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  1. Creep Strain and Strain Rate Response of 2219 Al Alloy at High Stress Levels

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    Taminger, Karen M. B.; Wagner, John A.; Lisagor, W. Barry

    1998-01-01

    As a result of high localized plastic deformation experienced during proof testing in an International Space Station connecting module, a study was undertaken to determine the deformation response of a 2219-T851 roll forging. After prestraining 2219-T851 Al specimens to simulate strains observed during the proof testing, creep tests were conducted in the temperature range from ambient temperature to 107 C (225 F) at stress levels approaching the ultimate tensile strength of 2219-T851 Al. Strain-time histories and strain rate responses were examined. The strain rate response was extremely high initially, but decayed rapidly, spanning as much as five orders of magnitude during primary creep. Select specimens were subjected to incremental step loading and exhibited initial creep rates of similar magnitude for each load step. Although the creep rates decreased quickly at all loads, the creep rates dropped faster and reached lower strain rate levels for lower applied loads. The initial creep rate and creep rate decay associated with primary creep were similar for specimens with and without prestrain; however, prestraining (strain hardening) the specimens, as in the aforementioned proof test, resulted in significantly longer creep life.

  2. High-Temperature Flow Stress and Recrystallization Characteristics of Al-Bearing Microalloyed TWIP Steels

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    Somani, Mahesh Chandra; Porter, David A.; Hamada, Atef S.; Karjalainen, L. Pentti

    2015-11-01

    In this study, the effects of microalloying (Nb,V) and aluminum on the constitutive flow behavior and static recrystallization (SRX) characteristics of microalloyed TWIP steels (Fe-20Mn-0.6C-Al-(Nb,V)) have been investigated under hot deformation conditions. Compression tests in a Gleeble simulator, including the double-hit technique, enabled the acquisition of flow stress and recrystallization data. These were analyzed to determine the powers of strain and strain rate as well as the activation energies of deformation and recrystallization ( Q def and Q rex). Aluminum increased the flow stress and activation energy of deformation and delayed the onset of dynamic recrystallization of microalloyed TWIP steels. While microalloying with V up to 0.3 pct seems to have little or no effect on the SRX kinetics, microalloying with 0.026 pct Nb significantly slowed down the SRX rate, similarly as in the case of low C-Mn steels. Addition of high aluminum (4.9 pct) marginally retarded the SRX kinetics in comparison with the steels with low aluminum (1.5 pct), with or without microalloying with V.

  3. Effect of high voltage stress on the DC performance of the Al2O3/AlN GaN metal-insulator-semiconductor high-electron mobility transistor for power applications

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    Hsieh, Ting-En; Lin, Yueh-Chin; Liao, Jen-Ting; Lan, Wei-Cheng; Chin, Ping-Chieh; Chang, Edward Yi

    2015-10-01

    We demonstrate an Al2O3/AlN/AlGaN/GaN metal-insulator-semiconductor high-electron mobility transistor (MIS-HEMT) device with stable electrical properties under high-voltage stress, by using an Al2O3/AlN stack layer as the gate dielectric layer. Excellent quality AlN/Al2O3 GaN interface was obtained by using plasma-enhanced ALD (PE-ALD), resulting in a very low interface trap density (Dit) of ˜1.8 × 1011 eV-1 cm-2, obtained by using the conductance method. The device exhibits a small threshold voltage hysteresis of ˜200 mV and a lower gate-source leakage current. No obvious changes in the drain-source current and ON-resistance were observed for the device that was subject to the drain-source voltage stress of 100 V for 15 h.

  4. High frequency characteristics of FeCoAlO thin films combined the effects of stress and magnetic field

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    Zheng Fu; Wang Xuan; Li Xu; Bai Jianmin; Wei Fulin; Wei Dan; Liu Xiaoxi; Xie Wenhui

    2011-04-01

    The soft magnetic FeCoAlO thin films with different response at high frequency were prepared by using RF magnetron sputtering. Two different configurations of the sputtering targets were used: the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} chips were placed on Fe{sub 70}Co{sub 30} disk either uniformly dispersed on the sputtering area (Target-A) or dispersed on the half side of the sputtering area (Target-B). It was found that, although, the films deposited from both of Target A and B possessed good soft magnetic properties and in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy, they showed different behaviors at high frequency. The films deposited by using Target-A have mean permeability of 500 and a cut-off frequency (f{sub r}) of around 780 MHz, while the films deposited by using Target-B have mean permeability of 200 and a f{sub r} of 3.4 GHz. The higher f{sub r} of the later corresponds to the higher uniaxial anisotropic field in the films deposited by using the Target-B, which due to an extra anisotropy induced by the stress resulted from gradient of the Al-O composition. By adjusting the configuration of Target-B, the permeability and f{sub r} can be tuned to satisfy the different requirements for certain industrial applications.

  5. Importance of impurity diffusion for early stage degradation in AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors upon electrical stress

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    ?apajna, M.; Mishra, U. K.; Kuball, M.

    2010-07-01

    Early stage degradation of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) submitted to off- and on-state voltage bias stress was studied using UV light-assisted drain current trapping characteristics. Besides electronic traps generated underneath the gate during off-state stress, both stress conditions lead to trap generation in the transistor access region close to the drain side of the gate edge. UV light-assisted trapping analysis strongly indicates these traps to be located in the AlGaN subsurface layer of the AlGaN/GaN HEMT. Trap evolution during off-state stress performed at base plate temperatures from room temperature to 150 °C was found to exhibit an activation energy of 0.26 eV, consistent with impurity diffusion along dislocations.

  6. Strain Compensation of the Constitutive Equation for High Temperature Flow Stress of a Al-Cu-Li Alloy

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    Ou, Ling; Nie, Yufeng; Zheng, Ziqiao

    2014-01-01

    In order to study the workability of a Al-Cu-Li alloy, isothermal hot compressive deformation was investigated in the temperature range of 350-500 °C at strain rates in the range of 0.01-10/s up to a true strain of 0.9 on Gleeble-1500 mechanical testing machine. The flow stress increased rapidly to a peak value. The peak stress decreased with increasing deformation temperature and decreasing strain rate. The effects of strain rate and temperature on hot deformation behavior can be represented by a Zener-Hollomon parameter including an Arrhenius term. The influence of the strain has also been incorporated in the constitutive equation and four material constants ?, n, A, and the activation energy Q were calculated by compensation of strain. The proposed constitutive equation (considering the compensation of strain) gives an accurate description for the flow stress of the Al-Cu-Li alloy.

  7. High mobility AlGaN/GaN heterostructures grown on Si substrates using a large lattice-mismatch induced stress control technology

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    Cheng, Jianpeng; Yang, Xuelin Sang, Ling; Guo, Lei; Hu, Anqi; Xu, Fujun; Tang, Ning; Wang, Xinqiang; Shen, Bo

    2015-04-06

    A large lattice-mismatch induced stress control technology with a low Al content AlGaN layer has been used to grow high quality GaN layers on 4-in. Si substrates. The use of this technology allows for high mobility AlGaN/GaN heterostructures with electron mobility of 2040?cm{sup 2}/(V·s) at sheet charge density of 8.4?×?10{sup 12?}cm{sup ?2}. Strain relaxation and dislocation evolution mechanisms have been investigated. It is demonstrated that the large lattice mismatch between the low Al content AlGaN layer and AlN buffer layer could effectively promote the edge dislocation inclination with relatively large bend angles and therefore significantly reduce the dislocation density in the GaN epilayer. Our results show a great potential for fabrication of low-cost and high performance GaN-on-Si power devices.

  8. High mobility AlGaN/GaN heterostructures grown on Si substrates using a large lattice-mismatch induced stress control technology

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    Cheng, Jianpeng; Yang, Xuelin; Sang, Ling; Guo, Lei; Hu, Anqi; Xu, Fujun; Tang, Ning; Wang, Xinqiang; Shen, Bo

    2015-04-01

    A large lattice-mismatch induced stress control technology with a low Al content AlGaN layer has been used to grow high quality GaN layers on 4-in. Si substrates. The use of this technology allows for high mobility AlGaN/GaN heterostructures with electron mobility of 2040 cm2/(V.s) at sheet charge density of 8.4 × 1012 cm-2. Strain relaxation and dislocation evolution mechanisms have been investigated. It is demonstrated that the large lattice mismatch between the low Al content AlGaN layer and AlN buffer layer could effectively promote the edge dislocation inclination with relatively large bend angles and therefore significantly reduce the dislocation density in the GaN epilayer. Our results show a great potential for fabrication of low-cost and high performance GaN-on-Si power devices.

  9. Microstructure and Residual Stress of Alumina Scale Formed on Ti2AlC at High Temperature in Air

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    Byeon, J; Liu, j; Hopkins, m; Fischer, W; Park, K; Brady, Michael P; Radovic, Miladin; Sohn, Yong Ho

    2007-01-01

    Ti2AlC ternary carbide is being explored for various high temperature applications owing to its high strength at high temperatures, excellent thermal-shock resistance, and high electrical conductivity. In this study, isothermal oxidation at 1000 XC, 1200 XC, and 1400 XC for up to 25 hours, as well as 1,000 1-hour cyclic oxidation at 1200 XC were performed in air to examine the oxidation behavior of Ti2AlC. Characteristics of the oxide scale developed in air, including mass change, residual stress in the -Al2O3 scale, phase constituents and microstructure, were examined as functions of time and temperature by thermogravimetry, photostimulated luminescence, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy via focused ion beam in-situ lift-out. A continuous and adherent -Al2O3 scale underneath a discontinuous-transient rutile-TiO2 scale was identified in the oxide scale developed at 1000 XC and 1200 XC. At 1400 XC, Al2TiO5 was identified as the discontinuous-transient scale above the continuous and adherent -Al2O3 scale. The -Al2O3 scale thickened to more than 15 m after 25 hours of isothermal oxidation at 1400 XC, and after 1,000 1-hour cyclic oxidation at 1200 XC, yet remained adherent and protective. The compressive residual stress determined by photoluminescence for the -Al2O3 scale remained under 0.65 GPa for the specimens oxidized up to 1400 XC for 25 hours. The small magnitude of the compressive residual stress may impart the high spallation-resistance of the protective -Al2O3 scale developed on Ti2AlC.

  10. Effect of stress ratio on high-cycle fatigue properties of Ti-6Al-4V ELI alloy forging at low temperature

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    Ono, Yoshinori; Yuri, Tetsumi; Ogata, Toshio; Matsuoka, Saburo; Sunakawa, Hideo

    2014-01-01

    The effect of the stress ratio R (the ratio of minimum stress to maximum stress) on the high-cycle fatigue properties of Ti-6Al-4V extra-low interstitial (ELI) alloy forging was investigated at 293 and 77 K. At 293 K, the fatigue strength at 107 cycles exhibited deviations below the modified Goodman line in the R=0.01 and 0.5 tests. Moreover, at 77 K, larger deviations of the fatigue strength at 107 cycles below the modified Goodman line were confirmed in the same stress ratio conditions. The high-cycle fatigue strength of the present alloy forging exhibit an anomalous mean stress dependency at both temperatures and this dependency becomes remarkable at low temperature.

  11. Electron velocity of 6 × 107 cm/s at 300 K in stress engineered InAlN/GaN nano-channel high-electron-mobility transistors

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    Arulkumaran, S.; Ng, G. I.; Manoj Kumar, C. M.; Ranjan, K.; Teo, K. L.; Shoron, O. F.; Rajan, S.; Bin Dolmanan, S.; Tripathy, S.

    2015-02-01

    A stress engineered three dimensional (3D) Triple T-gate (TT-gate) on lattice matched In0.17Al0.83N/GaN nano-channel (NC) Fin-High-Electron-Mobility Transistor (Fin-HEMT) with significantly enhanced device performance was achieved that is promising for high-speed device applications. The Fin-HEMT with 200-nm effective fin-width (Weff) exhibited a very high IDmax of 3940 mA/mm and a highest gm of 1417 mS/mm. This dramatic increase of ID and gm in the 3D TT-gate In0.17Al0.83N/GaN NC Fin-HEMT translated to an extracted highest electron velocity (ve) of 6.0 × 107 cm/s, which is ˜1.89× higher than that of the conventional In0.17Al0.83N/GaN HEMT (3.17 × 107 cm/s). The ve in the conventional III-nitride transistors are typically limited by highly efficient optical-phonon emission. However, the unusually high ve at 300 K in the 3D TT-gate In0.17Al0.83N/GaN NC Fin-HEMT is attributed to the increase of in-plane tensile stress component by SiN passivation in the formed NC which is also verified by micro-photoluminescence (0.47 ± 0.02 GPa) and micro-Raman spectroscopy (0.39 ± 0.12 GPa) measurements. The ability to reach the ve = 6 × 107 cm/s at 300 K by a stress engineered 3D TT-gate lattice-matched In0.17Al0.83N/GaN NC Fin-HEMTs shows they are promising for next-generation ultra-scaled high-speed device applications.

  12. Mechanism of the self-changing parameters and characteristics in AlGaN/GaN high-electron mobility transistors after a step voltage stress

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    Lei, Shi; Shiwei, Feng; Kun, Liu; Yamin, Zhang

    2015-07-01

    The phenomenon of self-changing on the device parameters and characteristics after a step voltage stress was applied to the gate is studied in AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors. The device was measured every 5 min after the stress was removed. The large-signal parasitic source (drain) resistance, transfer characteristics, threshold voltage, drain-source current, gate-source (drain) reverse current-voltage characteristics changed spontaneously after the removal of the stress. The time constant of the self-changing was about 25-27 min. The gate-source (drain) capacitance-voltage characteristics were constant during this process. Electrons were trapped by the surface states and traps in the AlGaN barrier layer when the device was under stress. The traps in the AlGaN barrier layer then released electrons in less than 10 s. The surface states released electrons continuously during the entire measurement stage, leading to the self-changing of mearsurement result. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61376077, 61201046, 61204081), and the Beijing Natural Science Foundation (Nos. 4132022, 4122005).

  13. Investigation of abrupt degradation of drain current caused by under-gate crack in AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors during high temperature operation stress

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    Zeng, Chang; Liao, XueYang; Li, RuGuan; Wang, YuanSheng; Chen, Yiqiang; Su, Wei; Liu, Yuan; Wang, Li Wei; Lai, Ping; Huang, Yun; En, YunFei

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, we investigate the degradation mode and mechanism of AlGaN/GaN based high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) during high temperature operation (HTO) stress. It demonstrates that there was abrupt degradation mode of drain current during HTO stress. The abrupt degradation is ascribed to the formation of crack under the gate which was the result of the brittle fracture of epilayer based on failure analysis. The origin of the mechanical damage under the gate is further investigated and discussed based on top-down scanning electron microscope, cross section transmission electron microscope and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy analysis, and stress simulation. Based on the coupled analysis of the failure physical feature and stress simulation considering the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) mismatch in different materials in gate metals/semiconductor system, the mechanical damage under the gate is related to mechanical stress induced by CTE mismatch in Au/Ti/Mo/GaN system and stress concentration caused by the localized structural damage at the drain side of the gate edge. These results indicate that mechanical stress induced by CTE mismatch of materials inside the device plays great important role on the reliability of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs during HTO stress.

  14. Impacts of SiN passivation on the degradation modes of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors under reverse-bias stress

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    Chen, Wei-Wei; Ma, Xiao-Hua E-mail: yhao@xidian.edu.cn; Hou, Bin; Zhu, Jie-Jie; Chen, Yong-He; Zheng, Xue-Feng; Zhang, Jin-Cheng; Hao, Yue E-mail: yhao@xidian.edu.cn

    2014-10-27

    Impacts of SiN passivation on the degradation modes of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors are investigated. The gate leakage current decreases significantly upon removing the SiN layer and no clear critical voltage for the sudden degradation of the gate leakage current can be observed in the reverse-bias step-stress experiments. Gate-lag measurements reveal the decrease of the fast-state surface traps and the increase of slow-state traps after the passivation layer removal. It is postulated that consistent surface charging relieves the electric field peak on the gate edge, thus the inverse piezoelectric effect is shielded.

  15. ALS and Oxidative Stress: The Neurovascular Scenario

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    Thakur, Keshav; Gupta, Pawan Kumar

    2013-01-01

    Oxidative stress and angiogenic factors have been placed as the prime focus of scientific investigations after an establishment of link between vascular endothelial growth factor promoter (VEGF), hypoxia, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) pathogenesis. Deletion of the hypoxia-response element in the vascular endothelial growth factor promoter and mutant superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) which are characterised by atrophy and muscle weakness resulted in phenotype resembling human ALS in mice. This results in lower motor neurodegeneration thus establishing an important link between motor neuron degeneration, vasculature, and angiogenic molecules. In this review, we have presented human, animal, and in vitro studies which suggest that molecules like VEGF have a therapeutic, diagnostic, and prognostic potential in ALS. Involvement of vascular growth factors and hypoxia response elements also highlights the converging role of oxidative stress and neurovascular network for understanding and treatment of various neurodegenerative disorders like ALS. PMID:24367722

  16. Distribution of trap energy level in AlGaN/GaN high-electron-mobility transistors on Si under ON-state stress

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    Jesudas Anand, Mulagumoottil; Ng, Geok Ing; Arulkumaran, Subramaniam; Syamal, Binit; Zhou, Xing

    2015-10-01

    The distribution of trap energy (DTE) levels was observed in the energy band gap of buffer GaN by temperature-dependent current transient measurements on AlGaN/GaN HEMTs under fully ON drain-stress (VD[ON]_Stress) conditions. The activation energies (Ea’s) obtained from current transients increase with increasing VD[ON]_Stress. Using a multitrap energy (MTE) model, the applied-VD[ON]_Stress-dependent Ea is attributed to DTE levels in the GaN energy band gap, rather than to discrete single trap energy levels. An effective activation energy (Ea_eff) corresponding to trap energy levels activated by the applied VD[ON]_Stress is thus obtained. This observation is validated with two-dimensional numerical simulations. This study will help device designers develop a “DTE-dependent” emission time constant model that is readily applicable for the reliability modelling of future GaN-based circuits.

  17. Stress granules as crucibles of ALS pathogenesis

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    King, Oliver D.

    2013-01-01

    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal human neurodegenerative disease affecting primarily motor neurons. Two RNA-binding proteins, TDP-43 and FUS, aggregate in the degenerating motor neurons of ALS patients, and mutations in the genes encoding these proteins cause some forms of ALS. TDP-43 and FUS and several related RNA-binding proteins harbor aggregation-promoting prion-like domains that allow them to rapidly self-associate. This property is critical for the formation and dynamics of cellular ribonucleoprotein granules, the crucibles of RNA metabolism and homeostasis. Recent work connecting TDP-43 and FUS to stress granules has suggested how this cellular pathway, which involves protein aggregation as part of its normal function, might be coopted during disease pathogenesis. PMID:23629963

  18. Local stress-induced effects on AlGaAs/AlOx oxidation front shape

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    Chouchane, F.; Almuneau, G. Arnoult, A.; Lacoste, G.; Fontaine, C.; Cherkashin, N.

    2014-07-28

    The lateral oxidation of thick AlGaAs layers (>500?nm) is studied. An uncommon shape of the oxide tip is evidenced and attributed to the embedded stress distribution, inherent to the oxidation reaction. Experimental and numerical studies of the internal strain in oxidized Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1?x}As/GaAs structures were carried out by dark-field electron holography and finite element methods. A mapping of the strain distribution around the AlGaAs/oxide interface demonstrates the main role of internal stress on the shaping of the oxide front. These results demonstrate the high relevance of strain in oxide-confined III-V devices, in particular, with over-500-nm thick AlOx confinement layers.

  19. Surface Residual Stresses in Ti-6Al-4V Friction Stir Welds: Pre- and Post-Thermal Stress Relief

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    Edwards, P.; Ramulu, M.

    2015-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the residual stresses present in titanium friction stir welds and if a post-weld thermal stress relief cycle would be effective in minimizing those weld-induced residual stresses. Surface residual stresses in titanium 6Al-4V alloy friction stir welds were measured in butt joint thicknesses ranging from 3 to 12 mm. The residual stress states were also evaluated after the welds were subjected to a post-weld thermal stress relief cycle of 760 °C for 45 min. High (300-400 MPa) tensile residual stresses were observed in the longitudinal direction prior to stress relief and compressive residual stresses were measured in the transverse direction. After stress relief, the residual stresses were decreased by an order of magnitude to negligible levels.

  20. On the effect of deep-rolling and laser-peening on the stress-controlled low- and high-cycle fatigue behavior of Ti-6Al-4V at elevated temperatures up to 550?C

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    Ritchie, IAltenberger, RKNalla, YSano LWagner, RO

    2012-04-01

    The effect of surface treatment on the stress/life fatigue behavior of a titanium Ti-6Al-4V turbine fan blade alloy is investigated in the regime of 102 to 106 cycles to failure under fully reversed stress-controlled isothermal push-pull loading between 25? and 550?C at a frequency of 5 Hz. Specifically, the fatigue behavior was examined in specimens in the deep-rolled and laser-shock peened surface conditions, and compared to results on samples in the untreated (machined and stress annealed) condition. Although the fatigue resistance of the Ti-6Al-4V alloy declined with increasing test temperature regardless of surface condition, deep-rolling and laser-shock peening surface treatments were found to extend the fatigue lives by factors of more than 30 and 5-10, respectively, in the high-cycle and low-cycle fatigue regimes at temperatures as high as 550?C. At these temperatures, compressive residual stresses are essentially relaxed; however, it is the presence of near-surface work hardened layers, with a nanocystalline structure in the case of deep-rolling and dense dislocation tangles in the case of laser-shock peening, which remain fairly stable even after cycling at 450?-550?C, that provide the basis for the beneficial role of mechanical surface treatments on the fatigue strength of Ti-6Al-4V at elevated temperatures.

  1. Effect of Stress Level on the High Temperature Deformation and Fracture Mechanisms of Ti-45Al-2Nb-2Mn-0.8 vol. pct TiB2: An In Situ Experimental Study

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    Muñoz-Moreno, Rocío; Pérez-Prado, M. Teresa; Llorca, Javier; Ruiz-Navas, Elisa María; Boehlert, Carl J.

    2013-04-01

    The effect of the applied stress on the deformation and crack nucleation and propagation mechanisms of a ?-TiAl intermetallic alloy (Ti-45Al-2Nb-2Mn (at. pct)-0.8 vol. pct TiB2) was examined by means of in situ tensile (constant strain rate) and tensile-creep (constant load) experiments performed at 973 K (700 °C) using a scanning electron microscope. Colony boundary cracking developed during the secondary stage in creep tests at 300 and 400 MPa and during the tertiary stage of the creep tests performed at higher stresses. Colony boundary cracking was also observed in the constant strain rate tensile test. Interlamellar ledges were only found during the tensile-creep tests at high stresses ( ? > 400 MPa) and during the constant strain rate tensile test. Quantitative measurements of the nature of the crack propagation path along secondary cracks and along the primary crack indicated that colony boundaries were preferential sites for crack propagation under all the conditions investigated. The frequency of interlamellar cracking increased with stress, but this fracture mechanism was always of secondary importance. Translamellar cracking was only observed along the primary crack.

  2. Residual stresses in continuous graphite fiber Al metal matrix composites

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    Park, Hun Sub; Zong, Gui Sheng; Marcus, Harris L.

    1988-01-01

    The residual stresses in graphite fiber reinforced aluminum (Gr/Al) composites with various thermal histories are measured using X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. The XRD stress analysis is based on the determination of lattice strains by precise measurements of the interplanar spacings in different directions of the sample. The sample is a plate consisting of two-ply P 100 Gr/Al 6061 precursor wires and Al 6061 overlayers. Prior to XRD measurement, the 6061 overlayers are electrochemically removed. In order to calibrate the relationship between stress magnitude and lattice spacing shift, samples of Al 6061 are loaded at varying stress levels in a three-point bend fixture, while the stresses are simultaneously determined by XRD and surface-attached strain gages. The stresses determined by XRD closely match those determined by the strain gages. Using these calibrations, the longitudinal residual stresses of P 100 Gr/Al 6061 composites are measured for various heat treatments, and the results are presented.

  3. Clinical Perspective of Oxidative Stress in Sporadic ALS

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    D’Amico, Emanuele; Factor-Litvak, Pam; Santella, Regina M.; Mitsumoto, Hiroshi

    2013-01-01

    Sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (sALS) is one of the most devastating neurological diseases; most patients die within 3 to 4 years after symptom onset. Oxidative stress is a disturbance in the pro-oxidative/anti-oxidative balance favoring the pro-oxidative state. Autopsy and laboratory studies in ALS indicate that oxidative stress plays a major role in motor neuron degeneration and astrocyte dysfunction. Oxidative stress biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid, plasma, and urine, are elevated, suggesting that abnormal oxidative stress is generated outside of the central nervous system. Our review indicates that agricultural chemicals, heavy metals, military service, professional sports, excessive physical exertion, chronic head trauma, and certain foods might be modestly associated with ALS risk, with a stronger association between risk and smoking. At the cellular level, these factors are all involved in generating oxidative stress. Experimental studies indicate that a combination of insults that induce modest oxidative stress can exert additive deleterious effects on motor neurons, suggesting multiple exposures in real-world environments are important. As the disease progresses, nutritional deficiency, cachexia, psychological stress, and impending respiratory failure may further increase oxidative stress. Moreover, accumulating evidence suggests that ALS is possibly a systemic disease. Laboratory, pathologic, and epidemiologic evidence clearly support the hypothesis that oxidative stress is central in the pathogenic process, particularly in genetically susceptive individuals. If we are to improve ALS treatment, well-designed biochemical and genetic epidemiological studies, combined with a multidisciplinary research approach, are needed and will provide knowledge crucial to our understanding of ALS etiology, pathophysiology, and prognosis. PMID:23797033

  4. Profilin 1 associates with stress granules and ALS-linked mutations alter stress granule dynamics.

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    Figley, Matthew D; Bieri, Gregor; Kolaitis, Regina-Maria; Taylor, J Paul; Gitler, Aaron D

    2014-06-11

    Mutations in the PFN1 gene encoding profilin 1 are a rare cause of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Profilin 1 is a well studied actin-binding protein but how PFN1 mutations cause ALS is unknown. The budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, has one PFN1 ortholog. We expressed the ALS-linked profilin 1 mutant proteins in yeast, demonstrating a loss of protein stability and failure to restore growth to profilin mutant cells, without exhibiting gain-of-function toxicity. This model provides for simple and rapid screening of novel ALS-linked PFN1 variants. To gain insight into potential novel roles for profilin 1, we performed an unbiased, genome-wide synthetic lethal screen with yeast cells lacking profilin (pfy1?). Unexpectedly, deletion of several stress granule and processing body genes, including pbp1?, were found to be synthetic lethal with pfy1?. Mutations in ATXN2, the human ortholog of PBP1, are a known ALS genetic risk factor and ataxin 2 is a stress granule component in mammalian cells. Given this genetic interaction and recent evidence linking stress granule dynamics to ALS pathogenesis, we hypothesized that profilin 1 might also associate with stress granules. Here we report that profilin 1 and related protein profilin 2 are novel stress granule-associated proteins in mouse primary cortical neurons and in human cell lines and that ALS-linked mutations in profilin 1 alter stress granule dynamics, providing further evidence for the potential role of stress granules in ALS pathogenesis. PMID:24920614

  5. Profilin 1 Associates with Stress Granules and ALS-Linked Mutations Alter Stress Granule Dynamics

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    Figley, Matthew D.; Bieri, Gregor; Kolaitis, Regina-Maria; Taylor, J. Paul

    2014-01-01

    Mutations in the PFN1 gene encoding profilin 1 are a rare cause of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Profilin 1 is a well studied actin-binding protein but how PFN1 mutations cause ALS is unknown. The budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, has one PFN1 ortholog. We expressed the ALS-linked profilin 1 mutant proteins in yeast, demonstrating a loss of protein stability and failure to restore growth to profilin mutant cells, without exhibiting gain-of-function toxicity. This model provides for simple and rapid screening of novel ALS-linked PFN1 variants. To gain insight into potential novel roles for profilin 1, we performed an unbiased, genome-wide synthetic lethal screen with yeast cells lacking profilin (pfy1?). Unexpectedly, deletion of several stress granule and processing body genes, including pbp1?, were found to be synthetic lethal with pfy1?. Mutations in ATXN2, the human ortholog of PBP1, are a known ALS genetic risk factor and ataxin 2 is a stress granule component in mammalian cells. Given this genetic interaction and recent evidence linking stress granule dynamics to ALS pathogenesis, we hypothesized that profilin 1 might also associate with stress granules. Here we report that profilin 1 and related protein profilin 2 are novel stress granule-associated proteins in mouse primary cortical neurons and in human cell lines and that ALS-linked mutations in profilin 1 alter stress granule dynamics, providing further evidence for the potential role of stress granules in ALS pathogenesis. PMID:24920614

  6. Stress Development and Relaxation in Al2O3 during Early StageOxidation of beta-NiAl

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    Hou, P.Y.; Paulikas, A.P.; Veal, B.W.

    2005-04-20

    Using a glancing synchrotron X-ray beam (Advanced Photon Source, Beamline 12BM, Argonne National Laboratory), Debye-Scherrer diffraction patterns from thermally grown oxides on NiAl samples were recorded during oxidation at 1000 or 1100 C in air. The diffraction patterns were analyzed to determine strain and phase changes in the oxide scale as it developed and evolved. Strain was obtained from measurements of the elliptical distortion of the Debye-Scherrer rings, where data from several rings of a single phase were used. Results were obtained from {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} as well as from the transition alumina, in this case {theta}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, which formed during the early stage. Compressive stress was found in the first-formed transition alumina, but the initial stress in {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was tensile, with a magnitude high enough to cause Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} fracture. New {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} patches nucleated at the scale/alloy interface and spread laterally and upward. This transformation not only puts the alpha alumina in tension, but can also cause the transition alumina to be in tension. After a complete {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer formed at the interface, the strain level in {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} became compressive, reaching a steady state level around -75 MPa at 1100 C. To study a specimen's response to stress perturbation, samples with different thickness, after several hours of oxidation at 1100 C, were quickly cooled to 950 C to impose a compressive thermal stress in the scale. The rate of stress relaxation was the same for 1 and 3.5 mm thick samples, having a strain rate of {approx} 1 x 10{sup -8}/s. This behavior indicates that oxide creep is the major stress relaxation mechanism.

  7. Transverse stress effect on the critical current of jelly-roll multifilamentary Nb3Al wires

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    Zeritis, Dimitris; Ando, Toshinari; Takahashi, Yoshikazu; Nishi, Masataka; Nakajima, Hideo; Shimamoto, Susumu

    1990-07-01

    Experiments were conducted to determine the transverse stress sensitivity of the critical current (Ic) of jelly-roll multifilamentary Nb3Al wires at 8 and 12 T. For comparison, similar experiments were conducted on bronze-process (NbTi)3Sn wires. At 12 T and under a transverse compressive stress of 150 MPa-conditions expected in fusion magnets-the Ic degradation of the Nb3Al specimen was ˜20% vs ˜65% for the (NbTi)3Sn specimen. The intrinsic superiority of Nb3Al over (NbTi)3Sn with regard to transverse compressive stress is thus clear. There is optimism that Nb3Al will eventually become a useful superconductor for large-scale, high-field applications.

  8. High Temperature Mechanical Characterization and Analysis of Al2O3 /Al2O3 Composition

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    Gyekenyesi, John Z.; Jaskowiak, Martha H.

    1999-01-01

    Sixteen ply unidirectional zirconia coated single crystal Al2O3 fiber reinforced polycrystalline Al2O3 was tested in uniaxial tension at temperatures to 1400 C in air. Fiber volume fractions ranged from 26 to 31%. The matrix has primarily open porosity of approximately 40%. Theories for predicting the Young's modulus, first matrix cracking stress, and ultimate strength were applied and evaluated for suitability in predicting the mechanical behavior of Al2O3/Al2O3 composites. The composite exhibited pseudo tough behavior (increased area under the stress/strain curve relative to monolithic alumina) from 22 to 1400 C. The rule-of-mixtures provides a good estimate of the Young's modulus of the composite using the constituent properties from room temperature to approximately 1200 C for short term static tensile tests in air. The ACK theory provides the best approximation of the first matrix cracking stress while accounting for residual stresses at room temperature. Difficulties in determining the fiber/matrix interfacial shear stress at high temperatures prevented the accurate prediction of the first matrix cracking stress above room temperature. The theory of Cao and Thouless, based on Weibull statistics, gave the best prediction for the composite ultimate tensile strength.

  9. High temperature creep behaviour of Al-rich Ti-Al alloys

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    Sturm, D.; Heilmaier, M.; Saage, H.; Aguilar, J.; Schmitz, G. J.; Drevermann, A.; Palm, M.; Stein, F.; Engberding, N.; Kelm, K.; Irsen, S.

    2010-07-01

    Compared to Ti-rich ?-TiAl-based alloys Al-rich Ti-Al alloys offer an additional reduction of in density and a better oxidation resistance which are both due to the increased Al content. Polycrystalline material was manufactured by centrifugal casting. Microstructural characterization was carried out employing light-optical, scanning and transmission electron microscopy and XRD analyses. The high temperature creep of two binary alloys, namely Al60Ti40 and Al62Ti38 was comparatively assessed with compression tests at constant true stress in a temperature range between 1173 and 1323 K in air. The alloys were tested in the cast condition (containing various amounts of the metastable phases Al5Ti3 and h-Al2Ti) and after annealing at 1223 K for 200 h which produced (thermodynamically stable) lamellar ?-TiAl + r-Al2Ti microstructures. In general, already the as-cast alloys exhibit a reasonable creep resistance at 1173 K. Compared with Al60Ti40, both, the as-cast and the annealed Al62Ti38 alloy exhibit better creep resistance up to 1323 K which can be rationalized by the reduced lamella spacing. The assessment of creep tests conducted at identical stress levels and varying temperatures yielded apparent activation energies for creep of Q = 430 kJ/mol for the annealed Al60Ti40 alloy and of Q = 383 kJ/mol for the annealed Al62Ti38 material. The latter coincides well with that of Al diffusion in ?-TiAl, whereas the former can be rationalized by the instability of the microstructure containing metastable phases.

  10. Reduction of Residual Stress and Improvement of Dimensional Accuracy by Uphill Quenching for Al6061 Tube

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    Lim, Hak-Jin; Ko, Dae-Hoon; Ko, Dae-Cheol; Kim, Byung-Min

    2014-04-01

    The purpose of this study is to reduce the residual stress and machining distortion of an Al6061 tube by using uphill quenching. During uphill quenching, solid-solution heat-treated aluminum parts are usually immersed in LN2 at 77 K (-196 °C), followed by the rapid heating of the parts, to produce a new residual stress that is opposite in nature to the original. The uphill quenching method used in this study employed two types of heating methods: boiling water at 373 K (100 °C) and high-velocity steam at 448 K (175 °C). First, FE-simulation coupled with a CFD analysis was performed to predict the residual stress of the backward hot-extruded Al6061 tube with the following dimensions: Ø200 mm × h200 mm × t10 mm. Experiment of uphill quenching was also conducted to measure the residual stress using the boiling water and high-velocity steam uphill quenching methods. The predicted residual stresses were compared with the experimental results obtained via micro-indentation and saw-cutting tests, and a deviation of about 10.4 pct was found. In addition, the experimental results showed that uphill quenching could relieve up to 91 pct of the residual stress induced by water quenching. Finally, the dimensional accuracy of uphill quenched tubes was evaluated by measuring the roundness after the machining process, which showed that the uphill quenching method could improve the dimensional accuracy of an Al6061 tube by reducing the residual stress.

  11. Residual stresses in friction stir welded Al sheets

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    Staron, P.; Koçak, M.; Williams, S.

    Friction stir welding (FSW) is a relatively new joining technique particularly for aluminum alloys that are difficult to fusion weld. A potential field of application is aircraft structures where cost and weight can be reduced by using new joining techniques instead of riveting. Efforts are currently being made to qualify FSW for this purpose. In this study, the influence of a coolant applied during welding of Al sheets on the residual stress state of the FSW joint was investigated. Liquid CO2 coolant was applied near the weld seam for rapid cooling of the weld zone. The residual stresses across the weld were measured by neutron diffraction. Three sheets were produced, one without cooling, and two with cooling, where two different distances of the coolant nozzles from the FSW tool were chosen. The results show that, by applying a coolant, the magnitude of the tensile stress in the center of the weld can be reduced significantly.

  12. Commentary: Beyond Stressful Life Events and Depression?--Reflections on Bogdan et al. (2014)

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    Belsky, Jay

    2014-01-01

    In light of continuing disagreement, even at the meta-analytic level, as to whether the gene- × -environment (G×E) interaction involving 5-HTTLPR and stressful life events (SLEs) predicts depression, Bogdan and associates (this issue, Bogdan et al., 2014) sought to extend research on what has become a highly controversial general (GxE) and…

  13. Alloys based on NiAl for high temperature applications

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    Vedula, K.; Pathare, V.; Aslanidis, I.; Titran, R. H.

    1985-01-01

    The NiAl alloys for potential high temperature applications were studied. Alloys were prepared by powder metallurgy techniques. Flow stress values at slow strain rates and high temperatures were measured. Some ternary alloying additions (Hf, Ta and Nb) were identified. The mechanism of strengthening in alloys containing these additions appears to be a form of particle dislocation interaction. The effects of grain size and stoichiometry in binary alloys are also presented.

  14. Alloys based on NiAl for high temperature applications

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    Vedula, K. M.; Pathare, V.; Aslanidis, I.; Titran, R. H.

    1984-01-01

    The NiAl alloys for potential high temperature applications were studied. Alloys were prepared by powder metallurgy techniques. Flow stress values at slow strain rates and high temperatures were measured. Some ternary alloying additions (Hf, Ta and Nb) were identified. The mechanism of strengthening in alloys containing these additions appears to be a form of particle dislocation interaction. The effects of grain size and stoichiometry in binary alloys are also presented.

  15. RBM45 homo-oligomerization mediates association with ALS-linked proteins and stress granules

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    Li, Yang; Collins, Mahlon; Geiser, Rachel; Bakkar, Nadine; Riascos, David; Bowser, Robert

    2015-01-01

    The aggregation of RNA-binding proteins is a pathological hallmark of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). RBM45 is an RNA-binding protein that forms cytoplasmic inclusions in neurons and glia in ALS and FTLD. To explore the role of RBM45 in ALS and FTLD, we examined the contribution of the protein’s domains to its function, subcellular localization, and interaction with itself and ALS-linked proteins. We find that RBM45 forms homo-oligomers and physically associates with the ALS-linked proteins TDP-43 and FUS in the nucleus. Nuclear localization of RBM45 is mediated by a bipartite nuclear-localization sequence (NLS) located at the C-terminus. RBM45 mutants that lack a functional NLS accumulate in the cytoplasm and form TDP-43 positive stress granules. Moreover, we identify a novel structural element, termed the homo-oligomer assembly (HOA) domain, that is highly conserved across species and promote homo-oligomerization of RBM45. RBM45 mutants that fail to form homo-oligomers exhibit significantly reduced association with ALS-linked proteins and inclusion into stress granules. These results show that RMB45 may function as a homo-oligomer and that its oligomerization contributes to ALS/FTLD RNA-binding protein aggregation. PMID:26391765

  16. Joule-Heating-Induced Damage in Cu-Al Wedge Bonds Under Current Stressing

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    Yang, Tsung-Han; Lin, Yu-Min; Ouyang, Fan-Yi

    2014-01-01

    Copper wires are increasingly used to replace gold wires in wire-bonding technology owing to their better electrical properties and lower cost. However, not many studies have been conducted on electromigration-induced failure of Cu wedge bonds on Al metallization. In this study, we investigated the failure mechanism of Cu-Al wedge bonds under high current stressing from 4 × 104 A/cm2 to 1 × 105 A/cm2 at ambient temperature of 175°C. The resistance evolution of samples during current stressing and the microstructure of the joint interface between the Cu wire and Al-Si bond pad were examined. The results showed that abnormal crack formation accompanying significant intermetallic compound growth was observed at the second joint of the samples, regardless of the direction of electric current for both current densities of 4 × 104 A/cm2 and 8 × 104 A/cm2. We propose that this abnormal crack formation at the second joint is mainly due to the higher temperature induced by the greater Joule heating at the second joint for the same current stressing, because of its smaller bonded area compared with the first joint. The corresponding fluxes induced by the electric current and chemical potential difference between Cu and Al were calculated and compared to explain the failure mechanism. For current density of 1 × 105 A/cm2, the Cu wire melted within 0.5 h owing to serious Joule heating.

  17. Stress-Induced Grain Growth in an Ultra-Fine Grained Al Alloy

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    Lin, Yaojun; Wen, Haiming; Li, Ying; Wen, Bin; Liu, Wei; Lavernia, Enrique J.

    2014-06-01

    This paper reports on a study of the stress-induced grain growth phenomenon in the presence of second-phase particles and solutes segregated at grain boundaries (GBs) during high-temperature deformation of an ultra-fine grained (UFG) Al alloy synthesized via the consolidation of mechanically milled powders. Our results show that grain growth was essentially inhibited during annealing at 673 K (400 °C) in the absence of an externally applied stress, whereas in contrast, grain growth was enhanced by a factor of approximately 2.7 during extrusion at 673 K (400 °C). These results suggest that significant grain growth during hot extrusion was attributable to the externally applied stresses stemming from the state of stress imposed during extrusion and that the externally applied stresses can overcome the resistance forces generated by second-phase particles and solutes segregated at GBs. The mechanisms underlying stress-induced grain growth were identified as GB migration and grain rotation, which were accompanied by dynamic recovery and possible geometric dynamic recrystallization, while discontinuous dynamic recrystallization did not appear to be operative.

  18. Erratum: Erratum to: Stress-Induced Grain Growth in an Ultra-Fine Grained Al Alloy

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    Lin, Yaojun; Wen, Haiming; Li, Ying; Wen, Bin; Liu, Wei; Lavernia, Enrique J.

    2014-10-01

    This paper reports on a study of the stress-induced grain growth phenomenon in the presence of second-phase particles and solutes segregated at grain boundaries (GBs) during high-temperature deformation of an ultra-fine grained (UFG) Al alloy synthesized via the consolidation of mechanically milled powders. Our results show that grain growth was essentially inhibited during annealing at 673 K (400 °C) in the absence of an externally applied stress, whereas in contrast, grain growth was enhanced by a factor of approximately 2.7 during extrusion at 673 K (400 °C). These results suggest that significant grain growth during hot extrusion was attributable to the externally applied stresses stemming from the state of stress imposed during extrusion and that the externally applied stresses can overcome the resistance forces generated by second-phase particles and solutes segregated at GBs. The mechanisms underlying stress-induced grain growth were identified as GB migration and grain rotation, which were accompanied by dynamic recovery and possible geometric dynamic recrystallization, while discontinuous dynamic recrystallization did not appear to be operative.

  19. Characterization of Quench-Extracted High Pressure Stressed Microorganisms

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    Sharma, P.; Sharma, A.

    2011-12-01

    In-situ high pressure microbiology work by Sharma et al (2002) presented a unique approach with diamond anvil cells to the study of microbes under environmental stress. This study focused on high pressure exposure as the stress component and provided a technique to directly monitor microbial activity. However, it lacked the much desired biochemical and biophysical information that could reflect the state of surviving microorganisms with insights into the process of adaptation at extreme. More recent work (Sharma et al 2011) expands on the previous study by including synergistic effect of high temperature with increased pressures along variable time scale. With the cell extraction and subsequent cell growth demonstrated, Sharma et al. (2011) show that more than pressure, temperature remains the environmental variable that defines the limits of life's survival. In this study we have refined the extraction process from the diamond anvil cell such that the stressed microorganisms can be routinely available for in-depth physiological study using conventional and state-of-the-art high resolution imaging tools. Here we present some recent in-depth FESEM, AFM and optical spectroscopy data to study the effect of stress on Escherichia coli. Contrary to earlier studies where various cell membrane ruptures were reported after moderate pressure exposure, we find that most cells remain viable and except for some occasional anomalous morphology, the surviving cells were similar to the unstressed state. Preliminary results suggest that the stress response in Escherichia coli exposed to short term extreme pressures (ranging from 1 -24 hrs) seems rapidly reversible. Biophysical entities such as the cell membrane, therefore, remain intact in the whole organism (and colony of microorganisms) at significantly higher pressure conditions than 300 MPa as reported in previous biophysics literature.

  20. Modelling Of Residual Stresses Induced By High Speed Milling Process

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    Desmaison, Olivier; Mocellin, Katia; Jardin, Nicolas

    2011-05-04

    Maintenance processes used in heavy industries often include high speed milling operations. The reliability of the post-process material state has to be studied. Numerical simulation appears to be a very interesting way to supply an efficient residual stresses (RS) distribution prediction.Because the adiabatic shear band and the serrated chip shaping are features of the austenitic stainless steel high speed machining, a 2D high speed orthogonal cutting model is briefly presented. This finite element model, developed on Forge registered software, is based on data taken from Outeiro and al.'s paper [1]. A new behaviour law fully coupling Johnson-Cook's constitutive law and Latham and Cockcroft's damage model is detailed in this paper. It ensures results that fit those found in literature.Then, the numerical tools used on the 2D model are integrated to a 3D high speed milling model. Residual stresses distribution is analysed, on the surface and into the depth of the material. Various revolutions and passes of the two teeth hemispheric mill on the workpiece are simulated. Thus the sensitivity of the residual stresses generation to the cutting conditions can be discussed. In order to validate the 3D model, a comparison of the cutting forces measured by EDF R and D to those given by numerical simulations is achieved.

  1. Modelling Of Residual Stresses Induced By High Speed Milling Process

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    Desmaison, Olivier; Mocellin, Katia; Jardin, Nicolas

    2011-05-01

    Maintenance processes used in heavy industries often include high speed milling operations. The reliability of the post-process material state has to be studied. Numerical simulation appears to be a very interesting way to supply an efficient residual stresses (RS) distribution prediction. Because the adiabatic shear band and the serrated chip shaping are features of the austenitic stainless steel high speed machining, a 2D high speed orthogonal cutting model is briefly presented. This finite element model, developed on Forge® software, is based on data taken from Outeiro & al.'s paper [1]. A new behaviour law fully coupling Johnson-Cook's constitutive law and Latham and Cockcroft's damage model is detailed in this paper. It ensures results that fit those found in literature. Then, the numerical tools used on the 2D model are integrated to a 3D high speed milling model. Residual stresses distribution is analysed, on the surface and into the depth of the material. Various revolutions and passes of the two teeth hemispheric mill on the workpiece are simulated. Thus the sensitivity of the residual stresses generation to the cutting conditions can be discussed. In order to validate the 3D model, a comparison of the cutting forces measured by EDF R&D to those given by numerical simulations is achieved.

  2. STRESS ANNEALING INDUCED DIFFUSE SCATTERING FROM Ni3(Al,Si) PRECIPITATES

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    Barabash, Rozaliya; Ice, Gene E; Karapetrova, Evgenia; Zschack, P.

    2012-01-01

    Diffuse scattering caused by L12 type Ni3 (Al,Si) precipitates after stress annealing of Ni-Al-Si alloys is studied. Experimental reciprocal space maps are compared to the theoretical ones. Oscillations of diffuse scattering due to Ni3 (Al,Sc) precipitates are observed. Peculiarities of diffuse scattering in asymptotic region as compared to Huang scattering region are discussed. Coupling between the stress annealing direction and the precipitate shape is demonstrated.

  3. Stress corrosion cracking of Ti-8Al-1 Mo-1V in molten salts

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    Smyrl, W. H.; Blackburn, M. J.

    1975-01-01

    The stress corrosion cracking (SCC) behavior of Ti-8Al-1 Mo-1V has been studied in several molten salt environments. Extensive data are reported for the alloy in highly pure LiCl-KCl. The influence of the metallurgical heat treatment and texture, and the mechanical microstructure show similarities with aqueous solutions at lower temperature. The fracture path and cracking modes are also similar to that found in other environments. The influence of H2O and H(-) in molten LiCl-KCl lead to the conclusion that hydrogen does not play a major role in crack extension in this environment.

  4. Growth and Stress-induced Transformation of Zinc blende AlN Layers in Al-AlN-TiN Multilayers.

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    Li, Nan; Yadav, Satyesh K; Wang, Jian; Liu, Xiang-Yang; Misra, Amit

    2015-01-01

    AlN nanolayers in sputter deposited {111}Al/AlN/TiN multilayers exhibit the metastable zinc-blende-structure (z-AlN). Based on density function theory calculations, the growth of the z-AlN is ascribed to the kinetically and energetically favored nitridation of the deposited aluminium layer. In situ nanoindentation of the as-deposited {111}Al/AlN/TiN multilayers in a high-resolution transmission electron microscope revealed the z-AlN to wurzite AlN phase transformation through collective glide of Shockley partial dislocations on every two {111} planes of the z-AlN. PMID:26681109

  5. Growth and Stress-induced Transformation of Zinc blende AlN Layers in Al-AlN-TiN Multilayers

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    Li, Nan; Yadav, Satyesh K.; Wang, Jian; Liu, Xiang-Yang; Misra, Amit

    2015-01-01

    AlN nanolayers in sputter deposited {111}Al/AlN/TiN multilayers exhibit the metastable zinc-blende-structure (z-AlN). Based on density function theory calculations, the growth of the z-AlN is ascribed to the kinetically and energetically favored nitridation of the deposited aluminium layer. In situ nanoindentation of the as-deposited {111}Al/AlN/TiN multilayers in a high-resolution transmission electron microscope revealed the z-AlN to wurzite AlN phase transformation through collective glide of Shockley partial dislocations on every two {111} planes of the z-AlN. PMID:26681109

  6. Ductile fracture in pure silver under high-triaxial stresses

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    Tolle, M.C. . Dept. of Mechanical Engineering); Kassner, M.E. . Dept. of Mechanical Engineering Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA )

    1994-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the mechanism of ductile fracture in pure silver subjected to a triaxial stress state. This was accomplished by preparing mechanical-testing specimens of thin, constrained, silver interlayers. The general objective of this research was to determine the (perhaps common) mechanism for ductile fracture in materials subjected to a variety of triaxial stress states. The approach consisted of three tasks: first, the authors compared the Huang et al. numerically determined instability criterion for an axisymmetric principal stress state with the experimentally observed [sigma][sub m]/[sigma][sub y] values for simple, tensile-loaded, high-purity, silver interlayers at failure. This would determine whether the unstable cavity growth mechanisms can apply to the important case of low strain ductile failures in thin constrained interlayers loaded in tension. Second, they would experimentally examine (ductile) fractures under other triaxial stress states, such as axisymmetric and non-axisymmetric stress-states, apparently outside the HHT predicted limits of unstable cavity growth in elastic-perfectly plastic solids with [sigma][sub 2]/[sigma][sub 1] < 0.75 (for [sigma][sub y]/E [approx equal] 0.003). This would be followed by an analysis of the failure, particularly for the case of small macroscopic plastic strains to failure. This would include comparing the observed stress states associated with ductile failure in biaxially loaded interlayers with FEM predictions of the stress levels required for unstable cavity growth using identical stress states (i.e., [sigma][sub 1], [sigma][sub 2], and [sigma][sub 3] of the same ratios).

  7. Dysregulated miRNA biogenesis downstream of cellular stress and ALS-causing mutations: a new mechanism for ALS.

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    Emde, Anna; Eitan, Chen; Liou, Lee-Loung; Libby, Ryan T; Rivkin, Natali; Magen, Iddo; Reichenstein, Irit; Oppenheim, Hagar; Eilam, Raya; Silvestroni, Aurelio; Alajajian, Betty; Ben-Dov, Iddo Z; Aebischer, Julianne; Savidor, Alon; Levin, Yishai; Sons, Robert; Hammond, Scott M; Ravits, John M; Möller, Thomas; Hornstein, Eran

    2015-11-01

    Interest in RNA dysfunction in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) recently aroused upon discovering causative mutations in RNA-binding protein genes. Here, we show that extensive down-regulation of miRNA levels is a common molecular denominator for multiple forms of human ALS. We further demonstrate that pathogenic ALS-causing mutations are sufficient to inhibit miRNA biogenesis at the Dicing step. Abnormalities of the stress response are involved in the pathogenesis of neurodegeneration, including ALS. Accordingly, we describe a novel mechanism for modulating microRNA biogenesis under stress, involving stress granule formation and re-organization of DICER and AGO2 protein interactions with their partners. In line with this observation, enhancing DICER activity by a small molecule, enoxacin, is beneficial for neuromuscular function in two independent ALS mouse models. Characterizing miRNA biogenesis downstream of the stress response ties seemingly disparate pathways in neurodegeneration and further suggests that DICER and miRNAs affect neuronal integrity and are possible therapeutic targets. PMID:26330466

  8. Intrinsic stress evolution during amorphous oxide film growth on Al surfaces

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    Flötotto, D. Wang, Z. M.; Jeurgens, L. P. H.; Mittemeijer, E. J.

    2014-03-03

    The intrinsic stress evolution during formation of ultrathin amorphous oxide films on Al(111) and Al(100) surfaces by thermal oxidation at room temperature was investigated in real-time by in-situ substrate curvature measurements and detailed atomic-scale microstructural analyses. During thickening of the oxide a considerable amount of growth stresses is generated in, remarkably even amorphous, ultrathin Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} films. The surface orientation-dependent stress evolutions during O adsorption on the bare Al surfaces and during subsequent oxide-film growth can be interpreted as a result of (i) adsorption-induced surface stress changes and (ii) competing processes of free volume generation and structural relaxation, respectively.

  9. Utilizing various test methods to study the stress corrosion behavior of Al-Li-Cu alloys

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    Pizzo, P. P.; Galvin, R. P.; Nelson, H. G.

    1984-01-01

    Recently, much attention has been given to aluminum-lithium alloys because of rather substantial specific-strength and specific-stiffness advantages offered over commercial 2000and 7000-series aluminum alloys. An obstacle to Al-Li alloy development has been inherent limited ductility. In order to obtain a more refined microstructure, powder metallurgy (P/M) has been employed in alloy development programs. As stress corrosion (SC) of high-strength aluminum alloys has been a major problem in the aircraft industry, the possibility of an employment of Al-Li alloys has been considered, taking into account a use of Al-Li-Cu alloys. Attention is given to a research program concerned with the evaluation of the relative SC resistance of two P/M processed Al-Li-Cu alloys. The behavior of the alloys, with and without an addition of magnesium, was studied with the aid of three test methods. The susceptibility to SC was found to depend on the microstructure of the alloys.

  10. Stress Corrosion Cracking in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Aluminum Alloys in Saline Environments

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    Holroyd, N. J. Henry; Scamans, G. M.

    2013-03-01

    Stress corrosion cracking of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu (AA7xxx) aluminum alloys exposed to saline environments at temperatures ranging from 293 K to 353 K (20 °C to 80 °C) has been reviewed with particular attention to the influences of alloy composition and temper, and bulk and local environmental conditions. Stress corrosion crack (SCC) growth rates at room temperature for peak- and over-aged tempers in saline environments are minimized for Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys containing less than ~8 wt pct Zn when Zn/Mg ratios are ranging from 2 to 3, excess magnesium levels are less than 1 wt pct, and copper content is either less than ~0.2 wt pct or ranging from 1.3 to 2 wt pct. A minimum chloride ion concentration of ~0.01 M is required for crack growth rates to exceed those in distilled water, which insures that the local solution pH in crack-tip regions can be maintained at less than 4. Crack growth rates in saline solution without other additions gradually increase with bulk chloride ion concentrations up to around 0.6 M NaCl, whereas in solutions with sufficiently low dichromate (or chromate), inhibitor additions are insensitive to the bulk chloride concentration and are typically at least double those observed without the additions. DCB specimens, fatigue pre-cracked in air before immersion in a saline environment, show an initial period with no detectible crack growth, followed by crack growth at the distilled water rate, and then transition to a higher crack growth rate typical of region 2 crack growth in the saline environment. Time spent in each stage depends on the type of pre-crack ("pop-in" vs fatigue), applied stress intensity factor, alloy chemistry, bulk environment, and, if applied, the external polarization. Apparent activation energies ( E a) for SCC growth in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys exposed to 0.6 M NaCl over the temperatures ranging from 293 K to 353 K (20 °C to 80 °C) for under-, peak-, and over-aged low-copper-containing alloys (<0.2 wt pct) are typically ranging from 80 to 85 kJ/mol, whereas for high-copper-containing alloys (>~0.8 wt pct), they are typically ranging from 20 to 40 kJ/mol for under- and peak-aged alloys, and based on limited data, around 85 kJ/mol for over-aged tempers. This means that crack propagation in saline environments is most likely to occur by a hydrogen-related process for low-copper-containing Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys in under-, peak- and over-aged tempers, and for high-copper alloys in under- and peak-aged tempers. For over-aged high-copper-containing alloys, cracking is most probably under anodic dissolution control. Future stress corrosion studies should focus on understanding the factors that control crack initiation, and insuring that the next generation of higher performance Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys has similar longer crack initiation times and crack propagation rates to those of the incumbent alloys in an over-aged condition where crack rates are less than 1 mm/month at a high stress intensity factor.

  11. Bending fatigue tests on SiC-Al tapes under alternating stress at room temperature

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    Herzog, J. A.

    1981-01-01

    The development of a testing method for fatigue tests on SiC-Al tapes containing a small amount of SiC filaments under alternating stress is reported. The fatigue strength curves resulting for this composite are discussed. They permit an estimate of its behavior under continuous stress and in combination with various other matrices, especially metal matrices.

  12. Low-energy deposition of high-strength Al(0) alloys from an ECR plasma

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    Barbour, J.C.; Follstaedt, D.M.; Knapp, J.A.; Myers, S.M.; Marshall, D.A.; Lad, R.J.

    1995-12-31

    Low-energy deposition of Al(O) alloys from an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma offers a scaleable method for the synthesis of thick, high-strength Al layers. This work compares alloy layers formed by an ECR-0{sub 2} plasma in conjunction with Al evaporation to 0-implanted Al (ion energies 25-200 keV); and it examines the effects of volume fraction of A1{sub 2}0{sub 3} phase and deposition temperature on the yield stress of the material. TEM showed the Al(O) alloys contain a dense dispersion of small {gamma}-Al{sub 2}0{sub 3} precipitates ({approximately}l nm) in a fine-grain (10-100 nm) fcc Al matrix when deposited at a temperature of {approximately}100C, similar to the microstructure for gigapascal-strength 0-implanted Al. Nanoindentation gave hardnesses for ECR films from 1.1 to 3.2 GPa, and finite-element modeling gave yield stresses up to 1.3 {plus_minus} 0.2 GPa with an elastic modulus of 66 GPa {plus_minus} 6 GPa (similar to pure bulk Al). The yield stress of a polycrystalline pure Al layer was only 0.19 {plus_minus} 0.02 GPa, which was increased to 0.87 {plus_minus} 0.15 GPa by implantation with 5 at. % 0.

  13. Insights into the proteomic response of soybean towards Al2O3, ZnO, and Ag nanoparticles stress.

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    Hossain, Zahed; Mustafa, Ghazala; Sakata, Katsumi; Komatsu, Setsuko

    2016-03-01

    Understanding the complex mechanisms involved in plant response to nanoparticles is indispensable in assessing the impact of nano-pollutants on environment. The present study compares the phytotoxicity of three different metal-based nanoparticles (Al2O3, ZnO, and Ag) in soybean seedling at proteome level. Plant growth, rigidity of roots, and root cell viability were markedly affected by ZnO- and Ag-NPs stress; while, Al2O3-NPs challenged soybean maintained normal seedling growth like control. Moreover, severe oxidative burst was evident in ZnO-NPs and Ag-NPs treatments. Gel-free proteomic analysis of NPs stressed soybean roots revealed 104 commonly changed proteins primarily associated with secondary metabolism, cell organization, and hormone metabolism. Oxidation-reduction cascade related genes, such as GDSL motif lipase 5, SKU5 similar 4, galactose oxidase, and quinone reductase were up-regulated in Al2O3-NPs challenged roots and down-regulated in ZnO- and Ag-NPs treatments. In comparison to root, 16 common proteins were found to be significantly changed in leaves of NPs exposed soybean that were predominantly associated to photosystem and protein degradation. The proteomic findings suggest that high abundance of proteins involved in oxidation-reduction, stress signaling, hormonal pathways related to growth and development might be the principal key for optimum growth of soybean under Al2O3-NPs stress. PMID:26561753

  14. Effect of thermal residual stress on the mechanical properties of NiAl-based composites

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    Choo, H.; Bourke, M.; Nash, P.

    1999-07-01

    NiAl-based hybrid composites containing 5, 15 and 30 volume percent of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} fibers in addition to AlN dispersion particles were fabricated via a powder metallurgy route. The strengthening mechanisms associated with the short Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} fiber in NiAl-(AlN){sub dispersion}-(Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub fiber} composite were studied with an emphasis on the effect of thermal residual stress on the compressive strength at room temperature and 1,300K. At 300K, the yield strength of the composites was predicted using a linear superposition of the monolithic yield strength, direct fiber strengthening and tensile matrix residual stresses. The prediction shows good agreement with the measured data. The majority of the room temperature strengthening is attributable to the residual stress. At 1,300K, the strengthening was achieved only by the load sharing of the fibers and there is no direct influence from the process-induced thermal residual stresses since they were completely relaxed at this temperature.

  15. Compensation effect of bacterium containing biofertilizer on the growth of Cucumis sativus L. under Al-stress conditions.

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    Tóth, Brigitta; Lévai, L; Kovács, B; Varga, Mária Borbélyné; Veres, Szilvia

    2013-03-01

    Biofertilizers are used to improve soil fertility and plant production in sustainable agriculture. However, their applicability depends on several environmental parameters. The aim of our study was to evaluate the effect of free-living bacteria containing fertilizer on the growth of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L. cvs. Delicates) under aluminium (Al) stress. Different responses to Al stress of cucumber growth parameters were examined in terms of root elongation and physiological traits, such as Spad index (relative chlorophyll value), biomass accumulation of root and shoot, Al uptake and selected element contents (Fe, Mn, Zn, Mg) of leaves and root. The applied bacteria containing biofertilizer contains Azotobacter chroococcum and Bacillus megaterium. The dry weights of cucumber shoots and roots decreased in line with the increasing Al concentration. Due to different Al treatments (10-3 M, 10-4 M) higher Al concentration was observed in the leaves, while the amounts of other elements (Fe, Mn, Zn, Mg) decreased. This high Al content of the leaves decreased below the control value when biofertilizer was applied. In the case of the roots the additional biofertilizer treatments compensated the effect of Al. The relative chlorophyll content was reduced during Al-stress in older plants and the biofertilizer moderated this effect. The root/shoot ratio was decreased in all the Al-treatments in comparison to the control. The living bacteria containing fertilizer also had a modifying effect. The root/shoot ratio increased at the 10-4 M Al2(SO4)2 + biofertilizer and 10-4 M Al(NO3)3 + biofertilizer treatments compared to the control and Al-treatments. According to our results the biofertilizer is an alternative nutrient supply for replacing chemical fertilizers because it enhances dry matter production. Biofertilizer usage is also offered under Al polluted environmental conditions. Although, the nutrient solution is a clean system where we can examine the main processes without other effects of natural soils. The soil can modify the results, e.g. the soil-born microorganisms affect nutrient availability, and also can modify the harmful effects of different heavy metals. The understanding of basic processes will help us to know more about the soil behaviour. PMID:23567831

  16. Temporal dynamics of the response to Al stress in Eucalyptus grandis × Eucalyptus camaldulensis.

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    de Alcântara, Berenice K; Pizzaia, Daniel; Piotto, Fernando A; Borgo, Lucélia; Brondani, Gilvano E; Azevedo, Ricardo A

    2015-01-01

    Lipid peroxidation and root elongation of Eucalyptus grandis × Eucalyptus camaldulensis were studied under stress conditions in response to aluminum (Al), a metal known to limit agricultural productivity in acidic soils primarily due to reduced root elongation. In Brazil, the Grancam 1277 hybrid (E. grandis × E. camaldulensis) has been planted in the "Cerrado", a region of the country with a wide occurrence of acidic soils. The present study demonstrated that the hybrid exhibited root growth reduction and increased levels of lipid peroxidation after 24h of treatment with 100 µM of Al, which was followed by a reduction in lipid peroxidation levels and the recovery of root elongation after 48 h of Al exposure, suggesting a rapid response to the early stressful conditions induced by Al. The understanding of the temporal dynamics of Al tolerance may be useful for selecting more tolerant genotypes and for identifying genes of interest for applications in bioengineering. PMID:26062119

  17. Luminescence sensing of stress in Ti/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} fiber reinforced composites

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    Hough, H.; Demas, J.; Williams, T.O.; Wadley, H.N.G.

    1995-02-01

    The high temperature processing of fibrous metal matrix composites has been predicted to result in the development of large residual stresses because of a difference between the coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE) of the fibers and matrix. The R1 and R2 optical luminescence line shifts of single crystal {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} fibers embedded in a titanium matrix have been measured using a fiber optic method and related to the reinforcing fiber`s principal stresses. The fiber`s axial stress component has been found to be more than twice that predicted by a concentric cylinder`s (CTE difference) model, while the fiber`s radial (and hoop) direction stresses are smaller than expected. The authors propose that the stress in these composites is affected by two presently unmodeled effects: an elevation of composite`s residual stress due to the large CTE difference between the tooling used for processing of the composite and a relaxation of the transverse stress components by radial matrix cracking. The result has important consequences for the manufacture of metal matrix composites and for efforts to predict their mechanical properties.

  18. Alucone interlayers to minimize stress caused by thermal expansion mismatch between Al?O? films and Teflon substrates.

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    Jen, Shih-Hui; George, Steven M; McLean, Robert S; Carcia, Peter F

    2013-02-01

    Alucone films were employed as interlayers to minimize stress caused by thermal expansion mismatch between Al(2)O(3) films grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) and Teflon fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) substrates. The alucone films were grown by molecular layer deposition (MLD) using trimethylaluminum (TMA), ethylene glycol (EG), and H(2)O. Without the alucone interlayer, the Al(2)O(3) films were susceptible to cracking resulting from the high coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) mismatch between the Al(2)O(3) film and the Teflon FEP substrate. Cracking was observed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) images of Al(2)O(3) films grown directly on Teflon FEP substrates at temperatures from 100 to 160 °C and then cooled to room temperature. With an alucone interlayer, the Al(2)O(3) film had a crack density that was reduced progressively versus alucone interlayer thickness. For Al(2)O(3) film thicknesses of 48 nm deposited at 135 °C, no cracks were observed for alucone interlayer thicknesses >60 nm on 50 ?m thick Teflon FEP substrates. For thinner Al(2)O(3) film thicknesses of 21 nm deposited at 135 °C, no cracks were observed for alucone interlayer thicknesses >40 nm on 50 ?m thick Teflon FEP substrates. Slightly higher alucone interlayer thicknesses were required to prevent cracking on thicker Teflon FEP substrates with a thickness of 125 ?m. The alucone interlayer linearly reduced the compressive stress on the Al(2)O(3) film caused by the thermal expansion mismatch between the Al(2)O(3) coating and the Teflon FEP substrate. The average compressive stress reduction per thickness of the alucone interlayer was determined to be 8.5 ± 2.3 MPa/nm. Comparison of critical tensile strains for alucone films on Teflon FEP and HSPEN substrates revealed that residual compressive stress in the alucone film on Teflon FEP could help offset applied tensile stress and lead to the attainment of much higher critical tensile strains. PMID:23272996

  19. Effect of laser spot size on the residual stress field of pure Al treated by laser shock processing: Simulations

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    Dai, F. Z.; Lu, J. Z.; Zhang, Y. K.; Wen, D. P.; Ren, X. D.; Zhou, J. Z.

    2014-10-01

    Laser shock processing (LSP) is a unique surface treatment technique. It induces high-depth compressive residual stresses for improved fatigue or stress corrosion cracking resistance. FEM simulation is an effective method to predict material behavior by LSP. A 2D quarter-infinite model was used to simulate the material behaviors of commercially pure Al by LSP. Different peak pressure with different laser spot diameter was applied to surface of pure Al. Each simulation included two steps: (i) explicit dynamics analysis for the analysis of the LSP; (ii) static equilibrium analysis for springback deformation analysis. The following conclusions could be made: (1) Plastically affected depth increased with the increase of laser spot diameter. There was an ultimate value about plastically affected depth when the laser spot diameter increased to some value, and the ultimate value was consistent with Ballard' model. When the laser spot diameter was small, there still existed tensile residual stresses on the surface layer of material although the peak pressure was below 2.5 HEL. When the diameter laser spot diameter was big enough, the tensile residual stresses on the surface layer of material were converted into compressive residual stresses although the peak pressure was higher than 2.5 HEL.

  20. Tropical soils with high aluminum concentrations cause oxidative stress in two tomato genotypes.

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    Nogueirol, Roberta Corrêa; Monteiro, Francisco Antonio; Gratão, Priscila Lupino; Borgo, Lucélia; Azevedo, Ricardo Antunes

    2015-03-01

    Tropical and subtropical soils are usually acidic and have high concentrations of aluminum (Al). Aluminum toxicity in plants is caused by the high affinity of the Al cation for cell walls, membranes, and metabolites. In this study, the response of the antioxidant-enzymatic system to Al was examined in two tomato genotypes: Solanum lycopersicum var. esculentum (Calabash Rouge) and Solanum lycopersicum var. cerasiforme (CNPH 0082) grown in tropical soils with varying levels of Al. Plant growth; activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), ascorbate peroxidase (APX), guaiacol peroxidase (GPOX), and glutathione reductase (GR) enzymes; stress-indicating compounds (malondialdehyde (MDA) and hydrogen peroxide); and morphology (root length and surface area) were analyzed. Increased levels of Al in soils were correlated with reduced shoot and root biomass and with reduced root length and surface area. Calabash Rouge exhibited low Al concentrations and increased growth in soils with the highest levels of Al. Plants grown in soils with high availability of Al exhibited higher levels of stress indicators (MDA and hydrogen peroxide) and higher enzyme activity (CAT, APX, GPOX, and GR). Calabash Rouge absorbed less Al from soils than CNPH 0082, which suggests that the genotype may possess mechanisms for Al tolerance. PMID:25647795

  1. Sintering Stress and Viscosity of Ni/Al2O3 Powder Mixtures

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    Shinagawa, Kazunari

    2008-02-01

    Sinter-forging tests of Ni/Al2O3 powder compacts with mixing ratios ranging from 0/100 to 100/0 are performed to reveal the influence of mixing different types of powder on the sintering properties. The sintering stress and the viscosity are evaluated from the data of strain-time curves with different loads at an elevated temperature. The sintering stress as well as the viscosity of pure Ni powder compact is lower than that of pure Al2O3. The increase in viscosity of the powder mixtures by adding Al2O3 into Ni is large compared with that in sintering stress within small amounts of addition, which corresponds to the retard of the sintering rate.

