Sample records for control materials degradation

  1. Evaluation of thermal control materials degradation in simulated space environment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Marco, J.; Bhojaraj, H.; Hulyal, R.

    2003-09-01

    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been actively pursuing research and development of a host of materials to be used for its satellite and launch vehicle programs. A variety of thermal control materials have been developed in-house for use in 10-15 years in the LEO and GEO orbits. The present study was carried out [1] to evaluate the effect of synergistic radiation on the thermal control materials and verify the assumptions of BOL and EOL values of materials including White paints, second-surface mirrors, aluminized films of polyimide and polyester, White anodisation and Germanium tapes. The space environment simulation using UV, protons and electrons was carried out at ONERA using a combined radiation test facility. A long term test extending to over three months in vacuum was performed to simulate a three years exposure on the N-S panels in the geostationary orbit for a three axis stabilized spacecraft. Reflectance spectra were measured in-situ in the solar range (250-2500 nm) enabling the evaluation of initial air to vacuum transition effects and the final transition (nitrogen and air exposure effects). This is in addition to the investigation of the UV and particulate radiation induced degradation over three years, measured by steps of 0.5 year. Little spectral water desorption effect occurred during initial transition whereas large bleaching of degradation happened (e.g. in white paint) when the first nitrogen inlet was permitted during return to ambient atmospheric pressure. This bleaching effect increased on exposure to air and continued for one week. Specific spectral bleaching of degradations were observed in the infrared on some samples where UV provoked bleaching of previous step particles degradation. The solar absorptance values were deduced from the reflectance data. The degradation has been observed most in white paints and white anodisation while the second surface mirrors and aluminium paint have been quite stable. Empiric degradation models have been applied on the most degraded materials to extrapolate the degradation for long duration exposure. To complete the thermo-optical properties investigations, infrared emissivity measurements were performed in air at the beginning and end of test showing a good stability, except in the case of polyimide and FEP based thermal control materials.

  2. Evaluation of thermal control materials degradation in simulated space environment

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. Marco; H. Bhojaraj; R. Hulyal

    2003-01-01

    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been actively pursuing research and development of a host of materials to be used for its satellite and launch vehicle programs. A variety of thermal control materials have been developed in-house for use in 10-15 years in the LEO and GEO orbits. The present study was carried out [1] to evaluate the effect of

  3. Study of balloon and thermal control material degradation aboard LDEF

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Letton, Alan; Rock, Neil I.; Williams, Kevin D.; Strganac, Thomas

    1991-01-01

    The initial results of analysis performed on a number of polymeric materials which were exposed aboard the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) are discussed. These materials include two typical high altitude balloon films (a polyester and a polyethylene) and silver-backed Teflon from thermal control blanket samples. The techniques used for characterizing changes in mechanical properties, chemical structure and surface morphology include Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and dynamic mechanical analysis.

  4. Improved water chemistry controls for minimizing degradation of materials

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Sawochka

    1986-01-01

    The Electric Power Research Institute and the Steam Generator Owners Group have sponsored several efforts to develop secondary water chemistry guidelines to minimize pressurized water reactor (PWR) steam generator tubing degradation. To develop these guidelines, chemical species known to accelerate corrosion of Alloy 600 were identified, and values for normal and abnormal chemistry situations were established. For example, sodium hydroxide

  5. Degradation of thermal control materials under a simulated radiative space environment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sharma, A. K.; Sridhara, N.

    2012-11-01

    A spacecraft with a passive thermal control system utilizes various thermal control materials to maintain temperatures within safe operating limits. Materials used for spacecraft applications are exposed to harsh space environments such as ultraviolet (UV) and particle (electron, proton) irradiation and atomic oxygen (AO), undergo physical damage and thermal degradation, which must be considered for spacecraft thermal design optimization and cost effectiveness. This paper describes the effect of synergistic radiation on some of the important thermal control materials to verify the assumptions of beginning-of-life (BOL) and end-of-life (EOL) properties. Studies on the degradation in the optical properties (solar absorptance and infrared emittance) of some important thermal control materials exposed to simulated radiative geostationary space environment are discussed. The current studies are purely related to the influence of radiation on the degradation of the materials; other environmental aspects (e.g., thermal cycling) are not discussed. The thermal control materials investigated herein include different kind of second-surface mirrors, white anodizing, white paints, black paints, multilayer insulation materials, varnish coated aluminized polyimide, germanium coated polyimide, polyether ether ketone (PEEK) and poly tetra fluoro ethylene (PTFE). For this purpose, a test in the constant vacuum was performed reproducing a three year radiative space environment exposure, including ultraviolet and charged particle effects on North/South panels of a geostationary three-axis stabilized spacecraft. Reflectance spectra were measured in situ in the solar range (250-2500 nm) and the corresponding solar absorptance values were calculated. The test methodology and the degradations of the materials are discussed. The most important degradations among the low solar absorptance materials were found in the white paints whereas the rigid optical solar reflectors remained quite stable. Among the high solar absorptance elements, as such the change in the solar absorptance was very low, in particular the germanium coated polyimide was found highly stable.

  6. Degradation of Spacecraft Materials

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Dever, Joyce; Banks, Bruce; deGroh, Kim; Miller, Sharon

    2004-01-01

    This chapter includes descriptions of specific space environmental threats to exterior spacecraft materials. The scope will be confined to effects on exterior spacecraft surfaces, and will not, therefore, address environmental effects on interior spacecraft systems, such as electronics. Space exposure studies and laboratory simulations of individual and combined space environemntal threats will be summarized. A significant emphasis is placed on effects of Earth orbit environments, because the majority of space missions have been flown in Earth orbits which have provided a significant amount of data on materials effects. Issues associated with interpreting materials degradation results will be discussed, and deficiencies of ground testing will be identified. Recommendations are provided on reducing or preventing space environmental degradation through appropriate materials selection.

  7. LWR Aging Management Using a Proactive Approach to Control Materials Degradation

    SciTech Connect

    Bond, Leonard J.; Doctor, Steven R.; Cumblidge, Stephen E.; Bruemmer, Stephen M.; Taylor, W Boyd; Hull, Amy; Malik, Shah

    2009-05-12

    Material issues can be the limiting factor for the operation of nuclear power plants. There is growing interest in new and improved philosophies and methodolgies for plant life management, which include the migration from reliance on periodic inservice inspection to include condition-based maintenance. A further step in the development of plant management is the move from proactive responses based on ISI to become proactive, through the investigation of the potential for implementation of a proactive management of materials degradation program and its potential impact on the managements of LWRs

  8. Final report for the designed synthesis of controlled degradative materials LDRD

    SciTech Connect

    LOY,DOUGLAS A.; ULIBARRI,TAMARA A.; CURRO,JOHN G.; SAUNDERS,R.; DERZON,DORA K.; GUESS,TOMMY R.; BAUGHER,B.M.

    2000-02-01

    The main goal of this research was to develop degradable systems either by developing weaklink-containing polymers or identifying commercial polymeric systems which are easily degraded. In both cases, the degradation method involves environmentally friendly chemistries. The weaklinks are easily degradable fragments which are introduced either randomly or regularly in the polymer backbone or as crosslinking sites to make high molecular weight systems via branching. The authors targeted three general application areas: (1) non-lethal deterrents, (2) removable encapsulants, and (3) readily recyclable/environmentally friendly polymers for structural and thin film applications.

  9. Balloon materials degradation (S1006)

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Allen, D. H.

    1984-01-01

    The objective of this experiment is to assess the effects of long-term exposure of candidate balloon films, tapes, and lines to the hostile environment above the Earth's atmosphere. Degradation of mechanical and radiometric properties will be observed by a series of tests on exposed materials. The experiment is passive and will test candidate balloon films, tapes, and lines. The experiment will occupy one-third of a 3-in.-deep peripheral tray. Two additional identical sets of material will be prepared. The first set will be tested immediately and the second will be held in a controlled environment until the recovery of the samples placed on orbit. Tests will then be performed on this second set to determine any effects of aging. The specimens that are recovered from the Long Duration Exposure Facility will also be tested and the effects of long-duration exposure noted. In addition to these specimens, another set of specimens will be exposed at an accelerated exposure facility and the results will be compared with those of specimens exposed in situ.

  10. Methods for degrading lignocellulosic materials

    DOEpatents

    Vlasenko, Elena (Davis, CA); Cherry, Joel (Davis, CA); Xu, Feng (Davis, CA)

    2011-05-17

    The present invention relates to methods for degrading a lignocellulosic material, comprising: treating the lignocellulosic material with an effective amount of one or more cellulolytic enzymes in the presence of at least one surfactant selected from the group consisting of a secondary alcohol ethoxylate, fatty alcohol ethoxylate, nonylphenol ethoxylate, tridecyl ethoxylate, and polyoxyethylene ether, wherein the presence of the surfactant increases the degradation of lignocellulosic material compared to the absence of the surfactant. The present invention also relates to methods for producing an organic substance, comprising: (a) saccharifying a lignocellulosic material with an effective amount of one or more cellulolytic enzymes in the presence of at least one surfactant selected from the group consisting of a secondary alcohol ethoxylate, fatty alcohol ethoxylate, nonylphenol ethoxylate, tridecyl ethoxylate, and polyoxyethylene ether, wherein the presence of the surfactant increases the degradation of lignocellulosic material compared to the absence of the surfactant; (b) fermenting the saccharified lignocellulosic material of step (a) with one or more fermenting microorganisms; and (c) recovering the organic substance from the fermentation.

  11. Methods for degrading lignocellulosic materials

    DOEpatents

    Vlasenko, Elena (Davis, CA); Cherry, Joel (Davis, CA); Xu, Feng (Davis, CA)

    2008-04-08

    The present invention relates to methods for degrading a lignocellulosic material, comprising: treating the lignocellulosic material with an effective amount of one or more cellulolytic enzymes in the presence of at least one surfactant selected from the group consisting of a secondary alcohol ethoxylate, fatty alcohol ethoxylate, nonylphenol ethoxylate, tridecyl ethoxylate, and polyoxyethylene ether, wherein the presence of the surfactant increases the degradation of lignocellulosic material compared to the absence of the surfactant. The present invention also relates to methods for producing an organic substance, comprising: (a) saccharifying a lignocellulosic material with an effective amount of one or more cellulolytic enzymes in the presence of at least one surfactant selected from the group consisting of a secondary alcohol ethoxylate, fatty alcohol ethoxylate, nonylphenol ethoxylate, tridecyl ethoxylate, and polyoxyethylene ether, wherein the presence of the surfactant increases the degradation of lignocellulosic material compared to the absence of the surfactant; (b) fermenting the saccharified lignocellulosic material of step (a) with one or more fermentating microoganisms; and (c) recovering the organic substance from the fermentation.

  12. Comparison Study of Combined and Single Space Environmental Degradation Effects on Thermal Control Materials

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Weiquan Feng; Yigang Ding; Dekui Yan; Xuechao Liu; Wei Wang; Dongmei Li

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents a comparison study of single and combined space environmental effects by electrons, protons and near ultraviolet (NUV) radiation on thermal control coatings. The space environment includes many hazardous factors. Because of synergistic effects among different environmental factors and the expensive nature of the open space experiments, ground-based combined environmental test methods are necessary to simulate orbital environmental

  13. Degradation of FEP thermal control materials returned from the Hubble Space Telescope

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Zuby, Thomas M.; Degroh, Kim K.; Smith, Daniela C.

    1995-01-01

    After an initial 3.6 years of space flight, the Hubble Space Telescope was serviced through a joint effort with the NASA and the European Space Agency. Multi-layer insulation (MLI) was retrieved from the electronics boxes of the two magnetic sensing systems (MSS), also called the magnetometers, and from the returned solar array (SA-I) drive arm assembly. The top layer of each MLI assembly is fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP, a type of Teflon). Dramatic changes in material properties were observed when comparing areas of high solar fluence to areas of low solar fluence. Cross sectional analysis shows atomic oxygen (AO) erosion values up to 25.4 mu m (1 mil). Greater occurrences of through-thickness cracking and surface microcracking were observed in areas of high solar exposure. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) showed increases in surface microhardness measurements with increasing solar exposure. Decreases in FEP tensile strength and elongation were measured when compared to non-flight material. Erosion yield and tensile results are compared with FEP data from the Long Duration Exposure Facility. AO erosion yield data, solar fluence values, contamination, micrometeoroid or debris impact sites, and optical properties are presented.

  14. Screening of fluorinated materials degrading microbes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Noritaka Iwai; Rie Sakai; Sakiko Tsuchida; Mami Kitazume; Tomoya Kitazume

    2009-01-01

    Isolation of bacterial strains capable of degrading fluorinated materials was described. 8 strains of Actinobacteria exhibited degradability of ethyl difluoroacetate (DFAc) was accumulated by bacteria, giving difluoroacetic acid and then fluoride ion. Further, 13 strains of Actinobacteria exhibited degradability of fluorobenzene and\\/or benzotrifluoride. In batch culture, growth of strains on fluorinated materials led to the release of fluoride ion.

  15. Environmental degradation using functionally graded material approach

    E-print Network

    Sevostianov, Igor

    Environmental degradation using functionally graded material approach I. Sevostianov a,*, N to manufacture aircraft components. Dexter found that the damage or degradation depended on the type of material, Durban 4041, South Africa Abstract Attempts to model the degradation of polymer composites have been

  16. A syntactic approach applied to materials degradation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Domenico Vitulano

    1999-01-01

    This paper describes a first attempt, based on images, for classifying degradation kinds of materials of buildings of historical importance. In this way, we are able to both recognize if a given shape is relative to a material degradation and produce visual simulations of further degradation.

  17. Products from Lignocellulosic Materials via Degradation Processes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. Demirbas

    2007-01-01

    Products from lignicellulosic materials by degradation processes are reviewed based on the results of some investigations. Biomass provides a potential source of added value chemicals, such as reducing sugars, furfural, ethanol and other products by using biochemical or chemical and thermochemical. The initial degradation reactions include depolymerization, hydrolysis, oxidation, dehydration, and decarboxylation. The gas phase of pyrolitic degradation products contain

  18. Degradation of Materials in Combustion Environments

    E-print Network

    Robbins, J. M.; Federer, J. I.; Parks, W. P. Jr.; Reid, J. S.

    Degradation mechanisms in conventional refratories, structural ceramics, and metallic alloys were revealed by examination of materials exposed to industrial and synthetic flue gases. Deterioration of refractory oxides and oxide structural ceramics...

  19. Material transport and degradation behavior of SOFC interconnects

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Natsuko Sakai; Teruhisa Horita; Katsuhiko Yamaji; Yue Ping Xiong; Haruo Kishimoto; Manuel E. Brito; Harumi Yokokawa

    2006-01-01

    The SOFC interconnect materials, both lanthanum chromite based oxides and Fe–Cr ferritic alloys, are discussed from the viewpoint of material transport which causes the degradation in conductivity or chemical stability. The controlling factors, such as effect of oxygen chemical potential gradient, interaction with other cell components, and surrounding gaseous atmospheres are evaluated. The role grain boundary is important in the

  20. Material Corrion/Degradation Database

    SciTech Connect

    Kinkead, S.A.

    1999-07-08

    The corrosion of a variety of structural metals and materials is presented. Data on specific material--and for well-studied agents--has been abstracted from the corrosion literature. In addition, limited data on one superacid (so-called ''Magic Acid,'' a mixture of 100% fluorosulfonic acid, HSO{sub 3}F, with 25% (w/w) of antimony pentafluoride (SbF{sub 5}) added) is tabulated.

  1. Elastomer degradation sensor using a piezoelectric material

    DOEpatents

    Olness, Dolores U. (Livermore, CA); Hirschfeld, deceased, Tomas B. (late of Livermore, CA)

    1990-01-01

    A method and apparatus for monitoring the degradation of elastomeric materials is provided. Piezoelectric oscillators are placed in contact with the elastomeric material so that a forced harmonic oscillator with damping is formed. The piezoelectric material is connected to an oscillator circuit,. A parameter such as the resonant frequency, amplitude or Q value of the oscillating system is related to the elasticity of the elastomeric material. Degradation of the elastomeric material causes changes in its elasticity which, in turn, causes the resonant frequency, amplitude or Q of the oscillator to change. These changes are monitored with a peak height monitor, frequency counter, Q-meter, spectrum analyzer, or other measurement circuit. Elasticity of elastomers can be monitored in situ, using miniaturized sensors.

  2. Self-degradable Cementitious Sealing Materials

    SciTech Connect

    Sugama, T.; Butcher, T., Lance Brothers, Bour, D.

    2010-10-01

    A self-degradable alkali-activated cementitious material consisting of a sodium silicate activator, slag, Class C fly ash, and sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) additive was formulated as one dry mix component, and we evaluated its potential in laboratory for use as a temporary sealing material for Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) wells. The self-degradation of alkali-activated cementitious material (AACM) occurred, when AACM heated at temperatures of {ge}200 C came in contact with water. We interpreted the mechanism of this water-initiated self-degradation as resulting from the in-situ exothermic reactions between the reactants yielded from the dissolution of the non-reacted or partially reacted sodium silicate activator and the thermal degradation of the CMC. The magnitude of self-degradation depended on the CMC content; its effective content in promoting degradation was {ge}0.7%. In contrast, no self-degradation was observed from CMC-modified Class G well cement. For 200 C-autoclaved AACMs without CMC, followed by heating at temperatures up to 300 C, they had a compressive strength ranging from 5982 to 4945 psi, which is {approx}3.5-fold higher than that of the commercial Class G well cement; the initial- and final-setting times of this AACM slurry at 85 C were {approx}60 and {approx}90 min. Two well-formed crystalline hydration phases, 1.1 nm tobermorite and calcium silicate hydrate (I), were responsible for developing this excellent high compressive strength. Although CMC is an attractive, as a degradation-promoting additive, its addition to both the AACM and the Class G well cement altered some properties of original cementitious materials; among those were an extending their setting times, an increasing their porosity, and lowering their compressive strength. Nevertheless, a 0.7% CMC-modified AACM as self-degradable cementitious material displayed the following properties before its breakdown by water; {approx}120 min initial- and {approx}180 min final-setting times at 85 C, and 1825 to 1375 psi compressive strength with 51.2 to 55.0% porosity up to 300 C.

  3. Stressed environmental degradation of automotive composite materials

    SciTech Connect

    Henshaw, J.M.; Meyer, L.J. [Univ. of Tulsa, OK (United States); Houston, D.Q.; Hagerman, E.M.

    1997-12-31

    The degradation of mechanical properties due to exposure to various automotive environments during constant stress or constant strain loading is investigated. Two composites are studied. Each is a polyurethane reinforced with continuous strand E-glass mat, manufactured by the SRIM process. Novel fixtures apply tensile loads to dogbone-specimens while exposed to automotive fluids. After 300 hours, the specimens are tensile tested to failure in air. The effects of five fluids: distilled water, windshield washer fluid, brake fluid, gasoline, and sulfuric acid are examined on the first material. Extensive testing of both materials in distilled water gives a good comparison of the two materials and the effects of loading. Degradation in mechanical properties typically increases with stress level but is independent of the type of loading. This result is discussed in terms of damage and deformation mechanisms in the material.

  4. Energetic oxygen atom material degradation studies

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Caledonia, George E.; Krech, Robert H.

    1987-01-01

    As part of a study designed to test potential Shuttle surface materials for the extents of degradation and mass loss expected to be suffered in space from the velocity impacts of ambient oxygen atoms, a novel technique was developed for generation of a high flux of energetic oxygen atoms. The generation technique involves laser-induced breakdown of molecular oxygen followed by a rapid expansion of energetic oxygen atoms. The high-velocity streams developed in an evacuated hypersonic nozzle have average O-atom velocities of about 5 to 13 km/s, with an estimated total production of 10 to the 18th atoms per pulse over pulse durations of several microseconds. Results on preliminary material degradation tests conducted with this test facility have been reported by Caledonia et al. (1987). Diagrams of the experimental setup are included.

  5. Characterization of thermally degraded energetic materials

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. M. Renlund; J. C. Miller; W. M. Trott; K. L. Erickson; M. L. Hobbs; R. G. Schmitt; G. W. Wellman; M. R. Baer

    1997-01-01

    Characterization of the damage state of a thermally degraded energetic material (EM) is a critical first step in understanding and predicting cookoff behavior. Unfortunately, the chemical and mechanical responses of heated EMs are closely coupled, especially if the EM is confined. The authors have examined several EMs in small-scale experiments (typically 200 mg) heated in both constant-volume and constant-load configurations.

  6. Mechanisms of atomic oxygen induced materials degradation

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Pippin, H. G.

    1989-01-01

    This paper includes discussions of mechanisms by which atomic oxygen may attack materials being flown in low earth orbit (LEO), suggestions for development of materials intrinsically resistant to the harsh LEO environment, and results of an Arrhenius fit to mass loss of Kapton under exposure to thermal atomic oxygen in a laboratory environment. Oxygen atoms are powerful oxidizing agents which can rapidly degrade many types of polymeric materials. The process details depend upon the specific material, its detailed bonding, the thermodynamic stability of potential products, temperature, and particle dynamics. With regard to spacecraft, many effects associated with atomic oxygen may be explained simply by ordinary thermal oxidation processes and by the fact that the oxygen has a preferred direction of impingement.

  7. Tuning the Degradation Profiles of Poly(l-lactide)-Based Materials through Miscibility

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    The effective use of biodegradable polymers relies on the ability to control the onset of and time needed for degradation. Preferably, the material properties should be retained throughout the intended time frame, and the material should degrade in a rapid and controlled manner afterward. The degradation profiles of polyester materials were controlled through their miscibility. Systems composed of PLLA blended with poly[(R,S)-3-hydroxybutyrate] (a-PHB) and polypropylene adipate (PPA) with various molar masses were prepared through extrusion. Three different systems were used: miscible (PLLA/a-PHB5 and PLLA/a-PHB20), partially miscible (PLLA/PPA5/comp and PLLA/PPA20/comp), and immiscible (PLLA/PPA5 and PLLA/PPA20) blends. These blends and their respective homopolymers were hydrolytically degraded in water at 37 °C for up to 1 year. The blends exhibited entirely different degradation profiles but showed no diversity between the total degradation times of the materials. PLLA presented a two-stage degradation profile with a rapid decrease in molar mass during the early stages of degradation, similar to the profile of PLLA/a-PHB5. PLLA/a-PHB20 presented a single, constant linear degradation profile. PLLA/PPA5 and PLLA/PPA20 showed completely opposing degradation profiles relative to PLLA, exhibiting a slow initial phase and a rapid decrease after a prolonged degradation time. PLLA/PPA5/comp and PLLA/PPA20/comp had degradation profiles between those of the miscible and the immiscible blends. The molar masses of the materials were approximately the same after 1 year of degradation despite their different profiles. The blend composition and topographical images captured at the last degradation time point demonstrate that the blending component was not leached out during the period of study. The hydrolytic stability of degradable polyester materials can be tailored to obtain different and predetermined degradation profiles for future applications. PMID:24279455

  8. Characterization of thermally degraded energetic materials

    SciTech Connect

    Renlund, A.M.; Miller, J.C.; Trott, W.M.; Erickson, K.L.; Hobbs, M.L.; Schmitt, R.G.; Wellman, G.W.; Baer, M.R.

    1997-12-31

    Characterization of the damage state of a thermally degraded energetic material (EM) is a critical first step in understanding and predicting cookoff behavior. Unfortunately, the chemical and mechanical responses of heated EMs are closely coupled, especially if the EM is confined. The authors have examined several EMs in small-scale experiments (typically 200 mg) heated in both constant-volume and constant-load configurations. Fixtures were designed to minimize free volume and to contain gas pressures to several thousand psi. The authors measured mechanical forces or displacements that correlated to thermal expansion, phase transitions, material creep and gas pressurization as functions of temperature and soak time. In addition to these real-time measurements, samples were recovered for postmortem examination, usually with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and chemical analysis. The authors present results on EMs (HMX and TATB), with binders (e.g., PBX 9501, PBX 9502, LX-14) and propellants (Al/AP/HTPB).

  9. O-atom degradation mechanisms of materials

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Coulter, Daniel R.; Liang, Ranty H.; Chung, Shirley Y.; Smith, Keri Oda; Gupta, Amitava

    1987-01-01

    The low Earth orbit environment is described and the critical issues relating to oxygen atom degradation are discussed. Some analytic techniques for studying the problem and preliminary results on the underlying degradation mechanisms are presented.

  10. Space simulation test for thermal control materials

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Hardgrove, W. R.

    1990-01-01

    Tests were run in TRW's Combined Environment Facility to examine the degradation of thermal control materials in a simulated space environment. Thermal control materials selected for the test were those presently being used on spacecraft or predicted to be used within the next few years. The geosynchronous orbit environment was selected as the most interesting. One of the goals was to match degradation of those materials with available flight data. Another aim was to determine if degradation can adequately be determined with accelerated or short term ground tests.

  11. Apollo 9 thermal-control-coating degradation

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Smith, J. A.

    1972-01-01

    Analytical studies, ground-test data, and flight data before 1967 indicated that degradation of Apollo thermal-control coatings could be expected, possibly to an extent requiring spacecraft design changes to accomplish the worst-case lunar-landing mission. On the Apollo 9 mission, specimens of Apollo thermal-control coatings were retrieved by the astronauts during the extravehicular activity. These specimens were the first to be returned to earth from space unaffected by entry conditions. Subsequent measurements of the thermophysical properties (solar absorptance and hemispherical emittance) of the thermal-control-sample coatings revealed degradation levels well within the design capability of the Apollo spacecraft.

  12. Geochemistry Model Validation Report: Material Degradation and Release Model

    SciTech Connect

    H. Stockman

    2001-09-28

    The purpose of this Analysis and Modeling Report (AMR) is to validate the Material Degradation and Release (MDR) model that predicts degradation and release of radionuclides from a degrading waste package (WP) in the potential monitored geologic repository at Yucca Mountain. This AMR is prepared according to ''Technical Work Plan for: Waste Package Design Description for LA'' (Ref. 17). The intended use of the MDR model is to estimate the long-term geochemical behavior of waste packages (WPs) containing U. S . Department of Energy (DOE) Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) codisposed with High Level Waste (HLW) glass, commercial SNF, and Immobilized Plutonium Ceramic (Pu-ceramic) codisposed with HLW glass. The model is intended to predict (1) the extent to which criticality control material, such as gadolinium (Gd), will remain in the WP after corrosion of the initial WP, (2) the extent to which fissile Pu and uranium (U) will be carried out of the degraded WP by infiltrating water, and (3) the chemical composition and amounts of minerals and other solids left in the WP. The results of the model are intended for use in criticality calculations. The scope of the model validation report is to (1) describe the MDR model, and (2) compare the modeling results with experimental studies. A test case based on a degrading Pu-ceramic WP is provided to help explain the model. This model does not directly feed the assessment of system performance. The output from this model is used by several other models, such as the configuration generator, criticality, and criticality consequence models, prior to the evaluation of system performance. This document has been prepared according to AP-3.10Q, ''Analyses and Models'' (Ref. 2), and prepared in accordance with the technical work plan (Ref. 17).

  13. Degradation of Spacecraft Materials in the Space Environment

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Miller, Sharon K. R.; Banks, Bruce A.

    2010-01-01

    When we think of space, we typically think of a vacuum containing very little matter that lies between the Earth and other planetary and stellar bodies. However, the space above Earth's breathable atmosphere and beyond contains many things that make designing durable spacecraft a challenge. Depending on where the spacecraft is flyng, it may encounter atomic oxygen, ultraviolet and other forms of radiation, charged particles, micrormeteoroids and debris, and temperature extremes. These environments on their own and in combination can cause degradation and failure of polymers, composites, paints and other materials used on the exterior of spacecraft for thermal control, structure, and power generation. This article briefly discusses and gives examples of some of the degradation experienced on spacecraft and night experiments as a result of the space environment and the use of ground and space data to predict durability.

  14. Thermal Fatigue Material Degradation of Caster Rolls' Surface Layers

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. Yasniy; P. Maruschak; Y. Lapusta; V. Hlado; D. Baran

    2008-01-01

    Degradation of surface layers of continuous caster rolls under service conditions is studied. The roll material is steel 25 Kh1M1F. A statistical analysis of size, orientation and distribution of surface cracks is carried out. Microhardness measurements are performed and structural degradation of the material surface layers is evaluated as a function of the distance to the roll surface. It is

  15. Starch-Based Foamed Materials—Use and Degradation Properties

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Karl F. Tiefenbacher

    1993-01-01

    Many discussions on packaging lead to undue expectations regarding the usability of degradable materials. There is also considerable misuse of the term “biodegradable.” The manufacture of a new foamed material based on native starch is discussed. The structure forms by water evaporation and gelatinization of starch during a molding and heating step. Typical applications are shown. Composting tests confirm degradation

  16. Applications of nonlinear ultrasonics to the NDE of material degradation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Kyung-Young Jhang

    2000-01-01

    Nonlinear ultrasonics is suggested as a new approach for the effective evaluation of material degradation. As its quantification, the parameter ? is introduced on the basis of nonlinear elasticity, and a new method to measure the parameter ? using bispectral analysis is proposed. Then, the correlation between ? and material degradation is investigated. From the results for several mild steel

  17. An Automatic Classification of Materials Degradation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. Moltedo; D. Vitulano

    1998-01-01

    A novel model to achieve a mathematical formalismfor an automatic classification of materialsdegradation kinds is proposed. In the imageanalysis phase, wavelet transform local maximaare computed in order to detect the degradationshapes edges. In the second phase, at first, theshapes are encoded by the chain code and, then, agrammar is found to describe degradation kinds.Finally, for simulating further degradation processes,we are

  18. MATERIALS MANAGEMENT MATERIALS MANAGEMENT -INVENTORY CONTROL

    E-print Network

    Oliver, Douglas L.

    MATERIALS MANAGEMENT MATERIALS MANAGEMENT - INVENTORY CONTROL Record of Property Transferred from. DEPARTMENT HEAD ______ ___________________________________ 4. MM INVENTORY CONTROL MANAGEMENT ______ ___________________________________ 3. HOSPITAL DIRECTOR (If Applies) ______ IF YOU NEED

  19. AGING MANAGEMENT USING PROACTIVE MANAGEMENT OF MATERIALS DEGRADATION

    SciTech Connect

    Doctor, S. R.; Bond, L. J.; Cumblidge, S. E.; Bruemmer, S. M.; Taylor, W. B. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA 99352 (United States); Carpenter, C. E.; Hull, A. B.; Malik, S. N. [U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington D.C. 20555-0001 (United States)

    2010-02-22

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has undertaken a program to lay the technical foundations for defining proactive actions to manage degradation of materials in light water reactors. The current focus is existing plants; however, if applied to new construction, there is potential to better monitor and manage plants throughout their life cycle. This paper discusses the NRC's Proactive Management of Materials Degradation program and its application to nuclear power plant structures, systems, and components.

  20. Aging Management using Proactive Management of Materials Degradation

    SciTech Connect

    Doctor, Steven R.; Bond, Leonard J.; Cumblidge, Stephen E.; Bruemmer, Stephen M.; Taylor, W Boyd; Carpenter, C. E. (Gene); Hull, Amy B.; Malik, Shah

    2010-10-01

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has undertaken a program to lay the technical foundations for defining proactive actions to manage degradation of materials in light water reactors (LWRs). The current focus is existing plants; however, if applied to new construction, there is potential to better monitor and manage plants throughout their life cycle. This paper discusses the NRC’s Proactive Management of Materials Degradation (PMMD) program and its application to nuclear power plant structures, systems, and components (SSC).

  1. Radiation degradation of plastic insulating materials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bartoní?ek, B.; Hnát, V.; Janovský, I.; Pejša, R.

    1995-02-01

    Several types of polymeric compounds, used as insulating and sheathing materials of cables, were subjected to accelerated thermal and radiation ageing and to LOCA test. The stability of materials was evaluated via their mechanical properties, namely strain at break.

  2. Material degradation detection by ultrasonic decay constant measurement

    SciTech Connect

    Maeda, Noriyoshi; Yamaguchi, Atsunori; Sugibayashi, Takuya [Japan Power Engineering and Inspection Corp., Yokohama (Japan). JAPEIC Research Center

    1995-12-01

    Structural materials used in a nuclear power plant may be degraded mainly by fatigue, neutron irradiation embrittlement or thermal embrittlement. in order to improve the availability and reliability of a nuclear power plant, it is especially advantageous to detect nondestructively the degradation as early as possible and to prevent possible failures. Measurement of change of ultrasonic decay constant has been proposed as promising degradation detection method. In this study, measurement of frequency dependence of decay constant of ultrasonic wave during propagation in materials is introduced. By exciting an EMAT (electromagnetic ultrasonic transducer) with sine burst wave and processing the ringing signals with a superheterodyne phase sensitive detector, decay constant is measured at the resonance frequency for platetype test specimen. Based on these results, it was confirmed that the relation between frequency and decay constant varied with the degree of material degradation and also with the amplitude of residual stress.

  3. Material degradation detection by ultrasonic decay constant measurement

    SciTech Connect

    Maeda, N.; Sugibayashi, T.; Yamaguchi, A. [Japan Power Engineering and Inspection Corp., Yokohama (Japan)

    1995-08-01

    Structural materials used in a nuclear power plant may be degraded mainly by fatigue, neutron irradiation embrittlement or thermal embrittlement in case of duplex stainless steel. In order to improve the availability and reliability off a nuclear power plant, it is especially advantageous to detect the degradation as early as possible and to prevent possible failures. Measurement of change of ultrasonic velocity, decay constant or scattering characteristics have been proposed as degradation detection method using ultrasonic wave. In this study, measurement of frequency dependence of decay constant of ultrasonic wave during propagation in materials is introduced. By exiting an EMAT (electromagnetic ultrasonic transducers) with sine burst wave and processing the ringing signals with a superheterodyne phase sensitive detector, decay constant is measured at the resonance frequency for platetype test piece. Based on this results, it was confirmed that the relation between frequency and decay constant varied with the degree of material degradation.

  4. Degradation of experimental composite materials and in vitro wear simulation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Givan, Daniel Allen

    2001-12-01

    The material, mechanical, and clinical aspects of surface degradation of resin composite dental restorative materials by in vitro wear simulation continues to be an area of active research. To investigate wear mechanisms, a series of experimental resin composites with variable and controlled filler particle shape and loading were studied by in vitro wear simulation. The current investigation utilized a simulation that isolated the wear environment, entrapped high and low modulus debris, and evaluated the process including machine and fluid flow dynamics. The degradation was significantly affected by filler particle shape and less by particle loading. The spherical particle composites demonstrated wear loss profiles suggesting an optimized filler loading may exist. This was also demonstrated by the trends in the mechanical properties. Very little difference in magnitude was noted for the wear of irregular particle composites as a function of particulate size; and as a group they were more wear resistant than spherical particle composites. This was the result of different mechanisms of wear that were correlated with the three-dimensional particle shape. The abrasive effects of the aggregate particles and the polymeric stabilization of the irregular shape versus the destabilization and "plucking" of the spherical particles resulted in an unprotected matrix that accounted for significantly greater wear of spherical composite. A model and analysis was developed to explain the events associated with the progressive material wear loss. The initial phase was explained by fatigue-assisted microcracking and loss of material segments in a zone of high stress immediately beneath a point of high stress contact. The early phase was characterized by the development of a small facet primarily by fatigue-assisted microcracking. Although the translation effects were minimal, some three-body and initial two-body wear events were also present. In the late phases, the abrasive effects of the debris aggregate predominated the wear process. The non-linear rate of wear loss was accelerated as the facet deepened. Physical effects, such as thermal fatigue, and chemical effects were less important but contributed to the degradation process. This study provides new insight into the role(s) of high modulus third body debris in the wear of dental composites.

  5. Overview of environmental materials degradation in light-water reactors

    Microsoft Academic Search

    H. I. Shaaban; P. Wu

    1986-01-01

    This report provides a brief overview of analyses and conclusions reported in published literature regarding environmentally induced degradation of materials in operating light-water reactors. It is intended to provide a synopsis of subjects of concern rather than to address a licensing basis for any newly discovered problems related to reactor materials.

  6. Material degradation under DEMO relevant neutron fluences

    Microsoft Academic Search

    N. Baluc

    2009-01-01

    In fusion power reactors, the plasma facing and breeding-blanket components will suffer intense irradiation by 14 MeV neutrons. These high-energy fusion neutrons will produce atomic displacement cascades and nuclear transmutation reactions inside the irradiated materials, and these will result in important radiation damage and effects. In the present paper, typical examples of radiation damage and effects on candidate materials for

  7. ER protein quality control and proteasome-mediated protein degradation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jeffrey L. Brodsky; Ardythe A. McCracken

    1999-01-01

    A variety of mutant polypeptides that are associated with human disease are targeted for degradation by an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) quality control system. In addition, physiological signals and viral gene products can target the degradation of several ER resident proteins and secreted proteins passing through the ER. Although the mechanism of protein quality control and the site of degradation were

  8. Storage life of parachutes -- long time material degradation

    SciTech Connect

    Ericksen, R.H.; Whinery, L.D.

    1995-04-01

    This study considers the long-time storage of single-use nylon and Kevlar{reg_sign} parachutes. The authors present data from a 29-year-old nylon parachute, and nylon and Kevlar{reg_sign} test samples stored 14 years under ambient conditions in the absence of sunlight. They compare the results with existing predictions of parachute material degradation and other aging data. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses were preformed on Nylon and Kevlar{reg_sign} fabrics that were degraded by elevated temperature aging. The results suggest that this technique should be further examined as a {open_quotes}non-destructive{close_quotes} method of detecting degradation.

  9. Degradation of Materials in Combustion Environments 

    E-print Network

    Robbins, J. M.; Federer, J. I.; Parks, W. P. Jr.; Reid, J. S.

    1986-01-01

    of Alternate Fuels Refractory Test Facility Test 3: Part 2. Analysis of Magnesia- and Alumina-Based Dense Refractories Exposed to the Combustion Products of No.6 Residual Oil," ORNL/TM-7284, July 1980. [19J G. C. Wei and V. J. Tennery, "Evaluation... installed in industrial INTRODUCTION furnaces for planned retrieval, (3) a special test furnace, and (4) laboratory furnaces. Most Refractory materials and metallic alloys in industrial furnaces are production facilities. The high...

  10. Materials Degradation and Detection (MD2): Deep Dive Final Report

    SciTech Connect

    McCloy, John S.; Montgomery, Robert O.; Ramuhalli, Pradeep; Meyer, Ryan M.; Hu, Shenyang Y.; Li, Yulan; Henager, Charles H.; Johnson, Bradley R.

    2013-02-01

    An effort is underway at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to develop a fundamental and general framework to foster the science and technology needed to support real-time monitoring of early degradation in materials used in the production of nuclear power. The development of such a capability would represent a timely solution to the mounting issues operators face with materials degradation in nuclear power plants. The envisioned framework consists of three primary and interconnected “thrust” areas including 1) microstructural science, 2) behavior assessment, and 3) monitoring and predictive capabilities. A brief state-of-the-art assessment for each of these core technology areas is discussed in the paper.

  11. Quantitative evaluation of material degradation by Barkhausen noise method

    SciTech Connect

    Yamaguchi, Atsunori; Maeda, Noriyoshi; Sugibayashi, Takuya [Japan Power Engineering and Inspection Corporation, Yokohama (Japan). JAPEIC Research Center

    1995-12-01

    Evaluation the life of nuclear power plant becomes inevitable to extend the plant operating period. This paper applied the magnetic method using Barkhausen noise (BHN) to detect the degradation by fatigue and thermal aging. Low alloy steel (SA 508 cl.2) was fatigued at the strain amplitudes of {+-}1% and {+-}0.4%, and duplex stainless steel (SCS14A) was heated at 400 C for a long period (thermal aging). For the degraded material by thermal aging, BHN was measured and good correlation between magnetic properties and absorption energy of the material was obtained. For fatigued material, BHNM was measured at each predetermined cycle and the effect of stress or strain of the material when it measured was evaluated, and good correlation between BHN and fatigue damage ratio was obtained.

  12. Materials Degradation in Light Water Reactors: Life After 60,???

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jeremy T Busby; Randy K Nanstad; Roger E Stoller; Zhili Feng; Dan J Naus

    2008-01-01

    Nuclear reactors present a very harsh environment for components service. Components within a reactor core must tolerate high temperature water, stress, vibration, and an intense neutron field. Degradation of materials in this environment can lead to reduced performance, and in some cases, sudden failure. A recent EPRI-led study interviewed 47 US nuclear utility executives to gauge perspectives on long-term operation

  13. Aging Management Using Proactive Management of Materials Degradation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Steven R; Leonard J. Bond; Stephen E. Cumblidge; Stephen M. Bruemmer; W Boyd Taylor; C. E. Carpenter; Amy B. Hull; Shah Malik

    2010-01-01

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has undertaken a program to lay the technical foundations for defining proactive actions to manage degradation of materials in light water reactors. The current focus is existing plants; however, if applied to new construction, there is potential to better monitor and manage plants throughout their life cycle. This paper discusses the NRC's Proactive Management

  14. AGING MANAGEMENT USING PROACTIVE MANAGEMENT OF MATERIALS DEGRADATION

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. J. Bond; S. E. Cumblidge; S. M. Bruemmer; W. B. Taylor; C. E. Carpenter; A. B. Hull; S. N. Malik

    2010-01-01

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has undertaken a program to lay the technical foundations for defining proactive actions to manage degradation of materials in light water reactors. The current focus is existing plants; however, if applied to new construction, there is potential to better monitor and manage plants throughout their life cycle. This paper discusses the NRC’s Proactive Management

  15. Mapping of urban material degradation from available data

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. E. Haagenrud; J. F. Henriksen; T. Skancke

    1995-01-01

    An assessment study of air quality and metallic material degradation was carried out in the Sarpsborg\\/Fredrikstad region in 1982–83. Based on air quality modelling, the developed dose-response function for steel was also modelled and mapped for the region (Haagenrud et al., 1985). This type of modelling can now be improved.

  16. Evaluation of material degradation using nonlinear acoustic effect

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Kyung-Young Jhang; Kyung-Cho Kim

    1999-01-01

    A method to measure the nonlinear effect of ultrasonic waves is suggested as a new approach for the effective evaluation of material degradation. In sonic wave propagation, nonlinear effect can be interpreted as the generation of higher order harmonic waves. The generation mechanism of higher order harmonic components due to nonlinear effect is firstly explained using nonlinear elasticity. Next, we

  17. Numerical simulation of cementitious materials degradation under external sulfate attack

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Sarkar; S. Mahadevan; J. C. L. Meeussen; H. van der Sloot; D. S. Kosson

    2010-01-01

    A numerical methodology is proposed in this paper to simulate the degradation of cementitious materials under external sulfate attack. The methodology includes diffusion of ions in and out of the structure, chemical reactions which lead to dissolution and precipitation of solids, and mechanical damage accumulation using a continuum damage mechanics approach. Diffusion of ions is assumed to occur under a

  18. DERIVATION OF DAMAGE FUNCTIONS FOR ATMOSPHERIC DEGRADATION OF MATERIALS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The information in the pape is directed to those who develop and use damage functions which relate atmospheric degradation of materials to various causal agents in the atmosphere. Such relationships must be quantified mathematically as part of the overall cost-benefit considerati...

  19. Material degradation assessment for stiffened composite shells using metamodelling approach

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Kaspars Kalnins; Rolands Rikards; Janis Auzins

    The intense interest coming from the aerospace industry indicates the need of safe exploitation of composite materials in\\u000a stiffened shell structures. Since stiffened shells are far most consumed structural component, it is important to study the\\u000a behaviour of material degradation to evaluate the safe design guidelines. Moreover, current numerical procedures cannot simulate\\u000a the collapse of stiffened shells with sufficient reliability

  20. Probabilistic material degradation under high temperature, fatigue, and creep

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Boyce, L.

    1993-01-01

    A methodology has been developed and embodied in two computer codes for quantitatively characterizing the material strength degradation of aerospace propulsion system structural components that are subjected to various random effects over the course of their service lives. The codes, PROMISS and PROMISC, constitute a material-resistance model that is used in the NESSUS aerospace structural-reliability program. NESSUS addresses the service life-reducing effects of high temperature, mechanical fatigue, and creep.

  1. Experimental characterization of material degradation of solder joint under fatigue loading

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hong Tang; Cemal Basaran

    2002-01-01

    Thermal fatigue damage is a progressive process of material degradation. The objective of this study is to experimentally quantify the material degradation of solder joint in electronic BGA package under thermal fatigue loading. Elastic modulus degradation under thermal cycling, which is considered as a physically detectable quantity of material degradation, was measured by nano-indenter. It was compared with tendency of

  2. SnO 2-based materials for pesticide degradation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Geoffroy R. P. Malpass; Douglas W. Miwa; Sérgio A. S. Machado; Artur J. Motheo

    2010-01-01

    This study presents the results of the degradation of the pesticide atrazine using electrochemical and photo-assisted electrochemical degradation techniques using SnO2-containing electrode of nominal composition electrodes of composition Ti\\/RuXSn1?XO2 (where X=0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25 and 0.30). The materials were characterized ex situ and in situ in order to correlate the observed atrazine removal rates with electrode morphology\\/composition. The results obtained

  3. Microbial degradation of ignitable liquids on building materials.

    PubMed

    Hutches, Katherine

    2013-10-10

    Gasoline was added to moldy samples of unused building materials. The unused samples were allowed to sit at room temperature for 2, 4, 7, and 14 days. Each set of samples was extracted using passive headspace concentration and analyzed using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Microbial degradation of the gasoline pattern was observed in limited samples to an extent that could result in an inability to identify an ignitable liquid according to ASTM E1618. The degradation noted was largely consistent with the results of previous microbial studies involving soil. PMID:24008200

  4. Dielectric material degradation monitoring of dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuators

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    Hanson, Ronald E.; Houser, Nicole M.; Lavoie, Philippe

    2014-01-01

    It is a known phenomenon that some dielectric materials used to construct plasma actuators degrade during operation. However, the rate at which this process occurs, to what extent, as well as a method to monitor is yet to be established. In this experimental study, it is shown that electrical measurements can be used to monitor changes in the material of the plasma actuators. The procedure we introduce for monitoring the actuators follows from the work of Kriegseis, Grundmann, and Tropea [Kriegseis et al., J. Appl. Phys. 110, 013305 (2011)], who used Lissajous figures to measure actuator power consumption and capacitance. In the present study, we quantify changes in both the power consumption and capacitance of the actuators over long operating durations. It is shown that the increase in the effective capacitance of the actuator is related to degradation (thinning) of the dielectric layer, which is accompanied by an increase in actuator power consumption. For actuators constructed from layers of Kapton® polyimide tape, these changes are self-limiting. Although the polyimide film degrades relatively quickly, the underlying adhesive layer appears to remain intact. Over time, the effective capacitance was found to increase by up to 36%, 25%, and 11% for actuators constructed with 2, 3, and 4 layers of Kapton tape, respectively. A method is presented to prevent erosion of the Kapton dielectric layer using a coating of Polydimethylsiloxane oil. It is shown the application of this treatment can delay the onset of degradation of the Kapton dielectric material.

  5. Fungal degradation of fiber-reinforced composite materials

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Gu, J. D.; Lu, C.; Mitchell, R.; Thorp, K.; Crasto, A.

    1997-01-01

    As described in a previous report, a fungal consortium isolated from degraded polymeric materials was capable of growth on presterilized coupons of five composites, resulting in deep penetration into the interior of all materials within five weeks. Data describing the utilization of composite constituents as nutrients for the microflora are described in this article. Increased microbial growth was observed when composite extract was incubated with the fungal inoculum at ambient temperatures. Scanning electron microscopic observation of carbon fibers incubated with a naturally developed population of microorganisms showed the formation of bacterial biofilms on the fiber surfaces, suggesting possible utilization of the fiber chemical sizing as carbon and energy sources. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was used to monitor the phenomena occurring at the fiber-matrix interfaces. Significant differences were observed between inoculated and sterile panels of the composite materials. A progressive decline in impedance was detected in the inoculated panels. Several reaction steps may be involved in the degradation process. Initial ingress of water into the resin matrix appeared to be followed by degradation of fiber surfaces, and separation of fibers from the resin matrix. This investigation suggested that composite materials are susceptible to microbial attack by providing nutrients for growth.

  6. Modeling of creep in rock materials in terms of material degradation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. F. Shao; Q. Z. Zhu; K. Su

    2003-01-01

    In this paper, we present a constitutive model for creep deformation in rock materials. Starting from an elastoplastic model for the description of short term behavior, the time-dependent deformation is described in terms of evolution of microstructure, leading to progressive degradation of elastic modulus and failure strength of material. The proposed model is applied to predict material responses in creep

  7. Gamma-ray-induced degradation of lignocellulosic materials

    SciTech Connect

    Han, Y.W.; Timpa, J.; Ciegler, A.; Courtney, J.; Curry, W.F.; Lambremont, E.N.

    1981-11-01

    Lignocellulosic plant materials were treated with various swelling agents and exposed to gamma radiation from 60Co or 137Cs. At dosages of 50 Mrad or above, lignocellulosic materials were extensively degraded and solubilized in water. Addition of water, NaOH, or H2SO4 to the substrate increased the degree of solubilization. Complete solubilization was achieved for samples of sugarcane bagasse, newspaper, cotton linters, cotton cloth, sawdust, and alpha-cellulose powder. About 35% total sugar and 5% reducing sugar per dry weight of sugarcane bagasse could be obtained by this method. Most of the soluble carbohydrates seemed to be disaccharides or larger molecules and glucose degradation products. Solubilization of cellulose was dosage dependent and although the rate of solubilization was increased by adding alkali, released sugar was further decomposed by the alkali and by high dosages of radiation. (Refs. 14).

  8. Evaluation of a degradable shape-memory polymer network as matrix for controlled drug release

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Christian Wischke; Axel T. Neffe; Susi Steuer; Andreas Lendlein

    2009-01-01

    Degradable shape-memory polymers are multifunctional materials with broad applicability for medical devices. They are designed to acquire their therapeutically relevant shape and mechanical properties after implantation. In this study, the potential of a completely amorphous shape-memory polymer matrix for controlled drug release was comprehensively characterized according to a four step general strategy which provides concepts for validating multifunctional materials for

  9. Proactive Management of Materials Degradation (PMMD) and Enhanced Structural Reliability

    SciTech Connect

    Doctor, Steven R.; Bond, Leonard J.; Cumblidge, Stephen E.; Hull, Amy; Malik, Shah

    2009-09-01

    This paper discusses the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) activities to further the Proactive Management of Materials Degradation (PMMD), including those to determine the effectiveness of emerging NDE techniques. The paper discusses the first part of the development of a methodology to determine the effectiveness of these emerging NDE techniques for managing metallic degradation. This methodology draws on experience derived from evaluating techniques that have ‘emerged’ in the past. The methodology will follow five stages: a definition of inspection parameters, a technical evaluation, laboratory testing, round-robin testing, and the design of a performance demonstration program. This methodology will document the path taken for previous techniques and set a standardized course for future NDE techniques.

  10. Stress and Damage in Polymer Matrix Composite Materials Due to Material Degradation at High Temperatures

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    McManus, Hugh L.; Chamis, Christos C.

    1996-01-01

    This report describes analytical methods for calculating stresses and damage caused by degradation of the matrix constituent in polymer matrix composite materials. Laminate geometry, material properties, and matrix degradation states are specified as functions of position and time. Matrix shrinkage and property changes are modeled as functions of the degradation states. The model is incorporated into an existing composite mechanics computer code. Stresses, strains, and deformations at the laminate, ply, and micro levels are calculated, and from these calculations it is determined if there is failure of any kind. The rationale for the model (based on published experimental work) is presented, its integration into the laminate analysis code is outlined, and example results are given, with comparisons to existing material and structural data. The mechanisms behind the changes in properties and in surface cracking during long-term aging of polyimide matrix composites are clarified. High-temperature-material test methods are also evaluated.

  11. Electrochemical Shock: Mechanical Degradation of Ion-Intercalation Materials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Woodford, William Henry, IV

    The ion-intercalation materials used in high-energy batteries such as lithium-ion undergo large composition changes-which correlate to high storage capacity---but which also induce structural changes and stresses that can cause performance metrics such as power, achievable storage capacity, and life to degrade. "Electrochemical shock"---the electrochemical cyclinginduced fracture of materials-contributes to impedance growth and performance degradation in ion-intercalation batteries. Using a combination of micromechanical models and in operando acoustic emission experiments, the mechanisms of electrochemical shock are identified, classified, and modeled in targeted model systems with different composition and microstructure. Three distinct mechanisms of electrochemical shock in ion-intercalation materials are identified: 1) concentration-gradient stresses which arise during fast cycling, 2) two-phase coherency stresses which arise during first-order phase-transformations, and 3) intergranular compatibility stresses in anisotropic polycrystalline materials. While concentration-gradient stresses develop in proportion to the electrochemical cycling rate, two-phase coherency stresses and intergranular compatibility stresses develop independent of the electrochemical cycling rate and persist to arbitrarily low rates. For each mechanism, a micromechanical model with a fracture mechanics failure criterion is developed. This fundamental understanding of electrochemical shock leads naturally to microstructure design criteria and materials selection criteria for ion-intercalation materials with improved life and energy storage efficiency. In a given material system, crystal symmetry and phase-behavior determine the active mechanisms. Layered materials, as exemplified by LiCoO2, are dominated by intergranular compatibility stresses when prepared in polycrystalline form, and two-phase coherency when prepared as single crystal powders. Spinel materials such as LiMn2O4, and LiMn1.5Ni0.5O 4 undergo first-order cubic-to-cubic phasetransformations, and are subject to two-phase coherency stresses even during low-rate electrochemical cycling. This low-rate electrochemical shock is averted in iron-doped material, LiMn 1.5Ni0.42Fe0.08O4, which has continuous solid solubility and is therefore not subject to two-phase coherency stresses; this enables a wider range of particle sizes and duty cycles to be used without electrochemical shock. While lithium-storage materials are used as model systems, the physical phenomena are common to other ion-intercalation systems, including sodium-, magnesium-, and aluminum-storage compounds. (Copies available exclusively from MIT Libraries, libraries.mit.edu/docs - docs mit.edu)

  12. Novel oxygen atom source for material degradation studies

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Krech, R. H.; Caledonia, G. E.

    1988-01-01

    Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has developed a high flux pulsed source of energetic (8 km/s) atomic oxygen to bombard specimens in experiments on the aging and degradation of materials in a low earth orbit environment. The proof-of-concept of the PSI approach was demonstrated in a Phase 1 effort. In Phase 2 a large O-atom testing device (FAST-2) has been developed and characterized. Quantitative erosion testing of materials, components, and even small assemblies (such as solar cell arrays) can be performed with this source to determine which materials and/or components are most vulnerable to atomic oxygen degradation. The source is conservatively rated to irradiate a 100 sq cm area sample at greater than 10(exp 17) atoms/s, at a 10 Hz pulse rate. Samples can be exposed to an atomic oxygen fluence equivalent to the on-orbit ram direction exposure levels incident on Shuttle surfaces at 250 km during a week-long mission in a few hours.

  13. Damping capacity measurements for characterization of degradation in advanced materials

    SciTech Connect

    Mantena, R.; Gibson, R.F.; Place, T.A.

    1986-01-01

    This paper describes the application of damping capacity measurements for characterization of degradation in advanced materials. A recently developed impulse-frequency response technique was used to obtain damping capacity measurements on crossplied E-glass/epoxy laminates which had been subjected to four-point bending and cantilever bending to produce matrix cracking in the transverse plies. The size and location of the damage zone were correlated with changes in damping. With the expected introduction of Rapidly Solidified Alloys (RSA) as effective alternatives to conventional materials, the applicability of damping capacity measurements as a nondestructive means of evaluating degradation in these materials was also studied. A conventional A710 structural steel having three different microstructures was used for developing the methodology to be used later on RSA specimens. It is shown that damping is more sensitive to matrix cracking than stiffness is in E-glass/epoxy composite specimens. In the case of A710 steel, the damping changes at low strain, though significant, do not correlate with the mechanical property data. Damping data at high strains does correlate with the mechanical property data, however.

