate the influence of leaf surface water films on the deposition of O3 and PAN under controlled laboratory conditions. A twin cuvette system described in Sun et al. (2015) was used to control the environmental parameters such as light, temperature, trace gas mixing ratio and humidity. Furthermore, the leaf surface was treated with various organic and inorganic solutions to investigate the influence of deposited compounds on the electrical surface conductance of the leaves and the surface deposition of O3 and PAN at various relative humidities. The result shows that RHcrit, where the electrical surface conductance (G) increases exponentially, was 40 % during the light period and 50 % during the dark period. Furthermore, we observed that the formation of the leaf surface liquid film was depended on the deposited compounds on the leaf cuticles. For the O3 deposition on plants (Quercus ilex) a clear enhancement at rising environmental air humidity under light and dark condition was found. The increase during light conditions can be related partly to increasing stomatal conductance with higher RH. From the non-stomatal deposition measured in dark experiments, we could

  13. Characteristics of starch-based films plasticised by glycerol and by the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate: a comparative study.

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    Xie, Fengwei; Flanagan, Bernadine M; Li, Ming; Sangwan, Parveen; Truss, Rowan W; Halley, Peter J; Strounina, Ekaterina V; Whittaker, Andrew K; Gidley, Michael J; Dean, Katherine M; Shamshina, Julia L; Rogers, Robin D; McNally, Tony

    2014-10-13

    This paper reports the plasticisation effect of the ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([Emim][OAc]), as compared with the traditionally used plasticiser, glycerol, on the characteristics of starch-based films. For minimising the additional effect of processing, a simple compression moulding process (which involves minimal shear) was used for preparation of starch-based films. The results show that [Emim][OAc] was favourable for plasticisation, i.e., disruption of starch granules (by scanning electron microscopy), and could result in a more amorphous structure in the starch-based materials (by X-ray diffraction and dynamic mechanical analysis). (13)C CP/MAS and SPE/MAS NMR spectroscopy revealed that not only was the crystallinity reduced by [Emim][OAc], but also the amorphous starch present was plasticised to a more mobile form as indicated by the appearance of amorphous starch in the SPE/MAS spectrum. Mechanical results illustrate that, when either glycerol or [Emim][OAc] was used, a higher plasticiser content could contribute to higher flexibility. In spite of the accelerated thermal degradation of starch by [Emim][OAc] as shown by thermogravimetric analysis, the biodegradation study revealed the antimicrobial effect of [Emim][OAc] on the starch-based materials. Considering the high-amylose starch used here which is typically difficult to gelatinise in a traditional plasticiser (water and/or glycerol), [Emim][OAc] is demonstrated to be a promising plasticiser for starch to develop "green" flexible antimicrobial materials for novel applications. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Current trends in studies on reverse-mode polymer dispersed liquid-crystal films — A review

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    Ahmad, Farzana; Jamil, M.; Jeon, Y. J.

    2014-07-01

    Reverse-mode polymer dispersed liquid crystals (PDLCs) comprise an important new class of materials for optical device applications. Generally reverse-mode PDLCs are transparent and opaque in the absence and presence of an external field, respectively. Display devices based on reverse-mode PDLC technology are useful for large-area displays; because their fabrication for manufacturing shutters is considered to be easier and faster, they are also employed for automotive technology and smart windows. These devices can be operated at a low voltage, which conserves energy in intelligent-device applications. This work presents a comprehensive review of past research regarding reverse-mode PDLCs and includes the advantageous features, applications, and various fabrication methods of reverse-mode PDLCs and photo-chromic reverse-mode PDLCs. In addition, some new features of this technology that have recently been reported and future investigations by a variety of research groups are presented.

  15. Low driving voltage ITO doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystal film and reverse voltage pulse driving method.

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    Wu, Qinqin; Wang, Yuanqing

    2017-10-10

    This paper investigates the effects of indium tin oxide (ITO) powders on the driving voltage of polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC). The threshold voltage (V th ) and driving voltage (V d ) can be reduced through doping the ITO powders; in particular, the V d is 5.8 V when the weight ratio of ITO is 1.5 wt. %. The relationship between the applied voltage and off-time of PDLC has been investigated; the lower the applied voltage, the shorter the off-time. On this basis, the reverse voltage pulse driving method was proposed; this driving method uses the driving signal to reduce the off-time of PDLC.

  16. Preparation of highly (001)-oriented photoactive tungsten diselenide (WSe{sub 2}) films by an amorphous solid-liquid-crystalline solid (aSLcS) rapid-crystallization process

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    Bozheyev, Farabi; Friedrich, Dennis; Nie, Man; Rengachari, Mythili; Ellmer, Klaus [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie, Institute for Solar Fuels, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, 14109, Berlin (Germany)

    2014-09-15

    Highly (001)-textured tungsten diselenide WSe{sub 2} thin films have been prepared by a two-step process on quartz glass and TiN metallic back contacts, respectively. At first, X-ray amorphous, selenium-rich WSe{sub 2+x} films were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering at room temperature onto a thin metal promoter film (Ni or Pd) and afterwards annealed in an H{sub 2}Se/Ar atmosphere. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy show that highly (001)-oriented WSe{sub 2} films can be grown, which is caused by the formation of liquid promoter-metal selenide droplets which dissolve tungsten or tungsten selenide at temperatures, higher than the eutectic temperature in the promoter metal-selenium system, followed by oversaturation and eventually crystallization of WSe{sub 2} platelets. Time-resolved microwave conductivity measurements show that the films are photoactive. The sum of the carrier mobilities of the best films μ{sub e} + μ{sub h} is in the range of 1-7 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1}. (copyright 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  17. Rigorous coherent-structure theory for falling liquid films: Viscous dispersion effects on bound-state formation and self-organization

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    Pradas, Marc; Kalliadasis, Serafim

    2011-01-01

    We examine the interaction of two-dimensional solitary pulses on falling liquid films. We make use of the second-order model derived by Ruyer-Quil and Manneville [Eur. Phys. J. B 6, 277 (1998); Eur. Phys. J. B 15, 357 (2000); Phys. Fluids 14, 170 (2002)] by combining the long-wave approximation with a weighted residuals technique. The model includes (second-order) viscous dispersion effects which originate from the streamwise momentum equation and tangential stress balance. These effects play a dispersive role that primarily influences the shape of the capillary ripples in front of the solitary pulses. We show that different physical parameters, such as surface tension and viscosity, play a crucial role in the interaction between solitary pulses giving rise eventually to the formation of bound states consisting of two or more pulses separated by well-defined distances and travelling at the same velocity. By developing a rigorous coherent-structure theory, we are able to theoretically predict the pulse-separat...

  18. Pyrolyzed thin film carbon

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    Tai, Yu-Chong (Inventor); Liger, Matthieu (Inventor); Harder, Theodore (Inventor); Konishi, Satoshi (Inventor); Miserendino, Scott (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A method of making carbon thin films comprises depositing a catalyst on a substrate, depositing a hydrocarbon in contact with the catalyst and pyrolyzing the hydrocarbon. A method of controlling a carbon thin film density comprises etching a cavity into a substrate, depositing a hydrocarbon into the cavity, and pyrolyzing the hydrocarbon while in the cavity to form a carbon thin film. Controlling a carbon thin film density is achieved by changing the volume of the cavity. Methods of making carbon containing patterned structures are also provided. Carbon thin films and carbon containing patterned structures can be used in NEMS, MEMS, liquid chromatography, and sensor devices.

  19. Thinning and rupture of a thin liquid film on a heated surface. Annual technical progress report, November 1, 1991--October 31, 1992

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    Bankoff, S.G.; Davis, S.H.

    1992-08-05

    Results on the dynamics and stability of thin films are summarized on the following topics: forced dryout, film instabilities on a horizontal plane and on inclined planes, instrumentation, coating flows, and droplet spreading. (DLC)

  20. Dips and rims in dried colloidal films.

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    Parneix, C; Vandoolaeghe, P; Nikolayev, V S; Quéré, D; Li, J; Cabane, B

    2010-12-31

    We describe a spatial pattern arising from the nonuniform evaporation of a colloidal film. Immediately after the film deposition, an obstacle is positioned above its free surface, minimizing evaporation at this location. In a first stage, the film dries everywhere but under the obstacle, where a liquid region remains. Subsequently, this liquid region evaporates near its boundaries with the dry film. This loss of water causes a flow of liquid and particles from the center of the obstructed region to its periphery. The final film has a dip surrounded by a rim whose diameter is set by the obstacle. This turns out to be a simple technique for structuring films of nanometric thickness.