  2. Growth strains and stress relaxation in alumina scales during high temperature oxidation

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    Hou, P.Y.; Paulikas, A.P.; Veal, B.W.

    2004-03-23

    A novel X-ray technique was used, exploiting synchrotron radiation at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, to investigate the growth stresses in {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. In-situ measurements of Debye-Scherrer diffraction patterns from the scale were recorded during oxidation and cooling, and the elliptical distortion of the diffraction rings was analyzed to yield the in-plane strain. Fe-28Al, Fe-40Al, Fe-40Al-0.2Hf, Fe-20Cr-10Al and Ni-50Al (at. %) were studied. Data were acquired in air at temperatures between 950-1100 C and during cool down. In all cases, the steady stage growth strain was relatively low (<0.1%) and was either tensile or compressive depending on the alloy. A higher tensile strain often existed during the initial oxidation period when transition alumina was present. Thermal stresses imposed on NiAl by reducing the sample temperature to 950 C for a period of time showed noticeable stress relaxation by creep. Different degrees of relaxation were also found during cooling depending on alloy composition and scale microstructure. On all Fe-based alloys, the first formed {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was highly textured with the degree of texture decreasing with further oxidation. The relationships between stress development, scale wrinkling, oxide phase changes, and the effect of reactive element addition on growth stresses are discussed. Results are compared with other reports of growth stresses in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} scales.

  3. High temperature deformation of NiAl and CoAl

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    Nix, W. D.

    1982-01-01

    The high temperature mechanical properties of the aluminides are reviewed with respect to their potential as high temperature structural materials. It is shown that NiAl and CoAl are substantially stronger than the pure metals Ni and Co at high temperatures and approach the strength of some superalloys, particularly when those superalloys are tested in "weak" directions. The factors that limit and control the high temperature strengths of NiAl and CoAl are examined to provide a basis for the development of intermetallic alloys of this type.

  4. High School Seniors Tell Why They Are "Stressed Out."

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    Amen, John; Reglin, Gary

    1992-01-01

    Determines through the analysis of data collected from students the primary causes of stress among high school seniors. Presents research findings based on 348 responses to open-ended questions regarding stress. Lists stresses in six categories: school, family, employment, intimate relationships, friends/peers, and worrying about college. (HB)

  5. The transverse stress effect on the critical current of jelly-roll multifilamentary Nb3Al wires

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    Zeritis, D.

    1990-02-01

    Experiments were conducted to determine the transverse stress sensitivity of the critical current of jelly-roll multifilamentary Nb3Al wires, primarily at 12T but also at other magnetic fields. For comparison, similar experiments were conducted on bronze-process Ti-alloyed multifilamenary Nb3Sn wires. In total four samples were experimented upon, two jelly-roll Nb3Al samples of 0.8 mm and 1.03mm diameter, respectively, one bronze-process Nb3Sn sample of 1.0 mm diameter, and one internally-stabilized bronze-process Nb3Sn sample of 1.09 mm diameter. As was expected, the Nb3Al samples proved vastly superior to the Nb3Sn samples with regard to transverse compressive stress, exhibiting significant I(sub c)-degradation for transverse stresses above 100MPa. At 12T and at 150MPa of transverse compression (conditions expected in fusion magnets) the 0.8 mm diameter sample exhibited an I(sub c)-degradation of (approx) 20 percent, whereas the 1.03 mm diameter sample of (approx) 28 percent. Under the same conditions, the 1.0 mm diameter Nb3Sn sample exhibited an I(sub c)-degradation of (approx) 65 percent, whereas at 12T and 120MPa the 1.09 mm diameter Nb3Sn sample exhibited an I(sub c)-degradation also of (approx) 65 percent. However, the measured non-copper critical current densities at high magnetic fields of the Nb3Al samples were lower than those of the Nb3Sn samples. Further development is needed to improve this aspect of their performance, nevertheless there is optimism that Nb3Al will eventually become a useful superconductor for large scale, high field applications.

  6. On the effect of deep-rolling and laser-peening on the stress-controlled low-and high-cycle fatigue behavior of Ti6Al4V at elevated temperatures

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    Ritchie, Robert O.

    turbine fan blade alloy is investigated in the regime of 102 ­106 cycles to failure under fully reversed April 2012 Keywords: Fatigue Titanium alloys Surface treatments Deep-rolling Laser shock peening a b the fatigue resistance of the Ti­6Al­4V alloy declined with increasing test temperature regardless of sur

  7. Effect of particle bombardment on the orientation and the residual stress of sputtered AlN films for SAW devices.

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    Iborra, Enrique; Clement, Marta; Sangrador, Jesús; Sanz-Hervás, Alfredo; Vergara, Lucía; Aguilar, Miguel

    2004-03-01

    We present a study of the effect of particle bombardment on the preferred orientation and the residual stress of polycrystalline aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films for surface acoustic wave (SAW) applications. Films were deposited on silicon (100) substrates by radio frequency (RF) sputtering of an aluminum target in an argon and nitrogen gas mixture. The main deposition parameters were changed as follows: the total pressure from 4 mTorr to 11 mTorr, the N2 content in the gas mixture from 20% to 80%, and the substrate self-bias voltage from -10 V to -30 V. If a sufficiently high negative substrate self-bias voltage is induced, (00.2)-oriented films are obtained over the full ranges of pressure and N2 content. Such films have values of residual stress ranging from -3 GPa to +1 GPa, depending on the deposition conditions. Our results suggest that the energy of the Ar ions colliding with the substrate controls the preferred orientation of the films, whereas the directionality of the ions (for the same energy) is the main factor determining the residual stress. To demonstrate the suitability of our material for the intended application, SAW filters with good electroacoustic response have been fabricated using AlN thin films with optimized (00.2) orientation and controlled residual stress. PMID:15128222

  8. Stress investigation of the AlGaN/GaN micromachined circular diaphragms of a pressure sensor

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    Dzuba, J.; Vanko, G.; Držík, M.; Rýger, I.; Vallo, M.; Kutiš, V.; Haško, D.; Choleva, P.; Lalinský, T.

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, selected mechanical properties of a circular AlGaN/GaN diaphragm with an integrated circular high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) intended for pressure sensing are investigated. Two independent methods were used to determine the residual stress in the proposed diaphragms. The resonant frequency method using laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV) for vibration measurement was chosen to measure the natural frequencies while the diaphragms were excited by acoustic impulse. It is shown that resonant frequency is strongly dependent on the built-in residual stress. The finite element analysis (FEM) in Ansys software was performed to determine the stress value from frequency spectra measured. The transition behavior of proposed diaphragms between the ideal circular membrane and plate is observed and discussed. Secondly, the bulging method and white light interferometry (WLI) are used to determine the stress-dependent deflection response of the AlGaN/GaN diaphragm under static pressure loading. Regarding the results obtained, the optimal design of the sensing electrodes is outlined.

  9. NiAl-Base Composite Containing High Volume Fraction of AIN Particulate for Advanced Engines

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    Hebsur, Mohan G.; Whittenberger, J. D.; Lowell, C. E.; Garg, A.

    1995-01-01

    Cryomilling of prealloyed NiAl containing 53 at. % AJ was carried out to achieve high nitrogen levels. The consolidation of cryomilled powder by extrusion or hot pressing/ hot isostatic pressing resulted in a fully dense NiAl-base composite containing 30 vol. % of inhomogeneously distributed, nanosized AIN particulate. The NiAl-30AIN composite exhibited the highest compression yield strengths at all temperatures between 300 and 1300 K as compared with other compositions of NiAl-AIN composite. The NiAl-30AIN specimens tested under compressive creep loading between 1300 and 1500 K also exhibited the highest creep resistance with very little surface oxidation indicating also their superior elevated temperature oxidation resistance. In the high stress exponent regime, the strength is proportional to the square root of the AIN content and in the low stress exponent regime, the influence of AIN content on strength appears to be less dramatic. The specific creep strength of this material at 1300 K is superior to a first generation Ni-base single crystal superalloy. The improvements in elevated temperature creep strength and oxidation resistance have been achieved without sacrificing the room temperature fracture toughness of the NiAl-base material. Based on its attractive combination of properties, the NiAl-30AIN composite is a potential candidate for advanced engine applications,

  10. MOVPE growth of high-quality AlN

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    Dadgar, A.; Krost, A.; Christen, J.; Bastek, B.; Bertram, F.; Krtschil, A.; Hempel, T.; Bläsing, J.; Haboeck, U.; Hoffmann, A.

    2006-12-01

    AlN layers were grown on Si and sapphire substrates in a horizontal and a vertical metalorganic chemical vapour phase epitaxy system. AlN grown in the horizontal reactor is smooth and shows intense band-edge cathodoluminescence but Ga can be found in the layers even after several microns of AlN growth. After cleaning the reactor and using a new Ga-free quartz and graphite system the layer quality is drastically reduced and we observe a rough morphology. In the vertical system pure AlN layers with smooth surfaces can be grown even on a Ga-contaminated susceptor and no Ga is found in the layers. In cathodoluminescence (CL) measurements an enhancement of oxygen or silicon-related luminescence peaks is found for the growth on sapphire or silicon substrates, respectively. A comparison of CL and Raman measurements reveals a strong tensile stress for AlN on Si that corresponds to ˜1 GPa and relaxes at cracks where a wavelength shift of 4 nm is observed. AlN grown on sapphire is found to be under compressive stress at room temperature.

  11. ALS Multicenter Cohort Study of Oxidative Stress (ALS COSMOS): study methodology, recruitment, and baseline demographic and disease characteristics.

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    Mitsumoto, Hiroshi; Factor-Litvak, Pam; Andrews, Howard; Goetz, Raymond R; Andrews, Leslie; Rabkin, Judith G; McElhiney, Martin; Nieves, Jeri; Santella, Regina M; Murphy, Jennifer; Hupf, Jonathan; Singleton, Jess; Merle, David; Kilty, Mary; Heitzman, Daragh; Bedlack, Richard S; Miller, Robert G; Katz, Jonathan S; Forshew, Dallas; Barohn, Richard J; Sorenson, Eric J; Oskarsson, Bjorn; Fernandes Filho, J Americo M; Kasarskis, Edward J; Lomen-Hoerth, Catherine; Mozaffar, Tahseen; Rollins, Yvonne D; Nations, Sharon P; Swenson, Andrea J; Shefner, Jeremy M; Andrews, Jinsy A; Koczon-Jaremko, Boguslawa A

    2014-06-01

    Abstract In a multicenter study of newly diagnosed ALS patients without a reported family history of ALS, we are prospectively investigating whether markers of oxidative stress (OS) are associated with disease progression. Methods utilize an extensive structured telephone interview ascertaining environmental, lifestyle, dietary and psychological risk factors associated with OS. Detailed assessments were performed at baseline and at 3-6 month intervals during the ensuing 30 months. Our biorepository includes DNA, plasma, urine, and skin. Three hundred and fifty-five patients were recruited. Subjects were enrolled over a 36-month period at 16 sites. To meet the target number of subjects, the recruitment period was prolonged and additional sites were included. Results showed that demographic and disease characteristics were similar between 477 eligible/non-enrolled and enrolled patients, the only difference being type of health insurance among enrolled patients. Sites were divided into three groups by the number of enrolled subjects. Comparing these three groups, the Columbia site had fewer 'definite ALS' diagnoses. This is the first prospective, interdisciplinary, in-depth, multicenter epidemiological investigation of OS related to ALS progression and has been accomplished by an aggressive recruitment process. The baseline demographic and disease features of the study sample are now fully characterized. PMID:24564738

  12. ALS Multicenter Cohort Study of Oxidative Stress (ALS COSMOS): The study methodology, recruitment, and baseline demographic and disease characteristics

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    Mitsumoto, Hiroshi; Factor-Litvak, Pam; Andrews, Howard; Goetz, Raymond R.; Andrews, Leslie; Rabkin, Judith G.; McElhiney, Martin; Nieves, Jeri; Santella, Regina M.; Murphy, Jennifer; Hupf, Jonathan; Singleton, Jess; Merle, David; Kilty, Mary; Heitzman, Daragh; Bedlack, Richard S.; Miller, Robert G; Katz, Jonathan S.; Forshew, Dallas; Barohn, Richard J.; Sorenson, Eric J.; Oskarsson, Bjorn; Filho, J Americo M. Fernandes; Kasarskis, Edward J.; Lomen-Hoerth, Catherine; Mozaffar, Tahseen; Rollins, Yvonne D.; Nations, Sharon P.; Swenson, Andrea J.; Shefner, Jeremy M.; Andrews, Jinsy A.; Koczon-Jaremko, Boguslawa A.

    2015-01-01

    Objective In a multicenter study of newly diagnosed ALS patients without a reported family history of ALS, we are prospectively investigating whether markers of oxidative stress (OS) are associated with disease progression. Methods An extensive structured telephone interview ascertained environmental, lifestyle, dietary and psychological risk factors associated with OS. Detailed assessments were performed at baseline and at 3 to 6 month intervals during the ensuing 30 months. Our biorepository includes DNA, plasma, urine, and skin. Results 355 patients were recruited. Subjects were enrolled over a 36 month-period at 16 sites. To meet the target number of subjects, the recruitment period was prolonged and additional sites were included. Demographic and disease characteristics were similar between 477 eligible/non-enrolled and enrolled patients, with the only difference being type of health insurance among enrolled patients. Sites were divided into 3 groups by the number of enrolled subjects. Comparing these 3 groups, the Columbia site had fewer “definite ALS” diagnoses. Conclusion This is the first prospective, interdisciplinary, in-depth, multicenter epidemiological investigation of OS related to ALS progression and was accomplished by an aggressive recruitment process. The baseline demographic and disease features of the study sample are now fully characterized. PMID:24564738

  13. The evaluation and measurement of AlGaN epitaxial layer with high Al mole fraction

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    Meng, Zhao; Yu, Libo; Li, Xiao; Liu, Qibin; Duan, Huiqiang; Yu, Chenhui; Chen, Changqing

    2009-08-01

    The epitaxial layer quality of AlxGa1-xN (x>0.6) on sapphire substrate grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) needs to be further improved. In this paper, we evaluated the properties of defects, lattice mismatch between epitaxial layer and substrate, crystal quality and conductivity for these high Al mole fraction materials from the viewpoint of fabricating high performance solar blind detectors by comprehensive utilizing various undamaged measurements. The measurement of transmission spectrum was used to evaluate the absorption edge, band gap, mole fraction of Al content, hetero-epitaxial interface, and transmissivity in the ultraviolet spectral range. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to measure the component of the AlGaN material, uniformity of the material and crystal quality. The conductivity of the surface layer of the AlGaN film material was obtained by using high precision current-voltage curve measurement. In short, the material quality, optical and electrical properties, and uniformity for high Al mole fraction AlGaN epitaxial layers were qualitatively or quantitatively measured and analyzed. These works lay the foundation for manufacturing high performance solar blind ultraviolet detectors based on high Al mole fraction AlGaN epitaxial materials on sapphire substrate.

  14. Observation of morphology and stress distribution around dislocation in Ni3Al on the atomic scale

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    Ma, S. Y.; Ren, N. N.; Zhang, J. X.

    2015-06-01

    Dislocation is very important for the properties of materials. In this work, morphology and stress distribution around dislocation in Ni3Al are observed in atomic scale by the molecular dynamics. We obtained the dislocation morphology by the simulation and found that the atom distribution around the dislocation core is irregular. Layers of atoms on both the left and right sides of the dislocation core leans to the core, and about six layers of atoms are fractured due to the missing of the half plane of atoms. Along the [1 1 1] direction, there are about eight layers of atoms deviating from its equilibrium position. These results demonstrated that influenced area of dislocation is pipe-like. The stress distribution agrees with the results from the formula. Both normal stress and shear stress components exist in the edge dislocation stress field, normal stress mainly concentrating on two sides of the dislocation line, while the shear stress exist several angstrom away from the dislocation line.

  15. Low-stress and high-stress singing have contrasting effects on glucocorticoid response.

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    Fancourt, Daisy; Aufegger, Lisa; Williamon, Aaron

    2015-01-01

    Performing music in public is widely recognized as a potentially stress-inducing activity. However, despite the interest in music performance as an acute psychosocial stressor, there has been relatively little research on the effects of public performance on the endocrine system. This study examined the impact of singing in a low-stress performance situation and a high-stress live concert on levels of glucocorticoids (cortisol and cortisone) in 15 professional singers. The results showed a significant decrease in both cortisol and cortisone across the low-stress condition, suggesting that singing in itself is a stress-reducing (and possibly health-promoting) activity, but significant increases across the high-stress condition. This is the first study to demonstrate that singing affects cortisol as well as cortisone responses and that these responses are modulated by the conditions of performance. PMID:26388794

  16. Low-stress and high-stress singing have contrasting effects on glucocorticoid response

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    Fancourt, Daisy; Aufegger, Lisa; Williamon, Aaron

    2015-01-01

    Performing music in public is widely recognized as a potentially stress-inducing activity. However, despite the interest in music performance as an acute psychosocial stressor, there has been relatively little research on the effects of public performance on the endocrine system. This study examined the impact of singing in a low-stress performance situation and a high-stress live concert on levels of glucocorticoids (cortisol and cortisone) in 15 professional singers. The results showed a significant decrease in both cortisol and cortisone across the low-stress condition, suggesting that singing in itself is a stress-reducing (and possibly health-promoting) activity, but significant increases across the high-stress condition. This is the first study to demonstrate that singing affects cortisol as well as cortisone responses and that these responses are modulated by the conditions of performance. PMID:26388794

  17. The rate dependence of the saturation flow stress of Cu and 1100 Al

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    Preston, D.L.; Tonks, D.L.; Wallace, D.C.

    1991-01-01

    The strain-rate dependence of the saturation flow stress of OFHC Cu and 1100 Al from 10{sup {minus}3}s{sup {minus}1} to nearly to 10{sup 12}s{sup {minus}1} is examined. The flow stress above 10{sup 9}s{sup {minus}1} is estimated using Wallace's theory of overdriven shocks in metals. A transition to the power-law behavior {Psi} {approximately} {tau}{sub s}{sup 5} occurs at a strain rate of order 10{sup 5}s{sup {minus}1}. 10 refs., 2 figs.

  18. High temperature dispersion strengthening of NiAl

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    Sherman, M.; Vedula, K.

    1986-01-01

    A potential high temperature strengthening mechanism for alloys based on the intermetallic compound NiAl was investigated. This study forms part of an overall program at NASA Lewis Research Center for exploring the potential of alloys based on NiAl for high temperature applications. An alloy containing 2.26 at% Nb and produced by hot extrusion of blended powders was examined in detail using optical and electron microscopy. Interdiffusion between the blended Nb and NiAl powders results in the formation of intermediate phases. A fine dispersion of precipitates of a hexagonal, ordered NiAlNb phases in a matrix of NiAl can be produced and this results in strengthening of the alloy by interfering with dislocation motion at high temperature. These precipitates are, however, found to coarsen during the high temperature (1300 K) deformation at slow strain rates and this may impose some limitatioins on the use of this strengthening mechanism.

  19. High-temperature deformation of uniaxially aligned lamellar TiAl/Ti{sub 3}Al

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    Heinrich, H.; Abaecherli, V.; Wilkins, D.J.; Kostorz, G.

    1999-07-01

    Uniaxially aligned polysynthetically twinned two-phase TiAl/Ti{sub 3}Al material is produced by induction zone melting and deformed in uniaxial compression. Above 1,000 K the strain rate sensitivity is independent of the lamellar orientation and increases strongly with increasing deformation temperature. Results for the strain rate sensitivity parameters are somewhat lower than those obtained for {gamma}-TiAl single- and polycrystals. If the lamellae are oriented parallel or perpendicular to the deformation axis, the flow stress decreases with increasing strain. After plastic deformation the dislocation density in the lamellae is remarkably low indicating recovery processes. At the lamellar interfaces misfit dislocations and periodic arrangements of dislocations with Burgers vectors inclined to the lamellar boundaries are found. In contrast to deformation at lower temperatures, deformation twinning is rare.

  20. Regional aspect of highly water-stressed population estimated by world water resources under SRES scenarios

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    Kiguchi, M.; Shen, Y.; Kanae, S.; Oki, T.

    2008-12-01

    Global and regional populations lived in highly water-stressed basin for a function of the temperature were estimated using the socio-economical data and the outputs of GCMs. In global, the highly water-stressed population in scenario A2 rapidly increased when the anomaly of temperature is exceeding to about +1.5 deg.. In the case of the scenario A1b, the gradient of increase of highly water-stressed population was less than that in the case of the scenario A2. When the value of temperature anomaly was exceeding to about + 1.5 deg., the gradient of increase of highly water-stressed population became loose. On the other hand, the highly water-stressed population in the scenario B1 decreased when the temperature anomaly was exceeding to about +1.2 deg.. According to the estimation of the highly water-stressed population when the effect of climate change was ignored (that is, runoff was not changed), the highly water-stressed population was almost same. This result implied that it is strongly contributed by not the climate change but the socio- economical factors (ex; an irrigated area, increase of industrial water use, increase of population itself). Parry et al. (2001) pointed out that the influence on the water risk by the climate change is serious when the anomaly of temperature is exceeding to +2 deg.. However, our assessment disagrees with their assignment. When the highly water-stressed population assessment is estimated within the social elements (ex., the increase of irrigation demand, industrial demand, and population itself), the climate change is not so effective. Part of this study was financially supported by the Global Environment Research Fund, "S-4" and "S-5", from the Japanese Ministry of the Environment.

  1. Time Evolution of Electrical Degradation under High-Voltage Stress

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    del Alamo, Jesús A.

    Time Evolution of Electrical Degradation under High-Voltage Stress in GaN High Electron Mobility the time evolution of electrical degradation of GaN high electron mobility transistors under high voltage in current collapse and eventually permanent degradation in ID. We also found that the time evolution of gate

  2. Influence of Pre-Heated Al 6061 Substrate Temperature on the Residual Stresses of Multipass Al Coatings Deposited by Cold Spray

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    Rech, Silvano; Trentin, Andrea; Vezzù, Simone; Legoux, Jean-Gabriel; Irissou, Eric; Guagliano, Mario

    2011-01-01

    In this work, the influence of the substrate temperature on the deposition efficiency, on the coating properties and residual stress was investigated. Pure Al coatings were deposited on Al 6061 alloy substrates using a CGT Kinetics 3000 cold spray system. The substrate temperature was in a range between 20 (room temperature) and 375 °C and was kept nearly constant during a given deposition while all the other deposition parameters were unchanged. The deposited coatings were quenched in water (within 1 min from the deposition) and then characterized. The residual stress was determined by Almen gage method, Modified Layer Removal Method, and XRD in order to identify both the mean coating stress and the stress profile through the coating thickness from the surface to the coating-substrate interface. The residual stress results obtained by these three methods were compared and discussed. The coating morphology and porosity were investigated using optical and scanning electron microscopy.

  3. High temperature oxidation behavior of TiAl-based intermetallics

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    Stroosnijder, M.F.; Sunderkoetter, J.D.; Haanappel, V.A.C.

    1996-10-01

    TiAl-based intermetallic compounds have attracted considerable interest as structural materials for high-temperature applications due to their low density and substantial mechanical strength at high temperatures. However, one major drawback hindering industrial application arises from the insufficient oxidation resistance at temperatures beyond 700 C. In the present contribution some general aspects of high temperature oxidation of TiAl-based intermetallics will be presented. This will be followed by a discussion of the influence of alloying elements, in particular niobium, and of the effect of nitrogen in the oxidizing environment on the high temperature oxidation behavior of such materials.

  4. Corrosion Fatigue of High-Strength Titanium Alloys Under Different Stress Gradients

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    Baragetti, Sergio; Villa, Francesco

    2015-05-01

    Ti-6Al-4V is the most widely used high strength-to-mass ratio titanium alloy for advanced engineering components. Its adoption in the aerospace, maritime, automotive, and biomedical sectors is encouraged when highly stressed components with severe fatigue loading are designed. The extents of its applications expose the alloy to several aggressive environments, which can compromise its brilliant mechanical characteristics, leading to potentially catastrophic failures. Ti-6Al-4V stress-corrosion cracking and corrosion-fatigue sensitivity has been known since the material testing for pressurized tanks for Apollo missions, although detailed investigations on the effects of harsh environment in terms of maximum stress reduction have been not carried out until recent times. In the current work, recent experimental results from the authors' research group are presented, quantifying the effects of aggressive environments on Ti-6Al-4V under fatigue loading in terms of maximum stress reduction. R = 0.1 axial fatigue results in laboratory air, 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution, and CH3OH methanol solution at different concentrations are obtained for mild notched specimens ( K t = 1.18) at 2e5 cycles. R = 0.1 tests are also conducted in laboratory air, inert environment, 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution for smooth, mild and sharp notched specimens, with K t ranging from 1 to 18.65, highlighting the environmental effects for the different load conditions induced by the specimen geometry.

  5. Growth of High-Quality Si-Doped AlGaN by Low-Pressure Metalorganic Vapor Phase Epitaxy

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    Shimahara, Yuki; Miyake, Hideto; Hiramatsu, Kazumasa; Fukuyo, Fumitsugu; Okada, Tomoyuki; Takaoka, Hidetsugu; Yoshida, Harumasa

    2011-09-01

    In this paper we report the growth of Si-doped AlGaN on an AlN/sapphire substrate by low-pressure metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy (LP-MOVPE) with an in situ monitoring system to fabricate a high-quality film with controlled thickness. The AlN mole fraction in AlGaN can be controlled by adjusting the growth temperature. We also discuss the quality and growth mechanism of AlGaN on AlN. GaN and AlGaN with an AlN mole fraction of 0.28 were free from stress because of the occurrence of three-dimensional (3D) growth. The lattice constant a of AlGaN with an AlN mole fraction of 0.40 was larger than that at an AlN mole fraction of 0.28 despite the two-dimensional (2D) growth mode. This indicates that the lattice mismatch between AlGaN and the underlying AlN adversely affects the crystal quality. AlGaN with an AlN mole fraction of over 0.60 was coherently grown on AlN owing to the fact that the AlN/sapphire template used in this work was subjected to compression. For this reason, in the samples with an AlN mole fraction of over 0.6, the crystal quality was high because of the coherent growth on the underlying AlN. Moreover, Si doping was performed for AlGaN. The carrier concentration increased linearly up to a Si concentration of 2 ×1018 cm-3, indicating that the activation rate was approximately 1.

  6. High-temperature Oxidation Resistance of Al2O3-Au Laminated Composite Coating Prepared on TiAl-based Alloy

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    Ma, Xiaoxu; He, Yedong; Wang, Deren; Lin, Junpin; Gao, Wei

    2012-04-01

    Novel composite coatings consist of Al2O3 micro-layers alternating with Au nano-layers have been prepared on TiAl-based alloy by magnetron sputtering. The results of high-temperature cyclic oxidation test at 900 °C for 200 h revealed that the multi-sealed ?-Al2O3 and Au layers effectively suppress the inward diffusion of oxygen to a low level. The formed oxide scales and composite coatings are compact and free of cracks. The thermal stress is decreased owing to the increase of thermal-expansion coefficient. And the surface scratch test exhibited that the brittle/ductile laminated structure can remarkably enhance the strength and toughness in combination with improved damage resistance of the Al2O3-Au laminated composite coatings. Consequently, the oxidation and spallation resistance of TiAl-based alloy have been improved significantly.

  7. Ab initio local energy and local stress: application to tilt and twist grain boundaries in Cu and Al.

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    Wang, Hao; Kohyama, Masanori; Tanaka, Shingo; Shiihara, Yoshinori

    2013-07-31

    The energy-density and stress-density schemes (Shiihara et al 2010 Phys. Rev. B 81 075441) within the projector augmented wave (PAW) method based on the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) have been applied to tilt and twist grain boundaries (GBs) and single vacancies in Cu and Al. Local energy and local stress at GBs and defects are obtained by integrating the energy and stress densities in each local region by the Bader integration using a recent algorithm (Yu et al 2011 J. Chem. Phys. 134 064111) as well as by the layer-by-layer integration so as to settle the gauge-dependent problem in the kinetic terms. Results are compared with those by the fuzzy-Voronoi integration and by the embedded atom method (EAM). The features of local energy and local stress at GBs and vacancies depend on the bonding nature of each material. Valence electrons in Al mainly located in the interatomic regions show remarkable response to structural disorder as significant valence charge redistribution or bond reconstruction, often leading to long-range variations of charges, energies and stresses, quite differently from d electrons in Cu mainly located near nuclei. All these features can be well represented by our local energy and local stress. The EAM potential for Al does not reproduce correct local energy or local stress, while the EAM potential for Cu provides satisfactory results. PMID:23835349

  8. ALS Patient Stem Cells for Unveiling Disease Signatures of Motoneuron Susceptibility: Perspectives on the Deadly Mitochondria, ER Stress and Calcium Triad

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    Kaus, Anjoscha; Sareen, Dhruv

    2015-01-01

    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a largely sporadic progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting upper and lower motoneurons (MNs) whose specific etiology is incompletely understood. Mutations in superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD1), TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TARDBP/TDP-43) and C9orf72, have been identified in subsets of familial and sporadic patients. Key associated molecular and neuropathological features include ubiquitinated TDP-43 inclusions, stress granules, aggregated dipeptide proteins from mutant C9orf72 transcripts, altered mitochondrial ultrastructure, dysregulated calcium homeostasis, oxidative and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, and an unfolded protein response (UPR). Such impairments have been documented in ALS animal models; however, whether these mechanisms are initiating factors or later consequential events leading to MN vulnerability in ALS patients is debatable. Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are a valuable tool that could resolve this “chicken or egg” causality dilemma. Relevant systems for probing pathophysiologically affected cells from large numbers of ALS patients and discovering phenotypic disease signatures of early MN susceptibility are described. Performing unbiased ‘OMICS and high-throughput screening in relevant neural cells from a cohort of ALS patient iPSCs, and rescuing mitochondrial and ER stress impairments, can identify targeted therapeutics for increasing MN longevity in ALS. PMID:26635528

  9. Lateral gradients of phases, residual stress and hardness in a laser heated Ti0.52Al0.48N coating on hard metal

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    Bartosik, M.; Daniel, R.; Zhang, Z.; Deluca, M.; Ecker, W.; Stefenelli, M.; Klaus, M.; Genzel, C.; Mitterer, C.; Keckes, J.

    2012-01-01

    The influence of a local thermal treatment on the properties of Ti–Al–N coatings is not understood. In the present work, a Ti0.52Al0.48N coating on a WC–Co substrate was heated with a diode laser up to 900 °C for 30 s and radially symmetric lateral gradients of phases, residual stress and hardness were characterized ex-situ using position-resolved synchrotron X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and nanoindentation. The results reveal (i) a residual stress relaxation at the edge of the irradiated area and (ii) a compressive stress increase of few GPa in the irradiated area center due to the Ti–Al–N decomposition, in particular due to the formation of small wurtzite (w) AlN domains. The coating hardness increased from 35 to 47 GPa towards the center of the heated spot. In the underlying heated substrate, a residual stress change from about ? 200 to 500 MPa down to a depth of 6 ?m is observed. Complementary, in-situ high-temperature X-ray diffraction analysis of stresses in a homogeneously heated Ti0.52Al0.48N coating on a WC–Co substrate was performed in the range of 25–1003 °C. The in-situ experiment revealed the origin of the observed thermally-activated residual stress oscillation across the laser heated spot. Finally, it is demonstrated that the coupling of laser heating to produce lateral thermal gradients and position-resolved experimental techniques opens the possibility to perform fast screening of structure–property relationships in complex materials. PMID:23471140

  10. Nanotopography and Surface Stress Analysis of Ti6Al4V Bioimplant: An Alternative Design for Stability

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    Patel, Sweetu; Solitro, Giovanni Francesco; Sukotjo, Cortino; Takoudis, Christos; Mathew, Mathew T.; Amirouche, Farid; Shokuhfar, Tolou

    2015-11-01

    The mechanical stability of biomedical Ti6Al4V rods with vertically aligned nanotubes structure formed on their surface has yet to be fully tested during insertion into the bone. The surface of rods impacted during insertion into a bone makes shear contact with bone, generating an interfacial stress. This stress plays an important role in osseointegration and may contribute to loosening between the bone and the implant during surgery. In the current study, the mechanical stability of various Ti6Al4V surfaces, including machined (M), rough (R), machined-anodized (MA), and rough-anodized (RA) surfaces, were tested and fully analyzed during insertion and pullout test into a simulant bone with densities 15 and 20 pounds per cubic foot (pcf). Our initial results from the field emission scanning electron microscopy images taken before and after insertion reveal that titania nanotubes remained stable and maintained their structural integrity during the insertion and pullout Instron test. Furthermore, from the interfacial stress calculation during the insertion, it was observed that compared with nonanodized rods, a higher force was required to insert the anodized rods. The interfacial stress generated during the insertion of anodized rods was 1.03 ± 0.11 MPa for MA and 1.10 ± 0.36 MPa for RA, which is significantly higher ( p < 0.05) than nonanodized rods with 0.36 ± 0.07 MPa for M and 0.36 ± 0.08 MPa for R in simulant bone with density of 15 pcf. Similar behavior was also observed in 20 pcf simulant bone. Energy dissipated during anodized rod insertion (i.e., MA = 1.3 ± 0.04 Nm and RA = 1.23 ± 0.24 Nm) was not significantly different than nonanodized rod insertion (i.e., M = 0.9 ± 0.05 Nm and R = 1.04 ± 0.04 Nm) into 15 pcf simulant bone. The high stress during insertion of anodized rods suggests that the nanotubes on the surface can cause gripping and high friction on the radial side, resisting the counter motion of the bone. The latter may play a beneficial role in preventing micromotion between the bone and implant and therefore reducing the chance of fretting/fatigue corrosion.

  11. High voltage bushing having weathershed and surrounding stress relief collar

    DOEpatents

    Cookson, Alan H. (Pittsburgh, PA)

    1981-01-01

    A high voltage electric bushing comprises a hollow elongated dielectric weathershed which encloses a high voltage conductor. A collar formed of high voltage dielectric material is positioned over the weathershed and is bonded thereto by an interface material which precludes moisture-like contaminants from entering between the bonded portions. The collar is substantially thicker than the adjacent weathershed which it surrounds, providing relief of the electric stresses which would otherwise appear on the outer surface of the weathershed. The collar may include a conductive ring or capacitive foil to further relieve electric stresses experienced by the bushing.

  12. Uncertainties in obtaining high reliability from stress-strength models

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    Neal, Donald M.; Matthews, William T.; Vangel, Mark G.

    1992-01-01

    There has been a recent interest in determining high statistical reliability in risk assessment of aircraft components. The potential consequences are identified of incorrectly assuming a particular statistical distribution for stress or strength data used in obtaining the high reliability values. The computation of the reliability is defined as the probability of the strength being greater than the stress over the range of stress values. This method is often referred to as the stress-strength model. A sensitivity analysis was performed involving a comparison of reliability results in order to evaluate the effects of assuming specific statistical distributions. Both known population distributions, and those that differed slightly from the known, were considered. Results showed substantial differences in reliability estimates even for almost nondetectable differences in the assumed distributions. These differences represent a potential problem in using the stress-strength model for high reliability computations, since in practice it is impossible to ever know the exact (population) distribution. An alternative reliability computation procedure is examined involving determination of a lower bound on the reliability values using extreme value distributions. This procedure reduces the possibility of obtaining nonconservative reliability estimates. Results indicated the method can provide conservative bounds when computing high reliability. An alternative reliability computation procedure is examined involving determination of a lower bound on the reliability values using extreme value distributions. This procedure reduces the possibility of obtaining nonconservative reliability estimates. Results indicated the method can provide conservative bounds when computing high reliability.

  13. Uniaxial-stress dependence of Hall effect in an AlGaAs/GaAs modulation-doped heterojunction

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    Liu, Y.; Rang, Z. L.; Fung, A. K.; Cai, C.; Ruden, P. P.; Nathan, M. I.; Shtrikman, H.

    2001-12-01

    Uniaxial compressive stress was applied to an AlGaAs/GaAs heterojunction. The uniaxial stress coefficients of sheet resistivity, sheet electron concentration, and mobility were obtained. The hydrostatic pressure coefficient of sheet resistivity was also obtained and was used to explain the different magnitude of the uniaxial stress coefficients of sheet electron concentration in the [110] and [11¯0] directions. We obtain a value for the piezoelectric constant e14 of AlAs to be -0.26 C/m2, compared to the value -0.225 C/m2 calculated by K. Hübner [Phys. Status Solidi B 57, 627 (1973)].

  14. ?-MnAl with high coercivity and saturation magnetization

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    Wei, J. Z.; Song, Z. G.; Yang, Y. B.; Liu, S. Q.; Du, H. L.; Han, J. Z.; Zhou, D.; Wang, C. S.; Yang, Y. C.; Franz, A.; Többens, D.; Yang, J. B.

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, high purity ?-Mn54Al46 and Mn54-xAl46Cxalloys were successfully prepared using conventional arc-melting, melt-spinning, and heat treatment process. The magnetic and the structural properties were examined using x-ray diffraction (XRD), powder neutron diffraction and magnetic measurements. A room temperature saturation magnetization of 650.5 kAm-1, coercivity of 0.5 T, and a maximum energy product of (BH)max = 24.7 kJm-3 were achieved for the pure Mn54Al46 powders without carbon doping. The carbon substituted Mn54-xAl46Cx, however, reveals a lower Curie temperature but similar saturation magnetization as compared to the carbon-free sample. The electronic structure of MnAl shows that the Mn atom possesses a magnetic moment of 2.454 ?B which results from strong hybridization between Mn-Al and Mn-Mn. We also investigated the volume and c/a ratio dependence of the magnetic moments of Mn and Al. The results indicate that an increase in the intra-atomic exchange splitting due to the cell volume expansion, leads to a large magnetic moment for the Mn atom. The Mn magnetic moment can reach a value of 2.9 ?B at a volume expansion rate of ?V/V ? 20%.

  15. Degradation mechanism of enhancement-mode AlGaN/GaN HEMTs using fluorine ion implantation under the on-state gate overdrive stress

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    Sun, Wei-Wei; Zheng, Xue-Feng; Fan, Shuang; Wang, Chong; Du, Ming; Zhang, Kai; Chen, Wei-Wei; Cao, Yan-Rong; Mao, Wei; Ma, Xiao-Hua; Zhang, Jin-Cheng; Hao, Yue

    2015-01-01

    The degradation mechanism of enhancement-mode AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) fabricated by fluorine plasma ion implantation technology is one major concern of HEMT’s reliability. It is observed that the threshold voltage shows a significant negative shift during the typical long-term on-state gate overdrive stress. The degradation does not originate from the presence of as-grown traps in the AlGaN barrier layer or the generated traps during fluorine ion implantation process. By comparing the relationships between the shift of threshold voltage and the cumulative injected electrons under different stress conditions, a good agreement is observed. It provides direct experimental evidence to support the impact ionization physical model, in which the degradation of E-mode HEMTs under gate overdrive stress can be explained by the ionization of fluorine ions in the AlGaN barrier layer by electrons injected from 2DEG channel. Furthermore, our results show that there are few new traps generated in the AlGaN barrier layer during the gate overdrive stress, and the ionized fluorine ions cannot recapture the electrons. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61334002, 61106106, and 61474091), the Opening Project of Science and Techology on Reliability Physics and Application Technology of Electronic Component Laboratory (Grant No. ZHD201206), the New Experiment Development Funds for Xidian University, China (Grant No. SY1213), and the Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars.

  16. Stress controlled pulsed direct current co-sputtered Al1-xScxN as piezoelectric phase for micromechanical sensor applications

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    Fichtner, Simon; Reimer, Tim; Chemnitz, Steffen; Lofink, Fabian; Wagner, Bernhard

    2015-11-01

    Scandium alloyed aluminum nitride (Al1-xScxN) thin films were fabricated by reactive pulsed direct current co-sputtering of separate scandium and aluminum targets with x ? 0.37. A significant improvement of the clamped transversal piezoelectric response to strain e31,f from -1.28 C/m2 to -3.01 C/m2 was recorded, while dielectric constant and loss angle remain low. Further, the built-in stress level of Al1-xScxN was found to be tuneable by varying pressure, Ar/N2 ratio, and Sc content. The thus resulting enhancement of the expectable signal to noise ratio by a factor of 2.1 and the ability to control built-in stress make the integration of Al1-xScxN as the piezoelectric phase of micro-electro-mechanical system sensor applications highly attractive.

  17. The stress relaxation of cement clinkers under high temperature

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    Wang, Xiufang; Bao, Yiwang; Liu, Xiaogen; Qiu, Yan

    2015-10-01

    The energy consumption of crushing is directly affected by the mechanical properties of cement materials. This research provides a theoretical proof for the mechanism of the stress relaxation of cement clinkers under high temperature. Compression stress relaxation under various high temperatures is discussed using a specially developed load cell, which can measure stress and displacement under high temperatures inside an autoclave. The cell shows that stress relaxation dramatically increases and that the remaining stress rapidly decreases with an increase in temperature. Mechanical experiments are conducted under various temperatures during the cooling process to study the changes in the grinding resistance of the cement clinker with temperature. The effects of high temperature on the load-displacement curve, compressive strength, and elastic modulus of cement clinkers are systematically studied. Results show that the hardening phenomenon of the clinker becomes apparent with a decrease in temperature and that post-peak behaviors manifest characteristics of the transformation from plasticity to brittleness. The elastic modulus and compressive strength of cement clinkers increase with a decrease in temperature. The elastic modulus increases greatly when the temperature is lower than 1000 °C. The compressive strength of clinkers increases by 73.4% when the temperature drops from 1100 to 800 °C.

  18. Experimental Study of the Impact Damage on AN Al2O3-COATED Glass Under Stress

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    Suh, Chang-Min; Kim, Sung-Ho; Suh, Duck-Young

    The impact damage of an Al2O3-coated soda-lime glass under tensile and compressive stress conditions was investigated by an impact test using a steel ball (2mm dia.). The size of the glass specimens was 40×40×5(mm). In order to change the porosity percent of each specimen, the target distance was set at 120mm and 70mm. Also, the effect of the thickness of the coating layer was shown by two amounts (100 ?m and 50 ?m). The velocity of the steel balls was set between 30 and 60m/s. After the impact test, the crack patterns and lengths were measured using a stereo-microscope. The tensile and compressive specimens were prepared by inflation and deflation of air pressure within a pressure vessel. It was confirmed that the crack length of the glass under tensile stress was longer than that of glass under compressive stress. Also, the optimum conditions were a target distance of 70mm and 100 ?m of a coating thickness, thus resulting in a minimization of porosity percent and area.

  19. High temperature stress-strain analysis

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    Thompson, Robert L.

    1985-01-01

    The objectives of the high temperature structures program are threefold: to assist in the development of analytical tools needed to improve design analysis and procedures for the efficient and accurate prediction of the nonlinear structural response of hot-section components; to aid in the calibration, validation, and evaluation of the analytical tools by comparing predictions with experimental data; and to evaluate existing as well as advanced temperature and strain measurement instrumentation.

  20. Relation between surface slip topography and stress corrosion cracking in Ti-8 wt % Al

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    Boyd, J. D.; Hoagland, R. G.

    1974-01-01

    The deformation behavior of Ti-8 wt % Al has been investigated in an inert environment (air), and an aggressive environment (salt water). Details of surface slip geometry were examined by high resolution surface replicas at various stages of deformation in both environments. Specimens aged to contain a fine dispersion of Ti3Al precipitates failed by subcritical crack growth in salt water, whereas specimens in the single phase condition showed no effects of environment on the yield or fracture characteristics. The Ti3Al precipitates produce little change in strength level or slip character compared to the single phase alloy, and there is no evidence of any effects of environment on the character of surface slip. Rather, the presence of trenches along slip bands on the surface of aged specimens suggest that the specific effect of the Ti3Al precipitates is to render the surface slip steps chemically active relative to the surrounding matrix by slip induced dissolution of the particles.

  1. Effects of Si doping in high-quality AlN grown by MOVPE on trench-patterned template

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    Nishio, Gou; Yang, Shibo; Miyake, Hideto; Hiramatsu, Kazumasa

    2013-05-01

    The effects of Si doping on the structural properties of a high-quality AlN layer grown on a trench-patterned AlN/sapphire by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) were systematically studied. With a high Si doping concentration, void formation became much slower than that in undoped AlN film. This phenomenon was attributed to the anti-surfactant effect of Si in the growth process. Moreover, as the Si doping concentration increased, compressive stress was significantly relaxed in Si-doped AlN films. A high Si doping concentration of 1×1018 cm-3 was successfully achieved for AlN grown at 1500 °C.

  2. High-Temperature Creep Degradation of the AM1/NiAlPt/EBPVD YSZ System

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    Riallant, Fanny; Cormier, Jonathan; Longuet, Arnaud; Milhet, Xavier; Mendez, José

    2014-01-01

    The failure mechanisms of a NiAlPt/electron beam physical vapor deposition yttria-stabilized-zirconia thermal barrier coating system deposited on the AM1 single crystalline substrate have been investigated under pure creep conditions in the temperature range from 1273 K to 1373 K (1000 °C to 1100 °C) and for durations up to 1000 hours. Doubly tapered specimens were used allowing for the analysis of different stress states and different accumulated viscoplastic strains for a given creep condition. Under such experiments, two kinds of damage mechanisms were observed. Under low applied stress conditions ( i.e., long creep tests), microcracking is localized in the vicinity of the thermally grown oxide (TGO). Under high applied stress conditions, an unconventional failure mechanism at the substrate/bond coat interface is observed because of large creep strains and fast creep deformation, hence leading to a limited TGO growth. This unconventional failure mechanism is observed although the interfacial bond coat/top coat TGO thickening is accelerated by the mechanical applied stress beyond a given stress threshold.

  3. Performance of Nb3Sn Quadrupole Under High Stress

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    Felice, H.; Bajko, M.; Bingham, B.; Bordini, B.; Bottura, L.; Caspi, S.; Rijk, G. De; Dietderich, D.; Ferracin, P.; Giloux, C.; Godeke, A.; Hafalia, R.; Milanese, A.; Rossi, L.; Sabbi, G. L.

    2010-08-01

    Future upgrades of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will require large aperture and high gradient quadrupoles. Nb{sub 3}Sn is the most viable option for this application but is also known for its strain sensitivity. In high field magnets, with magnetic fields above 12 T, the Lorentz forces will generate mechanical stresses that may exceed 200 MPa in the windings. The existing measurements of critical current versus strain of Nb{sub 3}Sn strands or cables are not easily applicable to magnets. In order to investigate the impact of high mechanical stress on the quench performance, a series of tests was carried out within a LBNL/CERN collaboration using the magnet TQS03 (a LHC Accelerator Research Program (LARP) 1-meter long, 90-mm aperture Nb{sub 3}Sn quadrupole). The magnet was tested four times at CERN under various pre-stress conditions. The average mechanical compressive azimuthal pre-stress on the coil at 4.2 K ranged from 120 MPa to 200 MPa. This paper reports on the magnet performance during the four tests focusing on the relation between pre-stress conditions and the training plateau.

  4. High temperature stress-strain analysis

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    Thompson, Robert L.; Moorhead, Paul E.

    1986-01-01

    The objectives of the high-temperature structures program are threefold: to assist in the development of analytical tools needed to improve design analyses and procedures for the efficient and accurate prediction of the nonlinear structural response of hot-section components; to aid in the calibration, validation, and evaluation of the analytical tools by comparing predictions with experimental data; and to evaluate existing as well as advanced temperature and strain measurement instrumentation. As the analytical tools, test methods, tests, instrumentations, as well as data acquisition, management, and analysis methods are developed and evaluated, a proven, integrated analysis and experiment method will result in a more accurate prediction of the cyclic life of hot section components.

  5. Anodizing of High Electrically Stressed Components

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    Flores, P.; Henderson, D. J.; Good, D. E.; Hogge, K.; Mitton, C. V.; Molina, I.; Naffziger, C.; Codova, S. R.; Ormond, E. U.

    2013-06-01

    Anodizing creates an aluminum oxide coating that penetrates into the surface as well as builds above the surface of aluminum creating a very hard ceramic-type coating with good dielectric properties. Over time and use, the electrical carrying components (or spools in this case) experience electrical breakdown, yielding undesirable x-ray dosages or failure. The spool is located in the high vacuum region of a rod pinch diode section of an x-ray producing machine. Machine operators have recorded decreases in x-ray dosages over numerous shots using the reusable spool component, and re-anodizing the interior surface of the spool does not provide the expected improvement. A machine operation subject matter expert coated the anodized surface with diffusion pump oil to eliminate electrical breakdown as a temporary fix. It is known that an anodized surface is very porous, and it is because of this porosity that the surface may trap air that becomes a catalyst for electrical breakdown. In this paper we present a solution of mitigating electrical breakdown by oiling. We will also present results of surface anodizing improvements achieved by surface finish preparation and surface sealing. We conclude that oiling the anodized surface and using anodized hot dip sealing processes will have similar results.

  6. Internal Stresses in Wires for High Field Magnets

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    Han, K.; Embury, J.D.; Lawson, A.C.; Von Dreele, R.B.; Wood, J.T.; Richardson, J.W. Jr.

    1998-10-01

    The codeformation of Cu-Ag or Cu-Nb composite wires used for high field magnets has a number of important microstructural consequences, including the production of very fine scale structures, the development of very high internal surface area to volume ratios during the drawing and the storage of defects at interphase interfaces. In addition, the fabrication and codeformation of phases which differ in crystal structure, thermal expansion, elastic modulus and lattice parameter lead to the development of short wavelength internal stresses. These internal stresses are measured by neutron diffraction and transmission electron microscopy as a function of the imposed drawing strain. The internal stresses lead to important changes in elastic plastic response which can be related to both magnet design and service life and these aspects will be described in detail.

  7. High-temperature creep of Nb-Al-V alloys

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    Rong, T.S.; Aindow, M.

    1999-07-01

    Nb-15Al-20V alloys with about 45% by volume of an A15 phase in a B2 matrix have been subjected to creep deformation at temperatures between 1,000 C and 1,200 C and stresses from 80 MPa to 240 MPa in vacuum. The creep curves show a rapid transition from primary to steady-state creep with a well-defined activation energy. Microstructural observations show that the creep deformation occurs mainly in the B2 matrix and is controlled by dislocation mechanisms. Samples which had been cold-rolled and annealed to reduce the size of A15 precipitates and increase the yield strength were found to have lower creep resistance than those with unrefined microstructures. The significance of these observations for the creep mechanisms is discussed.

  8. First-principles characterization of the anisotropy of theoretical strength and the stress-strain relation for a TiAl intermetallic compound.

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    Zhou, Hong-Bo; Zhang, Ying; Liu, Yue-Lin; Kohyama, Masanori; Yin, Peng-Gang; Lu, Guang-Hong

    2009-04-29

    We perform first-principles computational tensile and compressive tests (FPCTT and FPCCT) to investigate the intrinsic bonding and mechanical properties of a ?-TiAl intermetallic compound (L 1(0) structure) using a first-principles total energy method. We found that the stress-strain relations and the corresponding theoretical tensile strengths exhibit strong anisotropy in the [001], [100] and [110] crystalline directions, originating from the structural anisotropy of ?-TiAl. Thus, ?-TiAl is a representative intermetallic compound that includes three totally different stress-strain modes. We demonstrate that all the structure transitions in the FPCTT and FPCCT result from the breakage or formation of bonds, and this can be generalized to all the structural transitions. Furthermore, based on the calculations we qualitatively show that the Ti-Al bond should be stronger than the Ti-Ti bond in ?-TiAl. Our results provide a useful reference for understanding the intrinsic bonding and mechanical properties of ?-TiAl as a high-temperature structural material. PMID:21825422

  9. First-principles characterization of the anisotropy of theoretical strength and the stress-strain relation for a TiAl intermetallic compound

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    Zhou, Hong-Bo; Zhang, Ying; Liu, Yue-Lin; Kohyama, Masanori; Yin, Peng-Gang; Lu, Guang-Hong

    2009-04-01

    We perform first-principles computational tensile and compressive tests (FPCTT and FPCCT) to investigate the intrinsic bonding and mechanical properties of a ?-TiAl intermetallic compound (L 10 structure) using a first-principles total energy method. We found that the stress-strain relations and the corresponding theoretical tensile strengths exhibit strong anisotropy in the [001], [100] and [110] crystalline directions, originating from the structural anisotropy of ?-TiAl. Thus, ?-TiAl is a representative intermetallic compound that includes three totally different stress-strain modes. We demonstrate that all the structure transitions in the FPCTT and FPCCT result from the breakage or formation of bonds, and this can be generalized to all the structural transitions. Furthermore, based on the calculations we qualitatively show that the Ti-Al bond should be stronger than the Ti-Ti bond in ?-TiAl. Our results provide a useful reference for understanding the intrinsic bonding and mechanical properties of ?-TiAl as a high-temperature structural material.

  10. Creep and rupture of an ODS alloy with high stress rupture ductility. [Oxide Dispersion Strengthened

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    Mcalarney, M. E.; Arsons, R. M.; Howson, T. E.; Tien, J. K.; Baranow, S.

    1982-01-01

    The creep and stress rupture properties of an oxide (Y2O3) dispersion strengthened nickel-base alloy, which also is strengthened by gamma-prime precipitates, was studied at 760 and 1093 C. At both temperatures, the alloy YDNiCrAl exhibits unusually high stress rupture ductility as measured by both elongation and reduction in area. Failure was transgranular, and different modes of failure were observed including crystallographic fracture at intermediate temperatures and tearing or necking almost to a chisel point at higher temperatures. While the rupture ductility was high, the creep strength of the alloy was low relative to conventional gamma prime strengthened superalloys in the intermediate temperature range and to ODS alloys in the higher temperature range. These findings are discussed with respect to the alloy composition; the strengthening oxide phases, which are inhomogeneously dispersed; the grain morphology, which is coarse and elongated and exhibits many included grains; and the second phase inclusion particles occurring at grain boundaries and in the matrix. The creep properties, in particular the high stress dependencies and high creep activation energies measured, are discussed with respect to the resisting stress model of creep in particle strengthened alloys.

  11. Performance of a Nb(3)Sn Quadrupole Under High Stress

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    Felice, H; Ferracin, P; De Rijk, G; Bajko, M; Caspi, S; Bingham, B; Giloux, C; Bordini, B; Milanese, A; Bottura, L; Sabbi, G L; Hafalia, R; Godeke, A; Dietderich, D

    2011-01-01

    Future upgrades of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will require large aperture and high gradient quadrupoles. Nb(3)Sn is the most viable option for this application but is also known for its strain sensitivity. In high field magnets, with magnetic fields above 12 T, the Lorentz forces will generate mechanical stresses that may exceed 200 MPa in the windings. The existing measurements of critical current versus strain of Nb(3)Sn strands or cables are not easily applicable to magnets. In order to investigate the impact of high mechanical stress on the quench performance, a series of tests was carried out within a LBNL/CERN collaboration using the magnet TQS03 (a LHC Accelerator Research Program (LARP) 1-meter long, 90-mm aperture Nb(3)Sn quadrupole). The magnet was tested four times at CERN under various pre-stress conditions. The average mechanical compressive azimuthal pre-stress on the coil at 4.2 K ranged from 120 MPa to 200 MPa. This paper reports on the magnet performance during the four tests focusing on...

  12. Studies of deep level transient spectroscopy of DX centers in GaAlAs: Te under uniaxial stress

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    Li, Ming-Fu |; Yu, Y.P. |; Weber, E.R.; Haller, E.E. |; Hansen, W.L.; Bauser, E.

    1991-11-01

    DX centers in Al{sub 0.38}Ga{sub 0.62}As doped with Te have been studied by Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) as a function of uniaxial stress. No splitting nor broadening of the DLTS peaks were observed. However, the peak positions and heights depend on the stress and its directions. The results have been analyzed by comparison with existing models and hydrostatic pressure measurements.

  13. High temperature, oxidation resistant noble metal-Al alloy thermocouple

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    Smialek, James L. (inventor); Gedwill, Michael G. (inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A thermocouple is disclosed. The thermocouple is comprised of an electropositive leg formed of a noble metal-Al alloy and an electronegative leg electrically joined to form a thermocouple junction. The thermocouple provides for accurate and reproducible measurement of high temperatures (600 - 1300 C) in inert, oxidizing or reducing environments, gases, or vacuum. Furthermore, the thermocouple circumvents the need for expensive, strategic precious metals such as rhodium as a constituent component. Selective oxidation of rhodium is also thereby precluded.

  14. The stress-corrosion behavior of Al-Li-Cu alloys: A comparison of test methods

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    Rizzo, P. P.; Galvin, R. P.; Nelson, H. G.

    1982-01-01

    Two powder metallurgy processed (Al-Li-Cu) alloys with and without Mg addition were studied in aqueous 3.5% NaCl solution during the alternate immersion testing of tuning fork specimens, slow crack growth tests using fracture mechanics specimens, and the slow strain rate testing of straining electrode specimens. Scanning electron microscopy and optical metallography were used to demonstrate the character of the interaction between the Al-Li-Cu alloys and the selected environment. Both alloys are susceptible to SC in an aqueous 3.5% NaCl solution under the right electrochemical and microstructural conditions. Each test method yields important information on the character of the SC behavior. Under all conditions investigated, second phase particles strung out in rows along the extrusion direction in the alloys were rapidly attacked, and played principal role in the SC process. With time, larger pits developed from these rows of smaller pits and under certain electrochemical conditions surface cracks initiated from the larger pits and contributed directly to the fracture process. Evidence to support slow crack growth was observed in both the slow strain rate tests and the sustained immersion tests of precracked fracture mechanics specimens. The possible role of H2 in the stress corrosion cracking process is suggested.

  15. Mechanism of the B3 to B1 transformation in cubic AlN under uniaxial stress

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    Zhang, R. F.; Sheng, S. H.; Veprek, S.

    2007-08-01

    Using ab initio calculations, we model the B3 to B1 phase transformation of cubic AlN in both tensile and shear deformations in order to obtain detailed information about the structure and the movement of the atoms within the cell. It is shown that, during that transformation, the strained B3 (Imm2) structure changes to strained B1 (I4/mmm) structure as a result of a collective antiparallel movement of the Al and N atoms along the ?001? crystallographic axis. The transition is discontinuous under uniaxial stress and the zero-stress transition state corresponds to a hypothetical state with a sudden lattice reconstruction.

  16. High Performance Polarized Electron Photocathodes Based on InGaAlAs/AlGaAs Superlattices

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    Mamaev, Yu.

    2004-12-10

    Highly efficient emitters of polarized electrons based on the InAlGaAs/AlGaAs superlattice give an optimistic prognosis to explorations of such structures as the sources for accelerators. A new set of these SL structures with minimized conduction band offset was designed and recently tested. A new technology of surface protection in MBE growth leads to a significantly reduced heat-cleaning temperature. At these lowered cleaning temperatures, the thermal degradation of the working structure parameters is avoided. As a result a polarization P of up to 91% at corresponding quantum efficiency (QE) of 0.3% was achieved at room temperature. A 50% increase in the photocathode lifetime has been achieved with Sb coverage.

  17. Stress

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  18. Design of a High Field Nb3Al Common Coil Magnet

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    Xu, Qingjin; Sasaki, Kenichi; Nakamoto, Tatsushi; Terashima, Akio; Tsuchiya, Kiyosumi; Yamamoto, Akira; Kikuchi, Akihiro; Takeuchi, Takao; Sabbi, GianLuca; Caspi, Shlomo; Ferracin, Paolo; Felice, Helene; Hafalia, Ray; Zlobin, Alexander; Barzi, Emauela; Yamada, Ryuji

    2009-10-19

    A high field Nb{sub 3}Al common coil magnet is under development as an R&D of 'Advanced Superconducting Magnets for the LHC Luminosity Upgrade', in the framework of the CERN-KEK cooperation program. The goal of this research is to demonstrate the feasibility of high field magnet wound with Nb{sub 3}Al cable. The common coil approach and the shell-based structure were adopted in the design of this magnet. Besides three Nb{sub 3}Al coils, two Nb{sub 3}Sn coils were included to increase the peak field of the whole magnet. The two types of coils were designed with different straight lengths to reduce the peak field of the Nb{sub 3}Sn coils. The peak fields of the Nb{sub 3}Al and Nb{sub 3}Sn coils are 13.1 T and 11.8 T respectively. An aluminum shell together with four aluminum rods applies stress to the coils to overcome the Lorenz force during excitation. Two different support structures for the superconducting coils were introduced in this paper. The development status is also presented.

  19. Yield Strength of Transparent MgAl2O4 Nano-Ceramic at High Pressure and Temperature.

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    Zhang, Jie; Lu, Tiecheng; Chang, Xianghui; Jiang, Shengli; Wei, Nian; Qi, Jianqi

    2010-01-01

    We report here experimental results of yield strength and stress relaxation measurements of transparent MgAl2O4 nano-ceramics at high pressure and temperature. During compression at ambient temperature, the differential strain deduced from peak broadening increased significantly with pressure up to 2 GPa, with no clear indication of strain saturation. However, by then, warming the sample above 400°C under 4 GPa, stress relaxation was obviously observed, and all subsequent plastic deformation cycles are characterized again by peak broadening. Our results reveal a remarkable reduction in yield strength as the sintering temperature increases from 400 to 900°C. The low temperature for the onset of stress relaxation has attracted attention regarding the performance of transparent MgAl2O4 nano-ceramics as an engineering material. PMID:20676198

  20. Yield Strength of Transparent MgAl2O4 Nano-Ceramic at High Pressure and Temperature

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    2010-01-01

    We report here experimental results of yield strength and stress relaxation measurements of transparent MgAl2O4 nano-ceramics at high pressure and temperature. During compression at ambient temperature, the differential strain deduced from peak broadening increased significantly with pressure up to 2 GPa, with no clear indication of strain saturation. However, by then, warming the sample above 400°C under 4 GPa, stress relaxation was obviously observed, and all subsequent plastic deformation cycles are characterized again by peak broadening. Our results reveal a remarkable reduction in yield strength as the sintering temperature increases from 400 to 900°C. The low temperature for the onset of stress relaxation has attracted attention regarding the performance of transparent MgAl2O4 nano-ceramics as an engineering material. PMID:20676198

  1. Relationship between copper concentration and stress during electromigration in an Al(0.25 at.?% Cu) conductor line

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    Kao, H.-K.; Cargill, G. S.; Giuliani, F.; Hu, C.-K.

    2003-03-01

    Synchrotron-based x-ray microbeam fluorescence and diffraction have been used for in situ measurements of Cu concentration and biaxial stress in a 200-?m-long, 10-?m-wide Al(0.25 at. % Cu) conductor line with 1.5-?m-thick SiO2 passivation during electromigration. Measurements over 48 h with T=300 °C and j=1.5×105 A/cm2 show that a stress gradient of 3 MPa/?m develops over the upstream 130 ?m of line length where Cu concentration drops below 0.15 at. %, and a 10-?m-long void develops at the cathode end of the line, but little change in stress occurs over the downstream 70 ?m of line length where Cu concentration remains above 0.15 at. %. These experimental results have been reproduced by a finite element model in which the downstream Cu transport is accompanied by a counter flow of Al in the upstream direction, and downstream Al motion is blocked where the local Cu concentration is above ˜0.15 at. %. Defect mediated coupling between Al and Cu diffusive flows, e.g., Cu-vacancy binding, is proposed as the cause for the counterflow of Al when the Cu concentration is above the critical concentration, and as the mechanism by which Cu reduces the rate of electromigration damage in Al(Cu) conductor lines.

  2. Interfacial shear stress measurement using high spatial resolution multiphase PIV

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    André, Matthieu A.; Bardet, Philippe M.

    2015-06-01

    In multiphase flows, form drag and viscous shear stress transfer momentum between phases. For numerous environmental and man-made flows, it is of primary importance to predict this transfer at a liquid-gas interface. In its general expression, interfacial shear stress involves local velocity gradients as well as surface velocity, curvature, and surface tension gradients. It is therefore a challenging quantity to measure experimentally or compute numerically. In fact, no experimental work to date has been able to directly resolve all the terms contributing to the shear stress in the case of curved and moving surfaces. In an attempt to fully resolve the interface shear stress when surface tension gradients are negligible, high-resolution particle image velocimetry (PIV) data are acquired simultaneously on both sides of a water-air interface. The flow consists of a well-conditioned uniform and homogeneous water jet discharging in quiescent air, which exhibits two-dimensional surface waves as a result of a shear layer instability below the surface. PIV provides velocity fields in both phases, while planar laser-induced fluorescence is used to track the interface and obtain its curvature. To compute the interfacial shear stress from the data, several processing schemes are proposed and compared, using liquid and/or gas phase data. Vorticity at the surface, which relates to the shear stress through the dynamic boundary condition at the surface, is also computed and provides additional strategies for estimating the shear. The various schemes are in agreement within the experimental uncertainties, validating the methodology for experimentally resolving this demanding quantity.

  3. The Role of PentaCoordinated Al3+ Ions in the High Temperature Phase Transformation of ?-Al2O3

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    Kwak, Ja Hun; Hu, Jian Zhi; Lukaski, Adrienne C.; Kim, Do Heui; Szanyi, Janos; Peden, Charles HF

    2008-06-26

    In this work, the structural stability of gamma-alumina (?-Al2O3) was investigated by a combination of XRD and high resolution solid state 27Al MAS NMR at an ultra-high magnetic field of 21.1 tesla. XRD measurements show that ?-Al2O3 undergoes a phase transition to ?-Al2O3 during calcination at 1000oC for 10hr. The formation of the ?-Al2O3 phase is further confirmed by 27Al MAS NMR; additional 27Al peaks centered at 10.5 and ~78 ppm were observed in samples calcined at this high temperature. Both the XRD and NMR results indicate that, after calcination at 1000°C for 10 hrs, the ratio of the ?-Al2O3 phase to the total alumina in samples modified by either BaO or La2O3 is significantly reduced in comparison with ?-Al2O3. 27Al MAS NMR spectra revealed that the reduction in the extent of ?-Al2O3 formation was highly correlated with the reduction in the amount of penta-coordinated aluminum ions, measured after 500°C calcination, in both BaO- and La2O3-modified ?-Al2O3 samples. These results strongly suggest that the penta-coordinated aluminum ions, present exclusively on the surface of ?-Al2O3, play a critical role in the phase transformation of ?-Al2O3 to ?-Al2O3. The role of the modifiers, in our case BaO or La2O3, is to convert the penta-coordinated aluminum ions into octahedral ones, thereby improving the thermal stabilities of the samples. Oxide additives, on the other hand, had no beneficial effect on preventing the specific surface area reduction that occurred during high temperature (?1000°C) calcination.

  4. NiAl-base composite containing high volume fraction of AlN for advanced engines

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    Hebsur, Mohan (inventor); Whittenbeger, John D. (inventor); Lowell, Carl F. (inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A particulate reinforced NiAl-AlN composite alloy has a NiAl matrix and greater than about 13 volume percent fine particles of AlN within the matrix. The particles preferably have a diameter from about 15 nanometers to about 50 nanometers. The particulate reinforced NiAl-AlN composite alloy may be prepared by cryomilling prealloyed NiAl in liquid nitrogen using grinding media having a diameter of from about 2 to 6 mm at an impeller speed of from about 450 RPM to about 800 RPM. The cryomilling may be done for a duration of from about 4 hours to about 20 hours to obtain a cryomilled powder. The cryomilled powder may be consolidated to form the particulate reinforced NiAl-AlN composite alloy. The particulate reinforced alloy can further include a toughening alloy. The toughening alloy may include NiCrAlY, FeCrAlY, and FeAl.

  5. High-Resolution Chromatin Dynamics during a Yeast Stress Response

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    Weiner, Assaf; Hsieh, Tsung-Han S.; Appleboim, Alon; Chen, Hsiuyi V.; Rahat, Ayelet; Amit, Ido; Rando, Oliver J.; Friedman, Nir

    2015-01-01

    Summary Covalent histone modifications are highly conserved and play multiple roles in eukaryotic transcription regulation. Here, we mapped 26 histone modifications genome-wide in exponentially growing yeast and during a dramatic transcriptional reprogramming—the response to diamide stress. We extend prior studies showing that steady-state histone modification patterns reflect genomic processes, especially transcription, and display limited combinatorial complexity. Interestingly, during the stress response we document a modest increase in the combinatorial complexity of histone modification space, resulting from roughly 3% of all nucleosomes transiently populating rare histone modification states. Most of these rare histone states result from differences in the kinetics of histone modification that transiently uncouple highly correlated marks, with slow histone methylation changes often lagging behind the more rapid acetylation changes. Explicit analysis of modification dynamics uncovers ordered sequences of events in gene activation and repression. Together, our results provide a comprehensive view of chromatin dynamics during a massive transcriptional upheaval. PMID:25801168

  6. Effects of Cd and Al stress on secondary metabolites, antioxidant and antibacterial activity of Hypoxis hemerocallidea Fisch. & C.A. Mey.