  14. LDEF (Flight), S1006 : Balloon Material Degradation, Tray E06

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1990-01-01

    The flight photograph was taken from the orbiter aft flight deck during the LDEF retrieval and shows the positions of four (4) LDEF experiments mounted in a three (3) inch deep LDEF peripheral tray. The Balloon Materials Degradation Experiment (S1006) experiment is located in the center one third (1/3rd) section, the Multiple Foil Microabrasion Package (MAP) Experiment (AO023) occupies the left one third (1/3rd) section, the Measurement of Heavy Cosmic-Ray Nuclei on LDEF Experiment (M0002-02) is located in the lower one half (1/2) of the right section and the Ion Beam Textured and Coated Surfaces Experiment (S1003) is shown in the top-right section of the tray.The tray flanges appear as pre- launch but the white paint dots on tray clamp blocks have varying degrees of discoloration. The paint color on the lower-center clamp block is white, paint on the left-center clamp block is lightly discolored and paint on the upper-right clamp block is heavily discolored. The Balloon Materials Degradation experiment, located in the center one third (1/3rd) tray section, consist of 38 polymer film specimen, in the form of either thin film or reinforced tape, and 24 fibrous cord specimen. The ends of each test polymer film specimen, approximately 1.0 inch wide and 6.0 inches long, were secured between aluminum clamp strips that attached to aluminum experiment mounting plates. The cord specimen, approximately 4.0 inches long, are secured along the left and right edges of the experiment mounting plates in a similar manner. The aluminum clamp strips and experiment mounting plates have a thermal coat of IITRI S13G-LO white paint. Non-magnetic stainless steel fasteners are used for the experiment assembly and for attaching the experiment mounting plate to the tray structure. The thin film polymeric material samples in the Balloon Materials Degradation experiment appear to have been severely degraded. All 26 of the unreinforced thin film samples have curled edges, 12 samples appear to have failed in tension and a significant portion of the 2 aluminized polymer samples appears to be missing. The reinforced thin film polymer samples are discolored but appear to have survived the mission intact . The IITRI S13G-LO white paint appears to have a light tan discoloration in areas not covered by experiment samples with some evidence that at least some of the discoloration occurred after sample failure.

  15. LDEF (Postflight), S1006 : Balloon Material Degradation, Tray E06

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1990-01-01

    The postflight photograph was taken in the SAEF-II facility prior to removal of experiment trays from the LDEF and shows the positions of four (4) LDEF experiments mounted in a three (3) inch deep LDEF peripheral tray. The Balloon Materials Degradation Experiment (S1006) experiment is located in the center one third (1/3rd) section, the Multiple Foil Microabrasion Package (MAP) Experiment (AO023) occupies the left one third (1/3rd) section, the Measurement of Heavy Cosmic-Ray Nuclei on LDEF Experiment (M0002-02) is located in the lower one half (1/2) of the right section and the Ion Beam Textured and Coated Surfaces Experiment (S1003) is shown in the top right section of the tray. The tray flanges appear as prelaunch but the white paint dots on tray clamp blocks have varying degrees of discoloration. The paint color on the lower-center clamp block is white, paint on the left-center clamp block is lightly discolored and paint on the top-right clamp block is heavily discolored. The Balloon Materials Degradation experiment, located in the center one third (1/3rd) tray section, consist of 38 polymer film specimen, in the form of either thin film or reinforced tape, and 24 fibrous cord specimen. The ends of each test polymer film specimen, approximately 1.0 inch wide and 6.0 inches long, were secured between aluminum clamp strips that attached to aluminum experiment mounting plates. The cord specimen, approximately 4.0 inches long, are secured along the left and right edges of the experiment mounting plates in a similar manner. The aluminum clamp strips and experiment mounting plates have a thermal coat of IITRI S13G-LO white paint. Non-magnetic stainless steel fasteners are used for the experiment assembly and for attaching the experiment mounting plate to the tray structure. The thin film polymeric material samples in the Balloon Materials Degradation experiment appear to have been severely degraded. All 26 of the unreinforced thin film samples have curled edges with 12 of the samples appearing to have failed in tension. One of the two aluminized polymer samples is missing completely and approximately 80 percent of the other sample has eroded. The reinforced thin film polymer samples are discolored but appear to have survived the mission intact. The IITRI S13G-LO white paint appears to have a light tan discoloration in areas not covered by experiment samples with some evidence that at least some of the discoloration occurred after sample failure.

  16. Assessment of material degradation due to corrosion-fatigue using a backscattered Rayleigh surface wave

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Young H Kim; Sung-Jin Song; D. H Bae; Sung-Duk Kwon

    2004-01-01

    Material degradation due to corrosion-fatigue was evaluated nondestructively using backscattered Rayleigh surface wave. A corrosion-fatigue test was carried out for the specimens made of thermo-mechanically controlled process steel in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution at 25 °C. The Backscattering profile, which is the amplitude variation of backscattered ultrasound according to the incident angle, of the specimens were measured in water at

  17. Fatigue performance of glass\\/polyester laminates and the monitoring of material degradation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. Brøndsted; S. I. Andersen; H. Lilholt

    1996-01-01

    Experiments are performed on glass\\/polyester composites under fatigue loading. The stiffness degradation is recorded as an indirect measure of material damage. The stiffness decrease rate is described by a power dependence on stress; this relationship allows the fatigue law to be derived. Stiffness-controlled fatigue curves are generated and presented in an S-N-diagram based on normalized stress (equivalent to strain). Such

  18. Material degradation analysis and maintenance decisions based on material condition monitoring during in-service inspections

    SciTech Connect

    Yacout, A.M.; Orechwa, Y.

    1996-03-01

    The degradation of the material in critical components is shown to be an effective measure which can be used to compute the risk adjusted economic penalty associated with different maintenance decisions. The approach of estimating the probability, with confidence interval, of the time that a prescribed degradation level is exceeded is shown to be practical, as demonstrated in the analysis of irradiated fuel cladding. The methodology for the estimation of the probability is predicated on the existence of a parsimonious and robust mixed-effects model of the evolution of the degradation. This model, in general, relates measured surrogates of the degradation level to computed or measured variables, which characterize the environment during the operating history of the component. We propose and demonstrate the efficacy of using an artificial neural network, constructed via a genetic supervisor, as an aid in developing the requisite mixed-effects model and testing its continued validity as new data are obtained.

  19. LDEF (Prelaunch), S1006 : Balloon Material Degradation, Tray E06

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1984-01-01

    The prelaunch photograph shows the positions of four (4) LDEF experiments in a three (3) inch deep LDEF peripheral tray. The Balloon Materials Degradation Experiment (S1006) experiment is located in the center one third (1/3rd) section, the Multiple Foil Microabrasion Package (MAP) Experiment (AO023) occupies the left one third (1/3rd) section, the Measurement of Heavy Cosmic-Ray Nuclei on LDEF Experiment (M0002-02) is located in the lower one half (1/2) of the right section and the Ion Beam Textured and Coated Surfaces Experiment (S1003) is shown in the top right section of the tray. The Balloon Materials Degradation experiment, located in the center one third (1/3rd) tray section, consist of 38 polymer film specimen, in the form of either thin film or reinforced tape, and 24 fibrous cord specimen. The ends of each test polymer film specimen, approximately 1.0 inch wide and 6.0 inches long, were secured between aluminum clamp strips that attached to aluminum experiment mounting plates. Two specimen of metallized film, aluminized polyester, are mounted on the lower experiment base plate with the reinforced polymer tapes. The cord specimen, approximately 4.0 inches long, are secured along the left and right edges of the experiment mounting plates in a similar manner. Non-magnetic stainless steel fasteners are used for the experiment assembly and for attaching the experiment mounting plate to the tray structure.

  20. Computationally efficient algorithms for modelling thermal degradation and spiking phenomena in polymeric materials

    E-print Network

    Melnik, Roderick

    Computationally efficient algorithms for modelling thermal degradation and spiking phenomena in polymeric materials R.V.N. Melnik * Faculty of Science and Engineering, Mads Clausen Institute, University Ltd. All rights reserved. Keywords: Coupled problems; Polymer systems; Thermal degradation and spiking

  1. The RNA exosome and proteasome: common principles of degradation control.

    PubMed

    Makino, Debora L; Halbach, Felix; Conti, Elena

    2013-10-01

    Defective RNAs and proteins are swiftly degraded by cellular quality control mechanisms. A large fraction of their degradation is mediated by the exosome and the proteasome. These complexes have a similar architectural framework based on cylindrical, hollow structures that are conserved from bacteria and archaea to eukaryotes. Mechanistic similarities have also been identified for how RNAs and proteins are channelled into these structures and prepared for degradation. Insights gained from studies of the proteasome should now set the stage for elucidating the regulation, assembly and small-molecule inhibition of the exosome. PMID:23989960

  2. Common causes of material degradation in buried piping

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    Jenkins, C.F.

    1997-01-20

    Buried pipe may fail for innumerable reasons. Causes can be mechanical damage/breakage, chemically initiated corrosion, or a combination. Failures may originate either internally or externally on the pipe. They may be related to flaws in the design, to excessive or unanticipated internal pressure or ground level loading, and/or to poor or uncertain installation practice. Or the pipe may simply ``wear out`` in service. Steel is strong and very forgiving in underground applications, especially with regard to backfill. However, soil support developed through densification or compaction is critical for brittle concrete and vitrified clay tile pipe, and is very important for cast iron and plastic pipe. Chemistry of the soil determines whether or not it will enhance corrosion or other types of degradation. Various causes and mechanisms for deterioration of buried pipe are indicated. Some peculiarities of the different materials of construction are characterized. Repair methods and means to circumvent special problems are described.

  3. Degradation study on optical materials for concentrator photovoltaics

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    Eltermann, Fabian; Roeder, Kerstin; Wiesenfarth, Maike; Wilde, Juergen; Bett, Andreas W.

    2012-10-01

    In this work the impact of accelerated aging on the spectral transmission and the mechanical robustness of silicone elastomers for concentrator photovoltaic applications was investigated. Therefore, specific test samples were manufactured. The samples were annealed at 150 °C to assure a complete cross-linking. These samples were exposed to humidity freeze, to a pressure cooker test, and to UV light. To investigate optical materials under UVA intensity up to 10 W/cm2 a test setup was developed. Thus, a UV dosage of 10000 kWh/m2 was applied to the silicone samples after thermal treatment. The mean transmission was used as a measure to identify changes in the spectral behavior and was, therefore, compared after the stress tests with the initial value. No total failures but rather degradation was observed, mainly in the range of ultraviolet and visible light. In addition, the shear strengths for the silicone elastomers were compared before and after stress.

  4. Cellulosic Insulation Material I. Overall Degradation Kinetics and Reaction Heats

    Microsoft Academic Search

    F. E. ROGERS; T. J. OHLEMILLER

    1980-01-01

    Kinetic studies on the thermal and oxidative decomposition of untreated cellulosic insulation have been carried out with thermal analytical techniques (TGA and DSC) to provide input parameters for smoldering studies of this material. In dry nitrogen, the weight loss proceeds in one overall step that follows a diffusion-controlled rate law with parameters: A = 1.1 × 10 min and E

  5. Component life estimation: LWR (light water reactor) structural materials degradation mechanisms

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. F. Copeland; T. L. Gerber; A. J. Giannuzzi; G. J. Licina; D. R. Pitcairn; P. C. Riccardella

    1987-01-01

    As an integral part of the EPRI nuclear plant life extension (NUPLEX) and other research programs, as well as other materials studies over the last decades, an understanding of materials degradation mechanisms has been gained. The phenomenological understanding of these degradation mechanisms which potentially act on the structural materials used in construction of a light water reactor (LWR), is the

  6. Environmental degradation of materials in nuclear power systems-water reactors

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1984-01-01

    This book presents the papers given at a conference which focused on corrosion damage in light water reactors. Topics considered include material degradation issues in key components, material degradation in service, microstructural and compositional effects, the effects of the environment, the effects of mechanical variables, and environment and material remedies.

  7. Analysis of the Local Material Degradation Near Cutting Edges of Electrical Steel Sheets

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Guillaume Crevecoeur; Peter Sergeant; Luc Dupre; Lode Vandenbossche; Rik Van de Walle

    2008-01-01

    Cutting leads to a certain local magnetic material degradation of the electrical steel sheet. Moreover, the material properties near the cutting edge contribute significantly to the global performance. This material degradation mostly occurs in the vicinity of critical parts of electromagnetic devices, such as stator and rotor teeth. Therefore, the need exists to characterize the local magnetic hysteresis properties due

  8. Degradation of carbon-based materials under ablative conditions produced by a high enthalpy plasma jet

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Gilberto Petraconi; Alexei Mikhailovich Essiptchouk; Leonid Ivanovich Charakhovski; Choyu Otani; Homero Santiago Maciel; Rodrigo Sávio Pessoa; Maria Luisa Gregori; Sônia Fonseca Costa

    2010-01-01

    A stationary experiment was performed to study the degradation of carbon-based materials by immersion in a plasma jet. In the experiment, graphite and C\\/C composite were chosen as the target materials, and the reactive plasma jet was generated by an air plasma torch. For macroscopic study of the material degradation, the sample's mass losses were measured as function of the

  9. Materials Chemistry and Physics 100 (2006) 3840 X-ray irradiation induced degradation of cellulose nitrate

    E-print Network

    Yu, K.N.

    2006-01-01

    Materials Chemistry and Physics 100 (2006) 38­40 X-ray irradiation induced degradation of cellulose spectrometry will induce degradation of the cellulose nitrate. For this purpose, Fourier transform infrared provided a fast method to measure the latter. However, there is a risk that the X-ray radiation degrades

  10. Development of materials resistant to metal dusting degradation.

    SciTech Connect

    Natesan, K.; Zeng, Z.; Nuclear Engineering Division

    2007-12-07

    The deposition of carbon from carbonaceous gaseous environments is prevalent in many chemical and petrochemical processes such as, hydrogen-, ammonia-, and methanol-reforming systems, syngas production systems, and iron-ore reduction plants. One of the major consequences of carbon deposition is the degradation of structural materials by a phenomenon known as ''metal dusting''. There are two major issues of importance in metal dusting. First is formation of coke and subsequent deposition of coke on metallic structural components. Second is the initiation and subsequent propagation of metal dusting degradation of the structural alloy. In the past, we reported on the mechanism for metal dusting of Fe- and Ni-base alloys. In this report, we present metal dusting data on both Fe- and Ni-base alloys after exposure in high and atmospheric pressure environments that simulate the gas chemistry in operating hydrogen reformers. We have also measured the progression of pits by measuring the depth as a function of exposure time for a variety of Fe- and Ni-base structural alloys. We have clearly established the role of transport of iron in forming a non-protective spinel phase in the initiation process and presence of carbon transfer channels in the oxide scale for the continued propagation of pits, by nano-beam X-ray analysis using the advance photon source (APS), Raman scattering, and SEM/EDX analysis. In this report, we have developed correlations between weight loss and pit progression rates and evaluated the effects of carbon activity, system pressure, and alloy chemistry, on weight loss and pit propagation. To develop pit propagation data for the alloys without incurring substantial time for the initiation of pits, especially for the Ni-base alloys that exhibit incubation times of thousands of hours, a pre-pitting method has been developed. The pre-pitted alloys exhibited pit propagation rates similar to those of materials tested without pre-pitting. We have also developed a substantial body of metal-dusting data on the performance of Fe- and Ni-base weldments. During the course of this project, we have developed new Ni-base and Cu-base alloys and tested them in simulated metal dusting environments at 1 atm and at high pressures. Results clearly showed superior performance of both classes of alloys in resisting metal dusting. We also developed an approach to mitigate metal dusting by performing an intermediate oxidation step for extending the life of alloys in which metal dusting has initiated and pits are in progression. Finally, we have analyzed several components that have failed in plants such as hydrogen plant, pilot plant reformer, and a gas boiler.

  11. Heat and mass transport from thermally degrading thin cellulosic materials in a microgravity environment

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kushida, G.; Baum, H. R.; Kashiwagi, T.; Di Blasi, C.

    1992-01-01

    Attention is given to a theoretical model describing the behavior of a thermally thin cellulosic sheet heated by external thermal radiation in a quiescent microgravity environment. This model describes thermal and oxidative degradation of the sheet and the heat and mass transfer of evolved degradation products from the heated cellulosic surface into the gas phase. Two calculations are carried out: heating without thermal degradation, and heating with thermal degradation of the sheet with endothermic pyrolysis, exothermic thermal oxidative degradation, and highly exothermic char oxidation. It is shown that pyrolysis is the main degradation reaction. Self-sustained smoldering is controlled and severely limited by the reduced oxygen supply.

  12. Heat and mass transport from thermally degrading thin cellulosic materials in a microgravity environment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kushida, G.; Baum, H. R.; Kashiwagi, T.; di Blasi, C.

    1992-05-01

    Attention is given to a theoretical model describing the behavior of a thermally thin cellulosic sheet heated by external thermal radiation in a quiescent microgravity environment. This model describes thermal and oxidative degradation of the sheet and the heat and mass transfer of evolved degradation products from the heated cellulosic surface into the gas phase. Two calculations are carried out: heating without thermal degradation, and heating with thermal degradation of the sheet with endothermic pyrolysis, exothermic thermal oxidative degradation, and highly exothermic char oxidation. It is shown that pyrolysis is the main degradation reaction. Self-sustained smoldering is controlled and severely limited by the reduced oxygen supply.

  13. Damage Assessment technologies for Prognostics and Proactive Management of Materials Degradation (PMMD)

    SciTech Connect

    Bond, Leonard J.; Doctor, Steven R.; Griffin, Jeffrey W.; Hull, Amy; Malik, Shah

    2009-04-17

    Summary for Special Session Invited paper "The Best of NPIC&HMIT 2009" The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has undertaken the Proactive Management of Materials Degradation (PMMD) program to lay the groundwork for defining proactive actions to manage degradation of materials in light water reactors (LWRs) including nuclear power plant structures, systems and components. The PMMD program is examining LWR component materials and the degradation phenomena that affect them. Of particular interest is how such phenomena can be monitored to predict degradation and prevent component failure.

  14. Mechanical property degradation in irradiated materials: A multiscale modeling approach

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wirth, B. D.; Caturla, M. J.; Diaz de la Rubia, T.; Khraishi, T.; Zbib, H.

    2001-06-01

    High-energy particle irradiation of low stacking fault energy, face centered cubic (fcc) metals produces significant degradation of mechanical properties, as evidenced in tensile tests performed at or near room temperature. Post-irradiation microstructural examination reveals that approximately 90% of the radiation-induced defects in copper are stacking fault tetrahedra (SFT). Radiation damage is an inherently multiscale phenomenon involving processes spanning a wide range of length and time scales. Here we present a multiscale modeling methodology to study the formation and evolution of defect microstructure and the corresponding mechanical property changes under irradiation. At the atomic scale, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been used to study the evolution of high energy displacement cascades, SFT formation from vacancy rich regions of displacement cascades, and the interaction of SFTs with moving dislocations. Defect accumulation under irradiation is modeled over diffusional length and time scales by kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC), utilizing a database of displacement cascades generated by MD. The mechanical property changes of the irradiated material are modeled using three-dimensional dislocation dynamics (DD). Key input into the DD includes the spatial distribution of defects produced under irradiation, obtained from KMC, and the fate of dislocation interactions with SFTs, obtained from MD.

  15. Thermal and chemical degradation of inorganic membrane materials. Topical report

    SciTech Connect

    Krishnan, G.N.; Sanjurjo, A.; Wood, B.J.; Lau, K.H.

    1994-04-01

    This report describes the results of a literature review to evaluate the long-term thermal and chemical degradation of inorganic membranes that are being developed to separate gaseous products produced by the gasification or combustion of coal in fixed-, fluidized-, and entrained-bed gasifiers, direct coal-fired turbines, and pressurized-fluidized-bed combustors. Several impurities, such as H{sub 2}S, NH{sub 3}, SO{sub 2}, NO{sub x}, and trace metal compounds are generated during coal conversion, and they must be removed from the coal gas or the combustor flue gas to meet environmental standards. The use of membranes to separate these noxious gases is an attractive alternative to their removal by sorbents such as zinc titanate or calcium oxide. Inorganic membranes that have a high separation efficiency and exhibit both thermal and chemical stability would improve the economics of power generation from coal. The U.S. Department of Energy is supporting investigations to develop inorganic membranes for separating hydrogen from coal gas streams and noxious impurities from hot coal- and flue-gas streams. Membrane materials that have been investigated in the past include glass (silica), alumina, zirconia, carbon, and metals (Pd and Pt).

  16. Measurement Control Workshop Instructional Materials

    SciTech Connect

    Gibbs, Philip [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Crawford, Cary [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); McGinnis, Brent [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States) and Insolves LLC

    2014-04-01

    A workshop to teach the essential elements of an effective nuclear materials control and accountability (MC&A) programs are outlined, along with the modes of Instruction, and the roles and responsibilities of participants in the workshop.

  17. Material control and accountability alternatives

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1991-08-12

    Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations governing material control and accountability in nuclear facilities have become more restrictive in the past decade, especially in areas that address the insider threat. As the insider threat receives greater credibility, regulations have been strengthened to increase the probability of detecting insider activity and to prevent removal of a significant quantity of Special Nuclear Material (SNM) from areas under control of the protective force.

  18. Damage Assessment Technologies for Prognostics and Proactive Management of Materials Degradation

    SciTech Connect

    Bond, Leonard J.; Doctor, Steven R.; Griffin, Jeffrey W.; Hull, Amy B.; Malik, Shah

    2011-01-01

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has undertaken a program to lay the groundwork for defining proactive actions to manage degradation of materials in light water reactors (LWRs). This paper discusses the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Proactive Management of Materials Degradation (PMMD) program and its application to nuclear power plant structures, systems and components. The PMMD program is examining LWR component materials and the degradation phenomena that affect them. Of particular interest is how such phenomena can be monitored to predict degradation and prevent component failure. Some forms of degradation, including some modes of stress corrosion cracking, are characterized by a long initiation time followed by a rapid growth phase. Monitoring such long-term degradation will require new non-destructive evaluation (NDE) methods and measurement procedures. A critical analysis of all reactor components is required to determine if new inspection strategies are required to effectively manage slow degradation mechanisms that may lead to component failure. As reactor lifetimes are extended, degradation mechanisms previously considered too long-term to be of consequence (such as concrete and wiring insulation degradation) may become more important. This paper includes a review of techniques with potential for sensing and monitoring degradation in its early stages and will concisely explain the basic principles of PMMD and its relationship to in-service inspection, condition based maintenance, and advanced diagnostics and prognostics.

  19. Damage Assessment Technologies for Prognostics and Proactive Management of Materials Degradation

    SciTech Connect

    Bond, Leonard J.; Doctor, Steven R.; Griffin, Jeffrey W.; Hull, Amy; Malik, Shah

    2011-02-26

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has undertaken a program to lay the groundwork for defining proactive actions to manage degradation of materials in light water reactors (LWRs). This paper discusses the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Proactive Management of Materials Degradation (PMMD) program and its application to nuclear power plant structures, systems and components. The PMMD program is examining LWR component materials and the degradation phenomena that affect them. Of particular interest is how such phenomena can be monitored to predict degradation and prevent component failure. Some forms of degradation, such as stress corrosion cracking, are characterized by a long initiation time followed by a rapid growth phase. Monitoring such long-term degradation will require new NDE methods and measurement procedures. A critical analysis of all reactor components is required to determine if new inspection strategies are required to effectively manage slow degradation mechanisms that may lead to component failure. As reactor lifetimes are extended, degradation mechanisms previously considered too long-term to be of consequence (such as concrete and wiring insulation degradation) may become more important. This paper includes a review of techniques with potential for sensing and monitoring degradation in its early stages and will concisely explain the basic principles of PMMD and its relationship to in-service inspection, condition based maintenance, and advanced diagnostics and prognostics.

  20. Materials Control for Aerospace Applications

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Ferguson, Michael

    2005-01-01

    The distant future of mankind and the ultimate survivability of the human race, as it is known today, will depend on mans' ability to break earthly bonds and establish new territorial positions throughout the universe. Man must therefore be positioned to not only travel to, but also, to readily adapt to numerous and varying environments. For this mass migration across the galaxies nothing is as import to the human race as is NASA's future missions into Low Earth Orbit (LEO), to the moon, and/or Mars. These missions will form the building blocks to eternity for mankind. From these missions, NASA will develop the foundations for these building blocks based on sound engineering and scientific principles, both known and yet to be discovered. The integrity of the program will lead to development, tracking and control of the most basic elements of hardware production: That being development and control of applications of space flight materials. Choosing the right material for design purposes involves many considerations, such as governmental regulations associated with manufacturing operations, both safety of usage and of manufacturing, general material usage requirements, material longevity and performance requirements, material interfacing compatibility and material usage environments. Material performance is subject to environmental considerations in as much as a given material may perform exceptionally well at standard temperatures and pressures while performing poorly under non-standard conditions. These concerns may be found true for materials relative to the extreme temperatures and vacuum gradients of high altitude usage. The only way to assure that flight worthy materials are used in design is through testing. However, as with all testing, it requires both time on schedule and cost to the operation. One alternative to this high cost testing approach is to rely on a materials control system established by NASA. The NASA community relies on the MAPTIS materials control system founded at MSFC and supported by the other NASA Centers. This system is a data bank of all materials used in space flight operations. These materials are rated for several characteristics that are common concerns in high altitude or deep space usage: Odor, off gassing, material fluid compatibility, toxicity, corrosion susceptibility, stress corrosion susceptibility, etc.

  1. Thermal cross-linking for biologically degradable materials. Preliminary report.

    PubMed

    Ma, X H; Noishiki, Y; Yamane, Y; Iwai, Y; Marato, D; Matsumoto, A

    1996-01-01

    To diminish undesirable side effects of chemical cross-linking of biodegradable materials, the authors developed a thermal cross-linking method that involved esterification by dehydration under dry conditions. The optimal condition for cross-linking was heating at 130-140 degrees C for 40 hr. Efficacy of the cross-linking was evaluated using enzymatic digestion of 0.01% protease in phosphate buffer at pH 7.4. Collagenous materials without cross-linking were digested completely within 30 min. However, with thermal cross-linking, it required 7 days for digestion. The capacity for holding onto water also was tested. Water content decreased when the cross-link density was increased. As an in vivo experiment, six succinylated collagen sealed vascular grafts treated with thermal cross-linking were implanted in the abdominal aortae of dogs and removed 21 days later. These grafts showed no foreign body reaction, and the collagen layer was almost completely absorbed. A collagen sealed graft cross-linked with formaldehyde used as a control showed a strong foreign body reaction. These results suggest that the physical cross-linking method was suitable for biodegradable biologicals, such as collagenous materials, without the undesirable side effects of chemical cross-linking regents. PMID:8945008

  2. Kinetics for the degradation of nylon and Kevlar parachute materials

    SciTech Connect

    Auerbach, I.

    1986-01-01

    The degradation of nylon 66 and Kevlar 29 yarns at elevated temperatures and over a broad range of humidities was studied and a rate relationship developed which models the degradation and permits computation of rate constants. The degradation rates are slow initially due to the presence of an inhibitor but increase rapidly as the inhibitor is depleted. The effect of relative humidity (RH) can be very large especially at values in the 100% range. An exponential relationship exists for nylon between the rate constant and RH. Kinetic parameters were evaluated and the rate constants at 25/sup 0/C calculated. These values showed that the tensile strength of nylon 66 will remain at a safe level over a 25-year period if the humidity is maintained at the 10% range or less. Kevlar 29 is more resistant and can tolerate humidity levels in the range of 90% or less. Degradation is governed by thermal-oxidative and moisture induced mechanisms. At the very high humidities the moisture induced degradation predominates. A relationship is developed which predicts the degradation rate over a very broad range of temperatures and humidities.

  3. Degradation of dental ZrO2-based materials after hydrothermal fatigue. Part I: XRD, XRF, and FESEM analyses.

    PubMed

    Perdigão, Jorge; Pinto, Ana M; Monteiro, Regina C C; Braz Fernandes, Francisco M; Laranjeira, Pedro; Veiga, João P

    2012-01-01

    The aim was to investigate the effect of simulated low-temperature degradation (s-LTD) and hydrothermal fatigue on the degradation of three ZrO(2)-based dental materials. Lava, IPS, and NanoZr discs were randomly assigned to (1) Control-Storage in distilled water at 37°C; (2) Aging at 134°C for 5 h (s-LTD); (3) Thermocycling in saliva for 30,000 cycles (TF). XRD revealed that ZrO(2) m phase was identified in all groups but TF increased the m phase only for Lava. Under the FESEM, Lava showed no alterations under s-LTD, but displayed corrosion areas up to 60 µm wide after TF. We conclude that TF accelerated the degradation of Lava through an increase in the m phase and grain pull-out from the material surface. PMID:22447060

  4. Materials Degradation Issues in the U.S. High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Kevin G. Mon; Fred Hua

    2005-01-01

    This paper reviews the state-of-the-art understanding of the degradation processes by the Yucca Mountain Project (YMP) with focus on interaction between the in-drift environmental conditions and long-term materials degradation of waste packages and drip shields within the repository system during the first 10,000-years after repository closure. This paper provides an overview of the degradation of the waste packages and drip

  5. Controlling alginate gel degradation utilizing partial oxidation and bimodal molecular weight distribution.

    PubMed

    Boontheekul, Tanyarut; Kong, Hyun-Joon; Mooney, David J

    2005-05-01

    Degradability is often a critical property of materials utilized in tissue engineering. Although alginate, a naturally derived polysaccharide, is an attractive material due to its biocompatibility and ability to form hydrogels, its slow and uncontrollable degradation can be an undesirable feature. In this study, we characterized gels formed using a combination of partial oxidation of polymer chains and a bimodal molecular weight distribution of polymer. Specifically, alginates were partially oxidized to a theoretical extent of 1% with sodium periodate, which created acetal groups susceptible to hydrolysis. The ratio of low MW to high MW alginates used to form gels was also varied, while maintaining the gel forming ability of the polymer. The rate of degradation was found to be controlled by both the oxidation and the ratio of high to low MW alginates, as monitored by the reduction of mechanical properties and corresponding number of crosslinks, dry weight loss, and molecular weight decrease. It was subsequently examined whether these modifications would lead to reduced biocompatibility by culturing C2C12 myoblast on these gels. Myoblasts adhered, proliferated, and differentiated on the modified gels at a comparable rate as those cultured on the unmodified gels. Altogether, this data indicates these hydrogels exhibit tunable degradation rates and provide a powerful material system for tissue engineering. PMID:15585248

  6. Main chain acid-degradable polymers for the delivery of bioactive materials

    DOEpatents

    Frechet, Jean M. J. (Oakland, CA); Standley, Stephany M. (Evanston, IL); Jain, Rachna (Milpitas, CA); Lee, Cameron C. (Cambridge, MA)

    2012-03-20

    Novel main chain acid degradable polymer backbones and drug delivery systems comprised of materials capable of delivering bioactive materials to cells for use as vaccines or other therapeutic agents are described. The polymers are synthesized using monomers that contain acid-degradable linkages cleavable under mild acidic conditions. The main chain of the resulting polymers readily degrade into many small molecules at low pH, but remain relatively stable and intact at physiological pH. The new materials have the common characteristic of being able to degrade by acid hydrolysis under conditions commonly found within the endosomal or lysosomal compartments of cells thereby releasing their payload within the cell. The materials can also be used for the delivery of therapeutics to the acidic regions of tumors and other sites of inflammation.

  7. Sources of high temperature degradation of cement-based materials : nanoindentation and microporoelastic analysis

    E-print Network

    DeJong, Matthew J. (Matthew Justin)

    2005-01-01

    The effects of high temperature exposure on cement-based materials have been under investigation for quite some time, but a fundamental understanding of the sources of high temperature degradation has been limited by ...

  8. Ground and space based optical analysis of materials degradation in low-Earth-orbit

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Woollam, John A.; Synowicki, Ron; Hale, Jeffrey S.; Peterkin, Jane; Machlab, Hassanayn; De, Bhola N.; Johs, Blaine

    1991-01-01

    There is strong interest in being able to accurately and sensitively monitor materials degradation in both ground-based and space-based environments. Two optical techniques for sensitive degradation monitoring are reviewed: spectroscopic ellipsometry and photothermal spectroscopy. These techniques complement each other in that ellipsometry is sensitive to atomically thin surface and subsurface changes, and photothermal spectroscopy is sensitive to local defects, pin-holes, subsurface defects, and delamination. Progress in applying these spectroscopies (both ex situ and in situ) to atomic oxygen degradation of space materials is reviewed.

  9. Prediction of polymer insulating material degradation using Daubechies wavelet transformation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Venkataraman; R. S. Gorur

    2002-01-01

    Economic and technical advantages have led to the increased use of polymer materials for insulators in transmission and distribution lines. Two important factors, which affect the performance of materials, are aging and loss of hydrophobicity. The conventional method to detect the changes along the material surface has been the measurement of leakage current. In this paper, a new method based

  10. Control of in vivo mineral bone cement degradation.

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    Kanter, Britta; Geffers, Martha; Ignatius, Anita; Gbureck, Uwe

    2014-07-01

    The current study aimed to prevent the formation of hydroxyapatite reprecipitates in brushite-forming biocements by minimizing the availability of free Ca(2+) ions in the cement matrix. This was achieved by both maximizing the degree of cement setting to avoid unreacted, calcium-rich cement raw materials which can deliver Ca(2+) directly to the cement matrix after dissolution, and by a reduction in porosity to reduce Ca(2+) diffusion into the set cement matrix. In addition, a biocement based on the formation of the magnesium phosphate mineral struvite (MgNH4PO4·6H2O) was tested, which should prevent the formation of low-solubility hydroxyapatite reprecipitates due to the high magnesium content. Different porosity levels were fabricated by altering the powder-to-liquid ratio at which the cements were mixed and the materials were implanted into mechanically unloaded femoral defects in sheep for up to 10 months. While the higher-porosity brushite cement quantitatively transformed into crystalline octacalcium phosphate after 10 months, slowing down cement resorption, a lower-porosity brushite cement modification was found to be chemically stable with the absence of reprecipitate formation and minor cement resorption from the implant surface. In contrast, struvite-forming cements were much more degradable due to the absence of mineral reprecipitates and a nearly quantitative cement degradation was found after 10 months of implantation. PMID:24769112

  11. Effects of C N ratio and pH of raw materials on oil degradation efficiency in a compost fermentation process.

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    Sasaki, Naozumi; Suehara, Ken-Ichiro; Kohda, Jiro; Nakano, Yasuhisa; Yang, Takuo

    2003-01-01

    Waste oil treatment was attempted using a compost fermentation process. To develop a simple method for waste oil treatment, cheap and simple materials were used as compost materials. The fermentation experiment was performed using a domestic composter to determine the optimum conditions of the fermentation. Adjustment of the pH value during the compost fermentation was also important for progression of the oil degradation. When the pH value was not controlled, the pH value decreased quickly and reached about 2 and the oil degradation was stopped. Adding caustic lime to the raw materials caused the pH value of the compost to stabilize at approximately 7. The addition of a nitrogen source had a large effect on oil degradation during the compost fermentation. The optimum value of the C N ratio of the raw materials with pH control was between 10 and 40. When the C N ratio of the materials was adjusted to 10, 20, and 40, the rate constants for oil degradation were very similar. The rate constants for NH4+ consumption were also similar. Oil degradation efficiency reached 83.5% relative to the initial oil content in the compost materials. Repeated batch operation of the compost fermentation was carried out and the compost system could maintain good efficiency for oil degradation over several repeated batch operations. Finally, the compost system was applied to the treatment of recalled mayonnaise, with favorable results being obtained. PMID:16233481

  12. Understanding and harnessing energy-dependent proteolysis for controlled protein degradation in bacteria

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    Davis, Joseph H. (Joseph Harry), III

    2010-01-01

    Regulated intracellular protein degradation is critical for cellular viability. In many organisms, degradation controls cell-cycle progression, executes responses to stress-inducing environmental changes, and enables the ...

  13. A novel method for on-orbit measurement of space materials degradation.

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    Verker, Ronen; Grossman, Eitan; Gouzman, Irina

    2011-02-01

    The low Earth orbit (LEO) environment is considered hazardous to spacecraft, resulting in materials degradation. Currently, in order to evaluate the degradation of materials in LEO, a retrieval of space exposed samples is required. In this study, a novel approach is proposed to evaluate degradation of materials in LEO without the need of retrieval. The method is utilizing photovoltaic cells (PVCs), an existing component onboard of any satellite. The PVCs are coated by various materials which are sensitive to different LEO constituents, such as atomic oxygen (AO) or ultra-violet (UV) radiation. The method's acronym is ORMADD (on-ORbit MAterials Degradation Detector). The ORMADD's principle of operation is based on measuring the PVC output power which depends on the cell coating material's optical transmission. Erosion of the coating by AO or coloring due to UV radiation affects its optical transmission and, accordingly, the PVC output. The ORMADD performance was tested using different coatings, such as polyimide and amorphous carbon (sensitive to AO), and siloxane based coating which is sensitive to UV radiation. The proposed ORMADD reveals sensitivity to different LEO components and can be used either as material degradation detector or as an AO monitor. PMID:21361605

  14. Mechanism-based Representative Volume Elements (RVEs) for Predicting Property Degradations in Multiphase Materials

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    Xu, Wei; Sun, Xin; Li, Dongsheng; Ryu, Seun; Khaleel, Mohammad A.

    2013-02-01

    Quantitative understanding of the evolving thermal-mechanical properties of a multi-phase material hinges upon the availability of quantitative statistically representative microstructure descriptions. Questions then arise as to whether a two-dimensional (2D) or a three-dimensional (3D) representative volume element (RVE) should be considered as the statistically representative microstructure. Although 3D models are more representative than 2D models in general, they are usually computationally expensive and difficult to be reconstructed. In this paper, we evaluate the accuracy of a 2D RVE in predicting the property degradations induced by different degradation mechanisms with the multiphase solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anode material as an example. Both 2D and 3D microstructure RVEs of the anodes are adopted to quantify the effects of two different degradation mechanisms: humidity-induced electrochemical degradation and phosphorus poisoning induced structural degradation. The predictions of the 2D model are then compared with the available experimental measurements and the results from the 3D model. It is found that the 2D model, limited by its inability of reproducing the realistic electrical percolation, is unable to accurately predict the degradation of thermo-electrical properties. On the other hand, for the phosphorus poisoning induced structural degradation, both 2D and 3D microstructures yield similar results, indicating that the 2D model is capable of providing computationally efficient yet accurate results for studying the structural degradation within the anodes.

  15. Susceptibility of a polycaprolactone-based root canal filling material to degradation using an agar-well diffusion assay

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    Hiraishi, Noriko; Sadek, Fernanda T.; King, Nigel M.; Ferrari, Marco; Pashley, David H.; Tay, Franklin R

    2013-01-01

    Purpose Cholesterol esterase is both a component of salivary hydrolases as well as an inflammatory cell-derived enzyme and has been shown to cause biodegradation of methacrylate-based resin composites. This study examined whether Resilon, a polycaprolactone-based thermoplastic root filling material is susceptible to biodegradation by cholesterol esterase using agar-well diffusion assay of serially-diluted aqueous Resilon emulsions that were dispersed in agar. Materials and methods Emulsions of Resilon and polycaprolactone were prepared and dispersed in agar on culture plates. Two different concentrations of a cholesterol esterase (0.3 and 1.2 U/mL) were prepared and fed to wells prepared in the agar plates using an agar-well diffusion assay for examination the degradation of polymeric materials. Results Degradation of the emulsified Resilon was manifested as the formation of clear zones of different sizes around the agar wells. No clear zones were observed in agar wells that contain sterile distilled water as the negative control. Clinical significance Although dispersion Resilon into an emulsion is not the way in which this material is employed as a root filling material, the potential for Resilon to be degraded by cholesterol esterase is of potential concern as one cannot limit the degradation of extruded Resilon from a root apex by monocyte-derived macrophages to just the anatomical root apex. As the present study employed a high concentration of cholesterol esterase, further studies should be directed to examining the degradation of Resilon using macrophage cell cultures. PMID:18578181

  16. Advanced Materials for RSOFC Dual Operation with Low Degradation

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    Eric, Tang; Tony, Wood; Sofiane, Benhaddad; Casey, Brown; Hongpeng, He; Jeff, Nelson; Oliver, Grande; Ben, Nuttall; Mark, Richards; Randy, Petri

    2012-12-27

    Reversible solid oxide fuel cells (RSOFCs) are energy conversion devices. They are capable of operating in both power generation mode (SOFC) and electrolysis modes (SOEC). RSOFC can integrate renewable production of electricity and hydrogen when power generation and steam electrolysis are coupled in a system, which can turn intermittent solar and wind energy into "firm power." In this DOE EERE project, VPS continuously advanced RSOFC cell stack technology in the areas of endurance and performance. Over 20 types of RSOFC cells were developed in the project. Many of those exceeded performance (area specific resistance less than 300 mohmcm2) and endurance (degradation rate less than 4% per 1000 hours) targets in both fuel cell and electrolysis modes at 750C. One of those cells, RSOFC-7, further demonstrated the following: Steady-state electrolysis with a degradation rate of 1.5% per 1000 hours. Ultra high current electrolysis over 3 A/cm2 at 75% water electrolysis efficiency voltage of 1.67 V. Daily SOFC/SOEC cyclic test of over 600 days with a degradation rate of 1.5% per 1000 hours. Over 6000 SOFC/SOEC cycles in an accelerated 20-minute cycling with degradation less than 3% per 1000 cycles. In RSOFC stack development, a number of kW-class RSOFC stacks were developed and demonstrated the following: Steady-state electrolysis operation of over 5000 hours. Daily SOFC/SOEC cyclic test of 100 cycles. Scale up capability of using large area cells with 550 cm2 active area showing the potential for large-scale RSOFC stack development in the future. Although this project is an open-ended development project, this effort, leveraging Versa Power Systems' years of development experience, has the potential to bring renewable energy RSOFC storage systems significantly closer to commercial viability through improvements in RSOFC durability, performance, and cost. When unitized and deployed in renewable solar and wind installations, an RSOFC system can enable higher availability for intermittent renewable resources, thereby improving the commercial viability of these types of energy resources.

  17. Photoconversion of gasified organic materials into biologically-degradable plastics

    DOEpatents

    Weaver, P.F.; Pinching Maness.

    1993-10-05

    A process is described for converting organic materials (such as biomass wastes) into a bioplastic suitable for use as a biodegradable plastic. In a preferred embodiment the process involves thermally gasifying the organic material into primarily carbon monoxide and hydrogen, followed by photosynthetic bacterial assimilation of the gases into cell material. The process is ideally suited for waste recycling and for production of useful biodegradable plastic polymer. 3 figures.

  18. Ultrasonic Monitoring of Material Degradation in FRP Composites

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    Olajide D. Dokun; Laurence J. Jacobs; Rami M. Haj-Ali

    2000-01-01

    This research uses laser ultrasonic techniques to monitor a (directly measurable) ultrasonic prop- erty—frequency-dependent Rayleigh wave velocity (material dispersion)—and then relates changes in this acoustic property to changes in the material's properties (such as stiffness) that characterize damage. The subject material system is a thick, glass-reinforced, vinylester (thermosetting) fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite. Laser ultrasonics is an ideal methodology to monitor

  19. Preliminary Review of the Degradation of Cellulosic, Plastic, and Rubber Materials in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, and Possible

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    Preliminary Review of the Degradation of Cellulosic, Plastic, and Rubber Materials in the Waste............................................... 2-1 2.1.1 Microbial Degradation of Cellulosic, Plastic, and Rubber Materials ...... 2-1 2.1.2 Anoxic.0 Available Information related to Cellulosics, Plastics, and Rubber Degradation and Backfill Reactions

  20. Degradable polyester scaffolds with controlled surface chemistry combining minimal protein adsorption with specific bioactivation

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    Grafahrend, Dirk; Heffels, Karl-Heinz; Beer, Meike V.; Gasteier, Peter; Möller, Martin; Boehm, Gabriele; Dalton, Paul D.; Groll, Jürgen

    2011-01-01

    Advanced biomaterials and scaffolds for tissue engineering place high demands on materials and exceed the passive biocompatibility requirements previously considered acceptable for biomedical implants. Together with degradability, the activation of specific cell-material interactions and a three-dimensional environment that mimics the extracellular matrix are core challenges and prerequisites for the organization of living cells to functional tissue. Moreover, although bioactive signalling combined with minimization of non-specific protein adsorption is an advanced modification technique for flat surfaces, it is usually not accomplished for three-dimensional fibrous scaffolds used in tissue engineering. Here, we present a one-step preparation of fully synthetic, bioactive and degradable extracellular matrix-mimetic scaffolds by electrospinning, using poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) as the matrix polymer. Addition of a functional, amphiphilic macromolecule based on star-shaped poly(ethylene oxide) transforms current biomedically used degradable polyesters into hydrophilic fibres, which causes the suppression of non-specific protein adsorption on the fibres’ surface. The subsequent covalent attachment of cell-adhesion-mediating peptides to the hydrophilic fibres promotes specific bioactivation and enables adhesion of cells through exclusive recognition of the immobilized binding motifs. This approach permits synthetic materials to directly control cell behaviour, for example, resembling the binding of cells to fibronectin immobilized on collagen fibres in the extracellular matrix of connective tissue.

  1. Attitudinal effects of degrading themes and sexual explicitness in video materials.

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    Golde, J A; Strassberg, D S; Turner, C M; Lowe, K

    2000-07-01

    This study examined the independent and interactive effects of sexual explicitness and degrading themes toward women on mens' attitudes following exposure to video presentations of male-female interactions. Subjects were 83 male college students who viewed video vignettes under one of four stimulus conditions: (a) sexually explicit/degrading, (b) sexually explicit/nondegrading, (c) nonexplicit/degrading, and (d) nonexplicit/nondegrading. Results revealed that men exposed to degrading material, regardless of explicitness, were significantly more likely to express attitudes supportive of rape, while explicitness had no significant main or interactive effect on these attitudes. Further, the interaction of explicitness with degradation was found to impact scores on a measure of sexual callousness. Theoretical and clinical implications of these findings are discussed. PMID:10904993

  2. Damping capacity measurements of degradation in advanced materials. [Rapidly solidified alloys

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    Mantena, R.; Gibson, R.F.; Place, T.A.

    1986-04-01

    This paper describes the application of damping capacity measurements for characterization of degradation in advanced materials. A recently developed impulse-frequency response technique was used to obtain damping capacity measurements on crossplied E-glass/epoxy laminates that had been subjected to four-point bending and cantilever bending to produce matrix cracking in the transverse plies. The size and location of the damage zone were correlated with changes to damping. With the expected introduction of Rapidly Solidified Alloys (RSA) as effective alternatives to conventional materials, the applicability of damping capacity measurements as a non destructive means of evaluating degradation in these materials was also studied. 17 references, 15 figures.

  3. High-Resolution Crack Imaging Reveals Degradation Processes in Nuclear Reactor Structural Materials

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Matthew J. Olszta; Daniel K. Schreiber; Larry E. Thomas; Stephen M. Bruemmer

    2012-01-01

    Corrosion and cracking represent critical failure mechanisms for structural materials in many applications. Although a crack can often be seen with the unaided eye, higher resolution imaging techniques are required to understand the nature of the crack tips and underlying degradation processes. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) employ a suite of microscopy techniques and site-specific material sampling to

  4. How can high mobility channel materials boost or degrade performance in advanced CMOS

    Microsoft Academic Search

    T. Skotnicki; F. Boeuf

    2010-01-01

    Big hopes are still placed in high mobility materials such as III-V compound semiconductors. The key new elements that may moderate this belief are: degradation of DIBL, subthreshold slope and gate capacitance due to larger dielectric constant and smaller density of states in III-V materials. We will show how DIBL plays directly on performance, especially in LP technologies. This effect

  5. Long-Term Lunar Radiation Degradation Effects on Materials

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    Rojdev, Kristina; ORourke, Mary Jane; Koontz, Steve; Alred, John; Hill, Charles; Devivar, Rodrigo; Morera-Felix, Shakira; Atwell, William; Nutt, Steve; Sabbann, Leslie

    2010-01-01

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is focused on developing technologies for extending human presence beyond low Earth orbit. These technologies are to advance the state-of-the-art and provide for longer duration missions outside the protection of Earth's magnetosphere. One technology of great interest for large structures is advanced composite materials, due to their weight and cost savings, enhanced radiation protection for the crew, and potential for performance improvements when compared with existing metals. However, these materials have not been characterized for the interplanetary space environment, and particularly the effects of high energy radiation, which is known to cause damage to polymeric materials. Therefore, a study focusing on a lunar habitation element was undertaken to investigate the integrity of potential structural composite materials after exposure to a long-term lunar radiation environment. An overview of the study results are presented, along with a discussion of recommended future work.

  6. Toxicity of thermal degradation products of spacecraft materials

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lawrence, W. H.; Turner, J. E.; Sanford, C.; Foster, S.; Baldwin, E.; Oconnor, J.

    1982-01-01

    Three polymeric materials were evaluated for relative toxicity of their pyrolysis products to rats by inhalation: Y-7683 (LS 200), Y-7684 (Vonar 3 on Fiberglass), and Y-7685 (Vonar 3 on N W Polyester). Criteria employed for assessing relative toxicity were (1) lethality from in-chamber pyrolysis, (2) lethality from an outside-of-chamber pyrolysis MSTL Procedure, and (3) disruption of trained rats' shock-avoidance performance during sub-lethal exposures to in-chamber pyrolysis of the materials.

  7. Material degradation and particle formation under transient thermal loads

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. Linke; M. Akiba; R. Duwe; A. Lodato; H.-J. Penkalla; M. Rodig; K. Schopflin

    2001-01-01

    Carbon-based materials and metals have been exposed to fusion relevant thermal loads in an electron beam test facility to simulate off-normal plasma conditions such as disruptions or vertical displacement events (VDEs). The erosion process in carbon-based materials is dominated by brittle destruction, a process which is associated with the formation of carbon dust; this process becomes essential at a threshold

  8. Top-Down Control of Diesel-Degrading Prokaryotic Communities.

    PubMed

    Sauret, Caroline; Böttjer, Daniela; Talarmin, Agathe; Guigue, Catherine; Conan, Pascal; Pujo-Pay, Mireille; Ghiglione, Jean-François

    2015-08-01

    Biostimulation through the addition of inorganic nutrients has been the most widely practiced bioremediation strategy in oil-polluted marine waters. However, little attention has so far been paid to the microbial food web and the impact of top-down control that directly or indirectly influences the success of the bioremediation. We designed a mesocosm experiment using pre-filtered (<50 ?m) surface seawater from the Bay of Banyuls-sur-Mer (North-Western Mediterranean Sea) and examined the top-down effect exerted by heterotrophic nanoflagellates (HNF) and virus-like particles (VLP) on prokaryotic abundance, activity and diversity in the presence or absence of diesel fuel. Prokaryotes, HNF and VLP abundances showed a predator-prey succession, with a co-development of HNF and VLP. In the polluted system, we observed a stronger impact of viral lysis on prokaryotic abundances than in the control. Analysis of the diversity revealed that a bloom of Vibrio sp. occurred in the polluted mesocosm. That bloom was rapidly followed by a less abundant and more even community of predation-resistant bacteria, including known hydrocarbon degraders such as Oleispira spp. and Methylophaga spp. and opportunistic bacteria such as Percisivirga spp., Roseobacter spp. and Phaeobacter spp. The shift in prokaryotic dominance in response to viral lysis provided clear evidence of the 'killing the winner' model. Nevertheless, despite clear effects on prokaryotic abundance, activity and diversity, the diesel degradation was not impacted by top-down control. The present study investigates for the first time the functioning of a complex microbial network (including VLP) using a nutrient-based biostimulation strategy and highlights some key processes useful for tailoring bioremediation. PMID:25805213

  9. Synthesis of Degradable Materials Based on Caprolactone and Vinyl Acetate Units Using Radical Chemistry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Seema Agarwal; Rimpu Kumar; Thomas Kissel; Regina Reul

    2009-01-01

    Present studies are carried out with an aim to make degradable materials based on caprolactone and vinyl acetate units using radical chemistry. Radical ring-opening copolymerization of 2-methylene-l,3-dioxepane (MDO) with vinyl acetate in presence of AIBN initiator at 70 °C was carried out to achieve the aim. The copolymerization introduced degradable PCL repeat units onto the C-C backbone of poly(vinyl acetate).

  10. Substrate-anchored and degradation-sensitive anti-inflammatory coatings for implant materials.

    PubMed

    Wu, Duo; Chen, Xingyu; Chen, Tianchan; Ding, Chunmei; Wu, Wei; Li, Jianshu

    2015-01-01

    Implant materials need to be highly biocompatible to avoid inflammation in clinical practice. Although biodegradable polymeric implants can eliminate the need for a second surgical intervention to remove the implant materials, they may produce acidic degradation products in vivo and cause non-bacterial inflammation. Here we show the strategy of "substrate-anchored and degradation-sensitive coatings" for biodegradable implants. Using poly(lactic acid)/hydroxyapatite as an implant material model, we constructed a layer-by-layer coating using pH-sensitive star polymers and dendrimers loaded with an anti-inflammatory drug, which was immobilised through a hydroxyapatite-anchored layer. The multifunctional coating can effectively suppress the local inflammation caused by the degradation of implant materials for at least 8 weeks in vivo. Moreover, the substrate-anchored coating is able to modulate the degradation of the substrate in a more homogeneous manner. The "substrate-anchored and degradation-sensitive coating" strategy therefore exhibits potential for the design of various self-anti-inflammatory biodegradable implant materials. PMID:26077243

  11. Weld repair of helium degraded reactor vessel material

    SciTech Connect

    Kanne, W.R. Jr.; Lohmeier, D.A.; Louthan, M.R. Jr.; Rankin, D.T.; Franco-Ferreira, E.A. [Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Aiken, SC (United States); Bruck, G.J.; Madeyski, A.; Shogan, R.P.; Lessmann, G.G. [Westinghouse Electric Corp., Pittsburgh, PA (United States). Science and Technology Center

    1990-12-31

    Welding methods for modification or repair of irradiated nuclear reactor vessels are being evaluated at the Savannah River Site. A low-penetration weld overlay technique has been developed to minimize the adverse effects of irradiation induced helium on the weldability of metals and alloys. This technique was successfully applied to Type 304 stainless steel test plates that contained 3 to 220 appm helium from tritium decay. Conventional welding practices caused significant cracking and degradation in the test plates. Optical microscopy of weld surfaces and cross sections showed that large surface toe cracks formed around conventional welds in the test plates but did not form around overlay welds. Scattered incipient underbead cracks (grain boundary separations) were associated with both conventional and overlay test welds. Tensile and bend tests were used to assess the effect of base metal helium content on the mechanical integrity of the low-penetration overlay welds. The axis of tensile specimens was perpendicular to the weld-base metal interface. Tensile specimens were machined after studs were resistance welded to overlay surfaces.

  12. Weld repair of helium degraded reactor vessel material

    SciTech Connect

    Kanne, W.R. Jr.; Lohmeier, D.A.; Louthan, M.R. Jr.; Rankin, D.T.; Franco-Ferreira, E.A. (Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Aiken, SC (United States)); Bruck, G.J.; Madeyski, A.; Shogan, R.P.; Lessmann, G.G. (Westinghouse Electric Corp., Pittsburgh, PA (United States). Science and Technology Center)

    1990-01-01

    Welding methods for modification or repair of irradiated nuclear reactor vessels are being evaluated at the Savannah River Site. A low-penetration weld overlay technique has been developed to minimize the adverse effects of irradiation induced helium on the weldability of metals and alloys. This technique was successfully applied to Type 304 stainless steel test plates that contained 3 to 220 appm helium from tritium decay. Conventional welding practices caused significant cracking and degradation in the test plates. Optical microscopy of weld surfaces and cross sections showed that large surface toe cracks formed around conventional welds in the test plates but did not form around overlay welds. Scattered incipient underbead cracks (grain boundary separations) were associated with both conventional and overlay test welds. Tensile and bend tests were used to assess the effect of base metal helium content on the mechanical integrity of the low-penetration overlay welds. The axis of tensile specimens was perpendicular to the weld-base metal interface. Tensile specimens were machined after studs were resistance welded to overlay surfaces.

  13. Thermal degradation of organic material by portable laser Raman spectrometry

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Som, Sanjoy M.; Foing, Bernard H.