  1. Nonenzymatic glucose sensor based on ultrasonic-electrodeposition of bimetallic PtM (M=Ru, Pd and Au) nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes-ionic liquid composite film.

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    Xiao, Fei; Zhao, Faqiong; Mei, Deping; Mo, Zhirong; Zeng, Baizhao

    2009-08-15

    We report here for the first time on the fabrication of highly dispersed PtM (M=Ru, Pd and Au) nanoparticles on composite film of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs)-ionic liquid (IL, i.e., trihexyltetradecylphosphonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide) by using ultrasonic-electrodeposition method. The PtM nanoparticles are characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction, and we find that they are well-dispersed and exhibit alloy properties. Electrochemical experiments show that the PtRu(1:1, i.e., ratio of c(H(2)PtCl(6))/c(RuCl(3)))-MWNT-IL nanocomposite modified glassy carbon electrode (PtRu(1:1)-MWNT-IL/GCE) has smaller electron transfer resistance and larger active surface area than PtRu(1:1)/GCE, PtRu(1:1)-MWNT/GCE, PtPd(1:1)-MWNT-IL/GCE and PtAu(1:1)-MWNT-IL/GCE. The PtRu(1:1)-MWNT-IL/GCE also presents stronger electrocatalytic activity toward the glucose oxidation than other electrodes. At -0.1 V, the electrode responds linearly to glucose up to 15 mM in neutral media, with a detection limit of 0.05 mM (S/N=3) and detection sensitivity of 10.7 microA cm(-2)mM(-1). Meanwhile, the interference of ascorbic acid, uric acid, acetamidophenol and fructose is effectively avoided. The as-made sensor was applied to the determination of glucose in serum and urine samples. The results agreed closely with the results obtained by a hospital. This novel nonenzyme sensor thus has potential application in glucose detection.

  2. Numerical Simulation of Heat and Mass Transfer in a Liquid Film Moving Over a Heated Horizontal Surface Under the Action of a Gas Flow

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    Bartashevich Maria V.

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Heat and mass transfer during desorption on a horizontal film of lithium bromide water solution flowing on a heated wall under the action of shear stress is numerically investigated in this paper. The shear stress on the film surface is set by the motion of surrounding saturated water vapor. It is shown that at low values of heat flux the film temperature and vapor concentration in the solution downstream decreases due to desorption. However, with an increase in heat flux, general film heating and desorption slowing down are observed.

  3. High Crystallinity CuScO2 Delafossite Films Exhibiting Ultraviolet Photoluminescence Grown by Vapor-Liquid-Solid Tri-phase Epitaxy

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    Matsubara, Yuya; Makino, Takayuki; Hiraga, Hiroki; Chen, Chunlin; Tsukimoto, Susumu; Ueno, Kazunori; Kozuka, Yusuke; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Kawasaki, Masashi

    2012-01-01

    We have grown direct wide-bandgap CuScO2 thin films on MgAl2O4(111) substrates by tri-phase epitaxy employing molten Bi-O flux on the growth surface. The full width at half maximum of (0006) rocking curve is as narrow as 0.005 degrees, an order of magnitude narrower than those grown by conventional pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Transmission electron microscopy confirms the scarcity of defect structures or precipitates, which are of high density in PLD films. The films exhibit sharp near-bandedge photoluminescence at 3.3 eV, which is absent in PLD films.

  4. 3D-CFD simulation and neural network model for the j and f factors of the wavy fin-and-flat tube heat exchangers

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    M Khoshvaght Aliabadi

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available A three dimensional (3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD simulation and a neural network model are presented to estimate the behaviors of the Colburn factor (j and the Fanning friction factor (f for wavy fin - and - flat tube (WFFT heat exchangers. Effects of the five geometrical factors of fin pitch, fin height, fin length, fin thickness, and wavy amplitude are investigated over a wide range of Reynolds number (600wavy fins have significant effects on the j and f factors as a function of Reynolds number. The computational results have an adequate accuracy when compared to experimental data. The accuracy of the calculations of the j and f factors are evaluated by the values of the absolute average relative deviation (AARD, being respectively 3.8% and 8.2% for the CFD simulation and 1.3% and 1% for the neural network model. Finally, new correlations are proposed to estimate the values of the j and f factors with 3.22% and 3.68% AARD respectively.

  5. Thick Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} Films Grown by Liquid-Phase Epitaxy for Josephson THz Applications.

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    Simsek, Y.; Vlasko-Vlasov, V.; Koshelev, A. E.; Benseman, T.; Hao, Y.; Kesgin, I.; Claus, H.; Pearson, J.; Kwok, W. -K.; Welp, U.

    2017-11-27

    Theoretical and experimental studies of intrinsic Josephson junctions that naturally occur in high-Tc superconducting Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (Bi-2212) have demonstrated their potential for novel types of compact devices for the generation and sensing of electromagnetic radiation in the THz range. Here, we show that the THz-on-a-chip concept may be realized in liquid phase epitaxial-grown (LPE) thick Bi-2212 films. We have grown μm-thick Bi-2212 LPE films on MgO substrates. These films display excellent c-axis alignment and single crystal grains of about 650 × 150 μm2 in size. A branched current-voltage characteristic was clearly observed in c-axis transport, which is a clear signature of underdamped intrinsic Josephson junctions, and a prerequisite for THz-generation. We discuss LPE growth conditions allowing improvement of the structural quality and superconducting properties of Bi-2212 films for THz applications.

  6. Stretchable array of metal nanodisks on a 3D sinusoidal wavy elastomeric substrate for frequency tunable plasmonics

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    Feng, Di; Zhang, Hui; Xu, Siyi; Tian, Limei; Song, Ningfang

    2017-03-01

    Metal nanostructures integrated with soft, elastomeric substrates provide an unusual platform with capabilities in plasmonic frequency tuning of mechanical strain. In this paper, we have prepared a tunable optical device, dense arrays of plasmonic nanodisks on a low-modulus, and high-elongation elastomeric substrate with a three-dimensional (3D) sinusoidal wavy, and their optical characteristics have been measured and analyzed in detail. Since surface plasmon is located and propagates along metal surfaces with sub-wavelength structures, and those dispersive properties are determined by the coupling strength between the individual structures, in this study, a 3D sinusoidal curve elastomeric substrate is used to mechanically control the inter-nanodisk spacing by applying straining and creating a frequency tunable plasmonic device. Here we study the optical resonance peak shifting generated by stretching this type of flexible device, and the role that 3D sinusoidal curve surface configuration plays in determining the tunable properties. Since only the hybrid dipolar mode has been observed in experiments, the coupled dipole approximation (CDA) method is employed to simulate the optical response of these devices, and the experimental and simulation results show that these devices have high tunability to shift optical resonance peaks at near-infrared wavelengths, which will provide strong potential for new soft optical sensors and wearable plasmonic sensors.

  7. Liquids and liquid mixtures

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    Rowlinson, J S; Baldwin, J E; Buckingham, A D; Danishefsky, S

    2013-01-01

    Liquids and Liquid Mixtures, Third Edition explores the equilibrium properties of liquids and liquid mixtures and relates them to the properties of the constituent molecules using the methods of statistical thermodynamics. Topics covered include the critical state, fluid mixtures at high pressures, and the statistical thermodynamics of fluids and mixtures. This book consists of eight chapters and begins with an overview of the liquid state and the thermodynamic properties of liquids and liquid mixtures, including vapor pressure and heat capacities. The discussion then turns to the thermodynami

  8. Scalable simple liquid deposition techniques for the enhancement of light absorption in thin films: Distributed Bragg reflectors coupled to 1D nanoimprinted textures

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    Brudieu, B.; Gozhyk, I.; Clements, W. R.; Mazoyer, S.; Gacoin, T.; Teisseire, J.

    2017-08-01

    Light trapping within a light absorbing medium is a key to highly efficient thin film solar cells. We propose a large-scale procedure based on materials with low absorption for the fabrication of combined Distributed Bragg Reflector (DBR) and grating light trapping structures. Using Rigorous Coupled Wave Analysis (RCWA) numerical simulations we designed a combined DBR and 1D grating structure allowing to significantly improve the absorption in a aSi:H film as thin as 100 nm. The optimized light trapping structure was fabricated. The enhancement of light absorption in thin aSi:H film was experimentally proven and discussed quantitatively with respect to the theoretical expectations.

