Sample records for yag ultrafine powders

  1. Study on Varied Types of Ultrafine Powder Used in Refractory

    LIXiaoming; WUQingshun


    The properties and low and medium tem-perature bonding mechanisms of varied types of SiO2 ultrafine powder used in ceramic and refractory and the temperature at which SiO2 ultrafine powder began to react with Al2O3 were studied,And initial researches on effects of ultrafine powders of Al2O3,SiC,3Al2o3·2SiO2,MgO·Al2O3 and ZrSiO4 on promoting sintering were made. The results indicated that among various types of SiO2 ultrafine powder ,non-crystal sil-ica ultrafine powder wa characterized by its structure and properties,It could yield consid-erable silica gel on its surface at low tempera-ture,which then dehydrated and formed Si-O-Si bond,thereby developing a netty structure that caused higher bond strength at low and medium temperature since the netty structure basically remperature since the netty structure basically reained as termperture rising.SiO2 ultrafine powder began to react with Al2O3 at 700℃, All of other types of ultrafine powder had effects on stimulating sintering ,but the effects were significant only when the particle size of ultrafine powder was less than 5μm。

  2. Influence of Ultrafine 2CaO·SiO2 Powder on Hydration Properties of Reactive Powder Concrete

    Hongfang Sun; Zishanshan Li; Shazim Ali Memon; Qiwu Zhang; Yaocheng Wang; Bing Liu; Weiting Xu; Feng Xing


    In this research, we assessed the influence of an ultrafine 2CaO·SiO2 powder on the hydration properties of a reactive powder concrete system. The ultrafine powder was manufactured through chemical combustion method. The morphology of ultrafine powder and the development of hydration products in the cement paste prepared with ultrafine powder were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), mineralogical composition were determined by X-ray diffraction, while the heat release characte...

  3. Influence of Ultrafine 2CaO·SiO2 Powder on Hydration Properties of Reactive Powder Concrete

    Hongfang Sun; Zishanshan Li; Shazim Ali Memon; Qiwu Zhang; Yaocheng Wang; Bing Liu; Weiting Xu; Feng Xing


    In this research, we assessed the influence of an ultrafine 2CaO·SiO2 powder on the hydration properties of a reactive powder concrete system. The ultrafine powder was manufactured through chemical combustion method. The morphology of ultrafine powder and the development of hydration products in the cement paste prepared with ultrafine powder were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), mineralogical composition were determined by X-ray diffraction, while the heat release characte...

  4. Influence of Ultrafine 2CaO·SiO2 Powder on Hydration Properties of Reactive Powder Concrete

    Hongfang Sun


    Full Text Available In this research, we assessed the influence of an ultrafine 2CaO·SiO2 powder on the hydration properties of a reactive powder concrete system. The ultrafine powder was manufactured through chemical combustion method. The morphology of ultrafine powder and the development of hydration products in the cement paste prepared with ultrafine powder were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, mineralogical composition were determined by X-ray diffraction, while the heat release characteristics up to the age of 3 days were investigated by calorimetry. Moreover, the properties of cementitious system in fresh and hardened state (setting time, drying shrinkage, and compressive strength with 5% ordinary Portland cement replaced by ultrafine powder were evaluated. From SEM micrographs, the particle size of ultrafine powder was found to be up to several hundred nanometers. The hydration product started formulating at the age of 3 days due to slow reacting nature of belitic 2CaO·SiO2. The initial and final setting times were prolonged and no significant difference in drying shrinkage was observed when 5% ordinary Portland cement was replaced by ultrafine powder. Moreover, in comparison to control reactive powder concrete, the reactive powder concrete containing ultrafine powder showed improvement in compressive strength at and above 7 days of testing. Based on above, it can be concluded that the manufactured ultrafine 2CaO·SiO2 powder has the potential to improve the performance of a reactive powder cementitious system.

  5. Influence of Ultrafine 2CaO·SiO₂ Powder on Hydration Properties of Reactive Powder Concrete.

    Sun, Hongfang; Li, Zishanshan; Memon, Shazim Ali; Zhang, Qiwu; Wang, Yaocheng; Liu, Bing; Xu, Weiting; Xing, Feng


    In this research, we assessed the influence of an ultrafine 2CaO·SiO₂ powder on the hydration properties of a reactive powder concrete system. The ultrafine powder was manufactured through chemical combustion method. The morphology of ultrafine powder and the development of hydration products in the cement paste prepared with ultrafine powder were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), mineralogical composition were determined by X-ray diffraction, while the heat release characteristics up to the age of 3 days were investigated by calorimetry. Moreover, the properties of cementitious system in fresh and hardened state (setting time, drying shrinkage, and compressive strength) with 5% ordinary Portland cement replaced by ultrafine powder were evaluated. From SEM micrographs, the particle size of ultrafine powder was found to be up to several hundred nanometers. The hydration product started formulating at the age of 3 days due to slow reacting nature of belitic 2CaO·SiO₂. The initial and final setting times were prolonged and no significant difference in drying shrinkage was observed when 5% ordinary Portland cement was replaced by ultrafine powder. Moreover, in comparison to control reactive powder concrete, the reactive powder concrete containing ultrafine powder showed improvement in compressive strength at and above 7 days of testing. Based on above, it can be concluded that the manufactured ultrafine 2CaO·SiO₂ powder has the potential to improve the performance of a reactive powder cementitious system.

  6. Adsorption of phenol from water by ultrafine coal powders

    LIU Zhuan-nian; ZHOU An-ning; YANG Fan; JIN Qi-ting


    Seven Shenfu coal powders different in particle size obtained by sieving and ball milling were used to probe their adsorption properties to phenol from water.The results show that the kinetics of phenol on coal powders follow the second-Order adsorption kinetic model well.Adsorption processes are governed by film diffusion and the kinetic parameters and the effective diffusion coefficients were calculated through plotting.Adsorption capacities to phenol increase exponentially with decreasing of diameter of coal described in terms of Freundlich isotherm,while for ultrafine coal powders with d50 of 4.28and 4.82 μm fit Langmuir isotherm well.

  7. Study on the preparation and properties of ultrafine copper powder

    LIU; Wei-ping; HUANG; Lin; YIN; Yan-hong


    In the study, the common copper powder is used as sample, the ultrafine copper powder is researched by a new process of high energy ball milling. The influence of the milling time, the milling intensity, the milling medium, the ratio of hall to material, the dry milling and the wet milling on copper powder size are studied and the rule of every factors influencing properties of copper particle size and specific surface area under the best experimental conditions are acquired. By the regressive analysis of experimental results under the best conditions, the characteristic equation of copper particle prepared by high energy milling is confirmed.

  8. Absorption of some powder materials to YAG laser



    Laser powder alloying is widely used for tribological applications. As one of the key pa-rameters , absorptivity of powder materials to laser plays an important role in the processing. Themeasurement of laser absorptivity is essential for absorptivity research. In present work, lumpedmethod based on heat transfer is established for laser absorptivity measurement. The absorptivityof some powder materials as Cu, Fe, Al, NiO, Al2O3, ZrO2, SiC, to YAG laser, are investigated.The results show that the absorptivity of powder materials to YAG laser is generally larger thanthat of bulk materials.

  9. Solvothermal synthesis of spherical YAG powders via different precipitants

    Wu Zuogui [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong Institute of Light Industry, Jinan, Shandong 250353 (China); Zhang Xudong [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong Institute of Light Industry, Jinan, Shandong 250353 (China)], E-mail:; He Wen; Du Yuanwei; Jia Naitao; Liu Pengcheng; Bu Fanqing [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong Institute of Light Industry, Jinan, Shandong 250353 (China)


    Yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) powders were synthesized by a solvothermal method under mild conditions with inexpensive aluminum and yttrium nitrates as the starting materials, and the ethylenediamine (EDA) solution as the solvent. Hydroxide precursors were synthesized by two different precipitating processes, in which urea or ammonium hydrogen carbonate was used as precipitant. The formation of YAG particle was investigated by means of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The TEM results showed that spherical YAG powders were successfully synthesized when ammonium hydrogen carbonate was used as precipitant.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of yttrium aluminium garnet (YAG powders

    Magdalena Zarzecka-Napierala


    Full Text Available In this paper synthesis and characterization of YAG powders, prepared by a process based on complexing properties of citric acid, was reported. Influence of citric acid estrification induced by 2-propanol or ethylene glycol on the system homogeneity was investigated. These reagents were introduced to aqueous solution of yttrium and aluminium nitrates. A variety of powders from Al2O3-Y2O3 system with different phase composition were obtained by altering the citrate to nitrate ratio. Evolution of the powders phase composition vs. temperature was investigated using DTA/TG, XRD, and FT-IR methods. The most interesting results were observed in case of the citric acid–propanol–relative nitrates system. The mole ratio of these reagents equal to 1:2.5:2.5 (nitrates (Al,Y:citric acid:2-propanol allowed to synthesize pure YAG phase powders at temperature as low as 950°C.

  11. Coating of SiC Powder with Nano YAG Phase

    Zhang Ning; Cai Qingkui; Ru Hongqiang; Li Ying; Qiu Guanming; Sun Xudong


    SiC-YAG(Y3Al5O12) ceramic composite powders were prepared by co-precipitation coating method. Mechanism of co-precipitation coating of SiC powders with Y3+ and Al3+ precursors was investigated. If the concentration of [OH-] ion in the solution is controlled within the range between critical values for heterogeneous nucleation and homogeneous nucleation, Y3+ and Al3+ precipitation precursors can be coated on the surface of SiC particles. Y3+ and Al3+ precipitation precursors transform into YAG phase after calcining at 1000 ℃ without the formation of YAM and YAP phases. The formation temperature of YAG phase is about 600 ℃ lower than that of conventional powder mixing method. The effect of pH value of the solution and precipitant titration rate on coating quality of SiC-YAG composite powders was also studied. The results show that co-precipitation coating can be realized at a final pH of 9 and a precipitant titration rate of 5 ml·min-1.

  12. Preparation of Ultrafine Cobalt Powder by Chemical Reduction in Aqueous Solution


    Nanocrystalline cobalt powders have been prepared from aqueous solution by reducing their corresponding metal salts under suitable conditions. The experimental conditions have been studied in detail. X-ray powder diffraction patterns show that the cobalt powder is hexagonal crystallite. The average particle size of the ultrafine cobalt powder is 55 nm.

  13. Preparation of ultrafine nickel powder by wet chemical process

    CHEN Rui-ying; ZHOU Kang-gen


    The main technical problems of nickel powder for multiplayer ceramic capacitors are particle size controlling, the agglomeration and tap density. Ultrafine nickel powders with submicron size and spherical shape were synthesized by the hydrazine reduction of nickel sulfate in ethanol-water solvent. The effects of reaction temperature, nucleator and flow rate of nickel sulfate solution on nickel powders properties were investigated. The nickel particles synthesized were characterized by SEM and TGA. The results show that the average particle size changes from 0.1 to 0.7 μm by adjusting reaction temperature (53-73 ℃) and flow rate of nickel sulfate solution (50-100 mL/min). Moreover, temperature below 60 ℃ and appropriate flow rate of nickel sulfate solution (85 mL/min) are in favor of obtaining particles with high tap density (>3.0 g/cm3). In addition, the introduction of nucleator is useful to obtaining particles with narrow size distribution.

  14. In2O3 Ultrafine Powder Synthesis by Sol-Gel Method


    The precursor of ultrafine In2O3 powder was prepared by the hydrolysis, peptization and gelation of InC13 @4H2O used as raw material.After calcination, ultrafine In2O3 powder was obtained. The particles were characterized by the methods of thermo-gravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), respectively.


    Yucheng Wu; Jiaqin Liu; Rujun Xue; Guozhong Wang; Lide Zhang


    This paper presents the preparation of ultrafine powders of Fe3O4 and Ni by a chemical method, followed by mixing the prepared powders with mica and other ultrafine powders for synthesizing microwave absorption coatings.The microwave attenuation rate of the coatings was measured by the Microwave Network Analyzer in the frequency range of 8-12 GHz at room temperature. The results indicate that microwave could be absorbed by the coatings with an effectiveness strongly dependent on the powder sort and content and the coating thickness.

  16. Preparation of ultrafine Ti (C, N)-based cermet using oxygen-rich powders

    FENG Ping; HE Yue-hui; XIONG Wei-hao; XIAO Yi-feng


    The availability using oxygen-rich powders to prepare ultrafine Ti(C,N)-based cermets was investigated. The deoxidation process, denitrification phenomenon and the effect of deoxidation on microstructure and mechanical properties of sintered samples were discussed, respectively. The results show that oxygen in the samples prepared even with high oxygen contained in starting powders can be almost completely cleaned away through suitable sintering process. The ultrafine oxygen-rich powders have a significant effect on microstructure, which promotes the formation of white core phase. A ultrafine Ti(C,N)-based cermet with mean particle size of 0. 30 μm, uniform microstructure and excellent mechanical properties is successfully prepared. It is also found that there exists severe denitrification phenomenon in the preparation process of ultrafine Ti(C,N)-based cermet.

  17. Granularity and Laxative Effect of Ultrafine Powder of Dendrobium officinale.

    Luo, DanDan; Qu, Chao; Zhang, ZhenBiao; Xie, JianHui; Xu, LieQiang; Yang, HongMei; Li, CaiLan; Lin, GuoSheng; Wang, HongFeng; Su, ZiRen


    Constipation is a common disorder that is a significant source of morbidity among people around the world ranging from 2% to 28%. Dendrobium officinale Kimura et Migo is a traditional herbal medicine and health food used for tonicity of the stomach and promotion of body fluid production in China. This study aimed to prepare the ultrafine powder of Dendrobium officinale (UDO) and investigate its laxative effect and potential mechanism in mice with diphenoxylate-induced constipation. Results indicated that the mean diameter (d50) of UDO obtained by ball milling was 6.56 μm. UDO (62.5, 125, and 250 mg/kg, p.o.) could significantly enhance the gastrointestinal transit ratio and promote fecal output. Moreover, UDO treatment resulted in significant increases in the serum levels of acetylcholinesterase (AChE), gastrin (Gas), motilin (MTL), and substance P (SP), and obviously decreased serum contents of somatostatin (SS). Taken together, UDO, which can be easily obtained through milling to a satisfactory particle size, exhibited obvious laxative effect in diphenoxylate-induced constipated mice, and the mechanism might be associated with elevated levels of AChE, Gas, MTL, SP, and reduced production of SS. UDO has the potential for further development into an alternative effective diet therapy for constipation.

  18. Random Laser Action in Nd:YAG Crystal Powder

    Jon Azkargorta


    Full Text Available This work explores the room temperature random stimulated emission at 1.064 μm of a Nd:YAG crystal powder (Neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet in a very simple pump configuration with no assistance from an internal mirror. The laser threshold energy as a function of pump beam area and pump wavelength has been measured, as well as the temporal dynamics of emission pulses. The absolute energy of stimulated emission and the absolute laser slope efficiency have been measured by using a method proposed by the authors. The results show a surprising high efficiency that takes the low Nd3+ ion concentration of the crystal powder into account.

  19. Productions of ultra-fine powders and their use in high energetic compositions

    Ivanov, Yuri F.; Osmonoliev, Mirswan N.; Sedoi, Valentin S. [Institute of High Current Electronics RAS, 634055 Tomsk (Russian Federation); Arkhipov, Vladimir A.; Bondarchuk, Sergey S.; Vorozhtsov, Alexander B.; Korotkikh, Alexander G.; Kuznetsov, Valery T. [Tomsk State University, Lenin Ave., 36, Tomsk, 634034 (Russian Federation)


    Fine and ultra-fine powders are actively studied in pyrotechnics, explosives and propellants. The important questions are how to produce a powder with specified characteristics and how to use the powder produced. This paper presents an approach to the powder production by the exploding wire method. The influence of initial conditions on the properties of powders is discussed. The basic factors are as follows: the level and the uniformity of the energy, dissipated in the exploding wire metal; the density and the chemical activity of the surrounding gas; the initial radius of wire. Electron Microscopes (Transmission and Scanning) and the Surface BET Mehtod have been used for analyses. The production of ultra-fine powders based on such metals as Al, W, Zr, Cu, Fe, Ag, Co, In, Pt has been investigated. Different surrounding passive gases (nitrogen, argon, xenon, and helium) were used for producing powders of pure metals. Samples were studied by chemical methods. X-ray Diffraction and Electron Diffraction methods were used for the determination of the phase compositions. Characterization included also Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Thermogravimetry in air with a heating rate of 100 K/min. In summary, it was shown that the exploding wire method allows to produce ultra-fine powders of various metals. The results obtained can be applied directly to the production of powders with specified characteristics. (Abstract Copyright [2003], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  20. Microstructural characteristics of Nd:YAG powders leading to transparent ceramics

    ZHANG Xiaolin; LIU Duo; LIU Hong; WANG Jiyang; QIN Haiming; SANG Yuanhua


    We reported on the successful synthesis of the Nd:YAG (Nd:Y3Al5O12) nano-powders by using urea as the precipitant with the microwave assisted homogeneous precipitation (MAHP) method. The different microstructural characteristics of the Nd:YAG nano-powders were affected by the concentrations of (Y3++Nd3+) and Al3+ ([Y3++Nd3+]=0.06 mol/L, [Al3+]=0.1 mol/L), aging time (6 d) and aging condition (in vessel). The optimum microstructural characteristics of the high quality Nd:YAG nano-powders leading to transparent Nd:YAG ceramics including the pure YAG phase, the smallest crystallite size, a uniform crystallite size distribution, less density defects, uniform micro-components and the proper molar ratio of (Y3++Nd3+) and Al3+ (0.6148) were discussed.

  1. A Novel Process for Synthesis of Ultrafine BaTiO3 Powders


    A novel process termed low-temperature combustion-synthesis (LCS) of Ba(NO3)-TiO-C6H8O7H2O system was investigated at the initial temperature of 600℃ and ultrafine BaTiO3 powders with a particle size of 200€?350nm were prepared. It was found that the molar ratio of NO/citric acid and the homogeneity of combustion have remarkable effect on the characteristics of the powder. The reaction mechanism of LCS BaTiO3 powders was proposed on the basis of thermodynamic analysis.

  2. An improved sodium silicate binder modified by ultra-fine powder materials

    WANG Ji-na; FAN Zi-tian; WANG Hua-fang; DONG Xuan-pu; HUANG Nai-yu


    This paper presents a new method of modifying sodium silicate binder with ultra-fine powders. The sodium silicate binder modified by ultra-fine powder A and the organic B can reduce the addition amount of the binder. The results indicate that the 24 h strength has increased by 39.9% at room temperature and the residual strength has decreased by 30.7% at 800℃, compared to the conventional sodium silicate. An available material to improve the moisture resistance was also found by adding about 2% more inorganic C, and it can increase the moist strength by 20%. In the end, the microanalyses are given to explain the modifying machanism, i. e., the ultra-fine powder A can refine the sodium silicate binder to avoid holes in the binder bond, which can increase the 24 h strength at room temperture, and can lead to more cracks in the bond after the molding sand is heated to 800℃. This is because of the stress caused by the new eutectic complex of modified sodium silicate binder.

  3. Production of ultrafine zinc powder from wastes containing zinc by electrowinning in alkaline solution

    Zhao Youcai


    Full Text Available Production of ultrafine zinc powder from industrial wastes by electrowinning in alkaline solution was studied. Stainless steel and magnesium electrodes were used as anode and cathode, respectively. Morphology, size distribution and composition of the Zn particles were characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy, Laser Particle Size Analyzer, and Inductive Coupled Plasma Emission Spectrometer. The required composition of the electrolyte for ultrafine particles was found to be 25-35 g/L Zn, 200-220 g/L NaOH and 20-40 mg/L Pb. The optimal conditions were a current density of 1000-1200 A/m² and an electrolyte temperature of 30-40 °C. The results indicated that the lead additive exerted a beneficial effect on the refining of the particles, by increasing the cathodic polarization. Through this study, ultrafine zinc powder with a size distribution of around 10 μm could be produced, and considerably high current efficiencies (97-99 % were obtained.

  4. Shape-controllable Synthesis of Ultrafine ZnO Powders of Different Morphologies

    Xiaoyi Shen; Yuan Liang; Yuchun Zhai; Zhiqiang Ning


    By employing zinc acetate and sodium hydroxide as raw materials,ultrafine ZnO powders with different morphologies were successfully synthesized through hydrothermal method.The influences of the reaction temperature,the OH /Zn2+ mol ratio and the reaction time on the morphologies of the ZnO powders were discussed.The reaction conditions were obtained,under which the ZnO of flower-like particles,micro-rods and flake particles was synthesized,respectively.The crystal structures and morphologies of those ZnO particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM).The ZnO with flower-like structures was composed of lots of micro-rods with hexagon morphology.The XRD patterns indicated that the ZnO powders were hexagonal wurtzite structures with high purity.Finally,the growth mechanism of the ZnO particles was discussed.

  5. [The species traceability of the ultrafine powder and the cell wall-broken powder of herbal medicine based on DNA barcoding].

    Xiang, Li; Tang, Huan; Cheng, Jin-le; Chen, Yi-long; Deng, Wen; Zheng, Xia-sheng; Lai, Zhi-tian; Chen, Shi-lin


    Ultrafine powder and cell wall-broken powder of herbal medicine lack of the morphological characters and microscopic identification features. This makes it hard to identify herb's authenticity with traditional methods. We tested ITS2 sequence as DNA barcode in identification of herbal medicine in ultrafine powder and cell wall-broken powder in this study. We extracted genomic DNAs of 93 samples of 31 representative herbal medicines (28 species), which include whole plant, roots and bulbs, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds. The ITS2 sequences were amplified and sequenced bidirectionally. The ITS2 sequences were identified using Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) method in the GenBank database and DNA barcoding system to identify the herbal medicine. The genetic distance was analyzed using the Kimura 2-parameter (K2P) model and the Neighbor-joining (NJ) phylogenetic tree was constructed using MEGA 6.0. The results showed that DNA can be extracted successfully from 93 samples and high quality ITS2 sequences can be amplified. All 31 herbal medicines can get correct identification via BLAST method. The ITS2 sequences of raw material medicines, ultrafine powder and cell wall-broken powder have same sequence in 26 herbal medicines, while the ITS2 sequences in other 5 herbal medicines exhibited variation. The maximum intraspecific genetic-distances of each species were all less than the minimum interspecific genetic distances. ITS2 sequences of each species are all converged to their standard DNA barcodes using NJ method. Therefore, using ITS2 barcode can accurately and effectively distinguish ultrafine powder and cell wall-broken powder of herbal medicine. It provides a new molecular method to identify ultrafine powder and cell wall-broken powder of herbal medicine in the quality control and market supervision.


    Qiang Zheng; Yan-xia Cao; Miao Du


    Dynamic rheological characteristics of polypropylene (PP) filled with ultra-fine full-vulcanized powdered rubber (UFPR) composed of styrene-butadiene copolymer were studied through dynamic rheological measurements on an Advanced Rheometric Expansion System (ARES). A specific viscoelastic phenomenon, i.e. "the second plateau", appeared at low frequencies, and exhibits a certain dependence on the amount of rubber particles and the dispersion state in the matrix. This phenomenon is attributed to the formation of aggregation structure of rubber particles. The analyses of Cole-Cole diagrams of the dynamic viscoelastic functions suggest that the heterogeneity of the composites is enhanced on increasing both particle content and temperature.

  7. Synthesis of zinc ultrafine powders via the Guen–Miller flow-levitation method

    Jigatch, A. N., E-mail:; Leipunskii, I. O.; Kuskov, M. L.; Afanasenkova, E. S.; Berezkina, N. G.; Gorbatov, S. A. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Energy Problems of Chemical Physics (Russian Federation)


    Zinc ultrafine powders (UFPs) with the average particle size of 0.175 to 1.24 μm are synthesized via the flow-levitation method. The peculiarities of the formation of zinc UFPs are considered with respect to the carrier gas properties (heat capacity, thermal conductivity, and diffusion coefficient), as well as the gas flow parameters (pressure and flow rate). The obtained zinc particles are studied via scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The factors determining the crystal structure of zinc particles and their size distribution are discussed as well. The data on oxidation of zinc stored in unsealed containers under normal conditions are also presented.

  8. Microwave synthesis of ultrafine and nanosized powders of tungsten oxide and carbide

    Nikolaenko, Irina; Kedin, Nikolay; Shveikin, Gennadii; Polyakov, Evgenii [Russian Academy of Sciences, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation). Inst. of Solid State Chemistry


    A new method of synthesis of nanosized and ultrafine tungsten oxide and carbide powders is offered, which combines carbon carrier supported classical liquid-phase precipitation and low-temperature microwave treatment. The full range of intermediate substances obtained during thermolysis, reduction and carburization of precursors to final products is presented. It is shown that cooling of ammonium tungstate solution to 4 C and the use of carbon carrier at the precipitation stage can increase the specific surface area from 20 to 100 m{sup 2} g{sup -1}. (orig.)

  9. Microstructure and properties of liquid-phase sintered tungsten heavy alloys by using ultra-fine tungsten powders

    于洋; 王尔德


    The microstructure and properties of liquid-phase sintered 93W-4.9Ni-2.1Fe tungsten heavy alloys using ultra-fine tungsten powders (medium particle size of 700 nm) and original tungsten powders (medium particle size of 3 μm) were investigated respectively. Commercial tungsten powders (original tungsten powders) were mechanically milled in a high-energy attritor mill for 35 h. Ultra-fine tungsten powders and commercial Ni, Fe powders were consolidated into green compacts by using CIP method and liquid-phase sintering at 1 465 ℃ for 30 min in the dissociated ammonia atmosphere. Liquid-phase sintered tungsten heavy alloys using ultra-fine tungsten powders exhibit full densification (above 99% in relative density) and higher strength and elongation compared with conventional liquidphase sintered alloys using original tungsten powders due to lower sintering temperature at 1 465 ℃ and short sintering time. The mechanical properties of sintered tungsten heavy alloy are found to be mainly dependent on the particles size of raw tungsten powders and liquid-phase sintering temperature.

  10. Factors influencing the crystallization and the densification of ultrafine Si/N/C powders

    Lences, Z. [Slovenska Akademia Vied, Bratislava (Slovakia). Inst. of Inorganic Chemistry; Bellosi, A. [CNR IRTEC, Research Institute for Ceramics Technology, Via Granarolo 64, 48018 Faenza (Italy); Monteverde, F. [CNR IRTEC, Research Institute for Ceramics Technology, Via Granarolo 64, 48018 Faenza (Italy)


    The employment of nanocomposite Si/N/C laser-formed powders to produce high performance ceramics results in several technological problems related to their nanometer particle size and to their high affinity for oxygen, which influence phase composition and densification. This study has focused on several aspects: the improvement of experimental methodologies for processing of ultrafine powders in a compact green body and for the addition of sintering aids; the evaluation of the starting composition of the Si/N/C ultrafine amorphous powders and of the thermal treatment conditions (temperature, time, atmosphere) on phase composition, thermal stability, grain size, specific surface area and crystallite size; and the production and characterization of dense Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}/SiC composites. Above 1400 C the amorphous Si/N/C powders crystallize in {alpha}- and {beta}-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, SiC and Si{sub 2}N{sub 2}O, their relative amounts and grain sizes depending on processing conditions. The phenomena are discussed on the basis of a series of reactions involving the formation of intermediates in the system Si-C-N-O. After densification by hot pressing, a very fine microstructure ({approx}100 nm) was observed in the dense Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}/SiC composites. High values of hardness (H{sub V}{>=}21 GPa) and good values of fracture toughness (K{sub IC}{approx}4.8 MPa m{sup 1/2}) were measured. ((orig.))

  11. Fabrication of ultrafine Nd-Fe-B powder by a modified reduction-diffusion process

    JANG T.S.; LEE D.H.; YU J.H.; CHOI C.J.; SEO W.S.; LEE Y.H.


    In order to obtain ultrafine Nd-Fe-B powder, a spray-dried precursor was treated by reduction-diffusion (R/D) process.And, unlike the conventional R/D process, calcium reduction that is a crucial step for the formation of Nd2Fe14B was performed without conglomerating the precursor with Ca powder.By adopting this modified process, it is possible to synthesize the hard magnetic Nd2Fe14B at the reaction temperature as low as 850 ℃.The average size of Nd2Fe14B particles that are uniformly distributed in the optimally treated powder was < <1 μm.Most Nd2Fe14B particles were enclosed with thin layers of Nd-rich phase.Typical magnetic properties of such powder without eliminating impurity CaO were iHc=~5.9 kOe, Br=~5.5 kG, and (BH)max=~6 MGOe.

  12. Preparation and electrical characterization of ultra-fine powder scandia-stabilized zirconia

    周静; 张赫; 徐宏; 薛倩楠; 黄小卫; 冯宗玉; 龙志奇


    Ultrafine powders of scandia-stabilized zirconia (ScSZ) were prepared by the co-precipitation method, using ZrOCl2 and ScO2 as raw materials and NH3·H2O as a precipitant. In this paper, the optimum process parameters were investigated. The pH of the reaction solution directly impacted the precursor structure, which further affected the obtained crystal forming. Many experiment methods of thermogravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy (Raman), and nitrogen adsorption were employed to characterize the ScSZ powder. The structure transition mechanism from cubic to rhombohedral was discussed. In addition, the electrical conductivity of the powders was also studied after dry-pressing and calcining. The results showed that the structure of ScSZ with complete crystal surface belonged to the cubic phase. The crystallite sizes of the powders prepared are about 60–80 nm, meet the conditions of (D90–D10)/2D50≤1, and ex-hibited the good flow properties. The electrical conductivity was more than 190 mS/cm in air measured at 850 ºC.

  13. Production of dispersed nanometer sized YAG powders from alkoxide, nitrate and chloride precursors and spark plasma sintering to transparency

    Suarez, M., E-mail: m.suarez@cinn.e [Departamento de Materiales Nanoestructurados, Centro de Investigacion en Nanomateriales y Nanotecnologia (CINN), Principado de Asturias - Consejo superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) - Universidad de Oviedo - UO, Parque Tecnologico de Asturias, 33428 Llanera, Asturias (Spain); Fernandez, A. [Fundacion ITMA, Parque Tecnologico de Asturias, 33428, Llanera (Spain); Menendez, J.L.; Torrecillas, R. [Departamento de Materiales Nanoestructurados, Centro de Investigacion en Nanomateriales y Nanotecnologia (CINN), Principado de Asturias - Consejo superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) - Universidad de Oviedo - UO, Parque Tecnologico de Asturias, 33428 Llanera, Asturias (Spain)


    Yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) was synthesized from different starting materials, i.e., alkoxide, nitrate and chloride precursors. The conversion steps from the precursors to crystalline YAG were studied by Raman spectroscopy. Dispersed YAG powders were formed at a relatively low temperature, around 800 {sup o}C by the chlorides route, whereas alkoxide precursors needed firing over 900 {sup o}C and nitrates even over 1100 {sup o}C. Lyophilized YAG gel was sintered to transparency by the spark plasma sintering method at 1500 {sup o}C with in-line transmittances close to 60% at 680 nm and over 80% in the infrared range.

  14. Effect of anions on preparation of ultrafine α-Al2O3 powder


    Ultrafine alumina power was obtained by calcining the precursor at 1 200 ℃C for 2 h, which was prepared by homogeneous precipitation method using aluminium salts and urea as raw materials. The effects of anions on the morphology, particle size, surface area and configuration of the precursors were studied. The results show that the reactions of urea with aluminium nitrate and aluminium chloride result in agglomerates gels with bad filtering performance, the morphology is fibrillar. Aluminium sulphate-urea reactions result in the direct formation of amorphous powders with good filtering performance, of which morphology are regular spherical particles with larger granularity and smaller surface area. The reaction of mutual compound of aluminium sulphate and aluminium nitrate with molar ratio of 40:60 with urea can produce precursor with good filtering performance, spherical morphology,and uniform granularity distribution in the particle size range of 2-3 μm.

  15. Laser CVD Process for the Preparation of Ultrafine SiC Powder

    ZHANGQitu; XIAODifan


    The CW-CO2 laser driven gas reaction was applied to prepare nano-sized SiC powder,SiH4 and C2H4 of high purties,as starting materials,were mixed t a certain ration and introduced into the resaction cell.The gases flew across the laser beam orthogonally and thus were heated by laser beam.The nano-sized SiC ultrafine powderws were formed through thermic gas reation.The final productivity of this process was 97%,The obtained powders were characterized and analyzed.Chemical analysis revealed that the SiC content was 95.38 wt%,Oxygen ,the primary impurity,weighted 1.32% while trace impurities,such as calcium ,magnesium and other metals,were only 0.03%,XRD,XPS and TEM indicated that th powder particles were nearly spherical and not agglomerated.The particle size ranged from 10nm to 25nm with an average of 15 nm ,The particles tred to be noncrystalline.

  16. Effects of Heat-treatment on Microstructure and Magnetic Properties of Ba Ferrite Ultrafine Powders Prepared by Sol-gel

    KONG Xiao-dong; Zhu Mei-wu; ZHENG Jia-sheng


    Barium (Bag) ferrite ultra fine powders were synthesized by using sol-gel in which polyethylene glycol200(PEG200) was used as gelling agent. The transition of Ba ferrite was studied by thermal gravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA) technology. The micro structural changes were analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) for the specimens annealed at different temperatures. The transition temperatures were 414.55 ℃ and 755.78 ℃ separately corresponding to BaFe2O4 and BaFe12O19. There were three types of microstructures for Ba ferrite ultrafine powder specimen annealed at 800℃. For the specimens annealed at different temperatures, there were different kinds of Ba ferrites. The ferrite powder consists of BaFe12O19 and BaFe2O4 for the specimen annealed at 800℃,and only BaFe12O19 can be found in the specimen annealed at 1000℃. The magnetic properties, σ s and H c of BaFe12O19ultrafine powders are different from that of BaFe12O19 bulk material.Key Words: Barium ferrite; ultrafine powder; microstructure; AFM; magnetic property

  17. Fabrication of transparent YAG ceramics by traditional solid-state-reaction method

    LI Chang-qing; ZUO Hong-bo; ZHANG Ming-fu; HAN Jie-cai; MENG Song-he


    Transparent polycrystalline YAG ceramics were fabricated by solid-state reaction method using commercial ultrafine yttria and α-Al2O3 powders. The starting materials were milled and calcined at 1 400 ℃, and sintered into transparent YAG ceramics at 1 750 ℃ in the vacuum for 4 h. Neither the starting materials as-milled or those calcined into YAG phase at 1 500 ℃ can be sintered into transparent ceramics. Wide grain boundaries emerge in the YAG ceramics sintered at 1 850 ℃ for 4 h, at the edge of which YAG phases decompose into perovskite YAlO3(YAP) and α-Al2O3.

  18. Removal of fluoride from drinking water using modified ultrafine tea powder processed using a ball-mill

    Cai, Huimei; Xu, Lingyun; Chen, Guijie; Peng, Chuanyi [School of Tea & Food Science and Technology, Anhui Agricultural University/State Key Laboratory of Tea Plant Biology and Utilization, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei 230036, Anhui (China); Ke, Fei [School of Tea & Food Science and Technology, Anhui Agricultural University/State Key Laboratory of Tea Plant Biology and Utilization, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei 230036, Anhui (China); School of Science, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei 230036 (China); Liu, Zhengquan; Li, Daxiang; Zhang, Zhengzhu [School of Tea & Food Science and Technology, Anhui Agricultural University/State Key Laboratory of Tea Plant Biology and Utilization, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei 230036, Anhui (China); Wan, Xiaochun, E-mail: [School of Tea & Food Science and Technology, Anhui Agricultural University/State Key Laboratory of Tea Plant Biology and Utilization, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei 230036, Anhui (China)


    Highlights: • Ultrafine tea powder (UTP) was prepared by ball-milling. • A novel and high efficient biosorbent from ultrafine tea powder (UTP) for the removal of fluoride from drinking water was prepared. • Loaded ultrafine tea powder adsorbed more fluoride adsorption than loaded tea waste. • UTP-Zr performed well over a considerably wide pH range, from 3.0 to 10.0. • UTP-Zr retains Zr metal ion during defluoridation, limiting secondary pollution. - Abstract: A low-cost and highly efficient biosorbent was prepared by loading zirconium(IV) onto ball-milled, ultrafine tea powder (UTP-Zr) for removal of fluoride from drinking water. To evaluate the fluoride adsorption capacity of UTP-Zr over a wide range of conditions, the biosorbent dosage, contact time, initial pH, initial fluoride concentration and presence of other ions were varied. UTP-Zr performed well over the considerably wide pH range of 3–10. The residual concentration of Zr in the treated water was below the limit of detection (0.01 mg/L). Fluoride adsorption by the UTP-Zr biosorbent followed the Langmuir model, with a maximum adsorption capacity of 12.43 mgF/g at room temperature. The fluoride adsorption kinetics fit the pseudo-second-order kinetic model. The synthesized biosorbent was characterized by BET, SEM, EDS, XRD and XPS to reveal how UTP-Zr interacts with fluoride. Results from this study demonstrated that UTP-based biosorbents will be useful and safe for the removal of fluoride from drinking water.

  19. Promotion of powder crystallinity and its influence on the properties of Nd:YAG transparent ceramics

    Ma, Benyuan; Wang, Bin; Zhang, Wei; Wei, Nian; Lu, Tiecheng; He, Junbao


    The Nd:YAG raw powders of various crystallinities were obtained from the co-precipitated precursor by calcining at 1100-1250 °C for 2-6 h. XRD, HRTEM and EDX were employed to analyze the powder crystallinity, e.g., its phases, changes of lattice constants, surface defects and morphologies. The subsequent ceramics were fabricated by simply vacuum sintering at 1780 °C for 10 h to well compare the initial intrinsic effect of various powder crystallinities. The induced defect states and corresponding properties of ceramics were explored and discussed. The results show that poorly crystallized powder involves a thick layer on particle surface, which is not well crystallized but can escape XRD detection. This poorly crystallized powder contributes more the inhomogeneous ceramic sintering and introduces more the defects in final ceramics, e.g., impure phase inclusions and dislocations. The results reveal that powder crystallinity should be promoted and considered as a further way to improve ceramic properties.

  20. Preparing ultrafine PbS powders from the scrap lead-acid battery by sulfurization and inert gas condensation

    Xia, Huipeng; Zhan, Lu; Xie, Bing


    A novel method for preparing ultrafine PbS powders involving sulfurization combined with inert gas condensation is developed in this paper, which is applicable to recycle Pb from lead paste of spent lead-acid batteries. Initially, the effects of the evaporation and condensation temperature, the inert gas pressure, the condensation distance and substrate on the morphology of as-obtained PbS ultrafine particles are intensively investigated using sulfur powders and lead particles as reagents. Highly dispersed and homogeneous PbS nanoparticles can be prepared under the optimized conditions which are 1223 K heating temperature, 573 K condensation temperature, 100 Pa inert gas pressure and 60 cm condensation distance. Furthermore, this method is successfully applied to recycle Pb from the lead paste of spent lead acid battery to prepare PbS ultrafine powders. This work does not only provide the theoretical fundamental for PbS preparation, but also provides a novel and efficient method for recycling spent lead-acid battery with high added-value products.

  1. Factors of Impacting the Coprecipitation Process for Synthesizing CoTi-substitued Barium M-type Ferrite Ultrafine Powder

    ZHAO Wen-yu; ZHANG Qing-jie ZHANG Qing-jie; GUAN Jian-guo


    The effect of pH values on synthesizing single-phase CoTi-substituted barium M-type ferrite ultrafine powders,and BaCoTiFe10O19, was investigated employing corrosion versus pH plot (E-pH plot) for metal element, thermodynamic calculation, and co-dump coprecipitation. The pH values of complete coprecipitation of all Fe3+, Ti4+, Co2+ and Ba2+ cations are 9-12 and higher than 7.9 on the basis of E-pH plot analysis and thermodynamic calculation, respectively. The minimum pH value necessary to the formation of single-phase BaCoTiFe10O19 is 8.5 in the light of the co-dump coprecipitation.These results indicate that the coprecipitation process for synthesizing CoTi-substituted barium M-type ferrite ultrafine powders is simultaneously influenced by synergetic coprecipation effect of cations and coordination effect of Cl anions. The test time of the minimum pH value corresponding to forming a series of single-phase CoTi-substituted barium M-type ferrite ultrafine powders,and BaCoxTixFe12-2xO19, may be significantly reduced by using the effects of two new factors on the coprecipitation process.

  2. Preparation and Thermal Stability of Ultrafine Nickel Powders Containing hcp-Ni Nanocrystallites Using Liquid-Phase Reduction Method

    Xia, Zhimei; Jin, Shengming; Liu, Kun


    Ultrafine nickel powders containing hexagonal close-packed nickel (hcp-Ni) nanocrystallites were prepared using liquid-phase reduction with NiC2O4, NaOH, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), and ethylene glycol (EG). The nickel powders were characterized by XRD and SEM. TG analysis was used to determine the thermal stability of ultrafine nickel powders. The results showed that nickel powders with 45.1 pct of hcp-Ni nanocrystallites were synthesized under the following conditions: a reflux time of 3 hours, an NiC2O4-to-EG molar ratio of 0.01, 5 g/L PVP, and 85 g/L NaOH. SEM results illustrated that spherical particles of size 500 nm were obtained. The results of thermal stability showed that the antioxidant property at high temperature was improved with the increase of hcp-Ni content. The oxidation rate of nickel powders with 43.3 pct hcp-Ni was less than 50 pct even if the temperature was up to 873 K (600 °C).

  3. Optimal Conditions for Preparing Ultra-Fine CeO2 Powders in A Submerged Circulative Impinging Stream Reactor

    Chi Ru'an; Xu Zhigao; Wu Yuanxin; Wang Cunwen


    Cerium carbonate powders were produced in a submerged circulation impinging stream reactor (SCISR) from Ce(NO3)3·6H2O. NH4HCO3 was used as a precipitant in the reaction. Cerium carbonate powders were roasted to produce ultra-fine cerium dioxide (CeO2) powders. The optimal conditions of such production process were obtained by orthogonal and one-factor experiments. The results showed that ultra-fine and narrowly distributed cerium carbonate powders were produced under the optimal flowing conditions. The concentrations of Ce(NO3)3 and NH4HCO3 solutions were 0.25 and 0.3 mol·L-1, respectively. The concentration of PEG4000 added in these two solutions was 4 g·L-1. The stirring ratio, reaction temperature, feeding time, solution pH, reaction time and digestion time were 900 r·min-1, 80 ℃, 20 min, 5~6, 5 min and 1 h, respectively. The final product, CeO2 powders, was obtained by roasting the produced cerium carbonate in air for 3 h at 500 ℃. The finally produced CeO2 powders were torispherical particles with a narrow size distribution of 0.8~2.5 μm. The crystal structure of CeO2 powders belonged to cubic crystal system and its space point group was O5H-FM3M. Under optimal conditions, powders produced by SCISR were finer and more narrowly distributed than that by Stirred Tank Reactor (STR).

  4. Synthesis of cubic yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) powders by co-precipitation and two-step calcinations

    Girish, H. N.; Zhu, C.; Ma, F. F.; Shao, G. Q.


    YAG powders were synthesized by co-precipitation and two-step moderate calcinations at 600/800 °C or 600/900 °C in air, respectively. Two kinds of the synthesized powders both possess pure cubic YAG phases without any secondary phases such as YAH, YAP and YAM, etc.. The former has low agglomeration with nano-sized primary particles and large active energy, and the latter has homogeneously dispersed and well-crystallized particles, with a narrow particle size distribution of 8 - 13 µm.

  5. Co-Precipitation of YAG Powders for Transparent Materials: Effect of the Synthesis Parameters on Processing and Microstructure

    Paola Palmero


    Full Text Available The fabrication of transparent polycrystalline Y3Al5O12 (YAG is still a challenge, requiring the achievement of highly pure and fully dense, homogeneous materials. An important role is played by the powder characteristics: pure, fine and unagglomerated powders are essential for achieving full density and the required microstructural features. Keeping in mind these requirements, the aim of this work was to investigate the role of different synthesis parameters during co-precipitation, which is widely used to prepare YAG powders for transparent devices. The key role of the precipitant solution is here illustrated, by comparing the effect of aqueous ammonia (AA versus ammonium hydrogen carbonate (AHC. This latter allowed the preparation of softly agglomerated powders, characterized by a very good sinterability. However, when AHC is used, attention should be paid to its concentration. By comparing the effect of two AHC precipitant solutions (at 0.5 M and 1.5 M, respectively, only the former one allowed the preparation of pure YAG powders, free from secondary phases. In this last condition, by using both chlorides and nitrates as YAG precursors, pressureless sintering at 1500–1600 °C/3 h gave rise to pure materials, highly dense and characterized by a fine and homogeneous microstructure.

  6. Luminescence properties of YAG:Nd3+ nano-sized ceramic powders via co-microemulsion and microwave heating

    He Jun; Pang Qi; Li Xia; Liang Chun Jie


    Nano-sized ceramic powders with weaker aggregation of Nd3+-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG:Nd3+) were synthesized via co-microemulsion and microwave heating. This method provides a limited small space in a micelle for the formation of nano-sized precursors. It also requires a very short heating time, thus reducing energy consumption in comparison with conventional solid-state sintering processes. As a result, small-sized particles with narrow size distribution, weaker aggregation and high purity were obtained. Powder X-ray diffraction results revealed that the structure of pure YAG:Nd3+ nanoparticles was cubic garnet. Transmission electron microscopy results indicated that the synthesized particles were almost spherical with average diameters of 40 and 80 nm. The luminescent properties of YAG:Nd3+ were investigated through PL. Under excitation at 488 nm, YAG:Nd3+ nanosized ceramic powders showed main emission bands of 1045–1080 nm because of ${}^{4}F_{3/2} \\rightarrow 4I_{11/2}$ transitions that are identical to those observed for a single YAG:Nd3+ crystal.

  7. Characterization of ZnO Based Varistor Derived from Nano ZnO Powders and Ultrafine Dopants

    Weizhong YANG; Dali ZHOU; Guangfu YIN; Runsheng WANG; Yun ZHANG


    Nanosized ZnO powders were prepared with a two-step precipitation method. The average size of ZnO particles was about 80 nm and their size distribution was narrow. Combining with ultrafine additive powders, ZnO base varistor was produced via an oxide mixing route. ZnO varistor derived from normal reagent grade starting materials was investigated for comparison purpose. Outstanding microstructure of the ZnO varistor derived from nanosize ZnO powders and ultrafine dopants was obtained: uniform distribution of fine ZnO grains (less than 3 microns), grain boundary and the dopant position. Higher varistor voltage (U=492 V/mm) and nonlinear coefficient (α=56.2) as well as lower leakage current (IL=1.5μA) were achieved. The better electrical properties were attributed to the uniform microstructure, which in turn led to stable and uniform potential barriers. Also this improved technique is more feasible for producing ZnO nanopowders and resulting varistor in large scales.

  8. Synthesis of ultrafine powder of vanadium carbide V{sub 8}C{sub 7} by microwave heating

    Nikolaenko, Irina [Russian Academy of Sciences, Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation). Inst. of Solid State Chemistry; Yeltsin Ural Federal Univ., Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Krasovskaya, Anastasiya [Yeltsin Ural Federal Univ., Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Kedin, Nikolay; Shveikin, Gennadii [Russian Academy of Sciences, Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation). Inst. of Solid State Chemistry


    In this article a new method of synthesizing ultrafine powder of vanadium carbide V{sub 8}C{sub 7} by a combination of classic liquid-phase precipitation on a carbon support and low-temperature microwave heat treatment is proposed. An entire spectrum of intermediates obtained during thermolysis, reduction, and carbidization of precursors to the final product has been presented. The structure, morphology and distribution according to the particle size, phase structure and specific surface area of samples has been shown.

  9. Microwave Sintering of W-15Cu Ultrafine Composite Powder Prepared by Spray Drying & Calcining-continuous Reduction Technology

    SHU Jingping; SHI Xiaoliang; WANG Shuwei; YANG Xingyong; ZHANG Qiaoxin; WANG Yufu


    The effects of microwave sintering and conventional H2 sintering on the microstructure and properties of W-l5Cu alloy using ultrafine W-15Cu composite powder fabricated by spray drying & calcining-continuous reduction technology were investigated. In comparison to the conventional H2 sintering processing, microwave sintefing to W-15Cu can be achieved at lower sintefing temperature and shorter sintering time. Furthermore, higher performances in microwave sintered compacts were obtained, but high microwave sintering temperature or long microwave sintering time could result in coarser microstructures.

  10. Influence of Grain Growth Inhibitors and Powder Size on the Properties of Ultrafine and Nanostructured Cemented Carbides Sintered in Hydrogen

    Tamara Aleksandrov Fabijanić


    Full Text Available The influence of grain growth inhibitors and powder size on the microstructure and mechanical properties of ultrafine and nanostructured cemented carbides was researched. Three different WC powders, with an addition of different type and content of grain growth inhibitors GGIs, VC and Cr3C2 and with dBET grain sizes in the range from 95 to 150 nm were selected as starting powders. Four different mixtures with 6 and 9 wt. % Co were prepared. The consolidated samples are characterized by different microstructural and mechanical properties with respect to the characteristics of starting powders. Increased sintering temperatures led to microstructural irregularities in the form of a discontinuous WC growth, carbide agglomerates and abnormal grain growth as a consequence of coalescence via grain boundary elimination. The addition of 0.45% Cr3C2 contributed to microstructure homogeneity, reduced discontinuous and continuous grain growth, and increased Vickers hardness by approximately 70 HV and fracture toughness by approximately 0.15 MN/m3/2. The reduction of the starting powder to a real nanosize of 95 nm resulted in lower densities, and significant hardness increase, with a simultaneously small increase in fracture toughness. The consolidation of real nanopowders (dBET < 100 nm solely by conventional sintering in hydrogen without isostatic pressing is not preferred.

  11. Upconversion Luminescence of SrTiO3:Er3+ Ultrafine Powders Produced by 785 nm Laser

    Hai Guo; Yan-min Qiao; Ju-fang Zheng; Lei-hong Zhao


    Er3+ doped SrTiO3 ultrafine powders were prepared by solid state reaction in a molten NaCl flux. The structural properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The Stokes emission spectra of Er3+ in SrTiO3:Er3+ ranging from green to near infrared region were investigated under 514.5 nm laser excitation. The green and red upconverted luminescence spectra of Er3+ were measured under excitation into the 4I9/2 level by 785 nm laser. The upconversion mechanisms were studied in detail through laser power dependence and Er3+ ion concentration dependence of upconverted emissions, and results show that excited state absorption and energy transfer process are the possible mechanisms for the upconversion. The upconversion properties indicate that SrTiO3:Er3+ may be used in upconversion phosphors.

  12. Spectrochemical analysis of powder using 355 nm Nd-YAG laser-induced low-pressure plasma.

    Lie, Zener S; Pardede, M; Hedwig, R; Suliyanti, M M; Kurniawan, Koo Hendrik; Munadi; Lee, Yong-Inn; Kagawa, Kiichiro; Hattori, Isamu; Tjia, May On


    The applicability of spectrochemical analysis of minute amounts of powder samples was investigated using an ultraviolet Nd-YAG laser (355 nm) and low-pressure ambient air. A large variety of chemical powder samples of different composition were employed in the experiment. These included a mixture of copper(II) sulfate pentahydrate, zinc sulfide, and chromium(III) sulfate n-hydrate powders, baby powder, cosmetic powders, gold films, zinc supplement tablet, and muds and soils from different areas. The powder samples were prepared by pulverizing the original samples to an average size of around 30 microm in order to trap them in the tiny micro holes created on the surface of the quartz subtarget. It was demonstrated that in all cases studied, good quality spectra were obtained with low background, free from undesirable contamination by the subtarget elements and featuring ppm sensitivity. A further measurement revealed a linear calibration curve with zero intercept. These results clearly show the potential application of this technique for practical qualitative and quantitative spectrochemical analysis of powder samples in various fields of study and investigation.

  13. Synthesis of Neodymium-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (Nd∶YAG) Nano-Sized Powders by Low Temperature Combustion

    Zhang Huashan; Su Chunhui; Han Hui; Hou Zhaoxia


    The homogeneously dispersed, less agglomerated (Nd0.01Y0.99)3Al5O12 nano-sized powders were synthesized by the low temperature combustion (LCS), using Nd2O3, Y2O3, Al(NO3)3·9H2O, ammonia water and citric acid as starting materials. This method effectively solves the problems caused by solid-state reaction at high temperature and hard agglomerates brought by the chemical precipitation method. The powders were characterized by TG-DTA, XRD, FT-IR, TEM respectively and the photoluminescence (PL) spectra of (Nd0.01Y0.99)3Al5O12 green and sintered ceramic disks were measured. The results show that the forming temperature of YAG crystal phase is 850 ℃ and YAP crystal phase appearing during the calcinations transforms to pure YAG at 1050 ℃. The particle size of the powders synthesized by the LCS is in a range of 20~50 nm depending on the thermal treatment temperatures. The effectively induced cross section (σin) with the value 4.03×10-19 cm2 of (Nd0.01Y0.99)3Al5O12 ceramics is about 44% higher than that of single crystal.

  14. Optimization of the EMI shielding effectiveness of fine and ultrafine POFA powder mix with OPC powder using Flower Pollination Algorithm

    Narong, L. C.; Sia, C. K.; Yee, S. K.; Ong, P.; Zainudin, A.; Nor, N. H. M.; Kasim, N. A.


    In order to solve the electromagnetic interference (EMI) issue and provide a new application for palm oil fuel ash (POFA), POFA was used as the cement filler for enhancing the EMI absorption of cement-based composites. POFA was refined by using water precipitation for 24 hours to remove the filthiness and distinguish the layer 1 (floated) and layer 2 (sink) of POFA. Both layers POFA were dried for 24 hours at 100 ± 5 °C and grind separately for sieve at 140 μm (Fine) and 45 цш sizes (Ultrafine). The micro structure and element content of the both layers POFA were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) respectively. The results showed layer 1 POFA has potentialities for EMI shielding effectiveness (SE) due to its higher carbon content and porous structure. The study reveals that EMI SE also influenced by the particle size of POFA, where smaller particle size can increase 5 % to 13 % of EMI SE. When the specimen consists of 50% POFA with passing through 45 μm sieve, the EMI was shield -13.08 dB in between 50 MHz to 2 GHz range. Flower Pollination Algorithm (FPA) proves that POFA passing 45 μm sieve with 50% mixed to OPC is optimal parameter. The error between experimental and FPA simulation data is below 1.2 for both layers POFA.

  15. Preparation of ultra-fine powders from polysaccharide-coated solid lipid nanoparticles and nanostructured lipid carriers by innovative nano spray drying technology.

    Wang, Taoran; Hu, Qiaobin; Zhou, Mingyong; Xue, Jingyi; Luo, Yangchao


    In this study, five polysaccharides were applied as natural polymeric coating materials to prepare solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) and nanostructure lipid carriers (NLC), and then the obtained lipid colloidal particles were transformed to solid powders by the innovative nano spray drying technology. The feasibility and suitability of this new technology to generate ultra-fine lipid powder particles were evaluated and the formulation was optimized. The spray dried SLN powder exhibited the aggregated and irregular shape and dimension, but small, uniform, well-separated spherical powder particles of was obtained from NLC. The optimal formulation of NLC was prepared by a 20-30% oleic acid content with carrageenan or pectin as coating material. Therefore, nano spray drying technology has a potential application to produce uniform, spherical, and sub-microscale lipid powder particles when the formulation of lipid delivery system is appropriately designed. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Activity and Safety Evaluation of Grape Seed Ultrafine Powder Mask%葡萄籽超微粉面膜活性及安全性评价

    吴嘉慧; 袁春龙; 宋洋波


    为研究葡萄籽超微粉面膜活性及安全性,以葡萄籽多酚提取液面膜为对照,对葡萄籽超微粉面膜进行美白功效和抗衰老功效评价,并通过动物试验检测其安全性.将葡萄籽超微粉直接加入面膜液中,面膜液所具有的抑制酪氨酸酶活性、清除DPPH自由基及超氧阴离子的能力高于使用葡萄籽多酚提取液;而在清除羟自由基能力的测定中,其结果与前述3项结果相反.另外,随着葡萄籽超微粉或多酚提取液用量的增加,所测以上4项功效性均呈现明显增加趋势.葡萄籽超微粉面膜对动物具有高度安全性.%In order to study the efficiency and security of grape seed ultrafine powder mask, the whitening efficacy and anti-aging efficacy of it were evaluated with the polyphenol extract mask as a control , and the security was evaluated by animal tests. The efficiency of ultrafine powder mask is higher than polyphenol extract mask in three experiments, including inhibit tyrosinase activity, DPPH free radical scavenging activity and superoxide anion radical scavenging activity. The result of hydroxyl free radical scavenging activity is contrary to the previous three. In addition, with the increase of the content of grape seed ultrafine powder or polyphenol extract, the efficiency increased significantly. The grape seed ultrafine powder mask has a high level of security on animals.

  17. Study on synthesis of ultrafine Cu-Ag core-shell powders with high electrical conductivity

    Peng Yuhsien [Department of Environmental Engineering, Dayeh University, 168 University Rd., Dacun, Changhua 515, Taiwan (China); Department of Research and Development, Oriental Happy Enterprise Co., No. 27, Xin' ai Rd., South Dist., Tainan 702, Taiwan (China); Center for General Education, Kun Shan University, No. 949, Dawan Rd., Yongkang Dist., Tainan 710, Taiwan (China); Yang Chihhao [Department of Research and Development, Oriental Happy Enterprise Co., No. 27, Xin' ai Rd., South Dist., Tainan 702, Taiwan (China); Chen Kuanting, E-mail: [Department of Resources Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, No.1, Da-Hsueh Road, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Popuri, Srinivasa R. [Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus 11000 (Barbados); Lee, Ching-Hwa [Department of Environmental Engineering, Dayeh University, 168 University Rd., Dacun, Changhua 515, Taiwan (China); Tang, Bo-Shin [Department of Research and Development, Oriental Happy Enterprise Co., No. 27, Xin' ai Rd., South Dist., Tainan 702, Taiwan (China)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This synthesis method is relatively facile, novel and eco-friendly. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Toxic agents were not used for chelating agent, reductant or dispersant in our method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The reaction can under room temperature for energy saving purpose. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cu-Ag core-shell powders with homogeneous cover-silver layer. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The resistivity of Cu-Ag core-shell powders has the same value as the pure silver. - Abstract: Cu-Ag composite powders with high electrical conductivity were synthesized by electroless plating of silver sulfate, copper powders with eco-friendly sodium citrate as reducing agent, dispersant and chelating agent in an aqueous system. The influences of sodium citrate/Ag ratio on Ag coatings of Cu powders were investigated. Ag was formed a dense coating on the surface of Cu powders at a molar ratio of sodium citrate/Ag = 0.07/1. SEM showed an uniformity of Ag coatings on Cu powders. SEM-EDX also revealed that Cu cores were covered by Ag shells on the whole. The surface composition analysis by XPS indicated that without Cu or Ag atoms in the surface were oxidized. The resistivity measurements of Cu-Ag paste shows that they have closer resistivity as the pure silver paste's after 250 Degree-Sign C for 30 min heat-treatment (2.55 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4} {Omega} cm) and 350 Degree-Sign C for 30 min heat-treatment (1.425 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4} {Omega} cm).

  18. A Process Study for Manufacturing Ultra-Fine Titaniumn Diboride Powder.


    powder. The reaction used was the carbo- thermic reduction of boron carbide in the presence of highly reactive titanium dioxide. The resultant titanium...REQUIREMENTS Space: Approximately 5,000 square feet of open, standard butler type construction with 20’ ceiling clearance. Concrete floor - no special

  19. Removal of fluoride from drinking water using modified ultrafine tea powder processed using a ball-mill

    Cai, Huimei; Xu, Lingyun; Chen, Guijie; Peng, Chuanyi; Ke, Fei; Liu, Zhengquan; Li, Daxiang; Zhang, Zhengzhu; Wan, Xiaochun


    A low-cost and highly efficient biosorbent was prepared by loading zirconium(IV) onto ball-milled, ultrafine tea powder (UTP-Zr) for removal of fluoride from drinking water. To evaluate the fluoride adsorption capacity of UTP-Zr over a wide range of conditions, the biosorbent dosage, contact time, initial pH, initial fluoride concentration and presence of other ions were varied. UTP-Zr performed well over the considerably wide pH range of 3-10. The residual concentration of Zr in the treated water was below the limit of detection (0.01 mg/L). Fluoride adsorption by the UTP-Zr biosorbent followed the Langmuir model, with a maximum adsorption capacity of 12.43 mgF/g at room temperature. The fluoride adsorption kinetics fit the pseudo-second-order kinetic model. The synthesized biosorbent was characterized by BET, SEM, EDS, XRD and XPS to reveal how UTP-Zr interacts with fluoride. Results from this study demonstrated that UTP-based biosorbents will be useful and safe for the removal of fluoride from drinking water.

  20. Preparation of ultrafine LiTaO3 powders by citrate gel method

    S C Navale; V Samuel; V Ravi


    A gel was formed when a aqueous solution of Li(NO3), TaF5 and citric acid in stoichiometric ratio was heated in a water bath. This gel on decomposition at 700°C produced fine crystallites of ternary oxide, LiTaO3 (LT). The phase contents and lattice parameters were studied by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). Particle size and morphology were studied by transmission electron spectroscopy (TEM).

  1. 燃烧合成超细ITO粉体%Combustion Synthesis of Ultrafine ITO Powders

    彭桂花; 王夏; 何岸梅; 梁振华; 韩小宝


    以In粒和Sn粒为原料,尿素为燃料,柠檬酸为添加剂,燃烧合成ITO(掺锡氧化铟)粉体,利用粉末X射线衍射、扫描电子显微镜对产品进行表征,并研究柠檬酸(C6H8O7)对燃烧产物的影响.结果表明,以尿素为燃料燃烧合成是制备ITO粉体的有效途径,添加剂柠檬酸能有效抑制粉体的团聚,使颗粒分散性变好,得到颗粒细小均匀的ITO粉体.%ITO (Indium tin oxide) powders were prepared by combustion synthesis,using indium grains and tin particles as raw materials,urea as fuel. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The effects of additives, citric acid (C6H5O7),on the combustion products were studied. The results show that combustion synthesis with urea as fuel is an effective way to prepare ITO powders,and the agglomeration of ITO powders can be restrained by using citric acid as additives.

  2. Ultrafine WC-Co Composite Powder Preparation by Chemical Precipitation Method%化学沉淀法制备超细WC-Co复合粉的研究

    王玉香; 文小强; 周健


    Using ammonium paratungstate and cobalt nitrate as raw materials, ultrafine WC-Co composite powder was prepared by direct reduction&carburization method under the vacuum condition. The effects of feed concentration, reaction temperature and pH value of the mother liquor after reaction on precursor oxide particle size and yield are studied. The morphology and composition of the ultrafine WC-Co composite powder are measured by SEM and XRD. Results show the ultrafine WC-Co composite powder is characterized by regular morphology and good dispersion. This method has advantages of low cost of raw material and simple process.%以钨酸铵和硝酸钴为原料,经化学沉淀后煅烧,然后在真空气氛下直接还原碳化制得超细WC-Co复合粉.考察了化学沉淀过程中料液浓度、反应温度和反应后母液的pH值等因素对所得前驱体氧化物粒度及收率的影响.用XRD和扫描电镜对所得超细WC-Co复合粉进行了分析和观察.结果表明,采用这种方法可以制取形貌规则,分散性良好的超细WC-Co复合粉,并且此法原料成本低,工艺简单,过程易控.

  3. Study on Processing of Nutritional Bread of Green Tea Ultrafine Powder%绿茶超细粉营养面包的研制

    岳凤丽; 井瑞洁; 陈宇航; 于辉


    The ultra low temperature pulverization technology was used to pulverize the green tea, and taking ultrafine powder of green tea and high gluten flour as the main raw materials, the processing technology of nutritional bread of ultrafine powder of green tea was studied. Through single factor and orthogonal tests, the best formula of nutritional bread of ultrafine powder of green tea was as follows:on the basis of the basic formula, adding 2%of 300 mesh green tea flour, 0.5%of salt, 20%of white sugar, and 0.5%of bread improver. The obtained bread not only had a good flavor and taste, but also the functions of nutrition and health care.%采用超低温超细粉碎技术将绿茶粉碎,以绿茶超细粉和高筋面粉为主要原料,研究绿茶超细粉营养面包的制作工艺。通过单因素和正交试验,确定绿茶超细粉营养面包的最佳配方为:在基本配方的基础上,添加300目绿茶粉2%、食盐0.5%、白砂糖20%、面包改良剂0.5%。按此配方制作的面包不仅风味口感俱佳,而且具有营养与保健的双重功效。

  4. The Research of HPLC Fingerprint of Strychni Semen Ultrafine Powder%马钱子超微粉体HPLC指纹图谱的研究

    唐正平; 杨蕙; 王宇红; 张秀丽; 韩远山


    目的 建立马钱子超微粉体的HPLC指纹图谱分析方法.方法 采用HPLC法测定,色谱柱C18柱(4.6 mm×250 mm,5 μm),流动相为乙腈-0.2%甲酸溶液梯度程序洗脱;检测波长为254 nm,流速:1.0 mL/min,柱温为30℃,进样量为10μL.使用“中药色谱指纹图谱相似度评价系统2004A版”软件计算处理.结果 所建立的指纹图谱测定系统,对马钱子超微粉分离良好,10批样品共匹配了12个共有峰,相似度>0.9.结论 该方法简便、快速,回收率高,精密度、稳定性和重复性好,为马钱子超微粉体的质量控制提供了方法.%Objective: To establish a fingerprint chromatogram for the evaluation of ultrafine powder of Strychni Semen by HPLC. Methods: The analysis was performed On a C18(4.6 mm×250 mm,5μm) with acetonitrile-water (containing 0.2%formic acid)as the mobile phase at 1.0 mL·min-1,254 nm wave-length detector was adopted.The analysis at 30℃. The 12 mutual fingerprints of ultrafine powder of Strychni Semen were established using the similarity calculation software of Chinese herbal fingerprint. Results:The HPLC fingerprints of the active component preparation in ultrafine powder of Strychni Semen were obtained with very good resolution under the established chromatographic system. The quality of 10 batches of samples were assessed by comparing their chromato-graphic fingerprints with the reference fingerprints obtained at the same time,The similarity analysis was above 0.9. Conclusion: The methodis reliable, accurate and steady with good reproducibility, and is helpful in effectively controlling the quality of ultrafine powder of Strychni Semen.