    2012-07-01

    Raman spectrometry has been established as an instrument of choice for studying the structure and bond type of known molecules, and identifying the composition of unknown substances, whether geological or biological. This versatility has led to its strong consideration for planetary exploration. In the context of the ExoGeoLab and ExoHab pilot projects of ESA-ESTEC & ILEWG (International Lunar Exploration Working Group), we investigated samples of astrobiological interest using a portable Raman spectrometer lasing at 785 nm and discuss implications for planetary exploration. We find that biological samples are typically best observed at wavenumbers >1100 cm-1, but their Raman signals are often affected by fluorescence effects, which lowers their signal-to-noise ratio. Raman signals of minerals are typically found at wavenumbers <1100 cm-1, and tend to be less affected by fluorescence. While higher power and/or longer signal integration time improve Raman signals, such power settings are detrimental to biological samples due to sample thermal degradation. Care must be taken in selecting the laser wavelength, power level and integration time for unknown samples, particularly if Raman signatures of biological components are anticipated. We include in the Appendices tables of Raman signatures for astrobiologically relevant organic compounds and minerals.

  14. Correlation of electrical reactor cable failure with materials degradation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Stuetzer

    1986-01-01

    Complete circuit failure (shortout) of electrical cables typically used in nuclear power plant containments is investigated. Failure modes are correlated with the mechanical deterioration of the elastomeric cable materials. It is found that for normal reactor operation, electrical cables are reliable and safe over very long periods. During high temperature excursions, however, cables pulled across corners under high stress may

  15. Recyclability Evaluation Method Considering Material Combination and Degradation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Naohiko Oyasato; Hideki Kobayashi

    2006-01-01

    A new method of recyclability evaluation is proposed. The recyclability of a product is given by summing up recyclability of all units to which the product is manually disassembled. The recyclability of a unit is calculated if all names and amounts of materials of which the unit is composed are known. The recyclability of a disassembled unit consisting of multiple

  16. Development of materials resistant to metal dusting degradation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    K. Natesan; Z. Zeng

    2006-01-01

    Metal dusting corrosion has been a serious problem in the petroleum and petrochemical industries, such as reforming and syngas production systems. This form of deterioration has led to worldwide material loss for 50 years. For the past three years, we have studied the mechanism of metal dusting for Fe- and Ni-base alloys. In this report, we present a correlation between

  17. Analysis of Retrieved Hubble Space Telescope Thermal Control Materials

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jacqueline A. Townsend; Patricia A. Hansen; Joyce A. Dever; Jack J. Triolo

    1998-01-01

    The mechanical and optical properties of the thermal control materials on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have degraded over the nearly seven years the telescope has been in orbit. Astronaut observations and photographs from the Second Servicing Mission (SM2) revealed large cracks in the metallized Teflon FEP, the outer-layer of the multi-layer insulation (MLI), in many locations around the telescope.

  18. ADAPTIVE OPTICS CONTROL FOR LASER MATERIAL PROCESSING

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    Knobloch,Jürgen

    ADAPTIVE OPTICS CONTROL FOR LASER MATERIAL PROCESSING S. Mauch , J. Reger , E. Beckert Control-mail: erik.beckert@iof.fraunhofer.de) Abstract: An adaptive optics system is used for correcting tip: adaptive optics, tip-tilt control, Kalman-filtering, material processing 1. INTRODUCTION In laser material

  19. Degradation mode surveys of high performance candidate container materials

    SciTech Connect

    Gdowski, G.E.; McCright, R.D.

    1990-12-01

    Corrosion resistant materials are being considered for the metallic barrier of the Yucca Mountain Project`s high-level radioactive waste disposal containers. Nickel-chromium-molybdenum alloys and titanium alloys have good corrosion resistance properties and are considered good candidates for the metallic barrier. The localized corrosion phenomena, pitting and crevice corrosion, are considered as potentially limiting for the barrier lifetime. An understanding of the mechanisms of localized corrosion and of how various parameters affect it will be necessary for adequate performance assessment of candidate container materials. Examples of some of the concerns involving localized corrosion are discussed. The effects of various parameters, such as temperature and concentration of halide species, on localized corrosion are given. In addition, concerns about aging of the protective oxide layer in the expected service temperature range (50 to 250{degree}C) are presented. Also some mechanistic considerations of localized corrosion are given. 45 refs., 1 tab.

  20. Probabilistic material degradation model for aerospace materials subjected to high temperature, mechanical and thermal fatigue, and creep

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    Boyce, L.

    1992-01-01

    A probabilistic general material strength degradation model has been developed for structural components of aerospace propulsion systems subjected to diverse random effects. The model has been implemented in two FORTRAN programs, PROMISS (Probabilistic Material Strength Simulator) and PROMISC (Probabilistic Material Strength Calibrator). PROMISS calculates the random lifetime strength of an aerospace propulsion component due to as many as eighteen diverse random effects. Results are presented in the form of probability density functions and cumulative distribution functions of lifetime strength. PROMISC calibrates the model by calculating the values of empirical material constants.

  1. Nuclear material control in the United States

    SciTech Connect

    Jaeger, C.; Waddoups, I.

    1995-09-01

    The Department of Energy has defined a safeguards system to be an integrated system of physical protection, material accounting and material control subsystems designed to deter, prevent, detect, and respond to unauthorized possession, use, or sabotage of SNM. In practice, safeguards involve the development and application of techniques and procedures dealing with the establishment and continued maintenance of a system of activities. The system must also include administrative controls and surveillance to assure that the procedures and techniques of the system are effective and are being carried out. The control of nuclear material is critical to the safeguarding of nuclear materials within the United States. The U.S. Department of Energy includes as part of material control four functional performance areas. They include access controls, material surveillance, material containment and detection/assessment. This paper will address not only these areas but also the relationship between material control and other safeguards and security functions.

  2. Correlation of electrical reactor cable failure with materials degradation

    SciTech Connect

    Stuetzer, O.M.

    1986-03-01

    Complete circuit failure (shortout) of electrical cables typically used in nuclear power plant containments is investigated. Failure modes are correlated with the mechanical deterioration of the elastomeric cable materials. It is found that for normal reactor operation, electrical cables are reliable and safe over very long periods. During high temperature excursions, however, cables pulled across corners under high stress may short out due to conductor creep. Severe cracking will occur in short times during high temperatures (>150/sup 0/C) and in times of the order of years at elevated temperatures (100/sup 0/C to 140/sup 0/C). A theoretical treatment of stress distribution responsible for creep and for cracking by J.E. Reaugh of Science Applications, Inc. is contained in the Appendix. 29 refs., 32 figs.

  3. Development of materials resistant to metal dusting degradation.

    SciTech Connect

    Natesan, K.; Zeng, Z.

    2006-04-24

    Metal dusting corrosion has been a serious problem in the petroleum and petrochemical industries, such as reforming and syngas production systems. This form of deterioration has led to worldwide material loss for 50 years. For the past three years, we have studied the mechanism of metal dusting for Fe- and Ni-base alloys. In this report, we present a correlation between the weight loss and depth of pits that form in Ni-base alloys. Nickel-base alloys were also tested at 1 and 14.8 atm (210 psi), in a high carbon activity environment. Higher system pressure was found to accelerate corrosion in most Ni-base alloys. To reduce testing time, a pre-pitting method was developed. Mechanical scratches on the alloy surface led to fast metal dusting corrosion. We have also developed preliminary data on the performance of weldments of several Ni-base alloys in a metal dusting environment. Finally, Alloy 800 tubes and plates used in a reformer plant were examined by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray, and Raman spectroscopy. The oxide scale on the surface of the Alloy 800 primarily consists of Fe{sub 1+x}Cr{sub 2-X}O{sub 4} spinel phase with high Fe content. Carbon can diffuse through this oxide scale. It was discovered that the growth of metal dusting pits could be stopped by means of a slightly oxidized alloy surface. This leads to a new way to solve metal dusting problem.

  4. Materials and degradation modes in an alternative LLW (low-level waste) disposal facility

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    Cowgill, M.G.; MacKenzie, D.R.

    1989-01-01

    The materials used in the construction of alternative low-level waste disposal facilities will be subject to interaction with both the internal and the external environments associated with the facilities and unless precautions are taken, may degrade, leading to structural failure. This paper reviews the characteristics of both environments with respect to three alternative disposal concepts, then assesses how reaction with them might affect the properties of the materials, which include concrete, steel-reinforced concrete, structural steel, and various protective coatings and membranes. It identifies and evaluates the probability of reactions occurring which might lead to degradation of the materials and so compromise the structure. The probability of failure (interpreted relative to the ability of the structure to restrict ingress and egress of water) is assessed for each material and precautionary measures, intended to maximize the durability of the facility, are reviewed. 19 refs., 2 tabs.

  5. Detection of degradation in die-attach materials by in-situ monitoring of thermal properties

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    Olaf Wittler; A. M. Nejadari; B. Michel

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents a method for indicating cracks in die attach materials, which is non-destructive and enables in-situ monitoring of degradation. It is based on the principle that voids or cracks cause the change of thermal behaviour in electronic packages. Therefore the thermal behaviour is due to alter over lifetime. Parametric simulation models have been developed, which enable the prediction

  6. SCAPS Modeling for Degradation of Ultrathin CdTe Films: Materials Interdiffusion

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    Houshmand, Mohammad; Zandi, M. Hossein; Gorji, Nima E.

    2015-01-01

    Ultrathin film solar cells based on CdS/CdTe (d CdTe ? 1 µm) suffer from two main issues: incomplete photo absorption and high degradation rate. The former is cured by light-trapping techniques, whereas the latter is a matter of fabrication details. Interdiffusion of the material components and formation of subsequent interlayers at the front/back region can change the optical/electrical properties and performance/stability of the device. We model the degradation of the ultrathin CdTe film devices considering the material interdiffusion and interlayers formation: CdTeS, CdZnTe, Cu x Te (i.e., Te/Cu bilayer), and oxide interlayers (i.e., CdTeO3). The diffusion rate of the materials is considered separately and the reactions that change the interlayer's properties are studied. Additionally, a back contact of single-walled carbon nanotube showed a higher stability than the metallic contacts. A new time-dependent approach is applied to simulate the degradation rate due to formation of any interlayer. It is shown that the materials interdiffusion causes a defect increment under thermal stress and illumination. The metallic back contact accelerates the degradation, whereas single-walled carbon nanotubes show the highest stability. A SCAPS simulator was used because of its ability in defining the properties of the back contact and metastabilities at the interface layers. The properties of the layers were taken from the experimental data reported in the literature.

  7. Proactive Management of Materials Degradation - A Review of Principles and Programs

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    Leonard J. Bond; Steven R; Theodore T. Taylor

    2008-01-01

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has undertaken a program to lay the technical foundation for defining proactive actions so that future degradation of materials in light water reactors (LWRs) is limited and, thereby, does not diminish either the integrity of important LWR components or the safety of operating plants. This technical letter report was prepared by staff at Pacific

  8. Assessment of dental material degradation product toxicity using a bioluminescent bacterial assay

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    Melissa G Shettlemore; Kirk J Bundy

    2002-01-01

    Objectives: This study examined dental material degradation product toxicity using the Microtox bacterial bioluminescence assay as well as the effects on toxicity of selective leaching, chelation with protein, the physical form of the products, and synergistic\\/antagonistic interactions among released ions.Methods: Polarization was used to produce ionically dissolved (ID) and precipitated corrosion products from Litecast B alloy specimens, which were then

  9. Space Mapping Optimization of the Magnetic Circuit of Electrical Machines Including Local Material Degradation

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    Guillaume Crevecoeur; Luc Dupr; Rik Van de Walle

    2007-01-01

    Production processes like cutting, performed on electrical steel laminations, influence their magnetic properties locally. Since the magnetic design of electrical machines does not take this effect into account accurately, the design may be suboptimal. Therefore, the need exists to develop a numerical procedure which is capable of optimizing electrical devices, taking into account the local material degradation and featuring high

  10. Thermal degradation of polypropylene\\/starch-based materials with enhanced biodegradability

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    X. Ramis; A. Cadenato; J. M. Salla; J. M. Morancho; A. Vallés; L. Contat; A. Ribes

    2004-01-01

    Blends of polypropylene (PP) and starch-based biodegradable materials were tested for biodegradability under soil burial test conditions. By means of thermogravimetric analysis, we evaluated the thermal stability of the PP matrix, of the additive and of the blends before and after the soil burial test. The kinetic parameters associated with thermal degradation were determined using integral isoconversional methods. We present

  11. Controlling panel flutter using adaptive materials

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    Scott, R. C.; Weisshaar, T. A.

    1991-01-01

    The effectiveness of using adaptive materials to control panel flutter is examined. Adaptive materials are those whose strain or mechanical properties can be controlled by the application of an external stimulus. Two such material types are piezoelectric (ceramics or polymers) and shape memory alloys. These materials experience controllable strain when subjected to applied voltage and heat, respectively. The present study investigates the use of both material types to modify the flutter characteristics of a simply supported panel in supersonic flow. Piezoelectric materials respond quickly to applied voltages and can be used with feedback control for active vibration suppression. The adaptive process of the shape memory alloy used in this study (geometry and stiffness change) is a relatively low frequency phenomenon; therefore, it is considered for passive (on/off) control schemes only. Nondimensional parameters for these adaptive materials are used with linear panel models, yielding results which allow for a better understanding of their capabilities in controlling aeroelastic responses.

  12. Developing a Software Architecture for Graceful Degradation in an Elevator Control System

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    Koopman, Philip

    Developing a Software Architecture for Graceful Degradation in an Elevator Control System Abstract that may enhance graceful degradation for an example elevator control system, and discussion about the system structure in such a way that it can shed non-critical functionality automatically in the presence

  13. Heat and mass transport from thermally degrading thin cellulosic materials in a microgravity environment

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    Kushida, G.; Baum, H.R.; Kashiwagi, T. (National Inst. of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (United States)); Blasi, C. di (Univ. of Naples (Italy))

    1992-05-01

    A theoretical model describing the behavior of a thermally thin cellulosic sheet heated by external thermal radiation in a quiescent microgravity environment is developed. This model describes thermal and oxidative degradation of the sheet and the heat and mass transfer of evolved degradation products from the heated cellulosic surface into the gas phase. At present, gas phase oxidation reactions are not included. Without buoyancy, the dominant vorticity creation mechanism in the bulk of the gas is absent except at the material surface by the requirement of the no-slip condition. The no-slip condition is relaxed, permitting the flow to be represented by a velocity potential. This approximation is permissible due to the combination of a microgravity environment and low Reynolds number associated with slow small-area heating by external radiation. Two calculations are carried out: heating without thermal degradation, and heating with thermal degradation of the sheet with endothermic char oxidation. The results show that pyrolysis is the main degradation reaction. Moreover, self-sustained propagation of smoldering for cellulosic materials is very difficult due to the lack of sufficient oxygen supply in a quiescent environment.

  14. Quality control of MATa1 splicing and exon skipping by nuclear RNA degradation

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    Chanfreau, Guillaume

    Quality control of MATa1 splicing and exon skipping by nuclear RNA degradation Defne E. Egecioglu), identifying a novel nuclear quality control pathway for aberrantly spliced RNAs that have skipped exons

  15. Material Recycling and Waste Disposal Document Control

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    Guillas, Serge

    1 Material Recycling and Waste Disposal Procedure Document Control Document Created by 23, treatment, handling, transport and disposal of recyclable materials and residual wastes so as to maximise the opportunity and value for the recyclable materials and to minimise the quantity of residual materials

  16. Controlling Weapons-Grade Fissile Material

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    Rotblat, J.

    1977-01-01

    Discusses the problems of controlling weapons-grade fissionable material. Projections of the growth of fission nuclear reactors indicates sufficient materials will be available to construct 300,000 atomic bombs each containing 10 kilograms of plutonium by 1990. (SL)

  17. Biodegradability of biodegradable/degradable plastic materials under aerobic and anaerobic conditions.

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    Mohee, R; Unmar, G D; Mudhoo, A; Khadoo, P

    2008-01-01

    A study was conducted on two types of plastic materials, Mater-Bi Novamont (MB) and Environmental Product Inc. (EPI), to assess their biodegradability under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. For aerobic conditions, organic fractions of municipal solid wastes were composted. For the anaerobic process, anaerobic inoculum from a wastewater treatment plant was used. Cellulose filter papers (CFP) were used as a positive control for both mediums. The composting process was monitored in terms of temperature, moisture and volatile solids and the biodegradation of the samples were monitored in terms of mass loss. Monitoring results showed a biodegradation of 27.1% on a dry basis for MB plastic within a period of 72 days of composting. Biodegradability under an anaerobic environment was monitored in terms of biogas production. A cumulative methane gas production of 245 ml was obtained for MB, which showed good degradation as compared to CFP (246.8 ml). However, EPI plastic showed a cumulative methane value of 7.6 ml for a period of 32 days, which was close to the blank (4.0 ml). The EPI plastic did not biodegrade under either condition. The cumulative carbon dioxide evolution after 32 days was as follows: CFP 4.406 cm3, MB 2.198 cm3 and EPI 1.328 cm3. The cumulative level of CO2 varying with time fitted sigmoid type curves with R2 values of 0.996, 0.996 and 0.995 for CFP, MB and EPI, respectively. PMID:17826972

  18. Thermal/chemical degradation of ceramic cross-flow filter materials

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    Alvin, M.A.; Lane, J.E.; Lippert, T.E.

    1989-11-01

    This report summarizes the 14-month, Phase 1 effort conducted by Westinghouse on the Thermal/Chemical Degradation of Ceramic Cross-Flow Filter Materials program. In Phase 1 expected filter process conditions were identified for a fixed-bed, fluid-bed, and entrained-bed gasification, direct coal fired turbine, and pressurized fluidized-bed combustion system. Ceramic cross-flow filter materials were also selected, procured, and subjected to chemical and physical characterization. The stability of each of the ceramic cross-flow materials was assessed in terms of potential reactions or phase change as a result of process temperature, and effluent gas compositions containing alkali and fines. In addition chemical and physical characterization was conducted on cross-flow filters that were exposed to the METC fluid-bed gasifier and the New York University pressurized fluidized-bed combustor. Long-term high temperature degradation mechanisms were proposed for each ceramic cross-flow material at process operating conditions. An experimental bench-scale test program is recommended to be conducted in Phase 2, generating data that support the proposed cross-flow filter material thermal/chemical degradation mechanisms. Papers on the individual subtasks have been processed separately for inclusion on the data base.

  19. Carbon Nanotube Materials for Substrate Enhanced Control of Catalytic Activity

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    Heben, M.; Dillon, A. C.; Engtrakul, C.; Lee, S.-H.; Kelley, R. D.; Kini, A. M.

    2007-05-01

    Carbon SWNTs are attractive materials for supporting electrocatalysts. The properties of SWNTs are highly tunable and controlled by the nanotube's circumferential periodicity and their surface chemistry. These unique characteristics suggest that architectures constructed from these types of carbon support materials would exhibit interesting and useful properties. Here, we expect that the structure of the carbon nanotube support will play a major role in stabilizing metal electrocatalysts under extreme operating conditions and suppress both catalyst and support degradation. Furthermore, the chemical modification of the carbon nanotube surfaces can be expected to alter the interface between the catalyst and support, thus, enhancing the activity and utilization of the electrocatalysts. We plan to incorporate discrete reaction sites into the carbon nanotube lattice to create intimate electrical contacts with the catalyst particles to increase the metal catalyst activity and utilization. The work involves materials synthesis, design of electrode architectures on the nanoscale, control of the electronic, ionic, and mass fluxes, and use of advanced optical spectroscopy techniques.

  20. Semi-degradable poly(?-amino ester) networks with temporally controlled enhancement of mechanical properties.

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    Safranski, David L; Weiss, Daiana; Clark, J Brian; Taylor, W Robert; Gall, Ken

    2014-08-01

    Biodegradable polymers are clinically used in numerous biomedical applications, and classically show a loss of mechanical properties within weeks of implantation. This work demonstrates a new class of semi-degradable polymers that show an increase in mechanical properties through degradation via a controlled shift in a thermal transition. Semi-degradable polymer networks, poly(?-amino ester)-co-methyl methacrylate, were formed from a low glass transition temperature crosslinker, poly(?-amino ester), and high glass transition temperature monomer, methyl methacrylate, which degraded in a manner dependent upon the crosslinker chemical structure. In vitro and in vivo degradation revealed changes in mechanical behavior due to the degradation of the crosslinker from the polymer network. This novel polymer system demonstrates a strategy to temporally control the mechanical behavior of polymers and to enhance the initial performance of smart biomedical devices. PMID:24769113

  1. Damage Assessment Technologies for Prognostics and Proactive Management of Materials Degradation (PMMD)

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    Bond, Leonard J.; Doctor, Steven R.; Griffin, Jeffrey W.; Hull, Amy B.; Malik, Shah

    2009-01-16

    There are approximately 440 operating reactors in the global nuclear power plant (NPP) fleet with an average age greater than 20 years and design lives of 30 or 40 years. The United States is currently implementing license extensions of 20 years on many plants, and consideration is now being given to the concept of "life-beyond-60", license extension from 60 to 80 years and potentially longer. In almost all countries with NPPs, authorities are looking at some form of license renewal program. In support of NPP license renewal over the past decade, various national and international programs have been initiated. This paper discusses stressor-based prognostics and its role as part of emerging trends in Proactive Management of Materials Degradation (PMMD) applied to nuclear power plant structures, systems and components (SSC). The paper concisely explains the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) program in PMMD, the basic principles of PMMD and its relationship to advanced diagnostics and prognostics. It then provides an assessment of the state of maturity for diagnostic and prognostic technologies, including NDE and related technologies for damage assessment, and the current trend to move from condition-based maintenance to on-line monitoring for advanced diagnostics and stressor-based prognostics. This development in technology requires advances in sensors; better understanding of what and how to measure within a nuclear power plant; enhanced data interrogation, communication and integration; new prediction models for damage/aging evolution; system integration for real-world deployments and quantification of uncertainties in what are inherently ill-posed problems. Stressor-based analysis is based upon understanding which stressor characteristics (e.g., pressure transients) provide a percussive indication that can be used for mapping subsequent damage due to a specific degradation mechanism. The resulting physical damage and the associated decrease in asset performance start with the application of a stressor to the component. The design engineer sets the desired operational stressor intensity level so that the degradation in the physical state of the component occurs slowly enough for the equipment to last for its required design life. In general, when the design limit of a stressor is exceeded (during operation), the component life expectancy starts to shorten. Conversely, careful control of operational parameters can enable extension of component life beyond that normally expected. For systems which were conservatively designed (such as nuclear power plants), the premise of the prognostic methodology is that a relationship can be derived that will allow a much more accurate projection of the remaining useful life. This is achieved by focusing on trending the stressor characterics rather than trending a performance metric. In this trend analysis example, the slope of the trended parameter is thought to give a measure of the degradation rate of the component performance. This is assumed to be a function of the rate of decline in the physical integrity of the equipment. Experience from measurements has shown this assumption to be true if one accounts for the nonlinearity which can occur between physical attributes and their effects on performance.

  2. Degradation mechanisms of materials for large space systems in low Earth orbit

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    Gordon, William L.; Hoffman, R. W.

    1987-01-01

    Degradation was explored of various materials used in aerospace vehicles after severe loss of polymeric material coatings (Kapton) was observed on an early shuttle flight in low Earth orbit. Since atomic oxygen is the major component of the atmosphere at 300 km, and the shuttle's orbital velocity produced relative motion corresponding to approx. 5 eV of oxygen energy, it was natural to attribute much of this degradation to oxygen interaction. This assumption was tested using large volume vacuum systems and ion beam sources, in an exploratory effort to produce atomic oxygen of the appropriate energy, and to observe mass loss from various samples as well as optical radiation. Several investigations were initiated and the results of these investigations are presented in four papers. These papers are summarized. They are entitled: (1) The Space Shuttle Glow; (2) Laboratory Degradation of Kapton in a Low Energy Oxygen Ion Beam; (3) The Energy Dependence and Surface Morphology of Kapton Degradation Under Atomic Oxygen Bombardment; and (4) Surface Analysis of STS 8 Samples.

  3. LANL material control indicator analysis program

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    Roybal, G. S. (Gilbert S.)

    2001-01-01

    The possibility of SNM diversion/theft is a major concern to organizations charged with control of Special Nuclear Material (SNM). Several methods have been put in place to deter and or detect losses of SNM. These include inventory, material control physical barriers and the use of material control indicators (MCI). This paper will discuss the multi-tier LANL review mechanism for detecting and isolating missing SNM by the use of Material Control Indicators. Los Alamos MCI include daily analysis and review of item adjustments, weekly review of item adjustments, monthly analysis and review of inventory differences by Process Status and by Material Balance Areas, and quarterly analysis and review of Propagation of Variance. This paper, by providing an introduction to a site-specific application of MCI's, assists safeguards professionals in understanding the importance of an MCI Program in detecting accumulation for subsequent diversion/theft of special nuclear material.

  4. Preliminary Flight Data From the Materials Exposure and Degradation experiment (MEDET)

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. P. Tighe; M. van Eesbeek; S. Duzellier; M. Dinguirard; D. Falguere; C. Pons; V. Inguimbert; C. Durin; S. Gabriel; D. Goulty; G. Roberts

    2009-01-01

    The Materials Exposure and Degradation Experiment (MEDET) was recently launched to the ISS on Space Shuttle Flight IE, as part of the EuTEF payload on the external payload facility of ESA's Columbus module. The experiment will operate in-orbit for at least 1.5 years, and has the overall objectives of evaluating the effects of the complex low Earth orbit space environment

  5. Radiation-induced electrical degradation experiments in the Japan materials testing reactor

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    Eugene H. Farnum; Tatsuo Shikama; Minoru Narui; Tsutomu Sagawa; Kent Scarborough

    1996-01-01

    An experiment to measure radiation-induced electrical degradation (RIED) in a sapphire sample and in three MgO-insulated cables was conducted at the JMTR light water reactor. The materials were irradiated at about 260°C to a fluence of 3 × 1024 n\\/m2 (E > 1 MeV) with an applied DC electric field between 100 kV\\/m and 500 kV\\/m. Even though the results

  6. A fast simulation procedure for ribbed composite structures with material degradation

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    K. Kalnins; J. Auzins; R. Rikards

    2007-01-01

    A fast simulation procedure for axially loaded ribbed composite structures is suggested based on the response surface methodology\\u000a (RSM). The assessment of material degradation in terms of stiffness reduction in the skin-stringer zone is carried out to\\u000a ensure the design reliability, thus acquiring a fast simulation procedure for an efficient and reliable analysis of the behaviour\\u000a of axially loaded ribbed

  7. Degradation of the materials of construction in Li-ion batteries

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jeffrey W. Braithwaite; Angelo Gonzales; Samuel J. Lucero

    1997-01-01

    The primary current-collector materials being used in lithium-ion cells are susceptible to environmental degradation: aluminum to pitting corrosion and copper to environmentally assisted cracking. Pitting occurs at the highly oxidizing potentials associated with the positive-electrode charge condition. However, the pitting mechanism is more complex than that typically observed in aqueous systems in that the pits are filled with a mixed

  8. Proactive Management of Materials Degradation - A Review of Principles and Programs

    SciTech Connect

    Bond, Leonard J.; Doctor, Steven R.; Taylor, Theodore T.

    2008-08-28

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has undertaken a program to lay the technical foundation for defining proactive actions so that future degradation of materials in light water reactors (LWRs) is limited and, thereby, does not diminish either the integrity of important LWR components or the safety of operating plants. This technical letter report was prepared by staff at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in support of the NRC Proactive Management of Materials Degradation (PMMD) program and relies heavily on work that was completed by Dr. Joseph Muscara and documented in NUREG/CR-6923. This report concisely explains the basic principles of PMMD and its relationship to prognostics, provides a review of programs related to PMMD being conducted worldwide, and provides an assessment of the technical gaps in PMMD and prognostics that need to be addressed. This technical letter report is timely because the majority of the U.S. reactor fleet is applying for license renewal, and many plants are also applying for increases in power rating. Both of these changes could increase the likelihood of materials degradation and underline, therefore, the interest in proactive management in the future.

  9. Degradation of cellulosic materials under the alkaline conditions of a cementitious repository for low and intermediate level radioactive waste

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    M. A Glaus; L. R van Loon; S Achatz; A Chodura; K Fischer

    1999-01-01

    In order to assess the potential role of cellulose degradation products as metal-binding chelates in a repository for radioactive waste, different cellulosic materials (pure cellulose, cotton, tissues and recycling paper) were degraded under the chemical conditions of cement pore water (pH 13.3). The degradation products formed were characterised using different separation techniques (HPIEC, HPAEC, GC-MS, MS\\/MS) and by high resolution

  10. Characterization of material degradation in ceramic matrix composites using infrared reflectance spectroscopy

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    Cooney, Adam T.; Flattum-Riemers, Richard Y. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, NonDestructive Evaluation Branch, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (United States); Scott, Benjamin J. [Universal Technology Corporation, Dayton, OH (United States)

    2011-06-23

    Ceramic matrix composite materials for thermal protection systems are required to maintain operational performance in extreme thermal and mechanical environments. In-service inspection of materials capable of assessing the degree and extent of damage and degradation will be required to ensure the safety and readiness of future air vehicles. Infrared reflectance spectroscopy is an established material characterization technique capable of extracting information regarding the chemical composition of substances. The viability of this technique as a potentially powerful nondestructive evaluation method capable of monitoring degradation in thermal protection system materials subjected to extreme mechanical and thermal environments is analyzed. Several oxide-based and non-oxide-based ceramic matrix composite materials were stressed to failure in a high temperature environment and subsequently measured using infrared reflectance spectroscopy. Spectral signatures at locations along the length of the samples were compared resulting in distinct and monotonic reflectance peak changes while approaching the fracture point. The chemical significance of the observed signatures and the feasibility of infrared reflectance nondestructive evaluation techniques are discussed.

  11. Comparison of amorphous silicon absorber materials: Light-induced degradation and solar cell efficiency

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    Stuckelberger, M.; Despeisse, M.; Bugnon, G.; Schüttauf, J.-W.; Haug, F.-J.; Ballif, C.

    2013-10-01

    Several amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) deposition conditions have been reported to produce films that degrade least under light soaking when incorporated into a-Si:H solar cells. However, a systematic comparison of these a-Si:H materials has never been presented. In the present study, different plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition conditions, yielding standard low-pressure VHF a-Si:H, protocrystalline, polymorphous, and high-pressure RF a-Si:H materials, are compared with respect to their optical properties and their behavior when incorporated into single-junction solar cells. A wide deposition parameter space has been explored in the same deposition system varying hydrogen dilution, deposition pressure, temperature, frequency, and power. From the physics of layer growth, to layer properties, to solar cell performance and light-induced degradation, a consistent picture of a-Si:H materials that are currently used for a-Si:H solar cells emerges. The applications of these materials in single-junction, tandem, and triple-junction solar cells are discussed, as well as their deposition compatibility with rough substrates, taking into account aspects of voltage, current, and charge collection. In sum, this contributes to answering the question, "Which material is best for which type of solar cell?"

  12. Proceedings of the sixth international symposium on environmental degradation of materials in nuclear power systems - water reactors

    SciTech Connect

    Gold, R.E.; Simonen, E.P. (eds.)

    1993-01-01

    The operation of water reactor nuclear power plants provides a significant fraction of the world's electric power generation. At the end of 1992, approximately 360 such plants were in operation, representing a total generating capacity of 320 GWe. As these plants age, and as new designs evolve, the impact of environmental degradation of reactor materials on reliability and power plants economics is receiving increasing recognition. The Sixth International Symposium on Environmental Degradation of Materials in Nuclear Power Systems-Water Reactors was organized to provide a forum for exchange of the results of research and plant operating experience associated with material degradation.

  13. Stability of CIGS Solar Cells and Component Materials Evaluated by a Step-Stress Accelerated Degradation Test Method: Preprint

    SciTech Connect

    Pern, F. J.; Noufi, R.

    2012-10-01

    A step-stress accelerated degradation testing (SSADT) method was employed for the first time to evaluate the stability of CuInGaSe2 (CIGS) solar cells and device component materials in four Al-framed test structures encapsulated with an edge sealant and three kinds of backsheet or moisture barrier film for moisture ingress control. The SSADT exposure used a 15oC and then a 15% relative humidity (RH) increment step, beginning from 40oC/40%RH (T/RH = 40/40) to 85oC/70%RH (85/70) as of the moment. The voluminous data acquired and processed as of total DH = 3956 h with 85/70 = 704 h produced the following results. The best CIGS solar cells in sample Set-1 with a moisture-permeable TPT backsheet showed essentially identical I-V degradation trend regardless of the Al-doped ZnO (AZO) layer thickness ranging from standard 0.12 ?m to 0.50 ?m on the cells. No clear 'stepwise' feature in the I-V parameter degradation curves corresponding to the SSADT T/RH/time profile was observed. Irregularity in I-V performance degradation pattern was observed with some cells showing early degradation at low T/RH < 55/55 and some showing large Voc, FF, and efficiency degradation due to increased series Rs (ohm-cm2) at T/RH ? 70/70. Results of (electrochemical) impedance spectroscopy (ECIS) analysis indicate degradation of the CIGS solar cells corresponded to increased series resistance Rs (ohm) and degraded parallel (minority carrier diffusion/recombination) resistance Rp, capacitance C, overall time constant Rp*C, and 'capacitor quality' factor (CPE-P), which were related to the cells? p-n junction properties. Heating at 85/70 appeared to benefit the CIGS solar cells as indicated by the largely recovered CPE-P factor. Device component materials, Mo on soda lime glass (Mo/SLG), bilayer ZnO (BZO), AlNi grid contact, and CdS/CIGS/Mo/SLG in test structures with TPT showed notable to significant degradation at T/RH ? 70/70. At T/RH = 85/70, substantial blistering of BZO layers on CIGS cell pieces was observed that was not seen on BZO/glass, and a CdS/CIGS sample displayed a small darkening and then flaking feature. Additionally, standard AlNi grid contact was less stable than thin Ni grid contact at T/RH ? 70/70. The edge sealant and moisture-blocking films were effective to block moisture ingress, as evidenced by the good stability of most CIGS solar cells and device components at T/RH = 85/70 for 704 h, and by preservation of the initial blue color on the RH indicator strips. The SSADT experiment is ongoing to be completed at T/RH = 85/85.

  14. Micro- and nano-scale characterization to study the thermal degradation of cement-based materials

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    Lim, Seungmin, E-mail: lim76@illinois.edu; Mondal, Paramita

    2014-06-01

    The degradation of hydration products of cement is known to cause changes in the micro- and nano-structure, which ultimately drive thermo-mechanical degradation of cement-based composite materials at elevated temperatures. However, a detailed characterization of these changes is still incomplete. This paper presents results of an extensive experimental study carried out to investigate micro- and nano-structural changes that occur due to exposure of cement paste to high temperatures. Following heat treatment of cement paste up to 1000 °C, damage states were studied by compressive strength test, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) atomic force microscopy (AFM) and AFM image analysis. Using experimental results and research from existing literature, new degradation processes that drive the loss of mechanical properties of cement paste are proposed. The development of micro-cracks at the interface between unhydrated cement particles and paste matrix, a change in C–S–H nano-structure and shrinkage of C–S–H, are considered as important factors that cause the thermal degradation of cement paste. - Highlights: • The thermal degradation of hydration products of cement is characterized at micro- and nano-scale using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). • The interface between unhydrated cement particles and the paste matrix is considered the origin of micro-cracks. • When cement paste is exposed to temperatures above 300 ºC, the nano-structure of C-S-H becomes a more loosely packed globular structure, which could be indicative of C-S-H shrinkage.

  15. A Priority Based Call Admission Control Protocol with Call Degradation for Cellular Networks

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    Aboelaze, Mokhtar

    important role in the performance of wireless networks. In this paper, we present a call admission controlA Priority Based Call Admission Control Protocol with Call Degradation for Cellular Networks are contradictory (network utilization, revenue, QoS, fairness, ... ). The call admission control works in real

  16. Metabolic control of glucose degradation in yeast and tumor cells

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    Armin Fiechter; Felix K. Gmiinder

    Regulation of glucose degradation in both yeasts and tumor cells is very similar in many respects: In both cases it leads\\u000a to excretion of intermediary metabolites (e.g. ethanol, lactate) in those cell types where uptake of glucose is unrestricted\\u000a (Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Bowes melanoma cells).\\u000a \\u000a The similarities between glucose metabolism observed in yeast and tumor cells is explained by the fact

  17. Controlled Degradation of Polypropylene: A Comprehensive Experimental and Theoretical Investigation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. Tzoganakis; Y. Tang; J. Vlachopoulos; A. E. Hamielec

    1989-01-01

    Experimental and modeling studies of the free-radical-induced degradation of polypropylene (PP) in the melt phase have been carried out. Experiments have been performed in a single-screw plasticating extruder using a peroxide as the free-radical source. Concentration of the peroxide was in the range 0.01–0.6 wt%. Results in the form of melt flow index (MFI) values, viscosity curves, and molecular weight

  18. Controlled degradation of multilayered poly(lactide-co-glycolide) films using electron beam irradiation.

    PubMed

    Chia, N K; Venkatraman, S S; Boey, F Y C; Cadart, S; Loo, J S C

    2008-03-15

    The ability to undergo predictable and controlled degradation allows biopolymers to release prescribed dosages of drugs locally over a sustained period. However, the bulk or homogeneous degradation of some of these polymers like poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) and poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) work against a better controlled release of the drugs. Inducing the polymers to undergo surface erosion or layer-by-layer degradation could provide a better process of controlled drug release from the polymers. This study has demonstrated that surface erosion degradation of PLGA is possible with the use of a multilayer film system, with PPdlLGA [plasticized poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PdlLGA)] as the surface layers and poly(L-lactide-co-glycolide) as the center layer. The use of the more hydrophilic PPdlLGA as the surface layer resulted in a faster degradation of the surface layers compared to the center layer, thus giving a surface erosion degradation effect. The rate of surface degradation could also be controlled with electron beam (e-beam) radiation, where e-beam irradiation was shown to alter the degradation time and onset of polymer mass loss. It was also shown that the more highly irradiated PPdlLGA surface layers had an earlier onset of mass loss, which resulted in a faster reduction in overall film thickness. The ability to control the rate of film thickness reduction with different radiation dose promises a better controlled release of drugs from this multilayer PLGA film system. PMID:17647238

  19. Occurrence, degradation, and effect of polymer-based materials in the environment.

    PubMed

    Lambert, Scott; Sinclair, Chris; Boxall, Alistair

    2014-01-01

    There is now a plethora of polymer-based materials (PBMs) on the market, because of the increasing demand for cheaper consumable goods, and light-weight industrial materials. Each PBM constitutes a mixture of their representative polymer/sand their various chemical additives. The major polymer types are polyethylene, polypropylene,and polyvinyl chloride, with natural rubber and biodegradable polymers becoming increasingly more important. The most important additives are those that are biologically active, because to be effective such chemicals often have properties that make them resistant to photo-degradation and biodegradation. During their lifecycle,PBMs can be released into the environment form a variety of sources. The principal introduction routes being general littering, dumping of unwanted waste materials,migration from landfills and emission during refuse collection. Once in the environment,PBMs are primarily broken down by photo-degradation processes, but due to the complex chemical makeup of PBMs, receiving environments are potentially exposed to a mixture of macro-, meso-, and micro-size polymer fragments, leached additives, and subsequent degradation products. In environments where sunlight is absent (i.e., soils and the deep sea) degradation for most PBMs is minimal .The majority of literature to date that has addressed the environmental contamination or disposition of PBMs has focused on the marine environment. This is because the oceans are identified as the major sink for macro PBMs, where they are known to present a hazard to wildlife via entanglement and ingestion. The published literature has established the occurrence of microplastics in marine environment and beach sediments, but is inadequate as regards contamination of soils and freshwater sediments. The uptake of microplastics for a limited range of aquatic organisms has also been established, but there is a lack of information regarding soil organisms, and the long-term effects of microplastic uptake are also less well understood.There is currently a need to establish appropriate degradation test strategies consistent with realistic environmental conditions, because the complexity of environmental systems is lost when only one process (e.g., hydrolysis) is assessed in isolation. Enhanced methodologies are also needed to evaluate the impact of PBMs to soil and freshwater environments. PMID:24158578

  20. Evaluation of material degradation of 1Cr1Mo0.25V steel by ball indentation and resistivity

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    Chang-Sung Seok; Jae-Mean Koo

    2006-01-01

    In this study, test materials with several different degradation levels were prepared by isothermal aging heat treatment at\\u000a 630 C up to 1820 h. Tensile and fracture tests were performed and those were compared with BI tests and DC potential drop\\u000a method. These results show that normalized Brinell hardness agrees well with normalized tensile strength at the viewpoint\\u000a of material degradation and

  1. High intensity 5 eV O-atom exposure facility for material degradation studies

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    Cross, J. B.; Spangler, L. H.; Hoffbauer, M. A.; Archuleta, F. A.; Leger, Lubert; Visentine, James; Hunton, Don E.; Cross, J. B.

    1986-01-01

    An atomic oxygen exposure facility was developed for studies of material degradation. The goal of these studies is to provide design criteria and information for the manufacture of long life (20 to 30 years) construction materials for use in low Earth orbit. The studies that are being undertaken will provide: (1) absolute reaction cross sections for the engineering design problems, (2) formulations of reaction mechanisms for use in the selection of suitable existing materials and the design of new more resistant ones, and (3) the calibration of flight hardware (mass spectrometers, etc.) in order to directly relate experiments performed in low Earth orbit to ground based investigations. The facility consists of a CW laser sustained discharge source of O-atoms, an atomic beam formation and diagnostics system, a spinning rotor viscometer, and provision for using the system for calibration of actual flight instruments.

  2. Materials degradation in fission reactors: Lessons learned of relevance to fusion reactor systems

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    Was, Gary S.

    2007-08-01

    The management of materials in power reactor systems has become a critically important activity in assuring the safe, reliable and economical operation of these facilities. Over the years, the commercial nuclear power reactor industry has faced numerous 'surprises' and unexpected occurrences in materials. Mitigation strategies have sometimes solved one problem at the expense of creating another. Other problems have been solved successfully and have motivated the development of techniques to foresee problems before they occur. This paper focuses on three aspects of fission reactor experience that may benefit future fusion systems. The first is identification of parameters and processes that have had a large impact on the behavior of materials in fission systems such as temperature, dose rate, surface condition, gradients, metallurgical variability and effects of the environment. The second is the development of materials performance and failure models to provide a basis for assuring component integrity. Last is the development of proactive materials management programs that identify and pre-empt degradation processes before they can become problems. These aspects of LWR experience along with the growing experience with materials in the more demanding advanced fission reactor systems form the basis for a set of 'lessons learned' to aid in the successful management of materials in fusion reactor systems.

  3. Controllability Analysis for Multirotor Helicopter Rotor Degradation and Failure

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    Du, Guang-Xun; Quan, Quan; Yang, Binxian; Cai, Kai-Yuan

    2015-05-01

    This paper considers the controllability analysis problem for a class of multirotor systems subject to rotor failure/wear. It is shown that classical controllability theories of linear systems are not sufficient to test the controllability of the considered multirotors. Owing to this, an easy-to-use measurement index is introduced to assess the available control authority. Based on it, a new necessary and sufficient condition for the controllability of multirotors is derived. Furthermore, a controllability test procedure is approached. The proposed controllability test method is applied to a class of hexacopters with different rotor configurations and different rotor efficiency parameters to show its effectiveness. The analysis results show that hexacopters with different rotor configurations have different fault-tolerant capabilities. It is therefore necessary to test the controllability of the multirotors before any fault-tolerant control strategies are employed.

  4. Downhole material injector for lost circulation control

    SciTech Connect

    Glowka, David A. (Tijeras, NM)

    1994-01-01

    Apparatus and method for simultaneously and separately emplacing two streams of different materials through a drillstring in a borehole to a downhole location for lost circulation control. The two streams are mixed outside the drillstring at the desired downhole location and harden only after mixing for control of a lost circulation zone.

  5. Failure Prevention For Nuclear Power Plants Through Proactive Management of Materials Degradation (PMMD)

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    Bond, Leonard J.; Doctor, Steven R.; Bruemmer, Stephen M.; Cumblidge, Stephen E.; Hull, Amy; Malik, Shah

    2009-05-01

    Failure prevention is central to the operation of nuclear power plants. To meet this goal there is growing interest in new and improved philosophies and methodologies for plant life management (PLiM), which include the migration from reliance on periodic inservice inspection to include condition-based maintenance. A further step in the development of plant management is the move from reactive responses based on ISI to become proactive, through the investigation of the potential for implementation of a proactive management of materials degradation (PMMD) program and its potential impact on the management of LWRs.

  6. Towards coherent control of energetic material initiation

    SciTech Connect

    Greenfield, Margo T [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mcgrane, Shawn D [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Scharff, R Jason [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Moore, David S [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2009-01-01

    Direct optical initiation (DOI) of energetic materials using coherent control of localized energy deposition requires depositing energy into the material to produce a critical size hot spot, which allows propagation of the reaction and thereby initiation, The hot spot characteristics needed for growth to initiation can be studied using quantum controlled initiation (QCI). Achieving direct quantum controlled initiation (QCI) in condensed phase systems requires optimally shaped ultrafast laser pulses to coherently guide the energy flow along the desired paths. As a test of our quantum control capabilities we have successfully demonstrated our ability to control the reaction pathway of the chemical system stilbene. An acousto-optical modulator based pulse shaper was used at 266 nm, in a shaped pump/supercontinuum probe technique, to enhance and suppress th relative yields of the cis- to trans-stilbene isomerization. The quantum control techniques tested in the stilbene experiments are currently being used to investigate QCI of the explosive hexanitroazobenzene (HNAB).

  7. Control of Swe1p degradation by the morphogenesis checkpoint.

    PubMed Central

    Sia, R A; Bardes, E S; Lew, D J

    1998-01-01

    In the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a cell cycle checkpoint coordinates mitosis with bud formation. Perturbations that transiently depolarize the actin cytoskeleton cause delays in bud formation, and a 'morphogenesis checkpoint' detects the actin perturbation and imposes a G2 delay through inhibition of the cyclin-dependent kinase, Cdc28p. The tyrosine kinase Swe1p, homologous to wee1 in fission yeast, is required for the checkpoint-mediated G2 delay. In this report, we show that Swe1p stability is regulated both during the normal cell cycle and in response to the checkpoint. Swe1p is stable during G1 and accumulates to a peak at the end of S phase or in early G2, when it becomes unstable and is degraded rapidly. Destabilization of Swe1p in G2 and M phase depends on the activity of Cdc28p in complexes with B-type cyclins. Several different perturbations of actin organization all prevent Swe1p degradation, leading to the persistence or further accumulation of Swe1p, and cell cycle delay in G2. PMID:9822611

  8. NON-THERMAL PLASMA TECHNOLOGY FOR DEGRADATION OF ORGANIC COMPOUNDS IN WASTEWATER CONTROL: A CRITICAL REVIEW

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hsu-Hui Cheng; Shiao-Shing Chen; Yu-Chi Wu; Din-Lit Ho

    Non-thermal plasma is an emerging technique in environmental pollution control technology, produced by the high-voltage discharge processes and therefore a large amount of high energy electrons and active species are generated. The degradation of difficult-degraded organic pollutions will be greatly enhanced by the active species generated from non-thermal plasma process. However, research on non-thermal plasma technology on organic wastewater cleaning

  9. Detection and mitigating rod drive control system degradation in Westinghouse PWRs

    SciTech Connect

    Gunther, W.; Sullivan, K.

    1990-01-01

    A study of the effects of aging on the Westinghouse Control Rod Drive (CRD) System was performed as part of the US NRC's Nuclear Plant aging Research (NPAR) Program. For the study, the CRD system boundary includes the power and logic cabinets associated with the manual control rod movement, and the control rod mechanism itself. The aging-related degradation of the interconnecting cables and connectors and the rod position indicating system also were considered. This paper presents the results of that study pertaining to the electrical and instrumentation portions of the CRD system including ways to detect and mitigate system degradation.

  10. In and Out of the ER: Protein Folding, Quality Control, Degradation, and Related Human Diseases

    E-print Network

    Hebert, Daniel N.

    In and Out of the ER: Protein Folding, Quality Control, Degradation, and Related Human Diseases 1377 C. Protein folding 1378 II. Protein Translocation, Folding, and Quality Control in the Endoplasmic Reticulum 1379 A. Protein targeting to the ER 1379 B. Chaperone-assisted protein folding in the ER 1379 C

  11. Thermal/chemical degradation of ceramic candle filter materials. Final report, September 1988--October 1994

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1995-01-01

    High-temperature ceramic candle filters are being developed for use in advanced power generation systems such as the Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC), Pressurized Fluidized-Bed Combustor (PFBC), and Direct Coal-Fired Turbine (DCFT). The direct firing of coal produces particulate matter which must be removed to meet both environmental and process limitations. The ceramic candles increase the efficiency of the advanced power generation systems and protect downstream equipment from erosion and impingement of particulate matter in the hot exhaust gases. Ceramic candle filters are rigid, closed-ended (capped on one side) porous cylinders which generally have a flange on the open-ended side. The flange at the open end allows the candle to be suspended by a tubesheet in the filter vessel. Candle filters have shown promise, but have also encountered durability problems during use in hostile, high-temperature environments. Limitations in the candle lifetime lower the economic advantages of using candle filters for this application. Candles typically fail by cracking at the flange or in the body of the candle. The objective of this project was to test and analyze ceramic candle filter materials and to evaluate the degradation mechanisms. The tests were conducted such that the effects of each degradation mechanism could be examined. Separately. The overall objective of the project was to: (a) develop a better understanding of the thermal and chemical degradation mechanisms of ceramic candle filter materials in advanced coal utilization projects, (b) develop test procedures, and (c) recommend changes to increase filter lifetime. 15 refs., 67 figs., 17 tabs.

  12. 10 CFR 835.1101 - Control of material and equipment.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ...OCCUPATIONAL RADIATION PROTECTION Radioactive Contamination Control § 835.1101 Control of material...of this section, material and equipment in contamination areas, high contamination areas, and airborne radioactivity...

  13. A Golgi-based KDELR-dependent signalling pathway controls extracellular matrix degradation

    PubMed Central

    Grossi, Mauro; Picciani, Benedetta; Di Martino, Rosaria; Capitani, Mirco; Buccione, Roberto; Luini, Alberto; Sallese, Michele

    2015-01-01

    We recently identified an endomembrane-based signalling cascade that is activated by the KDEL receptor (KDELR) on the Golgi complex. At the Golgi, the KDELR acts as a traffic sensor (presumably via binding to chaperones that leave the ER) and triggers signalling pathways that balance membrane fluxes between ER and Golgi. One such pathway relies on Gq and Src. Here, we examine if KDELR might control other cellular modules through this pathway. Given the central role of Src in extracellular matrix (ECM) degradation, we investigated the impact of the KDELR-Src pathway on the ability of cancer cells to degrade the ECM. We find that activation of the KDELR controls ECM degradation by increasing the number of the degradative structures known as invadopodia. The KDELR induces Src activation at the invadopodia and leads to phosphorylation of the Src substrates cortactin and ASAP1, which are required for basal and KDELR-stimulated ECM degradation. This study furthers our understanding of the regulatory circuitry underlying invadopodia-dependent ECM degradation, a key phase in metastases formation and invasive growth. PMID:25682866

  14. Exposed hydrophobicity is a key determinant of nuclear quality control degradation

    PubMed Central

    Fredrickson, Eric K.; Rosenbaum, Joel C.; Locke, Melissa N.; Milac, Thomas I.; Gardner, Richard G.

    2011-01-01

    Protein quality control (PQC) degradation protects the cell by preventing the toxic accumulation of misfolded proteins. In eukaryotes, PQC degradation is primarily achieved by ubiquitin ligases that attach ubiquitin to misfolded proteins for proteasome degradation. To function effectively, PQC ubiquitin ligases must distinguish misfolded proteins from their normal counterparts by recognizing an attribute of structural abnormality commonly shared among misfolded proteins. However, the nature of the structurally abnormal feature recognized by most PQC ubiquitin ligases is unknown. Here we demonstrate that the yeast nuclear PQC ubiquitin ligase San1 recognizes exposed hydrophobicity in its substrates. San1 recognition is triggered by exposure of as few as five contiguous hydrophobic residues, which defines the minimum window of hydrophobicity required for San1 targeting. We also find that the exposed hydrophobicity recognized by San1 can cause aggregation and cellular toxicity, underscoring the fundamental protective role for San1-mediated PQC degradation of misfolded nuclear proteins. PMID:21551067

  15. The effect of the memristor electrode material on its resistance to degradation under conditions of cyclic switching

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Khrapovitskaya, Yu. V.; Maslova, N. E.; Grishchenko, Yu. V.; Demin, V. A.; Zanaveskin, M. L.

    2014-04-01

    The stability of titanium oxide memristors with gold and platinum electrodes with respect to switching-induced degradation has been studied. It is established that the use of gold instead of platinum as the electrode material significantly increases the resistance of a memristor to degradation in the course of repeated resistance read-write(erase) cycles. The first Russian high-endurance memristor based on titanium oxide has been obtained, which can withstand up to 3000 resistive switching cycles.

  16. Evaluation of material degradation of 1Cr–1Mo–0.25V steel by non-destructive method

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Chang-Sung Seok; Jae-Mean Koo

    2005-01-01

    In this study, specimens with several different degradation levels were prepared by isothermal aging heat treatment at 630°C for evaluating material degradation of 1Cr–1Mo–0.25V. The results from tensile and fracture tests were compared with those from BI tests, the dc potential drop and the ultrasonic method. These results show that normalized Brinell hardness agrees well with normalized tensile strength at

  17. Factors Controlling Elevated Temperature Strength Degradation of Silicon Carbide Composites

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2005-01-01

    For 5 years, the cooperative agreement NCC3-763 has focused on the development and understanding of Sic-based composites. Most of the work was performed in the area of SiC fiber-reinforced composites for UEET and NGLT and in collaboration with Goodrich Corporation under a partially reimbursable Space Act Agreement. A smaller amount of work was performed on C fiber-reinforced SiC matrix composites for NGLT. Major accomplishments during this agreement included: Improvements to the interphase used in melt-infiltrated (MI) SiC/SiC composites which increases the life under stressed-oxidation at intermediate temperatures referred to as "outside-debonding". This concept is currently in the patent process and received a Space Act Award. Mechanistic-based models of intermediate temperature degradation for MI SiC/SiC Quantification and relatively robust relationships for matrix crack evolution under stress in SiC/SiC composites which serve as the basis for stress-strain and elevated temperature life models The furthering of acoustic emission as a useful tool in composite damage evolution and the extension of the technique to other composite systems Development of hybrid C-SiC fiber-reinforced SiC matrix composites Numerous presentations at conferences, industry partners, and government centers and publications in recognized proceedings and journals. Other recognition of the author's accomplishments by NASA with a TGIR award (2004), NASA's Medal for Public Service (2004), and The American Ceramic Society s Richard M. Fulrath Award (2005). The following will briefly describe the work of the past five years in the three areas of interest: SiC/SiC composite development, mechanistic understanding and modeling of SiC/SiC composites, and environmental durability of C/SiC composites. More detail can be found in the publications cited at the end of this report.

  18. Degradation of recycled PET fibers in Portland cement-based materials

    SciTech Connect

    Silva, D.A. [Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Department of Civil Engineering, C.P. 476, CEP 88040-900, Florianopolis, SC (Brazil)]. E-mail: denise@ecv.ufsc.br; Betioli, A.M. [Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Department of Civil Engineering, C.P. 476, CEP 88040-900, Florianopolis, SC (Brazil); Gleize, P.J.P. [Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Department of Civil Engineering, C.P. 476, CEP 88040-900, Florianopolis, SC (Brazil); Roman, H.R. [Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Department of Civil Engineering, C.P. 476, CEP 88040-900, Florianopolis, SC (Brazil); Gomez, L.A. [Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Department of Civil Engineering, C.P. 476, CEP 88040-900, Florianopolis, SC (Brazil); Ribeiro, J.L.D. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil)

    2005-09-01

    In order to investigate the durability of recycled PET fibers embedded in cement-based materials, fiber-reinforced mortar specimens were tested until 164 days after mixing. Compressive, tensile, and flexural strengths, elasticity modulus, and toughness of the specimens were determined. The mortars were also analyzed by SEM. The results have shown that PET fibers have no significant influence on mortars strengths and elasticity modulus. However, the toughness indexes I {sub 5}, I {sub 10}, and I {sub 20} decreased with time due to the degradation of PET fibers by alkaline hydrolysis when embedded in the cement matrix. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and SEM analysis of PET fibers immersed and kept for 150 days in alkaline solutions supported the conclusions.