  9. Dynamic processes in soap films.

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    Mysels, K J

    1968-07-01

    Some relations between the two main types of thin liquid films, the water-in-air "soap" films and the invert oil-in-water "lipid" films, are outlined, and several dynamic aspects of film behavior are illustrated and briefly reviewed with reference to more complete treatments. These dynamic processes are important in both types of films, but are easier to study in soap films. The topics include the difference between rigid and mobile films and their interconversion; the origin and measurement of film elasticity; the effect of rate of formation upon film thickness, and the evidence against the existence of thick rigid water layers at the surface; and the kinetics of drainage and the role played in it by viscous flow, marginal regeneration, and intermolecular forces.

  10. About the relevance of waviness, agglomeration, and strain on the electrical behavior of polymer composites filled with carbon nanotubes evaluated by a Monte-Carlo simulation

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    Román, Sebastián; Lund, Fernando; Bustos, Javier; Palza, Humberto

    2018-01-01

    In several technological applications, carbon nanotubes (CNT) are added to a polymer matrix in order to develop electrically conductive composite materials upon percolation of the CNT network. This percolation state depends on several parameters such as particle characteristics, degree of dispersion, and filler orientation. For instance, CNT aggregation is currently avoided because it is thought that it will have a negative effect on the electrical behavior despite some experimental evidence showing the contrary. In this study, the effect of CNT waviness, degree of agglomeration, and external strain, on the electrical percolation of polymer composites is studied by a three dimensional Monte-Carlo simulation. The simulation shows that the percolation threshold of CNT depends on the particle waviness, with rigid particles displaying the lowest values. Regarding the effect of CNT dispersion, our numerical results confirm that low levels of agglomeration reduce the percolation threshold of the composite. However, the threshold is shifted to larger values at high agglomeration states because of the appearance of isolated areas of high CNT concentrations. These results imply, therefore, an optimum of agglomeration that further depends on the waviness and concentration of CNT. Significantly, CNT agglomeration can further explain the broad percolation transition found in these systems. When an external strain is applied to the composites, the percolation concentration shifts to higher values because CNT alignment increases the inter-particle distances. The strain sensitivity of the composites is affected by the percolation state of CNT showing a maximum value at certain filler concentration. These results open up the discussion about the relevance in polymer composites of the dispersion state of CNT and filler flexibility towards electrically conductive composites.

  11. Influence of a white noise at channel inlet on the parallel and wavy convective instabilities of Poiseuille-Rayleigh-Bénard flows

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    Nicolas, Xavier; Zoueidi, N.; Xin, S.

    2012-01-01

    International audience; The present paper concerns Poiseuille-Rayleigh-Bénard mixed convection flows in horizontal rectangular air-filled channels of large spanwise aspect ratio (W/H ≥ 10) and it focuses on the primary and secondary thermoconvective instabilities made of steady longitudinal and unsteady wavy rolls for 100 ≤ Re ≤ 200, 3000 < Ra < 15 000, Pr = 0.7, and W/H = 10. Time linear stability analysis of longitudinal rolls and 3D nonlinear numerical simulations using a specially tailore...

  12. Scalable simple liquid deposition techniques for the enhancement of light absorption in thin films: Distributed Bragg reflectors coupled to 1D nanoimprinted textures

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    B. Brudieu

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Light trapping within a light absorbing medium is a key to highly efficient thin film solar cells. We propose a large-scale procedure based on materials with low absorption for the fabrication of combined Distributed Bragg Reflector (DBR and grating light trapping structures. Using Rigorous Coupled Wave Analysis (RCWA numerical simulations we designed a combined DBR and 1D grating structure allowing to significantly improve the absorption in a aSi:H film as thin as 100 nm. The optimized light trapping structure was fabricated. The enhancement of light absorption in thin aSi:H film was experimentally proven and discussed quantitatively with respect to the theoretical expectations.

  13. Effect of nanoscale surface texture on the contact-pressure-dependent conduction characteristics of a carbon-nanotube thin-film tactile pressure sensor

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    Lim, Chaehyun; Lee, Kunhak; Choi, Eunsuk; Kim, Ahsung; Kim, Jinoh; Lee, Seungbeck [Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-01-15

    We report on a novel tactile pressure sensor structure that transfers the vertical pressure applied to the sample's surface to lateral strain in the carbon-nanotube thin film embedded in an elastomer by using a 'wavy' structured substrate contact surface. When pressure was applied to the poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) surface, it was transferred to a carbon-nanotube thin film (CNTF) underneath, where it stretched to conform to the wavy substrate surface. This resulted in an elongation, or lateral strain, in the CNTF layer, their reducing its conductance. The measurements showed that with an applied vertical pressure of 30 kPa, a 15% reduction in conductance was achieved with only a 500-nm deflection in the CNTF, and repeatedly applied pressures for 3,600 cycles (12 hours) resulted in only a 2% reduction in sensitivity, demonstrating the their film's high sensitivity and reliability. The mechanical stability and high sensitivity of the CNTF/PDMS hybrid with wavy substrate structures may make possible applications to future tactile pressure sensors.

  14. Fundamentals of MOF Thin Film Growth via Liquid-Phase Epitaxy: Investigating the Initiation of Deposition and the Influence of Temperature.

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    Ohnsorg, Monica L; Beaudoin, Christopher K; Anderson, Mary E

    2015-06-09

    Thin films can integrate the versatility and great potential found in the emerging field of metal-organic frameworks directly into device architectures. For fabrication of smart interfaces containing surface-anchored metal-organic frameworks, it is important to understand how the foundational layers form to create the interface between the underlying substrate and porous framework. Herein, the formation and morphology of the first ten cycles of film deposition are investigated for the well-studied HKUST-1 system. Effects of processing variables, such as deposition temperature and substrate quality, are studied. Sequences of scanning probe microscopy images collected after cycles of alternating solution-phase deposition reveal the formation of a discontinuous surface with nucleating and growing crystallites consistent with a Volmer-Weber growth mechanism. Quantitative image analysis determines surface roughness and surface coverage as a function of deposition cycles, producing insight regarding growth and structure of foundational film layers. For carboxylic acid terminated self-assembled monolayers on gold, preferred crystal orientation is influenced by deposition temperature with crystal growth along [100] observed at 25 °C and [111] favored at 50 °C. This difference in crystal orientation results in reduced surface roughness and increased surface coverage at 50 °C. To properly fabricate and fully determine the potential of this material for industrial applications, fundamental understanding of film formation is crucial.

  15. Light scattering by soap films

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    Vrij, A.

    A theory is constructed describing the scattering from a liquid film (e.g., a soap film) of a light beam polarized normal to the plane of incidence. This scattering is due to the small irregular corrugations caused by thermal motion. The interference of the reflected incident beam with its multiple

  16. Electrosynthesis and pseudocapacitance performance of ionic liquid - Cr (η(6)-C6H5) complex functionalized reduced graphene oxide/poly ortho aminophenol nanocomposite film.

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    Kowsari, E; Ehsani, A; Dashti Najafi, M

    2017-10-15

    In present work, RGO/IL-Cr composites were synthesized via chemical routes. The structural and valance state of the prepared samples was characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. For improving the electrochemical performance of conductive polymer, POAP/RGO/IL-Cr composite films have been fabricated by POAP electropolymerization in the presence of RGO/IL-Cr as active electrodes for electrochemical supercapacitors. Different electrochemical methods including galvanostatic charge discharge experiments, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy have been applied to study the system performance. The supercapacity behavior of the composite film was attributed to the i) high active surface area of the composite, ii) charge transfer along the polymer chain due to the conjugation form of the polymer and finally iii) synergism effect between conductive polymer and RGO/IL-Cr. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Gargamelle : this film recalls design, construction and operation of this heavy liquid bubble chamber named thus for its size of giantess

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    Sidney Jezequel

    1971-01-01

    1970 : in the Saclay Nuclear Research Center, the assembly of the two largest bubble chambers ever built was in the final stage; Mirabelle for the Soviet Serpukhov accelerator and Gargamelle for the CERN European accelerator ... Comments : Saturn particle accelerator at Saclay, most powerful in 1959. Since then: ISR, Brookhaven, Serpakov. History of bubble chambers. Ecole Polytechnique. Gargamelle, Rabelais legendary giant, wife of Gargantua. Demands of building of chamber body. Bubble chamber a kind of photographers studio. Animation explaining how a bubble chamber works. Decompression/recompression cycle. Film. * Most dramatic moment in film is when the man enters the chamber to paint it with an absolute photographic black. Magnet. Largest conventional magnet every built. Could compare that with the L3 magnet, to get a feel for the size expansion in 15 years. Assembly at CERN. Cost $5.000.000. Operation. Scanning. Ends with need to build bigger machines to get at secrets of nature. In a few years Gargamell...