  5. High performances of ultrafine and layered LiCoO{sub 2} powders for lithium batteries by a novel sol-gel process

    Zhu, Chongqiang; Yang, Chunhui [Department of Applied Chemistry, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Yang, Wein-Duo, E-mail: [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan (China); Hsieh, Ching-Yuan; Ysai, Huei-Mei [Materials and Electro-Optics Research Division Battery Section, Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, Lung-Tan, Tao-Yuan 325, Taiwan (China); Chen, Yun-Sheng [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan (China)


    LiCoO{sub 2} powders are rapidly becoming important cathode materials in commercial lithium-ion batteries because of their excellent properties. In the present work, LiCoO{sub 2} powders were prepared using a novel sol-gel method with citric acid as a chelating agent, hydroxypropyl cellulose as a dispersant agent and LiNO{sub 3}, Co(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}.6H{sub 2}O as starting materials. The effects of calcination temperature and the calcination time on the structure and morphology of LiCoO{sub 2} powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. According to the analysis, the crystallinity of LiCoO{sub 2} powders depends on the calcination temperature and calcination time. The results indicate the layered, pure and ultrafine HT-LiCoO{sub 2} powders can be obtained at 700 {sup o}C for 4 h in air. After 25 cycles, the electrode demonstrates the charge/discharge capacities at 175 and 154 mAh/g, respectively, which will be suitable for high capacity cathode materials in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

  6. 高能球磨法制备超细镍粉的研究%Preparation of Ultrafine Nickel Powder by High-energy Ball Milling

    李黎瑛; 张振忠; 赵芳霞; 寿奉良


    The influences of milling time and process control agents on the preparation of ultrafine nickel powder were studied systematically by granularity test, SEM and XRD. The results show that: with increasing milling time, the nickel powder particle size decreases rapidly at first and then the particle size changes slightly, the nickel powder can milling effectively by adding process control agent KH-570, the dispersion properties, sheet extent and the surface cleanliness are also improved. Milling 36 h the nickel powder with the process control agent KH-570 can obtain 5. 76 μm high-purity nickel powder.%采用粒度测试、SEM和XRD等分析手段,系统研究了球磨时间和过程控制剂对制备超细镍粉的影响.结果表明:随着球磨时间的延长,镍粉的粒度在初期减小较快,后期的减小趋于平缓;过程控制剂KH-570的加入能有效加快超细镍粉的细化,提高分散性能、片状化程度和表面的洁净度.加入过程控制剂KH-570,球磨36 h,能获得粒度为5.76 μm的高纯镍粉.

  7. In vitro study of hydroxy apatite and enamel powder fused in human enamel by Nd:YAG laser; Estudo in vitro da fusao de hidroxiapatita e esmalte em superficies de esmalte humano pelo laser de Nd:YAg

    Ferrreira, Marcus Vinicius Lucas


    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of pulsed Nd:YAG (1064 nm) laser irradiation on hydroxyapatite and enamel powder fusion. This laser beam is not well absorbed by this two compounds for this reason they were mixed with vegetal coal to increase the absorption of the laser beam. Fifteen enamel flat surfaces and six occlusal enamel surfaces were prepared with three different substances: hydroxyapatite mixed with vegetal coal (3:1 in weigh); enamel powder mixed with vegetal coal (3:1 in weigh); vegetal coal. The occlusal surfaces were utilized to determine if the compounds could seal pits and fissures. Flat surfaces were utilized to determine fusion of hydroxyapatite and enamel powder. All samples were irradiated with Nd:YAG laser with the parameters: 80 mJ, 15 Hz, 1,2 W, 100 {mu}s pulse-width, 131,1 J/cm{sup 2}. Laser beam was delivered to the samples with a 300 {mu}m diameter fiber optic. Morphology of the irradiated surfaces were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The compounds with hydroxyapatite and enamel powder were fused to enamel surfaces. Only partial pits and fissures sealing could be observed. (author)


    周勇; 马兰; 石炎福


    Ultra-fine powders are difficult to be fluidized due to the strong particle to particle cohesiveness.However, the authors' experiments showed that the ultra-fine powder CaCO3 could be stably fluidized in a spouted bed with a draft tube. The effects of geometric and operating parameters on solid circulation rate of ultra-fine powder CaCO3 were investigated in a 120 mm diameter transparent semicircular spouted bed with a draft tube. Three draft tubes with different sizes were used in this study. It was found that the solids circulation rate was mainly dependent on the drawing rate of the gas jet from the nozzle, then on the gas transport capacity in the draft tube. With increasing gas feed rate, distance between the nozzle and the draft tube inlet and draft tube diameter, the solids circulation rate could be increased. Based on the jet theory, a quantitative correlation was proposed for predicting the solid circulation rate of ultra-fine powders in a spouted bed with a draft tube by taking into account the gas transport capacity in the draft tube.

  9. Radiation-induced copolymerization of styrene/ n-butyl acrylate in the presence of ultra-fine powdered styrene-butadiene rubber

    Yu, Haibo; Peng, Jing; Zhai, Maolin; Li, Jiuqiang; Wei, Genshuan; Qiao, Jinliang


    Styrene (St)/ n-butyl acrylate (BA) copolymers were prepared by two-stage polymerization: St/BA was pre-polymerized to a viscous state by bulk polymerization with initiation by benzoyl peroxide (BPO) followed by 60Co γ-ray radiation curing. The resultant copolymers had higher molecular weight and narrower molecular weight distribution than conventional methods. After incorporation of ultra-fine powdered styrene-butadiene rubber (UFSBR) with a particle size of 100 nm in the monomer, the glass transition temperature ( Tg) of St-BA copolymer increased at low rubber content. Both the St-BA copolymer and the St-BA copolymer/UFSBR composites had good transparency at BA content below 40%.

  10. Magnetic property and microstructure of single crystalline Nd2Fe14B ultrafine particles ball milled from HDDR powders

    Li, WF; Hu, XC; Cui, BZ; Yang, JB; Han, JZ; Hadjipanayis, GC


    In this work we report the microstructure and magnetic property of single crystalline Nd2Fe14B ultrafine particles ball milled from HDDR Nd-Fe-B alloys. The average size of the particles is 283 nm, and TEM observation reveals that these particles are single crystalline. The coercivity of these particles is 6.0 kOe, which is much higher than that of the particles ball milled from sintered and hot pressed Nd-Fe-B magnets. Micromagnetic analysis shows that the coercivity degradation is caused by surface damage during ball milling. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Calorimetric study of the thermal induced transformations of ultrafine silicon carbide powder produced by RF glow discharge

    Costa, J.; Sunol, J.J.; Saurina, J.; Roura, P. [Girona Univ. (Spain). Dept. d`Enginyeria Industrial; Viera, G.; Bertran, E. [Dept. de Fisica Aplicada i Electronica, Facultat de Fisica, Univ. de Barcelona (Spain); Martinez, S. [Dept. de cristallografia mineral i diposits minerals, Univ. de Barcelona (Spain)


    Nanometric powder of silicon carbide has been produced by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) in a radiofrequency discharge of silane and methane gas mixtures. The as deposited powders consists of amorphous particles which are highly hydrogenated. We will show in this communication, that the powder structure can be improved by thermal annealing at high temperatures. The structural changes have been analyzed by several techniques such as thermal desorption of hydrogen (TDSH), differential scaning calorimetry (DSC), infrared spectroscopy (IR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The kinetic parameters of processes such as Si-H and C-H bond breaking have been determined. After annealing, the particles are crystalline, hydrogen free and do not suffer room temperature oxidation. (orig.) 8 refs.

  12. Fabrication, optical properties and laser outputs of Nd:YAG ceramics based on laser ablated and pre-calcined powders

    Osipov, V. V.; Maksimov, R. N.; Shitov, V. A.; Lukyashin, K. E.; Toci, G.; Vannini, M.; Ciofini, M.; Lapucci, A.


    Transparent Nd:YAG ceramic was fabricated by the solid-state reaction method with an additional round of pre-calcining using nanopowders of 1 at.% Nd:Y2O3 and Al2O3 synthesized by laser ablation. The pre-calcining step and addition of tetraethyl orthosilicate was found crucial for fabricating high optical quality Nd:YAG ceramic from such nanoparticles. The transmittance of the obtained 2-mm-thick Nd:YAG ceramic was 83.6% at the wavelength of 1064 nm, which is very close to the theoretical value. The uniformity of the optical quality of ceramic was mapped by analyzing the point-by-point transmission of a focused laser beam. The average volume of the scattering centers in the obtained ceramic was evaluated by direct count method to be 17 ppm. The Nd distribution was determined by fluorescence imaging to be homogeneous throughout the sample. Output power of 4.9 W with a slope efficiency of 52.7% was obtained in 1.5-mm-thick Nd:YAG ceramic under a quasi-continuous wave (QCW) laser diode end pumping at 805 nm.

  13. The Characteristics of YAG:Ce Phosphor Powder Prepared Using a NO{sub 3}{sup -}-Malonic Acid-NH{sub 4}NO{sub 3}-NH{sub 3}{center_dot}H{sub 2}O System

    Jeong, Jin An [NJS Cablecar Co., Jeongeup (Korea, Republic of); Park, Kyung Hwan [Jeonju University High School, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Dong Hoon [Tech4M Co., Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hong Gun; Kim, Yoo Young [Jeonju University, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of)


    Ce-doped Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} (YAG:Ce) phosphor powder was prepared using a NO{sub 3}{sup -}-malonic acid-NH{sub 4}NO{sub 3}-NH{sub 3}{center_dot}H{sub 2}O system. The YAG:Ce precursor was ignited at 240 .deg. C and the resulting powder contained YAG:Ce crystallites (42%) - active in the visible region at 460 nm - amorphous particles (53%) - inactive at visible wavelengths - and less than 3% oxide (3%) crystallite impurities. The impurities transformed to active YAG:Ce crystallites at above 800 .deg. C. At above 1000 .deg. C, the amorphous phase became YAG phase and isolated Ce{sub 2}O crystallites emerged. The powder particles comprised < 4 {mu}m secondary aggregates of 20 nm primary particles. The thermal dusting of the secondary particles coincided with the aggregation of the secondary particles at above 900 .deg. C

  14. Agglomeration Control of Ultrafine Y2 O3-ZrO2 and (MgO, Y2 O3)-ZrO2 Powders Synthesized by Coprecipitation Process

    MA Yalu; ZHANG Yu; ZHENG Junping


    Chemical coprecipitation was used to produce ultrafine and easily sinterable Y2O3-stabilized and (Y2O3,MgO)-stabilized ZrO2 powders. Six precipitation processes for preparation of ZrO2-based ultrafine powders were designed separately, meanwhile different techniques used to control the agglomeration formation were proposed. By means of TEM, SEM, Raman spectroscopy and IR spectroscopy, the mechanisms of agglomeration control in the precipitation processes and post-precipitation and drying process were investigated. The experimental results show that adding appropriate anion surface active agents (such as PAA1460) or polymer (PEG1540 matching with PEG200) in aqueous solution systems during precipitation processes could reinforce charge effect and location effect for gel particles interface. Adding wetting agents to wet gels washing with distilled water during drying process could change interface structure of gel particles and decrease surface tension between gel particles. The agglomeration control in the precipitation, post-precipitation and drying processes had remarkable influence on the characteristics of powders. By adding various macromolecules in the processes, the agglomeration state could be controlled efficiently, and the characteristics of powders were improved.

  15. 水热法合成钛酸盐(MTiO3)超细粉体%Preparation of Ultrafine Titanates Powder by Hydrothermal Method

    刘春英; 柳云骐; 安长华; 王淑涛; 薛颖


    The ultrafine titanates (BaTiO3, PbTiO3, SrTiO3 ) powder was prepared under milder hydrothermal method condition in this paper. Uing Ba (OH)2 and Ti ( OC4 H9 )4 as raw materrials, the cubic BaTiO3 powder with 20-80 nm was prepared at 150℃ for 48 h; the tetragonal BaTiO3 powder with 50-80 nm particle size was prepared at 180℃ for 48 h with high NH3 · H2O concentrations. Uing Pb (CH3COO)2 and Ti(OC4H9)4 as raw materials, the tetragonal PbTiO3 powder with 100-130 nm was prepared at 180℃ for 20 h with 1.0 mol/L NaOH. Using Sr( NO3 )2 and Ti (OC4H9 )4 as raw materials,the SrTiO3 powder with 40-90 nm was prepared at 180℃ for 2 h with 0.2 mol/L KOH. The well dispersed, uniform and pure powers of titanates were obtained.%本文采用水热法在温和条件下制备出钛酸盐(BaTiO3、PbTiO3、SrTiO3)超细粉体.以Ba(OH)2和钛酸四丁酯为原料,强碱性条件下,水热反应温度150℃、48 h时制备出粒径为20~80 nm的立方相BaTiO3;反应温度为180℃、48 h时制备出粒径为50~80 nm的四方相BaTiO3.以钛酸四丁酯和醋酸铅为原料,在180℃、20h条件下,碱度为c(NaOH)=1.O mol/L时,制备出粒径在100~130 nm之间的四方相PbTiO3粉体.以钛酸四丁酯和硝酸锶为原料,在180℃、2 h条件下,碱度为c(KOH)=0.2 mol/L时,制备的SrTiO3粉体粒径在40~90nm之间.通过控制反应条件制得的钛酸盐粉体分散性好、均匀、纯度高.

  16. 我国超细铜粉研究及生产现状%Status-in-art of Preparation and Production of Ultra-fine Copper Powder in China

    黄凌云; 朱国才; 霍慧彬; 池汝安


      The status-in-art of preparation and production of ultra-fine copper powder including ball mill, plasma,γ-ray irradiation-hydrothermal crystallization, chemical reduction, electrolysis, ultrasound electrolysis, hydrothermal, micro emulsions and collosol method are summarized. The advance of pre-reduction-complex reduction used by Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology, Tsinghua University was introduced, too. Furthermore, the present state of copper powder consumption and production in China were also analyzed. Finally, the development of ultra-fine copper powder is prospected.%  概述了目前超细铜粉制备方法,包括球磨法、等离子体法、γ射线辐照射法、雾化法、超声电解法、电解法、微乳液法、溶胶-凝胶法、化学还原法等的研究现状,介绍了清华大学核能与新能源技术研究院采用的预还原-复合还原法。同时,对我国的铜粉消费与生产现状作了分析,并对我国今后超细铜粉研究作了展望。

  17. 茶叶的超微加工及其在食品工业的应用%Recent advances in research on processing of ultrafine tea powder and its application in food

    梁进; 陆宁


    绿茶是我国的一种传统健康饮品,绿茶中含有茶多酚、茶多糖、茶氨酸等多种营养及功能性成分,具有抗氧化、防癌、抑菌等多种功效.随着人们生活水平的提高以及保健意识的增强,利用茶叶的功能成分研究与开发新型茶食品是食品工业发展的一大趋势.超微茶粉主要采用现代超微粉碎技术将茶叶粉碎成微米级甚至纳米粒的超微粉,能有效利用茶叶的营养与保健功能,提高其生物利用率.超微茶粉是将茶叶原料经超微加工技术处理后研制而成的新型茶产品.将超微茶粉添加到食品中而制成的茶食品,改传统的喝茶为吃茶,使茶叶中的营养成分得到充分利用.本文介绍了茶叶超微加工技术研究概况以及超微茶粉在食品工业的应用与开发前景,为更合理、更科学地开发超微茶食品提供参考.%Green tea is a traditional health drinks,green tea contains a variety of nutritional and functional components such as tea polyphenols,tea polysaccharides and tea amino acids,it has a variety of effects,such as antioxidant,anti-cancer,antibacterial.With the improvement of people's living standard and awareness of health,the research of using functional components of tea in food has become a major trend in the food industry.Advanced micro tea powder ultrafine grinding technology is used to grind tea leaves into micron or nano-particles to improve its bioavailability.Ul-trafine tea powder is a new kind of tea product and was prepared by ultrafine processing technology.Ultrafine tea powder was then added into he food to produce tea food.It changed the traditional drinking tea into eating tea,and nutrients in tea can be fully utilized.This article described the review of research on ultrafine processing technology and the development prospects of ultrafine tea powder in food industry.The purpose is to provide a reference for further development of ultrafine tea food.

  18. Synthesis and microstructure analysis of composite Nd: YAG/YAG transparent ceramics

    Benxue Jiang; Tongde Huang; Yusong Wu; Wenbin Liu; Yubai Pan


    Transparent Nd:YAG/YAG composite ceramics are synthesized by solid-state reaction method using highpurity Y2O3,Al2O3,and Nd2O3 powders as raw materials.The mixed powder compacts are sintered at 1780 ℃ for 10 h under vacuum and annealed at 1450 ℃ for 20 h in air.The Nd:YAG/YAG ceramics exhibit a pore free structure with an average grain size of about 30 μm.The microstructure of the Nd:YAG/YAG composite transparent ceramics is studied and there is no interface between Nd:YAG and YAG ceramics.The Nd ion distribution in one grain is also studied,which shows that there is no segregation of Nd ions as in Nd:YAG crystals.

  19. 铝掺杂超细氧化锌粉体的制备与性能研究%Preparation and Properties of Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide Ultrafine Powders

    陈淑刚; 许林峰; 王书媚; 税安泽


    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) ultrafine powders were synthesized by the homogeneous precipitation method with Zn( NO3)2·6H2O 和 Al( NO3) 3 ·9H2O as raw materials, and the AZO ultrafine powders were characterized by XRD, SEM, nanoparticle size analyzer and Four-point probe, resistivity. The effects of reaction temperature, calcination temperature, reactant concentration, aluminum dopant content and dispersant content on shape, size and resistivity of the AZO ultrafine powders were examined in detail. The experimental results show that the ZAO powders have the wurtzite structure; the formation of ZAO crystal phase is good at the calcination temperature 550 ℃ ; With increasing the aluminum dopant content, the resistivity of the ZAO powders decreases, and the lattice parameters decrease, however, when the dopant content exceeds 2.0 mol% , the spinel phase is produced, and the resistivity begins to increase.%本文以Zn(NO3)2·6H2O和Al(NO3)3·9H2O为原料采用均匀沉淀法制备了Al掺杂ZnO(ZAO)超细粉体,用XRD、SEM、纳米粒度分析仪及四探针电阻仪等对ZAO超细粉体进行了测试表征.研究了反应温度、煅烧温度、反应物浓度、Al掺杂量及分散剂添加量对ZAO超细粉体形貌、尺寸及电阻率的影响.研究结果表明:制备的ZAO粉体为纤锌矿结构;煅烧温度为550℃时,ZAO晶相形成很好;随着Al掺杂量的增加,ZAO粉体电阻率降低,晶格常数减小,但当Al掺杂量大于2.0 mol%时,生成尖晶石相,其电阻率反而上升.

  20. Influence of Feeding Methods on Synthesis of YAG Nano-powders by Co-precipitation Method%不同加料方式对共沉淀法制备YAG纳米粉体的影响

    马飞; 曹林洪; 蒋晓东; 叶鑫; 周信达; 黄进


    用共沉淀法制备了钇铝石榴石(Y3Al5O12)纳米粉体,研究了正滴定、反滴定和一步注入工艺对钇铝石榴石纳米粉体合成过程及最终产物的影响.利用X射线衍射仪、傅立叶红外光谱仪、同步热分析仪、场发射电子显微镜对YAG前驱体及不同温度煅烧后的粉体进行表征.结果表明:通过正滴定、反滴定和一步注入工艺,分别制备出化学组成为10[8.9Al(OH)3+1.1NH4Al·(OH)2CO3]·3 [Y2(CO3)3· 3H2O]、10[7.3Al(OH)3 +2.7NH4Al·(OH)2CO3]·3[Y2(CO3)3·3H2O]、10[Al(OH)3]·3[Y2(CO3)3·3H2O]的前驱体.前驱体经900℃煅烧2h后,正、反滴定工艺得到的粉体主相为YAG(Y3Al5O12),但有少量的YAP(YAlO3),一步注入工艺则得到纯的YAG相.晶粒尺寸分别为85 nm、70 nm和65nm,且一步注入工艺获得的粉体粒径分布较窄,分散性良好.%The yttrium aluminum garnet (Y3A15O12) nano-powders were successfully prepared by co-precipitation method. The impact of different feeding methods on YAG nano-powders synthesis process and final product was studied. The precursor and calcined nano-powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction(XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy ( FTIR) , thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA) and field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM ) measurements. The result shows that: the chemical composition of the precursors obtained by forward-titration, reverse-titration and one-step injection are 10[8.9A1(OH)3 +1. 1NH4A1-(OH)2CO3]·3[ Y2(CO3)3 ·3H2O] 、 10[7.3A1(OH)3+2.7NH4A1·(OH)2C03]·3[Y2(CO3)3·3H2O] and 10[A1(OH)3]·3[Y2(CO3)3· 3H2O] respectively. The YAG nano-powders are obtained by calcining the precursors at 900 ℃ for 2 h. The powders obtained by forward-titration and reverse-titration were of major-phase YAG and a trace amount of YAP with average particle size about 85 run and 75 nm respectively,while the powder by one-step injection was of pure-phase YAG with average particle size about 65

  1. 金属醇盐水解法制备超细粉末过程中醇与苯的回收%The Recovery of Alcohol and Benzene during Peparation of Ultrafine Powder by the Metal Alcoxidos Hydrolysis

    段学臣; 杨向萍; 吴湘伟


    Study is made of recovery of organic reagents during the preparation of ultrafine powder by metal alcoxides hydrolysis.The Phase diagrams of isopropanol-benzene system and isopropanol-benzene-water system have been plotted,based on which,isopropanol and benzene can be recovered and recirculated by distillation-rectification process.The recovery and reused rate of alcohol and benzene are above 75%.So both the environmental pollution and cost of ultrfine powder are reduced.%对醇盐水解法制备超细粉末过程中有机试剂的回收进行了研究,绘制了异丙醇-苯的二元相图和异丙醇-苯-水的三元相图,在此基础上采用蒸馏-精馏的方法对制备体系中的异丙醇和苯进行回收,将有机试剂循环使用,使醇和苯的回收利用率达75%以上,因而减少了环境污染,并降低了粉末成本。

  2. 高分子网络凝胶法制备Nd∶YAG纳米粉体及其表征%Preparation and Characterization of Nd ∶ YAG Nano-powders by Polyacrylamide Gel Method

    徐晶晶; 冯欢欢; 孙丛立; 陈寰; 罗建勇; 晋勇; 焦志峰; 龚敏; 孙小松


    以Al(NO3)3·9H2O、Y(NO3)3·6H2O和Nd(NO3)3·6H2O为原材料,丙烯酰胺和N'N-亚甲基双丙烯酰胺为单体和网络剂,采用高分子网络凝胶法制备了Nd∶YAG纳米粉体.分别用热重-差热分析、X射线衍射、扫描电子显微镜、透射电子显微镜和荧光分光光度计对所得样品进行表征.结果表明,钇铝石榴石晶相的形成温度为880℃,粉体呈珊瑚虫状,粒径随着温度的升高而增大.Nd∶YAG纳米粉在401 nm处有强烈的发光峰,可以作为紫光光源的考虑对象;另外在研究中还发现了Nd3+在YAG中的浓度猝灭现象.%Using Al(NO3)3 · 9H2O,Y(NO3)3 · 6H2O and Nd(NO3)3 · 6H2O,acrylamide and N' N-methylene-bis-acrylamide as the starting materials,monomer and lattice reagent,respectively,the Nd ∶ YAG powders were prepared by polyacrylamide gel method.The prepared samples were characterized by thermo-gravimetric-differential scanning calorimetry,XRD,scanning electron microscopy,transmission electron microscopy,and photoluminescence spectroscopy.The results indicate that the formation temperature of pure YAG phase is 880 ℃.The YAG powders exhibit coral shape,and the particle size increases with the rise of temperature.The luminescence spectrum of YAG ∶ Nd3+ exhibits the strongest emission peak at 401 nm.Concentration quenching effect of Nd3+ in YAG was observed in the study.

  3. Experimental study on ultra-fine powder purification of pulse-jet cartridge dust collector%脉冲滤筒除尘器对超细粉体净化的实验研究

    林莉君; 周露


    随着工业的快速发展,空气中颗粒污染物的含量和种类越来越多,不仅对人体健康造成危害,颗粒污染还对能见度、气候、动植物均有影响,寻找合适的除尘设备,提高对微细粉尘的除尘效率,对安全和环境保护有着重要而深远的意义.该文利用脉冲滤筒除尘器对粒径分布为0.5-5μm的超细粉体进行净化实验.测试了除尘器净化效率、除尘器阻力及过滤风速等主要性能参数.实验结果说明:脉冲滤筒除尘器对于粒径为0.5-5μm超细粉体,在过滤风速为0.8-1.25m/min时,除尘器阻力小于300Pa,净化效率达99.9999%.得到结论:滤筒除尘器具有高除尘效率,低阻力损失,节约除尘系统的动力消耗的优点,有利于在超细粉体净化工艺中的应用.%With fast development of the Industry, more and more content and species of paniculate pollutants are in the air. The partieulate pollutants not only cause harm to the human health, but also have negative effect on the visibility , the climate , animals and plants. So it is important to safety and environmental protection that finding suitable dust collecting equipments and raising dust removal efficiency of fine dust particles.This paper was on the use of the pulse-jet cartridge dust collector to do the purifying experiment of the ultra-fine powder. The experimental tested the main characters of the pulse-jet cartridge dust collector, such as the purifying efficiency, the dust resistance and the filtering speed. The experimental results were that this study was used by the pulse-jet cartridge dust collector to purify 0.5μm - μm ultra-fine powders, tested the filtering speed were 0. 8 m/min-1.25m/min, dust resistance was less than 300Pa and the purifying efficiency was 99.9999% . At last, it comes to a conclusion; the pulse-jet cartridge filters are with the advantages of high efficiency, low pressure drop and save power to the dust removal system. The pulse-jet cartridge f dust

  4. Ultrafine Silver Peroxide Powders Prepared by Ozone Oxidization Method and Its Antibacterial Property%臭氧氧化法制备超细AgO粉末及其抗菌性能研究

    沈文宁; 冯拉俊; 孔珍珍; 冯慧


    In view of the existing problems that the particle size of prepared powders is large, AgO content is low, the requirement for equipment is high and waste solution caused environmental pollution is produced in preparation process, in this paper ultrafine silver peroxide powders were prepared by chemical oxidation method using pollution-free ozone as oxidant.Effects of factors such as reaction temperature, initial pH value and ozone input time on silver peroxide content were studied.The prepared products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope and shake-flask method.The results show that ultrafine powders with a AgO content of 83.56%, a platy morphology and a thickness around 100 nm are prepared in conditions of reaction temperature 45 ℃, initial pH value 14, ozone input time 5 h.There are only Ag and O elements in powders which silver exists mainly in the forms of monoclinic AgO and little cubic Ag2O.AgO possesses strong antibacterial ability.When the concentration of antibacterial agent is 1 mg·L-1 and acting time is 30 min, the bactericidal rates of powders with a AgO content of 83.56% against S.aureus and E.coli both exceed 99.9%.And in the same condition, the bactericidal rates of AgO are 7 times higher than that of Ag2O in 5 min.%针对现有方法制备AgO粉末存在粒径大、含量低、对设备要求高、制备过程产生污染环境的废液等问题,以无污染的臭氧为氧化剂,通过化学氧化法制备超细AgO粉末.研究了反应温度、初始pH值、臭氧通入时间等因素对AgO含量的影响.利用XRD,XPS,SEM,烧瓶振荡法对制备产物进行表征.结果表明,当反应温度为45℃、初始pH值为14、臭氧通入时间为5 h时,制得形状为板状,厚度约为100 nm,AgO含量为83.56%的超细粉末;粉末中只含有Ag,O两种元素,Ag主要以单斜AgO和少量的立方Ag2O形式存在;AgO具有强的抗菌能力,1 mg·L-1AgO含量为83.56%的粉

  5. Characterization and photoluminescence properties of ultrafine copper molybdate (α-CuMoO4) powders prepared via a combustion-like process

    Mohamed Benchikhi; Rachida El Ouatib; Sophie Guillemet-Fritsch; Lahcen Er-Rakho; and Bernard Durand


    We report a simple method for preparing copper(II) molybdate (CuMoO4) powders via a combustion-like process. A gel was first prepared by the polymerizable complex method, where citric acid was used as a complexing and polymerizing agent and nitric acid was used as an oxidizing agent. The thermal decomposition behavior of the (CuMo)-precursor gel was studied by thermogravimetry–differential ther-mal analysis (TG–DTA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). We observed that the crystallization of CuMoO4 powder was completed at 450°C. The obtained homogeneous powder was composed of grains with sizes in the range from 150 to 500 nm and exhibited a specific surface area of approximately 5 m2/g. The average grain size increased with increasing annealing tem-perature. The as-prepared CuMoO4 crystals showed a strong green photoluminescence emission at room temperature under excitation at 290 nm, which we mainly interpreted on the basis of the Jahn-Teller effect on [MoO42−] complex anions. We also observed that the photolumi-nescence intensity increased with increasing crystallite size.

  6. Characterization and photoluminescence properties of ultrafine copper molybdate (α-CuMoO4) powders prepared via a combustion-like process

    Benchikhi, Mohamed; El Ouatib, Rachida; Guillemet-Fritsch, Sophie; Er-Rakho, Lahcen; Durand, Bernard


    We report a simple method for preparing copper(II) molybdate (CuMoO4) powders via a combustion-like process. A gel was first prepared by the polymerizable complex method, where citric acid was used as a complexing and polymerizing agent and nitric acid was used as an oxidizing agent. The thermal decomposition behavior of the (CuMo)-precursor gel was studied by thermogravimetry-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). We observed that the crystallization of CuMoO4 powder was completed at 450°C. The obtained homogeneous powder was composed of grains with sizes in the range from 150 to 500 nm and exhibited a specific surface area of approximately 5 m2/g. The average grain size increased with increasing annealing temperature. The as-prepared CuMoO4 crystals showed a strong green photoluminescence emission at room temperature under excitation at 290 nm, which we mainly interpreted on the basis of the Jahn-Teller effect on [MoO 4 2- ] complex anions. We also observed that the photoluminescence intensity increased with increasing crystallite size.

  7. 两室电化学沉淀法制备超细氧化锌粉体%Preparation of ultrafine ZnO powders through electrochemical precipitation method

    徐秀梅; 景介辉


    Aimed at addressing the disadvantages occurring in the conventional preparation of ultrafine zinc oxide powder,such as sophisticated equipment,complex operating conditions and additional dispersing agents,this paper introduces how to obtain zinc hydroxide precipitation in cathode chamber of two-chamber electrobath divided by cation-exchange membrane,by controlling the current densities at 50~150 A/m2 on cathode,and combining hydroxyl ion generated by electrolyzing sodium chloride solution in cathode chamber with zinc ion migrating into anode chamber.Ultra-fine particles of zinc oxide are prepared by calcining precipitate for two hours at the temperature of 350 ℃.The TEM and XRD analysis shows that the zinc oxide powder exhibits a gradually reducing size due to an increasing electrolyzing density on cathode.Zinc oxide nanoparticles obtained with electrolyzing density of 150 A/m2 have the diameter of 50~80 nm and zinc oxide shows a hexagonal crystal system.The experiment results show that the two-chamber electrochemical precipitation,boasting advantages,such as an easier operating condition,less sophisticated equipment,and freedom from chemical dispersants,works as a more effective method designed for preparing ultrafine zinc oxide powder.%针对传统的超细氧化锌粉体制备过程存在设备要求严格、操作条件复杂和需外加分散剂等问题,采用以阳离子交换膜为隔膜的两室电化学沉淀法,控制阴极电流密度在50~150 A/m^2,阴极产生的OH-与通过阳离子交换膜迁移进入阴极室的Zn^2+相结合得到氢氧化锌沉淀。该沉淀物经过350℃焙烧2 h后得到氧化锌粉体。由TEM和XRD分析可知:氧化锌粉体颗粒随着阴极电流密度增加而逐渐降低,当阴极电流密度达到150 A/m^2时,获得的氧化锌粉体粒度为50~80 nm,为六方晶系结构。实验研究表明:该两室电化学沉淀法具有操作条件简单、设备要求不高、不需外加化学分散剂等优点,

  8. Fluidization Behavior of Ultrafine Powders in an Internal Circulating Fluidized-Bed%超细粉在内循环流化床中的流态化特性

    张国杰; 皮立强; 杨兴灿; 周勇


    在内径120 mm的半圆柱形内循环流化床中,以平均粒径387 nm的TiO2为原料,考察了单独通入流化气、射流气和同时通入流化气和射流气三种流化方式下超细粉的流化特性以及射流气速对超细粉聚团尺寸的影响。结果表明:同时通入流化气和射流气时,流化气能促进粉体循环,消除环隙死区;高速射流能有效破碎聚团,显著减小聚团尺寸,从而使超细粉在环隙区与导流管之间形成稳定循环,小聚团在环隙区实现平稳流态化。随着射流气速的增大,聚团尺寸减小,粒度分布变窄,在射流气速分别为60,90,120,150 m/s的条件下,聚团平均直径分别为194,158,147,135μm。%The fluidization characteristics of ultrafine powder TiO2 with an average diameter of 387 nm were investigated in a semi-cylindrical internal circulating fluidized-bed of 120 mm in diameter under three kinds of fluidization condition, introducing fluidizing gas individually, jet gas individually or both gases at the same time. The results indicated that fluidizing gas can promote the circulation of powder and eliminate dead zone in annulus; high-speed jet can effectively break the agglomerates and significantly reduce their size as the fluidizing gas and jet gas were introduced at the same time, so that the stable circulation of ultrafine powder between annulus and draft tube can be achieved and the small agglomerates can be fluidized steadily in annulus. Furthermore, the influence of jet gas velocity on the size of agglomerates was tested in this experiment as well. It was found that the size of the agglomerates becomes smaller and the size distribution becomes narrower with the increased jet gas velocity. The average diameters of the agglomerates were 194, 158, 147, and 135μm under the condition of the jet gas velocity were 60, 90, 120, and 150 m/s, respectively.

  9. Preparation of ultrafine rhenium powders by CVD hydrogen reduction of volatile rhenium oxides%采用CVD法还原挥发性铼的氧化物制备超细铼粉

    白猛; 刘志宏; 周乐君; 刘智勇; 张传福


    研究了一种以高铼酸铵为原料,采用化学气相沉积(CVD)制备超细铼粉的新方法.通过控制氧分压,使得NH4ReO7分解为具有挥发性的ReO4、Re2O7,再采用载气将其输运至还原区,经氢气还原生成超细铼粉.热力学计算表明,在NH4ReO7分解过程中,控制氧分压高于10-1.248 Pa时,Re2O7将不会分解为低价氧化物,DSC-TGA分析结果也证实了这一点.采用该方法制备的铼粉,粒度为100~800nm,D50为308nm,比表面积为4.37 m2/g,氧含量为0.45%.%A novel CVD process for the preparation of ultrafine rhenium powders was investigated using ammonium perrhenate as starting materials.In the process, volatile rhenium oxides,such as ReO4 and Re2O7,were vaporized under a controlled oxidizing atmosphere via the pyrolysis of ammonium perrhenate,and carried into reduction zone by carrier gas,and there reduced into rhenium powders by hydrogen gas.Thermodynamic calculations indicated that Re2O7 could be prevented from further decomposition through controlling the oxygen partial pressure higher than 10 1.248 Pa in the pyrolysis of ammonium perrhenate.This result was further validated via DSC-TGA analysis of ammonium perrhenate.The typical rhenium powders prepared by the CVD method proposed show irregular polyhedron morphology with particle size in the range of 100-800 nm and a D50 of 308 nm.The specific surface area and oxygen content were measured to be 4.37 m2/g and 0.45%,respectively.

  10. A study on attenuation of a Nd:YAG laser power by co-axial and off-axial nozzle powder stream during cladding

    Ya, W.; Hernández-Sánchez, J.F.; Pathiraj, B.; Huis in 't Veld, A.J.


    The effects of powder stream when using different feeding nozzles on the attenuation of the laser power were investigated theoretically and experimentally. The powder streams were recorded with a high speed camera. The average velocity of the particles was obtained using standard Particle Image Velo

  11. Preparation and Characterization of Plasma-Sprayed Ultrafine Chromium Oxide Coatings

    LIN Feng; JIANG Xianliang; YU Yueguang; ZENG Keli; REN Xianjing; LI Zhenduo


    Ultrafine chromium oxide coatings were prepared by plasma spraying with ultrafine feedstock. Processing parameters of plasma spraying were optimized. Optical microscope (OM) was used to observe the microstructure of the ultrafine chromium oxide coatings. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to observe the morphology and particle size of ultrafine powder feedstock as well as to examine the microstructure of the chromium oxide coating. In addition, hardness and bonding strength of the ultrafine chromium oxide coatings were measured.The results showed that the optimized plasma spraying parameters were suitable for ultrafine chromium oxide coating and the properties and microstructure of the optimized ultrafine chromium oxide coating were superior compared to conventional chromium oxide wear resistant coatings.

  12. 利用钠盐助磨剂制备超细黄铁矿粉体的界面光学特性%Interfacial and optical characteristics of pyrite ultrafine powder prepared using sodium salts as grinding additives

    李丹; 尹周澜; 陈启元


    以超细黄铁矿粉体为研究对象,利用吸光度法研究黄铁矿在液相中添加六偏磷酸钠、油酸钠、硅酸钠、多聚磷酸钠、十二烷基硫酸钠后的分散性.研究结果表明:含有表面活性基团的油酸钠和十二烷基硫酸钠对于黄铁矿具有较好的分散效果.对这2种效果较好的添加剂的分散条件如pH、超声时间的影响进行分析,并对黄铁矿在这两种添加剂中的界面性质包括沉降曲线、表面电位和润湿性进行研究.在此基础上,用红外光谱对油酸钠和十二烷基硫酸钠作为助磨剂时制备黄铁矿超细粉体的光学性质结合扫描电镜进行研究,结果表明在研磨过程中黄铁矿粉体有部分硫被氧化成硫酸根,油酸钠与十二烷基硫酸钠助磨剂的使用有利于降低黄铁矿研磨过程中的氧化程度.%Using pyrite ultrafine powder as the object of this work, the dispersion of pyrite in different sodium salt additives such as sodium hexametaphosphate, sodium oleate, sodium silicate, sodium polyphosphate, and sodium dodecyl sulfate was analyzed with spectrometry. The results indicate that two surfactants namely sodium dodecyl sulfate and sodium oleate show better disperisibility for pyrite. The effects of some dispersion conditions such as pH and ultronication time on the disperisibility of dium dodecyl sulfate and sodium oleate were analyzed. The interfacial properties of pyrite dispersed in sodium dodecyl sulfate and sodium oleate solutions were investigated with precipitation curve, zeta potentiometry, and wettability. Based on these results, pyrite ultrafine powder was prepared using sodium dodecyl sulfate and sodium oleate as grinding additives, whose optical characteristics were studied by FTIR spectrometry in cooperation with scanning electron microscopy. The FTIR spectra indicate that although some parts of sulfur in pyrite are oxidized into sulfate during the grinding, sodium dodecyl sulfate and sodium oleate can

  13. Preparation of ultra-fine silver powder for solar cell grid electrode%太阳能电池正极浆料用超细银粉的制备

    李纪; 黄惠; 郭忠诚


    Using ascorbic acid as reducing agent and poly (ethylene glycol) 4000 as dispersant, the ultra-fine sil-ver powder for solar cell grid electrode was prepared by chemical reduction. The morphology, size and purity of silver powder were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) laser particle analyzer and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The influences of reducing concentration of poly (ethylene glycol) 4000, silver nitrate, ascorbic acid, and pH value on the particle size and morphology were researched. The results show that the particle size of the silver powders decreases to be more stable with increasing dispersant concentration. The optimal reductive con-dition is: the pH value equals to 4, the concentration of ascorbic acid and silver nitrate is 2. 0 and 0. 5mol/L and m ( PEG4000)/m (AgNO3) is 0. 10. Spherical silver powder with 5. 32μm of particle size is good dispersion, high purity, face-centered cubic lattice. The paste prepared with ready-made silver powder was printed on the silicon,and the square resistance of the sintered film tested by four-point probe is 4. 27mΩ/□ indicating the electrical property of the prepared silver is qualified for solar cell.%采用液相化学还原法,以聚乙二醇4000为分散剂,用抗坏血酸直接还原硝酸银溶液制备太阳能电池正极浆料用银粉.通过扫描电镜(SEM)、激光粒度分析仪和X射线衍射仪(XRD)等方法分析银粉的形貌、粒度及纯度,研究分散剂用量、抗坏血酸浓度、硝酸银浓度和溶液pH值等工艺条件对银粉粒度、物相结构及形貌的影响.结果表明,随着分散剂用量的增大,银粉颗粒粒度先减小后趋于稳定.在溶液pH值为4,抗坏血酸浓度和硝酸银浓度分别为2.0和0.5mol/L,聚乙二醇4000与硝酸银的质量比为0.10时,可以制得分散性好、纯度高、面心立方晶系和平均粒度为5.32μm的规则球形银粉.并将所得银粉调制成太阳能电池用浆料,通过丝网印刷在硅片上,使用


    郭建栋; 徐晓林; 王永忠; 张炎; 刘达颐; 石磊


    The ultra-fine superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-x powders were prepared by means of the gel combustion process using nitrates of Y, Ba and Cu as the starting materials and citric acid as the fuel. The resulting particle size and its superconducting properties is dependent on the nature of the auto-ignition reaction, which in turn depends upon the citrate-nitrate ratio in the gel. An attempt to determine the optimal citrate-nitrate ratio has been made in order to obtain pure, homogeneous and reasonably fine YBCO superconductor. In our experiments we found the best fuel-oxidant molar ratio to be 0.5.%纳米级细度的YBa2Cu3O7-x超导粉末有可能在第二代超导带材的研制中得到应用.超细YBa2Cu3O7-x超导粉末已经通过凝胶燃烧法制备成功.使用的起始物质是钇、钡、铜的硝酸盐以及作为燃烧剂的柠檬酸.产物颗粒的尺寸大小及其超导性能依赖于自燃过程的情况,而自燃过程又与凝胶中柠檬酸盐-硝酸盐的YBa2Cu3O7-x超导粉末.在本实验中我们发现最好的燃烧剂-氧化剂摩尔比为0.5.

  15. Preparation of Ultra-fine Salbutamol Sulfate Particles by Reactive Precipitation and Characterization of Dry Powder Inhalant%反应沉淀法制备超细硫酸沙丁胺醇颗粒及其粉雾剂的表征

    续京; 刘晓林; 陈建峰


    The preparation of ultra.fine particles of salbutamol sulphate(SS)was accomplished with a reactive precipitation pathway,in Which salbutamo]and sulphuric acid were used as reactants wlth the solvents of ethanol.The effects of sulphuric acid concentration.reaction temperature,stirring rate,and reaction time on the Size of the particle were investigated.A binary mixture composed of lactose and SS was prepared to evaluate SS.The results showed that ultra-fine SS particles with controlled diameters ranging between 3 grn and 0.8 μm and with a narrow distribution could be achieyed.The morphology consisting of clubbed particles was successfully obtained.The pu-fity of the particles reached above 98%with UV detection.The dose of dry powder inhalation was obtained by blending the particles with recrystallized lactose.which acted as a carrier.The deposition quantity of the drug in breathing tract was estimated using a twin impinger apparatus.Compared wlth the Shapuer powder(purchased in the market),the results showed that SS particles had more quantines subsided in simulative lung.

  16. Study on the HPLC Fingerprints of Spanish fly Ultra-fine Powder from Different Producing Areas and Content Determination of Cantharidin%不同产地斑蝥超微粉体的HPLC指纹图谱及斑蝥素的含量测定

    何杰; 张水寒; 李跃辉; 万丹; 黄江波


    目的:结合斑蝥主要成分斑蝥素的含量测定与指纹图谱,比较不同产地药材化学成分的差异性,为科学评价不同产地斑蝥药材及其超微粉体的质量提供依据.方法:建立斑蝥超微粉体指纹图谱检测方法.采用高效液相色谱(HPLC)法对各产地斑蝥超微粉体进行分析,采用中药色谱指纹图谱相似度评价系统软件比较指纹图谱的相似度,采用SPSS 13.0统计软件对10批样品进行聚类分析,并测定斑蝥素含量.结果:不同产地斑蝥超微粉体指纹图谱有较大相似性,但斑蝥素的含量有一定的差异.聚类分析结果表明,不同产地斑蝥药材存在一定差异,但差别不大.结论:所建立的HPLC指纹图谱具有较好的精密度、重复性和稳定性,结合斑蝥素的含量,可为斑蝥药材及其超微粉体质量评价提供依据.%OBJECTIVE:To compare the difference of chemical components in Spanish fly from different producing areas on the basis of content determination and fingerprints of cantharidin,and to provide reference for quality control of from different producing areas and its ultra-fine powder.METHODS:Established the fingerprint method of ultra-fine ultra-fine powder were determined by HPLC.Chromatographic Fingerprint Similarity Evaluation software was used to analyze the similarity of HPLC fingerprint.Cluster analysis was conducted in 10 batches of sample by using SPSS 13.0 software,and the content of cantharidin was determined.RESULTS:The fingerprints of ultra-fine powder from different producing areas were similar to each other.The content of cantharidin had little difference.Cluster analysis showed that there was little difference in from different producing areas.CONCLUSIONS:Established HPLC fingerprint is precise,reproducible and stable,and combined with content determination of cantharidin to provide reference for quality evaluation of and its ultra-fine powder.

  17. 麻黄汤等超微饮片与传统饮片对斑马鱼胚胎毒性的比较研究%Comparative Study of Embryotoxicity to Zebrafish Induced by Chinese Herbal Prescriptions Composed of Ultrafine Powder Herbs or Traditionally Processed Herbs

    王薇; 刘宇聪; 佟丽


    目的 比较麻黄汤等三个中医经典方剂超微饮片与传统饮片水煎液对斑马鱼胚胎毒性的影响,为其超微饮片的临床安全应用提供科学依据.方法采用模式生物斑马鱼发育正常的胚胎,在不同药物浓度药物环境中培养72 h后,于倒置显微镜下观察胚胎的存活、发育、致畸情况,72 h后,计算致斑马鱼胚胎半数死亡浓度(LC50).结果麻黄汤超微饮片组与传统饮片组LC50分别为4.641,7.569 mg/mL;葛根芩连汤超微饮片组与传统饮片组的LC50分别为1.473,3.570 mg/mL;小柴胡汤超微饮片组与传统饮片组的LC50分别为2.223,2.441mg/mL.结论斑马鱼胚胎毒性分析结果表明,相同药物和相同浓度时,超微中药饮片毒性大于传统中药饮片.%Objective To compare the embryotoxicity to zebrafish induced by classic Chinese herbal prescriptions composed of ultrafine powder herbs or traditionally processed herbs, thus to provide scientific basis of clinical use. Methods We observed the survival, development and teratogenesis of zebrafish embryo living in different concentre tions of herbal medicine under inverted microscope, and then calculated median lethal concentration(LC50) for ze-brafish after 72 h. Results The LC50 of ultrafine-powder Mahuang Decoction was 4.641 mg/mL while that of traditionally-processed Mahuang Decoction was 7.596 mg/mL. The LC30 of ultrafine-powder Gegen Qin Lion Decoction was 1.473 mg/mL and that of traditionally-processed Gegen Qin Lian Decoction was 3.570 mg/mL. The LC50 of ultrafine-powder Xiao Chaihu Decoction was 2.223 mg/mL and that of traditionally-processed Xiao Chaihu Decoction was 2.441 mg/mL. Conclusion It is indicated that embryotoxicity to zebrafish induced by ultrafine-powder Chinese herbal medicine is stronger than that induced by traditionally-processed Chinese herbal medicine.

  18. Method of preparation and structural properties of transparent YAG nanoceramics

    Fedyk, Robert; Hreniak, Dariusz; Łojkowski, Witold; Stręk, Wiesław; Matysiak, Hubert; Grzanka, Ewa; Gierlotka, Stanisław; Mazur, Piotr


    Transparent Nd:YAG nanoceramics composed of nanosized grains were fabricated by high-pressure low temperature sintering technique (HPLT). Structural and morphological studies of the sintered pellets were carried out using X-ray powder diffraction and Transmission Electron Microscopy. The hardness of nanoceramics, extinction coefficient and transmittance spectra were measured and analyzed. The initial grain size of the YAG powder was 30 nm and no grain growth has taken place during the consolidation process. The density of the obtained nanoceramics was close to the theoretical density of YAG.

  19. GC-MS Analysis of the Essential Oil from Ultrafine-Powder of Ganoderma sinense by Supercritical CO2 Fluid Extraction%超临界流体萃取紫芝挥发油成分的GC-MS分析

    吴建国; 王宏雨; 吴岩斌; 陈体强


    Objective: Further to analysis chemical components in the essential oil (EO) of Ganoderma sinense. Methods: EO was extracted using Supercritical CO2 fluid extraction (SFE-CO2 ) technique from the ultrafine-powder of Ganoderma sinense, and detected by Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) . Results: 46 compounds were checked out from the EO extract (with 1.47% of extract rate, ω/ω), and 26 compounds (matching degree >83%) were identified representing 79. 2% of the total EO, including n-Hexadecanoic acid, (E)-9-Octadecenoic acid methyl ester, (E)-9- Octadecenoic acid and (E,E)-2,4- Decadienal, 9-Methyl-Z-10-tetradecen-1-ol acetate, 1, 8, 8-trimethyl-2-( 3-oxocyclo- pentenyl )-Tricyclo [ (2, 4)] octane-3, 3-dicarbonitrile, (Z)-9-Octadecenoic acid-2-hydroxy-l- (hydroxymethyl) ethyl ester and E-11-Hexadecen-l-ol and so on. Collusion: The results indicated that chemical components and their relative contents of the EO extracted by SFE-CO2 were different from that by steam distillation(SD) after ether refluxing.%为进一步研究紫芝挥发油的化学成分,采用超临界CO2流体萃取法从紫芝超细粉中提取分离挥发油,气相色谱-质谱联用分析其化学成分.从挥发油萃取物(1.47%,w/w)中检出46个峰(组分),鉴定了其中26个化合物(匹配度>83%),总相对含量占79.2%,主要成分有十六(烷)酸(18.88%)、(E)-十八碳-9-烯酸甲脂(18.74%)、(Z)-9-十八碳烯酸(24.33%)、(E)-2-癸烯醛(0.77%)、(E,E)-葵二烯醛(1.53%)、1,8,8-三甲基-2-(3-氧代环戊基)-三环[,4)]辛烷-3,3-二腈(4.41%)、9-甲基-Z-1-十四碳-1-醇乙脂(1.20%)、(Z)-9-十八碳烯酸-2-羟基-1-羟甲基乙脂(1.95%)和E-11-十六烯-1-醇(2.38%)等.超临界流体萃取分离的紫芝挥发油成分及其相对含量有别于乙醚回流-水蒸气蒸馏法提取得到的挥发油成分.

  20. 超微粉中草药添加剂对热应激江汉土鸡免疫器官组织形态学的影响%Effect of Ultrafine Powder Additive of Chinese Herbal on Immune Organs and Tectology of Heat Stress Jianghan Native Chicken



    [Objective] To research the effect of ultrafine powder additive of Chinese Herbal on immune organs and tectology of heat stress Jianghan native chicken. [Method] Using completely randomized experimental design, 100 Jianghan native chickens were allotted to 5 groups at random. Group 1 was the control group which were fed with basal diet, group 2, 3, 4, 5 were respectively fed with 0.5% , 1.0%, 1.5%, 2.0% of the ultrafine powder Chinese herbal on the basis of basal diet. Effects of ultrafine powder additive of Chinese herbal on immune organs and tectology of heat stress Jianghan native chicken were studied. [Result] The body weight of group 2, 4 were significantly higher than that of the control group(P 0.05) , the thymus index of group 4 was significantly higher than that of the other group(P < 0.05). The T-lymphocytes and B- lymphocytes relative numbers of the experimental group, in the immune organs was significantly higher than that of the control group(P<0.05). In the immune organs of the experimental group, lymphocytes were close, and there were almost no damage cells and nuclear condensation phenomenon. [Conclusion] The use of ultrafine powder Chinese herbal additives significantly stimulate growth of the immune organ and improve immune function.%[目的]探讨超微粉中草药添加剂对热应激江汉土鸡雏鸡免疫器官组织的影响.[方法]采用完全随机试验设计,挑选100只江汉土鸡雏鸡,随机分为5组:1组为对照组,饲喂基础日粮;2、3、4、5组在基础日粮中分别添加0.5%、1.0%、1.5%、2.0%的中草药超微粉添加剂,研究超微粉中草药添加剂对热应激免疫器官组织的影响.[结果]2、4组雏鸡体重显著高于对照组(P<0.05);4、5组的法氏囊指数显著高于对照组(P<0.05),2、3、4、5组的脾脏指数分别比对照组提高24.1%、29.6%、26.3%和16.2%,但差异不显著(P>0.05),第4组的胸腺指数显著高于其他组(P<0.05);试验组免疫器

  1. Tribological Properties and Initial Exploration Mechanism of Composite Grease with Bismuth Nano-Particlesand Ultrafine Serpentine Powders%纳米铋/蛇纹石粉复合润滑脂添加剂摩擦学性能及机理初探

    王鹏; 赵芳霞; 张振忠; 杨江海


    Aiming at the problem of exploiting nano-composite self-repairing grease, the influence of various mass ratio of bismuth nanoparticles to ultrafine serpentine powders and different loads to the tribological properties of lithium grease on the four-ball machine at the condition of fixing total addition powders to be 3% was discussed. Moreover, the topography of worn surface was examined with scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersion of X-rays (EDX) was employed to analyze the composition of chemical elements on the rubbing surfaces to investigate the mechanism of friction-reduction and anti-wear of composite powders as additives in grease. The results showed that the composite powders improved the comprehensive tribological properties of lithium grease and the composite grease had the optimum tribological properties under all loads at the condition of mass ratio of the two powders being 3:1. The mechanism of the addition of the composite powders improving tribological properties was following: Bi nano-particles were deposited first on the surface of worn pairs, then the ultrafine serpentine powders were deposited on the Bi boundary film due to their large powder size and small content. Both powders played a role of self-repairing on the worn surface, but mainly Bi nano-particles did so.%针对纳米复合自修复脂的开发问题,在固定粉体总添加质量分数为3%的条件下,采用四球摩擦磨损试验机研究了纳米铋粉与蛇纹石粉的质量比和载荷对锂基脂摩擦学性能的影响,并通过扫描电子显微镜(SEM)和能谱分析(EDX)探讨了复合粉体在脂中的抗磨减摩机理.结果表明,纳米铋粉与蛇纹石粉复合作为添加剂有利于提高锂基脂的综合摩擦学性能,并且两种粉体的质量比为3∶1时,复合锂基脂在中、低、高载荷下的摩擦学性能最优.该复合粉体提高润滑脂的抗磨减摩机理在于:摩擦副摩擦时,由于纳米铋粉所需要的自修复能

  2. Preparation of Ultra-fine Aluminum Nitride in Thermal Plasma

    漆继红; 罗义文; 印永祥; 代晓雁


    Ultra-fine aluminum nitride has been synthesized by the evaporation of aluminum powder at atmospheric-pressure nitrogen plasma in a hot-wall reactor. The average size of aluminum nitride particle is 0.11μm measured by scanning electric mirror (SEM), and the purity is at least over 90% evaluated by X-Ray diffraction (XRD). The conversion of Al powder to aluminum nitride is strongly depended on the injection of NH3. Typical experimental parameters such as the feed rate of raw material, the flow rate of ammonia and the position of injecting aluminum powder into the reactor are given.

  3. Plasma synthesis and characterization of ultrafine SiC

    Vogt, G.J.; Phillips, D.S.; Taylor, T.N.


    Ultrafine SiC powders have been prepared by gas phase synthesis from silane and methane in an argon thermal rf-plasma. Bulk properties of the powders were determined by elemental analysis, x-ray diffractin, helium pycnometry, and BET surface area measurements. The near-surface composition and structure of the particles were examined by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In addition to free silicon and carbon particles in the powders, free carbon and various silicon/carbon/oxygen species were found on the surface of the SiC particles.

  4. The Rheological Properties of Ultra-fine High Performance Grouting Cement


    The material properties of surface and powder, rheological property and mineral composition were investigated by means of SEM, XRD, Malvern laser granulometer and rotary viscometer.The influence of admixture on ultra-fine cement rheological properties and its mechanism were studied in material theories.The results show that the ultra-fine fly ash has a higher zeta potential, and improves flowability of ultra-fine cement paste,decreases flowability loss as time prolonging,improves compatibility between superplasticizers and cement because of the electrostatic repulsion, ball bearing effect, filling and dispersing effect of admixtures and delay-releasing effect of superplasticizers.

  5. Fabrication of cast carbon steel with ultrafine TiC particles

    Sang-Hoon LEE; Jin-Ju PARK; Sung-Mo HONG; Byoung-Sun HAN; Min-Ku LEE; Chang-Kyu RHEE


    The carbon steels dispersed with ultrafine TiC particles were fabricated by conventional casting method. The casting process is more economical than other available routes for metal matrix composite production, and the large sized components to be fabricated in short processing time. However, it is extremely difficult to obtain uniform dispersion of ultrafine ceramic particles in liquid metals due to the poor wettability and the specific gravity difference between the ceramic particle and metal matrix, In order to solve these problems, the mechanical milling (MM) and surface-active processes were introduced. As a result, Cu coated ultrafine TiC powders made by MM process using high energy ball milling machine were mixed with Sn powders as a surfactant to get better wettability by lowering the surface tension of carbon steel melt, The microstructural investigations by OM show that ultrafine TiC particles are distributed uniformly in carbon steel matrix. The grain sizes of the cast matrix with ultrafine TiC particles are much smaller than those without ultrafine TiC particles. This is probably due to the fact that TiC particles act as nucleation sites during solidification. The wear resistance of cast carbon steel composites added with MMed TiC/Cu-Sn powders is improved due to grain size refinement.

  6. Crystal structure and luminescent properties of nanocrystalline YAG and YAG:Nd synthesized by sol-gel method

    Zhydachevskii, Ya.; Syvorotka, I. I.; Vasylechko, L.; Sugak, D.; Borshchyshyn, I. D.; Luchechko, A. P.; Vakhula, Ya. I.; Ubizskii, S. B.; Vakiv, M. M.; Suchocki, A.


    The work describes results of synthesis of undoped and Nd-doped YAG nanopowders by sol-gel method using different complexing agents (ethylene glycol and citric acid) and characterization of the material by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, photoluminescence and thermoluminescence techniques. Utilization of citrate sol-gel procedure using yttrium and aluminum nitrate nonahydrates as starting substances allowed to obtain highly stoichiometric and non-defected YAG and YAG:Nd nanocrystalline samples with good luminescence performance and low radiation storage efficiency.

  7. Preparation and Hydrogen Storage Properties of Mg-Rich Mg-Ni Ultrafine Particles

    Jianxin Zou


    Full Text Available In the present work, Mg-rich Mg-Ni ultrafine powders were prepared through an arc plasma method. The phase components, microstructure, and hydrogen storage properties of the powders were carefully investigated. It is found that Mg2Ni and MgNi2 could be obtained directly from the vapor state reactions between Mg and Ni, depending on the local vapor content in the reaction chamber. A nanostructured MgH2 + Mg2NiH4 hydrogen storage composite could be generated after hydrogenation of the Mg-Ni ultrafine powders. After dehydrogenation, MgH2 and Mg2NiH4 decomposed into nanograined Mg and Mg2Ni, respectively. Thermogravimetry/differential scanning calorimetry (TG/DSC analyses showed that Mg2NiH4 phase may play a catalytic role in the dehydriding process of the hydrogenated Mg ultrafine particles.

  8. A Coprecipitation Coating Synthesis of SiC/YAG Composites

    Ning ZHANG; Hongqiang RU; Xudong SUN; Qingkui CAI


    The α-SiC in 0.5 μm size powders were coated with Al2O3 and Y2O3 by a coprecipitation coating (CPC) method for fabrication of SiC/YAG composites. The same powder preparation was carried out by conventional mechanical mixing (MM) method for comparison. Two kinds of SiC/YAG composites were manufactured by pressureless sintering using the different powders, named CPC composite and MM composite thereafter respectively. It is shown that the CPC composite has the advantages of homogeneous distribution of YAG phase and of being sintered to high density at a low temperature, 100℃ lower than that of MM composite. The strength (573 Mpa) and hardness (23.3 Gpa) of the CPC composite are significantly higher than those (323 Mpa and 13.5 Gpa) of the MM composite, respectively.

  9. Influence of La2O3 on sintering performance of ultrafine W composite powders and micro-structure of W alloy%La2O3对超细钨复合粉末烧结性能与钨合金显微组织的影响

    范景莲; 周强; 韩勇; 刘涛; 杨树忠


    Ultrafine/nano composite powders of W-La2O3 were prepared by Sol-spray drying-calcination-hydrogen reduction process, and sintered at 1 950 ℃ to form La2O3 dispersion strengthened tungsten materials and obtain high density after molding under the press of 275 MPa. The density and mechanical properties of the alloy were studied. Morphologies of superfine powder, microstructure and fracture morphology of the sintered materials were investigated by SEM. The results show, with increasing the amount of La2O3, particles size of the powder decreases. The BET particle size of W-0.7%La2O3 composite powder is 0.1μm. The highest relatively density can reach 99.1%after sintering due to high sintering activity of W-La2O3 ultrafine/nano composite powders. La2O3 uniformly disperses on the tungsten grain boundary and inside, which can restrain the grain growth process. As a result, the average grain size of W-0.7%La2O3 is 8.7μm. The property of La2O3 dispersion strengthened tungsten materials is greatly improved , the flexural strength of W-0.7%La2O3 is 548 MPa. The morphologies of fracture surface of W-La2O3 alloy show a mixed mode of transgranular and intergranular fracture.%采用溶胶喷雾干燥-煅烧还原方法制备超细/纳米W-La2O3复合粉末,将粉末压制成形后在1950℃烧结,制备 La2O3弥散强化钨合金,检测合金的密度与强度,并采用 SEM 对超细粉末形貌、合金的组织结构、断口形貌进行分析,结果表明:随La2O3加入量增加,粉末颗粒显著细化,W-0.7%La2O3复合粉末的粒径仅为0.1μm;制备的W-La2O3超细/纳米复合粉末具有很高的烧结活性,烧结后,合金最高相对密度达到99.1%;La2O3均匀弥散分布于钨晶界,抑制钨合金的晶粒长大,提高材料的强度,W-0.7%La2O3合金中钨平均晶粒尺寸仅为8.7μm,抗弯强度达到548 MPa;合金的断裂形式表现为穿晶-沿晶共有的复合断裂形式。

  10. 半导体用高纯超细SiC粉体的表面改性%Surface Modification of High Ultrafine SiC Powders for Semiconductor Manufacturing

    李星; 铁生年


    The modified SiC powders was prepared by organics coating method.The coupling agent was used as bridge to connet the SiC powders and the organic polymers.Sodium polyacrylate as a dispersion functional layer was formed on the surface of SiC powders by graft polymerization reaction.Zeta potential of SiC powders was tested and the effect of suface modification on the dispersion and fluidity of SiC slurry was discussed.The results showed that the SiC powders treated by modification did not change the phase structure of original SiC powder, it just changed the colloidal properties in water, reunion reduced and dispersion property improved of SiC powders.Compared with the original SiC powders, the surface characteristics of the modified SiC powders occurred a great change and zeta potential improved.The dispersion stabilization of SiC slurry increased remarkably and viscosity decreased.%通过偶联剂预处理、接枝聚合丙烯酸钠两步法对SiC粉体进行表面改性,制备聚丙烯酸钠接枝改性SiC粉体,并对改性粉体进行表征,测试SiC粉体的zeta电位,讨论改性对SiC粉体料浆分散稳定性和流动性的影响.结果表明:SiC微粉经表面改性后并未改变原始SiC微粉的物相结构,只是改变其在水中的胶体性质;微粉团聚现象减少,分散性得到改善;改性SiC微粉与原始SiC微粉相比,表面特性发生很大变化,zeta电位值显著提高,悬浮液的分散稳定性得到明显改善,且黏度降低.

  11. Preparation of ultrafine a-Al2O3 using precipitation-azeotropic distillation method


    Ammonium aluminum carbonate hydroxide (AACH) was prepared by a precipitation-azeotropic distillation method,which uses aluminum sulfate as the Al source and ammonium carbonate as the precipitant.Then,AACH was calcined into ultrafine α-Al2O3 powder.The factors that influence the dispersion property of ultrafine α-Al2O3 powder are discussed in this paper,such as the methods of adding materials,surfactant,and drying methods.The changes of the structure and property of ultrafine alumina in the thermal treatment process are also studied.The morphological structure and properties of AACH are characterized by DTA/TGA,SEM,XRD,and ICP measurements.The results show that ultrafine α-Al2O3 powder with a uniform particle size and well-distributed property can be synthesized only after aluminum sulfate atomizes into ammonium carbonate,proper amount of PEG1000 is added as the dispersant,and the product is treated by azeotropic distillation.The phase transformation of alumina during the calcination process can be described as amorphous Al2O3→γ-Al2O3→θ-Al2O3→α-Al2O3.The crystal grain size and density of ultrafine alumina powder increase with the increase of the calcination temperature.After AACH has been calcined at 1200℃ for 2 h,the ultrafine α-Al2O3 with uniform particle size,spherical shape,and more than 99.97% purity is obtained and its powder is well dispersed.