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    Okem, Ambrose; Stirk, Wendy A; Street, Renée A; Southway, Colin; Finnie, Jeffrey F; Van Staden, Johannes

    2015-12-01

    This study investigated the effects of cadmium (Cd) and aluminium (Al) on the accumulation of phenolics, flavonoids and the bioactive compound hypoxoside in Hypoxis hemerocallidea. In addition, antioxidant scavenging and antibacterial activity were assessed to evaluate if Cd and Al stress affect the accumulation of bioactive compounds in H. hemerocallidea. In vitro grown plantlets of H. hemerocallidea were acclimatized for seven months in a greenhouse. Thereafter plants were exposed to various concentrations of Cd and Al both singularly and in combination in the form of Cd(NO3)2 (2, 5, 10 mg Cd/L); Al3(NO3)3 (500, 1000, 1500 mg Al/L) and combinations of Cd and Al (Cd 2:Al 500, Cd 5:Al 1000 and Cd 10:Al 1500 mg/L) for a further six weeks. The highest amounts of Cd and Al translocated to the shoot were 34 and 1608 mg/L respectively. Phytochemical screening showed significantly high amounts of total phenolics and flavonoids at the moderate Cd treatment (5 mg/L) compared to the controls. Exposure to Cd and Al significantly decreased the accumulation of hypoxoside. There was a significant increase in diphenylpicrylhydrazyl (DPPH) antioxidant scavenging activity in most of the metal-treated plants compared to the positive control ascorbic acid. Extracts from Cd 2 mg/L treatment exhibited moderate antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus compared to the control. The results of the present study revealed that cultivating H. hemerocallidea on metal contaminated soils affects the accumulation of the bioactive compound, hypoxoside. PMID:26473664

  7. High-resolution electron microscopy of dislocation cores in NiAl

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    Stoeckle, D.; Sigle, W.; Seeger, A.

    1999-07-01

    The atomic structure of dislocation cores in NiAl is studied by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and molecular dynamics (MD) calculations. Results are presented on dislocations with Burgers vectors b = a{lt}100{gt} and a{lt}111{gt}. A comparison of HRTEM image simulations indicates that the core of a 45{degree} a{lt}100{gt} dislocation consists of Al atoms. The Burgers vector distribution shows a width of 2.2b. This corresponds very closely to MD results and is consistent with the relatively low Peierls stress of this dislocation. By detailed image analysis the angular dependence of the shear stress components of the dislocation are made visible. MD results obtained from 45{degree} dislocations with opposite screw components suggest, that the helicity of the screw component might be discernible from high-resolution electron micrographs. A a{lt}111{gt} dislocation with {l{underscore}angle}110{r{underscore}angle} line direction is shown which exhibits a rather wide dissociation, probably into two a/2{lt}111{gt} partials.

  8. AlN films deposited by dc magnetron sputtering and high power impulse magnetron sputtering for SAW applications

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    Ait Aissa, K.; Achour, A.; Elmazria, O.; Simon, Q.; Elhosni, M.; Boulet, P.; Robert, S.; Djouadi, M. A.

    2015-04-01

    In this work, aluminium nitride (AlN) films were deposited on silicon substrates buffered by an epitaxial AlN thin film for surface acoustic wave (SAW) applications. The films were deposited by dc magnetron sputtering (dcMS) and high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) deposition techniques. The structural properties of AlN films were investigated using x-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. In both cases of films deposited by dcMS and HiPIMS, the XRD results showed that the obtained films are oriented, with full width at half maximum rocking curves of around 1°. Raman spectroscopy revealed higher residual stress relaxation in the AlN epilayers grown by HiPIMS compared to AlN grown by dcMS, highlighted by a blue shift in the E2(high) Raman mode. The SAW measurements indicated an insertion loss of AlN-SAW devices of about 53 and 35?dB for the AlN films deposited by dcMS and HiPIMS respectively. The relation between the structural properties of AlN and the characteristics of AlN-SAW devices were correlated and discussed.

  9. Alterations in stress granule dynamics driven by TDP-43 and FUS: a link to pathological inclusions in ALS?

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    Aulas, Anaïs; Vande Velde, Christine

    2015-01-01

    Stress granules (SGs) are RNA-containing cytoplasmic foci formed in response to stress exposure. Since their discovery in 1999, over 120 proteins have been described to be localized to these structures (in 154 publications). Most of these components are RNA binding proteins (RBPs) or are involved in RNA metabolism and translation. SGs have been linked to several pathologies including inflammatory diseases, cancer, viral infection, and neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). In ALS and FTD, the majority of cases have no known etiology and exposure to external stress is frequently proposed as a contributor to either disease initiation or the rate of disease progression. Of note, both ALS and FTD are characterized by pathological inclusions, where some well-known SG markers localize with the ALS related proteins TDP-43 and FUS. We propose that TDP-43 and FUS serve as an interface between genetic susceptibility and environmental stress exposure in disease pathogenesis. Here, we will discuss the role of TDP-43 and FUS in SG dynamics and how disease-linked mutations affect this process. PMID:26557057

  10. Repetitive Ultra-low Stress Induced Nanocrystallization in Amorphous Cu?Zr?Al Alloy Evidenced by in situ Nanoindentation 

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    Liu, Y.; Jian, J.; Lee, J. H.; Wang, C.; Cao, Q. P.; Gutierrez, C.; Wang, H.; Jiang, J. Z.; Zhang, X.

    2014-05-12

    . In this study, we show, via in situ nanoindentation of amorphous Cu44Zr44Al12 alloy in a transmission electron microscope that the formation of nanocrystals occurred at an ultra-low stress of 0.25 GPa in the elastic deformation regime, accompanied by load...

  11. Kolss et al. Adaptation to chronic nutritional stress 1 Life history consequences of adaptation to larval nutritional stress in

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    Kawecki, Tadeusz J.

    .kawecki@unil.ch Running title: Adaptation to chronic nutritional stress Keywords: experimental evolution, malnutrition malnutrition. Thus, fruit flies have the genetic potential to adapt to poor larval food, with no detectable

  12. High quality semipolar (11{sup ¯}02) AlGaN/AlN quantum wells with remarkably enhanced optical transition probabilities

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    Ichikawa, S. Iwata, Y.; Funato, M.; Kawakami, Y.; Nagata, S.

    2014-06-23

    Adjusting the growth conditions from those for c-plane growth realizes high-quality semipolar (11{sup ¯}02) AlGaN/AlN quantum wells (QWs) with atomically smooth surfaces and abrupt interfaces on AlN substrates. Upon comparing the optical properties to those of c-plane QWs using time-integrated and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy, the estimated internal electric field is much smaller in (11{sup ¯}02) AlGaN/AlN QWs than in c-plane QWs. Thus, (11{sup ¯}02) AlGaN/AlN QWs have narrower emission line widths and remarkably faster radiative recombination lifetimes, realizing highly efficient deep ultraviolet emissions.

  13. Heat stress stimulates high affinity GTPase in cervical carcinoma cells.

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    Ralhan, R; Kaur, J; Chelvi, T; Singh, S P; Zeba, H

    1995-03-01

    A primary cellular site involved in heat shock response of eukaryotic cells is located in plasma membranes. The mechanism by which heat shock is sensed and the signals that trigger heat shock response remain an enigma. We aim to determine the role of guanine-nucleotide binding proteins (G)-proteins in mediating heat shock response in eukaryotic cells. The effect of heat shock on high affinity GTPase activity in presence or absence of modulators of G-proteins, such as pertussis toxin was studied by measuring GTPase catalyzed release of 32[Pi] from gamma-32[P]GTP. The effect of pertussis toxin on induction of heat shock proteins in cells subjected to thermal stress was studied by SDS-PAGE analysis of 35[S]-methionine labelled cellular proteins. Exposure of cultured human malignant cells to thermal stress (43 degrees C) resulted in a significant increase in activity of high affinity GTPase in the membranes (P < 0.001). This response to heat shock was inhibited by prior exposure of the cells to nanogram concentrations of pertussis toxin, suggesting the involvement of G-proteins in mediating heat shock response. To characterize this G-protein dependence further, we assayed thermal stress stimulated high affinity GTPase activity in cells pretreated with antisera (AS/7) raised against a synthetic peptide corresponding to the last 10 amino acids of alpha-subunit of inhibitory G-protein (Gi). A partial reduction in heat shock induced stimulation of GTPase activity was observed in the presence of this antisera. The pertussis toxin treated cells did not show induction of heat shock proteins in response to thermal stress.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7780830

  14. Electrorheological fluid with an extraordinarily high yield stress

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    Zhang, Yuling; Lu, Kunquan; Rao, Guanghui; Tian, Yu; Zhang, Shaohua; Liang, Jingkui

    2002-02-01

    Surface modified complex strontium titanate microparticles are synthesized by means of a modified sol-gel technique. A suspension composed of these particles immersed in a silicone oil exhibits excellent electrorheological properties attractive to industry and technology applications: a yield stress as high as 27 kPa in an applied electric field of 3 kV/mm, a low leakage current, wide dynamic ranges in temperature and shear rate, and a long-term stability against sedimentation. In addition to the high dielectric constant of strontium titanate, surfactant and water-free character of the particles may be responsible for the dramatic improvement of the electrorheological properties of the suspension.

  15. TorsinA rescues ER-associated stress and locomotive defects in C. elegans models of ALS

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    Thompson, Michelle L.; Chen, Pan; Yan, Xiaohui; Kim, Hanna; Borom, Akeem R.; Roberts, Nathan B.; Caldwell, Kim A.; Caldwell, Guy A.

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT Molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases converge at the interface of pathways impacting cellular stress, protein homeostasis and aging. Targeting the intrinsic capacities of neuroprotective proteins to restore neuronal function and/or attenuate degeneration represents a potential means toward therapeutic intervention. The product of the human DYT1 gene, torsinA, is a member of the functionally diverse AAA+ family of proteins and exhibits robust molecular-chaperone-like activity, both in vitro and in vivo. Although mutations in DYT1 are associated with a rare form of heritable generalized dystonia, the native function of torsinA seems to be cytoprotective in maintaining the cellular threshold to endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Here we explore the potential for torsinA to serve as a buffer to attenuate the cellular consequences of misfolded-protein stress as it pertains to the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The selective vulnerability of motor neurons to degeneration in ALS mouse models harboring mutations in superoxide dismutase (SOD1) has been found to correlate with regional-specific ER stress in brains. Using Caenorhabditis elegans as a system to model ER stress, we generated transgenic nematodes overexpressing either wild-type or mutant human SOD1 to evaluate their relative impact on ER stress induction in vivo. These studies revealed a mutant-SOD1-specific increase in ER stress that was further exacerbated by changes in temperature, all of which was robustly attenuated by co-expression of torsinA. Moreover, through complementary behavioral analysis, torsinA was able to restore normal neuronal function in mutant G85R SOD1 animals. Furthermore, torsinA targeted mutant SOD1 for degradation via the proteasome, representing mechanistic insight on the activity that torsinA has on aggregate-prone proteins. These results expand our understanding of proteostatic mechanisms influencing neuronal dysfunction in ALS, while simultaneously highlighting the potential for torsinA as a novel target for therapeutic development. PMID:24311730

  16. High stress actuation by dielectric elastomer with oil capsules

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    La, Thanh-Giang; Lau, Gih-Keong; Shiau, Li-Lynn; Tan, Adrian W. Y.

    2014-03-01

    Though capable of generating a large strain, dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) generate only a moderate actuation stress not more than 200kPa, which seriously limits its use as artificial muscles for robotic arm. Enhancement of dielectric strength (greater than 500MV/m) by dielectric oil immersion could possibly enable it a larger force generation. Previously, the immersion was done in an oil bath, which limits portability together with DEAs. In this study, we developed portable capsules to enclose oil over the DEA substrate (VHB 4905). The capsules is made of a thinner soft acrylic membrane and they seals dielectric liquid oil (Dow Corning Fluid 200 50cSt). The DEA substrate is a graphiteclad VHB membrane, which is pre-stretched with pure-shear boundary condition for axial actuation. When activated under isotonic condition, the oil-capsule DEA can sustain a very high dielectric field up to 903 MV/m and does not fail; whereas, the dry DEA breaks down at a lower electric field at 570 MV/m. Furthermore, the oil-capsule DEA can produces higher isometric stress change up to 1.05MPa, which is 70% more than the maximum produced by the dry DEA. This study confirmed that oil capping helps DEA achieve very high dielectric strength and generate more stress change for work.

  17. Stress-strain curves by tensile testing of thin metallic films on thin polyimide foils: Al, AlCu, CuNi(Mn)

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    Macionczyk, F.; Brueckner, W.; Reiss, G.

    1998-12-31

    For better understanding the mechanical properties of thin films it is helpful to use the same experimental methods as for bulk material, like tensile tests, thereby being able to directly compare the results. However, tensile tests of free-standing metallic thin films are often difficult to perform for reasons of preparation, handling, and stresses in the films. By leaving the metallic film on an elastic substrate tensile tests were performed in a rather simple and precise manner, using a commercial tensile testing machine. Stress-strain curves were determined by separating the force working on the substrate from that working on the film-substrate compound. Those measurements were done at room temperature for Al, AlCu(0.5 wt%) and Cu{sub 0.57}Ni{sub 0.42}Mn{sub 0.01} thin (200--2000 nm) films prepared by magnetron sputtering on 8 {micro}m and 13 {micro}m thick polyimide (Kapton) foils. The film microstructure was characterized by scanning and transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The tensile strength of the fine grained films was found to be up to one order of magnitude higher than for the corresponding coarse grained bulk material. Al and AlCu films showed little, CuNi(Mn) films showed no plastical behavior. Crack formation started between 0.3% and 2% strain depending on the material, the thermal history, and the grain size.

  18. Stress Concentration and Fracture at Inter-variant Boundaries in an Al-Li Alloy

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    Crooks, Roy; Tayon, Wes; Domack, Marcia; Wagner, John; Beaudoin, Armand

    2009-01-01

    Delamination fracture has limited the use of lightweight Al-Li alloys. Studies of secondary, delamination cracks in alloy 2090, L-T fracture toughness samples showed grain boundary failure between variants of the brass texture component. Although the adjacent texture variants, designated B(sub s1) and B(sub s2), behave similarly during rolling, their plastic responses to mechanical tests can be quite different. EBSD data from through-thickness scans were used to generate Taylor factor maps. When a combined boundary normal and shear tensor was used in the calculation, the delaminating grains showed the greatest Taylor Factor differences of any grain pairs. Kernel Average Misorientation (KAM) maps also showed damage accumulation on one side of the interface. Both of these are consistent with poor slip accommodation from a crystallographically softer grain to a harder one. Transmission electron microscopy was used to confirm the EBSD observations and to show the role of slip bands in the development of large, interfacial stress concentrations. A viewgraph presentation accompanies the provided abstract.

  19. Fundamental studies of stress distributions and stress relaxation in oxide scales on high temperature alloys

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    Shores, D.A.; Stout, J.H.; Gerberich, W.W.

    1992-06-01

    The high temperature X-ray diffraction system developed for this program is being used to measure the strains which develop during oxidation. This is being applied to Ni/NiO and Cr/Cr[sub 2]O[sub 3]. Our work suggests tat the oxide and metal crystalline texture, anisotropic elastic modulus and anisotropic thermal expansion can have a pronounced effect on strain state of these systems. Acoustic emission is being used to study oxide scale failure (fracture) during oxidation. AE data from 304 stainless steel are being used to develop a statistical model of fracture process. Strength of metal/scale interface is an important property that has been difficult to quantify. Using Nano-indentation and scratch techniques developed for characterizing thin film interfaces, an effort has begun to measure the fracture toughness of the metal/scale interface. Mathematical modelling of origin and time evolution of growth stresses is an extension and improvement of previous models. The current effort employs a more sophisticated stress analysis and expands the scope to include other stress relaxation process. The interaction between the modeling studies and the X-ray diffraction measurements provides a natural credibility check to both efforts.

  20. Thermal oxidation of medical Ti6Al4V blasted with ceramic particles: Effects on the microstructure, residual stresses and mechanical properties.

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    Lieblich, M; Barriuso, S; Multigner, M; González-Doncel, G; González-Carrasco, J L

    2016-02-01

    Roughening of Ti6Al4V by blasting with alumina or zirconia particles improves the mechanical fixation of implants by increasing the surface area available for bone/implant apposition. Additional thermal oxidation treatments of the blasted alloy have already shown to be a complementary low-cost solution to enhancing the in vitro biocompatibility and corrosion resistance of the alloy. In this work, the effects of oxidation treatment on a grit blasted Ti6Al4V biomedical alloy have been analysed in order to understand the net effect of the combined treatments on the alloy fatigue properties. Synchrotron radiation diffraction experiments have been performed to measure residual stresses before and after the treatments and microstructural and hardness changes have been determined. Although blasting of Ti6Al4V with small spherical zirconia particles increases the alloy fatigue resistance with respect to unblasted specimens, fatigue strength after oxidation decreases below the unblasted value, irrespective of the type of particle used for blasting. Moreover, at 700°C the as-blasted compressive residual stresses (700MPa) are not only fully relaxed but even moderate tensile residual stresses, of about 120MPa, are found beneath the blasted surfaces. Contrary to expectations, a moderate increase in hardness occurs towards the blasted surface after oxidation treatments. This can be attributed to the fact that grit blasting modifies the crystallographic texture of the Ti6Al4V shifting it to a random texture, which affects the hardness values as shown by additional experiments on cold rolled samples. The results indicate that the oxidation treatment performed to improve biocompatibility and corrosion resistance of grit blasted Ti6Al4V should be carried out with caution since the alloy fatigue strength can be critically diminished below the value required for high load-bearing components. PMID:26458115

  1. Polarized luminescence from GaN/AlN quantum dots subject to variable stress and excitation conditions

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    Moshe, Ofer; Rich, Daniel; Damilano, Benjamin; Massies, Jean

    2010-03-01

    Nitride-based heterostructures often exhibit important effects caused by the presence of large piezo- and pyro-electric polarizations. External stress can distort the unit cell and alter the polarization field, electronic states, and optical properties. We study the effects of carrier excitation on the screening of the polarization field in GaN/AlN self-assembled quantum dots (QDs) grown on Si substrates. We apply stress perturbations found near naturally occurring micro-cracks to examine ensembles of QDs subject to varying stress configurations. Using cathodoluminescence, we have probed the optical properties of ensembles of QDs in vertically stacked layers for different stress configurations and excitation conditions. We find a strong spatial variation of the linear polarization of light emitted from the QDs in a region of transition between in-plane biaxial stress and uniaxial stress. When the QDs experience uniaxial stress, the in-plane polarization anisotropy also strongly depends on e-beam excitation conditions at room temperature and exhibits a much weaker dependence at low temperatures. These effects will presented and explained using a 3D self-consistent k.p model including Fermi statistics for the calculation of the QD electron/hole energies and wavefunctions.

  2. High Temperature Mechanical Behavior of Ti-45Al-8Nb and Its Cavity Evolution in Deformation

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    Du, Zhihao; Zhang, Kaifeng; Jiang, Shaosong; Zhu, Ruican; Li, Shuguang

    2015-10-01

    The tensile property of a high Nb containing TiAl-based alloy (Ti-45Al-8Nb) was investigated in the temperature range of 900-1050 °C and strain rate range of 1 × 10-3 to 2.5 × 10-2 s-1. The results revealed that the yield stress decreased with increasing temperature and decreasing strain rate, while the tensile elongation increased with an increase in temperature and a decrease in strain rate. Hence, The minimum yield stress of 119.2 MPa and the maximum elongation of 237% were obtained at the temperature of 1050 °C and strain rate of 1 × 10-3 s-1. Based on the experimental data, the activation energy of the alloy was calculated to be 360 kJ/mol. Moreover, the microstructure and the fracture morphology of the specimens were observed, and the results revealed that the distribution of cavities was related to deformation parameters and the fracture mode was typically dimple-type.

  3. A High shear stress segment along the San Andreas Fault: Inferences based on near-field stress direction and stress magnitude observations in the Carrizo Plain Area

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    Castillo, D. A.,; Younker, L.W.

    1997-01-30

    Nearly 200 new in-situ determinations of stress directions and stress magnitudes near the Carrizo plain segment of the San Andreas fault indicate a marked change in stress state occurring within 20 km of this principal transform plate boundary. A natural consequence of this stress transition is that if the observed near-field ``fault-oblique`` stress directions are representative of the fault stress state, the Mohr-Coulomb shear stresses resolved on San Andreas sub-parallel planes are substantially greater than previously inferred based on fault-normal compression. Although the directional stress data and near-hydrostatic pore pressures, which exist within 15 km of the fault, support a high shear stress environment near the fault, appealing to elevated pore pressures in the fault zone (Byerlee-Rice Model) merely enhances the likelihood of shear failure. These near-field stress observations raise important questions regarding what previous stress observations have actually been measuring. The ``fault-normal`` stress direction measured out to 70 km from the fault can be interpreted as representing a comparable depth average shear strength of the principal plate boundary. Stress measurements closer to the fault reflect a shallower depth-average representation of the fault zone shear strength. If this is true, only stress observations at fault distances comparable to the seismogenic depth will be representative of the fault zone shear strength. This is consistent with results from dislocation monitoring where there is pronounced shear stress accumulation out to 20 km of the fault as a result of aseismic slip within the lower crust loading the upper locked section. Beyond about 20 km, the shear stress resolved on San Andreas fault-parallel planes becomes negligible. 65 refs., 15 figs.

  4. High-temperature mechanical properties and deformation behavior of high Nb containing TiAl alloys fabricated by spark plasma sintering

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    Lu, Xin; Zhao, Li-hua; Zhu, Lang-ping; Zhang, Bin; Qu, Xuan-hui

    2012-04-01

    A high Nb containing TiAl alloy was prepared from the pre-alloyed powder of Ti-45Al-8.5Nb-0.2B-0.2W-0.02Y (at%) by spark plasma sintering (SPS). Its high-temperature mechanical properties and compressive deformation behavior were investigated in a temperature range of 700 to 1050°C and a strain rate range of 0.002 to 0.2 s-1. The results show that the high-temperature mechanical properties of the high Nb containing TiAl alloy are sensitive to deformation temperature and strain rate, and the sensitivity to strain rate tends to rise with the deformation temperature increasing. The hot workability of the alloy is good at temperatures higher than 900°C, while fracture occurs at lower temperatures. The flow curves of the samples compressed at or above 900°C exhibit obvious flow softening after the peak stress. Under the deformation condition of 900-1050°C and 0.002-0.2 s-1, the interrelations of peak flow stress, strain rate, and deformation temperature follow the Arrhenius' equation modified by a hyperbolic sine function with a stress exponent of 5.99 and an apparent activation energy of 441.2 kJ·mol-1.

  5. The Effect of Ballistic Impacts on the High Cycle Fatigue Properties of Ti-48Al-2Nb-2Cr (at.%)

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    Draper, S. L.; Lerch, B. A.; Pereira, J. M.; Nathal, M. V.; Austin, C. M.; Erdman, O.

    2000-01-01

    The ability of gamma - TiAl to withstand potential foreign and/or domestic object damage is a technical risk to the implementation of gamma - TiAl in low pressure turbine (LPT) blade applications. The overall purpose of the present study was to determine the influence of ballistic impact damage on the high cycle fatigue strength of gamma - TiAl simulated LPT blades. Impact and specimen variables included ballistic impact energy, projectile hardness, impact temperature, impact location, and leading edge thickness. The level of damage induced by the ballistic impacting was studied and quantified on both the impact (front) and backside of the specimens. Multiple linear regression was used to model the cracking and fatigue response as a function of the impact variables. Of the impact variables studied, impact energy had the largest influence on the response of gamma - TiAl to ballistic impacting. Backside crack length was the best predictor of remnant fatigue strength for low energy impacts (<0.74J) whereas Hertzian crack length (impact side damage) was the best predictor for higher energy impacts. The impacted gamma - TiAl samples displayed a classical mean stress dependence on the fatigue strength. For the fatigue design stresses of a 6th stage LPT blade in a GE90 engine, a Ti-48Al-2Nb-2Cr LPT blade would survive an impact of normal service conditions.

  6. Ultrafast Bulk Diffusion of AlHxin High-Entropy Dehydrogenation Intermediates of NaAlH4

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    Zhang, Feng; Wood, Brandon C; Wang, Yan; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming; Chou, Mei-Yin

    2014-08-14

    Using first-principles molecular dynamics (FPMD) and total-energy calculations, we demonstrate low-barrier bulk diffusion of Al-bearing species in ?-NaAlH4, a recently proposed high-entropy polymorph of NaAlH4. For charged AlH4– and neutral AlH3 vacancies, the computed barriers for diffusion are <0.1 eV, and we directly observe the predicted diffusive pathways in FPMD simulations at picosecond time scales. In contrast, such diffusion in the ? phase is inaccessible to FPMD, consistent with much higher barriers. The transport behavior of ?-NaAlH4, in addition to key dynamical and structural signatures, is consistent with experimental observations of high-mobility species, strongly supporting the idea that an intermediate transition from the ? phase to a high-entropy polymorph facilitates the hydrogen-releasing decomposition of NaAlH4. Our results provide an answer to longstanding questions regarding the responsible agent for the experimentally observed efficient Al transport during dehydrogenation and suggest that mass transport and phase transformation kinetics are coupled. Implications for understanding the (de)hydrogenation of undoped and catalyzed NaAlH4 are discussed.

  7. High velocity impact characterization of Al alloys for oblique impacts

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    Baluch, Abrar. H.; Park, Yurim; Kim, C. G.

    2014-12-01

    This paper describes the experimental and computational analyses of a high velocity aluminum projectile impact on an Al6061-T6 spacecraft inner wall at different oblique angles. Al2017-T4 spherical projectiles of 5.56 mm in diameter and 0.25 g in weight were chosen within the velocity range of 1000±200 m/s due to the limitation of the light gas gun. The energy absorbed was calculated by measuring the velocities before and after impact on the inner wall. The energy absorbed by the wall and the remaining energy carried by the projectile helped to estimate the severity of further damage to inner components. Afterwards, validation was done by using the commercially available software LS-DYNA with a dedicated SPH. On average, a 10% energy absorption difference between experimentation and simulation was found. By using C-SCAN, the damage area proportion of the total inner wall to impact penetration hole area was found to be on average 6%, 26% and 53% greater than the projectile cross sectional area for the oblique angle impacts of 30°, 45°, and 60°, respectively. These findings helped to understand the relationship between the oblique impact event and the damage area on a spacecraft inner wall along with space debris cloud propagation and comparison with experimental results using LS-DYNA.

  8. Investigation of gate-diode degradation in normally-off p-GaN/AlGaN/GaN high-electron-mobility transistors

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    Tapajna, M.; Hilt, O.; Bahat-Treidel, E.; Würfl, J.; Kuzmík, J.

    2015-11-01

    Gate diode conduction mechanisms were analyzed in normally-off p-GaN/AlGaN/GaN high-electron mobility transistors grown on Si wafers before and after forward bias stresses. Electrical characterization of the gate diodes indicates forward current to be limited by channel electrons injected through the AlGaN/p-GaN triangular barrier promoted by traps. On the other hand, reverse current was found to be consistent with carrier generation-recombination processes in the AlGaN layer. Soft breakdown observed after ˜105 s during forward bias stress at gate voltage of 7 V was attributed to formation of conductive channel in p-GaN/AlGaN gate stack via trap generation and percolation mechanism, likely due to coexistence of high electric field and high forward current density. Possible enhancement of localized conductive channels originating from spatial inhomogeneities is proposed to be responsible for the degradation.

  9. Regulation of residual stress in elastic solid component with high-energy acoustic field

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    Song, W. T.; Xu, C. G.; Pan, Q. X.; Yang, X. C.; Xu, L.; Guo, J.

    2013-01-01

    The ultrasonic regulation of internal residual stress in metal and nonmetal elastic solid component has been investigated. High-energy ultrasonic wave is applied to carbon steel and ordinary flat glass for residual stress control. An ultrasonic residual stress measurement device developed with the acoustoelastic theory is used to measure macro residual stress in time, to evaluate the residual stress regulation effectiveness. Based on the essence of residual stress, the interaction between acoustic wave and residual stress is analyzed, and dislocations theory is considered. When the ultrasonic energy supplied to the elastic solid is greater than the energy of dislocation, the internal residual stress will be released. Experiments result shows that as high energy acoustic field is applied, the local residual tensile stress in elastic solid specimen will shift gradually to beneficial compressive stress, thus the component's fatigue strength, corrosion resistance and service life will be greatly improved.

  10. Al-Li alloy AA2198's very high cycle fatigue crack initiation mechanism and its fatigue thermal effect

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    Xu, Luopeng; Cao, Xiaojian; Chen, Yu; Wang, Qingyuan

    2015-10-01

    AA2198 alloy is one of the third generation Al-Li alloys which have low density, high elastic modulus, high specific strength and specific stiffness. Compared With the previous two generation Al-Li alloys, the third generation alloys have much improved in alloys strength, corrosion resistance and weldable characteristic. For these advantages, the third generation Al-Li alloys are used as aircraft structures, such as C919 aviation airplane manufactured by China and Russia next generation aviation airplane--MS-21. As we know, the aircraft structures are usually subjected to more than 108 cycles fatigue life during 20-30 years of service, however, there is few reported paper about the third generation Al-Li alloys' very high cycle fatigue(VHCF) which is more than 108 cycles fatigue. The VHCF experiment of AA2198 have been carried out. The two different initiation mechanisms of fatigue fracture have been found in VHCF. The cracks can initiate from the interior of the testing material with lower stress amplitude and more than 108 cycles fatigue life, or from the surface or subsurface of material which is the dominant reason of fatigue failures. During the experiment, the infrared technology is used to monitor the VHCF thermal effect. With the increase of the stress, the temperature of sample is also rising up, increasing about 15 °C for every 10Mpa. The theoretical thermal analysis is also carried out.

  11. Multiple stress-time profiles in a RDX/AP/Al/HTPB plastic bonded explosive

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    Sutherland, G. T.; Forbes, J. W.; Lemar, E. R.; Ashwell, K. D.; Baker, R. N.

    1994-07-01

    PBXN-111 samples were shocked using light-gas guns. Six experiments were instrumented with in situ manganin or ytterbium gauges. Two experiments were instrumented with a rear surface quartz gauge. A linear relationship between shock velocity and particle velocity was obtained for stresses to 42 kbar. These results are compared with those from a wedge test study. Experimental stress-time profiles suggest a low level reaction occurs behind the shock front for stresses above about 16 kbar.

  12. High lung volume increases stress failure in pulmonary capillaries

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    Fu, Z.; Costello, M. L.; Tsukimoto, K.; Prediletto, R.; Elliott, A. R.; Mathieu-Costello, O.; West, J. B.

    1992-01-01

    We previously showed that when pulmonary capillaries in anesthetized rabbits are exposed to a transmural pressure (Ptm) of approximately 40 mmHg, stress failure of the walls occurs with disruption of the capillary endothelium, alveolar epithelium, or sometimes all layers. The present study was designed to test whether stress failure occurred more frequently at high than at low lung volumes for the same Ptm. Lungs of anesthetized rabbits were inflated to a transpulmonary pressure of 20 cmH2O, perfused with autologous blood at 32.5 or 2.5 cmH2O Ptm, and fixed by intravascular perfusion. Samples were examined by both transmission and scanning electron microscopy. The results were compared with those of a previous study in which the lung was inflated to a transpulmonary pressure of 5 cmH2O. There was a large increase in the frequency of stress failure of the capillary walls at the higher lung volume. For example, at 32.5 cmH2O Ptm, the number of endothelial breaks per millimeter cell lining was 7.1 +/- 2.2 at the high lung volume compared with 0.7 +/- 0.4 at the low lung volume. The corresponding values for epithelium were 8.5 +/- 1.6 and 0.9 +/- 0.6. Both differences were significant (P less than 0.05). At 52.5 cmH2O Ptm, the results for endothelium were 20.7 +/- 7.6 (high volume) and 7.1 +/- 2.1 (low volume), and the corresponding results for epithelium were 32.8 +/- 11.9 and 11.4 +/- 3.7. At 32.5 cmH2O Ptm, the thickness of the blood-gas barrier was greater at the higher lung volume, consistent with the development of more interstitial edema. Ballooning of the epithelium caused by accumulation of edema fluid between the epithelial cell and its basement membrane was seen at 32.5 and 52.5 cmH2O Ptm. At high lung volume, the breaks tended to be narrower and fewer were oriented perpendicular to the axis of the pulmonary capillaries than at low lung volumes. Transmission and scanning electron microscopy measurements agreed well. Our findings provide a physiological mechanism for other studies showing increased capillary permeability at high states of lung inflation.

  13. 222-282 nm AlGaN and InAlGaN based deep-UV LEDs fabricated on high-quality AlN template

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    Hirayama, Hideki; Noguchi, Norimichi; Fujikawa, Sachie; Norimatsu, Jun; Kamata, Norihiko; Takano, Takayoshi; Tsubaki, Kenji

    2009-02-01

    We demonstrate 222-282 nm AlGaN and InAlGaN-based deep ultraviolet (DUV) light-emitting diodes (LEDs) fabricated on low threading dislocation density (TDD) AlN template. Low TDD AlN templates were realized by using ammonia (NH3) pulse-flow multilayer (ML) growth technique. The edge- and screw-type dislocation densities of AlN layer were reduced to 7.5×108 and 3.8×107, respectively. We obtained significant increase of an AlGaN quantum well (QW) emission (by more than 50 times) by fabricating them on a low TDD ML-AlN template. We fabricated AlGaN multi (M)QW DUV-LEDs with emission range of 222-273 nm on ML-AlN templates. Single-peaked electroluminescence (EL) was obtained for AlGaN DUV-LEDs. We obtained the maximum output power of 1.1, 2.4 and 3.3 mW for the AlGaN LEDs with wavelengths of 241, 253 and 273 nm, respectively, under RT CW operation. The maximum output power of 227 and 222 nm AlGaN-QW were 0.15mW and 0.014mW, respectively, under RT pulsed operation. The maximum external quantum efficiency (EQE) of the 227 and 250 nm AlGaN LEDs were 0.2% and 0.43 %, respectively. We also fabricated 280 nm-band quaternary InAlGaN-MQW DUV-LEDs with p-type InAlGaN layers on low TDD ML-AlN templates. We obtained significant increase of photoluminescence (PL) intensity by introducing Si-doped InAlGaN buffer and barrier layers and undoped InAlGaN interlayer. We then demonstrated high internal quantum efficiency (IQE) of 284 nm InAlGaN-QW emission, which was confirmed by the fact that the ratio of the integrated intensity of the RT-PL against the 77K-PL was 86%. The maximum output power and EQE of the 282 nm InAlGaN LED were 10.6 mW and 1.2%, respectively, under RT CW operation.

  14. Unraveling the Origin of Structural Disorder in High Temperature Transition Al2O3: Structure of ?-Al2O3

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    Kovarik, Libor; Bowden, Mark E.; Shi, Dachuan; Washton, Nancy M.; Anderson, Amity; Hu, Jian Z.; Lee, Jaekyoung; Szanyi, Janos; Kwak, Ja Hun; Peden, Charles HF

    2015-09-22

    The crystallography of transition Al2O3 has been extensively studied in the past due to the advantageous properties of the oxide in catalytic and a range of other technological applications. However, existing crystallographic models are insufficient to describe the structure of many important Al2O3 polymorphs due to their highly disordered nature. In this work, we investigate structure and disorder in high-temperature treated transition Al2O3, and provide a structural description for ?-Al2O3 by using a suite of complementary imaging, spectroscopy and quantum calculation techniques. Contrary to current understanding, our high-resolution imaging shows that ?-Al2O3 is a disordered composite phase of at least two different end members. By correlating imaging and spectroscopy results with DFT calculations, we propose a model that describes ?-Al2O3 as a disordered intergrowth of two crystallographic variants at the unit cell level. One variant is based on ?-Ga2O3, and the other on a monoclinic phase that is closely-related to ?-Al2O3. The overall findings and interpretations afford new insight into the origin of poor crystallinity in transition Al2O3, and also provide new perspectives on structural complexity that can emerge from intergrowth of closely related structural polymorphs.

  15. Some reactive processing aspects of high-temperature aluminides Nb3Al and RuAl

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    Mohamed, K. E.; Stover, D.; Buchkremer, H. P.

    1997-12-01

    In the present investigation elemental powder mixtures with nominal composition of Nb-25at. % Al and Ru-50at.% Al corresponding to Nb3Al and RuAl intermetallic phases were prepared. Green compacts from these mixtures were reactive sintered in vacuum or hot isostatically pressed after being encapsulated and reacted in quartz capsules. In the absence of pressure, reactive sintering at temperatures up to 1800 °C did not lead to densification, and swelling effects were observed. Reactions of formation of Nb3Al and RuAl were found to take place at different temperature regions characteristic for each aluminide system, with clear dependence of the reaction temperature on the heating rate of the powder mixtures. Dilatometry studies showed that swelling occurred instantaneously at temperatures corresponding to the reaction temperature and led to a volume increase of about 25% and 42% for Nb3Al and RuAl, respectively. The activation energy for the reactions was estimated from the differential thermal analysis. Similar data for the NiAl intermetallic phase were also obtained for comparison. The densification behavior and the phase composition of the reaction products were investigated and correlated with the heating rate, the mutual solubility of the reactants, and the amount of liquid phase available during the reaction.

  16. Electronic and optical properties of GaN/AlN quantum dots on Si(111) subject to in-plane uniaxial stresses and variable excitation

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    Moshe, O.; Rich, D. H.; Birner, S.; Povolotskyi, M.; Damilano, B.; Massies, J.

    2010-10-01

    We have studied the excitation- and polarization-dependent optical properties of GaN/AlN self-assembled quantum dots (QDs) grown on Si(111) substrates. Ensembles of QDs were subject to various external stress configurations that resulted from the thermal expansion coefficient mismatch between the GaN/AlN layers and the Si(111) substrate and ranged from in-plane uniaxial stress, primarily along the ?112¯0? directions, to in-plane biaxial stress, having magnitudes ranging from 20-30 kbar. Limited regions of uniaxial stress were obtained by exploiting naturally occurring microcracks that form during the postgrowth cooling. These microcracks act as stressors in order to create the highly localized regions of uniaxial stress. The local strain tensors for such QDs, which are subject to an interfacial stress perturbation, have been determined by modeling the dependence of the QD excitonic transition energy on the interfacial stress. Cathodoluminescence (CL) measurements of the excitonic transitions exhibit an in-plane linear polarization anisotropy in close proximity to microcracks. The polarization anisotropy is strongly dependent on the sample temperature and the electron beam excitation conditions used to excite the QD ensemble. Localized CL spectroscopy of the QDs exhibits emissions from both the ground and excited states, whose relative contributions depend on the level of excitation and temperature. Experimental results indicate that the polarization anisotropy vanishes at high temperatures (˜300 K) with an increasing excitation of the QDs, while the anisotropy decreases more slowly with excitation at low temperatures (˜60 K). A theoretical modeling of the effect of carrier filling on the polarization anisotropy and the excitonic transition energy was performed, as based on three-dimensional self-consistent solutions of the Schrödinger and Poisson equations using the 6×6 k?p and effective mass methods for calculations of the e-h wave functions and electron and hole quasi-Fermi levels for varying levels of state filling. We attribute carrier filling and a thermal excitation of holes into higher energy QD hole states during excitation to account for the observed gradual decrease in the polarization anisotropy with an increasing electron-hole pair excitation density at T =300 K.

  17. Critical current of a rapid-quenched Nb3Al conductor under transverse compressive and axial tensile stress

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    Seeber, B.; Ferreira, A.; Mondonico, G.; Buta, F.; Senatore, C.; Flükiger, R.; Takeuchi, T.

    2011-03-01

    The electromechanical behavior of a Nb3Al wire manufactured according to the RHQT process (rapid-heating, quenching and transformation) has been investigated at magnetic fields between 15 and 19 T at 4.2 K. Of particular interest was the critical current, Ic, as a function of transverse pressure up to 300 MPa and as a function of axial tensile stress. The studied wires are pieces of a 870 m long copper stabilized Nb3Al wire with a rectangular cross section of 1.81 mm × 0.80 mm. It was observed that the critical current at 300 MPa transverse pressure, applied to the narrow side, is reduced to 93%, 90% and 88% of its stress free value at 15 T, 17 T and 19 T, respectively. After unloading from 300 MPa Ic recovers to 94% and 97% at 19 T and 15 T, respectively. A field dependence of the effect is visible above 200 MPa. For completeness, the critical current was also measured under axial tensile strain. The maximum of Ic is at 0.15% applied strain and irreversibility has been observed above 0.26%. Finally a stress versus strain measurement at 4.2 K has been carried out allowing the conversion from axial strain to stress.

  18. Heat treatment of high manganese type X57MnAl27-5 austenitic steel

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    Jab?o?ska, M.; ?miglewicz, A.; Niewielski, G.; Hetma?czyk, M.

    2011-05-01

    In the paper, the influence of heat treatment parameters on microstructure and mechanical properties of high manganese type X57MnAl27-5 austenitic steel was investigated. The as-forged bar with diameter of 15 mm were underwent a saturation process at six different temperatures. The microstructural changes of austenite and the influence of heat treatment on the mechanical properties were considered. The quantitative analysis of austenite phase of the examined steel indicated that the parameters of saturation process resulted in changes of morphology and grain size of austenite. It was revealed that treatment temperature in the range of 950 °C-1100 °C slightly influenced grain size, stress limit and hardness of the investigated steel. Treatment at temperature higher than 1150 °C resulted in the growth of austenite grain size and the decrease of mechanical properties.

  19. Integrating AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor with Si: A comparative study of integration schemes

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    Mohan, Nagaboopathy; Singh, Manikant; Soman, Rohith; Raghavan, Srinivasan

    2015-10-01

    AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor stacks deposited on a single growth platform are used to compare the most common transition, AlN to GaN, schemes used for integrating GaN with Si. The efficiency of these transitions based on linearly graded, step graded, interlayer, and superlattice schemes on dislocation density reduction, stress management, surface roughness, and eventually mobility of the 2D-gas are evaluated. In a 500 nm GaN probe layer deposited, all of these transitions result in total transmission electron microscopy measured dislocations densities of 1 to 3 × 109/cm2 and <1 nm surface roughness. The 2-D electron gas channels formed at an AlGaN-1 nm AlN/GaN interface deposited on this GaN probe layer all have mobilities of 1600-1900 cm2/V s at a carrier concentration of 0.7-0.9 × 1013/cm2. Compressive stress and changes in composition in GaN rich regions of the AlN-GaN transition are the most effective at reducing dislocation density. Amongst all the transitions studied the step graded transition is the one that helps to implement this feature of GaN integration in the simplest and most consistent manner.

  20. Oxidation and microstructure evolution of Al-Si coated Ni3Al based single crystal superalloy with high Mo content

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    Tu, Xiaolu; Peng, Hui; Zheng, Lei; Qi, Wenyan; He, Jian; Guo, Hongbo; Gong, Shengkai

    2015-01-01

    A Si modified aluminide (Al-Si) coating was prepared on a Ni3Al based single crystal superalloy with high Mo content by high-activity pack cementation. Cyclic oxidation test at 1150 °C was carried out and the microstructure evolution of the coating was investigated. The results show that the oxidation resistance of the substrate was greatly increased by applying an Al-Si coating. During oxidation, outward diffusion of Mo was effectively blocked due to its high affinity with Si. Besides, a layered structure was formed as a result of the elements inter-diffusion. An obvious degradation of the Al-Si coating was observed after 100 h oxidation. Possible mechanisms related to the oxidation and elements inter-diffusion behaviours were also discussed.

  1. High level compressive residual stresses produced in aluminum alloys by laser shock processing

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    Gomez-Rosas, G.; Rubio-Gonzalez, C.; Ocaña, J. L.; Molpeceres, C.; Porro, J. A.; Chi-Moreno, W.; Morales, M.

    2005-11-01

    Laser shock processing (LSP) has been proposed as a competitive alternative technology to classical treatments for improving fatigue and wear resistance of metals. We present a configuration and results for metal surface treatments in underwater laser irradiation at 1064 nm. A convergent lens is used to deliver 1.2 J/cm 2 in a 8 ns laser FWHM pulse produced by 10 Hz Q-switched Nd:YAG, two laser spot diameters were used: 0.8 and 1.5 mm. Results using pulse densities of 2500 pulses/cm 2 in 6061-T6 aluminum samples and 5000 pulses/cm 2 in 2024 aluminum samples are presented. High level of compressive residual stresses are produced -1600 MPa for 6061-T6 Al alloy, and -1400 MPa for 2024 Al alloy. It has been shown that surface residual stress level is higher than that achieved by conventional shot peening and with greater depths. This method can be applied to surface treatment of final metal products.

  2. High-cycle fatigue behavior of Ti-5Al-2.5Sn ELI alloy forging at low temperatures

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    Ono, Yoshinori; Yuri, Tetsumi; Ogata, Toshio; Demura, Masahiko; Matsuoka, Saburo; Sunakawa, Hideo

    2014-01-01

    High-cycle fatigue properties of Ti-5Al-2.5Sn Extra Low Interstitial (ELI) alloy forging were investigated at low temperatures. The high-cycle fatigue strength at low temperatures of this alloy was relatively low compared with that at ambient temperature. The crystallographic orientation of a facet formed at a fatigue crack initiation site was determined by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) method in scanning electron microscope (SEM) to understand the fatigue crack initiation mechanism and discuss on the low fatigue strength at low temperature. Furthermore, in terms of the practical use of this alloy, the effect of the stress ratio (or mean stress) on the high-cycle fatigue properties was evaluated using the modified Goodman diagram.

  3. High-cycle fatigue behavior of Ti-5Al-2.5Sn ELI alloy forging at low temperatures

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    Ono, Yoshinori; Yuri, Tetsumi; Ogata, Toshio; Demura, Masahiko; Matsuoka, Saburo; Sunakawa, Hideo

    2014-01-27

    High-cycle fatigue properties of Ti-5Al-2.5Sn Extra Low Interstitial (ELI) alloy forging were investigated at low temperatures. The high-cycle fatigue strength at low temperatures of this alloy was relatively low compared with that at ambient temperature. The crystallographic orientation of a facet formed at a fatigue crack initiation site was determined by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) method in scanning electron microscope (SEM) to understand the fatigue crack initiation mechanism and discuss on the low fatigue strength at low temperature. Furthermore, in terms of the practical use of this alloy, the effect of the stress ratio (or mean stress) on the high-cycle fatigue properties was evaluated using the modified Goodman diagram.

  4. Aggregation-prone c9FTD/ALS poly(GA) RAN-translated proteins cause neurotoxicity by inducing ER stress.

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    Zhang, Yong-Jie; Jansen-West, Karen; Xu, Ya-Fei; Gendron, Tania F; Bieniek, Kevin F; Lin, Wen-Lang; Sasaguri, Hiroki; Caulfield, Thomas; Hubbard, Jaime; Daughrity, Lillian; Chew, Jeannie; Belzil, Veronique V; Prudencio, Mercedes; Stankowski, Jeannette N; Castanedes-Casey, Monica; Whitelaw, Ena; Ash, Peter E A; DeTure, Michael; Rademakers, Rosa; Boylan, Kevin B; Dickson, Dennis W; Petrucelli, Leonard

    2014-10-01

    The occurrence of repeat-associated non-ATG (RAN) translation, an atypical form of translation of expanded repeats that results in the synthesis of homopolymeric expansion proteins, is becoming more widely appreciated among microsatellite expansion disorders. Such disorders include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia caused by a hexanucleotide repeat expansion in the C9ORF72 gene (c9FTD/ALS). We and others have recently shown that this bidirectionally transcribed repeat is RAN translated, and the "c9RAN proteins" thusly produced form neuronal inclusions throughout the central nervous system of c9FTD/ALS patients. Nonetheless, the potential contribution of c9RAN proteins to disease pathogenesis remains poorly understood. In the present study, we demonstrate that poly(GA) c9RAN proteins are neurotoxic and may be implicated in the neurodegenerative processes of c9FTD/ALS. Specifically, we show that expression of poly(GA) proteins in cultured cells and primary neurons leads to the formation of soluble and insoluble high molecular weight species, as well as inclusions composed of filaments similar to those observed in c9FTD/ALS brain tissues. The expression of poly(GA) proteins is accompanied by caspase-3 activation, impaired neurite outgrowth, inhibition of proteasome activity, and evidence of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Of importance, ER stress inhibitors, salubrinal and TUDCA, provide protection against poly(GA)-induced toxicity. Taken together, our data provide compelling evidence towards establishing RAN translation as a pathogenic mechanism of c9FTD/ALS, and suggest that targeting the ER using small molecules may be a promising therapeutic approach for these devastating diseases. PMID:25173361

  5. High internal quantum efficiency in AlGaN multiple quantum wells grown on bulk AlN substrates

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    Bryan, Zachary Bryan, Isaac; Sitar, Zlatko; Collazo, Ramón; Xie, Jinqiao; Mita, Seiji

    2015-04-06

    The internal quantum efficiency (IQE) of Al{sub 0.55}Ga{sub 0.45}N/AlN and Al{sub 0.55}Ga{sub 0.45}N/Al{sub 0.85}Ga{sub 0.15}N UVC MQW structures was analyzed. The use of bulk AlN substrates enabled us to undoubtedly distinguish the effect of growth conditions, such as V/III ratio, on the optical quality of AlGaN based MQWs from the influence of dislocations. At a high V/III ratio, a record high IQE of ?80% at a carrier density of 10{sup 18?}cm{sup ?3} was achieved at ?258?nm. The high IQE was correlated with the decrease of the non-radiative coefficient A and a reduction of midgap defect luminescence, all suggesting that, in addition to dislocations, point defects are another major factor that strongly influences optical quality of AlGaN MQW structures.

  6. Relationships among Stress, Coping, and Mental Health in High-Achieving High School Students

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    Suldo, Shannon M.; Shaunessy, Elizabeth; Hardesty, Robin

    2008-01-01

    This study investigates the relationships among stress, coping, and mental health in 139 students participating in an International Baccalaureate (IB) high school diploma program. Mental health was assessed using both positive indicators (life satisfaction, academic achievement, academic self-efficacy) and negative indicators (psychopathology) of…

  7. Mechanics of fracture under high-rate stress loading

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    Grady, D.

    1983-01-01

    The fracture properties of brittle materials subjected to impulsive or high rate loading is considered. Fracture is viewed as a microstructural process through the activation, growth and coalescence of a system of interacting cracks. The loading rate dependence of fracture stress is explained in terms of inertia of isolated cracks. The number of cracks participating in the fracture process, and the number and size of fragments in the failed material are related to both the inherent flaw structure and the rate of energy application required to sustain the system of growing cracks. Differences in loading conditions leading to material failure can result in vastly different fragment size distributions. These differences are compared with physically based statistical laws and possible relations to the loading conditions are explored. Lastly, continuum modelling of dynamic fracture focused toward computational analyses of complex applied problems is covered.

  8. High PAE high reliability AlN/GaN double heterostructure

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    Medjdoub, F.; Zegaoui, M.; Linge, A.; Grimbert, B.; Silvestri, R.; Meneghini, M.; Meneghesso, G.; Zanoni, E.

    2015-11-01

    We report on AlN/GaN double heterostructures for high frequency applications. 600 h preliminary reliability assessment has been performed on these emerging RF devices, showing promising millimeter-wave 100 nm gate length GaN-on-Si device stability for the first time. A 150 nm AlN/GaN double heterostructure has been developed and evaluated on SiC substrate. State-of-the-art CW power-added-efficiencies (PAE) up to 40 GHz have been achieved on ultrathin barrier (6 nm) GaN devices while operating at a drain bias exceeding 30 V.

  9. AlN/single crystalline diamond piezoelectric structure as a high overtone bulk acoustic resonator

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    Sorokin, B. P.; Kvashnin, G. M.; Volkov, A. P.; Bormashov, V. S.; Aksenenkov, V. V.; Kuznetsov, M. S.; Gordeev, G. I.; Telichko, A. V.

    2013-03-01

    First, the Al/AlN/Al/Cr/diamond single crystal piezoelectric layered structure has been developed, and its properties have been investigated up to 8 GHz. The peculiarities associated with the influence of piezoelectric film on the Q factor of high overtones of substrate have been pointed out. High Q ˜ 104 has been found at 6-7 GHz band.

  10. Dopant-free GaN/AlN/AlGaN radial nanowire heterostructures as high electron mobility transistors.

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    Li, Yat; Xiang, Jie; Qian, Fang; Gradecak, Silvija; Wu, Yue; Yan, Hao; Blom, Douglas A; Lieber, Charles M

    2006-07-01

    We report the rational synthesis of dopant-free GaN/AlN/AlGaN radial nanowire heterostructures and their implementation as high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs). The radial nanowire heterostructures were prepared by sequential shell growth immediately following nanowire elongation using metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies reveal that the GaN/AlN/AlGaN radial nanowire heterostructures are dislocation-free single crystals. In addition, the thicknesses and compositions of the individual AlN and AlGaN shells were unambiguously identified using cross-sectional high-angle annular darkfield scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM). Transport measurements carried out on GaN/AlN/AlGaN and GaN nanowires prepared using similar conditions demonstrate the existence of electron gas in the undoped GaN/AlN/AlGaN nanowire heterostructures and also yield an intrinsic electron mobility of 3100 cm(2)/Vs and 21,000 cm(2)/Vs at room temperature and 5 K, respectively, for the heterostructure. Field-effect transistors fabricated with ZrO(2) dielectrics and metal top gates showed excellent gate coupling with near ideal subthreshold slopes of 68 mV/dec, an on/off current ratio of 10(7), and scaled on-current and transconductance values of 500 mA/mm and 420 mS/mm. The ability to control synthetically the electronic properties of nanowires using band structure design in III-nitride radial nanowire heterostructures opens up new opportunities for nanoelectronics and provides a new platform to study the physics of low-dimensional electron gases. PMID:16834431

  11. Resonance measurements of stresses in Al/Si3N4 microribbons

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    Payne, Alexander P.; Staker, Bryan P.; Gudeman, Christopher S.; Daneman, Michael J.; Peter, Donald E.

    1999-08-01

    Film stresses in doubly-supported bi-layer micro-ribbons have been determined by measurement of their resonant vibration frequency. The composite aluminum/silicon-nitride ribbons constitute a programmable diffraction grating in which ribbon stresses play an important role in device behavior. To determine the intrinsic film stresses in each layer, special ribbon arrays were fabricated in which the coverage of aluminum was systematically varied from end toward the center of each ribbon. With increasing aluminum coverage, the ribbons exhibit a characteristic roll-off in resonant frequency which can be used to refine longitudinal film stresses. An analytical expression describing resonant frequency as a function of partial layer coverage is derived. By least-squares fitting this function to the observed roll-off, the film stresses in each layer are determined. It is found that the silicon-nitride stresses are large and tensile (approximately 800 MPa), while those in the aluminum are small and compressive (approximately -100 MPa).; This paper reviews the relevant theory behind the approach, demonstrates its application to wafer- level data and discusses its repeatability and accuracy.

  12. Stress corrosion cracking of a superplastic and nonsuperplastic Zn-22.3Al alloy in 3% NaCl solution

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    Yeh, M.S.; Chang, J.C.; Chuang, T.H.

    1999-04-01

    Through appropriate heat treatments, a Zn-22.3wt%Al (Zn-22.3Al) alloy can be prepared in both superplastic and nonsuperplastic specimens. It has been found that the superplastic Zn-22.3Al alloy possesses a very fine microduplex structure, while the nonsuperplastic alloy has a lamellar duplex structure with locally coarsened second phases. The very different microstructures of both specimens result in different corrosion and stress corrosion cracking (SCC) behaviors in 3% NaCl solution. In addition, the fractographs of both the superplastic and nonsuperplastic Zn-22.3Al specimens after SCC tests under various anodic applied potentials have been compared. Through the observations, a mechanism for the SCC in this case was proposed to show that the cracks proceeded with successive processes of oxide film rupture and Zn-Al matrix tearing. Such a mechanism is more evident for the fractography of nonsuperplastic specimens, on which a series of parallel strips inserted with dimple-bands can be obviously found.

  13. Stress reduction in sputter deposited films using nanostructured compliant layers by high working-gas pressures

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    Wang, Gwo-Ching

    Stress reduction in sputter deposited films using nanostructured compliant layers by high working October 2004; accepted 13 December 2004; published 27 June 2005 We present a strategy of stress reduction as a compliant layer to reduce the stress of the subsequently deposited continuous film grown under low gas

  14. High-Stakes Testing and Its Relationship to Stress Levels of Coastal Secondary Teachers

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    McDaniel, Sheneatha Lashelle Alexander

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this research was to examine the relationship between high-stakes tests and stress with secondary teachers. Furthermore, this study investigated whether veteran teachers experience more stress than novice teachers and whether or not self-efficacy, gender, accountability status, and years of experience influence teacher stress as it…

  15. Stress Factors and Their Alleviation in Parents of High Risk Pre-Term Infants.

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    Lowenthal, Barbara

    1987-01-01

    The article differentiates parental stress experienced after the birth of a high-risk premature infant from the normal stress of transition to parenthood. A review of the literature delineates a conceptual framework for relating preterm at-risk birth to specific parental stress reactions, and proposes strategies for alleviating these…

  16. Effect of Al2O3 on the Crystallization of Mold Flux for Casting High Al Steel

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    Zhou, Lejun; Wang, Wanlin; Zhou, Kechao

    2015-06-01

    In order to lower the weight of automotive bodies for better fuel-efficiency and occupant safety, the demand for high Al-containing advanced high strength steel, such as transformation-induced plasticity and twinning-induced plasticity steel, is increasing. However, high aluminum content in steels would tend to significantly affect the properties of mold flux during the continuous casting process. In this paper, a kinetic study of the effect of Al2O3 content on the crystallization behavior of mold flux was conducted by using the single hot thermocouple technique and the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami model combined with the Arrhenius Equation. The results suggested that Al2O3 behaves as an amphoteric oxide in the crystallization process of mold flux. The precipitated phases of mold flux change from cuspidine (Ca4Si2O7F2) into nepheline (NaAlSiO4) and CaF2, and then into gehlenite (Ca2Al2SiO7) with the increase of Al2O3 content. The kinetics study of the isothermal crystallization process indicated that the effective crystallization rate ( k) and Avrami exponent ( n) also first increased and then decreased with the increase of Al2O3 content. The values for the crystallization activation energy of mold flux with different Al2O3 contents were E R0.8A7 = 150.76 ± 17.89 kJ/mol, E R0.8A20 = 136.43 ± 6.48 kJ/mol, E R0.8A30 = 108.63 ± 12.25 kJ/mol and E R0.8A40 = 116.15 ± 8.17 kJ/mol.

  17. Time evolution of off-state degradation of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors

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    Bajo, M. Montes E-mail: Martin.Kuball@bristol.ac.uk; Sun, H.; Uren, M. J.; Kuball, M. E-mail: Martin.Kuball@bristol.ac.uk

    2014-06-02

    The evolution of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors under off-state stress conditions is studied by gate leakage current (I{sub g}) monitoring, electroluminescence (EL), and atomic force microscope (AFM) imaging at room temperature. It is found that the number of off-state failure sites as identified by EL increases over time during stress until it reaches a saturation value. I{sub g} increases accordingly during stress until this saturation number of failure sites is reached. AFM scanning of the device surface stripped of metal contacts and passivation reveals surface pits corresponding to the location of the EL spots. These pits have an elongated shape oriented towards the drain contact whose length is correlated with the distance to the adjacent pits and with the time since their appearance during the stress experiment. A model for the generation and evolution of the off-state stress-related failure sites is proposed consistent with the experimental results, bringing together surface migration of electrochemical species with trap-based leakage mechanisms and resulting in the formation of an exclusion zone around each failure site.

  18. Static and kinetic friction of granite at high normal stress

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    Byerlee, J.D.

    1970-01-01

    Frictional sliding on ground surfaces of granite, angle of sliding planes 30?? and 45??, was investigated as a function of confining pressure. Over the normal stress range of 2-12 kb, the static frictional shear stress ??s follows the relationship ??s = 0??5 + 0?? ??n and the kinetic frictional shear stress ??k was calculated to be ??k = 0??25 + 0??47 ??n. ?? 1970.

  19. Internal friction in [gamma]-TiAl at high temperatures

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    Brossmann, U.; Hirscher, M.; Kronmueller, H. )

    1999-06-22

    The internal friction in TiAl polycrystals of technical purity was studied in the temperature range of 300--1500 K using an inverted torsion pendulum. Extruded single-phase [gamma]-TiAl with an aluminium content of 54.1 at.% shows a large, frequency-dependent relaxation maximum near 1300 K during cooling from temperatures above 1400 K, which is neither observed during heating from ambient temperature nor in two-phase [alpha][sub 2]/[gamma]-TiAl alloys with a lower Al content. This relaxation maximum is tentatively ascribed to the motion of grain boundaries or dislocations, which are pinned by precipitates in [gamma]-TiAl. The precipitates dissolve at temperatures above 1350 K and form again below 1200 K. No relaxation is observed in polycrystalline TiAl with a carbon content in the range from 0.009 to 0.22 at.% at temperatures below 900 K. This behavior may be an indication of hardening by finely dispersed precipitates, as observed in TEM and SEM micrographs.

  20. Electrical and structural degradation of GaN high electron mobility transistors under high-power and high-temperature Direct Current stress

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    Wu, Y. Alamo, J. A. del; Chen, C.-Y.

    2015-01-14

    We have stressed AlGaN/GaN HEMTs (High Electron Mobility Transistors) under high-power and high-temperature DC conditions that resulted in various levels of device degradation. Following electrical stress, we conducted a well-established three-step wet etching process to remove passivation, gate and ohmic contacts so that the device surface can be examined by SEM and AFM. We have found prominent pits and trenches that have formed under the gate edge on the drain side of the device. The width and depth of the pits under the gate edge correlate with the degree of drain current degradation. In addition, we also found visible erosion under the full extent of the gate. The depth of the eroded region averaged along the gate width under the gate correlated with channel resistance degradation. Both electrical and structural analysis results indicate that device degradation under high-power DC conditions is of a similar nature as in better understood high-voltage OFF-state conditions. The recognition of a unified degradation mechanism provides impetus to the development of a degradation model with lifetime predictive capabilities for a broad range of operating conditions spanning from OFF-state to ON-state.

  1. Nanotwins and stacking faults in high-strength epitaxial Ag/Al multilayer films

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    Bufford, D.; Bi, Z.; Jia, Q. X.; Wang, H.; Zhang, X.

    2012-11-01

    Epitaxial Ag/Al multilayer films have high hardness (up to 5.5 GPa) in comparison to monolithic Ag and Al films (2 and 1 GPa). High-density nanotwins and stacking faults appear in both Ag and Al layers, and stacking fault density in Al increases sharply with decreasing individual layer thickness, h. Hardness increases monotonically with decreasing h, with no softening. In comparison, epitaxial Cu/Ni multilayers reach similar peak hardness when h ? 5 nm, but soften at smaller h. High strength in Ag/Al films is primarily a result of layer interfaces, nanotwins, and stacking faults, which are strong barriers to dislocation transmission.

  2. 52 Richardson et al.: Drought Stress and Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera) Seedlings To improve the health of urban and ornamental trees, it is

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    Richardson, Andrew D.

    52 Richardson et al.: Drought Stress and Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera) Seedlings To improve, and leaf reflectance) to assess the level of drought stress in paper birch (Betula papyrifera) seedlings (but still intact) leaf, which is placed in a controlled-environment cuvette. In response to drought

  3. The Chinese High School Student's Stress in the School and Academic Achievement

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    Liu, Yangyang; Lu, Zuhong

    2011-01-01

    In a sample of 466 Chinese high school students, we examined the relationships between Chinese high school students' stress in the school and their academic achievements. Regression mixture modelling identified two different classes of the effects of Chinese high school students' stress on their academic achievements. One class contained 87% of…

  4. The Effect of High Temperature Corrosion on Mechanical Behavior of a GAMMA-TiAl Alloy

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    Zhao, Wenyue; Ma, Yue; Gong, Shengkai

    The mechanical properties of Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb alloy were discussed after the high temperature corrosion tests carried out with salt mixture of 75wt. % Na2SO4 and 25wt. % NaCl at 800°C. The microstructure of the alloy after corrosion was observed by SEM and the fracture behavior of the corroded and uncorroded alloys was investigated by means of the three-point bending tests. It has been shown that the corrosion path was mainly along the lamellar structure and rough surface with a large number of corrosion pits formed during the high temperature corrosion. The experimental results also indicated that the bearing capacity of bending fracture descended evidently due to the molten salt corrosion at high temperature, which only had remarkable effects on the surface state of the alloy. The microcracks inside the alloy always propagated along the phase interfaces and grain boundaries while the corrosion pits on salt-deposited surface became the main crack initiation location in corroded alloy. The stress concentration caused by corrosion was considered as the essential reason of the property reduction, which decreased the energy barrier of crack nucleation and shortened the incubation period.

  5. Very high channel conductivity in ultra-thin channel N-polar GaN/(AlN, InAlN, AlGaN) high electron mobility hetero-junctions grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Lu, Jing; Denninghoff, Dan; Yeluri, Ramya; Lal, Shalini; Gupta, Geetak; Laurent, Matthew; Keller, Stacia; DenBaars, Steven P.; Mishra, Umesh K.

    2013-06-01

    Different back barrier designs comprising of AlN, AlGaN, and InAlN layers are investigated for ultra-thin GaN channel N-polar high-electron-mobility-transistors grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. A combinational back barrier with both AlGaN and InAlN materials is proposed. The dependence of channel conductivity on channel thickness is investigated for different back barrier designs. The study demonstrated that the back barrier design of AlN/InAlN/AlGaN is capable of retaining high channel conductivity for ultra-scaled channel thicknesses. For devices with 5-nm-thick channel, a sheet resistance of ˜230 ?/? and mobility ˜1400 cm2/V-s are achieved when measured parallel to the multi-step direction of the epi-surface.

  6. Electrochemical investigation on the hydrogen permeation behavior of 7075-T6 Al alloy and its influence on stress corrosion cracking

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    Zheng, Chuan-bo; Yan, Bing-hao; Zhang, Ke; Yi, Guo

    2015-07-01

    The hydrogen permeation behavior and stress corrosion cracking (SCC) susceptibility of precharged 7075-T6 Al alloy were investigated in this paper. Devanthan-Stachurski (D-S) cell tests were used to measure the apparent hydrogen diffusivity and hydrogen permeation current density of specimens immersed in 3.5wt% NaCl solution. Electrochemical experiment results show that the SCC susceptibility is low during anodic polarization. Both corrosion pits and hydrogen-induced cracking are evident in scanning electron microscope images after the specimens have been charging for 24 h.

  7. Stress

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    ... pressures of work, family, and other daily responsibilities Stress brought about by a sudden negative change, such as losing a job, divorce, or ... to know your limits when it comes to stress, so you can avoid more serious health effects. NIH: National Institute of Mental Health

  8. Evaluation of the interfacial shear strength and residual stress of TiAlN coating on ZIRLO™ fuel cladding using a modified shear-lag model approach

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    Liu, Y.; Bhamji, I.; Withers, P. J.; Wolfe, D. E.; Motta, A. T.; Preuss, M.

    2015-11-01

    This paper investigates the residual stresses and interfacial shear strength of a TiAlN coating on Zr-Nb-Sn-Fe alloy (ZIRLO™) substrate designed to improve corrosion resistance of fuel cladding used in water-cooled nuclear reactors, both during normal and exceptional conditions, e.g. a loss of coolant event (LOCA). The distribution and maximum value of the interfacial shear strength has been estimated using a modified shear-lag model. The parameters critical to this analysis were determined experimentally. From these input parameters the interfacial shear strength between the TiAlN coating and ZIRLO™ substrate was inferred to be around 120 MPa. It is worth noting that the apparent strength of the coating is high (?3.4 GPa). However, this is predominantly due to the large compressive residuals stress (3 GPa in compression), which must be overcome for the coating to fail in tension, which happens at a load just 150 MPa in excess of this.

  9. Multicharacterization approach for studying InAl(Ga)N/Al(Ga)N/GaN heterostructures for high electron mobility transistors

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    Naresh-Kumar, G.; Vilalta-Clemente, A.; Pandey, S.; Skuridina, D.; Behmenburg, H.; Gamarra, P.; Patriarche, G.; Vickridge, I.; di Forte-Poisson, M. A.; Vogt, P.; Kneissl, M.; Morales, M.; Ruterana, P.; Cavallini, A.; Cavalcoli, D.; Giesen, C.; Heuken, M.; Trager-Cowan, C.

    2014-12-01

    We report on our multi-pronged approach to understand the structural and electrical properties of an InAl(Ga)N(33nm barrier)/Al(Ga)N(1nm interlayer)/GaN(3?m)/ AlN(100nm)/Al2O3 high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) heterostructure grown by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE). In particular we reveal and discuss the role of unintentional Ga incorporation in the barrier and also in the interlayer. The observation of unintentional Ga incorporation by using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis in a scanning transmission electron microscope is supported with results obtained for samples with a range of AlN interlayer thicknesses grown under both the showerhead as well as the horizontal type MOVPE reactors. Poisson-Schrödinger simulations show that for high Ga incorporation in the Al(Ga)N interlayer, an additional triangular well with very small depth may be exhibited in parallel to the main 2-DEG channel. The presence of this additional channel may cause parasitic conduction and severe issues in device characteristics and processing. Producing a HEMT structure with InAlGaN as the barrier and AlGaN as the interlayer with appropriate alloy composition may be a possible route to optimization, as it might be difficult to avoid Ga incorporation while continuously depositing the layers using the MOVPE growth method. Our present work shows the necessity of a multicharacterization approach to correlate structural and electrical properties to understand device structures and their performance.

  10. High pressure and high temperature stabilization of cubic AlN in Ti0.60Al0.40N

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    Norrby, N.; Lind, H.; Parakhonskiy, G.; Johansson, M. P.; Tasnádi, F.; Dubrovinsky, L. S.; Dubrovinskaia, N.; Abrikosov, I. A.; Odén, M.

    2013-02-01

    In the present work, the decomposition of unstable arc evaporated Ti0.6Al0.4N at elevated temperatures and quasihydrostatic pressures has been studied both experimentally and by first-principles calculations. High pressure and high temperature (HPHT) treatment of the samples was realized using the multi anvil press and diamond anvil cell techniques. The products of the HPHT treatment of Ti0.6Al0.4N were investigated using x-ray diffractometry and transmission electron microscopy. Complimentary calculations show that both hydrostatic pressure and high temperature stabilize the cubic phase of AlN, which is one of the decomposition products of Ti0.6Al0.4N. This is in agreement with the experimental results which in addition suggest that the presence of Ti in the system serves to increase the stability region of the cubic c-AlN phase. The results are industrially important as they show that Ti0.6Al0.4N coatings on cutting inserts do not deteriorate faster under pressure due to the cubic AlN to hexagonal AlN transformation.