  18. EURISOL-DS Multi-MW Target Preliminary Study of the WTF(Windowless Transverse Film) Liquid Metal Proton-to-Neutron Converter

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    Cyril Kharoua, Yacine Kadi, Karel Samec, Roberto Rocca

    This technical note summarises the design calculations performed within Task #2 of the European Isotope Separation On-Line Radioactive Ion Beam Facility Design Study (EURISOL-DS) [1] for the WTF (Windowless Transverse Film) mercury converter. A preliminary study was carried out in order to determine the heat deposition within the mercury and estimate the mercury velocity needed in the film. The geometry used is based on previous analysis simulated using the Monte Carlo code FLUKA [2]. The results of these calculations show the baseline parameters, which will be used for the detailed design. Particularly, with a 1 GeV proton beam with a ~2 mm Gaussian distribution on a 4x30x40cm long target and with a 5m/s velocity at the peak power density region seems a suitable solution.

  19. Eurisol-DS Multi MW Target Preliminary Study of the Windlowless Transverse Film (WTF) Liquid Metal Proton-to Neutron Converter

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    Kadi, Y; Rocca, R; Samec, K

    2008-01-01

    This technical note summarises the design calculations performed within Task#2 of the European Isotope Separation On-Line Radioactive Ion Beam Facility Design Study (EURISOL-DS) for the WTF (Windowless Transverse Film) mercur converter. A preliminary study was carried out in order to determine the heat deposition within the mercury and estimate the mercury velocity needed in the film. The geometry used is based on previous analysis simulated using the Monte Carlo code FLUKA. The results of these calculations show the baseline parameters, which will be used for the detailed design. Particularly, with a 1 GeV proton beam with a $\\sigma$ ~2 mm Gaussian distribution on a 4x30x40cm long target and with a 5m/s velocity at the peak power density region seems a suitable solution.

  20. A Neutron-Diffraction Study of the Solid Layers at the Liquid Solid Boundary in 4He-Films Adsorbed on Graphite

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    da Costa Carneiro, Kim; Passell, L.; Thomlinson, W.

    1981-01-01

    A neutron scattering study of the structure of 4He films adsorbed on graphite is reported. Diffraction from helium monolayers at a temperature of 1.2K shows the formation of an incommensurate, triangular-lattice solid of high density. As the coverage is increased above two layers, the diffraction...... precise identification. A measurement of the height of the first helium layer above the graphite basal plane was also made. This was done by determining the coverage-dependent shift in the position of the graphite (002) diffraction peak (assumed to arise from interference between film and substrate...... scattering) and fitting it to a simple structural model. Values for the monolayer height above the graphite plane and for the lattice constants of the possible bilayer structures are given....

  1. Condensation En Film Liquidesur Une Surface Verticale Bordant Un ...

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    Within the boundary layer approximations in the liquid film, the analytical solutions obtained show the effect of the permeability porous medium and inclination of the principal axes on the liquid film thickness, liquid mass flow rate and surface heat transfer rate.The obtained Nusselt number depends on the square root of the ...

  2. Diagnostic performance of detecting breast cancer on computed radiographic (CR) mammograms: comparison of hard copy film, 3-megapixel liquid-crystal-display (LCD) monitor and 5-megapixel LCD monitor.

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    Yamada, Takayuki; Suzuki, Akihiko; Uchiyama, Nachiko; Ohuchi, Noriaki; Takahashi, Shoki

    2008-11-01

    The purpose was to compare observer performance in the detection of breast cancer using hard-copy film, and 3-megapixel (3-MP) and 5-megapixel (5-MP) liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors in a simulated screening setting. We amassed 100 sample sets, including 32 patients with surgically proven breast cancer (masses present, N = 12; microcalcifications, N = 10; other types, N = 10) and 68 normal controls. All the mammograms were obtained using computed radiography (CR; sampling pitch of 50 mum). Twelve mammographers independently assessed CR mammograms presented in random order for hard-copy and soft-copy reading at minimal 4-week intervals. Observers rated the images on seven-point (1 to 7) and continuous (0 to 100) malignancy scales. Receiver-operating-characteristics analysis was performed, and the average area under the curve (AUC) was calculated for each modality. The jackknife method with the Bonferroni correction was applied to multireader/multicase analysis. The average AUC values for the 3-MP LCD, 5-MP LCD, and hard-copy film were 0.954, 0.947, and 0.956 on the seven-point scale and 0.943, 0.923, and 0.944 on the continuous scale, respectively. There were no significant differences among the three modalities on either scale. Soft-copy reading using 3-MP and 5-MP LCDs is comparable to hard-copy reading for detecting breast cancer.

  3. Influence of gallium on infrared luminescence in Er{sup 3+} doped Yb{sub 3}Al{sub 5−y}Ga{sub y}O{sub 12} films grown by the liquid phase epitaxy

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    Hlásek, T., E-mail: hlasekt@vscht.cz [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Technická 5, Prague 6 166 28 (Czech Republic); Rubešová, K.; Jakeš, V.; Nekvindová, P. [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Technická 5, Prague 6 166 28 (Czech Republic); Oswald, J. [Institute of Physics v.v.i., Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Cukrovarnická 10, Prague 6 162 00 (Czech Republic); Kučera, M.; Hanuš, M. [Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Ke Karlovu 5, Prague 2 121 16 (Czech Republic)

    2015-08-15

    Erbium (Er{sup 3+}) doped ytterbium garnet Yb{sub 3}Al{sub 5−y}Ga{sub y}O{sub 12} (y=0, 0.55 and 1.1, YbAGG) thick films were grown by the isothermal liquid phase epitaxy method (LPE) on LuAG or YAG substrates. The influence of gallium on the photoluminescent properties of Er{sup 3+} is presented in this paper. Room temperature transmission and emission spectra were measured for the 0.5 at% Er{sup 3+}:YbAGG films with a different doping level of Ga. Also Er{sup 3+}:Yb{sub 3}Al{sub 3.9}Ga{sub 1.1}O{sub 12} (y=1.1) films with a different doping level of erbium (0.5, 1 and 2 at%) were tested. The presence of gallium significantly affects the fine splitting and total intensity of erbium emission in an infrared region (the transition {sup 4}I{sub 13/2}→{sup 4}I{sub 15/2}). Even at the highest doping level of erbium (2 at%), no up-conversion luminescence was observed, resulting in a maximum efficiency of the infrared emission. The lifetime of luminescence at 1530 nm was studied for all samples. - Highlights: • The presence of gallium is necessary to obtain a waveguide structure. • The presence of Ga enhanced both the absorption of Yb{sup 3+} and IR emission of Er{sup 3+} ions.

  4. Multiple magnetic transitions, dynamical magnetic liquid and magnetic glass in La{sub 1−x−y}Pr{sub y}Ca{sub x}MnO{sub 3} (x≈0.42, y≈0.40) thin films: A thickness dependent study

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    Agarwal, Vasudha; Kandpal, Lalit M.; Siwach, P.K.; Awana, V.P.S. [CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Marg, New Delhi 110012 (India); AcSIR at CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Marg, New Delhi 110012 (India); Singh, H.K., E-mail: hks65@nplindia.org [CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Marg, New Delhi 110012 (India); AcSIR at CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Marg, New Delhi 110012 (India)