  12. 不同形貌Al2O3粉体的制备及对YAG:Ce3+光学性能的影响%Preparation of Al2O3 powder with different morphologies and its impact on optical properties of YAG:Ce3+


    The flake Al2O3 powder with a particle size of 3-5 μm is a good base for white LED phosphor powder. α⁃Al2O3 powder with different morphologies was produced by hydrothermal ⁃ pyrolysis method. The yellow phosphor powder YAG:Ce3 + was synthesized by the high temperature solid state method with the self ⁃ made alumina in three different morphologies and the commercial Y2O3,Ce2O3 as raw materials and aluminum fluoride as cosolvent. The result indicates that the morphology and particle size of Al2O3 powder could be controlled by changing the amount of additives and reaction conditions.%  3~5μm的片状α-Al2O3是白光LED用荧光粉的良好基材。采用水热-热解法控制合成出不同形貌α-Al2O3粉体。以自制的3种形貌氧化铝及市售Y2O3,Ce2O3为原料,AlF3为助溶剂,采用高温固相法合成钇铝石榴石(YAG:Ce3+)黄色荧光粉。结果表明,通过控制不同的添加剂,控制反应条件,可以实现对α-Al2O3粉体形貌和粒径的控制。

  13. Direct reduction of hematite powders in a fluidized bed reactor

    Qingshan Zhu; Rongfang Wu; Hongzhong Li


    Ultrafine hematite powder was reduced to produce ultrafine iron powder in a 50%Ar-50%H2 atmosphere at 450-550 ℃ in a fluidized bed reactor.The ultrafine hematite powder shows the typical agglomerating fluidization behavior with large agglomerates fluidized at the bottom of the bed and small agglomerates fluidized at the upper part of the bed.It was found that defluidization occurred even at the low temperature of 450 ℃ with low metallization rate.Defluidization was attributed mainly to the sintering of the newly formed iron particles.Granuation was employed to improve the fluidization quality and to tackle the defluidization problem,where granules fluidized like a Geldart's group A powder.Granulation was found to effectively reduce defluidization during reduction,without however sacrificing reduction speed.The asreduced iron powders from both the ultrafine and the granulated hematite exhibited excellent sintering activity,that is,fast sintering at temperature of as low as ~580 ℃,which is much superior as compared to that of nano/ultrafine iron powders made by other processes,

  14. Ultrafine particles in the atmosphere

    Brown, L M; Harrison, R M; Maynard, A D; Maynard, R L


    Following the recognition that airborne particulate matter, even at quite modest concentrations, has an adverse effect on human health, there has been an intense research effort to understand the mechanisms and quantify the effects. One feature that has shone through is the important role of ultrafine particles as a contributor to the adverse effects of airborne particles. In this volume, many of the most distinguished researchers in the field provide a state-of-the-art overview of the scientific and medical research on ultrafine particles. Contents: Measurements of Number, Mass and Size Distr

  15. Nanomaterials vs Ambient Ultrafine Particles

    Stone, Vicki; Miller, Mark R.; Clift, Martin J. D.


    BACKGROUND: A rich literature exists that has demonstrated adverse human health effects following exposure to ambient air particulate matter (PM), with strong support for an important role for ultrafine (nano-sized) particles. At present, relatively little human health or epidemiology data exists...... for engineered nanomaterials (NM) despite clear parallels in their physicochemical properties and biological actions in in vitro models. OBJECTIVES: NMs are available in a range of physicochemical characteristics which allow a more systematic toxicological analysis. Therefore, the study of ultrafine particles...

  16. Preparation of ultrafine Co3O4 powders by continuous and controllable combustion synthesis%连续和可控的燃烧法合成Co3O4超细粉



    结合气固流态化和燃烧合成理论,提出连续动态可控燃烧合成概念.在自主设计、制作的气固流态床设备中,将CoC2O4·2H2O制备成Co3O4.反应物CoC2O4·2H2O粉体和空气分别以一定的速度被从沸腾床的上部加入和底部引入.CoC2O4·2H2O和空气在床层中相遇,并在给定的低温下被点燃并合成Co3O4.结果表明:燃烧波模式与传统燃烧合成燃烧波的不同,在连续动态可控燃烧合成中,燃烧波位置相对不动,悬浮在沸腾床中部的燃烧区域,而不是移动的自蔓延燃烧波;燃烧波温度可以通过改变载气流速、流量进行调节;产物Co3O4粉末(≤0.8 μm)呈球形或准球形,粒度分布均匀.本方法具有连续高效、节能环保的优点,已经应用于大规模生产.%The continuously dynamic-controlled combustion synthesis (CDCCS) was developed based on the continuous fluidization and combustion synthesis technologies. CoC2O4·2H2O powders were transformed to Co3O4 in a gas-solid fluid bed trnit designed and build independently,where the reactant of COC2O4·2H2O powders and the reactant of air were poured and introduced from the top and the bottom of the bed at a certain rates respectively. The reagents met in the bed and ignited at a given low temperature,resulting in formation of Co3O4. The results show a significant difference in combustion wave models. In the case of CDCCS,there was an immobile combustion wave,floating in the combustion zone located in the middle of the bed,instead of propagating of the combustion wave. The temperature of the combustion wave can be controlled by adjusting the flow rate of carrier gas. The resultant Co3O4 powders (diameter size ≤0.8 μm) have a narrow particle size distribution and spherical or quasi-spherical shape. This novel technique has many advantages,such as continuation,efficiency,energy conservation and environmental friendly and has been used in mass production.

  17. Research on Ultrafine WC-10Co Cemented Carbide with High Properties

    SHI Xiaoliang; YANG Hua; SHAO Gangqin; DUAN Xinglong; XIONG Zhen; ZHANG Weifeng


    WC- 10Co nanocomposite powder produced by spray pyrolysis-continuous reduction and carbonization technology was used, and the vacuum sintering plus sinterhip process was adopted to prepare ultrafine WCCo cemented carbide. The microstructure, grain size, porosity, density, Rockwell A hardness ( HRA ), transverse rupture strength (TRS), saturated magnetization and coercivity force were studied. The experimental results show that average grain size of the sample prepared by vacuum sintering plus sinterhip technology was about 420 nm, transverse rupture strength was more than 3460 MPa, and Rockwell A hardness of sintered specimen was more than 92.5. Ultrafine WC- 10Co cemented carbide with high strength and high hardness is obtained.

  18. Synthesis of Polycrystalline Nd∶YAG Nanopowders Used for Sintering Transparent Ceramics via Gel Combustion


    Polycrystalline nano-sized neodymium doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd∶Y3Al5O12, Nd∶YAG) powders were synthesized via a gel combustion method using nitrates and citric acid as starting materials. The evolution of phase composition and micro-structure of the powders were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, thermogravimetry/differential thermal analysis and scanning electron microscopy. Well-crystallized Nd∶YAG nano-sized powders could be obtained at 950 ℃ for 2 h. The resultant powders are well dispersed, have a relatively narrow size distribution with an average particle size of approximately 50 nm, and show excellent sinterability. These powders can be densified to 99.2% of the theoretical density by HP sintering at 1700 ℃ for 3 h under 20 MPa nitrogen pressure.

  19. Nanocrystalline and ultrafine grain copper obtained by mechanical attrition

    Rodolfo Rodríguez Baracaldo


    Full Text Available This article presents a method for the sample preparation and characterisation of bulk copper having grain size lower than 1 μm (ultra-fine grain and lower than 100 nm grain size (nanocrystalline. Copper is initially manufactured by a milling/alloying me- chanical method thereby obtaining a powder having a nanocrystalline structure which is then consolidated through a process of warm compaction at high pressure. Microstructural characterisation of bulk copper samples showed the evolution of grain size during all stages involved in obtaining it. The results led to determining the necessary conditions for achieving a wide range of grain sizes. Mechanical characterisation indicated an increase in microhardness to values of around 3.40 GPa for unconsolida- ted nanocrystalline powder. Compressivee strength was increased by reducing the grain size, thereby obtaining an elastic limit of 650 MPa for consolidated copper having a ~ 62 nm grain size.

  20. Surgical smoke and ultrafine particles

    Nowak Dennis


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Electrocautery, laser tissue ablation, and ultrasonic scalpel tissue dissection all generate a 'surgical smoke' containing ultrafine ( Methods To measure the amount of generated particulates in 'surgical smoke' during different surgical procedures and to quantify the particle number concentration for operation room personnel a condensation particle counter (CPC, model 3007, TSI Inc. was applied. Results Electro-cauterization and argon plasma tissue coagulation induced the production of very high number concentration (> 100000 cm-3 of particles in the diameter range of 10 nm to 1 μm. The peak concentration was confined to the immediate local surrounding of the production side. In the presence of a very efficient air conditioning system the increment and decrement of ultrafine particle occurrence was a matter of seconds, with accumulation of lower particle number concentrations in the operation room for only a few minutes. Conclusion Our investigation showed a short term very high exposure to ultrafine particles for surgeons and close assisting operating personnel – alternating with longer periods of low exposure.

  1. Tape casting fabrication and properties of planar waveguide YAG/Yb:YAG/YAG transparent ceramics

    Zhao, Yu; Liu, Qiang; Ge, Lin; Wang, Chao; Li, Wenxue; Yang, Chao; Wang, Juntao; Yuan, Lei; Xie, Tengfei; Kou, Huamin; Pan, Yubai; Gao, Qingsong; Bo, Yong; Peng, Qinjun; Xu, Zuyan; Li, Jiang


    Highly transparent YAG/10at.%Yb:YAG/YAG planar waveguide ceramics were fabricated by the non-aqueous tape casting and solid-state reactive sintering technology. The tapes are relatively homogeneous and the green body shows a dense structure without distinct interfaces after the treatment of debinding and cold isostatic pressing. YAG/10at.%Yb:YAG/YAG ceramics with almost full dense structure were obtained by vacuum-sintering at 1760 °C for 30 h. For the mirror-polished sample with the thickness of 3.5 mm, the In-line transmittance was measured to be 83.6% at the visual wavelength of 400 nm. The diffusion distance of the Yb3+ ions was about 215 μm along the thickness direction of the ceramics. In the lasing experiments, the YAG/10at.%Yb:YAG/YAG planar waveguide ceramics were end-pumped by a 976 nm semiconductor diode laser and enabled efficient continuous-wave lasers, which resulted in a maximum output power of 1.6 W and a slope efficiency of 34.4% at 1030 nm.

  2. Synthesis of high-strength W-Ta ultrafine-grain composites

    Ott, R. T. [Ames Lab., Ames, IA (United States); Yang, X. Y. [Ames Lab., Ames, IA (United States); Guyer, D. E. [Ames Lab., Ames, IA (United States); Chauhan, S. [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States); Sordelet, D. J. [Ames Lab., Ames, IA (United States)


    Bulk samples of an ultrafine-grained tungsten–tantalum composite alloy have been synthesized by consolidating mechanically milled composite powders. The grain growth during densification is limited due to the submicron-scale layering of the individual metals in the composite particles and the relatively low sintering temperature (1300 °C). The ultrafine microstructure of the high-density (~99% theoretical density) samples leads to a high yield stress of ~3 GPa under quasi-static uniaxial compression. A tendency for Ta-rich solid-solution formation during densification was observed, and the high-temperature phase equilibria in the composite powders were examined further using high-energy x-ray diffraction at temperatures up to 1300 °C.

  3. A Novel Ultrafine Ru-B Amorphous Alloy Catalyst for Glucose Hydrogenation to Sorbitol


    An ultrafine Ru-B amorphous alloy catalyst was prepared by chemical reduction with KBH4 in aqueous solution, which exhibited perfect selectivity to sorbitol (~100%) and very high activity during the liquid phase glucose hydrogenation, much higher than the corresponding crystallized Ru-B, the pure Ru powder, and Raney Ni catalysts. The correlation of the catalytic activity to both the structural and surface electronic characteristics was discussed briefly.

  4. The growth of Nd: YAG single crystals



    Full Text Available Y3Al5O12 doped with 0.8 % wt. Nd (Nd:YAG single crystals were grown by the Czochralski technique under an argon atmosphere. The conditions for growing the Nd: YAG single crystals were calculated by using a combination of Reynolds and Grashof numbers. The critical crystal diameter and the critical rate of rotation were calculated from the hydrodynamics of the melt. The crystal diameter Dc = 1.5 cm remained constant during the crystal growth, while the critical rate of rotation changed from wc = 38 rpm after necking to wc = 13 rpm at the end of the crystal. The value of the rate of crystal growth was experimentally found to be 0.8–1.0 mm/h. According to our previous experiments, it was confirmed that 20 min exposure to conc. H3PO4 at 603 K was suitable for chemical polishing. Also, one-hour exposure to conc. H3PO4 at 493 K was found to be suitable for etching. The lattice parameter a = 1.201 (1 nm was determined by X-ray powder diffraction. The obtained results are discussed and compared with published data.

  5. Industrial mineral powder production in China


    The recent annual output of major industrial mineral powders in the mainland of China has been more than 100 million t, accompanied by active development of such supporting technology as comminution, classification, separation/purification, and surface modification. In particular, the present paper reviews technologies for preparing ultra-fine particles involving dry and wet processing, modification and composition, calcination of kaolin clay, and processing of spherical/acerous industrial minerals.

  6. Defect structure of ultrafine MgB{sub 2} nanoparticles

    Bateni, Ali; Somer, Mehmet, E-mail:, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Koc University, Rumelifeneri Yolu, Sariyer, Istanbul (Turkey); Repp, Sergej; Erdem, Emre, E-mail:, E-mail: [Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Universität Freiburg, Albertstr. 21 79104 Freiburg (Germany); Thomann, Ralf [Freiburger Materialforschungzentrum (FMF) für Physikalische Chemie, Universität Freiburg, Stefan-Meier Str. 21 79104 Freiburg (Germany); Acar, Selçuk [Pavezyum Chemicals, Orhanlı Mah. Ulu Sokak, No. 3, 34956 Tuzla, Istanbul (Turkey)


    Defect structure of MgB{sub 2} bulk and ultrafine particles, synthesized by solid state reaction route, have been investigated mainly by the aid of X-band electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometer. Two different amorphous Boron (B) precursors were used for the synthesis of MgB{sub 2}, namely, boron 95 (purity 95%–97%, <1.5 μm) and nanoboron (purity >98.5%, <250 nm), which revealed bulk and nanosized MgB{sub 2}, respectively. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy analysis demonstrate uniform and ultrafine morphology for nanosized MgB{sub 2} in comparison with bulk MgB{sub 2}. Powder X-ray diffraction data show that the concentration of the by-product MgO is significantly reduced when nanoboron is employed as precursor. It is observed that a significant average particle size reduction for MgB{sub 2} can be achieved only by using B particles of micron or nano size. The origin and the role of defect centers were also investigated and the results proved that at nanoscale MgB{sub 2} material contains Mg vacancies. Such vacancies influence the connectivity and the conductivity properties which are crucial for the superconductivity applications.

  7. Application of Stereology on Neodymium-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (Nd: YAG) Transparent Ceramics


    Nd: YAG precursor powders were synthesized by homogeneous precipitation, and Nd: YAG transparent ceramics were prepared by vacuum sintering at 1700 ℃ for 5 h. The ceramic materials were characterized by light transmittance and field emission gun-environment scanning microscope. Using statistics and stereology theory, study was carried out on the quantitative relationships between light transmittance and stereological parameters in three-dimensional Euclidean space. It is found that the transmittance of Nd:YAG with 1 mm in thickness is about 45% and 58% in visible and near-infrared wavelength, respectively. The transmittance linearly increases with increasing equivalent sphere diameter and reaches the theoretical value of single crystal when the equivalent sphere diameter is 20μm. The transmittance decreases with the increasing of mean specific area per unit volume of grain and discrete grains, and the transmittance decreases with increasing mean free distance of grains in Nd:YAG ceramics.

  8. Clustering Dynamics of Ultra-fine Particulate Systems

    Dutt, Meenakshi; Elliott, James


    Length scales of particles and their surrounding medium strongly determines the nature of their interactions with one another and their responses to external fields. We are interested in systems of ultrafine particles (0.1 - 1.0 micron) such as volcanic ash, solid aerosols, or fine powders for pharmaceutical ihalation applications. We develop a numerical model for these systems using the Derjaguin-Muller-Toporov (DMT) adhesion theory along with the van der Waals attraction between the particles and their contact mechanical interactions. We study the dynamics of these systems in the absence and presence of gravity by controlling the particle size, and thereby, the surface properties of the particles. The high surface energies of these particles causes them to agglomerate as they gravitationally settle. We explore their internal structure as a function of their particle size.



    The reduction reaction of aqueous Co2+ -hydrazine, which cannot be conducted under the common condition, is carried out by using both of low-temperature heating and stirring. Metallic ultrafines are prepared by this method. In the presence of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), it is absorbed on the surface of particles of the product and forms a structure of complex particle, which is favorable to the stability of the powder size distribution. Co50Ni50 magnetic alloy ultrafines with fcc-cubic system can also be prepared from Co2+ -Ni2 +hybrid solution by the same method in the presence of PVA. The effect of PVA amount on the particle size and the stability of Co50Ni50 alloy ultrafines are emphatically discussed.

  10. Perspectives of Using Ultra-Fine Metals as Universal Safe BioStimulators to Get Cattle Breeding Quality Products

    Polishchuk, S.


    We have conducted investigations of ultra-fine metals biological activity with lab non-pedigree white rats, rabbits breed “Soviet chinchilla” and cattle young stock of the black and white breed as the most widely spread in the central part of Russia. One can see the possibility of using microelements of ultra-fine iron, cobalt and copper as cheap, non-toxic and highly effective biological catalyst of biochemical processes in the organism that improve physiological state, morphological and biochemical blood parameters increasing activity of the experimental animals’ ferment systems and their productivity and meat biological value. We have proved the ultra-fine powders safety when adding them to the animals’ diet.

  11. Towards high-quality optical ceramic YAG fibers for high-energy laser (HEL) applications

    Lee, HeeDong; Keller, Kristin; Sirn, Brian


    There is a critical demand for high quality, transparent ceramic YAG fibers for high powered fiber lasers. The production of laser quality ceramic fibers hinges on advanced ceramic processing technology, along with the availability of highly sinterable powder with high phase and chemical purity. These two fundamental technologies have been successfully developed at UES. Nd (1.1 a/o) and Yb (1.0 a/o)-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) fibers with high optical quality were produced by combining UES's tailored powders with advanced consolidation processes including fiber extrusion and vacuum sintering. The as-sintered and as-annealed fibers, approximately 30 microns in diameter, appeared transparent and successfully transmitted laser beams; further development will allow for the production of doped ceramic YAG fiber lasers for advanced high power and high energy fiber laser systems.

  12. Hydrophobic aggregation of ultrafine kaolinite

    ZHANG Xiao-ping; HU Yue-hua; LIU Run-Qing


    The hydrophobic aggregation of ultrafine kaolinite in cationic surfactant suspension was investigated by sedimentation test, zeta potential measurement and SEM observation. SEM images reveal that kaolinite particles show the self-aggregation of edge-face in acidic media, the aggregation of edge-face and edge-edge in neutral media, and the dispersion in alkaline media due to electrostatic repulsion. In the presence of the dodecylammonium acetate cationic surfactant and in neutral and alkaline suspension, the hydrophobic aggregation of face-face is demonstrated. The zeta potential of kaolinite increases with increasing the concentration of cationic surfactant. The small and loose aggregation at a low concentration but big and tight aggregation at a high concentration is presented At pH=7 alkyl quarterly amine salt CTAB has the best hydrophobic aggregation among three cationic surfactants, namely, dodecylammonium acetate, alkyl quarterly amine salts 1227 and CTAB.


    Kanyuk M. I.


    Full Text Available The purpose of the work is to summarize the literature data concerning ultrafine diamonds, namely their industrial production, as well as considerable photostability and biocompatibility that promote their use in modern visualization techniques. It is shown that due to the unique physical properties, they are promising materials for using in nanotechnology in the near future. Possibility of diverse surface modification, small size and large absorption surface are the basis for their use in different approaches for drug and gene delivery into a cell. The changes in the properties of nanodiamond surface modification methods of their creation, stabilization and applications are described. It can be said that fluorescent surface-modified nanodiamonds are a promising target in various research methods that would be widely used for labeling of living cells, as well as in the processes of genes and drugs delivery into a cell.

  14. Erbium: YAG laser lithotripsy mechanism.

    Chan, Kin Foong; Lee, Ho; Teichman, Joel M H; Kamerer, Angela; McGuff, H Stan; Vargas, Gracie; Welch, Ashley J


    We tested the hypothesis that the mechanism of long pulse erbium:YAG laser lithotripsy is photothermal. Human urinary calculi were placed in deionized water and irradiated with erbium:YAG laser energy delivered through a sapphire optical fiber. Erbium:YAG bubble dynamics were visualized with Schlieren flash photography and correlated to acoustic emissions measured by a polyvinylidene fluoride needle hydrophone. The sapphire fiber was placed either parallel or perpendicular to the calculus surface to assess the contribution of acoustic transients to fragmentation. Stones were irradiated using desiccated stone irradiated in air, hydrated stone irradiated in air and hydrated stone irradiated in water. Ablation crater sizes were compared. Uric acid stones were irradiated in water and the water was assayed for cyanide. During the early phase of vapor bubble expansion, acoustic transients had minimal effects on calculus fragmentation. Fragmentation occurred due to direct absorption of laser energy transmitted to the calculus through the vapor channel between the sapphire fiber tip and calculus. The forward axial expansion of the bubble occurred more rapidly than the radial expansion. A parallel oriented fiber on the calculus surface produced no fragmentation but generated larger amplitude acoustic transients compared to perpendicular orientation. In perpendicular orientation the erbium:YAG laser did not generate any collapse acoustic waves but fragmentation occurred. Crater width was greatest for desiccated stones irradiated in air (p <0.03). Cyanide production increased as erbium:YAG irradiation of uric acid calculi increased, (r2 = 0.98). The erbium:YAG laser fragments stones through a photothermal mechanism.

  15. Exposure to ultrafine particles in asphalt work.

    Elihn, Karine; Ulvestad, Bente; Hetland, Siri; Wallen, Anna; Randem, Britt Grethe


    An epidemiologic study has demonstrated that asphalt workers show increased loss of lung function and an increase of biomarkers of inflammation over the asphalt paving season. The aim of this study was to investigate which possible agent(s) causes the inflammatory reaction, with emphasis on ultrafine particles. The workers' exposure to total dust, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and NO(2) was determined by personal sampling. Exposure to ultrafine particles was measured by means of particle counters and scanning mobility particle sizer mounted on a van following the paving machine. The fractions of organic and elemental carbon were determined. Asphalt paving workers were exposed to ultrafine particles with medium concentration of about 3.4 x 10(4)/cm(3). Ultrafine particles at the paving site originated mainly from asphalt paving activities and traffic exhaust; most seemed to originate from asphalt fumes. Oil mist exceeded occupational limits on some occasions. Diesel particulate matter was measured as elemental carbon, which was low, around 3 microg/m(3). NO(2) and total dust did not exceed limits. Asphalt pavers were exposed to relatively high concentrations of ultrafine particles throughout their working day, with possible adverse health effects.

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

    Radosław Lach


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

  17. Development of ultrafine and pure amorphous and crystalline new materials and their fabrication process

    Yang, Myung Seung; Kim, Y. E.; Kim, J. G.; Gu, J. H. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Inst., Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Yoon, N. K.; Seong, S. Y. [Myongseong Ceramics Co., Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Ryu, S. E. [Paichai Univ., Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, J. C. [Myongji Univ., Taejon (Korea, Republic of)


    Based on an estimation of annual rice production of 5.2 Million tons, rice husks by-production reaches to 1.17 Million tons per year in Korea. distinguished to other corns, rice contains a lot of Si; 10 {approx} 20 % by weight in rice husks calculated as silica. The aim of this research project is to develop technologies for ceramic powders and materials utilizing the silica in rice husks called phytoliths. In this researches of the following subjects were performed; decomposition of the organic components, acid treatments, extraction of the organic matter, effect of gamma-ray irradiation on the acid treatment, plasma treatment, crystallization of silica powder, dispersion of amorphous silica powder, fabrication of ultrafine crystalline fibrous materials.. (author). 18 refs., 5 tabs., 55 figs.

  18. Ceramic planar waveguide laser of non-aqueous tape casting fabricated YAG/Yb:YAG/YAG.

    Wang, Chao; Li, Wenxue; Yang, Chao; Bai, Dongbi; Li, Jiang; Ge, Lin; Pan, Yubai; Zeng, Heping


    Ceramic YAG/Yb:YAG/YAG planar waveguide lasers were realized on continuous-wave and mode-locked operations. The straight waveguide, fabricated by non-aqueous tape casting and solid state reactive sintering, enabled highly efficient diode-pumped waveguide continuous-wave laser with the slope efficiency of 66% and average output power of more than 3 W. The influence of the waveguide structure on the wavelength tunability was also experimentally investiccgated with a dispersive prism. Passively mode-locked operation of the ceramic waveguide laser was achieved by using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM), output 2.95 ps pulses with maximum power of 385 mW at the central wavelength of 1030 nm.

  19. Synthesis of silicon carbide-silicon nitride composite ultrafine particles using a carbon dioxide laser

    Suzuki, Masaaki; Maniette, Yves; Nakata, Yoshinori; Okutani, Takeshi (Government Industrial Development Lab., Hokkaido, Sapporo (Japan))


    The synthesis and the structure of silicon carbide-silicon nitride (SiC-Si[sub 3]N[sub 4]) composite ultrafine particles have been studied. SiC-Si[sub 3]N[sub 4] composite ultrafine particles were prepared by irradiating a SiH[sub 4], C[sub 2]H[sub 4], and NH[sub 3] gas mixture with a CO[sub 2] laser at atmospheric pressure. The composition of composite powders changed with the reactant gas flow rate. The carbon and nitrogen content of the powder could be controlled in a wide range from 0 to 30 wt%. The composite powder, which contained 25.3 wt% carbon and 5.8 wt% nitrogen, had a [beta]-SiC structure. As the nitrogen content increased, SiC decreased and amorphous phase, Si[sub 3]N[sub 4], Si appeared. The results of XPS and lattice constant measurements suggested that Si, C, and N atoms were intimately mixed in the composite particles.

  20. Ultrafine-grained Aluminm and Boron Carbide Metal Matrix Composites

    Vogt, Rustin

    Cryomilling is a processing technique used to generate homogenously distributed boron carbide (B4C) particulate reinforcement within an ultrafine-grained aluminum matrix. The motivation behind characterizing a composite consisting of cryomilled aluminum B4C metal matrix composite is to design and develop a high-strength, lightweight aluminum composite for structural and high strain rate applications. Cryomilled Al 5083 and B4C powders were synthesized into bulk composite by various thermomechanical processing methods to form plate and extruded geometries. The effects of processing method on microstructure and mechanical behavior for the final consolidated composite were investigated. Cryomilling for extended periods of time in liquid nitrogen has shown to increase strength and thermal stability. The effects associated with cryomilling with stearic acid additions (as a process-control agent) on the degassing behavior of Al powders is investigated and results show that the liberation of compounds associated with stearic acid were suppressed in cryomilled Al powders. The effect of thermal expansion mismatch strain on strengthening due to geometrically necessary dislocations resulting from quenching is investigated and found not to occur in bulk cryomilled Al 5083 and B 4C composites. Previous cryomilled Al 5083 and B4C composites have exhibited ultrahigh strength associated with considerable strain-to-failure (>14 pct.) at high strain rates (>103/s) during mechanical testing, but only limited strain-to-failure (˜0.75 pct.) at quasi-static strain rates (10-3/s). The increased strain to failure at high strain rates is attributed to micro-flaw developments, including kinking, extensive axial splitting, and grain growth were observed after high strain rate deformation, and the significance of these mechanisms is considered.

  1. Ultrafine Condensation Particle Counter Instrument Handbook

    Kuang, C. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)


    The Model 3776 Ultrafine Condensation Particle Counter (UCPC; pictured in Appendix A) is designed for researchers interested in airborne particles smaller than 20 nm. With sensitivity to particles down to 2.5 nm in diameter, this UCPC is ideally suited for atmospheric and climate research, particle formation and growth studies, combustion and engine exhaust research, and nanotechnology research.

  2. YAG: Ce Phosphors for WLED via Nano-Pesudoboehmite Sol-Gel Route


    The sub-micron sized YAG: Ce phosphors were synthesized via a modified sol-gel method by peptizing nano-pesudoboehmite particulate. It is found that YAG phase from the dried gel powders appears at 1000 ℃ then the pure YAG phase exists at a relatively lower sintering temperature of 1400 ℃. The smaller sizes of phosphors in the ranges of 1 ~ 3 μm are obtained due to the contribution of seeding effects of nano-sized alumina particles to strengthen each step of the processes. Both the excitation and emission spectra of photoluminescence of the phosphor obtained at 1400 ℃ meet well with the spectroscopic requirements of the WLED phosphors.

  3. Sol-gel preparation and electrical behaviour of Ln: YAG (Ln = Ce, Nd, Ho, Er



    Full Text Available A sol-gel method has been developed to prepare pure yttrium aluminum garnet, Y3Al5O12 (YAG, and rare-earth substituted (Ce-Y3Al5O12, Nd-Y3Al5O12, Ho-Y3Al5O12, and Er-Y3Al5O12 samples. The XRD patterns of the polycrystalline powders sintered at 1000ºC showed the formation of monophasic garnet materials. The micro-structural features in the polycristalline samples were studied by scanning electron microscopy. A homogeneous distribution of rare-earth dopants in the YAG lattice was achieved in all of the cases. Electrical conductivity measurements were also performed on the compacts of sol-gel derived Ln-YAG samples. In contrast to the expected dielectric behaviour, the conducting properties of the examined specimens indicate metallic behaviour with the resistivity increasing gradually with increasing temperature.

  4. Personal exposure to ultrafine particles.

    Wallace, Lance; Ott, Wayne


    Personal exposure to ultrafine particles (UFP) can occur while people are cooking, driving, smoking, operating small appliances such as hair dryers, or eating out in restaurants. These exposures can often be higher than outdoor concentrations. For 3 years, portable monitors were employed in homes, cars, and restaurants. More than 300 measurement periods in several homes were documented, along with 25 h of driving two cars, and 22 visits to restaurants. Cooking on gas or electric stoves and electric toaster ovens was a major source of UFP, with peak personal exposures often exceeding 100,000 particles/cm³ and estimated emission rates in the neighborhood of 10¹² particles/min. Other common sources of high UFP exposures were cigarettes, a vented gas clothes dryer, an air popcorn popper, candles, an electric mixer, a toaster, a hair dryer, a curling iron, and a steam iron. Relatively low indoor UFP emissions were noted for a fireplace, several space heaters, and a laser printer. Driving resulted in moderate exposures averaging about 30,000 particles/cm³ in each of two cars driven on 17 trips on major highways on the East and West Coasts. Most of the restaurants visited maintained consistently high levels of 50,000-200,000 particles/cm³ for the entire length of the meal. The indoor/outdoor ratios of size-resolved UFP were much lower than for PM₂.₅ or PM₁₀, suggesting that outdoor UFP have difficulty in penetrating a home. This in turn implies that outdoor concentrations of UFP have only a moderate effect on personal exposures if indoor sources are present. A time-weighted scenario suggests that for typical suburban nonsmoker lifestyles, indoor sources provide about 47% and outdoor sources about 36% of total daily UFP exposure and in-vehicle exposures add the remainder (17%). However, the effect of one smoker in the home results in an overwhelming increase in the importance of indoor sources (77% of the total).

  5. Concentrated ambient ultrafine particle exposure induces cardiac change in young healthy volunteers

    Exposure to ambient ultrafine particles has been associated with cardiopulmonary toxicity and mortality. Adverse effects specifically linked to ultrafine particles include loss of sympathovagal balance and altered hemostasis. To characterize the effects of ultrafine particles in ...

  6. Citrate sol-gel combustion preparation and photoluminescence properties of YAG:Ce phosphors

    ZHANG Le; LU Zhou; ZHU Jinzhen; YANG Hao; HAN Pengde; CHEN Yan; ZHANG Qitu


    Yellow-emitting YAG:Ce3+ nanocrystalline phosphors were prepared by citrate sol-gel combustion method using citric acid as the fuel and chelating agent.The influence of mole ratio of citric acid to metallic ions (MRCM),pH value of the solution,calcination temperature and Ce-doped concentration on the structures and properties of as-prepared powders were investigated in detail.Higher crystallinity and better luminescence performance powders were obtained at MRCM=2,pH=3 and the calcination temperature of 1200 ℃.The phosphors exhibited the characteristic broadband visible luminescence of YAG:Ce.The optimum concentration of Ce3+ was 1.0 mol.%,and the concentration quenching was derived from the reciprocity between electric dipole and electric quadrupole (d-q).Especially,the pH value of the solution was a key factor to obtain a stable sol-gel system and then obtain pure and homogeneous rare earth ions doped YAG phosphors at a lower temperature.The Y3Al5O12:Ce0.03 phosphor with optimized synthesis-condition and composition had a similar luminescence intensity with the commercial phosphor YAG:Ce.

  7. Comprehensive Evaluation of Powdered Chinese Herbal Medicines-An Exemplification of Isatidis Radix

    Xue Han; Ming-quan Wu; Zhi-rui Yang; Ding-kun Zhang; Yi Mao; Jin Han; Yin-qiu Huang; Yong-feng Zhou; Yan-ling Zhao; Jia-bo Wang; Xiao-he Xiao


    Objective Currently, powdered Chinese herbal medicines(CHMs) were mainly evaluated through physical property, chemical dissolution, and bioactivity independently. It could not reflect the quality comprehensively. This paper was to explore and establish a comprehensive evaluation method for powdered CHMs. Methods Isatidis Radix was chosen as an exemple. Firstly, powdered Isatidis Radix in different particle size was prepared. Then, their physical properties were characterized. The dissolution of index component epigoitrin was determined, and their antiviral activities were evaluated by neuraminidase-based bioassay. Results As the particle size decreased, powder distribution tended to be uniform, and the dissolution of epigoitrin increased, antiviral activity enhanced. According to cluster analysis of above results, the sequence of evaluation consequence was ultrafine powder S2(D90: 32.80 ± 0.29) > ultrafine powder S1(D90: 52.08 ± 0.53) > fine powder S0(D90: 118.16 ± 0.76)(from the superior to the inferior). Conclusion Overall, the comprehensive evaluation for powdered CHMs based on the physical characterization, chemical dissolution, and bioassay could not only be used to evaluate powdered herbs, but also guide the screening and optimization of the particle size of powder.

  8. Composite Si/C/N powder production by laser induced gas phase reactions

    Borsella, E.; Botti, S.; Fantoni, R.; Alexandrescu, R.; Morjan, I.; Popescu, C.; Dikonimos-Makris, T.; Giorgi, R.; Enzo, S.


    Ultrafine amorphous Si/C/N ternary powders were prepared in a CO/sub 2/ laser assisted process. This paper demonstrates the possibility of driving the C/N ratio the powder by properly choosing the experimental conditions and the gaseous reactant ratio in the initial mixture containing silane, dimethylamine and ammonia. A kinetic model which accounts for reaching the equilibrium between the gaseous reaction intermediates and the solid products is proposed.

  9. Composite ceramic powders obtained by laser induced reactions of silane and amines

    Borsella, E.; Botti, S.; Fantoni, R.; Alescandrescu, R.; Morjan, I.; Dikonimos-Makris, T.; Giorgi, R.; Enzo, S.


    Ultrafine, ternary (Si/C/N) ceramic powders were produced after C0/sub 2/ laser initiated reactions between silane and mono- or di-methylamine. Several chemical and spectroscopic diagnostics (mass spectrometry, chemical analysis, IR spectrophotometry, X-Ray photo-electron spectroscopy, X-Ray diffraction analysis) were employed to correlate the parameters relevant to gas phase reactions and the final composition of the powder.

  10. Nano-porous ultra-high specific surface ultrafine fibers

    LI Xinsong; NIE Guangyu


    Nano-porous ultra-high specific surface ultrafine fibers are created by the method of "electrospinning-phase separation-leaching" (EPL) for the first time. First of all, polymer solutions of polyacrylonitrile (PAN) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) blends dissolved in co-solvent are electrospun to make ultrafine fibers when charged to high voltages. The incompatibility of PAN and PVP induces phase separation to form microdomains of PVP in the polymer blend ultrafine fibers. Then, PVP microdomains in the blend fibers are leached out in water, and porous PAN ultrafine fibers are obtained. Lastly, the surface and cross-section of the porous ultrafine fibers are observed in detail by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), and the specific surface of the ultrafine fibers is measured by means of nitrogen absorption. With increasing the content of PVP, the specific surface area of the ultrafine fibers increases apparently. The specific surface area of the porous ultrafine fibers with the diameter of 2130 nm is more than 70 m2·g-1. The cross-section of the PAN porous ultrafine fibers after leaching of PVP microdomains from polymer blend fibers with the feed ratio of PAN/PVP of 10/20 shows the characteristic of porous structure with pore diameter of ca 30 nm according to FESEM photo.

  11. Specific Property of Ultrafine Particle Classification

    LI Guo-hua; HUANG Zhi-chu; ZHANG You-lin


    In the process of ultrafine particle classification,the separation curve,which reflects the characteristics of separating process,is frequently influenced by the characteristics of separation flow field and operating parameters,etc.This paper introduces the concept of system deviation and deduces the calculating method of the separation curves.Meanwhile,it analyses the influences of classification flow field's specific properties and some operating parameters on the separation curves.The results show that,in the process of ultrafine particle classification,the local vortex in the separation field improves the separation efficiency to a certain degree,but the accuracy will decrease;the coacervation action of particles will seriously influence the classification accuracy.

  12. Effect of Heat Treatment on Crystallization of ND:YAG Ceramics

    ZHANG Huashan; HUI Han; SU Chunhui; ZHANG Hongbo


    (Nd0.01Y0.99)3Al5O12 nano-sized powders were synthesized by low temperature combustion (LCS), using Nd2O3, Y2O3, Al(NO3)3·9H2O, ammonia water and citric acid as starting materials. The powders were characterized by TG-DTA, XRD, FT-IR, ICP and TEM, respectively. The grain sizes were calculated by the Scherrer's formula using the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of YAG (420) crystal plane diffraction lines. The study focused on crystallization of ceramics at different heat treatment temperatures. The experimental results show that crystallizing temperature of YAG is 850℃ and the intermediate crystal phase YAP, appearing during heat treatment, transforms to YAG cubic crystal phase at the temperature of 1 050 ℃.The particle size of the powders synthesized by LCS is nano-sized. With the temperature increasing, the mean grain sizes raise, the stand deviations keep almost at the value of 2.0 and the lattice parameters decrease. The grains mainly grow by grain boundary diffusion. The lattice parameter expansion is caused by an increase of the repulsive dipolar interactions on surfaces of crystallites.

  13. Scintillation properties of YAG:Yb crystals

    Antonini, P; Carugno, Giovanni; Iannuzzi, D


    We report on measurements of the light yield, emission spectrum, and time response of YAG:Yb crystals. The temperature dependence of light yield was investigated. Data show that YAG:Yb crystals are good scintillators, suitable for applications to neutrino detection and spectroscopy.

  14. Studi Analisis Serbuk dengan Teknik Krim Silikon Menggunakan Plasma Tekanan Tinggi yang Diinduksi oleh Laser Nd: YAG

    Syahrun Nur Madjid


    Full Text Available Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS is a technique that used for quantitative elemental analysis of various samples in different forms. In this technique, a laser light is focused on the surface of sample yielding a plasma just above the sample surface that used for analytical source. Nowadays, rapid powder analysis in tiny amount (mg has been carried out using plasma induced by high power laser of  Nd:YAG (Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminium Garnet at atmospheric pressure. However, powder analysis using high power laser is still difficult to be carried out  due to blow of powder when irradiated laser beam focused on a powder sample. In general, the powder must be transformed into pellet form prior to analysis. Pellet sample requires a lot of powder and it takes time for preparation. In this study, we developed a technique of powder sample with its size about  30 µm (± 5 mg that mixed with silicon grease (± 5 mg that act as a binder. The mixed sample then thinly painted on the metal plate as sub-target. The study showed that by employing sillicon grease technique, a semiquantitative analysis of several elements contain in coal, rock, and  water  can be conducted. Meanwhile heavy metal in soils is still not able to detect. This results showed that sillicon grease technique using  Nd:YAG laser can be applied for rapid semi-quantitative analysis of powder samples available only in tiny amounts. Keywords: high pressured plasma, Nd:YAG laser, powder analysis, silicon grease technique

  15. Improvement of light collection efficiency of lens-coupled YAG screen TV system for a high-voltage electron microscope.

    Yamamoto, K; Tanji, T; Hibino, M; Schauer, P; Autrata, R


    A new lens coupling television (TV) system using a YAG (Yttrium Aluminum Garnet: Y(3)Al(5)O(12) : Ce(3+)) single crystal screen has been developed for a high-voltage electron microscope (HVEM), and its performance is examined. The system, using a combination of YAG and lenses, is less damaged by high-energy electron irradiation and reduces the influence of X-rays on the image. YAG screens have not been used for lens-coupling systems, because the high refractive index (n = 1.84) of YAG results in a low light collection efficiency for emitted light. This disadvantage is overcome by combining a thin YAG disk screen (thickness; 100 microm) with a glass hemisphere whose refractive index is 1.81. We found that the light intensity is almost the same as that obtained with a conventional P22 powder screen and lenses system. The resolution is about 55 microm on the YAG screen, and this value is 1.3 times higher than that measured by the conventional system. Shading and distortion do not affect TV observation. Detection quantum efficiency, obtained after correction of the channel mixing effect, is about 0.1.

  16. Optimization of dispersing agents for preparing YAG transparent ceramics

    BA Xuewei; LI Jiang; PAN Yubai; LIU Jing; JIANG Benxue; LIU Wenbin; KOU Huamin


    The suspensions of the powder mixture of yttria and alumina were prepared by the aqueous tape casting method.Rodia DP270,Dolapix CE64,citric acid and Dammonium 3008 were used as dispersing agents.The morphologies of the powders and the fiacture surface of the green body were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM).The zeta potential test was employed to characterize the surface charge states of different suspensions.The dispersion of the suspensions was analyzed by the rheological tests and the sedimentation experiments.The results indicated that the yttria and alumina powder mixtures were well dispersed by the dispersing agents.The rheological curves showed shear thinning behavior.The most efficient dispersing agent was Dammonium 3008.The optimum usage of Dammonium 3008 was 1.0 wt.%.The green body was dense and no interface between the adjacent layers was found.The in-line transmittance of the as-sintered YAG ceramic was higher than 80% between 400 and 1100 nm.

  17. Synthesis and Characterization of Ce-Doped Y3Al5O12 (YAG:Ce Nanopowders Used for Solid-State Lighting

    Do Ngoc Chung


    Full Text Available Nano-Ce-doped Y3Al5O12 (YAG:Ce powders were synthesized by using a sol-gel low temperature combustion method, followed by thermal annealing. The annealing temperature for enriching nanoparticles was optimized and found to be 1000°C. The process for enriching uniform nanoparticles of YAG:Ce powder was carried out by using the nanosteam technique (NST. The nanoparticles obtained from this NST treatment had a size in the range of 9–20 nm. Measurements of the photoluminescence spectra of the dispersed YAG:Ce nanoparticles solutions showed a blue shift in the photoemission with a value of ca. 10 nm in the green region. WLEDs made from the blue LED chip coated with the nano-YAG:Ce + MEH-PPV composite epoxy exhibit white light with a broad band luminescent spectrum and a high color rending index (CRI. The photoluminescence spectra of the YAG:Ce nanoparticles showed a potential application of the prepared nanostructured YAG:Ce phosphor not only in energy-efficient solid-state lighting, but also in optoelectronic devices, including organic composite solar cells. In addition, it is suggested that NST can be applied for the enrichment of uniform inorganic nanoparticles.

  18. Toxicity of boehmite nanoparticles: impact of the ultrafine fraction and of the agglomerates size on cytotoxicity and pro-inflammatory response.

    Forest, Valérie; Pailleux, Mélanie; Pourchez, Jérémie; Boudard, Delphine; Tomatis, Maura; Fubini, Bice; Sennour, Mohamed; Hochepied, Jean-François; Grosseau, Philippe; Cottier, Michèle


    Boehmite (γ-AlOOH) nanoparticles (NPs) are used in a wide range of industrial applications. However, little is known about their potential toxicity. This study aimed at a better understanding of the relationship between the physico-chemical properties of these NPs and their in vitro biological activity. After an extensive physico-chemical characterization, the cytotoxicity, pro-inflammatory response and oxidative stress induced by a bulk industrial powder and its ultrafine fraction were assessed using RAW264.7 macrophages. Although the bulk powder did not trigger a significant biological activity, pro-inflammatory response was highly enhanced with the ultrafine fraction. This observation was confirmed with boehmite NPs synthesized at the laboratory scale, with well-defined and tightly controlled physico-chemical features: toxicity was increased when NPs were dispersed. In conclusion, the agglomerates size of boehmite NPs has a major impact on their toxicity, highlighting the need to study not only raw industrial powders containing NPs but also the ultrafine fractions representative of respirable particles.

  19. Ultrafine particle exposure in Danish residencies

    Bekö, Gabriel; Karottki, Dorina Gabriela; Wierzbicka, Aneta


    We measured ultrafine particle concentrations in 56 Danish residences, estimated the daily integrated exposure of the occupants and apportioned this exposure to source events. The residential daily integrated particle number (PN) exposure in the homes was substantial and source events, especially...... candle burning, cooking, toasting and unknown activities, were responsible on average for ∼65% of the residential integrated exposure. Residents of another 60 homes were then asked to carry a backpack equipped with a GPS recorder and a portable monitor to measure real-time individual exposure over ~48 h...

  20. Effect of cobalt oxide on the sintering and grain growth of Al2O3-YAG composite nanopowder

    Hassanzadeh-Tabrizi S.A.


    Full Text Available In the present study, the effect of cobalt oxide on the densification of Al2O3-YAG composite nanopowder was investigated. An amorphous nanopowder was synthesized and crystallized to Al2O3-YAG after heat-treatment via a solid-state reaction. The average particle size of heat-treated powder at 800°C was about 80 nm. Cobalt oxide improved the sintering rate of Al2O3-YAG composite nanopowders and promoted grain boundary mobility. Cobalt oxide doping increased the ratio of densification/grain growth rate. The activation energy for grain growth decreased from 590 to 485 kJ/mol by adding cobalt oxide to the composite nanopowder.

  1. Laser properties of yag: Nd, Cr, Ce

    Kvapil, J.; Kvapil, Jos; Perner, B.; Kubelka, J.; Mánek, B.; Kubeček, V.


    Transient absorption of a long lifetime (≧ 20 s) of YAG: Nd is typical of pure material. It is the main reason of thermal deformation of the laser rods accompanied with power decreases at higher CW input. It may be prevented by an admixture of Fe, Ti or Cr. Using a small admixture (≦ 10-3 wt.%) of Ti or Cr the energy transfer among Nd ions and the gain coefficient may be increased. Cr in a higher concentration absorbs the pumping light and serves as earlier described coactivator (sensitizer) only. Fe impurity fully prevents any increase of the gain of YAG: Nd containing Ti or Cr and causes slow but irreversible degradation of the active parameters. Ce favourably modifies properties of YAG: Nd, Cr. YAG: Nd, Cr, Ce free of iron impurity is advisable active material for powerfull CW lasers.

  2. Layered Yb:YAG ceramics produced by two different methods: processing, characterization, and comparison

    Hostaša, Jan; Biasini, Valentina; Piancastelli, Andreana; Vannini, Matteo; Toci, Guido


    Yb:YAG ceramic solid-state laser gain media have been of growing interest for high-repetition rate and high-power lasers during the last few years. A great advantage of ceramic technology compared with that of single crystals is the flexibility of shaping methods allowing the production of near-net-shape components with a well-defined internal structure. A favorable dopant distribution can enhance laser efficiency by mitigating thermal effects. The presented work reports on Yb:YAG transparent ceramics composed of layers with different Yb doping produced by two different shaping methods: dry pressing of spray-dried powders and tape casting, all sintered under high vacuum. The selected geometry of materials was based on numerical simulations. Optical quality of produced ceramics was characterized and discussed in connection with the microstructure and laser emission results. Output power of nearly 7 W and slope efficiency of 58.1% were obtained in quasi-continuous wave regime from bilayered 0% to 10% Yb:YAG. In the case of multilayered materials, higher scattering losses were observed. The comparison of the two processing methods highlighted that the tape-cast materials provided higher optical uniformity and the diffusion zone between the single layers with different dopant content was about 150 μm compared to about 250 μm in samples produced by pressing of powders.

  3. Composite material in the Al 2 O3 -20 vol% YAG system

    Radosław Lach


    Full Text Available Within alumina particle suspension yttria precursor was precipitated with ammonium carbonate. Drying and calcination at 600°C resulted in the mixture of alumina and yttria particles, the latter being much finer than alumina particles. This mixture was additionally homogenized by short attrition milling in aqueous suspension of pH selected on the basis of zeta (ζ potential measurements. It was found that acidic conditions (realized with HNO3 resulted in hard agglomerates. Such powder shows poor sintering ability. Much better properties showed powders homogenized under basic conditions. They give dense materials composed of YAG inclusions within alumina matrix. YAG particles resulted from the reaction of Y2O3 with Al2O3 during heat treatment. Homogenization of the system mixed at pH=8, corresponding to the heterofloculation conditions, is slightly better than observed at pH=10. YAG inclusions (20 vol% increase hardness and fracture toughness of the material in comparison with pure alumina polycrystals.

  4. A coprecipitation technique to prepare ZnNb2O6 powders

    V V Deshpande; M M Patil; S C Navale; V Ravi


    A simple coprecipitation technique was successfully applied for the preparation of pure ultrafine single phase, ZnNb2O6 (ZN). Ammonium hydroxide was used to precipitate Zn2+ and Nb5+ cations as hydroxides simultaneously. This precursor on heating at 750°, produced ZN powders. For comparison, ZN powders were also prepared by the traditional solid state method. The phase contents and lattice parameters were studied by the powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). Particle size and morphology were studied by transmission electron spectroscopy (TEM).

  5. Synthesis of Acrylic Acid/Kaoline Powder Superabsorbent Composite by Inverse-suspending Polymerization

    ZHONG Jin-feng; XUE Yi-ming; WU Ji-huai; LIN Jian-ming; WEI Yue-lin


    An acrylic acid/kaoline powder superabsorbent composite with a water absorbency of the superabsorbent composite about 1/800 was synthesized by inverse-suspending polymerization reaction between acrylic acid monomer and kaoline ultrafine powder. The influence of the dispersant agent on the configuration of the products in the inverse suspension polymerization is investigated. The influences of the kaoline powder, cross-linker, initiator, neutralization degree and the volume ratio of oil to water phase on the water absorbency of the superabsorbent composites are discussed in the paper.

  6. Preparation and Characterization of CeO2-ZrO2 Solid Solution Ultrafine Particles Using Reversed Microemulsion

    An Yuan; Li Li; Wang Jun; Shen Meiqing


    Ce0.6Zr0.4O2 solid solution ultrafine particle was prepared in the cyclohexane/water/OP-10/n-hexanol reversed microemulsion. The quasi-ternary phase diagram investigations showed that the system has narrow W/O type microemulison region, so it is the proper system to prepare Ce0.6Zr0.4O2 solid solution ultrafine particle. Some physical-chemical techniques such as TG/DTA, XRD, BET, and HRTEM are used to characterize the resultant powders. The results show that the fluorite cubic Ce0.6Zr0.4O2 solid solution is obtained at 400 ℃. The surface area is (146.7 m2·g-1), which is higher than the surface area for sol-gel prepared sample (59.5 m2·g-1). HRTEM images indicated that the Ce0.6Zr0.4O2 solid solution ultrafine particle is well-crystallized, narrow size distribution, less agglomeration, within mean size of 5~7 nm.

  7. Preparation of ultrafine chitosan particles by reverse microemulsion


    Ultrafine chitosan particles were prepared by reverse microemulsion consisting of water, Triton X-100, octanol and cyclohexane. Two methods of preparing ultrafine chitosan particles were adopted and compared using TEM and IR, and possible mechanisms for the formation of ultrafine chitosan particles were proposed. Experimental results show that the method which combined ionic gelation and cross-linking gave uniformly sized chitosan nanoparticles with an average diameter of 92 nm, while the cross-linking without ionic gelation produced spindly chitosan particles with an average length of 943 nm and width of 188 nm.

  8. Numerical Model for Ultra-fine Particles in the Absence and Presence of Gravity

    Dutt, Meenakshi; Elliott, James A.


    Length scales of particles and their surrounding medium strongly determines the nature of their interactions with one another and their responses to external fields. We are interested in systems of ultra-fine particles (0.1-1.0 micron) such as volcanic ash, soot from forest fires, solid aerosols, or fine powders for pharmaceutical inhalation applications. We have a developed a numerical model which captures the dominant physical interactions which control the behavior of these systems. The adhesive interactions between the particles use the Derjaguin-Muller-Toporov (DMT) adhesion theory along with the van der Waals attraction. The elastic restoring forces are modeled by the Hertz's contact model, and require details of material properties such as the Young's modulus and Poisson ratio. Commencing with a three dimensional gas of ultra-fine particles, the absence of gravity does not produce any noticeable clustering. The presence of gravity initially generates a large population of clusters with small number of particles, as the particles settle. The initial population of small clusters or single particles which have settled decrease with time as more particles, or clusters, agglomerate with one another. Our final results show clusters containing 10 to 100 particles, with a larger population of small clusters. We present details of the model, and some preliminary results which demonstrate the influence of the particle surface properties on the clustering dynamics of these systems, in the absence and presence of gravity (M. Dutt, J. A. Elliott, et al. in press).

  9. Sintering by SPS of ultrafine TiC{sub x}N{sub 1}-x powders obtained using mechanically induced self sustaining reaction.; Sinterizacion por SPS de polvos ultrafinos de TiC{sub x}N{sub 1}-x obtenidos mediante reacciones de autopropagacion inducidas mecanicamente

    Borrell, A.; Fernandez, A.; Torrecillas, R.; Cordoba, J. M.; Aviles, M. A.; Gotor, F. J.


    In this work high purity and nanometer character titanium carbonitride TiC{sub x}N{sub 1}-x powders were obtained by mechanically induced self sustaining reaction (MSR) in a high-energy planetary ball mill, from a mixture of titanium with graphite or carbon nano fiber (CNFs) in a nitrogen atmosphere. A promising method for developing these materials is the coupling of the MSR with SPS sintering technique. The product is sintered at 1400 degree centigrade and 1700 degree centigrade, obtaining a completely dense monolithic ceramic (>99% t.d). In this work, the influence of SPS treatment and carbon precursor on material microstructures was studied and the main mechanical properties of the end material were evaluated. (Author) 21 refs.

  10. Densification behavior, doping profile and planar waveguide laser performance of the tape casting YAG/Nd:YAG/YAG ceramics

    Ge, Lin; Li, Jiang; Qu, Haiyun; Wang, Juntao; Liu, Jiao; Dai, Jiawei; Zhou, Zhiwei; Liu, Binglong; Kou, Huamin; Shi, Yun; Wang, Zheng; Pan, Yubai; Gao, Qingsong; Guo, Jingkun


    The sintering behavior and doping concentration profile of the planar waveguide YAG/Nd:YAG/YAG ceramics by the tape casting and solid-state reaction method were investigated on the basis of densification trajectory, microstructure evolution, and Nd3+ ions diffusion. The porosity of the green body by tape casting and cold isostatic pressing is about 38.6%. And the green bodies were consolidated from 1100 °C to 1800 °C for 0.5-20 h to study the densification and the doping diffusion behaviors. At the temperature higher than 1500 °C, pure YAG phase is formed, followed by the densification and grain growth process. With the increase of temperature, two sintering stages occur, corresponding to remarkable densification and significant grain growth, respectively. The mechanism controlling densification at 1550 °C is grain boundary diffusion. The diffusion of Nd3+ ions is more sensitive to temperature than the sintering time, and the minimum temperature required for the obvious diffusion of Nd3+ ions is higher than 1700 °C. Finally, planar waveguide YAG/1.5 at.%Nd:YAG/YAG transparent ceramics with in-line transmittance of 84.8% at 1064 nm were obtained by vacuum-sintering at 1780 °C for 30 h. The fluorescence lifetime of 4F3/2 state of Nd3+ in the specimen is about 259 μs. The prepared ceramic waveguide was tested in a laser amplifier and the laser pulse was amplificated from 87 mJ to 238 mJ, with the pump energy of 680 mJ.

  11. Preparation and properties of Pr$_{3+}$/Ce$_{3+}$:YAG phosphors using triethanolamine as dispersant and pH regulator



    Pr$_{3+}$/Ce$_{3+}$:YAG precursors were co-precipitated using triethanolamine as dispersant and pH regulator. The different dosages of triethanolamine (D) vs. the properties of Pr$_{3+}$/Ce$_{3+}$:YAG phosphors were discussed. When $D = 0.5$ vol%, the pH of titration process was controlled in the range of $\\sim$7.94–8.16 to guarantee the uniform distribution of Al, Y, Ce and Pr in the precursors. The relatively higher pH could decrease the loss of Ce and Pr in the precursors and increase the particle size of the obtained powders, which was beneficial to the enhancement of luminescent intensity. Therefore, the precursors directly converted to pure-phase YAG at 900$^{\\circ}$C, and the phosphors calcined at 1000$^{\\circ}$C showed the best dispersity due to the dispersion effect of triethanolamine and the most excellent luminescent property. When $D ≥ 2$ vol%, although pure-phase YAG was detected, the emission intensity of the phosphors decreased due to the decrease of dispersity and purity. Moreover, the co-doped Pr$^{3+}$ enhanced the red emission of Pr$^{3+}$/Ce$^{3+}$:YAG phosphors.

  12. The Behavior of Ultrafine Particles in the Absence and Presence of External Fields

    Dutt, Meenakshi; Hancock, Bruno; Bentham, Craig; Elliott, James


    Length scales of particles and their surrounding medium strongly determines the nature of their interactions with one another and their responses to external fields. We are interested in systems of ultrafine particles (0.1 - 1.0 micron) such as volcanic ash, solid aerosols, or fine powders for pharmaceutical ihalation applications. We develop a numerical model for these systems using the Derjaguin-Muller-Toporov (DMT) adhesion theory along with the van der Waals attraction between the particles and their contact mechanical interactions. We study the dynamics of these systems in the absence and presence of gravity by controlling the particle size, and thereby, the surface properties of the particles. Finally, we explore the response of these systems to external fields by studying the evolution of the internal microstructure under contant load and shear strain.

  13. Synthesis and Mechanical Characterisation of an Ultra-Fine Grained Ti-Mg Composite

    Markus Alfreider


    Full Text Available The importance of lightweight materials such as titanium and magnesium in various technical applications, for example aerospace, medical implants and lightweight construction is well appreciated. The present study is an attempt to combine and improve the mechanical properties of these two materials by forming an ultra-fine grained composite. The material, with a composition of 75 vol% (88.4 wt% Ti and 25 vol% (11.4 wt% Mg , was synthesized by powder compression and subsequently deformed by high-pressure torsion. Using focused ion beam machining, miniaturised compression samples were prepared and tested in-situ in a scanning electron microscope to gain insights into local deformation behaviour and mechanical properties of the nanocomposite. Results show outstanding yield strength of around 1250 MPa, which is roughly 200 to 500 MPa higher than literature reports of similar materials. The failure mode of the samples is accounted for by cracking along the phase boundaries.

  14. Treatment of gunpowder traumatic tattoo by Q-switched Nd:YAG laser: an unusual adverse effect.

    Fusade, T; Toubel, G; Grognard, C; Mazer, J M


    The Q-switched Nd:YAG laser can completely eliminate traumatic tattoos. We report the results of the unsuccessful removal of traumatic tattoos among three patients with dermal inclusions of gunpowder who were shot at close range. Treatment was tried in each patient with a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser at a medium fluence (4-6 J/cm2). During treatment of our patients, each pulse provoked sparks and the immediate formation of bleeding trans- epidermal pits. After the healing process was completed, we observed poxlike scars and the spreading of pigments in the skin around the initial points of the tattoo. We hypothesize that the rapid transfer of high-energy pulses to powder particles creates microexplosions of these fragments resulting in cavitation and provoking transepidermal holes and subsequent scars. This adverse effect was only produced if the tattoo resulted from gun powder being shot at a short distance from the skin.

  15. Ultrafine particle measurement and related EPA research studies

    Webinar slides to present information on measuring ultrafine particles at the request of the 2013 MARAMA Monitoring Committee. The talk covers near-road monitoring, instrument intercomparison, and general overview of UFP monitoring technology.

  16. Efficiency of cloud condensation nuclei formation from ultrafine particles

    J. R. Pierce


    Full Text Available Atmospheric cloud condensation nuclei (CCN concentrations are a key uncertainty in the assessment of the effect of anthropogenic aerosol on clouds and climate. The ability of new ultrafine particles to grow to become CCN varies throughout the atmosphere and must be understood in order to understand CCN formation. We have developed the Probability of Ultrafine particle Growth (PUG model to answer questions regarding which growth and sink mechanisms control this growth, how the growth varies between different parts of the atmosphere and how uncertainties with respect to the magnitude and size distribution of ultrafine emissions translates into uncertainty in CCN generation. The inputs to the PUG model are the concentrations of condensable gases, the size distribution of ambient aerosol, particle deposition timescales and physical properties of the particles and condensable gases. It was found in most cases that condensation is the dominant growth mechanism and coagulation with larger particles is the dominant sink mechanism for ultrafine particles. In this work we found that the probability of a new ultrafine particle generating a CCN varies from <0.1% to ~90% in different parts of the atmosphere, though in the boundary layer a large fraction of ultrafine particles have a probability between 1% and 40%. Some regions, such as the tropical free troposphere, are areas with high probabilities; however, variability within regions makes it difficult to predict which regions of the atmosphere are most efficient for generating CCN from ultrafine particles. For a given mass of primary ultrafine aerosol, an uncertainty of a factor of two in the modal diameter can lead to an uncertainty in the number of CCN generated as high as a factor for eight. It was found that no single moment of the primary aerosol size distribution, such as total mass or number, is a robust predictor of the number of CCN ultimately generated. Therefore, a complete description of the

  17. Surface magnetism of ferromagnetic ultrafine particles

    ZHEN; Peng(甄鹏); LI; Hua(李华); HU; Weijun(胡维军); MEI; Liangmo(梅良模)


    The electronic structures and atomic magnetic moments of Nin clusters ( n = 2-6) have been studied. Compared with crystalline nickel, some clusters increase obviously in magnetism; some decrease obviously; and some show ferrimagnetism. The symmetry of clusters has great effect on magnetic moment. If they are similar in symmetry, the clusters are similar in magnetic moment. The magnetic moment for small clusters does not seem to increase or decrease monotonically with the change in their size, because adding or removing one atom may fully change the symmetry of small clusters. As the surface layer of ultrafine particles is made of many different polyhedrons with low symmetry and the alignment of the polyhedrons is complicated, the whole surface layer presents shortrange order. The calculated results explain the abnormal phenomena about surface magnetism that have been in existence for a long time.

  18. Laser surface alloying of aluminum (AA1200) with Ni and SiC Powders

    Mabhali, Luyolo AB


    Full Text Available An Nd:YAG laser was used for surface alloying of aluminum AA1200. The alloying powder was a mixture of Ni and SiC in different ratios. A study of the microstructures obtained after alloying was conducted using optical and scanning electron...

  19. Laser alloying of Al with mixed Ni, Ti and SiC powders

    Mabhali, Luyolo AB


    Full Text Available Laser alloying of aluminium AA1200 was performed with a 4.4kW Rofin Sinar Nd:YAG laser to improve the surface hardness. Alloying was carried out by depositing Ni, Ti and SiC powders of different weight ratios on the aluminium substrate. The aim...

  20. Laser alloying of AI with mixed Ni, Ti and SiC powders

    Mabhali, Luyolo AB


    Full Text Available Laser alloying of aluminium AA1200 was performed with a 4.4kW Rofin Sinar Nd:YAG laser to improve the surface hardness. Alloying was carried out by depositing Ni, Ti and SiC powders of different weight ratios on the aluminum substrate. The aim...

  1. Preparation of high-performance ultrafine-grained AISI 304L stainless steel under high temperature and pressure

    Peng Wang


    Full Text Available Bulk ultra-fine grained (UFG AISI 304L stainless steel with excellent mechanical properties was prepared by a high-temperature and high-pressure (HTHP method using nanocrystalline AISI 304L stainless steel powders obtained from ball milling. Samples were sintered in high-pressure conditions using the highest martensite content of AISI 304L stainless steel powders milled for 25 h. Analyses of phase composition and grain size were accomplished by X-ray diffraction and Rietveld refinement. By comparing the reverse martensite transformation under vacuum and HTHP treat, we consider that pressure can effectively promote the change in the process of transformation. Compared with the solid-solution-treated 304L, the hardness and yield strength of the samples sintered under HTHP are considerably higher. This method of preparation of UFG bulk stainless steel may be widely popularised and used to obtain UFG metallic materials with good comprehensive performance.

  2. Preparation and Characterization of Yb - doped YAG Ceramics


    Rare-earth doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) ceramics are among the most widely produced transparent ceramics for laser applications. Yb:YAG ceramics are an interesting IR laser material [1], which allows significantly higher doping compared to the generally more used Nd:YAG [2,3]. This work presents the preparation of polycrystalline Yb:YAG ceramics with dopant concentration from 0 up to 20 at.% via solid state reactive sintering. Samples were prepared via cold isostatic pressing of spray ...

