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  1. Influence of Processing Parameters on Grain Size Evolution of a Forged Superalloy

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    Reyes, L. A.; Páramo, P.; Salas Zamarripa, A.; de la Garza, M.; Guerrero-Mata, M. P.

    2016-01-01

    The microstructure evolution of nickel-based superalloys has a great influence on the mechanical behavior during service conditions. Microstructure modification and the effect of process variables such as forging temperature, die-speed, and tool heating were evaluated after hot die forging of a heat-resistant nickel-based alloy. Forging sequences in a temperature range from 1253 to 1323 K were considered through experimental trials. An Avrami model was applied using finite element data to evaluate the average grain size and recrystallization at different evolution zones. It was observed that sequential forging at final temperatures below 1273 K provided greater grain refinement through time-dependent recrystallization phenomena. This investigation was aim to explore the influence of forging parameters on grain size evolution in order to design a fully homogenous and refined microstructure after hot die forging.

  2. Optimum Design of Forging Process Parameters and Preform Shape under Uncertainties

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    Repalle, Jalaja; Grandhi, Ramana V.

    2004-06-01

    Forging is a highly complex non-linear process that is vulnerable to various uncertainties, such as variations in billet geometry, die temperature, material properties, workpiece and forging equipment positional errors and process parameters. A combination of these uncertainties could induce heavy manufacturing losses through premature die failure, final part geometric distortion and production risk. Identifying the sources of uncertainties, quantifying and controlling them will reduce risk in the manufacturing environment, which will minimize the overall cost of production. In this paper, various uncertainties that affect forging tool life and preform design are identified, and their cumulative effect on the forging process is evaluated. Since the forging process simulation is computationally intensive, the response surface approach is used to reduce time by establishing a relationship between the system performance and the critical process design parameters. Variability in system performance due to randomness in the parameters is computed by applying Monte Carlo Simulations (MCS) on generated Response Surface Models (RSM). Finally, a Robust Methodology is developed to optimize forging process parameters and preform shape. The developed method is demonstrated by applying it to an axisymmetric H-cross section disk forging to improve the product quality and robustness.

  3. Effects of processing parameters in P/M steel forging on part properties: A review part II forging of sintered compact

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    Duggirala, R.; Shivpuri, R.

    1992-08-01

    In the last decade, powder metallurgy (P/M) technology has made marked advances in competitive manufacturing. P/M offers design opportunities that are not possible with other methods, as well as significant cost savings. The processing parameters, material characteristics, individual stages of parts production, deformation and densification mechanics and tooling, and preform design influence the properties of the P/M part and related economics. Therefore, a review of the various parameters involved in the different stages of P/M steel forging in net-shape manufacturing and their implications on resulting properties of the P/M parts is presented in a three-part review. Part I discussed the issues of powder preparation, compaction, and sintering in the stages of preparing a sintered compact. This review (Part II) identifies key parameters in forging the sintered compact that influence the properties of the powder forged part. Part III reviews currently available analysis methods for studying the powder forging process.

  4. Parameter Optimization During Forging Process of a Novel High-Speed-Steel Cold Work Roll

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    Guo, Jing; Liu, Ligang; Sun, Yanliang; Li, Qiang; Ren, Xuejun; Yang, Qingxiang

    2016-01-01

    The forging of high-speed-steel (HSS) roll has always been a technical problem in manufacturing industry. In this study, the forging process of a novel HSS cold work roll was simulated by deform-3D on the basis of rigid-viscoplastic finite element model. The effect of heating temperature and forging speed on temperature and stress fields during forging process was simulated too. The results show that during forging process, the temperature of the contact region with anvils increases. The stress of the forging region increases and distributes un-uniformly, while that of the non-forging region is almost zero. With increasing forging time, Z load on anvil increases gradually. With increasing heating temperature or decreasing forging speed, the temperature of the whole billet increases, while the stress and Z load on anvil decrease. In order to ensure the high efficiency and safety of the forging process, the heating temperature and the forging speed are chosen as 1160 °C and 16.667 mm/s, respectively.

  5. Effects of Forging Process Parameters on Microstructure Evolution of Aluminum Alloy 7050

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    Yi, Youping; Shi, Yan; Yang, Jihui; Lin, Yongcheng

    2007-04-01

    The objective of this work is to investigate the behavior of microstructure evolution of aluminum alloy 7050 under the condition of different forging process parameters by means of combining materials physical model with finite element code. For the purpose of establishing constitutive equation and physical model of microstructure evolution, the isothermal compression test were performed by machine Gleeble 1500 on the condition of temperatures ranging from 250C to 450C and constant strain rates of 0.01s-1, 0.1s-1, 1s-1 and 10s-1. The behaviors of microstructure evolutions of aluminum alloy 7050 under difference process parameters were studied by metallographic observations. The experiment results showed that recrystallization during forming process occurred at the critical strain and the volume fraction of recrystallization changed with the temperature and strain rate. According to the results of isothermal compression test, a constitutive equation and an empirical model of DRX were obtained. A finite element code DEFORM 3D was used to analyze the influence of different forging process parameters on the behavior of microstructure evolution in details. The present model and simulation method can be served as a useful tool to predict and control the properties and shape of aluminum alloy 7050 components during forging.

  6. Large forging manufacturing process

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    Thamboo, Samuel V.; Yang, Ling

    2002-01-01

    A process for forging large components of Alloy 718 material so that the components do not exhibit abnormal grain growth includes the steps of: a) providing a billet with an average grain size between ASTM 0 and ASTM 3; b) heating the billet to a temperature of between 1750.degree. F. and 1800.degree. F.; c) upsetting the billet to obtain a component part with a minimum strain of 0.125 in at least selected areas of the part; d) reheating the component part to a temperature between 1750.degree. F. and 1800.degree. F.; e) upsetting the component part to a final configuration such that said selected areas receive no strains between 0.01 and 0.125; f) solution treating the component part at a temperature of between 1725.degree. F. and 1750.degree. F.; and g) aging the component part over predetermined times at different temperatures. A modified process achieves abnormal grain growth in selected areas of a component where desirable.

  7. Effects of processing parameters in P/M steel forging on part properties: A review part I powder preparation, compaction, and sintering

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    Duggirala, R.; Shivpuri, R.

    1992-08-01

    In the last decade, powder metallurgy (P/M) technology has made marked advances in competitive manufacturing. P/M offers design opportunities that are not possible with other methods, as well as significant cost savings. In the automotive industry, P/M forgings are being developed for applications requiring good high- cycle fatigue properties. The processing parameters, material characteristics, individual stages of compaction and parts production, deformation and densification mechanics and tooling, and preform design influence the properties of the P/M part and related economics. Therefore, a review of the various parameters involved in the different stages of P/M steel forging in net-shape manufacturing and their implications on resulting properties of the P/M parts is presented in a three part review. Key parameters in steel powder preparation, compaction, and sintering of P/M forging and their effect on part properties are described in Part I. Part II discusses issues of forging the sintered compact, and Part III reviews currently available analysis methods for studying the powder forging process.

  8. Deformation processes in forging ceramics

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    Cannon, R. M.; Rhodes, W. H.

    1973-01-01

    The deformation processes involved in the forging of refractory ceramic oxides were investigated. A combination of mechanical testing and forging was utilized to investigate both the flow and fracture processes involved. Deformation studies of very fine grain Al203 revealed an apparent transition in behavior, characterized by a shift in the strain rate sensitivity from 0.5 at low stresses to near unity at higher stresses. The behavior is indicative of a shift in control between two dependent mechanisms, one of which is indicated to be cation limited diffusional creep with significant boundary enhancement. The possible contributions of slip, indicated by crystallographic texture, interface control of the diffusional creep and inhomogeneous boundary sliding are also discussed. Additional experiments indicated an independence of deformation behavior on MgO doping and retained hot pressing impurities, at least for ultrafine grained material, and also an independence of test atmosphere.

  9. Effect of the Process Parameters on the Formability, Microstructure, and Mechanical Properties of Thin Plates Fabricated by Rheology Forging Process with Electromagnetic Stirring Method

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    Jin, Chul Kyu; Jang, Chang Hyun; Kang, Chung Gil

    2014-01-01

    A thin plate (150 150 1.2 mm) with embedded corrugation is fabricated using the rheoforming method. Semisolid slurry is created using the electromagnetic stirring (EMS) system, and the thin plate is made with the forging die at the 200-ton hydraulic press. The cross sections and microstructures of the slurry with and without stirring are examined. To investigate the effect of the process parameters on the formability, microstructure, and mechanical properties of thin plate the slurry is subjected to 16 types of condition for the forging experiment. The 16 types included the following conditions: Whether the EMS is applied or not, three fractions of the solid phase at 35, 45 and 55 pct; two compression velocities at 30 and 300 mm s-1; and four different compression pressures100, 150, 200 and 250 MPa. The thin plate's formability is enhanced at higher punch velocity for compressing the slurry, and fine solid particles are uniformly distributed, which in turn, enhances the plate's mechanical properties. The pressure between 150 and 200 MPa is an appropriate condition to form thin plates. A thin plate without defects can be created when the slurry at 35 pct of the solid fraction (f s) was applied at the compression velocity of 300 mm s-1 and 150 MPa of pressure. The surface state of thin plate is excellent with 220 MPa of tensile strength and 13.5 pct of elongation. The primary particles are fine over the entire plate, and there are no liquid segregation-related defects.

  10. Design of forging process variables under uncertainties

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    Repalle, Jalaja; Grandhi, Ramana V.

    2005-02-01

    Forging is a complex nonlinear process that is vulnerable to various manufacturing anomalies, such as variations in billet geometry, billet/die temperatures, material properties, and workpiece and forging equipment positional errors. A combination of these uncertainties could induce heavy manufacturing losses through premature die failure, final part geometric distortion, and reduced productivity. Identifying, quantifying, and controlling the uncertainties will reduce variability risk in a manufacturing environment, which will minimize the overall production cost. In this article, various uncertainties that affect the forging process are identified, and their cumulative effect on the forging tool life is evaluated. Because the forging process simulation is time-consuming, a response surface model is used to reduce computation time by establishing a relationship between the process performance and the critical process variables. A robust design methodology is developed by incorporating reliability-based optimization techniques to obtain sound forging components. A case study of an automotive-component forging-process design is presented to demonstrate the applicability of the method.

  11. Impedance analysis of forging process and strategy study on compliance for forging manipulator

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    Zhang, Pu; Yao, Zhenqiang; Du, Zhengchun

    2013-07-01

    In the field of heavy forging, there are numerous researches on deformation rule in forging process by FEM simulation, however, not many scholars take the equipment constraint and the mutual reaction load between the forging manipulator clamp and the forging blank into account, which will impact on safety of manipulator body and quality of forging blank. This paper presents an impedance model to describe the load and formulates compliance strategies correspondingly to reduce the mutual reaction load for forging manipulator. Firstly, an FEM model of forging process is built. Meanwhile, the clamp of forging manipulator is added to the model as movement constraint and interaction part between the manipulator and the forming process. Secondly, a typical forging process is simulated by changing the movement constraint, and then an impedance model is established to describe the relationship between the load and movement constraint. Finally, two kinds of compliance strategies are formulated according to the impedance model, one is called free compliance, and the other is initiative/passive compliance. The simulation results show that compliance strategies reduce the load amounting to 5 000 kN in z direction between the manipulator clamp and the forging blank obviously, which may lead to serious accidents, such as the capsizing of forging manipulator, the fracture of manipulator clamp, and so on. The proposed research simulates the more real forging process, gets the initiative/passive compliance strategy which is more simple and suitable to the real producing and better for forming a forging process planning and control system in the modern production, and improves the quality and efficiency of heavy forging.

  12. Simulation and analysis of hot forging process for industrial locking gear elevators

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    Maarefdoust, M.; Kadkhodayan, M.

    2010-06-01

    In this paper hot forging process for industrial locking gear elevators is simulated and analyzed. An increase in demand of industrial locking gear elevators with better quality and lower price caused the machining process to be replaced by hot forging process. Production of industrial locking gear elevators by means of hot forging process is affected by many parameters such as billet temperature, geometry of die and geometry of pre-formatted billet. In this study the influences of billet temperature on effective plastic strain, radius of die corners on internal stress of billet and thickness of flash on required force of press are investigated by means of computer simulation. Three-dimensional modeling of initial material and die are performed by Solid Edge, while simulation and analysis of forging are performed by Super Forge. Based on the computer simulation the required dies are designed and the workpieces are formed. Comparison of simulation results with experimental data demonstrates great compatibility.

  13. FEM simulation of hot forging process to predict microstructure evolution

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    Zhang, Shi-Hong; Zhang, Hai-Yan; Song, Hong-Wu; Cheng, Ming

    2013-05-01

    Two phase titanium alloy-TC11 alloy and Superalloy-IN718 alloy are being considered for high-temperature structural applications in aero-engine because of their excellent mechanical properties at elevated temperatures. The mechanical properties of their forgings are sensitive to the microstructure. Therefore, it is crucial to obtain a corresponding microstructure by controlling the hot working process. For the forging of TC11 alloy, the ingot break down in the subtransus region is an important process which acted as the primary role in the transformation of lamellar structure to equiaxed one as well as its poor formability because of lower deformation temperature. In this paper, the lamellar globularization kinetics and fracture behavior during forging are studied and modeled. For the hot forging of IN718 alloy. the grain size evolution is an important process. As the ? phase in the alloy can control grain growth through the strong pinning effect, the effect of ? phase on the microstructure evolution during hot working has been considered in this paper, and the microstructure evolution model has been established. As a applications, The lamellar globularization and fracture during the subtransus cogging process of large size TC11 alloy billet, and the microstructure development during the hot forging process of IN718 alloy turbine disk have been investigated commercial FE Software with user subroutines. The prediction results showed good agreement with the actual ones.

  14. Computer-aided modeling tools for forging process feasibility studies

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    El-Gizawy, A.S. . Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

    1992-03-01

    Equations were developed to express stress distributions for a variety of deformation configurations. Strain equations were developed as they apply to forged workpieces, as were strain rate equations. The flow stress equation was introduced. The shear criterion was established to minimize the amount of energy that deforming metal flow consumes. An equation was developed relating flash width and thickness using the concept of constant volume. Force equations were developed for lateral and converging flow. From these equations, the closed-die axisymmetric forging process was simulated in two cases: constant ram speed and constant strain rate. Fortran programs were developed for both cases. Software employed to present on-screen interactive graphics was FIGARO by MEGATEK. The feasibility of producing a particular part was studied by comparing net shape, near net shape, and conventional forging/machining methods. A near net shape design with some machining was recommended as most economical.

  15. Process modelings and simulations of heavy castings and forgings

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    Li, Dianzhong; Sun, Mingyue; Wang, Pei; Kang, Xiuhong; Fu, Paixian; Li, Yiyi

    2013-05-01

    The Materials Process Modeling Division, IMR, CAS has been promoting for more than 10 years research activities on modeling and experimental studies on heavy castings and forgings. In this report, we highlight some selected achievements and impacts in this area: To satisfy domestic strategic requirements, such as nuclear and hydraulic power, marine projects and high speed rail, we have developed a number of casting and forging technologies, which combine advanced computing simulations, X-ray real time observation techniques and industrial-scaled trial experiments. These technologies have been successfully applied in various industrial areas and yielded a series of scientific and technological breakthroughs and innovation. Important examples of this strategic research include the hot-processing technologies of the Three Gorge water turbine runner, marine crankshaft manufacturers, backup rolls for hot rolling mills and the production of hundreds-ton steel ingot.

  16. Simulation Of Phase Transformation In Hot Forging Dies During A Precision Forging Process By Means Of Finite-Element-Analysis

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    Doege, E.; Behrens, B.-A.; Schaefer, F.

    2004-06-01

    The Finite-Element-Analysis (FEA) is of major importance for the design and improvement of forging processes. In this field, FEA is traditionally used to predict die fill, residual stresses and forming forces. The intention of the work presented in this paper is the development of an advanced simulation model for the description of phase transformation processes in forging dies based on FEA. This simulation model enables the prediction of die wear, since the hardness of the surface layer could be predicted. Due to the mechanical and thermal interactions with the work piece, the temperature in certain regions of the die surface layer exceeds the austenitizing (Ac1b) temperature. After the lubrication, following the forging cycle, a fast cooling of the die surfaces takes place, so that martensite is generated in the surface layer. Below this layer, the temperature is higher than the annealing one, but lower than the Ac1b temperature of the forging die steel, which leads to soft annealing of this region. A precision forging process will be simulated to predcit this change of microstructure. The FEA includes the modelling of mechanical and thermal interactions between the work piece and the dies and the cooling through a lubrication medium. Finally, in order to calculate the microstructure, specific developed subroutines are implemented in a commercial FE-code.

  17. First Results of Energy Saving at Process Redesign of Die Forging Al-Alloys

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    Pepelnjak, Tomaz; Kuzman, Karl; Kokol, Anton

    2011-05-04

    The contribution deals with eco-friendly solutions for shortened production chains of forging light alloys. During the die forging operations a remarkable amount of material goes into the flash and later on into chips during finish machining. These low value side products are rich with embedded energy therefore recycling or reprocessing could be very energy saving procedure.In cooperation with a die forging company a shortened reprocessing cycle has been studied starting from re-melting the forging flash and without additional heating to cast preforms for subsequent die forging. As such preforms have not as good formability characteristics as those done from extruded billets the isothermal forging process has been adopted. First results showed that without cracks and other defects the formability is sufficient for a broad spectrum of forgings.To improve the formability a homogenization process of cast preforms has been implemented. As the process started immediately after casting, amount of additional energy for heating was minimized. To reduce voids forging process was redesigned in a way to assure greater hydrostatic pressures in parts during forging. First results were promising therefore research is going towards improving processes without adding significantly more energy as it is needed for casting with homogenization and die forging.

  18. Numerical simulation and experimental study for the die forging process of a high-speed railway brake disc hub

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    Sun, Mingyue; Xu, Bin; Zhang, Long; LI, Dianzhong

    2013-05-01

    With the aim of manufacturing a near-net shape forging product of a brake disk hub for the high-speed railway, the die forging process was designed and optimized in this study. Firstly, based on the measured stress-strain curves at different strain rates and the thermal-physical parameters of 40Cr A steel, a finite element model for the forging process of a high-speed railway brake disc hub was established. Then, the temperature, stress and strain fields were studied and analyzed at the pre-forging and the finial-forging stages. Besides, in order to trace the stress and strain evolution, five points at different positions were chosen on the billet, and the comparison of the state conditions was made among these points. The results have demonstrated that the product can be well formed by an elaborately designed three-stage forging process, which may reduce the metal machine allowance and the producing cost effectively. Finally, an industrial trial was made and a machined product with sound quality was obtained.

  19. Material Behavior Based Hybrid Process for Sheet Draw-Forging Thin Walled Magnesium Alloys

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    Sheng, Z.Q.; Shivpuri, R.

    2005-08-05

    Magnesium alloys are conventionally formed at the elevated temperatures. The thermally improved formability is sensitive to the temperature and strain rate. Due to limitations in forming speeds, tooling strength and narrow processing windows, complex thin walled parts cannot be made by traditional warm drawing or hot forging processes. A hybrid process, which is based on the deformation mechanism of magnesium alloys at the elevated temperature, is proposed that combines warm drawing and hot forging modes to produce an aggressive geometry at acceptable forming speed. The process parameters, such as temperatures, forming speeds etc. are determined by the FEM modeling and simulation. Sensitivity analysis under the constraint of forming limits of Mg alloy sheet material and strength of tooling material is carried out. The proposed approach is demonstrated on a conical geometry with thin walls and with bottom features. Results show that designed geometry can be formed in about 8 seconds, this cannot be formed by conventional forging while around 1000s is required for warm drawing. This process is being further investigated through controlled experiments.

  20. Process Modelling of IN718 for Free Forging

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    Yoshida, Hiroaki; Hatta, Takeshi; Hironaka, Tomohisa; Isogawa, Sachihiro; Sekiguchi, Hideaki

    2007-05-17

    Ni based alloy IN718 is important material used for engine shafts, turbine disks of gas turbine engines. The grain refining of the IN718 becomes important because of the improvement of reliability. We have developed newly advanced {delta} process to obtain the grain of less than 22.5 {mu} m (ASTM No.8.0) even after solution treatment. Furthermore we have developed the microstructural prediction system of IN718 for the process modelling. In this paper, the advanced {delta} process and it's process modelling in the turbine disk forging were reported. As the result, we could obtain successful fine microstructure less than 22.5 {mu} m after solution treatment in turbine disk.

  1. Forging Advisor

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    Kerry Barnett

    2003-03-01

    Many mechanical designs demand components produced to a near net shape condition to minimize subsequent process steps. Rough machining from slab or bar stock can quickly and economically produce simple prismatic or cylindrical shapes. More complex shapes can be produced by laser engineered net shaping (LENS), casting , or forging. But for components that require great strength in mission critical applications, forging may be the best or even the only option. However, designers of these parts may and often do lack the detailed forging process knowledge necessary to understand the impact of process details such as grain flow or parting line placement on both the forging process and the characteristics of the forged part. Economics and scheduling requirements must also be considered. Sometimes the only viable answer to a difficult problem is to re-design the assembly to reduce loading and enable use of other alternatives.

  2. Mesoscale simulation of microstructure evolution during multi-stage hot forging processes

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    Chen, Fei; Cui, Zhenshan

    2012-06-01

    The paper presents a two-dimensional cellular automaton (CA) approach coupled with a topology deformation technique for quantitative and topographic prediction of the microstructure evolution during multi-stage hot forging processes. The simulation presented in this work was implemented by an in-house developed C++ program. The grain topography, recrystallization fraction and average grain size were also obtained during a four-hit forging process. The simulated results agree well with the experimental data in terms of average grain size, suggesting that the developed CA model is a reliable numerical approach for predicting microstructure evolution for ultra-super-critical rotor steel during multi-stage hot forging processes.

  3. Prediction of Final Material State in Multi-Stage Forging Processes

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    Chiesa, Michael L.; Brown, Arthur A.; Antoun, Bonnie R.; Ostien, Jakob T.; Regueiro, Richard A.; Bammann, Douglas J.; Yang, Nancy Y.

    2004-06-01

    Multi-stage forging processes are used to manufacture reservoirs for high pressure hydrogen and tritium storage. The warm-forging process is required to produce required macro and microscale forged material properties of 304 and 21-6-9 stainless steel. Strict requirements on the forged material strength, grain size and grain flow are necessitated to inhibit the diffusion of gas which inevitably leads to material embrittlement. Accurate prediction of the final material state requires modeling of each of the forging stages and tracking the material state evolution through each deformation and reheating stage. An internal state variable constitutive model, capable of predicting the high strain rate, temperature dependent material behavior, is developed to predict final material strength and microstructure. History dependent, internal state variables are used to model the isotropic and kinematic hardening, grain size and recrystallization. Numerical methodologies were developed to track and remap material state from one forging stage analysis to the next including the effects of relaxation during reheating. Multi-stage, uniaxial, compression tests were performed over a range of temperatures, strain rates, and strains to validate the constitutive model and methodology. Tensile specimens were taken from several forgings and compared to model predictions.

  4. Proposal to study stem forgings

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    Odegard, B.C.

    1982-06-25

    Reservoir designs consist of two primary features including the stem(s) and the body segment. The stem is either an integral part of the reservoir or is joined at some point in the fabrication sequence. The current interest is in high strength stems for advanced reservoir designs. The processing necessary to achieve these strength levels may result in heavily cold worked microstructures which may not interface well with the stem requirements. For instance, cold worked 316 plate stock has shown decreased hydrogen compatibility when contrasted to the annealed version in laboratory tests. More recently, Precision Forge produced a 100 ksi yield strength, 304L stem forging with a heavily deformed microstructure which also may show decreased compatibility in hydrogen. The proposed forging contract will evaluate the influence of forging parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties of 304L and 316 stem forgings. A summary of the data available on 304L stem forgings is shown graphically. The yield strength values are shown for each set of forging parameters. Tensile tests and microstructural examination will be conducted to complete the information for 304L and create a similar graph for 316 stem forgings.

  5. Automatic simulation of a sequence of hot-former forging processes by a rigid-thermoviscoplastic finite element method

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    Joun, M.S.; Moon, H.K.; Shivpuri, R.

    1998-10-01

    A fully automatic forging simulation technique in hot-former forging is presented in this paper. A rigid-thermoviscoplastic finite element method is employed together with automatic simulation techniques. A realistic analysis model of the hot-former forging processes is given with emphasis on thermal analysis and simulation automation. The whole processes including forming, dwelling, ejecting, and transferring are considered in the analysis model and various cooling conditions are embedded in the analysis model. The approach is applied to a sequence of three-stage hot former forging process. Nonisothermal analysis results are compared with isothermal ones and the effect of heat transfer on predicted metal flows is discussed.

  6. Evaluation of Fracture in a Three Stage Forging Process Using Continuum Damage Mechanics

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    Mashayekhi, M.; Ziaei-Rad, S.; Parvizian, J.; Hadavinia, H.

    2007-05-01

    In forging process, formability is limited by ductile fracture. In many cases forgeability is determined by the occurrence of ductile fracture and therefore limitations are set by the appearance of surface or internal cracks within regions that are highly strained due to extensive material flow. In this paper, the continuum damage mechanics framework for ductile materials developed by Lemaitre has been utilized numerically. A constitutive elastic-plastic-damage model has been implemented inside the finite element code ABAQUS. In forming process, crack closure effects have a strong influence on damage evolution. Therefore, it is necessary to split the tensile and compression stresses in damage evolution and deal with them separately. A modified version of Lemaitre model has been implemented and utilized through the study. The prediction of the surface cracks in forging is analyzed numerically. The results could correctly predict the location of surface cracks in the forging process.

  7. Multi-objective optimization of gear forging process based on adaptive surrogate meta-models

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    Meng, Fanjuan; Labergere, Carl; Lafon, Pascal; Daniel, Laurent

    2013-05-01

    In forging industry, net shape or near net shape forging of gears has been the subject of considerable research effort in the last few decades. So in this paper, a multi-objective optimization methodology of net shape gear forging process design has been discussed. The study is mainly done in four parts: building parametric CAD geometry model, simulating the forging process, fitting surrogate meta-models and optimizing the process by using an advanced algorithm. In order to maximally appropriate meta-models of the real response, an adaptive meta-model based design strategy has been applied. This is a continuous process: first, bui Id a preliminary version of the meta-models after the initial simulated calculations; second, improve the accuracy and update the meta-models by adding some new representative samplings. By using this iterative strategy, the number of the initial sample points for real numerical simulations is greatly decreased and the time for the forged gear design is significantly shortened. Finally, an optimal design for an industrial application of a 27-teeth gear forging process was introduced, which includes three optimization variables and two objective functions. A 3D FE nu merical simulation model is used to realize the process and an advanced thermo-elasto-visco-plastic constitutive equation is considered to represent the material behavior. The meta-model applied for this example is kriging and the optimization algorithm is NSGA-II. At last, a relatively better Pareto optimal front (POF) is gotten with gradually improving the obtained surrogate meta-models.

  8. Hot Forging of a Cladded Component by Automated GMAW Process

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    Rafiq, Muhammad; Langlois, Laurent; Bigot, Rgis

    2011-01-01

    Weld cladding is employed to improve the service life of engineering components by increasing corrosion and wear resistance and reducing the cost. The acceptable multi-bead cladding layer depends on single bead geometry. Hence, in first step, the relationship between input process parameters and the single bead geometry is studied and in second step a comprehensive study on multi bead clad layer deposition is carried out. This paper highlights an experimental study carried out to get single layer cladding deposited by automated Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) process and to find the possibility of hot forming of the cladded work piece to get the final hot formed improved structure. GMAW is an arc welding process that uses an arc between a consumable electrode and the welding pool with an external shielding gas and the cladding is done by alongside deposition of weld beads. The experiments for single bead were conducted by varying the three main process parameters wire feed rate, arc voltage and welding speed while keeping other parameters like nozzle to work distance, shielding gas and its flow rate and torch angle constant. The effect of bead spacing and torch orientation on the cladding quality of single layer from the results of single bead deposition was studied. Effect of the dilution rate and nominal energy on the cladded layer hot bending quality was also performed at different temperatures.

  9. Computer-aided modeling tools for forging process feasibility studies. Progress report No. 3

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    El-Gizawy, A.S.

    1992-03-01

    Equations were developed to express stress distributions for a variety of deformation configurations. Strain equations were developed as they apply to forged workpieces, as were strain rate equations. The flow stress equation was introduced. The shear criterion was established to minimize the amount of energy that deforming metal flow consumes. An equation was developed relating flash width and thickness using the concept of constant volume. Force equations were developed for lateral and converging flow. From these equations, the closed-die axisymmetric forging process was simulated in two cases: constant ram speed and constant strain rate. Fortran programs were developed for both cases. Software employed to present on-screen interactive graphics was FIGARO by MEGATEK. The feasibility of producing a particular part was studied by comparing net shape, near net shape, and conventional forging/machining methods. A near net shape design with some machining was recommended as most economical.

  10. Numerical modeling of axi-symmetrical cold forging process by ``Pseudo Inverse Approach''

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    Halouani, A.; Li, Y. M.; Abbes, B.; Guo, Y. Q.

    2011-05-01

    The incremental approach is widely used for the forging process modeling, it gives good strain and stress estimation, but it is time consuming. A fast Inverse Approach (IA) has been developed for the axi-symmetric cold forging modeling [1-2]. This approach exploits maximum the knowledge of the final part's shape and the assumptions of proportional loading and simplified tool actions make the IA simulation very fast. The IA is proved very useful for the tool design and optimization because of its rapidity and good strain estimation. However, the assumptions mentioned above cannot provide good stress estimation because of neglecting the loading history. A new approach called "Pseudo Inverse Approach" (PIA) was proposed by Batoz, Guo et al.. [3] for the sheet forming modeling, which keeps the IA's advantages but gives good stress estimation by taking into consideration the loading history. Our aim is to adapt the PIA for the cold forging modeling in this paper. The main developments in PIA are resumed as follows: A few intermediate configurations are generated for the given tools' positions to consider the deformation history; the strain increment is calculated by the inverse method between the previous and actual configurations. An incremental algorithm of the plastic integration is used in PIA instead of the total constitutive law used in the IA. An example is used to show the effectiveness and limitations of the PIA for the cold forging process modeling.

  11. Research on the Influence of Technological Forging Parameters on the Quality of Biphasic Titanium Alloys

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    Mashekov, S. A.; Smaylova, N. T.; Alshynova, A. M.; Mashekova, A. S.

    2015-12-01

    The deflected mode (DM) during the preparation of the broach in the flat and combined baizes and also on radial forging machine (RFM) was investigated for creating the rational technology of a broach and determining the optimum size of the angles of rotation and single squeeze reduction. The quantitative data was obtained by the method of final elements and the MSC.Super Forge program; the main consistent patterns of stress-strain state (SSS) distribution and temperature while modeling forging in flat and combined baizes, also on RFM with various angles of rotation and sizes of squeeze reduction were determined. The rational trial technology of forging of biphasic titanium alloys was developed and tested.

  12. Computer-assisted Rheo-forging Processing of A356 Aluminum Alloys

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    Kim, H. H.; Kang, C. G.

    2010-06-01

    Die casting process has been used widely for complex automotive products such as the knuckle, arm and etc. Generally, a part fabricated by casting has limited strength due to manufacturing defects by origin such as the dendrite structure and segregation. As an attempt to offer a solution to these problems, forging has been used as an alternative process. However, the forging process provides limited formability for complex shape products. Rheo-forging of metal offers not only superior mechanical strength but also requires significantly lower machine loads than solid forming processes. In order to produce semi-solid materials of the desired microstructure, a stirring process is applied during solidification of A356 aluminum molten state. This paper presents the results of an A356 aluminum alloy sample, which were obtained by experiment and by simulation using DEFORM 3D V6.1. Samples of metal parts were subsequently fabricated by using hydraulic press machinery. In order to compare the influence of loading method, two types of samples were fabricated: (1) samples fabricated under direct loading die sets (2) those fabricated under indirect loading die sets. The formability and defects, which were predicted by FEM simulation, were similar to those of samples used in practice.

  13. Computer-assisted Rheo-forging Processing of A356 Aluminum Alloys

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    Kim, H. H.; Kang, C. G.

    2010-06-15

    Die casting process has been used widely for complex automotive products such as the knuckle, arm and etc. Generally, a part fabricated by casting has limited strength due to manufacturing defects by origin such as the dendrite structure and segregation. As an attempt to offer a solution to these problems, forging has been used as an alternative process. However, the forging process provides limited formability for complex shape products. Rheo-forging of metal offers not only superior mechanical strength but also requires significantly lower machine loads than solid forming processes. In order to produce semi-solid materials of the desired microstructure, a stirring process is applied during solidification of A356 aluminum molten state. This paper presents the results of an A356 aluminum alloy sample, which were obtained by experiment and by simulation using DEFORM 3D V6.1. Samples of metal parts were subsequently fabricated by using hydraulic press machinery. In order to compare the influence of loading method, two types of samples were fabricated: (1) samples fabricated under direct loading die sets (2) those fabricated under indirect loading die sets. The formability and defects, which were predicted by FEM simulation, were similar to those of samples used in practice.

  14. Powder forging

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    Kuhn, H.A.; Ferguson, B.L.

    1990-01-01

    Fundamental and applications aspects of powder-forging (PF) technology are examined in an introduction and reference guide for practicing engineers. The treatment is based on a combined metallurgical-mechanical approach, and the potential benefits of FEM process simulations and expert-system design-optimization methods are illustrated. Chapters are devoted to materials considerations for PF, PF mechanics, PF analysis, PF process design, and PF practice. Extensive diagrams, drawings, graphs, photographs, and micrographs are provided. 160 refs.

  15. Coupling Finite Element And Meshless Methods To Deal With Contact And Friction In Forging Processes

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    Guedes, Cristina Faria; Csar de S, Jos M. A.

    2007-05-01

    In this work, a computational model based on a meshless method, the EFG method, was developed to simulate forging processes. The application of meshless methods in this type of forming processes opened new questions related to crucial aspects associated with the modelling of frictional effects along the contact interface between the tools and the workpiece. In this work to deal with this problem of contact and friction special interface finite elements are established between the tools and the workpiece, blending the finite element and the meshless method in a coupled formulation. One example of application in forging is analyzed together with a numerical implementation by the finite element method for comparative purposes. The obtained results are also compared with the experimental values and others published in the literature.

  16. Manufacturing of Precision Forgings by Radial Forging

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    Wallner, S.; Harrer, O.; Buchmayr, B.; Hofer, F.

    2011-01-17

    Radial forging is a multi purpose incremental forging process using four tools on the same plane. It is widely used for the forming of tool steels, super alloys as well as titanium- and refractory metals. The range of application goes from reducing the diameters of shafts, tubes, stepped shafts and axels, as well as for creating internal profiles for tubes in Near-Net-Shape and Net-Shape quality. Based on actual development of a weight optimized transmission input shaft, the specific features of radial forging technology is demonstrated. Also a Finite Element Model for the simulation of the process is shown which leads to reduced pre-processing effort and reduced computing time compared to other published simulation methods for radial forging. The finite element model can be applied to quantify the effects of different forging strategies.

  17. Manufacturing of Precision Forgings by Radial Forging

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    Wallner, S.; Harrer, O.; Buchmayr, B.; Hofer, F.

    2011-01-01

    Radial forging is a multi purpose incremental forging process using four tools on the same plane. It is widely used for the forming of tool steels, super alloys as well as titanium- and refractory metals. The range of application goes from reducing the diameters of shafts, tubes, stepped shafts and axels, as well as for creating internal profiles for tubes in Near-Net-Shape and Net-Shape quality. Based on actual development of a weight optimized transmission input shaft, the specific features of radial forging technology is demonstrated. Also a Finite Element Model for the simulation of the process is shown which leads to reduced pre-processing effort and reduced computing time compared to other published simulation methods for radial forging. The finite element model can be applied to quantify the effects of different forging strategies.

  18. Fabrication and densification enhancement of SiC-particulate-reinforced copper matrix composites prepared via the sinter-forging process

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    Shabani, Mohammadmehdi; Paydar, Mohammad Hossein; Moshksar, Mohammad Mohsen

    2014-09-01

    The fabrication of copper (Cu) and copper matrix silicon carbide (Cu/SiCp) particulate composites via the sinter-forging process was investigated. Sintering and sinter-forging processes were performed under an inert Ar atmosphere. The influence of sinter-forging time, temperature, and compressive stress on the relative density and hardness of the prepared samples was systematically investigated and subsequently compared with that of the samples prepared by the conventional sintering process. The relative density and hardness of the composites were enhanced when they were prepared by the sinter-forging process. The relative density values of all Cu/SiCp composite samples were observed to decrease with the increase in SiC content.

  19. A simplified pseudo inverse approach for damage modeling in the cold forging process

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    Halouani, A.; Li, Y. M.; Abbès, B.; Guo, Y. Q.

    2013-05-01

    This paper presents a simplified numerical method called "Pseudo Inverse Approach" (PIA) for damage prediction in metal forging process modeling and optimization. The approach is based on the knowledge of the final part shape. Some intermediate configurations are introduced and corrected by using a free surface method to consider the deformation paths. Based on the equivalent stress notion and tensile curve, a robust direct algorithm of plasticity is formulated and implemented. The plasticity is coupled with the ductile damage by using a strain based ductile damage model. The forging results obtained by the PIA are compared to those obtained by an incremental approach to show the efficiency and accuracy of the PIA, as well as the abilities to make the damage prediction.

  20. A Simplified Inverse Approach for the Simulation of Axi-Symmetrical Cold Forging Process

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    Halouani, A.; Li, Y. M.; Abbs, B.; Guo, Y. Q.

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents the formulation of an axi-symmetric element based on an efficient method called "Inverse Approach" (I.A.) for the numerical modeling of cold forging process. In contrast to the classical incremental methods, the Inverse Approach exploits the known shape of the final part and executes the calculation from the final part to the initial billet. The assumptions of the proportional loading and the simplified tool actions make the I.A. calculation very fast. The metal's incompressibility is ensured by the penalty method. The comparison with ABAQUS and FORGE shows the efficiency and limitations of the I.A. This simplified method will be a good tool for the preliminary preform design.

  1. Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Forging Process to Reproduce a 3D Aluminium Foam Complex Shape

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    Filice, Luigino; Gagliardi, Francesco; Shivpuri, Rajiv; Umbrello, Domenico

    2007-05-01

    Metallic foams represent one of the most exciting materials introduced in the manufacturing scenario in the last years. In the study here addressed, the experimental and numerical investigations on the forging process of a simple foam billet shaped into complex sculptured parts were carried out. In particular, the deformation behavior of metallic foams and the development of density gradients were investigated through a series of experimental forging tests in order to produce a selected portion of a hip prosthesis. The human bone replacement was chosen as case study due to its industrial demand and for its particular 3D complex shape. A finite element code (Deform 3D) was utilized for modeling the foam behavior during the forging process and an accurate material rheology description was used based on a porous material model which includes the measured local density. Once the effectiveness of the utilized Finite Element model was verified through the comparison with the experimental evidences, a numerical study of the influence of the foam density was investigated. The obtained numerical results shown as the initial billet density plays an important role on the prediction of the final shape, the optimization of the flash as well as the estimation of the punch load.

  2. Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Forging Process to Reproduce a 3D Aluminium Foam Complex Shape

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    Filice, Luigino; Gagliardi, Francesco; Umbrello, Domenico; Shivpuri, Rajiv

    2007-05-17

    Metallic foams represent one of the most exciting materials introduced in the manufacturing scenario in the last years. In the study here addressed, the experimental and numerical investigations on the forging process of a simple foam billet shaped into complex sculptured parts were carried out. In particular, the deformation behavior of metallic foams and the development of density gradients were investigated through a series of experimental forging tests in order to produce a selected portion of a hip prosthesis. The human bone replacement was chosen as case study due to its industrial demand and for its particular 3D complex shape. A finite element code (Deform 3D) was utilized for modeling the foam behavior during the forging process and an accurate material rheology description was used based on a porous material model which includes the measured local density. Once the effectiveness of the utilized Finite Element model was verified through the comparison with the experimental evidences, a numerical study of the influence of the foam density was investigated. The obtained numerical results shown as the initial billet density plays an important role on the prediction of the final shape, the optimization of the flash as well as the estimation of the punch load.

  3. Forming limit prediction of powder forging process by the energy-based elastoplastic damage model

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    Yeh, Hung-Yang; Cheng, Jung-Ho; Huang, Cheng-Chao

    2004-06-01

    An energy-based elastoplastic damage model is developed and then applied to predict the deformation and fracture initiation in powder forging processes. The fracture mechanism is investigated by the newly proposed damage model, which is based on the plastic energy dissipation. The developed formulations are implemented into finite element program ABAQUS in order to simulate the complex loading conditions. The forming limits of sintered porous metals under various operational conditions are explored by comparing the relevant experiments with the finite element analyses. The sintered iron-powder preforms of various initial relative densities (RDs) and aspect ratios are compressed until crack initiates. The deformation level of the bulged billets at fracture stroke obtained from compressive fracture tests is utilized to validate the finite element model and then the forming limit diagrams are constructed with the validated model. This model is further verified by the gear blank forging. The fracture site and corresponding deformation level are predicted by the finite element simulations. Meanwhile, the gear forging experiment is performed on the sintered preforms. The predicted results agree well with the experimental observations.

  4. Steel forgings

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    Nisbett, E.G.; Melilli, A.S.

    1986-01-01

    This book contains over 30 papers. Some of the titles are: Integrity of Full-Integral, Low-Pressure Nuclear Turbine Forgings; Seamless Shell Course Forgings for Heavy-Wall Reactor Vessels: A Forgemasters Critical Review; Application of New Types of Ingots to the Manufacturing of Heavy Pressure Vessel Forgings; Manufacturing of Large and Integral-Type Steel Forgings for Nuclear Steam Supply Components; and Advanced Technology of Heavy-Section Tube Sheets for Nuclear Power Generation.

  5. A review of radial forging technology including preform design for process optimization

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    Domblesky, Joseph P.; Shivpuri, Rajiv; Altan, Taylan

    1994-02-01

    The Engineering Research Center for Net Shape Manufacturing (located at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio) was contracted by Benet Laboratories to investigate the rotary forging operation at Watervliet Arsenal. They were asked to make recommendations on how to optimize the shape and size of the starting material (preform) prior to forging which would reduce or eliminate variations in mechanical properties along the length of the resulting forging. Based on the data supplied by Benet Laboratories, the study resulted in recommendation of a two-step preform design. This was a preliminary recommendation and further testing was suggested to separate the effects of forging reduction from post-forging heat treatment.

  6. Study on Pot Forming of Induction Heater Type Rice Cookers by Forging Cast Process

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    Ohnishi, Masayuki; Yamaguchi, Mitsugi; Ohashi, Osamu

    This paper describes a study result on pot fabrication by the forging cast process of stainless steel with aluminum. Rice cooked with the new bowl-shaped pot for the induction heater type rice cookers is better tasting than rice cooked with the conventional cylindrical one, due to the achievement of better heat conduction and convection. The conventional pot is made of the clad sheet, consisting of stainless steel and aluminum. However, it is rather difficult to form a bowl shape from the clad sheet, primarily due to the problem of a material spring back. The fabrication of a new type of a pot was made possible by means of the adoption of a forging cast process instead of the clad sheet. In this process, iron powder is inserted between stainless steel and aluminum in order to alleviate the large difference on the coefficient of expansion between each material. It was made clear that the application of two kinds of iron particle, namely 10 ?m size powder on the stainless steel side and 44 ?m on the aluminum side, enables the joints to become strong enough. The joint strength of the new pot by this fabrication process was confirmed by the tests of the shear strength and the fatigue tests together with the stress analysis.

  7. Processing-structure relationship in open die hot forged W-Hf-Ti

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    Pletka, B.J.; Subhash, G.; Edelman, D.; Dowding, R.J.

    1996-06-01

    The processing-structure relationship in a series of presintered W-Hf-Ti alloys open die hot forged at 1,300--1,350 C has been examined. The alloys were prepared with W levels varying from 60--95 wt% while keeping the Hf/Ti ratio constant at 1:3. The alloys were fabricated from elemental powders by mechanical mixing, cold isostatic pressing and sintering at 1,500 C before open die hot forging. Other alloy compositions within this W range were also produced to determine if altering the Hf and Ti ratio to 1:2 and 1:1 had any effect on the microstructures produced after hot forging. Microstructural observations using optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy revealed that the structures were composed of a complex mixture of 3 microconstituents in the high-W containing alloys. W grains were typically surrounded by a thin layer composed of a less W-rich phase containing some Ti. It appeared as if this less W-rich layer (in several of the compositions) isolated the W particles from each other. Interspersed among these W-rich phases was a Ti-rich phase which contained a very fine dispersion of W-rich particles. X-ray diffraction experiments confirmed that a W solid solution and a Ti solid solution were present in each alloy. In addition, W{sub 2}Hf was detected in the alloys that had a Hf/Ti ratio of 1:2 and 1:1.

  8. Processing and development of aluminum-silicon powder metallurgy alloys for hot forging technologies

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    Mosher, Winston G. E.

    The growing field of aluminum powder metallurgy (PM) brings promise to an economical and environmental demand for the production of high strength, light weight aluminum engine components. To tackle the limited selection of readily available light alloy blends, an experimental hypoeutectic AlSi alloy was chosen for study. The optimal processing route for this alloy was determined and the mechanical properties were examined. In an effort to further enhance the mechanical properties of the alloys, post sinter forging was investigated. This body of work consists of an introduction to relevant topics in PM, aluminum alloys, and forging followed by three sections of results and discussion. Each represents an accepted or submitted Journal Manuscript intended for journal publication. These sections deliver detailed experimental procedures, results and discussion for the development of the experimental PM alloy Al-65i, a comparison of hot deformation behaviours of Al-65i and Alumix-231 Al5i PM alloys, and their mechanical properties observed upon hot densification. A final section was added to summarize the important findings from each experiment. In the development of Al-65i, the alloy was able to achieve a high sintered density approaching 98%, and a yield strength of 232 MPa in the T6 condition. Upon hot upset forging, the experimental alloy achieved an average density of 99.6% (+/- 0.2%) while the commercial alloy (Alumix-231) achieved 98.3% (+/- 0.6%) of its theoretical density. It was found that the experimentally obtained peak flow stresses for each material studied could be very closely approximated using the semi-empirical Zener-Hollomon models. Upon hot densification it was found that all the mechanical properties of the Al-65i alloy were significantly enhanced. However, due to the fracturing of 5i particles during deformation, Alumix-231 experienced a reduction in density and UT5, while making improvements in ductility.

  9. Correcting the Stress-Strain Curve in the Stroke-Rate Controlling Forging Process

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    Li, Y. P.; Matsumoto, H.; Chiba, A.

    2009-05-01

    In this article, a detailed description of the friction correction, adiabatic correction, and the correction from the stroke-rate controlling process into the strain-rate controlling process on the IHS38MSV hypoeutectoid steel is provided. By using compensated data, processing maps were plotted and used to predict the optimum hot forging process. The compressive tests were performed at stroke rates ranging from 0.12 to 120 mm/s and temperatures ranging from 800 C to 1200 C by using ThermecMaster-Z equipment. The results showed that the correction by instant friction coefficient, which was carried out on the basis of previous research, could be extended to wider experimental conditions. The corrected data from both stroke-rate controlling and strain-rate controlling processes were in good agreement with each other, indicating that the present correction from the stroke rate into the strain-rate correction is practical and appropriate.

  10. Development of Replacements for Phoscoating Used in Forging, Extrusion and Metal Forming Processes

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    Kerry Barnett

    2003-03-01

    Many forging, extrusion, heading and other metal forming processes use graphite-based lubricants, phosphate coatings, and other potentially hazardous or harmful substances to improve the tribology of the metal forming process. The application of phosphate-based coatings has long been studied to determine if other synthetic ''clean'' lubricants could provide the same degree of protection afforded by phoscoatings and its formulations. So far, none meets the cost and performance objectives provided by phoscoatings as a general aid to the metal forming industry. In as much as phoscoatings and graphite have replaced lead-based lubricants, the metal forming industry has had previous experience with a legislated requirement to change processes. However, without a proactive approach to phoscoating replacement, many metal forming processes could find themselves without a cost effective tribology material necessary for the metal forming process

  11. Advanced numerical models for the thermo-mechanical-metallurgical analysis in hot forging processes

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    Ducato, Antonino; Fratini, Livan; Micari, Fabrizio

    2013-05-01

    In the paper a literature review of the numerical modeling of thermo-mechanical-metallurgical evolutions of a metal in hot forging operations is presented. In particular models of multiaxial loading tests are considered for carbon steels. The collected examples from literature regard phases transformations, also martensitic transformations, morphologies evolutions and transformation plasticity phenomena. The purpose of the tests is to show the correlation between the mechanical and the metallurgical behavior of a carbon steel during a combination of several types of loads. In particular a few mechanical tests with heat treatment are analyzed. Furthermore, Ti-6Al-4V titanium alloy is considered. Such material is a multi-phasic alloy, at room temperature made of two main different phases, namely Alpha and Beta, which evolve during both cooling and heating stages. Several numerical applications, conducted using a commercial implicit lagrangian FEM code are presented too. This code can conduct tri-coupled thermo-mechanical-metallurgical simulations of forming processes. The numerical model has been used to carry out a 3D simulation of a forging process of a complex shape part. The model is able to take into account the effects of all the phenomena resulting from the coupling of thermal, mechanical and metallurgical events. As simulation results strongly depend on the accuracy of input data, physical simulation experiments on real-material samples are carried out to characterize material behavior during phase transformation.

  12. Liquid State Forging: Novel Potentiality to Produce High Performance Components, Process, Plant and Tooling

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    Rosso, M.; Zago, A.; Claus, P.; Motoiu, P.

    2007-04-01

    The paper deals about a new patented process able to the production of high resistance and high toughness parts, taking into consideration also the tooling need. The molten alloy is introduced into the die cavity at low pressure, then the alloy is forged. The forging action takes place during the alloy solidification process, favouring the reduction of the duration of the process and the production of parts characterised by very high mechanical and ductility properties. The very high mechanical characteristics of the produced parts are obtained thank to their very low porosity content, as well as to their unique microstructure features. Moreover, the process allow the optimisation of the yield of the alloy, in fact the feeding system and the risers are practically absent, this means minimum production of scraps to be recycled. After a short description of the main features of the equipment and of the process, the work take into consideration the aluminium based produced parts, in their as cast state and after T6 heat treatment, comparing their characteristics with those obtainable by the most traditional low pressure and gravity casting processes. In particular, samples for the evaluation of the mechanical properties have been machined from the produced parts to obtain their tensile strength, together with their ductility characteristics. The maximum attained hardness values have also been evaluated. Tensile strength higher than 440 MPa, with elongation up to 18% with hardness higher than 125 HB are easily attainable on Al alloys type A356. Light microscopy observations performed on the transverse section of polished samples and the analysis of the fracture surfaces after mechanical tests allowed to focus the attention on the microstructure details and to highlight the ductile aspects of the fracture to confirm the high quality and high performance of the produced parts.

  13. Influence of minimum quantity lubrication parameters on tool wear and surface roughness in milling of forged steel

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    Yan, Lutao; Yuan, Songmei; Liu, Qiang

    2012-05-01

    The minimum quantity of lubrication (MQL) technique is becoming increasingly more popular due to the safety of environment. Moreover, MQL technique not only leads to economical benefits by way of saving lubricant costs but also presents better machinability. However, the effect of MQL parameters on machining is still not clear, which needs to be overcome. In this paper, the effect of different modes of lubrication, i.e., conventional way using flushing, dry cutting and using the minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) technique on the machinability in end milling of a forged steel (50CrMnMo), is investigated. The influence of MQL parameters on tool wear and surface roughness is also discussed. MQL parameters include nozzle direction in relation to feed direction, nozzle elevation angle, distance from the nozzle tip to the cutting zone, lubricant flow rate and air pressure. The investigation results show that MQL technique lowers the tool wear and surface roughness values compared with that of conventional flood cutting fluid supply and dry cutting conditions. Based on the investigations of chip morphology and color, MQL technique reduces the cutting temperature to some extent. The relative nozzle-feed position at 120, the angle elevation of 60 and distance from nozzle tip to cutting zone at 20 mm provide the prolonged tool life and reduced surface roughness values. This fact is due to the oil mists can penetrate in the inner zones of the tool edges in a very efficient way. Improvement in tool life and surface finish could be achieved utilizing higher oil flow rate and higher compressed air pressure. Moreover, oil flow rate increased from 43.8 mL/h to 58.4 mL/h leads to a small decrease of flank wear, but it is not very significant. The results obtained in this paper can be used to determine optimal conditions for milling of forged steel under MQL conditions.

  14. Forging; Heat Treating and Testing; Technically Oriented Industrial Materials and Process 1: 5898.05.

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    Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL.

    The course provides students with advanced and exploratory experience in the area of plastic deformation of metals and in the changing of the physical characteristics of metals by the controlled application and timed removal of heat. Course content includes goals, specific objectives, safety in forge work, forging tools and equipment, industrial…

  15. Influences of sinter-forging parameters and texture on the critical transport current density of Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (2223) superconductors

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    Caillard, R.; Gomina, M.

    2001-09-01

    It is well established that the critical temperature and current density of bulk 2223 superconductors are drastically limited by the presence of low-TC phases, misalignment of the grains and weak intergranular junctions in the (a,b) planes. Herein, an optimization of the sinter-forging process of the Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (2223) superconducting ceramic, synthesized by a rapid sol-gel method, has been performed. The kinetics of formation of the Bi-2223 phase, which are strongly dependent on the calcination and sintering conditions, were optimized with a goal to raise the purity of the material up to 95% Bi-2223. The precursor powder was pressed at 1.5 t cm-2, placed under uniaxial stress up to 46.8 MPa and then heated, between 830 and 850 C, remaining below the melting temperature. This process resulted in large, well textured samples displaying disorientation of less than 4.8 with respect to the (a,b) plane for 50% of the grains. The sinter-forging parameters (temperature, stress and time under load) and the resulting texture of the samples were correlated with the critical transport current density, Jc, at 77 K, and self-field. Maximum Jc values up to 8000 A cm-2 and critical temperatures, TC of 108 K were achieved through an optimization of the stress and the heat treatment schedules. The results indicate that annealing under a 7.5% O2/92.5% N2 atmosphere leads to higher Jc values.

  16. Measurement system for hot heavy forgings and its calibration

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    Du, Yueyang; Du, Zhengchun

    2011-05-01

    Dimensional measurement of hot heavy forgings is desirable to permit real-time process control, but usually is inconvenient because of the difficulty in working with very hot workpieces. This paper presents an approach based on Two-dimensional Laser Range Sensor (TLRS). Firstly, the measurement system can be obtained by assembling TLRS, an axis of rotation, and a servo motor, which rotates and scans forgings in different planes. Then, the coordinates of points of forging's surface can be obtained in coordinate system in scanning plane. Secondly, the origin of Measurement Coordinate System (MCS) at the centre of rotation of TLRS can be located. According to the transformation between Sensor Coordinate System (SCS) and MCS, coordinates of points in different SCS can be transferred into the fixed MCS. Next, the final points of forging's surface in MCS can be obtained. Hence models of hot heavy forgings can be reconstructed by using Triangulated Irregular Network and optimized by employing Delaunay rules. Finally, different parameters of forgings, such as lengths and diameters, can be measured. In order to calibrate the measurement system, a pyramid is proposed to compute the transformation matrix between SCS and MCS based on the projective geometry theory. The new method has been verified by experiments in both the laboratory and the forging workshop. The experimental results indicate that it is much more practical for the real time on-site measurement of hot heavy forgings. This research lays a desirable foundation for the further work.

  17. Efficient process design for closure and healing of voids in open die forging of superhigh C-steel shaft

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    Kang, Seong-Hoon; Lim, Hyung-Cheol; Lee, Howon; Lee, Young-Seon

    2013-05-01

    In this study, simulation and experimental works are carried out to propose the efficient forging process design for manufacturing workroll made of 1.5wt%C high carbon steel. New forging process design is composed of incremental upsetting, diffusion boding and cogging process for efficient void closure and healing. Since the voids lie along the longitudinal direction of the ingot, the ingot is gradually deformed only in its radial direction during incremental upsetting until void closure takes place. After that, the closed voids are healed by diffusion bonding process in order to assign the strong bonding strength to the closed void and to prevent the re-opening of the closed voids during successive incremental upsetting and cogging process. Experimental works are also carried out to validate the proposed forging process design. In addition, the effect of temperature of diffusion bonding on bonding strength of the closed void is investigated. Finally, the analyses on microstructure at the diffusion-bonded interface and mechanical properties by tensile test are carried out as well. It was found out through simulation and experimental works that the quick void closure takes place by incremental upsetting and the closed void is strongly joined by diffusion bonding. It was confirmed that the process design proposed in this study can be applicable to manufacture the super high carbon workroll with microstructurally soundness.

  18. Total quality management of forged products through finite element simulation

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    Chandra, U.; Rachakonda, S.; Chandrasekharan, S.

    The paper reviews the entire thermo-mechanical history experienced by a complex shaped, high strength forged part during all stages of its manufacturing process, i.e. forging, heat treatment, and machining. It examines the current practice of selecting the process parameters using finite element simulation of forging and quenching operations on an individual basis. Some recent work related to the simulation of aging and machining operations is summarized. The capabilities of several well-known finite element codes for these individual simulations are compared. Then, an integrated simulation approach is presented which will permit the optimization of process parameters for all operations, as opposed to a single operation. This approach will ensure a total quality management of forged products by avoiding costly problems which, under the current practice, are detected only at the end of the manufacturing cycle, i.e. after final machining.

  19. Processing and properties of superclean ASTM A508 Cl. 4 forgings

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    Hinkel, A.V.; Handerhan, K.J.; Manzo, G.J.; Simkins, G.P.

    1988-12-31

    Steels with improved resistance to temper embrittlement are now being produced using ``superclean`` steelmaking technology. This technology involves the use of scrap control, proper electric arc furnace and ladle refining furnace practices to produce steel with very low Mn, Si, P, S and other residual impurities such as Sn, As and Sb. This technology has been applied on a production basis to modified ASTM A508 Cl- 4 material intended for high temperature pressure vessel forgings. Processing and properties of this superclean material are reviewed. In addition, the cleanliness and mechanical properties are compared to conventionally melted A508 Cl. 4 material. The ``superclean`` A508 Cl. 4 mod. was found to meet all specification requirements. In addition, the superclean material was found to possess superior upper shelf CVN properties, a lower FATT{sub 50} and NDTT, along with superior microcleanliness compared to conventional material. Finally, the superclean material was found to be immune to temper embrittlement based on the short-term embrittlement treatments examined.

  20. Industrial Process Design for Manufacturing Inconel 718 Extremely Large Forged Rings

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    Ambielli, John F.

    2011-12-01

    Inconel 718 is a Ni-Fe-based superalloy that has been central to the gas turbine industry since its discovery in 1963. While much more difficult to process than carbon or stainless steels, among its superalloy peers Inconel 718 has relatively high forgeability and has been used to make discs, rings, shells, and structural components. A metal forming process design algorithm is presented to incorporate key criteria relevant to superalloy processing. This algorithm was applied to conceptual forging and heat treating extremely large rings of Inconel 718 of diameter 1956 mm (77in) and weight 3252 kg (7155 lb). A 3-stage standard thermomechanical (TMP) processing was used, where Stage 1 strain varied from 0.1190 to 0.2941, Stage 2 from 0.0208 to 0.0357 and Stage 3 from 0.0440 to 0.0940. This was followed by heat treatment of a solution anneal (954°C/1750°F for 4 hour hold), air cool, then a double aging (718°C/1325°F for 8 hour hold; furnace cool to 621°C/1150°F 56°C/100°F per hr; 18 hour total time for both steps). Preliminary mechanical testing was performed. Average yield strength of 951 MPa/138 ksi (longitudinal) and 979 MPa/142 ksi (axial) was achieved. Tensile strengths were 1276 MPa/185 ksi (longitudinal) and 1255 MPa/182 ksi (axial). Elongations and reduction of areas attained were, respectively, 18 (long) and 25 (axial) and 28 (long) and 27 (axial).

  1. Effect of Forging Parameters on Low Cycle Fatigue Behaviour of Al/Basalt Short Fiber Metal Matrix Composites

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    Karthigeyan, R.; Ranganath, G.

    2013-01-01

    This paper deals with metal matrix composites (MMCs) of Al 7075 alloy containing different weight percentage (2.5, 5, 7.5, and 10) basalt short fiber reinforcement and unreinforced matrix alloy. The samples were produced by the permanent stir casting technique. The casting ingots were cut into blanks to be forged in single stage and double stage, using MN press and graphite-based lubricant. The microstructures and fatigue properties of the matrix alloy and MMC samples were investigated in the as cast state and in the single and double stage forging operations. The microstructure results showed that the forged sample had a uniform distribution of the basalt short fiber throughout the specimens. Evaluation of the fatigue properties showed that the forged samples had higher values than those of the as cast counterparts. After forging, the enhancement of the fatigue strength of the matrix alloy was so significant and high in the case of 2.5 and 5.0?wt. percentage basalt short fiber reinforced MMC, and there was no enhancement in 7.5 and 10?weight percentages short fiber reinforced MMCs. The fracture damage was mainly due to decohesion at the matrix-fiber interface. PMID:24298207

  2. Process Modeling In Cold Forging Considering The Process-Tool-Machine Interactions

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    Kroiss, Thomas; Engel, Ulf; Merklein, Marion

    2010-06-01

    In this paper, a methodic approach is presented for the determination and modeling of the axial deflection characteristic for the whole system of stroke-controlled press and tooling system. This is realized by a combination of experiment and FE simulation. The press characteristic is uniquely measured in experiment. The tooling system characteristic is determined in FE simulation to avoid experimental investigations on various tooling systems. The stiffnesses of press and tooling system are combined to a substitute stiffness that is integrated into the FE process simulation as a spring element. Non-linear initial effects of the press are modeled with a constant shift factor. The approach was applied to a full forward extrusion process on a press with C-frame. A comparison between experiments and results of the integrated FE simulation model showed a high accuracy of the FE model. The simulation model with integrated deflection characteristic represents the entire process behavior and can be used for the calculation of a mathematical process model based on variant simulations and response surfaces. In a subsequent optimization step, an adjusted process and tool design can be determined, that compensates the influence of the deflections on the workpiece dimensions leading to high workpiece accuracy. Using knowledge on the process behavior, the required number of variant simulations was reduced.

  3. Saugus Iron Works Forge

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    The Saugus Iron Works forge, which used a large hammer to compress the iron. Forging strenghened the iron, which, right out of the blast furnace, was brittle. The Saugus River, which powered the forge, can be seen in the background....

  4. New Trends in Forging Technologies

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    Behrens, B.-A.; Hagen, T.; Knigge, J.; Elgaly, I.; Hadifi, T.; Bouguecha, A.