  19. Water-Soluble, Biocompatible Polyphosphazenes with Controllable and pH-Promoted Degradation Behavior

    PubMed Central

    Wilfert, Sandra; Iturmendi, Aitziber; Schoefberger, Wolfgang; Kryeziu, Kushtrim; Heffeter, Petra; Berger, Walter; Brüggemann, Oliver; Teasdale, Ian

    2014-01-01

    The synthesis of a series of novel, water-soluble poly(organophosphazenes) prepared via living cationic polymerization is presented. The degradation profiles of the polyphosphazenes prepared are analyzed by GPC, 31P NMR spectroscopy, and UV–Vis spectroscopy in aqueous media and show tunable degradation rates ranging from days to months, adjusted by subtle changes to the chemical structure of the polyphosphazene. Furthermore, it is observed that these polymers demonstrate a pH-promoted hydrolytic degradation behavior, with a remarkably faster rate of degradation at lower pH values. These degradable, water soluble polymers with controlled molecular weights and structures could be of significant interest for use in aqueous biomedical applications, such as polymer therapeutics, in which biological clearance is a requirement and in this context cell viability tests are described which show the non-toxic nature of the polymers as well as their degradation intermediates and products. © 2013 The Authors Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2014, 52, 287–294 PMID:24729657

  20. Survey of degradation modes of candidate materials for high-level radioactive-waste disposal containers

    SciTech Connect

    Farmer, J.C.; Van Konynenburg, R.A.; McCright, R.D. (Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (USA)); Gdowski, G.E. (Science and Engineering Associates, Inc., Pleasanton, CA (USA))

    1988-06-01

    Three copper-based alloys, CDA 102 (oxygen-free, high-purity copper), CDA 613 (aluminum bronze), and CDA 715 (Cu-30Ni), are candidates for the fabrication of high-level radioactive-waste disposal containers. Waste will include spent fuel assemblies from reactors as well as borosilicate glass, and will be sent to the prospective repository site at Yucca Mountain in Nye County, Nevada. The decay of radionuclides will result in the generation of substantial heat and in fluxes of gamma radiation outside the containers. In this environment, container materials might degrade by atmospheric oxidation, general aqueous phase corrosion, localized corrosion (LC), and stress corrosion cracking (SCC). This volume is a critical survey of available data on pitting and crevice corrosion of the copper-based candidates. Pitting and crevice corrosion are two of the most common forms of LC of these materials. Data on the SCC of these alloys is surveyed in Volume 4. Pitting usually occurs in water that contains low concentrations of bicarbonate and chloride anions, such as water from Well J-13 at the Nevada Test Site. Consequently, this mode of degradation might occur in the repository environment. Though few quantitative data on LC were found, a tentative ranking based on pitting corrosion, local dealloying, crevice corrosion, and biofouling is presented. CDA 102 performs well in the categories of pitting corrosion, local dealloying, and biofouling, but susceptibility to crevice corrosion diminishes its attractiveness as a candidate. The cupronickel alloy, CDA 715, probably has the best overall resistance to such localized forms of attack. 123 refs., 11 figs., 3 tabs.

  1. Controlling the degradation of covalently cross-linked carboxymethyl chitosan utilizing bimodal molecular weight distribution.

    PubMed

    Lu, Guangyuan; Sheng, Baiyang; Wang, Gan; Wei, Yujun; Gong, Yandao; Zhang, Xiufang; Zhang, Lihai

    2009-03-01

    Degradability is often a critical property of materials utilized in tissue engineering. Although chitosan, a naturally derived polysaccharide, is an attractive material due to its biocompatibility and ability to form scaffolds, its slow and uncontrollable rate of degradation can be an undesirable feature. In this study, we characterize chitosan derivatives formed using a combination of carboxymethylation and a bimodal molecular weight distribution. Specifically, chitosan is carboxymethylated to a theoretical extent of approximately 30% as described in our previous work, in which carboxyl groups possessing negative charges are created at a physiological pH. Carboxymethyl chitosan is used to form films and constructs by varying the ratio of high to low molecular weight (MW) while maintaining the mechanical properties of the polymer. The rate of degradation is found to be dependent upon both the carboxymethylation and the ratio of high to low MW polymer, as determined by dry weight loss in lysozyme solution in PBS. Subsequently, biocompatibility is examined to determine the effects of these modifications upon Neuro-2a cells cultured on these films. Neuro-2a cells adhere and proliferate on the modified films at a comparable rate to those cultured on unmodified films. This data indicates that these chitosan derivatives exhibit tunable degradation rates and result in a promising material system for neural tissue engineering. PMID:18697877

  2. Early detection of critical material degradation by means of electromagnetic multi-parametric NDE

    SciTech Connect

    Szielasko, Klaus; Tschuncky, Ralf; Rabung, Madalina; Altpeter, Iris; Dobmann, Gerd [Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing (IZFP), Campus E3 1, 66123 Saarbrücken (Germany); Seiler, Georg; Herrmann, Hans-Georg; Boller, Christian [Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing (IZFP), Campus E3 1, 66123 Saarbrücken, Germany and Saarland University, Chair of NDT and Quality Assurance, Campus E3 1, 66123 Saarbrücken (Germany)

    2014-02-18

    With an increasing number of power plants operated in excess of their original design service life an early recognition of critical material degradation in components will gain importance. Many years of reactor safety research allowed for the identification and development of electromagnetic NDE methods which detect precursors of imminent damage with high sensitivity, at elevated temperatures and in a radiation environment. Regarding low-alloy heat-resistant steel grade WB 36 (1.6368, 15NiCuMoNb5), effects of thermal and thermo-mechanical aging on mechanical-technological properties and several micromagnetic parameters have been thoroughly studied. In particular knowledge regarding the process of copper precipitation and its acceleration under thermo-mechanical load has been enhanced. Whilst the Cu-rich WB 36 steel is an excellent model material to study and understand aging effects related to neutron radiation without the challenge of handling radioactive specimens in a hot cell, actually neutron-irradiated reactor pressure vessel materials were investigated as well. The neutron fluence experienced and the resulting shift of the ductile-brittle transition temperature were determined electromagnetically, and it was shown that weld and base material can be distinguished from the cladded side of the RPV wall. Low-cycle fatigue of the austenitic stainless steel AISI 347 (1.4550, X6CrNiNb18-10) has been characterized with electromagnetic acoustic transducers (EMATs) at temperatures of up to 300 °C. Time-of-flight and amplitude of the transmitted ultrasound signal were evaluated against the number of load cycles applied and observed as an indication of the imminent material failure significantly earlier than monitoring stresses or strains.

  3. Early detection of critical material degradation by means of electromagnetic multi-parametric NDE

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    Szielasko, Klaus; Tschuncky, Ralf; Rabung, Madalina; Seiler, Georg; Altpeter, Iris; Dobmann, Gerd; Herrmann, Hans-Georg; Boller, Christian

    2014-02-01

    With an increasing number of power plants operated in excess of their original design service life an early recognition of critical material degradation in components will gain importance. Many years of reactor safety research allowed for the identification and development of electromagnetic NDE methods which detect precursors of imminent damage with high sensitivity, at elevated temperatures and in a radiation environment. Regarding low-alloy heat-resistant steel grade WB 36 (1.6368, 15NiCuMoNb5), effects of thermal and thermo-mechanical aging on mechanical-technological properties and several micromagnetic parameters have been thoroughly studied. In particular knowledge regarding the process of copper precipitation and its acceleration under thermo-mechanical load has been enhanced. Whilst the Cu-rich WB 36 steel is an excellent model material to study and understand aging effects related to neutron radiation without the challenge of handling radioactive specimens in a hot cell, actually neutron-irradiated reactor pressure vessel materials were investigated as well. The neutron fluence experienced and the resulting shift of the ductile-brittle transition temperature were determined electromagnetically, and it was shown that weld and base material can be distinguished from the cladded side of the RPV wall. Low-cycle fatigue of the austenitic stainless steel AISI 347 (1.4550, X6CrNiNb18-10) has been characterized with electromagnetic acoustic transducers (EMATs) at temperatures of up to 300 °C. Time-of-flight and amplitude of the transmitted ultrasound signal were evaluated against the number of load cycles applied and observed as an indication of the imminent material failure significantly earlier than monitoring stresses or strains.

  4. Smart Control Systems for Smart Materials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Meier, Horst; Czechowicz, Alexander; Haberland, Christoph; Langbein, Sven

    2011-07-01

    Shape memory alloys (SMAs) are thermally activated smart materials. Due to their ability to change into a previously imprinted shape by the means of thermal activation, they are suitable as actuators for microsystems and, within certain limitations for macroscopic systems. Most commonly used SMAs for actuators are binary nickel-titanium alloys (NiTi). The shape memory effect relies on the martensitic phase transformation. On heating the material from the low temperature phase (martensite) the material starts to transform into the high temperature phase (austenite) at the austenite start temperature ( A s). The reverse transformation starts at the martensite start temperature after passing a hysteresis cycle. To apply these materials to a wide range of industrial applications, a simple method for controlling the actuator effect is required. Today's control concepts for shape memory actuators, in applications as well as in test stands, are time-based. This often leads to overheating after transformation into the high temperature phase which results in early fatigue. Besides, the dynamic behavior of such systems is influenced by unnecessary heating, resulting in a poor time performance. To minimize these effects, a controller system with resistance feedback is required to hold the energy input on specific keypoints. These two key points are directly before transformation ( A s) and shortly before retransformation ( M s). This allows triggering of fast and energy-efficient transformation cycles. Both experimental results and a mechatronical demonstrator system, exhibit the advantages of systems concerning efficiency, dynamics, and reliability.

  5. Catabolite repression and nitrogen control of allantoin-degrading enzymes in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. van der Drift; D. B. Janssen

    1983-01-01

    The formation of the allantoin-degrading enzymes allantoinase, allantoicase and ureidoglycolase in Pseudomonas aeruginosa was found to be regulated by induction, catabolite repression and nitrogen control. Induction was observed when urate, allantoin or allantoate were included in the growth medium, but not with ureidoglycolate. Tricarboxylic acid cycle intermediates exerted catabolite repression of the synthesis of the three enzymes, while pyruvate and

  6. Nuclear Ubiquitin Ligases, NF-{kappa}B Degradation, and the Control of Inflammation

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    Gioacchino Natoli (Milan; European Institute of Oncology (IEO) REV)

    2008-01-08

    Transcriptional control of the vast majority of genes involved in the inflammatory response requires the nuclear factor ?B (NF-?B) family of transcription factors. Stimulation and termination of NF-?B activity are subject to stringent spatiotemporal control. According to the classical model of NF-?B regulation, both activation and termination mechanisms are centered on inhibitor of NF-?B (I?B) proteins. Whereas activation of NF-?B requires degradation of the I?Bs, the main mechanism responsible for termination of NF-?B activity is the resynthesis of a specific I?B, I?B?, which sequesters NF-?B dimers in the nucleus and translocates them to the cytoplasm in an inactive form. Studies now show that an additional mechanism that is required to prevent the uncontrolled activity of NF-?B proteins is their nuclear degradation. At least two E3 ubiquitin ligases, one of which seems to be essential for control of nuclear NF-?B p65 (also known as RelA) in myeloid cells, have been identified. Moreover, additional evidence indicates that individual NF-?B dimers with particular activating or repressive properties may be differentially controlled by nuclear degradation, thus paving the way for the exploitation of NF-?B degradation pathways for therapeutic purposes.

  7. Controlled Degradation of Poly(Ethyl Cyanoacrylate-Co-Methyl Methacrylate)(PECA-Co-PMMA) Copolymers

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    This paper describes a method for modifying poly(ethyl cyanoacrylate) in order to control the degradation and the stability as well as the glass transition temperatures. Copolymers of poly(ethyl cyanoacrylate-co-methyl methacrylate) (PECA-co-PMMA) with various compositions were synthesized by free ...

  8. Ethylene receptor degradation controls the timing of ripening in tomato fruit

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    Klee, Harry J.

    Ethylene receptor degradation controls the timing of ripening in tomato fruit Brian M. Kevany-mail hjklee@ifas.ufl.edu). Summary Fruit ripening in tomato requires the coordination of both developmental in which receptor levels modulate timing of the onset of fruit ripening by measuring cumulative ethylene

  9. Radiation Induced Degradation of White Thermal Control Paint

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    Edwards, D. L.; Zwiener, J. M.; Wertz, G. E.; Vaughn, Jason A.; Kamenetzky, Rachel R.; Finckenor, M. M.; Meshishnek, M. J.

    1998-01-01

    This paper details a comparison analysis of the zinc-oxide pigmented white thermal control paints Z-93 and Z-93P. Both paints were simultaneously exposed to combined space environmental effects and analyzed using an in-vacuo reflectance technique. The dose applied to the paints was approximately equivalent to 5 yr in a geosynchronous orbit. This comparison analysis showed that Z-93P is an acceptable substitute for Z-93. Irradiated samples of Z-93 and Z-93P were subjected to additional exposures of ultraviolet (UV) radiation and analyzed using the in-vacuo reflectance technique to investigate UV activated reflectance recovery. Both samples showed minimal UV activated reflectance recovery after an additional 190 equivalent Sun hour (ESH) exposure. Reflectance response utilizing nitrogen as a repressurizing gas instead of air was also investigated. This investigation found the rates of reflectance recovery when repressurized with nitrogen are slower than when repressurized with air.

  10. Radiation Induced Degradation of White Thermal Control Paint

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    Edwards, D. L.; Zwiener, J. M.; Wertz, G. E.; Vaughn, J. A.; Kamenetzky, R. R.; Finckenor, M. M.; Meshishnek, M. J.

    1998-01-01

    This paper details a comparison analysis of the Zinc Oxide pigmented white thermal control paints Z-93 and Z-93P. Both paints were simultaneously exposed to combined space environmental effects and analyzed using an in-vacuum reflectance technique. The dose applied to the paints was approximately equivalent to 5 years in a geosynchronous orbit. This comparison analysis showed that Z-93P is an acceptable substitute for Z-93. Irradiated samples of Z-93 and Z-93P were subjected to additional exposures of ultraviolet (UV) radiation and analyzed using the in-vacuum reflectance technique to investigate UV activated reflectance recovery. Both samples showed minimal UV activated reflectanc6 recovery after an additional 190 Equivalent Sun Hour (ESH) exposure. Reflectance response utilizing nitrogen as a repressurizing gas instead of air was also investigated. This investigation found the rates of reflectance recovery when repressurized with nitrogen are slower than when repressurized with air.

  11. Radiation Induced Degradation of White Thermal Control Paint

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    Edwards, D. L.; Zwiener, J. M.; Wertz, G. E.; Vaughn, Jason A.; Kamenetzky, Rachel R.; Finckenor, M. M.; Meshishnek, M. J.

    1999-01-01

    This paper details a comparison analysis of the zinc-oxide pigmented white thermal control paints Z-93 and Z-93P. Both paints were simultaneously exposed to combined space environmental effects and analyzed using an in-vacuo reflectance technique. The dose applied to the paints was approximately equivalent to 5 yr in a geosynchronous orbit. This comparison analysis showed that Z-93P is an acceptable substitute for Z-93. Irradiated samples of Z-93 and Z-93P were subjected to additional exposures of ultraviolet (UV) radiation and analyzed using the in-vacuo reflectance technique to investigate UV activated reflectance recovery. Both samples showed minimal UV activated reflectance recovery after an additional 190 equivalent Sun hour (ESH) exposure. Reflectance response utilizing nitrogen as a repressurizing gas instead of air was also investigated. This investigation found the rates of reflectance recovery when repressurized with nitrogen are slower than when repressurized with air.

  12. Survey of degradation modes of candidate materials for high-level radioactive-waste disposal containers

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    Gdowski, G.E.; Bullen, D.B. (Science and Engineering Associates, Inc., Pleasanton, CA (USA))

    1988-08-01

    Six alloys are being considered as possible materials for the fabrication of containers for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste. Three of these candidate materials are copper-based alloys: CDA 102 (oxygen-free copper), CDA 613 (Cu-7Al), and CDA 715 (Cu-30Ni). The other three are iron- to nickel-based austenitic materials: Types 304L and 316L stainless steels and Alloy 825. Radioactive waste will include spent-fuel assemblies from reactors as well as waste in borosilicate glass and will be sent to the prospective site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, for disposal. The waste-package containers must maintain substantially complete containment for at least 300 yr and perhaps as long as 1000 yr. During the first 50 yr after emplacement, the containers must be retrievable from the disposal site. Shortly after emplacement of the containers in the repository, they will be exposed to high temperatures and high gamma radiation fields from the decay of high-level waste. This radiation will promote the radiolytic decomposition of moist air to hydrogen. This volume surveys the available data on the effects of hydrogen on the six candidate alloys for fabrication of the containers. For copper, the mechanism of hydrogen embrittlement is discussed, and the effects of hydrogen on the mechanical properties of the copper-based alloys are reviewed. The solubilities and diffusivities of hydrogen are documented for these alloys. For the austenitic materials, the degradation of mechanical properties by hydrogen is documented. The diffusivity and solubility of hydrogen in these alloys are also presented. For the copper-based alloys, the ranking according to resistance to detrimental effects of hydrogen is: CDA 715 (best) > CDA 613 > CDA 102 (worst). For the austenitic alloys, the ranking is: Type 316L stainless steel {approx} Alloy 825 > Type 304L stainless steel (worst). 87 refs., 19 figs., 8 tabs.

  13. Thermal Degradation Kinetics Modeling of Benzophenones and Xanthones during High-Temperature Oxidation of Cyclopia genistoides (L.) Vent. Plant Material.

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    Beelders, Theresa; de Beer, Dalene; Joubert, Elizabeth

    2015-06-10

    Degradation of the major benzophenones, iriflophenone-3-C-glucoside-4-O-glucoside and iriflophenone-3-C-glucoside, and the major xanthones, mangiferin and isomangiferin, of Cyclopia genistoides followed first-order reaction kinetics during high-temperature oxidation of the plant material at 80 and 90 °C. Iriflophenone-3-C-glucoside-4-O-glucoside was shown to be the most thermally stable compound. Isomangiferin was the second most stable compound at 80 °C, while its degradation rate constant was influenced the most by increased temperature. Mangiferin and iriflophenone-3-C-glucoside had comparable degradation rate constants at 80 °C. The thermal degradation kinetic model was subsequently evaluated by subjecting different batches of plant material to oxidative conditions (90 °C/16 h). The model accurately predicted the individual contents of three of the compounds in aqueous extracts prepared from oxidized plant material. The impact of benzophenone and xanthone degradation was reflected in the decreased total antioxidant capacity of the aqueous extracts, as determined using the oxygen radical absorbance capacity and DPPH(•) scavenging assays. PMID:25969161

  14. Enhanced Atrazine Degradation: Evidence for Reduced Residual Weed Control and A Method for Identifying Adapted Soils and Predicting Herbicide Persistence

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Soilborn bacteria with novel metabolic abilities have been linked with enhanced atrazine degradation and complaints of reduced residual weed control in soils with an s-triazine use history. However, no field study has verified that enhanced degradation reduces atrazine’s residual weed control. The...

  15. A Derivation of the Long-Term Degradation of a Pulsed Atomic Frequency Standard from a Control-Loop Model

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    Greenhall, C. A.

    1996-01-01

    The phase of a frequency standard that uses periodic interrogation and control of a local oscillator (LO) is degraded by a long-term random-walk component induced by downconversion of LO noise into the loop passband. The Dick formula for the noise level of this degradation is derived from an explicit solution of an LO control-loop model.

  16. Evaluation of near surface material degradation in concrete using nonlinear Rayleigh surface waves

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    Gross, J.; Kim, J.-Y.; Jacobs, L. J.; Kurtis, K. E.; Qu, J.

    2013-01-01

    Comparative studies of nondestructive evaluation methods have shown that nonlinear ultrasonic techniques are more sensitive than conventional linear methods to changes in material microstructure and the associated small-scale damage. Many of the material degradation processes such as carbonation in concrete, corrosion in metals, etc., initiate at the surface. In such cases, ultrasonic Rayleigh surface waves are especially appropriate for detection and characterization of damage since their energy is concentrated in the top layer of the test object. For the civil engineering infrastructure, only a limited number of field applicable nonlinear ultrasonic techniques have been introduced. In this paper a nonlinear ultrasonic measurement technique based on the use of Rayleigh waves is developed and used to characterize carbonation in concrete samples. This work develops a collinear mixing technique for concrete structures. Wedge transducer is used for the generation and an accelerometer for the detection of the fundamental and nonlinearity modulated ultrasonic signal components. The measurements are made by varying the input voltage and along the propagation distance. The slope of the normalized modulation amplitudes is taken as the nonlinearity parameter. Concrete samples with two different levels of damage are examined, and the difference of the two fundamental frequencies is used to quantify damage state.

  17. Effect of enzymatic degradation on the mechanical properties of biological scaffold materials

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    Annor, Afua H.; Tang, Michael E.; Pui, Chi Lun; Ebersole, Gregory C.; Frisella, Margaret M.; Matthews, Brent D.

    2013-01-01

    Background Biological scaffolds must support a complex balance of resisting enzymatic degradation while promoting tissue remodeling. Thus, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of in vitro enzymatic exposure on the mechanical properties of biological scaffolds. It was hypothesized that exposure to an enzyme solution would result in decreased tensile strength and that crosslinked scaffolds would resist enzymatic degradation more effectively than noncrosslinked scaffolds. Methods Nine scaffolds were evaluated (four porcine dermis: Permacol™, CollaMend™, Strattice™, XenMatrix™; two human dermis: AlloMax™, FlexHD®; two bovine pericardium: Veritas®, PeriGuard®; and one porcine small intestine submucosa: Surgisis™). Ten specimens (n = 10) were hydrated in saline at 37 °C and subjected to uniaxial testing to establish baseline properties. 50 specimens (n = 50) were incubated in collagenase solution at 37 °C for 2, 6, 12, 24, or 30 h (n = 10 each group) followed by uniaxial tensile testing. Results Tensile strength was significantly reduced after 30 h for CollaMend™, AlloMax™, Veritas®, Strattice™, XenMatrix™, Permacol™, and FlexHD® (p < 0.01), while PeriGuard® demonstrated a slight increase in tensile strength (p = 0.0188). Crosslinked bovine pericardium (PeriGuard®) maintained greater tensile strength than noncrosslinked bovine pericardium (Veritas®) throughout all exposure periods (p < 0.0001). Similarly, crosslinked porcine dermis (Permacol™) maintained greater tensile strength than non-crosslinked porcine dermis (Strattice™ and XenMatrix™) throughout all exposure periods (p < 0.0001). Conclusions Materials that deteriorate rapidly after in vitro enzymatic exposure may also deteriorate rapidly in vivo, particularly when exposed to a wound environment with elevated levels of matrix metalloproteinases. Permacol™, CollaMend™, Strattice™, FlexHD®, and Peri-Guard® survived the longest incubation period (30 h) and withstood mechanical testing. XenMatrix™, AlloMax™, Veritas®, and Surgisis™ degraded more quickly and did not survive the longer exposure periods. Scaffolds that maintain strength characteristics after in vitro collagenase exposure may be advantageous for long-term hernia repair scenarios where elevated enzyme levels are expected. PMID:22538685

  18. Comparison of tele-operation and supervisory control for navigation and driving with degraded communications

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    Witus, Gary; Ellis, R. Darin; Karlsen, Robert; Hunt, Shawn

    2010-04-01

    Teleoperation is the currently accepted method of control of military unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) in the field. Degraded communications affects the operator's tasks of driving, navigating and maintaining UGV situation awareness. A potential approach to address this challenge is to provide the UGV with local autonomy to generate driving commands (translation and rotation rates). This paper describes an experiment and preliminary results comparing "point-and-go" supervisory control in which the operator designates a goal point on the 2D driving display to teleoperation as a function of communications degradation and terrain roughness. Three methods of visual supervisory control were tested (visual dead reckoning and two visual sevoing methods) and compared to teleoperation.

  19. Biomimetic materials for controlling bone cell responses.

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    Drevelle, Olivier; Faucheux, Nathalie

    2013-01-01

    Bone defects that cannot "heal spontaneously during life" will become an ever greater health problem as populations age. Harvesting autografts has several drawbacks, such as pain and morbidity at both donor and acceptor sites, the limited quantity of material available, and frequently its inappropriate shape. Researchers have therefore developed alternative strategies that involve biomaterials to fill bone defects. These biomaterials must be biocompatible and interact with the surrounding bone tissue to allow their colonization by bone cells and blood vessels. The latest generation biomaterials are not inert; they control cell responses like adhesion, proliferation and differentiation. These biomaterials are called biomimetic materials. This review focuses on the development of third generation materials. We first briefly describe the bone tissue with its cells and matrix, and then how bone cells interact with the extracellular matrix. The next section covers the materials currently used to repair bone defects. Finally, we describe the strategies employed to modify the surface of materials, such as coating with hydroxyapatite and grafting biomolecules. PMID:23277057

  20. Integrated design of structures, controls, and materials

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    Blankenship, G. L.

    1994-01-01

    In this talk we shall discuss algorithms and CAD tools for the design and analysis of structures for high performance applications using advanced composite materials. An extensive mathematical theory for optimal structural (e.g., shape) design was developed over the past thirty years. Aspects of this theory have been used in the design of components for hypersonic vehicles and thermal diffusion systems based on homogeneous materials. Enhancement of the design methods to include optimization of the microstructure of the component is a significant innovation which can lead to major enhancements in component performance. Our work is focused on the adaptation of existing theories of optimal structural design (e.g., optimal shape design) to treat the design of structures using advanced composite materials (e.g., fiber reinforced, resin matrix materials). In this talk we shall discuss models and algorithms for the design of simple structures from composite materials, focussing on a problem in thermal management. We shall also discuss methods for the integration of active structural controls into the design process.

  1. Novel Fe-Pd/SiO2 catalytic materials for degradation of chlorinated organic compounds in water

    EPA Science Inventory

    Novel reactive materials for catalytic degradation of chlorinated organic compounds in water at ambient conditions have been prepared on the basis of silica-supported Pd-Fe nanoparticles. Nanoscale Fe-Pd particles were synthesized inside porous silica supports using (NH4...

  2. Proceedings of the sixth international symposium on environmental degradation of materials in nuclear power systems - water reactors

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    R. E. Gold; E. P. Simonen

    1993-01-01

    The operation of water reactor nuclear power plants provides a significant fraction of the world's electric power generation. At the end of 1992, approximately 360 such plants were in operation, representing a total generating capacity of 320 GWe. As these plants age, and as new designs evolve, the impact of environmental degradation of reactor materials on reliability and power plants

  3. Parent material and weldments degradation on SASOL reduction reactors due to combined effect of thermal fatigue, vibration and hydrogen attack

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    Jan Z Borla

    2002-01-01

    All six installed reduction reactors showed the same failure pattern, which can be attributed to inadequate original design, material degradation due to service conditions and improper maintenance activities.Service is typically low frequency fatigue load conditions with changes of pressure, temperature and batch load. All revealed defects severely affected the integrity of the pressure envelope and vessels were classified for major

  4. Enzymes for Degradation of Energetic Materials and Demilitarization of Explosives Stockpiles - SERDP Annual (Interim) Report, 12/98

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    Shah, M.M.

    1999-01-18

    The current stockpile of energetic materials requiring disposal contains about half a million tons. Through 2001, over 2.1 million tons are expected to pass through the stockpile for disposal. Safe and environmentally acceptable methods for disposing of these materials are needed. This project is developing safe, economical, and environmentally sound processes using biocatalyst (enzymes) to degrade energetic materials and to convert them into economically valuable products. Alternative methods for destroying these materials are hazardous, environmentally unacceptable, and expensive. These methods include burning, detonation, land and sea burial, treatment at high temperature and pressure, and treatment with harsh chemicals. Enzyme treatment operates at room temperature and atmospheric pressure in a water solution.

  5. Some Materials Degradation Issues in the U.S. High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository Study (The Yucca Mountain Project)

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    F. Hua; P. Pasupathi; N. Brown; K. Mon

    2005-09-19

    The safe disposal of radioactive waste requires that the waste be isolated from the environment until radioactive decay has reduced its toxicity to innocuous levels for plants, animals, and humans. All of the countries currently studying the options for disposing of high-level nuclear waste (HLW) have selected deep geologic formations to be the primary barrier for accomplishing this isolation. In U.S.A., the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (as amended in 1987) designated Yucca Mountain in Nevada as the potential site to be characterized for high-level nuclear waste (HLW) disposal. Long-term containment of waste and subsequent slow release of radionuclides into the geosphere will rely on a system of natural and engineered barriers including a robust waste containment design. The waste package design consists of a highly corrosion resistant Ni-based Alloy 22 cylindrical barrier surrounding a Type 316 stainless steel inner structural vessel. The waste package is covered by a mailbox-shaped drip shield composed primarily of Ti Grade 7 with Ti Grade 24 structural support members. The U.S. Yucca Mountain Project has been studying and modeling the degradation issues of the relevant materials for some 20 years. This paper reviews the state-of-the-art understanding of the degradation processes based on the past 20 years studies on Yucca Mountain Project (YMP) materials degradation issues with focus on interaction between the in-drift environmental conditions and long-term materials degradation of waste packages and drip shields within the repository system during the 10,000 years regulatory period. This paper provides an overview of the current understanding of the likely degradation behavior of the waste package and drip shield in the repository after the permanent closure of the facility. The degradation scenario discussed in this paper include aging and phase instability, dry oxidation, general and localized corrosion, stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen induced cracking of Alloy 22 and titanium alloys. The effects of microbial activity and radiation on degradation of Alloy 22 and titanium alloys are also discussed. Further, for titanium alloys, the effects of fluorides, bromides, calcium ions, and galvanic coupling to less noble metals are further considered. It is concluded that, as far as materials degradation is concerned, the materials and design adopted in the U.S. Yucca Mountain Project will provide sufficient safety margins within the 10,000-years regulatory period.

  6. Selenoprotein W controls epidermal growth factor receptor surface expression, activation and degradation via receptor ubiquitination.

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    Alkan, Zeynep; Duong, Frank L; Hawkes, Wayne C

    2015-05-01

    Epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor (EGFR) is the founding member of the ErbB family of growth factor receptors that modulate a complex network of intracellular signaling pathways controlling growth, proliferation, differentiation, and motility. Selenoprotein W (SEPW1) is a highly conserved, diet-regulated 9kDa thioredoxin-like protein required for normal cell cycle progression. We report here that SEPW1 is required for EGF-induced EGFR activation and that it functions by suppressing EGFR ubiquitination and receptor degradation. SEPW1 depletion inhibited EGF-dependent cell cycle entry in breast and prostate epithelial cells. In prostate cells, SEPW1 depletion decreased EGFR auto-phosphorylation, while SEPW1 overexpression increased EGFR auto-phosphorylation. SEPW1 depletion increased the rate of EGFR degradation, which decreased total and surface EGFR and suppressed EGF-dependent EGFR endocytosis, EGFR dimer formation, and activation of EGF-dependent pathways. EGFR ubiquitination was increased in SEPW1-depleted cells - in agreement with the increased rate of EGFR degradation, and suggests that SEPW1 suppresses EGFR ubiquitination. Ubiquitination-directed lysozomal degradation controls post-translational EGFR expression and is dysregulated in many cancers. Thus, suppression of EGFR ubiquitination by SEPW1 may be related to the putative increase in cancer risk associated with high selenium intakes. Knowledge of the mechanisms underlying SEPW1's regulation of EGFR ubiquitination may reveal new opportunities for nutritional cancer prevention or cancer drug development. PMID:25721765

  7. In vitro degradation and cell response of calcium carbonate composite ceramic in comparison with other synthetic bone substitute materials.

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    He, Fupo; Zhang, Jing; Yang, Fanwen; Zhu, Jixiang; Tian, Xiumei; Chen, Xiaoming

    2015-05-01

    The robust calcium carbonate composite ceramics (CC/PG) can be acquired by fast sintering calcium carbonate at a low temperature (650 °C) using a biocompatible, degradable phosphate-based glass (PG) as sintering agent. In the present study, the in vitro degradation and cell response of CC/PG were assessed and compared with 4 synthetic bone substitute materials, calcium carbonate ceramic (CC), PG, hydroxyapatite (HA) and ?-tricalcium phosphate (?-TCP) ceramics. The degradation rates in decreasing order were as follows: PG, CC, CC/PG, ?-TCP, and HA. The proliferation of rat bone mesenchymal stem cells (rMSCs) cultured on the CC/PG was comparable with that on CC and PG, but inferior to HA and ?-TCP. The alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity of rMSCs on CC/PG was lower than PG, comparable with ?-TCP, but higher than HA. The rMSCs on CC/PG and PG had enhanced gene expression in specific osteogenic markers, respectively. Compared to HA and ?-TCP, the rMSCs on the CC/PG expressed relatively lower level of collagen I and runt-related transcription factor 2, but showed more considerable expression of osteopontin. Although CC, PG, HA, and ?-TCP possessed impressive performances in some specific aspects, they faced extant intrinsic drawbacks in either degradation rate or mechanical strength. Based on considerable compressive strength, moderate degradation rate, good cell response, and being free of obvious shortcoming, the CC/PG is promising as another choice for bone substitute materials. PMID:25746269

  8. Attitudinal Effects of Degrading Themes and Sexual Explicitness in Video Materials

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jeffrey A. Golde; Donald S. Strassberg; Charles M. Turner; Kristie Lowe

    2000-01-01

    This study examined the independent and interactive effects of sexual explicitness and degrading themes toward women on mens' attitudes following exposure to video presentations of male–female interactions. Subjects were 83 male college students who viewed video vignettes under one of four stimulus conditions: (a) sexually explicit\\/degrading, (b) sexually explicit\\/nondegrading, (c) nonexplicit\\/degrading, and (d) nonexplicit\\/nondegrading. Results revealed that men exposed to

  9. Thermal control materials on EOIM-3

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    Finckenor, Miria M.; Linton, Roger C.; Kamenetzky, Rachel R.; Vaughn, Jason A.

    1995-01-01

    Thermal control paints, anodized aluminum, and beta cloth samples were flown on STS-46 as part of the Evaluation of Oxygen Interaction with Materials Experiment (EOIM-3). The thermal control paints flown on EOIM-3 include ceramic and polyurethane-based paints. Passively exposed samples are compared to actively heated samples and controlled exposure samples. Optical property measurements of absorptivity, emissivity, and spectrofluorescence are presented for each paint. Several variations of anodized aluminum, including chromic acid anodize, sulfuric acid anodize, and boric/sulfuric acid anodize were flown on the actively heated trays and the passive exposure trays. The post-flight optical properties are within tolerances for these materials. Also flown were two samples of yellow anodized aluminum. The yellow anodized aluminum samples darkened noticeably. Samples of aluminized and unaluminized beta cloth, a fiberglass woven mat impregnated with TFE Teflon, were flown with passive exposure to the space environment. Data from this part of the experiment is correlated to observations from LDEF and erosion of the Teflon thin film samples also flown on EOIM-3 and LDEF.

  10. Lost circulation control materials. Progress report

    SciTech Connect

    Allan, M.L.; Kukacka, L.E.

    1994-01-01

    Work in FY 94 continued to investigate the use of calcium phosphate cements as lost circulation control materials for geothermal wells. The calcium phosphate cements were produced by reacting calcium aluminate cement with sodium phosphate compounds. Pumpable formulations with thickening times up to two hours at temperatures between 25 to 90{degrees}C were developed and characterized. The materials showed rapid set behaviour, early strength development, low permeability and acceptable durability in hydrothermal environments. Strengths up to 4 MPa were achieved four hours after mixing and water permeabilities were of the order of 10{sup -9} to 10{sup -7} cm/s at 24 hours. Partial replacement of calcium aluminate cement with ground granulated blast furnace slag was found to reduce the amount of borax retarder required to maintain pumpability at elevated temperatures and pressures.

  11. Degradation of the materials of construction in Li-ion batteries

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    Braithwaite, J.W.; Gonzales, A.; Lucero, S.J. [and others

    1997-03-01

    The primary current-collector materials being used in lithium-ion cells are susceptible to environmental degradation: aluminum to pitting corrosion and copper to environmentally assisted cracking. Pitting occurs at the highly oxidizing potentials associated with the positive-electrode charge condition. However, the pitting mechanism is more complex than that typically observed in aqueous systems in that the pits are filled with a mixed metal/oxide product and exist as mounds or nodules on the surface. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was shown to be an effective analytical tool for quantifying and verifying aluminum corrosion behavior. Two fluorocarbon-based coatings were shown to improve the resistance of Al to pitting attack. Detailed x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) surface analyses showed that there was very little difference in the films observed after simple immersion in either PC:DEC or EC:DMC electrolytes versus those following electrical cycling. Li and P are the predominant surface species. Finally, environmental cracking of copper can occur at or near the lithium potential and only if specific metallurgical conditions exist (work-hardening and large grain size).

  12. Corrosion and degradation of test materials in the IGT HYGAS coal-gasification pilot plant

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    Schaefer, A.O.

    1981-12-01

    Corrosion monitoring of test materials was conducted in the operating environment of the IGT HYGAS pilot plant between 1974 and 1980. Metals were exposed in the coal pretreater, pretreater quench system, coal slurry mix tank, multistage gasifier, gasifier quench system, and spent char mix tank. Austenitic alloy Types 304 and 316 were found to be superior in corrosion performance compared to Type 410 and carbon steel in the coal pretreater environment. Pack aluminized coatings on carbon steel A-515 prevented attack of the substrate; hairline cracks were always observed in the coating but never penetrating the diffusion zone. Throughout the HYGAS quench systems (gasifier and coal pretreater), the 300 series austenitic stainless steels showed consistently better corrosion resistance than other test materials in all test locations. This was also true in the slurry and char mix tanks. Equivalent linear corrosion rates were less than 1 mpy (0.03 mm/y); mild pitting was encountered in some cases. Of the alloys tested in the lower gasifier stages, alloys IN-671, IN-800, and Types 310, 309, and 446 were consistently better performers. Pack aluminized alloys (Type 310, IN-800) showed no improved corrosion resistance. All refractories were exposed as 9 in. (228.6 mm) straight bricks and used as headers to brick up a manway with only their ends exposed to the gasifier environment. Dense refractories were little affected by exposure, but lightweight refractories deteriorated. In general, the physical properties and abrasion resistance of the high-alumina (90% or greater) dense refractories were degraded by exposure while those of medium-alumina (50 to 60%) dense refractories were enhanced. Any of the dense refractories would have been suitable for lining the gasifier, but a medium-alumina castable would have been the optimum selection because of its lower cost.

  13. Survey of degradation modes of candidate materials for high-level radioactive-waste disposal containers

    SciTech Connect

    Farmer, J.C.; Van Konynenburg, R.A.; McCright, R.D. (Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (USA)); Bullen, D.B. (Science and Engineering Associates, Inc., Pleasanton, CA (USA))

    1988-04-01

    Three iron- to nickel-based austenitic alloys (Types 304L and 316L stainless steels and Alloy 825) are being considered as candidate materials for the fabrication of high-level radioactive-waste containers. Waste will include fuel assemblies from reactors as well as high-level waste in borosilicate glass forms, and will be sent to the prospective repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The decay of radionuclides in the repository will result in the generation of substantial heat and in fluences of gamma radiation. Container materials may undergo any of several modes of degradation in this environment, including atmospheric oxidation; uniform aqueous phase corrosion; pitting; crevice corrosion; sensitization and intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC); and transgranular stress corrosion cracking (TGSCC). This report is an analysis of data relevant to the pitting, crevice corrosion, and stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of the three austenitic candidate alloys. The candidates are compared in terms of their susceptibilities to these forms of corrosion. Although all three candidates have demonstrated pitting and crevice corrosion in chloride-containing environments, Alloy 825 has the greatest resistance to these types of localized corrosion (LC); such resistance is important because pits can penetrate the metal and serve as crack initiation sites. Both Types 304L and 316L stainless steels are susceptible to SCC in acidic chloride media. In contrast, SCC has not been documented in Alloy 825 under comparable conditions. Gamma radiation has been found to enhance SCC in Types 304 and 304L stainless steels, but it has no detectable effect on the resistance of Alloy 825 to SCC. Furthermore, while the effects of microbiologically induced corrosion have been observed for 300-series stainless steels, nickel-based alloys such as Alloy 825 seem to be immune to such problems. 211 refs., 49 figs., 10 tabs.

  14. Controlled-peroxide degradation of polypropylene: Rheological properties and prediction of MWD from rheological data

    Microsoft Academic Search

    H. Azizi; I. Ghasemi; M. Karrabi

    2008-01-01

    In this study, some experimental results of the peroxide-degradation process of polypropylene (PP) in a co-rotating twin-screw extruder to produce controlled-rheology polypropylene (CRPP) are presented. The peroxide was dicumyl peroxide (DCP) and the concentration of DCP was in the range 0–0.6wt%. It was found that the rheological properties of PP change significantly during reactive extrusion. Melt flow index (MFI) increased

  15. Heat and mass transport from thermally degrading thin cellulosic materials in a microgravity environment

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    G. Kushida; H. R. Baum; T. Kashiwagi; C. di Blasi

    1992-01-01

    Attention is given to a theoretical model describing the behavior of a thermally thin cellulosic sheet heated by external thermal radiation in a quiescent microgravity environment. This model describes thermal and oxidative degradation of the sheet and the heat and mass transfer of evolved degradation products from the heated cellulosic surface into the gas phase. Two calculations are carried out:

  16. Heat and mass transport from thermally degrading thin cellulosic materials in a microgravity environment

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    G. Kushida; H. R. Baum; T. Kashiwagi; C. di Blasi

    1992-01-01

    A theoretical model describing the behavior of a thermally thin cellulosic sheet heated by external thermal radiation in a quiescent microgravity environment is developed. This model describes thermal and oxidative degradation of the sheet and the heat and mass transfer of evolved degradation products from the heated cellulosic surface into the gas phase. At present, gas phase oxidation reactions are

  17. Spatial Control of Cell-Mediated Degradation to Regulate Vasculogenesis and Angiogenesis in Hyaluronan Hydrogels

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    Hanjaya-Putra, Donny; Wong, Kyle T.; Hirotsu, Kelsey; Khetan, Sudhir; Burdick, Jason A.; Gerecht, Sharon

    2012-01-01

    Matrix remodeling is crucial for neovascularization, however its utilization to control this process in synthetic biomaterials has been limited. Here, we utilized hyaluronic acid (HA) hydrogels to spatially control cellular remodeling during vascular network formation. Specifically, we exploited a secondary radical polymerization to alter the ability of cells to degrade the hydrogel and utilized it to create spatial patterning using light initiation. We first demonstrated the ability of the hydrogel to either support or inhibit in vitro vasculogenesis of endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) or angiogenesis from ex ovo chorioallantoic membranes. We showed that vascular tube branching and sprouting, which required matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs)-dependent remodeling, could be achieved in hydrogels formed by primary addition-crosslinking only. Although ECFCs expressed higher levels of MMPs in the hydrogels with the secondary radical-crosslinking, the generated kinetic chains disabled cell-mediated remodeling and therefore vascular formation was arrested at the vacuole and lumen stage. We then patterned hydrogels to have regions that either permitted or inhibited cell-mediated degradation during in vitro vasculogenesis or angiogenesis. Our ability to control degradation cues that regulate vascular tube formation is important for the study of vascular biology and the application of synthetic biomaterials in tissue regeneration. PMID:22672833

  18. Spatial control of cell-mediated degradation to regulate vasculogenesis and angiogenesis in hyaluronan hydrogels.

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    Hanjaya-Putra, Donny; Wong, Kyle T; Hirotsu, Kelsey; Khetan, Sudhir; Burdick, Jason A; Gerecht, Sharon

    2012-09-01

    Matrix remodeling is crucial for neovascularization, however its utilization to control this process in synthetic biomaterials has been limited. Here, we utilized hyaluronic acid (HA) hydrogels to spatially control cellular remodeling during vascular network formation. Specifically, we exploited a secondary radical polymerization to alter the ability of cells to degrade the hydrogel and utilized it to create spatial patterning using light initiation. We first demonstrated the ability of the hydrogel to either support or inhibit in vitro vasculogenesis of endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) or angiogenesis from ex ovo chorioallantoic membranes. We showed that vascular tube branching and sprouting, which required matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs)-dependent remodeling, could be achieved in hydrogels formed by primary addition-crosslinking only. Although ECFCs expressed higher levels of MMPs in the hydrogels with the secondary radical crosslinking, the generated kinetic chains disabled cell-mediated remodeling and therefore vascular formation was arrested at the vacuole and lumen stage. We then patterned hydrogels to have regions that either permitted or inhibited cell-mediated degradation during in vitro vasculogenesis or angiogenesis. Our ability to control degradation cues that regulate vascular tube formation is important for the study of vascular biology and the application of synthetic biomaterials in tissue regeneration. PMID:22672833

  19. 76 FR 28193 - Amendments to Material Control and Accounting Regulations

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    2011-05-16

    ...Amendments to Material Control and Accounting Regulations AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory...amendments to the material control and accounting (MC&A) regulations. These regulations...outdated term, as it does not include ``accounting,'' and thus does not fully...

  20. Identification and Assessment of Material Models for Age-Related Degradation of Structures and Passive Components in Nuclear Power Plants

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    Nie,J.; Braverman, J.; Hofmayer, C.; Kim, M. K.; Choi, I-K.

    2009-04-27

    When performing seismic safety assessments of nuclear power plants (NPPs), the potential effects of age-related degradation on structures, systems, and components (SSCs) should be considered. To address the issue of aging degradation, the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) has embarked on a five-year research project to develop a realistic seismic risk evaluation system which will include the consideration of aging of structures and components in NPPs. Three specific areas that are included in the KAERI research project, related to seismic probabilistic risk assessment (PRA), are probabilistic seismic hazard analysis, seismic fragility analysis including the effects of aging, and a plant seismic risk analysis. To support the development of seismic capability evaluation technology for degraded structures and components, KAERI entered into a collaboration agreement with Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in 2007. The collaborative research effort is intended to continue over a five year period with the goal of developing seismic fragility analysis methods that consider the potential effects of age-related degradation of SSCs, and using these results as input to seismic PRAs. In the Year 1 scope of work BNL collected and reviewed degradation occurrences in US NPPs and identified important aging characteristics needed for the seismic capability evaluations that will be performed in the subsequent evaluations in the years that follow. This information is presented in the Annual Report for the Year 1 Task, identified as BNL Report-81741-2008 and also designated as KAERI/RR-2931/2008. The report presents results of the statistical and trending analysis of this data and compares the results to prior aging studies. In addition, the report provides a description of U.S. current regulatory requirements, regulatory guidance documents, generic communications, industry standards and guidance, and past research related to aging degradation of SSCs. This report describes the research effort performed by BNL for the Year 2 scope of work. This research focused on methods that could be used to represent the long-term behavior of materials used at NPPs. To achieve this BNL reviewed time-dependent models which can approximate the degradation effects of the key materials used in the construction of structures and passive components determined to be of interest in the Year 1 effort. The intent was to review the degradation models that would cover the most common time-dependent changes in material properties for concrete and steel components.

  1. Deterministic control of ferroelastic switching in multiferroic materials

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    Chen, Long-Qing

    interest has been directed towards applications of rhombohedral ferroelectrics and multiferroic materialsDeterministic control of ferroelastic switching in multiferroic materials N. Balke1 *, S. Choudhury. Kalinin1,6 Multiferroic materials showing coupled electric, magnetic and elastic orderings provide

  2. The influence of micromixing on molecular weight distribution during controlled Polypropylene degradation in a static mixer reactor

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    E. Fourcade; H. C. J. Hoefsloot; G. van Vliet; W. Bunge; S. M. P. Mutsers; P. D. Iedema

    2001-01-01

    The problem of simultaneous diffusion and reaction in an environment of a high-temperature polymer melt has been addressed under circumstances, in which micromixing plays a major role. Controlled Polypropylene degradation by peroxides has been taken as an experimental test case. In a previous study, degradation in a twin-screw extruder was observed to take place in a homogeneously mixed environment (Iedema

  3. USING TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT PROACTIVE MANAGEMENT OF MATERIALS DEGRADATION FOR THE U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

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    Taylor, W Boyd; Knobbs, Katherine J.; Carpenter, C. E. (Gene) [Gene; Malik, Shah

    2010-07-19

    The majority of the U.S. reactor fleet is applying for license renewal to extend the operating life from the current 40 years to 60 years, and there is now active interest in extending the operating life to beyond 60 years. Many plants are also applying for increases in power rating and both of these changes increases the need for an improved understanding of materials degradation. Many materials degrade over time and much is known about the degradation of materials under normal environmental conditions; however, less is known about the characteristics of materials degradation when the environment is subject to higher than normal radiological conditions over extended periods of time. Significant efforts are being made by industrial, academic and regulatory groups worldwide to identify, classify and mitigate potential problems arising from degradation of components in this context. From a regulatory perspective, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) is very interested in being able to identify ways to insure their licensees proactively manage the identification of materials degradation and the mitigation of its effects. To date, the USNRC has consolidated “generic” programs for mitigating aging issues in the two volume Generic Aging Lessons Learned (GALL) Report (NUREG-1801) [1][2], and have encouraged applicants for license renewal to use these programs where applicable in their plant when applying for renew of their reactor’s license. The USNRC has also published a comprehensive report entitled Expert Panel Report on Proactive Materials Degradation (NUREG/CR-6923) [3] that inventories the types of degradation mechanisms that could exist in each component of a Light Water Reactor (LWR) and each degradation mechanism is assessed regarding how much is known about mitigating its effects. Since the number of plant designs and materials used varies greatly within the U.S. fleet, there are many variations to implementing aging management programs (AMPs), requiring significant dialogs between the Licensee and the USNRC. These discussions are part of the licensing basis and as such are documented with up to multi-hundred page responses that are loosely coupled through the USNRC Agency-wide Document Access and Management System (ADAMS), which serves as an electronic records repository for the USNRC . These discussions have supported revisions to the GALL, including the revision that is being prepared as this paper is being written. The USNRC has sought the help of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to improve the staff’s ability to navigate the significant numbers of documents that are generated in this process and to provide a forum for regulators, licensees and researchers to share knowledge in the efforts to improve the cyclic process for defining, applying, validating and re-defining AMPs. Work to date in this area is publicly accessible and this paper will describe that work and outline a potential path forward. The presenter will also demonstrate the capabilities of the PMMD information tools (http://pmmd.pnl.gov).

  4. Imprinted sol-gel materials for monitoring degradation products in automotive oils by shear transverse wave.

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    Mujahid, Adnan; Afzal, Adeel; Glanzing, Gerd; Leidl, Anton; Lieberzeit, Peter A; Dickert, Franz L

    2010-08-18

    Titania sol-gel layers imprinted with capric acid have been used as synthetic receptors for highly sensitive detection of oxidized products resulting from degradation of automotive engine oil. These layers have been applied as sensitive coating material on shear transverse wave (STW) resonators of frequencies ranging from 100 MHz to 430 MHz. A relatively small size of STW resonators, i.e. about 2 mm for 430 MHz makes these devices extremely useful while considering the concept of miniaturization. It has been proved experimentally that by increasing fundamental resonance frequency of these devices, a very high sensor response i.e. 22 kHz up to 460 kHz can be generated. The geometry of long chain capric acid fits best as recognition element in the synthesis of imprinted TiO(2) network. The thin titania layers coated on transducer surface provide excellent diffusion pathways to oxidized products of waste engine oil for selective and reversible re-inclusion i.e. recovery time of 30 min. Viscosity effects of oxidized engine oil can be minimized by shear waves which do not dissipate considerable amount of energy that ensure smooth liquid phase operation. Different oxidized products i.e. carbonic acids and esters can be characterized in lubricant via infra-red (IR) spectroscopy. The increasing IR absorbance of different waste oil samples is a clear indication of increasing concentration of carbonyl group. The IR absorbance of carbonyl groups is directly correlated to the age of respective waste engine oil samples and a quantitative relationship between sensor responses from STWs and IR absorbance was also developed. PMID:20708116

  5. Control of xanthan-degrading organisms in the Loudon pilot: approach, methodology, and results

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    Bragg, J.R.; Maruca, S.D.; Gale, W.W.; Gall, L.S.; Wernau, W.C.

    1983-01-01

    An investigation of loss of mobility control in Exxon's Loudon micellar/polymer pilot test has confirmed that loss was caused by microbial degradation of the xanthan biopolymer used to viscosify the microemulsion and polymer drive banks. This study describes techniques which were used to sample and culture bacteria from the Loudon pilot and demonstrate that these mixed cultures are able to degrade xanthan rapidly under reservoir conditions. Laboratory studies show that, under anaerobic conditions, bacteria cultured from the Loudon pilot can cause over 90% loss of xanthan viscosity in micellar/polymer fluids within 7 days. An extensive laboratory screening program was conducted to identify biocides that are effective against the offending organisms. Complete kill of the organisms, biocide compatibility (with biopolymer, formation rock, field brines, and microemulsion), cost effectiveness, and chemical stability were key parameters. Of the biocides tested, formaldehyde was found to be the most consistently effective.

  6. Controlled intermittent interfacial bond concept for composite materials

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    Marston, T. U.; Atkins, A. G.

    1975-01-01

    Concept will enhance fracture resistance of high-strength filamentary composite without degrading its tensile strength or elastic modulus. Concept provides more economical composite systems, tailored for specific applications, and composite materials with mechanical properties, such as tensile strength, fracture strain, and fracture toughness, that can be optimized.