  3. Synthesis of YAG:Ce3+ Phosphor by Polyacrylamide Gel Method and Promoting Action of α-Al2O3 Seed Crystal on Phase Formation

    Li Yongxiu; Li Yinyi; Min Yulin; Wu Yanli; Cheng Changming; Zhou Xuezhen; Gu Ziying


    YAG:Ce3+ phosphor particles were prepared using polyacrylamide gel method. The structure evolution of powders during annealing process was followed by X-ray diffraction determination. It is found that some intermediate phases, including θ-Al2O3, YAM and YAP, are formed when calcining polyacrylamide gel, however, the pure YAG phase can be formed directly when calcining polyacrylamide gel with α-Al2O3 as seed crystal. These facts show that the existence of α-Al2O3 seed crystal can block the formation of θ-Al2O3, YAM and YAP, and accelerate its reaction with Y2O3 to form YAG phase directly at lower temperature. The emission peak of prepared YAG:Ce3+ phosphor is wide with maximum at 550 nm and the exitation band has two peaks, the major one is around at 460 nm, which matches the blue emission of GaN LED and is suitable for the assemble of white LED. Some fluxes can enhance the photoluminescence intensity of phosphor particles, that can be attributed both to the improvement of crystallization processes of YAG and to the stabilization of trivalence cerium ion in YAG:Ce3+.

  4. Laser properties of YAG:Nd, Ti

    Kvapil, J.; Kvapil, J.; Kubelka, K. J.; Perner, B.


    YAG:Nd containing about 0.001 wt percent Ti showed slightly increased losses at 1.064 micron but a substantially increased gain coefficient if compared with a material containing no Ti. The increased losses may be attributed to the increased absorption near 1.064 nm and the increased gain to the better energy coupling among Nd(3+) ions occupying nonequivalent sites due to the presence of Ti(3+) ions. YAG:Nd, Ti may be used as a high performance pulsed laser.

  5. YAG laser welding with surface activating flux

    樊丁; 张瑞华; 田中学; 中田一博; 牛尾诚夫


    YAG laser welding with surface activating flux has been investigated, and the influencing factors and mechanism are discussed. The results show that both surface activating flux and surface active element S have fantastic effects on the YAG laser weld shape, that is to obviously increase the weld penetration and D/W ratio in various welding conditions. The mechanism is thought to be the change of weld pool surface tension temperature coefficient, thus, the change of fluid flow pattern in weld pool due to the flux.

  6. Research on Ultrafine Tungsten Carbide-Cobalt (WC-Co) Cemented Carbide Rods of Miniature Drills for Highly Integrated Printed Circuit Board (PCB)

    Xiaoliang SHI; Gangqin SHAO; Xinglong DUAN; Runzhang YUAN


    Nanocrystalline tungsten carbide-cobalt (WC-Co) composite powders produced through spray thermal decomposition-continuous reduction and carburization technology were used to prepare φ3.25 mm ×38 mm ultrafine tungsten carbidecobalt (WC-Co) cemented carbide rods through vacuum sintering plus sinterhip technology. The microstructure,Vickers hardness, density and Rockwell A hardness (HRA), transverse rupture strength (TRS), saturated magnetization and coercivity force were tested. The results show that the average grain size of the sintering body prepared through vacuum sintering plus sinterhip technology was 430 nm; transverse rupture strength (TRS) was 3850 MPa;Vickers hardness was 1890 and Rockwell A hardness of sintering body was 93. High strength and high hardness ultrafine WC-Co cemented carbide rods used to manufacture printed circuit board (PCB) drills were obtained.

  7. Pre-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:YAG/Cr:YAG microchip laser

    Xinning Tian(田信宁); Ping Yan(闫平); Qiang Liu(柳强); Mali Gong(巩马理); Yun Liao(廖云)


    A pre-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:YAG/Cr:YAG microchip laser is demonstrated with a peak power of 7.5 kW at pulse repetition rate of serveral kilohertzs. The full-width at half-maximum(FWHM)is 734 ps, and the pulse energy is 5.5 μJ with a fundamental spatial mode. In this system, the pre-pumped microchip laser of Nd:YAG/Cr:YAG wafer which is bonded through the thermal-bonding technique has achieved a time jitter value of 12 μs and a Q-switched amplitude instability of 1.26%(15)through the pre-pumped modulation technique.

  8. Low-temperature synthesis, phonon and luminescence properties of Eu doped Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} (YAG) nanopowders

    Mączka, M., E-mail: [Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1410, 50-950 Wrocław 2 (Poland); Bednarkiewicz, A. [Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1410, 50-950 Wrocław 2 (Poland); Mendoza-Mendoza, E.; Fuentes, A.F. [Cinvestav Unidad Saltillo, Apartado Postal 663, 25000 Saltillo, Coahuila (Mexico); Kępiński, L. [Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1410, 50-950 Wrocław 2 (Poland)


    This contribution presents two simple and cost-effective routes for the low-temperature and large-scale production of pure and Eu-doped Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} (yttrium aluminum garnet YAG) nanopowders. The proposed methodologies combine a mechanically assisted metathesis reaction or coprecipitation from solution followed by crystallization of the obtained precursors from molten sodium nitrate/nitrite. Both procedures allow obtaining pure and/or doped YAG nanopowders at remarkably low temperatures, i.e. already at 350 °C although firing at 500 °C is needed in order to get single phase and fully crystalline materials. As-obtained samples were characterized by XRD, TEM, Raman, IR and luminescence methods. These methods showed that the mean crystallite size is near 23–31 and 51 nm, when crystallization is performed from the amorphous precursor obtained by a mechanically assisted metathesis reaction and coprecipitation, respectively. Raman and IR spectra indicated better crystallinity of the powders prepared at 500 °C. The emission study showed that the intensity ratio between hypersensitive {sup 5}D{sub 0} → {sup 7}F{sub 2} and magnetic-dipole {sup 5}D{sub 0} → {sup 7}F{sub 1} transitions of Eu{sup 3+} is significantly larger than expected for well-crystallized YAG. Origin of this behavior is discussed. - Highlights: • Nanoparticles of Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} (YAG) and YAG:Eu{sup 3+} have been prepared at remarkable 350 °C. • Metathesis/molten salts and coprecipitation/molten salts methods were used. • Metathesis/molten salts method is suitable for preparation of rare-earth doped YAG. • Emission properties of YAG:Eu{sup 3+} are significantly different from bulk YAG.

  9. Stone Retropulsion with Ho: YAG and Tm: YAG Lasers: A Clinical Practice-Oriented Experimental Study.

    Kamal, Wissam; Kallidonis, Panagiotis; Koukiou, Georgia; Amanatides, Lefteris; Panagopoulos, Vasileios; Ntasiotis, Pantelis; Liatsikos, Evangelos


    To compare the retropulsion of stones with the use of holmium: yttrium aluminum garnet (Ho: YAG) laser and thulium: yttrium aluminum garnet (Tm: YAG) laser in settings that could be used in clinical practice. The experimental configuration included a glass tube set in a water bath filled with physiologic saline. Plaster of Paris stones were inserted in the tube. Tm: YAG and Ho: YAG laser systems were used along with a high-speed slow-motion camera. The lasers were activated with different settings. The displacement of the stone was measured according to a custom-made algorithm. Ho: YAG: the retropulsion of stones was the lowest with the energy setting of 0.5 J and the frequency of 20 Hz with long pulse duration. The highest retropulsion was observed in the case of 3 J, 5 Hz, and short pulse. Tm: YAG: the retropulsion of stones was the lowest with the energy setting of 1 J and the frequency of 10 Hz with either long or short pulse duration. Practically, there was no retropulsion at all. The highest retropulsion was observed in the case of 8 J, 5 Hz, and short pulse. Ho: YAG laser has a linear increase in stone retropulsion with increased pulse energy. On the other hand, the retropulsion rate was kept to the minimum with Tm: YAG as much as the energy level of 8 J. The activation of lasers with short pulse resulted in further displacement of the stone. Lower frequency with the same power setting seemed to result in further stone retropulsion. Higher power with the same frequency setting resulted in further displacement of the stone.

  10. Microchip laser based on Yb:YAG/V:YAG monolith crystal

    Nejezchleb, Karel; Šulc, Jan; Jelínková, Helena; Škoda, Václav


    V:YAG crystal was investigated as a passive Q-switch of longitudinally diode-pumped microchip laser, emitting radiation at wavelength 1030.5 nm. This laser was based on diffusion bonded monolith crystal (diameter 3 mm) which combines in one piece an active laser part (Yb:YAG crystal, 10 at.% Yb/Y, 3 mm long) and saturable absorber (V:YAG crystal, 2 mm long, initial transmission 86 % @ 1031 nm). The microchip resonator consisted of dielectric mirrors directly deposited on the monolith surfaces (pump mirror HT @ 968 nm and HR @ 1031 nm on Yb:YAG part, output coupler with reflection 55 % @ 1031 nm on the V:YAG part). For longitudinal CW pumping of Yb:YAG part, a fibre coupled (core diameter 100 μm, NA = 0.22, emission @ 968 nm) laser diode was used. The laser threshold was 3.8W. The laser slope efficiency for output mean in respect to incident pumping was 16 %. The linearly polarized generated transversal intensity beam profile was close to the fundamental Gaussian mode. The generated pulse length, stable and mostly independent on pumping power, was equal to 1.3 ns (FWHM). The single pulse energy was increasing with the pumping power and for the maximum pumping 9.7W it was 78 μJ which corresponds to the pulse peak-power 56 kW. The maximum Yb:YAG/V:YAG microchip laser mean output power of 1W was reached without observable thermal roll-over. The corresponding Q-switched pulses repetition rate was 13.1 kHz.

  11. Photoluminescence enhancement of YAG:Ce3+ phosphor prepared by co-precipitation-rheological phase method

    YE Xinyu; LONG Zhen; YANG Youming; NIE Huaping; GUO Yanwei; CAI Yufa


    YAG:Ce3+ phosphor was prepared by a novel co-precipitation-rheological phase method.The resulting YAG:Ce3+ phosphor was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD),scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescent emission spectra.By using acetic acid as solvent,YAG:Ce3+ powder with small particle size (≤2 μm) was obtained at a relatively lower sintering temperature of 1400 ℃.With the content of acetic acid increasing,small particles dissolved and disappeared,but larger particles grew up and changed its shape from spherical to partially rectangular.Meanwhile,the emission intensity of the sample prepared by co-precipitation-rheological phase method was about 43% higher than that of the sample prepared by co-precipitation method.It was assumed that the significant improvement of luminescence was mainly because the rheological phase presented a better diffusion environment,and therefore,a better homogeneity of activators of Ce3+.

  12. Preparation of an Ultrafine Rebamipide Ophthalmic Suspension with High Transparency.

    Matsuda, Takakuni; Hiraoka, Shogo; Urashima, Hiroki; Ogura, Ako; Ishida, Tatsuhiro


    A 2% commercially available, milky-white, rebamipide micro-particle suspension is used to treat dry eyes, and it causes short-term blurring of the patient's vision. In the current study, to improve the transparency of a rebamipide suspension, we attempted to obtain a clear rebamipide suspension by transforming the rebamipide particles to an ultrafine state. In the initial few efforts, various rebamipide suspensions were prepared using a neutralizing crystallization method with additives, but the suspensions retained their opaque quality. However, as a consequence of several critical improvements in the neutralizing crystallization methods such as selection of additives for crystallization, process parameters during crystallization, the dispersion method, and dialysis, we obtained an ultrafine rebamipide suspension (2%) that was highly transparent (transmittance at 640 nm: 59%). The particle size and transparency demonstrated the fewest level of changes at 25°C after 3 years, compared to initial levels. During that period, no obvious particle sedimentation was observed. The administration of this ultrafine rebamipide suspension (2%) increased the conjunctival mucin, which was comparable to the commercially available micro-particle suspension (2%). The corneal and conjunctival concentration of rebamipide following ocular administration of the ultrafine suspension was slightly higher than that of the micro-particle suspension. The ultrafine rebamipide suspension (eye-drop formulation) with a highly transparent ophthalmic clearness should improve a patient's QOL by preventing even a shortened period of blurred vision.

  13. Effect of Sintering Time on Luminescent Properties of YAG:Ce3+ Phosphors

    Xiong Zhaoxian; Song Chunxiao; Wu Wei; Qiu Hong


    Phosphors of yttrium aluminium garnet activated by cerium ion, a kind of yellow luminescent materials for white LED lighting, were synthesized via solid-state reaction route in air and then reducing atmospheres.Thermal analysis was conducted by DTA/TGA.Moreover, XRD patterns of phosphors show that pure cubic phase of Y3 Al5 O12 is formed.Microstructures of the powders were observed by SEM.Luminescent spectra of the phosphors were also characterized by a spectrophotometer.The effect of sintering time on excitation and emission properties of the YAG: Ce3+ powders were systematically studied, resulting a best range of sintering time, 300 ~ 400 min, for maximal relative luminescent intensity.

  14. Ultrafine particles over Germany – an aerial survey

    Wolfgang Junkermann


    Full Text Available Ultrafine particles in the atmosphere may have important climate and health effects. As they are below visible size and not visible for remote sensing techniques, the majority of observations thus come from ground-based measurements. Some of those observations indicate elevated sources for ultrafine particles. Here we present for the first time airborne measurements of number concentration and size distributions of ultrafine particles along defined flight paths across Germany, allowing to derive background concentrations and to identify major single sources. A significant impact of fossil fuel–related emissions on background and maximum concentrations was found. Maxima reaching up to 90 000 particles cm−3 were encountered in plumes of single large sources extending over more than 200 km. Modelling shows that about 10–40 % of Germany were continuously affected by such plumes. Regional-scale transport and boundary layer dynamics were identified as major factors controlling spatial and temporal patterns of size and number distributions.

  15. Synthesis of silicon carbide powders by a CW CO 2 laser

    Curcio, F.; Ghiglione, G.; Musci, M.; Nannetti, C.

    Ultrafine SiC ceramic powders have been produced by irradiating silane and acetylene mixtures with a CW CO 2 laser. The work is mainly concerned with the evaluation of the parameters affecting the material production efficiency: laser power and laser intensity, pressure in the reaction chamber, reactant and carrier gas flow rates. The characterization of the produced material refers to particle composition, size and shape and crystalline structure. Sintering tests have been made in order to evaluate the performances of laser-produced ceramic powders. Preliminary measurements aimed at the evaluation of the feasibility of process scaling-up have been also carried out.

  16. Growth and characterization of air annealing Tb-doped YAG:Ce single crystal for white-light-emitting diode

    Gong, Maogao [College of Chemistry and Materials Engineering, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou 325035 (China); Xiang, Weidong, E-mail: [College of Chemistry and Materials Engineering, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou 325035 (China); Liang, Xiaojuan [College of Chemistry and Materials Engineering, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou 325035 (China); Zhong, Jiasong; Chen, Daqin [College of Materials & Environmental Engineering, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Huang, Jun; Gu, Guorui; Yang, Cheng; Xiang, Run [College of Chemistry and Materials Engineering, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou 325035 (China)


    Highlights: • We report preparation of transparent Ce,Tb:YAG single crystal by Czochralski method. • The effect of annealing on Ce,Tb:YAG single crystal had been investigated. • The Ce,Tb:YAG single crystal after annealing exhibited better optical performance. • The Ce,Tb:YAG single crystal could be used as an ideal candidate for WLED. - Abstract: We report the preparation of transparent Ce and Tb co-doped Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} single crystal by the Czochralski method. The characterization of the resulting single crystal was accomplished by using X-ray powder diffractometer, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Absorption peak of the single crystal at about 460 nm has been obtained from ultraviolet–visible absorption spectrometer and their intensity is changed with different annealing condition. Its optical properties also have been investigated using fluorescence spectrometer. What’s more, its photoelectric parameters were studied by LED fast spectrometer. The constructed single crystal based white-light-emitting diode exhibits a high luminous efficiency of 140.89 lm/W, and a correlated color temperature of 4176 K as well as a color rendering index of 56.7, which reveal the prominent feasibility of the present single crystal material in white-light-emitting diode application.

  17. Nanostructured yttrium aluminum garnet powders synthesized by co-precipitation method using tetraethylenepentamine

    李先学; 王文菊


    Tetraethylenepentamine(C8H23N5,TEPA) has been used as a novel precipitant to synthesize yttrium aluminum garnet(Y3Al5O12,YAG) precursor from a mixed solution of aluminum and yttrium nitrates via a normal-strike co-precipitation method without controlling the pH value during precipitation process.The original precursor was analyzed by thermogravimetry/differential scanning calorimetry(TG/DSC).The evolution of phase composition and micro-structure of the as-synthesized YAG powders were characterized by X-ray ...

  18. Twinning interactions induced amorphisation in ultrafine silicon grains

    Cao, Y. [School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052 (Australia); Zhang, L.C., E-mail: [School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052 (Australia); Zhang, Y. [School of Mechatronics Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)


    Detailed transmission electron microscopy analysis on a severely deformed Al-Si composite material has revealed that partial dislocation slips and deformation twinning are the major plastic deformation carriers in ultrafine silicon grains. This resembles the deformation twinning activities and mechanisms observed in nano-crystalline face-centred-cubic metallic materials. While deformation twinning and amorphisation in Si were thought unlikely to co-exist, it is observed for the first time that excessive twinning and partial dislocation interactions can lead to localised solid state amorphisation inside ultrafine silicon grains.

  19. CO2, Er: YAG and Nd:YAG lasers in endodontic surgery

    Daniel Humberto Pozza


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: CO2, Er:YAG and Nd:YAG lasers have been used in endodontic surgery. This in vitro study evaluated 1% Rhodamine B dye penetration using computer-assisted morphometry (ImageTool Software® of 108 endodontically treated human permanent canines. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Teeth were divided into 9 groups according to the technique used: A: 90-degree apicoectomy with bur, root-end cavity preparation with ultrasound and filled with MTA; B: 90-degree apicoectomy with bur, root-end cavity prepared with ultrasound and filled with MTA, and treatment of apical surface with CO2 laser (1 W, CW/CW; C: 90-degree apicoectomy with bur, and treatment of apical surface with Nd:YAG laser (150 mJ, 10 Hz; D: 90-degree apicoectomy with bur, and treatment of apical surface with CO2 laser,(1 W, CW/CW; E: apicoectomy with Er:YAG laser (400 mJ, 10 Hz, root-end cavity prepared with ultrasound and filled with MTA; F: apicoectomy with Er:YAG laser (400 mJ, 10 Hz and treatment of apical surface with Nd:YAG laser (150 mJ, 10Hz; G: apicoectomy with CO2 laser (5W, CW/SP, root-end cavity prepared with ultrasound and filled with MTA; H: irradiation of apical end with CO2 laser (1 W, CW/CW; I: irradiation of apical end with Nd:YAG laser (150 mJ, 10 Hz. RESULTS: Dye penetration was found in all specimens at different rates, the lowest penetration occurring in groups C (16.20%, B (17.24% and F (17.84%. CONCLUSIONS: Groups B, C and F represent the best technical sequences to perform endodontic surgery.


    Pozza, Daniel Humberto; Fregapani, Patrícia Wehmeyer; Xavier, Cristina Braga; Weber, João Batista Blessmann; de Oliveira, Marília Gerhardt


    Objectives: CO2, Er:YAG and Nd:YAG lasers have been used in endodontic surgery. This in vitro study evaluated 1% Rhodamine B dye penetration using computer-assisted morphometry (ImageTool Software®) of 108 endodontically treated human permanent canines. Material and methods: Teeth were divided into 9 groups according to the technique used: A: 90-degree apicoectomy with bur, root-end cavity preparation with ultrasound and filled with MTA; B: 90-degree apicoectomy with bur, root-end cavity prepared with ultrasound and filled with MTA, and treatment of apical surface with CO2 laser (1 W, CW/CW); C: 90-degree apicoectomy with bur, and treatment of apical surface with Nd:YAG laser (150 mJ, 10 Hz); D: 90-degree apicoectomy with bur, and treatment of apical surface with CO2 laser (1 W, CW/CW); E: apicoectomy with Er:YAG laser (400 mJ, 10 Hz), root-end cavity prepared with ultrasound and filled with MTA; F: apicoectomy with Er:YAG laser (400 mJ, 10 Hz) and treatment of apical surface with Nd:YAG laser (150 mJ, 10Hz); G: apicoectomy with CO2 laser (5W, CW/SP), root-end cavity prepared with ultrasound and filled with MTA; H: irradiation of apical end with CO2 laser (1 W, CW/CW); I: irradiation of apical end with Nd:YAG laser (150 mJ, 10 Hz). Results: Dye penetration was found in all specimens at different rates, the lowest penetration occurring in groups C (16.20%), B (17.24%) and F (17.84%). Conclusions: Groups B, C and F represent the best technical sequences to perform endodontic surgery. PMID:20027433

  1. CO(2), Er: YAG and Nd:YAG lasers in endodontic surgery.

    Pozza, Daniel Humberto; Fregapani, Patrícia Wehmeyer; Xavier, Cristina Braga; Weber, João Batista Blessmann; Oliveira, Marília Gerhardt de


    CO(2), Er:YAG and Nd:YAG lasers have been used in endodontic surgery. This in vitro study evaluated 1% Rhodamine B dye penetration using computer-assisted morphometry (ImageTool Software) of 108 endodontically treated human permanent canines. Teeth were divided into 9 groups according to the technique used: A: 90-degree apicoectomy with bur, root-end cavity preparation with ultrasound and filled with MTA; B: 90-degree apicoectomy with bur, root-end cavity prepared with ultrasound and filled with MTA, and treatment of apical surface with CO(2) laser (1 W, CW/CW); C: 90-degree apicoectomy with bur, and treatment of apical surface with Nd:YAG laser (150 mJ, 10 Hz); D: 90-degree apicoectomy with bur, and treatment of apical surface with CO(2) laser,(1 W, CW/CW); E: apicoectomy with Er:YAG laser (400 mJ, 10 Hz), root-end cavity prepared with ultrasound and filled with MTA; F: apicoectomy with Er:YAG laser (400 mJ, 10 Hz) and treatment of apical surface with Nd:YAG laser (150 mJ, 10Hz); G: apicoectomy with CO(2) laser (5W, CW/SP), root-end cavity prepared with ultrasound and filled with MTA; H: irradiation of apical end with CO(2) laser (1 W, CW/CW); I: irradiation of apical end with Nd:YAG laser (150 mJ, 10 Hz). Dye penetration was found in all specimens at different rates, the lowest penetration occurring in groups C (16.20%), B (17.24%) and F (17.84%). Groups B, C and F represent the best technical sequences to perform endodontic surgery.

  2. A chemical analyzer for charged ultrafine particles

    S. G. Gonser


    Full Text Available New particle formation is a frequent phenomenon in the atmosphere and of major significance for the earth's climate and human health. To date the mechanisms leading to the nucleation of particles as well as to aerosol growth are not completely understood. A lack of appropriate measurement equipment for online analysis of the chemical composition of freshly nucleated particles is one major limitation. We have developed a Chemical Analyzer for Charged Ultrafine Particles (CAChUP capable of analyzing particles with diameters below 30 nm. A bulk of size separated particles is collected electrostatically on a metal filament, resistively desorbed and consequently analyzed for its molecular composition in a time of flight mass spectrometer. We report of technical details as well as characterization experiments performed with the CAChUP. Our instrument was tested in the laboratory for its detection performance as well as for its collection and desorption capabilities. The manual application of known masses of camphene (C10H16 to the desorption filament resulted in a detection limit between 0.5 and 5 ng, and showed a linear response of the mass spectrometer. Flow tube experiments of 25 nm diameter secondary organic aerosol from ozonolysis of alpha-pinene also showed a linear relation between collection time and the mass spectrometer's signal intensity. The resulting mass spectra from the collection experiments are in good agreement with published work on particles generated by the ozonolysis of alpha-pinene. A sensitivity study shows that the current setup of CAChUP is ready for laboratory measurements and for the observation of new particle formation events in the field.

  3. A chemical analyzer for charged ultrafine particles

    S. G. Gonser


    Full Text Available New particle formation is a frequent phenomenon in the atmosphere and of major significance for the Earth's climate and human health. To date the mechanisms leading to the nucleation of particles as well as to aerosol growth are not completely understood. A lack of appropriate measurement equipment for online analysis of the chemical composition of freshly nucleated particles is one major limitation. We have developed a Chemical Analyzer for Charged Ultrafine Particles (CAChUP capable of analyzing particles with diameters below 30 nm. A bulk of size-separated particles is collected electrostatically on a metal filament, resistively desorbed and subsequently analyzed for its molecular composition in a time of flight mass spectrometer. We report on technical details as well as characterization experiments performed with the CAChUP. Our instrument was tested in the laboratory for its detection performance as well as for its collection and desorption capabilities. The manual application of defined masses of camphene (C10H16 to the desorption filament resulted in a detection limit between 0.5 and 5 ng, and showed a linear response of the mass spectrometer. Flow tube experiments of 25 nm diameter secondary organic aerosol from ozonolysis of alpha-pinene also showed a linear relation between collection time and the mass spectrometer's signal intensity. The resulting mass spectra from the collection experiments are in good agreement with published work on particles generated by the ozonolysis of alpha-pinene. A sensitivity study shows that the current setup of CAChUP is ready for laboratory measurements and for the observation of new particle formation events in the field.

  4. Effect of Sulfur Acid Corrosion on the Luminescent Intensity of Plasma-Sprayed YAG:Ce Coatings

    Wang, Weize; Zeng, Peng; Wang, Hehui; Yu, Jingye; Wu, Liangmin


    In order to monitor the corrosion condition of components, plasma-sprayed YAG:Ce coating was prepared for the detection, which could develop the application of plasma spraying. The effect of sulfuric acid corrosion on the microstructure, phase composition and luminescence intensity of coatings was studied. The powder was synthesized by the high-temperature solid-state method. Microstructure and phases were characterized through using SEM and XRD, respectively. Effect of immersion time in the acid was studied on the luminescence intensity. It was found that the phase composition of the powder was dominated by YAG (Y3Al5O12). More pores could be observed in coatings with the increase in immersion time. Sprayed coatings mainly included phases of YAG and YAP (YAlO3). The position of the XRD peaks of coatings was changing during the immersion. The luminescence intensity showed the fluctuation tendency with the immersion time, which related to the coating porosity, phase composition and the migration of the diffract peak.

  5. Synthesis and Characterization of Ultra-fine Cr2O3 from Hydrogen Reduction of K2CrO4

    BAI Yulan; XU Hongbin; ZHANG Yi; LI Zuohu


    As a part of the green process for manufacturing chromium compounds, two steps are involved in the synthesis of ultra-fine Cr2O3 powders: the first is the hydrogen reduction of K2CrO4 into intermediate trivalent (Cr3+) or tetravalent (Cr4+) chromium compounds; the second is the decomposing of the intermediate into Cr2O36 by heat treating. The intermediate is well characterized by means of SEM, XRD, and XPS. The possible reaction mechanism of the process is analyzed.

  6. Properties of Yb:YAG scintillators

    Antonini, P; Bressi, G; Carugno, Giovanni; Santilli, P


    Relative light yield (LY) dependence on temperature for Yb:YAG crystals containing from 10% to 100% of Yb dopant is studied for gamma and alpha excitations. The maximum LY is achieved at 120 KYAG. Linearity of the light output is checked. alpha/gamma ratio is found to be 0.42+-0.02. Pulse shapes induced by gamma and alpha particles and cosmic rays are investigated by analyzing a set of single events recorded. Gamma events are fast tau<4 ns), while other kinds of radiation give rise to more complicated and longer profiles, allowing particle discrimination. Dependence of scintillation properties on concentration of Yb and purity is discussed.

  7. Synthesis and Explosive Consolidation of Titanium, Aluminium, Boron and Carbon Containing Powders

    Chikhradze, Mikheil; Oniashvili, George; Chikhradze, Nikoloz; D. S Marquis, Fernand


    The development of modern technologies in the field of materials science has increased the interest towards the bulk materials with improved physical, chemical and mechanical properties. Composites, fabricated in Ti-Al-B-C systems are characterized by unique physical and mechanical properties. They are attractive for aerospace, power engineering, machine and chemical applications. The technologies to fabricate ultrafine grained powder and bulk materials in Ti-Al-B-C system are described in the paper. It includes results of theoretical and experimental investigation for selection of powders composition and determination of thermodynamic conditions for bland preparation, as well as optimal technological parameters for mechanical alloying and adiabatic compaction. The crystalline coarse Ti, Al, C powders and amorphous B were used as precursors and blends with different compositions of Ti-Al, Ti-Al-C, Ti-B-C and Ti-Al-B were prepared. Preliminary determination/selection of blend compositions was made on the basis of phase diagrams. The powders were mixed according to the selected ratios of components to produce the blend. Blends were processed in “Fritsch” Planetary premium line ball mill for mechanical alloying, syntheses of new phases, amorphization and ultrafine powder production. The blends processing time was variable: 1 to 20 hours. The optimal technological regimes of nano blend preparation were determined experimentally. Ball milled nano blends were placed in metallic tube and loaded by shock waves for realization of consolidation in adiabatic regime. The structure and properties of the obtained ultrafine grained materials depending on the processing parameters are investigated and discussed. For consolidation of the mixture, explosive compaction technology is applied at room temperatures. The prepared mixtures were located in low carbon steel tube and blast energies were used for explosive consolidation compositions. The relationship of ball milling

  8. Ultrafine-grained Al composites reinforced with in-situ Al{sub 3}Ti filaments

    Krizik, Peter, E-mail: [Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Racianska 75, 83102 Bratislava (Slovakia); Balog, Martin; Nosko, Martin [Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Racianska 75, 83102 Bratislava (Slovakia); Riglos, Maria Victoria Castro [Centro Atómico Bariloche, Av. Bustillo 9500 (8400) Bariloche, Río Negro (Argentina); Dvorak, Jiri [CEITEC-IPM, Institute of Physics of Materials, ASCR, Zizkova 22, 61662 Brno (Czech Republic); Bajana, Oto [Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Racianska 75, 83102 Bratislava (Slovakia)


    Ultrafine-grained (UFG) Al matrix composites reinforced with 15 and 30 vol% in-situ Al{sub 3}Ti filaments were fabricated by extrusion of Al–Ti powder mixtures followed by solid-state reactive diffusion. Fine Al powder particles (1.3 µm) heavily deformed the coarser Ti particles (24.5 µm) into filaments during extrusion. Upon a subsequent operation of hot isostatic pressing (HIP), the micrometric Al{sub 3}Ti filaments elongated along the extrusion direction and formed in situ in the UFG Al matrix. Fabricated composites are free of pores and voids with perfect bonding created at the Al–Al{sub 3}Ti interfaces. In parallel, a small portion (2.4 vol%) of nanoscale γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles, which originate from native amorphous films on fine Al powders, formed in situ and were homogenously dispersed in the Al matrix. The microstructures of as-extruded and after HIP composites were analyzed by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) and electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD). Owing to the presence of nanometric γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles with Al high angle grain boundaries (HAGBs), the UFG Al matrix remained stable even after HIP at 600 °C for 9 h. The mechanical properties and creep performance of composites at testing temperatures of up to 600 °C were systematically studied. The Al–Al{sub 3}Ti composites exhibited a combination of increased strength and Young’s modulus in addition to excellent creep performance and structural stability, which indicates that the studied composites are potential structural materials capable of service at elevated temperatures.

  9. Outdoor ultrafine particle concentrations in front of fast food restaurants

    Vert, Cristina; Meliefste, Kees; Hoek, Gerard


    Ultrafine particles (UFPs) have been associated with negative effects on human health. Emissions from motor vehicles are the principal source of UFPs in urban air. A study in Vancouver suggested that UFP concentrations were related to density of fast food restaurants near the monitoring sites. A pre

  10. Separation of ultrafine particles from class F fly ashes

    Acar Ilker


    Full Text Available In this study, ultrafine particles were recovered from Çatalağzı (CFA and Sugözü (SFA thermal power plant fly ashes using a specific hydraulic classification technology. Since fly ashes have a high tendency to be flocculated in water, settling experiments were first designed to determine the more effective dispersant and the optimum dosage. Two different types of the superplasticizers (SP polymers based on sulphonate (NSF, Disal and carboxylate (Glenium 7500 were used as the dispersing agents in these settling experiments. Hydraulic classification experiments were then conducted to separate ultrafine fractions from the fly ash samples on the basis of the settling experiments. According to the settling experiments, better results were achieved with the use of Disal for both CFA and SFA. The classification experiments showed that the overflow products with average particle sizes of 5.2 μm for CFA and 4.4 μm for SFA were separated from the respective as-received samples with acceptable yields and high enough recoveries of -5 μm (ultrafine particles. Overall results pointed out that the hydraulic classification technology used provided promising results in the ultrafine particle separations from the fly ash samples.

  11. End-Pumped Tm:YAG Ceramic Slab Lasers

    CHENG Xiao-Jin; XU Jian-Qiu; ZHANG Wen-Xin; JIANG Sen-Xue; PAN Yu-Bai


    Lasers from a Tm:YAG ceramic aare reported for the first time to our best knowledge. The Tm:YAG ceramic slab is end-pumped by a laser diode with central wavelength 792nm. At room temperature, the maximum continuous-wave output power is 4.5 W, and the sloping efficiency is obtained to be 20.5%. The laser spectrum of the Tm: YAG ceramic is centered at 2015 nm.

  12. Cytocompatible and water stable ultrafine protein fibers for tissue engineering

    Jiang, Qiuran

    This dissertation proposal focuses on the development of cytocompatible and water stable protein ultrafine fibers for tissue engineering. The protein-based ultrafine fibers have the potential to be used for biomedicine, due to their biocompatibility, biodegradability, similarity to natural extracellular matrix (ECM) in physical structure and chemical composition, and superior adsorption properties due to their high surface to volume ratio. However, the current technologies to produce the protein-based ultrafine fibers for biomedical applications still have several problems. For instance, the current electrospinning and phase separation technologies generate scaffolds composed of densely compacted ultrafine fibers, and cells can spread just on the surface of the fiber bulk, and hardly penetrate into the inner sections of scaffolds. Thus, these scaffolds can merely emulate the ECM as a two dimensional basement membrane, but are difficult to mimic the three dimensional ECM stroma. Moreover, the protein-based ultrafine fibers do not possess sufficient water stability and strength for biomedical applications, and need modifications such as crosslinking. However, current crosslinking methods are either high in toxicity or low in crosslinking efficiency. To solve the problems mentioned above, zein, collagen, and gelatin were selected as the raw materials to represent plant proteins, animal proteins, and denatured proteins in this dissertation. A benign solvent system was developed specifically for the fabrication of collagen ultrafine fibers. In addition, the gelatin scaffolds with a loose fibrous structure, high cell-accessibility and cell viability were produced by a novel ultralow concentration phase separation method aiming to simulate the structure of three dimensional (3D) ECM stroma. Non-toxic crosslinking methods using citric acid as the crosslinker were also developed for electrospun or phase separated scaffolds from these three proteins, and proved to be

  13. Growth and fluorescence characteristics of Cr3+ : YAG crystal fiber for temperature sensor from -10°C to 500°C

    Ye, Linhua; Qiu, Yanqing; He, Jinlei; Shen, Yonghang; He, Sailing


    The temperature-dependent characteristics of fluorescence of transient-metal doped and/or rare-earth-doped YAG has made these materials the focus of fluorescence thermometer. This article reports growth and fluorescence characteristics of Cr3+: YAG crystal fiber used for thermometer based on fluorescence decay time. Using a long pure YAG crystal fiber as the seed and a 0.1 at. % Cr2O3-doped Y3Al5O12 sintered powder rod as the source rod, a YAG fiber thermal probe with Cr3+-ions doped end was grown by laser heated pedestal growth method. The crystal fiber shows good optical properties and mechanical strength and offers advantages of compact construct, high performance and ability to withstand high temperature. The fluorescence decay characteristics of the crystal fiber, including the temperature dependence of both fluorescence decay time and intensity, were comprehensively investigated. The experimental results indicated the Cr3+:YAG crystal fiber showed a monotonic relationship between the fluorescence lifetime and temperature over a wide temperature range from cryogenic to high temperature(>500°C). The fiber was found to be an excellent candidate material to be used as a fiber thermometer based on fluorescence lifetime. This thermometer may be used as temperature monitor in microwave treatment and Medium Voltage substations.

  14. Influence of preparation process on sintering behavior and mechanical properties of ultrafine grained Ti(C, N)-based cermets

    FENG Ping; HE Yue-hui; XIAO Yi-feng; LIU Wen-jun; XIONG Wei-hao


    The influences of forming and sintering processes on distortion, cracking as well as mechanical properties of sintered bodies of ultrafine grained Ti(C, N)-based cermets were investigated. The results show that lubricant is indispensable to fabrication of ultrafine Ti(C, N)-based cermets, however, with low binder content in powder mixture, the lubrication action of paraffin is attenuated. A appropriate level of 2% (mass fraction) paraffin is determined for a cermet with binder content of 36% (mass fraction). It is also found that the influence of compaction pressure on distortion and cracking of sintered bodies presents a complex relationship. A relatively lower or higher compaction pressure, less than 100 MPa and more than 400 MPa respectively, favors uniform density distribution in green compact. The heating rate of sintering should be strictly controlled. Too fast heating rate results in enclosed pores to burst and forms large size pores in sintering body. A heating rate of 3 ℃/min is recommended.

  15. Surface area of particle administered versus mass in determining the pulmonary toxicity of ultrafine and fine carbon black: comparison to ultrafine titanium dioxide

    Sager Tina M


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Nanoparticles are characterized by having a high surface area per mass. Particulate surface area has been reported to play an important role in determining the biological activity of nanoparticles. However, recent reports have questioned this relationship. This study was conducted to determine whether mass of particles or surface area of particles is the more appropriate dose metric for pulmonary toxicity studies. In this study, rats were exposed by intratracheal instillation to various doses of ultrafine and fine carbon black. At 1, 7, or 42 days post-exposure, inflammatory and cytotoxic potential of each particle type was compared on both a mass dosage (mg/rat as well as an equal surface area dosage (cm2 of particles per cm2 of alveolar epithelium. In an additional study, the pulmonary responses to instillation of ultrafine carbon black were compared to equivalent particle surface area doses of ultrafine titanium dioxide. Results Ultrafine carbon black particles caused a dose dependent but transient inflammatory and cytotoxic response. On a mass basis, these responses were significantly (65 fold greater than those for fine sized carbon black. However, when doses were equalized based on surface area of particles given, the ultrafine carbon black particles were only slightly (non-significantly more inflammogenic and cytotoxic compared to the fine sized carbon black. At one day post-exposure, inflammatory potencies of the ultrafine carbon black and ultrafine titanium dioxide particles were similar. However, while the pulmonary reaction to ultrafine carbon black resolved with time, the inflammatory effects of ultrafine titanium dioxide were more persistent over a 42 day post-exposure period. Conclusion These results indicate that for low toxicity low solubility materials, surface area of particles administered rather than mass burden of particles may be a more appropriate dose metric for pulmonary toxicity studies. In addition

  16. Cryogenic Yb:YAG thin-disk laser

    Vretenar, N.; Carson, T.; Lucas, T.; Newell, T.; Latham, W. P.; Peterson, P.; Bostanci, H.; Lindauer, J. J.; Saarloos, B. A.; Rini, D. P.


    At cryogenic temperatures, Yb:YAG behaves as a 4-level laser. Its absorption and emission cross-sections increase, and its thermal conductivity improves. Yb:YAG thin disk laser performance at room and cryogenic (80°K) temperatures will be presented. The Yb:YAG gain media is cooled using either a pressurized R134A refrigerant system or by a two-phase liquid nitrogen spray boiler. Interchangeable mounting caps allow the same Yb:YAG media to be switched between the two systems. This allows direct comparison of lasing, amplified spontaneous emission, and temperature performance between 20°C and -200°C.

  17. Aluminum powder metallurgy processing

    Flumerfelt, J.F.


    The objective of this dissertation is to explore the hypothesis that there is a strong linkage between gas atomization processing conditions, as-atomized aluminum powder characteristics, and the consolidation methodology required to make components from aluminum powder. The hypothesis was tested with pure aluminum powders produced by commercial air atomization, commercial inert gas atomization, and gas atomization reaction synthesis (GARS). A comparison of the GARS aluminum powders with the commercial aluminum powders showed the former to exhibit superior powder characteristics. The powders were compared in terms of size and shape, bulk chemistry, surface oxide chemistry and structure, and oxide film thickness. Minimum explosive concentration measurements assessed the dependence of explosibility hazard on surface area, oxide film thickness, and gas atomization processing conditions. The GARS aluminum powders were exposed to different relative humidity levels, demonstrating the effect of atmospheric conditions on post-atomization processing conditions. The GARS aluminum powders were exposed to different relative humidity levels, demonstrating the effect of atmospheric conditions on post-atomization oxidation of aluminum powder. An Al-Ti-Y GARS alloy exposed in ambient air at different temperatures revealed the effect of reactive alloy elements on post-atomization powder oxidation. The pure aluminum powders were consolidated by two different routes, a conventional consolidation process for fabricating aerospace components with aluminum powder and a proposed alternative. The consolidation procedures were compared by evaluating the consolidated microstructures and the corresponding mechanical properties. A low temperature solid state sintering experiment demonstrated that tap densified GARS aluminum powders can form sintering necks between contacting powder particles, unlike the total resistance to sintering of commercial air atomization aluminum powder.

  18. Laser-diode pumped Nd:YAG lasers; Laser diode reiki Nd:YAG lasear

    Yuasa, H.; Akiyama, Y.; Nakayama, M. [Toshiba Corp., Tokyo (Japan)


    Laser-diode pumped Nd:YAG lasers are expected to be applied to laser processing fields such as welding, cutting, drilling, and marking due to their potential for high efficiency and compactness. We are designing and developing laser-diode pumped Nd:YAG lasers using numerical analysis simulation techniques such as ray tracing and thermal analysis. We have succeeded in achieving a laser power of more than 3 kW with 20% efficiency, which is the best ever obtained. In addition, we have developed a laser-diode pumped green laser by second harmonic generation, for precision machining on silicon wafers. (author)

  19. Improvement of thermal management in the composite Yb:YAG/YAG thin-disk laser

    Kuznetsov, I. I.; Mukhin, I. B.; Palashov, O. V.


    To improve the thermal management in the composite Yb:YAG/YAG thin-disk laser a new design of laser head is developed. Thermal-induced phase distortions, small signal gain and lasing in the upgraded laser head are investigated and compared with previously published results. A substantial decrease of the thermal lens optical power and phase aberrations and increase of the laser slope efficiency are observed. A continuous-wave laser with 440 W average power and 44% slope efficiency is constructed.

  20. Demonstration of Shear Localization in Ultrafine Grained Tungsten Alloys via Powder Metallurgy Processing Route


    Hardness Vickers microhardness tests were performed to determine the hardness of the material. Indents were analyzed to determine basic information...shear banding observed in depleted uranium. Microhardness testing indicated that the boron containing sample had a higher propensity to shear...18 cm3) tungsten based alloy tested in the as-sintered state. 15. SUBJECT TERMS tungsten, shear localization, kinetic energy penetrator, depleted

  1. Investigations of YAG:Er(3+),Yb(3+) and YAG:Co(2+) Crystals for Laser Applications


    doped YAG crystals are given. Erbium and ytterbium doped YAG single crystals were obtained by the Czochralski method . The spectral properties and laser...relaxation time of 290 Rts14 2. CRYSTAL GROWTH The crystals were obtained by the Czochralski method , using iridium crucibles of external dimensions...YAG:Co 2+ single crystal grown by Czochralski method is presented. In all obtained crystals the core area of the characteristic threefold symmetry was

  2. High-efficiency lasing and spectroscopy of domestic 1%Nd:YAG and 1%Ho:YAG ceramics

    Vatnik, S. M.; Vedin, I. A.; Kurbatov, P. F.; Osipov, V. V.; Luk'yashin, K. E.; Maksimov, R. N.; Solomonov, V. I.


    We report on spectroscopy and high-efficiency lasing of YAG ceramics synthesized at the Institute of Electrophysics, Ural Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences. The best slope efficiency is to be 36% for 1%Nd:YAG ceramics and 40% for 1%Ho:YAG ceramics, in the latter case the emission was centred at 2090 nm. Internal losses in the samples of domestic ceramics were estimated.

  3. Apical sealing quality of in vitro apicectomy procedures after using both Er:YAG and Nd:YAG.

    Leonardi, Denise Piotto; Sivieri-Araujo, Gustavo; Zielak, Joao Cesar; Baratto-Filho, Flares; Moriyama, Lilian Tan; Berbert, Fabio Luiz Camargo Villela


    The aim of this study was to evaluate the apical sealing of dentinal tubules after root-end surface cutting by using Er:YAG and Nd:YAG lasers. After root-canal instrumentation and filling, apices of 50 extracted maxillary canine human teeth were resected by Er:YAG with 400 mJ, 10 Hz, for 30 sec. The samples were randomly assigned to five groups (n = 10): (GI) treated without root-end cavity, but with Nd:YAG (1.0 W, 10 Hz, 20 sec) for dentinal tubules sealing; (GII) treated with root-end cavity without the use of Nd:YAG; (GIII) treated with root-end cavity and Nd:YAG application; (GIV) treated with root-end cavity made by Er:YAG with no focus and without Nd:YAG application; and (GV) treated without root-end cavity and without Nd:YAG application. The root-end cavities were performed by using Er:YAG at 300 mJ, 10 Hz, for 20 sec. Subsequently, all teeth were waterproofed and immersed in 2% methylene blue for 48 h in a vacuum environment. The samples were longitudinally sectioned, and microleakage was measured. ANOVA and the Fisher LSD test showed that GIV was less susceptible to microleakage than were the other groups (p < 0.05). Interestingly, the use of the Er:YAG with no focus showed superior dentinal tubule sealing in comparison with the other groups, even with or without root-end cavity and Nd:YAG application.


    杨久流; 罗家珂


    Ultrafine zircon powder with high purity is a kind of brightening agent in glaze for making high-grade cleaning whiteware. Wet ultrafine grinding is the key operation for producing ultrafine zircon power with high purity, and directly affects the size distribution, d50 and whiteness of the final products. This paper lays emphasis on researching wet grinding process parameters for producing ultrafine zircon power, such as the weight ratio of ball to feed material, grinding density and time, and weight assignment with different ball sizes, and their effects on quality of zircon power.%高纯超细锆英石粉是制造高档卫生洁具陶瓷所用釉料中的乳浊增白剂。湿法超细磨矿是生产高纯超细锆英石粉的关键工序之一,它直接影响最终产品粒度分布、中位粒径和白度。本文着重研究锆英石超细磨矿工艺参数球料比、磨矿浓度、磨矿时间及磨矿介质球径的配比等对锆英石微粉产品质量的影响。

  5. Size ratio induced yttrium aluminum garnet formation characteristics in nano-scaled Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder systems via fast firing processes

    Hung, Chen-Tsung; Lai, Chai-Yuan [Department of Resources Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, No. 1 University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Yen, Fu-Su, E-mail: [Department of Resources Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, No. 1 University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China)


    Highlights: {yields} This study examined YAG synthesis using Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} as the starting materials. {yields} Appropriate size ratios of oxides and fast firing treatments favored YAG synthesis. {yields} Interface- and diffusion-controlled mechanism can be occurred during YAG formation. {yields} Finer Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles can react to pure YAG rapidly by interface-controlled mechanism. {yields} In coarser Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles, pure YAG attained by two reaction mechanisms in turn. - Abstract: The formation characteristics of YAG phase synthesized by fast-firing Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder mixtures were examined. Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders of 100, 350, and 500 nm in D{sub 50} were mixed with {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder of (D{sub 50}) 200 nm to obtain starting powders denoted as S0.5, S1.75, and S2.5, respectively. In these mixtures, the two oxides contacted wholly with each other but varied in number of contact points and diffusion length. This study aimed to eliminate the YAM and YAP phases, which normally occur during YAG formation. Examinations were conducted using pressed compacts (bulk density of 0.91 g cm{sup -3}) prepared with the three mixtures. After pre-heating at 700 deg. C for 30 s, the compacts were plunged at temperatures of 1050-1450 deg. C for 5-60 s and then quenched to room temperature. In the S0.5 system, one-step YAG formation occurred by an interface-controlled mechanism, and intermediates were apparently suppressed. However, YAG formation was divided into two stages in the S1.75 and S2.5 systems. Two stages were defined by the heating duration prior to and after 20 s. The interface-controlled mechanism was dominant in the initial stage, and then the diffusion-controlled mechanism was dominant in the second stage, in which YAG formed sluggishly and substantial amounts of YAM and YAP persisted. However, both stages followed the conversion sequence of YAM to YAP and then to YAG. Accordingly

  6. 340 W average power output of diode-pumped composite ceramic YAG/Nd:YAG disk laser

    Jia, Kai; Jiang, Yong; Yang, Feng; Deng, Bo; Hou, Tianjin; Guo, Jiawei; Chen, Dezhang; Wang, Hongyuan; Yang, Chuang; Peng, Chun


    We report on a diode-pumped composite ceramic disk laser in this paper. The composite ceramic YAG/Nd:YAG disk consists of 4 mm thick pure YAG and 2 mm thick Nd:YAG with 1.0 at.% doping concentration. The slope efficiency of the composite ceramic disk laser is 36.6% corresponding to the maximum optical-optical efficiency of 29.2%. Furthermore, 340 W average power output was achieved at the absorbed pump power of 1290 W.

  7. Study on the effect of super micro-milling on physio-chemical properties of Elaeagnus angustifolia L. powders%沙枣细粉超微粉碎后对物化特性的影响研究

    梁琪; 毕阳; 米兰; 张炎; 刘英英


    The differences of physio-chemical between Elaeagnus angustifolia L. ultrafine powders and particles were studied. UItrafine powders were achieved by turbine crusher,the morphology,main ingredients,the angle of repose and slide,swelling capacity,density and solubility were determined. The results showed that it was more uniform on the grain size of Elaeagnus angustifolia L. ultrafine powders. The active ingredients of Elaeagnus angustifolia L. ultrafine powders and particles were not changed through FTIR spectroscopy. The fluidity of Elaeagnus angustifolia L. ultrafine powders was poorer,but the force of expansion,solubility and stacking density had different increases than particles. It was useful for the nutrition and application because of the physical properties of Elaeagnus angustifolia L. ultrafine powders improved.%研究普通粉碎的沙枣细粉经超微粉碎后的微粉之间物化特性的差异。利用涡轮粉碎机对沙枣细粉进行超微粉碎,测定分析微粉与细粉粉体形貌、主要成分、休止角、滑角、膨胀力、松密度以及水溶性等指标的变化。结果表明,沙枣微粉的颗粒大小均匀,红外光谱显示沙枣经超微粉碎后其主要成分未发生变化;沙枣微粉与细粉相比,粉体的流动性变差,膨胀力、松密度和水溶性较之细粉均有不同程度的提高。沙枣微粉物理特性的改善有助于营养成分溶出及指导微粉的应用生产。

  8. Application of sacrificial coatings and effect of composition on Al-Al3Ni ultrafine eutectic formation

    Čelko L.


    Full Text Available This paper introduces an unconventional method designed for forming hypereutectic alloys via coating deposition onto the substrate surface and subsequent heat treatment of such systems. The coating was produced from 99.7 wt% nickel powder by means of high velocity oxyfuel (HVOF spraying onto the surface of 99.999 wt% aluminium sheet. The specimens were manufactured immediately after the spraying. Specimens were heat-treated using a differential thermal analysis (DTA apparatus up to a temperature of 900°C and then cooled down to the room temperature in an argon atmosphere with constant heating and cooling rates, under which the NiAl3 intermetallic phase formed within the initial substrate. Two different alloy microstructures consisting of a coarse eutectic and an ultrafine well-dispersed eutectic were produced. The formation processes and resultant microstructures were studied by means of differential thermal analysis, metallography, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive microanalysis, and image analysis techniques.

  9. The Manufacturing of High Porosity Iron with an Ultra-Fine Microstructure via Free Pressureless Spark Plasma Sintering

    Guodong Cui


    Full Text Available High porosity (>40 vol % iron specimens with micro- and nanoscale isotropic pores were fabricated by carrying out free pressureless spark plasma sintering (FPSPS of submicron hollow Fe–N powders at 750 °C. Ultra-fine porous microstructures are obtained by imposing high heating rates during the preparation process. This specially designed approach not only avoids the extra procedures of adding and removing space holders during the formation of porous structures, but also triggers the continued phase transitions of the Fe–N system at relatively lower processing temperatures. The compressive strength and energy absorption characteristics of the FPSPS processed specimens are examined here to be correspondingly improved as a result of the refined microstructure.

  10. Ce-doped YAG phosphors prepared via sol–gel method: Effect of some modular parameters

    Boukerika, A., E-mail: [Laser Department/Nuclear Research Centre of Algiers (CRNA), 02, Boulevard Frantz Fanon, B.P. 399, Algiers 16000 (Algeria); Laboratory of Materials Study, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Jijel University, B.P. 98, Ouled Aissa, Jijel 18000 (Algeria); Guerbous, L., E-mail: [Laboratory of Materials Study, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Jijel University, B.P. 98, Ouled Aissa, Jijel 18000 (Algeria); Brihi, N. [Laboratory of Materials Study, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Jijel University, B.P. 98, Ouled Aissa, Jijel 18000 (Algeria)


    Highlights: • Ce-doped YAG phosphor powders have been prepared using sol-gel method. • The influence of complexing agent and the molar ratio on some properties have been studied. • The effect of ethylene glycol and citric acid on the structural and luminescence havebeen discussed. • The specific role of molar ratio between ethylene glycol and citric acid has been studied. • The effect of pH on the pure phase and luminescence property of YAG: Ce has been discussed. - Abstract: Cerium doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG:Ce{sup 3+}) nanopowders have been synthesized using sol–gel method. Different synthesized parameters such as molar ratio of citric acid and ethylene glycol to the total metallic ions, complexing molar ratio and pH of the solution have been changed and their influence on structural and luminescence properties have been investigated. Thermal gravimetry and differential scanning calorimetry (TG/DSC), X-ray diffraction technique (XRD), Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and photoluminescence (PL) have been used to characterize the samples. Single cubic phase YAG was formed with pH ⩽ 4 and for pH ⩾ 6 additional impurities crystalline phase namely Y{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} (YAM) and YAlO{sub 3} (YAP) have been detected. All samples exhibit intense broad green–yellow emission band in the range of 460–700 nm with a maximum intensity at around 530 nm assigned to the 5d → 4f ({sup 2}F{sub 5/2}, {sup 2}F{sub 7/2}) interconfigurationnelles transitions of Ce{sup 3+} ion in YAG nanomaterial. The origin of the highest emission intensity obtained for pH = 4, citric acid to the total metallic ions of 1:1 (CA:M{sup 3+}, of 1:1) and a molar ratio of ethylene glycol:citric acid corresponding to 2:1 (EG:CA = 2:1) parameters are discussed.

  11. The possibility of clinical application of the solid state lasers: Nd:YAG, Ho:YAG, and Er:YAG in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery

    Tomaszewska, M.; Kukwa, A.; Tulibacki, M.; Wójtowicz, P.; Olędzka, I.; Jeżewska, E.


    The purpose of this study was to summarize our experiences in clinical application of Nd:YAG, Ho:YAG and Er:YAG in otolaryngology- head and neck surgery. Choosing the laser type and parameters for the particular procedures was based on our previous research on tissue effects of those lasers. During the period of 1993-2006 we performed 3988 surgical procedures with the Nd:YAG laser. Over 87% of those were made for the nasal cavity pathologies as polyps, hyperplasia of inferior nasal turbinate, granulation tissue, postoperative adhesions, vascular malformations, under the local anesthesia conditions. In our experience Nd:YAG laser gives the possibility of good clinical control and low risk of side effects for disorders of high recurrence and frequent interventions necessity, as nasal polyps or respiratory papillomatosis. Nd:YAG assisted uvulopalatoplasty gives an interesting alternative for surgical procedures for snoring and slight/mild OSA-recognized patients. Due to its good hemostatic properties, it is a perfect tool for removal of the chemodectoma from meddle ear. During the period of 1995-2006 we performed 229 surgical procedures with the Ho:YAG laser, mostly for larynx pathologies (adhesion and scar tissue removal). In our experience Ho:YAG laser can serve as a precise laser knife for both soft and bony tissue. The ER:YAG laser still remain under clinical trial. Since 2001 year we performed 24 procedures of removing stone deposits from salivary glands. We believe it may become a promising method to cope with sialolithiasis which allows for glandule function preservation. All of the laser types mentioned above, can be easily coupled with endoscopes, what makes them available for all of the head and necklocalized disorders.

  12. Síntese e caracterização do compósito Al2O3 -YAG e do Al2O3-YAG e Al2O3 aditivados com Nb2O5 Synthesis and characterization of Al2O3 -YAG composite and Al2O3-YAG and Al2O3 with Nb2O5 additives

    R. F. Cabral


    Full Text Available O compósito Al2O3-YAG possui alta resistência à corrosão e à fluência em ambientes agressivos, o que permite vislumbrar aplicações bastante atrativas, tais como aletas de motores a jato e de turbinas a gás. Este compósito também apresenta elevada dureza e alta resistência à abrasão possibilitando o seu emprego em blindagens balísticas. Nesse estudo os pós precursores de Al2O3, Y2O3 e Nb2O5 foram homogeneizados em moinho de bolas planetário por 4 h, secados em estufa a 120 ºC por 48 h, desaglomerados e peneirados. O compósito Al2O3-YAG foi produzido a partir das misturas de Al2O3-Y2O3 a 1300 ºC por 2 h. Foram produzidas amostras de Al2O3-YAG, Al2O3-YAG com Nb2O5 e Al2O3 com Nb2O5. Posteriormente os pós foram prensados uniaxialmente a 70 MPa. A sinterização foi feita a 1400 e 1450 ºC. Os pós como recebidos e os processados foram caracterizados quanto à área de superfície específica e ao tamanho médio de partícula. Os materiais sinterizados foram caracterizados por densidade e porosidade aparente pelo método de Arquimedes e avaliados quanto à retração e à perda de massa. Os resultados mostraram que são necessários ainda ajustes nas condições de sinterização da composição Al2O3-YAG com Nb2O5 para melhorar a densificação e a retração, que foram baixas, da ordem de 60 e 3%, respectivamente. O Al2O3 aditivado com Nb2O5, por sua vez, apresentou uma densificação satisfatória, de 96% e uma retração em torno de 15%.The Al2O3-YAG composite exhibits high corrosion and creep resistance in aggressive environments, which provides quite glimpse attractive applications such as jet engine vanes and as gas turbines. This composite also shows high hardness and wear resistance allowing its use in ballistic armor. In this study, precursor powders of Al2O3, Y2O3 and Nb2O5 were homogeneously mixed in a planetary ball mill for 4 h, dried in an oven at 120 ºC for 48 h, sieved and deagglomerated. The Al2O3-YAG composite

  13. Role of iron ions in YAG and YAP

    Kvapil, J.; Kvapil, J.; Kubelka, J. (Monokrystaly, Turnov (Czechoslovakia)); Autrata, R. (Ceskoslovenska Akademie Ved, Brno. Ustav Pristrovoje Techniky)


    Spectroscopic properties of YAG doped with Fe were compared. YAG:Fe crystals grown under reducing atmosphere showed strong colouration whereas similar colouration in YAP:Fe was found after oxygen treatment. Nd/sup 3 +/ luminescence was effectively quenched by Fe ions in YAP, whereas Ce/sup 3 +/ luminescence was quenched by Fe ions in both the materials.

  14. Flash-lamp-pumped picosecond Nd:YAG regenerative amplifier

    Bingyuan Zhang; Gang Li; Meng Chen; Guoju Wang; Yonggang Wang; Xiaoyu Ma


    @@ A flash-lamp-pumped Nd:YAG regenerative amplifier has been developed at 1.06 μm, seeded with 10-ps pulses from a diode-end-pumped and mode-locked Nd:YAG oscillator with homemade semiconductor saturable absorber mirror(SESAM).

  15. Martensitic Transformation in Ultrafine-Grained Stainless Steel AISI 304L Under Monotonic and Cyclic Loading

    Heinz Werner Höppel


    Full Text Available The monotonic and cyclic deformation behavior of ultrafine-grained metastable austenitic steel AISI 304L, produced by severe plastic deformation, was investigated. Under monotonic loading, the martensitic phase transformation in the ultrafine-grained state is strongly favored. Under cyclic loading, the martensitic transformation behavior is similar to the coarse-grained condition, but the cyclic stress response is three times larger for the ultrafine-grained condition.

  16. YAG Laser Treatment of Tinea Pedis

    Ueda, Masahiro; KAGAWA, Kiichiro


    A clinical experiment on the treatment of tinea pedis infections (common as an athlete’s foot) was conducted using a pulsed Nd-YAG laser with an output energy of 0.5 joule/pulse and duration of 1 millisecond. The experiment was supported by 13 volunteers for skin samples used in this experiment. The treatment was performed with the following irradiation condition; an energy density of 400 joule/cm2 at a skin sample surface, a spot diameter of the laser beam on the surface of 0.4 mm and a re...

  17. Ion beam luminescence of Nd:YAG

    Khanlary, M. [Science and Technology, Pevensey Building, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QH (United Kingdom); Department of Physics, Imam Khomeini International University, Qazvin, Iran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hole, D.E. [Science and Technology, Pevensey Building, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QH (United Kingdom); Townsend, P.D. [Science and Technology, Pevensey Building, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QH (United Kingdom)]. E-mail:


    Luminescence recorded during ion beam implantation of Nd:YAG has proved valuable in sensing structural and local crystal field changes caused by waveguide fabrication in this laser material. The relative line intensities from Nd are sensitive to excitation rate and so the spectra differ strongly between H{sup +} and H2+ excitation, with further changes in the examples using He{sup +} and N{sup +} ions. The overall intensities are reduced at lower temperatures, as well as showing variations in relative line patterns. Some suggestions of component lines and weak broad bands are offered in terms of trace rare earth and other impurities.

  18. Cryogenic Yb: YAG Thin-Disk Laser


    Spitzberg, "Cryogenic Yb3+-Doped Solid-State Lasers," IEEE Journ. of Sel. Topics in Quant. Elect., 13(3), 448-459 (2007). [3] S. Tokita, J. Kawanaka, M...Europe ( IEEE ,2005) ,CTu3 (2005). [4] D. C. Brown, J. M. Singley, E. Yager, J. W. Kuper, B. J. Lotito, L. L. Bennett, "Innovative high-power CW...Y. Sun, and R. W. Equall, "Yb:YAG Absorption at Ambient and Cryogenic Temperatures," IEEE Journ. Sel. Topics Quant. Elect. 11(3), 604-612 (2005

  19. Combustion synthesis of YAG:Ce and related phosphors

    Gupta, K. V. K.; Muley, A.; Yadav, P.; Joshi, C. P.; Moharil, S. V.


    YAG:Ce is an important phosphor having applications in various fields ranging from solid state lighting to scintillation detectors. YAG phosphors doped with activators are mainly synthesized by solid state reaction techniques that require high sintering temperatures (above 1500°C) to eliminate YAM and YAP phases. Though several soft chemical routes have been explored for synthesis of YAG, most of these methods are complex and phase pure materials are not obtained in one step, but prolonged annealing at temperatures around 1000°C or above become necessary. One step combustion synthesis of YAG:Ce3+ and related phosphors carried out at 500°C furnace temperature is reported here. Activation with Ce3+ could be achieved during the synthesis without taking recourse to any post-combustion thermal treatment. LEDs prepared from the combustion synthesized YAG:Ce3+, exhibited properties comparable to those produced from the commercial phosphor.

  20. Molecular dynamics simulation of thermodynamic properties of YAG

    Chen Jun; Chen Dong-Quan; Zhang Jing-Lin


    In this paper we study the thermodynamic properties of Y3Al5O12 (YAG) by using molecular dynamic method combined with two- and three-body potentials. The dependences of melting process, elastic constant and diffusion coefficient on temperature of crystal YAG are simulated and compared with the experimental results. Our results show that anion O has the biggest self-diffusivity and cation Y has the smallest self-diffusivity in a crystal YAG. The calculated diffusion activation energies of ions O, Al and Y are 282.55, 439.46, 469.71k J/mol, respectively. Comparing with experimental creep activation energy of YAG confirms that cation Y can restrict the diffusional creep rate of crystal YAG.

  1. Occupational exposures and determinants of ultrafine particle concentrations during laser hair removal procedures

    Emily J Eshleman; Mallory LeBlanc; Lisa B Rokoff; Yinyin Xu; Rui Hu; Kachiu Lee; Gary S Chuang; Gary Adamkiewicz; Jaime E Hart


    Background Occupational exposures to ultrafine particles in the plume generated during laser hair removal procedures, the most commonly performed light based cosmetic procedure, have not been thoroughly characterized...

  2. Fundamentals of fast reduction of ultrafine iron ore at low temperature

    Pei Zhao; Peimin Guo


    Fundamentals on the fast reduction of ultrafine iron ore at low temperature, including characterization of ultrafine ore, de- oxidation thermodynamics of stored-energy ultrafine ore, kinetics of iron ore deoxidation, and deoxidation mechanism, etc., and a new ironmaking process are presented in this article. Ultrafine ore concentrate with a high amount of stored energy can be produced by mechanical milling, and can be dcoxidated fast below 700℃ by either the coal-based or gas-based process. This novel process has some advantages over others: high productivity, low energy consumption, and environmental friendliness.

  3. Unraveling the atomic structure of ultrafine iron clusters

    Wang, Hongtao


    Unraveling the atomic structures of ultrafine iron clusters is critical to understanding their size-dependent catalytic effects and electronic properties. Here, we describe the stable close-packed structure of ultrafine Fe clusters for the first time, thanks to the superior properties of graphene, including the monolayer thickness, chemical inertness, mechanical strength, electrical and thermal conductivity. These clusters prefer to take regular planar shapes with morphology changes by local atomic shuffling, as suggested by the early hypothesis of solid-solid transformation. Our observations differ from observations from earlier experimental study and theoretical model, such as icosahedron, decahedron or cuboctahedron. No interaction was observed between Fe atoms or clusters and pristine graphene. However, preferential carving, as observed by other research groups, can be realized only when Fe clusters are embedded in graphene. The techniques introduced here will be of use in investigations of other clusters or even single atoms or molecules.

  4. Enhanced Antifungal Bioactivity of Coptis Rhizome Prepared by Ultrafining Technology

    Ping-Chung Kuo


    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to identify and quantify the bioactive constituents in the methanol extracts of Coptis Rhizome prepared by ultrafining technology. The indicator compound was identified by spectroscopic method and its purity was determined by HPLC. Moreover, the crude extracts and indicator compound were examined for their ability to inhibit the growth of Rhizoctonia solani Kühn AG-4 on potato dextrose agar plates. The indicator compound is a potential candidate as a new plant derived pesticide to control Rhizoctonia damping-off in vegetable seedlings. In addition, the extracts of Coptis Rhizome prepared by ultrafining technology displayed higher contents of indicator compound; they not only improve their bioactivity but also reduce the amount of the pharmaceuticals required and, thereby, decrease the environmental degradation associated with the harvesting of the raw products.