    2011-05-01

    Limited natural resources increase the demand on highly efficient machinery and transportation means. New energy-saving mobility concepts call for design optimisation through downsizing of components and choice of corrosion resistant materials possessing high strength to density ratios. Component downsizing can be performed either by constructive structural optimisation or by substituting heavy materials with lighter high-strength ones. In this context, forging plays an important role in manufacturing load-optimised structural components. At the Institute of Metal Forming and Metal-Forming Machines (IFUM) various innovative forging technologies have been developed. With regard to structural optimisation, different strategies for localised reinforcement of components were investigated. Locally induced strain hardening by means of cold forging under a superimposed hydrostatic pressure could be realised. In addition, controlled martensitic zones could be created through forming induced phase conversion in metastable austenitic steels. Other research focused on the replacement of heavy steel parts with high-strength nonferrous alloys or hybrid material compounds. Several forging processes of magnesium, aluminium and titanium alloys for different aeronautical and automotive applications were developed. The whole process chain from material characterisation via simulation-based process design to the production of the parts has been considered. The feasibility of forging complex shaped geometries using these alloys was confirmed. In spite of the difficulties encountered due to machine noise and high temperature, acoustic emission (AE) technique has been successfully applied for online monitoring of forging defects. New AE analysis algorithm has been developed, so that different signal patterns due to various events such as product/die cracking or die wear could be detected and classified. Further, the feasibility of the mentioned forging technologies was proven by means of the finite element analysis (FEA). For example, the integrity of forging dies with respect to crack initiation due to thermo-mechanical fatigue as well as the ductile damage of forgings was investigated with the help of cumulative damage models. In this paper some of the mentioned approaches are described.

  5. Thermomechanical processing of microalloyed powder forged steels and a cast vanadium steel

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    Dogan, B.; Davies, T. J.

    1985-09-01

    The effects of controlled rolling on transformation behavior of two powder forged (P/F) microalloyed vanadium steels and a cast microalloyed vanadium steel were investigated. Rolling was carried out in the austenitic range below the recrystallization temperature. Equiaxed grain structures were produced in specimens subjected to different reductions and different cooling rates. The ferrite grain size decreased with increasing deformation and cooling rate. Ferrite nucleated on second phase particles, deformation bands, and on elongated prior austenite grain boundaries; consequently a high fractional ferrite refinement was achieved. Deformation raised the ferrite transformation start temperature while the time to transformation from the roll finish temperature decreased. Cooling rates in the cast steel were higher than in P/F steels for all four cooling media used, and the transformation start temperatures of cast steels were lower than that of P/F steel. Intragranular ferrite nucleation, which played a vital role in grain refinement, increased with cooling rate. Fully bainitic microstructures were formed at higher cooling rates in the cast steel. In the P/F steels inclusions and incompletely closed pores served as sites for ferrite nucleation, often forming a secondary ferrite. The rolling schedule reduced the size of large pores and particle surface inclusions and removed interconnected porosity in the P/F steels.

  6. Influence of Process Parameters on the Mechanical Behavior of an Ultrafine-Grained Al Alloy

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    Topping, Troy D.; Ahn, Byungmin; Li, Ying; Nutt, Steven R.; Lavernia, Enrique J.

    2012-02-01

    Aluminum alloys with nanocrystalline (NC) and ultrafine grain (UFG) size are of interest because of their strengths that are typically 30 pct greater than conventionally processed alloys of the same composition. In this study, UFG AA 5083 plate was prepared by quasi-isostatic (QI) forging of cryomilled powder, and the microstructure and mechanical behavior was investigated and compared with the behavior of coarse-grained AA 5083. Forging parameters were adjusted in an effort to strengthen the UFG material while retaining some tensile ductility. Different forging parameters were employed on three plates, with approximate dimensions of 254 mm diameter and 19 mm thickness. The overarching goal of the current effort was to increase strength through minimized grain growth during processing while maintaining ductility by breaking up prior particle boundaries (PPBs) with high forging pressures. Mechanical tests revealed that strength increased inversely with grain size, whereas ductility for some of the experimental materials was preserved at the level of the conventional alloy. The application of the Hall-Petch relationship to the materials was studied and is discussed in detail with consideration given to strengthening mechanisms other than grain size, including dispersion (Orowan), solid solution, and dislocation strengthening.

  7. High-energy rate forgings of wedges :

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    Reynolds, Thomas Bither; Everhart, Wesley; Switzner, Nathan T; Balch, Dorian K.; San Marchi, Christopher W.

    2014-05-01

    The wedge geometry is a simple geometry for establishing a relatively constant gradient of strain in a forged part. The geometry is used to establish gradients in microstructure and strength as a function of strain, forging temperature, and quenching time after forging. This geometry has previously been used to benchmark predictions of strength and recrystallization using Sandias materials model for type 304L austenitic stainless steel. In this report, the processing conditions, in particular the times to forge and quench the forged parts, are summarized based on information recorded during forging on June 18, 2013 of the so-called wedge geometry from type 316L and 21Cr-6Ni-9Mn austenitic stainless steels.

  8. Forging processes: Lubrication. January 1970-January 1990 (A Bibliography from the COMPENDEX data base). Report for January 1970-January 1990

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    Not Available

    1990-05-01

    This bibliography contains citations concerning lubricants used in the forging industries to reduce tool wear and help prevent buildup formation on tools. Methods developed to select and evaluate forging lubricants for both safety and effectiveness are described. Low-pollution level, water-based synthetic lubricants, and non-corrosive, graphite-free lubricants are described. Mathematical modelling and finite element analyses used to determine lubricant dosage and distribution are included. (Contains 189 citations fully indexed and including a title list.)

  9. Forgings meet the challenges of the future

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    Mochnal, G.

    1996-04-01

    To meet and exceed the requirements of the customer of the future, the forging industry is entering a new era of increased productivity and technical advancements. The tools for this task have been developed as a result of a partnership among industry, government, and academia. As another consequence of this partnership, the Forging Industry Association and the Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation are in the process of creating a Vision of the Future. This article will discuss advances in metal-forming simulation, billet heating systems, advanced die materials, and advanced forging presses.

  10. Initial billet and forging dies shape optimization: Application on an axisymetrical forging with a hammer

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    Meng, Fanjuan; Labergere, Carl; Lafon, Pascal

    2011-05-01

    In metal forming process, the forging die design is the most important step for products quality control. Reasonable dies shape can not only reduce raw material cost but also improving material flow and eliminating defects. The main objective of this paper is to obtain some optimal parameters of the initial billet and forging dies shape according to the simulation results of a two-step metal forming process (platting step and forging step). To develop this metal forming process optimization system several numerical tools are required: geometric modelling (CATIA V5™), FEM analysis (ABAQUS®), work-flow control and optimization computation (MODEFRONTIER®). This study is done in three stages: simulating the two-step metal forming process, building surrogate meta-models to relate response and variables and optimizing the process by using advanced optimization algorithms. In this paper, a two-step axisymmetric metal forming project was studied as an example. By using our simulation model, we get 581 correct real simulation results totally. According to all these real values, we build the surrogate meta-models and obtain Pareto points for a two-objective optimization process. The choice of a solution in all Pareto points will be done by the engineer who can choose his best values according to their criterions of project.

  11. Simple three-dimensional laser radar measuring method and model reconstruction for hot heavy forgings

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    Du, Zhengchun; Du, Yueyang

    2012-02-01

    Dimensional measurement of hot heavy forgings is desirable to permit real-time process control, but usually it is inconvenient because of the difficulty in working with very hot workpieces. We present a new three dimensional (3D) measuring approach based on a two-dimensional laser range sensor (TLRS). First, the measurement system is obtained by assembling a TLRS, an axis of rotation, and a servo motor, which rotates the scan plane of the laser ranger sensor and lets the TLRS scan forgings in different planes. Therefore, the coordinates of forging surface points can be obtained in a sensor coordinate system (SCS). According to the transformation matrix between the SCS and measurement coordinate system (MCS), coordinates of points in different SCSs can be transferred into one fixed MCS. Hence the actual 3D models of hot heavy forgings can be reconstructed by using a triangulated irregular network and be optimized by employing improved Delaunay rules. Different parameters of forgings, such as lengths and diameters, can be measured based on the 3D model. The new method is verified by experiments in both the laboratory and the forging workshop. The experimental results indicate that it is much more practical and convenient for the real-time, onsite measurement of hot heavy forgings.

  12. Forging of Advanced Disk Alloy LSHR

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    Gabb, Timothy P.; Gayda, John; Falsey, John

    2005-01-01

    The powder metallurgy disk alloy LSHR was designed with a relatively low gamma precipitate solvus temperature and high refractory element content to allow versatile heat treatment processing combined with high tensile, creep and fatigue properties. Grain size can be chiefly controlled through proper selection of solution heat treatment temperatures relative to the gamma precipitate solvus temperature. However, forging process conditions can also significantly influence solution heat treatment-grain size response. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the relationships between forging process conditions and the eventual grain size of solution heat treated material. A series of forging experiments were performed with subsequent subsolvus and supersolvus heat treatments, in search of suitable forging conditions for producing uniform fine grain and coarse grain microstructures. Subsolvus, supersolvus, and combined subsolvus plus supersolvus heat treatments were then applied. Forging and subsequent heat treatment conditions were identified allowing uniform fine and coarse grain microstructures.

  13. Development of powder-forged connecting rods

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    Imahashi, K.; Tsumuki, C.; Nagare, I.

    1984-01-01

    In comparison with conventional hot forging process, powder forging process has much advantage such as good dimensional accuracy, minimum scattering of weight, etc. In spite of much advantage, the powder forged parts have not been mass-produced except for relatively simple shape parts because of technical and economic problems such as low productivity. Solving these problems, powder forging process was applied to connecting rods which required fatigue strength and minimum scattering of weight, and which were complex in shape. As a result, for the first time in the world, mass-production of powder forged connecting rods was carried out, and its properties are as follows: (1) Sufficient fatigue strength; (2) Minimum scattering of weight; and (3) Good dimensional accuracy.

  14. Numerical Simulation on the Die Filling Process of the Thixo-Forging of Al-7 wt pct Si/Al-22 wt pct Si Bimetal Composite

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    Wang, Guangxu; Huang, Honghua; Yang, Zhao; Shi, Xiaocheng; He, Xiaolong

    2015-10-01

    A bimetal semi-solid fluid has more complicated flow behaviors than a normal semi-solid fluid during thixo-forging. In order to clarify the detailed properties of the bimetal thixo-forging, the effects of billet temperatures and frictions on flow behaviors of the Al-7 wt pct Si/Al-22 wt pct Si bimetal thixo-forging were investigated by commercial software DEFORM-3D. The simulation results show that shear force was unable to be transferred from the upper billet on the drop die side to the bottom billet on the counter die side efficiently in the initial stage of die filling. Only when the upper billet severely deformed, did the shear force deform the bottom billet. A stiffer upper billet can enhance the efficiency of shear force transfer. The processing temperature, the relative stiffness between the upper billet and bottom billet, and frictions between dies and billets, as well as friction between billets, were important factors to control the interface outline of the bimetal parts. The experimental results are consistent with the simulation results.

  15. Effect of Various Heat Treatment Processes on Fatigue Behavior of Tool Steel for Cold Forging Die

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    Jin, S. U.; Kim, S. S.; Lee, Y. S.; Kwon, Y. N.; Lee, J. H.

    Effects of various heat treatment processes, including "Q/T (quenching and tempering)", "Q/CT/T (Quenching, cryogenic treatment and tempering)", "Q/T (quenching and tempering) + Ti-nitriding" and "Q/CT/T (Cryogenic treatment and tempering) + Ti-nitriding", on S-N fatigue behavior of AISI D2 tool steel were investigated. The optical micrographs and Vicker's hardness values at near surface and core area were examined for each specimen. Uniaxial fatigue tests were performed by using an electro-magnetic resonance fatigue testing machine at a frequency of 80 Hz and an R ratio of -1. The overall resistance to fatigue tends to decrease significantly with Ti-nitriding treatment compared to those for the general Q/T and Q/CT/T specimens. The reduced resistance to fatigue with Ti-nitriding is discussed based on the microstructural and fractographic analyses.

  16. Flash Design Optimization In Blade Forging Using FEM Method

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    Shahriari, D.; Sadeghi, M. H.; Cheraghzadeh, M.; Taghipour, M.

    2007-05-01

    Blade forging has been studied and solved by elastic-plastic FEM code. The FEM method has been recently developed as one of the most powerful tools for the analysis and numerical simulation of forging processes. In this research, as a starting point, designing flash land in blade forging recommendations for flash land dimensioning is presented. The FEM method has been applied for simulation and analysis of closed die forging with respect to flash formation at the end of final impression filling for forging of a blade. Finally the best equation of flash dimension is suggested.

  17. Simulation of 7050 Wrought Aluminum Alloy Wheel Die Forging and its Defects Analysis based on DEFORM

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    Huang Shiquan; Yi Youping; Zhang Yuxun

    2010-06-15

    Defects such as folding, intercrystalline cracking and flow lines outcrop are very likely to occur in the forging of aluminum alloy. Moreover, it is difficult to achieve the optimal set of process parameters just by trial and error within an industrial environment. In producing 7050 wrought aluminum alloy wheel, a rigid-plastic finite element method (FEM) analysis has been performed to optimize die forging process. Processing parameters were analyzed, focusing on the effects of punch speed, friction factor and temperature. Meanwhile, mechanism as well as the evolution with respect to the defects of the wrought wheel was studied in details. From an analysis of the results, isothermal die forging was proposed for producing 7050 aluminum alloy wheel with good mechanical properties. Finally, verification experiment was carried out on hydropress.

  18. Simulation of 7050 Wrought Aluminum Alloy Wheel Die Forging and its Defects Analysis based on DEFORM

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    Shi-Quan, Huang; You-Ping, Yi; Yu-Xun, Zhang

    2010-06-01

    Defects such as folding, intercrystalline cracking and flow lines outcrop are very likely to occur in the forging of aluminum alloy. Moreover, it is difficult to achieve the optimal set of process parameters just by trial and error within an industrial environment. In producing 7050 wrought aluminum alloy wheel, a rigid-plastic finite element method (FEM) analysis has been performed to optimize die forging process. Processing parameters were analyzed, focusing on the effects of punch speed, friction factor and temperature. Meanwhile, mechanism as well as the evolution with respect to the defects of the wrought wheel was studied in details. From an analysis of the results, isothermal die forging was proposed for producing 7050 aluminum alloy wheel with good mechanical properties. Finally, verification experiment was carried out on hydropress.

  19. Superplastic forging nitride ceramics

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    Panda, P.C.; Seydel, E.R.; Raj, R.

    1988-03-22

    A process is disclosed for preparing silicon nitride ceramic parts which are relatively flaw free and which need little or no machining, said process comprising the steps of: (a) preparing a starting powder by wet or dry mixing ingredients comprising by weight from about 70% to about 99% silicon nitride, from about 1% to about 30% of liquid phase forming additive and from 1% to about 7% free silicon; (b) cold pressing to obtain a preform of green density ranging from about 30% to about 75% of theoretical density; (c) sintering at atmospheric pressure in a nitrogen atmosphere at a temperature ranging from about 1,400 C to about 2,200 C to obtain a density which ranges from about 50% to about 100% of theoretical density and which is higher than said preform green density, and (d) press forging workpiece resulting from step (c) by isothermally uniaxially pressing said workpiece in an open die without initial contact between said workpiece and die wall perpendicular to the direction of pressing and so that pressed workpiece does not contact die wall perpendicular to the direction of pressing, to substantially final shape in a nitrogen atmosphere utilizing a temperature within the range of from about 1,400 C to essentially 1,750 C and strain rate within the range of about 10[sup [minus]7] to about 10[sup [minus]1] seconds[sup [minus]1], the temperature and strain rate being such that surface cracks do not occur, said pressing being carried out to obtain a shear deformation greater than 30% whereby superplastic forging is effected.

  20. Controlled Forging of a Nb Containing Microalloyed Steel for Automotive Applications

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    Nakhaie, Davood; Hosseini Benhangi, Pooya; Fazeli, Fateh; Mazinani, Mohammad; Zohourvahid Karimi, Ebrahim; Ghandehari Ferdowsi, Mahmoud Reza

    2012-12-01

    Controlled forging of microalloyed steels is a viable economical process for the manufacture of automotive parts. Ferrite grain refinement and precipitation hardening are the major microstructural parameters to enhance the mechanical properties of the forged components. In the current study, a modified thermomechanical treatment for additional ferrite grain refinement is developed by exploiting the effect of Nb in increasing the T NR (no recrystallization temperature) and via phase transformation from a pancaked austenite. This is accomplished by performing the final passes of forging below the T NR temperature followed by a controlled cooling stage to produce a mixture of fine grained ferrite, small scaled acicular ferrite as well as a limited amount of martensite. The effect of processing parameters in terms of forging strain, cooling rate and aging condition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of a medium carbon, Nb containing microalloyed steel is investigated. An attempt is made to identify a suitable microstructure that provides a proper combination of high strength and good impact toughness. The processing-microstructure relationships for the proposed novel forging procedure are discussed, and directions for further improvements are outlined.

  1. Enhancement of Aluminum Alloy Forgings through Rapid Billet Heating

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    Kervick, R.; Blue, C. A.; Kadolkar, P. B.; Ando, T.; Lu, H.; Nakazawa, K.; Mayer, H.; Mochnal, G.

    2006-06-01

    Forging is a manufacturing process in which metal is pressed, pounded or squeezed under great pressure and, often, under high strain rates into high-strength parts known as forgings. The process is typically performed hot by preheating the metal to a desired temperature before it is worked. The forging process can create parts that are stronger than those manufactured by any other metal working process. Forgings are almost always used where reliability and human safety are critical. Forgings are normally component parts contained inside assembled items such airplanes, automobiles, tractors, ships, oil drilling equipment, engines missiles, and all kinds of capital equipment Forgings are stronger than castings and surpass them in predictable strength properties, producing superior strength that is assured, part to part.

  2. Estimation of friction under forging conditions by means of the ring-on-disc test

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    Buchner, Bernhard; Umgeher, Andreas; Buchmayr, Bruno

    2007-04-07

    In order to understand the tribological processes and interactions in the tool-workpiece-interface systematically, basic experiments that allow an independent variation of influencing parameters are necessary. The ring-on-disc test is a popular model experiment that is often used in tribological analyses at low normal contact pressures.The scope of the paper is an analysis of the applicability of the ring-on-disc test for high normal pressures as used in forging processes, using aluminium AA6082 as workpiece material. It turned out, that this test is a convenient method to measure friction under forging conditions.

  3. Mechanical Testing Development for Reservoir Forgings

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    Wenski, E.G.

    2000-05-22

    The goal of this project was to determine the machining techniques and testing capabilities required for mechanical property evaluation of commercially procured reservoir forgings. Due to the small size of these specific forgings, specialized methods are required to adequately machine and test these sub-miniature samples in accordance with the requirements of ASTM-E8 and ASTM-E9. At the time of project initiation, no capability existed at Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (FM&T) to verify the physical properties of these reservoirs as required on the drawing specifications. The project determined the sample definitions, machining processes, and testing procedures to verify the physical properties of the reservoir forgings; specifically, tensile strength, yield strength, reduction of area, and elongation. In addition, a compression test method was also developed to minimize sample preparation time and provide a more easily machined test sample while maintaining the physical validation of the forging.

  4. Roughness parameter selection for novel manufacturing processes.

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    Ham, M; Powers, B M

    2014-01-01

    This work proposes a method of roughness parameter (RP) selection for novel manufacturing processes or processes where little knowledge exists about which RPs are important. The method selects a single parameter to represent a group of highly correlated parameters. Single point incremental forming (SPIF) is used as the case study for the manufacturing process. This methodology was successful in reducing the number of RPs investigated from 18 to 8 in the case study. PMID:23460493

  5. 31. FORGE, ANVIL, POWER FORGE HAMMER (FRONT TO BACK), AND ...

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    31. FORGE, ANVIL, POWER FORGE HAMMER (FRONT TO BACK), AND DOORWAY INTO MAIN SHOP-LOOKING SOUTHWEST. - W. A. Young & Sons Foundry & Machine Shop, On Water Street along Monongahela River, Rices Landing, Greene County, PA

  6. Partners: Forging Strong Relationships.

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    Spears, Ellen, Ed.

    1999-01-01

    This newsletter issue asserts that sound, effective relationships in which diverse groups of people and organizations work together toward a common goal are the basis of the collaborative efforts in education that can accomplish change. The first article, "Partners: Forging Strong Relationships" (Sarah E. Torian), briefly describes the efforts of…

  7. Near-Net Forging Technology Demonstration Program

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    Hall, I. Keith

    1996-01-01

    Significant advantages in specific mechanical properties, when compared to conventional aluminum (Al) alloys, make aluminum-lithium (Al-Li) alloys attractive candidate materials for use in cryogenic propellant tanks and dry bay structures. However, the cost of Al-Li alloys is typically five times that of 2219 aluminum. If conventional fabrication processes are employed to fabricate launch vehicle structure, the material costs will restrict their utilization. In order to fully exploit the potential cost and performance benefits of Al-Li alloys, it is necessary that near-net manufacturing methods be developed to off-set or reduce raw material costs. Near-net forging is an advanced manufacturing method that uses elevated temperature metal movement (forging) to fabricate a single piece, near-net shape, structure. This process is termed 'near-net' because only a minimal amount of post-forge machining is required. The near-net forging process was developed to reduce the material scrap rate (buy-to-fly ratio) and fabrication costs associated with conventional manufacturing methods. The goal for the near-net forging process, when mature, is to achieve an overall cost reduction of approximately 50 percent compared with conventional manufacturing options for producing structures fabricated from Al-Li alloys. This NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) sponsored program has been a part of a unique government / industry partnership, coordinated to develop and demonstrate near-net forging technology. The objective of this program was to demonstrate scale-up of the near-net forging process. This objective was successfully achieved by fabricating four integrally stiffened, 170- inch diameter by 20-inch tall, Al-Li alloy 2195, Y-ring adapters. Initially, two 2195 Al-Li ingots were converted and back extruded to produce four cylindrical blockers. Conventional ring rolling of the blockers was performed to produce ring preforms, which were then contour ring rolled to produce 'contour preforms'. All of the contour preforms on this first-of-a-kind effort were imperfect, and the ingot used to fabricate two of the preforms was of an earlier vintage. As lessons were learned throughout the program, the tooling and procedures evolved, and hence the preform quality. Two of the best contour preforms were near- net forged to produce a process pathfinder Y-ring adapter and a 'mechanical properties pathfinder' Y-ring adapter. At this point, Lockheed Martin Astronautics elected to procure additional 2195 aluminum-lithium ingot of the latest vintage, produce two additional preforms, and substitute them for older vintage material non-perfectly filled preforms already produced on this contract. The existing preforms could have been used to fulfill the requirements of the contract.

  8. Grain evolution during hot forging

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    Jin, Quanlin

    2013-05-01

    A review on grain evolution during hot forging is presented in this paper. The discussion focus is on the experimental law, the microscopic mechanism, the physical model and the evolution equations of grain refinement and growth. This is because the grain evolution is the most important microstructure evolution effecting on the part mechanical behaviors, and to establish reasonable grain evolution is a very important and difficult work for macro microscopic coupling constitutive equation. The following contents about constitutive equation and grain evolution are discussed. 1) The experimental phenomena and evolution laws of grain growth and grain refinement under differential working conditions (deformation, heating, cooling) in order to adapt to the needs of numerical simulation of whole forging process. 2) The advantages and disadvantages of the traditional empirical equations on grain growth, grain refinement and recrystallization process are analyzed. 3) The recent advances in physic models for dynamic recrystallizaton and dynamic grain growth are introduced in detail. Comparing to the empirical equations, these models are closer to the actual physical process. The models not only describe the details of grain changes, but also reveal the relationship between the accumulated dislocations energy and grain size evolution. In addition, the assumptions used in the models and their influences on prediction function are also discussed in order to improve the models.

  9. The thermal modeling of large axisymmetric forgings

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    van Tyne, C. J.; Focht, R. B.; Nelson, T. D.; Reese, W.

    1994-09-01

    Three thermal models for simulating the heating cycles used for large forgings were developed. They were designed for accuracy, user friendliness, and rapid calculation on a personal computer. The results that are obtained from these models are the temperature profiles that occur within the ingot, forging or roll at various depths from the surface. The values for these temperature versus time curves can be used to examine several features about the heat treatment process. The example presented in this paper showed the effect of heating rate and hold at 704 C on the surface-to-center temperature difference that occurs in a medium carbon steel ingot.

  10. Flow simulation and solidification phenomena of AC4CH aluminum alloy in semi-solid forging process by explicit MPS method

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    Regmi, Amit; Shintaku, Hiroki; Sasaki, Tsutomu; Koshizuka, Seiichi

    2015-09-01

    Semi-solid forging (SSF) is a powerful manufacturing technology to fabricate near-net shaped products in automotive industries. During SSF process, the filling behavior and solidification process of AC4CH aluminum alloy is presented in this paper. The explicit MPS method program solving Navier-Stokes equation is coupled with heat transfer and solidification has been used to predict the filling pattern and temperature distribution of semi-solid material (SSM). The non-Newtonian rheological model was used as the constitutive equation of SSM. In this study, numerical analysis of SSF was carried out in box cavity with various flange thickness (4, 8, 12 and 16 mm) and corresponding experiments were undertaken for AC4CH aluminum alloy with solid fraction less than 0.5. The numerical results of SSM filling pattern and solidification phenomena in flange were validated with the experimental results. During solidification process, flow calculation was stopped and only thermal calculation was carried out. The shrinkage defect was well predicted near the lower mid area of the box cavity with flange thickness 16 mm.

  11. Friction and wear in hot forging of steels

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    Daouben, E.; Dubar, L.; Dubar, M.; Deltombe, R.; Dubois, A.; Truong-Dinh, N.; Lazzarotto, L.

    2007-04-01

    In the field of hot forging of steels, the mastering of wear phenomena enables to save cost production, especially concerning tools. Surfaces of tools are protected thanks to graphite. The existing lubrication processes are not very well known: amount and quality of lubricant, lubrication techniques have to be strongly optimized to delay wear phenomena occurrence. This optimization is linked with hot forging processes, the lubricant layers must be tested according to representative friction conditions. This paper presents the first part of a global study focused on wear phenomena encountered in hot forging of steels. The goal is the identification of reliable parameters, in order to bring knowledge and models of wear. A prototype testing stand developed in the authors' laboratory is involved in this experimental analysis. This test is called Warm and Hot Upsetting Sliding Test (WHUST). The stand is composed of a heating induction system and a servo-hydraulic system. Workpieces taken from production can be heated until 1200C. A nitrided contactor representing the tool is heated at 200C. The contactor is then coated with graphite and rubs against the workpiece, leaving a residual track on it. Friction coefficient and surface parameters on the contactor and the workpiece are the most representative test results. The surface parameters are mainly the sliding length before defects occurrence, and the amplitude of surface profile of the contactor. The developed methodology will be first presented followed by the different parts of the experimental prototype. The results of experiment show clearly different levels of performance according to different lubricants.

  12. Friction and wear in hot forging of steels

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    Daouben, E.; Dubar, L.; Dubar, M.; Deltombe, R.; Dubois, A.; Truong-Dinh, N.; Lazzarotto, L.

    2007-04-07

    In the field of hot forging of steels, the mastering of wear phenomena enables to save cost production, especially concerning tools. Surfaces of tools are protected thanks to graphite. The existing lubrication processes are not very well known: amount and quality of lubricant, lubrication techniques have to be strongly optimized to delay wear phenomena occurrence. This optimization is linked with hot forging processes, the lubricant layers must be tested according to representative friction conditions. This paper presents the first part of a global study focused on wear phenomena encountered in hot forging of steels. The goal is the identification of reliable parameters, in order to bring knowledge and models of wear. A prototype testing stand developed in the authors' laboratory is involved in this experimental analysis. This test is called Warm and Hot Upsetting Sliding Test (WHUST). The stand is composed of a heating induction system and a servo-hydraulic system. Workpieces taken from production can be heated until 1200 deg. C. A nitrided contactor representing the tool is heated at 200 deg. C. The contactor is then coated with graphite and rubs against the workpiece, leaving a residual track on it. Friction coefficient and surface parameters on the contactor and the workpiece are the most representative test results. The surface parameters are mainly the sliding length before defects occurrence, and the amplitude of surface profile of the contactor. The developed methodology will be first presented followed by the different parts of the experimental prototype. The results of experiment show clearly different levels of performance according to different lubricants.

  13. Selection of informative parameters of vibroacoustic processes

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    Koshek, L. N.

    1973-01-01

    The problem of selecting informative parameters of vibro-acoustic processes and the construction of apparatus for their determination are discussed. It is assumed that the processes being investigated are structurally uniform and either purely random or contain not very many determinative components.

  14. Superplastic forging nitride ceramics

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    Panda, Prakash C.; Seydel, Edgar R.; Raj, Rishi

    1988-03-22

    The invention relates to producing relatively flaw free silicon nitride ceramic shapes requiring little or no machining by superplastic forging This invention herein was made in part under Department of Energy Grant DE-AC01-84ER80167, creating certain rights in the United States Government. The invention was also made in part under New York State Science and Technology Grant SB1R 1985-10.

  15. Hot Cutting of Real-Time Cast-Forged GS Ductile Iron for Automotive Rods

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    Fouilland, Laurence; Mansori, Mohamed El

    2011-01-01

    In the global economy context, automotive industry suppliers have to keep a constant advance on products design and manufacturing process. Concerning automotive rods, the substitution of forged steel by spherical graphite iron (SG iron) with high mechanical properties constitutes a valid economic alternative. Such rods are produced using a complex coupled process: casting and forging followed by an austempered heat treatment. The forging operation is capable to shape the cast rod which introduces hot deformation to increase mechanical properties of net-shape SG iron rod. However, the intermediate re-heating between casting and forging must be avoided to keep competitive manufacturing costs. A major concern of this new process development is the cracks produced in rod's surface which are consecutive to hot spruing involved after casting operations. This issue is addressed in this paper which discusses the physical mechanisms involved in the hot ductile damage of SG iron. Hot cutting tests were performed to simulate the spruing operation which shows the close interactions between microstructure, machining parameters and resulting damages. The damage mechanisms in terms of crack initiation and its growth have been studied with respect to the constituent phases (austenite+graphite nodules), the cut surface morphology and the hot cutting performance.

  16. Secondary development of finite element simulation program and experimental verification of multi-step continuous forging

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    Xia, Qinxiang; Xiang, Ke; Zhu, Ningyuan; Song, Asheng

    2013-05-01

    For long-shaft heavy forgings, multiple forging passes and several blows per pass are involved, the forging billet is fed at a certain distance after per blow and is rotated a certain angle after per pass, so the forging process is very time-consuming. The numerical simulation has become one kind of the most effective methods to study the forming process of heavy forgings. Presently, the simulation of the forging process of heavy forgings is mainly based on the multi-step simple forming process modeling, the influences between each pass are usually ignored. The function call module in text mode based on DEOFRM-3D software was developed to realize the simulation of multi-step continuous forming process of heavy forgings, therefore, the numerical simulation model is in line with reality. The whole multi-step continuous forging process was simulated based on the developed finite element simulation program, the surface temperature and dimension variation of forgings were obtained, and the corresponding experiments were carried out. It shows that the simulation results conform well to the experimental one. It indicates that the developed finite element simulation program can be used to simulate the multi-step continuous forging effectively.

  17. A material based approach to creating wear resistant surfaces for hot forging

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    Babu, Sailesh

    Tools and dies used in metal forming are characterized by extremely high temperatures at the interface, high local pressures and large metal to metal sliding. These harsh conditions result in accelerated wear of tooling. Lubrication of tools, done to improve metal flow drastically quenches the surface layers of the tools and compounds the tool failure problem. This phenomenon becomes a serious issue when parts forged at complex and are expected to meet tight tolerances. Unpredictable and hence uncontrolled wear and degradation of tooling result in poor part quality and premature tool failure that result in high scrap, shop downtime, poor efficiency and high cost. The objective of this dissertation is to develop a computer-based methodology for analyzing the requirements hot forging tooling to resist wear and plastic deformation and wear and predicting life cycle of forge tooling. Development of such is a system is complicated by the fact that wear and degradation of tooling is influenced by not only the die material used but also numerous process controls like lubricant, dilution ratio, forging temperature, equipment used, tool geometries among others. Phenomenological models available u1 the literature give us a good thumb rule to selecting materials but do not provide a way to evaluate pits performance in field. Once a material is chosen, there are no proven approaches to create surfaces out of these materials. Coating approaches like PVD and CVD cannot generate thick coatings necessary to withstand the conditions under hot forging. Welding cannot generate complex surfaces without several secondary operations like heat treating and machining. If careful procedures are not followed, welds crack and seldom survive forging loads. There is a strong need for an approach to selectively, reliably and precisely deposit material of choice reliably on an existing surface which exhibit not only good tribological properties but also good adhesion to the substrate. Dissertation outlines development of a new cyclic contact test design to recreate intermittent tempering seen in hot forging. This test has been used to validate the use of tempering parameters in modeling of in-service softening of tool steel surfaces. The dissertation also outlines an industrial case study, conducted at a forging company, to validate the wear model. This dissertation also outlines efforts at Ohio State University, to deposit Nickel Aluminide on AISI H13 substrate, using Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS). Dissertation reports results from an array of experiments conducted using LENS 750 machine, at various power levels, table speeds and hatch spacing. Results pertaining to bond quality, surface finish, compositional gradients and hardness are provided. Also, a thermal-based finite element numerical model that was used to simulate the LENS process is presented, along with some demonstrated results.

  18. Surveillance of industrial processes with correlated parameters

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    White, Andrew M. (Skokie, IL); Gross, Kenny C. (Bolingbrook, IL); Kubic, William L. (Sante Fe, NM); Wigeland, Roald A. (Olympia Fields, IL)

    1996-01-01

    A system and method for surveillance of an industrial process. The system and method includes a plurality of sensors monitoring industrial process parameters, devices to convert the sensed data to computer compatible information and a computer which executes computer software directed to analyzing the sensor data to discern statistically reliable alarm conditions. The computer software is executed to remove serial correlation information and then calculate Mahalanobis distribution data to carry out a probability ratio test to determine alarm conditions.

  19. Surveillance of industrial processes with correlated parameters

    DOEpatents

    White, A.M.; Gross, K.C.; Kubic, W.L.; Wigeland, R.A.

    1996-12-17

    A system and method for surveillance of an industrial process are disclosed. The system and method includes a plurality of sensors monitoring industrial process parameters, devices to convert the sensed data to computer compatible information and a computer which executes computer software directed to analyzing the sensor data to discern statistically reliable alarm conditions. The computer software is executed to remove serial correlation information and then calculate Mahalanobis distribution data to carry out a probability ratio test to determine alarm conditions. 10 figs.

  20. Modeling and simulation of austenite grain evolution for heavy forging steel 30Cr2Ni4MoV undergoing hot deformation

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    Cui, Zhenshan; Li, Cuidong; Chen, Fei; Sui, Dashan

    2013-05-01

    30Cr2Ni4MoV is widely used as heavy forging materials for low pressure rotors which equips the ultra-supercritical power generations. The final properties of the heavy forging products relies apparently on the grain size of the material, so that the grain should be refined and homogenized during forming process through controlling the working parameters during forming process. For this purpose, the research on the modeling and simulation of austenite grain evolution is conducted for different forming stages: the grain growth during heating, dynamic recrystallization (DRX) during hitting, and meta-dynamic (MDRX) and static recrystallization (SRX) during hitting intervals. Experiment-based phenomenological models, as easy ways to characterize the grain evolution, are established for the process of heating and single-hit, while the Cellular Automaton simulations are applied for tracing more complex recrystallization process during multi-hit deformations. The research shows that, for heavy forgings, the long-time heating process can cause very coarse grains which are harmful to the final properties. Therefore, in order to refine and homogenize the grain size for the heavy forgings, the working parameters for forging should be determined to ensure the recrystallization can be completed and the deformation can be uniformly distributed. Some applications of the models and simulation method in multi-hit process are also demonstrated.

  1. Computer-Aided Design of Manufacturing Chain Based on Closed Die Forging for Hardly Deformable Cu-Based Alloys

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    Pietrzyk, Maciej; Kuziak, Roman; Pidvysots'kyy, Valeriy; Nowak, Jaros?aw; W?glarczyk, Stanis?aw; Drozdowski, Krzysztof

    2013-07-01

    Two copper-based alloys were considered, Cu-1 pct Cr and Cu-0.7 pct Cr-1 pct Si-2 pct Ni. The thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties of these alloys are given in the paper and compared to pure copper and steel. The role of aging and precipitation kinetics in hardening of the alloys is discussed based upon the developed model. Results of plastometric tests performed at various temperatures and various strain rates are presented. The effect of the initial microstructure on the flow stress was investigated. Rheologic models for the alloys were developed. A finite element (FE) model based on the Norton-Hoff visco-plastic flow rule was applied to the simulation of forging of the alloys. Analysis of the die wear for various processes of hot and cold forging is presented as well. A microstructure evolution model was implemented into the FE code, and the microstructure and mechanical properties of final products were predicted. Various variants of the manufacturing cycles were considered. These include different preheating schedules, hot forging, cold forging, and aging. All variants were simulated using the FE method and loads, die filling, tool wear, and mechanical properties of products were predicted. Three variants giving the best combination of forging parameters were selected and industrial trials were performed. The best manufacturing technology for the copper-based alloys is proposed.

  2. Visual parameter optimisation for biomedical image processing

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    2015-01-01

    Background Biomedical image processing methods require users to optimise input parameters to ensure high-quality output. This presents two challenges. First, it is difficult to optimise multiple input parameters for multiple input images. Second, it is difficult to achieve an understanding of underlying algorithms, in particular, relationships between input and output. Results We present a visualisation method that transforms users' ability to understand algorithm behaviour by integrating input and output, and by supporting exploration of their relationships. We discuss its application to a colour deconvolution technique for stained histology images and show how it enabled a domain expert to identify suitable parameter values for the deconvolution of two types of images, and metrics to quantify deconvolution performance. It also enabled a breakthrough in understanding by invalidating an underlying assumption about the algorithm. Conclusions The visualisation method presented here provides analysis capability for multiple inputs and outputs in biomedical image processing that is not supported by previous analysis software. The analysis supported by our method is not feasible with conventional trial-and-error approaches. PMID:26329538

  3. Effects of process parameters on hydrothermal carbonization

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    Uddin, Md. Helal

    In recent years there has been increased research activity in renewable energy, especially upgrading widely available lignicellulosic biomass, in a bid to counter the increasing environmental concerns related with the use of fossil fuels. Hydrothermal carbonization (HTC), also known as wet torrefaction or hot water pretreatment, is a process for pretreatment of diverse lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks, where biomass is treated under subcritical water conditions in short contact time to produce high-value products. The products of this process are: a solid mass characterized as biochar/biocoal/biocarbon, which is homogeneous, energy dense, and hydrophobic; a liquid stream composed of five and six carbon sugars, various organic acids, and 5-HMF; and a gaseous stream, mainly CO2. A number of process parameters are considered important for the extensive application of the HTC process. Primarily, reaction temperature determines the characteristics of the products. In the solid product, the oxygen carbon ratio decreases with increasing reaction temperature and as a result, HTC biochar has the similar characteristics to low rank coal. However, liquid and gaseous stream compositions are largely correlated with the residence time. Biomass particle size can also limit the reaction kinetics due to the mass transfer effect. Recycling of process water can help to minimize the utility consumption and reduce the waste treatment cost as a result of less environmental impact. Loblolly pine was treated in hot compressed water at 200 C, 230 C, and 260 C with 5:1 water:biomass mass ratio to investigate the effects of process parameters on HTC. The solid product were characterized by their mass yields, higher heating values (HHV), and equilibrium moisture content (EMC), while the liquid were characterized by their total organic carbon content and pH value.

  4. Tool Path Design of Incremental Open-Die Disk Forging Using Physical Modeling

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    Lee, Sung-Uk; Yang, Dong-Yol

    A small-batch product of large-sized parts is usually manufactured using incremental open-die forging. In order to control the overall change in the shape of a part, it is essential to be able to predict the shape changes that occur during each step. This paper addresses shape changes of a material according to the forging path. Rapid prediction of metal flows for continuing incremental deformation using theoretical methods is difficult. Accordingly, instead of a theoretical approach, an experiment that tests the tendency of the metal flow for development of forming processes is required. For the sake of convenience, simulative experiments are carried out using plasticine at room temperature. In present study, the tool movement is dominant parameters to with respect to changing the shape of the workpiece.

  5. Sinter-forging of strongly textured Bi2223 discs with large Jcs: nucleation and growth of Bi2223 from Bi2212 crystallites

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    Guilmeau, E.; Chateigner, D.; Noudem, J. G.

    2002-10-01

    Dense Bi2223 superconductor discs with a highly oriented structure were prepared by the sinter-forging method. A detailed investigation of the processing parameters has been carried out on the phase assemblage, the particle size of the calcined precursor powder and the sinter-forging time and temperature. A high transport critical current density, Jc, was obtained from a starting powder rich in Bi2212 and secondary phases. Using fine powder, a high degree of orientation, larger than those of multifilamentary tapes, and excellent intergrain connection were observed. The optimal sinter-forging temperature was found to be in the range of 845-850 C and the transport critical current densities reached values of 12 700 A cm-2 at 77 K in self-field. The combination of textural and microstructural investigations testify that a nucleation-growth mechanism from the Bi2212 particles is responsible for the Bi2223 phase formation, rather than an intercalation process.

  6. Finite Element Simulation of the Tool Steel Stress Response As Used In a Hot Forging

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    Hjertsn, David; Sjstrm, Johnny; Bergstrm, Jens; Nsstrm, Mats

    2004-06-01

    Hot-work forging tools are subjected to severe and complex loading conditions (cyclic stress/strain conditions, varying strain rates, varying temperature, environmental damage), leading to short die life. There is also a temperature and time dependant material response to consider. Presently, hot-forging of a steel crankshaft is approached by a combined experimental and numerical simulation study of a hot-work tool steel. The forging conditions were investigated by thermal measurements and damage analysis. Laboratory testing by isothermal fatigue in the temperature range 200 - 600 C was performed. An elasto-plastic kinematic and isotropic hardening model (according to Chaboche) was used to model the material behaviour where the material parameters were derived from the experimental part. Viscoplastic effects are not accounted for in the material model as they have minor influence on the stress-strain relation in the experimental setup. The model was implemented in a FEM program (MSC.Marc) using a semi-implicit time integration scheme according to Shih and Ortiz, and evaluated by modelling of the isothermal fatigue tests. The FE-results managed to describe the materials general behavior, the correlation between the experimental simulated values were however not satisfactory due to influence of factors in the parameter derivation. Important features of the material behaviour are the cyclic softening and its dependence of the temperature, and also the strain path history. The long-term goal is to fully analyze the hot-forging die in service by numerical simulation and to study the influence of manufacturing processes on die properties.

  7. Prediction of Microstructure in High-Strength Ductile Forging Parts

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    Urban, M.; Keul, C.; Back, A.; Bleck, W.; Hirt, G.

    2010-06-01

    Governmental, environmental and economic demands call for lighter, stiffer and at the same time cheaper products in the vehicle industry. Especially safety relevant parts have to be stiff and at the same time ductile. The strategy of this project was to improve the mechanical properties of forging steel alloys by employing a high-strength and ductile bainitic microstructure in the parts while maintaining cost effective process chains to reach these goals for high stressed forged parts. Therefore, a new steel alloy combined with an optimized process chain has been developed. To optimize the process chain with a minimum of expensive experiments, a numerical approach was developed to predict the microstructure of the steel alloy after the process chain based on FEM simulations of the forging and cooling combined with deformation-time-temperature-transformation-diagrams.

  8. Boundary element calculation of the effective conditions for forging by radially contoured dies

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    Vovchenko, A. V.

    2012-03-01

    The boundary element method is used to analyze the forging of workpieces with a round cross section by radially contoured dies. The limiting values of the effective technological parameters of forging that both exclude the formation of new discontinuity defects (voids) in the cross section of forged pieces after drawing and limit the development of similar defects having formed in workpieces are determined. The results of a numerical analysis are reduced to functional relationships that connect the technological drawing parameters, the cut parameters of dies, and the transverse workpiece size.

  9. Investigations on Forging Dies with Ceramic Inserts by means of Finite-Element-Analysis

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    Behrens, B.-A.; Schfer, F.; Bistron, M.

    2007-05-01

    The tools in hot forging processes are exposed to high thermal and mechanical loadings. Tempering of the tool edge layer occurs as a result of thermal loadings. This leads to a gradual hardness loss of the tool material and increase of wear over forging cycles. Hence, the tool life in hot forging is mainly limited by wear. An extension of the die service life can be achieved by the use of ceramic inserts. The integration of ceramics into the die base plate made of hot-work steel is realised by active brazing, whereby it possible to apply ceramic in region with high wear. It has to be ensured in the design process of ceramic inserts for forging dies that no critical tensile stresses occur in the ceramics. A reliable design of the ceramic inserts is possible only through consideration of brazing and forming process. The development of a Finite-Element-model for the design of forging dies with ceramic inserts is the intention of the work presented in this paper. At first the forging process with a conventional die is analyzed concerning abrasive die wear to identify regions with high wear risk applying a modified Archard model. Based on the results of wear calculation, a forging die with ceramic inserts is investigated in terms of joint stresses at the end of the active brazing process. Subsequently, the forging process considering the residual stresses caused by joining is simulated in order to obtain the die stress in use.

  10. Investigations on Forging Dies with Ceramic Inserts by means of Finite-Element-Analysis

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    Behrens, B.-A.; Schaefer, F.; Bistron, M.

    2007-05-17

    The tools in hot forging processes are exposed to high thermal and mechanical loadings. Tempering of the tool edge layer occurs as a result of thermal loadings. This leads to a gradual hardness loss of the tool material and increase of wear over forging cycles. Hence, the tool life in hot forging is mainly limited by wear. An extension of the die service life can be achieved by the use of ceramic inserts. The integration of ceramics into the die base plate made of hot-work steel is realised by active brazing, whereby it possible to apply ceramic in region with high wear. It has to be ensured in the design process of ceramic inserts for forging dies that no critical tensile stresses occur in the ceramics. A reliable design of the ceramic inserts is possible only through consideration of brazing and forming process. The development of a Finite-Element-model for the design of forging dies with ceramic inserts is the intention of the work presented in this paper. At first the forging process with a conventional die is analyzed concerning abrasive die wear to identify regions with high wear risk applying a modified Archard model. Based on the results of wear calculation, a forging die with ceramic inserts is investigated in terms of joint stresses at the end of the active brazing process. Subsequently, the forging process considering the residual stresses caused by joining is simulated in order to obtain the die stress in use.

  11. 29 CFR 1910.218 - Forging machines.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 5 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Forging machines. 1910.218 Section 1910.218 Labor... OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS Machinery and Machine Guarding § 1910.218 Forging machines. (a... other identifier, for the forging machine which was inspected. (ii) Scheduling and recording...

  12. 29 CFR 1910.218 - Forging machines.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 5 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Forging machines. 1910.218 Section 1910.218 Labor... OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS Machinery and Machine Guarding § 1910.218 Forging machines. (a... other identifier, for the forging machine which was inspected. (ii) Scheduling and recording...

  13. 29 CFR 1910.218 - Forging machines.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 5 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Forging machines. 1910.218 Section 1910.218 Labor... OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS Machinery and Machine Guarding § 1910.218 Forging machines. (a... other identifier, for the forging machine which was inspected. (ii) Scheduling and recording...

  14. 29 CFR 1910.218 - Forging machines.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 5 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Forging machines. 1910.218 Section 1910.218 Labor... OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS Machinery and Machine Guarding § 1910.218 Forging machines. (a... other identifier, for the forging machine which was inspected. (ii) Scheduling and recording...

  15. 29 CFR 1910.218 - Forging machines.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 5 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Forging machines. 1910.218 Section 1910.218 Labor... OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS Machinery and Machine Guarding § 1910.218 Forging machines. (a... other identifier, for the forging machine which was inspected. (ii) Scheduling and recording...

  16. Saugus Iron Works Forge and Mill

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    A view of the forge at Saugus Iron Works, as well as the rolling and slitting mill. The forge used a large hammer to compress the iron. Forging strenghened the iron, which, right out of the blast furnace, was brittle. The rolling and slitting mill would make bars of iron that could be cut into thing...

  17. Development of high purity large forgings for nuclear power plants

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    Tanaka, Yasuhiko; Sato, Ikuo

    2011-10-01

    The recent increase in the size of energy plants has been supported by the development of manufacturing technology for high purity large forgings for the key components of the plant. To assure the reliability and performance of the large forgings, refining technology to make high purity steels, casting technology for gigantic ingots, forging technology to homogenize the material and consolidate porosity are essential, together with the required heat treatment and machining technologies. To meet these needs, the double degassing method to reduce impurities, multi-pouring methods to cast the gigantic ingots, vacuum carbon deoxidization, the warm forging process and related technologies have been developed and further improved. Furthermore, melting facilities including vacuum induction melting and electro slag re-melting furnaces have been installed. By using these technologies and equipment, large forgings have been manufactured and shipped to customers. These technologies have also been applied to the manufacture of austenitic steel vessel components of the fast breeder reactors and components for fusion experiments.

  18. Effect of processing parameters on autoclaved PMR polyimide composites

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    Vannucci, R. D.

    1977-01-01

    A study was conducted to determine the effect of processing parameters on the processability and properties of autoclaved fiber reinforced PMR polyimide composites. Composites were fabricated from commercially available graphite fabric and glass fabric PMR polyimide prepreg materials. Process parameters investigated included degree of resin advancement, heating rate, and cure pressure. Composites were inspected for porosity by ultrasonic C scan and photomicrographic examination. Processing characteristics for each set of process parameters and the effect of process parameters on composite mechanical properties at room temperature and 600 F are described.

  19. A New Method for Controlling Billet Temperature During Isothermal Die Forging of a Complex Superalloy Casing

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    Lin, Y. C.; Wu, Xian-Yang

    2015-09-01

    Isothermal die forging is one of near net-shape metal-forming technologies. Strict control of billet temperature during isothermal die forging is a guarantee for the excellent properties of final product. In this study, a new method is proposed to accurately control the billet temperature of complex superalloy casing, based on the finite element simulation and response surface methodology (RSM). The proposed method is accomplished by the following two steps. Firstly, the thermal compensation process is designed and optimized to overcome the inevitable heat loss of dies during hot forging. i.e., the layout and opening time of heaters assembled on die sleeves are optimized. Then, the effects of forging speed (the pressing velocity of hydraulic machine) and its changing time on the maximum billet temperature are discussed. Furthermore, the optimized forging speed and its changing time are obtained by RSM. Comparisons between the optimized and conventional die forging processes indicate that the proposed method can effectively control the billet temperature within the optimal forming temperature range. So, the optimized die forging processes can guarantee the high volume fraction of dynamic recrystallization, and restrict the rapid growth of grains in the forged superalloy casing.

  20. Evaluation of Control Parameters for the Activated Sludge Process

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    Stall, T. Ray; Sherrard, Josephy H.

    1978-01-01

    An evaluation of the use of the parameters currently being used to design and operate the activated sludge process is presented. The advantages and disadvantages for the use of each parameter are discussed. (MR)

  1. Simulation of Deformation Texture Evolution During Multi Axial Forging of Interstitial Free Steel

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    Gurao, N. P.; Kumar, P.; Sarkar, A.; Brokmeier, H.-G.; Suwas, Satyam

    2013-04-01

    Bulk texture measurement of multi-axial forged body center cubic interstitial free steel performed in this study using x-ray and neutron diffraction indicated the presence of a strong {101}<111> single texture component. Viscoplastic self-consistent simulations could successfully predict the formation of this texture component by incorporating the complicated strain path followed during this process and assuming the activity of {101}<111> slip system. In addition, a first-order estimate of mechanical properties in terms of highly anisotropic yield locus and Lankford parameter was also obtained from the simulations.

  2. Determination Of Slitting Criterion Parameter During The Multi Slit Rolling Process

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    Stefanik, Andrzej; Mrz, Sebastian; Szota, Piotr; Dyja, Henryk

    2007-05-01

    The rolling of rods with slitting of the strip calls for the use of special mathematical models that would allow for the separating of metal. A theoretical analysis of the effect of the gap of slitting rollers on the process of band slitting during the rolling of 20 mm and 16 mm-diameter ribbed rods rolled according to the two-strand technology was carried out within this study. For the numerical modeling of strip slitting the Forge3 computer program was applied. The strip slitting in the simulation is implemented by the algorithm of removing elements in which the critical value of the normalized Cockroft - Latham criterion has been exceeded. To determine the value of the criterion the inverse method was applied. Distance between a point, where crack begins, and point of contact metal with the slitting rollers was the parameter for analysis. Power and rolling torque during slit rolling were presented. Distribution and change of the stress in strand while slitting were presented.

  3. The development and production of thermo-mechanically forged tool steel spur gears

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    Bamberger, E. N.

    1973-01-01

    A development program to establish the feasibility and applicability of high energy rate forging procedures to tool steel spur gears was performed. Included in the study were relatively standard forging procedures as well as a thermo-mechanical process termed ausforming. The subject gear configuration utilized was essentially a standard spur gear having 28 teeth, a pitch diameter of 3.5 inches and a diametral pitch of 8. Initially it had been planned to use a high contact ratio gear design, however, a comprehensive evaluation indicated that severe forging problems would be encountered as a result of the extremely small teeth required by this type of design. The forging studies were successful in achieving gear blanks having integrally formed teeth using both standard and thermo-mechanical forging procedures.

  4. HYDROGEN-ASSISTED FRACTURE IN FORGED TYPE 304L AUSTENITIC STAINLESS STEEL

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    Switzner, Nathan; Neidt, Ted; Hollenbeck, John; Knutson, J.; Everhart, Wes; Hanlin, R.; Bergen, R.; Balch, D. K.

    2012-09-06

    Austenitic stainless steels generally have good resistance to hydrogen-assisted fracture; however, structural designs for high-pressure gaseous hydrogen are constrained by the low strength of this class of material. Forging is used to increase the low strength of austenitic stainless steels, thus improving the efficiency of structural designs. Hydrogen-assisted racture, however, depends on microstructural details associated with manufacturing. In this study, hydrogen-assisted fracture of forged type 304L austenitic stainless steel is investigated. Microstructural variation in multi-step forged 304L was achieved by forging at different rates and temperatures, and by process annealing. High internal hydrogen content in forged type 304L austenitic stainless steel is achieved by thermal precharging in gaseous hydrogen and results in as much as 50% reduction of tensile ductility.

  5. Sinter-forging of nanophase TiO sub 2

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    Uchic, M.; Hofler, H.J.; Flick, W.J.; Tao, R.; Averback, R.S. . Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering); Kurath, P. . Dept. of Mechanical Engineering)

    1992-03-01

    Considerable effort has been directed in recent years to developing ceramic materials that can be both sintered to full density at low temperatures and processed by superplastic forming. One strategy for achieving this goal has been to reduce the particle size of the starting powder, and by anaphase processing, particles of sizes less than {approx}10 nm can now be realized. Indeed, recent studies on nanophase ceramics have demonstrated that sintering temperatures can be reduced dramatically and that nanophase ceramics have excellent potential for superplastic forming. Nevertheless, the grain growth that occurs during the processing of these new materials restricts their applicability. In nanophase (n-) TiO{sub 2}, some progress in controlling grain size has been achieved by using dopants or hot pressing. Sinter-forging offers another means to achieve this goal, although this method has been applied mostly to materials with larger grains. Studies of sinter-forging are also useful for elucidating the mechanisms of sintering and creep in ceramic materials. In the present paper, the authors examine the characteristics of sinter-forging in n-TiO{sub 2}. Only limited studies of sinter-forging have thus far been performed on well characterized powders of comparable size, and even these had a somewhat larger grain size.

  6. Assessment of NASA Dual Microstructure Heat Treatment Method for Multiple Forging Batch Heat Treatment

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    Gayda, John (Technical Monitor); Lemsky, Joe

    2004-01-01

    NASA dual microstructure heat treatment technology previously demonstrated on single forging heat treat batches of a generic disk shape was successfully demonstrated on a multiple disk batch of a production shape component. A group of four Rolls-Royce Corporation 3rd Stage AE2100 forgings produced from alloy ME209 were successfully dual microstructure heat treated as a single heat treat batch. The forgings responded uniformly as evidenced by part-to-part consistent thermocouple recordings and resultant macrostructures, and from ultrasonic examination. Multiple disk DMHT processing offers a low cost alternative to other published dual microstructure processing techniques.

  7. Laser-dispersing of forging tools using AlN-ceramics

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    Noelke, C.; Luecke, M.; Kaierle, S.; Wesling, V.; Overmeyer, L.

    2014-02-01

    Forging tools for aluminum work pieces show an increased adhesive wear due to cold welding during the forging process. Laser dispersing offers at this point a great potential to fabricate protective layers or tracks with tailored properties that reduce abrasive or adhesive wear at the surface of highly stressed components. Using different process strategies, four metal ceramic compounds applied on two substrate geometries were investigated regarding their structural and mechanical properties and their performance level. The subsequent forging tests have pointed out a positive effect and less adhesive residuals on the laser dispersed tool surface.

  8. Hot forging of melt quenched powder: Microstructure development and kinetics of densification

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    Keshavan, Hrishikesh

    Hot powder forging is a new process for making scalable and cost-effective nanocrystalline ceramics. It utilizes powder typically between 5 mum to 25 mum to nucleate very stable crystallite sizes well below 100 nm. These particles superplastically deform at relatively moderate temperature and stress. Hence, rapid densification at high creep rates is achieved with limited grain growth. A novel way to achieve high creep rate is to take advantage of partially amorphous powders that are obtained by one of the many available rapid quenching processes. Our study uses a plasma flame to melt the spray-dried aggregates of a particular composition and rapidly quench into water that results in metastable, optically transparent powder. The plasma sprayed powder is first hot pressed to obtain cylindrical pellets and then hot-forged at various stresses and temperatures to obtain optimum creep rates. Eutectic oxide compositions were studied due to their low melting point and better glass forming ability in an effort to optimize both the composition and processing parameters. Five binary compositions of alumina, zirconia and magnesium aluminate spinel and the effect of adding borosilicate glass on creep rates and microstructure were investigated. Their phase evolution and crystallite growth were examined in a detailed annealing study. The final densities after hot forging were composition dependent and ranged from 86% to 100% at 1350°C. Creep rates of the binary eutectic increased by an order of magnitude when alumina was substituted with spinel or when borosilicate glass was added. The highest creep rate obtained would correspond to 10-4 1/s for 40 MPa at 1350°C. SEM studies confirm that the densification is by plastic deformation of particles. TEM studies reveal nano-sized zirconia either in an alumina or spinel matrix. The grain morphology was cellular in compositions without glass and acicular in compositions with glass.

  9. Fuzzy control of the production environment process parameters

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    Izvekov, V. N.

    2015-04-01

    The fuzzy control process for support of given microclimatic production environment process parameters with loss of one from values, regulating regime of process was shown. The structural schematic decisions with algorithm of functioning and oriented to existing apparatus (means of realization) was presented.

  10. Reactor pressure vessel with forged nozzles

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    Desai, Dilip R. (Fremont, CA)

    1993-01-01

    Inlet nozzles for a gravity-driven cooling system (GDCS) are forged with a cylindrical reactor pressure vessel (RPV) section to which a support skirt for the RPV is attached. The forging provides enhanced RPV integrity around the nozzle and substantial reduction of in-service inspection costs by eliminating GDCS nozzle-to-RPV welds.

  11. Effect of processing parameters on reaction bonding of silicon nitride

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    Richman, M. H.; Gregory, O. J.; Magida, M. B.

    1980-01-01

    Reaction bonded silicon nitride was developed. The relationship between the various processing parameters and the resulting microstructures was to design and synthesize reaction bonded materials with improved room temperature mechanical properties.

  12. Managing Credit Lines Using Markov Decision Processes with Unknown Parameters

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    Maeda, Yasunari; Masui, Fumito; Suzuki, Masakiyo

    In this research we apply Markov decision processes with unknown parameters to managing credit lines. We propose a new managing credit lines method which maximizes total discounted reward with reference to a Bayes criterion.

  13. Deformation Mechanisms in Tube Billets from Zr-1%Nb Alloy under Radial Forging

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    Perlovich, Yuriy; Isaenkova, Margarita; Fesenko, Vladimir; Krymskaya, Olga; Zavodchikov, Alexander

    2011-05-04

    Features of the deformation process by cold radial forging of tube billets from Zr-1%Nb alloy were reconstructed on the basis of X-ray data concerning their structure and texture. The cold radial forging intensifies grain fragmentation in the bulk of billet and increases significantly the latent hardening of potentially active slip systems, so that operation only of the single slip system becomes possible. As a result, in radially-forged billets unusual deformation and recrystallization textures arise. These textures differ from usual textures of {alpha}-Zr by the mutual inversion of crystallographic axes, aligned along the axis of tube.

  14. Forging of eccentric co-extruded Al-Mg compounds and analysis of the interface strength

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    Förster, W.; Binotsch, C.; Awiszus, B.; Lehmann, T.; Müller, J.; Kirbach, C.; Stockmann, M.; Ihlemann, J.

    2016-03-01

    Within the subproject B3 of the Collaborative Research Center 692 it has been shown that Al-Mg compounds with a good bonding quality can be produced by hydrostatic coextrusion. During processing by forging, the aluminum sleeve is thinned in areas of high strains depending on the component geometry. To solve this problem an eccentric core arrangement during co-extrusion was investigated. Based on the results of FE-simulations, the experimental validation is presented in this work. Rods with an offset of 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75 mm were produced by eccentric hydrostatic co-extrusion. Ultrasonic testing was used to evaluate the bonding quality across the entire rods. For the forging investigations the basic process Rising was chosen. The still good bonding quality after forging was examined by dye penetrant testing and optical microscopy. For an optimal stress transfer between the materials across the entire component, a sufficient bonding between the materials is essential. To evaluate the interface strength, a special bending test was developed. For the conception of the bending specimens it was required to analyze the Rising specimens geometry. These analyses were performed using a reconstruction of the geometrical data based on computer tomography (CT) investigations. The comparison with the numerically deter-mined Rising specimen geometry shows good correlation. Parametric Finite Element Analyses of the bending test were used to develop the load case and the specimen geometry. By means of iterative adaption of load application, bearing and specimen geometry parameters, an advantageous stress state and experimentally applicable configuration were found. Based on this conception, the experimental setup was configured and bending tests were performed. The interface strength was deter-mined by the calculation of the maximum interlaminar interfacial tension stress using the experimental interface failure force and the bending FE model.

  15. Estimation of Clustering Parameters Using Gaussian Process Regression

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    Rigby, Paul; Pizarro, Oscar; Williams, Stefan B.

    2014-01-01

    We propose a method for estimating the clustering parameters in a Neyman-Scott Poisson process using Gaussian process regression. It is assumed that the underlying process has been observed within a number of quadrats, and from this sparse information the distribution is modelled as a Gaussian process. The clustering parameters are then estimated numerically by fitting to the covariance structure of the model. It is shown that the proposed method is resilient to any sampling regime. The method is applied to simulated two-dimensional clustered populations and the results are compared to a related method from the literature. PMID:25383766

  16. A study on microstructures and properties of P/M valve seats of hot forging by laser irradiation

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    Liu, Shuangyu; Hu, Jiandong; Wang, Hongying; Guo, Zuoxing; Yu, Cai; Chumakov, A. N.; Bosak, A.

    2007-06-01

    A CO 2 laser was used as heating source for hot forging. Powder/metallurgy (P/M) valve seats for car engine was studied by this novel process. The effects of compression ratio and tempering temperature followed by laser irradiation on the microstructures and mechanical properties were investigated. It was indicated that the amount of the recrystallized grains increased with increasing compression ratio, especially when the compression ratio was above a certain value (18.70%), resulting in more refined grains. Good properties including density, radial crushing strength and hardness can be obtained by optimizing processing parameters.