  11. Reaction rim growth in the system MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 under uniaxial stress

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    Götze, Lutz Christoph; Abart, Rainer; Rybacki, Erik; Keller, Lukas M.; Petrishcheva, Elena; Dresen, Georg

    2010-07-01

    We synthesize reaction rims between thermodynamically incompatible phases in the system MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 applying uniaxial load using a creep apparatus. Synthesis experiments are done in the MgO-SiO2 and in the MgO-Al2O3 subsystems at temperatures ranging from 1150 to 1350 °C imposing vertical stresses of 1.2 to 29 MPa at ambient pressure and under a constant flow of dry argon. Single crystals of synthetic and natural quartz and forsterite, synthetic periclase and synthetic corundum polycrystals are used as starting materials. We produce enstatite rims at forsterite-quartz contacts, enstatite-forsterite double rims at periclase-quartz contacts and spinel rims at periclase-corundum contacts. We find that rim growth under the “dry” conditions of our experiments is sluggish compared to what has been found previously in nominally “dry” piston cylinder experiments. We further observe that the nature of starting material, synthetic or natural, has a major influence on rim growth rates, where natural samples are more reactive than synthetic ones. At a given temperature the effect of stress variation is larger than what is anticipated from the modification of the thermodynamic driving force for reaction due to the storage of elastic strain energy in the reactant phases. We speculate that this may be due to modification of the physical properties of the polycrystals that constitute the reaction rims or by deformation under the imposed load. In our experiments rim growth is very sluggish at forsterite-quartz interfaces. Rim growth is more rapid at periclase-quartz contacts. The spinel rims that are produced at periclase-corundum interfaces show parabolic growth indicating that reaction rim growth is essentially diffusion controlled. From the analysis of time series done in the MgO-Al2O3 subsystem we derive effective diffusivities for the Al2O3 and the MgO components in a spinel polycrystal as D_{MgO} = 1.4 ± 0.2 \\cdot 10^{-15} m2/s and D_{Al_2O_3} = 3.7 ± 0.6 \\cdot 10^{-16} m2/s for T = 1350 °C and a vertical stress of 2.9 MPa.

  12. High-Temperature Slow Crack Growth of Silicon Carbide Determined by Constant-Stress-Rate and Constant-Stress Testing

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    Choi, Sung H.; Salem, J. A.; Nemeth, N. N.

    1998-01-01

    High-temperature slow-crack-growth behaviour of hot-pressed silicon carbide was determined using both constant-stress-rate ("dynamic fatigue") and constant-stress ("static fatigue") testing in flexure at 1300 C in air. Slow crack growth was found to be a governing mechanism associated with failure of the material. Four estimation methods such as the individual data, the Weibull median, the arithmetic mean and the median deviation methods were used to determine the slow crack growth parameters. The four estimation methods were in good agreement for the constant-stress-rate testing with a small variation in the slow-crack-growth parameter, n, ranging from 28 to 36. By contrast, the variation in n between the four estimation methods was significant in the constant-stress testing with a somewhat wide range of n= 16 to 32.

  13. Orientation effect on the stress response by strain-rate change at 400 K in Ni{sub 3}Al single crystals

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    Demura, M.; Hirano, T.

    1999-07-01

    Cyclic strain-rate change tests were performed by using binary, stoichiometric Ni{sub 3}Al single crystalline specimens with different tensile orientations at 400K. In all the specimens, the flow stress was independent of strain rate in steady state and exhibited a temporary change by the strain-rate change. The characteristics of the temporary stress change, the initial stress change and transient time, were independent of orientation. Based on the multiplication-immobilization model, the authors concluded that the immobilization mechanism, the Kear-Wilsdorf locking mechanism, is independent of orientation in binary, stoichiometric Ni{sub 3}Al.

  14. A high content screen identifies novel compounds that inhibit stress-induced TDP-43 cellular aggregation and associated cytotoxicity

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    Zauur, Nava; Liu, Min; Concannon, John; Ebata, Atsushi; Wolozin, Benjamin; Glicksman, Marcie A.

    2014-01-01

    TDP-43 is an RNA binding protein found to accumulate in the cytoplasm of brain and spinal cord from patients affected with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). Nuclear TDP-43 protein regulates transcription through several mechanisms, and under stressed conditions it forms cytoplasmic aggregates that co-localize with stress granule (SG) proteins in cell culture. These granules are also found in the brain and spinal cord of patients affected with ALS and FTLD. The mechanism through which TDP-43 might contribute to neurodegenerative diseases is poorly understood. In order to investigate the pathophysiology of TDP-43 aggregation and to isolate potential therapeutic targets, we screened a chemical library of 75,000 compounds using high content analysis with PC12 cells that inducibly express human TDP-43 tagged with GFP. The screen identified 16 compounds that dose-dependently decreased the TDP-43 inclusions without significant cellular toxicity or changes in total TDP-43 expression levels. To validate the effect of the compounds, we tested compounds by Western Blot analysis and in a model that replicates some of the relevant disease phenotypes. The hits from this assay will be useful for elucidating regulation of TDP-43, stress granule response, and possible ALS therapeutics. PMID:24019256

  15. The effect of residual stress on the fatigue crack growth behavior of Al-Si-Mg cast alloys—Mechanisms and corrective mathematical models

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    Lados, Diana A.; Apelian, Diran

    2006-01-01

    The fatigue crack growth (FCG) behavior of various types of alloys is significantly affected by the presence of residual stress induced by manufacturing and post-manufacturing processes. There is a qualitative understanding of the effects of residual stress on fatigue behavior, but the effects are not comprehensively quantified or accounted for. The difficulty in quantifying these effects is largely due to the complexity of residual-stress measurements (especially considering that parts produced in similar conditions can have different residual-stress levels) and the lack of mathematical models able to convert experimental data with residual stress into residual-stress-free data. This article provides experimental, testing, and mathematical techniques to account for residual-stress effects on crack growth rate data, together with two methods for eliminating residual stresses in crack growth test specimens. Fracture-mechanics concepts are used to calculate, in simple and convenient ways, stress-intensity factors caused by residual stresses. The method is advantageous, considering that stress-intensity factors are determined before the actual test is conducted. Further on, residual-stress-intensity factors are used to predict the residual-stress distribution in compact tension (CT) specimens prior to testing. Five cast Al-Si-Mg alloys with three Si levels (in unmodified (UM) as well as Sr-modified (M) conditions) were analyzed both with and without residual stress. Fatigue cracks are grown under both constant stress ratio, R=0.1, and constant maximum stress-intensity factor, K max = const., conditions. The mechanisms involved in crack growth through residual-stress fields are presented.

  16. Stress corrosion cracking of several high strength ferrous and nickel alloys

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    Nelson, E. E.

    1971-01-01

    The stress corrosion cracking resistance of several high strength ferrous and nickel base alloys has been determined in a sodium chloride solution. Results indicate that under these test conditions Multiphase MP35N, Unitemp L605, Inconel 718, Carpenter 20Cb and 20Cb-3 are highly resistant to stress corrosion cracking. AISI 410 and 431 stainless steels, 18 Ni maraging steel (250 grade) and AISI 4130 steel are susceptible to stress corrosion cracking under some conditions.

  17. Effect of pressure and mechanical stress on the electronic properties of AlN and GaN

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    Brudnyi, V. N.; Kosobutsky, A. V.; Kolin, N. G.

    2011-04-01

    The fundamental properties of the AlN and GaN compounds with a wurtzite structure under external hydrostatic pressure, uniaxial mechanical stress ?? along the hexagonal axis, and biaxial mechanical stress ?? in the basal plane of the unit cell have been considered in terms of first-principles calculations in the frame-work of the density functional theory. The pressures of the phase transitions from the structures of wurtzite and zinc blende to the structure of rock salt have been obtained. The behavior of the structural parameters, interband transitions, and positions of the charge neutrality level has been investigated. The calculated pressure coefficients of the band gap are as follows: ?E g / ?p = 40.9 meV/GPa, - ?E g / ?? | = -4.2 meV/GPa, and - ?E g / ?? ? = 45.2 meV/GPa for AlN and ?E g / ?p = 33.0 meV/GPa, - ?E g / ?? | = 23.6 meV/GPa, and - ?E g / ?? ? = 9.6 meV/GPa for GaN. The pressure coefficients of the charge neutrality level in almost all cases are substantially smaller than the corresponding values obtained for the band gap E g .

  18. ALS mutant FUS proteins are recruited into stress granules in induced pluripotent stem cell-derived motoneurons

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    Lenzi, Jessica; De Santis, Riccardo; de Turris, Valeria; Morlando, Mariangela; Laneve, Pietro; Calvo, Andrea; Caliendo, Virginia; Chiò, Adriano; Rosa, Alessandro; Bozzoni, Irene

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) provide an opportunity to study human diseases mainly in those cases for which no suitable model systems are available. Here, we have taken advantage of in vitro iPSCs derived from patients affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and carrying mutations in the RNA-binding protein FUS to study the cellular behavior of the mutant proteins in the appropriate genetic background. Moreover, the ability to differentiate iPSCs into spinal cord neural cells provides an in vitro model mimicking the physiological conditions. iPSCs were derived from FUSR514S and FUSR521C patient fibroblasts, whereas in the case of the severe FUSP525L mutation, in which fibroblasts were not available, a heterozygous and a homozygous iPSC line were raised by TALEN-directed mutagenesis. We show that aberrant localization and recruitment of FUS into stress granules (SGs) is a prerogative of the FUS mutant proteins and occurs only upon induction of stress in both undifferentiated iPSCs and spinal cord neural cells. Moreover, we show that the incorporation into SGs is proportional to the amount of cytoplasmic FUS, strongly correlating with the cytoplasmic delocalization phenotype of the different mutants. Therefore, the available iPSCs represent a very powerful system for understanding the correlation between FUS mutations, the molecular mechanisms of SG formation and ALS ethiopathogenesis. PMID:26035390

  19. In-plane uniaxial stress effects of AlGaAs/GaAs modulation doped heterostructures characterized by the transmission line method

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    Fung, A. K.; Albrecht, J. D.; Nathan, M. I.; Ruden, P. P.; Shtrikman, H.

    1998-10-01

    Transmission line method patterns were fabricated on AlGaAs/GaAs heterostructures to measure the effect of uniaxial stress on the heterojunction two-dimensional electron gas resistivity and the contact resistance. Uniaxial compressive stress was applied in the [110] and [11¯0] directions of heterojunctions fabricated on (001)-oriented GaAs substrates. Fitting the measured data to a lumped resistor model yielded normalized sheet resistivity stress coefficients of -3.2%/kbar and 12.6%/kbar for stress in the [110] and [11¯0] directions, respectively. From these coefficients we obtain a value for the piezoelectric constant e14 of Al0.4Ga0.6As to be -0.26 C/m2, which when linearly extrapolated to AlAs gives -0.40 C/m2 compared to the value -0.225 C/m2 calculated by Hübner [Phys. Status Solidi B 57, 627 (1973)].

  20. Modeling of high composition AlGaN channel high electron mobility transistors with large threshold voltage

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    Bajaj, Sanyam Hung, Ting-Hsiang; Akyol, Fatih; Nath, Digbijoy; Rajan, Siddharth

    2014-12-29

    We report on the potential of high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) consisting of high composition AlGaN channel and barrier layers for power switching applications. Detailed two-dimensional (2D) simulations show that threshold voltages in excess of 3?V can be achieved through the use of AlGaN channel layers. We also calculate the 2D electron gas mobility in AlGaN channel HEMTs and evaluate their power figures of merit as a function of device operating temperature and Al mole fraction in the channel. Our models show that power switching transistors with AlGaN channels would have comparable on-resistance to GaN-channel based transistors for the same operation voltage. The modeling in this paper shows the potential of high composition AlGaN as a channel material for future high threshold enhancement mode transistors.

  1. An early in-situ stress signature of the AlN-Si pre-growth interface for successful integration of nitrides with (111) Si

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    Chandrasekar, Hareesh; Mohan, Nagaboopathy; Bardhan, Abheek; Bhat, K. N.; Bhat, Navakanta; Ravishankar, N.; Raghavan, Srinivasan

    2013-11-01

    The integration of Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) grown group III-A nitride device stacks on Si (111) substrates is critically dependent on the quality of the first AlN buffer layer grown. A Si surface that is both oxide-free and smooth is a primary requirement for nucleating such layers. A single parameter, the AlN layer growth stress, is shown to be an early (within 50 nm), clear (<0.5 GPa versus >1 GPa), and fail-safe indicator of the pre-growth surface, and the AlN quality required for successful epitaxy. Grain coalescence model for stress generation is used to correlate growth stress, the AlN-Si interface, and crystal quality.

  2. A Study Concerning Stress among High School Students in Selected Rural Schools.

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    Peach, Larry

    This study identifies stressful events in the lives of high school students in a rural region of Tennessee. Questionnaires were completed by 240 high school students (144 female and 96 male). The questionnaires included 19 statements to which the participants were to respond concerning their belief about the stressfulness of the situation…

  3. A Window into South Korean Culture: Stress and Coping in Female High School Students

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    VanderGast, Tim S.; Foxx, Sejal Parikh; Flowers, Claudia; Rouse, Andrew Thomas; Decker, Karen M.

    2015-01-01

    In an effort to increase multicultural competence, professional counselors in the United States analyzed archival data from high school students from Seoul, South Korea. A sample of all female (N = 577) high school students responded to survey questions related to stress and coping. Results demonstrated statistical significance in levels of stress

  4. EFFECTS OF HIGH TEMPERATURE STRESS ON COMPOSITION, VIGOR AND PROTEOME OF SOYBEAN MATURE DRY SEEDS

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    Long-term high temperature stress can occur during soybean seed development through maturity and negatively impact seed quality. The effects of high temperature stress were investigated using seeds harvested from soybean plants grown in environment-controlled chambers. After being treated with hig...

  5. Parenting Stress and Parent Support Among Mothers With High and Low Education

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    2015-01-01

    Current theorizing and evidence suggest that parenting stress might be greater among parents from both low and high socioeconomic positions (SEP) compared with those from intermediate levels because of material hardship among parents of low SEP and employment demands among parents of high SEP. However, little is known about how this socioeconomic variation in stress relates to the support that parents receive. This study explored whether variation in maternal parenting stress in a population sample was associated with support deficits. To obtain a clearer understanding of support deficits among mothers of high and low education, we distinguished subgroups according to mothers’ migrant and single-parent status. Participants were 5,865 mothers from the Growing Up in Scotland Study, who were interviewed when their children were 10 months old. Parenting stress was greater among mothers with either high or low education than among mothers with intermediate education, although it was highest for those with low education. Support deficits accounted for around 50% of higher stress among high- and low-educated groups. Less frequent grandparent contact mediated parenting stress among both high- and low-educated mothers, particularly migrants. Aside from this common feature, different aspects of support were relevant for high- compared with low-educated mothers. For high-educated mothers, reliance on formal childcare and less frequent support from friends mediated higher stress. Among low-educated mothers, smaller grandparent and friend networks and barriers to professional parent support mediated higher stress. Implications of differing support deficits are discussed. PMID:26192130

  6. Stress generation during lithiation of high-capacity electrode particles in lithium ion batteries

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    Zhu, Ting

    Stress generation during lithiation of high-capacity electrode particles in lithium ion batteries S in controlling stress generation in high-capacity electrodes for lithium ion batteries. Ó 2013 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Keywords: Lithium ion battery; Lithiation

  7. High Sensitivity Stress Sensor Based on Hybrid Materials

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    Cao, Xian-An (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    A sensing device is used to detect the spatial distributions of stresses applied by physical contact with the surface of the sensor or induced by pressure, temperature gradients, and surface absorption. The sensor comprises a hybrid active layer that includes luminophores doped in a polymeric or organic host, altogether embedded in a matrix. Under an electrical bias, the sensor simultaneously converts stresses into electrical and optical signals. Among many applications, the device may be used for tactile sensing and biometric imaging.

  8. Families OverComing under Stress (FOCUS) for Early Childhood: Building Resilience for Young Children in High Stress Families

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    Mogil, Catherine; Paley, Blair; Doud, Tricia; Havens, Linda; Moore-Tyson, Jessica; Beardslee, William R.; Lester, Patricia

    2010-01-01

    Parental distress and trauma affects the entire family, including the youngest children. Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS) is a targeted prevention program for high-risk families that aims to enhance family cohesion, support the parent-child relationship, and build emotional regulation, communication, and problem-solving skills across the…

  9. AlGaN/AlN/GaN High-Electron-Mobility Transistors Fabricated with Au-Free Technology

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    Liu, Zhihong; Sun, Min; Lee, Hyung-Seok; Heuken, Michael; Palacios, Tomás

    2013-09-01

    A Au-free technology was developed to fabricate AlGaN/AlN/GaN high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs) on Si substrates. Ohmic contact resistance of ˜0.6 ? mm was achieved through a Ti/Al/Ni/Pt metal scheme annealed at 975 °C for 30 s in N2 atmosphere. The ohmic metal surface after annealing was very smooth, with a root-mean-square roughness of only 4.6 nm. The fabricated GaN HEMTs show an off-state breakdown voltage of 540 V with a gate-to-drain distance of 8 µm. These results demonstrate the potential of this Au-free GaN HEMT technology in power electronics and GaN-Si CMOS integration applications.

  10. Synthesis and stress relaxation of ZnO/Al-doped ZnO core-shell nanowires

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    Wang, Hong-Bo; Ma, Fei; Li, Qian-Qian; Dong, Ce-Zhou; Ma, Da-Yan; Wang, Hong-Tao; Xu, Ke-Wei

    2013-03-01

    Doping nanostructures is an effective method to tune their electrical and photoelectric properties. Taking ZnO nanowires (NWs) as a model system, we demonstrate that atomic layer deposition (ALD) can be adopted for the realization of a doping process by the homo-epitaxial growth of a doped shell on the NW core. The Al-doped ZnO NWs have a layered superlattice structure with dopants mainly occupying the interstitial positions. After annealing, Al3+ ions diffuse into the ZnO matrix and occupy substitutional locations, which is desirable for dopant activation. The stress accumulated during epitaxial growth is relaxed by the nucleation of dislocations, dislocation dipoles and anti-phase boundaries. We note that the proposed method can be easily adopted for doping different types of nanostructures, and fabricating superlattices and multiple quantum wells on NWs in a controllable way.Doping nanostructures is an effective method to tune their electrical and photoelectric properties. Taking ZnO nanowires (NWs) as a model system, we demonstrate that atomic layer deposition (ALD) can be adopted for the realization of a doping process by the homo-epitaxial growth of a doped shell on the NW core. The Al-doped ZnO NWs have a layered superlattice structure with dopants mainly occupying the interstitial positions. After annealing, Al3+ ions diffuse into the ZnO matrix and occupy substitutional locations, which is desirable for dopant activation. The stress accumulated during epitaxial growth is relaxed by the nucleation of dislocations, dislocation dipoles and anti-phase boundaries. We note that the proposed method can be easily adopted for doping different types of nanostructures, and fabricating superlattices and multiple quantum wells on NWs in a controllable way. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Schematic diagram of the deposition process, TEM images of the as-grown ZnO NWs, the distribution profiles of the elements Zn, O and Al, and the panoramic XPS curves after calibration by C 1s at 284.6 eV. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr33584d

  11. Comparison Between Nb3Al and Nb3Sn Strands and Cables for High Field Accelerator Magnets

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    Yamada, R.; Kikuchi, A.; Barzi, E.; Chlachidze, G.; Rusy, A.; Takeuchi, T.; Tartaglia, M.; Turrioni, D.; Velev, V.; Wake, M.; Zlobin, A.V.

    2010-01-01

    The Nb{sub 3}Al small racetrack magnet, SR07, has been successfully built and tested to its short sample limit beyond 10 Tesla without any training. Thus the practical application of Nb{sub 3}Al strands for high field accelerator magnets is established. The characteristics of the representative F4 strand and cable, are compared with the typical Nb{sub 3}Sn strand and cable. It is represented by the OST high current RRP Nb{sub 3}Sn strand with 108/127 configuration. The effects of Rutherford cabling to both type strands are explained and the inherent problem of the Nb{sub 3}Sn strand is discussed. Also the test results of two representative small racetrack magnets are compared from the stand point of Ic values, and training. The maximum current density of the Nb{sub 3}Al strands is still smaller than that of the Nb{sub 3}Sn strands, but if we take into account of the stress-strain characteristics, Nb{sub 3}Al strands become somewhat favorable in some applications.

  12. AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor with Al2O3+BCB passivation

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    Zhang, Sheng; Wei, Ke; Yu, Le; Liu, Guo-Guo; Huang, Sen; Wang, Xin-Hua; Pang, Lei; Zheng, Ying-Kui; Li, Yan-Kui; Ma, Xiao-Hua; Sun, Bing; Liu, Xin-Yu

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, A12O3 ultrathin film used as the surface passivation layer for AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) is deposited by thermal atomic layer deposition (ALD), thereby avoiding plasma-induced damage and erosion to the surface. A comparison is made between the surface passivation in this paper and the conventional plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) SiN passivation. A remarkable reduction of the gate leakage current and a significant increase in small signal radio frequency (RF) performance are achieved after applying Al2O3+BCB passivation. For the Al2O3+BCB passivated device with a 0.7 ?m gate, the value of fmax reaches up to 100 GHz, but it decreases to 40 GHz for SiN HEMT. The fmax/ft ratio (? 4) is also improved after Al2O3+BCB passivation. The capacitance–voltage (C–V) measurement demonstrates that Al2O3+BCB HEMT shows quite less density of trap states (on the order of magnitude of 1010 cm?2) than that obtained at commonly studied SiN HEMT.

  13. Evaluation of high-strength Cu-Ni-Mn-Al bolting used in oil and gas service

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    Andersen, O.; Joosten, M.W.; Murali, J.; Milliams, D.E.

    1996-08-01

    High strength bolts, nuts, studs and screws manufactured from a precipitation hardening Cu-Ni-Mn-Al alloy have experienced several failures in recent years in oilfield installations with varying degrees of severity and consequence. Such failures have been broadly attributed to Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) and Liquid Metal Embrittlement (LME) phenomena. A detailed test program using the Slow Strain Rate Testing (SSRT) method has been conducted to identify the various parameters which could contribute to SCC. Results indicate that the Cu-Ni-Mn-Al alloy is susceptible to SCC in a variety of environments commonly found in oilfield equipment manufacturing and field installations such as amine-containing additives, sulfides and even natural seawater at elevated temperatures. SSRT testing indicated, however, that, in seawater environments, low service temperatures and cathodic protection did not adversely affect the alloy`s performance. Discussion of test program results and qualitative correlations with field failures are presented.

  14. Residual Stresses in Ta, Mo, Al and Pd Thin Films Deposited by E-Beam Evaporation Process on Si and Si/SiO2 Substrates

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    Guisbiers, G.; Overschelde, O. van; Wautelet, M.; Strehle, S.

    2006-02-07

    Residual stresses are commonly generated during the deposition process of thin films and can influence the reliability of the deposited systems e.g. due to fatigue, aging effects or debonding. Therefore, an evaluation of such stresses in thin films is of crucial importance for metallization of microelectronic devices and MEMS. Residual stresses can be determined experimentally by substrate curvature or X-ray diffraction measurements. The modeling of residual stresses generally deals with the calculation of the thermal ones alone. In the present work, a model is proposed, where intrinsic stresses are calculated explicitly based on the Tsui-Clyne model. The aim of this model, called self-consistent model, is to predict residual stresses in thin films independent on measurements. The simulated values are compared with experimental results for the following systems: Ta/Si, Mo/Si, Al/SiO2/Si and Pd/SiO2/Si.

  15. Achieving reversibility of ultra-high mechanical stress by hydrogen loading of thin films

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    Hamm, M.; Burlaka, V.; Wagner, S.; Pundt, A.

    2015-06-01

    Nano-materials are commonly stabilized by supports to maintain their desired shape and size. When these nano-materials take up interstitial atoms, this attachment to the support induces mechanical stresses. These stresses can be high when the support is rigid. High stress in the nano-material is typically released by delamination from the support or by the generation of defects, e.g., dislocations. As high mechanical stress can be beneficial for tuning the nano-materials properties, it is of general interest to deduce how real high mechanical stress can be gained. Here, we show that below a threshold nano-material size, dislocation formation can be completely suppressed and, when delamination is inhibited, even the ultrahigh stress values of the linear elastic limit can be reached. Specifically, for hydrogen solved in epitaxial niobium films on sapphire substrate supports a threshold film thickness of 6 nm was found and mechanical stress of up to (-10 ± 1) GPa was reached. This finding is of basic interest for hydrogen energy applications, as the hydride stability in metals itself is affected by mechanical stress. Thus, tuning of the mechanical stress-state in nano-materials may lead to improved storage properties of nano-sized materials.

  16. Deposition of highly textured AlN thin films by reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering

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    Moreira, Milena A.; Törndahl, Tobias; Katardjiev, Ilia; Kubart, Tomas

    2015-03-15

    Aluminum nitride thin films were deposited by reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) and pulsed direct-current on Si (100) and textured Mo substrates, where the same deposition conditions were used for both techniques. The films were characterized by x-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy. The results show a pronounced improvement in the AlN crystalline texture for all films deposited by HiPIMS on Si. Already at room temperature, the HiPIMS films exhibited a strong preferred (002) orientation and at 400?°C, no contributions from other orientations were detected. Despite the low film thickness of only 200?nm, an ?-scan full width at half maximum value of 5.1° was achieved on Si. The results are attributed to the high ionization of sputtered material achieved in HiPIMS. On textured Mo, there was no significant difference between the deposition techniques.

  17. High-pressure transitions in MgAl 2O 4 and a new high-pressure phase of Mg 2Al 2O 5

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    Enomoto, A.; Kojitani, H.; Akaogi, M.; Miura, H.; Yusa, H.

    2009-02-01

    Phase transitions in MgAl 2O 4 were examined at 21-27 GPa and 1400-2500 °C using a multianvil apparatus. A mixture of MgO and Al 2O 3 corundum that are high-pressure dissociation products of MgAl 2O 4 spinel combines into calcium-ferrite type MgAl 2O 4 at 26-27 GPa and 1400-2000 °C. At temperature above 2000 °C at pressure below 25.5 GPa, a mixture of Al 2O 3 corundum and a new phase with Mg 2Al 2O 5 composition is stable. The transition boundary between the two fields has a strongly negative pressure-temperature slope. Structure analysis and Rietveld refinement on the basis of the powder X-ray diffraction profile of the Mg 2Al 2O 5 phase indicated that the phase represented a new structure type with orthorhombic symmetry ( Pbam), and the lattice parameters were determined as a=9.3710(6) Å, b=12.1952(6) Å, c=2.7916(2) Å, V=319.03(3) Å 3, Z=4. The structure consists of edge-sharing and corner-sharing (Mg, Al)O 6 octahedra, and contains chains of edge-sharing octahedra running along the c-axis. A part of Mg atoms are accommodated in six-coordinated trigonal prism sites in tunnels surrounded by the chains of edge-sharing (Mg, Al)O 6 octahedra. The structure is related with that of ludwigite (Mg, Fe 2+) 2(Fe 3+, Al)(BO 3)O 2. The molar volume of the Mg 2Al 2O 5 phase is smaller by 0.18% than sum of molar volumes of 2MgO and Al 2O 3 corundum. High-pressure dissociation to the mixture of corundum-type phase and the phase with ludwigite-related structure has been found only in MgAl 2O 4 among various A 2+B 3+2O 4 compounds.

  18. Preliminary Thermal Stress Analysis of a High-Pressure Cryogenic Storage Tank

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    Baker, J. Mark

    2003-01-01

    The thermal stresses on a cryogenic storage tank strongly affect the condition of the tank and its ability to withstand operational stresses. These thermal stresses also affect the growth of any surface damage that might occur in the tank walls. These stresses are particularly of concern during the initial cooldown period for a new tank placed into service, and during any subsequent thermal cycles. A preliminary thermal stress analysis of a high-pressure cryogenic storage tank was performed. Stresses during normal operation were determined, as well as the transient temperature distribution. An elastic analysis was used to determine the thermal stresses in the inner wall based on the temperature data. The results of this elastic analysis indicate that the inner wall of the storage tank will experience thermal stresses of approximately 145,000 psi (1000 MPa). This stress level is well above the room-temperature yield strength of 304L stainless steel, which is about 25,000 psi (170 MPa). For this preliminary analysis, several important factors have not yet been considered. These factors include increased strength of 304L stainless steel at cryogenic temperatures, plastic material behavior, and increased strength due to strain hardening. In order to more accurately determine the thermal stresses and their affect on the tank material, further investigation is required, particularly in the area of material properties and their relationship to stress.

  19. Effect of Zn Content on the Microstructure and Properties of Super-High Strength Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloys

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    Chen, Ziyong; Mo, Yuanke; Nie, Zuoren

    2013-08-01

    The microstructure and properties of three different Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys with high Zn content (9 wt pct, 10 wt pct, and 11 wt pct, marked as 9Zn, 10Zn, and 11Zn, respectively) were investigated. The strength of alloys increases as the Zn content increases from 9 wt pct to 10 wt pct, while it does not increase any more as the Zn content increases continuously from 10 wt pct to 11 wt pct. The stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) resistance decreases as the Zn content increases from 9 wt pct to 10 wt pct, while it changes unobviously as the Zn content increases continuously from 10 wt pct to 11 wt pct. The elongation and fracture toughness of alloys decrease as the Zn content increases in these Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys. The Zn content has little effect on the precipitation reaction of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys that contain the mixture of GP zones, and ?' are the main Matrix Precipitates (MPt) in the peak-aging state, and the mixture of ?' and ? are the main MPt in the over-aging state. The amount of MPt and coarse T (AlZnMgCu) phases are shown to increase with the increasing Zn content in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys. The coarse T phases hardly dissolve into the matrix and are the source for the crack initiation, which may be the responsibility for the negative effect on the properties of high Zn content Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys.

  20. Preparation of Nb3Al by high-energy ball milling and superconductivity

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    Chen, Yongliang; Liu, Zhao; Li, Pingyuan; Zhang, Xiaolan; Yang, Suhua; Yang, Dawei; Du, Lupeng; Cui, Yajing; Pan, Xifeng; Yan, Guo; Zhao, Yong

    2014-05-01

    The A15 phase superconductor Nb3Al has been considered as an alternative to Nb3Sn for high field and large scale applications. However, to prepare a stoichiometric Nb3Al with fine grain structures is very difficult. High-energy ball milling is a solid state powder processing technique and is a very useful for preparing Nb-Al alloys (Nb3Al). The effects of ball milling time and annealing temperature on the formation of Nb3Al superconducting phase have been studied. Pure Nb and Al powders with stoichiometric ratio of Nb3Al were mixed and milled, and the charging and milling were performed in an inert atmosphere. Phase formation and structural evolution during high-energy ball milling have been examined by X-ray diffraction. Al disappeared and Nb peaks broadened after about one hour of milling. With increasing milling time, the peaks of Nb became considerably broader and intensities decreased, the Nb-Al solid solution phase was extensive when milled about 3 hours. In order to obtain Nb3Al superconducting phase, a subsequent anneal was required. We have annealed the as-milled powders at 800-900°C for different times to prepared Nb3Al superconducting alloy. The results indicated that Nb3Al with small amount of impurity phase can be obtained on annealing the Nb-Al solid solution phase and the superconducting transition temperature was about 15K, but it is difficult to obtain a homogeneous Nb3Al phase by annealing the amorphous powder.

  1. High damping Al-Fe-Mo-Si/Zn-Al composites produced by rapidly solidified powder metallurgy process

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    Li, P.Y.; Dai, S.L.; Chai, S.C.; Li, Y.R.

    2000-05-10

    The metallic materials commonly used in aircraft and aerospace fields, such as aluminum and titanium alloys, steels, etc., show extremely low damping capacity (usually of the order of or less than 10{sup {minus}3}). Thus, some problems related to vibration may emerge and influence the reliability, safety and life of airplanes, satellites, etc. It has been reported that almost two thirds of errors for rockets and satellites are related to vibration and noise. One effective way to solve these vibration-related problems is to adopt high damping metallic materials. Conventional high damping alloys exhibit damping capacity above 10{sup {minus}2}, however, their densities are usually great than 5 x 10{sup 3} kg m{sup {minus}3}, or their strengths are less than 200 MPa (for alloys based on dislocation damping), making them impossible to be applied to aircraft and aerospace areas. Recently, some low-density high-damping metal/metal composites based on aluminum and high damping alloys have been developed in Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials (BIAM) by the rapidly solidified power metallurgy process. This paper aims to report the properties of the composites based on a high temperature Al-Fe-Mo-Si alloy and a high damping Zn-Al alloy, and compare them with that of 2618-T61 alloy produced by the ingot metallurgy process.

  2. Characterization of residual stresses in heat treated Ti-6Al-4V forgings by machining induced distortion

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    Regener, B.; Krempaszky, C.; Werner, E.

    2010-06-01

    To provide a solid base for improved material exploitation in dimensioning calculations it is necessary to determine the stress state in the part prior to service loading. In order to achieve higher material strength at elevated temperatures, the surface temperature gradient with respect to time has to be sufficiently high during heat treatment. This results in non-negligable residual stresses that can reduce the allowable load level upon which yielding occurs. For titanium alloys there are two common heat treatments, namely solution treatment and mill annealing. The latter one is the method of choice within the presented project. Mill annealing is utilized in order to significantly reduce the residual stresses in the parts without loosing much of the improved strength at elevated temperatures. Quantification of residual stresses is done by solving an inverse problem. From the measurement of distortion, induced by dividing the investigated part, the residual stress state can be calculated via analytical modeling or correlation with finite element models. To assure a minimum perturbation of the residual stress state during specimen production, dividing of the part is accomplished by electric discharge machining. The parts of interest are v-shaped prisms with a length of approximatly 450 mm and a thickness in the cross sectional area from about 20 mm to 45 mm. Figure 1(a) shows the forged part and 1(b) the dimensions of the cross section in millimeters as well as the material properties considered in the finite element model. The heat exchange between the part and the environment is modelled as heat transfer by convection superimposed with heat radiation. Since the parts are exposed to air during forging and heat treatment, the surface develops a strongly adhesive oxide layer, the so called alpha-case. After forging the parts are cooled in air and heat treated at a temperature of 720° C for a duration of 120 min. Subsequent air cooling and removing the alpha-case by shot peening and chemical treatment in a mixture of nitric and hydroflouric acid finishes the processing. The residual stress state in the parts is quantified through correlation of results obtained by finite element simulations and high precision deflection experiments. Experimental measuring errors are minimized by using the capability of the wire cutting machine to measure locations on the specimens with respect to the fixed machine coordinate system. A sophisticated design of cutting operations allows an analysis of the part without removing the fixture and hence makes it possible to achieve a very high accuracy of the displacement measurements of about 4 µm. The quality of the obtained results also depends on the finite element models describing the mechanics of the experimental investigations as precise as possible. Since numerical modeling of shot peening and chemical milling is rather complicated, the whole processing route of the shapes is simplified assuming that the individual contribution of all process steps to the residual stress state can be described by virtual heat transfer coefficients. The overall virtual heat transfer coefficient for the whole processing route is calculated from the linear superposition of the individual heat transfer coeffcients for each processing step. Detailed analysis of the obtained overall virtual heat transfer coefficients in comparison with experimentally obtained ones shows, that other processing steps besides the heat treatment considerably influence the residual stress state. In order to make the conducted simulation scheme applicable in practise, advanced finite element modeling techniques are developed. The experimentally derived deflection curves are correlated to the finite element results via a least square fit.

  3. Overexpression of monoubiquitin improves photosynthesis in transgenic tobacco plants following high temperature stress.

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    Tian, Fengxia; Gong, Jiangfeng; Zhang, Jin; Feng, Yanan; Wang, Guokun; Guo, Qifang; Wang, Wei

    2014-09-01

    The ubiquitin/26S proteasome system (Ub/26S) is implicated in abiotic stress responses in plants. In this paper, transgenic tobacco plants overexpressing Ta-Ub2 from wheat were used to study the functions of Ub in the improvement of photosynthesis under high temperature (45°C) stress. We observed higher levels of Ub conjugates in transgenic plants under high temperature stress conditions compared to wild type (WT) as a result of the constitutive overexpression of Ta-Ub2, suggesting increased protein degradation by the 26S proteasome system under high temperature stress. Overexpressing Ub increased the photosynthetic rate (Pn) of transgenic tobacco plants, consistent with the improved ATPase activity in the thylakoid membrane and enhanced efficiency of PSII photochemistry. The higher D1 protein levels following high temperature stress in transgenic plants than WT were also observed. These findings imply that Ub may be involved in tolerance of photosynthesis to high temperature stress in plants. Compared with WT, the transgenic plants showed lower protein carbonylation and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels, less reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation, but higher antioxidant enzyme activity under high temperature stress. These findings suggest that the improved antioxidant capacity of transgenic plants may be one of the most important mechanisms underlying Ub-regulated high temperature tolerance. PMID:25113454

  4. High strain rate deformation of Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb in the duplex morphology

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    Maloy, S.A.; Gray, G.T. III

    1995-03-01

    The compressive deformation behavior of Ti-48Al-2Nb-2Cr in the duplex microstructural morphology has been studied at strain rates of 0.001/s and 2000/s over the temperature range from -196 to 1100{degrees}C. The material was cast, homogenized, extruded and heat treated to obtain the duplex microstructure. The yield stress is strain rate sensitive at 25{degrees}C and increases with temperature at a strain rate of 2000/s from 500 to 1100{degrees}C. TEM investigations reveal that deformation occurs in {gamma}-TiAl by means of [111]<112> twinning, 1/2<110> slip, and <101> superdislocations under all conditions depending on the orientation of the grain with respect to the deformation axis. Optical metallography reveals that twinning increases with increasing strain rate. TEM results revealing the dislocation substructure are used to explain the yield stress anomaly.

  5. Stress-corrosion crack-growth study of titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V exposed to freon PCA and nitrogen tetroxide MON-1

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    Bjorklund, R. A.

    1983-01-01

    An experimental fracture mechanics program was performed to determine the stress corrosion crack growth sensitivity of the propellant tank material, titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V, for aerospace satellite applications involving long term exposure to Freon PCA and nitrogen tetroxide MON-1. Sustained load tests were made at a 49 C (120 F) constant temperature using thin gauge tensile test specimens containing semielliptical surface flaws. Test specimen types included parent metal, center of weld, and weld heat affected zone. It was concluded that Ti-6Al-4V alloy is not adversely affected in a stress environment when exposed to Freon PCA for 1000 hours followed by exposure to nitrogen tetroxide MON-1 for 2000 hours at stress levels up to 80% of the experimental critical plane strain stress intensity factor.

  6. Improved properties of high-Al-composition AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor structures with thin GaN cap layers

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    Li, Haoran; Keller, Stacia; DenBaars, Steven P.; Mishra, Umesh K.

    2014-09-01

    GaN cap layers with thicknesses between 0.6 and 2.4 nm were shown to effectively suppress the degradation of the structural and electrical properties of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) structures with xAl ˜ 0.5 grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The formation of platelets and trench networks on free AlGaN surfaces was successfully mitigated by GaN cap layers as thin as 0.6 nm. Simultaneously, a rise in sheet charge density and mobility of the two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) was observed, the magnitude of which depended on the AlGaN thickness. GaN was also shown to be a superior capping material compared to in-situ grown Si3N4.

  7. Degradation mechanisms in high-power multi-mode InGaAs-AlGaAs strained quantum well lasers for high-reliability applications

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    Sin, Yongkun; Presser, Nathan; Brodie, Miles; Lingley, Zachary; Foran, Brendan; Moss, Steven C.

    2015-03-01

    Laser diode manufacturers perform accelerated multi-cell lifetests to estimate lifetimes of lasers using an empirical model. Since state-of-the-art laser diodes typically require a long period of latency before they degrade, significant amount of stress is applied to the lasers to generate failures in relatively short test durations. A drawback of this approach is the lack of mean-time-to-failure data under intermediate and low stress conditions, leading to uncertainty in model parameters (especially optical power and current exponent) and potential overestimation of lifetimes at usage conditions. This approach is a concern especially for satellite communication systems where high reliability is required of lasers for long-term duration in the space environment. A number of groups have studied reliability and degradation processes in GaAs-based lasers, but none of these studies have yielded a reliability model based on the physics of failure. The lack of such a model is also a concern for space applications where complete understanding of degradation mechanisms is necessary. Our present study addresses the aforementioned issues by performing long-term lifetests under low stress conditions followed by failure mode analysis (FMA) and physics of failure investigation. We performed low-stress lifetests on both MBE- and MOCVD-grown broad-area InGaAs- AlGaAs strained QW lasers under ACC (automatic current control) mode to study low-stress degradation mechanisms. Our lifetests have accumulated over 36,000 test hours and FMA is performed on failures using our angle polishing technique followed by EL. This technique allows us to identify failure types by observing dark line defects through a window introduced in backside metal contacts. We also investigated degradation mechanisms in MOCVD-grown broad-area InGaAs-AlGaAs strained QW lasers using various FMA techniques. Since it is a challenge to control defect densities during the growth of laser structures, we chose to control defect densities by introducing extrinsic point defects to the laser via proton irradiation with different energies and fluences. These lasers were subsequently lifetested to study degradation processes in the lasers with different defect densities and also to study precursor signatures of failures - traps and non-radiative recombination centers (NRCs) in pre- and post-stressed lasers. Lastly, we employed focused ion beam (FIB), electron beam induced current (EBIC), and highresolution TEM (HR-TEM) techniques to further study dark line defects and dislocations in both post-aged and postproton irradiated lasers. We report on our long-term low-stress lifetest results and physics of failure investigation results.

  8. Residual Stress Distribution of 600MPa Grade High Tensile Strength Steel Pipe Using Welding fe Simulation

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    Chang, Kyong-Ho; Jang, Gab-Chul

    2011-06-01

    This paper aims to determine the residual stress distribution of 600MPa grade high tensile strength steel pipe (STKT590) by girth welding. Welding FE simulation is achieved considering temperature dependent physical constants and mechanical properties, obtained by the temperature elevated tensile tests. Comparative analyses clarify the characteristics of residual stress profile near weld joint of STKT590 pipe.

  9. Rock Strength Anisotropy in High Stress Conditions: A Case Study for Application to Shaft Stability Assessments

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    Watson, Julian Matthew; Vakili, Abouzar; Jakubowski, Mateusz

    2015-03-01

    Although rock strength anisotropy is a well-known phenomenon in rock mechanics, its impact on geotechnical design is often ignored or underestimated. This paper explores the concept of anisotropy in a high stress environment using an improved unified constitutive model (IUCM), which can account for more complex failure mechanisms. The IUCM is used to better understand the typical responses of anisotropic rocks to underground mining. This study applies the IUCM to a proposed rock shaft located in high stress/anisotropic conditions. Results suggest that the effect of rock strength anisotropy must be taken into consideration when assessing the rock mass response to mining in high stress and anisotropic rock conditions.

  10. A Highly Accurate Stress Measurement System for Producing Precise X-Ray Masks

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    Oda, Masatoshi; Une, Atsunobu; Okada, Ikuo; Shinohara, Shinji; Nakayama, Yasuo; Yoshihara, Hideo

    1995-12-01

    A new system that measures stress in film deposited on Si wafers has been developed to produce highly accurate X-ray masks. The system consists of very rigid air sliders, an electrostatic sensor, and a soft-handling wafer chuck. With the system, wafer warp is precisely measured before and after film deposition, and the stress distribution is calculated from those measurements. Wafer warps can be measured with a repeatability of a few nanometers by this system. The stress distribution of absorber film on 2-mm-thick Si wafers can be determined with an accuracy of ±5 MPa. The stress distribution agrees well with the pattern position shifts in the membrane.

  11. Sources and magnitude of perceived psychological stress in high school volleyball officials.

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    Stewart, M J; Ellery, P J

    1998-12-01

    Research has indicated that sporting officials experience perceived psychological stress from a variety of sources. The reported magnitude of that stress has been mixed depending on the sport. The present study examined the sources and magnitude of perceived psychological stress among 353 American high school volleyball officials in a midwestern state. Principal component analysis with varimax rotation identified four factors: fear of failure, time pressure, interpersonal conflict, and fear of physical harm. 57% of the officials reported "none" or "very little" stress associated with volleyball officiating. Recommendations for further research are discussed. PMID:10052089

  12. Investigation of trap states in high Al content AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors by frequency dependent capacitance and conductance analysis

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    Zhu, Jie-Jie; Ma, Xiao-Hua Hou, Bin; Chen, Wei-Wei; Hao, Yue; School of Microelectronics, Xidian University, Xi'an 710071

    2014-03-15

    Trap states in Al{sub 0.55}Ga{sub 0.45}N/GaN Schottky-gate high-electron-mobility transistors (S-HEMTs) and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al{sub 0.55}Ga{sub 0.45}N/GaN metal-oxide-semiconductor HEMTs (MOS-HEMTs) were investigated with conductance method in this paper. Surface states with time constant of (0.09–0.12) ?s were found in S-HEMTs, and electron tunneling rather than emission was deemed to be the dominant de-trapping mechanism due to the high electric field in high Al content barrier. The density of surface states evaluated in S-HEMTs was (1.02–4.67)×10{sup 13} eV{sup ?1}·cm{sup ?2}. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} gate insulator slightly reduced the surface states, but introduced low density of new traps with time constant of (0.65–1.29) ?s into MOS-HEMTs.

  13. Influence of Aging Treatments on Alterations of Microstructural Features and Stress Corrosion Cracking Behavior of an Al-Zn-Mg Alloy

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    Rout, Prasanta Kumar; Ghosh, M. M.; Ghosh, K. S.

    2015-07-01

    7xxx series Al-Zn-Mg-(Cu) alloys have higher strength in their peak-aged (T6) states compared with other age-hardenable aluminum alloys; however, the maximum strength peak-aged state is more susceptible to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) which leads to catastrophic failure. The over-aged (T7) temper with 10-15% lower strength has higher resistance to SCC requiring oversized structural aerospace component applications. The medium-strength AA7017 Al-Zn-Mg weldable alloy without Cu is also prone to SCC under certain environmental conditions. In the present investigation, the SCC behaviors of an AA7017 Al-Zn-Mg alloys of different tempers have been assessed. Specific aging schedules have been adapted to an AA7017 alloy to produce various tempers, e.g., under-, peak-(T6), over-(T7), and highly over-aged tempers. Artificial aging behavior of the AA7017 alloy has been characterized by hardness, electrical conductivity measurements, x-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, and electrochemical studies. Slow strain rate test technique was used to assess the SCC behaviors of the AA7017 alloys of under-, T6, T7, and highly over-aged tempers in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution at free corrosion potential (FCP) and at applied anodic potential, as well. Results revealed that the AA7017 alloy tempers are not susceptible to SCC in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution at FCP, but severely damaging to SCC at applied anodic potentials. Microstructural features, showing a non-recrystallized grain structure and the presence of discrete, widely spaced, not-interconnected ? precipitates at the grain boundaries, are the contributive factors by virtue of which the alloy tempers at FCP did not exhibit SCC. However, the applied anodic potential resulted in rapid metal dissolution from the grain boundary region and led to SCC. The local anodic dissolution (LAD) is believed to be the associated SCC mechanism.

  14. Microstructure Characterization and Stress Corrosion Evaluation of Autogenous and Hybrid Friction Stir Welded Al-Cu-Li 2195 Alloy

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    Li, Zhixian; Arbegast, William J.; Meletis, Efstathios I.

    1997-01-01

    Friction stir welding process is being evaluated for application on the Al-Cu-Li 2195 Super-Light Weight External Tank of the Space Transportation System. In the present investigation Al-Cu-Li 2195 plates were joined by autogenous friction stir welding (FSW) and hybrid FSW (friction stir welding over existing variable polarity plasma arc weld). Optical microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were utilized to characterize microstructures of the weldments processed by both welding methods. TEM observations of autogenous FSW coupons in the center section of the dynamically-recrystallized zone showed an equiaxed recrystallized microstructure with an average grain size of approx. 3.8 microns. No T(sub 1), precipitates were present in the above-mentioned zone. Instead, T(sub B) and alpha precipitates were found in this zone with a lower population. Alternate immersion, anodic polarization, constant load, and slow strain tests were carried out to evaluate the general corrosion and stress-corrosion properties of autogenous and hybrid FSW prepared coupons. The experimental results will be discussed.

  15. Neutron diffraction analysis of residual strain/stress distribution in the vicinity of high strength welds

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    Mráz, L.; Karlsson, L.; Hamák, I.; Vrána, M.; Mikula, P.

    2010-06-01

    Residual stresses resulting from non homogeneous heat distribution during welding process belong to most significant factor influencing behavior of welded structures. These stresses are responsible for defect occurrence during welding and they are also responsible for crack initiation and propagation at the either static or dynamic load. The significant effect of weld metal chemical composition as well as the effect of fatigue load and local plastic deformation on residual stress distribution and fatigue life have been recognized for high strength steels welds. The changes in residual stress distribution have then positive effect on cold cracking behavior and also on fatigue properties of the welds [1-3]. Several experimental methods, both destructive and non-destructive, such as hole drilling method, X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction and others, have been used to examine residual stress distribution in all three significant orientations in the vicinity of the welds. The present contribution summarizes the results of neutron diffraction measurements of residual stress distribution in the vicinity of single-pass high-strength-steel welds having different chemical composition as well as the influence of fatigue load and local plastic deformation. It has been observed that the chemical composition of the weld metal has a significant influence on the stress distribution around the weld. Similarly, by aplying both cyclic load or pre-stress load on the specimens, stress relaxation was observed even in the region of approximately 40 mm far from the weld toe.

  16. Boechera Species Exhibit Species-Specific Responses to Combined Heat and High Light Stress

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    Gallas, Genna; Waters, Elizabeth R.

    2015-01-01

    As sessile organisms, plants must be able to complete their life cycle in place and therefore tolerance to abiotic stress has had a major role in shaping biogeographical patterns. However, much of what we know about plant tolerance to abiotic stresses is based on studies of just a few plant species, most notably the model species Arabidopsis thaliana. In this study we examine natural variation in the stress responses of five diverse Boechera (Brassicaceae) species. Boechera plants were exposed to basal and acquired combined heat and high light stress. Plant response to these stresses was evaluated based on chlorophyll fluorescence measurements, induction of leaf chlorosis, and gene expression. Many of the Boechera species were more tolerant to heat and high light stress than A. thaliana. Gene expression data indicates that two important marker genes for stress responses: APX2 (Ascorbate peroxidase 2) and HsfA2 (Heat shock transcription factor A2) have distinct species-specific expression patterns. The findings of species-specific responses and tolerance to stress indicate that stress pathways are evolutionarily labile even among closely related species. PMID:26030823

  17. TOPICAL REVIEW: Nb3Al conductors for high-field applications

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    Takeuchi, Takao

    2000-09-01

    Nb3Al has been considered as an alternative to Nb3Sn for high-field and large-scale applications, since an extremely high critical current density and excellent strain tolerance were demonstrated in Nb3Al by laboratory tests. Thus, there have been a great number of efforts in the exploration of new fabrication processes for Nb3Al. The processes explored can be classified into three groups: low-temperature processes (jelly-roll, powder metallurgy, clad chip extrusion, rod-in-tube), high-temperature processes (laser- or electron-beam irradiation), and transformation processes. This review describes Nb3Al conductors for each processing group, focusing on current topics relating to the rapid-heating, quenching and transformation method in which an excellent Nb3Al conductor can be obtained with a multifilamentary structure over several hundred metres in length.

  18. High Rate Deposition of High Quality ZnO:Al by Filtered Cathodic Arc

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    Mendelsberg, Rueben J.; Lim, S.H.N.; Milliron, D.J.; Anders, Andre

    2010-11-18

    High quality ZnO:Al (AZO) thin films were prepared on glass substrates by direct current filtered cathodic arc deposition. Substrate temperature was varied from room temperature to 425oC, and samples were grown with and without the assistance of low power oxygen plasma (75W). For each growth condition, at least 3 samples were grown to give a statistical look at the effect of the growth environment on the film properties and to explore the reproducibility of the technique. Growth rate was in the 100-400 nm/min range but was apparently random and could not be easily traced to the growth conditions explored. For optimized growth conditions, 300-600 nm AZO films had resistivities of 3-6 x 10-4 ?Omega cm, carrier concentrations in the range of 2-4 x 1020 cm3, Hall mobility as high as 55 cm2/Vs, and optical transmittance greater than 90percent. These films are also highly oriented with the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate and a surface roughness of 2-4 nm.

  19. Combat high or traumatic stress: violent offending is associated with appetitive aggression but not with symptoms of traumatic stress

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    Köbach, Anke; Schaal, Susanne; Elbert, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    Former members of armed groups in eastern DR Congo had typically witnessed, experienced, and perpetrated extreme forms of violence. Enhanced trauma-related symptoms had been shown in prior research. But also lashing out in self-defense is a familiar response to threat defined as reactive aggression. Another potential response is appetitive aggression, in which the perpetration of excessive violence is perceived as pleasurable (combat high). What roles do these forms of aggressive behavior play in modern warfare and how are they related to posttraumatic stress symptoms? To answer the question, we sought to determine predictors for appetitive aggressive and trauma-related mental illness, and investigated the frequency of psychopathological symptoms for high- and low-intensity conflict demobilization settings. To this end, we interviewed 213 former members of (para)military groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in regard to their combat exposure, posttraumatic stress, appetitive aggression, depression, suicidality, and drug dependence. Random forest regression embedded in a conditional inference framework revealed that perpetrated violent acts are not necessarily stressful. In fact, the experience of violent acts that typically implicated salient cues of hunting (e.g., blood, suffering of the victim, etc.) had the strongest association with an appetite for aggression. Furthermore, the number of lifetime perpetrated violent acts was the most important predictor of appetitive aggression. However, the number of perpetrated violent acts did not significantly affect the posttraumatic stress. Greater intensity of conflict was associated with more severe posttraumatic stress symptoms and depression. Psychotherapeutic interventions that address appetitive aggression in addition to trauma-related mental illness, including drug dependence, therefore seem indispensible for a successful reintegration of those who fought in the current civil wars. PMID:25709586

  20. Evaluation of Wheat Chromosome Translocation Lines for High Temperature Stress Tolerance at Grain Filling Stage

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    Pradhan, Gautam Prasad; Prasad, P. V. Vara

    2015-01-01

    High temperature (HT, heat) stress is detrimental to wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) production. Wild relatives of bread wheat may offer sources of HT stress tolerance genes because they grow in stressed habitats. Wheat chromosome translocation lines, produced by introgressing small segments of chromosome from wild relatives to bread wheat, were evaluated for tolerance to HT stress during the grain filling stage. Sixteen translocation lines and four wheat cultivars were grown at optimum temperature (OT) of 22/14°C (day/night). Ten days after anthesis, half of the plants were exposed to HT stress of 34/26°C for 16 d, and other half remained at OT. Results showed that HT stress decreased grain yield by 43% compared with OT. Decrease in individual grain weight (by 44%) was the main reason for yield decline at HT. High temperature stress had adverse effects on leaf chlorophyll content and Fv/Fm; and a significant decrease in Fv/Fm was associated with a decline in individual grain weight. Based on the heat response (heat susceptibility indices, HSIs) of physiological and yield traits to each other and to yield HSI, TA5594, TA5617, and TA5088 were highly tolerant and TA5637 and TA5640 were highly susceptible to HT stress. Our results suggest that change in Fv/Fm is a highly useful trait in screening genotypes for HT stress tolerance. This study showed that there is genetic variability among wheat chromosome translocation lines for HT stress tolerance at the grain filling stage and we suggest further screening of a larger set of translocation lines. PMID:25719199

  1. Phase evolution in an Al?.?CrFeCoNiCu High Entropy Alloy

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    Jones, N. G.; Izzo, R.; Mignanelli, P. M.; Christofidou, K. A.; Stone, H. J.

    2015-01-01

    The phase evolution of an Al?.?CrFeCoNiCu High Entropy Alloy has been characterised following isothermal exposures between 0.1 and 1000 hours at temperatures of 700, 800 and 900?C. The NiAl based B2 phase formed extremely quickly, within 0.1 hours...

  2. Laminated metal composite formed from low flow stress layers and high flow stress layers using flow constraining elements and making same

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    Syn, Chol K. (Moraga, CA); Lesuer, Donald R. (Livermore, CA)

    1995-01-01

    A laminated metal composite of low flow stress layers and high flow stress layers is described which is formed using flow constraining elements, preferably in the shape of rings, individually placed around each of the low flow stress layers while pressure is applied to the stack to bond the layers of the composite together, to thereby restrain the flow of the low flow stress layers from the stack during the bonding. The laminated metal composite of the invention is made by the steps of forming a stack of alternate layers of low flow stress layers and high flow stress layers with each layer of low flow stress material surrounded by an individual flow constraining element, such as a ring, and then applying pressure to the top and bottom surfaces of the resulting stack to bond the dissimilar layers together, for example, by compression rolling the stack. In a preferred embodiment, the individual flow constraining elements surrounding the layers of low flow stress material are formed of a material which may either be the same material as the material comprising the high flow stress layers, or have similar flow stress characteristics to the material comprising the high flow stress layers. Additional sacrificial layers may be added to the top and bottom of the stack to avoid damage to the stack during the bonding step; and these additional layers may then be removed after the bonding step.

  3. Laminated metal composite formed from low flow stress layers and high flow stress layers using flow constraining elements and making same

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    Syn, C.K.; Lesuer, D.R.

    1995-07-04

    A laminated metal composite of low flow stress layers and high flow stress layers is described which is formed using flow constraining elements, preferably in the shape of rings, individually placed around each of the low flow stress layers while pressure is applied to the stack to bond the layers of the composite together, to thereby restrain the flow of the low flow stress layers from the stack during the bonding. The laminated metal composite of the invention is made by the steps of forming a stack of alternate layers of low flow stress layers and high flow stress layers with each layer of low flow stress material surrounded by an individual flow constraining element, such as a ring, and then applying pressure to the top and bottom surfaces of the resulting stack to bond the dissimilar layers together, for example, by compression rolling the stack. In a preferred embodiment, the individual flow constraining elements surrounding the layers of low flow stress material are formed of a material which may either be the same material as the material comprising the high flow stress layers, or have similar flow stress characteristics to the material comprising the high flow stress layers. Additional sacrificial layers may be added to the top and bottom of the stack to avoid damage to the stack during the bonding step; and these additional layers may then be removed after the bonding step. 5 figs.

  4. High-Temperature Oxidation Behavior of Al-Co-Cr-Ni-(Fe or Si) Multicomponent High-Entropy Alloys

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    Butler, T. M.; Alfano, J. P.; Martens, R. L.; Weaver, M. L.

    2015-01-01

    High-entropy alloys (HEAs) are a class of alloys that are being considered for a number of applications. In the present study, the microstructures and 1050°C oxidation behaviors of two HEAs, Al10Cr22.5Co22.5Ni22.5Fe22.5 (at.%) and Al20Cr25Co25Ni25Si5 have been investigated along with Al15Cr10Co35Ni35Si5, which is a high-temperature shape-memory alloy. Oxide formation occurred via selective oxidation in a manner that was consistent with the oxide formation model devised by Giggins and Pettit for model Ni-Cr-Al alloys. The lower Al content alloy formed an external Cr2O3 scale and an internal subscale consisting of Al2O3 and AlN precipitates. The higher Al content alloys exhibited smaller mass gains and formed external Al2O3 scales without any internal oxidation of the alloys.

  5. Advanced technologies for improving high frequency performance of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors

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    Chung, Jinwook W. (Jinwook Will)

    2008-01-01

    In this thesis, we have used a combination of physical analysis, numerical simulation and experimental work to identify and overcome some of the main challenges in AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) for ...

  6. High temperature induces apoptosis and oxidative stress in pufferfish (Takifugu obscurus) blood cells.

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    Cheng, Chang-Hong; Yang, Fang-Fang; Liao, Shao-An; Miao, Yu-Tao; Ye, Chao-Xia; Wang, An-Li; Tan, Jia-Wen; Chen, Xiao-Yan

    2015-10-01

    Water temperature is an important environmental factor in aquaculture farming that affects the survival and growth of organisms. The change in culture water temperature may not only modify various chemical and biological processes but also affect the status of fish populations. In previous studies, high temperature induced apoptosis and oxidative stress. However, the precise mechanism and the pathways that are activated in fish are still unclear. In the present study, we investigated the effects of high temperature (34°C) on the induction of apoptosis and oxidative stress in pufferfish (Takifugu obscurus) blood cells. The data showed that high temperature exposure increased oxygen species (ROS), cytoplasmic free-Ca(2+) concentration and cell apoptosis. To test the apoptotic pathway, the expression pattern of some key apoptotic related genes including P53, Bax, caspase 9 and caspase 3 were examined. The results showed that acute high temperature stress induced up-regulation of these genes, suggesting that the p53-Bax pathway and the caspase-dependent apoptotic pathway could be involved in apoptosis induced by high temperature stress. Furthermore, the gene expression of antioxidant enzymes (Cu/Zn-SOD, Mn-SOD, CAT, GPx, and GR) and heat shock proteins (HSP90 and HSP70) in the blood cells were induced by high temperature stress. Taken together, our results showed that high temperature-induced oxidative stress may cause pufferfish blood cells apoptosis, and cooperatively activated p53-Bax and caspase-dependent apoptotic pathway. PMID:26590470

  7. Electroluminescence of hot electrons in AlGaN/GaN high-electron-mobility transistors under radio frequency operation

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    Brazzini, Tommaso Sun, Huarui; Uren, Michael J.; Kuball, Martin; Casbon, Michael A.; Lees, Jonathan; Tasker, Paul J.; Jung, Helmut; Blanck, Hervé

    2015-05-25

    Hot electrons in AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors are studied during radio frequency (RF) and DC operation by means of electroluminescence (EL) microscopy and spectroscopy. The measured EL intensity is decreased under RF operation compared to DC at the same average current, indicating a lower hot electron density. This is explained by averaging the DC EL intensity over the measured load line used in RF measurements, giving reasonable agreement. In addition, the hot electron temperature is lower by up to 15% under RF compared to DC, again at least partially explainable by the weighted averaging along the specific load line. However, peak electron temperature under RF occurs at high V{sub DS} and low I{sub DS} where EL is insignificant suggesting that any wear-out differences between RF and DC stress of the devices will depend on the balance between hot-carrier and field driven degradation mechanisms.

  8. Al/C/MnO2 sandwich nanowalls with highly porous surface for electrochemical energy storage

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    He, Shuijian; Zhang, Ruizhong; Zhang, Chunmei; Liu, Minmin; Gao, Xiaohui; Ju, Jian; Li, Lei; Chen, Wei

    2015-12-01

    Hierarchical materials supported on metal substrates present promising applications in flexible energy storage and conversion devices. Compared to Au, Ag, Cu, Ni, Ti, W and their alloys, Al, the most abundant metal in the crust has been less used in supercapacitors due to its high activity which makes it unstable in acid and base electrolytes. In this paper, we explore a novel Al/C/MnO2 sandwich structured material for the first time for supercapacitor. Owing to the highly porous and open surface structure and the highly conductive Al/C double core current collector on nanoscale, the Al/C/MnO2 sandwich nanowall arrays supported on Al foil show excellent capacitance performance with a maximum area specific capacitance of 1008.3 mF cm-2 and a high energy density of 35.2 ?Wh cm-2 at 2 mA cm-2. Moreover, a supercapacitor device with 4 supercapacitors connected in series can power a LED lamp. The present study demonstrates a novel electrode architecture based on Al foil with remarkably high area specific capacitance and stability for promising supercapacitor applications. Our strategy provides a new approach to the fabrication of hierarchical electrode materials from Al metal (could also be extend to other metal substrates) for supercapacitors and other energy storage and conversion devices.

  9. Epitaxial growth of ?-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on Ti{sub 2}AlC(0001) by reactive high-power impulse magnetron sputtering

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    Eklund, Per Frodelius, Jenny; Hultman, Lars; Lu, Jun; Magnfält, Daniel

    2014-01-15

    Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was deposited by reactive high-power impulse magnetron sputtering at 600 °C onto pre-deposited Ti{sub 2}AlC(0001) thin films on ?-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) substrates. The Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was deposited to a thickness of 65 nm and formed an adherent layer of epitaxial ?-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(111) as shown by transmission electron microscopy. The demonstration of epitaxial growth of ?-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on Ti{sub 2}AlC(0001) open prospects for growth of crystalline alumina as protective coatings on Ti{sub 2}AlC and related nanolaminated materials. The crystallographic orientation relationships are ?-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(111)//Ti{sub 2}AlC(0001) (out-of-plane) and ?- Al {sub 2}O{sub 3}(22{sup ¯}0)// Ti {sub 2} AlC (112{sup ¯}0) (in-plane) as determined by electron diffraction. Annealing in vacuum at 900 °C resulted in partial decomposition of the Ti{sub 2}AlC by depletion of Al and diffusion into and through the ?-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer.

  10. Parenting stress and parent support among mothers with high and low education.

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    Parkes, Alison; Sweeting, Helen; Wight, Daniel

    2015-12-01

    Current theorizing and evidence suggest that parenting stress might be greater among parents from both low and high socioeconomic positions (SEP) compared with those from intermediate levels because of material hardship among parents of low SEP and employment demands among parents of high SEP. However, little is known about how this socioeconomic variation in stress relates to the support that parents receive. This study explored whether variation in maternal parenting stress in a population sample was associated with support deficits. To obtain a clearer understanding of support deficits among mothers of high and low education, we distinguished subgroups according to mothers' migrant and single-parent status. Participants were 5,865 mothers from the Growing Up in Scotland Study, who were interviewed when their children were 10 months old. Parenting stress was greater among mothers with either high or low education than among mothers with intermediate education, although it was highest for those with low education. Support deficits accounted for around 50% of higher stress among high- and low-educated groups. Less frequent grandparent contact mediated parenting stress among both high- and low-educated mothers, particularly migrants. Aside from this common feature, different aspects of support were relevant for high- compared with low-educated mothers. For high-educated mothers, reliance on formal childcare and less frequent support from friends mediated higher stress. Among low-educated mothers, smaller grandparent and friend networks and barriers to professional parent support mediated higher stress. Implications of differing support deficits are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record PMID:26192130

  11. Stress.

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    Chambers, David W

    2008-01-01

    We all experience stress as a regular, and sometimes damaging and sometimes useful, part of our daily lives. In our normal ups and downs, we have our share of exhaustion, despondency, and outrage--matched with their corresponding positive moods. But burnout and workaholism are different. They are chronic, dysfunctional, self-reinforcing, life-shortening habits. Dentists, nurses, teachers, ministers, social workers, and entertainers are especially susceptible to burnout; not because they are hard-working professionals (they tend to be), but because they are caring perfectionists who share control for the success of what they do with others and perform under the scrutiny of their colleagues (they tend to). Workaholics are also trapped in self-sealing cycles, but the elements are ever-receding visions of control and using constant activity as a barrier against facing reality. This essay explores the symptoms, mechanisms, causes, and successful coping strategies for burnout and workaholism. It also takes a look at the general stress response on the physiological level and at some of the damage American society inflicts on itself. PMID:18846841

  12. Investigation of smooth specimen scc test procedures; variations in environment, specimen size, stressing frame, and stress state. [for high strength aluminum alloys

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    Lifka, B. W.; Sprowls, D. O.; Kelsey, R. A.

    1975-01-01

    The variables studied in the stress-corrosion cracking performance of high strength aluminum alloys were: (1) corrosiveness of the environment, (2) specimen size and stiffness of the stressing system, (3) interpretation of transgranular cracking, and (4) interaction of the state of stress and specimen orientation in a product with an anisotropic grain structure. It was shown that the probability of failure and time to fracture for a specimen loaded in direct tension are influenced by corrosion pattern, the stressing assembly stiffness, and the notch tensile strength of the alloy. Results demonstrate that the combination of a normal tension stress and a shear stress acting on the plane of maximum susceptibility in a product with a highly directional grain cause the greatest tendency for stress-corrosion cracking.

  13. Interfacial Characterization of Dissimilar Joints Between Al/Mg/Al-Trilayered Clad Sheet to High-Strength Low-Alloy Steel

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    Macwan, A.; Jiang, X. Q.; Chen, D. L.

    2015-07-01

    Magnesium (Mg) alloys are increasingly used in the automotive and aerospace sectors to reduce vehicle weight. Al/Mg/Al tri-layered clad sheets are deemed as a promising alternative to improve the corrosion resistance and formability of Mg alloys. The structural application of Al/Mg/Al tri-layered clad sheets inevitably involves welding and joining in the multi-material vehicle body manufacturing. This study aimed to characterize the bonding interface microstructure of the Al/Mg/Al-clad sheet to high-strength low-alloy steel with and without Zn coating using ultrasonic spot welding at different levels of welding energy. It was observed that the presence of Zn coating improved the bonding at the interface due to the formation of Al-Zn eutectic structure via enhanced diffusion. At a higher level of welding energy, characteristic flow patterns of Zn into Al-clad layer were observed with an extensive penetration mainly along some high angle grain boundaries. The dissimilar joints without Zn coating made at a high welding energy of 800 J failed partially from the Al/Fe weld interface and partially from the Al/Mg clad interface, while the joints with Zn coating failed from the Al/Mg clad interface due to the presence of brittle Al12Mg17 phase.

  14. AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors with nickel oxide based gates formed by high temperature oxidation

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    Lalinský, T.; Vanko, G.; Vallo, M.; Dobro?ka, E.; Rýger, I.; Vincze, A.

    2012-02-01

    We report on the design of gates of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) to be predetermined for high temperature applications. In this design, nickel oxide (NiO) gate interfacial layer is formed by high temperature oxidation (T = 500-800 °C, for 1 min) of 15 nm thick Ni gate contact layer to provide a high temperature stable gate interface. AlGaN/GaN HEMTs with thermic NiO gate contact layer show excellent dc performance with higher peak transconductance, larger gate voltage swing, higher linearity, and thermal stability as compared to the reference device based on Ni gate contact layer.