  5. Scaling and passively Q-switch operation of a Nd:YAG laser pumped laterally through a YAG prism

    Dascalu, T.; Salamu, G.; Sandu, O.; Dinca, M.; Pavel, N.


    We report on scaling of a laser configuration in which a YAG prism is used to couple the pump beam from a fiber-coupled diode laser directly into a Nd:YAG medium. Several resonator geometries have been investigated. In free generation regime laser pulses at 1.06 μm with energy of 22.1 mJ for the pump energy of 44.6 mJ were obtained from a 10.0 mm long, 1.0-at% Nd:YAG single crystal that had the high-reflectivity mirror coated directly on one of the laser crystal surface. The slope efficiency was 0.51. A similar uncoated Nd:YAG crystal placed in a plane-plane resonator delivered laser pulses with 17.8 mJ energy under the pump with 45.4 mJ energy, at 0.40 slope efficiency. Further, a passively Q-switched Nd:YAG/Cr4+:YAG composite ceramic laser pumped through a YAG prism has been built. Using a Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber of 0.85 initial transmission the device delivered laser pulses with 0.29 mJ energy and 11 ns duration. The output performances are compared to those obtained in a classical end-pumping scheme.

  6. Combined effect of fluoride varnish to Er:YAG or Nd:YAG laser on permeability of eroded root dentine.

    Chiga, Sandra; Toro, Carmen Victoria Torres; Lepri, Taísa Penazzo; Turssi, Cecília Petroso; Colucci, Vivian; Corona, Silmara Aparecida Milori


    This study evaluated the combined effect of fluoride varnish to Er:YAG or Nd:YAG laser on permeability of eroded root dentine. Sixty slabs of bovine root dentine (2×2×2mm) were eroded with citric acid 0.3% (pH 3.2) during 2h and then kept in artificial saliva during 24h. Specimens were randomly assigned in 6 groups (n=10), to receive the following treatments: fluoride varnish; fluoride varnish+Er:YAG laser; fluoride varnish+Nd:YAG laser; non-fluoride varnish; non-fluoride varnish+Er:YAG laser; non-fluoride varnish+Nd:YAG laser. The Er:YAG (100mJ, 3Hz) and Nd:YAG (70mJ, 15Hz) were applied for 10s. Specimens were subjected to further erosive challenges with citric acid 0.3% 4×/day, during 1min, for 5 days, remaining in artificial saliva between cycles. Dentin permeability was then assessed. Two-way ANOVA demonstrated no significant interaction between laser and varnish (p=0.858). No effect was also detected for the main factor varnish (p=0.768), while permeability of eroded root dentin was significantly lower when such substrate was laser-irradiated, no matter the laser source (pfluoride varnish application. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  7. Ultrafine Sm-Fe-N Particles Prepared by Planetary Ball Milling

    Neil D.


    Full Text Available Ultrafine magnetically hard particles are needed for the bottom­up fabrication of anisotropic exchanged­coupled permanent magnets. In this study we have chosen Sm2Fe17Nx because of its high anisotropy field and large saturation magnetization. A multi­stage planetary ball milling process was used. The key is to find the right balance of energy used to mill the precursor particles; it must be high enough to break the particles and reduce their size but, not so high as to destroy the crystal structure of the nanoparticles that would lead to deterioration of the magnetic properties. First the coarse powders were subjected to a wet milling with 2.0 mm diameter media. In each subsequent stage the media size was reduced to maintain the milling balance. Using such a process produced particles in a size range from 100 - 800 nm with a coercivity as high as 10 kOe at room temperature.

  8. Ultrafine microporous and mesoporous activated carbon fibers from alkali lignin


    A facile and sustainable approach has been successfully devised to fabricate ultrafine (100-500 nm) highly porous activated carbon fibers (ACFs) by electrospinning of aqueous solutions of predominantly alkali lignin (low sulfonate content) followed by simultaneous carbonization and activation at 850 °C under N2. Incorporating a polyethylene oxide (PEO) carrier with only up to one ninth of lignin not only enabled efficient electrospinning into fibers but also retained fibrous structures during...

  9. Effects of Er:YAG laser treatments on surface roughness of base metal alloys.

    Kunt, Göknil Ergün; Güler, Ahmet Umut; Ceylan, Gözlem; Duran, Ibrahim; Ozkan, Pelin; Kirtiloğlu, Tuğrul


    We investigated the effects of different Er:YAG laser treatments on the surface roughness of base metal alloys. A total of 36 specimens were prepared of two base metal alloys (Wiron 99, Bellabond plus). The surfaces of the specimens were standardized by gradual wet grinding with 320-, 600-, 800- and 1,000-grit silicon carbide paper for 10 s each on a grinding machine at 300 rpm. Specimens of each alloy were randomly divided into six groups (n = 6) comprising a control group (group C), a group sandblasted with Al(2)O(3) powder at 60 psi for 10 s through a nozzle at a distance of 10 mm (group S), and four Er:YAG laser (Fotona AT) treatment groups. The laser treatment groups were as follows: 500 mJ, 10 Hz, 100 μs (group 500MSP); 500 mJ, 10 Hz, 300 μs (group 500SP); 400 mJ, 10 Hz, 100 μs (group 400MSP); and 400 mJ, 10 Hz, 300 μs (group 400SP). Surface roughness measurements (Ra) were performed using a profilometer. The data were analysed by two-way ANOVA, and mean values were compared using Tukey's HSD test (α = 0.05). According to the two-way ANOVA results, the base metal alloys and interaction between base metal alloy and surface treatment were not statistically significant different (p > 0.05), the surface treatments were significantly different (p Er:YAG laser treatment at 400 and 500 mJ/10 Hz is not an alternative method for surface roughening of base metal alloys.

  10. Electrodeposited ultrafine TaOx/CB catalysts for PEFC cathode application: Their oxygen reduction reaction kinetics

    Seo, Jeongsuk


    Ultrafine TaOx nanoparticles were electrodeposited on carbon black (CB) powder in a nonaqueous Ta complex solution at room temperature, and the resultant TaOx/CB catalysts were assessed as oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) electrocatalysts for polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) cathodes. The Ta electrodeposition process was scaled up using a newly designed working electrode containing a CB dense layer, without introducing any binder such as the ionomer Nafion in the electrode for electrodeposition. The electrodeposited TaOx/CB powders were removed from the deposition electrode and subsequent H2 treatment at varying temperatures between 523 and 1073 K was attempted to increase the ORR performance. The TaOx/CB samples were characterized by SEM, STEM, XPS, and EELS measurements. XPS and EELS results indicated the reduced nature of the Ta species caused by the high-temperature treatment in H2, while STEM images clearly revealed that the TaOx particles aggregated as the treatment temperature increased. When the TaOx/CB catalyst, which was treated at 873 K for 2 h, was deposited on a glassy carbon substrate with Nafion ionomer, it resulted in the highest activity among the samples investigated, giving an onset potential of 0.95 VRHE at -2 μA cm-2 in a 0.1 M H2SO4 solution. Moreover, the long-term stability test with 10,000 cycles of the voltammetry only led to a 6% loss in the ORR currents, demonstrating the high stability of the TaOx/CB catalysts. Kinetic analysis by R(R)DE indicated that the four-electron transfer pathway in the ORR process was dominant for this TaOx/CB catalyst, and Tafel plots showed a slope corresponding to a one-electron reaction for the rate-determining step.

  11. Granulation of fine powder

    Chen, Ching-Fong


    A mixture of fine powder including thorium oxide was converted to granulated powder by forming a first-green-body and heat treating the first-green-body at a high temperature to strengthen the first-green-body followed by granulation by crushing or milling the heat-treated first-green-body. The granulated powder was achieved by screening through a combination of sieves to achieve the desired granule size distribution. The granulated powder relies on the thermal bonding to maintain its shape and structure. The granulated powder contains no organic binder and can be stored in a radioactive or other extreme environment. The granulated powder was pressed and sintered to form a dense compact with a higher density and more uniform pore size distribution.

  12. Diode pumped Nd:YAG laser development

    Reno, C. W.; Herzog, D. G.


    A low power Nd:YAG laser was constructed which employs GaAs injection lasers as a pump source. Power outputs of 125 mW TEM CW with the rod at 250 K and the pump at 180 K were achieved for 45 W input power to the pump source. Operation of the laser, with array and laser at a common heat sink temperature of 250 K, was inhibited by difficulties in constructing long-life GaAs LOC laser arrays. Tests verified pumping with output power of 20 to 30 mW with rod and pump at 250 K. Although life tests with single LOC GaAs diodes were somewhat encouraging (with single diodes operating as long as 9000 hours without degradation), failures of single diodes in arrays continue to occur, and 50 percent power is lost in a few hundred hours at 1 percent duty factor. Because of the large recent advances in the state of the art of CW room temperature AlGaAs diodes, their demonstrated lifetimes of greater than 5,000 hours, and their inherent advantages for this task, it is recommended that these sources be used for further CW YAG injection laser pumping work.

  13. Bioceramic coating of hydroxyapatite on titanium substrate with Nd-YAG laser

    Cheng, Gary J. [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164 (United States)]. E-mail:; Pirzada, Daniel [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164 (United States); Cai, M. [Physics Department Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-2814 (United States); Mohanty, Pravansu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan - Dearborn, Dearborn, MI (United States); Bandyopadhyay, Amit [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164 (United States)


    The ability to bond to bone tissue is a unique property of bioactive ceramics. Hydroxyapatite (HAp) is one of the potential bioceramics candidates due to its superior bio-compatibility. Significant effort has been devoted to coat HAp ceramics on metallic substrates. Most of these processes, such as ion-beam sputter coating, thermal spraying, and flame spraying, are high temperature line of sight processes, which suffer from undesirable phase formation and weak metal/HAP bonding strength. This paper presents a unique process to coat HAp powders on titanium substrates at low temperature and enhance the coating/substrate interface by laser surface engineering. Nd-YAG laser transmits HAp powders and the laser power is absorbed by titanium substrate to produce a thin layer of molten region. During coating process, HAp powders are kept at low temperature before they are entrapped in metallic layer. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used to investigate the microstructure of coating; the chemical composition of the coating is determined by energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS). Mechanical properties of the interface between coating and Ti substrate were investigated by nanoindentation.

  14. Cow dung powder poisoning

    Khaja Mohideen Sherfudeen


    Full Text Available Cow dung, which has germicidal property, was used in ancient days to clean living premises in South India. Nowadays, people are using commercially available synthetic cow dung powder. It is locally known as "saani powder" in Tamil Nadu. It is freely available in homes and is sometimes accidentally consumed by children. It is available in two colors - yellow and green. Cow dung powder poisoning is common in districts of Tamil Nadu such as Coimbatore, Tirupur, and Erode. We report two cases of yellow cow dung powder poisoning from our hospital.

  15. Cow dung powder poisoning.

    Sherfudeen, Khaja Mohideen; Kaliannan, Senthil Kumar; Dammalapati, Pavan Kumar


    Cow dung, which has germicidal property, was used in ancient days to clean living premises in South India. Nowadays, people are using commercially available synthetic cow dung powder. It is locally known as "saani powder" in Tamil Nadu. It is freely available in homes and is sometimes accidentally consumed by children. It is available in two colors - yellow and green. Cow dung powder poisoning is common in districts of Tamil Nadu such as Coimbatore, Tirupur, and Erode. We report two cases of yellow cow dung powder poisoning from our hospital.

  16. Preparation of neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet powders and fibers

    R.López; J.Zárate; E.A.Aguilar; J.Mu(n)oz-Salda(n)a


    Using nitrate precursors, a novel spray-drying assisted citrate gel process for the preparation of neodymium-doped yttrium alumi-num garnet (YAG) phase was developed. Synthesis of single-phase polycrystalline YAG was achieved at temperatures as low as 800 ℃ us-ing the spray-drying methodology whilst conventional approaches currently available require 1000 ℃. Initially, a solution was prepared by mixing aluminum and yttrium nitrates, citric acid, etilenglycol and neodymium oxide. This solution was dried by pulverization (spray dryer) to obtain aggregated precursor powders of the compound. These aggregates were calcined at 800, 850 and 900 ℃ to determine the phase evolution from amorphous to crystalline by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The morphology of aggregates was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Moreover, through XRD it was determined that the crystallization of YAG phase started at about 800 ℃ without any intermediate phases. The powders were composed of spherical aggregates with an average diame-ter of 1 μm. From these powders, ceramic fibers with additions of 2at.% and 5at.% Nd, were extracted from the melt with diameters ranging from 30 μm to 50 μm.

  17. Development of HCM Double-tray Hovering Wind Micro-powder Impact Grinding%HCM双盘旋风微粉冲击磨的研制

    卢乐民; 范顺利; 容北国; 罗习


    超细粉体的规模化生产对粉磨设备的主要要求是稳定、高效、节能,HCM双盘旋风微粉冲击磨通过采用独特的双盘对转、双层破碎腔顺序多级粉磨技术,对冲击元件采用耐磨材料或耐磨处理,使之具有冲击能量大,能量转化高、使用寿命长等优势,可满足超细粉体的规模化生产的需求,经过用户使用验证:HCM双盘旋风微粉冲击磨具备超细粉体无级调节,单位产量能耗低,节能环保等特点,其各项主要技术指标达到设计预期,能满足客户的各类超细粉体加工需求.%Modern scale production of ultra-fine powder is a trend in ultra-fine powder in processing industry. The main requirment of grinding equipment is stability,high efficiency,and energy conservation. HCM dual-cone impact mill is demanded to develop to meet the need of modern scale production of ultra-fine powder with its multi-stage grinding technology by two cones counterrotating and crushing in two chambers. HCM dual-cone impact mill is noted for high impacting strength,high efficiency on energy transferring and long using time. The stepless adjustment of powder fitness,low energy consumption and Environmental Protection of HCM dual-cone impact mill are verified in practice. As all the design guarantee figures have been can meet the requirment of all ultra-fine powder processing.

  18. Laser synthesis of silicon carbide powders from silane and hydrocarbon mixtures

    Cauchetier, M.; Croix, O.; Luce, M. (CEN Saclay, Gis sur Yvette (France))


    Ultrafine silicon carbide powders have been synthesized from mixtures of silane and hydrocarbons (with one to four carbon atoms) irradiated with an unfocused, high-power (1 kW), continuous-wave industrial CO{sub 2} laser. The chemistry of the reaction has been determined by analysis of the gaseous phase, either by infrared spectroscopy or by combined-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry; reaction yields have been determined. A silicon carbide production rate of 30 g/h with a yield > 99% was obtained from silane and acetylene mixtures with a 600-W laser power. An attempt to approach a production rate of 100 g/h at laboratory scale has been successful. Powder characteristics, such as particle size (10 to 50 nm), crystallinity, and stoichiometry can be controlled through optimization of laser intensity, gas pressure, and flow rate. The powders consist of equiaxed particles which exhibit a narrow size distribution.

  19. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy of mechanically milled protein fibre powders and their free volume aspects

    Patil, K.; Sellaiyan, S.; Rajkhowa, R.; Tsuzuki, T.; Lin, T.; Smith, S. V.; Wang, X.; Uedono, A.


    The present study reports the fabrication of ultra-fine powders from animal protein fibres such as cashmere guard hair, merino wool and eri silk along with their free volume aspects. The respectively mechanically cleaned, scoured and degummed cashmere guard hair, wool and silk fibres were converted into dry powders by a process sequence: Chopping, Attritor Milling, and Spray Drying. The fabricated protein fibre powders were characterised by scanning electron microscope, particle size distribution and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). The PALS results indicated that the average free volume size in protein fibres increased on their wet mechanical milling with a decrease in the corresponding intensities leading to a resultant decrease in their fractional free volumes.

  20. Preparation of YAG: Ce3+ phosphor by sol-gel low temperature combustion method and its luminescent properties

    YAN Xing-huang; ZHENG Song-sheng; YU Rui-min; CAI Jing; XU Zhi-wei; LIU Chun-jia; LUO Xue-tao


    YAG:Ce3+ phosphor was prepared by sol-gel low-temperature combustion method.The effects of the precursor properties and calcining temperature on the crystallization process,microscopic morphology and luminescent properties of phosphor were studied.The results indicate that the pure phase of YAG can be obtained at 800℃ by sol-gel low temperature combustion method,using citric acid as complexing agent.When the molar ratio of metal ion to citric acid is 2.0 and pH value is 2,the crystallinity increases and the phosphor particle size grows up gradually with the increase of the calcining temperature.The powders were characterized through thermal analysis,X-ray diffraction analysis and scanning electron microscope analysis.The excitation spectra of YAG: Ce3+ phosphor take on a double peak structure,and the peak value of the main excitation spectra occurs at 460nm and that of the emission spectra is near 530nm.With the gradual increase of the calcining temperature,the peak position of excitation and emission spectra remains basically unchanged,but its relative intensity increases gradually.

  1. Ablation of porcine ligamentum flavum with Ho:YAG, q-switched Ho:YAG, and quadrupled Nd:YAG lasers.

    Johnson, Matt R; Codd, Patrick J; Hill, Westin M; Boettcher, Tara


    Ligamentum flavum (LF) is a tough, rubbery connective tissue providing a portion of the ligamentous stability to the spinal column, and in its hypertrophied state forms a significant compressive pathology in degenerative spinal stenosis. The interaction of lasers and this biological tissue have not been thoroughly studied. Technological advances improving endoscopic surgical access to the spinal canal makes selective removal of LF using small, flexible tools such as laser-coupled fiber optics increasingly attractive for treatment of debilitating spinal stenosis. Testing was performed to assess the effect of Ho:YAG, Q-switched Ho:YAG, and frequency quadrupled Nd:YAG lasers on samples of porcine LF. The objective was to evaluate the suitability of these lasers for surgical removal of LF. LF was resected from porcine spine within 2 hours of sacrifice and stored in saline until immediately prior to laser irradiation, which occurred within an additional 2 hours. The optical absorbance of a sample was measured over the spectral band from 190 to 2,360 nm both before and after dehydration. For the experiments using the Ho:YAG (λ = 2,080 nm, tp  = 140 µs, FWHM) and Q-Switched Ho:YAG (λ = 2,080 nm, tp  = 260 ns, FWHM) lasers, energy was delivered to the LF through a laser-fiber optic with 600 µm core and NA = 0.39. For the experiment using the frequency quadrupled Nd:YAG laser (λ = 266 nm, tp  = 5 ns FWHM), rather than applying the laser energy through a laser-fiber, the energy was focused through an aperture and lens directly onto the LF. Five experiments were conducted to evaluate the effect of the given lasers on LF. First, using the Ho:YAG laser, the single-pulse laser-hole depth versus laser fluence was measured with the laser-fiber in direct contact with the LF (1 g force) and with a standoff distance of 1 mm between the laser-fiber face and the LF. Second, with the LF remaining in situ and the spine bisected

  2. Lasing and thermal characteristics of Yb:YAG/YAG composite with atomic diffusion bonding

    Sankar Nagisetty, Siva; Severova, Patricie; Miura, Taisuke; Smrž, Martin; Kon, Hitoe; Uomoto, Miyuki; Shimatsu, Takehito; Kawasaki, Masato; Higashiguchi, Takeshi; Endo, Akira; Mocek, Tomáš


    We demonstrated the laser performance of an Yb:YAG/YAG composite ceramic laser medium mounted on an aluminium heatsink via atomic diffusion bonding (ADB) technique using nanocrystalline metal films at room temperature in air. The surface temperature rise of the ADB bonded laser medium was linear with 57 °C lower than that of the commercially available soldered Yb:YAG thin disk at the pump power of 280 W. Moreover, the ADB disk was pumped 1.5 times higher (7.3 kW cm-2) than the typical damage threshold of the soldered disk without any sign of damage. The undoped capping may be effective for the suppression of ASE heating; however, according to the in situ OPD measurement it induces strong thermal lensing. The CW laser output power of 177 W was obtained at the pump power of 450 W with the optical-to-optical efficiency of 40% using V-shape cavity.

  3. Concentrations of ultrafine particles at a highway toll collection booth and exposure implications for toll collectors.

    Cheng, Yu-Hsiang; Huang, Cheng-Hsiung; Huang, Hsiao-Lin; Tsai, Chuen-Jinn


    Research regarding the magnitude of ultrafine particle levels at highway toll stations is limited. This study measured ambient concentrations of ultrafine particles at a highway toll station from October 30 to November 1 and November 5 to November 6, 2008. A scanning mobility particle sizer was used to measure ultrafine particle concentrations at a ticket/cash tollbooth. Levels of hourly average ultrafine particles at the tollbooth were about 3-6 times higher than those in urban backgrounds, indicating that a considerable amount of ultrafine particles are exhausted from passing vehicles. A bi-modal size distribution pattern with a dominant mode at about particle reactions in fresh fumes emitted directly from vehicles. The influences of traffic volume, wind speed, and relative humidity on ultrafine particle concentrations were also determined. High ambient concentrations of ultrafine particles existed under low wind speed, low relative humidity, and high traffic volume. Although different factors account for high ambient concentrations of ultrafine particles at the tollbooth, measurements indicate that toll collectors who work close to traffic emission sources have a high exposure risk.

  4. Pulsed Nd-YAG laser in endodontics

    Ragot-Roy, Brigitte; Severin, Claude; Maquin, Michel


    The purpose of this study was to establish an operative method in endodontics. The effect of a pulsed Nd:YAG laser on root canal dentin has been examined with a scanning electron microscope. Our first experimentation was to observe the impacts carried out perpendicularly to root canal surface with a 200 micrometers fiber optic in the presence of dye. Secondarily, the optical fiber was used as an endodontic instrument with black dye. The irradiation was performed after root canal preparation (15/100 file or 40/100 file) or directly into the canal. Adverse effects are observed. The results show that laser irradiation on root canal dentin surfaces induces a nonhomogeneous modified dentin layer, melted and resolidified dentin closed partially dentinal tubules. The removal of debris is not efficient enough. The laser treatment seems to be indicated only for endodontic and periapical spaces sterilization after conventional root canal preparation.

  5. Crystallography of Alumina-YAG-Eutectic

    Farmer, Serene C.; Sayir, Ali; Dickerson, Robert M.; Matson, Lawrence E.


    Multiple descriptions of the alumina-YAG eutectic crystallography appear in the ceramic literature. The orientation between two phases in a eutectic system has direct impact on residual stress, morphology, microstructural stability, and high temperature mechanical properties. A study to demonstrate that the different crystallographic relationships can be correlated with different growth constraints was undertaken. Fibers produced by Laser-Heated Float Zone (LHFZ) and Edge-defined Film-fed Growth (EFG) were examined. A map of the orientation relationship between Al2O3 and Y3Al5O12 and their relationship to the fiber growth axis as a function of pull rate are presented. Regions in which a single orientation predominates are identified.

  6. Demining with Nd:YAG laser

    Rothacher, Thomas; Lüthy, Willy; Weber, Heinz P.


    Laser neutralization of antipersonnel (AP) mines offers the enormous advantage to work from a safe distance. In this article the interaction of Nd:YAG laser radiation and four different types of blast AP mines is investigated. For this purpose, a very compact laser system for mine neutralization is developed. The incident power on the mine surfaces is varied from 20 to 70 W. Neutralization of all mines is achieved from a safe distance up to 50 m. The mines burn and finally detonate after an irradiation time of a few minutes. Detonation of the irradiated burning mines is considerably weaker compared to fully functional mines. Therefore, expected damage in the surrounding area is significantly reduced.

  7. Yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) obtained by rare-earth mixed oxide (RE{sub 2}O{sub 3})

    Castro, D.F.; Daguano, J.K.M.F.; Rodrigues Junior, D., E-mail: claudinei@demar.eel.usp.b [Universidade de Sao Paulo (EEL/USP), Lorena, SP (Brazil). Escola de Engenharia; Santos, C. [Centro Universitario de Volta Redonda (MEMAT/UNIFOA), RJ (Brazil); Suzuki, P.A. [Laboratorio Nacional de Luz Sincrotron (LNLS), Campinas, SP (Brazil); Silva, O.M.M. [Centro Tecnico Aeroespacial (CTA-IAE), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Atividades Espaciais. Div. de Materiais


    In this work, the substitution of commercial Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} by a rare earth mixed oxide, RE{sub 2}O{sub 3}, to form Yttrium aluminum Garnet-Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}, was investigated. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:RE{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder-mixtures, in a molar ratio of 60:40, were milled and subsequently cold uniaxially-pressed. Compacts were sintered at 1000, 1400 or 1600 deg C, for 120 minutes. RE{sub 2}O{sub 3} oxide was characterized by high-resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction (HRXRD) and compared to Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}. X-ray diffraction pattern of the RE{sub 2}O{sub 3} indicates a true solid solution formation. Rietveld refinement of the sintered YAG and (RE)AG reveled a similar crystal structure to the YAGs obtained by the use of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} or Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-RE{sub 2}O{sub 3} respectively. Microstructural analysis of both, YAG or (RE)AG, revealed similar grain sizes of about 2.5 {mu}m besides mechanical properties, with hardness of 400HV and fracture toughness of 3.8MPa.m1/2. It could be, thus, demonstrated that pure Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} can be substituted by the rare-earth solid solution, RE{sub 2}O{sub 3}, in the formation YAGs, presenting similar microstructural and mechanical properties. (author)

  8. Laser fabrication nanocrystalline coatings using simultaneous powders/wire feed

    Li, Jianing; Zhai, Tongguang; Zhang, Yuanbin; Shan, Feihu; Liu, Peng; Ren, Guocheng


    Laser melting deposition (LMD) fabrication is used to investigate feasibilty of simultaneously feeding TC17 wire and the Stellite 20-Si3N4-TiC-Sb mixed powders in order to increase the utilization ratio of materials and also quality of LMD composite coatings on the TA1 substrate. SEM images indicated that such LMD coating with metallurgical joint to substrate was formed free of the obvious defects. Lots of the ultrafine nanocrystals (UNs) were produced, which distributed uniformly in some coating matrix location, retarding growth of the ceramics in a certain extent; UNs were intertwined with amorphous, leading the yarn-shape materials to be produced. Compared with substrate, an improvement of wear resistance was achieved for such LMD coating.

  9. Study of the sintering behavior of fine, ultrafine and nanocrystalline WC-CO mixtures obtained by high energy milling; Estudio del comportamiento durante la sinterizacion de mezclas WC-Co finas, ultrafinas y nanocristalinas obtenidas por molienda de alta energia

    Salvador, M. D.; Bonache, V.; Amigo, V.; Busquets, D.


    In this work the sintering behaviour of fine, ultrafine and nanocrystalline WC-12Co mixtures obtained by high energy milling, as well commercial nano powders, have been studied, in order to evaluate the effect of the particle size and the powder processing, in the densification, microstructural development and mechanical properties of the final product. The consolidation of the mixtures has been made by uniaxial pressing and sintering in vacuum, and by hot isostatic pressing. The sintered materials have been evaluated by measures of density, hardness and indentation fracture toughness, and micro structurally characterized by optical microscopy and scanning and transmission electronic microscopy (SEM and TEM). The results show the improvements in resistant behaviour of the materials obtained from nanocrystalline powders, in spite of the grain growth experienced during the sintering. The best results were obtained for the milling nanocrystalline material, which presents values of hardness higher than 180 HV. (Author) 46 refs.

  10. Anti-aggregation dispersion of ultrafine particles by electro-static technique


    The dispersion of ultrafine particles in the air can be achieved by mechanical method or surface modification. In this work, the electrostatic technique was first employed for anti-aggregation of ultrafine particles. When the relative humidity of the air is within the region of 70%-75%, effective storage time of ultrafine particles can reach 72 h after treatment by the electrostatic technique. The experi-mental results showed that this technique imparted ultrafine particles much more pronounced anti-aggregation property. In the dry air, the critical diameter of ultrafine particles anti-aggregated by the electrostatic technique is the function of particle property and charging field intensity. The critical diameter is inversely proportional to the square of the charging field intensity.

  11. Emission of ultrafine particles from the incineration of municipal solid waste: A review

    Jones, Alan M.; Harrison, Roy M.


    Ultrafine particles (diameter waste, and this article reviews studies carried out on the emissions from modern municipal waste incinerators. The effects of engineering controls upon particle emissions are considered, as well as the very limited information on the effects of changing waste composition. The results of measurements of incinerator flue gas, and of atmospheric sampling at ground level in the vicinity of incinerators, show that typical ultrafine particle concentrations in flue gas are broadly similar to those in urban air and that consequently, after the dispersion process dilutes incinerator exhaust with ambient air, ultrafine particle concentrations are typically indistinguishable from those that would occur in the absence of the incinerator. In some cases the ultrafine particle concentration in the flue gas may be below that in the local ambient air. This appears to be a consequence of the removal of semi-volatile vapours in the secondary combustion zone and abatement plant, and the high efficiency of fabric filters for ultrafine particle collection.

  12. Magnetic analyses of powders from exhausted cabin air filters

    Winkler, Aldo; Sagnotti, Leonardo


    The automotive cabin air filter is a pleated-paper filter placed in the outside-air intake for the car's passenger compartment. Dirty and saturated cabin air filters significantly reduce the airflow from the outside and introduce particulate matter (PM) and allergens (for example, pollen) into the cabin air stream. Magnetic measurements and analyses have been carried out on powders extracted from exhausted cabin air filters to characterize their magnetic properties and to compare them to those already reported for powders collected from disk brakes, gasoline exhaust pipes and Quercus ilex leaves. This study is also aimed at the identification and quantification of the contribution of the ultrafine fraction, superparamagnetic (SP) at room temperature, to the overall magnetic properties of these powders. This contribution was estimated by interpreting and comparing data from FORCs, isothermal remanent magnetization vs time decay curves, frequency and field dependence of the magnetic susceptibility and out-of-phase susceptibility. The magnetic properties and the distribution of the SP particles are generally homogenous and independent of the brand of the car, of the model of the filter and of its level of usage. The relatively high concentration of magnetic PM trapped in these filters poses relevant questions about the air quality inside a car.

  13. Fabrication and laser performance of highly transparent Nd:YAG ceramics from well-dispersed Nd:Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanopowders by freeze-drying

    Gong Hua, E-mail:; Zhang Jian; Tang Dingyuan; Xie Guoqiang; Huang Hui [Nanyang Technological University, Photonics Research Centre, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Singapore); Ma Jan [Nanyang Technological University, School of Material Science and Engineering (Singapore)


    Well-dispersed Nd:Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders with uniform particle size of about 60 nm were synthesized from freeze-dried precursors. Highly transparent 2 at.% Nd:YAG ceramics were fabricated from the as-synthesized Nd:Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders and commercial Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders by vacuum sintering at 1,750 Degree-Sign C for 5 h. Phase evolution, microstructures, and spectroscopic properties of the Nd:YAG transparent ceramics were investigated. Freeze-drying played an important role in the synthesis of high-quality Nd:Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanosized powders, which were essential for the fabrication of highly transparent Nd:YAG ceramics. Optical transmittance of a 3-mm thick sample reached 82% in the wavelength range of 200-900 nm. 5.23 W output power was obtained with 14.3 W diode laser pumping, giving a slope efficiency of 36.5%.

  14. Optimization of operating variables for production of ultra-fine talc in a stirred mill. Specific surface area investigations

    Toraman Oner Yusuf


    Full Text Available Due to its properties such as chemical inertness, softness, whiteness, high thermal conductivity, low electrical conductivity and adsorption properties talc has wide industrial applications in paper, cosmetics, paints, polymer, ceramics, refractory materials and pharmaceutical. The demand for ultra-fine talc is emerging which drives the mineral industry to produce value added products. In this study, it was investigated how certain grinding parameters such as mill speed, ball filling ratio, powder filling ratio and grinding time of dry stirred mill affect grindability of talc ore (d97=127 μm. A series of laboratory experiments using a 24 full factorial design was conducted to determine the optimal operational parameters of a stirred mill in order to minimize the specific surface area. The main and interaction effects on the volume specific surface area (SV,−3 of the ground product were evaluated using the Yates analysis. Under the optimal conditions at the stirrer speed of 600 rpm, grinding time of 20 min, sample mass of 5% and ball ratio of 70%, the resulting talc powder had larger volume specific surface area (i.e., 3.48−3 than the starting material (i.e., 1.84−3.

  15. Film analysis employing subtarget effect using 355 nm Nd-YAG laser-induced plasma at low pressure

    Hedwig, Rinda [Department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of Computer Studies, Bina Nusantara University, 9 K.H. Syahdan, Jakarta Barat 11480 (Indonesia); Budi, Wahyu Setia [Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Diponegoro University, Tembalang Campus, Semarang, Central Java (Indonesia); Abdulmadjid, Syahrun Nur [Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Syiah Kuala University, Darussalam, Banda Aceh, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (Indonesia); Pardede, Marincan [Research Center of Maju Makmur Mandiri Foundation, 40 Srengseng Raya, Kembangan, Jakarta Barat 11630 (Indonesia); Suliyanti, Maria Margaretha [Research Center of Maju Makmur Mandiri Foundation, 40 Srengseng Raya, Kembangan, Jakarta Barat 11630 (Indonesia); Lie, Tjung Jie [Research Center of Maju Makmur Mandiri Foundation, 40 Srengseng Raya, Kembangan, Jakarta Barat 11630 (Indonesia); Kurniawan, Davy Putra [Research Center of Maju Makmur Mandiri Foundation, 40 Srengseng Raya, Kembangan, Jakarta Barat 11630 (Indonesia); Kurniawan, Koo Hendrik [Research Center of Maju Makmur Mandiri Foundation, 40 Srengseng Raya, Kembangan, Jakarta Barat 11630 (Indonesia)]. E-mail:; Kagawa, Kiichiro [Department of Physics, Faculty of Education and Regional Studies, 9-1 bunkyo 3-chome, Fukui 910-8507 (Japan); Tjia, May On [Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Bandung Institute of Technology, 10 Ganesha, Bandung 40132 (Indonesia)


    The applicability of spectrochemical analysis for liquid and powder samples of minute amount in the form of thin film was investigated using ultraviolet Nd-YAG laser (355 nm) and low-pressure ambient air. A variety of organic samples such as commercial black ink usually used for stamp pad, ginseng extract, human blood, liquid milk and ginseng powder was prepared as film deposited on the surface of an appropriate hard substrate such as copper plate or glass slide. It was demonstrated that in all cases studied, good quality spectra were obtained with very low background and free from undesirable contamination by the substrate elements, featuring ppm or even sub-ppm sensitivity and worthy of application for quantitative analysis of organic samples. The proper preparation of the films was found to be crucial in achieving the high quality spectra. It was further shown that much inferior results were obtained when the atmospheric-pressure (101 kPa) operating condition of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy or the fundamental wavelength of the Nd-YAG laser was employed due to the excessive or improper laser ablation process.

  16. Er:YAG laser radiation etching of enamel

    Dostalova, Tatjana; Jelinkova, Helena; Krejsa, Otakar; Hamal, Karel; Kubelka, Jiri; Prochazka, Stanislav


    This study compares the effects of acid treatment and Er:YAG laser radiation on the enamel. The permanent human molars were used. Oval cavities in the buccal surface were prepared and the edges of cavities were irradiated by Er:YAG radiation. The energy of laser was 105 mJ and repetition rate 1 Hz. The radiation was focused by CaF2 lens and the sample was placed in the focus. Ten samples were etched by 35 percent phosphoric acid during 60 s. Than cavities were filled with composite resin following manufacturers directions. By laser etching the structure enamel in section was rougher. The optimal connection between the enamel and composite resin was achieved in 75 percent by acid etching and in 79.2 percent by Er:YAG laser etching. Er:YAG laser etching could be alternative method for etching of enamel.

  17. Optical properties of epitaxial YAG:Yb films

    Ubizskii, S. B.; Matkovskii, A. O.; Melnyk, S. S.; Syvorotka, I. M.; Müller, V.; Peters, V.; Petermann, K.; Beyertt, A.; Giesen, A.


    This work deals with the investigation of the optical properties of epitaxial YAG:Yb films and their suitability as gain media for thin disk lasers. Epitaxial films of YAG:Yb were grown by the liquid phase epitaxy method in air on the (111)-oriented YAG substrates. The thickness of the grown layers was from 30 to 260 m. The melt composition was varied to obtain the desired doping level from 10 to 15% and to optimize the optical properties. The best epitaxial films were colourless and had an Yb3+ luminescence lifetime of more than 950 s, which is very close to the intrinsic lifetime of the Yb ions in the bulk YAG single crystals. These films were tested in a thin disk laser setup with 24 absorption passes of the 940 nm pumping beam. The maximum output power at 1.03 m wavelength in CW operation reached more than 60 W and the optical efficiency was close to 30%.

  18. Growth and characterization of YAG:Cr4+epitaxial films

    Ubizskii, Sergii B.; Syvorotka, Igor M.; Melnyk, Sergii S.; Matkovskii, Andrej O.; Kopczynski, Krzysztof; Mierczyk, Zygmunt; Frukacz, Zygmunt


    Epitaxial films with thickness of 10 - 250 micrometers of yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) doped with Cr were grown by liquid phase epitaxy technique on YAG:Nd substrates. Co-doping with Mg2+ is used to force the Cr4+ valent state formation. Dependence of absorption spectra of obtained films on melt-solution composition, growth conditions and thermal treatment in reducing and oxidizing atmospheres is studied. A very intensive absorption band in UV region with maximum at 275 nm was found both in co-doped and YAG:Mg2+ epifilms caused probably by oxygen vacancies compensating the excess charge of Mg2+. Its intensity correlates with Cr4+ content in the film in that way: it decreases with Cr4+ entering in the film. The absorption being characteristic for YAG:Cr4+ crystals is found in co-doped films grown at higher temperatures (1000 - 1100 degree(s)C). The processes occurring during annealing are discussed.

  19. Effect of Additive on Microstructure of Transparent YAG Ceramics

    Sun Xudong; Wen Lei; Xiu Zhimeng; Huo Di; Li Xiaodong; Chi-Tay Tsai


    Transparent YAG (yttrium aluminum garnet) ceramics were fabricated by solid-state reaction method. Effect of additive (tetraethyl orthosilicate, TEOS) on microstructure of YAG ceramics was investigated. If the addition of TEOS is more than 3% (mass fraction), large amount of liquid phase can be yielded at grain boundaries, resulting in the formation of second phase particles at grain boundaries. If the addition is less than 0.05% (mass fraction), pores are entrapped in the grains. The suitable amount is 0.5% (mass fraction). A fully transparent YAG ceramic was fabricated by vacuum sintering at 1700 ℃ for 5 h. Optical transmittance of the YAG ceramic is 63% in the visible light wavelengths and 70% in the infrared wavelengths.

  20. The bactericidal effect of a Genius (R) Nd : YAG laser

    Kranendonk, A.A.; Reijden, W.A. van der; Winkelhoff, A.J. van; Weijden, G.A. van der


    PURPOSE: To evaluate the 'in vitro' bactericidal effect of the Nd:YAG laser (Genius, MØlsgaard Dental, Copenhagen, Denmark) on six periodontal pathogens. METHODS: Suspensions of six different periodontal pathogens (Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Prevotella intermedi

  1. The bactericidal effect of a Genius Nd: YAG laser

    Kranendonk, A.A.; van der Reijden, W.A.; van Winkelhoff, A.J.; van der Weijden, G.A.


    Purpose: To evaluate the ‘in vitro’ bactericidal effect of the Nd:YAG laser (Genius, MØlsgaard Dental, Copenhagen, Denmark) on six periodontal pathogens. Methods: Suspensions of six different periodontal pathogens (Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Prevotella intermedi

  2. The bactericidal effect of a Genius (R) Nd : YAG laser

    Kranendonk, A.A.; Reijden, W.A. van der; Winkelhoff, A.J. van; Weijden, G.A. van der


    PURPOSE: To evaluate the 'in vitro' bactericidal effect of the Nd:YAG laser (Genius, MØlsgaard Dental, Copenhagen, Denmark) on six periodontal pathogens. METHODS: Suspensions of six different periodontal pathogens (Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Prevotella intermedi

  3. Progress on grain growth dynamics in sintering of nano-powders

    LIU Chunjing; WANG Xin; JIANG Yanfei; WANG Yongming; HAO Shunli


    Nanostructured materials, characterized by an ultrafine grain size, have stimulated much research interest by virtue of their unusual mechanical, electrical, optical, and magnetic properties. In this paper, the sintering process of nano-powders were reviewed, to which sintering of the traditional materials compared. The microstructural development, i.e., grain growth and densification during sintering as well as the mechanism of crystal surface diffusion and boundary migration were analyzed, and the dynamic models on sintering process were summarized by the relationship of grain growth and pores size, interface diffusion, densification rate, and sintering temperature. Finally, the research tendency of this major on the basis of above models was discussed.

  4. Direct synthesis of nanocrystalline oxide powders by wet-chemical techniques

    Vladimir V. Srdić


    Full Text Available In a recent period there is a great need for increasing the knowledge of tailoring the innovative procedures for the synthesis of electroceramic nanopowders and materials with improved quality for specific application. In order to produce electroceramics with desirable microstructure and properties, synthesis of stoichiometric, ultra-fine and agglomerate free powders with narrow size distributions is one of the most important steps. Within this scope, in the present paper we summarize our recent results on direct synthesis of some important perovskites and ferrites nanopowders by wet-chemical techniques.

  5. Compaction of Titanium Powders

    Gerdemann, Stephen,J; Jablonski, Paul, J


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

  6. 600-W lamp pumped CW Nd:YAG laser

    Qiang Li(李强); Zhimin Wang(王志敏); Zhiyong Wang(王智勇); Zhensheng Yu(于振声); Hong Lei(雷訇); Jiang Guo(郭江); Gang Li(李港); Tiechuan Zuo(左铁钏)


    A lamp pumped CW Nd:YAG laser is presented in this paper for the requirement of industrial application.The main factors, which affect output power and beam quality of high power solid-state laser module, are theoretically analyzed. Total electro-optics efficiency of lamp pumped Nd:YAG crystal as high as 4.0% is obtained, and output power is higher than 647 W with beam parameter product 22 mm.mrad.

  7. Ho:YAG Single Crystal Fiber: Fabrication and Optical Characterization


    diameter variations, two feedback systems are employed. First, a standard proportional-integral-derivative ( PID ) controller provides feedback from...broad emission band from 2050 – 2150 nm, and previous papers confirm the wavelength tuning capability of Ho:YAG solid state lasers [23]. Ho:YAG SCF... tuned across the spectral band, then the gain was measured and plotted as markers in Fig. 4 for the 10.5 cm piece, along with the measured emission

  8. Ultra-Fine Grained Dual-Phase Steels

    Matthias Militzer


    Full Text Available This paper provides an overview on obtaining low-carbon ultra-fine grained dual-phase steels through rapid intercritical annealing of cold-rolled sheet as improved materials for automotive applications. A laboratory processing route was designed that involves cold-rolling of a tempered martensite structure followed by a second tempering step to produce a fine grained aggregate of ferrite and carbides as the initial microstructure for rapid intercritical annealing. The intercritical annealing step was performed with heating and cooling rates of at least 100 °C/s and a holding time of 30 s. The intercritical temperature was selected to result in 20- 35% martensite in the final microstructures for C-Mn steels with carbon contents of 0.06, 0.12 and 0.17 wt%, respectively. The proposed processing routes produced an ultra-fine grained ferrite-martensite structure withgrain sizes of approximately 1 ?m for all three steels. The tensile strength of these ultra-fine grained dualphase steels can be increased by up to 200 MPa as compared to coarse-grained dual-phase steels while maintaining uniform elongation values. The rather narrow processing window necessary to obtain these properties was evaluated by determining the effect of intercritical annealing conditions on microstructure evolution. Further, the experimental results were confirmed with phase field simulations of austenite formation indicating that rapid heat treatment cycles are essential to obtain fine grained intercritical austenite that leads to martensite islands with sizes of 1 ?m and below in the final microstructure.

  9. Study on the Effect of Laser Welding Parameters on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Ultrafine Grained 304L Stainless Steel

    Reihane Nafar Dehsorkhi


    Full Text Available In the present study, an ultrafine grained (UFG 304L stainless steel with the average grain size of 300 nm was produced by a combination of cold rolling and annealing. Weldability of the UFG sample was studied by Nd: YAG laser welding under different welding conditions. Taguchi experimental design was used to optimize the effect of frequency, welding time, laser current and laser pulse duration on the resultant microstructure and mechanical properties. X-ray Diffraction (XRD, Optical Microscope (OM, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM, Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM, microhardness measurements and tension tests were conducted to characterize the sample after thermomechanical processing and laser welding. The results showed that the ultrafine grained steel had the yield strength of 1000 Mpa and the total elongation of 48%, which were almost three times higher than those of the as-received sample. The microstructure of the weld zone was shown to be a mixture of austenite and delta ferrite. The microhardness of the optimized welded sample (315 HV0.5 was found to be close to the UFG base metal (350 HV. It was also observed that the hardness of the heat affected zone (HAZ was  lower than that of the weld zone, which was related to the HAZ grain growth during laser welding. The results of optimization also showed that the welding time was the most important parameter affecting the weld strength. Overall, the study showed that laser welding could be an appropriate and alternative welding technique for the joining of UFG steels.

  10. Deicing with Nd:YAG and CO2 lasers

    Qi, Lijun; Zhu, Xiao; Zhu, Changhong; Guo, Fei; Zhu, Guangzhi; Gu, Shanqiang


    A model of deicing with Nd:YAG and CO2 lasers for simulation using ANSYS software is presented. Experiments with a 300-W, 1-ms, 60-Hz Nd:YAG laser and a 500- to 2000-W cw CO2 laser are reported. The Nd:YAG laser is considered as a volume thermal source, and the CO2 laser as a plane thermal source. The model and the simulation results can describe both Nd:YAG and CO2 laser deicing well. The results of the simulation and experiments suggest that the melting rates for the two lasers are almost equal at the same laser power density. So are the melting efficiencies. The hard and transparent ice irradiated by the Nd:YAG laser becomes opaque and loose, because the thermal stress is distributed in the body of the ice, while the ice irradiated by the CO2 laser is still transparent and hard, because thermal stress hardly occurs. So the laser with characteristics of high output power and large ice absorbing length can be selected for the power line laser deicing system, and Nd:YAG laser is more appropriate for power-line deicing than CO2 laser.

  11. Facile Fabrication of Ultrafine Copper Nanoparticles in Organic Solvent

    Siegert Uwe


    Full Text Available Abstract A facile chemical reduction method has been developed to fabricate ultrafine copper nanoparticles whose sizes can be controlled down to ca. 1 nm by using poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone (PVP as the stabilizer and sodium borohyrdride as the reducing agent in an alkaline ethylene glycol (EG solvent. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM results and UV–vis absorption spectra demonstrated that the as-prepared particles were well monodispersed, mostly composed of pure metallic Cu nanocrystals and extremely stable over extended period of simply sealed storage.

  12. Ultra-fine ferrite grains obtained in the TSDR process

    Ling Zhang; Wangyue Yang; Chunxia Xue; Zuqing Sun


    By careful design of rolling schedule, ultra-fine (~2 μm) ferrite grains in a low carbon high niobium (0.09wt%Nb) micro-alloying steel with average austenite grain sizes above 800 μm can be achieved in the simulated thin slab direct rolling process. The 5-pass deformation was divided into two stages: the refinement of austenite through complete recrystallization and the refinement of ferrite through dynamic strain-induced transformation. The effects of Nb in solution and strain-induced NbCN precipitates on the fer-rite transformation were also extensively discussed.

  13. Stabilization of ultrafine metal nanocatalysts on thin carbon sheets

    Liu, Xiaofang; Cui, Xinrui; Liu, Yiding; Yin, Yadong


    A novel strategy was proposed to anchor ultrafine metal nanoparticles (NPs) on thin carbon sheets for highly stable and efficient heterogeneous catalysts. In this facile approach, a dense monolayer of ultrafine AuNPs was sandwiched between a silica core and a resin shell, followed by carbonization of the shell at a high temperature and then selective removal of the silica core. The shrinkage of the shells during carbonization facilitates partial embedment of the AuNPs on the carbon shell surface and provides superior stability against particle sintering during high temperature/mechanical post-treatments and catalytic reactions. It was also found that diffusion of reactants to the surface of AuNPs could be maximized by reducing the thickness of the hollow shells or simply by cracking the shells into thin carbon sheets, both significantly benefiting the catalytic efficiency. The advantages of this ultra-stable architecture together with the densely dispersed catalytic sites were demonstrated by their high stability and superior catalytic activity in reducing hydrophilic 4-nitrophenol and hydrophobic nitrobenzene.A novel strategy was proposed to anchor ultrafine metal nanoparticles (NPs) on thin carbon sheets for highly stable and efficient heterogeneous catalysts. In this facile approach, a dense monolayer of ultrafine AuNPs was sandwiched between a silica core and a resin shell, followed by carbonization of the shell at a high temperature and then selective removal of the silica core. The shrinkage of the shells during carbonization facilitates partial embedment of the AuNPs on the carbon shell surface and provides superior stability against particle sintering during high temperature/mechanical post-treatments and catalytic reactions. It was also found that diffusion of reactants to the surface of AuNPs could be maximized by reducing the thickness of the hollow shells or simply by cracking the shells into thin carbon sheets, both significantly benefiting the

  14. Passive mode locking of a Nd:YAG laser with co-doped Nd, Cr:YAG as saturable absorber

    Yang Lin(杨林); Feng Bao-Hua(冯宝华); Zhang Zhi-Guo(张治国); Gaebler Volker; Liu Bai-Ning(刘百宁); Eichler Hans


    We demonstrate the characteristics of relatively low saturation intensity using co-doped Nd, Cr:YAG as saturable absorber for passively mode locking the Nd:YAG laser. The difference of the saturation intensity between Q-switched and mode-locked operation in co-doped Nd, Cr:YAG was only one to two orders of magnitude, while Cr:YAG was generally reported at a difference of five orders of magnitude. More than 80% mode locking modulation depth was achieved at an incident pump power of 4.4W, corresponding to an intracavity intensity of 6 × 104W/cma2, using a 68cm long plano-concave cavity.

  15. Clinical application of the Nd-YAG and Ho-YAG lasers in otolaryngology: head and neck surgery

    Kukwa, Andrzej; Tulibacki, Marek P.; Dudziec, Katarzyna; Wojtowicz, Piotr


    The authors present their clinical experience regarding the possibilities of application of Nd:YAG and Ho:YAG lasers for the treatment of disorders in the area of the upper respiratory tract sinuses and ears. This technique makes it possible to perform a number of procedures in local anesthesia which considerably improves the economic effectiveness of the treatment. In case of the Nd:YAG laser they have also utilized the effect of deep coagulation of the soft tissues, whereas the Ho:YAG laser energy was applied for the surgery of bone tissue. The surgeries performed using laser beam enabled very good effect of treatment. They are competitive compared wit the methods used by traditional surgery.


    吕灼菲; 李轶; 张学建; 王成伟; 曾繁明; 刘景和


    The sol-gel combustion method was used to synthesize 50%Er3+(in mole) doped Y3Al5O12(YAG) nanopowder, using er-bium oxide, yttria, aluminum nitrate and citric acid as starting materials. The phase transformation, structure and morphology of Er3+:YAG precursor and the calcined powder were studied by means of thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis, X-ray pow-der diffraction, infrared, and transmission election microscope methods. It was found that the precursor is converted directly into pure YAG at a relatively lower temperature (below 900℃) without any other intermediate phase. The crystalline size grew with the in-crease of the heat treatment temperature. The size of powder calcined at 900℃ was about 70-150nm, which is favorable for good sinterability of Er3+:YAG ceramics.%以氧化铒、氧化钇、硝酸铝及柠檬酸作为起始原料,采用溶胶-凝胶燃烧法制备50%Er3+(摩尔分数)掺杂的Y3Al5O12(YAG)纳米粉体.通过热重-差热分析仪,X射线衍射仪、红外光谱仪和透射电镜研究Er3+:YAG粉体的相变过程、结构和形貌.结果表明:烧结温度小于900℃时,前驱体粉末直接转变为纯YAG晶相,不形成任何中间相.随着烧结温度的增加,晶粒尺寸增大.在900℃烧结的粉体尺寸约为70~150nm,有利于制备性能优异的Er3+:YAG陶瓷.

  17. Powder detergents production plant

    Stanković Mirjana S.; Pezo Lato L.


    The IGPC Engineering Department designed basic projects for powder detergent production plant, using technology developed in the IGPC laboratories, in 1998. - 2000. Several projects were completed: technological, machine, electrical, automation. On the basis of these projects, a production plant with a capacity of 25,000 t/y was manufactured, at "Delta In", Zrenjanin, in 2000.This technology was an innovation, because new approach in mixing a powder materials was used, as well as introducing ...

  18. Magnetically responsive enzyme powders

    Pospiskova, Kristyna, E-mail: [Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Palacky University, Slechtitelu 11, 783 71 Olomouc (Czech Republic); Safarik, Ivo, E-mail: [Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Palacky University, Slechtitelu 11, 783 71 Olomouc (Czech Republic); Department of Nanobiotechnology, Institute of Nanobiology and Structural Biology of GCRC, Na Sadkach 7, 370 05 Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic)


    Powdered enzymes were transformed into their insoluble magnetic derivatives retaining their catalytic activity. Enzyme powders (e.g., trypsin and lipase) were suspended in various liquid media not allowing their solubilization (e.g., saturated ammonium sulfate and highly concentrated polyethylene glycol solutions, ethanol, methanol, 2-propanol) and subsequently cross-linked with glutaraldehyde. Magnetic modification was successfully performed at low temperature in a freezer (−20 °C) using magnetic iron oxides nano- and microparticles prepared by microwave-assisted synthesis from ferrous sulfate. Magnetized cross-linked enzyme powders were stable at least for two months in water suspension without leakage of fixed magnetic particles. Operational stability of magnetically responsive enzymes during eight repeated reaction cycles was generally without loss of enzyme activity. Separation of magnetically modified cross-linked powdered enzymes from reaction mixtures was significantly simplified due to their magnetic properties. - Highlights: • Cross-linked enzyme powders were prepared in various liquid media. • Insoluble enzymes were magnetized using iron oxides particles. • Magnetic iron oxides particles were prepared by microwave-assisted synthesis. • Magnetic modification was performed under low (freezing) temperature. • Cross-linked powdered trypsin and lipase can be used repeatedly for reaction.

  19. Influence of ultra-fine fly ash on hydration shrinkage of cement paste

    GAO Ying-li; ZHOU Shi-qiong


    Hydration shrinkage generated by cement hydration is the cause of autogenous shrinkage of high strength concrete. It may result in the volume change and even cracking of mortar and concrete. According to the data analysis in a series of experimental studies, the influence of ultra-fine fly ash on the hydration shrinkage of composite cementitious materials was investigated. It is found that ultra-fine fly ash can reduce the hydration shrinkage of cement paste effectively, and the more the ultra-fine fly ash, the less the hydration shrinkage. Compared with cement paste without the ultra-fine fly ash, the shrinkage ratio of cement paste reduces from 23.4% to 39.7% when the ultra-fine fly ash replaces cement from 20% to 50%. Moreover, the microscopic mechanism of the ultra-fine fly ash restraining the hydration shrinkage was also studied by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and hydrated equations. The results show that the hydration shrinkage can be restrained to a certain degree because the ultra-fine fly ash does not participate in the hydration at the early stage and the secondary hydration products are different at the later stage.

  20. Biaxially textured articles formed by powder metallurgy

    Goyal, Amit; Williams, Robert K.; Kroeger, Donald M.


    A biaxially textured alloy article having a magnetism less than pure Ni includes a rolled and annealed compacted and sintered powder-metallurgy preform article, the preform article having been formed from a powder mixture selected from the group of mixtures consisting of: at least 60 at % Ni powder and at least one of Cr powder, W powder, V powder, Mo powder, Cu powder, Al powder, Ce powder, YSZ powder, Y powder, Mg powder, and RE powder; the article having a fine and homogeneous grain structure; and having a dominant cube oriented {100} orientation texture; and further having a Curie temperature less than that of pure Ni.

  1. Selective Flocculation Enhanced Magnetic Separation of Ultrafine Disseminated Magnetite Ores

    Tao Su


    Full Text Available Simple magnetic separation for a certain magnetite mine with ultrafine disseminated lean ores has resulted in low performance, as the fine sizes and aggregation of ground mineral particles have caused inefficient recovery of the ultrafine minerals. In this study, we attempt to increase the apparent sizes of target mineral particles, and improve the separation indices, by using a multi-stage grinding-dispersion-selective flocculation-weak magnetic separation process. The results showed that under the conditions of 500 g/t sodium hexametaphospate (SHMP as dispersant, 750 g/t carboxymethyl starch (CMS as flocculant, agitating at 400 rpm for 10 min, with slurry pH 11, and final grinding fineness of 93.5% less than 0.03 mm, the obtained concentrate contained 62.82% iron, with recovery of 79.12% after multi-stage magnetic separation. Compared to simple magnetic separation, the concentrate’s iron grade increased by 1.26%, and a recovery rate by 5.08%. Fundamental analysis indicated that, in a dispersed state of dispersion, magnetite particles had weaker negative surface charges than quartz, allowing the adsorption of negative CMS ions via hydrogen bonding. Consequently, the aggregate size of the initial concentrate increased from 24.30 to 38.37 μm, accomplishing the goal of selective flocculation, and increasing the indices of separation.

  2. Ultrafine coal single stage dewatering and briquetting process

    Wilson, J.W. [Missouri Univ., Rolla, MO (United States). Dept. of Mining Engineering; Honaker, R.Q. [Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale, IL (United States). Dept. of Mining Engineering


    It is well known that a large portion of the pyrite particles in the coal seams of the Illinois Basin are finely disseminated within the coal matrix. In order to liberate these micron size pyrite particles, one must use a fine grinding operation. The ultrafine coal particles are difficult to dewater and create problems in coal transportation, as well as in storage and handling at utility plants. The objective of this research project is to combine the ultrafine coal dewatering and briquetting processes into a single stage operation. This will be accomplished by the use of bitumen based emulsions for dewatering and a compaction device for briquetting. During this reporting period, several types of coal samples with various particle size distributions have been tested for use in the dewatering and briquetting processes. Furthermore, various bitumen emulsions have been tested to determine the optimum dewatering reagent. These dewatering and pelletizing tests were carried out using a lab-scale ram extruder. Discharge from the dewatering and briquetting processes was tested to determine compliance with current federal and state requirements. The influence of bitumen emulsion on the sulfur content of coal pellets made were also examined. In addition, a ram extruder which can be operated continuously to simulate a rotary press operation, has been built and is currently being tested for use in the fine coal dewatering and pelletizing process.

  3. Worker exposure to ultrafine particles during carbon black treatment

    Urszula Mikołajczyk


    Full Text Available Background: The aim of the project was to assess the exposure of workers to ultrafine particles released during handling and packing of carbon black. The assessment included the results of the measurements performed in a carbon black handling plant before, during, and after work shift. Material and Methods: The number concentration of particles within the dimension range 10–1000 nm and 10–100 nm was assayed by a condensation particle counter (CPC. The mass concentration of particles was determined by a DustTrak II DRX aerosol concentration monitor. The surface area concentration of the particles potentially deposited in the alveolar (A and tracheo-bronchial (TB regions was estimated by an AeroTrak 9000 nanoparticle monitor. Results: An average mass concentration of particles during the process was 6-fold higher than that before its start, while a 3-fold increase in the average number concentration of particles within the dimension range 10–1000 nm and 10–100 nm was observed during the process. At the same time a 4-fold increase was found in the surface area concentration of the particles potentially deposited in the A and TB regions. Conclusions: During the process of carbon black handling and packing a significantly higher values of each of the analysed parameters, characterizing the exposure to ultrafine particles, were noted. Med Pr 2015;66(3:317–326

  4. A Miniature Aerosol Sensor for Detecting Polydisperse Airborne Ultrafine Particles.

    Zhang, Chao; Wang, Dingqu; Zhu, Rong; Yang, Wenming; Jiang, Peng


    Counting and sizing of polydisperse airborne nanoparticles have attracted most attentions owing to increasing widespread presence of airborne engineered nanoparticles or ultrafine particles. Here we report a miniature aerosol sensor to detect particle size distribution of polydisperse ultrafine particles based on ion diffusion charging and electrical detection. The aerosol sensor comprises a couple of planar electrodes printed on two circuit boards assembled in parallel, where charging, precipitation and measurement sections are integrated into one chip, which can detect aerosol particle size in of 30-500 nm, number concentration in range of 5 × 10²-10⁷ /cm³. The average relative errors of the measured aerosol number concentration and the particle size are estimated to be 12.2% and 13.5% respectively. A novel measurement scheme is proposed to actualize a real-time detection of polydisperse particles by successively modulating the measurement voltage and deducing the particle size distribution through a smart data fusion algorithm. The effectiveness of the aerosol sensor is experimentally demonstrated via measurements of polystyrene latex (PSL) aerosol and nucleic acid aerosol, as well as sodium chloride aerosol particles.

  5. Electrokinetic dewatering of ultrafine coal and coal tailings

    Andy Fourie [University of Western Australia, WA (Australia). CSIRO


    There are a number of established technologies for reducing the water content of coal slurries before impounding the slurry. This report deals with the process of electrokinetic dewatering, whereby water is extracted from a slurry through the application of direct current voltage using two or more electrodes. Water flows towards the negatively charged electrode, the cathode, where it can be collected. This project sought to verify that the findings of work carried out about two decades ago on coal tailings was valid when conductive polymer electrodes (commonly known as EKGs - ElectroKinetic Geosynthetics) are used. Verify the applicability of electrokinetic dewatering to a range of ultrafine coal products and coal tailings; and characterise the dewatering efficiency and effectiveness and consequent potential economic benefits for different electrokinetic treatment regimes for both in-situ and in-process dewatering methods using EKGs. The current project has again proved the technical viability of dewatering ultrafine coal tailings electrokinetically. Before the technology can be adopted at full scale, however, it would be important to conduct field trials.


    邵媛媛; 钟莲云


    Using Al(NO3)3 · 9H2O、 Y(NO3)3 · 6H2O、 Nd(NO3)3 · 6H2O as raw materials, citric acid as fuel, Nd:YAG nanopowder were prepared by sol-gel method. The optimal conditions of Nd:YAG powders were researched. Nd:YAG nanopowders were investigated by XRD, FTIR etal. testing methods. XRD and FTIR were used to characterize the sample phase, the result show that the YAG crystallites powders can be prepared after calcining at 800 ℃ for 2h. Fluorescence spectrometry show that the powders prepared at 800 ℃ have significant excitation spectra at 243nm and significant emission spectra at 728nm, the powder has good luminous properties. The powder has a good dispersancy, the average grain size of the sample was about 147.7nm.%以Al(NO3)3·9H2O、Y(NO3)3· 6H2O、Nd(NO3)3·6H2O为主要原料,C6H8O7·H2O为燃烧剂,采用溶胶-凝胶法制备了Nd:YAG纳米粉体,系统的研究了Nd:YAG纳米粉体的最佳制备条件.用x射线衍射和红外吸收光谱对其进行物相鉴定,表明在800℃煅烧2h就可以合成YAG粉末.用荧光光谱分析可知800℃制得的粉体在243nm处有一显著的激发谱带,在728nm处有一显著的发射谱带,粉体具有良好的荧光性能.用激光粒度仪分析可知所得粉体分散性良,平均粒度在147.7nm左右.

  7. Flocculation, hydrophobic agglomeration and filtration of ultrafine coal

    Yu, Zhimin

    In coal preparation plant circuits, fine coal particles are aggregated either by oil agglomeration or by flocculation. In a new hydrophobic agglomeration process, recently developed hydrophobic latices are utilized. While the selectivity of such aggregation processes determines the beneficiation results, the degree of aggregation has a strong effect on fine coal filtration. The aim of this research was to study the fundamentals and analyze the common grounds for these processes, including the potential effect of the coal surface properties. The selective flocculation tests, in which three types of coal, which differed widely in surface wettability, and three additives (hydrophobic latices, a semi-hydrophobic flocculant and a typical hydrophilic polyelectrolyte) were utilized, showed that coal wettability plays a very important role in selective flocculation. The abstraction of a hydrophobic latex on coal and silica revealed that the latex had a much higher affinity towards hydrophobic coal than to hydrophilic mineral matter. As a result, the UBC-1 hydrophobic latex flocculated only hydrophobic coal particles while the polyelectrolyte (PAM) flocculated all the tested coal samples and minerals, showing no selectivity in the fine coal beneficiation. The oil agglomeration was tested using kerosene emulsified with various surfactants (e.g. cationic, anionic and non-ionic). Surfactants enhance not only oil emulsification, hence reducing oil consumption (down to 0.25--0.5%), but also entirely change the electrokinetic properties of the droplets and affect the interaction energy between oil droplets and coal particles. Consequently, the results found in the course of the experimental work strongly indicate that even oxidized coals can be agglomerated if cationic surfactants are used to emulsify the oil. Oil agglomeration of the Ford-4 ultrafine coal showed that even at extremely low oil consumption (0.25 to 0.5%), a clean coal product with an ash content around 5% at over

  8. Nd:YAG Laser Posterior Capsulotomy and Visual Outcome

    Khaleda Nazneen Bari


    Full Text Available Background: Neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG laser capsulotomy is a relatively noninvasive procedure that is used in the treatment of posterior capsular opacification (PCO. PCO is caused by proliferation of lens epithelial cells which causes fibrotic changes and wrinkling of the posterior capsule and results in decreased vision, glare, and other symptoms similar to that of the original cataract.Objective: To find out the visual outcome after performing Nd:YAG laser capsulotomy for PCO.Materials and method: A prospective clinical trial was carried out in National Institute of Ophthalmology (NIO, Dhaka, Bangladesh from January 2010 to June 2011 on purposively selected 70 adult subjects of both sexes who developed PCO within 2 months to more than 2 years after extracapsular cataract extraction with posterior chamber intra ocular lens implant. After thorough pre laser assessment Nd:YAG laser capsulotomy was carried out with Zeis VISULAS YAG II through Zeiss slit lamp under topical anesthesia. Data were recorded and expressed as proportion.Results: Out of the 70 subjects 40 were male and 30 were female. The average time interval of cataract surgery and Nd: YAG laser capsulotomy was 23 months. Capsular fibrosis (57.04% was the predominant type of PCO. The pre laser visual acuity (VA of more than 61.06% of eyes was 6/36 or below while 41.12% had VA hand movements to finger count. After Nd:YAG laser capsulotomy VA of 6/18 or better was achieved in 63.9% of eyes while 9.94% recovered to 6/9 and 11.36% achieved 6/6. None of these eyes showed further deterioration in VA.Conclusion: Nd:YAG laser capsulotomy for PCO is safe, effective and a rewarding procedure for improvement of vision.