  17. A dimensionless parameter model for arc welding processes

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    Fuerschbach, P.W.

    1994-12-31

    A dimensionless parameter model previously developed for C0{sub 2} laser beam welding has been shown to be applicable to GTAW and PAW autogenous arc welding processes. The model facilitates estimates of weld size, power, and speed based on knowledge of the material`s thermal properties. The dimensionless parameters can also be used to estimate the melting efficiency, which eases development of weld schedules with lower heat input to the weldment. The mathematical relationship between the dimensionless parameters in the model has been shown to be dependent on the heat flow geometry in the weldment.

  18. Strength computation of forged parts taking into account strain hardening and damage

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    Cristescu, Michel L.

    2004-06-01

    Modern non-linear simulation software, such as FORGE 3 (registered trade mark of TRANSVALOR), are able to compute the residual stresses, the strain hardening and the damage during the forging process. A thermally dependent elasto-visco-plastic law is used to simulate the behavior of the material of the hot forged piece. A modified Lemaitre law coupled with elasticiy, plasticity and thermic is used to simulate the damage. After the simulation of the different steps of the forging process, the part is cooled and then virtually machined, in order to obtain the finished part. An elastic computation is then performed to equilibrate the residual stresses, so that we obtain the true geometry of the finished part after machining. The response of the part to the loadings it will sustain during it's life is then computed, taking into account the residual stresses, the strain hardening and the damage that occur during forging. This process is illustrated by the forging, virtual machining and stress analysis of an aluminium wheel hub.

  19. A novel edge detection approach used for online dimensional measurement of heavy forging

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    Hu, Chunhai; Liu, Bin; Song, Xiaoxue

    2008-12-01

    An edge detection method was developed with capability of objectively detecting significant edges in images of high temperature forging. The issue of potential image degradation when viewing hot objects was serious concerned. The paper was absorbed in online dimensional measurement using stereovision technology. Particular characteristics of high temperature forging were described. A global self-adaptive thresholding preprocessing was used for eliminating most redundant mill scale regions and segmenting object from complex background. Then, the feature edges was detected and localized at single pixel scale. Post processing of surround suppression as final additional step was applied to improve edges detection performance by extracting genuine feature edges from edges map. The entire method was performed on a real hot forging image and the performance had been proved in experiment result. The approach was specifically designed for using in online dimensional measurement of heavy forging, but generally enough to be applied to other edge detection of any high-temperature object.

  20. Optimization of process parameters in stereolithography using genetic algorithm

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    Chockalingam, K.; Jawahar, N.; Vijaybabu, E. R.

    2003-10-01

    Stereolithography is the most popular RP process in which intricate models are directly constructed from a CAD package by polymerizing a plastic monomer. The application range is still limited, because dimensional accuracy is still inferior to that of conventional machining process. The ultimate dimensional accuracy of a part built on a layer-by-layer basis depends on shrinkage which depend on many factors such as layer thickness, hatch spacing, hatch style, hatch over cure and fill cure depth. The influence of the above factors on shrinkage in X and Y directions fit to the nonlinear pattern. A particular combination of process variables that would result same shrinkage rate in both directions would enable to predict shrinkage allowance to be provided on a part and hence the CAD model could be constructed including shrinkage allowance. In this concern, the objective of the present work is set as determination of process parameters to have same shrinkage rate in both X and Y directions. A genetic algorithm (GA) is proposed to find optimal process parameters for the above objective. This approach is an analytical approach with experimental sample data and has great potential to predict process parameters for better dimensional accuracy in stereolithography process.

  1. Selecting forged aluminum for automotive applications

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    Holtz, M.A.; Davis, J.; Crawford, D.

    1984-01-01

    With the current and future efforts to downsize automobiles and reduce their weight, strong lightweight materials, in various product forms, are being substituted for many traditionally ferrous components. One of the substitute materials is aluminum, which although itself is not new to automobiles is finding novel applications as forgings in critical chassis and suspension areas. The 1984 Corvette provides an excellent example of how the use of forged aluminum can reduce unsprung and overall weight as well as improve performance without compromising the integrity of the vehicle. Using aluminum as forgings permits taking maximum advantage of its high strength-to-weight ratio, excellent ductility and toughness, and good corrosion resistance. This paper discusses the various considerations to be entertained when looking at aluminum forgings for automotive applications and the benefits of planning for these lightweight parts early in the design phase.

  2. Computer simulation of the forging of fine grain IN-718 alloy

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    Srinivasan, R.; Ramnarayan, V.; Deshpande, U.; Jain, V.; Weiss, I.

    1993-09-01

    In recent years, there has been great emphasis on the use of computer-aided tools in process design. The key to the success of any computer modeling is the accurate knowledge of the mechanical and thermal properties of the various components of a manufacturing system. In order to develop a data base of forging properties of the nickel-base alloy IN-718, isothermal constant strain-rate compression tests were conducted on the annealed fine-grain material over the temperature range 871 C to 1149 C (1600 F to 2100 F) and strain-rate range 0. 001 to 10 s-1. Empirical relationships among flow stress, strain rate, and temperature developed based on these tests, along with experimentally measured heat-transfer and friction coefficients, were used in the program ALPID to simulate nonisothermal forging of double-cone specimens. The simulation results were compared with actual forging in an industrial forge press. The good agreement between simulation and forging results indicates that when a complete data base of materials properties is available, computer modeling can be used effectively to study the forging process.

  3. Computer simulation of the forging of fine grain IN-718 alloy

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    Srinivasan, R.; Deshpande, U.; Weiss, I. . Mechanical and Materials Engineering Dept.); Ramnarayan, V. ); Jain, V. . Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept.)

    1993-09-01

    In recent years, there has been great emphasis on the use of computer-aided tools in process design. The key to the success of any computer modeling is the accurate knowledge of the mechanical and thermal properties of the various components of a manufacturing system. In order to develop a data base of forging properties of the nickel-base alloy IN-718, isothermal constant strain-rate compression tests were conducted on the annealed fine-grain material over the temperature range 871 C to 1,149 C (1,600 F to 2,100 F) and strain-rate range 0.001 to 10 s[sup [minus]1]. Empirical relationships among flow stress, strain rate, and temperature developed based on these tests, along with experimentally measured heat-transfer and friction coefficients, were used in the program ALPID to simulate nonisothermal forging of double-cone specimens. The simulation results were compared with actual forging in an industrial forge press. The good agreement between simulation and forging results indicates that when a complete data base of materials properties is available, computer modeling can be used effectively to study the forging process.

  4. Empirical processes with estimated parameters under auxiliary information

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    Genz, Michael; Haeusler, Erich

    2006-02-01

    Empirical processes with estimated parameters are a well established subject in nonparametric statistics. In the classical theory they are based on the empirical distribution function which is the nonparametric maximum likelihood estimator for a completely unknown distribution function. In the presence of some "nonparametric" auxiliary information about the distribution, like a known mean or a known median, for example, the nonparametric maximum likelihood estimator is a modified empirical distribution function which puts random masses on the observations in order to take the available information into account [see Owen, Biometrika 75 (1988) 237-249, Ann. Statist. 18 (1990) 90-120, Empirical Likelihood, Chapman & Hall/CRC, London/Boca Raton, FL; Qin and Lawless, Ann. Statist. 22 (1994) 300-325]. Zhang [Metrika 46 (1997) 221-244] has proved a functional central limit theorem for the empirical process pertaining to this modified empirical distribution function. We will consider the corresponding empirical process with estimated parameters here and derive its asymptotic distribution. The limiting process is a centered Gaussian process with a complicated covariance function depending on the unknown parameter. The result becomes useful in practice through the bootstrap, which is shown to be consistent in case of a known mean. The performance of the resulting bootstrap goodness-of-fit test based on the Kolmogorov-Smirnov statistic is studied through simulations.

  5. Spray automated balancing of rotors - How process parameters influence performance

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    Smalley, A. J.; Baldwin, R. M.; Fleming, D. P.; Yuhas, J. S.

    1989-01-01

    This paper addresses the application of spray-automated balancing of rotors, and the influence that various operating parameters will have on balancing performance. Spray-automated balancing uses the fuel-air repetitive explosion process to imbed short, discrete bursts of high velocity, high temperature powder into a rotating part at an angle selected to reduce unbalance of the part. The shortness of the burst, the delay in firing of the gun, the speed of the disk and the variability in speed all influence the accuracy and effectiveness of the automated balancing process. The paper evaluates this influence by developing an analytical framework and supplementing the analysis with empirical data obtained while firing the gun at a rotating disk. Encouraging results are obtained, and it is shown that the process should perform satisfactorily over a wide range of operating parameters. Further experimental results demonstrate the ability of the method to reduce vibration levels induced by mass unbalance in a rotating disk.

  6. The optimization of operating parameters on microalgae upscaling process planning.

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    Ma, Yu-An; Huang, Hsin-Fu; Yu, Chung-Chyi

    2016-03-01

    The upscaling process planning developed in this study primarily involved optimizing operating parameters, i.e., dilution ratios, during process designs. Minimal variable cost was used as an indicator for selecting the optimal combination of dilution ratios. The upper and lower mean confidence intervals obtained from the actual cultured cell density data were used as the final cell density stability indicator after the operating parameters or dilution ratios were selected. The process planning method and results were demonstrated through three case studies of batch culture simulation. They are (1) final objective cell densities were adjusted, (2) high and low light intensities were used for intermediate-scale cultures, and (3) the number of culture days was expressed as integers for the intermediate-scale culture. PMID:26739144

  7. Study of parameter sensitivity in temporary gravitational capture process

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    Siqueli, Guilherme; Prado, Antonio; Solorzano, Renato

    Gravitational capture is a physical phenomenon responsible for inserting celestial bodies or satellites, initially in orbits with positive energies, in closed orbits around a primary, so with negative energy, without the use of a propulsion system. The modeling of the process by the circular restricted three-body problem (CRTBP) simplifies the analysis and allows to obtain many qualitative and quantitative information about the capture, as the total temporary capture time and the total time that the body remains inside the sphere of influence of the primary. In this problem it is possible to identify a region created by the two bodies with higher mass, known as sphere of influence, in other words, the region where the effect of one primary is larger than the other. When a body presents negative energy inside the sphere of influence of a primary, it is considered that this body is temporarily captured. The capture depends on several parameters, such as the angle of entry into the sphere of influence and the arrival angle at the final orbit (true anomaly) and the characteristic of the final orbit, expressed by its Keplerian elements. In addition to these geometric parameters, the capture depends on the physical characteristics of the primaries and of the mass distribution and geometry of them, once these parameters creates disturbances in the gravitational field. The flattening of the primary is also an important parameter to be analyzed. This study aims to identify the contribution of each parameter in the capture process and its influence on the total time of capture and definition of regions where the process is possible. For this, the system will be modeled using the CRTBP and simulated numerically, varying each of its parameters (angle of arrival, the eccentricity of the orbits, the flattening of the primary) thereby identifying the causal relationship with the time captured and residence time inside the sphere of influence.

  8. Stellar atmospheric parameter estimation using Gaussian process regression

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    Bu, Yude; Pan, Jingchang

    2015-02-01

    As is well known, it is necessary to derive stellar parameters from massive amounts of spectral data automatically and efficiently. However, in traditional automatic methods such as artificial neural networks (ANNs) and kernel regression (KR), it is often difficult to optimize the algorithm structure and determine the optimal algorithm parameters. Gaussian process regression (GPR) is a recently developed method that has been proven to be capable of overcoming these difficulties. Here we apply GPR to derive stellar atmospheric parameters from spectra. Through evaluating the performance of GPR on Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) spectra, Medium resolution Isaac Newton Telescope Library of Empirical Spectra (MILES) spectra, ELODIE spectra and the spectra of member stars of galactic globular clusters, we conclude that GPR can derive stellar parameters accurately and precisely, especially when we use data preprocessed with principal component analysis (PCA). We then compare the performance of GPR with that of several widely used regression methods (ANNs, support-vector regression and KR) and find that with GPR it is easier to optimize structures and parameters and more efficient and accurate to extract atmospheric parameters.

  9. Photogrammetry based system for the measurement of cylindrical forgings axis straightness

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    Zato?ilov, Aneta; Poli?uk, Radek; Palouek, David; Brandejs, Jan

    2013-04-01

    Dimension measurement of hot large forgings is necessary for manufacturing process and quality control. Conventional non-contact optical measurement methods are not applicable, mainly because of high temperature and large dimensions. A novel approach to the axis staightness measurement of the cylindrical forging, based on the principle of photogrammetry and edge detection, is described in this paper. Proposed system is developing under laboratory conditions, but the actual conditions of steel production are also considered. Demands on the measurement system were set by our industrial partner, producer of cylindrical forgings with length of 4 to 20 m and diameter up to 1.4 m. The system should be able to detect axis straightness deviations higher than 5 mm (system accuracy has to be better than 5 mm). Cylindrical forgings are 4 to 20 m long with diameter up to 1.4 m. The approach is based on the assumption that the actual shape of the cylindrical forging axis can be determined (in the simplest case) using four boundary curves which lie in two mutually perpendicular planes. Four boundary curves can be obtained by detecting the forgings edges in two images. The article provides results of first validation of proposed method in laboratory conditions. Measurement repeatability was validated by carrying out ten measurements of a deformed rod. Each measurement was compared with a measurement performed by industrial fringe projection scanner Atos III Triple Scan in order to verify the accuracy of the proposed method.

  10. Compressed Air System Optimization Project Improves Production at a Metal Forging Plant (Modern Forge, TN, Plant)

    SciTech Connect

    2000-12-01

    In 1995, Modern Forge of Tennessee implemented a compressed air system improvement project at its Piney Flats, Tennessee, forging plant. Due to the projects implementation, the plant was able to operate with fewer compressors and improve its product quality, thus allowing it to increase productivity. The project also resulted in considerable energy and maintenance savings.

  11. Analysis of dip coating processing parameters by double optical monitoring.

    PubMed

    Horowitz, Flavio; Michels, Alexandre F

    2008-05-01

    Double optical monitoring is applied to determine the influence of main process parameters on the formation of sulfated zirconia and self-assembled mesoporous silica solgel films by dip coating. In addition, we analyze, for the first time to the best of our knowledge, the influence of withdrawal speed, temperature, and relative humidity on refractive-index and physical thickness variations (uncertainties of +/-0.005 and +/-7 nm) during the process. Results provide insight into controlled production of single and multilayer films from complex fluids by dip coating. PMID:18449244

  12. Making randomised trials more efficient: report of the first meeting to discuss the Trial Forge platform.

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    Treweek, Shaun; Altman, Doug G; Bower, Peter; Campbell, Marion; Chalmers, Iain; Cotton, Seonaidh; Craig, Peter; Crosby, David; Davidson, Peter; Devane, Declan; Duley, Lelia; Dunn, Janet; Elbourne, Diana; Farrell, Barbara; Gamble, Carrol; Gillies, Katie; Hood, Kerry; Lang, Trudie; Littleford, Roberta; Loudon, Kirsty; McDonald, Alison; McPherson, Gladys; Nelson, Annmarie; Norrie, John; Ramsay, Craig; Sandercock, Peter; Shanahan, Daniel R; Summerskill, William; Sydes, Matt; Williamson, Paula; Clarke, Mike

    2015-01-01

    Randomised trials are at the heart of evidence-based healthcare, but the methods and infrastructure for conducting these sometimes complex studies are largely evidence free. Trial Forge ( www.trialforge.org ) is an initiative that aims to increase the evidence base for trial decision making and, in doing so, to improve trial efficiency.This paper summarises a one-day workshop held in Edinburgh on 10 July 2014 to discuss Trial Forge and how to advance this initiative. We first outline the problem of inefficiency in randomised trials and go on to describe Trial Forge. We present participants' views on the processes in the life of a randomised trial that should be covered by Trial Forge.General support existed at the workshop for the Trial Forge approach to increase the evidence base for making randomised trial decisions and for improving trial efficiency. Agreed upon key processes included choosing the right research question; logistical planning for delivery, training of staff, recruitment, and retention; data management and dissemination; and close down. The process of linking to existing initiatives where possible was considered crucial. Trial Forge will not be a guideline or a checklist but a 'go to' website for research on randomised trials methods, with a linked programme of applied methodology research, coupled to an effective evidence-dissemination process. Moreover, it will support an informal network of interested trialists who meet virtually (online) and occasionally in person to build capacity and knowledge in the design and conduct of efficient randomised trials.Some of the resources invested in randomised trials are wasted because of limited evidence upon which to base many aspects of design, conduct, analysis, and reporting of clinical trials. Trial Forge will help to address this lack of evidence. PMID:26044814

  13. Development of Iron-based Closed-Cell Foams by Powder Forging and Rolling

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    Paswan, Dayanand; Mistry, Dhananjay; Sahoo, K. L.; Srivastava, V. C.

    2013-08-01

    In the present investigation, an attempt has been made to develop in situ sandwich Fe-based foams using powder forging and rolling. Several metal carbonates are first studied by thermo gravimetric analysis to find out their suitability to be used as foaming agent for iron-based foams. Barium carbonate is found to be the most promising foaming agent among other suitable options studied such as SrCO3, CaCO3, MgCO3, etc. The effects of process parameters such as precursor composition, sintering temperature, foaming temperature and time, and content of foaming agent have been studied. The microstructural characteristics of the sintered precursor have been studied by means of optical and scanning electron microscopy. It was found that a good pore structure can be obtained using 2-3% C in Fe and 3% BaCO3 as foaming agent and by foaming at around 1350 C for 3-6 min.

  14. Effect of processing parameters on laser welded dissimilar steel joints

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    Sun, Z. . Lab. of Production Engineering); Moisio, Tapani . Laser Processing Lab.)

    1994-04-01

    The effects of processing parameters on the laser beam welded dissimilar steel joints has been investigated. The following conclusions can be drawn from the study: (1) The power and speed combinations should be selected to minimize heat input with the requirement of producing a satisfactory weld bead with reliable quality; (2) Root opening can be used for composition adjustment by feeding the appropriate amount of filler metal, e.g., the filler metal content in the weld metal can be increased by increasing the root opening accordingly. This can be used to exploit certain special applications in which an increased alloy element content is required. However, a 0.2-mm root opening with sufficient wire feed rate is recommended in order to obtain a fully austenitic structure in this study with taking full advantage of the process. (3) Laser beam alignment should be placed in the weld centerline or on the austenitic stainless steel side to a maximum of 0.25 mm in order to control the dilution and avoid loss of alloying elements, which in turn leads to the formation of a hard martensitic phase in the weld metals. (4) Overall, the investigation indicates that correct selection of processing parameters not only determines the weld quality, but also takes full advantage of the process.

  15. Microstructure Evolution of Superalloy for Large Exhaust Valve during Hot Forging

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    Jeong, H. S.; Cho, J. R.; Park, H. C.

    2004-06-01

    The nickel-based alloy Nimonic 80A possesses strength, and corrosion, creep and oxidation resistance at high temperature. These products are used for aerospace, marine engineering and power generation, etc. The control of forging parameters such as strain, strain rate, temperature and holding time is important because the microstructure change in hot working affects the mechanical properties. It is necessary to understand the microstructure variation evolution. The microstructure change evolution occurs by recovery, recrystallization and grain growth phenomena. The dynamic recrystallization evolution has been studied in the temperature range 950-1250C and strain rate range 0.05-5s-1 using hot compression tests. The metadynamic recrystallization and grain growth evolution has been studied in the temperature range 950-1250C and strain rate range 0.05, 5s-1, holding time range 5, 10, 100, 600 sec using hot compression tests. Modeling equations are developed to represent the flow curve, recrystallized grain size, recrystallized fraction and grain growth phenomena by various tests. Parameters of modeling equation are expressed as a function of the Zener-Hollomon parameter. The modeling equation for grain growth is expressed as a function of initial grain size and holding time. The developed modeling equation was combined with thermo-viscoplastic finite element modeling to predict various microstructure change evolution during thermo mechanical processing. The predicted grain size in developed FE simulation results is compared with results obtained in various tests. In order to obtain a final microstructure and good mechanical properties in forging, the FEM would become a useful tool in the simulation of the microstructure development.

  16. Thermo-Mechanical Processing Parameters for the INCONEL ALLOY 740

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    Ludtka, G.M.; Smith, G.

    2007-11-19

    In 2000, a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) was undertaken between the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Special Metals Corporation (SMC) to determine the mechanical property response of the IN740 alloy to help establish thermo-mechanical processing parameters for the use of this alloy in supercritical and ultra-critical boiler tubes with the potential for other end uses. SMC had developed an alloy, commercially known as INCONEL alloy 740, which exhibited various beneficial physical, mechanical, and chemical properties. As part of SMC's on-going efforts to optimize this alloy for targeted boiler applications there was a need to develop an understanding of the thermo-mechanical response of the material, characterize the resulting microstructure from this processing, and possibly, utilize models to develop the appropriate processing scheme for this product.

  17. Non-isothermal FEM analyses of large-strain back extrusion forging

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    Flower, E.C.; Hallquist, J.O.; Shapiro, A.B.

    1986-06-19

    Back extrusion forging is a complex metal forming operation dominated by large-strain, non-isothermal deformation. NIKE2D, a fully vectorized implicit finite-element program developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, was applied to a two-stage isothermal back extrusion forging process. Modeling of the forging process required special features in the FEM code such as friction and interactive rezoning that allows for remeshing of the distorted mesh while maintaining a complete history of all the state variables. To model conditions of the non-isothermal forging process required implementing TOPAZ2D, our LLNL-developed two-dimensional implicit finite element code for heat conduction analysis, as a subroutine into NIKE2D. The fully coupled version maintains all the original features of both codes and can account for the contribution of heat generation during plastic deformation. NIKE/TOPAZ-2D was applied to the piercing operation of the back extrusion forging process. The thermal deformation history of the die, punch, and workpiece and the effective plastic strains were calculated.

  18. Quality of margarine: fats selection and processing parameters.

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    Miskandar, Mat Sahri; Man, Yaakob Che; Yusoff, Mohd Suria Affandi; Rahman, Russly Abd

    2005-01-01

    Optimum processing conditions on palm oil-based formulations are required to produce the desired quality margarine. As oils and fats contribute to the overall property of the margarine, this paper will review the importance of beta' tending oils and fats in margarine formulation, effects of the processing parameters -- emulsion temperature, flow-rate, product temperature and pin-worker speed -- on palm oil margarines produced and their subsequent behaviour in storage. Palm oil, which contributes the beta' crystal polymorph and the best alternative to hydrogenated liquid fats, and the processing conditions can affect the margarine consistency by influencing the solid fat content (SFC) and the types of crystal polymorph formed during production as well as in storage. Palm oil, or hydrogenated palm oil and olein, in mixture with oils of beta tending, can veer the product to the beta' crystal form. However, merely having beta' crystal tending oils is not sufficient as the processing conditions are also important. The emulsion temperature had no significant effect on the consistency and polymorphic changes of the product during storage, even though differences were observed during processing. The consistency of margarine during storage was high at low emulsion flow-rates and low at high flow rates. The temperature of the scraped-surface tube-cooler is the most important parameter in margarine processing. High temperature will produce a hardened product with formation of beta-crystals during storage. The speed of the pin-worker is responsible for inducing crystallization but, at the same time, destroys the crystal agglomerates, resulting in melting. PMID:16326646

  19. 4. FORGE, ANVIL, PEDESTAL GRINDER, AND BELT DRIVES. NOTE WATERWHEEL ...

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    4. FORGE, ANVIL, PEDESTAL GRINDER, AND BELT DRIVES. NOTE WATERWHEEL NEEDLE VALVE CASTING HANGING ON THE WALL ABOVE THE FORGE. VIEW TO NORTH. - Santa Ana River Hydroelectric System, SAR-1 Machine Shop, Redlands, San Bernardino County, CA

  20. 1. MIDDLE FORGE DISPLAY, ACROSS FROM BUILDING NO. 114 on ...

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    1. MIDDLE FORGE DISPLAY, ACROSS FROM BUILDING NO. 114 on FARLEY AVE. MARKER ON DISPLAY ITSELF READS: FORGE AND TOOLS, USED AT MIDDLE FORGE LOCATED AT PICATINNY LAKE OUTLETS 1749 TO 1880. NEARBY MARKER READS: THE MIDDLE FORGE. THE MT. HOPE IRONWORKS INCLUDING A TRACT CALLED THE MIDDLE FORGE, SUPPLIED ORDNANCE MATERIAL TO THE CONTINENTAL ARMY IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. GENERAL WASHINGTON INSPECTED THE FACILITY. THE WAR DEPARTMENT PURCHASED THE MIDDLE FORGE PORPERTY FOR AN ARMY POWDER DEPOT IN 1879-80. THE FORGE AND TOOLS WERE RECOVERED AT THE ACTUAL SITE NEAR PICATINNY PEAK. THROUGH THE YEARS, THE MIDDLE FORGE DISPLAY CAME TO BE THE UNOFFICIAL SYMBOL OF PICATINNY ARSENAL. -- HISTORICAL OFFICE NO DATE - Picatinny Arsenal, State Route 15 near I-80, Dover, Morris County, NJ

  1. Stainless-steel elbows formed by spin forging

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1964-01-01

    Large seamless austenitic stainless steel elbows are fabricated by spin forging /rotary shear forming/. A specially designed spin forging tool for mounting on a hydrospin machine has been built for this purpose.

  2. Unraveling the Processing Parameters in Friction Stir Welding

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    Schneider, Judy; Nunes, Arthur C., Jr.

    2005-01-01

    In friction stir welding (FSW), a rotating threaded pin tool is translated along a weld seam, literally stirring the edges of the seam together. To determine optimal processing parameters for producing a defect free weld, a better understanding of the resulting metal deformation flow path or paths is required. In this study, various markers are used to trace the flow paths of the metal. X-ray radiographs record the segmentation and position of the wire. Several variations in the trajectories can be differentiated within the weld zone.

  3. Influence of processing on quality parameters of strawberries.

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    Hartmann, Annetta; Patz, Claus-Dieter; Andlauer, Wilfried; Dietrich, Helmut; Ludwig, Michael

    2008-10-22

    To determine the effects of different processing steps, such as enzymatic treatment of the mash and pasteurization, on selected quality parameters, strawberries were processed to juices and purees. To identify the processing steps causing the highest losses, samples were taken after each step, and ascorbic acid, total phenols, anthocyanins, and antioxidant capacity were analyzed. To assess the antioxidant capacity, three different methods were applied: the trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC), the ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP), and the 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) assay, showing correlation coefficients of 0.889 to 0.948. The antioxidant capacity decreased with processing steps except heat treatment, which partly caused an increase due to the formation of antioxidant active products. The content of ascorbic acid, in comparison to that in the frozen strawberries, decreased significantly during the processing of the fruit to puree by 77%. In the pressed cloudy juices, the loss of ascorbic acid was 37%. The decline of phenolic compounds, measured as total polyphenols and anthocyanins, was smaller (between 30-40%). Pressing and pasteurization were the most critical steps for the decrease of these compounds. The enzymatic treatment of the mash within 90 min supported the release of secondary plant metabolites, while ascorbic acid is reduced up to 20%. PMID:18821768

  4. Characteristics, Process Parameters, and Inner Components of Anaerobic Bioreactors

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    Abdelgadir, Awad; Chen, Xiaoguang; Liu, Jianshe; Xie, Xuehui; Zhang, Jian; Zhang, Kai; Wang, Heng; Liu, Na

    2014-01-01

    The anaerobic bioreactor applies the principles of biotechnology and microbiology, and nowadays it has been used widely in the wastewater treatment plants due to their high efficiency, low energy use, and green energy generation. Advantages and disadvantages of anaerobic process were shown, and three main characteristics of anaerobic bioreactor (AB), namely, inhomogeneous system, time instability, and space instability were also discussed in this work. For high efficiency of wastewater treatment, the process parameters of anaerobic digestion, such as temperature, pH, Hydraulic retention time (HRT), Organic Loading Rate (OLR), and sludge retention time (SRT) were introduced to take into account the optimum conditions for living, growth, and multiplication of bacteria. The inner components, which can improve SRT, and even enhance mass transfer, were also explained and have been divided into transverse inner components, longitudinal inner components, and biofilm-packing material. At last, the newly developed special inner components were discussed and found more efficient and productive. PMID:24672798

  5. a Study of the Mechanical Characteristics of Ultrasonic Cold Forged SKD61

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    Suh, Chang-Min; Song, Gil-Ho; Park, Hae-Doo; Pyoun, Young Shick

    Ultrasonic Cold Forging (UCF) technology is a method that to induces intensive plastic deformation on a material surface, so that the structure of the material becomes very fine from the surface to a certain depth. It improves the mechanical properties, hardness, compressive residual stress, and the wear and fatigue characteristics of the surface. In this study, UCF technology is applied to a cutting tool on a rolling process at a steel mill. At first, the ultrasonic cold forged specimens of SKD-61 are prepared and tested to verify the effects of UCF technology with regard to the mechanical properties, UCF is applied to the trimming knives of the cold rolling process. It is found that UCF improves the mechanical properties effectively and it is a pratical method that can improve the service time needed for the trimming knives. The productivity of the cold rolling process can be increased by the application of the ultrasonic cold forged trimming knives.

  6. Optimization of drying process parameters for cauliflower drying.

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    Gupta, Manoj Kumar; Sehgal, V K; Arora, Sadhna

    2013-02-01

    The different sizes (3, 4 and 5cm) of hybrid variety of cauliflower (variety no. 71) were dehydrated in thin layer at three temperatures of 55, 60 and 65C with velocities of 40, 50 and 60m/min. Dehydrated samples were analyzed for vitamin C, rehydration ratio and browning. Statistical analysis indicated that drying time was dependent on initial size of cauliflower, drying air temperature and velocity, but rehydration ratio was significantly affected by the combined effect of temperature and airflow velocity. Vitamin C content of the dried cauliflower samples were significantly affected by temperature only and non enzymatic browning was function of temperature, airflow velocity, and combined effect of temperature and airflow velocity. Optimization of the drying process parameters for the given constraints resulted in 60.10(0)C, 59.28m/min, 3.35cm. The predicted responses for the optimized combination of process parameters were time, vitamin C content, rehydration ratio, and browning values of 491.22min (time), 289.86mg/100g (Vitamin C), 6.91 ( rehydration ratio), and 0.14 (browning), respectively with the desirability factor of 0.787. PMID:24425888

  7. Optimization of polyetherimide processing parameters for optical interconnect applications

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    Zhao, Wei; Johnson, Peter; Wall, Christopher

    2015-10-01

    ULTEM® polyetherimide (PEI) resins have been used in opto-electronic markets since the optical properties of these materials enable the design of critical components under tight tolerances. PEI resins are the material of choice for injection molded integrated lens applications due to good dimensional stability, near infrared (IR) optical transparency, low moisture uptake and high heat performance. In most applications, parts must be produced consistently with minimal deviations to insure compatibility throughout the lifetime of the part. With the large number of lenses needed for this market, injection molding has been optimized to maximize the production rate. These optimized parameters for high throughput may or may not translate to an optimized optical performance. In this paper, we evaluate and optimize PEI injection molding processes with a focus on optical property performance. A commonly used commercial grade was studied to determine factors and conditions which contribute to optical transparency, color, and birefringence. Melt temperature, mold temperature, injection speed and cycle time were varied to develop optimization trials and evaluate optical properties. These parameters could be optimized to reduce in-plane birefringence from 0.0148 to 0.0006 in this study. In addition, we have studied an optically smooth, sub-10nm roughness mold to re-evaluate material properties with minimal influence from mold quality and further refine resin and process effects for the best optical performance.

  8. Parameter and Process Significance in Mechanistic Modeling of Cellulose Hydrolysis

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    Rotter, B.; Barry, A.; Gerhard, J.; Small, J.; Tahar, B.

    2005-12-01

    The rate of cellulose hydrolysis, and of associated microbial processes, is important in determining the stability of landfills and their potential impact on the environment, as well as associated time scales. To permit further exploration in this field, a process-based model of cellulose hydrolysis was developed. The model, which is relevant to both landfill and anaerobic digesters, includes a novel approach to biomass transfer between a cellulose-bound biofilm and biomass in the surrounding liquid. Model results highlight the significance of the bacterial colonization of cellulose particles by attachment through contact in solution. Simulations revealed that enhanced colonization, and therefore cellulose degradation, was associated with reduced cellulose particle size, higher biomass populations in solution, and increased cellulose-binding ability of the biomass. A sensitivity analysis of the system parameters revealed different sensitivities to model parameters for a typical landfill scenario versus that for an anaerobic digester. The results indicate that relative surface area of cellulose and proximity of hydrolyzing bacteria are key factors determining the cellulose degradation rate.

  9. 22 CFR 121.10 - Forgings, castings, and machined bodies.

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    2014-04-01

    ... 22 Foreign Relations 1 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Forgings, castings, and machined bodies. 121.10... STATES MUNITIONS LIST Enumeration of Articles 121.10 Forgings, castings, and machined bodies. The U.S. Munitions List controls as defense articles those forgings, castings, and other unfinished products, such...

  10. Co-Operative Training in the Sheffield Forging Industry

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    Duncan, R.

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to give details of an operation carried out in Sheffield to increase the recruitment of young men into the steel forging industry. Design/methodology/approach: The Sheffield Forges Co-operative Training Scheme was designed to encourage boys to enter the forging industry and to provide them with training and

  11. Co-Operative Training in the Sheffield Forging Industry

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    Duncan, R.

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to give details of an operation carried out in Sheffield to increase the recruitment of young men into the steel forging industry. Design/methodology/approach: The Sheffield Forges Co-operative Training Scheme was designed to encourage boys to enter the forging industry and to provide them with training and…

  12. Predicting parameters of degradation succession processes of Tibetan Kobresia grasslands

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    Lin, L.; Li, Y. K.; Xu, X. L.; Zhang, F. W.; Du, Y. G.; Liu, S. L.; Guo, X. W.; Cao, G. M.

    2015-08-01

    In the past two decades, increasing human activity (i.e., overgrazing) in the Tibetan Plateau has strongly influenced plant succession processes, resulting in the degradation of alpine grasslands. Therefore, it is necessary to diagnose the degree of degradation to enable implementation of appropriate management for sustainable exploitation and protection of alpine grasslands. Here, we investigated environmental factors and plant functional group quantity factors (PFGs) during the alpine grassland succession processes. Principal component analysis (PCA) was used to identify the parameters indicative of degradation. We divided the entire degradation process into six stages. PFG types shifted from rhizome bunch grasses to rhizome plexus and dense plexus grasses during the degradation process. Leguminosae and Gramineae plants were replaced by Sedges during the advanced stages of degradation. The PFGs were classified into two reaction groups: the grazing-sensitive group, containing Kobresia humilis Mey, and Gramineae and Leguminosae plants, and the grazing-insensitive group, containing Kobresia pygmaea Clarke. The first group was correlated with live root biomass in the surface soil (0-10 cm), whereas the second group was strongly correlated with mattic epipedon thickness and K. pygmaea characteristics. The degree of degradation of alpine meadows may be delineated by development of mattic epipedon and PFG composition. Thus, meadows could be easily graded and their use adjusted based on our scaling system, which would help prevent irreversible degradation of important grasslands. Because relatively few environmental factors are investigated, this approach can save time and labor to formulate a conservation management plan for degraded alpine meadows.

  13. Predicting parameters of degradation succession processes of Tibetan Kobresia grasslands

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    Lin, L.; Li, Y. K.; Xu, X. L.; Zhang, F. W.; Du, Y. G.; Liu, S. L.; Guo, X. W.; Cao, G. M.

    2015-11-01

    In the past two decades, increasing human activity (i.e., overgrazing) in the Tibetan Plateau has strongly influenced plant succession processes, resulting in the degradation of alpine grasslands. Therefore, it is necessary to diagnose the degree of degradation to enable implementation of appropriate management for sustainable exploitation and protection of alpine grasslands. Here, we investigated environmental factors and plant functional group (PFG) quantity factors during the alpine grassland succession processes. Principal component analysis (PCA) was used to identify the parameters indicative of degradation. We divided the entire degradation process into six stages. PFG types shifted from rhizome bunchgrasses to rhizome plexus and dense-plexus grasses during the degradation process. Leguminosae and Gramineae plants were replaced by sedges during the advanced stages of degradation. The PFGs were classified into two reaction groups: the grazing-sensitive group, containing Kobresia humilis Mey, and Gramineae and Leguminosae plants, and the grazing-insensitive group, containing Kobresia pygmaea Clarke. The first group was correlated with live root biomass in the surface soil (0-10 cm), whereas the second group was strongly correlated with mattic epipedon thickness and K. pygmaea characteristics. The degree of degradation of alpine meadows may be delineated by development of mattic epipedon and PFG composition. Thus, meadows could be easily graded and their use adjusted based on our scaling system, which would help prevent irreversible degradation of important grasslands. Because relatively few environmental factors are investigated, this approach can save time and labor to formulate a conservation management plan for degraded alpine meadows.

  14. Forging Inclusive Solutions: Experiential Earth Charter Education

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    Hill, Linda D.

    2010-01-01

    Forging Inclusive Solutions describes the aims, methodology and outcomes of Inclusive Leadership Adventures, an experiential education curriculum for exploring the Earth Charter. Experiential education builds meaningful relationships, skills, awareness and an inclusive community based on the Earth Charter principles. When we meet people where they

  15. Forging Collaborative Partnerships: The Waterloo Neighborhood Project.

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    Gruenewald, Anne

    The Forging Collaborative Partnerships Project in Waterloo, Iowa is a collaborative venture to assist voluntary agencies in developing tools and strategies to strengthen collaborative relationships among public and nonprofit child welfare agencies and other key stakeholders as they adopt a family-focused philosophy. This monograph details how the

  16. Analysis Of Potentiometric Methods Used For Crack Detection In Forging Tools

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    Pilc, Jozef; Drbúl, Mário; Stančeková, Dana; Varga, Daniel; Martinček, Juraj; Kuždák, Viktor

    2015-12-01

    Increased use of forging tools in mass production causes their increased wear and creates pressure to design more efficient renovation process. Renovation is complicated because of the identification of cracks expanding from the surface to the core material. Given that the production of forging tools is expensive, caused by the cost of tool steels and the thermo-chemical treatment, it is important to design forging tool with its easy renovation in mind. It is important to choose the right renovation technology, which will be able to restore the instrument to its original state while maintaining financial rentability. Choosing the right technology is difficult because of nitrided and heat-treated surface for high hardness and wear resistance. Article discusses the use of non-destructive method of detecting cracks taking into account the size of the cracks formed during working process.

  17. Assisted Defect Recognition for the Ultrasonic Multizone Inspection of Titanium Forgings

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    Ferro, A. F.; Howard, P. J.

    2009-03-01

    Titanium aircraft engine disk forgings are imaged at all material depths using the ultrasonic testing (UT) process called multizone inspection. This process results in highly variable background noise from material microstructure. The intention is to ultimately accept or reject the part by examining for the presence of small anomalies in these images in terms of their signal to noise ratio (SNR). This manual approach for calculating SNR is susceptible to inspector subjectivity. Assisted Defect Recognition (ADR) has been developed for the forging inspection and its life cycle from design to validation is discussed, concentrating on its application to the inhomogeneous nature of the forged titanium microstructure. Validation testing results have shown that ADR effectively reduces inspection cycle time, reduces complexity for the operator, and provides precise inspection reproducibility.

  18. Improving gravitational-wave parameter estimation using Gaussian process regression

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    Moore, Christopher J.; Berry, Christopher P. L.; Chua, Alvin J. K.; Gair, Jonathan R.

    2016-03-01

    Folding uncertainty in theoretical models into Bayesian parameter estimation is necessary in order to make reliable inferences. A general means of achieving this is by marginalizing over model uncertainty using a prior distribution constructed using Gaussian process regression (GPR). As an example, we apply this technique to the measurement of chirp mass using (simulated) gravitational-wave signals from binary black holes that could be observed using advanced-era gravitational-wave detectors. Unless properly accounted for, uncertainty in the gravitational-wave templates could be the dominant source of error in studies of these systems. We explain our approach in detail and provide proofs of various features of the method, including the limiting behavior for high signal-to-noise, where systematic model uncertainties dominate over noise errors. We find that the marginalized likelihood constructed via GPR offers a significant improvement in parameter estimation over the standard, uncorrected likelihood both in our simple one-dimensional study, and theoretically in general. We also examine the dependence of the method on the size of training set used in the GPR; on the form of covariance function adopted for the GPR, and on changes to the detector noise power spectral density.

  19. Parameter and process significance in mechanistic modeling of cellulose hydrolysis.

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    Rotter, B E; Barry, D A; Gerhard, J I; Small, J S

    2008-09-01

    A process-based model relevant to landfill and anaerobic digesters was developed, which included a novel approach to biomass transfer between a cellulose-bound biofilm and biomass in the bulk liquid. Model results highlighted the significance of the bacterial colonization of cellulose particles by attachment through contact in solution. Simulations revealed that both enhanced colonization and cellulose degradation are associated with reduced cellulose particle size, increased biomass populations in solution and increased cellulose-binding ability of the biomass. This suggests that transportation of biomass into the system from elsewhere and/or bacterial inoculation of such systems could enhance degradation significantly. A sensitivity analysis of the system parameters revealed the biological rate and yield properties of the hydrolyzing bacteria are most significant with regard to cellulose degradation in the system. PMID:18055198

  20. Modeling Machining Distortion of Aircraft-Engine Disk Forgings

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    Yin, Yanling; Wu, Wei-Tsu; Srivatsa, Shesh; Semiatin, S. Lee; Gayda, John

    2004-06-01

    Rotating components of aircraft engines are generally manufactured by forging followed by heat treatment. Due to the residual stresses induced during heat treatment, components often distort when material is removed during machining to the final shape. Using trial-and-error approaches, it can be very difficult to develop a sequence of machining operations which will ensure that the final component is produced within the very tight dimensional tolerances required for satisfactory performance in service. The objective of the current work, therefore, was to develop and validate a simulation procedure that can predict distortion during the material removal process. To validate the model, four prototype disks were forged and then heat treated under different conditions. Multiple machining cuts were carried out on the top side of each disk. The distortion at the bottom surface was then measured. The Finite-Element Method (FEM) embodied in the commercial software, DEFORM-HT, was used to model the four heat-treatment processes. Excellent agreement between the measured distortions and the finite-element predictions was found. The FEM heat-treatment model was shown to be a very useful tool to understand and predict distortion and can thus be used for the design and optimization of heat-treatment and machining processes.

  1. Fracture behavior of tungsten wire reinforced superalloy composites during isothermal forging

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    Kandeil, A.Y.; Immarigeon, J.P.A.; Wallace, W.

    1984-03-01

    Mazzei et al. (1976) have reported a study of the processing of composite samples of Mar-M200 nickel-base superalloy reinforced with high strength tungsten wires. The use of these materials in industrial gas turbine engines for hot section blades and vanes was being considered. It was thought that isothermal forging might be necessary to complete the shaping and sizing operations, and studies related to the isothermal forging of these materials were conducted. Kandeil et al. (1982) have described some results on the flow and fracture behavior of these composites. The present investigation has the objective to examine the fracture of the materials in more detail, and to evaluate the results in terms of the practical forging of turbine airfoil shapes. 18 references.

  2. Sinter-forging conditions, texture and transport properties of Bi-2212 superconductors

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    Caillard, R.; Garnier, V.; Desgardin, G.

    2000-12-01

    The optimization of the sinter-forging process of the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (2212) superconducting ceramic, synthesized by a polymer matrix method has been done. The precursor powder was pressed under uniaxial stresses ranging between 15.9 and 46.8 MPa, and heated between 830C and 845C. Rather well textured samples showing less than 5.6 disorientation degrees for 50% of the grain respect to the ab plane have been obtained. The relationships between the stress value as well as the sinter-forging temperature and the samples texture have been correlated with the critical current densities, Jc, at 77 K. Maximum Jc close to 700 A cm -2 have been achieved with a pressure of 31.4 MPa and a temperature of 840C showing that annealing under O 2/N 2 has also to be optimized to obtain in such sinter-forged bulk materials higher Jc values.

  3. Optimisation of shock absorber process parameters using failure mode and effect analysis and genetic algorithm

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    Mariajayaprakash, Arokiasamy; Senthilvelan, Thiyagarajan; Vivekananthan, Krishnapillai Ponnambal

    2013-07-01

    The various process parameters affecting the quality characteristics of the shock absorber during the process were identified using the Ishikawa diagram and by failure mode and effect analysis. The identified process parameters are welding process parameters (squeeze, heat control, wheel speed, and air pressure), damper sealing process parameters (load, hydraulic pressure, air pressure, and fixture height), washing process parameters (total alkalinity, temperature, pH value of rinsing water, and timing), and painting process parameters (flowability, coating thickness, pointage, and temperature). In this paper, the process parameters, namely, painting and washing process parameters, are optimized by Taguchi method. Though the defects are reasonably minimized by Taguchi method, in order to achieve zero defects during the processes, genetic algorithm technique is applied on the optimized parameters obtained by Taguchi method.

  4. Analysis of process parameters of micro fluid-jet polishing on the processing effect

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    Wang, Shaozhi; Liu, Jian; Zhang, Linghua

    2013-08-01

    Micro fluid-jet polishing technology is a new kind of ultra-smooth machining method which proposed on the basis of float polishing principle and combined with small tool polishing. This article will use micro jet ultra-smooth machine which developed by ourselves to develop the process experiment for plane elements. In the experiment, the material removal rate and surface roughness are taken as the assessment index, and the orthogonal experiment method is used to study the processing effect of different process parameters, such as the spindle speed, the pressure of the grinding head and the abrasive concentration. On the basis of the experimental results and combined with the micro jet polishing mechanism, the processing effect law of the various process parameters is analyzed. It shows that, the influence of polishing pressure and abrasive concentration on the removal efficiency is single, that is to say, the removal efficiency can be increased either by increasing the polishing pressure or by increasing the concentration of the slurry. However, the influence of the grinding speed on removal efficiency is not simple, the removal efficiency can be increased by increasing the grinding speed in the certain range, if continue to increase, the removal efficiency will decrease. The influence of the process parameters on the roughness is more complex, but it can be summarized grossly as follows: if the roughness is required to reduce quickly, the large polishing pressure and high concentration slurry can be chosen, but it has a large depth of removal; if the roughness is required to reduce and the removal depth is as small as possible, the little polishing pressure and the dilute polishing liquid can be chosen, but it has a long polishing time. So in the actual processing, the process parameters should be adjusted according to different machining needs, to finally reach the optimization.

  5. Effect of isothermal forging on microstructure and fatigue behavior of blended elemental Ti-6Al-4V powder compacts

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    Weiss, I.; Eylon, D.; Toaz, M. W.; Froes, F. H.

    1986-03-01

    The effect of isothermal hot forging (IHF) on microstructure, pore closure, and tensile and fatigue properties of Ti-6A1-4V blended elemental cold pressed and sintered powder compacts was investigated. Two types of sponge fines were used: (a) high chloride produced by the Hunter sodium reduction process (HP) and (b) low chloride produced by the electrolytic process (EP). The as-sintered HP compacts were 99 pct dense while the EP compacts were only 92 pct dense. All sintered preforms were isothermally hot forged below the beta transus temperature and reached almost full density. The microstructure of the HP forged compacts consisted of fine equiaxed alpha, while the EP forged compacts exhibited a coarse lenticular alpha structure after 30 pct reduction and a partially recrystallized structure after 68 pct reduction. It was found that EP compacts forged to a 30 pct reduction exhibited a low fatigue limit of 172 MPa (25 ksi), since the lenticular alpha morphology and the residual porosity resulted in premature fatigue crack initiation. On the other hand, a higher fatigue strength of 485 MPa (70 ksi) was obtained for EP compacts forged to a 78 pct reduction due to the mixed equiaxed/lenticular alpha morphology as well as removal of stress concentration features such as interparticle pore interfaces.

  6. Effect of isothermal forging on microstructure and fatigue behavior of blended elemental Ti-6Al-4V powder compacts

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    Weiss, I.; Eylon, D.; Toaz, M.W.; Froes, F.H.

    1986-03-01

    The effect of isothermal hot forging (IHF) on microstructure, pore closure, and tensile and fatigue properties of Ti-6Al-4V blended elemental cold pressed and sintered powder compacts was investigated. Two types of sponge fines were used: (1) chloride produced by the Hunter sodium reduction process (HP) and (2) low chloride produced by the electrolytic process (EP). The as-sintered HP compacts were 99 pct dense while the EP compacts were only 92 pct dense. All sintered preforms were isothermally hot forged below the beta transus temperature and reacted almost full density. The microstructure of the HP forged compacts consisted of fine equiaxed alpha, while the EP forged compacts exhibited a coarse lenticular alpha structure after 30 pct reduction and a partially recrystallized structure after 68 pct reduction. It was found that EP compacts forged to a 30 pct reduction exhibited a low fatigue limit of 172 MPa (25 ksi), since the lenticular alpha morphology and the residual porosity resulted in premature fatigue crack initiation. On the other hand, a higher fatigue strength of 485 MPa (70 ksi) was obtained for EP compacts forged to a 78 pct reduction due to the mixed equiaxed/lenticular alpha morphology as well as removal of stress concentration features such as interparticle pore interfaces. 26 references.

  7. Automated, robotized forge-press systems viewed

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    Khmelnitskiy, M. N.

    1985-03-01

    Models of industrial robots with load-lifting capacities of 0.08, 0.63, 1.25, 3.5, 10 and 40 kilograms, as well as manipulators with load-lifting capacities of 16 and 50 kilograms for forging rolls were developed. Robot equipment is being developed as the creation of unit design industrial robots. The unit principle of robot design increases their reliability, reduces manufacturing costs, and times for introduction. Requirements for new equipment are discussed.

  8. The influence of thickness of CrN coating on the durability of hot forging dies

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    Smolik, Jerzy

    2011-06-01

    This article presents results which enabled the determination of the role of CrN coating and the influence of its thickness on the effectiveness of hybrid layer "nitrided layer / CrN coating" in the process of increasing the durability of forging dies. Dies coated with hybrid layers "nitrided layer / CrN coating" with various CrN coating thickness were after different maintenance periods subjected to metallographic testing, 3D shape testing and SEM analysis. Hardness distribution was also determined. The obtained results revealed that for all tested dies, independently from CrN coating thickness, the main mechanisms of their destruction was mechanical and thermal fatigue, and plastic deformation. It has been shown that the main role of CrN coating in the hybrid layer "nitrided layer / PVD coating" is to counteract a high temperature influence the source of which is forging on die material. In order to do so the CrN coating should be characterized by a considerably lower thermal conductivity coefficient to steel and low hardness so that it can efficiently resist fatigue processes in the forging process. Based on testing conducted by means of the sin 2 ? method, it was revealed that internal stresses are vitally important for CrN coating for fatigue resistance of hybrid layer "nitrided layer / CrN coating" during the forging process.

  9. Effects of process parameters in plastic, metal, and ceramic injection molding processes

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    Lee, Shi W.; Ahn, Seokyoung; Whang, Chul Jin; Park, Seong Jin; Atre, Sundar V.; Kim, Jookwon; German, Randall M.

    2011-09-01

    Plastic injection molding has been widely used in the past and is a dominant forming approach today. As the customer demands require materials with better engineering properties that were not feasible with polymers, powder injection molding with metal and ceramic powders has received considerable attention in recent decades. To better understand the differences in the plastic injection molding, metal injection molding, and ceramic injection molding, the effects of the core process parameters on the process performances has been studied using the state-of-the-art computer-aided engineering (CAE) design tool, PIMSolver® The design of experiments has been conducted using the Taguchi method to obtain the relative contributions of various process parameters onto the successful operations.

  10. Optimized process parameters for fabricating metal particles reinforced 5083 Al composite by friction stir processing

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    Bauri, Ranjit; Yadav, Devinder; Shyam Kumar, C.N.; Janaki Ram, G.D.

    2015-01-01

    Metal matrix composites (MMCs) exhibit improved strength but suffer from low ductility. Metal particles reinforcement can be an alternative to retain the ductility in MMCs (Bauri and Yadav, 2010;Thakur and Gupta, 2007) [1,2]. However, processing such composites by conventional routes is difficult. The data presented here relates to friction stir processing (FSP) that was used to process metal particles reinforced aluminum matrix composites. The data is the processing parameters, rotation and traverse speeds, which were optimized to incorporate Ni particles. A wide range of parameters covering tool rotation speeds from 1000rpm to 1800rpm and a range of traverse speeds from 6mm/min to 24mm/min were explored in order to get a defect free stir zone and uniform distribution of particles. The right combination of rotation and traverse speed was found from these experiments. Both as-received coarse particles (70?m) and ball-milled finer particles (10?m) were incorporated in the Al matrix using the optimized parameters. PMID:26566541

  11. Optimized process parameters for fabricating metal particles reinforced 5083 Al composite by friction stir processing.

    PubMed

    Bauri, Ranjit; Yadav, Devinder; Shyam Kumar, C N; Janaki Ram, G D

    2015-12-01

    Metal matrix composites (MMCs) exhibit improved strength but suffer from low ductility. Metal particles reinforcement can be an alternative to retain the ductility in MMCs (Bauri and Yadav, 2010;Thakur and Gupta, 2007) [1,2]. However, processing such composites by conventional routes is difficult. The data presented here relates to friction stir processing (FSP) that was used to process metal particles reinforced aluminum matrix composites. The data is the processing parameters, rotation and traverse speeds, which were optimized to incorporate Ni particles. A wide range of parameters covering tool rotation speeds from 1000rpm to 1800rpm and a range of traverse speeds from 6mm/min to 24mm/min were explored in order to get a defect free stir zone and uniform distribution of particles. The right combination of rotation and traverse speed was found from these experiments. Both as-received coarse particles (70?m) and ball-milled finer particles (10?m) were incorporated in the Al matrix using the optimized parameters. PMID:26566541

  12. Microstructural Changes during Isothermal Forging of a Co-Cr-Mo Alloy

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    Immarigeon, J.-P.; Rajan, Krishna; Wallace, W.

    1984-02-01

    Interest has evolved recently in thermomechanical processing of the cast Co-Cr-Mo surgical implant alloys such as Vitallium and Vinertia. Work has shown that the wrought forms of these alloys exhibit much improved properties over their as-cast counterparts. In this paper, the response of as-cast Vinertia to isothermal forging is examined by means of isothermal and isostrain-rate compression testing. The effects of temperature, strain rate, and strain on the breakdown of the as-cast micro-structure are examined in detail. The effects of prior heat treatment on plastic flow and microstructure achieved are also considered. It is shown that the interaction between the carbide phase and the recrystallization induced during hot working governs the degree of homogeneity that can be achieved in the forged product. Control of carbide volume fraction, size, and distribution by appropriate prior processing can lead to a fine grain equiaxed structure with uniformly distributed carbides. The potential offered by isothermal forging for control of the microstructure in this type of alloy is discussed, as well as the limits imposed on the process by the starting material and by the strain gradients expected during the forging of implants.

  13. Optimizing noise control strategy in a forging workshop.

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    Razavi, Hamideh; Ramazanifar, Ehsan; Bagherzadeh, Jalal

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, a computer program based on a genetic algorithm is developed to find an economic solution for noise control in a forging workshop. Initially, input data, including characteristics of sound sources, human exposure, abatement techniques, and production plans are inserted into the model. Using sound pressure levels at working locations, the operators who are at higher risk are identified and picked out for the next step. The program is devised in MATLAB such that the parameters can be easily defined and changed for comparison. The final results are structured into 4 sections that specify an appropriate abatement method for each operator and machine, minimum allowance time for high-risk operators, required damping material for enclosures, and minimum total cost of these treatments. The validity of input data in addition to proper settings in the optimization model ensures the final solution is practical and economically reasonable. PMID:24934422

  14. Influence of Process Parameter on Grit Blasting as a Pretreatment Process for Thermal Spraying

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    Bobzin, K.; Öte, M.; Linke, T. F.; Sommer, J.; Liao, X.

    2016-01-01

    In thermal spraying, uncoated substrates usually require roughening. As the most common roughening method, grit blasting increases the surface area and produces undercuts in almost all cases, which facilitate mechanical interlocking and thus promote the bonding between the substrate and coating. The effects of grit blasting parameters, i.e., the particle size, the blasting angle, the stand-off distance, and the pressure, on the resulting surface topography are investigated. Furthermore, the efficiency and wear behavior of the blasting media are analyzed. Influences of three different blasting media, corundum, alumina zirconia, and steel shot, on the surface roughening, are compared. By varying adjusted blasting parameters, different initial conditions (surface topography) are created. Subsequently, the substrate is coated, and the coating bond strength is measured. One of the main results of this publication is that alumina zirconia and steel grit show a longer lifetime than pure alumina as a blasting media. Moreover, it has been shown that the blasting parameters such as grain size, working pressure, and history (wear status) of the abrasive particles have a significant effect on the resulting surface topography. Additionally, systematical analysis in this study shows that the blasting parameters such as stand-off distance and blasting angle have a small influence on the results of the blasting process. Another important conclusion of this study is that the conventional surface parameters that have been analyzed in this study did not turn out to be suitable for describing the relationship between the surface topography of the substrate and resulting bond strength.

  15. Influence of Process Parameter on Grit Blasting as a Pretreatment Process for Thermal Spraying

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    Bobzin, K.; te, M.; Linke, T. F.; Sommer, J.; Liao, X.

    2015-09-01

    In thermal spraying, uncoated substrates usually require roughening. As the most common roughening method, grit blasting increases the surface area and produces undercuts in almost all cases, which facilitate mechanical interlocking and thus promote the bonding between the substrate and coating. The effects of grit blasting parameters, i.e., the particle size, the blasting angle, the stand-off distance, and the pressure, on the resulting surface topography are investigated. Furthermore, the efficiency and wear behavior of the blasting media are analyzed. Influences of three different blasting media, corundum, alumina zirconia, and steel shot, on the surface roughening, are compared. By varying adjusted blasting parameters, different initial conditions (surface topography) are created. Subsequently, the substrate is coated, and the coating bond strength is measured. One of the main results of this publication is that alumina zirconia and steel grit show a longer lifetime than pure alumina as a blasting media. Moreover, it has been shown that the blasting parameters such as grain size, working pressure, and history (wear status) of the abrasive particles have a significant effect on the resulting surface topography. Additionally, systematical analysis in this study shows that the blasting parameters such as stand-off distance and blasting angle have a small influence on the results of the blasting process. Another important conclusion of this study is that the conventional surface parameters that have been analyzed in this study did not turn out to be suitable for describing the relationship between the surface topography of the substrate and resulting bond strength.

  16. Sensor Data Acquisition and Processing Parameters for Human Activity Classification

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    Bersch, Sebastian D.; Azzi, Djamel; Khusainov, Rinat; Achumba, Ifeyinwa E.; Ries, Jana

    2014-01-01

    It is known that parameter selection for data sampling frequency and segmentation techniques (including different methods and window sizes) has an impact on the classification accuracy. For Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), no clear information to select these parameters exists, hence a wide variety and inconsistency across today's literature is observed. This paper presents the empirical investigation of different data sampling rates, segmentation techniques and segmentation window sizes and their effect on the accuracy of Activity of Daily Living (ADL) event classification and computational load for two different accelerometer sensor datasets. The study is conducted using an ANalysis Of VAriance (ANOVA) based on 32 different window sizes, three different segmentation algorithm (with and without overlap, totaling in six different parameters) and six sampling frequencies for nine common classification algorithms. The classification accuracy is based on a feature vector consisting of Root Mean Square (RMS), Mean, Signal Magnitude Area (SMA), Signal Vector Magnitude (here SMV), Energy, Entropy, FFTPeak, Standard Deviation (STD). The results are presented alongside recommendations for the parameter selection on the basis of the best performing parameter combinations that are identified by means of the corresponding Pareto curve. PMID:24599189

  17. TRITIUM AGING EFFECTS ON THE FRACTURE TOUGHNESS PROPERTIES OF FORGED STAINLESS STEEL

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    Morgan, M

    2008-04-14

    The fracture toughness properties of Type 21-6-9 stainless steel were measured for forgings in the unexposed, hydrogen-exposed, and tritium-exposed-and-aged conditions. Fracture toughness samples were cut from conventionally-forged and high-energy-rate-forged forward-extruded cylinders and mechanically tested at room temperature using ASTM fracture-toughness testing procedures. Some of the samples were exposed to either hydrogen or tritium gas (340 MPa, 623 K) prior to testing. Tritium-exposed samples were aged for up to seven years and tested periodically in order to measure the effect on fracture toughness of {sup 3}He from radioactive tritium decay. The results show that hydrogen-exposed and tritium-exposed samples had lower fracture- toughness values than unexposed samples and that fracture toughness decreased with increasing decay {sup 3}He content. Forged steels were more resistant to the embrittling effects of tritium and decay {sup 3}He than annealed steels, although their fracture-toughness properties depended on the degree of sensitization that occurred during processing. The fracture process was dominated by microvoid nucleation, growth and coalescence; however, the size and spacing of microvoids on the fracture surfaces were affected by hydrogen and tritium with the lowest-toughness samples having the smallest microvoids and finest spacing.

  18. Control of Groundwater Remediation Process as Distributed Parameter System

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    Mendel, M.; Kovács, T.; Hulkó, G.

    2014-12-01

    Pollution of groundwater requires the implementation of appropriate solutions which can be deployed for several years. The case of local groundwater contamination and its subsequent spread may result in contamination of drinking water sources or other disasters. This publication aims to design and demonstrate control of pumping wells for a model task of groundwater remediation. The task consists of appropriately spaced soil with input parameters, pumping wells and control system. Model of controlled system is made in the program MODFLOW using the finitedifference method as distributed parameter system. Control problem is solved by DPS Blockset for MATLAB & Simulink.

  19. online Surveillance of Industrial Processes with Correlated Parameters

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    1996-12-18

    SMP is a system for online surveillance of industrial processes or machinery for determination of the incipience or onset of abnormal operating conditions. SMP exploits the cross correlation between all of the sensors that are available on the system under surveillance to provide an extremely high sensitivity for annunciation of subtle disturbances in process variables.

  20. Fatigue behavior of rolled and forged tungsten at 25, 280 and 480C

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    Habainy, J.; Iyengar, S.; Lee, Y.; Dai, Y.

    2015-10-01

    Pure tungsten has been chosen as the target material at the European Spallation Source facility in Lund. Calculations show that the target temperature can reach 500C momentarily during the spallation process, leading to thermal fatigue. Target life estimations require fatigue data at different temperatures and this work focuses on generating such data for pure, unirradiated, rolled and forged tungsten in the range 25-480C. For specimens oriented in the rolling direction, tensile tests at room temperature indicated Young's modulus values in the range 320-390GPa, low levels of plasticity (<0.23%) and UTS values in the range 397MPa (unpolished) and 705MPa (Polished). UTS for forged specimens were around 500MPa. Stress-controlled fatigue tests were conducted in the tensile regime, with a runout limit of 2נ106 cycles. At 25C, unpolished specimens had fatigue limits of 150MPa (rolling and transverse direction), and 175MPa (forged). For polished specimens in the rolling direction, fatigue limits were higher at 237.5MPa (25C) and 252.5MPa (280C). The forged specimens showed slightly better fatigue properties and marginal cyclic hardening at 480C.

  1. The effect of hot isostatic pressing parameters on microstructure and mechanical properties of Eurofer powder HIPed material

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    Gentzbittel, J. M.; Chu, I.; Burlet, H.