  15. Optical floating zone growth of high-quality Cu2MnAl single crystals

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    Neubauer, Andreas; Meven, Martin; Georgii, Robert; Brandl, Georg; Behr, Gunther; Böni, Peter; Pfleiderer, Christian; 10.1016/j.nima.2012.06.012

    2012-01-01

    We report the growth of large single-crystals of Cu2MnAl, a ferromagnetic Heusler compound suitable for polarizing neutron monochromators, by means of optical floating zone under ultra-high vacuum compatible conditions. Unlike Bridgman or Czochralsky grown Cu2MnAl, our floating zone grown single-crystals show highly reproducible magnetic properties and an excellent crystal quality with a narrow and homogeneous mosaic spread as examined by neutron diffraction. An investigation of the polarizing properties in neutron scattering suggests a high polarization efficiency, limited by the relatively small sample dimensions studied. Our study identifies optical floating zone under ultra-high vacuum compatible conditions as a highly reproducible method to grow high-quality single-crystals of Cu2MnAl.

  16. Evaluation of the interfacial shear strength and residual stress of TiAlN coating on ZIRLOTM fuel cladding using a modified shear-lag model

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    Motta, Arthur T.

    Evaluation of the interfacial shear strength and residual stress of TiAlN coating on ZIRLOTM fuel cladding using a modified shear-lag model approach Y. Liu a, * , I. Bhamji a , P.J. Withers a , D.E. Wolfe modelling Metal-coating interface Fission Zirconium Accident tolerant fuels (ATF) a b s t r a c t This paper

  17. Optimizing amorphous indium zinc oxide film growth for low residual stress and high electrical conductivity

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    Kumar, Mukesh; Sigdel, A. K.; Gennett, T.; Berry, J. J.; Perkins, J. D.; Ginley, D. S.; Packard, C. E.

    2013-10-01

    With recent advances in flexible electronics, there is a growing need for transparent conductors with optimum conductivity tailored to the application and nearly zero residual stress to ensure mechanical reliability. Within amorphous transparent conducting oxide (TCO) systems, a variety of sputter growth parameters have been shown to separately impact film stress and optoelectronic properties due to the complex nature of the deposition process. We apply a statistical design of experiments (DOE) approach to identify growth parameter-material property relationships in amorphous indium zinc oxide (a-IZO) thin films and observed large, compressive residual stresses in films grown under conditions typically used for the deposition of highly conductive samples. Power, growth pressure, oxygen partial pressure, and RF power ratio (RF/(RF + DC)) were varied according to a full-factorial test matrix and each film was characterized. The resulting regression model and analysis of variance (ANOVA) revealed significant contributions to the residual stress from individual growth parameters as well as interactions of different growth parameters, but no conditions were found within the initial growth space that simultaneously produced low residual stress and high electrical conductivity. Extrapolation of the model results to lower oxygen partial pressures, combined with prior knowledge of conductivity-growth parameter relationships in the IZO system, allowed the selection of two promising growth conditions that were both empirically verified to achieve nearly zero residual stress and electrical conductivities >1480 S/cm. This work shows that a-IZO can be simultaneously optimized for high conductivity and low residual stress.

  18. Band gap bowing parameter in pseudomorphic Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1?x}N/GaN high electron mobility transistor structures

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    Goyal, Anshu; Kapoor, Ashok K.; Raman, R.; Dalal, Sandeep; Mohan, Premila; Muralidharan, R.

    2015-06-14

    A method for evaluation of aluminium composition in pseudomorphic Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1?x}N layer from the measured photoluminescence (PL) peak energy is presented here. The layers were grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition and characterized by high resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD), PL, cathodoluminescence, and atomic force microscopy. We estimated the value of biaxial stress in pseudomorphic Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1?x}N layers grown on sapphire and silicon carbide substrates using HRXRD scans. The effect of biaxial stress on the room temperature band edge luminescence in pseudomorphic Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1?x}N/GaN layers for various aluminium compositions in the range of 0.2?stress corrected bowing parameter in Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1?x}N was determined as 0.50?±?0.06?eV. Our values match well with the theoretically obtained value of bowing parameter from the density functional theory.

  19. High hemoglobin mixed disulfide content in hemolysates from stressed shark.

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    Dafré, A L; Reischl, E

    1990-01-01

    1. Hemolysate from heavily stressed smooth hammerhead shark, Sphyrna zygaena, shows three electrophoretic components, SZ I, SZ II and SZ III, whose relative concentrations are 36.4 +/- 6.8, 36.4 +/- 5.0 and 20.8 +/- 5.7%, respectively. After reduction with DTE only SZ I remained. 2. SZ I reacted with glutathione disulfide reconstitute SZ II and SZ III. 3. Non-reduced, DTE-reduced, and denatured hemoglobin were found to have 2.0 +/- 0.4, 3.7 +/- 0.6, and 9.4 +/- 0.7-SH groups, respectively. 4. Erythrocyte non-protein--SH (NPSH), including glutathione present as mixed disulfide with SZ II and SZ III, is 1.7 NPSH/Hb. PMID:2361357

  20. [Raman characterization of high-pressure phase transition in AlN nanowires].

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    Shen, Long-hai; Li, Qian; Wu, Li-jun; Ma, Yan-mei; Cui, Qi-liang

    2011-03-01

    High-pressure phase transition of AlN nanowires was investigated in the range of 0-33.1 GPa by in situ Raman spectrum method in diamond anvil cell (DAC). The A1 (LO) vibration mode exhibits considerably asymmetry and broadening, indicating the occurrence of wurtzite-to-rocksalt phase transition. The Raman signal of high-pressure phase can be assigned to the disorder activated Raman scattering of rocksalt AlN. After fully releasing pressure, the Raman characterization of high-pressure phase was quenched. According to the pressure dependence of phonon frequency of AlN nanowires, the difference of transiton path between AlN nanowires and bulk materials was discussed and the mode Grüneisen parameters were determined. PMID:21595221

  1. Synthesis and in situ high pressure Raman spectroscopy study of AlN dendritic crystal

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    Li, Xuefei; Kong, Lingnan; Shen, Longhai; Yang, Jinghai; Gao, Ming; Hu, Tingjing; Wu, Xingtong; Li, Ming

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The sample is the typical dendritic crystal structure. • The phase transition of AlN dendritic crystal is researched. • The Raman signal of rock salt AlN is observed under high pressure. • Grüneisen parameters and phase transition criterion are discussed. - Abstract: AlN dendritic crystal was synthesized by the direct current arc discharge apparatus. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns indicated that the sample is hexagonal AlN and preferentially grown along the a-axis direction. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images reveal that the product mainly consists of micron AlN dendritic crystal. In situ high pressure Raman spectra of AlN dendritic crystal has been measured in the pressure ranged from ambient pressure to 32.97 GPa at room temperature by using diamond anvil cell. According to the Raman scattering results, the phase transition from the wurtzite to rock salt was found at about 20.73 GPa by the appearance of a new Raman signal. Above 20.73 GPa, a new Raman signal due to disorder-activated Raman scattering in the rock salt phase was observed. In addition, the pressure coefficients, phase transition criterion, and mode Grüneisen parameters of AlN dendritic crystal, which could be different from that of other AlN, are carefully discussed.

  2. Assessing Cumulative Thermal Stress in Fish During Chronic Exposure to High Temperature

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    Bevelhimer, M.S.; Bennett, W.R.

    1999-11-14

    As environmental laws become increasingly protective, and with possible future changes in global climate, thermal effects on aquatic resources are likely to receive increasing attention. Lethal temperatures for a variety of species have been determined for situations where temperatures rise rapidly resulting in lethal effects. However, less is known about the effects of chronic exposure to high (but not immediately lethal) temperatures and even less about stress accumulation during periods of fluctuating temperatures. In this paper we present a modeling framework for assessing cumulative thermal stress in fish. The model assumes that stress accumulation occurs above a threshold temperature at a rate depending on the degree to which the threshold is exceeded. The model also includes stress recovery (or alleviation) when temperatures drop below the threshold temperature as in systems with large daily variation. In addition to non-specific physiological stress, the model also simulates thermal effects on growth.

  3. Aftershocks are well aligned with the background stress field, contradicting the hypothesis of highly-heterogeneous crustal stress

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    Hardebeck, Jeanne L.

    2010-01-01

    It has been proposed that the crustal stress field contains small-length-scale heterogeneity of much larger amplitude than the uniform background stress. This model predicts that earthquake focal mechanisms should reflect the loading stress rather than the uniform background stress. So, if the heterogeneous stress hypothesis is correct, focal mechanisms before and after a large earthquake should align with the tectonic loading and the earthquake-induced static stress perturbation, respectively. However, I show that the off-fault triggered aftershocks of the 1992 M7.3 Landers, California, earthquake align with the same stress field as the pre-Landers mechanisms. The aftershocks occurred on faults that were well oriented for failure in the pre-Landers stress field and then loaded by the Landers-induced static stress change. Aftershocks in regions experiencing a 0.05 to 5 MPa coseismic differential stress change align with the modeled Landers-induced static stress change, implying that they were triggered by the stress perturbation. Contrary to the heterogeneous stress hypothesis, these triggered aftershocks are also well aligned with the pre-Landers stress field obtained from inverting the pre-Landers focal mechanisms. Therefore, the inverted pre-Landers stress must represent the persistent background stress field. Earthquake focal mechanisms provide an unbiased sample of the spatially coherent background stress field, which is large relative to any small-scale stress heterogeneity. The counterexample provided by the Landers earthquake is strong evidence that the heterogeneous stress model is not widely applicable.

  4. Friction Stir Processing of a High Entropy Alloy Al0.1CoCrFeNi

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    Kumar, N.; Komarasamy, M.; Nelaturu, P.; Tang, Z.; Liaw, P. K.; Mishra, R. S.

    2015-05-01

    High entropy alloys are a new class of metallic materials with a potential for use in structural applications. However, most of the studies have focused on microhardness and compressive strength measurements for mechanical properties determination. This study presents the tensile deformation behavior of a single-phase, face-centered cubic Al0.1CoCrFeNi high entropy alloy (HEA). Friction stir processing was carried out to refine the grain size. Scanning electron microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction were carried out for microstructural examination. The grain size of the alloy was on the order of millimeters in the as-received condition. The average grain size after friction stir processing of the alloy was 14 ± 10 micrometers. The mechanical properties were determined through microhardness measurement and mini-tensile tests. The friction stir processed alloy showed a total elongation of ~75% for the mini-tensile sample used and yield strength of 315 MPa. It is an exceptional combination of strength and ductility. Friction stress was determined to be 174 MPa and the Hall-Petch coefficient was 371 MPa ( µm)1/2. Such a high value of Hall-Petch coefficient suggests that grain boundary strengthening can be a very effective strengthening mechanism for the HEA Al0.1CoCrFeNi.

  5. InAlN high electron mobility transistor Ti/Al/Ni/Au Ohmic contact optimisation assisted by in-situ high temperature transmission electron microscopy

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    Smith, M. D.; O'Mahony, D.; Conroy, M.; Schmidt, M.; Parbrook, P. J.

    2015-09-01

    This paper correlates the micro-structural and electrical characteristics associated with annealing of metallic multi-layers typically used in the formation of Ohmic contacts to InAlN high electron mobility transistors. The multi-layers comprised Ti/Al/Ni/Au and were annealed via rapid thermal processing at temperatures up to 925 °C with electrical current-voltage analysis establishing the onset of Ohmic (linear IV) behaviour at 750-800 °C. In-situ temperature dependent transmission electron microscopy established that metallic diffusion and inter-mixing were initiated near a temperature of 500 °C. Around 800 °C, inter-diffusion of the metal and semiconductor (nitride) was observed, correlating with the onset of Ohmic electrical behaviour. The sheet resistance associated with the InAlN/AlN/GaN interface is highly sensitive to the anneal temperature, with the range depending on the Ti layer thickness. The relationship between contact resistivity and measurement temperature follow that predicted by thermionic field emission for contacts annealed below 850 °C, but deviated above this due to excessive metal-semiconductor inter-diffusion.

  6. High quality InAsSb grown on InP substrates using AlSb/AlAsSb buffer layers

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    Wu, B.-R.; Liao, C.; Cheng, K. Y.

    2008-02-11

    High quality InAsSb grown on semi-insulating InP substrates by molecular beam epitaxy was achieved using AlSb/AlAsSb structure as the buffer layer. A 1000 A InAsSb layer grown on top of 1 {mu}m AlSb/AlAsSb buffer layer showed a room temperature electron mobility of {approx}12 000 cm{sup 2}/V s. High structural quality and low misfit defect density were also demonstrated in the InAsSb layer. This novel AlSb/AlAsSb buffer layer structure with the AlAsSb layer lattice matched to InP substrates could enhance the performance of optoelectronic devices utilizing 6.1 A family of compound semiconductor alloys.

  7. Stress management as an enabling technology for high-field superconducting dipole magnets

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    Holik, Eddie Frank, III

    This dissertation examines stress management and other construction techniques as means to meet future accelerator requirement demands by planning, fabricating, and analyzing a high-field, Nb3Sn dipole. In order to enable future fundamental research and discovery in high energy accelerator physics, bending magnets must access the highest fields possible. Stress management is a novel, propitious path to attain higher fields and preserve the maximum current capacity of advanced superconductors by managing the Lorentz stress so that strain induced current degradation is mitigated. Stress management is accomplished through several innovative design features. A block-coil geometry enables an Inconel pier and beam matrix to be incorporated in the windings for Lorentz Stress support and reduced AC loss. A laminar spring between windings and mica paper surrounding each winding inhibit any stress transferral through the support structure and has been simulated with ALGORRTM. Wood's metal filled, stainless steel bladders apply isostatic, surface-conforming preload to the pier and beam support structure. Sufficient preload along with mica paper sheer release reduces magnet training by inhibiting stick-slip motion. The effectiveness of stress management is tested with high-precision capacitive stress transducers and strain gauges. In addition to stress management, there are several technologies developed to assist in the successful construction of a high-field dipole. Quench protection has been designed and simulated along with full 3D magnetic simulation with OPERARTM. Rutherford cable was constructed, and cable thermal expansion data was analysed after heat treatment. Pre-impregnation analysis techniques were developed due to elemental tin leakage in varying quantities during heat treatment from each coil. Robust splicing techniques were developed with measured resistivites consistent with nO joints. Stress management has not been incorporated by any other high field dipole research laboratory and has not yet been put to a definitive high-field test. The TAMU Physics Accelerator Research Laboratory has constructed a Nb 3Sn dipole, TAMU3, that is specially designed to provide a test bed for high-field stress management.

  8. Complexity of physiological responses decreases in high-stress musical performance.

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    Williamon, Aaron; Aufegger, Lisa; Wasley, David; Looney, David; Mandic, Danilo P

    2013-12-01

    For musicians, performing in front of an audience can cause considerable apprehension; indeed, performance anxiety is felt throughout the profession, with wide ranging symptoms arising irrespective of age, skill level and amount of practice. A key indicator of stress is frequency-specific fluctuations in the dynamics of heart rate known as heart rate variability (HRV). Recent developments in sensor technology have made possible the measurement of physiological parameters reflecting HRV non-invasively and outside of the laboratory, opening research avenues for real-time performer feedback to help improve stress management. However, the study of stress using standard algorithms has led to conflicting and inconsistent results. Here, we present an innovative and rigorous approach which combines: (i) a controlled and repeatable experiment in which the physiological response of an expert musician was evaluated in a low-stress performance and a high-stress recital for an audience of 400 people, (ii) a piece of music with varying physical and cognitive demands, and (iii) dynamic stress level assessment with standard and state-of-the-art HRV analysis algorithms such as those within the domain of complexity science which account for higher order stress signatures. We show that this offers new scope for interpreting the autonomic nervous system response to stress in real-world scenarios, with the evolution of stress levels being consistent with the difficulty of the music being played, superimposed on the stress caused by performing in front of an audience. For an emerging class of algorithms that can analyse HRV independent of absolute data scaling, it is shown that complexity science performs a more accurate assessment of average stress levels, thus providing greater insight into the degree of physiological change experienced by musicians when performing in public. PMID:24068177

  9. Complexity of physiological responses decreases in high-stress musical performance

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    Williamon, Aaron; Aufegger, Lisa; Wasley, David; Looney, David; Mandic, Danilo P.

    2013-01-01

    For musicians, performing in front of an audience can cause considerable apprehension; indeed, performance anxiety is felt throughout the profession, with wide ranging symptoms arising irrespective of age, skill level and amount of practice. A key indicator of stress is frequency-specific fluctuations in the dynamics of heart rate known as heart rate variability (HRV). Recent developments in sensor technology have made possible the measurement of physiological parameters reflecting HRV non-invasively and outside of the laboratory, opening research avenues for real-time performer feedback to help improve stress management. However, the study of stress using standard algorithms has led to conflicting and inconsistent results. Here, we present an innovative and rigorous approach which combines: (i) a controlled and repeatable experiment in which the physiological response of an expert musician was evaluated in a low-stress performance and a high-stress recital for an audience of 400 people, (ii) a piece of music with varying physical and cognitive demands, and (iii) dynamic stress level assessment with standard and state-of-the-art HRV analysis algorithms such as those within the domain of complexity science which account for higher order stress signatures. We show that this offers new scope for interpreting the autonomic nervous system response to stress in real-world scenarios, with the evolution of stress levels being consistent with the difficulty of the music being played, superimposed on the stress caused by performing in front of an audience. For an emerging class of algorithms that can analyse HRV independent of absolute data scaling, it is shown that complexity science performs a more accurate assessment of average stress levels, thus providing greater insight into the degree of physiological change experienced by musicians when performing in public. PMID:24068177

  10. Effects of Electromagnetic Stirring on the Microstructure and High-Temperature Mechanical Properties of a Hyper-eutectic Al-Si-Cu-Ni Alloy

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    Jang, Youngsoo; Choi, Byounghee; Kang, Byungkeun; Hong, Chun Pyo

    2015-02-01

    A liquid treatment method by electromagnetic stirring was applied to a hyper-eutectic Al-15wt pctSi-4wt pctCu-3wt pctNi alloy for the piston manufacturing with diecasting process in order to improve high-temperature mechanical properties of the piston heads. The mechanical properties, such as hardness, high-temperature tensile stress, thermal expansion, and high-temperature relative wear resistance, were estimated using the specimens taken from the liquid-treated diecast products, and the results were compared with those of a conventional metal-mold-cast piston.

  11. Correlation of interface states/border traps and threshold voltage shift on AlGaN/GaN metal-insulator-semiconductor high-electron-mobility transistors

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    Wu, Tian-Li; Marcon, Denis; Bakeroot, Benoit; De Jaeger, Brice; Lin, H. C.; Franco, Jacopo; Stoffels, Steve; Van Hove, Marleen; Roelofs, Robin; Groeseneken, Guido; Decoutere, Stefaan

    2015-08-01

    In this paper, three electrical techniques (frequency dependent conductance analysis, AC transconductance (AC-gm), and positive gate bias stress) were used to evaluate three different gate dielectrics (Plasma-Enhanced Atomic Layer Deposition Si3N4, Rapid Thermal Chemical Vapor Deposition Si3N4, and Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) Al2O3) for AlGaN/GaN Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor High-Electron-Mobility Transistors. From these measurements, the interface state density (Dit), the amount of border traps, and the threshold voltage (VTH) shift during a positive gate bias stress can be obtained. The results show that the VTH shift during a positive gate bias stress is highly correlated to not only interface states but also border traps in the dielectric. A physical model is proposed describing that electrons can be trapped by both interface states and border traps. Therefore, in order to minimize the VTH shift during a positive gate bias stress, the gate dielectric needs to have a lower interface state density and less border traps. However, the results also show that the commonly used frequency dependent conductance analysis technique to extract Dit needs to be cautiously used since the resulting value might be influenced by the border traps and, vice versa, i.e., the gm dispersion commonly attributed to border traps might be influenced by interface states.

  12. Fundamental studies of stress distributions and stress relaxation in oxide scales on high temperature alloys. Progress report

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    Shores, D.A.; Stout, J.H.; Gerberich, W.W.

    1992-06-01

    The high temperature X-ray diffraction system developed for this program is being used to measure the strains which develop during oxidation. This is being applied to Ni/NiO and Cr/Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Our work suggests tat the oxide and metal crystalline texture, anisotropic elastic modulus and anisotropic thermal expansion can have a pronounced effect on strain state of these systems. Acoustic emission is being used to study oxide scale failure (fracture) during oxidation. AE data from 304 stainless steel are being used to develop a statistical model of fracture process. Strength of metal/scale interface is an important property that has been difficult to quantify. Using Nano-indentation and scratch techniques developed for characterizing thin film interfaces, an effort has begun to measure the fracture toughness of the metal/scale interface. Mathematical modelling of origin and time evolution of growth stresses is an extension and improvement of previous models. The current effort employs a more sophisticated stress analysis and expands the scope to include other stress relaxation process. The interaction between the modeling studies and the X-ray diffraction measurements provides a natural credibility check to both efforts.

  13. HIGH TEMPERATURE STRESS ON FLORAL DEVELOPMENT AND YIELD OF COTTON

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    Because a number of reproductive processes must occur in highly concerted fashion during the progamic phase (from pollination to fertilization) for successful fertilization and seed production to occur, final yield in cotton is exceptionally sensitive to high temperatures during the flowering period...

  14. Heat Pipe Embedded AlSiC Plates for High Conductivity - Low CTE Heat Spreaders

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    Johnson, Matthew ); Weyant, J.; Garner, S. ); Occhionero, M. )

    2010-01-07

    Heat pipe embedded aluminum silicon carbide (AlSiC) plates are innovative heat spreaders that provide high thermal conductivity and low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE). Since heat pipes are two phase devices, they demonstrate effective thermal conductivities ranging between 50,000 and 200,000 W/m-K, depending on the heat pipe length. Installing heat pipes into an AlSiC plate dramatically increases the plate’s effective thermal conductivity. AlSiC plates alone have a thermal conductivity of roughly 200 W/m-K and a CTE ranging from 7-12 ppm/ deg C, similar to that of silicon. An equivalent sized heat pipe embedded AlSiC plate has effective thermal conductivity ranging from 400 to 500 W/m-K and retains the CTE of AlSiC.

  15. In situ stress measurement for MOVPE growth of high efficiency lattice-mismatched solar cells

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    Geisz, J. F.; Levander, A. X.; Norman, A. G.; Jones, K. M.; Romero, M. J.

    2008-04-01

    We have recently reported high efficiencies in a monolithic III-V triple-junction solar cell design that is grown inverted with a metamorphic 1.0 eV bottom In .27Ga .73As junction. The biaxial stress and strain grown into this highly lattice-mismatched junction can be controlled by varying the design of a step-graded Ga xIn 1-xP buffer layer, in which most, but not all, of the 1.9% misfit strain is relieved. A multi-beam optical stress sensor (MOSS) is a convenient tool for in situ measurement of stress during metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) for the optimization of solar cell performance. The analysis of stress from curvature data is complicated by significant temperature effects due to relatively small thermal gradients in our atmospheric-pressure MOVPE reactor. These temperature effects are discussed and approximations made to allow practical analysis of the data. The results show excellent performance of inverted In .27Ga .73As solar cells grown with slight compressive stress, but degradation under tensile stress. The best devices had a Voc of 0.54 V and a dislocation density in the low 10 6 cm -2. The in situ stress data is also compared with ex situ strain data derived from X-ray diffraction measurements.

  16. In-situ Stress Measurement of MOVPE Growth of High Efficiency Lattice-Mismatched Solar Cells

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    Geisz, J. F.; Levander, A. X.; Norman, A. G.; Jones, K. M.; Romero, M. J.

    2007-04-01

    We have recently reported high efficiencies in a monolithic III-V triple-junction solar cell design that is grown inverted with a metamorphic 1.0 eV bottom In{sub .27}Ga{sub .73}As junction. The biaxial stress and strain grown into this highly lattice-mismatched junction can be controlled by varying the design of a step-graded Ga{sub x}In{sub 1-x}P buffer layer, in which most, but not all, of the 1.9% misfit strain is relieved. A multi-beam optical stress sensor (MOSS) is a convenient tool for in situ measurement of stress during metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) for the optimization of solar cell performance. The analysis of stress from curvature data is complicated by significant temperature effects due to relatively small thermal gradients in our atmospheric-pressure MOVPE reactor. These temperature effects are discussed and approximations made to allow practical analysis of the data. The results show excellent performance of inverted In{sub .27}Ga{sub .73}. As solar cells grown with slight compressive stress, but degradation under tensile stress. The best devices had a V{sub oc} of 0.54 V and a dislocation density in the low 10{sup 6} cm{sup -2}. The in situ stress data is also compared with ex situ strain data derived from X-ray diffraction measurements.

  17. Life prediction of 808nm high power semiconductor laser by accelerated life test of constant current stress

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    Yao, Nan; Li, Wei; Zhao, Yihao; Zhong, Li; Liu, Suping; Ma, Xiaoyu

    2015-10-01

    High power semiconductor laser is widely used because of its high transformation efficiency, good working stability, compact volume and simple driving requirements. Laser's lifetime is very long, but tests at high levels of stress can speed up the failure process and shorten the times to failure significantly. So accelerated life test is used here for forecasting the lifetime of 808nm CW GaAs/AlGaAs high power semiconductor laser that has an output power of 1W under 1.04A. Accelerated life test of constant current stress based on the Inverse Power Law Relationship was designed. Tests were conducted under 1.3A, 1.6A and 1.9A at room temperature. It is the first time that this method is used in the domestic research of laser's lifetime prediction. Applying Weibull Distribution to describe the lifetime distribution and analyzing the data of times to failure, characteristics lifetime's functional relationship model with current is achieved. Then the characteristics lifetime under normal current is extrapolated, which is 9473h. Besides, to confirm the validity of the functional relationship model, we conduct an additional accelerated life test under 1.75A. Based on this experimental data we calculated the characteristics lifetime corresponding to 1.75A that is 171h, while the extrapolated characteristics lifetime from the former functional relationship model is 162h. The two results shows 5% deviation that is very low and acceptable, which indicates that the test design is reasonable and authentic.

  18. Development of a Fatigue Crack Growth Coupon for Highly Plastic Stress Conditions

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    Allen, Phillip A.; Aggarwal, Pravin K.; Swanson, Gregory R.

    2003-01-01

    The analytical approach used to develop a novel fatigue crack growth coupon for highly plastic stress field condition is presented in this paper. The flight hardware investigated is a large separation bolt that has a deep notch, which produces a large plastic zone at the notch root when highly loaded. Four test specimen configurations are analyzed in an attempt to match the elastic-plastic stress field and crack constraint conditions present in the separation bolt. Elastic-plastic finite element analysis is used to compare the stress fields and critical fracture parameters. Of the four test specimens analyzed, the modified double-edge notch tension - 3 (MDENT-3) most closely approximates the stress field, J values, and crack constraint conditions found in the flight hardware. The MDENT-3 is also most insensitive to load misalignment and/or load redistribution during crack growth.

  19. Measurement of residual stresses on ceramic materials with high spatial resolution

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    Kozaczek, K.J.; Ruud, C.O.; Fitting, J.D.

    1993-12-31

    A fast x-ray diffraction technique has been developed for measuring the residual stresses with high spatial resolution in ceramic materials. This resolution is limited by the mean size of grains and the radiation type. The effective diffraction elastic constants were experimentally determined for alumina as (E/l+{nu})){sub (1016)} = 200 GPa. The accuracy of XRD measurement of residual stresses with the spatial resolution of 170 {mu}m and precision {plus_minus} 15 MPa was verified experimentally by strain gauge measurements. The stress field around a singular Kovar pin brazed to alumina was asymmetric with high tangential stresses in the vicinity of the pin decreasing with the distance from the pin.

  20. New facility for neutron diffraction studies of residual stresses in highly radioactive materials in NPI ?ež

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    Lukáš, Petr; Vrána, Miroslav; Mikula, Pavel; Brožová, Anna; Ernestová, Miroslava

    2006-11-01

    A dedicated shielding box enabling safe manipulation with highly radioactive specimens was developed as an auxiliary equipment of neutron diffraction stress/strain scanners available in NPI ?ež. The box was designed to provide the following functions-an easy specimen installation in the hot cells, a remote control of specimen positioning, input and output beam shutters and collimators. Employing this facility, the stress mapping experiments on radioactive components can be then realized by means of the current stress/strain scanners. The results of testing experiments on the irradiated CT specimen of austenitic stainless steel are presented.

  1. Cast Aluminum Alloys for High Temperature Applications Using Nanoparticles Al2O3 and Al3-X Compounds (X = Ti, V, Zr)

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    Lee, Jonathan A.

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, the effect of nanoparticles Al2O3 and Al3-X compounds (X = Ti, V, Zr) on the improvement of mechanical properties of aluminum alloys for elevated temperature applications is presented. These nanoparticles were selected based on their low cost, chemical stability and low diffusions rates in aluminum at high temperatures. The strengthening mechanism at high temperature for aluminum alloy is based on the mechanical blocking of dislocation movements by these nanoparticles. For Al2O3 nanoparticles, the test samples were prepared from special Al2O3 preforms, which were produced using ceramic injection molding process and then pressure infiltrated by molten aluminum. In another method, Al2O3 nanoparticles can also be homogeneously mixed with fine aluminum powder and consolidated into test samples through hot pressing and sintering. With the Al3-X nanoparticles, the test samples are produced as precipitates from in-situ reactions with molten aluminum using conventional permanent mold or die casting techniques. It is found that cast aluminum alloy using nanoparticles Al3-X is the most cost effective method to produce high strength aluminum alloys for high temperature applications in comparison to nanoparticles Al2O3. Furthermore, significant mechanical properties retention in high temperature environment could be achieved with Al3-X nanoparticles, resulting in tensile strength of nearly 3 times higher than most 300- series conventional cast aluminum alloys tested at 600 F.

  2. Osmium Metal Studied under High Pressure and Nonhydrostatic Stress

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    Weinberger,M.; Tolbert, S.; Kavner, A.

    2008-01-01

    Interest in osmium as an ultra-incompressible material and as an analog for the behavior of iron at high pressure has inspired recent studies of its mechanical properties. We have measured elastic and plastic deformation of Os metal at high pressures using in situ high pressure x-ray diffraction in the radial geometry. We show that Os has the highest yield strength observed for any pure metal, supporting up to 10 GPa at a pressure of 26 GPa. Furthermore, our data indicate changes in the nonhydrostatic apparent c/a ratio and clear lattice preferred orientation effects at pressures above 15 GPa.

  3. Highly (111)-oriented Ge thin films on insulators formed by Al-induced crystallization

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    Toko, K.; Kurosawa, M.; Saitoh, N.; Yoshizawa, N.; Usami, N.; Miyao, M.; Suemasu, T.

    2012-08-01

    (111)-oriented Ge thin films on insulators are essential for advanced electronics and photovoltaic applications. We investigate Al-induced crystallization of amorphous-Ge films (50-nm thickness) on insulators focusing on the annealing temperature and the diffusion controlling process between Ge and Al. The (111)-orientation fraction of the grown Ge layer reaches as high as 99% by combining the low-temperature annealing (325 °C) and the native-oxidized Al (AlOx) diffusion-control layer. Moreover, the transmission electron microscopy reveals the absence of defects on the Ge surface. This (111)-oriented Ge on insulators promises to be the high-quality epitaxial template for various functional materials to achieve next-generation devices.

  4. Equation of State of an AlCoCrCuFeNi High-Entropy Alloy

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    Li, Gong; Xiao, Daihong; Yu, Pengfei; Zhang, Lijun; Liaw, Peter K.; Li, Yanchun; Liu, Riping

    2015-08-01

    The pressure-volume (P-V) relationship of the AlCoCrCuFeNi high-entropy alloy (HEA) at room temperature has been studied using in situ high-pressure energy-dispersive x-ray diffraction with synchrotron radiation at high pressures. The equation of state of the AlCoCrCuFeNi HEA is determined by the calculation of the radial distribution function. The experimental results indicate that the HEA keeps a stable face-centered-cubic + body-centered-cubic structure in the experimental pressure range from 0 GPa to 24 GPa.

  5. Pt-Al2O3 nanocoatings for high temperature concentrated solar thermal power applications

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    Nuru, Zebib. Y.; Arendse, C. J.; Nemutudi, R.; Nemraoui, O.; Maaza, M.

    2012-05-01

    Nano-phased structures based on metal-dielectric composites, also called cermets (ceramic-metal), are considered among the most effective spectral selective solar absorbers. For high temperature applications (stable up to 650 °C) noble metal nanoparticles and refractory oxide host matrices are ideal as per their high temperature chemical inertness and stability: Pt/Al2O3 cermet nano-composites are a representative family. This contribution reports on the optical properties of Pt/Al2O3 cermet nano-composites deposited in a multilayered tandem structure. The radio-frequency sputtering optimized Pt/Al2O3 solar absorbers consist of stainless steel substrate/ Mo coating layer/ Pt-Al2O3/ protective Al2O3 layer and stainless steel substrate/ Mo coating layer /Pt-Al2O3 for different composition and thickness of the Pt-Al2O3 cermet coatings. The microstructure, morphology, theoretical modeling and optical properties of the coatings were analyzed by the x-ray diffraction, atomic force, microscopy, effective medium approximation and UV-vis specular and diffuse reflectance.

  6. Thermal treatment and utilization of Al-rich waste in high calcium fly ash geopolymeric materials

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    Chindaprasirt, Prinya; Rattanasak, Ubolluk; Vongvoradit, Pimdao; Jenjirapanya, Supichart

    2012-09-01

    The Al-rich waste with aluminium and hydrocarbon as the major contaminant is generated at the wastewater treatment unit of a polymer processing plant. In this research, the heat treatment of this Al-rich waste and its use to adjust the silica/alumina ratio of the high calcium fly ash geopolymer were studied. To recycle the raw Al-rich waste, the waste was dried at 110°C and calcined at 400 to 1000°C. Mineralogical analyses were conducted using X-ray diffraction (XRD) to study the phase change. The increase in calcination temperature to 600, 800, and 1000°C resulted in the phase transformation. The more active alumina phase of active ?-Al2O3 was obtained with the increase in calcination temperature. The calcined Al-rich waste was then used as an additive to the fly ash geopolymer by mixing with high calcium fly ash, water glass, 10 M sodium hydroxide (NaOH), and sand. Test results indicated that the calcined Al-rich waste could be used as an aluminium source to adjust the silica/alumina ratio and the strength of geopolymeric materials. The fly ash geopolymer mortar with 2.5wt% of the Al-rich waste calcined at 1000°C possessed the 7-d compressive strength of 34.2 MPa.

  7. Derivation of Apollo 14 High-Al Basalts at Discrete Times: Rb-Sr Isotopic Constraints

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    Hui. Hejiu; Neal, Clive, R.; Shih, Chi-Yu; Nyquist, Laurence E.

    2012-01-01

    Pristine Apollo 14 (A-14) high-Al basalts represent the oldest volcanic deposits returned from the Moon [1,2] and are relatively enriched in Al2O3 (>11 wt%) compared to other mare basalts (7-11 wt%). Literature Rb-Sr isotopic data suggest there are at least three different eruption episodes for the A-14 high-Al basalts spanning the age range approx.4.3 Ga to approx.3.95 Ga [1,3]. Therefore, the high-Al basalts may record lunar mantle evolution between the formation of lunar crust (approx.4.4 Ga) and the main basin-filling mare volcanism (<3.85 Ga) [4]. The high-Al basalts were originally classified into five compositional groups [5,6], and then regrouped into three with a possible fourth comprising 14072 based on the whole-rock incompatible trace element (ITE) ratios and Rb-Sr radiometric ages [7]. However, Rb-Sr ages of these basalts from different laboratories may not be consistent with each other because of the use of different 87Rb decay constants [8] and different isochron derivation methods over the last four decades. This study involved a literature search for Rb-Sr isotopic data previously reported for the high-Al basalts. With the re-calculated Rb-Sr radiometric ages, eruption episodes of A-14 high-Al basalts were determined, and their petrogenesis was investigated in light of the "new" Rb-Sr isotopic data and published trace element abundances of these basalts.

  8. INFLUENCE OF HIGH ENERGY BALL MILLING ON REACTIVITY IN NI-AL

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    Mukasyan, Alexander

    :1 Ball (stainless steel) size 10 mm Total wt. of ball during milling 170g Rotational speed 300 rpmINFLUENCE OF HIGH ENERGY BALL MILLING ON REACTIVITY IN NI-AL GASLESS HETEROGENEOUS SYSTEM #12 at which the self-propagating reaction initiates. Microstructural control - high energy ball milling (HEBM

  9. Assessment of microalloying effects on the high temperature fatigue behavior of NiAl

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    Noebe, R. D.; Lerch, B. A.; Rao, K. B. S.

    1995-01-01

    Binary NiAl suffers from a lack of strength and poor creep properties at and above 1000 K. Poor creep resistance in turn affects low cycle fatigue (LCF) lives at low strain ranges due to the additional interactions of creep damage. One approach for improving these properties involved microalloying with either Zr or N. As an integral part of a much larger alloying program the low cycle fatigue behavior of Zr and N doped nickel aluminides produced by extrusion of prealloyed powders has been investigated. Strain controlled LCF tests were performed in air at 1000 K. The influence of these microalloying additions on the fatigue life and cyclic stress response of polycrystalline NiAl are discussed.

  10. High extensibility of stress fibers revealed by in vitro micromanipulation with fluorescence imaging

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    Matsui, Tsubasa S.; Sato, Masaaki; Department of Bioengineering and Robotics, Tohoku University ; Deguchi, Shinji

    2013-05-10

    Highlights: •We isolate contractile stress fibers from vascular smooth muscle cells. •We measure the extensibility of individual stress fibers. •We present the first direct evidence that individual stress fibers are highly extensible. •We quantitatively determine the local strain along the length of stress fibers. •The high extensibility we found is beyond that explained by a conventional model. -- Abstract: Stress fibers (SFs), subcellular bundles of actin and myosin filaments, are physically connected at their ends to cell adhesions. The intracellular force transmitted via SFs plays an essential role in cell adhesion regulation and downstream signaling. However, biophysical properties intrinsic to individual SFs remain poorly understood partly because SFs are surrounded by other cytoplasmic components that restrict the deformation of the embedded materials. To characterize their inherent properties independent of other structural components, we isolated SFs from vascular smooth muscle cells and mechanically stretched them by in vitro manipulation while visualizing strain with fluorescent quantum dots attached along their length. SFs were elongated along their entire length, with the length being approximately 4-fold of the stress-free length. This surprisingly high extensibility was beyond that explained by the tandem connection of actin filaments and myosin II bipolar filaments present in SFs, thus suggesting the involvement of other structural components in their passive biophysical properties.

  11. AlGaAs/GaAs photovoltaic converters for high power narrowband radiation

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    Khvostikov, Vladimir; Kalyuzhnyy, Nikolay; Mintairov, Sergey; Potapovich, Nataliia; Shvarts, Maxim; Sorokina, Svetlana; Luque, Antonio; Andreev, Viacheslav

    2014-09-01

    AlGaAs/GaAs-based laser power PV converters intended for operation with high-power (up to 100 W/cm2) radiation were fabricated by LPE and MOCVD techniques. Monochromatic (? = 809 nm) conversion efficiency up to 60% was measured at cells with back surface field and low (x = 0.2) Al concentration 'window'. Modules with a voltage of 4 V and the efficiency of 56% were designed and fabricated.

  12. AlGaAs/GaAs photovoltaic converters for high power narrowband radiation

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    Khvostikov, Vladimir; Kalyuzhnyy, Nikolay; Mintairov, Sergey; Potapovich, Nataliia; Shvarts, Maxim; Sorokina, Svetlana; Andreev, Viacheslav; Luque, Antonio

    2014-09-26

    AlGaAs/GaAs-based laser power PV converters intended for operation with high-power (up to 100 W/cm{sup 2}) radiation were fabricated by LPE and MOCVD techniques. Monochromatic (? = 809 nm) conversion efficiency up to 60% was measured at cells with back surface field and low (x = 0.2) Al concentration 'window'. Modules with a voltage of 4 V and the efficiency of 56% were designed and fabricated.

  13. Traps and defects in pre- and post-proton irradiated AlGaN-GaN high electron mobility transistors and AlGaN Schottky diodes

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    Sin, Yongkun; Foran, Brendan; Presser, Nathan; LaLumondiere, Stephen; Lotshaw, William; Moss, Steven C.

    2013-03-01

    High electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) based on AlGaN-GaN hetero-structures are promising for both commercial and military applications that require high voltage, high power, and high efficiency operation. Study of reliability and radiation effects of AlGaN-GaN HEMTs is necessary before solid state power amplifiers based on GaN HEMT technology are successfully deployed in satellite communication systems. Several AlGaN HEMT manufacturers have recently reported encouraging reliability data, but long-term reliability of these devices in the space environment still remains a major concern because a large number of traps and defects are present both in the bulk as well as at the surface leading to undesirable characteristics. This study is to investigate the effects of the AlGaN-GaN HEMTs and AlGaN Schottky diodes irradiated with protons.

  14. Effect of nitrogen high temperature plasma based ion implantation on the creep behavior of Ti-6Al-4V alloy

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    Oliveira, A. C.; Oliveira, R. M.; Reis, D. A. P.; Carreri, F. C.

    2014-08-01

    Nitrogen high temperature plasma based ion implantation (HTPBII) performed on Ti-6Al-4V significantly improved the creep behavior of the alloy. Treatments were performed for 1 h at a working pressure of 4 mbar and negative high voltage pulses of 7.5 kV, 30 ?s and 500 Hz were applied on the specimens heated at 800 °C and 900 °C, respectively. Microstructural characterization of the treated samples revealed the formation of nitrided layers, with simultaneous formation of TiN and Ti2N. The most intense peaks of these compounds were obtained at higher treatment temperature, probably due to the diffusion of nitrogen into titanium. The presence of nitrides caused surface hardening up to three times higher in comparison with untreated alloy. Constant load creep tests were conducted on a standard creep machine in air atmosphere, at stress level of 319 MPa at 600 °C. Significant reductions of the steady-state creep rates (?) were measured for martensitic Ti-6Al-4V treated by nitrogen HTPBII, reaching minimum creep rates of 0.0318 h-1 in comparison with 0.1938 h-1 for untreated sample. The improvement of the creep resistance seems to be associated with the formation of a thick nitrided layer, which acts as a barrier to oxygen diffusion into the material. In addition, the increase of the grain size generated by the heating of the substrate during the treatment can affect some creep mechanisms, leading to a significant reduction of ?.

  15. Osmium Metal Studied under High Pressure and Nonhydrostatic Stress Michelle B. Weinberger,1,

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    Tolbert, Sarah

    Osmium Metal Studied under High Pressure and Nonhydrostatic Stress Michelle B. Weinberger,1, Sarah) Interest in osmium as an ultra-incompressible material and as an analog for the behavior of iron at high with other mechanical properties, particularly bulk modulus, have resulted in significant interest in osmium

  16. A Comprehensive Analysis of the Combined Effects of High Light and High Temperature Stresses on Gene Expression in Sunflower

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    Hewezi, Tarek; Léger, Mathieu; Gentzbittel, Laurent

    2008-01-01

    Background and Aims Although high light (HL) and high temperature (HT) stresses have been extensively investigated, a global analysis of their combined effects on the transcriptome of any plant species has not yet been described. Sunflower is an agronomically important oil crop frequently subjected to these stress factors. Because results in model plants may not always translate well to crop plants, responses of sunflower (Helianthus annuus) to HL, HT and a combination of both stresses were analysed by profiling gene expression in leaves and immature seeds. Methods Plants were grown in HL (600 µE m?2 s?1), HT (35 °C) and a combination of HL and HT (HL + HT), and gene expression in leaves and immature seeds was profiled using cDNA microarrays containing more than 8000 putative unigenes. Key Results Using two-way analysis of variance, 105, 55 and 129 cDNA clones were identified showing significant changes in steady-state transcript levels, across the two tissues, in response to HL, HT and HL + HT, respectively. A significant number of these transcripts were found to be specific to each stress. Comparing gene expression profiles between leaves and immature seeds revealed that 89, 113 and 186 cDNA clones can be considered as differentially expressed in response to HL, HT and HL + HT, respectively. More than half of the cDNA clones showing significant differences between embryo and leaf tissues in response to HL + HT were specific to this stress. Significant differences between leaves and seeds shared by all three stress treatments were observed for only eight genes. Conclusions Taken together, these results indicate that vegetative and reproductive tissues employ different transcriptome responses to these stress treatments. Careful examination of the putative functions of these genes revealed novel and specific responses. The potential roles of many of the differentially expressed genes in stress tolerance are mentioned and discussed. PMID:18477560

  17. Acute Stress Induces Hyperacusis in Women with High Levels of Emotional Exhaustion

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    Hasson, Dan; Theorell, Töres; Bergquist, Jonas; Canlon, Barbara

    2013-01-01

    Background Hearing problems is one of the top ten public health disorders in the general population and there is a well-established relationship between stress and hearing problems. The aim of the present study was to explore if an acute stress will increase auditory sensitivity (hyperacusis) in individuals with high levels of emotional exhaustion (EE). Methods Hyperacusis was assessed using uncomfortable loudness levels (ULL) in 348 individuals (140 men; 208 women; age 23–71 years). Multivariate analyses (ordered logistic regression), were used to calculate odds ratios, including interacting or confounding effects of age, gender, ear wax and hearing loss (PTA). Two-way ANCOVAs were used to assess possible differences in mean ULLs between EE groups pre- and post-acute stress task (a combination of cold pressor, emotional Stroop and Social stress/video recording). Results There were no baseline differences in mean ULLs between the three EE groups (one-way ANOVA). However, after the acute stress exposure there were significant differences in ULL means between the EE-groups in women. Post-hoc analyses showed that the differences in mean ULLs were between those with high vs. low EE (range 5.5–6.5 dB). Similar results were found for frequencies 0.5 and 1 kHz. The results demonstrate that women with high EE-levels display hyperacusis after an acute stress task. The odds of having hyperacusis were 2.5 (2 kHz, right ear; left ns) and 2.2 (4 kHz, right ear; left ns) times higher among those with high EE compared to those with low levels. All these results are adjusted for age, hearing loss and ear wax. Conclusion Women with high levels of emotional exhaustion become more sensitive to sound after an acute stress task. This novel finding highlights the importance of including emotional exhaustion in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing problems. PMID:23301005

  18. High Susceptibility to Stress Associated with Increased Value-Driven Attentional Capture.

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    Palmer, Evan; Miranda, Andrew; Chaparro, Maria; Hood, Amanda; Keebler, Joseph

    2015-09-01

    In this study, we are seeking to identify factors predicting value-driven attentional capture in the normal population. Previous research has shown that high levels of stress lead to addictive behaviors such as substance abuse (Sinha, 2001), and also that recovering substance abuse addicts show more attentional capture for rewarded stimuli than the normal population (Anderson, Faulkner, Rilee, Yantis, & Marvel, 2013). We hypothesized that there may be a relationship between susceptibility to stress and potential for attentional capture from rewarded stimuli in the normal (non-clinical) population. A sample of over 450 participants filled out the Susceptibility to Stress scale (Miller, Smith, & Mehler, 1988) online and 23 also independently participated in a gamified visual search training experiment which has previously been shown to lead to value-driven attentional capture (Miranda & Palmer, 2014). Results indicate that higher scores on the Susceptibility to Stress scale were associated with larger amounts of attentional capture for both the low-reward (r2 = .24, F(1,21) = 6.54, p < .05) and high-reward (r2 = .19, F(1,21) = 5.05, p < .05) conditions. Therefore, individuals with high stress susceptibility may be more vulnerable to reward-system engagement. These findings also coincide with previous research demonstrating that stressful conditions can lead to an increase in dopamine levels in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), which disrupts PFC regulation and thereby the executive control of attention, producing more bottom-up and less top-down attentional control (Arnsten, 2009). We hypothesize that individuals with greater stress susceptibility may have an overactive dopamine presence in the PFC leading to greater attentional capture from previously rewarded stimuli. We are currently investigating the relationship between participants' current stress levels and the amount of attentional capture they exhibit. Meeting abstract presented at VSS 2015. PMID:26327034

  19. Surface Thiolation of Al Microspheres to Deposite Thin and Compact Ag Shells for High Conductivity.

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    Wang, Yilong; Wen, Jianghong; Zhao, Suling; Chen, Zhihong; Ren, Ke; Sun, Jie; Guan, Jianguo

    2015-12-15

    In this work, we have demonstrated a method for controllable thiolated functionalization coupled with electroless silver plating to achieve aluminum@silver (Al@Ag) core-shell composite particles with thin and compact layers. First, Al microspheres were functionalized by a well-known polymerizable silane coupling agent, i.e., 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS). Decreasing the ethanol-to-water volume ratio (F) in silane solution produces modification films with high content of thiol groups on Al microspheres, owing to the dehydration of silane molecules with hydroxyl groups on Al microspheres and self-polymerization of silane molecules. Then, ethanol was used as one of the solvents to play a major role in the uniform dispersion of silane coupling agent in the solution, resulting in uniformly distributing and covalently attaching thiol groups on Al microspheres. In electroless silver plating, thiol groups being densely grafted on the surface of Al microspheres favor the heterogeneous nucleation of Ag, since the thiol group can firmly bind with Ag(+) and enable the in situ reduction by the reducing reagent. In this manner, dense Ag nuclei tend to produce thin and compact silver shells on the Al microspheres surfaces. The as-obtained Al@Ag core-shell composite particles show a resistivity as low as (8.58 ± 0.07) × 10(-5) ?·cm even when the Ag content is as low as 15.46 wt %. Therefore, the as-obtained Al@Ag core-shell composite particles have advantages of low weight, low silver content and high conductivity, which could make it a promising candidate for application in conductive and electromagnetic shielding composite materials. PMID:26574653

  20. High-pressure synthesis and superconductivity of the Laves phase compound Ca(Al,Si)2 composed of truncated tetrahedral cages Ca@(Al,Si))12.

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    Tanaka, Masashi; Zhang, Shuai; Inumaru, Kei; Yamanaka, Shoji

    2013-05-20

    The Zintl compound CaAl2Si2 peritectically decomposes to a new ternary cubic Laves phase Ca(Al,Si)2 and an Al-Si eutectic at temperatures above 750 °C under a pressure of 13 GPa. The ternary Laves phase compound can also be prepared as solid solutions Ca(Al(1-x)Si(x))2 (0.35 ? x ? 0.75) directly from the ternary mixtures under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions. The cubic Laves phase structure can be regarded as a type of clathrate compound composed of face-sharing truncated tetrahedral cages with Ca atoms at the center, Ca@(Al,Si)12. The compound with a stoichiometric composition CaAlSi exhibits superconductivity with a transition temperature of 2.6 K. This is the first superconducting Laves phase compound composed solely of commonly found elements. PMID:23654286

  1. Micromachined stress-free TSV hole for AlGaN/GaN-on-Si (1?1?1) platform-based devices

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    Ko, Sang Choon; Min, Byoung-Gue; Park, Young-Rak; Kim, Jung-Jin; Sung, Ho Kun; Mun, Jae Kyoung; Nam, Eun Soo

    2013-03-01

    This paper presents a micromachined stress-free through silicon via (TSV) backend process for AlGaN/GaN-on-Si (1?1?1) platform-based devices, which was processed by assisted back grinding, chemical mechanical polishing, deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) and copper (Cu) electroplating for the TSV. The metal-filled TSV structure was formed to enhance thermal conduction from the frontend terminal to the backend terminal, especially the source region of the AlGaN/GaN-on-Si (1?1?1) platform-based RF power devices. At the end of a stress-free TSV dry etching process, we have changed RF power 600 W to 300 W to minimize thermal stress of the fabricated TSV electrode pad structure of the AlGaN/GaN-on-Si platform-based devices. Additionally, we have sputtered a multi-metal layer and electroplated Cu metal to interconnect a topside electrode to TSV. To protect the thinned TSV electrode pad structure from water pressure in a sawing process, we have covered photoresist (AZ4330RS) of 3.3 µm thickness on the top area of the structures. We confirmed that the proposed TSV formation method assisted by low-power operation DRIE and protection of the thinned TSV surface by using the thick photoresist is very effective to create minimally stressed TSV structures in AlGaN/GaN-on-Si platform-based devices. The improvement was proved by the yield of dice without bursting the pad structures on a 4 inch AlGaN/GaN-on-Si wafer.

  2. Highly precise quantification of protein molecules per cell during stress and starvation responses in Bacillus subtilis.

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    Maa?, Sandra; Wachlin, Gerhild; Bernhardt, Jörg; Eymann, Christine; Fromion, Vincent; Riedel, Katharina; Becher, Dörte; Hecker, Michael

    2014-09-01

    Systems biology based on high quality absolute quantification data, which are mandatory for the simulation of biological processes, successively becomes important for life sciences. We provide protein concentrations on the level of molecules per cell for more than 700 cytosolic proteins of the Gram-positive model bacterium Bacillus subtilis during adaptation to changing growth conditions. As glucose starvation and heat stress are typical challenges in B. subtilis' natural environment and induce both, specific and general stress and starvation proteins, these conditions were selected as models for starvation and stress responses. Analyzing samples from numerous time points along the bacterial growth curve yielded reliable and physiologically relevant data suitable for modeling of cellular regulation under altered growth conditions. The analysis of the adaptational processes based on protein molecules per cell revealed stress-specific modulation of general adaptive responses in terms of protein amount and proteome composition. Furthermore, analysis of protein repartition during glucose starvation showed that biomass seems to be redistributed from proteins involved in amino acid biosynthesis to enzymes of the central carbon metabolism. In contrast, during heat stress most resources of the cell, namely those from amino acid synthetic pathways, are used to increase the amount of chaperones and proteases. Analysis of dynamical aspects of protein synthesis during heat stress adaptation revealed, that these proteins make up almost 30% of the protein mass accumulated during early phases of this stress. PMID:24878497

  3. Highly Precise Quantification of Protein Molecules per Cell During Stress and Starvation Responses in Bacillus subtilis *

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    Maa?, Sandra; Wachlin, Gerhild; Bernhardt, Jörg; Eymann, Christine; Fromion, Vincent; Riedel, Katharina; Becher, Dörte; Hecker, Michael

    2014-01-01

    Systems biology based on high quality absolute quantification data, which are mandatory for the simulation of biological processes, successively becomes important for life sciences. We provide protein concentrations on the level of molecules per cell for more than 700 cytosolic proteins of the Gram-positive model bacterium Bacillus subtilis during adaptation to changing growth conditions. As glucose starvation and heat stress are typical challenges in B. subtilis' natural environment and induce both, specific and general stress and starvation proteins, these conditions were selected as models for starvation and stress responses. Analyzing samples from numerous time points along the bacterial growth curve yielded reliable and physiologically relevant data suitable for modeling of cellular regulation under altered growth conditions. The analysis of the adaptational processes based on protein molecules per cell revealed stress-specific modulation of general adaptive responses in terms of protein amount and proteome composition. Furthermore, analysis of protein repartition during glucose starvation showed that biomass seems to be redistributed from proteins involved in amino acid biosynthesis to enzymes of the central carbon metabolism. In contrast, during heat stress most resources of the cell, namely those from amino acid synthetic pathways, are used to increase the amount of chaperones and proteases. Analysis of dynamical aspects of protein synthesis during heat stress adaptation revealed, that these proteins make up almost 30% of the protein mass accumulated during early phases of this stress. PMID:24878497

  4. High temperature stability, interface bonding, and mechanical behavior in (beta)-NiAl and Ni3Al matrix composites with reinforcements modified by ion beam enhanced deposition

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    Grummon, D. S.

    1993-01-01

    Diffusion-bonded NiAl-Al2O3 and Ni3Al-Al2O3 couples were thermally fatigued at 900 C for 1500 and 3500 cycles. The fiber-matrix interface weakened after 3500 cycles for the Saphikon fibers, while the Altex, PRD-166, and FP fibers showed little, if any, degradation. Diffusion bonding of fibers to Nb matrix is being studied. Coating the fibers slightly increases the tensile strength and has a rule-of-mixtures effect on elastic modulus. Push-out tests on Sumitomo and FP fibers in Ni aluminide matrices were repeated. Al2O3 was evaporated directly from pure oxide rod onto acoustically levitated Si carbide particles, using a down-firing, rod-fed electron beam hearth; superior coatings were subsequently produced using concurrent irradiation with 200-eV argon ion-assist beam. The assist beam produced adherent films with reduced tensile stresses. In diffusion bonding in B-doped Ni3Al matrices subjected to compressive bonding at 40 MPa at 1100 C for 1 hr, the diffusion barriers failed to prevent catastrophic particle-matrix reaction, probably because of inadequate film quality. AlN coatings are currently being experimented with, produced by both reactive evaporation and by N(+)-ion enhanced deposition. A 3-kW rod-fed electron-beam-heated evaporation source has been brought into operation.

  5. An Electrochemical Framework to Explain Intergranular Stress Corrosion Cracking in an Al-5.4%Cu-0.5%Mg-0.5%Ag Alloy

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    Little, D. A.; Connolly, B. J.; Scully, J. R.

    2001-01-01

    A modified version of the Cu-depletion electrochemical framework was used to explain the metallurgical factor creating intergranular stress corrosion cracking susceptibility in an aged Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloy, C416. This framework was also used to explain the increased resistance to intergranular stress corrosion cracking in the overaged temper. Susceptibility in the under aged and T8 condition is consistent with the grain boundary Cu-depletion mechanism. Improvements in resistance of the T8+ thermal exposure of 5000 h at 225 F (T8+) compared to the T8 condition can be explained by depletion of Cu from solid solution.

  6. ER Stress Mediates TiAl6V4 Particle-Induced Peri-Implant Osteolysis by Promoting RANKL Expression in Fibroblasts

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    Wang, Zhenheng; Liu, Naicheng; Shi, Tongguo; Zhou, Gang; Wang, Zhenzhen; Gan, Jingjing; Guo, Ting; Qian, Hongbo; Bao, Nirong; Zhao, Jianning

    2015-01-01

    Wear particle-induced osteolysis is a major cause of aseptic loosening, which is one of the most common reasons for total hip arthroplasty (THA) failure. Previous studies have shown that the synovial fibroblasts present in the periprosthetic membrane are important targets of wear debris during osteolysis. However, the interaction mechanisms between the wear debris and fibroblasts remain largely unknown. In the present study, we investigated the effect of ER (endoplasmic reticulum) stress induced by TiAl6V4 particles (TiPs) in human synovial fibroblasts and calvarial resorption animal models. The expression of ER stress markers, including IRE1-?, GRP78/Bip and CHOP, were determined by western blot in fibroblasts that had been treated with TiPs for various times and concentration. To address whether ER stress was involved in the expression of RANKL, the effects of ER stress blockers (including 4-PBA and TUDCA) on the expression of RANKL in TiPs-treated fibroblasts were examined by real-time PCR, western blot and ELISA. Osteoclastogenesis was assessed by tartrate resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) staining. Our study demonstrated that ER stress markers were markedly upregulated in TiPs-treated fibroblasts. Blocking ER stress significantly reduced the TiPs-induced expression of RANKL both in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, the inhibition of ER stress ameliorated wear particle-induced osteolysis in animal models. Taken together, these results suggested that the expression of RANKL induced by TiPs was mediated by ER stress in fibroblasts. Therefore, down regulating the ER stress of fibroblasts represents a potential therapeutic approach for wear particle-induced periprosthetic osteolysis. PMID:26366858

  7. ER Stress Mediates TiAl6V4 Particle-Induced Peri-Implant Osteolysis by Promoting RANKL Expression in Fibroblasts.

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    Wang, Zhenheng; Liu, Naicheng; Shi, Tongguo; Zhou, Gang; Wang, Zhenzhen; Gan, Jingjing; Guo, Ting; Qian, Hongbo; Bao, Nirong; Zhao, Jianning

    2015-01-01

    Wear particle-induced osteolysis is a major cause of aseptic loosening, which is one of the most common reasons for total hip arthroplasty (THA) failure. Previous studies have shown that the synovial fibroblasts present in the periprosthetic membrane are important targets of wear debris during osteolysis. However, the interaction mechanisms between the wear debris and fibroblasts remain largely unknown. In the present study, we investigated the effect of ER (endoplasmic reticulum) stress induced by TiAl6V4 particles (TiPs) in human synovial fibroblasts and calvarial resorption animal models. The expression of ER stress markers, including IRE1-?, GRP78/Bip and CHOP, were determined by western blot in fibroblasts that had been treated with TiPs for various times and concentration. To address whether ER stress was involved in the expression of RANKL, the effects of ER stress blockers (including 4-PBA and TUDCA) on the expression of RANKL in TiPs-treated fibroblasts were examined by real-time PCR, western blot and ELISA. Osteoclastogenesis was assessed by tartrate resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) staining. Our study demonstrated that ER stress markers were markedly upregulated in TiPs-treated fibroblasts. Blocking ER stress significantly reduced the TiPs-induced expression of RANKL both in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, the inhibition of ER stress ameliorated wear particle-induced osteolysis in animal models. Taken together, these results suggested that the expression of RANKL induced by TiPs was mediated by ER stress in fibroblasts. Therefore, down regulating the ER stress of fibroblasts represents a potential therapeutic approach for wear particle-induced periprosthetic osteolysis. PMID:26366858

  8. Quantification of Shear-Induced Platelet Activation: High Shear Stresses for Short Exposure Time.

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    Ding, Jun; Chen, Zengsheng; Niu, Shuqiong; Zhang, Jiafeng; Mondal, Nandan K; Griffith, Bartley P; Wu, Zhongjun J

    2015-07-01

    Thrombosis and thromboembolism are the life-threatening clinical complications for patients supported or treated with prosthetic cardiovascular devices. The high mechanical shear stress within these devices is believed to be the major contributing factor to cause platelet activation (PA) and function alteration, leading to thrombotic events. There have been limited quantitative data on how the high mechanical shear stress causes platelet activation. In this study, shear-induced PA in the ranges of well-defined shear stress and exposure time relevant to cardiovascular devices was quantitatively characterized for human blood using two novel flow-through Couette-type blood shearing devices. Four markers of platelet activation-surface P-selectin (CD62p), platelet-derived microparticles (PMPs), platelet-monocyte aggregation (PMA), and soluble P-selectin-were measured by flow cytometry and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), respectively. The results indicated that PA induced by high shear stresses with short exposure time could be reliably detected with surface P-selectin, and, to a lesser extent, PMPs rather than soluble P-selectin. It was also verified that PMA can be a highly sensitive indirect marker of platelet activation. The quantitative relationship between percentage of activated platelets indicated by surface P-selectin expression and shear stress/exposure time follows well the power law functional form. The coefficients of the power law models of PA based on surface P-selectin expression were derived. PMID:25808300

  9. High Compressive Stresses Near the Surface of the Sierra Nevada, California

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    Martel, S. J.; Logan, J. M.; Stock, G. M.

    2012-12-01

    Observations and stress measurements in granitic rocks of the Sierra Nevada, California reveal strong compressive stresses parallel to the surface of the range at shallow depths. New overcoring measurements show high compressive stresses at three locations along an east-west transect through Yosemite National Park. At the westernmost site (west end of Tenaya Lake), the mean compressive stress is 1.9. At the middle site (north shore of Tenaya Lake) the mean compressive stress is 6.8 MPa. At the easternmost site (south side of Lembert Dome) the mean compressive stress is 3.0 MPa. The trend of the most compressive stress at these sites is within ~30° of the strike of the local topographic surface. Previously published hydraulic fracturing measurements by others elsewhere in the Sierra Nevada indicate surface-parallel compressive stresses of several MPa within several tens of meters of the surface, with the stress magnitudes generally diminishing to the west. Both the new and the previously published compressive stress magnitudes are consistent with the presence of sheeting joints (i.e., "exfoliation joints") in the Sierra Nevada, which require lateral compressive stresses of several MPa to form. These fractures are widespread: they are distributed in granitic rocks from the north end of the range to its southern tip and across the width of the range. Uplift along the normal faults of the eastern escarpment, recently measured by others at ~1-2 mm/yr, probably contributes to these stresses substantially. Geodetic surveys reveal that normal faulting flexes a range concave upwards in response to fault slip, and this flexure is predicted by elastic dislocation models. The topographic relief of the eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada is 2-4 km, and since alluvial fill generally buries the bedrock east of the faults, the offset of granitic rocks is at least that much. Compressive stresses of several MPa are predicted by elastic dislocation models of the range front faults of the eastern Sierra Nevada for as little as 100m of slip. The compression is consistent with a concave up flexure of the surface of the range. Conversely, elastic models also predict that markedly lower compressive stresses or even a tension would exist on exposed bedrock on the down-dropped hanging wall east of the range front faults. To test this prediction, we measured stresses at a fourth site, in the granitic rock of the Aeolian Buttes, which is east of the range front faults. The mean compressive stress there is 0.26 MPa, more than an order of magnitude less than the average at the three Yosemite sites. The measured stress magnitudes near the topographic surface of the Sierra, the distribution of sheeting joints west of the range front faults, and elastic model predictions are broadly consistent and indicate that the high compressive stresses at the surface of the Sierra Nevada are largely associated with uplift of the range, although other contributions cannot be excluded.

  10. Highly cooperative stress relaxation in two-dimensional soft colloidal crystals

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    B. van der Meer; W. Qi; R. Fokkink; J. van der Gucht; M. Dijkstra; J. Sprakel

    2014-06-19

    Stress relaxation in crystalline solids is mediated by the formation and diffusion of defects. While it is well established how externally-generated stresses relax, through the proliferation and motion of dislocations in the lattice, it remains relatively unknown how crystals cope with internal stresses. We investigate, both experimentally and in simulations, how highly localized stresses relax in two-dimensional soft colloidal crystals. When a single particle is actively excited, by means of optical tweezing, a rich variety of highly collective stress relaxation mechanisms results. These manifest in the form of open strings of cooperatively moving particles through the motion of dissociated vacancy-interstitial pairs, and closed loops of mobile particles, which either result from cooperative rotations in transiently generated circular grain boundaries or through the closure of an open string by annihilation of a vacancy-interstitial pair. Surprisingly, we find that the same collective events occur in crystals which are excited by thermal fluctuations alone; a large thermal agitation inside the crystal lattice can trigger the irreversible displacements of hundreds of particles. Our results illustrate how local stresses can induce large scale cooperative dynamics in two-dimensional soft colloidal crystals and shed new light on the stabilisation mechanisms in ultrasoft crystals.

  11. Highly cooperative stress relaxation in two-dimensional soft colloidal crystals

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    van der Meer, Berend; Qi, Weikai; Fokkink, Remco G.; van der Gucht, Jasper; Dijkstra, Marjolein; Sprakel, Joris

    2014-01-01

    Stress relaxation in crystalline solids is mediated by the formation and diffusion of defects. Although it is well established how externally generated stresses relax, through the proliferation and motion of dislocations in the lattice, it remains relatively unknown how crystals cope with internal stresses. We investigate, both experimentally and in simulations, how highly localized stresses relax in 2D soft colloidal crystals. When a single particle is actively excited, by means of optical tweezing, a rich variety of highly collective stress relaxation mechanisms results. These relaxation processes manifest in the form of open strings of cooperatively moving particles through the motion of dissociated vacancy-interstitial pairs, and closed loops of mobile particles, which either result from cooperative rotations in transiently generated circular grain boundaries or through the closure of an open string by annihilation of a vacancy-interstitial pair. Surprisingly, we find that the same collective events occur in crystals that are excited by thermal fluctuations alone; a large thermal agitation inside the crystal lattice can trigger the irreversible displacements of hundreds of particles. Our results illustrate how local stresses can induce large-scale cooperative dynamics in 2D soft colloidal crystals and shed light on the stabilization mechanisms in ultrasoft crystals. PMID:25319262

  12. [Analysis of Electric Stress in Human Head in High-frequency Low-power Electromagnetic Environment].

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    Zhou, Yongjun; Zhang, Hui; Niu, Zhongqi

    2015-04-01

    Action of electromagnetic radiation exerting on human body has been a concerned issue for people. Because electromagnetic waves could generate an electric stress in a discontinuous medium, we used the finite difference time domain (FDTD) as calculation methods to calculate the electric stress and its distribution in human head caused by high-frequency low-power electromagnetic environment, which was generated by dual-band (900 MHz and 1 800 MHz) PIFA antennas with radiated power 1 W, and we then performed the safety evaluation of cell phone radiation from the angle whether the electric stress further reached the human hearing threshold. The result showed that there existed the electric stress at the interface of different permittivity organization caused by the two kinds of high-frequency low-power electromagnetic environment and the maximum electric stress was located at the interface between skin and air of the phone side, and the electric stress peak at skull did not reach the threshold of auditory caused by bone tissue conduction so that it can not produce auditory effects. PMID:26211243

  13. Piriformospora indica rescues growth diminution of rice seedlings during high salt stress.

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    Jogawat, Abhimanyu; Saha, Shreya; Bakshi, Madhunita; Dayaman, Vikram; Kumar, Manoj; Dua, Meenakshi; Varma, Ajit; Oelmüller, Ralf; Tuteja, Narendra; Johri, Atul Kumar

    2013-10-01

    Piriformospora indica association has been reported to increase biotic as well as abiotic stress tolerance of its host plants. We analyzed the beneficial effect of P. indica association on rice seedlings during high salt stress conditions (200 and 300 mM NaCl). The growth parameters of rice seedlings such as root and shoot lengths or fresh and dry weights were found to be enhanced in P. indica-inoculated rice seedlings as compared with non-inoculated control seedlings, irrespective of whether they are exposed to salt stress or not. However, salt-stressed seedlings performed much better in the presence of the fungus compared with non-inoculated control seedlings. The photosynthetic pigment content [chlorophyll (Chl) a, Chl b, and carotenoids] was significantly higher in P. indica-inoculated rice seedlings under high salt stress conditions as compared with salt-treated non-inoculated rice seedlings, in which these pigments were found to be decreased. Proline accumulation was also observed during P. indica colonization, which may help the inoculated plants to become salt tolerant. Taken together, P. indica rescues growth diminution of rice seedlings under salt stress. PMID:24494239

  14. Control of Al2O3/InAlN interface by two-step atomic layer deposition combined with high-temperature annealing

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    Nakano, Takuma; Chiba, Masahito; Akazawa, Masamichi

    2014-04-01

    An attempt was made to control the Al2O3/InAlN interface by the phase change of the Al2O3 layer formed by atomic layer deposition (ALD). The electrical properties of an InAlN metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) diode with a sufficiently thick ALD-Al2O3 layer deteriorated following conventional postdeposition annealing (PDA) at 850 °C, which is sufficiently high for microcrystallization of the ALD-Al2O3 layer. However, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy showed no evidence of an interface disorder in the ultrathin ALD-Al2O3/InAlN structure annealed at 850 °C. Two-step ALD interrupted by annealing at 850 °C right after the formation of the initial ultrathin Al2O3 layer improved the electrical properties of the MOS diode with reduced interface state density (Dit) and leakage current. A weak crystallization of the ultrathin Al2O3 layer was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. Improvement of the interface disorder by high-temperature annealing is discussed as the origin of the Dit reduction.