  9. Sulcular debridement with pulsed Nd:YAG

    Harris, David M.; Gregg, Robert H., II; McCarthy, Delwin K.; Colby, Leigh E.; Tilt, Lloyd V.


    We present data supporting the efficacy of the procedure, laser sulcular debridement (laser curettage), as an important component in the treatment of inflammatory periodontal disease. Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is a detailed protocol for the private practice treatment of gum disease that incorporates use of the PerioLase pulsed Nd:YAG Dental Laser for laser curettage. Laser curettage is the removal of diseased or inflamed soft tissue from the periodontal pocket with a surgical dental laser. The clinical trial conducted at The University of Texas HSC at San Antonio, Texas, evaluated laser curettage as an adjunct to scaling and root planing. They measured traditional periodontal clinical indices and used a questionnaire to evaluate patient comfort and acceptance. The Texas data (N=10 patients) are compared with pocket depth changes following LANAP. LANAP data were obtained from a retrospective review of patient records at three private practices (N=65). No significant differences in post treatment probe depth changes were found among the four centers indicating that the procedure produced consistent, favorable outcomes, and that results from controlled scientific clinical trials can be replicated in private practices. Reduction in pocket depths following laser treatment compare well with results obtained with scalpel surgery. The use of the laser offers additional benefits. We also present quantitative evidence from digitized radiographs of increased bone density in affected areas following LANAP.

  10. Effect of ultrafine grain on tensile behaviour and corrosion resistance of the duplex stainless steel.

    Jinlong, Lv; Tongxiang, Liang; Chen, Wang; Limin, Dong


    The ultrafine grained 2205 duplex stainless steel was obtained by cold rolling and annealing. The tensile properties were investigated at room temperature. Comparing with coarse grained stainless steel, ultrafine grained sample showed higher strength and plasticity. In addition, grain size changed deformation orientation. The strain induced α'-martensite was observed in coarse grained 2205 duplex stainless steel with large strain. However, the grain refinement inhibited the transformation of α'-martensite;nevertheless, more deformation twins improved the strength and plasticity of ultrafine grained 2205 duplex stainless steel. In addition, the grain refinement improved corrosion resistance of the 2205 duplex stainless steel in sodium chloride solution.

  11. Ablation of CdTe with 100 {mu}s Nd:YAG laser pulses: dependence on target preparation method

    Rzeszutek, J. [Instytut Fizyki, Politechnika Poznanska, ul. Nieszawska 13a, 61-965 Poznan (Poland); Savchuk, V. [Pidstryhach Institute for Applied Problems of Mechanics and Mathematics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 3B Naukova Street, 79601 Lviv (Ukraine); Oszwaldowski, M.


    The results of experimental studies of the ablation of CdTe with a pulsed Nd:YAG laser (wavelength 1064 nm) performed with 100 {mu}s pulses and repetition time of 35 Hz are presented for the pulse energy range from 0.13 to 0.25 J. The main goal is to elucidate the dependence of the ablation process on the target preparation method. The investigation of the vapour stream intensity and chemical composition and their evolution with time are performed with a quadrupole mass spectrometer synchronized with the laser pulses. These studies are performed for three kinds of targets: a target made of CdTe bulk crystal (BC target), a target made of CdTe fine powder pressed under the pressure of 700 atm (PP target), and a target made of loose CdTe powder (N-PP target). The applicability of these targets for obtaining high quality CdTe thin films is determined. The best chemical composition of the vapour stream can be obtained with the BC target. A major drawback of this target is the energetic threshold for ablation with Nd:YAG laser and resulting delay in the ablation process above the threshold. The advantage of powder targets over BC target is the lack of any ablation threshold or delay. Weaker angular dependence of the particle emission (associated with the surface roughness), if confirmed in further experiments, can be the most important advantage of PP and N-PP targets. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  12. Development of monolith Nd:YAG /Cr+4:YAG passively Q-switched microchip laser

    Izhnin, Ihor; Vakiv, Mykola; Izhnin, Aleksandr; Syvorotka, Igor; Ubizskii, Sergii; Syvorotka, Ihor, Jr.


    The main features of passively Q-switched microchip lasers development are considered. The active medium of laser is an epitaxial structure combining an epitaxial layer of saturable absorber Cr4+:Y3Al5O12 (Cr:YAG) grown on substrate of generating crystal Nd:YAG by liquid phase epitaxy. The modulator layer has an initial optical absorption of 36 cm-1 at wavelength of lasing (1064 nm). The epitaxial layer grown on unworking side was mechanically removed and this substrate side was optically polished. The other one was processed precisely to needed thickness. The cavity's mirrors were deposited by electron beam technique directly on each side of the structure to form a rugged, monolithic resonator. Diode laser Model ATC-C4000 with lasing wavelength 808 nm provided the CW end pumping. The output pulses parameters were investigated by means of test bench consisting of photoelectric transducer FEK-15 and Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope TDS 5052B. The obtained laser parameter are as follows: pulse width (FWHM) about 1.3 ns, repetition rate 5.5 kHz, average output power about 10 mW, pulse energy 1.0 μJ, pick power 1.2 kW. The possible solutions for laser parameter improving and optimization are discussed.

  13. Er:YAG laser debonding of porcelain veneers

    Buu, Natalie; Morford, Cynthia; Finzen, Frederick; Sharma, Arun; Rechmann, Peter


    The removal of porcelain veneers using Er:YAG lasers has not been previously described in the scientific literature. This study was designed to systematically investigate the efficacy of an Er:YAG laser on veneer debonding without damaging the underlying tooth structure, as well as preserving a new or misplaced veneer. Initially, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) was used on flat porcelain veneer samples (IPS Empress Esthetic; Ivoclar Vivadent, Amherst, NY) to assess which infrared laser wavelengths are transmitted through the veneer. Additionally, FTIR spectra from a veneer bonding cement (RelyX Veneer Cement A1; 3M ESPE, St. Paul, MN) were obtained. While the veneer material showed no characteristic water absorption bands in the FTIR, the bonding cement has a broad H2O/OH absorption band coinciding with the ER:YAG laser emission wavelength. Consequently Er:YAG laser energy transmission through different veneer thicknesses was measured. The porcelain veneers transmitted 11 - 18 % of the incident Er:YAG laser energy depending on their thicknesses (Er:YAG laser: LiteTouch by Syneron; wavelength 2,940 nm, 10 Hz repetition rate, pulse duration 100 μs at 133 mJ/pulse; straight sapphire tip 1,100 μm diameter; Syneron, Yokneam, Israel). Initial signs of cement ablation occurred at approximately 1.8 - 4.0 J/cm2. This can be achieved by irradiating through the veneer with the fiber tip positioned at a distance of 3-6 mm from the veneer surface, and operating the Er:YAG laser with 133 mJ output energy. All eleven veneers bonded on extracted anterior incisor teeth were easily removed using the Er:YAG laser. The removal occurred without damaging underlying tooth structure as verified by light microscopic investigation (Incident Light Microscope Olympus B 50, Micropublisher RTV 3.3 MP, Image Pro software, Olympus). The debonding mainly occurred at the cement/veneer interface. When the samples were stored in saline solution for 5 days and/or an air-waterspray was

  14. Clinical application of erbium:YAG laser in periodontology.

    Ishikawa, Isao; Aoki, Akira; Takasaki, Aristeo Atsushi


    Various lasers have been introduced for the treatment of oral diseases and their applications in dental clinics have become a topic of much interest among practitioners. Technological advances and improvements have increased the choices of the available laser systems for oral use. Among them, a recently developed erbium-doped:yttrium aluminum garnet (Er:YAG) laser system possesses suitable characteristics for oral soft and hard tissue ablation. Due to its high absorption in water, an effective ablation with a very thin surface interaction occurs on the irradiated tissues without any major thermal damage to the irradiated and surrounding tissues. In the field of periodontics, the application of Er:YAG laser for periodontal hard tissue has begun with studies from Japanese and German researchers. Several in vitro and clinical studies have already demonstrated an effective application of the Er:YAG laser for calculus removal and decontamination of the diseased root surface in periodontal non-surgical and surgical procedures. However, further studies are required to better understand the various effects of Er:YAG laser irradiation on biological tissues for its safe and effective application during periodontal and implant therapy. Randomized controlled clinical trials and more basic studies have to be encouraged and performed to confirm the status of Er:YAG laser treatment as an adjunct or alternative to conventional mechanical periodontal therapy. In this paper, the advantages and current clinical applications of this laser in periodontics and implant dentistry are summarized based on current scientific evidence.

  15. Nd:YAG laser annealing investigation of screen-printed CIGS layer on PET: Layer annealing method for photovoltaic cell fabrication process

    Alsaggaf, Ahmed


    Cu(In, Ga)Se2 (CIGS) ink was formulated from CIGS powder, polyvinyl butyral PVB, terpineol and polyester/polyamine co-polymeric dispersant KD-1. Thin films with different thicknesses were deposited on PET substrate using screen-printing followed by heat treatment using a Nd:YAG laser. The structure and morphology of the heated thin films were studied. The characterization of the CIGS powder, ink, and film was done using TGA, SEM, FIB, EDS, and XRD. TGA analysis shows that the CIGS ink is drying at 200 °C, which is well below the decomposition temperature of the PET substrate. It was observed by SEM that 20 pulses of 532nm and 60 mJ/cm2 Nd:YAG laser annealing causes atomic diffusion on the near surface area. Furthermore, FIB cross section images were utilized to monitor the effect of laser annealing in the depth of the layer. Laser annealing effects were compared to as deposited layer using XRD in reference to CIGS powder. The measurement shows that crystallinity of deposited CIGS is retained while EDS quantification and atomic ratio result in gradual loss of selenium as laser energy increases. The laser parameters were tuned in an effort to utilize laser annealing of screen-printed CIGS layer as a layer annealing method for solar cell fabrication process.

  16. Effect of Ultra-fine Pulverization on the Dietary Fiber of Eleocharis tuberose Peel%超微粉碎对荸荠皮膳食纤维的影响

    高志明; 陈振林; 罗杨合; 解庆林; 甘任民


    为研究超微粉碎对荸荠皮膳食纤维的影响,考察了不同超微粉碎时间下荸荠皮膳食纤维质量分数、组成,以及可溶性膳食纤维的溶出速度.结果表明,通过超微粉碎,荸荠皮总膳食纤维质量分数提高了8.57%,同时,不溶性膳食纤维质量分数下降了21.19%,而可溶性膳食纤维能提高了137.84%.此外,通过超微粉碎处理,荸荠皮可溶性膳食纤维的溶出速度能得到显著提高.%To evaluate the effect of ultra-fine pulverization on the dietary fiber in Eleocharis tuberose peel, the total content, composition of dietary fiber and dissolution velocity of soluble dietary fiber (SDF) in E. Tuberose peel powder treated by ultra-fine pulverization for different time were determined. The results showed that after ultra-fine pulverization, the total dietary fiber content in E. Tuberose peel increased by 8.75%; Meanwhile, the insoluble dietary fiber content decreased by 21.19% while soluble dietary fiber content increased by 137.84%. In addition, the dissolution velocity of soluble dietary fiber in E. Tuberose peel was observably rised by ultra-fine pulverization.

  17. Graded Yb:YAG ceramic structures: design, fabrication and characterization of the laser performances

    Toci, Guido; Lapucci, Antonio; Ciofini, Marco; Esposito, Laura; Hostaša, Jan; Piancastelli, Andreana; Gizzi, Leonida A.; Labate, Luca; Ferrara, Paolo; Pirri, Angela; Vannini, Matteo


    Significant improvements in efficiency in high power, high repetition rate laser systems should come from the use of ceramic laser active elements suitably designed to mitigate the thermal and thermo-mechanical effects (TEs and TMEs) deriving from the laser pumping process. Laser active media exhibiting a controlled and gradual distribution of the active element(s) could therefore find useful applications in the laser-driven inertial confinement fusion systems, which are considered among the most promising energy source of the future (ultraintense laser pulses), and in medical applications (ultrashort laser pulses) The present work explores the flexibility of the ceramic process for the construction of YAG (Y3Al5O12) ceramic laser elements with a controlled distribution of the Yb doping, in view of the realization of structures modelled to respond to specific application. Two processing techniques are presented to prepare layered structures with a tailored modulation of the doping level, with the goal of reducing the peak temperature, the temperature gradients and also the thermally-induced deformation of the laser material, thus mitigating the overall thermal effects. Tape casting in combination with thermal compression of ceramic tapes with a varying doping level is one of the presented techniques. To make this process as more adaptable as possible, commercial micrometric ceramic powders have been used. The results are compared with those obtained using nanometric powders and a shaping process based on the subsequent pressing of spray dried powders with a different doping level. Laser performance has been characterized in a longitudinally diode pumped laser cavity. The laser efficiency under high thermal load conditions has been compared to those obtained from samples with uniform doping, and for samples obtained with press shaping and tape casting, under the same conditions.

  18. Synthesis of Cordierite by Decomposition of Metal Nitrates on the Surface of Carbon Black Powder

    XIE Zhi-yong; LIANG Hui; XU Ming-xia; XU Ting-xian


    Cordierite precursor was obtained through a process, which involved the decomposition of metal nitrates on the surface of ultrafine carbon black powder between 100-300℃ and the gasification of the carbon black at higher temperature in air. The average size of the particles, which were heat-treated at 700℃ for 10h, is about 1020nm, and the specific surface area is about 129m2/g. The experimental results show that the ultrafine particles of cordierite precursor can be produced by this process. The precursor powder was calcined at different temperatures. X-ray diffraction examination indicates that β-quartz is crystallized from the amorphous matrix around 850℃ firstly and then MgO-Al2O3 spinel and α-cordierite appears. Above 1000℃, MgO-Al2O3 spinel and cristobalite disappear gradually and form an intermediate phase (sapphirine). At around 1300℃, the main phase is α-cordierite, and no other phase is detected.

  19. Cow dung powder poisoning

    Khaja Mohideen Sherfudeen; Senthil Kumar Kaliannan; Pavan Kumar Dammalapati


    Cow dung, which has germicidal property, was used in ancient days to clean living premises in South India. Nowadays, people are using commercially available synthetic cow dung powder. It is locally known as “saani powder” in Tamil Nadu. It is freely available in homes and is sometimes accidentally consumed by children. It is available in two colors - yellow and green. Cow dung powder poisoning is common in districts of Tamil Nadu such as Coimbatore, Tirupur, and Erode. We report two cases of ...

  20. Filtration efficiency of an electrostatic fibrous filter: Studying filtration dependency on ultrafine particle exposure and composition

    Ardkapan, Siamak Rahimi; Johnson, Matthew S.; Yazdi, Sadegh


    The objective of the present study is to investigate the relationship between ultrafine particle concentrations and removal efficiencies for an electrostatic fibrous filter in a laboratory environment. Electrostatic fibrous filters capture particles efficiently, with a low pressure drop. Therefor...

  1. Exposure to ultrafine and fine particles and noise during cycling and driving in 11 Dutch cities

    Boogaard, H.; Borgman, G.; Kamminga, J.; Hoek, H.


    Recent studies have suggested that exposures during traffic participation may be associated with adverse health effects. Traffic participation involves relatively short but high exposures. Potentially relevant exposures include ultrafine particles, fine particles (PM2.5) and noise. Simultaneously, d

  2. A Micro Aerosol Sensor for the Measurement of Airborne Ultrafine Particles

    Zhang, Chao; Zhu, Rong; Yang, Wenming


    .... This paper proposes a simple micro aerosol sensor for detecting the number concentration and particle size of ultrafine particles with diameters from 50 to 253 nm based on electrical diffusion charging...

  3. Comparison of deposited surface area of airborne ultrafine particles generated from two welding processes.

    Gomes, J F; Albuquerque, P C; Miranda, Rosa M; Santos, Telmo G; Vieira, M T


    This article describes work performed on the assessment of the levels of airborne ultrafine particles emitted in two welding processes metal-active gas (MAG) of carbon steel and friction-stir welding (FSW) of aluminium in terms of deposited area in alveolar tract of the lung using a nanoparticle surface area monitor analyser. The obtained results showed the dependence from process parameters on emitted ultrafine particles and clearly demonstrated the presence of ultrafine particles, when compared with background levels. The obtained results showed that the process that results on the lower levels of alveolar-deposited surface area is FSW, unlike MAG. Nevertheless, all the tested processes resulted in important doses of ultrafine particles that are to be deposited in the human lung of exposed workers.

  4. Vascular effects of ultrafine particles in persons with type 2 diabetes

    BACKGROUND: Diabetes confers an increased risk for cardiovascular effects of airborne particles. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that inhalation of elemental carbon ultrafine particles (UFP) would activate blood platelets and vascular endothelium in people with type 2 diabetes. ...

  5. Super-stable ultrafine beta-tungsten nanocrystals with metastable phase and related magnetism.

    Xiao, J; Liu, P; Liang, Y; Li, H B; Yang, G W


    Ultrafine tungsten nanocrystals (average size of 3 nm) with a metastable phase (beta-tungsten with A15 structure, β-W) have been prepared by laser ablation of tungsten in liquid nitrogen. The as-prepared metastable nanocrystals exhibited super-stablity, and can keep the same metastable structure over a period of 6 months at room temperature. This super-stability is attributed to the nanosized confinement effect of ultrafine nanocrystals. The magnetism measurements showed that the β-W nanocrystals have weak ferromagnetic properties at 2 K, which may arise from surface defects and unpaired electrons on the surface of the ultrafine nanocrystals. These findings provided useful information for the application of ultrafine β-W nanocrystals in microelectronics and spintronics.

  6. Solution-sol-gel-SHS process of quickly synthesizing bismuth-based superconductor precursor powder

    毛传斌; 周廉; 孙祥云


    A new process (solution-sol-gel-SHS,SSGS) based on the combination of the advantages of solution-sol-gel (SSG) process and solution self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) process has been developed to synthesize bismuth-based superconductor precursor powder.The new process consists of two main steps: (i) SSG process is used to prepare homogeneous wet gel;(ii) solution SHS process is carried out to transit wet gel to soft-agglomerated ultrafine (~0.3μm) precursor powder with low carbon content (<400×10-6).The new process has overcome many serious shortcomings of traditional SSG-processed powder such as hard agglomerate,coarse particles and high carbon content,and also greatly shortened the powder preparation period.The powder can be sintered into 110K 2223 superconductor with excellent quality in a short time.The process parameters to obtain homogeneous wet gel are optimized and SSG transition mechanism is also discussed.

  7. Annealing temperature effect on microstructure, magnetic and microwave properties of Fe-based amorphous alloy powders

    He, Jinghua; Wang, Wei; Wang, Aimin; Guan, Jianguo


    Fe74Ni3Si13Cr6W4 amorphous alloy powders were annealed at different temperature (T) for 1.5 h to fabricate the corresponding amorphous and nanocrystalline powders. The influences of T on the crystalline structure, morphology, magnetic and microwave electromagnetic properties of the resultant samples were investigated via X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, vibrating sample magnetometer and vector network analyzer. The results show that the powder samples obtained at T of 650 °C or more are composed of lots of ultra-fine α-Fe(Si) grains embedded in an amorphous matrix. When T increases from 350 to 750 °C, the saturated magnetization and coercivity of the as-annealed powder samples both increase monotonously whereas the relative real permittivity shows a minimal value and the relative real permeability shows a maximal value at T of 650 °C. Thus the powder samples annealed at 650 °C show optimal reflection loss under -10 dB in the whole C-band. These results here suggest that the annealing heat treatment of Fe-based amorphous alloy is an effective approach to fabricate high performance microwave absorber with reasonable permittivity and large permeability simultaneously via adjusting T.

  8. Processing and Sintering of Agglomerate-free CaO-ZrO2 Powder

    Liping LIANG; Shu'e DANG; Dong WU; Yuhan SUN


    Coprecipitation supercritical fluid drying technology has been employed to synthesize calcia-stabilized zirconia ultrafine powder with low-cost inorganic salts as the starting materials. The sintering behaviors of these powders were also investigated. The results showed that supercritical fluid drying could effectively alleviate the hard agglomeration of grains during the gel drying process, and the morphology of the powder retained the network texture of the original gel.The resulting particles were characterized by small particle size (5~20 nm), better monodispersity and high surface area, which gave rise to high activity and sinterability. Consequently, these powders could readily be compacted into the desired shape and their densification could be carried out in shorter time and at lower temperatures. For instance,nanometer-sized powder calcined at 600℃ for 2 h could be cold-pressed into a green body and sintered at 1100° for 0.5 h to attain a dense body with bulk density of 5.9718 g/cm3 and specific pore volume of 0.0008 cm3/g.

  9. Preparation and photocatalytic kinetics of nano-ZnO powders by precipitation stripping process

    Dongxiang ZHANG; Hang XU; Min XUE; Wenguo XU; V TARASOV


    Ultra-fine zinc oxalate powders were prepared through a precipitation stripping method with bis(2-ethyl-hexyl) phosphate (HDEHP) diluted by tetrachloride carbon as the extractant,and oxalic acid ethanol aqueous solution as the re-extractant and precipitator.Zinc oxide powders were obtained by decomposing zinc oxalate powders at 450℃.The prepared zinc oxide powders were characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM),Scanning elec-tron microscope (SEM),Thermogravimetric analysis (TG),X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transmission infrared (FT-IR) spectrum.The photocatalytic performance of methylene blue by zinc oxide was studied based on the Langmuir model and Photo-Layer model.The results show that some zinc oxide powders were micro-multipore mate-rials with hexagonal crystal.The particle size was around 32 nm.The photocatalytic process was the control step in the chemical reaction.The photo catalytic process followed pseudo-first order kinetics and ,OH concentration inside the photo-layer in different reaction condition were calcu-lated according to the Photo-Layer model.


    S. Liu; D.Q. Yi; Y.X. Li; D. Zou


    The La doped WC/Co powder was prepared by high energy ball milling. The changesof crystal structure, micrograph and defect of the powder were investigated by means ofXRD (X-ray diffraction), SEM (scanning electron microscope) and DTA (differentialthermal analysis). The results show that adding trace La element into carbides iseffective to minish the grain size of WC/Co powder. The La doped carbides powderwith grain size of 30nm can be obtained after 1Oh ball milling. The XRD peak of Cophase disappeared after 20h ball milling, which indicated solid solution (or secondarysolid solution) of Co phase in WC phase. The La doped powder with grain size of1Ohm is obtained after 30h ball milling. A peak of heat release at the temperatureof 470℃ was emerged in DTA curve within the range of heating temperature, whichshowed that the crystal structure relaxation of the powder appeared in the process ofhigh energy ball milling. After consolidated the La doped WC/Co alloy by high energyball milling exhibits ultra-fine grain Sizes and better mechanical properties.

  11. Pump beam waist-dependent pulse energy generation in Nd:YAG/Cr4+:YAG passively Q-switched microchip laser

    Li, Chao-yu; Dong, Jun


    The incident pump beam waist-dependent pulse energy generation in Nd:YAG/Cr4+:YAG composite crystal passively Q-switched microchip laser has been investigated experimentally and theoretically by moving the Nd:YAG/Cr4+:YAG composite crystal along the pump beam direction. Highest pulse energy of 0.4 mJ has been generated when the Nd:YAG/Cr4+:YAG composite crystal is moved about 6 mm away from the focused pump beam waist. Laser pulses with pulse width of 1.7 ns and peak power of over 235 kW have been achieved. The theoretically calculated effective laser beam area at different positions of Nd:YAG/Cr4+:YAG composite crystal along the pump beam direction is in good agreement with the experimental results. The highest peak power can be generated by adjusting the pump beam waist incident on the Nd:YAG/Cr4+:YAG composite crystal to optimize the effective laser beam area in passively Q-switched microchip laser.

  12. Sintering of transparent Nd:YAG ceramics in oxygen atmosphere

    HUANG Yihua; JIANG Dongliang; ZHANG Jingxian; LIN Qingling; HUANG Zhengren


    Yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) transparent ceramics were fabricated by sintering at oxygen atmosphere.Tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) was added as the sintering additive to control the grain growth and densification.Pores were eliminated clearly at temperature lower than 1700 ℃,while grain size was around 3 μm.The in-line transmittance was 80% at 1064 nm when samples vere sintered at 1710 ℃.The effect of TEOS was studied in oxygen atmosphere sintering for Nd:YAG transparent ceramics.At higher temperature like 1710 ℃,the grain growth mechanism was solute drag,while at 1630 and 1550 ℃ the grain growth was controlled by liquid phase sintering mechanism.And 0.5 wt.% TEOS was the best adding content for Nd:YAG sintered in oxygen atmosphere.

  13. Growth of single-crystal YAG fiber optics.

    Nie, Craig D; Bera, Subhabrata; Harrington, James A


    Single-crystal YAG (Y3Al5O12) fibers have been grown by the laser heated pedestal growth technique with losses as low as 0.3 dB/m at 1.06 μm. These YAG fibers are as long as about 60 cm with diameters around 330 μm. The early fibers were grown from unoriented YAG seed fibers and these fibers exhibited facet steps or ridges on the surface of the fiber. However, recently we have grown fibers using an oriented seed to grow step-free fibers. Scattering losses made on the fibers indicate that the scattering losses are equal to about 30% of the total loss.

  14. Electrically Tunable Nd:YAG waveguide laser based on Graphene

    Ma, Linan; Tan, Yang; Akhmadaliev, Shavkat; Zhou, Shengqiang; Chen, Feng


    We demonstrate a tunable hybrid Graphene-Nd:YAG cladding waveguide laser exploiting the electro-optic and the Joule heating effects of Graphene. A cladding Nd:YAG waveguide was fabricated by the ion irradiation. The multi-layer graphene were transferred onto the waveguide surface as the saturable absorber to get the Q-switched pulsed laser oscillation in the waveguide. Composing with appropriate electrodes, graphene based capacitance and heater were formed on the surface of the Nd:YAG waveguide. Through electrical control of graphene, the state of the hybrid waveguide laser was turned on or off. And the laser operation of the hybrid waveguide was electrically tuned between the continuous wave laser and the nanosecond pulsed laser.

  15. Can YAG screen accept LEReC bunch train?

    Seletskiy S.; Thieberger, P.; Miller, T.


    LEReC RF diagnostic beamline is supposed to accept 250 us long pulse trains of 1.6 MeV – 2.6 MeV (kinetic energy) electrons. This beamline is equipped with YAG profile monitor. Since we are interested in observing only the last macro bunch in the train, one of the possibilities is to install a fast kicker and a dedicated dump upstream of the YAG screen (and related diagnostics equipment). This approach is expensive and challenging from engineering point of view. Another possibility is to send the whole pulse train to the YAG screen and to use a fast gated camera (such as Imperex B0610 with trigger jitter under 60ns) to observe the image from the last pulse only. In this paper we study the feasibility of the last approach.

  16. 21 CFR 886.4392 - Nd:YAG laser for posterior capsulotomy and peripheral iridotomy.


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Nd:YAG laser for posterior capsulotomy and...:YAG laser for posterior capsulotomy and peripheral iridotomy. (a) Identification. The Nd:YAG laser for... laser intended for disruption of the posterior capsule or the iris via optical breakdown. The...

  17. Microstructure engineering from metallic powder blends for enhanced mechanical properties

    Langlois, P.; Fagnon, N.; Dirras, G.


    The present work focuses on the transformation of high-purity Ni powder blends of controlled volume fractions (40 and 60 %) of nanometre-sized (100 nm) and micrometre-sized (544 nm) particles into bulk samples as part of a strategy for producing ultrafine-grained materials usefully exhibiting both strength and ductility. The process involved cold isostatic pressing at 1.5 GPa and sintering. The resulting bulk samples had relative densities near 95 %, were texture-free, and exhibited two different grain size distributions with an average value of 600 ± 30 nm. The mechanical properties were investigated by compression and microhardness tests, both at room temperature, and compared to the behaviour of a sample processed from micrometre-sized powder only. Samples prepared from the blends exhibited high yield stresses of 440 and 550 MPa after compression, and they did sustain work hardening. Tests conducted before and after compression up to 50 % deformation showed the same relative amount of hardness increase around 20 %, which was three times lower than that of the monolithic sample for which a decrease of the average grain size close to 26 % was measured.

  18. Microstructure engineering from metallic powder blends for enhanced mechanical properties

    Langlois, P; Fagnon, N [LIMHP, Universite Paris 13, CNRS, Institut Galilee, 99 av. J.-B. Clement, 93430 Villetaneuse (France); Dirras, G, E-mail: dirras@univ-paris13.f [LPMTM, Universite Paris 13, CNRS, Institut Galilee, 99 av. J.-B. Clement, 93430 Villetaneuse (France)


    The present work focuses on the transformation of high-purity Ni powder blends of controlled volume fractions (40 and 60 %) of nanometre-sized (100 nm) and micrometre-sized (544 nm) particles into bulk samples as part of a strategy for producing ultrafine-grained materials usefully exhibiting both strength and ductility. The process involved cold isostatic pressing at 1.5 GPa and sintering. The resulting bulk samples had relative densities near 95 %, were texture-free, and exhibited two different grain size distributions with an average value of 600 {+-} 30 nm. The mechanical properties were investigated by compression and microhardness tests, both at room temperature, and compared to the behaviour of a sample processed from micrometre-sized powder only. Samples prepared from the blends exhibited high yield stresses of 440 and 550 MPa after compression, and they did sustain work hardening. Tests conducted before and after compression up to 50 % deformation showed the same relative amount of hardness increase around 20 %, which was three times lower than that of the monolithic sample for which a decrease of the average grain size close to 26 % was measured.

  19. Powder metallurgy processing and deformation characteristics of bulk multimodal nickel

    Farbaniec, L., E-mail: [Université Paris 13, Sorbonne Paris Cité, LSPM, CNRS, 99 Avenue J.B. Clément, 93430 Villetaneuse (France); Dirras, G., E-mail: [Université Paris 13, Sorbonne Paris Cité, LSPM, CNRS, 99 Avenue J.B. Clément, 93430 Villetaneuse (France); Krawczynska, A.; Mompiou, F. [Université Paul Sabatier, CEMES, CNRS, 29 rue Jeanne Marvig 31055 Toulouse (France); Couque, H. [Nexter Munitions, 7 route de Guerry, 18200 Bourges (France); Naimi, F.; Bernard, F. [Institut Carnot de Bourgogne, UMR 6303 CNRS, Université de Bourgogne, BP 47870, 21078 Dijon (France); Tingaud, D. [Université Paris 13, Sorbonne Paris Cité, LSPM, CNRS, 99 Avenue J.B. Clément, 93430 Villetaneuse (France)


    Spark plasma sintering was used to process bulk nickel samples from a blend of three powder types. The resulting multimodal microstructure was made of coarse (average size ∼ 135 μm) spherical microcrystalline entities (the core) surrounded by a fine-grained matrix (average grain size ∼ 1.5 μm) or a thick rim (the shell) distinguishable from the matrix. Tensile tests revealed yield strength of ∼ 470 MPa that was accompanied by limited ductility (∼ 2.8% plastic strain). Microstructure observation after testing showed debonding at interfaces between the matrix and the coarse entities, but in many instances, shallow dimples within the rim were observed indicating local ductile events in the shell. Dislocation emission and annihilation at grain boundaries and twinning at crack tip were the main deformation mechanisms taking place within the fine-grained matrix as revealed by in-situ transmission electron microscopy. Estimation of the stress from loop's curvature and dislocation pile-up indicates that dislocation emission from grain boundaries and grain boundary overcoming largely contributes to the flow stress. - Highlights: • Bulk multi-modal Ni was processed by SPS from a powder blend. • Ultrafine-grained matrix or rim observed around spherical microcrystalline entities • Yield strength (470 MPa) and ductility (2.8% plastic strain) were measured. • Debonding was found at the matrix/microcrystalline entity interfaces. • In-situ TEM showed twinning, dislocation emission and annihilation at grain boundaries.

  20. Adsorption onto fluidized powdered activated carbon flocs-pACF.

    Serpa, Ana Lídia; Schneider, Ivo André H; Rubio, Jorge


    This work presents a new adsorption technique where the adsorbent (powdered activated carbon-PAC) is in the form of suspended flocs formed with water-soluble polymer flocculants. Thus, the adsorption of a typical dye, methylene blue (MB), was studied onto polyacrylamide flocs of PAC (PACF) in a fluidized bed reactor. The technique is based on the fact that the adsorption capacity of PAC does not decrease after flocculation because the adsorbed polymer occupies only a few surface sites, in the form of trains, loops, and tails. Moreover, the adsorption was found to proceed through a rapid mass transfer of MB to the adsorbing PAC flocs, in the same extent as onto PAC. Because of the rapid settling characteristics of the aggregates formed, the two phase separations, loaded PAC and solution, become easier. Thus, the technique offers the advantages of conducting simultaneously both adsorption and solid/liquid separation all in one single stage. Results obtained showed that high MB removal values can be attained in a fluidized bed reactor (>90%) and that PACF presents a much higher adsorption capacity (breakthrough points) than granulated activated carbon (GAC) in the same adsorbing bed. It is believed that this technique highly broadens the potential of the use of powdered activated carbon or other similar ultrafine adsorbents.

  1. Personal exposure to ultrafine particles and oxidative DNA damage

    Vinzents, Peter S; Møller, Peter; Sørensen, Mette


    10), nitrous oxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and/or number concentration of UFPs at urban background or busy street monitoring stations was not a significant predictor of DNA damage, although personal UFP exposure was correlated with urban background concentrations of CO and NO2......Exposure to ultrafine particles (UFPs) from vehicle exhaust has been related to risk of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease and cancer, even though exposure assessment is difficult. We studied personal exposure in terms of number concentrations of UFPs in the breathing zone, using portable...... instruments in six 18-hr periods in 15 healthy nonsmoking subjects. Exposure contrasts of outdoor pollution were achieved by bicycling in traffic for 5 days and in the laboratory for 1 day. Oxidative DNA damage was assessed as strand breaks and oxidized purines in mononuclear cells isolated from venous blood...

  2. Electrospinning of ultrafine core/shell fibers for biomedical applications


    Because of the inherent appearance similar to the natural extracellular matrix,ultrafine fibrous membranes prepared via electrospinning exhibit widespread applications,especially in the biomedical area.Extensional modifications of coaxial and emulsion electrospinning have drawn much attention in preparation of core/shell fibers for applications as tissue engineering scaffolds and controlled delivery systems for bioactive substances.Due to incorporation of multi-components in the electrospun core/ shell fibers,the process of coaxial and emulsion electrospinning became more susceptible.The theories have not been fully understood.A series of investigations were carried out evaluating the systematic and processing parameters.This paper reviews advantages and potentials of electrospun core/shell fibers as well as factors influencing their formation on the basis of our research and new progress.

  3. Deposition of fine and ultrafine particles on indoor surface materials

    Afshari, Alireza; Reinhold, Claus


    -scale test chamber. Experiments took place in a 32 m3 chamber with walls and ceiling made of glass. Prior to each experiment the chamber was flushed with outdoor air to reach an initial particle concentration typical of indoor air in buildings with natural ventilation. The decay of particle concentrations...... The aim of this study was the experimental determination of particle deposition for both different particle size fractions and different indoor surface materials. The selected surface materials were glass, gypsum board, carpet, and curtain. These materials were tested vertically in a full...... was monitored. Seven particle size fractions were studied. These comprised ultrafine and fine particles. Deposition was higher on carpet and curtain than on glass and gypsum board. Particles ranging from 0.3 to 0.5 µm had the lowest deposition. This fraction also has the highest penetration and its indoor...

  4. Microstructural stability of ultrafine grained cold sprayed 6061 aluminum alloy

    Rokni, M.R., E-mail: [Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Advanced Materials Processing Center, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM and T), SD (United States); Widener, C.A. [Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Advanced Materials Processing Center, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM and T), SD (United States); Champagne, V.R. [U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD (United States)


    The microstructural stability of ultrafine grained (UFG) cold spray 6061 aluminum deposits produced by high pressure cold spray were investigated by in situ heating to a fully annealed state via a hot-stage transmission electron microscope (TEM). It was possible to observe the precise locations and temperatures of different microstructural changes, like dislocation movement and other restoration processes. Even after heating up to the annealing temperature for this alloy, the deposited layer in the perpendicular direction was found to preserve the UFG structures, which were the result of different recrystallization mechanisms caused by the high strains present during cold spraying. Extensive solute segregation at the grain boundaries acted as an obstruction for grain boundary migration in this direction, thereby preventing grain growth. However, in the direction parallel to the deposited surface, the UFGs were not resistant to grain coursing like the other direction, since the grain boundaries had much less solute segregation.

  5. Ultrafine particle number flux over and in a deciduous forrest

    Pryor, S.C.; Barthelmie, R.J.; Larsen, Søren Ejling


    Ultrafine particles (UFP, particles with diameters (Dp) particles. Long-term flux measurements from a deciduous forest in the Midwestern USA (taken during December...... 2012 to May 2014) show that although a substantial fraction of the data period indicates upward fluxes of UFP, on average, the forest is a net sink for UFP during both leaf-active and leaf-off periods. The overall mean above-canopy UFP number flux computed from this large data set is −4.90 × 106 m−2 s...... the canopy mean flux is shown to be downward throughout the day (except at 23.00) with largest-magnitude fluxes during the middle of the day. On average, nearly three quarters of the total UFP capture by this ecosystem occurs at the canopy. This fraction increases to 78% during the leaf-active period...

  6. Characterization of ultrafine and fine particles from CHP Plants


    Samples of particles collected at CHP plants in the project 'Survey of emissions from CHP Plants' have been analysed in this project to give information on the morphology and chemical composition of individual particle size classes. The objective of this project was to characterize ultrafine and fine particles emitted to the atmosphere from Danish CHP plants. Nine CHP plants were selected in the Emission Survey Project as being representative for the different types of CHP plants operating in Denmark: 1) Three Waste-to Energy (WTE) plants. 2) Three biomass fired (BM) plants (two straw fired, one wood/saw dust fired). 3) Two gas fired (GF) plants (one natural gas, one landfill gas fired). 4) One gasoil (GO) fired plant. At the WTE and BM plants, various types of emission control systems implemented. The results from these plants represent the composition and size distribution of combustion particles that are emitted from the plants emission control systems. The measured emissions of particles from the waste-to-energy plants WTE1-3 are generally very low. The number and mass concentrations of ultrafine particles (PM{sub 0.1}) were particularly low in the flue gas from WTE2 and WTE3, where bag filters are used for the reduction of particle emissions. The EDX analysis of particles from the WTE plants indicates that the PM{sub 0.1} that penetrates the ECS at WTE can contain high fractions of metals such as Fe, Mn and Cu. The SEM analysis of particles from WTE1-3 showed that the particles were generally porous and irregular in shape. The concentrations of particles in the flue gas from the biomass plants were generally higher than found for the WTE plants. The time series results showed that periodical, high concentration peaks of PM emissions occur from BM1 and BM2. The chemical composition of the particles emitted from the three biomass plants is generally dominated by C, O and S, and to some extend also Fe and Si. A high amount of Cu was found in selected

  7. Forecasting ultrafine particle concentrations from satellite and in situ observations

    Crippa, P.; Castruccio, S.; Pryor, S. C.


    Recent innovations in remote sensing technologies and retrievals offer the potential for predicting ultrafine particle (UFP) concentrations from space. However, the use of satellite observations to provide predictions of near-surface UFP concentrations is limited by the high frequency of incomplete predictor values (due to missing observations), the lack of models that account for the temporal dependence of UFP concentrations, and the large uncertainty in satellite retrievals. Herein we present a novel statistical approach designed to address the first two limitations. We estimate UFP concentrations by using lagged estimates of UFP and concurrent satellite-based observations of aerosol optical properties, ultraviolet solar radiation flux, and trace gas concentrations, wherein an expectation maximization algorithm is used to impute missing values in the satellite observations. The resulting model of UFP (derived by using an autoregressive moving average model with exogenous inputs) explains 51 and 28% of the day-to-day variability in concentrations at two sites in eastern North America.

  8. [Distribution of atmospheric ultrafine particles during haze weather in Hangzhou].

    Chen, Qiu-Fang; Sun, Zai; Xie, Xiao-Fang


    Atmospheric ultrafine particles (UFPs) were monitored with fast mobility particle sizer (FMPS) in continuous haze weather and the haze fading process during December 6 to 11, 2013 in Hangzhou. Particle concentration and size distribution were studied associated with meteorological factors. The results showed that number concentrations were the highest at night and began to reduce in the morning. There was a small peak at 8 o'clock in the morning and 18 o'clock in the afternoon. It showed an obvious peak traffic source, which indicated that traffic emissions played a great role in the atmospheric pollution. During haze weather, the highest number concentration of UFPs reached 8 x 10(4) cm(-3). Particle size spectrum distribution was bimodal, the peak particle sizes were 15 nm and 100 nm respectively. Majority of UFPs were Aitken mode and Accumulation mode and the size of most particles concentrated near 100 nm. Average CMD(count medium diameter) was 85.89 nm. During haze fading process, number concentration and particles with size around 100 nm began to reduce and peak size shifted to small size. Nuclear modal particles increased and were more than accumulation mode. Average CMD was 58.64 nm. Meteorological factors such as the visibility and wind were negatively correlated with the particle number concentration. Correlation coefficient R were -0.225 and - 0.229. The humidity was correlated with number concentration. Correlation coefficient R was 0.271. The atmosphere was stable in winter and the level temperature had small correlation with number concentration. Therefore, study on distribution of atmospheric ultrafine particles during haze weather had the significance on the formation mechanism and control of haze weather.

  9. Mesosilica-coated ultrafine fibers for highly efficient laccase encapsulation

    Wang, Shiwen; Chen, Wei; He, Sha; Zhao, Qilong; Li, Xiaohong; Sun, Jiashu; Jiang, Xingyu


    In this paper, we present a simple but efficient biomimetic method to encapsulate laccase on mesoporous silica-modified electrospun (ES) ultrafine fibers. Because of the mild immobilization conditions (room temperature, aqueous condition), the encapsulated laccase retained a high activity of 94%. Because of the protection from the silica layer, the laccase worked efficiently at 60 °C and retained a long-term activity in the presence of proteinase K. After recycling for 10 times the laccase still preserved 96% of its original reactivity. More remarkably, the immobilized laccase on fibers could completely recover its activity after thermal denature, while the free laccase permanently lost the activity. We also demonstrated that the laccase on silica-coated fibers exhibited an enhanced decolorization capability of Brilliant Blue KN-R (BBKN-R) as compared to the free laccase, showing its great potential for industrial applications.In this paper, we present a simple but efficient biomimetic method to encapsulate laccase on mesoporous silica-modified electrospun (ES) ultrafine fibers. Because of the mild immobilization conditions (room temperature, aqueous condition), the encapsulated laccase retained a high activity of 94%. Because of the protection from the silica layer, the laccase worked efficiently at 60 °C and retained a long-term activity in the presence of proteinase K. After recycling for 10 times the laccase still preserved 96% of its original reactivity. More remarkably, the immobilized laccase on fibers could completely recover its activity after thermal denature, while the free laccase permanently lost the activity. We also demonstrated that the laccase on silica-coated fibers exhibited an enhanced decolorization capability of Brilliant Blue KN-R (BBKN-R) as compared to the free laccase, showing its great potential for industrial applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr01166j

  10. Artificial ultra-fine aerosol tracers for highway transect studies

    Cahill, Thomas A.; Barnes, David E.; Wuest, Leann; Gribble, David; Buscho, David; Miller, Roger S.; De la Croix, Camille


    The persistent evidence of health impacts of roadway aerosols requires extensive information for urban planning to avoid putting populations at risk, especially in-fill projects. The required information must cover both highway aerosol sources as well as transport into residential areas under a variety of roadway configurations, traffic conditions, downwind vegetation, and meteorology. Such studies are difficult and expensive to do, but were easier in the past when there was a robust fine aerosol tracer uniquely tied to traffic - lead. In this report we propose and test a modern alternative, highway safety flare aerosols. Roadway safety flares on vehicles in traffic can provide very fine and ultra-fine aerosols of unique composition that can be detected quantitatively far downwind of roadways due to a lack of upwind interferences. The collection method uses inexpensive portable aerosol collection hardware and x-ray analysis protocols. The time required for each transect is typically 1 h. Side by side tests showed precision at ± 4%. We have evaluated this technique both by aerosol removal in vegetation in a wind tunnel and by tracking aerosols downwind of freeways as a function of season, highway configuration and vegetation coverage. The results show that sound walls for at-grade freeways cause freeway pollution to extend much farther downwind than standard models predict. The elevated or fill section freeway on a berm projected essentially undiluted roadway aerosols at distances well beyond 325 m, deep into residential neighborhoods. Canopy vegetation with roughly 70% cover reduced very fine and ultra-fine aerosols by up to a factor of 2 at distances up to 200 m downwind.

  11. Daily variation in the properties of urban ultrafine aerosol—Part I: Physical characterization and volatility

    Moore, Katharine F.; Ning, Zhi; Ntziachristos, Leonidas; Schauer, James J.; Sioutas, Constantinos

    A summer air quality monitoring campaign focusing on the evolution of ultrafine (data suggest the strong influence of commute traffic emissions on morning observations of ultrafine particle concentrations. By contrast, in the afternoon our measurements provide evidence of secondary photochemical reactions becoming the predominant formation mechanism of ultrafine aerosols. The ultrafine number concentration peak occurs in the early afternoon, before the maximum ozone concentration is observed. The source of this offset is unknown and requires further investigation. It is possible that the chemical mechanisms responsible for secondary organic aerosol formation evolve as atmospheric conditions change and/or secondary semi-volatile components of the aerosol re-volatilize due to the elevated peak temperatures observed (ca. 30-35 °C) combined with the increased atmospheric dilution during that time. Measurements of the volatility of the ultrafine aerosol are consistent with this interpretation as overall volatility increases in the afternoon and there is less evidence of external mixing. Composition data presented in the companion paper support these conclusions [Ning et al., 2007. Daily variation in chemical characteristics of urban ultrafine aerosols and inference of their sources. Environmental Science and Technology, in press].

  12. Transient absorption and laser output of YAG : Nd

    Kvapil, Jiří; Kvapil, Jos; Kubelka, J.; Kubeček, V.


    YAG : Nd grown under 98% Ar 2% H2 protective atmosphere free of nitrogen or hydrocarbons showed after UV irradiation broad absorption peaked at ˜1·9×104 cm-1 which disappeared relatively slowly at room temperature. It was more intensive in oxygen treated samples than in those annealed in hydrogsn. Transient absorption suppresses laser output by the increase of absorption at 0·94×104 cm-1 (1064 nm) and, particularly in CW mode, by the anomalous rod deformation. YAG : Nd containing Fe ions (≲2·10-4 wt%) showed no transient absorption.


    A. M. Ivashko


    Full Text Available The theoretical and experimental results of longitudinally continuous-wave diode-pumped Yb:Y3Al5O12 (YAG laser performance for compact field-condition measuring systems were demonstrated. Optimization of laser setup in terms of operation condition in the range of -40 ˚С – +65 ˚С without active thermal stabilization was carried out. Using Yb (10 ат.%:YAG crystal with the length of 3 mm the maximal output power more than 2 W was obtained in the whole of temperature range.

  14. THC:YAG, Ultrasonic, And Electrohydraulic Gallstone Lithotriptors

    Johnson, Jeffrey P.; Oz, Mehmet C.; Treat, Michael R.; Chuck, Roy S. H.; Trokel, Stephen L.


    There is considerable interest in methods of dealing with gallstones that would be less invasive than traditional gallbladder surgery. Our group has been especially interested in percutaneous endoscopic or transcatheter methods for performing biliary lithotripsy. We performed an in vitro comparison of three methods for lithotripsy, the thulium-holmium-chromium:YAG laser (THC:YAG), the ultrasonic lithotriptor (UL) and the electrohydraulic lithotriptor (EHL). We concluded that no one modality is clearly superior to the others, but rather that these methods are complementary with each modality having a preferred role.

  15. Experimental 511 W Composite Nd:YAG Ceramic Laser

    LI Hai-Feng; XU De-Gang; YANG Yang; WANG Yu-Ye; ZHOU Rui; ZHANG Tie-Li; ZHAO Xin; WANG Peng; YAO Jian-Quan


    @@ We demonstrate a 511 W laser diode pumped composite Nd:YAG ceramic laser. The optical pumping system is consisted of five laser diode stacked arrays arranged in a pentagonal shape around the ceramic rod whose size is φ6.35×144mm. When the pumping power is 1600W, the cw laser output up to 511 W at 1064nm can be obtained with a linear plano-plano cavity, and the optical-to-optical efficiency is 31.9%. To our knowledge, this is the highest value of laser output by using a newly invented composite Nd:YAG ceramic rod as the gain medium.

  16. Holmium:YAG laser coronary angioplasty in acute myocardial infarction

    Topaz, On; Luxenberg, Michael; Schumacher, Audrey


    Patients who sustain complicated acute myocardial infarction in whom thrombolytic agents either fail or are contraindicated often need mechanical revascularization other than PTCA. In 24 patients with acute infarction complicated by continuous chest pain and ischemia who either received lytics or with contraindication to lytics, a holmium:YAG laser (Eclipse Surgical Technologies, Palo Alto, CA) was utilized for thrombolysis and plaque ablation. Clinical success was achieved in 23/24 patients, with 23 patients (94%) surviving the acute infarction. Holmium:YAG laser is very effective and safe in thrombolysis and revascularization in this complicated clinical setting.

  17. The effect of metal transfer modes and shielding gas composition on the emission of ultrafine particles in MAG steel welding

    Gomes, J. F.; R. M. Miranda; Carvalho,P.A.; Quintino,M. L.


    The present study aims to characterize ultrafine particles emitted during gas metal arc welding of mild steel and stainless steel, using different shielding gas mixtures, and to evaluate the effect of metal transfer modes, controlled by both processing parameters and shielding gas composition, on the quantity and morphology of the ultrafine particles. It was found that the amount of emitted ultrafine particles (measured by particle number and alveolar deposited surface area) are clearly depen...

  18. Development a Cu-based Metal Powder for Selective Laser Micro Sintering

    Dai, C; Zhu, H H; Ke, L D; Lei, W J [Division of Laser Science and Technology, Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Institute of Optoelectronics Science and Engineering (China); Chen, B J, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Material Processing and Die and Mould Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, 430074, P. R. of China (China)


    A Cu-based metal powder which consists of Cu and Cu-P alloy for selective micro laser sintering has been developed based on the theoretical analysis of the characteristics of the laser micro sintering metal powder. The characteristics of the wetting, capillary force and viscosity have been considered. The preliminary experimental investigation on the selective laser micro sintering Cu-based metal powder has been performed. A 50 W CW Nd:YAG laser was employed to sinter the developed metal powder mixture. The sintering mechanism and the effect of the process parameters on the characteristics of the sintering samples have been preliminary investigated. The results show that the mechanism of laser micro sintering this developed metal powder is liquid-phase sintering and Cu-P alloy powder plays an effectively binder in the sintering process. The process parameter has significant effects on the characteristics of the sintering parts. From the SEM image, two different microstructures of samples with different scan spacing parameters were compared and a better binding effect was obtained at a parameter of 0.05mm scan spacing.

  19. Platelet-containing tantalum powders

    Schiele, E.K.


    A method of forming platelet tantalum powders is described comprising the steps of: (a) providing an ingot-derived precursor tantalum powder, and (b) ball-milling the precursor powder for a time sufficient to form a platelet powder having an average FSSS of less than about 2 micrometers, a Scott density not greater than about 30 g/in/sup 3/ and a BET surface area of at least about 0.7 in/sup 2//g.

  20. Fabrication and characterization of dual-functional ultrafine composite fibers with phase-change energy storage and luminescence properties

    Xi, Peng; Zhao, Tianxiang; Xia, Lei; Shu, Dengkun; Ma, Menjiao; Cheng, Bowen


    Ultrafine composite fibers consisting of a thermoplastic polyurethane solid-solid phase-change material and organic lanthanide luminescent materials were prepared through a parallel electrospinning technique as an innovative type of ultrafine, dual-functional fibers containing phase-change and luminescent properties. The morphology and structure, thermal energy storage, and luminescent properties of parallel electrospun ultrafine fibers were investigated. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed that the parallel electrospun ultrafine fibers possessed the desired morphologies with smaller average fiber diameters than those of traditional mixed electrospun ultrafine fibers. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images revealed that the parallel electrospun ultrafine fibers were composed of two parts. Polymeric phase-change materials, which can be directly produced and spun, were used to provide temperature stability, while a mixture of polymethyl methacrylate and an organic lanthanide complex acted as the luminescent unit. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and luminescence measurements indicated that the unique structure of the parallel electrospun ultrafine fibers provides the products with good thermal energy storage and luminescence properties. The fluorescence intensity and the phase-change enthalpy values of the ultrafine fibers prepared by parallel electrospinning were respectively 1.6 and 2.1 times those of ultrafine fibers prepared by mixed electrospinning.

  1. Fabrication and characterization of dual-functional ultrafine composite fibers with phase-change energy storage and luminescence properties.

    Xi, Peng; Zhao, Tianxiang; Xia, Lei; Shu, Dengkun; Ma, Menjiao; Cheng, Bowen


    Ultrafine composite fibers consisting of a thermoplastic polyurethane solid-solid phase-change material and organic lanthanide luminescent materials were prepared through a parallel electrospinning technique as an innovative type of ultrafine, dual-functional fibers containing phase-change and luminescent properties. The morphology and structure, thermal energy storage, and luminescent properties of parallel electrospun ultrafine fibers were investigated. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed that the parallel electrospun ultrafine fibers possessed the desired morphologies with smaller average fiber diameters than those of traditional mixed electrospun ultrafine fibers. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images revealed that the parallel electrospun ultrafine fibers were composed of two parts. Polymeric phase-change materials, which can be directly produced and spun, were used to provide temperature stability, while a mixture of polymethyl methacrylate and an organic lanthanide complex acted as the luminescent unit. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and luminescence measurements indicated that the unique structure of the parallel electrospun ultrafine fibers provides the products with good thermal energy storage and luminescence properties. The fluorescence intensity and the phase-change enthalpy values of the ultrafine fibers prepared by parallel electrospinning were respectively 1.6 and 2.1 times those of ultrafine fibers prepared by mixed electrospinning.

  2. Highly efficient Nd: YAG ceramic CW laser with 59.8% slope-efficiency

    Yunfeng Qi; Qihong Lou; Haixia Ma; Jingxing Dong


    @@ In this paper, a highly efficient Ti:sapphire end-pumped 1 at.-% Nd:YAG ceramic laser that is comparable in efficiency with Nd:YAG single crystal lasers has been developed. Optical absorption and emission spectra for Nd:YAG ceramics have been measured. With 673-mW pumping, 295-mW laser output at 1064 nm has been obtained. The laser threshold is only 13 mW. Deducted the transmitted light, the corresponding optical-to-optical conversion efficiency is 58.4%. The lasing characteristics of Nd:YAG ceramic are nearly equal to those of Nd:YAG single crystal.

  3. Comparison of spectroscopic properties of Yb:YAP and Yb:YAG crystals

    Xiaoming He; Guangjun Zhao; Xiaodong Xu; Xionghui Zeng; Jun Xu


    The Yb:YAG and Yb:YAP crystals have been grown by Czochralski method. The absorption spectra and the fluorescence spectra of Yb:YAG and Yb:YAP crystals have been investigated. It is shown that the Yb:YAG crystal has better laser properties and smaller threshold power than Yb:YAP crystal. In addition, the absorption cross-section of the Yb:YAP crystal is 2.16 times of that of the Yb:YAG crystal,so laser diode pumped Yb:YAG lasing can be easily realized. Because YAP single crystal is anisotropic, it is provided with polarization characteristics.

  4. Effect of Ultrafine particles on Flow Field and Transport Properties near the nterface Around a Moving Bubble

    马友光; 徐世昌; 冯惠生


    Laser Doppler Anemometer has been used to measure the flow field characteristics near the interface around a moving bubble in the presence of ultrafine particles. In order to model a moving bubble, the bubble was fixed into the counter-flow liquid by a metal mesh. Experimental materials are air and water, and the particles are complex oxidate powder. Experiments were carried out under the operating conditions: the liquid flow velocity u0 is 12.6 cm/s, the equivalent diameter de is 0.6 cm, the mass concentration of particle is 0.2%,the average particle diameter is about 10 nm and the density is 2 g/cm3. The velocity profiles of both frontal and tail-vortex areas were measured respectively. The experimental results show that the velocity fields are obviously changed in the existence of particles. In the frontal area of the bubble, both tangential and normal velocities decrease due to the presence of particles, but in tail vortex area, the tangential velocities increase remarkably, and normal velocities rise gradually from the center towards the fringe in the opposite tendency to that of no particles. The influences of flow field change in the presence of particles on gas-liquid mass transfer are analyzed and discussed.

  5. Measuring Apparatus for Coal Powder


    The measuring apparatus for coal powder, equipped with radioactive source, is a set of device andcan be used to measure the density in the pipes and cumulative consumed amount of coal powder in apower plant, and to examine and display the status of the coal powder input system. It is sketched asFig. 1.

  6. Synthesis of Uranium nitride powders using metal uranium powders

    Yang, Jae Ho; Kim, Dong Joo; Oh, Jang Soo; Rhee, Young Woo; Kim, Jong Hun; Kim, Keon Sik [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    Uranium nitride (UN) is a potential fuel material for advanced nuclear reactors because of their high fuel density, high thermal conductivity, high melting temperature, and considerable breeding capability in LWRs. Uranium nitride powders can be fabricated by a carbothermic reduction of the oxide powders, or the nitriding of metal uranium. The carbothermic reduction has an advantage in the production of fine powders. However it has many drawbacks such as an inevitable engagement of impurities, process burden, and difficulties in reusing of expensive N{sup 15} gas. Manufacturing concerns issued in the carbothermic reduction process can be solved by changing the starting materials from oxide powder to metals. However, in nitriding process of metal, it is difficult to obtain fine nitride powders because metal uranium is usually fabricated in the form of bulk ingots. In this study, a simple reaction method was tested to fabricate uranium nitride powders directly from uranium metal powders. We fabricated uranium metal spherical powder and flake using a centrifugal atomization method. The nitride powders were obtained by thermal treating those metal particles under nitrogen containing gas. We investigated the phase and morphology evolutions of powders during the nitriding process. A phase analysis of nitride powders was also a part of the present work.

  7. Dichroic mirror for diode pumped YAG:Nd-laser

    Dinca, Andreea; Skettrup, Torben; Lupei, V.


    The paper describes the design and realization of a dichroic mirror for a diode pumped YAG:Nd laser. The mirror is deposed on an optical glass substrate and works in optical contact with the laser crystal. The design was performed by admittance matching of the basic stack with the adjacent media...

  8. Er:YAG and adhesion in conservative dentistry : clinical overview

    Fornaini, Carlo


    The notion of utilizing laser technology in conservative dentistry was proposed in 1990 by Hibst and Keller, who introduced the possibility of using an Er:YAG laser as alternative to conventional instruments such as the turbine and micro-motor. In subsequent years a continuing effort has been made by clinicians, researchers and commercial companies to improve the technology.

  9. Optical properties of epitaxial YAG:Yb films

    Ubizskii, S.B. [Institute for Telecommunication, Radioelectronics and Electronic Engineering, Lviv Polytechnic National University, 12, Bandera St., Lviv, 79013 (Ukraine); Matkovskii, A.O. [Institute for Telecommunication, Radioelectronics and Electronic Engineering, Lviv Polytechnic National University, 12, Bandera St., Lviv, 79013 (Ukraine); Institute of Physics, University Rzezsow, 16 Rejtana St., Rzeszow, 35310 (Poland); Melnyk, S.S.; Syvorotka, I.M. [R and D Institute for Materials, Scientific Research Company ' ' Carat' ' , 202, Stryjska St., Lviv, 79031 (Ukraine); Mueller, V.; Peters, V.; Petermann, K. [Institut fuer Laser-Physik, Universitaet Hamburg, Jungiusstrasse 9a, 20355 Hamburg (Germany); Beyertt, A.; Giesen, A. [Institut fuer Strahlwerkzeuge, Universitaet Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 43, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany)


    This work deals with the investigation of the optical properties of epitaxial YAG:Yb films and their suitability as gain media for thin disk lasers. Epitaxial films of YAG:Yb were grown by the liquid phase epitaxy method in air on the (111)-oriented YAG substrates. The thickness of the grown layers was from 30 to 260 {mu}m. The melt composition was varied to obtain the desired doping level from 10 to 15% and to optimize the optical properties. The best epitaxial films were colourless and had an Yb{sup 3+} luminescence lifetime of more than 950 {mu}s, which is very close to the intrinsic lifetime of the Yb ions in the bulk YAG single crystals. These films were tested in a thin disk laser setup with 24 absorption passes of the 940 nm pumping beam. The maximum output power at 1.03 {mu}m wavelength in CW operation reached more than 60 W and the optical efficiency was close to 30%. (copyright 2004 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  10. Advanced powder processing

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


    Gelcasting is an advanced powder forming process. It is most commonly used to form ceramic or metal powders into complex, near-net shapes. Turbine rotors, gears, nozzles, and crucibles have been successfully gelcast in silicon nitride, alumina, nickel-based superalloy, and several steels. Gelcasting can also be used to make blanks that can be green machined to near-net shape and then high fired. Green machining has been successfully applied to both ceramic and metal gelcast blanks. Recently, the authors have used gelcasting to make tooling for metal casting applications. Most of the work has centered on H13 tool steel. They have demonstrated an ability to gelcast and sinter H13 to near net shape for metal casting tooling. Also, blanks of H13 have been cast, green machined into complex shape, and fired. Issues associated with forming, binder burnout, and sintering are addressed.

  11. Powder detergents production plant

    Stanković Mirjana S.


    Full Text Available The IGPC Engineering Department designed basic projects for powder detergent production plant, using technology developed in the IGPC laboratories, in 1998. - 2000. Several projects were completed: technological, machine, electrical, automation. On the basis of these projects, a production plant with a capacity of 25,000 t/y was manufactured, at "Delta In", Zrenjanin, in 2000.This technology was an innovation, because new approach in mixing a powder materials was used, as well as introducing a new type of dryer in detergent production. The product meets all quality demands for detergents with high specific weight (1000 g/l, as well as environmental regulations. The detergent production process is fully automatized, and the product has uniform quality. There is no waste material in detergent zeolite production, because all products with unsatisfactory quality are returned to the process. The production process can be controlled manually, which is necessary during start-up, and repairs.

  12. Dispersing powders in liquids

    Nelson, RD


    This book provides powder technologists with laboratory procedures for selecting dispersing agents and preparing stable dispersions that can then be used in particle size characterization instruments. Its broader goal is to introduce industrial chemists and engineers to the phenomena, terminology, physical principles, and chemical considerations involved in preparing and handling dispersions on a commercial scale. The book introduces novices to: - industrial problems due to improper degree of dispersion; - the nomenclature used in describing particles; - the basic physica

  13. Comparison of gene expression profiles induced by coarse, fine, and ultrafine particulate matter.

    Huang, Yuh-Chin T; Karoly, Edward D; Dailey, Lisa A; Schmitt, Michael T; Silbajoris, Robert; Graff, Donald W; Devlin, Robert B


    Coarse, fine, and ultrafine particulate matter (PM) fractions possess different physical properties and chemical compositions and may produce different adverse health effects. Studies were undertaken to determine whether or not gene expression patterns may be used to discriminate among the three size fractions. Airway epithelial cells obtained from 6 normal individuals were exposed to Chapel Hill coarse, fine or ultrafine PM (250 μg/ml) for 6 and 24 h (n=3 different individuals each). RNA was isolated and hybridized to Affymetrix cDNA microarrays. Significant genes were identified and mapped to canonical pathways. Expression of selected genes was confirmed by reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The numbers of genes altered by coarse, fine, and ultrafine PM increased from 0, 6, and 17 at 6 h to 1281, 302, and 455 at 24 h, respectively. The NRF2-mediated oxidative stress response, cell cycle:G2/M DNA damage checkpoint regulation, and mitotic roles of polo-like kinase were the top three pathways altered by all three fractions. Fine and ultrafine PM displayed more similar gene expression patterns. One example was the increased expression of metallothionein isoforms, reflecting the higher zinc content associated with fine and ultrafine fractions. A set of 10 genes was identified that could discriminate fine and ultrafine PM from coarse PM. These results indicate that common properties shared by the three size fractions as well as size-specific factors, e.g., compositions, may determine the effects on gene expression. Genomic markers may be used to discriminate coarse from fine and ultrafine PM.