    2002-12-01

    The production of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steel by powder metallurgy and high isostatic pressing (HIP) offers numerous advantages for different nuclear applications. The objective of this work is to optimise the Eurofer powder HIP process in order to obtain RAFM solid HIPed steel with similar mechanical properties to those of a forged material. Starting from the forged solid Eurofer steel batch, the material is atomized and the Eurofer powder is characterized in terms of granulometry, chemical composition, surface oxides, etc. Different compaction HIP cycle parameters in the temperature range (950-1100 C) are tested. The chemical composition of the HIPed material is comparable to the initial forged Eurofer. All the obtained materials are fully dense and the microstructure of the compacted material is well martensitic. The prior austenite grain size seems to be constant in this temperature range. The mechanical tests performed at room temperature reveal acceptable hardness, tensile and Charpy impact properties regarding the ITER specification.

  2. 17. Forge building, fuel storage shed, and foundry, 1906 Photocopied ...

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    17. Forge building, fuel storage shed, and foundry, 1906 Photocopied from a photograph by Thomas S. Bronson, 'Group at Whitney Factory, 5 November 1906,' NHCHSL. The most reliable view of the fuel storage sheds and foundry, together with a view of the forge building. - Eli Whitney Armory, West of Whitney Avenue, Armory Street Vicinity, Hamden, New Haven County, CT

  3. 27 CFR 447.22 - Forgings, castings, and machined bodies.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 3 2012-04-01 2010-04-01 true Forgings, castings, and... IMPLEMENTS OF WAR The U.S. Munitions Import List 447.22 Forgings, castings, and machined bodies. Articles..., castings, extrusions, and machined bodies) which have reached a stage in manufacture where they are...

  4. 27 CFR 447.22 - Forgings, castings, and machined bodies.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 3 2011-04-01 2010-04-01 true Forgings, castings, and... IMPLEMENTS OF WAR The U.S. Munitions Import List 447.22 Forgings, castings, and machined bodies. Articles..., castings, extrusions, and machined bodies) which have reached a stage in manufacture where they are...

  5. 22 CFR 121.10 - Forgings, castings and machined bodies.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 22 Foreign Relations 1 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Forgings, castings and machined bodies. 121.10... STATES MUNITIONS LIST Enumeration of Articles 121.10 Forgings, castings and machined bodies. Articles..., castings, extrusions and machined bodies) which have reached a stage in manufacture where they are...

  6. 27 CFR 447.22 - Forgings, castings, and machined bodies.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 3 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Forgings, castings, and... IMPLEMENTS OF WAR The U.S. Munitions Import List 447.22 Forgings, castings, and machined bodies. Articles..., castings, extrusions, and machined bodies) which have reached a stage in manufacture where they are...

  7. 27 CFR 447.22 - Forgings, castings, and machined bodies.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 3 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Forgings, castings, and... IMPLEMENTS OF WAR The U.S. Munitions Import List 447.22 Forgings, castings, and machined bodies. Articles..., castings, extrusions, and machined bodies) which have reached a stage in manufacture where they are...

  8. 22 CFR 121.10 - Forgings, castings and machined bodies.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 22 Foreign Relations 1 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Forgings, castings and machined bodies. 121.10... STATES MUNITIONS LIST Enumeration of Articles 121.10 Forgings, castings and machined bodies. Articles..., castings, extrusions and machined bodies) which have reached a stage in manufacture where they are...

  9. Construction of a test bench for closed die forging

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    Batit, G.; Kaczmarek, B.; Ravassard, P.

    1984-03-01

    A swan neck press was equipped with hydraulic jacks to enable it to press and forge complex shapes in closed dies in one operation without wasting metal. Maximum closing stress is 250 kN, maximum pressing stress is 250 kN, maximum forging stress is 70 kN.

  10. 76 FR 50755 - Heavy Forged Hand Tools From China

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    2011-08-16

    ... COMMISSION Heavy Forged Hand Tools From China Determinations On the basis of the record \\1\\ developed in the... antidumping duty orders on heavy forged hand tools from China would be likely to lead to continuation or... determined on April 8, 2011 that it would conduct expedited reviews (76 FR 31631, June 1, 2011)....

  11. View west of small tooling and forging dies in Blacksmith ...

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    View west of small tooling and forging dies in Blacksmith Shop, Boilermakers Department, east side of building 57; during World War II approximately forty women were employed as blacksmith's forging a variety of small tools; these may be the tools they used. - Naval Base Philadelphia-Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Structure Shop, League Island, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

  12. Signal processing for longitudinal parameters of the Tevatron beam

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    Pordes, S.; Crisp, J.; Fellenz, B.; Flora, R.; Para, A.; Tollestrup, A.V.; /Fermilab

    2005-05-01

    We describe the system known as the Tevatron SBD [1] which is used to provide information on the longitudinal parameters of coalesced beam bunches in the Tevatron. The system has been upgraded over the past year with a new digitizer and improved software. The quantities provided for each proton and antiproton bunch include the intensity, the longitudinal bunch profile, the timing of the bunch with respect to the low-level RF, the momentum spread and the longitudinal emittance. The system is capable of 2 Hz operation and is run at 1 Hz.

  13. Quench-Induced Stresses in AA2618 Forgings for Impellers: A Multiphysics and Multiscale Problem

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    Chobaut, Nicolas; Saelzle, Peter; Michel, Gilles; Carron, Denis; Drezet, Jean-Marie

    2015-05-01

    In the fabrication of heat-treatable aluminum parts such as AA2618 compressor impellers for turbochargers, solutionizing and quenching are key steps to obtain the required mechanical characteristics. Fast quenching is necessary to avoid coarse precipitation as it reduces the mechanical properties obtained after heat treatment. However, fast quenching induces residual stresses that can cause unacceptable distortions during machining. Furthermore, the remaining residual stresses after final machining can lead to unfavorable stresses in service. Predicting and controlling internal stresses during the whole processing from heat treatment to final machining is therefore of particular interest to prevent negative impacts of residual stresses. This problem is multiphysics because processes such as heat transfer during quenching, precipitation phenomena, thermally induced deformations, and stress generation are interacting and need to be taken into account. The problem is also multiscale as precipitates of nanosize form during quenching at locations where the cooling rate is too low. This precipitation affects the local yield strength of the material and thus impacts the level of macroscale residual stresses. A thermomechanical model accounting for precipitation in a simple but realistic way is presented. Instead of modelling precipitation that occurs during quenching, the model parameters are identified using a limited number of tensile tests achieved after representative interrupted cooling paths in a Gleeble machine. The simulation results are compared with as-quenched residual stresses in a forging measured by neutron diffraction.

  14. Implant for in-vivo parameter monitoring, processing and transmitting

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    Ericson, Milton N.; McKnight, Timothy E.; Smith, Stephen F.; Hylton, James O.

    2009-11-24

    The present invention relates to a completely implantable intracranial pressure monitor, which can couple to existing fluid shunting systems as well as other internal monitoring probes. The implant sensor produces an analog data signal which is then converted electronically to a digital pulse by generation of a spreading code signal and then transmitted to a location outside the patient by a radio-frequency transmitter to an external receiver. The implanted device can receive power from an internal source as well as an inductive external source. Remote control of the implant is also provided by a control receiver which passes commands from an external source to the implant system logic. Alarm parameters can be programmed into the device which are capable of producing an audible or visual alarm signal. The utility of the monitor can be greatly expanded by using multiple pressure sensors simultaneously or by combining sensors of various physiological types.

  15. Dimensionless Numbers Expressed in Terms of Common CVD Process Parameters

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    Kuczmarski, Maria A.

    1999-01-01

    A variety of dimensionless numbers related to momentum and heat transfer are useful in Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) analysis. These numbers are not traditionally calculated by directly using reactor operating parameters, such as temperature and pressure. In this paper, these numbers have been expressed in a form that explicitly shows their dependence upon the carrier gas, reactor geometry, and reactor operation conditions. These expressions were derived for both monatomic and diatomic gases using estimation techniques for viscosity, thermal conductivity, and heat capacity. Values calculated from these expressions compared well to previously published values. These expressions provide a relatively quick method for predicting changes in the flow patterns resulting from changes in the reactor operating conditions.

  16. A Multiresolution Method for Parameter Estimation of Diffusion Processes.

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    Kou, S C; Olding, Benjamin P; Lysy, Martin; Liu, Jun S

    2012-12-01

    Diffusion process models are widely used in science, engineering and finance. Most diffusion processes are described by stochastic differential equations in continuous time. In practice, however, data is typically only observed at discrete time points. Except for a few very special cases, no analytic form exists for the likelihood of such discretely observed data. For this reason, parametric inference is often achieved by using discrete-time approximations, with accuracy controlled through the introduction of missing data. We present a new multiresolution Bayesian framework to address the inference difficulty. The methodology relies on the use of multiple approximations and extrapolation, and is significantly faster and more accurate than known strategies based on Gibbs sampling. We apply the multiresolution approach to three data-driven inference problems - one in biophysics and two in finance - one of which features a multivariate diffusion model with an entirely unobserved component. PMID:25328259

  17. The Effects of Forming Parameters on Conical Ring Rolling Process

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    Meng, Wen; Zhao, Guoqun; Guan, Yanjin

    2014-01-01

    The plastic penetration condition and biting-in condition of a radial conical ring rolling process with a closed die structure on the top and bottom of driven roll, simplified as RCRRCDS, were established. The reasonable value range of mandrel feed rate in rolling process was deduced. A coupled thermomechanical 3D FE model of RCRRCDS process was established. The changing laws of equivalent plastic strain (PEEQ) and temperature distributions with rolling time were investigated. The effects of ring's outer radius growth rate and rolls sizes on the uniformities of PEEQ and temperature distributions, average rolling force, and average rolling moment were studied. The results indicate that the PEEQ at the inner layer and outer layer of rolled ring are larger than that at the middle layer of ring; the temperatures at the “obtuse angle zone” of ring's cross-section are higher than those at “acute angle zone”; the temperature at the central part of ring is higher than that at the middle part of ring's outer surfaces. As the ring's outer radius growth rate increases at its reasonable value ranges, the uniformities of PEEQ and temperature distributions increase. Finally, the optimal values of the ring's outer radius growth rate and rolls sizes were obtained. PMID:25202716

  18. Hot Superplastic Powder Forging for Transparent nanocrystalline Ceramics

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    Cannon, W. Roger

    2006-05-22

    The program explored a completely new, economical method of manufacturing nanocrystalline ceramics, Hot Superplastic Powder Forging (HSPF). The goal of the work was the development of nanocrystalline/low porosity optically transparent zirconia/alumina. The high optical transparency should result from lack of grain boundary scattering since grains will be smaller than one tenth the wavelength of light and from elimination of porosity. An important technological potential for this process is manufacturing of envelopes for high-pressure sodium vapor lamps. The technique for fabricating monolithic nanocrystalline material does not begin with powder whose particle diameter is <100 nm as is commonly done. Instead it begins with powder whose particle diameter is on the order of 10-100 microns but contains nanocrystalline crystallites <<100 nm. Spherical particles are quenched from a melt and heat treated to achieve the desired microstructure. Under a moderate pressure within a die or a mold at temperatures of 1100C to 1300C densification is by plastic flow of superplastic particles. A nanocrystalline microstructure results, though some features are greater than 100nm. It was found, for instance, that in the fully dense Al2O3-ZrO2 eutectic specimens that a bicontinuous microstructure exists containing <100 nm ZrO2 particles in a matrix of Al2O3 grains extending over 1-2 microns. Crystallization, growth, phase development and creep during hot pressing and forging were studied for several compositions and so provided some details on development of polycrystalline microstructure from heating quenched ceramics.

  19. Structure of magnesium alloy MA14 after multistep isothermal forging and subsequent isothermal rolling

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    Nugmanov, D. R.; Sitdikov, O. Sh.; Markushev, M. V.

    2015-10-01

    Optical metallography and electron microscopy have been used to analyze the structural changes in magnesium MA14 alloy subjected to processing that combines multistep isothermal forging and isothermal rolling. It has been found that forging of a bulk workpiece leads to the formation of a structure, 85-90% of which consists of recrystallized grains with an average size of less than 5 m. Subsequent rolling results in a completely recrystallized structure with a grain size of 1-2 m. It is shown that the resultant structural states are characterized by grain size nonuniformity inherited from the initial hot-pressed semi-finished product. The nature and features of crystallization processes that take place in the alloy during processing are discussed.

  20. FEM analysis of spur gears forging from nano-structured materials

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    Salcedo, D.; Luis-Prez, C. J.; Luri, R.; Len, J.

    2012-04-01

    The ECAE process is a novel technology which allows us to obtain materials with sub-micrometric and/or nanometric grain size as a result of accumulating very high levels of plastic deformation in the presence of a high hydrostatic pressure. This avoids the fracture of the material and allows us to obtain very high values of plastic deformation (? >>1). Therefore, these nano-structured materials can be used as starting materials for other manufacturing processes such as: extrusion, rolling and forging, among others; with the advantage of providing nanostructure and hence, improved mechanical properties. In this present work, the forging by finite element method (FEM) of materials that have been previously processed by ECAE is analyzed. MSC. MarcTM software will be employed with the aim of analyzing the possibility of manufacturing mechanical components (spur gears) from materials nano-structured by ECAE.

  1. Processing parameters for the development of glass/ceramic MEMS

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    Stillman, J.; Judy, J.; Helvajian, H.

    2007-02-01

    For the past few years we have been investigating the photophysical and photostructurable properties of Foturan, a photostructurable glass ceramic (PSGC) manufactured by Schott Glass Corp. In this paper, we discuss results on using Foturan as a MEMS and MOEMS substrate. Microfabrication in Foturan is possible through patterning by a pulsed UV laser, a subsequent heat treatment step, and chemical etching. In Foturan, the exposed areas undergo a selective phase change in which the native amorphous glass phase converts to a crystalline lithium silicate phase. The degree and type of crystallization are both sensitive functions of the irradiation and thermal processing procedures. Under high exposure dose, the crystallized areas etch up to 30 times faster than the unexposed material in HF, with the etch rate varying with irradiation dose. Because Foturan is transparent at visible through IR wavelengths, direct-write XYZ exposure with a pulsed laser can pattern complex 3-D structures within a sample. Devices made from Foturan may be glass, a glass-ceramic composite, or ceramic, with the final material composition depending on the irradiation and thermal processing procedures. Excellent aspect ratios (>30:1) have already been demonstrated in Foturan. Our interest is in making simple 3-D MEMS structures by implementing cost-effective manufacturing solutions that produce consistent results with a resolution on the order of ten microns.

  2. A stochastic process approach of the drake equation parameters

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    Glade, Nicolas; Ballet, Pascal; Bastien, Olivier

    2012-04-01

    The number N of detectable (i.e. communicating) extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy is usually calculated by using the Drake equation. This equation was established in 1961 by Frank Drake and was the first step to quantifying the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI) field. Practically, this equation is rather a simple algebraic expression and its simplistic nature leaves it open to frequent re-expression. An additional problem of the Drake equation is the time-independence of its terms, which for example excludes the effects of the physico-chemical history of the galaxy. Recently, it has been demonstrated that the main shortcoming of the Drake equation is its lack of temporal structure, i.e., it fails to take into account various evolutionary processes. In particular, the Drake equation does not provides any error estimation about the measured quantity. Here, we propose a first treatment of these evolutionary aspects by constructing a simple stochastic process that will be able to provide both a temporal structure to the Drake equation (i.e. introduce time in the Drake formula in order to obtain something like N(t)) and a first standard error measure.

  3. Geomechanical Parameters in Fracturing Process of Layered Rocks

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    Mighani, S.; Sondergeld, C. H.; Rai, C. S.

    2013-12-01

    Hydraulic fracturing is crucial to geothermal and hydrocarbon recovery. Predicting performance based on rock characteristics (micro and macro) is essential to effective stimulation. We studied two extreme rock types: 1) Lyons sandstone, a brittle, low porosity, low permeability, weakly anisotropic material and 2) pyrophyllite, a strongly anisotropic metamorphic rock similar chemically and mechanically to shale, having extremely low porosity and permeability. Mineralogy, porosity, permeability, mercury capillary pressure, grain size, ?-CT imaging and elastic anisotropy analysis describe these rocks. Brazilian disk tests were carried to observe the fracture initiation and propagation under tension. Fracture propagation velocity is measured using a high speed digital camera. Strain gauges and acoustic emission (AE) sensors recorded deformation leading to and during failure. SEM imaging and surface profilometry were used to study the post-failure fracture systems and failed surface topology. The fracture process zone (FPZ) is mapped and evaluated using a mosaic of stitched SEM images. The fracture permeability was measured as a function of effective stress and compared to fracture permeability models. The effect of anisotropy on fracturing (Mode I and Mode II fractures) was also investigated rotating the fabric direction of the tested disks relative to the loading axis through increments of 15 degrees. Results indicate differences in fracturing process of these two rock types. Pyrophyllite displays a localized ductile behavior in the process zone resulting in a narrower fracture with a higher propagation velocity and far less AE activity. Pyrophyllite shows 70 % higher tensile strength compared to Lyons sandstone even though it becomes ductile at much lower pressures. The sandstone shows a wide brittle fracture with larger FPZ and better permeability at elevated effective pressures. The greater number of AE activity associated with higher energy events confirms the statistical analysis of microcracks formation inferred from SEM mosaics. The brittleness leads also to the dependence of failure on fabric dependent tensile strength. We observe twice as much Mode II fracturing (layer activation) at lower stress levels for Lyons sandstone. The rock microstructure, lamination, and brittleness control the break down pressure. They also influence the FPZ and laminations reactivation which affect the fracture conductivity and stimulated reservoir volume (SRV).

  4. Factors Affecting Scale Adhesion on Steel Forgings

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    Zitterman, J. A.; Bacco, R. P.; Boggs, W. E.

    1982-04-01

    Occasionally, undesirable "sticky" adherent scale forms on low-carbon steel during reheating for hot forging. The mechanical abrading or chemical pickling required to remove this scale adds appreciably to the fabrication cost. Characterization of the steel-scale system by metallographic examination, x-ray diffraction, and electron-probe microanalysis revealed that nickel, silicon, and/or sulfur might be involved in the mechanism of sticky-scale formation. Laboratory reheating tests were conducted on steels with varied concentrations of nickel and silicon in atmospheres simulating those resulting from burning natural gas or sulfur-bearing fuels. Subsequent characterization of the scale formed during the tests tends to confirm that the composition of the steel, especially increased nickel and silicon contents, and the presence of the sulfur in the furnace atmosphere cause the formation of this undesirable scale.

  5. Grain size modeling and optimization of rotary forged Alloy 718

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    Domblesky, J.P.; Shivpuri, R.

    1997-04-01

    The study presented describes the simulation procedure and methodology used to develop two models for predicting recrystallized grain size in Alloy 718 billet. To simulate multiple pass forging of billet, controlled, high temperature compression testing was used to apply alternate deformation and dwell cycles to Alloy 718 specimens. Grain size obtained by simulation was found to be in excellent agreement with grain size from forged billet when cooling rate was included. The study also revealed that strain per pass and forging temperature were the predominant factors in controlling the recrystallized grain size. Both models were found to accurately predict the recrystallized grain size obtained by compression tests performed at super-solvus temperatures.

  6. Optimization of process parameters for the manufacturing of rocket casings: A study using processing maps

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    Avadhani, G. S.

    2003-12-01

    Maraging steels possess ultrahigh strength combined with ductility and toughness and could be easily fabricated and heat-treated. Bulk metalworking of maraging steels is an important step in the component manufacture. To optimize the hot-working parameters (temperature and strain rate) for the ring rolling process of maraging steel used for the manufacture of rocket casings, a systematic study was conducted to characterize the hot working behavior by developing processing maps for γ-iron and an indigenous 250 grade maraging steel. The hot deformation behavior of binary alloys of iron with Ni, Co, and Mo, which are major constituents of maraging steel, is also studied. Results from the investigation suggest that all the materials tested exhibit a domain of dynamic recrystallization (DRX). From the instability maps, it was revealed that strain rates above 10 s-1 are not suitable for hot working of these materials. An important result from the stress-strain behavior is that while Co strengthens γ-iron, Ni and Mo cause flow softening. Temperatures around 1125 °C and strain rate range between 0.001 and 0.1 s-1 are suitable for the hot working of maraging steel in the DRX domain. Also, higher strain rates may be used in the meta-dynamic recrystallization domain above 1075 °C for high strain rate applications such as ring rolling. The microstructural mechanisms identified from the processing maps along with grain size analyses and hot ductility measurements could be used to design hot-working schedules for maraging steel.

  7. Parallel investigation of double forged pure tungsten samples irradiated in three DPF devices

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    Gribkov, V. A.; Paduch, M.; Zielinska, E.; Laas, T.; Shirokova, V.; Väli, B.; Paju, J.; Pimenov, V. N.; Demina, E. V.; Latyshev, S. V.; Niemela, J.; Crespo, M.-L.; Cicuttin, A.; Talab, A. A.; Pokatilov, A.; Parker, M.

    2015-08-01

    The double forged pure tungsten (W) samples (supplied by IAEA CRP from the FZJ team in Juelich, Germany) were irradiated in DPF (dense plasma focus) devices PF-12, "Bora" and PF-1000 by hot plasma and fast ion streams. We have used the following analytical methods: microscopy (optical and scanning electron), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, electrical conductivity and microroughness measurements. The damage dependence of the tungsten grades on irradiation conditions and power flux densities of irradiation processes is discussed.

  8. FEA Based Tool Life Quantity Estimation of Hot Forging Dies Under Cyclic Thermo-Mechanical Loads

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    Behrens, B.-A.; Bouguecha, A.; Schfer, F.; Hadifi, T.

    2011-01-01

    Hot forging dies are exposed during service to a combination of cyclic thermo-mechanical, tribological and chemical loads. Besides abrasive and adhesive wear on the die surface, fatigue crack initiation with subsequent fracture is one of the most frequent causes of failure. In order to extend the tool life, the finite element analysis (FEA) may serve as a means for process design and process optimisation. So far the FEA based estimation of the production cycles until initial cracking is limited as tool material behaviour due to repeated loading is not captured with the required accuracy. Material models which are able to account for cyclic effects are not verified for the fatigue life predictions of forging dies. Furthermore fatigue properties from strain controlled fatigue tests of relevant hot work steels are to date not available to allow for a close-to-reality fatigue life prediction. Two industrial forging processes, where clear fatigue crack initiation has been observed are considered for a fatigue analysis. For this purpose the relevant tool components are modelled with elasto-plastic material behaviour. The predicted sites, where crack initiation occurs, agree with the ones observed on the real die component.

  9. 22 CFR 121.10 - Forgings, castings and machined bodies.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... components, accessories, attachments and parts as defined in 121.8), then the particular forging, casting, extrusion, machined body, etc., is considered a defense article subject to the controls of this...

  10. 22 CFR 121.10 - Forgings, castings and machined bodies.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... components, accessories, attachments and parts as defined in 121.8), then the particular forging, casting, extrusion, machined body, etc., is considered a defense article subject to the controls of this...

  11. View facing east of top of quarry wall with forge ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    View facing east of top of quarry wall with forge site in foreground - Granite Hill Plantation, Quarry No. 4, South side of State Route 16, 1.3 miles northeast east of Sparta, Sparta, Hancock County, GA

  12. FOUNDRY SHOP, FORGE SHOP, NORTH ARMORY, EAST ARMORY. Colt ...

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    FOUNDRY SHOP, FORGE SHOP, NORTH ARMORY, EAST ARMORY. - Colt Fire Arms Company, East Armory Building, 36-150 Huyshope Avenue, 17-170 Van Dyke Avenue, 49 Vredendale Avenue, Hartford, Hartford County, CT

  13. View northeast of tooling for forging marine hardware in blacksmith ...

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    View northeast of tooling for forging marine hardware in blacksmith shop, east side of building 57. - Naval Base Philadelphia-Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Structure Shop, League Island, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

  14. DETAIL VIEW OF BLACKSMITH'S FORGE AND WORK AREA ON WEST ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    DETAIL VIEW OF BLACKSMITH'S FORGE AND WORK AREA ON WEST SIDE OF UPPER TRAM TERMINAL, LOOKING EAST. FORGE IS IN FOREGROUND, WITH THE ANVIL BLOCK JUST TO THE RIGHT AND BEHIND IT. A TRAM CAR IS UPSIDE DOWN TO THE LEFT OF THE FORGE. THE PIPE GOING INTO THE FORGE ON THE RIGHT CARRIED COMPRESSED AIR TO BLOW THE COALS. AT CENTER RIGHT ON THE TRAM TERMINAL ARE THE OPENING AND CLOSING MECHANISMS FOR THE ORE BUCKETS. AT CENTER LEFT IS A BRAKE WHEEL. THE ANCHOR POINTS FOR THE STATIONARY TRAM CABLES ARE JUST BELOW THIS WHEEL. THE FRONT END OF THE TERMINAL IS JUST OFF FRAME ON THE RIGHT. - Keane Wonder Mine, Park Route 4 (Daylight Pass Cutoff), Death Valley Junction, Inyo County, CA

  15. Critical current densities in Bi-2223 sinter forgings.

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    Balachandran, U.; Fisher, B. L.; Goretta, K. C.; Harris, N. C.; Murayama, N.

    1999-07-23

    (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (Bi-2223) bars, prepared by sinter forging, exhibited good phase purity and strong textures with the c axes of the Bi-2223 grains parallel to the forging direction. The initial zero-field critical current density (J{sub c}) of the bars was 10{sup 3} A/cm{sup 2}, but because the forged bars were uncoated, this value decreased with repeated thermal cycling. J{sub c} as a function of applied magnetic field magnitude and direction roughly followed the dependencies exhibited by Ag-sheathed Bi-2223 tapes, but the forged bars were more strongly dependent on field strength and less strongly dependent on field angle.

  16. A study on the performance of synthetic type charts when process parameters are estimated

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    You, Huay Woon; Khoo, Michael Boon Chong; Teh, Sin Yin

    2015-10-01

    There are two types of synthetic charts for monitoring the process mean, i.e. synthetic X chart and synthetic double sampling X chart (SDS X chart). In most applications, the process parameters, such as the in-control mean and the in-control standard deviation are usually unknown. Under such circumstances, both these process parameters need to be estimated from an in-control Phase I dataset. Thus, it is vital to study the performance of these charts when the process parameters are unknown. In this paper, the performance of two synthetic type charts with estimated process parameters will be studied. The average number of observations to signal (ANOS) criterion will be used to evaluate the performances of these charts. This study shows that the performances of synthetic type charts are significantly affected by the estimation of process parameters. Furthermore, a large number of Phase I samples is required so that the synthetic type charts with estimated process parameters will have reasonable performances as their corresponding known process parameters counterparts, especially when the sample size and size of process mean shift is small.

  17. Sintered and forged article and method of forming same

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    Cook, J.P.; Banerjee, B.R.

    1984-11-27

    An embodiment of the article comprises a metallic body formed, by a powder metallurgy technique, of steel powder and tungsten carbide particles, and forged, having a total density of not less than one hundred percent. The method, then, comprises the powder metallurgy steps of forming and sintering the body, and the subsequent forging step, to produce the one hundred percent total density steel and tungsten carbide article.

  18. A marvel of medieval Indian metallurgy: Thanjavur's forge-welded iron cannon

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    Balasubramaniam, R.; Saxena, A.; Anantharaman, Tanjore R.; Reguer, S.; Dillmann, P.

    2004-01-01

    In this article, metallurgical aspects of a 17th century forge-welded iron cannon at Thanjavur are addressed, including an analysis of manufacturing methodology based on careful observation of its constructional details. Microstructural examination of iron from the cannon reveals that the iron was extracted from ore by the direct process. Thus, the cannon was fabricated by forge welding and not by casting. Electrochemical polarization studies indicate that the corrosion rate of the cannon iron can be compared to that of 0.05% carbon mild steel under complete immersion conditions. However, the atmospheric corrosion resistance of the cannon is far superior to that of modern steel and can be attributed to the formation of an adherent protective passive film. It is concluded that this cannon constitutes a marvel of medieval Indian metallurgical skill.

  19. Quenching of aerospace forgings from high temperatures using air-assisted, atomized water sprays

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    de Oliveira, M.; Ward, J.; Garwood, D. R.; Wallis, R. A.

    2002-02-01

    The nickel-based superalloy or titanium materials used in the aerospace industry are cooled from high temperatures during the heat treatment process to obtain appropriate strength properties. However, unacceptably high residual stresses can be developed in some situations if the rate of cooling is too high so that air-assisted, atomized water sprays have been suggested as an alternative to the widely used techniques of quenching in oil or water. Thus, this article examines two aspects of the use of air-water sprays for quenching aeroengine forgings. First, basic experimental heat transfer data are presented for a wide range of water flows and for surface temperatures up to approximately 850 C, for both plane and recessed surfaces. Second, the heat transfer data are used in numerical simulations to study the influence of nonuniform spray distributions on the residual stress patterns in a typical forging.

  20. Relationships Between Process Parameters, Microstructure, and Adhesion Strength of HVOF Sprayed IN718 Coatings

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    Lyphout, Christophe; Nyln, Per; stergren, Lars

    2011-01-01

    Fundamental understanding of relationships between process parameters, particle in-flight characteristics, and adhesion strength of HVOF sprayed coatings is important to achieve the high coating adhesion that is needed in aeronautic repair applications. In this study, statistical Design of Experiments (DoE) was used to identify the most important process parameters that influence adhesion strength of IN718 coatings sprayed on IN718 substrates. Special attention was given to the parameters combustion ratio, total gas mass flow, stand-off distance and external cooling, since these parameters were assumed to have a significant influence on particle temperature and velocity. Relationships between these parameters and coating microstructure were evaluated to fundamentally understand the relationships between process parameters and adhesion strength.

  1. An Advanced User Interface Approach for Complex Parameter Study Process Specification in the Information Power Grid

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    Yarrow, Maurice; McCann, Karen M.; Biswas, Rupak; VanderWijngaart, Rob; Yan, Jerry C. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The creation of parameter study suites has recently become a more challenging problem as the parameter studies have now become multi-tiered and the computational environment has become a supercomputer grid. The parameter spaces are vast, the individual problem sizes are getting larger, and researchers are now seeking to combine several successive stages of parameterization and computation. Simultaneously, grid-based computing offers great resource opportunity but at the expense of great difficulty of use. We present an approach to this problem which stresses intuitive visual design tools for parameter study creation and complex process specification, and also offers programming-free access to grid-based supercomputer resources and process automation.

  2. T3PS v1.0: Tool for Parallel Processing in Parameter Scans

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    Maurer, Vinzenz

    2016-01-01

    T3PS is a program that can be used to quickly design and perform parameter scans while easily taking advantage of the multi-core architecture of current processors. It takes an easy to read and write parameter scan definition file format as input. Based on the parameter ranges and other options contained therein, it distributes the calculation of the parameter space over multiple processes and possibly computers. The derived data is saved in a plain text file format readable by most plotting software. The supported scanning strategies include: grid scan, random scan, Markov Chain Monte Carlo, numerical optimization. Several example parameter scans are shown and compared with results in the literature.

  3. Parameter-Level Data Flow Modeling Oriented to Product Design Process

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    Li, Shen; Shao, Xiao Dong; Zhang, Zhi Hua; Ge, Xiao Bo

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, a method of data flow modeling for a product design process oriented to data parameter is proposed. The data parameters are defined, which are classified as the basic data parameters and complex data parameters. The mechanism of the mapping relationship between different forms of documents and some basic data parameters, and a data transmission based on parameters, are constructed. Aiming at the characteristics of the iterative design process, the parameters version mechanism including node modification and iteration information is proposed. The data parameters transmission relationships are represented by a parameters network model (PNM) based on a directed graph. Finally, through the table of data parameters mapping onto the workflow node and PNM, the data ports and data links in the data flow model are generated automatically by the program. Validation in the 15-meter-diameter S/Ka frequency band antenna design process of the Reflector, Back frame and Center part design data flow model shows that the method can effectively shorten the time of data flow modeling and improve the data transmission efficiency.

  4. Effects of Processing Parameters on Thixoformability and Defects of AZ91D

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    Li, Yuandong; Ma, Ying; Chen, Tijun; Xu, Weijun; Gao, Wei

    The thixoformability and defect formation of AZ91D magnesium alloy are studied with different processing parameters including reheating temperature, time and die temperature. The results indicated that the suitable processing parameters should be reheating temperature between 575-595C, reheating time more than 75 min, and die temperature over 275C. Four types of defects, coldshut, liquid segregation, microporosity and cracks, have been observed in the thixoformed products if the processing parameters are not controlled properly. Among these defects, microporosity and cracks are always dominant.

  5. Evolution of the Ultrasonic Inspection of Heavy Rotor Forgings Over the Last Decades

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    Zimmer, A.; Vrana, J.; Meiser, J.; Maximini, W.; Blaes, N.

    2010-02-01

    All types of heavy forgings that are used in energy machine industry, rotor shafts as well as discs, retaining rings or tie bolts are subject to extensive nondestructive inspections before they are delivered to the customer. Due to the availability of the parts in simple shapes, these forgings are very well suited for full volmetric inspections using ultrasound. In the beginning, these inspections were carried out manually, using straight beam probes and analogue equipment. Higher requirements in reliability, efficiency, safety and power output in the machines have lead to higher requirements for the ultrasonic inspection in the form of more scanning directions, higher sensitivity demands and improved documentation means. This and the increasing use of high alloy materials for ever growing parts, increase the need for more and more sophisticated methods for testing the forgings. Angle scans and sizing technologies like DGS have been implemented, and for more than 15 years now, mechanized and automated inspections have gained importance since they allow better documentation as well as easier evaluation of the recorded data using different views (B- C- or D-Scans), projections or tomography views. The latest major development has been the availability of phased array probes to increase the flexibility of the inspection systems. Many results of the ongoing research in ultrasonic's have not been implemented yet. Today's availability of fast computers, large and fast data storages allows saving RF inspection data and applying sophisticated signal processing methods. For example linear diffraction tomography methods like SAFT offer tools for 3D reconstruction of inspection data, simplifying sizing and locating of defects as well as for improving signal to noise ratios. While such methods are already applied in medical ultrasonic's, they are still to be implemented in the steel industry. This paper describes the development of the ultrasonic inspection of heavy forgings from the beginning up to today at the example of Saarschmiede GmbH explains the difficulties in implementing changes and gives an outlook over the current progression.

  6. Non-destructive Testing of Forged Metallic Materials by Active Infrared Thermography

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    Maillard, S.; Cadith, J.; Bouteille, P.; Legros, G.; Bodnar, J. L.; Detalle, V.

    2012-11-01

    Nowadays, infrared thermography is considered as the reference method in many applications such as safety, the inspection of electric installations, or the inspection of buildings' heat insulation. In recent years, the evolution of both material and data-processing tools also allows the development of thermography as a real non-destructive testing method. Thus, by subjecting the element to be inspected to an external excitation and by analyzing the propagation of heat in the examined zone, it is possible to highlight surface or subsurface defects such as cracks, delaminations, or corrosion. One speaks then about active infrared thermography. In this study, some results obtained during the collective studies carried out by CETIM and the University of Reims for the forging industry are presented. Various experimental possibilities offered by active thermography are presented and the interest in this method in comparison with the traditional non-destructive testing methods (penetrant testing and magnetic particle inspection) is discussed. For example, comparative results on a forged cracked hub, a steering joint, and a threaded rod are presented. They highlight the interest of infrared thermography stimulated by induction for forged parts.

  7. EUV resist simulation based on process parameters of pattern formation reaction

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    Sugie, Norihiko; Itani, Toshiro; Kozawa, Takahiro

    2014-04-01

    We simulated the process parameters of a pattern formation reaction that included during-the-exposure and post exposure bake (PEB) processes using an originally developed simulator. From the simulation results, the relationship between process parameters of pattern formation reaction and quencher concentration has been clarified. Moreover, we simulated the present target process parameters of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) resist for breaking the RLS trade-off. In this simulation, the process parameters were calculated from lithographic results (sensitivity, LWR, and CD) using real SEM images. This methodology was used to determine the process parameters required to break the RLS trade-off to obtain the required lithographic target of the EUV resist. We simulated the present lithography performance target using the process parameters of pattern formation reactions. These simulation results showed that a large reaction radius is necessary to break the RLS trade-off. Furthermore, we confirmed that increasing the PEB temperature leads to an improvement in the reaction radius. However, there is a discrepancy between the target radius and the controllable range of reaction radius that can be obtained by varying the PEB temperature.

  8. Plant parameters for plant functional groups of western rangelands to enable process-based simulation modeling

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Regional environmental assessments with process-based models require realistic estimates of plant parameters for the primary plant functional groups in the region. Functional group in this context is an operational term, based on similarities in plant type and in plant parameter values. Likewise...

  9. Superplastic forging of aluminum 6061-silicon carbide(P) composites

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    Memongkol, Napisporn

    This work describes the processing and characterization of mechanically alloyed Al6061-SiCP composites. The SiC dispersion strengthened Al6061 was synthesized by mechanical alloying of SiC powder and Al6061 powder in an argon atmosphere followed by hot pressing or cold compaction and sinter forging in air. The microstructure of the Al-SiC composites showed a fine grain size of Al matrix with SiC particles and dispersoids distributed homogeneously in the Al matrix. The microstructure of unreinforced MA6061 showed a fine grain size with small dispersoids. The preferred orientation in these composites was measured using the neutron diffraction technique. The hot pressed material had a random texture while a <111> preferred texture was developed in the sinter forged samples. The amount of texture developed depends on the applied load but not on the sintering temperature. The compressive strengths of these composites (4%SiC and 8%SiC) were characterized in the temperatures range from 723 to 833K and at strain rates of 10-4 to 10-1 s-1 . The true compressive stress strain curves exhibit strain softening behavior. The results showed significantly higher strength than the base material. The strain rate sensitivity, m, from the compression test is much lower than required for superplastic behavior. Tensile tests on the MA Al-8%SiC composite and MA6061 monolithic material were performed at temperatures of 673, 723, and 773K and strain rates from 10-2 to 10 s-1 . The true tensile stress strain curves show the strain hardening behavior. The relationship between microstructure, texture, densification and mechanical properties was studied and the strengthening mechanisms were identified. Uniaxial consolidation experiments have been conducted at room temperature and elevated temperature for three different powders, Al6061, MA6061 and MA6061-8%SiC. The experiments illustrated that the densification mechanisms of the three different powders at room temperature are similar but they are different at elevated temperature.

  10. Camera calibration method for dimensional measurement of heavy forging in large scale

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    Liu, Bin; Hu, Chunhai; Song, Xiaoxue; Zhao, Zhenqing

    2009-07-01

    Camera calibration method plays an important role in the stereovision system to resolve the problems of dimensional measurement of heavy forging. Due to the intensive vibrating, the camera parameters must be calibrated every time after the action of the water press. This paper presents a method using the scene geometry to calibrate cameras. In the context of heavy machinery environments, the constraints which can be used are parallelism and orthogonality. These constraints lead to geometrically intuitive methods to calibrate the cameras. The huge forging equipment such as water press belongs to geometrically constrained object and insusceptible to vibrating, which gives natural prior knowledge and constraint conditions for 3-D reconstruction. The method focuses on the calibration of the extrinsic parameters which are subject to change since the effects of the workspace factors. The intrinsic parameters were calibrated in advance by an off-line method and were assumed as invariable. The results of simulation experiments demonstrate that the camera parameters could be calibrated effectively and achieve the real time need.

  11. Catching sparks from well-forged neutralinos

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    Bramante, Joseph; Delgado, Antonio; Elahi, Fatemeh; Martin, Adam; Ostdiek, Bryan

    2014-11-01

    In this paper we present a new search technique for electroweakinos, the superpartners of electroweak gauge and Higgs bosons, based on final states with missing transverse energy, a photon, and a dilepton pair, ?+?-+? +E T . Unlike traditional electroweakino searches, which perform best when m?2 ,3 0-m?1 0,m? -m?1 0>mZ , our search favors nearly degenerate spectra; degenerate electroweakinos typically have a larger branching ratio to photons, and the cut m???mZ effectively removes on shell Z boson backgrounds while retaining the signal. This feature makes our technique optimal for "well-tempered" scenarios, where the dark matter relic abundance is achieved with interelectroweakino splittings of 20 - 70 GeV . Additionally, our strategy applies to a wider range of scenarios where the lightest neutralinos are almost degenerate, but only make up a subdominant component of the dark mattera spectrum we dub well forged. Focusing on bino-Higgsino admixtures, we present optimal cuts and expected efficiencies for several benchmark scenarios. We find bino-Higgsino mixtures with m?2 ,3 0?190 GeV and m?2 ,3 0-m?1 0?30 GeV can be uncovered after roughly 600 fb-1 of luminosity at the 14 TeV LHC. Scenarios with lighter states require less data for discovery, while scenarios with heavier states or larger mass splittings are harder to discriminate from the background and require more data. Unlike many searches for supersymmetry, electroweakino searches are one area where the high luminosity of the next LHC run, rather than the increased energy, is crucial for discovery.

  12. Optimization of image process parameters through factorial experiments using a flat panel detector

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    Norrman, Eva; Geijer, Hkan; Persliden, Jan

    2007-09-01

    In the optimization process of lumbar spine examinations, factorial experiments were performed addressing the question of whether the effective dose can be reduced and the image quality maintained by adjusting the image processing parameters. A 2k-factorial design was used which is a systematic and effective method of investigating the influence of many parameters on a result variable. Radiographic images of a Contrast Detail phantom were exposed using the default settings of the process parameters for lumbar spine examinations. The image was processed using different settings of the process parameters. The parameters studied were ROI density, gamma, detail contrast enhancement (DCE), noise compensation, unsharp masking and unsharp masking kernel (UMK). The images were computer analysed and an image quality figure (IQF) was calculated and used as a measurement of the image quality. The parameters with the largest influence on image quality were noise compensation, unsharp masking, unsharp masking kernel and detail contrast enhancement. There was an interaction between unsharp masking and kernel indicating that increasing the unsharp masking improved the image quality when combined with a large kernel size. Combined with a small kernel size however the unsharp masking had a deteriorating effect. Performing a factorial experiment gave an overview of how the image quality was influenced by image processing. By adjusting the level of noise compensation, unsharp masking and kernel, the IQF was improved to a 30% lower effective dose.

  13. Roles of the influential parameters in the incineration process using centrality concept of graph theory

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    Awatif, W. A.; Sabariah, B.; Rashid, M.; Normah, M.

    2014-06-01

    The dioxin furan is byproducts of the incineration process in which becomes a major concern to the public. In this paper, the role of the influential parameters affecting the Dioxin Furan Emission (DFE) in the incineration process was discussed. A total of seven selected incinerators in Malaysia were considered in the study. The incineration plant was categorized into the type of waste incinerated during the process, i.e. sludge and biomedical waste. Six parameters comprise of temperature, nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide, oxygen and moisture content were identified as the influential parameters affecting the DFE of the incineration process. Multiple Linear Regression (MLR) models were initially developed to relate the DFE and the influential parameters in each category of incinerators. These models served as the basis for the construction of the graphical models representing the interaction of the influential parameters in the process. Centrality concept was then used on these graphical models to describe the role of the parameters in the process.

  14. Texture evolution in Al-Li 2195 alloy during net shape roll forging

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    Kalu, P.N.; Zhang, Lan

    1998-06-12

    The quest to manufacture low-cost, large complex structures with minimum material wastage has instigated research into near-net shape (NNS) technologies. In this paper, the microstructural and texture evolution in Al-Li 2195 alloy resulting from a specific NNS processing called roll forging was evaluated. The processing consists of five stages and combines conventional ingot conversion (stages I and II), back extrusion (stage III) and ring rolling to produce hollow cylinder (stage IV). Considerable potential exists for the property enhancement of the components produced by this processing method if a better understanding of the evolution of microstructure and texture is developed.

  15. Optimizing Friction Stir Welding via Statistical Design of Tool Geometry and Process Parameters

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    Blignault, C.; Hattingh, D. G.; James, M. N.

    2012-06-01

    This article considers optimization procedures for friction stir welding (FSW) in 5083-H321 aluminum alloy, via control of weld process parameters and tool design modifications. It demonstrates the potential utility of the "force footprint" (FF) diagram in providing a real-time graphical user interface (GUI) for process optimization of FSW. Multiple force, torque, and temperature responses were recorded during FS welding using 24 different tool pin geometries, and these data were statistically analyzed to determine the relative influence of a number of combinations of important process and tool geometry parameters on tensile strength. Desirability profile charts are presented, which show the influence of seven key combinations of weld process variables on tensile strength. The model developed in this study allows the weld tensile strength to be predicted for other combinations of tool geometry and process parameters to fall within an average error of 13%. General guidelines for tool profile selection and the likelihood of influencing weld tensile strength are also provided.

  16. Influence of process parameters on threshold voltage and leakage current in 18nm NMOS device

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    Atan, Norani Binti; Ahmad, Ibrahim Bin; Majlis, Burhanuddin Bin Yeop; Fauzi, Izzati Binti Ahmad

    2015-04-01

    The process parameters are very crucial factor in the development of transistors. There are many process parameters that influenced in the development of the transistors. In this research, we investigate the effects of the process parameters variation on response characteristics such as threshold voltage (VTH) and sub-threshold leakage current (IOFF) in 18nm NMOS device. The technique to identify semiconductor process parameters whose variability would impact most on the device characteristic is realized through the process by using Taguchi robust design method. This paper presents the process parameters that influenced in threshold voltage (VTH) and sub-threshold leakage current (IOFF) which includes the Halo Implantation, Compensation Implantation, Adjustment Threshold voltage Implantation and Source/Drain Implantation. The design, fabrication and characterization of 18nm HfO2/TiSi2 NMOS device is simulated and performed via a tool called Virtual Wafer Fabrication (VWF) Silvaco TCAD Tool known as ATHENA and ATLAS simulators. These two simulators were combined with Taguchi L9 Orthogonal method to aid in the design and the optimization of the process parameters to achieve the optimum average of threshold voltage (VTH) and sub-threshold leakage current, (IOFF) in 18nm device. Results from this research were obtained; where Halo Implantation dose was identified as one of the process parameter that has the strongest effect on the response characteristics. Whereby the Compensation Implantation dose was identified as an adjustment factor to get the nominal values of threshold voltage VTH, and sub-threshold leakage current, IOFF for 18nm NMOS devices equal to 0.302849 volts and 1.912310-16 A/?m respectively. The design values are referred to ITRS 2011 prediction.

  17. High Temperature, Slow Strain Rate Forging of Advanced Disk Alloy ME3

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    Gabb, Timothy P.; OConnor, Kenneth

    2001-01-01

    The advanced disk alloy ME3 was designed in the HSR/EPM disk program to have extended durability at 1150 to 1250 F in large disks. This was achieved by designing a disk alloy and process producing balanced monotonic, cyclic, and time-dependent mechanical properties. combined with robust processing and manufacturing characteristics. The resulting baseline alloy, processing, and supersolvus heat treatment produces a uniform, relatively fine mean grain size of about ASTM 7, with as-large-as (ALA) grain size of about ASTM 3. There is a long term need for disks with higher rim temperature capabilities than 1250 F. This would allow higher compressor exit (T3) temperatures and allow the full utilization of advanced combustor and airfoil concepts under development. Several approaches are being studied that modify the processing and chemistry of ME3, to possibly improve high temperature properties. Promising approaches would be applied to subscale material, for screening the resulting mechanical properties at these high temperatures. n obvious path traditionally employed to improve the high temperature and time-dependent capabilities of disk alloys is to coarsen the grain size. A coarser grain size than ASTM 7 could potentially be achieved by varying the forging conditions and supersolvus heat treatment. The objective of this study was to perform forging and heat treatment experiments ("thermomechanical processing experiments") on small compression test specimens of the baseline ME3 composition, to identify a viable forging process allowing significantly coarser grain size targeted at ASTM 3-5, than that of the baseline, ASTM 7.

  18. Effect of spray drying processing parameters on the insecticidal activity of two encapsulated formulations of baculovirus

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    The aim of this work was to evaluate the effect of spray dryer processing parameters on the process yield and insecticidal activity of baculovirus to support the development of this beneficial group of microbes as biopesticides. For each of two baculoviruses [granulovirus (GV) from Pieris rapae (L....

  19. Multi-Response Optimization of Process Parameters for Low-Pressure Cold Spray Coating Process Using Taguchi and Utility Concept

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    Goyal, Tarun; Sidhu, T. S.; Walia, R. S.

    2014-01-01

    Most of the existing multi-response optimization approaches focus on the subjective and practical know-how of the process. As a result, some confusion and uncertainty are introduced in the overall decision-making process. In this work, an approach based on a Utility theory and Taguchi quality loss function has been applied to the process parameters for low-pressure cold spray process deposition of copper coatings, for simultaneous optimization of more than one response characteristics. In the present paper, two potential response parameters, i.e., coating thickness and coating density, have been selected. Utility values based on these response parameters have been analyzed for optimization using the Taguchi approach. The selected input parameters of powder feeding arrangement, substrate material, air stagnation pressure, air stagnation temperature, and stand-off distance significantly improve the Utility function (raw data) comprising quality characteristics (coating thickness and coating density). The percentage contribution of the parameters to achieve a higher value of Utility function is substrate material (50.03%), stand-off distance (28.87%), air stagnation pressure (6.41%), powder feeding arrangement (4.68%), and air stagnation temperature (2.64%).

  20. Effects of the Deslagging Process on some Physicochemical Parameters of Honey

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    Ranjbar, Ali Mohammad; Sadeghpour, Omid; Khanavi, Mahnaz; Shams Ardekani, Mohammad Reza; Moloudian, Hamid; Hajimahmoodi, Mannan

    2015-01-01

    Some physicochemical parameters of honey have been introduced by the International Honey Commission to evaluate its quality and origin but processes such as heating and filtering can affect these parameters. In traditional Iranian medicine, deslagging process involves boiling honey in an equal volume of water and removing the slag formed during process. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of deslagging process on parameters of color intensity, diastase evaluation, electrical conductivity, pH, free acidity, refractive index, hydroxy methyl furfural (HMF), proline and water contents according to the International Honey Committee (IHC) standards. The results showed that deslagged honey was significantly different from control honey in terms of color intensity, pH, diastase number, HMF and proline content. It can be concluded that the new standards are needed to regulate deslagged honey. PMID:25901175

  1. Effects of the Deslagging Process on some Physicochemical Parameters of Honey.

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    Ranjbar, Ali Mohammad; Sadeghpour, Omid; Khanavi, Mahnaz; Shams Ardekani, Mohammad Reza; Moloudian, Hamid; Hajimahmoodi, Mannan

    2015-01-01

    Some physicochemical parameters of honey have been introduced by the International Honey Commission to evaluate its quality and origin but processes such as heating and filtering can affect these parameters. In traditional Iranian medicine, deslagging process involves boiling honey in an equal volume of water and removing the slag formed during process. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of deslagging process on parameters of color intensity, diastase evaluation, electrical conductivity, pH, free acidity, refractive index, hydroxy methyl furfural (HMF), proline and water contents according to the International Honey Committee (IHC) standards. The results showed that deslagged honey was significantly different from control honey in terms of color intensity, pH, diastase number, HMF and proline content. It can be concluded that the new standards are needed to regulate deslagged honey. PMID:25901175

  2. Modelling of Viscoplastic Behaviour of IN718 Under Hot Forging Conditions

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    Lin, Y. P.; Lin, J.; Dean, T. A.; Brown, P. D.

    2007-04-07

    The mechanical properties of IN718 are directly related to microstructure such as grain size and the hardening mechanisms, which are effective during thermomechanical processing and subsequent heat treatment. In this study a set of unified viscoplastic constitutive equations were determined for IN718 from experimental data of hot forging conditions. Techniques were developed to analyse the reliability and consistency of the experimental data derived from different previous publications. In addition to viscoplastic flow of the material, the determined material model can be used to predict the evolution of dislocations, recrystallisation and grain size occurring during thermomechanical processing.

  3. Texture development in axisymmetric forging and plane strain compression of lithium fluoride

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    Kruger, Keith Larry

    Although many of the fundamental deformation mechanisms which lead to the development of crystallographic textures in polycrystals are recognized, knowledge of the activity and interactions of these mechanisms is limited in systems with significant plastic anisotropy. Dislocation motion is a primary mechanism enabling deformation to occur during processing of most crystalline materials, and carries with it the potential for the formation of crystallographic textures. However, highly anisotropic and slip-limited systems, such as many ceramics and geological materials, have few potential dislocation slip systems. Further, at the temperatures necessary to activate dislocation slip other mechanisms may be active that are more difficult to model (e.g., recrystallization). Lithium fluoride, a cubic material that exhibits strong plastic anisotropy typical of other ceramics, was used to examine texture development of polycrystals together with the associated effects on microstructure. The strength of this research lies in the control of the critical parameters of displacement rate, temperature, and purity level for two deformation geometries, and with characterization of the resulting textures and microstructures. Substantial differences developed in the texture components during axisymmetric forging at different dopant levels. Similar experiments in plane strain compression revealed few differences in texture development. Evaluation of the experimental data and comparisons to existing literature suggest that texture development is controlled by both polygonization-based dynamic recrystallization and dislocation slip. The nature and type of textures observed between the two deformation geometries indicates that a strong interaction exists between the two mechanisms. The experimental data are intended to provide a physical basis for evaluating model results that correlate the crystallographic textures with the deformation behavior of the polycrystal.

  4. On selecting a prior for the precision parameter of Dirichlet process mixture models

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    Dorazio, R.M.

    2009-01-01

    In hierarchical mixture models the Dirichlet process is used to specify latent patterns of heterogeneity, particularly when the distribution of latent parameters is thought to be clustered (multimodal). The parameters of a Dirichlet process include a precision parameter ?? and a base probability measure G0. In problems where ?? is unknown and must be estimated, inferences about the level of clustering can be sensitive to the choice of prior assumed for ??. In this paper an approach is developed for computing a prior for the precision parameter ?? that can be used in the presence or absence of prior information about the level of clustering. This approach is illustrated in an analysis of counts of stream fishes. The results of this fully Bayesian analysis are compared with an empirical Bayes analysis of the same data and with a Bayesian analysis based on an alternative commonly used prior.

  5. Detection of dominant modelled nitrate processes with a high temporally resolved parameter sensitivity analysis

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    Haas, Marcelo; Guse, Bjrn; Pfannerstill, Matthias; Fohrer, Nicola

    2015-04-01

    The river systems in the catchment are impacted by nutrient inputs from different sources of the landscape. The input of nitrate from agricultural areas into the river systems is related to numerous processes which occur simultaneously and influence each other permanently. These complex nitrate processes are represented in eco-hydrological models. To obtain reliable future predictions of nitrate concentrations in rivers, the nitrogen cycle needs to be reproduced accurately in these models. For complex research questions dealing with nitrate impacts, it is thus essential to better understand the nitrate process dynamics in models and to reduce the uncertainties in water quality predictions. This study aims to improve the understanding of nitrate process dynamics by using a temporal parameter sensitivity analysis, which is applied on an eco-hydrological model. With this method, the dominant model parameters are detected for each day. Thus, by deriving temporal variations in dominant model parameters, the nitrate process dynamic is investigated for phases with different conditions for nitrate transport and transformations. The results show that the sensitivity of different nitrate parameters varies temporally. These temporal dynamics in dominant parameters are explained by temporal variations in nitrate transport and plant uptake processes. An extended view on the dynamics of the temporal parameter sensitivity is obtained by analysing different modelled runoff components and nitrate pathways. Thereby, the interpretation of seasonal variations in dominant nitrate pathways is assisted and a better understanding of the role of nitrate in the environment is achieved. We conclude that this method improves the reliability of modelled nitrate processes. In this way, a better basis for recent and future scenarios of nitrate loads management is provided.

  6. Mammalian cell culture process for monoclonal antibody production: nonlinear modelling and parameter estimation.

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    Seli?teanu, Dan; ?endrescu, Dorin; Georgeanu, Vlad; Roman, Monica

    2015-01-01

    Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are at present one of the fastest growing products of pharmaceutical industry, with widespread applications in biochemistry, biology, and medicine. The operation of mAbs production processes is predominantly based on empirical knowledge, the improvements being achieved by using trial-and-error experiments and precedent practices. The nonlinearity of these processes and the absence of suitable instrumentation require an enhanced modelling effort and modern kinetic parameter estimation strategies. The present work is dedicated to nonlinear dynamic modelling and parameter estimation for a mammalian cell culture process used for mAb production. By using a dynamical model of such kind of processes, an optimization-based technique for estimation of kinetic parameters in the model of mammalian cell culture process is developed. The estimation is achieved as a result of minimizing an error function by a particle swarm optimization (PSO) algorithm. The proposed estimation approach is analyzed in this work by using a particular model of mammalian cell culture, as a case study, but is generic for this class of bioprocesses. The presented case study shows that the proposed parameter estimation technique provides a more accurate simulation of the experimentally observed process behaviour than reported in previous studies. PMID:25685797

  7. Mammalian Cell Culture Process for Monoclonal Antibody Production: Nonlinear Modelling and Parameter Estimation

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    Selişteanu, Dan; Șendrescu, Dorin; Georgeanu, Vlad

    2015-01-01

    Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are at present one of the fastest growing products of pharmaceutical industry, with widespread applications in biochemistry, biology, and medicine. The operation of mAbs production processes is predominantly based on empirical knowledge, the improvements being achieved by using trial-and-error experiments and precedent practices. The nonlinearity of these processes and the absence of suitable instrumentation require an enhanced modelling effort and modern kinetic parameter estimation strategies. The present work is dedicated to nonlinear dynamic modelling and parameter estimation for a mammalian cell culture process used for mAb production. By using a dynamical model of such kind of processes, an optimization-based technique for estimation of kinetic parameters in the model of mammalian cell culture process is developed. The estimation is achieved as a result of minimizing an error function by a particle swarm optimization (PSO) algorithm. The proposed estimation approach is analyzed in this work by using a particular model of mammalian cell culture, as a case study, but is generic for this class of bioprocesses. The presented case study shows that the proposed parameter estimation technique provides a more accurate simulation of the experimentally observed process behaviour than reported in previous studies. PMID:25685797

  8. Process parameter dependent growth phenomena of naproxen nanosuspension manufactured by wet media milling.

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    Bitterlich, A; Laabs, C; Krautstrunk, I; Dengler, M; Juhnke, M; Grandeury, A; Bunjes, H; Kwade, A

    2015-05-01

    The production of nanosuspensions has proved to be an effective method for overcoming bioavailability challenges of poorly water soluble drugs. Wet milling in stirred media mills and planetary ball mills has become an established top-down-method for producing such drug nanosuspensions. The quality of the resulting nanosuspension is determined by the stability against agglomeration on the one hand, and the process parameters of the mill on the other hand. In order to understand the occurring dependencies, a detailed screening study, not only on adequate stabilizers, but also on their optimum concentration was carried out for the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) naproxen in a planetary ball mill. The type and concentration of the stabilizer had a pronounced influence on the minimum particle size obtained. With the best formulation the influence of the relevant process parameters on product quality was investigated to determine the grinding limit of naproxen. Besides the well known phenomenon of particle agglomeration, actual naproxen crystal growth and morphology alterations occurred during the process which has not been observed before. It was shown that, by adjusting the process parameters, those effects could be reduced or eliminated. Thus, besides real grinding and agglomeration a process parameter dependent ripening of the naproxen particles was identified to be a concurrent effect during the naproxen fine grinding process. PMID:25766272

  9. Statistical analysis of process parameters to eliminate hot cracking of fiber laser welded aluminum alloy

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    Wang, Jin; Wang, Hui-Ping; Wang, Xiaojie; Cui, Haichao; Lu, Fenggui

    2015-03-01

    This paper investigates hot cracking rate in Al fiber laser welding under various process conditions and performs corresponding process optimization. First, effects of welding process parameters such as distance between welding center line and its closest trim edge, laser power and welding speed on hot cracking rate were investigated experimentally with response surface methodology (RSM). The hot cracking rate in the paper is defined as ratio of hot cracking length over the total weld seam length. Based on the experimental results following Box-Behnken design, a prediction model for the hot cracking rate was developed using a second order polynomial function considering only two factor interaction. The initial prediction result indicated that the established model could predict the hot cracking rate adequately within the range of welding parameters being used. The model was then used to optimize welding parameters to achieve cracking-free welds.

  10. The effects of process parameters on injection-molded PZT ceramics part fabrication- compounding process rheology.

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    Halbleib, Laura L.; Yang, Pin; Mondy, Lisa Ann; Burns, George Robert

    2005-05-01

    Solid solutions of lead-based perovskites are the backbone materials of the piezoelectric components for transducer, actuator, and resonator applications. These components, typically small in size, are fabricated from large sintered ceramic slugs using grinding and lapping processes. These operations increase manufacturing costs and produce a large hazardous waste stream, especially when component size decreases. To reduce costs and hazardous wastes associated with the production of these components, an injection molding technique is being investigated to replace the machining processes. The first step in the new technique is to compound an organic carrier with a ceramic powder. The organic carrier is a thermoplastic based system composed of a main carrier, a binder, and a surfactant. Understanding the rheology of the compounded material is necessary to minimize the creation of defects such as voids or cavities during the injection-molding process. An experiment was performed to model the effects of changes in the composition and processing of the material on the rheological behavior. Factors studied included: the surfactant of the organic carrier system, the solid loading of the compounded material, and compounding time. The effects of these factors on the viscosity of the material were investigated.

  11. Intelligent Modeling Combining Adaptive Neuro Fuzzy Inference System and Genetic Algorithm for Optimizing Welding Process Parameters

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    Gowtham, K. N.; Vasudevan, M.; Maduraimuthu, V.; Jayakumar, T.

    2011-04-01

    Modified 9Cr-1Mo ferritic steel is used as a structural material for steam generator components of power plants. Generally, tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding is preferred for welding of these steels in which the depth of penetration achievable during autogenous welding is limited. Therefore, activated flux TIG (A-TIG) welding, a novel welding technique, has been developed in-house to increase the depth of penetration. In modified 9Cr-1Mo steel joints produced by the A-TIG welding process, weld bead width, depth of penetration, and heat-affected zone (HAZ) width play an important role in determining the mechanical properties as well as the performance of the weld joints during service. To obtain the desired weld bead geometry and HAZ width, it becomes important to set the welding process parameters. In this work, adaptative neuro fuzzy inference system is used to develop independent models correlating the welding process parameters like current, voltage, and torch speed with weld bead shape parameters like depth of penetration, bead width, and HAZ width. Then a genetic algorithm is employed to determine the optimum A-TIG welding process parameters to obtain the desired weld bead shape parameters and HAZ width.

  12. 77 FR 14445 - Application for a License To Export Steel Forging

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    2012-03-09

    ... FR 49139 (Aug. 28, 2007). Information about filing electronically is available on the NRC's public... COMMISSION Application for a License To Export Steel Forging Pursuant to 10 CFR 110.70(b) ``Public Notice of... Spain. December 15, 2011 head steel head steel February 7, 2012 forging. forging will be XR175...

  13. Processing Parameters Optimization for Material Deposition Efficiency in Laser Metal Deposited Titanium Alloy

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    Mahamood, Rasheedat M.; Akinlabi, Esther T.