  15. Process for fabricating high reflectance-low stress Mo--Si multilayer reflective coatings

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    Montcalm, Claude (Livermore, CA); Mirkarimi, Paul B. (Sunol, CA)

    2001-01-01

    A high reflectance-low stress Mo--Si multilayer reflective coating particularly useful for the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) wavelength region. While the multilayer reflective coating has particular application for EUV lithography, it has numerous other applications where high reflectance and low stress multilayer coatings are utilized. Multilayer coatings having high near-normal incidence reflectance (R.gtoreq.65%) and low residual stress (.ltoreq.100 MPa) have been produced using thermal and non-thermal approaches. The thermal approach involves heating the multilayer coating to a given temperature for a given time after deposition in order to induce structural changes in the multilayer coating that will have an overall "relaxation" effect without reducing the reflectance significantly.

  16. High reflectance-low stress Mo-Si multilayer reflective coatings

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    Montcalm, Claude (Livermore, CA); Mirkarimi, Paul B. (Sunol, CA)

    2000-01-01

    A high reflectance-low stress Mo-Si multilayer reflective coating particularly useful for the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) wavelength region. While the multilayer reflective coating has particular application for EUV lithography, it has numerous other applications where high reflectance and low stress multilayer coatings are utilized. Multilayer coatings having high near-normal incidence reflectance (R.gtoreq.65%) and low residual stress (.ltoreq.100 MPa) have been produced using thermal and non-thermal approaches. The thermal approach involves heating the multilayer coating to a given temperature for a given time after deposition in order to induce structural changes in the multilayer coating that will have an overall "relaxation" effect without reducing the reflectance significantly.

  17. T91 cladding tubes with and without modified FeCrAlY coatings exposed in LBE at different flow, stress and temperature conditions

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    Weisenburger, A.; Heinzel, A.; Müller, G.; Muscher, H.; Rousanov, A.

    2008-06-01

    Corrosion tests of 2000 h duration are conducted on tubes consisting of the steel T91 in liquid metal loops containing eutectic lead-bismuth melt with 10 -6 wt% oxygen in solution. The experiments include tests at temperatures of 480-600° C, at liquid metal flow velocities of 1, 2 and 3 m/s and under mechanical stress due to an internal pressure of 15 MPa. The surface of tubes exposed to 600 °C and to different flow velocities are coated with a FeCrAlY alloy to examine its suitability as a protective coating for high loaded parts like cladding tubes. The coating was remelted by an electron pulse of GESA to homogenize the coating and improve its bonding to the bulk material. In all of the tests no liquid metal attack was observed. As received steel specimens developed multilayer oxide scales of a thickness increasing with temperature and internal pressure, while coated tubes had a thin protective alumina scale. Flow velocities above 2 m/s permanently removed formed magnetite at 550 °C. No influence of the flow velocity was observed for the coated surfaces which keep their stable thin alumina scale. The internal pressure of 15 MPa caused a strain of 0.7% in the tube wall, which obviously increases iron diffusion and enhances magnetite formation.

  18. Achieving high thermal conductivity from AlN films deposited by high-power impulse magnetron sputtering

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    Ait Aissa, K.; Semmar, N.; Achour, A.; Simon, Q.; Petit, A.; Camus, J.; Boulmer-Leborgne, C.; Djouadi, M. A.

    2014-09-01

    We report on thermal conductivity measurements of aluminum nitride (AlN) films using the fast pulsed photo-thermal technique. The films were deposited by high-power impulse magnetron sputtering with different thicknesses ranging from 1000 to 8000 nm on (1?0?0) oriented silicon substrates. The films were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, profilometry, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The XRD measurements showed that AlN films were textured along the (0?0?2) direction. Moreover, x-ray rocking curve measurements indicated that the crystalline quality of AlN was improved with the increase in film thickness. The thermal conductivities of the samples were found to rapidly increase when the film thickness increased up to 3300 nm and then showed a tendency to remain constant. A thermal boundary resistance as low as 8 × 10-9 W-1 K m2 and a thermal conductivity as high as 250 ± 50 W K-1 m-1 were obtained for the AlN films, at room temperature. This high thermal conductivity value is close to that of an AlN single crystal and highlights the potential of these films as a dielectric material for thermal management.

  19. Resistance to oxidative stress shows low heritability and high common environmental variance in a wild bird.

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    Losdat, S; Helfenstein, F; Blount, J D; Richner, H

    2014-09-01

    Oxidative stress was recently demonstrated to affect several fitness-related traits and is now well recognized to shape animal life-history evolution. However, very little is known about how much resistance to oxidative stress is determined by genetic and environmental effects and hence about its potential for evolution, especially in wild populations. In addition, our knowledge of phenotypic sexual dimorphism and cross-sex genetic correlations in resistance to oxidative stress remains extremely limited despite important evolutionary implications. In free-living great tits (Parus major), we quantified heritability, common environmental effect, sexual dimorphism and cross-sex genetic correlation in offspring resistance to oxidative stress by performing a split-nest cross-fostering experiment where 155 broods were split, and all siblings (n = 791) translocated and raised in two other nests. Resistance to oxidative stress was measured as both oxidative damage to lipids and erythrocyte resistance to a controlled free-radical attack. Both measurements of oxidative stress showed low additive genetic variances, high common environmental effects and phenotypic sexual dimorphism with males showing a higher resistance to oxidative stress. Cross-sex genetic correlations were not different from unity, and we found no substantial heritability in resistance to oxidative stress at adult age measured on 39 individuals that recruited the subsequent year. Our study shows that individual ability to resist to oxidative stress is primarily influenced by the common environment and has a low heritability with a consequent low potential for evolution, at least at an early stage of life. PMID:25040169

  20. Testing the accelerating moment release (AMR) hypothesis in areas of high stress

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    Guilhem, Aurélie; Bürgmann, Roland; Freed, Andrew M.; Ali, Syed Tabrez

    2013-11-01

    Several retrospective analyses have proposed that significant increases in moment release occurred prior to many large earthquakes of recent times. However, the finding of accelerating moment release (AMR) strongly depends on the choice of three parameters: (1) magnitude range, (2) area being considered surrounding the events and (3) the time period prior to the large earthquakes. Consequently, the AMR analysis has been criticized as being a posteriori data-fitting exercise with no new predictive power. As AMR has been hypothesized to relate to changes in the state of stress around the eventual epicentre, we compare here AMR results to models of stress accumulation in California. Instead of assuming a complete stress drop on all surrounding fault segments implied by a back-slip stress lobe method, we consider that stress evolves dynamically, punctuated by the occurrence of earthquakes, and governed by the elastic and viscous properties of the lithosphere. We study the seismicity of southern California and extract events for AMR calculations following the systematic approach employed in previous studies. We present several sensitivity tests of the method, as well as grid-search analyses over the region between 1955 and 2005 using fixed magnitude range, radius of the search area and period of time. The results are compared to the occurrence of large events and to maps of Coulomb stress changes. The Coulomb stress maps are compiled using the coseismic stress from all M > 7.0 earthquakes since 1812, their subsequent post-seismic relaxation, and the interseismic strain accumulation. We find no convincing correlation of seismicity rate changes in recent decades with areas of high stress that would support the AMR hypothesis. Furthermore, this indicates limited utility for practical earthquake hazard analysis in southern California, and possibly other regions.

  1. High-Index-Contrast AlGaAs Waveguide Scattering Loss Reduction Via Oxidation Smoothing of Sidewall Roughness

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    are fabricated from an AlGaAs graded-index separate confinement heterostructure grown via MOCVD at SarnoffHigh-Index-Contrast AlGaAs Waveguide Scattering Loss Reduction Via Oxidation Smoothing of Sidewall-6449 Abstract: The propagation loss of single mode high index contrast AlGaAs ridge waveguides is reduced nearly

  2. Electrical characteristics of AlGaN-GaN high electron mobility transistors and AlGaN Schottky diodes irradiated with protons

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    Sin, Yongkun; Presser, Nathan; Foran, Brendan; LaLumondiere, Stephen; Lotshaw, William; Moss, Steven C.

    2014-03-01

    AlGaN-GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) are most suitable for commercial and military applications requiring high voltage, high power, and high efficiency operation. In recent years, leading AlGaN HEMT manufacturers have reported encouraging reliability of these devices, but their long-term reliability especially in the space environment still remains a major concern. In addition, degradation mechanisms in AlGaN HEMT devices are still not well understood, and a large number of traps and defects present both in the bulk and at the surface lead to undesirable characteristics. Study of reliability and radiation effects of AlGaN-GaN HEMTs is therefore necessary before GaN HEMT technology is successfully employed in satellite communication systems. For the present study, we investigated electrical characteristics of AlGaN-GaN HEMTs and AlGaN Schottky diodes irradiated with protons. We studied two types of MOCVD-grown AlGaN HEMTs on semi-insulating SiC substrates (HEMT-1 and HEMT-2) as well as MOCVD-grown Al0.27Ga 0.73N Schottky diodes on conducting SiC substrates. Our HEMT-1 structure consisted of a GaN cap, AlGaN/AlN barrier, and 2 ?m GaN buffer layers. Our HEMT-2 structure consisting of undoped AlGaN barrier and GaN buffer layers grown on an AlN nucleation layer showed a charge sheet density of ~1013/cm2 and a Hall mobility of ~1500 cm2 /V.sec. Our HEMT-1 devices had a Pt-Au Schottky gate length of 0.2 ?m, a total gate width of 200-400 ?m periphery, and SiNx passivation. Electrical characteristics of AlGaN-GaN HEMTs and AlGaN Schottky diodes were compared before and after they were proton irradiated with different energies and fluences. Current-mode deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) and capacitance-mode DLTS were employed to study pre-proton irradiation trap characteristics in the AlGaN-GaN HEMTs and AlGaN Schottky diodes, respectively. Focused ion beam (FIB) was employed to prepare both cross-sectional and plan view TEM samples for defect analysis using a high resolution TEM. In addition, electrical characteristics of GaAs MESFETs used as reference devices were compared before and after they were proton irradiated.

  3. Effects of suryanamaskar on relaxation among college students with high stress in Pune, India

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    Godse, Anand Sharad; Shejwal, Bhaskar R; Godse, Amruta Anand

    2015-01-01

    Context: Suryanamaskar is a yogic practice widely practiced across India. Along with the available studies on physiology, there is a need to study its psychological effects. Aims: This research aims at studying the effects of suryanamaskar on relaxation dispositions (R-dispositions) among college students with high stress in Pune, India. Settings and Design: The present study was conducted in a college setting and used a randomized control group design. Materials and Methods: A group of 419 college students (age 17-22 years) were assessed on stress symptoms using the ABC relaxation theory. A total of 124 out of 419 students who were identified as high on stress were randomly assigned to an experimental and control group. And 40 participants each in both the group completed the program and were assessed on R-dispositions and stress dispositions before and after the suryanamaskar program. Statistical Analysis Used: Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) was used to study the differences in R-dispositions and stress dispositions between the experimental and control groups. Results: The experimental group was found to be higher on the R-dispositions of physical relaxation, mental quiet, at ease/peace, rested and refreshed, strength and awareness and joy and lower on sleepiness, and stress dispositions?somatic stress, worry, and negative emotion compared with the control group. Conclusions: It was concluded that suryanamaskar is effective in leading to R-Dispositions like physical relaxation, mental quiet, at ease/peace, rested and refreshed, strength and awareness and joy and reduces sleepiness, somatic stress, worry and negative emotion at a dispositional level. PMID:25558129

  4. X-ray high-pressure study of Ti2AlN and Ti2AlC

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    Manoun, Bouchaib; Zhang, F. X.; Saxena, S. K.; El-Raghy, T.; Barsoum, M. W.

    2006-09-01

    The lattice parameters of Ti2AlN and Ti2AlC powders were measured as a function of pressure up to ?50 GPa, using a synchrotron radiation source and a diamond anvil cell. No phase transformations were observed. As for most related layered carbides and nitrides, such as Ti4AlN3 and Ti3SiC2, the compressibilities of Ti2AlN and Ti2AlC along the c-axes are larger than those along the a-axes. The bulk modulus of Ti2AlC at 186±2 GPa, is ?10% higher than that of Ti2AlN at 169±3 GPa.

  5. Midinfrared intersubband absorption on AlGaN/GaN-based high-electron-mobility transistors

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    Hofstetter, Daniel; Diehl, Laurent; Faist, Jérôme; Schaff, William J.; Hwang, Jeff; Eastman, Lester F.; Zellweger, Christoph

    2002-04-01

    Intersubband absorption measurements on two nominally undoped AlGaN/GaN-based high-electron-mobility transistors with different Al compositions in the barrier layer are presented. The first transistor with a barrier consisting of Al0.6Ga0.4N showed an absorption peak at 247 meV (1973 cm-1) with a full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 126 meV, while the second device utilizing an Al0.8Ga0.2N barrier had its peak at 306 meV (2447 cm-1) with a FWHM of 86 meV. Self-consistently computed potentials and intersubband transition energies showed good agreement with the experimental findings, and therefore confirmed previously published values for the internal piezoelectric field in such structures.

  6. Preliminary study of the characteristics of a high Mg containing Al-Mg-Si alloy

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    Yan, F.; McKay, B. J.; Fan, Z.; Chen, M. F.

    2012-01-01

    An Al-20Mg-4Si high Mg containing alloy has been produced and its characteristics investigated. The as-cast alloy revealed primary Mg2Si particles evenly distributed throughout an ?-Al matrix with a ?-Al3Mg2 fully divorced eutectic phase observed in interdendritic regions. The Mg2Si particles displayed octahedral, truncated octahedral, and hopper morphologies. Additions of Sb, Ti and Zr had a refining influence reducing the size of the Mg2Si from 52 ± 4 ?m to 25 ± 0.1 ?m, 35 ± 1 ?m and 34 ± 1 ?m respectively. HPDC tensile test samples could be produced with a 0.6 wt.% Mn addition which prevented die soldering. Solution heating for 1 hr was found to dissolve the majority of the Al3Mg2 eutectic phase with no evidence of any effect on the primary Mg2Si. Preliminary results indicate that the heat treatment has a beneficial effect on the elongation and the UTS.

  7. Novel UV devices on high-quality AlGaN using grooved underlying layer

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    Tsuzuki, Hirotoshi; Mori, Fumiaki; Takeda, Kenichiro; Iwaya, Motoaki; Kamiyama, Satoshi; Amano, Hiroshi; Akasaki, Isamu; Yoshida, Harumasa; Kuwabara, Masakazu; Yamashita, Yoji; Kan, Hirofumi

    2009-05-01

    A grooved Al 0.25Ga 0.75N underlying layer on an AlN-coated sapphire substrate was used to grow crack free and low dislocation density Al 0.25Ga 0.75N to successfully realize high-performance UV A light emitters. A light-emitting diode grown on a grooved AlGaN underlying layer exhibited an output power of 12 mW at a DC current of 50 mA for a peak emission wavelength of 345 nm with an external quantum efficiency of 6.7%, which is the highest to date in this wavelength region. We also fabricated UV A laser diodes with an emission wavelength of 356 nm at a pulsed injection current of 414 mA.

  8. Trap states in AlGaN channel high-electron-mobility transistors

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    Zhao, ShengLei; Zhang, Kai; Ha, Wei; Chen, YongHe; Zhang, Peng; Zhang, JinCheng; Hao, Yue; Ma, XiaoHua; School of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Xidian University, Xi'an 710071

    2013-11-18

    Frequency dependent capacitance and conductance measurements were performed to analyze the trap states in the AlGaN channel high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs). The trap state density in the AlGaN channel HEMTs decreases from 1.26?×?10{sup 13}?cm{sup ?2}eV{sup ?1} at the energy of 0.33?eV to 4.35?×?10{sup 11}?cm{sup ?2}eV{sup ?1} at 0.40?eV. Compared with GaN channel HEMTs, the trap states in the AlGaN channel HEMTs have deeper energy levels. The trap with deeper energy levels in the AlGaN channel HEMTs is another reason for the reduction of the reverse gate leakage current besides the higher Schottky barrier height.

  9. Time exposure studies on stress corrosion cracking of aluminum 2014-T6, 2219-T87, 2014-T651, 7075-T651, and titanium 6Al-4V

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    Terrell, J.

    1973-01-01

    The effect of a constant applied stress in crack initiation of aluminum 2014-T6, 2219-T87, 2014-T651, 7075-T651 and titanium 6Al-4V has been investigated. Aluminum c-ring specimens (1-inch diameter) and u-band titanium samples were exposed continuously to a 3.5% NaCl solution (pH 7) and organic fluids of ethyl, methyl, and iso-propyl alcohol (reagent purity), and demineralized distilled water. Corrosive action was observed to begin during the first and second day of constant exposure as evidenced by accumulation of hydrogen bubbles on the surface of stressed aluminum samples. However, titanium stressed specimens showed no reactions to its environment. Results of this investigation seems to suggest that aluminum 2014-T6, aluminum 7075-T651 and aluminum 2014-T651 are susceptible to stress corrosion cracking in chloride solution (NaCl), while aluminum 2219-T87 seem to resist stress corrosion cracking in sodium chloride at three levels of stress (25%, 50%, and 75% Y.S.). In organic fluids of methyl, ethyl, and iso-propyl alcohol, 2014-T6 and 7075-T651 did not fail by SCC; but 2014-T651 was susceptible to SCC in methly alcohol, but resistant in ethyl alcohol, iso-propyl alcohol and demineralized distilled water.

  10. High environmental stress yields greater tocotrienol content while changing vitamin e profiles of wild emmer wheat seeds.

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    Watts, Emily J; Shen, Yu; Lansky, Ephraim P; Nevo, Eviatar; Bobe, Gerd; Traber, Maret G

    2015-02-01

    Vitamin E is an essential human nutrient that was first isolated from wheat. Emmer wheat, the cereal of Old World agriculture and a precursor to durum wheat, grows wild in the Fertile Crescent. Evolution Canyon, Israel, provides a microsite that models effects of contrasting environments. The north-facing and south-facing slopes exhibit low and high stress environments, respectively. Wild emmer wheat seeds were collected from both slopes and seed tocochromanol contents measured to test the hypothesis that high stress alters emmer wheat seed tocol-omics. Seeds from high stress areas contained more total vitamin E (108±15?nmol/g) than seeds from low stress environments (80±17?nmol/g, P=.0004). Vitamin E profiles within samples from these different environments revealed significant differences in isoform concentrations. Within each region, ?- plus ?-tocotrienols represented the highest concentration of wheat tocotrienols (high stress, P<.0001; low stress, P<.0001), while ?-tocopherol represented the highest concentration of the tocopherols (high stress, P=.0002; low stress, P<.0001). Percentages of both ?-tocotrienol and ?-tocopherol increased in high stress conditions. Changes under higher stress apparently are due to increased pathway flux toward more tocotrienol production. The production of more ?-isoforms suggests increased flow through a divergent path controlled by the VTE1 gene. Hence, stress conditions alter plant responses such that vitamin E profiles are changed, likely an attempt to provide additional antioxidant activity to promote seed viability and longevity. PMID:25105230

  11. High growth rate MOVPE of Al(Ga)N in planetary reactor

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    Lundin, W. V.; Nikolaev, A. E.; Yagovkina, M. A.; Brunkov, P. N.; Rozhavskaya, M. M.; Ber, B. Ya.; Kazantsev, D. Yu.; Tsatsulnikov, A. F.; Lobanova, A. V.; Talalaev, R. A.

    2012-08-01

    Possibility of AlN growth by MOVPE in a planetary reactor with high growth rate was investigated. Growth was performed on (0001) Al2O3 substrates at the reactor pressure of 100 mbar. It was shown that deposition rate is close to diffusion limit at low NH3 flows and reduces abruptly above a certain threshold value of NH3 due to gas-phase parasitic reactions. At constant V/III ratio of 1.5-2, AlN growth rate dependence on TMAl flow was linear and a maximum growth rate of 8.6 ?m/h was achieved. Process modeling allowed predicting and explaining the trends related to the onset of parasitic chemistry for various V/III ratios and other growth conditions. Surface morphology planarization was achieved by either (1) NH3 flow rate reduction or (2) TMGa injection after the layer with thickness of 75-300 nm was grown. The second approach looks more fruitful resulting in atomically flat Al(Ga)N layers with a 2 ?m/h growth rate. For the conditions (high temperature, low NH3 and high H2 concentration) used Ga acts mostly as surfactant (Ga content in Al(Ga)N is about 3-5%).

  12. High-throughput screening of microbial adaptation to environmental stress.

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    Bélanger, Pier-Anne; Beaudin, Julie; Roy, Sébastien

    2011-05-01

    We developed a microwell plate, high-throughput, screening method aimed at quantitating the tolerance of a panel of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria to metals (Frankia sp., Escherichia coli, Cupriavidus metallidurans, Rhizobium leguminosarum, and Streptomyces scabies). Microbial viability was quantified using MTS; a tetrazolium salt converted to a water-soluble formazan through microbial reduction. In this paper, we present the stepwise development of the method, highlighting the main elements underlying its reliability, and compare results obtained with literature. We conclude the method is well suited to efficiently screen bacteria, including those that are filamentous and slow-growing, without the need for large amounts of inoculum which may not always be available. The method allows testing of compound gradients with sufficient replicates to generate statistically robust results, and is transposable to other types of cell proliferation assays such as those for antimicrobial susceptibility, and chemoresistance. PMID:21315114

  13. Investigation of Aluminate and Al2O3 Crystals and Melts at High Temperature Using XANES Spectroscopy

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    Neuville, Daniel R.; Roux, Jacques; Cormier, Laurent; Henderson, Grant S.; Ligny, Dominique de; Flank, Anne-Marie; Lagarde, Pierre

    2007-02-02

    Using X-ray absorption at the Al K-edge at high temperature, structural information was determined on Al2O3, CaAl2O4 (CA), Ca3Al2O6 (C3A) and CaAl2Si2O8 (anorthite) in the crystalline and liquid states (2380 K). Important changes are observed for Al2O3 where all oscillation in the XANES spectra disappear above the liquidus temperature. For the three other compositions some modifications of the XANES spectra can be attributed to changes in the Al coordination.

  14. Investigation of Aluminate and Al2O3 Crystals and Melts at High Temperature Using XANES Spectroscopy

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    Neuville, Daniel R.; Cormier, Laurent; Roux, Jacques; Henderson, Grant S.; de Ligny, Dominique; Flank, Anne-Marie; Lagarde, Pierre

    2007-02-01

    Using X-ray absorption at the Al K-edge at high temperature, structural information was determined on Al2O3, CaAl2O4 (CA), Ca3Al2O6 (C3A) and CaAl2Si2O8 (anorthite) in the crystalline and liquid states (2380 K). Important changes are observed for Al2O3 where all oscillation in the XANES spectra disappear above the liquidus temperature. For the three other compositions some modifications of the XANES spectra can be attributed to changes in the Al coordination.

  15. Rat Notochordal Cells Undergo Premature Stress-Induced Senescence by High Glucose

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    Byun, Chu-Hwan; Park, Eun-Young

    2015-01-01

    Study Design In vitro cell culture. Purpose The purpose of the study was to investigate the effect of high glucose on premature stress-induced senescence of rat notochordal cells. Overview of Literature Glucose-mediated increase of oxidative stress is a major causative factor for the development of diseases associated with diabetes mellitus such as senescence. However, no information is available for the effect of high glucose on premature stress-induced senescence of rat notochordal cells. Methods Notochordal cells were isolated from 4-week-old rats, cultured and placed in either 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS, normal control) or 10% FBS plus two high glucose concentrations (0.1 M and 0.2 M, experimental conditions) for 1 and 3 days. We identified and quantified the mitochondrial damage (mitochondrial transmembrane potential), reactive oxygen species (ROS) and antioxidants, such as manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) and catalase, for each condition. We also identified and quantified senescence and telomerase activity. Finally, we determined the expression of proteins related to replicative senescence (p53-p21-pRB) and stress-induced senescence (p16-pRB) pathways. Results Two high glucose concentrations enhanced the disruption of mitochondrial transmembrane potential and excessive generation of ROS in notochordal cells for 1 and 3 days, respectively. The expressions of MnSOD and catalase were increased in notochordal cells treated with both high glucose concentrations at 1 and 3 days. The telomerase activity declined at 1 and 3 days. Two high glucose concentrations increased the occurrence of stress-induced senescence of notochordal cells by p16-pRB pathways at 1 and 3 days. Conclusions Despite compensatory expression of antioxidants, high glucose-induced oxidative stress accelerates stress-induced senescence in rat notochordal cells. This may result in dysfunction of notochordal cells, leading to accelerated premature disc degeneration. The prevention of excessive generation of oxidative stress by strict blood glucose control is important to prevent or to delay premature disc degeneration in young patients with diabetes mellitus. PMID:26240705

  16. Solution-processed Al-chelated gelatin for highly transparent non-volatile memory applications

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    Chang, Yu-Chi; Wang, Yeong-Her

    2015-03-23

    Using the biomaterial of Al-chelated gelatin (ACG) prepared by sol-gel method in the ITO/ACG/ITO structure, a highly transparent resistive random access memory (RRAM) was obtained. The transmittance of the fabricated device is approximately 83% at 550?nm while that of Al/gelatin/ITO is opaque. As to the ITO/gelatin/ITO RRAM, no resistive switching behavior can be seen. The ITO/ACG/ITO RRAM shows high ON/OFF current ratio (>10{sup 5}), low operation voltage, good uniformity, and retention characteristics at room temperature and 85?°C. The mechanism of the ACG-based memory devices is presented. The enhancement of these electrical properties can be attributed to the chelate effect of Al ions with gelatin. Results show that transparent ACG-based memory devices possess the potential for next-generation resistive memories and bio-electronic applications.

  17. Solution-processed Al-chelated gelatin for highly transparent non-volatile memory applications

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    Chang, Yu-Chi; Wang, Yeong-Her

    2015-03-01

    Using the biomaterial of Al-chelated gelatin (ACG) prepared by sol-gel method in the ITO/ACG/ITO structure, a highly transparent resistive random access memory (RRAM) was obtained. The transmittance of the fabricated device is approximately 83% at 550 nm while that of Al/gelatin/ITO is opaque. As to the ITO/gelatin/ITO RRAM, no resistive switching behavior can be seen. The ITO/ACG/ITO RRAM shows high ON/OFF current ratio (>105), low operation voltage, good uniformity, and retention characteristics at room temperature and 85 °C. The mechanism of the ACG-based memory devices is presented. The enhancement of these electrical properties can be attributed to the chelate effect of Al ions with gelatin. Results show that transparent ACG-based memory devices possess the potential for next-generation resistive memories and bio-electronic applications.

  18. Advances in processing of NiAl intermetallic alloys and composites for high temperature aerospace applications

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    Bochenek, Kamil; Basista, Michal

    2015-11-01

    Over the last few decades intermetallic compounds such as NiAl have been considered as potential high temperature structural materials for aerospace industry. A large number of investigations have been reported describing complex fabrication routes, introducing various reinforcing/alloying elements along with theoretical analyses. These research works were mainly focused on the overcoming of main disadvantage of nickel aluminides that still restricts their application range, i.e. brittleness at room temperature. In this paper we present an overview of research on NiAl processing and indicate methods that are promising in solving the low fracture toughness issue at room temperature. Other material properties relevant for high temperature applications are also addressed. The analysis is primarily done from the perspective of NiAl application in aero engines in temperature regimes from room up to the operating temperature (over 1150 °C) of turbine blades.

  19. High-precision half-life measurement for the superallowed ?+ emitter ²?Al(m).

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    Finlay, P; Ettenauer, S; Ball, G C; Leslie, J R; Svensson, C E; Andreoiu, C; Austin, R A E; Bandyopadhyay, D; Cross, D S; Demand, G; Djongolov, M; Garrett, P E; Green, K L; Grinyer, G F; Hackman, G; Leach, K G; Pearson, C J; Phillips, A A; Sumithrarachchi, C S; Triambak, S; Williams, S J

    2011-01-21

    A high-precision half-life measurement for the superallowed ?+ emitter 26Al(m) was performed at the TRIUMF-ISAC radioactive ion beam facility yielding T 1/2 6346.54 ± 0.46(stat) ± 0.60 (syst) ms, consistent with, but 2.5 times more precise than, the previous world average. The 26Al(m) half-life and ft value, 3037.53(61) s, are now the most precisely determined for any superallowed ? decay. Combined with recent theoretical corrections for isospin-symmetry-breaking and radiative effects, the corrected Ft value for (26)Al(m), 3073.0(12) s, sets a new benchmark for the high-precision superallowed Fermi ?-decay studies used to test the conserved vector current hypothesis and determine the V(ud) element of the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa quark mixing matrix. PMID:21405268

  20. Method for improving performance of highly stressed electrical insulating structures

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    Wilson, Michael J. (Modesto, CA); Goerz, David A. (Brentwood, CA)

    2002-01-01

    Removing the electrical field from the internal volume of high-voltage structures; e.g., bushings, connectors, capacitors, and cables. The electrical field is removed from inherently weak regions of the interconnect, such as between the center conductor and the solid dielectric, and places it in the primary insulation. This is accomplished by providing a conductive surface on the inside surface of the principal solid dielectric insulator surrounding the center conductor and connects the center conductor to this conductive surface. The advantage of removing the electric fields from the weaker dielectric region to a stronger area improves reliability, increases component life and operating levels, reduces noise and losses, and allows for a smaller compact design. This electric field control approach is currently possible on many existing products at a modest cost. Several techniques are available to provide the level of electric field control needed. Choosing the optimum technique depends on material, size, and surface accessibility. The simplest deposition method uses a standard electroless plating technique, but other metalization techniques include vapor and energetic deposition, plasma spraying, conductive painting, and other controlled coating methods.

  1. Chronic stress effects of high doses of vitamin D3 on Megalobrama amblycephala.

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    Miao, Ling-Hong; Xie, Jun; Ge, Xian-Ping; Wang, Ke-Bao; Zhu, Jian; Liu, Bo; Ren, Ming-Chun; Zhou, Qun-Lan; Pan, Liang-Kun

    2015-11-01

    Dietary vitamin D3 plays an important role in the growth of aquatic animals, but long-term excessive feeding has potential hazards. In this study, Megalobrama amblycephala specimens were fed different experimental diets with 2000 IU/kg or 200,000 IU/kg of vitamin D3 for 90 days, in order to evaluate chronic stress effects of high doses of vitamin D3 on growth, immunity, and structural damage to enterohepatic tissues. The results showed that high doses of vitamin D3 did not have a significant influence on the growth performance of M. amblycephala (P > 0.05), but it significantly reduced the survival rate after infection by Aeromonas hydrophila (P < 0.05). Serum albumin, alkaline phosphatase, and insulin levels, as well as hepatic total antioxidant capacity, were also significantly reduced (P < 0.05). Serum cortisol levels and hepatic heat stress protein 70 expression in M. amblycephala showed that high doses of vitamin D3 significantly inhibit the anti-stress ability of M. amblycephala (P < 0.05). Paraffin tissue sections and electron microscopy showed that high doses of vitamin D3 could cause different degrees of structural damage to enterohepatic tissues of M. amblycephala. Our results indicate that, although M. amblycephala can tolerate high doses of dietary vitamin D3 over a long period, its glycolipid metabolism, immune function, anti-stress function, and resistance to pathogenic infections are adversely affected. PMID:26362210

  2. Faceted growth of primary Al{sub 2}Cu crystals during directional solidification in high magnetic field

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    Li, Chuanjun; Ren, Zhongming; Shen, Yu; Wang, Qiuliang; Dai, Yinming; Wang, Hui

    2013-10-21

    The high magnetic field is widely used to modify the crystal morphology. In this work, the effect of the magnetic field on growing behavior of faceted crystals in the Al-40 wt. %Cu alloy was investigated using directional solidification technique. It was found that the faceted growth of primary Al{sub 2}Cu phase was degraded and the primary spacing was reduced upon applying the magnetic field. Additionally, the length of the mushy zone first decreased and then increased with increase of the magnetic field intensity. The quantitative analysis reveals that the shear stress induced by the fluid motion is insufficient to break the atom bonds at the solid-liquid interface. However, both of the thermoelectric magnetic convection (TEMC) and the thermoelectric magnetic force (TEMF) cause dendrites to fracture and reduce the primary spacing. The two effects also weaken the faceting growth. Moreover, the instability of the solid-liquid interface is generated by the TEMF, which further leads to degrade the faceted growth. The length of mushy zone was changed by the TEMC and reached the minimum in the magnetic field of 0.5 T, which is in good agreement with the predicted value (0.83 T)

  3. Microstructural stability of AlN diffusion barrier for nanocomposite Ni + CrAlYSiHfN coating on single crystal superalloy at high temperatures

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    Ren, Pan; Zhu, Shenglong; Wang, Fuhui

    2015-12-01

    An AlN interlayer was fabricated by filtered vacuum arc evaporation as a diffusion barrier (DB) between Ni + CrAlYSiHfN composite coating and K417G superalloy. Microstructure changes of the AlN DB were investigated after exposure at 1000 and 1100 °C. Amorphous structure was found in the as-deposited AlN DB, which went through crystallization when exposing at high temperature. The AlN DB suppressed interdiffusion between overlayer and substrate effectively after 200 h exposure at both 1000 °C and 1100 °C. A few substrate element precipitates were observed within the grain boundary of the AlN DB after exposure at 1100 °C for 200 h.

  4. High-pressure modifications of CaZn 2, SrZn 2, SrAl 2, and BaAl 2: Implications for Laves phase structural trends

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    Kal, Subhadeep; Stoyanov, Emil; Belieres, Jean-Philippe; Groy, Thomas L.; Norrestam, Rolf; Häussermann, Ulrich

    2008-11-01

    High-pressure forms of intermetallic compounds with the composition CaZn 2, SrZn 2, SrAl 2, and BaAl 2 were synthesized from CeCu 2-type precursors (CaZn 2, SrZn 2, SrAl 2) and Ba 21Al 40 by multi-anvil techniques and investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (SrAl 2 and BaAl 2), X-ray single-crystal diffraction (CaZn 2), and electron microscopy (SrZn 2). Their structures correspond to that of Laves phases. Whereas the dialuminides crystallize in the cubic MgCu 2 (C15) structure, the dizincides adopt the hexagonal MgZn 2 (C14) structure. This trend is in agreement with the structural relationship displayed by sp bonded Laves phase systems at ambient conditions.

  5. Amorphous and nanocrystalline phase formation in highly-driven Al-based binary alloys

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    Kalay, Yunus Eren

    2008-10-15

    Remarkable advances have been made since rapid solidification was first introduced to the field of materials science and technology. New types of materials such as amorphous alloys and nanostructure materials have been developed as a result of rapid solidification techniques. While these advances are, in many respects, ground breaking, much remains to be discerned concerning the fundamental relationships that exist between a liquid and a rapidly solidified solid. The scope of the current dissertation involves an extensive set of experimental, analytical, and computational studies designed to increase the overall understanding of morphological selection, phase competition, and structural hierarchy that occurs under far-from equilibrium conditions. High pressure gas atomization and Cu-block melt-spinning are the two different rapid solidification techniques applied in this study. The research is mainly focused on Al-Si and Al-Sm alloy systems. Silicon and samarium produce different, yet favorable, systems for exploration when alloyed with aluminum under far-from equilibrium conditions. One of the main differences comes from the positions of their respective T{sub 0} curves, which makes Al-Si a good candidate for solubility extension while the plunging T{sub 0} line in Al-Sm promotes glass formation. The rapidly solidified gas-atomized Al-Si powders within a composition range of 15 to 50 wt% Si are examined using scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The non-equilibrium partitioning and morphological selection observed by examining powders at different size classes are described via a microstructure map. The interface velocities and the amount of undercooling present in the powders are estimated from measured eutectic spacings based on Jackson-Hunt (JH) and Trivedi-Magnin-Kurz (TMK) models, which permit a direct comparison of theoretical predictions. For an average particle size of 10 {micro}m with a Peclet number of {approx}0.2, JH and TMK deviate from each other. This deviation indicates an adiabatic type solidification path where heat of fusion is reabsorbed. It is interesting that this particle size range is also consistent with the appearance of a microcellular growth. While no glass formation is observed within this system, the smallest size powders appear to consist of a mixture of nanocrystalline Si and Al. Al-Sm alloys have been investigated within a composition range of 34 to 42 wt% Sm. Gas atomized powders of Al-Sm are investigated to explore the morphological and structural hierarchy that correlates with different degrees of departure from full equilibrium conditions. The resultant powders show a variety of structural selection with respect to amount of undercooling, with an amorphous structure appearing at the highest cooling rates. Because of the chaotic nature of gas atomization, Cu-block melt-spinning is used to produce a homogeneous amorphous structure. The as-quenched structure within Al-34 to 42 wt% Sm consists of nanocrystalline fcc-Al (on the order of 5 nm) embedded in an amorphous matrix. The nucleation density of fcc-Al after initial crystallization is on the order of 10{sup 22}-10{sup 23} m{sup -3}, which is 10{sup 5}-10{sup 6} orders of magnitude higher than what classical nucleation theory predicts. Detailed analysis of liquid and as-quenched structures using high energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction, high energy transmission electron microscopy, and atom probe tomography techniques revealed an Al-Sm network similar in appearance to a medium range order (MRO) structure. A model whereby these MRO clusters promote the observed high nucleation density of fcc-Al nanocrystals is proposed. The devitrification path was identified using high temperature, in-situ, high energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction techniques and the crystallization kinetics were described using an analytical Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (JMA) approach.

  6. Effect of electrode force condition on nugget diameter and residual stress in resistance spot welded high-strength steel sheets

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    Iyota, M.; Mikami, Y.; Hashimoto, T.; Taniguchi, K.; Ikeda, R.; Mochizuki, M.

    2012-08-01

    This study examines the effect of the electrode force condition on the nugget diameter and residual stress in spot welded high-strength steel sheets. Numerical simulations of spot welding were performed to examine the nugget diameter and residual stress. The results indicate that adjusting the force profile changes the current density and stress state at the spot welds. Therefore, choosing an appropriate force profile extends the nugget diameter and reduces the residual stress.

  7. High temperature properties of equiatomic FeAl with ternary additions

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    Titran, R. H.; Vedula, K. M.; Anderson, G. G.

    1985-01-01

    The aluminide intermetallic compounds are considered potential structural materials for aerospace applications. The B2 binary aluminide FeAl has a melting point in excess of 1500 K, is of simple cubic structure, exists over a wide range of composition with solubility for third elements and is potentially self-protecting in extreme environments. The B2 FeAl compound has been alloyed with 1 to 5 at. pct ternary additions of Si, Ti, Zr, Hf, Cr, Ni, Co, Nb, Ta, Mo, W, and Re. The alloys were prepared by blending a third elemental powder with pre-alloyed binary FeAl powder. Consolidation was by hot extrusion at 1250 K. Annealing studies on the extruded rods showed that the third element addition can be classified into three categories based upon the amount of homogenization and the extent of solid solutioning. Constant strain rate compression tests were performed to determine the flow stress as a function of temperature and composition. The mechanical strength behavior was dependent upon the third element homogenization classification.

  8. High temperature properties of equiatomic FeAl with ternary additions

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    Titran, R. H.; Vedula, K. M.; Anderson, G. G.

    1984-01-01

    The aluminide intermetallic compounds are considered potential structural materials for aerospace applications. The B2 binary aluminide FeAl has a melting point in excess of 1500 K, is of simple cubic structure, exits over a wide range of composition with solubility for third elements and is potentially self-protecting in extreme environments. The B2 FeAl compound has been alloyed with 1 to 5 at % ternary additions of Si, Ti, Zr, Hf, Cr, Ni, Co, Nb, Ta, Mo, W, and Re. The alloys were prepared by blending a third elemental powder with prealloyed binary FeAl powder. Consolidation was by hot extrusion at 1250 K. Annealing studies on the extruded rods showed that the third element addition can be classified into three categories based upon the amount of homogenization and the extent of solid solutioning. Constant strain rate compression tests were performed to determine the flow stress as a function of temperature and composition. The mechanical strength behavior was dependent upon the third element homogenization classification.

  9. Proteomic changes in rice leaves grown under open field high temperature stress conditions.

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    Das, Smruti; Krishnan, P; Mishra, Vagish; Kumar, Ritesh; Ramakrishnan, B; Singh, N K

    2015-11-01

    The interactive effect of temperature with other climatic and soil factors has profound influences on the growth and development of rice. The responses of rice to high temperatures under field conditions are more important than those under the controlled conditions. To understand the genes associated with high temperature stress response in general and tolerance in particular, the expression of all those genes associated with adaptation and tolerance in rice requires proteomic analysis. High temperature stress-tolerant cv. N22 was subjected to 28/18 °C (control) and 42/32 °C (high temperature stress) at flowering stage. The plants were grown in the field under the free air temperature increment condition. The proteomic changes in rice leaves due to high temperature stress were discussed. The proteomes of leaves had about 3000 protein spots, reproducibly detected on 2-dimensional electrophoretic gels with 573 proteins differentially expressed between the control and the high temperature treatments. Putative physiological functions suggested five categories such as growth (15.4 %), heat shock proteins (7.7 %), regulatory proteins (26.9 %), redox homeostasis proteins (11.5 %) and energy and metabolism (38.5 %) related proteins. The results of the present study suggest that cv. N22, an agronomically recognized temperature tolerant rice cultivar copes with high temperature stress in a complex manner. Several functional proteins play important roles in its responses. The predicted climate change events necessitate more studies using this cultivar under different simulated ecological conditions to identify proteomic changes and the associated genes to be used as biomarkers and to gain a better understanding on the biochemical pathways involved in tolerance. PMID:26323334

  10. Probing the electronic and vibrational structure of Au2Al2- and Au2Al2 using photoelectron spectroscopy and high resolution photoelectron imaging

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    Lopez, Gary V.; Czekner, Joseph; Jian, Tian; Li, Wei-Li; Yang, Zheng; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2014-12-01

    The electronic and vibrational structures of Au2Al2- and Au2Al2 have been investigated using photoelectron spectroscopy (PES), high-resolution photoelectron imaging, and theoretical calculations. Photoelectron spectra taken at high photon energies with a magnetic-bottle apparatus reveal numerous detachment transitions and a large energy gap for the neutral Au2Al2. Vibrationally resolved PE spectra are obtained using high-resolution photoelectron imaging for the ground state detachment transition of Au2Al2- at various photon energies (670.55-843.03 nm). An accurate electron affinity of 1.4438(8) eV is obtained for the Au2Al2 neutral cluster, as well as two vibrational frequencies at 57 ± 8 and 305 ± 13 cm-1. Hot bands transitions yield two vibrational frequencies for Au2Al2- at 57 ± 10 and 144 ± 12 cm-1. The obtained vibrational and electronic structure information is compared with density functional calculations, unequivocally confirming that both Au2Al2- and Au2Al2 possess C2v tetrahedral structures.

  11. High density GaN/AlN quantum dots for deep UV LED with high quantum efficiency and temperature stability

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    Yang, Weihuang; Li, Jinchai; Zhang, Yong; Huang, Po-Kai; Lu, Tien-Chang; Kuo, Hao-Chung; Li, Shuping; Yang, Xu; Chen, Hangyang; Liu, Dayi; Kang, Junyong

    2014-01-01

    High internal efficiency and high temperature stability ultraviolet (UV) light-emitting diodes (LEDs) at 308?nm were achieved using high density (2.5 × 109?cm?2) GaN/AlN quantum dots (QDs) grown by MOVPE. Photoluminescence shows the characteristic behaviors of QDs: nearly constant linewidth and emission energy, and linear dependence of the intensity with varying excitation power. More significantly, the radiative recombination was found to dominant from 15 to 300?K, with a high internal quantum efficiency of 62% even at room temperature. PMID:24898569

  12. A biochar application protects rice pollen from high-temperature stress.

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    Fahad, Shah; Hussain, Saddam; Saud, Shah; Tanveer, Mohsin; Bajwa, Ali Ahsan; Hassan, Shah; Shah, Adnan Noor; Ullah, Abid; Wu, Chao; Khan, Faheem Ahmed; Shah, Farooq; Ullah, Sami; Chen, Yajun; Huang, Jianliang

    2015-11-01

    The influences of high temperature and fertilization with biochar and phosphorus (P) on the pollen characteristics of two rice cultivars (IR-64 and Huanghuazhan) were examined in controlled growth chambers. Temperature treatments included high daytime temperature (HDT), high nighttime temperature (HNT) and ambient temperature (AT). The fertilization treatments were control, biochar alone, P alone and biochar + P. High temperature severely reduced pollen fertility, anther dehiscence, pollen retention and pollen germination of both rice cultivars, with HNT more destructive than HDT. The Huanghuazhan cultivar performed better than IR-64 under high temperature, with higher pollen fertility, better anther dehiscence and greater pollen retention and germination rates. In both cultivars, the pollen of plants treated with biochar + P were more resistant to heat induced stress. Further studies are needed to test the ability of biochar to ameliorate the effects of different abiotic stresses in rice and other crops. PMID:26318145

  13. High-Temperature Thermometer Using Cr-Doped GdAlO3 Broadband Luminescence

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    Eldridge, Jeffrey; Chambers, Matthew

    2011-01-01

    A new concept has been developed for a high-temperature luminescence-based optical thermometer that both shows the desired temperature sensitivity in the upper temperature range of present state-of-the-art luminescence thermometers (above 1,300 C), while maintaining substantial stronger luminescence signal intensity that will allow these optical thermometers to operate in the presence of the high thermal background radiation typical of industrial applications. This objective is attained by using a Cr-doped GdAlO3 (Cr:GdAlO3) sensor with an orthorhombic perovskite structure, resulting in broadband luminescence that remains strong at high temperature due to the favorable electron energy level spacing of Cr:GdAlO3. The Cr:GdAlO3 temperature (and pressure) sensor can be incorporated into, or applied onto, a component s surface when a non-contact surface temperature measurement is desired, or alternatively, the temperature sensor can be attached to the end of a fiber-optic probe that can then be positioned at the location where the temperature measurement is desired. In the case of the fiber-optic probe, both the pulsed excitation and the luminescence emission travel through the fiber-optic light guide. In either case, a pulsed light source provides excitation of the luminescence, and the broadband luminescence emission is collected. Real-time temperature measurements are obtain ed using a least-squares fitting algorithm that determines the luminescence decay time, which has a known temperature dependence established by calibration. Due to the broad absorption and emission bands for Cr:GdAlO3, there is considerable flexibility in the choice of excitation wavelength and emission wavelength detection bands. The strategic choice of the GdAlO3 host is based on its high crystal field, phase stability, and distorted symmetry at the Cr3+ occupation sites. The use of the broadband emission for temperature sensing at high temperatures is a key feature of the invention and is novel since broadband luminescence emission normally shows severe thermal quenching. The tightly bound AlO6 octahedra in GdAlO3 results in a larger energy barrier to nonradiative decays than in other materials and therefore makes using broadband emission for temperature sensing possible at high temperatures. This approach results in a substantial increase in temperature capability. For example, the most commonly used Cr-doped crystal used for luminescence-based temperature measurements, ruby, has only been demonstrated up to 600 C, whereas the Cr:GdAlO3 optical thermometer under development has already been shown to exhibit useful luminescence up to 1,300 C. Because GdAlO3 is non-reactive and is stable in harsh, high-temperature environments, sensors composed of Cr:GdAlO3 will be very well suited for remote high-temperature measurements in engine or industrial environments where its intense high-temperature luminescence will stand out above significant thermal radiation background levels.

  14. Top-gate zinc tin oxide thin-film transistors with high bias and environmental stress stability

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    Fakhri, M.; Theisen, M.; Behrendt, A.; Görrn, P.; Riedl, T.

    2014-06-23

    Top gated metal-oxide thin-film transistors (TFTs) provide two benefits compared to their conventional bottom-gate counterparts: (i) The gate dielectric may concomitantly serve as encapsulation layer for the TFT channel. (ii) Damage of the dielectric due to high-energetic particles during channel deposition can be avoided. In our work, the top-gate dielectric is prepared by ozone based atomic layer deposition at low temperatures. For ultra-low gas permeation rates, we introduce nano-laminates of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ZrO{sub 2} as dielectrics. The resulting TFTs show a superior environmental stability even at elevated temperatures. Their outstanding stability vs. bias stress is benchmarked against bottom-gate devices with encapsulation.

  15. Conducting High Cycle Fatigue Strength Step Tests on Gamma TiAl

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    Lerch, Brad; Draper, Sue; Pereira, J. Mike

    2002-01-01

    High cycle fatigue strength testing of gamma TiAl by the step test method is investigated. A design of experiments was implemented to determine if the coaxing effect occurred during testing. Since coaxing was not observed, step testing was deemed a suitable method to define the fatigue strength at 106 cycles.

  16. Schottky-Drain Technology for AlGaN/GaN High-Electron Mobility Transistors

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    Lu, Bin

    In this letter, we demonstrate 27% improvement in the buffer breakdown voltage of AlGaN/GaN high-electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) grown on Si substrate by using a new Schottky-drain contact technology. Schottky-drain ...

  17. Hydrogen incorporation in stishovite at high pressure and symmetric hydrogen bonding in N-AlOOH

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    Stixrude, Lars

    Hydrogen incorporation in stishovite at high pressure and symmetric hydrogen bonding in N significant amounts of hydrogen in stishovite under lower-mantle conditions. The enthalpy of solution pressure and temperature. We predict asymmetric hydrogen bonding in the stishovite^N-AlOOH solid solution

  18. 76 FR 24541 - HighMark Capital Management, Inc., et al.,

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    2011-05-02

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION HighMark Capital Management, Inc., et al., Notice of Application April 26, 2011. AGENCY: Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission''). ACTION: Notice of application for an order...

  19. Precipitation in Al–Mg solid solution prepared by solidification under high pressure

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    Jie, J.C.; Wang, H.W.; Zou, C.M.; Wei, Z.J.; Li, T.J.

    2014-01-15

    The precipitation in Al–Mg solid solution containing 21.6 at.% Mg prepared by solidification under 2 GPa was investigated. The results show that the ?-Al{sub 12}Mg{sub 17} phase is formed and the ?? phase cannot be observed in the solid solution during ageing process. The precipitation of ? and ? phases takes place in a non-uniform manner during heating process, i.e. the ? and ? phases are first formed in the interdendritic region, which is caused by the inhomogeneous distribution of Mg atoms in the solid solution solidified under high pressure. Peak splitting of X-ray diffraction patterns of Al(Mg) solid solution appears, and then disappears when the samples are aged at 423 K for different times, due to the non-uniform precipitation in Al–Mg solid solution. The direct transformation from the ? to ? phase is observed after ageing at 423 K for 24 h. It is considered that the ? phase is formed through a peritectoid reaction of ? + ? ? ? which needs the diffusion of Mg atoms across the interface of ?/? phases. - Highlights: • The ? phase is formed and the ?? phase is be observed in Al(Mg) solid solution. • Peak splitting of XRD pattern of Al(Mg) solid solution appears during aged at 150 °C. • The ? phase is formed through a peritectoid reaction of ? + ? ? ?.

  20. Investigation of trap states under Schottky contact in GaN/AlGaN/AlN/GaN high electron mobility transistors

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    Ma, Xiao-Hua E-mail: yhao@xidian.edu.cn; Chen, Wei-Wei; Hou, Bin; Zhu, Jie-Jie; Zhang, Kai; Zhang, Jin-Cheng; Zheng, Xue-Feng; Hao, Yue E-mail: yhao@xidian.edu.cn

    2014-03-03

    Forward gate-bias stress experiments are performed to investigate the variation of trap states under Schottky contact in GaN-based high electron mobility transistors. Traps with activation energy E{sub T} ranging from 0.22?eV to 0.31?eV are detected at the gate-semiconductor interface by dynamic conductance technique. Trap density decreases prominently after stressing, particularly for traps with E{sub T}?>?0.24?eV. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements reveal a weaker Ga-O peak on the stressed semiconductor surface. It is postulated that oxygen is stripped by Ni to form NiO upon electrical stress, contributing to the decrease in O{sub N} donor sates under the gate contact.

  1. High performance AlScN thin film based surface acoustic wave devices with large electromechanical coupling coefficient

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    Wang, Wenbo; Mayrhofer, Patrick M.; He, Xingli; Gillinger, Manuel; Ye, Zhi; Wang, Xiaozhi; Bittner, Achim; Schmid, Ulrich; Luo, J. K.

    2014-09-01

    AlN and AlScN thin films with 27% scandium (Sc) were synthesized by DC magnetron sputtering deposition and used to fabricate surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices. Compared with AlN-based devices, the AlScN SAW devices exhibit much better transmission properties. Scandium doping results in electromechanical coupling coefficient, K2, in the range of 2.0% ˜ 2.2% for a wide normalized thickness range, more than a 300% increase compared to that of AlN-based SAW devices, thus demonstrating the potential applications of AlScN in high frequency resonators, sensors, and high efficiency energy harvesting devices. The coupling coefficients of the present AlScN based SAW devices are much higher than that of the theoretical calculation based on some assumptions for AlScN piezoelectric material properties, implying there is a need for in-depth investigations on the material properties of AlScN.

  2. Considering the Role of Stress in Populations of High-Risk, Underserved Community Networks Program Centers

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    Hébert, James R.; Braun, Kathryn L.; Kaholokula, Joseph Keawe‘aimoku; Armstead, Cheryl A.; Burch, James B.; Thompson, Beti

    2015-01-01

    Background Cancer disparities are associated with a broad range of sociocultural determinants of health that operate in community contexts. High-risk populations may be more vulnerable to social and environmental factors that lead to chronic stress. Theoretical and empirical research indicates that exposure to contextual and sociocultural stress alters biological systems, thereby influencing cancer risk, progression, and, ultimately, mortality. Objective We sought to describe contextual pathways through which stress likely increases cancer risk in high-risk, underserved populations. Methods This review presents a description of the link between contextual stressors and disease risk disparities within underserved communities, with a focus on 1) stress as a proximal link between biological processes, such as cytokine responses, inflammation, and cancer and 2) stress as a distal link to cancer through biobehavioral risk factors such as poor diet, physical inactivity, circadian rhythm or sleep disruption, and substance abuse. These concepts are illustrated through application to populations served by three National Cancer Institute-funded Community Networks Program Centers (CNPCs): African Americans in the Deep South (the South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network [SCCDCN]), Native Hawaiians (‘Imi Hale—Native Hawaiian Cancer Network), and Latinos in the Lower Yakima Valley of Washington State (The Center for Hispanic Health Promotion: Reducing Cancer Disparities). Conclusions Stress experienced by the underserved communities represented in the CNPCs is marked by social, biological, and behavioral pathways that increase cancer risk. A case is presented to increase research on sociocultural determinants of health, stress, and cancer risk among racial/ethnic minorities in underserved communities. PMID:26213406

  3. Fabrication of Highly-Oleophobic and Superhydrophobic Surfaces on Microtextured al Substrates

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    Liu, Changsong; Zhou, Jigen; Zheng, Dongmei; Wan, Yong; Li, Zhiwen

    2011-06-01

    Theoretical calculations suggest that creating highly-oleophobic surfaces would require a surface energy lower than that of any known materials. In the present work, we demonstrate microtextured Al substrate surfaces with veins-like micro/nanostructures displaying apparent contact angles (CA) greater than 120°, even with nitromethane (surface tension ?1 = 37 mN/m). The Al substrate was microtextured by a chemical solution mixed by zinc nitrate hexahydrate, hexamethyltetramine and a little of hydrofluoric acid. A fluoroalkylsilane (FAS) agent was used to tune the surface wettability. The Al substrates were microtextured by veins-like micro/nanostructures and generating a solid-liquid-vapor composite interface. Combination with FAS modification, the Al surfaces resulted in an oleophobicity with CA for nitromethane was 126.3° (152.7° for diethylene glycol, ?1 = 45.2 mN/m). In addition, the Al surfaces demonstrated a low rolling-off angle with < 6° even for diethylene glycol. However, nitromethane droplet favored to pin on the sample surface even the sample stage is tilted to 90°. It is noted that this highly-oleophobic behavior is induced mainly by topography, which form a composite surface of air and solid with oil drop sitting partially on air. The results are expected to promote the study on self-cleaning applications, especially in the condition with oil contaminations.

  4. Nosema ceranae alters a highly conserved hormonal stress pathway in honeybees.

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    Mayack, C; Natsopoulou, M E; McMahon, D P

    2015-12-01

    Nosema ceranae, an emerging pathogen of the western honeybee (Apis mellifera), is implicated in recent pollinator losses and causes severe energetic stress. However, whether precocious foraging and accelerated behavioural maturation in infected bees are caused by the infection itself or via indirect energetic stress remains unknown. Using a combination of nutritional and infection treatments, we investigated how starvation and infection alters the regulation of adipokinetic hormone (AKH) and octopamine, two highly conserved physiological pathways that respond to energetic stress by mobilizing fat stores and increasing search activity for food. Although there was no response from AKH when bees were experimentally infected with N. ceranae or starved, supporting the notion that honeybees have lost this pathway, there were significant regulatory changes in the octopamine pathway. Significantly, we found no evidence of acute energetic stress being the only cause of symptoms associated with N.?ceranae infection. Therefore, the parasite itself appears to alter regulatory components along a highly conserved physiological pathway in an infection-specific manner. This indicates that pathogen-induced behavioural alteration of chronically infected bees should not just be viewed as a coincidental short-term by-product of pathogenesis (acute energetic stress) and may be a result of a generalist manipulation strategy to obtain energy for reproduction. PMID:26335565

  5. Gender Role Discrepancy Stress, High-Risk Sexual Behavior, and Sexually Transmitted Disease.

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    Reidy, Dennis E; Brookmeyer, Kathryn A; Gentile, Brittany; Berke, Danielle S; Zeichner, Amos

    2016-02-01

    Nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in the United States. Traditionally, men have demonstrated much greater risk for contraction of and mortality from STDs perhaps because they tend to engage in a number of risky sexual activities. Research on masculinity suggests that gender roles influence males' sexual health by encouraging risk-taking behavior, discouraging access to health services, and narrowly defining their roles as partners. However, despite the propensity of highly masculine men to engage in high-risk sexual behavior, there is reason to suspect that men at the other end of the continuum may still be driven to engage in similar high-risk behaviors as a consequence of gender socialization. Discrepancy stress is a form of gender role stress that occurs when men fail to live up to the ideal manhood derived from societal prescriptions (i.e., Gender Role Discrepancy). In the present study, we surveyed a national sample of 600 men via Amazon Mechanical Turk to assess perceived gender role discrepancy, experience of discrepancy stress, and the associations with risky sexual behavior and potential contraction of STDs. Results indicated that men who believe they are less masculine than the typical man (i.e., gender role discrepancy) and experience distress stemming from this discrepancy (i.e., discrepancy stress) engage in high-risk sexual behavior and are subsequently diagnosed with more STDs. Findings are discussed in relation to implications for primary prevention strategies. PMID:25564036

  6. FtsH11 Proteases play a critical role in high temperature stress tolerance in plants

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    FtsHs (Filamentous temperature sensitive H), ATP-dependent zinc metalloproteases of the AAA-superfamily, play essential roles in the turn over of thylakoid proteins damaged by high light stress during photosynthesis. Here, we show that FtsH11, one of the 12 FtsH members in Arabidopsis, plays critic...

  7. The Effects of Mindfulness Meditation Training on Multitasking in a High-Stress Information Environment

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    Wobbrock, Jacob O.

    The Effects of Mindfulness Meditation Training on Multitasking in a High-Stress Information who underwent an 8-week training course on mindfulness-based meditation, (2) those who endured a wait human resource (HR) managers were given either 8 weeks of training in mindfulness meditation, relaxation

  8. Recognition of Facial Emotions among Maltreated Children with High Rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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    Masten, Carrie L.; Guyer, Amanda E.; Hodgdon, Hilary B.; McClure, Erin B.; Charney, Dennis S.; Ernst, Monique; Kaufman, Joan; Pine, Daniel S.; Monk, Christopher S.

    2008-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of this study is to examine processing of facial emotions in a sample of maltreated children showing high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Maltreatment during childhood has been associated independently with both atypical processing of emotion and the development of PTSD. However, research has provided little…

  9. Thioredoxin 2, an Oxidative Stress-induced Protein, Contains a High Affinity Zinc Binding Site*

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    Bardwell, James

    Thioredoxin 2, an Oxidative Stress-induced Protein, Contains a High Affinity Zinc Binding Site contains zinc in a 1:1 stoichiometry, making it the first identified zinc- binding thioredoxin. The zinc atom is coordinated by the four cysteines of the two N-terminal CXXC motifs. The zinc center of Trx2

  10. Metagenomic Analysis of Stress Genes in Microbial Mat Communities from Antarctica and the High Arctic

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    Vincent, Warwick F.

    . In contrast, more reads matching the sigma B genes were identified in the Ant- arctic mat, likely reflectingMetagenomic Analysis of Stress Genes in Microbial Mat Communities from Antarctica and the High-coding genes showed similarities between the mats from the two poles, with the majority of genes derived from

  11. Factor Structure of Coping: Two Studies of Mothers with High Levels of Life Stress

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    Eisengart, Sheri P.; Singer, Lynn T.; Kirchner, H. Lester; Min, Meeyoung Oh; Fulton, Sarah; Short, Elizabeth J.; Minnes, Sonia

    2006-01-01

    Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) were used to investigate the factor structure of coping in mothers with high levels of life stress. In Study 1, EFA of the Coping Orientation to Problems Experienced (C. S. Carver, M. F. Scheier, & J. K. Weintraub, 1989) in a sample of mothers of full-term or very low birth…

  12. Feasibility study of Nb3Al Rutherford cable for high field accelerator magnet application

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    Yamada, R.; Kikuchi, A.; Ambrosio, G.; Andreev, N.; Barzi, E.; Cooper, C.; Feher, S.; Kashikhin, V.V.; Lamm, M.; Novitski, I.; Takeuchi, T.; Tartaglia, M.; Turrioni, D.; Verweij, A.P.; Wake, M.; Willering, G; Zlobin, A.V.; /Fermilab

    2006-08-01

    Feasibility study of Cu stabilized Nb{sub 3}Al strand and Rutherford cable for the application to high field accelerator magnets are being done at Fermilab in collaboration with NIMS. The Nb{sub 3}Al strand, which was developed and manufactured at NIMS in Japan, has a non-copper Jc of about 844 A/mm{sup 2} at 15 Tesla at 4.2 K, a copper content of 50%, and filament size of about 50 microns. Rutherford cables with 27 Nb{sub 3}Al strands of 1.03 mm diameter were fabricated and tested. Quench tests on a short cable were done to study its stability with only its self field, utilizing a high current transformer. A pair of 2 meter long Nb{sub 3}Al cables was tested extensively at CERN at 4.3 and 1.9 K up to 11 Tesla including its self field with a high transport current of 20.2 kA. In the low field test we observed instability near splices and in the central region. This is related to the flux-jump like behavior, because of excessive amount of Nb in the Nb{sub 3}Al strand. There is possibility that the Nb in Nb{sub 3}Al can cause instability below 2 Tesla field regions. We need further investigation on this problem. Above 8 Tesla, we observed quenches near the critical surface at fast ramp rate from 1000 to 3000 A/sec, with quench velocity over 100 m/sec. A small racetrack magnet was made using a 14 m of Rutherford cable and successfully tested up to 21.8 kA, corresponding to 8.7 T.

  13. The Mw 5.8 Virginia Earthquake of August 23, 2011 and its Aftershocks: A Shallow High Stress Drop Event

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    Ellsworth, W. L.; Imanishi, K.; Luetgert, J. H.; Kruger, J.; Hamilton, J.

    2011-12-01

    We analyze the hypocentral distribution and source parameters of the aftershocks of the Virginia Earthquake of August 23, 2011 using a temporary array of telemetered instruments deployed within 20 km of the main shock. Our data come from four USGS NetQuakes accelerometers and seven IRIS/PASSCAL seismometers that were established within a few days of the earthquake. Aftershock seismograms at these near-source stations are characterized by impulsive, high-frequency P and S phases at most sites. In addition, we use the five closest permanent stations (60 - 310 km distance) to analyze the main shock. Hypocenters, crustal velocity model and station corrections were determined using the program VELEST (Kissling, et al, 1994). The aftershocks define a 10-km-long, N 30 degree E striking, 45 degree ESE dipping fault. This fault plane agrees well with the USGS moment tensor solutions for the main shock. Aftershock depths range from 2.5 to 8 km, placing the sequence in the Cambrian metamorphic rocks of the Eastern Piedmont thrust sheet. We relocated the main shock relative to a well-located Mw 3.5 aftershock using the P-wave arrival times at the five permanent stations. The main shock epicenter lies in the middle of the aftershock zone. Its focal depth, although not well constrained, is similar to the aftershocks. A crustal-scale seismic reflection profile was acquired by the USGS in 1981 along I-64 just 4 km southwest of the nearest aftershocks. This profile runs nearly parallel to the dip direction of the aftershock zone and has been interpreted to contain many ESE-dipping reverse faults in the allochthonous upper crust (Harris et al., 1986; Pratt, et al., 1988). When projected onto the reflection profile the aftershocks locate within a relatively non-reflective zone bounded above and below by prominent bands of more shallowly dipping reflectors reported by Pratt et al. (1988) raising the question whether or not the earthquake reactivated a pre-existing fault. Seismic moments and corner frequencies for the aftershocks were determined using the 200 sps NetQuakes data. Both P and S corner frequencies were determined using the Multi-Window Spectral Ratio (MWSR) method of Imanishi and Ellsworth (2006) for pairs of nearly co-located events. Stress drops as high as 100 MPa were measured, and all values are higher than the "normal" range of 3-5 MPa commonly found in tectonically active areas. We also analyzed the main shock using the MWSR method with the five permanent stations and larger aftershock records. We determined a stress drop of 50-75 MPa for the main shock. This corresponds to a circular rupture 1.6-2.0 km in radius with an average slip of 1.5-2.5 m. A circular source with these dimensions fits snugly in the lightly populated center of the aftershock zone where it is bracketed by dense concentrations of aftershocks to either side and above. The high stress drop values for the main shock and aftershock require a nearly complete stress drop for a crust in frictional equilibrium with a coefficient of friction of 0.6.

  14. Oxidative stress plays a role in high glucose-induced activation of pancreatic stellate cells

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    Ryu, Gyeong Ryul; Lee, Esder; Chun, Hyun-Ji; Yoon, Kun-Ho; Ko, Seung-Hyun; Ahn, Yu-Bae; Song, Ki-Ho

    2013-09-20

    Highlights: •High glucose increased production of reactive oxygen species in cultured pancreatic stellate cells. •High glucose facilitated the activation of these cells. •Antioxidant treatment attenuated high glucose-induced activation of these cells. -- Abstract: The activation of pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) is thought to be a potential mechanism underlying islet fibrosis, which may contribute to progressive ?-cell failure in type 2 diabetes. Recently, we demonstrated that antioxidants reduced islet fibrosis in an animal model of type 2 diabetes. However, there is no in vitro study demonstrating that high glucose itself can induce oxidative stress in PSCs. Thus, PSCs were isolated and cultured from Sprague Dawley rats, and treated with high glucose for 72 h. High glucose increased the production of reactive oxygen species. When treated with high glucose, freshly isolated PSCs exhibited myofibroblastic transformation. During early culture (passage 1), PSCs treated with high glucose contained an increased number of ?-smooth muscle actin-positive cells. During late culture (passages 2–5), PSCs treated with high glucose exhibited increases in cell proliferation, the expression of fibronectin and connective tissue growth factor, release of interleukin-6, transforming growth factor-? and collagen, and cell migration. Finally, the treatment of PSCs with high glucose and antioxidants attenuated these changes. In conclusion, we demonstrated that high glucose increased oxidative stress in primary rat PSCs, thereby facilitating the activation of these cells, while antioxidant treatment attenuated high glucose-induced PSC activation.

  15. High Temperature Aerogels in the Al2O3-SiO2 System

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    Hurwitz, Frances I.; Aranda, Denisse V.; Gallagher, Meghan E.

    2008-01-01

    Al2O3-SiO2 aerogels are of interest as constituents of thermal insulation systems for use at high temperatures. Al2O3 and mullite aerogels are expected to crystallize at higher temperatures than their SiO2 counterparts, hence avoiding the shrinkages that accompany the formation of lower temperature SiO2 phases and preserving pore structures into higher temperature regimes. The objective of this work is to determine the influence of processing parameters on shrinkage, gel structure (including surface area, pore size and distribution) and pyrolysis behavior.

  16. Solid state amorphization in the Al-Fe binary system during high energy milling

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    Urban, P. Montes, J. M.; Cintas, J.

    2013-12-16

    In the present study, mechanical alloying (MA) of Al75Fe25 elemental powders mixture was carried out in argon atmosphere, using a high energy attritor ball mill. The microstructure of the milled products at different stages of milling was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results showed that the amorphous phase content increased by increasing the milling time, and after 50 hours the amorphization process became complete. Heating the samples resulted in the crystallization of the synthesized amorphous alloys and the appearance of the equilibrium intermetallic compounds Al{sub 5}Fe{sub 2}.

  17. Phase separation in equiatomic AlCoCrFeNi high-entropy alloy.

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    Manzoni, A; Daoud, H; Völkl, R; Glatzel, U; Wanderka, N

    2013-09-01

    The microstructure of the as-cast AlCoCrFeNi high entropy alloy has been investigated by transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography. The alloy shows a very pronounced microstructure with clearly distinguishable dendrites and interdendrites. In both regions a separation into an Al-Ni rich matrix and Cr-Fe-rich precipitates can be observed. Moreover, fluctuations of single elements within the Cr-Fe rich phase have been singled out by three dimensional atom probe measurements. The results of investigations are discussed in terms of spinodal decomposition of the alloying elements inside the Cr-Fe-rich precipitates. PMID:23352803

  18. B2 structure of high-entropy alloys with addition of Al

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    Li, C.; Zhao, M.; Li, J. C.; Jiang, Q.