  7. Polyester-Based (Bio)degradable Polymers as Environmentally Friendly Materials for Sustainable Development

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    Rydz, Joanna; Sikorska, Wanda; Kyulavska, Mariya; Christova, Darinka

    2014-01-01

    This review focuses on the polyesters such as polylactide and polyhydroxyalkonoates, as well as polyamides produced from renewable resources, which are currently among the most promising (bio)degradable polymers. Synthetic pathways, favourable properties and utilisation (most important applications) of these attractive polymer families are outlined. Environmental impact and in particular (bio)degradation of aliphatic polyesters, polyamides and related copolymer structures are described in view of the potential applications in various fields. PMID:25551604

  8. Virtual earthquake engineering laboratory with physics-based degrading materials on parallel computers

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    Cho, In Ho

    For the last few decades, we have obtained tremendous insight into underlying microscopic mechanisms of degrading quasi-brittle materials from persistent and near-saintly efforts in laboratories, and at the same time we have seen unprecedented evolution in computational technology such as massively parallel computers. Thus, time is ripe to embark on a novel approach to settle unanswered questions, especially for the earthquake engineering community, by harmoniously combining the microphysics mechanisms with advanced parallel computing technology. To begin with, it should be stressed that we placed a great deal of emphasis on preserving clear meaning and physical counterparts of all the microscopic material models proposed herein, since it is directly tied to the belief that by doing so, the more physical mechanisms we incorporate, the better prediction we can obtain. We departed from reviewing representative microscopic analysis methodologies, selecting out "fixed-type" multidirectional smeared crack model as the base framework for nonlinear quasi-brittle materials, since it is widely believed to best retain the physical nature of actual cracks. Microscopic stress functions are proposed by integrating well-received existing models to update normal stresses on the crack surfaces (three orthogonal surfaces are allowed to initiate herein) under cyclic loading. Unlike the normal stress update, special attention had to be paid to the shear stress update on the crack surfaces, due primarily to the well-known pathological nature of the fixed-type smeared crack model---spurious large stress transfer over the open crack under nonproportional loading. In hopes of exploiting physical mechanism to resolve this deleterious nature of the fixed crack model, a tribology-inspired three-dimensional (3d) interlocking mechanism has been proposed. Following the main trend of tribology (i.e., the science and engineering of interacting surfaces), we introduced the base fabric of solid particle-soft matrix to explain realistic interlocking over rough crack surfaces, and the adopted Gaussian distribution feeds random particle sizes to the entire domain. Validation against a well-documented rough crack experiment reveals promising accuracy of the proposed 3d interlocking model. A consumed energy-based damage model has been proposed for the weak correlation between the normal and shear stresses on the crack surfaces, and also for describing the nature of irrecoverable damage. Since the evaluation of the consumed energy is directly linked to the microscopic deformation, which can be efficiently tracked on the crack surfaces, the proposed damage model is believed to provide a more physical interpretation than existing damage mechanics, which fundamentally stem from mathematical derivation with few physical counterparts. Another novel point of the present work lies in the topological transition-based "smart" steel bar model, notably with evolving compressive buckling length. We presented a systematic framework of information flow between the key ingredients of composite materials (i.e., steel bar and its surrounding concrete elements). The smart steel model suggested can incorporate smooth transition during reversal loading, tensile rupture, early buckling after reversal from excessive tensile loading, and even compressive buckling. Especially, the buckling length is made to evolve according to the damage states of the surrounding elements of each bar, while all other dominant models leave the length unchanged. What lies behind all the aforementioned novel attempts is, of course, the problem-optimized parallel platform. In fact, the parallel computing in our field has been restricted to monotonic shock or blast loading with explicit algorithm which is characteristically feasible to be parallelized. In the present study, efficient parallelization strategies for the highly demanding implicit nonlinear finite element analysis (FEA) program for real-scale reinforced concrete (RC) structures under cyclic loading are proposed. Quantitat

  9. RELIABILITY MODELS OF AGING PASSIVE COMPONENTS INFORMED BY MATERIALS DEGRADATION METRICS TO SUPPORT LONG-TERM REACTOR OPERATIONS

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    Stephen D. Unwin; Peter P. Lowry; Michael Y. Toyooka

    2012-01-01

    Paper describes a methodology for the synthesis of nuclear power plant service data with expert-elicited materials degradation information to estimate the future failure rates of passive components. This method should be an important resource to long-term plant operations and reactor life extension. Conventional probabilistic risk assessments (PRAs) are not well suited to addressing long-term reactor operations. Since passive structures and

  10. Material degradation during isothermal ageing and thermal cycling of hybrid mica seals under solid oxide fuel cell exposure conditions

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    Yeong-Shyung Chou; Jeffry W. Stevenson; John Hardy; Prabhakar Singh

    2006-01-01

    Hybrid phlogopite mica seals with glass interlayers were evaluated in terms of materials degradation in a combined ageing and thermal cycling test. Three glass interlayers were investigated: a standard Ba–Ca–Al silicate glass (G18), a modified Ba–Ca–Al silicate glass with a nucleation agent added (G18m), and a borosilicate glass (G6). The hybrid phlogopite mica seals were aged at 800°C for ?500

  11. Remote inhibition of polymer degradation.

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    Clough, Roger Lee; Celina, Mathias Christopher

    2005-08-01

    Polymer degradation has been explored on the basis of synergistic infectious and inhibitive interaction between separate materials. A dual stage chemiluminescence detection system with individually controlled hot stages was applied to probe for interaction effects during polymer degradation in an oxidizing environment. Experimental confirmation was obtained that volatile antioxidants can be transferred over a relatively large distance. The thermal degradation of a polypropylene (PP) sample receiving traces of inhibitive antioxidants from a remote source is delayed. Similarly, volatiles from two stabilized elastomers were also capable of retarding a degradation process remotely. This observation demonstrates inhibitive cross-talk as a novel interactive phenomenon between different polymers and is consequential for understanding general polymer interactions, fundamental degradation processes and long-term aging effects of multiple materials in a single environment.

  12. Effects of electrode materials on the degradation, spectral characteristics, visual colour, and antioxidant capacity of cyanidin-3-glucoside and cyanidin-3-sophoroside during pulsed electric field (PEF) treatment

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    Jianxia Sun; Weibin Bai; Yan Zhang; Xiaojun Liao; Xiaosong Hu

    2011-01-01

    The effects of three electrode materials – stainless steel (SS), pure titanium (PT), and titanium-based alloy (TA) – on the PEF-induced degradation, spectral characteristics, visual colour, and antioxidant capacity of cyanidin-3-glucoside (Cy-3-glc) and cyanidin-3-sophoroside (Cy-3-soph) were studied. Cy-3-glc and Cy-3-soph were degraded by PEF; SS retained Cy-3-glc and Cy-3-soph the most, while PT and TA led to greater degradation. Cy-3-glc

  13. Intravascular tissue reactions induced by various types of bioabsorbable polymeric materials: correlation between the degradation profiles and corresponding tissue reactions

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    Uchiyama, Naoyuki; Murayama, Yuichi; Nien, Yih-Lin; Lee, Daniel; Ebara, Masaki; Ishii, Akira; Chiang, Alexander; Vinters, Harry V.; Nishimura, Ichiro; Wu, Benjamin M.; Vinuela, Fernando

    2010-01-01

    Introduction Several different bioabsorbable polymeric coil materials are currently used with the goal of improving treatment outcomes of endovascular embolization of intracranial aneurysms. However, little is known about the correlation between polymer degradation profiles and concomitant tissue responses in a blood vessel. The authors describe in vitro degradation characteristics of nine different polymeric materials and their corresponding tissue responses induced in rabbit carotid arteries. Methods Mass loss and molecular weight loss of nine commercially available bioabsorbable sutures were evaluated in vitro up to16 weeks. The same nine materials, as well as platinum coils, were implanted into blind-end carotid arteries (n?=?44) in rabbits, and their tissue reactions were evaluated histologically 14 days after the implantation. Results Five of the nine polymers elicited moderate to strong tissue reactions relative to the remaining materials. While polymer mass loss did not correlate with their histologic findings, polymers that showed a faster rate of molecular weight loss had a tendency to present more active tissue reactions such as strong fibrocellular response around the implanted material with a moderate inflammatory cell infiltration. Maxon exhibited the fastest rate of molecular weight loss and poly-l-lactic acid the slowest. Conclusions The rate of molecular weight loss may be an important factor that is associated with the degree of bioactivity when bioabsorbable polymers are implanted into blood vessels. For further quantitative analysis, additional experiments utilizing established aneurysm models need to be conducted. PMID:20145914

  14. Degradation of insecticides used for indoor spraying in malaria control and possible solutions

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    Background The insecticide dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) is widely used in indoor residual spraying (IRS) for malaria control owing to its longer residual efficacy in the field compared to other World Health Organization (WHO) alternatives. Suitable stabilization to render these alternative insecticides longer lasting could provide a less controversial and more acceptable and effective alternative insecticide formulations than DDT. Methods This study sought to investigate the reasons behind the often reported longer lasting behaviour of DDT by exposing all the WHO approved insecticides to high temperature, high humidity and ultra-violet light. Interactions between the insecticides and some mineral powders in the presence of an aqueous medium were also tested. Simple insecticidal paints were made using slurries of these mineral powders whilst some insecticides were dispersed into a conventional acrylic paint binder. These formulations were then spray painted on neat and manure coated mud plaques, representative of the material typically used in rural mud houses, at twice the upper limit of the WHO recommended dosage range. DDT was applied directly onto mud plaques at four times the WHO recommended concentration and on manure plaques at twice WHO recommended concentration. All plaques were subjected to accelerated ageing conditions of 40°C and a relative humidity of 90%. Results The pyrethroids insecticides outperformed the carbamates and DDT in the accelerated ageing tests. Thus UV exposure, high temperature oxidation and high humidity per se were ruled out as the main causes of failure of the alternative insecticides. Gas chromatography (GC) spectrograms showed that phosphogypsum stabilised the insecticides the most against alkaline degradation (i.e., hydrolysis). Bioassay testing showed that the period of efficacy of some of these formulations was comparable to that of DDT when sprayed on mud surfaces or cattle manure coated surfaces. Conclusions Bioassay experiments indicated that incorporating insecticides into a conventional paint binder or adsorbing them onto phosphogypsum can provide for extended effective life spans that compare favourably with DDT's performance under accelerated ageing conditions. Best results were obtained with propoxur in standard acrylic emulsion paint. Similarly, insecticides adsorbed on phosphogypsum and sprayed on cattle manure coated surfaces provided superior lifespans compared with DDT sprayed directly on a similar surface. PMID:22008292

  15. Orbital atomic oxygen effects on thermal control and optical materials - STS-8 results

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    Whitaker, A. F.; Little, S. A.; Harwell, R. J.; Griner, D. B.; Dehaye, R. F.; Fromhold, A. T., Jr.

    1985-01-01

    The effects of exposing 23 specimens of optical and thermal control materials to space at 120 km altitude for over 40 hrs during the STS-8 mission are discussed. Ten samples of paint targeted for the Space Telescope (ST) and the Tethered Satellite were exposed, and included polyurethane, oxide, silicone, and glossy black and white samples which were scanned for alterations in the optical properties after being retrieved. Nine mirror-type materials were also investigated, along with silver specimens typical of solar cell interconnects. The oxygen flow at the orbital altitude was 3.5 x 10 to the 20th atoms/cu cm. The exposures caused no degradation of the magnesium fluoride mirror coatings, while the Kapton coating for the ST solar cell panels showed evidence of losing thickness. The Ag solar cell contacts will require coatings to extend their lifetimes. Overcoatings were also proven necessary for inhibiting degradation of painted surfaces.

  16. A tuneable switch for controlling environmental degradation of bioplastics: addition of isothiazolinone to polyhydroxyalkanoates.

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    Woolnough, Catherine Anne; Yee, Lachlan Hartley; Charlton, Timothy Stuart; Foster, Leslie John Ray

    2013-01-01

    Controlling the environmental degradation of polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) and polyhydroxyvalerate (P(HB-co-HV)) bioplastics would expand the range of their potential applications. Combining PHB and P(HB-co-HV) films with the anti-fouling agent 4,5-dichloro-2-n-octyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one (DCOI, <10% w/w) restricted microbial colonisation in soil, but did not significantly affect melting temperature or the tensile strength of films. DCOI films showed reduced biofouling and postponed the onset of weight loss by up to 100 days, a 10-fold increase compared to unmodified films where the microbial coverage was significant. In addition, the rate of PHA-DCOI weight loss, post-onset, reduced by about 150%; in contrast a recorded weight loss of only 0.05% per day for P(HB-co-HV) with a 10% DCOI loading was observed. This is in stark contrast to the unmodified PHB film, where a recorded weight loss of only 0.75% per day was made. The 'switch' that initiates film weight loss, and its subsequent reduced rate, depended on the DCOI loading to control biofouling. The control of biofouling and environmental degradation for these DCOI modified bioplastics increases their potential use in biodegradable applications. PMID:24146779

  17. A Tuneable Switch for Controlling Environmental Degradation of Bioplastics: Addition of Isothiazolinone to Polyhydroxyalkanoates

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    Woolnough, Catherine Anne; Yee, Lachlan Hartley; Charlton, Timothy Stuart; Foster, Leslie John Ray

    2013-01-01

    Controlling the environmental degradation of polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) and polyhydroxyvalerate (P(HB-co-HV)) bioplastics would expand the range of their potential applications. Combining PHB and P(HB-co-HV) films with the anti-fouling agent 4,5-dichloro-2-n-octyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one (DCOI, <10% w/w) restricted microbial colonisation in soil, but did not significantly affect melting temperature or the tensile strength of films. DCOI films showed reduced biofouling and postponed the onset of weight loss by up to 100 days, a 10-fold increase compared to unmodified films where the microbial coverage was significant. In addition, the rate of PHA-DCOI weight loss, post-onset, reduced by about 150%; in contrast a recorded weight loss of only 0.05% per day for P(HB-co-HV) with a 10% DCOI loading was observed. This is in stark contrast to the unmodified PHB film, where a recorded weight loss of only 0.75% per day was made. The ‘switch’ that initiates film weight loss, and its subsequent reduced rate, depended on the DCOI loading to control biofouling. The control of biofouling and environmental degradation for these DCOI modified bioplastics increases their potential use in biodegradable applications. PMID:24146779

  18. Environmental Degradation of Materials: Surface Chemistry Related to Stress Corrosion Cracking

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    Schwarz, J. A.

    1985-01-01

    Parallel experiments have been performed in order to develop a comprehensive model for stress cracking (SCC) in structural materials. The central objective is to determine the relationship between the activity and selectivity of the microstructure of structural materials to their dissolution kinetics and experimentally measured SCC kinetics. Zinc was chosen as a prototype metal system. The SCC behavior of two oriented single-crystal disks of zinc in a chromic oxide/sodium sulfate solution (Palmerton solution) were determined. It was found that: (1) the dissolution rate is strongly (hkil)-dependent and proportional to the exposure time in the aggressive environment; and (2) a specific slip system is selectively active to dissolution under applied stress and this slip line controls crack initiation and propagation. As a precursor to potential microgrvity experiments, electrophoretic mobility measurements of zinc particles were obtained in solutions of sodium sulfate (0.0033 M) with concentrations of dissolved oxygen from 2 to 8 ppm. The equilibrium distribution of exposed oriented planes as well as their correlation will determine the particle mobility.

  19. On Social and Material Aspects of Technological Control.

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    Herfel, William E.

    1999-01-01

    Suggests that Hugh Lacey's example of a clear-cut distinction between material and social constraints or possibilities in the Green Revolution is misleading. Proposes a material analysis of the control situation placed within the material framework of the social structure within which the control system is employed. (Author/WRM)

  20. Modeling of network degradation in mixed step-chain growth polymerizations

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    Sirish K. Reddy; Kristi S. Anseth; Christopher N. Bowman

    2005-01-01

    The ability to form degradable hydrogels having controlled network structure is important for applications related to both drug delivery and tissue engineering. Although significant advances have occurred, these applications cannot reach full potential without the availability of materials with tunable degradation behavior. Here, we present novel thiol–acrylate degradable networks, which provide a simple method for forming degradable networks having specific

  1. Survey of degradation modes of candidate materials for high-level radioactive-waste disposal containers; Overview

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    Farmer, J.C.; McCright, R.D.; Kass, J.N.

    1988-06-01

    Three iron- to nickel-based austenitic alloys and three copper-based alloys are being considered as candidate materials for the fabrication of high-level radioactive-waste disposal containers. The austenitic alloys are Types 304L and 316L stainless steels and the high-nickel material Alloy 825. The copper-based alloys are CDA 102 (oxygen-free copper), CDA 613 (Cu-7Al), and CDA 715 (Cu-30Ni). Waste in the forms of both spent fuel assemblies from reactors and borosilicate glass will be sent to the prospective repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The decay of radionuclides will result in the generation of substantial heat and gamma radiation. Container materials may undergo any of several modes of degradation in this environment, including undesirable phase transformations due to a lack of phase stability; atmospheric oxidation; general aqueous corrosion; pitting; crevice corrosion; intergranular stress corrosion cracking; and transgranular stress corrosion cracking. Problems specific to welds, such as hot cracking, may also occur. A survey of the literature has been prepared as part of the process of selecting, from among the candidates, a material that is adequate for repository conditions. The modes of degradation are discussed in detail in the survey to determine which apply to the candidate alloys and the extent to which they may actually occur. The eight volumes of the survey are summarized in Sections 1 through 8 of this overview. The conclusions drawn from the survey are also given in this overview.

  2. CONTROL ID: 1484811 TITLE: Infrared Spectroscopy of Extraterrestrial Materials

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    Rossman. George R.

    CONTROL ID: 1484811 TITLE: Infrared Spectroscopy of Extraterrestrial Materials AUTHORS (FIRST NAME are measuring the infrared spectra of a wide range of extraterrestrial materials in the laboratory. The goals

  3. Arabidopsis DELLA Protein Degradation Is Controlled by a Type-One Protein Phosphatase, TOPP4

    PubMed Central

    Qin, Qianqian; Wang, Wei; Guo, Xiaola; Yue, Jing; Huang, Yan; Xu, Xiufei; Li, Jia; Hou, Suiwen

    2014-01-01

    Gibberellins (GAs) are a class of important phytohormones regulating a variety of physiological processes during normal plant growth and development. One of the major events during GA-mediated growth is the degradation of DELLA proteins, key negative regulators of GA signaling pathway. The stability of DELLA proteins is thought to be controlled by protein phosphorylation and dephosphorylation. Up to date, no phosphatase involved in this process has been identified. We have identified a dwarfed dominant-negative Arabidopsis mutant, named topp4-1. Reduced expression of TOPP4 using an artificial microRNA strategy also resulted in a dwarfed phenotype. Genetic and biochemical analyses indicated that TOPP4 regulates GA signal transduction mainly via promoting DELLA protein degradation. The severely dwarfed topp4-1 phenotypes were partially rescued by the DELLA deficient mutants rga-t2 and gai-t6, suggesting that the DELLA proteins RGA and GAI are required for the biological function of TOPP4. Both RGA and GAI were greatly accumulated in topp4-1 but significantly decreased in 35S-TOPP4 transgenic plants compared to wild-type plants. Further analyses demonstrated that TOPP4 is able to directly bind and dephosphorylate RGA and GAI, confirming that the TOPP4-controlled phosphorylation status of DELLAs is associated with their stability. These studies provide direct evidence for a crucial role of protein dephosphorylation mediated by TOPP4 in the GA signaling pathway. PMID:25010794

  4. HAZARDOUS WASTE DEGRADATION BY WOOD DEGRADING FUNGI

    EPA Science Inventory

    The persistence and toxicity of many hazardous waste constituents indicates that the environment has limited capacity to degrade such materials. he competence and presence of degrading organisms significantly effects our ability to treat and detoxify these hazardous waste chemica...

  5. Degradation of pathogen quorum-sensing molecules by soil bacteria: a preventive and curative biological control mechanism

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Florica Constantinescu; Laurent Michel; Cornelia Reimmann; Brion Duffy; Geneviève Défago

    2003-01-01

    The plasmid pME6863, carrying the aiiA gene from the soil bacterium Bacillus sp. A24 that encodes a lactonase enzyme able to degrade N-acyl-homoserine lactones (AHLs), was introduced into the rhizosphere isolate Pseudomonas fluorescens P3. This strain is not an effective biological control agent against plant pathogens. The transformant P. fluorescens P3\\/pME6863 acquired the ability to degrade AHLs. In planta, P.

  6. Towards programmable materials : tunable material properties through feedback control of conducting polymers

    E-print Network

    Wiedenman, Nathan Scott

    2008-01-01

    Mammalian skeletal muscle is an amazing actuation technology that can controllably modify its force and position outputs as well as its material properties such as stiffness. Unlike muscle, current engineering materials ...

  7. Incorporation of bioactive glass in calcium phosphate cement: material characterization and in vitro degradation.

    PubMed

    Renno, A C M; Nejadnik, M R; van de Watering, F C J; Crovace, M C; Zanotto, E D; Hoefnagels, J P M; Wolke, J G C; Jansen, J A; van den Beucken, J J J P

    2013-08-01

    Calcium phosphate cements (CPCs) have been widely used as an alternative to biological grafts due to their excellent osteoconductive properties. Although degradation has been improved by using poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA) microspheres as porogens, the biological performance of CPC/PLGA composites is insufficient to stimulate bone healing in large bone defects. In this context, the aim of this study was to investigate the effect of incorporating osteopromotive bioactive glass (BG; up to 50 wt %) on setting properties, in vitro degradation behavior and morphological characteristics of CPC/BG and CPC/PLGA/BG. The results revealed that the initial and final setting time of the composites increased with increasing amounts of incorporated BG. The degradation test showed a BG-dependent increasing effect on pH of CPC/BG and CPC/PLGA/BG pre-set scaffolds immersed in PBS compared to CPC and CPC/PLGA equivalents. Whereas no effects on mass loss were observed for CPC and CPC/BG pre-set scaffolds, CPC/PLGA/BG pre-set scaffolds showed an accelerated mass loss compared with CPC/PLGA equivalents. Morphologically, no changes were observed for CPC and CPC/BG pre-set scaffolds. In contrast, CPC/PLGA and CPC/PLGA/BG showed apparent degradation of PLGA microspheres and faster loss of integrity for CPC/PLGA/BG pre-set scaffolds compared with CPC/PLGA equivalents. Based on the present in vitro results, it can be concluded that BG can be successfully introduced into CPC and CPC/PLGA without exceeding the setting time beyond clinically acceptable values. All injectable composites containing BG had suitable handling properties and specifically CPC/PLGA/BG showed an increased rate of mass loss. Future investigations should focus on translating these findings to in vivo applications. PMID:23364896

  8. Low Cycle Fatigue Evaluation of Duplex Stainless Steel with Material Degradation Effect Under Torsional Load

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jae Do Kwon; Joong Cheul Park; Joong Hyoung Kim

    2003-01-01

    Monotonic torsional and pure torsional low cycle fatigue (LCF) tests with artificial degradation were performed on duplex stainless steel (CF8M). CF8M is used in pipes and valves in a nuclear reactor coolant system. It was aged at 430°C for 3600 hrs. Through the monotonic and LCF tests, it is found that mechanical properties (i.e., yield strength, strain hardening exponent, strength

  9. Carbohydrate analysis in hydrothermally degraded plant material by high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC)

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. Niesner; W. Briiller; O. Bobleter

    1978-01-01

    Summary  A high-pressure liquid chromatograph is described. This equipment was used for the analysis of carbohydrate solutions obtained by hydrothermal degradation of cellulosic plant matter. With an anion-exchange column the pentoses of the hemicellulose fraction, and the hexoses of the cellulose fraction of wheat straw samples were analysed with acetonitrile: H2O ratios of 7525 and 8020 as elution media. Glucose and

  10. Fatigue damage of APC2 composite assessed from material degradation and non-destructive evaluation data

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Sp. G Pantelakis; Em. Ch Kyriakakis

    1999-01-01

    Quasi-isotropic 45° APC-2 specimens are fatigued under constant amplitude stress reversal load condition. Fatigue induced degradation of the mechanical properties is correlated to data obtained from non-destructive evaluation. C-scan readings were used to define a generic damage severity factor D. It refers to the current fatigue damage state and accounts for the varying severity of damage at the different specimen

  11. Photochemical degradation study of an epoxy material by X-ray analysis

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L Monney; N Rouge; C Dubois; A Chambaudet

    1998-01-01

    Photo-chemical degradation of an epoxy resin (DGEBA) cross-linked with methyltetrahydrophthalic anhydride (MTHPA) was studied using electron beam X-ray microanalysis. The evolution of OK?\\/CK? ratio of the K? ray intensities of oxygen and carbon allowed us to detect the organic matrix’s chemical modifications during photo-ageing of the irradiated surface. Aside from the fact that the thickness of the photo-oxidized layer can

  12. Photochemical degradation study of an epoxy material by IR-ATR spectroscopy

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L Monney; R Belali; J Vebrel; C Dubois; A Chambaudet

    1998-01-01

    Photochemical degradation of an epoxy resin (DGEBA) cross-linked with methyltetrahydrophthalic anhydride (MTHPA) was studied by means of FT-IR spectroscopy with attenuated total reflection (ATR). Using an identified absorption band as a reference, we obtained spectra that allowed us to detect the organic matrix chemical modifications during photo-aging of the irradiated surface. Besides the fact that the thickness of the photo-oxidized

  13. Mechanical degradation of foam-cored sandwich materials exposed to high moisture

    Microsoft Academic Search

    F. Avilés; M. Aguilar-Montero

    2010-01-01

    Sandwich specimens composed of E-glass\\/polyester face sheets bonded to a PVC foam core were exposed to high moisture (95% RH) and immersed in sea-water for extended periods of time. Degradation of mechanical properties of the face sheets, foam core and face\\/core interface were progressively evaluated using flexural testing of the laminates, through-thickness tension of the foam core and interfacial sandwich

  14. The Effect of Degraded Digital Instrumentation and Control systems on Human-system Interfaces and Operator Performance

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. M. OHara; B. Gunther; G. Martinez-Guridi; J. Xing; V. Barnes

    2010-01-01

    Integrated digital instrumentation and control (I&C) systems in new and advanced nuclear power plants (NPPs) will support operators in monitoring and controlling the plants. Even though digital systems typically are expected to be reliable, their potential for degradation or failure significantly could affect the operators performance and, consequently, jeopardize plant safety. This U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) research investigated the

  15. The evaluation of in-service materials degradation of low-alloy steels by the electrochemical method

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yutaka Watanabe; Tetsuo Shoji

    1991-01-01

    The nondestructive evaluation procedure for detecting in-service materials degradation of low-alloy 2.25Cr-1Mo and CrMoV steels\\u000a by the electrochemical method has been investigated. The results can be summarized as follows. (1) For 2.25Cr-1Mo steels,\\u000a the peak current mainly caused by the selective dissolution of coarse carbides M6C appears at ?+100 mV during potentiodynamic polarization measurements in dilute sodium molybdate solution. This

  16. E-Area Vault Concrete Material Property And Vault Durability/Degradation Projection Recommendations

    SciTech Connect

    Phifer, M. A.

    2014-03-11

    Subsequent to the 2008 E-Area Low-Level Waste Facility (ELLWF) Performance Assessment (PA) (WSRC 2008), two additional E-Area vault concrete property testing programs have been conducted (Dixon and Phifer 2010 and SIMCO 2011a) and two additional E-Area vault concrete durability modeling projections have been made (Langton 2009 and SIMCO 2012). All the information/data from these reports has been evaluated and consolidated herein by the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) at the request of Solid Waste Management (SWM) to produce E-Area vault concrete hydraulic and physical property data and vault durability/degradation projection recommendations that are adequately justified for use within associated Special Analyses (SAs) and future PA updates. The Low Activity Waste (LAW) and Intermediate Level (IL) Vaults structural degradation predictions produced by Carey 2006 and Peregoy 2006, respectively, which were used as the basis for the 2008 ELLWF PA, remain valid based upon the results of the E-Area vault concrete durability simulations reported by Langton 2009 and those reported by SIMCO 2012. Therefore revised structural degradation predictions are not required so long as the mean thickness of the closure cap overlying the vaults is no greater than that assumed within Carey 2006 and Peregoy 2006. For the LAW Vault structural degradation prediction (Carey 2006), the mean thickness of the overlying closure cap was taken as nine feet. For the IL Vault structural degradation prediction (Peregoy 2006), the mean thickness of the overlying closure cap was taken as eight feet. The mean closure cap thicknesses as described here for both E-Area Vaults will be included as a key input and assumption (I&A) in the next revision to the closure plan for the ELLWF (Phifer et al. 2009). In addition, it has been identified as new input to the PA model to be assessed in the ongoing update to the new PA Information UDQE (Flach 2013). Once the UDQE is approved, the SWM Key I&A database will be updated with this new information.

  17. Framework for a flexible, real-time controller for automated material transport systems 

    E-print Network

    Edlabadkar, Abhay

    1995-01-01

    framework for a flexible, real-time controller for automated material transport systems. The material transport controller is designed to control material transport systems having automated material transport equipment, which have a dedicated controller...

  18. Control of xanthan-degrading organisms in the Loudon pilot: Approach, methodology, and results

    SciTech Connect

    Bragg, J.R.; Beck, D.; Gale, W.W.; Gall, L.S.; Goldman, I.M.; Laskin, A.I.; Maruca, S.D.; Naslund, L.A.; Wernau, W.C.

    1983-10-01

    An investigation of loss of mobility control in Exxon's Loudon micellar/polymer pilot test has confirmed that loss was caused by microbial degradation of the xanthan biopolymer used to viscosify the microemulsion and polymer drive banks. This paper describes techniques which were used to sample and culture bacteria from the Loudon pilot and demonstrate that these mixed cultures are able to degrade xanthan rapidly under reservoir conditions. Laboratory studies show that, under anaerobic conditions, bacteria cultured from the Loudon pilot can cause over 90% loss of xanthan viscosity in micellar/polymer fluids within seven days. To remedy this problem, an extensive laboratory screening program was conducted to identify biocides that are effective against the offending organisms. Complete kill of the organisms under repeated laboratory challenge tests was the chief screening criterion. Biocide compatibility (with biopolymer, formation rock, field brines, and microemulsion), cost effectiveness, and chemical stability were also judged key parameters for effectiveness in field applications. Of the biocides tested against the Loudon organisms, formaldehyde was found to be the most consistently effective, providing complete kill and persistence at levels of 500 to 2000 ppm. Formaldehyde was shown to reduce bacteria below detectable levels in the formation and permit propagation of xanthan in a follow-up test conducted within the highly contaminated pilot zone. Therefore, formaldehyde should be an effective biocide for future floods at Loudon.

  19. Hydrogen peroxide generation and photocatalytic degradation of estrone by microstructural controlled ZnO nanorod arrays

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liu, Yangsi; Han, Jie; Qiu, Wei; Gao, Wei

    2012-12-01

    The strong oxidant, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), generated by ZnO nanorod arrays under UV light irradiation was monitored by fluorescence analysis. The ZnO nanorod arrays were synthesized via a low temperature hydrothermal method and their dimensions, i.e., diameter and height, can be controlled by adjusting the concentration of zinc nitrate (Zn(NO3)2·6H2O) and hexamethylenetetramine (HMT). The morphology, nanostructure, surface roughness and optical property were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and transmittance spectra, respectively. The ZnO nanorod arrays were applied in the degradation of estrone, which is an emerging steroid estrogen contaminant. The results revealed that the ZnO nanorod array produced from 25 mM Zn2+ and HMT had the highest aspect ratio, the largest surface roughness and the lowest band gap energy, which was beneficial to the efficiency of UV light utilization, photocatalytic degradation of estrone and H2O2 generation.

  20. The Effect of Degraded Digital Instrumentation and Control systems on Human-system Interfaces and Operator Performance

    SciTech Connect

    OHara, J.M.; Gunther, B.; Martinez-Guridi, G. (BNL); Xing, J.; Barnes, V. (NRC)

    2010-11-07

    Integrated digital instrumentation and control (I&C) systems in new and advanced nuclear power plants (NPPs) will support operators in monitoring and controlling the plants. Even though digital systems typically are expected to be reliable, their potential for degradation or failure significantly could affect the operators performance and, consequently, jeopardize plant safety. This U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) research investigated the effects of degraded I&C systems on human performance and on plant operations. The objective was to develop technical basis and guidance for human factors engineering (HFE) reviews addressing the operator's ability to detect and manage degraded digital I&C conditions. We reviewed pertinent standards and guidelines, empirical studies, and plant operating experience. In addition, we evaluated the potential effects of selected failure modes of the digital feedwater control system of a currently operating pressurized water reactor (PWR) on human-system interfaces (HSIs) and the operators performance. Our findings indicated that I&C degradations are prevalent in plants employing digital systems, and the overall effects on the plant's behavior can be significant, such as causing a reactor trip or equipment to operate unexpectedly. I&C degradations may affect the HSIs used by operators to monitor and control the plant. For example, deterioration of the sensors can complicate the operators interpretation of displays, and sometimes may mislead them by making it appear that a process disturbance has occurred. We used the findings as the technical basis upon which to develop HFE review guidance.

  1. 7 CFR 3201.68 - Erosion control materials.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ...2014-01-01 2014-01-01 false Erosion control materials. 3201.68 Section...PROCUREMENT Designated Items § 3201.68 Erosion control materials. (a) Definition...or other sites to prevent wind or water erosion of loose earth surfaces, which may...

  2. 7 CFR 3201.68 - Erosion control materials.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ...2013-01-01 2013-01-01 false Erosion control materials. 3201.68 Section...PROCUREMENT Designated Items § 3201.68 Erosion control materials. (a) Definition...or other sites to prevent wind or water erosion of loose earth surfaces, which may...

  3. 7 CFR 3201.68 - Erosion control materials.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ...2012-01-01 2012-01-01 false Erosion control materials. 3201.68 Section...PROCUREMENT Designated Items § 3201.68 Erosion control materials. (a) Definition...or other sites to prevent wind or water erosion of loose earth surfaces, which may...

  4. Materials control and accounting (MC and A): the evolutionary pressures

    SciTech Connect

    Shipley, J.P.

    1983-01-01

    Nuclear materials control and accounting systems are subject to pressures of both regulatory and institutional natures. This fact, coupled with the emergence of new technology, is causing evolutionary changes in materials control and accounting systems. These changes are the subject of this paper.

  5. Study of Micro and Nano Scale Features in the Fabrication, Performance, and Degradation of Advanced Engineering Materials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lombardo, Jeffrey John

    Increasingly, modern engineering materials are designed on a micron or nano scale to fulfill a given set of requirements or to enhance the material's performance. In this dissertation several such materials will be studied including catalyst particles for carbon nanotube (CNT) growth by use of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), multi walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) by reactor scale modeling, hermetic carbon coatings by focused ion beam/ scanning electron microscopy (FIB/SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) the latter of which was performed by Andrei Stolov at OFS Specialty Photonics Division (Avon, CT), and Ni/Yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anodes using X-ray nanotomography (XNT) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) the second of which was performed by Barry Lai at APS (Argonne National Lab, IL). For each material, a subset of the material properties will be looked at to determine how the selected property affects either the fabrication, performance, or degradation of the material. Following the analysis of these materials, it was found that although the materials are different, the study of micron and nano scale features has many related traits. X-rays and electrons are frequently used to examine nanoscale structures, numerical study can be exploited to expedite measurements and extract additional information from experiments, and the study of these requires knowledge across many scientific fields. As a product of this research, detailed information about all of the materials studied has been contributed to the scientific literature including size dependance information about the oxidation states of nanometer size iron particles, optimal CVD reactor growth conditions for different CNT catalyst particle sizes and number of walls, a technique for rapid measurement of hermetic carbon film thickness, and detailed microstructural detail and sulfur poisoning mapping for Ni/YSZ SOFC anodes.

  6. Initiation of polymer degradation via transfer of infectious species.

    SciTech Connect

    Clough, Roger Lee; Jones, Gary D.; Celina, Mathias Christopher

    2005-02-01

    A novel dual stage chemiluminescence detection system incorporating individually controlled hot stages has been developed and applied to probe for material interaction effects during polymer degradation. Utilization of this system has resulted in experimental confirmation for the first time that in an oxidizing environment a degrading polymer A (in this case polypropylene, PP) is capable of infecting a different polymer B (in this case polybutadiene, HTPB) over a relatively large distance. In the presence of the infectious degrading polymer A, the thermal degradation of polymer B is observed over a significantly shorter time period. Consistent with infectious volatiles from material A initiating the degradation process in material B it was demonstrated that traces (micrograms) of a thermally sensitive peroxide in the vicinity of PP could induce degradation remotely. This observation documents cross-infectious phenomena between different polymers and has major consequences for polymer interactions, understanding fundamental degradation processes and long-term aging effects under combined material exposures.

  7. Initiation of polymer degradation via transfer of infectious species.

    SciTech Connect

    Clough, Roger Lee; Jones, Gary Dunn; Celina, Mathias Christopher

    2005-06-01

    A novel dual stage chemiluminescence detection system incorporating individually controlled hot stages has been developed and applied to probe for material interaction effects during polymer degradation. Utilization of this system has resulted in experimental confirmation for the first time that in an oxidizing environment a degrading polymer A (in this case polypropylene, PP) is capable of infecting a different polymer B (in this case polybutadiene, HTPB) over a relatively large distance. In the presence of the infectious degrading polymer A, the thermal degradation of polymer B is observed over a significantly shorter time period. Consistent with infectious volatiles from material A initiating the degradation process in material B it was demonstrated that traces (micrograms) of a thermally sensitive peroxide in the vicinity of PP could induce degradation remotely. This observation documents cross-infectious phenomena between different polymers and has major consequences for polymer interactions, understanding fundamental degradation processes and long-term aging effects under combined material exposures.

  8. Friction stir processing of magnesium-nanohydroxyapatite composites with controlled in vitro degradation behavior.

    PubMed

    Ratna Sunil, B; Sampath Kumar, T S; Chakkingal, Uday; Nandakumar, V; Doble, Mukesh

    2014-06-01

    Nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA) reinforced magnesium composite (Mg-nHA) was fabricated by friction stir processing (FSP). The effect of smaller grain size and the presence of nHA particles on controlling the degradation of magnesium were investigated. Grain refinement from 1500?m to ?3.5?m was observed after FSP. In vitro bioactivity studies by immersing the samples in supersaturated simulated body fluid (SBF 5×) indicate that the increased hydrophilicity and pronounced biomineralization are due to grain refinement and the presence of nHA in the composite respectively. Electrochemical test to assess the corrosion behavior also clearly showed the improved corrosion resistance due to grain refinement and enhanced biomineralization. Using MTT colorimetric assay, cytotoxicity study of the samples with rat skeletal muscle (L6) cells indicate marginal increase in cell viability of the FSP-Mg-nHA sample. The composite also showed good cell adhesion. PMID:24863230

  9. Methylation-Controlled J Protein Promotes c-Jun Degradation To Prevent ABCB1 Transporter Expression? †

    PubMed Central

    Hatle, Ketki M.; Neveu, Wendy; Dienz, Oliver; Rymarchyk, Stacia; Barrantes, Ramiro; Hale, Sarah; Farley, Nicholas; Lounsbury, Karen M.; Bond, Jeffrey P.; Taatjes, Douglas; Rincón, Mercedes

    2007-01-01

    Methylation-controlled J protein (MCJ) is a newly identified member of the DnaJ family of cochaperones. Hypermethylation-mediated transcriptional silencing of the MCJ gene has been associated with increased chemotherapeutic resistance in ovarian cancer. However, the biology and function of MCJ remain unknown. Here we show that MCJ is a type II transmembrane cochaperone localized in the Golgi network and present only in vertebrates. MCJ is expressed in drug-sensitive breast cancer cells but not in multidrug-resistant cells. The inhibition of MCJ expression increases resistance to specific drugs by inducing expression of the ABCB1 drug transporter that prevents intracellular drug accumulation. The induction of ABCB1 gene expression is mediated by increased levels of c-Jun due to an impaired degradation of this transcription factor in the absence of MCJ. Thus, MCJ is required in these cells to prevent c-Jun-mediated expression of ABCB1 and maintain drug response. PMID:17283040

  10. Advanced diffusion studies with isotopically controlled materials

    SciTech Connect

    Bracht, Hartmut A.; Silvestri, Hughes H.; Haller, Eugene E.

    2004-11-14

    The use of enriched stable isotopes combined with modern epitaxial deposition and depth profiling techniques enables the preparation of material heterostructures, highly appropriate for self- and foreign-atom diffusion experiments. Over the past decade we have performed diffusion studies with isotopically enriched elemental and compound semiconductors. In the present paper we highlight our recent results and demonstrate that the use of isotopically enriched materials ushered in a new era in the study of diffusion in solids which yields greater insight into the properties of native defects and their roles in diffusion. Our approach of studying atomic diffusion is not limited to semiconductors and can be applied also to other material systems. Current areas of our research concern the diffusion in the silicon-germanium alloys and glassy materials such as silicon dioxide and ion conducting silicate glasses.

  11. Bibliographic Control of Nonprint Educational Material.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    McIlvane, Mary E.; Tonkery, Dan

    1978-01-01

    Presents an overview of the current operation of the AVLINE system, an online data base maintained by the National Library of Medicine containing references to over 5,000 nationally available nonprint materials. (VT)

  12. Survey of degradation modes of candidate materials for high-level radioactive-waste disposal containers

    Microsoft Academic Search

    G. E. Gdowski; D. B. Bullen

    1988-01-01

    Six alloys are being considered as possible materials for the fabrication of containers for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste. Three of these candidate materials are copper-based alloys: CDA 102 (oxygen-free copper), CDA 613 (Cu-7Al), and CDA 715 (Cu-30Ni). The other three are iron- to nickel-based austenitic materials: Types 304L and 316L stainless steels and Alloy 825. Radioactive waste will

  13. Autonomous materials with controlled toughening and healing

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Garcia, Michael E.; Lin, Yirong; Sodano, Henry A.

    2010-11-01

    Biological systems exhibit many advanced sensory and healing traits that can be applied to the design of modern material systems. The foremost goal for the development of future adaptive structures is to provide materials capable of autonomously adapting in order to impede damage progression and, subsequently, heal the damaged region. Here, a novel autonomous material system is devised using shape memory polymers (SMPs), which employ a fiber optic network, functioning both as a damage detection sensor and thermal stimulus delivery system. This system mimics the advanced sensory system as well as toughening and healing mechanisms found in human bones. By incorporating both methods into this material, the resulting autonomous system is able to increase toughness by 11 times over the original material. In addition to toughening, the shape memory effect can be used to close the crack and upon reloading of the toughened SMP specimen to failure, the system demonstrates a 96% strength recovery of the virgin strength. Following crack closure the new material system has 4.9 times more toughness than the un-toughened specimen even through it has been strained four times past its virgin failure strain.

  14. Understanding local degradation of cycled Ni-rich cathode materials at high operating temperature for Li-ion batteries

    SciTech Connect

    Hwang, Sooyeon; Kim, Dong Hyun; Chung, Kyung Yoon; Chang, Wonyoung, E-mail: cwy@kist.re.kr [Center for Energy Convergence, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul 136-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-09-08

    We utilize transmission electron microscopy in conjunction with electron energy loss spectroscopy to investigate local degradation that occurs in Li{sub x}Ni{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.15}Al{sub 0.05}O{sub 2} cathode materials (NCA) after 30 cycles with cutoff voltages of 4.3?V and 4.8?V at 55?°C. NCA has a homogeneous crystallographic structure before electrochemical reactions; however, we observed that 30 cycles of charge/discharge reactions induced inhomogeneity in the crystallographic and electronic structures and also introduced porosity particularly at surface area. These changes were more noticeable in samples cycled with higher cutoff voltage of 4.8?V. Effect of operating temperature was further examined by comparing electronic structures of oxygen of the NCA particles cycled at both room temperature and 55?°C. The working temperature has a greater impact on the NCA cathode materials at a cutoff voltage of 4.3?V that is the practical the upper limit voltage in most applications, while a cutoff voltage of 4.8?V is high enough to cause surface degradation even at room temperature.

  15. Preparation for Mn/nanographite materials and study on electrochemical degradation of phenol by Mn/nanographite cathodes.

    PubMed

    Yu, Xiujuan; Sun, Tianyi; Wan, Jiafeng

    2014-09-01

    Mn/nanographite (nano-G) materials were got by chemical redox reaction and using nano-G, potassium permanganate and manganese acetate as raw materials. The microstructures and properties of nano-G and Mn/nano-G sheets were characterized by means of SEM, XPS, XRD and Raman. The results showed that manganese oxide nanoscale rod inlaid on the graphite layer surface, the manganese valence of Mn/nano-G was +4 and existed in the form of the mix crystal of ?-MnO2 and ?-MnO2. Moreover, Mn/nano-G represented the preferable electro-catalysis performance. The electrolysis of phenol was conducted by using self-made cathode and the Ti/IrO2/RuO2 anode in the diaphragm cell. In the diaphragm electrolysis system with the aeration conditions, under 120 min's electrolysis, the degradation rate of 100 mg/L phenol of Mn/nano-G cathode reached 97.2%. Compared with the nano-G cathode, the Mn/nano-G had higher catalytic activity and better degradation rate of phenolic organics. PMID:25924338

  16. Understanding local degradation of cycled Ni-rich cathode materials at high operating temperature for Li-ion batteries

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hwang, Sooyeon; Kim, Dong Hyun; Chung, Kyung Yoon; Chang, Wonyoung

    2014-09-01

    We utilize transmission electron microscopy in conjunction with electron energy loss spectroscopy to investigate local degradation that occurs in LixNi0.8Co0.15Al0.05O2 cathode materials (NCA) after 30 cycles with cutoff voltages of 4.3 V and 4.8 V at 55 °C. NCA has a homogeneous crystallographic structure before electrochemical reactions; however, we observed that 30 cycles of charge/discharge reactions induced inhomogeneity in the crystallographic and electronic structures and also introduced porosity particularly at surface area. These changes were more noticeable in samples cycled with higher cutoff voltage of 4.8 V. Effect of operating temperature was further examined by comparing electronic structures of oxygen of the NCA particles cycled at both room temperature and 55 °C. The working temperature has a greater impact on the NCA cathode materials at a cutoff voltage of 4.3 V that is the practical the upper limit voltage in most applications, while a cutoff voltage of 4.8 V is high enough to cause surface degradation even at room temperature.

  17. Computer Simulation of Scaffold Degradation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Erkizia, G.; Rainer, A.; De Juan-Pardo, E. M.; Aldazabal, J.

    2010-11-01

    Scaffolds are porous biocompatible materials with suitable microarchitectures that are designed to allow for cell adhesion, growth and proliferation. They are used in combination with cells in regenerative medicine to promote tissue regeneration by means of a controlled deposition of natural extracellular matrix by the hosted cells therein. This healing process is in many cases accompanied by scaffold degradation up to its total disappearance when the scaffold is made of a biodegradable material. This work presents a computational model that simulates the degradation of scaffolds. The model works with three-dimensional microstructures, which have been previously discretised into small cubic homogeneous elements, called voxels. The model simulates the evolution of the degradation of the scaffold using a Monte Carlo algorithm, which takes into account the curvature of the surface of the fibres. The simulation results obtained in this study are in good agreement with empirical degradation measurements performed by mass loss on scaffolds after exposure to an etching alkaline solution.

  18. Materials degradation in fission reactors: Lessons learned of relevance to fusion reactor systems

    Microsoft Academic Search

    2007-01-01

    The management of materials in power reactor systems has become a critically important activity in assuring the safe, reliable and economical operation of these facilities. Over the years, the commercial nuclear power reactor industry has faced numerous `surprises' and unexpected occurrences in materials. Mitigation strategies have sometimes solved one problem at the expense of creating another. Other problems have been

  19. Materials degradation in fission reactors: Lessons learned of relevance to fusion reactor systems

    Microsoft Academic Search

    2007-01-01

    The management of materials in power reactor systems has become a critically important activity in assuring the safe, reliable and economical operation of these facilities. Over the years, the commercial nuclear power reactor industry has faced numerous ‘surprises’ and unexpected occurrences in materials. Mitigation strategies have sometimes solved one problem at the expense of creating another. Other problems have been

  20. Gas chromatographic study of degradation phenomena concerning building and cultural heritage materials

    Microsoft Academic Search

    E. Metaxa; T. Agelakopoulou; I. Bassiotis; Ch. Karagianni; F. Roubani-Kalantzopoulou

    2009-01-01

    Air pollution influences all aspects of social and economical life nowadays. In order to investigate the impact of air pollution on materials of works of art, the method of Reversed Flow–Inverse Gas Chromatography has been selected. The presence of various atmospheric pollutants is studied on marbles, oxides—building materials and samples of authentic statues from the Greek Archaeological Museums of Kavala

  1. ENZYMES FOR DEGRADATION OF ENERGETIC MATERIALS AND DEMILITARIZATION OF EXPLOSIVES STOCKPILES, SERDP ANNUAL (INTERIM) REPORT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The current stockpile of energetic materials requiring disposal contains about half a million tons. Through 2001. over 2.1 million tons are expected to pass through the stockpile for disposal. Safe and environmentally acceptable methods for disposing of these materials are needed...

  2. Supplementary cementitious materials for mitigating degradation of kraft pulp fiber-cement composites

    Microsoft Academic Search

    B. J. Mohr; J. J. Biernacki; K. E. Kurtis

    2007-01-01

    Kraft pulp fiber reinforced cement-based materials are being increasingly used where performance after exposure to environmental conditions must be ensured. However, significant losses in mechanical performance due to wet\\/dry cycling have been observed in these composites, when portland cement is the only cementitious material used in the matrix. In this research program, the effects of partial portland cement replacement with

  3. Cavitation erosion in silicon nitride: Experimental investigations on the mechanism of material degradation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    B. Karunamurthy; M. Hadfield; C. Vieillard; G. Morales

    2010-01-01

    Test samples from three silicon nitride materials used for potential rolling element bearing applications were experimentally studied at different conditions to understand their mechanisms of cavitation erosion. High and low powered ultrasonic vibratory systems were adapted for this study. Variation in the properties and microstructure of test materials helped to identify the mechanisms of wear and the factors that provide

  4. Distribution of electrical energy consumption for the efficient degradation control of THMs mixture in sonophotolytic process.

    PubMed

    Park, Beomguk; Cho, Eunju; Son, Younggyu; Khim, Jeehyeong

    2014-11-01

    Sonophotolytic degradation of THMs mixture with different electrical energy ratio was carried out for efficient design of process. The total consumed electrical energy was fixed around 50W, and five different energy conditions were applied. The maximum degradation rate showed in conditions of US:UV=1:3 and US:UV=0:4. This is because the photolytic degradation of bromate compounds is dominant degradation mechanism for THMs removal. However, the fastest degradation of total organic carbon was observed in a condition of US:UV=1:3. Because hydrogen peroxide generated by sonication was effectively dissociated to hydroxyl radicals by ultraviolet, the concentration of hydroxyl radical was maintained high. This mechanism provided additional degradation of organics. This result was supported by comparison between the concentration of hydrogen peroxide sole and combined process. Consequently, the optimal energy ratio was US:UV=1:3 for degradation of THMs in sonophotolytic process. PMID:24798228

  5. An overview of environmental degradation of materials in nuclear power plant piping systems

    SciTech Connect

    Shack, W.J.

    1987-08-01

    Piping in light water reactor (LWR) power systems is affected by several types of environmental degradation: intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) of austenitic stainless steel piping in boiling water reactors (BWRs) has required research, inspection, and mitigation programs that will ultimately cost several billion dollars; erosion-corrosion of carbon steel piping has been observed frequently in the secondary systems of both BWRs and pressurized water reactors (PWRs); the effect of the BWR environment can greatly diminish the design margin inherent in the ASME Section III fatigue design curves for carbon steel piping; and cast stainless steels are subject to embrittlement after extended thermal aging at reactor operating temperatures. These problems are being addressed by wide-ranging research programs in this country and abroad. The purpose of this review is to highlight some of the accomplishments of these programs and to note some of the remaining unanswered questions.

  6. U.S. national nuclear material control and accounting system

    SciTech Connect

    Taylor, S; Terentiev, V G

    1998-12-01

    Issues related to nuclear material control and accounting and illegal dealing in these materials were discussed at the April 19--20, 1996 Moscow summit meeting (G7 + Russia). The declaration from this meeting reaffirmed that governments are responsible for the safety of all nuclear materials in their possession and for the effectiveness of the national control and accounting system for these materials. The Russian delegation at this meeting stated that ''the creation of a nuclear materials accounting, control, and physical protection system has become a government priority''. Therefore, in order to create a government nuclear material control and accounting system for the Russian Federation, it is critical to study the structure, operating principles, and regulations supporting the control and accounting of nuclear materials in the national systems of nuclear powers. In particular, Russian specialists have a definite interest in learning about the National Nuclear Material Control and Accounting System of the US, which has been operating successfully as an automated system since 1968.

  7. PREDICTING BIOTRANSFORMATIONS IN THE SUBSURFACE: RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE ATP (ADENOSINE TRIPHOSPHATE) CONTENT OF SUBSURFACE MATERIAL AND THE CAPACITY OF SUBSURFACE ORGANISMS TO DEGRADE TOLUENE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Deeper subsurface material was collected in a manner that prevented contamination by surface microorganisms. This material was analyzed for ATP content, and for its capacity to degrade toluene, a common organic contaminant of ground water originating from release of petroleum pro...

  8. MICROBIAL DEGRADATION OF SELECTED HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: PENTACHLOROPHENOL, HEXACHLOROCYCLOPENTADIENE, AND METHYL PARATHION

    EPA Science Inventory

    This program evaluated the use of selected pure culture microrganisms for potential in biodegrading the hazardous materials pentachlorophenol (PCP), hexachlorocyclopentadiene (HCCP), and methyl parathion (MP). Each chemical was separately challenged by each of 24 organisms in aqu...

  9. Survey of degradation modes of candidate materials for high-level radioactive-waste disposal containers

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. B. Bullen; G. E. Gdowski

    1988-01-01

    Three copper-based alloys and three iron- to nickel-based austenitic alloys are being considered as possible materials for fabrication of high-level radioactive-waste disposal containers. The waste will include spent fuel assemblies from reactors as well as high-level waste in borosilicate glass and will be sent to the prospective site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, for disposal. The copper-based alloy materials are CDA

  10. A post-translational regulatory switch on UPF1 controls targeted mRNA degradation

    PubMed Central

    Kurosaki, Tatsuaki; Li, Wencheng; Hoque, Mainul; Popp, Maximilian W.-L.; Ermolenko, Dmitri N.; Tian, Bin

    2014-01-01

    Nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) controls the quality of eukaryotic gene expression and also degrades physiologic mRNAs. How NMD targets are identified is incompletely understood. A central NMD factor is the ATP-dependent RNA helicase upframeshift 1 (UPF1). Neither the distance in space between the termination codon and the poly(A) tail nor the binding of steady-state, largely hypophosphorylated UPF1 is a discriminating marker of cellular NMD targets, unlike for premature termination codon (PTC)-containing reporter mRNAs when compared with their PTC-free counterparts. Here, we map phosphorylated UPF1 (p-UPF1)-binding sites using transcriptome-wide footprinting or DNA oligonucleotide-directed mRNA cleavage to report that p-UPF1 provides the first reliable cellular NMD target marker. p-UPF1 is enriched on NMD target 3? untranslated regions (UTRs) along with suppressor with morphogenic effect on genitalia 5 (SMG5) and SMG7 but not SMG1 or SMG6. Immunoprecipitations of UPF1 variants deficient in various aspects of the NMD process in parallel with Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) experiments reveal that ATPase/helicase-deficient UPF1 manifests high levels of RNA binding and disregulated hyperphosphorylation, whereas wild-type UPF1 releases from nonspecific RNA interactions in an ATP hydrolysis-dependent mechanism until an NMD target is identified. 3? UTR-associated UPF1 undergoes regulated phosphorylation on NMD targets, providing a binding platform for mRNA degradative activities. p-UPF1 binding to NMD target 3? UTRs is stabilized by SMG5 and SMG7. Our results help to explain why steady-state UPF1 binding is not a marker for cellular NMD substrates and how this binding is transformed to induce mRNA decay. PMID:25184677

  11. The effect of fiber orientation angle in composite materials on moisture absorption and material degradation after hygrothermal ageing

    Microsoft Academic Search

    B. F. Boukhoulda; E. Adda-Bedia; K. Madani

    2006-01-01

    This paper examines the effect of fiber orientation angle of composite material (T300\\/5208) on the phenomenon of humidity diffusion. Using an analytical method, humidity concentration through the thickness of plates of E-glass\\/epoxy and carbon\\/epoxy (T300\\/5208) composites are calculated. This method also predicts the saturation in humidity and the time to saturation.Analytical formulations have been proposed [G. Verchery, Moisture diffusion in

  12. Preliminary investigations into UHCRE thermal control materials

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Levadou, Francois; Froggatt, Mike; Rott, Martin; Schneider, Eberhard

    1991-01-01

    An overview is given of the initial work which has been done in the European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) Materials and Processes Division to evaluate the effect of space environment on the thermal blankets of the Ultra-Heavy Cosmic Ray Nuclei Experiment (UHCRE). Also, an account is given of the simulation of the impacts of micrometeoroids and space debris in a spare flight thermal blanket by means of plasma gun and light gas gun acceleration facilities.