    2016-03-01

    Ti6Al4V is an important Titanium alloy that is mostly used in many applications such as: aerospace, petrochemical and medicine. The excellent corrosion resistance property, the high strength to weight ratio and the retention of properties at high temperature makes them to be favoured in most applications. The high cost of Titanium and its alloys makes their use to be prohibitive in some applications. Ti6Al4V can be cladded on a less expensive material such as steel, thereby reducing cost and providing excellent properties. Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) process, an additive manufacturing process is capable of producing complex part directly from the 3-D CAD model of the part and it also has the capability of handling multiple materials. Processing parameters play an important role in LMD process and in order to achieve desired results at a minimum cost, then the processing parameters need to be properly controlled. This paper investigates the role of processing parameters: laser power, scanning speed, powder flow rate and gas flow rate, on the material utilization efficiency in laser metal deposited Ti6Al4V. A two-level full factorial design of experiment was used in this investigation, to be able to understand the processing parameters that are most significant as well as the interactions among these processing parameters. Four process parameters were used, each with upper and lower settings which results in a combination of sixteen experiments. The laser power settings used was 1.8 and 3 kW, the scanning speed was 0.05 and 0.1 m/s, the powder flow rate was 2 and 4 g/min and the gas flow rate was 2 and 4 l/min. The experiments were designed and analyzed using Design Expert 8 software. The software was used to generate the optimized process parameters which were found to be laser power of 3.2 kW, scanning speed of 0.06 m/s, powder flow rate of 2 g/min and gas flow rate of 3 l/min.

  14. Processing Parameters Optimization for Material Deposition Efficiency in Laser Metal Deposited Titanium Alloy

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    Mahamood, Rasheedat M.; Akinlabi, Esther T.

    2015-11-01

    Ti6Al4V is an important Titanium alloy that is mostly used in many applications such as: aerospace, petrochemical and medicine. The excellent corrosion resistance property, the high strength to weight ratio and the retention of properties at high temperature makes them to be favoured in most applications. The high cost of Titanium and its alloys makes their use to be prohibitive in some applications. Ti6Al4V can be cladded on a less expensive material such as steel, thereby reducing cost and providing excellent properties. Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) process, an additive manufacturing process is capable of producing complex part directly from the 3-D CAD model of the part and it also has the capability of handling multiple materials. Processing parameters play an important role in LMD process and in order to achieve desired results at a minimum cost, then the processing parameters need to be properly controlled. This paper investigates the role of processing parameters: laser power, scanning speed, powder flow rate and gas flow rate, on the material utilization efficiency in laser metal deposited Ti6Al4V. A two-level full factorial design of experiment was used in this investigation, to be able to understand the processing parameters that are most significant as well as the interactions among these processing parameters. Four process parameters were used, each with upper and lower settings which results in a combination of sixteen experiments. The laser power settings used was 1.8 and 3 kW, the scanning speed was 0.05 and 0.1 m/s, the powder flow rate was 2 and 4 g/min and the gas flow rate was 2 and 4 l/min. The experiments were designed and analyzed using Design Expert 8 software. The software was used to generate the optimized process parameters which were found to be laser power of 3.2 kW, scanning speed of 0.06 m/s, powder flow rate of 2 g/min and gas flow rate of 3 l/min.

  15. Digital signal processing algorithms for power and line parameter measurements with low sensitivity to frequency change

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    Perunicic, B.; Levi, S. ); Kezunovic, M.; Soljanin, E. )

    1990-04-01

    This paper introduces a new approach to definition of digital signal processing algorithms using bilinear form representation. The new algorithms are used to calculate power and line parameter values based on the current and voltage samples. The bilinear form approach provides a convenient methodology for optimal design of digital signal processing algorithms. This feature is utilized to design digital algorithms for power and line parameter measurements with low sensitivity to system frequency change. Several different algorithms are defined and their performance to system frequency change. Various sampling rates and different data windows are utilized to define several test cases.

  16. Effects of Process Parameters on Replication Accuracy of Microinjection Molded Cyclic Olefins Copolymers Parts

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    Lin, Hsuan-Liang; Chen, Chun-Sheng; Lee, Ruey-Tsung; Chen, Shia-Chung; Chien, Rean-Der; Jeng, Ming-Chang; Hwang, Jiun-Ren

    2013-04-01

    In this study, the effects of various processing parameters of microinjection molding on the replication accuracy of the micro featured fluidic platform used for DNA/RNA tests are investigated. LIGA-like processes were utilized to prepare a silicon-based SU-8 photoresist, followed by electroforming to make a Ni-Co-based stamp. A cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) was used as the injection molding material. The molding parameters associated with the replication accuracy of micro channel parts were investigated. It was found that for microinjection molded devices, the replication accuracies of the imprint width and depth increase with increasing of mold temperature, melt temperature, injection velocity, and packing pressure.

  17. Evaluation of Tensile Deformation Properties of Friction Stir Processed Pure Copper: Effect of Processing Parameters and Pass Number

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    Barmouz, Mohsen; Besharati Givi, Mohammad Kazem; Jafari, Jalal

    2014-01-01

    In this work, the tensile behavior of pure copper including ultimate tensile stress, yield stress, and elongation in the specimens friction stir processed under different processing parameters and pass adding was investigated in detail. The effect of strain hardening, grain refinement, and heat input on the tensile properties of these specimens was explained as well. It was observed that, regarding the aforementioned factors, the processing parameters and pass number could have considerable effects on the tensile deformation properties of the pure copper such as 300 and 47% enhancements in elongation and ultimate strength, respectively. It was demonstrated that higher passes resulted in the development of ultrafine grains (up to 700-800 nm) in the specimens. The fracture surface morphology was also used to further support the elongation results.

  18. Effect of Process Parameters on Abnormal Grain Growth during Friction Stir Processing of a Cast Al Alloy

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    Jana, Saumyadeep; Mishra, Rajiv S.; Baumann, John A.; Grant, Glenn J.

    2010-11-25

    The effects of process parameters and friction stir processing (FSP) run configurations on the stability of nugget microstructure at elevated temperatures were evaluated. Cast plates of an Al-7Si- 0.6Mg alloy were friction stir processed using a combination of tool rotation rates and tool traverse speeds. All single pass runs showed some extent of abnormal grain growth (AGG), whereas multi-pass runs were more resistant to AGG. Additionally, higher tool rpm was found to be beneficial for controlling AGG. These effects were analyzed by comparing the result of this work with other published results and AGG models.

  19. Influence of Processing Parameters on the Flow Path in Friction Stir Welding

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    Schneider, J. A.; Nunes, A. C., Jr.

    2006-01-01

    Friction stir welding (FSW) is a solid phase welding process that unites thermal and mechanical aspects to produce a high quality joint. The process variables are rpm, translational weld speed, and downward plunge force. The strain-temperature history of a metal element at each point on the cross-section of the weld is determined by the individual flow path taken by the particular filament of metal flowing around the tool as influenced by the process variables. The resulting properties of the weld are determined by the strain-temperature history. Thus to control FSW properties, improved understanding of the processing parameters on the metal flow path is necessary.

  20. In-situ monitoring and control of photoresist parameters during thermal processing in the lithography sequence

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    Wu, Xiaodong; Yang, Geng; Lim, Ee-Xuan; Tay, Arthur

    2009-12-01

    The rapid transition to smaller microelectronic feature sizes involves the introduction of new lithography technologies, new photoresist materials, and tighter processes specifications. This transition has become increasingly difficult and costly. The application of advanced computational and control methodologies have seen increasing utilization in recent years to improve yields, throughput, and, in some cases, to enable the actual process to print smaller devices. In this work, we demonstrate recent advances in real-time monitoring and control of these photoresist parameters with the use of innovative technologies, control and signal processing techniques; and integrated metrology to improve the performance of the various photoresist processing steps in the lithography sequence.

  1. 16. Forge building and fuel storage shed from the southwest, ...

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    16. Forge building and fuel storage shed from the southwest, c.1918 Photocopied from a photograph in the collection of William F. Applegate, 43 Grandview Avenue, Wallingford, Connecticut. - Eli Whitney Armory, West of Whitney Avenue, Armory Street Vicinity, Hamden, New Haven County, CT

  2. Family Health and Financial Literacy--Forging the Connection

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    Braun, Bonnie; Kim, Jinhee; Anderson, Elaine A.

    2009-01-01

    Families are at-risk of or experiencing a diminished quality of living and life in current economic times and difficult decisions are required. Health and financial literacy are the basis for wise personal and public decision making. Family and consumer sciences (FCS) professionals can forge connections between health and financial literacy to

  3. The Valley Forge Encampment: Epic on the Schuylkill.

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    Trussell, John B. B., Jr.

    Valley Forge, outside Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), has long been recognized as the site of a great victory of the human spirit. Eleven thousand men including Blacks and Indians resided there during the winter of 1777-78 and triumphed over cold, starvation, nakedness, disease, and uncertainty. The encampment site was unprepared for the tattered,

  4. Electronic Portfolios in Teacher Education: Forging a Middle Ground

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    Strudler, Neal; Wetzel, Keith

    2012-01-01

    At a time when implementation of electronic portfolios (EPs) is expanding, the issues of clarifying their purposes continue to plague teacher education programs. Are student-centered uses of EPs compatible with program assessment and accreditation efforts? Is this an either/or situation, or can a productive middle ground be forged? This article…

  5. Consolidation and Forging Methods for a Cryomilled Al Alloy

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    Newbery, A. P.; Ahn, B.; Hayes, R. W.; Pao, P. S.; Nutt, S. R.; Lavernia, E. J.

    2008-09-01

    The method used to consolidate a cryogenically ball-milled powder is critical to the retention of superior strength along with acceptable tensile ductility in the bulk product. In this study, gas-atomized Al 5083 powder was cryomilled, hot vacuum degassed, and consolidated by hot isostatic pressing (HIP) or by quasi-isostatic (QI) forging to produce low-porosity billets. The billets were then forged, either at high strain rate (without a die) or quasi-isostatically, and subsequently hot rolled to produce three 6.5-mm-thick plates. Despite extended periods at elevated temperatures and differences between the consolidation/deformation methods, a similar predominantly ultrafine grain microstructure was obtained in all three plates. The plates possessed similar ultimate tensile strengths, about 50 pct greater than standard work-hardened Al 5083. However, in terms of fracture toughness, there were significant differences between the plates. Debonding at prior cryomilled powder particle surfaces was an important fracture mechanism for HIPped material, leading to low toughness for crack surfaces in the plane of the plate. This effect was minimized by the implementation of double QI forging, producing plate with good isotropic fracture toughness. The type of particle boundary deformation during forging and the influence of impurities appeared to be more important in determining fracture toughness than the presence of 10 vol pct coarser micron-sized grains.

  6. 27 CFR 447.22 - Forgings, castings, and machined bodies.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 3 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Forgings, castings, and machined bodies. 447.22 Section 447.22 Alcohol, Tobacco Products, and Firearms BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS, AND EXPLOSIVES, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION IMPORTATION OF ARMS, AMMUNITION AND IMPLEMENTS OF WAR The U.S....

  7. The Valley Forge Encampment: Epic on the Schuylkill.

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    Trussell, John B. B., Jr.

    Valley Forge, outside Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), has long been recognized as the site of a great victory of the human spirit. Eleven thousand men including Blacks and Indians resided there during the winter of 1777-78 and triumphed over cold, starvation, nakedness, disease, and uncertainty. The encampment site was unprepared for the tattered,…

  8. Forging Consensus for Implementing Youth Socialization Policy in Northwest China

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    Fairbrother, Gregory P.

    2011-01-01

    The goal of this article is to examine how the provincial education media in China play a role of forging consensus among local actors responsible for the implementation of new centrally-promulgated youth socialization policy. In doing so, it also explores the tension among three of the Chinese state's claims to legitimacy: economic development,

  9. 76 FR 168 - Heavy Forged Hand Tools From China

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    2011-01-03

    ... part 207), as most recently amended at 74 FR 2847 (January 16, 2009). \\1\\ No response to this request..., (3) hammers and sledges, and (4) picks and mattocks (56 FR 6622). Following the first five-year... antidumping duty order on imports of heavy forged hand tools from China (65 FR 48962). Following second...

  10. Forging Consensus for Implementing Youth Socialization Policy in Northwest China

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    Fairbrother, Gregory P.

    2011-01-01

    The goal of this article is to examine how the provincial education media in China play a role of forging consensus among local actors responsible for the implementation of new centrally-promulgated youth socialization policy. In doing so, it also explores the tension among three of the Chinese state's claims to legitimacy: economic development,…

  11. 51. INTERIOR VIEW OF BLACKSMITH SHOP SHOWING OVEN AND FORGE, ...

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    51. INTERIOR VIEW OF BLACKSMITH SHOP SHOWING OVEN AND FORGE, WITH ANVIL IN BACKGROUND; NOTE THE COIL SPRINGS AND CUTTING KNIVES ON FLOOR, MATERIALS ARE EXTENSIVELY REUSED BY THE BLACKSMITH - LaBelle Iron Works, Thirtieth & Wood Streets, Wheeling, Ohio County, WV

  12. Family Health and Financial Literacy--Forging the Connection

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    Braun, Bonnie; Kim, Jinhee; Anderson, Elaine A.

    2009-01-01

    Families are at-risk of or experiencing a diminished quality of living and life in current economic times and difficult decisions are required. Health and financial literacy are the basis for wise personal and public decision making. Family and consumer sciences (FCS) professionals can forge connections between health and financial literacy to…

  13. A Study on Reactive Spray Deposition Technology Processing Parameters in the Context of Pt Nanoparticle Formation

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    Roller, Justin M.; Maric, Radenka

    2015-10-01

    Catalytic materials are complex systems in which achieving the desired properties (i.e., activity, selectivity and stability) depends on exploiting the many degrees of freedom in surface and bulk composition, geometry, and defects. Flame aerosol synthesis is a process for producing nanoparticles with ample processing parameter space to tune the desired properties. Flame dynamics inside the reactor are determined by the input process variables such as solubility of precursor in the fuel; solvent boiling point; reactant flow rate and concentration; flow rates of air, fuel and the carrier gas; and the burner geometry. In this study, the processing parameters for reactive spray deposition technology, a flame-based synthesis method, are systematically evaluated to understand the residence times, reactant mixing, and temperature profiles of flames used in the synthesis of Pt nanoparticles. This provides a framework for further study and modeling. The flame temperature and length are also studied as a function of O2 and fuel flow rates.

  14. A Study on Reactive Spray Deposition Technology Processing Parameters in the Context of Pt Nanoparticle Formation

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    Roller, Justin M.; Maric, Radenka

    2015-12-01

    Catalytic materials are complex systems in which achieving the desired properties (i.e., activity, selectivity and stability) depends on exploiting the many degrees of freedom in surface and bulk composition, geometry, and defects. Flame aerosol synthesis is a process for producing nanoparticles with ample processing parameter space to tune the desired properties. Flame dynamics inside the reactor are determined by the input process variables such as solubility of precursor in the fuel; solvent boiling point; reactant flow rate and concentration; flow rates of air, fuel and the carrier gas; and the burner geometry. In this study, the processing parameters for reactive spray deposition technology, a flame-based synthesis method, are systematically evaluated to understand the residence times, reactant mixing, and temperature profiles of flames used in the synthesis of Pt nanoparticles. This provides a framework for further study and modeling. The flame temperature and length are also studied as a function of O2 and fuel flow rates.

  15. Aperiodic signals processing via parameter-tuning stochastic resonance in a photorefractive ring cavity

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    Li, Xuefeng; Cao, Guangzhan; Liu, Hongjun

    2014-04-15

    Based on solving numerically the generalized nonlinear Langevin equation describing the nonlinear dynamics of stochastic resonance by Fourth-order Runge-Kutta method, an aperiodic stochastic resonance based on an optical bistable system is numerically investigated. The numerical results show that a parameter-tuning stochastic resonance system can be realized by choosing the appropriate optical bistable parameters, which performs well in reconstructing aperiodic signals from a very high level of noise background. The influences of optical bistable parameters on the stochastic resonance effect are numerically analyzed via cross-correlation, and a maximum cross-correlation gain of 8 is obtained by optimizing optical bistable parameters. This provides a prospective method for reconstructing noise-hidden weak signals in all-optical signal processing systems.

  16. Display device for indicating the value of a parameter in a process plant

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    Scarola, K.; Jamison, D.S.; Manazir, R.M.; Rescorl, R.L.; Harmon, V.; Harmon, D.L.

    1993-07-13

    A display device is described for indicating the value of a parameter in a process plant having an indicator and alarm system, comprising: a display screen; digital processing means for producing a plurality of display fields on the display screen, receiving input signals originating from sensors responsive to changes in the parameter, computing derived values from the input signals, and producing output value images in some of the display fields commensurate with respective input signals and derived values; some of said fields defining touch-sensitive selection means for selecting particular of said fields and particular of said values for display on said screen; herein a first set of said fields define a first display page and a second set of fields define a second display page, (a) the first and second display pages each having, a process value field for displaying one output value image, a quality field for displaying the quality of said one output value, a menu field defining a touch-sensitive menu selection target whereby the user can alternate the display between said first and second pages, (b) the first display page having, a plurality of touch-sensitive sensor fields for displaying the identity of each sensor that generates an input signal for said parameter, such that touching one of said sensor fields causes the display of the corresponding value image in said process value field, a touch sensitive calculation field for causing the display of a derived value of said parameter in said process value field, a touch sensitive over side field whereby the operator can specify which of the output values of said display device is to be used as a representative value of the parameter in the indicator and alarm system, (c) the second display page having an analog field in which at least one analog representation of the value in the process value field is displayed.

  17. Effect of Processing Parameters on the Microstructures and Properties of Automobile Brake Drum

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    Oluwadare, G. O.; Atanda, P. O.

    In this study, the effect of processing parameters such as alloy composition and shake-out time on the microstructure and subsequently the mechanical properties of brake drums to the specification of an automobile company had been studied. The results show that processing parameters such as alloy composition (Silicon and Carbon contents) affect the quantity and morphology of the carbides formed while shakeout time affects the size of the carbide. When all other parameters are kept constant, shakeout time of a casting to obtain desired properties can be predicted using a relationship derived from multiple regression analysis in this study work. The relationship is: Shake-out time = -13.8+0.0799Si+6.954GS+0.0467 Hardness.

  18. Multiobjective optimization in structural design with uncertain parameters and stochastic processes

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    Rao, S. S.

    1984-01-01

    The application of multiobjective optimization techniques to structural design problems involving uncertain parameters and random processes is studied. The design of a cantilever beam with a tip mass subjected to a stochastic base excitation is considered for illustration. Several of the problem parameters are assumed to be random variables and the structural mass, fatigue damage, and negative of natural frequency of vibration are considered for minimization. The solution of this three-criteria design problem is found by using global criterion, utility function, game theory, goal programming, goal attainment, bounded objective function, and lexicographic methods. It is observed that the game theory approach is superior in finding a better optimum solution, assuming the proper balance of the various objective functions. The procedures used in the present investigation are expected to be useful in the design of general dynamic systems involving uncertain parameters, stochastic process, and multiple objectives.

  19. Tailoring carbon nanotips in the plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition: Effect of the process parameters

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    Wang, B. B.; Ostrikov, K.

    2009-04-15

    Carbon nanotips have been synthesized from a thin carbon film deposited on silicon by bias-enhanced hot filament chemical vapor deposition under different process parameters. The results of scanning electron microscopy indicate that high-quality carbon nanotips can only be obtained under conditions when the ion flux is effectively drawn from the plasma sustained in a CH{sub 4}+NH{sub 3}+H{sub 2} gas mixture. It is shown that the morphology of the carbon nanotips can be controlled by varying the process parameters such as the applied bias, gas pressure, and the NH{sub 3}/H{sub 2} mass flow ratios. The nanotip formation process is examined through a model that accounts for surface diffusion, in addition to sputtering and deposition processes included in the existing models. This model makes it possible to explain the major difference in the morphologies of the carbon nanotips formed without and with the aid of the plasma as well as to interpret the changes of their aspect ratio caused by the variation in the ion/gas fluxes. Viable ways to optimize the plasma-based process parameters to synthesize high-quality carbon nanotips are suggested. The results are relevant to the development of advanced plasma-/ion-assisted methods of nanoscale synthesis and processing.

  20. Effect of chromium and manganese nitride alloying on the evolution of the fine structure in powder hot-forged steels

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    Mamonova, A. A.; Baglyuk, G. A.; Kurovskii, V. Ya.

    2015-06-01

    The effect of alloying with chromium and manganese nitrides is studied on a fine crystal structure of powder iron produced by hot forging. The features of the fine structure and the phase composition are found to strongly depend on the kind of alloying nitrides. It has been shown that the introduction of both nitrides in the initial composition of powder mixture causes an increase in the lattice parameter of a matrix, its defectiveness, and the dislocation density, which results in an increase in the hardness of steel alloyed with nitrides. The defectiveness of the matrix crystal lattice, the dislocation density, and the hardness of hot-forged steels are slightly higher when manganese nitride is used as a nitrogen-bearing additive.

  1. An IRT Model with a Parameter-Driven Process for Change

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    Rijmen, Frank; De Boeck, Paul; van der Maas, Han L. J.

    2005-01-01

    An IRT model with a parameter-driven process for change is proposed. Quantitative differences between persons are taken into account by a continuous latent variable, as in common IRT models. In addition, qualitative inter-individual differences and auto-dependencies are accounted for by assuming within-subject variability with respect to the…

  2. An IRT Model with a Parameter-Driven Process for Change

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    Rijmen, Frank; De Boeck, Paul; van der Maas, Han L. J.

    2005-01-01

    An IRT model with a parameter-driven process for change is proposed. Quantitative differences between persons are taken into account by a continuous latent variable, as in common IRT models. In addition, qualitative inter-individual differences and auto-dependencies are accounted for by assuming within-subject variability with respect to the

  3. Orthogonal experiment and analysis on process parameters of bowl feed polishing (BFP)

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    Meng, Kai; Wan, Yongjian; Xu, Qinglan; Yang, Yang

    2013-08-01

    With the development of science and technology, the demand for high-precision product is increasing continuously. Ultra-smooth surface with sub-nanometer roughness has extensive applications in the field of soft X-ray optics, high power laser and laser gyro. Bowl feed polishing (BFP) technology is an effective ultra-smooth surface processing method, but the polishing process of BFP which is affected by a lot of factors is extremely complex and difficult to control. It is important to understand the effect of the process variables such as abrasive particle size, concentration of abrasive particle, speed of polishing pad, acidity and polishing time in the process of BFP. They are very important parameters that must be carefully formulated to achieve desired material removal rates and surface roughness. Using a design of experiment (DOE) approach, this study was performed investigating the main effect of the each parameter during K9 BFP. A better understanding of the interaction behavior between the various parameters and the effect on removal rate and surface roughness is achieved by using the statistical analysis techniques. In the experimental tests, the optimized parameters combination for BFP which were derived from the statistical analysis could be found for material removal rate and better surface roughness through the above experiment results.

  4. Correlation of Selected Cognitive Abilities and Cognitive Processing Parameters: An Exploratory Study.

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    Snow, Richard E.; And Others

    This pilot study investigated some relationships between tested ability variables and processing parameters obtained from memory search and visual search tasks. The 25 undergraduates who participated had also participated in a previous investigation by Chiang and Atkinson. A battery of traditional ability tests and several film tests were

  5. [Influence of occupational factors on free-radical process parameters in workers of Far East Railway].

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    Lebed'ko, O A; Khelimskaia, I V; Susidko, V A

    2011-01-01

    Workers of Far East Railway were diagnosed as having various disorders of free-radical oxidation processes due to occupational factors. Oxidative stress parameters were changed even at preclinical stages of broncho-pulmonary diseases--that evidence could be useful for early diagnosis of pulmonary diseases in individuals exposed to hazards. PMID:21506372

  6. A Novel Scale Up Model for Prediction of Pharmaceutical Film Coating Process Parameters.

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    Suzuki, Yasuhiro; Suzuki, Tatsuya; Minami, Hidemi; Terada, Katsuhide

    2016-01-01

    In the pharmaceutical tablet film coating process, we clarified that a difference in exhaust air relative humidity can be used to detect differences in process parameters values, the relative humidity of exhaust air was different under different atmospheric air humidity conditions even though all setting values of the manufacturing process parameters were the same, and the water content of tablets was correlated with the exhaust air relative humidity. Based on this experimental data, the exhaust air relative humidity index (EHI), which is an empirical equation that includes as functional parameters the pan coater type, heated air flow rate, spray rate of coating suspension, saturated water vapor pressure at heated air temperature, and partial water vapor pressure at atmospheric air pressure, was developed. The predictive values of exhaust relative humidity using EHI were in good correlation with the experimental data (correlation coefficient of 0.966) in all datasets. EHI was verified using the date of seven different drug products of different manufacturing scales. The EHI model will support formulation researchers by enabling them to set film coating process parameters when the batch size or pan coater type changes, and without the time and expense of further extensive testing. PMID:26936048

  7. Effect of processing parameters on surface finish for fused deposition machinable wax patterns

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    Roberts, F. E., III

    1995-01-01

    This report presents a study on the effect of material processing parameters used in layer-by-layer material construction on the surface finish of a model to be used as an investment casting pattern. The data presented relate specifically to fused deposition modeling using a machinable wax.

  8. Effect of Die Dimensions on Extrusion Processing Parameters and Properties of DDGS-Based Aquaculture Feeds

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    The goal of this study was to investigate the effect of die nozzle dimensions, barrel temperature profile, and moisture content on DDGS-based extrudate properties and extruder processing parameters. An ingredient blend containing 40% distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), along with soy flou...

  9. Development of process parameters for 22 nm PMOS using 2-D analytical modeling

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    Maheran, A. H. Afifah; Menon, P. S.; Ahmad, I.; Shaari, S.; Faizah, Z. A. Noor

    2015-04-01

    The complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistor (CMOSFET) has become major challenge to scaling and integration. Innovation in transistor structures and integration of novel materials are necessary to sustain this performance trend. CMOS variability in the scaling technology becoming very important concern due to limitation of process control; over statistically variability related to the fundamental discreteness and materials. Minimizing the transistor variation through technology optimization and ensuring robust product functionality and performance is the major issue.In this article, the continuation study on process parameters variations is extended and delivered thoroughly in order to achieve a minimum leakage current (ILEAK) on PMOS planar transistor at 22 nm gate length. Several device parameters are varies significantly using Taguchi method to predict the optimum combination of process parameters fabrication. A combination of high permittivity material (high-k) and metal gate are utilized accordingly as gate structure where the materials include titanium dioxide (TiO2) and tungsten silicide (WSix). Then the L9 of the Taguchi Orthogonal array is used to analyze the device simulation where the results of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of Smaller-the-Better (STB) scheme are studied through the percentage influences of the process parameters. This is to achieve a minimum ILEAK where the maximum predicted ILEAK value by International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) 2011 is said to should not above 100 nA/µm. Final results shows that the compensation implantation dose acts as the dominant factor with 68.49% contribution in lowering the device's leakage current. The absolute process parameters combination results in ILEAK mean value of 3.96821 nA/µm where is far lower than the predicted value.

  10. Development of process parameters for 22 nm PMOS using 2-D analytical modeling

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    Maheran, A. H. Afifah; Menon, P. S.; Shaari, S.; Ahmad, I.; Faizah, Z. A. Noor

    2015-04-24

    The complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistor (CMOSFET) has become major challenge to scaling and integration. Innovation in transistor structures and integration of novel materials are necessary to sustain this performance trend. CMOS variability in the scaling technology becoming very important concern due to limitation of process control; over statistically variability related to the fundamental discreteness and materials. Minimizing the transistor variation through technology optimization and ensuring robust product functionality and performance is the major issue.In this article, the continuation study on process parameters variations is extended and delivered thoroughly in order to achieve a minimum leakage current (I{sub LEAK}) on PMOS planar transistor at 22 nm gate length. Several device parameters are varies significantly using Taguchi method to predict the optimum combination of process parameters fabrication. A combination of high permittivity material (high-k) and metal gate are utilized accordingly as gate structure where the materials include titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) and tungsten silicide (WSi{sub x}). Then the L9 of the Taguchi Orthogonal array is used to analyze the device simulation where the results of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of Smaller-the-Better (STB) scheme are studied through the percentage influences of the process parameters. This is to achieve a minimum I{sub LEAK} where the maximum predicted I{sub LEAK} value by International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) 2011 is said to should not above 100 nA/µm. Final results shows that the compensation implantation dose acts as the dominant factor with 68.49% contribution in lowering the device’s leakage current. The absolute process parameters combination results in I{sub LEAK} mean value of 3.96821 nA/µm where is far lower than the predicted value.

  11. Recommended direct simulation Monte Carlo collision model parameters for modeling ionized air transport processes

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    Swaminathan-Gopalan, Krishnan; Stephani, Kelly A.

    2016-02-01

    A systematic approach for calibrating the direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) collision model parameters to achieve consistency in the transport processes is presented. The DSMC collision cross section model parameters are calibrated for high temperature atmospheric conditions by matching the collision integrals from DSMC against ab initio based collision integrals that are currently employed in the Langley Aerothermodynamic Upwind Relaxation Algorithm (LAURA) and Data Parallel Line Relaxation (DPLR) high temperature computational fluid dynamics solvers. The DSMC parameter values are computed for the widely used Variable Hard Sphere (VHS) and the Variable Soft Sphere (VSS) models using the collision-specific pairing approach. The recommended best-fit VHS/VSS parameter values are provided over a temperature range of 1000-20 000 K for a thirteen-species ionized air mixture. Use of the VSS model is necessary to achieve consistency in transport processes of ionized gases. The agreement of the VSS model transport properties with the transport properties as determined by the ab initio collision integral fits was found to be within 6% in the entire temperature range, regardless of the composition of the mixture. The recommended model parameter values can be readily applied to any gas mixture involving binary collisional interactions between the chemical species presented for the specified temperature range.

  12. A predictive thermal dynamic model for parameter generation in the laser assisted direct write process

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    Shang, Shuo; Fearon, Eamonn; Wellburn, Dan; Sato, Taku; Edwardson, Stuart; Dearden, G.; Watkins, K. G.

    2011-11-01

    The laser assisted direct write (LADW) method can be used to generate electrical circuitry on a substrate by depositing metallic ink and curing the ink thermally by a laser. Laser curing has emerged over recent years as a novel yet efficient alternative to oven curing. This method can be used in situ, over complicated 3D contours of large parts (e.g. aircraft wings) and selectively cure over heat sensitive substrates, with little or no thermal damage. In previous studies, empirical methods have been used to generate processing windows for this technique, relating to the several interdependent processing parameters on which the curing quality and efficiency strongly depend. Incorrect parameters can result in a track that is cured in some areas and uncured in others, or in damaged substrates. This paper addresses the strong need for a quantitative model which can systematically output the processing conditions for a given combination of ink, substrate and laser source; transforming the LADW technique from a purely empirical approach, to a simple, repeatable, mathematically sound, efficient and predictable process. The method comprises a novel and generic finite element model (FEM) that for the first time predicts the evolution of the thermal profile of the ink track during laser curing and thus generates a parametric map which indicates the most suitable combination of parameters for process optimization. Experimental data are compared with simulation results to verify the accuracy of the model.

  13. Fault detection in heavy duty wheels by advanced vibration processing techniques and lumped parameter modeling

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    Malago`, M.; Mucchi, E.; Dalpiaz, G.

    2016-03-01

    Heavy duty wheels are used in applications such as automatic vehicles and are mainly composed of a polyurethane tread glued to a cast iron hub. In the manufacturing process, the adhesive application between tread and hub is a critical assembly phase, since it is completely made by an operator and a contamination of the bond area may happen. Furthermore, the presence of rust on the hub surface can contribute to worsen the adherence interface, reducing the operating life. In this scenario, a quality control procedure for fault detection to be used at the end of the manufacturing process has been developed. This procedure is based on vibration processing techniques and takes advantages of the results of a lumped parameter model. Indicators based on cyclostationarity can be considered as key parameters to be adopted in a monitoring test station at the end of the production line due to their not deterministic characteristics.

  14. Application of CBR method for adding the process of cutting tools and parameters selection

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    Ociepka, P.; Herbus, K.

    2015-11-01

    Modem enterprises must face with the dynamically changing market demand what influences the designing process. It is possible by linking computer tools with information gathered by experienced designers teams. The article describes the method basing on engineering knowledge and experience to adding the process of tools selection and cutting parameters determination for a turning operation. The method, proposed by the authors, is based on the CBR (Case Based Reasoning) method. CBR is a method of problem solving that involves searching for an analogy (similarity) between the current task to be solved, and the earlier cases that properly described, are stored in a computer memory. This article presents an algorithm and a formalized description of the developed method. It was discussed the range of its utilization, as well as it was illustrated the method of its functioning on the example of the tools and cutting parameters selection with respect to the turning process.

  15. Analysis and optimization of process parameters in Al-SiCp laser cladding

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    Riquelme, Ainhoa; Rodrigo, Pilar; Escalera-Rodríguez, María Dolores; Rams, Joaquín

    2016-03-01

    The laser cladding process parameters have great effect on the clad geometry and on dilution in the single and multi-pass aluminum matrix composite reinforced with SiC particles (Al/SiCp) coatings on ZE41 magnesium alloys deposited using a high-power diode laser (HPLD). The influence of the laser power (500-700 W), scan speed (3-17 mm/s) and laser beam focal position (focus, positive and negative defocus) on the shape factor, cladding-bead geometry, cladding-bead microstructure (including the presence of pores and cracks), and hardness has been evaluated. The correlation of these process parameters and their influence on the properties and ultimately, on the feasibility of the cladding process, is demonstrated. The importance of focal position is demonstrated. The different energy distribution of the laser beam cross section in focus plane or in positive and negative defocus plane affect on the cladding-bead properties.

  16. The Effect of Process Parameters on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Semisolid Cast Al6061

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    Hajihashemi, Mahdi; Niroumand, Behzad; Shamanian, Morteza

    2015-04-01

    An examination of the microstructure and mechanical properties of aluminum 6061 alloy samples produced by a miniature cooling slope is presented. The effects of several process parameters including pouring rate, cooling slope angle, superheat and cooling slope length on the microstructure and mechanical characteristics of the samples were investigated. An attempt was made to use the two-level factorial design method to determine the relationships between the process parameters and the properties of the semisolid aluminum 6061 alloy manufactured by the miniature cooling slope. Finally, an optimum processing region was identified. The interaction between the cooling slope length and the pouring rate ( BC); the interaction among the superheat, the pouring rate, and the cooling slope length ( ABC); and the cooling slope length (C), in the order mentioned, were identified as the most important effects.

  17. Parameter identification of process simulation models as a means for knowledge acquisition and technology transfer

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    Batzias, Dimitris F.; Ifanti, Konstantina

    2012-12-01

    Process simulation models are usually empirical, therefore there is an inherent difficulty in serving as carriers for knowledge acquisition and technology transfer, since their parameters have no physical meaning to facilitate verification of the dependence on the production conditions; in such a case, a 'black box' regression model or a neural network might be used to simply connect input-output characteristics. In several cases, scientific/mechanismic models may be proved valid, in which case parameter identification is required to find out the independent/explanatory variables and parameters, which each parameter depends on. This is a difficult task, since the phenomenological level at which each parameter is defined is different. In this paper, we have developed a methodological framework under the form of an algorithmic procedure to solve this problem. The main parts of this procedure are: (i) stratification of relevant knowledge in discrete layers immediately adjacent to the layer that the initial model under investigation belongs to, (ii) design of the ontology corresponding to these layers, (iii) elimination of the less relevant parts of the ontology by thinning, (iv) retrieval of the stronger interrelations between the remaining nodes within the revised ontological network, and (v) parameter identification taking into account the most influential interrelations revealed in (iv). The functionality of this methodology is demonstrated by quoting two representative case examples on wastewater treatment.

  18. Kinetic parameters estimation in an anaerobic digestion process using successive quadratic programming.

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    Aceves-Lara, C A; Aguilar-Garnica, E; Alcaraz-Gonzlez, V; Gonzlez-Reynoso, O; Steyer, J P; Dominguez-Beltran, J L; Gonzlez-Alvarez, V

    2005-01-01

    In this work, an optimization method is implemented in an anaerobic digestion model to estimate its kinetic parameters and yield coefficients. This method combines the use of advanced state estimation schemes and powerful nonlinear programming techniques to yield fast and accurate estimates of the aforementioned parameters. In this method, we first implement an asymptotic observer to provide estimates of the non-measured variables (such as biomass concentration) and good guesses for the initial conditions of the parameter estimation algorithm. These results are then used by the successive quadratic programming (SQP) technique to calculate the kinetic parameters and yield coefficients of the anaerobic digestion process. The model, provided with the estimated parameters, is tested with experimental data from a pilot-scale fixed bed reactor treating raw industrial wine distillery wastewater. It is shown that SQP reaches a fast and accurate estimation of the kinetic parameters despite highly noise corrupted experimental data and time varying inputs variables. A statistical analysis is also performed to validate the combined estimation method. Finally, a comparison between the proposed method and the traditional Marquardt technique shows that both yield similar results; however, the calculation time of the traditional technique is considerable higher than that of the proposed method. PMID:16180459

  19. The influence of process parameters on the laser-induced coloring of titanium

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    Anto?czak, Arkadiusz J.; St?pak, Bogusz; Kozio?, Pawe? E.; Abramski, Krzysztof M.

    2014-06-01

    This paper presents the results of the measurements and analysis of the influence of laser process parameters on the color obtained. The study was conducted for titanium (Grade 2) using a commercially available industrial pulsed fiber laser. It was determined how a variety of different laser process parameters, such as laser power, the scanning speed of the material, the temperature of the material, the size of the marked area, and the position of the sample, relative to both the focal plane and the center of the working field of the system, affect the repeatability of the colors created. For an objective assessment of color changes, an optical spectrometer and the CIE color difference parameter were used. Our paper explains why the tolerance of process parameters highly depends on the specific color. Additionally, a comparison of the results for titanium with those obtained for stainless steel in a previous study is presented. Based on this analysis, a number of necessary modifications are proposed to laser systems commonly used for monochrome marking in order to improve repeatability in color marking.

  20. Estimation of Temperature Dependent Parameters of a Batch Alcoholic Fermentation Process

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    de Andrade, Rafael Ramos; Rivera, Elmer Ccopa; Costa, Aline C.; Atala, Daniel I. P.; Filho, Francisco Maugeri; Filho, Rubens Maciel

    In this work, a procedure was established to develop a mathematical model considering the effect of temperature on reaction kinetics. Experiments were performed in batch mode in temperatures from 30 to 38C. The microorganism used was Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the culture media, sugarcane molasses. The objective is to assess the difficulty in updating the kinetic parameters when there are changes in fermentation conditions. We conclude that, although the re-estimation is a time-consuming task, it is possible to accurately describe the process when there are changes in raw material composition if a re-estimation of parameters is performed.

  1. Meltlets of Soy Isoflavones: Process Optimization and the Effect of Extrusion Spheronization Process Parameters on Antioxidant Activity

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    Deshmukh, Ketkee; Amin, Purnima

    2013-01-01

    In the current research work an attempt was made to develop Melt in mouth pellets (Meltlets) containing 40% herbal extract of soy isoflavones that served to provide antioxidants activity in menopausal women. The process of extrusionspheronization was optimized for extruder speed, extruder screen size, spheronization speed, and time. While doing so the herbal extract incorporated in the pellet matrix was subjected to various processing conditions such as the effect of the presence of other excipients, mixing or kneading to prepare wet mass, heat generated during the process of extrusion, spheronization, and drying. Thus, the work further investigates the effect of these processing parameters on the antioxidant activity of the soy isoflavone herbal extract incorporated in the formula. Thereby, the antioxidant activity of the soya bean herbal extract, Meltlets and of the placebo pellets was evaluated using DPPH free radical scavenging assay and total reduction capacity. PMID:24302800

  2. Simulation, part path correction, and automated process parameter selection for ultrashort pulsed laser micromachining of sapphire

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    Blood, Daniel A.

    This dissertation describes an ultrashort pulsed laser material removal simulator with X-Y stage acceleration profile consideration and part path compensation. Ultrashort pulsed lasers offer the advantage of single step processing of various materials with high repeatability. Over the past 30 years the laser repetition rate and power output have increased, and although this increases the material removal rate, it also introduces new challenges. The acceleration rates of the X-Y stages on a laser micromachining setup are finite, but this has been neglected. In the past the acceleration rate has been negligible due to low repetition rates; however, for high repetition rates the acceleration and deceleration regions introduce local variations in the material removal. A novel method is presented that accounts for the stage dynamics to produce a more robust simulated cut. In addition to the simulator, a technique for modifying the part path to reduce non-uniformity in the material removal is discussed. The laser operator has access to a variety of process parameters that ultimately affect the cost and quality of the machined component. Choosing the correct combination of these parameters requires knowledge of the machining process, and the wrong combination can result in a feature that is unsatisfactory and/or overly expensive. The modification of these parameters, and a correction of the part path allows for a more uniform depth of cut and higher feature quality. This dissertation contains three main contributions. The first contribution is to quantify the relationship between ultrashort pulsed laser machining parameters and the ablation depth of sapphire. The second is to produce a pulsed laser micromachining simulator that includes not only the laser-material interaction, but also the nuances of controlling the position of the laser beam on the workpiece. The final contribution is to produce a part path correction program with an automated process parameter routine. This program simplifies the process parameter selection and reduces depth irregularities in the machined geometry. Ultrashort pulsed lasers are a relatively new laser type; consequently, there is a plethora of aspects that may be added into future iterations of the simulator, automated parameter selection routine, and part path correction software. These aspects include, but are not limited to: sidewall angle compensation, thermal diffusion modeling, and modeling of additional workpiece materials.

  3. Theory and technology of sintering processes, thermal and thermochemical treatment

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    Dudnik, E.V.; Zuitseva, Z.A.; Shevchenko, A.V.; Lopato, L.M.

    1995-11-01

    The authors consider the effect of the starting powder characteristics (purity, grain size and shape, size distribution, sintering aids content, etc.), green compact microstructure (density and porosity distribution), and processing parameters (including temperature, exposure time, rate of heating or cooling of the medium) on sintering of ultrafine ZrO{sub 2}-based powders. They discuss various sintering techniques: hydrothermal sintering, microwave sintering, hot pressing, sinter-forging, sinter-HIP, and gas-pressure sintering.

  4. 17Oexcess in meteoric water: as a new isotopic parameter to decipher water cycle processes

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    Landais, A.; Guillevic, M.; Steen-Larsen, H.; Vimeux, F.; Bouygues, A.; Falourd, S.; Risi, C. M.; Bony, S.

    2009-12-01

    Classical water stable isotopes (dD and d18O) have been used for more than 50 years with the aim to understand the links between water cycle and climate. They provide information on either temperature or precipitation changes depending on the latitudes. Their combination, in the so-called d-excess, brings some information on climatic conditions occurring during non equilibrium processes along air masses histories (evaporation over the Oceans, reevaporation of droplets in convective systems, continental recycling or ice crystals formation). Recently, the possibility to measure with high precision d17O in water has enabled to introduce a new parameter, 17Oexcess, resulting from the combination of d18O and d17O. According to both observations and modeling works, this new isotopic parameter is able to decipher some of the non equilibrium processes: when measured in ice core, it is expected to be a more direct tracer of relative humidity of the oceanic evaporative regions than d-excess. In order to better understand what controls this new parameter as well as to extract the maximum climatic information from the combination of 17Oexcess and d-excess, we present different original studies combining these two parameters in several key regions. First, data collected in Niger, West Africa, at scales ranging from the convective system to the seasonal cycle confirm the strong influence of relative humidity on 17Oexcess through the rain reevaporation process. Second, seasonal cycles in the Zongo Valley (Tropical Bolivia) suggest that rain recycling along air masses trajectories have different signatures on d-excess and 17Oexcess leading to decipher the different processes. Third, we study how local processes (precipitation, sublimation) in polar region (Greenland) can affect 17Oexcess archived in ice core with respect to d-excess records through (1) isotopic measurements of vapor versus precipitation collected at the NEEM station and (2) seasonal cycles measured from snow pits.

  5. Effects of HVOF Process Parameters on the Properties of Ni-Cr Coatings

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    Saaedi, J.; Coyle, T. W.; Arabi, H.; Mirdamadi, S.; Mostaghimi, J.

    2010-03-01

    This research examined the influence of processing parameters on the structure of a Ni-50Cr coating applied by high-velocity oxy-fuel spraying onto stainless steel specimens. This type of coating is normally used as protection against heat and corrosion encountered in power plant and marine boilers, and oil refinery heaters. A statistical design of experiments identified fuel and oxygen flow rates and spraying distance as the most influential parameters controlling the in-flight characteristics of the powder particles prior to impact. The effects of these parameters on the porosity level, oxide content, and microhardness of the coatings were then investigated in more detail. These results indicated that the oxide content and hardness of the coatings were dependent on the gas combustion ratio but not on spraying distance. The porosity level and amount of unmelted particles were reduced at the longest spraying distance.

  6. A preliminary evaluation of an F100 engine parameter estimation process using flight data

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    Maine, Trindel A.; Gilyard, Glenn B.; Lambert, Heather H.

    1990-01-01

    The parameter estimation algorithm developed for the F100 engine is described. The algorithm is a two-step process. The first step consists of a Kalman filter estimation of five deterioration parameters, which model the off-nominal behavior of the engine during flight. The second step is based on a simplified steady-state model of the compact engine model (CEM). In this step, the control vector in the CEM is augmented by the deterioration parameters estimated in the first step. The results of an evaluation made using flight data from the F-15 aircraft are presented, indicating that the algorithm can provide reasonable estimates of engine variables for an advanced propulsion control law development.

  7. Identification of sorption processes and parameters for radionuclide transport in fractured rock

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    Dai, Zhenxue; Wolfsberg, Andrew; Reimus, Paul; Deng, Hailin; Kwicklis, Edward; Ding, Mei; Ware, Doug; Ye, Ming

    2012-01-01

    SummaryIdentification of chemical reaction processes in subsurface environments is a key issue for reactive transport modeling because simulating different processes requires developing different chemical-mathematical models. In this paper, two sorption processes (equilibrium and kinetics) are considered for modeling neptunium and uranium sorption in fractured rock. Based on different conceptualizations of the two processes occurring in fracture and/or matrix media, seven dual-porosity, multi-component reactive transport models are developed. The process models are identified with a stepwise strategy by using multi-tracer concentration data obtained from a series of transport experiments. In the first step, breakthrough data of a conservative tracer (tritium) obtained from four experiments are used to estimate the flow and non-reactive transport parameters (i.e., mean fluid residence time in fracture, fracture aperture, and matrix tortuosity) common to all the reactive transport models. In the second and third steps, by fixing the common non-reactive flow and transport parameters, the sorption parameters (retardation factor, sorption coefficient, and kinetic rate constant) of each model are estimated using the breakthrough data of reactive tracers, neptunium and uranium, respectively. Based on the inverse modeling results, the seven sorption-process models are discriminated using four model discrimination (or selection) criteria, Akaike information criterion ( AIC), modified Akaike information criterion ( AICc), Bayesian information criterion ( BIC) and Kashyap information criterion ( KIC). These criteria suggest the kinetic sorption process for modeling reactive transport of neptunium and uranium transport in both fracture and matrix. This conclusion is confirmed by two chemical criteria, the half reaction time and Damköhler number criterion.

  8. Reduced iron parameters and cognitive processes in children and adolescents with DM1 compared to those with standard parameters.

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    Mojs, Ewa; Stanisławska-Kubiak, Maia; Wójciak, Rafał W; Wojciechowska, Julita; Przewoźniak, Sabina

    2016-03-01

    Anemia in patients with diabetes is not scarce and may contribute to the complications of the disease. The risk of iron deficiency parameters in child sufferers of diabetes type 1, observed in studies, can lead to cognitive impairment. The aim of the study was to determine whether children and adolescents with diabetes type 1, in whom reduced ferric parameters are observed in control tests, may also show reduced cognitive performance. The study included 100 children with diabetes type 1 at the age of 6-17 years. During control tests, patients' morphological blood parameters were measured: red blood cells (RBC), hemoglobin, glycosylated hemoglobin, hematocrit, RBC volume, the molar mass of hemoglobin in RBC (MCH), mean corpuscular hemoglobin in RBC and iron concentrations in serum using flame atomic absorption spectroscopy and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-R). Results in the group of children with a diabetes type 1 significantly lower concentration of three ferric parameters affect the non-verbal intelligence measured with WISC-R. The prevalence of reduced ferric parameters justifies further screening in all children with diabetes type 1 and taking up appropriate preventive measures to reduce the risk of their occurrence. PMID:26912011

  9. Plasma and mechanical properties and process parameter selection criteria for laser rapid manufacturing

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    Kahlen, Franz-Josef

    2000-08-01

    Laser-based techniques to fabricate parts from non- polymer material have been developed in the past years. These processes are referred to as Solid Freeform Fabrication, Rapid Manufacturing, Positive Shaping, Rapid Tooling, and Near-Net Shape Fabrication. Data concerning the energy transfer from the processing laser beam to the material powder, such as the metal vapor-plasma plume temperature and plume absorption coefficient, the efficiency of laser energy transfer and mathematical analysis for the thermal and dimensional process characteristics are unavailable. Furthermore, guidelines to select process parameters (power, scanning speed, and powder feed rate) have not been investigated. The above-mentioned part fabrication techniques are not fully useful without predictive capability to calculate the geometries of the fabricated parts or the expected yield and ultimate strengths. Similarly, any operator needs a set of process parameter selection rules to identify stable operating conditions that result in a continuous powder deposition. Furthermore, it is difficult to determine for any material or alloy the operating conditions that result in a stable powder deposition process. Therefore, it is highly desirable to have a set of selection rules to determine the stable operating regime for any material based on the known stable process parameters of a given material. A one-dimensional model to calculate the thermal and dimensional process characteristics is developed. The model accounts for the transmission of the laser beam through the plume, energy transfer in the molten phase and the Stefan conditions at the solid-liquid and liquid- vapor interfaces. The model is used to determine the amount of energy transferred from the laser beam to the powder. A set of dimensionless numbers characterizing the powder deposition process is identified using Buckingham's ?-Theorem. These numbers are used to represent the stable and unstable operating regimes and to apply the stable operating conditions of a known material to other materials. Mechanical properties such as yield and ultimate strengths of laser-fabricated stainless steel (SS 304) parts have been measured and correlated to the operating conditions through the dimensionless similarity parameters. A model, accounting for directionally preferred solidification, to calculate the residual stresses generated in the part during solidification is developed.

  10. Tailoring of processing parameters for sintering microsphere-based scaffolds with dense-phase carbon dioxide

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    Jeon, Ju Hyeong; Bhamidipati, Manjari; Sridharan, BanuPriya; Scurto, Aaron M.; Berkland, Cory J.; Detamore, Michael S.

    2015-01-01

    Microsphere-based polymeric tissue-engineered scaffolds offer the advantage of shape-specific constructs with excellent spatiotemporal control and interconnected porous structures. The use of these highly versatile scaffolds requires a method to sinter the discrete microspheres together into a cohesive network, typically with the use of heat or organic solvents. We previously introduced subcritical CO2 as a sintering method for microsphere-based scaffolds; here we further explored the effect of processing parameters. Gaseous or subcritical CO2 was used for making the scaffolds, and various pressures, ratios of lactic acid to glycolic acid in poly(lactic acid-co-glycolic acid), and amounts of NaCl particles were explored. By changing these parameters, scaffolds with different mechanical properties and morphologies were prepared. The preferred range of applied subcritical CO2 was 15–25 bar. Scaffolds prepared at 25 bar with lower lactic acid ratios and without NaCl particles had a higher stiffness, while the constructs made at 15 bar, lower glycolic acid content, and with salt granules had lower elastic moduli. Human umbilical cord mesenchymal stromal cells (hUCMSCs) seeded on the scaffolds demonstrated that cells penetrate the scaffolds and remain viable. Overall, the study demonstrated the dependence of the optimal CO2 sintering parameters on the polymer and conditions, and identified desirable CO2 processing parameters to employ in the sintering of microsphere-based scaffolds as a more benign alternative to heat-sintering or solvent-based sintering methods. PMID:23115065

  11. Post-processing of seismic parameter data based on valid seismic event determination

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    McEvilly, Thomas V. (733 Alvarado Rd., Berkeley, CA 94705)

    1985-01-01

    An automated seismic processing system and method are disclosed, including an array of CMOS microprocessors for unattended battery-powered processing of a multi-station network. According to a characterizing feature of the invention, each channel of the network is independently operable to automatically detect, measure times and amplitudes, and compute and fit Fast Fourier transforms (FFT's) for both P- and S- waves on analog seismic data after it has been sampled at a given rate. The measured parameter data from each channel are then reviewed for event validity by a central controlling microprocessor and if determined by preset criteria to constitute a valid event, the parameter data are passed to an analysis computer for calculation of hypocenter location, running b-values, source parameters, event count, P- wave polarities, moment-tensor inversion, and Vp/Vs ratios. The in-field real-time analysis of data maximizes the efficiency of microearthquake surveys allowing flexibility in experimental procedures, with a minimum of traditional labor-intensive postprocessing. A unique consequence of the system is that none of the original data (i.e., the sensor analog output signals) are necessarily saved after computation, but rather, the numerical parameters generated by the automatic analysis are the sole output of the automated seismic processor.

  12. The Effects of Operational Parameters on a Mono-wire Cutting System: Efficiency in Marble Processing

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    Yilmazkaya, Emre; Ozcelik, Yilmaz

    2016-02-01

    Mono-wire block cutting machines that cut with a diamond wire can be used for squaring natural stone blocks and the slab-cutting process. The efficient use of these machines reduces operating costs by ensuring less diamond wire wear and longer wire life at high speeds. The high investment costs of these machines will lead to their efficient use and reduce production costs by increasing plant efficiency. Therefore, there is a need to investigate the cutting performance parameters of mono-wire cutting machines in terms of rock properties and operating parameters. This study aims to investigate the effects of the wire rotational speed (peripheral speed) and wire descending speed (cutting speed), which are the operating parameters of a mono-wire cutting machine, on unit wear and unit energy, which are the performance parameters in mono-wire cutting. By using the obtained results, cuttability charts for each natural stone were created on the basis of unit wear and unit energy values, cutting optimizations were performed, and the relationships between some physical and mechanical properties of rocks and the optimum cutting parameters obtained as a result of the optimization were investigated.

  13. Subsonic flight test evaluation of a propulsion system parameter estimation process for the F100 engine

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    Orme, John S.; Gilyard, Glenn B.

    1992-01-01

    Integrated engine-airframe optimal control technology may significantly improve aircraft performance. This technology requires a reliable and accurate parameter estimator to predict unmeasured variables. To develop this technology base, NASA Dryden Flight Research Facility (Edwards, CA), McDonnell Aircraft Company (St. Louis, MO), and Pratt & Whitney (West Palm Beach, FL) have developed and flight-tested an adaptive performance seeking control system which optimizes the quasi-steady-state performance of the F-15 propulsion system. This paper presents flight and ground test evaluations of the propulsion system parameter estimation process used by the performance seeking control system. The estimator consists of a compact propulsion system model and an extended Kalman filter. The extended Laman filter estimates five engine component deviation parameters from measured inputs. The compact model uses measurements and Kalman-filter estimates as inputs to predict unmeasured propulsion parameters such as net propulsive force and fan stall margin. The ability to track trends and estimate absolute values of propulsion system parameters was demonstrated. For example, thrust stand results show a good correlation, especially in trends, between the performance seeking control estimated and measured thrust.

  14. Sensitivity analysis and literature review of parameters controlling local biodegradation processes in municipal solid waste landfills.

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    Meima, J A; Naranjo, N Mora; Haarstrick, A

    2008-01-01

    The local gas production rate in municipal landfills is influenced by a large number of processes, which have been modelled by a local mechanistic reaction model based on Monod kinetics. This type of model, however, requires over 40 input parameters. The aim of this research was to review published values for these input parameters, and to analyse the sensitivity of the model to changes in each of them. Included were rate constants based on Monod kinetics, general rate-controlling variables, and parameters that influence the local pH and temperature of the waste. Mathematical functions that describe the influence of water content, temperature, and pH on biodegradation rates were calibrated on the basis of literature data. The results of the sensitivity analysis suggest that the parameters with the largest impact on model output are the hydrolysis constant k(Hy), the kinetic constants mu(max,X(me,1), b(X)(me), Y (ac,X(me,1), K(i,ac,Hy), and Y(CO(2),X(me,2),) the water content, temperature, pH, initial concentration of X(me), the enthalpy of formation of the original organic matter, as well as the protein content and buffering capacity of the waste. These parameters, therefore, should be carefully selected when similar modelling studies are performed. PMID:17499984

  15. Effect of several processing parameters on material removal ratio in the deliquescent polishing of KDP crystals

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    Zhang, Feihu; Guo, Shaolong; Zhang, Yong; Luan, Dianrong

    2009-05-01

    A new ultraprecision machining technology for potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) crystals, deliquescent polishing technology for KDP crystals, which utilizes deliquescent effect for ultraprecision machining KDP crystals, is proposed. The principle and the advantages of technology are introduced. The deliquescent polishing procedure of KDP crystals is given. The deliquescent polishing experiments of KDP crystals are conducted, and the material removal ratios are calculated. Through the experiments, the effect of four processing parameters (velocity of polishing plate, velocity of drip, volume percentage of water in the deliquescent polishing fluid, polishing pressure) on material removal ratio in the deliquescent polishing of KDP crystals is researched. The plot of material removal ratio versus every processing parameter in the deliquescent polishing of KDP crystals is obtained, and the rules of material removal ratio in the deliquescent polishing of KDP crystals are reached.

  16. Effects of process parameters on microstructural evolution and properties of AZ61 alloy during hot extrusion

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    Lu, Y. L.; Li, X. C.; Xu, W. T.; Wu, D.; Yang, M.

    2015-12-01

    Extrusion testing of AZ61 alloys were conducted at deformation temperatures of 300°C to 410°C and extrusion ratios of 3, 10 and 16 respectively to optimize the process parameters. The experimental results show that deformation process parameters significantly affect microstructures and properties. Optical microscope observation shows that grains are refined greatly during hot extrusion and the mechanical properties are improved with increasing the extrusion ratio. For AZ61 alloy, the optimal extrusion temperature is 370 °C. When deformation temperature increases, more slip systems participate in the plastic deformation, which leads to the decrease of the cleavage surface. After severe plastic deformation, a remarkable improvement of ductility of AZ61 alloy has been found. The ductile fracture mechanism is gradually dominant instead of brittle fracture with increasing the extrusion ratio.

  17. Critical operational parameters for zero sludge production in biological wastewater treatment processes combined with sludge disintegration.

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    Yoon, Seong-Hoon; Lee, Sangho

    2005-09-01

    Mathematical models were developed to elucidate the relationships among process control parameters and the effect of these parameters on the performance of anoxic/oxic biological wastewater processes combined with sludge disintegrators (A/O-SD). The model equations were also applied for analyses of activated sludge processes hybrid with sludge disintegrators (AS-SD). Solubilization ratio of sludge in the sludge disintegrator, alpha, hardly affected sludge reduction efficiencies if the biomass was completely destructed to smaller particulates. On the other hand, conversion efficiency of non-biodegradable particulates to biodegradable particulates, beta, significantly affected sludge reduction efficiencies because beta was directly related to the accumulation of non-biodegradable particulates in bioreactors. When 30% of sludge in the oxic tank was disintegrated everyday and beta was 0.5, sludge reduction was expected to be 78% and 69% for the A/O-SD and AS-SD processes, respectively. Under this condition, the sludge disintegration number (SDN), which is the amount of sludge disintegrated divided by the reduced sludge, was calculated to be around 4. Due to the sludge disintegration, live biomass concentration decreased while other non-biodegradable particulates concentration increased. As a consequence, the real F/M ratio was expected to be much higher than the apparent F/M. The effluent COD was maintained almost constant for the range of sludge disintegration rate considered in this study. Nitrogen removal efficiencies of the A/O-SD process was hardly affected by the sludge disintegration until daily sludge disintegration reaches 40% of sludge in the oxic tank. Above this level of sludge disintegration, autotrophic biomass concentration decreases overly and TKN in the effluent increases abruptly in both the A/O-SD and AS-SD processes. Overall, the trends of sludge reduction and effluent quality according to operation parameters matched well with experimental results found in literatures. PMID:16061269

  18. Mg sheet: the effect of process parameters and alloy composition on texture and mechanical properties

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    Hantzsche, Kerstin; Wendt, Joachim; Kainer, Karl Ulrich; Bohlen, Jan; Letzig, Dietmar

    2009-08-01

    The paper addresses the relationship between microstructure, texture, and mechanical properties of rolled magnesium sheets. The effect of rolling temperature and alloying elements on texture development and mechanical properties is demonstrated. Special focus is paid to the potential of rare earth elements to modify the anisotropic behavior and to weaken the strong basal texture of magnesium sheets. Alloy design that considers these possibilities together with appropriate selection of process parameters show the road to magnesium sheets with improved forming properties.

  19. Development of a photogrammetry system for the measurement of rotationally symmetric forgings

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    Zatočilová, Aneta; Paloušek, David; Brandejs, Jan

    2015-05-01

    The paper presents the development of a system for the measurement of the shapes and dimensions of rotationally symmetric forgings under high temperature. These large semi-finished products are measured with demands for accuracy on the order of millimeters. The challenge is to design a measurement system that overcomes the problems caused by high temperature and provides results instantly without interrupting the production process. The proposed approach exploits the fact, that the measured parts have simple rotationally symmetric shape. It is based on the assumption that (in the simplest case) the actual shape can be determined from four boundary curves which lie in two mutually perpendicular planes. These four boundary curves can be obtained by determining the edges of the forging in two images. The proposed approach has been incorporated into a software application created in Matlab programming environment. Hence the system does not use added illumination resolving edge detection and scale calculation is a crucial step. The main parts of the system, such as calibration, edge detection, spatial orientation, and the evaluation of information about the shapes and dimensions of the measured parts, have been designed so that the entire measurement process takes only a few seconds. The article focuses on the individual parts of the software application. It discusses the suitability of using particular mathematical models and the designed multi-step edge detection method, which is based on thresholding, directional median filtering and validation and correction of detected edge points.

  20. Study on Surface Durability of Powder-Forged Rollers with Case-Hardening

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    Zhang, Qiang; Seki, Masanori; Ohue, Yuji; Yoshida, Akira; Murakami, Masahiro; Sato, Masaaki; Konishi, Masanari

    Powder forging (P/F), which combines powder metallurgy (P/M) and forging technologies, leads to refined poreless microstructure in the material. Therefore, the mechanical property of the P/F material can be greatly improved comparing with that of the sintered material. In this paper, the rolling contact fatigue tests were conducted using a two-cylinder testing machine, and the surface failure and durability of the case-hardened P/F rollers were compared with those of the case-hardened conventional steel rollers. From the experimental and analytical results, it could be concluded that the failure mode of the P/F and the steel rollers was mainly spalling, and the surface durability of the P/F rollers was almost the same as that of the steel rollers. Evaluating the rolling contact fatigue life by the amplitude of the ratio of orthogonal shear stress ? yz to Vickers hardness Hv, considering the case that every hardness distribution is the same to each other, the fatigue life of the Ni rich P/F roller was rather longer than that of the steel ones. The P/F process effectively improves the microstructure of the P/M material and makes the surface durability of the P/F material with high content of Ni approach to the level of steel. The P/F process was a good method to improve the mechanical properties of the sintered materials.