    2015-11-15

    The influence of substrate induced strain and its relaxation on the evolution of the multiple magnetic transitions and ensuing modifications in the degree of phase separation, the nature of the dynamical magnetic liquid, the randomly frozen glass and insulator–metal transitions have been investigated in single crystalline La{sub 1−x−y}Pr{sub y}Ca{sub x}MnO{sub 3} (x≈0.42, y≈0.40) in t~20–140 nm thick films deposited on LaAlO{sub 3} (001) substrates. The ferromagnetic (FM) transition temperature (T{sub C}) first decreases as the film thickness is increased from t~20 nm to t~60 nm and then increases with increasing film thickness. In contrast the charge ordering (CO), antiferromagnetic (AFM) and glass transition temperatures shift towards higher values with increasing film thickness. The field cooled cooling (FCC) and field cooled warming (FCW) magnetization (M–T) of films having t≥60 nm shows pronounced hysteresis and ΔT{sub C}=T{sub C}{sup FCW}−T{sub C}{sup FCC} decreases concomitantly from 46 K to 35 K as the thickness increases from ~60 to ~140 nm. The thinnest film shows insulator to metal transitions (IMT) only at magnetic field H>40 kOe. Films with t≥T{sub C} show sharp hysteretic IMT, with ΔT{sub IM}=T{sub IM}{sup W}−T{sub IM}{sup C} decreasing from ~70 K to ~50 K as the thickness increases from ~60 nm to ~140 nm. Such strong hysteresis is a characteristic of first order phase transition and also a signature of magnetic liquid like phase created by the magnetic frustration created by the delicate balance between FM and AFM/CO phases. The H induced AFM/CO to FM transition reduces ΔT{sub IM} and at higher fields the phase transition appears akin to the second order. The observed difference in the magnetic and transport properties have been explained in terms of the substrate induced strain at lower film thickness and its relaxation at higher thickness. - Highlights: • Different thickness La{sub 1−x−y}Pr{sub y}Ca{sub x}MnO{sub 3

  5. The importance of orientation in proton transport of a polymer film based on an oriented self-organized columnar liquid-crystalline polyether

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    Tylkowski, Bartosz; Castelao, Nuria [Departament d' Enginyeria Quimica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Av. Paiesos Catalans, 26, E-43007, Tarragona (Spain); Giamberini, Marta, E-mail: marta.giamberini@urv.net [Departament d' Enginyeria Quimica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Av. Paiesos Catalans, 26, E-43007, Tarragona (Spain); Garcia-Valls, Ricard [Departament d' Enginyeria Quimica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Av. Paiesos Catalans, 26, E-43007, Tarragona (Spain); Reina, Jose Antonio [Departament de Quimica Analitica i Quimica Organica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Carrer Marcel.li Domingo s/n, E-43007, Tarragona (Spain); Gumi, Tania [Departament d' Enginyeria Quimica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Av. Paiesos Catalans, 26, E-43007, Tarragona (Spain)

    2012-02-01

    We prepared membranes based on a liquid-crystalline side-chain polyether obtained by chemical modification of commercial poly(epichlorohydrin) (PECH) with dendrons. This polymer exhibited a columnar structure, which could form an ion channel in the inner part. The columns were successfully oriented by taking advantage of surface interactions between the polymer and hydrophilic substrates, as confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) and optical microscopy between crossed polars (POM). Column orientation was found to be crucial for effective transport: the oriented membranes exhibited proton transport comparable to that of Nafion Registered-Sign N117 and no water uptake. An increase in sodium ion concentration in the feed phase suggested a proton/cation antiport. On the contrary, no proton transport was detected on unoriented membranes based on the same liquid-crystalline side-chain polyether or on unmodified PECH. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We prepared oriented membranes based on a liquid crystalline columnar polyether. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In this structure, the inner polyether chain could work as an ion channel. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We obtained membranes by casting a chloroform solution in the presence of water. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Membranes showed good proton permeability due to the presence of oriented channels.

  6. Stability and bifurcations of the wavy film flow down a vertical plate: the results of integral approaches and full-scale computations

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    Trifonov, Y Y, E-mail: trifonov@itp.nsc.ru [Institute of Thermophysics, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk 630090 (Russian Federation)

    2012-06-01

    This paper is devoted to a theoretical analysis of nonlinear two-dimensional waves using both the Navier-Stokes equations in their full statement and two integral approaches: Shkadov's approach and 'the regularized integral model'. We found the steady-state travelling waves and carried out an analysis of their linear stability and bifurcations using the Floquet theory. We found that the solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations are qualitatively different from the solutions of Shkadov's integral approach starting from some values of the Kapitza number Ka. It is found that the solutions of all models considered here have an internal vortex at moderate Reynolds numbers Re. A linear stability analysis with respect to the periodic disturbances of the same wavelength L as a period of the nonlinear solution allows us to calculate the bifurcation lines of the nonlinear waves on the plane of two parameters (wavelength L and Re/Ka) for different values of Ka. These lines form a multi-fold and multi-sheet surface where we can compute the different types of solutions at one set of parameters by using the continuation principle and starting the computations with small values of Re/ Ka. We found that most of the solutions are unstable.

  7. Thin Films

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    M. Benmouss

    2003-01-01

    the optical absorption are consistent with the film color changes. Finally, the optical and electrochromic properties of the films prepared by this method are compared with those of our sputtered films already studied and with other works.

  8. Soap Films Burst Like Flapping Flags

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    Lhuissier, Henri; Villermaux, Emmanuel

    2009-07-01

    When punctured, a flat soap film bursts by opening a hole driven by liquid surface tension. The hole rim does not, however, remain smooth but soon develops indentations at the tip of which ligaments form, ultimately breaking and leaving the initially connex film into a mist of disjointed drops. We report on original observations showing that these indentations result from a flaglike instability between the film and the surrounding atmosphere inducing an oscillatory motion out of its plane. Just like a flag edge flaps in the wind, the film is successively accelerated on both sides perpendicularly to its plane, inducing film thickness modulations and centrifuging liquid ligaments that finally pinch off to form the observed spray. This effect exemplifies how the dynamics of fragile objects such as thin liquid films is sensitive to their embedding medium.

  9. Soap films burst like flapping flags.

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    Lhuissier, Henri; Villermaux, Emmanuel

    2009-07-31

    When punctured, a flat soap film bursts by opening a hole driven by liquid surface tension. The hole rim does not, however, remain smooth but soon develops indentations at the tip of which ligaments form, ultimately breaking and leaving the initially connex film into a mist of disjointed drops. We report on original observations showing that these indentations result from a flaglike instability between the film and the surrounding atmosphere inducing an oscillatory motion out of its plane. Just like a flag edge flaps in the wind, the film is successively accelerated on both sides perpendicularly to its plane, inducing film thickness modulations and centrifuging liquid ligaments that finally pinch off to form the observed spray. This effect exemplifies how the dynamics of fragile objects such as thin liquid films is sensitive to their embedding medium.

  10. Jet impact on a soap film.

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    Kirstetter, Geoffroy; Raufaste, Christophe; Celestini, Franck

    2012-09-01

    We experimentally investigate the impact of a liquid jet on a soap film. We observe that the jet never breaks the film and that two qualitatively different steady regimes may occur. The first one is a refractionlike behavior obtained at small incidence angles when the jet crosses the film and is deflected by the film-jet interaction. For larger incidence angles, the jet is absorbed by the film, giving rise to a new class of flows in which the jet undulates along the film with a characteristic wavelength. Besides its fundamental interest, this paper presents a different way to guide a micrometric flow of liquid in the inertial regime and to probe foam stability submitted to violent perturbations at the soap film scale.

  11. A sensitive and highly stable electrochemical impedance immunosensor based on the formation of silica gel-ionic liquid biocompatible film on the glassy carbon electrode for the determination of aflatoxin B1 in bee pollen.

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    Zaijun, Li; Zhongyun, Wang; Xiulan, Sun; Yinjun, Fang; Peipei, Chen

    2010-03-15

    The paper describes a sensitive and highly stable label-free electrochemical impedance immunosensor for the determination of aflatoxin B(1) (AFB(1)), which is based on the formation of silica gel-ionic liquid biocompatible film on the glassy carbon electrode. The electrochemical performances of the sensor were investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy using a Fe(CN)(6)(3-/4-) phosphate buffer solution as base solution for test. As new ionic liquid, 1-amyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate, offers a very biocompatible microenvironment for AFB(1) antibody, the sensor exhibits good repeatability (RSD=1.2%), sensitive electrochemical impedance response to AFB(1) in the range of 0.1-10 ng ml(-1) and lowers the detection limit of AFB(1) (0.01 ng ml(-1)). The electron-transfer resistance change of the sensor after and before incubation with AFB(1) of 2.0 ng ml(-1) can retain 95% over a 180-day storage period at 4 degrees C. The results present a remarkable improvement of sensitivity (2-fold) and long-term stability (190-fold) when compared to classical silica gel sensor. Moreover, proposed sensor has a high selectivity to AFB(1) alone with no significant response to AFB(2), AFG(1), AFG(2) and AFM(1) as single substrates, it has been successfully applied to the determination of trace AFB(1) in bee pollen samples with a spiked recovery in the range of 96.0-102.5%. Copyright (c) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Flow Characterization in a Spinning Film Apparatus