  14. FT-Raman spectroscopic characterization of enamel surfaces irradiated with Nd:YAG and Er:YAG lasers

    Shahabi, Sima; Fekrazad, Reza; Johari, Maryam; Chiniforoush, Nasim; Rezaei, Yashar


    Background. Despite recent advances in dental caries prevention, caries is common and remains a serious health problem. Laser irradiation is one of the most common methods in preventive measures in recent years. Raman spectroscopy technique is utilized to study the microcrystalline structure of dental enamel. In this study, FT-Raman spectroscopy was used to evaluate chemical changes in enamel structure irradiated with Nd:YAG and Er:YAG lasers. Methods. We used 15 freshly-extracted, non-carious, human molars that were treated as follows: No treatment was carried out in group A (control group); Group B was irradiated with Er:YAG laser for 10 seconds under air and water spray; and Group C was irradiated with Nd:YAG laser for 10 seconds under air and water spray. After treatment, the samples were analyzed by FT-Raman spectroscopy. Results. The carbonate content evaluation with regard to the integrated area under the curve (1065/960 cm–1) exhibited a significant reduction in its ratio in groups B and C. The organic content (2935/960 cm-1) area exhibited a significant decrease after laser irradiation in group B and C. Conclusion. The results showed that the mineral and organic matrices of enamel structure were affected by laser irradiation; therefore, it might be a suitable method for caries prevention. PMID:28096945

  15. Er:YAG and Nd:YAG laser in treatment of patients with contraindications of conventional dental and maxillofacial surgery

    Smucler, Roman; Mazanek, Jiri


    In clinical praxis we must treat patients with some relative or absolute contraindications every day. Need of hospitalization, antibiotics, hemostyptics and complex examinations makes dentoalveolar and maxillofacial surgery in those cases quite expensive. Combination of Nd:YAG and Er:YAG laser gives us new possibilities. We can help some untreatable patients or transfer care from hospital to dental office. We have been trying to solve contraindications for laser therapy five years. In the center of our work are disorders of blood coagulation, immunity and metabolism. Nd:YAG laser is very useful in coagulation and vaporization of dental gum hypertrophies, benign and malign tumors in case of chronic anticoagulation therapy and immunosupress / in combination for example- after heart transplantation /. Special chapter is the care of patients with disseminated tumors. Er:YAG laser large solve big lesions because of minimal invasivity of course but for small benign tumors are recidives is ideal. Better and quicker healing make new standard of patients' cooperation. Generally fashionable and more comfortable laser treatment minimize need of general anesthesia. After five years we use complex laser therapy in our routine. Aim of our new work is to find ideal combination of cutting lasers to minimize classical complications of laser surgery / carbonization, long and secondary healing /.

  16. FT-Raman spectroscopic characterization of enamel surfaces irradiated with Nd:YAG and Er:YAG lasers

    Sima Shahabi


    Full Text Available Background. Despite recent advances in dental caries prevention, caries is common and remains a serious health problem. Laser irradiation is one of the most common methods in preventive measures in recent years. Raman spectroscopy technique is utilized to study the microcrystalline structure of dental enamel. In this study, FT-Raman spectroscopy was used to evaluate chemical changes in enamel structure irradiated with Nd:YAG and Er:YAG lasers. Methods. We used 15 freshly-extracted, non-carious, human molars that were treated as follows: No treatment was carried out in group A (control group; Group B was irradiated with Er:YAG laser for 10 seconds under air and water spray; and Group C was irradiated with Nd:YAG laser for 10 seconds under air and water spray. After treatment, the samples were analyzed by FT-Raman spectroscopy. Results. The carbonate content evaluation with regard to the integrated area under the curve (1065/960 cm–1 exhibited a significant reduction in its ratio in groups B and C. The organic content (2935/960 cm-1 area exhibited a significant decrease after laser irradiation in group B and C. Conclusion. The results showed that the mineral and organic matrices of enamel structure were affected by laser irradiation; therefore, it might be a suitable method for caries prevention.

  17. Properties Research of Ultrafine DADNBF%超细 DADNBF 的性能研究

    沈盼盼; 刘祖亮


    In order to study the properties of ultrafine 5 ,7-diamino-4 ,6-dinitrobenzenfuroxan (DADNBF) , ultrafine DADNBF was prepared using solvent/non-solvent method .The particle size distribution ,impact sensitivi-ty ,thermal stability ,vacuum stability ,shock sensitivity and flyer sensitivity of ultrafine DADNBF were compara-tively analyzed with raw DADNBF and ultrafine HNS-Ⅳ .The results show that the particle size distribution of ul-trafine DADNBF is in a range of 0 0.35-0 3.16 μm ,the specific surface area is 25 1. m2/g ,and the impact sensitivity (H50 ) is 108cm .The temperature at the exothermic peak of ultrafine DADNBF is 300℃ ,13℃ lower than that of the raw DADNBF .The critical initiation voltage of ultrafine DADNBF in flyer initiation test is 2 .35 kV and the shock sensitivity (X50 ) is 7 .54 mm .The comprehensive properties of ultrafine DADNBF are similar to ultrafine HNS-Ⅳ .%为了研究超细颗粒5,7-二氨基-4,6-二硝基苯并氧化呋咱(DADNBF )的性质,采用溶剂-非溶剂法制备了超细DADNBF颗粒。研究了超细DADNBF的粒径分布、撞击感度、热稳定性、真空安定性、冲击波感度和飞片起爆感度等性能,并与普通DADNBF和超细 HNS-Ⅳ进行比较。研究结果表明:DADNBF超细化后,样品粒度主要分布在00.35~03.16μm范围内;比表面积为251. m2/g ;撞击感度 H 50为108 cm ;DSC分解放热峰温为300℃,比细化前降低13℃;飞片起爆实验最低起爆电压为23.5 kV ;冲击波感度 X50=75.4 mm。超细DADNBF综合性能与超细HNS-Ⅳ接近。

  18. Concentration response functions for ultrafine particles and all-cause mortality and hospital admissions: results of a European expert panel elicitation.

    Hoek, G.; Boogaard, H.; Knol, A.B.; de Hartog, J.J.; Slottje, P.; Ayres, J.G.; Borm, P.; Brunekreef, B.; Donaldson, K.; Forastiere, F.; Holgate, S.; Kreyling, W.G.; Nemery, B.; Pekkanen, J.; Stone, V.; Wichmann, H.E.; van der Sluijs, J.P.


    Toxicological studies have provided evidence of the toxicity of ultrafine particles (UFP), but epidemiological evidence for health effects of ultrafines is limited. No quantitative summary currently exists of concentration-response functions for ultrafine particles that can be used in health impact

  19. Roles of grain boundaries in improving fracture toughness of ultrafine-grained metals

    Shimokawa, T.; Tanaka, M.; Kinoshita, K.; Higashida, K.


    In order to improve the fracture toughness in ultrafine-grained metals, we investigate the interactions among crack tips, dislocations, and grain boundaries in aluminum bicrystal models containing a crack and tilt grain boundaries using molecular dynamics simulations. The results of previous computer simulations showed that grain refinement makes materials brittle if grain boundaries behave as obstacles to dislocation movement. However, it is actually well known that grain refinement increases fracture toughness of materials. Thus, the role of grain boundaries as dislocation sources should be essential to elucidate fracture phenomena in ultrafine-grained metals. A proposed mechanism to express the improved fracture toughness in ultrafine-grained metals is the disclination shielding effect on the crack tip mechanical field. Disclination shielding can be activated when two conditions are present. First, a transition of dislocation sources from crack tips to grain boundaries must occur. Second, the transformation of grain-boundary structure into a neighboring energetically stable boundary must occur as dislocations are emitted from the grain boundary. The disclination shielding effect becomes more pronounced as antishielding dislocations are continuously emitted from the grain boundary without dislocation emissions from crack tips, and then ultrafine-grained metals can sustain large plastic deformation without fracture with the drastic increase of the mobile dislocation density. Consequently, it can be expected that the disclination shielding effect can improve the fracture toughness in ultrafine-grained metals.

  20. Preparation of ultrafine Ce-based oxide nanoparticles and their catalytic performances for diesel soot combustion

    韦岳长; 赵震; 焦金庆; 刘坚; 段爱军; 姜桂元


    The ultrafine Ce-based oxide nanoparticles with different element dopings (Zr, Y) were synthesized by the method of mi-cropores-diffused coprecipitation (MDC) using ammonia solution as the precipitation agent. The activities of the catalysts for soot oxidation were evaluated by the temperature-programmed oxidation (TPO) reaction. Ce-based oxides prepared in this study exhibited high catalytic activity for soot oxidation under the condition of loose contact between soot particles and catalysts, and the catalytic ac-tivity of ultrafine Ce0.9Zr0.1O2 nanoparticle for soot combustion was the highest, whose T10, T50 and SCO2m was 364, 442 ºC and 98.3%, respectively. All catalysts were systematically characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Brumauer-Emett-Teller (BET), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS). It was indicated that the MDC method could prepare the ultrafine Ce-based oxide nanoparticles whose the crystal lattice were perfect, and the BET surface area and average crystal size of the ultrafine nanoparticles changed with the different element dopings (Zr, Y). The H2-TPR measurements showed that the ultrafine Ce-based ox-ide nanoparticles with the doping-Zr cation could be favorable for improving the redox property of the catalysts.

  1. Tissue damage by laser radiation: an in vitro comparison between Tm:YAG and Ho:YAG laser on a porcine kidney model.

    Huusmann, Stephan; Wolters, Mathias; Kramer, Mario W; Bach, Thorsten; Teichmann, Heinrich-Otto; Eing, Andreas; Bardosi, Sebastian; Herrmann, Thomas R W


    The understanding of tissue damage by laser radiation is very important for the safety in the application of surgical lasers. The objective of this study is to evaluate cutting, vaporization and coagulation properties of the 2 µm Tm:YAG laser (LISA Laser Products OHG, GER) in comparison to the 2.1 µm Ho:YAG laser (Coherent Medical Group, USA) at different laser power settings in an in vitro model of freshly harvested porcine kidneys. Laser radiation of both laser generators was delivered by using a laser fiber with an optical core diameter of 550 µm (RigiFib, LISA Laser GER). Freshly harvested porcine kidneys were used as tissue model. Experiments were either performed in ambient air or in aqueous saline. The Tm:YAG laser was adjusted to 5 W for low and 120 W for the high power setting. The Ho:YAG laser was adjusted to 0.5 J and 10 Hz (5 W average power) for low power setting and to 2.0 J and 40 Hz (80 W average power) for high power setting, accordingly. The specimens of the cutting experiments were fixed in 4 % formalin, embedded in paraffin and stained with Toluidin blue. The laser damage zone was measured under microscope as the main evaluation criteria. Laser damage zone consists of an outer coagulation zone plus a further necrotic zone. In the ambient air experiments the laser damage zone for the low power setting was 745 ± 119 µm for the Tm:YAG and 614 ± 187 µm for the Ho:YAG laser. On the high power setting, the damage zone was 760 ± 167 µm for Tm:YAG and 715 ± 142 µm for Ho:YAG. The incision depth in ambient air on the low power setting was 346 ± 199 µm for Tm:YAG, 118 ± 119 µm for Ho:YAG. On the high power setting incision depth was 5083 ± 144 µm (Tm:YAG) and 1126 ± 383 µm (Ho:YAG) respectively. In the saline solution experiments, the laser damage zone was 550 ± 137 µm (Tm:YAG) versus 447 ± 65 µm (Ho:YAG), on the low power setting and 653 ± 137 µm (Tm:YAG) versus 677 ± 134 µm (Ho:YAG

  2. Characteristics of the ultrafine component of fly ash

    M.R. Jones; A. McCarthy; A.P.P.G. Booth [University of Dundee, Dundee (United Kingdom). Concrete Technology Unit, Division of Civil Engineering


    Post-production processing of fly ash (FA) is an important issue for its use in concrete. Given (i) the need for environmental protection, (ii) the measures being applied on coal-fired power stations to reduce acidic gas emissions and (iii) the effect these have had on fly ash quality, there is a need to consider efficient post-production processing to enhance fly ash characteristics. This is particularly important for fly ash used as a cement in concrete production, since the additional residual carbon content and decreased fineness significantly affect its quality. This paper details the material characteristics of an ultrafine, low-lime fly ash (UF-FA), produced, in this case, by processing a coarse FA (referred to as parent FA) from a bituminous coal-fired power station via air-cyclonic separation. The UF-FA is shown to have much improved material characteristics compared to the parent FA in terms of morphology, mineralogy and chemical composition. Further results are presented on the effect of UF-FA on the properties of cementitious systems. Improved consistence and compressive strengths of combined Portland cement (PC) and UF-FA mortars were observed, whilst enhanced PC hydration and a high degree of FA reactivity were concluded from heat of hydration measurements and calcium hydroxide contents of pastes. 20 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  3. Recycling concrete: An undiscovered source of ultrafine particles

    Kumar, Prashant; Morawska, Lidia


    While concrete recycling is practiced worldwide, there are many unanswered questions in relation to ultrafine particle (UFP; Dp recycling sites. In particular: (i) Does recycling produce UFPs and in what quantities? (ii) How do they disperse around the source? (iii) What impact does recycling have on ambient particle number concentrations (PNCs) and exposure? (iv) How effective are commonly used dust respirators to limit exposure? We measured size-resolved particles in the 5-560 nm range at five distances between 0.15 and 15.15 m that were generated by an experimentally simulated concrete recycling source and found that: (i) the size distributions were multimodal, with up to ˜93% of total PNC in the UFP size range; and (ii) dilution was a key particle transformation mechanism. UFPs showed a much slower decay rate, requiring ˜62% more distance to reach 10% of their initial concentration compared with their larger counterparts in the 100-560 nm size range. Compared with typical urban exposure during car journeys, exposure decay profiles showed up to ˜5 times higher respiratory deposition within 10 m of the source. Dust respirators were found to remove half of total PNC; however the removal factor for UFPs was only ˜57% of that observed in the 100-560 nm size range. These findings highlight a need for developing an understanding of the nature of the particles as well as for better control measures to limit UFP exposure.

  4. Formation of Ultrafine Apatite Fibers by Sol-gel/Electrospinning

    DING Ya-mei; YUAN Xiao-yan; ZHAO Jin; GUO Wan-chun; WANG Xiu-kui


    Ultrafine apatite fibers were prepared by electrospinning of sol-gel precursor/poly(vinyl pyrrolidone)(PVP) solutions followed by subsequent calcination. The as-electrospun and calcinated fibers were observed under a scanning electron microscope and an optical polarizing microscope. Results show that the morphology and the diameter of as-electrospun fibers strongly depend on the viscosity and the surface tension of sol-gel precursor/PVP solutions. After calcination, the smooth as-electrospun fibers shrink and the fiber diameter decreases because of the removal of the polymer. The chemical evolution upon the transformation of the precursor from a gel to the final apatite fibers was investigated by thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. It is thus suggested that the crystalline structure of the calcined fibers is largely influenced by the calcination temperature. After being calcined at 600 ℃, the apatite fibers with a diameter of about 280 nm containing β-tricalcium phosphate were obtained.

  5. Ultrafine particle air pollution inside diesel-propelled passenger trains.

    Abramesko, Victoria; Tartakovsky, Leonid


    Locomotives with diesel engines are used worldwide and are an important source of air pollution. Pollutant emissions by locomotive engines affect the air quality inside passenger trains. This study is aimed at investigating ultrafine particle (UFP) air pollution inside passenger trains and providing a basis for assessing passenger exposure to this pollutant. The concentrations of UFPs inside the carriages of push-pull trains are dramatically higher when the train operates in pull mode. This clearly shows that locomotive engine emissions are a dominant factor in train passengers' exposure to UFPs. The highest levels of UFP air pollution are observed inside the carriages of pull trains close to the locomotive. In push mode, the UFP number concentrations were lower by factors of 2.6-43 (depending on the carriage type) compared to pull mode. The UFP concentrations are substantially lower in diesel multiple-unit trains than in trains operating in pull mode. A significant influence of the train movement regime on the UFP NC inside a carriage is observed.

  6. Outdoor ultrafine particle concentrations in front of fast food restaurants.

    Vert, Cristina; Meliefste, Kees; Hoek, Gerard


    Ultrafine particles (UFPs) have been associated with negative effects on human health. Emissions from motor vehicles are the principal source of UFPs in urban air. A study in Vancouver suggested that UFP concentrations were related to density of fast food restaurants near the monitoring sites. A previous monitoring campaign could not separate the contribution of restaurants from road traffic. The main goal of this study has been the quantification of fast food restaurants' contribution to outdoor UFP concentrations. A portable particle number counter (DiscMini) has been used to carry out mobile monitoring in a largely pedestrianized area in the city center of Utrecht. A fixed route passing 17 fast food restaurants was followed on 8 days. UFP concentrations in front of the restaurants were 1.61 times higher than in a nearby square without any local sources used as control area and 1.22 times higher compared with all measurements conducted in between the restaurants. Adjustment for other sources such as passing mopeds, smokers or candles did not explain the increase. In conclusion, fast food restaurants result in significant increases in outdoor UFP concentrations in front of the restaurant.

  7. Exposure to inhalable, respirable, and ultrafine particles in welding fume.

    Lehnert, Martin; Pesch, Beate; Lotz, Anne; Pelzer, Johannes; Kendzia, Benjamin; Gawrych, Katarzyna; Heinze, Evelyn; Van Gelder, Rainer; Punkenburg, Ewald; Weiss, Tobias; Mattenklott, Markus; Hahn, Jens-Uwe; Möhlmann, Carsten; Berges, Markus; Hartwig, Andrea; Brüning, Thomas


    This investigation aims to explore determinants of exposure to particle size-specific welding fume. Area sampling of ultrafine particles (UFP) was performed at 33 worksites in parallel with the collection of respirable particles. Personal sampling of respirable and inhalable particles was carried out in the breathing zone of 241 welders. Median mass concentrations were 2.48 mg m(-3) for inhalable and 1.29 mg m(-3) for respirable particles when excluding 26 users of powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs). Mass concentrations were highest when flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) with gas was applied (median of inhalable particles: 11.6 mg m(-3)). Measurements of particles were frequently below the limit of detection (LOD), especially inside PAPRs or during tungsten inert gas welding (TIG). However, TIG generated a high number of small particles, including UFP. We imputed measurements welding fume. Concentrations were mainly predicted by the welding process and were significantly higher when local exhaust ventilation (LEV) was inefficient or when welding was performed in confined spaces. Substitution of high-emission techniques like FCAW, efficient LEV, and using PAPRs where applicable can reduce exposure to welding fume. However, harmonizing the different exposure metrics for UFP (as particle counts) and for the respirable or inhalable fraction of the welding fume (expressed as their mass) remains challenging.

  8. Laser Welding of Ultra-Fine Grained Steel SS400

    PENG Yun; TIAN Zhi-ling; CHEN Wu-zhu; WANG Cheng; BAO Gang


    The effects of laser welding on microstructure and mechanical properties of ultra-fine grained steel SS400 were studied. The plasma arc welding and MAG welding were conducted to make a comparison between these weldings and laser welding. The coarse grain heat-affected zone (HAZ) of laser welding was simulated using thermomechanical simulation machine, and the impact toughness was tested. The deep penetration laser welding produces weld of large depth and narrow width. The weld metal and HAZ of laser welding was heated and then cooled rapidly. The prior austenite grain size of coarse grain HAZ is 1/10 of that for arc welding. For laser welding, the toughness of weld metal is higher than that of base metal, and the toughness of the coarse grain HAZ of laser welding is on a level with that of base metal. Matching lower laser power with lower welding speed, the hardening tendency of the weld metal and the coarse grain HAZ can be decreased. There is no softened zone. The tensile strength of welded joint formed by laser is higher than that of base metal. The joint has good bending ductility.

  9. Magnetic anisotropy of ultrafine 316L stainless steel fibers

    Shyr, Tien-Wei; Huang, Shih-Ju; Wur, Ching-Shuei


    An as-received 316L stainless steel fiber with a diameter of 20 μm was drawn using a bundle drawing process at room temperature to form ultrafine stainless steel fibers with diameters of 12, 8, and 6 μm. The crystalline phases of the fibers were analyzed using the X-ray diffraction (XRD) profile fitting technique. The grain sizes of γ-austenite and α‧-martensite were reduced to nanoscale sizes after the drawing process. XRD analysis and focused ion beam-scanning electron microscope observations showed that the newly formed α‧-martensitic grains were closely arrayed in the drawing direction. The magnetic property was measured using a superconducting quantum interference device vibrating sample magnetometer. The magnetic anisotropy of the fibers was observed by applying a magnetic field parallel and perpendicular to the fiber axis. The results showed that the microstructure anisotropy including the shape anisotropy, magnetocrystalline anisotropy, and the orientation of the crystalline phases strongly contributed to the magnetic anisotropy.

  10. Ultrafine particle size as a tracer for aircraft turbine emissions.

    Riley, Erin A; Gould, Timothy; Hartin, Kris; Fruin, Scott A; Simpson, Christopher D; Yost, Michael G; Larson, Timothy


    Ultrafine particle number (UFPN) and size distributions, black carbon, and nitrogen dioxide concentrations were measured downwind of two of the busiest airports in the world, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL - Atlanta, GA) using a mobile monitoring platform. Transects were located between 5 km and 10 km from the ATL and LAX airports. In addition, measurements were taken at 43 additional urban neighborhood locations in each city and on freeways. We found a 3-5 fold increase in UFPN concentrations in transects under the landing approach path to both airports relative to surrounding urban areas with similar ground traffic characteristics. The latter UFPN concentrations measured were distinct in size distributional properties from both freeways and across urban neighborhoods, clearly indicating different sources. Elevated concentrations of Black Carbon (BC) and NO2 were also observed on airport transects, and the corresponding pattern of elevated BC was consistent with the observed excess UFPN concentrations relative to other urban locations.

  11. Abrasion of ultrafine WC-Co by fine abrasive particles


    Abrasive wear of a series of WC-(5%-14%, mass fiaction)Co hardmetals was investigated employing coarse and fine SiC abrasive under two-body dry abrasion conditions with pin-on-disc and edge-on-disc test arrangements. Unexpectedly, it is found that submicron grades demonstrate substantially higher wear rates comparing with the coarse grades if fine abrasive is utilized in pin-on-disc tests. Such a behavior is attributed to changes in a ratio of abrasive size to size of hard phase as finer abrasive is used.The edge-on-disc test demonstrates that edge wear may be described in two stages with the highest wear rates at the beginning stage.This behavior is associated with a transition of wear mechanisms as edge is wider due to wear. Compared with the ultrafine grades of the same Co content, the coarse grades demonstrate higher wear rates at the beginning, but lower wear rates at the final stage. Wear rates and mechanisms observed at final stage correlate well to the results observed for pin-on-disc tests employing fine abrasive.

  12. Dry-grinded ultrafine cements hydration. physicochemical and microstructural characterization

    Foteini Kontoleontos


    Full Text Available The aim of the present research work was the evaluation of the physicochemical and microstructural properties of two ultrafine cements, produced by dry grinding of a commercial CEM I 42.5N cement. The effect of grinding on particle size distribution was determined by laser scattering analyzer. All cements were tested for initial and final setting times, consistency of standard paste, soundness, flow of normal mortar and compressive strengths after 1, 2, 7 and 28 days. The effect of the fineness on the heat of hydration was also investigated. The hydration products were determined by X-ray diffraction analysis and by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, at 1, 2, 7 and 28 days. The microstructure of the hardened cement pastes and their morphological characteristics were examined by scanning electron microscopy. Porosity and pore size distribution were evaluated by mercury intrusion porosimetry. The effects of greater fineness on compressive strengths were evident principally at early ages. After the first 24 hours of hydration, the compressive strength of the finest cements was about 3 times higher (over 48 MPa than the corresponding of CEM I 42.5N (15.1 MPa.

  13. Pulsed Nd:YAG laser cladding of high silicon content coating on low silicon steel

    Danyang Dong; Changsheng Liu; Bin Zhang; Jun Miao


    A pulsed Nd:YAG (yttrium aluminum garnet) laser-based technique was employed to clad low silicon steel with preplaced Si and Fe mixed powders for high Si content. The surface morphology, microstructural evolution, phase composition, and Si distribution,within the obtained cladding coatings, were characterized by optical microscopy (OM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), with associated energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The microhardness was also measured along the depth direction of the specimens. A crack- and pore-free cladding coating through excellent metallurgical bonding with the substrate was successfully prepared on low silicon steel by means of optimized single-track and multi-track laser cladding. The phases of the coating are α-Fe, γ-Fe, and FeSi. The high microhardness of the lasercladding zone is considered as an increase in Si content and as the refined microstructure produced by the laser treatment. The Si contents of the cladding coatings were about 5.8wt% in the single-track cladding and 6.5wt% in the multi-track cladding, respectively.

  14. Evaluation in vitro of effects of Er:YAG and Nd:YAG lasers irradiation on root canal wall, by stereoscopy, scanning electron micrography and thermographic camera; Avaliacao in vitro dos efeitos da irradiacao laser de Er:YAG e Nd:YAG na parede dentinaria do canal radicular, sob observacao do estereoscopio, da micrografia eletronica e da camera termografica

    Goya, Claudia


    This study was carried out to evaluate in vitro the effects of Nd:YAG laser and Er:YAG laser irradiation in the root canal wall by SEM, evaluating the apical leakage and the temperature changes during the laser irradiation. Seventy four extracted human teeth were used, they were instrumented and divided into seven groups of 10 teeth each. The teeth were evaluated through stereoscopy, by SEM, and with the thermographic camera. The Nd:YAG laser irradiation parameters were 100 mJ/p, 15 Hz, and Er:YAG laser were 160 mJ/p and 10 Hz, the irradiation was 4 times at 2 mm/sec speed, with 20 sec interval. The apical leakage was not observed in the teeth irradiated by Nd:YAG laser alone or in association with Er:YAG laser. However in the teeth irradiated only by the Er:YAG laser we observed a little leakage. By SEM observation the Nd:YAG laser irradiation showed melting and recrystallization in the dentin surface closing dentinal tubules, and in the samples irradiated by Er:Y AG laser a clean surface, opened dentinal tubules, and the combination by two lasers, showed melting covering some dentinal tubules The thermographic study found the temperature increase was not more than 6 deg C. This study showed the safety parameters applications of Er:YAG laser in association with Nd:YAG laser in root canal treatment, in order to not cause thermal damages to the periodontal tissues. (author)

  15. Effect of dental surface treatment with Nd:YAG and Er:YAG lasers on bond strength of resin composite to recently bleached enamel.

    Rocha Gomes Torres, Carlos; Caneppele, Taciana Marco Ferraz; Del Moral de Lazari, Regina; Ribeiro, Carolina Ferraz; Borges, Alessandra Buhler


    The aim of this work is to evaluate the effect of surface treatment with Er:YAG and Nd:YAG lasers on resin composite bond strength to recently bleached enamel. In this study, 120 bovine incisors were distributed into two groups: group C: without bleaching treatment; group B: bleached with 35% hydrogen peroxide. Each group was divided into three subgroups: subgroup N: without laser treatment; subgroup Nd: irradiation with Nd:YAG laser; subgroup Er: irradiation with Er:YAG laser. The adhesive system (Adper Single Bond 2) was then applied and composite buildups were constructed with Filtek Supreme composite. The teeth were sectioned to obtain enamel-resin sticks (1 × 1 mm) and submitted to microtensile bond testing. The data were statistically analyzed by the ANOVA and Tukey tests. The bond strength values in the bleached control group (5.57 MPa) presented a significant difference in comparison to the group bleached and irradiated with Er:YAG laser (13.18 MPa) or Nd:YAG (25.67 MPa). The non-bleached control group presented mean values of 30.92 MPa, with statistical difference of all the others groups. The use of Nd:YAG and Er:YAG lasers on bleached specimens was able to improve the bond strengths of them.

  16. Low Temperature Powder Coating


    of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) • Legacy primers contain hexavalent chrome • Conventional powder coatings...panels • Third panel exhibited a single filament extending slightly beyond allowable tolerance Filiform Corrosion Resistance LTCPC on 2024 T-3 Clad ...LTCPC on 2024 T-3 Clad O G D E N A I R L O G I S T I C S C E N T E R BE AMERICA’S BEST JTP Results • LTCPC performance similar or better than wet

  17. Bonding Strength of Ceromer with Direct Laser Sintered, Ni-Cr-Based, and ZrO2 Metal Infrastructures After Er:YAG, Nd:YAG, and Ho:YAG Laser Surface Treatments-A Comparative In Vitro Study.

    Gorler, Oguzhan; Ozdemir, Ali Kemal


    Laser modalities instead of conventional surface treatment techniques have been suggested to obtain an adequate micromechanical bonding between dental super- and infrastructures. The present study was undertaken to assess the effect of surface treatment with Ho:YAG, Er:YAG, and Nd:YAG laser modalities on the shear bond strength (SBS) of ceromer to different types of metal infrastructures in in vitro settings. The study specimens consisted of 40 direct laser sintered (DLS), 40 Ni-Cr-based, and 40 zirconium oxide (ZrO2) infrastructures. In each infrastructure group, the specimens were divided randomly into five treatment modalities (n = 8): no treatment (controls), sandblasting, Er:YAG, Nd:YAG, and Ho:YAG lasers. The DLS, Ni-Cr-based, and ZrO2 infrastructures were prepared in the final dimensions of 7 mm in diameter and 3 mm in thickness in line with the ISO 11405 standard. Ceromer as superstructure was applied to all the infrastructures after their surface treatments according to the selected treatment modality. SBS test was performed to test the effectiveness of surface treatments. A stereomicroscope was used to determine the changes in the surface morphology of specimens. Among the laser modalities and sandblasting, Ho:YAG laser caused the most important increase in the DLS and Ni-Cr-based infrastructures but sandblasting caused the most important increase in the ZrO2 infrastructure. In all the infrastructures, Nd:YAG laser has the least effectiveness, and Er:YAG laser makes an intermediate success. The stereomicroscopy images presented that the applications of laser surface treatments altered the surface in all the infrastructures. Overall, in current experimental settings, Ho:YAG, Nd:YAG, and Er:YAG lasers, in order of strength, are effective in improving the bonding of ceromer to all the infrastructures. Ho:YAG laser is more effective in the DLS and Ni-Cr-based infrastructures, but sandblasting is more effective in the ZrO2 infrastructure. The studied

  18. Si3N4超微粉体及其制备%Preparation of silicon nitride ultrafine-powder

    王锐; 高峰; 李道火



  19. Preservation of amorphous ultrafine material: A proposed proxy for slip during recent earthquakes on active faults

    Hirono, Tetsuro; Asayama, Satoru; Kaneki, Shunya; Ito, Akihiro


    The criteria for designating an “Active Fault” not only are important for understanding regional tectonics, but also are a paramount issue for assessing the earthquake risk of faults that are near important structures such as nuclear power plants. Here we propose a proxy, based on the preservation of amorphous ultrafine particles, to assess fault activity within the last millennium. X-ray diffraction data and electron microscope observations of samples from an active fault demonstrated the preservation of large amounts of amorphous ultrafine particles in two slip zones that last ruptured in 1596 and 1999, respectively. A chemical kinetic evaluation of the dissolution process indicated that such particles could survive for centuries, which is consistent with the observations. Thus, preservation of amorphous ultrafine particles in a fault may be valuable for assessing the fault’s latest activity, aiding efforts to evaluate faults that may damage critical facilities in tectonically active zones.

  20. Cutting of nonmetallic materials using Nd:YAG laser beam

    Bashir Ahmed Tahir; Rashid Ahmed; M. G. B. Ashiq; Afaq Ahmed; M. A. Saeed


    This study deals with Nd:YAG laser cutting nonmetallic materials,which is one of the most important and popular industrial applications of laser.The main theme is to evaluate the effects of Nd:YAG laser beam power besides work piece scanning speed.For approximate cutting depth,a theoretical study is conducted in terms of material property and cutting speed.Results show a nonlinear relation between the cutting depth and input energy.There is no significant effect of speed on cutting depth with the speed being larger than 30 mm/s.An extra energy is utilized in the deep cutting.It is inferred that as the laser power increases,cutting depth increases.The experimental outcomes are in good agreement with theoretical results.This analysis will provide a guideline for laser-based industry to select a suitable laser for cutting,scribing,trimming,engraving,and marking nonmetallic materials.

  1. Amplification of complex fields in Nd:YAG amplifiers

    Chen, Xudong; Chang, Chengcheng; Pu, Jixiong


    High energy nanosecond vortex beams and cylindrically polarized beams are generated in Nd:YAG amplifiers. Vortex seed beams and cylindrically polarized seed beams are converted from a conventional Nd:YAG laser by spiral phase plate and polarization converter, respectively. Maximum output energy of optical vortex up to 995 mJ and cylindrically polarized beams up to 772 mJ have been achieved at 10 Hz in a 10-ns pulse, respectively. The amplification efficiency, the beam quality and pulse width of the amplification output are studied. Both the topological charge of the vortex seed beams and polarization state of cylindrically polarized beams are confirmed to be conserved during the amplification. The generation of high energy vortex beams and cylindrically polarized beams would be beneficial to laser material processing.

  2. Development behavior of liquid plasma produced by YAG laser

    Yamada, J; Yamada, Jun; Tsuda, Norio


    The laser induced plasma in liquid hasn't been studied enough. In liquid, the laser induced plasma may be able to resolve the hazardous material called the environment material. Then, the plasma produced in liquid by the laser light is studied and the plasma development is observed by a streak camera. The ultra pure water or the ultra pure water with a melted NaCl is used as a test liquid. The liquid plasma is produced by the fundamental wave of YAG laser. When NaCl concentration is varied, the plasma development behavior is obserbed by streak camera. The liquid plasma develops backward. The plasma is produced from many seeds and It consists of a group of plasmas. However, the liquid plasma produced by second harmonic wave of YAG laser develops as a single plasma. The development mechanism is investigated from the growth rate of backward plasma. The backward plasma develops by breakdown wave and radiation supported shock wave.

  3. Hollow polycarbonate fiber for Er:YAG laser light delivery.

    Nakazawa, Masayuki; Shi, Yi-Wei; Matsuura, Yuji; Iwai, Katsumasa; Miyagi, Mitsunobu


    We developed hollow fibers with polycarbonate (PC) capillaries for use as a supporting tube. The PC capillaries were prepared by using a glass-drawing technique. Hollow PC fibers are safer and more flexible than hollow glass fibers because no fragments are released when the fibers are broken in various applications. Inner coating layers of silver and cyclic olefin polymer (COP) enhanced the reflection rate at the Er:YAG laser light wavelength. Using these fibers, we attained low loss for Er:YAG laser light transmission. By adjusting the drawing temperature in the fabrication of the PC capillaries, we created a smooth inner surface and uniform PC capillaries. We also demonstrated low-loss properties for visible pilot beams.

  4. Effects of Er:YAG laser irradiation on human cartilage

    Glinkowski, Wojciech; Brzozowska, Malgorzata; Ciszek, Bogdan; Rowinski, Jan; Strek, Wieslaw


    Irradiation of the hyaline or fibrous cartilage excised from the body of a human cadaver with Er:YAG laser beam, single pulse with a dose of 1 J, produces a crater with a depth of approximately 500 micrometers and a diameter varying from 5 to 300 micrometers. Histological examination has revealed that the laser-made craters were surrounded by a thin rim (2-10 micrometer) of charred and coagulated tissue. No damage was observed in the cartilage surrounding the rim. The presence of sharp demarcation between the tissue areas ablated by laser energy and the undamaged areas argues for the potential usefulness of the Er:YAG laser in surgery of cartilages.

  5. Pulsed Tm:YAG laser ablation of knee joint tissues

    Shi, Wei-Qiang; Vari, Sandor G.; Duffy, J. T.; Miller, J. M.; Weiss, Andrew B.; Fishbein, Michael C.; Grundfest, Warren S.


    We investigated the effect of a free-running 2.01 micron pulsed Tm:YAG laser on bovine knee joint tissues. Ablation rates of fresh fibrocartilage, hyaline cartilage, and bone were measured in saline as a function of laser fluence (160 - 640 J/cm2) and fiber core size (400 and 600 microns). All tissues could be effectively ablated and the ablation rate increased linearly with the increasing fluence. Use of fibers of different core sizes, while maintaining constant energy fluence, did not result in significant difference in ablation rate. Histology analyses of the ablated tissue samples reveal average Tm:YAG radiation induced thermal damage (denatunalization) zones ranging between 130 and 540 microns, depending on the laser parameters and the tissue type.

  6. What does respirator certification tell us about filtration of ultrafine particles?

    Eninger, Robert M; Honda, Takeshi; Reponen, Tiina; McKay, Roy; Grinshpun, Sergey A


    Recent interest in exposures to ultrafine particles (less than 100 nm) in both environmental and occupational settings led the authors to question whether the protocols used to certify respirator filters provide adequate attention to ultrafine aerosols. The authors reviewed the particle size distribution of challenge aerosols and evaluated the aerosol measurement method currently employed in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) particulate respirator certification protocol for its ability to measure the contribution of ultrafine particles to filter penetration. Also considered were the differences between mechanical and electrically charged (electret) filters in light of the most penetrating particle size. It was found that the sodium chloride (NaCl) and dioctylphthalate (DOP) aerosols currently used in respirator certification tests contain a significant fraction of particles in the ultrafine region. However, the photometric method deployed in the certification test is not capable of adequately measuring light scatter of particles below approximately 100 nm in diameter. Specifically, 68% (by count) and 8% (by mass) of the challenge NaCl aerosol particles and 10% (by count) and 0.3% (by mass) of the DOP particles below 100 nm do not significantly contribute to the filter penetration measurement. In addition, the most penetrating particle size for electret filters likely occurs at 100 nm or less under test conditions similar to those used in filter certification. The authors conclude, therefore, that the existing NIOSH certification protocol may not represent a worst-case assessment for electret filters because it has limited ability to determine the contribution of ultrafine aerosols, which include the most penetrating particle size for electret filters. Possible strategies to assess ultrafine particle penetration in the certification protocol are discussed.

  7. Investigation of bulk laser damage in transparent YAG ceramics controlled with microstructural refinement

    Kamimura, T.; Kawaguchi, Y.; Arii, T.; Shirai, W.; Mikami, T.; Okamoto, T.; Aung, Yan Lin; Ikesue, A.


    We have investigated a relationship among the bulk laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) and YAG ceramics with various structural defects. The correlation of scattering defect density and laser damage resistance was clearly observed. A high-quality YAG ceramic having a low-scattering density showed a higher LIDT than that of a low-quality YAG ceramic. Laser damage threshold (LIDT) of high-quality YAG ceramic was almost the same as that of a single crystal. In addition, the high-quality Nd:YAG ceramics with low-defect density showed an excellent oscillation efficiency which was comparable to that of a single crystal. Thus, high-quality YAG ceramic with low-defect density is more reliable as a material which is highly resistant to laser damage.

  8. Cryogenic Tm: YAG Laser in the Near Infrared


    REPLACE THIS LINE WITH YOUR PAPER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (DOUBLE-CLICK HERE TO EDIT) < Cryogenic Tm:YAG Laser in the Near Infrared* Tso Yee Fan...therefore limits operation. However, operation at cryogenic temperature depopulates the lower laser level, reduces laser threshold, increases...efficiency, and greatly mitigates thermo-optic effects in crystalline host materials [21]-[23]. Here, we have used cryogenic cooling to enable laser

  9. Neodymium YAG Lasers. Citations from the NTIS data base

    Carrigan, B.


    Federally funded research reports on lasing of neodymium doped yttrium aluminum garnet are cited. Studies on design, fabrication, quantum efficiency, light pulses, stabilization, and testing are covered. Optical pumping, mode locking, frequency conversion, and modulation of these lasers are discussed. Laser applications such as optical communication, range finding, and tracking are included. Safety hazards and radiation damage related to neodymium YAG lasers are also covered. This updated bibliography contains 181 citations, 15 of which are new entries to the previous edition.

  10. Diode-pumped 1123-nm Nd:YAG laser

    Xiaoping Guo(郭晓萍); Meng Chen(陈檬); Gang Li(李港); Bingyuan zhang(张炳元); Jiandong Yang(杨建东); Zhigang Zhang(张志刚); Yonggang Wang(王勇刚)


    We demonstrated a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser with a plano-concave resonator. When the pump power is 1.57 W, the output power of 1123-nm laser is 132 mW at the temperature of 20 ℃, and the power change is less than 2% in an hour. A periodically poled LiNbOa (PPLN) was used as outer cavity frequency-doubling crystal and 561-nm laser was observed.

  11. Experimental study of thermal lensing of Nd:YAG laser

    HU Shao-yun; ZHONG Ming; ZUO Yan; FAN Hong-ying


    A wavefront method of measuring the thermal lensing of solid-state lasers is proposed.This method is easy to implement and has a high spatial resolution for diagnosing thermal lensing.By this method,the thermal lensing of Nd:YAG laser is studied in detail.And this work provides a means for studying the thermal effects of laser medium and many instructional parameters for optimizing the design of the laser cavity.

  12. Microstructural evolution during high energy ball milling of Fe2O3-SiO2 powders

    Jiang, Jianzhong; Zhou, Y.X.; Mørup, Steen;


    The reaction of a 25 mol% Fe2O3-SiO2 (hematite-amorphous silica) powder mixture during high energy ball milling in both closed and open containers has been studied by x-ray diffraction and Mossbauer spectroscopy. After around 21 h of milling, the alpha-Fe2O3 powders with an average particle size...... of 15 nm have formed and no reaction between alpha-Fe2O3 and SiO2 is found in the two types of milling containers. This demonstrates that the high energy mechanical milling technique is able to prepare a dispersion of ultrafine alpha-Fe2O3 particles. After extended milling in the open container all iron...

  13. The Effects of Er:YAG, Nd:YAG, and Ho:YAG Laser Surface Treatments to Acrylic Resin Denture Bases on the Tensile Bond Strength of Silicone-Based Resilient Liners.

    Gorler, Oguzhan; Dogan, Derya Ozdemir; Ulgey, Melih; Goze, Aysegul; Hubbezoğlu, Ihsan; Zan, Recai; Ozdemir, Ali Kemal


    The present study was to assess the effect of surface treatments of Er:YAG, Nd:YAG, and Ho:YAG lasers on the tensile bond strength of a silicone-based resilient liner to an acrylic denture in an in vitro setting. Experimental dumbbell-shaped specimens (75 mm) were produced by combining two acrylate pieces fabricated from heat-polymerized acrylic resin (36 mm) with 3 mm of Molloplast(®)-B filling between them. The specimens (n=200) were randomly divided in half for thermocycling, and each 100 specimen set was randomized into five groups (n=20) with different surface treatments: control (no surface treatment), sandblasting, Er:YAG laser, Nd:YAG laser, and Ho:YAG laser. A tensile bond strength test was performed. The effect of the laser surface treatments was examined with scanning electron microscopy. Only the Er:YAG laser increased the tensile bond strength compared with the other treatments. The other laser groups showed lower bond strengths. The Ho:YAG laser resulted in considerably reduced tensile bond strength. The scanning electron microscopy images showed that applying laser surface treatments modified the surface of the denture base resin. There was not an overall improvement with the use of the studied laser modalities in the adhesion quality of resilient denture liner to acrylic resin, although Er:YAG laser showed a potential to improve their adhesion. These laser modalities need to be subjected to further studies to determine optimal setup for use in prosthodontics.

  14. Process of peanut protein milk powder by dry preparation%花生蛋白奶粉的干法生产工艺研究

    章宝; 单杨; 李高阳


    以去壳花生仁为原料,经低温烘烤、脱红衣、冷榨脱脂、超微粉碎等工艺生产出花生蛋白粉,将其与全脂奶粉混合生产花生蛋白奶粉,所得产品溶解度高、冲调性好、口感细腻、营养均衡,同时具有奶味和花生特有的香味。%Peanut protein milk powder was made by mixing whole milk powder with peanut protein powder,which was made by the technologies of low-temperature baking,taking the peanut red skin off,cold-pressed degreasing and ultra-fine pulverizatio by using shelled pea

  15. Preparation of ultrafine poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) fibres via electrospinning

    Jia Xu; Xuejun Cui; Hongyan Wang; Junfeng Li; Shijin Dong


    The ultrafine poly (sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (NaPSS) fibres have been prepared for the first time by electrospinning. The spinning solutions (NaPSS aqueous solutions) in varied concentrations were studied for electrospinning into ultrafine fibres. The results indicated that the smooth fibre could be formed when the concentration of NaPSS was above 40 wt.%. The morphology of the fibres was shown by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) indicated that the structure of NaPSS did not change after electrospinning.

  16. Micro-to-nano-scale deformation mechanisms of a bimodal ultrafine eutectic composite.

    Lee, Seoung Wan; Kim, Jeong Tae; Hong, Sung Hwan; Park, Hae Jin; Park, Jun-Young; Lee, Nae Sung; Seo, Yongho; Suh, Jin Yoo; Eckert, Jürgen; Kim, Do Hyang; Park, Jin Man; Kim, Ki Buem


    The outstading mechanical properties of bimodal ultrafine eutectic composites (BUECs) containing length scale hierarchy in eutectic structure were demonstrated by using AFM observation of surface topography with quantitative height measurements and were interpreted in light of the details of the deformation mechanisms by three different interface modes. It is possible to develop a novel strain accommodated eutectic structure for triggering three different interface-controlled deformation modes; (I) rotational boundary mode, (II) accumulated interface mode and (III) individual interface mode. A strain accommodated microstructure characterized by the surface topology gives a hint to design a novel ultrafine eutectic alloys with excellent mechanical properties.

  17. Microstructures of an Ultrafine Grained SS400 Steel in an Industrial Scale


    The microstructures of a SS400 steel after thermomechanical control process (TMCP) in an industrial production were observed by optical microscope, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The results indicated that the size of ferrite grains was 4~5μm, and the volume fraction of ferrite was around 70%. The types of the ultrafine ferrite grains were analyzed and the strengthening mechanisms were discussed. The results show that the ultrafine ferrite grains came from three processes, i.e.deformation induced ferrite transformation (DIFT), dynamic recrystallization of ferrite and accelerated cooling process. The increase in the strength of the material was mainly due to the grain refining.

  18. Deformation and Damage Mechanisms in Ultrafine-Grained Austenitic Stainless Steel During Cyclic Straining

    Hamada, Atef S.


    The ultrafine-grained (UFG) structure of an austenitic stainless steel (Type 301LN), processed by controlled phase-reversion annealing, was fatigued to study the deformation and damage mechanisms during cyclic straining. Fatigue cracking along the grain boundaries and the formation of extended persistent slip band-like shear bands (SBs) were observed to be the fatigue-induced microstructural features in the ultrafine-grained structure. Characterization of SBs was performed by electron backscattered diffraction and atomic force microscopy to study the fine features.

  19. Emerging blue-UV luminescence in cerium doped YAG nanocrystals

    Shirmane, Liana [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, Riga (Lithuania); Pankratov, Vladimir [Research Center of Molecular Materials, University of Oulu (Finland)


    Time-resolved luminescence properties of Ce{sup 3+} doped Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} (YAG) nanocrystals have been studied by means of vacuum-ultraviolet excitation spectroscopy. It was discovered that additionally to the regular Ce{sup 3+} yellow-green emission which is well-known luminescence in YAG, new emission covering a broad spectral range from 2.7 eV to 3.5 eV was revealed in the luminescence spectra for all YAG:Ce nanocrystals studied. This blue-UV emission has fast decay time about 7 ns as well as intensive well-resolved excitation band peaking at 5.9 eV and, in contrast to green Ce{sup 3+} emission, practically is not excited at higher energies. The origin of the blue-UV emission is tentatively suggested and discussed. (copyright 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  20. Bactericidal effect of Nd:YAG laser irradiation in endodontics

    Aun, Carlos E.; Barberini, Alexandre F.; Camargo, Selma C. C.; Silva Kfouri, Luciana; Lorenzetti Simionato, Maria R.


    The success of endodontic therapy is based on the elimination of bacterial colonization from the endodontic system and periapical tissues. Recent studies have been showing the bactericidal effect of laser in root canal treatment. The propose of the study is to evaluate the effect of Nd:YAG laser irradiation in contaminated root canal treatment. The propose of the study is to evaluate the effect of Nd:YAG laser irradiation in contaminated root canals from upper central incisor. For the experiment 12 teeth were selected, respect at the apical third, sterilized, and 10 μm Streptococcus sanguis liquid culture were inoculated in the root canals. The laser test groups were irradiated with Nd:YAG laser at standard setting of 15Hz, 100mj and 1,5 W for 10, 20 and 30 seconds each in slow helicoidal movements from the apex to the top using a 300 micrometers fiber. After the procedure the specimens were placed in Tryptic Soy Agar, the number of colony forming units was evaluated. The experiment showed a significant reduction on viability of Streptococcus sanguis at the respective time of 20 and 30 seconds.

  1. Temperature variation during apicectomy with Er:YAG laser.

    Bodrumlu, Emre; Keskiner, Ilker; Sumer, Mahmut; Sumer, A Pinar; Telcıoglu, N Tuba


    The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the generated temperature of the Er:YAG laser, with three different pulse durations for apicectomy, compared with tungsten bur and surgical saw. Apicectomy is an endodontic surgery performed to remove the root apex and curette adjacent periapical tissue because of lesions of the apical area that are not healing properly. Sixty single-rooted extracted human teeth were resected by three cutting methods: tungsten bur, surgical saw, and Er:YAG laser irradiation with three different pulse durations; pulse duration 50 μs, pulse duration 100 μs, and pulse duration 300 μs. Teflon-insulated, type K thermocouples were used to measure temperature changes during the apicectomy process. Data were analyzed using the general linear models procedure of the SPSS statistical software program. Although there was no statistically significant difference for the mean values of temperature changes at 1 mm away to the cutting site of teeth, there was statistically significant difference among groups for the mean values of temperature changes at 3 mm away to the cutting site of teeth. Additionally, there was statistically significant difference among groups for the total time required for apicectomy. The laser irradiation with pulse duration 50 μs appears to have the lowest temperature rise and the shortest time required for apicectomy of the three pulse durations. However, Er:YAG laser for apicectomy in all pulse durations could be used safely for resection in endodontics in the presence of sufficient water.

  2. Holmium:YAG laser in dentistry: photoconditioning of dentinal surfaces

    Holt, Raleigh A.; Nordquist, Robert E.


    This in vitro study was undertaken to determine energy levels necessary to produce tubule closure and surface smoothing on dentinal surfaces of human teeth and their resultant temperature increases within the pulpal canals with the Holmium:YAG laser. An optimal working spot size and even absorption pattern were produced by defocusing the laser beam and evaluated by images produced on light exposed and developed photographic paper. The surface effects on dentin were examined by scanning electron microscopy. A thermocouple was positioned in the canals of fresh dissected dog jaws and attached to a recorder which produced a graph of the temperature changes. The in vitro research model for intrapulpal temperatures changes was verified by comparing premortem and postmortem temperature readings. The same protocol was used to evaluate temperature changes in fresh human extracted teeth. In vivo histological studies were conducted to evaluate the effects of HO:YAG laser energy on pulpal tissues. The results of these studies indicate the HO:YAG laser at a wavelength of 2.12 microns can be safely and effectively used for photoconditioning of the dentinal surfaces of teeth in clinical conditions.

  3. Accidental macular hole following Neodymium:YAG posterior capsulotomy

    Munteanu Mihnea


    Full Text Available Introduction. Posterior capsular opacification (PCO is the commonest complication of cataract surgery, occurring in up to one-third of patients in a period of five years. The treatment of choice is the Neodymium:YAG laser posterior capsulotomy. This treatment can be associated with several complications, some of them severe. A rare complication of this procedure is the accidental induced macular hole. Case Outline. A 54-year-old female patient was referred to our Department because of a severe loss of vision and a central scotoma at the right eye. The patient underwent a Nd:YAG posterior capsulotomy 2 days ago, for a PCO. The fundus examination at presentation revealed a round retinal defect in the macular region, a massive inferior preretinal hemorrhage and a mild vitreous hamorrhage. A 6-months follow-up of the case, including retinography and fluorescein angiography, is presented. Conclusion. Although the Nd:YAG laser capsulotomy is a safe, noninvasive, and effective outpatient procedure to improve vision hindered by PCO, it must be recognized that it carries a low but definite risk of serious complications. Physicians and patients should be aware of these rare but severe complications regarding this otherwise safe procedure. Fortunately, most of the complications related to this procedure are transient and can be managed by proper medication.

  4. Microwave absorption properties of dielectric La{sub 1.5}Sr{sub 0.5}NiO{sub 4} ultrafine particles

    Tho, P.T.; Xuan, C.T.A. [Institute of Materials Science, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, 18 Hoang-Quoc-Viet, Hanoi (Viet Nam); College of Sciences, Thai-nguyen University, Thai-nguyen (Viet Nam); Quang, D.M. [Department of Physics, Hanoi National University, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Bach, T.N.; Thanh, T.D.; Le, N.T.H.; Manh, D.H.; Phuc, N.X. [Institute of Materials Science, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, 18 Hoang-Quoc-Viet, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Nam, D.N.H., E-mail: [Institute of Materials Science, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, 18 Hoang-Quoc-Viet, Hanoi (Viet Nam)


    Highlights: • Colossal permittivity La{sub 1.5}Sr{sub 0.5}NiO{sub 4} ultrafine particles are prepared. • The particles have weak paramagnetic behavior at 300 K. • La{sub 1.5}Sr{sub 0.5}NiO{sub 4} particles/wax composites exhibit strong microwave absorption. • Impedance matching is responsible for the absorption resonances. - Abstract: La{sub 2−x}Sr{sub x}NiO{sub 4} compounds are well known dielectric materials that have colossal permittivities (ε{sub R} > 10{sup 7}). In the present work, the powder of La{sub 1.5}Sr{sub 0.5}NiO{sub 4} ultrafine particles was prepared by a combinatorial method of solid-state reaction and high-energy ball milling. Magnetic measurements, M(H), show a very small magnetization and paramagnetic characteristics at room temperature. Flat layers of La{sub 2−x}Sr{sub x}NiO{sub 4}/paraffin mixture of different thicknesses (t) exhibits strong microwave absorption resonances in the 4–18 GHz range. The reflection loss (RL) decreases with t and reaches down to −36.7 dB for t = 3.0 mm. The impedance matching (|Z| = Z{sub 0} = 377 Ω), rather than the phase matching mechanism, is found responsible for the resonance for 1.5 mm ≤ t ≤ 3.0 mm. Further increase in the thickness leads to |Z| > Z{sub 0} at all frequencies and a reduced absorption. The influence of non-metal backing is also discussed. The obtained low RL suggests that La{sub 1.5}Sr{sub 0.5}NiO{sub 4} particles could be a potential filler for high performance radar absorbing material.

  5. Processing of magnesium alloys with ultrafine grain structure

    Figueiredo, Roberto Braga

    The relationship between processing, structure and properties is analyzed in magnesium alloys subjected to equal-channel angular pressing. Finite element modeling is used to show that the flow softening behavior associated with grain refinement might cause shear localization and billet failure in magnesium alloys processed by ECAP. It also shows that increasing the angle between the channels of the die reduces the accumulated damage in the billets and increasing the material strain rate sensitivity reduces the tendency for shear localization. Both procedures reduce the tendency for billet cracking. The mechanism of grain refinement in magnesium alloys deformed at moderate temperatures differs from that observed in other metals such as copper and aluminum. Fine grains nucleate along pre-existing grain boundaries in a necklace pattern in coarse-grained magnesium while homogeneous nucleation of fine grains is observed in fine-grained. A bimodal grain size distribution is observed after processing alloys from an initial coarse structure and a homogeneous distribution of ultrafine grains is the outcome of a starting fine one. Experiments and simulations are used to analyze the evolution of texture. It is shown that different components are formed depending on the activity ratio of non-basal slip and processing route. The measured pole figures exhibit features characteristic of high activity of non-basal slip. It is also shown that the development of some texture components and their orientation depends on the initial texture and the die angle which provide the basis for future texture engineering. Excellent superplastic properties, including a record elongation for a magnesium alloy, were observed after ECAP. Systematic research showed that the structure characteristics prior and after ECAP play significant role on these properties. Grain growth during superplastic deformation causes a strain hardening effect. The experimental results showed good agreement with the

  6. Ultrafine particle removal and generation by portable air cleaners

    Waring, Michael S.; Siegel, Jeffrey A.; Corsi, Richard L.

    Portable air cleaners can both remove and generate pollutants indoors. To investigate these phenomena, we conducted a two-phase investigation in a 14.75 m 3 stainless steel chamber. In the first phase, particle size-resolved (12.6-514 nm diameter) clean air delivery rates (CADR) and efficiencies were determined, as were ozone emission rates, for two high-efficiency particle arresting (HEPA) filters, one electrostatic precipitator with a fan, and two ion generators without fans. The two HEPA air cleaners had count average CADR (standard deviation) of 188 (30) and 324 (44) m 3 h -1; the electrostatic precipitator 284 (62) m 3 h -1; and the two ion generators 41 (11) and 35 (13) m 3 h -1. The electrostatic precipitator emitted ozone at a rate of 3.8±0.2 mg h -1, and the two ion generators 3.3±0.2 and 4.3±0.2 mg h -1. Ozone initiates reactions with certain unsaturated organic compounds that produce ultrafine and fine particles, carbonyls, other oxidized products, and free radicals. During the second phase, five different ion generators were operated separately in the presence of a plug-in liquid or solid air freshener, representing a strong terpene source. For air exchange rates of between 0.49 and 0.96 h -1, three ion generators acted as steady-state net particle generators in the entire measured range of 4.61-157 nm, and two generated particles in the range of approximately 10 to 39-55 nm. Terpene and aldehyde concentrations were also sampled for one ion generator, and concentrations of terpenes decreased and formaldehyde increased. Given these results, the pollutant removal benefits of ozone-generating air cleaners may be outweighed by the generation of indoor pollution.

  7. [Effect of dragon's blood powder with different grain size on transdermal absorption and adhesion of ZJHX paste].

    Hu, Qin; Sun, E; Zhang, Zhen-Hai; Zhu, Jing; Jia, Xiao-Bin


    To study the effect of dragon's blood powder with different grain size on the transdermal permeability and adhesion of ZJHX paste. Dragon's blood powder with grain sizes of 4, 19, 55 microm were got by ultrafine grinding technology, and then prepared into rubber pastes A, B, C and D, together with dragon's blood powder with grain size of 93 microm of original description. Franz diffusion cell method was adopted to compare the difference in transdermal permeability of dragon's blood powder with different grain sizes, with dracorhodin as the index, and compared their effect on the adhesion of pastes with initial adhesion, permanent adhesion and peel strength as the indexes. Q(s)-t equations of pastes A, B, C, D were as follows: Q(s)=1.369 6t + 3.985 5, Q(s) = 1.262 8t +3.738 1, Q(s) = 1.192 3t + 3.320 6, Q(s) = 1.152 2t + 2.366 1, respectively, which showed that the adhesion of A was the best good. With the decrease in the grain size of dragon's blood powder, accumulative penetration of dracorhodin increases, which facilitates transdermal permeability and adhesion.

  8. A new synthesis of ultrafine nanometre-sized bismuth particles

    Balan, Lavinia; Schneider, Raphaël; Billaud, Denis; Fort, Yves; Ghanbaja, Jaafar


    A new synthesis of Bi(0) nanoparticles is reported. A low temperature solution phase reduction of BiCl3 with t-BuONa activated sodium hydride at 65 °C has been successfully used to prepare large quantities of colloidal Bi(0) nanoparticles with a diameter in the range 1.8-3.0 nm. The resulting Bi nanoparticles were characterized using transmission electron microscopy, XPS analysis and x-ray powder diffraction.

  9. Amalgam Surface Treatment by Different Output Powers of Er:YAG Laser:SEM Evaluation.

    Hosseini, Mohammad Hashem; Hassanpour, Mehdi; Etemadi, Ardavan; Ranjbar Omrani, Ladan; Darvishpour, Hojat; Chiniforush, Nasim


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate amalgam surfaces treated by different output powers of erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Er:YAG) laser by scanning electron microscope (SEM). Twenty-one amalgam blocks (8 mm × 8 mm, 3 mm thickness) were prepared by condensing silver amalgam (into putty impression material. After keeping them for 24 hours in distilled water, they were divided into 7 groups as follow: G1: Er:YAG laser (1 W, 50 mJ), G2: Er:YAG laser (2 W, 100 mJ), G3: Er:YAG laser (3 W, 150 mJ), G4: Sandblast, G5: Sandblast + Er:YAG laser (1 W, 50 mJ), G6: Sandblast +Er:YAG laser (2 W, 100 mJ) and G7: Sandblast +Er:YAG laser (3 W, 150 mJ). Then after preparation of all samples, they were examined by SEM. The SEM results of amalgam surfaces treated by different output powers of Er:YAG laser showed some pitting areas with non-homogenous irregularities Conclusion: It seems that the application of sandblasting accompanied by Er:YAG laser irradiation can provide proper surface for bonding of orthodontic brackets.

  10. Spectral downshifting from blue to near infer red region in Ce3+-Nd3+ co-doped YAG phosphor

    Sawala, N. S.; Omanwar, S. K.


    The YAG phosphors co-doped with Ce3+-Nd3+ ions by varying concentration of Nd3+ ion from 1 mol% to 15 mol% were successfully synthesized by conventional solid state reaction method. The phosphors were characterized by powder X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and surface morphology was studied by scanning electronic microscope (SEM). The photoluminescence (PL) properties were studied in near infra red (NIR) and ultra violet visible (UV-VIS) region. The synthesized phosphors can convert a blue region photon (453 nm) into photons of NIR region (1063 nm). The energy transfer (ET) process was studied by time decay curve and PL spectra. The theoretical value of energy transfer efficiency (ETE) was calculated from time decay luminescence measurement and the maximum efficiency approached up to 82.23%. Hence this phosphor could be prime candidate as a downshifting (DS) luminescent convertor (phosphor) in front of crystalline silicon solar cell (c-Si) panels to reduce thermalization loss in the solar cells.

  11. Method of manufacturing powder particles

    Borra, J.P.D.


    The invention relates to a method of manufacturing a dry powder particle, preferably using electro-hydrodynamic spraying, wherein two oppositely charged aerosol streams are contacted. The invention allows for the manufacture of powders having various, controllable compositions and shapes. In

  12. Method of manufacturing powder particles

    Borra, J.P.D.


    The invention relates to a method of manufacturing a dry powder particle, preferably using electro-hydrodynamic spraying, wherein two oppositely charged aerosol streams are contacted. The invention allows for the manufacture of powders having various, controllable compositions and shapes. In particu



    Due to its high polishing efficiency, long working life and wide application range, RE polishing powder has become the most popular fine polishing material. In recent years, accompanying the rapid development of electronic information technology, the demand for polishing powder is

  14. Powder-Bed Stabilization for Powder-Based Additive Manufacturing

    Andrea Zocca


    Full Text Available The most successful additive manufacturing (AM technologies are based on thelayer-by-layer depositionof a flowable powder. Although considered as the third industrial revolution, one factor still limiting these processes to become completely autonomous is the often necessary build-up of support structures. Besides the prevention of lateral shifts of the part during the deposition of layers, the support assures quality and stability to the built process. The loose powder itself surrounding the built object, or so-called powder-bed, does not provide this sustenance in most existent technology available. Here we present a simple but effective and economical method for stabilizing the powder-bed, preventing distortions in the geometry with no need for support structures. This effect, achieved by applying an air flow through the powder-bed, is enabling an entirely autonomous generation of parts and is a major contribution to all powder-based additive manufacturing technologies. Moreover, it makes powder-based AM independent of gravitational forces, which will facilitate crafting items in space from a variety of powdery materials.


    丁勇; 廖万有; 周坚


    Mainly studied the processing technology of ultrafine Keemun black tea and the necessary equipments. Took the granular Keemun black tea as the raw materials, used processing technology of plant powders, followed processing principle of Keemun black tea, controled low temperature and low damp of gas source, suppression chemical changes induced by mechanical power. Through analysing result of organoleptic evaluation, determination of biochemical components and uhrafine powders on tea samples, tea powders assumes the red-yellow, delicate and lustrous, D97 was in 33.77 μm, Dstokes was in 9.31 μm, and maintained biochemical components of Keemun black tea.%主要研究祁门红茶的超微粉碎工艺及气流粉碎技术,以祁红颗粒茶为原料,应用植物粉体加工技术,与"祁红"制茶原理有机结合,控制气流粉碎中气源的低温、低湿,抑制机械力诱导的化学作用.通过分析试验茶样的感官审评、理化检测及粉体检测结果,超微红茶外观呈红黄色匀净粉末、粒体细腻润泽,D97(97%的粉末粒径)在33.77 μm内,Dstokes(粉末平均粒径)在9.31μm内,并较好地保持祁门红茶品质特征的生化成分.

  16. Development and characterization of metal-diboride-based composites toughened with ultra-fine SiC particulates

    Monteverde, Frédéric; Bellosi, Alida


    Two metal-diboride-based ceramics containing up to 15 vol%. ultra-fine α-SiC particulates were developed from commercially available powders. The primary matrix of the composites was ZrB 2 or a mixture of ZrB 2 and HfB 2. With the assistance of 4.5 vol%. ZrN as a sintering aid, both the compositions achieved nearly full density after hot-pressing at 1,900 °C. The microstructure was characterized by fine diboride grains ( ≈3 μm average size) and SiC particles dispersed uniformly. Limited amounts of secondary phases like MO 2 and M(C,N), M=Zr or Zr/Hf, were found. The thermo-mechanical data of both the materials offered a promising combination of properties: about 16 GPa of micro-hardness, 5 MPa√ m of fracture toughness and Young's moduli exceeding 470 GPa. The ZrB 2sbnd SiC composite showed values of strength in air of 635 ± 60 and 175 ± 15 MPa at 25 and 1,500 °C, respectively. Likewise, the (ZrB 2 + HfB 2) sbnd SiC composite exhibited values of strength in air of 590 ± 25 and 190 ± 20 MPa at 25 and 1,500 °C, respectively. The composites also displayed good tolerance of conditions of repeated short exposures, 10 minutes each, at 1,700 °C in stagnant air. In such oxidizing conditions, the resistance to oxidation was provided by the formation of a protective silica-based glass coating, the primary oxidation product of SiC. Such a coating encapsulated the specimen coherently, and provided protection to the faces exposed to the hot atmosphere.

  17. Exposure to ultrafine particles and respiratory hospitalisations in five European cities

    Samoli, Evangelia; Andersen, Zorana Jovanovic; Katsouyanni, Klea


    Epidemiological evidence on the associations between exposure to ultrafine particles (UFP), with aerodynamic electrical mobility diameters <100 nm, and health is limited. We gathered data on UFP from five European cities within 2001-2011 to investigate associations between short-term changes in c...