  1. Influence of physical parameters on residual stresses of polymer composites during the cure process

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    Wang, Hui; Feng, Jiemin; Guo, Zhansheng; Hu, Hongjiu; Zhang, Junqian

    2011-11-01

    A developed process model including the effects of chemical and thermal strains and the cure related elastic material behavior is established in order to simulate the cure process before cooling stage more realistically. A three-dimensional finite element method is used to analyze the effect of the curing related parameters on residual stresses in the cure progress of polymer composites. The obtained results show that the density, the specific heat, the thermal conductivity and the anisotropic chemical shrinkage have different influences on the final residual stresses before cooling stage.

  2. Influence of physical parameters on residual stresses of polymer composites during the cure process

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    Wang, Hui; Feng, Jiemin; Guo, Zhansheng; Hu, Hongjiu; Zhang, Junqian

    2012-04-01

    A developed process model including the effects of chemical and thermal strains and the cure related elastic material behavior is established in order to simulate the cure process before cooling stage more realistically. A three-dimensional finite element method is used to analyze the effect of the curing related parameters on residual stresses in the cure progress of polymer composites. The obtained results show that the density, the specific heat, the thermal conductivity and the anisotropic chemical shrinkage have different influences on the final residual stresses before cooling stage.

  3. Effects of material variables and process parameters on properties of investment casting shells

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    Tumurugoti, Priyatham

    Manufacture of investment casting shells is a complex process. The choice of raw materials - refractory powders or grains, binders and additives - affects the properties of investment casting shells. In this study, different systems of shells were prepared, according to a design of experiments, with commercially available raw materials that differ in chemistry, particle size or particle size distribution. Shell strength was measured in green, fired and cooled, and hot conditions and the results were analyzed for strength -- material property relation. Various microstructures of polished cross sections of these shells were characterized using scanning electron microscope. It was determined that the amount of matrix holding the stucco grains was dominant factor affecting green strength. Fired and hot strengths were observed to vary depending on interactions between different phases of matrix and stucco. In addition to the material properties, control of shell building parameters is critical to achieve quality shells. Process parameters affect strength of the shell by providing a means to change the relative amounts of stucco, slurry and porosity. To study the microstructural variations, shells were prepared by varying process parameters like slurry viscosity and stucco size. Data from image analysis of different microstructures were correlated to their respective fired strengths. It was determined that the shells prepared from high viscosity slurry and fine stucco had the highest strength.

  4. Influence of process parameters and equipment on dry foam formulation properties using indomethacin as model drug.

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    Sprunk, Angela; Page, Susanne; Kleinebudde, Peter

    2013-10-15

    Dry foam technology was developed to overcome insufficient oral bioavailability of poorly soluble and wettable active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). It is intended to enable a faster and more efficient dissolution by avoiding API agglomeration and floating of non-wetted API particles. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of process parameters, such as paste water content and type of equipment used on dry foam morphology, granule characteristics and dissolution behavior of the corresponding tablets using indomethacin as model compound. Multiple analytical methods, namely scanning electron microscopy, X-ray micro-computed tomography and mercury porosimetry, specific surface area analysis and sieve analysis were employed. Dissolution of dry foam formulation tablets was compared to a reference formulation in biorelevant media. Process parameters proved to have a distinct influence on dry foam morphology and granule characteristics, correlations between paste viscosity and pore size distribution could be observed. Dissolution behavior of indomethacin was improved by dry foam technology compared to the reference formulation. Variation of process parameters within the studied ranges did not alter the characteristics of the dry foam formulation dissolution behavior. Therefore, dry foam technology seems a promising future technology with the option of continuous manufacturing. PMID:23891743

  5. Troposphere Parameters Derived from Multi-GNSS Data Processing at GFZ

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    Deng, Zhiguo; Uhlemann, Maik; Fritsche, Mathias; Dick, Galina; Wickert, Jens

    2015-04-01

    Usually, the processing of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) observations requires a thorough consideration of atmospheric parameters for precise applications. Accordingly, GPS meteorology has become a tool which uses measurements from ground-based GPS receivers for atmospheric water vapor sounding. Zenith total delay (ZTD) products derived from GNSS complement different other meteorological observing systems. GPS-based ZTD estimates have also been assimilated into numerical weather prediction (NWP) models. In addition to GPS and GLONASS, the new and emerging satellite navigation systems BeiDou and Galileo provide the potential for extended and more precise GNSS applications. Accordingly, the International GNSS Service (IGS) has initiated the Multi-GNSS Experiment (MGEX) to acquire and analyze data from all four constellations. In view of the increased number of actively transmitting satellites, the ZTD parameter estimation will particularly benefit from an improved spatial distribution of observations tracked by the ground-based receivers. In this contribution, we report on the status of our multi-system (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo) data processing at GFZ. Based on data from the MGEX network we produce multi-GNSS solutions including parameter estimates for satellite orbits, clock, station coordinates and site-specific ZTDs. Our presentation focusses on the validation of ZTDs from the multi-GNSS processing and a comparison with single-system ZTD solutions and GFZ's operational near real-time troposphere products.

  6. Influence of in line monitored fluid bed granulation process parameters on the stability of Ethinylestradiol.

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    Roteuscher-Carl, Katrin; Fricke, Sabine; Hacker, Michael C; Schulz-Siegmund, Michaela

    2015-12-30

    Ethinylestradiol (EE) as a highly active and low dosed compound is prone to oxidative degradation. The stability of the drug substance is therefore a critical parameter that has to be considered during drug formulation. Beside the stability of the drug substance, granule particle size and moisture are critical quality attributes (CQA) of the fluid bed granulation process which influence the tableting ability of the resulting granules. Both CQA should therefore be monitored during the production process by process analytic technology (PAT) according to ICH Q8. This work focusses on the effects of drying conditions on the stability of EE in a fluid-bed granulation process. We quantified EE degradation products 6-alpha-hydroxy-EE, 6-beta-hydroxy-EE, 9(11)-dehydro-EE and 6-oxo-EE during long time storage and accelerated conditions. PAT-tools that monitor granule particle size (Spatial filtering technology) and granule moisture (Microwave resonance technology) were applied and compared with off-line methods. We found a relevant influence of residual granule moisture and thermic stress applied during granulation on the storage stability of EE, whereas no degradation was found immediately after processing. Hence we conclude that drying parameters have a relevant influence on long term EE stability. PMID:26541302

  7. A Gaussian Process Approach to Quantifying the Uncertainty of Vegetation Parameters from Remote Sensing Observations

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    Furfaro, R.; Morris, R. D.; Kottas, A.; Taddy, M.; Ganapol, B. D.

    2006-12-01

    We describe a methodology that can have a major impact on estimating the uncertainties involved in using biogeochemical models that take remote sensing data as inputs. It allows a full probabilistic uncertainty analysis of a complex computational model, such as those used in modeling light reflectance from vegetation or carbon fluxes. We show an example of the methodology applied to a radiative transfer model (RTM), producing estimates of parameters important to carbon budget determination. Modeling the biosphere requires inputs of biospheric parameters over extended regions. The only practical measurement technology is satellite remote sensing. Generating estimates of the biospheric parameters requires inverting the physical process between the parameters and the observations. These model, for example, plant growth and the radiative transfer of energy within the canopy to produce a model of the upwelling radiation. Inverting the model gives an estimate of plant growth, and hence carbon sequestration. Here we focus on Leaf Area Index (LAI). LAI can be related to MODIS data using a physically-based approach, radiative transfer modeling. Recently a nested Leaf-Canopy RTM (LCM2) has been developed to simulate the the interaction between light and vegetation. The model computes wavelength-dependent hemispherical reflectance as function of canopy morphological (eg, LAI) and biochemical (eg, chlorophyll concentration) parameters. Retrieval algorithms based on the canopy equation have proven to be efficient in determining LAI using remote measurements; much work is still required to effectively quantify the uncertainty of the retrieved parameters. Hence, we propose a Bayesian statistical analysis of the LCM2 computer model output. Gaussian processes (GPs) provide the foundation for the statistical model framework. The GP defines a prior for the functional input-output relationship generated by the LCM2, and the prior-to-posterior analysis yields a flexible statistical model approximation to the LCM2 output. To illustrate the Bayesian statistical approach in characterizing and mapping biospheric parameters, we will present results of the GP approximation for a small subset of influential inputs, including LAI and chlorophyll concentration. This work will set the stage for further developments, including uncertainty analysis of the LCM2 output and probabilistic sensitivity analysis for the full set of input parameters. This will demonstrate the applicability of the methodology in the analysis of models important to carbon budget estimation.

  8. Mechanical and optical properties of forged NaCl

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    Graves, G. A.; Detrio, J. A.; McCullum, D.; Dempsey, D. A.

    1980-07-01

    The mechanical and infrared laser absorption properties were determined on test specimens cut from a 32 cm diameter forging of Polytran Nacl produced by Harshaw. The homogeneity of the mechanical and optical properties statistically showed a significant dependence of the ultimate strength on azimuthal position in the forging. The absorption of the specimens at CO2, CO, HF/DF, and Nd:YAG laser wavelengths were measured and no significant dependence on specimen location was observed. The absorption variations were less than 10 percent for all of the laser wavelengths studied except at 3.8 micrometers (40 percent). Other properties examined include: specific heat; thermal expansion; and hardness. Strength measurements were made with both uniaxial flexural bars and biaxial disc test specimens.

  9. Crack toughness evaluation of hot pressed and forged beryllium.

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    Jones, M. H.; Bubsey, R. T.; Brown, W. F., Jr.

    1973-01-01

    Fracture toughness tests at room temperature were made on three-point loaded beryllium bend specimens cut from hot pressed block and a forged disk. These specimens had plane proportions conforming to ASTM E 399 and covered a thickness range of from 1/32 to 1/2 in. Two sets of bend specimens were tested, one having fatigue cracks and the other 0.5 mil radius notches. One objective of the investigation was the development of techniques to produce fatigue cracks in accordance with the procedures specified in ASTM E 399. This objective was achieved for the hot pressed material. In plane cracks were not consistently produced in the specimens cut from forged stock.

  10. Performance Assessment Method for a Forged Fingerprint Detection Algorithm

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    Shin, Yong Nyuo; Jun, In-Kyung; Kim, Hyun; Shin, Woochang

    The threat of invasion of privacy and of the illegal appropriation of information both increase with the expansion of the biometrics service environment to open systems. However, while certificates or smart cards can easily be cancelled and reissued if found to be missing, there is no way to recover the unique biometric information of an individual following a security breach. With the recognition that this threat factor may disrupt the large-scale civil service operations approaching implementation, such as electronic ID cards and e-Government systems, many agencies and vendors around the world continue to develop forged fingerprint detection technology, but no objective performance assessment method has, to date, been reported. Therefore, in this paper, we propose a methodology designed to evaluate the objective performance of the forged fingerprint detection technology that is currently attracting a great deal of attention.

  11. Deep silicon etch for biology MEMS fabrication: review of process parameters influence versus chip design

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    Magis, T.; Ballerand, S.; Bellemin Comte, A.; Pollet, Olivier

    2013-03-01

    Micro-system for biology is a growing market, especially for micro-fluidic applications (environment and health). Key part for the manufacturing of biology MEMS is the deep silicon etching by plasma to create microstructures. Usual etching process as an alternation of etching and passivation steps is a well-known method for MEMS fabrication, nowadays used in high volume production for devices like sensors and actuators. MEMS for biology applications are very different in design compared to more common micro-systems like accelerometers for instance. Indeed, their design includes on the same chip structures of very diverse size like narrow pillars, large trenches and wide cavities. This makes biology MEMS fabrication very challenging for DRIE, since each type of feature considered individually would require a specific etch process. Furthermore process parameters suited to match specifications on small size features (vertical profile, low sidewall roughness) induce issues and defects on bigger structures (undercut, micro-masking) and vice versa. Thus the process window is constrained leading to trade-offs in process development. In this paper process parameters such as source and platen powers, pressure, etching and passivation gas flows and steps duration were investigated to achieve all requirements. As well interactions between those different factors were characterized at different levels, from individual critical feature up to chip scale and to wafer scale. We will show the plasma process development and tuning to reach all these specifications. We also compared different chambers configurations of our ICP tool (source wafer distance, plasma diffusion) in order to obtain a good combination of hardware and process. With optimized etching we successfully fabricate micro-fluidic devices like micro-pumps.

  12. Quantitative analysis of beam delivery parameters and treatment process time for proton beam therapy

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    Suzuki, Kazumichi; Gillin, Michael T.; Sahoo, Narayan; Zhu, X. Ronald; Lee, Andrew K.; Lippy, Denise

    2011-07-15

    Purpose: To evaluate patient census, equipment clinical availability, maximum daily treatment capacity, use factor for major beam delivery parameters, and treatment process time for actual treatments delivered by proton therapy systems. Methods: The authors have been recording all beam delivery parameters, including delivered dose, energy, range, spread-out Bragg peak widths, gantry angles, and couch angles for every treatment field in an electronic medical record system. We analyzed delivery system downtimes that had been recorded for every equipment failure and associated incidents. These data were used to evaluate the use factor of beam delivery parameters, the size of the patient census, and the equipment clinical availability of the facility. The duration of each treatment session from patient walk-in and to patient walk-out of the treatment room was measured for 82 patients with cancers at various sites. Results: The yearly average equipment clinical availability in the last 3 yrs (June 2007-August 2010) was 97%, which exceeded the target of 95%. Approximately 2200 patients had been treated as of August 2010. The major disease sites were genitourinary (49%), thoracic (25%), central nervous system (22%), and gastrointestinal (2%). Beams have been delivered in approximately 8300 treatment fields. The use factor for six beam delivery parameters was also evaluated. Analysis of the treatment process times indicated that approximately 80% of this time was spent for patient and equipment setup. The other 20% was spent waiting for beam delivery and beam on. The total treatment process time can be expressed by a quadratic polynomial of the number of fields per session. The maximum daily treatment capacity of our facility using the current treatment processes was estimated to be 133 {+-} 35 patients. Conclusions: This analysis shows that the facility has operated at a high performance level and has treated a large number of patients with a variety of diseases. The use factor of beam delivery parameters varies by disease site. Further improvements in efficiency may be realized in the equipment- and patient-related processes of treatment.

  13. Process optimization in high-average-power ultrashort pulse laser microfabrication: how laser process parameters influence efficiency, throughput and quality

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    Schille, Joerg; Schneider, Lutz; Loeschner, Udo

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, laser processing of technical grade stainless steel and copper using high-average-power ultrashort pulse lasers is studied in order to gain deeper insight into material removal for microfabrication. A high-pulse repetition frequency picosecond and femtosecond laser is used in conjunction with high-performance galvanometer scanners and an in-house developed two-axis polygon scanner system. By varying the processing parameters such as wavelength, pulse length, fluence and repetition rate, cavities of standardized geometry are fabricated and analyzed. From the depths of the cavities produced, the ablation rate and removal efficiency are estimated. In addition, the quality of the cavities is evaluated by means of scanning electron microscope micrographs or rather surface roughness measurements. From the results obtained, the influence of the machining parameters on material removal and machining quality is discussed. In addition, it is shown that both material removal rate and quality increase by using femtosecond compared to picosecond laser pulses. On stainless steel, a maximum throughput of 6.81 mm3/min is achieved with 32 W femtosecond laser powers; if using 187 W picosecond laser powers, the maximum is 15.04 mm3/min, respectively. On copper, the maximum throughputs are 6.1 mm3/min and 21.4 mm3/min, obtained with 32 W femtosecond and 187 W picosecond laser powers. The findings indicate that ultrashort pulses in the mid-fluence regime yield most efficient material removal. In conclusion, from the results of this analysis, a range of optimum processing parameters are derived feasible to enhance machining efficiency, throughput and quality in high-rate micromachining. The work carried out here clearly opens the way to significant industrial applications.

  14. Sinter-forging of nanocrystalline zirconia. 1: Experimental

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    Hague, D.C.; Mayo, M.J.

    1997-01-01

    Nanocrystalline (15 nm) yttria (3 mol%)-stabilized zirconia (3Y-TZP) was sinter-forged under conditions of varying temperature (1,050--1,200 C), plastic strain rate (5 {times} 10{sup {minus}5} to 2 {times} 10{sup {minus}3} s{sup {minus}1}), and green density (33--48%), using constant-crosshead-speed tests, constant-load (i.e., load-and-hold) tests, and constant-loading-rate tests. The densification and pore size evolution results indicate that plastic strain is largely responsible for elimination of large pores, while diffusional mechanisms control the elimination of small pores. Grain growth during sinter-forging is observed to be dependent solely on porosity during intermediate-stage sintering. Once the powder compact enters final-stage sintering, however, both static (time- and temperature-dependent) and dynamic (plastic-strain-dependent) grain growth take place, greatly accelerating the overall rate of grain growth. The use of fast strain rates to impose plastic strain before the onset of dynamic grain growth is proposed as a method of preserving small grain sizes during sinter-forging.

  15. Polyoxylglycerides and glycerides: effects of manufacturing parameters on API stability, excipient functionality and processing.

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    Jannin, Vincent; Rodier, Jean-David; Musakhanian, Jasmine

    2014-05-15

    Lipid-based formulations are a viable option to address modern drug delivery challenges such as increasing the oral bioavailability of poorly water-soluble active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), or sustaining the drug release of molecules intended for chronic diseases. Esters of fatty acids and glycerol (glycerides) and polyethylene-glycols (polyoxylglycerides) are two main classes of lipid-based excipients used by oral, dermal, rectal, vaginal or parenteral routes. These lipid-based materials are more and more commonly used in pharmaceutical drug products but there is still a lack of understanding of how the manufacturing processes, processing aids, or additives can impact the chemical stability of APIs within the drug product. In that regard, this review summarizes the key parameters to look at when formulating with lipid-based excipients in order to anticipate a possible impact on drug stability or variation of excipient functionality. The introduction presents the chemistry of natural lipids, fatty acids and their properties in relation to the extraction and refinement processes. Then, the key parameters during the manufacturing process influencing the quality of lipid-based excipients are provided. Finally, their critical characteristics are discussed in relation with their intended functionality and ability to interact with APIs and others excipients within the formulation. PMID:24607211

  16. Display device for indicating the value of a parameter in a process plant

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    Scarola, Kenneth (Windsor, CT); Jamison, David S. (Windsor, CT); Manazir, Richard M. (North Canton, CT); Rescorl, Robert L. (Vernon, CT); Harmon, Daryl L. (Enfield, CT)

    1993-01-01

    An advanced control room complex for a nuclear power plant, including a discrete indicator and alarm system (72) which is nuclear qualified for rapid response to changes in plant parameters and a component control system (64) which together provide a discrete monitoring and control capability at a panel (14-22, 26, 28) in the control room (10). A separate data processing system (70), which need not be nuclear qualified, provides integrated and overview information to the control room and to each panel, through CRTs (84) and a large, overhead integrated process status overview board (24). The discrete indicator and alarm system (72) and the data processing system (70) receive inputs from common plant sensors and validate the sensor outputs to arrive at a representative value of the parameter for use by the operator during both normal and accident conditions, thereby avoiding the need for him to assimilate data from each sensor individually. The integrated process status board (24) is at the apex of an information hierarchy that extends through four levels and provides access at each panel to the full display hierarchy. The control room panels are preferably of a modular construction, permitting the definition of inputs and outputs, the man machine interface, and the plant specific algorithms, to proceed in parallel with the fabrication of the panels, the installation of the equipment and the generic testing thereof.

  17. Visualizing the influence of the process parameters on the keyhole dimensions in plasma arc welding

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    Liu, Z. M.; Wu, C. S.; Chen, M. A.

    2012-10-01

    The keyhole status and its dimensions are critical information determining both the process quality and weld quality in plasma arc welding (PAW). It is of great significance to measure the keyhole shape and size and to correlate them with the main process parameters. In this study, a low-cost vision system is developed to visualize the keyhole at the backside of the test-pieces in PAW. Three stages of keyhole evolution, i.e. initial blind stage (non-penetrated keyhole), unstable stage with momentarily disappeared keyhole and quasi-steady open keyhole stage (fully-penetrated keyhole), are measured in real-time during the PAW tests on stainless steel test-pieces of thickness 8 mm. Based on the captured images of keyhole under different welding conditions, the correlations of the main welding process parameters (welding current, welding speed, plasma gas flow rate) with the keyhole length, width and area are visualized through vision measurement. It lays a solid foundation for implementing keyhole stability control and process optimization in keyhole PAW.

  18. Estimation of the soil strength parameters in Tertiary volcanic regolith (NE Turkey) using analytical hierarchy process

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    Ersoy, Hakan; Karsli, Melek Betl; ellek, Seda; Kul, Bilgehan; Baykan, ?dris; Parsons, Robert L.

    2013-12-01

    Costly and time consuming testing techniques and the difficulties in providing undisturbed samples for these tests have led researchers to estimate strength parameters of soils with simple index tests. However, the paper focuses on estimation of strength parameters of soils as a function of the index properties. Analytical hierarchy process and multiple regression analysis based methodology were performed on datasets obtained from soil tests on 41 samples in Tertiary volcanic regolith. While the hierarchy model focused on determining the most important index properties affecting on strength parameters, regression analysis established meaningful relationships between strength parameters and index properties. The negative polynomial correlations between the friction angle and plasticity properties, and the positive exponential relations between the cohesion and plasticity properties were determined. These relations are characterized by a regression coefficient of 0.80. However, Terzaghi bearing capacity formulas were used to test the model. It is important to see whether there is any statistically significant relation between the calculated and the observed bearing capacity values for model testing. Based on the model, the positive linear correlation characterized by the regression coefficient of 0.86 were determined between bearing capacity values obtained by direct and indirect methods.

  19. Neutron coincidence measurements when nuclear parameters vary during the multiplication process

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    Lu, Ming-Shih; Teichmann, T.

    1995-07-01

    In a recent paper, a physical/mathematical model was developed for neutron coincidence counting, taking explicit account of neutron absorption and leakage, and using dual probability generating function to derive explicit formulae for the single and multiple count-rates in terms of the physical parameters of the system. The results of this modeling proved very successful in a number of cases in which the system parameters (neutron reaction cross-sections, detection probabilities, etc.) remained the same at the various stages of the process (i.e. from collision to collision). However, there are practical circumstances in which such system parameters change from collision to collision, and it is necessary to accommodate these, too, in a general theory, applicable to such situations. For instance, in the case of the neutron coincidence collar (NCC), the parameters for the initial, spontaneous fission neutrons, are not the same as those for the succeeding induced fission neutrons, and similar situations can be envisaged for certain other experimental configurations. This present document shows how the previous considerations can be elaborated to embrace these more general requirements.

  20. Processing parameter optimization for the laser dressing of bronze-bonded diamond wheels

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    Deng, H.; Chen, G. Y.; Zhou, C.; Li, S. C.; Zhang, M. J.

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, a pulsed fiber-laser dressing method for bronze-bonded diamond wheels was studied systematically and comprehensively. The mechanisms for the laser dressing of bronze-bonded diamond wheels were theoretically analyzed, and the key processing parameters that determine the results of laser dressing, including the laser power density, pulse overlap ratio, ablation track line overlap ratio, and number of scanning cycles, were proposed for the first time. Further, the effects of these four key parameters on the oxidation-damaged layer of the material surface, the material removal efficiency, the material surface roughness, and the average protrusion height of the diamond grains were explored and summarized through pulsed laser ablation experiments. Under the current experimental conditions, the ideal values of the laser power density, pulse overlap ratio, ablation track line overlap ratio, and number of scanning cycles were determined to be 4.2 107 W/cm2, 30%, 30%, and 16, respectively. Pulsed laser dressing experiments were conducted on bronze-bonded diamond wheels using the optimized processing parameters; next, both the normal and tangential grinding forces produced by the dressed grinding wheel were measured while grinding alumina ceramic materials. The results revealed that the normal and tangential grinding forces produced by the laser-dressed grinding wheel during grinding were smaller than those of grinding wheels dressed using the conventional mechanical method, indicating that the pulsed laser dressing technology provides irreplaceable advantages relative to the conventional mechanical dressing method.

  1. Evaluation of kinetic parameters of a sulfur-limestone autotrophic denitrification biofilm process.

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    Zeng, Hui; Zhang, Tian C

    2005-12-01

    In this study, four kinetic parameters of autotrophic denitrifiers in fixed-bed sulfur-limestone autotrophic denitrification (SLAD) columns were evaluated. The curve-matching method was used by conducting 22 non-steady-state tests for estimation of half-velocity constant, K(s) and maximum specific substrate utilization rate, k. To estimate the bacteria yield coefficient, Y and the decay coefficient, k(d), two short term batch tests (before and after the starvation of the autotrophic denitrifiers) were conducted using a fixed-bed SLAD column where the biofilm was fully penetrated by nitrate-N. It was found that K(s) = 0.398 mg NO(3-)-N/l, k = 0.15 d(-1), k(d) = 0.09-0.12 d(-1), and Y = 0.85-1.11 g VSS/g NO(3-)-N. Our results are consistent with those obtained from SLAD biofilm processes, but different from those obtained from suspended-growth systems with thiosulfate or sulfur powders as the S source. The method developed in this study might be useful for estimation of four Monod-type kinetic parameters in other biofilm processes. However, cautions must be given when the estimated parameters are used because the measurements of the biomass and the biofilm thickness could be further improved, and the assumption of sulfur being a non-limiting substrate needs to be proved. PMID:16289671

  2. A self-adaptive parameter optimization algorithm in a real-time parallel image processing system.

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    Li, Ge; Zhang, Xuehe; Zhao, Jie; Zhang, Hongli; Ye, Jianwei; Zhang, Weizhe

    2013-01-01

    Aiming at the stalemate that precision, speed, robustness, and other parameters constrain each other in the parallel processed vision servo system, this paper proposed an adaptive load capacity balance strategy on the servo parameters optimization algorithm (ALBPO) to improve the computing precision and to achieve high detection ratio while not reducing the servo circle. We use load capacity functions (LC) to estimate the load for each processor and then make continuous self-adaptation towards a balanced status based on the fluctuated LC results; meanwhile, we pick up a proper set of target detection and location parameters according to the results of LC. Compared with current load balance algorithm, the algorithm proposed in this paper is proceeded under an unknown informed status about the maximum load and the current load of the processors, which means it has great extensibility. Simulation results showed that the ALBPO algorithm has great merits on load balance performance, realizing the optimization of QoS for each processor, fulfilling the balance requirements of servo circle, precision, and robustness of the parallel processed vision servo system. PMID:24174920

  3. Effective parameters, effective processes: From porous flow physics to in situ remediation technology

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    Pruess, K.

    1995-06-01

    This paper examines the conceptualization of multiphase flow processes on the macroscale, as needed in field applications. It emphasizes that upscaling from the pore-level will in general not only introduce effective parameters but will also give rise to ``effective processes,`` i.e., the emergence of new physical effects that may not have a microscopic counterpart. ``Phase dispersion`` is discussed as an example of an effective process for the migration and remediation of non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) contaminants in heterogeneous media. An approximate space-and-time scaling invariance is derived for gravity-driven liquid flow in unsaturated two-dimensional porous media (fractures). Issues for future experimental and theoretical work are identified.

  4. The effect of process parameters on Twin Wire Arc spray pattern shape

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    Hall, Aaron Christopher; McCloskey, James Francis; Horner, Allison Lynne

    2015-04-20

    A design of experiments approach was used to describe process parameterspray pattern relationships in the Twin Wire Arc process using zinc feed stock in a TAFA 8835 (Praxair, Concord, NH, USA) spray torch. Specifically, the effects of arc current, primary atomizing gas pressure, and secondary atomizing gas pressure on spray pattern size, spray pattern flatness, spray pattern eccentricity, and coating deposition rate were investigated. Process relationships were investigated with the intent of maximizing or minimizing each coating property. It was determined that spray pattern area was most affected by primary gas pressure and secondary gas pressure. Pattern eccentricity was most affected by secondary gas pressure. Pattern flatness was most affected by primary gas pressure. Lastly, coating deposition rate was most affected by arc current.

  5. Development of functional adsorbent from PU foam waste via radiation induced grafting I: Process parameter standardization

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    Goel, N. K.; Kumar, Virendra; Dubey, K. A.; Bhardwaj, Y. K.; Varshney, L.

    2013-01-01

    Mutual radiation grafting process has been used to covalently link polymer chains of poly(acrylic acid) to polyurethane foam waste using 60Co-gamma radiation source. Various experimental parameters were investigated in order to optimize the grafting process. The grafted samples have been characterized for water-uptake, surface morphology and thermal stability. Grafting extent increased with dose, dose rate and monomer concentration but decreased with increase in density of PU foam. The matrix grafted up to an extent of 90% showed uptake capacity of 220 mg/g (0.09 mol of dye/mol of acrylic acid) for a monovalent dye (basic red 29) within 3 h of contact time in a batch process.

  6. Forging tool shape optimization using pseudo inverse approach and adaptive incremental approach

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    Halouani, A.; Meng, F. J.; Li, Y. M.; Labergère, C.; Abbès, B.; Lafon, P.; Guo, Y. Q.

    2013-05-01

    This paper presents a simplified finite element method called "Pseudo Inverse Approach" (PIA) for tool shape design and optimization in multi-step cold forging processes. The approach is based on the knowledge of the final part shape. Some intermediate configurations are introduced and corrected by using a free surface method to consider the deformation paths without contact treatment. A robust direct algorithm of plasticity is implemented by using the equivalent stress notion and tensile curve. Numerical tests have shown that the PIA is very fast compared to the incremental approach. The PIA is used in an optimization procedure to automatically design the shapes of the preform tools. Our objective is to find the optimal preforms which minimize the equivalent plastic strain and punch force. The preform shapes are defined by B-Spline curves. A simulated annealing algorithm is adopted for the optimization procedure. The forging results obtained by the PIA are compared to those obtained by the incremental approach to show the efficiency and accuracy of the PIA.

  7. Forging And Milling Contribution On Residual Stresses For A Textured Biphasic Titanium Alloy

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    Deleuze, C.; Fabre, A.; Barrallier, L.; Molinas, O.

    2011-01-17

    Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al is a biphasic titanium alloy ({alpha}+{beta}) used in aeronautical applications for its mechanical properties, such as its yield strength of 1200 MPa and it weighs 40% less than steel. This alloy is particularly useful for vital parts with complex geometry, because of its high forging capability. In order to predict the capability for fatigue lifetime, the designers need to know the residual stresses. X-Ray diffraction is the main experimental technique used to determine residual stresses on the surface. In this case, stress levels are primarily influenced by the complex forging and milling process. On this alloy in particular, it may be difficult to characterize stress due to modification of the microstructure close to the surface. Results obtained by x-ray analysis depend on the correct definition of the shape of the diffraction peaks. The more precisely defined the position of the peak, the more accurately the stresses are evaluated. This paper presents a method to detect if residual stresses can be characterized by x-ray diffraction. The characterization of hardness seems to be a relevant technique to quickly analyze the capability of x-ray diffraction to determine residual stresses.

  8. Forging And Milling Contribution On Residual Stresses For A Textured Biphasic Titanium Alloy

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    Deleuze, C.; Fabre, A.; Barrallier, L.; Molinas, O.

    2011-01-01

    Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al is a biphasic titanium alloy (?+?) used in aeronautical applications for its mechanical properties, such as its yield strength of 1200 MPa and it weighs 40% less than steel. This alloy is particularly useful for vital parts with complex geometry, because of its high forging capability. In order to predict the capability for fatigue lifetime, the designers need to know the residual stresses. X-Ray diffraction is the main experimental technique used to determine residual stresses on the surface. In this case, stress levels are primarily influenced by the complex forging and milling process. On this alloy in particular, it may be difficult to characterize stress due to modification of the microstructure close to the surface. Results obtained by x-ray analysis depend on the correct definition of the shape of the diffraction peaks. The more precisely defined the position of the peak, the more accurately the stresses are evaluated. This paper presents a method to detect if residual stresses can be characterized by x-ray diffraction. The characterization of hardness seems to be a relevant technique to quickly analyze the capability of x-ray diffraction to determine residual stresses.

  9. A Study on Process Parameters of Ultrasonic Assisted Micro EDM Based on Taguchi Method

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    Sundaram, Murali M.; Pavalarajan, Ganesh B.; Rajurkar, Kamlakar P.

    2008-04-01

    Experimental investigation of ultrasonic assisted micro electro discharge machining was performed by introducing ultrasonic vibration to workpiece. The Taguchi experimental design has been applied to investigate the optimal combinations of process parameters to maximize the material removal rate and minimize the tool wear. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was performed and signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio was determined to know the level of importance of the machining parameters. Based on ANOVA, ultrasonic vibration at 60% of the peak power with capacitance of 3300 PF was found to be significant for best MRR. The machining time plays a significant role in the tool wear. The results were confirmed experimentally at 95% confidence interval.

  10. Influence of the process parameters on the morphology and enzyme production of Aspergilli.

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    Schgerl, K; Gerlach, S R; Siedenberg, D

    1998-01-01

    Several papers have been published dealing with various fungi to determine their morphology, enzyme production or process performance. However, no publication considered all of these aspects simultaneously. In the case of the production of xylanase by Aspergillus awamori the interrelationship of various key parameters are investigated. The influence of the reactor type (shake flasks, stirred tank and airlift tower loop reactor), the medium composition (semisynthetic and complex medium with wheat bran of different sizes, respectively as well as different concentrations of phosphate), and the specific power input (stirrer speed) on the growth, morphology, physiology, and productivity of the fungus are investigated. The results reveal a complex interrelationship which explains why the published results are contradictory. Without considering all of the relevant parameters, it is not possible to make general conclusions. PMID:9468803

  11. Multiconductor Transmission-Line Theory That Includes an Antenna Process with a Lumped-Parameter Circuit

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    Toki, Hiroshi; Abe, Masayuki

    2016-03-01

    Electromagnetic noise was studied theoretically by developing a multiconductor transmission-line (MTL) theory derived from Maxwell’s equations without any approximations. The MTL theory naturally contains the antenna process, and for the case of three lines it is written in terms of normal, common, and antenna modes. Here we develop a theoretical method to solve the MTL equations by introducing boundary conditions consisting of a lumped-parameter circuit in order to describe the performance of any electric circuit for good performance without noise. The finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method is a powerful algorithm to solve time-dependent coupled differential equations for a combined distributed- and lumped-parameter circuit.

  12. Consolidation processing parameters and alternative processing methods for powder metallurgy Al-Cu-Mg-X-X alloys

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    Sankaran, K. K.

    1987-01-01

    The effects of varying the vacuum degassing parameters on the microstructure and properties of Al-4Cu-1Mg-X-X (X-X = 1.5Li-0.2Zr or 1.5Fe-0.75Ce) alloys processed from either prealloyed (PA) or mechanically alloyed (M) powder, and consolidated by either using sealed aluminum containers or containerless vacuum hot pressing were studied. The consolidated billets were hot extruded to evaluate microstructure and properties. The MA Li-containing alloy did not include Zr, and the MA Fe- and Ce-containing alloy was made from both elemental and partially prealloyed powder. The alloys were vacuum degassed both above and below the solution heat treatment temperature. While vacuum degassing lowered the hydrogen content of these alloys, the range over which the vacuum degassing parameters were varied was not large enough to cause significant changes in degassing efficiency, and the observed variations in the mechanical properties of the heat treated alloys were attributed to varying contributions to strengthening by the sub-structure and the dispersoids. Mechanical alloying increased the strength over that of alloys of similar composition made from PA powder. The inferior properties in the transverse orientation, especially in the Li-containing alloys, suggested deficiencies in degassing. Among all of the alloys processed for this study, the Fe- and Ce-containing alloys made from MA powder possessed better combinations of strength and toughness.

  13. A Graphics Processing Unit-enabled, High-resolution Cosmological Microlensing Parameter Survey

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    Bate, N. F.; Fluke, C. J.

    2012-01-01

    In the era of synoptic surveys, the number of known gravitationally lensed quasars is set to increase by over an order of magnitude. These new discoveries will enable a move from single-quasar studies to investigations of statistical samples, presenting new opportunities to test theoretical models for the structure of quasar accretion disks and broad emission line regions (BELRs). As one crucial step in preparing for this influx of new lensed systems, a large-scale exploration of microlensing convergence-shear parameter space is warranted, requiring the computation of O(105) high-resolution magnification maps. Based on properties of known lensed quasars, and expectations from accretion disk/BELR modeling, we identify regions of convergence-shear parameter space, map sizes, smooth matter fractions, and pixel resolutions that should be covered. We describe how the computationally time-consuming task of producing ~290,000 magnification maps with sufficient resolution (10,0002 pixel map-1) to probe scales from the inner edge of the accretion disk to the BELR can be achieved in ~400 days on a 100 teraflop s-1 high-performance computing facility, where the processing performance is achieved with graphics processing units. We illustrate a use-case for the parameter survey by investigating the effects of varying the lens macro-model on accretion disk constraints in the lensed quasar Q2237+0305. We find that although all constraints are consistent within their current error bars, models with more densely packed microlenses tend to predict shallower accretion disk radial temperature profiles. With a large parameter survey such as the one described here, such systematics on microlensing measurements could be fully explored. ), an international collaboration supported by the Australian Research Council.

  14. A GRAPHICS PROCESSING UNIT-ENABLED, HIGH-RESOLUTION COSMOLOGICAL MICROLENSING PARAMETER SURVEY

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    Bate, N. F.; Fluke, C. J.

    2012-01-10

    In the era of synoptic surveys, the number of known gravitationally lensed quasars is set to increase by over an order of magnitude. These new discoveries will enable a move from single-quasar studies to investigations of statistical samples, presenting new opportunities to test theoretical models for the structure of quasar accretion disks and broad emission line regions (BELRs). As one crucial step in preparing for this influx of new lensed systems, a large-scale exploration of microlensing convergence-shear parameter space is warranted, requiring the computation of O(10{sup 5}) high-resolution magnification maps. Based on properties of known lensed quasars, and expectations from accretion disk/BELR modeling, we identify regions of convergence-shear parameter space, map sizes, smooth matter fractions, and pixel resolutions that should be covered. We describe how the computationally time-consuming task of producing {approx}290,000 magnification maps with sufficient resolution (10,000{sup 2} pixel map{sup -1}) to probe scales from the inner edge of the accretion disk to the BELR can be achieved in {approx}400 days on a 100 teraflop s{sup -1} high-performance computing facility, where the processing performance is achieved with graphics processing units. We illustrate a use-case for the parameter survey by investigating the effects of varying the lens macro-model on accretion disk constraints in the lensed quasar Q2237+0305. We find that although all constraints are consistent within their current error bars, models with more densely packed microlenses tend to predict shallower accretion disk radial temperature profiles. With a large parameter survey such as the one described here, such systematics on microlensing measurements could be fully explored.

  15. Evaluating Processes, Parameters and Observations Using Cross Validation and Computationally Frugal Sensitivity Analysis Methods

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    Foglia, L.; Mehl, S.; Hill, M. C.

    2013-12-01

    Sensitivity analysis methods are used to identify measurements most likely to provide important information for model development and predictions and therefore identify critical processes. Methods range from computationally demanding Monte Carlo and cross-validation methods, to very computationally efficient linear methods. The methods are able to account for interrelations between parameters, but some argue that because linear methods neglect the effects of model nonlinearity, they are not worth considering when examining complex, nonlinear models of environmental systems. However, when faced with computationally demanding models needed to simulate, for example, climate change, the chance of obtaining fundamental insights (such as important and relationships between predictions and parameters) with few model runs is tempting. In the first part of this work, comparisons of local sensitivity analysis and cross-validation are conducted using a nonlinear groundwater model of the Maggia Valley, Southern Switzerland; sensitivity analysis are then applied to an integrated hydrological model of the same system where the impact of more processes and of using different sets of observations on the model results are considered; applicability to models of a variety of situations (climate, water quality, water management) is inferred. Results show that the frugal linear methods produced about 70% of the insight from about 2% of the model runs required by the computationally demanding methods. Regarding important observations, linear methods were not always able to distinguish between moderately and unimportant observations. However, they consistently identified the most important observations which are critical to characterize relationships between parameters and to assess the worth of potential new data collection efforts. Importance both to estimate parameters and predictions of interest was readily identified. The results suggest that it can be advantageous to consider local sensitivity analysis in model evaluation, possibly as a preliminary step to provide insights that can be used to improve the design of more demanding methods. This can be foreseen as a promising direction of future research where frugal and complex methods are combined to provide insights on model development and model results.

  16. A novel forged image detection method using the characteristics of interpolation.

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    Hwang, Min-Gu; Har, Dong-Hwan

    2013-01-01

    Development of digital image-editing programs has enabled us to be widely exposed to forged digital images surrounding us. Such forged images have been dispersed through the Internet, newspaper articles, and magazines, and in particular, the information contained in these unverified images happened to be regarded as true. As a result, the forged images provided wrong information for individuals and society, thus sometimes creating social issues. In order to solve such problems, this study was aimed to suggest the methods of identifying the veracity of forged images. In this way, it suggested re-interpolation algorithm. Namely, the study re-interpolated in identical arbitrary values both the interpolated and un-interpolated regions based on the interpolation used a lot in forged, confirmed discrete fourier transform (DFT) characteristics of these two regions, and embodied a detection map for the final forged images, using the subtraction value between two regions in DFT characteristics. PMID:22931351

  17. Mathematical modeling and analysis of EDM process parameters based on Taguchi design of experiments

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    Laxman, J.; Raj, K. Guru

    2015-12-01

    Electro Discharge Machining is a process used for machining very hard metals, deep and complex shapes by metal erosion in all types of electro conductive materials. The metal is removed through the action of an electric discharge of short duration and high current density between the tool and the work piece. The eroded metal on the surface of both work piece and the tool is flushed away by the dielectric fluid. The objective of this work is to develop a mathematical model for an Electro Discharge Machining process which provides the necessary equations to predict the metal removal rate, electrode wear rate and surface roughness. Regression analysis is used to investigate the relationship between various process parameters. The input parameters are taken as peak current, pulse on time, pulse off time, tool lift time. and the Metal removal rate, electrode wear rate and surface roughness are as responses. Experiments are conducted on Titanium super alloy based on the Taguchi design of experiments i.e. L27 orthogonal experiments.

  18. Effect of process parameters on sidewall damage in deep silicon etch

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    Meng, Lingkuan; Yan, Jiang

    2015-03-01

    Sidewall damage caused in deep reactive ion silicon etch was investigated by varying etch cycle time, bias power, etch pressure and SF6 flow rate using the Bosch process in a uniquely designed, inductively coupled plasma reactor. The effects of these process parameters on the etch profile and sidewall angle were also studied for high density metal-insulator-metal capacitor structure. By choosing the proper etch cycle time of 2 s, it was observed that the sidewall damage was very sensitive to these etch process parameters. As bias power increased, the sidewall damage increased gradually. Especially, at the bias power of 500 W, a dual bowing shape with severe sidewall damage was seen, which might be due to a combination of two mechanisms: the formation of a redeposition region and a secondary ion etch effect. With increasing pressure, the sidewall damage was not always located in a specific depth range but distributed along almost the whole trench sidewall. An etch pressure below 80 mTorr was favorably recommended for reducing the extent of the sidewall damage. In addition, we found that an appropriate SF6 flow rate was also very beneficial to the realization of a smooth trench sidewall when it was controlled within an appropriate range. Based on these investigations, an acceptable etch condition could be selected to achieve a nearly vertical etch profile as well as a smooth sidewall surface.

  19. Beer fermentation: monitoring of process parameters by FT-NIR and multivariate data analysis.

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    Grassi, Silvia; Amigo, José Manuel; Lyndgaard, Christian Bøge; Foschino, Roberto; Casiraghi, Ernestina

    2014-07-15

    This work investigates the capability of Fourier-Transform near infrared (FT-NIR) spectroscopy to monitor and assess process parameters in beer fermentation at different operative conditions. For this purpose, the fermentation of wort with two different yeast strains and at different temperatures was monitored for nine days by FT-NIR. To correlate the collected spectra with °Brix, pH and biomass, different multivariate data methodologies were applied. Principal component analysis (PCA), partial least squares (PLS) and locally weighted regression (LWR) were used to assess the relationship between FT-NIR spectra and the abovementioned process parameters that define the beer fermentation. The accuracy and robustness of the obtained results clearly show the suitability of FT-NIR spectroscopy, combined with multivariate data analysis, to be used as a quality control tool in the beer fermentation process. FT-NIR spectroscopy, when combined with LWR, demonstrates to be a perfectly suitable quantitative method to be implemented in the production of beer. PMID:24594186

  20. Impact of Baryonic Processes on Weak-lensing Cosmology: Power Spectrum, Nonlocal Statistics, and Parameter Bias

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    Osato, Ken; Shirasaki, Masato; Yoshida, Naoki

    2015-06-01

    We study the impact of baryonic physics on cosmological parameter estimation with weak-lensing surveys. We run a set of cosmological hydrodynamics simulations with different galaxy formation models. We then perform ray-tracing simulations through the total matter density field to generate 100 independent convergence maps with a field of view of 25 {{deg }2}, and we use them to examine the ability of the following three lensing statistics as cosmological probes: power spectrum (PS), peak counts, and Minkowski functionals (MFs). For the upcoming wide-field observations, such as the Subaru Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) survey with a sky coverage of 1400 {{deg }2}, these three statistics provide tight constraints on the matter density, density fluctuation amplitude, and dark energy equation of state, but parameter bias is induced by baryonic processes such as gas cooling and stellar feedback. When we use PS, peak counts, and MFs, the magnitude of relative bias in the dark energy equation of state parameter w is at a level of, respectively, ? w? 0.017, 0.061, and 0.0011. For the HSC survey, these values are smaller than the statistical errors estimated from Fisher analysis. The bias could be significant when the statistical errors become small in future observations with a much larger survey area. We find that the bias is induced in different directions in the parameter space depending on the statistics employed. While the two-point statistic, i.e., PS, yields robust results against baryonic effects, the overall constraining power is weak compared with peak counts and MFs. On the other hand, using one of peak counts or MFs, or combined analysis with multiple statistics, results in a biased parameter estimate. The bias can be as large as 1? for the HSC survey and will be more significant for upcoming wider-area surveys. We suggest to use an optimized combination so that the baryonic effects on parameter estimation are mitigated. Such a calibrated combination can place stringent and robust constraints on cosmological parameters.

  1. Simulations and Experiments of Hot Forging Design and Evaluation of the Aircraft Landing Gear Barrel Al Alloy Structure

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    Ram Prabhu, T.

    2016-02-01

    In the present study, the hot forging design of a typical landing gear barrel was evolved using finite element simulations and validated with experiments. A DEFORM3D software was used to evolve the forging steps to obtain the sound quality part free of defects with minimum press force requirements. The hot forging trial of a barrel structure was carried out in a 30 MN hydraulic press based on the simulation outputs. The tensile properties of the part were evaluated by taking samples from all three orientations (longitudinal, long transverse, short transverse). The hardness and microstructure of the part were also investigated. To study the soundness of the product, fluorescent penetrant inspection and ultrasonic testing were performed in order to identify any potential surface or internal defects in the part. From experiments, it was found that the part was formed successfully without any forging defects such as under filling, laps, or folds that validated the effectiveness of the process simulation. The tensile properties of the part were well above the specification limit (>10%) and the properties variation with respect to the orientation was less than 2.5%. The part has qualified the surface defects level of Mil Std 1907 Grade C and the internal defects level of AMS 2630 Class A (2 mm FBh). The microstructure shows mean grain length and width of 167 and 66 µm in the longitudinal direction. However, microstructure results revealed that the coarse grain structure was observed on the flat surface near the lug region due to the dead zone formation. An innovative and simple method of milling the surface layer after each pressing operation was applied to solve the problem of the surface coarse grain structure.

  2. Removing arsenic from coal under ultrasonic and microwave radiation: The influence of processing parameter

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    Mi, J.; Ren, J.; Zhang, H.J.; Xie, K.C.

    2008-07-01

    Arsenic is one of the trace elements in coal that we are most concerned about because of its toxicity and environmental persistence. Poisoning is endemic in China and is widespread and locally very severe, which is receiving increased attention throughout the world. In this study, an oxidation method was applied for removing arsenic from two Chinese coals (Yima and Datong) under ultrasonic and microwave radiation. There are many processing parameters that impact the effect of removing arsenic from coal: power of ultrasonic, time in ultrasonic, time in microwave radiation, and the concentration of coal, and these were considered with several levels in this article.

  3. Formulation and implementation of a practical algorithm for parameter estimation with process and measurement noise

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    Maine, R. E.; Iliff, K. W.

    1980-01-01

    A new formulation is proposed for the problem of parameter estimation of dynamic systems with both process and measurement noise. The formulation gives estimates that are maximum likelihood asymptotically in time. The means used to overcome the difficulties encountered by previous formulations are discussed. It is then shown how the proposed formulation can be efficiently implemented in a computer program. A computer program using the proposed formulation is available in a form suitable for routine application. Examples with simulated and real data are given to illustrate that the program works well.

  4. Effect of process parameters on the chemical vapour synthesis of nanocrystalline titania

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    Md, Imteyaz Ahmad; Bhattacharya, S. S.

    2008-08-01

    In this investigation nanocrystalline titania powders were produced by the chemical vapour synthesis (CVS) route and characterized by standard techniques of XRD, HRTEM and BET. The effects of precursor/gas flow rates, hotwall temperature and system pressure on the particle size and distribution, as well as phase composition of the synthesized nanocrystalline titania powder, were studied. It was demonstrated that by suitably adjusting the process parameters during CVS it becomes possible to control the anatase crystallite size, specific surface area and the rutile content in the synthesized nanocrystalline titania powders.

  5. Effect of sintering process parameters on the properties of 3Y-PSZ ceramics

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    Chu, H. L.; Wang, C. L.; Lee, H. E.; Sie, Y. Y.; Chen, R. S.; Hwang, W. S.; Wang, M. C.

    2013-12-01

    The effect of sintering process parameters on the properties of 3 mol% yttria partially stability zirconia (3Y-PSZ) ceramics has been investigated. The relative density of the sintered pellet rapidly increases from 70.5 to 93.6% with rose temperature from 1473 to 1573 K. In addition, the relative density only slightly increases from 94.9 to 96.6 %, when rose sintered temperature from 1573 to 1773 K. This result shows that no significant influence on the densification behavior when sintering at 1573 to 1773 K for 2 h. The Vickers hardness and toughness also increase with the sintered temperature.

  6. Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Ultrafine Grained Ti-47Al-2Cr (at %) Alloy Produced Using Powder Compact Forging

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    Nadakuduru, Vijay N.; Zhang, Deliang; Cao, Peng; Gabbittas, Brian

    Development of innovative techniques to produce gamma TiAl based alloys, with good mechanical properties, while still maintaining ultra fine grain size can be rewarding, but also is a great challenge. In the present study study a Ti-47Al-2Cr (at %) alloy has been synthesized by directly forging green powder compacts of a Ti/Al/Cr composite powder produced by high energy mechanical milling of a mixture of elemental Ti, Al, Cr powders. It has been found that the density of the bulk consolidated alloy sample after forging decreases from 95% of the theoretical density in the central region to 84% in the periphery region. The microstructure of the bulk alloy consisted of several Ti rich regions, which was expected to be mainly due to initial powder condition. The room temperature tensile strength of the samples produced from this process was found to be in the range of 115 - 130 MPa. The roles of canning and green powder compact density in determining the forged sample porosity level and distribution are discussed.

  7. Bioreactor process parameter screening utilizing a Plackett-Burman design for a model monoclonal antibody.

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    Agarabi, Cyrus D; Schiel, John E; Lute, Scott C; Chavez, Brittany K; Boyne, Michael T; Brorson, Kurt A; Khan, Mansoor A; Read, Erik K

    2015-06-01

    Consistent high-quality antibody yield is a key goal for cell culture bioprocessing. This endpoint is typically achieved in commercial settings through product and process engineering of bioreactor parameters during development. When the process is complex and not optimized, small changes in composition and control may yield a finished product of less desirable quality. Therefore, changes proposed to currently validated processes usually require justification and are reported to the US FDA for approval. Recently, design-of-experiments-based approaches have been explored to rapidly and efficiently achieve this goal of optimized yield with a better understanding of product and process variables that affect a product's critical quality attributes. Here, we present a laboratory-scale model culture where we apply a Plackett-Burman screening design to parallel cultures to study the main effects of 11 process variables. This exercise allowed us to determine the relative importance of these variables and identify the most important factors to be further optimized in order to control both desirable and undesirable glycan profiles. We found engineering changes relating to culture temperature and nonessential amino acid supplementation significantly impacted glycan profiles associated with fucosylation, ?-galactosylation, and sialylation. All of these are important for monoclonal antibody product quality. PMID:25762022

  8. Mechanical properties and microstructure of Al-Li-Cu-Mg-Zr die forgings

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    Webster, Donald; Kirkbride, Richard

    1986-11-01

    Four forgings of Al 8090 alloy were evaluated for strength, toughness, and stress corrosion resistance. A microstructural evaluation was also conducted. The forgings easily met the strength requirements for Al 7075-T73 but only just met the 7 pct minimum elongation requirement. The stress corrosion threshold was less than 35 MPa in the short transverse orientation, a value that is far below the 310 MPa minimum often required for Al 7075-T73. Fracture in areas which received low forging reductions was intergranular, while fracture in more heavily forged areas was also along subgrain boundaries. Possible mechanisms for the low toughness and stress corrosion resistance of Al-Li alloys are discussed.

  9. Residual Stresses in 21-6-9 Stainless Steel Warm Forgings

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    Everhart, Wesley A.; Lee, Jordan D.; Broecker, Daniel J.; Bartow, John P.; McQueen, Jamie M.; Switzner, Nathan T.; Neidt, Tod M.; Sisneros, Thomas A.; Brown, Donald W.

    2012-11-14

    Forging residual stresses are detrimental to the production and performance of derived machined parts due to machining distortions, corrosion drivers and fatigue crack drivers. Residual strains in a 21-6-9 stainless steel warm High Energy Rate Forging (HERF) were measured via neutron diffraction. The finite element analysis (FEA) method was used to predict the residual stresses that occur during forging and water quenching. The experimentally measured residual strains were used to calibrate simulations of the three-dimensional residual stress state of the forging. ABAQUS simulation tools predicted residual strains that tend to match with experimental results when varying yield strength is considered.

  10. Impact of processing parameters on the haemocompatibility of Bombyx mori silk films

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    Seib, F. Philipp; Maitz, Manfred F.; Hu, Xiao; Werner, Carsten; Kaplan, David L.

    2013-01-01

    Silk has traditionally been used for surgical sutures due to its lasting strength and durability; however, the use of purified silk proteins as a scaffold material for vascular tissue engineering goes beyond traditional use and requires application-orientated biocompatibility testing. For this study, a library of Bombyx mori silk films was generated and exposed to various solvents and treatment conditions to reflect current silk processing techniques. The films, along with clinically relevant reference materials, were exposed to human whole blood to determine silk blood compatibility. All substrates showed an initial inflammatory response comparable to polylactide-co-glycolide (PLGA), and a low to moderate haemostasis response similar to polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) substrates. In particular, samples that were water annealed at 25 C for 6 h demonstrated the best blood compatibility based on haemostasis parameters (e.g. platelet decay, thrombin-antithrombin complex, platelet factor 4, granulocytes-platelet conjugates) and inflammatory parameters (e.g. C3b, C5a, CD11b, surface-associated leukocytes). Multiple factors such as treatment temperature and solvent influenced the biological response, though no single physical parameter such as ?-sheet content, isoelectric point or contact angle accurately predicted blood compatibility. These findings, when combined with prior in vivo data on silk, support a viable future for silk-based vascular grafts. PMID:22079005

  11. The Influence of Formulation and Manufacturing Process Parameters on the Characteristics of Lyophilized Orally Disintegrating Tablets

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    Jones, Rhys J.; Rajabi-Siahboomi, Ali; Levina, Marina; Perrie, Yvonne; Mohammed, Afzal R.

    2011-01-01

    Gelatin is a principal excipient used as a binder in the formulation of lyophilized orally disintegrating tablets. The current study focuses on exploiting the physicochemical properties of gelatin by varying formulation parameters to determine their influence on orally disintegrating tablet (ODT) characteristics. Process parameters, namely pH and ionic strength of the formulations, and ball milling were investigated to observe their effects on excipient characteristics and tablet formation. The properties and characteristics of the formulations and tablets which were investigated included: glass transition temperature, wettability, porosity, mechanical properties, disintegration time, morphology of the internal structure of the freeze-dried tablets, and drug dissolution. The results from the pH study revealed that adjusting the pH of the formulation away from the isoelectric point of gelatin, resulted in an improvement in tablet disintegration time possibly due to increase in gelatin swelling resulting in greater tablet porosity. The results from the ionic strength study revealed that the inclusion of sodium chloride influenced tablet porosity, tablet morphology and the glass transition temperature of the formulations. Data from the milling study showed that milling the excipients influenced formulation characteristics, namely wettability and powder porosity. The study concludes that alterations of simple parameters such as pH and salt concentration have a significant influence on formulation of ODT. PMID:24310589

  12. Releasing polysaccharide and protein from yeast cells by ultrasound: selectivity and effects of processing parameters.

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    Zhang, Li; Jin, Yuan; Xie, Yajuan; Wu, Xiaofang; Wu, Tao

    2014-03-01

    A 20 kHz high-intensity ultrasound was employed for the selective release of polysaccharide and protein from yeast cells. While the release of polysaccharide and protein was affected by most of the processing parameters, the release selectivity, which is the ratio of the amount of polysaccharide released to that of protein, designated as T/P value, was only influenced by sonication time, temperature and ionic strength, among which temperature had the greatest influence. The T/P value at 85 °C was a factor of 9.3 of the one at 25 °C. The underlying mechanism of this selectivity is speculated to be thermal denaturation and aggregation of protein within yeast cells at elevated temperatures leading to the decrease of protein release by ultrasound. This finding may be useful in exploring a novel selective process for producing polysaccharide and protein fractions from yeast biomass. PMID:24216066

  13. Effects of Processing Parameters on Massive Production of Graphene by Jet Cavitation.

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    Liang, Shuaishuai; Shen, Zhigang; Yi, Min; Liu, Lei; Zhang, Xiaojing; Cai, Chujiang; Ma, Shulin

    2015-04-01

    The massive production of graphene by jet cavitation method with high productivity is demonstrated. Effects of the critical processing parameters on the product dispersions are studied systematically. Experimental results show that high yield of graphene flakes relies on appropriate initial concentration of graphite, high jet pressure, and long treating time. By processing a large batch (10 L) of graphite dispersion for 8 h under 20 MPa in the jet cavitation device, an exfoliation fraction of up to ~12 wt% was achieved. Based on statistical analysis of atomic force microscopy, the as-produced graphene flakes were proved to be highly exfoliated, while the distributions of flake thickness and area became narrower with the increase of treating time. Raman spectra confirm that few defects on the graphene basal planes were induced. In general, the presented approach shows advantages in comparison with peer liquid phase exfoliation methods and thus provides a new route in efficiently producing high-quality graphene in large scale. PMID:26353482

  14. Tailoring Selective Laser Melting Process Parameters for NiTi Implants

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    Bormann, Therese; Schumacher, Ralf; Müller, Bert; Mertmann, Matthias; de Wild, Michael

    2012-12-01

    Complex-shaped NiTi constructions become more and more essential for biomedical applications especially for dental or cranio-maxillofacial implants. The additive manufacturing method of selective laser melting allows realizing complex-shaped elements with predefined porosity and three-dimensional micro-architecture directly out of the design data. We demonstrate that the intentional modification of the applied energy during the SLM-process allows tailoring the transformation temperatures of NiTi entities within the entire construction. Differential scanning calorimetry, x-ray diffraction, and metallographic analysis were employed for the thermal and structural characterizations. In particular, the phase transformation temperatures, the related crystallographic phases, and the formed microstructures of SLM constructions were determined for a series of SLM-processing parameters. The SLM-NiTi exhibits pseudoelastic behavior. In this manner, the properties of NiTi implants can be tailored to build smart implants with pre-defined micro-architecture and advanced performance.

  15. Response Surface Method for the Rapid Design of Process Parameters in Tube Hydroforming

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    Chebbah, M. S.; Hecini, M.; Naceur, H.; Belouettar, S.

    2007-05-17

    This paper deals with the optimization of tube hydroforming parameters in order reduce defects which may occur at the end of forming process such as necking and wrinkling. We propose a specific methodology based on the coupling between an inverse method for the rapid simulation of tube hydroforming process, and a Response Surface Method based on diffuse approximation. The response surfaces are built using Moving Least Squares approximations and constructed within a moving region of interest which moves across a predefined discrete grid of authorized experimental designs. An application of hydroforming of a bulge from aluminium alloy 6061-T6 tubing has been utilized to validate our methodology. The final design is validated with ABAQUS Explicit Dynamic commercial code.

  16. Low-dose capsule filling of inhalation products: critical material attributes and process parameters.

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    Faulhammer, Eva; Fink, Marlies; Llusa, Marcos; Lawrence, Simon M; Biserni, Stefano; Calzolari, Vittorio; Khinast, Johannes G

    2014-10-01

    The aim of the present work was to identify the material attributes and process parameters of a dosator-nozzle capsule filling machine that are critical in low-fill weight capsule filling for inhalation therapies via hard-gelatin capsules. Twelve powders, mostly inhalation carriers, some fines and one proprietary active pharmaceutical ingredient (API), were carefully characterized and filled into size 3 capsules. Since different process conditions are required to fill capsules with powders that have very different material attributes, the powders were divided into two groups. A design of experiments (DOE) based exclusively on process parameters was developed for each group, to identify the critical material attributes (CMA) and critical process parameters (CPP). The fill weight (4-45 mg) of the group I powders (larger particles, higher density, better flowability and less cohesion) correlated with the nozzle diameter (1.9-3.4mm), the dosing chamber length (2.5-5mm), the powder layer depth (5-12.5mm) and the powder density (bulk and tapped density). The RSDs were acceptable in most cases, even for very low doses. The fill weight (1.5-21 mg) of group II powders (very fine and low dense particles with a particle size <10 ?m, poor flowability and higher cohesion) depended also on the nozzle diameter (1.9-2.8mm), the dosing chamber length (2.5-5mm) and the powder layer depth (5-10mm), albeit in a different way, indicating that for these powders dosator filling was not volumetric. Moreover, frictional (wall friction angle) and powder-flow characteristics (bulk density and basic flowability energy) have an influence on the mass. Thus, in summary, group I and group II powders can be filled successfully via dosator systems at low fill weights. However, the group II powders were more challenging to fill, especially without automated process control. This study is the first scientific qualification of dosator nozzles for low-fill weight (1-45 mg) capsule filling. PMID:25087508

  17. Analysis of parameter and interaction between parameter of the microwave assisted transesterification process of coconut oil using response surface methodology

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    Hidayanti, Nur; Suryanto, A.; Qadariyah, L.; Prihatini, P.; Mahfud, Mahfud

    2015-12-01

    A simple batch process was designed for the transesterification of coconut oil to alkyl esters using microwave assisted method. The product with yield above 93.225% of alkyl ester is called the biodiesel fuel. Response surface methodology was used to design the experiment and obtain the maximum possible yield of biodiesel in the microwave-assisted reaction from coconut oil with KOH as the catalyst. The results showed that the time reaction and concentration of KOH catalyst have significant effects on yield of alkyl ester. Based on the response surface methodology using the selected operating conditions, the time of reaction and concentration of KOH catalyst in transesterification process were 150 second and 0.25%w/w, respectively. The largest predicted and experimental yield of alkyl esters (biodiesel) under the optimal conditions are 101.385% and 93.225%, respectively. Our findings confirmed the successful development of process for the transesterification reaction of coconut oil by microwave-assisted heating, which is effective and time-saving for alkyl ester production.