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    Alvarado-Savarain, Alonso; Longmire, Ellen

    2012-11-01

    Flow generated in a mixing apparatus with similarities to but distinct deviations from a standard Taylor-Couette geometry is examined. Here an inner cylinder rotates about a vertical axis as an impeller within a stationary outer cylinder. The radius ratio is 0.95 and the aspect ratio of outer cylinder length to gap width is 27.5. The inner cylinder is hollow and shorter than the outer cylinder, leaving a bottom gap of 2.5 times the inter-cylinder gap width. The apparatus volume is partially full of liquid such that an inner free surface forms during operation. Velocity statistics in the side and bottom gaps are determined by laser Doppler velocimetry for characteristic Taylor (or Reynolds) numbers based on gap width in the range 1100-4700 which represent wavy vortex and turbulent regimes in Taylor-Couette flow. Experimental results for the aforementioned Reynolds numbers in conditions where the liquid present in the system is 30%, 43% and 52% of the total volume are shown. Additional results having the system modified to allow axial throughflow maintaining dimensions and liquid holdup equal to the batch conditions are also shown. Nano Dispersions Technology, Inc. and SENACYT-Panama (Scholarship for professional excellence).

  13. An improved algorithm of image processing technique for film thickness measurement in a horizontal stratified gas-liquid two-phase flow

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    Kuntoro, Hadiyan Yusuf; Hudaya, Akhmad Zidni; Dinaryanto, Okto; Majid, Akmal Irfan; Deendarlianto

    2016-06-01

    Due to the importance of the two-phase flow researches for the industrial safety analysis, many researchers developed various methods and techniques to study the two-phase flow phenomena on the industrial cases, such as in the chemical, petroleum and nuclear industries cases. One of the developing methods and techniques is image processing technique. This technique is widely used in the two-phase flow researches due to the non-intrusive capability to process a lot of visualization data which are contain many complexities. Moreover, this technique allows to capture direct-visual information data of the flow which are difficult to be captured by other methods and techniques. The main objective of this paper is to present an improved algorithm of image processing technique from the preceding algorithm for the stratified flow cases. The present algorithm can measure the film thickness (hL) of stratified flow as well as the geometrical properties of the interfacial waves with lower processing time and random-access memory (RAM) usage than the preceding algorithm. Also, the measurement results are aimed to develop a high quality database of stratified flow which is scanty. In the present work, the measurement results had a satisfactory agreement with the previous works.

  14. Coalescence Avalanches in Liquid Aluminum Foams

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    Marlen Paeplow; Francisco García-Moreno; Aaron Joseph Meagher; Alexander Rack; John Banhart

    2017-01-01

    Coalescence is the rupture of a film between two adjacent bubbles in any type of liquid foam and has pronounced influence on the development of its macrostructure after solidification, mostly leading...

  15. Liquid Crystal Elastomer Actuators from Anisotropic Porous Polymer Template.

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    Wang, Qian; Yu, Li; Yu, Meina; Zhao, Dongyu; Song, Ping; Chi, Hun; Guo, Lin; Yang, Huai

    2017-08-01

    Controlling self-assembly behaviors of liquid crystals is a fundamental issue for designing them as intelligent actuators. Here, anisotropic porous polyvinylidene fluoride film is utilized as a template to induce homogeneous alignment of liquid crystals. The mechanism of liquid crystal alignment induced by anisotropic porous polyvinylidene fluoride film is illustrated based on the relationship between the alignment behavior of liquid crystals and surface microstructure of anisotropic polyvinylidene fluoride film. Liquid crystal elastomer actuators with fast responsiveness, large strain change, and reversible actuation behaviors are achieved by the photopolymerization of liquid crystal monomer in liquid crystal cells coated with anisotropic porous films. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. An experimental study on particle effects in liquid sheets

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    Sauret Alban

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Many industrial processes, such as surface coating or liquid transport in tubes, involve liquid sheets or thin films of suspensions. In these situations, the thickness of the liquid film becomes comparable to the particle size, which leads to unexpected dynamics. In addition, the classical constitutive rheological law for suspensions cannot be applied as the continuum approximation is no longer valid. Here, we consider experimentally a transient particle-laden liquid sheet that expands radially. We characterize the influence of the particles on the shape of the liquid film and the atomization process. We highlight that the presence of particles modifies the thickness and stability of the liquid sheet. Our study suggests that the influence of particles through capillary effects can modify significantly the dynamics of processes that involve suspensions and particles confined in liquid films.

  17. Viscosity of particle laden films

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    Timounay, Yousra; Rouyer, Florence

    2017-06-01

    We perform retraction experiments on soap films where large particles bridge the two interfaces. Local velocities are measured by PIV during the unstationnary regime. The velocity variation in time and space can be described by a continuous fluid model from which effective viscosity (shear and dilatational) of particulate films is measured. The 2D effective viscosity of particulate films η2D increases with particle surface fraction ϕ: at low ϕ, it tends to the interfacial dilatational viscosity of the liquid/air interfaces and it diverges at the critical particle surface fraction ϕc ≃ 0.84. Experimental data agree with classical viscosity laws of hard spheres suspensions adapted to the 2D geometry, assuming viscous dissipation resulting from the squeeze of the liquid/air interfaces between the particles. Finally, we show that the observed viscous dissipation in particulate films has to be considered to describe the edge velocity during a retraction experiment at large particle coverage.

  18. Impact of food to microorganism (F/M) ratio and colloidal chemical oxygen demand on nitrification performance of a full-scale membrane bioreactor treating thin film transistor liquid crystal display wastewater.

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    Wu, Yi-Ju; Whang, Liang-Ming; Chang, Ming-Yu; Fukushima, Toshikazu; Lee, Ya-Chin; Cheng, Sheng-Shung; Hsu, Shu-Fu; Chang, Cheng-Huey; Shen, Wason; Yang, Charn-Yi; Fu, Ryan; Tsai, Tsair-Yuan

    2013-08-01

    This study investigated impact of food to microorganism (F/M) ratio and colloidal chemical oxygen demand (COD) on nitrification performance in one full-scale membrane bioreactor (MBR) treating monoethanolamine (MEA)/dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)-containing thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) wastewater. Poor nitrification was observed under high organic loading and high colloidal COD conditions, suggesting that high F/M ratio and colloidal COD situations should be avoided to minimize their negative impacts on nitrification. According to the nonmetric multidimensional scaling (NMS) statistical analyses on terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) results of ammonia monooxygenase (amoA) gene, the occurrence of Nitrosomonas oligotropha-like ammonia oxidizing bacteria (AOB) was positively related to successful nitrification in the MBR systems, while Nitrosomonas europaea-like AOB was positively linked to nitrification rate, which can be attributed to the high influent total nitrogen condition. Furthermore, Nitrobacter- and Nitrospira-like nitrite oxidizing bacteria (NOB) were both abundant in the MBR systems, but the continuously low nitrite environment is likely to promote the growth of Nitrospira-like NOB. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Slip effects in polymer thin films

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    Baeumchen, O.; Jacobs, K.

    2009-01-01

    Probing the fluid dynamics of thin films is an excellent tool to study the solid/liquid boundary condition. There is no need for external stimulation or pumping of the liquid due to the fact that the dewetting process, an internal mechanism, acts as a driving force for liquid flow. Viscous dissipation within the liquid and slippage balance interfacial forces. Thereby, friction at the solid/liquid interface plays a key role towards the flow dynamics of the liquid. Probing the temporal and spat...