  18. High performance low cost steels with ultrafine grained and multi-phased microstructure


    Ultrafine grained ferrite was obtained through tempering cold rolled martensite with an average grain size of 200―400 nm in a low carbon and a microalloyed steel. Thermal and mechanical stability of the two steels was studied. Due to the pinning effect of microalloyed precipitates on the movement of dislocations and grain boundaries, the recrystallization and grain growth rate were retarded, and the thermal stability of ultrafine grained microstructure was improved. The ultrafine grained ferritic steel was strengthened, but its strain hardening rate was reduced. It seems that the tiny carbide precipitates have no significant effect on work hardening rate. The ultrafine grained ferrite+martensite dual phase microstructure was obtained in the microalloyed steel through intercritically annealing cold rolled martensite. The resulting multiphase microstructure has a tensile strength higher than 1.0 GPa with a yield ratio lower than 0.7. Another type of multiphase microstructure with nanoscaled lath bainite+ retained austenite was obtained through an isothermal heat treatment in low temperature bainite transformation region in high carbon steel. The tensile strength was as high as 1.64 GPa with a yield ratio of 0.84.


    YANG Zhengzhong; XU Yuanze; WANG Shengjie; YU Hao; CAI Weizhen


    Waterborne ultrafine particles of epoxy resin were prepared by phase inversion technique The results of SEM revealed that the particles diameter was in the range of 50 to l()am and the effects on amount of water required at phase inversion point were also dis()ed.

  20. Annealing crystallization and catalytic activity of ultrafine NiB amorphous alloy


    Annealing crystallization of ultrafine NiB amorphous alloy prepared by the chemical reduction method was studied by DTA,XRD and XAFS techniques. The XRD and XAFS results have revealed that the crystallization process of ultrafine NiB amorphous alloy proceeds in two steps. First,ultrafine NiB amorphous alloy is crystallized to form metastable nanocrystalline Ni3B at an annealing temperature of 325℃. Second,the nanocrystalline Ni3B is further decom-posed into crystalline Ni at 380℃ or higher tempera ture,the local structure around Ni atoms in resultant product is similar to that in Ni foil. It was found that the catalytic ac-tivity of nanocrystalline Ni3B for benzene hydrogenation is much higher than that of ultrafine NiB amorphous alloy or crystalline Ni. The result indicates that the active sites of nanocrystalline Ni3B for benzene hydrogenation are com-posed of both Ni and B with proper geometry configuration.


    Inhalation of ultrafine carbon particles (ufCP) causes cardiac physiological changes without marked pulmonary injury or inflammation. We hypothesized that acute ufCP exposure of 13 months old Spontaneously Hypertensive (SH) rats will cause differential effects on the lung and hea...

  2. New insights into the formation and resolution of ultra-fine anaphase bridges

    Chan, Kok Lung; Hickson, Ian D


    that are important for preventing Fanconi anemia (FA) in man. As part of an analysis of the roles of these proteins in mitosis, we identified a novel class of anaphase bridge structure, called an ultra-fine anaphase bridge (UFB). These UFBs are also defined by the presence of a SNF2 family protein called PICH...

  3. Research on the Dyeing Properties of Silk-like Knitted Fabric of Ultrafine Polyester Fiber

    XU Rui-chao; DING Yan-rui; WANG Hong


    In this paper, dyeing processes of silk-like fabric of ultrafine polyester fiber are studied through orthogonal experiment, dyeing properties (K/S value, L* value, and C* value) of the fabric are tested under different dyeing conditions (pH value, time, and bath ratio), and optimum dyeing conditions are arrived at through analysis.

  4. Scavenging of ultrafine particles by rainfall at a boreal site: observations and model estimations

    C. Andronache


    Full Text Available Values of the scavenging coefficient were determined from observations of ultrafine particles (with diameters in the range 10–510 nm during rain events at a boreal forest site in Southern Finland between 1996 and 2001. The estimated range of values of the scavenging coefficient was [7×10−6–4×10−5] s−1, which is generally higher than model calculations based only on below-cloud processes (Brownian diffusion, interception, and typical charge effects. A new model that includes below-cloud scavenging processes, mixing of ultrafine particles from the boundary layer (BL into cloud, followed by cloud condensation nuclei activation and in-cloud removal by rainfall, is presented. The effective scavenging coefficients estimated from this new model have values comparable with those obtained from observations. Results show that ultrafine particle removal by rain depends on aerosol size, rainfall intensity, mixing processes between BL and cloud elements, in-cloud scavenged fraction, in-cloud collection efficiency, and in-cloud coagulation with cloud droplets. Implications for the treatment of scavenging of BL ultrafine particles in numerical models are discussed.

  5. A mechanism for the production of ultrafine particles from concrete fracture.

    Jabbour, Nassib; Rohan Jayaratne, E; Johnson, Graham R; Alroe, Joel; Uhde, Erik; Salthammer, Tunga; Cravigan, Luke; Faghihi, Ehsan Majd; Kumar, Prashant; Morawska, Lidia


    While the crushing of concrete gives rise to large quantities of coarse dust, it is not widely recognized that this process also emits significant quantities of ultrafine particles. These particles impact not just the environments within construction activities but those in entire urban areas. The origin of these ultrafine particles is uncertain, as existing theories do not support their production by mechanical processes. We propose a hypothesis for this observation based on the volatilisation of materials at the concrete fracture interface. The results from this study confirm that mechanical methods can produce ultrafine particles (UFP) from concrete, and that the particles are volatile. The ultrafine mode was only observed during concrete fracture, producing particle size distributions with average count median diameters of 27, 39 and 49 nm for the three tested concrete samples. Further volatility measurements found that the particles were highly volatile, showing between 60 and 95% reduction in the volume fraction remaining by 125 °C. An analysis of the volatile fraction remaining found that different volatile material is responsible for the production of particles between the samples. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Soot, organics, and ultrafine ash from air- and oxy-fired coal combustion

    This paper/presentation is concerned with determining the effects of oxy-combustion of coal on the composition of the ultrafine fly ash. To this end, a 10 W externally heated entrained flow furnace was modified to allow the combustion of pulverized coal in flames under practicall...

  7. Suppression of methane/air explosion by ultrafine water mist containing sodium chloride additive.

    Cao, Xingyan; Ren, Jingjie; Zhou, Yihui; Wang, Qiuju; Gao, Xuliang; Bi, Mingshu


    The suppression effect of ultrafine mists on methane/air explosions with methane concentrations of 6.5%, 8%, 9.5%, 11%, and 13.5% were experimentally studied in a closed visual vessel. Ultrafine water/NaCl solution mist as well as pure water mist was adopted and the droplet sizes of mists were measured by phase doppler particle analyzer (PDPA). A high speed camera was used to record the flame evolution processes. In contrast to pure water mist, the flame propagation speed, the maximum explosion overpressure (ΔP(max)), and the maximum pressure rising rate ((dP/dt)max) decreased significantly, with the "tulip" flame disappearing and the flame getting brighter. The results show that the suppressing effect on methane explosion by ultrafine water/NaCl solution mist is influenced by the mist amount and methane concentration. With the increase of the mist amount, the pressure, and the flame speed both descended significantly. And when the mist amount reached 74.08 g/m(3) and 37.04 g/m(3), the flames of 6.5% and 13.5% methane explosions can be absolutely suppressed, respectively. All of results indicate that addition of NaCl can improve the suppression effect of ultrafine pure water mist on the methane explosions, and the suppression effect is considered due to the combination effect of physical and chemical inhibitions.

  8. Soot, organics and ultrafine ash from air- and oxy-fired coal combustion

    This paper is concerned with determining the effects of oxy-combustion of coal on the composition of the ultrafine fly ash. To this end, a 10 W externally heated entrained flow furnace was modified to allow the combustion of pulverized coal in flames under practically relevant s...

  9. Novel ultrafine Fe(C) precipitates strengthen transformation-induced-plasticity steel

    Tirumalasetty, G.K.; Fang, C.M.; Xu, Q.; Jansen, J.; Sietsma, J.; Van Huis, M.A.; Zandbergen, H.W.


    A transmission electron microscopy study was conducted on nanoprecipitates formed in Ti microalloyed transformation-inducedplasticity-assisted steels, revealing the presence of Ti(N), Ti2CS and a novel type of ultra-fine Fe(C) precipitate. The matrix/precipitate orientation relationships, sizes and

  10. Dispersing and Doping of BaTiO3 Powder by Adsorption

    SU Taolong


    Dispersing and doping of BaTiO3 powder by adsorption method were investigated.Ultrafine BaTiO3 powders were dispersed in the aqueous with ammoniumized citrate (NH4-CA) or ammoniumized citric Ianthanum chelate (NH4-La-CA) as dispersant by ultrasonic bath. Better dispersion of BaTiO3 slurry was obtained in the aqueous with NH4-La-CA than that of NH4-CA when the mass ratio of citric acid (CA) to BaTiO3.Was less than 0.007. The pH value hardly affects the dispersion property of BaTiO3 suspension dispersed by NH4-La-CA. BaTiO3 powder could be well dispersed (median size D50=0.45 μm) and also doped with high uniformity of added components by adsorbing citric acid chelate on surface. Compared with solid mixing, better microstructure and properties of La/Mn codoped ceramics were obtained by adsorption method.

  11. Electrospinning of oriented and nonoriented ultrafine fibers of biopolymers

    Vu, David


    Chitosan has long been known as a biocompatible and biodegradable material suitable for tissue engineering applications. Unfortunately, conventional chitosan solutions cannot be used for electrospinning due to their high conductivity, viscosity and surface tension. We have developed a method to produce clear chitosan solutions with conductivities, surface tension and viscosities that facilitate their processing into micron and submicron fibers via electrospinning. Acetic acid, carbon dioxide and organic solvents are key ingredients in preparing the chitosan solutions. Oriented and non oriented chitosan fibers were produced with the ultimate goal of designing a suitable tissue engineering scaffold. Circularly oriented, continuous, and aligned nanofibers were produced via this technique in the form of a thin membrane or fibrous "mat". Chitosan fiber diameters ranged from 5 micrometers down to 100 nanometers. The structure and mechanical properties of oriented and randomly aligned chitosan fiber deposits could potentially be exploited for cartilage tissue engineering. Ultrafine fibers of starch acetate (SA) also were prepared by the electrospinning process. In this study, solvent mixtures based on DMF, DMSO, pyrindine, acetic acid, acetone, THF, DMC, chloroform were used. A two-solvent formulation was used to study the effect of viscosity, surface tension, and conductivity to the fiber diameter. Also, water and ethanol were used to decrease the boiling point of the solvent, and to make bundled fibers. Several techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, conductmetry, viscometry, and tensiometry were used in this study. The results showed that the combined effects of viscosity, surface tension, and conductivity are of great importance in controlling the diameter of the fibers. We were able to produce SA fibers that was less than 40 nm in diameter. The dependence of fiber diameter on flow-rate, electric field and solvents also was investigated. A rotating disk and a

  12. Novel ultrafine grain size processing of soft magnetic materials.

    Michael, Joseph Richard; Robino, Charles Victor


    High performance soft magnetic alloys are used in solenoids in a wide variety of applications. These designs are currently being driven to provide more margin, reliability, and functionality through component size reductions; thereby providing greater power to drive ratio margins as well as decreases in volume and power requirements. In an effort to produce soft magnetic materials with improved properties, we have conducted an initial examination of one potential route for producing ultrafine grain sizes in the 49Fe-49Co-2V alloy. The approach was based on a known method for the production of very fine grain sizes in steels, and consisted of repeated, rapid phase transformation cycling through the ferrite to austenite transformation temperature range. The results of this initial attempt to produce highly refined grain sizes in 49Fe-49Co-2V were successful in that appreciable reductions in grain size were realized. The as-received grain size was 15 {micro}m with a standard deviation of 9.5 {micro}m. For the temperature cycling conditions examined, grain refinement appears to saturate after approximately ten cycles at a grain size of 6 {micro}m with standard deviation of 4 {micro}m. The process also reduces the range of grain sizes present in these samples as the largest grain noted in the as received and treated conditions were 64 and 26 {micro}m, respectively. The results were, however, complicated by the formation of an unexpected secondary ferritic constituent and considerable effort was directed at characterizing this phase. The analysis indicates that the phase is a V-rich ferrite, known as {alpha}{sub 2}, that forms due to an imbalance in the partitioning of vanadium during the heating and cooling portions of the thermal cycle. Considerable but unsuccessful effort was also directed at understanding the conditions under which this phase forms, since it is conceivable that this phase restricts the degree to which the grains can be refined. Due to this difficulty

  13. Black powder in gas pipelines

    Sherik, Abdelmounam [Saudi Aramco, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)


    Despite its common occurrence in the gas industry, black powder is a problem that is not well understood across the industry, in terms of its chemical and physical properties, source, formation, prevention or management of its impacts. In order to prevent or effectively manage the impacts of black powder, it is essential to have knowledge of its chemical and physical properties, formation mechanisms and sources. The present paper is divided into three parts. The first part of this paper is a synopsis of published literature. The second part reviews the recent laboratory and field work conducted at Saudi Aramco Research and Development Center to determine the compositions, properties, sources and formation mechanisms of black powder in gas transmission systems. Microhardness, nano-indentation, X-ray Diffraction (XRD), X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) techniques were used to analyze a large number of black powder samples collected from the field. Our findings showed that black powder is generated inside pipelines due to internal corrosion and that the composition of black powder is dependent on the composition of transported gas. The final part presents a summary and brief discussion of various black powder management methods. (author)

  14. Annealing temperature effect on microstructure, magnetic and microwave properties of Fe-based amorphous alloy powders

    He Jinghua; Wang Wei; Wang Aimin [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China); Guan Jianguo, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China)


    Fe{sub 74}Ni{sub 3}Si{sub 13}Cr{sub 6}W{sub 4} amorphous alloy powders were annealed at different temperature (T) for 1.5 h to fabricate the corresponding amorphous and nanocrystalline powders. The influences of T on the crystalline structure, morphology, magnetic and microwave electromagnetic properties of the resultant samples were investigated via X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, vibrating sample magnetometer and vector network analyzer. The results show that the powder samples obtained at T of 650 Degree-Sign C or more are composed of lots of ultra-fine {alpha}-Fe(Si) grains embedded in an amorphous matrix. When T increases from 350 to 750 Degree-Sign C, the saturated magnetization and coercivity of the as-annealed powder samples both increase monotonously whereas the relative real permittivity shows a minimal value and the relative real permeability shows a maximal value at T of 650 Degree-Sign C. Thus the powder samples annealed at 650 Degree-Sign C show optimal reflection loss under -10 dB in the whole C-band. These results here suggest that the annealing heat treatment of Fe-based amorphous alloy is an effective approach to fabricate high performance microwave absorber with reasonable permittivity and large permeability simultaneously via adjusting T. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The annealing temperature effect of Fe-based amorphous alloy was studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fe-based amorphous and nanocrystalline alloy has a good absorbing property in C-band. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer There exists a correspondence between microwave properties and microstructure.

  15. Fabrication and thermo-mechanical behavior of ultra-fine porous copper.

    Kreuzeder, Marius; Abad, Manuel-David; Primorac, Mladen-Mateo; Hosemann, Peter; Maier, Verena; Kiener, Daniel


    Porous materials with ligament sizes in the submicrometer to nanometer regime have a high potential for future applications such as catalysts, actuators, or radiation tolerant materials, which require properties like high strength-to-weight ratio, high surface-to-volume ratio, or large interface density as for radiation tolerance. The objective of this work was to manufacture ultra-fine porous copper, to determine the thermo-mechanical properties, and to elucidate the deformation behavior at room as well as elevated temperatures via nanoindentation. The experimental approach for manufacturing the foam structures used high pressure torsion, subsequent heat treatments, and selective dissolution. Nanoindentation at different temperatures was successfully conducted on the ultra-fine porous copper, showing a room temperature hardness of 220 MPa. During high temperature experiments, oxidation of the copper occurred due to the high surface area. A model, taking into account the mechanical properties of the copper oxides formed during the test, to describe the measured mechanical properties in dependence on the proceeding oxidation was developed. The strain rate sensitivity of the copper foam at room temperature was ∼0.03 and strongly correlated with the strain rate sensitivity of ultra-fine grained bulk copper. Although oxidation occurred near the surface, the rate-controlling process was still the deformation of the underlying copper. An increase in the strain rate sensitivity was observed, comparably to that of ultra-fine-grained copper, which can be linked to thermally activated processes at grain boundaries. Important insights into the effects of oxidation on the deformation behavior were obtained by assessing the activation volume. Oxidation of the ultra-fine porous copper foam, thereby hindering dislocations to exit to the surface, resulted in a pronounced reduction of the apparent activation volume from ~800 to ~50 b(3), as also typical for ultra-fine grained

  16. Low pressure powder injection moulding of stainless steel powders

    Zampieron, J.V.; Soares, J.P.; Mathias, F.; Rossi, J.L. [Powder Processing Center CCP, Inst. de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Filho, F.A. [IPEN, Inst. de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares, Cidade Univ., Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)


    Low-pressure powder injection moulding was used to obtain AISI 316L stainless steel parts. A rheological study was undertaken using gas-atomised powders and binders. The binders used were based on carnauba wax, paraffin, low density polyethylene and microcrystalline wax. The metal powders were characterised in terms of morphology, particle size distribution and specific surface area. These results were correlated to the rheological behaviour. The mixture was injected in the shape of square bar specimens to evaluate the performance of the injection process in the green state, and after sintering. The parameters such as injection pressure, viscosity and temperature were analysed for process optimisation. The binders were thermally removed in low vacuum with the assistance of alumina powders. Debinding and sintering were performed in a single step. This procedure shortened considerably the debinding and sintering time. (orig.)


    Yash Mishra


    Full Text Available In this study, the adsorption potential of Teak (Tectona grandis leaf powder (TLP toremove Methylene blue (MB and Malachite Green (MG dye molecules from aqueoussolution was investigated. Batch experiments were conducted to evaluate the influenceof operational parameters such as, pH (2−9, adsorbent dosage (1−7 g/L, contact time(15−150 minutes and initial dye concentration (20−120 mg/L at stirring speed of 150rpm for the adsorption of MB and MG on TLP. Maximum removal efficiency of 98.4%and 95.1% was achieved for MB and MG dye, respectively. The experimentalequilibrium data were analysed using Langmuir, Freundlich and Temkin isothermmodels and it was found that, it fitted well to the Freundlich isotherm model. Thesurface structure and morphology of the adsorbent was characterized using scanningelectron microscopy (SEM and the presence of functional groups and its interactionwith the dye molecules were analysed using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy(FTIR. Based on the investigation, it has been demonstrated that the teak leaf powderhas good potential for effective adsorption of methylene blue and malachite green dye.

  18. Antibiofilm activity of three irrigation protocols activated by ultrasonic, diode laser or Er:YAG laser in vitro.

    Neelakantan, P; Cheng, C Q; Mohanraj, R; Sriraman, P; Subbarao, C; Sharma, S


    To investigate the impact of three irrigation protocols, activated by three different methods, on mature biofilms of Enterococcus faecalis in vitro. Root canals in 280 single-rooted teeth were instrumented using a rotary Ni-Ti system. Biofilms of E. faecalis were generated based on a previously established protocol. Samples were randomly divided into three experimental (n = 80) and one control (n = 40) group based on the irrigation protocol employed: group 1 (NaOCl + Etidronic acid), 1 : 1 mixture of 6% NaOCl and 18% etidronic acid; group 2 (NaOCl-EDTA), 3% NaOCl followed by 17% EDTA; group 3 (NaOCl-EDTA-NaOCl), 3% NaOCl followed by 17% EDTA and a final flush of 3% NaOCl. Saline served as the control. Samples were further divided into four subgroups (n = 20) based on the activation method: subgroup A, no activation; subgroup B, ultrasonic activation; group C, diode laser; group D, Er:YAG laser. Confocal laser scanning microscopy was used to assess bacterial viability in situ. Root dentine powder was obtained for determining the colony-forming units (CFU mL(-1) ). Data were analysed by appropriate statistical analyses with P = 0.05. All experimental irrigation protocols caused complete destruction of the biofilm in the root canal lumen. Within the dentinal tubules, all groups had a significantly higher percentage of dead bacteria than the saline control (P 0.05), whereas both groups brought about more bacterial reduction than NaOCl-EDTA (P 0.05). Both diode and Er:YAG laser were more effective than ultrasonic activation and conventional syringe irrigation in reducing E. fecalis biofilms (P ultrasonics in dentinal tubule disinfection. © 2014 International Endodontic Journal. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  19. All solid-state diode pumped Nd:YAG MOPA with stimulated Brillouin phase conjugate mirror

    Offerhaus, H.L.; Godfried, H.P.; Witteman, W.J.


    At the Nederlands Centrum voor Laser Research (NCLR) a 1 kHz diode-pumped Nd:YAG Master Oscillator Power Amplifier (MOPA) chain with a Stimulated Brillouin Scattering (SBS) Phase Conjugate mirror is designed and operated. A small Brewster angle Nd:YAG slab (2 by 2 by 20 mm) is side pumped with 200 μ

  20. Nd:YAG Lasers Treating of Carious Lesion and Root Canal In Vitro

    Danqing Xia


    Full Text Available Dental caries is a transmissible bacterial disease process, with cavities at the end, and caused by acids from bacterial metabolism. The essence of dental treatment is to clean and disinfect bacterial contamination from the tooth. In this work, we tried to demonstrate the cleaning and disinfecting effects of Nd:YAG laser irradiation on dental carious lesion and root canal in vitro. Acousto-optic Q-switched quasicontinuous and Cr3+:YAG crystal Q-switched pulse Nd:YAG lasers were employed to treat caries lesion and the root canal, respectively. Results showed that acousto-optic Q-switched quasicontinuous Nd:YAG laser irradiation and Cr3+:YAG crystal Q-switched pulse Nd:YAG laser irradiation could rapidly clean decayed material and bacterial contamination from dental carious lesion and the narrow tail end of root canal with minimally invasive in vitro, respectively. It was concluded that acousto-optic Q-switched quasicontinuous laser irradiation may be a rapid and effective alternative caries treatment, and Cr3+:YAG crystal Q-switched pulse Nd:YAG laser irradiation may be an effective method for canal cleaning and disinfecting during root canal therapy.

  1. Effect of Nd:YAG laser capsulotomy on refraction in multifocal apodized diffractive pseudophakia.

    Vrijman, V.; Linden, J.W.M. van der; Nieuwendaal, C.P.; Meulen, I.J. van der; Mourits, M.P.; Lapid-Gortzak, R.


    PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect on refraction of neodymium:YAG (Nd:YAG) laser posterior capsulotomy for posterior capsule opacification (PCO), and to evaluate the correlation between automated and subjective refraction in multifocal apodized diffractive pseudophakia. METHODS: A retrospective study

  2. Histological and TEM examination of early stages of bone healing after Er:YAG laser irradiation.

    Pourzarandian, Amir; Watanabe, Hisashi; Aoki, Akira; Ichinose, Shizuko; Sasaki, Katia M; Nitta, Hiroshi; Ishikawa, Isao


    The aim of this study was to analyze the early healing process of bone tissue irradiated by Er:YAG laser and compare it with that treated by mechanical drilling and CO(2) laser. Er:YAG laser has a great potential for cutting hard tissues as it is capable of ablation with less thermal damage. Twenty-four male Wistar rats were used for this study. The calvarial bone of rats was exposed and straight grooves were prepared by Er:YAG laser, mechanical bur and continuous wave CO(2) laser. Four rats each were sacrificed at six time points: 10 min, 6 and 24 h and 3, 7, and 14 days post-surgery. Sections were prepared for light and transmission electron microscopic (TEM) observations. Compared to mechanical bur and CO(2) groups, the inflammatory cell infiltration adjacent to the irradiated bone surface, fibroblastic reaction, and revascularization were more pronounced in the Er:YAG laser-irradiated tissues. A cell-rich granulation tissue with fibroblasts and osteoblasts was predominant in 7-day specimens of Er:YAG laser group. Histopathological analysis of 14-day specimens in the Er:YAG group also revealed significantly greater new bone formation, compared with the mechanical bur and CO(2) laser groups. Initial bone healing following Er:YAG laser irradiation occurred faster than that after mechanical bur and CO(2) laser. Er:YAG laser treatment may be advantageous for wound healing of bone tissue, presumably by providing a favorable surface for cell attachment.

  3. Er:YAG crystal temperature influence on laser output characteristics

    Němec, Michal; Å ulc, Jan; Hubka, Zbyněk.; Hlinomaz, Kryštof; Jelínková, Helena


    The main goal of this work was to investigate the influence of the temperature of the Er:YAG active medium on laser properties in eye-safe spectral region for three various pump wavelengths. The tested Er:YAG sample doped by 0.5% of Er3+ ions had a cylindrical shape with 25mm in length and 5mm in diameter. The absorption spectrum of the Er:YAG active medium in the range from 1400nm up to 1700nm for temperatures 80K and 300K was measured. The crystal was placed inside the vacuum chamber of a liquid nitrogen cooled cryostat. The temperature was controlled within the 80 - 340K temperature range. Three pump sources generating at 1535, 1452, and 1467nm were applied. The first one was flash lamp pumped Er:glass laser (repetition rate 0.5 Hz, pulse duration 1 ms, pulse energy 148 mJ). The further two sources were fiber coupled laser diodes (repetition rate 10 Hz, pulse duration 10 ms, maximum pulse energies 106mJ and 195 mJ). The semi-hemispherical laser resonator consisted of a pump curved mirror and output plan coupler with a reflectivity of 90% @ 1645 nm. The laser output characteristics were investigated in dependence on temperature of active medium for three laser pumping systems. The output energy has an optimum in dependence on active medium temperature and pump wavelengths. The maximal generated laser energies were 16.2mJ (90 K), 28.7mJ (120 K), and 33.2mJ (220 K), for pump wavelengths 1452 nm, 1467 nm, and 1535 nm, respectively.

  4. Intracorporeal lithotripsy with the holmium:YAG laser

    Denstedt, John D.; Razvi, Hassan A.; Chun, Samuel S.; Sales, Jack L.


    A variety of devices are currently available for intracorporeal stone fragmentation. Recently a new wavelength of laser, the Holmium:YAG, has demonstrated a variety of potential urologic applications including ablation of soft tissue lesions as well as stone fragmentation. This laser has a wavelength of 2100 nm and operates in a pulsed mode. Energy is delivered through a 400 um quartz end-firing fiber. In this presentation we review our clinical experience with the Holmium:YAG laser for the treatment of renal and ureteral calculi. Over a 23 month period, 63 patients underwent 67 procedures. Seven procedures consisted of percutaneous nephrolithotripsy for large or staghorn renal calculi. Sixty procedures were performed for ureteral stones. Procedures for proximal ureteral stones (6) employed a retrograde approach using flexible ureteroscopes (8.5 or 9.8). Stones in the mid ureter (12) and distal ureter (42) were approached transurethrally using a 6.9 rigid ureteroscope. Complete stone fragmentation without the need for additional procedures was achieved in 82% of cases. Treatment failures included 1 stone migration into the renal pelvis during laser activation, 6 patients who had incomplete fragmentation and 3 patients in which laser malfunction precluded complete fragmentation. Stone analysis available in 23 patients revealed calcium oxalate monohydrate (15), calcium oxalate dihydrate (2), cystine (2), uric acid (3) and calcium phosphate (1). A single complication of ureteral perforation occurred when the laser was fired without direct visual guidance. Radiographic follow-up at an average of 16 weeks is available in 22 patients and has identified 2 patients with ureteral strictures that are not believed to be related to laser lithotripsy. In summary, we have found the Holmium:YAG laser to be a reliable and versatile device for intracorporeal lithotripsy. Its safety and efficacy make it a suitable alternative for performing intracorporeal lithotripsy of urinary

  5. Vitreous humor rheology after Nd:YAG laser photo disruption.

    Abdelkawi, Salwa A; Abdel-Salam, Ahmed M; Ghoniem, Dina F; Ghaly, Sally K


    This work aimed to consider the hazardous side effect of eye floaters treatment with Q-switched Nd:YAG laser on the protein and viscoelastic properties of the vitreous humor, and evaluate the protective role of vitamin C against laser photo disruption. Five groups of New Zealand rabbits were divided as follows: control group for (n = 3) without any treatment, the second group (n = 9) treated with Q-switched Nd:YAG laser energy of 5 mJ × 100 pulse delivered to the anterior, middle, and posterior vitreous, respectively (n = 3 for each). The third group (n = 9) received a daily dose of 25 mg/kg body weight vitamin C for 2 weeks, and then treated with laser as the previous group. The fourth group (n = 9) treated with 10 mJ 9 50 pulse delivered to the anterior, middle, and posterior vitreous, respectively (n = 3 rabbits each). The fifth group (n = 9) received a daily dose of 25 mg/kg body weight vitamin C for 2 weeks, and then treated with laser as the previous group. After 2 weeks of laser treatment, the protein content, refractive index (RI), and the rheological properties of vitreous humor, such as consistency, shear stress, and viscosity, were determined. The results showed that, the anterior vitreous group exposed to of 5 mJ × 100 pulse and/or supplemented with vitamin C, showed no obvious change. Furthermore, all other treated groups especially for mid-vitreous and posterior vitreous humor showed increase in the protein content, RI and the viscosity of vitreous humor. The flow index remained below unity indicating the non-Newtonian behavior of the vitreous humor. Application of Q-switched Nd:YAG laser should be restricted to the anterior vitreous humor to prevent the deleterious effect of laser on the gel state of the vitreous humor.

  6. Transmission of Er:YAG laser through different dental ceramics.

    Sari, Tugrul; Tuncel, Ilkin; Usumez, Aslihan; Gutknecht, Norbert


    The aim of this study was to determine the erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Er:YAG) laser transmission ratio through different dental ceramics with different thicknesses. Laser debonding procedure of adhesively luted all-ceramic restorations is based on the transmission of laser energy through the ceramic and the ablation of resin cement, because of the transmitted laser energy. Five different dental ceramics were evaluated in this study: sintered zirconium-oxide core ceramic, monolithic zirconium-oxide ceramic, feldspathic ceramic, leucite-reinforced glass ceramic, and lithium disilicate-reinforced glass ceramic. Two ceramic discs with different thicknesses (0.5 and 1 mm) were fabricated for each group. Ceramic discs were placed between the sensor membrane of the laser power meter and the tip of the contact handpiece of an Er:YAG laser device with the aid of a custom- made acrylic holder. The transmission ratio of Er:YAG laser energy (500 mJ, 2 Hz, 1 W, 1000 μs) through different ceramic discs was measured with the power meter. Ten measurements were made for each group and the results were analyzed with two way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Tukey honestly significant difference (HSD) tests. The highest transmission ratio was determined for lithium disilicate-reinforced ceramic with 0.5 mm thickness (88%) and the lowest was determined for feldspathic ceramic with 1 mm thickness (44%). The differences among the different ceramics and between the different thicknesses were significant (pCeramic type and thickness should be taken into consideration to adjust the laser irradiation parameters during laser debonding of adhesively luted all-ceramic restorations.

  7. Influence of the Ce:YAG Amount on Structure and Optical Properties of Ce:YAG-PMMA Composites for White LED

    Armetta, Francesco; Sibeko, Motshabi A.; Luyt, Adriaan S.; Chillura Martino, Delia F.; Spinella, Alberto; Saladino, Maria Luisa


    Ce:YAG-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) composites were prepared by using a melt compounding method, adding several amounts of Ce:YAG in the range 0.1-5 wt. %. The optical properties of the obtained composites and of the composites combined with a blue LED were measured to investigate the effect of the amount of Ce:YAG on the resulting emitted light in view of possible application in white LED manufacture. An increase in Ce:YAG amount caused an increase in the emission and a shift of 15 nm, influencing the white LED performance. The structure and morphology of the composites were studied. The results show that the interaction between the two components, observed by using solid state NMR experiments, are the responsible for the observed shift.

  8. Ignition of an automobile engine by high-peak power Nd:YAG/Cr⁴⁺:YAG laser-spark devices.

    Pavel, Nicolaie; Dascalu, Traian; Salamu, Gabriela; Dinca, Mihai; Boicea, Niculae; Birtas, Adrian


    Laser sparks that were built with high-peak power passively Q-switched Nd:YAG/Cr(4+):YAG lasers have been used to operate a Renault automobile engine. The design of such a laser spark igniter is discussed. The Nd:YAG/Cr(4+):YAG laser delivered pulses with energy of 4 mJ and 0.8-ns duration, corresponding to pulse peak power of 5 MW. The coefficients of variability of maximum pressure (COV(Pmax)) and of indicated mean effective pressure (COV(IMEP)) and specific emissions like hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NO(x)) and carbon dioxide (CO2) were measured at various engine speeds and high loads. Improved engine stability in terms of COV(Pmax) and COV(Pmax) and decreased emissions of CO and HC were obtained for the engine that was run by laser sparks in comparison with classical ignition by electrical spark plugs.

  9. Neodymium YAG lasers pumped by light-emitting diodes

    Bilak, V.I.; Goldobin, I.S.; Zverev, G.M.; Kuratev, I.I.; Pashkov, V.A.; Stel' makh, M.F.; Tsvetkov, Y.V.; Solov' eva, N.M.


    The results are presented of theoretical and experimental investigations of room-temperature YAG:Nd lasers pumped by light-emitting diodes. The lasing characteristics of a laser operated at the 1.06 and 1.32 wavelengths were investigated in the cw and pulsed regimes and dependences of its parameters on the temperature, pulse repetition frequency, and other factors were studied. In the pulsed regime the laser efficiency was 0.2% and in the cw regime the radiation power reached 50 and 17 mW at the 1.06 and 1.32 wavelengths, respectively.

  10. Cooperative emission in ion implanted Yb:YAG waveguides

    Vazquez, G V; Desirena, H; De la Rosa, E [Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, Loma del Bosque 115, Lomas del Campestre, 37150 Leon, Guanajuato (Mexico); Flores-Romero, E; Rickards, J; Trejo-Luna, R [Instituto de Fisica, UNAM, Apartado Postal 20364, 01000 Mexico, D. F. (Mexico); Marquez, H, E-mail: [Departamento de Optica, CICESE, Km 107 Carr. Tijuana-Ensenada, 22860 Ensenada, B. C. (Mexico)


    In this work, we report the analysis of spectroscopic properties of waveguides fabricated by ion implantation in YAG doped with Yb{sup 3+} ions. Three emission bands were detected in the blue, green and red regions under 970-nm excitation. The strong blue-green emission can be explained by a cooperative process between ytterbium ion pairs, leading to emission centered at 514 nm. The additional blue bands as well as green and red emission bands are attributed to the presence of Tm{sup 3+} and Er{sup 3+} traces. The results include absorption and emission curves as well as decay time rates.

  11. Tapered diode laser pumped 946 nm Nd:YAG laser

    Cheng, Haynes Pak Hay; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin; Petersen, Paul Michael


    We successfully implemented a 946 nm Nd:YAG laser based on a 808 nm tapered diode pump laser. The tapered diode is developed at the Ferdinand-Braun-Institute fur Hochstfrequenztechnik in Germany. Figure 2 shows the experimental setup and results of each pump source coupled into a 1.5 mm crystal...... laser, we show that tapered diode laser pumping potentially increase the power of 946 nm lasers by a factor of two and reduce the threshold by a factor of three....

  12. Effect of transscleral neodymium: YAG cyclophotocoagulation on intraocular lenses

    Blomquist, P.H.; Gross, R.L.; Koch, D.D. (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (USA))


    A neodymium: YAG laser operating in the thermal mode was used to irradiate isolated intraocular lenses (IOLs) and to perform transscleral cyclophotocoagulation on pseudophakic autopsy eyes to investigate the potential damage to IOL haptics such irradiation may cause. In the isolated IOLs, 70 mJ of energy deformed and partially melted both polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and polypropylene haptics. One of the capsular-fixated PC-IOL haptics in an autopsy eye partially melted when irradiated with the maximum energy level (8.8 J), with the aiming beam focused 1 mm posterior to the limbus and maximal posterior focus offset.

  13. Dual-polarization mode-locked Nd:YAG laser.

    Thévenin, J; Vallet, M; Brunel, M


    A mode-locked solid-state laser containing a birefringent element is shown to emit synchronously two frequency combs associated to the two polarization eigenstates of the cavity. An analytical model predicts the polarization evolution of the pulse train, which is determined by the adjustable intracavity birefringence. Experiments realized with a Nd:YAG laser passively mode locked by a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror are in perfect agreement with the model. Locking between the two combs arises for particular values of their frequency difference, e.g., half the repetition rate, and the pulse train polarization sequence is then governed by the relative overall phase offset of the two combs.

  14. Neodymium YAG laser for treatment of oral cavernous hemangiomas

    Bradley, Paul F.


    Oral cavernous haemangiomas are common lesions which may require treatment due to episodes of bleeding when bitten or deformity particularly when involving the lips and/or cheeks. Surgery can be hazardous due to haemorrhage while cryosurgery tends to be tedious for large lesions and be accompanied by major oedema. Sclerosants produce hard bulky masses. Embolization is seldom helpful due to lack of arterial feeders. The Nd:YAG laser is proving a useful modality in the oro-facial region and appeared worth investigating for these lesions in a laboratory animal model, by thermography and in the clinical situation.

  15. Treatment of rosacea with long-pulsed Nd: YAG laser

    Ekin Meşe Say


    Full Text Available Background and Design: Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the face. There is no curative treatment for the disease. Facial flushing and vascular lesions due to rosacea may significantly affect a patient’s quality of life. Topical and oral antibiotics are not effective for treating rosacea. Currently, laser treatment of vascular lesions has been reported in the literature. We aimed to investigate the efficacy of long-pulse 1064-nm neodymium: YAG (Nd: YAG laser in the treatment of vascular lesions (erythema and telangiectasia in rosacea patients. Materials and Methods: Thirty-nine patients (29 women, 10 men with erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR were recruited into the study. Severity of the disease (ETR-score: 0-3 was assessed for all patients. We used long-pulsed Nd: YAG laser for vascular lesions at 3-4 weeks intervals. The face was divided into seven anatomic regions for evaluation. Assessment was made by comparing pretreatment and posttreatment photographs by using ETR-scores. For evaluating patient satisfaction, a scale of 0 to 3 was used. Results: The patients were divided into three groups according to the ETR scores [ETR-1 (n=12, ETR-2 (n=9, ETR-3 (n=18]. Following an average of 3.95 (2-8 sessions laser treatments, the clinical improvement was statistically significant in all groups (p<0.05. The mean reduction of ETR-score was 91.70% in patients with ETR-1 and. the clinical improvement was to be decreased in severe forms of ETR. The most common sites for the lesions were the malar region, ala nasi and the nasal dorsum, respectively. The lesions on the ala nasi were more recalcitrant to the treatment than those on the other areas. Regarding to physician assessment of treatment’s success, 97% of the patients was associated with moderate and excellent improvement. According to physicians’ assessment, excellent improvement was noticed in 43.58% and, 61.5% of patients reported a high degree of satisfaction with this

  16. Studies on Nd∶YAG Single-pass Amplifiers for High-power Q-switched Laser System

    CAO Sansong(曹三松); ZHANG Xiangyang(张向阳); HUANG Yanlin(黄燕琳); LI Guangrong(李光荣); SU Xinzhi(苏心智)


    The output of Nd∶YAG single-pass laser amplifiers is studied analytically and experimentally. Methods of analysis for single-pass Nd∶YAG laser amplifier are presented. A flashlamp-pumped Q-switched Nd∶YAG oscillator/amplifier laser system has been developed with the average output power of 121.5 W.

  17. One Step Combustion Synthesis Of YAG:Ce Phosphor For Solid State Lighting

    Yadav, Pooja; Gupta, K. Vijay Kumar; Muley, Aarti; Joshi, C. P.; Moharil, S. V.


    YAG:Ce is an important phosphor having applications in various fields ranging from solid state lighting to scintillation detectors. YAG phosphors doped with activators are mainly synthesized by solid state reaction techniques that require high sintering temperatures (above 1500°C) to eliminate YAM and YAP phases. Though several soft chemical routes have been explored for synthesis of YAG, most of these methods are complex and phase pure materials are not obtained in one step, but prolonged annealing at temperatures around 1000 C or above becomes necessary. One step combustion synthesis of YAG:Ce3+ and related phosphors carried out at 500 C furnace temperature is reported here. Activation with Ce3+ could be achieved during the synthesis without taking recourse to any post-combustion thermal treatment. LEDs prepared from the combustion synthesized YAG:Ce3+, exhibited properties comparable to those produced from the commercial phosphor.

  18. Analysis of the thermal effects in diode-pumped Tm:YAG ceramic slab lasers

    Cheng, Xiaojin; Shang, Jianhua; Jiang, Benxue


    Tm:YAG ceramics with a quasi-three-level system are sensitive to temperature. The optical and thermodynamic properties of Tm:YAG ceramics can change with changing temperature, and this affects the output power stability and beam quality of lasers. Thus temperature control is a key and difficult problem for Tm:YAG lasers, especially for high power laser output. In combination with slab structure and grad-doping techniques for composite ceramics, the temperature distributions of Tm:YAG ceramics are analyzed. It is found that the temperature difference of a rationally designed grad-doping Tm:YAG ceramic can be reduced significantly with the same absorption pump power, which results in higher output power and beam quality.

  19. Stability of a Laser-diode-pumped Cr4+∶YAG Passively Q-switched Nd3+∶YAG Laser

    ZHANG Xingyu; ZHAO Shengzhi; WANG Qingpu; ZHANG Qidi; B. Ozygus; M. Weber


    In this paper, the stability of a laser-diode-pumped Cr4+∶YAG passively Nd3+∶YAG Q-switched laser and the influence of the transversal mode structure on the stability are investigated. With the laser operating in TEM00 mode, the pulse energy fluctuation and the repetition rate fluctuation as functions of the repetition rate are measured, and semi-quantitatively and qualitatively analyzed, respectively.

  20. Synthesis of nanosized tungsten powder


    Nanosized tungsten powder was synthesized by means of different methods and under different conditions with nanosized WO3 powder. The powder and the intermediate products were characterized using XRD, SEM, TEM, BET (Brunauer Emmett Teller Procedure) and SAXS (X-ray diffracto-spectrometer/Kratky small angle scattering goniometer). The results show that nanosized WO3 can be completely reduced to WO2 at 600℃ after 40 min, and WO2 can be reduced to W at 700℃ after 90 min, moreover, the mean size of W particles is less than 40 nm. Furthermore, the process of WO3→WO2→W excelled that of WO3→W in getting stable nanosized tungsten powder with less grain size.

  1. Enhanced protective properties of epoxy/polyaniline-camphorsulfonate nanocomposite coating on an ultrafine-grained metallic surface

    Pour-Ali, Sadegh, E-mail:; Kiani-Rashid, Alireza; Babakhani, Abolfazl; Davoodi, Ali


    Highlights: • Preparing mild steel surface with ultrafine grains by wire brushing process. • Performance of a smart coating on micro- and nano-crystalline surfaces. • Corrosion evaluation, surface analysis and ac/dc electrochemical measurements. • Ultrafine surface grains improve protective behavior of epoxy/PANI-CSA coating. - Abstract: An ultrafine-grained surface layer on mild steel substrate with average grain size of 77 nm was produced through wire brushing process. Surface grain size was determined through transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction methods. This substrate was coated with epoxy and an in situ synthesized epoxy/polyaniline-camphorsulfonate (epoxy/PANI-CSA) nanocomposite. The corrosion behavior was studied by open circuit potential, potentiodynamic polarization and impedance measurements. Results of electrochemical tests evidenced the enhanced protective properties of epoxy/PANI-CSA coating on the substrate with ultrafine-grained surface.

  2. Ultrafine particulate matter exposure in vitro impairs vasorelaxant response in superoxide dismutase 2 deficient and aged murine aortic rings

    Epidemiological studies positively associate exposure to inhaled ultrafine particulate matter (UFPM) and adverse cardiovascular events. PM-induced oxidative stress is believed to be a key mechanism contributing to the adverse short-term vascular effects of air pollution exposure....

  3. Direct printing of patterned three-dimensional ultrafine fibrous scaffolds by stable jet electrospinning for cellular ingrowth.

    Yuan, Huihua; Zhou, Qihui; Li, Biyun; Bao, Min; Lou, Xiangxin; Zhang, Yanzhong


    Electrospinning has been widely used to produce ultrafine fibers in microscale and nanoscale; however, traditional electrospinning processes are currently beset by troublesome limitations in fabrication of 3D periodic porous structures because of the chaotic nature of the electrospinning jet. Here we report a novel strategy to print 3D poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) ultrafine fibrous scaffolds with the fiber diameter of approximately 2 μm by combining a stable jet electrospinning method and an X-Y stage technique. Our approach allows linearly deposited electrospun ultrafine fibers to assemble into 3D structures with tunable pore sizes and desired patterns. Process conditions (e.g., plotting speed, feeding rate, and collecting distance) were investigated in order to achieve stable jet printing of ultrafine PLLA fibers. The proposed 3D scaffold was successfully used for cell penetration and growth, demonstrating great potential for tissue engineering applications.

  4. The Effect of Ultrafine Magnesium Hydroxide on the Tensile Properties and Flame Retardancy of Wood Plastic Composites

    Zhiping Wu


    Full Text Available The effect of ultrafine magnesium hydroxide (UMH and ordinary magnesium hydroxide (OMH on the tensile properties and flame retardancy of wood plastic composites (WPC were investigated by tensile test, oxygen index tester, cone calorimeter test, and thermogravimetric analysis. The results showed that ultrafine magnesium hydroxide possesses strengthening and toughening effect of WPC. Scanning electron micrograph (SEM of fracture section of samples provided the positive evidence that the tensile properties of UMH/WPC are superior to that of WPC and OMH/WPC. The limited oxygen index (LOI and cone calorimeter test illustrated that ultrafine magnesium hydroxide has stronger flame retardancy and smoke suppression effect of WPC compared to that of ordinary magnesium hydroxide. The results of thermogravimetric analysis implied that ultrafine magnesium hydroxide can improve the char structure which plays an important role in reducing the degradation speed of the inner matrix during combustion process and increases the char residue at high temperature.

  5. Transparent layered YAG ceramics with structured Yb doping produced via tape casting

    Hostaša, Jan; Piancastelli, Andreana; Toci, Guido; Vannini, Matteo; Biasini, Valentina


    The flexibility of the ceramic production process, in particular in terms of shaping and spatial control of distribution of active ions, is one of the strong points in favor of transparent ceramics. In high power lasers in particular, where thermal management is a critical issue, the finely controlled design of spatial distribution of the doping ions within the laser gain media can reduce undesired thermally induced effects and large temperature gradients, and thus enhance the efficiency and laser beam quality especially under increased thermal load. In the present work transparent structured YAG ceramics with Yb doping were produced by tape casting followed by thermal compression of assembled tapes and sintered under high vacuum. The thermal compression of variously doped tape cast layers is a very promising method because it allows a high precision and good control over dopant distribution in the sintered material. After sintering, the distribution of Yb across the layers was characterized by SEM-EDX and the thickness of Yb diffusion zones between the layers with different Yb content was measured. Optical homogeneity was assessed by means of optical transmittance mapping of the samples and by 2D scanning of laser output. The effect of structured dopant distribution on laser performance was measured in quasi-CW and CW regime with different duty factors. Slope efficiency values higher than 50% were measured both in quasi-CW and in CW lasing conditions. The results are in good agreement with previously calculated predictions, confirming the beneficial effect of structured doping on laser performances and enlightening the impact of the residual scattering losses. Compared to other processing methods, such as the pressing of granulated powders, tape casting followed by thermal compression leads to straight and narrow interfaces between layers with different composition and allows to build structures composed of extremely thin layers with defined dopant content.

  6. Er:YAG and CTH:YAG laser radiation: contact versus non-contact enamel ablation and sonic-activated bulk composite placement

    Buckova, M.; Kasparova, M.; Dostalova, T.; Jelinkova, H.; Sulc, J.; Nemec, M.; Fibrich, M.; Bradna, P.; Miyagi, M.


    Laser radiation can be used for effective caries removal and cavity preparation without significant thermal effects, collateral damage of tooth structure, or patient discomfort. The aim of this study was to compare the quality of tissue after contact or non-contact Er:YAG and CTH:YAG laser radiation ablation. The second goal was to increase the sealing ability of hard dental tissues using sonic-activated bulk filling material with change in viscosity during processing. The artificial caries was prepared in intact teeth to simulate a demineralized surface and then the Er:YAG or CTH:YAG laser radiation was applied. The enamel artificial caries was gently removed by the laser radiation and sonic-activated composite fillings were inserted. A stereomicroscope and then a scanning electron microscope were used to evaluate the enamel surface. Er:YAG contact mode ablation in enamel was quick and precise; the cavity was smooth with a keyhole shaped prism and rod relief arrangement without a smear layer. The sonic-activated filling material was consistently regularly distributed; no cracks or microleakage in the enamel were observed. CTH:YAG irradiation was able to clean but not ablate the enamel surface; in contact and also in non-contact mode there was evidence of melting and fusing of the enamel.

  7. Optic coherence tomography measurement of choroidal and retinal thicknesses after uncomplicated YAG laser capsulotomy

    İsa Yuvacı


    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Purpose: Optic coherence tomography (OCT evaluation of the choroid, retina, and retinal nerve fiber layer after uncomplicated yttrium-aluminum-garnet (YAG laser capsulotomy. Methods: OCT analysis of retinal and choroidal structures was performed in 28 eyes of 28 patients following routine examinations before and 24 h, 72 h, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 12 weeks after YAG laser capsulotomy. Data were analyzed using the SPSS software. Results: Data collected before YAG capsulotomy and at the above mentioned follow-up visits are summarized as follows. Mean central subfoveal choroidal thickness before YAG capsulotomy was 275.85 ± 74.78 µm; it was 278.46 ± 83.46 µm, 283.39 ± 82.84 µm, 280.00 ± 77.16 µm, 278.37 ± 76.95 µm, and 278.67 ± 76.20 µm after YAG capsulotomy, respectively. Central macular thickness was 272.14 ± 25.76 µm before YAG capsulotomy; it was 266.53 ± 26.47 µm, 269.14 ± 27.20 µm, 272.17 ± 26.97 µm, 270.91 ± 26.79 µm, and 273 ± 26.63 µm after YAG capsulotomy, respectively. Mean retinal nerve fiber layer thickness before YAG was 99.89 ± 7.61 µm; it was 98.50 ± 8.62 µm, 98.14 ± 8.69 µm, 99.60 ± 8.39 µm, 99.60 ± 8.39 µm, and 99.60 ± 8.35 µm after YAG capsulotomy, respectively. No observed change was statistically significant. No significant changes were observed with regard to mean intraocular pressure. Conclusions: After YAG laser capsulotomy, no statistically significant changes were found in choroidal, retinal, and optical nerve fiber layer thicknesses, although slight thickness changes in these structures were observed, particularly during the first days.

  8. Effect of Hot Torsion Parameters on Development of Ultrafine Ferrite Grains in Microalloyed Steel%Effect of Hot Torsion Parameters on Development of Ultrafine Ferrite Grains in Microalloyed Steel

    B Eghbali; M Shaban


    Hot torsion testing was performed on a low carbon Nb-Ti microalloyed steel to study the effects of hot tor- sion parameters, strain and strain rate, on ultrafine ferrite grains production through dynamic strain-induced trans- formation, at a deformation temperature just above At3. The initiation and evolution of ultrafine ferrite grains were studied. The results show that the amount of strain and strain rate has conversely effect on the volume fraction and grain size of ultrafine ferrite grains. With increasing strain, the interior of austenite grains become activated as nucle- ation sites for fine ferrite grains. As a result, ferrite grains continuously nucleate not only at the former austenite grain boundaries but also inside the austenite grains which leads to a rapid increase in volume fraction of ultrafine grains. Increasing of strain rate reduces the tendency of ferrite grains coarsening so that ultrafine ferrite grains are achieved, while the volume fraction of ultrafine grains decreases at the same strain level.

  9. Determinants of personal exposure to PM2.5, ultrafine particle counts, and CO in a transport microenvironment.

    Kaur, S; Nieuwenhuijsen, M J


    Short-term human exposure concentrations to PM2.5, ultrafine particle counts (particle range: 0.02-1 microm), and carbon monoxide (CO) were investigated at and around a street canyon intersection in Central London, UK. During a four week field campaign, groups of four volunteers collected samples at three timings (morning, lunch, and afternoon), along two different routes (a heavily trafficked route and a backstreet route) via five modes of transport (walking, cycling, bus, car, and taxi). This was followed by an investigation into the determinants of exposure using a regression technique which incorporated the site-specific traffic counts, meteorological variables (wind speed and temperature) and the mode of transport used. The analyses explained 9, 62, and 43% of the variability observed in the exposure concentrations to PM2.5, ultrafine particle counts, and CO in this study, respectively. The mode of transport was a statistically significant determinant of personal exposure to PM2.5, ultrafine particle counts, and CO, and for PM2.5 and ultrafine particle counts it was the most important determinant. Traffic count explained little of the variability in the PM2.5 concentrations, but it had a greater influence on ultrafine particle count and CO concentrations. The analyses showed that temperature had a statistically significant impact on ultrafine particle count and CO concentrations. Wind speed also had a statistically significant effect but smaller. The small proportion in variability explained in PM2.5 by the model compared to the largest proportion in ultrafine particle counts and CO may be due to the effect of long-range transboundary sources, whereas for ultrafine particle counts and CO, local traffic is the main source.

  10. Investigation on fracture behavior of the welded joint HAZ of ultra-fine grain steel SS400

    朱政强; 陈立功; 荆洪阳; 葛景国; 倪纯珍; 饶德林


    The critical crack dimensions of both base-metal specimen and HAZ specimen are measured via wide-plate tensile tests. Based on the "fitness for purpose" principle, the fracture behavior of the ultra-fine grain steel SS400 welded joint HAZ is assessed. The test results indicate that overmatching is benefit for the whole capability's improvement of ultra-fine grain steel SS400. The test results are confirmed by using finite element method (FEM).

  11. Holmium:YAG laser angioplasty: treatment of acute myocardial infarction

    Topaz, On


    We report our clinical experience with a group of 14 patients who presented with acute myocardial infarction. A holmium:YAG laser was applied to the infarct-related artery. This laser emits 250 - 600 mJ per pulse, with a pulse length of 250 microseconds and repetition rate of 5 Hz. Potential benefits of acute thrombolysis by lasers include the absence of systemic lytic state; a shortened thrombus clearing time relative to using thrombolytics; safe removal of the intracoronary thrombus and facilitation of adjunct balloon angioplasty. Potential clinical difficulties include targeting the obstructive clot and plaque, creation of debris and distal emboli and laser-tissue damage. It is conceivable that holmium:YAG laser can be a successful thrombolytic device as its wave length (2.1 microns) coincides with strong water absorption peaks. Since it is common to find an atherosclerotic plaque located under or distal to the thrombotic occlusion, this laser can also be applied for plaque ablation, and the patient presenting with acute myocardial infarction can clearly benefit from the combined function of this laser system.

  12. 21 CFR 73.1646 - Bronze powder.


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Bronze powder. 73.1646 Section 73.1646 Food and... ADDITIVES EXEMPT FROM CERTIFICATION Drugs § 73.1646 Bronze powder. (a) Identity. (1) The color additive bronze powder is a very fine metallic powder prepared from alloys consisting principally of...

  13. Studies on composite solid propellant with tri-modal ammonium perchlorate containing an ultrafine fraction

    K.V. Suresh Babu


    Full Text Available Composite solid propellant is prepared using tri-modal Ammonium perchlorate (AP containing coarse, fine and ultrafine fractions of AP with average particle size (APS 340, 40 and 5 μm respectively, in various compositions and their rheological, mechanical and burn rate characteristics are evaluated. The optimum combination of AP coarse to fine to ultrafine weight fraction was obtained by testing of series of propellant samples by varying the AP fractions at fixed solid loading. The concentration of aluminium was maintained constant throughout the experiments for ballistics requirement. The propellant formulation prepared using AP with coarse to fine to ultrafine ratio of 67:24:9 has lowest viscosity for the propellant paste and highest tensile strength due to dense packing as supported by the literature. A minimum modulus value was also observed at 9 wt. % of ultrafine AP concentration indicates the maximum solids packing density at this ratio of AP fractions. The burn rate is evaluated at different pressures to obtain pressure exponent. Incorporation of ultrafine fraction of AP in propellant increased burn rate without adversely affecting the pressure exponent. Higher solid loading propellants are prepared by increased AP concentration from 67 to 71 wt. % using AP with coarse to fine to ultrafine ratio of 67:24:9. Higher solid content up to 89 wt. % was achieved and hence increased solid motor performance. The unloading viscosity showed a trend with increased AP content and the propellant couldn't able to cast beyond 71 wt. % of AP. Mechanical properties were also studied and from the experiments noticed that % elongation decreased with increased AP content from 67 to 71 wt.%, whereas tensile strength and modulus increased. Burn rate increased with increased AP content and observed that pressure exponent also increased and it is high for the propellant containing with 71 wt.% of AP due to increased oxidiser to fuel ratio. Catalysed

  14. Flake tantalum powder for manufacturing electrolytic capacitors

    HE Jilin; YANG Guoqi; PAN Luntao; LIU Hongdong; BAO Xifang


    The FTP200 flake tantalum powder was introduced.The microstructures of the powder with leaf-like primary particles having an average flakiness of 2 to 20 and porous agglomerated particles were observed.The chemical composition,physical properties,and electrical properties of the FTP200 powder were compared with those of the FTW300 nodular powder.The FTP200 powder is more sinter-resistant,and the surface area of the flake tantalum powder under sintering at high temperature has less loss than that of the nodular tantalum powder.The specific capacitance of the flake tantalum powder is higher than that of the nodular tantalum powder with the same surface area when anodized at high voltage,Thus,the flake tantalum powder is suitable for manufacturing tantalum solid electrolytic capacitors in the range of median and high (20-63 V) voltages.

  15. Effect of Er:YAG laser energy on the morphology of enamel/adhesive system interface

    Delfino, Carina Sinclér; Souza-Zaroni, Wanessa Christine; Corona, Silmara Aparecida Milori; Pécora, Jesus Djalma; Palma-Dibb, Regina Guenka


    The aim of this study was to evaluate in vitro the influence of Er:YAG laser energy variation to cavity preparation on the morphology of enamel/adhesive system interface, using SEM. Eighteen molars were used and the buccal surfaces were flattened without dentine exposure. The specimens were randomly assigned to two groups, according to the adhesive system (conventional total-etching or self-etching), and each group was divided into three subgroups (bur carbide in turbine of high rotation, Er:YAG laser 250 mJ/4 Hz and Er:YAG laser 300 mJ/4 Hz) containing six teeth each. The enamel/adhesive system interface was serially sectioned and prepared for SEM. The Er:YAG laser, in general, produced a more irregular adhesive interface than the control group. For Er:YAG laser 250 mJ there was formation of a more regular hybrid layer with good tag formation, mainly in the total-etching system. However, Er:YAG laser 300 mJ showed a more irregular interface with amorphous enamel and fused areas, for both adhesive systems. It was concluded that cavity preparation with Er:YAG laser influenced on the morphology of enamel/adhesive system interface and the tissual alterations were more evident when the energy was increased.

  16. Laser surface treatment of magnesium alloys with aluminium oxide powder

    L.A. Dobrzański


    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of this paper was to improve the magnesium cast alloys surface layer by laser surface treatment and to determine the laser treatment parameters.Design/methodology/approach: The laser treatment of magnesium alloys with alloying Al2O3 powder of the particle about 80μm was carried out using a high power diode laser (HPDL. The resulting microstructure in the modified surface layer was examined using scanning electron microscopy. Phase composition was determined by the X-ray diffraction method using the XPert device. The measurements of microhardness of the modified surface layer were also studied.Findings: The alloyed region has a fine microstructure with hard carbide particles. Microhardness of laser surface alloyed layer was significantly improved as compared to an alloy without laser treatment.Research limitations/implications: The investigations were conducted for cast magnesium alloys MCMgAl12Zn1, MCMgAl9Zn1, MCMgAl6Zn1, MCMgAl3Zn1 and Al2O3 powder of the particle size about 80 μm. One has used laser power in the range from 1.2to 2.0 kW.Practical implications: The results obtained in this investigation were promising comparing with the other conventional processes. High Power Diode Laser can be used as an economical substitute of Nd: YAG and CO2 to improve the surface magnesium alloy by feeding the carbide particles.Originality/value: The value of this paper is to define the influence of laser treatment parameters on quality, microstructure and microhardness of magnesium cast alloys surface layer.

  17. Laser Erbium: YAG no tratamento de nevos melanocíticos Erbium: YAG laser in treatment of acquired melanocytic nevi

    Mauricio Martins


    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTOS - Os nevos melanocíticos adquiridos são observados em grande parte da população e o resultado da sua excisão, dependendo da localização, extensão e fatores inerentes ao paciente, pode ser insatisfatório. OBJETIVO - Avaliar o uso do laser Erbium: YAG no tratamento de nevos melanocíticos adquiridos MÉTODOS - Foram selecionados nove pacientes, seis homens e três mulheres, brancos, com idade entre 20 e 60 anos e desejo de remover um nevo melanocítico composto no tronco. Metade do nevo foi tratada com laser, e a outra metade foi utilizada como controle. Após um mês da aplicação, foram avaliados a cicatrização, o resultado estético e a persistência de células névicas e melanina. RESULTADOS - Houve rápida cicatrização e ótimo resultado estético, no entanto, o exame histopatológico demonstrou a permanência de células névicas e melanina em sete e em nove das amostras examinadas, respectivamente. CONCLUSÃO - A utilização do laser Erbium:YAG, com os parâmetros utilizados neste estudo, não foi capaz de destruir completamente as células névicas melanocíticas e a melanina, não sendo, portanto, recomendada para o tratamento dessas lesões, dada a possibilidade de transformação maligna futura.BACKGROUND- Acquired melanocytic nevi are commonly found and the result of their excision may not be satisfactory depending on their location, extension and factors associated to the patient. OBJECTIVE - To evaluate the use of Erbium:YAG laser in treatment of acquired melanocytic nevi. METHOD - Nine white-skinned patients were selected, six men and three women with aged 20-60 years. All desired to remove one compound acquired melanocytic nevus on the trunk. Half of the nevi was treated with Erbium YAG laser while the remaining were used as control. One month after application, healing, aesthetic results and persistence of melanocytic cells and melanin were evaluated. RESULTS - All patients presented fast healing and

  18. Three-dimensional topographic scanning electron microscope and Raman spectroscopic analyses of the irradiation effect on teeth by Nd:YAG, Er: YAG, and CO(2) lasers.

    Yamada, Magda K; Uo, Motohiro; Ohkawa, Shoji; Akasaka, Tsukasa; Watari, Fumio


    A three-dimensional analyzer installed in a scanning electron microscope was used to evaluate the morphology and surface roughness using noncontact profilometry. Observations were carried out on the enamel and dentin surface irradiated by three different lasers: Nd:YAG (wavelength 1.06 microm), Er:YAG (2.94 microm), and CO(2) (10.6 microm). Spectroscopic analysis was done by Raman spectroscopy for nonirradiated and laser-irradiated surfaces. The lasers were applied perpendicularly to vertically sectioned and polished human extracted caries-free molars. The tooth was sectioned at each cavity for cross-section analysis after laser irradiation. Irradiation by Nd:YAG and CO(2) lasers of the enamel surface showed an opaque white color, different from dentin where the surface turned black. The Er:YAG laser induced no changes in color of the dentin. Numerous cracks associated with thermal stress were observed in the CO(2) laser-irradiated dentin. Noncontact surface profile analysis of Er:YAG laser-irradiated enamel and dentin showed the deepest cavities, and direct cross-sectional observations of them showed similar cavity outlines. The CO(2) laser-irradiated dentin had the least surface roughness. Raman spectroscopic analysis showed that fluorescence from the laser-irradiated tooth was generally greater than from nonirradiated teeth. Bands in dentin attributed to organic collagen matrix were lost after Nd:YAG and CO(2) laser irradiation, and a broad peak due to amorphous carbon appeared. The Er:YAG laser-irradiated dentin showed no sign of a carbon band and had more suitable results for dental ablation. Noncontact surface profile analysis was effective to evaluate the structural change in the tooth in the microarea of study after laser irradiation.

  19. Effect of nano-coated stencil on ultra-fine pitch printing

    Hoogar, Sharan

    The growing demand for compact handheld devices with increased functionality has posed new challenges to the electronics board assembly industry. The introduction of ultra-fine pitch components has elevated importance of the stencil printing process. The stencil printing process has been attributed to more than 50 percent of the total defects in Level 2 electronics assemblies as noted in many prior studies [Clouthier, 1997]. Achieving a good print can drastically reduce overall defects and rework costs. One of the major factors for a "good" print is the paste transfer efficiency (TE). TE is defined as the ratio of measured paste volume to the theoretical volume of the stencil aperture. The latest stencil technology available for ultra-fine pitch printing is the introduction of "nano-coated stencils". In this study, we will investigate the claim that a nano-coated stencil has better transfer efficiency than standard laser cut and electroformed stencils that lack this coating.

  20. Effect of ageing on tensile behavior of ultrafine grained Al 6061 alloy

    Rao, P. Nageswara [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering & Centre of Nanotechnology, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee 247667 (India); Singh, Dharmendra [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Government Engineering College, Bikaner 304001 (India); Brokmeier, Heinz-Günter [Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Max Planck Straße 1, Geb 33, D-21502 Geesthacht (Germany); Jayaganthan, R., E-mail: [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering & Centre of Nanotechnology, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee 247667 (India)


    In the present investigation, the ageing behavior of ultrafine grained (UFG) Al 6061 alloy, processed through multi-directional forging (MDF) at cryogenic temperature was investigated. The evolution of microstructure was investigated through transmission electron microscopy and electron back scattered diffraction technique. The results indicate that homogeneous microstructure with an ultrafine grain morphology (average size 250 nm) was achieved through cryogenic forging of the alloy subjected to prior solutionising treatment. Tensile testing at room temperature revealed that MDFed material after ageing led to significant improvement in work hardening and its tensile ductility. Strengthening of the matrix through various mechanisms has been quantified with the existing models to estimate the yield strength of the as forged and peak aged material. The precipitation hardening response in UFG material is found to be 35% lower than that of the coarse grained material as observed in the present work.