    2008-12-01

    A series of AlCrCoNiFe based alloys with equal percentage of principal components (high-entropy alloys or HE alloys) is fabricated. The related crystalline structures of the alloys are measured and calculated. Results show that the formed bcc phase is a compound based B2 structure where there is partial ionic bonding between Al and other transition metals. Thus, the bcc structure of the alloys should be a B2 instead of an A2 due to the large difference in electronegativities among the components consisting of the HE alloys.

  19. Isentropic Compression Driven by High-Explosive Application to TI-6AL-4V

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    Voltz, C.; Sollier, A.; Maillet, J.-B.; Bouyer, V.

    2009-12-01

    We report on an isentropic compression experiment of Ti-6Al-4V alloy based on the use of the release of detonation products from a high-explosive to generate a ramp wave compression in a multisteps target. VISAR and DLI measurements of the rear free surface velocities of the different steps allow computing the sound velocity of the material during its compression, which is characteristic of the EOS of the material. The experimental device is described and the sound velocity measurements are analyzed. We obtain Ti-6Al-4V strength along the compression up to 15 GPa. The results are compared with two dimensional elastic-plastic simulations.

  20. Role of high-dose melphalan and autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation in AL amyloidosis

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    Sanchorawala, Vaishali

    2012-01-01

    AL amyloidosis is the most common form of systemic amyloidosis and is associated with an underlying plasma cell dyscrasia. The disease is often difficult to recognize because of its broad range of manifestations and, what are often, vague symptoms. Recent diagnostic and prognostic advances include the serum free light chain assay, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, and serologic cardiac biomarkers. Treatment strategies that have evolved during the past decade are prolonging survival and preserving organ function in patients with this disease. This review outlines the role of high dose melphalan and stem cell transplantation in the treatment of AL amyloidosis. PMID:22432083

  1. Effect of Diffusion Control Layer on Reverse Al-Induced Layer Exchange Process for High-Quality Ge/Al/Glass Structure

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    Nakazawa, K.; Toko, K.; Suemasu, T.

    2015-05-01

    Fabricating large-grained polycrystalline Ge (poly-Ge) thin films on conducting-layer coated glass is a promising approach to lower the manufacturing cost of high-efficiency III-V tandem solar cells. We investigated the self-organizing formation of poly-Ge/Al/glass structures by using Al-induced layer exchange. The layer exchange between amorphous Ge and Al layers was completed at a low temperature of 350°C. Forming the interlayer between Ge and Al, i.e., limiting the diffusion of Ge to Al lowered the Ge nucleation rate and then enlarged the grain size of the resulting poly-Ge layer. The natively oxidized Al interlayer, formed by exposing a thin Al membrane (2-nm thickness) to air for 180 min, led to the poly-Ge with grains 46 ?m in size. Moreover, the Ge layer was highly (111)-oriented. This Ge/Al/glass structure appears promising for use in the bottom cell of the III-V semiconductor based tandem solar cells, as well as in the epitaxial templates for aligned nanowires and other advanced materials.

  2. 227-261 nm AlGaN-based Deep Ultraviolet Light-emitting Diodes Fabricated on High-quality AlN Buffer on Sapphire

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    Hirayama, Hideki; Yatabe, Tohru; Noguchi, Norimichi; Kamata, Norihiko

    We demonstrated AlGaN multi-quantum well (MQW) deep ultraviolet (UV) light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with wavelength in the range of 227-261 nm fabricated on high-quality AlN buffers on sapphire substrates. We achieved crack-free, thick AlN buffer on sapphire with low threading dislocation density (TDD) and atomically flat surface by introducing an ammonia (NH3) pulse-flow multi-layer (ML) growth method through metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The edge- and screw-type dislocation densities of AlGaN layer on AlN buffer were reduced to 7.5×108 and 3.8×107 cm-2, respectively, by using a ML-AlN buffer. We achieved single-peaked high-brightness operations of AlGaN deep-UV LEDs by fabricating them on the ML-AlN buffers on sapphire substrates. The maximum output power and external quantum efficiency (EQE) of the 261 nm and 227.5 nm LEDs were 1.65 mW and 0.23% under room-temperature (RT) CW operation, and 0.15 mW and 0.2%, under RT pulsed operation, respectively.

  3. 3D numerical thermal stress analysis of the high power target for the SLC Positron Source

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    Reuter, E.M.; Hodgson, J.A.

    1991-05-01

    The volumetrically nonuniform power deposition of the incident 33 GeV electron beam in the SLC Positron Source Target is hypothesized to be the most likely cause target failure. The resultant pulsed temperature distributions are known to generate complicated stress fields with no known closed-form analytical solution. 3D finite element analyses of these temperature distributions and associated thermal stress fields in the new High Power Target are described here. Operational guidelines based on the results of these analyses combined with assumptions made about the fatigue characteristics of the exotic target material are proposed. 6 refs., 4 figs.

  4. Rapid mapping of transverse stresses along a highly birefringent optical fiber

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    Cokgor, Ilkan; Handerek, Vincent A.; Rogers, Alan J.

    1993-12-01

    A new arrangement is described for mapping transverse stress regions along a highly- birefringent fiber, using the optical Kerr effect in a pump-probe system. This arrangement provides a passively-biased detection system immune from thermal variations in sensitivity and, in principle, enables information to be extracted with only one laser pulse. It also enables real time location of transverse stress points which are moving along the fiber. As the laser sources employed are very compact, this system is potentially easily portable.

  5. Growth and characterization of highly oriented AlN films by DC reactive sputtering

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    Panda, Padmalochan; Sravani, Bulusu; Ramaseshan, R.; Ravi, N.; Jose, Feby; Dash, S.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2015-06-01

    Wurtzite type AlN thin films were grown on Si (100) substrates at substrate temperatures (S.T.) varying from RT to 600 °C using DC reactive magnetron sputtering by keeping the parameters such as Ar/N2, power and target to substrate distance (TSD) constant. Evolution of preferred orientation of the deposited films was studied by GIXRD and a-axis orientation was observed at 400 °C. The residual stress measurement of these films was carried out by sin2? technique and they varied from tensile to compressive (R.T. to 600 °C). Highest hardness (HIT) was observed for 400 °C as 20 GPa, whereas highest modulus was observed for 600 °C as 264 GPa.

  6. High temperature behavior of nanostructured Al powders obtained by mechanical alloying under NH3 flow

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    Caballero, E. S.; Cintas, J.; Cuevas, F. G.; Montes, J. M.; Herrera-García, M.

    2015-03-01

    Aluminium powder was mechanically alloyed under ammonia gas flow for different times (1-5 h) in order to produce a second-phase reinforcement, mainly by aluminium nitride (AlN). After milling, powders were consolidated by cold uniaxial pressing and vacuum sintering. A small amount of copper powder was added to the Al milled powder to improve its sintering behavior. Hardness and indirect tensile test were carried out at room and high temperature to evaluate the mechanical properties evolution. Results showed an remarkable hardness increase with the second phases content, even at high temperature (up to 229 HB at 400 °C). However, the high content of second phases of ceramic nature decreases the ductility, resulting in low values of tensile strength (lower than 160 MPa).

  7. A Review of Mold Flux Development for the Casting of High-Al Steels

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    Wang, Wanlin; Lu, Boxun; Xiao, Dan

    2015-10-01

    Mold flux plays key roles during the continuous casting process of molten steel, which accounts for the quality of final slabs. With the development of advanced high strength steels (AHSS), certain amounts of Al have been added into steels that would introduce severe slag/metal interaction problems during process of continuous casting. The reaction is between Al and SiO2 that is the major component in the mold flux system. Intensive efforts have been conducted to optimize the mold flux and a CaO-Al2O3-based mold flux system has been proposed, which shows the potential to be applied for the casting process of AHSS. The latest developments for this new mold flux system were summarized with the aim to offer technical guidance for the design of new generation mold flux system for the casting of AHSS.

  8. Irradiation Resistance in Al x CoCrFeNi High Entropy Alloys

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    Xia, S. Q.; Yang, X.; Yang, T. F.; Liu, S.; Zhang, Y.

    2015-08-01

    The irradiation behavior of Al x CoCrFeNi (x = 0.1, 0.75, and 1.5) high entropy alloys was studied under 3 MeV Au-ions irradiation. The microstructural change and volume swelling due to irradiation were investigated using transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The results showed that, with increasing the Al contents, the phase crystal structures of the as-cast samples evolved from face-centered cubic (FCC), to FCC + body-centered cubic (BCC), and BCC and irradiation-induced volume swelling increased. All alloys showed exceptional structural stability when irradiated up to over 50 displacement per atom at 298 K, and the irradiation-induced volume swellings in Al x CoCrFeNi HEAs were significantly lower than conventional nuclear materials under similar irradiation dosages.

  9. Nano features of Al/Au ultrasonic bond interface observed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy

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    Ji Hongjun; Li Mingyu Kim, Jong-Myung; Kim, Dae-Won; Wang Chunqing

    2008-10-15

    Nano-scale interfacial details of ultrasonic AlSi1 wire wedge bonding to a Au/Ni/Cu pad were investigated using high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The intermetallic phase Au{sub 8}Al{sub 3} formed locally due to diffusion and reaction activated by ultrasound at the Al/Au bond interface. Multilayer sub-interfaces roughly parallel to the wire/pad interface were observed among this phase, and interdiffusional features near the Au pad resembled interference patterns, alternately dark and bright bars. Solid-state diffusion theory cannot be used to explain why such a thick compound formed within milliseconds at room temperature. The major formation of metallurgical bonds was attributed to ultrasonic cyclic vibration.

  10. High Density Hydrogen Storage System Demonstration Using NaAlH4 Based Complex Compound Hydrides

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    Daniel A. Mosher; Xia Tang; Ronald J. Brown; Sarah Arsenault; Salvatore Saitta; Bruce L. Laube; Robert H. Dold; Donald L. Anton

    2007-07-27

    This final report describes the motivations, activities and results of the hydrogen storage independent project "High Density Hydrogen Storage System Demonstration Using NaAlH4 Based Complex Compound Hydrides" performed by the United Technologies Research Center under the Department of Energy Hydrogen Program, contract # DE-FC36-02AL67610. The objectives of the project were to identify and address the key systems technologies associated with applying complex hydride materials, particularly ones which differ from those for conventional metal hydride based storage. This involved the design, fabrication and testing of two prototype systems based on the hydrogen storage material NaAlH4. Safety testing, catalysis studies, heat exchanger optimization, reaction kinetics modeling, thermochemical finite element analysis, powder densification development and material neutralization were elements included in the effort.

  11. RuAl thin films on high-temperature piezoelectric substrates

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    Seifert, M.; Menzel, S. B.; Rane, G. K.; Hoffmann, M.; Gemming, T.

    2015-08-01

    The phase formation, structural and electrical properties of thin Ru-Al alloy films prepared on LGS (La3Ga5SiO14) and CTGS (Ca3TaGa3Si2O14) as well as on Si/SiO2(reference) substrates are analyzed for samples prepared at room temperature and after annealing for 10 h in high vacuum at 600 °C and 800 °C. The physical characterization reveals a strong dependence of the film quality on the chosen substrate. While the RuAl phase is clearly formed on the Si/SiO2 reference substrate, the phase is not stable on LGS and only weakly formed on CTGS due to a substrate decomposition effect and related Ga and O diffusion into the RuAl film.

  12. Maternal high fat diet programs stress-induced behavioral disorder in adult offspring.

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    Lin, ChengCheng; Shao, Bei; Huang, HuanJie; Zhou, YuLei; Lin, YuanShao

    2015-12-01

    Early life exposure to specific environmental factors can contribute to development of behavioral disorders in adulthood. Although maternal high fat diet (HFD) consumption during the perinatal period has been reported to program offspring behavior, the underlying mechanisms remain to be elucidated. The present study was designed to evaluate the influence of maternal HFD on offspring behavior under nonstressed and stressful conditions, using male Sprague-Dawley offspring, which mothers were fed with HFD or normal diet (ND), receiving chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) in the adulthood. We found that although the detrimental effects of maternal HFD consumption on offspring depressive behavior did not persist into adulthood, it markedly aggravated the behavioral disorder response to stressful challenge in adult offspring. Moreover, calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) concentration in CSF and hippocampus were increased in the HFD+CUMS rats, compared to the ND+CUMS subjects. Another separate groups were fitted with intracerebroventricular (icv) cannulae. Central infusion of ?CGRP8-37, a CGRP antagonist, produced antidepressant effects in HFD+CUMS rats, implying that the programming of maternal HFD on offspring behavior responses to stress may be mediated partially by endogenous central CGRP signaling. Moreover, we found that maternal HFD significantly exacerbated HPA profile response to acute restraint stress and attenuated the habituation of HPA responses to repeated restraint stress, suggesting that maternal HFD may program the changes of HPA-regulatory mechanisms. Overall, our findings suggest that maternal HFD influence adult depressive disorder response to stressful challenge, through the modulation of endogenous central CGRP signaling and HPA-regulatory components. PMID:26423785

  13. Creep of carbon-yarn and carbon-carbon composites at high temperatures and high stresses. Technical report

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    Sines, G.; Yang, Z.; Vickers, B.D.

    1988-05-01

    To better understand the creep-behavior of carbon yarn and carbon-carbon composites, creep experiments were developed that permitted testing at high temperatures (up to 2500 C) and at high stresses (up to 850 MPa) on specially prepared, uniaxial specimens that had a known gage length. Using a Dorn-type power-law relation to model steady-state creep, the apparent activation energy for the carbon-yarn and carbon-composite specimens was determined to be 1082 kj/mol. This value represents a single thermally activated process, vacancy diffusion, that compares favorably with the various types of graphitizable carbon. The value determined for the stress exponent was 7.5. It too was found to be independent of the carbon-matrix's presence and independent of the specimens' loading history. Values of the pre-exponential constant for the carbon yarn and carbon composites were also calculated. The carbon matrix greatly improves the creep resistance of the carbon composite. This improvement was attributed to the matrix's microstructure. It distributes applied loads more evenly and it may also impose a triaxial stress state in the yarns's filaments. It is proposed that such a stress state may inhibit the flux of vacancies, thus accounting in part for this increase in creep resistance.

  14. Analysis of thermal residual stress in a thick-walled ring of Duralcan-base Al-SiC functionally graded material

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    Fukui, Yasuyoshi; Watanabe, Yoshimi

    1996-12-01

    A ring-cutting test and an elastic theory were applied to evaluate the macroscopic residual stress in a thick-walled ring made of Al-SiC functionally graded material (FGM). The FGM ring specimens, with outer diameter 90 mm, radial thickness approximately 8.4 to 10 mm, and width 30 mm, were fabricated by the centrifugal casting method from an ingot of Duralcan F3D.20S of Al-20 vol pct SiC master composite. Because of a difference in centrifugal forces of SiC particles and of molten aluminum alloy, the rings had a graded composition of SiC particles in the radial direction. The volume fractions of SiC particles in each ring specimen varied in the range of 0 to 43 vol pct from the inner to the outer surface of the ring, depending on the applied mold spin speed. A ring diametral compression test was performed to validate an analytical formula based on the curved beam theory that can account for the graded properties of the material. Excellent agreement between the theory that can account for the graded properties of the material. Excellent agreement between the theory and the experiment was found. The residual stress was found to be generated by a cooling of {Delta}T = 140 K, which was from half the melting point corresponding stress-free condition to the ambient temperature. The hoop residual stresses in the FGM ring varied in the range of {minus}50 to +35 MPa and from tension at the inner surface to compression at the outer space because of the graded composition. With an increase in wall thickness and/or composition gradation, the residual stresses were found to increase.

  15. Stress and workload of men and women in high-ranking positions.

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    Lundberg, U; Frankenhaeuser, M

    1999-04-01

    Psychological and physiological stress responses related to work and family were investigated in 21 female and 21 male managers and professional specialists in high-ranking positions. The main result was that both women and men experienced their jobs as challenging and stimulating, although almost all data indicated a more favorable situation for men than for women. In addition, women were more stressed by their greater unpaid workload and by a greater responsibility for duties related to home and family. Women had higher norepinephrine levels than men did, both during and after work, which reflected their greater workload. Women with children at home had significantly higher norepinephrine levels after work than did the other participants. The possible long-term health consequences of women's higher stress levels are discussed. PMID:10212866

  16. Stress anisotropy and concentration effects in high pressure measurements. [sodium chloride

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    Nelson, D. A., Jr.; Ruoff, A. L.

    1974-01-01

    Sodium chloride is used as an internal pressure standard in high pressure research. Possible corrections are discussed which are needed in the calibration of this standard due to the independent effects of stress anisotropy and stress concentration in pressure vessels. The first is due to the lack of a truly hydrostatic state of stress in solid state pressure vessels. The second is due to the difference in the compressibilities between the pressure transmitting substances (sodium chloride) and a stiffer test specimen. These two corrections are then combined and a total correction, as a function of measured pressure, is discussed for two systems presently in use. The predicted value of the combined effect is about 5-10% of the pressure at 30 GPa.

  17. Random-type scanning patterns in laser shock peening without absorbing coating in 2024-T351 Al alloy: A solution to reduce residual stress anisotropy

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    Correa, C.; Peral, D.; Porro, J. A.; Díaz, M.; Ruiz de Lara, L.; García-Beltrán, A.; Ocaña, J. L.

    2015-10-01

    Laser Shock Peening (LSP) is considered as an alternative technology to shot peening (SP) for the induction of compressive residual stresses in metallic alloys in order to improve their fatigue, corrosion and wear resistance. Since laser pulses generated by high-intensity laser systems cover only a small area, laser pulses are generally overlapped and scanned in a zigzag-type pattern to cover completely the surface to be treated. However, zigzag-type scanning patterns induce residual stress anisotropy as collateral effect. The purpose of this paper is to describe and explain, for the first time and with the aid of the numerical model developed by the authors, the influence of the scanning pattern directionality on the residual stress tensor. As an effective solution, the authors propose the application of random-type scanning patterns instead of zigzag-type in order to reduce the mentioned residual stress anisotropy.

  18. Sputtered AlN encapsulant for high-temperature annealing of GaN

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    Zolper, J. C.; Rieger, D. J.; Baca, A. G.; Pearton, S. J.; Lee, J. W.; Stall, R. A.

    1996-07-01

    Reactively sputtered AlN is shown by electrical characterization of Pt/Au Schottky diodes to be an effect encapsulant for GaN annealed at 1100 °C. Schottky diodes formed on GaN encapsulated with AlN during the anneal had low reverse leakage currents with breakdown voltages in excess of 40 V. In contrast, samples annealed without the AlN layer had 3-4 orders-of-magnitude higher reverse leakage currents. Atomic force microscopy images of as-grown and annealed samples also demonstrate an increase in surface roughness and a change in morphology of the uncapped samples following annealing. Auger electron spectroscopy supports the hypothesis that the AlN encapsulant is reducing N loss from the GaN substrate. N loss in the uncapped samples is expected to create an n+-region at the surface that accounts for the high reverse leakage current and improved Ohmic behavior for the uncapped samples. The use of AlN encapsulation will enable the realization of all ion implanted GaN metal semiconductor field effect transistors.

  19. Static and dynamic stress analyses of the prototype high head Francis runner based on site measurement

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    Huang, X.; Oram, C.; Sick, M.

    2014-03-01

    More efforts are put on hydro-power to balance voltage and frequency within seconds for primary control in modern smart grids. This requires hydraulic turbines to run at off-design conditions. especially at low load or speed-no load. Besides. the tendency of increasing power output and decreasing weight of the turbine runners has also led to the high level vibration problem of the runners. especially high head Francis runners. Therefore. it is important to carry out the static and dynamic stress analyses of prototype high head Francis runners. This paper investigates the static and dynamic stresses on the prototype high head Francis runner based on site measurements and numerical simulations. The site measurements are performed with pressure transducers and strain gauges. Based on the measured results. computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations for the flow channel from stay vane to draft tube cone are performed. Static pressure distributions and dynamic pressure pulsations caused by rotor-stator interaction (RSI) are obtained under various operating conditions. With the CFD results. static and dynamic stresses on the runner at different operating points are calculated by means of the finite element method (FEM). The agreement between simulation and measurement is analysed with linear regression method. which indicates that the numerical result agrees well with that of measurement. Furthermore. the maximum static and dynamic stresses on the runner blade are obtained at various operating points. The relations of the maximum stresses and the power output are discussed in detail. The influences of the boundary conditions on the structural behaviour of the runner are also discussed.

  20. High intake of heterocyclic amines from meat is associated with oxidative stress.

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    Carvalho, A M; Miranda, A M; Santos, F A; Loureiro, A P M; Fisberg, R M; Marchioni, D M

    2015-04-28

    High meat intake has been related to chronic diseases such as cancer and CVD. One hypothesis is that heterocyclic amines (HCA), which are formed during the cooking process of meat, can generate reactive species. These compounds can cause oxidation of lipids, proteins and DNA, resulting in oxidative stress, cell damage and loss of biological function. This association has been seen in vitro; however, it remains unclear in vivo. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association between oxidative stress and HCA intake, and oxidative stress and meat intake. Data were from the Health Survey for Sao Paulo--ISA-Capital (561 adult and elderly). Food intake was estimated by one 24-h dietary recall (24HR) complemented by a detailed FFQ with preferences of cooking methods and level of doneness for meat. HCA intake was estimated linking the meat from the 24HR to a database of HCA. Oxidative stress was estimated by malondialdehyde (MDA) concentration in the plasma, after derivatisation with thiobarbituric acid and quantification by HPLC/diode array. Analyses were performed using multivariate logistic regressions adjusted for smoking, sex, age, BMI, skin colour, energy intake, fruit and vegetable intake, and physical activity. A positive association between HCA intake and MDA concentration (OR 1·17; 95% CI 1·01, 1·38) was observed, showing that HCA from meat may contribute to increase oxidative stress, and may consequently increase the risk of chronic diseases. PMID:25812604

  1. The High Molecular Weight Stress Proteins: Identification, Cloning, and Utilization in Cancer Immunotherapy*

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    Wang, Xiang-Yang; Subjeck, John R.

    2013-01-01

    Although the large stress/heat shock proteins (HSPs), i.e., Hsp110 and Grp170, were identified over 30 years ago, these abundant and highly conserved molecules have received much less attention compared to other conventional HSPs. Large stress proteins act as molecular chaperones with exceptional protein-holding capability and prevent the aggregation of proteins induced by thermal stress. The chaperoning properties of Hsp110 and Grp170 are integral to the ability of these molecules to modulate immune functions and are essential for developing large chaperone complex vaccines for cancer immunotherapy. The potent antitumor activity of the Hsp110/Grp170-tumor protein antigen complexes, demonstrated in preclinical studies, has led to a phase I clinical trial through the National Cancer Institute's RAID Program that is presently underway. Here we review aspects of the structure and function of these large stress proteins, their roles as molecular chaperones in the biology of cell stress, and prospects for their use in immune regulation and cancer immunotherapy. Lastly, we will discuss the recently revealed immunosuppressive activity of scavenger receptor A that binds to Hsp110 and Grp170, as well as the feasibility of targeting this receptor to promote T-cell activation and antitumor immunity induced by large HSP vaccines and other immunotherapies. PMID:23829534

  2. [Stress Resistance Mechanisms in the Indicator Fungi from Highly Radioactive Chernobyl Zone Sites].

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    Egorova, A S; Gessler, N N; Ryazanova, L P; Kulakovskaya, T V; Belozerskaya, T A

    2015-01-01

    Comparison of the levels of the protein carboxylic groups in response to peroxide stress revealed enhanced stress resistance in Purpureocillium lilacinum strains isolated from soils with high content of copper or radionuclides compared to the strains isolated from uncontaminated soils. While in background strains resistance to peroxide stress increased with glucose content in the medium increasing from 0.002 to 2%, the strains from radionuclides- or copper-contaminated soils did not exhibit this pattern. Respiratory activity and polyphosphate content were compared for radiation-resistant strain 1941 and strain SM from the area with zero radioactivity. For the protoplasts of strain 1941 isolated from the Chernobyl zone, elevated respiratory activity was revealed on the media with low glucose content. Under the control conditions, the content of inorganic polyphosphates (polyP) in strains 1941 and SM was the same. Under conditions of peroxide stress, only the background strain SM grown on the medium with low glucose concentration exhibited decreased levels of inorganic polyphosphates. Independent on glucose concentration in the medium, in both P. lilacinum strains, polyP content increased in the course of regeneration after peroxide stress. PMID:26263624

  3. Evaluation of the stress corrosion cracking resistance of several high strength low alloy steels

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    Humphries, T. S.; Nelson, E. E.

    1980-01-01

    The stress corrosion cracking resistance was studied for high strength alloy steels 4130, 4340, for H-11 at selected strength levels, and for D6AC and HY140 at a single strength. Round tensile and C-ring type specimens were stressed up to 100 percent of their yield strengths and exposed to alternate immersion in salt water, salt spray, the atmosphere at Marshall Space Flight Center, and the seacoast at Kennedy Space Center. Under the test conditions, 4130 and 4340 steels heat treated to a tensile strength of 1240 MPa (180 ksi), H-11 and D6AC heat treated to a tensile strength of 1450 MPa (210 ksi), and HY140 (1020 MPa, 148 ksi) are resistant to stress corrosion cracking because failures were not encountered at stress levels up to 75 percent of their yield strengths. A maximum exposure period of one month for alternate immersion in salt water or salt spray and three months for seacoast is indicated for alloy steel to avoid false indications of stress corrosion cracking because of failure resulting from severe pitting.

  4. Rats with high or low sociability are differently affected by chronic variable stress.

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    Tõnissaar, M; Herm, L; Eller, M; Kõiv, K; Rinken, A; Harro, J

    2008-04-01

    Depression is strongly related to social behavior. We have previously shown that social behavior of rats is individually stable. The purpose of the present study was to compare the sensitivity of animals with different sociability to chronic variable stress (CVS). Four social interaction tests were performed with 60 single-housed male Sprague-Dawley rats. Twenty rats with the lowest and 20 with the highest average social activity time were selected as low sociability (LS) and high sociability (HS) rats, respectively. Both groups were further divided into control and stress groups with equal average body weight. The CVS procedure lasted for 3 weeks. The stressors applied were cold water and wet bedding, imitation of injection, stroboscopic light, movement restriction in a small cage, tail pinch with a clothespin, and strong illumination during the predicted dark phase. In HS-rats, but not in LS-rats, CVS reduced sucrose intake compared with baseline after 3 weeks, suggesting that HS-rats are more vulnerable to anhedonia elicited by CVS. LS-animals were more anxious in the social interaction and open field tests, but stress eliminated differences with HS-animals in the social interaction test and increased their activity in the forced swimming test. In LS-rats stress increased ex vivo dopamine levels and reduced 5-HT levels in the frontal cortex, suggesting that the increased behavioral activity after stress may be related to increased impulsivity. This study thus revealed that animals with high sociability trait are more vulnerable to anhedonia elicited by chronic stress in conditions of single housing. PMID:18343596

  5. Impact ionization in N-polar AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors

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    Killat, N. E-mail: Martin.Kuball@bristol.ac.uk; Uren, M. J.; Kuball, M. E-mail: Martin.Kuball@bristol.ac.uk; Keller, S.; Kolluri, S.; Mishra, U. K.

    2014-08-11

    The existence of impact ionization as one of the open questions for GaN device reliability was studied in N-polar AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors. Electroluminescence (EL) imaging and spectroscopy from underneath the device gate contact revealed the presence of hot electrons in excess of the GaN bandgap energy even at moderate on-state bias conditions, enabling impact ionization with hole currents up to several hundreds of pA/mm. The detection of high energy luminescence from hot electrons demonstrates that EL analysis is a highly sensitive tool to study degradation mechanisms in GaN devices.

  6. High resolution electron microscopy study of a high Cu variant of Weldalite (tm) 049 and a high strength Al-Cu-Ag-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Herring, R. A.; Gayle, Frank W.; Pickens, Joseph R.

    1991-01-01

    Weldalite (trademark) 049 is an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy that is strengthened in artificially aged tempers primarily by very thin plate-like precipitates lying on the set of (111) matrix planes. This precipitate might be expected to be the T(sub 1) phase, Al2CuLi, which has been observed in Al-Cu-Li alloys. However, in several ways this precipitate is similar to the omega phase which also appears as the set of (111) planes plates and is found in Al-Cu-Ag-Mg alloys. The study was undertaken to identify the set of (111) planes precipitate or precipitates in Weldalite (trademark) 049 in the T8 (stretched and artificially aged) temper, and to determine whether T(sub 1), omega, or some other phase is primarily responsible for the high strength (i.e., 700 MPa tensile strength) in this Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy.

  7. Reliability of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors on low dislocation density bulk GaN substrate: Implications of surface step edges

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    Killat, N. E-mail: Martin.Kuball@bristol.ac.uk; Montes Bajo, M.; Kuball, M. E-mail: Martin.Kuball@bristol.ac.uk; Paskova, T.; Materials Science and Engineering Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695 ; Evans, K. R.; Leach, J.; Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia 23284 ; Li, X.; Özgür, Ü.; Morkoç, H.; Chabak, K. D.; Crespo, A.; Gillespie, J. K.; Fitch, R.; Kossler, M.; Walker, D. E.; Trejo, M.; Via, G. D.; Blevins, J. D.

    2013-11-04

    To enable gaining insight into degradation mechanisms of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors, devices grown on a low-dislocation-density bulk-GaN substrate were studied. Gate leakage current and electroluminescence (EL) monitoring revealed a progressive appearance of EL spots during off-state stress which signify the generation of gate current leakage paths. Atomic force microscopy evidenced the formation of semiconductor surface pits at the failure location, which corresponds to the interaction region of the gate contact edge and the edges of surface steps.

  8. Optimal microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) device for achieving high pyroelectric response of AlN

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    Kebede, Bemnnet; Coutu, Ronald A.; Starman, LaVern

    2014-03-01

    This paper discusses research being conducted on aluminum nitride (AlN) as a pyroelectric material for use in detecting applications. AlN is being investigated because of its high pyroelectric coefficient, thermal stability, and high Curie temperature. In order to determine suitability of the pyroelectric properties of AlN for use as a detector, testing of several devices was conducted. These devices were fabricated using microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication processes; the devices were also designed to allow for voltage and current measurements. The deposited AlN films used were 150 nm - 300 nm in thickness. Thin-films were used to rapidly increase the temperature response after the thermal stimulus was applied to the pyroelectric material. This is important because the pyroelectric effect is directly proportional to the rate of temperature change. The design used was a face-electrode bridge that provides thermal isolation which minimizes heat loss to the substrate, thereby increasing operation frequency of the pyroelectric device. A thermal stimulus was applied to the pyroelectric material and the response was measured across the electrodes. A thermal imaging camera was used to monitor the changes in temperature. Throughout the testing process, the annealing temperatures, type of layers, and thicknesses were also varied. These changes resulted in improved MEMS designs, which were fabricated to obtain an optimal design configuration for achieving a high pyroelectric response. A pyroelectric voltage response of 38.9 mVp-p was measured without filtering, 12.45 mVp-p was measured in the infrared (IR) region using a Si filter, and 6.38 mVp-p was measured in the short wavelength IR region using a long pass filter. The results showed that AlN's pyroelectric properties can be used in detecting applications.

  9. High efficiency AlGaAs/Si tandem solar cell over 20%

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    Umeno, Masayoshi; Kato, Toshimich; Yang, Mingju; Azuma, Yutaka; Soga, Tetsuo; Jimbo, Takashi

    1994-12-31

    A high-efficiency AlGaAs/Si tandem solar cell is fabricated by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). It consists of a Al{sub 0.15}Ga{sub 0.85}As top cell and a Si bottom cell. The crystalline quality of the Al{sub 0.15}Ga{sub 0.85}As heteroepitaxial layer grown on Si is improved using a high-temperature growth process (800 C) and thermal cycle annealing (300--900 C). The quantum efficiency of the Si bottom cell in the long wavelength region is improved by back surface field. The conversion efficiencies of the tandem solar cell under AMO and 1sun measurement conditions with 4-terminal and 2-terminal configuration are 20.0% and 19.0%, respectively. The conversion efficiencies of the tandem solar cell with graded-band-gap emitter Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1{minus}x}As layer achieved 20.6% and 19.9% under same condition with 4-terminal and 2-terminal configuration, respectively.

  10. CHARACTERISTICS OF WHEAT CULTIVARS ADAPTED TO PRODUCTION SYSTEMS PRONE TO HIGH TEMPERATURE AND DROUGHT STRESS DURING GRAIN FILLING

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    Cultivars released for a particular production system often are not characterized for tolerance to high temperature stress. The objective of this study was to test and identify wheat cultivars adapted to production systems with risks of high temperature stress during grain filling. Fifteen diverse ...

  11. Internal stress-induced melting below melting temperature at high-rate laser heating

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    Hwang, Yong Seok; Levitas, Valery I.

    2014-06-30

    In this Letter, continuum thermodynamic and phase field approaches (PFAs) predicted internal stress-induced reduction in melting temperature for laser-irradiated heating of a nanolayer. Internal stresses appear due to thermal strain under constrained conditions and completely relax during melting, producing an additional thermodynamic driving force for melting. Thermodynamic melting temperature for Al reduces from 933.67?K for a stress-free condition down to 898.1?K for uniaxial strain and to 920.8?K for plane strain. Our PFA simulations demonstrated barrierless surface-induced melt nucleation below these temperatures and propagation of two solid-melt interfaces toward each other at the temperatures very close to the corresponding predicted thermodynamic equilibrium temperatures for the heating rate Q?1.51×10{sup 10}K/s. At higher heating rates, kinetic superheating competes with a reduction in melting temperature and melting under uniaxial strain occurs at 902.1?K for Q?=?1.51?×?10{sup 11?}K/s and 936.9?K for Q?=?1.46?×?10{sup 12?}K/s.

  12. Volcanism and related Environmental changes linked to Late Maastrichtian High Stress and KT Mass Extinction

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    Keller, Gerta; Adatte, Thierry

    2010-05-01

    Near the end of the Maastrichtian Earth was hit by a confluence of catastrophes ranging from impacts to some of the most devastating volcanic eruptions coupled with major changes in climate, sea level and ocean chemistry that ultimately led to the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary (KTB) mass extinction. For three decades this mass extinction has been commonly attributed to the sole kill-effect of the Chicxulub impact on Yucatan. Multi-disciplinary evidence (paleontologic, stratigraphic, sedimentologic geochemical) from the Yucatan impact crater to sections in Mexico and Texas revealed that this impact predates the KTB and caused no mass extinction. Recent studies reveal that the most devastating Deccan volcanic eruptions in India occurred near the end of the Maastrichtian and ended coincident with the KT mass extinction (Keller et al., 2008). Examination of biotic stress in the marine realm leading up to the KT mass extinction reveals times of environmental stresses associated with volcanism, greenhouse warming, mesotrophic basins and shallow marginal settings from the Tethys Ocean to the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans (Keller and Abramovich, 2009). Biotic stress conditions vary with the degree of environmental change and range from intraspecies size reduction, to loss of diversity and ultimately mass extinction. No significant biotic stress was observed in assemblages before and after the Chicxulub impact identified by a layer of impact spherules in late Maastrichtian sediments of zone CF1 predating the KTB in Mexico and Texas (Keller et al., 2009b,c). Maximum biotic stress leading to the KT mass extinction is associated with Deccan volcanism in India near the end of the Maastrichtian. This suggests that the mass extinction was likely a direct cause of Deccan volcanism, although the presence of a major Ir anomaly at the KTB does not rule out the possibility of a second major bolide impact exacerbating already catastrophic conditions. Keller, G., Adatte, T., Gardin, S., Bartolini, A., Bajpai, S., 2008. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 268, 293-311. Keller, G., Adatte, T., Berner, Z., Pardo, A., Lopez-Oliva, L., 2009a. J. Geol. Soc., London 166, 393-411. Keller, G., Abramovich, S., Berner, Z., Adatte, T., 2009. Paleogeogr., Paleoclim., Paleoecol., 271, 52-68. Keller, G. and Abramovich, S., 2009. Paleogeogr., Paleoclimatol., Paleoecol., 271, 52-68.

  13. High-Speed Photographic Study of Wave Propagation and Impact Damage in Fused Silica and AlON Using the Edge-On Impact (EOI) Method

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    Strassburger, E.; Patel, P.; McCauley, J. W.; Templeton, D. W.

    2006-07-01

    An Edge-on Impact (EOI) technique, developed at the Ernst-Mach-Institute (EMI), coupled with a Cranz-Schardin high-speed camera, has been successfully utilized to visualize dynamic fracture in many brittle materials. In a typical test, the projectile strikes one edge of a specimen and damage formation and fracture propagation is recorded during the first 20 ?s after impact. In the present study, stress waves and damage propagation in fused silica and AlON were examined by means of two modified Edge-on Impact arrangements. In one arrangement, fracture propagation was observed simultaneously in side and top views of the specimens by means of two Cranz-Schardin cameras. In another arrangement, the photographic technique was modified by placing the specimen between crossed polarizers and using the photo-elastic effect to visualize the stress waves. Pairs of impact tests at approximately equivalent velocities were carried out in transmitted plane (shadowgraphs) and crossed polarized light.

  14. Eect of load ratio and maximum stress intensity on the fatigue threshold in Ti6Al4V

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    Ritchie, Robert

    and threshold behavior in a Ti±6Al±4V turbine blade alloy consisting of $60 vol% primary-a and $40 vol% lamellar macroscopic crack closure is no longer detected in this alloy, DKth decreases approximately linearly Ltd. Keywords: Titanium alloys; Ti±6Al±4V; Fatigue threshold; Load ratio; Crack closure; Sustained

  15. Observations of Glide and Decomposition of a<101> Dislocations at High Temperatures in Ni-Al Single Crystals Deformed along the Hard Orientation

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    Srinivasan, R.; Daw, M. S.; Noebe, R. D.; Mills, M. J.

    2003-01-01

    Ni-44at.% Al and Ni-50at.% single crystals were tested in compression in the hard (001) orientations. The dislocation processes and deformation behavior were studied as a function of temperature, strain and strain rate. A slip transition in NiAl occurs from alpha(111) slip to non-alphaaaaaaaaaaa9111) slip at intermediate temperatures. In Ni-50at.% Al single crystal, only alpha(010) dislocations are observed above the slip transition temperature. In contrast, alpha(101)(101) glide has been observed to control deformation beyond the slip transition temperature in Ni-44at.%Al. alpha(101) dislocations are observed primarily along both (111) directions in the glide plane. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy observations show that the core of the alpha(101) dislocations along these directions is decomposed into two alpha(010) dislocations, separated by a distance of approximately 2nm. The temperature window of stability for these alpha(101) dislocations depends upon the strain rate. At a strain rate of 1.4 x 10(exp -4)/s, lpha(101) dislocations are observed between 800 and 1000K. Complete decomposition of a alpha(101) dislocations into alpha(010) dislocations occurs beyond 1000K, leading to alpha(010) climb as the deformation mode at higher temperature. At lower strain rates, decomposition of a alpha(101) dislocations has been observed to occur along the edge orientation at temperatures below 1000K. Embedded-atom method calculations and experimental results indicate that alpha(101) dislocation have a large Peieris stress at low temperature. Based on the present microstructural observations and a survey of the literature with respect to vacancy content and diffusion in NiAl, a model is proposed for alpha(101)(101) glide in Ni-44at.%Al, and for the observed yield strength versus temperature behavior of Ni-Al alloys at intermediate and high temperatures.

  16. Development of a Fatigue Crack Growth Coupon for Highly Plastic Stress Conditions

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    Allen, Phillip A.; Aggarwal, Pravin K.; Swanson, Gregory R.

    2003-01-01

    This paper presents an analytical approach used to develop a novel fatigue crack growth coupon for a highly plastic 3-D stress field condition. The flight hardware investigated in this paper is a large separation bolt that fractures using pyrotechnics at the appointed time during the flight sequence. The separation bolt has a deep notch that produces a severe stress concentration and a large plastic zone when highly loaded. For this geometry, linear-elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM) techniques are not valid due to the large nonlinear stress field. Unfortunately, industry codes that are generally available for fracture mechanics analysis and fatigue crack growth (e.g. NASGRO (11) are limited to LEFM and are available for only a limited number of geometries. The results of LEFM based codes are questionable when used on geometries with significant plasticity. Therefore elastic-plastic fracture mechanics (EPFM) techniques using the finite element method (FEM) were used to analyze the bolt and test coupons. scale flight hardware is very costly in t e r n of assets, laboratory resources, and schedule. Therefore to alleviate some of these problems, a series of novel test coupons were developed to simulate the elastic-plastic stress field present in the bolt.

  17. Measurement and interpretation of threshold stress intensity factors for steels in high-pressure hydrogen gas.

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    Nibur, Kevin A.

    2010-11-01

    Threshold stress intensity factors were measured in high-pressure hydrogen gas for a variety of low alloy ferritic steels using both constant crack opening displacement and rising crack opening displacement procedures. The sustained load cracking procedures are generally consistent with those in ASME Article KD-10 of Section VIII Division 3 of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, which was recently published to guide design of high-pressure hydrogen vessels. Three definitions of threshold were established for the two test methods: K{sub THi}* is the maximum applied stress intensity factor for which no crack extension was observed under constant displacement; K{sub THa} is the stress intensity factor at the arrest position for a crack that extended under constant displacement; and K{sub JH} is the stress intensity factor at the onset of crack extension under rising displacement. The apparent crack initiation threshold under constant displacement, K{sub THi}*, and the crack arrest threshold, K{sub THa}, were both found to be non-conservative due to the hydrogen exposure and crack-tip deformation histories associated with typical procedures for sustained-load cracking tests under constant displacement. In contrast, K{sub JH}, which is measured under concurrent rising displacement and hydrogen gas exposure, provides a more conservative hydrogen-assisted fracture threshold that is relevant to structural components in which sub-critical crack extension is driven by internal hydrogen gas pressure.

  18. Suppression of endothelial t-PA expression by prolonged high laminar shear stress

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    Ulfhammer, Erik; Carlstroem, Maria; Bergh, Niklas; Larsson, Pia; Karlsson, Lena; Jern, Sverker

    2009-02-06

    Primary hypertension is associated with an impaired capacity for acute release of endothelial tissue-type plasminogen activator (t-PA), which is an important local protective response to prevent thrombus extension. As hypertensive vascular remodeling potentially results in increased vascular wall shear stress, we investigated the impact of shear on regulation of t-PA. Cultured human endothelial cells were exposed to low ({<=}1.5 dyn/cm{sup 2}) or high (25 dyn/cm{sup 2}) laminar shear stress for up to 48 h in two different experimental models. Using real-time RT-PCR and ELISA, shear stress was observed to time and magnitude-dependently suppress t-PA transcript and protein secretion to approximately 30% of basal levels. Mechanistic experiments revealed reduced nuclear protein binding to the t-PA specific CRE element (EMSA) and an almost completely abrogated shear response with pharmacologic JNK inhibition. We conclude that prolonged high laminar shear stress suppresses endothelial t-PA expression and may therefore contribute to the enhanced risk of arterial thrombosis in hypertensive disease.

  19. Measurement and interpretation of threshold stress intensity factors for steels in high-pressure hydrogen gas.

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    Dadfarnia, Mohsen; Nibur, Kevin A.; San Marchi, Christopher W.; Sofronis, Petros; Somerday, Brian P.; Foulk, James W., III; Hayden, Gary A.

    2010-07-01

    Threshold stress intensity factors were measured in high-pressure hydrogen gas for a variety of low alloy ferritic steels using both constant crack opening displacement and rising crack opening displacement procedures. The sustained load cracking procedures are generally consistent with those in ASME Article KD-10 of Section VIII Division 3 of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, which was recently published to guide design of high-pressure hydrogen vessels. Three definitions of threshold were established for the two test methods: K{sub THi}* is the maximum applied stress intensity factor for which no crack extension was observed under constant displacement; K{sub THa} is the stress intensity factor at the arrest position for a crack that extended under constant displacement; and K{sub JH} is the stress intensity factor at the onset of crack extension under rising displacement. The apparent crack initiation threshold under constant displacement, K{sub THi}*, and the crack arrest threshold, K{sub THa}, were both found to be non-conservative due to the hydrogen exposure and crack-tip deformation histories associated with typical procedures for sustained-load cracking tests under constant displacement. In contrast, K{sub JH}, which is measured under concurrent rising displacement and hydrogen gas exposure, provides a more conservative hydrogen-assisted fracture threshold that is relevant to structural components in which sub-critical crack extension is driven by internal hydrogen gas pressure.

  20. The flavoprotein Tah18-dependent NO synthesis confers high-temperature stress tolerance on yeast cells

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    Nishimura, Akira; Kawahara, Nobuhiro; Takagi, Hiroshi

    2013-01-04

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer NO is produced from L-arginine in response to elevated temperature in yeast. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Tah18 was first identified as the yeast protein involved in NO synthesis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Tah18-dependent NO synthesis confers tolerance to high-temperature on yeast cells. -- Abstract: Nitric oxide (NO) is a ubiquitous signaling molecule involved in the regulation of a large number of cellular functions. In the unicellular eukaryote yeast, NO may be involved in stress response pathways, but its role is poorly understood due to the lack of mammalian NO synthase (NOS) orthologues. Previously, we have proposed the oxidative stress-induced L-arginine synthesis and its physiological role under stress conditions in yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Here, our experimental results indicated that increased conversion of L-proline into L-arginine led to NO production in response to elevated temperature. We also showed that the flavoprotein Tah18, which was previously reported to transfer electrons to the Fe-S cluster protein Dre2, was involved in NO synthesis in yeast. Gene knockdown analysis demonstrated that Tah18-dependent NO synthesis confers high-temperature stress tolerance on yeast cells. As it appears that such a unique cell protection mechanism is specific to yeasts and fungi, it represents a promising target for antifungal activity.

  1. Stress Corrosion Cracking Model for High Level Radioactive-Waste Packages

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    P. Andresen; G. Gordon; S. Lu

    2004-10-05

    A stress corrosion cracking (SCC) model has been adapted for performance prediction of high level radioactive-waste packages to be emplaced in the proposed Yucca Mountain repository. For waste packages of the proposed Yucca Mountain repository, the outer barrier material is the highly corrosion-resistant Alloy UNS-N06022 (Alloy 22), the environment is represented by aqueous brine films present on the surface of the waste package from dripping or deliquescence of soluble salts present in any surface deposits, and the tensile stress is principally from weld induced residual stress. SCC has historically been separated into ''initiation'' and ''propagation'' phases. Initiation of SCC will not occur on a smooth surface if the surface stress is below a threshold value defined as the threshold stress. Cracks can also initiate at and propagate from flaws (or defects) resulting from manufacturing processes (such as welding); or that develop from corrosion processes such as pitting or dissolution of inclusions. To account for crack propagation, the slip dissolution/film rupture (SDFR) model is adopted to provide mathematical formulae for prediction of the crack growth rate. Once the crack growth rate at an initiated SCC is determined, it can be used by the performance assessment to determine the time to through-wall penetration for the waste package. This paper presents the development of the SDFR crack growth rate model based on technical information in the literature as well as experimentally determined crack growth rates developed specifically for Alloy UNS-N06022 in environments relevant to high level radioactive-waste packages of the proposed Yucca Mountain radioactive-waste repository. In addition, a seismic damage related SCC crack opening area density model is briefly described.

  2. High permittivity cerium oxide thin films on AlGaN/GaN heterostructures

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    Fiorenza, P.; Greco, G.; Fisichella, G.; Roccaforte, F.; Malandrino, G.; Lo Nigro, R.

    2013-09-01

    Cerium oxide (CeO2) thin films have been grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition on AlGaN/GaN heterostructures and their insulating properties as gate dielectric layer have been explored. The deposited thin films have been found to be textured on the GaN based heterostructures and exhibited a permittivity of 26. This high permittivity value and large band gap are certainly advantageous with respect to other reported materials for the metal insulator semiconductor high electron mobility transistor application. The reduced leakage current density clearly suggests that these CeO2 films are very promising as gate dielectric for AlGaN/GaN transistors low power consumption technology.

  3. Complex borides based on AlLiB14 as high-temperature thermoelectric compounds.

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    Wan, L F; Beckman, S P

    2014-12-14

    AlLiB14 is examined as a potential high-temperature thermoelectric material. First-principles methods are used to investigate the thermoelectric behavior and it is found to have a band gap of 2.13 eV, and an electronic dispersion with characteristic indicative of having a high Seebeck coefficient. Semiclassical Boltzmann transport theory predicts that AlLiB14 will have a Seebeck coefficient greater than 200 ?V K(-1), at temperatures near 1000 K and carrier concentrations around 1 × 10(20) cm(-3). Using a elasticity based expression for the thermal conductivity, the thermoelectric figure of merit is approximated to be 0.45 × 10(-3) T at moderate doping levels. PMID:25337901

  4. Compressibility anomaly in the superconducting material Nb3Al under high pressure

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    Yu, Z. H.; Li, C. Y.; Liu, H. Z.

    2012-09-01

    Nb3Al, which is widely used in high field magnets, was studied under a range of pressures up to 39.5 GPa using diamond anvil cell. The Nb3Al superconductor is structurally stable up to the highest pressure of the present investigation from previous reports. However, an anomaly of the compressibility beyond 19.2 GPa was detected in the pressure versus volume plot. The curve of volume versus pressure shows the existence of a plateau around 18.0 GPa as seen in several other highly correlated electrons systems, The observed pressure-induced isostructural phase transition was accomplished with a volume inclination without any symmetrical change (space group, Wyckoff position). The physical mechanism behind this isostructural phase transition is the interesting issue for further studies.

  5. High-Temperature Sliding Wear Testing of Cathodic Arc Physical Vapor Deposition AlTiN- and AlTiON-Coated Hot Work Tool Steels

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    Birol, Yucel; Isler, Duygu; Urgen, Mustafa

    2011-11-01

    Thin hard coatings provide the much needed protection for steel thixoforming tools that must resist wear at high temperatures. The wear resistance of AlTiN- and AlTiON-coated hot work tool steel was investigated at 1023 K (750 °C), measured to be the cavity surface temperature shortly after the steel slurry was forced into the thixoforming die. The wear tests were repeated in exactly the same fashion with uncoated tool steel samples to identify the impact of AlTiN and AlTiON coatings on the high-temperature wear performance of X32CrMoV33 tool steel. The nature, the thickness, and the adherence of the oxide scales impact the tribological behavior. The poor adherence and limited ductility of ferrous oxides promote the failure of the oxide scale impairing the resistance to wear of the hot work tool steel at elevated temperatures. The substantial softening in the X32CrMoV33 hot work tool steel is also critical in the wear volume loss it suffers. AlTiN and AlTiON coatings, on the other hand, form a stable and protective oxide surface layer at high temperatures and therefore provide an enhanced resistance to oxidation. The latter is relatively more resistant to oxidation and is thus the better of the two coatings tested in the present work.

  6. Structure and energetics of high index Fe, Al, Cu and Ni surfaces using equivalent crystal theory

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    Rodriguez, Agustin M.; Bozzolo, Guillermo; Ferrante, John

    1993-01-01

    Equivalent crystal theory (ECT) is applied to the study of multilayer relaxations and surface energies of high-index faces of Fe, Al, Ni, and Cu. Changes in interplanar spacing as well as registry of planes close to the surface and the ensuing surface energies changes are discussed in reference to available experimental data and other theoretical calculations. Since ECT is a semiempirical method, the dependence of the results on the variation of the input used was investigated.

  7. Auxotrophic Mutations Reduce Tolerance of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to Very High Levels of Ethanol Stress

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    Swinnen, Steve; Goovaerts, Annelies; Schaerlaekens, Kristien; Dumortier, Françoise; Verdyck, Pieter; Souvereyns, Kris; Van Zeebroeck, Griet; Foulquié-Moreno, María R.

    2015-01-01

    Very high ethanol tolerance is a distinctive trait of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae with notable ecological and industrial importance. Although many genes have been shown to be required for moderate ethanol tolerance (i.e., 6 to 12%) in laboratory strains, little is known of the much higher ethanol tolerance (i.e., 16 to 20%) in natural and industrial strains. We have analyzed the genetic basis of very high ethanol tolerance in a Brazilian bioethanol production strain by genetic mapping with laboratory strains containing artificially inserted oligonucleotide markers. The first locus contained the ura3?0 mutation of the laboratory strain as the causative mutation. Analysis of other auxotrophies also revealed significant linkage for LYS2, LEU2, HIS3, and MET15. Tolerance to only very high ethanol concentrations was reduced by auxotrophies, while the effect was reversed at lower concentrations. Evaluation of other stress conditions showed that the link with auxotrophy is dependent on the type of stress and the type of auxotrophy. When the concentration of the auxotrophic nutrient is close to that limiting growth, more stress factors can inhibit growth of an auxotrophic strain. We show that very high ethanol concentrations inhibit the uptake of leucine more than that of uracil, but the 500-fold-lower uracil uptake activity may explain the strong linkage between uracil auxotrophy and ethanol sensitivity compared to leucine auxotrophy. Since very high concentrations of ethanol inhibit the uptake of auxotrophic nutrients, the active uptake of scarce nutrients may be a major limiting factor for growth under conditions of ethanol stress. PMID:26116212

  8. Post-CMOS compatible high-throughput fabrication of AlN-based piezoelectric microcantilevers

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    Pérez-Campos, A.; Iriarte, G. F.; Hernando-Garcia, J.; Calle, F.

    2015-02-01

    A post-complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) compatible microfabrication process of piezoelectric cantilevers has been developed. The fabrication process is suitable for standard silicon technology and provides low-cost and high-throughput manufacturing. This work reports design, fabrication and characterization of piezoelectric cantilevers based on aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films synthesized at room temperature. The proposed microcantilever system is a sandwich structure composed of chromium (Cr) electrodes and a sputtered AlN film. The key issue for cantilever fabrication is the growth at room temperature of the AlN layer by reactive sputtering, making possible the innovative compatibility of piezoelectric MEMS devices with CMOS circuits already processed. AlN and Cr have been etched by inductively coupled plasma (ICP) dry etching using a BCl3-Cl2-Ar plasma chemistry. As part of the novelty of the post-CMOS micromachining process presented here, a silicon Si (1?0?0) wafer has been used as substrate as well as the sacrificial layer used to release the microcantilevers. In order to achieve this, the Si surface underneath the structure has been wet etched using an HNA (hydrofluoric acid + nitric acid + acetic acid) based solution. X-ray diffraction (XRD) characterization indicated the high crystalline quality of the AlN film. An atomic force microscope (AFM) has been used to determine the Cr electrode surface roughness. The morphology of the fabricated devices has been studied by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The cantilevers have been piezoelectrically actuated and their out-of-plane vibration modes were detected by vibrometry.

  9. Molecular beam epitaxy and doping of AlN at high growth temperatures

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    Boger, R.; Fiederle, M.; Kirste, L.; Maier, M.; Wagner, J.

    2006-11-01

    The growth of AlN on c-plane sapphire substrates is reported for a growth temperature of 1100 °C in a radio frequency plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy system. The high growth temperature in combination with Al-rich growth conditions resulted in a high crystalline quality (FWHM of the 0002 x-ray reflection of 650'') and low O incorporation. Furthermore, the incorporation of Si and Mg as n- and p-type dopants, respectively, has been studied for these growth conditions. For Si doping the corresponding cell temperature was varied between 1300 and 1350 °C. Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) showed a homogeneous Si depth profile up to a concentration of 7 × 1020 cm-3, but the Si doped layers remained highly resistive. Incorporation of Mg was observed only at a low growth temperature of 830 °C at higher growth temperatures SIMS revealed a strong surface segregation effect while the amount of Mg incorporated into the AlN layer remained below the detection limit. The build-up of a Mg accumulation layer at the growth surface due to segregation was found to cause a significant reduction in growth rate.

  10. The role of stress waves in thoracic visceral injury from blast loading: modification of stress transmission by foams and high-density materials.

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    Cooper, G J; Townend, D J; Cater, S R; Pearce, B P

    1991-01-01

    Materials have been applied to the thoracic wall of anaesthetised experimental animals exposed to blast overpressure to investigate the coupling of direct stress waves into the thorax and the relative contribution of compressive stress waves and gross thoracic compression to lung injury. The ultimate purpose of the work is to develop effective personal protection from the primary effects of blast overpressure--efficient protection can only be achieved if the injury mechanism is identified and characterized. Foam materials acted as acoustic couplers and resulted in a significant augmentation of the visceral injury; decoupling and elimination of injury were achieved by application of a high acoustic impedance layer on top of the foam. In vitro experiments studying stress wave transmission from air through various layers into an anechoic water chamber showed a significant increase in power transmitted by the foams, principally at high frequencies. Material such as copper or resin bonded Kevlar incorporated as a facing upon the foam achieved substantial decoupling at high frequencies--low frequency transmission was largely unaffected. An acoustic transmission model replicated the coupling of the blast waves into the anechoic water chamber. The studies suggest that direct transmission of stress waves plays a dominant role in lung parenchymal injury from blast loading and that gross thoracic compression is not the primary injury mechanism. Acoustic decoupling principles may therefore be employed to reduce the direct stress coupled into the body and thus reduce the severity of lung injury--the most simple decoupler is a high acoustic impedance material as a facing upon a foam, but decoupling layers may be optimized using acoustic transmission models. Conventional impacts producing high body wall velocities will also lead to stress wave generation and transmission--stress wave effects may dominate the visceral response to the impact with direct compression and shear contributing little to the aetiology of the injury. PMID:2050704

  11. An oxide dispersion strengthened Ni-W-Al alloy with superior high temperature strength

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    Glasgow, T. K.

    1976-01-01

    An experimental oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloy, WAZ-D, derived from the WAZ-20 composition was produced by the mechanical alloying process. Cast WAZ-20 is strengthened by both a high refractory metal content, and 70 volume percent of gamma prime. The ODS alloy WAZ-D was responsive to variables of alloy content, of attritor processing, of consolidation by extrusion, and of heat treatment. The best material produced had large highly elongated grains. It exhibited tensile strengths generally superior to a comparable cast alloy. The ODS alloy exhibited high temperature stress rupture life considerably superior to any known cast superalloy. Tensile and rupture ductility were low, as was intermediate temperature rupture life. Very low creep rates were noted and some specimens failed with essentially no third stage creep. Also the benefit derived from the oxide dispersion, far out-weighed that from the elongated microstructure alone.

  12. Thermo-piezo-electro-mechanical simulation of AlGaN (aluminum gallium nitride) / GaN (gallium nitride) High Electron Mobility Transistors

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    Stevens, Lorin E.

    Due to the current public demand of faster, more powerful, and more reliable electronic devices, research is prolific these days in the area of high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) devices. This is because of their usefulness in RF (radio frequency) and microwave power amplifier applications including microwave vacuum tubes, cellular and personal communications services, and widespread broadband access. Although electrical transistor research has been ongoing since its inception in 1947, the transistor itself continues to evolve and improve much in part because of the many driven researchers and scientists throughout the world who are pushing the limits of what modern electronic devices can do. The purpose of the research outlined in this paper was to better understand the mechanical stresses and strains that are present in a hybrid AlGaN (Aluminum Gallium Nitride) / GaN (Gallium Nitride) HEMT, while under electrically-active conditions. One of the main issues currently being researched in these devices is their reliability, or their consistent ability to function properly, when subjected to high-power conditions. The researchers of this mechanical study have performed a static (i.e. frequency-independent) reliability analysis using powerful multiphysics computer modeling/simulation to get a better idea of what can cause failure in these devices. Because HEMT transistors are so small (micro/nano-sized), obtaining experimental measurements of stresses and strains during the active operation of these devices is extremely challenging. Physical mechanisms that cause stress/strain in these structures include thermo-structural phenomena due to mismatch in both coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) and mechanical stiffness between different materials, as well as stress/strain caused by "piezoelectric" effects (i.e. mechanical deformation caused by an electric field, and conversely voltage induced by mechanical stress) in the AlGaN and GaN device portions (both piezoelectric materials). This piezoelectric effect can be triggered by voltage applied to the device's gate contact and the existence of an HEMT-unique "two-dimensional electron gas" (2DEG) at the GaN-AlGaN interface. COMSOL Multiphysics computer software has been utilized to create a finite element (i.e. piece-by-piece) simulation to visualize both temperature and stress/strain distributions that can occur in the device, by coupling together (i.e. solving simultaneously) the thermal, electrical, structural, and piezoelectric effects inherent in the device. The 2DEG has been modeled not with the typically-used self-consistent quantum physics analytical equations, rather as a combined localized heat source* (thermal) and surface charge density* (electrical) boundary condition. Critical values of stress/strain and their respective locations in the device have been identified. Failure locations have been estimated based on the critical values of stress and strain, and compared with reports in literature. The knowledge of the overall stress/strain distribution has assisted in determining the likely device failure mechanisms and possible mitigation approaches. The contribution and interaction of individual stress mechanisms including piezoelectric effects and thermal expansion caused by device self-heating (i.e. fast-moving electrons causing heat) have been quantified. * Values taken from results of experimental studies in literature.

  13. Improvement in high stress abrasive wear property of steel by hardfacing

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    Kumar, S.; Mondal, D.P.; Khaira, H.K.; Jha, A.K.

    1999-12-01

    High stress abrasive wear behavior of mild steel, medium carbon steel, and hardfacing alloy has been studied to ascertain the extent of improvement in the wear properties after hardfacing of steel. High stress abrasive wear tests were carried out by sliding the specimen against the abrasive media consisting of silicon carbide particles, rigidly bonded on paper base and mounted on disk. Maximum wear was found in the case of mild steel followed by a medium carbon alloy steel and a hardfacing alloy. Different compositions of steels and constituent phases present led to different wear rates of the specimen. The extent of improvement in wear performance of steel due to hardfacing is quite appreciable (twice compared to mild steel). Microstructural examination of the wear surface has been carried out to understand the wear mechanism.

  14. Content analysis to detect high stress in oral interviews and text documents

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    Thirumalainambi, Rajkumar (Inventor); Jorgensen, Charles C. (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    A system of interrogation to estimate whether a subject of interrogation is likely experiencing high stress, emotional volatility and/or internal conflict in the subject's responses to an interviewer's questions. The system applies one or more of four procedures, a first statistical analysis, a second statistical analysis, a third analysis and a heat map analysis, to identify one or more documents containing the subject's responses for which further examination is recommended. Words in the documents are characterized in terms of dimensions representing different classes of emotions and states of mind, in which the subject's responses that manifest high stress, emotional volatility and/or internal conflict are identified. A heat map visually displays the dimensions manifested by the subject's responses in different colors, textures, geometric shapes or other visually distinguishable indicia.

  15. Effects of annealing on texture evolution of cross shear rolled high-purity Al foils

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    Wang, L.; Liu, Y.; Song, X.; He, J.; Zuo, L.

    2015-04-01

    The effects of annealing on recrystallization texture of cross shear rolled high-purity Al foil were investigated by orientation distribution functions (ODFs) and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD). The results show that the intermediate annealing is beneficial to the development of the cube texture. The cube texture can be promoted by annealing, and the critical annealing temperature is about 280 °C. The cubic orientation grains firstly nucleate, and then expand into other grains with a high growth speed, and large angle grain boundary ratio increases, finally can swallow up most of the original grains, which results in the cube texture

  16. High-power AlGaAs channeled substrate planar diode lasers for spaceborne communications

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    Connolly, J. C.; Goldstein, B.; Pultz, G. N.; Slavin, S. E.; Carlin, D. B.; Ettenberg, M.

    1988-01-01

    A high power channeled substrate planar AlGaAs diode laser with an emission wavelength of 8600 to 8800 A was developed. The optoelectronic behavior (power current, single spatial and spectral behavior, far field characteristics, modulation, and astigmatism properties) and results of computer modeling studies on the performance of the laser are discussed. Lifetest data on these devices at high output power levels is also included. In addition, a new type of channeled substrate planar laser utilizing a Bragg grating to stabilize the longitudinal mode was demonstrated. The fabrication procedures and optoelectronic properties of this new diode laser are described.

  17. September 11, 2000 A. R. Raffray, et al., High Performance Blanket for ARIES-AT Power Plant, SOFT 2000

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    Raffray, A. René

    September 11, 2000 A. R. Raffray, et al., High Performance Blanket for ARIES-AT Power Plant, SOFT 11, 2000 A. R. Raffray, et al., High Performance Blanket for ARIES-AT Power Plant, SOFT 2000 Abstract-AT Power Plant, SOFT 2000 Blanket Metrics for an Attractive Power Plant as Basis for ARIES-AT Blanket

  18. HIGH-TEMPERATURE FRACTURE AND FATIGUE RESISTANCE OF A DUCTILE b-TiNb REINFORCED g-TiAl

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    Ritchie, Robert

    resistance of g-TiAl alloys is retained up to 8008C, in air environments. There is concern, however. INTRODUCTION Titanium aluminide alloys based on the g-TiAl inter- metallic compound are currently under active devel- opment as high-temperature materials for integrated high-performance turbine engines and other

  19. Transcriptomic analysis of Petunia hybrida in response to salt stress using high throughput RNA sequencing.

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    Villarino, Gonzalo H; Bombarely, Aureliano; Giovannoni, James J; Scanlon, Michael J; Mattson, Neil S

    2014-01-01

    Salinity and drought stress are the primary cause of crop losses worldwide. In sodic saline soils sodium chloride (NaCl) disrupts normal plant growth and development. The complex interactions of plant systems with abiotic stress have made RNA sequencing a more holistic and appealing approach to study transcriptome level responses in a single cell and/or tissue. In this work, we determined the Petunia transcriptome response to NaCl stress by sequencing leaf samples and assembling 196 million Illumina reads with Trinity software. Using our reference transcriptome we identified more than 7,000 genes that were differentially expressed within 24 h of acute NaCl stress. The proposed transcriptome can also be used as an excellent tool for biological and bioinformatics in the absence of an available Petunia genome and it is available at the SOL Genomics Network (SGN) http://solgenomics.net. Genes related to regulation of reactive oxygen species, transport, and signal transductions as well as novel and undescribed transcripts were among those differentially expressed in response to salt stress. The candidate genes identified in this study can be applied as markers for breeding or to genetically engineer plants to enhance salt tolerance. Gene Ontology analyses indicated that most of the NaCl damage happened at 24 h inducing genotoxicity, affecting transport and organelles due to the high concentration of Na+ ions. Finally, we report a modification to the library preparation protocol whereby cDNA samples were bar-coded with non-HPLC purified primers, without affecting the quality and quantity of the RNA-seq data. The methodological improvement presented here could substantially reduce the cost of sample preparation for future high-throughput RNA sequencing experiments. PMID:24722556

  20. Transcriptomic Analysis of Petunia hybrida in Response to Salt Stress Using High Throughput RNA Sequencing

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    Villarino, Gonzalo H.; Bombarely, Aureliano; Giovannoni, James J.; Scanlon, Michael J.; Mattson, Neil S.

    2014-01-01

    Salinity and drought stress are the primary cause of crop losses worldwide. In sodic saline soils sodium chloride (NaCl) disrupts normal plant growth and development. The complex interactions of plant systems with abiotic stress have made RNA sequencing a more holistic and appealing approach to study transcriptome level responses in a single cell and/or tissue. In this work, we determined the Petunia transcriptome response to NaCl stress by sequencing leaf samples and assembling 196 million Illumina reads with Trinity software. Using our reference transcriptome we identified more than 7,000 genes that were differentially expressed within 24 h of acute NaCl stress. The proposed transcriptome can also be used as an excellent tool for biological and bioinformatics in the absence of an available Petunia genome and it is available at the SOL Genomics Network (SGN) http://solgenomics.net. Genes related to regulation of reactive oxygen species, transport, and signal transductions as well as novel and undescribed transcripts were among those differentially expressed in response to salt stress. The candidate genes identified in this study can be applied as markers for breeding or to genetically engineer plants to enhance salt tolerance. Gene Ontology analyses indicated that most of the NaCl damage happened at 24 h inducing genotoxicity, affecting transport and organelles due to the high concentration of Na+ ions. Finally, we report a modification to the library preparation protocol whereby cDNA samples were bar-coded with non-HPLC purified primers, without affecting the quality and quantity of the RNA-seq data. The methodological improvement presented here could substantially reduce the cost of sample preparation for future high-throughput RNA sequencing experiments. PMID:24722556

  1. Evidence for a lower crustal origin of high-Al orthopyroxene megacrysts in Proterozoic anorthosites

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    Wiebe, R.A.

    1985-01-01

    Nodules and xenocrysts dominated by high-Al orthopyroxene (HAO) occur in strongly chilled Proterozoic basaltic dikes which cut the Nain anorthosite complex, Labrador. HAO (En 73-68, Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ = 6.5-4.5) lacks exsolution; it occurs both as anhedral xenocrysts up to 10 cm in diameter and with euhedral plagioclase (An55) in ophitic nodules. Rarely, olivine occurs with HAO and Al-spinel with plagioclase. Scarce Fe-rich nodules contain: (1) opx + pig, (2) aug + pig, and (3) coarsely exsolved ulvospinel. Pyroxene pairs yield T's of 1250 to 1170/degree/C, whereas coexisting lamellae in exsolved ulvospinel yield T's between 1145 and 1120/degree/C, with fO/sub 2/ near the WM buffer. If all nodules came from a similar depth, the rare occurrence of olivine with plagioclase suggests a maximum pressure of about 11 kb. The high subsolidus T's of the nodules contrasts with the low T of the host anorthosites at the time of dike emplacement and hence indicates a deep source for the nodules. HAO is nearly identical in composition to the high-Al orthopyroxene megacrysts with exsolved plagioclase (HAOM) found in most Proterozoic anorthosites. Many nodules of plagioclase and HAO also have textures comparable to ophitic occurrences of HAOM in anorthosite. Rafting of cotectic nodules from the lower crust could explain occurrences of HAOM in shallow-level anorthosites. The nodules and xenocrysts are samples of lower crustal cumulates. Their compositions suggest that they were produced by magmas similar to those that were parental to the anorthosites. They lend support to models which derive anorthosites by fractional crystallization of basaltic magma.