  20. Cu{sub 2−x}S films as counter-electrodes for dye solar cells with ferrocene-based liquid electrolytes

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    Congiu, M., E-mail: mirko.congiu@fc.unesp.br [UNESP, Univ. Estadual Paulista, POSMAT — Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência e Tecnologia de Materiais, Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube14-01, 17033-360 Bauru, SP (Brazil); Nunes-Neto, O. [UNESP, Univ. Estadual Paulista, POSMAT — Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência e Tecnologia de Materiais, Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube14-01, 17033-360 Bauru, SP (Brazil); De Marco, M.L.; Dini, D. [University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Department of Chemistry, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, Rome, RM (Italy); Graeff, C.F.O. [UNESP, Univ. Estadual Paulista, POSMAT — Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência e Tecnologia de Materiais, Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube14-01, 17033-360 Bauru, SP (Brazil); DC-FC, UNESP, Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube14-01, 17033-360 Bauru, SP (Brazil)

    2016-08-01

    In this work, the application of hexagonal CuS nanoparticle layers as counter electrodes for dye sensitized solar cells has been studied. A fast, cheap and reliable deposition method was proposed for the one-step preparation of Cu{sub 2−x}S layers on F-doped SnO{sub 2} within 30 min through an ink-based technique. The electrodes prepared with our method were tested with iodine/iodide electrolyte, Co(II)/(III) bipyridine redox shuttle and Fe(II)/(III) ferrocene-based liquid electrolyte. The Cu{sub 2−x}S layers showed high efficiency and stability with the ferrocene/ferrocenium redox couple, showing a fast charge recombination kinetic, low charge transfer resistance (R{sub ct} = 0.73 Ω cm{sup 2}), reasonably high limiting current (11.8 mA cm{sup −2}) and high stability in propylene carbonate. - Highlights: • We proposed a low-cost Cu{sub 2−x}S electrode for dye solar cells. • Easy deposition and processing • Suitable for large-area applications • Advantages and limitations of Cu{sub 2−x}S with three different redox electrolytes • High electro-catalytic efficiency and stability with the ferrocene/ferrocenium redox couple.

  1. Development of a convective instability as wavy rolls in a Poiseuille-Rayleigh-Benard flow; Observations d'une instabilite convective apparaissant sous la forme de rouleaux sinueux dans un ecoulement de Poiseuille-Rayleigh-Benard

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    Pabiou, H.; Mergui, S. [Paris-11 Univ., FAST, CNRS-UPMC-UPS, 91 - Orsay (France); Nicolas, X. [Universite de Marne la Vallee, LETEM, 77 (France); Shihe, Xin [Paris-11 Univ., LIMSI, CNRS, 91 - Orsay (France)

    2003-10-01

    A both experimental and numerical study of a mixed convective flow in a rectangular channel heated at the bottom and cooled at the top is reported. In such configuration, it is well known that for a Rayleigh number above a critical value and for sufficiently high Reynolds number, longitudinal counter-rotating rolls develop. A linear temporal stability analysis conducted in 1991 detected the onset of a wavy instability of the longitudinal rolls. In our study, experimental results and 3D direct simulations clearly show the development of the wavy pattern and point out the convective behaviour of this instability. To the knowledge of the authors, it is the first time that this instability is observed. (authors)

  2. Bilaterally Microstructured Thin Polydimethylsiloxane Film Production

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    Vudayagiri, Sindhu; Yu, Liyun; Hassouneh, Suzan Sager

    2015-01-01

    with the existing manufacturing process. In employing the new technique, films with microstructures on both surfaces are successfully made with two different liquid silicone rubber (LSR) formulations: 1) pure XLR630 and 2) XLR630 with titanium dioxide (TiO2). The LSR films (∼70 μm) are cast on a carrier web...

  3. Fermi liquids and Luttinger liquids

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    Schulz, H. J.; Cuniberti, G.; Pieri, P.

    1998-01-01

    In these lecture notes, the basic physics of Fermi liquids and Luttinger liquids is presented. Fermi liquids are discussed both from a phenomenological viewpoint, in relation to microscopic approaches, and as renormalization group fixed points. Luttinger liquids are introduced using the bosonization formalism, and their essential differences with Fermi liquids are pointed out. Applications to transport effects, the effect of disorder, quantum spin chains, and spin ladders, both insulating and...

  4. Nanocomposite films

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    Mitlin, David; , Ophus, Colin; Evoy, Stephane; Radmilovic, Velimir; Mohammadi, Reza; Westra, Ken; Nelson-Fitzpatrick, Nathaniel; Lee, Zonghoon

    2010-07-20

    A thin-film composition of nanocrystal molybdenum in an amorphous metallic matrix may be formed by co-sputtering Mo with aluminum or nickel. NEMS cantilevers may be formed from the film. The films exhibit high nanoindentation hardness and a reduction in roughness and intrinsic stress, while maintaining resistivity in the metallic range.

  5. Snakes and labyrinths: contact fingering instability of a soft elastic film between two rigid surfaces

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    Davis-Purcell, Ben; Dalnoki-Veress, Kari

    Intricate patterns are abundant in nature, from the stripes of a zebra, to the formation of snowflakes, to the wavy peaks and valleys on a beach. One such instability occurs when a soft elastomeric film bonded to a rigid substrate deforms to adhere to another rigid surface brought into contact with the film. If there is a gap between the film and the surface, then a contact fingering instability results as the film deforms to adhere to the surface. The reduction in the interfacial surface energy upon adhering is balanced by the elastic strain as the soft film deforms to span the gap and leads to distinct labyrinth patterns. We study the formation of this adhesion-induced instability and observe the fingering labyrinth pattern both statically, to measure wavelength as a function of film thickness, as well as dynamically where we see patterns similar to snakes meandering along the ground. We also investigate this contact fingering instability in the presence of an anisotropic tension in the soft elastic film.

  6. Partially exposed polymer dispersed liquid crystals for boundary layer investigations

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    Parmar, Devendra S.; Singh, Jag J.

    1992-01-01

    A new configuration termed partially exposed polymer dispersed liquid crystal in which the liquid crystal microdroplets dispersed in a rigid polymer matrix are partially entrapped on the free surface of the thin film deposited on a glass substrate is reported. Optical transmission characteristics of the partially exposed polymer dispersed liquid crystal thin film in response to an air flow induced shear stress field reveal its potential as a sensor for gas flow and boundary layer investigations.

  7. The shape of soap films and Plateau borders

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    Fortes, M A [Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais and Instituto de Ciencia e Engenharia de Materiais e SuperfIcies, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Avenida Rovisco Pais, P-1049-001 Lisbon (Portugal); Teixeira, P I C [Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa Rua Conselheiro EmIdio Navarro 1, P-1950-062 Lisbon (Portugal); Deus, A M [Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais and Instituto de Ciencia e Engenharia de Materiais e SuperfIcies, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Avenida Rovisco Pais, P-1049-001 Lisbon (Portugal)

    2007-06-20

    We have calculated the shapes of flat liquid films, and of the transition region to the associated Plateau borders (PBs), by integrating the Laplace equation with a position-dependent surface tension {gamma}(x), where 2x is the local film thickness. We discuss films in either zero or non-zero gravity, using standard {gamma}(x) potentials for the interaction between the two bounding surfaces. We have investigated the effects of the film flatness, liquid underpressure, and gravity on the shape of films and their PBs. Films may exhibit 'humps' and/or 'dips' associated with inflection points and minima of the film thickness. Finally, we propose an asymptotic analytical solution for the film width profile.

  8. The shape of soap films and Plateau borders.

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    Fortes, M A; Teixeira, P I C; Deus, A M

    2007-06-20

    We have calculated the shapes of flat liquid films, and of the transition region to the associated Plateau borders (PBs), by integrating the Laplace equation with a position-dependent surface tension γ(x), where 2x is the local film thickness. We discuss films in either zero or non-zero gravity, using standard γ(x) potentials for the interaction between the two bounding surfaces. We have investigated the effects of the film flatness, liquid underpressure, and gravity on the shape of films and their PBs. Films may exhibit 'humps' and/or 'dips' associated with inflection points and minima of the film thickness. Finally, we propose an asymptotic analytical solution for the film width profile.

  9. Demens Film

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    Jensen, Anders Møller

    2012-01-01

    Vi vil skabe film til mennesker med demens – ikke film om demens sygdommen eller beretninger om livet og hverdagen med en kronisk lidelse. Filmene skal medvirke til at frembringe en behagelig stemning omkring og hos mennesker med demens, så hverdagen bliver så tryg som mulig. Filmene skal samtidig...... var at afgrænse og prioritere projektet, samt komme med anbefalinger omkring hvad der er vigtigt, i forbindelse med produktion af film målrettet mennesker med demens. Resultat af ekspertgruppen sammenfattes i denne rapport. Projektet gennemføres som et samarbejde mellem Retrospect Film...