  13. The ER quality control and ER associated degradation machineries are vital for viral pathogenesis

    PubMed Central

    Verchot, Jeanmarie

    2014-01-01

    The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is central to protein production and membrane lipid synthesis. The unfolded protein response (UPR) supports cellular metabolism by ensuring protein quality control in the ER. Most positive strand RNA viruses cause extensive remodeling of membranes and require active membrane synthesis to promote infection. How viruses interact with the cellular machinery controlling membrane metabolism is largely unknown. Furthermore, there is mounting data pointing to the importance of the UPR and ER associated degradation (ERAD) machineries in viral pathogenesis in eukaryotes emerging topic. For many viruses, the UPR is an early event that is essential for persistent infection and benefits virus replication. In addition, many viruses are reported to commandeer ER resident chaperones to contribute to virus replication and intercellular movement. In particular, calreticulin, the ubiquitin machinery, and the 26S proteasome are most commonly identified components of the UPR and ERAD machinery that also regulate virus infection. In addition, researchers have noted a link between UPR and autophagy. It is well accepted that positive strand RNA viruses use autophagic membranes as scaffolds to support replication and assembly. However this topic has yet to be explored using plant viruses. The goal of research on this topic is to uncover how viruses interact with this ER-related machinery and to use this information for designing novel strategies to boost immune responses to virus infection. PMID:24653727

  14. Recent Insights into the Control of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Genome Stability, Loss, and Degradation

    PubMed Central

    Fisher, Chris

    2015-01-01

    Most human papillomavirus (HPV) antiviral strategies have focused upon inhibiting viral DNA replication, but it is increasingly apparent that viral DNA levels can be chemically controlled by approaches that promote its instability. HPVs and other DNA viruses have a tenuous relationship with their hosts. They must replicate and hide from the DNA damage response (DDR) and innate immune systems, which serve to protect cells from foreign or “non-self” DNA, and yet they draft these same systems to support their life cycles. DNA binding antiviral agents promoting massive viral DNA instability and elimination are reviewed. Mechanistic studies of these agents have identified genetic antiviral enhancers and repressors, antiviral sensitizers, and host cell elements that protect and stabilize HPV genomes. Viral DNA degradation appears to be an important means of controlling HPV DNA levels in some cases, but the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. These findings may prove useful not only for understanding viral DNA persistence but also in devising future antiviral strategies. PMID:25798290

  15. Electrical characterization and analysis of the degradation of electrode Schottky barriers in BaTiO3 dielectric materials due to hydrogen exposure

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Heidary, Damoon Sohrabi Baba; Qu, Weiguo; Randall, Clive A.

    2015-03-01

    Hydrogen gas creates a highly damaging environment that degrades electrical properties in oxide based dielectrics and piezoelectrics. In this study, the degradation resistivity due to hydrogen gas in a barium titanate X7R dielectric is designed and processed for base metal electrode capacitors. The present paper is devoted to I-V measurements and the loss of resistivity in the electrode Schottky barriers. The DC degradation and asymmetries noted in I-V forward and reverse biasing conditions were assumed to be hydrogen ion interstitials, locally creating donor substitutions. Thermionic and field emission conductivity mechanisms are applied to model the I-V data; the conductivity is controlled by the Schottky barrier heights and hydrogen ions localizing at the interfaces. Finally, a mechanism was proposed for resistivity degradation due to exposure to hydrogen gas. The proposed mechanism predicts the degradation should be reversible, and its validity was examined by recovery tests.

  16. ENHANCED DEGRADATION OF ATRAZINE UNDER FIELD CONDITIONS CORRELATES WITH A LOSS OF WEED CONTROL IN THE GLASSHOUSE

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Enhanced degradation of atrazine has been reported in the literature indicating the potential for reduced residual weed control with this herbicide. Experiments were conducted to determine the field dissipation of atrazine in three cropping systems: continuous Zea mays L. (CC) receiving atrazine a...

  17. A framework for bandwidth degradation and call admission control schemes for multiclass traffic in next-generation wireless networks

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Sajal K. Das; Sanjoy K. Sen; Kalyan Basu; Haitao Lin

    2003-01-01

    The next-generation wireless networks need to support a wide range of multimedia applications with limited radio resources like bandwidth. In this paper, we propose a novel integrated framework for bandwidth degradation and call admission control (CAC) for multiclass real-time multimedia traffic in such networks. To increase the total carried traffic in an overloaded (saturated) wireless system, some of the ongoing

  18. Evaluation of Low-Earth-Orbit Environmental Effects on International Space Station Thermal Control Materials

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Dever, Joyce A.

    1998-01-01

    Many spacecraft thermal control coatings in low Earth orbit (LEO) can be affected by solar ultraviolet radiation and atomic oxygen. Ultraviolet radiation can darken some polymers and oxides commonly used in thermal control materials. Atomic oxygen can erode polymer materials, but it may reverse the ultraviolet-darkening effect on oxides. Maintaining the desired solar absorptance for thermal control coatings is important to assure the proper operating temperature of the spacecraft. Thermal control coatings to be used on the International Space Station (ISS) were evaluated for their performance after exposure in the NASA Lewis Research Center's Atomic Oxygen-Vacuum Ultraviolet Exposure (AO-VUV) facility. This facility simulated the LEO environments of solar vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation (wavelength range, 115 to 200 nanometers (nm)) and VUV combined with atomic oxygen. Solar absorptance was measured in vacuo to eliminate the "bleaching" effects of ambient oxygen on VUV-induced degradation. The objective of these experiments was to determine solar absorptance increases of various thermal control materials due to exposure to simulated LEO conditions similar to those expected for ISS. Work was done in support of ISS efforts at the requests of Boeing Space and Defense Systems and Lockheed Martin Vought Systems.

  19. Degradation by Streptomyces viridosporus T7A of plant material grown under elevated CO2 conditions.

    PubMed

    Ball, A S

    1991-11-15

    The biodegradability of plant material derived from wheat grown under different concentrations of atmospheric CO2 was investigated using the lignocarbohydrate solubilising actinomycete, Streptomyces viridosporus. Growth of S. viridosporus and solubilisation of lignocarbohydrate were highest when wheat grown at ambient CO2 concentrations (350 ppm) was used as C-source. Growth of S. viridosporus and solubilisation were reduced when the plant material was derived from wheat grown at 645 ppm CO2. The results suggest that modifications in plant structure occur when wheat is grown under conditions of elevated atmospheric CO2 which make it more resistant to microbial digestion. PMID:1778436

  20. Process of making porous ceramic materials with controlled porosity

    DOEpatents

    Anderson, Marc A. (Madison, WI); Ku, Qunyin (Madison, WI)

    1993-01-01

    A method of making metal oxide ceramic material is disclosed by which the porosity of the resulting material can be selectively controlled by manipulating the sol used to make the material. The method can be used to make a variety of metal oxide ceramic bodies, including membranes, but also pellets, plugs or other bodies. It has also been found that viscous sol materials can readily be shaped by extrusion into shapes typical of catalytic or adsorbent bodies used in industry, to facilitate the application of such materials for catalytic and adsorbent applications.

  1. New Functional Materials for Fluid Control and Sensing in Microfluidic

    E-print Network

    Lee, Hyowon

    New Functional Materials for Fluid Control and Sensing in Microfluidic Devices Fernando Benito INCLUDED, EXPECTED THAT THE ABILITY TO MANIPULATE FLUID STREAMS, IN MICROCHANNELS, EASILY, WOULD RESULT FLUID HANDLING INTEGRATED ON CHIP, INDEFINITELY SELF-SUSTAINING CURRENT PLATFORMS #12;PROBLEM

  2. Moisture and thermal degradation of cyanate-ester-based die attach material

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. I. J. Gonzales; M. G. Mena

    1997-01-01

    Cyanate-ester-based thermosetting die attach materials, commonly known as Low Temperature Die Attach (LTDA) are the newest innovation in Hermetic Die Attach Technology due to their improved manufacturability, high decomposition temperature and a moisture gettering effect. Although their dispensability and decomposition temperatures are well documented, little information is available on the effects of prolonged exposure to moisture and thermal conditions. A

  3. Corrosion and degradation of test materials in the IGT HYGAS coal-gasification pilot plant

    Microsoft Academic Search

    1981-01-01

    Corrosion monitoring of test materials was conducted in the operating environment of the IGT HYGAS pilot plant between 1974 and 1980. Metals were exposed in the coal pretreater, pretreater quench system, coal slurry mix tank, multistage gasifier, gasifier quench system, and spent char mix tank. Austenitic alloy Types 304 and 316 were found to be superior in corrosion performance compared

  4. Degradation of space exposed surfaces by hypervelocity dust bombardment, and refractory materials for space

    Microsoft Academic Search

    H. M. Ortner; F. J. Stadermann

    2009-01-01

    Dust particles with diameters below 100?m represent an important part of the space environment. Objects like satellites or spacecrafts, are constantly bombarded with particles of cosmic velocities of 10km\\/s and more. These hypervelocity impacts lead to evaporation of a large fraction of these particles and to the formation of craters on the material surfaces which exhibit diameters which are up

  5. Degradation Characteristics of Elastomeric Gasket Materials in a Simulated PEM Fuel Cell Environment

    E-print Network

    Van Zee, John W.

    membrane (PEM) cell consists of end plates, current collectors, flow field channel plates, gaskets, gas of the fuel cells, e.g., the cathode cannot be electrically insulated to anode. Gaskets in PEM fuel cell are typically elastomeric material and are exposed to acidic liquid solution, humid air and hydrogen, as well

  6. Biodegradability of biodegradable\\/degradable plastic materials under aerobic and anaerobic conditions

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. Mohee; G. D. Unmar; A. Mudhoo; P. Khadoo

    2008-01-01

    A study was conducted on two types of plastic materials, Mater-Bi Novamont (MB) and Environmental Product Inc. (EPI), to assess their biodegradability under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. For aerobic conditions, organic fractions of municipal solid wastes were composted. For the anaerobic process, anaerobic inoculum from a wastewater treatment plant was used. Cellulose filter papers (CFP) were used as a positive

  7. Materials stability and environmental degradation; Proceedings of the Symposium, Reno, NV, Apr. 5-7, 1988

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A Barkatt; E. D. Jr. Verink; L. R. Smith

    1988-01-01

    Topics discussed in these proceedings are on the composites for critical applications, metals and alloys, environmental effects on glass, environmental cracking, radiation effects, coatings and surface modification, and the deterioration of natural, ancient, and modern glass. Papers are presented on the response of carbon-carbon composites to challenging environments, chemical interactions in ceramic and carbon-carbon composites, materials for rocket engine applications,

  8. Real-Time Characterization of Materials Degradation Using Leaky Lamb Wave

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Shiuh, S.; Bar-Cohen, Y.

    1997-01-01

    Leaky Lamb wave (LLW) propagation in composite materials has been studied extensively since it was first observed in 1982. The wave is induced using a pitch-catch arrangement and the plate wave modes are detected by searching minima in the reflected spectra.

  9. Corrosion and degradation of materials in the Synthane coal-gasification pilot plant

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. Yurkewycz; R. F. Firestone

    1981-01-01

    Corrosion monitoring of materials was conducted in the operating environments of the Synthane coal gasification pilot plant between 1976 and 1978. Metal and refractory specimens were exposed in the gasifier vessel in two test locations (fluidized bed, freeboard). Metal coupons only were exposed in the gasifier char cooler (freeboard) and four test locations in the quench system (vapor and liquid

  10. Application of the event-driven time optimal control strategy for the degradation of inhibitory wastewater in a discontinuous bioreactor

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Germán Buitrón; Iván Moreno-Andrade; Manuel J. Betancur

    This work presents the results of the application of a new control strategy to optimize the degradation rate of toxic compounds. The event-driven time optimal control strategy (ED-TOC) was applied to biodegrade in a discontinuous reactor (SBR) a synthetic wastewater constituted with 4-chlorophenol (4CP) as model of the inhibitory compound. The ED-TOC strategy was developed in a manner to estimate

  11. Material control and surveillance for high frequency access vaults project

    SciTech Connect

    Longmire, V. L. (Victoria L.); Stevens, R. S. (Rebecca S.); Martinez, B. J. (Benny J.); Butler, G. W. (Gilbert W.); Huang, J. Y. (John Y.); Pickett, C. (Chris); Younkin, J. (James); Dunnigan, Janelle; Gaby, Jane; Lawson, R. (Roger)

    2004-01-01

    The 'Material Control and Surveillance for High Frequency Access Vaults' project sponsored by United States Department of Energy's Office of Security Policy, Policy Integration and Technical Support Program (SO-20.3) focuses on enhancing nuclear materials control and surveillance in vaults that are frequently accessed. The focus of this effort is to improve materials control and accountability (MC&A) while decreasing the operational impact of these activities. Los Alamos and Y-12 have developed a testbed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for evaluating and demonstrating integrated technologies for use in enhancing materials control and accountability in active nuclear material storage vaults. An update will be provided on the new systems demonstrated in the test-bed including a 'confirmatory cart' for expediting the performance of inventory and radio-frequency actuated video that demonstrates the concept of automated data entry for materials moving between MBA's. The United States Department of Energy's Office of Security Policy, Policy Integration and Technical Support Program (SO-20.3) has sponsored a project where nuclear material inventory, control and surveillance systems are evaluated, developed, and demonstrated in an effort to provide technologies that reduce risk, increase material assurance, and provide cost-efficient alternatives to manpower-intensive physical inventory and surveillance approaches for working (high-frequency-access) vaults. This Fiscal Year has been largely focused on evaluating and developing components of two sub-systems that could be used either separately in nuclear material vaults or as part of a larger integrated system for nuclear materials accountability, control and surveillance.

  12. MSFC Analysis of Thermal Control Materials on MISSE

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Finckenor, Miria

    2006-01-01

    Many different passive thermal control materials were flown as part of the Materials on International Space Station Experiment, including coatings, anodizes, and multi-layer insulation materials. Engineers and scientists at the Marshall Space Flight Center have analyzed a number of these materials, including: Zinc oxide/potassium silicate coating, Zinc orthotitanate/potassium silicate coating, Sulfuric acid anodized aluminum, Various coatings for part marking, automated rendezvous and capture, and astronaut visual aids, FEP Teflon with silver/Inconel backing, and Beta cloth with and without aluminization. These and other material samples were exposed to the low Earth orbital environment of atomic oxygen, ultraviolet radiation, thermal cycling, and hard vacuum, though atomic oxygen exposure was very limited for some samples. Solar absorptance, infrared emittance, and mass measurements indicate the durability of these materials to withstand the space environment. The effect of contamination from an active space station on the performance of white thermal control coatings is discussed.

  13. Tracing and control of raw materials sourcing for vaccine manufacturers

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Laurence Faretra Peysson

    2010-01-01

    The control of the raw materials used to manufacture vaccines is mandatory; therefore, a very clear process must be in place to guarantee that raw materials are traced. Those who make products or supplies used in vaccine manufacture (suppliers of culture media, diagnostic tests, etc.) must apply quality systems proving that they adhere to certain standards. ISO certification, Good Manufacturing

  14. Magneto-controlled nonlinear optical materials J. P. Huanga

    E-print Network

    Huang, Ji-Ping

    University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong and Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research.1063/1.1854719 Finding nonlinear optical materials with large nonlinear susceptibilities and fast responses by applying an external magnetic field-- thus called magneto-controlled nonlinear optical materials. Devices

  15. Natural Materials on Stage : Custom Controllers for Aesthetic Effect

    Microsoft Academic Search

    John Toenjes

    2009-01-01

    This article describes the implications of design and materials of computer controllers used in the context of interactive dance performance. Size, shape, and layout all influence audience perception of the performer, and materials imply context for further interpretation of the interactive performance work. It describes the construction of the \\

  16. Artificial neural network predictions of degradation of nonmetallic lining materials from laboratory tests

    SciTech Connect

    Silverman, D.C. (Monsanto Co., St. Louis, MO (United States))

    1994-06-01

    Such organic materials of construction as plastics (thermoplastics and thermosets) and elastomers play an increasingly important role in the containment of corrosive fluids. One major impediment to their routine use is the inability to predict their performance from laboratory tests rapidly and reliably. Artificial neural networks are computer simulations that have the potential to find the same patterns that corrosion practitioners recognize to relate experimental test results to lifetime predictions. This potential was used to construct an artificial neural network to recognize the pattern between results from a sequential immersion test for organic nonmetallic lining materials and their ability to function as linings in actual applications. The network was shown to predict field performance. The network was incorporated within an expert system to simplify data input and output, to allow for simple consistency checks between sample appearance and network output, and to make the final prediction.

  17. Corrosion and degradation of test materials in the BI-GAS coal-gasification pilot plant

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. Yurkewycz; R. F. Firestone

    1982-01-01

    Corrosion monitoring of test materials was conducted in the BI-GAS coal gasification pilot plant from 1976 through 1981. Montana Rosebud subbituminous coal was processed at pressures of 750 psia (5175 kPa). Metals were exposed at low to moderate temperatures (700°F (371°C)) in the coal preparation area, gasifier slag quench, and the product gas scrubbing system. Refractories and metals were evaluated

  18. Survey of the degradation modes of candidate materials for high-level radioactive waste disposal containers

    SciTech Connect

    Vinson, D.W.; Nutt, W.M.; Bullen, D.B. [Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames, IA (United States)

    1995-06-01

    Oxidation and atmospheric corrosion data suggest that addition of Cr provides the greatest improvement in oxidation resistance. Cr-bearing cast irons are resistant to chloride environments and solutions containing strongly oxidizing constituents. Weathering steels, including high content and at least 0.04% Cu, appear to provide adequate resistance to oxidation under temperate conditions. However, data from long-term, high-temperature oxidation studies on weathering steels were not available. From the literature, it appears that the low alloy steels, plain carbon steels, cast steels, and cast irons con-ode at similar rates in an aqueous environment. Alloys containing more than 12% Cr or 36% Ni corrode at a lower rate than plain carbon steels, but pitting may be worse. Short term tests indicate that an alloy of 9Cr-1Mo may result in increased corrosion resistance, however long term data are not available. Austenitic cast irons show the best corrosion resistance. A ranking of total corrosion performance of the materials from most corrosion resistant to least corrosion resistant is: Austenitic Cast Iron; 12% Cr = 36% Ni = 9Cr-1Mo; Carbon Steel = Low Alloy Steels; and Cast Iron. Since the materials to be employed in the Advanced Conceptual Design (ACD) waste package are considered to be corrosion allowance materials, the austenitic cast irons, high Cr steels, high Ni steels and the high Cr-Mo steels should not be considered as candidates for the outer containment barrier. Based upon the oxidation and corrosion data available for carbon steels, low alloy steels, and cast irons, a suitable list of candidate materials for a corrosion allowance outer barrier for an ACD waste package could include, A516, 2.25%Cr -- 1%Mo Steel, and A27.

  19. Survey of degradation modes of candidate materials for high-level radioactive-waste disposal containers

    Microsoft Academic Search

    G. E. Gdowski; D. B. Bullen

    1988-01-01

    Three copper-based alloys and three iron- to nickel-based austenitic alloys are being considered as possible materials for fabrication of containers for disposal of high-level radioactive waste. This waste will include spent fuel assemblies from reactors as well as high-level waste in borosilicate glass and will be sent to the prospective site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, for disposal. The containers must

  20. Survey of degradation modes of candidate materials for high-level radioactive-waste disposal containers

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. C. Farmer; R. A. Van Konynenburg; R. D. McCright; D. B. Bullen

    1988-01-01

    Three iron- to nickel-based austenitic alloys (Types 304L and 316L stainless steels and Alloy 825) are being considered as candidate materials for the fabrication of high-level radioactive-waste containers. Waste will include fuel assemblies from reactors as well as high-level waste in borosilicate glass forms, and will be sent to the prospective repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The decay of radionuclides

  1. Controlled extracellular matrix degradation in breast cancer tumors improves therapy by trastuzumab.

    PubMed

    Beyer, Ines; Li, Zongyi; Persson, Jonas; Liu, Ying; van Rensburg, Ruan; Yumul, Roma; Zhang, Xiao-Bing; Hung, Mien-Chie; Lieber, André

    2011-03-01

    Extracellular matrix (ECM) in solid tumors affects the effectiveness of therapeutics through blocking of intratumoral diffusion and/or physical masking of target receptors on malignant cells. In immunohistochemical studies of tumor sections from breast cancer patients and xenografts, we observed colocalization of ECM proteins and Her2/neu, a tumor-associated antigen that is the target for the widely used monoclonal antibody trastuzumab (Herceptin). We tested whether intratumoral expression of the peptide hormone relaxin (Rlx) would result in ECM degradation and the improvement of trastuzumab therapy. As viral gene delivery into epithelial tumors with extensive tumor ECM is inefficient, we used a hematopoietic stem cell (HSC)-based approach to deliver the Rlx gene to the tumor. In mouse models with syngeneic breast cancer tumors, HSC-mediated intratumoral Rlx expression resulted in a decrease of ECM proteins and enabled control of tumor growth. Moreover, in a model with Her2/neu-positive BT474-M1 tumors and more treatment-refractory tumors derived from HCC1954 cells, we observed a significant delay of tumor growth when trastuzumab therapy was combined with Rlx expression. Our results have implications for antibody therapy of cancer as well as for other anticancer treatment approaches that are based on T-cells or encapsulated chemotherapy drugs. PMID:21081901

  2. Degradation of pathogen quorum-sensing molecules by soil bacteria: a preventive and curative biological control mechanism.

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    Molina, Lázaro; Constantinescu, Florica; Michel, Laurent; Reimmann, Cornelia; Duffy, Brion; Défago, Geneviève

    2003-07-01

    Abstract The plasmid pME6863, carrying the aiiA gene from the soil bacterium Bacillus sp. A24 that encodes a lactonase enzyme able to degrade N-acyl-homoserine lactones (AHLs), was introduced into the rhizosphere isolate Pseudomonas fluorescens P3. This strain is not an effective biological control agent against plant pathogens. The transformant P. fluorescens P3/pME6863 acquired the ability to degrade AHLs. In planta, P. fluorescens P3/pME6863 significantly reduced potato soft rot caused by Erwinia carotovora and crown gall of tomato caused by Agrobacterium tumefaciens to a similar level as Bacillus sp. A24. Little or no disease reduction was observed for the wild-type strain P3 carrying the vector plasmid without aiiA. Suppression of potato soft rot was observed even when the AHL-degrading P. fluorescens P3/pME6863 was applied to tubers 2 days after the pathogen, indicating that biocontrol was not only preventive but also curative. When antagonists were applied individually with the bacterial plant pathogens, biocontrol activity of the AHL degraders was greater than that observed with several Pseudomonas 2,4-diacetylphloroglucinol-producing strains and with Pseudomonas chlororaphis PCL1391, which relies on production of phenazine antibiotic for disease suppression. Phenazine production by this well characterized biological control strain P. chlororaphis PCL1391 is regulated by AHL-mediated quorum sensing. When P. chlororaphis PCL1391 was co-inoculated with P. fluorescens P3/pME6863 in a strain mixture, the AHL degrader interfered with the normally excellent ability of the antibiotic producer to suppress tomato vascular wilt caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici. Our results demonstrate AHL degradation as a novel biocontrol mechanism, but also demonstrate the potential for non-target interactions that can interfere with the biocontrol efficacy of other strains. PMID:19719608

  3. ?TrCP controls the lysosome-mediated degradation of CDK1, whose accumulation correlates with tumor malignancy.

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    Herrero-Ruiz, Joaquín; Mora-Santos, Mar; Giráldez, Servando; Sáez, Carmen; Japón, Miguel A; Tortolero, Maria; Romero, Francisco

    2014-09-15

    In mammals, cell cycle progression is controlled by cyclin-dependent kinases, among which CDK1 plays important roles in the regulation of the G2/M transition, G1 progression and G1/S transition. CDK1 is highly regulated by its association to cyclins, phosphorylation and dephosphorylation, changes in subcellular localization, and by direct binding of CDK inhibitor proteins. CDK1 steady-state protein levels are held constant throughout the cell cycle by a coordinated regulation of protein synthesis and degradation. We show that CDK1 is ubiquitinated by the E3 ubiquitin ligase SCF?TrCP and degraded by the lysosome. Furthermore, we found that DNA damage not only triggers the stabilization of inhibitory phosphorylation sites on CDK1 and repression of CDK1 gene expression, but also regulates ?TrCP-induced CDK1 degradation in a cell type-dependent manner. Specifically, treatment with the chemotherapeutic agent doxorubicin in certain cell lines provokes CDK1 degradation and induces apoptosis, whereas in others it inhibits destruction of the protein. These observations raise the possibility that different tumor types, depending on their pathogenic spectrum mutations, may display different sensitivity to ?TrCP-induced CDK1 degradation after DNA damage. Finally, we found that CDK1 accumulation in patients' tumors shows a negative correlation with ?TrCP and a positive correlation with the degree of tumor malignancy. PMID:25149538

  4. ?TrCP controls the lysosome-mediated degradation of CDK1, whose accumulation correlates with tumor malignancy

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    Herrero-Ruiz, Joaquín; Mora-Santos, Mar; Giráldez, Servando; Sáez, Carmen; Japón, Miguel Á.; Tortolero, Maria; Romero, Francisco

    2014-01-01

    In mammals, cell cycle progression is controlled by cyclin-dependent kinases, among which CDK1 plays important roles in the regulation of the G2/M transition, G1 progression and G1/S transition. CDK1 is highly regulated by its association to cyclins, phosphorylation and dephosphorylation, changes in subcellular localization, and by direct binding of CDK inhibitor proteins. CDK1 steady-state protein levels are held constant throughout the cell cycle by a coordinated regulation of protein synthesis and degradation. We show that CDK1 is ubiquitinated by the E3 ubiquitin ligase SCF?TrCP and degraded by the lysosome. Furthermore, we found that DNA damage not only triggers the stabilization of inhibitory phosphorylation sites on CDK1 and repression of CDK1 gene expression, but also regulates ?TrCP-induced CDK1 degradation in a cell type-dependent manner. Specifically, treatment with the chemotherapeutic agent doxorubicin in certain cell lines provokes CDK1 degradation and induces apoptosis, whereas in others it inhibits destruction of the protein. These observations raise the possibility that different tumor types, depending on their pathogenic spectrum mutations, may display different sensitivity to ?TrCP-induced CDK1 degradation after DNA damage. Finally, we found that CDK1 accumulation in patients’ tumors shows a negative correlation with ?TrCP and a positive correlation with the degree of tumor malignancy. PMID:25149538

  5. Photocatalytic degradation of an azo-dye on TiO2/activated carbon composite material.

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    Andriantsiferana, C; Mohamed, E F; Delmas, H

    2014-01-01

    A sequential adsorption/photocatalytic regeneration process to remove tartrazine, an azo-dye in aqueous solution, has been investigated. The aim ofthis work was to compare the effectiveness of an adsorbent/photocatalyst composite-TiO2 deposited onto activated carbon (AC) - and a simple mixture of powders of TiO2 and AC in same proportion. The composite was an innovative material as the photocatalyst, TiO2, was deposited on the porous surface ofa microporous-AC using metal-organic chemical vapour deposition in fluidized bed. The sequential process was composed of two-batch step cycles: every cycle alternated a step of adsorption and a step of photocatalytic oxidation under ultra-violet (365 nm), at 25 degreeC and atmospheric pressure. Both steps, adsorption and photocatalytic oxidation, have been investigated during four cycles. For both materials, the cumulated amounts adsorbed during four cycles corresponded to nearly twice the maximum adsorption capacities qmax proving the photocatalytic oxidation to regenerate the adsorbent. Concerning photocatalytic oxidation, the degree of mineralization was higher with the TiO2/AC composite: for each cycle, the value of the total organic carbon removal was 25% higher than that obtained with the mixture powder. These better photocatalytic performances involved better regeneration than higher adsorbed amounts for cycles 2, 3 and 4. Better performances with this promising material - TiO2 deposited onto AC - compared with TiO2 powder could be explained by the vicinity of photocatalytic and AC adsorption sites. PMID:24600875

  6. Artificial neural network to predict degradation of non-metallic lining materials from laboratory tests

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    Silverman, D.C. [Monsanto Co., St. Louis, MO (United States)

    1994-12-31

    Artificial neural networks are computer simulations that have the potential of ``finding`` the same patterns that corrosion practitioners recognize to relate experimental test results to lifetime predictions. This potential ability was utilized to construct an artificial neural network to recognize the pattern between results from a sequential immersion test for organic non-metallic lining materials and their ability to function as linings in actual applications. The network so constructed has been shown to predict field performance from this test. The network was incorporated within an Expert System to simplify data input and output, allow for simple consistency checks, and to make the final prediction.

  7. Fine scale spatial variability of microbial pesticide degradation in soil: scales, controlling factors, and implications

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    Dechesne, Arnaud; Badawi, Nora; Aamand, Jens; Smets, Barth F.

    2014-01-01

    Pesticide biodegradation is a soil microbial function of critical importance for modern agriculture and its environmental impact. While it was once assumed that this activity was homogeneously distributed at the field scale, mounting evidence indicates that this is rarely the case. Here, we critically examine the literature on spatial variability of pesticide biodegradation in agricultural soil. We discuss the motivations, methods, and main findings of the primary literature. We found significant diversity in the approaches used to describe and quantify spatial heterogeneity, which complicates inter-studies comparisons. However, it is clear that the presence and activity of pesticide degraders is often highly spatially variable with coefficients of variation often exceeding 50% and frequently displays non-random spatial patterns. A few controlling factors have tentatively been identified across pesticide classes: they include some soil characteristics (pH) and some agricultural management practices (pesticide application, tillage), while other potential controlling factors have more conflicting effects depending on the site or the pesticide. Evidence demonstrating the importance of spatial heterogeneity on the fate of pesticides in soil has been difficult to obtain but modeling and experimental systems that do not include soil's full complexity reveal that this heterogeneity must be considered to improve prediction of pesticide biodegradation rates or of leaching risks. Overall, studying the spatial heterogeneity of pesticide biodegradation is a relatively new field at the interface of agronomy, microbial ecology, and geosciences and a wealth of novel data is being collected from these different disciplinary perspectives. We make suggestions on possible avenues to take full advantage of these investigations for a better understanding and prediction of the fate of pesticides in soil. PMID:25538691

  8. Susceptibility of a Polycaprolactone-Based Root Canal Filling Material to Degradation. I. Alkaline Hydrolysis

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    Franklin R. Tay; David H. Pashley; M. Chad Williams; Rakesh Raina; Robert J. Loushine; R. Norman Weller; W. Frank Kimbrough; Nigel M. King

    2005-01-01

    Polycaprolactone, a thermoplastic aliphatic polyester, is reportedly susceptible to both alkaline and enzymatic hydrolyzes. This screening study examined the susceptibility of Resilon, a polycaprolactone-based root filling composite, to alkaline hydrolysis. There were 15-mm diameter disks of Resilon and Obtura gutta-percha prepared by compressive molding and immersed in 20% sodium ethoxide for 20 or 60 min. Control disks were immersed in

  9. The relationship between sex guilt and responses to violent, degrading, and erotic material

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    Krause, Deborah Ann

    1989-01-01

    replicated this finding. In another investigation, It was found that sex guilt was a better predictor of sexual behavior ln women than morality (D'Augeili 8, Cross, 1975). Several investigations have examined sex guilt and its effect on contraceptive use.... Schwartx (1973) found greater retention of birth control information in low sex guilt subjects than in high sex guilt subjects. In regard to actual contraceptive use, Nosher (1973) found that females high in sex guilt were less likely to use a...

  10. Survey of degradation modes of candidate materials for high-level radioactive-waste disposal containers

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    Bullen, D.B.; Gdowski, G.E. (Science and Engineering Associates, Inc., Pleasanton, CA (USA)); Weiss, H. (Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (USA))

    1988-06-01

    Three copper-based alloys, CDA 102 (oxygen-free copper), CDA 613 (Cu-7Al), and CDA 715 (Cu-30Ni), are being considered along with three austenitic candidates as possible materials for fabrication of containers for disposal of high-level radioactive waste. The waste will include spent fuel assemblies from reactors as well as high-level reprocessing wastes in borosilicate glass and will be sent to the prospective repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, for disposal. The containers must maintain mechanical integrity for 50 yr after emplacement to allow for retrieval of waste during the preclosure phase of repository operation. Containment is required to be substantially complete for up to 300 to 1000 yr. During the early period, the containers will be exposed to high temperatures and high gamma radiation fields from the decay of high-level waste. The final closure joint will be critical to the integrity of the containers. This volume surveys the available data on the metallurgy of the copper-based candidate alloys and the welding techniques employed to join these materials. The focus of this volume is on the methods applicable to remote-handling procedures in a hot-cell environment with limited possibility of postweld heat treatment. The three copper-based candidates are ranked on the basis of the various closure techniques. On the basis of considerations regarding welding, the following ranking is proposed for the copper-based alloys: CDA 715 (best) > CDA 102 > CDA 613 (worst). 49 refs., 15 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Predictive modeling of composite material degradation using piezoelectric wafer sensors electromechanical impedance spectroscopy

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    Gresil, Matthieu; Yu, Lingyu; Sutton, Mike; Guo, Siming; Pollock, Patrick

    2012-04-01

    The advancement of composite materials in aircraft structures has led to on increased need for effective structural health monitoring (SHM) technologies that are able to detect and assess damage present in composites structures. The work presented in this paper is interested in understanding using self-sensing piezoelectric wafer active sensors (PWAS) to conduct electromechanical impedance spectroscopy (EMIS) in glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) to perform structures health monitoring. PWAS are bonded to the composite material and the EMIS method is used to analyze the changes in the structural resonance and anti-resonance. As the damage progresses in the specimen, the impedance spectrum will change. In addition, multi-physics based finite element method (MP-FEM) is used to model the electromechanical behavior of a free PWAS and its interaction with the host structure on which it is bonded. The MPFEM permits the input and the output variables to be expressed directly in electric terms while the two way electromechanical conversion is done internally in the MP_FEM formulation. To reach the goal of using the EMIS approach to detect damage, several damages models are generated on laminated GFRP structures. The effects of the modeling are carefully studied through experimental validation. A good match has been observed for low and very high frequencies.

  12. Degradation of filled epoxy resin surfaces

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    D. M Hepburn; I. J Kemp; J. M Cooper

    2000-01-01

    Many components manufactured from polymeric materials have fillers incorporated into them, to improve the control of the manufacturing process and to assist with mechanical and electrical properties. Although the mechanical and electrical aspects of the inclusion of the filler material is given great consideration, little thought is given to the possible effects of the filler on the degradation processes. This

  13. Material-controlled dynamic vacuum insulation

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    Benson, David K. (14154 W. First Dr., Golden, CO 80401); Potter, Thomas F. (515 S. Magnolia La., Denver, CO 80224)

    1996-10-08

    A compact vacuum insulation panel comprising a chamber enclosed by two sheets of metal, glass-like spaces disposed in the chamber between the sidewalls, and a high-grade vacuum in the chamber includes apparatus and methods for enabling and disabling, or turning "on" and "off" the thermal insulating capability of the panel. One type of enabling and disabling apparatus and method includes a metal hydride for releasing hydrogen gas into the chamber in response to heat, and a hydrogen grate between the metal hydride and the chamber for selectively preventing and allowing return of the hydrogen gas to the metal hydride. Another type of enabling and disabling apparatus and method includes a variable emissivity coating on the sheets of metal in which the emissivity is controllably variable by heat or electricity. Still another type of enabling and disabling apparatus and method includes metal-to-metal contact devices that can be actuated to establish or break metal-to-metal heat paths or thermal short circuits between the metal sidewalls.

  14. Material-controlled dynamic vacuum insulation

    DOEpatents

    Benson, D.K.; Potter, T.F.

    1996-10-08

    A compact vacuum insulation panel is described comprising a chamber enclosed by two sheets of metal, glass-like spaces disposed in the chamber between the sidewalls, and a high-grade vacuum in the chamber includes apparatus and methods for enabling and disabling, or turning ``on`` and ``off`` the thermal insulating capability of the panel. One type of enabling and disabling apparatus and method includes a metal hydride for releasing hydrogen gas into the chamber in response to heat, and a hydrogen grate between the metal hydride and the chamber for selectively preventing and allowing return of the hydrogen gas to the metal hydride. Another type of enabling and disabling apparatus and method includes a variable emissivity coating on the sheets of metal in which the emissivity is controllably variable by heat or electricity. Still another type of enabling and disabling apparatus and method includes metal-to-metal contact devices that can be actuated to establish or break metal-to-metal heat paths or thermal short circuits between the metal sidewalls. 25 figs.

  15. The evaluation of in-service materials degradation of low-alloy steels by the electrochemical method

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    Watanabe, Yutaka; Shoji, Tetsuo

    1991-09-01

    The nondestructive evaluation procedure for detecting in-service materials degradation of low-alloy 2.25Cr-1Mo and CrMoV steels by the electrochemical method has been investigated. The results can be summarized as follows. (1) For 2.25Cr-1Mo steels, the peak current mainly caused by the selective dissolution of coarse carbides M6C appears at ˜+100 mV during potentiodynamic polarization measurements in dilute sodium molybdate solution. This peak value of current density, ?Ip, can be chosen as a reflective parameter of an amount of coarse carbides M6C and shows excellent correlations both with shifts in fracture appearance transition temperature (FATT) caused by carbide coarsening and with hardness change. Actual operational temperature can be estimated from operational period, since the Larson-Miller time-temperature parameter (LMP) value of materials has a unique relationship with ?Ip values. (2) For CrMoV steels, the evaluation of temper embrittlement of CrMoV cast steel by a novel electrochemical technique is described. Intergranular corrosion (IGC) occurs only on temper-embrittled samples during anodic polarization process in calcium nitrate solution. The characteristic changes in polarization curves attributed to IGC have an excellent correlation with shifts in FATT caused by temper embrittlement.

  16. USP17- and SCF?TrCP-Regulated Degradation of DEC1 Controls the DNA Damage Response

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    Kim, Jihoon; D'Annibale, Sara; Magliozzi, Roberto; Low, Teck Yew; Jansen, Petra; Shaltiel, Indra A.; Mohammed, Shabaz; Heck, Albert J. R.; Medema, Rene H.

    2014-01-01

    In response to genotoxic stress, DNA damage checkpoints maintain the integrity of the genome by delaying cell cycle progression to allow for DNA repair. Here we show that the degradation of the basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor DEC1, a critical regulator of cell fate and circadian rhythms, controls the DNA damage response. During unperturbed cell cycles, DEC1 is a highly unstable protein that is targeted for proteasome-dependent degradation by the SCF?TrCP ubiquitin ligase in cooperation with CK1. Upon DNA damage, DEC1 is rapidly induced in an ATM/ATR-dependent manner. DEC1 induction results from protein stabilization via a mechanism that requires the USP17 ubiquitin protease. USP17 binds and deubiquitylates DEC1, markedly extending its half-life. Subsequently, during checkpoint recovery, DEC1 proteolysis is reestablished through ?TrCP-dependent ubiquitylation. Expression of a degradation-resistant DEC1 mutant prevents checkpoint recovery by inhibiting the downregulation of p53. These results indicate that the regulated degradation of DEC1 is a key factor controlling the DNA damage response. PMID:25202122

  17. Teardown analysis for detecting shelf-life degradation

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    Eckstein, A. S.

    1971-01-01

    Analysis is guideline in examining component materials, analytically determining physical properties and chemical compositions, and developing control data necessary for ascertaining effects of environments and their influence on deterioration and degradation mechanisms.

  18. Degradation and reuse of radiative thermal protection system materials for the space shuttle

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    Bartlett, E. S.; Maykuth, D. J.; Grinberg, I. M.; Luce, R. G.

    1971-01-01

    Three silicide coated columbium alloys and two cobalt alloys were subjected to identical simulated reentry profiling exposures in both static (controlled vacuum leak) and dynamic (hypersonic plasma shear) environments. Primary emphasis in the columbium alloy evaluation was on the Cb752 and C129Y alloys with a lesser amount on FS85. Commercial silicide coatings of the R512E and VH109 formulations were used. The coated specimens were intentionally defected to provide the types of coating flaws that are expected in service. Temperatures were profiled up to peak temperatures of either 2350 F or 2500 F for 15 minutes in each cycle.

  19. Hydrophobic and hydrophilic control in polyphosphazene materials

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    Steely, Lee Brent

    This thesis is the culmination of several recent studies focused on the surface characterization of polyphosphazenes specifically the properties of water repellency or hydrophobicity. Chapter 1 is a background account of polyphosphazene chemistry and the hydrophobicity of polyphosphazenes. Chapter 2 provides an examination of the role of surface morphology on hydrophobicity. This study deals in depth with the electrospinning of poly[bis(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)phosphazene] in tetrahydrofuran. This process yields fiber mats or bead and fiber mats which exhibit roughness in continuous contact with the water droplet (fiber mats) or discontinuous contact (bead and fiber mats). These surface roughness types are compared to spun cast films using water contact angles to measure the air-water-polymer interface. The influence of aromatic moieties and fluorine content on the air-water-polymer interface is examined in Chapter 3. This study examines the influence of fluorine content and aryloxy groups on the hydrophobicity of a polyphosphazene surface via static water contact angle measurements on a goniometer. Polymer surfaces of spun cast and electrospun mats were probed with advancing, receeding, and static water contact angle and dip coated slides of the same materials were also examined with a Langmuir-Blogett trough. Chapter 4 is a description of the environmental plasma surface treatments of polyphosphazenes as a method of functionalizing solid polymer surfaces. The treatment procedure of functionalizing spun cast and electrospun poly[bis(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)phosphazene] surfaces with plasma gases of oxygen, nitrogen, methane, and tetrafluoromethane is detailed. The resulting functionalization of the surface is examined with XPS and water contact angle data. In Chapter 5 fluoroalkoxy polyphosphazenes were processed with liquid carbon dioxide into foams. The foams were then tested for flame retardance and hydrophobicity. Appendixes A-C contain studies on moisture sensitive phosphoranimine monomer storage, micelle formation in water from triblock copolymers, and single ion conductive membranes with increased hydrophobicity respectively. Although the appendixes examine polyphosphazene hydrophobic relationships they are not specific to surface hydrophobicity of solids and were not placed in the main text. Appendix A involves the optimization of storage conditions for a phosphoranimine monomer. Conditions examined include room temperature to -80 ºC and dilution with a variety of organic solvents. The micelle formation of A-B-A triblock copolymer of poly[bis(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)phosphazene]-poly(propylene-glycol)-poly[bis(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)phosphazene] was explored in appendix B. It was determined with light scattering and TEM that hairpin folding of our triblock copolymer allowed micelle formation with the two hydrophobic poly[bis(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)phosphazene] blocks facing the hydrophobic core of the micelle. Appendix C details the lithium ion conductivity of poly[norbornene-pendent-cyclotriphosphazene] with sulfonimide and methoxyethoxyethoxy groups attached. These results are then compared with unbound lithium counter ion systems.

  20. Enhanced degradation of atrazine under field conditions correlates with a loss of weed control in the glasshouse.

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    Krutz, L Jason; Zablotowicz, Robert M; Reddy, Krishna N; Koger, Clifford H; Weaver, Mark A

    2007-01-01

    Enhanced degradation of atrazine has been reported in the literature, indicating the potential for reduced residual weed control with this herbicide. Experiments were conducted to determine the field dissipation of atrazine in three cropping systems: continuous Zea mays L. (CC) receiving atrazine applications each year, Gossypium hirsutum L.-Z. mays rotation (CCR) receiving applications of atrazine once every 2 years and a no atrazine history soil (NAH). Subsequent laboratory and greenhouse experiments were conducted with soil collected from these cropping systems to determine atrazine degradation, mineralization and residual weed control. Field dissipation of atrazine followed first-order kinetics, and calculated half-life values for atrazine combined over 2003 and 2005 increased in the order of CC (9 d) = CCR (10 d) < NAH (17 d). Greenhouse studies confirmed that the persistence of atrazine was approximately twofold greater in NAH soil than in CC or CCR soil. Biometer flask mineralization studies suggested that enhanced degradation of atrazine was due to rapid catabolism of the s-triazine ring. Glasshouse efficacy studies revealed a loss of residual weed control in CC and CCR soil compared with NAH soil. These data indicate that, under typical Mississippi Delta field conditions and agronomic practices, the persistence of atrazine may be reduced by at least 50% if the herbicide is applied more than once every 24 months. Glasshouse studies suggest that under these conditions a loss of residual weed control is possible. PMID:17115404

  1. 10 CFR 20.1802 - Control of material not in storage.

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    ...Amendments to Material Control and Accounting Regulations and Proposed Guidance...Facility Material Control and Accounting Plans and Completing the U...regulations for material control and accounting (MC&A) of special...

  3. 77 FR 60482 - Regulatory Guide 5.67, Material Control and Accounting for Uranium Enrichment Facilities...

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    ...Guide 5.67, Material Control and Accounting for Uranium Enrichment Facilities Authorized...5.67, ``Material Control and Accounting for Uranium Enrichment Facilities Authorized...to develop their material control and accounting (MC&A) programs under Title...

  4. Mechanical Response and Decomposition of Thermally Degraded Energetic Materials: Experiments and Model Simulations

    SciTech Connect

    KANESHIGE,MICHAEL J.; RENLUND,ANITA M.; SCHMITT,ROBERT G.; WELLMAN,GERALD W.

    1999-10-14

    We report progress of a continuing effort to characterize and simulate the response of energetic materials (EMs), primarily HMX-based, under conditions leading to cookoff. Our experiments include mechanical-effects testing of HMX and FIMX with binder at temperatures nearing decomposition thresholds. Additional experiments have focused on decomposition of these EMs under confinement, measuring evolution of gas products and observing the effect of pressurization on the solid. Real-time measurements on HMX show abrupt changes that maybe due to sudden void collapse under increasing load. Postmortem examination shows significant internal damage to the pellets, including voids and cracks. These experiments have been used to help develop a constitutive model for pure HMX. Unconfined uniaxial compression tests were performed on HMX and LX-14 to examine the effect of binders on the deviatoric strength of EM pellets, and to assess the need of including deviatoric terms in the model. A scale-up experiment will be described that is being developed to validate the model and provide additional diagnostics.

  5. ER-associated degradation in protein quality control and cellular regulation

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    Randolph Y Hampton

    2002-01-01

    The ER-associated degradation (ERAD) pathway directs ubiquitin-mediated degradation of a variety of ER-associated misfolded and normal proteins. Recent studies have delineated the molecular machinery responsible for protein ubiquitination and highlighted mechanistic questions surrounding the recognition, extraction and proteasomal destruction of the diverse array of ERAD substrates. Consideration of separate lines of work on this versatile pathway now indicate that despite

  6. Performance of thermal control tape in the protection of composite materials

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    Kamenetzky, Rachel R.; Whitaker, Ann F.

    1992-01-01

    The selection of materials for construction of long duration mission spacecraft has presented many challenges to the aerospace design community. After nearly six years in low earth orbit, NASA's Long duration Exposure Facility (LDEF), retrieved in January of 1990, has provided valuable information on both the nature of the space environment as well as the effects of the space environment on potential spacecraft materials. Composites, long a favorite of the design community because of a high strength-to-weight ratio, were flown in various configurations on LDEF in order to evaluate the effects of radiation, atomic oxygen, vacuum, micrometeoroid debris, and thermal variation on their performance. Fiberglass composite samples covered with an aluminum thermal control tape were flown as part of the flight experiment A0171, the Solar Array Materials Passive LDEF Experiment (SAMPLE). Visual observations and test results indicate that the thermal control tape suffered little degradation from the space exposure and proved to be a reliable source of protection from atomic oxygen erosion and UV radiation for the underlying composite material.

  7. Mechanical performance of BStIV grade steel bars with regard to the long-term material degradation due to corrosion damage

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    N. D. Alexopoulos; Ch. Alk. Apostolopoulos; M. P. Papadopoulos; Sp. G. Pantelakis

    2007-01-01

    The mechanical performance of BStIV grade reinforcing steel bars from four different manufacturers was experimentally investigated and evaluated by exploiting the performance indices concept. The experiments included tensile tests, carried out on uncorroded and pre-corroded steel specimens. To corrode the specimens, accelerated laboratory corrosion tests were involved. The later tests were made to assess the expected degradation of the materials

  8. Material Control and Accountability Experience at the Fuel Conditioning Facility

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    Vaden, D.; Fredrickson, G.L. [Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls ID 83415 (United States)

    2007-07-01

    The Fuel Conditioning Facility (FCF) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) treats spent nuclear fuel using an electrometallurgical process that separates the uranium from the fission products, sodium thermal bond, and cladding materials. Material accountancy is necessary at FCF for two reasons: 1) it provides a mechanism for detecting a potential loss of nuclear material for safeguards and security, and 2) it provides a periodic check of inventories to ensure that processes and materials are within control limits. Material Control and Accountability is also a Department of Energy (DOE) requirement (DOE Order 474.1). The FCF employs a computer based Mass Tracking (MTG) System to collect, store, retrieve, and process data on all operations that directly affect the flow of materials through the FCF. The MTG System is important for the operations of the FCF because it supports activities such as material control and accountability, criticality safety, and process modeling. To conduct material control and accountability checks and to monitor process performance, mass balances are routinely performed around the process equipment. The equipment used in FCF for pyro-processing consists of two mechanical choppers and two electro-refiners (the Mark-IV with the accompanying element chopper and Mark-V with the accompanying blanket chopper for processing driver fuel and blanket, respectively), and a cathode processor (used for processing both driver fuel and blanket) and casting furnace (mostly used for processing driver fuel). Performing mass balances requires the measurement of the masses and compositions of several process streams and equipment inventories. The masses of process streams are obtained via in-cell balances (i.e., load cells) that weigh containers entering and leaving the process equipment. Samples taken at key locations are analyzed to determine the composition of process streams and equipment inventories. In cases where equipment or containers cannot be placed on a balance, others methods (e.g., level measurements, volume calibration equations, calculated density via additive volumes) are utilized to measure the inventory mass. This paper will discuss the material control and accountability experience at the FCF after ten-plus years of processing spent nuclear fuel. A particular area of discussion is the calculated electrolyte density via additive volumes and its importance in determining the mass and composition in the FCF electro-refiners for material control and accountability of special nuclear material. (authors)

  9. Biodegradable ferulic acid-containing poly(anhydride-ester): degradation products with controlled release and sustained antioxidant activity.

    PubMed

    Ouimet, Michelle A; Griffin, Jeremy; Carbone-Howell, Ashley L; Wu, Wen-Hsuan; Stebbins, Nicholas D; Di, Rong; Uhrich, Kathryn E

    2013-03-11

    Ferulic acid (FA) is an antioxidant and photoprotective agent used in biomedical and cosmetic formulations to prevent skin cancer and senescence. Although FA exhibits numerous health benefits, physicochemical instability leading to decomposition hinders its efficacy. To minimize inherent decomposition, a FA-containing biodegradable polymer was prepared via solution polymerization to chemically incorporate FA into a poly(anhydride-ester). The polymer was characterized using nuclear magnetic resonance and infrared spectroscopies. The molecular weight and thermal properties were also determined. In vitro studies demonstrated that the polymer was hydrolytically degradable, thus providing controlled release of the chemically incorporated bioactive with no detectable decomposition. The polymer degradation products were found to exhibit antioxidant and antibacterial activity comparable to that of free FA, and in vitro cell viability studies demonstrated that the polymer is noncytotoxic toward fibroblasts. This renders the polymer a potential candidate for use as a controlled release system for skin care formulations. PMID:23327626

  10. Amoxicillin-degradation products formed under controlled environmental conditions: identification and determination in the aquatic environment.

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    Gozlan, Igal; Rotstein, Adi; Avisar, Dror

    2013-05-01

    Amoxicillin (AMX) is a widely used penicillin-type antibiotic whose presence in the environment has been widely investigated, despite its rapid hydrolysis to various degradation products (DPs). In this work, the formation of AMX DPs was studied in various aqueous solutions containing 100?gmL(-1) AMX. Three phosphate buffer solutions, at pH 5, pH 7 and pH 8, and a fourth buffer solution at pH 7 with the addition of the bivalent ions Mg(2+)and Ca(2) as chelating agents, were examined under controlled environmental conditions. In addition, two solutions from natural sources were examined secondary effluents and tap water. The obtained DPs were identified by their MS/MS, UV and NMR spectra (obtained from pure compounds isolated by preparative HPLC) as: AMX penicilloic acid (ADP1/2), AMX penilloic acid (ADP4/5) and phenol hydroxypyrazine (ADP6). Two additional detected DPs AMX 2',5'-diketopiperazine (ADP8/9), and AMX-S-oxide (ADP3) were reported and discussed in our previous publications. These DPs were then detected in secondary effluent and groundwater from a well located beneath agricultural fields continuously irrigated with secondary effluent. Concentrations in the secondary effluent were: ADP1/2, several micrograms per liter; ADP4/5, 0.15?gL(-1), and ADP8/9, 0.5?gL(-1). ADP6 were detected but not quantified. In the groundwater, only ADP8/9 was detected, at a concentration of 0.03?gL(-1). The detection and quantification of DPs of other investigated drugs is recommended as an integral part of any study, method or technique dealing with pharmaceutical residues in aquatic environments. PMID:23466086

  11. Corrosion and degradation of test materials in the BI-GAS coal-gasification pilot plant

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    Yurkewycz, R.; Firestone, R.F.

    1982-02-01

    Corrosion monitoring of test materials was conducted in the BI-GAS coal gasification pilot plant from 1976 through 1981. Montana Rosebud subbituminous coal was processed at pressures of 750 psia (5175 kPa). Metals were exposed at low to moderate temperatures (700/sup 0/F (371/sup 0/C)) in the coal preparation area, gasifier slag quench, and the product gas scrubbing system. Refractories and metals were evaluated in the gasifier high temperature (1372/sup 0/F (744/sup 0/C)-1915/sup 0/F (1046/sup 0/C)) test sites at the top of stage II. In the moderate temperature aqueous environments, alloys 26-1, Types 329, 304, 316, 405, and IN-825 were superior in performance to Monel 400, carbon steel A515, and 2-1/4Cr-1Mo. Stress corrosion cracking was not observed in welded U-bend samples (A515, 304, 316, 329, 26-1). First-exposure gasifier corrosion test results generally indicated that uncoated alloys with 23.0 to 26.2 wt % Cr and less than 30 wt % Ni exhibited the best performance. Alloy Types 446 and 310 experienced the least corrosion attack with linear corrosion rates less than 20 mpy (0.51 mm/y); marginal performing alloys were Type 314, 22-13-5, and RA-333. During the second exposure, all uncoated alloys incurred acceptable corrosion losses. Alloys with Co, Cr, and Ni (N155, 556) in approximately equal proportions, at concentrations of approx. 20 wt %, ranked higher in performance than alloys such as Type 310, IN-800, Cru-25, and RA-333. Gasifier exposure of pack-aluminized alloys IN-800(A1) and Type 310(A1)showed that the coating provided corrosion protection. Cracks in the bulk coating were filled with Fe-Al rich oxides. The refractories were changed very little by exposure with two exceptions: tar was removed from a tar-impregnated brick, and a lightweight insulating castable deteriorated greatly.

  12. Simultaneous control of ionic and electronic conductivity in materials: thallium bromide case study.

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    Leão, Cedric R; Lordi, Vincenzo

    2012-06-15

    Achieving simultaneous control of ionic and electronic conductivity in materials is one of the great challenges in solid state ionics. Since these properties are intertwined, optimizing one often results in degrading the other. In this Letter, we propose a method to limit ionic current without impacting the electronic properties of a general class of materials, based on codoping with oppositely charged ions. We describe a set of analyses, based on parameter-free quantum mechanical simulations, to assess the efficacy of the approach and determine optimal dopants. For illustration, we discuss the case of thallium bromide, a wide band gap ionic crystal whose promise as a room-temperature radiation detector has been hampered by ionic migration. We find that acceptors and donors bind strongly with the charged vacancies that mediate ionic transport, forming neutral complexes that render them immobile. Analysis of carrier recombination and scattering by the complexes allows the identification of specific dopants that do not degrade electronic transport in the crystal. PMID:23004304

  13. Evaluation and Selection of Replacement Thermal Control Materials for the Hubble Space Telescope

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    Townsend, Jacqueline A.; Hansen, Patricia A.; McClendon, Mark W.; Dever, Joyce A.; Triolo, Jack J.

    1998-01-01

    The mechanical and optical properties of the metallized Teflon(Registered Trademark) FEP thermal control materials on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have degraded over the nearly seven years the telescope has been in orbit. Given the damage to the outer layer of the multi-layer insulation (MLI) that was apparent during the second servicing mission (SM2), the decision was made to replace the outer layer during subsequent servicing missions. A Failure Review Board was established to investigate the damage to the MLI and identify a replacement material. The replacement material had to meet the stringent thermal requirements of the spacecraft and maintain structural integrity for at least ten years. Ten candidate materials were selected and exposed to ten-year HST-equivalent doses of simulated orbital environments. Samples of the candidates were exposed sequentially to low and high energy electrons and protons, atomic oxygen, x-ray radiation, ultraviolet radiation and thermal cycling. Following the exposures, the mechanical integrity and optical properties of the candidates were investigated using Optical Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and a Laboratory Portable Spectroreflectometer (LPSR). Based on the results of these simulations and analyses, the FRB selected a replacement material and two alternates that showed the highest likelihood of providing the requisite thermal properties and surviving for ten years in orbit.q

  14. Competition between Decapping Complex Formation and Ubiquitin-Mediated Proteasomal Degradation Controls Human Dcp2 Decapping Activity.