  2. Neutron diffractometer using Bragg diffraction optics for high-resolution strain/stress measurements

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    Mikula, Pavel; Lukas, Petr; Saroun, Jan; Strunz, Pavel; Vrana, Miroslav; Wagner, Volker

    1997-02-01

    Novel modification of the neutron diffraction method - method of Bragg diffraction angle analysis, which is routinely used for strain/stress investigations in polycrystalline materials in NPI Rez is presented. It provides sufficiently high resolution permitting investigations of both the macro- and microstains of the order 10-4. Basic feature of the modification is the exploitation of Bragg diffraction optics - focusing in real and momentum space - using curved perfect crystal slabs. Properties of this modification are documented by results of experimental measurements.

  3. Muscle-like high-stress dielectric elastomer actuators with oil capsules

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    La, Thanh-Giang; Lau, Gih-Keong; Shiau, Li-Lynn; Wei-Yee Tan, Adrian

    2014-10-01

    Despite being capable of generating large strains, dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) are short of strength. Often, they cannot produce enough stress or as much work as that achievable by human elbow muscles. Their maximum actuation capacity is limited by the electrical breakdown of dielectric elastomers. Often, failures of these soft actuators are pre-mature and localized at the weakest spot under high field and high stress. Localized breakdowns, such as electrical arcing, thermal runaway and punctures, could spread to ultimately cause rupture if they were not stopped. This work shows that dielectric oil immersion and self-clearable electrodes nibbed the buds of localized breakdowns from DEAs. Dielectric oil encapsulation in soft-membrane capsules was found to help the DEA sustain an ultra-high electrical breakdown field of 835\\;MV{{m}^{-1}}, which is 46% higher than the electrical breakdown strength of the dry DEA in air at 570\\;MV{\\mkern 1mu} {{m}^{-1}}. Because of the increased apparent dielectric strength, this oil-capsuled DEA realizes a higher maximum isotonic work density of up to 31.51Jk{{g}^{-1}}, which is 43.8% higher than that realized by the DEA in air. Meanwhile, it produces higher maximum isometric stress of up to 1.05 MPa, which is 75% higher than that produced by the DEA in air. Such improved actuator performances are comparable to those achieved by human flexor muscles, which can exert up to 1.2 MPa during elbow flexion. This muscle-like, high-stress dielectric elastomeric actuation is very promising to drive future human-like robots.

  4. Stress Analysis of a High Temperature Superconductor Coil Wound With Bi-2223/Ag Tapes for High Field HTS/LTS NMR Magnet Application

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    Kiyoshi, Tsukasa

    The electromagnetic stress distribution inside a HTS insert is one of the key issues for construction of a high field high/low temperature superconductor (HTS/LTS) magnet. The rmiddotJmiddotB formulae is widely used for ...

  5. Achieving high mobility ZnO : Al at very high growth rates by dc filtered cathodic arc deposition

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    Mendelsberg, R. J.; Lim, S. H. N.; Zhu, Y. K.; Wallig, J.; Milliron, D. J.; Anders, A.

    2011-06-01

    Achieving a high growth rate is paramount for making large-area transparent conducting oxide coatings at a low cost. Unfortunately, the quality of thin films grown by most techniques degrades as the growth rate increases. Filtered dc cathodic arc is a lesser known technique which produces a stream of highly ionized plasma, in stark contrast to the neutral atoms produced by standard sputter sources. Ions bring a large amount of potential energy to the growing surface which is in the form of heat, not momentum. By minimizing the distance from cathode to substrate, the high ion flux gives a very high effective growth temperature near the film surface without causing damage from bombardment. The high surface temperature is a direct consequence of the high growth rate and allows for high-quality crystal growth. Using this technique, 500-1300 nm thick and highly transparent ZnO : Al films were grown on glass at rates exceeding 250 nm min-1 while maintaining resistivity below 5 × 10-4 ? cm with electron mobility as high as 60 cm2 V-1 s-1.

  6. Study of surface leakage current of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors

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    Chen, YongHe; Zhang, Kai; Cao, MengYi; Zhao, ShengLei; Zhang, JinCheng; Hao, Yue; Ma, XiaoHua

    2014-04-14

    Temperature-dependent surface current measurements were performed to analyze the mechanism of surface conductance of AlGaN/GaN channel high-electron-mobility transistors by utilizing process-optimized double gate structures. Different temperatures and electric field dependence have been found in surface current measurements. At low electric field, the mechanism of surface conductance is considered to be two-dimensional variable range hopping. At elevated electric field, the Frenkel–Poole trap assisted emission governs the main surface electrons transportation. The extracted energy barrier height of electrons emitting from trapped state near Fermi energy level into a threading dislocations-related continuum state is 0.38?eV. SiN passivation reduces the surface leakage current by two order of magnitude and nearly 4 orders of magnitude at low and high electric fields, respectively. SiN also suppresses the Frenkel–Poole conductance at high temperature by improving the surface states of AlGaN/GaN. A surface treatment process has been introduced to further suppress the surface leakage current at high temperature and high field, which results in a decrease in surface current of almost 3 orders of magnitude at 476?K.

  7. Study of surface leakage current of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors

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    Chen, YongHe; Zhang, Kai; Cao, MengYi; Zhao, ShengLei; Zhang, JinCheng; Ma, XiaoHua; Hao, Yue

    2014-04-01

    Temperature-dependent surface current measurements were performed to analyze the mechanism of surface conductance of AlGaN/GaN channel high-electron-mobility transistors by utilizing process-optimized double gate structures. Different temperatures and electric field dependence have been found in surface current measurements. At low electric field, the mechanism of surface conductance is considered to be two-dimensional variable range hopping. At elevated electric field, the Frenkel-Poole trap assisted emission governs the main surface electrons transportation. The extracted energy barrier height of electrons emitting from trapped state near Fermi energy level into a threading dislocations-related continuum state is 0.38 eV. SiN passivation reduces the surface leakage current by two order of magnitude and nearly 4 orders of magnitude at low and high electric fields, respectively. SiN also suppresses the Frenkel-Poole conductance at high temperature by improving the surface states of AlGaN/GaN. A surface treatment process has been introduced to further suppress the surface leakage current at high temperature and high field, which results in a decrease in surface current of almost 3 orders of magnitude at 476 K.

  8. Enthalpies of formation of CaAl4O7 and CaAl12O19 (hibonite) by high temperature, alkali borate solution calorimetry

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    Geiger, C. A.; Kleppa, O. J.; Grossman, L.; Mysen, B. O.; Lattimer, J. M.

    1988-01-01

    Enthalpies of formation were determined for two calcium aluminate phases, CaAl4O7 and CaAl12O19, using high-temperature alkali borate solution calorimetry. The aluminates were synthesized by multiple-cycle heating and grinding stoichiometric mixtures of CaCO3 and Al2O3, and the products were characteized by X-ray diffraction and SEM microbeam analysis. The data on impurities (CaAl4O7 was found to be about 89.00 percent pure by weight and the CaAl12O19 samples about 91.48 percent pure) were used to correct the heat of solution values of the synthetic products. The enthalpies of formation, at 1063 K, from oxides, were found to be equal to -(25.6 + or - 4.7) kJ/g.f.w. for CaAl4O7 and -(33.0 + or - 9.7) kJ/g.f.w. for CaAl12O19; the respective standard enthalpies of formation from elements, at 298 K, were estimated to be -4007 + or - 5.2 kJ/g.f.w. and -10,722 + or - 12 kJ/g.f.w.

  9. High electron mobility in high-polarization sub-10 nm barrier thickness InAlGaN/GaN heterostructure

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    Medjdoub, Farid; Kabouche, Riad; Linge, Astrid; Grimbert, Bertrand; Zegaoui, Malek; Gamarra, Piero; Lacam, Cédric; Tordjman, Maurice; di Forte-Poisson, Marie-Antoinette

    2015-10-01

    We report on the improvement of the electron transport properties of the two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) confined at a nearly lattice-matched quaternary barrier InAlGaN/AlN/GaN heterostructure using a sub-10 nm ultrathin barrier. Electron mobilities of 1800 (RT) and 6800 cm2 V-1 s-1 (77 K) are achieved while delivering a high electron density of 1.9 × 1013 cm-2, resulting in extremely low sheet resistances of 191 ?/? at RT and below 50 ?/? at 77 K. These 2DEG properties exceed the best ones ever reported for III-N structures. The excellent current and power gain cut-off frequencies of 60 and 190 GHz at VDS = 15 V obtained using 0.25 µm technology reflect the outstanding 2DEG properties.

  10. Punicalagin exerts protective effect against high glucose-induced cellular stress and neural tube defects.

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    Zhong, Jianxiang; Reece, E Albert; Yang, Peixin

    2015-11-13

    Maternal diabetes-induced birth defects remain a significant health problem. Studying the effect of natural compounds with antioxidant properties and minimal toxicities on diabetic embryopathy may lead to the development of new and safe dietary supplements. Punicalagin is a primary polyphenol found in pomegranate juice, which possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumorigenic properties, suggesting a protective effect of punicalagin on diabetic embryopathy. Here, we examined whether punicalagin could reduce high glucose-induced neural tube defects (NTDs), and if this rescue occurs through blockage of cellular stress and caspase activation. Embryonic day 8.5 (E8.5) mouse embryos were cultured for 24 or 36 h with normal (5 mM) glucose or high glucose (16.7 mM), in presence or absence of 10 or 20 ?M punicalagin. 10 ?M punicalagin slightly reduced NTD formation under high glucose conditions; however, 20 ?M punicalagin significantly inhibited high glucose-induced NTD formation. Punicalagin suppressed high glucose-induced lipid peroxidation marker 4-hydroxynonenal, nitrotyrosine-modified proteins, and lipid peroxides. Moreover, punicalagin abrogated endoplasmic reticulum stress by inhibiting phosphorylated protein kinase ribonucleic acid (RNA)-like ER kinase (p-PERK), phosphorylated inositol-requiring protein-1? (p-IRE1?), phosphorylated eukaryotic initiation factor 2? (p-eIF2?), C/EBP-homologous protein (CHOP), binding immunoglobulin protein (BiP) and x-box binding protein 1 (XBP1) mRNA splicing. Additionally, punicalagin suppressed high glucose-induced caspase 3 and caspase 8 cleavage. Punicalagin reduces high glucose-induced NTD formation by blocking cellular stress and caspase activation. These observations suggest punicalagin supplements could mitigate the teratogenic effects of hyperglycemia in the developing embryo, and possibly prevent diabetes-induced NTDs. PMID:26453010

  11. Physiological and biochemical responses of Prorocentrum minimum to high light stress

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    Park, So Yun; Choi, Eun Seok; Hwang, Jinik; Kim, Donggiun; Ryu, Tae Kwon; Lee, Taek-Kyun

    2009-12-01

    Prorocentrum minimum is a common bloomforming photosynthetic dinoflagellate found along the southern coast of Korea. To investigate the adaptive responses of P. minimum to high light stress, we measured growth rate, and generation of reactive oxidative species (ROS), superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and malondialdehyde (MDA) in cultures exposed to normal (NL) and high light levels (HL). The results showed that HL (800 ?mol m-2 s-1) inhibited growth of P. minimum, with maximal inhibition after 7-9 days. HL also increased the amount of ROS and MDA, suggesting that HL stress leads to oxidative damage and lipid peroxidation in this species. Under HL, we first detected superoxide on day 4 and H2O2 on day 5. We also detected SOD activity on day 5 and CAT activity on day 6. The level of lipid peroxidation, an indicator of cell death, was high on day 8. Addition of diphenyleneiodonium (DPI), an NAD(P)H inhibitor, decreased the levels of superoxide generation and lipid peroxidation. Our results indicate that the production of ROS which results from HL stress in P. minimum also induces antioxidative enzymes that counteract oxidative damage and allow P. minimum to survive.

  12. Investigation of the dynamic mechanical behavior of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) in the high stress tensile regime

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    Berer, M.; Major, Z.; Pinter, G.; Constantinescu, D. M.; Marsavina, L.

    2014-11-01

    Due to its outstanding mechanical performance both in static and dynamic loading and its resistance up to very high temperatures, Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) has attracted many practical applications. The loaded contact state for the application of PEEK rolls as bearing elements was recently analyzed by the corresponding author. High irreversible deformations on the mantle side were caused by the rolling contact and thus the rolling performance is supposed to be strongly affected by the dynamic mechanical properties of this irreversibly deformed material. Tensile fatigue tests at various stress levels up to the thermally dominated fatigue regime were conducted in order to get information regarding the dynamic mechanical material behavior at high stress regimes. Two types of PEEK (annealed and untreated) were investigated and two load ratios, R, were used (0.1 and 0.5). During the fatigue tests extensometer strain, load and surface temperature were recorded and a quantitative hysteresis loop analysis with calculated secant modulus and dynamic modulus was performed. Furthermore, the concept of isocyclic stress-strain diagrams was applied to enlarge and confirm the results obtained from the hysteresis loop analysis. A sharp transition between thermally dominated and mechanically dominated fatigue regimes was found for both PEEK types (annealed and untreated) and for both load ratios. Moreover, the annealed PEEK was stiffer in the tensile fatigue tests than the untreated material. Both examined PEEK types showed distinct hardening throughout the fatigue tests which made them "more elastic" (higher stiffness and less damping).

  13. CO2 laser scribe of chemically strengthened glass with high surface compressive stress

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    Li, Xinghua; Vaddi, Butchi R.

    2011-03-01

    Chemically strengthened glass is finding increasing use in handheld, IT and TV cover glass applications. Chemically strengthened glass, particularly with high (>600MPa) compressive stress (CS) and deeper depth of layer (DOL), enable to retain higher strength after damage than non-strengthened glass when its surface is abraded. Corning Gorilla® Glass has particularly proven to be advantageous over competition in this attribute. However, due to high compressive stress (CS) and Central Tension (CT) cutting ion-exchanged glass is extremely difficult and often unmanageable where ever the applications require dicing the chemically strengthened mother glass into smaller parts. We at Corning have developed a CO2 laser scribe and break method (LSB) to separate a single chemically strengthened glass sheet into plurality of devices. Furthermore, CO2 laser scribe and break method enables debris-free separation of glass with high edge strength due to its mirror-like edge finish. We have investigated laser scribe and break of chemically strengthened glass with surface compressive stress greater than 600 MPa. In this paper we present the results of CO2 scribe and break method and underlying laser scribing mechanisms. We demonstrated cross-scribe repetitively on GEN 2 size chemically strengthened glass substrates. Specimens for edge strength measurements of different thickness and CS/DOL glass were prepared using the laser scribe and break technique. The specimens were tested using the standard 4-point bend method and the results are presented.

  14. Thin film interface stresses produced by high amplitude laser generated surface acoustic waves

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    Sherman, Bradley; Liou, Hong-Cin; Balogun, Oluwaseyi

    2015-10-01

    Surface acoustic waves (SAWs) have been explored for nondestructive metrology of thin film elastic properties and thickness due to confinement of their energy within a shallow depth from a material surface. In this paper, we study the dynamic interfacial stresses produced by high amplitude SAWs generated by a strongly ablative source in a thin film-substrate system, with the goal of investigating the possibility of inducing thin film delamination at high loading rates. For modeling purposes, we represent the mechanical loading resulting from the pulsed laser-sample interaction in the ablative regime by an equivalent compressive surface load, and the resulting stresses and particle velocities induced by the generated SAWs are calculated using a linear finite element model. We explore the numerical model to study the dependence of the film-substrate interface tractions on the ratio of the film thickness and SAW wavelength for a soft film on a stiff substrate. Furthermore, by matching the numerical results obtained from the finite element model with experimental results, we are able to predict the dynamic interfacial stresses for a copper film on a fused silica substrate produced by SAWs excited by a high power pulsed laser line source. This study has implications for exploring SAWs in the characterization of interfacial failure in thin-film substrate systems.

  15. Chronic stress of rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss at high altitude: a field study.

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    Hunt von Herbing, I; Pan, T-C F; Méndez-Sánchez, F; Garduño-Paz, M; Hernández-Gallegos, O; Ruiz-Gómez, M L; Rodríguez-Vargas, G

    2015-07-01

    The stress response of Oncorhynchus mykiss in high-altitude farms in central Mexico was investigated over two seasons: the cool (9·1-13·7° C) dry winter season, and the warmer (14·7-15·9° C), wetter summer season. Fish were subjected to an acute stress test followed by sampling of six physiological variables: blood cortisol, glucose, lactate, total antioxidant capacity, haemoglobin concentration and per cent packed cell volume (VPC %). Multivariate analyses revealed that lactate and total antioxidant capacity were significantly higher in the summer, when water temperatures were warmer and moderate hypoxia (4·9-5·3 mg l(-1) ) prevailed. In contrast, plasma cortisol was significantly higher in the winter (mean ± s.e.: 76·7 ± 4·0 ng ml(-1) ) when temperatures were cooler and dissolved oxygen levels higher (6·05-7·9 mg l(-1) ), than in the summer (22·7 ± 3·8 ng ml(-1) ). Haemoglobin concentrations (mg dl(-1) ) were not significantly different between seasons, but VPC % was significantly higher in the summer (50%) than in the winter (35%). These results suggest that in summer, effects of high altitude on farmed fish are exacerbated by stresses of high temperatures and hypoxia, resulting in higher blood lactate, increased total antioxidant capacity and elevated VPC % levels. PMID:26148653

  16. Stress rupture and creep behavior of a low pressure plasma-sprayed NiCoCrAlY coating alloy in air and vacuum

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    Hebsur, M. G.; Miner, R. V.

    1987-01-01

    The creep behavior of a NiCoCrAlY coating alloy in air and vacuum at 660 and 850 C is studied. The microstructure of the coating alloy is described. Analysis of the creep curves reveal that the secondary creep rates, the transition from secondary to tertiary creep, and the strain-to-failure are affected by the environment, preexposure, stress, and temperature. It is observed that the rupture lives of the NiCoCrAlY alloy at 660 and 850 C are greater in air than in vacuum. Several mechanisms that may explain the lack of crack growth from surface-connected pores during tests in air are proposed.

  17. Insight into high-reflectivity AlN/GaN Bragg reflectors with spontaneously formed (Al,Ga)N transient layers at the interfaces

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    Ga?evi?, Ž.; Eljarrat, A.; Peiró, F.; Calleja, E.

    2013-05-01

    This work gives a detailed insight into how the formation of (Al,Ga)N transient layers (TLs) at the interfaces of AlN/GaN Bragg reflectors modifies their structural and optical properties. While abrupt AlN/GaN interfaces are typically characterized with a network of microcracks, those with TLs are characterized with a network of nanocracks. Transmission electron microscopy reveals a strong correlation between strain and the TLs thickness, identifying thus the strain as the driving force for TLs formation. The AlN/GaN intermixing preserves the targeted stopband position (˜410 nm), whereas the peak reflectivity and the stopband width are both reduced, but still significantly high: >90% and >30 nm, respectively. To model their optical properties, a reduced refractive index contrast approximation is used, a novel method which yields an excellent agreement with the experiment.

  18. Atomic Structure of Luminescent Centers in High-Efficiency Ce-doped w-AlN Single Crystal

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    Ishikawa, Ryo; Lupini, Andrew R.; Oba, Fumiyasu; Findlay, Scott D.; Shibata, Naoya; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Hayashi, Hiroyuki; Sakai, Toshifumi; Tanaka, Isao; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Pennycook, Stephen J.

    2014-01-01

    Rare-earth doped wurtzite-type aluminum nitride (w-AlN) has great potential for high-efficiency electroluminescent applications over a wide wavelength range. However, because of their large atomic size, it has been difficult to stably dope individual rare-earth atoms into the w-AlN host lattice. Here we use a reactive flux method under high pressure and high temperature to obtain cerium (Ce) doped w-AlN single crystals with pink-colored luminescence. In order to elucidate the atomic structure of the luminescent centers, we directly observe individual Ce dopants in w-AlN using annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy. We find that Ce is incorporated as single, isolated atoms inside the w-AlN lattice occupying Al substitutional sites. This new synthesis method represents a new alternative strategy for doping size-mismatched functional atoms into wide band-gap materials. PMID:24445335

  19. Donmazov, S. et al: In vivo residual strain Non-invasive in vivo Determination of Residual Strains and Stresses

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    Pekkan, Kerem

    in vascular tissues as a precursor for growth estimates. This approach is also validated with a finite element stresses play a central role in cardiovascular soft tissue mechanics as they influence the observed in vivo material response significantly and hypothesized to be an essential factor for the healthy physiology

  20. Enhanced ductility in Al-Si-Cu-Mg foundry alloys with high Si content

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    Cáceres, C. H.; Taylor, J. A.

    2006-12-01

    It has recently been suggested that the ?-Al5FeSi and ?-Al2Cu intermetallic particles are refined and dispersed in the presence of high silicon, thereby improving the ductility of Al-Si-Cu-Mg alloys. However, limited metallographic evidence was presented to support these claims. Therefore, a study of the effect of Si content in the range of 4.5 to 9 pct on the morphology and distribution of Fe-rich and Cu-rich intermetallic phases has now been conducted. It is shown that Si, indeed, exerts a refining effect on the iron-containing particles ( ? and ?) and disperses clusters of intermetallics (including the Cu-rich particles). In alloys with low Si content, the Fe- and Cu-rich particles form long and closely intertwined clusters. Microcracks originating from cracked intermetallic particles extend and propagate along the clusters with little plasticity, resulting in the low ductility of the alloys. At a high Si content, the intermetallic phases appear more dispersed and the clusters of particles are small and isolated from each other. Microcracks resulting from the cracked intermetallics are short and are isolated, as well, thereby increasing the ductility of the alloys. The mechanisms by which the refinement and dispersion of intermetallic phases occur are discussed.

  1. High resolution sup 27 Al NMR spectroscopy of the aluminophosphate molecular sieve VPI-5

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    Wu, Y.; Chmelka, B.F.; Pines, A. ); Davis, M.E. ); Grobet, P.J.; Jacobs, P.A. )

    1990-08-01

    Aluminium plays an important part in determining the properties of many materials, such as the catalytic behavior of zeolites. Aluminophosphate molecular sieves, in particular, have useful applications as superlattice hosts in the fabrication of quantum-effect devices. Although nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is often a sensitive probe of solids, the use of {sup 27}Al NMR to investigate the structure of aluminosilicates and aluminophosphates has been severely limited because anisotropic second-order quadrupolar interactions, responsible for spectral broadening, cannot be eliminated by conventional magic-angle-spinning or multiple-pulse techniques. Here the authors report the first high-resolution NMR spectra of {sup 27}Al in a solid using double rotation and demonstrate its usefulness for probing subtle structural perturbations in the aluminophosphate molecular sieve VPI-5. From their results, they conclude that high-resolution {sup 27}Al NMR is capable of resolving discrete framework aluminium sites, permitting quantitative investigation of site-specific adsorbate interactions with the VPI-5 host.

  2. Gated Magnetotransport in a Very-High Mobility GaAs/AlGaAs Quantum Well

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    Liu, Guangtong; Tsui, D. C.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.; Knez, Ivan; Zhang, Chi; Stone, Kristjan; Du, R. R.

    2010-03-01

    The ability to control electron density and potential profile in a very-high mobility, modulation-doped GaAs/AlGaAs 2D electron system by potential gates is a key ingredient in realizing confinement of quasiparticles in the fractional quantum Hall effect. In this study, top-gated Hall bar samples were constructed on a 20-nm GaAs/AlGaAs 2D electron gas quantum well (QW) using a Si3N4 dielectric layer. Before the gate was processed, the wafer had an electron density n=6.3x10^11 cm-2 and a mobility ?=1x10^7cm^2/Vs at 300 mK. By magnetotransport measurements in the quantum Hall region we found that electrons can be depleted uniformly (from 5.64 to 0.6x10^11cm-2), and the n vs. gate-potential shows simple capacitive characteristics in this range. The ? vs. n can be described by a power law, ?=A.n^1.9. We discuss the applications of the gate technique for quantum transport studies in very-high mobility QWs at ultralow temperature region produced by nuclear demagnetization refrigerator. Ref. R. L. Willett, et al, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 242107 (2006)

  3. Advantages of MgAlOx over gamma-Al2O3 as a support material for potassium-based high temperature lean NOx traps

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    Luo, Jinyong; Gao, Feng; Karim, Ayman M.; Xu, Pinghong; Browning, Nigel D.; Peden, Charles HF

    2015-08-07

    MgAlOx mixed oxides were employed as supports for potassium-based lean NOx traps (LNTs) targeted for high temperature applications. Effects of support compositions, K/Pt loadings, thermal aging and catalyst regeneration on NOx storage capacity were systematically investigated. The catalysts were characterized by XRD, NOx-TPD, TEM, STEM-HAADF and in-situ XAFS. The results indicate that MgAlOx mixed oxides have significant advantages over conventional gamma-Al2O3-supports for LNT catalysts, in terms of high temperature NOx trapping capacity and thermal stability. First, as a basic support, MgAlOx stabilizes stored nitrates (in the form of KNO3) to much higher temperatures than mildly acidic gamma-Al2O3. Second, MgAlOx minimizes Pt sintering during thermal aging, which is not possible for gamma-Al2O3 supports. Notably, combined XRD, in-situ XAFS and STEM-HAADF results indicate that Pt species in the thermally aged Pt/MgAlOx samples are finely dispersed in the oxide matrix as isolated atoms. This strong metal-support interaction stabilizes Pt and minimizes the extent of sintering. However, such strong interactions result in Pt oxidation via coordination with the support so that NO oxidation activity can be adversely affected after aging which, in turn, decreases NOx trapping ability for these catalysts. Interestingly, a high-temperature reduction treatment regenerates essentially full NOx trapping performance. In fact, regenerated Pt/K/MgAlOx catalyst exhibits much better NOx trapping performance than fresh Pt/K/Al2O3 LNTs over the entire temperature range investigated here. In addition to thermal aging, Pt/K loading effects were systemically studied over the fresh samples. The results indicate that NOx trapping is kinetically limited at low temperatures, while thermodynamically limited at high temperatures. A simple conceptual model was developed to explain the Pt and K loading effects on NOx storage. An optimized K loading, which allows balancing between the stability of nitrates and exposed Pt surface, gives the best NOx trapping capability.

  4. Fabrication of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-20 vol.% Al nanocomposite powders using high energy milling and their sinterability

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    Zawrah, M.F.; Abdel-kader, H.; Elbaly, N.E.

    2012-03-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al nanocomposite powders were prepared via high energy ball milling. After 20 h milling, the size of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-20 vol.% Al nanocomposite particles was in the range of 23-29 nm. A uniform distribution of nanosized Al reinforcement throughout the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix, coating the particles was successfully obtained. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer There was no any sign of phase changes during the milling. A competition between the cold welding mechanism and the fracturing mechanism were found during milling and finally the above two mechanisms reached an equilibrium. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The highest value of relative density was obtained for the sintered bodies at 1500 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The harness of the sintered composite was decreased while the fracture toughness was improved after addition Al into alumina. -- Abstract: In this study, alumina-based matrix nanocomposite powders reinforced with Al particles were fabricated and investigated. The sinterability of the prepared nanocomposite powder at different firing temperature was also conducted. Their mechanical properties in terms of hardness and toughness were tested. Alumina and aluminum powder mixtures were milled in a planetary ball mill for various times up to 30 h in order to produce Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-20% Al nanocomposite. The phase composition, morphological and microstructural changes during mechanical milling of the nanocomposite particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscope (SEM) techniques, respectively. The crystallite size and internal strain were evaluated by XRD patterns using Scherrer methods. A uniform distribution of the Al reinforcement in the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix was successfully obtained after milling the powders. The results revealed that there was no any sign of phase changes during the milling. The crystal size decreased with the prolongation of milling times, while the internal strain increased. A simple model is presented to illustrate the mechanical alloying of a ductile-brittle component system. A competition between the cold welding mechanism and the fracturing mechanism were found during powder milling and finally the above two mechanisms reached an equilibrium. The maximum relative density was obtained at 1500 Degree-Sign C. The harness of the sintered composite was decreased while the fracture toughness was improved after addition Al into alumina.

  5. Reproductive parameters and oxidative stress status of male rats fed with low and high salt diet

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    Iranloye, Bolanle O.; Oludare, Gabriel O.; Morakinyo, Ayodele O.; Esume, Naomi A.; Ekeh, Lucy C.

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Deficiency of minerals and micronutrients has been reported to impair the process of spermatogenesis. Historically, salt has been used by women on their husbands to increase their libido, however, the role of salt diet on sperm parameters are yet to be ascertained. AIM: The present study was designed to determine the effect of low and high salt diet on sperm parameters, oxidative status and reproductive hormone levels of male rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 18 rats were divided into three groups: Group I: (control) received 0.3% salt diet, Group II: low salt (received 0.14% salt diet) and Group III: high salt (received 8% salt diet). All animals were treated for 6 weeks; after which epididymal sperm parameters; oxidative stress markers (malondialdehyde, glutathione, catalase and superoxide dismutase) in the testes and epididymal tissues, as well as follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH) and testosterone levels were determined. RESULTS: The results showed decreased sperm count in the low salt diet rats while increased sperm count was observed in the high salt diet treated rats. Both low salt and high salt diet fed rats exhibited increased abnormal sperm cells and increased epididymal oxidative stress when compared with their respective control. FSH and testosterone levels were increased in the high salt fed rats while LH level was decreased when compared with the control values. CONCLUSION: This study suggests that both low and high salt diet play a negative role in the fertility of male rats. PMID:24672168

  6. A highly selective, chlorofluorocarbon-free GaAs on AlGaAs etch

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    Smith, L.E. . Solid State Technology Center)

    1993-07-01

    A highly selective reactive ion etching process using SiCl[sub 4], CF[sub 4], O[sub 2], and He is reported. The selectivity of the etch, which is adjustable, ranges from 308:1 to 428:1 for GaAs to Al[sub 0.11]Ga[sub 0.89]As. This variability in selectivity is achieved by adjusting the helium flow rate. One very attractive feature of this etch is that it uses no chlorofluorocarbons and therefore complies with future bans on these substances imposed at both federal and corporate levels. The etch is demonstrated on a GaAs field effect transistor structure with an underlying Al[sub 0.11]Ga[sub 0.89]As stop-etch layer. The etch can be used for both anisotropic and isotropic applications.

  7. Internal friction in plastically deformed high-purity NiAl single crystals

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    Hirscher, M.; Schaible, D.

    1999-07-01

    High-purity stoichiometric NiAl single crystals have been prepared by crucible-free inductive zone melting and afterwards well annealed at temperatures below 1,200 K. Internal friction measurements of torsionally deformed single crystals show two relaxation maxima at 500 and 800 K which anneal during the measurement. The first maximum can be assigned to the dislocation motion by kink-pair formation and the annealing to pinning of these dislocations by interstitial impurity atoms. The second maximum is attributed to the Snoek-Koester relaxation of dislocations in the presence of mobile interstitial impurity atoms and the annealing to the pinning of dislocations by vacancies. The kink-pair formation enthalpy in NiAl was estimated.

  8. Synthesis and structural characterization of Al-containing interlayer-expanded-MWW zeolite with high catalytic performance.

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    Yokoi, Toshiyuki; Mizuno, Shun; Imai, Hiroyuki; Tatsumi, Takashi

    2014-07-21

    Treatment of the zeolitic layered precursor of Al-MWW, so-called Al-MWW(P), with diethoxydimethylsilane (DEDMS) in acidic media leads to the formation of an aluminosilicate-type interlayer-expanded zeolite MWW (Al-IEZ-MWW) with expanded 12-membered ring (12-MR) micropores. However, the silylation process under acidic conditions simultaneously causes dealumination from the MWW framework, resulting in a decrease in the acid amount. We have developed a method for preparing Al-IEZ-MWW without leaching of the Al species. The strategy is to conduct the silylation under weakly acidic conditions; the silylation was conducted in an aqueous solution of an ammonium salt, e.g., NH4Cl, instead of HNO3. Subsequent additional acid treatment led to the formation of Al-IEZ-MWW that shows a high catalytic performance in the acylation of anisole compared to typical Al-MWW as well as Al-IEZ-MWW directly prepared under acidic conditions. The change in the state of Al atoms during the preparation process was investigated by high-resolution solid-state (27)Al MAS NMR and (27)Al MQMAS NMR techniques. PMID:24798349

  9. Strain compensated AlGaN/GaN-Bragg-reflectors with high Al content grown by MOVPE

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    Dartsch, H.; Figge, S.; Aschenbrenner, T.; Pretorius, A.; Rosenauer, A.; Hommel, D.

    2008-11-01

    Fully strained GaN/GaN-Bragg-reflectors (DBR) with x>0.4 have been grown on (0 0 0 1) sapphire by metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy. We report on the fabrication of strain compensated DBR structures with a stop band in the blue green spectral region by using an underlying AlGaN buffer layer. For a reactor pressure of 50 Torr and a N/III ratio of less than 800 we were able to find a growth regime where parasitic prereactions of the precursors were neglected. Although a change in atmospheric composition from H to N has a significant influence on the growth rates of GaN and AlGaN, we see no impact on the optical properties of the grown structures.

  10. An Analysis of Mechanical Properties of Anodized Aluminum Film at High Stress

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    Zhao, Xixi; Wei, Guoying; Yu, Yundan; Guo, Yuemei; Zhang, Ao

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, a new environmental-friendly electrolyte containing sulfuric acid and tartaric acid has been used as the substitute of chromic acid for anodization. The work discussed the influence of anodizing voltages on the fatigue life of anodized Al 2024-T3 by performing fatigue tests with 0.1 stress ratio (R) at 320 MPa. Meanwhile the fatigue cycles to failure, yield strength, tensile strength and fracture surface of anodic films at different conditions were investigated. The results showed that the fatigue life of anodized and sealed specimens reduced a lot compared to aluminum alloy, which can be attributed to the crack sites initiated at the oxide layer. The fracture surface analyses also revealed that the number of crack initiation sites enlarged with the increase of anodizing voltage.

  11. Catalases Induction in High Virulence Pinewood Nematode Bursaphelenchus xylophilus under Hydrogen Peroxide-Induced Stress.

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    Vicente, Cláudia S L; Ikuyo, Yoriko; Shinya, Ryoji; Mota, Manuel; Hasegawa, Koichi

    2015-01-01

    Considered an EPPO A2 quarantine pest, Bursaphelenchus xylophilus is the causal agent of the pine wilt disease and the most devastating plant parasitic nematode attacking coniferous trees in the world. In the early stages of invasion, this nematode has to manage host defence mechanisms, such as strong oxidative stress. Only successful, virulent nematodes are able to tolerate the basal plant defences, and furthermore migrate and proliferate inside of the host tree. In this work, our main objective was to understand to what extent B. xylophilus catalases are involved in their tolerance to oxidative stress and virulence, using as oxidant agent the reactive oxygen species hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). After 24 hours of exposure, high virulence isolates of B. xylophilus could withstand higher H2O2 concentrations in comparison with low virulence B. xylophilus and B. mucronatus, corroborating our observation of Bxy-ctl-1 and Bxy-ctl-2 catalase up-regulation under the same experimental conditions. Both catalases are expressed throughout the nematode intestine. In addition, transgenic strains of Caenorhabditis elegans overexpressing B. xylophilus catalases were constructed and evaluated for survival under similar conditions as previously. Our results suggest that catalases of high virulence B. xylophilus were crucial for nematode survival under prolonged exposure to in vitro oxidative stress, highlighting their adaptive response, which could contribute to their success in host conditions. PMID:25894519

  12. Catalases Induction in High Virulence Pinewood Nematode Bursaphelenchus xylophilus under Hydrogen Peroxide-Induced Stress

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    Vicente, Cláudia S. L.; Ikuyo, Yoriko; Shinya, Ryoji; Mota, Manuel; Hasegawa, Koichi

    2015-01-01

    Considered an EPPO A2 quarantine pest, Bursaphelenchus xylophilus is the causal agent of the pine wilt disease and the most devastating plant parasitic nematode attacking coniferous trees in the world. In the early stages of invasion, this nematode has to manage host defence mechanisms, such as strong oxidative stress. Only successful, virulent nematodes are able to tolerate the basal plant defences, and furthermore migrate and proliferate inside of the host tree. In this work, our main objective was to understand to what extent B. xylophilus catalases are involved in their tolerance to oxidative stress and virulence, using as oxidant agent the reactive oxygen species hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). After 24 hours of exposure, high virulence isolates of B. xylophilus could withstand higher H2O2 concentrations in comparison with low virulence B. xylophilus and B. mucronatus, corroborating our observation of Bxy-ctl-1 and Bxy-ctl-2 catalase up-regulation under the same experimental conditions. Both catalases are expressed throughout the nematode intestine. In addition, transgenic strains of Caenorhabditis elegans overexpressing B. xylophilus catalases were constructed and evaluated for survival under similar conditions as previously. Our results suggest that catalases of high virulence B. xylophilus were crucial for nematode survival under prolonged exposure to in vitro oxidative stress, highlighting their adaptive response, which could contribute to their success in host conditions. PMID:25894519

  13. Tri-Lateral Noor al Salaam High Concentration Solar Central Receiver Program

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    Blackmon, James B

    2008-03-31

    This report documents the efforts conducted primarily under the Noor al Salaam (“Light of Peace”) program under DOE GRANT NUMBER DE-FC36-02GO12030, together with relevant technical results from a closely related technology development effort, the U.S./Israel Science and Technology Foundation (USISTF) High Concentration Solar Central Receiver program. These efforts involved preliminary design, development, and test of selected prototype power production subsystems and documentation of an initial version of the system definition for a high concentration solar hybrid/gas electrical power plant to be built in Zaafarana, Egypt as a first step in planned commercialization. A major part of the planned work was halted in 2007 with an amendment in October 2007 requiring that we complete the technical effort by December 31, 2007 and provide a final report to DOE within the following 90 days. This document summarizes the work conducted. The USISTF program was a 50/50 cost-shared program supported by the Department of Commerce through the U.S./Israel Science and Technology Commission (USISTC). The USISTC was cooperatively developed by President Clinton and the late Prime Minister Rabin of Israel "to encourage technological collaboration" and "support peace in the Middle East through economic development". The program was conducted as a follow-on effort to Israel's Magnet/CONSOLAR Program, which was an advanced development effort to design, fabricate, and test a solar central receiver and secondary optics for a "beam down" central receiver concept. The status of these hardware development programs is reviewed, since they form the basis for the Noor al Salaam program. Descriptions are provided of the integrated system and the major subsystems, including the heliostat, the high temperature air receiver, the power conversion unit, tower and tower reflector, compound parabolic concentrator, and the master control system. One objective of the USISTF program was to conduct marketing research, identify opportunities for use of this technology, and to the extent possible, secure an agreement leading to a pre-commercialization demonstration or prototype plant. This was accomplished with the agreement to conduct the Noor al Salaam program as a tri-lateral project between Egypt, Israel, and the U.S. The tri-lateral project was led by the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH); this included the Egyptian New and Renewable Energy Authority and the Israeli USISTC participants. This project, known was Noor al Salaam, was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Department of Energy (DOE). The Egyptian activity was under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Energy and Electricity, New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) as part of Egypt's plans for renewable energy development. The objective of the Noor al Salaam project was to develop the conditions necessary to obtain funding and construct and operate an approximately 10 to 20 Megawatt hybrid solar/natural gas demonstration power plant in Zaafarana, Egypt that could serve both as a test bed for advanced solar technology evaluations, and as a forerunner to commercial plant designs. This plant, termed Noor Al Salaam, or “Light of Peace”, reached the initial phase of system definition before being curtailed, in part by changes in USAID objectives, coupled with various delays that were beyond the scope of the program to resolve. The background of the USISTF technology development and pre-commercialization effort is provided in this report, together with documentation of the technology developments conducted under the Noor al Salaam program. It should be noted that only a relatively small part of the Noor al Salaam funding was expended over the approximately five years for which UAH was prime contractor before the program was ordered closed (Reference 1) so that the remaining funds could be returned to USAID.

  14. Assessment of Family Stress across Low-, Medium-, and High-Risk Samples Using the Family Events Checklist.

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    Fisher, Philip A.; Leve, Craig S.; Fagot, Beverly I.

    1998-01-01

    Family stress is examined across normative, moderate-risk, and high-risk samples with particular focus on the development of scales measuring components of stress from a single "daily hassles" questionnaire. A three-factor model, including interpersonal tension, financial problems, and child-related difficulties, was developed using confirmatory…

  15. The Effect of Parenting Stress on Child Behavior Problems in High-Risk Children with Prenatal Drug Exposure

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    Bagner, Daniel M.; Sheinkopf, Stephen J.; Miller-Loncar, Cynthia; LaGasse, Linda L.; Lester, Barry M.; Liu, Jing; Bauer, Charles R.; Shankaran, Seetha; Bada, Henrietta; Das, Abhik

    2009-01-01

    Objective: To examine the relationship between early parenting stress and later child behavior in a high-risk sample and measure the effect of drug exposure on the relationship between parenting stress and child behavior. Methods: A subset of child-caregiver dyads (n = 607) were selected from the Maternal Lifestyle Study (MLS), which is a large…

  16. Solution chemistry effects on the stress corrosion cracking behavior of alloy 2090 (Al-Li-Cu) and alloy 2024 (Al-Cu-Mg)

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    Moran, James P.; Stoner, Glenn E.

    1989-01-01

    The SCC initiation behavior of alloys 2090 and 2024 is examined in various NaCl-based environments. The pre-exposure and bulk/local solution chemistry effects discovered by Holroyd et al. (1986) are investigated, with emphasis on the effect of bulk solution chemistries and atmospheric CO2 on the occluded cell environment and the role of the occluded environment in the crack initiation and early-stage propagation processes. It was found that constant immersion in NaCl does not promote SCC in alloy 2090 or alloy 2024. Upon removal from NaCl, SCC is quickly facilitated, but only in the presence of atmospheric CO2. The need for CO2 is attributed to an increase in carbonate concentrations, eventually allowing passivation of blunted fissures by precipitation of Li2CO3. It is inferred that any effects due to aging are small in magnitude, relative to the effects of subtle changes in the bulk/local solution chemistries.

  17. Stress of dying is not suppressed by high-dose morphine or by dementia.

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    Erkut, Zeynel A; Klooker, Tamira; Endert, Eric; Huitinga, Inge; Swaab, Dick F

    2004-01-01

    Hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)-axis activation is a response of the organism to psychological and physical stress, resulting in elevated levels of glucocorticoids, mainly cortisol in humans. In our previous studies we found post-mortem blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) cortisol levels to be up to 20-fold higher than in vivo levels. Since clinical observations point to similar strong elevations of cortisol in fatally ill patients, we suggested that the high post-mortem cortisol levels might be due to the stress during the process of dying. We hypothesized that if the cortisol rise during dying is due to the psychological stress of the impending death, then the rise in cortisol should be inversely proportional to the degree of dementia, and that high-dose morphine giving analgesia, sedation, and sleep would suppress this response. Therefore, we measured the cortisol levels by radioimmunoassay (RIA) in the post-mortem CSF of 85 Alzheimer patients and 52 controls. In addition, post-mortem serum cortisol of 17 subjects from the Alzheimer group and nine from the control group were measured. The Alzheimer patients were subdivided according to their degree of dementia, as scored on the Reisberg Scale, before their death. All groups were further analyzed for the effect of morphine treatment, as well as for the effects of the confounding factors like age, gender, time, and season of death. Alzheimer patients had significantly higher cortisol levels than controls, both in CSF (mean (nmol/l)+/-SEM: 482+/-32 vs 285+/-30, respectively, p<0.001) and in serum (2854+/-279 vs 1533+/-395, p=0.011). Mean CSF cortisol level of the severely demented Alzheimer group was even significantly higher than that of mildly demented group (508+/-35 vs 225+/-65, p=0.024) and controls (p<0.001). Cortisol levels correlated positively with the degree of dementia in the Alzheimer group (r=0.236, p=0.035). High-dose morphine did not cause a suppression of cortisol rise, neither in controls nor in Alzheimer patients. Our results indicate that the extreme elevations of cortisol levels during dying are rather due to the organic stress of the organism than to psychological stress of the patient, and is not suppressed by high-dose morphine. PMID:12955097

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

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    McManus, Hugh L.; Chamis, Christos C.

    1996-01-01

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

  19. Evaluation of stress in high pressure radial diffraction: application to hcp Co

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    Merkel, S.; Tome, C.; Wenk, H.

    2007-12-01

    Understanding the coupling between elastic and plastic behaviour in hcp Co plastically deformed is important as it can serve as a starting model for improving our understanding of hcp-Fe, the main constituent of the Earth's inner core. For many years, the radial diffraction technique has been used to study mechanical properties under pressure. In those experiments, a polycrystalline sample is plastically deformed between two diamond anvils and lattice spacings are measured using diffraction, with the incoming x-ray beam perpendicular to the compression direction. From the variations of the d-spacings with the diffraction angle, we deduce information on the hydrostatic and deviatoric stress in the sample, while the variations of diffraction intensities provide information on the lattice preferred orientations within the polycrystal. Theories have been developed to relate the observed lattice strains to elastic moduli and stress within the sample (1). However, those models do not account for the effect of plastic deformation and, as a consequence, stress determinations can be inconsistent between lattice planes. In particular, experiments on cobalt have shown that plasticity effects on lattice strains were particularly large in hcp metals (2). This implies that the elastic moduli previously measured for hcp-iron using this technique are not directly related to single-crystal elastic moduli(3). Addressing this problem requires us to consider plastic relaxation, in addition to elastic effects. This can be done using polycrystal elasto-plastic models, which account for slip activity and the threshold stresses associated with their activation. Here, we present new results on modeling radial diffraction experiments using an elasto-plastic self-consistent (EPSC) model and show how the model can be used to interpret radial diffraction data on hcp-Co. More important, we also show how this can be used to derive information about the active slip systems and their critical stress of activation. (1) A.K. Singh, C. Balasingh, Mao, R.J. Hemley & J. Shu, Analysis of lattice strains measured under non- hydrostatic pressure, J. Appl. Phys., 1998, 83, 7567-7575 (2) S. Merkel, N. Miyajima, D. Antonangeli, G. Fiquet & T. Yagi, Lattice preferred orientation and stress in polycrystalline hcp-Co plastically deformed under high pressure, J. Appl. Phys., 2006, 100, 023510 (3) D. Antonangeli, S. Merkel & D. L. Farber, Elastic anisotropy in hcp metals at high pressure and the sound wave anisotropy of the Earth's inner core, Geophys. Res. Lett., 2006, 33, L24303

  20. Scanning Electron Microscopy Analysis of Fuel/Matrix Interaction Layers in Highly-Irradiated U–Mo Dispersion Fuel Plates with Al and Al–Si Alloy Matrices

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    Dennis D. Keiser, Jr.; Jan-Fong Jue; Brandon D. Miller; Jian Gan; Adam B. Robinson; Pavel Medvedev; James Madden; Dan Wachs; Mitch Meyer

    2014-04-01

    In order to investigate how the microstructure of fuel/matrix-interaction (FMI) layers change during irradiation, different U–7Mo dispersion fuel plates have been irradiated to high fission density and then characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Specifially, samples from irradiated U–7Mo dispersion fuel elements with pure Al, Al–2Si and AA4043 (~4.5 wt.%Si) matrices were SEM characterized using polished samples and samples that were prepared with a focused ion beam (FIB). Features not observable for the polished samples could be captured in SEM images taken of the FIB samples. For the Al matrix sample, a relatively large FMI layer develops, with enrichment of Xe at the FMI layer/Al matrix interface and evidence of debonding. Overall, a significant penetration of Si from the FMI layer into the U–7Mo fuel was observed for samples with Si in the Al matrix, which resulted in a change of the size (larger) and shape (round) of the fission-gas bubbles. Additionally, solid-fission-product phases were observed to nucleate and grow within these bubbles. These changes in the localized regions of the microstructure of the U–7Mo may contribute to changes observed in the macroscopic swelling of fuel plates with Al–Si matrices.

  1. Surface passivation of crystalline silicon by sputtered AlOx/AlNx stacks toward low-cost high-efficiency silicon solar cells

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    Lee, Hyunju; Ueda, Keigo; Enomoto, Yuya; Arafune, Koji; Yoshida, Haruhiko; Satoh, Shin-ichi; Chikyow, Toyohiro; Ogura, Atsushi

    2015-08-01

    Recently, excellent surface passivation has been achieved for both p- and n-type silicon solar cells using AlOx/SiNx:H stacks deposited by atomic layer deposition and plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. However, alternative materials and deposition methods could provide practical options for large-scale manufacturing of commercial solar cells. In this study we demonstrate that AlOx/AlNx stacks fabricated by reactive radio-frequency magnetron sputtering can provide fairly good surface passivation (Smax of ˜30 cm/s) regardless of AlOx thickness, which is found to be due to the high negative fixed charge density (Qeff of -2.8 × 1012 cm-2) and moderately low interface trap density (Dit of 2.0 × 1011 eV-1·cm-2). The stacks also show fairly good antireflection performance in the visible and near-infrared spectral region. The demonstrated surface passivation and antireflection performance of in situ reactively sputtered AlOx/AlNx stacks make them a promising candidate for a surface-passivating antireflection coating on silicon solar cells.

  2. Oxidative stress in erythrocytes: a study on the effect of antioxidant mixtures during intermittent exposures to high altitude

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    Vani, R.; Shiva Shankar Reddy, C. S.; Asha Devi, S.

    2010-09-01

    The aim of our study was to compare and assess the effectiveness of antioxidant mixtures on the erythrocytes (RBC) of adult male albino rats (Wister) subjected to simulated intermittent high altitudes—5,100 m (AL1) and 6,700 m (AL2)—to induce oxidative stress (OS). To achieve our objective, we pre-supplemented four sets of animals with different antioxidant mixtures [vitamin E (vit.E; 50 IU/kg BW), vitamin C (vit.C; 400 mg/kg) and l-carnitine (400 mg/kg)] in different combinations [M1 (vit.E+vit.C), M2 (vit.C+carnitine), M3 (vit.E+carnitine) and M4 (vit.C+vit.E+carnitine)] for 30 days prior to as well during exposure to intermittent hypobaric hypoxia (IHH). Membrane instability, in terms of osmotic fragility and hemolysis, decreased in RBCs of supplemented animals. There was a significant increase in the activity of glutathione peroxidase in the RBCs of supplemented animals. We confirmed OS imposed by IHH with assays relating to lipid [thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) and lipofuscin (LF)] and protein (carbonyl, PrC) oxidation, and found a positive correlation between PrC and hemolysis, with a decrease in both upon supplementation with M3 and M4 mixtures. Fluorescence microscopic observation showed a maximum decrease in the LF content in rats administered M4 and M1 compared to those on M2 and M3 mixtures at both altitudes. We suggest that multiple antioxidant fortifications are effective in overcoming increased OS experienced by RBCs at high altitudes.

  3. Plastic Deformation of Al0.3CoCrFeNi and AlCoCrFeNi High-Entropy Alloys Under Nanoindentation

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    Jiao, Zhi-Ming; Ma, Sheng-Guo; Yuan, Guo-Zheng; Wang, Zhi-Hua; Yang, Hui-Jun; Qiao, Jun-Wei

    2015-08-01

    The mechanical properties of Al0.3CoCrFeNi and AlCoCrFeNi high-entropy alloys (HEAs) were investigated by instrumented nanoindentation over a broad range of loading rates. It was found that the loading portion of the two HEAs exhibited apparent discontinuities at low loading rates. However, the discontinuity became less pronounced with increasing the loading rate. The experimental results that the hardness, elastic modulus, and yield strength of AlCoCrFeNi HEAs are larger than those of Al0.3CoCrFeNi HEAs can be elucidated in terms of thermodynamic and topological parameters of the constituent elements and solid solution strengthening, respectively. In situ scanning images displayed a significant pile-up around the indents, demonstrating that a highly localized plastic deformation occurred under nanoindentation. Furthermore, the resistance for creep behavior increases as the Al concentration is increased due to the enlarged lattice distortion related to a solution strengthening effect.

  4. High Quantum Efficiency AlGaN/InGaN Photodetectors

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    Buckley, James H; Leopold, Daniel

    2009-11-24

    High efficiency photon counting detectors in use today for high energy particle detection applications have a significant spectral mismatch with typical sources and have a number of practical problems compared with conventional bialkali photomultiplier tubes. Numerous high energy physics experiments that employ scintillation light detectors or Cherenkov detectors would benefit greatly from photomultipliers with higher quantum efficiencies. The need for extending the sensitivity of photon detectors to the blue and UV wavebands comes from the fact that both Cherenkov light and some scintillators have an emission spectrum which is peaked at short wavelengths. This research involves the development of high quantum efficiency, high gain, UV/blue photon counting detectors based on AlGaN/InGaN photocathode heterostructures grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The work could eventually lead to nearly ideal light detectors with a number of distinct advantages over existing technologies for numerous applications in high-energy physics and particle astrophysics. Potential advantages include much lower noise detection, better stability and radiation resistance than other cathode structures, very low radioactive background levels for deep underground experiments and high detection efficiency of individual UV-visible photons. We are also working on the development of photocathodes with intrinsic gain, initially improving the detection efficiency of hybrid semiconductor-vacuum tube devices, and eventually leading to an all-solid-state photomultiplier device.

  5. High-temperature dilatometry of Ti-46Al-8Nb refractory alloy

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    Kartavykh, A. V.; Tcherdyntcev, V. V.; Stepashkin, A. A.; Gorshenkov, M. V.

    2013-07-01

    The temperature dependence of the linear thermal expansion coefficient K L of the intermetallic Ti-46Al-8Nb (at %) alloy is experimentally determined for the first time within the temperature range from 373 to 1773 K (solidus point). The determined boundaries of phase fields are compared with the results of differential thermal analysis and the calculated phase diagram of the alloy. The high-temperature limit (1384 K) of the alloy structure thermostability is detected from signs of the ?2 + ? ? ? + ? phase transition in dilatometric curves. The restructuring mechanism in the ? + ? field is studied by scanning electron microscopy. It is shown that the ?2 + ? ? ? + ? phase transition is accompanied by selective structural degradation of single-crystalline ?2 lamellae and the related destruction of a fine lamellar ?2-Ti3Al(Nb) + ?-TiAl(Nb) texture. The average values of K L of the alloy are calculated within 100-K ranges in the low-temperature ?2 + ? phase field, which is of interest from a practical viewpoint, according to the State Standard GOST 8.018-2007.

  6. Terbium-Aluminum (TbAl2) Binary Alloy as High Magnetostrictive Material

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    Boghosian, Mary; Sanchez, Carlos; Bernal, Oscar; Kocharian, Armen; Cal State LA Team

    2015-03-01

    Magnetic phase diagram for the cubic intermetallic terbium-aluminum (Tb-Al) binary alloy is being investigated for the purpose of developing material with high magnetostrain properties that can be used for energy harvesting. Low temperature magnetizations, specific heat, combined with structural examinations are few of the techniques that are being used for this purpose. Preliminary DC magnetization results on as-cast material show magnetic ordering of around 109 K in zero applied fields that varies in magnitude and direction with the increase of applied magnetic field. The preliminary results will be discussed. Supported by Grant # NS-DMR1105380.

  7. Fe-Al2O3 nanocomposites prepared by high-energy ball milling

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    Linderoth, Søren; Pedersen, Michael S.

    1994-05-01

    Nanocomposites of ?-Fe and ?-Al2O3, prepared by high-energy ball milling, exhibit coercivities which are enhanced by about two orders of magnitude with respect to the bulk value. The degree of enhancement depends on the volume fraction (xv) of Fe, with a maximum for xv?0.25. The effect is ascribed to the production of single-domain magnetic grains. Mössbauer spectroscopy reveals the presence of iron oxide phases which could not be seen by x-ray and electron diffraction measurements.

  8. Recrystallization textures and microstructures of Al-0.3%Cu alloy after deformation to high strains

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    Li, X. R.; Wakeel, A.; Huang, T. L.; Wu, G. L.; Huang, X.

    2015-08-01

    An Al-0.3%Cu alloy was deformed to high strains by cold rolling. The as-deformed samples were annealed at different temperatures until complete recrystallization. The cold rolling textures were determined by X-ray diffraction while the recrystallization textures and microstructures were characterized by electron backscatter diffraction. It was found that the rolling texture was characterized by a strong Brass component. After complete recrystallization Goss and Cube textures were developed. The effects of deformation strain and annealing temperature on the recrystallization textures are discussed.

  9. Trenholm State (AL) Technical College High School Science Enrichment Program 1996-1997 Evaluation Report

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    Ross, Elizabeth G.

    1997-01-01

    This document presents findings based on a third-year evaluation of Trenholm State (AL) Technical College's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - supported High School Science Enrichment Program (HSSEP). HSSEP is an external (to school) program for area students from groups that are underrepresented in the mathematics, science, engineering and technology (MSET) professions. In addition to gaining insight into scientific careers, HSSEP participants learn about and deliver presentations that focus on mathematics applications, scientific problem-solving and computer programming during a seven-week summer or 10-week Academic-Year Saturday session.

  10. Isentropic Compression driven by high-explosive: application to Ti-6Al-4V

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    Voltz, Christophe; Sollier, Arnaud; Maillet, Jean-Bernard; Bouyer, Viviane

    2009-06-01

    We report on a n isentropic compression experiment of Ti-6Al-4V alloy based on the use of the release of detonation products from a high-explosive to generate a ramp wave compression in a multisteps target. VISAR and DLI measurements of the rear free surface velocities of the different steps allow computing the sound velocity of the material during its compression, which is characteristic of the EOS of the material. The experiment device is described and the sound velocities measurements are analyzed. The results are compared with 2-dimensional elasto-plastic simulations.

  11. Improvement of AlGaN/GaN/Si high electron mobility heterostructure performance by hydrogenation

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    Mimila-Arroyo, J.; Jomard, F.; Chevallier, J.

    2013-03-01

    The charge transport properties of high electron mobility AlGaN/GaN/Si heterostructure are improved by its deuteration under properly designed experimental conditions; an increase of 30% on the two dimensional electron gas electrical conductivity, produced by an equivalent increase on its electron concentration, with unchanged mobility is observed. These parameters dependence with the probe current is reduced as well. The increase on the free electron concentration is explained by the release of captured electrons by the deuterium passivation of ionized acceptors. The improvements might impact not only the structure ability to handle current but other parameters as breakdown voltage and electrical noise.

  12. Effect of oxygen incorporation on the structure and elasticity of Ti-Al-O-N coatings synthesized by cathodic arc and high power pulsed magnetron sputtering

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    Hans, M.; to Baben, M.; Music, D.; Ebenhöch, J.; Primetzhofer, D.; Kurapov, D.; Arndt, M.; Rudigier, H.; Schneider, J. M.

    2014-09-01

    Ti-Al-O-N coatings were synthesized by cathodic arc and high power pulsed magnetron sputtering. The chemical composition of the coatings was determined by means of elastic recoil detection analysis and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The effect of oxygen incorporation on the stress-free lattice parameters and Young's moduli of Ti-Al-O-N coatings was investigated by X-ray diffraction and nanoindentation, respectively. As nitrogen is substituted by oxygen, implications for the charge balance may be expected. A reduction in equilibrium volume with increasing O concentration is identified by X-ray diffraction and density functional theory calculations of Ti-Al-O-N supercells reveal the concomitant formation of metal vacancies. Hence, the oxygen incorporation-induced formation of metal vacancies enables charge balancing. Furthermore, nanoindentation experiments reveal a decrease in elastic modulus with increasing O concentration. Based on ab initio data, two causes can be identified for this: First, the metal vacancy-induced reduction in elasticity; and second, the formation of, compared to the corresponding metal nitride bonds, relatively weak Ti-O and Al-O bonds.

  13. Effect of oxygen incorporation on the structure and elasticity of Ti-Al-O-N coatings synthesized by cathodic arc and high power pulsed magnetron sputtering

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    Hans, M. Baben, M. to; Music, D.; Ebenhöch, J.; Schneider, J. M.; Primetzhofer, D.; Kurapov, D.; Arndt, M.; Rudigier, H.

    2014-09-07

    Ti-Al-O-N coatings were synthesized by cathodic arc and high power pulsed magnetron sputtering. The chemical composition of the coatings was determined by means of elastic recoil detection analysis and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The effect of oxygen incorporation on the stress-free lattice parameters and Young's moduli of Ti-Al-O-N coatings was investigated by X-ray diffraction and nanoindentation, respectively. As nitrogen is substituted by oxygen, implications for the charge balance may be expected. A reduction in equilibrium volume with increasing O concentration is identified by X-ray diffraction and density functional theory calculations of Ti-Al-O-N supercells reveal the concomitant formation of metal vacancies. Hence, the oxygen incorporation-induced formation of metal vacancies enables charge balancing. Furthermore, nanoindentation experiments reveal a decrease in elastic modulus with increasing O concentration. Based on ab initio data, two causes can be identified for this: First, the metal vacancy-induced reduction in elasticity; and second, the formation of, compared to the corresponding metal nitride bonds, relatively weak Ti-O and Al-O bonds.

  14. Computer-aided design of high-contact-ratio gears for minimum dynamic load and stress

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    Lin, Hsiang Hsi; Lee, Chinwai; Oswald, Fred B.; Townsend, Dennis P.

    1990-01-01

    A computer aided design procedure is presented for minimizing dynamic effects on high contact ratio gears by modification of the tooth profile. Both linear and parabolic tooth profile modifications of high contact ratio gears under various loading conditions are examined and compared. The effects of the total amount of modification and the length of the modification zone were systematically studied at various loads and speeds to find the optimum profile design for minimizing the dynamic load and the tooth bending stress. Parabolic profile modification is preferred over linear profile modification for high contact ratio gears because of its lower sensitivity to manufacturing errors. For parabolic modification, a greater amount of modification at the tooth tip and a longer modification zone are required. Design charts are presented for high contact ratio gears with various profile modifications operating under a range of loads. A procedure is illustrated for using the charts to find the optimum profile design.

  15. Mechanisms of High Temperature/Low Stress Creep of Ni-Based Superalloy Single Crystals

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    Michael J. Mills

    2009-03-05

    Cast nickel-based superalloys are used for blades in land-based, energy conversion and powerplant applications, as well as in aircraft gas turbines operating at temperatures up to 1100 C, where creep is one of the life-limiting factors. Creep of superalloy single crystals has been extensively studied over the last several decades. Surprisingly, only recently has work focused specifically on the dislocation mechanisms that govern high temperature and low stress creep. Nevertheless, the perpetual goal of better engine efficiency demands that the creep mechanisms operative in this regime be fully understood in order to develop alloys and microstructures with improved high temperature capability. At present, the micro-mechanisms controlling creep before and after rafting (the microstructure evolution typical of high temperature creep) has occurred have yet to be identified and modeled, particularly for [001] oriented single crystals. This crystal orientation is most interesting technologically since it exhibits the highest creep strength. The major goal of the program entitled ''Mechanisms of High Temperature/Low Stress Creep of Ni-Based Superalloy Single Crystals'' (DOE Grant DE-FG02-04ER46137) has been to elucidate these creep mechanisms in cast nickel-based superalloys. We have utilized a combination of detailed microstructure and dislocation substructure analysis combined with the development of a novel phase-field model for microstructure evolution.

  16. Linear and nonlinear characterization of low-stress high-confinement silicon-rich nitride waveguides.

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    Krückel, Clemens J; Fülöp, Attila; Klintberg, Thomas; Bengtsson, Jörgen; Andrekson, Peter A; Torres-Company, Víctor

    2015-10-01

    In this paper we introduce a low-stress silicon enriched nitride platform that has potential for nonlinear and highly integrated optics. The manufacturing process of this platform is CMOS compatible and the increased silicon content allows tensile stress reduction and crack free layer growth of 700 nm. Additional benefits of the silicon enriched nitride is a measured nonlinear Kerr coefficient n2 of 1.4·10-18 m2/W (5 times higher than stoichiometric silicon nitride) and a refractive index of 2.1 at 1550 nm that enables high optical field confinement allowing high intensity nonlinear optics and light guidance even with small bending radii. We analyze the waveguide loss (?1 dB/cm) in a spectrally resolved fashion and include scattering loss simulations based on waveguide surface roughness measurements. Detailed simulations show the possibility for fine dispersion and nonlinear engineering. In nonlinear experiments we present continuous-wave wavelength conversion and demonstrate that the material does not show nonlinear absorption effects. Finally, we demonstrate microfabrication of resonators with high Q-factors (?105). PMID:26480096

  17. Defects and stresses in MBE-grown GaN and Al{sub 0.3}Ga{sub 0.7}N layers doped by silicon using silane

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    Ratnikov, V. V. Kyutt, R. N.; Smirnov, A. N.; Davydov, V. Yu.; Shcheglov, M. P.; Malin, T. V.; Zhuravlev, K. S.

    2013-12-15

    The electric and structural characteristics of silicon-doped GaN and Al{sub 0.3}Ga{sub 0.7}N layers grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) using silane have been analyzed by the Hall effect, Raman spectroscopy, and high-resolution X-ray diffractometry. It is established that the electron concentration linearly increases up to n = 4 × 10{sup 20} cm{sup ?3} with an increase in the silane flow rate for GaN:Si, whereas the corresponding dependence for Al{sub 0.3}Ga{sub 0.7}N:Si is sublinear and the maximum electron concentration is found to be n = 4 × 10{sup 19} cm{sup ?3}. X-ray measurements of sample macrobending indicate a decrease in biaxial compressive stress with an increase in the electron concentration in both GaN:Si and Al{sub 0.3}Ga{sub 0.7}N:Si layers. The parameters of the dislocation structure, estimated from the measured broadenings of X-ray reflections, are analyzed.

  18. Numerical Modeling and Experimental Verification of Residual Stress in Autogenous Laser Welding of High-Strength Steel

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    Liu, Wei; Ma, Junjie; Kong, Fanrong; Liu, Shuang; Kovacevic, Radovan

    2015-03-01

    A three-dimensional finite element (FE) model was developed to numerically calculate the temperature field and residual-stress field in the autogenous laser welding process. The grid independence of the FE model was verified to eliminate the variation of the heat flux between adjacent elements. A cut-off temperature method with combination of the tensile testing was used to consider the effect of high-temperature material properties on the numerical simulation. The effect of the latent heat of fusion and evaporation was also taken into consideration. High compressive initial stress was presented in the selected high-strength steel plates. A subroutine was written to consider the initial stress in the FE mode. Predicted residual stress agreed well with experimental data obtained by an X-ray diffraction technique. Results showed that the transverse and longitudinal residual stresses prevailed in the autogenous laser welding process, and the thermal stress concentration occurred in the molten pool and its adjacent regions. The effect of the welding speed on the distribution of residual stress was also studied. The values of residual stress decreased with an increase in the welding speed.

  19. A Reaction Between High Mn-High Al Steel and CaO-SiO2-Type Molten Mold Flux: Part II. Reaction Mechanism, Interface Morphology, and Al2O3 Accumulation in Molten Mold Flux

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    Kang, Youn-Bae; Kim, Min-Su; Lee, Su-Wan; Cho, Jung-Wook; Park, Min-Seok; Lee, Hae-Geon

    2013-04-01

    Following a series of laboratory-scale experiments, the mechanism of a chemical reaction 4[{Al}] + 3({SiO}_2) = 3[{Si}] + 2({Al}_2{O}_3) between high-alloyed TWIP (TWin-Induced Plasticity) steel containing Mn and Al and molten mold flux composed mainly of CaO-SiO2 during the continuous casting process is discussed in the present article in the context of kinetic analysis, morphological evolution at the reaction interface. By the kinetic analysis using a two-film theory, a rate-controlling step of the chemical reaction at the interface between the molten steel and the molten flux is found to be mass transport of Al in a boundary layer of the molten steel, as long as the molten steel and the molten flux phases are concerned. Mass transfer coefficient of the Al in the boundary layer (k_{{Al}}) is estimated to be 0.9 to 1.2 × 10-4 m/s at 1773 K (1500 ^{circ}C). By utilizing experimental data at various temperatures, the following equation is obtained for the k_{{Al}}; ln k_{{Al}} = -14,290/T - 1.1107. Activation energy for the mass transfer of Al in the boundary layer is 119 kJ/mol, which is close to a value of activation energy for mass transfer in metal phase. The composition evolution of Al in the molten steel was well explained by the mechanism of Al mass transfer. On the other hand, when the concentration of Al in the steel was high, a significant deviation of the composition evolution of Al in the molten steel was observed. By observing reaction interface between the molten steel and the molten flux, it is thought that the chemical reaction controlled by the mass transfer of Al seemed to be disturbed by formation of a solid product layer of MgAl2O4. A model based on a dynamic mass balance and the reaction mechanism of mass transfer of Al in the boundary layer for the low Al steel was developed to predict (pct Al2O3) accumulation rate in the molten mold flux.

  20. Irregularities in glucose metabolism induced by stress and high-calorie diet can be attenuated by glycyrrhizic acid

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    Yaw, Hui Ping; Ton, So Ha; Amanda, Stella; Kong, Irvina Geraldine Xiao Feng; Cheng, Hong Sheng; Fernando, Hamish Alexander; Chin, Hsien Fei; Kadir, Khalid Abdul

    2014-01-01

    Stress and high-calorie diet increase the risk of developing metabolic syndrome. Glycyrrhizic acid (GA) has been shown to improve hyperglycaemia and dyslipidaemia under various physiological conditions. This study was aimed at examining the effects of stress and GA on glucose metabolism under short- or long-term stress. Forty-eight Sprague Dawley rats were divided into two groups with constant stress induced by light (300-400 lux) for either 14 days (short-term stress) or 28 days (long-term stress). Within each group, the rats were subdivided into three treatment groups i.e. Group A (control group): high-calorie diet (HCD) only; Group B: HCD + stress (14 or 28 days) and Group C: HCD + stress (14 or 28 days) + GA (100 mg/kg). The blood glucose concentrations of the rats exposed to 14-day stress were elevated significantly and GA lowered blood glucose concentration significantly in the 14-day exposure group. The 28-day exposure group adapted to stress as shown by the lower adrenaline level and gluconeogenic enzymes activities in most of the tissues than the 14-day exposure group. With regards to adrenaline and corticosterone, GA was found to increased adrenaline significantly in the short-term exposure group while lowering corticosterone in the long-term exposure group. GA-treated short- and long-term exposure groups had significant reduction in hexose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase activities in the visceral adipose tissues and quadriceps femoris respectively. The results may indicate the role of GA in improving blood glucose concentration in individuals exposed to short-term stress who are already on a high-calorie diet via selective action on gluconeogenic enzymes in different tissues. PMID:25755839