  18. Physiological description of multivariate interdependencies between process parameters, morphology and physiology during fed-batch penicillin production.

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    Posch, Andreas E; Herwig, Christoph

    2014-01-01

    Optimization of productivity and economics of industrial bioprocesses requires characterization of interdependencies between process parameters and process performance. In the case of penicillin production, as in other processes, process performance is often closely interlinked with the physiology and morphology of the organism used for production. This study presents a systematic approach to efficiently characterize the physiological effects of multivariate interdependencies between bioprocess design parameters (spore inoculum concentration, pO2 control level and substrate feed rate), morphology, and physiology. Method development and application was performed using the industrial model process of penicillin production. Applying traditional, statistical bioprocess analysis, multivariate correlations of raw bioprocess design parameters (high spore inoculum concentration, low pO2 control as well as reduced glucose feeding) and pellet morphology were identified. A major drawback of raw design parameter correlation models; however, is the lack of transferability across different process scales and regimes. In this context, morphological and physiological bioprocess modeling based on scalable physiological parameters is introduced. In this study, raw parameter effects on pellet morphology were efficiently summarized by the physiological parameter of the biomass yield per substrate. Finally, for the first time to our knowledge, the specific growth rate per spore was described as time-independent determinant for switching from pellet to disperse growth during penicillin production and thus introduced as a novel, scalable key process parameter for pellet morphology and process performance. PMID:24616429

  19. Optimization of pretreatments and process parameters for sorghum popping in microwave oven using response surface methodology.

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    Mishra, Gayatri; Joshi, Dinesh C; Mohapatra, Debabandya

    2015-12-01

    Sorghum is a popular healthy snack food. Popped sorghum was prepared in a domestic microwave oven. A 3 factor 3 level Box and Behneken design was used to optimize the pretreatment conditions. Grains were preconditioned to 12-20% moisture content by the addition of 0-2% salt solutions. Oil was applied (0-10% w/w) to the preconditioned grains. Optimization of the pretreatments was based on popping yield, volume expansion ratio, and sensory score. The optimized condition was found at 16.62% (wb), 0.55% salt and 10% oil with popping yield of 82.228%, volume expansion ratio of 14.564 and overall acceptability of 8.495. Further, the microwave process parameters were optimized using a 2 factor 3 level design having microwave power density ranging from 9 to 18W/g and residence time ranging from 100 to 180s. For the production of superior quality pop sorghum, the optimized microwave process parameters were microwave power density of 18 Wg(-1) and residence time of 140s. PMID:26604356

  20. Constraining sources, transport pathways and process parameters on various scales by atmospheric Lagrangian inversions

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    von Hobe, Marc; Konopka, Paul; Hoffmann, Lars; Griessbach, Sabine; Sumi?ska-Ebersoldt, Olga; Vernier, Jean-Paul; Plger, Felix; Tao, Mengchu; Mller, Rolf

    2015-04-01

    Inverse methods have become widely used tools to infer sources and sinks of atmospheric constituents based on observations. Inversion techniques can also help to better constrain input and process parameters and thus improve the underlying models. While the majority of today's inverse model frameworks use the Eulerian concept of transport, the capability of Lagrangian inversion to infer emissions of even ill constrained sources has been demonstrated (e.g. Stohl et al., 2011). We will discuss Lagrangian inverse modelling as a powerful tool to solve problems on a wide range of scales in terms of spatial and temporal extent as well as complexity. First, two distinct applications on different scales will be presented: i) the retrieval of reaction rates that govern the chlorine catalyzed ozone destruction in the polar winter along individual trajectories connecting airborne observations in the Arctic in 2010, and ii) the derivation of emission altitudes and transport pathways of sulfate aerosol from the 2011 eruption of the Nabro volcano using CALIPSO satellite observations. Second, the potential and requirements for applications at even higher complexity, e.g. simultaneously retrieval of source, sink and process parameters on a global scale, will be explored. Stohl, A., et al. 2011. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 11, 4333-4351.

  1. Numerical study of the process parameters in spark plasma sintering (sps)

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    Chowdhury, Redwan Jahid

    Spark plasma sintering (SPS) is one of the most widely used sintering techniques that utilizes pulsed direct current together with uniaxial pressure to consolidate a wide variety of materials. The unique mechanisms of SPS enable it to sinter powder compacts at a lower temperature and in a shorter time than the conventional hot pressing, hot isostatic pressing and vacuum sintering process. One of the limitations of SPS is the presence of temperature gradients inside the sample, which could result in non-uniform physical and microstructural properties. Detailed study of the temperature and current distributions inside the sintered sample is necessary to minimize the temperature gradients and achieve desired properties. In the present study, a coupled thermal-electric model was developed using finite element codes in ABAQUS software to investigate the temperature and current distributions inside the conductive and non-conductive samples. An integrated experimental-numerical methodology was implemented to determine the system contact resistances accurately. The developed sintering model was validated by a series of experiments, which showed good agreements with simulation results. The temperature distribution inside the sample depends on some process parameters such as sample and tool geometry, punch and die position, applied current and thermal insulation around the die. The role of these parameters on sample temperature distribution was systematically analyzed. The findings of this research could prove very useful for the reliable production of large size sintered samples with controlled and tailored properties.

  2. Statistical inference methods for recurrent event processes with shape and size parameters

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    WANG, MEI-CHENG; HUANG, CHIUNG-YU

    2015-01-01

    Summary This paper proposes a unified framework to characterize the rate function of a recurrent event process through shape and size parameters. In contrast to the intensity function, which is the event occurrence rate conditional on the event history, the rate function is the occurrence rate unconditional on the event history, and thus it can be interpreted as a population-averaged count of events in unit time. In this paper, shape and size parameters are introduced and used to characterize the association between the rate function ?() and a random variable X. Measures of association between X and ?() are defined via shape- and size-based coefficients. Rate-independence of X and ?() is studied through tests of shape-independence and size-independence, where the shape-and size-based test statistics can be used separately or in combination. These tests can be applied when X is a covariable possibly correlated with the recurrent event process through ?() or, in the one-sample setting, when X is the censoring time at which the observation of N() is terminated. The proposed tests are shape- and size-based, so when a null hypothesis is rejected, the test results can serve to distinguish the source of violation. PMID:26412863

  3. Arc process parameters for single-walled carbon nanotube growth and production: experiments and modeling.

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    Farhat, Samir; Hinkov, Ivaylo; Scott, Carl D

    2004-04-01

    Collarets rich in single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have been grown using a direct current arc method. Arc process parameters such as current, pressure, and anode to cathode distance were varied experimentally and by modeling to provide an optimal working window. The best collaret yields were obtained when helium was used as a buffer gas. Mixing helium with argon in the buffer permits controlling nanotube diameters. In addition to an experimental study, a modeling approach was developed assuming local thermal equilibrium and homogenous and heterogeneous neutral chemistry. The gas-phase chemical model involves 81 neutral carbon species (C1, C2, . . ., C79, C60F, C70F) and 554 reactions with rates taken from data of Krestinin and Moravsky. Axial profiles of temperature, C atom, C2 radical, and fullerene distributions in the reactor are predicted as a function of process parameters. Carbon nanotube growth is considered by a set of surface reactions simulating open nanotube growth. Because nanotube surface chemistry is controlled by the local terminated bond and not by the bulk nanotube bond, a mechanistic approach based on the formal resemblance between the bonding and the structure of open nanotube and other carbon surfaces is proposed to explain nanotube growth. Predicted growth rates are in the range of 100 to 1000 microm/min. PMID:15296227

  4. Effect of Process Parameters on the Melting Ratio in Overlap Pulsed Laser Welding

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    Sabbaghzadeh, J.; Hamedi, M. J.; Ghaini, F. Malek; Torkamany, M. J.

    2008-04-01

    A study of melting ratio in overlap pulsed laser welding has been done on St14 carbon steel sheet to investigate the effect of process parameters. Pulse duration, pulse energy, pulse frequency, and travel speed were varied in the experimental procedure. The results of the melting ratio have been presented by reforming the related formulas. Formulas have been modified based on overlapping and preheat effect factors. A new parameter is defined to show the actual energy entrance to the spot region in overlapping pulsed laser welding. It is shown that keyhole formation in pulsed laser welding has an essential role in increasing the melting ratio. Moreover, it is shown that the role of pulse energy is more effective on the melting ratio than pulse duration and overlapping process variables. The effect of overlapping has been studied by varying the travel speed and pulse frequency separately, and an optimum range of overlapping for maximizing the melting ratio in the full penetration keyhole mode was established.

  5. Milling Process FEM Simulation for Identification of Material Parameters Directly from Experiments

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    Maurel, A.; Fontaine, M.; Thibaud, S.; Michel, G.; Gelin, J. C.

    2007-05-17

    An identification procedure for the determination of material parameters that are used for the FEM simulation of milling processes is proposed. This procedure is based on the coupling of a numerical identification procedure and FEM simulations of milling operations. The experimental data result directly from measurements performed during milling experiments. A special device has been instrumented and calibrated to perform force and torque measurements, directly during machining experiments in using a piezoelectric dynamometer and a high frequency charge amplifier. The forces and torques are stored and low pass filtered if necessary, and these data provide the main basis for the identification procedure which is based on coupling 3D FEM simulations of milling and optimization/identification algorithms. The identification approach is mainly based on the Surfaces Response Method in the material parameters space, coupled to a sensitivity analysis. A Moving Least Square Approximation method is used to accelerate the identification process. The material behaviour is described from Johnson-Cook law. A fracture model is also added to consider chip formation and separation. The FEM simulations of milling are performed using explicit ALE based FEM code. The inverse identification method is here applied on a 304L stainless steel and the first results are presented.

  6. Detecting documents forged by printing and copying

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    Shang, Shize; Memon, Nasir; Kong, Xiangwei

    2014-12-01

    This paper describes a method to distinguish documents produced by laser printers, inkjet printers, and electrostatic copiers, three commonly used document creation devices. The proposed approach can distinguish between documents produced by these sources based on features extracted from the characters in the documents. Hence, it can also be used to detect tampered documents produced by a mixture of these sources. We analyze the characteristics associated with laser/inkjet printers and electrostatic copiers and determine the signatures created by the different physical and technical processes involved in each type of printing. Based on the analysis of these signatures, we computed the features of noise energy, contour roughness, and average gradient. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first work to distinguish documents produced by laser printer, inkjet printer, and copier based on features extracted from individual characters in the documents. Experimental results show that this method has an average accuracy of 90% and works with JPEG compression.

  7. Development of {gamma}+{alpha}{sub 2}+B2 type titanium aluminide for forged turbine rotors

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    Tetsui, Toshimitsu

    1995-12-31

    In order to apply TiAl for forged turbine rotors, hot deformability at manufacturing process and high temperature strength at application are both required. For these requirements a new {gamma}+{alpha}{sub 2}+B2 type TiAl (named KAT-3) has been developed. The alloy composition is Ti-45Al-8Nb-2Cr (at%) and this alloy consists of three phases: {gamma}, {alpha}{sub 2} and B2. Because B2 phase has excellent hot deformability and {gamma}/{alpha}{sub 2} lamellar structure has excellent high temperature strength, the above contradictory requirements for TiAl can both be achieved by optimizing the manufacturing process. In this paper various properties required for turbine rotor materials of this alloy were investigated, especially in comparison with Inconel 713C.

  8. Solventless visible light-curable coating: I. Critical formulation and processing parameters.

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    Bose, Sagarika; Bogner, Robin H

    2010-06-30

    Film coating is generally accomplished by spraying polymers dissolved in solvents onto a cascading bed of tablets. The limitations associated with the use of solvents (both aqueous and organic) can be overcome by the use of solventless coating technologies. In this proposed solventless photocurable film coating system, each layer of coating onto the pellets (non-pareil beads) was formed using liquid photocurable monomer, powdered pore-forming agents, photosensitizers and photoinitiators in a mini-coating pan and later cured by visible light. Yield, coating efficiency, variation in color, diameter and roundness were determined for each batch to evaluate process efficiency and coating quality. It was found that the ratio (S/L ratio) of the amount of solid (S) pore-forming agent to volume of liquid (L) monomer, particle size and type of the pore-forming agent, concentration of initiator, and total exposure (light intensity x exposure time) of light were critical formulation and processing parameters for the process. Using lactose as a pore-forming agent, an optimum ratio of pore-forming agent to photocurable polymer was 1.8-3.0 to achieve good process efficiency and uniformity. The ratio was sensitive to particle size and type of pore-forming agent. PMID:20138131

  9. Optimization of HTST process parameters for production of ready-to-eat potato-soy snack.

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    Nath, A; Chattopadhyay, P K; Majumdar, G C

    2012-08-01

    Ready-to-eat (RTE) potato-soy snacks were developed using high temperature short time (HTST) air puffing process and the process was found to be very useful for production of highly porous and light texture snack. The process parameters considered viz. puffing temperature (185-255C) and puffing time (20-60s) with constant initial moisture content of 36.74% and air velocity of 3.99m.s(-1) for potato-soy blend with varying soy flour content from 5% to 25% were investigated using response surface methodology following central composite rotatable design (CCRD). The optimum product in terms of minimum moisture content (11.03% db), maximum expansion ratio (3.71), minimum hardness (2,749.4g), minimum ascorbic acid loss (9.24% db) and maximum overall acceptability (7.35) were obtained with 10.0% soy flour blend in potato flour at the process conditions of puffing temperature (231.0C) and puffing time (25.0s). PMID:23904651

  10. Evolving chemometric models for predicting dynamic process parameters in viscose production.

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    Cernuda, Carlos; Lughofer, Edwin; Suppan, Lisbeth; Rder, Thomas; Schmuck, Roman; Hintenaus, Peter; Mrzinger, Wolfgang; Kasberger, Jrgen

    2012-05-01

    In viscose production, it is important to monitor three process parameters in order to assure a high quality of the final product: the concentrations of H(2)SO(4), Na(2)SO(4) and Z(n)SO(4). During on-line production these process parameters usually show a quite high dynamics depending on the fiber type that is produced. Thus, conventional chemometric models, which are trained based on collected calibration spectra from Fourier transform near infrared (FT-NIR) measurements and kept fixed during the whole life-time of the on-line process, show a quite imprecise and unreliable behavior when predicting the concentrations of new on-line data. In this paper, we are demonstrating evolving chemometric models which are able to adapt automatically to varying process dynamics by updating their inner structures and parameters in a single-pass incremental manner. These models exploit the Takagi-Sugeno fuzzy model architecture, being able to model flexibly different degrees of non-linearities implicitly contained in the mapping between near infrared spectra (NIR) and reference values. Updating the inner structures is achieved by moving the position of already existing local regions and by evolving (increasing non-linearity) or merging (decreasing non-linearity) new local linear predictors on demand, which are guided by distance-based and similarity criteria. Gradual forgetting mechanisms may be integrated in order to out-date older learned relations and to account for more flexibility of the models. The results show that our approach is able to overcome the huge prediction errors produced by various state-of-the-art chemometric models. It achieves a high correlation between observed and predicted target values in the range of [0.95,0.98] over a 3 months period while keeping the relative error below the reference error value of 3%. In contrast, the off-line techniques achieved correlations below 0.5, ten times higher error rates and the more deteriorate, the more time passes by. PMID:22502608

  11. Translational Research: Forging a New Cultural Identity

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    Coller, Barry S.

    2009-01-01

    More than a decade ago, Dr. Joseph Goldstein called attention to the increasing dissociation between scientific advances and their translation into improved health with his pithy analysis of the biotechnology industry: 1 new gene per day, 1 new company per week, 1 new drug per year.1 Unfortunately, the gap continues to grow, with increasing concerns about whether the enormous increase in knowledge brought about by the sequencing of the human genome and other scientific advances are being matched by the translational effort. For example, a recent review by the Congressional Budget Office found that the dramatic increase in inflation-adjusted funding of biomedical research since 1970 by the pharmaceutical industry and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in addition to the influx of capital from the biotechnology industry, has had only a minor impact on the number of truly new drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration each year.2 The outlook for the immediate future does not appear to be much brighter, with declining numbers of new drugs being submitted for regulatory approval3 and the investment community expressing grave concerns about the prospects for both the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.4,5 It is not surprising, therefore, that there has been intense focus on how to successfully bridge the gap between scientific discovery and the development of new strategies to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease; this process is now commonly called translational research. PMID:18828172

  12. The effect of process parameters on the Liquid Flame Spray generated titania nanoparticles.

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    Aromaa, Mikko; Keskinen, Helmi; Mkel, Jyrki M

    2007-11-01

    Nanoparticles have become important in many applications. It is essential to be able to control the particle size because the properties of nanoparticles change dramatically with particle size. An efficient way to generate nanoparticles is via aerosol processes. In this study we used Liquid Flame Spray consisting of liquid precursor droplets sprayed into a high-speed hydrogen/oxygen flame where they evaporate, vapours react and nucleate to form titania nanoparticles. Using flame methods, also dopants and sensitizers can easily be introduced in order to, e.g. improve the photocatalytic activity of the nanomaterial. To obtain a practical guideline in order to tailor the final nanoparticle size in the process, we have systematically studied the effects of different process parameters on the particle size of titania. Titania is used, e.g. as a photocatalyst, and then both particle size and crystal structure are important when looking at the efficiency. In this work, the generated nanoparticle size has been measured by aerosol instrumentation and the particle morphology has been verified with transmission electron microscopy. In Liquid Flame Spray method, there are several adjustable parameters such as precursor feed rate into the flame; concentration of the precursor; precursor material itself as well as solvent used in the precursor; mass flow of combustion gases and also the mechanical design of the torch used. We used metal organic based titanium precursors in alcohol solvents, predominantly ethanol and 2-propanol. Large differences in particle production between the precursors were found. Differences could also be seen for various solvents. As for precursor feed in the flame, the more mass is introduced the larger the nanoparticles are, i.e. precursor concentration and precursor feed rate have an impact on particle size. A similar phenomenon can be discovered for the combustion gas flow rates. Torch design also plays an important role in controlling the particle size. PMID:17950664

  13. Influence of process parameters on properties of Nanostructured Lipid Carriers (NLC) formulation.

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    Lasoń, Elwira; Sikora, Elżbieta; Ogonowski, Jan

    2013-01-01

    Nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) are stable colloidal formulations with notable advantages for drug delivery systems. Thanks to their physicochemical stability, biocompatibility, biodegradability and controlled drug release, they have received increasing attention for the last several years. The aim of the study was to prepare and characterize nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC). Both, the effect of the process parameters and the effect of the preemulsion composition on the NLC properties were investigated. In the work, different type of surfactants (i.e. decyl glucoside, Poloxamer188, Tween 80, sodium cholate) and their combinations were used to stabilize NLC dispersions. Moreover, several kinds of solid lipids (modified beeswax, gliceryl behenate, cetyl palmitate and berry wax) and liquid lipids (caprilic/capric triglyceride and decyl oleate) were applied. An ultrasonication method using a probe type sonicator was used to obtain NLC, and the time and energy of the process were modified throuhout. The physicochemical properties of the formulations, such as particle size, size distribution, polidispersity index were studied using the dynamic light scattering (DLS) method. The electrophoretic mobility of obtained particles was also measured, using the Zetasizer Nano ZS Malvern Instrument based on the Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV) technique. Knowing the value of electrophoretic mobility of particles for given conditions, the zeta potential was determined. The obtained results showed that the process parameters and the composition of the preemulsion had significant impact on the nanoparticles structure. The optimal formulations size ranged between 60 and 80 nm, and the value of their zeta potential was up to -30mV. The stability of these systems was further confirmed by macroscopic observation. PMID:24432330

  14. The effect of selected parameters of the honing process on cylinder liner surface topography

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    Pawlus, P.; Dzierwa, A.; Michalski, J.; Reizer, R.; Wieczorowski, M.; Majchrowski, R.

    2014-04-01

    Many truck cylinder liners made from gray cast iron were machined. Ceramic and diamond honing stones were used in the last stages of operation: coarse honing and plateau honing. The effect of honing parameters on the cylinder liner surface topography was studied. Selected surface topography parameters were response variables. It was found that parameters from the Sq group were sensitive to honing parameter change. When plateau honing time varied, the Smq parameter increased, while the other parameters, Spq and Svq, were stable.

  15. Trial production of large high-quality forging ingots

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    Sigachev, A.A.; Davidenko, N.I.; Betin, G.Ya.; Pliskanovskii, A.S.; Kononets, A.I.; Revtov, N.I.

    1988-03-01

    The Azovstal' combine studied methods to improve the quality of its large forging ingots. Steel 10KhSND was made in a 350-ton oxygen converter and the mold walls were lined with chrome-magnesite, high-alumina, or fireclay. Nonmetallic inclusions of the trial steel were found to include sulfides, oxides, titanium nitrides, silicates, and aluminosilicates. Usable output increased due to an improvement in the quality of the ingots with a 20-25% reduction in crop and in material and energy costs.

  16. Sinter-forging characteristics of fine-grained zirconia

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    Panda, P.C.; Wang, J.; Raj, R.

    1988-12-01

    Powder preforms of zirconia, containing 2.85 mol% yttria, were sinter-forged in simple uniaxial compression at 1400/sup 0/C by applying constant displacement rates to the specimens. Shear and densification strains and the uniaxial stress were measured as a function of time. In contrast with alumina and silicon nitride, zirconia appears to densify by a dislocation mechanism. As a consequence, the densification rate is linked to the applied strain rather than to the applied hydrostatic pressure: the powder compact requires a critical amount of compressive strain to consolidate to full density, irrespective of the strain rate or the stress at which that strain is applied.

  17. Optimising Drug Solubilisation in Amorphous Polymer Dispersions: Rational Selection of Hot-melt Extrusion Processing Parameters.

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    Li, Shu; Tian, Yiwei; Jones, David S; Andrews, Gavin P

    2016-02-01

    The aim of this article was to construct a T-? phase diagram for a model drug (FD) and amorphous polymer (Eudragit EPO) and to use this information to understand the impact of how temperature-composition coordinates influenced the final properties of the extrudate. Defining process boundaries and understanding drug solubility in polymeric carriers is of utmost importance and will help in the successful manufacture of new delivery platforms for BCS class II drugs. Physically mixed felodipine (FD)-Eudragit() EPO (EPO) binary mixtures with pre-determined weight fractions were analysed using DSC to measure the endset of melting and glass transition temperature. Extrudates of 10wt% FD-EPO were processed using temperatures (110C, 126C, 140C and 150C) selected from the temperature-composition (T-?) phase diagrams and processing screw speed of 20, 100 and 200rpm. Extrudates were characterised using powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), optical, polarised light and Raman microscopy. To ensure formation of a binary amorphous drug dispersion (ADD) at a specific composition, HME processing temperatures should at least be equal to, or exceed, the corresponding temperature value on the liquid-solid curve in a F-H T-? phase diagram. If extruded between the spinodal and liquid-solid curve, the lack of thermodynamic forces to attain complete drug amorphisation may be compensated for through the use of an increased screw speed. Constructing F-H T-? phase diagrams are valuable not only in the understanding drug-polymer miscibility behaviour but also in rationalising the selection of important processing parameters for HME to ensure miscibility of drug and polymer. PMID:26729536

  18. Optimizing the equal channel angular pressing process (ECAP) operation parameters to produce bulk nanostructure materials

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    Abushgair, K.

    2015-03-30

    In this work we were interested in doing simulation using finite elements analysis (FEA) to study the equal channel angular pressing process (ECAP), which is currently one of the most popular methods of severe plastic deformation Processes (SPD). for fabricating Ultra-Fine Grained (UFG) materials, because it allows very high strains to be imposed leading to extreme work hardening and microstructural refinement. The main object of this study is to establish the influence of main parameters which effect ECAP process which are magnitude of the die angle and the friction coefficient. The angle studied between (90-135) degree, and magnitude of the friction coefficient ? between (0.12-0.6), and number of pass. The samples were made from aluminum alloy at room temperature with (15X 15) mm cross section and 150?mm length. The simulation result shows that normal elastic strain, shears elastic strain, and max. shear elastic strain increased, when changing the angle from 90 to 100. and decrease between the angle 110 to 135. Also the total deformation increased when we change die angle from 90 to 135. By studding the friction effect on the die and sample we noted that increasing the friction coefficient from 0.12 to 0.6, normal elastic strain, and shear elastic strain increased and increasing the friction coefficient from 0.1 to 0.6 decrease the normal and shear stress.

  19. Optimizing the equal channel angular pressing process (ECAP) operation parameters to produce bulk nanostructure materials

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    Abushgair, K.

    2015-03-01

    In this work we were interested in doing simulation using finite elements analysis (FEA) to study the equal channel angular pressing process (ECAP), which is currently one of the most popular methods of severe plastic deformation Processes (SPD). for fabricating Ultra-Fine Grained (UFG) materials, because it allows very high strains to be imposed leading to extreme work hardening and microstructural refinement. The main object of this study is to establish the influence of main parameters which effect ECAP process which are magnitude of the die angle and the friction coefficient. The angle studied between (90-135) degree, and magnitude of the friction coefficient ? between (0.12-0.6), and number of pass. The samples were made from aluminum alloy at room temperature with (15X 15) mm cross section and 150 mm length. The simulation result shows that normal elastic strain, shears elastic strain, and max. shear elastic strain increased, when changing the angle from 90 to 100. and decrease between the angle 110 to 135. Also the total deformation increased when we change die angle from 90 to 135. By studding the friction effect on the die and sample we noted that increasing the friction coefficient from 0.12 to 0.6, normal elastic strain, and shear elastic strain increased and increasing the friction coefficient from 0.1 to 0.6 decrease the normal and shear stress.

  20. Enzymatic Production of Bioxylitol from Sawdust Hydrolysate: Screening of Process Parameters.

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    Rafiqul, I S M; Sakinah, A M M; Zularisam, A W

    2015-06-01

    Xylose-rich sawdust hydrolysate can be an economic substrate for the enzymatic production of xylitol, a specialty product. It is important to identify the process factors influencing xylitol production. This research aimed to screen the parameters significantly affecting bioxylitol synthesis from wood sawdust by xylose reductase (XR). Enzymatic bioxylitol production was conducted to estimate the effect of different variables reaction time (2-18 h), temperature (20-70 °C), pH (4.0-9.0), NADPH (1.17-5.32 g/L), and enzyme concentration (2-6 %) on the yield of xylitol. Fractional factorial design was followed to identify the key process factors. The screening design identified that time, temperature, and pH are the most significant factors influencing bioxylitol production among the variables with the values of 12 h, 35 °C, and 7.0, respectively. These conditions led to a xylitol yield of 71 % (w/w). This is the first report on the statistical screening of process variables influencing enzyme-based bioxylitol production from lignocellulosic biomass. PMID:25904039

  1. Validation and estimation of parameters for a general probabilistic model of the PCR process.

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    Saha, Nilanjan; Watson, Layne T; Kafadar, Karen; Ramakrishnan, Naren; Onufriev, Alexey; Mane, Shrinivasrao; Vasquez-Robinet, Cecilia

    2007-01-01

    Earlier work rigorously derived a general probabilistic model for the PCR process that includes as a special case the Velikanov-Kapral model where all nucleotide reaction rates are the same. In this model, the probability of binding of deoxy-nucleoside triphosphate (dNTP) molecules with template strands is derived from the microscopic chemical kinetics. A recursive solution for the probability function of binding of dNTPs is developed for a single cycle and is used to calculate expected yield for a multicycle PCR. The model is able to reproduce important features of the PCR amplification process quantitatively. With a set of favorable reaction conditions, the amplification of the target sequence is fast enough to rapidly outnumber all side products. Furthermore, the final yield of the target sequence in a multicycle PCR run always approaches an asymptotic limit that is less than one. The amplification process itself is highly sensitive to initial concentrations and the reaction rates of addition to the template strand of each type of dNTP in the solution. This paper extends the earlier Saha model with a physics based model of the dependence of the reaction rates on temperature, and estimates parameters in this new model by nonlinear regression. The calibrated model is validated using RT-PCR data. PMID:17381349

  2. Variation of thermal and mechanical properties of KMPR due to processing parameters

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    Reynolds, Matthew; Elias, Anastasia; Elliott, Duncan G.; Backhouse, Christopher; Sameoto, Dan

    2012-12-01

    We present a study of the thermal and mechanical properties of the negative photoresist KMPR and the influence of processing conditions on those properties. The process parameters chosen all relate to the cross-linking level of the photoresist: the UV exposure dose, the baking temperature and the bake length. The stability of KMPR at high temperatures was also examined. The glass transition temperature was measured using dynamic mechanical analysis, with a maximum measured value of 128 C achieved in our tests. Relating the glass transition temperature to the cross-linking level of the material, exposure doses higher than 2 J cm-2 were shown to have a negligible effect on the cross-linking (for 80 ?m thick films). Using thermogravitmetric analysis, KMPR has been shown to lose significant mass when heated above 200 C. Young's modulus of KMPR was measured to be between 2.0 GPa for samples hard-baked at 100 C and 2.7 GPa for samples baked at 150 and 200 C. Creep behavior for KMPR held under strain was studied for samples prepared under a range of processing temperatures. Finally the thermally-induced cross-linking of unexposed KMPR was studied, with samples post-exposure baked at 150 C, or 120 C for at least an hour, cross-linking sufficiently to prevent development.

  3. Scalable Hyper-parameter Estimation for Gaussian Process Based Time Series Analysis

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    Chandola, Varun; Vatsavai, Raju

    2010-01-01

    Gaussian process (GP) is increasingly becoming popular as a kernel machine learning tool for non-parametric data analysis. Recently, GP has been applied to model non-linear dependencies in time series data. GP based analysis can be used to solve problems of time series prediction, forecasting, missing data imputation, change point detection, anomaly detection, etc. But the use of GP to handle massive scientific time series data sets has been limited, owing to its expensive computational complexity. The primary bottleneck is the handling of the covariance matrix whose size is quadratic in the length of the time series. In this paper we propose a scalable method that exploit the special structure of the covariance matrix for hyper-parameter estimation in GP based learning. The proposed method allows estimation of hyper parameters associated with GP in quadratic time, which is an order of magnitude improvement over standard methods with cubic complexity. Moreover, the proposed method does not require explicit computation of the covariance matrix and hence has memory requirement linear to the length of the time series as opposed to the quadratic memory requirement of standard methods. To further improve the computational complexity of the proposed method, we provide a parallel version to concurrently estimate the log likelihood for a set of time series which is the key step in the hyper-parameter estimation. Performance results on a multi-core system show that our proposed method provides significant speedups as high as 1000, even when running in serial mode, while maintaining a small memory footprint. The parallel version exploits the natural parallelization potential of the serial algorithm and is shown to perform significantly better than the serial faster algorithm, with speedups as high as 10.

  4. Functional relationships for the estimation of van Genuchten parameter values in landfill processes models.

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    White, Jim; Zardava, Kiriaki; Nayagum, Dharumarajen; Powrie, William

    2015-04-01

    Numerical models of landfill processes need to be able to estimate the capillary pressure and relative permeability of waste as a function of moisture content using analytical equations such as the van Genuchten equations. The paper identifies the range of van Genuchten parameter values for use in models and proposes a formulaic relationship between these parameter values and saturated moisture content. The concept of porous material, its behaviour under unsaturated conditions and Mualem's integral transform equation that estimates relative permeability from capillary pressure are reviewed. The application of the algebraic form of the capillary pressure function proposed by van Genuchten and its application using Mualem's transform to obtain the van Genuchten algebraic functions for relative permeability are discussed. Functional relationships are identified between saturated moisture content and the van Genuchten parameters using a database of results from other sources. These relationships may be used in numerical modelling of unsaturated flow in landfilled waste where the saturated moisture content varies significantly as the result of compression, settlement and degradation. A 2D numerical model simulation of leachate recirculation is used to investigate the sensitivity of the simulation to the introduction of these functional relationships. It is found that the transient liquid and gas flows across the model boundaries appear to be insensitive to whether or not the functions are incorporated into the model algorithm. However it is observed that using the relationships does have some impact on the distribution of the degree of saturation throughout the model and on the transient behaviour of the way in which the recirculation recharges the waste. However it is not thought that this impact would be sufficient to influence the design of a leachate recirculation system. PMID:25573738

  5. Gaussian processes retrieval of leaf parameters from a multi-species reflectance, absorbance and fluorescence dataset.

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    Van Wittenberghe, Shari; Verrelst, Jochem; Rivera, Juan Pablo; Alonso, Luis; Moreno, José; Samson, Roeland

    2014-05-01

    Biochemical and structural leaf properties such as chlorophyll content (Chl), nitrogen content (N), leaf water content (LWC), and specific leaf area (SLA) have the benefit to be estimated through nondestructive spectral measurements. Current practices, however, mainly focus on a limited amount of wavelength bands while more information could be extracted from other wavelengths in the full range (400-2500nm) spectrum. In this research, leaf characteristics were estimated from a field-based multi-species dataset, covering a wide range in leaf structures and Chl concentrations. The dataset contains leaves with extremely high Chl concentrations (>100μgcm(-2)), which are seldom estimated. Parameter retrieval was conducted with the machine learning regression algorithm Gaussian Processes (GP), which is able to perform adaptive, nonlinear data fitting for complex datasets. Moreover, insight in relevant bands is provided during the development of a regression model. Consequently, the physical meaning of the model can be explored. Best estimates of SLA, LWC and Chl yielded a best obtained normalized root mean square error of 6.0%, 7.7%, 9.1%, respectively. Several distinct wavebands were chosen across the whole spectrum. A band in the red edge (710nm) appeared to be most important for the estimation of Chl. Interestingly, spectral features related to biochemicals with a structural or carbon storage function (e.g. 1090, 1550, 1670, 1730nm) were found important not only for estimation of SLA, but also for LWC, Chl or N estimation. Similar, Chl estimation was also helped by some wavebands related to water content (950, 1430nm) due to correlation between the parameters. It is shown that leaf parameter retrieval by GP regression is successful, and able to cope with large structural differences between leaves. PMID:24792473

  6. Self-sustaining smoldering combustion for NAPL remediation: laboratory evaluation of process sensitivity to key parameters.

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    Pironi, Paolo; Switzer, Christine; Gerhard, Jason I; Rein, Guillermo; Torero, Jose L

    2011-04-01

    Smoldering combustion has been introduced recently as a potential remediation strategy for soil contaminated by nonaqueous phase liquids (NAPLs). Published proof-of-concept experiments demonstrated that the process can be self-sustaining (i.e., requires energy input only to start the process) and achieve essentially complete remediation of the contaminated soil. Those initial experiments indicated that the process may be applicable across a broad range of NAPLs and soils. This work presents the results of a series of bench-scale experiments that examine in detail the sensitivity of the process to a range of key parameters, including contaminant concentration, water saturation, soil type, and air flow rates for two contaminants, coal tar and crude oil. Smoldering combustion was observed to be self-sustaining in the range 28,400 to 142,000 mg/kg for coal tar and in the range 31,200 to 104,000 mg/kg for crude oil, for the base case air flux. The process remained self-sustaining and achieved effective remediation across a range of initial water concentrations (0 to 177,000 mg/kg water) despite extended ignition times and decreased temperatures and velocities of the reaction front. The process also exhibited self-sustaining and effective remediation behavior across a range of fine to coarse sand grain sizes up to a threshold maximum value between 6 mm and 10 mm. Propagation velocity is observed to be highly dependent on air flux, and smoldering was observed to be self-sustaining down to an air Darcy flux of at least 0.5 cm/s for both contaminants. The extent of remediation in these cases was determined to be at least 99.5% and 99.9% for crude oil and coal tar, respectively. Moreover, no physical evidence of contamination was detected in the treatment zone for any case where a self-sustaining reaction was achieved. Lateral heat losses to the external environment were observed to significantly affect the smoldering process at the bench scale, suggesting that the field-scale lower bounds on concentration and air flux and upper bound on grain size were not achieved; larger scale experiments and field trials where lateral heat losses are much less significant are necessary to define these process limits for the purposes of field application. This work provides valuable design data for pilot field trials of both in situ and ex situ smoldering remediation applications. PMID:21351763

  7. Assessment of PEM4PIT parameters by analyzing catchment form and processes

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    Santini, M.; Grimaldi, S.; Nardi, F.; Petroselli, A.

    2008-12-01

    A physically based approach (PEM4PIT, Physical Erosion Model for PIT removal) was recently introduced to correct hydrologic spurious depressions (pits) and flat areas in Digital Elevation Models. Despite PEM4PIT proved to be more suitable than commonly used geometric methods to reconstruct hydrologically connected topography and reliable stream network metrics, fundamental in rainfall/runoff modeling, the best choice of the three model parameters (slope-area exponent, (theta) erodibility (beta), and diffusivity (D)) remained an open issue to be investigated. In this work a methodology to select the optimal set of parameters is described. In particular two methods are illustrated for theta estimation, the former using Horton ratios (Flint, 1974) and the latter analyzing the "approximate characteristic form" of slope profile (Kirkby, 1971). Regarding beta and D, they are estimated applying separately a simplified topographic equilibrium equation for the basin domains interested by the fluvial erosion and diffusion processes, respectively. ASTER DEMs of several case studies watersheds are used as input dataset; finally PEM4PIT results are compared, in terms of extracted network, with the results of standard approaches and with the digitized bluelines.

  8. Investigation of environmental physical parameters and processes complementing the search for signatures of life

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    Richter, L.; Horneck, G.; Kochan, H.; Rabbow, E.; Rettberg, P.; Ulamec, S.

    In general, the search for signatures of life on other planets follows different lines: one is to study life in extreme natural environments on the Earth, another one is to perform laboratory experiments under simulated natural conditions in order define the limits for formation and survival of life, and finally space missions to perform in situ measurements on planetary surfaces outside the Earth to look for indicators of extinct or extant life. For the case of the planet Mars, relevant surface conditions are roughly known from orbiter as well as lander missions. In an extrapolation of terrestrial conditions, laboratory studies are conducted on terrestrial biota from extreme environments under various simulated planetary surface conditions in order to investigate general biological survivability as a function of physical and chemical parameters (radiation, UV flux, atmosphere, temperature, humidity, soil properties including mineralogy and toxicity, etc.). This way, physical parameters and processes acting on planetary bodies and their interrelations are studied in parallel with the search for surviving biota. Several suitable test chambers for physical and for biological investigations of this type are available at DLR Cologne. Ultimately, the same physical quantities should be measured concurrently with biological measurements during future planetary landing missions searching for signatures of life. The general question, however, remains whether life on Earth shows any biochemical resemblance with hypothetical life on ancient or modern Mars.

  9. Parameter regionalization for a process-oriented distributed model dedicated to flash floods

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    Garambois, P. A.; Roux, H.; Larnier, K.; Labat, D.; Dartus, D.

    2015-06-01

    This contribution is one of the first studies about the regionalization of parameter sets for a rainfall-runoff model process-oriented and dedicated to flash floods. MARINE model performances are tested on a large database of 117 flash floods occurred during the last two decades in the French Mediterranean region. Given the scarcity of flash flood data, the dataset used in this study represents a large sample of hydrology and landscapes from Pyrenean, Mediterranean, Cvennes-Vivarais and Provence regions. Spatial proximity and similarity approaches with several combinations of descriptors are tested. Encouraging results are obtained with two similarity approaches based on physiographic descriptors with two and three donor catchments. There is only a small decrease of performance of 10% from cal/val to regionalization for these two methods. For 13 catchments out of 16 there is at least one flood event simulated with rather good performance. This study highlights the importance of hydrological information that is available in calibration events for a gauged catchment and from donor catchment(s) for regionalization. Moreover it is found that regionalization is easier for catchments with an apparently more regular behaviour. The most sensitive parameter of MARINE model, CZ, controlling soil volume and water balance, is rather well constrained by the two similarity approaches thanks to bedrock descriptors.

  10. Evaluating the impact of cell culture process parameters on monoclonal antibody N-glycosylation.

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    Ivarsson, Marija; Villiger, Thomas K; Morbidelli, Massimo; Soos, Miroslav

    2014-10-20

    Bioreactor process parameters influence the N-linked glycosylation profile of the produced monoclonal antibodies. A systematic assessment of their impact is a prerequisite for providing controllability over glycosylation, one of the most critical quality attributes of therapeutic antibodies. In this study we investigated the effect of single and combined chemical and mechanical stress parameters on the glycan microheterogeneity of an IgG1 antibody using a shift-experiment procedure in batch cultures. The N-linked glycosylation profile of the murine IgG1 was found to be highly complex since it included terminal galactosylation and sialylation, as well as variable core-fucosylation. Within a pH range of 6.8 to 7.8 differences in galactosylation and sialylation of approximately 50% were obtained. Variation of dissolved oxygen tension (10-90% air saturation) resulted in a maximum variability of 20% in galactosylation and 30% in sialylation. In contrast, no significant effect on the glycosylation profile was observed when osmolarity increased from 320 to 420 mOsm/kg and sparging from 0.05 to 0.2 vvm. In this study a better understanding of bioprocess-related factors affecting critical quality attributes under the scope of QbD is provided and can bring us one step closer towards desired and targeted glycosylation for future therapeutic proteins. PMID:25173615

  11. Optimization of Machining Process Parameters for Surface Roughness of Al-Composites

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    Sharma, S.

    2013-10-01

    Metal matrix composites (MMCs) have become a leading material among the various types of composite materials for different applications due to their excellent engineering properties. Among the various types of composites materials, aluminum MMCs have received considerable attention in automobile and aerospace applications. These materials are known as the difficult-to-machine materials because of the hardness and abrasive nature of reinforcement element-like silicon carbide particles. In the present investigation Al-SiC composite was produced by stir casting process. The Brinell hardness of the alloy after SiC addition had increased from 74 2 to 95 5 respectively. The composite was machined using CNC turning center under different machining parameters such as cutting speed (S), feed rate (F), depth of cut (D) and nose radius (R). The effect of machining parameters on surface roughness (Ra) was studied using response surface methodology. Face centered composite design with three levels of each factor was used for surface roughness study of the developed composite. A response surface model for surface roughness was developed in terms of main factors (S, F, D and R) and their significant interactions (SD, SR, FD and FR). The developed model was validated by conducting experiments under different conditions. Further the model was optimized for minimum surface roughness. An error of 3-7 % was observed in the modeled and experimental results. Further, it was fond that the surface roughness of Al-alloy at optimum conditions is lower than that of Al-SiC composite.

  12. High temperature mechanical properties of Ti-47Al-2Cr (at %) alloy produced using powder compact forging of a mechanically milled powder

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    Nadakuduru, V. N.; Zhang, D. L.; Cao, P.; Gabbitas, B.

    2009-08-01

    Ultrafine grained (UFG) Ti-47Al-2Cr (at %) alloy was prepared using a combination of high energy ball milling of a mixture of elemental powders to produce a Ti/Al/Cr composite powder and forging of compacts of this composite powder. The microstucture of the powder forged alloy was found to be dependent on the initial condition of the powder. The alloy produced by this method has demonstrated good formability, both in tensile and compression testings at elevated temperatures. A ductility of 80-165% in tension has been observed, while in a compression plastic strain of ~ 50% was found to be easily achievable, without causing cracking. The deformation behaviour of the particular alloy in tension and compression at elevated temperature has been discussed in detail. The results from the present investigation indicate that UFG Ti-47Al-2Cr (at %) alloy produced using powder compact forging has good formability, and is suitable precursor for near-net shaping using thermomechanical processes such as forging and superplastic forming.

  13. Fabrication of cylindrical plastic microlens using Er:YAG laser beam: influence of process parameters

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    Mochtady, Hery; Yamada, Keiji; Ueda, Takashi; Hosokawa, Akira

    2004-10-01

    Microlenses are widely used as components of optical device in LCD display, optical interconnection, scanner and others. It is important to fabricate microlens in any kind of form to satisfy any requirement of optical device. Also, the integration of microlens and optical devices is required to save weight, reduce production cost, and get higher accurate alignment. We have developed a novel method to fabricate spherical plastic microlens using Er:YAG laser beam. In this method, laser beam are shot to the surface of an acrylate resin to form microlens on this surface. In this paper, a method to fabricate cylindrical plastic microlens is proposed. Microlenses are fabricated under several conditions, and the influences of process parameters to geometry of microlens will be discussed.

  14. Optimization of process parameters for the production of spray dried Ber (Ziziphus jujube L.) powder.

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    Singh, V K; Pandey, Sheela; Pare, Akash; Singh, R B

    2014-12-01

    The study covers effect of operating variables of spray dryer i.e. inlet temperature (170, 180, 190, 200 and 210C,), aspirator blower capacity (40, 50, 60, 70 and 80%) and feed pump capacity (9, 12, 15, 18, and 21%) and processing parameters of feed i.e. total soluble solid (TSS) of feed (7.5%) and encapsulating material, maltodextrin (4, 6, 8, 10, and 12%), aerosil (1.0%), citric acid (0.25%) upon the physical properties (colour, packed density and hygroscopicity) of powder were observed. After complete evaluation and analysis of all the attributes for physical properties i.e. colour, packed density (0.45g/cc) and hygroscopicity (0.17g/g dry matter), it was concluded that best quality of Ber powder were obtained at inlet air temperature 190C, aspirator blower capacity 60%, feed pump capacity 15%, encapsulating material 8%. PMID:25477666

  15. The effect of processing parameters on plasma sprayed beryllium for fusion applications

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    Castro, R.G.; Stanek, P.W.; Jacobson, L.A.; Cowgill, D.F.; Snead, L.L.

    1993-10-01

    Plasma spraying is being investigated as a potential coating technique for applying thin (0.1--5mm) layers of beryllium on plasma facing surfaces of blanket modules in ITER and also as an in-situ repair technique for repairing eroded beryllium surfaces in high heat flux divertor regions. High density spray deposits (>98% of theoretical density) of beryllium will be required in order to maximize the thermal conductivity of the beryllium coatings. A preliminary investigation was done to determine the effect of various processing parameters (particle size, particle morphology, secondary gas additions and reduced chamber pressure) on the as-deposited density of beryllium. The deposits were made using spherical beryllium feedstock powder which was produced by centrifugal atomization at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Improvements in the as-deposited densities and deposit efficiencies of the beryllium spray deposits will be discussed along with the corresponding thermal conductivity and outgassing behavior of these deposits.

  16. Combustion synthesis and effects of processing parameters on physical properties of {alpha}-alumina

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    Collins, M.V.; Hirschfeld, D.A.; Shea, L.E.

    2000-01-04

    Fine particle porous {alpha}-alumina has been prepared by a wet chemical method of combustion synthesis using an aqueous precursor containing aluminum nitrate (oxidizer) and carbohydrazide, an organic fuel as starting materials. The aluminum nitrate and carbohydrazide were reacted exothermically at 400--600 C. The synthesis of {alpha}-alumina ({alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) was used as a model for understanding the effects of processing parameters on physical properties such as surface area, average pore size, and residual carbon content. The porous powders were characterized using x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), BET surface area analysis and elemental analysis. The decomposition of the starting materials was investigated using differential thermal and thermogravimetric analyses (DTA/TGA). It has been shown that the furnace temperature, fuel/oxidizer ratio, and precursor water content can be tailored to produce powders with different physical properties.

  17. HESS Opinions: Advocating process modeling and de-emphasizing parameter estimation

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    Bahremand, A.

    2015-11-01

    Since the origins of hydrology as an engineering discipline, where "black box" modelling approaches were common, it has evolved into a scientific discipline that seeks a more "white box" modelling approach to solving problems such as description and simulation of the rainfall-runoff responses of a watershed. There has been much recent debate regarding the future of the hydrological sciences, and several publications have voiced opinions on this subject. This opinion paper seeks to comment and expand on some recent publications that have advocated an increased focus on process modelling while de-emphasizing the focus on detailed attention to parameter estimation. In particular, it offers a perspective that emphasizes a more hydraulic (more physics and less conceptual) approach to development and implementation of hydrological models.

  18. Influence of operational parameters on plasma polymerization process at atmospheric pressure

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    Asandulesa, Mihai; Topala, Ionut; Pohoata, Valentin; Dumitrascu, Nicoleta

    2010-11-01

    In this paper, a dielectric barrier discharge working at atmospheric pressure has been used in order to investigate the plasma polymerization reactions using styrene vapors. The macroscopic parameters were carefully chosen in order to obtain polymer thin films with high deposition rate and high concentration of activated species consequently. Thus, the plasma polymerization processes can be described considering the dependence of polymer deposition rate by monomer flow rate and discharge power. The domains of plasma polymerization reactions were identified and the optimum operating conditions were obtained at a maximum deposition rate of 3.8 nm/s (discharge power: 7.5 W). Different techniques of analysis were used to identify the chemical composition of plasma polystyrene films and the domains of polymerization reaction. The film thickness was measured by optical interferometry and the chemical composition was analyzed by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, UV spectroscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  19. Effect of Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication (EBF3) Processing Parameters on Composition of Ti-6-4

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    Lach, Cynthia L.; Taminger, Karen; Schuszler, A. Bud, II; Sankaran, Sankara; Ehlers, Helen; Nasserrafi, Rahbar; Woods, Bryan

    2007-01-01

    The Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication (EBF3) process developed at NASA Langley Research Center was evaluated using a design of experiments approach to determine the effect of processing parameters on the composition and geometry of Ti-6-4 deposits. The effects of three processing parameters: beam power, translation speed, and wire feed rate, were investigated by varying one while keeping the remaining parameters constant. A three-factorial, three-level, fully balanced mutually orthogonal array (L27) design of experiments approach was used to examine the effects of low, medium, and high settings for the processing parameters on the chemistry, geometry, and quality of the resulting deposits. Single bead high deposits were fabricated and evaluated for 27 experimental conditions. Loss of aluminum in Ti-6-4 was observed in EBF3 processing due to selective vaporization of the aluminum from the sustained molten pool in the vacuum environment; therefore, the chemistries of the deposits were measured and compared with the composition of the initial wire and base plate to determine if the loss of aluminum could be minimized through careful selection of processing parameters. The influence of processing parameters and coupling between these parameters on bulk composition, measured by Direct Current Plasma (DCP), local microchemistries determined by Wavelength Dispersive Spectrometry (WDS), and deposit geometry will also be discussed.

  20. Modifying welding process parameters can reduce the neurotoxic potential of manganese-containing welding fumes.

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    Sriram, Krishnan; Lin, Gary X; Jefferson, Amy M; Stone, Samuel; Afshari, Aliakbar; Keane, Michael J; McKinney, Walter; Jackson, Mark; Chen, Bean T; Schwegler-Berry, Diane; Cumpston, Amy; Cumpston, Jared L; Roberts, Jenny R; Frazer, David G; Antonini, James M

    2015-02-01

    Welding fumes (WF) are a complex mixture of toxic metals and gases, inhalation of which can lead to adverse health effects among welders. The presence of manganese (Mn) in welding electrodes is cause for concern about the potential development of Parkinson's disease (PD)-like neurological disorder. Consequently, from an occupational safety perspective, there is a critical need to prevent adverse exposures to WF. As the fume generation rate and physicochemical characteristics of welding aerosols are influenced by welding process parameters like voltage, current or shielding gas, we sought to determine if changing such parameters can alter the fume profile and consequently its neurotoxic potential. Specifically, we evaluated the influence of voltage on fume composition and neurotoxic outcome. Rats were exposed by whole-body inhalation (40 mg/m(3); 3h/day × 5 d/week × 2 weeks) to fumes generated by gas-metal arc welding using stainless steel electrodes (GMA-SS) at standard/regular voltage (25 V; RVSS) or high voltage (30 V; HVSS). Fumes generated under these conditions exhibited similar particulate morphology, appearing as chain-like aggregates; however, HVSS fumes comprised of a larger fraction of ultrafine particulates that are generally considered to be more toxic than their fine counterparts. Paradoxically, exposure to HVSS fumes did not elicit dopaminergic neurotoxicity, as monitored by the expression of dopaminergic and PD-related markers. We show that the lack of neurotoxicity is due to reduced solubility of Mn in HVSS fumes. Our findings show promise for process control procedures in developing prevention strategies for Mn-related neurotoxicity during welding; however, it warrants additional investigations to determine if such modifications can be suitably adapted at the workplace to avert or reduce adverse neurological risks. PMID:25549921

  1. Optimization of residual stresses in MMC's through the variation of interfacial layer architectures and processing parameters

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    Pindera, Marek-Jerzy; Salzar, Robert S.

    1996-01-01

    The objective of this work was the development of efficient, user-friendly computer codes for optimizing fabrication-induced residual stresses in metal matrix composites through the use of homogeneous and heterogeneous interfacial layer architectures and processing parameter variation. To satisfy this objective, three major computer codes have been developed and delivered to the NASA-Lewis Research Center, namely MCCM, OPTCOMP, and OPTCOMP2. MCCM is a general research-oriented code for investigating the effects of microstructural details, such as layered morphology of SCS-6 SiC fibers and multiple homogeneous interfacial layers, on the inelastic response of unidirectional metal matrix composites under axisymmetric thermomechanical loading. OPTCOMP and OPTCOMP2 combine the major analysis module resident in MCCM with a commercially-available optimization algorithm and are driven by user-friendly interfaces which facilitate input data construction and program execution. OPTCOMP enables the user to identify those dimensions, geometric arrangements and thermoelastoplastic properties of homogeneous interfacial layers that minimize thermal residual stresses for the specified set of constraints. OPTCOMP2 provides additional flexibility in the residual stress optimization through variation of the processing parameters (time, temperature, external pressure and axial load) as well as the microstructure of the interfacial region which is treated as a heterogeneous two-phase composite. Overviews of the capabilities of these codes are provided together with a summary of results that addresses the effects of various microstructural details of the fiber, interfacial layers and matrix region on the optimization of fabrication-induced residual stresses in metal matrix composites.

  2. Morphometric parameters of living human in-vitro fertilization embryos; importance of the asynchronous division process.

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    Roux, C; Joanne, C; Agnani, G; Fromm, M; Clavequin, M C; Bresson, J L

    1995-05-01

    A total of 304 human pronuclear zygotes and cleaved embryos from the 2- to 9-cell stages, obtained during invitro fertilization attempts, were photographed and retrospectively analysed after transfer for their morphology and size in relation to their developmental stage, using the Imagenia programme of a Biocom 500 image analyser. Morphometric parameters were calculated from the perimeters, surface measurements, theoretical diameters and circularity factors for the different structures analysed. This report provides the morphometric characteristics of living embryos. For the whole population the mean values were: 157.4 microns for the external zona pellucida diameter, 121.8 microns for the internal zona pellucida diameter, 17.9 microns for the thickness of the zona pellucida and 117.2 microns for the embryo cell mass diameter. The morphometric characteristics of the pronuclear-stage population were significantly different from the cleaved cell stages. If the zona pellucida and cell mass embryo diameters increased slowly from the 2- to 9-cell stages, embryonic external diameters were higher and zona pellucida thicknesses were lower in odd than even number blastomere embryos. Preliminary results show that in cases where implantation occurs, the embryo has a lower zona pellucida thickness. A comparison of the different embryo cell stages confirmed the existence of an asynchronous division process during early embryo development. Global results show no evidence of morphometric differences between subpopulations of the embryos according to their microscopic grading. Deviations from the normal asynchronous division process, however, appear to be a new parameter to take into account during embryo scoring.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7657766

  3. Hypertension and hematologic parameters in a community near a uranium processing facility

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    Wagner, Sara E.; Burch, James B.; South Carolina Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Columbia, SC; WJB Dorn Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, Columbia, SC ; Bottai, Matteo; Pinney, Susan M.; Puett, Robin; South Carolina Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Columbia, SC; Arnold School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC ; Porter, Dwayne; Vena, John E.; Hebert, James R.; South Carolina Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Columbia, SC

    2010-11-15

    Background: Environmental uranium exposure originating as a byproduct of uranium processing can impact human health. The Fernald Feed Materials Production Center functioned as a uranium processing facility from 1951 to 1989, and potential health effects among residents living near this plant were investigated via the Fernald Medical Monitoring Program (FMMP). Methods: Data from 8216 adult FMMP participants were used to test the hypothesis that elevated uranium exposure was associated with indicators of hypertension or changes in hematologic parameters at entry into the program. A cumulative uranium exposure estimate, developed by FMMP investigators, was used to classify exposure. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure and physician diagnoses were used to assess hypertension; and red blood cells, platelets, and white blood cell differential counts were used to characterize hematology. The relationship between uranium exposure and hypertension or hematologic parameters was evaluated using generalized linear models and quantile regression for continuous outcomes, and logistic regression or ordinal logistic regression for categorical outcomes, after adjustment for potential confounding factors. Results: Of 8216 adult FMMP participants 4187 (51%) had low cumulative uranium exposure, 1273 (15%) had moderate exposure, and 2756 (34%) were in the high (>0.50 Sievert) cumulative lifetime uranium exposure category. Participants with elevated uranium exposure had decreased white blood cell and lymphocyte counts and increased eosinophil counts. Female participants with higher uranium exposures had elevated systolic blood pressure compared to women with lower exposures. However, no exposure-related changes were observed in diastolic blood pressure or hypertension diagnoses among female or male participants. Conclusions: Results from this investigation suggest that residents in the vicinity of the Fernald plant with elevated exposure to uranium primarily via inhalation exhibited decreases in white blood cell counts, and small, though statistically significant, gender-specific alterations in systolic blood pressure at entry into the FMMP.

  4. Modifying welding process parameters can reduce the neurotoxic potential of manganese-containing welding fumes

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    Sriram, Krishnan; Lin, Gary X.; Jefferson, Amy M.; Stone, Samuel; Afshari, Aliakbar; Keane, Michael J.; McKinney, Walter; Jackson, Mark; Chen, Bean T.; Schwegler-Berry, Diane; Cumpston, Amy; Cumpston, Jared L.; Roberts, Jenny R.; Frazer, David G.; Antonini, James M.

    2015-01-01

    Welding fumes (WF) are a complex mixture of toxic metals and gases, inhalation of which can lead to adverse health effects among welders. The presence of manganese (Mn) in welding electrodes is cause for concern about the potential development of Parkinson’s disease (PD)-like neurological disorder. Consequently, from an occupational safety perspective, there is a critical need to prevent adverse exposures to WF. As the fume generation rate and physicochemical characteristics of welding aerosols are influenced by welding process parameters like voltage, current or shielding gas, we sought to determine if changing such parameters can alter the fume profile and consequently its neurotoxic potential. Specifically, we evaluated the influence of voltage on fume composition and neurotoxic outcome. Rats were exposed by whole-body inhalation (40 mg/m3; 3 h/day × 5 d/week × 2 weeks) to fumes generated by gas–metal arc welding using stainless steel electrodes (GMA-SS) at standard/regular voltage (25 V; RVSS) or high voltage (30 V; HVSS). Fumes generated under these conditions exhibited similar particulate morphology, appearing as chain-like aggregates; however, HVSS fumes comprised of a larger fraction of ultrafine particulates that are generally considered to be more toxic than their ne counterparts. Paradoxically, exposure to HVSS fumes did not elicit dopaminergic neurotoxicity, as monitored by the expression of dopaminergic and PD-related markers. We show that the lack of neurotoxicity is due to reduced solubility of Mn in HVSS fumes. Our findings show promise for process control procedures in developing prevention strategies for Mn-related neurotoxicity during welding; however, it warrants additional investigations to determine if such modifications can be suitably adapted at the workplace to avert or reduce adverse neurological risks. PMID:25549921

  5. Computational modeling in the primary processing of titanium: A review

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    Venkatesh, Vasisht; Wilson, Andrew; Kamal, Manish; Thomas, Matthew; Lambert, Dave

    2009-05-01

    Process modeling is increasingly becoming a vital tool for modern metals manufacturing. This paper reviews process modeling initiatives started at TIMET over the last decade for the primary processing of titanium alloys. SOLAR, a finite volume-based numerical model developed at the Ecole de Mine at Nancy, has been successfully utilized to optimize vacuum arc remelting process parameters, such as electromagnetic stirring profiles in order to minimize macrosegregation and improve ingot quality. Thermo-mechanical modeling of heat treating, billet forging, and slab rolling is accomplished via the commercial finite element analysis model, DEFORM, to determine heating times, cooling rates, strain distributions, etc.

  6. 76 FR 30200 - Forging Machines; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of...

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    ... Order No. 5-2010 (72 FR 55355). Signed at Washington, DC, on May 19, 2011. David Michaels, Assistant... Occupational Safety and Health Administration Forging Machines; Extension of the Office of Management and... contained in the Forging Machines Standard (29 CFR 1910.218). The paperwork provisions of the...

  7. Vibration control in forge hammers. [by shock wave damping in foundation platform

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    Moise, F.; Lazarescu, C.

    1974-01-01

    Special measures are discussed for calculating, designing and executing a forge hammer foundation, so that the vibrations that occur during its working will not be transmitted to neighboring machinery, workrooms and offices. These vibrations are harmful to the workers near the forge hammer.

  8. The Neutral Atmosphere Parameters on Measurements Using the Artificial Periodic Irregularities. Techniques, processing, results.

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    Tolmacheva, Ariadna V.; Bakhmetieva, Nataliya V.; Grigoriev; Kalinina, Elena E.

    The measurements with the aid of the artificial periodic irregularities (APIs) were begun in 1990. The APIs are created in the ionosphere illuminated by a high power HF radio wave of a frequency below the critical one. The APIs diagnostics is based upon observation of the Bragg backscatter of the pulsed probe radio waves from the periodic structure. The amplitudes and phases of the probe signals back scattered by the APIs are measured. At the E-region heights the APIs relax in the ambipolar diffusion process. Based on this fact we could determine the neutral atmosphere parameters suggesting that the processes of isothermal on small scales (3-5 km) and the electron, ion and neutral temperatures are equal at the E-region heights. The atmospheric height scale H and the neutral atmospheric temperature T are determined on the height dependence of the relaxation times tau(z). The altitude step is about 3 km. Whole height interval of the measurements of ? is equal to about 20-30 km. Selecting small height intervals step by step we obtain altitude dependences T(z), nu(z) and rho(z). Such a way was employed because the steady state is achieved on the scales 20-30 km for a long time. We obtained a lot of information about dynamical phenomena in the lower thermosphere. These results are presented in the report. Firstly, there were temperature profiles with minimum about 100-140 K above 100 km in the equinoctial periods. But in summer of 1999 temperature maximum was observed on z = 100 km. Secondary, there were often profiles with the wave-like variations and with the vertical scale of about to 4-6 km. The temporal variations of the atmospheric parameters had periods from 15 minutes to some hours. These variations caused by the propagation of the internal gravity and tide waves. Planetary waves produce the longer temporal variations. Thirdly, we observed some cases of the instability growth. The dependencies of the atmospheric parameters on the solar and geomagnetic activity were analyzed also. The work was supported in part by Russian Foundation for Basic Research, projects 13-02-97067, 13-05-00511 and 13-02-12074.

  9. Research on the limiting parameters of the upgrading process for polystyrene wastes coming from packing industries

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    Parres Garcia, Francisco J.