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    Erickson, Stacy L; Corpuz, Elizabeth O; Maloy, Jeffrey P; Fillman, Christy; Webb, Kristofer; Bennett, Eric J; Lykke-Andersen, Jens

    2015-06-15

    mRNA decapping is a central step in eukaryotic mRNA decay that simultaneously shuts down translation initiation and activates mRNA degradation. A major complex responsible for decapping consists of the decapping enzyme Dcp2 in association with decapping enhancers. An important question is how the activity and accumulation of Dcp2 are regulated at the cellular level to ensure the specificity and fidelity of the Dcp2 decapping complex. Here, we show that human Dcp2 levels and activity are controlled by a competition between decapping complex assembly and Dcp2 degradation. This is mediated by a regulatory domain in the Dcp2 C terminus, which, on the one hand, promotes Dcp2 activation via decapping complex formation mediated by the decapping enhancer Hedls and, on the other hand, targets Dcp2 for ubiquitin-mediated proteasomal degradation in the absence of Hedls association. This competition between Dcp2 activation and degradation restricts the accumulation and activity of uncomplexed Dcp2, which may be important for preventing uncontrolled decapping or for regulating Dcp2 levels and activity according to cellular needs. PMID:25870104

  15. Dynamic and structural control utilizing smart materials and structures

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    Rogers, C. A.; Robertshaw, H. H.

    1989-01-01

    An account is given of several novel 'smart material' structural control concepts that are currently under development. The thrust of these investigations is the evolution of intelligent materials and structures superceding the recently defined variable-geometry trusses and shape memory alloy-reinforced composites; the substances envisioned will be able to autonomously evaluate emergent environmental conditions and adapt to them, and even change their operational objectives. While until now the primary objective of the developmental efforts presently discussed has been materials that mimic biological functions, entirely novel concepts may be formulated in due course.

  16. Tracing and control of raw materials sourcing for vaccine manufacturers.

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    Faretra Peysson, Laurence

    2010-05-01

    The control of the raw materials used to manufacture vaccines is mandatory; therefore, a very clear process must be in place to guarantee that raw materials are traced. Those who make products or supplies used in vaccine manufacture (suppliers of culture media, diagnostic tests, etc.) must apply quality systems proving that they adhere to certain standards. ISO certification, Good Manufacturing Practices for production sites and the registration of culture media with a 'Certificate of Suitability' from the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare are reliable quality systems pertaining to vaccine production. Suppliers must assure that each lot of raw materials used in a product that will be used in vaccine manufacture adheres to the level of safety and traceability required. Incoming materials must be controlled in a single 'Enterprise Resource Planning' system which is used to document important information, such as the assignment of lot number, expiration date, etc. Ingredients for culture media in particular must conform to certain specifications. The specifications that need to be checked vary according to the ingredient, based on the level of risk. The way a raw material is produced is also important, and any aspect relative to cross-contamination, such as the sanitary measures used in producing and storing the raw material must be checked as well. In addition, suppliers can reduce the risk of viral contamination of raw materials by avoiding purchases in countries where a relevant outbreak is currently declared. PMID:20335052

  17. Preservation of proteinaceous material during the degradation of the green alga Botryococcus braunii: A solid-state 2D 15N 13C NMR spectroscopy study

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    Zang, Xu; Nguyen, Reno T.; Harvey, H. Rodger; Knicker, Heike; Hatcher, Patrick G.

    2001-10-01

    Using solid-state cross-polarization-magic-angle-spinning (CPMAS) 13C and 15N nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and 2-D double cross polarization (DCP) MAS 15N 13C NMR techniques, microbially degraded Botryococcus braunii was analyzed to study the chemical nature of organic nitrogen in the algal residue. The amide linkage, as found in protein, was observed as the major nitrogen component in 201-day-old degraded algae. No significant amount of heterocyclic nitrogen, or evidence for melanoidin products, was found. The results strongly suggest that proteinaceous material can survive early diagenesis and be preserved via its encapsulation by refractory, macromolecular, organic matter.

  18. Development of a murre (Uria spp.) egg control material

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    Vander Pol, Stacy S.; Ellisor, M.B.; Pugh, R.S.; Becker, P.R.; Poster, D.L.; Schantz, M.M.; Leigh, S.D.; Wakeford, B.J.; Roseneau, D.G.; Simac, K.S.

    2007-01-01

    The Seabird Tissue Archival and Monitoring Project (STAMP) is a collaborative Alaska-wide effort by the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS/AMNWR), the US Geological Survey's Biological Resources Division (USGS/BRD), the Bureau of Indian Affairs Alaska Region Subsistence Branch (BIA/ARSB), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to monitor long-term (decadal) trends in environmental contaminants using seabird eggs. To support this effort, a matrix- (seabird egg) and concentration-specific control material was needed to ensure quality during analytical work. Although a herring gull egg quality assurance (HGQA) material is available from Environment Canada (EC), contaminant concentrations in this material tended to be higher than those observed in Alaskan murre (Uria spp.) eggs. Therefore, to prepare a more appropriate control material, a total of 12 common murre (U. aalge) and thick-billed murre (U. lomvia) eggs from four Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska nesting locations were cryohomogenized to create 190 aliquots each containing approximately 6 g. This new control material was analyzed by different methods at NIST and EC facilities for the determination of concentrations and value assignment of 63 polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners, 20 organochlorine pesticides, and 11 polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) congeners. The total PCB concentration is approximately 58 ng g -1 wet mass. Results obtained for analytes not listed on the certificates of analysis of the previously used control materials, HGQA and NIST's Standard Reference Material (SRM) 1946 Lake Superior Fish Tissue, are also presented. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]. ?? Springer-Verlag 2007.

  19. Nanostructured Solar Irradiation Control Materials for Solar Energy Conversion

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    Kang, Jinho; Marshall, I. A.; Torrico, M. N.; Taylor, C. R.; Ely, Jeffry; Henderson, Angel Z.; Kim, J.-W.; Sauti, G.; Gibbons, L. J.; Park, C.; Lowther, S. E.; Lillehei, P. T.; Bryant, R. G.

    2012-01-01

    Tailoring the solar absorptivity (alpha(sub s)) and thermal emissivity (epsilon(sub T)) of materials constitutes an innovative approach to solar energy control and energy conversion. Numerous ceramic and metallic materials are currently available for solar absorbance/thermal emittance control. However, conventional metal oxides and dielectric/metal/dielectric multi-coatings have limited utility due to residual shear stresses resulting from the different coefficient of thermal expansion of the layered materials. This research presents an alternate approach based on nanoparticle-filled polymers to afford mechanically durable solar-absorptive and thermally-emissive polymer nanocomposites. The alpha(sub s) and epsilon(sub T) were measured with various nano inclusions, such as carbon nanophase particles (CNPs), at different concentrations. Research has shown that adding only 5 wt% CNPs increased the alpha(sub s) and epsilon(sub T) by a factor of about 47 and 2, respectively, compared to the pristine polymer. The effect of solar irradiation control of the nanocomposite on solar energy conversion was studied. The solar irradiation control coatings increased the power generation of solar thermoelectric cells by more than 380% compared to that of a control power cell without solar irradiation control coatings.

  20. Nanostructured solar irradiation control materials for solar energy conversion

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    Kang, Jin Ho; Marshall, Iseley A.; Torrico, Mattew N.; Taylor, Chase R.; Ely, Jeffry; Henderson, Angel; Sauti, Godfrey; Gibbons, Luke J.; Kim, Jae-Woo; Park, Cheol; Lowther, Sharon E.; Lillehei, Peter T.; Bryant, Robert G.

    2012-10-01

    Tailoring the solar absorptivity (?s) and thermal emissivity (?T) of materials constitutes an innovative approach to solar energy control and energy conversion. Numerous ceramic and metallic materials are currently available for solar absorbance/thermal emittance control. However, conventional metal oxides and dielectric/metal/dielectric multi-coatings have limited utility due to residual shear stresses resulting from the different coefficient of thermal expansion of the layered materials. This research presents an alternate approach based on nanoparticle-filled polymers to afford mechanically durable solar-absorptive and thermally-emissive polymer nanocomposites. The ?s and ?T were measured with various nano inclusions, such as carbon nanophase particles (CNPs), at different concentrations. Research has shown that adding only 5 wt% CNPs increased the ?s and ?T by a factor of about 47 and 2, respectively, compared to the pristine polymer. The effect of solar irradiation control of the nanocomposite on solar energy conversion was studied. The solar irradiation control coatings increased the power generation of solar thermoelectric cells by more than 380% compared to that of a control power cell without solar irradiation control coatings.

  1. Shape control of multi-material heterostructures for catalytic applications

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    Habas, Susan Ellen

    Shape control of nanomaterials has become increasingly important, as many of their physical and chemical properties are highly dependent on morphology. A tremendous amount of effort has been spent in attempt to control these properties through manipulation of size, composition, and shape. Nanocrystal shape control for both single- and multiple-material systems, however, remains largely empirical and still presents a major challenge. In this dissertation, new methods are described for the rational synthetic design of heterostructures with controlled morphology which is essential for tailoring the catalytic properties of these multi-material systems. Catalytic activity and selectivity are governed by the nature of the catalyst surface, making shaped nanocrystals ideal substrates for understanding the influence of surface structure on heterogeneous catalysis at the nanoscale. First, synthetic methods were developed to produce catalytically active platinum nanocrystals with control over their shape and surface chemistry. Initially, the focus was on the removal of strongly-bound surface stabilizing molecules by ligand exchange to give catalytically clean surfaces. However, the presence of foreign ions used as a shape control agent to produce cubic, cuboctahedral, and octahedrally shaped nanocrystals was found to inhibit catalytic activity. In response, a method was developed for the shape control of uniform platinum nanoparticles stabilized by weakly interacting alkylammonium ions in the absence of foreign metal ions, which showed improved activity for ethylene hydrogenation. The next section describes the application of these highly-faceted platinum nanocrystals as nucleation centers for overgrowth of a secondary metal to obtain shape-controlled heterostructures. Seeded growth allows for the use of the surface structure and corresponding chemical identity of a well-defined seed to control nucleation and growth of another material. Cubic platinum seeds can direct the epitaxial overgrowth of palladium to give shape-controlled core-shell type nanocrystals with structure-sensitive catalytic properties. Incorporation of a lattice-mismatched metal such as gold, on the other hand, introduces an element of selectivity leading to the growth of anisotropic binary nanocrystals where both metals are exposed. The development of multi-component nanoparticles represents a new approach for creating smart materials, requiring controlled and selective growth of different materials on a single particle. In the final section, the concept of seeded overgrowth has been extended to include semiconductor nanostructures as seeds, introducing even greater potential for selective overgrowth of metals due to the unique chemical composition of the different crystallographic facets. Platinum and related binary metals were grown with high selectivity on the tips of cadmium sulfide nanorods for catalytic and energy applications.

  2. Probabilistic Material Strength Degradation Model for Inconel 718 Components Subjected to High Temperature, High-Cycle and Low-Cycle Mechanical Fatigue, Creep and Thermal Fatigue Effects

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    Bast, Callie C.; Boyce, Lola

    1995-01-01

    The development of methodology for a probabilistic material strength degradation is described. The probabilistic model, in the form of a postulated randomized multifactor equation, provides for quantification of uncertainty in the lifetime material strength of aerospace propulsion system components subjected to a number of diverse random effects. This model is embodied in the computer program entitled PROMISS, which can include up to eighteen different effects. Presently, the model includes five effects that typically reduce lifetime strength: high temperature, high-cycle mechanical fatigue, low-cycle mechanical fatigue, creep and thermal fatigue. Results, in the form of cumulative distribution functions, illustrated the sensitivity of lifetime strength to any current value of an effect. In addition, verification studies comparing predictions of high-cycle mechanical fatigue and high temperature effects with experiments are presented. Results from this limited verification study strongly supported that material degradation can be represented by randomized multifactor interaction models.

  3. Controlling Deformable Material with Dynamic Morph Targets Nico Galoppo

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    Otaduy, Miguel A.

    Controlling Deformable Material with Dynamic Morph Targets Nico Galoppo Intel Corporation UNC of dynamic events such as jumping from a diving board or bouncing off a wall, our method using morph targets produces deformations consistent with Herbert's morph targets defined in (a). The fat morph target

  4. MATERIALS MANAGEMENT -INVENTORY CONTROL PROPERTY EQUIPMENT LOAN FORM -IC-5

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    Oliver, Douglas L.

    MATERIALS MANAGEMENT - INVENTORY CONTROL PROPERTY EQUIPMENT LOAN FORM - IC-5 Mail or PDF the entire. YOUR SIGNATURE ALSO CONFIRMS THAT ALL EQUIPMENT & ACCESSORIES USED WITH/OR HAVING CONTAINED RADIOACTIVE & RADIATION SAFETY. 2. YOUR SIGNATURE ALSO CONFIRMS THAT ALL ELECTRONIC STORAGE EQUIPMENT & DEVICES HAVE BEEN

  5. Active smart material control system for buffet alleviation

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    Essam F. Sheta; Robert W. Moses; Lawrence J. Huttsell

    2006-01-01

    Vertical tail buffeting is a serious multidisciplinary problem that limits the performance and maneuverability of twin-tail fighter aircraft. The buffet problem occurs at high angles of attack when the vortical flow breaks down ahead of the vertical tails resulting in unsteady and unbalanced loads on the tails leading to their premature fatigue failure. An active smart material control system, using

  6. Vibration control of flexible structures using smart materials

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    Rafael Bravo

    2000-01-01

    This work presents the analytic and experimental development of active vibration control of large flexible space structures (LFSS) using smart materials. Two basic configurations were studied: flexible manipulators, and truss structures, which encompass most of the flexible structures in space applications. The dynamics of LFSS are characterized by their high order and the significant presence of lightly damped, closely spaced

  7. PERFORMANCE TESTING OF SPILL CONTROL DEVICES ON FLOATABLE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

    EPA Science Inventory

    At the U.S. EPA's Oil and Hazardous Materials Simulated Environmental Test Tank (OHMSETT) in Leonardo, New Jersey, from September 1975 through November 1975, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the U.S. Coast Guard evaluated selected oil-spill control equipment ...

  8. Compatibility of refractory materials for nuclear reactor poison control systems

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    Sinclair, J. H.

    1974-01-01

    Metal-clad poison rods have been considered for the control system of an advanced space power reactor concept studied at the NASA Lewis Research Center. Such control rods may be required to operate at temperatures of about 140O C. Selected poison materials (including boron carbide and the diborides of zirconium, hafnium, and tantalum) were subjected to 1000-hour screening tests in contact with candidate refractory metal cladding materials (including tungsten and alloys of tantalum, niobium, and molybdenum) to assess the compatibility of these materials combinations at the temperatures of interest. Zirconium and hafnium diborides were compatible with refractory metals at 1400 C, but boron carbide and tantalum diboride reacted with the refractory metals at this temperature. Zirconium diboride also showed promise as a reaction barrier between boron carbide and tungsten.

  9. Phase change thermal control materials, method and apparatus

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    Buckley, Theresa M. (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    An apparatus and method for metabolic cooling and insulation of a user in a cold environment. In its preferred embodiment the apparatus is a highly flexible composite material having a flexible matrix containing a phase change thermal storage material. The apparatus can be made to heat or cool the body or to act as a thermal buffer to protect the wearer from changing environmental conditions. The apparatus may also include an external thermal insulation layer and/or an internal thermal control layer to regulate the rate of heat exchange between the composite and the skin of the wearer. Other embodiments of the apparatus also provide 1) a path for evaporation or direct absorption of perspiration from the skin of the wearer for improved comfort and thermal control, 2) heat conductive pathways within the material for thermal equalization, 3) surface treatments for improved absorption or rejection of heat by the material, and 4) means for quickly regenerating the thermal storage capacity for reuse of the material. Applications of the composite materials are also described which take advantage of the composite's thermal characteristics. The examples described include a diver's wet suit, ski boot liners, thermal socks, gloves and a face mask for cold weather activities, and a metabolic heating or cooling blanket useful for treating hypothermia or fever patients in a medical setting and therapeutic heating or cooling orthopedic joint supports.

  10. Biodegradation and biocompatibility of mechanically active magnetoelastic materials

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    Holmes, Hal R.; DeRouin, Andrew; Wright, Samantha; Riedemann, Travor M.; Lograsso, Thomas A.; Rajachar, Rupak M.; Ghee Ong, Keat

    2014-09-01

    Magnetoelastic (ME) materials have many advantages for use as sensors and actuators due to their wireless, passive nature. This paper describes the application of ME materials as biodegradable implants with controllable degradation rates. Experiments have been conducted to show that degradation rates of ME materials are dependent on the material compositions. In addition, it was shown that the degradation rates of the ME materials can be controlled remotely by applying a magnetic field, which causes the ME materials to generate low-magnitude vibrations that hasten their degradation rates. Another concern of ME materials for medical applications is biocompatibility. Indirect cytotoxicity analyses were performed on two types of ME materials: Metglas™ 2826 MB (FeNiMoB) and iron-gallium alloy. While results indicate Metglas is not biocompatible, the degradation products of iron-gallium materials have shown no adverse effects on cell viability. Overall, these results present the possibility of using ME materials as biodegradable, magnetically-controlled active implants.

  11. Metabolic signals control the selective degradation of sucrose synthase in maize leaves during de-etiolation

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The content and activity of sucrose (Suc) synthase (SUS) protein is high in sink organs but low in source organs. In the present report, we examined light and metabolic signals regulating SUS protein degradation in maize (Zea mays L.) leaves during de-etiolation. We found that SUS protein accumulate...

  12. Robust Adaptive Neural Control for a Robotic System with Performance Degradation of Actuators

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    Jin-Ho Shin; Won-Ho Kim

    2006-01-01

    It is useful and effective that actuator torque coefficients applied at each joint are bounded nonlinear time-varying, rather than normally unity all the time. The bounded nonlinear time-varying actuator torque coefficients as well as uncertainties may cause performance degradation of the robot or the actuators in a robotic system. This work presents a design methodology of a robust adaptive neural

  13. Stimuli-Responsive Materials for Controlled Release of Theranostic Agents

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    Wang, Yucai; Shim, Min Suk; Levinson, Nathanael S.; Sung, Hsing-Wen

    2014-01-01

    Stimuli-responsive materials are so named because they can alter their physicochemical properties and/or structural conformations in response to specific stimuli. The stimuli can be internal, such as physiological or pathological variations in the target cells/tissues, or external, such as optical and ultrasound radiations. In recent years, these materials have gained increasing interest in biomedical applications due to their potential for spatially and temporally controlled release of theranostic agents in response to the specific stimuli. This article highlights several recent advances in the development of such materials, with a focus on their molecular designs and formulations. The future of stimuli-responsive materials will also be explored, including combination with molecular imaging probes and targeting moieties, which could enable simultaneous diagnosis and treatment of a specific disease, as well as multi-functionality and responsiveness to multiple stimuli, all important in overcoming intrinsic biological barriers and increasing clinical viability. PMID:25477774

  14. Amino acid control of autophagic sequestration and protein degradation in isolated rat hepatocytes

    PubMed Central

    1984-01-01

    Sequestration of the inert cytosolic marker [14C]sucrose by sedimentable organelles was measured in isolated rat hepatocytes made transiently permeable to sucrose by means of electropermeabilization. Lysosomal integrity, protein degradation, autophagic sequestration, and other cellular functions were not significantly impaired by the electric treatment. Hepatocytes sequestered sucrose at an initial rate of approximately 10%/h, which is threefold higher than the estimated rate of autophagic-lysosomal protein degradation. Almost one-third would appear to represent mitochondrial fluid uptake; the rest was nearly completely and specifically inhibited by 3-methyladenine (3MA) and can be regarded as autophagic sequestration. A complete amino acid mixture was somewhat less inhibitory than 3MA, and partially antagonized the effect of the latter. This paradoxical effect, taken together with the high sequestration rate, may suggest heterogeneity as well as selectivity in autophagic sequestration. There was no detectable recycling of sequestered [14C]sucrose between organelles and cytosol. Studies of individual amino acids revealed histidine as the most effective sequestration inhibitor. Leucine may have a regulatory function, as indicated by its unique additive/synergistic effect, and a combination of Leu + His was as effective as the complete amino acid mixture. Asparagine inhibited sequestration only 20%, i.e., its very strong effect on overall (long-lived) protein degradation must partially be due to post-sequestrational inhibition. The lysosomal (amine-sensitive) degradation of short-lived protein was incompletely inhibited by 3MA, indicating a contribution from nonautophagic processes like crinophagy and endocytic membrane influx. The ability of an amino acid mixture to specifically antagonize the inhibition of short-lived protein degradation by AsN + GIN (but not by 3MA) may suggest complex amino acid interactions at the level of fusion between lysosomes and other vesicles in addition to the equally complex interactions at the level of autophagic sequestration. PMID:6746735

  15. Quorum sensing controls hyphal initiation in Candida albicans through Ubr1-mediated protein degradation.

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    Lu, Yang; Su, Chang; Unoje, Ohimai; Liu, Haoping

    2014-02-01

    Candida albicans is the most common cause of invasive fungal infections in humans. Its ability to undergo the morphological transition from yeast to hyphal growth forms is critical for its pathogenesis. Hyphal initiation requires the activation of the cAMP-PKA pathway, which down-regulates the expression of NRG1, the major repressor of hyphal development. Hyphal initiation also requires inoculation of a small amount of C. albicans cells from overnight culture to fresh medium. This inoculation releases the inhibition from farnesol, a quorum-sensing molecule of C. albicans, that accumulated in the spent medium. Here, we show that farnesol inhibits hyphal initiation mainly through blocking the protein degradation of Nrg1. Through screening a kinase mutant library, we identified Sok1 as the kinase required for Nrg1 degradation during inoculation. SOK1 expression is transiently activated on inoculation during hyphal initiation, and overexpression of SOK1 overcomes the farnesol-mediated inhibition of hyphal initiation. Screening a collection of transcription factor mutants, the homeodomain-containing transcription repressor Cup9 is found to be responsible for the repression of SOK1 expression in response to farnesol inhibition. Interestingly, farnesol inhibits Cup9 degradation mediated by the N-end rule E3 ubiquitin ligase, Ubr1. Therefore, hyphal initiation requires both the cAMP-PKA pathway-dependent transcriptional down-regulation of NRG1 and Sok1-mediated degradation of Nrg1 protein. The latter is triggered by the release from farnesol inhibition of Cup9 degradation and consequently, derepression of SOK1 transcription. Neither pathway alone is sufficient for hyphal initiation. PMID:24449897

  16. Control and accountancy of nuclear materials in a uranium enrichment plant

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    Hurt, N.H.

    1985-05-21

    A nuclear material control and accountancy system has been developed by Goodyear Atomic Corporation to meet safeguards and security requirements. It comprises three major elements: physical security, nuclear material control, and nuclear material accounting. This safeguards system is called Dynamic Material Control and Accountancy System (DYMCAS). The system approaches real-time computer control on a transaction-by-transaction basis.

  17. 40 CFR 230.72 - Actions controlling the material after discharge.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 2011-07-01 true Actions controlling the material...DREDGED OR FILL MATERIAL Actions To Minimize Adverse Effects § 230.72 Actions controlling the material...disposal sites where the potential for erosion,...

  18. 40 CFR 230.72 - Actions controlling the material after discharge.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 2013-07-01 false Actions controlling the material...DREDGED OR FILL MATERIAL Actions To Minimize Adverse Effects § 230.72 Actions controlling the material...disposal sites where the potential for erosion,...

  19. 40 CFR 230.72 - Actions controlling the material after discharge.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 2014-07-01 false Actions controlling the material...DREDGED OR FILL MATERIAL Actions To Minimize Adverse Effects § 230.72 Actions controlling the material...disposal sites where the potential for erosion,...

  20. Influence of the Piping-material-originated Metal-ion on Cell Degradation of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell

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    Amitani, Chieko; Ishikawa, Masahiko; Mori, Kouya; Tanaka, Kenji; Hori, Michio

    Influences of metal-ion adulterations into Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (PEFC) were examined on PEFC generation characteristics and structural changes. Cupper and aluminun, novel candidate materials for forthcoming PEFC system, were introduced into polymer electrolyte membranes (PEM) by ion-exchange method as contaminants, and ca. 500-hour generation tests of PEFC cells with these PEMs were conducted in this study. Introduced metal ions were to be combined to sulfonic acid groups in PEMs by electrostatic forces. For the cell containing cupric ions (Cu2+) equivalent to 1000 pmm of supfonic acid groups in PEM, a decrease in deteriorating rate of cell voltage was observed to be 83 mV/kh during 500-hour generation, in comparison with the cell without metal-ion comtamination showing 154 mV/kh. On the other hand, an increase in deteriorating rates were observed for the cells containing 10 % Cu2+ or 1000 ppm aluminum ions (Al3+). Al3+ adulteration in PEFC set off increases in activation overpotential and fluoride ion release rate (FRR) with proceeding genaration test. An increase in activation overpotentials was supressed in 1000 ppm Cu2+-adulterated cell and the reverse was observed in 10 % Cu2+-adulterated one, though Cu2+ adulterations suppressed growths of platinum catalyst particles in size and FRR regardless of Cu2+ concentration. Restriction effect of 1000 ppm Cu2+-adulteration into PEM on PEFC voltage deterioration has found to be the unprecedented knoledge with respect to PEFC degradation phenomena. Mechanisms of those influences were also discussed.

  1. Pyrometric temperature control system for microwave processing of materials

    SciTech Connect

    Pert, E.; Calame, J.P.; Gershon, D.; Carmel, Y. [Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States). Inst. for Plasma Research; Calame, J.P. [Naval Research Lab., Washington, DC (United States)

    1998-12-31

    Accurate temperature measurements and uniform processing of a material with microwaves can be difficult with thermocouples that perturb the electromagnetic field. Arcing and field intensification is particularly a problem with low loss materials that do not couple well. Optical pyrometers offer a non-invasive alternative, but are generally restricted to surface temperature measurements and are usually non-linear over the temperature range of interest. Improved accuracy over the entire range of interest is possible with an integrated approach using a pc to calibrate the pyrometer against a thermocouple reference. A pyrometer-retrofitted microwave processing system that can measure and control from 40 C to 1,600 C is presented.

  2. A poly(glycerol sebacate)-coated mesoporous bioactive glass scaffold with adjustable mechanical strength, degradation rate, controlled-release and cell behavior for bone tissue engineering.

    PubMed

    Lin, Dan; Yang, Kai; Tang, Wei; Liu, Yutong; Yuan, Yuan; Liu, Changsheng

    2015-07-01

    Various requirements in the field of tissue engineering have motivated the development of three-dimensional scaffold with adjustable physicochemical properties and biological functions. A series of multiparameter-adjustable mesoporous bioactive glass (MBG) scaffolds with uncrosslinked poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS) coating was prepared in this article. MBG scaffold was prepared by a modified F127/PU co-templating process and then PGS was coated by a simple adsorption and lyophilization process. Through controlling macropore parameters and PGS coating amount, the mechanical strength, degradation rate, controlled-release and cell behavior of the composite scaffold could be modulated in a wide range. PGS coating successfully endowed MBG scaffold with improved toughness and adjustable mechanical strength covering the bearing range of trabecular bone (2-12MPa). Multilevel degradation rate of the scaffold and controlled-release rate of protein from mesopore could be achieved, with little impact on the protein activity owing to an "ultralow-solvent" coating and "nano-cavity entrapment" immobilization method. In vitro studies indicated that PGS coating promoted cell attachment and proliferation in a dose-dependent manner, without affecting the osteogenic induction capacity of MBG substrate. These results first provide strong evidence that uncrosslinked PGS might also yield extraordinary achievements in traditional MBG scaffold. With the multiparameter adjustability, the composite MBG/PGS scaffolds would have a hopeful prospect in bone tissue engineering. The design considerations and coating method of this study can also be extended to other ceramic-based artificial scaffolds and are expected to provide new thoughts on development of future tissue engineering materials. PMID:25935647

  3. Anaerobic degradation of inedible crop residues produced in a Controlled Ecological Life Support System

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    Schwingel, W. R.; Sager, J. C.

    1996-01-01

    An anaerobic reactor seeded with organisms from an anaerobic lagoon was used to study the degradation of inedible crop residues from potato and wheat crops grown in a closed environment. Conversion of this biomass into other products was also evaluated. Degradation of wheat volatile solids was about 25% where that of potato was about 50%. The main product of the anaerobic fermentation of both crops was acetic acid with smaller quantities of propionate and butyrate produced. Nitrate, known to be high in concentration in inedible potato and wheat biomass grown hydroponically, was converted to ammonia in the anaerobic reactor. Both volatile fatty acid and ammonia production may have implications in a crop production system.

  4. Multilayer Capsules of Bovine Serum Albumin and Tannic Acid for Controlled Release by Enzymatic Degradation.

    PubMed

    Lomova, Maria V; Brichkina, Anna I; Kiryukhin, Maxim V; Vasina, Elena N; Pavlov, Anton M; Gorin, Dmitry A; Sukhorukov, Gleb B; Antipina, Maria N

    2015-06-10

    With the purpose to replace expensive and significantly cytotoxic positively charged polypeptides in biodegradable capsules formed via Layer-by-Layer (LbL) assembly, multilayers of bovine serum albumin (BSA) and tannic acid (TA) are obtained and employed for encapsulation and release of model drugs with different solubility in water: hydrophilic-tetramethylrhodamine-isothiocyanate-labeled BSA (TRITC-BSA) and hydrophobic 3,4,9,10-tetra-(hectoxy-carbonyl)-perylene (THCP). Hydrogen bonding is proposed to be predominant within thus formed BSA/TA films. The TRITC-BSA-loaded capsules comprising 6 bilayers of the protein and polyphenol are benchmarked against the shells composed of dextran sulfate (DS) and poly-l-arginine (PARG) on degradability by two proteolytic enzymes with different cleavage site specificity (i.e., ?-chymotrypsin and trypsin) and toxicity for murine RAW264.7 macrophage cells. Capsules of both types possess low cytotoxicity taken at concentrations equal or below 50 capsules per cell, and evident susceptibility to ?-chymotrypsin resulted in release of TRITC-BSA. While the BSA/TA-based capsules clearly display resistance to treatment with trypsin, the assemblies of DS/PARG extensively degrade. Successful encapsulation of THCP in the TRITC-BSA/TA/BSA multilayer is confirmed, and the release of the model drug is observed in response to treatment with ?-chymotrypsin. The thickness, surface morphology, and enzyme-catalyzed degradation process of the BSA/TA-based films are investigated on a planar multilayer comprising 40 bilayers of the protein and polyphenol deposited on a silicon wafer. The developed BSA/TA-based capsules with a protease-specific degradation mechanism are proposed to find applications in personal care, pharmacology, and the development of drug delivery systems including those intravenous injectable and having site-specific release capability. PMID:25985934

  5. Controlling cell adhesion and degradation of chitosan films by N-acetylation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Thomas Freier; Hui Shan Koh; Karineh Kazazian; Molly S. Shoichet

    2005-01-01

    As part of our ongoing effort to develop a biodegradable nerve guidance channel based on chitin\\/chitosan, we conducted a systematic in vitro study on the biodegradation and neural cell compatibility of chitosan and N-acetylated chitosan. The in vitro degradation (pH 7.4, 37°C) in the presence of 1.5?g\\/ml lysozyme showed a progressive mass loss to greater than 50% within 4 weeks

  6. Influence of Air Pollution and Humidity on Limestone Materials Degradation in Historical Buildings Located in Cities Under Tropical Coastal Climates

    Microsoft Academic Search

    F. Corvo; J. Reyes; C. Valdes; F. Villaseñor; O. Cuesta; D. Aguilar; P. Quintana

    2010-01-01

    Climatic changes and the increased air pollution intensify the atmospheric degradation of stone, affecting the aspect and\\u000a integrity of valuable historical buildings constructed using limestone and located in tropical coastal sites. This paper analyzes\\u000a limestone degradation process due to air pollution and humidity in tropical humid conditions in historical buildings located\\u000a in the cities of Havana, Cuba and San Francisco

  7. 36 CFR 401.5 - Control and supervision of materials, design, and building.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...2011-07-01 false Control and supervision of materials, design, and building. 401.5 Section 401.5 Parks... § 401.5 Control and supervision of materials, design, and building. The Commission controls the design...

  8. Light and pH dual-degradable triblock copolymer micelles for controlled intracellular drug release.

    PubMed

    Jin, Qiao; Cai, Tongjiang; Han, Haijie; Wang, Haibo; Wang, Yin; Ji, Jian

    2014-08-01

    A novel amphiphilic ABA-type triblock copolymer poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(ethanedithiol-alt-nitrobenzyl)-b-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG-b-PEDNB-b-PEG) is successfully prepared by sequential thiol-acrylate Michael addition polymerization in one pot. PEG-b-PEDNB-b-PEG is designed to have light-cleavable o-nitrobenzyl linkages and acid-labile ?-thiopropionate linkages positioned repeatedly in the main chain of the hydrophobic block. The light and pH dual degradation of PEG-b-PEDNB-b-PEG is traced by gel permeation chromatography (GPC). Such triblock copolymer can self-assemble into micelles, which can be used to encapsulate anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX). Because of the different degradation chemistry of o-nitrobenzyl linkages and ?-thiopropionate linkages, DOX can be released from the micelles by two different manners, i.e., light-induced rapid burst release and pH-induced slow sustained release. Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) results indicated that DOX-loaded micelles exhibited faster drug release in A549 cells after UV irradiation. Furthermore, 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) results show that the DOX-loaded micelles under UV light degradation exhibit better anticancer activity against A549 cells than that of the nonirradiated ones. PMID:24849874

  9. Optimizing dentin bond durability: control of collagen degradation by matrix metalloproteinases and cysteine cathepsins

    PubMed Central

    Tjäderhane, Leo; Nascimento, Fabio D.; Breschi, Lorenzo; Mazzoni, Annalisa; Tersariol, Ivarne L.S.; Geraldeli, Saulo; Tezvergil-Mutluay, Arzu; Carrilho, Marcela R.; Carvalho, Ricardo M.; Tay, Franklin R.; Pashley, David H.

    2012-01-01

    Objectives Contemporary adhesives lose their bond strength to dentin regardless of the bonding system used. This loss relates to the hydrolysis of collagen matrix of the hybrid layers. The preservation of the collagen matrix integrity is a key issue in the attempts to improve the dentin bonding durability. Methods Dentin contains collagenolytic enzymes, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and cysteine cathepsins, which are responsible for the hydrolytic degradation of collagen matrix in the bonded interface. Results The identities, roles and function of collagenolytic enzymes in mineralized dentin has been gathered only within last 15 years, but they have already been demonstrated to have an important role in dental hard tissue pathologies, including the degradation of the hybrid layer. Identifying responsible enzymes facilitates the development of new, more efficient methods to improve the stability of dentin-adhesive bond and durability of bond strength. Significance Understanding the nature and role of proteolytic degradation of dentin-adhesive interfaces has improved immensely and has practically grown to a scientific field of its own within only 10 years, holding excellent promise that stable resin-dentin bonds will be routinely available in a daily clinical setting already in a near future. PMID:22901826

  10. Controlling cavitation in the 1990s: Contours, materials, monitors

    SciTech Connect

    Fulton, E.

    1996-10-01

    Case studies of cavitation control methods at hydroelectric power plants are presented in the article. The control methods described include contouring of turbine blades, stainless steel runners and overlays (including 309L) and super-resistant alloys (Hydroloy 914), and cavitation monitoring equipment. Hydroelectric plants highlighted in the article include Central Maine Power Company`s Hiram Unit 2, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers` Dworshak Dam, Transalta Utilities` Spray Station, and Tennessee Valley Authority`s Raccoon Mountain. The development and testing of new materials is also highlighted.

  11. [Heavy metal]-Chlorophylls Formed in Vivo During Heavy Metal Stress and Degradation Products Formed During Digestion, Extraction and Storage of Plant Material

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hendrik Küpper; Frithjof C. Küpper; Martin Spiller

    This chapter discusses the occurrence, properties and relevance of chlorophyll (Chl) degradation products that are formed\\u000a either in vivo in heavy metal-stressed plants or by digestion of algae in marine invertebrates, or that are formed during extraction or processing of dead plant material. The in vivo substitution of the central Mg2+ ion of chlorophyll by heavy metals constitutes an important

  12. New materials for photocatalytic degradation of Indigo Carmine—Synthesis, characterization and catalytic experiments of nanometric tin dioxide-based composites

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. G. Coelho; G. M. de Lima; R. Augusti; D. A. Maria; J. D. Ardisson

    2010-01-01

    Herein we describe experiments of photocatalytic degradation of Indigo Carmine dye, carried out by new composites containing nanometric SnO2 supported on Al2O3. The composites were prepared in a sequence of procedures which involved reactions of SnBuCl3, aluminium hydroxide with NH4OH in ethanol in order to impregnate organotin oxide in Al2O3 in different stoichiometry. Hence, the obtained materials were employed in

  13. Population dynamics in controlled unsteady-state systems: An application to the degradation of glyphosate in a sequencing batch reactor

    SciTech Connect

    Devarakonda, M.S.

    1988-01-01

    Control over population dynamics and organism selection in a biological waste treatment system provides an effective means of engineering process efficiency. Examples of applications of organism selection include control of filamentous organisms, biological nutrient removal, industrial waste treatment requiring the removal of specific substrates, and hazardous waste treatment. Inherently, full scale biological waste treatment systems are unsteady state systems due to the variations in the waste streams and mass flow rates of the substrates. Some systems, however, have the capacity to impose controlled selective pressures on the biological population by means of their operation. An example of such a system is the Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) which was the experimental system utilized in this research work. The concepts of organism selection were studied in detail for the biodegradation of a herbicide waste stream, with glyphosate as the target compound. The SBR provided a reactor configuration capable of exerting the necessary selective pressures to select and enrich for a glyphosate degrading population. Based on results for bench scale SBRs, a hypothesis was developed to explain population dynamics in glyphosate degrading systems.

  14. ENVIRONENTAL DEGRADATION OF ADVANCED AND TRADITIONAL ENGINERING Chapter 14. Forms of Polymer Degradation: Overview

    E-print Network

    Roylance, David

    ENVIRONENTAL DEGRADATION OF ADVANCED AND TRADITIONAL ENGINERING MATERIALS Chapter 14. Forms Degradation ­ Overview Introduction Usage of polymeric materials Although polymers have existed naturally of Polymer Degradation: Overview Margaret Roylance and David Roylance 1. Introduction 1.1. Usage of polymeric

  15. 10 CFR 71.115 - Control of purchased material, equipment, and services.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ...purchased material, equipment, and services. 71...RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL Quality Assurance § 71.115...purchased material, equipment, and services...purchased material and equipment. (c) The licensee...effectiveness of the control of quality by contractors and...

  16. Materials and techniques for spacecraft static charge control 2

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Schmidt, R. E.; Eagles, A. E.

    1979-01-01

    Results of exploratory development on the design, fabrication and testing of transparent conductive coatings, conductive bulk materials and grounding techniques for application to high resistivity spacecraft dielectric materials to obtain control of static charge buildup are presented. Deposition techniques for application of indium oxide, indium/tin oxide and other metal oxide films on Kapton, FEP Teflon, OSR and solar cell coverglasses discussed include RF and Magnetron sputtering and vapor deposition. Development, fabrication and testing of conductive glass tiles for OSR and solar cell coverglass applications is discussed. Several grounding techniques for rapid charge dissipation from the conductively coated polymer and glass dielectrics which were developed and tested in thermal cycled and electron plasma environments are described. The optical and electrical characterization and aging effects of these coatings, bulk materials and grounding techniques are reviewed as they apply to the performance of their design functions in a geosynchronous orbit environment.

  17. Thermally Controlled Hydrogen Storage System Using Novel Carbon Materials

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. L. Vasiliev; L. E. Kanonchik; V. A. Babenko

    Successful development of sorption storage technologies for hydrogen assumes an active temperature control and special properties\\u000a of the materials, capable to adsorb hydrogen in a reversible way.\\u000a \\u000a The goal of this paper is the development of the sectional vessel with heat pipe (HP) for hydrogen sorption storage at average\\u000a pressures 3.5–6 MPa, every separate section of which has the case

  18. Deterministic control of ferroelastic switching in multiferroic materials

    Microsoft Academic Search

    N. Balke; S. Choudhury; S. Jesse; M. Huijben; Y.-H. Chu; A. P. Baddorf; L. Q. Chen; R. Ramesh; S. V. Kalinin

    2009-01-01

    Multiferroic materials showing coupled electric, magnetic and elastic orderings provide a platform to explore complexity and new paradigms for memory and logic devices. Until now, the deterministic control of non-ferroelectric order parameters in multiferroics has been elusive. Here, we demonstrate deterministic ferroelastic switching in rhombohedral BiFeO3 by domain nucleation with a scanning probe. We are able to select among final

  19. Materials degradation in low earth orbit (LEO); Proceedings of the Symposium, 119th Annual Meeting of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, Anaheim, CA, Feb. 17-22, 1990

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    Srinivasan, V. (editor); Banks, Bruce A. (editor)

    1990-01-01

    The current understanding of the effect of space environment on materials and the development of protective coatings is examined in reviews and reports. Consideration is given to hyperthermal atomic oxygen reactions, the effect of atomic oxygen on altered and coated Kapton surfaces for spacecraft applications in LEO, silicon dioxide space coatings studied ellipsometrically, atomic oxygen effects on spacecraft materials, atomic oxygen beam source for erosion simulation, and atomic oxygen effects on refractory materials. Particular attention is given to ellipsometric analysis of materials degradation in space, studies of the interaction of 8 km/s oxygen atoms with selected materials, characterization and calibration of the EOIM-III flight mass spectrometer in a high velocity oxygen atom beam, the reaction efficiency of thermal energy oxygen atoms with polymeric materials, and effects of simulated space environments on the properties of selected materials.

  20. Deterministic control of ferroelastic switching in multiferroic materials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Balke, N.; Choudhury, S.; Jesse, S.; Huijben, M.; Chu, Y. H.; Baddorf, A. P.; Chen, L. Q.; Ramesh, R.; Kalinin, S. V.

    2009-12-01

    Multiferroic materials showing coupled electric, magnetic and elastic orderings provide a platform to explore complexity and new paradigms for memory and logic devices. Until now, the deterministic control of non-ferroelectric order parameters in multiferroics has been elusive. Here, we demonstrate deterministic ferroelastic switching in rhombohedral BiFeO3 by domain nucleation with a scanning probe. We are able to select among final states that have the same electrostatic energy, but differ dramatically in elastic or magnetic order, by applying voltage to the probe while it is in lateral motion. We also demonstrate the controlled creation of a ferrotoroidal order parameter. The ability to control local elastic, magnetic and torroidal order parameters with an electric field will make it possible to probe local strain and magnetic ordering, and engineer various magnetoelectric, domain-wall-based and strain-coupled devices.

  1. Effects of Contamination, UV Radiation, and Atomic Oxygen on ISS Thermal Control Materials

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    Visentine, Jim; Finckenor, Miria; Zwiener, Jim; Munafo, Paul (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Thermal control surfaces on the International Space Station (ISS) have been tailored for optimum optical properties. The space environment, particularly contamination, ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and atomic oxygen (AO) may have a detrimental effect on these optical properties. These effects must be quantified for modeling and planning. Also of interest was the effect of porosity on the reaction to simulated space environment. Five materials were chosen for this study based on their use on ISS. The thermal control materials were Z-93 white coating, silverized Teflon, chromic acid anodized aluminum, sulfuric acid anodized aluminum, and 7075-T6 aluminum. Some of the samples were exposed to RTV 560 silicone; others were exposed to Tefzel offgassing products. Two samples of Z-93 were not exposed to contamination as clean "controls". VUV radiation was used to photo-fix the contaminant to the material surface, then the samples were exposed to AO. All samples were exposed to 1000 equivalent sun-hours (ESH) of vacuum ultraviolet radiation (VUV) at the AZ Technology facility and a minimum of 1.5 x 10(exp 20) atoms/sq cm of AO at Marshall Space Flight Center. Half of the samples were exposed to an additional 2000 ESH of VUV at Huntington Beach prior to sent to AZ Technology. Darkening of the Z-93 white coating was noted after VUV exposure. AO exposure did bleach the Z-93 but not back to its original brightness. Solar absorptance curves show the degradation due to contamination and VUV and the recovery with AO exposure. More bleaching was noted on the Tefzel-contaminated samples than with the RTV-contaminated samples.

  2. 10 CFR 74.31 - Nuclear material control and accounting for special nuclear material of low strategic significance.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ...2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Nuclear material control and accounting for special nuclear material of low strategic significance. 74.31 Section 74.31 Energy NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (CONTINUED)...

  3. Fabrication of enzyme-degradable and size-controlled protein nanowires using single particle nano-fabrication technique

    PubMed Central

    Omichi, Masaaki; Asano, Atsushi; Tsukuda, Satoshi; Takano, Katsuyoshi; Sugimoto, Masaki; Saeki, Akinori; Sakamaki, Daisuke; Onoda, Akira; Hayashi, Takashi; Seki, Shu

    2014-01-01

    Protein nanowires exhibiting specific biological activities hold promise for interacting with living cells and controlling and predicting biological responses such as apoptosis, endocytosis and cell adhesion. Here we report the result of the interaction of a single high-energy charged particle with protein molecules, giving size-controlled protein nanowires with an ultra-high aspect ratio of over 1,000. Degradation of the human serum albumin nanowires was examined using trypsin. The biotinylated human serum albumin nanowires bound avidin, demonstrating the high affinity of the nanowires. Human serum albumin–avidin hybrid nanowires were also fabricated from a solid state mixture and exhibited good mechanical strength in phosphate-buffered saline. The biotinylated human serum albumin nanowires can be transformed into nanowires exhibiting a biological function such as avidin–biotinyl interactions and peroxidase activity. The present technique is a versatile platform for functionalizing the surface of any protein molecule with an extremely large surface area. PMID:24770668

  4. Using Kalman filter to attenuate noise in learning and repetitive control can easily degrade performance

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Benjamas Panomruttanarug; Richard W. Longman

    2008-01-01

    Repetitive control (RC) and iterative learning control (ILC) can eliminate deterministic tracking errors of a control system in executing a periodic command or a repeating tracking command. In addition they can cancel errors resulting from a periodic disturbance (RC) or a repeated disturbance (ILC). When there is substantial plant and measurement noise it is natural to consider employing a Kalman

  5. Hands-free mobile phone speech while driving degrades coordination and control

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Paul J. Treffner; Rod Barrett

    2004-01-01

    Using a closed-circuit driving track environment, we investigated the influence of using a hands-free mobile (or cell) phone on various biomechanical and perceptual factors that underlie the control of driving. Results showed that in three tasks representative of everyday driving conditions, the perceptual control of action was compromised when compared to a control condition where no mobile phone conversation was

  6. Use of Imaging for Nuclear Material Control and Accountability

    SciTech Connect

    Mullens, James Allen [ORNL] [ORNL; Hausladen, Paul [ORNL] [ORNL; Bingham, Philip R [ORNL] [ORNL; Archer, Daniel E [ORNL] [ORNL; Grogan, Brandon R [ORNL] [ORNL; Mihalczo, John T [ORNL] [ORNL

    2007-01-01

    The recent addition of imaging to the Nuclear Materials and Identification System (NMIS) using a small portable DT neutron generator with an embedded alpha detector to time and directionally tag neutrons from the DT reaction is discussed. The generator weighs {approx}35 lbs including power supplies (5 x 10{sup 7} n/sec) and operates on 50 watts power. Thus, the source can be easily moved to a variety of locations within an operational facility with minimum impact on operations or can be used at a fixed location for example to monitor receipts. Imaging NMIS (INMIS) not only characterizes the detailed shape of a containerized object by transmission tomography but determines the presence of fissile material by measuring the emitted radiation from induced fission. Previous work has shown that this type of imaging has a variety of applications other than nuclear material control and accountability (NMC&A). These include nonproliferation applications such as verification of configuration of nuclear weapons/components shipped or received, warhead authentication behind an information barrier, and traceability of weapons components both fissile and non fissile in dismantlement and counter terrorism. This paper concentrates on the use for NMC&A. Some of the NMC&A applications discussed are: verifying inventory and receipts, making more accurate holdup measurements especially where thicknesses of materials affect gamma ray spectrometry , determining the shape of unknown configurations of fissile materials where the material type may be known but not the form, determining the oxidation of fissile metal in storage cans, fingerprinting the content of storage containers going into a storage facility, and determining unknown configurations for criticality safety.

  7. Methodology for materials control and accounting information systems

    SciTech Connect

    Helman, P.; Strittmatter, R.B.

    1987-01-01

    Modern approaches to nuclear materials safeguards have significantly increased the data processing needs of safeguards information systems. Implementing these approaches will require developing efficient, cost-effective designs. Guided by database design research, we are developing a design methodology for distributed materials control and accounting (MC and A) information systems. The methodology considers four design parameters: network topology, allocation of data to nodes, high-level global processing strategy, and local file structures to optimize system performance. Characteristics of system performance that are optimized are response time for an operation, timeliness of data, validity of data, and reliability. The ultimate goal of the research is to develop a comprehensive computerized design tool specifically tailored to the design of MC and A systems.

  8. The Effects of Degraded Digital Instrumentation and Control Systems on Human-system Interfaces and Operator Performance: HFE Review Guidance and Technical Basis

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. M. OHara; G. Martinez-Guridi W. Gunther

    2010-01-01

    New and advanced reactors will use integrated digital instrumentation and control (I&C) systems to support operators in their monitoring and control functions. Even though digital systems are typically highly reliable, their potential for degradation or failure could significantly affect operator performance and, consequently, impact plant safety. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) supported this research project to investigate the effects

  9. The effects of infrared laser and medical treatments on pain and serotonin degradation products in patients with myofascial pain syndrome. A controlled trial

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yahya Ceylan; Sami Hizmetli; Yavuz Sili?

    2004-01-01

    In this controlled study of 46 patients with myofascial pain syndrome, we investigated the effects of infrared (IR) laser application to trigger points and medical treatment on pain reduction and serotonin and its degradation products. Retaining double-blind trial principles, the patients were randomly assigned to two groups. The treatment group received IR laser treatment, whereas the control group received sham

  10. Retinoblastoma protein co-purifies with proteasomal insulin-degrading enzyme: Implications for cell proliferation control

    SciTech Connect

    Radulescu, Razvan T., E-mail: ratura@gmx.net [Molecular Concepts Research (MCR), Muenster (Germany); Duckworth, William C. [Department of Medicine, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, AZ (United States)] [Department of Medicine, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, AZ (United States); Levy, Jennifer L. [Research Service, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, AZ (United States)] [Research Service, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, AZ (United States); Fawcett, Janet, E-mail: janet.fawcett@va.gov [Research Service, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, AZ (United States)] [Research Service, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, AZ (United States)

    2010-04-30

    Previous investigations on proteasomal preparations containing insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE; EC 3.4.24.56) have invariably yielded a co-purifying protein with a molecular weight of about 110 kDa. We have now found both in MCF-7 breast cancer and HepG2 hepatoma cells that this associated molecule is the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein (RB). Interestingly, the amount of RB in this protein complex seemed to be lower in HepG2 vs. MCF-7 cells, indicating a higher (cytoplasmic) protein turnover in the former vs. the latter cells. Moreover, immunofluorescence showed increased nuclear localization of RB in HepG2 vs. MCF-7 cells. Beyond these subtle differences between these distinct tumor cell types, our present study more generally suggests an interplay between RB and IDE within the proteasome that may have important growth-regulatory consequences.

  11. Experimental analysis of the material degradation of PET on a co-rotating twin-screw extruder for varying vacuum pressures

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    Herken, T.; Fecke, N.; Schöppner, V.

    2015-05-01

    Plastics, starting from inexpensive mass-produced articles to technical high-end applications, are being used in ever more areas of life. The main drivers are their flexible product properties and the resultant broad application possibilities. To be able to offer plastic products inexpensively and conserve the environment at the same time, more and more attention is being paid to plastics recycling. Polyethylene terephthalate - in short PET - is of particular significance here because of its frequent application in the film and packaging industry and its special material properties. The recycling of PET, however, can only be carried out a limited number of times because it's processing necessarily results in both thermal and mechanical stresses on the material. This is the basis for the reactions at molecular level, which result in a shortening of the molecule chains (material degradation) and exert a negative effect on the product properties. The aim of this study is to identify the factors that influence the material degradation of PET in twin-screw extrusion. To do this, various screw configurations and different speed and throughput conditions are examined in a series of experiments. Furthermore, material specimens are removed along the length of the screw in order to evaluate the influence of individual screw sections. By determining the intrinsic viscosity of the specimens, it is possible to measure the mean molecular weight and thus the material damage. Based on the test results, guidelines are drawn up for the compounding of PET so as to ensure as little damage as possible to the material.

  12. Methods of measurement for semiconductor materials, process control, and devices

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Bullis, W. M. (editor)

    1971-01-01

    The development of methods of measurement for semiconductor materials, process control, and devices is discussed. The following subjects are also presented: (1) demonstration of the high sensitivity of the infrared response technique by the identification of gold in a germanium diode, (2) verification that transient thermal response is significantly more sensitive to the presence of voids in die attachment than steady-state thermal resistance, and (3) development of equipment for determining susceptibility of transistors to hot spot formation by the current-gain technique.

  13. Hexapartite safeguards project team 3: material accounting and control questionnaire

    SciTech Connect

    Swindle, D.W. Jr.

    1981-06-16

    Information provided in this report reflects the current design and operating procedures for the GCEP. However, since the installation is currently under construction, facility design and operating procedures discussed in this report are subject to change. Where applicable, the responses are based on material control and accounting practices of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant's (GDP) operating contractor (Goodyear Atomic Corporation). These practices meet US Department of Energy (DOE) standards and are assumed to be the reference practices for the GCEP. This report covers data collection and record keeping actions of the operator.

  14. Methods of measurement for semiconductor materials, process control, and devices

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Bullis, W. M. (editor)

    1972-01-01

    Activities directed toward the development of methods of measurement for semiconductor materials, process control, and devices are described. Topics investigated include: measurements of transistor delay time; application of the infrared response technique to the study of radiation-damaged, lithium-drifted silicon detectors; and identification of a condition that minimizes wire flexure and reduces the failure rate of wire bonds in transistors and integrated circuits under slow thermal cycling conditions. Supplementary data concerning staff, standards committee activities, technical services, and publications are included as appendixes.

  15. The influence of basic filler materials on the degradation of amorphous D- and L-lactide copolymer

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. A. T. VAN DER MEER; J. R. DE WIJN; J. G. C. Wolke

    1996-01-01

    Composite films made of poly L\\/D copolymer and hydroxylapatite (HA) as filler material were made in two different volume percentages. As references pure copolymer films and composite films with magnesium oxide (MgO) were prepared to serve as strongly basic model filler material. All these materials were immersed in phosphate buffered saline to study the effect of filler materials on the

  16. Expert model process control of composite materials in a press

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Saliba, Tony E.; Quinter, Suzanne R.; Abrams, Frances L.

    An expert model for the control of the press processing of thermoset composite materials has been developed. The knowledge base written using the PC PLUS expert system shell was interfaced with models written in FORTRAN. The expert model, which is running on a single computer with a single processor, takes advantage of the symbol-crunching capability of LISP and the number crunching capability of FORTRAN. The Expert Model control system is a qualitative-quantitative process automation (QQPA) system since it includes both quantitative model-based and qualitative rule-based expert system operations. Various physical and mechanical properties were measured from panels processed using the two cycles. Using QQPA, processing time has been reduced significantly without altering product quality.

  17. Optimal Control of Magnetization Dynamics in Ferromagnetic Materials using TDDFT

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    Elliott, Peter; Krieger, Kevin; Gross, E. K. U.