  10. Liquid Ventilation

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    Qutaiba A. Tawfic

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Mammals have lungs to breathe air and they have no gills to breath liquids. When the surface tension at the air-liquid interface of the lung increases, as in acute lung injury, scientists started to think about filling the lung with fluid instead of air to reduce the surface tension and facilitate ventilation. Liquid ventilation (LV is a technique of mechanical ventilation in which the lungs are insufflated with an oxygenated perfluorochemical liquid rather than an oxygen-containing gas mixture. The use of perfluorochemicals, rather than nitrogen, as the inert carrier of oxygen and carbon dioxide offers a number of theoretical advantages for the treatment of acute lung injury. In addition, there are non-respiratory applications with expanding potential including pulmonary drug delivery and radiographic imaging. The potential for multiple clinical applications for liquid-assisted ventilation will be clarified and optimized in future. Keywords: Liquid ventilation; perfluorochemicals; perfluorocarbon; respiratory distress; surfactant.

  11. Magnetoresistance of Au films

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    Zhang, D. L., E-mail: zhangdl@iphy.ac.cn; Song, X. H.; Zhang, X. [Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 10081 (China); Zhang, X.-G., E-mail: xgz@ufl.edu [Department of Physics and Quantum Theory Project, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611 (United States); Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences and Computer Science and Mathematics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6493 (United States)

    2014-12-14

    Classical magnetoresistance (MR) in nonmagnetic metals are conventionally understood in terms of the Kohler rule, with violation usually viewed as anomalous electron transport, in particular, as evidence of non-Fermi liquid behavior. Measurement of the MR of Au films as a function of temperature and film thickness reveals a strong dependence on grain size distribution and clear violation of the Kohler rule. Using a model of random resistor network, we show that this result can be explained if the MR arises entirely from inhomogeneity due to grain boundary scattering and thermal activation of grain boundary atoms. Consequently, the Kohler rule should not be used to distinguish normal and anomalous electron transport in solids.

  12. Subsidizing Liquidity

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    Malinova, Katya; Park, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    Facing increased competition over the last decade, many stock exchanges changed their trading fees to maker-taker pricing, an incentive scheme that rewards liquidity suppliers and charges liquidity demanders. Using a change in trading fees on the Toronto Stock Exchange, we study whether and why...... the breakdown of trading fees between liquidity demanders and suppliers matters. Posted quotes adjust after the change in fee composition, but the transaction costs for liquidity demanders remain unaffected once fees are taken into account. However, as posted bid-ask spreads decline, traders (particularly...... retail) use aggressive orders more frequently, and adverse selection costs decrease....

  13. Study of airborne particles during the impact of droplets on a dry surface or on a liquid film; Etude de la mise en suspension de micro-gouttelettes lors de l'impact d'une goutte sur une surface seche ou sur un film liquide

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    Motzkus, C.; Gensdarmes, F. [Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire (IRSN), Service d' Etudes et de Recherches en Aerodispersion des polluants et en Confinement, 91 - Gif sur Yvette (France); Motzkus, C.; Gehin, E. [Paris-12 Univ., Centre d' Etudes et de Recherches en Thermique, Environnement et Systeme, 94 - Creteil (France)

    2007-07-01

    The safety analyses of the nuclear facilities require extensive knowledge on the airborne micro-droplet, in order to assess the potential sources of contamination in the case of hypothetical scenarios of accidental falls of liquids caused by leakage or discharge from a container. There are very few data in the literature in the case of the impaction of millimeter-size droplets on the airborne particles. The objective of our work is to study experimentally the emission of the particles during the impaction on a dry or wet plane surface, in order to understand the mechanisms leading to the airborne icles. First experiments are carried out in order to study the airborne particles produced by the free falls of droplet according to the fall height. These results are faced with a semi empirical correlation, which describes the transition between deposition and splash. In the case of a dripping of 3.84 mm-diameter droplets, our results show that the splash occurs for a fall height above 30 cm, which leads to resuspension fractions between 1,9 10{sup -6} at 46 cm and 7,5 10{sup -6} at 80 cm. (authors)

  14. Thin Film

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    TiO2 film and also the photo generated electrons are the charge carriers. As anodic potential increased, a large amount of current carrier (photoelectrons) passed through the TiO2 film. Additionally, photogenerated holes were consumed by methyl orange in the solution, which is reflected in the decrease of absorbance. 0.

  15. Nanoscopic Manipulation and Imaging of Liquid Crystals

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    Rosenblatt, Charles S. [Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH (United States)

    2014-02-04

    This is the final project report. The project’s goals centered on nanoscopic imaging and control of liquid crystals and surfaces. We developed and refined techniques to control liquid crystal orientation at surfaces with resolution as small as 25 nm, we developed an optical imaging technique that we call Optical Nanotomography that allows us to obtain images inside liquid crystal films with resolution of 60 x 60 x 1 nm, and we opened new thrust areas related to chirality and to liquid crystal/colloid composites.

  16. Dry lubricant films for aluminum forming.

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

    1999-03-30

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

  17. Demens Film

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    Ridder, Hanne Mette Ochsner

    2012-01-01

    I forbindelse med opstarten af Demens Film projektet har der været nedsat en ekspertgruppe, som er kommet med en række anbefalinger omkring film til mennesker med demens. Anbefalingerne skal bruges i de næste faser af projektet. Deltagerne i ekspertgruppen var sammensat af en bred gruppe...... fagpersoner inde for forskellige fagområder. Læs mere om gruppens anbefalinger og sammensætning af ekspertgruppen i den kort rapport som er offentlig tilgængelig. Læs Ekspertgruppe anbefalingerne til Demens Film projekt....

  18. Aspects of sorption processes in thermosiphon and in falling film arrangements

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    Kockum, Henrik

    1998-09-01

    A study concerning closure relations pertinent to the design of sorption equipment of absorption heat pumps has been undertaken. Specifically, thermosiphon and vertical falling film arrangements were studied. For the thermosiphon, experimental data on the void fraction, the friction and orifice pressure drops, and the heat transfer coefficient at sub-atmospheric pressures were obtained for vaporizing water and vaporizing water-sugar mixtures. Empirical correlations were produced for all quantities. Furthermore, a semi-theoretical model for the void fraction was derived; this model compared favourably to existing correlations. Sample thermosiphon correlations using a two-field two-phase flow model, including a heating condensate film, were performed. For the falling film, a penetration-type of turbulence model was developed. Experimental data found in the open literature were used in the derivation. Absorption calculations then indicated that the model is appropriate for wavy-laminar flows, but not for turbulent flows. Falling film calculation results compared favourably to existing film thickness and heat transfer correlations 121 refs, 28 figs, 14 tabs

  19. Flexible thermoelectric generator with efficient vertical to lateral heat path films

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    Nishino, T.; Suzuki, T.

    2017-03-01

    This paper presents a flexible thermoelectric generator (TEG) with heat path films, which efficiently convert vertical temperature difference (ΔT) into lateral ΔT for thermocouple (TC). The heat path film consists of copper-filled-vias with low thermal resistance and polymer films with high thermal resistance. They were made in two fabrication steps. The first used a flexible printed circuit board with high density copper-filled-vias, while the second saw the deposition of thin film TCs. The combination offers flexibility of application due to its thinness, mass production potential, and low energy heat loss in the device. We demonstrated 54 TCs cm-2 in a 25 cm2 flexible TEG using Bi2Te3- and Nickel-based TCs respectively. The experimental data were in good accordance with a model which was calculated using the finite element method. The prototype flexible TEGs indicated that the proposed structure converted 84% heat flow from vertical into lateral ΔT in each TC, which was two times higher than the non-heat path film. They produced voltage of 11 mV/K/cm2 and power output of 0.1 µW/K/cm2 respectively. These flexible TEGs are ideally suited for harvesting from waste heat emitted from objects with large wavy areas because of their low weight, low cost and high efficiency conversion with flexibility.

  20. Managing liquidity

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    Pokutta, Sebastian; Schmaltz, Christian

    2011-01-01

    Large banking groups face the question of how to optimally allocate and generate liquidity: in a central liquidity hub or in many decentralized branches. We translate this question into a facility location problem under uncertainty. We show that volatility is the key driver behind (de-)centraliza......Large banking groups face the question of how to optimally allocate and generate liquidity: in a central liquidity hub or in many decentralized branches. We translate this question into a facility location problem under uncertainty. We show that volatility is the key driver behind (de......-)centralization. We provide an analytical solution for the 2-branch model and show that a liquidity center can be interpreted as an option on immediate liquidity. Therefore, its value can be interpreted as the price of information, i.e., the price of knowing the exact demand. Furthermore, we derive the threshold...... above which it is advantageous to open a liquidity center and show that it is a function of the volatility and the characteristic of the bank network. Finally, we discuss the n-branch model for real-world banking groups (10-60 branches) and show that it can be solved with high granularity (100 scenarios...