    During the last years many companies have implanted quality systems to ensure quality for both materials and processes; this new philosophy has arrived to recycling industry on which quality considerations are of maximum relevance. So, some recycling companies, with minimum enterprise projection, have developed quality systems that ensure certain quality levels for materials they offer. Otherwise, we have no data to think about the use of this philosophy to material reception. In the present work, we analyse the different variables that take part on the upgrading process for polystyrene wastes coming from packing industry; we make a differentiation between those parameters related with the material structure and those related with processing conditions. Once we have identified these critical variables they are individually investigated by using different analytical techniques such as differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetrical analysis (TGA) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The use of these techniques has allowed to identify changes on polystyrene characteristics when subjected to certain conditions such as temperature, environmental agents action (mainly UV radiation), presence of small amounts of impurities (mainly PP). This study about high impact polystyrene has allowed to know much more about the critical variables influencing on its characteristics (mechanical, thermal...). Furthermore, we have used and optimized different techniques to evaluate changes on its behaviour. All these studies have established the main aspects to be considered to develop a rigorous quality control process also for material reception and for final material. This study will help recycling companies to define the basis to obtain a quality certificate for upgraded high impact polystyrene.

  10. Relationship among synthesis, microstructure and properties in sinter-forged Bi-2212 ceramics

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    Garnier, V.; Caillard, R.; Sotelo, A.; Desgardin, G.

    1999-06-01

    High quality Bi-2212 powders were prepared using three different synthetic methods (solid state, sol-gel and polymer matrix), showing that the polymer matrix method is very promising from the point of view of the synthesis time and grain size. The Bi-2212 sintered pellets were then submitted to sinter-forging process to obtain textured ceramic discs. The discs were characterized by XRD, pole figures and SEM to determine the phase purity, the texture degree and the microstructure, respectively. Following characterization, the discs were cut into bars and annealed for 12 h at different temperatures ranging between 845 and 873C to determine the best thermal treatment, whereafter they were characterized using resistivity and transport Jc measurements. It has been found that most of the bars had a Tc around 92 K and that transport properties can be correlated to the samples' microstructure.

  11. Research into Oil-based Colloidal-Graphite Lubricants for Forging of Al-based Alloys

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    Petrov, A.; Petrov, P.; Petrov, M.

    2011-05-04

    The presented paper describes the topical problem in metal forging production. It deals with the choice of an optimal lubricant for forging of Al-based alloys. Within the scope of the paper, the properties of several oil-based colloidal-graphite lubricants were investigated. The physicochemical and technological properties of these lubricants are presented. It was found that physicochemical properties of lubricant compositions have an influence on friction coefficient value and quality of forgings.The ring compression method was used to estimate the friction coefficient value. Hydraulic press was used for the test. The comparative analysis of the investigated lubricants was carried out. The forging quality was estimated on the basis of production test. The practical recommendations were given to choose an optimal oil-based colloidal-graphite lubricant for isothermal forging of Al-based alloy.

  12. Research into Oil-based Colloidal-Graphite Lubricants for Forging of Al-based Alloys

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    Petrov, A.; Petrov, P.; Petrov, M.

    2011-05-01

    The presented paper describes the topical problem in metal forging production. It deals with the choice of an optimal lubricant for forging of Al-based alloys. Within the scope of the paper, the properties of several oil-based colloidal-graphite lubricants were investigated. The physicochemical and technological properties of these lubricants are presented. It was found that physicochemical properties of lubricant compositions have an influence on friction coefficient value and quality of forgings. The ring compression method was used to estimate the friction coefficient value. Hydraulic press was used for the test. The comparative analysis of the investigated lubricants was carried out. The forging quality was estimated on the basis of production test. The practical recommendations were given to choose an optimal oil-based colloidal-graphite lubricant for isothermal forging of Al-based alloy.

  13. FEM simulation for cold press forging forming of the round-fin heat sink

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    Wang, Kesheng; Han, Yu; Zhang, Haiyan; Zhang, Lihan

    2013-05-01

    In this paper, the finite element method is used to investigate the forming process of cold press forging for the round-fin heat sink in the automotive lighting. A series of simulations on the round-fin heat sink forming using the program DEFORM were carried out. The blank thickness and friction coefficient on the formation of round-fin were studied, and the tooling structure with counterpressure on the heat sink formation was also investigated. The results show that the blank thickness is very good for the round-fin formation, and the thicker the blank is, the better the round-fin can be formed; and also When both the punch-blank interface and the die-blank interface have the same value of friction factor, the larger value of friction factor is in favor of round-fin forming, the further investigation reveals that the friction at the punch-blank interface has more significant effect on preventing the initiation of flow-through compared with the friction at the die-blank interface, which implies that the punch-blank interface has more significant effect on the material flow in the formation of round-fin. Meanwhile, The tooling structure with counterpressure is helpful to the formation of round-fin heat sink, which not only ensures the height of each round-fin on the heat sink is uniform but also retards the initiation of flow-through on the reverse side of round-fin. In addition, the experiments of press forging process were conducted to validate the finite element analysis, and the simulation results are in good agreement with the experimental data.

  14. Optimization of processing parameters and metrology for novel NCA negative resists for NGL

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    Singh, Vikram; Satyanarayana, V. S. V.; Kessler, Felipe; Scheffer, Francine R.; Weibel, Daniel E.; Sharma, Satinder K.; Ghosh, Subrata; Gonsalves, Kenneth E.

    2014-04-01

    It is expected that EUV resists must simultaneously pattern 20-nm half-pitch and below, with an LWR of <1.8 nm, and a sensitivity of 5-20 mJ/cm2. In order to make a resist perform optimally, new resist chemistry is required. One such approach being investigated by us is the development of polymeric non-CAR negative photo resists for sub 16 nm technology which is directly sensitive to radiation without utilizing the concept of chemical amplification (CARs). These resist designs are accomplished by homopolymers which are prepared from monomers containing sulfonium groups. We have achieved 20 nm patterns by e-beam lithography using this system. Here we will discuss in detail process parameters such as: spinning conditions for film thicknesses <50 nm and resulting surface topographies, baking regimes, exposure conditions and protocols on sensitivity, contrast, resolution and LER/LWR. Etch resistance data on these thin films will also be provided. Our results are aimed to provide a clear understanding of how these critical steps in the lithographic imaging process will affect extendibility of the non-CAR resist concept to sub 20 nanoscale features. Photodynamics and EUV exposure data will be covered.

  15. Effects of Flux Precoating and Process Parameter on Welding Performance of Inconel 718 Alloy TIG Welds

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    Lin, Hsuan-Liang; Wu, Tong-Min; Cheng, Ching-Min

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of activating flux on the depth-to-width ratio (DWR) and hot cracking susceptibility of Inconel 718 alloy tungsten inert gas (TIG) welds. The Taguchi method is employed to investigate the welding parameters that affect the DWR of weld bead and to achieve optimal conditions in the TIG welds that are coated with activating flux in TIG (A-TIG) process. There are eight single-component fluxes used in the initial experiment to evaluate the penetration capability of A-TIG welds. The experimental results show that the Inconel 718 alloy welds precoated with 50% SiO2 and 50% MoO3 flux were provided with better welding performance such as DWR and hot cracking susceptibility. The experimental procedure of TIG welding process using mixed-component flux and optimal conditions not only produces a significant increase in DWR of weld bead, but also decreases the hot cracking susceptibility of Inconel 718 alloy welds.

  16. Investigation of critical core formulation and process parameters for osmotic pump oral drug delivery.

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    Missaghi, Shahrzad; Patel, Piyush; Farrell, Thomas P; Huatan, Hiep; Rajabi-Siahboomi, Ali R

    2014-02-01

    Push-pull osmotic pump (PPOP) tablets of a practically insoluble model drug were developed and the effect of various formulation and process parameters on tablet performance was evaluated in order to identify critical factors. The formulation factors such as the viscosity grade of polyethylene oxide as the primary polymer as well as the level and location of osmogen within the bilayer tablets led to a difference in performance of osmotic tablets and hence should be critically evaluated in the design of such dosage forms. Modification of granulation process, i.e., the granulating liquid composition or drying method of granules, did not impact the drug release from the osmotic tablets at the evaluated scale of this study. The influence of varying dose and aqueous solubility of other model drugs (i.e., theophylline, acetaminophen, and verapamil HCl) on the developed PPOP template was also investigated. Results showed that irrespective of the perceived complexity of development and manufacturing of osmotic pumps, the osmotic tablets in this study demonstrated a robust and yet flexible platform in accommodating different types of drug candidates, regardless of solubility, for the dose levels below 25% w/w of the pull layer formulation. PMID:24222269

  17. A study of processing parameters in thermal-sprayed alumina and zircon mixtures

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    Li, Y.; Khor, K. A.

    2002-06-01

    A method of plasma spraying of alumina and zircon mixtures to form ZrO2-mullite composites has been proposed and developed. The feedstock is prepared by a combination of mechanical alloying, which allows formation of fine-grained, homogeneous solid-solution mixtures, followed by plasma spheroidization that yields rapid solidified microstructures and enhanced compositional homogeneity. The effects of ball-milling duration and milling media were studied. It was found that zirconia is a more efficient milling media and that increasing milling duration enhanced the dissociation of zircon. Flame spray and plasma spray processes were used to spheroidize the spray-dried powders. The temperature of the flame spray was found to be insufficient to melt the powders completely. The processing parameters of the plasma spray played an important role in zircon decomposition and mullite formation. Increasing the arc current or reducing secondary gas pressure caused more zircon to decompose and more mullite to form after heat treatment at 1200 C for 3 h. Dissociation of zircon and the amount of mullite for med can be enhanced significantly when using the more efficient, computerized plasma-spraying system and increasing the ball-milling duration from 4 to 8 h.

  18. Influence of the process parameters on the replication of microstructured freeform surfaces

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    Burgsteiner, M.; Mller, F.; Lucyshyn, T.; Kukla, C.; Holzer, C.

    2014-05-01

    Surfaces of technical parts are getting more and more attention in terms of functionalization. By modification, additional functionality is given to the part, e.g. self-cleaning effect or antireflection behavior. Nowadays mainly flat surfaces are structured which is a consequence of the available production methods. However, the demand of micro structured free form surfaces is increasing, enabling novel products. A major problem in the mass production (e.g. injection molding) of structured freeform surfaces is to demold these structures without ripping or deforming them due to occurring undercuts. Recently a novel concept was developed which overcomes this limitation. A nickel substrate containing a structure composed of lines orientated in two different directions, one orientated in melt flow direction, the other one perpendicular to that, but both with a cross-section of approximately 45 ?m 55 ?m (w h) was used as a premaster to cast a flexible master. This master made of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) was mounted on a bending edge in an injection mold cavity. Within this paper the influence of process parameters on the replication grade of the structure lines depending on the structure orientation was evaluated, varying the holding pressure, melt and mold temperature using statistical design of experiment methods. The replication grade was evaluated by characterizing the shape of the structure lines along the entire process chain, using an infinite focus system. The results show, that the melt temperature has the biggest influence on the dimensions of the structures, the mold temperature only a slight one.

  19. Characterization Of An EBL System: The Influence Of Process Parameters On Thickness Resist And Engraving Shapes

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    D'Urso, G.; Longo, M.; Ravasio, C.; Maccarini, G.

    2011-01-17

    In LIGA process, the low flexibility due to the use of masks might be overcome using the electron beam of a scansion electron microscope (SEM) instead of the synchrotron radiation. In this way, through the vector control of the beam, it is possible to irradiate a specific path on the resist without using any mask. Anyway, it is important to remark that the Electron Beam Lithography (EBL) can not include all the applications of the X-ray LIGA technique but it could be a valid alternative only for some specific uses. In particular, some limits concerning the impression of high thickness resists are expected. An EBL system based on a SEM was recently implemented by the authors and some tests were carried out to characterize the device performances. Aim of this work is to asses the system performances in terms of maximum impressible thickness resist and shape of the engraved entities. Several tests were carried out by varying the resist thickness and the process parameters.

  20. Parameter study of r-process lanthanide production and heating rates in kilonovae

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    Lippuner, Jonas; Roberts, Luke F.

    2015-04-01

    Explosive r-process nucleosynthesis in material ejected during compact object mergers may lead to radioactively powered transients called kilonovae. The timescale and peak luminosity of these transients are sensitive to the composition of the material after nuclear burning ceases, as the composition determines the local heating rate from nuclear decays and the opacity. The presence of lanthanides in the ejecta can drastically increase the opacity. We use the new general-purpose nuclear reaction network SkyNet to run a parameter study of r-process nucleosynthesis for a range of initial electron fractions Ye, initial entropies s, and density decay timescales ?. We find that the ejecta is lanthanide-free for Ye >~ 0 . 22 - 0 . 3 , depending on s and ?. The heating rate is insensitive to s and ?, but certain, larger values of Ye lead to reduced heating rates, because single nuclides dominate the heating. With a simple model we estimate the luminosity, time, and effective temperature at the peak of the light curve. Since the opacity is much lower in the lanthanide-free case, we find the luminosity peaks much earlier at ~ 1 day vs. ~ 15 days in the lanthanide-rich cases. Although there is significant variation in the heating rate with Ye, changes in the heating rate do not mitigate the effect of the lanthanides. This research is partially supported by NSF under Award Numbers AST-1333520 and AST-1205732.

  1. Relation between surface roughness of free films and process parameters in spray coating.

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    Perfetti, G; Alphazan, T; van Hee, P; Wildeboer, W J; Meesters, G M H

    2011-02-14

    A novel spraying apparatus was developed to obtain reproducible free sprayed films. Aqueous solutions of PolyVinyl Alcohol PVA 4-98, HydroxyPropyl MethylCellulose HPMC 603 and HPMC 615 were used as reference coating materials. The apparatus is composed by a spraying system, a closed chamber containing a rotating Teflon cylinder, a pressured air supply system, a spray solution supply system, and a computerized control system. The spraying air pressure, the cylinder rotation speed, and the cylinder-spray nozzle distance were tailored in such a manner that the roughness of the obtained free films was similar to that from reference coated particles. Optimum spraying process conditions were found for all three coating materials using design of experiments. The morphology of the sprayed films obtained using the optimum conditions is evaluated by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM), and then compared with those from corresponding cast films and coating layers on particles. A match was found between the morphology of sprayed films and that from the corresponding coating layer on the particle surface. The spray apparatus produced reproducible sprayed films with tuneable roughness and/or smoothness depending on the set of processing parameters. PMID:21145964

  2. Mechanical Behavior of Cryomilled CP-Ti Consolidated via Quasi-Isostatic Forging

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    Ertorer, Osman; Ziga, Alejandro; Topping, Troy; Moss, Wes; Lavernia, Enrique J.

    2009-01-01

    Commercially pure (CP) Ti (Grade 2 with chemical composition 0.190 wt pct O, 0.0165 wt pct N, 0.0030 wt pct C, and 0.013 wt pct Fe) was cryomilled in liquid argon and liquid nitrogen for 8 hours. The influence of the milling environment on the chemistry, grain size, and grain-boundary structure of CP-Ti was studied by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and chemical analysis. The results show that the final average grain size obtained after 8 hours of cryomilling was 20 nm, for both liquid nitrogen and liquid argon cryomilling environments. Grains were observed to be heavily deformed and they did not reveal well-defined boundaries between them. Liquid nitrogen and liquid argon cryomilling environments led to differences in the final powder chemistry. Cryomilling in liquid nitrogen resulted in Ti powders with 2 wt pct nitrogen, which caused embrittlement that in turn affected the mechanical behavior of the consolidated materials. Cryomilling in liquid argon resulted in powders with slightly higher oxygen levels than those from liquid nitrogen experiments; this was attributed to the use of stearic acid (CH3(CH2)16COOH) as a process control agent (PCA). The cryomilled powders, in the form of various compositional blends from the argon and nitrogen milling experiments, were subsequently consolidated via quasi-isostatic (QI) forging, for mechanical behavior studies. The mechanical testing results showed that the QI-forged 85 pct as-received +15 pct liquid-argon-cryomilled powder blend exhibited 30 pct elongation to fracture, with a yield strength (YS) of 601 MPa and an ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of 711 MPa. In the case of 100 pct liquid-argon-cryomilled and QI-forged material, the YS, UTS, and elongation values were 947 and 995 MPa and 4.32 pct, respectively. The mechanical behavior was discussed in terms of the operative microstructure mechanisms. The enhanced ductility noted in the blended powders was discussed in terms of the presence of a bimodal microstructure.

  3. Large-scale erosion processes and parameters derived from a modeling of the Messinian salinity crisis

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    Loget, N.; Davy, P.; van den Driessche, J.

    2003-04-01

    The closing of the Gibraltar strait during Messinian have produced a drop of the sea level of about 1500 m in less than half a million year. This certainly constitutes one of the largest perturbation of erosion systems in the Earth, whose analysis in terms of form and dynamics should bring invaluable constraints on erosion processes and parameters. In addition to a precise chronology of the bulk crisis, the main data consists of the reconstruction of paleocanyons, that were eroded during sea drop and refilled during sea rise. The Rhone's canyon is certainly the most documented, with numerous seismic lines and boreholes. We have now a reasonable estimation of the canyon profile from its outlet to the Bresse graben, more 500 km upslope. Sparse data are also available in the Languedoc region, in the Pyrenees, for some drainage basins of the Var-Ligure coast, in the gulf of Valence. A particularity of this erosion phase was to propagate very far inland along the main rivers, but in a very localized way in the sense that hillslopes or upslope drainage basins were barely affected. All these data were compiled in a database that we used to constrain erosion processes. We assume that the erosion law belongs to the classical power-law framework, where the erosion flux depends on local slope s, and water flow q, such as: e=k qmsn-ec, where k and ec are two constants which depend on material strength properties, and m and n are two exponents which are found to play an important role in the time-length scaling. The transfer model must be completed by a transfer or deposition terms that we assume to be controlled by a deposition length Ld. If Ld is very small, the model comes to the transport-limited case where the height variation is proportional to the gradient of the erosion flux e. In contrast if Ld is very large, rivers can carry all the eroded sediment out; the process is usually called detachment-limited. We simulate the erosion dynamics, induced by the Messinian sea drop, by using the numerical simulator EROS, which is a versatile particle-based numerical method. We first assess the role of each parameter on the form and dynamics of canyon incision. The best-fitting inversion gives values of m, n and Ld of 1.5, 1 and less than 1 km, with reasonable confidence. The exponents are consistent with those obtained from the analysis of topography in tectonically active areas. To our knowledge, it is the first time that Ld is estimated.

  4. Probabilistic representation of the temporal rainfall process by a modified Neyman-Scott Rectangular Pulses Model: Parameter estimation and validation

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    Entekhabi, Dara; Rodriguez-Iturbe, Ignacio; Eagleson, Peter S.

    1989-02-01

    The capability of the Neyman-Scott clustered stochastic point process model of rainfall to preserve various observed statistics is considered. Randomization of the cell duration parameter from storm to storm is shown to considerably improve the wet-dry period, joint distribution, and extreme value statistics. A simple procedure for parameter estimation is introduced and applied.

  5. Influence of the initial parameters of liquid droplets on their evaporation process in a region of high-temperature gas

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    Volkov, R. S.; Kuznetsov, G. V.; Strizhak, P. A.

    2015-03-01

    This paper presents an experimental study of the influence of the main initial parameters (characteristic size, temperature, velocity) of droplets of an atomized liquid (water) on the process of their evaporation in gases at temperatures up to 1000 K. The limiting values of the initial parameters of liquid droplets at which the rate of evaporation reaches maximum and minimum values were determined.

  6. Optimizing Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Moulding (VARTM) Processing Parameters to Improve Part Quality

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    Polowick, Christopher

    The Low Cost Composites (LCC) group at Carleton University is studying out-of-autoclave composite manufacturing processes such as Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Moulding (VARTM) and Closed Cavity Bag Moulding (CCBM). These processes are used to produce inexpensive and high performance components for the GeoSurv II, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) being developed at Carleton University. This research has focused on optimizing VARTM processing parameters to reduce the weight and improve the strength and surface finish of GeoSurv II composite components. A simulation was developed to model resin flow through in VARTM infusions and was used to simulate mould filling and resin emptying of the GeoSurv II inverted V-empennage and mission avionics hatch. The resin infusion schemes of these parts were designed to ensure full preform resin saturation, and minimize thickness variations. An experimental study of the effects of the presence of a corner on composite thickness, void content, and strength was conducted. It was found that inside corners result in local increases in thickness and void content due to poor preform compaction. A novel bagging technique was developed to improve corner compaction, and this technique was shown to reduce thickness variability and void content. The strength, void content, and thickness variation were found to be heavily dependent on corner radius, with corner radii greater than 6.4 mm displaying the greatest improvement in performance for the layups considered. The design of the empennage and hatch mould incorporated the results of this study to improve the quality of these components.

  7. The Parameter Identification of Thermal Visco-plastic Model Considering Dynamic Recrystallization

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    Jin, Quanlin; Qu, Jie; Xu, Bingye

    2004-06-01

    A study on parameter identification of thermal visco-plastic model considering dynamic recrystallization is presented in this paper. A hybrid global optimization method is constructed and applied in the parameter identification. The hybrid global optimization method is a combination of the Real-coded genetic algorithm (RGA) and some classical local search methods (such as Levenberg-Marquardt method, augmented Gauss-Newton algorithm and the flexible tolerance method) in order to accommodate the characters of the objective function used for parameter identification of the thermal visco-plastic model considering dynamic recrystallization. A special numerical procedure of the parameter identification is also made through cooperation of the hybrid global optimization and a thermal rigid-plastic FEM for simulation of hot forging process. Finally, as numerical example, a set of satisfactory material parameters for 26Cr2Ni4MoV steel is presented by the numerical procedure.

  8. Effects of Process Parameters on Ultrasonic Micro-Hole Drilling in Glass and Ruby

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    Schorderet, Alain; Deghilage, Emmanuel; Agbeviade, Kossi

    2011-05-04

    Brittle materials such as ceramics, glasses and oxide single crystals find increasing applications in advanced micro-engineering products. Machining small features in such materials represents a manufacturing challenge. Ultrasonic drilling constitutes a promising technique for realizing simple micro-holes of high diameter-to-depth ratio. The process involves impacting abrasive particles in suspension in a liquid slurry between tool and work piece. Among the process performance criteria, the drilling time (productivity) is one of the most important quantities to evaluate the suitability of the process for industrial applications.This paper summarizes recent results pertaining to the ultrasonic micro-drilling process obtained with a semi-industrial 3-axis machine. The workpiece is vibrated at 40 kHz frequency with an amplitude of several micrometers. A voice-coil actuator and a control loop based on the drilling force impose the tool feed. In addition, the tool is rotated at a prescribed speed to improve the drilling speed as well as the hole geometry. Typically, a WC wire serves as tool to bore 200 {mu}m diameter micro-holes of 300 to 1,000 {mu}m depth in glass and ruby. The abrasive slurry contains B4C particles of 1 {mu}m to 5 {mu}m diameter in various concentrations.This paper discusses, on the basis of the experimental results, the influence of several parameters on the drilling time. First, the results show that the control strategy based on the drilling force allows to reach higher feed rates (avoiding tool breakage). Typically, a 8 um/s feed rate is achieved with glass and 0.9 {mu}m/s with ruby. Tool rotation, even for values as low as 50 rpm, increases productivity and improves holes geometry. Drilling with 1 {mu}m and 5 {mu}m B4C particles yields similar productivity results. Our future research will focus on using the presented results to develop a model that can serve to optimize the process for different applications.

  9. Multiple Processes and Multiple Parameters: Applications of In Situ UV Spectroscopy for Aquatic Ecosystems

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    Cohen, M. J.; Hensley, R. T.; Reijo, C. J.; Heffernan, J. B.; Thomas, R. G.; Korhnak, L. V.

    2012-12-01

    Modern sensors afford new temporal and spatial scales of environmental measurements, providing novel insights into processes that govern earth surface and ecosystem dynamics. Recent advances from deploying in situ sensors include inference of reach-scale stoichiometric coupling (C:N:P) of whole-ecosystem metabolism, finely detailed resolution of the behavior of multiple solutes during storm events and snow-melt, and spatial and process disaggregation of nitrogen removal in rivers. These particular process inferences are predicated on in situ UV spectrometers that, to date, have been used principally to provide high quality temporally-dense measurements of nitrate. Here we focus on additional inferences, still largely exploratory, of ecosystem processes that are made possible in parallel with these same sensors. We focus on UV sensors capable of measuring absorbance from the entire UV spectrum at relatively high spectral resolution (ca. 1 nm), and we discuss three new applications. First, we explore the use of UV spectra for inferring information about the quality and quantity of dissolved organic matter. Diel and event driven variation in wavelength-specific absorbance and metrics like spectral slope in the 350-400 nm range (an indicator of aromaticity) illustrate that important inferences relevant to riverine organic matter cycling can be obtained during passive deployments. Second, we present preliminary data to support the use of these sensors for injected solute experiments. Since both nitrate and bromide absorb in the deep UV, these sensors can be used to estimate concentrations of both during co-injection dosing. We present protocols and data from two such deployments, one in a lotic system and another in a wetland where we use high-resolution time series of measured concentrations to draw inference about N retention kinetics. Finally, we present new data from two-station deployments to obtain spatially compact reach scale measurements of N retention, focusing on the coupled effects of diel and tidal variation on removal rates. The potential to extract, in parallel, multiple parameters and draw inference about multiple processes, illustrates the promise of optical sensors, which are but one axis of recent sensor advances.

  10. Effects of Process Parameters on Ultrasonic Micro-Hole Drilling in Glass and Ruby

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    Schorderet, Alain; Deghilage, Emmanuel; Agbeviade, Kossi

    2011-05-01

    Brittle materials such as ceramics, glasses and oxide single crystals find increasing applications in advanced micro-engineering products. Machining small features in such materials represents a manufacturing challenge. Ultrasonic drilling constitutes a promising technique for realizing simple micro-holes of high diameter-to-depth ratio. The process involves impacting abrasive particles in suspension in a liquid slurry between tool and work piece. Among the process performance criteria, the drilling time (productivity) is one of the most important quantities to evaluate the suitability of the process for industrial applications. This paper summarizes recent results pertaining to the ultrasonic micro-drilling process obtained with a semi-industrial 3-axis machine. The workpiece is vibrated at 40 kHz frequency with an amplitude of several micrometers. A voice-coil actuator and a control loop based on the drilling force impose the tool feed. In addition, the tool is rotated at a prescribed speed to improve the drilling speed as well as the hole geometry. Typically, a WC wire serves as tool to bore 200 μm diameter micro-holes of 300 to 1,000 μm depth in glass and ruby. The abrasive slurry contains B4C particles of 1 μm to 5 μm diameter in various concentrations. This paper discusses, on the basis of the experimental results, the influence of several parameters on the drilling time. First, the results show that the control strategy based on the drilling force allows to reach higher feed rates (avoiding tool breakage). Typically, a 8 um/s feed rate is achieved with glass and 0.9 μm/s with ruby. Tool rotation, even for values as low as 50 rpm, increases productivity and improves holes geometry. Drilling with 1 μm and 5 μm B4C particles yields similar productivity results. Our future research will focus on using the presented results to develop a model that can serve to optimize the process for different applications.

  11. POD of ultrasonic detection of synthetic hard alpha inclusions in titanium aircraft engine forgings

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    Thompson, R. B.; Meeker, W. Q.; Brasche, L. J. H.

    2011-06-23

    The probability of detection (POD) of inspection techniques is a key input to estimating the lives of structural components such as aircraft engines. This paper describes work conducted as a part of the development of POD curves for the ultrasonic detection of synthetic hard alpha (SHA) inclusions in titanium aircraft engine forgings. The sample upon which the POD curves are to be based contains four types of right circular SHAs that have been embedded in a representative titanium forging, as well as a number of flat bottomed holes (FBHs). The SHAs were of two sizes, number 3 and number 5, with each size including seeds with nominal nitrogen concentrations of both 3 and 17 wt. %. The FBHs included sizes of number 1, number 3, and number 5. This discreteness of the data poses a number of challenges to standard processes for determining POD. For example, at each concentration of nitrogen, there are only two sizes, with 10 inspection opportunities each. Fully empirical, standard methodologies such as a circumflex versus a provide less than an ideal framework for such an analysis. For example, there is no way to describe the beam limiting effect whereby the signal no longer increases the flaw grows larger than the beam, one can only determine POD at the two concentration levels present in the block, and confidence bounds tend to be broad because of the limited data available for each case. In this paper, we will describe strategies involving the use of physics-based models to overcome these difficulties by allowing the data from all reflectors to be analyzed by a single statistical model. Included will be a discussion of the development of the physics-based model, its comparison to the experimental data (obtained at multiple sites with multiple operators) and its implications regarding the statistical analysis, whose details will be given in a separate article by Li et al. in this volume.

  12. Occupational noise exposure in small scale hand tools manufacturing (forging) industry (SSI) in Northern India.

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    Singh, Lakhwinder Pal; Bhardwaj, Arvind; Deepak, K K; Bedi, Raman

    2009-08-01

    Occupational noise has been recognized as hazardous for the human beings. A high noise level in forging shops is considered to lower the labour productivity and cause illness however occupational noise is being accepted as an integral part of the job. The present study has been carried out in 5 small scale hand tool forging units (SSI) of different sizes in Northern India in Punjab. Noise levels at various sections were measured. OSHA norms for hearing conservation has been incorporated which includes an exchange rate of 5 dB (A), criterion level at 90 dB (A), criterion time of 8 h, threshold level=80 dB (A), upper limit=140 dB (A) and with F/S response rate. Equivalent sound pressure level (L(eq)) has been measured in various sections of these plants. Noise at various sections like hammer section, cutting presses, punching, grinding and barrelling process was found to be >90 dB (A), which is greater than OSHA norms. A cross-sectional study on the basis of questionnaire has been carried out. The results of which revealed that 68% of the workers are not wearing ear protective equipments out of these 50% were not provided with PPE by the company. About 95% of the workers were suffering speech interference though high noise annoyance was reported by only 20%. It has been established that the maximum noise exposure is being taken by the workers as they are working more than 8h a day for six days per week. More than 90% workers are working 12 to 24 h over time per week which lead to very high noise exposure i.e. 50 to 80% per week higher than exposure time/week in USA or European countries(15, 16)). PMID:19672017

  13. Estimating seismic-source rate parameters associated with incomplete catalogues and superimposed Poisson-renewal generating processes

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    Alamilla, Jorge L.; Vai, Rossana; Esteva, Luis

    2015-01-01

    A probabilistic model is presented to quantify parameters that define the exceedance rates of earthquake magnitudes. Incompleteness of seismic catalogues and superposition of Poisson-renewal earthquake generation processes are both taken into account within a Bayesian framework. The formulation can be transformed into the parameter estimation of single Poisson or renewal process. The incomplete exceedance rate parameters are estimated from incomplete data, so that the estimated values are equal to those of the complete rate. Two cases are studied: the first one corresponds to a seismic source in the Gulf of Mexico and the other to a seismic source in the southern Pacific coast of Mexico.

  14. Spray granulation: importance of process parameters on in vitro and in vivo behavior of dried nanosuspensions.

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    Figueroa, Carlos E; Bose, Sonali

    2013-11-01

    The use of fluid bed granulation for drying of pharmaceutical nanoparticulates on micron-sized granule substrates is a relatively new technique, with limited understanding in the current literature of the effects of process parameters on the physical properties of the dried nanoparticle powders. This work evaluated the effects of spray mode, spray rate and atomizing pressure for spray granulation of drug nanosuspensions through a systematic study. Naproxen and a proprietary Novartis compound were converted into nanosuspensions through wet media milling and dried onto a mannitol based substrate using spray granulation. For naproxen, various physical properties of the granules, as well as the in vitro re-dispersion and dissolution characteristics of the nano-crystals, were measured. It was found that the spray mode had the most drastic effect, where top spray yielded smaller re-dispersed particle sizes and faster release rates of drug from granules than bottom spray. This was attributed to the co-current spraying in bottom spray resulting in denser, homogenous films on the substrate. Similar in vitro results were obtained for the proprietary molecule, Compound A. In vivo studies in beagle dogs with Compound A showed no significant difference between the liquid and the dried forms of the nanosuspension in terms of overall AUC, differences were observed in the tmax which correlated with the rank ordering observed from the in vitro dissolution profiles. These findings make spray granulation amenable to the production of powders with desired processing and handling properties, without compromising the overall exposure of the compound under investigation. PMID:23916460

  15. The influence of VAR processes and parameters on white spot formation in Alloy 718

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    Damkroger, B.K.; Kelley, J.B.; Schlienger, M.E.; Van Den Avyle, J.A.; Williamson, R.L.; Zanner, F.J.

    1994-05-01

    Significant progress has occurred lately regarding the classification, characterization, and formation of white spots during vacuum arc remelting (VAR). White spots have been generally split into three categories: discrete white spots, which are believed to be associated with undissolved material which has fallen in from the shelf, crown, or torus regions; dendritic white spots, usually associated with dendrite clusters having fallen from the electrode; and solidification white spots, believed to be caused by local perturbations in the solidifications conditions. Characteristics and proposed formation mechanisms of white spots are reviewed and discussed in context of physical processes occurring during VAR, such as fluid flow and arc behavior. Where possible, their formation mechanisms will be considered with respect to specific operating parameters. In order to more fully understand the formation of solidification white spots, an experimental program has been begun to characterize the solidification stability of Alloy 718 and variants with respect to changes in growth rate and thermal environment. A description of the experimental program and preliminary results are included.

  16. Effect of process design and operating parameters on aerobic methane oxidation in municipal WWTPs.

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    Daelman, Matthijs R J; Van Eynde, Tamara; van Loosdrecht, Mark C M; Volcke, Eveline I P

    2014-12-01

    Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and its emission from municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) should be prevented. One way to do this is to promote the biological conversion of dissolved methane over stripping in aeration tanks. In this study, the well-established Activated Sludge Model n°1 (ASM1) and Benchmark Simulation Model n°1 (BSM1) were extended to study the influence of process design and operating parameters on biological methane oxidation. The aeration function used in BSM 1 was upgraded to more accurately describe gas-liquid transfer of oxygen and methane in aeration tanks equipped with subsurface aeration. Dissolved methane could be effectively removed in an aeration tank at an aeration rate that is in agreement with optimal effluent quality. Subsurface bubble aeration proved to be better than surface aeration, while a CSTR configuration was superior to plug flow conditions in avoiding methane emissions. The conversion of methane in the activated sludge tank benefits from higher methane concentrations in the WWTP's influent. Finally, if an activated sludge tank is aerated with methane containing off-gas, a limited amount of methane is absorbed and converted in the mixed liquor. This knowledge helps to stimulate the methane oxidizing capacity of activated sludge in order to abate methane emissions from wastewater treatment to the atmosphere. PMID:25225767

  17. Prolonged laser ablation effects of YBCO ceramic targets during thin film deposition: Influence of processing parameters

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    Tomov, R.; Tsaneva, V.; Tsanev, V.; Ouzounov, D.

    1996-12-01

    Cumulative laser irradiation during high-T{sub c} superconducting thin film pulsed laser deposition (PLD) may have a detrimental effect on film characteristics. Initial decrease of deposition rate and gradual shift of the center of the deposited material spot towards the incoming laser beam were registered on cold glass substrates. Their absorbance was used for evaluation of the film thickness distribution over the substrate area. At the initial stage, two components of the spot could be distinguished along its short axis: central ({approximately}cos{sup n}{theta}, n>>1) and peripherial ({approximately}cos{theta}), while with cumulative irradiation the thickness followed an overall cos{sup m}{theta} (mprocessing parameters - laser fluence and oxygen environment. The results can be consistently explained suggesting the existence of an additional effective ablation threshold imposed by the modified surface relief.

  18. Optimization of processing parameters for the analysis and detection of embolic signals.

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    Aydin, N; Markus, H S

    2000-09-01

    The fast Fourier transform (FFT), which is employed by all commercially available ultrasonic systems, provides a time-frequency representation of Doppler ultrasonic signals obtained from blood flow. The FFT assumes that the signal is stationary within the analysis window. However, the presence of short duration embolic signals invalidates this assumption. For optimal detection of embolic signals if FFT is used for signal processing, it is important that the FFT parameters such as window size, window type, and required overlap ratio should be optimized. The effect of varying window type, window size and window overlap ratio were investigated for both simulated embolic signals, and recorded from patients with carotid artery stenosis. An optimal compromise is the use of a Hamming or Hanning window with a FFT size of 64 (8.9 ms) or 128 (17.9 ms). A high overlap ratio should also be employed in order not to miss embolic events occurring at the edges of analysis windows. The degree of overlap required will depend on the FFT size. The minimum overlap should be 65% for a 64-point window and 80% for a 128-point window. PMID:10996772

  19. Influence of process parameters to composite interface organization and performance of liquid/solid bimetal

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    Rong, S. F.; Zhu, Y. C.; Wu, Y. H.; Yang, P. H.; Duan, X. L.; Zhou, H. T.

    2015-12-01

    The liquid-solid composite technique was used to prepare the high carbon high chromium steel (HCHCS) and low alloy steel (LCS) bimetal composite materials by means of insert casting method. The influence of some process parameters such as liquid-solid ratio, preheat temperature, pouring temperature on the interface microstructure and mechanical properties were studied. Interface microstructure and element distribution were analyzed. The results show that the interface microstructure becomes better, and bonding area becomes thicker with the increase of the volume of liquid to solid ratio, preheating temperature and pouring temperature. When the liquid-solid ratio is 8:1, the preheating temperature is 300 °C and the pouring temperature is 1565 °C, a good metallurgical bonding area without any hole can be obtained with the interface combination of diffusion and fusion. The composite interface structure was composed of a core material diffusion layer, a cooling solidification layer, a direction growth layer and some cell particles. The elements of C, Cr and Mn diffuse from the HCHCS side to the alloy steel side. The microhardness increased in the gradient from the LCS side to the HCHCS. The microhardness of the interface is significantly higher than that of LCS.

  20. Process Parameters in Resistance Projection Welding for Optical Transmission Device Package

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    Huang, Her-Yueh; Tseng, Kuang-Hung

    2011-03-01

    The effects of main process parameters and electrode materials on joint quality (charging voltage and operating force) were investigated using detailed metallurgical examination and the helium leak test. The electrode materials used for resistance projection welding were brass and Cr-Cu alloy. The TO-Can components (cap and header) were nickel-coated SPCC steel. The results indicated that when the operating pressure increased, the electrode displacement increased, causing expulsion and distortion of the welds. The nugget area increased with the increase of charging voltage; however, it decreased with the increase of operating pressure. Results from the optical microscopy analysis showed that a larger acceptable welding range was achieved by using Cr-Cu electrodes. TO-Can in the acceptable and expulsion range successfully passed the helium leak rate of less than 5 × 10-8 mbar L/s. For commercial purposes, where dimensions have to be exact and without deformation, the TO-Can components produced in the expulsion zone cannot be used.

  1. Process parameter effects on material removal in magnetorheological finishing of borosilicate glass.

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    Miao, Chunlin; Lambropoulos, John C; Jacobs, Stephen D

    2010-04-01

    We investigate the effects of processing parameters on material removal for borosilicate glass. Data are collected on a magnetorheological finishing (MRF) spot taking machine (STM) with a standard aqueous magnetorheological (MR) fluid. Normal and shear forces are measured simultaneously, in situ, with a dynamic dual load cell. Shear stress is found to be independent of nanodiamond concentration, penetration depth, magnetic field strength, and the relative velocity between the part and the rotating MR fluid ribbon. Shear stress, determined primarily by the material mechanical properties, dominates removal in MRF. The addition of nanodiamond abrasives greatly enhances the material removal efficiency, with the removal rate saturating at a high abrasive concentration. The volumetric removal rate (VRR) increases with penetration depth but is insensitive to magnetic field strength. The VRR is strongly correlated with the relative velocity between the ribbon and the part, as expected by the Preston equation. A modified removal rate model for MRF offers a better estimation of MRF removal capability by including nanodiamond concentration and penetration depth. PMID:20357881

  2. The effects of process parameters on spatter deposition in laser percussion drilling

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    Low, D. K. Y.; Li, L.; Byrd, P. J.

    2000-07-01

    This paper reports on the characterisation and analysis of spatter deposition during laser drilling in Nimonic 263 alloy for various laser processing parameters using a fibre-optic delivered 400 W Nd:YAG laser. The principal findings are a large proportion of the spatter (approx. > 70%) was deposited due to the initial laser pulses (before beam breakthrough) required to drill a through-hole. Short pulse widths, low peak powers and high pulse frequencies generated smaller spatter deposition areas. At high pulse frequencies, the spatter distribution/thickness can be altered as a result of laser-ejected material interaction. Focal plane positions between -0.5 and +1.5 mm produced relatively similar spatter areas of about 14 mm2. As a result of the reduction in the material removed per pulse, a longer focal length of 160 mm generated smaller areas of spatter deposition in comparison to a shorter focal length of 120 mm. In addition, a generic relationship between the spatter area and dentrance/ dexit with increasing total laser energy has been established.

  3. Influence of ion source configuration and its operation parameters on the target sputtering and implantation process

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    Shalnov, K. V.; Kukhta, V. R.; Uemura, K.; Ito, Y.

    2012-06-15

    In the work, investigation of the features and operation regimes of sputter enhanced ion-plasma source are presented. The source is based on the target sputtering with the dense plasma formed in the crossed electric and magnetic fields. It allows operation with noble or reactive gases at low pressure discharge regimes, and, the resulting ion beam is the mixture of ions from the working gas and sputtering target. Any conductive material, such as metals, alloys, or compounds, can be used as the sputtering target. Effectiveness of target sputtering process with the plasma was investigated dependently on the gun geometry, plasma parameters, and the target bias voltage. With the applied accelerating voltage from 0 to 20 kV, the source can be operated in regimes of thin film deposition, ion-beam mixing, and ion implantation. Multi-component ion beam implantation was applied to {alpha}-Fe, which leads to the surface hardness increasing from 2 GPa in the initial condition up to 3.5 GPa in case of combined N{sub 2}-C implantation. Projected range of the implanted elements is up to 20 nm with the implantation energy 20 keV that was obtained with XPS depth profiling.

  4. Influence of ion source configuration and its operation parameters on the target sputtering and implantation process.

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    Shalnov, K V; Kukhta, V R; Uemura, K; Ito, Y

    2012-06-01

    In the work, investigation of the features and operation regimes of sputter enhanced ion-plasma source are presented. The source is based on the target sputtering with the dense plasma formed in the crossed electric and magnetic fields. It allows operation with noble or reactive gases at low pressure discharge regimes, and, the resulting ion beam is the mixture of ions from the working gas and sputtering target. Any conductive material, such as metals, alloys, or compounds, can be used as the sputtering target. Effectiveness of target sputtering process with the plasma was investigated dependently on the gun geometry, plasma parameters, and the target bias voltage. With the applied accelerating voltage from 0 to 20 kV, the source can be operated in regimes of thin film deposition, ion-beam mixing, and ion implantation. Multi-component ion beam implantation was applied to α-Fe, which leads to the surface hardness increasing from 2 GPa in the initial condition up to 3.5 GPa in case of combined N(2)-C implantation. Projected range of the implanted elements is up to 20 nm with the implantation energy 20 keV that was obtained with XPS depth profiling. PMID:22755619

  5. Method of validating measurement data of a process parameter from a plurality of individual sensor inputs

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    Scarola, Kenneth; Jamison, David S.; Manazir, Richard M.; Rescorl, Robert L.; Harmon, Daryl L.

    1998-01-01

    A method for generating a validated measurement of a process parameter at a point in time by using a plurality of individual sensor inputs from a scan of said sensors at said point in time. The sensor inputs from said scan are stored and a first validation pass is initiated by computing an initial average of all stored sensor inputs. Each sensor input is deviation checked by comparing each input including a preset tolerance against the initial average input. If the first deviation check is unsatisfactory, the sensor which produced the unsatisfactory input is flagged as suspect. It is then determined whether at least two of the inputs have not been flagged as suspect and are therefore considered good inputs. If two or more inputs are good, a second validation pass is initiated by computing a second average of all the good sensor inputs, and deviation checking the good inputs by comparing each good input including a present tolerance against the second average. If the second deviation check is satisfactory, the second average is displayed as the validated measurement and the suspect sensor as flagged as bad. A validation fault occurs if at least two inputs are not considered good, or if the second deviation check is not satisfactory. In the latter situation the inputs from each of all the sensors are compared against the last validated measurement and the value from the sensor input that deviates the least from the last valid measurement is displayed.

  6. Influence of processing parameters on disintegration of Chlorella cells in various types of homogenizers.

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    Doucha, J; Lvansk, K

    2008-12-01

    The following bead mills used for disruption of the microalga Chlorella cells were tested: (1) Dyno-Mill ECM-Pilot, grinding chamber volume 1.5 L; KDL-Pilot A, chamber volume 1.4 L; KD 20 S, chamber volume 18.3 L; KD 25 S, chamber volume 26 L of Willy A. Bachofen, Basel, Switzerland, (2) LabStar LS 1, chamber volume 0.6 L of Netzsch, Selb, Germany, (3) MS 18, chamber volume 1.1 L of FrymaKoruma, Neuenburg, Germany. Amount of disrupted cells decreased with increasing Chlorella suspension feed rate and increased up to about 85% of the beads volume in the grinding chamber of the homogenizers. It also increased with agitator speed and number of passes of the algae suspension through the chamber. The optimum beads diameter was 0.3-0.5 mm in the homogenizers Dyno-Mill and LabStar LS 1 and 0.5-0.7 mm in the homogenizer MS 18. While the degree of the cell disruption decreased with increasing cell density in Dyno-Mill and LabStar, the cell disruption in the MS 18 increased. Depending on processing parameters, more than 90% of algae cells were disrupted by passing through the bead mills and bacteria count in algae suspension was reduced to about two orders. PMID:18758766

  7. Crack toughness evaluation of hot pressed and forged beryllium

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    Jones, M. H.; Bubsey, R. T.; Brown, W. F., Jr.

    1971-01-01

    Beryllium fracture toughness test specimens were fatigue cracked using reversed cycling with a compression load two to three times the tension load. In worked beryllium, textures may be produced which result in fatigue cracks that are out of plane with the starter notch. Specimens of hot pressed stock exhibited load displacement records which were nonlinear throughout their course. Fracture specimens of both hot pressed and forged stock showed essentially no reduction of thickness and the fracture surfaces were flat and normal to the load axis. However, the stress intensity factor at maximum load increased with decreasing thickness. Load-displacement and electric potential records for the hot pressed beryllium specimens exhibited several anomalies such as negative residual crack mouth displacements and a decrease in electrical potential with increasing load.

  8. Effect of Heat Treatment on Fracture Toughness of As-Forged AZ80 Magnesium Alloy

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    Deng, Min; Li, Hui-Zhong; Tang, Si-Nan; Liao, Hui-Juan; Liang, Xiao-Peng; Liu, Ruo-Mei

    2015-05-01

    The effect of heat treatment on the plane-strain fracture toughness in forged AZ80 magnesium alloy was studied. Two different kinds of heat treatment technologies (T5 and T6) were performed on the forged samples. The values of plane-strain fracture toughness ( K IC) were obtained from the stretched zone (SZ for short) analysis. The results showed that the as-forged specimen would produce a large quantity of ?-Mg17Al12 precipitates both in the interior of the grains and at grain boundaries after T5 and T6 heat treatments. The ?-Mg17Al12 displayed a precipitation strengthening. Compared with the as-forged specimen, the ultimate tensile strengths of T5 and T6 specimens were improved by 42.8 and 30 MPa, respectively. And the K IC of T5 and T6 specimens also increased to 23.8 and 21.0 MPa m1/2 while that of the as-forged sample was 17.9 MPa m1/2. The average grain size of T5 sample was similar to that of the as-forged one, but was finer than that of T6 specimen. The best mechanical properties and fracture toughness of forged AZ80 magnesium alloy were achieved after T5 treatment.

  9. Follow-up of hearing thresholds among forge hammering workers

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    Kamal, A.A.; Mikael, R.A.; Faris, R. )

    1989-01-01

    Hearing threshold was reexamined in a group of forge hammering workers investigated 8 years ago with consideration of the age effect and of auditory symptoms. Workers were exposed to impact noise that ranged from 112 to 139 dB(A)--at an irregular rate of 20 to 50 drop/minute--and a continuous background noise that ranged from 90 to 94 dB(A). Similar to what was observed 8 years ago, the present permanent threshold shift (PTS) showed a maximum notch at the frequency of 6 kHz and considerable elevations at the frequencies of 0.25-1 kHz. The age-corrected PTS and the postexposure hearing threshold were significantly higher than the corresponding previous values at the frequencies 0.25, 0.5, 1, and 8 kHz only. The rise was more evident at the low than at the high frequencies. Temporary threshold shift (TTS) values were significantly less than those 8 years ago. Contrary to the previous TTS, the present TTS were higher at low than at high frequencies. Although progression of PTS at the frequencies 0.25 and 0.5 kHz was continuous throughout the observed durations of exposure, progression at higher frequencies occurred essentially in the first 10 to 15 years of exposure. Thereafter, it followed a much slower rate. Tinnitus was significantly associated with difficulty in hearing the human voice and with elevation of PTS at all the tested frequencies, while acoustic after-image was significantly associated with increment of PTS at the frequencies 0.25-2 kHz. No relation between PTS and smoking was found. PTS at low frequencies may provide an indication of progression of hearing damage when the sensitivity at 6 and 4 kHz diminishes after prolonged years of exposure. Tinnitus and acoustic after-image are related to the auditory effect of forge hammering noise.

  10. Processing of thermal parameters for the assessment of geothermal potential of sedimentary basins

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    Pasquale, V.; Chiozzi, P.; Gola, G.; Verdoya, M.

    2009-04-01

    The growing interest on renewable energy sources is stimulating new efforts aimed at the assessment of geothermal potential in several countries, and new developments are expected in the near future. In this framework, a basic step forward is to focus geothermal investigations on geological environments which so far have been relatively neglected. Some intracontinental sedimentary basins could reveal important low enthalpy resources. The evaluation of the geothermal potential in such geological contexts involves the synergic use of geophysical and hydrogeological methodologies. In sedimentary basins a large amount of thermal and hydraulic data is generally available from petroleum wells. Unfortunately, borehole temperature data are often affected by a number of perturbations which make very difficult determination of the true geothermal gradient. In this paper we addressed the importance of the acquisition of thermal parameters (temperature, geothermal gradient, thermal properties of the rock) and the technical processing which is necessary to obtain reliable geothermal characterizations. In particular, techniques for corrections of bottom-hole temperature (BHT) data were reviewed. The objective was to create a working formula usable for computing the undisturbed formation temperature for specific sedimentary basins. As test areas, we analysed the sedimentary basins of northern Italy. Two classical techniques for processing temperature data from oil wells are customarily used: (i) the method by Horner, that requires two or more measurements of bottom-hole temperatures carried out at the same depth but at different shut-in times te and (ii) the technique by Cooper and Jones, in which several physical parameters of the mud and formation need to be known. We applied both methods to data from a number of petroleum explorative wells located in two areas of the Po Plain (Apenninic buried arc and South Piedmont Basin - Pedealpine homocline). From a set of about 40 wells having two or more temperature measurements at a single depth we selected 18 wells with BHTs recorded at te larger than 3.5 hours; the time span between two measurements varies from 1 to 21 hours. In total 71 couples of BHT-te data are available; the mud circulation time is lower or equal to 4.5 hours. Corrections require the knowledge of thermal parameters. We attempted to remedy the existing deficiency of thermal conductivity data of sedimentary rocks with a series of laboratory measurements on several core samples recovered from wells. Moreover, we developed a model for calculating the thermal conductivity of the rock matrix as a function of mineral composition based on the fabric theory and experimental thermal conductivity data. As the conductivity of clay minerals, which are present in most formations, is poorly defined, we applied an inverse approach, in which mineral conductivities are calculated one by one, on condition that the sample bulk thermal conductivity, the porosity and the amount of each mineral phase are known. Analyses show that formation equilibrium temperatures computed with the Horner method are consistent with those obtained by means of the Cooper and Jones method, which gives on average temperatures lower than 2 C only for shut-in times < 10 hours. The corrected temperatures compared with temperatures measured during drill-stem tests show that the proposed corrections are rather accurate. The two data sets give coherent results and the inferred average geothermal gradient is 21.5 mK/m in the Apenninic buried arc area and 25.2 mK/m in the South Piedmont Basin-Pedealpine homocline area. The problem with the Horner method is that it implicitly assumes no physical property contrast between circulating mud and formation, and that the borehole is infinitesimally thin, i.e. it acts as a line source. This has been criticized by many authors. The accuracy of the predicted temperatures depends on the reliability and accuracy of BHT, shut-in time and mud circulation time, and the error increases with the decrease of the shut-in time. On the other hand, the method by Cooper and Jones provides more reliable results, but requires physical parameters that are not always available. The Horner slope data as a function of depth were then fitted with a second order polynomial and depth-time correction equations were calibrated for the two test areas. The obtained depth-time correction equations allow for each area the correction for mud circulation when only one couple BHT-te is available. If the value of the time before circulation ceased is not included on the well log header, it is possible to formulate an empirical equation obtained from time data as a function of depth applicable to the whole investigated area.

  11. Engine Performance of Precision-forged, Electropolished and Machined Blades of Nimonic 80 and 80A Alloys

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    Sikora, Paul F; Johnston, James R

    1955-01-01

    An investigation was conducted to determine the effect of electropolishing precision-forged blades and of machining blades from oversize forgings on the engine performance of Nimonic 80 and Nimonic 80A turbine blades. These blades, along with precision-forged blades, were run in a J33-9 turbojet engine. The tests resulted in the following conclusions: (1) Electropolishing of precision-forged blades did not improve engine life relative to the life of nonelectropolished blades. (2) Machining blades from oversize forgings did not improve the engine life of precision-forged blades. (3) The precision-forging and heat-treating practice used in fabricating the blades investigated was such that the surface roughness and oxide penetration was so slight, approximately 0.0005 inch in depth, as to preclude any benefits derived from surface removal by electropolishing or machining.

  12. Development of Processing Parameters for Organic Binders Using Selective Laser Sintering

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    Mobasher, Amir A.

    2003-01-01

    This document describes rapid prototyping, its relation to Computer Aided Design (CAD), and the application of these techniques to choosing parameters for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). The document reviews the parameters selected by its author for his project, the SLS machine used, and its software.

  13. Do fattening process and biological parameters affect the accumulation of metals in Atlantic bluefin tuna?

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    Milatou, Niki; Dassenakis, Manos; Megalofonou, Persefoni

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the current levels of heavy metals and trace elements in Atlantic bluefin tuna muscle tissues and how they are influenced by the fattening process and various life history parameters to ascertain whether the concentrations in muscle tissue exceed the maximum levels defined by the European Commission Decision and to evaluate the health risk posed by fish consumption. A total of 20 bluefin tuna reared in sea cages, ranging from 160 to 295 cm in length and from 80 to 540 kg in weight, were sampled from a bluefin tuna farm in the Ionian Sea. The condition factor K of each specimen was calculated and their age was estimated. Heavy metal and trace element (Hg, Zn, Fe and Cu) contents were determined in muscle tissue using cold vapour atomic absorption spectrometry and flame and graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry. The total Hg concentrations ranged from 0.28 to 1.28 mg kg(-1) w/w, Zn from 5.81 to 76.37 mg kg(-1) w/w, Fe from 12.14 to 39.58 mg kg(-1) w/w, and Cu from 0.36 to 0.94 mg kg(-1) w/w. Only 5% of the muscle samples of tuna contained Hg above the maximum level laid down by the European Commission Decision. Moreover, 15% of the muscle samples contained Zn above the maximum level, while Fe and Cu concentrations were within the acceptable tolerable guideline values. The reared bluefin tuna had lower concentrations of Hg than the wild ones from the Mediterranean Sea. Hg and Fe concentrations showed a positive relationship with size and age of bluefin tuna, whereas negative relationships were found for the concentrations of Zn and Cu. The estimated dietary intake values of the analysed metals were mostly below the derived guidelines. PMID:25906290

  14. Characterization of large 2219 aluminum alloy hand forgings for the space shuttle solid rocket booster

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    Brennecke, M. W.

    1978-01-01

    The mechanical properties, including fracture toughness, and stress corrosion properties of four types of 2219-T852 aluminum alloy hand forgings are presented. Weight of the forgings varied between 450 and 3500 lb at the time of heat treatment and dimensions exceeded the maximum covered in existing specifications. The forgings were destructively tested to develop reliable mechanical property data to replace estimates employed in the design of the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) and to establish minimum guaranteed properties for structural refinement and for entry into specification revisions. The report summarizes data required from the forgers and from the SRB Structures contractor.

  15. The powder sintering and isothermal forging of Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al

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    Guo, Hongzhen; Zhao, Zhanglong; Duan, Chunyan; Yao, Zekun

    2008-11-01

    The synthetic technology of powder sintering and isothermal forging was explored to prepare a powder Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al (Ti-1023) alloy. Hydride-dehydride powder was provided from unqualified Ti-1023 ingot alloy because of beta fleck defect. After cold isostatic pressing and sintering, the compact presented uniform chemical composition, but lamella alpha microstructure. Isothermal forging technology was used to further densify the sintered compact and improve the microstructure and properties. The final forged compact exhibited equiaxed, recrystallized, and fined alpha phase microstructure, and excellent tensile properties at room temperature.

  16. Optimization of Process Parameters and Kinetic Model of Enzymatic Extraction of Polyphenols from Lonicerae Flos

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    Kong, Fansheng; Yu, Shujuan; Bi, Yongguang; Huang, Xiaojun; Huang, Mengqian

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To optimize and verify the cellulase extraction of polyphenols from honeysuckle and provide a reference for enzymatic extracting polyphenols from honeysuckle. Materials and Methods: The uniform design was used According to Fick's first law and kinetic model, fitting analysis of the dynamic process of enzymatic extracting polyphenols was conducted. Results: The optimum enzymatic extraction parameters for polyphenols from honeysuckle are found to be 80% (v/v) of alcohol, 35:1 (mL/g) of liquid-solid ratio, 80°C of extraction temperature, 8.5 of pH, 6.0 mg of enzyme levels, and 130 min of extraction time. Under the optimal conditions, the extraction rate of polyphenols was 3.03%. The kinetic experiments indicated kinetic equation had a good linear relationship with t even under the conditions of different levels of enzyme and temperature, which means fitting curve tallies well with the experimental values. Conclusion: The results of quantification showed that the results provide a reference for enzymatic extracting polyphenols from honeysuckle. SUMMARY Lonicerae flos (Lonicera japonica Thunb.) is a material of traditional Chinese medicine and healthy drinks, of which active compounds mainly is polyphenols. At present, plant polyphenols are the hotspots centents of food, cosmetic and medicine, because it has strong bioactivity. Several traditional methods are available for the extraction of plant polyphenols including impregnation, solvent extraction, ultrasonic extraction, hot-water extraction, alkaline dilute alcohol or alkaline water extraction, microwave extraction and Supercritical CO2 extraction. But now, an increasing number of research on using cellulase to extract active ingredients from plants. Enzymatic method is widely used for enzyme have excellent properties of high reaction efficiency and specificity, moderate reaction conditions, shorter extraction time and easier to control, less damage to the active ingredient. At present, the enzymatic extraction of polyphenols from honeysuckle and dynamic had not been reported. In this study, using cellulase to extract polyphenols from honeysuckle is first applied. Moreover, uniform design was used to optimize process and kinetic model of extraction was established to analyze the characteristics of enzymatic extraction, in order to improve the yield of polyphenols from honeysuckle and make maximum use of Lonicerae flos, which provide references for industrial production.

  17. Modeling the X-Ray Process, and X-Ray Flaw Size Parameter for POD Studies

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    Khoshti, Ajay

    2014-01-01

    Nondestructive evaluation (NDE) method reliability can be determined by a statistical flaw detection study called probability of detection (POD) study. In many instances the NDE flaw detectability is given as a flaw size such as crack length. The flaw is either a crack or behaving like a crack in terms of affecting the structural integrity of the material. An alternate approach is to use a more complex flaw size parameter. The X-ray flaw size parameter, given here, takes into account many setup and geometric factors. The flaw size parameter relates to X-ray image contrast and is intended to have a monotonic correlation with the POD. Some factors such as set-up parameters including X-ray energy, exposure, detector sensitivity, and material type that are not accounted for in the flaw size parameter may be accounted for in the technique calibration and controlled to meet certain quality requirements. The proposed flaw size parameter and the computer application described here give an alternate approach to conduct the POD studies. Results of the POD study can be applied to reliably detect small flaws through better assessment of effect of interaction between various geometric parameters on the flaw detectability. Moreover, a contrast simulation algorithm for a simple part-source-detector geometry using calibration data is also provided for the POD estimation.

  18. Modeling the X-ray Process, and X-ray Flaw Size Parameter for POD Studies

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    Koshti, Ajay M.

    2014-01-01

    Nondestructive evaluation (NDE) method reliability can be determined by a statistical flaw detection study called probability of detection (POD) study. In many instances, the NDE flaw detectability is given as a flaw size such as crack length. The flaw is either a crack or behaving like a crack in terms of affecting the structural integrity of the material. An alternate approach is to use a more complex flaw size parameter. The X-ray flaw size parameter, given here, takes into account many setup and geometric factors. The flaw size parameter relates to X-ray image contrast and is intended to have a monotonic correlation with the POD. Some factors such as set-up parameters, including X-ray energy, exposure, detector sensitivity, and material type that are not accounted for in the flaw size parameter may be accounted for in the technique calibration and controlled to meet certain quality requirements. The proposed flaw size parameter and the computer application described here give an alternate approach to conduct the POD studies. Results of the POD study can be applied to reliably detect small flaws through better assessment of effect of interaction between various geometric parameters on the flaw detectability. Moreover, a contrast simulation algorithm for a simple part-source-detector geometry using calibration data is also provided for the POD estimation.

  19. Systematic analyses of murine masculinization processes based on genital sex differentiation parameters.

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    Suzuki, Hiroko; Suzuki, Kentaro; Yamada, Gen

    2015-12-01

    Murine reproductive tissues of the external genitalia and perineum develop with remarkably distinctive characteristics in males and females. Although many researches on such mouse organ development have been reported, there are still limited parameters that evaluate the developmental sexual differences of external genitalia and perineum. Furthermore, elucidation of the recent developmental signals for the external genitalia and perineum requires up-to-date knowledge of gene functions in reproductive science. To promote researches on reproductive organ formation, establishment of parameters for the androgen-mediated formation of external genitalia and perineum is essential. In this study, we propose genital sex differentiation parameters (GSDP), a set of developmental parameters based on systematic three-dimensional tissue reconstruction and cumulative histological analyses. We define the sexual differences of external genitalia and perineum by GSDP through analyzing mouse models, androgen inhibitor-induced feminization experiments and Mafb mutant mouse with defective urethral differentiation. The urethral parameters displayed prominent reduction by the androgen inhibitor (finasteride) treatment. However, genital tubercle (GT) size parameters were not affected by such treatment. These results indicated that sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone was different between embryonic GT size and urethral formation. Furthermore, we evaluated the extent of urethral defects of Mafb mutant mice by GSDP. Thus, GSDP is a set of useful parameters to define the sexual differences during external genitalia and perineum development. PMID:26660623

  20. A physical parameter identification method of Lévy-driven vibratory systems based on multipower variation processes

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    Du, Xiu-Li; Lin, Jin-Guan; Liu, Guo-Xiang; Zhou, Xiu-Qing

    2015-05-01

    In this paper, we put forward a physical parameter identification method of Lévy-driven engineering structures. Based on the properties of the quadratic variation and multipower variation processes, the structural dynamic equation is decomposed into the Gaussian continuous-time autoregressive (CAR) equation and the pure jump-driven CAR equation. Both equations have the same unknown parameters as those included in the Lévy-driven system. The parameters of the Lévy-driven system are identified by the maximum likelihood estimation method of the Gaussian CAR system. The numerical results demonstrate that the method works well.