    2015-03-01

    Recently intense laser-field induced ultrafast demagnetization was observed in ab-initio simulations using Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TDDFT) for various ferromagnetic materials (Fe,Co,Ni). From a practical and technological viewpoint, it is useful if the induced dynamics (e.g. of the total magnetic moment) are controllable. In this talk we apply optimal control theory together with TDDFT calculations to tailor the intense laser pulses so as to achieve a particular outcome (e.g. maximize the total moment lost) while also including any required constraints (e.g pulse duration, pulse frequencies, maximum fluence, etc). Support from European Communities FP7, through the CRONOS project Grant No. 280879.

  18. Controlled Chemistry Helium High Temperature Materials Test Loop

    SciTech Connect

    Richard N. WRight

    2005-08-01

    A system to test aging and environmental effects in flowing helium with impurity content representative of the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) has been designed and assembled. The system will be used to expose microstructure analysis coupons and mechanical test specimens for up to 5,000 hours in helium containing potentially oxidizing or carburizing impurities controlled to parts per million levels. Impurity levels in the flowing helium are controlled through a feedback mechanism based on gas chromatography measurements of the gas chemistry at the inlet and exit from a high temperature retort containing the test materials. Initial testing will focus on determining the nature and extent of combined aging and environmental effects on microstructure and elevated temperature mechanical properties of alloys proposed for structural applications in the NGNP, including Inconel 617 and Haynes 230.

  19. A Degrading Experience

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    Seba Sheavly

    2014-05-28

    In this activity, learners perform an experiment to learn about how different types of marine debris degrade and how weather and sunlight affect the rate of degradation. Learners discover that debris made from natural materials, while biodegradable, can still be considered pollutants and can still harm the marine environment.

  20. Tailored synthesis of intelligent polymer nanocapsules: an investigation of controlled permeability and pH-dependent degradability.

    PubMed

    Huang, Xin; Appelhans, Dietmar; Formanek, Petr; Simon, Frank; Voit, Brigitte

    2012-11-27

    In this study, we present a new route to synthesize an intelligent polymer nanocapsule with an ultrathin membrane based on surface-initiated reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer polymerization. The key concept of our report is to use pH-responsive polydiethylaminoethylmethacrylate as a main membrane-generating component and a degradable disulfide bond to cross-link the membrane. The permeability of membrane, tuned by adjusting pH and using different lengths of the cross-linkers, was proven by showing a dramatic swelling behavior of the nanocapsules with the longest cross-linker from 560 nm at pH 8.0 to 780 nm at pH 4.0. Also, due to the disulfide cross-linker, degradation of the capsules using GSH as reducing agent was achieved which is further significantly promoted at pH 4.0. Using a rather long-chain dithiol cross-linker, the synthesized nanocapsules demonstrated a good permeability allowing that an enzyme myoglobin can be postencapsulated, where the pH controlled enzyme activity by switching membrane permeability was also shown. PMID:23102500

  1. 49 CFR 195.559 - What coating material may I use for external corrosion control?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ...material may I use for external corrosion control? Coating material for external corrosion control under § 195.557...Be designed to mitigate corrosion of the buried or submerged...sufficient adhesion to the metal surface to prevent...

  2. 49 CFR 195.559 - What coating material may I use for external corrosion control?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ...material may I use for external corrosion control? Coating material for external corrosion control under § 195.557...Be designed to mitigate corrosion of the buried or submerged...sufficient adhesion to the metal surface to prevent...

  3. 49 CFR 195.559 - What coating material may I use for external corrosion control?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ...material may I use for external corrosion control? Coating material for external corrosion control under § 195.557...Be designed to mitigate corrosion of the buried or submerged...sufficient adhesion to the metal surface to prevent...

  4. 49 CFR 195.559 - What coating material may I use for external corrosion control?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ...material may I use for external corrosion control? Coating material for external corrosion control under § 195.557...Be designed to mitigate corrosion of the buried or submerged...sufficient adhesion to the metal surface to prevent...

  5. Materials and techniques for spacecraft static charge control

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Amore, L. J.; Eagles, A. E.

    1977-01-01

    An overview of the design, development, fabrication, and testing of transparent conductive coatings and conductive lattices deposited or formed on high resistivity spacecraft dielectric materials to obtain control static charge buildup on spacecraft external surfaces is presented. Fabrication techniques for the deposition of indium/tin oxide coatings and copper grid networks on Kapton and FEP Teflon films and special frit coatings for OSR and solar cell cover glasses are discussed. The techniques include sputtering, photoetching, silkscreening, and mechanical processes. A facility designed and built to simulate the electron plasma at geosynchronous altitudes is described along with test procedures. The results of material characterizations as well as electron irradiation aging effects in this facility for spacecraft polymers treated to control static charge are presented. The data presents results for electron beam energies up to 30 kV and electron current densities of 30 nA/cm squared. Parameters measured include secondary emission, surface leakage, and through the sample currents as a function of primary beam energy and voltage.

  6. REPETITIVE LEARNING OF BACKSTEPPING CONTROLLED NONLINEAR ELECTROHYDRAULIC MATERIAL TESTING SYSTEM1

    E-print Network

    Tsao, Tsu-Chin

    REPETITIVE LEARNING OF BACKSTEPPING CONTROLLED NONLINEAR ELECTROHYDRAULIC MATERIAL TESTING SYSTEM1 tracking performance. This approach is applied to an electrohydraulic material testing system, in which the material specimen present substantial nonlinear force and displacement relationship. It will be shown

  7. A testbed for advanced materials control and accounting concepts

    SciTech Connect

    Tisinger, R.M.

    1988-01-01

    Advanced concepts in materials control and accounting include distributed databases in a distributed process environment and on-line instrumentation. To test various ideas in this area, we developed a testbed consisting of three personal computers /PCs/ with several input devices and suitable software. The principal design aspects being tested include database structure, communication between various network nodes, database update on the host, speed of transaction processing, data input from on-line instrumentation, and a user-friendly interface with the operator. An IBM PC/XT at the local level is used to collect data using a barcode reader and balance in a mockup glove box. These represent typical examples of simple on-line instrumentation in nuclear material facilities. Manual input to the PC/XT is through a keyboard, a mouse, and a voice microphone. This PC/XT communicates with a host PC/AT that serves to post transactions for a process area or wing of a facility. A second PC/AT represents the central computer that collects data from several distributed nodes and maintains the central database for analysis and report generation. Custom software is called PC/DYMAC, a materials accounting package developed by Robert Bearse in cooperation with Argonne National Laboratory-West under the direction and funding of the Los Alamos Safeguards research and development program. It was developed using dBaseIII PLUS but was compiled with FoxBASE/plus/ under the Santa Cruz Operations XENIX operating system. 4 refs. 1 fig.

  8. Protein Degradation of RNA Polymerase II-Association Factor 1(PAF1) Is Controlled by CNOT4 and 26S Proteasome

    PubMed Central

    Sun, Hwa-Young; Kim, Nari; Hwang, Cheol-Sang; Yoo, Joo-Yeon

    2015-01-01

    The PAF complex (PAFc) participates in various steps of the transcriptional process, from initiation to termination, by interacting with and recruiting various proteins to the proper locus for each step. PAFc is an evolutionarily conserved, multi-protein complex comprising PAF1, CDC73, CTR9, LEO1, yRTF1 and, in humans, hSKI8. These components of PAFc work together, and their protein levels are closely interrelated. In the present study, we investigated the mechanism of PAF1 protein degradation. We found that PAF1 protein levels are negatively regulated by the expression of CNOT4, an ortholog of yNOT4 and a member of the CCR4-NOT complex. CNOT4 specifically controls PAF1 but not other components of PAFc at the protein level by regulating the polyubiquitination of PAF1 and its subsequent degradation by the 26S proteasome. The degradation of PAF1 was found to require nuclear localization, as no PAF1 degradation by CNOT4 and the 26S proteasome was observed with NLS (nucleus localization signal)-deficient PAF1 mutants. However, chromatin binding by PAF1 was not necessary for 26S proteasome- or CNOT4-mediated degradation. Our results suggest that CNOT4 controls the degradation of chromatin-unbound PAF1 via the 26S proteasome. PMID:25933433

  9. Iron gall ink-induced corrosion of cellulose: aging, degradation and stabilization. Part 2: application on historic sample material

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ute Henniges; Rebecca Reibke; Gerhard Banik; Enke Huhsmann; Ulrike Hähner; Thomas Prohaska; Antje Potthast

    2008-01-01

    Degradation of cellulose in historic paper by iron gall ink is a synergistic process of both, acid hydrolysis caused by acidic\\u000a ink ingredients and oxidation catalyzed by free iron and\\/or copper ions. The interplay of both reactions was studied according\\u000a to the CCOA method on historic paper samples. Only minute amounts (few mg) of the samples were required to obtain

  10. Modification of polystyrene and poly(vinyl chloride) for the purpose of obtaining packaging materials degradable in the natural environment

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Halina Kaczmarek; Ma?gorzata ?wi?tek; Alina Kami?ska

    2004-01-01

    For the purpose of increasing degradability of polystyrene (PS) and poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC), they were modified by means of introducing 1–5% addition of ketone (acetophenone or benzophenone). The influence of UV radiation on thin films of polymers modified in this way was studied. The changes in chemical structure of PS and PVC were studied using UV–vis and FTIR spectroscopy, the

  11. Long-term ageing and materials degradation of hybrid mica compressive seals for solid oxide fuel cells

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yeong-Shyung Chou; Jeffry W. Stevenson

    2009-01-01

    Hybrid phlogopite mica seals with silver interlayers were evaluated in long-term isothermal ageing tests in a dual environment consisting of dilute hydrogen versus air at 800°C. High-temperature leak tests with helium showed very stable leakage of 0.01–0.02sccmcm?1 for 28,366h under a low applied compressive stress of 82kPa (12psi). Post-mortem SEM and EDS analyses of the mica showed minimum degradation in

  12. Controlled doping of semiconducting titania nanosheets for tailored spinelectronic materials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Osada, Minoru; Yoguchi, Satoshi; Itose, Masayuki; Li, Bao-Wen; Ebina, Yasuo; Fukuda, Katsutoshi; Kotani, Yoshinori; Ono, Kanta; Ueda, Shigenori; Sasaki, Takayoshi

    2014-11-01

    Ti1-x-yFexCoyO2 nanosheets are synthesized in which the (Fe/Co) content is systematically controlled in the range of 0 <= x <= 0.4 and 0 <= y <= 0.2. A key feature of this new preparation is the use of (Li/Fe)-, (Fe/Co)- and (Li/Co)-co-substituted layered titanates as starting materials. In exfoliated nanosheets, the composition can be intentionally modified by controlled Fe/Co substitution into Ti sites during the solid-state synthesis of the starting layered compounds. The composition of the host layers is maintained in the subsequent exfoliation process, which is very helpful in the rational design of nanosheets through the use of controlled doping. Through this controlled doping, we achieve exquisite control of the electronic properties of Ti1-?O2 nanosheets, including the position of impurity bands, the Fermi energy and ferromagnetic properties. From photoelectron spectroscopy and first-principles studies, we have observed that the use of Fe/Co co-doping with higher Fe and Co oxidation states is necessary to bring the highest occupied Fe/Co impurity states to the Fermi level. This band engineering transforms the Ti1-x-yFexCoyO2 nanosheet into a room-temperature half-metallic ferromagnet, thus accomplishing the main requirements of future spinelectronics.Ti1-x-yFexCoyO2 nanosheets are synthesized in which the (Fe/Co) content is systematically controlled in the range of 0 <= x <= 0.4 and 0 <= y <= 0.2. A key feature of this new preparation is the use of (Li/Fe)-, (Fe/Co)- and (Li/Co)-co-substituted layered titanates as starting materials. In exfoliated nanosheets, the composition can be intentionally modified by controlled Fe/Co substitution into Ti sites during the solid-state synthesis of the starting layered compounds. The composition of the host layers is maintained in the subsequent exfoliation process, which is very helpful in the rational design of nanosheets through the use of controlled doping. Through this controlled doping, we achieve exquisite control of the electronic properties of Ti1-?O2 nanosheets, including the position of impurity bands, the Fermi energy and ferromagnetic properties. From photoelectron spectroscopy and first-principles studies, we have observed that the use of Fe/Co co-doping with higher Fe and Co oxidation states is necessary to bring the highest occupied Fe/Co impurity states to the Fermi level. This band engineering transforms the Ti1-x-yFexCoyO2 nanosheet into a room-temperature half-metallic ferromagnet, thus accomplishing the main requirements of future spinelectronics. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Details on XRD data, chemical analysis results, Raman spectra, UV-Visible absorption spectra for multilayer films, first-principles DFT calculations on the magnetic properties, resistivity vs. the reciprocal temperature of Ti0.75Fe0.1Co0.15O2. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr04465g

  13. Restoring a Degraded Rangeland: Using Fire and Herbivory to Control Opuntia Cacti Encroachment 

    E-print Network

    Sosa, Gabriela

    2011-02-22

    Innovative restoration strategies are critically needed in the South Texas Plains for controlling increased Opuntia cacti invasions. Using a replicated and randomized experimental study, I have examined the effects of fire seasonality and herbivory...

  14. 46 CFR 128.240 - Hydraulic or pneumatic power and control-materials and pressure design.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ...2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Hydraulic or pneumatic power and control-materials...Materials and Pressure Design § 128.240 Hydraulic or pneumatic power and control—materials...flanges, and standard valves) for hydraulic or pneumatic power and control...

  15. Modelling of hygro-thermal behaviour of concrete at high temperature with thermo-chemical and mechanical material degradation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. Gawin; F. Pesavento; B. A. Schrefler

    2003-01-01

    A mathematical model for analysis of hygro-thermal behaviour of concrete as a multi-phase porous material at high temperatures, accounting for material deterioration, is presented. Full development of the model equations, starting from the macroscopic balances of mass, energy and linear momentum of single constituents is presented. Constitutive relationships for concrete at high temperature, including those concerning material damage, are discussed.

  16. Environmental controls on fungal community composition and abundance over 3 years in native and degraded shrublands.

    PubMed

    Glinka, Clare; Hawkes, Christine V

    2014-11-01

    Soil fungal communities have high local diversity and turnover, but the relative contribution of environmental and regional drivers to those patterns remains poorly understood. Local factors that contribute to fungal diversity include soil properties and the plant community, but there is also evidence for regional dispersal limitation in some fungal communities. We used different plant communities with different soil conditions and experimental manipulations of both vegetation and dispersal to distinguish among these factors. Specifically, we compared native shrublands with former native shrublands that had been disturbed or converted to pasture, resulting in soils progressively more enriched in carbon and nutrients. We tested the role of vegetation via active removal, and we manipulated dispersal by adding living soil inoculum from undisturbed native sites. Soil fungi were tracked for 3 years, with samples taken at ten time points from June 2006 to June 2009. We found that soil fungal abundance, richness, and community composition responded primarily to soil properties, which in this case were a legacy of plant community degradation. In contrast, dispersal had no effect on soil fungi. Temporal variation in soil fungi was partly related to drought status, yet it was much broader in native sites compared to pastures, suggesting some buffering due to the increased soil resources in the pasture sites. The persistence of soil fungal communities over 3 years in this study suggests that soil properties can act as a strong local environmental filter. Largely persistent soil fungal communities also indicate the potential for strong biotic resistance and soil legacies, which presents a challenge for both the prediction of how fungi respond to environmental change and our ability to manipulate fungi in efforts such as ecosystem restoration. PMID:24935902

  17. Controlling the Casimir force via the electromagnetic properties of materials

    SciTech Connect

    Yang Yaping; Chen Hong [Department of Physics, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China); Zeng Ran [Department of Physics, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China); School of Telecommunication, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 300018 (China); Zhu Shiyao [Department of Physics, Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong); Zubairy, M. Suhail [Institute for Quantum Studies and Department of Physics, Texas A and M University, College Station, Texas 77843 (United States)

    2010-02-15

    The control of the Casimir force between two parallel plates can be achieved through adjusting the frequency-dependent electromagnetic properties of materials of the two plates. We show that, for different plate separations, the main contribution to the Casimir force comes from different frequency regions: For smaller (larger) separation, it comes from the higher (lower) frequency region. When the separation of the plates increases, the Casimir force can vary from attractive to repulsive and/or vice versa, by selecting the two plates with suitable electromagnetic properties. We discuss how a restoring Casimir force, which varies from repulsive to attractive by increasing the separation, can be realized and that the stable equilibrium is formed at zero Casimir force.

  18. Integrated safeguards & security for material protection, accounting, and control.

    SciTech Connect

    Duran, Felicia Angelica; Cipiti, Benjamin B.

    2009-10-01

    Traditional safeguards and security design for fuel cycle facilities is done separately and after the facility design is near completion. This can result in higher costs due to retrofits and redundant use of data. Future facilities will incorporate safeguards and security early in the design process and integrate the systems to make better use of plant data and strengthen both systems. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the integration of materials control and accounting (MC&A) measurements with physical security design for a nuclear reprocessing plant. Locations throughout the plant where data overlap occurs or where MC&A data could be a benefit were identified. This mapping is presented along with the methodology for including the additional data in existing probabilistic assessments to evaluate safeguards and security systems designs.

  19. Novel cost controlled materials and processing for primary structures

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Dastin, S. J.

    1993-01-01

    Textile laminates, developed a number of years ago, have recently been shown to be applicable to primary aircraft structures for both small and large components. Such structures have the potential to reduce acquisition costs but require advanced automated processing to keep costs controlled while verifying product reliability and assuring structural integrity, durability and affordable life-cycle costs. Recently, resin systems and graphite-reinforced woven shapes have been developed that have the potential for improved RTM processes for aircraft structures. Ciba-Geigy, Brochier Division has registered an RTM prepreg reinforcement called 'Injectex' that has shown effectivity for aircraft components. Other novel approaches discussed are thermotropic resins producing components by injection molding and ceramic polymers for long-duration hot structures. The potential of such materials and processing will be reviewed along with initial information/data available to date.

  20. Tubular structured hierarchical mesoporous titania material derived from natural cellulosic substances and application as photocatalyst for degradation of methylene blue

    SciTech Connect

    Huang, Haiqing [Key Laboratory of Radioactive Geology and Exploration Technology Fundamental Science for National Defense, East China Institute of Technology, Fuzhou, Jiangxi 344000 (China)] [Key Laboratory of Radioactive Geology and Exploration Technology Fundamental Science for National Defense, East China Institute of Technology, Fuzhou, Jiangxi 344000 (China); Liu, Xiaoyan [Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310027 (China)] [Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310027 (China); Huang, Jianguo, E-mail: jghuang@zju.edu.cn [Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310027 (China)] [Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310027 (China)

    2011-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Bio-inspired, tubular structured hierarchical mesoporous titania material with high photocatalytic activity under UV light was fabricated employing natural cellulosic substance (cotton) as hard template and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactant as soft template using a one-pot sol-gel method. Highlights: {yields} Tubular structured mesoporous titania material was fabricated by sol-gel method. {yields} The titania material faithfully recorded the hierarchical structure of the template substrate (cotton). {yields} The titania material exhibited high photocatalytic activity in decomposition of methylene blue. -- Abstract: Bio-inspired, tubular structured hierarchical mesoporous titania material was designed and fabricated employing natural cellulosic substance (cotton) as hard template and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactant as soft template by one-pot sol-gel method. The tubular structured hierarchical mesoporous titania material processes large specific surface area (40.23 m{sup 2}/g) and shows high photocatalytic activity in the photodegradation of methylene blue under UV light irradiation.

  1. Effects of Heating on Teflon(Registered Trademark) FEP Thermal Control Material from the Hubble Space Telescope

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    deGroh, Kim; Gaier, James R.; Hall, Rachelle L.; Norris, Mary Jo; Espe, Matthew P.; Cato, Daveen R.

    1999-01-01

    Metallized Teflon(Registered Trademark) FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene) thermal control material on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is degrading in the space environment. Teflon(Registered Trademark) FEP thermal control blankets (space-facing FEP) retrieved during the first servicing mission (SM1) were found to be embrittled on solar facing surfaces and contained microscopic cracks. During the second servicing mission (SM2) astronauts noticed that the FEP outer layer of the multi-layer insulation (MLI) covering the telescope was cracked in many locations around the telescope. Large cracks were observed on the light shield, forward shell and equipment bays. A tightly curled piece of cracked FEP from the light shield was retrieved during SM2 and was severely embrittled, as witnessed by ground testing. A Failure Review Board (FRB) was organized to determine the mechanism causing the MLI degradation. Density, x-ray crystallinity and solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analyses of FEP retrieved during SM1 were inconsistent with results of FEP retrieved during SM2. Because the retrieved SM2 material curled while in space, it experienced a higher temperature extreme during thermal cycling, estimated at 200 C, than the SM1 material, estimated at 50 C. An investigation on the effects of heating pristine and FEP exposed on HST was therefore conducted. Samples of pristine. SM1, and SM2 FEP were heated to 200 C and evaluated for changes in density and morphology. Elevated temperature exposure was found to have a major impact on the density of the retrieved materials. Characterization of polymer morphology of as-received and heated FEP samples by NMR provided results that were consistent with the density results. These findings have provided insight to the damage mechanisms of FEP in the space environment.

  2. Understanding and control of optical performance from ceramic materials

    SciTech Connect

    Barbour, J.C.; Knapp, J.A.; Potter, B.G.; Jennison, D.R.; Verdozzi, C.A.; Follstaedt, D.M. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Bendale, R.D.; Simmons, J.H. [Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL (United States). Materials Science and Engineering Dept.

    1998-06-01

    This report summarizes a two-year Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program to gain understanding and control of the important parameters which govern the optical performance of rare-earth (RE) doped ceramics. This LDRD developed the capability to determine stable atomic arrangements in RE doped alumina using local density functional theory, and to model the luminescence from RE-doped alumina using molecular dynamic simulations combined with crystal-field calculations. Local structural features for different phases of alumina were examined experimentally by comparing their photoluminescence spectra and the atomic arrangement of the amorphous phase was determined to be similar to that of the gamma phase. The luminescence lifetimes were correlated to these differences in the local structure. The design of both high and low-phonon energy host materials was demonstrated through the growth of Er-doped aluminum oxide and lanthanum oxide. Multicomponent structures of rare-earth doped telluride glass in an alumina and silica matrix were also prepared. Finally, the optical performance of Er-doped alumina was determined as a function of hydrogen content in the host matrix. This LDRD is the groundwork for future experimentation to understand the effects of ionizing radiation on the optical properties of RE-doped ceramic materials used in space and other radiation environments.

  3. Mechanisms of polymer degradation and erosion

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Achim Göpferich

    1996-01-01

    The most important features of the degradation and erosion of degradable polymers in vitro are discussed. Parameters of chemical degradation, which is the scission of the polymer backbone, are described such as the type of polymer bond, pH and copolymer composition. Examples are given how these parameters can be used to control degradation rates. Degradation leads finally to polymer erosion,

  4. Probabilistic material strength degradation model for Inconel 718 components subjected to high temperature, mechanical fatigue, creep and thermal fatigue effects. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Bast, C.C.S.

    1994-03-01

    This thesis presents the on-going development of methodology for a probabilistic material strength degradation model. The probabilistic model, in the form of a postulated randomized multifactor equation, provides for quantification of uncertainty in the lifetime material strength of aerospace propulsion system components subjected to a number of diverse random effects. This model is embodied in the computer program entitled PROMISS, which can include up to eighteen different effects. Presently, the model includes four effects that typically reduce lifetime strength: high temperature, mechanical fatigue, creep, and thermal fatigue. Statistical analysis was conducted on experimental Inconel 718 data obtained from the open literature. This analysis provided regression parameters for use as the model's empirical material constants, thus calibrating the model specifically for Inconel 718. Model calibration was carried out for four variables, namely, high temperature, mechanical fatigue, creep, and thermal fatigue. Methodology to estimate standard deviations of these material constants for input into the probabilistic material strength model was developed. Using the current version of PROMISS, entitled PROMISS93, a sensitivity study for the combined effects of mechanical fatigue, creep, and thermal fatigue was performed. Results, in the form of cumulative distribution functions, illustrated the sensitivity of lifetime strength to any current value of an effect. In addition, verification studies comparing a combination of mechanical fatigue and high temperature effects by model to the combination by experiment were conducted. Thus, for Inconel 718, the basic model assumption of independence between effects was evaluated. Results from this limited verification study strongly supported this assumption.

  5. Degradation mode survey candidate titanium-base alloys for Yucca Mountain project waste package materials. Revision 1

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Gdowski

    1997-01-01

    The Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project (YMP) is evaluating materials from which to fabricate high-level nuclear waste containers (hereafter called waste packages) for the potential repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Because of their very good corrosion resistance in aqueous environments titanium alloys are considered for container materials. Consideration of titanium alloys is understandable since about one-third (in 1978) of all

  6. Corrosion and degradation of test materials in the Westinghouse 15 ton\\/day Coal Gasification Process Development Unit

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yurkewycz

    1985-01-01

    Two periods of in-plant exposures of candidate materials in the Westinghouse PDU have been completed. Coupons were exposed in the gasifier, hot-gas cyclone, quench scrubber, and gas cooler vessels. Corrosion monitoring of test materials is currently being conducted in the Westinghouse Coal Gasification Process Development Unit (PDU) coal gasification pilot plant. The corrosion data presented are from work during 1981

  7. Radiative property degradation of water impinging on thermally-controlled surfaces under space conditions.

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Maples, D.; Spiller, M. H.; Maples, G.

    1973-01-01

    Review of the results of an investigation aimed at determining experimentally the directional monochromatic reflectance changes caused under high-vacuum space conditions by a water spray impinging on thermally controlled surfaces consisting of three paint specimens (Z93, S13G, and 92-007) and an aluminum foil. The first two paints and the aluminum foil suffered considerable physical damage, but only small changes resulted in the reflectance of the paints while the reflectance of the aluminum foil decreased with increase in exposure time to the water jet. Only the 92-007 Dow Corning paint retained the same physical and reflective characteristics.

  8. Testing to determine the vacuum-ultraviolet degradation rate of thermal control coatings

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Gilligan, J. E.

    1972-01-01

    Samples of S-13G that had been exposed to the salt air environment of Cape Kennedy, Florida were irradiated with simulated solar ultraviolet radiation after various cleaning treatments. In both of the the tests conducted two of the salt air exposed samples were not cleaned, two were lightly cleaned with water and detergent (i.e. rinsed), and two were vigorously scrubbed. Several other white thermal control coatings were also irradiated. The solar absorptance values of these coatings before and as a result of the ultraviolet irradiation are reported for exposure levels up to approximately 2000 ESH.

  9. Caspase-11 Controls Interleukin-1? Release through Degradation of TRPC1

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    Py, Bénédicte F.; Jin, Mingzhi; Desai, Bimal N.; Penumaka, Anirudh; Zhu, Hong; Kober, Maike; Dietrich, Alexander; Lipinski, Marta M.; Henry, Thomas; Clapham, David E.; Yuan, Junying

    2014-01-01

    SUMMARY Caspase-11 is a highly inducible caspase that controls both inflammatory responses and cell death. Caspase-11 controls interleukin 1? (IL-1?) secretion by potentiating caspase-1 activation and induces caspase-1-independent pyroptosis downstream of noncanonical NLRP3 inflammasome activators such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and Gram-negative bacteria. However, we still know very little about the downstream mechanism of caspase-11 in regulating inflammation because the known substrates of caspase-11 are only other caspases. Here, we identify the cationic channel subunit transient receptor potential channel 1 (TRPC1) as a substrate of caspase-11. TRPC1 deficiency increases the secretion of IL-1? without modulating caspase-1 cleavage or cell death in cultured macrophages. Consistently, trpc1?/? mice show higher IL-1? secretion in the sepsis model of intraperitoneal LPS injection. Altogether, our data suggest that caspase-11 modulates the cationic channel composition of the cell and thus regulates the unconventional secretion pathway in a manner independent of caspase-1. PMID:24630989

  10. How early studies on secreted and membrane protein quality control gave rise to the ER associated degradation (ERAD) pathway: The early history of ERAD

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    Needham, Patrick G.; Brodsky, Jeffrey L.

    2013-01-01

    All newly synthesized proteins are subject to quality control check-points, which prevent aberrant polypeptides from harming the cell. For proteins that ultimately reside in the cytoplasm, components that also reside in the cytoplasm were known for many years to mediate quality control. Early biochemical and genetic data indicated that misfolded proteins were selected by molecular chaperones and then targeted to the proteasome (in eukaryotes) or to proteasome-like particles (in bacteria) for degradation. What was less clear was how secreted and integral membrane proteins, which in eukaryotes enter the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), were subject to quality control decisions. In this review, we highlight early studies that ultimately led to the discovery that secreted and integral membrane proteins also utilize several components that constitute the cytoplasmic quality machinery. This component of the cellular quality control pathway is known as ER associated degradation, or ERAD. PMID:23557783

  11. Stability control of valerian ground material and extracts: a new HPLC-method for the routine quantification of valerenic acids and lignans.

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    Goppel, M; Franz, G

    2004-06-01

    A new HPLC-method for the separation of medium polar and nonpolar compounds in preparations of Valeriana officinalis was established for stability control. Powdered valerian root and a commercial ethanolic valerian extract were investigated for apparent differences in stability behaviour. Storage conditions were chosen according to the ICH-guidelines. Changes in composition of valerenic acids and lignans were observed depending on storage conditions and packaging materials. Hydroxyvalerenic acid, pinoresinol and hydroxypinoresinol were identified as degradation products in Valerian root, especially during accelerated testing. Ethanolic extracts appeared not to be as sensitive for chemical degradation under climatic influences compared to the crude plant material, and showed no increase in the amounts of lignan-aglyka. In comparison, extracts showed high sensitivity on changes of physical properties like loss on drying and viscosity. PMID:15248459

  12. Long-term ageing and materials degradation of hybrid mica compressive seals for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Chou, Y. S.; Stevenson, Jeffry W.

    2009-06-15

    Hybrid phlogopite mica seals with silver interlayers were evaluated in long term isothermal ageing tests in a dual environment consisting of dilute hydrogen vs. air at 800 degrees C. High-temperature leak tests with helium showed very stable leakage of 0.01-0.02 sccm/cm for 28366 hrs under a low applied compressive stress of 82 kPa (12 psi). Post-mortem SEM and EDS analyses of the mica showed minimum degradation in terms of changes in microstructure and chemical composition, although there appeared to be some Ag migration and segregation at interstices between mica flakes. Fluorine was also found to be released from mica. Overall, the low, constant leakage through the hybrid mica/Ag seals clearly demonstrated a very promising candidate for SOFC sealing.

  13. Evaluation of Low Earth Orbit Environmental Effects on International Space Station Thermal Control Materials

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    Dever, Joyce A.; Rutledge, Sharon K.; Hasegawa, Mark M.; Reed, Charles K.

    1998-01-01

    Samples of International Space Station (ISS) thermal control coatings were exposed to simulated low Earth orbit (LEO) environmental conditions to determine effects on optical properties. In one test, samples of the white paint coating Z-93P were coated with outgassed products from Tefzel(R) (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene copolymer) power cable insulation as-may occur on ISS. These samples were then exposed, along with an uncontaminated Z-93P witness sample, to vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation to determine solar absorptance degradation. The Z-93P samples coated with Tefzel(R) outgassing products experienced greater increases in solar absorptance than witness samples not coated with Tefzel(R) outgassing products. In another test, samples of second surface silvered Teflon(R) FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), SiO. (where x=2)-coated silvered Teflon(R) FEP, and Z-93P witness samples were exposed to the combined environments of atomic oxygen and VLTV radiation to determine optical properties changes due to these simulated ISS environmental effects. This test verified the durability of these materials in the absence of contaminants.

  14. Radiation Induced Degradation of the White Thermal Control Paints Z-93 and Z-93P

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    Edwards, D. L.; Zwiener, J. M.; Wertz, G. E.; Vaughn, J. A.; Kamenetzky, R. R.; Finckenor, M. M.; Meshishnek, M. J.

    1996-01-01

    This paper details a comparison analysis of the zinc oxide pigmented white thermal control paints Z-93 and Z-93P. Both paints were simultaneously exposed to combined space environmental effects and analyzed using an in-vacuo reflectance technique. The dose applied to the paints was approximately equivalent to 5 years in a geosynchronous orbit. This comparison analysis showed that Z-93P is an acceptable substitute for Z-93. Irradiated samples of Z-93 and Z-93P were subjected to additional exposures of ultraviolet (UV) radiation and analyzed using the in-vacuo reflectance technique to investigate UV activated reflectance recovery. Both samples showed minimal UV activated reflectance recovery after an additional 190 equivalent sun hour (ESH) exposure. Reflectance response utilizing nitrogen as a repressurizing gas instead of air was also investigated. This investigation found the rates of reflectance recovery when repressurized with nitrogen are slower than when repressurized with air.

  15. Herbivory-associated degradation of tomato trichomes and its impact on biological control of Aculops lycopersici.

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    van Houten, Y M; Glas, J J; Hoogerbrugge, H; Rothe, J; Bolckmans, K J F; Simoni, S; van Arkel, J; Alba, J M; Kant, M R; Sabelis, M W

    2013-06-01

    Tomato plants have their leaves, petioles and stems covered with glandular trichomes that protect the plant against two-spotted spider mites and many other herbivorous arthropods, but also hinder searching by phytoseiid mites and other natural enemies of these herbivores. This trichome cover creates competitor-free and enemy-free space for the tomato russet mite (TRM) Aculops lycopersici (Acari: Eriophyidae), being so minute that it can seek refuge and feed inbetween the glandular trichomes on tomato cultivars currently used in practice. Indeed, several species of predatory mites tested for biological control of TRM have been reported to feed and reproduce when offered TRM as prey in laboratory experiments, yet in practice these predator species appeared to be unable to prevent TRM outbreaks. Using the phytoseiid mite, Amblydromalus limonicus, we found exactly the same, but also obtained evidence for successful establishment of a population of this predatory mite on whole plants that had been previously infested with TRM. This successful establishment may be explained by our observation that the defensive barrier of glandular plant trichomes is literally dropped some time after TRM infestation of the tomato plants: the glandular trichome heads first rapidly develop a brownish discoloration after which they dry out and fall over onto the plant surface. Wherever TRM triggered this response, predatory mites were able to successfully establish a population. Nevertheless, biological control was still unsuccessful because trichome deterioration in TRM-infested areas takes a couple of days to take effect and because it is not a systemic response in the plant, thereby enabling TRM to seek temporary refuge from predation in pest-free trichome-dense areas which continue to be formed while the plant grows. We formulate a hypothesis unifying these observations into one framework with an explicit set of assumptions and predictions to be tested in future experiments. PMID:23238958

  16. Diffusion of soluble factors through degradable polymer nerve guides: Controlling manufacturing parameters.

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    Kokai, Lauren E; Lin, Yen-Chih; Oyster, Nicholas M; Marra, Kacey G

    2009-09-01

    Nerve guides are cylindrical conduits of either biologically based or synthetic materials that are used to bridge nerve defects. While it is well known that a critical aspect of nerve regeneration is the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the surviving nerve tissue, several guide parameters that determine the permeability of nerve guides to nutrients are often overlooked. We have reproducibly manufactured poly(caprolactone) (PCL) nerve guides of tailored porosity percentage, wall thickness and pore diameter through a dip-coating/salt-leaching technique. In this study, these three parameters were varied to measure the response of glucose and lysozyme diffusion through the guide wall. In addition, nerve guide permeability following protein fouling studies was examined. Based on the results from this study, it was determined that at high porosity percentages (80%), decreasing the pore diameter (10-38microm) was a measurable method of decreasing the lysozyme permeability of PCL nerve guides while not creating a loss of glucose permeability. PCL fouling studies were used to fine-tune the desirable nerve guide wall thickness. Results indicated that nerve guides 0.6mm thick decreased the loss of lysozyme to almost 10% without significantly diminishing glucose (nutrient) permeability. These results will be utilized to optimize nerve guide parameters for future in vivo applications. PMID:19369123

  17. Material uncertainty effect on vibration control of smart composite plate using polynomial chaos expansion

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    K. Umesh; Ranjan Ganguli

    2012-01-01

    Polynomial Chaos Expansion with Latin Hypercube sampling is used to study the effect of material uncertainty on vibration control of a smart composite plate with piezoelectric sensors\\/actuators. Composite material properties and piezoelectric coefficients are considered as independent and normally distributed random variables. Numerical results show substantial variation in structural dynamic response due to material uncertainty of active vibration control system.

  18. Studies in a Fixed-Bed Photocatalytic Reactor System Using Natural Materials for Degradation of a Dye Contaminant in Water

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    P. Esparza; M. E. Borges; L. Díaz

    2011-01-01

    A fixed-bed photocatalytic reactor equipped with a cylindrical parabolic light concentrator was studied to remove organic\\u000a dyes from water using natural volcanic ashes particles and nanostructured titania supported on volcanic ashes as photocatalytic\\u000a materials. The influences of flow rate, photocatalyst and photocatalytic material adsorption capacity were studied. A fixed-bed\\u000a photocatalytic reactor was designed and built in the laboratory; a methylene

  19. Survey of degradation modes of candidate materials for high-level radioactive-waste disposal containers; Overview

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    J. C. Farmer; R. D. McCright; J. N. Kass

    1988-01-01

    Three iron- to nickel-based austenitic alloys and three copper-based alloys are being considered as candidate materials for the fabrication of high-level radioactive-waste disposal containers. The austenitic alloys are Types 304L and 316L stainless steels and the high-nickel material Alloy 825. The copper-based alloys are CDA 102 (oxygen-free copper), CDA 613 (Cu-7Al), and CDA 715 (Cu-30Ni). Waste in the forms of

  20. Performance of thermal control tape in the protection of composite materials to space environmental exposure

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    Kamenetzky, R. R.; Whitaker, A. F.

    1992-01-01

    Thermal control tape flown on the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) experiment A0171 has shown to be effective in protecting epoxy fiberglass composites from atomic oxygen and ultraviolet degradation. The tape adhesive performed well. The aluminum, however, appeared to have become embrittled by the 5.8 years of space radiation exposure.

  1. 10 CFR 74.51 - Nuclear material control and accounting for strategic special nuclear material.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ...accounting for strategic special nuclear material. (a) General performance...kilograms of strategic special nuclear material (SSNM) and to use such material at any site, other than a nuclear reactor licensed pursuant to...

  2. 10 CFR 74.51 - Nuclear material control and accounting for strategic special nuclear material.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ...accounting for strategic special nuclear material. (a) General performance...kilograms of strategic special nuclear material (SSNM) and to use such material at any site, other than a nuclear reactor licensed pursuant to...

  3. 10 CFR 74.51 - Nuclear material control and accounting for strategic special nuclear material.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ...accounting for strategic special nuclear material. (a) General performance...kilograms of strategic special nuclear material (SSNM) and to use such material at any site, other than a nuclear reactor licensed pursuant to...

  4. 10 CFR 74.51 - Nuclear material control and accounting for strategic special nuclear material.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ...accounting for strategic special nuclear material. (a) General performance...kilograms of strategic special nuclear material (SSNM) and to use such material at any site, other than a nuclear reactor licensed pursuant to...

  5. 10 CFR 74.51 - Nuclear material control and accounting for strategic special nuclear material.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ...accounting for strategic special nuclear material. (a) General performance...kilograms of strategic special nuclear material (SSNM) and to use such material at any site, other than a nuclear reactor licensed pursuant to...

  6. Surface modification and controlled assembly of molecular materials

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    Prest, Peggy-Jean

    1999-12-01

    Organic materials were prepared to gain an understanding of how to control the surface and bulk properties of molecular materials. Surfaces were modified by growing thin films of electronically relevant phenylene vinylene hyperbranched polymers from silicon using the Heck reaction with triiodobenzene and divinylbenzene monomers. Hyperbranched polymers enabled continued film growth regardless of random chain termination. Films were grown by reacting one monomer with the surface at a time and washing the unreacted monomer away. Films grown from patterned surfaces indicated monomers reacted with chemisorbed initiator molecules on the surface and did not physisorb onto unpatterned regions. Films were characterized using XPS, ellipsometry, SEM, and AFM. Bulk organization of molecular materials was studied using oligomers and single crystals. A series of oligo(m-phenylene ethynylene)s having triethylene glycol ester-linked side chains were studied with regard to their supramolecular organization in the solid-state. Small angle X-ray diffraction indicated that the oligomers with a chain length of eight or more monomers organized longitudinally with a d-spacing linearly dependent on the chain length, suggestive of lamellar packing. This is in contrast to the helical conformation observed in acetonitrile. Single crystal molecular organization was investigated using coordination network crystals. Crystals that had molecules arranged as chains, such as catena-poly[dicyanobenzene-silver(I)]-triflate, were exposed to inhibitors specifically designed to bind at the growing surface. It was found that inhibitors had qualitative effects on the morphology and on the surface composition of the crystals and that the surface and bulk properties had potential to be modified independently. Copper-pyridine crystals were studied to determine how the steric bulk on pyridine influenced the pyridine coordination to copper. It was found that as the steric bulk of the pyridine increased, the probability that all the copper coordination sites were occupied with pyridine decreased, and that solvent molecules and ancillary ligands also coordinated to copper. A single crystal of 4'-undecyloxy-4-biphenyl carbonitrile revealed that the molecules in the crystalline form had similar organization as the molecules in the smectic phase.

  7. Materials Testing and Quality Control Soils, 3-28. Military Curriculum Materials for Vocational and Technical Education.

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    Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.

    This instructional package on material testing and quality control of soils has been adapted from military curriculum materials for use in technical and vocational education programs. This short course presents basic information on soils as well as exploration, field identification, and laboratory procedures that will enable students completing…

  8. Degraded expression of learned feedforward control in movements released by startle.

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    Wright, Zachary A; Carlsen, Anthony N; MacKinnon, Colum D; Patton, James L

    2015-08-01

    Recent work has shown that preplanned motor programs can be rapidly released via fast conducting pathways using a startling acoustic stimulus. Our question was whether the startle-elicited response might also release a recently learned internal model, which draws on experience to predict and compensate for expected perturbations in a feedforward manner. Our initial investigation using adaptation to robotically produced forces showed some evidence of this, but the results were potentially confounded by co-contraction caused by startle. In this study, we eliminated this confound by asking subjects to make reaching movements in the presence of a visual distortion. Results show that a startle stimulus (1) decreased performance of the recently learned task and (2) reduced after-effect magnitude. Since the recall of learned control was reduced, but not eliminated during startle trials, we suggest that multiple neural centers (cortical and subcortical) are involved in such learning and adaptation. These findings have implications for motor training in areas such as piloting, teleoperation, sports, and rehabilitation. PMID:26105751

  9. Control of meta-cleavage degradation of 4-hydroxyphenylacetate in Pseudomonas putida.

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    Barbour, M G; Bayly, R C

    1981-01-01

    Synthesis of enzymes of the 4-hydroxyphenylacetate meta-cleavage pathway was studied in Pseudomonas putida wild-type strain P23X1 (NCIB 9865) and mutant strains which had either structural or regulatory gene mutations. Induction studies with mutant strains each defective in an enzyme of the pathway showed that 4-hydroxyphenylacetate induced the hydroxylase and that 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetate induced the 2,3-oxygenase, aldehyde dehydrogenase, isomerase, decarboxylase, and hydratase. This showed that the hydroxylase structural gene does not exist in an operon that contains any other structural gene of this meta pathway. Studies of mutant strains that synthesized constitutively the 2,3-oxygenase and subsequent enzymes suggested that the regulation of synthesis of these enzymes was coincident, and, in such strains, the hydroxylase was inducible only. Observations made with a putative polarity mutant that lacked 2,3-oxygenase activity suggested that the structural genes encoding this enzyme and subsequent enzymes of the pathway exist in the same operon. Studies of a regulatory mutant strain that was defective in the induction of the 2,3-oxygenase and subsequent enzymes suggest that the 2,3-oxygenase operon is under positive control. PMID:6895079

  10. Application of -Synthesis based H-Control for Adaptive Optics in Laser Material Processing

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    Knobloch,Jürgen

    Application of µ-Synthesis based H-Control for Adaptive Optics in Laser Material Processing Steffen Mauch1 and Johann Reger1 Abstract-- An adaptive optics system is used for the con- trolled attenuation-- adaptive optics, robust control, H-control, material processing, µ-synthesis I. INTRODUCTION As the costs

  11. Insights Developed Into the Damage Mechanism of Teflon FEP Thermal Control Material on the Hubble Space Telescope

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    deGroh, Kim K.; Gaier, James R.; Hall, Rachelle L.; Norris, mary Jo; Espe, Matthew P.; Cato, Daveen R.

    2000-01-01

    Metalized Teflon FEP (DuPont; fluorinated ethylene propylene) thermal control material on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has been found to degrade in the space environment. Teflon FEP thermal control blankets retrieved during the first servicing mission were found to be embrittled on solar-facing surfaces and to contain microscopic cracks (the FEP surface is exposed to the space environment). During the second servicing mission, astronauts noticed that the FEP outer layer of the multilayer insulation blanketing covering the telescope was cracked in many locations. Large cracks were observed on the light shield, forward shell, and equipment bays. A tightly curled piece of cracked FEP from the light shield was retrieved during the second mission. This piece was severely embrittled, as witnessed by ground testing. A Failure Review Board was organized by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to determine the mechanism causing the multilayer insulation degradation. This board included members of the Electro-Physics Branch of the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field. Density measurements of the retrieved materials obtained under the review board's investigations indicated that FEP from the first servicing mission was essentially unchanged from pristine FEP but that the second servicing mission FEP had increased in density in comparison to pristine FEP (ref. 1). The results were consistent with crystallinity measurements taken using x-ray diffraction and with results from solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance tests (see the table and ref. 1). Because the second servicing mission FEP was embrittled and its density and crystallinity had increased in comparison to pristine FEP, board researchers expected that the first servicing mission FEP, which was also embrittled, would also have increased in crystallinity and density, but it did not. Because the retrieved second servicing mission material curled while in space, it experienced a higher temperature extreme during thermal cycling (estimated at 200 C) than the first servicing mission material (estimated at 50 C). Therefore, Glenn initiated and conducted an investigation of the effects of heating pristine FEP and FEP that had been exposed on the Hubble Space Telescope. Samples of pristine and first and second servicing mission FEP were heated to 200 C and evaluated for changes in density and morphology. We hoped that the results would help explain why FEP degrades in the Hubble Space Telescope space environment.

  12. Water Chemistry Control System for Recovery of Damaged and Degraded Spent Fuel

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    Sindelar, R.; Fisher, D.; Thomas, J.

    2011-02-18

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the government of Serbia have led the project cosponsored by the U.S, Russia, European Commission, and others to repackage and repatriate approximately 8000 spent fuel elements from the RA reactor fuel storage basins at the VIN?A Institute of Nuclear Sciences to Russia for reprocessing. The repackaging and transportation activities were implemented by a Russian consortium which includes the Sosny Company, Tekhsnabeksport (TENEX) and Mayak Production Association. High activity of the water of the fuel storage basin posed serious risk and challenges to the fuel removal from storage containers and repackaging for transportation. The risk centered on personnel exposure, even above the basin water, due to the high water activity levels caused by Cs-137 leached from fuel elements with failed cladding. A team of engineers from the U.S. DOE-NNSA's Global Threat Reduction Initiative, the Vinca Institute, and the IAEA performed the design, development, and deployment of a compact underwater water chemistry control system (WCCS) to remove the Cs-137 from the basin water and enable personnel safety above the basin water for repackaging operations. Key elements of the WCCS system included filters, multiple columns containing an inorganic sorbent, submersible pumps and flow meters. All system components were designed to be remotely serviceable and replaceable. The system was assembled and successfully deployed at the Vinca basin to support the fuel removal and repackaging activities. Following the successful operations, the Cs-137 is now safely contained and consolidated on the zeolite sorbent used in the columns of the WCCS, and the fuel has been removed from the basins. This paper reviews the functional requirements, design, and deployment of the WCCS.

  13. Criteria for Determination of Material Control and Accountability System Effectiveness

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    John Wright

    2008-03-01

    The Nevada Test Site (NTS) is a test bed for implementation of the Safeguards First Principles Initiative (SFPI), a risk-based approach to Material Control & Accountability (MC&A) requirements. The Comprehensive Assessment of Safeguards Strategies (COMPASS) model is used to determine the effectiveness of MC&A systems under SFPI. Under this model, MC&A is divided into nine primary elements. Each element is divided into sub-elements. Then each sub-element is assigned two values, effectiveness and contribution, that are used to calculate the rating. Effectiveness is a measure of subelement implementation and how well it meets requirements. Contribution is a relative measure of the importance, and functions as a weighting factor. The COMPASS model provides the methodology for calculation of sub-element and element ratings, but not the actual criteria. Each site must develop its own criteria. For the rating to be meaningful, the effectiveness criteria must be objective and based on explicit, measurable criteria. Contribution (weights) must reflect the importance within the MC&A program. This paper details the NTS approach to system effectiveness and contribution values, and will cover the following: the basis for the ratings, an explanation of the contribution “weights,” and the objective, performance based effectiveness criteria. Finally, the evaluation process will be described.

  14. Application of telerobotic control to remote processing of nuclear material

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    Merrill, R.D.; Grasz, E.L.; Herget, C.J.; Gavel, D.T.; Addis, R.B.; DeMinico, G.A.

    1991-07-08

    In processing radioactive material there are certain steps which have customarily required operators working at glove box enclosures. This can subject the operators to low level radiation dosages and the risk of accidental contamination, as well as generate significant radioactive waste to accommodate the human interaction. An automated system is being developed to replace the operator at the glove box and thus remove the human from these risks, and minimize waste. Although most of the processing can be automated with very little human operator interaction, there are some tasks where intelligent intervention is necessary to adapt to unexpected circumstances and events. These activities will require that the operator be able to interact with the process using a remote manipulator in a manner as natural as if the operator were actually in the work cell. This robot-based remote manipulation system, or telerobot, must provide the operator with an effective means of controlling the robot arm, gripper and tools. This paper describes the effort in progress in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to achieve this capability. 8 refs.

  15. Investigation of CH3NH3PbI3 degradation rates and mechanisms in controlled humidity environments using in situ techniques.

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    Yang, Jinli; Siempelkamp, Braden D; Liu, Dianyi; Kelly, Timothy L

    2015-02-24

    Perovskite solar cells have rapidly advanced to the forefront of solution-processable photovoltaic devices, but the CH3NH3PbI3 semiconductor decomposes rapidly in moist air, limiting their commercial utility. In this work, we report a quantitative and systematic investigation of perovskite degradation processes. By carefully controlling the relative humidity of an environmental chamber and using in situ absorption spectroscopy and in situ grazing incidence X-ray diffraction to monitor phase changes in perovskite degradation process, we demonstrate the formation of a hydrated intermediate containing isolated PbI6(4-) octahedra as the first step of the degradation mechanism. We also show that the identity of the hole transport layer can have a dramatic impact on the stability of the underlying perovskite film, suggesting a route toward perovskite solar cells with long device lifetimes and a resistance to humidity. PMID:25635696

  16. A test and instrumentation system for the investigation of degradation of electrical insulating materials. [on spacecraft solar cell arrays

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    Doreswamy, C. V.

    1981-01-01

    A comprehensive test apparatus has been developed for the evaluation of the effects of thermal cycling, high temperatures and high electric fields on the quality and stability of electrical insulating materials used in spacecraft systems. The system includes a test chamber in which the specimen can be subjected to thermal and electrical stresses encountered in the space environment (temperatures from -50 to 200 C and voltages from 0 to 10 kV rms, respectively) simultaneously. The system instrumentation includes provisions for the measurement of the change in capacitance, the thermal dissipation factor of the material, and complex dielectric constants with changes in temperature, corona intensity and voltages at frequencies from 22 kHz to 70 MHz, as well as the volume and surface resistivities of the materials.

  17. How do polymers degrade?

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    Lyu, Suping

    2011-03-01

    Materials derived from agricultural products such as cellulose, starch, polylactide, etc. are more sustainable and environmentally benign than those derived from petroleum. However, applications of these polymers are limited by their processing properties, chemical and thermal stabilities. For example, polyethylene terephthalate fabrics last for many years under normal use conditions, but polylactide fabrics cannot due to chemical degradation. There are two primary mechanisms through which these polymers degrade: via hydrolysis and via oxidation. Both of these two mechanisms are related to combined factors such as monomer chemistry, chain configuration, chain mobility, crystallinity, and permeation to water and oxygen, and product geometry. In this talk, we will discuss how these materials degrade and how the degradation depends on these factors under application conditions. Both experimental studies and mathematical modeling will be presented.

  18. Glucocorticoid control of rat growth hormone gene expression: Effect on cytoplasmic messenger ribonucleic acid production and degradation

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    Gertz, B.J.; Gardner, D.G.; Baxter, J.D. (Univ. of California, San Francisco (USA))

    1987-12-01

    The effect of the glucocorticoid dexamethasone on the production and degradation of rat GH (rGH) cytoplasmic mRNA was studied in cultured rat pituitary tumor (GC) cells. The incorporation of (3H)uridine into both rGH cytoplasmic mRNA and the pyrimidine nucleotide precursor pool was determined in hormone-treated and control cells. From these measurements glucocorticoid effects on absolute production rates of rGH cytoplasmic mRNA were determined and compared to effects on rGH mRNA accumulation. Rat GH mRNA half-life was then calculated based on a first-order decay model. Rat GH mRNA half-life was also directly assayed by: (1) pulse-chase studies and (2) measuring the kinetics of decay of rGH mRNA in cells after transfer from serum-containing to hormone-deficient media. From these independent analyses rGH mRNA half-life estimates ranged from 28-55 h in different experiments. Within individual experiments there was little variability of rGH mRNA decay rates; glucocorticoids were found not to alter the stability of rGH cytoplasmic mRNA. Glucocorticoid induction of rGH cytoplasmic mRNA accumulation was accounted for solely on the basis of increased mRNA production.

  19. Windpipe Controls Drosophila Intestinal Homeostasis by Regulating JAK/STAT Pathway via Promoting Receptor Endocytosis and Lysosomal Degradation.

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    Ren, Wenyan; Zhang, Yan; Li, Min; Wu, Longfei; Wang, Guolun; Baeg, Gyeong-Hun; You, Jia; Li, Zhouhua; Lin, Xinhua

    2015-04-01

    The adult intestinal homeostasis is tightly controlled by proper proliferation and differentiation of intestinal stem cells. The JAK/STAT (Janus Kinase/Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription) signaling pathway is essential for the regulation of adult stem cell activities and maintenance of intestinal homeostasis. Currently, it remains largely unknown how JAK/STAT signaling activities are regulated in these processes. Here we have identified windpipe (wdp) as a novel component of the JAK/STAT pathway. We demonstrate that Wdp is positively regulated by JAK/STAT signaling in Drosophila adult intestines. Loss of wdp activity results in the disruption of midgut homeostasis under normal and regenerative conditions. Conversely, ectopic expression of Wdp inhibits JAK/STAT signaling activity. Importantly, we show that Wdp interacts with the receptor Domeless (Dome), and promotes its internalization for subsequent lysosomal degradation. Together, these data led us to propose that Wdp acts as a novel negative feedback regulator of the JAK/STAT pathway in regulating intestinal homeostasis. PMID:25923769

  20. Windpipe Controls Drosophila Intestinal Homeostasis by Regulating JAK/STAT Pathway via Promoting Receptor Endocytosis and Lysosomal Degradation

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    Li, Min; Wu, Longfei; Wang, Guolun; Baeg, Gyeong-Hun; You, Jia; Li, Zhouhua; Lin, Xinhua

    2015-01-01

    The adult intestinal homeostasis is tightly controlled by proper proliferation and differentiation of intestinal stem cells. The JAK/STAT (Janus Kinase/Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription) signaling pathway is essential for the regulation of adult stem cell activities and maintenance of intestinal homeostasis. Currently, it remains largely unknown how JAK/STAT signaling activities are regulated in these processes. Here we have identified windpipe (wdp) as a novel component of the JAK/STAT pathway. We demonstrate that Wdp is positively regulated by JAK/STAT signaling in Drosophila adult intestines. Loss of wdp activity results in the disruption of midgut homeostasis under normal and regenerative conditions. Conversely, ectopic expression of Wdp inhibits JAK/STAT signaling activity. Importantly, we show that Wdp interacts with the receptor Domeless (Dome), and promotes its internalization for subsequent lysosomal degradation. Together, these data led us to propose that Wdp acts as a novel negative feedback regulator of the JAK/STAT pathway in regulating intestinal homeostasis. PMID:25923769